Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper April 2013 : Page 1

Proudly Serving Orange Park, Argyle/OakLeaf, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms & Keystone Heights Since January 2000 NEIGHBOR Vol 14 Issue 4 State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Area 12 Regional Championship The Neighbor to FREE April MMXIII April 4th -13th “Country Pride County Wide” CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR Including Veterinarian Clinics New Law Passed First Time In Schools History to Regulate Mobile Businesses in Clay Ann Williamson Staff Writer The Clay County Commission passed a controversial ordinance on March 26 that will serve to limit mobile businesses in the county, including veterinarian clinics. The vote was not unanimous, however, with Commissioner Ronnie Robinson casting the single dissenting vote. He said that the proposed ordinance was too restrictive and unnecessary. This action came following almost a half year of controversy among pet owners and local veterinarians whose businesses are based in Clay County. Last October local veterinarians complained to the BCC that mobile vet clinics had an unfair business advantage because they didn’t have to pay the same overhead expenses. County pet owners and animal lovers supported the mobile vet clinics because of the low-cost vaccinations and other veterinary services provided by clinic. They told the BCC that pets would suffer needlessly and possibly die because some Continued on page 23 Green Cove Springs City Council Election April 2, 2013 Council Seat 3 (*Run-off Tuesday, April 16, Council Seat 3) Dale W. Garlinghouse 341 *Felecia Hampshire 474 *Alan M. Stevenson 482 Council Seat 4 Susan W. Bonura 477 Van Royal 773 City Council Seat 5 D. Ray Braly 723 Foster Forehand 472 Thanks for all the calls on ‘ Spring Back’. We welcomed them, even the not so nice calls. Yes, it was done on purpose to see how many would catch it and we had over 150 phone calls. Oh, it is ‘Spring Forward, Fall Back!‘ Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Deborah Brown BENNETT BUILDINGS DON’T BE PUZZLED BY THE LOCAL COMPETITION! PORTABLES CARPORTS STEEL BUILDINGS OF ORANGE PARK This years' Area 12 Regional Championship was hosted at the USCG Hitron Jacksonville at Cecil Field on March 2nd, 2013. The championship was between the top 16 schools in North East Florida and Georgia. The 16 NJROTC units have earned the right to go to the State Championship and compete in Drill, Athletic and Academic competition. The events consist of Personnel Inspection, Drill of Unarmed and Armed Basic, Unarmed and Armed Exhibition and Color Guard. Also 100 question Academic test, Athletics; consisting of Push-ups and Sit-ups, a 16X100 run and a 8X220 run. This years' Area 12 Regional Championship Clay county was represented by Middleburg, Clay, Fleming Island, and Orange Park High Schools. For the past four years Middleburg High School has qualified to go to the Regional Championships, and in the 2011-12 school year Middleburg placed 2nd thus earning the right to go to the National Championship hosted by NAS Pensacola where the Middleburg High School cadets placed 15th in the nation in Drill competition and 5th in the Nation in Academics. This years' (2012-13) Area 12 Regional Championship, for the 1st time in the schools history the cadets of Middleburg High School placed 1st, beating out the other 15 schools and earning them a return trip to the National Championship hosted by A & L Irrigation, LLC  FREE GAZEBOS Come to the Clay County Fair for Our Factory Discounts! SEE PAGE 4 NAS Pensacola, however due to the recent "Sequester" the National Championships had been cancelled. Our Middleburg High School NJROTC cadets are lead by SNSI CDR Pat Thurman USN(retired) and NSI SGTMAJ Wayne Gallman USMC(retired). Estimates on New Systems & Repair on Existing Systems  Pump Service & Repair  Trouble Shooting  Licensed & Insured  Service SPRING Is Here!! $ Call (904) 838-9814 904-298-1122 April 4 – 13, 2013 Check out our paper on-line FREE 30 00 System Check-Up Exp 5/30/13 Clay IR180 Duval I304 St. Johns BL5540 Over 50? Time for a financial checkup. Almeta L. Monroe Ins Agcy Inc 3521 U S Hwy 17, Unit A Orange Park, FL 32003 (904) 269-5200 Fax: 904-269-5111 Be proactive when it comes to your financial health. It’s never too late to get on the right path to a healthy financial future. Let me help you get where you need to be. Especially as you near retirement. Like a good neighbor, ® State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY.

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