Wounded Marine Returns Home to the First Coast

Wounded Marine Returns Home to the First Coast

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Gunnery Sgt. John Hayes was the guest of honor at a welcome home party Sunday afternoon.

The Marine lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan in December.

He's been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but returned to Clay County over a week ago to spend time with friends and family.

Sgt. Hayes said the time with friends and family has helped his recovery process.

People from all over the First Coast came to see him in Orange Park Sunday afternoon.  

The Rolling Thunder roared into the small neighborhood in Oakleaf to honor Sgt. Hayes.

Hayes and his family are from Clay County.

Friends, family, and people who don't even know Hayes gathered at his father's home for a surprise party.

Are You A Safe Boater?

During National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct area events targeted at helping boaters understand how to boat safely. 

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing’s Shipwreck Island Waterpark is on a mission to make Northeast Florida “water-aware.”  May has been designated National Water Safety Month by the World Waterpark Association, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Recreation & Parks Association.  As a WWA member, Adventure Landing is taking action to educate the public on how to prevent drownings, recreational water-related injuries and sun damage by offering educational information to the media during National Water Safety Month.

Youth Win Immunization PSA Contest

Each year in the United States, we lose 1,070 people to meningitis and 4,590 people to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In an effort to spread the word about these vaccine-preventable diseases and raise awareness among teens, Brunet-García Advertising sponsored the Florida Bureau of Immunization’s You Call the Shots public service announcement (PSA) contest; inviting youth ages 11 to 18 to produce and enter a 30-second  PSA highlighting the importance of HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

Wildfire Threat: Clay County Residents Can Learn How to Protect Their Homes

The Florida Division of Forestry in cooperation with the Clay County Division of Emergency Management is presenting How to Have a Firewise Home in three locations, including Thursday May 26, 2011, 6:30PM- 8:30PM at the Fleming Island Plantation Splash Park, 1510 Calming Waters Dr. Fleming Island, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 6:00PM – 8:30PM at Keystone Heights City Hall, 555 S Lawrence Blvd (SR 21), Keystone Heights, and Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:00PM – 8:30PM at the Clay County Agricultural Center, 2497 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs. The workshops will help homeowners learn how to best protect their homes from wildfire.  Everyone is welcome to come to these free workshops, and dinner will be provided.

Middleburg Relay for Life, April 16th

Middleburg and Orange Park walkers go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. This celebration of life brings together numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer in a unified effort to fight back.

Teams of enthusiastic citizens will gather at Middleburg High School Stadium for an overnight relay from 6 p.m. on April 15th until noon on April 16th. 

Hillcrest Bapist Church Easter Egg Hunt/Community Spring Festival, April 16th

Hillcrest Bapist Church Easter Egg Hunt/Community Spring Festival, April 16th

This Saturday, at Hillcrest Bapist Church, there is an Easter Egg Hunt/Community Spring Festival from 10am-12 pm. 

It is located at 7673 Collins Road in the Argyle Forest area just off Rampart Rd. 

In addition to the egg hunt for kids, there will be candy, ponies, inflatables, face painting, food and fun!