This Week in History

Clay Today
Posted 1/31/18

5 years ago, 2013A Clay County jury convicted a Jacksonville man for a 2011 shooting at Club Christopher’s nightclub on Wells Road. Antonio Morales, 24, was found guilty of one count of …

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This Week in History


5 years ago, 2013

A Clay County jury convicted a Jacksonville man for a 2011 shooting at Club Christopher’s nightclub on Wells Road. Antonio Morales, 24, was found guilty of one count of attempted murder in the first degree for the shooting of Kevelin Holmes, which occurred in the parking lot.

Green Cove Springs Police in have identified the body of John Butler, 69, who was last seen Jan. 28 by patrons of a nearby restaurant located at a golf course on State Road 16 by employees of the Green Cove Marina at Reynolds Park.

Navy wives Allison Lyon, Tracy Vitali, Denise Steffensen, Amy Cook and Sarah Kribs, all Fleming Island residents, whose husbands served at Naval Air Station Jacksonville were invited to appear on the daytime TV talk show “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

10 years ago, 2008

Kim Miskowski, media specialist at Coppergate Elementary School, was named 2009 Teacher of the Year for Clay County, while Christy Fields, a nurse at Orange Park Elementary, was named School-Related Employee of the Year.

Nicholas DeLeon of Green Cove Springs Junior High won the Clay County Spelling Bee and would go on to the regional spelling bee in Jacksonville.

The community mourned the passing of Lillian “Tigger” Megonegal, 78, of Green Cove Springs, who had served as the secretary of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee for 14 years, as well as volunteered in multiple community organizations, including the Village Improvement Association in Green Cove Springs.

20 years ago, 1998

Durwood Smith, president of the newly-formed Moody Avenue Residents Association, told a standing room-only crowd of county officials and residents that he would volunteer to stop speeding on Moody. He and others opposed a county proposal to boost the speed limit to 40 miles per hour.

Master Masons of Cabul Lodge No. 116, F&AM in Green Cove Springs removed the cornerstone from its building at Walnut Street and Palmetto Avenue and found a time capsule placed there in 1909. The only recognizable item was a copy of the Bible.

Officials from the St. Johns River Water Management District and members of the J.P. Hall, Sr. family joined in to celebrate the renaming of the Bayard Conservation Area as the J.P. Hall, Sr. Tract Bayard Conservation Area keeping his promise that this pristine riverfront property would remain forever open and protected.

30 years ago, 1988

After spending $27,000 on new furniture for the sheriff’s office without following competitive bidding procedures, the Board of County Commissioners, on a 2-3 vote, rejected a recommendation to force county agencies use competitive bidbing on purchases of $5,000 or more.

Carol Studdard, owner of Florida Greeting Service, Ken O’Leary, a real estate developer and builder and Nancy Ulrich, president and owner of Ulrich Research Services, were named finalists for Clay County Business Person of the Year by the Clay Chamber of Commerce.

Orange Park High Raiderette Dance Team members Stephanie Ross and Lara Willis were selected to perform in “A Salute to America’s Super Star, Bob Hope” as part of the Super Bowl XXII pregame show.

40 years ago, 1978

Citing growth and need, the Salvation Army’s Jacksonville office announced it would expand to Clay County and establish offices in Orange Park. Plans called for a Corps Community Center that would offer youth and family activities, a senior citizens’ drop-in program and Family Welfare Department.

A group of Maxville residents known as the Committee of 12 called for a grand jury investigation and the abolishment of the Clay County Development Authority after the economic development agency announced plans to bring an animal rendering plant to their community.

Hundreds of Clay residents turned out to oppose a coal-fire power generating plant that the Jacksonville Electric Authority proposed building in Clay County. The agency had identified three Clay County sites to build the plant.


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