This Week in History 3/8/18

Clay Today
Posted 3/7/18

5 years ago, 2013Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. called a special school board meeting to get board members to agree to spend $10,000 to hire a lobbyist for the district.In …

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This Week in History 3/8/18


5 years ago, 2013

Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. called a special school board meeting to get board members to agree to spend $10,000 to hire a lobbyist for the district.

In filing a grievance, the Clay County Education Association alleged that former Fleming Island Elementary School teacher Barbara DeLong was never given a chance to rebut claims she abused autistic students in her class during the 2011-12 school year.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged Candace Mullis and Justin Stone for schemes to defraud for falsifying breed registration documents and shot records in the sale of seven puppies to area families during the previous Christmas shopping season. The puppies died from Parvo or had to be euthanized for other reasons.

10 years ago, 2008

Citing a drop in funding, the Clay County School District announced a summer recreation program it normally ran would not operate during summer break.

The Clay County Planning Commission approved a $1 million plan by entrepreneur David Kophamer to build an animal clinic and expand Poochie’s Swim and Play Dog Park on two acres on Fountain Drive.

Officials with Walmart awaited the opening of its new larger store at 899 Blanding Blvd., which replaced its previous location at 661 Blanding Blvd. in the Bolton Road Plaza. The new store is 70,000 square feet larger.

20 years ago, 1998

A Clay County Grand Jury continued interviewing staff from Duval, Horne and Co. in relation to an investigation in the Clay County Clerk of Court’s office.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigated a home invasion robbery at a residence on County Road 218 in Middleburg. Three men wearing black clothes and black ski masks used shotguns to force their way into the home.

The Municipal Finance Officers Association awarded the City of Green Cove Springs Finance Department the city’s 13th Annual Excellence in Financial Reporting Award.

30 years ago, 1988

Roger Lee Huffman, 22, of Green Cove Springs, was arrested by the Green Cove Springs Police Department and charged with stabbing his 16-year-old wife.

The Green Cove Springs Police Department said Cecil John Woodcock, a resident of the Carey Motel on N. Orange Avenue, was arrested for allegedly forcing a male co-worker from Gustafson’s Dairy to perform oral sex on him.

Julie Smithers, guidance counselor at Orange Park Elementary School, was named 1989 Teacher of the Year for the Clay County School District.

40 years ago, 1978

The Kingsley Lake Property Owners Association filed an appeal of a Clay County Zoning Board decision to the Board of County Commissioners. Property owners opposed a plan by F.W. Strickland to remodel a building and turn it into a restaurant where beer would be sold.

Clay Memorial Hospital Physician David W. Yacavone appealed to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the state’s cuts in Medicaid payments. He said the Green Cove Springs hospital was also seeing a jump in the number of emergency room patients who are being turned away from doctors due to inability to pay.

The Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to uphold a permit denial for Southeast Recycling to open a rendering plant on 189 acres in the Clay Hill area. The County Zoning Board had already denied the permit.


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