This Week in History 9/13/18

Clay Today
Posted 9/12/18

5 years ago, 2013The Green Cove Springs Police Department set up a secure drop box in its lobby where residents can turn in unused prescription drugs to prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong …

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This Week in History 9/13/18


5 years ago, 2013

The Green Cove Springs Police Department set up a secure drop box in its lobby where residents can turn in unused prescription drugs to prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands or flushed down a toilet where they could get into the water supply.

Haven Hospice named Al Rizer the administrator of its Custead Care Center at 745 Blanding Blvd. near Orange Park.

Florida Department of Transportation officials announced the First Coast Expressway would be the new name for the Outer Beltway at a community meeting in Oakleaf where they also unveiled a few upgrades no previously planned such as dual left turn lanes and bike lanes.

10 years ago, 2008

A Clay County jury handed down four guilty verdicts in the trial of Gary Bernard McCray II who was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Oliver Ellis Jr., Phillip Perrotta, Robin Selkirk and John Whitehead, on May 23, 2004.

Clay County Fire Rescue investigated a fire that killed 49-year-old Teresa “Terry” Irving at her apartment at 811 Ferris St. in Green Cove Springs.

After serving two years as vice principal at Middleburg High, Treasure Pickett was named principal of Orange Park High where he replaced Mike Wingate who was promoted to director of secondary education for the Clay County School District.

20 years ago, 1998

For the first time in 14 years, the Green Cove Springs City Council voted to raise the property tax millage rate from 2.611 mills to 3.2 mills. Then-councilor Diane Hutchings pushed to outsource the city’s police dispatch service to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as a cost-saving measure in lieu of a tax hike.

Clay County Fire and Rescue union members picketed in front of the County Administration Building to try and rally community support for their contract negotiations.

The Clay County Chamber of Commerce presented Green Cove Springs realtor Van Royal a $500 check and the accompanying Sam Walton Business Leader Award on behalf of the Walmart Foundation.

30 Years ago, 1988

Flooding in the South Prong of Black Creek forced officials to order 20 homes to be evacuated.

New East Entertainment made a presentation to the Green Cove Springs City Council to film its upcoming film “Road Raiders” downtown. The goal was to transform Walnut Street to 1941 Manila, Philippines where it planned to transform the night sky into a simulated air raid by the Japanese.

Plastic surgeon Francis D. Ong, M.D. – a native of the Philippines – opened his practice in Green Cove Springs at Clay Memorial Hospital.

40 years ago, 1978

Fourteen-year-old Rodney Mark Green pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter in the July 1998 shooting death of his father, Tommy Joe Green, both of Middleburg.

Clay County School Superintendent Jesse P. Tynes said barring any new unforeseen problems, Middleburg High School, whose construction had been delayed “several weeks,” was back on schedule.

The newly-formed Middleburg Chamber of Commerce voted in its first slate of officers. Monty Murphy was elected president, Stanley Hall was elected vice president and Vickie R. Weigel was voted as treasurer.


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