This week in history 6/6/19


Five years ago, 2014

Orange Park’s first Kids Fest attracts more than 10,000 people at Town Hall.

County Commissioners agree to outlaw erecting campaign signs in the ground at polling sites on election days.

Children Over Politics Committee abandons its petition drive to have the county’s school superintendent appointed, not elected.

10 years ago, 2009

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council break ground on a new camp called North Fork near Middleburg.

Fleming Island’s Shannon Davis became the first person to perform the Ghillie Callum dance within the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

Evelyn Chastain moves as principal at Clay Hill Elementary to Charles E. Bennett in Green Cove Springs.

20 years ago, 1999

BBC’s “Mysteries” comes to Clay County to film a segment that retells the 1982 story of 18-month-old Dewey McCall Jr. wasn’t injured despite being ran over by a bulldozer.

Project Graduation is created at four local high schools to give graduates a safe, alcohol- and drug-free, place to celebrate.

A second student at Keystone Heights High is found with bomb-making instructions.

30 years ago, 1989

Clay County drug bust leads to seven arrests for trafficking cocaine.

Summer enrollment at St. Johns River Community College’s Orange Park Center increases by 71 percent compared to the previous summer.

Florida Highway Patrol’s “Operation Speedwatch” leads to more than 5,000 tickets in six Northeast Florida counties, including Clay.

40 years ago, 1979

The Florida Legislature passes a bill which allows Clay County to negotiate a franchise fee with Jacksonville Electric Authority for meters, lines and poles in unincorporated areas.

County Commissioners authorize a letter to the legislative delegation to see if Clay County is being fairly treated in the fuel allocation it receives.

Charles and Betty Todd take over Liberty IGA grocery store on Walnut Street from Doc and Agnes Turner.


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