This Week In History 6/25/20

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Five years ago, 2015

• Leaders in Orange Park, Keystone Heights and Green Cove Springs discuss ways to improve voter turnout in non-presidential primaries.

• “Zombie Hunters” train at Camp Blanding to help civil authorities during cases of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive emergencies.

• With nearly 11,000 new homes on the drawing board, Oakleaf residents get an update on the progress of the First Coast Expressway.

10 years ago, 2010

• The Board of County Commissioners approve adding a property tax amendment on the November ballot to benefit the school district.

• Middleburg residents are warned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about increasing reports of bears in the area.

• The county’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program puts up 14 renovated homes for sale while offering no closing costs and offering to help with down payments.

20 years ago, 2000

• The county’s budget analyst, Margaret Barkley, said the county should be fiscally debt-free by 2004/05.

• Jennifer Carroll gets an endorsement from John McCain in her campaign to unseat Corrine Brown for the District 3 U.S. House seat.

• Eight Clay High students simultaneously earn diplomas from high school and First Coast Technical Institute.

30 years ago, 1990

• All bids to remodel the Clay High Historical Auditorium were rejected by the county’s school board.

• Lake Geneva residents are outraged when canals on both sides of Roess Island are filled by the county.

• Hal and Janet Hill of Middleburg two-step their way to a free trip to Texas by winning a competition at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Jacksonville.

40 years ago, 1980

• J.P. Revels announces his intention to run for Clay County Sheriff as a Democrat.

• Orange Park Town Manager Richard Fellows resigns after spending five years with the town.

• John Bowles is elected president of the Green Cove Springs Rotary Club.

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