This Week In History 1/16/20


Five years ago, 2015

The Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department puts the Board of County Commissioners on notice it intends to sue over a “breach of contract.”

Middle-schooler Justin Boothe of Fleming Island finds a rare Nazi army medal hidden in a piano his family purchased from a Goodwill store in St. Augustine.

The Citizens for a Greater Orange Park tell the town council it needs to address people using Plainfield Avenue for cut-through traffic, as well as demand replacing cracked sidewalks.

10 years ago, 2010

The first meeting with a federal mediator generated a tentative contract agreement between the Clay County School District and the union representing teachers.

Sam Garrison enters race to replace retiring Circuit Court Judge William Wilkes on the Clay County bench.

Farmers markets on Fleming Island and Orange Park will serve as collection points for donations to the earthquake victims in Haiti.

20 years ago, 2000

Orange Park follows Green Cove Springs’ lead to creating a program to promote chlorine safety at the town’s water treatment plant.

Fleming Island’s Christy Fitzgerald files to run for the District 1 County Commission seat left vacant at Dale Wilson said he wouldn’t run again.

The Orange Park High wrestling team wins the First Clay High Green Cove Rotary Invitational Tournament.

30 years ago, 1990

A 29-year-old man, Michael Alan Durocher, already on Florida’ Death Row, was arrested by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for the 1983 killing a mother and her two children. Durocher was executed in 1993.

Penney Farms’ John Gannon is honored at the Craig Airport for being part of the 446th Bombardier Group of the 8th U.S. Air Force during World War II.

The Green Cove Springs City Council pick Richard C. Fellows as its new city manager.

40 years ago, 1980

Clay County officials examine the need to create a pressurized sewer system.

J.P. Hall Jr., president of the Bank of Green Cove Springs, is one of 2,100 delegates invited to Washington to participate in the White House Conference of Small Business.

State Attorney Ed Austin appoints Rick Beseler as an investigator for the State Attorney’s Office.


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