This Week in History 3/14/19

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5 years ago, 2014

Orange Park businessman Eugene Nix defeated incumbent Marge Hutton, 458-332, in their election for Seat 2 on the town council.

The Green Cove Springs City Council approves mail-in ballots for amendments to the city charter, but not for elected officials.

Orange Park Medical Center opens a new two-story, 7,000-square-foot atrium lobby, which included a new gift shop, large chapel, additional classrooms and a sandwich and coffee kiosk as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

10 years ago, 2009

Walmart donated $1.2 million and 16 acres behind its store at 899 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park to the Clay County Commission to build a “boundless playground” that included swings, trails and picnic areas for physically-challenged children.

The Fleming Island 12 Theater becomes the first movie theater to open on the island.

Sarah Diener joined the Clay County Supervisor of Elections office as the voter outreach and elections communication coordinator.

20 years ago, 1999

Weekend brush fires in Clay Hill, Bundy Lake area of Keystone Heights and near the Eagle’s Nest area of Middleburg scorch more than 200 acres and leave Clay County fire departments exhausted.

Negotiations between International Association of Firefighters Local 2668 and the Orange Park Town Council lead to new contracts and an additional lieutenant position.

Gator City Taxi opens an office in Orange Park to alleviate the county’s lack of transportation options.

30 years ago, 1989

Middleburg attorney Richard Edward Neville is suspended for practicing law by the State Bar and Florida Supreme Court for accounting irregularities.

Rosemary Jane Thomas of Middleburg High was selected as the U.S. National Award winner in English by the U.S. Achievement Academy.

The Florida Department of Transportation schedules a hearing to discuss widening U.S. 17 between Palatka and Green Cove Springs from two lanes to four.

40 years ago, 1979

Green Cove Springs City Council votes 4-1 to support a resolution by Fla. Rep. Frank Williams for the city to annex Reynolds Park.

JEA announces rate hikes for Green Cove Springs customers as a reaction to increasing international oil prices. The rate increase was $2 monthly for 1,000 kilowatts per hour average.

More than 85 residents attend a presentation by the Clay County Extension Service on ways to use a microwave oven.

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