Five years ago, 2015
• Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler is sued after an unidentified man was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting after deputies failed to check surveillance video, according to the man’s lawyer.
• Two school board members – Carol Studdard and Janice Kerekes – walk out of a meeting after they claim it wasn’t sufficiently advertised seven days in advance as required by law.
• Jerry Fred Daniels was sentenced to five years of probation in connection with the killing of Clay County Sheriff’s Office Det. David White.
10 years ago, 2010
• Charter Review members are asked by change a ballot amendment proposal that would extend alcohol sales on Sunday in Clay County.
• The Clay County Property Appraiser’s Office reports the average value of county homes dropped by 13%.
• The Green Cove Springs City Council agrees on improvements to the Augusta Savage Community Center despite knowing it faces a $500,000 shortfall in projected revenues.
20 years ago, 2000
• City, county and state officials break ground on a new extension that will link Branan Field Road with Duval County.
• Burgess G. McDaniels, known as the “Peanut Man,” had his car stolen from U.S. Highway 17 in Green Cove Springs while he was selling peanuts.
• Ann Kopelousos is selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Orange Park Rotary Club.
30 years ago, 1990
• Three men were arrested for firing a shotgun into Middleburg High while Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies were inside looking for burglars.
• Eleven people were arrested in a drug, weapons raid in Green Cove Springs.
• Clay County Agriculture Director Jesse Godbold presented a plan for the Capital Improvement Plan to commit to spending one cent from a proposed sales tax on an expansion at the Fairgrounds.
40 years ago, 1980
• Durwood Smith collects enough signatures to earn a spot on the election ballot for the Clay County School Board.
• Talmadge Bennett announces his intention to run for the Clay County Commission.
• Local auto dealer Clayton Revels places third nationally in sales for the Chrysler-Plymouth Corporation.