This Week in History 6/4/20

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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.

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