Five years ago, 2016
• The Orange Park chapter of the Navy Wives Club of America placed U.S. flags on the graves of veterans who died in service or in retirement during an Independence Day gathering.
• Owners of the troubled Parkway Inn, formerly the Rodeway Inn, in Orange Park files a federal lawsuit after it’s forced to close after the town receives numerous complaints of crime.
• Property values increased by $500 across the county, according to property appraiser Roger A. Suggs.
10 years ago, 2011
• Ninety-seven percent of Clay County schools receive an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
• Terry “Sarge” Huffman of Keystone Heights and Charlie Waters of Green Cove Springs create the Black Sheep Search and Rescue team to help teams search for missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings from Satsuma.
• Vice principal John O’Brian is promoted to principal at Middleburg High.
20 years ago, 2001
• A 20-month-old Middleburg toddler was killed when he is pinned under an overturned dresser while he napped.
• Clay County school board member Carol Vallencourt is elected vice-president of the Florida School Board Association.
• Virginia Hall, the president of the J.P. Hall Children’s Charities, is selected to the Board of Trustees at the University of North Florida.
30 years ago, 1991
• The Clay County School Board adopts a sex education plan, called the Human Growth and Development curriculum, with a 4-0 vote, which will allow sex education to be taught in all classrooms in the county.
• Two pilots are killed when their planes collide during the Keystone Heights Air Show.
• Author Ronald W. Richards plans to visit Orange Park on July 4 to talk about his new book, “A Southern Yarn.”
40 years ago, 1981
• A motorcyclist lost control of his bike on a curve in Green Cove Springs, damaging several cars at the Revels Chrysler/Plymouth.
• The Clay County Commission approved a plan to conduct a County Volunteer Appreciation Day in August.
• The Green Cove Springs Family Frolic is approved for a return after being shut down by the city council for three years.