Five years ago, 2015
• The parents of an autistic child file a lawsuit against the Clay County School District, school board and a former teacher Barbara DeLong claiming their child was denied rights guaranteed under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
• Baptist Health asks for state approval for a 100-bed, $80 million hospital at Village Square Parkway and U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island.
• BASCA is ordered to close one of its group homes following allegations of abuse
10 years ago, 2010
• Despite warnings of a $6 million drop in revenue, the Board of County Commissioners voted not to hike property taxes.
• Orange Park Town Council members accept the retirement of embattled Public Works Director Bill White, who had been on administrative leave following allegations of inappropriate conduct.
• Cassidy Spurgeon and her horse Gabe won one of 42 spots on the State 4-H Horse Show at the Southern Regional Championships.
20 years ago, 2000
• Green Cove Springs Fire Chief Richard Knoff is selected as the Fire Chief of the Year by a panel of judges who consider leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity and service to the public.
• The Orange Park Town Council considers a property tax millage rate increase to 5.2 – up from 1989’s rate of 4.8430.
• Teachers and the Clay County School Board agree to a new contract with pay increases ranging from 4.2% to 7.2%.
30 years ago, 1990
• Just 231 of 2,000 registered voters in Green Cove Springs participated in a special election for three new Charter amendments.
• Lynn H. Grafel resigns as the executive vice president of the Clay Chamber.
• The Farmers Home Administration approve a $96,000 loan and $150,000 in grants to Penney Farms for the construction of a new water storage tank.
40 years ago, 1980
• County budget talks stall due to Truth in Millage law and a 60-day extension is granted to get its tax roll certified.
• The Summer Food Program shuts down one week earlier than planned after the Clay County Health Department determines as many as 500 wee “unsafe for human consumption.”
• The Clay County School board approves a budget with calls for a 5.77% increase in property taxes.