This Week In History 8/6/20


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.


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