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This Week in History 9/9/21


Five years ago, 2016

• Green Cove Dragway owner Peter Scalzo tells the city council there will be no more Friday night shows at his track at Reynolds Industrial Park and Saturday races will be completed by 10 p.m. after the council receives several noise complaints from residents.

• Coastal Spine of Pain, which had offices in Orange Park and Middleburg, agrees to pay a $7.4 million fine by performing medically unncecessary drug screen procedures.

• Kelly P. Williams’ move from Orange Park to New York City finally pays off when she lands a reoccurring role on CW’s “Gossip Girl.”

10 years ago, 2011

• The Orange Park Town Council passes a $25 million budget that means all 105 town employees with keep their jobs, despite the recession.

• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office asks the public for help identifying a man seen on video stealing $600 worth of electronic Bibles from Books-a-Million at the Orange Park Mall.

• Kellie Jo. Kilberg resigns as the chairman of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

20 years ago, 2001

• County commissioners are eager to hear what residents think of their plan to create a county-owned cable television service.

• Lightning struck the fireworks set-up on the Green Cove Springs City Pier an hour ahead of the scheduled Labor Day show.

• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office to offer a free eight-hour boating safety course.

30 years ago, 1991

• The Green Cove Springs City Council declares Sept. 2 at “B.B. McCrary Day” after the boy who is suffering with lukemia was visited in the hospital by two Atlanta Falcons football players.

• CCSO deputy Frank Farrah will repay the county $1,749 in pay he was given while he was supposed to be deployed overseas. Actually, Farrah was at Fort Benning, Georgia, waiting to be sent to Saudia Arabia.

• Clay County has taken the “lead position of cleaning up the St. Johns River” after the county agrees any future wastewater plants must meet strict standards set by Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code.

40 years ago, 1981

• Clay County Commissioner Talmadge Bennett presented the Florida House Select Committee a resolution that opposes any alignment with Duval County.

• Sara Pulliam and Jeremey Wright are selected as Little Miss and Little Mr. Family Frolics.

• The BCC approves a master site plan fro Ranch Village in Argyle Forest, but not before Gulfstream Corporation makes improvements to Branan Road.