This Week in History 10/10/19


Five years ago, 2014

Erica Cole is crowned Homecoming Queen at Middleburg High. The school’s football team also won a key district game against Jacksonville Englewood.

Pace Center announces plan to open a nonprofit school for girls in January in Orange Park.

Nature Club students from St. Johns River State College’s Orange Park campus collected trash along a three-mile stretch of the St. Johns River.

10 years ago, 2009

County commissioners move to amend the minimum wake zone ordinance to accommodate a proposed 377-slip marina at the U.S. Highway 17 bridge at Black Creek.

The Florida Public Archeology Network use radar equipment to search for caskets and other burials on a one-acre site off Haven Avenue in Green Cove Springs.

Nearly 5,000 people attend the Soul Food Festival at Vera Francis Hall Park in Green Cove Springs.

20 years ago, 1999

The Town of Orange Park holds public hearing to discuss applying to the State Revolving Funding for the Water Treatment Facilities Plan.

Clay County Board of Commissioners launch Phase One of its web site,

The television show “Safe Harbor” looks for extras for episodes to be filmed in Clay County.

30 years ago, 1989

The second Ham Jam, billed as Florida’s “official” barbecue contest, attracted a huge crowd.

John Olin Jeffers was arrested and charged with offering a $30,000 bribe to county commissioner James Jett to allow his plan for a bio-medical waste incineration plant to be build south of Green Cove Springs.

Johannah Pourciau of Clay County is elected Secretary of the Florida 4-H Council.

40 years ago, 1979

Clay County Commissioners vote unanimously to apply for federal funds under the Housing and Community Development Act for improvements at Pier Station.

Chip Carter, son of President Jimmy Carter, is giving the key to the city at Green Cove Springs.

The Clay County Cattlemen’s Association sponsor the successful “Cracker Day” at the Ag Center.


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