This Week In History 10/11/18

Clay Today
Posted 10/10/18

5 years ago, 2013The Board of County Commissioners expanded public comment to allow guests to speak at the beginning and at the end of each meeting for three minutes at a time.Green Cove Springs City …

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This Week In History 10/11/18


5 years ago, 2013

The Board of County Commissioners expanded public comment to allow guests to speak at the beginning and at the end of each meeting for three minutes at a time.

Green Cove Springs City Council named The First Coast Expressway, the Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center, Spring Park top priorities for legislative funding as they met with state lawmakers in the run up to the 2014 session.

The Council on Aging of Clay County welcomed Drew DeCandis as its new executive director.

10 years ago, 2008

Green Cove Springs City Manager Don Bowles came under attack after Mayor Mike Kelter and council member John Buchanan led a heated discussion about approximately $200,000 in cost overruns on a city project.

Prosecutors chose not to seek criminal charges against Clay County Animal Care and Control officer Bill Wilson after a captured Rottweiler died in the back of the agency’s transport vehicle while Wilson attended a meeting for which he was running late.

Keystone Heights Mayor Mary Lou Hildredth was named a finalist for Mayor of the Year in the annual awards program sponsored by the Florida League of Cities.

20 years ago, 1998

Only 11.02 percent of Clay County registered voters cast ballots in the Oct. 1 second primary. In the runoff, political newcomer Glenn R. Lassiter defeated incumbent District 4 Clay County Commissioner Charles “Buddy” Griffin 52 percent to Griffin’s 47 percent.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office sponsored a beard-growing contest to benefit domestic violence and sexual abuse shelter Quigley House for a $30 entry. Mustaches, however, were considered, “not a valid entry.”

Green Cove Springs Presbyterian Church sold shingles from its old historic steeple as a “great keepsake” to raise funds for a restoration project.

30 Years ago, 1988

A kitchen fire at Penney Retirement Community forced the evacuation of a three-story apartment building. The were no injuries and the building had only minor fire damage.

Virginia Village firefighter Robert J. Padgett, 43, of Green Cove Springs, became the first Clay County firefighter to die in the line of duty after having a heart attack while fighting a structure fire on Ruth Little Road. He died at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville where he had been airlifted.

Clay County Agricultural Fair Board Chairman Claude Kelly and Extension Service Director Jesse Godbold were set to appear before the County Commission to discuss county and Extension Service funding involvement in the fair’s operation going forward.

40 years ago, 1978

Green Cove Springs City Council unanimously appointed 32-year-old Gary Crossley as the city’s new police chief after serving as acting police chief for three months in the aftermath of former chief Earnest Moody’s resignation.

The community and staff at the Middleburg-Clay Hill Public Library prepared for a grand opening of its facility on Palmetto Street.

Clay County Sheriff Jennings Murrhee said the 4,238 square foot addition to the Clay County Jail was on track for a Dec. 22 completion. It had a price tag of $220,692.


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