This week in history 6/14/18

Clay Today
Posted 6/13/18

5 years ago, 2013The Clay County School Board was to take up a proposal from Keystone Heights High Principal Susan Sailor to add the Army National Defense Cadet Corps at the school as a means of …

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This week in history 6/14/18


5 years ago, 2013

The Clay County School Board was to take up a proposal from Keystone Heights High Principal Susan Sailor to add the Army National Defense Cadet Corps at the school as a means of stemming the drop-out rate.

The Florida Department of Transportation prepped to hold public meetings where citizens could learn firsthand about a proposal to widen Blanding Boulevard from Old Jennings Road to County Road 215 beginning in 2015.

The Clay Board of County Commissioners put the final touches on a $1.2 million Boundless Playground on Moody Avenue in preparation for a community dedication celebration.

10 years ago, 2008

St. Vincent’s Medical Center officials held a public ceremony to showcase the site it purchased to build a new 98-bed hospital alongside Branan Field Road. The facility had an estimated cost of $115 million.

County Manager Fritz Behring told the county commission that the state’s passage of Amendment One – the Save Our Homes amendment that increased the homestead exemption – would extract $8.4 million from the county’s 2008-09 budget.

U.S. Army Chaplain Assistant Quincy J. Green, 26, a native of Orange Park, died as a result of sniper fire in Tikrit, Iraq while assigned to the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

20 years ago, 1998

Clay High Principal Pete McCabe allowed Sam Spencer III to walk across the graduation stage with the Class of 98, 52 years after he completed high school. In 1946, when he finished, however, Spencer could not afford a cap and gown, so he did not get to walk that year.

Forty-five students at Wilkinson Junior High in Middleburg were treated to lunch at Golden Corral near Orange Park via luxurious limousine rides for their outstanding scores on the FloridaWrites! Assessment.

The Board of County Commissioners instructed the county attorney to write a demand letter to recoup $53,276 in legal fees racked up in a protracted legal battle with ousted former Clerk of Court John Keene.

30 years ago, 1988

Clay County Sheriff Jennings Murrhee said deputies arrested Kenneth Steven West, 21, for raping and robbing a convenience store clerk at knifepoint at a store at the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Hibernia Road on Fleming Island. West escaped to Clay from the Dixie County Correctional facility.

More than 1,000 National Guard troops from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina converged on Camp Blanding for annual training exercises.

Orange Park Town Council Member Ron Raymond stormed out of a council meeting protesting

A rezoning request that his fellow council members voted down. If passed, the measure would have allowed a new 120-bed nursing home to be constructed on Wells Road.

40 years ago, 1978

Green Cove Springs City Council discussed purchasing the Clay County Development Industrial Park from the Clay County Development Authority on grounds that the city could obtain economic development grants for infrastructure that the CCDA could not.

Sale of delinquent county property tax certificates brought in $155,094 for Clay County.

Green Cove Springs City Manager Bill Snow announced the termination of Linda Lester as city planner saying she had been given “a fair chance” to improve her performance.


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