This Week in History 1/16/18

Clay Today
Posted 1/16/19

5 years ago, 2014The Board of County Commissioners voted to write the county’s Florida legislators about the controversial road fill material EZBase, that JEA gave a Middleburg homeowner before …

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This Week in History 1/16/18


5 years ago, 2014

The Board of County Commissioners voted to write the county’s Florida legislators about the controversial road fill material EZBase, that JEA gave a Middleburg homeowner before he found the material contained toxins.

In lodging four new counts of grand theft against Ronnie Lee Stevens Jr. the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said evidence showed he absconded $150,000 worth of jewelry from homes while conducting Wood Destroying Organism inspections for Pest Xpress of Orange Park.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged William Arthur Hutchison of Lake Asbury with second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Brandon Lee Blansit.

10 years ago, 2009

Clay County Manager Fritz Behring submitted a wish list of $27.5 million in road and infrastructure projects to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson as part of a stimulus package proposed in the wake of the Great Recession.

Jack Heard of Fernandina Beach, owner of the “Georgia 300” railcar alongside Kingsley Avenue at the railroad tracks told Clay Today that the railcar was to be used to transport president-elect Barack Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden to inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

The Florida Municipal Insurance Trust presented Orange Park Town Council with a $38,347 check the town earmarked to eliminate wastewater discharges into the St. Johns River.

20 years ago, 1999

A meningitis outbreak forced officials to cancel a basketball game between Clay High and Palatka High.

Green Cove Springs lost one of its oldest residents with the passing of 101-year-old Matilda J. Hylton. A former U.S. mail carrier, Hylton enjoyed gardening and horseback riding.

Longtime racing fan Richard Ferguson had one of his lifelong dreams come true after Hospice Northeast Nurse Patty Blunt set up a surprise meeting between Ferguson and racing legend Hurley Haywood.

30 Years ago, 1989

Clay County Board of Commissioners Chairman Garry McIntyre smiled for the cameras in a ceremonial groundbreaking for construction to get underway on an addition at the Keystone Heights Public Library Branch.

An eight-pound practice bomb from an FA-18 based at Cecil Field Naval Air Station landed about 113 feet from William Larsen’s home on Lazy Acre Road in Middleburg. No one was injured.

Florida Republican Gov. Bob Martinez thanked about 100 Clay County Democrats for switching to the Republican Party at an event at the JP Hall Ranch in Green Cove Springs.

40 years ago, 1979

After winning the state title in December in Cocoa Beach, dart champ Bill Fertig of Orange Park, travelled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Men’s Singles division at the National Darting Association.

Argo-Nolan and Associates, an Orange Park-based development group, announced plans to build a mixed-use development of residential and commercial on 20 acres just south of Westover Road at U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island.

At 215,000 square feet and a $7.64 million price tag, Mike Elliott, director of facility planning for the Clay County School District, said Middleburg High was the second largest construction project to date in Clay County since Orange Park Mall. The school would open in the fall for the 79-80 school year.


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