This Week In History 2/13/20


Five years ago, 2015

The Gano Street house where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was attacked and killed in 2009 in Orange Park is set on fire and used for training by the Orange Park, Clay County and NAS Jacksonville fire departments.

Julie Clevinger is sworn in as Green Cove Springs’ new city clerk after serving in that capacity as an interim for three weeks following the death of F. Lee Bentley.

The Town of Orange Park and Department of Transportation are at odds over a proposal to plant palm trees or oaks in the median along Park Avenue.

10 years ago, 2010

Orange Park saves $6,000 a year in postage by trimming an eighth-of-an-inch from the town’s utility bill notices.

The 15th Scottish Games return to the Clay County Agriculture Fairgrounds.

Green Cove Springs Mayor Felicia Hampshire gets a speaking part in the movie “Marse Robert,” a movie based on Civil War-era events in North Florida.

Wendell Davis, Brad Sloan, Rob Bradley and Dr. Rebecca Faunce are appointed to the St. Johns River Community College Foundation Board.

20 years ago, 2000

Six people are arrested following a six-month, multi-task force investigation into a three-county car theft ring than included Northern Clay County.

Former Clay County Commissioner R. Lee Drawdy dies of a heart condition in his Orange Park home.

Mary J. Westmoreland, a Middleburg High English teacher, is selected as the Clay County Teacher of the Year.

30 years ago, 1990

Lakeside Junior High teacher Elaine Bartlett is recognized by the Clay County School Board as a Distinguished Black Educator.

Forty acres is donated by the Champion Realty Corp. for the new Fleming Island Elementary.

The Clay County Cattlemen’s Association send the Clay County Commission a letter opposing an ordinance that prohibits barbed wire in selected areas.

40 years ago, 1980

Donald Fullerton is sworn in as a member of the Green Cove Springs City Council.

Green Cove Springs City Manager Bill Vermilling will investigate the legality of advertising for bids on the printing equipment in the basement of city hall.

Estelle Long is honored on her retirement after 46 years as the Program Supervisor for District Four, Health and Rehabilitative Series.


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