This Week In History 4/18/19


Five years ago, 2014

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid sets up an office at the Clay County Courthouse to help defendants get free legal help.

After splitting with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, county commissioners officially set up a 501-c-6 not-for-profit to operate the Economic Development Corporation.

Clay County Commission approve a rezoning request, so developer can be more flexible selling the remaining property in Eagle Harbor.

10 years ago, 2009

Clay County School Board decides not to shorten the school-week to four days.

An audit of Orange Park’s finances reveals the town’s “rainy day fund” has $5 million in reserves and another $500,000 of long-term indebtedness paid in advance.

Kelly Blackshear wins the Miss Fleming High pageant, while Amanda Leech was first runner-up and Devon McGready was second runner-up.

20 years ago, 1999

Jacksonville Metropolitan Planning Organization agrees to match a $50,000 grant for the Transit Greenway Conceptual Master Plan in Orange Park and Clay County.

Orange Park agrees to buy riverfront property on River Road for $210,000 to build a proposed park near bestbet.

Black Creek Trail celebrates its formal opening.

30 years ago, 1989

Green Cove Springs passes a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for anyone younger than 18.

Orange Park sailor Michael Knafelc is selected as the outstanding recruit for Company 75 at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in San Diego.

Gail Roberts was appointed president and dealer-operator of Roberts Chevrolet-Geo in Green Cove Springs.

40 years ago, 1979

Three men are charged following a raid of a suspected cockfight operation in Maxville.

Joe Barrie, a direct descendant of the Moody family, is the guest speaker at the Clay County Historical Society meeting.

Green Cove Springs Mayor John Bradley tells the city council, “Let’s get busy!” as he tries to have as many as 40 dilapidated homes demolished inside the city limits.


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