This Week In History 9/3/30

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Five years ago, 2015

• The Clay County Planning Commission asks county commissioners to examine a policy that would require residents to obtain permits for backyard chickens.

• School board members hear from teachers who are angry about not getting pay raises for years.

• Middleburg High’s Cody Carroll wins the Clay County Boys High School Golf Championship at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club in Green Cove Springs.

10 years ago, 2010

• County officials prepare for the first phase of a mass transit system that will provide commuter bus service to and from downtown Jacksonville.

• New head ranger Ann Stodola praises the reconstruction of the 765-foot boardwalk at Chowenwaw Park.

• Fleming Island resident Lilian Kiernan Brown writes a book “Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper” about her life on the stage.

20 years ago, 2000

• County officials unveil a much-needed new Knight Boat Ramp in Green Cove Springs.

• Nicole Williams, LeAne Willison and Lucas Doward will represent Florida at the national 4-H events.

• Clay Hill Elementary fifth-grade students who scored a 4 or greater on the writing phase of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test were treated to limousine ride and dinner at Golden Corral, while sophomores from Clay High were treated to a pool party after finishing with the highest overall FCAT score in the county.

30 years ago, 1990

• City Council members vote 4-1 to add another fireman to the Green Cove Springs Fire Department.

• Dr. Larry Flax, a Physical Science professor at St. Johns River Community College, receives the nation’s highest civilian award for his work with U.S. government projects.

• Sportland recreation center celebrates its grand opening on College Drive on Labor Day.

40 years ago, 1980

• Services were held for Hoyt B. Cotney, the founder and owner of Cotney Tire Service in Orange Park.

• Jennings Murrhee and George Carlisle, both Democrats, were re-elected as the county’s sheriff and clerk of the circuit court, respectively.

• Democrat Jesse Tynes Jr. is re-elected as the Clay County Superintendent of Schools.

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