This Week In History 9/20/18

Clay Today
Posted 9/19/18

5 years ago, 2013The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 woman and one man for soliciting prostitution and other charges to drug possession and transporting a person to take part in …

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This Week In History 9/20/18


5 years ago, 2013

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 woman and one man for soliciting prostitution and other charges to drug possession and transporting a person to take part in prostitution in the sting operation that began Sept. 16.

Fourth Circuit Court Judge John H. Skinner sentenced Derrell Paul Emery Jr. to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 25 years for the shooting death of Leroy McDonald Jr. and a concurrent 25-year sentence for the second-degree murder of Todd Allen Bradshaw Jr. in Clay County’s growing Oakleaf area.

St. Johns Country Day School celebrated its 60th anniversary with visits from local alumnae, the son of its founding headmaster and another headmaster, Stephen F. Russey, who served from 1976 to 2006.

10 years ago, 2008

In a campaign stop in Jacksonville, U.S. Sen. John McCain praised the Orange Park community which he called home during his imprisonment in a North Vietnamese jail and said his children were raised by 50,000 mothers.

Fourth Circuit Court Judge Fredric A. Buttner threw out two proposed county charter amendment ballot questions and allowed a third to stay on the ballot after hearing arguments in a citizens’ group lawsuit. Voters would get to decide whether or not to cap county commissioner salaries at $37,000 per year.

Detective Andy Scott of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office gang activity unit told the Argyle Area Civic Council that the shooting death of 19-year-old Erick Joel Colon of Orange Park might have been connected to a street gang in Jacksonville’s 103rd Street area.

20 years ago, 1998

Green Cove Springs City Council passed a 3-2 vote to hold millage at 2.611 mills, the same level as the previous budget year after an attempt to hike the rate.

The Clay County Development Authority honored CCAR Services – now Challenge Enterprises – as the outstanding nonprofit organization for 1988 and RGC-USA Minerals Sands as the outstanding industry for 1998.

Orange Park residents questioned town council members about a proposal to give Town Manager John Bowles a contract after he had served 9 years on the job without one. They turned out en masse at council, but the agenda item was pulled for discussion.

30 Years ago, 1988

Clay Board of County Commissioners member James Jett held a press conference to announce he was switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

Organizers announced the Second Annual Ham Jam was set to be part of the Historic Middleburg Festival on Oct. 22 beginning at 10 a.m. and Main and Palmetto Streets.

The Clay County Health Department issued a boil water alert for residents along Black Creek who have wells for their source of water in the aftermath of flooding.

40 years ago, 1978

Former Orange Park Fire Chief Bailey M. Theus III pleaded guilty to two counts of misappropriation of public funds in a Clay County courtroom. He allegedly cashed two checks from the Board of County Commissioners valued at $1,065 and $795 for the county reimbursing the town for emergency rescue services.

A delegation of 12 Clay County business leaders joined the Clay County Development Authority to lobby Florida Transportation Tom Webb to speed up the widening of Blanding Boulevard from Kingsley Avenue to Middleburg.

Officials at Orange Park Community Hospital said 18-year-old John R. Shaw of Jacksonville was recovering after receiving four anti-venom shots for snake bite.


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