5 years ago, 2013
The Clay County Fire Rescue Professionals union told former battalion chief Russell Benes Jr. that he would not have any legal support in his appeal on charges he used public …
5 years ago, 2013
The Clay County Fire Rescue Professionals union told former battalion chief Russell Benes Jr. that he would not have any legal support in his appeal on charges he used public resources for private gain. He was fired after an investigation revealed misconduct.
Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club proposed expanding by adding 123 homes on 110 acres at the northwest corner of the massive development.
About 300 Clay County high school students from the school district’s Exceptional Student Education program attended the Third Annual Transitions Career Fair for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
10 years ago, 2008
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office filed a second grand theft charge against Shannon Elizabeth Menke of Orange Park for allegedly stealing more than $12,000 from Clay Duval Pet Emergency Clinic, four months after she was charged with stealing $42,000 from Green Cove Springs Animal Clinic.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Arnold John Spinney of Middleburg on charges of using a computer to solicit minors for sex after the Scottish website WeeWorld tipped detectives that Spinney had entered the website and was sexually role playing with young children.
District 2 Clay County Commissioner Doug Conkey won a second term in office, while political newcomer Janice Kerekes captured 62 of the vote to defeat runoff opponent Eric Jaffe.
20 years ago, 1998
Fifty-five percent of Clay County voters approved a County Charter amendment to establish the office of County Auditor, while 57 percent of the voters approved a measure to separate the powers of Comptroller from Clerk of Court. Fifty-eight percent of voters approved extending a one-cent sales tax for road construction.
Green Cove Springs Fire Chief Richard Knoff was named to the Governor’s Wildlife Response and Mitigation Review Committee.
30 Years ago, 1988
With 24,057 registered voters, Clay County elections officials predicted a 50 percent voter turnout for the 1988 general election.
Snake handling expert Maynard Cox of Orange Park was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Clay Memorial Hospital in Green Cove Springs for treatment of a snake bite.
Clay County Sheriff Jennings Murrhee said claims made in a federal lawsuit of uncleanliness, poor ventilation and overcrowding in the county jail were unfounded.
40 years ago, 1978
In a 4-1 vote with County Commissioner Dale Wilson voting no, the county commission passed a resolution to create the Clay County Utilities Authority Inc. after a study that took more than two years.
Former Orange Park Police Chief Dalton Bray upset 24-year veteran Sheriff Jennings Murrhee in the General Election.
At a meeting in Jacksonville, the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission announced that 2,914 alligators were captured in the statewide hunt in September.