5 Years Ago, 2011

Eric Cravey
Posted 2/17/16

Alternate Energy Technologies LLC announced it would move its headquarters from Jacksonville’s Westside to an 18-acre site in Green Cove Springs where it would have 60 high-wage jobs.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged Kyle Helms with …

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5 Years Ago, 2011

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Alternate Energy Technologies LLC announced it would move its headquarters from Jacksonville’s Westside to an 18-acre site in Green Cove Springs where it would have 60 high-wage jobs.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged Kyle Helms with second-degree murder in the death of Keisha Danielle Short following a domestic dispute in a Lake Asbury home.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated a boating accident that claimed the lives of two Clay teenagers. Travis Hanner, 17, and Halee Mickey, 15, were killed on Black Creek, about four miles west of U.S. 17.

10 Years Ago, 2006

Citing increases in costs estimates by as much as $1 million each, the Clay County School Board voted to delay construction of Elementary School X in the Lake Asbury area, but continued work on a K-8 school for Oakleaf and Coppergate Elementary.

Jane Padgett, co-founder of Citizens for Term Limits and Accountability Committee, said the group was considering seeking approval of a ballot initiative to allow citizens to decide if they wanted to add two new positions to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting of an 18-year-old that took place across Blanding Boulevard in The Pine Tree Plaza.

20 Years Ago, 1996

Clay County School District Supervisor of Secondary Education Jud Wilhelm presented school board members with a plan to establish the district’s first International Baccalaureate Program at Clay High. As proposed, the prestigious program would accept 50 students per year from throughout the district.

Janie B. Sharp of Green Cove Springs died in surgery at University Medical Center in Jacksonville from injuries she received in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 17 near Haven Avenue.

Keystone Heights High School Journalism teacher Susan Sailor was named Clay County’s Teacher of the Year. She would go on to be named Florida Teacher of the Year.

30 Years Ago, 1986

In a special called meeting, School Superintendent Ann Wiggins asked board members to join with 13 other school districts in seeking an advisory opinion from the Circuit Court in Tallahassee regarding equitable school funding.

Martin Miller, assistant superintendent for personnel and labor relations, announced that after serving as teacher contract negotiator for 11-plus years that he no longer wanted to perform that duty. He cited stress on him and his family for steeping down.

Clay County Elections Supervisor Dorothy Holt verified that Orange Park residents had collected enough signatures to conduct a recall election for Vice Mayor Byrd Marshall and council members Hance Bruce and David Brownell.

40 Years Ago, 1976

Clay County Forester George Serfess said firefighters battles 926 acres in Clay County that consumed a trailer, two houses and a barn. He credited the fires to arson.

Clay County Sheriff Jennings Murrhee enrolled 23 members to the Sheriff’s Reserves. The trainees would undergo an 80-hour class at CCSO headquarters that was taught by a criminal justice instructor from St. Augustine Technical Center’s Law Enforcement Academy.

Orange Park Police arrested Mark Blanchard after a 60-mile-per hour chase on Moody Avenue. He was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and eluding police in connection with the attempted murder of Deborah Lynn Phillipe, 18, of Orange Park.

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