This week in history 4/13/17

Clay Today
Posted 4/12/17

5 years ago, 2012Jacksonville-based Baptist Health announced it would invest $39 million to build a new set of pediatric and adult subspecialty and emergency care facilities on a 32-acre tract at …

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This week in history 4/13/17


5 years ago, 2012
Jacksonville-based Baptist Health announced it would invest $39 million to build a new set of pediatric and adult subspecialty and emergency care facilities on a 32-acre tract at U.S. Highway 17 and Village Square Parkway on Fleming Island.

Orange Park Town Council members joined Deina Thompson and her son Samuel to dedicate Somer’s Sunshine Park at the corner of DeBarry and Gano Avenues. The park honors the memory of her daughter, 9-year-old Somer Thompson, who was abducted near the park and killed.

Clay County School Superintendent Ben Wortham appointed Thomas Pittman, vice principal at Fleming Island High, to become the school’s new principal after the retirement of Principal Sam Ward.

10 years ago, 2007
The Clay Board of County Commissioners discussed whether to allow Atlas Hovercraft of Green Cove Springs to have an easement through Moccasin Slough where it wanted to build a facility to house boats that would provide river transportation in conjunction with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Clay County commissioners and other elected officials held a ceremony marking the cupola being lowered atop the new $29 million Clay County Courthouse expansion.

Looking to raise capital to purchase land on which it could build a new city police department headquarters building, the Green Cove Springs City Council considered selling the “Old Gymnasium” at 310 S. Orange Ave., which was appraised at $210,000.

20 years ago, 1997
The Clay Board of County Commissioners voted to seek competitive bids to replace Carl Post as the county’s film commissioner in the aftermath of palm trees having been cut down during the filming of an HBO documentary that riled Green Cove Springs City Council and business owners. Commissioner Buddy Griffin said Post did not deserve the treatment he was getting.

MBK Construction said the new 24-screen, 100,000 square foot AMC Theater at Orange Park Mall was on track to be completed in August.

Steak N Shake on Wells Road celebrated its second week in business.

30 years ago, 1987
A committee of educators from the Bradford County School District visited Charles E. Bennett Elementary in Green Cove Springs to observe the school’s Developmental Kindergarten Program with plans of creating a similar program there.

Friends of Orange Park Library announced plans for the 13th Annual Concert Under the Stars with the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra, a fundraiser to be held at Club Continental.

Despite a recommendation from a special master brought in after mediation failed, members of the Orange Park Police Department’s union, Northeast Florida Public Employees Union Local No. 630 and the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, were rejected a requested 4 percent raise.

40 years ago, 1977
Orange Park Mayor Hance Bruce accused Town Manager Richard Fellows of overstepping his authority in allocating funds and hiring employees without council approval.

After meeting in a cottage since 1972, the First Church of God of Middleburg opened its new sanctuary during Easter weekend.

E.C. Kenyon Construction company chugged along building the new Pine Tree Shopping Center at the intersection of Kingsley Avenue and Blanding Boulevard where $1.5 million structure would be home to a new Big Star grocery store.


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