This week in history 4/20/17

Clay Today
Posted 4/19/17

5 years ago, 2012An investigation found that $213,000 in funds were illegally transferred from the Town of Penney Farms’ bank accounts to accounts set up in China and Australia as part of an …

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This week in history 4/20/17


5 years ago, 2012
An investigation found that $213,000 in funds were illegally transferred from the Town of Penney Farms’ bank accounts to accounts set up in China and Australia as part of an internet-based scheme. The funds were recovered and authorities said no city staff or council members were involved in the thefts.

While no resolution was reached, Orange Park Town Council wrestled with ways to improve public access to Doctors Lake from Dogwood Lane.

Orange Park Medical Center completed adding 13,000 square feet of new space to its Emergency Department at a cost of $19 million.

10 years ago, 2007
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reported theft of a platinum record certificate that was awarded to the late Ronnie Van Zant, founding member of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Van Zant’s granddaughter, Courtney Knox, reported the 24-inch by 24-inch framed certificate missing from her Pinto Road home in Middleburg.

Officials with the Moody Avenue YMCA dedicated the building’s $1.1 million newly-completed renovation to honor former director Bob Dye and officially renamed the facility the Dye-Clay Family YMCA.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Amanda Alzate, 19, and Patricia Monzon, 19, both of Orange Park, were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 near Old St. Augustine Road.

20 years ago, 1997
Elite Products Wholesale of Surrey, British Columbia, announced plans to locate an assembly plant in Green Cove Springs that would employ 50 workers by end of its second year here.

Doug Smith, North Florida president of Centex Homes, announced plans to build 2,000 homes south of County Road 220 on Fleming Island. Describing the development as self-contained, it would include an 18-hole golf course and land for a new school.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged Joseph Coleman Hodge, 34, of Jacksonville with three counts of burglary for break-ins at Judy’s Attic, Keystone Dental and Tuller Chiropractic Center, all located on Lawrence Boulevard in Keystone Heights.

30 years ago, 1987
Frank Harrison, chairman of the board of Clay Memorial Hospital in Green Cove Springs, said a list of five firms that submitted proposals to manage the ailing hospital had been narrowed to two – Brim & Associates and United HealthCare Inc.

Clay Today news editor George Duncan was presented the Newsmaker Award by the organization, Florida Teaching Profession after being nominated by the Clay County Education Association for excellence in education reporting.

Backed by a $40,000 grant from the Northeast Florida Private Industry Council, the Clay County Development Authority contracted with Page Video of Jacksonville to write, produce and edit a film that would serve as Clay County’s official commercial to promote economic development.

40 years ago, 1977
Work crews from North Florida Landscape Co. of Jacksonville used cranes to lift and then lower mature palm trees alongside Orange Park Kennel Club on Park Avenue as part of the dog track’s landscaping project.

In 1960, the Town of Orange Park and Southern Hardware agreed to a 100-year lease of a plot of city-owned land on Kingsley Avenue for $25 a year. Citing the lease was no longer monetarily fair to the town, the town offered to sell the site to the company for $40,000.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that 18-year-old Reginold Cobb of Gainesville drowned while swimming between two docks in the lake at Gold Head Branch State Park, north of Keystone Heights.


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