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This Week in History 02/08/24

Posted 2/8/24

Five years ago, 2019 • Hundreds of residents were able to see the plans and renderings of a segment of the First Coast Expressway for the first time. The massive $230 million project is still …

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This Week in History 02/08/24


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Five years ago, 2019

• Hundreds of residents were able to see the plans and renderings of a segment of the First Coast Expressway for the first time. The massive $230 million project is still ongoing, and Clay County is still one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.

• The Eleven22 Church from Jacksonville began its move to its sixth location in Fleming Island at the former Berean Baptist Church, which closed after a pastor secretly videoed women in their underwear. The church with the new Eleven22 congregation would eventually have its first service on April 14, 2019, at 11:22 a.m.

• The annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner was honored to announce that 1,000 scouts from Clay County have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

10 years ago, 2014

• Lisa Graham retired from the school board so that her son, Brian Graham, could run for her seat. The competitive race was decided in a run-off election, which Ashley Gilhousen would eventually win.

• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged James M. Self of Orange Park with a 2011 arson in which investigators said he burned his house on Fortuna Drive after he lost his job.

20 years ago, 2004

• Chicago-based True North Investments announced it had acquired the former Food Lion distribution center south of Green Cove Springs. True North planned to invest $2.5 million to upgrade the facility.

• A Medical Examiner’s Office report verified the remains of a body found in an Orange Park retention pond to be that of Jacksonville resident Vickie L. Rhodes who had been missing for a month.

30 years ago, 1994

• The Florida Highway Patrol was called to Movie World at 2285 Kingsley Ave. in Orange Park where an 18-year-old girl had driven a four-door sedan through the store. No charges were filed and no one was injured.

• The Clay County on Aging broke ground for its third senior center in Clay County. The new Orange Park Center was to be built at 414 Stowe Ave.

40 years ago, 1984

• Officials with the Clay County Agricultural Fair strapped a replica dairy cow into the bed of a pickup truck to ship it to Tampa for a planned exhibit at the Florida State Fair. The cow was meant to serve as a representation of the 30,000 gallons of milk produced daily in Clay County.

• The Green Cove Springs City Council took up a measure to expand the city’s

wastewater treatment plant from its then 500,000 gallons per day capacity to

1.25 million gallons per day

50 years ago, 1974

• Construction on a 9,000 square foot health spa began at the Village Mall at Kingsley Avenue and Plainfield Avenue in Orange Park. Investors of the Polynesian Health Spa Inc. planned to spend $300,000 on the new facility.

• Orange Park voters re-elected Seat 1 Commissioner James Lytle along with two newcomers. Frank Hoffecker won the Seat 2 race, while John Hellmuth won the Seat 3 race.