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This Week In History 6/22/23

Posted 6/22/23

Five years ago, 2018 • The final meeting of the Charter Review Commission included a heated discussion between CRC Chair Amy Pope-Wells, CRC members Amy Miller and Ronald Stotler and Board of …

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This Week In History 6/22/23


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Five years ago, 2018
• The final meeting of the Charter Review Commission included a heated discussion between CRC Chair Amy Pope-Wells, CRC members Amy Miller and Ronald Stotler and Board of County Commission member Gayward Hendry on whether term limits for commissioners should be extended from two, four-year stints to three.
• The Green Cove Springs City Council and GCS Police Department met to discuss ways to fight opioid addictions.
• The Orange Park Town Council votes to approve a stormwater utility to create funding options for cleanup after storms.

10 years ago, 2013
• Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John H. Skinner recused himself from a death penalty case that was sent back to Clay County by the Florida Supreme Court for the re-sentencing hearing for Leo Louis Kaczmar.
• The Green Cove Springs City Council agrees to take out a $2.4 million loan to build a scaled-down police department headquarters.
• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation worth $834,000 that involved buried old steel shipping containers.

20 years ago, 2003
• Reginald Millard, who was wanted for the execution-style murder of a store clerk in North Carolina, walked into the Clay County Jail lobby to turn himself in.
• Six of 15 people arrested for selling cigarettes and alcohol to minors as part of the sheriff’s office’s sting worked at the Shades Nightclub off Wells Road.
• Chick-fil-A opens on Wells Road in Orange Park.

30 years ago, 1993
• After asking the Clay County Commission for a $10 million budget, Sheriff Scott Lancaster asked for an additional $765,006.
• The Florida Department of Transportation announces a $7.5 million plan to widen Interstate 295 to six lanes from 103rd Street to Blanding Boulevard.
• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office searched for clues to identify a man whose body was found charred in the trunk of a burning car on Longbranch Cemetery Road in Maxville.

40 years ago, 1983
• The county commission lifts a ban on scavenging for reusable goods at the county’s landfills.
• The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigates a vandalism spree at Lakeside Middle School, where someone spray-painted “666” on walls and chalkboards.
• The Clay County Board of Commissioners expressed concern after only four of seven members of the Planning Commission attended the two previous meetings.