Five years ago, 2015
• The Clay County Planning Commission asks county commissioners to examine a policy that would require residents to obtain permits for backyard chickens.
• School board members hear from teachers who are angry about not getting pay raises for years.
• Middleburg High’s Cody Carroll wins the Clay County Boys High School Golf Championship at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club in Green Cove Springs.
10 years ago, 2010
• County officials prepare for the first phase of a mass transit system that will provide commuter bus service to and from downtown Jacksonville.
• New head ranger Ann Stodola praises the reconstruction of the 765-foot boardwalk at Chowenwaw Park.
• Fleming Island resident Lilian Kiernan Brown writes a book “Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper” about her life on the stage.
20 years ago, 2000
• County officials unveil a much-needed new Knight Boat Ramp in Green Cove Springs.
• Nicole Williams, LeAne Willison and Lucas Doward will represent Florida at the national 4-H events.
• Clay Hill Elementary fifth-grade students who scored a 4 or greater on the writing phase of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test were treated to limousine ride and dinner at Golden Corral, while sophomores from Clay High were treated to a pool party after finishing with the highest overall FCAT score in the county.
30 years ago, 1990
• City Council members vote 4-1 to add another fireman to the Green Cove Springs Fire Department.
• Dr. Larry Flax, a Physical Science professor at St. Johns River Community College, receives the nation’s highest civilian award for his work with U.S. government projects.
• Sportland recreation center celebrates its grand opening on College Drive on Labor Day.
40 years ago, 1980
• Services were held for Hoyt B. Cotney, the founder and owner of Cotney Tire Service in Orange Park.
• Jennings Murrhee and George Carlisle, both Democrats, were re-elected as the county’s sheriff and clerk of the circuit court, respectively.
• Democrat Jesse Tynes Jr. is re-elected as the Clay County Superintendent of Schools.