This Week In History 10/7/21

Posted 10/6/21

Five years ago, 2016• Residents on Lewis Drive near the Green Cove Dragway said the county appraiser’s office told them their property value dropped by 20% because of the track.• The …

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This Week In History 10/7/21

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Five years ago, 2016
• Residents on Lewis Drive near the Green Cove Dragway said the county appraiser’s office told them their property value dropped by 20% because of the track.
• The Orange Park Town Council votes to extend the use of red-light cameras for another 120 days.
• VyStar Credit Union opens a branch inside Middleburg High.

10 years ago, 2011
• Green Cove Springs City Manager Danielle Judd earns high praise from the town council for her 34-page report on the city.
• Town-owned property at Gano and Debarry avenues is renamed “Somer’s Sunshine Park” in honor of the 7-year-old girl who was murdered two blocks away by a neighbor.
• A black bear from Camp Blanding breaks into a Macclenny home in the middle of night and took a birthday cake.

20 years ago, 2001
• Town officials draw up plans to protect residents against retaliation who file complaints with the Orange Park Code Enforcement staff.
• Keystone Heights’ Kerry Anne Thompson, a nurse at the Shands Burn Unit in Gainesville, goes to New York to assist with injuries sustained during the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.

• Progress Rail Services, a railroad supply company, closed it doors at the Reynolds Industrial Park.

30 years ago, 1991
• Lightning is suspected to have caused a fire that destroyed the Island View Baptist Church in Orange Park.
• The BCC authorizes the advertisement of public hearings to purchase 50 acres in the Lake Asbury area for Regional Park.
• The Green Cove Springs City Council again denies a request from Habitat for Humanity to open up 16 lots for the construction of free homes.

40 years ago, 1981

• Herman Estil Looney is arraigned for the murder of Bobby Knight. The court entered a non guilty plea on his behalf.
• The Clay County Legislative Delegation abolishes the Government Study Commission because it’s “accomplished nothing except bickering.”
• The state legislature votes to mandate programs for local governments, effecting local budgets and taxes.

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