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This Week in History 11/2/23

Posted 11/2/23

Five years ago, 2018

• The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s St. Johns River Ferry was reopened after repairs and maintenance.

• The Streetscape project in Keystone …

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This Week in History 11/2/23


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Five years ago, 2018

• The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s St. Johns River Ferry was reopened after repairs and maintenance.

• The Streetscape project in Keystone Heights held an open house to discuss the project’s plans and goals. City Manager Scott Kornegay intended to make State Road 21 a proper main street for the city.

• The North Florida Land Trust acquired 2,300 acres to continue conservation efforts in the Ocala to Osceola wildlife corridor

 

10 years ago, 2013

• The Memory Club at St. Johns River State College prepared for the USA Memory Championship in New York City.

• The St. Luke’s Child Care Center finished construction and installed a biometric scanner to ensure the safety of children and staff inside.

• Curtis Alan “Ping” Dingler was convicted for a connection to the theft and transfer of the gun used in the homicide of Clay County Detective David White.

 

20 years ago, 2003

• Clay County School Board Member Charles “Mickey” Fields, who was in the last year of his second term, announced he would not seek re-election in 2004. Fields, 68, cited health reasons for his decision.

• Following a lead from the Board of County Commissioners, the Clay County School Board scheduled a special meeting to propose hiring former Florida House Speaker John Thrasher as the school district’s lobbyist in Tallahassee. Superintendent David Owens proposed spending $36,000 a year for Thrasher’s services.

 

30 years ago, 1993

• Virgil Fox, who served 12 years as director of the Clay County Development Authority, was named as an honorary life member of the Florida Economic Development Council.

• Clay residents prepared to celebrate the 6th Annual Ham Jam at the Spencer Ranch on Carter-Spencer Road off County Road 218 in Middleburg, where $5,000 in prize money was up for grabs for winning cooks.

 

40 years ago, 1983

• A citizens advisory committee recommended that the Clay County School Board go with a $50 million bond issue to obtain funds to build new schools and upgrade existing ones in light of District growth. The committee said the original proposal of a $25 million bond issue was not enough.

• Clay County Commissioner Wayne Spivey was accused of trying to discredit a candidate for the open county manager position. David Norris, the personnel manager for Highlands County, was the BCC’s second choice for the position and was turned down for the job.

 

50 years ago, 1973

• Jacksonville Judge Major B. Harding officially dismissed charges against Clay County Judge Thomas J. Rivers, who had been accused of breaking state nepotism laws by hiring his wife.

• Elected officials from Clay County and Orange Park took part in helping bury a time capsule at Southern Bell’s new $3.4 million “central office facility.”