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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: January 7, 2009
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Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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If your son or daughter
wants the best deal in educa-
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free
Northwest Collegiate
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campus.
For more info, go to nwf-
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Thursday. 6:30 p.m.
The Gulf sturgeon will be
the topic when the
Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society meets at NWF State
College, Learning Resources
OCenter,
Room 128.
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife
Service biol-
ogist Frank
Parauka will tell you every-
thing you want to know
about the fish.
Friday. 5 p.m.
Today is the deadline for
entries in the essay contest of
the Twin Cities Elks Lodge of
Niceville/Valparaiso. The
theme is "What Freedom
Means to Me," and it's open
to fifth- through eighth-grade
students. Prizes are savings
bonds, ranging from $50 to
$1,000.
Info, 729-3557.
Friday. 5-7 p.m.
A special reception will be
held at the Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts Center
for the opening of the Arnold
Mesches: Echoes, A Century
Survey art exhibit. Here's
your chance to get a preview
of the works of this provoca-
tive artist.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Swing on over to Ruckel
Middle School
to sign up for
Little League
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Teen Leagues (13-16) base-
ball and girls fast-pitch soft-
ball (9-12). The resident fee is
$10; $20 for non-residents.
And bring Mom and Dad so
they can volunteer to umpire.
Monday. 7:30 p.m.
The acclaimed musical
comedy "The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling
Bee" will be performed at
7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts
Center. Tickets are $45. Call
729-6000.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4


Sansom to quit college post


Lawmaker bows to criticism


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Speaker of the Florida House
Ray Sansom Monday said he
would quit his controversial
$110,000 job at Northwest
Florida State College on Jan. 31,
two months after taking the post.
The Destin Republican
announced his decision in
Tallahassee as the Florida
Legislature opened a two-week


special session to close a $2.3
billion budget deficit.
Sansom resigned in the wake
of criticism that there was at least
an appearance of conflict of
interest in his accepting the
NFSC position in November
after he helped earmark tens of
millions of tax dollars for the
college in the previous year.
NFSC President James R.
Richburg said a search would


begin for
someone
else to fill
the position.
n' tSansom,
whose leg-
islative dis-
trict includes
Niceville,
home of the
Ray Sansom college, told
lawmakers at
the start of the special session in
Tallahassee Monday that his


decision to leave the part-time
college post so soon after accept-
ing it "has not been an easy deci-
sion for me to make."
"I accepted my position at the
college with pure intentions and
for good reasons," said Sansom,
an NFSC graduate who once
worked for the Okaloosa County
School District. "I have long had
a passion for education, and I
have spent decades working to
expand the opportunities avail-
able to the people of northwest


Florida. Given my interests and
my professional experience,
serving at the college was a natu-
ral next step, and it took me back
to an institution that I love and
without which I could not have
gotten a college degree. God
willing, I had hoped to still be
working at the college long after
my service in elected office was
over."


Sansom


added:


Please see SANSOM, page A-3


Foreclosures



double in '08


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Property foreclosures in
Okaloosa County have increased
sevenfold in the past four years,
steadily rocketing from 278 in
2005 to 1,969 in 2008.
Properties in foreclosure
include undeveloped property,
single family homes, commercial
properties and condominiums.
Of course not every property
that begins the foreclosure
process ends up being sold at
auction, according to Vicky
Jackson, a deputy clerk of court
in the Shalimar office. Often
times the property owner will
arrange for the financing to pay
off the amount in default before
the courts sell it at auction,
including short sales. In addition,
foreclosure filings often drag on
for months, meaning many prop-


erties that entered the foreclosure
process in one year continue into
the following year.
There are already 67 homes
and other properties scheduled
for sale on the courthouse steps
in January, and another 15 sched-
uled for a February auction sale.
In December, 19 homes were
sold by the clerk of court, includ-
ing two in the Niceville area,
according to the Clerk of Court.
The record 2008 foreclosure total
was double that of the already
high level of the previous year.
Expect the torrid foreclosure
pace to continue in 2009, said
Niceville Realtor Ray DiTirro, as
sinking property values make it
harder to refinance mortgages.
As five-year adjustable rate mort-
gages and interest-only
Please see DOUBLE, page A-5


Device records tides, rising sea level


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Anglers at a popular fishing pier in
Valparaiso now share the rail with a
high-tech device that watches the tides
and rising sea levels for the federal gov-
ernment.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
installed a solar-powered tide monitor-
ing station at the end of Valparaiso's T-
Pier, off North Bayshore Drive, in
October. The instrument records the
rise and fall of tidal waters in Boggy
Bayou.
The information is sent to NOAA
via a small satellite antenna on the


device and made available to the public
over the Internet. The station's home
page is
www.tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/geo.sht
ml?location=8729501
Tides are determined by the gravita-
tional interplay of the Earth, moon and
sun. The level of each tide is also influ-
enced by atmospheric pressure, wind
and rain.
In Choctawhatchee Bay there are
typically two tides a day, with the day's
high and low arriving a few minutes
later each day. On Boggy Bayou at
Valparaiso, the average difference
Please see DEVICE, page A-2


This U.S. tidal
gauge will operate
in Valparaiso for
two years.
Beacon photo
by Del Lessard


Some bus fares double


Niceville riders pay a premium I ,


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Regular fares for Okaloosa
County's transit system doubled
as of Jan. 1, to $1.
Fares for senior citizens or the
disabled are unchanged at 25
cents. Transfers, which previously
were free, now cost 25 cents.
However, stops in Niceville
are part of the WAVE's only
express route-a route that travels
from city to city without frequent
stops within a particular city.
Fares for the express route are


higher, said Lani Birchett, transit
coordinator of Okaloosa County.
"It is a direct route, from one
city to another," Birchett said. For
example, "a typical bus route
may have 25 to 30 stops, within
Fort Walton, but the express route
travels a greater distance without
internal city stops.'
Express fares remain at $1.50.
Senior-citizen and disabled prices
for express routes remain at 75
cents.
Please see BUS page A-2


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
County bus awaits passengers at Northwest Florida State College.


Clerk thwarts


store robbery


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A knife-wielding bandit
who demanded money from a
clerk at a drugstore in
Bluewater Bay Thursday fled
empty-handed when the clerk
refused to give him any.
Sheriff's reports gave the
following account:
A clerk at the Walgreen's
store, 4582 E. Highway 20,
reported that at about 9 a.m.


Dec. 29 a man entered the
store and attempted an armed
robbery. The man was
described as white and wear-
ing blue jeans, white running
shoes, sunglasses and a dark
hooded sweatshirt pulled over
his head.
The man came to the
counter, grabbed a store bag,
pulled a silver-colored folding

Please see CLERK, page A-2


Christmas cleanup


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Removing remnants of the Niceville Civic Center Christmas display Monday were, from left,
municipal workers Duane Cook and J.R. Cox and volunteer Lynne Waltz, of the Niceville
Community Guild.


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Page A-2


THE BEACON


Wednesday, January 7, 2009


DEVICE
From page A-1

between high and low tide is only
about six inches-far less than in
many other areas of Florida.
The NOAA measuring device
is scheduled to operate in
Valparaiso for about two years,
according to Mike Aslaksen, chief
of the agency's Remote Sensing
Division. New measurements of
the nation's shoreline are per-
formed every 18 to 20 years,
Aslaksen said. The effort is cur-
rently concentrating on the area
between Apalachicola Bay to the
east and the western edge of
Mobile Bay, Ala.
There are a series of NOAA
measuring stations installed
between those two points. While
the meter in Valparaiso measures
only the tides, some stations, in
Pensacola and Panama City for
example, also record weather con-
ditions such as wind and tempera-
ture.


The nation uses water-
level data for a variety of Vail
purposes, including Stati
hydrography, nautical
charting, maritime naviga-
tion, coastal engineering,
and tsunami and storm-
surge warnings, according
to NOAA. Mariners use
the information to time
their approach to and exit
from ports.
Long-term applications
include marine boundary
determinations, tidal pre-
dictions, monitoring sea-
level trends, oceanograph-
ic research, and climate
research. Bridge, break-
water, and deep-water Tidal
channel construction also on the
are affected by tidal and tion=8
current changes.
The planet's rising sea
levels are also being monitored by
the sensors.
While Valparaiso is a measur-
ing station for temporary data and
is primarily used for measure-


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information from a measuring device at the Valparaiso T-pier, as disl
e device's Internet page: www.tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/geo.shtml
1729501.


ment of changes in the shoreline,
it also feeds into the long-term
NOAA measurement of ocean
levels, said Stephen Gill, senior
scientist for tides and currents in
NOAA's Center for Operations


and Oceanic Products.
Gill said the agency previous-
ly measured water levels in
Boggy Bayou, at Valparaiso, in
1935, 1977 and most recently in
1989. Pensacola has the longest


marks embedded along
S the nation's shoreline
played over the past several
?loca- decades. One such brass
benchmark, part of the
National Geodetic
Survey, is near the base of
Valparaiso's T-Pier.
Determining the accurate loca-
tion of the shoreline is extremely
important, according to NOAA,
because it is used as a source to
define the boundaries between
private, state, and federal owner-
ship and jurisdictions, including
the territorial sea and the nation's


continuous monitoring
station nearby, he said. It
shows a trend-between
1923 and 2006-of the
sea level rising 2.1 mm a
year.
Aslaksen said that
data collected by the
shoreline sensors will be
integrated with photo-
graphs to be taken by sen-
sor aircraft sometime
during the next two years.
Those airborne photos
will be linked to both
GPS satellite data as well
as surveyed brass bench-


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CLERK the money from the register into
CLERKthe bag.
From page A-1 The clerk, a 55-year-old
Niceville woman, told the man
knife from his pocket, and opened she would not give him any
it. money. The man pocketed his
He ordered the clerk to put all knife and walked out.
SBUS in line with others in the state."
BUSBirchett said it costs $1.27
From page A-1 million a year to run the WAVE,
which is operated by the
Twelve buses a day run Okaloosa County Transit, a pri-
through Niceville, stopping at the vate not-for-profit entity hired by
Niceville Community Center and the Okaloosa County
Northwest Florida State College. Commission. The WAVE is fund-
The three southbound stops at ed "predominantly through feder-
NWF State College are: 7 a.m., al and state grants," said Birchett.
11 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. The three The county commission must
northbound stops are: 9:15 a.m., supply matching funds. "The
1:05 p.m., 5:20 p.m. grants will only match what we
The three southbound stops at can provide," she added. "We
the Community Center are: 7:05 were notified by the commission-
a.m., 11:05 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. ers that there will be about 10 per-
The three northbound stops are: cent less available for grants."
9:10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Bus fares provide only about 8
The Niceville buses stop at percent of operational costs.
these additional five locations: Birchett said the increased fares
Uptown Station in Fort Walton will result in a $30,000 increase
Beach, Shalimar Courthouse for the public transportation serv-
Annex, VA Clinic on Eglin Air ice.
Force Base, and Crestview City Birchett said ridership for the
Hall. WAVE in 2008 rose from the pre-
Prices for the government- vious year as gasoline prices
funded bus service were raised soared.
"just to cover operational costs," "We have grown quite a bit,"
said Birchett. "We had a reduc- she said. "Last year (2007) we
tion in budget from the county had 184,000 riders. Now we have
commissioners," she said. "We 200,000." At the height of gas-
were one of the least expensive price increases, ridership hit an
transit services. Now we're more annual rate of 210,000, she said.



















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Exclusive Economic Zone. Tidal
datum lines derived from the
NOAA nautical chart are a source
used to determine such marine
and maritime limits. Recently, for
example, disputes over public use
and private waterfront land own-
ers in Destin and south Walton
County revolved around determi-
nations such as the location of the
mean high tide line-generally
the legal boundary between pub-
lic and private property.
The photos taken by NOAA
are also used in coastal manage-
ment, waterfront development,
natural resource identification,
water-depth measurements, and
location of features or obstruc-
tions affecting marine safety,
Aslaksen said. The photos and
tidal information also have been
used extensively along the Gulf to
determine damage and shoreline
changes after hurricanes, he said.
NOAA traces its heritage to
President Thomas Jefferson, who
in 1807 created the first scientific
agency, the Survey of the Coast.
More information on NOAA's
maritime mission is available
online at: www.tidesandcur-
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009


THE BEACON


Blaze damages mobile home


Fire starts in bedroom;

no injuries are reported ,,


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
No one was injured Saturday
morning in a trailer fire in
Niceville that started in a chil-
dren's bedroom.
F ii liliil i received the call at
9:04 a.m. Jan. 3 and were on the
scene four minutes later at 509
23rd St., where smoke and flames
were visible from a mobile home,
said Mike Wright, chief of the
East Niceville Fire Department.
No residents were home at the
time of the fire, he said. The fire,
which was limited to a back bed-

SANSOM
From page A-1

"Unfortunately, some have dis-
agreed with my decision to work
at the college. While I do not
question their motives, I strong-
ly object to their conclusions. In
all my years in public service, I
have sought to act in a manner
worthy of the trust that the peo-
ple have placed in me."
"When I became Speaker of
the House, I made a commit-
ment to you and to the people of
Florida that I would put this
office and this institution above
any personal interests of my
own," Sansom said. "I will not,
and cannot, allow any contro-
versy over my position at the
college to divert our focus from
serving the needs of the people
we represent."
The controversy arose after
NFSC trustees Nov. 18 accepted
Richburg's recommendation to
hire Sansom as vice president
for planning and development.
The decision came the day
Sansom became Speaker of the
House. The powerful lawmaker
had helped steer $31.5 million
in state construction funds to the
college in 2007.


room and hallway of the mobile
home, was extinguished by a joint
team from Niceville and East
Niceville at 9:20 a.m., according
to fire department Capt. Dave
Burch.
The blaze caused approxi-
mately $5,000 damage to the
older mobile home, Wright said,
while damage to the contents was
estimated at $1,500. Cause of the
fire is under investigation by the
State Fire Marshal, he said.
The owner of the property was
listed as Alan Jenkins, 345 Bonita
Ave., Fort Walton Beach, accord-

NFSC officials said a post
opened in November with the
retirement of Jim Chitwood, the
$85,000-a-year full-time direc-
tor of the college's fund-raising
arm, the Northwest Florida State
College
Foundation.
Critics,
who includ-

legislative
Democrats,
complained
the opening
had not
been pub-
licly adver- James R.
tised and Richburg
the hiring was not part of the
published agenda for the college
trustees meeting Nov. 18 that
ratified Richburg's recommen-
dation. Newspaper editorials
around the state said it was
unseemly for Sansom to hold
both the college post and speak-
ership, given the legislature's
largess to NFSC.
Sansom told the Beacon last
month that under college policy
Richburg can hire part-time
employees without trustee
approval.
Also criticized was a March
24 meeting in Tallahassee in


beacon photo by Kenneth books
No one was hurt in a fire Saturday that began in a children's
bedroom at 509 23rd St., Niceville, according to authorities.


ing to Burch, while the occu-
pants' were listed as David and
Angie Armstrong plus four chil-
dren.
which Sansom and Richburg
met "in privacy" with the
trustees to discuss proposed leg-
islation that was to result in the
community college becoming a
four-year state college. No min-
utes of the meeting were kept,
and at press time no briefing
materials had been disclosed in
response to a weeks-old public
records request.
Following the announcement
of Sansom's resignation,
Richburg released a written
statement Monday:
"Ray Sansom, our college
Vice President for Planning and
Development is resigning his
position at Northwest Florida
State College effective January
31, 2009. With great regret, I
accept his resignation. He will
leave the college with our full
confidence, admiration."
Richburg said that the college


Correction
An article Dec. 31 gave an
incorrect age for Building K
on the campus of Northwest
Florida State College. The
building was first occupied in
1973, between 35 and 36
years ago.


Firefighters from Niceville,
North Bay and Eglin Air Force
Base provided mutual aid to East
Niceville filn lil Li
still needs a senior official for
plans and development, and that
need would be assessed in the
coming days and weeks before a
decision on how to fill the posi-
tion.
If it is decided that Sansom's
successor should be a full-time
employee, the position would be
posted, Richburg said.
However, part-time vacancies
are not posted, he said.
Sansom will be paid $18,333
for his work at NFSC between
Dec. 1 and Jan. 31, the college
said.


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THE BEACON


Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Arrests
Robert Dither Ellis, unem-
ployed, 26, of 363 Washington
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Dec. 22 for vio-
lation of probation on the original
charges of DUI and driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Ida Lynne Martin, a cook, 44,
of 706 Kumquat Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Dec. 27 on a Walton County war-
rant for violation of probation on
the original charge of leaving the
scene of an accident with property
damage.

Carl Lee Williams, a tire com-
pany serviceman, 33, of 306
Hillcrest Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by Valparaiso police Dec.
30 for battery, domestic violence,
false imprisonment and sexual
battery.

Brandy Marie Davis, 31, of
304 Reeves St., Lot A-6, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Dec. 23 on a Santa Rosa County
warrant on the original charge of
grand theft.

Robert Cole Fuller, unem-
ployed, 25, of 225 Fir Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 26 for failure to
appear on the original misde-
meanor charge of battery.

Alexander Clayton Hines,
unemployed, 26, of 539 Satsuma
Road, Choctaw Beach, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies Dec. 19
for violation of probation on the
original charge of resisting arrest
without violence.

Richard Alan Sewell, 25, of
211 Evans St., Niceville, was
arrested by Walton County sher-
iff's deputies Dec. 12 on an


Okaloosa County warrant for a
misdemeanor worthless check
charge.

Jennifer Anne Pettis, 53, of
1721 23rd St., Niceville, was
arrested by Fort Walton Beach
police Dec. 22 for failure to return
rented property, specifically a lap-
top computer valued at $608.

Melissa D. Puett, a line cook,
37, of 363 Lincoln Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Dec. 22 for violation
of probation on the original charge
of resisting arrest without vio-
lence.

Brandon Scott Benninger, a
prep cook, 22, of 313 Florida St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 24 for violation of
probation on the original charge of
disorderly conduct.

Joshua Brian Murray, unem-
ployed, 18, of 4209 Shadow Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 29 for petit theft.
Murray allegedly told deputies he
became intoxicated Dec. 16 when
he took a bicycle from a Niceville
residence in the 300 block of
Reeves Street, and that when he
woke up Dec. 17 he forgot he had
taken the bike.

John Roy Clark, a restaurant
worker, 28, of 1724 24th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 30 for violation of
probation on original charges of
domestic violence battery, DUI,
driving while license suspended or
revoked and resisting without vio-
lence.
DUI arrests
Cathy Maria Loft, a bartender,
51, of 133 Wright Circle,
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25 at 3:29 a.m. Loft was also cited
for driving with a suspended dri-
ver's license.

Taylor Ray Roberts, 18, of
2115 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
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for DUI on Marquette Street at
Cadillac Avenue, Dec. 27, at 1:35
a.m., subsequent to a single-vehi-
cle crash that caused an estimated
$5,600 damage but no injuries.
Thefts
A Niceville resident who
advertised two rings for sale on the
Craig's List Internet site reported
that a buyer in Louisiana agreed
Nov. 24 to purchase the rings with
a certified check. The seller sent
the rings in return for a certified
check for $13,126. When she took
the check to the bank Dec. 8, she
was told it was fake.

Unknown persons broke a $40
lamp and stole one-of-a-kind jew-
elry and clothing from a not-for-
profit store that supports animal
causes, 509 E. John Sims
Parkway, sometime Dec. 14. The
stolen items were valued together
at more than $300.

A Niceville resident from the
1700 block of Pine Avenue report-
ed that sometime Dec. 23-24
unknown persons) stole a $150
portable DVD player from the
unlocked vehicle parked in the


driveway. The victim noticed the
burglary when he went to the vehi-
cle about 7 a.m. Dec. 24 and saw
an item that had been inside the
vehicle had been placed on the
roof and a rear passenger door was
ajar.

A Niceville resident from the
4000 block of 13th Street reported
that unknown persons) stole a
$180 portable DVD player from
an unlocked vehicle parked in the
driveway sometime Dec. 23-24.
The victim noticed the burglary
when she saw a door ajar and saw
the glovebox was open and items
from inside were on the passenger
seat.

Burglar(s) stole a 2006
Mercedes, a 2000 Jeep and a
$3,000 plasma TV from a
Bluewater Bay residence in the
4400 block of Southminster Circle
sometime Dec. 24-25. A man
who had been watching the house
and pets while the residents were
away on vacation discovered the
Jeep missing from the driveway
Christmas Day. He also discov-
ered the Mercedes had been stolen
from inside the garage. Deputies
made a walk-through of the house
and discovered the television had
been removed from the living
room and most closets, drawers
and cabinets had been opened.

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200 block of Wava Avenue report-
ed that sometime Dec. 28-29
unknown persons) stole a GPS
unit and two pairs of expensive
sunglasses from the unlocked
vehicle in his driveway. The
stolen items were valued together
at $549.

A Niceville resident from the
4400 block of Windrush Drive
reported that unknown persons)
stole a $650 pool pump from the
back yard of the residence some-
time Dec. 28-29.

Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident of the 100
block of 22nd Street reported that
someone had vandalized the inte-
rior and exterior of the residence,
causing nearly $3,000 in damages,
sometime Dec. 19. A vehicle in
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from front to back, while some
doors had tool marks, windows in
the house had been unlocked and
some screens removed, bleach
had been poured in a washer full
of clothing and a portable stereo
had been broken, among other
damages.

Vandal(s) caused an estimated
$200 damage to a Niceville resi-
dence in the 1500 block of
Valparaiso Boulevard sometime
Dec. 27-28, breaking two light
globes at the end of the driveway.

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 800 block of Bay Drive
reported that unknown persons)
caused an estimated $1,500 dam-
age to the top of his 1990 con-
vertible sometime Dec. 20.
Nothing was reported missing
from the vehicle.
Other
Kathryn Michelle Devoe, 20,
of 1254 SW 9th Road,
Gainesville, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop, Dec.
27, for underage possession of
alcohol, two counts, and for
unlawful possession of a driver's
license. Devoe, who had two bot-
tles of alcohol in her purse, also
had a driver's license belonging
to someone else. Devoe alleged-
ly admitted that she had the other
person's driver's license because
she resembled her and had used it
to purchase alcohol.

Thomas Andrew Robinson,
19, of 1701 Dellmont Cove,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police Dec.
22, for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and posses-
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Height: 5-feet, 8-inches
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 33
Date of birth: 12-21-75
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

Name: Melissa Elizabeth Matuzek
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a' Jorth Ba Fire
T Ntiay Fire Departrnent respond eo the following calls Dec. 29 through
Jan. 4 -
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Location io TI T T ate Time
North White Point Road .Dispatched an cancelle /14/08 ... .01:34
Bimini Way .......... False alarm ...... . ... ... .12/30/08 ... 10:47
Shay Lin ......... ... .EMS call excluding vehicle .... 12/16/08 ... 11:46
Cat-mar Street ......... No incident found ......... .... 12/30/08 .. .17:13
Scenic Hwy 98 ......... Dispatched and cancelled ..... 12/31/08 .. .15:55
Raintree Boulevard ..... Fire ............... ....... 12/31/08 ....23:03
North White Point Road .EMS call .................. 1/1/09 ...... 06:59
North White Point Road .EMS call .................. 1/1/09 ...... 12:40
Bayshore Drive ........Dispatched and cancelled ....... 01/2/09 ..... 09:44
Merchants Way ........Dispatched and cancelled ...... 01/2/09 ... 17:38
East Highway 20 ....... EMS call .................... 01/2/09 ..... 18:05
White Point Road ..... Detector activation, no fire ..... 12/19/08 ... .18:11
Glenlake Circle ........ .EMS call .......... ..... ...1/3/09 ...... 00:26
23rd Street ............ Fire ...................... 1/3/09 ...... 09:01
Merchants Way ........ Dispatched and cancelled ...... 1/3/09 ..... 22:38
North White Point Road ..EMS call .................. 1/4/09 ...... 18:41

Valparaiso Fire
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls for the
month of December 2008.
Location Situation Type Date
1253 N. Bayshore Drive .Gas leak (natural gas or LPG) ..............12/01/08
290 Grandview Ave. ..Good intent call, other .................. ...12/02/08
458 Old 10 Highway ... .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/03/08
379 Edge Ave ....... .Public service ........................... 12/05/08
219 Grandview Ave. ... EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/07/08
403 James Ave. ...... EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/07/08
1692 Valparaiso Blvd. .. .Dispatched & canceled en route .............12/07/08
282 Washington Ave. .. .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/08/08
282 Washington Ave. .. .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/08/08
1139 N. Bayshore Drive .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/11/08
1139 N Bayshore Drive .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/12/08
298 Montana Ave.......EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/12/08
282 Washington Ave. .. Police matter .............. ........... 12/13/08
207 Chicago Ave. .....Gasoline or other flammable liquid spill .......
1199 N Bayshore Drive .Water problem, other ............... .... .12/15/08
1295 N. Bayshore Drive .alarm system sounded due to malfunction .... 12/16/08
83 S. John Sims Pkwy. .Vehicle accident with injuries ......... .. .12/17/08
324 Hillcrest Ave. .......Burn complaint ........................... .12/17/08
268 Glenview Ave. .... EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/23/08
275 Okaloosa Ave. ..... EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/23/08
228 Saint Charles Ave. .EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury .12/28/08
23 S. John Sims Pkwy. .Alarm system sounded due to malfunction .... 12/29/08
177 S. John Sims Pkwy. .Dispatched, cancelled enroute ..............12/30/08
23 S. John Sims Pkwy. .Alarm system sounded due to malfunction .... 12/31/08
5 Kelly Way ......... Hazardous condition, power line ......... ....12/31/08


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"It needs to be looked "It's not something
at. It didn't happen to new; it's happened
me not yet. I don't before, but people are
use my ATM card that falling for it again.
much." People should be
more alert for anything
that looks different at
their ATM."


"That's not cool." "It's illegal for starters.
I hope those doing it
are caught and thrown
into federal prison."


"It's a beautiful thing It's wrong, but I think the
if you're a thief. It's downturn in the econo-
very widespread in my is pushing more peo-
Europe. People there pie to steal."
are advised to keep
their hands over the
keypad while entering
their PIN numbers."


James Cutright, 28,
Niceville,
computer technician


DOUBLE
From page A-1
mortgages reset this year, many
property owners will find their
properties are worth less than what
they owe, DiTirro said. Therefore
they won't be able to take advan-
tage of current favorable mortgage
interest rates hovering around 5
percent.
Instead, DiTirro predicted that
many of those caught owing more
than their property is worth will


City eyes

annexation
By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville City Council
will consider a request by
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Church, 1200 Valparaiso
Blvd., to have two acres of
wooded land annexed into the
city and zoned R-1 at its meet-
ing Tuesday, Jan. 13.
The Niceville Planning
Commission Monday unani-
mously agreed to recommend
approval.
The church's 20-acre prop-
erty, with the exception of the
land in question, which forms
a thin strip along the edge, is
already part of the city.
The Planning Commission
also unanimously agreed to
vacate several unused munici-
pal rights of way which run
through the church property.
While the rights of way exist
for construction of roads, the
roads themselves do not exist
and the rights of way in some
cases run through the church's
buildings.


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Niceville,
government contractor


either default and go through fore-
closure, or look to "short sales"-
where the mortgage holder agrees
to settle for what it can get in a sale
for less than what's owed.
As of Monday there were 299
detached, single-family homes in
the Niceville, Valparaiso and
Bluewater Bay area that were for
sale according to the Multiple
Listing Service (MLS), DiTirro
said. MLS does not include all
properties on the market, such as
sales by owner.
Of 299 Niceville area homes
listed as for sale on MLS Monday,
69 homes were in the "distressed"
category-owned by the bank,
foreclosures, short sales, bank-
ruptcies or sales under court
order-according to DiTirro.
In the Bluewater Bay area,
there were 124 MLS homes for
sale Monday, he said-including
21 that are in the distressed cate-
gory.
The Beacon talked to one cou-
ple whose home in Valparaiso is
on the market as a short sale. The
owner had been in the home for
more than a dozen years but refi-
nanced when a medical emer-


John Countryman, 53,
Niceville,
retired


agency hit the family. The family
then refinanced a second time,
saying they received an unrealisti-
cally high appraisal, and getting
the loan at an adjustable rate. Last
summer the family moved out of
the home-even though both the
husband and wife have jobs-
because they were unable to meet
their adjusted mortgage payments.
DiTirro said at least one of his
clients last year also fell victim to
declining property values and an
adjustable rate on a home equity
loan. Buying the home with little
of his own money invested, the
owner took out a home equity loan
when property values were sky-
rocketing a few years ago. To
make matters worse, the client
took out the home equity loan to
buy another property as an
investor, the Realtor said. Now the
owner owes far more than his
home is worth, meaning he is
unable to refinance.
Some homeowners unable to
sell last year are renting their
homes, DiTirro said. For example
he told of two Niceville home-
owners, both pilots in the Air
Force, who tried to sell their


Dan Hanlon, 47,
Niceville,
Eglin dining hall employee


homes last year after receiving
orders to a new station. The drop
in property values made it hard to
sell either home, even when priced
to just break even. Potential buy-
ers, also military members, were
unable to buy the homes because
they themselves owned homes in
other parts of the country that they
could not sell, the Realtor said. In
both cases the Niceville military
homeowners ended up renting
their homes to other military
members getting assigned to
Eglin, he said.
DiTirro said home values in the
Bluewater area have dropped for
the last three years in a row,
according to MLS data.


John Behnken, 73,
Shalimar,
retired


Using MLS data provided by
DiTirro, the Beacon calculated the
change in the average sale price of
homes sold in the area between
Rocky Bayou and Walton County
line:
-In 2006 the average selling
price for 192 homes sold was
$397,417, a 2.1 percent decline
from the average 2005 price of
$405,818 on 238 sales.
-In 2007 the average price on
186 homes sold, $335,882, was a
15.5 percent drop from 2006.
-In 2008, 152 homes sold at
an average price of $305,941, a 9
percent decline from 2007.
"The market right now is
$400,000 and under market," said


Laura Boles, 39,
Valparaiso,
housewife


DiTirro.
DiTirro said values of condo-
miniums, chiefly in resort areas of
the county, dropped an average of
46 percent last year, according to
an industry source.
The good news is that the rate
of decline has slowed, although
the bottom of the local market still
hasn't been reached, DiTirro said.
The federal "bailout" has yet to
work, DiTirro said, since too few
banks seem willing to lend money
to those seeking to refinance.
With a new administration about
to take over in Washington, he said
"there's got to be a point where
bailout money filters down to
homeowner loans."


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Oh Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great
in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman
of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who
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King's Brass
Tim Robinson and the King's Brass will entertain Friday,
Jan. 9, at First United Methodist Church, 103 First St., SE,
Fort Walton Beach, as part of the First Arts series. Tickets
to this Christian concert are $12 for adults and $6 for chil-
dren under 12 in advance. Call 243-6083.


Spelling bee
"The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee" will be performed
Monday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. as
part of the Broadway Series at the
Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing
Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College, Niceville,
Mainstage. Follow six young peo-
ple in the throes of puberty, over-
seen by grown-ups who barely
managed to escape childhood
themselves. This delightfully tune-
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warming show even offers audi-
ence members the opportunity to
become part of the stage action.
Tickets are $45. Call 729-6000.


The Drowsy Chaperone
Boasting the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on
Broadway, this comedy on national tour offers tons of laughs.
It all begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite
cast album, a 1928 hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone," and
the show magically bursts to life. Tickets for the Wednesday,
Jan. 21, show at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts
Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, are $45.
Call 729-6000.


Music and dance
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will collaborate at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest
Florida State College, Niceville, Friday, Jan. 30, with the Northwest Florida State College dance program to present
"Symphonic Miniatures," a chamber orchestra program that will feature music by Strauss, Handel and Mozart. Tickets are
$22.50. Call 729-6000.


Violin

prodigy
Sixteen-year-old violin vir-
tuosa Caroline Goulding
will perform for the second
time in the area Saturday,
Jan. 17, when she joins
Sinfonia in "Mendelssohn's
200th Birthday Bash" at
Grace Lutheran Church,
Destin. Tickets are $37.50
for preferred floor sitting
and $25 for the balcony.
Call 267-1478.


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The Lowe Family
The Lowe Family, direct from their theater in Branson, Mo., will entertain audiences
Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College, Niceville. Tickets are $25. Call 729-6000 or 362-9356.


Art shows
The Arts and Design Society has scheduled two events for January. The Art Challenge-Recycled, will take place Jan. 9-23,
followed by Natural Encounters, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13. Both shows take place at ADSO's gallery, 17 First St., Fort Walton
Beach. For information, call 244-1271.


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6 days before publication.

Adventure Club
For Active Seniors.
Hiking, Bicycling,
Kayaking, Traveling,
Walking.
Last Wednesday
4 p.m.
Auditorium
Bldg., UWF 8
Campus,
FWB
581-4591
After school program
Children ages 6 and up.
Second Tuesday
4 p.m.
Niceville Library Youth
Services Program
Room.
729-4554
Agape Squares
Square Dance Club
Monday, $3/Each
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Community Life Center
of First United
SMethodist
Church,
Niceville
897-8891
Al-Anon
Saturday Serenity Al-
Anon Family Group
meets each Saturday,
9:30-10:30 a.m. in
Room 802 (the
Chandler Building) of


the Niceville First
United Methodist
Church. Al-Anon is for
friends and family mem-
bers affected by some-
one else's drinking. Call
244-2009 for informa-
tion.
Alzheimer's Support
Last Wednesdays
10:30 a.m.
First United Methodist
Church, Room 701
678-4411, Ext. 127
American Association
of University Women
Promoting education
and equity.
Third Monday
11:30 a.m.
729-2093
American Girls Book
Club
Third Saturday
10 a.m. to noon
Niceville Public Library
Youth
Services
Program
Rm.
729-4554.
AMVETS Auxiliary
Women dedicated to
community service.
Third Monday
7 p.m.
AMVETS Post #78,
Valparaiso
678-3828
Audubon Society
Meetings on environ-
mental topics.
First
Thursday
6:30 p.m.
OWC,
Learning


Resource Center
862-9588
Baby Bookworms
Music, stories and
rhymes for babies and
toddlers.
Friday
Pre-walkers at 9:30
a.m. and walkers at
10:30 a.m.
Niceville Library
729-4554
Big Brothers/Big
Sisters
Okaloosa and Walton
Counties One-on-One
Community based men-
toring for ages 6-14,
664-5437
Escambia County
1-850-433-5437
Bluewater Babes Play
Group
Ages 4 and Under play
group. Currently looking
for new leader.
897-4294
Book Club
American Girls Book
Club
Third Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Youth Services Program
Rm., Niceville Library
729-4554
Boy Scout Troop 553
Scout skills, camping.
Monday
6:30 p.m.
Bluewater Baptist
Church
897-2812 Tom Wolcott
Bluewater Gardeners
Bluewater Bay Garden
Club


Second Thursday
9:30 a.m.
(Sept. through May)
Bluewater Bay
Clubhouse
897-1812 or 897-3234
Bridgeway Senior
Services
Various activities for
elderly, Meals on
Wheels,
Reservations, On-Site
Lunch at 11 a.m.
Valparaiso Ctr., Monday
through Friday, 9:30
a.m. to Noon.
Seminole Ctr, Tues. and
Thurs., 9:30 to Noon.
Need Volunteers
833-9291
Cancer Survivors
Club
of Bluewater Bay
Young and positive
ladies' support group
Third Thursday
6:30 p.m.
897-4560
Chamber Breakfast
Chamber of Commerce
"Second Wednesday
Breakfast"
Second Wednesday
7:30 a.m.
Niceville
Community
Center
678-2323
Charity Bingo/Dinner
Knights of Columbus
#7667
21 Bingo
0 30 0 Fridays
6 p.m.
12 678-2756


and
Pasta Dinner, $6/Each
First Saturdays
6 p.m.
678-3010
Holy Name of Jesus
Church
Christian Ceili Club
Practice Irish dance.
Monday
6:30 p.m.
A Dance Studio in Palm
Plaza
729-0494
Civilian Retirees
Federal Civilian Retiree
Services
Tuesday through
Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Eglin, Bldg. 210, Room
165A
882-2720
Community Life
Center
Monday through
Saturday
Hours vary
First United Methodist
Church, Niceville
678-2821
Cribbage Club
Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Fort Walton Beach,
American Legion
Post 235
897-1266.
Diabetes Support
Second Thursday
9 a.m.
Twin Cities Hospital
729-9480
Divorce Care
Tuesday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


First United Methodist
Church
678-4411, ext. 118
Driving Courses
Mature Safe Driving
Course.
First
Wednesday i
and
Thursday,
Noon to 4 p.m.
Twin Cities Hospital
729-9463
Eglin Officers
Spouses
Luncheon
Third Wednesday
10:30 Am.
Officers Club.
Call 850-314-9755 for
reservations by Wed.
before.
Embroidery Guild
Fourth Monday 9 a.m.
and Fourth Thursday
6:30 p.m.
No May through Aug.
Meetings
First United Methodist
Church, Niceville
862-4088
Emerald Coast
Paddlers
Adult Canoe and
Kayaking
Second Thursday
6 p.m.
Pranzo Restaurant
837-1577
Emerald Coast
Parents of Multiples
Third Monday.
6:30 p.m.
First United Methodist
Church, Niceville.
897-1076
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Sunday Services
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Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
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IMMANUEL ANGLICAN
CHURCH
Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
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BULLETIN
From page B-2
Family Night at
Niceville Library
Fourth Thursday
Call for Room Location
and Time
729-4554
Fitness Classes
Pilates, strength and
stretch, body recall, and
faithfully fit.
Daily
Community Life Center,
FUMC
678-2821
Flag Program
Kiwanis selling and
mounting flags to
households.
Call for information.
897-4396
Flying Needles
Quilt Guild for anyone


interested in quilting.
Second Thursday
9:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian
Church, Niceville
Melanie 835-4437
4-H Club
Educational program.
small animals, livestock,
horses, gardening and
more. For youth ages 5-
19. Okaloosa County
Extension Office.
689-5850 or 729-1400
ext. 5850.
GED classes
Classes for adults seek-
ing a high school diplo-
ma.
OWC.
Various
times, free.
729-5387
Grief Support
Wednesday


6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
First Baptist Church,
Niceville, Fellowship
Hall
Donna McDowell, 729-
1617
Grief Support
Covenant Hospice
offers ongoing grief
support.
Tuesday
11 a.m.
First United Methodist
Church, Niceville
729-1800
Guys & Gals Bass
Club
First Monday
7 p.m.
The Boat House Bilge
Pub, Valparaiso.
729-7044.
Host Families
Agencies seek U.S.
families to host high


school students from
other countries.
Students Travel
Schools (STS)
Foundation at
1-800-522-4678.
World Heritage Student
Exchange Program 1-
800-888-9040.
Hugs and Stitches
Prayer group for those
in need. Knits and cro-
chets shawls to share
with them.
First Tuesday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Hope Baptist
Church, Valparaiso
678-1869
Infertility support
group
A new infertility support
group, to provide one
another with support,
encouragement, and


prayer, meets the first
and third Sunday of
each month at 3 p.m. in
Room 703 at the First
United Methodist
Church in Niceville.
For more information,
contact Becky Connors,
613-2018.
Kiwanis Club
Various
speakers
and pro-
grams of
interest to
the community present-
ed.
Thursday
7 a.m.
OWC, Building K
Wayne Shimet,
678-4383.

Knights of Columbus
#7667
Pasta Dinner


First Saturday
6 p.m.
$6 ea. to Charity
Holy Name of Jesus
Church
678-3010
Meals On Wheels
Meals
are deliv-
ered
Monday
- Friday
at 11 a.m., to home-
bound elderly people.
To receive a meal or to
volunteer to deliver
meals, please call 833-
9291. Volunteers are
needed.
Mentor Program
Volunteers mentor
youth at Okaloosa
County Juvenile
Detention Center.
689-7800, ext. 113


Photo special to the Beacon
Yard of the month
The Yard of the Month for Niceville is awarded to Denise and Stephen Cornelia, 804 27th St.


E-mail items to info@baybeacon
at least 6 days before publication.

Pvt. Devin J. Barnett of
Niceville recently completed
basic training at Marine Corps
Recruit Depot, Parris Island,
S.C.
Following his leave, he will
report to
C aC amp
Le j une ,
N.C. for
four weeks
of Marine
Combat
Training,
then to Fort
Leonard
Devin J. Barnett Wood, Mo.,
for his mili-
tary occupation specialty
training.
Barnett was awarded a
qualification of Expert on the
rifle range
Barnett attended Niceville
High School through his jun-
ior year and is a 2007 graduate
of South Walton High School.
He is the son of Brad and
Amanda Schneider and grand-
son of Judy Barnett and the
late Maj. George D. Barnett,
USMC, Ret., all of Niceville.
Army Pfc. Mike P.
Davidson has graduated from
the Infantryman One Station
Unit Training at Fort Benning,
Columbus, Ga. The training
consists of Basic Infantry
Training and Advanced
Individual Training.
The Advanced Individual
Training course is designed to
train infantry soldiers to per-
form on the battlefield to the
best of their ability as part of
America's global war on ter-
ror.
He is the son of Phil
Davidson of Marion Court,
and Jenny Davison of
Southwind Court, both of
Niceville.


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Hamilton-Barnes
Debbie Hamilton of
Niceville and Jimmy
Hamilton of Crestview
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Jacque
Hamilton, to Glen T. Barnes
III of Opp, Ala., son of Judy
Barnes and the late Sonny
Barnes. The wedding is
planned for May 2009.


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Jan. 7: Hurlburt 505th, 138
Hartson Street, 8 a.m. -11 a.m.
Jan. 8: North Okaloosa Medical
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Jan. 9: Racetrack Road Center,
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Beach, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every donor
will receive a T-shirt, lunch provid-
ed by Subway.
Jan. 10: Santa Rosa Mall, Vein
Drain, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 11: Christ Our Redeemer
Church, White
Point Road (Mid
Bay Bridge),
Niceville, 8 a.m.-
1p.m.
Jan. 12:
Hurlburt 1st Special Ops CE, 415
Independence Road, 8-11 a.m.
Hurlburt Headquarters, AFSOC
Parking Lot, noon-3 p.m.
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Jan. 25: Calvary Chapel,
Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m.-1
p.m.
Jan. 27: Paxton High School,
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Hurlburt Medical
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Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2
p.m.
Jan. 31: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Senior Center activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, for
Jan. 7-13:
Wednesday, Jan. 7: Games, 9:30
a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8: Sing along
with Jane Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 9: Games, 9:30 a.m..
Monday, Jan. 12: Trivia Pursuit,
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before by noon. (Call 833-9291,
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Notre Dame undertones
The University of Notre Dame
Undertones (a 10-member a capella
group composed of Notre Dame
Glee Club singers) will perform a
mix of contemporary and classical
favorites Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m.,
at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 110
St. Mary Ave. SW, Fort Walton
Beach. The concert is sponsored by
the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the
Emerald Coast.
Collegiate school apps
Admissions packets for 2009-10
admission to the Collegiate High
School at Northwest Florida State
College are now available at nwf-
collegiatehigh.org. Printed copies
will available from the school and at
all six NWF State College locations
in January.
Information sessions will be
held Jan. 8 and 12 at 5:30 p.m. in
the College Mall, Bldg. K commu-
nity gallery on the college's
Niceville campus and Jan. 26 at
5:30 p.m. at the Crestview Public
Library.
For more information, visit nwf
collegiatehigh.org.
Sturgeon studies
The Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society (CAS) meets at the NWF
State College, Learning Resources
Center, Room 128, Niceville.
Refreshments, socialization and
conservation presentation begin at
6:30 p.m.; formal presentation, 7
p.m. Non-members and children are
welcome. On Thursday, Jan. 8, U.S.
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Art exhibit opens
An opening reception for the
Arnold Mesches: Echoes, A
Century Survey art exhibit, will be
Friday, Jan. 9, 5-7 p.m., at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
SArts Center,
Northwest
Florida State
College, 100
College Blvd.
Niceville,
McIlroy and Holzhauer Art
Galleries.
The exhibit is open to the public
Sunday, Jan. 11-Thursday, Feb. 19;
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., and 90 min-
utes prior to most performances in
the mainstage theater of the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center.
The exhibit includes paintings
and drawings that present a survey
of the last century based on world
history and the artist's own
American childhood and life.
Art Challenge-Recycled
Juried art show with the focus on
art from recycled items, Jan. 9-23,
Arts and Design Society's Gallery,
17 First St., SE, Fort Walton Beach.
Opening reception Fri., Jan. 9, 5-7
p.m.
First Arts concert
Tim Zimmerman and the King's
Brass, innovative worship for the
young and old alike, are the featured
second presentation in the First Arts
Concert Series. Zimmerman and the
King's Brass will play Friday, Jan.
9, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30
p.m.), First United Methodist
Church of Fort Walton Beach, 103
SE First St. For tickets and other
information: 863-2436 or 243-9292.
Let's play ball!
Little League (ages 5-12) and
Teen Leagues (ages 13-16) registra-
tion will be held at Ruckel Middle
School Jan. 10, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m..
NVLL will also offer fast pitch soft-
ball for girls (ages 9-12) this year.
Players who did
not play last year
must present
birth certificate
and proof of resi-
dency. All play-
ers will be sized for uniforms at reg-
istration. Managers and Coaches
should sign up at the first date on
Dec. 6. Volunteer umpires can
attend registration or e-mail
Ii..1,' II !!I-.., For more infor-
mation, see nvllb.org. Fees will be
the same as last year. There will,


however, be a city facilities fee
which will be paid directly to the
city of Niceville. Resident fee is
$10., non-resident is $20.
Bingo planned
The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities
Hospital is hosting bingo in the
Wellness Center on Sunday, Jan. 11,
2-5 p.m. Snacks are available. All
proceeds benefit the Health Related
Scholarship Fund. Contact: Pat,
897-6485.
Patriotic essay contest
The Twin Cities Elks Lodge of
Niceville/Valparaiso announces the
theme, "What Freedom Means to
Me," for the
2008-2009
Grand Lodge
Americanism
Essay Contest for
fifth- through
eighth-grade stu-
dents. Local, district, state and
national prizes will be awarded in
two divisions. Division I, fifth and
sixth graders; Division II, seventh
and eighth graders. Local prizes
will be first and second place
plaques. District, state and national
prizes of savings bonds from $50 to
$1,000 will be awarded in both divi-
sions. Each entry will receive a cer-
tificate of participation.
For information, call the Twin
City Elks at 729-3557 or Jim
Jennings at 897-4387. Contest ends
Jan. 9.
Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Tony-Award winning musi-
cal comedy, "The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee" will
be performed Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College.
Follow six young people in the
throes of puberty, overseen by
grownups who barely managed to
escape childhood themselves, as
they learn that winning isn't every-
thing and that losing doesn't neces-
sarily make you a loser.
This show has an adult audience
advisory for some mature themes.
Tickets for this Broadway Series
show are $45. Call 729-6000.
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast Jan.
14 at the Niceville Community
Center, 204 N Partin Drive. The
breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m.
with coffee and conversation, fol-
lowed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. This
month's sponsor is Covenant
Hospice. Chamber members, their
guests, and prospective members
may attend.
Stargazing at Timpoochee
Stargazing through telescopes
provided by the NWF Astronomy
Association will take place
Thursday, Jan. 15, 6-8 p.m., at
Camp Timpoochee, sponsored by


First United Methodist Church of
Niceville. Patrons will roast hot
dogs and marshmallows over an
open fire and enjoy some campfire
songs. Free. Call Marti, 678-4411.
ext. 127 to reserve a spot at the fire.
Vegas-style show
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association presents Ron Gartner's
"Scotch, Soul & Rock & Roll," fea-
turing music from Sinatra and
Darren through rock and roll and
Motown, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium. Tickets are $22 in
advance and $25 at the door. Call
362-9356.
Mendelssohn's birthday
Sinfonia will celebrate
"Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday
Bash" at 7: 30 p.m., Jan. 17, at
Grace Lutheran Church in Destin
with violin virtuosa Caroline
Goulding. Now 16, Goulding mes-
merized the crowd in last season's
performance of Tchaikovsky's
Violin Concerto.
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
will be book-ended by Prokofiev's,
"Symphony No.
1 "Classical" and 1
the rhythmically
invigorating
"Symphony No.
4 "Italian" by
Mendelssohn.
Stick around for birthday cake after
the performance.
Tickets are $37.50 on the floor
and $25 in the balcony. Call
267-1478.
Wild women quilters
The Friends of the Niceville
Library are co-sponsoring a free
lecture and trunk show with local
Quilt Guilds (Silver Threads, Flying
Needles, and Katydids). Wild
Women Quilters on Tour will be
held at the Niceville Community
Center, 206 N. Parton Drive, on
Saturday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Karen McTavish and Sue Patten
will offer helpful techniques, dis-
cuss useful products, and share their
tips and tricks to success. You will
get an opportunity to get up close
and personal with their award win-
ning quilts. They will display tradi-
tional whole cloth, trapunto and
innovative thread art quilts. There
will also be a book signing after the
program.
Call the Niceville Library at
729-4090 to reserve a seat or go to
katydids.net.
Fireproof movie planned
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the 3 p.m. showing only (with reser-
vation by Jan. 11). Tickets are avail-
able at information desks, church
office and Adult & Family Ministry
office.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Join the fun Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College
Jan. 21, as a die-hard musical fan
plays his favorite cast album, a 1928
hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone,"
and the show magically bursts to
life in a glamorous, hilarious tale of
a celebrity bride and her uproarious
wedding day, with thrills and sur-
prises that take both the cast (literal-
ly) and the audience (metaphorical-
ly) soaring into the rafters. Tickets
for this Broadway Series show are
$45. Call 729-6000.
New acoustic sound
Montana Skies, featuring
Jennifer and Jonathan Adams, is the
third concert in the First Arts
Concert series. The Friday, Jan. 23,
presentation cre-
ates a "new
acoustic" sound
with the blending
of cello, six-string
electric cello,
Spanish/classical guitar, and steel
string guitar. The show begins at
7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at
First United Methodist Church of
Fort Walton Beach, 103 First St. For
tickets and other information: 863-
2436 or 243-9292.
'Symphonic Miniatures'
On Jan. 30, the Northwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra col-
laborates with the NWF State
College dance program to present
"Symphonic
Miniatures," a
chamber orchestra
program that will
feature Strauss'
B o u rg e o i s
Gentilhomme Suite, Handel's
Concerto Grosso in B flat, Op. 3
No. 2, and Mozart's Serenade in C
minor set to dance choreographed


by college dance faculty. The pro-
gram begins at 7:30 p.m. at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center. Tickets are $22.50; $16
for those 18 and under. Call
729-6000.
Lowe Family to perform
The Lowe Family, featuring
classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz,
bluegrass and more, will perform
Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort
Walton Beach Civic Center, spon-
sored by the Emerald Coast Concert
Association. Tickets are $25; chil-
dren half price. Call 362-9356.
Spiritual ensemble
A phenomenal and moving
repertoire features dynamic rendi-
tions of classic spirituals, jazz,
Broadway numbers and more that
highlight the black experience and
fl keep the
American Negro
spiritual alive
will be presented
Feb. 7 at the
Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College.
Magnificent soloists in their own
right, the members of the American
Spiritual Ensemble have sung in
theaters and opera houses around
the world, including the
Metropolitan Opera, New York City
Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and
in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland,
Spain and Japan. Tickets for this
Artist Series show are $25. Call
729-6000.
What is paradise?
Northwest Florida State College
and the Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will present a
series of community education pro-
grams called "Florida: Then and
Now," which focus on regional cul-
ture and heritage. The series of six
lectures by noted historians and
humanities scholars will provide
quality programming to the local
and regional communities.
Mallory O'Connor will present
"Perceptions of Paradise" at the
Heritage Museum Feb. 13 at noon.
For more information, call Pam
Smith at 678-5484 or at pam-
smith2@cox.net.


ECCA fund raiser
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association Educational Outreach
Fund Raiser will take place Feb. 14
at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2:30
p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium with the Gordon Hurd
production of "100 Years of
Broadway." Tickets are $25; chil-
dren half price. Call 362-9356.
Dinner and a show
Treat your Valentine to dinner
and a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 14, at Emerald Coast
Conference Center. Taste the deli-
cious creations of Aramark Catering
as they host an elegant pre-theater
menu at the center. What ensues
will be a symphonic explosion of
Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in
F minor, Op. 36" with the assistance
of the Chicago
Symphony
Orchestra's
"Beyond the
Score: Classical
Music Exposed"
series. The first half of the perform-
ance will be a multimedia presenta-
tion that includes narration by
Seaside Rep's Craige Hoover with
dancers from the Ballet
Conservatory and several members
of the Pro-Arte Chorale exploring
the life and times of Tchaikovsky.
The second half is the full perform-
ance of this orchestral showpiece.
Call 267-1478.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
In the Atrium Westwood
Retirement Community. Closing
reception and awards Sunday, Feb.
15, 2-4 p.m.
'Stars of Tomorrow'
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra "Stars of
Tomorrow" concert Feb. 20 features
Winners of the
pre stig ious

Competition,
sponsored by the
NFSO Guild, and performance of
Britten's "Young Person's Guide to
the Orchestra." Tickets are $22.50;
$16 for those 18 and under. Call
729-6000.


Economy expo slated
In celebration of Okaloosa Saves
Week, the University of Florida and
Okaloosa County Extension Office
plan an Eco-Nomic Living Expo at
the NWF State
College campus
Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. S
The Eco-
S Nomic Living
Expo will present ideas on how to
save money, conserve resources and
build wealth, not debt, as part of
Okaloosa Saves programs.
Deborah Owens, featuring her
new book "Nickel and Dime Your
Way to Wealth," will offer her "sim-
ple approach" to security and
wealth. Owens is host of "Real
Money," a finance talk show, is a
sought-after author, and is passion-
ate about helping people from all
walks of life.
Check okaloosasaves.org for
updated information.
Award-winning choir
The First Arts Concert series
presents the Boys' Choir of
Tallahassee, Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30
p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), First
United Methodist Church of Fort
Walton Beach, 103 First St., The
87-member choir has won seven
first place Gold Awards at the
Heritage International Music
Festival and performed worldwide,
including appearances on the Oprah
Winfrey and CBS Early Morning
shows. For tickets and other infor-
mation: 863-2436 or 243-9292.
Ballet plans 'Cinderella'
The Northwest Florida Ballet
will perform Cinderella, the quin-
tessential fairy tale about finding
true love. The
performance will
take place
Saturday, Feb.
28, 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, March
1, 2 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts Center.
Admission, $25; children half price.
Call 729-6000.
Lowe Family to perform
The Massenkoff Russian Folk
Festival, featuring a balalaika


ensemble and a folk ballet comes to
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center Saturday,
March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
$25; children half price. Phone
362-9356.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Set on the glamorous Riviera,
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is a deli-
cious musical comedy that follows
two con artists as they take on the
lifestyles of the rich and shame-
less-and end up with a lot more
than they bargained for.
See it March 11, 7:30 p.m., at
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. Tickets for
this Broadway Series show are $45.
Call 729-6000.
Van Porter Student Artists
Art works from grades 8 and 12
of Okaloosa County schools, March
12-20, Arts and Design Society's
Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, Fort
Walton Beach.
Opening reception and awards
March 12, 6-7 p.m.
Evening with Della Reese
The "Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra" Goes Pops:
an Evening with Della Reese" at
7:30 p.m. March 14, features the
singer, actress and author. With a
stellar career that spans more than
60 years, Reese is an icon and will
perform with the orchestra as well
as with her own ensemble. Tickets
are $22.50; $16 for those 18 and
under. Call 729-6000.
Moscow Cats Theatre
Imagine 35 cats, one dog and
five clowns.
The Moscow Cats Theatre is the
only entertainment of its kind, fea-
turing nonstop action by a group of
talented felines performing original
and astounding acrobatic feats, inte-
grated into a non-
verbal, colorful
and fun-filled
family show.
Enjoy dizzying
balancing acts,
cat dancing, acrobatics and barrels
of laughs for all. Tickets for the
March 21 Family Event are $20 for
adults and $15 youth 18 and under.
Showtime is 2 p.m. Call 729-6000.


Water art
A juried exhibition-anything to
do with water, Arts and Design
Society's Gallery, 17 First Street,
SE, Fort Walton Beach, March 27-
April 17.
Opening reception, Friday,
March 27, 5-7 p.m.
PDQ Bach, end of time
Sinfonia director Demetrius
Fuller (on clarinet) joins the interna-
tionally acclaimed Manhattan Piano
Trio in a special performance fea-
turing the regional premieres of
Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the
End of Time" and Peter Schickele's
(aka PDQ Bach) "Quartet for
Clarinet & Piano Trio" at 3 p.m.
March 29 at Good News United
Methodist Church, Santa Rosa
Beach.
Tickets are $30. Call 267-1478.
Museum seeks crafters
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida, seeks vendors
for its 33rd annual Saturday In The
Park Festival,
April 25, 9 a.m.-
4 p.m., Perrine
SPark, Valparaiso.
The fun fami-
miII ly day features
storytelling, children's activities,
food, crafts and plenty of history.
Artisan/crafters wishing to dis-
play their work can call 678-2615
for an application.
'Creation' closes season
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra season con-
cludes May 9, with Haydn's "The
Creation," featuring the Northwest
Florida Symphony Chorus and
guest soloists Jane Redding, Adam
Kirkpatrick and Robert
Honeysucker.
Also featured is the Tokyo
Oratorio Society, conducted by
Hiroshi Gunji. The Tokyo Oratorio
Society was founded in 1983 by
Gunji to study and perform classical
sacred music, especially oratorio
works. The more than 70-member
choir has made more than 60 inter-
national concert tours and has sung
under the baton of renowned con-
ductors worldwide.
Tickets are $22.50; $16 for those
18 and under. Call 729-6000.


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Lakefront-Reduced
Price. 113 Dominica
Way, BWB. 3bdrm/
2.5bath, 1944 sf plus
FL room. 2cg,
$265,000. Call for
financing terms.
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Electric golf cart,
zippered enclosure,
new batteries. Asking
$1,595.00. 850-609-
0834
MUST SELL. Beautiful
Lazy Boy sofa (cream
with floral print), reclin-
er and chair. Excellent
condition. $650 OBO.
Photos by email. 499-
9248.
For Sale. Washer, $25.
Dryer, $50. Diamond
engagement ring and
wedding band, $2000
obo. Call Ashley 850-
598-5791
Philippine wood coffee
table $40; 23" x 23"
glass top end table -
$20. Worldwide multi-
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obo 376-4330


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$159, 0 Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included ....
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* Blue Pine Village 2/2 .......................... $159,900 Furn. Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5,
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Bluewater Bay's Newest community.
* Woodlands 8 Lots to choose ................$125,000 Pick your lot Pick your Plan. Affordable
. Magnolia Plantation, Golf Course Lot ..........$279,900 custom building by McDorman Construction.
* Southwind Golf Course Lot .................$349,000 New Home Under Construction ........ .$350,000
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RENTALS:
Crestview-House, 220 Country Cl., 3/2 ........ $1,175
Crestview-House, 281 Limestone Cr., 3/2 ......$ 850
Crestview-House, 3087 Oak St., 3/1.5 ........$ 750
Valparaiso-Apt., 154-B John Sims, 2/1 ....... .$ 495
Valparaiso-House, 63 Kelly Way, Lakefront, 3/2 .$ 895
Bluewater Bay-Townhm., 1333 Treasure Cv. 3/2 .$1,175
Bluewater Bay-Condo., Furnished, 1/1 .........$ 845
Okaloosa Island-House, 725 Sail Fish, 3/2.5,
w/ pool, furnished ..................... $2,975
Niceville-House, 1708 Evans Ct., 3/2 ........ .$1,395
Niceville-House, 422 Cedar St., 4/3 ......... .$ 995
Bluewater Bay-Townhm, 59 Marina Cove Dr., 3/2 .$1,200
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