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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
Niceville Fla
Publication Date: June 2, 2010
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Subject: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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
Coordinates: 30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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CoMMIN
Friday-Saturdav. 8 a.m.-noon


Covenant Hospice will
hold a garage sale at 1419
29th St., Niceville, Friday
and Saturday, June 4 and 5,
to bene-
fit its
non-
funded
and
under-
funded programs in
Okaloosa and Walton
counties.
Info: Lill Jennings, 729-
1800.
Monday. 6-8 p.m.
The next Creative
Gardener Series program
will be on Monday, June 7,
6-8 p.m. at the Valparaiso
Library. The topic for this
I month's pro-
e-. gram is Bee
Keeping for
Plant Health.
S:. Bob Brackin,
local apiary
,., specialist,
Swill talk on
the essential role bees play
in plant health and repro-
duction.
Info: 729-5406.
Sunday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Auxiliary of Twin
Cities Hospital will bag
groceries at Winn Dixie in
Bluewater Bay Saturday,
June 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All
proceeds will benefit the
Auxiliary's Health Related
Scholarship
Fund
which
has
awarded
$20,200
in scholarships this year.
Ongoing
The city of Niceville is
accepting donations for the
"Fallen Soldier" monu-
ment which will be in
memory of fallen veterans
and positioned outside the
Community Center. The
monument will be made
by "The Large Art Co." The
goal is $4,400; $2,903 has
been raised so far. Send
donations to Fallen Soldiers
Fund, City of Niceville,
208 N. Partin Drive,
Niceville, FL 32578. Call
Ron Hall, 259-7794, for
further information.


Calendar, B-5.


STax rolls plummet a 3rd year


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County suffered a
$1.6 billion plunge in taxable
property values last year, the
third straight year of declines,
and the widest ever, according to
figures announced by county
Property Appraiser Pete Smith.
The numbers may portend
substantial cuts in local-govern-
ment budgets.
Smith Thursday sent project-
ed preliminary tax rolls for 2010
to the Okaloosa County
Commission, the school board,
cities, fire districts and others


among the 19 taxing districts
that levy on property owners.
Overall, the county's tax rolls
shrank to $14.6 billion, down 10
percent from the $16.2 billion on
the 2009 rolls.
Some taxing districts will
suffer even more, particularly
those on the beaches, where the
second-home and condo markets
have been gutted by the reces-
sion and tightened lending stan-
dards. The Okaloosa Island Fire
District will see an 18 percent
decline on its tax rolls. The city
of Destin posted a 15.4-percent
drop.


In the Twin Cities area the
drop was less precipitous,
though surely painful to property
owners and taxing districts alike.
Valparaiso's rolls shrank by
6.6 percent, Niceville's by 4.2
percent; North Bay Fire
District's by 4.6 percent, and
East Niceville Fire District's by
2.6 percent. The East Niceville
district's decline was the small-
est, percentagewise, of any juris-
diction in Okaloosa County.
"Taxing authorities are going
to be in a barrel," said Smith, not-
Please see TAX, page A-8


D-Day vet


had no time


for fear

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Sixty-six years ago next Sunday, 19-year-old
Pvt. Phil Hooper stormed ashore in the first waves
of American troops on D-Day at Utah Beach in
Nazi-held France.
Wading from a tiny landing craft onto a
Normandy beach June 6, 1944, wasn't how the
young soldier had been trained to begin the Allied
push to retake Europe from Nazi Germany. Fresh
from stateside Army training, the Detroit native had
volunteered for the airborne infantry when he
arrived in England in 1943. "Many of us were
young and looking for a bit of glory with the para-
troops," he said.
Hooper was assigned to 101st Airborne
Division. The division had four regiments: three
were parachute infantry and the fourth was glider
infantry. Hooper was assigned to the 327th Glider
Infantry Regiment and commenced training in
England to land in enemy territory by glider plane.
"Not the paratroops we expected to join," Hooper,
now 85, recalls.
Towed by C-47s, each American-made glider
held 15 soldiers and their light equipment. The frag-
ile craft were made of canvas stretched over metal
frames. Most used in combat were so heavily dam-
aged in the assault that they never flew again.
Please see D-DAY, page A-4


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Phil Hooper with 101st Airborne Division colors.
The "Screaming Eagles" led the Allied D-Day
assault June 6, 1941944.


3rd grade FCAT


trend is mixed


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Third-grade students in Okaloosa
County continue to outperform most of
their peers in reading and math.
However, the percentage of
Okaloosa third graders reading at or
above grade level fell slightly this year,
as did the state average, according to
figures released last week. In math, the
year-to-year percentage was flat. And
the Okaloosa trend has been mixed over
the past six years.
"I know how critical learning to read
is," said Schools Superintendent Alexis
Tibbetts. Through third grade the
emphasis is on teaching students to
read, she said, while from fourth grade
on, students read to learn.
Tibbetts said additional interventions


are necessary to go beyond the current
plateau of student achievement at the
third grade level. Budget constraints,
however, have made implementing new
technology or new teaching techniques
difficult, she said.
The Florida Department of
Education last week released scores for
third-grade students who took the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT) this year.
Statewide, 72 percent of public-
school third graders in Florida scored at
or above grade level (Levels 3, 4 and 5)
in reading while 78 percent scored at or
above grade level on math, according to
the DOE.
Okaloosa County public-school third
graders, on average, scored 10
Please see FCAT, page A-8


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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
An airman salutes as a bugler plays "Taps" during a commemoration of Memorial Day held Saturday at
Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville. Ceremonies were also held Monday at Doolittle Park, Valparaiso,
where attendees were addressed by Col. Michael T. Brewer, commander, 46th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force
Base. Brewer said that such heroes as Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark, recently killed in action in the
Middle East at age 19, are "part of America's next 'Greatest Generation."'


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People flocked to the water-
front, golf courses, and back-
yard barbecues during the
weekend, the unofficial start of
summer, taking shelter during
thunderstorms but reemerging
whenever the sun reappeared.
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THE BAY BEACON


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


County spending $2 million in oil fight


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
It is costing Okaloosa
County $2 million to prepare
to protect its bay and bayous
from the oil that has been
gushing into the Gulf of
Mexico from the Deepwater
Horizon disaster, according to
a top county official.
Okaloosa County
Commission Chairman Wayne
Harris said, it was inevitable
that the oil will reach the
county's shores.
Harris spoke at a League of
Women Voters forum recently
in Fort Walton Beach.
He was among three offi-
cials addressing the "state of
the county" public forum. The
others were Okaloosa School


Board Chairman Rodney
Walker, and First Judicial
Circuit Public Defender James
Owens,
Harris briefed attendees on
county
plans to
cope with
the oil spill
in the Gulf
of Mexico.
The central
element in
the coun-
ty's plan,
he said, is a Wayne Harris
network of oil booms that
have been pre-positioned near
Destin at the entrance to the
East Pass, the inlet between
the Gulf of Mexico and
Choctawhatchee Bay and


other inland waterways.
"It's not a question of if,
but of when, oil will reach us,"
Harris told his listeners. He
said he does not know when
oil will arrive, or what form it
may be in when it does, but
unless a way is found very
soon to stop the undersea leak
and collect the oil that has
been spilled, it is bound to
reach Okaloosa shores eventu-
ally.
The county's main line of
defense, he said, is "Tier
One," an arrangement of oil
booms designed to guide oil
away from the entrance to East
Pass and into collection areas
where it can be collected by
skimming equipment. If oil
makes its way into
Choctawhatchee Bay, Harris
said, additional sets of booms,
known as "Tier Two," will be
deployed across the entrances
of inland waterways, includ-
ing Boggy Bayou, Rocky
Bayou, and Lake Pippin,
among others along the
Choctawhatchee Bay shore-
line.
County officials have said
no effective steps can be taken


to protect the county's Gulf
beaches from fouling by oil,
other than cleaning it up once
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Harris also expressed frus-
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county has encountered in
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prevent spilled oil, if it comes,
from polluting its Gulf beach-
es, including this one on
Okaloosa Island, seen last
week. At last report, no oil
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important for the county to
maintain vigilance and pres-
sure on BP, as well as on fed-
eral and state authorities. "If
you think BP is just going to
jump up and do what they
should," Harris said, "you
must be smoking something."
During the May 22 forum,
James Owens spoke about his
duties as the Pubic Defender
for a four-county judicial cir-
cuit. Since being elected to
that position, he said, he has
laid off some investigators in
order to hire more attorneys,
and has instituted a policy of
having experienced attorneys
within his department mentor
newer, less experienced
lawyers.
In addition, Owens said, he
is assigning his most experi-
enced lawyers to the most
"high profile" cases, such as
homicides, in order to keep
pace with a similar policy
among prosecutors, thereby
helping to "level the playing
field" between prosecution
and defense and ensure that
defendants who cannot afford
their own counsel get fair tri-
als.
Rodney Walker said he
looks forward to an upcoming
election in which Okaloosa
voters will decide whether to
enact a new sales tax to help
pay for construction, renova-
tion and maintenance of local
schools.
"I hope it passes," Walker
said, because Okaloosa
schools have suffered revenue
decreases as the state has
reduced funding for schools
and as enrollment has declined
in recent years due to the
departure of the 33rd Fighter
Wing's combat mission and
other factors. About 84 per-
cent of the school district's
budget, he said, goes for
salaries and other personnel
costs, despite recent layoffs of
teachers.
State lottery money, Walker
said, provides only about one
percent of the school district's
budget. Although the district
has received about $9 million
in federal stimulus money, the
federal and state governments
have dictated how that money
must be spent, leaving little
discretion for spending on
school renovation or construc-
tion.
Although the district plans
to close most of Valparaiso
Elementary School due to
declining enrollment, it will
soon need to construct new
schools in the northern part of
the county, because of a grow-
ing population of young fami-
lies in the north, which is like-
ly to accelerate with the
arrival of the 7th Special
Forces Group to its new base
between Niceville and
Crestview. Sixty percent of
existing schools in the county,
Walker said, are over 40 years
old, and require extensive ren-
ovation to remain safe and
operational.


MR






Wednesday, June 2, 2010


THE BAY BEACON.


Page A-3


New sheriff was taken aback by '09 scandal


Ed Spooner recounts experiences

since taking office after Morris arrest


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed
Spooner spoke last week of the
challenges he has faced since tak-
ing over as sheriff in the wake of
the scandal last year in which
then-Sheriff Charlie Morris was
arrested and convicted on federal
corruption charges.
Spooner May 25 addressed a
meeting on Okaloosa Island of the
Emerald Coast Public Relations
Organization (ECPRO), a group
of public relations specialists from
various companies, nonprofit
organizations, and government
agencies.
Spooner was introduced by
Niceville resident Ken Hair, exec-
utive director of Children in
Crisis, a nonprofit organization
that provides foster care to chil-
dren who have had to be removed
from their family homes for vari-
ous reasons. Hair is also a vice
president of ECPRO. Hair praised
Spooner's work as sheriff, saying
he helped restore public confi-
dence in the office in the wake of
the scandal.
Spooner, a veteran police offi-


cer, police chief, and Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) special agent prior to his
emergency appointment as
Okaloosa sheriff, described his
reaction when he was called by the
office of Gov. Charlie Crist to fill
the vacancy created by Morris's
arrest by the FBI Feb. 27, 2009.
"My gosh!" Spooner said he told
himself, "There's just no way
Charlie Morris could have done
that!"
Spooner said he was surprised
and disappointed as it was
revealed that Morris, president of
the Florida Sheriffs Association,
was found to have led a scheme to
pay bogus "performance bonuses"
to a select inner circle of sheriff's
employees, then required or
encouraged those employees to
kick back part of their "bonuses"
to Morris, who allegedly used the
money to fund his gambling trips
to Las Vegas and other activities.
Spooner said that after the ini-
tial shock, his next reaction to the
call was to ask, "Where, what
time, and with whom do I meet?"
When he arrived in Okaloosa
County, Spooner said, he was


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed Spooner speaks about his experi-
ences since taking office last year in the wake of the Charlie
Morris scandal.


escorted into the sheriff's head-
quarters by FBI agents, and faced
his first tasks-finding out how
serious and widespread the cor-
ruption was, and whom he could
trust in his new organization.
Spooner said the actual investi-
gation of the charges against


Morris and his cronies was done
by the FBI and FDLE, while he
himself helped as best he could,
but focused mainly on helping the
sheriff's office recover from the
situation and continue providing
trustworthy law enforcement to
county residents.


Spooner said he was pleased
by the integrity and professional-
ism of the vast majority of
deputies and other employees he
met after becoming sheriff. "One
of the first people I met," he said,
"was a deputy who came up to me
and said, 'Please tell everyone that
we're not all bad.'" Most sheriff's
personnel, Spooner said, were
shocked about what had hap-
pened, and anxious to demonstrate
their own honesty, reliability and
professionalism.
"My request to the deputies,"
he said, "was to let the public
approach them, answer whatever
questions they could, and to let
members of the public express
their support for the deputies."
Spooner said most of the public
correctly understood that the cor-
ruption was limited to a few indi-
viduals, and many people came
forward to encourage the remain-
ing OCSO personnel to continue
doing a good job.
Spooner said he has been sur-
prised by how long he has been in
office as Sheriff. "I expected, at
first, that I would simply do the
job for a few weeks, then return to
the FDLE. Now, 15 months later,


here I am."
Spooner reiterated that he does
not plan to run for Okaloosa
County sheriff in his own right, an
electoral campaign that has drawn
a wide field of candidates. He said
he will return to the FDLE in
November when his term runs out
and a new sheriff is elected.
At FDLE, he said, he will
either return to supervising train-
ing programs as he did before
being called to take over the
OCSO, or may take over a staff
position at FDLE headquarters in
Tallahassee.
Spooner said he does not
intend to endorse any candidate
for the post he holds now. He
advises voters, he said, to "look at
the qualifications of each candi-
date, especially what background
they have in managing budgets
and large organizations," as well
as their experience in working-
level law enforcement.
Spooner warned the candidates
for sheriff to "be careful what you
wish for." He compared running
for the post to "a dog chasing a
sports car-if he's not careful, he
just might catch it, and then what
will he do with it?"


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Page A-4


THE BAY BEACON


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


D-DAY
From page A-1

Despite rigorous glider training in
England, not long before D-Day
Hooper and the other 1,200 to 1,500
members of the 327th were assigned to
arrive by landing craft on D-Day
because of a shortage of tow planes.
Asked how he felt being among the
GIs to begin the invasion of Europe,
Hooper, of Bluewater Bay, said there
was no time to feel fear, though his unit
suffered many casualties in the Battle
of Normandy.
"You don't remember the bad
things, only the good things," Hooper
said about his wartime experience
more than six decades ago. One such
memory was his unit's discovery of a
huge vat of hard cider at a French farm-
house, and enjoying their find in their
foxholes.
After several weeks, Hooper and his
glider regiment fought their way to the
Norman village of Carentan, where
they rejoined the rest of the 101st
Airborne.
D-Day was the biggest amphibious
invasion ever mounted. It would be


another year before Hitler was dead
and Germany surrendered.
On Sept. 17, 1944, Hooper and his
regiment boarded gliders in England as
part of the invasion of Holland,
Operation Market Garden, made
famous later by the book and epic
movie "A Bridge Too Far."
The fog was so thick that the sol-
diers couldn't
even see their tow
planes, Hooper
said. He remem-
bers watching one
glider nose
straight down
after it was
released from its
tow over the land-
ing zone.
Due to the bad Phil Hooper as
weather, the glid- young GI
ers "came down all over the place," he
said.
"We came down near Ghent,
Belgium," he said. "The pilot was up to
his chest in dirt," their craft having
landed in a recently plowed field. They
were met by British troops already on
the ground. One English-speaking
man, perhaps a Belgian, asked if any-


one in the plane was from Detroit.
"How are the Tigers?" he asked.
Hooper and his comrades rejoined
the 101st Airborne in the Netherlands a
day or two later.
A few months later, resting in
France after fighting in Holland, the
division was hastily recalled to the
front, driven in open cattle trucks in
bitter winter cold over 100 miles to
Belgium. There, Hooper and his 101st
"Screaming Eagles" made a historic
stand at Bastogne in what became
known as the Battle of the Bulge,
Hitler's last desperate effort to throw
back the Allies before they entered the
German heartland.
Because there hadn't been time to
resupply the unit before it was
deployed, many GIs had no weapons
or ammunition when they arrived in
Belgium, Hooper said. They were
issued coats at Bastogne, but some had
to scavenge arms and ammo from fall-
en soldiers. The American troops who
were besieged by the Nazis also suf-
fered from lack of food and the coldest
winter in many years. At times, two
men would share a single K-ration per
day.
Hooper remembers experiencing


fear only once during his military serv-
ice in Europe-at Bastogne when
German artillery targeted his unit on an
unprotected hillside. He said the
trapped GIs had no time to dig fox-
holes. They hugged the ground so
closely during the bombardment that
when it lifted, many seemed to have
pressed themselves just below ground
level, he said.
Hooper was wounded in the head
and shoulder at Bastogne, but rejoined
his unit inside Germany in January
1945.
Back in the States after the war,
Hooper and other members of the
101st Airborne got together in reunions
and named themselves the "Nuts
Club," memorializing their division
commander, Brig. Gen. Anthony
McAuliffe, and his famous one-word
rejection of German demands to sur-
render at Bastogne during the Battle of
the Bulge: "Nuts!"
Hooper and his wife, Helen, went to
Europe a few years ago and visited
many of the graveyards that hold
America's war dead, including the U.S.
cemetery in Normandy, France, where
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The week of June 7, crews will begin
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Arrests
A 15-year-old Niceville girl, a
student, was arrested by Niceville
police May 20 on a misdemeanor
theft charge. On Dec. 14 the girl
allegedly stole $100 from a
Niceville resident and spent it on a
cell phone.

Grace Monroe Reese, a sales
associate, 20, of 1002 Alderwood
Way, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police May 21 on the
misdemeanor charges of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
ijuana, possession of drug para-
pheralia and underage posses-
sion of alcohol.

Benjamin Amrut Patel, a retail
associate, 18, of 145 Gleneagles
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police May 21 on the
misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
ijuana.

Caitlin Denise Jones, 21, of
1551 Hickory St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police May
21 on the charge of battery. On
Feb. 25 Jones allegedly slapped
another woman in the face.


Tess Laurel Smith, 30, of 451
Springwood Way, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police May
21 on the charge of grand theft
auto. On Feb. 20 Smith allegedly
stole a family member's car. The
stolen Cadillac was recovered
Feb. 24 on Lovejoy Street in Fort
Walton Beach.

Roger Lee Catron, a Realtor,
59, of 1055 Everglade Drive,
Nicevillem and Erica S. Keaney,
an on-air personality for a radio
station, 34, of the same address,
were arrested by Niceville police
May 21, each charged with
domestic violence battery.

Casey Michael Chavis, unem-
ployed, 22, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
F-l, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police May 22 on a mis-
demeanor charge of theft after
allegedly being observed shoplift-
ing at Kmart, 1140 E. John Sims
Parkway.

Robert Michael Chalavoutis, a
clerk, 20, of 1430 30th St., Apt. D,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, May 20, on misde-
meanor charges of possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-
nalia.

Levy Huston Lucas, 49, of 609
29th St., Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police May 18 on the
charge of battery on a law
enforcement officer.


DUI arrests
Lisa Lynn-Clawson, 46, of 60
Junior Drive, Shalimar, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI on College Boulevard and
Hickory Street, May 18 at 5:50
a.m. Lynn-Clawson was subse-
quently arrested on charges of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription, 20
pills of Adavan, possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lynn-Clawson was also cited for
failure to maintain traffic in the
proper lane.
Thefts
Niceville police seized a phony
$100 bill that a Georgia man tried
to pass at a convenience store, 146
N. Palm Blvd., May 24. The man
told police that he got the counter-
feit from a DeFuniak Springs
woman. Tests showed the embed-
ded security thread and a water
mark-which showed President
Abraham Lincoln rather than Ben
Franklin-were both from a $5
bill.
A Niceville resident from the
600 block of Powell Drive report-
ed May 23 that someone broke
into his residence May 22-23.

Unknown persons) unsuc-
cessfully attempted to pry open
the front door of a Niceville busi-
ness, 208 Government Ave., then
broke the glass in the front door
and entered the business some-
time May 20-21. The victim
reported that a 52-inch TV was
missing from a back room.

An Alabama company contact-
ed Valparaiso police May 18 to
report a Valparaiso resident had
purchased $703 worth of building
materials from the company, then
had the bank issue a "stop pay-
ment" order. The buyer allegedly
provided a credit card number
after the check payment was
stopped but the card was not valid
according to the seller The seller
said he had made several attempts
to contact the buyer with negative
results.

A Valparaiso landlord reported
May 20 that unknown persons)
stole $150 in rent money that a
Valparaiso tenant had allegedly
hidden outside the landlord's resi-
dence May 18, about 3:30 a.m.
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from the
600 block of West John Sims
Parkway, reported May 22 that
someone had damaged his Jeep.
Police are investigating.

A Niceville resident from the
2000 block of Kildare Circle
reported that unknown persons)
had ".--d.l" the residence May
21.


Other
Damien Alan Ford-Hardy, 19,
of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 135,
Valparaiso, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police May 24
on misdemeanor charges of tres-
passing and resisting an officer
without violence. Ford-Hardy
allegedly was located exiting the
city's park at Turkey Creek when
it was closed to the public, and
fled on foot when police tried to
get him to stop.

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Niceville
Th ville Fire Delrtment responded to the following calls from May24
th hn ay 2285. 4
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1 V licc ~ c hicleeCrash
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0 Illegal Burn 1 Other Emergenc Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Condition: -
Location Situation Date Time
Hickory/College Boulevard ............Vehicle Crash......................5/24/10 ..........15:31
SR85N at SR123 ...........................Vehicle Fire..........................5/24/10 ..........16:27
Pow ell D rive ...................................M medical ...............................5/25/10 ..........00:20
College Boulevard/SR85N.............Vehicle Crash ......................5/25/10 ..........07:53
N. Partin Drive ................................ M medical ................................ 5/26/10 ..........08:44
N. Partin Drive ......................... Medical ..........................5/26/10 ..........09:12
Redwood Avenue.............................. M medical .............................. 5/26/10 ..........10:27
E. John Sims Parkway...................Medical ................................5/26/10 ..........12:39
Deer Street .. .............................M medical ...............................5/26/10 ..........20:25
Linda C ourt .....................................M edica l ................................ 5/26/10 ..........20:32
McKinney Street........................... M medical .............................. 5/27/10 ..........14:33
S. CedarAvenue .................... Medical .........................5/27/10 ..........14:52
N. Partin Drive .............................. M medical .............................. 5/27/10 ..........17:42
Poplar Place ................................... False Call............................. 5/28/10 ..........03:02
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Norwich Circle ..........................EMS excluding vehicle..............5/23/10........18:21
East Highway 20 ......................EMS excluding vehicle..............5/23/10........18:49
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Ridge Lane ................................. Assist invalid .............................. 5/24/10........10:34
East Highway 20........................EMS excluding vehicle..............5/24/10........18:56
North White Point Road.............EMS excluding vehicle..............5/25/10........11:32
Merchants Way ..........................EMS excluding vehicle..............5/25/10........21:29
North White Point Road.............Medical assist EMS...................5/26/10........15:55
North White Point Road.............Medical assist EMS...................5/26/10........19:51
North White Point Road.............EMS excluding vehicle..............5/27/10........08:35
Hidden Lakes Court...................Medical assist EMS...................5/27/10........12:34
Oakwood Circle..........................Medical assist EMS...................5/27/10........18:40
N. North Lakeshore Drive..........Medical assist EMS...................5/28/10........05:25
Lancaster Drive ..........................EMS excluding vehicle..............5/28/10........09:40
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Jasmine Avenue .....................Back Pain ....................................5/19/10..........02:31
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Highland Avenue .................... Eye Problem ................................5/23/10 .......... 20:32
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8% tuition

hike looms


at college

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Northwest Florida State
College Board of Trustees plans to
raise tuition by 8 percent and also
raise some student fees in the
coming year, if state legislation
authorizing the hike is approved
by Gov. Charlie Crist.
The increases are needed to
continue funding the college
despite declining state support, but
will still leave NWFSC with the
lowest tuition and fees of any of
28 state and community colleges
in Florida, said college officials
during the trustees' May 25 work-
shop meeting in Niceville.
Crist authorized the increases
Friday by signing the $70.4 billion
20010-11 budget sent to him by
the Florida Legislature.
Gary Yancey, an NWFSC vice
president, and college financial
officer Donna Utley briefed
trustees about the proposed FY
2010-11 budget for the college,
and the need for the tuition and fee
increases. They said state funding
for colleges has declined in recent
years as overall state revenue has
fallen due to a declining national
economy, less tourism, and


FCAT
From page A-1

percentage points higher than the
state average in reading scores,
with 82 percent ranking Level 3
(on grade level) or higher, down
one percentage point from 2009.
In math, 87 percent of tested
Okaloosa third graders were at or
above grade level, nine points
higher than the state average. The
Okaloosa math percentage was
the same as last year's.
Individual students receive


TAX
From page A-1

ing that they have already endured
shrinking of state sources of rev-
enuedeclining gas and sales tax
revenue among them-as well as
three previous years of slowed
growth or actual declines in tax-
able property rolls.
"With the political climate,"
Smith said, taxing authorities
"won't want to commit (11 ,lii ii.cd
suicide" by raising millage rates
during tough economic times. If
true, big budget cuts loom.
"We didn't help with $1.6 bil-
lion in declines," said Smith.
The county rolls peaked in
2007 at $18.8 billion and have
fallen every year since for a cumu-
lative decline of 22.6 percent, or
$4.26 billion.
The new tax rolls will mean a
loss to the Okaloosa County gov-
ernment of nearly $5.2 million in
revenue assuming the current
property tax rate of 3.2899 mills,


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Completion of a new sports arena, above, and other construc-
tion projects will result in a decline in next year's budget of
Northwest Florida State College, to a proposed $81 million.


reduced revenue from sales and
property taxes.
The proposed budget, said
Yancey, is proposed to be
$81,046,673, less than last year's
figure of $89,266,775. The
decrease, said Utley, is mostly due
to the completion of construction
projects at NWFSC, including the
sports arena and community serv-
ices building, which are nearing
completion on the Niceville cam-
pus, and the college's new South
Walton center, which was com-
pleted last year.
In addition to the tuition hike,
the trustees plan to implement a
20-cent per credit hour student
activities fee and a $15 per term
fee for a new kind of ID card,
which students could use for cer-
tain campus purchases starting this
fall. The college would also dou-
ble technology fees to 5 percent of


overall numerical scores of from
100 to 500 on both parts of the
FCAT. Only two Florida county
school districts (including Santa
Rosa) exceeded Okaloosa
County's median scale score of
332 in third-grade reading.
Meanwhile, only three districts
(including Santa Rosa) topped
Okaloosa's median score of 355 in
math.
Three of the four elementary
schools in the Twin Cities scored
better than the county or state
averages for students achieving at
or above grade level, including:


according to Gary Stanford, the
county's financial services chief.
The figure was based on 95 per-
cent of the taxable property roll,
he said, the normal budgeting
process used by taxing authorities
in Florida. The lost revenue
comes as no surprise, he said,
because Smith had worked hard to
keep county officials informed
months ago that property values
were trending down by an esti-
mated 10 percent. Budget reviews
with department heads are sched-
uled to begin June 2, he said.
"We're shrinking the size of
government because of this," said
County Administrator Jim Curry.
In April he outlined strategies for
coping with the revenue losses to
county commissioners. Okaloosa
County already implemented the
first part of the plan with a volun-
tary separation plan for senior
employees that resulted in about
25 employees agreeing to leave
early, he said.
Curry said that not only
reduces the county's payroll, but


tuition.
It would be the first time the
college has charged a student
activity fee. A college spokes-
woman says NWFSC is currently
the only Florida community or
state college that doesn't levy such
a fee, which ranges from $3.30 to
$6.76 at other institutions.
The trustees plan to vote on the
new budget and tuition and fee
hikes June 8. If the new hikes are
implemented, tuition for a typical
full-time, 30-credit hour student
will be $2,513.40 this fall-still
the lowest in Florida, where state
and community colleges typically
cost less than four-year universi-
ties.
Currently, the state pays about
54.7 percent of the cost of running
state and community colleges,
while students pay about 39.1 per-
cent, said Yancey, with the rest of

-Valparaiso Elementary,
where 90 percent of third graders
scored at or above grade level in
reading and 94 percent at or above
grade level in math.
-Plew Elementary third
graders achieved scores at or
above in reading, 91 percent and
94 percent in math.
-Bluewater Elementary
where 94 percent of third graders
were at or above grade level in
reading and 90 percent in math.
-Only Edge Elementary
scored lower than the county
average, although only by a single
percentage point in both reading
and math scores Level 3 and
above. Among Edge third-graders
80 percent scored at or above
grade level in reading and 86 per-
cent in math. Both scores had
dropped 9 percent from Edge
scores in the two subjects the pre-
vious year.
Third-grade students who
scored the lowest, Level 1, are
generally retained to repeat the
third grade. They and those in
Level 2 get added help.
Since being introduced to
FCAT standardized testing in a
handful of grade levels in the
early 1990s students the program


for every senior employee who
takes the early out, up to three
entry level positions can be fund-
ed. Other steps that the county is
planning for is the possibility of
employee furloughs, then, if still
needed, actual employee cuts.
Curry said the furlough program is
a better strategy than salary cuts,
which are hard to recover even
after the economy recovers.
Every week of unpaid furlough
reduces an employee's income by
about 2 percent, he said.
The school district, which
levies the biggest tax burden on
Okaloosa County property own-
ers, faces a larger dollar loss in tax
revenue, more than $11 million
because its millage rate is more
than twice that of the county com-
mission, 7.639 mills.
A majority of the school board
is hoping that voters this summer
will approve a referendum that
would impose a half-cent, 10-year
sales tax to make up for reduced
state funding for capital items.
While taxing authorities strug-
gle with the decline, most individ-
ual property owners may not
enjoy a lighter tax burden. Smith
pointed out that under Florida's
"recapture rule" many homeown-
ers will actually see their taxable
property values rise by 3 percent
this year, even if the market value
of their homes actually declined.
The Florida Legislature includ-
ed the recapture rule when they
enacted the state's Save-Our-
Homes constitutional amendment.
The measure, passed when
Florida real estate values surged
year after year, was meant to pro-
tect homeowners from being liter-
ally taxed out of their homes by
property taxes by limiting annual
taxable values to no more than a 3
percent rise. Conversely, the
recapture clause was meant to
based on rapidly rising property
values.


such college's funds coming from
other sources. In FY 2006, the
state covered 66.7 percent of the
cost, but this has declined as state
revenue has declined and as legis-
lators decided that students should
pay more of their own way
through college and reduce the
burden on taxpayers.
The proposed budget does not
contain any pay raises for college
faculty or staff, although it does
include a one-time incentive pay-
ment to help the college retain
highly qualified faculty and staff
members without committing
itself to permanent pay raises.
Trustee Brian Pennington
questioned whether the college
can retain a top-quality faculty
without such a pay raise. "I'm
worried," he said. "I couldn't
leave here tonight without dis-
cussing that."
Utley replied that NWFSC
pays some of the highest salaries
among such colleges, despite its
comparatively low tuition and
fees. "Our goal," said Utley, "is to
remain in the top 10 in Florida for
faculty salaries, and in the top half
for staff salaries." She also said the
college will continue to cover
health insurance costs for faculty
and staff as it does now, despite
increased costs for such coverage.
College spokeswoman Sylvia
Bryan later told the Beacon that
NWFSC has one of the highest
percentages of Ph.D. faculty
members of any state or commu-
nity college in Florida.

has expanded to test students each
year at every grade level from
third grade to 10th grade. For
high school students passing
FCAT with minimum scores has
been a requirement for graduation
for several years.
The DOE is expected to
release FCAT student scores for
other grades in June.


BLOTTER
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Niceville police are investigat-
ing a fight involving two to four
people that occurred outside a
lounge, 626 W. John Sims
Parkway, about 12:50 a.m. May
25. Two of the alleged combat-
ants were treated for their injuries
at Twin Cities Hospital.

Valparaiso police and fire-
fighters used fire extinguishers
and several water hoses from a


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Although no formal vote was taken or final
decisions made during Thursday's Valparaiso
City Commission meeting, commissioners are
still considering whether or under what condi-
tions it might renew the city's franchise agree-
ment with Gulf Power, or whether to form their
own electric power utility, buying power from
Gulf power and other sources.
Gulf Power's exclusive, 30-year right to sell
electric power in Valparaiso is scheduled to
expire Aug. 24, 2011.
At a meeting in April, commissioners were
asked to provide any comments they have on
renewal of the Gulf Power franchise to the city
administrator.
For the past several years city commissioners
have discussed and stud-
ied the possibility of the
city assuming the electric
power franchise itself. A
secret, $25,000 study
completed about three
years ago by a legal con-
sultant is said to have
determined that city elec-
tric customers could save
about 30 percent on elec-
tric rates if the city held
the franchise and bought Beac
its power directly from Valparaiso City Ad
power producers, includ- and Commissioner
ing possibly Gulf Power. reading material dur
The study authors briefed to discuss Gulf Pow
each commissioner indi-
vidually on their findings in order to keep the
study recommendations from becoming a public
document.
The report has also been offered to the two
newest city commissioners, Diane Kelley and
Neal Shermer, who were not in office when the
study was completed and briefed.
City Administrator Carl Scott said he needed
to know what direction the city commission
wanted him to go in negotiating with Gulf
Power. Commissioners were asked to provide
their comments directly to Scott.
Separately, Scott has suggested that a long
legal dispute between Gulf Power and the city of
Valparaiso might be causing the city's cable
communications customers to overpay a pole-
attachment fee in their monthly bills.
In 2001 Gulf Power and other electric utilities
claimed that they are allowed to raise the fees
they charge cities for allowing them to hang
other cables and wires, such as Valparaiso's
cable TV lines, on the power company's poles.
Gulf Power raised its pole-attachment fee from
$6.60 per pole annually to $38 per pole, Scott
told commissioners during a meeting April 12.
To comply with the higher rates while a civil
case on the legality of the fee wound through the
court system, Valparaiso in 2001 began charging
its own cable television customers an additional


townhome complex to extinguish
a small fire in a wooded area
between the townhomes and
Valparaiso Elementary School,
Saturday, May 22, about 2:46
p.m.
Three landscapers on the
school grounds reported seeing
no one in the area. Police said it
was unknown how the fire started
but noted the area appears to be
an area frequented by children.
The area had a barstool type chair,
a Transformers lunchbox and sev-
eral elementary reading books
scattered about the wooded area.


$1.65 per month in case the power companies
won the case in court. The extra fee was put into
an escrow. As of March 31 Valparaiso's escrow
account had $345,350, according to the city
clerk.
Scott said the power companies lost their ini-
tial court case, although they have appealed to
the Federal Communications Commission. He
si L -'. -%iLJ ii.I ilk city, could reduce the extra fee
it was charging cable customer, based on a max-
imum of $14.39 per pole fee allowed under the
court's ruling.
But City Attorney Doug Wyckoff cautioned
commissioners that they couldn't unilaterally
stop or change their agreement with Gulf Power
to escrow the requested higher fees. Although
Wyckoff said the power company's attorneys
have been "intractable" on the issue, the mayor
asked Wyckoff to
update the commission
on the legal status of
the pole-attachment


con photo by Mike Griffith
ministrator Carl Scott
Neal Shermer share
ing a meeting last week
her'ss future in the city.


Scott Jackson, a
representative of Gulf
Power, also attended
the May 27 meeting,
and told the commis-
sion that, "Gulf Power
is ready to negotiate,
whenever you're
ready. We're here to
save money for you
and your constituents.
We're not in an antago-


nistic situation."
Commissioner Thomas G. Miller continued
to advocate starting a city power utility. "With
the right people," he said, "we can go into the
power business." The difference between doing
so and buying power from Gulf Power, he said,
is that "Gulf Power is answerable to their share-
holders, and has to show a profit. Our sharehold-
ers are the people of Valparaiso."
Miller said a city utility would save money
for Valparaiso residents, as the city's cable TV
service does now.
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff recommended
the city hire Tom Cloud, a Tallahassee-based
attorney who specializes in city power utility
issues, and who Wyckoff said would be an ideal
choice to study the city's options in detail, make
recommendations, and negotiate with Gulf
Power on behalf of the city. Wyckoff said Cloud
usually charges between $200 and $300 per hour
for his services.
City Engineer Roy Petrey said he also knows
of consultants who can do a detailed study of the
pros and cons of starting a city-owned power
utility, and help determine if such a utility would
actually save city power customers money com-
pared with continuing their contract with Gulf
Power. Such a study, he said, could cost the city
between $25,000 and $75,000, and would there-
fore be "not for the fainthearted."


Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: Cassaundra Chagares
Rasmussen
Wanted for: violation of probation on
the original charge of possession of
cocaine and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Rasmussen's last
known address was on Lincoln Drive
in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 130 pounds
Age: 45
Date of birth: 05-16-65
Hair: red
Eyes: brown

Name: Devin M. Leavelle
Wanted for: violation of probation on
the original charges of battery and
theft. Leavelle's last known address
was in Mary Esther.
Height: 5-feet, 11-inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Age: 42
Date of birth: 05-30-67
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also
be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214 plus the
message" to CRIMES (274637)


3rd grade FCAT scores flat or lower
Percent roficient 'by year. Ok/oosa County pubec schools

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College starts 4-day


week summer slate


Classes and most college
services at Northwest Florida
State College will begin a four-
day week through July. As was
done the previous two years,
NWF State College will extend
its business hours Monday
through Thursday for the two
summer months to provide
more hours for services such as
registration, advising and finan-
cial aid and to close most col-
lege services on Fridays.
Six of the college's seven
locations, including the
Niceville and Fort Walton
Beach campuses, NWFSC
Sikes Center in Crestview,
NWFSC Chautauqua Center in
DeFuniak Springs and the col-
lege's centers at Hurlburt Field
and South Walton, will be open
from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday.


The college's center at Eglin
Air Force Base as well as the
Niceville campus Learning
Resources Center and Mattie
Kelly Arts Center Box Office
will maintain their regular
hours and continue to be open
on Friday. The University of
West Florida's services at the
Fort Walton Beach Campus
will also be open on Fridays.
The college's Mattie Kelly
Arts Center Box Office on the
Niceville campus will be open
Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons may also
continue to purchase tickets to
select shows, including the
summer musical "Grease,"
which will be presented at the
center on July 14 to 17,
through on-line purchase at
mattiekellyartscenter.org, 24
hours a day, seven days a week.


Flying high
Zac Gadzinski earned the highest rank in Scouting, the
rank of Eagle Scout. He is the assistant senior patrol
leader in Troop 157, Niceville, and a Junior at Rocky
Bayou Christian School. His parents are Len and Pam
Gadzinski of Niceville.


From left: AAUW member Regina Scott, Dr. Karyn Combs, and Michelle Severino, Niceville-
Valparaiso AAUW President-elect. Combs spoke to the AAUW May 17 about her book, "The
African American Quiz Book for all Americans: A Wealth of Knowledge about History &
Culture Past & Present."


University Women hear


Eglin principal, author

Book presents African-American history, culture


The Niceville-Valparaiso
branch of the American
Association of University
Women (AAUW) May 17
heard Dr. Karyn Combs,
author of "The African
American Quiz Book for all
Americans: A Wealth of
Knowledge about History &
Culture Past & Present."
Combs has been the princi-
pal at Eglin Elementary
School on Eglin AFB since
1997, and is also known as
Master Sgt. Combs in the Air
Force Reserve's 919th Special
Operations Wing.


Sponsors

sought for

fireworks
Niceville and Valparaiso,
along with a Fireworks Trust


Education is a central
theme in her written work and
life as a businesswoman and
principal, and she teaches
human relations and equal
opportunity courses to
reservists. Dr. Combs present-
ed about her book, which
highlights individuals whose
achievements and heroic acts
have contributed to the United
States and includes over 350
questions and answers to stim-
ulate learning and critical
thinking.
AAUW is an organization
dedicated to advancing equity


Fund Committee, are going to
light up Bobby Bayou July 4 and
seek sponsors to commemorate
the first year of donation-funded
fireworks.
The city is looking for people
and organizations who would like
to be a $250 sponsor for a T-shirt
commemorating July 4, 2010.


for women and girls through
advocacy, education, philan-
thropy, and research. At both
the national and local levels,
AAUW raises funds for schol-
arships for women of all ages.
Any woman who holds an
associate's or equivalent, bach-
elor's, or more advanced
degree from a nationally
accredited college or universi-
ty may join AAUW. For more
information about the local
Niceville-Valparaiso branch,
contact Jeanne Besse, Director
for Membership-elect, at travel
lingjeanne@aol.com.


The sponsor's name would be on
the back of the T-shirt, and would
entitle the sponsor to receive T-
shirts stating that he helped "light
up Boggy Bayou."
Call Martha Miller at 729-
5515 or e-mail her at
MarthaCMiller@coastal-
bankandtrust.com.


E-mail items to
info baybeacon.com.

Terri Younger graduated
from the University of North
Florida In
Jacksonville
April 30
with a
Bachelor of
Arts in phi-
losophy,
with an
emphasis in
bioethics.
She is the
Terri Younger daughter O
daughter Of
Carl and Tess Younger of
Niceville, a 2007 graduate of
North West Florida State
College, and a 2005 graduate of
Niceville High School

Sean Michael Tabor received
his master degree in social sci-
ence from Florida State
University in May. Tabor, a 1992
graduate of Niceville High
School, is the son of Joe Ann and
Michael Tabor of Niceville.

D. Timothy Herndon, CPA,
and Denise R. Fitzpatrick, both
of Carr, Riggs & Ingram's
Niceville and Crestview offices,
recently completed an intensive
training course in Earned Value
Management System (EVMS)
Compliance.
The federal government now
requires all contracts over $20
million in total value to manage
and report their projects in full
compliance with the govern-
ment's Earned Value
Management System process. By
completing this course, CRI pro-
fessionals are now able to assist
clients in the development and
implementation of EVMS com-
pliance strategies including the
creation of process documents to
meet the required 32 guidelines.

Shelley
Normand of
Bluewater
Bay has
been named
executive
director of
Superior
Residences
of Niceville.
Superior is
the new Shelley
Assisted Normand
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Rocky students score in arts


Rocky Bayou Christian
School students participated in
the Florida Association of
Christian Colleges Fine Arts
regional competition in
Tallahassee April 23.
Competition winners were then
eligible to participate in the state


competition in West Palm
Beach, FL, May 13-14.
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are: Monochromatic Drawing,
second place, Christa
Daughtry, sixth grade;
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Balding to Jacksonville U.
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softball scholarship. With her, from left, are, standing, Niceville softball coach, Danny
Hensley and athletic director John Hicks and, seated, her mother, Brenda Balding. Meagan
has .402 with three home runs for the Eagles this year.


Niceville

Key Club

gives

to hospital
The Niceville High School Key
Club donated $1,200 from its
recent golf tournament to a
cause supported by the
Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso. The money will be
added to Kiwanis' annual dona-
tion to the Children's Miracle
Network, which benefits Sacred
Heart Children's Hospital,
Pensacola. From left: Ken Hair,
Kiwanis president, Tim
Parsons, Service Leadership
Program Chair, Jaclyn Daley,
2009-10 Key Club president,
Chloe Schweitzer, 2010-11 Key
Club president.


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Air Force Reserve Airman
1st Class Leah M. Hebert
graduated from basic military
training at
Lackland
Air Force
Base, San
Antonio,
Texas.
The air-
man com-
pleted an
intensive,
Leah M. Hebert eight-week
program
that included training in mili-
tary discipline and studies,
Air Force core values, physi-
cal fitness, and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Airmen who complete
basic training earn four cred-
its toward an associate in
applied science degree
through the Community
College of the Air Force.
She is the daughter of
Monica and Stacy Hebert of
Redwood Ave., Niceville.
Hebert graduated in 2009
from Niceville High School,
and attends Northwest Florida
State College.

Air Force Airman 1st Class
Janae J. Johnson graduated
from basic military training at
Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an
intensive, eight-week program
that included training in mili-
tary discipline and studies,
Air Force core values, physi-
cal fitness, and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Airmen who complete
basic training earn four cred-
its toward
an associate
in applied
science
degree
through the
Community
College of
the Air
Force.
She is
the daugh- Janae J.
ter of Tracy Johnson
Pugh of Janwood Drive,
Mobile, Ala., and Edison
Johnson Jr. of Sabal Palm
Drive, Niceville.
Johnson is a 2008 graduate
of Murphy High School,
Mobile.

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Valp. Garden Club installs officers
The newly installed officers of the Valparaiso Garden Club are, from left, Parliamentarian, Scotta Mahugh; Chaplain,
Marianne Coil; Publicity, Marion Bushey; Historian, Carole Smith; Corresponding Secretary, June Jones; Treasurer, Mary
Lee Morris; Recording Secretary, Kathy Greski; Second Vice President, Darolyn Weiss; and President Vivian Justice. Not
pictures is First Vice President, Anna Belle James.


Jim 'N Nick's
to participate
in big barbecue
in New York City
This year, 14 of the nation's
most respected barbecue restau-
rants have been invited to show-
case their talents and traditions on
a world stage in New York City at
the Snapple Big Apple Barbecue
Block Party. Featured in this
select group is Jim 'N Nick's Bar-
B-Q, Niceville, which has been
selected to participate for the sec-
ond year in a row.
The Snapple Big Apple
Barbecue Block Party will be held
June 12-13 and is expected to
attract more than 120,000 barbe-
cue aficionados to New York's
Madison Square Park. Jim 'N
Nick's will showcase their
smoked pork hot links paired with
another icon of the Southern pic-
nic, fresh-made pimento cheese.
Jim 'N Nick's, began as a
father and son restaurant in
Birmingham, Ala., 25 years ago
and is locally owned by Wayne
Lewis, Dave Hudson and Tom
Rice.
Correction
A photo last week contained the
incorrect cutline. The correct photo
and cutline, "NHS Key Club gives
to Kiwanis," is on B-2 this week.


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ation for the hard work of the Niceville Public Works Department to Willie Hines, repair and
maintenance supervisor, and department head Bruce Price at last month's meeting of the
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WHO'S
From page B-1
Living community that special-
izes in memory care on North
Partin Drive, Niceville. Shelley
brings with her more than 10
years experience in senior care.
***
Jennifer Barbero graduated
summa cum laude on May 14
from Auburn University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
agricultural business and econom-
ics. While at Auburn, she was a
member of the Auburn equestrian
team, the Ag Ambassadors, and
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Jennifer is a 2006 graduate of
Niceville High School and is the
daughter of Russ and Anne
Barbero.

Michelle Lynn Sanders grad-
uated with honors from Western
University of Health Sciences,
College of
Veterinary
Medicine, on
May 21, with
a Doctorate
in Veterinary
Medicine
(DVM). Dr.
Sanders was
also inducted
Michelle Lynn into Phi Zeta,
Sanders the National

Society of Veterinary Medicine
during earlier ceremonies. She
will remain in the Rancho
Cucamonga, Calif., area to begin
her practice. Michelle is the
daughter of Col. (ret.) Bill
Sanders and Dawn Sanders of
Bluewater Bay.

Jessica N. Steele graduated
from the University of Florida
Le vin
College of
Law on May
14. She plans
to pursue a
career in the
field of inter-
national
human
rights. She is
a 2007 grad- Jessica N.
uate of the Steele
University of Florida and a 2003
graduate of Niceville High
School. Her parents are William
and Jan Steele of Niceville.

Bridgeway Center Inc.
Associate Donna Morgan,
Bluewater Bay, was recognized
by the Mental Health Association
during the MHA of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties 52nd Annual
Awards Reception.


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Vacation Bible Schools


First United
Methodist Church
Get ready to set sail on a grand
voyage. That's what's planned
during the "High Seas
Expedition" Vacation Bible
School at Niceville United
Methodist Church, June 21-25, f9
a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Children age 4
through completed fifth grade are
invited to come on board to
explore the mighty love of God.
Daily activities include arts and
crafts, music, drama, recreation
and snacks.
Registration can be completed
online at nicevilleumc.org/chil-
dren. Fees are $10 per child
through June 5 with a family
maximum of $30. After June 5, it
is $15 per child. Scholarships are



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Baritone to perform
Baritone Jeffrey Ryne Cherry
will present a solo recital at St.
Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E.
John Sims Parkway, Niceville,
Sunday, June 6, 6 p.m.
Cherry graduated May 8 from
Stetson University in Deland and
is a voice performance major
under the study of Dr. Craig
Maddox. He has performed major
roles in Die Z,,,P. ,i/. -. and
L'italiana in Algers and was most
recently seen in Puccini's Gianni
Schicchi as the title role. He has
extensive oratorio experience,


available. For more information
stop by Niceville UMC at 214 S.
Partin Drive, Niceville, call 678-
4411, ext. 187, or visit the
nicevilleumc.org.
St. Jude's
Episcopal Church
St. Jude's Episcopal Church,
200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville,
plans "God's Extreme Power"
Vacation Bible School for young-
sters aged 4 11 June 21-25,
5:15-8 p.m. Kids will make cool
crafts, learn catchy tunes, play
games, make new friends, and be
empowered in the love of God.
Each evening offers a new Bible
story to explore through loads of
fun activities. Cost is $15 per
child or $35 per family and
includes dinner each night.

including performing the baritone
solo in a seven-city national tour
of Durufle's Requiem with the
Stetson University Concert Choir.
He will pursue a masters of
music while attending the
University of Cincinnati in 2010.
Cherry, a 2005 graduate of
Niceville High School, is the son
of Kandy Cherry of Niceville.
Christian pep rally
Christian Pep Rally, Inc., or
CPR, founded by local resident
Renee Crosby, focuses on reviving
Christian spirit one community at
a time.
Two Florida Training Christian
Champions conferences are
scheduled.
Niceville United Methodist
Church will be the site of the first,
June 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The


For more information or to
register for VBS, call Cassandra
Crosby at 678-7013.
St. Paul
Lutheran Church
Pre-registration is under way
for Galactic Blast Vacation Bible
School 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, 1407 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville, June 21-25,
8:30-11:30 a.m. for children 3
years old through fifth grade com-
pleted. A donation of $5 per child
with a maximum of $15 per fam-
ily is requested at the time of reg-
istration. Pre-register during the
week through the church office or
on Sunday mornings in the
Gathering Room. Registrations
will also be accepted Monday,
June 21. Info: 678-1298.

keynote speaker is Dr. John Ed
Mathison, author of five books
whose church was named as one
of the most influential in America.
CPR has partnered with the co-
founder and senior vice president
of the Orlando Magic, Pat
Williams, for a conference in
Orlando Oct. 2.
The focus of the Training
Christian Champions conferences
is to unite, inspire and empower
Christians in their walk with God.
Limited space is available, so tick-
ets should be purchased in
advance at christianpeprally.org.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20
day of the event at the site.
During the June event, the
organizers will accept donations
of toiletry items for homeless chil-
dren in our area.


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Kuhn-Williams
Tina Ann Kuhn and Roy
Williams, Jr. will be married on
June 4, 2010, at Harry P. Leu
Gardens in Orlando, Fla., with a
reception to follow.
Tina is the daughter of
Daniel P. Kuhn and Chyrell A.
Kuhn, of Niceville and a 2003
graduate of Niceville High
School.
Roy is the Son of Roy
Williams Sr. and Sherri
Williams of Crestview and a
2001 graduate of Niceville High
School.


Roy Williams Jr.
and Tina Ann Kuhn
The newlyweds will honey-
moon on a Caribbean Cruise
and make their home in
Orlando.


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1000 37th St., Niceville (850) 678-5879


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Members of the Valparaiso
Garden Club received hon-
ors from the Federation of
Garden Club Inc. Florida
Flower Show Judges'
Council. Kay Parsons, left,
club president, won the
Esther Brosche Educational
Exhibit Award, while Carole
Martin won the Tricolor
Award in floral design.


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Living af t
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Sunday 10:30 am NEW LOCATION
nday :0 m 1023 North Partin Dr
Wednesday 7:00 pm NICEVILLE
Saturday 6:30 pm .I
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ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Children's Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Wednrnday
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.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us info@stjudes.us


NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
130 N. PARTIN DR., NICEVILLE
I CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733


SSunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
r Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.
Bshop and Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Bishop and Mrs. T.P. I
Johnson, Sr.
^. Bishop T.P. JohnsQrSr. Senior Pastor
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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19


Beta Sigma Phi
meets over lunch
Members of Laureate Epsilon
Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi
met for a social luncheon at the
Olive Garden in Fort Walton
Beach.
Members and spouses who
enjoyed the social were Eunice
and Les Whitman, Marge and
Robert Ballon, Helen and Jack
Martin, Jo Ann and Rethel Jones,
Jo and Joe Vest, Margaret and
Roger Holley, Doris Olig, Nilah
Estep, Linda Michalowski,
Angela Budden, and Susan and
John Vetter, new members to the
chapter.
Members Marge Ballon and
Mattie Williams recently attended
Beta Sigma Phi's State
Convention in Orlando.


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Refuge needs supplies
Several animal welfare agencies
need items to help save birds that are
endangered by the oil slick approach-
ing the Panhandle. If the slick is
diverted, any donated items will be
sent to the area where it is expected to
make landfall.
Needed are blue Dawn dishwash-
ing liquid, baby blankets, heated blan-
kets or pads; heat
lamps and/or
bulbs; backyard
plastic kids'
pools; gauze,
bandages,
syringes and feeding tubes and saline
drips and lactated ringer's solution
(LRS). Expired medical supplies are
fine.
Call Lisa Miller at 974-6584.
Kids on Campus signups
Registration for the Kids on
Campus summer enrichment program
at Northwest Florida College is in
progress at all seven NWFSC loca-
tions. Kids on Campus offers youth
entering grades three to eight a unique
opportunity for fun learning in a col-
lege environment with classes in ath-
letics, theater, art and academics. The
program offers two sessions at the
Niceville campus; June 21 to July 1
and July 12 to 22. Classes are held
Monday through Thursday.
Registration is on-going until the first
session on a space available basis. The
course list and registration forms are
available at all area elementary and
middle schools, NWFSC campuses
and centers, and nwfsc.edu/schedule.
Info: 729-6086.
Summer kids' breakfasts
Administered by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Food and
Nutrition Service,
the Summer Food
Service program
was established to
ensure that low-
income children
continue to receive nutritious meals
when school is not in session.
Free meals that meet federal nutri-
tion guidelines, are provided to all
children at approved SFSP sites.
In the Twin Cities area, two
schools are participating this summer:
-Edge Elementary School, 300
N.Highway 85, Niceville, June 14-
July 30. Breakfast will be served from
7:00 am a7-7:30 a.m. Lunch will be
served 11:30 a.m.-noon.
-Ruckel Middle School, 201N
Partin Drive, Niceville, July-23.
Breakfast will be served 7:15-7:30
a.m. Lunch will be served rom 12:30-
1 p.m.
Dramatics camp set
Northwest Florida State College
will offer "Camp Glee," a creative
dramatics summer workshop for
youth seventh grade through college
age, June 14-July 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Monday through Thursdays at the col-
lege's Niceville campus. Participants
will explore choreography, acting,
voice, makeup and staging and will
star in a production of "100 Years of
Broadway," a musical review, July 8
at the NWFSC Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. No prior
experience in theater is required and
eligible high school and college stu-
dents may earn college credit.
Call Mary Lou Baker at 729-5832.
'Fallen Soldier' monument
The city of Niceville is accepting
donations for the "Fallen Soldier"
monument which will be in memory
of fallen veterans and positioned out-
side the Community Center. The
monument will be made by "The
Large Art Co." The goal is $4,400;
$2,903 has been raised so far. Send
donations to Fallen Soldiers Fund,


City of Niceville, 208 N. Partin Drive,
Niceville, FL 32578. Call Ron Hall,
259-7794, for further information.
Library to teach French
The Valparaiso Community
Library will offer French classes
Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 2-
4 during the summer for beginners of
all ages. Reservations must be made
before June 1. The library also offers
the Rosetta Stone language program
in Spanish. To reserve the Spanish
language computer, call the library at
729-5406.
Fine arts exhibition
The Arts and Design Society of
Fort Walton Beach, Inc., presents the
18th annual
Southeast
Regional Juried
Fine Arts
Exhibition in the
McIlroy Gallery
through June 3. In addition to Best of
Show, the juror chooses first, second
and third place winners and several
honorable mentions. The Holzhauer
Gallery will feature 2009 Best in
Show (Golden Brush Award) winner
Ed Chandler of Fort Walton Beach.
Chandler creates extraordinary
images in color photography as he
juxtaposes extreme close-up shots
with vibrant compositions.
Food for Fisher House
A pancake breakfast to benefit
Fisher House of the Emerald Coast
is scheduled for Thursday, June 3, 6-


9 a.m., at the Magnolia Grill, 157
Brooks St., S.E., Fort Walton Beach.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller will be a spe-
cial guest at the event, which will be
broadcast live on News Talk
1260/WFTW. The cost is $5, which
includes pancakes, sausage, juice
and coffee.
Info: 302-0266.
Hospice sets garage sales
Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St.,
Niceville, Fridays and Saturdays,
June 4, 5, 18 and 19, 8 a.m.-noon.
The sales will benefit its non-funded
and under-funded programs in
Okaloosa and Walton counties. These
programs include bereavement serv-
ices, children's services, chaplain
services and indigent care.
Items on sale include: furniture,
books, jewelry, housewares and much
more!
Sorry, no clothes.
Info: Lill Jennings, 729-1800.
Rotary golf tourney
The Mid-Bay Rotary Club will
have its 12th annual golf tournament
June 4 at the Bluewater Bay Golf
Course in
Niceville.
To play, call
Steve Gardner at
598-3195.
The tourna-
ment allows the Mid-Bay Rotary
Club to support charitable causes
throughout the community and the


world.
Patriotic art exhibit slated
The Local Color Artists Group
will present "Patriotic Impressions," a
new fine art exhibit at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida,
beginning June 5, featuring colorful,
original works of art in a variety of
media, created by 10 local artists. All
work is available for purchase; a por-
tion of the proceeds will benefit the
museum.
Bee keeping seminar
The next Creative Gardener
Series program will be on Monday,
June 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Valparaiso
Library. The topic for this month's
program is Bee Keeping for Plant
Health. Bob Brackin, local apiary
specialist, will talk on the essential
role bees play in plant health and
reproduction. Info: 729-5406.
Safe boating course
A 5-week public boating course
will be conducted Mondays, begin-
ning June 7, 7-8:30 p.m. at the
Anchorage building, 404 Green
Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach.
The course,
conducted by
experienced local
boaters, covers
safe boat han-
dling, good sea- ^
manship, rules of the road, aids to
navigation and piloting, tips about
local waters, and more. It meets all
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owners to a discounts on boat insur-
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million persons have taken the safe
boating course nationally.
Class instruction is free, but there
is a $45 charge for classroom materi-
als.
The course is sponsored by the
Fort Walton Sail and Power
Squadron, a unit of the United States
Power Squadrons. Registration may
be made through the University of
West Florida at their UWF Maritime
Education Web site.
Info: Wil Hugli, 863-0874 or
fwsps.com.
Auxiliary to bag groceries
The Auxiliary of Twin Cities
Hospital will bag groceries at Winn
Dixie in Bluewater Bay Saturday,
June 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All proceeds
will benefit the Auxiliary's Health
Related Scholarship Fund which has
awarded $20,200 in scholarships this
year.
Club plans flower show
"The Magic of Flowers," a stan-
dard flower show, will be presented
by the Valparaiso Garden Club
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m., at the
George W. Mitchell Building, 459
Valparaiso Pkwy., Valparaiso. The
show is free and open to the public.
Info: flower show chairman,
Marie Harrison, 678-2842, or VGC
president, Vivian Justice at 729-3160.
Sonrise Singers booked
The Sonrise Singers of Bethany
Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas,
will present their 2010 musical,
"Twitter Me," at
all three services
Sunday, June 13,
at St. Paul
Lutheran Church,
1407 E. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville. The servic-
es are at 8, 9:10 and 10:30 a.m.
The group is made up of more
than 30 high school students who will
tour Florida.
"Twitter Me" is a musical about a


group of young people who start
receiving the call from Christ to fol-
low him through messages on their
cell phones and computers. Each
responds in a different way.
Tea Party meetings
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party (a non-partisan, non-profit
group of concerned citizens) meets at
Niceville City Hall the second and
fourth Mondays of each month at 6
p.m. It's next meeting is meeting on
Monday, June 14, at Niceville City
Hall.
GOP women set forum
Silver Sands Republican Women
will present a candidate forum at the
Niceville Bluewater Bay Golf Club
Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.. June 14. Don
Amunds and Danny Bennett, candi-
dates for County Commissioner for
District 4, will present the forum.
There will be an opportunity get per-
sonally acquainted with the candi-
dates before dinner is served. The
restaurant will offer a special menu
ranging from $10.00 $15.00. Guests
are welcome. Call 678-2182 for
reservations.
Summer reading program
The Niceville Public Library's
Summer Reading Program begins
with an open house Wednesday, June
16, in the Youth Services area of the
Library. Drop in 11 a. m. and 1 p.m.
to pick up a reading log and a sched-
ule of all the
library's summer
events. Light
refreshments will
be served
Age 3-kinder-
garten will meet Wednesdays at
10:30 a.m. for stories, rhymes, music,
poetry and a take home craft or activ-
ity
Grades 1-3 will meet Wednesdays
at noon for stories, music, crafts and
activities
Grades 4 and 5 will meet
Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. for books,
book discussion, special guests, crafts
and activities.


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