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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: July 14, 2010
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C kp State charges more cities for inmate labor

O M Ilv By Del Lessard to Valparaiso for $58,000 a year. Okaloosa Correctional Institute,


Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.


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formed July 14-17 as the
summer production of the
Fine and Performing Arts
Division at Northwest
Florida State College in the
mainstage theater at the
college's Mattie Kelly Arts
Center in Niceville at 7:30
p.m. each night. Tickets:
$20, adults; $15, youth age
18 and younger.
Call 729-6000 or go
online at mattiekellyarts-
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sponsoring a $5 spaghetti
dinner and a silent auction
at the AMVETS Post 78 in
Valparaiso. To bid, go to
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Saturday. 9 a.m.


The Eglin Aero
Modellers will host their
second fundraiser for the
Jacksonville Wounded
Warrior Project at the
Mullet Festival site in
Niceville featuring model
aircraft of all kinds. There
will be plenty of food, cold
drinks and a huge raffle
with thousands of dollars
in prizes. Admission is free.
Saturday. 9 a.m.
Take your dog to
Parkway Veterinary
Hospital, 1101 E. John
Sims Pkwy., for a nail trim
9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds
benefit American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life.
Dogs should be on a non-
retractable leash; cats in a
carrier. Rabies certificate or
invoice required; "tags"
will not suffice. $8 per pet;
$6 per additional pet.
Located at 1101 E. John
Sims Pkwy., 678-9733.


Calendar, B-6.


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A three-way traffic signal and
a new median opening will be
installed on Niceville's main
thoroughfare-the four-lane seg-
ment of State Road 20-at an
entrance to the Walmart store that
is under construction.
Three existing median open-
ings, or "cuts," will be closed or
modified before the Niceville
Walmart store opens later this
year, ending motorists' ability to


beacon Statt Writer
The price of convict labor is
rising.
The Florida Department of
Corrections stopped providing
free prison work gangs to the
cities of Valparaiso and
Niceville as of last week.
The department offered to
resume providing an eight-
inmate work crew, plus a guard,


Valparaiso Public Works
Director James Valandingham
said the inmate crews were a
valuable city resource, mowing
rights of way, cleaning city
parks, and performing other
manual labor. The crews nomi-
nally work eight- to 10-hour
days, four days a week.
Valandingham told city com-
missioners Monday that the


the state prison near Crestview,
had been providing the city a
S"1 III i.;" crew of eight prison-
ers, plus a guard about 20 to 30
hours a week.
Inmate crews work 10-hour
days, four days a week.
Valandingham said the
$58,000 fee the state is now
Please see INMATE, page A-2


Window honors firefighters

Artists create

pane for

Niceville

firehouse
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Don't be alarmed if you
see flames in the upstairs
window of the Niceville fire-
house.
The "fire" is art-a 4-
foot-square, stained-glass
window made by Bluewater
Bay artist Judie Wren and
her late husband, Chris. In
the midst of the glowing red
pane a firefighter holds a
small child he rescued from Beacon photos by Del Lessard
the blaze. "Whenever there's a fire, they don't bat an eye, they come in
The window was installed to save you," says Bluewater Bay artist Judie Wren, who, with
in the firehouse on North her late husband, Chris, created this stained-glass window
Partin Drive last month. installed in the Niceville fire station last month. Below, Judie
Niceville Fire Chief Wren works on her latest project in her garage-studio in
Tommy Mayville saw sam- Bluewater Bay.
ples of the Wrens' artistic
stained glass on display at a
Niceville glass company a
-- few years ago, while the fire
station on Partin Drive was
being designed. Mayville
contacted the artists and
described a memorial win-
dow he envisioned for the
station. When the city
couldn't afford the original
estimate of $8,000, the
Wrens agreed to design and
build the window for the
cost of materials.
The project was to honor
the firefighters, said Judie
Wren. "Whenever there's a
fire, they don't bat an eye,
they come in to save you."
I After Judie sketched a
design from Mayville's
description, Assistant Fire
Chief Tony Lohrman donned
his "bunker gear" and mod-
eled, so the work would
accurately reflect such
details as the helmet's eagle
[ crest, the gloves, and even
( an air-tank gauge.
The child in the window
was also based on a real per-
son. Wren said she was
inside the Tropical Smoothie
store in Niceville when a
Please see ARTISTS, page A-5


make left turns directly from two
nearby side streets, according to
the Florida Department of
Transportation.
One Walmart entrance will be
on the north side of SR 20, also
called John Sims Parkway, about
halfway between the Century 21
Wilson Minger Agency and
Regions Bank branch. The high-
way carries about 37,500 vehicles
a day.
The median separating east-
Please see WALMART. Daae A-5


Beacon file photo
Inmate crew at work last year in Niceville. Guard wears yellow vest.



Tax collector


moves to assume


all duties for


driver's licenses


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
It's not about saving money,
according to state and county
officials. It's about convenience.
As the state shifts driver
license duties to the tax collec-
tor's office in Okaloosa County,
it's going to cost you more to get,
renew, change or replace a
license.
Florida law directs county tax
collectors to
add a serv-
ice fee of
$6.25 to
about a
dozen
"transac-
tions,"
including
the Class E
license
when Chris Hughes
obtained at a county office rather
than a state outlet.
Class E is the "normal" oper-
ator's license, costing $48 for six
years, not counting the county
fee.
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes says the
state-mandated shift is an oppor-
tunity to establish "one-stop
shops" for license and registra-
tion in the county.
This comes from House Bill
5501, a state law enacted earlier
this year, which requires transfer
of local driver license issuance
services from the Florida


Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to
county tax collectors by June 30,
2015.
"This is a customer service
issue," Hughes said. "People are
coming to the tax collector's
office anyway on their birthdays
to renew license tags for the
vehicles and vessels. So it only
makes sense to me that you go to
one office, stand in one line and
write one check."
Newlyweds Robert and
Carissa L'Orange visited the
Niceville county tax office earlier
this month so they could change
the address on their respective
licenses.
The couple lives in Choctaw
Beach. Robert is part of the fam-
ily business, L'Orange
Automotive, Niceville.
"I'm glad we don't have to go
to Fort Walton," he said. "It
would take us an hour to get
there and back, plus the time you
spend waiting."
And the extra $6.25?
"For the convenience, the
time that it saves, it's worth it,"
Robert said.
House Bill 5501 represents a
concept that has been slowly tak-
ing shape for years, said David
Westberry, DHSMV spokesman.
"The legislation was designed
to address the needs of customers
throughout Florida," Westberry
stated.
Please see LICENSES, page A-2


Beacon photo by Thomas Monigan
Robert L'Orange visited the Okaloosa County tax office in
Niceville recently to change the address on his driver license.
The tax collector plans to assume other driver-license services
from the state as well.



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THE BAY BEACON


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


INMATE
From page A-1
charging was needed to pay the
guard assigned to each crew. The


workers themselves are unpaid.
City commissioners Neal
Shermer and Diane Kelley said
the state's demand amounts to
"double-dipping," since tax dol-


lars already pay for their
employment.
Valandingham said prison
officials told him the fee was
necessary because a statewide
revenue shortfall is hurting the
corrections department like
other governmental bodies.
Prison officials also told him
that there were only three OCI
crews available, and that if
Valparaiso didn't buy one,
other cities would. Fort Walton
Beach recently agreed to pay
for a crew, Valandingham said.
The city commission will
discuss its next step during a
budget meeting next week.
Other cities, including
Niceville, already pay for con-
vict labor.
Bruce Price, Niceville's
public works director, has been
paying to "guarantee" the city
has at least one prisoner crew
four days per week, for the past
three or four years. He said
Niceville occasionally received
an additional crew for free, but
that prison officials last week
told him that practice would
end.
Price said inmate labor has
been used in Niceville to help
build a boardwalk, to clean up
the Niceville triangle, clear
retention ponds and drainage
areas, and perform other labor


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on city land and rights of way.
"I don't know what we'd do
without them," he said.
Gretl Plessinger, spokes-
woman for the Florida
Department of Corrections told
the Beacon that 71 guards asso-
ciated with work squads were
unfunded by the Legislature
this year.
Until July 1, Okaloosa
County had use of six "free"
work crews from the state
prison, and nine paid work
crews. Three of the free work
crews were cut because of the
funding reduction, Plessinger
said, while the nine paid work
crews are untouched by the cut.
While off-site work crews of
eight to 10 each require assign-
ing a guard, inside the prison
guards can supervise several
times that number of inmates,
she said.
Inmates, who are required to
work, are paid nothing for
service to cities, Plessinger
said. Inside a prison, inmates
may work only two or three
hours a day, she said. Only a
handful of inmate laborers
receive a token salary for work
done inside the prison canteen
or on work release programs,
she said, with a nonprofit
organization, Pride, paying
them.


LICENSES
From page A-1
"While reducing the state's
costs were a key component of
this transition, it was also impor-
tant to recognize the most effi-
cient and effective way to meet
the needs of our customers-
regardless of who provided the
services."
Closure of the two state-run
offices in Okaloosa County are
scheduled this way:
-The Fort Walton Beach
office, Racetrack Road, will
close by Sept. 30. Its operations
will be absorbed by the county
tax office in Uptown Station,
Eglin Parkway. Most of the state
staff will wind up in the new
office, working for the county.


Damage caused by the break-
ins was estimated at about $2,000,
Sallee said.
Facilities manager Andrew
Tidwell said those who broke the
doors gained access to the office
courtyard by scaling a locked iron
gate that measures between eight
to 10 feet tall. Niceville Glass was
called Monday morning and had
everything fixed by noon, accord-
ing to Tidwell.
Anyone with information
about the burglaries is asked to
contact the Niceville Police
Department at 678-4030.


-The Crestview office,
James Lee Boulevard, is sched-
uled to close by June 30, 2011.
During the period between
the closure of the state Fort
Walton Beach office and the clo-
sure of the state Crestview
office, the Crestview office will
be the only place new drivers
can take a road test in Okaloosa
County. After the Crestview
office closes next year, tax
offices in Niceville, Fort Walton
Beach, and possibly Crestview
will give road tests, Hughes
said.
"Over the past few months in
Fort Walton, we have averaged
just over four behind-the-wheel
road tests each day," stated
Westberry. The Crestview aver-
age is "just more than two" a
day, he said.


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Results are mixed


on holiday tourism


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
Traffic on the Mid-Bay
Bridge for the first five days of
July was down about 11 percent
from last year, according to Jim
Vest, bridge authority chairman.
In light of publicity surround-
ing the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill, "I don't think that was
much of a surprise, but it might
have been a little better than I
expected after I talked to the
hotel and condo people," Vest
said.
Okaloosa's Tourist
Development Board conducts
regular surveys to gauge average
occupancy rates for condos and
hotels in Destin, on Okaloosa
Island and in Fort Walton Beach.
Two years ago, gasoline that
cost $4 a gallon couldn't keep
regional visitors from celebrating
Independence Day on the
Emerald Coast, even if they had
to drive from St. Louis.
But what about this year? Oil
from the Deepwater Horizon
spill had been leaking for more
than 70 days when the July 4th
weekend arrived. June passenger
traffic at Northwest Florida
Regional Airport was off 10.5
percent from the year-earlier
period.
Apparently, some beaches
suffered more than others from
the specter of a toxic tide that
could mean death to tourism and
the economy it supports. To be
sure, Okaloosa and South Walton
beaches have seen only scattered
tar balls since the spill, and these
were quickly cleaned up. For the
most part, the area's emerald
waters and white-sand beaches
have lived up to their reputation.
Still, news about the seeming-
ly endless spill has had its effect.
In 2008, the July 4th weekend
average was 72 percent, accord-
ing to TDC boss Mark Bellinger.
Last year's number was 63.7 per-
cent, thanks to the national reces-
sion. For this year's Fourth,
occupancy was 59.2 percent.
"Every single July 4th week-
end we usually sell out," said
Mike Chouri, general manager of
the 600-room Hilton Sandestin.
"This year, we were at 60 percent
two days before the Fourth, but
for the holiday we were sold
out."
Chouri and others who
depend on tourist-generated dol-
lars are all too aware of how
media coverage of the oil spill
affects their respective situations.
"Perception of the beaches is
a big factor," Chouri said.
"What's helping us is a 24-hour
webcam on our website, and we
also make a 1-minute video
report you can see there daily."
Bob Bonezzi of Destin-based
Bonezzi Enterprises reported
what others also said: Impact
from the spill gets worse the far-
ther west you are from Destin.
Bonezzi is the managing part-
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restaurants, among them several
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noon, July 2, people could be seen enjoying the sun,
water, and a clear, oil-free beach.


30 percent in Fort Walton
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it's not that bad in Destin. ...
It's not like dollars are not
being traded around town,
it's just fewer hands doing
it."
At least one published
report has indicated that
sales at Innerlight Surf &
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But in Destin, store man-
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said. "So everything kind of
lined up there."
Rain was also part of the
holiday weekend here. And
for retailers, moderate
amounts of rain means more
people focused on shopping.
On the south side of the
Mid-Bay Bridge, Destin
Commons received an extra
boost from the release of the
long-awaited "The Twilight
Saga: Eclipse" at its movie
theater.
"I don't want to say we
were surprised by how the
weekend turned out,
because we didn't know
what to expect," said
Kristina Trujillo, director of
marketing for Destin
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Truck hits

Bluewater

woman, 72

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Bluewater Bay woman was
hospitalized after being struck by a
truck in a supermarket parking lot.
Deanna J. Banning, 72, was
transported by helicopter ambu-
lance to Sacred
Heart Hospital
July 6 after
being hit in the
parking lot of
the Bluewater
Bay Winn-
Dixie, 4512 E.
Highway 20,
according to the
Florida
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Patrol.
Jonathan D. Ball, 35, of
Niceville, was driving a 2006 Ford
truck west in the lot when he
attempted to make a left turn,
according to the FHP Banning
walked in front of the truck, accord-
ing to the FHP She suffered a
severe head injury.
The accident reportedly occurred
during a rainstorm.
Alcohol was not a factor in the
accident, according to the FHP
As of Tuesday morning Banning
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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By Del Lessard
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The Niceville, Valparaiso,
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Eglin plans to begin charging
full market value for the land,
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needs for dispersing effluent to
80 acres.
The DEP recently told the
regional sewer board that the
proposed modifications should
reduce nitrates and phosphorus
in water sprayed onto the fields
and absorbed by the ground.
The state environmental
agency told the regional utility
that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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whether the sprayfields are pol-
luting East Turkey Creek and


The endangered Okaloosa darter lives in a stream near the
sewage sprayfield serving the Twin Cities area.


causing low numbers of
Okaloosa darters, a tiny fish list-
ed by the FWS as "endangered."
The stream-not to be confused
with the Turkey Creek that
flows into Boggy Bayou-is
near the sprayfields north of
College Boulevard off State
Road 285 and eventually emp-
ties into Rocky Bayou.
An FWS report said the
stream had low numbers of
darters compared with other
darter streams, although the rea-
son wasn't clear.


Sewer board officials cast
doubt on the FWS report, saying
the agency mistakenly under-
counted the fish.
In the past the DEP has fined
the regional utility for exceeding
the permitted amount of nitrates
in groundwater monitored at the
sprayfields. The sewer board is
operating under a DEP consent
order after exceeding the per-
mitted nitrates in groundwater.
One result of the federal
FWS concern over water quality
in East Turkey Creek is that the


DEP is asking the regional utili-
ty to provide a model of the
groundwater flow and nutrient
content of groundwater at the
sprayfield.
Last week the regional sewer
board heard an estimate that the
requested modeling could cost
up to $79,000. The sewer board
asked its own engineering firm,
Polyengineering, to get quotes
and negotiate with contractors
capable of perform the study.
The sewer board is also try-
ing to hire its own expert to
count Okaloosa darters in the
affected creek. A former expert
the board had used in counting
darter populations is no longer
available.
The regional utility remains
optimistic that its proposed
modifications-which will sub-
stantially reduce the amount of
nitrates in treated effluent-will
be permitted in time to modify
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ARTISTS
From page A-1

mother entered the store carry-
ing a 4- or 5-year-old child in
the same manner she envi-
sioned for the window. After
explaining her purpose, the
artist took photos of the girl in
her mother's arms. She used
the pictures to position the
child, whose name she could
not recall, in the arms of the
firefighter modeled by
Lohrman.
"I learned everything I know


by doing," said Judie about her
glass work, which she began
about 25 years ago. "I drew and
painted all my life," she said.
She has created at least a thou-
sand stained glass windows,
one of which is four stories high
(39 feet tall) and 36 inches wide
for a Destin-area home. Her
decorative windows are based
on her own, original designs.
During the three months it
took to complete the stained
glass window Wren said she
would often see a Niceville fire
engine drive by her home at
lunch time, and she would


Holding his arms as if
cradling a child, Niceville
Assistant Fire Chief Tony
Lohrman modeled for artists
Jude and Chris Wren in this
photo.


invite firefighters in to see the
work in progress in her garage
studio.
Judie said her late husband
did half the work. He died in
November 2008.
"Chris and I did it all togeth-
er," said Judie. She did the
sketch, layout, color selection
and glass cutting while Chris
ground the edges on each piece
of glass and then soldered them
into the frame. There are over
400 pieces of glass in the
Niceville window, which is 48-
by-48 inches square. "Chris
never got to see it installed,"


she said "that's the one thing
that broke my heart."
The work was completed
two years ago, but until early
June it was stored, waiting until
it was safe to install it in the
wall of the still-incomplete sec-
ond floor of the fire station. The
window is protected by hurri-
cane-resistant glass.
Judie said she was thrilled
that the window is displayed
atop the front of the firehouse.
"I wanted them to see it every
time they came back to the sta-
tion," to remind them of "who
you are and what you do."


WALMART
From page A-1

bound and westbound traffic on
SR 20 will be opened in front of
the new store entrance to
accommodate traffic governed
by the planned three-way traffic
signal, according to Tommie
Speights, District 3 FDOT
spokesman. Before the store
opens, the stoplight will be


placed between Wise and Pine
avenues, which intersect SR 20
from the south.
The existing median cut at
Wise Avenue will be closed,
Speights said. As a result,
motorists exiting Wise Avenue
will be restricted to right turns
(eastbound) only. But they will
be able to make a U-turn at the
new Walmart traffic signal,
about 250 feet east of Wise, he
said.


A new regular median cut
will be opened about 170 feet
west of Wise Avenue, at the west
entrance to Po Folks, Speights
said.
The work will also affect the
Pine Avenue intersection with
SR 20. "The existing full medi-
an opening at Pine will be mod-
ified and become a westbound
directional median opening with
left-turn lane," Speights said.
Motorists exiting Pine Avenue


will be restricted to right (east-
bound) turns only, he said, but
will be able to make a U-turn at
the existing Redwood Avenue
traffic signal.
Speights said the planned
three-way stoplight for Walmart
could easily be upgraded to a
four-way signal when commer-
cial property on the south side of
John Sims Parkway is devel-
oped. Ruckel Properties owns
the undeveloped commercial


property fronting John Sims
between Pine and Wise avenues,
opposite the Walmart entrance.
The developer is seeking ten-
ants for two 1.8-acre parcels on
the property, which is just north
of Plew Elementary School.
Developer's preliminary plans
show an entrance would be built
to intersect John Sims Parkway
at the Walmart signal. The
entrance would connect to a
future east-west service road


Ruckel Properties would build
connecting Wise and Pine at the
rear of the property.
A second entrance to the new
Walmart store is planned at the
Redwood/Revell Drive stop-
light.
"All roadway improvements
will be fully functional when
Walmart opens," Speights said.
"The developer and permitted
will bear all costs associated
with these improvements."


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From page A-7
Oakmont Drive at Bluewater
Boulevard, June 27 at 5:57 p.m.

Jonathan Temple Clark, a
cook, 21, of 1923 Oak Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Bayshore Drive at Armstrong
Avenue, July 3 at 1:11 a.m.
Clark was subsequently
arrested for possession of drug
paraphernalia, a glass smoking
pipe, and was cited for
speeding.

Jeffery James Coville, a
plumber, 52, of 752 St. John
Cove, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies on a
charge of DUI at an address in
the 700 block of Caribbean
Way, Niceville, July 3 at 6:32
p.m. Coville was also arrested
on the charges of resisting an
officer without violence and for
driving on a driver's license
expired more than four months.
Thefts
A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Marquette
Street reported that unknown
persons) had stolen his son's
$500 dirt bike from the side of
the garage door June 22. On
June 27 the stolen motorcycle
was located and recovered from
a wooded area at the end of


Muskegan Avenue, Valparaiso.
The motorcycle had been
repainted and the seat
recovered with a different cloth
material.

A Valparaiso resident
reported that unknown
persons) stole his new, $192
skateboard from his unlocked
vehicle while it was parked at a
friend's home in the 200 block
of Yacht Club Drive, Niceville,
June 18.

A Niceville resident from
the 4200 block of Cougar
Circle reported that sometime
June 1-17 two rings, valued at
more than $6,000, were stolen
from the residence.

A salvage company reported
June 17 that several items were
stolen from 1050 Bay Drive,
Niceville, sometime from May
19. The stolen items were
valued at about $1,600.

On June 30 unknown
persons) stole an unsecured
10-speed mountain bicycle
from the front of the Niceville
city library, 206 N. Partin
Drive. The bicycle was valued
at $100.

A Valparaiso resident
reported that unknown
persons) gained access to her


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online bank account and made
four unauthorized transactions
June 18-23. The victim's bank
credited the account for two of
the transactions, leaving the
victim with two other
unauthorized transactions
totaling $200 as of June 30.
Police were attempting to
contact a person in Oviedo,
Fla., who received $180 from
one of the transactions.

A woman reported that
sometime June 21-22 someone
stole $100 worth of
medications from her minivan
at an unknown address of 25th
Street, Niceville.

A Niceville resident from
the 4200 block of Ward Cove
reported that sometime June
13-14 unknown persons) stole
a $500 GPS receiver that was
mounted in a boat parked at a
dock behind the house.

A Niceville woman reported
that unknown persons) stole
her purse while she was
dancing at a Destin nightclub,
76 Harbor Blvd., June 17. The
victim later found her purse in
the women's bathroom but her
cell phone, digital camera, $40
cash, ID and lipstick were
missing. A male answered the
phone when the victim called
her cell phone and he allegedly
asked for a reward for its
return. The stolen items were
valued at $300.

A Niceville resident from
the 700 block of Sunningdale
Cove reported that unknown
persons) burglarized his
unlocked vehicle while it was
parked overnight in the
driveway, June 17-18.
Reported stolen was a GPS
unit, a DVD, a DVD player, a
video game system and a cell
phone charger, valued together
at nearly $525.

A Niceville resident from
the 3000 block of Blue Pine
Lane reported that sometime


June 18-21 unknown persons)
stole a $500 laptop computer
from a kitchen table. The
victim said the house may have
been left unlocked Saturday,
June 19.
Other
Pablo Edil Ruiz, 25, of 121
Poplar Place, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police, subsequent to
a traffic stop for faulty
equipment, June 24, on a
charge of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.

A 17-year-old Niceville boy
was issued a notice to appear
by Niceville police June 23 for
retail theft. The boy was
observed placing a pack of
wood-tip cigars in his rear
pocket and walking out
without paying at Kmart, 1140
E. John Sims Parkway. After
being apprehended the boy
allegedly made a spontaneous
statement, "I'm not the best
thief," and later stated he'd
attempted to shoplift
approximately 10 other times,
and had left with store
merchandise about eight of the
10 times.

Rebecca K. Szymanski, a
student, 18, of 528 Wildflower
Court, Niceville, and Hannah
P. Simerly, a restaurant
employee, 18, of 4703
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misdemeanor charge of
indecent exposure for an
incident that allegedly occurred
May 25 at Lewis Middle
School.

Cheryl Diana Agerton, 36, of
73 Jackson Ave., Valparaiso,
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Kevin Charles Woodcock,
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of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt.
130, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 29 on
charges of burglary to an
unoccupied dwelling and petit
theft. A Niceville police officer
who was helping sheriff's
deputies to search for Wright in
order to serve an active warrant
saw Wright leaving a home in
the 1900 block of Oak Street
while carrying three DVDs
worth $66 that were taken from
the home. The victim stated that
Wright had no permission to be
in the home nor to take the
DVDs. Wright was
subsequently arrested for
trespassing.

James Richard Ray, 53, of
401 27th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police


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of possession of Schedule II
controlled substance,
oxycodone, and possession of
Schedule IV controlled
substance, alprazolam. On May
2 Ray was arrested on an
unrelated charge and was
searched before being admitted
to the Okaloosa County Jail.
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found 28 oxycodone pills and
eight alprazolam pills concealed
in a plastic bag in Ray's sock.
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had a prescription for the drugs,
but was unable to produce it.

James Harold Kittrell Jr., 58,
of 207 Deer St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police on a
charge of domestic violence
battery that allegedly occurred
May 25.

David Dwayne Rafferty Sr.,
unemployed, 49, of 125 Beal
Parkway, #1, Fort Walton
Beach, was arrested by
Niceville police July 2 on a petit
theft charge. On March 26,
while employed by Kmart, 1140
E. John Sims Parkway, Rafferty
allegedly admitted he stole
items valued at $45 over a
period of months.

Scott Eason Bacheller,
unemployed, 53, with an at-
large address, was arrested by
Niceville police July 5 on a
disorderly conduct charge.

Zackery Chase Brunson, 18,
of 18 Oak Lane, Shalimar, was
arrested by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop, July
2, on charges of possession of
alprazolam with intent to sell,
and possession of drug
paraphernalia.
After stopping Brunson's
vehicle because he was
allegedly not wearing a seat belt
and had changed lanes
improperly, police initiated a
consensual search of Brunson's
person after noticing a
hypodermic needle in his
pocket. Police found 30 Xanax
alprazolam pills and a Mylan 2
mg alprazolam (Zan Bar) in a
plastic bag under his shirt.


Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Nicholas Adam Coleman
Wanted for: violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
arson. Coleman's last known
address was in Niceville.
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Age: 25
Date of birth: 10-27-84
Hair: blond
Eyes: blue

Name: Derek Eugene Gunn
Wanted for: marijuana produc-
tion and tampering with evi-
dence. Gunn's last known
address was in Fort Walton
Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Age: 41
Date of birth: 03-11-69
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

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105 Safe Harbor Cove,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police July 5 on a
domestic violence battery
charge.

Kevin Scott Bible, 24, of
1012 Everglade Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 1 on a charge of failure to
appear on the original
misdemeanor charge of
possession of marijuana.

William Blake Dupriest, 25,
of 98 Live Oak St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 2 on charges of burglary to a
conveyance, possession of
burglary tools and possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana.
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trying to force open a window to
break into an unoccupied SUV
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west side of the Destin Bridge.
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By Mike Griffith
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Candidates for the
Okaloosa School Board fielded
questions at a recent forum
sponsored by the Silver Sands
Republican Women of
Okaloosa County at the
Bluewater Bay golf clubhouse
restaurant. Incumbent school
board members Rodney
Walker and Howard Hill
spoke, as did Paul Wendel
Brock, Walker's challenger in
the Aug. 24 primary election.
School board member Cindy
Frakes is unchallenged and did
not attend.
Melissa Thrush, challenging
for Howard
Hill's cur-
rent seat,
was not
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Sands mem-
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Howard
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Megan, a
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High School
sophomore,
was named
Eglin Youth
of the Year in
June.
Beacon photo
by Kenneth
Books


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville teenager was
among 53 youngsters recognized
at the 2010 Air Force Youth of
the Year Award ceremony June
24 in the Pentagon auditorium.
Megan Mickley, 15, a sopho-
more at Niceville High School
whose father, Kevin, is in the Air
Force, was honored for her vol-
unteer work teaching dance at the
Eglin Youth Center to children
aged 3 to 12.
"I dance and teach little kids
technique," Megan said. She has
been dancing for five years, she
said, and teaching it for four.
Lt. Gen. Richard Y Newton
III, the deputy chief of staff for
manpower and personnel, hosted
the Pentagon event and presented


a plaque to Megan.
This and future youth of the
year ceremonies offer a chance to
"recognize the talent and poten-
tial of our youth," Newton said.
Kevin Mickley, who has been
in the Air Force for six years, is
leaving the service. He and his
wife, Lindsey, have fallen in love
with the Emerald Coast.
Megan is no different.
"I love it here," she said. "I
love the beach and the small
town kinds of things."
Dance has become a major
part of Megan's life.
"I want to go to Northwest
Florida State College for two
years, then transfer to Florida
State University and get a BA in
dance and theater arts," she said.
Please see YOUTH, page B-2


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Dan Peterson. For help
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Michaela Suzanne
Buglewicz, a senior from
Niceville studying language arts
education in the school of
Education and Human Sciences,
made the Dean's List/Honor Roll
for the spring semester at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
***
Jason W. Davis, Freeport
High School Class of 1999 also
received a degree from Florida
State University with a Bachelor
of Science
has now
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degree of
Juris Doctor
by the
Dwayne 0.
Andreas
School of
Law, Barry Jason W. Davis
University.
Jason received his graduate
degree at the commencement
ceremony May 15 in Orlando.
Jason is the son of Retired Chief
Master Sgt. Wayland and Song
Davis of Choctaw Beach.
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Florida Institute of Technology
who were named to the Dean's
List for the spring semester,
which ended in May, are Robert
Russell, Niceville, biological sci-
ence, marine biology major;
Jillian Knight, Niceville,
humanities major; and Barry
Dylewski, Valparaiso, electrical
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Aero Club sets fundraiser


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
After a successful debut last
year, the Eglin Aero Modellers
are coming back with a July 17
event designed to provide
remote-control flying fun for
all ages while raising money
for the Wounded Warrior
Project.
In 2009 this event drew at
least 3,000 people to the
Mullet Festival site in
Niceville, and the Aero
Modellers were able to donate
$5,020 to the Wounded
Warrior Project.
"We're in a very, very strong
military-oriented community
and there is already a great
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people coming back from Iraq
and Afghanistan," said Jeff
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"The project's motto is 'The
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gotten,' and we want to remind
people: Don't forget these guys


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expecting any awards. But it's
really exciting."
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Rocky Bayou Baptist wins title
A Rocky Bayou Baptist player slides into third against First Baptist as Rocky Bayou won
the Niceville Church League slow-pitch softball title, 9-6, Thursday.


Swordfighters place in tourney


Nationals take District 1 title
The Niceville National 8-9 year old All Stars went undefeated to capture the Florida District
1 championship June 21, defeating Destin, 13-3, Tri County, 8-3 and Niceville American, 13-
0. From left: front, Tristan Keith, James Dottaviano, Derek Vogel, Jack Dodson, Blake
Robinson and Ryan Thomas; center, Trey Harris, Connor Walsh, Harrison Dorsett, Kyle
Castleberry, Coley Embry and Owen Williams; rear, coach Kriengsak Vogel, coach Paul
Keith and manager Brian Walsh.


Several members of
Okaloosa County's North Bay
Society of the Sword compet-
ed in the Capitol City Rose
Foil and Epee Swordfighting
Tournament in Tallahassee on
June 26, under the auspices of


the United States Fencing
Association.
In the Unrated Epee com-
petition, Kara Green and Tom
Kaltenbach finished in a tie
for third place, with Robert
Drake finishing in sixth.


Green then finished fifth in the
Rated Epee event. In the
Unrated Foil, Green finished
in third place with Geoffrey
Drake in fifth. Drake also fin-
ished in second place in the
pool round.


8-year-old Little League champs
The Niceville Little League 8-year-old champions are, from left: front, Jake Runyon,Campbell
Taylor, Ethan Parker, Joey Cary and Corey Church; center, Clayton Hoskins, Bryce Ingram,
Tristan Martin,Mason Swanick, Jonah Hoover, Parker Porter and Blake Skinner; rear, coach
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HOPEFULS
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ture." He said that about 30 per-
cent of children today are born
illegitimate, and that, "Schools
should support families and
churches rather than the other
way around."
Hill said he has been on the
school board since 1996. He
said the school district should
set high standards and help stu-
dents to reach them. "We must
prepare students for the 21st
century," he said, adding that
Defense Department officials
recently expressed concern
whether American students are
keeping up with other nations
in science, tkchnil, -. ., engi-
neering and math.
Thrush told the Beacon, "My
experience as a product of the
local school system, an engi-
neer and a parent of four chil-
dren will offer fresh insight to
the school board. We cannot
allow tough economic times to
compromise the quality of our
schools. Outstanding public
schools attract families and
businesses to our community."
Some of the questions and
answers meeting were:
1: What do you think about
the proposed half-cent sales tax
for the Okaloosa School
District, which will appear on
the November general election
ballot?
"I support it," said Walker.
The state of Florida, he said, is
requiring more "local effort,"
meaning more local taxation, to
help fund education, and will
reduce state funding to school
districts that do not comply.
Contrary to what many people
think, said Walker, only 1 per-
cent of Okaloosa school fund-
ing comes from the state lottery,
which he called "one of the
worst things ever" for educa-
tion, because the state used lot-
tery money to allow other state
funds to be diverted away from
education.
Most Okaloosa schools are
more than 40 years old, Walker
said, and need repair or renova-
tion, and the proposed sales tax
revenue will be used exclusive-
ly for those purposes.
Brock also favors the pro-
posed sales tax. "I'm a taxpayer
too," he said, and like most tax-
payers, "I'm mad at federal tax-
ation," but voters should not
allow their anger at federal or
state taxing and spending to
keep them from supporting
local schools, which need capi-
tal improvements. Schools are
an important factor in local eco-


Candidates
Rodney Walker,
left, and Paul
Wendel Brock
answered
questions from
those in atten-
dance.
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nomic growth, he said, because,
"Businesses always look at
local schools before deciding
whether to locate here." He said
schools must have modern
equipment to train students for
an age in which today's techni-
cal knowledge becomes obso-
lete. "We must train our kids,"
he said, "or export their jobs to
countries like India."
Hill said, "I argued against
it" when the tax was first pro-
posed, "because 'tax' is a four-
letter word to most people
today." People have lost jobs
and income in the current econ-
omy, he said, while taxation is
growing at all levels from fed-
eral taxes to Mid-Bay Bridge
tolls. He said he would have
preferred a 5-year, rather than
the proposed 10-year duration
of the sales tax. Nevertheless,
Hill said, the tax proposal is on
the ballot, so the decision will
be up to voters, not school
board members.
Thrush said, "I believe the
voters will determine in August
how they are going to pay for
the school district's capital
expense needs. Eighty-four per-
cent of the district's schools are
over 30 years old. There are
HVAC repairs, restroom
upgrades, roof repairs and park-
ing lot issues. The district's and
state's revenue comes solely
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budgets will also see a reduc-
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emergency repairs now with the
half cent sales tax, or continue
to deplete dollars from the gen-
eral fund until a millage rate
increase on our property tax is
the only option."
2: What do you think about
paying high school football
coaches more than teachers or
principals?
Hill said that high school
head football coaches are also
athletic directors and football
programs save money for the
district, because football and
many other school activities
that surround it help motivate
students to perform better and
stay in school to participate.
"We need a strong athletic pro-
gram here, including in middle
schools," he said.
Brock said, "Athletics are
another way to teach kids,"
especially about "things a
teacher can't teach in a class-
room." He said that as a coach,
he has worked with fatherless
kids, teaching them such values
as teamwork, honesty, and
sportsmanship. He said student
athletes tend to have higher
GPAs than if they did not par-
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brought millions of dollars to
college-bound students.
However, Brock said, he does
not favor treating middle
schools as "mini high schools,"
and said athletics at middle
schools should be more low-
key, with less pressure on stu-
dents.
Walker said he said that he
and Hill have considered
requiring coaches to teach addi-
tional classes to save costs, and
that further cuts may be neces-
sary in the future. Athletics, he
said, contribute to education
much as courses in music and
art.
Thrush said, "I think we
need to have a common sense
approach to athletics as a part
of education. As a physically
active person, I support athlet-
ics and its important role in
encouraging healthy lifestyles
and team participation.
However, I recognize the pri-
mary role of our educational
system is to provide students
with the tools necessary to
ensure they have a solid funda-
mental skill set."
A video of the complete
meeting, to include all the ques-
tions and answers, may be
viewed online at
www.cvctv.info. Further infor-
mation about Melissa Thrush is
available on her web site, at
melissathrush.com.


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By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
Christmas might seem like a
long way off, but not for the
Okaloosa Chamber Singers.
Yes, holiday performances
might not be scheduled until the
beginning of December, but
rehearsals begin Aug. 17. And that
means director Dr. Marilyn
Overturf has issued a call for new
members, and is offering audi-
tions in her Crestview home.
"We generally have from 22 to
24 singers," said Overturf. "We're
always looking for someone new,
who enjoys it as much as we do."
To audition, call 682-9651, or
543-5673. Rehearsals will be at 7
p.m. Tuesday at Grace
Presbyterian Church, Niceville.
The Okaloosa Chamber
Singers will celebrate their 13th
season with concerts Dec. 3 at
First United Methodist Church in
Fort Walton Beach and Dec. 5 at
First United Methodist Church in
Defuniak Springs.
Three a cappella pieces will
begin the program, and the first
half will conclude with the center-
piece, Vivaldi's "Gloria."
Christmas carols with audi-
ence participation will begin the
second half of the program.
"It's great fun," Overturf said.
"We love classical music ... it's a
treasure for all of us, and we hope
to have people come out and
enjoy it along with us."
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Wyland traveling exhibit
Niceville Public Library will dis-
play a Teacher's Discovery
Traveling Exhibit through July 17
featuring the paintings of Wyland,
the renowned marine life artist.
"Dive into Art and Conservation"
features four of Wyland's paintings
and reinforces the importance of
water conservation. This exhibit is
free to the public.
Patriotic art at museum
Patriotic Impressions, a new
exhibit by the Local Color Artists
Group, will be on view at The
He Heritage
Museum of
Northwest
Florida through
Aug. 28.
This patriotic
salute features original works of art
in a variety of media created by ten
local artists including collage,
porcelain, acrylic, watercolor, oils
and wood.
Info: 678-2615 or heritagemuse
um.org.
Church offers child care
First Baptist Church of Niceville
Child Development Center is
accepting applications for the 2010-
2011 school year. It offers two,
three- or four-day classes from
infancy-K4 and is a VPK provider.
Info: fbcniceville.org or 729-6915.
Head start seeks signups
The Okaloosa County
Comprehensive Head Start/Early
Head Start Program is accepting
applications for the 2010-2011
school year. Head Start centers,
serving children ages 3 to 5, are
located in Crestview, Laurel Hill,


Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. It
also serves children ages 6 weeks
through 3 years in Crestview and
Fort Walton Beach. Info: 678-6893.
All services are free to families that
meet the federal guidelines or spe-
cial need criteria.
Dinner, silent auction
Boy Scout Troop 52 is sponsor-
ing a $5 spaghetti dinner, complete
with drink and dessert, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, July 16, at the AMVETS
Post 78, Valparaiso, with a silent
auction from 5-7:30 p.m. Auction
items are listed online for bidding at
troop52.valp.net/auction.htm.
Pirates at Temple Mound
Fort Walton Beach's Heritage
Park and Cultural Center, along with
the Friends of the Museums, Inc.,
present "Pirates: The Last Scourge
of the Gulf." The exhibit is sched-
uled to be on display all summer
inside the Indian Temple Mound
Museum Lazarus Education Center.
Heritage Park, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway SE, is open Monday
through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The exhibit is included in regular
admission to Heritage Park: $5 plus
tax for adults, $4.50 plus tax for sen-
iors 55-plus and active military, and
$3 plus tax for children 4 to 17. Info:
833-9595.
Local artists display work
Members of the Local Color
Artists Club will display their art-
work at the
H e r i t a g e
Museum,
Valparaiso,
through Aug. 28.
They have a_
patriotic theme
to follow and there will be 10 or
more artists in the club showing sev-
eral of their paintings.
Art shows at NWFSC
The culminating shows of the
2009-2010 season will be Flight
Path in the McIlroy Gallery and the
works of Owen Mundy in the
Holzhauer Gallery through July 25.
Flight Path is a themed invitational
exhibition in which artists will pres-
ent interpretations, literal and
abstract, of flight. Mundy will
exhibit several installations includ-
ing his Military Family Tree, an


Flights of fancy
See "Flight Path," the latest exhibit in the Mcllroy Gallery,
through July 25. Among the displays is this life-size model
of a WACO biplane from the 1920s. It can't actually fly.


expanding, interactive project that
memorializes family members who
have served in the armed forces and
queries relationships between mili-
tary service and class, between
peace and violence and between art
and community.
Fencing, anyone?
Ever felt like dueling? Or per-
haps you are just looking for an ath-
letic hobby with a friendly atmos-
phere? Maybe you just like doing
new things and making new friends?
Then you should join the North Bay
Society of the Sword Fencing Club.
It accepts newcomers of all ages for
its beginners' classes and both casu-
al and competitive fencers. All three
styles-foil, saber, and epee-are
taught as well. It meets in the First
Methodist Church Community Life
Center, Niceville, at 6 p.m. Monday
and Thursdays. Club equipment is
provided for those who do not own
fencing gear. Info: Robert Drake,
678-9190, rohio48th@cox.net, or at
northbayfencing.weebly.com.
'Grease' coming to town
"Grease" will be performed July
14-17 as the summer production of


the Fine and Performing Arts
Division at Northwest Florida State
College in the mainstage theater at
the college's Mattie Kelly Arts
Center in Niceville at 7:30 p.m. each
night. Tickets: $20, adults; $15,
youth age 18 and younger.
Call 729-6000 or go online at
mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Alzheimer's nutrition talk
Friday, July 16, 11:30 a.m., learn
how to make dining more pleasura-
ble for you and your loved ones
from a registered dietitian and share
stories with others. Presented by
Teri Hefner, MBA, RD, LD, Of
Peoples Home Health. Light lunch
will be provided. RSVP by July 14:
Sterling House Bluewater Bay, 1551
Merchants Way, Niceville, 729-
3323.
Aero Club fundraiser
The Eglin Aero Modellers will
host their second
fundraiser July a
17 for the
Wounded
Warrior Project
based in
Jacksonville.


The location will be the Mullet
Festival site in Niceville. The 9
a.m.-3 p.m. fundraiser will feature
RC flight airplane, sailplane, heli-
copter and turbine jet demonstra-
tions throughout the day and a flight
simulator to test your RC piloting
skills. Also featured will be a flyover
show by the full size T-6 Texan air-
craft team. There will be plenty of
food, cold drinks and a huge raffle
with thousands of dollars in prizes.
Admission is free.
Emotional pain seminar
Niceville church of Christ will
hold the "Removing Emotional
Pain" seminar July 16, 7-9 p.m., and
July 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The National
Director of SFT Awareness, Gary
Washer, will present the material
and answer questions. Participants
will receive the book "Removing
Emotional Pain," by Ron Wilkins, a
seminar workbook, and lunch will
be provided Saturday, noon-1 p.m.
At the door or late registration is $25
for singles and $35 per couple. Call
678-2911. Tickets can be picked up
at Niceville church of Christ, 801 E
John Sims Pkwy, Niceville.
Nail trim clinic fundraiser
Take your dog to Parkway
Veterinary Hospital, 1101 E. John
Sims Pkwy., for a nail trim on
Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. -noon.
Proceeds benefit American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life. Dogs
should be on a non-retractable leash;
cats in a carrier. Rabies Certificate
or invoice required; "tags" will not
suffice. $8 per pet; $6 per additional
pet. Located at 1101 E. John Sims
Pkwy., 678-9733.
Free entry to state parks
In recognition of its 75th
anniversary, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection's
(DEP) Florida Park Service
announced the month of July as
National Recreation and Parks
Month and will offer free park
admission to all Florida state parks
(except Skyway Fishing Pier)
Saturday, July 17. Created in 1935
by the Florida Legislature, Florida's
state parks have grown from eight to
160 parks over the last 75 years, and
are overseen by the DEP Florida
Park Service.


Qigong for health
Are you interested in finding out
what Qigong is all about? Do you
have some experience but want to
learn more? Either way, you should
check out this free program being
held at the Niceville Community
Center on Saturday, July 17, 10 am.
Christine Campbell MQP, LMT
from the Healing Center in Shalimar
will teach this program, sponsored
by the Friends of the Niceville
Library. To reserve a spot, call the
library at 729-4090.
Inventing for kids
As part of the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida's new History
Rocks! spring/summer program
series for kids, "So You Want to Be
An Inventor?" will be offered
Wednesday, July 21, 9 a.m.-noon.
Cost: $15 members, $20 non-mem-
bers.
Wildlife presentation
Henderson Beach State Park,
Destin, will have a wildlife presenta-
tion Thursday, July 22, 11-11:30
a.m. as the Emerald Coast Wildlife
Refuge presents its rehabilitated
wildlife. Free with paid park
entrance fee.
Architectural history
As part of the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida's new History
Rocks! spring/summer program
series for kids, youngsters can learn
about log cabins, cracker shacks and
shotgun houses, which early Florida
settlers built, then build their own
pioneer house the way Florida set-
tlers did in the 1800s Thursday, July
22, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $15 members,
$20 non-members.
Travel through time
As part of the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida's new History
Rocks! spring/summer program
series for kids, youngsters can travel
through time.
Decide what year
and what place
you would love to
visit as a time
traveler. Who
would you like to see? If you could
ask them one question, what would
it be? Friday, July 23, 9 a.m.-noon.
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Bear visits

Niceville
A black bear was in the oak tree on
Bayshore Drive in Niceville last week,
according to resident Bonnie Parish.
The Parish family first noticed the bear
about 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 5, she
said, when it was chased up a tree by
her two Pomeranians. Florida Wildlife
Commission officials advised the fam-
ily to stay inside and allow the bear to
stay or leave at its own discretion.


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REAL ESTATE, INC.
www.baywalk2.com

MAGNOLIA PLANTATION Gated Community offers this Executive
Custom Built Home with all the detailed upgrades anyone could
imagine. 14' Ceilings, Crown Molding Designer Kitchen, Granite,
Bull-Nose Corners, Keyless Front Door Entry Wi-Fi throughout, 40
yr Dimensional Shingles, Circular Drive, Gas Lanterns. The List
goes On and On. 4676 Sq. Ft. 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Built 2007 $669,000.
SWEET AND LOW Sweet house, low price! 1435 square feet. 3
Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Updated Kitchen, Stainless appliances.
NEW CARPET installed 7/6/10. Roof replaced 8/2004. HVAC
replaced 2010. New sewer line from the house to city sewer, 2007.
Covered screen porch-13x34-Could easily be modified to heated
and cooled space. MOVE IN READY. Home has 1 1/3 acre.
Within walking distance to shops, schools, and eating
establishments. MUST SEE!
EXQUISITE CUSTOM BUILT HOME in Magnolia Plantation
Mediterranean Village with Crow 1rClig 1 .1i./V Can
SLight C,1' band
io area and
Fen ~B dutifully landscaped, 3/2, Asking $279,900.
ALL BRICK AND CEDAR (recently painted) 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Baths
located Edge Water Village Nortah. Ho es
include Itnrc spot.CII
Ingrc l-tc spot. Call
now 'Xa1te home at a very affordable price.
2048 Sq. Ft. $229,000.
SIMPLE HOMEY- Fisherman's Delight Choctaw Beach -100
feet on the Bay and No Flood Insurance required. Home has two
separate living areas. First consist of Family Room, Kitchen, Dining,
Master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms, 2 full baths 2nd sepa-
rate on bottom floor is Family Kitchen, Dining, 1 Bedroom and
Bathroom Handyman special, Roof 5 years old on Workshop and 2
years old on House. Sold AS IS -1850 sq.ft. $245,000.
WATERVIEW COVE Freeport -All Brick, 3 Bed, 2 Bath Located
on a Beautiful Landscaped Yard. A Must See!! Granite, Cultured
Marble, Neutral Colors. Looks and Shows Like New.
1,851 Sq. Ft. $189,000.
GRAND OAKS, NICEVILLE Large rectangular lot to build your
home with a 25' waterfront lot with dock for your sailboat or boat.
Deep water. This community consists of 27 home sites and this lot
is the largest one left for sale. $235,000.
WATERVIEW COVE -All Brick, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ceramic Tile
Floors, Wood Foyer and Carpet. 3 years old.
SHORT SALE $215,000
KING'S LAKE Waterfront with Dock, Mobile Home, 3/2, Owner
Financing, $130,000.
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE for lease Courtyard Plaza
located in BWB next to CVS has Office space available. 1,500
Square feet, 2,300 Square feet, 1,875 Square Feet or 6,000 Square
feet. $13.00 per square plus Cam & Sales Tax.
NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT
SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE
RENTALS AVAILABLE FROM AS LOW $430-$3,500 VV
-Niceville, Valparaiso, Crestview, Ft. Walton & Destin.

CALL
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Choose Baywalk,
YOU DESERVE THE BEST!
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NEWSPAPER
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Tuesday night. You
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Florida driver's license,
and proof of current
liability insurance. No
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Earnings vary
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information sheet and
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The Beacon 1181 E.
John Sims Parkway,
Niceville 678-1080
(Parkway East
Shopping Center
across from PoFolks)


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agents (multi-shift),
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hostess, relief laundry
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Express, 106 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville.


3 BR, 2 BA house. 250'
from beach. Pool/ hot
tub. $2100/ wk or
$1900/ mo w/ yr lease.
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APARTMENTS, all
sizes, Niceville/FWB,
starting $395 to $750
Military Discount,
699-4011.


Medical Bed, $150.
China Cabinet, $80.
Both excellent
condition. 897-3115


CarriageHills.com
(850) 678-5178
Call our rental office to manage
your property or to find a rental.
Your Hometown Realtor for 28 years


FLORIDA CLUB at
BLUEWATER BAY
Business Center:
Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
FURNISHED 1, 2, 2 + loft:
UTILITIES INCLUDED
UNFURNISHED:
2/2: $1,100/mo.
FURNISHED, Utilities Included:
Studios:
$1,300/mo. Available Aug. 15th
Marina:
1/1: $1,400/mo. Available Aug. 1st
1/1: $1,000/mo. Available Aug. 1st
UNFURNISHED:
Garden Oaks, Includes Water:
1/1: $750/mo.
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3br/2ba, 1225 sf, Fenced backyard! S995/mo
I1lgSHS k-.-, _'T IK^


HUGE BLUEWATER BAY HOME ON GOLF COURSE!
4brl3ba, 2600sf, Oversized garage! S1900/mo
II I 'l111


100gal. Complete fresh
water aquarium, lights,
filters, rocks, fish. Make
Offer. 682-1236
Antique oriental teak
wood dinner table, 2
captain & 4 reg chairs,
2 leafs $900 obo. 376-
4330
L-shaped sectional
sofa- w/ 2 recliners &
sofa bed, tweed
colored cloth/ $750;
27" RCA console TV
$125; 376-4330


On Water with free
boat slip, new kitchen,
garage, upscale cove,
3 BR, 2.5 BA,
townhome, Niceville,
$184,900. Seller pays
closing costs, buyer
agent commission,
850-496-9496, www.
NicevilleHomeOnWater
.com


Dixie RV
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FL Newest RV Dealer
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*Store Hours*
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Located off 1-10
Exit 701 SR285
328 Green Dr.
DeFuniak, FL 32435
Sales 850-951-1000
Service
850-951-0321
www.dixierv.com


- IOnl
Wilson Minger Agency, Inc.
850-678-5161 800-369-2403


Niceville's #1
Sales Office Every
Year Since 2005!
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Serving Northtwest jlorida Since 1959!

AFFORDABLE LIVING


917 Linden Avenue
MLS#538243
$92,500
924 square feet

305 Washington Avenue
MLS#532672
$115,000
1265 square feet

1812 Huntington Road
MLS#539083
$349,000
2430 square feet

620 Carr Drive
MLS#527491
$459,000
4135 square feet


200 White Street #9
MLS#506409
$99,900
1003 square feet

116 Friar Tuck Drive
MLS#532198
$139,990
1433 square feet

162 Black Bear Circle
MLS#540054
$377,500
2420 square feet

212 Galway Drive
MLS#540690
$499,000
2723 square feet


1816 Shay Lin Court
MLS#536126
$110,000
1082 square feet

1609 18th Street
MLS#538936
$194,500
2615 square feet

1102 Pin Oak Circle
MLS#511684
$399,000
2358 square feet

170 Lanman Road
MLS#536950
$668,000
3533 square feet


www.openhouse.com I www.century2 wilsonminger.com
Each office is independently owned & operated



Niceville, Crestview,
Fort Walton and Navarre!
One bedroom to five SEE NEWS
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bedrooms from
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Niceville's Top Selling Real Estate Office

729-6504


THE MORE
YOU TELL,
THE MORE
YOU SELL!

Call the
Beacon
Newspapers
at 678-1080
to place your
ad today!


Steve Hugl
(502-1014
Carrie Leugers
(974-5436)


1000 Sq. Ft
Warehouse

500 Sq. Ft

Office

For More
Information
Call

897-6464
1484 Hickory St.
Niceville


S We are
Bluewater Bay's
ONSITEAgents.
(850) 897-SOLD (7653)

hes Diane Cocchiarella
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Mindy Barrett Liz Newberry
(687-3377) (687-0776)


* Blue Pine Village, Updated, 3/2.............$167,900
* Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Ground Floor ......$159,000
* End Unit, Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5.$199,500
* Newly Remodeled Family Home,
Bluewater, 3/2, REDUCED ....................$210,000
* Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5,
Views of the Bay .................................... $210,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome,
3/2.5 ........................................ .............. $249,900
* Lido Village, 3/2.5, PENDING................$279,000
* Raintree Estate, Waterfront Home, 3/2 .$599,000
* Beautiful Building Lot,
Southwind Golf Course .....................$165,000



* Furn., Studio, Waterfront, Util Incl. .................$850
* Furn., Waterfront Condo, 2/1, W/D,
U til. In c l .................. ...... ........ ............... ...... $ 1 ,3 5 0
SUnfurn., Condo, 2/2, FL Club, Pool...............$950
* Unfurn., Condo, 2/2, Lakeside, renovated .$1,100
* Unfurn., 3/2.5, MC Townhouse...................$1,600
| Waterfront Townhome, 3/2.5, Garage........$1,700
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Office hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F. After
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"Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!"


r*-- JULY HOME SALES ARE HOT!


NICEVILLE /VALPARAISO AREA
Carefree Waterfront Town Home! 3/3 1,750SF $260,000 Web#940
Exceptional Home in Ideal Location 4/2 2,178SF $349,900 Web#075
Beautiful Waterfront Home with Resort Setting 4/4 3,600SF $698,000 Web#935
Handsome Rocky Bayou Golf Course Home 3/2.5 2,965SF $449,900 Web#955
BLUEWATER BAY AREA
Elegant Home in Desirable Southwind 4/3.5 3,207SF $489,000 Web#954
Charming Reflections Unit with Great Amenities 3/2 1,562SF $149,900 Web#076


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Key Club

tops video

competition
The Niceville High School Key Club recent-
ly attended the Florida District Key Club
Convention in Orlando and won first place
in the video competition. From left: Jerral
Horton, NHS Key Adviser, Casey DeCarlis,
Kenny Nguyen, Lauren Huenergardt, Chloe
Schweitzer, Daniel Santasier, Rachel
O'Hair, Kayla Jacobson, Jeff Adams and
Tim Parsons, Kiwanis Key Club Adviser.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I grew up on the Gulf Coast. I know these waters. And I'm
doing everything I can to clean them up.
Fred Lemond, BP Cleanup Operations


Making This Right

Beaches
Claims

Cleanup
Economic Investment
Environmental Restoration
Health and Safety
Wildlife


For information visit: bp.com
restorethegulf.gov
facebook.com/bpamerica
twitter.com/bp_america
youtube.com/bp


BP has taken full responsibility for the cleanup in the Gulf. And that includes
keeping you informed.

Searching For And Cleaning Up The Oil
Every morning, over 50 spotter planes and helicopters search for oil off the coast,
heading to areas previously mapped with satellite imagery and infrared photography.
Once oil is found, they radio down to the 6,000 ships and boats of all sizes that are
supporting the cleanup effort and working to collect the oil. These are thousands of
local shrimping and fishing boats organized into task forces and strike teams, plus
specialized skimmers mobilized from as far as the Netherlands.

We have recovered more than 27 million gallons of oil-water mixture from the Gulf.
Other methods have also helped remove millions of additional gallons of oil from the
water. We've deployed more than 8 million feet of boom to protect beaches and
sensitive wildlife areas.

Hurricane Preparedness
In the event of a hurricane, our first priority is keeping people safe. In coordination
with the Coast Guard and local officials, we may suspend operations temporarily but
have organized to resume them as soon as possible.

Our Responsibility
We have already spent more than $3.2 billion responding to the spill and on the
cleanup, and none of this will be paid by taxpayers. We will work in the Gulf as long
as it takes to get this done. We may not always be perfect but we will do everything
we can to make this right.


For assistance, please call:
To report oil on the shoreline: (866) 448-5816
To report impacted wildlife: (866) 557-1401
To make spill-related claims: (800) 440-0858
www.floridagulfresponse.com


2010 BP, E&P


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