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The Sand Dunes
Chapter of Embroiderers'
Guild of America's annual
August membership coffee
at First United Methodist
Church, Niceville, will
include the 201 0-1 1 pro-
gram will be presented and
snacks will be served
Visitors are welcome; park
in lot A and enter near the
playground.

Calendar, B-4.


Nine-year-old Bluewater Elementary fourth-grader Ali Turner grooms and cares for
"Gambit," one of nine horses used in the animal-based therapy provided at Grace Rides.


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Thursday. 6:30 pam.
Join the
Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society for "Red Cockaded
Woodpecker
(RCW)
Ecology and
Mo nito ri ng,
Wo rki n to
Recover an
Endangered
Species," with Kristina
Witter, wildlife biologist, at
Northwest Florida State
Clege Learnin Rel:T::


14nfo: Gary Parsons 678-

Saturday. noon-2 pam.
Niceville High School
graduate Blane Bachelor
will sign copies of her
book,
"On
Being a
Bachelor; -
Thoughts

Dating,
Matin
and 8
Relating," at Bayou Book
Co., Oak Creek Shopping
Center.

Saturday. IO a.m.-2 p.m.
Niceville Curves, 1049
John Sims Pkwy E., Suite 2,
Palm Plaza, will hold a
dog wash for donations to
benefit Making Strides
against Breast Cancer.
Saturday. I0 a.m.-noon


By Thomas Monigan
Bacon Staff Writer
Almost any
youngster will tell
you straight out:
summer vacation
simply ends too
soon. But this year,
many kids in
Okaloosa County
can make a better
argument.
That's because


the Okaloosa School District
decided on Aug. 5 as opening
day for the 2010-2011
academic year. That's
Thursday.
"It's a madhouse,"
principal Mike Fantaski
~said at Lewis School as
the Einal days of July
.,.... ,melted away last week.
Although Okaloosa's
.: public schools stant their
Mike Fantaski fall term Aug. 5, Walton


County's schools (which include
Freeport) begin a week later on
Aug. 12. Rocky Bayou Christian
School in Niceville stands Aug.
12. Meanwhile, the Collegiate
High School at Northwest
Florida State College in
Niceville stands Aug. 18. .
Early stands are nothing new
for Okaloosa schools. In 2004 the
first day of classes was Aug. 5.

Please see SCHOOLS, page A-10


For the third con-
secutive year
Niceville High
School, cos-
tumed "teams"
of rising sopho-
mnodressenijuniors
comed incoming
freshmen to
three days of ori-
entation.
Beacon photo by
Thomas Monigan


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
On Monday all Okaloosa
County registered voters will be
able to cast ballots as early voting
on the Aug. 24 primary begins at
three locations.
All registered voters will have
the opportunity to vote on a refer-
endum on a 10-year, half-cent
sales tax surcharge proposed by
the school board to finance reno-
vation and remodeling and to
improve facilities at aging district
schools. Every registered voter in
the county will also be able to
cast ballots to fill three non-parti-
san jobs-the district 3 and 5
seats on the Okaloosa School
Board and a new circuit judge-
ship to fill a newly created posi-
tion in the 1st Judicial Circuit.
With only two candidates in
each of the school board races


whichevercandidategets a
majority at the end of the Aug. 24
voting period will win the office.
In the judgeship race, there are
six candidates and it is highly
probable that none will achieve
the required 50 percent plus one
vote to win the office outright. In
that case, the top two vote-getters
will appear on the Nov. 2 General
Election ballot, according to Paul
Lux, Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections.
For registered Republican and
Democratic voters, the Aug. 24
primary ballot provides the
opportunity to pick their party's
nominee in a number of national,
state and county races. In each of
those partisan races, the winner
of the primary will appear on the
Nov. 2 General Election ballot as

Please see VOTING, page A-9


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Please see SADDLE, page A-4


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Okaloosa County Board
of County Commissioners (BCC)
July 27 agreed to tentatively set
Fiscal Year 2011 property tax
rates at the same level as this
year.
Because lower state revenues
are expected this year, the county
could be looking to trim as many
as two dozen employees.
Okaloosa County's 2011 mill-
age rate is set, tentatively, at
3.2899, the same rate as this year.
The fiscal year for 2011 runs
from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept.
30, 2011.
At the current millage rate,
property owners pay almost
$3.29 in ad valorem property tax
for every $1,000 of appraised,
taxable value of their property.


For example, the owner of a
home appraised at $200,000 after
Florida homestead exemption and
other discounts would pay
$657.98 in property tax to the
county, in addition to other prop-
erty taxes for the Okaloosa
School District, independent fire
districts, municipal services bene-
fit units, and other property taxes
collected by the county on behalf
of such special districts.
Okaloosa County will contin-
ue to charge residents who live
outside the boundaries of a city
an additional property tax of 0.18
mills to pay for county parks and
recreation facilities.
In addition to county property
taxes, county residents may also
pay property taxes to the

Please see TAX, page A-9


By Del Lessard
Staff Writer
Eglin will get 59 F-35 Joint
Strike Fighters--but no more.
That was part of the message
Maj. Gen. Charles Davis had for
local officials, then media, last
week. He said the Air Force's
preferred alternative (Alt. 1A) for
basing the 59 F-35 aircraft at
Eglin AFB main base has been
approved by Air Force leaders.
About half of flight operations
from Eglin will be conducted at
Duke and Choctaw fields.
"The Air Force has completed
its initial analysis of a full range
of alternatives and determined
that basing 59 F-35s at Eglin
main base is the preferred alterna-
tive," said Kathleen Ferguson, Air
Force deputy assistant secretary
for installations. "This is not a
fmnal basing decision, it is the
alternative we believe will fulfill
our mission responsibilities while
considering economic, environ-


mental, and technical factors. The
community will be invited to
comment on the alternatives pre-
sented in the SEIS."
This decision, approved by the
Secretary and Chief of Staff of
the Air Force, supports the ree-
ommendation of the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure com-
mission to establish the F-35
Initial Joint Training Center at
Eglin.
In February 2009 Ferguson
signed an initial Record of
Decision (ROD) to assign 59 F-
35 JSF aircraft and the Initial
Joint Training Center for the air-
craft, at Eglin. Last year s ROD
also stated that the Air Force
would conduct a supplemental
environmental study before
deciding where to beddown the
additional 48 JSF aircraft author-
ized by BRAC, and would study
additional ways to minimize the
serious impact of jet noise on
Eglin and the surrounding com-


The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
munity.
Davis said that the remainder
of the potential 107 aircraft that
Eglin might have received under
the 2005 Base Realignment and
Consolidation decision will go to
another base.
On July 29 the Department of
the Air Force announced that


Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was
the preferred alternative for addi-
tional Air Force F-35 training,
while Hill Air Force Base, Utah,
and Burlington Air Guard Station,
Vt., were preferred alternatives
for F-35 operations. The current
Please see F-35s, page A-6


Maj. Gen. Charles Davis discusses the Air Force's decision to base
only 59 Joint Strike Fighters at Eglin.


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By Del Lessard ,
Beacon Staff Writer
Mallory Hasty's smile could .
light up even the darkest heart as
the 21-year-old Silver Sands stu-
dent rode tall in the saddle while
three volunteers trotted alongside
her horse in the arena of Oak
Heaven stables in Seminole.
Grace Rides, a therapeutic
riding center for children with
special needs, is located at Oak
Heaven, a 2-acre site on Hickory
street.
"When Mallory first started
she was unable to touch or look
at the horse," said Bonnie
Blackmon, a Choctaw Beach
resident and certified NARHA
(North American Riding for the
Handicapped Association) at
Grace Rides. "It was over-
whelming at first (to Mallory, i-
who is autistic)," said the trainer. --w M-
She started by having Mallory ..
lead smaller horses around the
arena like a dog, then gradually Beacon photos by Del Lessarl
introduced her to riding, Autistic Mallory Hasty was unable to touch or even look a
Blackmon said. the horse the first time she visited Grace Rides stable, say!


hold line on tax


Air Force limits Eglin AFB to 59 F-35s







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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Candidates at a Niceville
forum July 20 for Okaloosa
County Sheritf seemed divided
into two camps, two who already
serve in the Sheriff's Offce, and
four who do not.
Each of those who do not-
Steve Menchel, Ron Livingston,
Bill Patterson, and Tony Taylor-
stressed the need for integrity and
new leadership to sweep away the
last traces of corruption that may
linger after the administration of
disgraced Sheritf Charlie Morris.
Morris was convicted on feder-
al corruption charges related to a
scheme to give thousands of tax
dollars in fake perfonnance
bonuses to selected cronies within
the Sheriff's Offce. He then took
kickbacks from them, which he
allegedly spent on Las Vegas
gambling trips and other personal
uses.
The two current OCSO
employees--Larry Ashley, the
major who originally infonned the
FBI about Morris' activities and
who is now chief deputy under
Interim Sheriff Ed Spooner, and
Rick Hord, a patrol sergeant who
has also previously served as the
OCSO public affairs
spokesman emphasized their
effobts to bring modern and emf-
cient methods to the Sheriff's
Offce, while emphasizing that
they were not personally involved
in any of Morris' illegal acts.
Each candidate cited his past
experience, as each has served in
senior leadership positions in law
enforcement agencies. The candi-
dates also agreed that with declin-
ing revenue expected in the com-
ing year, budgets will have to be
tightened.
Ashley emphasized the
progress he has already made in
earning accreditation for the
OCSO, and his eftbuts to ensure
sound management and integrity
in the sheriff's office.
Hord said he wants to be a role
model for other deputies and to


Steven
Menchel


Rick Hord


"help people on the worst days of
their lives."
Livingston, a fonner Florida
Highway Patrol supervisor, said
he plans to streamline manage-
ment of the OCSO and eliminate
waste in such areas as vehicles
and perfonnance bonuses for
OCSO personnel.
Menchel, a fonner senior man-
ager in the U.S. Secret Service,
U.S. Customs, and the
Department of Homeland
Security, stressed his management
and budgeting experience.
Patterson, a fonner Air Force
member and Fort Walton Beach
police onfcer, promised to "end
the legacy of Charlie Morris" by
bringing "trust, openness and
transparency" to the OCSO.
Taylor stressed his 30 years
experience with the Fort Walton
police department.
Menchel said he was disturbed
by recently released depositions of
high ranking Sheriff's Offce onf-
cials. "In 38 years I've never seen
such mismanagement," he said.
Patterson also promised a
housecleaning of Sheriff's Offce
ranks, saying, "I'm going to bring
in a new statf, I'll tell you right
now."
Livingston implied that he
thinks corruption may still be in
the Sheriff's Offce.
"Why are there still people
working at the Sheriff's Offce
that took bonuses and made kick-
backs?" he said.
Patterson said recent news ati-
cles about as-yet-uncharged
employees who may have taken
bonuses or given kickbacks
"opened my eyes."
"We have to do better,"


Patterson Tony Taylor


Patterson said. "Things inside the
Sheritf's Offce still need to be
taken care of."
The one new candidate who
did not vow to continue searching
for corruption within the OCSO
was Tony Taylor, although he did
promise to make the budgeting
process "more transparent," and
said he had gone out of his way to
ensure that as a Fort Walton Beach
police captain, he is not restricted
by the Hatch Act, a federal law
that regulates government onf-
cials participation in elective poli-
tics.
"We would not be having this
special election today if it had not
been for the people of the Sheriff's
Office who stepped forward, and
took personal risks and did what
they had to do," Ashley said.
Ashley said he was only one of
several majors within the OCSO
when he reported his concerns
about Morris to the FBI, and has
since been promoted to chief
deputy by Spooner. He also cited
his successes in earning accredita-
tion for the OCSO.
Hord said one reason he now
works as a patrol sergeant rather
then as public spokesman may
have been that Morris feared hav-
ing an honest, knowledgeable
officer that close to his inner cir-
cle.


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Firemen, wearing breathing apparatus, approach the door of the burning mobile home on Reeves
Street Friday.




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estimated $30,000 damage, was
destroyed, Mayville said. The
Red Cross was helping the cou-
ple find another home, he said.
Smoking in bed caused an
oxygen line in the bedroom to
ignite the bed, Mayville said.
Because of the extreme
heat-it was 107 degrees in the
shade, according to Mayville-
firefighters from Niceville, East
Niceville, Nonth Bay, Eglin Air
Force Base and Valparaiso were
called to the scene.


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An elderly Niceville couple
lost their home Friday to fire
caused by smoking in bed.
Niceville firefighters
received the alarm at 10:37 a.m.
July 30 and were on scene four
minutes later to a partially
involved trailer home, 304
Reeves St., Lot B-19, Niceville,
according to Fire Chief Tommy
Mayville. Ten minutes later fire-
fighters from Niceville and East


Niceville fire departments had
the flames in a bedroom of the
home knocked down, he said.
The ownerloccupants of the
home, Vance L. Ervin, 77, and
his wife, Sandra, were exiting
the home as firefighters arrived,
he said. Mr. Ervin had first-
degree burns to his face while
his wife suffered from smoke
inhalation, Mayville said. They
were treated on scene for their
injuries, he said.
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Fighting against bureaucracy
and over-regulation by an ever-
growing government are top pri-
orities for Sen. Don and Rep.
Matt Gaetz, said the Republican
father-and-son members of
Northwest Florida's state leg-
islative delegation Monday
night, as they spoke to the Silver
Sands Republican Women,
Federated, at the Bluewater Bay
golf clubhouse.
As an example of typical
governmental excess, Rep. Matt
Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach
described what happens to a bird
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Waiter
An Okaloosa County
judge last week had harsh
words for the city of
Valparaiso, saying its attempt
to replace a member of the
Okaloosa Gas Board with a
sitting city commissioner
undermines the public's trust.
Okaloosa Gas Board
lhapman Charles Reid and

goin i ov r about a
city s legal representative on
the Gas Board. Reid has been
the city s representative on
the Okaloosa Gas Board since
2003, but was notified in May
that he had been fired by the
city commission and would
be replaced by City
Commissioner Heyward
Strong. Reid, who was twice
appoint b the commision

current four-year term ended
in March 2011.
Okaloosa County Judge
Patricia S. Grinsted handed

doeidoirs tem o aiy ad
immediately reinstated as the
City s legal representative to
the Gas District Board, and
the City of Valparaiso is tem-
porarily enjoined from
removing or replacing Reid
as its representative to the
District Gas Board prior to
the end of his present term in
March, 2011."
Grinsted also denied the
city's request for temporary
injunctive relief.
The judge called passage
of city ordinance 599 "an ille-
gal attempt on the part of the
city to circumvent the
requirements of state law,
common-law and public poli-
cy." The May 2010 ordinance
said the city's appointed rep-
resentative to the gas board
had to be an elected city com-
nussioner.
The judge in the 17-page
order also said the city's
attempt to remove Reid from
the gas board did not follow
due process.
On Monday the city com-
mission voted 4-0 to drop its
lawsuit and settle with Reid.
The Okaloosa Gas Board
is set to meet Aug. 4, at 5:30
p.m. At the previous board
meeting, June 23, both Reid
and Strong sat at the table,
each claiming he was the
legal board member repre-
senting Valparaiso.



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"You would think that the
bird would be taken to a local
wildlife refuge and washed,"
said Matt, "but that's not what
happens under the current sys-
tem. First, the bird must be
reported to the 'oiled bird hot-
line,' operated by a govemnment-
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'capture team' of other govemn-
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tumn it over to a 'wash team' that
actually washes the bird, and
then the whole process is repeat-
ed as the bird is taken to a clean
beach to be released."
At any given time, said Matt,
"Dozens of birds are being driv-
en back and forth on Interstate
10, at your expense, to comply
with the bureaucracy's rules."
Many such birds, he added, die
of hypothermia along the way.
He said he and his father have
tried to persuade state and feder-
al officials to handle the birds in
a simpler, more efficient man-
ner, but thus far to no avail.
Sen. Don Gaetz described
some of the work he and Matt
have been doing in the Florida
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said. "Frankly, most of them are
terribly stupid ideas."
As a committee chairman,
said the senator, an important
part of his job is to kill the stu-
pidest bills before they reach the
senate floor for a vote.
"For example, I recently got
a bill to levy a tax on 'live
births' that occur anywhere in
the State of Florida," Don said..
"Why in the world should we
tax babies for being bom?: I
buried that bill as deeply as I
could."
There was also a proposal to
tax drinking water, and another
to tax bottled water, he said. The
rationale for that one, he said,
was that since plastic water bot-
tles are made from oil, taxing
them would discourage people
from buying bottled water and
reduce dependence on foreign
oil.
Some good bills fail to
become law, Don Gaetz said,
such as a recent attempt to
repeal the state's recent dou-
bling of driver's license and
vehicle registration fees. He
added, however, that he expects
that bill to be re-introduced dur-
ing the next legislative session,
Another bad bill, said Matt
Gaetz, was a proposal to raise
the cost of electricity by 25
cents per kilowatt hour, in order
to raise revenue to subsidize


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Don, left, and Matt Gaetz speak informally with the members of the Silver Sands Republican
Women Monday.


development of solar and wind
,Ilcl-.. Alternative ,Ilcly, he
said, should be promoted by
illinlll- red tape and offering
tax credits to alternative wa y ,
producers."
A good bill that passed, said
Matt, was HB-105/SB 1096--
the "Sandra Day O'Connor
Civics Education Act," which
requires all Florida middle
school students to complete a
semester of civics education, to
help them understand the


American system of govemn-
ment.
Both men said they support
the proposed "Right Size"
amendment to the Florida
Constitution's class size amend-
ment, which would allow


schools to use their average
class size to determine how
many teachers and classrooms
they need, rather than having to
split a class every time a new
student is admitted who pushes
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"She's responding little more
to instruction when riding," said
Mallory's mother, Juleene. "She
likes the motion. It's good for her
physically too, helping her stand
up. She loves coming here."
Grace Rides was started by
Sherry Hall, a Bluewater Bay
mother who gave up her career as
an attorney to set up and run the
501-C-3 charity. Hall said many
autistic individuals respond posi-
tively to instruction when experi-
encing the motion of large ani-
mals. She and her husband, Steve,
bought the 2-acre riding stables in
2003, and last year re-missioned
the stable to helping handicapped
children. The idea originated with
volunteers who ran a similar pro-
gram in Baker between 1996-
2006, Sherry said.
The Niceville couple opened
Grace Rides in May 2009, and
already have 25 special needs chil-
dren as regular riders and a wait-


ing list of more than 200. Now,
Hall is seeking a $50,000 grant
from Pepsi to expand the program.
The grant is being distributed
based on a community-votes type
online contest running through
Aug. 31, and Hall hopes to enlist
local support.
"Go to refresheverything.com
every day through Aug. 31 and
vote for the kids at GRACE to
receive a $50,000 grant. The pro-
gram with the most votes wins,"
said Sherry Hall. The contest
allow everyone to vote once each
day.
Click on the Gulf Project
"browse and vote" icon and type
"Grace" in the search field.
"Riding opens up a new world
of experiences to people of all
ages," Sherry Hall says on her
website, gracerides.com, where
more information on the Niceville
program is available. "It is a great
vehicle for encouraging otherwise
boring things like exercise and
rehab 'work' because we all have
such a great time together around


the horses. Our 'equine volun-
teers' are the unique facilitators of
this therapy, and our volunteers
help each person feel special,
important and valued."
Although Grace-full rider
Alexis Welsh, 12, has a genetic
disability-CHARGE syn-
drome--that has caused her a
number of physical problems, she
seemed at ease atop a horse last
week.
"It's been great for her, both
mentally and physically," says her
Air Force dad, Lt. Col. Sean
Welsh, of Eglin. His daughter, he
said, got "a sense of accomplish-
ment maneuvering these large ani-
mals around," and also "improved
her physical core strength and bal-
ance."
Alexis finished at Edge
Elementary earlier this year and
will enter sixth grade at Ruckel
Middle School this week. "She's
really smart," said her dad.
Blaclanon said that many spe-
cial needs children respond to the
trot and are able to come out and


control the large animals.
"We call it 'driving' around
here," she said about her clients
riding horses. "One girl is working
on her 'learning permit'," she said
about the pre-ride introduction to
horses that special needs children
go through before they finally win
the right to "drive" a horse. "You
never know what that might
instill," she said. Riders are also
taught to care for the animals'
grooming.
Ensuring each child gets an
individual lesson plan before they
begin, Laura Howell, an occupa-
tional therapist at Eglin Hospital,
has been working with Grace
Rides for slightly more than a
year. As a consultant she suggests
compensations, adaptive equip-
ment or positioning to assist each
rider achieve specific goals.
While Sherry Hall would like
to use the Pepsi grant money to
lease an additional 2-acre plot
down the street, expansion of
Please see CAUSE, page A-6


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Although Grace-full Rider Alexis Welsh, 12, has a number of
physical problems, she seemed at ease atop a horse last week.


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"Forget the
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"I think it's good. "Anything that
Bring them all." boosts the local
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"It looks like a "If people really
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environment, and Oceana Naval Air
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Niceville,
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Matthew Malone, 30,
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U.S. Navy


Force Special Operations
Command, the Army's 7th
Special Forces Group, the 46th
Test Wing and 53rd Wing, and
commercial aviation. Air Force
leaders have become increasing-
ly aware of other mission
demands on airspace ever since
the 2005 BRAC announcement
that as many as 107 F-35 would
operate at Eglin's initial joint
training center. In fact an air-
space working group known as
Gulf Regional Airspace Strategic
Initiative (GRASI)--has been


working the issue since BRAC
2005.
All 59 of the F-35s will be
based at the Eglin main base but
will fly many of their missions at
other military airfields, Davis
said, including Duke Field,
Choctaw Field, on the Eglin
reservation, but also Tyndall Air
Force Base in Panama City and
Pensacola Naval Air Station in
Pensacola.
"Further, this alternative min-
imizes operations, to the maxi-
mum extent practicable, to


reduce noise impacts on the sur-
rounding communities,"
Ferguson said.
Temporary restrictions limit-
ing F-35 use of Eglin's north-
south runway 1/9, are just that,
temporary, Davis said. The limi-
tations were announced in the
Feb. 5, 2009, ROD to minimize
high levels of noise F-35 opera-
tions were projected to unleash
on surrounding communities,
especially Valparaiso, and to a
smaller extent, Niceville.
However, Davis said realistical-


ly, F-35 pilot training could not
be effective without using the
base north-south runway, includ-
ing for pilot instrument training.
Davis said last week's brief-
ing to community leaders and the
media was part of a multi-step
process leading up to the SEIS
and the full beddown of the F-
35s. Eglin will be home to three
squadrons of F-35s, one each
from the Air Force, Navy and
Marine Corps. Each service will
use a different variant of the
plane. The general added that the


maintenance training for all three
services, and foreign allies, will
take place at Eglin.
The first F-35s assigned to
Eglin won't be here before
November, Davis said. The air-
craft are built, he said, but are
being used in testing to "expand
the envelope" for use in pilot
training here at Eglin.
The second ROD on the F-35
beddown is anticipated to be
announced in spring 2011 fol-
lowing the completion of the
final SEIS, Ferguson said.


F-35s
From page A-1

scope of the basing actions
includes 250 to 300 F-35 aircraft,
the Air Force announcement said.
Davis said the primary reason
for the decision to limit the num-
ber of F-35s to 59 was not noise
but lack of airspace to do the JSF
training mission and others.
There's a growing need for air-
space use by other Eglin-based
units, he said, including the Air


showed a patience and love for
special needs riders that most peo-
ple expect only with more mature
adults. Even younger volunteers
like Howell's 10-year-old daugh-
ter Ashleigh help out with such
non-riding tasks as mucking the
stalls and taking care of the equip-
ment.
"Three of the Grace-full Riders
are in wheelchairs," said Steve
Hall as he pointed to a special
mounting ramp that accommo-
dates wheelchairs and younger
riders. All the special needs riders
get to participate in horse shows in


Baker two to four times a year,
said Hall, and everyone gets to
win a ribbon or other prize. He
says he'd like to eventually
expand the horse-based therapy
to disabled veterans through a
VA program known as "Horses
for Heroes."
Although Sherry Hall gave
up practicing law to found and
run Grace Rides, where she
draws no salary, she says, "This
is much more fulfilling. There's
no financial benefit but a much
higher benefit when you see the
kids."


SCAU E
From page A-4
Grace Rides is also dependent
on suitable horses and volun-
teers-lots of volunteers. Each
handicapped rider has three or
more volunteers walking along-
side the horse, Hall said.
Taylor Adams, 18, a Niceville
High School senior, shares her
love of horses by volunteering at
Grace Rides since March. As she
led riders and horses around
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Pire Department Riports
Nicevi lle
Th vleFire De arment responded to the following calls from July 26
1 1/Muotuj Fire 14 emergency M lCalls
O Veil3 Vehicle Crash ,
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Coral Drive ................................Medical .............................7/26/10 ..................1 0:29
Bayshore Drive .........................False Call..........................7/26/10...........1:4
Azalea Drive..............................Medical.............................7/26/10...........1:5
Yc~h Clu bDMv e....................... t e le an ele
S. Palm Boulevard....................Vehicle Crash ... ..........7/27/10................1:5
Reeves Street ...........................Medical .............................7/27/10...........1:7
NcPtta tF nc vkRoad..................Meied Irash .........7/81.......
N. Partin Drive ...........................Medical .............................7/29/1 0..................20:45
N. Partin Drive ...........................Medical .............................7/29/1 0..................22:58
SR85N at MM#17.....................Vehicle Crash ...................7/30/10................0:9
Reeves Street ...........................Structure Fire....................7/30/10..............1:5
Kildare Circle .............................Natural Gas Leak.............7/30/10.................1:0
SoR25at MMiv #2...........................MDispatch/Canceled..............7/31/10...........1:6

Kelly Road .................................Medical .............................7/31/10...........1:3
Parker Drive ..............................Medical .............................8/01/10...........0:9
Reeves Street ...........................Medical .............................8/01/10 ...........0:1
Reeves Street ...........................Medical .............................8/01/10...........1:7
Weekly Safety Tip: Never put synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber or foam in the
dryer because they can retain heat. Clean the lint screen before and after use.
Dryers must be vented to the outside and plugged into its own outlet. Never leave
home with the dryer running. Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html.

North BaeY
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls July 26 through
Location Situation Date Time
Chantilly Circle ...................................Assist invalid .......................7/26/1 0.......00:44
Chantilly Circle ...................................Public service assistance...7/26/1 0.......10:50
Nassau Drive .....................................EMS excluding vehicle.......7/26/10.......11 :05
Chantilly Circle ...................................Medica assist EMS ............7/26/1 0.......12:00
East Highway 20 ...............................Person in distress...............7/26/1 0.......14:43
Bayshore Drive ..................................Dispatce canceled..........7/26/1 0.......16:06
Chantilly Circle ...................................EMS excluding vehicle.......7/26/1 0.......17:03
White Point Road ..............................Medical assist EMS............7/27/10.......02:00
North White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle.......7/27/10.......09:54
Not ht ont R a .........EM xcluigvhce...72/ 0....6
North White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle.......7/28/10.......12 :14
Ridgewood Way ................................Alarm activation ..................7/28/10.......14:02
Brookhaven Way and White Point...Motor vehicle/pedestrian....7/28/10.......22:18
North White Point Road....................Medical assist EMS............7/29/10.......00:14
Westlake Court..................................CO detector activation .......7/29/1 0.......01:42
Muirfield Way .....................................EMS excluding vehicle.......7/29/10.......13:30
Weh e roiteRta ...............................M Is luin veil..../910...1
Live Oak Street..................................EM excluding vehicle.......7/30/10.......15:13
Scenic Highway 98 ...........................Dispatched canceled..........7/31/1 0.......19:56
Bluewater Boulevard.........................Motor vehicle accident .......8/1/10.........05:51
Blue Pine Lane ..................................EMS excluding vehicle.......8/1/1 0.........16:32
Marina Cove Drive ............................EMS excluding vehicle.......8/2/1 0.........06:05
Visit northbyfd.org for greater detail of incidents.

Valparaiso
Thee Valparalso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during
Location Situation Dan iman
Washington Avenue ..............Fire Alarm........................7/31 ...............03:11
Government Avenue .............Fire Alarm ..............................7/03/10 ...............1 6:44
Edwards Circle.......................Fall.........................................7/51 ...............1 9:33
South Bayshore Drive ...........Fall.........................................7/61...............03:15
Okaloosa Avenue .................. Fall .........................................7/81 ...............20:28
OkaloosaAvenue ..................Law Enforcement Matter......7/10/10 ..............21 :37
South John Sims Parkway....Fire Alarm ..............................7/1 1/1 0................00:40
Glendale Avenue ...................Breathing Problem................7/11/10..............2:14
Johnson Street.......................Chest Pain .............................7/1 1/1 0................22:29
North John Sims Parkwnay ....Assault................................7/31 ...............1 8:56
Glen Avenue ..........................Overdose/Poisong ............7/13/1 0 ........._....22:41
West College Boulevard .......Motor Vehicle Accident.........7/14/10 ........._....13:10
Hidden Cove Circle ........._....Chest Pain.............................7/17/10 ...............1 3:26
Glenview Avenue...................Structure Fire ........................7/1 9/10 ...............12:1 1
North John Sims Parkwnay ....Unconscious..........................7/01 ...............08:57
Chicago Avenue ....................Unconscious.................7/01 ............__14:12
Columbus Avenue .................Assault.........................7/10 ...............05:31
Safe Harbor............................Unconscos............7/10 ...............14:18
hicara rvnu ................ .xeeo rHazMat.........../31 .......093
Highland Street......................Fire Alarm ..............................7/24/10 ..............00:04
Edge Avenue .........................CVA/Stroke................7/51 ............__23:39
Andrew Avenue .....................Unknown Problem ................7/26/10 ..............18:13
West John Sims Parkwnay.....Sick Call.................................7/271 ...............1 3:03
Washington Avenue ..............Breathing Problem ................7/28/10 ...............02:32
Washington Avenue ..............Childbirth ...............................7/30/10 ..............08:51
Reeves Street........................Mutual Aid Structure Fire......7/30/10 ...............1 0:35
North Bayshore Drive............Boating Accident...................7/31/10 ...............1 8:06
Saint CharlesAvenue............Chest Pain.............................7/31/10 ...............20:36
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Age: 33
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Arrests
Bryan Lansing Burr, a boat
technician, 31, of 495 Green Oak
Lane, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police July 21 on a
Louisiana warrant for violation of
probation on the original charges
of possession of Valium by fraud.
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Carl Robert Newberry, 22, of
613 Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
22 on a petit theft charge. On
March 26 Newberry allegedly
admitted that while em alo ed at
Kmart he stole items over several
months. The stolen items were
valued in total at $384
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Dennis Brennen Stubblefield,
a carpet installer, 46, of 626 W.
John Sims Parkway, Apt. 122,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police July 23 on
charges of possession of less than
20 grams of marijuana and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
see
Heather Michaelle Riedel,
unemployed, 27, of 284 Montana
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville police July 22 on a petit
theft charge. On June 4 Riedel
alle edly snatched $125 off the
console of the victim's van and
fled in her own vehicle at a high
rate of speed.
see
Leroy Figures, 58, of 434
Val araiso Parkway A at. 6
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police July 22 on a
misdemeanor charge of criminal
mischief. On July 17 Figures is
alleged to have punctured a vehi-
cle tire of another motel resident.
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Harley White IV, a screen
printer, 28, of 1 Carolina Ave.,
Apt. 15, Valparaiso, was arrested
by Valparaiso police July 27 on


the charge of possession of less
tha 20 ofngrams ofmanijuana.

Staci Marie Kucginski, a wait-
ress, 30, of 1201 N. Bayshore
Drive, Valparaiso, was arrested
by Valparaiso police July 27 on a
Walton County warrant for viola-
tion of probation charge on the
original offense of grand theft.
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Raymond Olivarez III, 26, of
46 Windfield St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
21 on a probation violation on the
original charge of battery, three
counts.
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Stacey Rae Dent, 35, of 1405
Date Palm Circle, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
24 for failure to appear on the
original charge of worthless
check.
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Joshua Paul Gifford Jr., 49, of
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was arrested by sheriff's deputies
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on the original charges of altering
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license.
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April Diana Suchan, 35, of
150 John Sims Parkway,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
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of failure to appear on the original
charge of grand theft.

Nicholas Adam Paschel,
unemployed, 26, of 242 S.
Hillside Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
27 on charges of petit theft and
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Thefts
A Niceville resident reported
that an unknown person used her
credit card number to make an
online purchase of $157 July 12.
Police advised the victim to report
the fraud to the credit card compa-
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it from being used again.
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A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Cedar Ridge Way
reported July 23 that unknown
persons) stole a DVD from her
unlocked car
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A Valparaiso business, 125 S.
John Sims Parkway, reported that
unknown persons) stole a $225
"no parking" sign from the rear of
the business sometime July 19-21.
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A cell phone owner reported
the $140 cell phone was stolen
when someone inadvertently left
it for about 30 minutes in a bath-
room at a Valparaiso night club
July 25
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March 26 and June 17. The thefts,
which occurred at multiple loca-
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sometime July 21-22 someone
stole a $125 GPS unit from his
vehicle while it was parked in the
driveway of a relative's home in
the 100 block of Bermuda Way,
Niceville. There were no signs of
forced entry.
* *
A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Bay Drive,
Niceville, reported that sometime
July 21-22 unknown persons)
entered his unlocked pickup truck
and stole a $275 amplifier, a $200
iPod, a $150 speaker box, two


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From page A-7
403 Niceville Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
26 on a probation violation on the
original charge of tampering with
evidence.
* *
James Gregory Poddubny, a
student, 18, of 133 Mulry Drive,
Niceville, and Aaren Jeffrey
Moore, 18, of 540 Wildflower
Court, Niceville, were arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 22 each
charged with one count of posses-
sion of more than 20 grams of
marijuana and three counts of
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Subsequent to a traffic stop for
driving with no headlights, police
allegedly saw a plastic baggie
with a green leafy substance and a
glass smoking device inside the
pickup truck that Poddubny was
driving with Moore as a passen-
ger. Police found 23 grams of
marijuana, a felony amount, and
numerous items of paraphernalia
inside the vehicle.

Angie Marie Fannine, 35, of
325 Parkwood Place, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies July 20 on a violation
of probation charge on the orig-
inal offense of obtaining a con-
trolled substance by fraud, three
co.n.s.


AlsB Drve, Nic /ile, wa a r
ed by sheriff s deputies on
worthless check charges related
to bad checks of $180 and $35.
, ,
Aric John Eckart, 30, of 4600
Range Road, Apt. 129, Niceville'
was arrested by sheriff s deputies
July 3 on a charge of child neglect
without great harm.
DUI arrests
Alan Nathan Bear, 32, of 210
Pelham Road, Apt. 117-B, Fort
Walton Beach, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on John


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville man was
injured in Bluewater Bay
Sunday morning when he
failed to negotiate a curve
and was thrown from the
motorcycle he was driving,
according to a report from
the Florida Highway Patrol.
Patrick R. McElhinney,
23, of Niceville, was flown
to a Pensacola hospital with
serious injuries, according to
the FHP.
A report from the FHP
gave the following account:
McElhinney was driving
a 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle
northbound on Bluewater
Boulevard, near Parkwood
Court, when he failed to
negotiate a level curve to the
right about 5:53 a.m., Aug. 1
The left side of the motor-


cycle collided with a curb on
the median side of the road-
way, and the vehicle traveled
about 65 feet along the curb
until its left side hit a tree
that was approximately three
feet west of the roadway.
McElhinney was ejected
from the bike and came to
rest by the tree, while the
motorcycle continued north
in the median then came to
rest on its right side facing
west. Damage to the motor-
cycle was estimated at
$6,000.
McElhinney was wearing
a helmet, according to the
FHP, and alcohol was not a
factor in the crash.
As of Monday
McElhinney was listed in
serious condition at Sacred
Heart Hospital in Pensacola,
a hospital spokesman said.


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vehicle and stole a $35 phone
charger. A neighbor, also in the
600 block of Caribbean Way,
reported that during the same time
period unknown persons) stole a
$650 speaker box and a $175 pair
of sunglasses from his unlocked
vehicle.
aaa
A Niceville woman who left
her wallet in a shopping cart at
Winn-Dixie July 5 in order to help
a stranger who requested assis-
tance finding dog food got a fraud
notification from one of her credit
card companies that an unsuccess-
ful attempt had been made to use
one of her credit cards in
Pensacola. The woman, who
thought she had misplaced her
wallet at home, lost $30 cash in
the wallet plus at least eight credit
cards that she had to cancel and
get new accounts issued.
***
An out-of-state man vacation-
ing at a residence in the 4400
block of Turnberry Place,
Niceville, reported that after the
residence was left vacant three
days he returned July 3 and found
the rear door kicked in, a room
rummaged through, but nothing
missing. Damage to the door and
door frame was estimated at $250.

A man who left his wallet in a
golf cart July 3, called the golf

cht ana 1 toye had fon th
wallet, that it contained $800 and
was placed in a safe at the club-
house, 600 Golf Course Drive,
Niceville. When the owner went
to pick up his property July 4
the e was only $200 left in the
wa lt.
Criminal IVIschief
The manager of an apartment
complex, 500 Kelly Mill Road,


Valparaiso, reported June 18 that
tenants evicted from one of the
units caused an estimated $2,800
dmage to the apnrtent.


On July 19 a window on a
classroom door was found broken
at Rocky Bayou Christian School,
2101 N. Partin Drive.
** *
A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of Muirfield Drive
reported that sometime July 5-6
vandals damaged his mailbox by
placing a bag containing animal
waste inside and lighting the bag
on fire. Damage was estimated at
$30.

A Niceville resident from the
4200 block of Shadow Lane
reported that sometime July 5-6
unknown persons) removed a
cover from his 2004 Corvette and
tried to pry open the driver's door,
prying the front of the driver's
door away from the frame and
breaking the outside rear view
mirror. The front of the fiberglass
shell also broke loose from the
frame where it had been pried.
The owner entered from the pas-
senger side but nothing appeared
to be missing from inside the
vehicle. It is not clear whether the
burglar(s) were able to gain entry.
Damage was estimated at $3,000.
***
A Niceville resident from the
1600 block of Raccoon Trail
reported that unknown persons)
blew up his mail box sometime
July 4-5. Remnants of a large
rocket, the cardboard tube, plastic
cap and some of the wrapping
ea ns waste fobn instd th
was estimated at $50.

A Niceville resident from the
400 block of North Palm
Boulevard reported someone
keyed her vehicle and cut a tire,
sometime June 23-24. The victim
later signed a "drop charges"
form, stating she believed the per-
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Okaloosa School District, inde-
pendent fire districts, and other
govermnent entities
Although the millage rate may
stay the same, it will produce less
revenue than in the current year,
according to an initial budget pro-
posal given to the BCC by County
Administrator Jim Curry earlier
this year.
Property values throughout the
county have declined during the
past year, as they have throughout
the United States during thee cur-
rent economic recession.
Other sources of county rev-
enue, such as state aid and gaso-
line and sales taxes, are also in
decline as tourism and other eco-
nomic activity has declined, due to
the recession and such other
events as the Deepwater Horizon
oil disaster which has fouled some

< nais an co necial dihig
As a result, Curry told colmnis-
sioners, the county is facing seri-
ous budget cuts in the coming
year. The proposed cuts include
eliminating 24 county employees
from the county statf. Those per-
sonnel cuts, said Curry, will be
made by offering early separation
payments to the employees who
volunteer for early retirement or
separation from county service.
During the workshop, colmnis-
sioners rejected an earlier plan to
require all county employees who
do not work for a constitutional
onfce, such as the Sheriff's Offce
or the County Tax Collector's
Offce, to take at least a five-day
furlough during the coming fiscal
year.
While the county commission
cannot require Constitutional omf-
cers to furlough their employees,
the BCC plans to cut an equivalent
amount of money fmom constitu-
tional offce budgets, leaving it up
to the constitutional offcers to
decide whether to furlough statf or
make other cuts within their
offces.
Although commissioners had
discussed the furlough plan during
previous budget workshops, a last-
minute plea from county person-
nel human resources director Kay
Godwin changed their minds.
County employees, Godwin
said, "are the people who risk their
lives driving ambulances, who
standoinp deep insewag ta n

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and their families, she said, espe-
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cuts, thus saving about $300,000.
Construction of the new judi-
cial center at the Northwest
Florida Fairgrounds in Fort
Walton Beach will continue, as
that project is already under way.
The BCC also plans to cut funding
for the Okaloosa County Lbay
Cooperative, Bridgeway Center,
Shelter House, the Okaloosa
Island Fire District, and the coun-
ty's Head Start program, among
other cuts.
Commissioner John Jannazo
told the Beacon that he thinks the


budget process is going well.
Despite cuts, he said, the county
will still be able to provide essen-
tial services in the coming year,
and, "We have the lowest millage
rate in Florida." Jannazo does not
plan to run for reelection in this
years general election.
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sioners expressed concern during
the meeting about what will hap-
pen in future years if the national
recession continues, along with
low property values and reduced
state revenue.
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cally provided," unless taxes are
increased.
Commissioner James
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matter of getting used to the
traffic pattern and being
aware of what times people
are coming and going."
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high school welcomed about 335
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orientation. NEST stands for
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Together."
With Lynn Prevatte as the
adult coordinator, this program,
now in its third year, was present-
ed by a combination of about 70
rising sophomores, juniors and
seniors.
All those "mentors" came up
with team-themed costumes for
the final day of NEST. The attire
ranged from "The Wizard of Oz"
to "Hippies of the Sixties" to
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
to "Barbie and Ken" to "Jersey
Shore."
But much of the infonnation
presented during the three days
was truly serious, ranging from
peer pressure to diversity to pub-
lic displays of affection.
"I wish we had it," said senior
Lauren Yockey. "First day can be
scary."
Parent Karin Frisbee has
daughter Rebekah starting at
Niceville High as a freslunan this


year. Three of her siblings are
Eagle graduates: Matthew (2004),
Mary (2007) and Scott (2010).
"Neither he nor I knew any-
thing when Matthew started here,
and it was a little intimidating,"
Karin Frisbee recalled. "This
(NEST) gives kids a little slice of
what school's about. I think it's
really great."
Over at Plew Elementary in
Niceville, David Larrimore is
entering his eighth year as princi-
pal and his 23rd as an administra-
tor. His message to parents with
children attending school for he
first time: "Trust us, we know
what we're doing."
Earlier this week, Plew held a
"parents only" orientation for
kindergarten parents, and today
the school has orientation time "in
blocks" so parents with more than
one child can attend as many ses-
sions as necessary.
Parents can eat lunch at Plew
with their children, but Larrimore
recommends they wait a few
weeks before starting that.
"Usually the parent cries more
than the child on the first few
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SCHOOLS
From page A-1

In 2005 it was Aug. 4 and in 2006
it was Aug. 3.
Thirty years as an educator
have taught Fantaski to remain
calm in this situation, but this year
he's handling something new.
Despite the main sign outside
and the big mascot logo painted in
the hallway, Lewis School is no
longer Lewis Middle School. In
recent years its students attended
fifth through eighth grade there.
But with the partial closing of
Valparaiso Elementary at the end
of the last academic year, Lewis
School now officially involves
second through the eighth grade.
Valparaiso Elementary is now
limited to pre-K, kindergarten and
first-grade students.
"We really don't know what to
expect ... but we're going to make
it work," said Fantaski, who was
the principal at Valparaiso
Elementary for the past two years.
At Niceville H~igh School,
where Linda Smith has been prin-
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I've forced myself to work out
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call and the shock it has been to
my system is that I had forgotten
how the Florida humidity takes
its toll. It took me several weeks
to build back up to the routines I
was following in a cooler cli-
mate--but I made it!"
Meanwhile, the new president


-Ty Handy

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ship here, landing in Bluewater
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but if you stand just so, you can
see it," Handy wrote in a recent
e-mail.
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following Bob Richburg as the
school's third president.
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By Thomas Mlonigan
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It's well before 8 a.m. on a
Thursday morning, an hour the
business world usually reserves
for local community leaders to
do some serious meeting and
greeting.
Which is just what Ty Handy
was doing last week on his new
home turf at Northwest Florida
State College. This episode
involved a breakfast meeting of
the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis
Club.


also managed to visit 18 other
countries around the globe.
And now she's turned a com-
pilation of her columns into a
book. It's entitled "On Being a
Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating,
Mating and Relating," and it is
self-published through Virgil
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By Thomas Mlonigan
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Blane Bachelor is living the
American Dream, and then some.
Being a successful freelance
writer means
this 1993
graduate of
Niceville
High School
is not tied to
any sort of
corporate
structure..
And in this
Blane Bachelorpusihes


believe
this

munity


lege


'I've got to step back, even
though I have some ideas and
things of that sort, I need to
liSten and learn.'


prest-
dent to
be very
visible and very engaging," he
said later in his office, "and if
that isn't stated overtly, I certain-
ly sense it. And I recognize that
my success, in part, will hinge on
my ability to relate with colmnu-
nity organizations."
Handy is compact and sturdy,
someone who likes to lift
weights, jump in his kayak or
hike considerable distances to
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PRESIDENT
From page B-1

20Richburg served from 187 t
mixed legacy. Handy has spoken
only once, briefly, to Richburg
when the former president tele-
phoned the new man to offer con-
gratulations.
After two decades of accom-
plis ments, Ri hug wounn xu

legacy.
During his tenure the college's
growth included more than $100
million in state-funded capital
construction. There was also an
increase of 58 percent in the col-
lege's full-time equivalent enroll-
ment
But Richburg was fired
becase of alleged legal entangle-

No. 1 on the question list: Has
recent history added to the chal-
lenges already included in starting
a new job?
"I've come into a great position
and the college is super strong,"
he replied without a moment's
hesitation.
"And so while the circum-
stances ... are unfortunate, look-
ing ahead, which is what Ineed to
be doing, the college is well posi-
tioned to contimlelit growtit"

present morn memorable than th

"My exposure to the commu-
nity and my behavior in terms of
being engaged in the community
... are going to take care of that,"
Handy said o There's n Ahing d

changes a perception that any-
body may have formed.
"But over time, my behavior
can change perceptions," he said.
"I need to make sure that I'm as
engaged as I can be, so people see
that my value systems are aligned
well with the college's value sys-
tems and I will be sensitive to
people's perceptions. But time
will tell and I think I'll be success-
ful because the core soundness of
the college is unquestioned."
"I really don't feel like I'm
inheriting a terribly challenging


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is worth doing, it is worth
don well "


nNow the state's going to come
under pressure, and they're going
to have to make tough choices,"
Handy said. "And I worry about
the impact that has, on both the
quality of our instruction, if we're
not getting the state funding, and
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not feeling a sense of urgency--
this is not a turnaround," he
added, "and I feel I can afford to
take my time and do it right."
So what would be considered
benchmarks of progress in the

moYosutkokmel haven't set those
yet," Handy said. "This is my
third presidency, and one of he
things I've learned is that if a new
president comes in and just
immediately starts putting their
own vision in place, that's exactly
what it is--their own vision and
not the college's.
"So I've got to step back, even

hnugshoflthha seortm need solis e
and learn, and that's really the
mode I'm in right now," he added.
"And it's a luxury I can afford,
because the college is doing so
we l. 9
Still, there are some things not
too far down he road that Handy
already has identified as possible
challenges.
"First, internally, is the number
of people who are at or are
approaching retirement," he said.
"So some key p sii nop or et

peodp epl etotht sned the right

ieThose include, but are not lim-
-The executive director's
position with the college's foun-
datinplro Wh the senior vice
president for instruction, recently
retired. White also served as inter-
chbcollege pre idenit after
Rihurg was o fci ly ds-
missed.
--harla Cotton, director of
the Collegiate High School, is
retiring.
Then there's the externall"
issue of funding that comes from
Florida's state government.
Students at Northwest Florida
State pay $85 per credit hour, ver-
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NHS GRAD
From page B-1
Press Inc.
Bachelor, 34, lists on her
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likes of USA Today, Women's
Health, and the Christian Science
Monitor. In recent years she has
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seriously considering a career in
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while at the University of Florida.
"I was pre-med for a year and
a half before I took a class for
English credit called MMC
2100," she recalled. "I think it was
writing for mass communications.
I was hooked."
And apparently undaunted by
her loss of earning potential.
"I remember talking to a coun-
selor in the journalism school who
told me, as he was entering the
infonnation into the system, that
he was slashing my starting salary
with his very keystrokes," she
recalled in a recent e-mail.
And then there was that after-
noon back in 2002, when she
attended a reception for
Cassandra King, who was signing
copies of her new book, "Sunday
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"For me that was non-nego-
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The Heritage Museum of
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proceeds go to benefit Making Strides
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Pinewood Derby slated

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unveiling of KidzTown, a facility for
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Embroiderers to meet
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
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dery. Its annual August membership
coffee will be Saturday, Aug. 7, 10
a.m.-noon, at the First United
Methodist Church of Niceville. The
2010-11 program will be presented
and snacks will be served. Visitors are
welcome; park in lot A and enter near
the playground.
Learn quilling basics
Martha Zimmennan will teach the
basics of quilling Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6
p.m., in the Niceville Library. Students
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with refreshments at 6 p.m., followed
by the business meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Business to be discussed will be pri-
mary and general election issues. Info:
Jerry Mallory 897-5246 or DEC
Headquarters 609-3367
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their monthly meeting Saturday, Aug.
10, 10 a.m., at the Heritage Museum,
115 Westview Drive, Valparaiso.
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* Blue Pine Village, Updated, 3/2............$1 67,900
* 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 ....................$21 0,000
* Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5,
Views of the Bay .................................$210,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome,
3/2.5 ................................................$ 4 0
* Lido Village, 3/2.5, PENDING ................$279,000
* Raintree Estate, Waterfront Home, 3/2 .$599,000
* Beautiful Building Lot,
Southwind Golf Course ..........................$1 65,000




* Unf urn. Condo, 2/2, Lakeside, renovated .$1 ,100
* Water ront Townhome, 3/2.5, Garage ........$1,700


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Upright Freezer, full
size, GE, white, like
new, $200. Call 830-
2878


2008 Black Ford Fusion
SEL V6. 36,600 miles
fully loaded, $19,000.00.
209-552-5953.
2007 Tundra, $21,500
OBO Call: 225-8829.


Townhouse, 3/2.5,

ancs o ptal $1alp /
month. 678-5433


Coming S on! Thi atd
Thrift Shop, Niceville.
Vendor space available.
729-3801
100gal. Fresh water
aquarium complete,
stand, lights, filters,
rocks, fish. Everything
you need, $600 OBO.
850-682-1236
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24 acre homesite with
creek bordering
Blackwater Forest. Good
hunting with hunters
house and food plot.
$8,000 per acre. Some
financing available, (850)
537-9519


'-AYWALK
REAL ESTATE, WC.
www.baywalk2.com

SWEET AND LOW Sweet house, low prices 1435 square feet. 3
Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Updated Kitchen, Stainless appliances.
NEWeeCA2 TTenstalled r7/n6e100mRof hroeuplaned 81 Ow4er HA
Covered sresenacporch 1334NGo ld easily be m diield tlolheaa ed

Wst sh wal igMdsac Io 6s Ops, schools, and eating

SHORT SALE 4/2.5, wraparound porch, large Separate Bonus
Room-MUST SEEl Totally renovated with exception of bathrooms,
Hardwood floors, Custom Cherry Cabinets in Kitchen, Granite,
Double Oven. New Doors throughout. Home sits on 1/3 acre. Pool
was installed 2007 featuring Endless Exercise Pool. Home located
snBWB Gated Southwind Community Sold AS IS with Right to

MAGNOLIA PLANTATION Gae omunity 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.
EXQUISITE CUSTOM BUILT HOME inMa aio
Mediterranean Villaa Cihr- 1n an
Li and
D n windows, Patio area and
Fn kYard, Beautifully landscaped, 3/2, Asking $279,900.

SleM E-eHBOMEY- Fsheroma ssuDaelht C otaw Beachha-1 0
separate living areas. First consist of Family Room, Kitchen, Dining,
Master bb domm aono s a dInal bedrooms, full bathesd2nd sapa-
Bathroom Handyman special, Roof 5 years old on Workshop and 2
years old on House. Sold AS IS-80sq.ft. $245,000.
WATERVIEW COVE Freeport -All Brick, 3 Bed, 2 Bath Located
on a Beautiful Landscaped Yard. A Must Seell Granite, Cultured
M rle, Netra 1 ,lors. Looks and Shows Like New.

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.
WATER VIEW 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, $120,000.
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.
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RENTALS AVAILABLE FROM AS LOW $430-$3,500 VV
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(850) 897-1101
1-888-390-4450
Choose Baywalk,
YOU DESERVE THE BEST!
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On Water with free boat
slip, new kitchen,
garae dp tal ce e3
Niceville, $184,900.
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Detr ic Intuen fnr tha psto
of Fire Commissioner. The
FlrFd rrem stereo voter anbde(2a
live within the jurisdiction of the
North Bay Fire Control District.

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Opportunity Employer. For
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Bay Fire Control District, 1024
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at
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Fire Control District.
HAIR STYLIST
Niceville, prefer
established person,
rent stion8 r wrk

20-30 people WANTED
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Specialty Building
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rest rooms, trash
removal, and common
area cleaning.
House keeping
experience preferred.
apply in person at 4400
Hwy 20 E., Niceville, FL.


SAVVY BUYERS USE CARRIAGE HILLS REAL TY
NICEVILLE & VALPARAISO AREA
Truly Unique Home on Lake Henderson 5/3.5 2,983SF $449,900 Web#976
Custom Rambling Brick with Water Views 3/3 2,568SF $285,000 Web#971
h When Location, Quality & Value Matter 4/2 1,852SF $235,000 Web#088
BLUEWATER AREA
Designed to Delight...Built to Endure 3/2.5 2,951SF $387,900 Web#977
CREST VIEW AREA
Exceptional Home on 23 Acres with Pool & Barn! 5/5 7,038SF $889,000 Web#087


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206 Nathey Street
MLS#517203
$89,500
768 square feet

304 23rd Street
MLS#538195
$129,900
1026 square feet

602 Pine Avenue
MLS#538404
$219,900
1612 square feet

1631 Parkside Circle
MLS#539525
$310,000
2300 square feet


1040 Everglade Drive
MLS#541326
$98,000
1344 square feet

1817 17th Street #24
MLS#538930
$179,900
1415 square feet

304 Florida Street
MLS#536529
$229,900
1950 square feet

4149 Callaway Drive
MLS#536935
$370,000
2622 square feet


229 Adams Street
MLS#540267
$115,000
1386 square feet

101 Underwood
MLS#536785
$199,500
1663 square feet

802 Turnberry Way
MLS#539335
$294,000
2944 square feet

1414 Rum Still Circle
MLS#541949
$419,900
2520 square feet


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There are seven times a year when flying our flag is
the perfect way to show your family's patriotic spirit.
Kiwanis can make it easy for you to do this!
For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent inground base
for your flag. Then, just before LABOR DAY and 9/11,
VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG
DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY,
we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole
in front of your home. And take it down afterwards. Kiwanis
does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a
year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club's numerous
children's programs throughout our community.
Time's a wastin'. Act now!
Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 and order a flag.
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Patriotic art at museum
Patriotic Impressions, a new
exhibit by the Local Color Artists
Group, will be on view at The
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida through Aug. 28.
This patriotic salute features origi-
nal works of art in a variety of media
created by ten local artists mecluding
collage, porcelain, acrylic, watercolor'

Info: 678-2615 or heritagemuse
um.org.
Church offers child care
First Baptist Church of Niceville
Child Development Center is accept-
ing applications
for the 2010-2011
school year. It
offers two, three-
or four-day class-
es from infancy-
K4 and is a VPK provider. Info: fbc
niceville.org or 729-6915.
Head start seeks signups

Com whensiv Hekag i Star u rl

applications for the 2010-2011 school
year. Head Start centers, serving chil-
dren ages 3 to 5, are located in
Crestview, Laurel Hill, Niceville and
Fort Walton Beach. It also serves chil-


Accepting New Patients,
Olivier Broutin, D.MV.D.


CA LEN DA R
From page B-4
Tunisia and Austria.
Students stay with their host fami-
ly for 10 months, and there is a month-
ly stipend that will help with expens-
es. Info: 729-7227, ext. 375, or e-mail
williamsd@rbes.org
Oktoberfest artist call
The 16th annual Oktoberfest and
Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie
Plaza in Bluewater Bay is looking for
artists and craftsmen interested mn sell-
ingttheir wrk. he festival s on or
held Friday, Sept. 24, 5-10 p.m., and
Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost for the two-day event is $75.
Info: Bert, 897-3190.
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
fourthMond is eaach lot at

holding local and national politicians
accountable and advocating for the
U.S. Constitution at all levels of gov-
ernment. Info: 729-2874 or visit emer
aldcoastpatriots.org.


Advertising Feature
When choosing a primary care
physician, wouldn't you prefer a
doctor's office where a real person
answers the phone rather than a
FOCOrding that says,"Y/our call is
important to us-please hold?" You
would prefer a doctor who always
sees you the same day you call,
who gets to know you and your
family as a friend, and who gen-
uinely cares about keeping you
healthy through preventive care as
well as treating illness.
That's what you can expect at
Niceville Family Practice, where
Doctor Anthony V. LaNasa and
Doctor Mehul Patel offer same-
day appointments for new as well
as established patients.
"We make a special effort to
treat each of our patients as we
would want to be treated," said Dr.
LaNasa. "What I like best about
practicing medicine is getting to
know each patient, to grow up and
grow old with them and their fami-
ly, and being a part of their lives."
With more than 28 years as a fam-
ily physician, Dr. LaNasa came to
the Niceville area when he and his
family evacuated from New
Orleans during Hurricane Katrina
and decided to remain permanent


Doctors Anthony V. LaNasa and Mlehul Patel work together to keep their patients well.


"I'm in my first independent
practice after completing my resi-
dency in Tallahassee," Dr. Patel
said modestly, although he is
board certified in family practice
and handles many of the most


serious acute illnesses seen at
Niceville Family Practice, as well
as managing hospitalizations,
when necessary, at nearby Twin
Cities Hospital.
Dr. Patel and Dr. LaNasa focus
on chronic conditions like heart
health, diabetes, and such long-
term wellness issues as weight
control .
Both doctors handle such rou-
tine health care as school, sports,
and job related physical exams,
treating colds and respiratory ill-
nesses, and outpatient surgery
and injury treatment.
Asked what advice he would
offer to someone choosing a fami-


ly doctor, Dr. LaNasa said, "Look
for a doctor who takes the time to
answer your questions clearly, per-
forms the proper diagnostic tests,
and explains the results and best
course of treatment."
Dr. Patel added, "Choose a
doctor who is willing to see you
whenever you need help or
advice, who keeps you informed,
emphasizes prevention, and who
genuinely cares about keeping
you well."
Niceville Family Practice is
located at 4400 State Road 20,
Suite 203, in Merchants Walk in
Bluewater Bay. For appointments
or information, call 897-3678.


A live person making appointments.

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FAMILY PRACTICE


850.897.3678

4400 E Highway 20 Suite 203 Niceville, FL 32578
www.nicevillefam ilypractice.com


Niceville/Valparaiso
Kiwanis Club


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dren 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 guide-
lines or special need criteria.
Fitness regime offered
If you're looking for a challenging
workout or just want to become more
physically fit, join the ROTC students
at Northwest Florida State College for
physical training this summer, and get
into shape free of charge as the pro-
gram opens its workout routine to the
public. Youth and adults of any athlet-
ic ability, who are at least 16 years of
age, are invited to join the students in
the college's ROTC program for cir-
cuit trammig, upper body and abdomi-
nal training, cardio training, stretch-
ing, running and team sports every
Monday through Aug. 19, 6-7 a.m. at
the Niceville campus. Participants
meet by the ROTC building at the
west end of campus by the ball fields.
Info: Capt. David Avallone,
729-6022 or avallond@nwfsc.edu.
Local artists dispa L olr il li

Artists Club will display their artwork
at the Heritage Museum, Valparaiso, The Department o
through Aug. 28. They have a patriot- have a wildlife prt
ic theme to follow and there will be 10 Ref uge will present
or more artists in the club showing entrance fee.
several of their paintings.


e rehabilitation pro ram

f Environmental Protection's Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park will
esentation Saturday, Aug. 14, 11-11:30 a.m. The Emerald Coast Wildlife
It its rehabilitated wildlife e. The events are free to the public with paid park


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Some-day appointments available for all patients


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