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Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: August 11, 2010
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The cool kids are at Edge


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

Still huggin
Niceville resident Bailey Reese, 14, is collecting money and
putting together packages of gifts for deployed troops. She
began Hugs for Heroes at age 7, and passed the milestone of
50,000 packages sent just before the Fourth of July this year.
She spent part of the past weekend in front of Kmart in
Niceville.


On Friday the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Offce and
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement announced a grand
jury indictment in connection
with the slaying of a Niceville
High School student 22 years
ago.
John R McMaster-Wade, 54,
currently serving a life sentence
at the Taylor Correctional
Institution for a 1990 kidnap-


lascivious
act on a
child under
the age of 7
16, will
now be
charged
with the Ulai Sookruel
1988 mur-
der of Ulai Sookruetai.
Ulai Sookruetai, 18, disap-


sore~ on1 ep.YC ,J 1 er 1
body was discovered about two
months later on the Eglin
Reservation.
McMaster-Wade was identi-
fled as a suspect early in the ini-
tial investigation through a
Crime Stoppers tip, according to
the sheriff's onfce. OCSO inves-
tigators and special agents with
the FDLE continued to work the
case for many years.


ago, V~L
began a
Cold Case
Review -
Team con-
sisting of
special ,
agents from 1
the FDLE, John McMa~
assistant Wade
state attor-
neys from the First Judicial


orI~IWD we orICI~~V 1 a egn.
team brings together investiga-
tors from different agencies,
jurisdictions, and experiences,
which has been a tremendous
help in getting new perspectives
on these cases, according to a
release issued by OCSO Friday.
The team chose the Sookruetai
case as one of the first to review.

Please see SUSPECT, page A-6


P


The Northwest Florida
Asronomy Asoci tion
(NWFAA), a local
astronomy club, will host a
public stargaze and
Perseid meteor shower
dth a tthte Iortinest

NicevilIle campus. The free
event will be held on the
public safety driving range
on the west side of the
NicevilIle camp us.
Info: Tony Russo,
974-8544, or e-mail
russoa@nwfsc.edu.

Saturday, 8:30-I I a.m.
Ventu re
Crew 52 *
will serve
pancakes,
sausage
and juice
from 8:30
to 1 1a.m.
at AMVETS Post 78,
Valastics Avenue,
Valparaiso The cost is $5;
proceeds will go to support
youth activities
Info: 678-8014.

Saturday, IO a.m.
The members of the
Genealogica Societyohod

their monthly meeting at
the Heritage Museum, 115
Westview Drive '

Val pheaisker will be
GSOC member Hilma
Jenus, whose topic is "We
Are So Connected."

Saturday, I I-I :30 a.m.


ster-


rtal


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Mark your calendar country
music fans--headline acts for the
34th Annual Boggy Bayou
Mullet Festival have been named.
Headliners include country
recording
artist Joe
Nichols on
Saturday,
while singer
Josh Turner

out the festi- cls
val Sunday.
The
annual cele-
Bradley Gilbert
bration of
food and fun will take place on
the weekend of Oct. 15-17.
Brantley Gilbert and Damon
Smith will perform Friday night.
Brantley's taste in music
always swayed toward a rock
feel, but his true-to-life testimony
of heartache, trials, triumph, and


success found a home in country
music.
Smith released his first inde-
pendent
recording,
"Jesus Runs
with a
Rough a
Crowd," in
January
2006. -.
Originally
recorded as
a country Joe Nichols
ballad, the
single took
on a life of
its own and
crossed over
to the
Christian
country and
inspira-
tional/posi-
tive genres.
Josh Turner
Please see FESTIVAL, page A-9


Beacon photo by Tom Monigan
Jamie Kyser from Bayou Mechanical in Crestview patiently unloads a Trane RTAA 125
air-cooled chiller, which weighs about 10,000 pounds, including its frame. The unit was
trucked in by Carrier Rentals from Geismar, La.


Rental unit restores school air conditioning


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
By the time classes offi-
cially started Thursday,
classrooms at Edge
Elementary School had final-
ly cooled off.
But as teachers and staff
prepared for this school
year's opening day, most of
the school was hot, hot, hot.
"Monday I was showing
our teachers a video clip that
comes from a website called
simpletruths.com, and it was
called 'Eat That Frog,"' said
Shelly Arneson, who has just
begun her seventh school
year as principal at Edge.
"The premise is that once
you've eaten a frog, that's
the worst thing that can hap-
pen to you that day.
"Well," Arneson summa-
rized with the hint of a smile,
"it looks like we've eaten
our frog."
For reasons unknown,


Edge's cooling unit stopped
working late on Sunday,
Aug. 1.
So Monday and Tuesday,
big metal box fans were hard
at work in the hallways at
Edge, but the combined heat
and humidity was estimated
at higher than 100 degrees in
some classrooms.
The school's main office
runs off a separate heating
and cooling system. But
about 80 percent of the
50,000 square feet inside
Edge Elementary is heated or
cooled by the main system,
according to Bill Smith, the
man in charge of facilities
for Okaloosa Schools.
Tuesday morning a new
unit arrived on a flatbed trac-
tor-trailer truck from
Geismar, La., which is just
south of Baton Rouge.
Bayou Mechanical from
Crestview was hired to off
load the Trane RTAA 125


air-cooled chiller, which
weighed about 10,000
pounds, including its frame.
It took about 24 hours to get
it running properly.
Smith was on hand to
oversee its arrival. The big
unit is being rented for three
months from Carrier Rental
Systems at a total cost of
about $30,000.
Smith estimated the total
replacement cost at "some-
where between $500,000 and
$600,000.
"This is exactly why we
need the ilplllpo w Ji half-cent
sales tax," Smith said in ref-
erence to something that will
be on the Aug. 24 ballot.
"When you're dealing
with the unknown, some-
thing like that chiller can be
running for 20 years and you
just never know when it's
going to go down," Smith
added, "and when they do,
they are expensive to repair."


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
America has "already won
the war in Afghanistan, and most
of the oil
spilled into
the Gulf of .
Mexico .
since the '
Deepwater
Horizon oil
rig disaster ,--
in April has
disappeared,
according to
speakersat Rep. Jeff Miller
the Aug. 4 breakfast meeting of
the Northwest Florida Military
Offcers Association (NWF-
MOA).
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, (R,


Chumukla) gave the upbeat
assessment of the war, while the
good news about the oil spill
came from U.S. Coast Guard
Commander Martha LaGuardia-
Kotite and British Petroleum rep-
resentative Randy Seward at the
Eglin Air Force Base Enlisted
Club.
The NWFMOA is the local
branch of a national organization
of active duty and retired military
officers who work together to
stay informed about national
defense issues and perform pub-
lic services.
LaGuardia said the oil cleanup
effort has been massive. She was
the Coast Guard liaison offcer to
Okaloosa and Walton
Please see MIILLER, page A-9


Valp. nixes

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
With less than five minutes
of discussion, Valparaiso city
commis-
sioners
tabled a
proposal to
scrap the
city's 89-
year-old
Charter
commission
form of
government
and hire a Bruce Arnold
city manager.
The Institute for Senior
Professionals (ISP) of Northwest
Florida State College recently
reviewed the city's 1921 charter
and submitted a new draft city
Please see VALP., page A-5


Fred Gannon Rocky
Bayou State Park will have
Swi die present aion by
the Emerald Coast wildlife
Refuge on its rehabilitated
wildlife. The events are free
to the public with paid
park entrance fee.


Calendar, B-4.


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
In a report delayed several
months by issues involving
FCAT scores, all three elementary
and all five middle schools in the
Niceville-Valparaiso area
received an "A" grade for the
2009-2010 academic year.
The Florida Department of
Education released the grades
Friday, but its grades for high
schools and "combination"
schools (which have grades K
through 12) are still "pending."
Those grades have been
delayed by a new calculation for-
mula that includes graduation
rate, scores on a combination of
standardized tests and industry
certifications earned. Their
release is targeted for November.
County-wide, 22 of 27 of
Okaloosa's elementary and mid-


dle schools (81 percent) earned
an "A" grade.
Schools that receive an "A"
grade are eligible for $75 per stu-
dent in state funds. By state law,
that money can be used only for:
--Non-recurring bonuses to
the faculty and staff*
--Non-recurring expenditures
for educational equipment or
materials to assist in maintaining
and improving student perform-
ance,
-Temporary personnel for
the school to assist in maintaining
and improving student perform-
ance.
As reported by the Associated
Press, the first delay in releasing
the scores came when a contrac-
tor was late in getting the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
scored. The second delay was
because some school districts


challenged the results.
As outlined by the state,
schools are awarded one point
each for each percent of students
with high scores on the FCAT,
and/or who make annual learning
gains. The possible point total is
800, and it takes at least 525 to
receive an A grade.
Ruckel (651) had the most
points among the county's three
middle schools, followed by No.
2 Destin (643) and No. 4 Lewis
(623). Meigs (624) edged Lewis
for third-best in the county.
For the school year that began
just last week, Lewis School,
which now serves students in
grades two through eight, has
been reconfigured.
Bluewater (668) scored the
highest among all the county's

Please see SCHOOLS, page A-6


Suspect indicted in 1988 slaying of student

OMI By Del Lessard ping, sexual feared after making a phone call About Circuit, police agencies, and
Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Beacon Staff Writer battery and from a Niceville convenience 18 months sheriffs onces within the
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Miller* Afghamistan


War iS 'already won'

Says most oil in Gulf has disappeared


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saying that Forstrom's plan for
a rooming house does, in fact,
conform to county zoning

"We believe the county's
zoning and comprehensive
p:"aHM aos or athdis dWevlp
respond as requested" to the
technical review committee's
requirements for more detailed
plans concerning stormwater,
sidewalks, fire protection, and
the other issues raised by the
committee.
Jernigan said Forstrom now
has about 90 days in which to
resubmit his plan with the
information required, in order
to continue the process of
seeking county approval for
his project. He told the Beacon
that the technical review com-
mittee limits its review of
development plans to technical
issues, leaving "compatibility"
of proposed developments
with surrounding neighbor-
hoods to the county planning
commission and the county
commissioners.
On Aug. 6, Forstrom sent
several e-mails to the Beacon,
defending his plan for a room-
ing house.
"Tammy and I are following
the law and are victims of
Okaloosa County not follow-
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A proposal to build a 56-
unit rooming house in a resi-
dential neighborhood of
Raintree Estates faced several
obstacles when presented to
the Okaloosa County
Technical Review Committee
Aug. 5.
David Forstrom submitted a
plan to build "Destin North
Bay Lodge, a proposed 56-unit
rooming house (Phase I; 12
units plus owner's quarters,
Phase II; 43 units)," according
to the agenda of the meeting.
The property is located at
318 Olde Post Road, Niceville,
on the southern tip of
Bluewater Bay.
The site of the proposed
rooming house is a waterfront
lot within Raintree Estates, a
subdivision of single-family
homes just west of White Point
Road and south of State Road
20.
Committee members told
Forstrom that his plan does not
yet meet county requirements.
They told him that before the


plan can be forwarded to the
county planning commission,
more information is needed
about fire protection, water
and sewer connections, side-
walks, and how stormwater
runoff will be managed.
Following the committee's
review of the proposal, com-
mittee Chairman Terry
Jernigan of the Okaloosa
County Growth Management
Department opened the floor to
public comments, as a large
number of Forstrom's neigh-
bors had come to the meeting,
all of whom apparently
opposed the plan for a rooming
house in their neighborhood.
Such a rooming house in
Raintree Estates, said neighbor
Mike Klingele, "will crush our
neighborhood." Klingele and
several other neighbors said a
rooming house would spoil the
quiet, residential atmosphere
of Raintree Estates, and that
such a large structure on so
small a lot would create
stormwater runoff problems,
flooding neighboring home
sites and polluting


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
A large group of Raintree Estates residents attended the Technical Review Committee meeting,
including Mike Klingele, standing, who showed slides illustrating reasons why he and other
neighbors oppose the rooming house plan.


Choctawhatchee Bay.
Neighbors also expressed
concern about who might
come to live in such a rooming
house and how they might
affect the neighborhood. One
neighbor said he fears that a


"questionable characters,"
possibly including ex-convicts
and sex offenders, to the other-
wise peaceful area. Another
said children are now able to
play safely and without direct
supervision from their parents


areas of Raintree Estates, but
that this would change for the
worse if a rooming house is
added to the subdivision.
Forstrom did not speak dur-
ing the meeting, but afterward
his attorney, Bert Moore,
spoke briefly with the Beacon,


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Amunds seeks reelection;

Tucker eyes regaining seat


County in the event of a hurri-
cane that could force the oil
o,'ndocounty beaches, into
airborne oil far inland. He said
he would seek funding to
maintain "forces in being," to
respond to any oil damage to
the environment, or that may
result from a hurricane.
Bennett said he is "very
troubled" about how officials
have handled the oil rig disas-
ter and its aftermath.
"Where did the oil go?" he
asked. He said he is concerned
that submerged oil plumes
may yet float through the
Destin East Pass, and that he
will seek funding to install and
operate an air curtain across
the pass until the threat of oil
is gone.
Amunds said he has been
--Inskinallly to citizens," who
believe that "the state and the
feds have let us down." He
said that he and other incum-
bent commissioners "stepped
up and did the right thing" by
threatening to ignore federal
and state authorities, and acted
quickly to take protective
measures locally, which pres-
sured state and federal offi-
cials to respond more quickly
to the county's needs. He said
he will seek advance funding
for dealing with "unknown"
consequences of the oil spill
that have yet to be discovered.


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Candidates for the
Okaloosa County Board of
County Commissioners (BCC)
made their cases to voters at a
lengthy candidate forum Aug.
3 at the Fort Walton Beach
Municipal Auditorium.
The forum was sponsored
by the Fort Walton Beach and
Destin chambers of commerce,
the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) and the
African-American Association
of Community Leaders. It
included brief speeches from
four county commission candi-
dates, as well as four school
board candidates, six candi-
dates for sheriff, and six candi-
dates for circuit judge.
Questions and answers
were also included, but not
questions from the audience.
The questions were asked by
Northwest Florida Daily News
publisher Tom Connor and
WEAR-TV reporter Laura
Hussy, who co-moderated the
forum.
Candidates Dave Parisot
and Elaine Tucker are running
for the District 2 seat on the
county commission. That seat


is currently held by
Commissioner John Jannazo,
who is not seeking re-election.
Tucker held the seat in the
past, before losing an election
to Jannazo, and is now trying
to regain it. Parisot has not
previously been a county com-
missioner, but has regularly
attended county commission
meetings for several years,
often criticizing the BCC's
management of county funds.
The District 4 seat is con-
tested by incumbent Don
Amunds and challenger Danny
Bennett.
The four county commis-
sion candidates are all
Republicans, and will appear
on only the Republican ballot
in the August 24 primary elec-
tion.
Amunds said that although
the county is "in for tough
times" financially because of
declining revenue during the
current economic recession, he
is proud of the fact that he and
fellow commissioners have
managed to maintain county
services without raising taxes
for another year.
Bennett said he could do a
still-better job of managing the
county's finances, by using a


Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
Dave Parisot and Elaine Tucker are vying for the seat being vacated by Okaloosa County
Commissioner John Jannazo.


"business approach" and "tak-
ing a scalpel" to the county
budget, making precise cuts in
specific areas.
Tucker said her previous
experience as a commissioner,
as well as her background as a
military wife and mother, will
help her to lead the county. "I
will work full-time for you" if
elected, she said. She also
promised to listen to the con-


cerns of county residents.
Asked how the county
should go about getting its fair
share of reimbursement from
British Petroleum, and from
state and federal authorities,
for the recent Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, Tucker said
she is used to handling disas-
ters, having chaired the county
commission during and after
Hurricane Ivan, and that she


has gained valuable experience
negotiating for disaster recov-
ery funding with state and fed-
eral officials following Ivan.
Parisot said most bills to BP
from Okaloosa County have
been paid so far, but he thinks
the majority of the oil from the
spill is now on the bottom of
the Gulf of Mexico. There, he
said, it may harm fisheries or
become a threat to Okaloosa


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Circuit judge hopefuls plug candidacies


Legal experience,


compassion cited


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Candidates for the Circuit
Judge, 1st Circuit, Group 3,
spoke to potential voters at a
forum Aug. 3 at the Fort Walton
Beach Municipal Auditorium.
The forum, sponsored by the
Fort Walton Beach and Destin
chambers of commerce, the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) and the
African-American Association
of Community Leaders, includ-
ed brief speeches from six can-
didates for circuit judge.
Questions were asked by
Northwest Florida Daily News
publisher Tom Connor and
WEAR TV reporter Laura
Hussy, who co-moderated the
forum.
Candidates for the circuit
court position are Kenneth L.
Brooks, Clint Davis, Michael A.
Flowers, Mike Lawson, Alishia
W. McDonald, and Robert E.
McGill III. All six will appear
on Republican, Democratic, and
independent ballots for the Aug.
24 primary election.
Circuit Court judges handle
most of the major criminal and
civil trials in Florida courts,
dealing with a variety of legal


and social issues. However,
because judges are expected to
be impartial, and therefore may
not form or express opinions
about issues that may come
before them in future trials, it is
often difficult for candidates for
elective judgeships to say very
much about why voters should
choose them rather than rival
candidates for the bench.
If judicial candidates speak
out on any public issue such as
abortion, gun control or gay
marriage, for example, they risk
disqualifying themselves from
ruling on future court cases that
involve those issues. Thus, the
statements and questions at last
Tuesday's forum were limited to
general information about each
candidate's background, experi-
ence, and reasons for running.
McGill said he has 25 years
experience as a lawyer, more
than any of the other candidates.
He said he has litigated a wide
variety of civil law cases, and
has "the right temperament" to
be a judge, including a "hard
work ethic" and "an established
reputation for integrity." He
promised to work hard to move
cases through his court without
needless delays, saying, "Justice
delayed is justice denied."


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Circuit Judge candidates, from left: Kenneth L. Brooks, Clint Davis, Michael A. Flowers, Mike Lawson, Alishia W. McDonald and
Robert E. McGill IIl.


McDonald said she offers
voters "diversity" in many
ways. She said she is the only
African American, the only
mother, and the lawyer with the
most varied legal experience on
the ballot. She said she has prac-
ticed many types of law, having
been both a defense attorney and
a prosecutor, practiced family
law, and fought for the rights of
battered women and abused
children. "Being the most valu-
able player in the game depends
on what you've actually done,
not on how long you've
played," she said. "I am the
MVP here."
McDonald said she is "a
woman, born to a teenage mom
whose father left home." Her
success in life, she said, has
come from "hard work and
prayer."
"I'll bring a different per-
spective to the bench," she said.
"I have not always had money
and connections. I've had to


work and scratch."
McDonald said her Christian
faith will influence her as a
judge, in that, "I know that
Jesus stood innocent before
Pilate, but Pilate washed his
hands of Him, preferring to do
the will of the people rather
than what was right. I under-
stand the need for both justice
and mercy."
Lawson also offered diversi-
ty of experience, saying that
although he has been an attor-
ney for several years, much of
his decision-making and lead-
ership experience comes from
"outside the law," when he pre-
viously worked in the federal
government, doing classified
work involving nuclear, chemi-
cal and biological weaponry.
He said his current law practice
involves business and property
law, and that he is active in sev-
eral local civic and public serv-
ice organizations including the
Fort Walton Beach Chamber of


Commerce and Habitat for
Humanity. "My parents served
in the military," he said, "and I
have also served in national
security. I will bring common
sense and experience handling
grave responsibility to the
bench."
Flowers said he was born in
Valparaiso and currently lives
in Niceville. He has extensive
experience in both civil and
criminal cases. He said he is
running for circuit court judge
because "It is my turn to give
back," and that he has always
represented "people, not insti-
tutions" during his career as a
lawyer. He said his parents
were both teachers. "The law,"
he said, "is more than my job,
it's my vocation, my way to
help people."
Davis said he is from Santa
Rosa Beach, and has practiced
law for more than 10 years. "I
have always been dedicated to
fairness and the rule of law," he


said. "I will not legislate from
the bench."
Davis said he has been a
public defender and a trial
lawyer, and he knows from per-
sonal experience how frustrat-
ing it can be for lawyers and
their clients when they
encounter arrogance or outright
bias from a judge. A judge's
job, he said, "is to be neutral,
and to give people justice, not
to be 'king of the courtroom.'"
Brooks said he was born at
Hahn Air Base, Germany, to
U.S. military parents, and has
20 years experience in law
enforcement as well as experi-
ence as a general-practice trial
attorney with much time spent
in courtrooms, making him
familiar with how cases are
actually tried. "I know the
value of good judges," he said,
and described himself as "fair
and experienced, with a level
head, and the ability to remain
calm under pressure."


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VALP.
From page A-1
charter calling for a city manager
form of government to make the
city's operation more efficient.
Mayor Bruce Arnold had
requested ISP to perform the
charter review last December. He
told the
Beacon that
he had
hoped to get
the recom-
mendations
in time to
place a pos-
sible revised
and updated
charter on
t h e Pat Hollarn
November ballot, a time frame,
however, which was not met by
the study group.
Former Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections Pat
Hollarn chaired an ISP study
group that made recommenda-
tions the city received June 15.
The ISP study group interviewed
22 current and former city elected
officials, employees, volunteers
and interested citizens during
meetings at city hall, she said. It
also reviewed Valparaiso's cur-
rent charter, which was written in
1921, the current city budget and
financial statements as well as a
charter proposed by a city study
group in 1997 but which was not
acted upon. It also looked at char-
ters from other Florida cities as
well as guidance to municipalities
from state and national organiza-
tions.
"It quickly became appar-
ent," Hollarn wrote in a one-
page executive summary, "that
the individuals we interviewed,
with relatively few exceptions,
envisioned a wholesale change
in the charter that would entail
an entirely new form of govern-
ment, going from the current


form, where the commissioners
perform both legislative and
executive functions, to a form
whereby commissioners are
elected policy makers and there
is an accountable, professional
administrator who is responsi-
ble for the day-to-day manage-
ment of city functions."
The executive summary con-
cluded: "The committee sees no
additional employees mandated
by the recommended changes in
the charter and any additional
cost of a city manager would be
offset by the greater efficiency
of city operations."
But at an Aug. 2 commission
workshop-called at the end of a
45-minute executive session that
was closed to the public-Arnold
advocated tabling the charter rec-
ommendations until the economy
improves. He said it would cost
too much to hire a city manager
because money in the city budget
is tight right now.
The mayor also said that in his


view, commissioners should have
some "hands-on authority."
Under the commission form
of government in use in
Valparaiso for the past 89 years,
each of the five city commis-
sioners (including the mayor)
have substantial "hands-on"
authority. The current charter
reads, in part:
"The city commission shall
be known by the following titles:
The mayor, or commissioner-at-
large, who shall also be known


as the commissioner of finance
and police; the remaining four
commissioners shall be known
as commissioners of health and
sanitation, commissioner of
municipal utilities, commission-
er of streets, and commissioner
of public institutions."
It goes on to say, "Each com-
missioner shall have general
supervision of all employees in
his particular division or depart-
ment of the city administration,
and shall examine into the condi-


tion of the offices, books,
records and accounts in his
department and the manner of
conducting the business of said
department."
Another example is that each
city commissioner currently can
spend up to $25,000 in city funds
in his or her department without
consulting or getting approval
from other commissioners, the
mayor or anyone else.
Commissioner Heyward
Strong said the ISP study gave


no rationale for its recommenda-
tions, while Commissioner Tom
Miller said there were no facts to
support the claim that any costs
associated with changing the
city's form of government would
be offset by more efficiency.
Hollarn told the Beacon that
the study group had expected
they would be invited to give
their recommendations in per-
son, although that didn't happen.
She said the draft charter was
just that, a draft.


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* Tulane University Law School 1981
* Admitted to Louisiana Bar October 1981
* Admitted to Florida Bar September 1990
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* Commercial Real Estate Development 1985 1990
* Stowell, Anton, and Kraemer
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* Destin City Attorney 1993 1996
* Robert E. McGill, III, P.A. in Destin, FL 1993 2010

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indictment on a first-degree mur-
der charge.
On Friday, Molchan declined
to release infonnation on what, if
any, new evidence led to the
indictment.
Sept. 13, 1988, began as a rou-
tine school day for Ulai. She


obtained her parent's pennission
to remain after school for a meet-
ing of Students Against Dwrnk
Driving, an organization in which
she was active.
Ulai, an outgoing, popular
junior, was a good student,
according to her stepfather,


Kenneth Gwiazda, who then
lived on Eglin Air Force Base.
She was also pretty. She had
won a beauty contest at the
King's Ball sponsored by the
Thai-American Association in
Fort Walton Beach. She had
taken modeling classes and mod-
eled for some of the stores in the
Santa Rosa Mall.
Ulai was helpful around the
house and close to her 11-year-
old half-brother, Mike.
She came to the U.S. from
Thailand at the age of 7, and con-
sequently was a year behind her
contemporaries in school.
Ulai was beginning to consid-
er going to college, and her fam-
ily was willing to make sacrifices


to see that she would.
She had arranged for her step-
father to pick her up after the
Students Against Drunk Driving
meeting that fateful afternoon.
When she didn't tumn up at the
pickup point, Gwiazda looked
for her unsuccessfully on school
grounds for about 30 minutes,
then returned home without her.
Ulai called later from her
boyfriend's house, and her step-
father advised her to get a friend
to drive her home. She phoned
several friends trying to find a
ride, but was unsuccessful.
At about 8 p.m. she walked to
a Majik Market convenience
store at Pahn Boulevard and John
Sims Parkway, where she was
last seen making a call from a
public phone.
Ulai's stepfather reported her
disappearance at 2:52 a.m. the
Acorin Nieil oito (OCSO investi-
gator Glenn) Barbarree, officials
initially treated Ulai's disappear-
ance as a simple missing-person
case, which means they suspect-
ed she was a runaway. After
looking for her for about two
weeks, however, Niceville police
concluded she was the victim of
foul play.
On Nov. 16, 1988, at about


2:28 p.m., a man collecting scrap
metal three miles south of
Crestview found Ulai's body in a
large cardboard box, about 100
yards off Highway 85.
Her fully clothed body was
tied up in a sheet, along with her
purse and schoolbooks. The box
also contained pillows and a
sleeping bag which, like the
sheet, were missing their labels.
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office this week
infonned Ulai's mother and step-
father, who currently reside out-
side of the U.S., of the grand jury
indictment. They say they have
waited a long time and are
blessed with the outcome. They
thanked all law enforcement who
continued investigating Ulai's
murder, saying it gave them new
hope.
McMaster-Wade will be
transferred from the Taylor
Correctional Institution in Perry,
to the Okaloosa County Jail in
Crestview where he will be
served with his indictment.
Ulai Soolaruetai was featured
in 2008 on the FDLE's Cold
Case Playing Cards, Deck No. 3,
which were distributed to 65,000
inmates in all 67 county jails and
to 141,000 supervised offenders
serving on state probation.


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mentary school at the end of that
school year. This year it is being
attended by students in pre-K,
kindergarten and the first grade.
"As budget constraints contin-
ue and less funding is available for
reading programs, classroom
assistants, andr icellin allogy to assist
individualized student learning for
struggling readers, FCAT scores
will continue to plateau,"
Okaloosa Superintendent Alexis
Tibbetts stated in her press release
Friday.
In Walton County, Freeport
Elementary slipped one grade
level for the second consecutive
year, dropping from a B to a C in
2009-2010. Freeport Middle once
again earned an A grade, its fifth
consecutive year with a top score.


SCHOOLS
From page A-1

elementaries. Valparaiso (649)
came next, followed by Destin
and Plew (each with 635). Then
came Hlorosa (597) and Edge
(582).
"We were ecstatic to eamn an A,
but also to have the most points for
an A," said Janet Norris, who is
entering her third full year as prin-
cipal at Bluewater.
"It certainly an honor and a
recognition that was hard-eamned,"
Norris added, "but we're continu-
ally looking for ways to improve.
We will be focusing this year on
improving our math scores."
Valparaiso ceased to be an ele-


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Arrests
Justin Wade Nolan, 25, of 130
3rd St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 31 on a mis-
demeanor charge of battery.

Tina Louise Hightower, 37, of
1858 Edge Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
29 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge related to a $40 bad
check.

Patricia Ann Belardino, 42,
1751 Thomas St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
31 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge related to a $31.35
bad check.

Matthew James Gagnor,
unemployed, 28, of 1509
Pinehurst Cove, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
29 on a misdemeanor charge of
worthless check, five counts.

Roxanne Joleen Smart, 28, of
109 Alden Drive, Fort Walton
Beach, was arrested by Niceville
police July 27 on a Santa Rosa
County child support enforcement
order.

Stephen Avery Rogers, unem-
ployed, 37, of 2512 N.E. Maddox
Chapel Road, Dalton, Ga., was
arrested by Niceville police July
27 on a Whitfield, Ga., warrant on
a felony violation of probation
charge.

Two 16-year-old Niceville
boys were arrested by Niceville
police July 27, each charged with
underage possession of alcohol.
The boys were observed by police
during a security check of a vacant
home sitting on a dock and drink-
ing an alcoholic beverage in the
backyard. One of the two boys
was also charged with possession
of a controlled substance without a
prescription after police observed
a single 7.5 mg hydrocodone pill
in the boy's wallet.

Anna Maria Dunham 32, of
1718 Maple Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
29 on misdemeanor charges of
domestic violence battery, crimi-
nal mischief and theft, and one


count of child abuse without great
harm.

Derrick D. Richardson, 28, of
1842 Shay Lin Court, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 31 on a violation of probation
charge on the original charges of
DUI and driving while license
suspended or revoked.
DUI arrests
Brian E. Hughes, 37, of 200
White St., #21, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Highway 20 and
Tamarack Avenue, July 31 at 4:35
a.m.

Lucas Jeremiah Simpliciano,
27, of 1402 23rd St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI at 719 N. Beal Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach, July 31 at 5:07
a.m.
Thefts
A Valparaiso resident from the
300 block of Okaloosa Avenue
reported that sometime Aug. 1-2
unknown persons) stole a wallet
from an unlocked vehicle parked
in the driveway. The victim said
there was no money in the wallet
but it did contain a $1,500 wed-
ding ring, a debit card, Social
Security card and a license.

A Valparaiso resident from the
200 block of Chicago Avenue
reported that sometime July 26-27
unknown persons) entered his
home while he was sleeping and
stole a .50-caliber muzzle loader
rifle, three pocket knives, two cell
phones without service and ciga-
rettes. The same resident subse-
quently reported that sometime
July 30-31 unknown persons)
entered the house while he was
napping and stole a bottle of pre-
scription medication containing
about 200 pills of diazepam.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of Crooked Creek
Cove reported that someone bur-
glarized her car and stole a cell
phone and wallet sometime July
28-29.

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John Sims Parkway, reported an
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did not look like the same age as
the woman who presented it, and
the suspect fled when the clerk
asked for her date of birth to com-
pare to the license. Police contact-
ed the Montgomery woman
whose license had been presented
and the woman said she assumed
she had lost it in Destin over the
July 4th weekend and had already
obtained a duplicate license.

A Niceville resident who dis-
covered her credit card was miss-
ing July 30 when she went to pur-
chase gas, notified police after she
went home, checked her bank sta-
tus on online and discovered her
credit card had been used several
times July 29 in Fort Walton
Beach and Destin. A total of $884
in fraudulent charges were made
on the card, which was also
declined at one store. The victim
reported that the last time she had
used the card was at a Niceville
restaurant July 28.

A Valparaiso man who bought
gas at a Seminole store, 4651 E.
Highway 20, July 24, dropped his
wallet as he walked into the store.
When the man came back out of
the store he realized that his wallet
was missing. As captured on sur-
veillance video, an individual in a
white, mid-size sedan with an
Alabama tag pulled beside the
dropped wallet, cracked the door
open instead of getting out of the
car, snatched the wallet off the
ground and departed the station.
The victim reported that the wallet
contained $50, a Social Security
Card, two bank cards, a driver's
license and miscellaneous IDs.
The victim canceled both bank
cards the next day.

A Niceville resident from the
700 block of Providence Way
reported that sometime July 19-20
unknown persons) stole a $500
satellite radio from the victim's
unlocked SUV.
A second Niceville resident,
also from the 700 block of
Providence Way, reported that
sometime July 18-20 unknown
persons) stole a golf bag and set
of clubs and other golfing equip-
ment from his unlocked truck
while it was parked in his drive-
way. The victim valued the stolen
items at $2,186.

A Niceville resident from the
600 block of St. Martin Cove
reported that sometime July 19-20
unknown persons) stole 15 music
DVDs from the victim's unlocked


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Most, but not all, Valparaiso
residents and businesses will
have to open their wallets wider
with passage Monday of a brand
new fee to pay for stormwater
improvements.
Higher fees for city-owned
cable service are also expected,
although a resolution asking for
increases was not ready for the
Aug. 9 city commission meet-
ing.
Valparaiso city commission-


ers Monday approved a resolu-
tion requiring most-but not
all-residents to pay a $1.75 per
month stormwater fee. The
brand new fee will be used to
maintain or improve drainage
systems around Valparaiso and
help the city meet expected new
state and federal water pollution
standards. Commercial property
owners will pay a multiple of
the residential stormwater rate
each month, depending on the
amount of impervious area on
each property.


Valparaiso's draft 2011 budg-
et has $50,000 for improved
stormwater drainage projects in
the upcoming budget year that
starts Oct. 1. That budget was
the basis for setting the city's
stormwater fee the first year.
The stormwater fee is based
on the average impervious sur-
face of residential property in
Valparaiso. Polyengineering, the
city's engineer, measured a sam-
ple of 112 residential properties
and calculated the average resi-
dential property contains 3,388
square feet of impervious sur-
face, area such as roofs, drive-
ways and patios that sheds
rather than absorbs stormwater.
Commercial rates will then
be set on a multiple of the aver-
age residential impervious area.
Roy Petrey, of
Polyengineering, said there are
220 residential properties and
six commercial properties
which do not contribute
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mission members, Tom Miller,
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exempted. Other property own-
ers can be exempted from the
new fee, but only if a profes-
sional engineer can verify that
all of the stormwater of a 100-
year-storm is retained on site.
Mayor Bruce Arnold and
Commissioner Neal Shermer
both suggested that no proper-
ties should be exempted, saying
that everyone would benefit
from improvements in the city's
storm drains. However, the fee
is legally a users fee, the city
attorney cautioned, and should
not be charged to property own-
ers who do not contribute
stormwater to city drains.
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A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Redwood Avenue
reported that sometime July 12-
13 unknown persons) entered
his apartment and stole a $1,100
laptop computer, a $600 electric
guitar and a $600 guitar foot
pedal.

A Niceville resident from the
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unlocked vehicle sometime June
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phone charger, a digital
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items. The husband discovered
the theft after he drove to
Jacksonville and opened the
trunk where the stolen items
valued at more than $3,000, had
been stored.

Sometime July 30-31
unknown persons) broke into a
soda machine at a Niceville
business, 796 E. John Sims
Parkway, and stole approxi-
mately $30 in currency and $50
in coin.

Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 100 block of Highland Street
reported that vandal(s) caused
more than $800 damage to a
1999 SUV sometime July 27-
28. Damage included several
scratches in the paint and in sev-
eral of the windows. The dam-
age appeared to have been
caused by several rocks that
were found on the ground.

Sometime July 27-28 van-
dal(s) broke an office window
with a rock at a Valparaiso busi-
ness in the 100 block of
Nordberg Avenue. Damage was
estimated at $350.

A Niceville resident from the
1600 block of Moore Street
reported that sometime June 28-
30 unknown persons) caused
an estimated $200 damage to a
window in the bedroom at the
back of the house. It appeared
that the window damage was
caused by a pellet from a BB
gun.
Other
Mason Garrett Riley, unem-
ployed, 18, of 2021 Maryann
Court, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Aug. 2 for underage
possession of alcohol.


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gust 8.
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Tee S treet............. ......................Medical..........................8/2/10 ................... 09:17
N. Partin Drive .................Medical.........................8/2/10. ......8/2 ...............11:34
Alan A Dale Drive ............M edical..................... 8/2/10 ......................15:02
Tee Street............ M edical........ ............8/3/10....................... 15:29
Reeves Street................M edical..........................8/4/10 ......................10:03
Cypress Street.................O their Fire......................8/4/10 ......................13:23
Evergreen Avenue...........Medical ... ............... 8/4/10 .....................20:37
23rd S treet.......................M edical..........................8/5/10 ......................06:39
Redwood Avenue ............Vehicle Crash................8/5/10 ......................14:43
Perdido Circle.................Medical...... ......... 8/5/10 .......8/..............19:38
E. John Sim s Pkwy..........M edical.. ................. 8/6/10 ......................04:52
E. John Sims Pkwy..........Medical.. ...............8/6/10 ......................05:33
Beverly Drive .................edical8/6/10...............8/6/10 ..............18:06
Crestview Avenue............Medical..... ............. 8/6/10. .......8/6..............19:02
N. Partin Drive ................. dical................... .. .8/7/10 ..............13:27
Bayshore Drive................ ...... ....Medical8/8/10 .......8/8/10 ...............11:30
E. John Sim s Pkwy..........M edical.. ................. 8/8/10 ......................17:54
Weekly Safety Tip: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recom-
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North Bay
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August 9.
Location Situation Date Time
Bluewater Boulevard .............Motor vehicle accident...............8/1/10.............05:51
Blue Pine Lane ...................... EMS excluding vehicle...............8/1/10.............16:32
Marina Cove Drive.................EMS excluding vehicle...............8/2/10.............06:05
Lake Drive.............................. EMS excluding vehicle...............8/2/10.............11:33
Cedar Street........................... Good intent call........................... 8/4/10.............00:20
Cypress Drive ........................ Dispatched canceled..................8/4/10.............13:25
Bay Drive.............................. Vehicle accident........................ 8/5/10.............14:15
North White Point Road ........Medical assist EMS...............8/6/10.............12:58
Merchants W ay.....................EMS excluding vehicle...............8/7/10.............05:13
Olde Post Road ..................... Medical assist EMS.................... 8/7/10.............07:06
W indrush Drive ......................EMS excluding vehicle...............8/7/10.............20:36
Springacres Cove ................ Dispatched canceled................8/8/10.............17:26
Chantilly Circle .......................Vehicle accident..........................8/8/10.............20:57
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billed for the new fee starting
with the next billing cycle.
Petrey will provide the billing
office with a list of the exempt-
ed properties.
Although a resolution raising
cable rates was not ready for
deliberation Monday, a rate hike
for the city's cable television
and digital communications
services is expected soon. The
city's cable service is an enter-
prise fund that is required by
law to be self-funded by user
fees.
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shop Burt Bennett, head of the
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upping the rate from $25.65 to
$29.50. He also said he expect-
ed the cost of high speed
Internet to go up by about 10
percent for the upcoming fiscal
year.
In June Valparaiso socked
the average residential water
and sewer user with a 14.8 per-
cent rate hike, effective retroac-
tively to May 15. That costs a
household using 7,000 gallons
per month an estimated $6.47
more per month. The rate hike
was needed, in part,
Commissioner Heyward Strong
said, to pay for a $30,000 deficit
in this year's water and sewer
fund and to pay for additional
sewage treatment costs at the
regional sewer plant used by
Valparaiso, Niceville and parts
of Okaloosa County.
Valparaiso charges a 10 per-
cent administrative charge on
top of all fees it charges, includ-
ing the stormwater fee, cable
services and water and sewer
payments.
On the other side of the
ledger, Valparaiso commission-
ers tentatively lowered the city's
property tax millage rate by 5.5
percent, from 4.1591 to 3.933
mills. That cut would save a
hypothetical homeowner-with
a home with a taxable value of
$100,000 after all deductions
have been taken-about $22.61
per year.
The tentative millage rate
could be reduced below 3.933
mills, but is unlikely to be raised
because to do so would require
the city to notify all property
owners in the city by first class
mail.
Public hearings on the 2011
budget are scheduled for Sept. 7
and 20, both at 5:30 p.m. in the
city commission chambers.

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NHS quickly finds new diamond coach


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
A month ago, Cory Hamrick
had no way of knowing he would
become the new baseball coach at
Niceville High School.
Turns out he was the right man
in the right place at the right time.
On the last Monday in June,
Brad Phillips informed Niceville
Principal Linda Smith that after
much soul searching, he had
decided to accept an assistant
coach's job at Troy University in
Alabama.
Smith knew there were less
than two weeks before the 2010-
2011 school year officially began.


FESTIVAL
From page A-1
Joe Nichols will delight the
crowds at this year's festival on
Saturday night, Oct. 16. A
Grammy-nominated baritone,
Nichols has accumulated three
No. 1 and seven Top-10 hits.
From the modem upbeat rhythm
of "Give Me That Girl" to the
lonesome blues of "It's Me I'm


MILLER
From page A-1

counties and an assistant to Coast
Guard Adm. Thad Allen when the
fatal oil rig explosion and the
resulting spill occurred. Now she
helps coordinate Coast Guard,
Eglin, and civilian efforts to deal
with the spill and its aftermath.
She began by thanking Eglin
officials for the base's support for
cleanup efforts, such as providing
personnel, equipment, and open-
ing otherwise restricted military
beaches to reconnaissance and
cleanup crews from the Coast
Guard, BP, and other recovery
agencies.
At the leak's greatest extent,
the spill covered about 460,000
square miles of the Gulf of
Mexico, and varying amounts of
oil washed up on about 750 miles
of shoreline, LaGuardia said.


Most of the inquiries that came in
during the next week were from
people who had either coaching
experience or teaching experi-
ence, but rarely both.
Hamrick was an exception. A
star center fielder at Birmingham
Southern, he had coached on the
high school and college levels,
and he had the credentials to teach
social studies.
So on July 31, Hamrick came
to town for his interview.
"During the interview he told
us how years ago he had gotten to
the point where he had to measure
the thrill of being a professional
(minor league) ballplayer against

Worried About," Nichols has
plenty of hits, including,
"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall
Off," "What's a Guy Gotta Do,"
"I'll Wait for You" and "If
Nobody Believed in You."
On Sunday South Carolinian
Josh Turner will entertain festi-
val goers with his deep, soulful
voice. "Why Don't We Just
Dance," became the debut single
from Turner's fourth studio
album, "Haywire." Several local

More than 40,000 people took part
in the response, and the number of
civilian "vessels of opportunity"
helping to find and collect oil
exceeded the combined total num-
ber of vessels in the Coast Guard
and the Navy.
Responders have been working
on land, sea, and in the air since
the spill to locate and remove oil
from the water and shores, she
said.
Much has been learned from
the oil spill, LaGuardia said, and
"Okaloosa and Walton counties
have been quite lucky," in that
local beaches were affected less
heavily than those to the west,
especially in Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana.
In Okaloosa and Walton, she
said, most of the impact came
from sporadic arrivals of tar balls
and occasional sheets of oil.
Rumors of tar balls and other oil
found in Choctawhatchee Bay, she


0.turie


Joan G. Corbitt
1932-2010
Joan G. Corbitt, 78, of
Niceville, passed away on
Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in
Pensacola, Fla., surrounded
by her family.
Mrs. Corbitt was a
devout Catholic and very
active in the church, Elks
Lodge, and Amvets. She
was a member of Beta
Sigma Phi, volunteered for
numerous organizations,
and traveled the world
extensively during her early
life.
She is survived by her
loving husband, Billy S.
Corbitt of Niceville; three
sons, William B. Corbitt
and wife Micheline of
Niceville, James E. Corbitt
and wife Lacy of Choctaw
Beach and Kenneth C.
Corbitt of Niceville; daugh-
ter, Patricia C. Corbitt of
Niceville; brother, Frederick
C. Spuhler of Fishkill, N.Y;
and sister, Marion C.
Nicholson of
Hendersonville, N.C. She is
also survived by four grand-
children, Kelly C. Corbitt of
Athens, Ga., Brandon C.
Corbitt of Niceville, Shelby
E. Corbitt and Anderson J.
Corbitt, both of Choctaw
Beach.
There will be a time of
visitation on Wednesday,
Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at
Heritage Gardens Funeral
Home. Funeral services will
be held on Thursday, Aug.
12, at 10 a.m. at Holy Name
of Jesus Catholic Church.
Interment will follow in
Heritage Gardens
Cemetery.
You may go online to
offer condolences to the
family and sign the guest-
book at heritagegardensfu-
neralhome.com. Heritage
Gardens Funeral Home of
Niceville is entrusted with
the arrangements.


Donathan
1961-2010
Vincent L. Donathan
passed away in West
Florida Hospital,
Pensacola, Fla., on July
10, 2010. He formerly
lived in Niceville, Fla. He
worked locally and also
spent 10 years in Air
Force, and was a disabled
veteran.
He is survived by his
father, grandmother, two
daughters, one brother,
six sisters, and four
grandchildren, all in
Ohio. Companions were
Macey, Peanut, Jet, and
special friend, John
Mutchler. He had full mil-
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Ashtabulan, Ohio.


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the opportu-
nity to get
into some-
thing that
would make
a difference
in the lives
of kids,"
Smith
recalled.
"He has a
knowledge Cory Hamrick
of people and what motivates peo-
ple," Smith added. "he combines
teaching, baseball and life experi-
ences."
And, it would appear, a strong
work ethic. After being offered the

churches will perform Sunday
afternoon before Turner.
The Boggy Bayou Mullet
Festival also features the highest
quality fine art and home hand-
crafts and a staggering array of
food concessions. A Children's
Stage will also present clown
and magic shows and cartoon
characters will delight the
youngsters.
The same as last year, daily
admission to the festival is $10,

said, proved to be false when
response crews checked out such
reports and discovered that the
"oil" reported in the bay was actu-
ally naturally-occurring material
that looked like oil until examined
closely.
Currently, the commander
said, local response crews are
being "right-sized," or reduced,
as the threat of oil recedes. Since
the underwater oil leak was
stopped after months of effort,
the amount of oil on the surface
of the Gulf has shrunk by more
than 72 percent, said LaGuardia.
Seward said that according to
NOAA reports, most of the oil
has either been burned or col-
lected by skimming crews, evap-
orated, been consumed by
microorganisms, or been dis-
persed and weathered away after
treatment with dispersant chemi-
cals. The oil spill, Seward said,
has all but disappeared and is
expected to be completely gone
in the near future.
Seward said rumors of large
amounts of remaining oil, float-
ing in underwater plumes or
lying on the bottom, killing
aquatic life, are no more than
"urban legend," and that the
combination of human effort and
nature are in fact eliminating the
oil. He said BP is funding scien-
tific studies to determine just
how nature deals with oil spills,
and to determine how best to
improve preventive measures
and response procedures to pre-
vent such disasters in the future.
"Things are falling into
place," he said, to get Eglin
ready for the arrival of 59 F-35


job and accepting on that weekend
visit, Hamrick had plenty of catch-
ing up to do.
On the night before classes
began last week, Smith found
Hamrick still working at 7 p.m.
"He was here making sure his
classroom and his lessons were
ready," Smith said. "That speaks
volumes."
For his part, Hamrick said his
interviewers "looked me dead in
the eye and gave me their expecta-
tions. The opportunity was so
attractive because of the tradition
of the school, the expectations to
win and the support of the admin-
istration."

while children under the age of
12 are still admitted free. The
festival opens Friday, Oct. 15, at
11 a.m. Saturday the Mullet
Festival opens at 9 a.m. and on
Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Mullet Festival is held at
the intersection of Highway 85
North and College Boulevard.
For detailed information on
entertainers and other activities
visit cityofniceville.org and click
on the link to the Mullet Festival.

fighter planes and the multi-
service training wing that will
maintain and fly them. He said
the first planes are expected to
arrive in November.
If Republicans succeed in
gaining a majority in the House
of Representatives in this
November's elections, "I could
become the chairman of the
Veterans Affairs Committee," he
said, which would enable Miller
to do more to help military vet-
erans.
During a question-and-
answer session, Miller was
asked by the Beacon, "When
America wins the war in
Afghanistan, how will we
know?"
"We have already won," the
congressman replied.
Miller said that the war has
proceeded in two main phases.
In the first, the U.S. invaded
Afghanistan and "kicked the
Taliban out." Then, however, the
U.S. focused its attention on
Iraq, allowing the Taliban to
regain strength and influence in
Afghanistan.
Now, Miller said, "We have
put a strong focus on
Afghanistan," with about
150,000 troops conducting
offensive operations against
insurgents, while also helping to
build up and train Afghan forces
and establish a stable, democrat-
ic government there.
"We've won the war," Miller
said. "Now we're trying to keep
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Searching For And Cleaning Up The Oil
You may have heard that oil is no longer flowing into the Gulf. But every morning our
spotter planes and helicopters continue to search for oil off the coast, heading to areas
previously mapped with satellite imagery and infrared photography. If oil is found, they
radio down to the ships and boats of all sizes that are supporting the cleanup effort
and working to collect the oil. These are local shrimping and fishing boats organized
into task forces and strike teams, plus specialized skimmers mobilized from around
the world.

We have recovered more than 35 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 millions of feet of boom to protect beaches and sensitive
wildlife areas.

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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
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We have already spent more than $3.9 billion responding to the spill and on the
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Young musicians


compete for cash












NORTHWEST LOR IDA
SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
k efO Cwdanft comlltrle


The 24th Annual Concerto
Competition for students of
orchestral instruments, key-
board, and voice who are age
23 years or younger is under
way.The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra Guild
and the Mattie Kelly Fine &
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State
College are sponsors.
Students compete for prize
money and the opportunity to
perform with the Northwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra
in a live concert Feb. 25.
Awards and prize money will
be presented to the winners at
the concert. Awards are $500
for the Junior Division win-
ner, $1,000 for the Senior
Division winner, and $1,500
for the College Division win-
ner.
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra per-
forms in residence at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center on
the Niceville campus of NWF
State College and is under the


baton of conductor Jeffrey
Rink. The orchestra has per-
formed each season since
1987 and sponsors numerous
educational endeavors such as
the Concerto Competition.
The Junior Division of the
competition is open to stu-
dents up to eighth grade;
Senior Division is for stu-
dents in grades nine through
12; and College Division
competition is open to under-
graduates aged 23 or younger.
Application materials are
available now. Applications
and contest rules are available
online at nfsymphony.org or
at the Fine Arts Office of
Northwest Florida State
College in Niceville. For
more information, call 729-
5382. Completed applications
must be postmarked by Sept.
15 to be considered.
After the initial screening,
applicants are selected to par-
ticipate in a live audition. All
applicants will be notified by
phone or e-mail no later than
Please see YOUNG, page B-3


The 2010-11 Raider Rhythms Dance Ensemble, from left: back row, Natalie Fowler, Ashley
Gaston (captain), Krissy Stepson and Alexis Tringas; middle row, Katie Jones, Brittany
McCoy, Roxanne Curtis, Allyson Johnson and Karla Zaldivar; front row, Candace Isaacs-
Captain, Shaniquia Anthony, Amy Toole and Lizzy Wilson.


Niceville pair among


college team dancers


The Raider Rhythms
dance ensemble of
Northwest Florida State
College has released the
names of the 13 dancers,
including two from
Niceville, selected through
audition for the 2010-11 per-
formance year. The Raider
Rhythms are now in their
19th season at the college
and are under the direction
of Joseph Taylor, NWFSC
assistant professor of dance.
Selected were: Katie


Jones and Lizzy Wilson of
Niceville; Roxanne Curtis,
Natalie Fowler, Krissy
Stepson, Amy Toole, Alexis
Tringas and Karla Zaldivar,
Fort Walton Beach; Candace
Isaacs, Navarre; and
Shaniquia Anthony, Ashley
Gaston, Allyson Johnson and
Brittany McCoy, Shalimar.
All Raider Rhythms
dancers receive an NWFSC
scholarship. The group per-
forms primarily jazz and hip-
hop at the college's basket-


ball games and participates
in dance enhanced produc-
tions such as Dance Facets
and the college's
Soundsations Show Choir.
The students selected also
have the opportunity to study
with guest artists and to eval-
uate their work and the work
of others.
For information about the
dance program and other
dance opportunities at the
college, call Joseph Taylor at
729-6036.


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SAVANNAH COLoLEGE of ART d DSI to the
dean's list at the Savannah
College of Art and Design for
the spring quarter 2010:
Mo Dao of Niceville, a
fibers major seeking a bache-
lor of fine arts degree.
Sarah Jihae Lee of
Niceville, a fashion major
seeking a bachelor of fine
Arts degree.
Taylor Anne Tiahrt of
Niceville, who is an anima-
tion major seeking a bachelor
of fine arts degree.
Aline Guimaraes Lopes
Worn of Niceville, who is a
broadcast design major and is
seeking a bachelor of fine
arts degree.
Full-time undergraduate
students who earn a grade
point average of 3.5 or above
for the quarter receive recog-
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named a Presidential Scholar
by the Peach Belt
Conference, an NCAA
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awarded student-athletes
based on their GPA for the
academic year 2009-2010.
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Flagler College, St.
Augustine, where she is
majoring in communication,
and is a


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women s
golf


IA U


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Peach Belt Conference
women's golf tournament
championship in April, at
Callaway Gardens. Marissa is
a 2009 graduate of Niceville
High School.


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The Niceville High
School JV and varsity
cheerleaders, coached by
Lisa Jones, Megan
McCall and Amanda
Moore, recently returned
from a Universal
Cheerleaders Association
summer camp at the
University of Central
Florida in Orlando.
The NHS Cheerleaders
earned the following


awards :
-Camp Champs-
Both JV and varsity teams
competed on the last day
of camp with an extreme
routine that they learned
during the week.
Technical skills as well as
the ability to lead the
crowd are judged to select
the winner. Both teams
scored first place in their
divisions.


-Home Pom Routine-
Varsity won first place
and JV won second place
in their division
--All American: varsi-
ty, Francesca Pugliese and
JV, Aubrey Joy Obrien
--Spirit Stick Winner-
Presented to the squads
showing the most sincere
spirit and enthusiasm
throughout the entire
week at camp.


The Niceville High School varsity cheerleaders are, from left: back, Taylor Casal, Abby Mliller,
Kayln Worsham, Lauren Corley, Brittney French and Courtney Testa; middle, coach Lisa Jones,
Mlorgan Strickland, Kathryn Kilbey, Francesca Pugliese, Peyton Snyder, Chandlelyn Wilson and
coach Mlegan MlcCall; front, Sarah Pruitt, Hannah Harper, Mlolly Schladenhauffen, Jaclyn Daley
and Jenny Herndon.


The NHS junior varsity cheerleaders are, from left: back, Mladison Grigg, Shelby Howell, Bobbi
Fitzgerald, Emma Salsgiver and Aubrey-Joy Obrien; middle, Kristi Summerlin, Kalee Keener,
Jessica King and Carly Frey; front, Savannah Mlikulcik, Victoria Kashouty and Rebekah Frisbee.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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Page B-3


White Point home to 100-year-old artifact


The navigation marker is nondescript within the sand at White Point.


By David Vardaman
On a recent beach trip to
White Point recreation area by
the Mid-Bay Bridge, I hap-
pened to notice what looked to
be an old piece of plumbing
pipe embedded in the sand
about 20 yards from the tip of
the peninsula. To my wonder-
ment, the object was actually
some form of navigation mark-
er intentionally set in place
some time ago, like the year
1910!
The engraved circular label
read "U.S. Coast & Geodetic
Survey Triangulation Station.
White Pt 2. 1910." What in the
world does that mean? After
some online research via
Google Book Search the mark-
er's clue reveals the story.
The U.S. Department of
Commerce commissioned a
coastal geographical survey of
western Florida from the
southern tip of the Florida
mainland at Cape Sable all the
way to the Alabama state line.
The final survey was published


YOUNG
From page B-1
Oct. 1 regarding their partici-
pation in the live audition.
Live auditions will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Tyler
Recital Hall of the Mattie
Kelly
Arts Center at NWF State
College's Niceville Campus.
All applicants are required to
provide their own accompanist
for the competition.
The orchestra's "Stars of


in 1913 and outlines the specif-
ic location of 1,150 "triangula-
tion stations." These stations
provided "the engineer and the
geographer the positions of a
large number of points deter-
mined trigonometrically"
which could be used as a base-
line for further surveys (land or
otherwise).
The report lists our station
as:
"White Point 2 Walton
County GHR 1910. On White
Point on the north side of
Choctawhatchee Bay 100
paces from the extremity of the
point to the south 58 paces
from mean high water mark to
the east and 52 paces from
mean high water mark to the
west."
According to the final
report, if the surveyor could
not recover the original marker
due to changes in the surround-
ing topography, a new station
in the same vicinity was estab-
lished.
Apparently a station was


Tomorrow" concert on Feb. 25
will feature certain winners of
the Concerto Competition as
part the program. "The
Concerto Competition win-
ners are always truly stunning
and this event is one of the
favorites of our NFSO
patrons," said Rink.
The Mattie Kelly Arts
Center is located on the
Niceville campus of NWF
State College at 100 College
Boulevard and is easily acces-
sible via Interstate 10, U.S.


established in 1872 but the
marker could not be relocated,
which reveals why our station
is known as "White Pt 2."
Okaloosa County wasn't estab-
lished until 1915 so the refer-
ence is "Walton County," based
on the surveyor's visit in 1910.
And the letters "GHR" rep-
resent the initials of the actual
surveyor. If you walk the spec-
ified paces from the marker
you will notice how the shore-
line topography has changed
over the past 100 years.
While much has changed in
our local area since 1910, the
marker at White Point has
withstood the test of time.
Though White Point is obvi-
ously more than 100 years old,
we can celebrate how some
aspects of the area remain rela-
tively unchanged.
[The author is a local
Bluewater Bay resident.]
(A portion of this article
was taken from an uncopy-
righted digitized copy of the
report.)


Highway 285 and Highway
85.


This navigation marker extends 100 years into the past, to 1910.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


sor is Rocky Bayou Christian School.
Chamber members, their guests, and
prospective members are invited to
attend.
Hike Pensacola
Join the Florida Trail Association
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m. for a hike
in downtown Pensacola with dinner
following.
Info: 207-7390 or choctaw.florida
trail.org.
Meteor shower outing
The Northwest Florida Astronomy
Association (NWFAA), a local astron-
omy club, will host a public stargaze
and Perseid meteor shower watch at
the Northwest Florida State College
Niceville campus Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m.
The free event will be held on the pub-
11c safety driving range on the west
side of the Niceville campus.
Participants should enter the campus
through the athletic entrance and fol-
low the west perimeter road to the
driving range. Bring lawn chairs, blan-
kets, and mosquito repellent. Info:


Tony Russo, 974-8544, or e-mail
russoa@nwfsc.edu .
Falling Waters State Park
Join the Florida Trail Association
Friday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 15, for a
weekend at Falling Waters State Park.
Info: 434-8861 or choctaw.florida
trail.org.
Female pirates lecture
The city of Fort Walton Beach
Heritage Park and Cultural Center will
sponsor a free lecture Friday, Aug. 13,
noon, inside the Indian Temple
Mound Museum. IX.Amy Mitchell-
Cook, a professor of history at the
University of West Florida, will deliv-
er a presentation titled "Women
Sailors: Pirates, Soldiers and Saviors."
Pancake breakfast
Venture Crew 52 will serve pan-
cakes, sausage and juice from 8:30 to
11 a.m. atAMVETS Post 78, Valastics
Avenue, Valp raso Satualay, Aug. 14.

support youth activities. Info:
678-8014.
Genealogists to meet
The members of the Genealogical
Society of Okaloosa County will hold
their monthly meeting Saturday, Aug.
14, 10 a.m., at the Heritage Museum,
115 Westview Drive, Valparaiso.
The speaker will be GSOC mem-
ber Hilma J ns whose topic is "We


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Games begin Sept. 4. Info: OMBL.org
or 864-PLAY(7529).
Nature program at parks
The Department of Environmental
Protection's Fred Gannon Rocky
Bayou State Park and Henderson
Beach State Park will have a wildlife
presentation Saturday, Aug. 14, and
Thursday, Aug.
19, respectively,
11-11:30 a.m. The
Emerald Coast
W H ies Refug
rehabilitated wildlife. Learn about the
fascinating critters that are here in the
local area as refuge officials teach you
what they eat, where they live and how
they survive in the wild. The events
are free to the public with paid park
entrance fee.
Hospice seeks volunteers
Covenant Hospice is seeking indi-
viduals who are interested in making a
difference in the hives of patients and
families facing end-of-life issues and
in supporting the organization. A vol-
unteer workshop will be held from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the
Niceville Covenant Hospice branch
office, 1101 Hart St. The workshop is
free and open to the public. Food and
drinks will be provided.
Grief support group
Covenant Hospice will offer a six-
week grief support group in Niceville
at the First Uinited Mthodist Church,
beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18. To
register, call Chris Krebs at 729-1800
ext. 263.
Downtown Pensacola hike
Jomn the Florida Trail Association
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6p.m., for ahike
in downtown Pensacola with dinner
following.
Please see CALENDAR, page B-5


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Info: 682-6098 or choctaw.florida
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with registration on Sunday, Aug. 15,
and Sunday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m. at the
Twin Oaks baseball field, Niceville.
These sessions will be for both the 18-
and-over and 30-and-over divisions.
The Twin Oaks Baseball Field is
located on HWY 85 North, just north
of College Boulevard. The final day
of registration is Sunday, Aug. 22.


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Ex-representative to speak
Former Congresswoman Pat
Schroeder will be the keynote speaker
at the Democratic Women's Club's
2010 annual dinner honoring
women's suffrage, 6 p.m., Aug. 19

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and serve on the House Armed


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Services Committee.
Call 678-1561 or 864-3148.
Murder mystery presented
A sral killer ho se to h v
an obs sion with the nameemMarya i
on the loose in a convent where six
women named Mary are staying. To
fmnd out what happens to the Marys
gosee the tage Gafters pel olm n

Aug. 20-22 and 27-29. Evening per-
formances begin at 7:30 and weekend
matinees are 2 p.m. Tickets ($15) go
on sale two weeks before opening
night and can be purchased at: Bayou
Books, Niceville: Dowd Title Gmoup,
LLC, Destin: Connect With Flowers,


Shalimar: PS Gifts, Fort Walton
Beach: and at all Century 21 offices in
Navarre and Okaloosa and Walton
counties. Performances are held at the
Munic wa yuirum W1to6 eMhiracle

Info, e-mail: executiveboard@stage-
crafters.com or visit Web site stage-
crafters.net. '"Murder Can Be Habit-
Folming" is directed by Jean Starkey
and Don Hood.
Freedom Rally in August
A U.S. Constitution Freedom
Rally, featuring Fox News contributor
and Hannity guest Brigitte Gabriel, is
slated for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21'
at the Emerald Coast Conference


Center, Okaloosa Island.
The rally, organized by the
Navarre Tea Party Patriots, is a
fundraiser for local fishermen, their
families and theWN val Speciae

SFoundation, as
well as an educa-
tional forum to
meet candidates
running for office
and to call attention to the U.S.
Constitution and raise awareness on

Tickets are $20 per person. Checks
may be made out and mailed to: Geoff
Ross Freedom Account, 2827
Sherwood Drive, Navarre FL 32566.


Enclose a self-addressed-stamped
envelope. Info: 313-1893 or e-mail
seniorchief ross usn ret@hotmail.
com.
Host families sought
Rocky Bayou Christian School m
Niceville is looking for Christian fam-
ilies living in Okaloosa County to host
an international suedeent Su et

China, Germany, South Korea,
Tunisia and Austria.
Students stay with their host fami-
ly for 10 months, and there is a month-
ly stipend that will help with expenses.
Info: 729-7227, ext. 375, or e-mail
williamsd@rbes.org.


Cantorum auditions set
Auditions will be held Aug. 23 and
30, 6:30 p.m., for additional members
for Northwest Florida State College's
S hol Ca torum, tra slated school of

Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center, building J, moom 312 on
the NWFSC Niceville Campus. There
are limited number of openings in the
soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections
of the group. Auditions can be
arranged by calling the directo/2006h~n

Individuals should be able to read
music.

Please see EVENTS, page B-6


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rent, $475 deposit
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Symphony chorus auditions
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Chorus announces that auditions and
registration for the 2010 2011 sea-
son will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24,
6:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of
the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing
Arts Center at Northwest Florida State
College in Niceville.
The Symphony Chorus, under the
direction of Lois Van Dam, performs
with the Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra, the re in's peir o-
fessional orche ta. et reheagos
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Info: vandaml@nwfsc.edu or at
(850) 729-6009.
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 selling their work. The
festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay
Rotary Club, will be 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.
AARP driver safety course
The Niceville Public Library will
hold an AARP Driver Safety Course
Tuesday, Aug. 24, and Wednesday
Aug. 25. The eight-hour, two-da
course will take place in the Niceville
Community Center at 204 N. Partin
Drive, next door to the library. The
cost is $12 per person for AARP
members or $14 for non-members.
Register at the Niceville Library
Reference Desk. Info: Lora,
729-4090.


Cheerleaders for charity
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m.,
Chick-Fil-A in Destin will host the
Destin Middle School Cheerleaders
for a Spirit Night. They will donate l5
percent of their food sales to the DMS
Cheer team. Please come out to meet
the DMS Cheerleaders, Spin the
Wheel to win prizes and meet the
Chick-Fil-A mascot.
Tea Party meetings
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party (a non-partisan, non-profit group
of concerned citizens) meets at


Niceville City Hall the second and
fourth Mondays of each month at 6
p.m. The Tea Party is a local group of
concerned citizens with goal of hold-
ing 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.
Schroeder at Dem dinner
Congresswoman Pat Schroeder
will be the keynote speaker at the
Democratic Women's Club's Annual
Dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort on


Okaloosa Island.
Schroeder served in the U.S.
House of Representatives from 1973
to 1997. She will
have limited
number of her
books available
for purchase and
autographing. Her
husband, James
Schroeder, will also be doing a book
signing for his book, "Confessions of
a Political Spouse."
For tickets, please contact
678-1561 or 864-3148.


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Advertising Feature
As late summer starts to
become early autumn, local car
owners face two problems -
maintaining their car during the
intense heat of a Florida August,
while preparing for holiday trips
during Labor Day, Columbus
and Veterans Day, and even
Thanksgiving. That's why it's so
important to keep your car in
good condition, especially
before setting out on a long hol-
iday trip. You don't want your
car to break down halfway
between "Over the River" and
"Through the Woods."
Repairing, or better yet, pre-
venting car problems is literally
a labor of love for Twin Cities
Transmission owner Adam
Marthis and his fiancee, Brandy
Pirc. Working together helps the
young couple share time togeth-
er while helping customers.
Twin Cities Transmission
offers complete service for your
whole car, as well as specialty
care for your transmission;
something not all auto repair
shops can offer.
"The transmission system of
a car or truck includes every-
thing between the engine and
the wheels," explained Adam,
"and is actually a complex sys-
tem of systems, including gears,
axles, differentials, electronic
components, and everything
else that enables the power of
the engine to be applied evenly
and correctly to the wheels "
Repairing or rebuilding a broken
transmss osn systern, tw5 tado

$3,000, and is a serious matter
for a vehicle owner.
That, said Adam, is why such
work is best done by someone
who has specialized training
and equipment; who can do the
job right the first time, ensuring
that what gets fixed stays fixed.
The best solution to car prob-
lems, Adam said, is to avoid
them. Get your vehicle inspect-
ed and fluids changed every
thirty to fifty thousand miles,
and promptly report suspected
problems. Sooner or later, how-
ever, every vehicle ages to the
point that serious repair is


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Twin Cities Transmission enjoys a secluded but busy location at 610 Elm Street in Niceville, just north of
John Sims Parkway and west of Partin Drive.


needed.
The owner must then decide
whether to repair or replace the
vehicle. "If you like the car
enough to keep it another cou-
ple of years," said Adam, "it's

worPhere ino that we're hon-
est, and that we're the best at
what we do," said Brandy. "We
offer a three year, hundred thou-
sand mile warranty on most
remanufactured transmissions
and remanufactured engines."
Twin Cities Transmission is at
610 Elm Street in Niceville, just
north of John Sims Parkway
and west of Partin Drive. Call
them at 850-729-6629, fax them
at 729-1529, or e-mail them at
brandy@tct.gccoxmail.com.
Stop by for a visit, and when
Brandy greets you with her
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