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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: September 8, 2010
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Coordinates: 30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )
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CoMI,
Wednesday. 9 a.m.
The Valparaiso Garden
Club will hold its first
meeting of
the season at
the
Valparaiso
Community
Library. Refreshments will
be served at 9 a.m. and the
business meeting will
begin at 9:30.
Emily Peterson from the
Garden Gate Nurseries at
Gulf Breeze will
demonstrate container
plantings using vegetable
and flower combinations.
Info: 729-3160.
Wednesday, noon
Shannon Hayes, presi-
dent of the Carver-Hill
Museum in Crestview, will
speak at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest
Florida. Bring a sack
lunch.
HERITAGE To
Reserve
a seat
call:
678-2615, or go to: her-
itage-museum.org
Saturday. II a.m.
Fred Gannon Rocky
Bayou State Park will host
a reading of the popular
children's book "The
Salamander Room" at the
Red Cedar Pavilion in the
day use area. Pack a picnic
lunch and bring the family.
Park
entrance
fees will be
waived for
visitors who
bring a
library card, library book,
or who donate a new or
gently used family book.
Info: 833-9144.
Tuesday. 6:30-8:45 p.m.
English as a Second
Language and Citizenship
classes Tuesdays, 6:30-
8:45 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, Haigler Center,
622 Bayshore Drive,
Niceville, 678-4621. New
students should come at 6
p.m. to register for classes.
For more information call
Glenda Marcus at 678-
7568.

Calendar, B-7.
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Man was jailed after state lab cleared him


Retiree's heart pills

mistaken for cocaine


By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
Something George Funti
dropped while working out at a
local gym landed him in jail,
charged with possession of an
illegal drug.
Cocaine, a sheriff's field test
indicated.
Prescription medicine, Funti
maintained.
Nothing illegal, a state lab


later concluded.
So the charge was dropped.
But not before Funti spent
three nights in jail, even though
the state lab had cleared him
more than a month before his
arrest.
Now, after finally winning
dismissal of the charge, Funti is
still trying to figure out what
Please see JAILED, page A-7


7George Funti with pre-
16 Iscription tablets he car-
ries for a heart condi-
tion. Earlier this year he
lost some of them, in
Powder form, leading
to his arrest on a drug
charge, later dropped
as unfounded.


Beacon photo
by Thomas Monigan





Fire district


considers paying


commissioners


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
When East Niceville Fire
District commissioners meet
tonight, they
plan to dis-
cuss paying
themselves
each as .
much as
$500 a
month.
The five-
member
elected gov- Mike
eming board Marcolongo
of the East Niceville Fire District
has served without pay since it
was founded in 1976.


Commission Chairman Mike
Marcolongo proposed the salary,
or "honorarium," July 19.
"I've been doing this for more
than 30 years," said Marcolongo,
a founding commissioner of the
district. "Each year Tallahassee
requires more and more informa-
tion, and more and more of my
time to meet their requirements."
Marcolongo said it may be
time for commissioners, at least
"those who go out of our way to
do stuff," to be paid for their time
and effort. He identified his own
job as chairman, and that of the
treasurer, as two posts that parti-
Please see DISTRICT, page A-3


Shoplifting case


takes violent turn


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A shoplifting incident at a
Niceville supermarket involving
the theft of
matches
turned vio-
lent, result-
ing in the
arrest of two
men on
felony
charges,
according to
Niceville
police. Steven Todd
John Bullard
Kennedy Baublitz, 43, of 69
Aspen St., Freeport (Choctaw


Beach), was arrested by Niceville
police Aug. 29 on a felony charge
of aggravat-
ed battery,
according to
a police
department
report.
Steven
Todd
Bullard, 42,
of 1907
Benton Ave., John Kennedy
Niceville, John Kennedy
Niceville, Baublitz
was arrested
Aug. 29 on a felony charge of
possession of listed chemicals
with intent to manufacture a con-
Please see VIOLENT, page A-3


Many not ready for



college, test indicates


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
College-entrance exam results
show Twin Cities high school
students are better prepared for
collegiate success than their peers
across the state and the nation.
However, although improving,
most students in Okaloosa
County public schools are not
ready for college science courses,
according to 2010 results of the
ACT test, one of two major
exams administered nationwide
to students considering college.
The ACT achievement tests
evaluate high school students in
four subjects: English, math,
reading and science. Testing also
yields a composite score based on
all four exams. Maximum score
on any given test, or the compos-
ite, is 36.
ACT Inc., of Iowa City, Iowa,
the organization that produces
and scores the test, provided high


schools with college -readiness
"benchmarks." Benchmarks, the
company said, are scores on the
ACT subject tests that represent
the level of achievement required
for students to have a 50 percent
chance of obtaining a "B" or
higher, or a 75 percent chance of


a "C" or higher, in certain first-
year college courses. The cours-
es are: English composition, col-
lege algebra, an introductory
social-science course (for read-
ing), and biology.
Please see MANY, page A-5


Residents homeless in fire


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
State investigator Lt. Tommy Barron searches for evidence in the aftermath of a three-alarm
fire in a Niceville apartment building Tuesday. The blaze was blamed on a carelessly discard-
ed cigarette. Two firefighters were slightly injured. All occupants escaped safely, but at least
eight must find somewhere else to live. Story, A-4.


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Summer's last hurrah

On Labor Day, Twin Cities residents took advantage of clear, warm weather to celebrate the
unofficial "last day" of summer. Activities included kayaking at sunset at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso.


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A proposed $90 million mili-
tary exchange complex outside
Eglin Air Force Base's West Gate
is dead, according to Army & Air
Force Exchange Service
(AAFES) officials.
"Financial and recent man-
power decisions specific to Eglin
AFB have prompted the Army &
Air Force Exchange Service to
reevaluate plans in western
Florida," said Judd Anstey,
AAFES public relations manag-
er.
"As a result, the exchange has
reengaged its master planning
process to determine the format
that would be best for Eglin
going forward," he said.
"Amenities and facilities will be
further defined during this
process, but there are currently no
plans to pursue a Lifestyle Center


AAFES
Artist's conception of a government-owned "lifestyle" shop-
ping center and BX proposed in 2008 for land outside the main
gate of Eglin Air Force Base. The plan has been dropped,
according to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.


concept at Eglin AFB."
In 2008 AAFES had proposed
building a "lifestyle" shopping
center outside Eglin's main gate.
Anchored by a 180,000- to
200,000-square-foot Base
Exchange at one end, another
major establishment such as a


first-run movie theater at the
other end, and a "Main Street-
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restaurants and other outlets. The
proposed shopping center was
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ended without injury about 5:30
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response teams fired tear gas into
a home at 308 Glen Ave.,
Valparaiso, and then arrested the
occupant.
Jeffrey Dean Smilie, 50, was
charged with two counts of
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Page A-3


DISTRICT
From page A-1

cularly require extra time.
Paying all five commissioners
the $500 monthly maximum
allowed by state law would cost
taxpayers $30,000 a year.
Fire commissions are also
elected to serve by residents of 11
other self-governing fire districts
in unincorporated areas of
Okaloosa County. All 12 districts
levy property taxes to fund their
fire and rescue departments.
Of the 11 other fire districts in
Okaloosa County, three pay their
commissioners. The Destin Fire
Control District and the Ocean
City-Wright Fire Control District


VIOLENT
From page A-1

trolled substance, and misde-
meanor charges of petit theft,
resisting property recovery by a
retail merchant and possession of
drug paraphernalia, according to a
police report. Bullard's address
when he was booked in the


pay commissioners $500 a month.
The North Okaloosa County
Fire District pays commissioners
$250 a month, except for the treas-
urer, who gets $500, according to
Will Reeves, chairman.
None of the three Okaloosa fire
districts that pay commissioners
provides them a pension plan or
health insurance. Neither were
such benefits proposed by
Marcolongo in East Niceville.
In Walton County, the South
Walton Fire Control District-
with five fire stations and 90 paid
fil liighl i--has seven commis-
sioners who are either paid $500 a
month, or may enroll in their
employees' medical insurance
plan. Five take the money, while
two take the insurance, according

Okaloosa County Jail was given
as 69 Aspen St., Freeport.
Arrest reports from Niceville
police gave the following
account:
About 8:40 p.m., Bullard was
allegedly observed taking nine
boxes of matches and fleeing the
Food Depot store, 1015 W. John
Sims Parkway, without paying.
A male store employee pursued


to the district.
Walton County also has a
county-paid fire department that
covers unincorporated areas north
of Choctawhatchee Bay, including
Choctaw Beach and Villa Tasso.
This department is governed by
the Walton County Commission,
not an independent district, and is
funded through countywide prop-
erty taxes.
No decision was made about
pay by East Niceville fire com-
missioners during a meeting July
19, but they authorized
Marcolongo to advertise that the
issue would be discussed tonight
at 7:30 p.m. during a public meet-
ing at the firehouse, 1709 27th St.,
Niceville.
Tonight is also first of two pub-

Bullard and wrestled with him in
the parking lot. Bullard broke
free and got into a waiting car, a
gold Saturn, and told the driver,
Baublitz, to go.
Baublitz tried to drive forward
but the store manager had gotten
in front of the car and ordered it
to stop. The other store employ-
ee was behind the vehicle when it
backed up, hitting him.


lic hearings on the East Niceville
district's proposed property tax
rate for the fiscal year that begins
Oct. 1, and on the district's 2010-
11 budget.
The commission has proposed
leaving the millage rate
unchanged from the current rate of
2.35. The proposed rate would be
a 17.5 percent higher than the
level of two years ago, and 74 per-
cent higher than in 2004, when the
department was operated largely
by volunteer firefighters.
Nearly all the district's pro-
posed budget comes from proper-
ty taxes. For each 1 mill of tax,
owners fire district pay $1 for
every $1,000 of taxable value. For
example, the owner of a home
with a taxable value of $150,000

Baublitz then put the vehicle
in park. Bullard got out and ran,
but was tackled by the worker
who had been hit by the getaway
car. Bullard struck his pursuer in
the jaw during the struggle.
Police officers soon arrived
and apprehended Bullard and
Baublitz.
When police searched the get-
away car they found a backpack


after all applicable exemptions
would pay $352.50 to the fire dis-

containing two large boxes of
matches and lye drain cleaner,
plus a cut straw and tinfoil that
officers said are commonly used
to smoke methamphetamine.
Bullard allegedly admitted
that the materials in the vehicle
were going to be used to manu-
facture methamphetamine but
said he did not strike the store
employee, according to a police


trict under the proposed millage
rate of 2.35.

report.
The employee hit by the car
was taken by EMS to Twin Cities
Hospital, where he was treated
and released.
Bullard and Baublitz were
being held in lieu of bail at the
Okaloosa County Jail yesterday
morning and are scheduled to
appear in circuit court in
Shalimar Oct. 5.


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Two firefighters were slight-
ly hurt in an early-morning,
three-alarm, fire Tuesday that
caused $1.2 million in damage,
gutting six apartments and
making four others unlivable in
an apartment building off North
Palm Boulevard, Niceville.
A man trapped by flames on
the second story jumped out of
a window, landing unhurt on an
air conditioner, said Niceville
Fire Chief Tommy Mayville.
Mayville said state investi-
gators had determined the blaze
started when someone flicked a
cigarette into a pile of trash
outside the building.
The alarm was received at
about 1:30 a.m.., Mayville said.
Firefighters responded to the
College Garden Apartments,
302 Madison St. Six apart-
ments in the two-story building
were engulfed in flames, as
were six cars and trucks and a
motorcycle parked nearby, he
said.
Mayville said some of the
residents had gone door to door
to alert their neighbors before
firefighters had arrived. Most
of the occupants were standing
outside when firefighters


arrived, but one woman was
initially believed to be in her
upstairs apartment, he said.
Firefighters concentrated their
efforts on that apartment until
she was found safely outside.
It took firefighters about 45
minutes to bring the flames
under control, Mayville said.
Fire companies responded from
Niceville, East Niceville, North
Bay, Valparaiso, Eglin Air
Force Base, Ocean City-Wright
and Destin fire departments,
including three ladder trucks.
Two firefighters from Eglin
received minor injuries.
Four other apartments in the
building were spared from the
flames by a firewall, but
received extensive smoke dam-
age making them unfit for habi-
tation, Mayville said. The
American Red Cross was help-
ing to find housing for those
who lost their homes. Four of
the six destroyed apartments
were occupied at the time of the
fire, as were all four of the
smoke-damaged ones.
A second, two-story apart-
ment building behind the
burned building also received
an estimated $50,000 in dam-
ages, including partly melted
vinyl siding.


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Investigators at the scene of an apartment-building fire at 302
Madison St., Niceville, Tuesday morning.


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If approved next week by
the Niceville City Council, the
city's water and sewer rates
would rise an average of 6 per-
cent beginning in October.
More increases were forecast
for the years ahead.
A public hearing is sched-
uled Sept. 16 on all proposed
rate increases, including sepa-
rate plans to boost garbage
rates and stormwater taxes.
The hearing starts at 6 p.m. in
the city council chambers.
There would be no further
hearings if the council
approves the rate changes by
resolution. The Beacon incor-
rectly reported Sept. 1 that
three hearings were needed.
Under the plan presented to
the city council Aug. 31, in fis-
cal year 2011 (which starts
Oct. 1) the base rate for water
would rise 65 cents, to $11.15
a month. Usage rates would


increase on a sliding scale
from 11 cents to 40 cents per
1,000 gallons.
The base sewer rate would
rise 75 cents per month, and
the price per 1,000 gallons
would increase by 16 cents to
$2.36 per gallon.
Estimates by city officials
are based on an average
monthly usage of 7,000 gal-
lons of water and sewer.
Using that yardstick, the
average monthly water rate
would increase $1.57 (6.13
percent), from $25.60 to
$27.17.
Meanwhile, the average
monthly sewer rate would
increase $1.87 (5.93 percent),
from $31.55 to $33.42.
Combined, the average
increase would mean $3.44
(6.02 percent) more on the
monthly bill for the average
7,000-gallon user, going from
$57.15 to $60.59.
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es a 10-percent tax on water
bills for the 5,574 residential
and commercial city customers
and a surcharge of the same
amount on both water and
sewer service to the 1,745
properties it serves outside the
city limits.
At the council meeting Aug.
31, City Clerk Dan Doucet
presented documents support-
ing the proposed increases. In
them was a statement that the
hikes are necessary in order to:
-Support $6.8 million in
capital Improvements.
-Support operating
expenses.
-Help make bond pay-
ments.
-Provide "coverages" that
have been promised in previ-
ous bond issues.
According to the covenants
signed when the bonds were
issued, the city must maintain
a net revenue-to-debt ratio of
1.15 percent.
Glenn Stephens of
Polyengineering Inc., the
city's engineer, has previously
stated the "coverage" figure is
arrived at by multiplying
annual debt service (principal
and interest payments) by 115
percent.
Under the current water
and sewer rates, the ratio
would be 1.16 for the upcom-
ing 2011 fiscal year.
But after that, without rate
increases, the ratio would
deteriorate, dropping to 0.80,
0.70, 0.57 and 0.40 for the fis-
cal years running from 2012
to 2015, respectively.
If the increases are
approved, the projected ratio


would jump to 1.4 for 2011.
From 2012 to 2015 the ratio
would be 1.15, 1.20, 1.21 and
1.20, but that would require
respective annual rate increas-
es in water and sewer rates of
5 percent for 2012 and 4 per-
cent from 2013 through 2015.
Doucet presented a com-
parison sheet that showed
Niceville's proposed com-
bined average residential
water and sewer bill of $60.59
a month for fiscal year 2011
would be lower than the aver-
age bill of $64.67 charged by
13 other municipalities in this
region.
Those rates range from a
low of $54.24 in Destin to a
high of $94.77 for Holley-
Navarre, according to Doucet.
Also included in the city's
monthly utility bills are fees
for garbage service and recy-
cling, and stormwater taxes,
which are scheduled to rise as
well, if the city council
approves next week.
Municipal water usage is
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"I think it's in poor
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taste as the mosque
at Ground Zero. We
should be doing
everything to
improve relations."


Roddy Smith, 75,
Sebastian,
retired


"Although I'm not for
the Muslims, I don't
think their religious
book should be
burned, because I
would get upset if
somebody burned
my Bible."


Teresa Reese, 49,
Niceville,
homemaker


"I think it's more
of an instigation
move. I think it's a
political play."


Daniel Hall, 26,
Niceville,
city employee


"They shouldn't
do it. People have
their own beliefs
and it would be
like a Muslim
burning the Holy
Bible. That's not
right."


Torrey Speights, 37,
Marianna,
truck driver


"I think they
should think
twice, and don't
add fuel to the
fire, and think
about what
America is all
about."


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The company said the bench-
marks were based on a sample of
98 nationally representative
institutions and more than
90,000 students. ACT college-
readiness benchmarks are:
-English, 18.
-Math, 22.
-Reading, 21.
-Science, 24.
Nationally, fewer than one in
four students who took the ACT
this year met all four ACT col-
lege-readiness yardsticks,
according to the company.
Sixty-six percent met the mark in
English, 43 percent in math, 52
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A total of 1,191 public high
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County School District took the
ACT in the 2009-10 school year,
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percent of those tested met ACT
college yardsticks in English, 58
percent in math, 67 percent in
reading, and 35 percent in sci-
ence. Only 30 percent met stan-
dards in all four areas, however.
The ACT also compiled
scores over a five-year period


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Okaloosa County School District
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Meantime, statewide scores
declined or stayed the same this
year compared with 2006.
One explanation for the disap-


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of 47 percent. Florida's average
ACT scores ranked near the bot-
tom of the 50 states and the
District of Columbia; only
Kentucky and Mississippi had
lower average composite scores.
Both of those states tested 100
percent of their seniors, however.


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The North Bay Fire
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considering all aspects. Their
annual budget is $2 million
without the requested increase.
They have 19 employees; this
translates into more than
$100,000 per employee.
If you add the other county
fire departments' annual budg-
ets and divide the total by the
number of employees, it is
$34,000 per employee cheaper
than North Bay's.
North Bay has had a person-
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dozen (calisthenics) would have
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better for the employees, also at
no cost to the taxpayers.
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that we elected are responsible
for the operation of the North
Bay Fire District. The fire chief
makes out the annual budget
and submits it to the five fire
commissioners for their
approval.
I have attended an annual
budget review. It appeared that
none of the commissioners
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simple question. They were
willing to support and approve
the budget as presented.
You and I elected these com-
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you, the taxpayers of this dis-
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ACT test results
Average ACT scores are followed in parentheses by the percentage of student
scores that met the college-readiness benchmarks:
Test Okaloosa Florida U.S.
English 22.0 (78%) 18.6(54%) 20.5(66%)
Math 22.3 (58%) 19.7 (34%) 21.0 (43%)
Reading 23.2 (67%) 20.1 (43%) 21.3 (52%)
Science 21.9 (35%) 19.1 (20%) 20.9 (29%)
Composite 22.5 (30%) 19.5 (16%) 21.0 (24%)

Students from three Niceville schools-Niceville High School, Collegiate High
School, and Rocky Bayou Christian School-also took the ACT. Their average ACT
scores (and percent meeting college-readiness benchmarks) were reported as
follows:
Test NHS Collegiate RBCS
English 22.9(81%) 6.5 (97%) 27.6(100%)
Math 23.1 (62%) 24.8 (84%) 26.1 (88%)
Reading 23.8 (72%) 26.2 (86%) 27.9 (88%)
Science 22.6 (40%) 24.1 (53%) 25.8 (65%)
Composite 23.2 (34%) 25.5 (49%) 26.5 (59%)
Number tested 349 70 17*
*RBCS said it excluded five of 22 students' scores from averages the ACT reported to the school. They were two
home-school students, two foreign-exchange students, and one student enrolled at another high school the year
tested. Had these figures been included, the RBCS composite would have been 23.9.
Sources: ACT, school district, schools.


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Brandi Maria Jacobs, 35, of
1106 Pin Oak Circle, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Aug. 29 on a Taylor County war-
rant for failure to appear on the
original charge of petit theft.

Emilie Anne McMillan, a stu-
dent, 18, of 2432 Roberts Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Aug. 17 on the
charge of battery, domestic vio-
lence.

Alejandro G. Camacho, 23, of
729 Redwood Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Aug.
24 on a charge of retail theft.
Camacho allegedly hid two pair of
ladies panties and a four-pack of
men's underwear in his pockets,
then exited Kmart, 1140 E. John
Sims Parkway, paying for other
merchandise, but not the under-
wear. The stolen items were val-
ued at about $20.

Patrick Dean Patterson, a
roofer, 37, of 28 Garden Lane,
Apt. 23, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, Aug. 18, on charges of
driving while license suspended or
revoked, habitual offender, pos-
session of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia.

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Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrest-
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NW Racetrack Road, Fort Walton
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without paying.


A store clerk attempted to stop
Triplett at the door but Triplett
allegedly struck the clerk with the
door to prevent her from stopping
him. After dropping one of the
cases of beer Triplett allegedly got
into a red vehicle and left without
paying $23.30. A check of the
license on the red car showed that
it had been reported stolen by a
Niceville woman who had listed
Triplett as a possible suspect. The
store clerk identified Triplett from
a photo line up July 21.

Beau Austin Elwyn Butcher, a
restaurant server, 19, of 149
Baywind Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug.
20 for trespassing. Butcher was
also arrested Aug. 20 for violation
of probation on the original charge
of reckless driving. Separately,
Butcher was issued a notice to
appear Aug. 29 for underage pos-
session of an alcoholic beverage.

William Blake DuPriest, 26, of
98 Live Oak Trace, Niceville, was
arrested Aug. 16 by Okaloosa
County sheriff's deputies and
charged with five counts of bur-
glary, five counts of larceny, five
counts of criminal mischief, three
counts of
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information
to a pawn-
broker, three
counts of
dealing inJuly.
stolen prop-
erty and one
landscaper, 26,ount of 214William Blake
petty theft.ville, was arrest
The charges of burglary to a
were related to multiple car bur-
glaries committed on Okaloosa
Island in mid- to late June and
early July.

Timothy Ormond Barnhill, a
landscaper, 26, of 214 Marquette
St., Niceville, was arrested Aug.
15 on charges of burglary to a
vehicle, two counts, criminal mis-
chief, two counts and driving on a
suspended license, one count.
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parked cars on Okaloosa Island.
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Highway 98, Destin, Aug. 27 at
2:36 a.m.
Thefts

A Valparaiso resident from the
100 block of Crystal Lake Lane
reported that sometime Aug. 22-
23 unknown persons) removed
the pole and backboard of his bas-
ketball stand. The item was valued
at $250.

A Valparaiso resident from the
300 block of Glendale Avenue
reported that while he and his wife
were taking a nap about 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 23, he saw an unknown male
"youth" enter the home at the side
door, go into the kitchen, open a
cabinet and take down a bottle of
testosterone pills from several
pills stored in the cabinet, as if "he
knew what type of bottle he was
looking for." The resident
"charged" the intruder, who stat-
ed, in "slurred speech," "I am in
the wrong house. I am sorry," then
left and ran to the end of the street
and down Aurora Avenue.
The victim described the
intruder as a white male, approxi-
mately six feet tall, 160 pounds,
wearing a neon green T-shirt with
"STAFF' written on the back, and
tan shorts. The victim also said
the burglar was extremely sweaty,
as if he had been outside all day.

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happened.
"It's not something we run into
very often," said Bill Bishop, chief
assistant for the state attorney's
office, which obtained the warrant
for Funti's arrest.
"Hell for everybody," was the
way Funti's wife, Rose, summa-
rized the situation.
"What you see on TV about jail
is one thing, to live through it is
another," said Funti, 65, a Freeport
retiree.
But even with the charge dis-
missed, the aftermath has been
gloomy.
"I'm a stranger in my own
neighborhood," Funti said.
Recently Funti retained
Niceville lawyer David Swanick,
who said he would "know one
way or another in the next 90
days" whether to sue the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office.
"The key to the case is: Should
some more police work have been
done before Mr. Funti spent four
days in jail?" Swanick said.
"Should they have waited for the
FDLE test? It's not like he was a
flight risk. And they waited two
months to arrest him anyway."
In January 2009, Funti said, he
had a heart valve replaced. As a
result, he wound up carrying nitro-
glycerin tablets, a heart medicine
to be taken only in an emergency.
Because he wasn't using them,
the tablets apparently eventually
broke down into powder. And the
label on the tiny vial became
worn, hard to read.
According to the sheriff's
arrest report, Funti dropped the
container while doing abdominal
crunches at Bluewater Fitness and
Wellness Center Feb. 12. An
employee found the mystery vial
while sweeping up.
Pam Herman, director of the
fitness center, put the container in
a desk and called the sheriff's
office.

BLOTTER
From page A-8
Aug. 27-28. The burglar(s) stole
between $200 and $250 from a
money box that was found opened
on top of a desk. A shovel was
found outside the broken window
and was apparently used to gain
entry. The burglar(s) apparently
exited through the door, which
was found ajar by an employee the
next morning.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of 26th Street reported
that unknown persons) burglar-
ized his unlocked vehicle and stole
a wallet containing miscellaneous
IDs, a Social Security card and his
Florida driver's license, but no
cash, sometime overnight, Aug.
28-29.

On Aug. 27 a Niceville resident
reported an online scam in which
a three-bedroom house on 20th


"We prefer not to comment on
the situation and leave that to Mr.
Funti and the sheriff's depart-
ment," said Herman when con-
tacted recently by the Beacon.
Okaloosa County Deputy
Sheriff Stephen Reynolds was dis-
patched in response to Herman's
call. In his report, Reynolds
described what he saw on a
recorded video from a Bluewater
Fitness security camera: "When
the bottle fell to the floor Mr. Funti
stood up, looked down, stared at
the container, covered it with his
foot, kicked it with his foot and
walked away leaving it behind."
The sheriff's office rejected a
Beacon request to make Reynolds

Street, which is listed by a local
real estate brokerage, was also
posted on the Craigslist online
service as being for rent. The
fraudulent listing advertised the
property as renting for $800 with a
$1,000 deposit being required.
The realty company advised that it
would report the fraud to
Craigslist and that this type of
scam had happened before.

Two Niceville residents con-
tacted police Aug. 26 about a
"secret shopper" scam and asked
if the money orders they had been
asked to cash were legitimate. A
25-year-old said he responded to a
secret shopper promotion and
received a letter from the Ukraine
with a check for $3,250 and a
request that the receiver cash it
and return part of the money and
keep a portion. Police informed
both residents that it was a fraud
and advised him not to cash the
fraudulent money orders.


available for an interview, stating
that since Funti had hired an attor-
ney, it did not want to influence
any eventual legal proceedings.
Funti, who says he had no idea
where he lost his pills, disputed the
sheriff's arrest report.
"I don't work out with my
glasses on," said Funti, who is
quite nearsighted. "I didn't kick
anything. Why would I kick it?
The natural reaction would be to
put it back in your pocket."
Reynolds took some powder
from the vial and tested it with a
field kit called NIK reagent,
according to his report. The first
step of this involves placing a
small amount in a plastic enve-


A Niceville resident reported
that someone stole a $720 GPS
unit from the glove compartment
of the vehicle sometime Aug. 9-
26.
Criminal mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 100 block of Arrowpoint
Cove reported that an unknown
driver had struck and damaged
the mailbox.
Other
William Ralph Berry, 65, of
928 S. St. Andrew Cove,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies
Aug. 19 on a charge of battery
that allegedly occurred July 5.

A 15-year-old Niceville boy
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Aug. 24 on a
charge of shoplifting. The boy
was allegedly observed by
Kmart employees pulling the
tags off a camouflage hat, plac-


Timeline of case
Feb. 12.............Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office field test is
positive for cocaine on powder found in a bot
tie that George Funti lost at Bluewater Fitness
Center.
March 1............At the request of the State Attorney's office, a
judge signs a warrant for Funti's arrest on a
drug charge. The warrant gathers dust for
seven weeks.
March 5............The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
lab receives the substance found in Funti's
bottle, it is analyzed March 8 and 9.
March 9............An FDLE report indicating the substance has
tested negative for cocaine is issued.
March 19...........A hard copy of the FDLE report clearing Funti
picked up by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office.
March 24..........The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office receives
the FDLE test results into its system. But
apparently no one asks the State Attorney to
quash the arrest warrant.
April 20.............Acting on the Okaloosa County warrant, the
Walton County Sheriff's Office arrests Funti at
home in Freeport. He spends two nights in the
Walton County Jail north of DeFuniak Springs
awaiting transfer to Okaloosa County.
April 22.............Funti is transferred to the Okaloosa County
Jail in Crestview. He spends another night
there.
April 23.............Rose Funti posts a $2,500 cash bond, and her
husband is released. His arraignment appear-
ance in court is set for June.
May 21.............After finally receiving the FDLE lab report earli-
er in the week, the State Attorney issues a let-
ter of "no prosecution."


lope, which has three capsules
inside. When the first capsule is
broken, if the liquid released turns
blue, the indication is positive for
cocaine. In his report Reynolds
wrote: "Tested positive with a bril-
liant blue."
But such a test is "presump-
tive," a word emphasized by the
sheriff's office, the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) and the maker of the test
itself.
All three rejected the term
"false positive."
"They (field tests) don't con-
clusively identify a substance,"
said FDLE spokesman Mike
Morrison. "And there are many
substances that can cause color
change, so it becomes like 'proba-
ble cause.'"
Safariland Ltd., Jacksonville, is
the company that makes the field
tests. "Our recommendation is
that confirmation always has to be
done through laboratory tests,"
said Safariland spokeswoman
Marsha Mathias.
All Okaloosa County sheriff's
deputies are trained in using the
field test, said sheriff's spokes-
woman Michelle Nicholson, but
there is no certification involved.
Frank Materese, director of
pharmacy services at Twin Cities
Hospital in Niceville, said, "On
pure chemistry you would not
expect commonality," between
nitroglycerin and cocaine.
Only tests done in the FDLE
lab are considered official, and
results of field tests are neither
known nor considered by the state
technicians, Morrison said.
"Ours is an independent test,
done for chemical and molecular
properties determined by gas
chromatography and mass spec-
trometry," Morrison stated.
"Negative results account for 5 to
10 percent of cases we analyze."
A negative result means the sub-
stance is not considered an illegal
one.
That is just what the FDLE
concluded about the material in

ing the hat on his head, and
walking through the store, 1140
E. John Sims Parkway, to the
watches section. The boy
allegedly selected a pocket
watch from a shelf, concealed it,
and went to the front of the store
to call his mother to pick him
up. The boy was stopped as he
began walking outside. The
stolen items were valued togeth-
er at $22. The boy allegedly
admitted to the theft.
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From that point, a supervisor
sent an e-mail to Deputy
Reynolds, and he was supposed to
notify the state attorney's office to
rescind the warrant to arrest Funti,
according to Spooner. The state
attorney had obtained the warrant
from a judge on the strength of the
field test.
During March, Spooner said,
Reynolds went from working
what amounted to a temporary
full-time schedule back to his
usual part-time duty.
It could not be immediately
learned what happened with the e-
mail from Reynolds' supervisor.
Should the supervisor have
checked with Reynolds to make
sure he had acted on the e-mail
and warned the state attorney's
office that the evidence had been
discredited?
"We don't see anywhere where
she followed up," Spooner
replied, "but I don't want to draw
that conclusion until we've done a
full review."
"This is not an issue that we've
dealt with previously, but clearly it
is a concern for us," Spooner said.
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March, but he was still arrested in
late April, spending three nights in
jail before being released on bail.
Funti said had no idea that his
heart pills were in the hands of the
sheriff's office, and that he was
under investigation, until a deputy
showed up on his doorstep with
handcuffs the day of his arrest,
better than two months after he
lost them.
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County Sheriff Ed Spooner,
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Laureate Epsilon Sigma
Chapter of Beta
Sigma Phi-
Niceville met at the
home of Doris Olig
in Niceville for its
"Beginners Day"
Doris Olig luncheon and meet-


Eunice
Whitman


ing. The newly
elected officers are
Doris Olig, presi-
dent; Eunice
Whitman, vice
president; Helen
Martin, second
vice


Margaret
Holley


president; and Angela
Margaret Holley, Budden. The next
recording secretary; meeting will be
Mattie William, held on Sept. 7, at
corresponding sec- the home of Helen
retary; and Nilah Helen Martin in
Estep, treasurer. Martin Valparaiso.


Also present were
Marge Ballon,
Dora Perano,
Dianne Wilbur,
Susan Vetter, Lind
Michalowski,
JoAnn Jones, Jo
Vest


Mattie
William


The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast will open officially with
a ribbon cutting Friday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m.


Fisher House


to open Friday


Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books

A bird

in the

hand
Wendy Coon, who lives
on Eglin Air Force Base,
holds a baby humming-
bird that Tech. Sgt. Josh
Burchett found on base
Wednesday afternoon.
There was no sign of
the bird's mother, so
Coon will nurse it along
until it's old enough to
fend for itself.


member of the board of direc-
tors.
The Fisher House is the
brainchild of Zachary Fisher, a
New York real estate magnate
with a soft spot for the military.
He and his wife, Elizabeth,
became aware of the need for
such a facility after the 1989 tur-
ret explosion aboard the USS
Iowa, in which 47 crewmen
were killed. In 1990, the Fishers
began the program that would
lead to 44 Fisher Houses, with
more than a dozen under con-
struction elsewhere.
The national Fisher House
Foundation supplies the funds
and heads the effort for con-
struction of each local house,
including the hiring of the com-
pany that builds the individual
houses. Metric Construction
Corp., headquartered in Boston,
built the Eglin facility.
Several years ago, the foun-
dation received an appropriation
from Congress, which did not
have to be spent during the year
it was allocated, said Weiskopf.
From time to time Congress
will allocate additional unsolicit-
ed money to the fund, which
goes into the DoD's "health pro-
gram" but is used only for con-
struction of Fisher houses. The
Army is the designated fund
manager, said Weiskopf.
On Friday, the ribbon-cutting
will be narrated by Tom Rice,
owner of the Magnolia Grill and
a long-time supporter of the
Fisher House. The keynote
speaker will be Maj. Gen.
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Emerald Coast is scheduled to
open officially with a ribbon cut-
ting Friday at 9 a.m. The cere-
mony is open to the public.
According to manager Ron
Gribble, 43, a retired Air Force
master sergeant, 12 suites will be
available, including eight that
join with another through con-
necting doors to accommodate
larger families. This will be the
44th Fisher House constructed in
the United States.
The Fisher House, across
from the Eglin hospital on
Boatner Road, is designed to
provide free housing for visiting
families of wounded and injured
service members while the
members are being treated.
Since the program began 20
years ago, more than 120,000
families, including about 7,500
families of combat-wounded
service members, have been
served, according to national
officials. Nearly 2.5 million days
of lodging have been provided in
: that time.
Though the hosting service,
in this case the Air Force, does
have to record a charge of $10
la per family per night, the national
organization, since 2006, has
chosen to reimburse the fees for
each house.
To pay for the upkeep, which
Gribble estimates at $90,000 to
$100,000 per year, three annual
fundraisers will be held-a golf
tournament, a fishing rodeo and
a black-tie dinner, according to
Theresa Kemp, treasurer and


Beacon photo by Thomas Monigan
Eddie Steadman, who has spent the last 33 years of his teaching career at Ruckel
Middle School, received a surprise honor last week. This involved Ruckel's con-
cert band winning a divisional Grand National Champions title at last spring's All
Star Music Festival in Orlando. On hand to help celebrate with a special banner at
last week's assembly were, from left, Ruckel Principal Debra Collins Goolsby,
Steadman's wife, Terri, PTL President Angie DeYoung and Phillipe Miceli from the
Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.


Ruckel celebrates win


of U.S. band crown
By Thomas Monigan when it was over, Ruckel's "Competing isn't the only
Beacon Staff Writer symphonic band was named reason we go," he added.
Say it out loud: Ruckel Grand National Champions for "Typically we go to state-sanc-
Rams, national champions. its division, tioned events, but rarely do we
Sounds like something from Under Steadman's direction get to the level to be listened to
a dream? Well, not in this case. the Rams scored 97.3 out of a by college-level adjudicators."
Ruckel's administration sur- possible 100 points for their About 60 students play in
praised longtime music director respective renditions of the concert band, which
Eddie Steadman last week with "Ammerland" by Jacob de Steadman characterized as a
official recognition for the title Haan and "Irish Rhapsody" by scaled-down version of the
the school's symphonic band the late Clare Grundman. 120-member marching band.
won while competing in last "They were enough of a The marching band provid-
spring's All Star Music Festival challenge musically, and they ed inspiring wall-to-wall sound
in Orlando. also fit the band well," at last week's afternoon assem-
Held with the backing of Steadman said of the selec- bly in the gymnasium, which
Universal Orlando Resort, the tions. "They featured instru- included surprise recognition
festival ran for 14 weekends ments in which we were really for the national title by way of
from March through May. And strong. a special banner.


'Mystery

author'

visits
Second-graders in the
Team Quest program at
Bluewater Elementary
School were surprised
by their first Mystery
Author, Maj. David Och.
He read "Mercedes and
the Chocolate Pilot" to
the students. Pictured
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Lakeside Clinic. She lived in
Crestview, Fla., until 1954,
when her family moved to Fort
Walton Beach, Fla.
Being a native of
Okaloosa County,
Fla., she first attended
Southside Elementary
in Crestview, then Fort
Walton Elementary,
Pryor Jr. High School
and graduated in 1965
from Choctawhatchee
High School. She later
graduated from West
Florida Business Virginia
College in Pensacola, Hodge
Fla.
Virginia was christened at
the First United Methodist
church in Crestview, Fla., and
later accepted Jesus Christ as
her Lord and Savior. For many
years she was a member of
Westwood Baptist Church in
Fort Walton Beach. She
returned to her Methodist roots
and joined Trinity United
Methodist Church under the
Rev. Bobby Ellisor.
Virginia was a Past Worthy
Matron of Niceville Chapter
254 Order of Eastern Star and
Past Royal Matron of Silver
Sands Court #69 of Fort Walton
Beach. She was employed by
Henderson Electric for more
than 30 years as office manager
and they were part of her
extended family.
She was preceded in death
by her father, Ernest W.
Barrow, of Oak Grove, Fla. and
mother, Catherine M. McLeroy
Barrow, of Memphis, Tenn.,
and her beloved husband,
Ronald L. Arndt.
Virginia is survived by her
daughters, Betty Lynn Arndt
Schrull and husband, Jim, of
Monroe, Ga., and Veronica
Arndt Hobgood Sewell of
Macon, Ga., three grandsons;
Colby Hobgood and his wife,
Brooke; Bayden Schrull; and


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daughter, Taylor Schrull; one
great grandson, Colton
Hodgood; two nephews, one
niece, all of Mobile, Ala., as
well as, numerous aunts,
uncles, and cousins in
Okaloosa County, Fla.,
Memphis, Tenn., and West
Memphis, Ark. She is also sur-
vived by special friends
Annette Spear and godchildren
Mark Spear, Robert Spear and
Kelly Spear, their wives and
husband; and great godchildren
Audrianna, Hayley, Dusty,
William. Jerry J. Sweeney,
Wanda Mitchell, Dot
and Bill Johnson, and
Karen and Jimmy
Patterson. She also
leaves behind numer-
ous Eastern Star
Sisters and Brothers of
S Niceville Chapter 254,
and Fort Walton
Chapter 202, Order of
the Easter Star,
Barrow Honored Ladies and
-Arndt Sir Knights of Silver
Sand's Court #69, Order of the
Amaranth, Inc., of Fort Walton
Beach, Fla., and Masonic
Bros., as well as her beloved
pets, Chewey and BJ.
Funeral services with
Eastern Star Services will be
held in the Chapel of Emerald
Coast Funeral Home, 113
Racetrack Road, Fort Walton
Beach, FL 32547, 850-864-
3361, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010,
at 10 a.m. The family will
receive friends on Monday,
Sept. 6, 2010 from 5-7 p.m.
Amaranth Services will be held
from 6-6:15 p.m. The Rev.
Bobby Ellisor will officiate.
Burial will be at Beal
Memorial Cemetery, where she
will be laid to rest beside her
beloved husband Ronald L.
Arndt.
In lieu of flowers (which she
cannot smell), donations may
be made to the Order of the
Eastern Star-Worthy Grand
Matron's Special Fund,
Amaranth Diabetes
Foundation, Silver Sands Court
#69-Diabetes Foundation,
Trinity United Methodist
church Building Fund or
P.A.W.S. of Fort Walton.
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Ken and Rhonda Marchman
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Christina Bray, daughter of
Aurelia Brantley of Cleveland,
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Gene and Gloria Brown of
Niceville, Florida, celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary
on Friday, August 27, 2010.
Gene Brown was born in
Lakeland, Fla., on Aug. 29,
1941, and Gloria Grant was born
in Bonifay, Fla., on Dec. 18,
1941. Gene and Gloria were
married in the First Methodist
Church of Bonifay, on Aug. 27,
1960, in Bonifay, Fla.
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Jacquelyn Christina Bray
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uated from The University of
Florida in August, 2010, with a
bachelor of science degree in
mechanical engineering. He is
currently pursuing a master's
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Kellon and Jacquelyn will be
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2010, in an outdoor ceremony in
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Lynda Pannelli, and her husband,
Dominic, of Kyle, Texas; Tim
Brown, and his wife, Debbie, of
Niceville; and April Branscome,
and her husband, David, of
Niceville. They have four grand-
children: Dominic, and his wife
Tonya, of Tallahassee; Tim
Brown of Niceville; Ashton
Pannelli of Kyle, Texas; and
Taylor Jordan, and his wife,
Tiffany, of Okinawa, Japan.
Their first great-grandchild will
introduce herself in December.
Gene and Gloria are members
of the Niceville United
Methodist Church.
They celebrated this special
occasion with a surprise party
given by their children with
friends and family in attendance.

FISHER
From page B-1

Charles R. Davis, Eglin base
commander. Also speaking will
be David Kocher of the Fisher
House Foundation, Gen. (ret.) Joe
Oder, local board president, Col.
Gary Walker and U.S. Rep. Jeff
Miller.
After the speeches will come a
brief history. The Emerald Coast
Fisher House concept stems from
an incident in 2003 when an Air
Force member's wife experienced
complications with a pregnancy
and was helicoptered to Keesler
Air Force Base, Miss., while her
husband was referred to the Fisher
House.
That airman, Master Sgt.
David Keeley, who named his son
Zachary in honor of Zachary
Fisher, will cut the ribbon. Keeley
is stationed at Hurlburt Field.
Following the ribbon cillilln-.
informal tours of the house will be
conducted and refreshments will
be served at a hospitality tent.


Masons

donate

to Plew
Worshipful Master Samuel C.
Morgan and RW Kenneth K.
Eichorn, secretary, of Okaloosa
Masonic Lodge traveled to Plew
Elementary School to present a
check for $200 to Mrs. Louse
Carrier to assist her in provid-
ing for the needs of her Second
Grade Class. From left: RW
Eichorn, Mrs. Carrier, and
Worshipful Master Morgan.


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Ruckel blisters Lewis, 52-6


Rams' physical

attack stymies

Falcon defense

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Lewis Falcons hosted
the Ruckel Rams in a season
opening hometown battle last
Thursday night. The Rams dev-
astated the Falcons on the
scoreboard, 52-6, but until late
in the first half, it could have
been either team's game.
The Rams kicked off to the
Falcons, giving them the first
crack at the ball. But before
they were able to gain much
momentum, Ruckel's Anthony
Maraman snagged an intercep-
tion and gave the Rams their
first possession.
Ruckel was quicker to get
into a rhythm and with 2:47 left
in the quarter put the first six
points on the board, thanks to a
quarterback keeper by John
Secord.
Lewis answered quickly.
Aaron Willis received the kick-
off for the Falcons and ran it
back for their first and only
touchdown to tie the game.
Lewis' defense and the
Ruckel offense played a bit of
back and forth during Ruckel's
next possession. Ruckel gained
the upper hand early in the sec-
ond quarter with a touchdown
by Justin Mikulcik, accompa-
nied by Drew Frederic's extra
two points.
The battle was still being
fought and the outcome was
still in question, though, as
Lewis, although trailing, made
a few critical first downs in its
next possession, including one
by Austin Willis that sent him


beacon photo by barah lauson
Ruckel quarterback John Secord carries the ball as Lewis Falcons Dylan Donaldson (24), Austin
Willis (25) and Paris Alexander give chase. Secord was finally stopped by Willis on the 1-yard line.


cutting back across the field
and down the sideline.
Ruckel took over the ball
when Lewis failed to make a
first down and their momentum
truly solidified. With a third
touchdown, another quarter-
back keeper by Secord, as the
halftime buzzer sounded, the
Rams built their lead to 22-6
and sent the Falcons into half-
time with a deficit bigger than
anticipated.
The Rams hit the third quar-
ter running and managed to
widen the gap with three more
touchdowns. The Falcons
weren't able to formalize any
strong possessions, and fell
prey to one last touchdown in
the fourth quarter, to bring the
final score to 52-6.


Lewis Head Coach Doug
Sommer was disappointed with
the loss, but eager to get better.
"We played so hard, we've got
to keep getting better," he said.
As for the Falcons' hometown
rival team, "They are a good
football team," he said. "They
were a lot more physical then
we were and I didn't think that
was going to happen."
Sommer thought the Falcons
had a game plan for Ruckel's
impressive quarterback, John
Secord, who scored four touch-
downs, but "He was a little
faster than we thought he was,"
he said.
Sommer stressed his role in
trying to get the kids ready, and
hopes to do so for the rivals'
next matchup Oct. 28. In prepa-


ration for this week's game
against Meigs, the team will
focus on blocking and tackling.
Ruckel Assistant Coach
Beau Arietta was pleased with
how the Rams played.
"We played very well," he
said. "It's going to be a long
season, and we've got to keep
getting better." He also gave
credit to the Falcons. "Lewis
gave us a very good shot there
in the first half," he said. "We
were able to turn it on in the
second half." Arietta cited line-
backer Jacob Clark and full-
back Tyler Head for their per-
formances.
The Rams hope to continue
their winning streak Thursday
against Destin Middle School at
the NHS stadium at 6:30 p.m.


New NHS volleyball coach


sees team better than 2009


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The coach's spot on the
bench of the Niceville High
School volleyball team will
have a new look this year.
Elizabeth Falls has succeeded
Kris Hagberg, who won her
100th game as a coach last
November.
"I had a good opportunity to
move down here," said Falls, 27,
a Toledo, Ohio, native. "I've
always wanted to teach."
The team she'll coach looks
strong, she said, with six seniors
and three transfers, including
Monica Johnson, a right side
left-hander from Rocky Bayou
Christian School, and Sarah
Guidry, who Falls described as a
very dominant" outside hitter.
"Everybody says we're stronger
than last year," Falls said.
Last year's team made it to
the regional finals before falling
to Leon in straight sets, finish-
ing with a 28-1 season record.
"The biggest thing I did this
year was change around the
schedule," said Falls, who
earned a
Bachelor of
Science in
physical
education
and health
f r o m
Defiance
College in
Ohio. She
said that
Elizabeth Falls shifting will
take the
team to Atlanta in mid-
September for a tournament in
which the team is likely to face
its toughest competition of the
year.
"I think it's going to be a
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She said her coaching philos-
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girls work hard and are getting
the most out of each practice."
But she has high hopes for
the team, largely because of the
dedication of the players.
"Each individual is dedicat-
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they're playing. We have six
seniors, they're very athletic and
they're tall."
The main thing the team
needs to work on now, Falls
said, is "becoming a whole.
They look great on the court
now." To foster team spirit, the
team enjoys non-volleyball
activities together. Recently, for
example, they had a scavenger
hunt, and they played laser tag
over the Labor Day weekend.
While this is Falls' first
coaching job, she helped out at
several camps in the past. The
hardest part of moving into the
coach's slot, she said, is the
paperwork involved. In college,
she played libero (defensive
specialist) on the volleyball
team, as well as guard in basket-
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Rocky Bayou Christian
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010


1st Baptist Church to mark first 100 years


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when it was founded in 1910


First Baptist Church of Niceville will celebrate 100 years of worship in special activities Oct. 3.


First Baptist Church of
Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive,
Niceville, plans a special cele-
bration to commemorate its
100th anniversary on Oct. 3.
The Century Celebration
will be held Oct. 3 at the
church. The historic day will
begin with an informal fellow-
ship time at 9 a.m. in the church
Fellowship Hall. The special
celebration worship service,
featuring a large alumni/mem-
ber choir and several former
pastors, will begin at 10 a.m.
and will conclude with a lunch-
eon on the grounds. The com-
munity is invited to join in the
celebration.


The church was originally
founded as a Missionary
Baptist Church by 29 members
of the Goodwater Baptist
Church of Black Oak on Oct. 1,
1910. Initially named
Damascus Baptist Church of
Boggy Bayou, services were
held monthly and the first pas-
tor was paid a salary of only
$10 per month.
The church has continued to
serve the Niceville community
for the past 100 years and cur-
rently has two worship services
weekly, with more than 1,200
members.
"This celebration is an
opportunity to recognize the


challenges and the positive
impacts of the First Baptist
Church and the Niceville com-
munity over the past 100
years," said Sandy Sims, chair-
man of the 100th anniversary
committee. "It is unique to find
a church that has endured for a
century in the same location.
This is a result of the faithful-
ness and determination of our
membership and our leader-
ship-past and present."
For more information on the
100th anniversary celebration
and the history of First Baptist
Church of Niceville, call the
church at 678-4126 or Sandy
Sims at 376-8440.


Unitarian Fellowship plans reading of Qur'an


The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of the Emerald Coast
will present a special service
Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., "Celebrating
the Qur'an." Parishioners will
hear passages in both English
and Arabic, with commentary by
the Fellowship's Muslim
exchange student, Feriel
Hammouda, from Tunisia.
This celebration is in


response to the Dove World
Outreach Center in Gainesville,
which plans to bur multiple
copies of the Qur'an on Sept. 11.
"Standing on the Side of
Love," a campaign sponsored by
the Unitarian Universalist
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Tenn., Valley Unitarian
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oppression, exclusion, and vio-
lence."
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"As a people of faith, we are
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Fellowship of the Emerald
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Eagles impressive in opener


By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville Eagles opened
their 2010 football season with a
solid 24-14 victory against
regional rival Lincoln High
School Friday night as the young
team silenced many naysayers
regarding their ability to take
down an experienced team such
as Lincoln.
Not only were the Eagles out-
ranked by the Trojans, but
Lincoln came to Niceville with a
bit of a score to settle as last
year's Eagles beat the Trojans
twice.
In their first matchup, the
Trojans lost star player Buck
Allen to an injury, and in their
second matchup, the Eagles
edged them out of the regional
playoffs.
"They're a quality program,"
said Niceville head coach John
Hicks. "You have to do a lot of
things right to beat them." And
that's exactly what the Eagles did.
With Allen back on the start-
ing lineup, the Trojans came for
revenge, but the Eagles showed
them, and all, that they intend to
carry on the winning tradition.
The first several possessions
proved fruitless for both teams,
which left the entire first quarter
scoreless.
The Trojans were first on the
scoreboard with a field goal early
in the second. The Eagles took
over on the 20 and the journey
down the field began. The team
established its running game and
took time working the ball toward
the end zone.
Returning starter running back
Spencer Pullen rammed his way
through the defense, and fellow
running back and returning player
Marquis Pratt finished off the
five-minute drive with a 24-yard
touchdown dash with less than
six minutes remaining in the half.
An extra point by Andrew
Mitchell gave the Eagles a 7-3
lead they would not surrender.
The well-scrutinized defense
forced a punt from the Trojans
next possession. The offense hit
the field, and made quick


Running back Marquis Pratt
gains ground against Lincoln
before being tackled Friday
night as the Eagles scored an
impressive 24-14 victory over
a tough rival.
progress down the field before
losing possession on a fumble at
the Trojan 38. With only 1:21 in
the half, the Trojans were poised
for a score, but the Eagle defense
shut them down.
The Eagles started the first
possession of the half on their
own 20. Their cohesion showed
itself as they spent a well-timed
six and a half minutes working
their way to field goal range.
Andrew Mitchell's kick was
good, to widen the Eagle lead 10-
3.
The Trojans were unable to
get much past the Eagle defense.
They were forced to punt quickly
into their drive, and the Eagles
took over on their own 23. Pratt
made quick work of the opportu-
nity, with a 55-yard run that
placed the ball on the 28-yard
line. With 1:18 left in the quarter,
Pullen clinched another touch-
down.
The Trojans were limited by
the aggressive Eagle defense, and
managed only a field goal early
in the fourth. Their hands were
tied again in their next possession
when they tried for a fourth and
long, but were stopped in their
tracks.
The Eagles took over on the


Photo by Scott Schaettler

Nowhere to go
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Banks, left, and free safety Shawn Maxwell box in an
Aucilla Christian School running back during Friday
night's 20-12 Knight loss. While the Knights dropped
their opener, the team showed significant offensive and
defensive progress from its first two seasons. Next
Friday they play Peniel at Destin Middle School.


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Trojan 33 and, with just 4:12 in
the game, Pullen crossed into the
end zone a second time, to bring
the score to 24-6.
The defense came alive once
again with an interception by
defensive back Kevin Chasteen,
but that didn't lead to any points.
As the Eagle backup players
entered the game, the Trojans
eked out their first touchdown of
the game with less than a minute
in the left, which brought the
final score to 24-14.
The win had coaches and
players alike full of excitement.
Hicks was pleased with how his
team played.
"This is textbook of how we
want to be," Hicks said. "Great
special teams, great defense, and
we ran the football."
Defensive coordinator Rod
Taylor was pleased as well.
"They grew up tonight, after
the way we played last week, and
to come out and play the way we
played tonight, I couldn't be more
proud of this young group of
men," he said. "They played
their tails off."
The players, perhaps most of
all, were proud of the win.
"It feels great," said Pullen. "It
gives me and my team a lot more
confidence. With the experience I
had last year, I'm just more ready
to come out and compete." As for
the scrutiny the team has
received, he said, "We have had
an 'us against the world' mentali-
ty. We're just ready to show that
we can compete at a high level."
The victory marked a good
start to a season that has been dif-
ficult to anticipate. If last year's
team had to hold the No. 1 spot,
then this team is charged with
earning the spot all over again.
The Eagles' next battle will be
Friday night in Fort Walton
Beach against Choctaw.


Rocky Bayou
Christian School
swimmers dive
into the pool at
the Destin YMCA
during a recent
practice. This is
the first year the
school will have a
swim team.
Beacon photos
by Kenneth Books


Rocky forms first swim team


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The fledgling Rocky Bayou
Christian School swim team is
off to a flying start, according to
coach Karen Linder.
"You can do it with one or
with 100-it doesn't matter," she
said of the need for swimmers.
"It's a team sport of individuals."
Right now, she has 11 swim-
mers and is waiting to see if
another is
coming to
the school.
Even one
short of a
dozen,
Linder said,
"We're off to
a good start.
They've
already
Karen Linder exceeded my
expectations
for a novice team. They learn
very quickly. They have heart and
discipline."
Linder pinpointed seventh-
grader Susie Sober as a potential
star.
"She's a natural in the water,"
Linder said. "She was born half
fish. She doesn't have any weak
spots."
To Sober, swimming is "fun.
My mom put me in the water
when I was little and I've just


loved it ever since."
Swimming on a team is just
icing on the cake for her.
"I like being with friends and
being part of the team and win-
ning," she said.
Another member of the team
is Douglas Linder, the coach's
son, an eighth-grader who has
been swimming since he was 2.
Douglas
previously
swam at the
RDV
Sportsplex in
Orlando-
where his
mother
served as a
club coach-
and watched
and watched Douglas Linder
college
swimmers at the University of
Florida.
"I watched the competitions
and learned a whole lot of stuff,"
Douglas said. He said he enjoys
all the strokes except the butter-
fly, and the training. "I love the
water," he said.
While Linder is pleased with
the rapid progress her team has
made, she said there have been
challenges, including "having to
learn so much in so little time.
They have to learn the science of
the sport and improve their car-
diovascular health. It's demand-


ing."
But the members of the team
make up for any difficulties that
may arise in building the team,
she said.
"They love it," the coach said.
"I see a lot of serious faces in the
water and a lot of happy, smiling
faces out of the water."
The team has already had one
meet Sept. 1 at the Parkwood
pool, with Choctawhatchee,
Niceville and Fort Walton Beach.
That was a "short pentathlon,"
Linder said, with maximum dis-
tances of 50 yards. Today, Sept.
8, the same teams will compete at
the same
location, but
in a "long
pentathlon,"
with dis-
tances up to
100 yards.
Although
the team is
new, its
coach and
swimmers Susie Sober
are optimistic
that it will be competitive or bet-
ter.
"I think we'll be great," Sober
said. "We've come a long way
from not knowing how to swim.
We've learned a lot in a week."
"Swimming rocks!" she
added. "It's the best sport."


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Air Force Airman Stephen
E. Keel graduated from basic
military training at Lackland
Air Force Base, San Antonio,
Texas.
The airman completed an
intensive, eight-week program
that included training in mili-
tary discipline and studies, Air
Force core values, physical fit-
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ples and skills.
Airmen who complete basic


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Navy basic training and was
meritoriously promoted to his
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Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week pro-


gram, Seals completed a variety
of training which included
classroom study and practical
instruction on naval customs,
first aid, firefighting, water
safety and survival, and ship-
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emphasis was also placed on
physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot
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exercise gives recruits the skills
and confidence they need to
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of sacrifice, dedication, team-
work and endurance in each
recruit through the practical


application of basic Navy skills
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distinctly "Navy" flavor was
designed to take into account
what it means to be a Sailor in
today's U.S. Navy.
Seals is a 2007 graduate of
East Paulding High School of
Dallas, Ga.
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Museum seeks volunteers
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is seeking volun-
teers to assist with greeting, recep-
tion and in the gift shop. Flexible
days and times are available for one-
to three-hour shifts. Interested indi-
viduals may stop by the museum
during regular business hours,
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: 678-2615.
Children's book reading
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Park will host a reading of the popu-
lar children's book "The Salamander
Room," Saturday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-
noon at the Red Cedar Pavilion in
the day use area. Pack a picnic
lunch, bring the
family and join
the park rangers
and staff as they
celebrate
Literacy Month.
Park entrance fees will be waived
for visitors who bring a library card,
library book, or who donate a new or
gently used family book.
Info: 833-9144.
Arrangers guild planned
Valparaiso Community Library
and Valparaiso Garden Club are
sponsoring a new Creative
Arrangers Guild. The group will
meet on the first Friday of each
month through April, 9-11 a.m. at
the Valparaiso Community Library,
459 Valparaiso Pkwy. All sessions
will be taught by accredited flower
show judges. On Sept. 3, Marie
Harrison will demonstrate tradition-


al line and line mass designs. Call
729-5406 or e-mail marieharri-
son@valp.net to register and request
a copy of supplies needed.
ESL classes being held
English as a Second Language
and Citizenship Classes Tuesdays,
6:30-8:45 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, Haigler Center, 622
Bayshore Drive, Niceville, 678-
4621. New students should come at
6 p.m. to register for classes. For
more information call Glenda
Marcus at 678-7568.
Chamber breakfast set
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast Sept.
8 at the Niceville Community
Center located at 204 N Partin
Drive. The
Breakfast will
begin at 7:15 a.m.
with coffee and
conversation, fol-
lowed by break-
fast at 7:30 a.m.
This month's sponsor is The Manor
at Blue Water Bay. Chamber mem-
bers, their guests, and prospective
members are invited to attend.
Garden Club to meet
The Valparaiso Garden Club will
hold its first meeting of the season
Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the
Valparaiso Community Library.
Refreshments will be served at 9
a.m. and the business meeting will
begin at 9:30.
Emily Peterson from the Garden
Gate Nurseries at Gulf Breeze will
demonstrate container plantings
using vegetable and flower combi-
nations.
For additional information, con-
tact President Vivian Justice at 729-
3160. All potential members are
welcome.
Museum prexy to speak
Shannon Hayes, president of the
Carver-Hill Museum in Crestview,
will speak at the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida Thursday,
Sept. 9, noon. Hayes will share
information about the museum, its
history and historic collections.


Carver-Hill Museum, site of the last
segregated school in Okaloosa
County, is the county's exclusive
repository for black history artifacts,
collections and memorabilia.
Bring a sack lunch and come to
the Heritage Museum for History
Sandwiched-In, an informal,
lunchtime educational program.
This lecture is free and open to the
public.
To reserve a seat call: 678-2615,
or go to: heritage-museum.org
DAR set Constitution talk
Choctawhatchee Bay Daughters
of the American Revolution will
meet at St Simon's Church, Fort
Walton Beach at 10 a.m., Thursday,
Sept. 9.
Dr. Harry Shallcross will speak
on the Constitution.


All women who are lineally
descended from a patriot of the
Revolutionary War are eligible for
membership and are invited to
attend.
Info: Emily Danker, 651-6789.
Garden club first meeting
The Bluewater Bay Garden Club
will hold its first meeting of the sea-
son Thursday,
Sept. 9, 9:30
a.m., at the
Bluewater Bay
Clubhouse.
Shana Wolf, co-
owner of Off the Vine, Produce will
discuss locally grown, seasonally
fresh fruits and vegetables that are
USDA certified organic and earth
friendly.
Info: President Jan Luckett,


897-6700.
Golf classic returns
The Seafood Festival Golf
Classic, returns to the Indian Bayou
Golf Course Sept. 10-11. A portion
of the proceeds from this year's
event will benefit the Destin
Fishermen's Fund.
Players will enjoy two days of
play plus a practice round, product
demonstrations, a golf clinic taught
by a PGA Professional, a cocktail
party on Friday, Sept. 10, breakfast
and lunch each day, and free admis-
sion to the Destin Seafood Festival,
which takes place the following
weekend. The fee for a two-person
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and the Destin Porsche Club will
hold the fifth annual Charity Car
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of America Saturday, Sept. 11, 11
a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free and
will include live music from Cheryl
Jones.
Info: 654-5929. To register your
car, Scott Roberts, 974-6060 or scot
tandjan@cox.net.
5K run for foundation
Come run or walk along Scenic
Hwy. 98, in Destin. The 5K run will
be Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m., in the parking
lot of Village Baptist Church,
Matthew Boulevard, Destin. It is in
memory of Holly Burke, a former
resident of Crystal Beach and 2009
graduate of Fort Walton Beach High
School. Proceeds will go to her non-
profit foundation, Shred Out Cancer,
to help families of children with
cancer. Register at active.com. The
entry fee is $25. Prizes will be given.
Info: C ili. 582-0806, or Maria,
225-1648.
Genealogists to meet
The Genealogical Society of
Okaloosa County will hold a month-
ly meeting Sept. 11, 10 a.m., at the
Heritage Museum, 115 Westview
Ave., Valparaiso. Program Chairman
Donna Elliott has planned a "Show
and Tell" by several members.
Meetings are open to the public
and anyone with an interest in fami-
ly history research is most welcome.
Dutch treat lunch at a local
restaurant follows the meeting for
all who are interested. Info: Pat
Pruett, 678-2023.
Ballet auditions planned
The Northwest Florida Ballet
(NFB) will hold
auditions for
children's roles
in The
Nutcracker.
The 41st
anniversary season of the NFB will
kick off with the holiday family
favorite The Nutcracker. NFB will
Please see CALENDAR, page B-8


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CALENDAR
From page B-7
audition local children, ages 9-12,
for the roles of party children, mice,
angels, bakers and Dutch children.
Auditions will be held at the
NFB ballet studio, 310 Perry Ave.
SE, Fort Walton Beach, Sunday,
Sept. 12, 2-3:30 p.m. All students
must pre-register and pay an audi-
tion fee of $50 by Sept. 10.
Children should come dressed in full
ballet attire for the auditions.
Info, and to obtain a registration


form, call the NFB office at 664-
7787 or visit nfballet.org.
Braille transcription class
The Northwest Florida
Visionnaires, Inc. presents a free
Library of Congress Braille
Transcription Certification Class to
teach the skills to transcribe text-
books for the blind children of
Florida Sept. 13 through April,
Monday 10 a.m.-noon (except holi-
days), Room 912, First United
Methodist Church Community Life
Center, Niceville. No experience
with Braille or the blind is neces-


sary. Some computer skills and
access to your own home computer
are necessary to participate.
Contact: Bettie Downing, 897-3383.
UMC arts and crafts show
The Destin United Methodist
Women will
present the Fall
Flair Arts and
-TI T Crafts Show
ISept. 10, 10 a.m.-
7 p.m. and 11, 9
a.m.-3 p.m. at the
Destin Life Center, Destin United
Methodist Church, 200 Beach


Drive. All proceeds will go to the
church's missions. A variety of arts
and crafts will be available for pur-
chase, and there will be a bake sale.
Lunch and snacks will be available
in the Soul Cafr.
Info or to obtain a vendor appli-
cation, contact fallflair@aol.com or
650-5658.
Commissioner to speak
County Commissioner Don
Amunds will speak at the meeting of
the Silver Sands Republican Women
Sept. 13.
The meeting will be held at the


Bluewater Bay Restaurant in the
Bluewater Bay Golf Clubhouse.
There will be an opportunity to greet
and meet Amunds beginning at 5:30
p.m. The business meeting and din-
ner will begin at 6 p.m. The restau-
rant will offer a special menu rang-
ing from $12-$15.
Amunds will focus on the elec-
tion in November. In addition there
will be a time for discussion regard-
ing the club's participation in activi-
ties which will aid the election of
Republican candidates.
Reservations: 678-2182 for


reservations. Guests are welcome.
Library book sale
Book sale
sponsored by the
Friends of the
Niceville
Library,
Nicevi lle
Community Center, 204 N. Partin
Drive (next door to the library),
Friday, Sept. 17. Friends only pre-
sale, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18,
open to the public 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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