Section A
 Section B

Group Title: Bay beacon
Title: The Bay beacon
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00032
 Material Information
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: October 20, 2010
Frequency: weekly
Subject: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00032
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469

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    Section B
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Saturday. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
will take
place at Niceville United
Methodist Church, 214 S.
Partin Dr., Niceville.
Proceeds to benefit mis-
sions. Lunch counter, silent
auction and bake sale.
Info: 678-4411.
Monday. 6 p.m.

The Niceville-Valparaiso
Tea Party speaker at
Niceville City Hall will be
Matt Gaetz, state represen-
tative, who will update cur-
rent Florida legislation and
comment on the upcoming
elections with a question
and answer period. Also
speaking will be Bob
Thacker, who is running for
Sheriff. Info: 729-2874 or
Monday-Tuesday. 9:45 a.m.

The Valparaiso
Community Library now
has four weekly story times
for pre-school aged chil-
dren (6 months to age 4),
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday mornings at
9:45, with arts and crafts,
music, fun learning activi-
ties and an exciting story.
For additional informa-
tion call the library at 729-
The Northwest Florida
Trauma Intervention
Program (TIP) will auction
a 1984 Mercedes Benz
convertible, a classic con-
vertible with less than
70,000 miles, Oct. 23.
Tickets are $10 and are
available from any volun-
teer or at 934-6654.
Info: tip-ser.org or 934-

Calendar, B-5.

Residents voice jet-noise fears

By Del Lessard
and Mike Griffith
Beacon Staff
Scores of people attended the
Air Force's first public hearing
on Eglin's Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement
(SEIS) for bed-down of 59 F-35
aircraft at Eglin.
About 80 citizens attended
the first meeting, held Oct. 12 at
First Baptist Church of
Valparaiso. About 20 of them
took the opportunity to provide

comments, all residents of
Valparaiso, except for one
woman who said her home was
in Virginia but who also owns
property in Valparaiso.
A similar hearing Oct. 13 at
the Northwest Florida State
College campus in Niceville
drew a slightly smaller crowd
and generated about a half-dozen
comments. A third hearing was
held Thursday in Crestview.
Most citizens who voiced
opinions were critical of the Air

Force's "preferred alternative,"
which would conduct much of
the flight training from Eglin's
north-south Runway 01/19,
which would result in many

Detailed noise map, A-6.

flights over Valparaiso and north-
western Niceville.
The first F-35s are scheduled
to start arriving late this year or
early next year, although delays
in the program, the nation's

biggest weapons contract, have
recently cast doubt on this
At the first hearing, the most-
ly older audience in Valparaiso,
many citing careers in the mili-
tary or civil service at Eglin,
remained respectful and
expressed their appreciation for
the Air Force, its mission and
people. However, virtually every
speaker said they would suffer
under Eglin's preferred alterna-
tive, 1A, which puts most of F-

35 flying operation at Eglin's
Main Base and has the greatest
negative impact on civilians out-
side the base.
Air Force widow Elizabeth
Garten, a resident of Andrew
Drive, Valparaiso, feared the
Eglin plan would make her
home, her main asset, unlivable:
"The Air Force needs to set this
right for us," she said, "Where is
our pursuit of happiness?"
Please see NOISE, page A-5



feared in



By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County water and
sewer officials have expressed
concern that a $5.9 million tech-
nology upgrade of the regional
sewer plant and its sprayfields
just north of Niceville may
exceed the original estimate by
perhaps $2.6 million.
Jeff Littrell, head of the coun-
ty's water and sewer department
and a member of the Niceville,
Valparaiso, Okaloosa County
(NVOC) Regional Sewer Board,
expressed the concern to fellow
sewer board members at a meet-
ing in Niceville earlier this
Please see COST, page A-7



at odds

on fees
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Meeting Thursday in an
attempt to negotiate a new fran-
chise agreement, Valparaiso and
Gulf Power Co. quickly got to
their apparent main conflict-
how much the company may
charge the city for running
municipal cablevision lines on
power poles.
No comprehensive agreement
was reached, and no date was set
for any future talks.
Valparaiso's 1,500 cable cus-
tomers have stake in the outcome
of the talks. Each one pays about
$2.20 in his monthly bill for
"pole-attachment fees" Gulf
Power charges the city.
With the utility's 30-year
exclusive right to distribute and
sell electricity in Valparaiso set to
expire next August, Valparaiso
Please see FEES, page A-7

Probe launched

into fire at stables

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A blaze in an abandoned stable that
burned to the ground early Sunday in the
Rocky Bayou section of Niceville,
appears to have been caused by humans,
according to Niceville Fire Chief
Tommy Mayville. No people or animals
were hurt.
Niceville fiu li l.i iiL received the
alarm at 5:42 a.m. Sunday.
Assistant Fire Chief Tony Lohrman
said firefighters were initially misdirect-
ed to some operating horse stables on
Forest Road that were found to be not

Firefighters then went to some aban-
doned stables nearby, off Rocky Bayou
Drive. These stables were the scene of
the fire.
The fire had apparently been burning
for some time. The structure had burned
to the ground by the time fil li.l.Ii i i
arrived at 5:52 a.m., Lohrman said.
Firefighters concentrated on protect-
ing the surrounding area from catching
fire, he said.
Damage was estimated at $5,000,
according to Lohrman. The stable is
owned by Ruckel Properties, he said.

Please see PROBE, page A-3

38,000 flock to Mullet Fest

An estimated 38,000 to 40,000
people attended the 34th annu-
al Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
in Niceville during near-perfect
weather last weekend. The
three-day event featured musi-
cal entertainment, food, crafts,
and carnival rides, above. At
right, a youngster tries to keep
her footing inside a plastic
bubble afloat in a pool.

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

Voting begins
With contentious contests for
Florida governor, a U.S. Senate race
with three major contenders, two
Okaloosa County Commission races
and a half-dozen constitutional
amendments on the Nov. 2 general
election ballot, early voting began
Monday at three places in the coun-
ty. Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux
said he expects between 12 to 15
percent of the vote to be cast by
absentee ballot or early voting by
Election Day. Left, Lux demon-
strates how a blind person can vote,
using a machine equipped with
headphones and a Braille keypad.
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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Citation in traffic death

Page A-2

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An investigation by the
Florida Highway Patrol has con-
cluded that no criminal act was
involved in the death of a pedes-
trian who died from injuries she
received in a traffic accident in
Bluewater Bay in July.
Deanna J. Banning, 72, of
Niceville, died in a Pensacola
hospital July 14 after receiving
head injuries when she walked
into the path of a truck in the
Winn-Dixie parking lot in
Bluewater Bay July 6, according

to an FHP report. The accident
reportedly occurred while it was
Earlier this month the FHP
released a statement that the
traffic homicide investigation
was concluded Aug. 10.
According to the statement, the
FHP cited the driver of the
truck, Jonathan D. Bell, of
Niceville, for the noncriminal
offense of failing to yield the
right of way to a pedestrian.
The citation requires a court
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Rabies suspected

as fox bites man

A Bluewater Bay resident
is undergoing auti-rabies
treatment after being bitten
by a fox Oct. 13, according
to the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office.
The victim said he was
standing in his driveway on
Windward Way around 11
a.m. when a grey fox bit him
on the foot, then ran away.

The victim went to Twin
Cities Hospital in Niceville
for treatment.
Deputy Sheriff Frank
Taylor warned residents to
keep an eye out for any ani-
mal acting strangely. Foxes
are extremely cautious by
nature and will not typically
confront a human in broad

abandoned building, he said, the
PR fire was likely caused by some-
From page A-1 one, accidentally or not. The
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Mayville said that evidence ing the cause, he said.
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\. Fire Department Rejorts

T lNie'le Fire De4lrtmrt responded, e following calls from October 11
th'ugh.tober 17. -- ..
1 Sruct l Emergency M ical Caffs
0 Veh6. b l deCrash
1 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash wh E ai. ,I
0 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Calci
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Street Situation Date Time
SR85N @ MM#16 ...............Vehicle Crash .................. 10/11/10 ............... 16:36
Rattan Pal Drive................ Brush Fire ..................... 10/11/10 ................... 21:28
Scott Street .............. Medical ................ 10/12/10 .....................11:53
29th Street.... ....... .....................10/13/10......................07:43
W John Sims Pkwy ............Service Call.................. 10/13/10 .................. 16:42
Teresa Court. ..............10/14/10Medical ......................02:14
College BI/Garden Lane......Vehicle Crash .............. 10/15/10 .................. 14:51
Jonathan Circle ....................Good Intent ......................10/15/10 ......................22:43
John Sims Pkwy ..................Medical.............. 10/15/10......................23:10
College Blvd. ......... .............../1Medical6/10....................... 09:14
N. Partin Drive ..........Medical..... ..........10/16/10.............. 14:28
Als Drive ........................................... .................10/16/10 ......................23:38
College Blvd. ......... .............../1Medical7/10....................... 00:11
Cedar/College Blvd ..............Vehicle Crash ............... 10/17/10.......................00:22
Rocky Bayou Drive ..............Structure Fire ............... 10/17/10 ................... 05:36
Weeden Island Drive ...........Medical.............................10/17/10..... .........09:22
Als Drive ........................................... .................10/17/10 ......................15:40
Edgewater Drive ..................Medical.............................10/17/10..... .......... 22:03
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls October 4
through October 10.
Location Situation Date Time
N. W hite Point Road...............EMS excluding vehicle.........10/4/10 ...............05:16
Pinehurst Cove &Oakmont...EMS excluding vehicle......... 10/4/10 ...............16:28
Raintree Boulevard.................Gas leak............................. 10/4/10 ...............16:53
McEwen ..................................Dispatched canceled............10/4/10 ...............17:23
N. W hite Point Road...............Medical assist EMS..............10/4/10 ...............19:33
Armadillo Trail ...................... Smoke detector ................ 10/4/10 ...............19:40
Boca Drive............................ Good intent ....................... 10/4/10 ...............20:14
East Highway 20.................. Alarm system .................... 10/5/10 ...............07:33
Lido Circle ............................ Alarm system .................... 10/5/10 ...............08:55
Muirfield W ay ....................... EMS excluding vehicle.........10/5/10 ...............08:56
N. W hite Point Road...............EMS excluding vehicle.........10/5/10 ...............08:59
Highway 20 .......................... Motor vehicle accident .........10/5/10 ...............12:10
Redbud Trail......................... EMS excluding vehicle.........10/5/10 ...............17:18
Highway 20 .......................... Motor vehicle accident .........10/5/10 ...............17:38
Woodbridge Road ............... Alarm system .................... 10/6/10 ...............10:30
W est Parkwood Lane.............Assist invalid ...................... 10/6/10 ...............15:38
N. W hite Point Road...............EMS excluding vehicle.........10/6/10 ...............16:04
White Point Road................. EMS excluding vehicle.........10/7/10 ...............10:21
White Point Road.................. Dispatched canceled............10/7/10 ...............12:52
White Point Road................. EMS excluding vehicle.........10/7/10 ...............12:56
Grand Oak Drive................... Dispatched canceled............10/7/10 ...............14:30
Evans Road ......................... Medical assist EMS..............10/8/10 ...............01:40
Valparaiso Boulevard .............Dispatched canceled............10/8/10 ...............12:47
Southminster Circle ................EMS excluding vehicle......... 10/8/10 ...............15:51
East Highway 20.................. Dispatched canceled............10/8/10 ...............18:59
Calinda Lane ...........................Public service assistance.....10/10/10 .............12:35
South Rosewood W ay ...........Outside rubbish ....................10/10/10 .............17:48
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10 on a charge of misdemeanor
battery that allegedly occurred
Sept. 18.

Helen Marie Matkin, 46, of
207 Deer St., Niceville, and James
Harold Kittrell, 59, of the same
address, were arrested by
Niceville police Oct. 12, each
charged with domestic violence

Brent W. Stauffer, an engineer,
43, of 3174 Border Creek Road,
Crestview, was arrested by
Niceville police Oct. 7 on a charge
of burglary
with battery.
sented him- t
self to a o a
motel clerk
and obtained
a room key,
then went to Brent W. Stauffer
the motel room, entered while the
occupants were sleeping and beat
one of the two occupants.

On Oct. 10, Niceville police
arrested four teenagers: a 16-year-
old Niceville girl, a 17-year-old
Niceville boy, a 15-year-old
Niceville boy and a 17-year-old
Freeport boy, each charged with
burglary to a dwelling and under-
age possession of alcohol. Three
of the suspects, all students, were
also charged with possession of
drug paraphernalia, while the 17-
year old Niceville boy, a cook,
was not.
Police were called to a burgla-
ry in progress, about 8:23 p.m.,
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1100 block of Pin Oak Circle dis-
covered two male suspects in his
garage, one inside his vehicle, and
one behind the vehicle.
The two boys fled on foot
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son. The two suspects were seen
getting into a dark-colored vehicle
that left the scene, but not before
the victim was able to copy the
license tag.
Niceville police found the
vehicle at a convenience store,
1001 Valparaiso Boulevard, with
all the juveniles inside appearing
to be under the influence of alco-
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and one opened bottle of beer in
the vehicle, as well as drug para-
phernalia. Three of the teens were
released to their parents, while the
15-year-old boy was delivered to
the Department of Juvenile
A Valparaiso business owner,
90 Eastview Ave., reported that
sometime Sept. 30-Oct. 1
unknown persons) fraudulently
used the business' credit card to
make three purchases online total-
ing $336. Four other unauthorized
purchases the victim noted on his
account were blocked.

A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Coldwater Creek
Circle reported Oct. 10 that
unknown persons) had been writ-
ing checks on his bank account at
three stores in Atlanta, even
though the victim had the same
numbered checks in his posses-
sion. The victim was reimbursed
$1,919 by his bank.

A student at a Niceville train-
ing center, 864 W. John Sims
Parkway, reported that sometime
Oct. 6 unknown persons stole
approximately $200 cash from the
center console of her unlocked
vehicle while it was parked at the

A student at a Niceville train-
ing center, 864 W. John Sims
Parkway, reported seeing a young
male attempting to enter another
student's vehicle while it was
parked in the rear of the school,
Oct. 8. The suspected burglar was
seen fleeing in a vehicle driven by
another suspect and headed in the
direction of Valparaiso, but circled
back and headed to Niceville.
Nothing was reported missing
from the student's vehicle.

A Niceville military member
who had been deployed to Iraq in
August returned home to find a
letter from the Internal Revenue
Service stating she owed $1,307
in taxes by August this year. The
victim discovered that someone
had been using her name and
Social Security number while
working for a plant and bulb com-
pany in North Carolina. Law
enforcement officials in North
Carolina told the victim that
because she was not a resident of
North Carolina she would have to
file identity theft charges with
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This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: Rebecca Sharlene Allen
Wanted for: fleeing and eluding law
enforcement, criminal mischief,
larceny and child neglect. Allen's last
known address was on Florosa
Court in Mary Esther.
Height: 5-feet, 6-inches -
Weight: 168 pounds
Age: 37
Date of birth: 07-03-73
Hair: black, Eyes: brown )
Name: April Diana Suchan
Wanted for: failure to appear on the
original charge of larceny and
violation of probation on the original
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known address was on John Sims j fe
Parkway in Valparaiso.
Height: 5-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 140 pounds
Age: 36
Date of birth: 10-06-74
Hair: brown, Eyes: blue
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William Bellamy, a resident of
Edwards Circle said his home
would be in a zone that would be
subjected to 80 decibels of jet
noise. "My only question," he
said, "is the Air Force going to buy
my home?"
Richard Nagey, a 26-year mili-
tary veteran, and homeowner on
Montana Avenue, said the Air
Force's Alternative 2A would
eliminate the noise problem in
Valparaiso. "I don't have $40,000
to sound-proof my home," he said,
adding that his wife, who has a
chronic disease, would be forced
to lie in bed and endure high levels
of jet noise.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold led the list of speakers,
telling Air Force officials that he
prefers Alternative 2A, an option
that makes greater use of Duke
Field to perform the F-35 flying
Citing data in the Air Force's
SEIS, the mayor said that most of
the 1,444 individuals who would
be subjected to more than 75 dB
DNL of noise live in Valparaiso.
They would have to vacate their
homes, he said, because such high
levels of noise cannot be remediat-
ed, according to the Air Force's
own data. Another 840 people in
the city would be subjected to
noise in the 65-75 dB level, a
sound level that can be attenuated
by sound-proofing, but which he

From page A-4
police in Niceville, which the vic-
tim did Oct. 7.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Gleneagles Drive
reported that sometime Sept. 10-
20 someone stole a golf bag and
three clubs from his garage. The
stolen items were valued at $850.
The victim said he commonly
leaves the garage door open.

A Niceville resident from the
400 block of North Fir Avenue
reported Oct. 1 that someone stole
approximately $1,167 worth of
miscellaneous items from the resi-
dence while the victim was hospi-
talized. Among the stolen items
were a DVD player, an iPod, vari-

estimated would cost $40,000 to
$50,000 per home.
Valparaiso resident, school
principal and city commissioner
Diane Kelley said she was con-
cerned that the planned F-35 oper-
ations would affect property val-
ues and negatively affect resident's
enjoyment of outdoor activity.
Retired dentist Jack Tweedle
said that by the Air Force's own
measurements his Grandview
Avenue home would become
"unlivable" and unsellable."
But one speaker, Ann Marie
Riggs, differed with other speak-
ers, saying she was a life-long res-
ident of Virginia Beach, Va., a
town of about 500,000 that is also
home to Oceana Naval Air Station
where very loud FA-18 Super
Hornets train and fly. She said that
no one in Virginia Beach had ever
abandoned their home due to the
jets, and in fact fought to keep the
Super Hornets when Congress
threatened to move them. The
mother of four added that property
values in the Virginia city did not
decline due to the high level of jet
noise, but that her property in
Valparaiso had lost $20,000 in
value over the last two years with-
out any help from the Air Force.
Valparaiso resident Bob
Bachelor said he wanted to set the
record straight, that Virginia
Beach residents had sued the
Navy over jet noise from the Super
Hornets in a class action lawsuit
that cost the government over $30
million to date. He also said that

ous electronic accessories,
records, a digital camera, credit
card, towels and a shower curtain.

A Niceville resident reported
that she lost a $1,200 gold bracelet
at a Fort Walton Beach store, 748
N. Beal Parkway, Sept. 29.
Investigators have been checking
with pawn shops for the missing
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from the
400 block of Ruckel Drive report-
ed that unknown persons) threw
deadly missiles at her vehicle and
broke the rear window sometime
Oct. 4-5. The victim pointed out a
white-colored half-inch sphere on
the ground, similar to a marble,
near the damaged vehicle.
Deputies believe the item is a half-
inch "slingshot bullet" sold at

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Valparaiso homeowner Janie Garcia-Rios questioned Mike Jago, a
physical scientist in Eglin's environmental analysis section, about
a display at the Air Force's Oct. 19 public hearing on the F-35
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The hearing was
held at the Valparaiso Baptist Church.

the proposed F-35 plan would
make it difficult for local school
children who have lots of outside
activities at school and for stu-
dents such as those at Lewis
School whose classrooms are
Similar comments were heard
at the hearing in Niceville, where
Air Force Col. Thomas Cumbie
Eglin Air Force Base environ-
mental officials Mike Spaits and
Larry Chavers kicked off the
Niceville hearing with a briefing
on the basing options under con-
sideration for the F-35. They said
that thus far, the Air Force favors
Alternative 1A, despite the poten-
tial noise impact, because it is the

stores. Deputies found several oth-
ers slingshot bullets in the neigh-
borhood, some near the windows
of nearby homes, indicating they
may have been used as targets.
Damage to the vehicle window
was estimated at $315.
A 16-year-old Niceville boy
was issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies Oct. 9 on misde-
meanor charges of possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-

Anthony James Espinoza, 20,
of 464-A 5th Ave., Shalimar, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police, subsequent to
traffic stop for speeding, Oct. 13,
on the charge of underage posses-
sion of alcohol.

only option that does not reduce
the amount of Eglin land available
for public access and recreation,
and is likely to have the most pos-
itive impact on local employment,
as well as providing the least com-
plicated way of basing the planes
and conducting flight operations.
Following the briefings, citi-
zens were given three minutes
apiece to make public comments,
and were also allowed to leave
written statements with base offi-
Thomas Grayson said, "Jet
noise is the sound of freedom,"
and an "economic lifeline" for
local communities, "but we must-
n't let it destroy us." The Niceville
resident said that repeated expo-

sure to 65 decibel noise levels can
damage people's hearing, and that
Option 2A, which would base the
F-35s at Duke Field between
Niceville and Crestview, is the
only option that does not pose
such a health hazard to local resi-
Kirby Locklear, vice president
of the Intertribal Council, said the
Air Force should take care to treat
local Native American grave sites
with proper respect, and said
many American Indians are avail-
able in the local area who are will-
ing to assist the Air Force in locat-
ing, and if need be, relocating,
such sites.
Lucy Freytag said she recently
bought property along the bound-
ary between Niceville and
Valparaiso, and said she is con-
cerned about how the F-35 bed-
down will affect the value of her
property. She also asked for more
clarification about such issues as
whether local residents will need
to wear earplugs during flight
operations, whether homes will
require expensive noise insulation,
and whether the Air Force will
help pay the cost of such meas-
Freytag said she is a nurse
practitioner who often works with
patients who have suffered perma-
nent hearing losses from exposure
to industrial noise, and fears simi-
lar effects among local residents if
protective measures are not taken
against noise from the F-35s.
Another resident asked, "If the

noise has an impact on people,
what will the Air Force do about
it? Will we still be able to have
backyard barbecues?"
Jackie Edge, who said her fam-
ily has lived in the Niceville-
Valparaiso area since the 1830s,
said she is concerned about the
threat of plane crashes as well as
noise, especially under the
approaches to Eglin's Runway
01/19. "New pilots will train in
this plane," she said, and will be
flying solo even on their very first
F-35 missions because the fighters
have no two-seat versions.
The Air Force, Edge said,
"should use plain language" rather
than official jargon, to honestly
inform local people about the haz-
ards associated with the new
planes. "I am concerned that we'll
have more crashes than in the
past," she said.
Dan Holley, a retired fighter
pilot, suggested that the Air Force
offer to buy homes in the high-
noise area, then turn the area into a
nature preserve. "It probably
won't cost that much," he said,
considering the amount already
being spent to develop, build, and
operate the new planes.
Niceville resident Mike
Chesser said he recently pur-
chased a tract of land, intending to
build a new subdivision, but now
needs to know the likely impact of
the F-35 before proceeding. "I'm
paying interest on the property,
and I must build something soon,"
he said.

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Air Force releases detailed noise map
Air Force noise profile map shows jet-noise levels expected under the service's "preferred alternative" 1A for the bed-down of 59 F-
35 jet fighters at Eglin's main base. Contour lines with numbers represent expected average decibel levels, a measure of noise. This
map, more detailed than prior versions, was released after requests by the City of Valparaiso and the Bay Beacon. Homes within the
65 db to 75 db contour lines would need soundproofing to reduce interior noise levels, while homes subject to 75 db or above could
not be adequately be soundproofed, according to Eglin.

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From page A-1
Littrell said the county has
experience in building a similar,
though larger sprayfield upgrade
using technology known as Rapid
Infiltration Basin system (RIBS)
at its year-old, 147-acre Arbennie
Pritchett Water Reclamation facil-
ity north of Fort Walton Beach. It
is designed to handle about three
times the sewage which the sepa-
rately operated NVOC treatment
facility in Niceville can handle.
Based on its RIBS experi-
ence, Littrell asked county engi-
neers to estimate the cost of the
smaller, 80-acre RIBS planned
for NVOC regional sprayfields
located on Eglin land leased by
the utility.
Littrell said county engineers
estimated the NVOC RIBS sys-
tem would cost about $3.4 mil-
lion, more than four times the
$800,000 NVOC's own engi-
neers estimated earlier this year.
Total cost for the NVOC
upgrade is $5.9 million, and
includes new tcliiih.h.-., at the
treatment plant, in addition to
the RIBS. The three partners in
the regional utility would each
separately borrow the money to
pay a share of the regional
The county recently pressed
the NVOC to abandon plans for
the upgrade and send its treated
sewage effluent to the new
Pritchett facility instead. The
regional sewer board rejected
the iI-' -'i. 'I II
Littrell said county officials
are concerned the NVOC part-
ners may borrow too little
money for their share of the
upgrade, then have to find fund-
ing for any cost overruns.
NVOC engineer Glenn
Stephens, of Polyengineering-
the same engineering consultant
used by each of the three part-
ners-said that the final esti-
mate on cost of modifying the
current NVOC sprayfield is
being delayed by a study of
groundwater flow under the
sprayfield. While his earlier
$800,000 estimate to build the
RIBS might have been opti-
mistic, there are several other
factors that will keep costs down
for the regional sewer board,
Stephens said.
NVOC board members
declined a suggestion by Littrell
that the panel spend $8,000 to
hire another engineering compa-
ny for another estimate of the
proposed RIBS.

From page A-1
has proposed significant changes in
any new agreement. Among them is
the end of the pole-attachment fee
Gulf Power charges the city for
attaching city-owned cable TV
cables to nearly 1,000 of the utility's
power poles.
A few minor issues seemed
quickly resolved during Thursday
negotiations. They included an
agreement by Gulf Power to replace
burnt-out street lights more quickly.
But Gulf Power attorney Russell
Badders told Valparaiso officials
that any agreement on pole attach-
ment fees was pre-empted by feder-
al law and cannot legally be regulat-
ed in a municipal franchise agree-
ment. A franchise agreement allows
utilities to use city rights of way in
return for the payment of fees to the
city, Badders said.
Like most other local cities,
Valparaiso assesses, and the power
company collects on behalf of the
city, a 6 percent franchise fee added
to customers' utility bills.
But Gulf Power also charges the
city for use of its power poles. Nine
years ago the utility raised its annu-
al pole-attachment fee by more than
500 percent, from $6.60 per pole to
$40.60. The increase was based on a
federal rules change that limiting
such fees to the lower figure no
longer applied because cable TV
systems were also carrying non-tel-
evision traffic, such as Internet data.
Valparaiso has refused to pay the
higher fee. It assesses its cable cus-
tomers for the full amount, however,
and puts the difference in escrow,
awaiting a final settlement, officials
The escrow fund that has swelled
to $345,000. "We're just keeping a

large pool of money at the expense
of our customers," City
Administrator Carl Scott said.
Meantime, both sides have been
watching a federal lawsuit on the
issue against another utility compa-
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Beacon photo
Okaloosa County's sewage sprayfields north of Fort Walton Beach.
The county contends that its experience indicates the Niceville,
Valparaiso, Okaloosa County Regional Sewer Board may be under-
estimating costs of developing a new sprayfield.

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ny as it winds through the courts.
Valparaiso City Commissioner
Tom Miller said last week that a
federal appeals court had ruled in
favor of cable companies seeking
lower pole fees, but that the deci-

sion has been appealed to the
Federal Communications
Commission. Badders said the
FCC was expected to rule in the
next year or so.
Burt Bennett, Valparaiso's
broadband communications chief,
contended that Valparaiso was dif-
ferent from commercial cable
companies because its a small,

city-owned system. But federal
rules require pole fees to be
nondiscriminatory, Badders said,
meaning the utility must charge
every cable system the same price.
There are 986 power poles in
Valparaiso that have cable-TV
attachments, according to Gulf
Power spokeswoman Sandy Sims.
The power company bills

Valparaiso semi-annually, accord-
ing to Valparaiso City Clerk
Tammy Johnson. The last bill for
986 attachments at $20.30 per six
months, came to $20,015.80. The
city paid the power company
$3,253.80, she said, putting the
remainder in escrow.
Gulf Power has seven cable
companies in its coverage area,

Sims said. All have refused to pay
the full $40.60 per pole annual fee,
she said.
City officials have indicated
that if the pole-fee issue can't be
resolved, the city may not renew
Gulf Power's franchise and may
take over its Valparaiso power-dis-
tribution network itself. However,
that would require the city to buy

the network, and utility officials
said it would cost the city a lot of
money just to get a figure for such
the buyout.
Scott said Valparaiso's three
negotiators need to bring the
issues before the city commission
for direction on what to do next.
No date was set for another nego-
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An event that will benefit
Catholic Charities of Northwest
Florida and the Special
Operations Warrior Foundation
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meal and an
address by a
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The 2010
Charity Gala,
featuring a
Dinesh D'Souza cocktail
reception, dinner and guest
speaker Dinesh D'Souza, will
take place Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the
Hurlburt Field Soundside Club.
D'Souza has written on such
diverse topics as Christianity,
American values, racism and the
evidence for life after death. His
most recent book, "The Roots of
Obama's Rage," which makes the
case that President Obama's
mindset has been forged by "an
often masked, but profound rage
that comes from his African
father; an anticolonialist rage

against Western dominance, and
most especially against the
wealth and power of the very
nation Barack Obama now
leads," according to the inside
flap of the book.
D'Souza told the Beacon that
his talk will "weave together
some themes from my work on
Christianity with some themes
from my secular work about the
state of our country and our cul-
ture. I keep one foot in the politi-
cal world and one foot in the
world of Christian apologists."
D'Souza has been in the fore-
front of the conservative
Christian and political movement
in recent months. Liberal
MSNBC commentator Keith
Olberman has called him "one of
the worst people in the world in a
regular segment of his program.
He was recently featured on the
Glenn Beck show on Fox News.
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facing trouble with its economic
meltdown and the polarization of
political thought.
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ner theater presented Friday in Fort Walton Beach. Many other students spotlighted their
singing talents in the show, which is expected to become a yearly event.

Plew fourth-grader fighting

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Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Hannah Sjostrom displays some of the
friendship pins she has made. She'll sell the
pins at Saturday's craft fair at Niceville United
Methodist Church to help Sharing and

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Hannah Sjostrom in many ways is like other Plew
fourth graders-the bright and cheerful 9-year-old plays
soccer and softball, and is taking piano lessons. Perhaps
setting her apart, next Saturday Hannah will sell her
homemade "friendship pins" Oct. 23 at the Bayou
Country Crafts Bazaar at Niceville United Methodist
Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, raising money to fight
hunger in the local community.
Friendship pins were popular back in the 1980s, long
before Hannah was born. Made of safety pins and tiny,
colorful beads strung on the pins, several of the safety
pins are clipped together in rows forming various
designs and patterns. Exchanged between friends, the
pins are displayed on your friends' tennis shoes, attached
to the laces.
Hannah first saw the pins about a year ago when her
mother, Niceville High School English teacher Jennifer
Sjostrom, made a few friendship pins for a "Dress up for
the '80s Days" event at the high school.
"What are those," her mother remembers her daugh-
ter asking. Using a few pins lying around the house and
looking up some patterns on the Internet, Hannah soon
began making her own colorful friendship pins.
"I actually started a trend at my school," said
Hannah, showing her friends how to make friendship
pins. Then the girls exchanged and wore them on their
shoelaces. The pins take just minutes to make, she said,
although some of the more intricate patterns, such as
flags or a pink ribbon design, take longer. Hannah said
she and her friends prefer the "fun kind," emphasizing
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Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy Drama Department
has announced that its 2010
fall production will be "The
Good Doctor," a comedy with
music written by Neil Simon.
Cast members are: Jon
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Tanner Jenkins, Shiloh
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Kent, Ivan Linn, Savannah
Linn, Tyler Maraist, Hannah
Moore, Spencer Randall,
Mario Rudner, Josh Turner,
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at Niceville High School Nov.
4 and 6 at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mai Howell Reid
July 28, 1928 Oct. 8, 2010
Psalm 30:5 "...weeping
may endure for a night, but joy
cometh in the morning."
Mai Howell Reid passed
away on a beautiful Friday
morning, finally leaving this
earth to be with the Lord. She
was born in Smithville, Tenn.,
and lived a full and quiet life
of devotion to her family as a
beloved wife, mother, grand-
mother, great-grandmother,
sister, aunt, cousin and friend.
Her devotion to her Christian
faith is an inspiration to her
family. Her love of flowers,
music, art, sewing and educa-
tion is her legacy to her
Mai is survived by the loves
of her life: Gerald, husband of
62 years; daughters Susan
Johansen and husband Paul of
Mary Esther, Fla.; Gloria Hall
and husband Doug of

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During the eight-week pro-
gram, Kong completed a variety
of training which included class-
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color and different shapes of
beads. "We're not into team col-
ors," she said.
But Hannah hopes college
team colors and other more intri-
cate designs are popular with
shoppers at the 34th Annual
Bayou Country Craft Bazaar.
She plans to ask 50 cents to $2
for most of the pins. Because all
her proceeds are going to
Sharing and Caring, the church
donated a booth to Hannah near
the entry.
Hannah said she learned
about the Niceville food pantry
while participating in food
drives. It bothered her that some
families don't have enough to eat.
"I pass by Sharing and Caring
almost every day on my school
bus," she said. "I think about how
some kids don't actually have
food. It's kind of sad."
The Oct. 23 Bayou Country
Crafts Bazaar opens at 8:30 a.m.
and runs to 3 p.m. at the church.
Look for the blonde 9-year-
old with the big heart.

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A memorial service for the late He was employed by the city
George Ireland will be held at the of Niceville for more than 32
Niceville Community Center years as the city clerk and finan-
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. cialdirector.
Military honors and a Masonic In lieu of flowers, the family
service will be presented, has requested donations be made
Ireland, of Niceville, died at to renal research.
age 81 while on vacation in his The public is invited to attend
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Eric Josel Adams
Eric Josel Adams ascended
into Heaven Wednesday
evening, Oct. 13, 2010, from
the Manor at Bluewater Bay
after a 12-year battle with
Lewy Bodies disease.
Eric served his country as a
U.S. Marine and is a Purple
Heart recipient. After return-
ing from Vietnam, he worked
as a law enforcement officer
with the Florida Highway
Patrol, Polk County Sheriff's
Office, Holmes County
Sheriff's Office and Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office, where
he retired June 30, 1998.
He is survived by his wife,
Terry Adams, son Jeff Adams
(Debbie), daughter Kimberly
Acevedo (Freddie), and grand-
children Jeffrey Adams,
Brittany Adams, Ashley
Acevedo and Chelsea Acevedo.

We would like to thank the
staff at the Manor at Bluewater
Bay for the love and care that
they gave Eric during the last
five years of his life. We would
also like to thank Matt and
Brenda Fendley and the staff
from First United Methodist
Church for the love, devotion
and support they gave Eric
during his illness. A special
note of thanks to Eric's broth-
er-in-law David Yacks and sis-
ter-in-law Kathy Byrd for their
dedication and love.
A service honoring Eric
was held Tuesday, Oct. 19,
2010, at Heritage Gardens
Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with
a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10
a.m. at the funeral home. A
graveside service with full mil-
itary honors was held at New
Hope Baptist Church
Cemetery in Opp, Ala., at 1
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Prentice Howell, and sister,
Irene Johnson, eight grandchil-
dren, eight great-grandchildren
and many loving extended
family members.
The family wishes to thank
special friends from the Manor
at Bluewater Bay, the Niceville
United Methodist Church and
Covenant Hospice for their
loving care of our mother.
Arrangements are entrusted
to Heritage Gardens Funeral
Home, Niceville, Fla., and
Lawrence Funeral Home,
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Archaeologists uncover history around Niceville

Turpentine artifacts, signs of prehistoric Indians recovered

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Archeologists this summer
investigated two historical sites
in the path of the proposed Mid-
Bay Bridge Connector road,
unearthing artifacts from human
settlements from as far back as
4,000 years ago to as recently as
80 years ago.
Between March and August,
archaeologists cleared and
investigated a portion of the
Acme-Shaw Turpentine Still
and Camp, a historic site cover-
ing 157 acres on Eglin Air Force
Base. The turpentine still was
operational in the early 20th
century, possibly as early as
1905 according to deed records.
Over the next couple of decades,
the property passed through var-
ious owners, the most famous of
which was Lloyd L. Shaw, a
local entrepreneur who was
involved in a number of busi-
ness enterprises. Shaw operated
the still from around 1921 until
his untimely death in January of

Among the artifacts recovered
was this 1901 nickel.

Niceville native Jackie Edge
said her paternal grandparents,
Malcom and Ginny McColluth,
lived for a time at Shaw's still in
the early 20th century. Her
l.'i.mdil.idi was working for
Shaw when he registered for the
draft in 1917, she said, and she
has been told by family mem-
bers that her grandparents lived
in one of the houses at the still
about 1920.
The buildings were all razed
during the 1930s after the feder-
al government bought the prop-
erty and Eglin Air Force Base
was being built on the former

Beacon photos by Del Lessard
J.T. Patton digs inside the excavated hole as Bret Kent sifts the
dirt in search of artifacts.

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national forest land, according
to Prentice Thomas, the archae-
ologist in charge.
Historic records indicate the
operation had one or more stills,
houses for workers and the over-
seer, barns, steam pumps, dip
barrels, wagons, mules, horses,
oxen, a cooper's shop, and a
commissary. Local informants
also indicated a school and
church were on the property.
The industrial operation is
represented archaeologically by
brick concentrations, artifact
scatters, depressions of former
privies and wells, roof drip
lines, probable wagon ruts,
abandoned roads, and thou-
sands of artifacts, such as barrel
hoops, glass from bottles, table-
ware, and chimney lamp,
ceramic tableware and turpen-
tine cup fragments, brick frag-
ments, nails, vehicle parts, and
numerous others.
The excavations focused on
the area where the workers'
quarters were and archaeolo-
gists identified nine building
used as worker's quarters, priv-
ies, garden plots, and other
According to the 1920 cen-
sus there were at least 30 work-
ers on the turpentine site, said
James Mathews, a historical
archaeologist with Prentice
Thomas Associates, the Fort
Walton Beach company that
performed work at the turpen-
tine still site. Mortgage records
indicate there were 33-35
shanties at the Shaw still, he
said, used as cooper's shed,
dwellings, a commissary and so
The workers quarters site
was like a "time capsule," said
Mathews, with costume jewelry,
small coins (pennies, nickels
and dimes), clock parts, a
Studebaker wagon axle and
even a 1920s Louisiana license
plate were among the items
recovered. Several brass buttons
were also uncovered, mostly
from workmen's garb like over-
alls. A deep well was found full
of glass bottles and several
coins dated from the 1901-
Thomas said the Shaw still
site is important because it
included the workers' quarters.
Previous investigations of tur-
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trial activity, he said, while
some of the artifacts recovered
at the Niceville still-the
remains of toys, costume jewel-
ry, hand-made clay marbles-
indicate families probably lived
at the still also.
"Personal items perhaps,
were of greatest interest," to J.T.
Patton, one of the diggers.
"Whenever you find that stuff
you think about the people, not
just (that it was) a worker's
camp," he said.
On another part of the Eglin
reservation archaeologists this
summer also uncovered arti-
facts belonged to Indians who
lived here as long ago as about
2,000 B.C. They were
unearthed near Rocky Creek,
where they were once used by a
hunter-gatherer Indian society
that was both pre-agricultural
and pre-pottery, according to
local archeologist.
The previously unknown
Indian settlement was located
during the initial walk over the
path of the connector road, said
Thomas. The site actually pro-
duced artifacts at different lev-
els showing the area has been
occupied by at least two differ-
ent Indian cultures over the cen-
turies, he said.
Artifacts unearthed at the
lowest level artifacts date to
about 2,000 B.C. and show sim-
ilarity to prehistoric cultures
named for an earlier discovery
in Poverty Point, La., Thomas
Among the oldest artifacts
was a steatite plummet.
Although it may look like a pro-
jectile point to modem eyes, the
plummet was used to weigh
down fishing nets, according to
archaeologist Jan Campbell.
From a more modem prehis-
toric Indian encampment on
Rocky Creek, carved projectile
points such as those used on
spears used for hunting were
also uncovered this summer, she
Steatite is a soft stone that is
not local to this area but was
used by ancient Indians because
it was easy to carve or shape,
Campbell said. At least three
samples taken from the site will
be carbon-dated to help narrow
the age of the artifacts, she said.
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ging was that there's not a large
amount of knowledge about
pre-pottery Indian era, Thomas
said. Artifacts found show some
similarity to a mound center in
Poverty Point Louisiana, he
said, indicating there was a pos-
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thousands of years ago.
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Rep. Miller visits Rocky school, students

Discusses politics, Christianity and history

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-
Chumukla) visited Rocky Bayou
Christian School on Tuesday, Oct,
12. He toured the school, then met
with faculty and students in the
school's library, where he
answered questions and discussed
his views of recent events in
Congress and the upcoming gen-
eral elections, which he expects
will transfer control of the Senate
and House of Representatives
from Democrats to Republicans.
Miller visited the private
Christian school at the invitation
of RBCS Superintendent Dr.
Michael Mosley, who escorted
him on a walking tour of the
Niceville campus and discussed
the expanded programs and other

progress the school has made in
recent years.
"Congressman Miller is
already familiar with our school,
from his friendship with Dr. Bob
Grete, one of our founders,"
Mosley told the Beacon while
awaiting Miller's arrival. "Today,
we plan to show him how far
we've come, especially with the
expansion of our programs for
special-needs children."
"Rocky Bayou Christian
School's mission remains what it
always has been, to help Christian
families educate their children,"
Mosley said. "When we started,
we were mainly a prep school, but
we have expended our other pro-
grams, such as special-needs edu-
cation, in response to the needs of
the families we serve. We have
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Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
Rep. Jeff Miller talks about party politics and the Christian heritage
of the United States in the Rocky Bayou Christian School library.

also expanded our programs in
sports, art, music, and other
areas." Currently, said Mosley,
RBCS has about 700 students
enrolled in grades K-12-small
compared to public institutions
like Niceville High School, but the
largest Christian private school
between Tallahassee and
"Republicans get it this time,"
said Miller during his question
and answer session, explaining
that his party lost control of
Congress and the White House
during the 2008 elections because
Republican elected officials had
failed to act according to their stat-
ed principles of low taxes and a
smaller role for the federal gov-
ernment in the lives of Americans.
Instead, he said, office holders had
become too willing to spend tax
money and expand government
control of business, education, and
other activities, hoping to appease
special interest groups and buy the
votes of people who benefit from
government assistance programs.
The result, he said, was the
economic crash of 2008 and gen-
eral discontent with government
among Americans, who voted the
Republicans out and gave
President Barak Obama and a new
Democrat-controlled Congress a
chance to do a better job.
Now, said Miller, Americans
have become even more disap-
pointed with Democratic policies
such as Obama's national health
care program, runaway deficit
spending, and an economy that
has been too slow to recover and
produce jobs. This, he said, gives
Republicans another, but perhaps
final, chance to take power and
apply their principles to restore
prosperity and greater freedom for
individuals, families, and busi-
Why should Americans
believe Republican promises of
lower taxes and smaller govern-

Rep. Jeff Miller shares some prayer time with Rocky Bayou Christian School students and faculty.

ment this time, after hearing simi-
lar promises in 1996, when the
party's "Contract With America"
promised the same things, but led
to a Republican administration
that Miller himself said aban-
doned those principles between
2000 and 2008?
"I was part of a core group in
Congress who tried to warn our
party to stick to its principles,"
Miller replied. Although his warn-
ings were not heeded, he said, fel-
low Republicans have now "seen
what happens when the party
loses focus, and gives in to the
thirst for government spending
and power expansion'."
Once Democrats took power,
he said, they alienated the voters
who had elected them by pursuing
a liberal agenda of spending, tax-
ing, and regulating, thus sparking
discontent among voters and the
rise of conservative groups like
the Tea Party movement.
This election year, Miller said,
"Americans are willing to give the
Republicans one more shot, and
we must get it right. Otherwise,

we will be facing permanent
minority status."
Regarding education, Miller
said, "I believe in public educa-
tion. I am a product of the public
school system:' He added, howev-
er, that public education has been
hurt by the "stranglehold of
national teachers' unions, who
believe that more money will
solve the problem." The best way
to improve public education, he
said, is to allow more competition
in the form of charter schools,
home schooling, and private
schools such as RBCS, including
publicly-funded scholarships for
students who attend such schools.
"Public education works best
when students are No. 1, not
adults," such as teachers, adminis-
trators, and union officials, he
Miller warned that if a new
Republican congress keeps its
promises to cut spending, some
painful cuts to government pro-
grams will be required. He said he
expects such cuts to affect many
programs, and criticized president

Obama for "using the defense
budget as a piggy bank." He said
Obama has cut defense spending
to help fund the expansion of
domestic spending, but has still
had to drop some people from
Medicare under the new health
care program that was supposed to
expand care for all.
He said he favors cutting feder-
al spending back to 2008 levels
across the board, as an initial step
once Republicans gain control of
congress, with more cuts to fol-
low, even if this "affects some
careers" of Republican elected
Miller also said Americans
need to become more aware of the
role of Judeo-Christian principles
in the founding of the United
States, and the importance of such
principles in modem times.
"Pray for this country," he told
his listeners. National politics, he
said, has become "a battleground
of epic proportions," in which
decisions made in the next few
years may determine the course of
the nation for many years to come.

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Mercedes auction
The Northwest Florida Trauma
Intervention Program (TIP) will auc-
tion a 1984 Mercedes Benz convert-
ible, a classic convertible with less
than 70,000 miles, Oct. 23. Tickets are
$10 and are available from any volun-
teer or at 934-6654.
Info: tip-ser.org or 934-6654.
Poster artists sought
The Greater Fort Walton Beach
Chamber of Commerce's Mardi Gras
Committee has announced its annual
poster contest for the
S 2011 "Mardi Gras on the
Island." Winning artwork
will be prominently dis-
played in all event adver-
tising. The winner will receive $200.
Poster submissions should be 11-
by-14 inches and include the theme of
"Love on the Island," incorporating
some version of Cupid sporting a
Mardi Gras mask. It must contain the
words "Mardi Gras on the Island
2011, Fort Walton Beach, FL." All
submissions should be in a camera-
ready medium and unsigned.
Deadline is Oct. 15. Submit your
poster to the Chamber office, 34 S.E.
Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton
Info: Eppi Azzaretto at 244-8191.
Library's kids' programs
The Valparaiso Community
Library invites all preschool aged chil-
dren for Community Helpers Month
through Oct. 29. There will be a relat-
ed story and arts and crafts. Info: 729-
Fall Festival scheduled
Emerald Coast Center, a non-prof-
it nursing and rehabilitation center in
Fort Walton Beach, will hold it first
Fall Festival Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at
114 3rd St. Staff member Bathsheba
Stephens was recently diagnosed with
Stage IV cancer of the colon, liver and
uterus and faces a long road of inten-
sive and costly treatment. Emerald
Coast Center is dedicating the Fall
Festival to Bathsheba; proceeds will
be used to assist her and her family in
covering the costs of her care. In addi-
tion, Emerald Coast Center has com-
mitted to matching whatever funds are
raised at this event.
Info: 243-6134.
'Government Gone Wild'
A seminar, "Government Gone
Wild" The Tea Party Edition:
Government is Broke[n], will be held
at the Grace Tabernacle Church, 718
NE Eglin Parkway, (Mariner Plaza)
Oct. 22, 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.
Seating is limited. This is a non-parti-
san motivational and educational sem-
inar produced by motivational speaker
Blaise Ingoglia, Chairman of the
Hemando County Tea Party.
Reserve your seat at government-
gonewild.org or call 897-4775.
Admission is free.
Winery Festival set
Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery
Harvest Festival will be
held Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-6
p.m. at 364 Hugh Adams
Road, DeFuniak Springs.
Entertainment will be
Smokin' Rodeo Band in the morning
(10 a.m.-l1:30 p.m.) and local favorite
Jones and Company in the afternoon
(2-6 p.m.). This year will include the
first backyard barbecue cook-off.
More than $600 in cash and prizes
will be awarded for best barbecue.
Also scheduled is a cruise-in. Cruise-
in prizes will be a 4-foot trophy and
$100 to Viewers Choice Best of Show
and many other special awards.
Info: 892-5887 chautauquawin-
Yule bazaar scheduled
The 34th annual Bayou Country
Craft Bazaar will take place Saturday,
Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Niceville
United Methodist Church, 214 S.
Partin Dr., Niceville.

Proceeds to benefit missions.
Lunch counter, silent auction and bake
Info: 678-4411.
'Not the Nutcracker' set
The Pyramid Players will present
"Not the Nutcracker," the nuttiest
musical on the Emerald Coast,
Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center, 100 College Blvd.
E. Niceville.
A fine art exhibit and
silent auction will take
place in the lobby at
5:30 p.m.
Free admission;
donations are appreciat-
The performers and artists are
adults with developmental disabilities
who study their craft at Pyramid Fort
Walton Beach, a private non-profit
company that provides training in five
Florida cities.
Info: pyramidinc.org, notthe nut-
cracker.org, or Joe Stevens,
jstevens@pyramidinc.or 862-7139 .

Archaeology meeting set
The Emerald Coast Archaeology
Society will hold its regular meeting
Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the
Lazarus Room of the Indian Mound
Temple Museum, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
The program will be "Shadows
and Reflections: Florida's Lost
People," a DVD produced by the
Florida Anthropological Society.
The Public is invited and there is
no admission charge.
Embroiderers to meet
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America cele-
brates various forms of hand embroi-
The day group will meet Monday,
Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon and the night
group will meet Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-
8:30 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church of Niceville.
Visitors are welcome.
Gaetz tea party speaker
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party (a non-partisan, non-profit
group of concerned citizens) meets the
second and fourth Mondays of each
month at 6 p.m. The speaker for Oct.
25 at Niceville City Hall will be Matt
Gaetz, state representative, who will
update current Florida legislation and
comment on the upcoming elections
with a question and answer period.
Also speaking will be Bob Thacker,
who is running for Sheriff. Info: 729-
2874 or emeraldcoastpatriots.org.

Woman's Club luncheon
Twin Cities Woman's Club will
hold its monthly general membership
meeting and luncheon Oct. 27. at the
Blue Water Bay clubhouse. Social
hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch fol-
lowing at 11:30. Reservations must be
made in advance by calling Vicki at
678-5501 October's program will
include presentations by some of the
local scholarship recipients. Door
prizes will be available.
Info: Frances at 678-3357.
Auction, wine tasting
The llth Annual Buy the Bayou
Auction & Wine Tasting, presented by
the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce, Friday, Oct. 29 will
include a silent auction, a live auction,
wine tasting, food, and plenty of net-
working at the Fine Art Gallery at The
Arts Center NWFSC beginning at 6
p.m. Tickets are available at the
Chamber office for $25.
Auction items include condomini-
um packages, dinner and gift certifi-
cates, golf packages, gift baskets, art
objects and gift items.
Info: 678-2323.
Fairy tale luncheon
Meet your favorite fairy tale char-
acters Oct. 30, 9-11, at the Niceville
Community Center. Tickets are $5 to
help raise funds for the Niceville
Community Christmas. Bring your
cameras and pose with all
your favorites. Besides
lunch there will be games,
face painting, Cat in the
Hat entertaining with bal-
loons, and of course a costume con-
test. Tickets may be purchased at the
Niceville Public Library.
Info: Connie Naftel 678-7595 or
Lynne Waltz 678-3593.
Church sets Fall Festival
First Pentecostal Church, 1217
Finck Road, Niceville, will hold a Fall
Festival following the 2 p.m. service
open to the community on Sunday,
Oct. 31. There will be food, scarecrow
dress contest, cupcake walk, face
painting, games and a hayride.
Nature program slated
Dr. Dirk Dunbar, professor, philos-
ophy, will speak on kii, ,ii,, the
Balance," offering snapshots of cross-
cultural expressions of nature's polari-
ties in three chronological paradigms
Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m., at Tyler
Auditorium, Northwest Florida State
College, as part of the Florida: Then
and Now series. Admission is free.
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chairwomen for the Muscogee Nation
of Florida, will share the history of the
Native American Muscogee Creek
People, their heritage and their tribe's
tribulation. The Muscogee Tribal
Council has undertaken a rural relief
project to feed and support local fam-
ilies. Donations of canned goods will
be collected at the door to replenish
the Indian Tribal Council's food
Bring a sack lunch and a canned
good donation and come to the
Heritage Museum for History
Sandwiched-In, an informal,
lunchtime educational program. This
lecture is free and open to the public,
but space is limited. Reservations:
Charity shopping event
The Junior League of the Emerald
Coast will host a charitable shopping
event Nov. 5-6 at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center on Okaloosa
Island in Fort Walton Beach.
The league's largest fundraiser,
Mistletoe Market, is a charitable shop-
ping event featuring many specialty
merchants from across the country
offering unique gift items.
Mistletoe Market includes
merchants selling every-
thing from clothing, jew-
elry and handbags to
food, art and children's items.
General admission: Nov. 5 -6, 10
a.m.-6 p.m., $5, adults, $2 children 6-
12, free for children 5 and under.
Info: jlec.org or 862-2665.
Festa Italiana planned
The Sons of Italy Lodge 2422,
Fort Walton Beach, plan a Festa
Italiana Friday, Nov. 5, 5-9 p.m., and
Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the
lodge, 808 South Drive, Fort Walton
Beach, directly behind Big Lots,
across from Choctawhatchee High
Admission is free.
Info: 862-2758.
Popular musical slated
Stage Crafters presents "Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat," Nov. 5-7 and 11-13. The
musical, with almost no spoken dia-
logue, is about the dreamer, Joseph,
and his multi-colored coat, and how
he becomes the second-in-command
to a pharaoh.
Evening performances begin at
7:30 and weekend matinees are 2 p.m.
Tickets ($15) go on sale two weeks
before opening night and can be pur-
chased at: Bayou Books, Niceville;
Dowd Title Group, 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
Municipal Auditorium, 106 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. For
Info, e-mail: executiveboard@stage-
crafters.com or visit Web site stage-
crafters.net. "Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat" is directed
by Denis Milonas.

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intellectual crisis and under that is
a moral crisis. When dealing with
our economy, there is a moral
underpinning for free enterprise."
But, he said, Obama is saying
that, while the free market may be
more efficient, "it's kind of uneth-
This will be D'Souza's first trip
to Northwest Florida and he's
looking forward to it.
"I'm excited to come to an area
with a lot of military guys to
speak on behalf of Catholic
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a more worthwhile cause."
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The Pastel Society of North
Florida presents its eleventh
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the Mcllroy and Holzhauer
Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center at Northwest Florida State
College in Niceville. This compet-
itive exhibition, held every two
years, attracts top artistic talent
from across the United States and
features more than fifty artists
from 16 states who work in soft
pastels. Many of the artists' works
will be available to the public for
This year's juror and judge of
awards is Margaret Dyer, PSA, a
nationally-known pastel artist and
workshop leader who has been
featured in Pastelagram, Pure
Color: The Best of Pastels, and
issues of the Pastel Journal. Dyer
specializes in depicting the human
figure and often works with live
A preview reception honoring
the artists will be held in the gal-
leries Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4
p.m. A ceremony presenting an

"Little Drum," by Diana
DeSantis of Whitestone, N.Y.,
will be part of the pastel display
at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
award for Best in Show and other
prizes will be held at 3 p.m. Both
the reception and awards ceremo-
ny are free and open the public.
Gallery hours for the exhibits
are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to
4 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.,
and 90 minutes prior to most per-
formances in the main stage the-
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College Boulevard on the eastern
edge of the college's Niceville
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'D' key for Eagles in clash

with district rival Vikings

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville High School
football team enjoyed a week
off last Friday, and, as head
coach John Hicks put it, "It's
back to basics."
What have they been work-
ing on? "We went back and
worked on a lot of things fun-
damentally," said Hicks. The
team is preparing for this
Friday night's showdown with
Fort Walton Beach High School
in its second district game of
the season. "We are mainly
working on ourselves," Hicks
said of the preparations for the
With only three 4A District
2 games in the season, each one
is critical. Niceville enters the
game with one district win
under its belt, against Mosley,
and a 5-1 overall record. Fort
Walton Beach's overall record
is 1-5, including one district
loss. With so few district games
to play, the district title is truly
up for grabs.
The Vikings, off the heels
of a narrow 38-35 defeat at the
hands of Alabama's 6A Central
High School, will hit the
Niceville field Friday in hope
of bringing down the Eagles in
the district face-off. Before they
played Central, head coach
Mike Owens cited the team as

the toughest in their schedule.
Owens is no stranger to
Niceville football. A 1979
Niceville alumnus, he was a
record-breaking quarterback,
earning 1,844 total offensive
yards, including 1,675 passing
yards. In one game, he recorded
242 passing yards.
always spe-
cial, a dif-
ferent feel to
go back
home," said
Owens. But
the nostalgia
quickly gave
way to busi-
ness. "Our
main goal is John Hicks
to win a dis-
trict game," he said.
The losing trend is new ter-
ritory for the Vikings, and
Owens is hoping their defense
can shine against Niceville, and
bring them a crucial district
"Niceville's a very talented
team with rich tradition,"
Owens said. "Hopefully, defen-
sively we can hold the score
down, so we can make some
plays." He continued, "We've
struggled offensively all year
long, and we've struggled with
turnovers. Any time you play a
playoff-caliber team, you can't

turn the ball over."
The Eagles, on the other
hand, have excelled at keeping
a tight hand on the ball, with
just one turnover for the season.
Hicks acknowledged this as one
of the Eagle's strong suits.
"We've been really good in
our special teams and we've
done a good job offensively of
taking care of the football," he
said. "Defensively we've done a
good job of not giving up the
big play."
Hicks cited the Viking
defense as an area to keep an
eye on.
"Before the season started
everyone thought they could be
the team to beat in this district,
and they've still got the poten-
tial," he said. "We're going to
get ready for a good effort by
When a team has a winning
reputation, it tends to bring the
best out of its opponents. Every
team that faces off against
Niceville hopes to be the team
to bring it down a rung.
Because of that, the Eagles can-
not rest, and cannot get com-
It will undoubtedly be a
hard-fought battle for the coun-
ty rivals, with the victor earning
a big step closer to the district
title. The action will take place
in Niceville Friday at 7 p.m.

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Beacon photo

Knights fall to Vikings
Haein Yoo of Rocky Bayou Christian School dives in to do the 500-yard freestyle at a swim meet
Thursday between RBCS and Fort Walton Beach High School at Destin YMCA. Fort Walton won
the meet, but Rocky Bayou showed much promise as their swim program is in its first year.

Beacon photo by Susanna Hitt

Eagle spikes for a score
Niceville High School volleyball player Kristen Koch spikes the ball past Crestview
Tuesday, Oct. 12, as Hannah Noon (4) and Kristen Koch (2) watch. The Eagles stopped
Crestview in straight sets, 25-13, 25-12 and 25-13.

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