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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: December 15, 2010
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Collegiate rated top public school in Fla.


Niceville High regains an 'A' grade


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville is home to two A-rated high
schools, Collegiate High School and
Niceville High School.


The Florida Department of Education
announced its annual report cards on the
state's 470 public high schools last week.
Reports for elementary and middle
schools were released earlier this year.


Collegiate High School on the campus
of Northwest Florida State College was
the highest ranked public high school in
Florida, earning 1,536 points out of a
possible 1,600. It's the second time the
public
charter school has been ranked the top high
school in Florida during its 10-year history.


It placed just ahead of a gifted-student
school in Sarasota County.
Niceville High regained its A rating
Please see TOP, page A-2
Collegiate High students and faculty
were happy to hear it is rated No. 1
among Florida public high schools.


oSa MING
Saturday. 2 p.m.


Northwest Florida State
College will hold open
auditions in the Sprint
Theater of the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center on the Niceville
campus, for the college's
spring production of
Shakespeare's comedy "As
You Like It," directed by
Clint Mahle. Info: 729-6000,
Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4
p.m.
Monday. 3-7 p.m.


Troop 157 and Northwest
Florida Blood Services will
sponsor a blood drive Dec.
20,3-7 p.m., in St Jude's
Episcopal Church parking
lot. Everyone who donates
can register for a chance to
win a KIA Soul and will
receive a free T-shirt.
Thursday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.


The Valparaiso
Assembly of God church
invites the community to
attend its live nativity. In
addition to the nativity,
visitors can sip hot
chocolate, eat cookies and
take a hayride to visit all the
scenes set up for the
Christmas season.The event
is free to the community.


Calendar, B-3.


Valp.


refuses


to block


sidewalk


project

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Over protests of some prop-
erty owners, the Valparaiso City
Commission said Monday it
would go ahead with plans to
build sidewalks in the vicinity of
Lewis School.
Valparaiso applied for a grant
to build the sidewalks four years
ago and learned early this year
that the request had been ap-
proved. In January the city re-
ceived a promise of as much as
$1 million in no-match federal
funds to design and build side-
walks which are expected to be
used by children walking to and
from Lewis School. Construction
would take place in 2011.
The money appeared to come
at a good time.
School officials last year
closed Valparaiso Elementary and
sent second through fifth grade
students to Lewis, formerly a
middle school. Next year the re-
maining four classes of kinder-
garten and first grade students
still being taught at the former
Valparaiso Elementary will join
the student body at Lewis. In Au-
gust, Lewis will have over 600
students, from kindergarten
through eighth grade.
Last month, however, the
homeowners association in In-
dian Shores said most owners
there did not want sidewalks on
city rights of way in front of their
homes.
Please see SIDEWALK, page A-8


Girl, 5, dies in highway crash


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A five-year-old Freeport girl died Tues-
day as a result of injuries she received in a
traffic crash in Bluewater Bay Friday.
Rachelle Dawn Devarona, 5, of
Freeport, died at Sacred Heart Children's
Hospital in Pensacola, according to hos-
pital spokesman Mike Burke.


Rachelle was among four young chil-
dren injured after a car rear-ended a truck
on Highway 20 in Bluewater Bay Friday,
according to authorities
A report by the Florida Highway Patrol
gave the following account:
A 2006 Honda four-door driven on
Highway 20 by Crystal Dawn Bates, 21,
of Freeport, failed to slow in time to avoid


SR 20 overpass taking shape

Bypass segment to open in May, replacing

White Point Road as approach to Mid-Bay Bridge


colliding with the rear of a westbound
2005 Ford truck that had slowed for other
slowing traffic. The accident occurred
about 8:05 a.m., Dec. 10.
The four children riding in Bates' car
were hurt. The three surviving children
were identified as:
-James Isacc Devarona, 3, of
Freeport.



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-Jenny Lynn Baker, 6, of Niceville.
-Trevon Daniel Kea, 7, of Niceville.
Rachelle and Trevon were transported
to Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, where
they were stabilized and sent by helicopter
ambulance to Sacred Heart Children's
Hospital, Pensacola. James and Jenny
Please see CRASH, page A-2


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Sometime in January, two new
lanes of State Road 20 will open to
motorists east of Seminole, and the
old lanes will be temporarily closed,
part of a widening and overpass proj-
ect linked to the Mid-Bay Bridge.
On Thursday construction work-
ers set the first of eight, 60-foot-long,
27,000-pound steel girders that will
support the overpass.
The overpass will extend 240 feet
across SR 20, allowing motorists to
travel on the first phase of the $180
million Mid-Bay Bridge connector
road. As part of the project, SR 20 is
being widened to four lanes from
Please see OVERPASS, page A-2


Beacon photos by Del Lessard
Working in windy, 30-degree temperatures Thursday, construction workers
eased 54,000 pounds of steel into exact alignment, ensuring two 60-foot
beams fit precisely in place. After the first eight beams are in place on tem-
porary supports, traffic will be diverted next month to the south side of State
Road 20 (left), allowing completion of the span's remaining 180 feet.


Boats brighten bayou


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
The second annual North Light Yacht Club
Christmas boat parade lit up the waters of
Boggy Bayou Saturday evening. Thirteen
boats took part, up from 10 last year, along
with a safety escort by the Coast Guard Auxil-
iary and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
The brightly lighted and decorated boats trav-
eled up and down Boggy Bayou, past restau-
rants, homes and docks, as Christmas music
played and boat owners gathered with family
and friends aboard their vessels.


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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Walmart Monday took posses-
sion from the builder of the new
150,000-square-foot store con-
structed on a 40-acre site along
John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The
store, which was first proposed in
2002, is scheduled to open at 7:30
a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, accord-
ing to assistant manager Jim Perry.
Monday, the Walmart store was
a hubbub of activity as new em-
ployees got acquainted and began
to set up the shelves that will even-
tually carry merchandise.
The store differs somewhat


TOP
From page A-1
after falling to a B last year.
Niceville was the 24th ranked
school in the state, earning 1,374
points, according to documents re-
leased by the DOE.
This is the first year that state
high school grades have been
calculated using a method re-
quired under a law passed in
2008. Previously, most of a
school's grade was determined
by how its students performed on
the Florida Comprehensive
Achievement Tests (FCAT) in
reading, mathematics, writing
and science.
The problem was that only
half the students take the FCAT
in any given year, according to
State Sen. Don Gaetz, former
Okaloosa Schools Superintend-
ent and primary sponsor of Sen-
ate Bill 1908, which required the
change.
The law, which went into ef-
fect this year, requires that grades
earned by high schools reflect
progress in other important areas,
such as access, and performance
in, advanced coursework, techni-
cal education and graduation
rates, Gaetz said. As a result,
schools that want to earn an A
need to raise their standards, he
said.
The changes apparently didn't
hinder many schools in their race


OVERPASS
From page A-1

White Point Road eastward to the
overpass.
Next month, SR 20 traffic on
the segment under construction
will be diverted into the new
lanes, and work will continue to
complete the remaining 180-foot
segment of the overpass, accord-
ing to James VanSteenburg, proj-
ect engineer for construction.
The overpass, all four lanes of
the widened SR 20, and the con-
nector road are scheduled to be
completed in May, allowing
bridge-bound traffic to use the
new controlled-access bypass
highway between SR 20, or


from other area Walmarts. The
pharmacy, for example, is in a cen-
tral island, instead of along the
front wall. And the delicatessan
section is far larger than that of
other local Walmarts.
So far, Perry said, about 250
people have been hired. "This is
great for the local economy," he
said.
The grand opening will include
free coffee and hot chocolate for
store visitors, Perry said.
The Bentonville, Ark., retailer
has more than 4,100 stores in the
U.S., with $375 billion in sales the
last fiscal year.


to the top. Of Florida's 470 pub-
lic high schools, a total of 140
were given A's this year, up 54
percent from 2009.
The new law includes FCAT
results, but requires an equal em-
phasis on other factors. They are:
-Graduation rates (200
points).
-Graduation rates for at-risk
students (100 points).
-Accelerated course work
participation, such as enrollment
in Advanced Placement, Interna-
tional Baccalaureate, and indus-
try certification courses, as well
as dual enrollment courses,
grades 9-12, (200 points).
-Accelerated coursework
performance (100 points).
-Post-secondary readiness,
calculated for math and reading
(200 points).
-Annual growth or decline
in the above measures.
"We're thrilled that the fine

Range Road, and the bridge toll-
booths, replacing White Point
Road for that purpose. When the
new connector segment opens in
May, the south end of White
Point Road will be converted to
a cul-de-sac near the entrance
road to the toll plaza administra-
tion building.
Phase 1 of the 11-mile con-
nector road project is a $37.8
million, 2.8-mile, four-lane seg-
ment from the north end of the
Mid-Bay Bridge to Range Road,
north of Seminole. Construction
began in April 2009. Another
$6.5 million is being spent to
widen SR 20.
Contracts for the final two
phases of the road construction
project were recently awarded to


Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
New employees relax in the Niceville Walmart break room. About
250 people were hired, according to assistant manager Jim Perry.


work of our students and teachers
is so evident by this score," said
Charla Cotton, director of the
Collegiate High School. "The
Collegiate High earned all 800
possible high school points for its
successes in learning gains for its
lowest scoring 25 percent of stu-
dents, for its acceleration oppor-
tunities, rigor of courses, and for
its exemplary graduation rate,"
said Cotton.
NHS Principal Linda Smith
said, "We've worked for every
student at Niceville High School
to have success.". Since her ap-
pointment as principal three-and-
a-half years ago, Smith said, the
school has focused on at-risk stu-
dents who scored Level 1 or 2 in
reading and math. "I congratulate
all of the teachers, staff and stu-
dents," she said.
Schools earning an A report
card this year receive from the
state a reward of $75 per student,

Anderson Columbia, contractor
for phase 1 as well.
Phase 2 of the connector road
will extend north and west from
Range Road to a north extension
of Forest Road, about 4.75 miles.
It will be built as a two-lane con-
trolled-access highway, but is
designed to eventually be ex-
panded to four lanes. Phase 2
also includes construction of a
highway toll facility just north of
Rocky Creek.
An overpass at Range Road
will be constructed and two
bridges built-a 1,728-foot span
over Rocky Creek and a 245-
foot bridge over East Turkey
Creek. Forest Road will be ex-
tended to connect to the bridge
connector road and intersection


the same as last year. Each
school decides how to spend that
money. Traditionally almost all
of it is parceled out as bonuses to
teachers and other employees.
The exception, in Okaloosa
County, is Collegiate High,
which has traditionally spent its
reward money on other aspects
of its education program.
Of the Okaloosa district's re-
maining traditional high schools,
Choctawhatchee received an A
(up from a C), and Fort Walton
Beach and Crestview each re-
ceived a B, both down from an A
last year.
Fort Walton High was as-
signed a B because 50 percent of
the lowest quartile of 9th and
10th grade students did not show
learning gains in reading, the
school district said.
Crestview High needs to im-
prove the number of students
participating in accelerated
coursework, such as Advanced
Placement (AP), and earning a
passing score on the AP exam,
the district said.
The alternative education pro-
gram for students with atten-
dance and discipline issues,
Emerald Coast Career Institute
(ECCI South), received a school
grade of F, according to the
school district. ECCI South was
closed in June, 2010, with stu-
dents returning to their zoned
school or placed in settings ap-
propriate to their needs.

improvements will be made at
the College Boulevard intersec-
tion
Concurrently, Phase 3 of the
connector will begin just west of
the Forest Road Extension and
continue west through leased
Eglin property to Highway 85
north of Niceville's Mullet Fes-
tival site. Phase 3 is just over 3.5
miles long and includes con-
struction of interchanges and
bridge overpasses at Highway
285 (186 feet) and Highway 85
(210 feet.) Other bridges will be
built to cross Swift Creek (340
feet), Fox Head Branch (300
feet) and Mill Creek (240 feet.)
The entire 11-mile connector
road is scheduled to be com-
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Niceville ...... .........................................1,374
Choctawhatchee.................................... 1,290
Ft. Walton Beach.........B..................... ,280
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


THE BEACON


County officials hear upbeat briefing on F-35


33rd Fighter Wing commander
says he may know soon when
delayed warplane will arrive at Eglin


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County officials re-
ceived a briefing and tour Tues-
day regarding the capabilities of
and plans for the F-35 Lightning
Joint Strike Fighter, 59 of which
are scheduled to arrive at Eglin
Air Force Base, starting in 2011.
In the briefing at Eglin, Col.
Dave Hlatky, commanding offi-
cer of the 33rd Fighter Wing,
which will train pilots and main-
tenance personnel on the nation's
newest fighter plane, touched on
the capabilities of the aircraft,
training methods and, briefly, on
the controversy over the engine
noise that will be generated by
the F-35.
"Our focus is to get ready for
training," Hlatky said, respond-
ing to a question about reported
delays and cost overruns at Lock-
heed Martin, the builder of the F-
35. He said a planned meeting
with Robert Gates, the Secretary
of Defense, in January will pro-
vide a better idea of when the
plane will be available.
The F-35, Hlatky said, re-
places the F-16, A-10, F-18, Sea
Harrier and other aircraft. He said
the list is likely to grow as addi-
tional countries sign on to pur-
chase the aircraft.
Hlatky said the F-35 carries
stealth to a degree never before
seen. "This airplane is dar near
impossible to find," he said. "It's
35 years of fighter wish list rolled
into one."
The targeting system, he said,
can track multiple targets while a
defense aperture system can
"see" 360 degrees around the air-
craft. The helmet, meanwhile, is


an extension of the targeting sys-
tem and includes night vision and
the ability to see through the
fuselage of the plane via the ex-
ternal targeting array. The cock-
pit includes touch screens and
voice-activated functions as well.
Hlatky said pilot training will
begin in classrooms in which stu-
dents will use laptops equipped
with touch screens and throttles,
rather than a one-dimensional de-
scription of what should be done
in various circumstances. He
called the technique "kinetic
training."
Maintainers will also use
computers in the initial phase of
their training, in a first-person
shooter-style interface, similar to
that found in many computer
games. "This is a quantum leap
in maintainer training," Hlatky
said.
Pilots will go from computer
training to a "mission rehearsal
trainer," a deployable simulator
that will mimic full missions in a
360-degree dome using high-de-
finition graphics and leading
edge ti'lni .i ,-.,, Hlatky said.
About 100 pilots and 2,000
maintainers are expected at Eglin
each year, the colonel said.
Regarding the F-35 noise,
Hlatky said some aspects of
training will originate at Duke
Field and Choctaw Naval Outly-
ing Field, although the majority
of operations will take place from
Eglin under the alternative pre-
ferred by the Air Force and op-
posed by many residents of
Valparaiso and western Niceville.
Following the briefing, the
group was taken on a tour of the
training facility.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Col. Dave Hlatky, commanding officer of the 33rd Fighter Wing, briefs Okaloosa County officials on status of the F-35 training program
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


DeFuniak Springs lake lights bring yule cheer


By Susanna Hitt
Beacon Corresoondent
Christmas Reflections in the
quaint city of DeFuniak Springs
is one of the most original holi-
day light shows in the area. A
mile and a half of multi colored
lights and scenes encircle a beau-
tiful lake. The lake itself is one
of only two circular spring-fed
lakes of its size in the world. The
only other one is located near
Zurich Switzerland. The lake of-
fers a romantic backdrop for
couples looking for a romantic
evening and also offers a fun-
filled evening for families look-
ing to make memories.


"The lights help people get
into the Christmas spirit," said
Becky Settle of Niceville.
Candy canes mark the way
along Live Oak and Circle drive
leading the way to Christmas Re-
flections. The light show was
started in 1998 and has grown
each year, adding new and fasci-
nating additions annually. It
began with Victorian figures, a
nativity scene, and white lights
that accented the charming Vic-
torian homes that line the street.
The display has expanded to
multi-colored lights and numer-
ous scenes.
The light displays range from


the nativity scene to dinosaurs
and the center has a memorial
Christmas tree in honor of the
nation's service members past
and present. Christmas music
plays as long as the lights are on.
"I love to come up here and
look and the beautiful Christmas
lights and homes," said Marie
Claude Bohler of Niceville. "It
reflects beautifully off the lake."
According to Carolyn Mora,
director of Christmas Reflec-
tions, the light show runs Sunday
through Saturday through Dec.
31. Closer to Christmas, a trolley
that seats as many as 27 people
can be reserved for groups.


A yellow ribbon and snowflakes far larger than those we occa-
sionally see on the Gulf Coast are part of the Christmas Reflec-
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THE BEACON


Eagle

passes
Niceville High School senior
Jalen Jackson passes the
ball past a Fort Walton Beach
defender during Friday's 59-
48 loss to the Vikings.
Beacon photo
by Norman Wolf


Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 16
NHS@Gulf Breeze, boys soccer,
5:30/7:30
Friday, Dec. 17
NHS @Choctaw, girls basketball, 5/6:30
Saturday, Dec. 18
RBCS@Poplar Springs, basketball,
2/4:30
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3
RBCS vs. FWB, boys soccer, 7
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Dec. 22
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been sent home for home. Kids do
it, if it was indeed a stupid things all
joke." the time."


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East Niceville fire commis-
sioners agreed Monday to give
a 3 percent pay raise to five of
East Niceville's ten firefighters
- those who have served with
the fire department for more
than a year.
The raise, which amounts to
about $1,124 per year for each
of the five firefighters, will take
effect in January of 2011, and
will be the first pay raise in
over three years for East
Niceville, said Fire Commis-
sioner John Root and Fire Com-
mission Chairman Mike
Marcolongo.
The raises are relatively
small-less than $100 a month,


Root said, but may help fire-
fighters meet some expenses
and will show the fire district's
appreciation for the firefighters.
The raise was unanimously
approved by the fire commis-
sion, along with a revised
budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11.
The new budget, which was
also approved unanimously, is
$823,608.52, up from an earlier
estimate of $781,530.
The increase is largely the
result of a larger-than-forecast
carryover from the previous
year's budget, said Marco-
longo. When the FY 2010/2011
budget was being prepared dur-
ing the late summer and fall of
this year, he said, the carryover
amount was forecast at about


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From page A-7
church building, 622 Bayshore
Drive, sometime early Nov. 27.
Similar graffiti was also
painted on a sidewalk at the
church.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 200 block of Washington


$135,000, based on the best es-
timates then available of ex-
pected bills to be paid by the
end of the 2009-10 fiscal year,
and of the revenue expected
from district property taxes.
When final figures became
available, the revenue proved to
be a little more, and the bills a
little less, than had been fore-
cast.
During Monday's meeting,
Marcolongo briefed fellow fire
commissioners on the new fig-
ures, and on his recommenda-
tions for allocating the extra
funds among various items in
the FY 2010-11 budget.
The commission agreed to
allocate some extra money to
such items as employee pay and


Avenue reported that someone
slashed a tire on his wife's ve-
hicle sometime Nov. 22-23.
Other
Christina Maria Ellis, 32, of
304 Reeves St., Lot G-7,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police
Nov. 24 on charges of trespass-
ing and theft. Ellis is alleged to
have stretched a hose from a


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other personnel costs, vehicle
and fire station maintenance,
firefighters' personal equip-
ment such as protective cloth-
ing, insurance, and the district's
legal expense fund.
Some cuts were also made,
to the district's retirement
budget and the preparation of
financial reports, which have
recently proved to be less ex-
pensive than previously esti-
mated.
The East Niceville Fire
Commission usually meets at 7
p.m. on the second Monday of
each month, in the fire station
at 1709 27th Street. For infor-
mation, call 678.2311 or access
the district web site at
www.enfd.net.


neighbor's residence and di-
verted an estimated 6,000 gal-
lons of water to her own
residence. The city water used
by Ellis was priced at about
$30.

Sometime Nov. 19-Dec. 2,
officers with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission were dispatched
to the Eglin Wildlife Manage-
ment Area check-in station off
Highway 85 and Range Road
213 to investigate a vehicle that
failed to check-in on that day of
the hunt, as well the previous
day. After locating the vehicle,
officers observed a hunter with
a rifle exit Eglin Wildlife Man-
agement Area.
The hunter stated he was not
aware of the requirements of
checking in prior to hunting. In
plain view, FWC officers no-
ticed a mineral block inside the
hunter's truck. The hunter con-
fessed that he had placed a min-
eral block on Eglin's property,
and was cited for failure to
check-in and a pending charge
of placing bait on Eglin
Wildlife Management Area
property.

During the same time period
a FWC officer on patrol in the
Eglin Wildlife Management
Area observed a vehicle parked
along a closed area boundary.
The officer observed a hunter
exit the closed area and return
to his truck. The subject admit-
ted to hunting in the closed area
and was issued a citation for
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THE BEACON


Arrests
Michael Scot Lawson, 57, of
137 3rd St., Niceville, was ar-
rested by Niceville police Dec.
4 on charges of disorderly in-
toxication and assault.

Corey Robert Lindsay, 23, of
12 Higdon Court, Fort Walton
Beach, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 1 on
charges of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia.

Marie Christine Campbell, a
student, 36, of 6149 Garden
City Road, Crestview, was ar-
rested by Niceville police Dec.
1 on a charge of resisting an of-
ficer without violence.

David William Armstrong,
40, of 509 23rd St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Nov. 30 on a probation
violation on the original
charges of illegal use of per-
sonal identification, uttering
forged instrument, petit theft,
grand theft, and failure to rede-
liver hired or leased property.

Sara Marie Chaney, unem-
ployed, 27, of 1718 Pine Ave,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Nov. 24 on a
Wayne County, Missouri, war-
rant on a charge of failure to ap-
pear on original drug charges.

Beau Austin Elwyn Butcher,
a cook, 19, of 230 Terry Cove,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff' s deputies Nov. 24 on a pro-
bation violation on the original
charge of driving while license
suspended or revoked.

Richard Ambrose Lowitz III,
unemployed, 39, of 4616 Range
Road, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Nov. 24 on
a charge of domestic violence
battery that allegedly occurred
Sept. 14.

James Gingerich, 54, of 310-
A Washington Ave., Valparaiso,
was arrested by Valparaiso po-
lice Nov. 24 on a charge of
knowingly driving while li-
cense suspended.

Jeffrey Alan Hulme, 28, of 1
Carolina Ave. Lot 15, Val-
paraiso, was arrested by Val-
paraiso police Nov. 18 on a
charge of knowingly driving
while license suspended.

A 15-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Dec. 7 on charges of grand theft
and petit theft. The two theft
charges each involved the 15-
year-old allegedly stealing bi-
cycles, one worth $429, the
other valued at $99. The more
expensive bike was stolen Sept.
29 from a bicycle rack at
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after finding it leaning against a
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Thefts
On Dec. 1 a shoplifter at
1140 E. John Sims Parkway,
was observed as he put batteries
into his jacket pocket, then
picked up a bottle of mouth-
wash and a deodorant and
stuffed those items into his
sleeve. After leaving the store
without paying the man was
confronted by a store employee
who asked him to come back
into the office. But the man
pushed the employee out of the
way and fled in an older white
Lexus.

A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Evans Court
reported that someone stole a
bottle of hydrocodone pills
from a kitchen cabinet some-
time Dec. 4-5.

A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of 3rd Street re-
ported that someone stole a
Fedex package containing a
$1,000 check that was delivered
to the residence Nov. 22. A de-
livery notice from Fedex was
located but not the package.
The victim called the sender
and advised of the theft and to
stop payment on the check.

A Niceville resident in the
100 block of Country Club
Drive reported Nov. 29 that un-
known persons) stole a re-
cently purchased registration
sticker from the license plate of
the vehicle. Police found the
area of the plate where the
sticker is placed was heavily
scratched.

A Niceville resident reported
her former boyfriend stole the
keys to a 1998 vehicle regis-
tered in the victim's name Dec.
2. The ex boyfriend, who orig-
inally gave the car to the
woman, allegedly took the keys
off the kitchen counter after ar-
guing with the victim to give
the car back to him.
Criminal Mischief
A woman visiting family in
the 500 block of 23rd St.,
Niceville, reported that un-
known persons) stole her suit-
case from the back seat of an
unlocked vehicle while it was
parked in front of the residence.
The woman said she arrived at
about 9:30 p.m. and had gone in
to greet family members and
discovered the suitcase missing
about 15 minutes later. The
stolen suitcase included cloth-
ing and other items valued in
total at $3,148.

Unknown persons) spray-
painted graffiti on a Niceville
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Niceville
ST e e department responded to the following 'lt from December 6
t'rough December 12.
S0iStructure Fire 10 Emergency Medical Calls
TarfitiecFirbF 5 Vehicle Crash
0 OthFire Vehicle Crash with Extrication
0 IIll a rn 'Otlr Emergency
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Date Palm Drive ............ ......... .. ......................12/06/10..................1935
W John Sims Pkwy....................... Vehicle Crash............12/07/10.................... 722
Rocky Shores Drive. ......... ..Medical......................12/07/10..............2......1858
S. Cedar Avenue ...........................Illegal Burning...........12/08/10....................1502
N. Partin Drive............. ...................M edical......................12/09/10....................0945
E. ParkAvenue............ ......... ........Medical......................2/09/10....................1216
W. John Sims Pkwy .................... Vehicle Crash............ 12/09/10.................... 1844
47th Street... ......................Alarm Activation0/10.......................... 0946
John Sims Pkwy ............................ Vehicle Crash............12/10/10....................1455
Persim mon W ay............................Alarm Activation........12/10/10....................1946
E. College Blvd ................ Medical......................12/........2012
Crestview Avenue...... .. .........Medica ................. 12/11/10....................0859
E. John Sims Pkwy........................ Vehicle Crash............12/11/10....................1948
SR285 @ MM# 5........................... Vehicle Crash............12/11/10....................2214
S. Cedar Avenue ...........................Power Line Down.....12/12/10....................0206
27th Street......................................Medical..............12/12/10....................1843
Weekly Safety Tip: Don't burn evergreens, wreaths, or wrapping paper in the fire-
place or in wood stoves, they can quickly flare out of control and some wrapping
paper contains metallic materials that can cause toxic fumes.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls November 29
through December 13.
Location Situation Date Time
North White Point Road...........Dispatched canceled............11/29/10 ............07:56
North White Point Road...........EMS excluding vehicle.........11/29/10 ............08:03
Balmoral Drive..........................Dispatched canceled............11/30/10 ............01:20
Birkdale Circle .......................... Medical assist EMS..............12/01/10............07:48
North White Point Road...........Medical assist EMS..............12/01/10............11:52
Knollwood Lane........................EMS excluding vehicle.........12/01/10............19:58
Ida Coon Circle...................... EMS excluding vehicle.........12/01/10 ............20:12
South Windward Cove.............EMS excluding vehicle.........12/01/10............22:20
Cougar Circle ........................... Smoke scare odor ................12/02/10............04:32
Muirfield W ay............................ EMS excluding vehicle.........12/02/10............10:04
W hite Point Road..................... Medical assist EMS..............12/02/10............13:28
Cedar Street............................. EMS excluding vehicle.........12/03/10............03:30
South Walton Station 5............Dispatched canceled............12/03/10............10:30
John Sims Parkway.................Dispatched canceled............12/03/10............12:48
Parkwood Court ....................... EMS excluding vehicle.........12/04/10............00:57
Canterbury Circle ........ .............False alarm .......................... 2/04/10............04:41
Southwind Court....................... EMS excluding vehicle.........12/04/10............11:04
Bluewater Boulevard................Removal of victims) from st 12/04/10............16:51
North White Point Road...........EMS excluding vehicle.........12/05/10............09:36
Timpoochee Lane.................... Special type of accident.......12/05/10............13:22
North White Point Road...........EMS excluding vehicle.........12/05/10............14:59
Merchants Way........................ EMS excluding vehicle.........12/05/10............16:41
Vardon W ay.............................. Medical assist EMS..............12/05/10............16:53
North White Point Road...........Alarm System .....................2/06/10............14:13
Merchants Way ........................ EMS excluding vehicle.........12/06/10............15:57
Southlake Court....................... Medical assist EMS..............12/06/10............18:56
Boca Drive......................... Medical assist EMS..............12/07/10............21:34
Cedar Street.......................... EMS excluding vehicle.........12/09/10 ............01:06
Glen Eagles Drive....................Medical assist EMS..............12/09/10............18:15
E. Highway 20 .......................... Motor vehicle accident .........12/10/10 ............08:07
Oaklake Lane ........................ Medical assist EMS..............12/10/10 ............11:41
North White Point Road...........Medical assist EMS..............12/10/10 ............16:23
North White Point Road...........Medical assist EMS..............12/10/10............23:28
North White Point Road...........EMS excluding vehicle.........12/11/10 ............00:00
Merchants W ay ........................ Medical assist EMS..............12/12/10............09:15
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SIDEWALK
From page A-1
A handful of homeowners liv-
ing on South Bayshore Drive said
the sidewalks weren't needed on
their street either, and would cause
problems with local property own-
ers who have installed sprinklers or
landscaping on city rights of way
which would have to be moved if
the sidewalks were built.
As a result of the citizen
protests, the city commission last
month reluctantly dropped South
Bayshore and Indian Shores from
the sidewalk plans, but pressed
ahead with plans to put them on at
least seven other streets.
On Monday, however, the com-
mission received petitions and
heard from residents on several
other streets earmarked for the
sidewalks.
Resident Joe Morgan said after
getting his own street, South
Bayshore, cut from the city's side-
walk plan last month he began talk-
ing to residents on other streets
scheduled to get sidewalks installed
next year. Volunteers went door-to-
door with petitions opposed to


sidewalks, talking to a total of 66
homeowners.
"I don't want them either" is
what many of those surveyed said,
Morgan told commissioners. He
presented a petition signed by 58 of
those contacted, all opposing the
sidewalks in their neighborhoods.
Only three people contacted said
they wanted sidewalks, he said,
while five were undecided. The
petition asked the city to drop plans
for sidewalks on the following
streets: Montana Avenue, Grand-
view, Vine Street, Rose Court,
Florida Avenue, Ferdale Avenue
and Tennessee Avenue
Morgan, and a few other resi-
dents who spoke Monday, gave a
variety of reasons why the side-
walks should not be built, including
the inconvenience of moving sprin-
klers and shrubs. They also said
that children have always played
and walked in Valparaiso's quiet
streets safely, without sidewalks.
Morgan also said it made little
sense to install sidewalks on a cou-
ple of streets that are largely un-
paved, and that children walking to
school had other pathways to
school that allowed them to stay off


streets. One of those pathways,
Louisiana Avenue, has actually
been closed by the city and is
largely private property now.
Morgan also said many people
questioned why the city was spend-
ing money at a time when govern-
ment spending was supposed to be
restrained.
But commissioners were unan-
imous in arguing that children
would be safer on sidewalks than
continuing to walk in the streets.
Commissioner Neal Shermer
got one speaker opposed to the
sidewalks to admit, "They (chil-
dren) would be safer walking on
sidewalks." The homeowner, who
said he has children in local
schools, said he wasn't aware of
any children being hit by cars in the
past five years.
Commissioner Heyward Strong
said it took the city 12 years to get
funding for, and to build, sidewalks
down John Sims Parkway near
Lewis, and four years to fund the
present project. "I believe this will
be a benefit to the community," he
said.
Mayor Bruce Arnold pointed
out that the city's coffers could be


out about $80,000 of local money
if the city dropped the sidewalk
plans now. If Valparaiso dropped
the sidewalk project now Val-
paraiso taxpayers would have to
pay for design and engineering that
has already been done, he said.
Diane Miller, wife of Commis-
sioner Miller, said she sees children
daily walk from school, using side-
walks on Mississippi Avenue to
Grandview, only to walk in the
street from there to home for lack
of sidewalks on the final stretch.
"Grant money is available, Mrs.
Miller said. "It's foolish not to take
it."
Grandview Avenue resident
Terry Griffin challenged commis-
sioners by reminding them they
had granted the anti-sidewalk peti-
tions of Indian Shores and South
Bayshore residents last month. "If
you're going to hear one petition
and reject this one," he said, "I need
some clarification."
After being asked by Mayor
Arnold if any wanted to change the
city's plan to build the sidewalks,
each commissioner said no.
"I think you have your answer,"
Arnold said.


Beacon photo by Del Lessard

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James Campbell was select-
ed to serve as chairman of the
board for Okaloosa County
Commissioners in 2011. Wayne
Harris will "pass the gavel" on
Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Okaloosa
County
Courthouse
in Crestview.
Bill Roberts
will serve as
vice-chair-
man. The
new board
also includes
James Campbell newly elect-
newly elect-
ed Commissioner Dave Parisot.
Harris will preside over the
last 2010 meeting on Dec. 14; he
remains on the board. Roberts
and Campbell thanked Harris for
his work during a difficult year,
including emergency efforts dur-
ing the Deep Horizon Oil Spill.


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Rocky displays science
Emily Steele demonstrated "cool calculus" as her part of
the Rocky Bayou Christian School science fair Thursday.
Results of Destin Middle School science fair, page B-3.


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Plew competing for $100K


PepsiCo prize for recycling


In second place
so far in the U.S.
By Karina Orr
Beacon Staff Writer
Plew Elementary wants your
garbage.
It doesn't want all your
garbage-just your non-alcoholic
aluminum cans and plastic Coke
or Pepsi bottles.
Plew is collecting these items
because it is one of the schools
that signed up before Nov. 30 to
be a part of the Dream Machine
Recycle Rally sponsored by
PepsiCo, Waste Management and
Greenopolis. As a part of this
rally, Plew may win $100,000
toward green improvements for
the school if students collect the
most bottles. The school is No. 2
in the running as of last Thursday. Stude
Shawna Crist, former teacher empty
turned full-time mom turned full- locati
Rally,
time volunteer and substitute Rally
impro
teacher, entered Plew Elementary place
in the contest because she wanted
the children to learn about recy- the lea
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y Coke and Pepsi cans and bottles to put in the drop off
on for the Dream Machine Recycle Rally. As a part of the
Plew is in the running to win $100,000 toward green
movements to their school. They are currently in second
in the running for the prize.


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ster."
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the school and other green
ves.
School is now competing
Opportunity to win


$100,000 to finance green
improvements such as planting
more trees, new environmentally
friendly copy machines or solar
panels to heat the water. It will
win the prize if it earns the most
points (one point equals one bot-
tle) by the deadline, April 30. The
school is also eligible to win a
$5,000 monthly prize if it is in
the top 50 percent of schools with
the most recycled items, and
since it is No. 2 out of all the
schools competing nationwide, it
has a good chance at winning
either of the prizes. Upon hearing
about the contest and its potential
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30 years

Current, former

members set

for reunion

More than 50 former
members of the Niceville
High School Opus One cho-
rus are celebrating the
group's 30th Anniversary
with a variety of special
events this month. Opus One
is the premier NHS chorus
ensemble, started by Phyllis
Merritt in 1980. In 1990,
Merritt passed the baton to
Michael Dye, the current
NHS chorus director.
Dye is celebrating his 20th
year as choral director at
NHS. He
has taught
245 of the
324 NHS
Opus mem-
bers. Opus
S' alumni can
be found
around the
globe from
Germany,
Michael Dye Alaska,
Hawaii,
New York and Washington,
D.C., including two armed
services members currently
deployed.
Seventeen current Opus
members kick off the
anniversary celebration on
Thursday, Dec. 16, with a
candlelight dessert concert at
the First Baptist Church of
Niceville. Tickets are still
available for $25.
On Friday the festivities
continue with a mixer for
current and former Opus
members at the Compass
Rose restaurant in Valparaiso.
On Saturday, Dec. 18,
Opus members and alumni
will gather for an 8 a.m.
breakfast at Niceville High
School, fol-
lowed by a
three-hour
rehearsal for
their anniver-
sary concert
at 3 p.m. in the NHS audito-
rium. The concert is free and
open to the public. Donations
will be accepted to support
continuing chorus activities.
The reunion celebration
concludes that night with a
Solaris dinner and dance
cruise. Contact reunion chair-
man Gretchen Erickson, 974-
0558, for tickets to the can-
dlelight dinner or for addi-
tional information regarding
any Opus One 30th anniver-
sary event.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


From left: Dr. Wayne Justice, Ronda Davenport, Delle Diamon, Mindy Budden, RN, and Dr. Louis
Vagias.


Hospital donates $5,000


to Sharing & Caring


Twin Cities Hospital recently
donated $5,000 to Sharing &
Caring of Niceville to help
replenish the food bank and assist
with other needs of the local
organization.
Recipients of the 2010 Dr.
Frist Humanitarian Award Dr.
Wayne Justice and Malinda
Budden, RN, joined Twin Cities
Hospital's Chairman of the
Board, Dr. Louis Vagias, to pres-
ent the check to Delle Diamon,
president of Sharing & Caring of
Niceville, and Ronda Davenport,
vice president of campaign/mar-


keting, with United Way of is a designated agency of United
Okaloosa & Walton Counties. Way of Okaloosa & Walton
"We are honored to make this Counties. Because everything is
donation to Sharing & Caring of handled at the local level, Sharing
Niceville," said David Whalen, & Caring of Niceville will
Twin Cities Hospital Chief receive this money before
Executive Officer. "We know giv- Christmas and can help to make
ing was difficult for many com- happy memories for families who
panics and individuals this year, may otherwise not get them.
which makes this contribution by "While many families and
Twin Cities Hospital even more individuals are experiencing hard
meaningful for those in our com- times, it is organizations like
munity who are truly in need of Sharing & Caring of Niceville
Sharing & Caring of Niceville's and United Way that bring hope
services." back to those in need," said
Sharing & Caring of Niceville Whalen.


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Pvt. Brandon Wayne graduat-
ed from Army Basic Training at
Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.,
Sept. 2. He then graduated
Advanced Individual Training
Dec. 2 as an honor graduate of the
Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
Course at Fort Jackson. Wayne is
the son of Patrick (Navy) and
Deede Wayne (retired Air Force)
of Niceville and a 2010 graduate
of Niceville High School. He is
being attached to the medical
group stationed at U.S. Army
Garrison-Yongan, South Korea.


Club puts

on yule

trappings
Members of the Eglin
Officers' Spouses' Club dec-
orating team worked deli-
gently to decorate the Eglin
Enlisted Club for the
Christmas Holidays. From
left: front, Stacy Travis, Maj.
Roganov and Donna Riemer;
rear, Nico Meissen, Judy
Wiseman, Deb Brewer,
Jeramie Carrier, Kelly
Randolph and Valene Harris.


Local man included


in AF book on courage


Air Force Master Sgt.
Kenneth Gestring, 81st Surgical
Operations Squadron at Keesler
Air Force Base, Miss., whose
family lives in Valparaiso, is
included in the latest edition of
"Portraits in Courage," a booklet
that honors the bravest members
of the service.
Gestring, 45, who was serv-
ing as senior medic for the
Nangarhar Provincial
Reconstruction Team in
Afghanistan, was tossed to the
ground and injured when an
explosion went off beside his
team's motorcade. He was
among nine coalition forces and
three Afghan National Army
soldiers who were wounded.
In spite of his wounds, which
caused nerve damage to his
back and leg, Gestring estab-
lished a casualty collection
point and began treating the
wounded. Because of his
actions, all the wounded men
survived. He was awarded the
Purple Heart for his injuries.


Ken Gestring, second from right, and his family.


Gestring's parents, Gene and
Sarah Gestring, live in
Valparaiso. His mother said
Gestring is near retirement and


expects to move his family-
wife Corina and children
Nicholas, 10, and Nina, 7- to
Valparaiso as well.


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Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Children's Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Eucharist Service 4:30 p.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
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CONNECTING WITH OTHERS,
SERVING ALL


Library

patrons

thanked
Niceville City Manager
Lannie Corbin makes a
selection at the buffet table
as Library Director Sheila
Bishop watches last
Wednesday. The Niceville
Public Library held its
annual Patron Appreciation
Day, with music by
Niceville High School's
Opus One chorus and
plenty of good food.
Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books


Toys for Tots helpers
Bluewater Fitness and Northwest Florida State Baseball teamed up to help the Toys for Tots
Program.


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Destin

lists top

scientists
Behavioral and Social
Sciences
1st place-Chase Pridgen
and Ricky Gal
2nd place-Katie Moore
and Karley Houston
3rd place-Jessica Clark
Plant
Sciences/Botany
1st place-Rebekah Stepp
3rd place-Max Provler
and Kole Donaldson
Physics
1st place-Madison Brake
2nd place-Alex Long
3rd place-Micah Allen
Environmental
Science
1st place-LaRae Harris
2nd place-Sydney Brown
and Darby Wolfgrane
Honorable Mention-
Hannah Millius
Animal
Science/Zoology
1st place-Kira Moraca
2nd place-William Bain
Medicine and Health
2nd place-Kylie Kuntz
and Chloe Hagle
Chemistry
1st place-Diana
LaFollette
Honorable Mention-Ryan
Arra
Biochemistry
ist place-Hannah
McDaniel and Callie
Peterman
2nd place-Haley Wong

Niceville

ROTC

excels


The Air Force
instructors and
Niceville
Senior High
School earned
an overall unit
assessment
score of


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est rating attainable during their
rated unit evaluation on Nov. 4.
Chief Master Sgt. Roy
Taylor and Master Sgt. Daniel
Hensley created a dynamic and
supportive learning environ-
ment, coupled with an excellent
community outreach.
The Niceville cadets, under
the leadership of Cadet/Col.
Kerstin Glaess and her staff,
performed exceptionally well
and took great pride in leading
and accomplishing their unit
goals. Cadets Glaess, Connor
Janssen and Sarah Gold were
recognized as "Top Performers"
of the corps.


Niceville High School swim
coach Kathy Ritacco with
Laura Nelson. Laura is the
school's nominee for the
Taylor Haugen Trophy and
scholarship award.


Nelson nominated for Haugen Award


Laura Nelson has been
selected as Niceville High
School's nominee for the
Taylor Haugen Trophy and
scholarship award.
Laura, a senior at NHS, is
enrolled in Advanced
Placement and University of
Cambridge courses. She is
president of the National
Honor Society, squad leader
in the marching band, captain
of the cross country team and
a member of the track and
swim teams, as well as the


Fellowship of Christian
Athletes.
The Taylor Haugen
Foundation was created to
honor the memory of the 15-
year-old Niceville High
School student who died after
an injury sustained during a
football game on Aug. 30,
2008. Taylor was a member of
the Niceville High School
football and wrestling teams,
as well as an honor student.
In conjunction with the All
Sports Association, the Taylor


Haugen Foundation presents
the Taylor Haugen Trophy and
scholarship to a local athlete
each winter at the All Sports
Association FCA breakfast.
This year's breakfast is sched-
uled for Feb. 18 at the
Emerald Coast Convention
Center. The Foundation recog-
nizes well-rounded individu-
als who demonstrate the per-
severance to improve them-
selves in all aspects of life
while enjoying God's gifts to
the fullest.


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Childs-Kean
Lindsey Marie Childs and
Joseph John Kean were united
in marriage Oct. 16, 2010, at
Gulf Breeze Presbyterian
Church, Gulf Breeze, Fla. The
Rev. Dr. Jerry Blacklaw per-
formed the double-ring ceremo-
ny. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Childs of
Pensacola, Fla., and the groom
is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Phillip Kean of Niceville, Fla.
Presented in marriage by her
family, the bride chose her
friend, Kelly Hoag Getty of
Metairie, La., as her matron of
honor. She chose her friends,
Vanessa Johnson of Pensacola,
Fla., and Katie Chapman of
Cleveland, Ohio, as her brides-
maids. Junior bridesmaids were
cousins of the bride, Whitney
and Anna Davis of Centre, Ala.
The groom chose his brother,
James Kean of Tampa, Fla., as
his best man. The groomsmen
were his friends, Tony Marco of
Oviedo, Fla., and Grant Hurst of
Vestal, N.Y.
The usher was the bride's
brother, Ryan Childs of


Lindsey and Joseph Kean
Pensacola, Fla. The bride's
cousins, Kristen Davis and
Daniel Davis of Centre, Ala.,
were the flower girl and ring
bearer.
Lindsey attended Tulane
University for her undergradu-
ate degree, University of South
Florida for her Masters of
Public Health, and the
University of Florida College of
Pharmacy for her Doctor of
Pharmacy degree. She is cur-
rently a pharmacy resident at
Tampa General Hospital.
Joe received his AA from
OWCC and a Bachelor of
Science degree in management
information systems from the
University of South Florida and
is an account supervisor with
Enterprise Rent-A-Car in
Tampa, Fla.
The couple now reside in
Lutz, Fla.


Yard of the month
The Yard of the Month for the City of Niceville is awarded
to Todd Lampert, 1002 Valparaiso Blvd.


Church sets live nativity


The Valparaiso Assembly of
God church invites the commu-
nity to attend its live nativity
Dec. 16-18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Members of the church will don
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live animals during the display


outside the church. In addition
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hot chocolate, eat cookies and
take a hayride to visit all the
scenes set up for the Christmas
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Dec. 9 had 11,658 items collected
and sent off to be recycled. The
school must use a scanning sys-
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Softball open practices
Niceville's High Intensity 12U
Fastpitch Softball team invites girls
born in 1998 and 1999 to open prac-
tices Jan. 8, 15 and 22, 9 a.m., at the
Seminole softball field, 1530 Cat Mar
Road, Niceville. Do you want to play
middle school softball, travel ball, or
rec ball? Info: Kevin Watts, 642-1231,
or wattskt@cox.net.
Little League registration
The 2011 Niceville Little League
baseball and fast-pitch softball season
is now open for registration to boys
and girls, 4-18. Registration may be
completed online
at nvllb.net. Birth
certificate and
proof of residency
will be required
for all players and
may be uploaded
via the online registration. Also new to
the website is uniform sizing informa-
tion to make registration process easi-
er. If unable to register online, on-site
registration will be available Dec. 11
and Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ruckel
Middle School cafeteria.
Early festival signups
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is offering a dis-
counted early registration fee for
art/craft and food vendors through
Dec. 31 for the 35th annual Saturday
in the Park Heritage Festival sched-
uled for April 30.
Attracting nearly 4,000 visitors,
this popular springtime community
festival showcases the Heritage
Museum and its efforts to preserve


and promote Northwest Florida histo-
ry.
To take advantage of the early reg-
istration discount, go to the museum's
event page at heritage-museum.org or
call 678-2615 and register before Dec.
31.
Joe Occhipinti Band
The Joe Occhipinti Band will per-
form Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., at
the Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium. Tickets are $22 in
advance. Call 362-9356 or 837-1742.
'Greatest Gift Camp'
Immanuel Anglican Church will
host "The Greatest Gift Camp," cele-
brating the birth of Jesus, Saturday,
Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. During this
activity, the children will also make
great gifts for their family members.
The camp will be held inside Noah's
Ark Preschool at Immanuel Anglican
Church, Destin. All children ages 4-10
are welcome. The cost is $30 for a stu-
dent and $25 for siblings. Info: 837-
6324. Some scholarships are avail-
able.
'As You Like It' auditions
Northwest Florida State College
will hold open auditions Saturday,
Dec. 18, 2 p.m., in the Sprint Theater
of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the
Niceville campus, for the college's
spring production of Shakespeare's
comedy "As You Like It," directed by
Clint Mahle. Ten
men and seven
women will be
selected for roles
portraying char-
acters ages 18 and
up. The director
asks those who audition to prepare a
10-line monologue from a
Shakespeare comedy for the audition.
The play will be performed March
16, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Sprint Theater. A matinee for school
groups may be arranged by calling the
show's director Clint Mahle at729-
6007. Tickets for the evening perform-
ances for the public will be $15 Adult
and $10 Youth (ages 18 and under)
and will go on sale in January. Call
729-6000, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4
p.m.


Scouts set blood drive
Troop 157 and Northwest Florida
Blood Services will sponsor a blood
drive Dec. 20, 3-7 p.m., in St Jude's
Episcopal Church parking lot.
Everyone who donates can register for
a chance to win a KIA Soul and will
receive a free T-shirt.
Roman Street Musicians
The Roman Street Musicians, con-
sisting of five acoustic guitar players,
will perform Saturday, Jan. 8, 7:30
p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium.
Tickets are $22 in advance. Call
362-9356 or 837-1742.
Church sets live nativity
The Valparaiso Assembly of God
church invites the community to
attend its live nativity Dec. 16-18,


6:30-8:30 p.m. Members of the
church will don the costumes and act
alongside live animals during the dis-
play outside the church. In addition to
the nativity, visitors can sip hot choco-
late, eat cookies and take a hayride to
visit all the scenes set up for the
Christmas season. The event is free to
the community.
'Legally Blonde' on stage
Legally Blonde will be performed
as part of the Broadway Series at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Mainstage,
Niceville, Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
$50 each or $45 each for groups of 10
or more. Call 729-6000 Monday-
Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or visit mat-
tiekellyartscenter.org.
'The Color Purple' slated
The Color Purple will be per-


formed as part of the Broadway Series
at Mattie Kelly Arts Center,
Mainstage, Niceville, Jan. 16, 2 and
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for either
performance.
Call 729-6000 Monday-Friday, 9
a.m.-4 p.m. or visit mattiekellyarts-
center.org.
Art exhibits at college
The McIlroy Gallery at Northwest
Florida State College will feature the
work of Beauvais Lyons, Association
for Creative Zoology, while the
Holzhauer Gallery features "die
Wunderkammer', Jan. 16-Feb. 20.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday-Thursday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday
and 6-7:30 p.m.
prior to perform-
ances in the main-
stage theater.
Opening recep-
tion: Friday, Jan.
14, 5 p.m.
The "Beauvais Lyons, Association
for Creative Z. ., ,-. ', exhibition fea-
tures brilliant and beautiful prints by
Beauvais Lyons, curator of the Hokes
Archives at the University of
Tennessee.
The "die Wunderkammer" exhibi-
tion will convert the gallery into a
large-scale cabinet of curiosities with
rarely-seen objects and works from
NWF State College's permanent col-
lections. In the sixteenth-nineteenth
centuries, wealthy Europeans dis-
played their collections in the format
of a Wunderkammer, or cabinet of
wonders.
Writer to speak on coast
Writer, naturalist and activist
Susan Cerulean, who recently collab-
orated to edit the book "Unspoiled:
Writers Speak for Florida's Coast,"
will speak Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at the
Niceville Community Center, adjacent
to Niceville Public Library, as part of
the Florida: Then and Now program.
Admission is free.
Gumbo contest planned
The Destin History & Fishing
Museum plans its annual gumbo con-
test and silent auction fundraiser
Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Destin
Community Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Area restaurants and individuals com-
pete for the title of the best gumbo on
the panhandle. The event will include
live music from local musicians and a
silent auction.
Advance tickets are available at the
Museum for $10 per adult.
Info: 837-6611 or e-mail kathy-
destinhistory@embarqmail.com.
'Piano Men' to perform
"The Piano Men," a musical jour-
ney through the 1970s, will feature the
sons of Elton John and Billy Joel
Monday, Jan. 24, at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at NWF State College,
Niceville.
Tickets are $30 in advance. Call
362-9356 or 837-1742.
'Charlotte's Web' on stage
"Charlotte's Web"' part of the
Children's Series at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center, Mainstage, will be per-
formed Wednesday, Jan. 26, 9:45 and
11:30 am. Tickets are $6 each. Info:
Delores Merrill, Mattie Kelly Arts
Center house manager, 729-6065.
NHS grad party
A "Gathering of Eagles," with a
cash bar, band and a limited menu,
will take place Dec. 26, 6 p.m., at
Compass Rose Restaurant, 303 Glen
Ave., Valparaiso. All Niceville High
School graduates are invited.
Info: Pam Smith, 621-6135 or
pamsmith2@cox.net.
Sheriff's Citizens Academy
The Sheriff's Citizens Academy
will be held
Tuesday, 6-9
p.m., Jan. 4-
March 29, at the
Okaloosa County
Sher iff' s
Administrative Building. The curricu-
lum includes crime scene; dispatching
and 911; sexual predator unit; fugitive
warrants; criminal investigations; nar-
cotics enforcement; traffic and DUI;
school resource officers/ gangs;
domestic violence and sex crimes;
arrest procedure and more.
Info: Ashley Bailey, crime preven-
tion specialist, 651-7153 or
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Making This Right

Beaches

Claims

Cleanup

Economic Investment

Environmental

Restoration

Health and Safety

Wildlife


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


"My family's been fishing for eight generations. It's just a way of life.
That's why we've got to get this cleaned up."
Pete Floyd
Commercial Fisherman,
Pascagoula, Mississippi



When the spill hit, a lot of people said it would be the end. BP said
they would try to make this right. But how was an energy company
going to help a fisherman?


Putting People to Work
The first thing they did was rent my boat and hire me to help with the
cleanup. They made up my losses so I could pay my bills. And they
worked with all kinds of people here from fishermen and shrimpers
to restaurant owners. It helped us keep our businesses open. And it
helped us make ends meet so we could support our families.


Staying for the Long Haul
When they capped the well in July and finally killed it, we were all
relieved. But would BP stick around? Well, they did. The beaches
are clean and we're back on the water fishing so things are getting
a whole lot better. They are still here and have said they will keep
working for as long as it takes.


Getting Back to Normal
BP asked me to share my story with you to keep you informed. If you
still need help, please call 1-866-448-5816 or go to bp.com. If you're
wondering what you can do, well the next time you're shopping,
buy a little Gulf seafood. There is none finer.


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