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Group Title: Bay beacon
Title: The Bay beacon
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00041
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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: February 4, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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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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Volume ID: VID00041
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Wednesday. 6 p.m.
Tune up your health with
the first of three free lectures,
"5 Essentials for Maximized
Living (Nervous System,
Nutrition, Exercise, Stress
Management and
Neurotoxins)" at Niceville
First United Methodist
Church. Subsequent lectures
Feb. 11 and 18.
Call 678-7100.
Thursday. 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a little rock with the
Choctawhatchee Audubon
of "Geology
of the
Basin," at
NWF State College LRC,
Rom 128, with Jonathan
Bryan, professor of earth sci-
ences at the college.
The program is free.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-noon
Put yourself into harmony
with the Niceville Public
Library's "Pamper Me" pro-
gram for women aged 16
and older. Enjoy massages,
facials and
lots of other
relaxing [ i
activities at
Community Center. The cost
is $2.
Call 729-4090.
Saturday 7 a.m.
While the ladies are relax-
ing, the men can bop over to
Edge Elementary School,
where the Relay for Life rum-
mage sale
is taking
and get a
k something
for the
missus (and a big something
for themselves).

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-6

Back to Tallahassee

Fewer NFSC officials head for lawmaker briefing

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Briefings scheduled in
Tallahassee this week for Florida
community college officials
stand in contrast to a controver-
sial meeting of seven Northwest
Florida State College trustees
held in the state capital city last
According to a statement

from NFSC spokeswoman
Sylvia Bryan, this year's gather-
ing, scheduled for Tuesday and
Wednesday of this week, "is
organized by the Florida
Association of Community
Colleges (as it normally is every
year except for 2008 when
FACC canceled their legislative
days in February 2008 and we
subsequently scheduled our own

legislative briefing in March of
that year)."
Last year's meeting, organ-
ized by the NFSC president and
a powerful legislator, was held
March 24, at 6 p.m., in a "pri-
vate room" at the FSU Club.
The club, known formally as the
University Center Club,
Please see NFSC, page A-8

Trustees to discuss

state A.G. rebuke

on Sunshine Law

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Northwest Florida
State College Board of
Trustees has called a special
meeting in Niceville Monday
to discuss and respond to a
chiding by Florida Attorney
General Bill McCollum.
McCollum admonished
NFSC trustees in a Jan. 27 let-
ter about the board's March
24, 2008, meeting in a private
Tallahassee club with a pow-
erful state lawmaker.
McCollum said the meeting
"could easily be interpreted"
as having violated the state's
Sunshine Law.
McCollum referred the
matter to the Leon County
State Attorney, who later said
he is looking into the meeting.
In his letter, the attorney
general called to the trustees'
attention laws requiring board
meetings to be public, to be
convenient to citizen access,
and to be summarized in
promptly recorded minutes.
The college last week
released a statement on
McCollum's letter. While

Sansom resigns
speaker's post, A-7.
stating that the college and
board of trustees "agrees com-
pletely with the importance of
open government and full
ance with
Law," it
went on
ants Bill McCollum
believe there was no Sunshine
violation in the Tallahassee
meeting of trustees, NFSC
President James R. Richburg,
and Florida State Rep. Ray
Sansom, a Destin
Republican, late last year
accepted a job at the college
after steering millions in state
construction funds to the
Niceville institution. The
Please see TRUSTEES, page A-8

N. Bay awaits

$1M in taxes

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Although the North Bay Fire
District received $448,635 in tax
funds in December, at least $1
million remained outstanding
because some property owners
had not yet paid their taxes.
Taxpayers have until April to
pay taxes, although they get dis-
counts for paying earlier.
North Bay Fire Chief Joe
Miller said the outstanding
amount was just over $1 million.
Ad valorem money is distributed
to the fire district monthly as
received by the Okaloosa County
Tax Collector.
During a North Bay Fire
District Commission meeting
Jan. 13, Commissioner Tim
Stapleton inquired as to when the

district might receive the money.
Replied Miller: "As the
money comes in, we'll get paid,"
by the county tax collector's
At the Jan. 13 meeting, Miller
reported the district's annual
financial audit, conducted by
Susan Rimsa of Carr, Riggs &
Ingram, was underway and that
the district was pleased with the
audit firm's helpfulness and pro-
fessionalism. The audit report is
expected at the March commis-
sioner's meeting.
The fire chief also gave an
annual report of the fire district's
activities for 2008. Among other
events, the district responded to
822 alarms, up from 743 in 2007.

Please see N. BAY, page A-8

State Farm clients must shop elsewhere

Policyholders express frustration

as insurer sets statewide pullout

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The decision by State Farm
Insurance Co. to pull out of the
Florida property tax business
could cost it customers as well
as goodwill.
"I'm not happy with them,"
said Tammy Love of Niceville.
"I'm going to take everything
away from them." Love said she
had four homes, three vehicles
and three
State Farm.
"I'm just
angry with
them," she
said, noting
that she has
been with
State Farm Sen. Don Gaetz
for 28 years.
The move could also cost as
many as 10,000 Floridians their
livelihood, said State Sen. Don
Gaetz (R-Niceville).
"I'm a State Farm customer,"
Gaetz said. "My agent lives right

here and
he and
staff are
in this



They're not the ones who made
the decision to raise rates, to
cancel policy holders, to not look
at individual properties based on
a valid risk analysis, but to take
broad swipes by ZIP code.
They're not the ones who decid-
ed to pull out of Florida."
State Farm is Florida's sec-
ond-largest issuer of home poli-
cies, after Citizens Insurance, the
state-sponsored insurer of last
resort. In Okaloosa County,
according to the Florida Office
of Insurance Regulation, the
company insures 5,596 private
homes, 38 mobile homes, 216
condominium units and 104
apartment buildings, and 777
Throughout Florida, the com-
pany insures 768,259 private

homes, 14,533 mobile homes,
85,943 condominium units and
2,631 apartment buildings, while
covering 61,774 renters policies.
All will lose their policies within
two years.
The Bloomington, Ill.-based
company is the largest property
insurer in the U.S., but says
Florida officials have denied it

the authority to raise rates "They probably charge the
enough to cover expected future highest rates in the state any-
hurricane losses, way," Crist told the Associated
The company's decision to Press. "I think Floridians will be
stop selling property insurance much better off without them."
here was announced last week, Local homeowners ran the
causing concern throughout the gamut from disappointed to furi-
state. drawing fire from Gov. ous.

Charlie Crist to individual poli-

"It's getting harder and harder
to get insurance," said Diane

Tammy Love, a State Farm
customer for 28 years,
says she'll drop all her
policies with the company
in response to its decision
to stop offering homeown-
ers insurance in Florida.
Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books

Willoughby of Niceville. "That's
the price we pay for living in
Cathy Henriott, who owns a
51-year-old home in Niceville,
said the State Farm decision was
"sad." "I thought I had a great
thing, but now I have to look for
Please see CLIENTS, page A-8

Car slams store; no one hurt

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Niceville police said an unknown medical issue caused a 69-year-old Niceville driver to veer
off the highway and crash into the Ace Hardware store, 622 W. John Sims Parkway, Friday at
about 3:09 p.m. No one was injured in the crash, which caused an estimated $15,000 damage
to the building and $2,000 damage to the 1994 Cadillac. The driver was not cited.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Man dies in fall

from bay bridge

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Choctaw Beach man died after apparently falling
or jumping from the highest point of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Friday morning, according to authorities.
William Richey, an interior designer, 66, of Juniper
Drive, Choctaw Beach, was identified by the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office as the man whose body was
found in Choctawhatchee Bay.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a call
around 9:20 that a vehicle was stopped beside the toll
bridge's northbound lane. Richey's vehicle, a red, 2001
Mustang convertible, was found parked at the peak of
the span, 65 feet above the bay, with the motor running
and the right turn signal on, according to a report from
the sheriff's office.
A body was then spotted in the water. Boats from the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast
Guard station in Destin responded to the scene, and the
Coast Guard recovered Richey's body at about 10:07
a.m., according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Coast Guard crew members attempted CPR but were
unable to revive Richey.
No one saw Richey plummet from the bridge,
according to Michele Nicholson, the sheriff's office
spokeswoman. An autopsy was scheduled Monday.

Duplex project

wins county OK

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County Commission
Jan. 20 unanimously approved a
request by High and Dry boat storage
in Bluewater Bay to rezone 4.62 acres
off Ward Cove Drive from Residential
Development District (RGD) to
Planned Unit Development (PUD).
The rezoning is designed to reduce
the planned population density of the
property in question. Under RGD, as
many as 51 townhouses could be built.
But a PUD zoning limits construction
to several duplexes and family-style
High and Dry spokesman Brett
Hinely said in December that the prop-
erty in question is too small to accom-
modate 51 townhouses. He said put-
ting that many townhouses into an area
with less than five acres would also not
be compatible with the overall ambi-

ence of Bluewater Bay.
The matter was tabled at the Dec. 9
and Jan. 6 meetings to give the com-
missioners and High and Dry owners a
chance to agree on conditions for con-
struction on the property in question.
At the December meeting, local
resident Bob Gaines asked High and
Dry to agree to covenants guarantee-
ing the landscaping would be consis-
tent with the surrounding area, siding
would be of a material other than
vinyl, outer brick surfaces would be of
the same height and color as those in
surrounding structures and each living
space would be a minimum of 1,850
square feet.
Chandler Huff of Huff
Development said at the time that none
of the covenants requested, other than
the minimum square footage, would
pose a problem. He said a few homes
would contain about 1,750 square feet.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009


County eyes future of

recycling, trash hauling

By Dianne Bitzes
Okaloosa County officials
next month will hold the second
in a series of public workshops
on a possible overhaul of
garbage-collection and recycling
services in unincorporated areas.
During the first such meeting,
held Jan. 15 in Fort Walton
Beach, officials said the current
collection contract with Waste
Management expires in April
2011, and Okaloosa County is
taking a proactive approach to
implementing a new contract.
Although the meeting opened
with a review of planning issues
for 2011, concern about
increased recycling to comply
with the Florida Energy Bill,
House Bill 7135, was a major
topic of discussion.
"We want the request for pro-
posal (RFP) to be as comprehen-
sive as pos-
sible so we
know which
bidder has
the real low
bid," said
director Danielle
w h il e Slaterpryce
speaking to the six industry
providers attending the work-
"It's just not possible for the
county to analyze bids when
bidders attach additional
options," said Slaterpryce. The
county is looking for input not
just from industry, but also from
citizens before putting together
an RFP in 2010.
Slaterpryce reviewed the
classes of solid waste, landfill
use, and items prohibited from
disposal according to the Florida
Administrative Code. Details of
waste categories will be made
public on the county web site.
Residential, construction and
demolition debris, bulk waste,
hazardous waste, recycling,
tires, and white goods (appli-

Beacon photo by Dianne Bitzes
Emerald Waste Services vice president of sales Patrick O'Neil
(left) exchanges thoughts with John Jannazo, Okaloosa County
commissioner, District 2 following the first of six public work-
shope regarding the Okaloosa County solid waste removal con-
tract request for proposal set to be released in 2010.

ances) will continue to be con-
sidered when building a new
waste-removal contract.
Okaloosa County is focused
on going green; financially
and by using environmentally
conscientious waste removal,
officials said. "HB 7135 is the
impetus to recycle more," said
county recycling coordinator
Jim Reece. Reece spoke fur-
ther about the newly imple-
mented expanded curbside col-
lection of recyclables.
"The new contract will have
to consider
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for recy-
cling pro-
said Reece.
"It is our
goal to
have more Jim Reece
collected than solid waste."
According to John Jannazo,
county commissioner, District
2, county citizens currently
recycle less than the 30 per-
cent encouraged by the Waste
Management Act of 1988.
"Increasing recycling to 75

percent by the year 2020 cer-
tainly affects how we want to
move forward," said Jannazo.
"We want to incentivize people
to recycle. We need ideas of
how best to do that."
County officials stressed
the importance of citizens uti-
lizing the newly enhanced
recycling program, "If you
have more to recycle than fits
in an 18-gallon bin, put your
goods in cardboard, plastic
bags, or even laundry totes
(which the driver won't take),"
said Slaterpryce. She's opti-
mistic that people will recycle
more of their solid waste
because of the ease and con-
venience of curb side sorting
Cindy Halsey, Okaloosa
County environmental services
manager, reviewed equipment
currently utilized by Waste
Management and spoke to
coming changes. "At the
moment, side sorter trucks are
used for recycling. We will be
changing to rear loaders for
compacting and ease to the
vendor and customer."
"Eventually, we are looking
to move to automated carts for
recycling. We are concerned
about long-term use of rear
loaders because of safety con-
cerns (to vendor employees)."
Halsey also spoke to current
billing practices for solid
waste removal. "Fifteen hun-
dred homes get private bills for
waste removal. Those people
live primarily in the southeast-
ern edge of the county." They
include Waste Management
customers in unincorporated
East Niceville.
"With a new franchise
agreement, we hope to
increase county billing from
75 to 90 percent of households
getting county bills," added
Halsey. "Increasing county
billing to 90 percent would
save on paper usage, be more
convenient, and provide a
more accurate database for the
County officials are eager
to have significant citizen par-
ticipation. "We invite other
citizens, pro or con, to bring
their ideas to us; we know peo-
ple have ideas out there," said
Slaterpryce. She encouraged
residential users, "Participate
in your pajamas at home.
Look at the web site, send us
e-mails. People never have to
leave their home and we (the
county) get their input." The
next public workshop is set for
March 12 at the Crestview
Courthouse from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Florida State College,
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last century based on world history
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Firefighters exercise in new gym
North Bay Fire Department members work out in a new gym recently built in a former stor-
age room at the North Bay fire station. The gym was made possible through a $48,000 fed-
eral grant that also pays for the services of professional trainer Gary Glossop of Body
Sculpturing by Gary. According to North Bay Fire Chief Joe Miller, the grant was acquired to
help the firefighters stay in shape-something that's needed to help the members "meet the
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Eglin takes aim at air congestion

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Air Force has funded a
$2.5 million Eglin initiative aimed
at minimizing delays on the
ground and in the air as military
and civilian air traffic grows sig-
nificantly over the next five years,
worsening crowding in the
already congested and complex
airspace around Eglin.
A meeting of officials con-
cerned in the matter is scheduled
Feb. 11 and 12 in DeFuniak
Since 2005, when the Base
Realignment and Closure

(BRAC) directed basing up to 113
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Eglin
Air Force Base by 2016, civilian
and military officials have been
concerned that increased military
and civilian flights over
Northwest Florida will cause air
traffic delays in the air and on the
By 2014 air operations (take-
offs and landings) at Eglin are
expected to total about 427,000
per year, more than double the
192,000 such operations in 2005,
according to Mike "Pappy"
Penland of Eglin's Air Armament

Penland is Eglin's point man
for GRASI-military shorthand
for Gulf Regional Airspace
Strategic Initiative. He recently
addressed the Valparaiso City
Commission on GRASI and how
it's aimed at minimizing the
impact of already congested air-
space getting even more air traffic.
Besides the F-35s, the 2005
BRAC also added the Army's 7th
Special Forces Group, to Eglin's
mission, which is expected to
increase military flights in and
around Eglin, while BRAC also
directed the Air Force to move its
new Combat System Officer flight

training to Pensacola. The Air
Force's F-22 fighter pilot training
program at Tyndall Air Force
Base, Panama City, has increased
need of training airspace, and the
Navy is increasing flights to
Eglin's west with more new-pilot
training at Whiting Field.
In addition to growing military
use of regional airspace within the
next five years, civilian air traffic
is also expected to continue grow-
ing in the Panhandle, said
Penland. Commercial flights in
and out of the Northwest Florida
Regional Airport terminal, as well
as at the Destin airport, Bob Sikes

airport in Crestview, are all
expected to grow, he said, as well
as other Panhandle airports such
as Pensacola Regional.
Meanwhile, Bay County plans to
open a new airport in the next two
years that will use a critical north
south "corridor" just east of some
of Eglin's military flying opera-
tions, Penland said.
Penland told Valparaiso city
commissioners that some of the
expected airspace congestion and
possible flight delays could be
eliminated if the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) approves
changes in current air traffic con-

trol procedures.
Penland gave an example:
Currently, commercial airplanes
using Northwest Florida Regional
Airport and Destin airport fly in
an 11-mile wide north-south corri-
dor. Military air traffic controllers
control civilian aircraft in the cor-
ridor using FAA standards of five
miles' separation, he said. When
military missions are being con-
ducted in restricted airspace over
the Eglin reservation on the east
and/or west sides of the corridor,
an additional three-mile wide
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buffer must be maintained, he
said, effectively shrinking the cor-
ridor from 11 to as little as five
That means that flights taking
off northbound from Destin air-
port, for example, might be held
on the ground for an incoming air-
liner headed to Northwest Florida
Regional Airport. A change in
FAA procedures, for example,
might allow less separation in the
corridor, Penland said, something
that current technology can han-
dle safely.
Penland said GRASI is work-
ing with several military and civil-
ian aviation interests around the
Panhandle-including airport
directors, the Florida governor's

office, and the Florida Department
of Transportation-to coordinate
solutions to the airspace conges-
tion. The first "stakeholders"
working group meeting was held
in Tallahassee Dec. 16-17, 2008.
The next working group is slated
in February in DeFuniak Springs.
The goal is for GRASI to have a
recommended plan in hand by
December 2010.
The FAA is also participating
in GRASI, Penland said, so that
any procedural solutions have a
better chance of getting speedy
FAA approval. The current norm
for FAA approval is five to seven
years, he said.
The upsurge in flight opera-
tions will have only minimal
impact on commercial operations
at the Northwest Florida Regional
Airport, according to Greg

Donovan, the county airport's
executive director.
Donovan said the added mili-
tary flights would not cause any
reduction in the number of com-
mercial flights. The civilian air-
port shares Eglin's runway and
exists on leased base land.
NWF Regional Airport has an
agreement with Eglin guarantee-
ing 84 takeoffs or landings daily
through the year 2035, Donovan
said. Currently commercial oper-
ations only use 54 slots, he said.
The capability to add an addition-
al 30 operations is a lot of capaci-
ty, he said.
Donovan said he's been reas-
sured several times by Eglin offi-
cials that the civilian airport oper-
ations won't be affected by the
increased flight tempo of the F-35
training wing.

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Marc Anthony Tisa, a restau-
rant manager, 26, of 626 W. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 22 for violation of probation
on the original charge of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of

Casey Elisabeth Szostek,
unemployed, 26, of 400 Kelly
Road, Apt. 42, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 22 for violation of probation
on original charges of battery,
domestic violence and petit

Tori Camellia Brown, unem-
ployed, 26, of 2116 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 22 for vio-
lation of probation on the origi-
nal charge of criminal mischief.

Shameka Taress Sneed,
unemployed, 22, of 119 Friar
Tuck Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 15 on a misdemeanor
worthless check charge.

Mark Cleveland Willingham,
a plumber, 40, of Lot 21, 205
Reeves St., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies Jan. 15
on a felony violation of proba-
tion charge.

Brandy Nichole McLean,
unemployed, 20, of 1528
Hickory St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 15 for failure to appear on
the original charge of battery,
domestic violence.

Shane Antonio Sooknanan, a
restaurant employee, 21, of 134
Menzel St., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 17 for violation of probation
on the original charge of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of

Ashley Suzanne Englert, a
bartender, 26, of 210 Evergreen
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 16 for vio-
lation of probation on the origi-
nal charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Joshua Alan Bedsole, unem-
ployed, 19, of 32 Bayview Cove,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Jan. 21 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of possession of drug

James Chase Brooks, a food
service worker, 23, of 68
Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 22 for violation of probation
on the original charges of pos-
session of marijuana with intent
to sell, manufacture, or deliver,
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Cheri Anne Evans, unem-
ployed, 43, of 1763 Hopper St.,
Apt. #2, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Jan. 19 for
battery. Subsequent to a verbal
dispute over clothes being
mixed together in the same
dryer in the apartment laundry
room Evans allegedly hit anoth-
er woman in the chest with her

Kayla R. Davidson, unem-
ployed, 20, of 55 Bay Drive,
Apt. 6103, Niceville, was arrest-
ed by Niceville police Jan. 20,
for retail theft. While employed
at a grocery store, 1015 E. John
Sims Parkway, Davidson
allegedly admitted that when
purchasing $70 worth of items
at the store she had checked out
with another employee who
altered the price of the groceries
to $4.15.

Michael Robert Lake Jr.,
unemployed, 20, of 706 32nd
St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 21 on two
counts of felony criminal mis-
chief, damaging property over
$1,000. On Dec. 18 Lake was
placed in the back of a police
vehicle and allegedly kicked out
two of the rear windows.

Scott Eaton Bacheller, a
painter, 50, of 2425 Roberts
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 9 for disor-
derly intoxication and criminal
mischief. Bacheller was
allegedly observed slashing the
tires on a pickup truck in the 200
block of College Boulevard.

Craig Steven Hollenbaugh, a
nurse, 49, of 1132 Coral Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 21 for lewd
or lascivious conduct involving
a 16-year-old.

Eric William Lucas, 36, of
159 South 19th St., DeFuniak
Springs, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 23 for retail
theft and as a fugitive from jus-
tice based on a Wisconsin
Department of Corrections war-
rant for violation of parole.
Lucas allegedly took a two-disc
music CD from the music sec-
tion of Kmart, 1140 E. John
Sims Parkway, went to the rest-
room, removed the CDs from
the packaging, put them in his
pocket, and attempted to exit the
store without paying.

Manuel Emilio Alvarado,
unemployed, 35, of 400 Kelly
Road, Apt. 35, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 23 for failure to appear on
the original charges of petit theft
and driving while license sus-

Benjamin Edward Keicher,
unemployed, 19, of 954 Rue de
Palms, Niceville, was arrested

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by sheriff's deputies Jan. 26 for
violation of probation on the
original charge of possession of
drug paraphernalia.

A 13-year-old Valparaiso
girl, a student, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 24 for
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.
On Dec. 9 a single prescription
sleeping pill was found in the
girl's purse while she was
attending school.

Summer N. Lyons, unem-
ployed, 23, of 408 Bullock
Blvd. Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 23 for
petit theft, and for possession of
a controlled substance and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
On Jan. 8 Lyons pawned some
rings at a Mary Esther pawn
shop. Surveillance video
showed that while the clerk was
turned away, Lyons reached
over the counter and stole $140.
When deputies served the war-
rant they allegedly found white
powdery residue that tested pos-
itive for cocaine inside three dis-
assembled ink pens in Lyons'

A 17-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 20 for retail theft. A 15-
year-old Niceville girl accompa-
nied the boy into a grocery
store, 1015 E. John Sims
Parkway, where the two were
allegedly observed concealing
candy, totaling $14.31, into the
girl's purse. The girl was given
a notice to appear for retail theft.
The boy, who was also charged
with disorderly conduct after
becoming loud and obnoxious
after being confronted, was
released to the Department of
Juvenile Justice.

George Oliver Wood IV,
unemployed, 20, of 453 Howard
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 27 for
felony battery. The battery
allegedly occurred April 19,

Robert Duane Penland,
unemployed, 50, of 320 Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 26 for
violation of probation on origi-
nal charges of driving while
license suspended or revoked,
DUI and simple battery.
DUI arrests
Kelly Elizabeth Radford, 39,
of 148 Miley Road, Freeport,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI in the Palm Plaza park-
ing lot, Jan. 23 at 1:20 a.m.
Radford was also arrested for
resisting an officer without vio-
lence, possession of drug para-
phernalia, and driving while
license suspended or revoked.
Police told Radford to put the
vehicle in "park" and step out of
the vehicle, but she allegedly
ignored the officer and drove
off, eventually stopping at
another parking lot 1,500 feet
Brian Timothy Jenkins, 51,
of the same address and initially
a passenger in Radford's vehi-
cle, was also arrested by
Niceville police for DUI, at the
same date and time. After
Radford eventually stopped the
vehicle and got out of the car,
Jenkins allegedly got into the
driver's seat and put the vehicle
into reverse before police ran up

and told him to put the vehicle
in "park." Jenkins was also
arrested for possession of drug
paraphernalia and for driving
while license suspended or

Cristain Alex Douglas, 19, of
4480 Hinote Road, DeFuniak
Springs, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on
Highway 20 at Bay Drive, Jan.
25 at 12:50 a.m.

James Gary Ayers, 55, of 660
Persimmon Drive, Freeport, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on White Point Road at
Samana Way, Jan. 24 at 12:40
a.m. Ayers was also cited for
failure to maintain a single lane.
On Jan. 17 unknown per-
son(s) broke the passenger door
window on a car parked at the
YMCA, 1031 E. John Sims
Parkway, and stole a $500 gov-
ernment-issued laptop. Damage
to the window was estimated at

On Jan. 16 unknown per-
son(s) stole an original pastel of
a beach scene from the
makeshift art gallery within a
veterinarian business, 509 E.
John Sims Parkway. The 24- by
16-inch pastel was valued at
$325. The thief ignored prints
of the same scene.

On Jan. 16 a Niceville resi-
dent returned to his apartment in
the 200 block of N. Palm
Boulevard and found the front
door dead-bolted and a rear slid-
ing glass door open. The resi-
dent noticed a 37-inch, flat-
screen TV missing as well as his
roommate's laptop. The stolen
property was valued at $700.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of 48th Street
returned home from running
errands Jan. 20 to discover that
unknown persons) had pried
open the back door to the resi-
dence and stolen a video game
system and several video game
discs. The stolen items were
valued together at about $1,400.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 300 block of Hillcrest
Avenue reported that someone
stole a $1,385, 42-inch, flat-
screen TV from the residence
sometime Jan. 20-22, while the
resident was out of town.

Sometime Jan. 22-23
unknown persons) stole
approximately $155 worth of
gas lighting parts-two glass
panes, three inverted burners
and four sets of plastic cross
pipes-from the gas lights in
front of Okaloosa Gas.
Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 200 block of Chicago
Avenue reported that sometime
Jan. 9 unknown persons) struck
his mailbox and damaged the
stand it was mounted upon.

A Niceville resident from the
4200 block of Shadow Lane
reported that unknown persons)
"keyed" a 2007 Toyota van
parked in the driveway some-
time Jan. 7-8. Damage was esti-
mated at $200.

Responding to a suspicious
person call Jan. 19, a sheriff's

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deputy saw two 13-year-old
boys carrying skateboards on
the roof of Bluewater
Elementary School. Both boys
came down and admitted to
deputies that they had ignored
the sign that says "No
Trespassing, Violators will be
prosecuted to the full extent of
the law" and had climbed the
locked six-foot-high fence.
The boys allegedly said they
did so in order to skateboard on
the roof, which they claimed to
have done several times before.
School officials later deter-
mined the skateboarding had
damaged the rubber membrane
used to seal the roof of the
school from the elements and
estimated the damages at
$2,500. The boys were
released to their parents.

Samantha J. Hill, unem-
ployed, 25, of 203-D W. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 12 for
retail theft. Hill was allegedly
observed concealing $35 in
merchandise in her purse, then
attempting to leave the Fort
Walton Beach Wal-Mart, 748
Beal Parkway, without paying.
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William Henry Richardson
III, 36, of 410 Red Holly Lane,
DeFuniak Springs, was issued a
notice to appear by Niceville
police, subsequent to to a traffic
stop, Jan. 19, for possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug para-

Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Edward Lamont Fountain
Wanted for: aggravated battery.
Fountain's last known address was on
Greendale Avenue in Fort Walton
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 29
Date of birth: 08-25-79
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Susan Marie Munroe
Wanted for: violation of probation on
the original charges of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon, pos-
session of drug paraphernalia and
battery. Munroe's last known address
was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 4-inches
Weight: 218 pounds
Age: 24

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-
8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anony-
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=- Niceville Fire
The le Fire Depa entresponded to the following calls Jan. 26 through Feb. 1.
0 6ctuurire 19 Emergey Medical Call
0 Vehicle 4 Vehicle ash
2 Oth h L OVehicle ash with Extr ion
0 Illegal Burn 2^^ ^ 1 Other Er urgency Callj -
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Coiti
Location Situation Date Time
John Sims Pkwy/SR85N . . . .Vehicle Crash .........01/26/09 ........ .15:03
Beaver Dam Lane ......... . .Medical ......... . . .01/26/09 .........15:03
Hart Street .......... . . . Medical ......... . . .01/27/09 ........ .09:09
John Sims Parkway .......... .Vehicle Crash .........01/27/09 ........ .15:42
SR85N ............... . . .Medical ......... . . .01/28/09 ..... .. .15:18
John Sims Parkway ...........Service Call .......... .01/28/09 ........ .15:42
N. Partin Drive ............... Medical ......... .. .01/28/09 .........16:37
Yacht Club Drive ..............Medical .............012809 .........22:09
Hart Street . . . . . . . . Alarm . . . . . . 01/29/09 . . . . .04:30
Valparaiso Boulevard ..........Brush Fire ......... . .01/29/09 ........ .10:45
Marina Pointe Drive ............Medical ......... .01/29/09 .........14:00
Green Oak Lane ......... ... Medical ......... .. .01/29/09 .........14:26
Bahia Vista Drive ......... . Medical ......... . . .01/30/09 ........ .03:26
N. Partin Dr./N. Palm Blvd. . . .Vehicle Crash .........01/30/09 ........ .10:29
N. Partin Drive ......... . . . .Vehicle Crash .........01/30/09 .........12:19
Date Palm Drive ......... . Medical ......... . . .01/30/09 ........ .12:24
Aloma Court ................ Medical ............ .01/30/09........ .16:24
22nd Street ................. .Medical ......... .. .01/30/09 .........19:46
Cherrywood Court ......... . .Medical ......... . . .01/30/09 ........ .21:21
Nathey Street ...............Medical ......... ... .013109 .........09:42
Kelly Road .................. Medical ............ .01/31/09 .........11:00
Kelly Road ......... ........ Brush Fire ......... ..01/31/09 .........11:28
Reeves Street ........... ... Medical ............ .01/31/09 .........19:47
20th Street ......... . . . Medical ......... . . .02/01/09 ........ .06:03
ParkAvenue ......... . . . .Medical ......... . 02/01/09 .. . .... .07:12
Lincolnshire Drive ......... . .Medical ......... . . .02/01/09 ........ .12:58
Magnolia Shores Drive ........ .Medical ......... . . .02/01/09 ........ .17:40
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know where to go in case there's a fire.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

Niorth Bay Fire
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Jan. 25 through Feb. 2.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Cedar Street ......... . . . . EMS call ......... . . . .1/25/09 . . .05:01
White Point Road ........... . . .EMS call ......... . . . .1/26/09 . . .15:02
Parkwood ......... . . . . .EMS call ......... . . . .1/26/09 . . .20:56
Bermuda ......... . . . . . .. EM S call ......... . . . .1/27/09 . . .00:21
Highway 20 ......... . . . . Canceled ............ . .1/27/09 . . .11:13
Bermuda ......... . . . . . ..EM S call ........... . .1/27/09 . . .14:51
Highway 20 ............. . . Canceled ............ . .1/27/09 . . .16:10
Bermuda ......... . . . . ..... Assistance ......... .. .12709 . . .20:46
White Point Road ............... .EMS call ........... . .1/28/09 . . .11:30
Andros ...................... ..Medical assistance ........1/28/09 .... 20:05
Eglin C-6 ............. . . . ..Canceled ............ . .1/29/09 . . .12:30
White Point Road ............... False alarm ............ .1/29/09 .... 15:13
N. Ansley Avenue ............... EMS call ................1/29/09 .... 15:25
White Point Road ......... . . . .Brush fire ......... . . . .1/30/09 . . .14:12
White Point Road ............. . .EMS call ......... . . . .1/30/09 . . .23:45
White Point Road ............... .EMS call ............ .. .1/30/09 . . .02:07
Cedar .........................Medical assist........... .2/01/09.....05:16
St. Thomas Cove ......... . . . .Canceled .......... . . .20209 . . .02:13

East Niceville Fire
The East Niceville Fire District responded to 30 calls Jan. 2 through Jan. 29, 2009.
Visit our website at www.enfd.net

Bayshore Drive ....... .. .Building fire ............. ... .1/2/09 . . .9:41 AM
23rd Street ......... . Mobile home fire ......... . . .1/3/09 . . .9:04 AM
ALS Drive ............ . .EMS call, excluding vehicle . . .1/3/09 . . .9:23 AM
Ruckel Drive ......... . .Rescue, EMS call, other . . . .1/4/09 . . .4:30 PM
East John Sims Parkway. .. .Extrication, rescue, other ....... .1/5/09 .... .9:55 AM
White Point Road .........EMS call, excluding vehicle ......1/5/09 .....8:32 PM
Glenwood Court ......... .Smoke or odor removal ........ .1/6/09 .... .8:30 AM
E. John Sims Parkway .... .Vehicle accident, no injuries .....1/6/09 ... .1:29 PM
Sharon Drive ......... .. EMS call, excluding vehicle ......1/6/09 ..... 5:31 PM
Callaway Drive ......... .EMS call, excluding vehicle . . .1/6/09 . . .10:25 PM
Stephen Drive ......... . .False alarm or call ......... . .1/8/09 . . .12:26 PM
Redwood Avenue ........ .Medical assist, assist EMS ..... .1/8/09 .... .3:05 PM
19th Street ......... . chimney/flue fire ......... . . .1/12/00 ... .9:06 PM
27th Street ......... . Contained trash/rubbish fire . .. .1/13/08 ... .10:27 AM
Gleneagles Drive ........ .Building fire .......... . . . .1/14/09 ... .8:38 PM
Valparaiso Boulevard . .. .Brush/grass fire ......... . . .1/16/09 ... .2:00 PM
Niceville Avenue ...... .. .Dispatched & canceled ........ .1/17/09 ... .2:30 PM
Hopper Street ......... ..Rescue EMS call, other ........ .1/19/09 ... .1:34 AM
Highway 285 ......... ... Extrication from vehicle ........ .1/19/09 ... .10:48 PM
Windsong Court ......... .Building fire . . .......... . .1/20/09 ... .4:24 AM
Biscayne Lane .......... .Building fire ......... . . . . .1/20/09 ... .5:09 AM
23rd Street ......... . Medical assist, assist EMS . . .1/20/09 .. 1:22 PM
OakAvenue ......... .. .Flammable gas/liquid condition ..1/20/09 .. .5:41 AM
Laredo Drive ......... . .False alarm or call ......... . .1/21/09 .. .4:10 PM
27th Street ......... .... Rescue EMS call, other....... .1/23/09 ... .12:31 AM
Redwood Avenue ........ .EMS call, excluding vehicle .... .124/09 ... .11:34 AM
Patti Cove ......... . . .EMS call, excluding vehicle . . .1/27/09 ... .5:31 AM
Stephen Drive ............Rescue EMS call, other. . . ... .12709 ....4:30 PM
W. John Sims Parkway ... EMS call, excluding vehicle ......1/27/09 ... .3:07 PM
Valparaiso Boulevard . . .Fire,other .. . . . . ... .1/29/09 ... .10:48 AM

Valp Volunteer Fire
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls for the
month of January 2009.
Location Situation Date Time
Okaloosa Avenue . ... .Medical ............. . .1/01/09 ........ .18:33
Westview Avenue . ... .Medical canceled ........ .1/03/09....... .21:37
DavenportAvenue . . .Medical ......... . . . .1/05/09........ .13:16
Jasmine Avenue . ... .Medical . . ........ . .1/05/09 ........ .18:03
Washington Avenue .... Medical ............. .106/09 ........ .05:37
S John Sims Parkway ...Medical ................ .1/06/09 .........10:28
Valparaiso Boulevard ... .Medical ......... . . . .1/06/09....... .16:27
Hidden Cove ..........Medical ......... . . . .1/06/09 .........16:31
Kelly Mill Road ........500 Kelly Mill Rd ........ .1/06/09 ........ .17:30
GrandviewAve ....... .Medical canceled ........ .1/08/09....... .03:33
OhioAve ........ . .Medical ............... .1/08/09 ........ .18:34
OhioAve ........ .. .Medical ............... .1/10/09 ........ .13:18
S. John Sims Parkway .Medical .......... . . .1/11/09 .........13:10
N. John Sims ..........Vehicle accident no injuries .1/12/09 .........13:52
Okaloosa Avenue ..... .Medical .......... . . .11209....... 17:25
Judith Avenue ........ .Structure fire ......... . .1/12/09 ........ .19:29
Madison Avenue . .... .Medical ............ . .1/13/09 ........ .0:454
Lincoln Avenue .........Medical ......... . . .11309........ .22:34
Edge Avenue ......... .Medical ...............1/14/09 ........ .12:32
Edward Circle .........Structure fire ............1/17/0 .........12:32
Muskegon Avenue ..... Service call ..............1/22/09 ........ .14:24
Grandview Avenue . . .Medical . ........ . .1/24/09 ........ .07:05
S Bayshore Drive . . .EMS Assist . . . . . . .1/27/09 . . .. ...05:40
Washington Avenue . . .Medical . . . . . . .. .. .1/28/09 . . .. .. .09:13
Edge Avenue . . . .. .. .EMS Assist . . . . . . .1/29/09 . . .. .. .14:03
W College & Hwy 85 . .Vehicle Accident/unknown .1/29/09 . . .. ...14:03
Kelly Road . . . . . .Mutual aid/brush fire . . . .1/31/09 . . . . .11:28
Home Safety Tip: Check household smoke, carbon monoxide detectors and fire
extinguishers monthly to ensure these devices are operational. Call your
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 if assistance is needed in per-
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that at this point in down. The prisoners
time is a good idea. I have to be kept some-
think they should do where."
more research on what
to do with people who
are leaving there."

"I think it's horrible. We "I think it's a bad deci-
have to have a decent sion. We're not dealing
place for people to with regular soldiers
answer for their crimes, or prisoners of war at
We shouldn't have to Guantanamo."
provide a hotel for
criminals. "

"He kept one of his "It's in the Lord's hands.
campaign promises. It goes beyond
The question remains, Guantanamo Bay. The
however; what will Lord has a purpose for
happen to the prison- everything. If they killed
ers after they close the our people, I believe in
prison?" 'eye for an eye, tooth for
a tooth.' Let justice be

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Pact may eventually hand

college building to jet firm

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
Commission yesterday approved
a lease between Northwest
Florida State College and a pri-
vate company, Destin Jet, that
provides for an eventual turnover
of a planned, publicly-owned,
$5.2 million building at the
Destin airport to the company.
NFSC plans to build and oper-
ate a First Responder Training
Facility and General Education
Facility at the Destin/Fort Walton
Beach Airport, which is owned
by Okaloosa County.
The county leases seven acres
at the airport to Destin Jet, a new
aircraft base operator reportedly
operated by developer Jay Odom.
In 2007 Odom proposed that
the state of Florida fund construc-
tion of a building on the property
that would have been used as a
aircraft hangar by Destin Jet,
which would allow it to be used
by the City of Destin as an
Emergency Operations Center
during natural disasters. Destin
Jet has leased county land at the
Destin airport with the intent of
becoming the second fixed-base
operator at airport, according to
Greg Donovan, county airports
director. The state declined to
fund Odom's project.
In 2007, the Florida
Legislature, at the request of
State Rep. Ray Sansom, R-
Destin, provided $6 million in
school construction funds to
NFSC for a training center,
which would be turned over to
the city of Destin for its use as an
emergency operations center dur-
ing natural disasters. The college
had not asked for the money nor
did it have any previous plans for
a Destin training center, college
officials have said.
In December 2007, the board
of trustees of NFSC asked col-
lege President James R. Richburg
to find a location in Destin for the
training facility. He chose the
property on which Odom had
originally planned to build the
hanger/EOC for Destin Jet.
In January 2008, Okaloosa
County commissioners approved
a request to allow Destin Jet to
sublease 24,300 square feet of its
acreage to NFSC for the planned
college-owned building, subject
to the final agreement approved
The sublease agreement was
signed by NFSC and Destin Jet in
November. Under the 40-year
agreement, NFSC will pay
Destin Jet $6,463.80 annual rent,
to rise with inflation every five
Donovan said Destin Jet's

lease is priced at 26.6 cents per
square foot per year, meaning
the college is paying an amount
equal to the rent the county
requires of Destin Jet for the
Under the sublease agree-
ment, Destin Jet is given first
priority to purchase the college
facility, at fair market value, if
the college ceases use of the
facility for training and educa-
tional operations.
The sublease also states:
"Temporary or non-attached
improvements and additions
shall remain the property of the
college. However, all other
improvements, fixtures and
additions which are attached to
the property will become the
property of the sublessor
(Destin Jet) and shall remain
upon and be surrendered with
the premises as a part thereof at
the termination and./or expira-
tion of this lease."

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin,
on Monday resigned as Speaker
of the Florida House of
Representatives, little more
than two months after ascend-
ing to the post, one of the most
powerful in Sunshine State pol-
When he was elevated to the
post last December, Sansom
was to have served the tradi-
tional two years in the post.
Sansom retains his seat as
House Representative for
District 4, which includes
Niceville and Valparaiso.
Sansom's resignation as
House Speaker followed by one
week the news that his relations
with Northwest Florida State
College, from whom he accept-
ed a $110,000-a-year part-time
job after steering the Niceville
school millions in state funds,

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was under investigation by a
Leon County grand jury.
Sansom has denied any
The Republican lawmakers
who domi-
nated the
House met
in caucus
night and
wasted no
time in
mously sRay Sansom
Rep. Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, as
their new leader. On March 3,
the first day of the regular, 60-
day 2009 session, Cretul is
expected to be voted in as the
permanent Speaker of the
House by the entire House.
Sansom's short-lived career
as speaker began Nov. 18, 2008,

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and was to have lasted two
On Friday, Sansom said he
would recuse himself, or step
aside temporarily as the
Speaker of the House, so that he
could concentrate on defending
himself in three investigations.
Sansom, in a Jan. 30 memo to
House members, named Cretul,
the Speaker Pro Tempore, to
carry out the responsibilities of
Speaker until Sansom resolved
the allegations against him.
But that apparently wasn't
enough for members of the
Republican majority, who
wanted no distractions while
preparing for a legislative ses-
sion expected to deal with
Florida's worst budget crunch
in a generation.
Meantime, Sansom faces
three investigations:
-A grand jury in
Tallahassee last week voted to

investigate Sansom's ties to
Northwest Florida State
College. Sansom had been the
target of media reports that he
accepted an unadvertised, part-
time, $110,000 job as vice pres-
ident of the college after chan-
neling more than $30 million in
funds to NFSC in the past two
years. He was also criticized in
media reports that he facilitated
$6 million in school construc-
tion money to NFSC to build a
training center/EOC at Destin
airport after a political support-
er, developer Jay Odom, failed
in his attempt to get state fund-
ing for an airport hangar/EOC
in the same location.
-A related civil complaint
against Sansom has been filed
with the Florida Commission
on Ethics.
-Sansom reportedly faces
an ethics investigation by the
Florida House.

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From page A-1
hiring set off a political firestorm,
causing Sansom's downfall as one
of the state's most powerful
politicians. He quit his college
post under fire last month, and
resigned Monday as Speaker of
the House.
Richburg, in a brief "record"
of the Tallahassee meeting creat-
ed last month after state officials
began looking into the matter,
identified the trustees who
attended the March 24 -"ki-Il.i-
tive briefing" as: Elizabeth S.
Campbell, Sandy Sims, Dale

Rice Jr., Joseph W. Henderson,
Esteena K. Wells, Brian
Pennington, and Wesley
Wilkerson. Also present were
Richburg, Sansom and legisla-
tive aides Mike Hansen and Dort
The Beacon called each of the
trustees who attended the March
24 meeting in Tallahassee and
sought their comments on
McCollum's letter. Wesley
Wilkerson, the current chairman
of the college board of trustees,
was the only trustee to respond
with a comment. Vice Chair
Sandy Sims deferred to the
chairman. Joseph Henderson,
chair at the time of the contro-

versial meeting in Tallahassee,
was among those who did not
respond to the Beacon's request
for comment.
Wilkerson said that trustees
conducted no business during
the Tallahassee meeting at the
FSU Club. He said the meeting
was "more or less a legislative
review" at which Sansom
briefed trustees on pending col-
lege legislation. Then known as
Okaloosa-Walton College, the
Niceville institution was one of
the schools being eyed to
become a state college under
state legislation then being con-
sidered, and which ultimately

Wilkerson said the board will
discuss the attorney general's
letter at the next meeting. "We
certainly need to," he said.
Meanwhile, District 2 State
Attorney Willie Meggs, of
Tallahassee, told the Beacon
Monday that he has not yet
drawn up a list of potential wit-
nesses to call before the grand
jury investigating Sansom and
his relationship to the college.
The grand jury, which was
impaneled in Tallahassee for six
months and met for the first time
Jan. 26, meets next on Feb. 17.
In its response last week to
the McCollum letter, NFSC said:
"Members of the trustees and

college administration have a
tradition of annual Capital visits,
as do many colleges. In an abun-
dance of caution, when a legisla-
tive briefing in Tallahassee was
scheduled for March 24, 2008, a
notice was published March 17
in the Northwest Florida Daily
News, in the same manner as are
all notices from the college, as
the paper is the largest circula-
tion newspaper in the region
served by the college. The
March 24 meeting was further
announced in a public meeting
of the Board Facilities and
Program Committee which met
in Niceville, March 18. Minutes
of that meeting record that "He

(Dr. Richburg) also reminded the
trustees of their legislative meet-
ing in Tallahassee on March 24."
Further, the college legal con-
sultants believed beforehand and
afterwards that there was no
Government in the Sunshine vio-
The statement added: "The
college further reiterated the pur-
pose and results of the
Tallahassee legislative briefing
at the January 20, 2009, business
meeting of the Trustee board
with a record of legislative
update summary which stated
the content of the legislative
briefing and that no action was
taken by trustees."

From page A-1

describes itself as "the premier pri-
vate club serving Florida State
University, Tallahassee and friends
of the community."
Bryan said that this year, only
one trustee, Chairman Wesley
Wilkerson, will attend on behalf
of the NFSC Board of Trustees.
She said that college President
James R. Richburg will attend
only today's session, which will
take place at the chambers of the
Florida House of Representatives
following a breakfast at the
Tallahassee Community College
Capitol Center. This year's ses-
sions, unlike last year's NFSC
trustees meeting in Tallahassee,
will also be attended by represen-
tatives of other community col-
leges from throughout Florida,
and by the press.
This year's sessions will be
held in public places. Yesterday,

From page A-1

Again in 2008, North Bay had
no fire-related deaths and plans to
file for the Operation Life Safety

From page A-1
another insurer," she said.
Michal Connally, a
spokesperson for State Farm
Mutual Florida in Winter Haven,
was unwilling to predict what
the outcome of her employer's
decision would be. "No one
really knows what the future
will hold," she said. But she said
about 500 of the 5,000 people
directly employed by State Farm
are in the property insurance
area, while about another 5,000
are employees of various agen-
"They will have options
available to them here at State
Farm," she said of the 500 peo-
ple. "We're committed to work-
ing with any potentially impact-
ed employees."
State Farm has repeatedly
come before the Office of
Insurance Regulation seeking
large property insurance premi-
um increases. The office has
repeatedly turned it down.
State Farm has three agents
in Niceville. One of them, who
asked not to be named, said the
decision to pull out of the prop-
erty insurance business was dis-
concerting. But he said the com-
pany had promised he could still
sell auto, life and health insur-
ance and annuities.
That may not be the case,
"State Farm would like to
stay in Florida and continue to
sell auto, life, health and annu-

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they were to be held in the
Tallahassee Community College
Capitol Center. A draft agenda
released by the FACC included
briefings from Michael Brawer,
CEO of the Florida Association
of Community Colleges, and by
Willis Holcombe, chancellor of
the Florida College System, as
well as discussions with other
FACC officials and consultants.
Wednesday's sessions in the
Florida House chambers are
expected to include meetings
with state House and Senate lead-
ers. It was not known if these
will include State Rep. Ray
Sansom, R-Destin, who Monday
resigned as Speaker of the House,
after controversy surrounding his
relationship with NFSC prompt-
ed an investigation by a grand
jury, which is pending.
Topics to be discussed at the
conference this week may
include legislative issues affect-
ing community colleges, such as
potential budget cuts and whether

Award, which the district has
received for the last seven years.
Additionally, the long-awaited
advanced life support paramedic
program was initiated in 2008.
The first live fire training ses-
sion was held in November, as

ity," Gaetz said. "However, I
believe there will be a serious
legal conflict resulting from
State Farm's decision."
The lawmaker said the anti-
cherry picking law passed by the
state Legislature in 2007 may
make that impossible.
Under the law, Gaetz said, "If
you want to sell auto and life
and health and annuity in our
state, and take the cream off the
top, you need to be a good cor-
porate neighbor and sell home-
owners insurance if you sell it in
other states."
State Farm may try to get
around that law, however,
because it sells property insur-
ance through a "pup" company,
State Farm Mutual Florida, set
up to use only the money col-
lected from Florida property-
owners to satisfy claims within
the state. Most successful claims
nationwide are paid from a pool
consisting of premiums paid by
all policyholders in the country,
Gaetz said.
The "pup" company was set
up after then-Insurance
Commissioner Bill Nelson, now
a Democratic U.S. senator,
agreed to allow the large insur-
ance companies to establish
such subsidiaries so they could
create a barrier between their
profit in selling auto, life and
health policies and annuities on
one hand and homeowners
insurance on the other, Gaetz
"The reason insurers wanted
this barrier was so they could

more community colleges may
be allowed to offer four-year
degree programs, as NFSC has
done in recent years. NFSC has
also been changed from a "com-
munity college" to a "state col-
lege," with a larger geographical
area of service and qualified to
offer a few more four-year
degrees, although its main busi-
ness remains that of a two-year
community college.
Last year, with no regular leg-
islative briefings scheduled,
NFSC trustees arranged their
own briefing "in privacy," during
a gathering that included trustees
Elizabeth S. Campbell, Sandy
Sims, Dale Rice Jr., Joseph W
(Jody) Henderson, Esteena K.
Wells, Brian Pennington, and
Wesley Wilkerson, as well as
President Richburg.
According to a record of last
year's gathering prepared and
released earlier this year by
Richburg after questions were
raised, the trustees did not make

well as the recertification of
seven fire personnel for live fire
training instruction. Live fire
training involves the setting of a
fire by the district, on its premis-
es so fiK ligIiiL iu may train expe-
riencing an actual fire, but in a

justify rate increases in home-
owners insurance without hav-
ing their profits in other lines of
insurance taken into account,"
Gaetz said. "It would be as if
Chelco or Gulf Power set up a
residential power company in
Valparaiso, separate from its
residential and commercial cus-
tomers elsewhere with the
thought that it costs more to
stretch lines to Valp., so it will
charge residents there more."
"Pup" companies were out-
lawed by the Legislature last
year, although the existing ones
were ;i.ii.ll.ilid i.lI in and con-
tinue to exist. Gaetz said he
voted for that bill "to stop pup
companies from hiding behind
this Bill Nelson ruling."
Now, Gaetz said, when an
insurance company comes
before the state seeking a rate
increase, "the state is allowed to
pierce the corporate veil and to
take into account the balance
sheet of the parent company,"
which is why State Farm has
been consistently denied the
substantial increases in premi-
ums it has sought.
State Farm sees it differently.
"Florida is unique," said
Connally. "The hurricane risk
makes it its own unique, chal-
lenging market. The key to our
decision was our inability to
receive adequate rates for risk in
Whether State Farm will be
forced either to recant its deci-
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any decisions during last year's
session, but heard a -"ki-Il.iii .
briefing" reviewing college fund-
ing, the status of the state college
bill, and a review of college con-
struction plans. The only legisla-
tor present was Sansom, who rep-
resents NFSC's home district.
In e-mails exchanged prior to
last year's meeting, Richburg and
Sansom, respectively, referred to
the gathering as an opportunity to
meet "in privacy" in "a private
room" on the sixth floor of the
FSU Club.
The college announced the
2008 meeting 10 days before in a
small ad in the Northwest Florida
Daily News. But the session was
not widely publicized in advance.
It took place in a private club out-
side the college district and 150
miles from the seat of college
governance. And no minutes
were kept at the time, according
to the college.
Last week, the NFSC trustees
were admonished by Florida

controlled, safe environment, said
Chief Miller.
In other business, the district
accepted the resignation of John
Woodward from the Pension
Board, a position he had held
since the board's inception 10

all operations within Florida
will probably be decided in
court. Gaetz is loath to predict
the outcome.
"I believe a serious legal
challenge will be set up and I
believe there is a serious ques-
tion whether State Farm will be
able to sell life, health, auto and
annuity in the state because of
the cherry-picking law," he said.
On the other hand, Gaetz
said, "State Farm has some of
the very best lawyers in the
world. I know, because they've
testified before the Banking and
Insurance Committee of the
Senate, which I was a member
of the last two years. That's why
I'm not telling you how the
courts will rule. I have no idea."

Attorney General Bill
McCollum, who said the meeting
could be seen as having violated
the state's Sunshine Law. He
referred the matter to prosecutors.
Leon County State Attorney
Willie Meggs said last week that
he was investigating the meeting
to see if laws were broken. The
college last week reiterated that
the meeting was publicly
announced and that "no action
was taken by trustees."
Of the seven trustees who
attended the March 2008 meeting
in Tallahassee, only Wilkerson
last week responded to requests
for comment. He said the meet-
ing consisted of "more or less a
legislative review," that it was
announced in advance, and that
no action was taken.
Attorney General McCollum
wrote that he found the 2008
meeting to be "very questionable
and could easily be interpreted to
contravene Chapter 286 of the
Florida Statutes," better known as

years ago. Woodward resigned
because it was time to move on
and to give someone else a
chance to serve with the "dedicat-
ed and very capable volunteers,
fiit IHli.le .i and advisors," accord-
ing to his resignation letter.

He said he expects State
Farm's lawyers either to argue
that the anti-cherry picking law
is unconstitutional or that there
is a loophole.
"I'm mostly concerned about
the State Farm agents, their

Florida's "Government in the
Sunshine" law. The law requires
that meetings of public bodies
must be conducted publicly in a
place accessible to the public,
announced in advance by "rea-
sonable notice," and promptly
recorded in minutes. Violations
may be treated as either a misde-
meanor or a noncriminal infrac-
In November 2008, Sansom,
who, as House budget chairman
from 2006 to 2008, had helped
obtain more than $35 million in
funding for new facilities at
NFSC, was hired as a part-time
vice president of the college at
$110,000 a year. The same day
he ascended to Speaker of the
House. Last Friday, the day he
bowed to pressure to step aside
from the speakership in light of
his relations with the college,
Sansom's resignation from the
NFSC post took effect. He for-
mally resigned the speaker's job

For the month of December,
the North Bay District responded
to six fires, 38 rescues and 31
"other emergency responses" for
a total of 75 alarms according to a
report given by Fire Marshal
Lloyd Losinger.

employees and their families,"
Gaetz said. "I think State Farm
executives up in Illinois have
made what is a pretty cold-
hearted business decision. Let's
see how the people of Florida

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Ewing is

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Karen Ewing, a Niceville
resident, has been chosen as the
Okaloosa County School
District's Educational Support
Professional of the Year.
"I was so surprised," Ewing
said when she learned of the
honor." I couldn't imagine why I
was being called to a special
meeting. This is really an
honor; but it wouldn't have been
possible without the rest of the
staff. Everyone here is so sup-
As a Destin Middle School
classroom assistant, Ewing
insists she's only doing what
she's asked to do. But being
excited about sharing the learn-
ing experience with students
and keeping their self esteem at
a healthy level as well as
encouraging kids to go above
and beyond what they think
they can, adds up to being a lit-
tle more than a monitor in the
cafeteria at meal times.
The mother of two has been
involved in educational activi-
ties since her oldest son, Jason,
started school back in 1991.
Although Jason and his brother,

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Karen Ewing, foreground, Okaloosa County Educational Support
Professional of the Year, enjoys a few minutes of lighthearted
conversation with some of her ESOL students as they eat a quick
breakfast in the cafeteria at Destin Middle School. With Ewing are
Daniel Sepulveda, Cindy Cartagena and Dayla Silva.

Ethan, are in college, Ewing
said she "was hooked" the
moment she began volunteering
in her son's kindergarten class.
Ewing has gone from cutting
construction paper, putting
together folders and running off
copies to being a full-time
employee who works extensive-
ly with middle school students
from China, Brazil, Thailand,
Honduras, Mexico, Italy and
Venezuela. She's developed her
own curriculum, invented
games, researched supplemental

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materials and translated Rosetta
Stone program study guides
into the native language of
ESOL (English Speakers of
Other Languages) students.
Although she spends many
hours working with scholars
who are trying hard to master
the English language, she's also
substitute taught and worked
with students who needed reme-
diation, as well as performing
all the little duties of cafeteria
and traffic monitoring and
supervising those on in-school
suspensions-a task, she said,
that turned out to be very
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instills love f-

of learning I
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Richard Hernandez said he
had "not a glimmer" of an idea
what the entourage of teachers
and administrators were doing
when they all trooped into his
classroom of Niceville High
School (NHS) gifted ninth
graders on Jan. 28.
The retinue of peers were
there to congratulate him for
being chosen as one of three
finalists in the Okaloosa County Linda S
Teacher of the Year program. Superint
Hernandez, whom Hernande
Superintendent of Schools grade "g
Alexis Tibbetts called "unpre- three final
tentious," is responsible for not
only making a name for like a par
Niceville High School but for continued
also "putting our little comer of students.
Florida on a map of the world," and the st
Tibbetts said. thing into
The 15-year educator heads toward a(
up the school's NaGISA something;
(National Geography In Shore providing
Areas) project as well as teaches I am guid
NHS gifted students. NaGISA mentoring
scholars have traveled to several Hernai
foreign countries, including himself a:
Japan and East Africa. They will has a repi
travel to Crete March 25. "tough,"
"Most of those students are a comes to
lot smarter than I am," said his NaGI;
Hernandez, perhaps illustrating ed to mak
Tibbetts' comment on his humil- "I was
ity. "Working with students is and one h

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Smith, left, Niceville High School principal, and
endent of Schools Alexis Tibbetts surprised Richard
ez last week as they walked unannounced into his ninth
ifted" class and proclaimed him as one of the county's
lists for the Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year award.

tnership," Hernandez
d, "especially the gifted
We both (the teacher
student) bring some-
Sthe classroom to work
common goal. It's
g where I'm not really
; instruction so much as
lance. It's more like
ndez, according to
s well as his students,
station for being
especially when it
the many presentations
SA students are expect-
in the military for 10
ialf years," said

Hemandez. "I've seen some hor-
rible and I've seen some excel-
lent presentations. I can give
that expertise to them (the stu-
dents). It's not that I'm brutal.
We do enough of them. They're
at the point now that we can put
them in front of a big-time sci-
entist and know that they can be
successful when the chips are
The instructor was referring
to his students' recent presenta-
tion to Jesse Ausubel, program
director Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation, involving the global
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Wednesday, February 28, 2009

Tiger Cubs visit Beacon

Beacon staff reports
Members of Den 7 of Scout
Pack 553 visited the office of
Beacon Newspapers on
Thursday, Jan. 22.
The Tiger Cubs were: Glen
Meza and Tyler Barnes.
Also present were parents
Kimberly Meza and Kristi
The visitors toured the
Beacon's news, advertising,
production and circulation
facilities at 1181 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville.
Beacon staff members
showed the Scouts some of the
equipment and methods used to
produce the weekly newspapers
the Bay Beacon, the Eglin

Flyer and the Hurlburt Patriot.
They learned how reporters
gather news, what kinds of arti-
cles newspapers publish, why
so many people read newspa-
pers, and how newspapers play
an important role in American
life and democracy.
The Scouts offered sugges-
tions on what they would like
to see in newspapers, and how
they would go about gathering
the information necessary if
they were reporters.
"We are pleased and hon-
ored that members of Den 7
visited the Beacon's office
today," said Stephen Kent, edi-
tor and publisher. "We hope
they had some fun, and that

they learned something about
newspapers as well. We appre-
ciate the chance to show them
how we do our job."
The Bay Beacon was found-
ed in 1992 by Stephen and Sara
Kent. In 2007, Beacon
Newspapers began publishing
the Eglin Flyer and the
Hurlburt Patriot.
The Beacon's chief aim has
remained the same since its
founding-to publish informa-
tive and lively news for the
largest possible audience in
Niceville, Valparaiso and
Bluewater Bay, and to offer an
economical and effective way
for local businesses to advertise
their goods and services.

Members of
Den 7 of
Scout Pack
553 visiting
Beaco n
on Thursday,
Jan. 22.

Twin Cities schools are masters of knowledge

Ruckel Middle takes top prize in state; Destin Middle finishes fifth

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Ruckel and Destin Middle,
as well as Plew Elementary
schools placed in the top seven
in the state Knowledge Masters
first fifth and sixth grade com-
petitions for the 2008-09 school
Ruckel Middle School's
first-place state win put the 11-
member team in 19th place
worldwide with a score of 756.
Destin Middle School's 14-
member team finished fifth in
the state with a score of 588,
and 210th worldwide. The 19-
member team finished sixth in
the state and 130th worldwide.
Plew scored 526 to finish sixth
out of seven teams in its age
group statewide. Three hundred
twenty-two schools participat-
ed in the sixth grade challenge.

"We have been five-time
undefeated state champs and
(in) this contest we were near
the top 5 percent in the nation,"
said Ruckel's sixth grade coach,
Chris Brown. "This is really a
big deal for these kids. They

deserve a lot of recognition for
their win."
Two hundred thirty-three
schools participated in the fifth-
grade competition. The 19-

member team finished sixth in
the state and 130th worldwide.
Knowledge Masters is a
semiannual computer-based
academic competition which
allows students to compete
with others in their grade with-
out leaving their own school.
At the fifth- and sixth-grade
level, the teams have 60 to 90
minutes to answer 100 ques-
tions. While team members
may be encouraged with cheers
of affirmation, no answers may
be shouted, suggested or given
by the audience or team coach-
es. During the competition, the
students may not use calcula-
tors or books for help. Only
pencil, paper and brain power is
Fifth and sixth graders will
participate in their last competi-
tion for the year in March.

The Knowledge Masters
program began in 1983 with 72
schools and now annually
attracts more than 3,000
schools from the United States
and other lands.
Ruckel's sixth grade team

consists of: Hayden Boilini,
Sophia Bergmann, Liam
Schmidt, Margaret Jacobs,
Leah Lunderman, Cristina

Metral, Maddie Hsiang,
Michael Thurber, Thomas
Reidy and Chloe Dubben.
On Plew's fifth grade KMO
team is: Grace Barton, Alex
Coleman, Matt Cutts, Trevor
Fossum, Laura Harber, Brenna
McGowan, Abigail Mistretta,
Sarah Pabst, Emily
Pfaffenbichler, Nick Pizzolato,
Kevin Hartzog, Mara Riley,
Cari Sands, Zac Schwantz,
Callie Smith, Julia Taylor,
Mimi Taylor, Chandler Walker
and Will West.
Destin Middle's junior varsi-
ty team consists of: Timothy
Nguyen, Kole Donaldson,
Megan Wood, Ryan Rasins,
Hayden Welch, Paris
Martineau, Vonnie Vuagniaux,
Will Fitz, Ricky Gal, Holly
White and Samuel Melecio-

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Valparaiso is the new secretary
of the board of directors for the
Florida Adoption Council
(FAC). FAC is an organization of
adoption professionals dedicated
to the distribution of information
pertaining to the adoption
process in Florida.

Lewis Middle School sixth
grader Amber Eddings recently
won the
Ma r t i n
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Jr. Oratorical
Contest. Her
speech was

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shown to the
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Deanna Eddy, a Bluewater
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has been invited to join Chi
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counselors, counselor educators,
and students. The society was
established at Ohio University in
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research, professionalism, lead-
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Rebecca Weaver won first place as well as grand prize winner in the senior science fair project
category at Rocky Bayou Christian Academy.

Sarah Frasier won a first place ribbon with her "Don't Let Gravity Get You Down" project in Rocky
Bayou Christian Academy's science fair.

RBCA students take prizes for science

Special to the Beacon
These Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy students won recogni-
tion in the school's 2008 science
-In Senior Category 1, first
place went to Sarah Frasier for
"Don't Let Gravity Get You
Down/" Second place went to
Matthew McDorman for "How
the Ionosphere Affects GPS
Devices." Third place went to Kit
Sandlin for "To Harness the

Wind." Honorable Mention proj-
ects were Adam Downing's
"What Electric Bills Can Tell You
About Energy Use," Wendy
Kent's "Up, Up and Away," and
Sarah Ward's "Electric Field
-In Senior Category 2, first
place and senior grand prize went
to Rebecca Weaver for "Food
Energy." Second place went toYu
Mina for "Volume of Solid."
Third place went to Hannah

Moore for "Artificial Light."
Honorable Mention projects were
Gary Frey's "Can Reinmann
Summs Calculate a Known
Distance," and Steve Wills'
"Temperature Differences in
Coffee Based on When Cream is
-In the Junior Physical
Category, first place went to
Sydney Whitaker for
"Hydroponics or Potted Plants."
Second place went to James Sung

and Cameron Esse for "Classical
Conditioning of Raccoons."
Third place went to Kellum
Cailiun for "Design and Develop
a Plant Growing Chamber."
Honorable Mention projects were
John Flowers' "Are Crabs
Garbage Cans" and Bradley
Schatz's "Sleep Deprivation and
School Performance."
-In the Junior Biological
Category, first place and junior
grand prize went to Jessica

Sandlin for "The Pattern of
Sound." Second place went to
Connor Lynch for "Effect of
Winglet Design on a Wing's Lift
and Drag." Third place went to
Christy Allen for "Orange Juice:
What's Really Best Under the
Sun?" Honorable Mention proj-
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"Micrometeoroids Keep Falling
on My Head," Joseph Allen's
"Solar Telescope," Matt
Courtney's "Using Density to

Observe Alcohol Transfer,"
Duncan Foster's "Pollution in the
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of Different Materials on
Wireless Connection" and Ryan
Simpson's "Go Far, Go Long and
Go Straight."

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Jonathan Slater of Niceville
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"When you show those who
have customarily been discipline
problems that they can do so
much more than they first
thought they could," Ewing said,
"it's so rewarding to see their
faces brighten. They start to feel
better about themselves and they
become less of a discipline prob-
Additionally, Ewing has
undergone training which allows
her to substitute for the school
nurse and administer medica-
tions. She is also CPR- and first
Ewing often is found at
school long after the students
have gone. She spends that time

coming up with supplemental
material for Rosetta Stone, rang-
ing from interactive games and
stories to models and drawings.
But the support employee has
done much more than work in
the education field. She also vol-
unteered during the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina, soliciting
donations for victims, organiz-
ing a depot of free school sup-
plies, and collaborating with the
Department of Education in
Washington, D.C. concerning a
televised show which highlight-
ed the community and Katrina
"I love working with all ages
of students and I love all the
areas I've worked in. While some
students are more challenging
than others they've all been fun. I
just can't imagine working a job

that doesn't deal with students. I
love helping them dream of bet-
ter lives."
Educational support person-
nel come from about 50 different
sites in the district, said Patrick
Strong, chairman of the
Educational Support
Professionals of the Year com-
mittee and the president of the
Okaloosa County Education
Support Professional
Association (OCESPA). Those
sites not only include schools but
other sites as well, such a bus
depots and food services.
Ewing, like all nominees for
the honor, was nominated by
educational support personnel at
their specific site. For Ewing, it
was Destin Middle School. Her
nomination was read by the
committee which then selected

five applicants. Those applicants
were interviewed by the com-
mittee (made up of Strong, a
retired support professional, a
past winner, a school board
member and a support profes-
sional at large). She then went
before the committee in an inter-
From the interview, the com-
mittee selects one winner and
two runners up. The winner's
name, along with a packet of
information, is sent to the
Florida Department of
Education, which then will
choose a state winner. The state
winner will be awarded a check
for $1,000 from the Florida
Department of Education.
Regional winners receive a $500
check and district winners
receive $200.

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Navy Seaman Kimberly M.
Resch, daughter of Milton L.
Resch of Niceville, recently com-
pleted U.S. Navy basic training at
Recruit Training Command, Great
Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week pro-
gram, Resch completed a variety
of training which included class-
room study and practical instruc-
tion on naval customs, first aid,
fii.hliin-r'. water safety and sur-
vival, and shipboard and aircraft
safety. An emphasis was also
placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot
camp is "Battle Stations." This
exercise gives recruits the skills

and confidence they need to suc-
ceed in the fleet. "Battle Stations"
is designed to galvanize the basic
warrior attributes of sacrifice, ded-
ication, teamwork and endurance
in each recruit through the practi-
cal application of basic Navy
skills and the core values of
Honor, Courage and
Resch is a 2001 graduate of
Niceville High School of

Navy Seaman Horace R.
James, III, son of Deonne L. and
Horace R. James of Valparaiso,
recently completed U.S. Navy
basic training at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, Ill. with
James is a 2005 graduate of
Niceville High School.

Northwest Florida State College and Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida
Please join us for these exciting free programs.
12 P.M. PAM SMITH: Pam Smith is an instructor with Embry-Riddle AU and online
Pam Smith instructor with Troy eCampus and Okaloosa Online. Pam is secretary for the
Timothy Thomas Fortune: Heritage Museum Board of Trustees.
A Jackson County StarI
from the Past "Timothy Thomas Fortune: A Jackson County Star from the Past"- Have
you heard ofTf Thomas Fortune from nearby Jackson County? Come learn
12 PM at Heritage about this important African-American figure whose life impacted minority
Museum in Valparaiso newspapers, prominent minority organizations, and the civil rights movement.
MALLORY O'CONNOR: Mallory O'Connor is Professor Emerita of Art
12 P.M. History at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. She has taught art history courses at
Mallory O'Connor .. the University of Florida and Santa Fe College for over twenty years. She holds
Perceptions of Paradise a BFA in painting, an MA in American History and an MFA in art
history from Ohio University
12 p.m. at "Perceptions of Paradise"- Since the first Europeans arrived in the 16th
the Heritage Museum century, Florida has been viewed as a mythical place, a land of dreams, and an
in Valparaiso earthly Garden of Eden. O'Connor looks at how art transmits culture and how
our perceptions of "reality" can be shaped by fantasy and imagination.
12 P.M. JEFF KLINKENBERG: Jeff Klinkenberg is a St. Petersburg Times staffer
Jeff Klinkenberg who writes about Florida nature and Florida culture. As the first writer-in-
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Land of the Alligators: Florida, he is author of Seasons of Real Florida and Pilgram in the Land
Modern Floridians in of Alligators: Modern Floridians in the Age ofDinosaurs.
the Age ofDinosaurs
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From page B-1
project. Ausubel spoke at a
January conference in Sandestin.
While his students may con-
sider their instructor's expecta-
tions arduous, they had only
words of praise when they real-
ized he was a Teacher of the Year
finalist. Two students in his ninth
grade gifted class said they had
already learned much more in his
class than they have in any other.
One student expressed thoughts
on Hernandez with just one
word, "Awesome!"
This is the second year in a
row that NHS has had a Teacher
of the Year finalist. Last year,
April Branscome, a CHOICE IT
Institute teacher at the school,
went one step further and

received Okaloosa School
District's 2009 Teacher of the
Year award. Teachers are chosen
one year in advance.
"With this being our second
year, I think it just solidifies the
level of instruction our students
are receiving," said NHS princi-
pal Linda Smith. Hernandez "has
elevated the level of success
these students have had. When
the program (NaGISA) first
began I think it was doubtful that
these kids could handle college-
level work. They've exceeded not
only our expectations but also
those of college coursework."
The Florida Department of
Education Macy's Teacher of the
Year program "recognizes and
honors the contributions of out-
standing classroom teachers who
have demonstrated a superior

capacity to inspire a love of
learning in students of all back-
grounds and abilities," according
to the program's Web site.
Nomination packets are sent
to individual districts. Teachers
at schools within the districts
then nominate and vote for those
they deem worthy of the honor.
The name of one winner from
each school is forwarded to the
district which, in turn, asks each
teacher to fill out a 20-page
questionnaire on his philoso-
phies of teaching. The district
chooses three finalists who are
observed in the classroom and
undergo an interview. One is
chosen and his name is submit-
ted to Florida's Department of
One winner and about four
finalists are chosen by the educa-

tion department. The Florida
Teacher of the Year receives a
check for $2,500, the finalists
receive $1,250 and each district
Teacher of the Year receives
If chosen to represent Florida
as Teacher of the Year, the win-
ner must be willing to travel,
serve on statewide committees,
teach workshops and generally
be Florida's spokesperson on
teaching. The winner is required
to take a one-year sabbatical
leave from his teaching position.
The two remaining Okaloosa
County finalists come from
schools in Crestview: Belinda
Small of Antioch Elementary
and Cindy King of Richbourg
Middle School. The winning
teacher will be announced at a
banquet at the end of February.


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Geo Bee winners
Winners of the local National Geographic Society school
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third place; Joshua Hofman, first place and Maria
Bandstra, second place. Twelve home school students in
grades four through eight competed.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Upcoming blood drives
Upcoming Northwest Florida
Blood Services blood drives:
Feb. 4: Faith

Street, Destin,
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5: Baker High
School, noon-7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8: First United
Methodist Church, Crestview, 599
Eighth Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
ACT test scheduled
The next ACT achievement test
will be administered on April 4.
Students who wish to take the col-
lege admission and placement exam
must register by Feb. 27. Late regis-
tration deadline

28-March 13 for
an extra fee.
Students may
register online at
actstudent.org, or
pick up registration forms from high
school counseling offices.
The cost is $31 for the tradition-
al ACT test and $46 for the ACT
Plus Writing.
The ACT Web site,
actstudent.org, has helpful informa-
tion, free sample tests and inexpen-
sive test prep materials.
Eglin summer hires
The Eglin Air Force Base
Civilian Personnel Office is accept-
ing applications for summer hire
positions in clerical and general
labor categories. To apply, pick up
applications from school coun-
selors' offices or at the Civilian
Personnel Office on Eglin, 310 W
Van Matre Ave., Bldg. 210, Rm. 101

on the first floor hallway. The appli-
cations will be available in a rack
next to door of Rm. 101 by the auto-
matic doors at the side entrance.
Applications will be accepted
through Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
Applications mailed in must be
postmarked by Feb. 13. Applicants
eligible for the program must have
reached their 16th birthday by June
8 and must be enrolled at least part-
time in high school, college, or
vocational technical school. For
more information, call Angie Beal
at 882-3967 or Sherry Akers at
Library water media show
The Niceville Public Library is
featuring a water media exhibit by
noted local artist Marla Armstrong
through Feb. 27.

Museum remodeling set
The Heritage Park and Cultural
Center Indian Temple Mound
Museum gallery will be closed for
lighting installation and museum
store remodeling for a short time.
Completion is expected to be before
the end of the month. The Indian
Temple Mound Museum will
resume normal operations as soon
as the work is
S Visitors can
still tour the
Camp Walton
Museum and the Garnier Post
Office on the museum complex
grounds while the Indian Temple
Mound Museum is closed. These
two museums will be open Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. for a reduced admission

of $3 per person. Call 833-9595 for
updated information.
Girls sought for fastpitch
Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League Softball is looking for girls
age 9-12 for its fastpitch softball
league. NVLL boundaries have
been expanded this year to include
Crestview. Contact Sharon Criddle
for more information at: 855-1917
or e-mail iill'*"*.-Ii III,;-. For more
information, see NVLLB.org.
Violence support groups
Shelter House's Domestic
Violence Victims' Support Groups
have begun. Meetings are scheduled
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6-8
p.m. in Fort Walton Beach. The sup-
port groups are free, all information
discussed in groups is confidential
and no appointment is necessary.
Child Care will be provided on site,

and refreshments will be served.
Call 243-1201 or check shelter-
housenwfl.org for locations and
more information.
Billy Bowlegs art contest
The 54th Billy Bowlegs Pirate
Festival is looking for the official
image to promote this year's event.
The festival will be held June 4-8 in
Fort Walton Beach.
Artwork submissions should be
11-by-14 inches and include the
theme "No Surrender." The poster
must contain the words "54th Billy
Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort
Walton Beach,
FL." All submis-
sions should be
in a camera-
ready medium
and unsigned.
The selected art will be used as
the central image in all promotion

of the 2009 Bowlegs festival events,
and the winning artist will be fea-
tured in a press release and be given
booth space at the Bowlegs Pirate
Festival to sell signed copies of the
winning poster artwork and other
work of his choice.
Entry deadline is March 1. Info:
Brenda Farne, 244-8191.
Museum seeks volunteers
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida needs volunteers
to help with Florida Heritage 2010,
a historic preservation and digitiza-
tion project that will provide inter-
pretation of archival collections
including photographs, documents,
and audio/visual recordings.
Museum staff will provide neces-
sary training. Call 678-2615.
On Jan. 29, 7 p.m., evening pres-
entation of film at the museum.





Photo by Scott Schaeffler

Kings and queens
Rocky Bayou Christian School crowned its Homecoming King and Queen Saturday at the school gym, then moved to the Soundside Club on Hurlburt Field
for the annual Homecoming Ball. From left: David Weaver, Emily Johnpeer, James Waldron, Laura Pate, Billy Thomas, Sarah Barnick, Gary Frey, Lulu Nelson,
Princess Chloe Christianson, Queen Jasmine Jacquay, King Noah Mosley, Abby Chapman, Ben Donahue, Julia Denney, Ryan Burns, Grace Stoner and Adam
Downing. Not pictured is Prince Justin McLaughlin.









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159 Baywind DR- 4/3 home on the 9th Tee of the Marsh course features formal living
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Lady Knights advance

to regional semifinals

Defeat the team that beat them in 2008

Special to the Beacon
Turnabout is fair play.
The Rocky Bayou Christian
School Lady Knights continued
to roll over the competition in the
Class 2A regional quarterfinals
Thursday, outscoring John Paul II
in the first half and outdefending
it in the second. The Panthers
eliminated the Lady Knights in
last year's regional quarterfinal
game, 4-3.
Before the game was 35 min-
utes old, the Lady Knights had

taken a 4-0 lead on the Panthers,
stunning them by scoring on four
of their first seven shots.
Scoring for the Knights were
Jane Ellen Brown and Katie
Kaim, each of whom scored on
throw-ins from Hannah Peters
that the Panthers were unable to
clear. Kaim scored a second goal
shortly thereafter on a pass off
Christiana Serban, and Brittany
Tiller made it 4-0.
John Paul II regrouped, getting
a goal shortly before halftime and

another midway through the sec-
ond half. But the real story of the
second half was the solid defense
by the Lady Knights, who were
outshot 10-4 after halftime, but
held on to stop the team that had
stopped them in 2008.
The Lady Knights' victory
advanced them to the semifinals.
They were scheduled to face
either Tallahassee Maclay or
Bozeman Tuesday. Their overall
record through Thursday's game
is 11-8-3.



Ruckel's Kelsey
I Roberts recovered a
loose basketball Friday
against Lewis, then got
hung up by Tashi
Brown, right, and
Amber Fling. Ruckel
o took the final game of
the season for both
teams, 40-28.

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RBCS wins district title

The Rocky Bayou Knights boys soccer team won the District 1-2A championship Friday
with a convincing 5-0 victory over St. Joe's. The Knights scored their first goal just 10 min-
utes into the game and allowed just three shots on their own net.

NHS girls

Niceville sophomore Molly
Everitt attacks the ball and
steals it from a Chiles player
during Thursday's regional
quarterfinals at Twin Oaks
as sophomore Kristin
Muldowney rushes to her
aid. The Niceville Lady
Eagles fell in the quarterfi- j. 7 -
nals, losing a shootout 3-0 -
after battling to a 1-1 tie.




Sisters Jenica Kelly, left, of
Columbia Falls, Montana,
and Lynn Horrigan of
Niceville recently ran their
first Disney Marathon in
Orlando. They are daugh-
ters of Gayle and David
Chastain of Niceville.



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