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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: February 18, 2009
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i ... $10.3 million to AF for road land

50-year lease set for 1st bypass segment

agreement with the Air Force calling
for $9 million to be placed in escrow.
Eglin Air Force Base would use the
money, plus interest earnings, for unre-
lated construction projects on base. An
additional $1.3 million would be
pledged for Eglin environmental proj-
The connector road, which will

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority said
it has tentatively agreed to pay the Air
Force $10.3 million for a 50-year lease
on 177 acres needed for the first part of
a 10-mile bridge connector road.
On Thursday the bridge authority's
governing board discussed a draft

Thursday. 10 a.m.-I p.m.
Looking for something to do
with your spare time?
Northwest Florida
State College plans
its first volunteer day
in Building K. Local
reps of a large number of non-
profit agencies will be on hand
to answer questions about vol-
unteer opportunities.
Call 729-6085.
Thursday. 5:30 p.m.
Interested in the state of the
state? The Okaloosa
Democratic Women's Club
will discuss "Florida
Legislation: What's Happening
in Tallahassee?" at Mother
Earth's, Eglin Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach. While you're
there, enjoy a buffet dinner.
Reserve a spot by calling
Friday. 11 a.m.
UAre you sick and
tired of being sick
and tired? Dr.
Marilee Caldwell, professor of
nutrition at NFSC, will present
a program, "What CAN I eat?"
in the Robert E. Green Science
Building, Room S-110. It's free.
Call 729-5376.
Saturday. 6 p.m.
The Destin Middle School
Science Department will pres
ent the first Miss
Marlin Beauty
Pageant to raise
money for pilot pro-
The pageant will
be held in the cafe-
teria. You can get in for $5.
Tuesday. noon or 6 p.m.
Hooked on tobacco? If you
long to give it up, the Twin
Cities Hospital will begin a
free six-week, evidence-based
"Quit Smoking Now" pro-
Call 1-877-6-STOP-NOW.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4

bypass Bluewater Bay and much of
Niceville, will be built in three stages,
using mostly Eglin Air Force Base
property from the north end of the Mid-
Bay Bridge to Highway 85, north of
College Boulevard.
Phase 1 of the planned toll road will
extend from the bridge to Range Road
north of Bluewater Bay and Seminole.
It will replace White Point Road as the
bridge's main approach road.

Phase 2, now in the design phase,
will extend the road from Range Road
to Highway 285 just north of College
Boulevard in Niceville. The third phase
will extend the connector road to
Highway 85 north of the Mullet
Festival site, Niceville.
Jim Vest, executive director of the
bridge authority, said that the authority
Please see LEASE, page A-7

Valp. bid

to hire

fire chief



By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Following a 2-2 vote by the
Valparaiso City Commission that
stymied the hiring of a fire chief
nominated by fire department offi-
cers, the city will advertise for
candidates to fill the vacant post.
Charlie Frank, Valparaiso's fire
chief for the past four-and-a-half
years, unexpectedly turned in his
resignation last month, effective
April 16.
Frank told the Beacon last
month he has no problems with
the city and has not applied for
any other jobs. Frank said he had
been asked to resign, but would
not comment beyond that.
Heyward Strong, the city com-
missioner who oversees the fire
department, said he accepted
Frank's resignation and asked
Mark Norris, the assistant chief
under Frank, to serve as the city's
interim fire chief.
Frank and Norris were the only
full-time paid fiu liyl;ii i in the
city's volunteer fire department.
Frank's salary as fire chief was
$53,550, while the assistant chief
was paid $18.11 per hour,
Please see FIRE CHIEF, page A-7

Donor to fund SR 20 median facelift

Shrubs, trees, irrigation

slated for 0.6-mile stretch

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Bluewater Bay has a secret
gardener. A 0.6-mile stretch of
the median of State Road 20
will soon be beautified with
professional landscaping at the
expense of an anonymous
donor. Also, new welcome
signs may soon appear at
entrances to Bluewater Bay.
During a meeting Feb. 10,
members of the governing
board of Bluewater Bay's
Municipal Services Benefit

Unit (MSBU) reviewed draw-
ings of plans for landscaping
the median of SR 20 between
milepost 17.931, just west of
Range Road, and milepost
18.525, just east of Bluewater
The cost of the landscaping
project is to be paid by an
"anonymous benefactor,"
board members said. The
donor has contracted with a
landscape company to have the
Please see DONOR, page A-7

I .... ,
Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
This State Road 20 median in Bluewater Bay will be landscaped through the generosity of an
anonymous donor, officials say.

College loses millions in markets

Foundation assets fall $2.2M

on investment losses of $5.8M;

total giving and awards rise

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Pummeled by ailing finan-
cial markets, the Northwest
Florida State College (NFSC)
Foundation, which provides aid
to the college and students,
reported investment losses of
$5.8 million in fiscal 2008.
Although the losses were
partly offset by new gifts and
by investment income, the
foundation posted its biggest
decline in net assets ever, down
more than $2.2 million, to
$34.1 million.
It was only the third year

since 1996 that foundation net
assets have fallen.
The fund-raising and real
estate arm of NFSC held its
annual meeting Friday at the
college main campus in
In the 12 months ended
Sept. 30, 2008, the foundation's
net assets decreased $2,239,000
or 6 percent. Its financial state-
ments show realized investment
losses of $418,442, and unreal-
ized losses of $5.39 million.
"We have experienced a
Please see COLLEGE, page A-2

Net assets of the Northwest
Florida State College
Foundation grew from $6
million in 1996 to $34 million
in 2008. A $14 million jump
in 2007 reflects the one-time
sale of the Mattie Kelly estate
in Destin.

Niceville High dancers No. 1

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Niceville High School's dance team came home Monday with a first place trophy after competing in the 2009 National
Cheerleading and Dance Championship, in Atlanta. Bottom row from left: Katie Trier, Anna Torrecarion, Kelsey Suarez,
Jessica Andrews. Top row: Elly Schaefer, Bronwynn Toombs, Kenzie Hendrix, Julia Sanders, Farrah Floyd, and Abby
Warren. Not pictured: coach Brooke James and choreographer Jill Kerschitz. Story, page B-5.

NFSC Foundation net assets

Source: NW Fla. State College

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Page A-2


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

3 charged in $68,000 Raintree burglary

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Three Niceville men have
been charged in a Christmas
burglary in which $68,000 in
vehicles, jewelry, guns, elec-
tronics and clothing were stolen
from a home in Raintree Estates,
according to sheriff's arrest
According to Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office reports,
the following men were arrested
and each was charged with one
count of burglary to an unoccu-
pied dwelling (armed), two
counts of grand theft auto, and
two counts of grand theft
-Benjamin Edward
Keicher, 18, of 954 Rue De
Palms, Niceville, arrested Feb.
-Joshua Alan Bedsole, 19,
of 32 Bayview Cove, Niceville,
arrested Feb. 4. Bedsole was

From page A-1

decrease in the foundation's
total asset portfolio due to mar-
ket conditions," said NFSC
President James R. Richburg.
Such losses are a common
story among college endow-
ments nationwide as financial
markets have turned in their
worst performance in 75 years.
On the bright side, the
Niceville-based foundation
reported an increase in contri-
butions and scholarship awards
for the 2007-08 reporting year.
"Through gifts both large
and small," said Richburg, "the
NWF State College Foundation
also awarded more scholarship
funds to students in 2008 than
ever in our history. Total contri-
butions to the foundation
increased by more than 50 per-
cent from 2007 to 2008."

also charged with fraudulent use
of credit cards.
-Seth Kyle Patterson, 20, of
2924 Bluewhistler Lane, Apt.

and of 4317
B each
Blvd. ,
Feb. 5.
reports gave
the follow- Benjamin
gi Edward Keicher
On Dec. 25 an individual
watching a home in the 4400
block of Southminster Circle
while the residents were out of
town on vacation reported that
someone had ransacked the
house and stolen a 2000 Jeep
Wrangler and a 2006 Mercedes
Contributions to the founda-
tion for 2008 were reported at
$3.9 million, up from $2.6 mil-
lion in 2007.
Financial support from the
foundation for student scholar-
ships increased from $381,282
in 2007 to $644,401 in 2008,
according to the foundation.
The foundation last month
asked donors to increase giving
to some 200 established schol-
arships whose endowments
have declined due to the stock
market crash, and whose dis-
bursements are no longer being
matched by state funds.
"Even in these challenging
times," said foundation
President Lori Kelley, "all
gifts, large and small, are
important to the foundation's
The increase in 2008 contri-
butions was due, in part, to a
trust gift of more than $2.4 mil-
lion by the late Marie Snow

Benz from the garage Dec. 24 or
The Mercedes was found
abandoned at a park in Choctaw
Beach Dec. 26. The Jeep was
found in Hillsborough County,
stuffed with loot.
The victims returned Dec. 29
and completed a list of missing
items, including two guns, a tel-
evision, lap-
top comput-
er, jewelry,
and miscel-
items with a
total valued
of approxi-
The two Joshua Alan
vehicles Bedsole
were valued together at approxi-
mately $37,000.
The victims also reported the

Greene of Shalimar, who earli-
er had remembered her late
husband, Robert, with the nam-
ing of the college's science
building to the Robert E.
Greene Jr. Science Building.
Her trust gift recognized her
love for the arts and created a
permanent endowment for the
visual arts.
Separately, Richburg said
the college has experienced
growth in its bachelor's degree
programs, "which now have
more than 700 students admit-
ted into four-year programs in
project management, nursing,
elementary education and mid-
dle grades math and science
In addition to the many
companies and individuals rec-
ognized for their financial con-
tributions to NFSC, Jim
Chitwood, recently retired
executive director as well as
one of the foundation's found-

theft of a
credit card,
which had i
ly been
been used,
or attempt-
ed to be
used, at
least a Seth Kyle
dozen times Patterson
Dec. 25-27.
Investigators viewing video sur-
veillance obtained from the
Destin Wal-Mart identified
Bedsole and Patterson during
two fraudulent credit card trans-
actions, one for $834, a second
for $105. Keicher was identi-
fied by investigators as an asso-
ciate of Bedsole.
After investigators made a
Jan. 14 recorded telephone call
to Patterson in which he initially
denied involvement, Patterson

ing members, was honored for
his more than 20 years of serv-
ice to the foundation. An avid
bird hunter, Chitwood was pre-
sented with a plaque by Helen
Hunt Rigdon, representing
Congressman Jeff Miller, as
well as a gift from the founda-
tion-a Baretta Silver Pigeon
20-gauge, double-barreled
sporting shotgun.
"It is the people who care
that will be remembered," said
Chitwood, speaking of founda-
tion donors. "It is those who go
where there is no path and
leave a trail for those following
behind. Each endowment pro-
vided leaves a trail for the hun-
dreds of students who have
been helped by your endow-
Foundation meeting atten-
dees were treated to dinner and
a short performance by Sound
Sensation, a college song and
dance troupe.


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allegedly admitted to his mother
that Bedsole had given him a tel-
evision. Arrangements were
then made to return the TV from
Orlando, where Patterson was
Investigators also made con-
tact with Keicher at his resi-
dence Jan. 16, when he denied
involvement in the burglary.
However Keicher requested a
second meeting and allegedly
confessed to burglarizing the
home along with Bedsole and
Patterson. Keicher allegedly
stated that he helped dispose of
the stolen Jeep, following in a
van owned by Bedsole's mother
as Bedsole drove the stolen Jeep
to Tampa, then continued to
Tampa and left it at an apart-
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Two stolen firearms taken in
the Niceville burglary were
reportedly stored in the Jeep.

Deputies in Hillsborough
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Investigators made a second
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handgun, bottles of liquor and
the two vehicles. Patterson said
the majority of items were
placed by the front door of the
residence and later loaded into a
Bedsole, Keicher and
Patterson are scheduled to
appear in a Crestview court-
room March 17.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Firefighters on roof of Valparaiso house which partly
burned Monday.

Blaze damages

house in Valparaiso

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
No one was injured in a
house fire in Valparaiso
Monday that officials say was
likely caused by electrical
Valparaiso firefighters
were on the scene at 261
Glenview Ave. at 3:57 p.m.,
after receiving the alarm at
3:52 p.m., according to Mark
Norris, acting chief of the
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire
Norris said the homeowner
and occupant, Stephen
Cummins, heard some "pop-
ping" noises and discovered
smoke and flames in the area

of the gas water heater.
Firefighters arrived shortly
after Cummins discharged
two fire extinguishers into the
flames, Norris said.
Firefighters pulled down
some interior walls and used
water and foam to extinguish
a smoldering fire in the studs
behind the walls, close to the
water heater, fireplace and a
clothes dryer, Norris said.
Norris said the cause of the
fire was electrical in nature.
He estimated the damage at
between $7,000 and $9,000.
Twelve fi7iaiM-i, and three
engines responded from the
Valparaiso, Niceville and East
Niceville fire departments.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Church land


clears hurdle

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville City Council
last week held a public hearing
before approving the second of
three readings of proposed
ordinances to annex the land
near Holy Name of Jesus
Catholic Church.
The first such ordinance
dealt with annexation on con-
tiguous land near the church.
The second ordinance was
approved for -\i .ic.i ini and clo-
sure of four rights-of-ways
being that portion of Ivy
Avenue, from 18th Street,
heading south along lots 26-21
of block 20; Juniper Avenue,
from Valparaiso Boulevard to
18th Street; Kumquat Avenue,
from Valparaiso Blvd to 18th
Street; 17th Street, from Ivy
Avenue to Linden Avenue and
transfer excess to same, and
providing for an effective date."
The city rights of way to be
vacated, or turned over to the
church, are streets that exist
only on paper, according to city
The third and final reading
is scheduled for the next city
council meeting, at 7 p.m.,
March 10, at 7 p.m. at Niceville
City Hall.
During a hearing Feb. 10, a
city resident from near the
church thanked Niceville
police for their recent efforts to
reduce speeding and excess
traffic along residential streets
near the church. He also
thanked church members for
their efforts to route traffic to
and from church services to
Valparaiso Boulevard; the main
road near the church, and away
residential side streets.
In other business, council
members approved the first
reading of Ordinance 09-04-01,
".ini't iiilli section 3-2 of the
City of Niceville, Florida
Ordinance 459, January 13,
1981, pertaining to the sale and
distribution of alcoholic bever-
ages, repealing ordinances in
conflict herewith and providing
an effective date."
The proposed ordinance
clarifies city rules for the sale
of beer and wine at local stores,
helping clear the way for new

stores to be built in Niceville.
Council members heard a
briefing from Larry Jones, of
Waste Management, who said
that "single stream recycling"
is now available to businesses
in Niceville. Unlike previous
recycling programs, which only
accepted a few types of paper
and plastic, single stream recy-
cling allows Waste
Management to collect and
recycle nearly all kinds of
paper and cardboard, as well as
plastics stamped with recycling
designation numbers 1 through
Cost to a business to use the
new service, Jones said, will be
between $106 and $114 per
month, to have up to eight
cubic yards of recyclable mate-
rials picked up each week.
In other briefings, council
members heard from Glenn
Stephens of Polyengineering
Inc., who said that a project to
replace a sewage pumping sta-
tion near the Bayou Plaza shop-
ping center will cost about
$700,000. Stephens later told
the Beacon that the replace-
ment, although expensive, will
prevent the need for more cost-
ly emergency repairs that might
become necessary if the old
system were left in place. The
project, he said, will be paid for
with a loan from a state revolv-
ing fund.
The Niceville Fire
Department thanked the First
Baptist Church of Niceville for
donating access to an empty
house owned by the church,
allowing firefighters to conduct
realistic training in such things
as forcible entry into a build-
ing, cutting ventilation holes in
roofs, and other activities not
usually possible in such a real-
istic environment.
City police handled about
1,984 calls during January
2009, including 72 vehicle
accidents, 20 felony arrests,
and 4 drunk driving cases.
Police also discussed an
ongoing series of threats to
women in Escambia County, in
which someone posing as a
police officer makes false traf-
fic stops with an unmarked car
in order to assault victims.

Valp. mulls legal stance on F-35

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
At the request of its attorneys,
Valparaiso has scheduled a spe-
cial meeting of the city commis-
sion today, Wednesday, Feb. 18,
at 9 a.m.
The only item on the agenda
is the recent Air Force Record of
Decision to beddown the first 59
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at
Eglin Air Force Base, starting
early next year.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold said he assumes that the
city's attorneys will make a rec-
ommendation about what the city
should do in response to the Air
Force decision. Valparaiso filed
a lawsuit in federal court last
year seeking more information
on the noise levels associated
with the F-35 fighter jet and how
the military evaluated various
mitigation alternatives.
According to information
released by the Air Force, nearly
all of Valparaiso would be blan-
keted by noise levels of 65 deci-
bels or more-a level the Air
Force itself says is incompatible
with residential development.
Arnold has previously stated
that the worst-case jet noise lev-
els provided by the Air Force
could cause the "death of
Valparaiso"- severely impact-
ing the quality of life for resi-

dents, causing property values to
decline and reducing the amount
of property taxes available to
operate essential city services
such as police and fire protec-
Arnold said he expects the
city commission will be asked to
vote this morning on whether or
not to challenge the Air Force
decision in court.
On Feb. 6 Kathleen Ferguson,
assistant secretary of the Air
Force, announced the decision
implementing the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure
Commission directive to station
as many as 113 Joint Strike
Fighters at Eglin, and to establish
the JSF initial joint training cen-
ter to train pilots and maintainers
on the brand new fighter plane.
Ferguson said that the Air
Force would station 59 F-35s at
Eglin between March 2010 and
the end of 2013. The Air Force
said it will implement temporary
restrictions on the operation of
the F-35s at Eglin to minimize
the noise and safety impact on
Valparaiso, while a supplemental
environmental impact study is
A second decision on basing
the remaining 54 F-35 aircraft
will be made in about two years,
after a supplemental EIS is com-
pleted in September, 2010.

This morning's special meet-
ing follows an executive meeting
of the Valparaiso City
Commission on Thursday. That
meeting was closed to the public
and the press after the city
claimed attorney-client privilege.
Attorneys Chris Bentley and
Fred Aschauer were hired by the
city last year to handle the city's
lawsuit against the Air Force
seeking information related to F-
35 noise.
Last summer the city filed a
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request with the Air
Force seeking more information
on noise data related to the F-35
and possible alternatives that
might mitigate the impact on the
city. Valparaiso subsequently
sued the Air Force in federal
court for the information after
Eglin officials said it would cost

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about $1.5 million and take
months to provide the informa-
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff
said last week that the Air Force
filed a motion in federal court to
dismiss Valparaiso's suit. The
brief has already been given in
federal court in Pensacola, he
said, and the city is now waiting
for a federal judge to rule on the
motion. Wyckoff said the issue
is "ripe for decision."
If the judge rules in favor of
the city Wyckoff said the U.S
government will have to provide
Valparaiso the material it has
requested. The question then
becomes the cost.
Today's special city commis-
sion meeting is open to the pub-
lic and is scheduled for 9 a.m. in
the city council chambers, 465
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The city of Niceville plans to
relocate Wastewater Pump
Station No. 1.
The pump, currently located
underground, in the Bayou Plaza
shopping center parking lot, will
be moved closer to the highway
(John Sims Parkway), said Jerry
Regans, water and sewer super-
Regans additionally said
there are no problems, other
than "normal wear and tear"
with the pump station though
the station is old and does need
to be upgraded to allow it to fall
within electrical regulations.
"It's just a maintenance
issue," said Regans. "But it does
need to be done before we start
getting complaints or problems
Bruce Price, director of pub-
lic works for the city of
Niceville, said the total estimat-
ed cost for the project is
$700,000, and includes a new
generator, auxiliary power,

demolishing the existing station
and converting it to a manhole.
It also includes a new force
main, all of which will be fund-
ed from a State Revolving Funds
(SRF) loan.
According to the National
Environmental Services Center,
SRF loans require the applicants
to have a source of revenue or
adequate security to cover the
loan amount. The loan, said
Price, will be repaid through
pledged revenues of the water
and sewer system.
"Water, sewer and sanitation
are all operated by self-generat-
ed revenue," said Price, "or what
you charge customers for the
service. It's not like tax money
such as the fire and police
departments which receive ad
valorem taxes."
Upgrading of Pump Station
No. 1 is a project that has "been
on the city's capital improve-
ment plan for a while," Price
said. "It's not a new project. It's
probably been on there for at
least five years."

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The North Bay Fire District
commissioners approved, at the
Feb. 10 meeting, purchasing a
new pickup truck for the official
use of Division Chief of
Training Officer Joseph "Butch"
Parker at a cost of $26,000.
The current vehicle, a 2000
Chevrolet pickup with 100,400
miles, has been in service five
years longer than usual. The dis-
trict plans to sell the old vehicle.
Also approved by the fire
commissioners was the pur-
chase of new fire bay doors.
Current doors are 23 years old

and need new scaffolding.
Replacing all four doors will
cost $14,000 to $15,000, said
Fire Chief Joseph Miller.
Fire Commissioner and
Treasurer Janet Santner reported
the district has received most of
its ad valorem taxes and is yet
expecting $653,421 to bring the
amount up to its budgeted total
of $1,757,244.
The board additionally dis-
cussed what to do when its grant
extension for firefighter fitness
expires March 30. Gary
Glossop, the personal trainer
hired by the department, pre-
pared a proposal for continued

services, at request of the
board's chairman, James Miller.
The proposal stated, "most
participants have made
improvements in their overall
fitness levels" with some losing
body fat and others gaining
muscle mass. "This training,"
continued the proposal, "has
served as a beginning in helping
to meet the physical demands of
a firefighter's daily activities.
Participants have strengthened
their lower backs which reduces
the risk of work-related injuries
and gained knowledge on how
to improve their overall health."
The proposal additionally

provided two recommended
options, should the fire district
choose to continue a contract
with Glossop. Option 1 called
for all three firefighter shifts
training two times a month (for
a total of six sessions), costing
$900 per month. Option 2 called
for each shift training once a
month (a total of three sessions),
and would cost $450 per month.
Glossop's hourly rate is $75
with each training session last-
ing two hours.
The firefighters train during
their regularly scheduled fire
shift and it was pointed out that
there have been instances the

firefighters must answer an
alarm during the time Glossop
was scheduled to train with
them, causing him to be paid
while waiting for them to return.
An additional option was
mentioned that would not be as
costly-utilizing a Peer Fitness
Trainer (PFT). The PFT pro-
gram was developed by the
International Association of Fire
Fighters (IAFF), the
International Association of Fire
Chiefs and the American
Council on Exercises (ACE),
and utilizes firefighters or EMTs
who have taken a certification
program and have passed the

ACE Personal Trainer
Certification exam. PFTs are
familiar with the specific needs
and extreme work environment
that accompany the firefighter's
job because the district chooses
one of its own firefighters to
undergo PFT training.
Santner said a PFT "wouldn't
cost hardly a dime." The district
would only need to pay for the
out-of-pocket expenses of trav-
eling to and from the training
classes, which are given through
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


From page A-4
Division Chief Parker.
Some firefighters present at
the commission meeting said
Glossop did "an awesome job."
Others said they would not have
time to go to PFT training class-
It was decided to continue
having Glossop come once a
month for the three shifts
through the remainder of the
six-month grant extension peri-
od, after which an assessment
would be done. The PFT pro-
gram will also be looked into at
greater length.
Other business included the
approval of Roger Porter as a

replacement for John
Woodward (who recently
retired from the position) as a
trustee for the North Bay
Firefighters' Pension Trust
Fund, and the approval of the
reappointment of Christian
Dreyer as a trustee to the
Pension Trust Fund.
The North Bay district
responded to 58 alarm calls for
the month of January, with six
of them being fire calls, 31 res-
cue calls and 21 other emer-
gency responses, none of which
were "significant" enough to
highlight, according to Assistant
Fire Chief Gary Jordon. The
district received mutual aid
from other fire districts three
times and provided mutual aid
two times.

Valparaiso extends contract

of aide living in Central Fla.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Valparaiso City
Commission has modified and
renewed a one-year contract
with the city's administrator,
Lisa Algiere, who lives about
375 miles away, in Central
For the past year Algiere
has performed her administra-
tive city duties primarily from
her home in Pasco County. In

addition, in
2008 she
w a s
required to
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i n
for several
days a
mainly the Lisa Algiere
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regular monthly meeting.

At a special city commis-
sion meeting Feb. 11 Mayor
Bruce Arnold modified
Algiere's contract to require
that she be present in city hall
during a second visit each
month so as to be in
Valparaiso approximately 50
percent of the monthly work-
Algiere's duties had been
expanded to include oversight
of the preparation and submis-

sion of water and stormwater
reports. Her pay remains
unchanged at two monthly
payments of $2,083.33 each,
or $50,000 annually.
Algiere was hired and
began work as the city admin-
istrator in September 2005,
when she then lived in
Crestview. She moved to
Holiday, in southwest Pasco
County, last February to be
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A 17-year-old Niceville girl,
a sales person, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 7 for
battery, domestic battery. A
verbal altercation between the
girl and the live-in boyfriend of
the girl's mother escalated to
name-calling and the girl
allegedly slapping the man on
the left side of his head.

A 15-year-old Valparaiso
girl, a student, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Feb. 5 for
battery, domestic violence,
after a verbal dispute escalated
to the girl slapping a parent in
the face.

Robert Lee Griffin, a thrift
store employee, 54, of 204
Niceville Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by law enforcement
officers with the Division of
Insurance Fraud, Department
of Financial Services, Feb. 10
for workers' compensation
fraud. Griffin is alleged to
have denied any pre-existing
condition regarding his back
after reporting a work-related
injury to his back in January
2008. Investigators with the
insurance company covering
workers' compensation deter-
mined that Griffin had sought
and received numerous treat-
ments for chronic back pain
between 2000 and 2007. The
insurance company claimed it
incurred a financial loss of
$9,152 in treating Griffin under
his 2008 workers' compensa-
tion claim.

Chris Allen Small, unem-
ployed, 40, of 527 Matthews
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 5 for
failure to appear on the original
charge of driving on a perma-
nently revoked driver's license.

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Arthur Steams Wentworth,
unemployed, 48, of 1206 Finck
Road, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Feb. 4 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of retail theft
and worthless check.

Tony Vasquez Jr., a grocery
employee, 24, of 1607 Date
Palm Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 29 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
misdemeanor possession of
marijuana, under 20 grams.

Brandon Casey Corbitt, a
student, 19, of 408 McEwen
Drive, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Feb. 3 for
organized dealing in stolen
property, grand theft of
firearm, and theft. Corbitt is
alleged to have burglarized a
home in the 1100 block of
Rhonda Drive last month and
stealing a hunting rifle with a
scope and a 20 gauge shotgun
valued together at $1,700, plus
carrying cases and a box of
ammunition. Corbitt allegedly
called a friend and asked if he
or anyone the friend knew
wanted to buy the two guns. A
man who said he bought the
two guns from Corbitt for $220
turned the guns into police Feb.
2 after he learned the guns
were stolen. Police subse-
quently found the two gun car-
rying cases and a box of
ammunition in the attic at
Corbitt's home.

Calvin Tyrone Johnson, a
construction worker, 36, of 400
Kelly Road, #19, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville
police Feb. 5 for domestic vio-
lence battery and aggravated
child abuse. Johnson allegedly

hit a 16-year-old in the head
with a TV when the teenager
attempted to separate Johnson
and her mother, who were

Travis Ramey Sadler, unem-
ployed, 21, of 1109 Forest
Road, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Feb. 5 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of burglary of
an unoccupied structure, grand
theft and possession of burgla-
ry tools.
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3010 Blue Pine Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on Green
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warrant for DUI. On Nov. 3,
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allegedly rear-ended another
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injury to the other motorist.
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injuries in the crash and was
taken to a local hospital, where
a blood sample was also taken
to determine the alcohol con-
tent in his blood. McDonough
was also cited for failure to use
due care, knowingly driving
while his license was suspend-
ed or revoked, no tag displayed
and no proof of insurance.

James Bruce King, a sales-
man, 49, of 216 Evergreen
Ave., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies for DUI in
the 700 block of North Beal
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach,
Jan. 19 at 8:52 a.m. King was
also cited for failure to drive
within a single lane.
A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Reeves Street
reported that unknown per-
son(s) stole a wallet from her
unlocked vehicle sometime
Jan. 31. The wallet contained
$250 cash, a bank card and

credit card, a driver's license
and miscellaneous identifica-
tion cards.

A padlock inside the door
of a Niceville bar, 582 W. John
Sims Parkway, apparently
foiled burglar(s) who used a
tool to pry the door handle
lock and a deadbolt away from
the door's frame Jan. 31
between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Damage to the door was esti-
mated at $50.

A Niceville resident in the
200 block of Southlake Court
reported that unknown per-
son(s) stole a $66 basket of
fruits from her front porch
Feb. 5.

A Niceville woman report-
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her shopping cart while shop-
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Wal-Mart Jan. 29. The wallet
contained $171 cash and sev-
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A Niceville woman who
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funds for the fire department.
The solicitors represent the
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information to indicate the
offense occurred in their juris-
diction. The victim will be
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Two girls, ages 14 and 15,
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City, respectively, were each
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Feb. 8, each
charged with shoplifting. The
14-year-old allegedly con-
cealed $11 worth of cosmetics
in her bra and attempted to
leave Kmart, 1140 E. John
Sims Parkway, without pay-
ing. The 15-year-old alleged-
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her bra and also attempted to
leave without paying.

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notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 9 for possession
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Nicholas Brandon Gardner,
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Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 34
Date of birth: 10-22-74
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
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SFire Department Reports

Niceville Fire
Fire art4ent respond the following calls Feb 9
th ough b. 15.
0 Stgency Mical Call
0 Vehicle Fire 3 Vehicle CrashM icl
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with ExtrigBI
1 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Pine Court ......... . Medical ............2/9/09 ........11:52
Paradise Road....... .. .Medical ......... . .02/10/09 . . .21:38
ALS Drive ......... . Medical . ... ..02/11/09 . . .00:57
Drew Court .............Smoke Investigation .2/11/09 . . . .08:25
E. John Sims/Palm Blvd. . .Vehicle Crash .......02/11/09 . . .13:47
E. College Blvd....... .. .Medical ......... . .02/11/09 . . .15:24
Pine Lake Drive ..........Medical ......... . .02/12/09 . . .08:51
Magnolia Shores Drive . . .Medical ......... . .02/13/09 . . .10:35
E. John Sims Pkwy. . . . .Vehicle Crash .......02/13/09 . . .18:04
N. Palm Blvd. ...........Medical ......... . .02/14/09 . . .07:49
Reeves Street ........... Smoke Investigation .02/14/09 ......13:17
SR85N ............... .Vehicle Crash .......02/15/09 ......02:35
E. John Sims Pkwy .......Medical ......... . .02/15/09 . . .13:20
Weekly Safety Tip: Check lamps and ceiling fixtures to make sure wiring is
intact. If an appliance smokes or smells, turn it off immediately. Examine elec-
trical cords before use and replace any that are frayed or cracked. Don't over-
load electrical outlets. Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

Northbay Fire
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 8
through Feb. 15.
Location Situation Type Date Time
White Point Road . . . .EMS call ........... 2/8/09 .......03:14
Turnberry .............EMS call ........... .2/8/09 .......06:17
Danbury Court ........ .EMS call ........... .2/8/09 .......10:56
White Point Road . . . .Canceled ............2/8/09 .......12:25
White Tail Circle ........Canceled ............2/8/09 .......14:44
Norwich Circle .........EMS call .............2/9/09 .......0:801
White Point Road . . . .EMS call ......... . .1/10/09 . . .0:804
Wright ........... . . .EMS call ......... . .2/10/09 . . .21:04
Prestwick .............EMS call ......... ... 2/11/09 .......05:09
Hwy 20 and Palm Blvd Canceled ............2/11/09 ...... 13:47
Highway 20 .......... .EMS call ......... . .2/12/09 . . .09:58
Range Road ...........Detector malfunction . .2/12/09 . . .13:29
Highway 20 .......... .EMS call ......... ... 2/13/09 ......20:12
Jamaica ..............EMS call ......... ... 2/14/09 ......19:20
Merchants Way ........ .EMS/rescue call ...... .2/15/09 . .. .13:38
Martinique Cove ........EMS/rescue call .......2/15/09 . . .17:21
Bluewater Bay Blvd . . .MVA ............... .2/15/09 . . .20:46

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"It shouldn't happen, "I think it's wrong. It's
unless it's required for cheating. For the
medical reasons." money they get paid,
they should work
their butts off without
using drugs."

Jolyn Figueroa, 40,
Fort Walton Beach,
accounting technician

From page A-1

according to city officials.
Two volunteer firefighters,
Nick D'Aquila and Michael
Hudson, are sharing the responsi-
bilities of assistant fire chief in the
In a letter to Strong Feb. 6, six
officers of the volunteer fire
department stated that they had
taken a vote of confidence and

From page A-1

work done, which will include
planting shrubs, grass, small trees
in the median, and installing an
automatic irrigation system. The
median now has only grass, which
is occasionally mowed by state
highway crews.
The benefactor, said board
members, has been coordinating
the design with the MSBU and
with state highway authorities,
and the MSBU has agreed to
maintain the median landscape
after it is installed. The cost of
such maintenance, such as mow-
ing, fertilizing, and providing irri-
gation water, will be "fairly nomi-
nal," said board member Bart
Bredenkamp, as the MSBU
already does similar maintenance

Steven Hartzog, 59,
retired military and TSA

unanimously recommended hir-
ing Norris as the fire chief. "As
fimiiiiici it comes down to a
simple matter of trust," the letter
said. "We, the officers of the
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire
Department trust Mark Norris to
lead us into a fire and get us out."
The letter was signed by six
firefighter association officers:
President Liz Robertson,
Battalion Chief Nicholas
D'Aquila, Assistant Chief
Michael Hudson, Lieutenant
for other irrigated medians and
along main roads throughout
Bluewater Bay.
Bredenkamp said the trees to
be planted in the median will be
decorative, but will be small
enough not to restrict visibility for
motorists, and will be frangiblee,"
meaning easily broken off if
struck by a vehicle, in order to
prevent injury to anyone in case of
a traffic accident.
After reviewing the landscape
plan, board members passed a
motion to "let the benefactor
know we support and appreciate
what he or she is doing for the
On Monday, Bredenkamp said
the benefactor would contract
directly with contractors who will
undertake the median beautifica-
tion. Bredenkamp declined to dis-
close the amount of the gift.

"I don't think the stats
should count for
steroid users. They
should have their own
separate stats. "

Brandon Jeter, 29,
Fort Walton Beach,

Aaron Robertson, Lieutenant
Shawn Bryant, and Secretary
Patrica D'Aquila.
Based on that recommenda-
tion, at the Feb. 9 city commis-
sion's regular monthly meeting,
Strong made a motion to hire
Norris as the city's fire chief.
However, with Commissioner
Lydia Johnson absent, the com-
mission vote resulted in a 2-2 tie,
with Strong and Mayor Bruce
Arnold voting to appoint Norris
fire chief, while commissioners
During last week's meeting,
MSBU board members also dis-
cussed their own plans for
installing new welcome signs at
Bluewater Bay entrances where
such signs do not already exist.
The new signs, said MSBU board
member Dale Blanchard, will
resemble those at other entrances
to the community, such as those at
Bay Drive and State Road 20. The
signs are made of concrete cov-
ered with white stucco and let-
tered in blue, with the Bluewater
Bay logo included.
Board member Gail Hughes
asked if putting signs at all
entrances would be too much,
then apparently changed her mind.
"I guess you can't be too welcom-
ing," she said. Before installing
the new signs, board members
said, they will coordinate with the
Florida Department of

"I think it should be
illegal. "

Delora Pons, 56,
Villa Tasso,

Brent Smith and Tom Miller were
opposed. The motion was defeat-
Strong said Wednesday that the
tie means the city will now have to
advertise the vacancy. He said he
expects the hiring decision to be
made in the same manner that
Frank was hired in August 2004.
In that case the volunteer fire
department made a technical eval-
uation of the eight applicants who
responded to an advertisement.
The volunteer firefighters also
Transportation to ensure the new
signs comply with state regula-
tions and pose no safety hazards.
On Monday, Bredenkamp said
the project, if it goes forward,
would add four signs. They would
be placed "along the road, like
state park signs," he said. They
would be situated on State Road
20 where motorists enter
Bluewater Bay-one on either
side of the highway at Range
Road and at White Point Roadjust
after coming off the Mid-Bay
Bridge. Since the project is in an
exploratory phase, no cost esti-
mates are available, Bredenkamp
Board members also approved
a motion to spend about $1,500 to
"bush hog" brush and tall grass
from the right of way at the inter-
section of SR 20 and Range Road
in order to improve the appear-

"It's unfair that some "Back when A-Rod
use drugs to gain an did it, it wasn't illegal.
advantage over the When it was out-
honest ones who lawed, he should
don't." have confessed and

Ernie Riggin, 63,

ranked the top three applicants,
interviewed them, and recom-
mended whom to hire. City com-
missioners in 2004 gave Strong
the authority to conduct the final
discussion with the top candidate.
Commissioner Smith said that
one reason for his no vote on hir-
ing Norris was that he is opposed
to allowing volunteer fiidyliblu..
to choose their own chief, a full-
time paid city employee.
Smith said the five-member
city commission has advertised,
ance of the intersection.
Board member Dale Blanchard
suggested that the MSBU board
write job descriptions for each
member. Traditionally, each board
member takes responsibility for
particular aspects of managing the
MSBU, such as overall board
chairman, finance, communica-
tions, and project planning.
Blanchard said written descrip-
tions could help avoid future con-
fusion or conflicts about who is
responsible for what. No specific
action was taken on that issue dur-
ing the Feb. 10 meeting.
Members also discussed
whether to modify MSBU meet-
ing times. Currently, MSBU board
meetings are held the second
Tuesday of each month at the golf
clubhouse at 1950 Bluewater
Boulevard. Meeting times are
rotated, with meetings at 10 a.m.

made a clean start."
Richard Salter, 66,

interviewed and hired several
other key city employees, includ-
ing the city attorney, the city engi-
neer, the city administrator and the
police chief. The city commission
should not delegate its authority to
interview and hire the fire chief,
he said.
The city advertised the vacan-
cy Feb. 14-15 and will re advertise
the following two weekends,
according to city officials. March
3 is the deadline for candidates to
submit an application.
in even-numbered months and at
5:30 p.m. in odd-numbered
One board member suggested
that a consistent meeting time
might avoid confusion and be
more convenient for board mem-
bers, but others said the rotating
times allow more local residents to
attend at least some board meet-
ings, regardless of what shifts they
work or other personal schedul-
The board appeared to reach a
consensus to keep the meeting
schedule as it is, at least for the
present. The next meeting is
scheduled for 5:30 p.m., March
10, at the golf clubhouse.
Information about the MSBU is
available at
www.bluewaterbay.org, and
members may be e-mailed
through the website.

From page A-1
and the Air Force have agreed on
a 50-year rent of $9 million as the
authority's cost to lease the Eglin
land needed to complete phase 1.
The lease has an option to
renew for an additional 25 years,
for a total of 75, Vest said.
The agreement, which has not
been finalized, calls for the bridge
authority to put half the lease
amount, $4.5 million, in escrow
within five days of finalizing the
lease. The other half of the lease
amount is due in escrow in
October 2011, including any inter-
est that accrues between the lease
signing and the due date, he said.
The lease money has already
been borrowed by the bridge
authority, which will repay it from
bridge and highway tolls.
Vest said both the bridge

authority and the Air Force hired
appraisers to establish fair market
value for the 50-year lease of the
base land. He said the bridge
authority's appraiser estimated fair
value at about $7.2 million. The
Air Force, he said, did not disclose
its appraiser's figure.
The bridge authority and Air
Force will begin negotiating lease
payments for Eglin land needed
for phases 2 and 3 of the connec-
tor road in two years, Vest said.
Those two stages are being
designed, and the bridge authority
won't know how much Air Force
land it will need until the design is
completed, he said.
At the bridge authority's Feb.
13 meeting in Destin, it also
released a notice of intent to award
Anderson Columbia a three-part
$22.8 million contract to build
phase 1 of the connector road-
contingent on completion of the
Air Force lease. The planned con-

struction contract award to
Anderson Columbia includes
three segments:
-Construction of Phase 1 of
the connector road, from the
bridge, around and east of the
Woodlands neighborhood of
Bluewater Bay and east and north
of the Seminole community, link-
ing up to Range Road.
-Four-laning Highway 20
from White Point Road to the new
bridge connector road just east of
-Construction of a back
access road in Seminole on the
south side of Highway 20.
Vest said the $9 million for the
50-year easement lease, after
being placed in escrow, would be

used for future Eglin "infrastruc-
ture" projects unrelated to the
bridge work. Eglin would work
through the bridge authority, a
Florida state agency, as the con-
tracting entity for such projects.
For example, if Eglin decides
to build a new road on its proper-
ty, the base would give the
requirements to the authority,
which would in turn obtain the
services of a construction compa-
ny and pay the cost from the
escrow fund.
Vest said that interest earned
on the $9 million escrow fund
would also go toward Eglin proj-
In addition to the $9 million
cost of the easement, the bridge

authority would also pay $1.3
million for Eglin environmental
Vest said that the 50-year lease
is expected to be finalized next

month, when the construction
contract with Anderson Columbia
can also be signed. Phase 1 con-
struction is expected to take two
years, he said.

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Niceville High School's Chippee Williams (10) passes the ball to Alec Stanton during Friday's regional soccer finals game against Fleming Island, left. The Eagles won the game, 1-0, to move into
the state championships. At right, the team and coaches celebrate their victory. Niceville will play Freedom, which defeated Lake Howell, 6-1, in the state semifinals Friday, Feb. 20. The winner will
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Saturday, Feb. 7. The next home game will be against the Tampa Barbarians Saturday, Feb.
21, at 1 p.m. at Twin Oaks.

Rough-and-tumble rugby

surfaces at Twin Oaks

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Before there was football,
there was rugby.
And now rugby is part of the
Niceville sporting scene with
the Niceville Eagles, a private
team composed of Niceville
High School students who are
attracted to the knockdown,
roughhouse game that may
have originated as far back as
ancient Greece.
The team started from the
coach's determination that his
son be involved in something
"It started because (my son)
Scott didn't want to do football
or band," said coach Ed
Frisbee, who played rugby in
college. "I'm a big believer in
extracurricular activities. He
said maybe if there was rugby
he'd play that, so I called his
The team's first season in
2008 was remarkably success-
ful. Its 6-1 record, Frisbee said,
was the best mark any team had
ever recorded in its inaugural
year in the statewide Florida
Youth Rugby Union, the league
in which the Eagles compete.
The team played two exhibi-
tion games this season and is
three games into an eight-game
Rugby is, in many ways, a
much more formidable and
wild sport than football. There
are no pads. The players' only
protection is a mouthpiece.
Whole teams-15 in all-
sometimes charge the ball with
the aim of knocking down the
carrier and taking the ball from
him. Blood is common. Players
sometimes find themselves
dizzy after a play and occasion-
ally are knocked unconscious.

It's not a sport for the faint-
"This is a really demanding
sport," said Benjamin
Unpingco after a recent rough-
and-tumble game at Twin Oaks.
Team captain Camden
Rogers, calling rugby "exotic,"
said he gravitated to it after try-
ing football. "I'm really not into
(football)," he said. "This is a
new game. It's so much fun."
Unlike football, in rugby any
player can score. To do so, he
must cross
the goal
line on a
field. For
the score
to count,
the player
must !
touch the Ed Frisbee
ball to the
ground. In fact, said Rogers,
that's where the football term
"touchdown" came from.
Each player plays offense
and defense and each must be
able to run, pass, kick and catch
the ball as well as to tackle and
defend. There is no blocking as
in football and forward passes
are not allowed. The ball may
be passed laterally or backward
only. Any player can kick the
ball at any time to advance it
Touchdowns are worth five
points. A successful post-touch-
down kick through the uprights
of a football-style goal post is
worth two more points. A drop
kick from the field that splits the
uprights is worth three points.
There are few rules and the
single referee is all-powerful.
Teams play two 40-minute
halves with a 10-minute break

in between.
Scott Frisbee, the coach's
son, is enthusiastic about the
"This is a fun way to stay fit
and make friends," he said,
sporting a bloody lip after a
recent game.
Several of the players first
tried football before turning to
its more demanding predeces-
"I'm a football player turned
to rugby," said Unpingco.
Part of the allure of rugby
appears to be the stringent
cooperation needed to move
the ball. "There are no selfish
players," said Tommy
Also part of the allure is that
virtually anyone can play. A
player doesn't have to weigh
300 pounds or stand 7 feet tall
to take his position on the field.
"The good thing about this
game is there's a position for
everyone," said Scott Frisbee.
"Young, old, thin, fat, slow,
The main drawback is the
dearth of rugby teams locally.
Teams must travel all over
Florida to find a game.
Recently, the Eagles tied Cocoa
Beach, 24-24, at Twin Oaks
after the opposition traveled
about eight hours to Niceville.
Rogers is miffed at the lack
of local competition.
"We're challenging any
other old rugger to come out
and form his own team at any
other area high school," he said
with bravado.
The next Eagle home game
will take place at Twin Oaks
Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.
against the league-leading
Tampa Barbarians. Admission
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Eagle signifies
athlete's values
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Saturday's recipient of the
Taylor Haugen Trophy, Caise
Vickery, Fort Walton Beach
High School, will forever be
bered as the
first to be
found wor-
thy of an
award that
on commit-
Taylor Haugen ment, a
attitude that perseveres, a giv-
ing heart and a strong
Christian faith.
"The recipient will always
be that first," said Kathy
Haugen, mother of 15-year-
old Taylor Reid Haugen,
whose life and recent death
touched hundreds of Okaloosa
County residents. "This is
something really big," she
added. "And we hope he (the
trophy recipient) continues to
live his life by the character
traits he has so far exhibited."
Taylor died August 30,
2008, as a result of injuries
sustained during a junior var-
Please see TROPHY, page B-5

Plew students,

teachers give

locks for the ill
A group of students and teachers at Plew Elementary School
grew their hair to donate to Locks of Love, a non-profit organi-
zation that donates hairpieces to disadvantaged children under 18
who suffer from an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata,
which causes the hair follicles to shut down and causes loss of all
hair, often permanently. Their hair was cut Thursday by Cool
Stylz Studio in the Parkway East shopping center, Niceville. The
studio donated its services.
Donating hair were Emma Wallace, Emily Cary, Kenzi Cann,
Brenna McGowan, Ashley Wallace, Kasey White, Rylee Smith,
teacher Mary LaPointe, Kendall Amaker, Paige Whitaker,
teacher Katie Wallace, Kelsey Mixson, Savannah Olyniec,
teacher Kim Wendt, Caitlin Hart, Alyssa Spara, Nicole Farmer,
teacher Susan Leger, Sarah Tyler and teacher Kirsten Zielinski.
According to Cool Stylz owner Angie Daniel, the Plew stu-
dents and teachers donated 216 feet of hair.
Leger said the project was intended to demonstrate that
money is not the only thing one can donate to a good cause.

Beacon photos by Kenneth Books
Above, Plew students and teachers before their haircuts. Below, after they donated their hair
to Locks of Love. Above, left, getting their haircuts were, from left, Nicole Farmer with stylist
and Cool Stylz owner Angie Daniel, LeeAnn Luke with stylist Hether Walker and teacher
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Jeanne Easterling, RN,
recently joined Covenant
Hospice in Niceville as a hospital
liaison, and
will be
for market-
i n g
Hospice and
medical and
Jeanne profession-
Easterling als about the
altering services pro-
vided by the not for profit organ-
She previously served as edu-
cation director for Destin Health
& Rehabilitation Center. She
holds both a bachelor and master

of nursing from UAB School of

Jean Floyd of Niceville was
named Cultural Icon for 2008,
which is the agent who best mod-
els the Keller
culture. She
also won the
Realtor of l
the Year
Award from
the Emerald
of Realtors. Jean Floyd
Floyd's Jean Floyd
group, Team Bizzy Bodies, was
one of three winning a January
award for Top Groups having the
greatest listing volume.

Binh Thai Ly, Niceville, was
named to the Dean's List for the
fall semester at Samford
University. To qualify for the

honor, a student must have
earned a minimum 3.5 grade
point average out of a possible
4.0 while attempting at least 12
credit hours of coursework. The
Dean's List is the highest aca-
demic honor possible at
Denise Cain, 18, of Niceville
has been honored for her exem-
plary volunteer service with a
President's Volunteer Service
Denise participated in the
Spirit of Community program
this year as a representative of
Rocky Bayou Christian School
in Niceville, where she is a stu-
dent. She earned her award by
volunteering more than 500
hours for the PAL Soccer
League, Niceville Girls Softball
Association and Girl Scouts.
"I get involved because I love
sports and I love to help others,"
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Holly Elizabeth Hughes and
* Jeffrey Adam Hales were mar-
* tried on Jan. 10, 2009, at the
First Baptist Church in Fort
Walton Beach.
The bride is the daughter of
Roger and Molly Hughes of
Niceville. The groom is the son
of Michael and Tammy Hales of
Panama City.
The Rev. Steve Beck officiat-
ed at the double-ring ceremony,
where the bride was given in
marriage by her father. Music
was provided by organist
Victoria Staples and vocalist
Lauren Randle.
The bride chose Christy
Kearney as her matron of honor.
Attendants were Wava Adams,
Aliese Carter, Grace Finley,

Janie Hagood, Kayla Hales,
Christy Huret, Dana Mostashari
and Mai Ong.
The groom chose
Christopher Hales as best man.
Groomsmen were Michael
Hales, Jeffrey Hughes, Myles
Nelson and Austin Nowell. A
reception was held at the Eglin
AFB Officers' Club. The couple
honeymooned in The Great
Smoky Mountains. They reside
in Panama City.

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9:.00 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
10:30 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
5:30p.m. "Survey the Bible"at FBCN
Small Groups throughout
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Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:00-7:30 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus"

Lewis Middle receives arts award
Lewis Middle School has received state recognition for high student enrollment in the fine
arts. From left, band director Robert Colon, principal Billy Mikel, and chorus director
Shirley Andrews, who were recognized for their achievement this school year at the annu-
al Florida Music Educators Association Convention in Tampa. Lewis was recognized for
having a fine arts student enrollment of 50 percent.

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
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Keys to Valparaiso Elementary
Valparaiso Elementary fourth grade students enjoy their first time sitting in the new Yamaha
Keyboard Lab, recently purchased for the school. School board member Howard Hill brought
the request to the school board, making this keyboard lab a reality for all students at VES.

Science fair winners named

The Robert Sheffield East
Panhandle Regional Science
and Engineering Fair was held
Feb. 10-13th at the Emerald
Coast Conference Center.
Judging occurred on Feb. 11.
The public was invited to view
projects Feb. 12. Awards and
winners were announced
Tuesday at a special ceremony.
Middle and high school students
from Okaloosa County partici-
pated. Twin Cities winners in
the senior division, were:
-Kevin Knight, Northwest Florida
State College Collegiate High (NWF-
SCC), 1st, behavior and social sci-
ences; Alan Morell, Niceville High
School (NHS), 2nd.
-Aubrey Craig, NWFSCC, 1st,
chemistry; Austin Langille, NHS, 2nd.
-Mathew McDorman, Rocky
Bayou Christian Academy (RBCA),

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This high school Academic
Team winner for Match 6,
hosted at Cox
Communications studios, Fort
Walton Beach was Niceville
High with a score of 155 over
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's 65. NHS team
players were: Will Karcher
(captain); Jeremy Hsiang,
William Kortbein; Justin
Chisolm and Chase Cloutier.

Lewis Middle School
announced its science fair win-
ners at a recent presentation:

Club seeks



The Valparaiso Garden
Club invites local students
pursuing a career in horticul-
ture, ecology, marine biology,
forestry, city planning or
allied fields to apply for
scholarships. The National
Garden Club offers a $4,000
scholarship grant for college
upperclassmen or graduate
students with a 3.25 GPA. The
deadline is March 1. Forms
are available at
The Valparaiso Garden
Club offers a $500 scholar-
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enrolled or planning to enroll
in a Florida college and have a
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Forms have been provided to
local guidance counselors or a
copy can be obtained by call-
ing 729-3468.

2nd, earth and planetary.
-Christian Vardaman, NHS, hon-
orable mention, engineering, electrical
and mechanical.
-Hoa Ly, RBCA, 2nd, engineer-
ing, materials and bioengineering;
Shane Wiley, NHS, 3rd;.
-Jessica Keppell, NHS, 2nd, envi-
ronmental management; Mathew
Anders, NHS, third.
-Christopher Sandlin, RBCA,
2nd, environmental sciences.
-Mina Yu, RBCA, 2nd, mathe-
matical sciences; Gary Frey, RBCA,
-Stephanie Hsiang, NHS, 1st,
medicine and health sciences; Chelsea
Phillips, NHS, 2nd; Cameron Howell,
NHS, third.
-Jeremy Hsiang, NHS, 1st, micro-
biology; Shreyans Patel, third;.
-Sarah Frasier, RBCA, 2nd,
physics and astronomy; Haley
McWilliams, NHS, honorable mention.
-Emily Huston and Emily
Shermer, NHS, 2nd, team category.

-Chemistry winners were
Victoria Marks and Scott
Wheeler, first place; Morgan
Mondragon, second place;
Cailyn Flynn and Arianna
Rose, third place; and Riley
Ransom, honorable mention.
-Botany winner was Paige
Gustafson, second place.
-Zoology winner was
Kevin Patterson, second
-Physics winners were
Brock Schaefer, Gregory
Richter, Zach Mullins and
Colton Mitchell, first place;
Naomi Valencia, second
place; Nic Junger, third place;
Jacob Cross, Samantha Boyd
and Samantha Fletcher, hon-
orable mentions.
-Environmental winners
were Sam Chesser and
Yasmin Hernandez, first

Twin Cities junior division winners
-Arden Robertson, Destin Middle
School (DMS), 2nd, biochemistry;
Stephen Huntley, Ruckel Middle
School (RMS), honorable mention.
-Camille Haeusler, DMS, 1st,
-Georgia Pearce, (RMS), 2nd,
-Connor Lynch, Rocky Bayou
Christian School (RBCS), 1st, engi-
neering, materials and bioengineering;
Tyler Rarick, RMS, 2nd.
-Cody Haeusler, DMS, 1st, ener-
gy and transportation.
-Kyle Saleeby, DMS, 1st, envi-
ronmental sciences.
-Colton Abbott, RMS, 2nd,
physics and astronomy.
-David Bobbitt, RMS, 2nd, plant
sciences; Sydney Whitaker, RBCS,
honorable mention.
-Austin Johns and Quentin Ward,
RMS, honorable mention, team catego-

place, and Kristine Normand,
second place.
-Engineering winners
were Amanda Abate, first
place, and Rebecca Pike, hon-
orable mention..

Each spring, the Rotary
Clubs of Niceville-Valparaiso,
Mid-Bay and Destin award
10th graders chosen for their
past service to the community
and leadership potential an all-
expenses-paid camp to discuss
leadership skills and to learn
those skills through practice.
This year, the clubs will spon-
sor Niceville High School stu-
dents Jenna Hyde, Alisha
Prendergast and Samantha
Zimmermann, and Rocky
Bayou Christian School stu-
dents Julia Denney, Ryan

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March 20. Scholarship awards
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An electronic application is
available at nwfscfoundation.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

E-mail items to
before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Long-term insurance talk
Sterling House Bluewater Bay
invites the public to an informative
program on long-term care insur-
ance Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m.,
led by Jonathan Tallman and Marni
Tate, financial representatives from
Northwestern Long Term Care
Insurance Company.
Upcoming blood drives
Wednesday, Feb. 18, Parthenon
Healthcare, 1849 E First St.,
Crestview, 1-4 p.m.
Feb. 19, Eglin
Hospital, 8:30
a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, Feb.
20, Sacred Heart
Hospital, Sandestin, 7:30 a.m.-3
p.m.; Eglin 96 Comm. Squad, 102
N 2nd St., 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m.
Collegiate High deadline
The priority application period
for fall 2009 admission to the
Collegiate High School at
Northwest Florida State College is
February. Space is limited and inter-
ested students should apply by the
Feb. 27 priority deadline.
Admission packets are available by
calling 729-4949 or online at nwf-
collegiatehigh.org. If necessary, an
admissions lottery for February
applicants will be held March 12.
Library revamping system
The Niceville Public Library
will migrate to a new system
through March 26. During this time

there will be a delay for new items
but requests may still be made and
once the system is operational holds
will be placed. All Okaloosa
libraries will be affected by this
Senior activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso for
Feb. 18-24:
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Monthly
Birthday hosted by the Young
Women's Group from the First
Baptist Church of Niceville.
Thursday, Feb. 19: Sing-along
with Jane Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 20: Games, 9:30
Monday, Feb. 23, Games, 9:30
Tuesday, Feb. 24, Games, 9:30
Senior Center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donations are
appreciated. Reservations for meals
must be made the day before by
noon. (Contact number is 833-9291,
Barbara Harris or Jessie Craft).
Democrats to meet
Florida Legislation: What's
Happening in Tallahassee" will be
the topic at the monthly meeting of
the Okaloosa Democratic Women's
Club Feb. 19,
5:30 p.m., at
Mother Earth's //
in Fort Walton
Jessica Lowe,
a Tallahassee lobbyist and FSU
Doctoral student, will discuss legis-
lation that has been filed, how the
process works and the outlook of
passage. Legislation such as the
Equal Right Amendment, which has
been filed, will be on the agenda.
Reservations are required by
Feb. 18: 678-1561 or 865-0365.
Volunteer Day planned
Northwest Florida State
College's PRIME Time program is
hosting its first Volunteer Day Feb.
19, 10 a.m.-l1 p.m. in the College
Mall, Building K on the college's

Niceville Campus.
Local representatives from a
large variety of non-profit agencies
will be on hand to answer questions
about volunteer opportunities in the
local area. Agencies in attendance
include: Boys & Girls Club of the
Emerald Coast, Children's
Advocacy Center, H2U, Red Cross,
Shelter House, Horizons, Children
in Crisis, NWF State College pro-
grams, and more. The public is
invited to come and learn more
about the variety of opportunities
available to volunteer time or talent
with local non-profit groups.
For more information about
Volunteer Day, please call Amanda
Barker, NWF State College's
Director of Continuing Education at
Adventure Club ride
Thursday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. Bike
ride in Destin in the Regatta Bay
area. Meet at the
Destin Commons
shopping com-
plex, in the park-
ing area near
B eIlks
Department Store. Supper after the
ride at a nearby restaurant. Info:
Nutrition seminar slated
Dr. Marilee Caldwell, professor
of nutrition at Northwest Florida
State College, will present "So
What CAN I Eat?" at the Science
Friday seminar Friday, Feb. 20, 11
a.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr.
Science building on the Niceville
campus in the main lecture hall,
room S-110.
Info: 729-5376.
DMS sets beauty pageant
The Destin Middle School
Science Department will present the
first Miss Marlin Beauty Pageant
Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
Contestants will be judged on beau-
ty and poise. The competition will
be held in the cafeteria. Cost of
admission is $5; proceeds will go
toward new science equipment
needed for pilot programs begin-
ning soon.

The following ad valorem tax exemptions are available to qualifying
properties, individuals, and institutions. To receive an exemption this
tax year, proper application must be made in the Property Appraiser's
Office no later than March 2,2009.

- Homestead Exemption

- Additional Homestead Exemption for those 65 years of age

and older with a household adjusted gross income of $25,873

or less. Social Security income may not count (call for details)

- Widows, widowers, and blind persons exemptions

- Exemption for total and permanently disabled persons

- Exemption for certain total and permanently disabled veterans

and their surviving spouses

- Exemption for disabled veterans with 10 percent or greater

service connected disabilities (also applies to surviving spouses)

- Exemption for disabled veterans confined to wheelchairs

- Charitable, religious, scientific, and literary exemptions

- Historic property exemption

- Hospital, nursing home, and homes for special services exemptions

- Nonprofit homes for the aged exemption

- Proprietary continuing care facility exemption

- Low-Income housing property exemption

- Educational property exemption

- Labor organization property exemption

- Charter school exemption

- Community center exemption

- Economic development exemption

- Not-for-profit sewer and water company property exemption

For additional information, call
the Exemption Department in
Fort Walton Beach at (850) 651-7240;
or in Crestview at (850) 689-5900;
or visit our Web site at www.okaloosapa.com
Our office makes every effort to insure that property owners are
made aware of all exemptions for which they may qualify. Again,
as stated above, in order to receive the exemptions this year, Pete Smith, CFA
applications must be filed In our office by the Okaloosa County
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Francis A. Olig

1920- 2009
Retired Lt. Col. Francis
Anthony Olig, age 88, died
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at his
home in Niceville, Fla.
He was
born in
Iowa, on
May 27,
1920, the
seventh of
10 children
to Matthias
and Suzanna
arOlig. He d Francis A. Olig
m ar r ie d

Doris Schimmelpfennig in 1956
at McNair Army Chapel in
Berlin, Germany. Lt. Col. Olig
retired from the U.S. Army after
24 years of service, including
three assignments in Korea. He
also served in the Philippines,
Germany, Texas, Georgia,
Colorado and finally as an Army
adviser to the U.S. National
Guard in Everett, Wash.
After retirement, he attended
the University of Washington
earning a bachelor's degree in
teaching. In 1973, he moved his
family to Niceville and began
teaching industrial arts at Meigs
Junior High School in Shalimar,
Fla. He was an active member of
the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary
Club for 14 years, including past
He is survived by his loving
wife of 52 years, Doris; three
children, Denice Olig, Eric Olig
and Mark Olig; two grandchil-



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Anita and Paul Stephens;
daughter-in-law, Leslie Olig;
and many nieces and nephews.
His life was celebrated with a
memorial service at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Niceville.

John H. Givens Jr.

John Henry Givens, Jr., age
80, of Bluewater Bay, Fla.,
passed away
February 11,
2009, at
Twin Cities
John was
October 16,
John H. Givens 1928, in
Jr. Franklin,
Tennessee, a
son of the late John Henry and
Alma Faye Murray Givens.
John served overseas as a
construction engineer most of
his working life. He loved golf-
ing, current events and reading.
His family remembers him as a
loving husband, father and
Besides his parents, John
was preceded in death by one
son: James Randolph Givens.
Survivors include: his beloved

Bluewater Bay; three sons, John
Henry Givens III and his wife,
Jenny, of Glendale, Wisconsin,
David Wayne Givens and his
wife, Anita, of Los Angeles,
Calif., and Robert Michael
Givens and his wife, Julia, of
Atlanta, Ga.; daughter-in-law,
Tanya; six grandchildren,
Brianne, Callie and Sean
Givens of Glendale, Wisconsin,
Jonathan Givens, April Hester
and Daniel Givens of Atlanta,
Ga., and one great-grandson,
Jackson Hunt of Atlanta, Ga. He
also leaves behind his dear sis-
ter and brother, Virginia
Hatcher, and William Givens of
Franklin, Tenn.
A gathering of friends was
held Saturday, February 14,
2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in
the Chapel of Twin Cities
Cremation Services and Funeral
Home, 1405 John Sims
Parkway, Niceville, Fla. You
may share your condolences
and memories at www.twinciti-
John's burial will occur in
Franklin, Tenn., after the family
concludes further arrangements.

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to advertise today.

High Intensity sets fish fry
The High Intensity 14U team plans a fish fry Friday, Feb. 20, in front of Kelly's IGA from 2:30
to 6:30 p.m. Plates cost $10 and will include fried fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw and baked
beans. Food will be prepared by Brunbro Catering.


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sity football game. He was a
wide receiver for the Niceville
The trophy, a product of the
Taylor Haugen Foundation,
will be presented in partnership
with the All Sports
Association, at the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes Prayer
Breakfast Saturday morning.
The event is expected to draw
more than 1,000 attendees.
Both the sports association
and the foundation felt a trophy
given to a high school senior
who epitomizes the qualities
that Taylor strove to demon-
strate in everyday life would be
an ideal way to memorialize
the Niceville High 10th grader.
"We knew we had the per-
fect venue and the right audi-
ence to award another young
person who has lived their life
for Christ, and been successful
off the field as well as on," said
All Sports Association board
member Chad Hamilton. "We
think it's a wonderful thing.
One of the reasons we have
hosted that FCA banquet is to
share with others what we feel
are important values. And the
Haugen Trophy is a perfect
meld with the Wuerffel
The Wuerffel, named after
1996 Heisman Trophy quarter-
back Danny Wuerffel, is pre-
sented to the college football
player who best combines
exemplary community service
with athletic and academic
achievement. The 2008
Wuerffel Trophy winner is Tim
Tebow, University of Florida
Once the decision was made
to come up with a trophy, an
artist had to be found-some-
one who could grasp the
essence of Taylor and trans-

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Linda King, sculptor for the Taylor Haugen Trophy, said she chose
an eagle to represent the sophomore first, because he played
football for the Niceville High Eagles, but second because the rap-
tor is an "all-around beautiful bird, kind of like Taylor was."

form it into a representative
object that would always
memorialize the young man.
Like many who have been
blessed by Taylor himself or
touched by his story, sculptor
Linda King of Valparaiso "con-
nected" to the 15-year-old
Niceville High student.
Though she never actually met
him, Linda's connection came
through pictures, papers writ-
ten by him and personal testi-
mony from his parents, Brian
and Kathy.
"I have to start connecting
to my subject," said Linda.
"There's a research aspect to
my work, things I have to know
in order to get a feel for what
I'm working on. And the more I
read some of Taylor's papers
and heard about him, the more
I started to get involved in who
he was. I was honored to be
chosen to pay tribute to some-
one who gave so much in his
young life."
"His personality was one
that never thought about quit-
ting," she added, "He was

always trying to improve him-
self. Even though I saw pic-
tures of him, I started to get
this mental image of Taylor. I
kept seeing a spiraling and
soaring upward. After I spoke
with his parents I was even
more impressed that this tro-
phy had to be something that
spoke of upward flight."
When looking at the 21-inch
trophy, the eye travels upward
as it follows the intertwining,
swirling pedestal toward the
winged takeoff of a golden
eagle. Known as the King of
Birds, the mighty eagle's head
is lifted toward the sky, per-
haps in anticipation of soaring
unhindered through the heav-
"Linda has exactly captured
our intent with the trophy,"
said Kathy. "She's worked very
hard on this. She's a talented
The trophy recipient, male
or female, must "have the char-
acter traits of our son," said
Kathy. "They have to play a
sport, but they don't necessari-

ly have to be No. 1 in it. It's
their attitude, effort, they have
to always give 100 percent and
show their commitment. They
need to be involved in commu-
nity service, and leadership
qualities have to be demon-
strated with the motivation and
mentoring of others."
Nominations for the trophy
are made through the local
schools, starting with athletic
directors. Prospective winners'
names will be considered by
the directors, guidance person-
nel, FCA leaders, school prin-
cipals and finally board mem-
bers of the Taylor Haugen
Foundation. High school sen-
iors in Okaloosa, Walton and
Santa Rosa counties are eligi-
ble and include students who
attend private schools as well
as those who are home
schooled, said Kathy.
In addition to the trophy, the
foundation awards two scholar-
ships per year: one to a
Niceville High student and one
from any other high school in
Okaloosa County. The founda-
tion also has a memorial fund
which provides money for
"underprivileged children to
attend Christian youth
retreats," according to the
Taylor Haugen Web site.
"Taylor was involved in all
kinds of things," said Kathy,
"and the founding purpose of
this foundation is my son.
Above all he was a very strong
Christian. He took his faith
very seriously and believed
wholeheartedly in it."
The feathers of a golden
eagle are often considered
sacred, and are worn in Native
American headdresses. But
they have also been associated
with the Bible and the crucifix
of Christianity. It is perhaps
this comparison, above all, that
makes the golden eagle an
ideal icon for the Taylor
Haugen Trophy.

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

Manor royalty
King of Hearts Marvin V. Harrelson, 93, gives Queen of
Hearts Mildred B. Rumsey, 96, a peck on the cheek
Thursday. More than 300 residents, staff, family members
and guests cast votes for the Manor at Bluewater Bay king
and queen for Valentine's Day.

National win for

NHS dance team

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
After competing for four
years, the Niceville High School
Dance Team is celebrating its
first first place win in the
Cheersport 2009 National
Cheerleading and Dance
Competition, which drew more
than 800 teams from around the
nation last weekend.
The 10-member NHS team
competed in two dance divi-
sions, lyrical and jazz, claiming
the No. 1 spot in the lyrical divi-
sion's high school division with
its rendition of "Eternal Flame."
The competition also found
the girls earning fourth place in
the senior jazz division with its
version of "Filet." There were
seven entries in that category.
The team returned home
Niceville's first place win

garnered each of the girls a
Cheersport jacket, a gold medal
and a banner and trophy for the
Team coach Brooke James,
who has been coaching the team
for six years, said: "The girls
practice 12 hours a week, so its
been a lot of hard work for them.
But we're equally as proud of the
team's combined grade point
average of 4.0. So they're also
working hard in the classroom,
which really is the most impor-
James additionally gave cred-
it to the team's four seniors, who
provide "strong leadership" and
encouragement for the younger
girls. The coach also was quick
to recognize the team's choreog-
rapher, Jill Kerschitz.
"She's a wonderful choreog-
rapher," said James. "We're so
lucky to have her."






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Sprine-Summer 2009


Twin Cities lure families, retirees

Small-town charm

and city amenities

Beacon Staff
The friendly communities of
Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay
offer a small-town Southern atmosphere
that is popular with military families,
retirees and natives.
The community is nestled between
the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay and
hundreds of square miles of pine-dotted
sandhills comprising the Eglin Air Force
Base reservation.
Coupled with its small-town charm,
the area is home to Northwest Florida
State College, a $20 million performing
arts center, a nationally recognized
school system that is ranked among
Forida's best, thousands of technically
talented workers drawn by the nation's
chief Air Force weapons test complex,
and a cosmopolitan population of mili-
tary retirees who have lived and worked
all over the world.
Today over 37,000 people reside
where Indians and traders once roamed
the forests. Pottery shards and burial
mounds dot the area, evidence that
native Americans were living in this area
thousands of years before the first per-
manent white homestead was completed
around the time of the Civil War.
As logging and commercial fishing
brought more settlers to the area, the
trading post on the shore of the bayou
grew into a town. The first post office
was opened in 1893. Valparaiso was

Also in

this guide

A Housing market.............6-8
A Schools in brief ............ 10-13
A Schools overview............ 14-20
A Pullout directory................. 15
A Pullout map................... 16-17
A Government services ....22-23
A Utilities..... .. ............. 24-25
A Clubs, organizations........26-27
A Attractions, beaches .......28-30

Cover: Golf is one of the many outdoor
activities that can be enjoyed year-round
in the mild climate of the Emerald Coast.
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

*-' /^ "

incorporated in 1921, and Niceville, its
larger sister city across Boggy Bayou, in
Today, tucked among the bayous on
shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, dozens
of cozy neighborhoods nestle under tow-
ering pines and flowering magnolias. An
eclectic array of home styles reflect resi-
dents' love of water and land.
The Niceville-Valparaiso-Bluewater
Bay community has a thriving economy
whose mainstay is nearby Eglin Air
Force Base, the world's biggest air base
in area, and home of most Air Force
munitions development and testing. The
area is large enough to sup-
port a 15,000-student state
college and 10 other public
and private schools, a 65-bed
hospital, two-score churches,
more than a dozen bank
branches, and hundreds of
businesses. Yet it remains
friendly enough to maintain
its small-town identity.
The schools in the Twin
Cities are known for high
academic standards, even
among other schools in the
Okaloosa County School
District-itself consistently
ranked as one of the best in
the state.
Niceville High School has
been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education as
one of the nation's top sec-
ondary schools. And
Niceville High adds to its
record of academic excel- Quiet re

program. On college-entrance exams,
students at two other Niceville
schools-Collegiate High School and
Rocky Bayou Christian School-typical-
ly outscore even the high levels achieved
by Niceville High students.
Northwest Florida State College,
whose main campus is in Niceville, pro-
vides an institution of higher learning
for some 15,000 students a year. In
recent years the school opened a $10
million library, an astronomical observa-
tory, and a $9 million science building.
Under construction are a sports arena
and more classrooms.

Beacon photo by Mik
sidential streets provide places for kids

lence an outstanding sports skateboards and bicycles.

The bay, bayous, lakes
and streams of
Niceville and
Valparaiso make the
water a way of life.

Beacon photo

In its growing medical program,
Northwest Florida State offers a four-
year nursing program as well as two-
year degrees in nursing, radiography,
and emergency medical services, and
certificates in dental assisting and other
medical fields.
While primarily a two-year commu-
nity college, the college offers bache-
lor's programs in acquisition manage-
ment and teaching, in addition to nurs-
ing. In 2008, the institution was desig-
nated a state college, one of nine in
A 1,850-seat performing arts center at
the college attracts national-
level talent in music, theater
and art, enriching the commu-
nity's cultural life.
In nearby Fort Walton
Beach, there is a campus of
Pensacola-based University of
West Florida.
The area's climate-mild
5 B winters and long summers
often moderated by bay
breezes-is a defining consid-
eration in choosing this com-
munity as a place to live and
The bayous and rivers sur-
rounding Niceville and
Valparaiso feed
Choctawhatchee Bay, a 30-
mile-long angler's paradise.
The bay and its bayous pro-
vide flounder, blue crab,
shrimp, speckled trout, red-
ke Griffith fish, mullet and drum.
to ride Three miles across the bay
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Paze 3


Home to world's biggest air base

From page 3

is Destin, a beach resort and fishing har-
bor which draws vacationers from
throughout the Southeast. Destin's East
Pass gives deep-sea fishermen access to
the Gulf of Mexico, breeding ground for
many of the Atlantic's food and game
Via the Mid-Bay Bridge, which links
the community with Destin, the
Niceville-Valparaiso-Bluewater Bay area
is minutes from some of the most beau-
tiful beaches in Florida, as well as many
fine restaurants, diverse shopping out-
lets, tourist attractions, and job opportu-
The sparkling waters of Florida's
Emerald Coast provide a popular setting
for swimming, water skiing, scuba div-
ing and boating. Sailing enthusiasts can
navigate bay and bayou for their leisure,
or compete in frequent regattas spon-
sored by local sailing clubs.
The vast federal and state lands near-
by provide not only varied camping and
hiking opportunities, but also excellent
fishing and hunting. Duck and dove are
to be found. Deer can often be seen
feeding beside area highways. And resi-
dents still report occasional back-yard
sightings of foxes and black bears.

Air Force photo
Two mainstays of the Northwest Florida economy are tourism and military bases. A
CV-22 Osprey aircraft from Hurlburt Field flies over area Gulf beaches earlier this year.

There are three outstanding golf
courses in the community, and many
more within driving distance. Eglin Air
Force Base maintains a 36-hole course
in Niceville that is also open to the pub-
lic. Rocky Bayou Country Club has a
recently renovated 18-hole course for
members, in surroundings of serene

beauty. Bluewater Bay offers 36 holes of
golf on two of the best courses in the
Southeast, open to members and the
An excellent transportation network
links the area with the rest of Florida,
the Southeast, and beyond. Interstate
10, an east-west link to Tallahassee,

Jacksonville, Pensacola and New
Orleans, among other cities, is 20 min-
utes to the north.
Northwest Florida Regional Airport,
just outside Valparaiso, enjoys a new,
spacious passenger terminal. Five air-
lines operate flights to Atlanta,
Memphis, Cincinnati Dallas, Houston,
Charlotte and Tampa, serving some
800,000 passengers a year. The run-
ways, those of adjacent Eglin Air Force
Base, can handle the largest jets.
The Twin Cities economy is as
diverse as those who support it.
Although reliant on the military mis-
sions of Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt
Field and Duke Field, it also draws
heavily on construction, retail, and serv-
ice industries.
The Defense Department plans to add
more than 3,600 military positions to
Eglin over the next four years, as it
forms a training wing for the newest jet
fighter, the F-35, and as four Army
Green Beret battalions move here from
North Carolina.
Technology-based industry is grow-
ing more important to the area, making
Okaloosa County a t. %iin 1 .., leader in
Northwest Florida, and home to the
University of Florida's Research and
Education Engineering Facility.

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A good time to buy a home?

Real estate agents

say prices are good,

supply is ample
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Many newcomers to the area, and
long-time residents as well, may be ask-
ing themselves: Given the turmoil in real
estate markets, is it a good time to buy a
Local Realtors asked this question
answered with a resounding, "Yes."
Unusually low interest rates and a good
supply of houses for sale make this a
great time to buy, they said.
Fixed-rate mortgage rates between 5
and 5.5 percent mean shoppers can afford
more house, said Janice Busovne, a bro-
ker associate with Carriage Hills Realty,
Home prices have fallen from their
2006 peak and seem to be leveling off,
said Sandy Jones, of Coldwell Banker
United Realtors, Bluewater Bay. In
January 2009, the median-priced home in
the Niceville-Valpraiso area sold for
$197,500, according to Multiple Listing
Service (MLS) statistics.
If prices stabilize, today's buyers

shouldn't find themselves "upside
down"-owing more than their property
can be sold for down the road, Realtors
When the housing market picks up, a
lot of the best homes now on the market
will be gone, said Realtor Patricia Cole,
of Emerald Dunes Real Estate and
Niceville and Bluewater Bay are the
most stable markets in the county, said
Jane Rainwater, of Baywalk Real Estate.
Niceville has some of the best schools in
the state, and is close to military bases
and Gulf beaches.
Niceville is unique because it is sur-
rounded by the bay on one side and Eglin
Air Force Base on the other, Rainwater

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

said, leaving little
room to build new homes. The inventory
of homes has been declining in the past
year from well over 500 to just over 300
in all price ranges, she said.
With the current inventory of about
316 detached single-family homes listed
in the Niceville-Bluewater Bay and
Valparaiso (Area 13) by the Realtors'
MLS, median prices have fallen to levels
in line with the long-term trend of less
frenetic times, Busovne said. Prices sky-
rocketed in the 2004-06, she said. Prices
fell sharply after 2006, 1 I cit ii; the
national credit crunch and real estate bust.
Because many houses are now priced
competitively, buyers shouldn't come in
with preconceived ideas about offering a

certain percentage off, Busovne said.
Most sellers are no longer setting the
price above market levels with the idea of
negotiating downward, she said. Busovne
advises buyers to do their homework on
what comparable houses are selling for.
Still, in 2008 the typical MLS-listed
houses in the Twin Cities area sold at 94
percent of asking price. And homes
aren't exactly selling like hotcakes.
According to MLS statistics, in Niceville-
Bluewater there is about a one-year sup-
ply of houses on the market-a much
greater overhang than the 1.5-month
inventory that prevailed in 2004, as the
housing bubble began in earnest.
Resale homes are selling more easily
than new ones, Rainwater said, because
sellers are doing more to improve them.
While new-home prices have also
dropped somewhat, many new houses
now on the market were built when con-
struction materials were at an all-time
high, and this is i L kci lii ; in the asking
price, she said.
If builders have less flexibility on
price, they may instead sweeten deals
with upgrades such as including appli-
ances or paying some closing costs,
according to Jones and Cole.
Newer homes have the advantage of
meeting recent building code changes
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From page 6
aimed at making Florida homes better
able to withstand hurricanes, Jones said,
citing hip roofs, hurricane straps and
impact-resistant windows. Owners may
see discounts on their homeowners insur-
ance, she said.
The area also has a lot of new town-
homes on the market, but they are now
competing with resale homes that in some
cases are less expensive and may offer
larger rooms and a larger lot, according to
Mortgage money is readily available,
Realtors say. But they stress the impor-
tance of a good credit rating and preap-
proval by a lender. A lender will tell
prospective buyers what loans they quali-
fy for and what price range suits their
"I don't spend a lot of time with buy-
ers who haven't prequalified," said
Busovne. Without preapproved financing,
it's "not a good use of time for the seller,
the buyer or the Realtor," she said.
Vanessa Peters, a mortgage originator
with People's National Bank in Niceville,
said prequalifying with a lender is basi-
cally a review of the borrower's financial
situation, such as income, bills and so on.
After filling out an application, it takes a
few hours to get a verbal estimate on how
much of a mortgage loan a borrower can
expect, she said. For a $40 fee, a mort-


gage lender can give the potential home
buyer a preapproval letter, Peters said, a
big plus when his real estate agent is
negotiating a contract with a seller.
"It's always good to talk to your lender
before you fall in love with the home,"

Peters said.
Certain government-sponsored loans
still require little or no down payment for
qualified borrowers. In addition to
Veterans Administration loans that require
nothing down, buyers in Niceville may

qualify for Rural Housing loans, which
also offer 100-percent financing, or FHA
mortgages which require about 3.5 per-
cent down payment, Rainwater said.
There are also tax incentives for cer-
tain first-time home buyers, said Jones,
who suggested buyers contact their tax
advisors for more information. The
Housing and Economic Recovery Act of
2008, for example, offers qualified first-
time home buyers a tax credit of up to
$7,500 for homes bought by July 1.
Busovne pointed out another stabiliz-
ing factor in the Niceville market area,
namely that many sellers who bought
their homes during the price peak of a few
years ago have opted to put their homes
on the rental market rather than take a
loss on a sale.
Fifteen miles or so north of Niceville,
Crestview also has a larger number of
new homes on the market, said Busovne.
Cheaper and more plentiful land in north-
ern Okaloosa County means buyers can
afford more home.
The tradeoff is the extra 30 to 45 min-
utes for the commute to Eglin Air Force
Base or other jobs in the south end of the
county, not to mention traffic jams in
Crestview bottlenecks. When gasoline hit
more than $4 a gallon last summer, home
buyers began to look more closely at the
cost of the commute when comparing
home prices in Crestview and Niceville.


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Overviews of public, private schools

Niceville High School

Collegiate High School Rocky Bayou Christian School

Ruckel Middle School

-800 E. John C. Sims Pkwy., Niceville
-Grades: 9-12
-Phone: 833-4114
-Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
-Principal: Dr. Linda Smith
-Enrollment: 2020 students
-Staff: 141 staff and teachers
-State report card grade: A
-Booster president: Jim Evans
-SAC chair: Heather Kilbey
-Volunteer coordinator: Jodi Maker
-420 volunteers
-Special facilities or programs: Advanced Placement,
AICE, Honors, and Gifted; Career Readiness,
CHOICE (Information Technology and Culinary),
Family and Consumer Science, DCT, Jr. ROTC,
Physical Education, ESE, FCAT remediation, Credit
recovery, Intensive Reading and Math programs,
award winning fine arts to include art, band, chorus,
drama, forensics.
-Sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-
country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, ten-
nis, track, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling.
-Addtional clubs and activities: Academic
team/Knowledge Masters, Bands Jazz, Marching,
Symphonic, Chess Club, Chorus, Computer Club,
Debate, Drama, Entre Nous, Equestrian Club,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, French Club, Future
Business Leaders of America, Future Educators of
America, German Club, Golden Express Dancers,
Interact Club, Junior Classical League, Key Club, Kitty
Hawk Air Society, Literary Guild, Minority Council,
National Honor Society, Newspaper, Philosophy Club,
Rifle Club, Rocket Club, Rugby Club, Saber Team,
Spanish Club, Spirit Club, Step Team, Students
Against Destructive Decisions, Surf Club, Yearbook.
-College board average scores: ACT composite,
22.2; SAT verbal 538; SAT math 531.
-Class of 2008 had 164 AP scholars, 11 National AP
scholars, 8 commended, 5 semifinalists and 5 National
Merit Scholars. Class of 2009 has 6 semifianlists and
9 Merit Scholars.

-100 E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest
Florida State College)
-www.nwf collegiatehigh.org
-Grades: 10-12
-Phone: 729-4949
-Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
-Director: Charla Cotton
-Enrollment: 260
-Staff: 17 plus NWFSC faculty
-State report card grade: A
-This public charter high school allows stu-
dents the opportunity to complete their high
school diploma and earn college credit simulta-
neously. Students participate in college classes
alongside college-age students. Students who
cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment par-
ticipate in a precollegiate curriculum.
-Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC
student facilities are open to Collegiate High
School students.
-Collegiate HS students may participate in
extracurricular activities at their home school.
Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student
organizations are open to Collegiate High
School students. The Collegiate High School
also has its own organizations such as year-
book, student government, academic team and
-Average college board scores: ACT
composite, 26.1; SAT critical reading, 586; SAT
math, 579; SAT writing, 577.


High School

-2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
-Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus K-3
and K-4
-Phone: 678-7358
-Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
-Superintendent: Dr. Donald Larson
-Enrollment: 708 students
-Staff: 75 teachers
-Two-track grade system: one track for
advanced students, the other for regular stu-
-Special facilities or programs: Special services
department certified by National Institute for
Learning Disabilities serves special needs stu-
dents, home school assistance, summer camp
programs, full service transportation. Accepts
Florida McKay scholarships.
-Extracurricular: Elementary school band, mid-
dle school band, and national award-winning
high school bands, chamber choir, cross-coun-
try, track, baseball, softball, boys and girls bas-
ketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading,
chorus, Missions Club, Teen Political Affairs
Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team,
Math Club, Leadership Trek.
-College board average scores: ACT compos-
ite, 25.2; SAT, 1682
-Over $2.9 million in scholarships awarded to
49 graduates for the 2007-2008 school year.

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-201 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
-Grades: 6-8
-Phone: 833-4142
-Fax: 883-3291
-Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
-Principal: Debra Collins Ed. D.
-Enrollment: 870 students
-Staff: 75 faculty and staff
-Two counselors: Laura Long and Liz Smith
-State report card grade: A
-PTO president: Larry Snyder
-SAC chair: Cheryl Duty
-Volunteers: Carolyn Commander
-Mentors: Rhonda Cawthorn
-488 volunteers
-Special facilities or programs: National Blue Ribbon School
of Excellence, extensive exceptional student education, award
winning yearbook, gifted program, Spanish classes, personal
fitness classes, Web page design classes, advanced art class,
certified reading teachers, reading classes 6-8, advanced
speech, drama, debate class, A/R program, "Fighting Rams
TV Studio," student-produced "Daily Morning Show," before-
school breakfast, four computer labs, new robotics lab, class-
rooms and media center-all networked and Internet-accessi-
ble, Real World and Academics Meet (RAM), Connecting
Courses to the Real-World (CCR), Professional Speakers
Bureau for CCR, Americorp Volunteer Program, Okaloosa,
Youth Week/ Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office. School of
choice. After-school tutoring program called The Success
Center for remediation and enrichment.
-Sports: football, cross-country, baseball, softball, volleyball,
track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading
dance team, summer sports program.
-Music: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band,
Ambassadors (select choir), chorus, 5th grade band program,
summer music program, majorettes.
-Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Speech
Team, Drama, Knowledge Masters, Student Government,
FCA, SADD, Multicultural Club, dance team, academic team,
yearbook, summer athletic program, summer band program.



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Lewis Middle School

-281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso
-Grades: 5-8
-Phone: 833-4130
-Hours: 7 a.m.-1:35 p.m.
-Principal: Billy Mikel
-Enrollment: 550 students
-Staff: 62 teachers and staff
-State report card grade: A
-PTO president: Jo Culberson
-SAC chair: Jo Culberson

-Volunteers & Mentors: Pang Shaffer
-200 volunteers
-Special facilities or programs: math and sci-
ence programs for gifted fifth graders, art suite,
technology/applied physics lab, science lab, girls'
varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball com-
plex, beach volleyball, band suite, air-conditioned
gym and wellness room, exceptional education,
television studio, radio station, networked and
Internet-accessible computer lab.
-Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, bas-
ketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball,
track, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth
and sixth graders.
-Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts pro-
gram including marching band and two sym-
phonic bands, beginning band, jazz band,
exploratory wheel, drama, High Flight select cho-
rus, show choir, advanced art, Web design,
Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production.
Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement
courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading,
writing and math, talented and gifted, fitness and
weight training, high school credit courses, pre-
AP curriculum.
-Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders
Club, National Junior Honor Society, student
council, math team, academic team, yearbook
and dance team.

Destin Middle School Bluewater Elementary

-4608 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin
-Grades: 6-8
-Phone: 833-7655
-Hours: 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. _
-Principal: Tommy Britt
-Enrollment: 630
-Staff: 35 teachers, 15
-State report card grade: A
-SAC Chair: Kathy Andre
-Volunteer coordinator: Joni Bell
-Special facilities or programs: emphasis in
technology and fine arts (band, dance, media
production, French, Spanish, visual arts,
graphic art and design), "School of Choice" for
Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted
fields, weight room with state-of-the-art fitness
equipment, two networked Internet-accessible
computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art
studio, air-conditioned gym, two certified coun-
selors, Accelerated Math, Star Math.
-Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football,
basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball,
baseball, track, golf.
-Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team,
band, academic team, Jr. Optimist Club,
annual staff, Math Counts, Knowledge
Masters, art exhibit, Accelerated Reader pro-
gram, Beta Club, state science fair finalists,
Boat Race (7th grade), Student Council, jazz
band, marching band, symphonic band,
beginning and intermediate band, French,
Algebra, Spanish, Web Design, Geometry for
high school credit, anti-bullying campaign,
exploratory wheel, gifted/advanced courses,
community mentoring program, 5th grade
French/ Fine Arts connection partnership with
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.

-4545 Range Road, Niceville
-www.okaloosa.kl 2.fl.us/bluewater
-Grades: Pre-K -D through 5
-Phone: 833-4240
-Fax: 833-4232
-Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
-Principal: Janet Norris
-Enrollment: 615 students
-Staff: 70 (faculty and staff)
-State report card grade: A
-Sports, Bluewater orchestra, clubs,
Student Council (grades 3-5), Seminole
Singers (fifth), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts,
Brownies, Accelerated Reader,
Accelerated Math, Young Astronauts
Club, Camp Invention and Art sum-
mer camps, Safety Patrol.
-Day care hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-
6 p.m.
-PTO president: Amy Moye
-SAC chair: Gary Turner
-Volunteer coordinator: Lindsay Leary
-350 volunteers
-#1 elementary school in Okaloosa
County on FCAT
-#19 in the state of Florida

Edge Elementary

-300 N. Highway 85, Niceville
-Phone: 833-4138
-Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
-Principal: Shelly Ameson
-Enrollment: 520 students
-Staff: 65 (faculty and staff)
-State report card
grade: A
-PTO Co-Presidents:
Becky Brothers/ Kim
-SAC co-chairpersons:
Joseph Bowers, April Adams
-Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis/
Angie Seabrook
-400+ volunteers
-Top Title I school in Florida for 2004
-Special programs: pre-K exceptional
education for 3- 4-year-olds, computer lab,
Exceptional Student Education.
-Sports, band, clubs: chorus,
Boomwhackers, "Orff"estra, Computer
Knowledge Masters, Character Council,
Girl Scouts, Tiger News Crew Television
network, Paw Print Express (school-wide
post office).
-Gifted classes, speech occupational
therapy, physical therapy.
-Closed-circuit TV studio.
-Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly
awards program (academics and charac-
-Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6
-Summer day care program, including off
campus field trips.

Plew Elementary

-220 Pine Ave., Niceville
-Grades K through 5
-Phone: 833-4100
-Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
-Principal: David Larrimore
-Enrollment: 579 students
-Staff: 42 teachers
-State report card grade: A
-Sports, chorus, Young Astronauts
(5th), Knowledge Masters, Chess
Club, Spanish, Mile Club, Oval Art,
Sunshine Math, Girl Scouts,
Accelerated Reader., Accelerated
-PLA Marion Taylor, president;
Chris Markwardt, vice president.
-SAC chair: Carol Olmstead
-Volunteer coordinator: Susan
-685 volunteers
-Day care hours: 6:30-8:20 a.m.,
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-379 Edge Ave., Valparaiso
-Grades: K through 5
-Phone: 833-4120
-Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
-Principal: Mr. Mike
-Enrollment: 456 students
-Staff: 42 teachers
-State report card grade: A
-PTO president: Andrea Hill
-SAC Chairs: Julie Magnotti and Colleen
-Volunteer coordinator: Robin Borthwick;
113 volunteers.
-Day care hours: 6:30-8:45 a.m.; 3:20-6
p.m. and summer program.
-Named "Model Elementary Physical
Education Program" for the State by
American Heart Association and FAHPERD.
-State-selected "High Performing Best
Practices School" 2003.
-Selected as a "Distinguished Leadership
School" in 2004.
-Identified by Governor Bush as "One of
the Top 50 High-Performing Elementary
Schools in the State of Florida" in 2005.
-Special facilities or programs: Accelerated
Reader program; awards programs; educa-
tional field trips, "High Roads" character edu-
cation; writing, reading and math support
programs; Science Expo; Sunshine Math;
Mustang Metropolis a city within our school
with city council and mayor; gifted education;
Marsville Science Adventure; mentor pro-
gram; Jump Rope for Heart; exceptional stu-
dent education center for physically, hearing,
communication, behaviorally or socially
impaired, and varying exceptionalities.

High School
-12615 Hwy. 331 S.
-Grades: 9-12
-Phone: 892-1201
-Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
-Principal: Shirley Foster
-Administrative Assistant: Charlie Marello
-Enrollment: 352
-Faculty and staff: 36
-State school grade: A
-SIP Chair: Carla Griffith
-Volunteer Carla Hunt, media specialist
and volunteer coordinator
-Counselor: Jo Whittington
-Special programs: Various dual enroll-
ment classes, DCT, teacher assisting pro-
gram, Web design, Engineering classes and
business computer classes, FCAT remedia-
tion and grade retrieval programs.
-Extra-curricular programs: Band, base-
ball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country,
football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volley-
ball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team,
yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor
Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National
Honor Society, and newspaper.
-College board average scores: ACT com-
posite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130.

Middle School
-360 Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport
-Hours: 7:25 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
-Grades: 6-8
-Phone: 892-1221
-Principal: Beth Tucker
-Enrollment: 298
-Staff: teachers: 27; staff 13
-State report card grade: A
-SIT chair: Nathan Smith
-Programs: Academic Team,
Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state
of the art networked computer labs,
Youth for Christ, after school tutoring.
-Sports: lighted football field, weight
rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls vol-
leyball, girls basketball and softball,
girls cross country and track, boys
baseball, basketball and football.
-Also offered are beginning
band, career education and art.

Elementary School
-15381 Business 331 Freeport, FL 32439
-Grades: Pre-K-5
-Phone: 892-1211
-Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
-Principal: Pam Jones
-Administrative Asst.: Charlie Morse
-Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt
-Enrollment: 592
-Staff: 83
-State report card grade: B
-Volunteer Coordinator- Nancy Currie
-PTO President: Rose Martin
-Mascot: Wildcats
-Special Programs: gifted, accelerated
reading, FES Student Council, music, art,
FHS School to Work Program.

-200 Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB
-Pre-K with disabilities 4th grade
-Phone: 833-4320
-Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
-Principal: Dr. Karyn M. Combs
-Enrollment: 514
-Staff: 60
-State Report Card: A
-PTO President:
Tyeasha Jones
-SAC Chairperson:
Kaeaiya Holmes
-200 volunteers
-A+ School six consecutive years
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Beacon Staff
Top-rated schools and plenty of pub-
lic and private educational choices are
magnets drawing many families to the
Twin Cities area.
"In Okaloosa County we have fantas-
tic teachers who are highly qualified,"
said Okaloosa County Schools
Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts. "We
have extremely supportive parents who
send their kids to school ready to learn.
Our county has the largest number of

Schools in a nutshell, 10,11,13.

parents who have a higher level of edu-
cation, per capital, in the state. Because
of that we have many motivated and
bright children in our schools."
At 2,100 students the biggest school
in the Okaloosa district, Niceville High
School has a reputation for top-notch
academics, sports and extracurricular
activities-such as the 266-member
marching band that brought national
recognition to Niceville in the 2008
Continued on page 19

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Twin Cities area schools account for
some 20 percent of Okaloosa County's
29,000 public-school students.

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Pitell Law Firm, P.L. Lisa Y. Short Pitell
(850) 897-0045
4565 Commercial Dr., #103
Niceville, FL 32578

Quik Lube
(850) 678-1789
410 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Lee Pontiac of Crestview
Pontiac* Buick* GMC
(850) 682-2708
4300 S. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32436

Cool Stylz Studio
(850) 279-4620
1107 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Fantastic Sams
(850) 678-7711
1136 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

(850) 897-4897
4400 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 309
Niceville, FL 32578

Ritz Salon
(850) 897-4466
4550 E. Hwy. 20, Suite E
Niceville, FL 32578

The Summit II in Hair
(850) 678-1977
101 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Chiropractic Associates & Fitness Center
(850) 678-8048
705 W. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

First Baptist Church of Niceville
(850) 678-4621
622 Bayshore Drive
Niceville, FL 32578

First United
Methodist Church
(850) 678-4411
Community Life Center
(850) 678-2821
214 S. Partin Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578

Immanuel Anglican Church
(850) 873-6324
250 Indian Bayou Trail
Destin, FL 32541

Rocky Bayou Baptist Church
(850) 678-6062
2401 Partin Dr., N
Niceville, FL 32578

Happy Computers
(850) 729-7845
467B John Sims Pkwy. S.
Valparaiso, FL 32580

Eglin Federal Credit Union
(850) 862-0111
4558 Hwy. 20
Niceville, FL 32578
(800) 367-6159
Eglin Air Force Base

Ballet Conservatory
(850) 897-2933
4677 East Hwy 20
Niceville, FL 32578
Destin School of Music & Dance
4010 Commons Dr. W., Suite 118
Destin, FL 32541
www. FloridaBalletConservatory.com

Fred Astaire Dance Studio
301 Main St. N.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 244-4480
11 Yacht Club Dr.
Ft. Walton Bch, FL 32536

Niceville Family Dental
908 S. Palm Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578

Gulf Coast Dental
(850) 897-9600
4566 Hwy. 20, East
Suite 108, Courtyard PLaza
Bluewater Bay, FL 32578

Mullis Eye Institute
(850) 678-5338
115 Baily Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 682-5338
930 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Emerald Coast Eye Institute, PA
(850) 862-4001
1034 Mar Walt Dr. Ste 200
Fort Walton Beach, FL
(850) 267-0426
7720 Hwy. 98 W., Ste 380
Destin, FL
(850) 689-3067
550Redstone Ave. W. Ste 490
Crestview, FL

Best Buy Carpet
(850) 678-0041
115 Bullock Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578

Wise Equipment Sales & Services
(850) 682-3366
1147 S. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Pkwy.
Dothan, Alabama 36305

City of Niceville
208 N. Partin Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578

City of Valparaiso
465 Valparaiso Pkwy. (Hwy. 190)
Valparaiso, FL 32580

Bay Area Better Hearing
4400 Hwy. 20 E., Suite #208
Merchants Walk
Niceville, FL 32578

Niceville Hearing Center
(850) 678-3277
1155 John Sims Pkwy., E.
Niceville, FL 32578

Gulfshore A/C & Heating, Inc.
(850) 897-6540

Five Star Outdoor Living
(850) 897-5293
PO. Box 5081
Niceville, FL 32578

Rhino Shield
(866) 902-9937

Hampton Inn
(850) 897-4675 (800) Hampton
4400 Ansley Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 837-7889
10861 U.S. Hwy. 98
Destin, FL 32550

Holiday Inn Express
(850) 678-9131
106 Bayshore Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578

Twin Cities Hospital
(850) 678-4131
2190 Hwy. 85 N.
Niceville, FL 32578

Lewis & Company Jewelers
(850) 682-3638
(886) 573-8269
866 Ferdon Blvd. N.
Crestview, FL 32538

The Bluewater Breeze
(850) 678-1080
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Orthopaedic Associates, PA.
554-D Twin Cities Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 678-2249
36300 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-3926
928-D Mar Walt Dr.
Ft. Walton, FL 00000
(850) 863-2153

Southcoast Allergy, PA.
Dr. Endre Kovas
(850) 279-6520
Merchant's Walk, Suite 501
Niceville, FL 32578
Crestview Medical Bldg., Suite 410
Crestview, FL 32536

BDB Custom Motorcycles
(850) 897-1769
93 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Coleman American-Allied Inc.
(850) 678-2328
(800) 201-8577
519 Hwy. 190
Valparaiso, FL 32580








Bluewater Orthopedics
(850) 897-8081
1950 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 100
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 622-3713
Suite 200, 7720 Hwy. 98 West,
Sacred Heart Medical Building
Destin, FL 32541

Orthopaedic Associates
(850) 678-2249
554-D Twin Cities Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 837-3926
36500 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 863-2153
1034 Mar Walt Dr.
Ft. Walton, FL 32547

Russell's Painting
(850) 897-5632

Bluewater Plastic Surgery
& Cosmetic Center
(850) 897-9288
Bluewater Bay
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 267-4582
Sacred Heart Hospital
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Laura's Pet & Horse Supply
(850) 678-2270
1051 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Nancy Knowles
(850) 217-7205 Niceville
(850) 863-1718 Ft. Walton Beach

Wee School & Starrs Preschool
First Baptist Church
(850) 729-6915 (850) 678-4621
622 Bayshore Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578

The Nail Place
(850) 897-2027
4585 Hwy. 20 E., Suite 135
Niceville, FL 32578

The Bay Beacon
(850) 678-1080
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

The Eglin Flyer
(850) 678-1080
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

The Hurlburt Patriot
(850) 678-1080
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Emerald Coast Nursery
(850) 897-0111 Fax (850) 897-0112
1405 South Palm Blvd.
Nicevlle, FL 32578

Women & Children First
(850) 729-7344
554 Twin Cities Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 267-2292
870 Mack Bayou Rd.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459



Wesley Academy Preschool
(850) 678-4411
214 South Partin Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578

Baywalk Real Estate, Inc.
(850) 897-1101
4566 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 104
Niceville, FL 32578

Carriage Hills Realty
(850) 678-5178 (800) 874-8929
1821 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578
Coldwell Banker United
(850) 897-4563
4504 Hwy. 20 E., Suite A
Niceville, FL 32578

Resortquest R/E BWB
(850) 897-5800
4550 Hwy 20 E., Suite F
Niceville, FL 32578

Boathouse Landing Restaurant
(850) 678-2805
124 John Sims Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580

Giuseppi's Wharf
Restaurant & Marina
(850) 678-4229
821 Bayshore Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578
Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant
(850) 729-1127
1177 John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 729-0081
4506 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 150
Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay
(850) 678-4400
318 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580

Pizza Hut
1017 John Sims Pkwy. E.
Niceville, FL 32578

Say Cake
(850) 729-2253
73 John Sims Pkwy. S.
Valparaiso, FL 32580

Bluewater Bay Resort
(850) 897-3613 (800) 874-2128
2000 Bluewater Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578

Rocky Bayou Christian School
(850) 678-7358
2101 N. Partin Drive
Niceville, FL 32578

Mid-Bay Bridge Authority
(850) 897-1428
4400 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 403
Niceville, FL, 32578

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bluewater Bay
(850) 892-2111 (800) 342-0990
1350 W. Baldwin Ave.
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
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At Your Service
1. Ballet Conservatory ........................................ E-9
2. Bay Area Better Hearing .................................... E-8
3. Bay Beacon............................................... B-5
4. Baywalk Real Estate........................................ E-9
5. BDB Custom Motorcycles ................................... B-3
6. Best Buy Carpet ........................................... C-5
7. Bluewater Bay Plastic Surgery ............................... E-8
8. Bluewater Bay Resort ...................................... E-7
9. Bluewater Breeze .......................................... B-5
10. Bluewater Orthopedics .................................... E-7
11. Boathouse Landing Restaurant .............................C-3
12. Carriage Hills Realty ...................................... B-6
13. CHELCO ............................................ Niceville
14. Chiropractic Associates ................................... B-3
15. Coldwell Banker United BWB ...............................E-8
16. Coleman American-Allied, Inc . ......................... C-2
17. Cool Stylz Studio Salon .................................... B-5
18. Destin School of Music .................................. Destin
19. Eglin Federal Credit Union ............................. E-2, E-8
20. Eglin Flyer ............................................... B-5
21. Emerald Coast Eye Inst. ........ Crestview, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach
22. Emerald Coast Nursery .................................... C-4
23. Fantastic Sams........................................... B-5
24. First Baptist Church ....................................... B-4
25. First United Methodist Church .......................... B-4
26. Five Star Outdoor Living .............................. Niceville
27. Fred Astaire Dance Studio ............. Crestview/Ft. Walton Beach
28. Giuseppi's Wharf ......................................... C-4
29. Gulf Coast Dental......................................... E-9
30. Gulfshore A/C & Heating ............................... Niceville
31. Hair Illusions............................................. E-8
32. Hampton Inn ............................................. D-7
33. Happy Computers ........................................ E-2
34. Highland Oaks Golf .................................. Alabama
35. Holiday Inn Express....................................... B-3
36. Hurlburt Patriot ........................................... B-5
37. Immanuel Anglican Church ..............................Destin
38. Knowles, Nancy/Piano ................. Ft. Walton Beach/Niceville
39. Laura's Pet & Horse Supply ................................ C-4
40. Lee Pontiac Pontiac, Buick, GMC ...................... Crestview
41. Lewis & Co. Jewelry ................................. Crestview
42. Mid Bay Bridge Authority ............................... E-8, F-9
43. Mullis Eye Institute........................................ B-5
44. Nail Place, The ........................................... E-9
45. Niceville Family Dental .................................... B-4
46. Niceville Hearing Center ................................... B-5
47. Niceville, City of ......................................... B-4
48. Old Mexico Restaurant.............................B-5, C-2, D-8
49. Orthopaedic Associates ................................... A-3
50. Pitell Law Firm ........................................... E-9
51. Pizza Hut ................................................ B-4
52. Quik Lube ............................................... B-3
53. Resort Quest R/E BWB .................................... E-8
54. Rhino Shield .......................................... Destin
55. Ritz Salon ............................................... E-8
56. Rocky Bayou Baptist Church ...............................A-6
57. Rocky Bayou Christian School ..............................B-5
58. Russell's Painting .................................... Niceville
59. Say Cake ................................................ C-3
60. Southcoust Allergy P.A..................................... E-8
61. Starrs Preschool/Wee School ...............................B-4
62. Summit II Hair Salon ...................................... B-3
63. Twin Cities Hospital ....................................... A-3
64. Valparaiso, City of ........................................ C-2
65. Weslsey Academy Preschool ...............................B-3
66. Wise Equipment ..................................... Crestview
67. Women and Children First ................................ A-3

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From page 14
Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Okaloosa County School District
is strengthening its Advanced Placement
course offerings, giving high school stu-
dents more opportunities to earn early
college credits.
"We push kids to their greatest poten-
tial," Tibbetts said.
All nine public schools serving stu-
dents in the Twin Cities are rated "A" by
the state Department of Education,
based on results of annual state exams
called the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test.
The Okaloosa County School District
has 32 traditional schools, plus the
Okaloosa Applied Tcldn iii 1-, Center
and the Northwest Florida Ballet
Academy. There are also three charter
schools in the district, including
Collegiate High School, Niceville,
which caters to academically advanced
The eight regular public schools serv-
ing Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater
Bay account for about 20 percent of the


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Brad Kuszuta, a senior at Niceville
High, says the school is "a power-
house in academics."
county district's 29,000 students.
Collegiate High, a public charter school
operated by Northwest Florida State
College, has 260 students.
Okaloosa County also has a large
population of home-schooled children,
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Variety in public and private schools

From page 19
including many in the Niceville-
Valparaiso area.
Residents living in Villa Tasso and
many in Choctaw Beach have a
Niceville mailing address but reside in
adjacent Walton County and are zoned
to attend classes at Freeport Elementary,
Freeport Middle School or Freeport
High School.
The Twin Cities' four public elemen-
tary schools (Bluewater, Edge, Plew and
Valparaiso), three public middle schools
(Ruckel, Lewis and Destin) and two
public higs schools (Niceville and
Collegiate) are accredited by the
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools. Rocky Bayou Christian is
accredited by the Florida Association of
Christian Colleges and Schools.
School district bus service is avail-
able for elementary school students liv-
ing a mile or more from school. For sec-
ondary school students the minimum is
generally two miles. Rocky Bayou
Christian also offers bus transport.
Niceville High in 2004 established an
Information TL l1ii l .1', Institute to train
students who might not go to college,
although many college-bound students
also take part. The popular institute is
open to secondary-school students coun-

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Shawna Crist, a former teacher who
now volunteers in the classroom, said
Okaloosa County teachers "know
what's expected of them and they go to
great lengths to do it." She dressed as
"The Great Artisto" recently to instruct
Plew Elementary School pupils.
tywide. Students may earn commercial
certification in software disciplines
needed for good jobs right out of high
school, or use the computer and soft-

ware training to help prepare for college.
Niceville High School was honored
by the U.S. Department of Education
twice in the past dozen years-in 1996
as a national Blue Ribbon School of
Excellence and in 1999 as a "New
American High School." It has also been
awarded Five Star state status numerous
times in recognition of the tremendous
parent and community involvement in
the school. Most of the school's gradu-
ates go on to college. Members of grad-
uating classes typically receive, among
them, several million dollars in scholar-
ships, including several appointments
each year to U.S. military academies.
"We're a powerhouse in academics,"
said NHS senior Brad Koszuta. "Our
SAT and ACT scores have always been
above average."
Niceville Eagles interscholastic sports
teams often win district titles, and many
go on to compete statewide.
Rocky Bayou Christian School has an
enrollment of about 700 students, from
3-year-old kindergarten through grade
12, plus home-school students who take
some of their courses on campus.
Rocky Bayou Christian offers aca-
demic courses in an environment based

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Okaloosa County

School District

Spring 2009
End 3rd grading period............Thurs., March 26
Student holiday...................... Fri., March 27
Spring break .......................... March 30-April 3
Memorial Day holiday..............Mon., May 25
Last day for students...............Thurs., June 4
Elementary school early-release dates:
March 4, April 8, May 6.

Classes start .......................... Mon., Aug. 24
Labor Day holiday................. Mon., Sept. 7
End 1st grading period............Fri., Oct. 23
Student holiday ...................... Mon., Oct. 26
Veterans Day holiday ..............Wed., Nov. 11
Thanksgiving break.................Nov. 23-27
W inter break.............................Dec., 18-Jan. 1
Martin Luther King holiday......Mon., Jan. 18
End 2nd grading period...........Fri., Jan. 22
Student holiday ...................... Mon., Jan. 25
Presidents Day holiday............Mon., Feb. 15
End 3rd grading period............Thurs., March 25
Student holiday...................... Fri., March 26
Spring break.............March 29-April 2
Memorial Day holiday..............Mon., May 31
Last day for students...............Thurs., June 10
Elementary school early-release dates:
Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3,
March 3, April 7, May 5.

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Choice in public and private schools

From page 20
on biblical principles. The school uses a
three-track grade system-one for
advanced students, another for most
students, and a third for students with
learning challenges. Students may also
enroll in Advanced Placement classes.
The RBCS marching band was cho-
sen to play in the Cotton Bowl half-
time show in Dallas Jan. 1, 2008.
Student athletes at Rocky Bayou
Christian may participate in inter-
scholastic soccer, volleyball, basket-
ball, cross-country, track, weightlift-
ing, golf, softball, baseball and foot-
ball. RBCS teams compete with pub-
lic schools in Class 1-A, as well as
with other private schools.
Collegiate High School, a charter
school for advanced students, is oper-
ated by Northwest Florida State
College and is situated on the college's
main campus in Niceville. Attending
classes with traditional college stu-
dents, the majority of the school's 260
10th, llth and 12th grade students can
earn a two-year college degree while
earning a high school diploma.
Collegiate High was the third-high-
est scoring high school in Florida,
based on overall points achieved by

student FCAT performance in 2007,
said Charla Cotton, the school's direc-
tor. An "A" school every year since it
was eligible, Collegiate High was rec-
ognized by the U.S. Department of
Education as a National Blue Ribbon
School in 2006.
In addition to academic and social
organizations for middle school stu-
dents, there is a variety of athletic pro-
grams, including interscholastic cross-
country, basketball for both boys and
girls, football for boys, and volleyball
for girls.
In 2000, Ruckel Middle School,
Niceville, was recognized as a national
Blue Ribbon School by the U.S.
Department of Education.
"The teachers are the most impres-
sive educators I've ever worked with,"
said Ruckel Principal Debbie Collins.
At Lewis Middle School,
Valparaiso, a tkC'loii, h.1-. lab gives stu-
dents experience in subjects ranging
from computers and electronics to
hydraulics and rocketry. The school
also boasts award-winning forensics
and music programs. Situated just
outside the Eglin East Gate, Lewis
enrolls some fifth-grade students living
on Eglin Air Force Base in addition to
the traditional middle school grades of

Photo by Scott Schaeffler
Interscholastic sports form an important
part of the programs of local schools.
Pictured, a Rocky Bayou Christian
School football player snags a pass.
six through eight.
Some children living in the
Bluewater Bay area, which is in the

Ruckel zone, instead attend Destin
Middle School under a "school choice"
plan. Destin has added a fifth-grade
program in the arts and French in the
fall of 2008.
Eighth grade students at Ruckel,
Lewis and Destin middle schools can
take advanced algebra and geometry,
science and web-design courses that
earn high school credit.
The area's four public elementary
schools-Bluewater, Edge, Plew and
Valparaiso-routinely score above
other district schools on a host of
measures such as standardized per-
formance tests.
Of course, good schools are based
on more than just good programs and
high test scores. Parents, teachers and
the community play a vital role in sup-
porting good schools.
"Not only is the area beautiful, the
people are beautiful too," says Linda
Smith, Niceville High School princi-
pal. "It's an amazing community. Just
one phone call and you can have all
the help you can handle."
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Vehicle registration
All motor vehicles in Florida must be
registered and/or titled within 10 days of
moving to Florida. Trailers which weigh
2,000 pounds or more must be registered
and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need
only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000
pounds will need a bill of sale and last reg-
istration from previous owner. In some
cases they will need a certified weight slip
as well.
The county tax collector, as agent for the
Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles, processes registrations and titles,
and collects the necessary fees.
To obtain a Florida vehicle title and reg-
istration, motorists may bring the current
vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the
vehicle itself, and current state or military
identification to any office of the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector.
Proof of insurance from a certified
Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or
card) is required to purchase and renew a
license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner
must present to the tax collector documen-
tation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in
the amount of at least $10,000 and
Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insur-
ance in the amount of $10,000.
Motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers are

exempt from the insurance requirement.
To transfer a Florida title, the seller must
complete the transfer information on the
current title, including purchaser's name,
the selling price, and the odometer reading
at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be
submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales
tax will be collected if applicable, such as
when a vehicle was purchased out of state
less than six months prior and the state it
was purchased in has a reciprocal sales tax
(such as Alabama), and on any new pur-
chase. All transfers must be completed
within 30 days of the date the vehicle is
assigned by the seller or a $10 fee is levied
at the time of transfer. Out-of-state titled
vehicles must be physically present when
applying for tag and title.

All motor vehicles in
Florida must be reg-
istered within 10
days of moving to

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Members of the U.S. armnned forces sta-
tioned in Florida, but who maintain their
legal residence outside of Florida, are clas-
sified as nonresident military and are eligi-
ble for lower registration fees.
To qualify for the lower military nonresi-
dent rates, the owner must submit a copy of
military orders. Proof of Florida insurance
is mandatory.
Military personnel who file for nonresi-
dent status on a vehicle will not be eligible
to file for a $25,000 homestead exemption
in Florida. Call the property appraiser's
office, 651-7240, for information.
Local tax collector office and hours are:
506 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578


Phone:(850) 651-7300
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mon. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Limited driver's license services: Mon. 9
a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Website: www.okaloosatax.com.
Florida vehicle registrations can be
renewed at tax collectors' offices or online
at www.okaloosatax.com.

Driver's license
A Florida motor vehicle operator's
license is required within 30 days after
becoming a permanent resident of the state
(i.e., children enrolled in school system,
employment established, etc.). Those with a
valid license from another state may get a
Florida license by passing a visual exam
and paying a transfer fee. No written or
driving test is required. The Florida license
is valid for six years.
Required are a current
out-of-state license and
Social Security card (or
other government document
verifying Social Security
number). There are 20 state licenses that
require a certified birth certificate or U.S.
passport as additional identification. Please
call 833-9122 to obtain the list of states or
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From page 22

visit the web site mytlorida.com, click on
Floridian, then click on Driver's Licenses,
then click on Identifying Yourself.
Driver manuals may be obtained from
examining stations:
-Crestview, 197-A E. James Lee Blvd.,
Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 689-
7860 for information, 689-7861 for appoint-
-Fort Walton Beach, 115-D NW
Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach,
Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 833-
9121 for information, 833-9123 for appoint-
Driver's license services are also avail-
able at the Niceville and Destin offices of
the Okaloosa County Tax Collector (see
entries above, under "Vehicle
Registration"). Available at tax collector's
offices are most services, such as original
and renewal licenses, change of name or
address, and learner's tests. Tax offices do
not offer driving tests for driver's licenses.
Driving tests are administered at state
examining stations.
Auto insurance
Florida law requires that all automobile
operators have no-fault insurance. Under
the no-fault law, a motorist's insurance

company pays for treatment of
any personal injuries received
as a result of an auto accident, *
no matter who is at fault, up to
$10,000. You must show proof of this insur-
ance to obtain automobile tags.
Boat registration

All powerboats must be
registered in Florida.
Register at the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's
office in Niceville, 506
Highway 85 North.

Voter registration
Register to vote at either of the
Supervisor of Elections offices located at
302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or
1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort
Walton Beach, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. 5
p.m. You may call the Crestview office at
689-5600 or the Fort Walton Beach office at
651-7272 for additional information.
Forms may also be obtained at and sub-
mitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N.
Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso
Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Forms may also be picked up and turned in
at other Okaloosa County public libraries,
Department of Children and Families
Services centers, Department of Labor

offices serving persons with disabilities
(such as Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation), driver's license offices, and
armed forces recruiting offices.
Forms may also be obtained (but not
submitted) at Niceville City Hall, 208 N.
Partin Drive, Niceville. Forms may also
be obtained at other city halls, some
banks, hospitals, schools, chambers of
commerce, military facilities,
businesses and many other
locations. Forms are available FW
at these locations but will not mu
be accepted by them. Call the
elections office for locations.
Eligibility to register is defined on the
form, and no witnessing or administration
of an oath is required. Providing false
information on the form is a felony.
Voters must be registered at least 29 days
before an election to cast a ballot.
Absentee voting, military and overseas
voting, and early voting information is
available at the Supervisor of Elections
For more information, please visit the
Supervisor of Elections Web site at
Employment agencies
Jobs Plus Employers' Service Center,
409 Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach,

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 833-7587.
The Northwest Florida State College,
formally Okaloosa-Walton College,
Career Resource Center, 100 College
Blvd., Niceville, in Building C2, Room
201, of the Niceville campus Monday-
Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30, p.m. 729-5227.
Manpower Inc., 1191 N. Eglin Pkwy.,
Suite D., Shalimar. Monday-Friday 8
a.m.-5 p.m., 651-0015.
Kelly Services Inc., 1500 Freedom Self
Storage Road, Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 664-7649.
Employment programs for economical-
ly disadvantaged youth and adults are pro-
vided through the Work Force
Connection, Inc., 409 Racetrack Road,
Fort Walton Beach, Monday-Friday, 8
a.m.-5 p.m., 833-7587.
Post offices
Niceville: 90 N. Palm Blvd., Niceville,
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., and
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon., 678-2021.
Valparaiso: 306 Edge Ave.,
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8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday,
9 a.m.-noon, 678-2921.
Bluewater Bay branch: 4400 E.
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Obtaining utilities and other services

(Area code: 850)
Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas
west of Rocky Bayou bridge
Gulf Power Co.
1057 E. John Sims Pkwy
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 800-225-5797
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00p.m.
M-F Drive-through-4:45p.m.
Bluewater Bay and other areas
east of Rocky Bayou bridge
Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (Chelco)
1401 Cat-Mar Rd.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 800-342-0990
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Natural gas
Okaloosa Gas District
P.O. Box 548
364 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580
Phone: 729-4700
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Water and sewer
Niceville and adjacent unincorporated
areas between Valparaiso
and Rocky Bayou bridge
Niceville City Hall
Public Works

208 N. Partin Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 729-4000
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Maintenance: 729-4064
Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-5 p.m.


Valparaiso City Hall
465 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580
Phone: 729-5402
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Areas east of Rocky Bayou bridge
to Okaloosa County line
Okaloosa Co. Water & Sewer
1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: 651-7171
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Twice-weekly curbside
garbage pickup is the norm
in the area. In Valparaiso,
however, city sanitation
crews collect garbage from
cans from residential back

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1401 Cat-Mar Rd. (Chelco Bldg.)
Niceville, FL 32578
Tuesday & Friday only
8 a.m.- noon, 1:30-5 p.m.
812 James Lee Blvd.
(same bldg. as Health Dept.)
Crestview, FL 32539
Phone: 689-7922
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.
Seminole Community
S.C.C. Inc.-Water Division
1470 Cedar St.
Niceville, FL 32578
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hickory Street on county water
Villa Tasso & Choctaw Beach
North Bay Water System
112 Highway 20 West
Freeport, FL 32439
Phone: 835-2822

8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
Garbage and other waste

Niceville City Hall
Public Works
208 N. Partin Dr.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 729-4000
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Valparaiso City Hall
465 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580
Phone: 729-5402
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Unincorporated areas in Okaloosa
and Walton counties
Waste Management
108 Hill Ave.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: 862-7141
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Household hazardous waste,
countywide, Okaloosa County
Okaloosa County Recycling Office
Public Works
South County Public Works Yard (two doors down
from) 80 Ready Ave.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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Garbage and recycling collection

From page 24
Phone: 651-7390
By appointment: Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and the
third Saturday of each month from 7-11 a.m.
Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Ave
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed
Phone: 689-5772
www.co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)
Used motor oil
City of Niceville
Niceville residents only (county residents, call Jim
Reese at 651-7395)
723 27th St.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 729-4064
Public works hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
Oil dropped off by appointment only
Auto Zone
193 E. John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 678-3881
B & T Lubrication Center
1198 E. John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578
Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles,
weekly curbside pickup
All areas except E. Niceville
Waste Management
108 Hill Ave.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: 862-7141
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call for pickup schedule for your street.

Cellular phones
4576 Highway 20 E.
Niceville, FL 32578
AT&T Wireless
16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Destin, FL 32551
411 Mary Esther Cutoff Unit 411-b
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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Two cable-television providers serve
mutually exclusive territories in the Twin
Cities area: Cox Communications and the
city of Valparaiso.


Local phone: 811
Long distance: 1-800-339-1811
Cox Communications
Parkway East Plaza
1173 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 862-0175
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

1007 John Sims Pkwy., Ste. 8
Niceville, FL 32578
Southern Linc
110 Eglin Pkwy. NE.
Fort Walton Beach, FL
4311 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541

Cable television
All areas except Valparaiso

Cox Communications
Parkway East Plaza
1173 E. John Sims
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 862-0175
Monday-Friday, 8:30
a.m.-5 p.m.


Valparaiso Broadband
465 Valparaiso Pkwy.
Valparaiso, FL 32580
Phone: 729-5404
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Bay Beacon (weekly)
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: 678-1080
Fax: 729-3225
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Take part in the community-join a club

4-H Club
Jennifer Heady 729-1400 ext. 5850 or 689-5850
Adventure Club
581-4591 4
AF Armament Museum Foundation
Joan Doman 651-1808 or 651-5253
Afterschool Program Niceville
Public Library
Air Force Sergeants Assoc. Aux.
Nicki Greene 678-7174
Alcoholics Anonymous
For information 244-2421
Allergy and Asthma Network
American Assn. of University Women
Kathy Peterson 729-2093

American Cancer Society
American Girls Book Club
American Flag in your yard
Wayne Shimet, Kiwanis Club, 678-4383
American Legion Post 221
American Red Cross of NWF
AmVets Post 78
Joe Rushing 678-3828
Awana Clubs:
First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521
Rocky Bayou Baptist Church

Baby Bookworms
Barracudas Swim Team
Pam Braseth 862-1676
Bass Club
Stan Chandler 585-8237
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okaloosa-Walton
664-KIDS (5437)
Bluewater Babes Play Group
Rebecca Buono 897-4294
Bluewater Bay Sailing Club
Charlie Mauck 897-1433
Bluewater Bay Tennis Association
Bob Andruss 897-8010
Bluewater Elementary School PTO
Amy Moye 833-4240
Bowling Leagues Hurricane
David Collins 654-5251 ext. 105
Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line
Building Industry Association
Jennifer Fleming 863-5107
Button Club
Barb or Don Lanier 729-7594
Camp Timpoochee
Cancer Support
Emily Jennings 244-3813
Breast Cancer Survivors Club of
Marcy Ruiz 678-7615
Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services
Jack Daly 833-9330
Choctawhatchee Audubon Soc.
Nonie Maines 862-9588

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
Christian Automotive Repair Support (CARS)
Bruce Pellnitz 897-3378
Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
Maxwell A.F.B. 334-953-7748
Civilian Retirees
Covenant Hospice
Cribbage Club
Tom Murphy 897-1266
Daughters of the American Revolution
Margaret Nichols 897-1278
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Democratic Women
Karen Lauer 651-3040
Diabetes Support
Kim Franks 729-0833
Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112
Walter Maddox 678-5079
Driving Courses
Mature Safe Driving Course 729-9463
Ducks Unlimited
Jim Stalls 729-2623
Economic Development Council
Larry Sassano 651-7374
Edge Elementary School PTO
PTO President 833-4138
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Contacting clubs and other organizations

From page 26

Emerald Coast Archaeology Society
Jean Lucas 897-3754
Emerald Coast Chorus (Barbershopppers)
Brian Branagan 897-6600
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Julie Hurst, Exec. Dir. 833-9237
Emerald Coast Concert Association
Gordon Hurd 678-8909
Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers
863-TIPS (8477) 609-2005
Emerald Coast Cyclists
Emerald Coast Tennis Council, Inc
Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild
Ernest Nettles 835-4437 or 585-6064
Emerald Coast Writers
Faithfully Fit Exercise Program
Donna Newton 729-2451 or 678-4411
Federal Civilians Retirees Service Center
Fla. Council on Compulsive Gambling
Flying Needles Quilt Guild
Melanie Nettles 835-4437
Fresh Start Okaloosa Coalition on the
Maryann HelFrinch 243-5648
Friends of the Museums
Bill Lucas 833-9595
Friends of the Niceville Library
Jean Van Bergen 729-1738

Ft. Walton Sail and Power Squadron
Garden Club, Bluewater Bay
897-3624 or 897-1876
Garden Club, Valparaiso ,
Marie Harrison 678-2842
GED Classes
NW FL State College 729-5387
Goodwill Industries-Big Bend Inc.
Shirley Polous 729-2330
Grief Support
Christina Cudahy 729-1800
Linda Locke 729-9463
Habitat for Humanity
Christy Jones 315-0025
Heritage Museum
Michelle Severino 678-2615
Junior League
Carrie Chavers 850-862-2665
Kiwanis Club
Hubert Ross 897-4745
Knights of Columbus #7667
Father Howard J. Lesch Assembly
John Hatch 678-3213
Knights of Columbus/Christ Our Redeemer
Vincent Warsheski 897-2117
Kayak Experience
Lewis Middle School PTSO
Lupus Support
Masonic Lodge
678-7935, Les Whitman 678-5285, Ken Eichorn,
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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Marcia Hull 650-2226
Men's Basketball FUMC
Mentor Program
Diane Meredith 833-7614
Narcotics Anonymous
Eglin Enlisted Club
Niceville Exchange Club
Dorothy Miller 678-4984
Niceville High School Booster Club
Jim Evans 897-4678
Niceville Library
729-4070 Youth Services 729-4554

Niceville Little League Football
Rick Simerly 244-3472 or Cornell
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Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of
Tricia Brunson 678-2323
Niceville/Valparaiso Little League Baseball
NW Florida Girl Scout Council
Lisa Higgins 1-800-624-3951
NW Florida Symphony Guild
897-4775, Steve Czonstka
Officers Club, Eglin
Okaloosa Chamber Singers
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Okaloosa County Head Start
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Civic Center.

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Live dolphin shows are a highlight of a
visit to the Gulfarium on Okaloosa
Lions Park, Niceville
-2-acre city park on Boggy Bayou, boat
ramp, picnic pavilions.
-Bayshore Dr., Niceville.
Niceville Youth Center
-8-acre city park featuring skateboard
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ramps, skate track, observation area, and
two paintball fields. Fee. Paintballs, paint
guns available for rent.
-Campbell Dr. off North Palm Blvd.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou
State Park, Niceville
-357-acre state park. Day use, picnic
area, playground, camping, boat ramp,
kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails.
-4281 Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou.
White Point Recreation Area
-74-acre bayfront park on Eglin
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($10 annual fee).
-White Point Road, northwest of
Mid-Bay Bridge.
Henderson Beach State Park
-208-acre state park on the Gulf of
Mexico. Beach, camping, picnic pavil-

Beacon photo
The Air Force Armament Museum,
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over 6,000 artifacts on exhibit, includ-
ing bombs and guns. There's gift shop,
too. Admission is free.
ions. Fee.
-Highway 98, Destin, across from
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Okaloosa Island
-25-acre county park on Gulf of
Mexico. Beach, swimming, picnic pavil-
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