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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
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BEQINS MARCH





cOMIYGO
Wednesday 9:30 a.m.
The Emerald Coast Plein Air
(open air) Painters will put
brush to canvas at the
Bluewater Bay Marina. Anyone
who likes to paint is welcome
to join at no cost.
Call 598-6501.
Friday. 7:30 p.m.
17 fou Fans of
four-part a
cappella
harmony
can enjoy the annual spring
Barbershop Harmony Show of
the Emerald Coast Chorus at
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. cickets
are $15 in advance and
$1 7.50 at the door.
Call 729-6000.
Friday. II a.m.
Before there was an
America, Spain held Florida as
a colony. Hear all about it at a
free archaeology talk in the
Northwest Florida State
College Science Building,
Room S110.
Saturday. 6-8 p.m.
If your

taste runs l
to gospel,
you won't want to miss The
Hayes Family at First Baptist
Church. The concert is free.
Call 862-6211.
Saturday. 7 a.m.-noon
If you wake up hungry
Saturday, don't miss the
Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso annual Silent
Auction and
Pancake Breakfast
at the Niceville
High School cafe-
teria. The cost is
just $4 for a filling
meal. Tickets will be available
at the door.
Saturday. 7:30 p.m.
The Massenkoff Russian
Folk Festival, featuring a bal-
alaika (Russian string instru-
ment) ensemble and a folk bal-
let will take place at the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts
Center. Tickets are $25; chil-
dren are admitted at half price.

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


Wal-Mart seeks relaxed liquor law

Niceville acts to OK alcohol sales near churches, schools I WAL-MARTI


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Wal-Mart, which has proposed build-
ing a store in Niceville, has expressed
concern over a 28-year-old city law pro-
hibiting the sale of most alcoholic bev-
erages near churches and schools.
Now, the city council is acting to


ease the law.
The council on Tuesday will consid-
er relaxing a city law barring most alco-
hol sales within 500 feet of a school or
church. The council gave preliminary
approval to the revision Feb. 10.
Under current Niceville law, sales of
alcoholic beverages for off-premises


consumption, with the exception of malt
beverages such as beer, are prohibited
within 500 feet of a school or church.
The distance is measured from property
line to property line, at the nearest point.
The proposed change would elimi-
Please see WAL-MART, page A-2


New sheriff takes helm,


launches fresh probes


after arrest of Morris


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Flanked by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office officials, Ed Spooner, left, whom Gov. Charlie
Crist named interim sheriff of Okaloosa County on Friday, discusses events surrounding the
arrests of ousted sheriff Charlie Morris and a top aide on federal corruption charges.

Spooner named to interim post as


governor ousts county's top lawman


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
In the wake of the arrest and
ouster of Okaloosa County
Sheriff Charlie Morris and a
top aide on federal corruption
charges, the sheriff's office
Tuesday launched internal
investigations of three employ-
ees.
The employees weren't
named, but results of the inves-
tigations by the sheriff's Office
of Professional Standards "will
be released at the appropriate
time," the sheriff's office said
in a statement.
Meantime, federal authori-
ties said a criminal investiga-
tion is continuing.
The atmosphere was grim at
a press conference held Friday
afternoon at Okaloosa County
sheriff's headquarters in
Shalimar to announce the arrest
of Morris, the four-term sheriff,
and to introduce his temporary
replacement, Ed Spooner.
Morris, 59, of Shalimar,
was arrested by the FBI in Las
Vegas Friday morning on


FBI affidavit text, A-3.

charges of awarding tens of
thousands of dollars in bonuses
to certain sheriff's employees
in exchange for kickbacks.
In a court document, Morris
is depicted
as furtively
collecting
one of the
alleged
kickbacks
in the form
$1,000 in
cash in a ,
hallway of
sheriff's
headquar- Charlie Morris
ters in Shalimar.
Sheriff's office administra-
tor and finance director Teresa
Y. Adams, 50, of Niceville, was
also arrested, and was alleged
to have helped Morris arrange
and collect kickbacks, accord-
ing to Thomas F Kirwin, U.S.
Attorney for the Northern
District of Florida, and an FBI
court affidavit.


Gov. Charlie Crist suspend-
ed Morris Friday and named
Spooner to take his place tem-
porarily.
Spooner is a 36-year veter-
an police officer, having
worked in Tallahassee, been
police chief in Quincy, served
with the Florida Parole
Commission, and most recent-
ly worked in the Florida
Department of Law
Enforcement, for which he has
run training programs for the
last six years.
Spooner said he expects to
be Okaloosa County sheriff for
the next four to six weeks, but
does not know what will hap-
pen after that. He said that
eventually, a special election
will be scheduled to elect a
new sheriff, but he did not
know when that will be. He did
not rule out remaining in the
post for longer than six weeks
if asked, but declined to specu-
late further.
Morris was elected to a
Please see MORRIS, page A-2


Sign at Destin
Wal Mart
Sunday.
Beacon photo


Pressure mounts


against Valparaiso


plans to sue AF

Mayor replies that service

seeks to lull city 'in a false

sense of cooperation'


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso's decision to sue
the Air Force over noise from the
planned basing of F-35 warplanes
at Eglin remains the focus of ris-
ing criticism, with a proliferation
of petitions and resolutions ask-
ing city officials to stop the
threatened litigation.
Among those opposing the
planned city lawsuit are some
Valparaiso residents, the chamber
of commerce, the county tax col-
lector, and the county economic
development council-all citing
the thousands of jobs the new
warplane training center is


expected to bring to Eglin Air
Force Base.
Valparaiso's mayor responded
with a three-page letter to city
residents.
"The Air Force is striving to
lull Valparaiso into a false sense
of cooperation," Mayor Bruce
Arnold stated.
At least two petitions have
been started by Valparaiso resi-
dents asking city officials to drop
any litigation against the Air
Force. The city commission
voted 3-0, with two members
absent, Feb. 18 to lodge the fed-
eral lawsuit, which has not yet
Please see MAYOR, page A-6


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
After 28 years, the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce says it can no longer
afford to sponsor the area's annu-
al July 4 fireworks show, and is
looking for another organization
to take over the project.
Due to "cli.ilk Ii;ii; economic
times, we cannot in good con-
science ask our business commu-
nity to fund a fireworks show
when most of them are simply
trying to meet the needs of their
businesses in these challenging
times,:' chamber Chairman Brian
Walsh said in a press release
Friday.
Chamber officials said they
hope another organization will
take on the show, which cost
$28,000 last year.
Whether or not another spon-


sor is found, Walsh said in an
interview, "We are done, period."
The chamber has run the event
for 28 years with its own funds,
public money, funds raised specif-
Please see FIREWORKS, page A-2


July 4 fireworks over Boggy
Bayou, sponsored by the
chamber of commerce, in 2007.


Niceville firm awarded $11M in BRAC work


Speegle is among winners of Eglin construction contracts totaling about $280 million


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville company has won
$11 million of the $280 million
in military construction contracts
awarded for BRAC-related proj-
ects at Eglin Air Force Base,
according to federal officials.
At least some work is expect-
ed to begin this month.
Community leaders in
Okaloosa County expect the mili-
tary construction projects will
boost the local economy and cre-
ate thousands of jobs.
However, Valparaiso's threat
to sue the Air Force over jet noise
and safety concerns stemming
from the F-35 warplane is expect-
ed to include a request for a tem-
porary injunction to halt much of
the construction.


In decisions announced in
November and February, the Air
Force determined how and where
on Eglin it will base the Army's
7th Special Forces Group and the
first 59 of as many as 113 F-35
fighter planes for a training
school. The decisions implement
directives of the 2005 Base
Relocation and Closure (BRAC)
Commission. Full implementa-
tion of BRAC 2005 is expected
to bring $700 million in military
construction projects to Eglin,
according to Air Force officials.
About $280 million in con-
struction contracts have been
awarded, according to the Army
Corps of Engineers, Mobile
District. However, only the
Army's 7th SFG relocation proj-
ect from Fort Bragg, N.C., has


received a notice to proceed,
according to Corps officials.
Officials say the Corps is waiting
on the Air Force's F-35 project
manager to issue a notice to pro-
ceed for the rest of the contracts.
Speegle Construction, of
Niceville, was awarded one con-
tract for about $5.2 million for
utility infrastructure upgrades
related to beddown of the F-35
and creation of a initial joint
training center to train F-35 pilots
and maintainers from the Air
Force, Marine Corps, Navy and
allied countries. The aircraft and
training center will be located in
the area currently occupied by the
33rd Fighter Wing, an air combat
unit which will be dissolved later
Please see BRAC, page A-7


Jeff Page, (fore-
ground) vice
president of
S pee g I e
Construction,
looks over con-
struction plans
for Eglin's F-35
projects with Jeff
Neidigh, compa-
ny director of pre-
construction, at
Speegle head-
quarters in
Niceville.
Beacon photo
by Del Lessard


Chamber bows


out of annual


fireworks show

Issues call for new sponsor


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Page A-2


THE BEACON


Wednesday, March 4, 2009


MORRIS
From page A-1

fourth four-year term last year.
Spooner also declined to give
details about the evidence that led
to Morris' arrest, saying only that
Morris had been on vacation in
Las Vegas when arrested. Morris
reportedly returned home to
Shalimar over the weekend after
an initial appearance in federal
court in Las Vegas.
Adams was arrested at the
sheriff's headquarters in Shalimar.
Morris and Adams were arrest-
ed based upon a federal criminal
complaint alleging theft or fraud
from federally funded programs,
wire fraud, fraud or theft of honest
services, money laundering, and
conspiracy.
Morris has a mandatory first
appearance before Federal
Magistrate Miles Davis on
Monday, March 9, at the U.S.
Courthouse in Pensacola, accord-
ing to Dixie Morrow Managing
Assistant U.S. Attorney in
Pensacola. Morris appeared in
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Nevada on Friday, she said, and
was released on his own recogni-
zance. Morris was ordered to
make an initial appearance in the
North Florida District, she said.
Morris issued a statement
Monday in which he acknowl-
edged that the charges against him
were "serious," but neither admit-
ting nor denying them. "I have
cooperated with the government
in its investigation," he said.
Adams made her first appear-
ance in a Pensacola courtroom
Friday, according to Morrow, and
was released on her own recogni-
zance. Adams is scheduled to
appear in court again today,
Wednesday, at 11 a.m., to deter-
mine whether she has or needs
legal counsel.
Adams could not be reached
for comment. A sheriff's spokes-
woman said Adams was dismissed
Monday.
Since the arrest was based on
an affidavit from a federal agent
rather than from a grand jury
indictment, both Morris and
Adams are entitled to challenge
the federal government to put up
enough evidence before a judge to


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support their arrest, Morrow said.
Adams is scheduled for a hearing
March 16 if she wants to exercise
that option, the prosecutor said.
Because the investigation is
continuing, Morrow said she
could not comment on whether
more arrests are anticipated, nor
whether either suspect is cooperat-
ing with investigators.
The FBI filed in federal court
an affidavit alleging a scheme in
which Morris and Adams would
pay certain sheriff's employees
large bonuses with the understand-
ing that some or all of the money
would be returned to Morris in
cash or cashier's checks. At least
four employees who paid the
alleged kickbacks went to the FBI
with details, according to the affi-
davit.
The affidavit alleges that one of
the employees was wearing a hid-
den FBI video camera and micro-
phone when he/she discussed, first
with Morris, then with Adams a
$12,000 payment in the form of a
cashier's check the employee
delivered to Adams in the finance
chief's office.
The FBI affidavit includes part
of the recorded conversation.
According to the FBI's transcrip-
tion, the employee is heard to tell
Adams, "I just told him that I went
to the bank and took care of the
check and it's made payable to
you."
Adams is heard responding:
"We're helping somebody, you
know. He already told you that,
right?"


WAL-MART
From page A-1
nate the distance requirement for
takeout alcohol. Wal-Mart super-
stores in Florida sell beer and wine
for takeout. Some Wal-Marts,
including the one in Destin, sell
liquor as well.
Under current law, the pro-
posed Niceville store would be
able to sell beer at its proposed
location, but not wine or liquor
due to its proximity to Niceville
Christian Church, at John Sims
and Pine Avenue.
"I think they need to keep the
law the way it is," said the Rev.
Dan Friedsberg, pastor of
Niceville Christian Church. "I
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As the sheriff's employee left
Adams' office, Adams is heard to
say, "The sheriff thanks you,"
according to the affidavit.
Another sheriff's employee
told the FBI that Morris directed
the employee to accept $3,000
extra in a paycheck and give back
$1,000 to Morris. The employee
complied, giving ten $100 bills to
Morris in a hallway of sheriff's
headquarters, according to the affi-
davit. Morris accepted the money
after glancing around and
responding, "There's nobody
around, so it's OK," according to
the FBI affidavit.
The sheriff's employees coop-
erating with the FBI were not
named.
Spooner did not confirm or
deny rumors that Morris may have
had an uncontrolled gambling
problem which may have driven
him to commit illegal acts in order
to obtain money.
The charges against Morris,
said Spooner, will be handled by
federal authorities, and there will
be little or no involvement at the
local level, except to cooperate
and provide documents and infor-
mation to the federal investigation
as requested. "Our job here," said
Spooner, "is to continue to protect
the citizens of Okaloosa County."
OCSO public affairs officer
Michele Nicholson choked back
tears as she summed up the mood
at the sheriff's headquarters in
Shalimar. Until now, she said,
Morris has had a sterling reputa-
tion, and was well-respected by
the law."
Friedsberg said he plans to
attend the March 10 meeting to
speak against the change.
"Those laws are established
for a reason-to protect children
and other people," the kli-.\Iii.aii
said. "You don't want people con-
suming alcohol near a school or
church, where people can get
hurt."
Depending on where the Wal-
Mart property line is ultimately
drawn, the store's proximity to
Plew Elementary School, half a
block to the south might also dis-
qualify it from selling wine and
liquor under Niceville's current
law.
Plew Principal Dave
Larrimore said he doesn't have a
problem with the proposed ordi-
nance as long as any alcoholic
beverages sold near the school are
consumed elsewhere.
"In the past, when I was at
Pryor Middle School, across the
street was a 7-11," Larrimore said.
"They sold beer there. I wouldn't
have a problem with that, except
some people would buy beer there
and stand in the parking lot and
drink it. Some of those people are
the kind you don't want the kids
to see."
Larrimore said the law as it
stands "probably needs some clar-
ification." But, he added, "I've
always trusted (Niceville City
Manager) Lannie Corbin and that
whole bunch that runs Niceville.
They've always been fair. If they
clarify it and still protect our kids,
I'm sure they'll treat us fairly."
Wal-Mart has proposed build-
ing a superstore on John Sims


FIREWORKS
From page A-1
ically for the purpose, and assis-
tance from a trust fund created by
Realtor Pat Hemby and others in
the 1980s. The fund committee's
goal was to raise $100,000, from
which interest earnings would
finance the annual Independence
Day show over Boggy Bayou. The
fund-raising goal was reached
several years ago, according to the


the deputies and civilian employ-
ees he led.
"Sheriff Morris has been like a
father to me," Nicholson, said. "To
say that we're hurt, to say that
we're stunned, to say that we're
disappointed, does not begin to
cover it. I feel like I'm in a dead
zone."
Nevertheless, said Nicholson,
"I'm still proud to be a member of
the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office." She emphasized that the
federal investigation had revealed
no evidence of systemic or wide-
spread corruption in the OCSO
itself.
Spooner agreed, saying that to
the best of his knowledge, Morris'
arrest was the result of "some bad
decisions" by Morris himself, and
by "a very small number" of oth-
ers who may have participated in
the bonus and kickback scheme.
He did not speculate about exactly
who or how many other partici-
pants there might be, except for
Adams. No photos or other infor-
mation about Adams were avail-
able during the press conference.
Notably absent from Friday's
press conference was OCSO
Chief Deputy Mike Coup, Morris'
second in command.
In a statement Saturday, the
sheriff's office said Coup has been
placed on paid administrative
leave by Spooner, who said he
took the action as a precaution,
due to the ongoing federal investi-
gation into criminal financial alle-
gations against Morris and
Adams.
Parkway, just east of Oak Creek
Plaza, behind the Century 21
Wilson Minger office, and across
the highway from Niceville
Christian Church. The Wal-Mart
land belongs to Niceville's
biggest private property owner,
Valparaiso Realty.
The current law barring all
alcohol sales within 500 feet of a
church or school was adopted by
the city on Jan. 13, 1981.
The ordinance came into ques-
tion, said Niceville Building
Inspector Don Baccadutre, during
a meeting with Wal-Mart Stores
officials regarding proposed con-
struction of the Wal-Mart super-
store.
"The ordinance is being
adjusted to today's language,"
Baccadutre said. "It was original-
ly written 20-25 years ago and it
really didn't cover us like it
should have."
The city council passed the
ordinance on first reading Feb. 10.
It must be approved again at the
March 10 and April 14 council
meetings before it can become
law.
"We're actually rewriting and
making some corrections,"
Councilman Bill Smith said
Monday. "We're writing it to the
way it's actually being enforced
and lining it up with the county's.
Nothing's really changed."
Smith said most municipalities
have ordinances that are similar to
the proposed Niceville ordinance.
"It's good to have standardiza-
tion between jurisdictions
because it makes it a lot more
easy to enforce," Smith said.
The proposed relaxation of the


chamber, but it isn't enough to pay
for the fireworks today, Walsh
said.
"In the k .-iliiii-." said Walsh,
the interest from the fund was
enough to finance the show, but as
costs have escalated over the years
it's not been enough. The (fire-
works) foundation gives $7,000 a
year to the show." According to
chamber members, a fireworks
display costs $1,000 a minute.
Walsh said the cities of
Valparaiso and Niceville have tra-
ditionally each given $3,000 a
year toward the show, though last
year Niceville cut its contribution
to $1,500, due to budget con-
straints. So far, neither of the cities
has contributed money for the
2009 display.
Other sources of revenue for


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The third-ranking officer in the
OCSO, Major Larry Ashley, said
that despite Morris' arrest, citi-
zens can still place their trust in
the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office.
"There's a question of loyalty
versus integrity," said Maj. Larry
Ashley. "We will not lose our
integrity. We are loyal to the citi-
zens, and loyal to this agency, and
not to any individual. This office
is higher than any one man, and
we will continue to provide serv-
ice as always."
Nicholson, Ashley and
Spooner all expressed shock and
disappointment at news of
Morris' arrest. "I've known
Sheriff Morris for 16 years, and
worked with him often," said
Spooner. He said Morris has long
been among Florida's most
respected lawmen, regarded as an
example of integrity and profes-
sionalism prior to the arrest.
Nicholson asked citizens to
"find compassion" for deputies
they meet, and to support the sher-
iff's office in continuing to protect
the community.
Morris had recently been elect-
ed by his peers as president of the
Florida Sheriff's Association; an
honor given only to sheriffs who
have well-established reputations
for honor and exemplary perform-
ance in office. The association
removed Morris from that post
Friday, and its board, in a state-
ment, "expressed anger and disap-
pointment after reading the
charges alleged."
city alcohol law would also bene-
fit any other store selling takeout
wine or liquor in the new shop-
ping center-or anywhere else in
Niceville near a church or school.
Corbin said that, while Wal-
Mart representatives had
expressed concern about the
wording of the current ordinance,
that was not the guiding force
behind the proposed change. The
city manager said the law simply
needed to be brought up to date.
The proposed change under
consideration by the city council
may also make it easier for any
bar or restaurant in the planned
Wal-Mart shopping center to
serve alcohol. Under current city
law, the sale of alcohol for on-
premises consumption is barred
within 500 feet of a school or
church, measured property line to
property line at the nearest point.
Under the proposed law, the
500-foot exclusion zone applying
to on-premises consumption is
>.liilJ I The proposed defini-
tion is: "The distance of 500 feet
from an established school or
church shall be measured by fol-
lowing the shortest route of ordi-
nary pedestrian travel alone the
public thoroughfare from the
main entrance of the place of
business to the nearest property
line of the school or church
grounds."
The net effect of this change
would enable a bar or alcohol-
serving restaurant to operate clos-
er to a school or church than is
now the case.
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-
Mart did not respond to requests
for comment.


the show came in the form of con-
tributions and other fund-raising
efforts, such as solicitations during
street collections when motorists
stopped at city intersections.
"We really had a difficult time
raising the money last year," said
Scott Jackson, chamber fireworks
committee chairman. "The cham-
ber is not up to committing to
spend up to $16,000 of our mem-
bers' money on a pi% icl 11.ii does
not address the needs of the busi-
ness community in general."
Stated the chamber news
release: "It is with sincere regret
and sadness that the board of
directors was faced with making
this decision and hope that in light
of the current state of the econo-

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Editor's note: 1'11. 'II in- is
an excerpt from ant n.i,l i filed
in U.S District Court,
Pensacola, by FBI agent James
A. Van Pelt with a criminal com-
plaint i.,111, ii Okaloosa County
.i,. iu Charlie Morris and his
administration and finance
chief Teresa "Terry" Y Adams,
,,ll. 1.*in-. that Morris and Adams
arranged thousands of dollars
in bonuses to certain li,. il 's
employees in return for kick-
backs funneled to Morris.
Morris was suspended from
rmi. Friday after his arrest.
From FBI affidavit:
12. On January 12, 2009, SA
Harker [FBI Special Agent
Steven C. Harker] and I inter-
viewed a third OCSO employee,
hereafter referred to as
Cooperating Witness #3 or
"CW-3," who appeared at the
FBI office in Fort Walton Beach
along with CW-1. During the
interview CW-3 provided, inter
alia. the following facts:
a. Sometime in
September 2008, Morris
approached CW-3 asked if
he/she would be willing to
accept a $5,000 payment into
his/her checking account, then
subsequently withdraw the
funds and give them back to
Terry Adams. Morris told CW-3
that he had to give some money
to charity and that the funds
would be used for that purpose.
Morris also indicated since the
money was coming from the
OCSO Payroll Account, it
would be reflected on CW-3's
W-2 tax statement, and the net
amount of the deposit would be
exactly $5,000. Morris also
assured CW-3 there would be
enough money deposited in
CW-3's account to cover all the
taxes.
b. When CW-3 asked
Morris whether Morris wanted
the money in a check or cash,
Morris instructed CW-3 to
obtain cash. CW-3 subsequently
found out that the $5,000 had
already been deposited into
his/her checking account prior
to ever speaking with Sheriff
Morris. Nevertheless, CW-3
went to his/her bank and with-
drew exactly $5,000 in cash
from his/her checking account,
placed the money into an enve-
lope, and then went with anoth-
er OCSO employee, hereafter
referred to as CW-4, into Terry
Adams' office.
c. Both CW-3 and CW-
4 entered Adams' office and
closed the door behind them.
CW-3 then told Adams to look
him/her in the eye, and "tell me
this is legal." CW-3 even
recalled joking with Adams and
CW-4 asking "is this money
laundering?" Adams replied to
CW-3 by stating that everything
was on the up-and-up and added
"I wouldn't do that to you."
d. In addition to the
payment which was withdrawn,
CW-3 received on the same day
a "performance bonus" in the
amount of $6,000.
e. CW-3 also received a
paystub from the OCSO docu-
menting the $1,000 after-tax
bonus payment (i.e., $6,000
legitimate and an additional
$5,000 that was kicked back).
13. On the morning of
January 13, 2009, Sheriff Morris
approached CW-2 in his office
and told him/her, "We have a
problem. We can't let you take
money (i.e., greater than
$10,000 cash) out of your
account because you'll have to
sign a form, and we can't allow
that to happen." The Sheriff then
instructed CW-2 to purchase a
cashier's check from his/her
bank for the $12,000 that he/she
had been instructed to remove
from his/her account and make
the check payable to Terry
Adams.
14. I am aware from prior
criminal investigations that
financial institutions located
inside the United States are
required to file a form, common-
ly referred to as a "Currency
Transaction Report," whenever
an individual engages in a mon-
etary transaction in an amount
greater than $10,000 in cash.


This form is then used to trace
cash proceeds. Based on my
training and prior investigative
experience, I believe that this
form is what Sheriff Morris was
referring to when he instructed
CW-2 to purchase a cashier's
check in lieu of withdrawing
such a large amount of cash.
15. On January 13, 2009, SA
Harker and I also interviewed
CW-4 at the FBI office in Fort
Walton Beach, Florida. Also
present during the interview was
CW-1. During that interview
CW-4 confirmed the allegations
previously made by CW-3, not-
ing that Sheriff Morris had per-
sonally directed the kickback
scheme. Specifically, CW-4
relayed that, around the end of
September 2008, Sheriff Morris
informed CW-4 that he/she
would be getting a $6,000 bonus
in lieu of a raise. Sometime
shortly thereafter, the Sheriff
walked into CW-4's office, shut
the door, and informed CW-4
that he/she would actually be
receiving a bonus of $11,000
and not $6,000 as previously
stated. Morris then informed
CW-4 that he/she would need to
take $5,000 of that bonus and
give it back to Terry Adams so
that he (Sheriff Morris) could
then give it to charity. Sheriff
Morris further stated that he was
doing this to fund OCSO's char-
itable giving, and that taxes
would be taken out of the bonus
payment.
16. CW-4 subsequently dis-
cussed the extra $5,000 "bonus"
with CW-3, who informed CW-
4 that the Sheriff had added an


extra $5,000 to his/her bonus
check as well, and that the
Sheriff had given a similar
explanation for the extra money.
As previously described, CW-3
and CW-4 then paid their $5,000
each in cash back to Terry
Adams. CW-4 was not sure what
Adams did with the money after
that.
17. On January 15, 2009, SA
Harker, SA Thomas Breeden
and I spoke with CW-2, who
advised that, earlier that day,
Sheriff Morris had called
him/her into his office and said
that he wanted to explain the
two reasons why he was having
CW-2 run OCSO funds through
his/her account. First, Morris
stated that he knew that CW-2
needed the money. Second,
Morris advised that he was try-
ing to get CW2's "top five"
(annual salary amounts) up for
the purpose of his/her retirement
calculation. Morris then added
something to the effect that
"Listen, I want you to get that
money first thing tomorrow
morning."
18. On January 16, 2009, and
pursuant to Sheriff Morris' prior
instructions, CW-2 traveled to
his/her bank and purchased a
cashier's check for $12,000
which he/she then took to the
OCSO Administrative Offices
and delivered to Terry Adams as
previously instructed. Prior to
that, however, he/she informed
the sheriff that he/she had
obtained the check. During this
time, CW-2 was o.iiill .I with
an audio/video recording device
provided by the FBI, and con-


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ed each of the aforementioned
conversations. I have subse-
quently reviewed that digital
recording of those conversa-
tions, the pertinent portions of
which are transcribed below:
Entering Sheriff Charlie
Morris' Office
CW-2: Mornin' Sheriff.
SHERIFF: Hey (CW-2)
CW-2: I just want to let you
know I took care of the, uh,
banking this morning.
SHERIFF: Oh, thanks.
'Preciate that (Unintelligible).
CW-2: And I'm going to see
Terry now.
SHERIFF: OK-take care.
Thanks.
CW-2: Yes, sir.
Entering Director of
Administration Terry Adams'
Office
CW-2: (Kn,.ckhiiv i
ADAMS: Come in.
CW-2: Good morning,
Ma'am.
ADAMS: How are you?
CW-2: Doing fine.
(Closes Door)
ADAMS: (Unintelligible)



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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Arrests
Raymond Olivarez, a labor-
er, 24, of 46 Winfield Road,
Villa Tasso, was arrested by
Okaloosa County sheriff's
deputies Feb. 20 for battery,
which allegedly happened Oct.
25 in the parking lot of a fast
food restaurant, 4570 E.
Highway 20.

Stacy Marie Hughes, a
cashier, 30, of 1143 Rhonda
Drive, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Feb. 20 on a
charge of grand theft. While
working as a cashier at a dis-
count department store, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway, Hughes
allegedly took an estimated
total of $700 between Jan. 20
and Feb. 18.

Scott Eason Bacheller, 51, of
2425 Roberts Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Feb. 18 for resisting an officer
without violence.

Emmanuel Ephesian Taylor,
unemployed, 24, of 107
Harding
Road, E
Niceville,
an d
Enriqb u e
Barbosa, a
sales work-
er, 19, of

Central
T r a il Emmanuel
Deltona, Ephesian Taylor
were both
arrested by Niceville police
Feb. 19, each charged with bur-
glary with battery and battery.
Taylor and Barbosa were
allegedly two of three men who
knocked on the door of a
Niceville resident, in an apart-
ment in the 600 block of West


John Sims Parkway, about 2
a.m. Feb. 19, then forced their
way in,
knocked the
resident to
the floor,
and kicked
him in the

and ribs.
The three
men then
fled in a red Enrique Barbosa
car. The Enrique Barbosa
victim said Taylor had previous-
ly demanded $4,000. Taylor
and Barbosa called the victim
later on Feb. 19 and again
demanded $4,000, and agreed
to meet the victim in a parking
lot, where police made contact
with the suspects.

Owen Joseph Culpepper,
unemployed, 27, of 1091 48th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 18 for
failure to appear on the original
charge of driving while license
suspended.
DUI arrests
Todd Sawyer Russell, 51, of
4508 Berringer Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on
Highway 293, north of
Highway 98, Destin, Feb. 19 at
8:18 p.m. Russell was also
cited for failure to maintain a
single lane.

Steven Deon Nabors, 21, of
28 Garden Lane, Apt. 11,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 20 at Roberts Drive,
Feb. 15 at 4:17 a.m. Nabors
was also cited for careless driv-
ing and leaving a crash with
damage to property. A police
officer who saw Nabors weav-
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fic on Highway 20 activated his
lights and sirens. However
Nabors continued driving east-
bound, entered the center median
and struck a road sign near
Roberts Drive, then crossed
Rocky Bayou bridge before
pulling over. Damage to the sign
and Nabors vehicle totaled
$2,250.

James Robert Luebbert, 24, of
1725 Union Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on White Point Road north
of the fire department, Feb. 21 at
1:41 a.m. Deputies listed the
DUI arrest as a felony because
this was Luebbert's third DUI
within 10 years. Luebbert was
also cited for driving on a sus-
pended license.
Thefts
A Niceville resident from the


FBI
From page A-3

busy now.
CW-2: Thank you Ma'am.
ADAMS: Thank you, (CW-
2). The Sheriff thanks you.
CW-2: Yes, yes Ma'am.
19. On January 20, 2009,
CW-5 appeared at the Fort
Walton Beach office of the FBI
with CW-2. CW-5 is employed
at the OCSO in an administra-
tive capacity. CW-5 then
advised SA Harker and I that on
Friday, January 16, 2009,
Sheriff Morris invited him/her
into his office and told CW-5 to
shut the door. He then told CW-
5 words to the effect, "I have
something for you. We have put
some money in your account
and I'm going to need you to do
me a favor. I want you to keep
$2,000 of the money and bring
me back $1,000 in cash. CW-5
then told Sheriff Morris that


500 block of 22nd Street report-
ed that sometime Feb. 16-18
unknown persons) gained entry
to the home by forcing open a
locked door on the side of the
garage. Reported stolen was a
bottle of prescription pain med-
ication, $30 in change and a
video game controller, valued
together at $120. The residents
were gone during the burglary.


A Niceville resident from
the 600 block of Crestview
Avenue reported Jan. 31 that
someone had stolen several
items from the residence Jan.
21, including a kitchen table
and chairs, video games, DVD
players, a digital camera and a
cell phone. The stolen items
were valued at more than
$1,400. Deputies recovered the
table and chairs.


he/she did not want the $2,000
but he again told CW-5 to keep
it. Morris also added that the
funds would not be available
until Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Sheriff Morris then handed CW-
5 the OCSO paystub for the
$3,000 and reiterated that the
money would not be in CW-5's
account until the next Tuesday.
20. On the morning of
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, CW-
5 went to his/her bank and with-
drew $1,000 in cash. Upon
walking into the OCSO
Administration Building, CW-5
ran into Sheriff Morris in the
hallway and told him "I was
going to put it in an envelope."
(The money had actually been
placed in a currency sleeve
commonly utilized by banks in
cash transactions with cus-
tomers). The Sheriff then
glanced about and responded,
"There's nobody around, so it's
OK." CW-5 then handed Sheriff
Morris $1,000 in $100 bills.


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From page A-1
been filed.
Rick Woelfl, a Valparaiso resi-
dent who operates a home-repair
business and who has run unsuc-
cessfully for mayor, said he and
other citizens initiated a petition
over the weekend. The petition-
available online at:
gopetition.com/online/25719.htm
1-strongly opposes the lawsuit.
A rally is planned Friday on
John Sims Parkway, in front of
Say Cake, between 7 a.m. and 9
a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 5
p.m., during which petitions will
also be available for signing,
Woelfl said.
Woelfl said he plans to present
the petitions at the city's next reg-
ular city commission meeting
March 9.
Valparaiso homeowner Jason
Sleichter, an Air Force member,
wrote a letter to the Beacon stating
why he initiated his own online
petition last week asking city offi-
cials not to sue.
The Okaloosa County
Economic Development Council
sent e-mails asking business own-
ers to register their views on an
online, yes-or-no poll by
Congressman Jeff Miller: "Do
you support the Air Force's deci-
sion to locate the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter at Eglin Air Force Base?"
By yesterday morning, some
2,922 responses had been logged
on Miller's website, with 98 per-
cent responding "yes."
The board of the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce presented a resolution
to the city Friday, asking the city
not to sue the Air Force. The suit,
if filed, is expected to seek a tem-
porary restraining order blocking
Eglin's F-35 program until noise
and safety issues are decided,
according to city lawyers.
"Our business community is
concerned that the delay or possi-
ble loss of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter program beddown at
Eglin Air Force Base will result in
a significant negative impact to
the economy," Brian Walsh,
chamber chairman, stated. "With
the state of the economy, our area
is fortunate to have such a strong
military presence that provides
jobs not only to members of the


military but also to local residents
through civil service and contrac-
tor positions:"
Walsh continued: "This pro-
posed lawsuit could potentially
have a negative impact on a three-
county area. We agree that the
City of Valparaiso's concerns
regarding potential noise and safe-
ty need to be addressed. However,
we urge them to resume discus-
sions with the Air Force to find
mutually acceptable solutions.
Eglin's missions have changed
many times over the years and the
community has been able to adjust
and continue the positive relation-
ship and we believe that should
continue."
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes is asking
citizens to sign a planned
Valparaiso billboard March 13
supporting the F-35 basing at
Eglin. Hughes stated: "Three peo-
ple are not going to cost us the F-
35 and ruin our economy. The F-
35 will defend our nation and the
world for years to come. The F-
35's home needs to be Eglin."
Asked to comment on the crit-
icism, Mayor Arnold said: "My
loyalty is to the people of
Valparaiso, not the overall coun-
ty." Arnold said he doubts most
people making negative public
comments have themselves read
Air Force documents describing
expected effects of F-35 jet noise
on Valparaiso, effects which he
has said could turn the city into "a
ghost town."
Arnold sent a three-page letter
to city residents last week explain-
ing why his initial "elation" over
Air Force promises of temporary
noise-mitigation efforts was short-
lived. His letter quoted the Air
Force basing decision announced
by Kathleen Ferguson, deputy
assistant secretary of the Air
Force, Feb. 6, including this state-
ment referring to the promised
measures to lessen F-35 noise:
"These limitations are not,
however, practical for use on a
long-term basis," the Air Force
document stated. "Ultimately,
cancellation or modification of
these limitations will be required
to accommodate the 59 F-35 PAA
(Primary Assigned Aircraft) bed-
down, as well as potential bed-
down of up to 107 F-35 PAA,
should that decision be made in
the future."


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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: Marcel Quinton Downing
Wanted for: sale of cocaine, sale of a
controlled substance, conspiracy to pos-
sess meth with intent to distribute and
conspiracy to sell counterfeit narcotics.
Downing's last known address was on
Dawes Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 6-inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Age: 26
Date of birth: 07-27-82
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Phillip Curtis Hufford
Wanted for: burglary to an unoccupied
dwelling, grand theft, dealing in stolen
property and providing false ownership
to a pawn broker. Hufford's last known
address was on Pelham Road in Fort
Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Age: 42
Date of birth: 01-02-67
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

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Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also
be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214 plus the message"
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SFire Department Reports

Niceville
ice lle Fire De rtnmt responded eTfollowing calls Jan. 23 through
1 Stuct 0 Emergency ical Cal
1 Ve6 |e Crash
0 Other Fire Veie Crash Exticao
0 Illegal Burn 1 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Date Palm Drive ......... . .Medical ..........2/24/09 ..........01:22
PhyllisAvenue ......... . Medical .... . . .2/24/09 . . . 06:15
Kelly Road ................ Medical ..........2/24/09 ..........10:33
Sandalwood Circle .......... .Structure fire ......2/24/09 ..........11:46
Florida Street ......... . Medical ...... . .2/24/09 ...... .. .19:01
Reeves Street ......... . Vehicle fire . . . .2/25/09 ......... .00:39
John Sims Parkway, E...... . .Medical ..........2/27/09 ..........09:49
John Sims Parkway, E. ...... .Vehicle crash . . .2/27/09 ......... .21:16
ALS Drive ......... . . . Medical ..........2/28/09 ..........04:36
Reeves Street ......... . .Medical ..........2/28/09 ......... .12:07
John Sims Parkway, E. ....... .False call .........2/28/09 ......... .13:12
John Sims Parkway, W . . . .Medical ......... .3/1/09 ......... .08:37
Valparaiso Boulevard .........Medical ..........3/1/09 .......... 0:8:37
Kildare Circle .............. Medical ..........3/1/09 ...........12:12
Weekly Safety Tip: Put cigarettes out in an ashtray. Never throw them in the trash.
Make sure they are completely out.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 23 through
March 1.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Troon Way ................... ..Detector activation 2/23/09 ........17:05
Oak Lake ................... .. .EMS call ....... .2/23/09 ....... .17:52
Merchants Way .................EMS call ....... .2/23/09 ....... .22:40
Sandalwood ............. . .... .Structure fire . . .2/24/09 ........11:46
Merchants Way ...............EMS call ....... . 2/24/09 ....... .14:20
White Point Road, N. .............Smoke detector .2/25/09 ........07:12
Highway 20 ................ .MVA ..........2/25/09 ....... 08:44
White Point Road ......... . . .EMS call ........2/26/09 ....... .16:21
Shipley Drive ......... . . . .Canceled . . . .2/26/09 ........18:40
Highway 20 ............... ... .Rescue/medical .2/27/09 ....... .13:11
Cat-mar Street ......... . . .Rescue/medical .2/27/09 ....... .18:59
White Point Road, N. ......... .. .Rescue/medical .2/27/09 . . . .22:05
Oakmont Circle .......... . . . .legal burn . . . .2/28/09 ....... .14:09
Parkview ......... . . . . .EMS call ........2/28/09 ........17:00
White Point Road, N. ......... ... EMS call ........2/28/09 ........17:55
Highway 20 .......... . . . Canceled . . .. .3/1/09 ........ .11:44
Jamaica . . . . . . . . . EMS call . . . .3/1/09 ........ .18:01
Valparaiso
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls for the
month of February 2009.
Location Situation Date Time
Crystal Lake Lane ..... .. Chest pain ......... .. .2/1/09 .... .17:12
Bayshore Drive, S. ....... .Chest pain ......... . . . .2/4/09 . . .17:25
Bayshore Drive, N. ....... .Fire Alarm ......... . . . .2/5/09 . . .20:22
Edge Avenue ......... . .Unconscious ......... . . .2/5/09 . . .20:50
ChicagoAvenue ...... .. .Chest pain ........... ... .2/6/09 . . .09:18
Washington Avenue . . .. .Breathing problem ...... .. .2/8/09 . . .03:55
Ohio Avenue .............Fire service call ............2/12/09 ... 15:28
Magnolia Shores Avenue ...Mutual aid............... 2/13/09 .. ..13:39
Highway 85 ......... . .Vehicle accident no injury .. .2/13/09 .. .13:39
Glenview Avenue ........ .Structure fire ......... . .2/16/09 ... .15:50
Edge Avenue ......... . .Breathing problem ..........2/20/09 ... .20:34
Valparaiso Parkway....... Unconscious .............2/24/09 ... .05:24
EscambiaAvenue ........ .Chest pain ............. .2/24/09 ... .05:33
Highway 85 ......... . .Vehicle accident entrapment .2/25/09 .. .06:21
EdgeAve............... .Back pain ................ 2/25/09 .. .09:09
Bayshore Drive, N. .......Hemorrahage ............2/26/09 ... .03:40
Washington Avenue . . .. .Fire alarm ......... . . . .2/26/09 .. .14:08
Home Safety Tip: Remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors when you set your clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.
Working smoke detectors reduce your chance of perishing in a fire by fifty per-
cent. Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 if assistance is
needed.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


THE BEACON


Page A-7


College panel backs museum move to campus


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A committee of trustees of
Northwest Florida State College
(NFSC) gave preliminary
approval Monday to a plan to
move the Northwest Florida
Heritage Museum from
Valparaiso to the college's
Niceville campus.
The Board Committee on
Facilities and Programs, part of
NFSC's Board of Trustees, tenta-
tively approved a memorandum of
understanding between the school
and the Heritage Museum during
a meeting in which board mem-
bers exchanged questions and
answers about the proposed move
with college President James R.
Richburg and Heritage Museum
director Michelle Severino.
The proposal to relocate the
museum from its aging building
on Westview Avenue, Valparaiso,

SHOW
From page A-2

my, everyone will understand and
respect the decision."
Last month the chamber said it
could not secure a barge from
which to fire this year's show.
Apparently that was just the
tip of the iceberg.
"We are done, period" said
Walsh with finality. "With the
current state of the economy we
can't do it anymore. In other
cities, the city is the one responsi-
ble. That would be the logical
choice but I don't think either city
has interest in taking it (the fire-
works show) over. There have


Jason M. Sleichter
Valparaiso
Editor:
I am very concerned about
Valparaiso's strong opposition
and now lawsuit against the
United States Air Force attempt-
ing to halt construction and
progress of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter program.
In addition, the way in which
the matter was voted on (while
commissioners Johnson and
Smith were away on other busi-
ness) distresses me deeply.
The JSF program, as I'm sure
you well know, means a great
deal to the Okaloosa County
community. Construction alone
is expected to bring $700 million
to the local economy of which
Fort Walton Beach and all of
Northwest Florida is in great
need.
As I'm sure you are already
aware with the Ray Sansom cir-
cus, Northwest Florida is never
high on the state-funding list.
We cannot afford to halt or slow
economic development because
of fear of home or property
value loss of a small minority
(namely Valparaiso).
I am a homeowner. I am
being forced to move due to the
33rd Fighter Wing drawdown. I


was discussed by the NFSC
trustees last year, and the trustees
agreed then to have Richburg
explore the proposal and report
back, which he plans to do at the
March 17 meeting of the entire
Board of Trustees.
At Monday's meeting with the
facilities and programs commit-
tee, Richburg said, "During the
year, I have had numerous meet-
ings with representatives of the
museum and have talked with
individual board members as well
as its director. There is great inter-
est on the part of the museum
board in locating to the Niceville
campus in either available college
buildings, or, in the most ideal sit-
uation, building a new facility on
the campus."
The museum has an extensive
collection of photographs, docu-
ments, artifacts and oral histories,
said Heritage Museum director
been discussions in the past, but
not this year."
Bruce Arnold, mayor of
Valparaiso, said, "We'll just have
to hope that someone else may
step up and take over that respon-
sibility. I haven't discussed this
with my commission, but I don't
think that's an endeavor we
should be in. That's something a
chamber or civic organization
should take responsibility for. If
the city did step forward it would
have to be a joint effort by
Niceville and Valparaiso. It's too
early to make a decision like that.
I think there's a lot more dialog
that has to be had, like what hap-
pens to the money in the fund? I
hope some sort of civic organiza-


bought my home in May 2007
when the housing market was at
its peak. I know better than any-
one how much it hurts to lose
property value. If I were to sell
my home, I would lose around
$40,000. So I am forced to rent
while I am away, stationed at
Langley AFB, Va., and hope and
pray I find faithful tenants who
will cover at least a portion of
my mortgage while I am gone.
The DOD has implemented a
housing assistance program,
from what I understand. I refuse
to take part in it because I refuse
to get "bailed out" and like all
too many others, become part of
the problem in this country.
It's not about property values
or decibel levels and it's certain-
ly not about getting up in arms
about respect because the AF
general didn't write you back.
It's about doing the right thing
for the community, and the right
thing for the Northwest Florida
community is to welcome our
military men and women, not
hinder them.
Here is a link to my online
petition to get the word out for
the people of Valparaiso to take a
stand against this:
http://www.ipetitions.com/peti-
tion/valpj sf


Michelle Severino in an exchange
with college trustees. Only a small
part of the museum's complete
collection, she said, is now avail-
able for public viewing, largely
because of space limitations. The
museum's current location, at 115
Westview Ave., in "Old
Valparaiso," was never intended to
be a museum, said Severino. The
9,000-square-foot building does
not have enough room to properly
display and store the area's rich
history, she said.
The current museum is in what
was originally three storefront-
style buildings, which once
housed the original Okaloosa-
Walton Junior College, before the
college grew into the present
Northwest Florida State college,
with a large main campus in
Niceville and branch facilities in
Crestview, DeFuniak Springs,
Fort Walton Beach, and elsewhere
tion steps forward."
The chamber said: "Timing is
critical. Fireworks companies
normally require a 50 percent
deposit no later than April 1."
Niceville Mayor Randall Wise
echoed Walsh's thoughts on the
economy.
"We've been helping as much
as we could for many years,"
Wise said." With the economy
like it is we had to cut down on
that and many other things this

BRAC
From page A-1
this year, sending its F-15 aircraft
and 2,000 personnel to other units.
Speegle Construction was also
awarded a second, $6 million con-
struction project related to the F-
35-construction of a dining facil-
ity.
Troy Speegle, president of
Speegle Construction, said that
about 150 people will be working
on the F-35 dining hall project,
which is expected to take 420 days
to complete. The other contract,
utilities infrastructure upgrades,
are expected to employ about 50
people, he said, and is scheduled
for completion in 365 days.
He said he expects Eglin to
meet with the construction con-
tractors around the middle of this
month, and for the work to get the
go-ahead from the Air Force.
Speegle said not all the new
jobs will last for the entire project,
with some workers, such as those
performing site work for example,
working only during the early
phases. Other workers, such as
mechanical contractors, will have
work through all or most of the
phases of construction, he said.
The company plans to employ
mainly local hires, Speegle said.
Speegle Construction, like sev-
eral of the other major contract
award winners, already has a local
presence at Eglin and in the local
area, the company president said.
Speegle Construction is also the
main contractor for construction
of the Community Services
Center currently being built at
Northwest Florida State College.
Other BRAC-related construc-
tion contracts have been awarded
to national construction firms.
Hensel Phelps, a Colorado-
based company with a regional
office in Orlando, has been award-
ed a construction contract for $121
million to build much of the infra-
structure required to station an
estimated 2,240 Special Forces
personnel scheduled to arrive from
Ft. Bragg in 2011. A ground-


in Northwest Florida.
Severino told the NFSC
trustees that she would like to
expand the museum to a facility of
about 20,000 square feet. Last
year. She said, the museum hosted
about 20,000 visitors, and pro-
duced educational television pro-
grams seen by local audiences of
about 50,000 viewers. Visitors and
viewers include many groups
from local schools, she said.
In addition to plans for relocat-
ing the museum, Severino said,
the museum is working on a proj-
ect to digitize many of its artifacts,
historic photos and documents.
The project is expected to cost
about $20,000, of which about
$10,000 will come from a grant
from the Florida Humanities
Council about $2,000 from a grant
from Gulf Power, and the rest to
be raised by the museum and its
supporters. She said many of the
past year. Something like that
would have to come up before the
council, and I don't know if any-
one will bring it before the coun-
cil. It's going to upset a lot of peo-
ple and I myself would like to see
the fireworks continue, but with
the economy the way it is we may
just have to put it off for a while."
Becky Stewart, president of
the Fireworks Fund Committee,
said she had no idea what would
happen to the fireworks trust fund
breaking ceremony for the unit's
new home, on the Eglin reserva-
tion west of Duke Field, is planned
later this month, according to the
Corps of Engineers.
Implementation of BRAC has
a statutory deadline of Sept. 15,
2011. A recent report by the
Government Accountability
Office (GAO) looked at the
Defense Department's implemen-
tation of several of the most
expensive realignments ordered
under BRAC. Among those, the
GAO cited the relocation of the
7th Special Forces Group to Eglin
as one of the projects that may
have difficulty meeting BRAC
deadlines. The GAO stated that
the Pentagon expects construction
necessary for the Army unit's
move to Eglin will be completed
in September 2011, the same
month as the Sept. 15 statutory
deadline, leaving little leeway for
unexpected delay.
The Corps of Engineers has
also awarded close to $160 million
in construction funds related to the
F-35 school. Apart from the $11
million in work awarded to


new digital images will become
available this Wednesday, on the
museum's new website at www.
heritage-museum.org.
Richburg said that initially, the
museum could be located in either
Building B or Building C, single-
story office and classroom build-
ings on either side of the college's
main administrative building. In
the long run, he said, the museum
could have a building of its own;
perhaps one of two buildings
shown in previous drawings of the
college's master plan, which
includes space for two such build-
ings near the College Boulevard
entrance to the campus.
No cost estimates were dis-
cussed at Monday's meeting for
relocating the museum, construct-
ing new buildings, remodeling
Buildings B or C, or leasing land
and facilities from the college to
the museum.
if no other organization takes on
the show.
"We're seeking legal advice,"
Stewart said. "We had just never
dreamed the chamber wouldn't
always sponsor it. We have to
wait and see, and pray someone
steps up to take this over."
Stewart did not have immedi-
ate access to the amount currently
in the fund. Sandy Miller, a fund
committee member, told the
Beacon in January that the bal-
Speegle, the remaining awards
went to big construction firms
based in Alabama and Mississippi:
-Harbert Construction, head-
quartered in Birmingham, Ala.,
was awarded a $62.3 million con-
struction contract to build an aca-
demic training center for the F-35.
-Whitesell Green/Yates Joint
Venture, of Pensacola and Biloxi,
Miss., was awarded a $17.7 mil-
lion contract to build a dormitory.
-Carothers Construction, of
Jackson, Miss., was awarded a
total of $57.7 million in two con-
tracts to build two multi-purpose
facilities that include hangars for
the F-35.
According to Carothers, one
contract, for $24.1 million, is to
build an 81,814-square-foot facili-
ty for the Air Force F-35 training
squadron. The other contract, for
$41.4 million, is to build a
114,159-square-foot facility that
will serve as a combined Navy and
Marine squadron operations facil-
ity. Each facility has a six-bay
hangar, with a flightline mainte-
nance area at the rear of each
hangar, and a large auditorium


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Provisions of the proposed
agreement include:
-The relocation could take
place between 2012 and 2013, if
all goes as planned.
-The Heritage Museum
would lease its facility from
NFSC, which would retain own-
ership.
-If a new facility is built, the
Heritage Museum would pay for
construction, utilities, mainte-
nance and insurance.
-Any new facility would con-
form to state requirements.
-The NFSC trustees would
have approval authority over the
design of any new facility.
The agreement, said Richburg,
must be signed by the boards of
trustees of both the college and the
Heritage Museum, and also by the
Okaloosa County Commission,
since the museum is a county-
sponsored facility.
ance was $134,837, paying 3.75
percent.
Tricia Brunson, chamber pres-
ident, told the Beacon, "I grew up
here. Nobody could have tried
harder than I have to keep this
going, and I'm as sad about this
decision as anybody is.
If an organization is willing to
take on the project, stated the
news release, the chamber would
provide the assistance and knowl-
edge needed to get things started.
with at least 80 fixed seats to serve
as the main briefing rooms for
each of the facilities.
The projected construction
schedule is 18 months, according
to Carothers. That would mean
that the construction needs to
begin by mid-March in order meet
BRAC's deadline of Sept. 15,
2010.
Kay Rasmussen of the
Okaloosa County Economic
Development Council said at least
2,000 jobs will be generated by F-
35 construction projects, and that
there are enough local workers in
the area's sluggish construction
market to fill them. Prime con-
tractors are currently lining up
subcontractors, she said.
Jim Breitenfeld, who heads up
the Defense Support Initiative for
the EDC, said that the Workforce
Development Board invited some
of the major contractors to meet
with about 175 local subcontrac-
tors to get acquainted. The board
recently sponsored two seminars
to educate local subcontractors on
how to do business with the gov-
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After reading W. Tyler
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public ("Sansom doing his job,"
Feb. 25), I felt it necessary to
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our community. We support the
Children's Advocacy Center,
Children in Crisis Center,
Sharing and Caring and the
Niceville High School Key
Club, to name a few.
In addition we sponsor
events such as the Annual
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and
Silent Auction, Bluewater Bay
Tennis Tournament, Children's
Christmas Shopping at K-Mart,
Children's Miracle Network,
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at Niceville High School (NHS)
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10-Carole Flumerfelt,
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remaining nine were: Vicki
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Krissinda Chambers, Ruckel
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Please see WHO'S, page B-3


2 men chronicle love of cuisine


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Most men walk into a
department store and head for
the hunting section, car care,
computer or home improve-
ments. But Lance Shepardson
(whose professional name is
Lance Dean) and Thomas
Bezenhafer, both of Niceville,
have their radar set for the
"cooking section."
The lifelong friends have
pooled their love of the culinary
arts and food in general to pub-
lish "Gourmet Your Way:
Extraordinary Cooking for
Everyday Cooks," a cookbook
chock full of recipes enhanced
with their own flair, their taste
preferences and their obsession
with all things that satisfy the
ol' breadbasket.
Together, they own up to
more than 50 years of cooking
experience and recipes flavored
with the unique tastes of
Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Asia,
the Middle East and the
Southwest.
Their interest in food began
when the 39-year-olds were lit-
tle guys attending Edge


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The cover of Bezenhafer's and
Shepardson's new cookbook.

Elementary School. Both had a
parent who spent large amounts
of time in the kitchen. For
Shepardson, it was his father,
whom he described as "the gal-
loping gourmet type."
"My dad was always playing
in the kitchen," said
Shepardson, "and I was right
there beside him watching
everything he did and following
every move he made."
For Bezenhafer, it was his
German mother, who taught
him to help out in the kitchen


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items but
requests may
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All Okaloosa libraries will be
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Senior activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso for
Feb. 25-March 3:
Wednesday, March 4: Wii
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Thursday, March 5: Sing-Along
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as soon as he was old enough
to walk.
"I can't think of one thing
my mom has made that wasn't
delicious," he said. "She's the
one who really got me into
actually tasting the flavor of
things."
With ready-made role mod-
els always available, it's not
hard to see how the two friends
developed a love of cooking.


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.
Rotary slates speakers
The following speakers are
scheduled by the Niceville-
Valparaiso Rotary Club, which
meets every Thursday at noon at the
NWF State College:
March 5-Presenter, Lynn
Saber; topic, Sharing and Caring of
Niceville.


After attending the same educa-
tional institutions throughout
their formal schooling years
(Edge Elementary, Ruckel
Middle and Niceville High),
life took them down different
paths and away to other
places-places that left their
mark upon the two budding
gourmets in the form of culi-
nary tastes.
Shepardson found he tended


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March 11-Tops'l Hill State Park
(Hwy. 98 entrance), SRB .
March 18-Calhoun Park in
March 25-
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T ho m as
Bezenhafer, left,
and Lance
Shepardson,
both of Niceville
enjoy cooking
so much they've
published their
own cookbook.
Blue berro y
Crepes, a spe-
cialty for
Shepardson
which they're
preparing here,
has a sweet
sauce flavored
with honey, nut-
meg and wine.
Beacon photo
by Stacie Morgan



to add a Southwestern flare to
the dishes he created, with
chipotle playing a major role.
Bezenhafer developed a taste
for Middle Eastern dishes, fla-
voring his creations with curry.
Their individual preferences
come out in the recipes record-
ed in their cookbook, even in
each other's dishes. When
Shepardson contributes a
Please see COOKING, page B-2


April 1-Baytowne Wharf,
Sandestin.
April 8-Turkey Creek, Niceville
April 15-Crab Trap, Destin
April 22-Liza Jackson Park,
FWB
April 29-Dier-Hart house, 1581
Mack Bayou Rd., SRB
GOP women to meet
The Republican Women of
Okaloosa, Federated, will meet at
the Holiday Inn
SunSpree on
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11:30 a.m.,
Wednesday,
March 4, to cele-
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From 'Gourmet Your Way'


Better Bean Soup
Ingredients
1 pound bag of dried cranberrry beans (you
could also use pinto beans)
One can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup beef broth
One onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2-oz. piece of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
Smoked sausage
2 smoked cured ham hocks
1/2 cup sherry (optional)
Technique
Prep the beans the night before by soaking them
with the ginger in tepid water to hydrate; during the
process, change the water 3 times.
In a large non-reactive pot (I use my Le Creuset
7.25-quart round oven) bring the oil and butter to a
medium heat and add the diced onion. Once the
onion is translucent, add the garlic; allow to cook
for just a moment to bring out the flavor and aroma
of the garlic, then add the beans and quickly stir to
coat the beans in the oil.
Immediately add to the broth the can of toma-
toes, the sausage, and the ham hocks. Now contin-
ue to cook either on the stove top at a slow boil,
stirring occasionally until beans are tender for 1
hour, or in the oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours until
beans are tender. Serve garnished with green onion
and/or a spoonful of sour cream.

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1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
Butter to grease pan
Sauce
1 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup cabernet sauvignon
2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
Filling
16 oz. Mascarpone cheese
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COOKING
From page B-1
recipe, a "cook-to-cook" icon
will appear at the bottom of the
page-a chefs hat with "devil
horns"-which means his pal
Bezenhafer has a suggestion he
thinks will give the dish a little
something extra. The same is
true for any of Bezenhafer's con-
tributions, though the chefs hat
at the bottom of the page sports a
halo.
The icons are reminiscent of
their individual personalities,
said Shephardson. "Thomas
(Bezenhafer) tells it like it is. If
he has an opinion on something
he'll just come right out and say
it. That's why his chefs hat has
the horns on it."
Bezenhafer grinned, but
agreed: "Well, I'd rather say it
right out than beat around the
bush and leave the person won-
dering what I'm talking about."
He smiled and glanced at
Shepardson and added, "Lance is
the reserved one. He's not as
forthright as I am. That's why his
(icon) has the little halo on it."
The cook-to-cook icons are
only one of the many features in
"Gourmet Your Way."
"We wanted this book to be
one you could just pick up, read
and then use," said Shepardson.
"There's a lot more than just
recipes in it. We cover everything


Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy sophomore Joseph
Sung recently placed first in
the Knights of Columbus
Regional spelling bee. He
will travel to Oviedo in the
next few weeks to compete at
the state level.
Junior Emily Wilson was
chosen to be the local
American Legion Auxiliary's
delegate to Girls State. She
earned a free trip to
Tallahassee this summer,
where she will meet with
other delegates and experi-
ence first-hand the workings
of the government. The girls
will participate in mock polit-
ical parties, campaigns,
debates, and elections. One
delegate will win a trip to par-
ticipate in Washington D.C.
Sarah Barnick was the other
RBCA school representative


Beverly Ruth
(Porter) Windsor

1930-2009
Beverly Ruth (Porter)
Windsor died February 18,
2009, at Twin Cities Hospital in
Niceville, Florida, following a
long battle with cancer. She
was born on September 9,
1930, to Clark and Florence


from the importance of cook-
ware and time management to
cutlery, spices and proper cook-
ing temperatures. So even if
you've never really cooked
before, you can still use our
book."
"We wanted to make it as easy
as possible," added Bezenhafer.
The creations in the book
began as "principle recipes,"
according to Shepardson. Some
of them are family recipes that
have been handed down through
tradition, but the difference is the
little added extras-a spice here,
a pinch of something else there.
"That's what cooking is,"
Shepardson said. "You take
something basic and you add
your own little twist to make it
something uniquely you. That's
what we've done. But we're hop-
ing the cooks who buy our book
will do the same with the recipes
we've published."
Though the wives of
Bezenhafer and Shepardson are
more than able to do their own
cooking, they usually don't. But
neither of the foodies minds
daily supper duty. It just gives
them more time to do what they
love.
"My wife is spoiled," said
Bezenhafer. "She won't eat any-
thing unless I cook it."
("Gourmet Your Way" can be
purchased 'i, i. '-ii authortree.
com/twocooksbooks.)


in the contest.
Ryan Bums, Julia Denney,
Jacob Emerick, and Ashley
Hannay, 10th graders at
Rocky Bayou Chrisitian
School, have been selected to
attend the 2009 Rotary Youth
Leadership Award (RYLA)
program in Milton April 2-5.
Each year, students from
Pensacola to Lake City par-
ticipate in this intensive train-
ing program for community
youth leaders.
Eighth graders Chelsea
Outman and Jessica Sandlin
participated in the Florida
Association of Christian
Colleges and Schools
Creative Writing festival
recently. Jessica's poem
earned a superior rating and
will be competing at the state
level. Chelsea's essay
received a good rating.


(Wyckoff)
Porter in
Traverse
City, 4
Michigan.
She was
preceded in
death by her
husband of
37 years, Lt. Beverly Ruth
Col. Leon J. Wns
Windsor Windsor
Win ds or,
USAF, Ret., on July 9, 1994.
Beverly was also preceded
in death by her parents, Clark
and Florence Porter; three
brothers, CWO Thomas R.
Porter USA, CMM Norman E.


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Air Force Airman Raymond
L. Pierce has graduated from
basic military training at
Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio.
During the six weeks of
training, the airman studied the
Air Force
mission,
org aniza-
tion, core
values, and
military cus-
toms and
courtesies;
performed
drill and cer-
Airman emony
Raymond Pierce marches,
and received
physical training, rifle marks-
manship, field training exercis-
es, and special training in
human relations.
He is the son of Teresa and
the stepson of Paul Steffen of
Riley Road, Niceville.
The airman is a 2005 gradu-
ate of OWC Collegiate High
School, Niceville, and received
a bachelor's degree in 2008
from the University of Central
Florida, Orlando.


Students


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at fair

Science finalists
These students from Twin
Cities schools were international
finalists in the Robert Sheffield
East Panhandle Regional Science
and Engineering Fair: Kevin
Knight, Collegiate High School of
Northwest Florida State College;
Aubrey Craig, Collegiate High;
Stephanie Hsiang, Niceville High
School and Jeremy Hsiang, NHS.
These students were state
finalists: Kevin Knight; Alan
Morell, Niceville High School
(NHS); Aubrey Craig; Mathew
McDorman, Rocky Bayou
Christian Academy (RBCA); Hoa
Ly, RBCA; Stephanie Hsiang;
Chelsea Phillips, NHS; Jeremy
Hsiang; Shreyans Patel, NHS;
Camille Haeusler, Destin Middle
School (DMS); Connor Lynch,
Rocky Bayou Christian School;
Cody Haeusler, DMS; and Kyle
Saleeby, DMS.
Tyler Rarick of Ruckel Middle
School was a state alternate.


Porter, and Lt. Col. Claude L.
Porter, USAF; her sister,
Leatha A. Porter and her hus-
band, Lt. Col. John A. Porter,
USAF. She is survived by one
goddaughter, Cynthia J.
Troutman of Pine Bluff,
Arkansas, and several nieces
and nephews.
Beverly was in the nursing
profession for many years. Her
cremains will be interned in
Arlington National Cemetery
with her beloved husband.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home,
113 Racetrack Road, N.E. Fort
Walton Beach, FL, is entrusted
with arrangements.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


THE BEACON


Page B-3


Skaters vie for prizes at Niceville tourney


By Tom Holloway
Special to the Beacon
More than 25 skaters from as
far away as Tampa entered a
city of Niceville skateboard
competition Saturday, Feb. 28
at the city skate park. The tour-
nament was organized by Kevin
Metcalfe, who operates and
manages Splinter Skate Parks.
Despite raging storms and
reports of hail around the area,
the little drizzle was nothing
more than an inconvenience.
Skaters representing Niceville,
Crestview, Fort Walton Beach,
Freeport, Tallahassee and
Tampa skated off for the top
three slots in three divisions.
Winners were:
Beginners Division
1. Shea Adams, Niceville, 2.
Daniel Holcombe, Niceville, 3.
Kyle Sheppard, Niceville.
Intermediate Division
1. Joe Barnes, Freeport, 2.
Chad Holloway, Niceville, 3.
Quintin Miller, Freeport.
Advanced Division
1. Michael Owens, Niceville,
2. Eric Yagher, Fort Walton
Beach, 3. Bryan Schaefer, Fort
Walton Beach.
The next Niceville Assault
Series is tentatively set for
Saturday, March 21, and a skate
park competition, long board
race, pool party and youth
bands are planned for
Hammock Bay, Freeport,
Saturday, April 4.


WHO'S
From page B-1
NHS; Melody Kortbein, NHS;
Jodi Maker, NHS; Allison
Marello, NHS; Gordon
Rahmes, NHS; and Cynthia
Tuznik, Edge.

Almost 50 young people
entered the Niceville Public
Library's contest to create a
bookmark.
First place went to Sydney
Barnes, Niceville High tenth-
grader, who won two tickets to
the Rave with two popcorns and
two drinks.
Second Place went to Jordan
Sudduth, Lewis Middle School
seventh-grader, who won $10 for
Taco Town.
Third place went to Taylor
Evanoff, Lewis Middle School
seventh-grader, who won $10 for
Taco Town.

Laureate Epsilon Sigma cele-
brated Valentines day at the
Lighthouse in Destin by crown-
ing its Valentine Queen, Mary
McDonald for her commitments,
gifts and service to the chapter.
Other members present were


Niceville skateboard competi-
tion contestants wait for their
time to perform.


"9C Tanner Aull of Niceville, left, makes a stunt look easy.
Right, Jared Sheppard of Niceville was the youngest
skater in Saturday's competition at the city skate park,
although it didn't show in his performance.


Mary's hus-
band, Lee
McDonald,
Eunice and
L e s
Whitman,
Beverly and
Jim Flynt,
Mattie
Williams,
Mary McDonald Doris Olig,
Marge and
Bob Ballon, Nilah and Bob
Estep, Dianne and Mike
Wilbur, JoAnn and Rethel
Jones, Linda and Mike
Michalowski, Helen and Jack
Martin, Margaret and Roger
Holley, Dora and Jim Perano.
Guests from Preceptor Beta
Gamma were Ann Porter, Anita
Early, Maxie Grissett and their
queen, Gloria Brown.

Twin Cities Hospital recently
announced its recipients of the
2008 Dr. Frist Humanitarian
Awards. At a luncheon held in
Niceville, David Whalen, CEO,
presented awards to employee
Pamela Whitfield, auxilian
Catherine Conroy, and Dr.
Mark Schroeder. These individ-
uals are now eligible for the
nationwide 2008 Frist
Humanitarian Award, the highest
honor an employee, volunteer,
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The Yard of the Month for the
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Week five's high school
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over Crestview High School's 75.
NHS team players were: Will
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THE BEACON.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Preschool marks silver anniversary


St. Paul plans celebration to mark milestone ...I


The community is invited to
celebrate the 25th anniversary
of St. Paul Preschool, a ministry
of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The school celebrates this mile-
stone, in conjunction with
Lutheran Schools Week on
Sunday, March 8, at the 11 a.m.
worship service.
Past and present directors,
teachers, students and their fam-
ilies are invited to attend. A
reception will be held in the
Gathering Room after the serv-
ice.


"More than 900 children and
their families have been touched
by our early childhood min-
istry," said Cathy Reimers,
director. "They have come to
know God in Christ and that he
has created and cares for each
one of them. Many of our chil-
dren come with this assurance,
but some do not, so we feel hon-
ored to share the good news."
Established in the fall of
1983, St. Paul Lutheran
Preschool is an educational out-
reach program of St. Paul


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Lutheran Church for the sur-
rounding community. Its pur-
pose is to provide a healthy
environment for the growth and
development of young children
and to assist their families in
recognizing the various aspects
of a growing child.
Paul and Doreen Hart have
two children who have complet-
ed St. Paul Preschool and one
child currently enrolled.
"During a kindergarten screen
for our first child, the school
adviser asked where our child
went to preschool and when we
said, 'St. Paul,' she replied,
'Great, we love getting students
from there. They are so well
rounded and ready for kinder-
garten,"' said Doreen.
"St. Paul's loving, caring,
comfortable environment was
important to us and it was nice
hearing the compliment from
the elementary school," she
said. "With our third and
youngest child in his last year at
St. Paul, we know we made the
correct choice in a preschool."
In the past 16 years, under
Reimers' leadership, the school
has continued to strengthen and
expand. It has added a new
classroom and building to house
a pre-kindergarten program for
those children who turn 5 in the
fall, added two new teachers and
an aide, updated the playground
with equipment and rubber
mulch, which provides a softer
play surface, and became a
Florida Voluntary Pre-kinder-
garten Provider.
St. Paul Preschool now offers
a 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and
pre-kindergarten (5-year-old)
program, which provides an


St. Paul Preschool director Cathy Reimers works one-on-one with a student.


outreach to the community with
an age-appropriate curriculum
in a Christ-centered environ-
ment. A staff of caring and high-
ly trained teachers instructs the
children in the preschool: Cathy
Reimers, Kaye Blankenship,
Donna Hayes and Teresa
Piovesan, along with a number
of volunteers.
Teachers hold degrees in
early childhood and special edu-
cation and many years of expe-
rience. Reimers has taught for
35 years in various settings:
public, Lutheran and private
preschools, and kindergartens in
the United States and overseas.
Andrea Pfaffenbichler, a for-
mer preschool parent, said,
"Our daughter, Grace, had a
wonderful year at St. Paul last
year in Mrs. Blankenship's and
Mrs. Hayes' class. The small,
family-type environment was
perfect for her social and aca-


demic needs and prepared her
well for kindergarten."
"Many of our children are
not members of our congrega-
tion but, through the love and
Christian nurturing of these
people, St. Paul Lutheran
Preschool is indeed a wonderful
ministry and outreach to the
whole community," said
Reimers.
Some of the programs and
events the school has offered
over the years include: book
fairs, special music, weekly
chapel, field & discovery trips,
Thanksgiving feast, Christmas
program, parent enrichments,
graduation celebration, Sharing
& Caring toy drive, MS Hop-a-
thon, St. Jude Children's
Hospital Bike-a-thon and holi-
day bazaars. The children have
also been stimulated creatively
and spiritually through music
and chapel time with David


Hawkins, St. Paul's music direc-
tor, and with Pastor John
Underdahl, from St. Paul
Lutheran Church.
The cost is $150 per month
for 3-year-olds, $175 per month
for 4-year-olds unless they're
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten stu-
dents, and $225 per month for
pre-kindergarten students unless
they're Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten students.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a
state-sponsored program
designed to give 4- and 5-year-
olds a head start. It is paid for
out of tax dollars.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
and Preschool is located at 1407
E. John Sims Parkway,
Niceville, next door to Twin
Cities Funeral Home. For addi-
tional information on the church
and preschool visit the Web site
at stpaulniceville.com or call
678-1298, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


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ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sunday of Lent
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m. Christian Education (Pre-K through Adult)
Wednesday of Lent
Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m. Chapel
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth, & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us info@stjudes.us


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VALPARAISO
Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
Serving...all"
SUNDAY WEDNESDAY
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
9:30 ia.m Prayer Service
Morning Celebration 6:00 P.M.
Evening Bible Study 6:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org
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St.Paul Lutheran & Preschool


8:00 9:10 (Praise) 11:00 a.m. "On the P.m .l-.%1
Sunday School 10:10 a.m. 1407 E. JohnSims

Wednesday Lenten Service Niceville 678-1298
7:00 p.m. www.stpaulniceville.com


BLUE WATER BAPTIST CHURCH...
A community of believers who arejoined together by a swet,
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christianji
Sunday MornifQ in
9:15a.m. Bib]e S-bdy Awl
10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30.a.m.

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Dr. Haywood Day, Pastor www.bluewaterbaptist.org
Located just past BW Elementary 4580 Range Road


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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
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)


250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
www.iacdestin.org
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S


100 Hart Street, Niceville 729-8600
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


THE BEACON


Page B-5


CALENDAR
From page B-1
Crafters Troupe will give a sneak
preview of excerpts from "Is There
Life After High School?"
To make a reservation, contact
Bev McNally at 609-7989 or mcnal-
ly2@cox.net by noon Friday, Feb.
27. Cost is $15 for members and
$18 for guests. Info: rwof.org.
Sacred Heart Golf Expo
The Sacred Heart Hospital Guild
plans the fourth annual Golf Expo at
Kelly Plantation Thursday, March
5, 2-6 p.m. The event includes
equipment demonstrations, presen-
tations on golf swings, and group
lessons on full shots, pitching, and
sand shots. Prizes will be awarded
to the winners of various contests,
including long drive, closest to the
pin, pitching, and putting.
Tickets are $35 and are on sale at
Edwin Watts in Destin, the gift shop
at Sacred Heart Hospital, and at
Kelly Plantation Golf Club. They
will also be available at the entrance
while supplies last. Info: 837-7119.
Business Expo slated
For the second year, three
Okaloosa County chambers of com-
merce are partnering to bring mem-
bers the Okaloosa County Business
Expo and Largest Office Party.
On Thursday, March 5, join the
Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton

Nice vi lle
Valparaiso
chambers of
commerce and
their members at -
the Emerald Coast Conference
Center to learn about and network
with area businesses.
The Expo, which will be open to
the public at no charge, begins at 4
p.m., and Okaloosa County's
Largest Office Party begins at 5:30
p.m. All festivities will end at 7 p.m.
Sponsorship and booth opportu-
nities are available. For more infor-
mation, call Destin Area 837-6241;
Greater Fort Walton Beach 244-
8191; and Niceville Valparaiso 678-
2323 chambers of commerce.
Barbershopper program
The annual spring Barbershop


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Harmony Show
of the Emerald
Coast Chorus
will be presented
Friday, March 6,
7:30 p.m. at the
Arts Center of


Northwest Florida State College in,
Niceville. Tickets are available at
$15 in advance ($17.50 at the door)
at the box office by calling 729-
6000.
Hospice memorial service
Emerald Coast Hospice of
Crestview will hold its annual
memorial service and reception
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m., at
Central Baptist Church Annex
Building (GMC Building) to honor
loved ones who have died. The
community is invited. To have a pic-
ture of a loved one included on the
power point presentation, call Jim
Vail, chaplain, 689-0300. RSVP to
689-0300 or
james.vail@gentiva.com by March
6. This Memorial Service is free
and open to the public.
Spanish Florida program
The Northwest Region of the
Florida Public Archaeology
Network will present a lecture titled
"Spanish Claim Florida!" March 6,
11 a.m., in the NWF State Science
Building, room S 110 in recognition
of Florida Archaeology Month.
Learn about sites, shipwrecks, and
the people involved in the 16th-cen-
tury Spanish claiming of Florida. It
is presented in cooperation with the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, the State College and the
Florida Public Archaeology
Network.
Stage Crafters play slated
Stage Crafters Community
Theatre, Inc. presents "Is There Life
After High School?" on March 6-8
and 12-15, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Ft.
Walton Beach
C i v i cA
Auditorium, 107 e 'o
Miracle Strip
Parkway.
Admission, $20.
Tickets available at: P.S. Gifts, Ft.
Walton Beach; Bayou Books,
Niceville; Connect With Flowers,
Shalimar; Dowd Title Group LLC,
Destin; Century 21, All Locations.


Gospel concert
American Gospel Ministries
presents its first Saturday night
gospel concert Saturday, March 7,
6-8 p.m., at First Baptist Church,
622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, fea-
turing The Hayes Family from
Boone, N.C.
Info: 862-6211, 862-4429, or
218-1779.
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast
March 11 at the Niceville
Community Center, 204 N Partin
Drive. The breakfast will begin at
7:15 a.m. with coffee and conversa-
tion, followed by breakfast at 7:30
a.m. This month's sponsor is Waste
Management of NW Florida.
PAWS dog walk/run set
The Panhandle Animal Welfare
Society's "New Leash on Life" Dog
Walk/Run and Adoptathon is an


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enjoy. The event
will be held on
Saturday, March
7, at the Fort Walton Landing in
beautiful downtown Fort Walton
Beach. Late registration will begin
at 8 a.m. and the walk/run will
begin at 10 a.m. Adult registration is


$15 and $35 for a family.
The adoptathon will begin
immediately following the Dog
Walk/Run and last until 3:30 p.m.
PAWS will offer $5 rabies vaccina-
tions and $15 microchips at the
event.
Registration forms and informa-
tion can be found at paws-
shelter.org.
Info: 243-1525.
Casino night
The Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy Center plans a Vegas-
style Monte Carlo casino night with
a live auction on Saturday, March 7,
at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Plantation
Golf Club. The evening features
Vegas style casino tables, entertain-
ment by Clark and Company, hors
d'oeuvres, cash bar and live auction
items, including a weekend in
Green Bay with Packers Zeke
Bratkowski and Bart Starr and trips
to Mexico City, Orlando and New
York. Tickets are $50 per person
and include $25 in play money. Call
Joy Hudson at 833-9237, ext. 259.
The following day, March 8 is the
annual golf event, player slots still
available.
Kiwanis silent auction
The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso will hold its annual
Silent Auction and Pancake
Breakfast Saturday, March 7, 7
a.m.-noon in the Niceville High
School cafeteria.


Items include resort weekends,
dinners, day cruises, and many
other goods and services from local
merchants.
Proceeds will be applied toward
Kiwanis community programs in
the Niceville-Valparaiso area, such
as scholarships, food for needy fam-
ilies, youth programs, help for
abused children, playground equip-
ment, American Cancer Society
Relay for Life, and Sharing and
Caring, to name a few.
There is no charge for admission
to the auction.
Meantime, for $4 apiece, ticket-
holders will enjoy a breakfast of
pancakes and sausage, orange juice,
and milk or coffee.
Breakfast tickets may be pur-
chased at the door.
Massenkoff Folk Festival
The Massenkoff Russian Folk
Festival, featuring a balalaika


ensemble and a folk ballet comes to
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center Saturday,
March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
$25; children half price. Phone 362-
9356.
Mattie Kelly art exhibit
The galleries at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College will present two new
exhibits March 8-April 19: the
annual Arnie Hart Juried Student
SExhibition and
the annual NWF
State College
Faculty
Exhibition. The
exhibits are free
and open to the public. The public
may attend a free, preview reception
in the galleries Friday, March 6, 5-7
p.m. A ceremony to present show
awards will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Info: 729-6044.


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