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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: March 18, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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COMING

Wednesday. 10 a.m.
Looking for a new job? The
Northwest Florida State
College
Career
Resource
Center will
hold an area-

and job Fair
until 2 p.m.
Bring a resume and be
ready to interview.
Thursday. 7 a.m.
The Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso plans its
Special Guest Day breakfast
meeting at the NFSC College
Mall
(Building K).
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Call 678-3716 or 897-
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Friday. 4-7:30 p.m.
Edge Elementary will hold
its annual Spring Fling, with
inflatables, food and carnival
games, as well as health and
sport vendors and a silent
auction.
Saturday. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
JoNell Gerland, who has
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The $15 price tag includes
lunch.
Call 678-3117.


Schools eye ending 71


Tax hikes also among 36 budget ideas


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County School District officials are
considering abolishing the seventh period in high
schools to achieve needed savings.
Officials are also considering seeking increas-
es in property taxes, sales taxes, or both.
Elimination of the seventh period, which
could save $2 million a year, was among 36
potential budget cuts or revenue increases pre-
sented to an Okaloosa County School District cit-
izen panel Thursday. No decisions were made.
Florida law requires only six periods of daily
instruction in high school. Many school districts,
however, schedule a seventh period to allow more


time for popular electives such as band, chorus,
the fine and performing arts, foreign languages,
vocational training, and other subjects not
required for a traditional 24-credit diploma.
Charlene Couvillon, principal of Fort Walton
Beach High School, said that more than half of
students graduate with more than 24 credits.
Many of the extra classes are of the sort that col-
lege admissions officers like to see on high
school transcripts.
Over objections of many parents and students,
a number of the Sunshine State's 67 school dis-
tricts have eliminated the seventh period in order to
cut costs as payrolls have ballooned.
Please see BUDGET, page A-2


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Sign erected in Valp.,
which vows to sue AF
Some 7,500 people are said to have signed
a billboard sponsored by Okaloosa County
Tax Collector Chris Hughes backing the
planned basing of at least 59 F-35 war- .-
planes at Eglin Air Force Base. The bill-
board was erected Tuesday in Valparaiso, !
whose city commission recently voted to
sue the Air Force in a bid to cut noise from
the fighter's powerful engine. Many of the .
signers put their names to the board during
an open-air event Friday organized by
Hughes, right, at Uptown Station, Fort
Walton Beach.
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College to construct

150-foot water tower
By Del Lessard home of Okaloosa County's
Beacon Staff Writer Emergency Operations Center.
Sometimes higher education The college met with
assumes physical form. For Niceville water and sewer per-
Northwest Florida State sonnel in December and were
College that means the planned told that the city could provide
construction of a 150-foot more water but not more pres-
water tower on the college's sure, said college spokeswoman
Niceville campus. Sylvia Bryan.
The project is expected to The city has two elevated
cost nearly $900,000. tanks located across College
The college, which sits on or Boulevard from the college
near the highest point in campus.
Niceville, is supplied water by The college subsequently
the City of Niceville, which has decided to build its own water
two water towers across the tower on campus, Bryan said.
street. Although NFSC will own and
College officials said they operate the tower, it will con-
recently tested the existing tinue to get its water from the
water pressure at fire hydrants city of Niceville, she said, and
on campus and found it inade- it will be pumped into the ele-
quate. vated water tower to provide
The water pressure problem additional water pressure.
will be exacerbated upon com- Bryan said the enhanced water
pletion of the college's pressure would not create addi-
Community Services Complex, tional pressure for other users
a $31 million project that on Niceville's city water sys-
includes a sports arena, class- tem.
rooms and the $7 million future Please see COLLEGE, page A-2


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Architect's rendering of a
planned 150-foot water tower
at Northwest Florida State
College, Niceville.


Condo owners petition


to quit Bluewater MSBU
By Mike Griffith which is adjacent to the Nov. 13, when Miller came to an
Beacon Correspondent Bluewater Bay golf course but MSBU meeting and presented a
Most of the owners of the does not share any "common letter asking that Florida Club be
Florida Club condominiums have areas" with the rest of Bluewater removed from the MSBU. At
petitioned to withdraw from the Bay. that time, he had no petitions.
Bluewater Bay taxing district. The issue first surfaced last Please see CONDO, page A-7
Members of the governing
board of the Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services Benefit Unit
were unable to reach an agree-
ment last week with the condo
owners who want to secede from
the MSBU
Both sides agreed to meet
with county officials in an
attempt to resolve the dispute.
During the MSBU board
meeting held March 10, Florida
Club Board of Directors
President Vernon Miller presented
a petition from Florida Club unit
owners who want out of the
MSBU, which they say charges
them about $60 per year but pro- Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
vides no services to their multi- Residents of the Florida Club condominiums want to stop pay-
story condominium development, ing taxes to the Bluewater Bay MSBU.


'surprised'


by bonuses

Others say payouts

common knowledge
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
"Do you give bonuses?"
That's what Okaloosa County Commission
Chairman Bill Roberts said is the first thing he'll
ask the county's five constitutional officers during
the upcoming budget cycle.
Roberts commented last week, saying he was
"surprised" to learn that Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes handed out employee
bonuses totaling $692,500 over the past three fis-
cal years.
Roberts said he thought all the constitutional
Please see BONUSES, page A-7


F-35 fighter


no monster'


general says

Warplane to visit

Eglin this spring
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Air Force says local
residents soon will get a
chance to determine for them-
selves how noisy the F-35
warplane is.
The first operational copy
I of the controversial fighter will
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Maj. Gen. David Eglin Air Force Base during a
Eidsaune Please see F-35, page A-2


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THE BEACON


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


F-35
From page A-1
four-day visit tentatively sched-
uled for later this spring, Maj.
Gen. David Eidsaune, commander
of the Air Armament Center, said
Friday.
Groundbreaking ceremonies
for $280 million worth of military
construction related to the multi-
role F-35 and beddown of 2,200
Army soldiers were also
announced by the general Friday.
Eidsaune said the Air Force
hopes the planned F-35 visit will
clear up one of the '"b'i--.i mis-
conceptions" about the fighter
plane-that it's a "monster in
terms of noise."
Noise from the F-35 is similar
to that of the F-22 and F-18 fight-
ers, the two-star commander stat-
ed, as well as to that of the F-4
fighters and B-52 bombers once
based at Eglin. He presented no
information to support his con-
tentions. Noise data is still being
collected and studied with the Air
Force's only operational F-35.
The Air Force has said the sin-
gle-engine supersonic fighter is
noisier than the aging F-15s of
Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing, which


BUDGET
From page A-1
The measure was one of many
ideas floated by Okaloosa County
School District officials at the first
meeting of the district's Citizens
Budget Priority Committee
Thursday in Niceville.
"We tossed out some very good
ideas," said committee member
Sandy Sims. "But it's what they do


is being phased out this year to
make way for an F-35 training
center.
Although details of the F-35
visit, its first to Eglin, are still not
fixed, Eidsaune said the plan is for
the plane to spend four days at the
base. The plane would be on dis-
play to the public and that it would
fly over local communities to give
citizens a sense of the noise asso-
ciated with its Pratt & Whitney
engine, the most powerful ever
mounted on a fighter.
The community overflights
would be made using Eglin's exist-
ing flight patterns and runways,
including the north-south Runway
01/19 that results in overflights of
Valparaiso, the general said.
The Valparaiso City
Commission earlier this year
voted to sue the Air Force to force
it to reduce noise from the planned
basing of as many as 113 F-35s at
Eglin for aviator and maintainer
schools. City officials expressed
fears that jet noise would turn
Valparaiso into "a ghost town."
Asked at a press conference
Friday about the Air Force's own
concerns about F-35 noise on the
base, Eidsaune said, "We are con-
cerned with noise." He said F-35
maintenance personnel would be

with our suggestions that's going
to really matter."
The temporary committee is
made up of nine citizens, eight of
whom have children in Okaloosa
County public schools. Two
members, including the one with-
out a child in the schools, once
were employed by the district.
The panel was appointed by the
school board as a sounding board
on ways to cut the budget in light
of looming reductions in state edu-


The F-35 during a flight test. Its 25,000-pound thrust engine
(35,000 pounds with afterburner) is said to be the most power-
ful ever mounted on a U.S. fighter.


issued noise-cancellation head-
phones to protect their hearing on
the flightline. In addition, con-
struction of base dormitories and a
planned military shopping center
will be built to "county standards,"
he said.
Eidsaune said he was "con-
fused" by statements from
Valparaiso officials that they
weren't getting all the noise infor-
mation they requested. He said
Eglin has listed 28 meetings the
Air Force has had with the com-
munity concerning the F-35.
Valparaiso filed a lawsuit seek-
ing additional noise data under the
Freedom of Information Act after
Eglin officials told the city that it
would cost $1.5 million and sever-

cation funding.
About 40 citizens showed up
for the meeting Thursday, as well
as eight of the nine committee
members.
They began by hearing a pres-
entation by Rita Scallan, chief
financial officer of the Okaloosa
County School District.
"We put this meeting together,"
said Scallan "because we thought
we could get a better sense of what
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request.
F-35 noise profiles, possibly
modified by the number of jets at
Eglin as well as mitigation efforts
such as a new runway and other
runway changes, will be part of
the Supplemental Environmental
Impact Study ordered by the Air
Force. The SEIS is expected to be
completed about September 2010
and will be used to help the Air
Force make a second Record of
Decision on whether to base an
additional 48 F-35s at Eglin.
In 2005, the U.S. Base
Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) Commission mandated
that the Air Force set up an
International Joint Training

for education as well as enhance
their understanding of the district's
budget."
Because the district has taken a
cut of $19 million in state funding
since fiscal year 2007-08 and is
projected, by fiscal year 2009-10
to take an additional $31 million
cut, officials face tough budget
decisions, as do the state's other 66
school districts.
"We just got word," said
Scallan, "there is already one dis-
trict in a state of financial urgency
and another on the edge and there
will be more if we take any more
reductions."
The Okaloosa district has
already taken some steps to pare
its $415 million budget, including
restructuring and downsizing the
district office, bringing its over-
head costs to just 8 percent of the
budget-the lowest in the state,
according to information provided
at the meeting. Other cutbacks
have included closing the Central
Kitchen and two elementary
schools. All told, the district has
managed to trim $24 million.
But it's not enough, hence the
formation of the Citizens Budget
committee. According to school
board Chairman Chuck Kelley,
facilitator of the March 12 meet-
ing, the board wants to "see what
you as the community has as its
priorities and what your thoughts
are."
One "thought" that seemed
paramount in the minds of com-
mittee members was the idea that
cuts needed to be kept as far from
the classroom as possible. That
meant cutting teacher pay only as
a last resort, said committee mem-
ber Lynn Mayfield, a retired
teacher herself. "You have to look
at every drop in the bucket, little
drops can add up to a big bucket."
she said. If teacher salaries do get
cut, "teachers will see that you did
everything you could."
Sheila Olsen, president of the
Okaloosa County Education
Association (OCEA), the teachers'
union, later told the Beacon she
was "very pleased that (commit-


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Center at Eglin and to base as
many as 107 F-35s in three vari-
ants. Six additional jets would be
assigned as spares.
Eidsaune said that the Air
Force will meet BRAC's mini-
mum requirements with its
February ROD that directs the
establishment of the pilot and
maintainer training center and
beddown of 59 F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighters in its three
variants-24 conventional takeoff
and landing F-35s for the Air
Force, 12 carrier takeoff variants
for the Navy, and 15 short-takeoff,
vertical-landing variants for the
Marine Corps. The first perma-
nent F-35 is scheduled to arrive at
Eglin in 12 months.
While the first ROD states that
it's still the Air Force's intention to
base the additional 48 jets at
Eglin-dependent on the SEIS-
Eidsaune made clear that the Air
Force does not have to base the
additional 48 JSF aircraft at Eglin
in order to comply with the con-
gressionally mandated 2005
BRAC decision.
In response to a related ques-
tion about whether the Air Force
perceives a lack of community
support for Eglin's military mis-
sions, Eidsaune said, "Nobody is

tee) members said cuts should be
kept away from the classroom.
They understand the classroom
means teachers and students. The
community has its priorities in the
right place."
Pay and benefits account for 80
percent of the schools budget,
however, and it is difficult to imag-
ine achieving significant
economies without cuts in that
area. Okaloosa County public
school teachers are among the
highest paid in the state. Most
teachers instruct diminishing
numbers of students because of
implementation in recent years of
the Florida class-size amendment.
Committee member Shawna
Crist, also a former educator in the
district, said she thought "teachers
would be willing to take a pay cut
rather than see any of their col-
leagues lose their jobs. And I think
they'd do it better if they knew
everyone across the board was get-
ting a cut."
However, Olsen disagreed. "I
haven't received those types of
comments (from teachers)," the
union chief said. "I think teachers
are most concerned that we look at
absolutely everything. I know the
district gave committee members
a list of potential cuts, but I think
there are many other areas that
need to and should be looked at."
Greg Butler, executive director
OCEA, said only that the union
was in the process of surveying
teachers and educational support
personnel, though one of the ques-
tions on the survey did include
thoughts on possible pay cuts.
The 36-item list of potential
budget cuts or revenue increases
given to panel members and gar-
nered from a survey given to dis-
trict staff and employees included
using $2 million of the district's
reserve fund, privatization of food
services, eliminating the seventh
period for high schools, reducing
or eliminating after-school tutor-
ing, reducing the number of litera-
cy coaches, and closing another
school in 2010-11. These cuts
could save taxpayers $7,022,511,


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talking about moving the 46th
Test Wing." Community leaders
have expressed concern about
previous Air Force actions that
seemed to be preparing to move
the test wing, called Eglin's
"crown jewel," to California.
Eidsaune also announced two
ground-breaking ceremonies that
highlight the economic impact of
two new missions coming to
Eglin as a result of BRAC 2005:
-On Friday, March 20,
groundbreaking ceremonies will
mark the start of $160 million of
military construction for hangars,
dormitories, a dining hall and
classrooms needed to beddown
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and
an International Joint Training
Center for the JSF at Eglin.
Representatives from the Navy,
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al partners will be present at the
ceremony, Eidsaune said.
-On March 26, Eglin and
officials from the Army will host
groundbreaking ceremonies on
the Eglin reservation west of
Duke Field marking the start of
$122 million of military construc-
tion needed to beddown about
2,200 soldiers of the 7th Special
Forces Group.

officials said.
Another $2.8 million could be
saved by requiring high school
teachers to teach six classes a day
instead of the current five, accord-
ing to the district.
No one at Thursday's meeting
discussed raising taxes. However,
the 36-point list included consid-
eration of an increase in property
taxes, and imposition of a one-
half-cent county sales tax.
One idea proposed by advisory
panel member Jim Liufau was
consulting with other nearby dis-
tricts "and seeing what you can cut
together."
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts assured Liufau
that contact with other districts
had been made "and none of them
showed any interest in doing
something like that."
The last suggestion given to
board members was the idea of
starting with a "bare bones figure,"
one that asks, "what do we
absolutely have to have to teach
children?"
Committee Member Sims gave
this example as something her
company did to cut its budget. She
works for Gulf Power.
"It hurts," Sims said, "and it
makes people squirm. But you go
with the figure that represents the
basic necessities and then you add
on from there."
Charles Rigdon, another panel
participant, nodded in agreement
and said, "You just forget what
your revenue is and what you get
from the state, you forget about
where you can cut-everything is
on the table. And you build your
budget by prioritizing everything
that isn't bare bones."
Sims later said in a telephone
interview, "I think it's really going
to take a philosophical change.
We're in a new day and time and
that requires new ways of think-
ing. I think Dr. Tibbetts especially
was open to the idea. I saw her
eyes light up and a light bulb went
on."
Union President Olsen said she
liked the idea of building onto a
bare bones figure.
"I thought that was very inter-
esting," she said. "It's a new way
of looking at it. What's bare
bones? What do you need to edu-
cate kids? Students and teachers. It
was like a light bulb went on in
that room."
The next meeting of the
Citizens Budget Priority
Committee is Thursday, March
19, at 1:30 p.m., in the school dis-
trict's former central nutrition
building, 202 Hwy. 85 N.,
Niceville.


COLLEGE
From page A-1
The tower would be five feet
taller than the 145-foot-tall
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, cur-
rently the tallest structure on
campus.
Estimated cost for engineer-
ing and construction of the new
tower is $880,000, Bryan said.


Bids for the water tower con-
struction will be opened May 5.
The college board of trustees
will meet in special session
May 19 to award the construc-
tion contracts for the new water
tower on the Niceville campus.


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THE BEACON.


Page A-3


Eglin OKs

Mullet

Site lease
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Air Force has agreed to
lease the Mullet Festival Site to
Niceville for another 10 years in
return for at least $1.7 million in
city services.
The 47-acre site, at College
Boulevard and Highway 85
North, is used for the annual
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
and for such other community
activities as youth sports events.
It belongs to Eglin Air Force
Base and has been leased by the
city since 1979. The current
lease, which will expire Aug.
10, has terms similar to those of
the next one.
City Manager Lannie Corbin
said the Air Force has estimated
the market value for such a lease
at $1.7 million over 10 years.
No money will change hands,
however, because the city
agreed to supply municipal util-
ities at no charge to the site, as
well as to the Eglin golf club,
the Jackson Guard office, and
the Defense Audit Agency, all of
which are in Niceville.
The city also agreed to con-
tinue furnishing irrigation water


to the Eglin golf course at no
charge.
The government has begun
charging market prices for leas-
es of Air Force land nationwide,
while allowing some or all of
the rent to be paid by "in-kind"
benefits such as those cited in
the new Mullet Site lease.
The new lease, Corbin said,
specifies that the land will be
used to benefit both city and Air
Force recreation and community
activities, and the Air Force
retains the right to enter the site
for any valid purpose, such as
maintenance, environmental
reasons, or military activities.
Current city facilities at the


site will remain in place.
"Everything stays," Corbin said.
The city must maintain insur-
ance for activities at the site of
at least $5 million per occur-
rence and $10 million overall.
The lease includes an option for
renewal after the 10-year period,
Corbin said.
Previously, it had been feared
that the city would have to pay
money to the Air Force to
extend the lease.
"We worked closely with
Eglin Air Force Base to reach
this agreement," Corbin said.
"This is an example of what can
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Alcohol-sales easing clears a hurdle


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Despite some objections from
members of a local church, the
Niceville City Council voted
unanimously March 10 to relax a
city law barring most alcohol
sales within 500 feet of a school
or church.
The vote was the second of
three readings of the proposed
change.
The council gave preliminary
approval to the alcohol sales law
revision Feb. 10, but the change
will not take effect until the coun-
cil approves it once more, after a
third and final reading during the
council meeting scheduled for 7
p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at
Niceville City Hall.
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.
Wal-Mart, which has proposed
building a store in Niceville, had
expressed concern over the 28-
year-old city law prohibiting the
sale of most alcoholic beverages
near churches and schools. Wal-
Mart has proposed building a
superstore on John Sims Parkway,
just east of Oak Creek Plaza,
across the highway from Niceville
Christian Church.
The proposed change would
eliminate the distance require-
ment for takeout alcohol.
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.
The current law barring take-
out wine and liquor sales, and any
alcohol for on-premises consump-


tion, within 500 feet of a church
or school was adopted by the city
on Jan. 13, 1981.
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
redefined. 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 along the
public thoroughfare from the
main entrance of the place of busi-
ness 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.
Some members of Niceville
Christian Church attended the
March 11 council meeting and
expressed their opposition to the
change. Church members Doug
Davis and Walter Johnson asked
the council to clarify the meaning
and purpose of the change.
"What is the purpose?" asked
Johnson. "Is this just because a
large business asked for a vari-
ance?"
Pastor Dan Friedsberg told the
council, "I'm concerned about the
safety of children." Although the
proposed Wal-Mart would only
sell alcohol for takeout rather than
on-site consumption, said
Friedsberg, "People have a ten-
dency to drink as soon as they
have the alcohol," which could
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville City Council mem-
bers Bill Smith and Dan Henkel
are up for re-election July 21.
Both say they will definitely run.
Legal notices regarding the
election will run May 4 and 11,
said Niceville City Clerk Dan
Doucet. He said the filing period
will run from noon, June 2, to
noon June 5.
Henkel, who won election to
fill the seat previously filled by
the late Terry Tislow, who died
Oct. 8, 2007, said he enjoyed his
first taste of elected office.
"I think the highlights are that
I've been very responsive to the
public," he said. "I've been able
to help several folks who called
and had some concerns. Also, the
fact that I had the opportunity to
work with a good group of folks
in the city, including the police
and fire department."
Still, his term wasn't without
disappointments.


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sidewalks near children or other
passers-by.
City Planner Wanda
Cruttenden replied that the pro-
posal is not so much a variance as
a "clarification" of the law; to
make clear the actual policy of the
city regarding what it considers a
reasonable distance between alco-
hol sales and nearby schools and
churches.
"My father helped write that
law 28 years ago," said City
Attorney Gillis Powell, and it is
time for an update.


"The one thing that stands out
is the amount of stuff the state
tries to push down on the city
that's unfunded," Henkel said.
"These unfunded mandates are
very difficult for the city to keep
up with. I hope if I'm reelected
I'll be able to continue to work
with the League of Cities to lobby
the state
Legislature."
Difficult
economic
times have
also made
life difficult,
Henkel said.
"One of
the big, big
challenges is
to see if we Dan Henkel
can't contin-
ue to work with these budgets and
not have to lose any city employ-
ees," he said. "So far, we did a
really good job of tightening our
belts and doing without things."
"For me, it's been a real eye-


opening experience. I've enjoyed
so far the challenges as well as
the people I've had the chance to
meet."
Smith said the best part of the
last four years was "'-,ii ;l my
city grow in a manner that proba-
bly is good for our residents and
citizens. A lot of things have
changed in
the last four
years, such
as the com-
pletion of the
four-laning
of Route 20
and the trian-
gle."

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ment, especially with the new
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THE BEACON


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Arrests
Cheryl Diana Agerton, unem-
ployed, 34, of 73 Jackson Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Feb. 27 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
two counts.

Michelle Lee Gautreau, a
cook, 38, of 502 Bullock Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Feb. 27 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of driving while license
suspended or revoked.

Bryan Daniel Gagnor, a
roofer, 25, of 1509 Pinehurst
Cove, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies March 4 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of prescription
drug possession and marijuana
possession.

Ashley Suzanne Englert,
unemployed, 26, of 732
Providence Way, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies
March 6 for violation of proba-
tion.

Casey Michael Chavis, unem-
ployed, 21, of 304 Reeves St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies March 8 for viola-
tion of probation on original
charges of
sale/manufacture/delivery/pos-
session of controlled substance
and possession of more than 20
grams of marijuana.

Thomas Michael Cooley,
unemployed, 40, of 294 Nimrod
Circle, Lot 8, Villa Tasso, was
arrested by Okaloosa County
sheriffs deputies March 3 for
violation of probation on the
original charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.


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Jeremiah McCoy, a mainte-
nance worker, 31, of 212
Redwood Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies
March 1 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
domestic violence battery.

Elija Larue Mason, a cook,
30, of 399 Glendale Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police March 8 for
battery, domestic violence.

Jason Christopher Mason, a
cashier, 28, of 138 Via Largo
Court, Santa Rosa Beach, was
arrested by
Niceville
police Feb.
20 for grand
theft. On
Feb. 10,

employed at
Kmart, 1140
E. John Sims
Parkway,
Jason Mason was
Christopher allegedly
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gMason observed on
video surveillance selecting
$395 worth of merchandise and
acting as if he was checking out
through an alleged co-defen-
dant's register as a regular cus-
tomer. The other suspect
allegedly acted as if she was
scanning Mason's merchandise,
then bagged the items without
actually charging Mason.

Steven Joseph Richburg Jr.,
unemployed, 20, of 211 Cadillac
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 5 for
retail theft. Richburg was
allegedly observed taking a $30
cell phone at Kmart, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway, removing
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Joshua Gibb Phillips, 33, of
1108 Montrose Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
March 9 for violation of proba-
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driving while license suspended
or revoked.

Richard Douglas Ward, 39, of
175 Magnolia St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies
March 10 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
grand theft.

James Preston Hampton, 30,
with an at-large address, and a
permanent address of 618
Caribbean Way, Niceville, was
arrested by
sheriff's
deputies
March 7 for
fraudulent
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resident
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Hampton glary in
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credit card was among the items
stolen from his truck. The victim
learned that the credit card had
been used at the Destin Wal-Mart
for $320 and multiple times at a
gas station for a total of $75.
Surveillance photos and assis-
tance from Valparaiso police
were used to help identify and
locate Hampton.

Michael Alan Nichols, unem-
ployed, 42, of 413 Paradise
Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies March 10 on a
Walton County warrant for a
misdemeanor worthless checks
charge.


Helen Marie Matkin, 45, of
1016 Judith Ave., Niceville, and
with a permanent address of
1710 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
March 10 for DUI. Matkin rear-
ended another vehicle on
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Thefts
A Niceville resident in the
400 block of Niceville Avenue
reported March 5 that unknown
persons) stole a wallet from an
unlocked vehicle. The wallet
contained a Social Security card,
credit card, driver's license and
checkbook.

A Niceville resident from the
600 block of West John Sims
Parkway reported March 6 that
someone kicked in the door to
his apartment and stole a $650
flat-screen TV and a $250 video
game system.

A DeFuniak Springs man
who left his 2008 vehicle parked
on Biltmore Way, Niceville,
March 6 reported that when he
returned to the car he found three
windows broken, a tire cut and
three prescription drugs and a
GPS unit stolen from inside the
vehicle. The stolen items had an
estimated value of $172. The
damaged tire was valued at $50
but no estimate was given for the
broken windows.

A Bluewater Bay resident
reported Feb. 27 that unknown
persons) stole 16 ounces of gold
from his residence. The victim
said he was missing one ounce of
18 karat yellow gold in the form
of a single decorative bar and 15
ounces of 18 karat yellow gold,
in penny weights of 20 penny
weights per ounce, used for den-
tal purposes. The victim said
he'd last seen the gold, valued at
$15,000, about October 2008.

A Niceville resident from the
1700 block of Maple Avenue
reported that someone stole a
$439 trolling motor from his
boat sometime Feb. 13-March 6.

A Niceville resident had his
bank card refused at a Mobile
gas station March 1. When he
returned home and contacted the
bank he was informed that the
bank had noticed several suspi-
cious transactions and decided to


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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

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

Name: Tyrone Maurice Clayborne
Wanted for: violation of probation on
the original charges of criminal mis-
chief, possession of a controlled sub-
stance and possession of marijuana.
Claiborne's last known address was in
Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 230 pounds
Age: 46
Date of birth: 09-20-62
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Paul Wayne Johnson
Wanted for: failure to appear for a
felony offense. Johnson's last known
address was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 11-inches
Weight: 198 pounds
Age: 45
Date of birth: 02-06-64
Hair: brown
Eyes: hazel



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while a gas flame goes over 1000 degrees, towels and pot holders ignite at 400
degrees. Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

East Niceville Fire Department

The East Niceville Fire District responded to 15 calls Feb. 1 through Feb. 27,
2009. Visit our website at www.enfd.net.
LOCATION SITUATION DATE TIME
Hopper Street . . .EMS, excl. veh. accident w/injury .2/1/09 .. .7:17 PM
Raintree Boulevard .Dispatched and canceled . .. .2/2/09 ... .5:40 PM
Surf Lane .........Fire, other ............ .. . 2/7/09 . .1:21 PM
Edge Avenue .... EMS, excl. veh. accident w/injury .2/14/09 .. .8:42 AM
Sasser Street ..... Rescue EMS call, other ....... .2/16/09 .. .12:00 AM
Glenview Avenue . .Building fire ............ . .2/16/09 .. .3:55 PM
Marysa Drive . .. .Dispatched and canceled . .. .2/17/09 .. .10:05 AM
Caribbean Way . .Dispatched and canceled . . .2/17/09 . .2:41 PM
CallawayDrive . . .Rescue EMS call, other ........2/18/09 .. .2:45 PM
Forest Road . . .. .False alarm/call, other ........ .2/19/09 . .10:53 AM
Edge Avenue . .. .Rescue EMS call, other ....... .2/19/09 . .2:51 PM
18th Street ........Rescue EMS call, other ........2/19/09 .. .2:59 PM
White Point Road . .Dumpster/other outside trash fire .2/22/09 . .12:24 PM
Sandalwood Circle .Building fire ......... . . . .2/24/09 . .11:47 AM
Palm Boulevard, N. .Medical assist, assist EMS . . .2/27/09 . .7:18 PM

North Bay Fire Department
North Bay Fire Department Activity
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 9
through March 14.


LOCATION SITUATION
The Crossings ..........EMS call ......... .
Cedar Street .......... .EMS call ......... .
Olde Post Road .........EMS call ......... .
Parkwood Lane .........EMS call ......... .
Merchants Way .........EMS call ......... .
Merchants Way .........EMS call ...........
Smith Road/Freeport . . .Canceled ..........
Rocky Bayou Bridge . . .Vehicle accident . . .
Hickory Street ......... .Medical assist . . . .
E. Highway 20 ......... .EMS call ......... .
N. White Point Road . . .Canceled . . . . .
Carr Drive ......... .. .Canceled . . . . .
N. White Point Road . . .EMS call ......... .
Canterbury Cove ....... .EMS call ......... .
Highway 20 ......... . .Vehicle accident.


suspend the card. The victim
said he had not lost the credit
card and always had it in his pos-
session. The card had been used
five times to purchase amounts
of $200 each time, for a total of
$1,000.
Other
Stefen J. Shauf, a student, 18,
of 1618 Date Palm Drive,
Niceville, and Chase Carey Huff,
19, of 1472 Oakmont Place,
Niceville, were issued notices to
appear by sheriffs deputies in
Destin, March 5, each charged
with underage possession of
alcohol.

James Chase Brooks, a chef,
23, of 68 Wolverine Ave.,
Valparaiso, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriffs deputies
March 6 for possession of drug
paraphernalia.

Sometime Feb. 27-March 5, a
Florida Fish and Wildlife law
enforcement officer received a
call on his personal cell phone
from a landowner complaining
about a subject trespassing on his
private property north of Range
Road 211 in Eglin Wildlife
Management Area.
Because the FWC officer
could not respond at the
moment, he advised the


DAY TIME
..3/9/09 ........11:57
. .3/9/09 . .. .23:51
. .3/10/09 . . 12:01
.3/10/09 . . . .12:53
.3/10/09 . . . .15:19
..3/10/09.. .. 19:25
..3/11/09 . . . .09:09
..3/11/09 . . . .18:26
.3/11/09 . . . .19:26
.3/11/09 . . . .22:35
.3/12/09 . . . .13:44
. .3/12/09 . . 16:56
. .3/13/09 . . 06:42
.3/13/09 . . . .15:03
.3/14/09 . . . .17:11


landowner to immediately con-
tact the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. The landowner
called the Sheriff's Office and
requested that a deputy respond,
make contact, and hold the sus-
pect.
A deputy made contact with
the hunter at the scene, who
advised the deputy that he had
been muzzleloader hunting. The
deputy advised The FWC officer
that he checked the hunter's pop-
up blind and found a Remington
shotgun Model 870 loaded with
turkey shot. The deputy also dis-
covered a backpack in the blind
that had several other items such
as more turkey shot shells, a
turkey call, shotgun slugs, shot-
gun 00 buckshot, birdshot shells,
night vision equipment, range
finder, deer scents, and gloves
with the name of the hunter on
them.
A further inspection revealed
corn scattered around the blind.
The FWC officer issued the
hunter a citation for possession
of a modem firearm while hunt-
ing deer during muzzleloading
season and for attempting to take
turkey over bait.
The deputy sheriff issued the
hunter a warning for trespass.
The FWC officer seized the
Remington shotgun, slugs, buck-
shot, turkey shot and turkey call.


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IFite Department Reports

Nilevjile Fire Department
fh ceville Fire Dertment resp ed to the following calls March 9
through -15
0 Stru irergency dical CAlls
1Vehicle Fire 5 Vehicle Crashes .
1 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crashwith Extri n
0 Illegal Burn 0 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions


LOCATION SITUATION
Cape Lane .............. Medical ......
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . .
SR285 at MM 8 .......... .Controlled burn
31st Street .......... . . .Medical . . .
23rd Street .......... . . .Medical . . .
Jones Avenue ............Medical . . .
Powell Drive ......... . .. .Medical . . .
Hudson Circle ............Medical . . .
Rocky Bayou Bridge .......Vehicle crash .
College Blvd/SR85N .......Vehicle crash
ALS Drive ......... . . Medical . . .
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . .
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . .
Glen Avenue ......... .. .Medical . . .
Reeves Street ............Medical . . .
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . .
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Vehicle crash
SR123 and SR85N ........Vehicle crash ..
Swift Creek/Bayshore . ... .Vehicle crash ..
Reeves Street ............Vehicle fire . .
27th Street . . . . . . Medical . . .
23rd Street ........... .. .Medical . . .
22nd Street ......... . . .Medical . . .


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THE BEACON


Page A-7


The Inquiring Photographer


-Stacie Morgan


"What do you think about the Okaloosa County Tax Collector

paying employee bonuses totaling $692,000 over three years?"


Locations: The
Tom Thumb at
the comer of
Palm Boulevard
and Partin Drive,
and Food World.


"I have mixed opinions "I don't like it and I
about that. He was told don't approve of
to run it like a business; anything like that."
but I know my business
is not run that way."


"I think our tax money "It's a little ridiculous.
can go to more Actually, it's totally
important things, like ludicrous."
our struggling schools.
It ain't no good. "


"I don't think much of "I think his people are
it but there's not much earning it. I have no
I can do about it." complaints about
Chris (Hughes, tax
collector)."


Don Beattie,
age 63,
Niceville,
sales


John Luna,
age 49,
Pensacola,
welder


Raymond Olivarez,
age 25,
Choctaw Beach,
pipefitter


Leeann Pope,
age 30,
Valparaiso,
homemaker


Jessie Barlow,
age 81,
Niceville,
retired


Robert Dumers,
age 69,
Niceville,
retired


BONUSES
From page A-1
officers had agreed to follow the
same practices as the county on
merit and cost-of-living raises.
The county is giving no merit
raises this year due to the ailing
economy and lagging tax rev-
enues.
"He (Hughes) could approve
bonuses to put in his budget if
that's what
the county
did," said
Roberts
Thursday.
followMy heart-
bu"W is that upsets me is the public








trust part of it," said Roberts. He
Hughes
said he was
go yees earning to
follow the Bill Roberts

guidelines."t
"What upsets me is the public
trust part of it," said Roberts. He
said that the public doesn't want
employees earning $96,000 to be
getting $15,000 annual bonuses.
"In today's time, who's going to
walk away from a $96,000 job,"
he said. "It's probably legal, but
it's not right."
Hughes' top two employees,
earning $96,000 and $90,000 in
base salary this year, were paid a
total of $45,000 and $52,500,
respectively, in additional bonus-
es over the past three years. The
Beacon first reported the practice
March 11.


Whether county commission-
ers should have been surprised by
the amount of bonuses in the tax
collectors office is an open ques-
tion. Other top county officials,
past and present, say the Hughes-
ordered bonuses have been com-
mon knowledge for years.
"It's been going on a long
time, more than the three years,"
former Supervisor of Elections
Pat Hollarn told the Beacon
Monday.
Although the information was
available to anyone through a
public records request, Hollamrn
said, the County Commission is a
policy-making board that is not
involved in day-to-day issues
involving county employees.
"The reason some of us (elect-
ed "constitutional officers"-such
as the Sheriff, Property Appraiser,
Clerk of Court, Tax Collector, and
Elections Supervisor) knew about
it is our employees told us about
it," Hollam said.
Meantime, the Tax Collector's
office has paid county govem-
ment nearly $7.1 million in
"excess fees" over the past 10
years. The money, which found
its way into the general treasury
administered by Roberts and the
rest of the five-member county
commission, represented a por-
tion of fees and commissions paid
by the public and government to
the tax collector for services.
Most of the money is kept by the
tax collector to fund office opera-
tions. The excess is paid to the
county, according to Hughes.
Hughes said the fees are set by


state law, and he has no power to
lower them. So, he said, he gives
the excess to the county commis-
sion each year. Last year the fig-
ure amounted to $1.5 million, by
far the highest sum in at least a
decade.
It was not clear how carefully
the county commission studied
the budget of a tax collector who
sent it hundreds of thousands of
dollars in windfalls every year.
Last year Hughes initially sub-
mitted a proposed budget listing
his total request of $5.8 million
with no breakdown of expendi-
tures, and no mention of total
payroll, let alone bonuses. A fol-
low-up memo to the county sim-
ply listed expenses for postage,
utilities, repairs, and bank fees, as
well as a single revenue line for
commissions, fees the tax collec-
tor charged the county for collect-
ing its taxes.
Officials say Hughes, an elect-
ed official in his own right, gives
the county commission a summa-
ry of his budget out of courtesy,
and that the panel has no legal
power to approve or reject it.
Roberts contrasted the
Hughes' bonuses with county
employees in the county's water
and sewer department. Even
though water and sewer employ-
ees saved the county about $4
million by taking on construction
of the county's new water treat-
ment plant, those employees
"don't get a dime more," Roberts
said.
Hughes defended his authority
to give bonuses by making public


a March 13 letter from a
Tallahassee law firm stating that
federal and state law gives him
the authority to provide extra dis-
cretionary compensation to his
employees. Under Florida law
215.425, according to the letter
from attorney Michael K.
Grogan, bonuses are not prohibit-
ed to county, municipal, or spe-
cial district employees in accor-
dance with policies adopted by
county or municipal ordinances,
or resolutions of governing
boards of special districts.
Hughes cited Florida statute
215.425 in a policy "regulation"
he adopted for his office titled
"Extra Compensation Pay." The
regulation says the extra compen-
sation is not guaranteed and will
be given based upon availability
of funds. Only full-time employ-
ees are eligible under Hughes'
policy.
In an March 9 e-mail to the
Beacon, Hughes said that the zero
amount for bonuses in his office
this fiscal year is indicative of two
factors: first, "the year is not over
and I have not evaluated perform-
ance at this time;" and second, "if
there is no unused money in per-
sonnel services, there are no extra
compensation payments. I will
not know our complete financial
situation until after the Tax
Certificate Sale in June."
Roberts said the Hughes'
budget is provided to the board of
commissioners "out of courtesy,"
since it's the Florida Department
of Revenue that actually approves
the Tax Collector's budget.


Roberts and Okaloosa County
Administrator Jim Curry said
they had both talked to DOR after
reading about Hughes generous
bonuses in a Beacon story last
Wednesday.
Curry said that DOR stated
that no employee bonuses had
been submitted in the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's budget the
last three years, and that if it had
been included, the state would
have disallowed them from
Hughes' budget. According to
Curry DOR said some bonuses
are authorized, if the Tax
Collector has established a bonus
plan that was publicly adopted
and implementation was consis-
tent and across the board.
Curry said that the Tax
Collector is unique in its govem-
ment role because his entire
budget is based on commissions
he receives from the county and


some other taxing authorities.
Those commissions and fees
amount to approximately 2 per-
cent of the taxes or fees collected,
he said.
"All commissions are set by
Florida Statutes for taxes, DMV
(Department of Motor Vehicles),
driver's license and hunting and
fishing licenses," Hughes told the
Beacon Monday. "The commis-
sions are set by Statute. Cities do
not pay a commission by statute.
The county does pay a fee, as
well as fire districts, special tax-
ing districts, MSBU's (Municipal
Service Benefit Units), and
MSTU's (Municipal Services
Taxing Units). The county also
pays the commission for the
School Board. The fee is roughly
2 percent."
Okaloosa County budget hear-
ings are scheduled to start April
28, Curry said.


CONDO
From page A-1
The MSBU is an independ-
ently governed unit of Okaloosa
County government, and
charges Bluewater Bay property
owners a
f n flat-fee
annual tax of
$ 6 2 5 7 ,
which pays
for landscap-
ing and
beautifica-
tion of
common
Vern Miller areas" along
main streets
throughout Bluewater Bay, as
well as street lighting and street
signs along such roads. MSBU
governing board members are
unpaid volunteers who are elect-
ed to their positions.
In a letter presented to the
MSBU board Nov. 13, Miller
said, Florida Club owners were
being "unfairly assessed by the
MSBU," because they received
no "tangible benefits" from the
association's community-
improvement programs.
At that time, members of the
MSBU board replied that the
Florida Club was within the
original legal boundaries of the
Bluewater Bay planned unit
development, and was part of
Bluewater Bay when the MSBU
was approved by an election of
local property owners and estab-
lished by an ordinance subse-
quently passed by the Okaloosa
County Board of County
Commissioners (BCC). Board


members said that if the Florida
Club separated itself from the
MSBU, it would set a bad prece-
dent. Other subdivisions within
Bluewater Bay might then do
likewise, they said, perhaps
destroying the MSBU altogeth-
er.
At the March 10 meeting,
Miller presented a petition he
said was signed by most Florida
Club owners, stating their desire
to drop out of the MSBU. The
petition stated: "We, the under-
signed, are all registered voters
in Okaloosa County and are also
owners of condos at the Florida
Club. Under prevailing condi-
tions, we fall within the borders


of a map which delineates the
current boundaries of the
Bluewater Bay MSBU. As a
result, we are subjected to an
annual non-ad valorem assess-
ment in support of the MSBU."
"This petition seeks relief
from the MSBU assessment
based upon the fact that we
receive absolutely no tangible or
intangible benefit as a result of
our Florida Club Association
being included within the
MSBU area. We consider it
unfair and unreasonable to
expect over 100 condo owners
to continue paying annual
MSBU assessments under these
circumstances."


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Wednesday, March 18
Ruckel@Richbourg track 3:30 p.m.
Davidson@ Lewis track 3:30 p.m.
Ruckel@ Davidson baseball/softball; 3:30 p.m.
Lewis@ Richbourg baseball/softball; 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 19
Pensacola Christian@RBCS baseball; 4 p.m.
RBCS@Paxton softball; 5:30 p.m.
Davidson@ Lewis golf; 3 p.m.
Ruckel@Pryor golf; 3 p.m.
Pryor@ Ruckel tennis; 3:30 p.m.
Lewis@St. Mary tennis; 3 p.m.
RBCS@Vernon weightlifting; TBD
RBCS @ Freeport track; 3 p.m.
NHS JV@Crestview track, 2:30 p.m.
NHS@ Rutherford, tennis, 2 p.m.
Friday, March 20
RBCS@Central baseball; 4 p.m.
W. Florida Tech@RBCS softball; 3:30 p.m.
Tate@NHS baseball; JV 4; V 6:30 p.m.
NHS@Ecambia softball; JV 5 V 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
NHS@Viking Relays, FWB, track, 10 p.m.
Bluewater Bay Sailing Club Start Palooza,
11 a.m., LJ Schooner's Restaurant
Monday, March 23
RBCS @ Ponce de Leon softball; 6 p.m.
Lewis@ Pryor golf; 3 p.m.
St. Mary @Ruckel golf; 3 p.m.
Pryor@ Lewis tennis; 3 p.m.
Davidson@ Ruckel tennis; 3 p.m.
Ruckel@ Lewis baseball/softball; 3:30 p.m.
RBCS@Vernon weightlifting District 2-1A meet; 5 p.m.
Crestview@NHS, tennis, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24
RBCS@S. Walton baseball; JV 4 V 6:30 p.m.
Northview@NHS baseball; 6 p.m.
RBCS@S. Walton track; 3 p.m.
Pace@NHS softball; JV 5 V 7 p.m.
Choctaw@NHS tennis, 2 p.m.


Niceville tops

Crestview
Niceville's Jordan Demos takes a
rip at a pitch during Thursday's 4-1
victory over Crestview. With the
win, the Eagles remained unbeated
in district play.


Young Rocky lifters progressing


The Rocky Bayou Christian
School weightlifting team is
young, but progressing
March 2 @ South Walton
vs. South Walton and Baker
119 Michael Sandiford,
first-120-115-235
Drew Kirkpatrick, second-
120-105-225
129 Andrew Beno, second-
95-105-200
154 Adam Downing, third-
195-180-375
169 Class-James Waldron,
third-240-210-450 (James tied
total weight with the, second-
place lifter from Baker but in
the tie-breaker the lifter who
weighs less wins)
183 Eddie Owens, third-
180-185-365
219 Korey Koster, third-
145-155-300
Heavyweight-Shawn Josey,
second-245-195-440


F ~


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Kara Green and Amanda Laporta battle in Foil Tournament play.


'Fence-a-thon' raises


money for charities


Team Points Scored-28
"This point total is a huge
milestone for the program," said
coach Dana Arthur. "The most
Rocky Bayou received last sea-
son was 11 points."
March 5 @ Vernon vs.
Vernon and South Walton
119 Michael Sandiford, sec-
ond-120-120-245
129 Drew Kirkpatrick,
first-115-105-220
Andrew Beno, second-95-
105-200
154 Adam Downing,
fourth-190-185-375
169 Adrian Hinz fourth-0-
125-125
183 Eddie Owens, fourth-
190-185-375
219 Korey Koster, third-0-
155-155
HWT- Shawn Josey,
fourth-250-185-435 (With the
250 Ib Bench Press, Josey tied





Eglin Women's Golf
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the Day-Throw out two holes
each side 1/2 hcp
First flight-first, Su Hui
Borkowski/Wanda Larkins, 52;
third, Janette Gregg/Wanna
Caverly, 55; Second flight-first,
Jan Boggs, 49; second, Susan
Greenslade, 56; third, Nancy
Estes/Joan Bennett/Audrey
Bailey, 57; third flight-first,
Lavera Collins, 55, second,
Dianne Maynard/Maria
McKee, 57; fourth flight-first,
Shirley Wohleber, 55; second,
Merle Buffkin, 56; third, Bette
Olsen 59.

Teens wanted
for fast-pitch

Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League would like to put together
a fast-pitch softball team for girls
ages 13-15. Currently fast-pitch
softball has leagues for girls ages
7-12.
"We already have five girls
who want to do this," said Sharon
Criddle, softball player agent.
The league hopes to get at
least 10 more girls interested so
the league can begin playing by
the end of March.
Interested girls can call
Criddle at 855-1917.


Rams take relays
Ruckel Middle School's Alise Snyders, left, took second place
and Maxine Alien took first in the girls 1600-meter event at the
Rutherford Rams Relays Saturday, March 14, in Panama City.
Ruckel girls and boys teams each took first place out of 12 teams
entered in the relays. The girls scored 89 points to lead second-
place Freeport Middle School with 57. The boys scored 72;
Rosenwald Middle School (Panama City) was second with 61.

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U17 Foil found some of the win-
ners from Saturday with Green
first, Hartsog second and Amanda
LaPorta of Niceville third. The
final event, the mixed foil, ended
in a four-way tie. Drake won the
event by one point, Dodson was
second and Laporta and Jesse
Hartsog tied for third.
During the weekend, more
than $100 was raised and con-
tributed to the Casa Berne
Orphanage in Guatemala, the
National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, and the Meigs Band. Call
Robert Drake at 678-9190 for
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the school record)
March 9 @ Walton High
vs. Walton, South Walton,
Baker
119 Michael Sandiford,
first-135-130-265
129 Andrew Beno, third-
100-115-215
154 Adam Downing,
fourth- 200-185-385
169 James Waldron, sec-
ond-245-205-450
183 Eddie Owens, fourth-
190-185-375
"We did not do so well in
this meet," said Arthur. "We had
many lifters there. Those not
listed didn't place in the top
four. Heavyweight Shawn Josey
did break the school bench
press record with a lift of 255."
Arthur expressed pride in his
team's effort.
"It's hard to believe we are
competing with a team full of


eighth graders, ninth graders
and 10th graders against juniors
and seniors from well-estab-
lished programs," he said. "I
told the team, 'We may not win
a meet this year, just for the fact
were competing against upper-
classmen, but all I want for us to
do is get better every week. I do
not want anyone getting worse
or staying the same.' So far,
they have done just that.
Whether it is increasing their
total by 5 to 15 pounds, they
have done the job of getting bet-
ter. We may be small (team
wise), but the work ethic is irre-
placeable. The beauty of this
sport is that if you don't per-
form, the fault lies within your-
self, and I think the lifters real-
ize that, which makes me look
forward to every day of seeing
how the lifters are going to
make themselves better."


series of Fencing Tournaments
sponsored by the North Bay
Society of the Sword were held on
the weekend of Feb. 21 and 22 and
included the clubs first ever
Fence-A-Thon, with several
members raising money for local,
national and international chari-
ties, according to the number of
points they scored over the week-
end.
On Saturday, the saber events
were held at "Fitness for
Everyone" in Fort Walton Beach.
Mixed saber winners were Kara
Green, Niceville, first; Geoffrey
Drake, Niceville and Lou Dodson,
Shalimar, tied for second. Men's


saber was won by Drake, with
Dodson and Jesse Hartsog of Fort
Walton Beach tied for second.
Women's saber was won by
Jessica Purvis, Bluewater Bay,
with Green in second place. Under
17 saber found Kara Green win-
ning the gold, with Purvis gaining
the silver and Hartsog finishing
with the bronze.
On Sunday, the foil events
were held at the First Presbyterian
Church in Niceville. The Under 12
fencers started the day with the
final being a one point bout that
was won by Devin Drake of
Niceville, with Nic Dodson of
Shalimar finishing Second. The


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The Certification Board of
Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC), a
not-for-profit corporation
established to develop and
administer practice-related
examinations in the field of
nuclear cardiology, is pleased
to announce that Stephen 0.
Hunley, M.D., of Niceville,
passed the certification exami-
nation in December. Hunley is
now entitled to designate him-
self as "Diplomate of the
Certification Board of Nuclear
Cardiology."

Col. Steven J. Chapman,
commander of the Air Force
Reserve's 919th Special
Operations Wing, will relin-
quish leadership to Col. Jon A.
Weeks, 919th SOW vice com-
mander, in a
change of
command
ceremony at
Duke Field
April 4 at 9
a.m. Maj.
Gen.
Thomas
"T.C."
Col. Jon A. Coon, 10th
Weeks Air Force
Commander, Naval Air Station
Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth,
Texas, will officiate.
Chapman has been reas-
signed as commander of the
Air Force Reserve's 315th
Airlift Wing, Charleston Air
Force Base, S.C., where he
will be responsible for organiz-
ing, training and equipping a
unit with more than 2,400 peo-
ple.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18,
Plew Elementary School's
Academic Team earned sixth
place in the Southeast Region's
competition. Team members
present at the competition
were: Grace Barton,
Nathaniel Cain, Matt Cutts,
Natassia Flegal, Trevor
Fossom, Laura Harber,
Kevin Hartzog, Brenna
McGowan, Abigail Mistretta,
Sarah Pabst, Emily
Pfaffenbichler, Nick
Pizzolato, Mara Riley, Cari
Sands, Zac Schwantz, Callie
Smith, Mimi Taylor and
Chandler Walker. The team
is coached by Michael
Scrivner.

Ashley Bailey, Crime
Prevention Specialist with the
Okaloosa County Sheriffs
Department, presented a pro-
gram to the Twin Cities
Woman's Club at its February
luncheon. She shared valuable
information on how senior citi-
zens can protect themselves
from identity theft and fraud.


BWB artist wins best of show


Student exhibition shows

lifelike art, whimsical sculpture


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Bluewater Bay artist Patti
Gillespie won the Best of
Show award at this year's
Arnie Hart Juried Student
Exhibition at the Mattie
Kelley Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State
College.
Gillespie won the contest
with her painting of some
flowers,
called
"Emily."
Rocky
Bayou stu-
dent Adam
Thair
Stevens
took second
place for
Patti Gillespie three-
dimensional
art with his sculpture, "Bug,"
a whimsical collection of
knives, forks, light bulbs, and
machine parts arranged to
resemble a giant insect.
This year's contest among
NFSC art students was judged
by Barbara J. Swindell, a for-
mer art professor at Kennesaw
State University. In a written
statement of her approach to
judging art, Swindell wrote
that she looks for art that
"makes you think" rather than
"just a pretty picture."
Swindell said she looks for
excellence in basic composi-
tion and visual impact, seek-
ing art that "stops me in my
tracks" when she sees it.
Nevertheless, Swindell
gave the Best in Show award
to Gillespie's painting, which
at first glance is a pretty pic-


ture of some flowers-the
very thing Swindell said fails
to impress her. Swindell did
not respond to an e-mail
inquiry from the Beacon ask-
ing her to explain why she
chose Gillespie's painting for
the top prize.
An examination of
Gillespie's painting, however,
shows that it does, indeed,
catch the viewer's eye, with
bright colors, a well-balanced
composition, and almost pho-
tographic detail. Looking at
the painting, the viewer is
encouraged to stop, examine it
more closely, and to appreci-
ate the complex structure and
design that comprise flowers
and other living things.
After accepting her award,
Gillespie told the Beacon,
"I've been doing art all my
life, and a few years ago,
began taking formal classes."
Two semesters ago, she said,
she applied for a Mattie
Kelley scholarship at NFSC,
and is now pursuing an associ-
ates degree in fine arts from
the college. Her most influen-
tial professor so far, she said,
has been J.B. Cobbs, from
whom she has learned "tech-
nique, color and belief in
myself as an artist."
Second-place sculptor
Adam Stevens of Rocky
Bayou said he is also a life-
long artist, but began doing
sculpture only during the past
year. His winning sculpture,
"Bugs," resulted from a class
assignment to create a sculp-
ture from "found objects." He

Please see BWB ART, page B-8


The annual Arnie Hart Juried
Student Exhibition is taking
place at the Mattie Kelley Arts
Center at Northwest Florida
State College. Best of Show
award went to "Emily," above,
by Bluewater Bay artist Patti
Gillespie. At left, "Bug," by
Adam Thair Stevens of Rocky
Bayou, took second place for
3-D art. The artworks will
remain on display through
April 19.
Beacon photos by Mike Griffith


For the second year, Destin
Commons' "Coins For A
Cause" program made a dona-
tion to Covenant Hospice in
memory of Brad Van Hoosear,
who was the son of Kay
Phelan, their public relations
consultant. Brad, a resident of
Destin, lost his life at 36 in
December 2007, after a battle
with pancreatic cancer and
benefited from Covenant
Hospice's end-of-life care serv-
ices.
"We allocated our $1,000
donation to Camp Monarch in
Brad's memory," said Crystal
Petti, director of marketing at
Destin Commons. "This is a


special one-day bereavement
camp Covenant Hospice holds
at Camp Timpoochee in
Niceville each fall for children
who are grieving the loss of a
loved one. Our donation will
enable 10 children to attend."
Covenant Hospice provides
care for patients with life-limit-
ing illnesses, their families and
their loved ones. One of their
primary objectives is to provide
patients the opportunity to
remain in their own homes or
in a homelike setting, and to
maintain a strong emphasis on
quality of life. Covenant
Hospice in Niceville serves the
Niceville/Destin/Fort Walton


Beach area with 72 employees
and 200 volunteers. To make a
donation to the organization or
to become involved, call 729-
1800.
Coins For A Cause at Destin
Commons donates the proceeds
from the center's 65 parking
meters along the main street to
local and national charities.
Thousands of dollars have
gone to many local charities
since the program's inception
five years ago.
To learn more about Coins
For A Cause or apply on-line
for future donation considera-
tion, visit
destincommons.com.


Destin Commons donated $1,000 at Covenant Hospice's recent
TV Cablethon. Destin Commons general manager, Bob Perry, with
Kay Phelan, Destin Commons public relations consultant and
mother of Brad Van Hoosear, in whose memory the donation was
made, presented a check to cablethon hosts, Mike Minich and
Laura Hussey. The donation will benefit Camp Monarch for
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THE BEACON


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


High School in 2003. Anthony
graduated from Florida State
University, with a bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineer-
ing. He commissioned into the
U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant.
In 2008, Cheryl received her
associate of arts degree from
Northwest Florida State College.
Shortly after their wedding
and honeymoon, the couple will
move from Niceville to Fort
Carson, Colo.


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Odle-Nibblett
Robin and Allen Odle of
Niceville announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Alona
Odle, to Garrett Nibblett, son of
Kaye and Richard Nibblett of
DeFuniak Springs. Alona is a
graduate of Niceville High class
of 2003. The wedding ceremony
will take place on April 11, 2009,
at Beasley Park in Fort Walton
Beach.


Anthony S. Heberlein and
Cheryl L. Johnson
Johnson-Heberlein
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Johnson
announce the upcoming wedding
of their daughter, Cheryl L.
Johnson, to Anthony S.
Heberlein, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Roger Heberlein. Their wedding
will take place on March 7, 2009,
at Saint Rita's Catholic Church
in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
The bride and groom-to-be
both graduated from Niceville


Brianne Henry and Daniel
McAllister

Henry-McAllister
Joe and Carol Henry of
Simsbury, Conn., announce the
engagement of their daughter,
Brianne Eileen, to Air Force
Capt. Daniel Branford
McAllister, son of retired Col.
Branford and Carolyn
McAllister of Niceville.
The bride-to-be is a graduate
of Miami University of Ohio
with a bachelor of arts degree in
psychology. She is a doctoral
student at the Chicago School of
Professional Psychology.
The prospective groom is a
graduate of Niceville High
School and the U.S. Air Force
Academy, with a bachelor of sci-
ence in mathematics and opera-
tions research. He also graduated
from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology with a master of
science degree in operations
research. He is an F-15 pilot sta-
tioned at Tyndall Air Force Base.
The wedding will take place
on May 22, 2010, in Simsbury.


Air Force photo


Welcome home


First Lt. Ryan Cross greets his son, Micah, on his return to his base and his wife, Farah, at
Misawa, Japan, March 1, following deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Cross is a graduate of
Niceville High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is an F-16 pilot currently stationed at
Misawa Air Base, Japan. He is the son of Terry and Greta Weimer of Niceville.


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Air Force Airman Timothy A.
Hartley has graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of train-
ing, the airman studied the Air
Force mission, organization, core
values, and military customs and
courtesies; performed drill and
ceremony marches, and received
physical training, rifle marksman-
ship, field training exercises, and


special train-
ing in human
relations.
In addi-
tion, airmen
who com-
plete basic
training earn
credits
toward an
associate in Timothy A.
applied sci- Hartley
ence degree
relating through the Community
College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Dave Hartley
of St. Vincent Cove, Niceville.


Army Specialist Brian F.
Adams recently returned from a
one-year assignment to the
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in
Korea, where he was stationed as
a Military Police Officer at Camp
Casey. He was reassigned Feb. 1
to Fort Lewis in Washington state,
where he is imbedded in an
infantry unit and training for a
September 2009 deployment to
Iraq.
Adams is the son of Robert and
Mary Adams of the Crossings,
Bluewater Bay. He is a 2007 grad-
uate of Niceville High School and
enlisted in the Army in July, 2007.


Quintero-Veasey
Natalia Lizeth Quintero and
Chad Denim Veasey were unit-
ed in marriage Nov. 23, 2008, at
Swift Creek Community Center
of Niceville.
The ceremony was per-
formed by Pastor Susan Werner
of Living Word Ministries in the
presence of their parents. The
bride was given away by Raul
Silvas, by request of her par-
ents, who viewed the ceremony
via web cam from Colombia.
The groom is the son of
Charles and Sherrie Veasey of
Niceville. The bride is the
daughter of Gabriel and Fanny
Quintero, of Villavicencio,
Colombia, South America.
The maid of honor was
Shannon Veasey, the groom's
sister-in-law, of Tallahassee,
and the best man was the
groom's father, Charles Veasey.
The ring bearer was Quinn
Veasey and the flower girl was
Kayla Martin.
Music was by David Stikler
and the shofar was blown by
Tom Wise. The couple honey-
mooned in Destin and reside in
Choctaw Beach.


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Rocky Bayou Christian
School took first place in the
small school division at the
22nd Annual BAE
Systems/Boeing/NWFSC
Math Bowl.


Rocky Bayou takes Math Bowl


Teams from 25 northwest
Florida high schools recently
competed in the 22nd annual
Math Bowl at Northwest
Florida State College at the col-
lege's Niceville campus. More
than 200 students participated
in the day-long competition
which was co-sponsored by
BAE Systems and Boeing.
Competing schools were


divided into three divisions,
based on school size. In the
small school division, Rocky
Bayou Christian School placed
first, followed by John Paul II
Catholic High School of
Tallahassee and Northwest
Florida State College
Collegiate High School.
The BAE Systems/Boeing/
NWFSC Math Bowl featured


events in solving mathematics Bayou won first place followed


problems on a written test and
ciphering matches in which
teams were pitted against each
other in a race against time to
correctly solve various algebra,
trigonometry, analytic geome-
try, plane geometry, calculus
and miscellaneous problems.
In individual awards in this
division, Sillo Jin of Rocky


by Abby Chapman of Rocky
Bayou, Joseph Lepley of John
Paul II, Harrison Kim of Rocky
Bayou, Lauren Griffith of
Baker, Patricia Young of John
Paul II, Jamie Kim of Rocky
Bayou, Heidi Kriser of
Bethlehem, Curtis McKinion of
NWFSC Collegiate and Ethan
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The Collegiate School at
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semifinals, 95 to 65 and scoring
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their careers and what students
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Softball team sign-ups
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now taking teams for
the 2009 Adult Men's, Church and
Women's softball season. The league
will begin April 6. Information may be
downloaded from cityofniceville.org.
Info: Jim Baughman at 729-4062 or
jbaughman@niceville.org.


AAUW seeks books
The Niceville-Valparaiso Branch
of the American Association of
University Women (AAUW) is seek-
ing donations of used books for its
annual sale.
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the AAUW
Educational
Foundation and
local scholarships. The sale will be
held on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-3
p.m. in the parking lot of Peoples
National Bank on John Sims Parkway,
Niceville. For pickup of donations,
call 678-2900 or 729-2093.
Nominations sought
The Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status of Women
(OCCSW) is taking nominations for
the Women's Wall of Honor. The nom-
inations are due April 15. Each year,
the OCCSW honors special women in


the county who have contributed to
the well-being of children, families
and the citizens of our community
with a special ceremony each May.
The honorees' names are placed on a
plaque located in the library at the Fort
Walton Beach campus of the
University of West Florida with a
nearby book containing a biographical
page for each woman.
The nomination form and more
information can be found at
occsw.org/woh.htm. The form, a short
paragraph (100 words or less) about
the woman you wish to honor, her
photo and a $100 donation to the
OCCSW should be submitted to the
Okaloosa County Commission on the
Status of Women, Post Office Box
131, Shalimar, FL 32579. For more
information and a nomination form,
contact Shirley Pigott at 651-3095 or
shirleypigott@cox.net.
AARP Tax aid
AARP volunteers are providing
free income tax preparation for low- to
middle-income taxpayers, with spe-
cial emphasis on seniors, at the
Niceville Library, Wednesday through
Saturday, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Senior activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, for
March 18-24:
Wednesday, March 18: Wii
Games, 9:30 a.m.; Exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 19: Sing-along
with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, March 20: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Monday, March 23: Trivia, 9:30
a.m.
Tuesday, March 24: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Senior Center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donations are appre-
ciated. Reservations for meals must be
made the day before by noon. Contact
number is 833-9291, Barbara Harris
or Jessie Craft.


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enthusiasts who
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Meeting schedule:
March 18-Calhoun Park in Destin.
March 25-Gulf Islands National
Seashore Park, Okaloosa Island.
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
Mattie Kelly art exhibit
The galleries at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida State
College will present two new exhibits
through April 19: the annual Arnie
Hart Juried Student Exhibition and the
annual NWF State
College Faculty
Exhibition. The
exhibits are free
and open to the
public.
Info: 729-6044.
Van Porter Student Artists
View artworks from grades 8-12 of
Okaloosa County schools through
March 20, Arts and Design Society's
Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, Fort
Walton Beach.
Opening reception and awards
March 12, 6-7 p.m.
NFSC job fair planned
The Career Resource Center at
Northwest Florida State College will
host an area-wide Career and Job Fair
March 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the
Niceville Campus gymnasium. The
Job Fair will be open to all area job
seekers including students, graduates,
military, and the general public.
Woman's Aglow retreat
Northwest Florida Area Aglow
invites you to a one day retreat to hear
JoNell Gerland on March 21, 9:30
a.m.-3 p.m. at the Niceville Assembly
of God Church, Hwy. 85 N. JoNell
has ministered to women almost 30
years in 19 countries. Call Janet
Thomason at 678-3117 for informa-
tion and to register. ($15 includes
lunch).
Style show and luncheon
The Spring into Summer 24th
annual style show and luncheon, pre-


sented by Twin Cities Woman's Club,
will be held March 18 at Eglin Air
Force Base Officer's Club. Ticket
information: 897-0460 or 678-3187.
Kiwanis guest day
The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso cordially invites the public
to attend its Special Guest Day break-
fast meeting on
Thursday, March
19. The meeting
begins at 7 a.m. in
the College Mall
(Building K) on
the Niceville Campus of Northwest
Florida State College. A free buffet
breakfast will be served from 6:45 am.
The speaker will be Lt. Col. Mark
McLaughlin, commander of the 58th
Flight Squadron, Eglin Air Force
Base.
Kiwanis is a worldwide voluntary
service organization of individuals
who want to become involved in mak-
ing their communities better places to
live.
The services of the Niceville-
Valparaiso Kiwanis Club are well
known in the Twin Cities area. All
monies collected through fund-raisers
go directly into our community sup-
port activitivities, such as: scholarships,
repairing homes for the elderly and
needy, the Children In Crisis foster
home, sponsoring youth clubs at
Niceville High School, assisting the
Head Start reading program, motivat-
ing youth through mentoring at local
schools, supporting Sharing and
Caring, sponsoring youth sport activi-
ties.
For information, call: Mike Davis,
president, 678-3716, or Clarence
Mayo, membership chair, 897-5837.
Edge Spring Fling
Edge Elementary will hold its
annual Spring Fling Friday, March 20,
4-7:30 p.m.
There will be the traditional fun
inflatables, food, and carnival games.
This year there will also be health and
sport vendors showing fun ways to get
and stay healthy. The silent auction
will include autographed memorabilia
from military, film and sports legends,
including a signed book by Col. (Ret.)
'Bud' Day, Jeff Foxworthy, Santa
Clause' Tim Allen, Harlem
Globetrotters, Florida Marlins,
NASCAR stars and more.


Golf tourney for children
A charity golf tournament to sup-
port the Children's
Miracle Network
will be played
March 21 at Eglin
Golf Course.
Shotgun start at 1
p.m.; lunch at 11:45 a.m.; $65 per
golfer. Lunch is provided to every paid
golfer and there will be prizes. To reg-
ister, e-mail or call:
golf@nhskey.com, 830-7756. Make
check payable and mail to: NHS Key
Club, 1597 Ruckel Drive, Niceville,
FL 32578. For more information visit
nhskey.com/golf.
S.O.U.L. to perform
The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of the Emerald Coast
(UUFEC) will present Singers of
United Lands (S.O.U.L.) Sunday,
March 22, at the Fellowship Hall.
S.O.U.L is a unique quartet of four
young adults from different countries.
They take a year off from their careers
and travel the country sharing their
cultures, musicianship and their native
songs.
UUFEC will sponsor a dinner at 5
p.m.; tickets are $10 and children
under 12 eat free. The concert will
start at 6:30 p.m. and is free. For tick-
ets and dinner reservations, call 678-
7197 or 217-8481.
Singers plan two concerts
Okaloosa Chamber Singers will
present concerts titled "All About
Love" Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., at
First Presbyterian Church, Niceville,
and Sunday, March 29, 6 p.m., Destin
United Methodist Church.
High school members of the
Vivace String Quartet from the
Northwest Florida Youth Symphony
will accompany the singers in
Telemann's setting of "Psalm 117" and
perform a quartet piece as well.
Admission is $15. Info: 682-9651.
Water art
A juried exhibition-anything to
do with water-will be held at Arts
and Design
Society's Gallery,
17 First Street,
SE, Fort Walton
Beach, March 27-
April 17.
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BWB ART
From page B-1
put extra effort into the assign-
ment, Stevens said, "because I
wanted to see what was the
best I could do."
He said his
"bug" does
not repre-
sent any
particular
species, but
is meant to
convey the
general idea
of a bug
Adam Thair using inor-
Stevens g a n i c
objects ,
while also expressing his sense
of humor.
Another Niceville artist,
Kathryn Henson, won a Merit
award for her work, "Sky
Dancers." Henson was not
present at the awards presenta-


tion and artist's reception art competition is named after


Friday evening.
Arts Center Galleries direc-
tor Karen Valdes was also hon-
ored Friday evening for her
service to the NFSC Mattie
Kelley Arts Center. She plans
to retire at the end of June, but
will continue to teach some


Arnie Hart, and a statement
from the college thanked Jean
Hart for her "support of this
year's Arnie hart Juried student
exhibition."
The art center also thanked
Barbara Swindell, Mary Lou
Baker and other NFSC art


'I wanted to see what was the best I
could do.'
-Adam Stevens


classes at NFSC and continue
working on her own art, as well
as tending her garden, she said.
Arts Center director Cliff
Herron said more than a dozen
people have already applied to
become Valdes' successor.
Jean Hart, widow of the late
NFSC art professor Arnie Hart,
was also recognized during the
reception. The annual student


instructors, as well as staff,
students, and other volunteers.
The annual art competition has
been held for the last 15 years,
said the statement.
The student art will be dis-
played in the McIlroy Gallery
through April 19. In the adjoin-
ing Holzhauer Gallery, art by
NFSC faculty members is also
on display.


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From page B-6
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
This is the last year the Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls Softball Association
(VNGSA) will play at Wolverine Park,
but the girls, coaches and parents are
looking forward to the season, which
opened for 280 players March 7.
Next year the league plans to play at
city fields in Niceville.
"We're going to have a good season,"
said John Patten, president of the associ-



ation. "We're trying to make the best of
our final year" on the fields on
Wolverine Avenue, Valparaiso. "For the
end of the season we're trying to set up a
last-day celebration and invite everyone
who ever played out there. We're really
excited that we get at least this year out
at Wolverine."
The city of Valparaiso leases from
Eglin Air Force Base the land upon
which the association's seven fields sit.
In early 2008, the base said, for safety
reasons, it could not renew the lease. It
will expire Sept. 30. The city and league


volunteers have spent 35 years building
and improving the ball park.
"We haven't done anything new to
the fields or the concession area," Patten
said. "Of course we've kept up with
things to make sure the fields are in the
best shape possible for this year, but
we're definitely not making or adding
anything new."
The girls' slow-pitch softball league
has a schedule change this season. The
Major League girls (ages 14-16) are
playing their games during the same
times the younger girls do. Normally,
said Patten, the Major League games
begin later in the season. "But we've
moved them up this year to play with the
other girls. This will allow them to have
a longer season and then to finish prior
to the end of school and graduation."
The season will end in May.
With four leagues based on age
groups, each league usually averages
eight teams. But this year, the leagues
average only six teams, with the Major
League sporting just four teams, as some
girls joined fast-pitch softball leagues

Please see SOFTBALL, page 10


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
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Play Ball! A Supplement to The Bay Beacon


Wednesday, March 18, 2009










650 players begin Little League season


Volunteers come out in droves;

Tee-Ball returns to the lineup


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League Baseball season began March 7
with a parade, ball games and other
events at the Twin Oaks sports complex
in Niceville.
Opening day ceremonies featured
color guards, Eglin Air Force Base com-
manders, high school baseball coaches
and of course all the 650 Little League
players, their families, friends, team



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The state of the ailing economy was
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League gave out more scholarships to
needy players than ever before, accord-
ing to Paul Keith, Niceville-Valparaiso
Little League president.
"With the economic downturn we've
had this year, extra activities just aren't a
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
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Play Ball! A Supplement to The Bay Beacon


Page 3










VNGSA offers four leagues for girls


By John Patten
President
Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball
It's that time of year again. Time to
dust off the gloves and bat bags, bang
the old clay out of the cleats and head to
the ball park.
This is what nearly 400 girls in
Niceville and Valparaiso have been
doing since the beginning of February
as participants in the Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls Softball Association.
VNGSA offers girls ages 5-18 the
opportunity to play softball in an envi-
ronment that is both fun and competi-
tive.
There are currently four leagues
offered by VNGSA. The Angel League,
ages 5-7, is a coach-pitch league
designed to introduce the girls to the
idea of teamwork and sportsmanship
and teaches the fundamental skills of
softball.



The next step up, the Ponytail
League, is made up of girls from ages 8
to 10. In the Ponytail League, the girls
begin to pitch and learn more advanced
skills, as well as different rules about
the game.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
The Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association offers girls ages 5-18 the
opportunity to play softball in an environment that is fun and competitive.


In the Minors, girls from 11 to 13
add stealing to the mix and begin to play
at a more competitive level.
The Majors (ages 14-18) showcases
what these players have learned through
their softball journey in some very excit-
ing games.
VNGSA could not offer a quality
experience without the help of our adult


volunteers. Everything that VNGSA
accomplishes is through the hard work
of parents, grandparents and others who
selflessly donate their time to make
things run smoothly.
I would like to take the opportunity
to personally thank each and every vol-
unteer who makes it possible for us to
have one successful season after another.


As many of you may have heard, this
will possibly be the final year of softball
at Wolverine Park. After more than 35
years of use, the park is in jeopardy of
being closed due to its location.
Since we have been assured this is
not due to any new aircraft coming in,
we are not sure exactly why Wolverine
was allowed to be
used as it was all
those years, and only
recently has safety
come into question.
VNGSA has always
supported Eglin's
mission and will
continue to do so.
I should also
mention that in an John Patten
average season 60 percent to 70 percent
of our players are military dependents.
Wolverine Park holds so many good
memories for thousands of players, ex-
players and coaches and it is simply a
shame to have to say good-bye to some-
thing we worked so hard to create.
However, with support from the
cities of Niceville and Valparaiso,
VNGSA will continue to serve the
young ladies of the area with a positive
recreational experience for many years
to come.


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Play Ball! A Supplement to The Bay Beacon


Wednesday, March 18, 2009










Little League lights up many lives


By Paul Keith
President
Niceville-Valparaiso Little League
As you look around town you can see
the sky filled with lights. At the Niceville
Sports Complex, Twin Oaks Park, Rarick
Field, and the Valparaiso Minor A Field,
lights seem to be coming from every-
where.
Could it be a military exercise by Eglin
Air Force Base? No, it is just time for
Niceville-Valparaiso Little League to start
up for the 2009 season, a season which



started with a great opening day event at
Twin Oaks Park March 7 and which
promises to be one of the best baseball
seasons yet.
It will be hard to match last year's
accomplishments, with NVLL fielding
seven winning All-Star Teams. All-Star
winners in 2008 were:
-The 11- 12-year-old softball All-
Stars (District 1 Champions/Section 1
Champions).
-The 10- 11-year-old softball All-
Stars (District 1 Champions/Section 1
Champions and State Semifinalists).
-The 7- 8-year-old baseball National


League All-Stars ( District 1 Champions).
-The 9- 10-year-old baseball National
League All-Stars ( District 1 Champions).
-The 10- 11-year-old National
League All-Stars ( District 1
Champions/Section 1 Champions).
-The 11- 12-year-old American
League All-Stars ( District 1
Champions/Section 1 Finalist).
-The Senior League All-Stars


N iceville-
Valparaiso Little
League devel-
ops boys and
girls in their
playing skills as
well as helping
them become
well rounded,
responsible
young people.
Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith





(District 1 Champions/Section 1
Champions).
We made big strides last year, and the
kids this year are ready to take up the
challenge of matching what we did in
2008.
There is no doubt in my mind that
Niceville-Valparaiso Little League has the
best and most determined kids playing
baseball, and the community has done


well to culture and develop them in their
playing skills as well as helping them
become well rounded, responsible young
people.
This year NVLL has also adopted the
Crestview and Baker area kids who wish
to participate in Little League, which will
just add to the great program we already
have.
Niceville-Valparaiso Little League is a
great organization with great people and a
community which support them. In
today's trying times
there is no better way
to make the day-to-
day troubles go away
than to watch a kid
catch a ball, make an
out, or hit a home
run.
Whenever, I won-
der how I can possi-
bly make time for Paul Keith
practice, games, and board business, I just
look at my son Tristan Keith after he's
made a great play and I instantly see that
it is all worth it.
I encourage everyone to come out have
a hot dog and a Coke and watch the kids
have fun at its purest level.
I also want to thank all the volunteers
and sponsors who make all this possible.


Valparaiso-Niceville


Girls Softball Association
Okaloosa County's Original Slow Pitch League
gratefully acknowledges our wonderful sponsors:


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Allergy Partners Cain's A/C Bay Area Awards
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American Athletic Uniforms


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Play Ball! A Supplement to The Bay Beacon


Page 5










Nine seasons, and counting


Ralph Nardo has called


balls and strikes since 2001


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Baseball has been called the "all
American pastime," and many a pro
player has gotten his start in Little
League.
But you can't play an official game of
baseball, including Little League, with-
out an umpire. The
Niceville-Valparaiso
Little League has a
host of devoted
umpires who donate
many hours every
season to ensure the X
game is played cor-
rectly.
Ralph Nardo, of
Bluewater Bay, has Ralph Nardo
given nine years of
umpiring games to the leagues-behind
home plate or standing in the field
watching every play.
Like most of the volunteers in Little


League, Nardo started volunteering
because he had a son who enjoyed play-
ing in the league. Also like other faithful
volunteers, he has chosen to continue
giving his time even though his son has
outgrown the activity.
"Little League is such a great organi-
zation," Nardo said. "It's been around so
long it's gotten very good at doing what
it does-making sure kids are having
fun playing ball, learning to do their
best, yet teaching them to play."
Nardo earned the Volunteer of the
Year Award in 2003, two years after he
began.
"When you get volunteers you want
them to be like Ralph," said Little
League umpire coordinator Mike Leach.
"He's a quality volunteer. He's doing a
volunteer function people normally don't
want any part of but he does a fantastic
job. He has a great rapport with parents
and kids, gives the kids a good quality
game and knows the rules of baseball.


Ralph Nardo has been a Niceville-
Valparaiso Little League volunteer
umpire since 2001. "He's got the
right approach toward everybody out
there on game day," said player
agent Joe Friedman. "He knows it's
all about the kids."


He's very consistent."
Though umpiring may not be a popu-
lar choice for those volunteering, accord-
ing to Joe Friedman, one of the league's
player agents, Nardo doesn't seem to
have a problem with it.
"He's a very good umpire," said
Friedman. "He's got the right approach
toward everybody out there on game
day. He knows it's all about the kids. It's
not about us adults at all and as he han-
dles the games, he brings that across.
Ralph is definitely keeping the focus
where it needs to be."
According to Nardo, being a "quality
volunteer" for Little League isn't all that
hard.
"All the managers are easy to get
along with," the umpire said. "Maybe I
lucked out, but when I started helping, I
came in with a really good group of peo-
ple. I've had fun since Day One."
Television and the movies sometimes
depict umpires as loud-mouthed and par-
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'The kids are here to have fun'


From page 6

players sometimes get a bad rap. But
Nardo said he hasn't experienced such
problems in Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League.
"I've never had to go up against
coaches, parents or players," Nardo said.
"Sure you might hear a few comments
after the games, but there have never
been foul-mouthed coaches or irate par-
ents. As for the kids, they might get a lit-
tle rowdy in the dugout, but none have
been disrespectful."
Nardo said he attributes the manners
of all Little League participants to one
thing.
"Little League is kid-oriented," he
said. "That's why we're all here. It's not
about me the umpire, it's not the coaches
it's not the parents or grandparents. I tell
all the umpires that the kids are here to
have fun and if they're not having fun,
then we're not doing our job."
The umpire said every now and then
he comes across a parent who is compet-
itive and may be hard on his son or
daughter, pushing them to do more than
they may be capable of, or even want to
do.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
A host of volunteer umpires serve Niceville-Valparaiso Little League.


"Don't ride those kids too hard,"
Nardo advised. "Sure they want to play
ball, but they're out there to have fun.
And if you see one that just doesn't want
to be there, he's not trying and he has to


work at having fun, then don't force
him. If he's doing something he doesn't
want to do he's not going to give his
best."
Then there are kids who are too hard


on themselves, he said.
"I tell them to try as hard as they can.
Try 100 percent. And if 100 percent isn't
as good as you think it should be, then
that's OK. All that matters is that you
did the best you could do and that you
had fun. Whatever happens, happens.
There's no use beating yourself up over
it."
Nardo said one of his most memo-
rable moments as an umpire came at the
end of a season during playoffs when a
team was playing that had only won one
or two games the entire season.
"It was one of those teams that
nobody would have expected any wins
from," he said, "but for some reason, in
the playoffs they just kept winning one
game after another and even beat a team
that had only one loss that season. No
one could believe they were doing that
well. They ended up not winning the
playoffs, but it was just neat to see the
excitement."
Nardo, 49, plans to continue calling
Little League games as long as he's able.
He is hoping his knees will hold up to
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VNGSA eyes Niceville fields in 2010


Air Force ends lease

for Wolverine Park

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Fans and players of the Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls Softball Association
(VNGSA) have been assured that they
will have a place to play when the 2010
season rolls around.
Where the girls will play has been a




source of anxiety since the association
got word in 2007 that Wolverine Park's
lease with Eglin Air Force Base would
no longer be renewed, as it has been for
the past almost 40 years.
Eglin cited safety reasons for evicting
the league from its long-time home on
Air Force land off Wolverine Avenue,
Valparaiso, saying the seven ball fields
lay within the air base's Accident
Potential Zone 1, a location at higher
risk of airplane crashes.
The lease was to expire in October
2008, but the Air Force extended it for a


Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
This dugout and 13 others will be abandoned at Wolverine softball park,
Valparaiso, later this year when Eglin Air Force Base evicts the Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls Softball Association from Air Force land it has used for a genera-
tion. The service cited risks of an airplane crash for its action.


year, enabling VNGSA to play out the
2009 season, which began March 7 and
will end in May.
When the softball association began


playing at Wolverine Park, back in the
1970s, there were no lights or running
water. Since then, using volunteer and
city labor, the association has built the


facility up to include seven clay fields, a
concession stand, lights, bathrooms and
scoreboards.
Bud Howard, the VNGSA Minor
League commissioner, has been involved
with the girls' sporting league for 16
years, coaching, preparing fields and any
number of other tasks.
"I really hate to see it (Wolverine
Park) go away," Howard said. "I'm per-
fectly happy to keep cutting grass and
weed eating."
According to John Patten, VNGSA
president, parents, coaches and other
volunteers truly understand the Air
Force's position-like it or not.
"We hold no ill feelings for Eglin,"
Patten said. "They're just doing what
they're told to do. Seventy percent of our
players are military dependents, so we
do want to work and cooperate with
them."
As the softball league began to con-
sider its options, only two seemed feasi-
ble, both of them in Niceville: Twin
Oaks Sports Complex, near the Mullet
Festival site, or the Softball Complex
behind the civic center off North Palm
Boulevard.
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How to switch from seven fields to four?


From page 8

Little League uses the Twin Oaks
site. "We spoke with the city (of
Niceville) and they didn't seem to think
they had enough space at Twin Oaks to
house us," Patten said. "So we discussed
the Softball Complex."
The softball facility behind the City
Civic Center provides playing area for
about five adult leagues and has only
four fields, three fewer than used by
VNGSA now. While no formal agree-
ment has been made, discussions
between VNGSA and Niceville have
resulted in a verbal understanding, said
Jim Baughman, Niceville's recreation
director.
"We've discussed it on several occa-
sions," Baughman said. "We've told
them we'll support them and do what we
need to do to make it happen. We're not
going to leave them out on the street."
How will the girls' association-four
leagues 22 teams of up to 14 girls
each-go from playing on seven of their
own fields to sharing four with five adult
leagues averaging 20 games per league?
Not to mention practice time.
"We're not sure how we're going to


The city of Valparaiso has leased from Eglin Air Force Base the land used for the
seven playing fields of the Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association. The
lease will expire later this year.


do it yet," Patten said. "We're obviously
going to have to adjust our schedule
around theirs. But their season starts


later than ours. We start practicing in
February and we're done in late May,
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February."
Said Baughman: "We both will have
to adjust our programs, and it's nothing
we've fine-tuned yet. We start in mid-
April and run through July. The adult
leagues have very little practice time-
maybe two nights under the lights for
each league."
"I don't think there's going to be any
problem," said Baughman. "It's just a
matter of working the details out."
The increased playing time, however,
means the Softball Complex will also
have increased electricity demands as
well as wear on the fields.
Both issues have already been han-
dled by a fee the city started charging all
sports participants that utilize city facili-
ties. Initiated this year was a $10 fee for
every resident participant and a $20 fee
for every nonresident participant. The
fee is used for both utilities and facility
maintenance.
"We have a lot of scoreboards we can
bring with us," Patten said "Maybe we
can work out some kind of in-kind deal
for field usage. But if not, we're just
grateful the city has agreed to let us use
the softball fields."


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Pe 1 P l S e T BM


SOFTBALL
From page 2
operated by Little League.
"Our numbers are down this year,"
Patten said with a note of regret. Last
year the association could claim 100
more players.
"It's the economy," Patten said. "The
economy has really hit everyone hard.
But next year we'll be able to reduce our
registration fee since we won't have the
field maintenance
fee anymore."
Bud Howard, the
Minor League (ages
11-13) commission-
er, can remember
when each league
had 10 teams.
Howard has been
volunteering with the
girls softball associa- Bud Howard
tion for 16 years.
"I'm really looking forward to this
year," Howard said. "It's my 16th sea-
son, so it means a lot to me."
Indeed it must, as the veteran volun-
teer was at one time coaching teams in
three leagues in one season. He also has
no girls of his own playing in the associ-
ation. Many volunteers are parents of
players.
But having been involved for 16 years
seems to make it extra hard to say
farewell to the ball park.


"When I first got involved with soft-
ball, we didn't have lights on the field or
water out there," said Howard. "Now,
we've got it just the way we want it. I
just don't understand why the Air Force
wants to take it away from us. There's a
lot of memories out there."
Alonso Hunter, known as "Pops" to
the girls he helps coach, said he most
looks forward to the girls who come out
to play ball for the very first time.
"We're all about teaching the game of
softball," said the assistant Ponytail com-
missioner and six-year volunteer. "But
there's also a lot of girls who have stuck
with it and are moving up."
"Softball is great," he said. "It's a
good stress reliever, and the camaraderie
is really something to see."
Patten said pre-season practice was
"I.II," garnering some comments from
parents.
"We had one parent who was flying
in from somewhere," Patten said, "and
they were able to look out the window
of the plane and see all the fields lit up
and all the people who were there and
they said it was just a really nice thing to
see. So we've been really pleased with
the way practices are going and that
everyone is showing up when they're
suppose to."
"We hope everyone comes out to
watch the girls and to have a good time.
Besides, we have the best concession
stand in Northwest Florida."


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PLAYERS


From page 3

free for all anymore," said Keith. "Some
of these kids participate in multiple
sports and it all has to be paid for. Most
of us just can't do what we did four
years ago."
"We try to keep our prices down so
that we're an affordable activity," Keith
said, "but this year the city (of Niceville)
also began assessing a resident ($10) and
nonresident fee ($20) for every single
ball player. So now we have the city
vying for funds that normally would
have gone to us."
Despite the cinancial woes Americans
face, the parents of Twin Cities children
who want to play Little League still
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by volunteering to help.
"We've had an influx of people want-
ing to volunteer," Keith said. "We've
added five seats to the board of directors
and every day it seems we get calls from
parents or grandparents wanting to help
out. We've always had a lot of communi-
ty support, but this year the volunteers
are really coming out."
This year, at the end of the regular
season, a single All-Star team will be
formed for each age group. Previously,
each age group had two All-Star
teams-one from the National League,


and one from the American League.
"Now we're able to combine the best
players from both the American and
National leagues and make one really
strong team," said Keith. "This will give
us better opportunities for state, national
and world Little League competitions."
Another change for the Little League
this year is the focus on teaching the
game and making sure all players get to
play.
"We're trying to be less competitive
with the little ones," said Keith "and
concentrate on making sure they know


how to play. When they're small, like
Peewee age, winning isn't what it's all
about. What is important is that they're
learning the right way to play. We want
the coaches to switch the kids around so
they know what it's like to play all the
positions."
In keeping with how-to-play-the-
game tactics for the league's youngest
players, use of a batter's tee has returned
after a one-year hiatus.
Ron Taylor, Pee-Wee player agent,
said, "This year we've re-introduced the
use of the batting tee in our entry level


A runner slides safely
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Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League game on opening
day, March 7, at the Twin
Oaks complex, Niceville.

Beacon photo
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