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Title: The Bay beacon
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00049
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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: April 8, 2009
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00049
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Niceville Egg Dash organizers have prepared 8,000 plastic eggs to be used in this year's
event, Saturday, April 11. Eggs were stuffed with tiny toys. Pictured: Connie Naftel, left, and
Lynne Waltz. Story on this and other Easter week events, page A-6.


Please see ELECTRIC, page A-8


COMI

Wednesday, 7:I15 a.m.
G et a good meal and
Io ts of in formation at
the Nic ev ille Va Iparaiso
Chamber of Commerce
Second We dnesday
Breakfast at the
Nic ev i |e Co mmuni ty
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tekhf ast

ose nby Valparaiso
Realty Company.
Thursday, 3 p.m. .
If you're of a certain
age, you won't want to
miss the Twin Cities
Senior Citizens Club
meeting at the
Valparaiso Community
Cen te r. Not onI y wi | |
- there
be a
p ot luc k
meal
s~and
games,
but the Easter hat con-
test promises f un,
Iau ghs and pri zes.
CaII 6 7 8-5 584 or 67 8 -
8645
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Passion Play, a
portrayal of Jesus' Iife,
death and resu rrection,
will take p lace at the
Niceville Assembly of
God. If you miss it, you
can still I see the program
Saturday at 7 p.m. and
Sunday at 1 0 a. m .
Cal I 678-2531
Saturday, noon






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here's your chance. The
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of Northwest Florida
State College wil I hold
open audit ions for th is
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du action of Disney's
NBeauty and the Beast
on the main stage of the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center,
Come ready to sing and
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More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-1.


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The disclosed extent of a bonus
and kickback scheme allegedly con-
trolled by suspended Okaloosa
County Sheniff Charlie Morris
expanded Monday with the release
of two special audits. Morris
allegedly collected kickbacks of at


least $88,500 from 14 employees
over three years, according to the
audits.
The audit Related s
reports show that
since 2003, Morris gave employees
bonuses totaling about $1.4 million.
These included payments to three
employees--James David Yacks,


Teresa Adams and Michael Coup-
who received bonuses of $149,644,
$108,836 and
ry, A-3. $107,406, respective-
ly, according to the
reports.
Yacks and Coup, who have not
been charged with a crime, were
fired Friday by Ed Spooner, the act-


ing sheriff appointed after Morris
was arrested by federal agents Feb.
27. Adams was fired after her arrest
on federal corruption charges Feb.
27.
Yacks allegedly admitted to audi-
tors that he gave Morris a total of
Please see MORRIS, page A-9


Charlie Mlorris


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Northwest Florida State
College officials decided to
build a 150-foot water tower
on the Niceville campus after
Niceville Fire Chief Tommy
Mayville told them that the
school lacked sufficient water
pressure for firefighting,
according to Mayville.
The college will open bids
for the water tower May 5. It
is expected to cost about
$900,000.
Mayville said the city test-
ed several water hydrants on
the Niceville campus in
February 2008 and found that
most were below levels rec-
ommended for firefighting.
He said firefighters generally
want to see pressures of 45
pounds per square inch at the
hydrants, but several college
hydrants were at 20 psi or
lower.
After talking with city offi-
cials, Mayville presented a let-
ter to James R. Richburg, the
college president, suggesting
that the college correct the
problem.


The city supplies water to
the college, which has under-
gone a series of expansions
over the years. Although a
city well and water tower are
located on College Boulevard
in front of the college, water
delivery to the campus is lim-
ited by the school's two 6-
inch-diameter water mains,
the fire chief said.
Those pipes are "dead-
ended" on campus and are not
tied together, Mayville said, a
fact that further limits the
amount and pressure available
for firefighting on campus.
He said that even using a
pumper truck to boost pres-
sure would not offset the flow
restrictions imposed by the
relatively narrow mains in the
event of a large building
blaze.
The college is constructing
a big new joint-use complex
with the county on campus.
School officials say they also
hope to build student dormito-
ries one day.
Engineers for the college

Please see WATER, page A-8


Terry Forfa with his
home-built electric
truck. He showed
off the charger and
batteries under the
hood, as well as the
batteries in the bed
of the truck, and
took a Beacon
reporter for a brief,
quiet ride between
Niceville and
Bluewater Bay.

Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Bluewater Bay resident Terry Forfa has
built himself a lean, green electric
machine. Last year, he transformed a 1991
Ford Ranger pickup truck into an all-elec-
tric plug-in vehicle that gets between 70
and 80 miles per "gallon" of ma ny, and
has a range of between 40 and 50 miles
per charge.
Forfa said he started his project when
gasoline prices were at an all-time high,
and seemed likely to keep climbing. He
decided to buy the old truck and transform
it into a commuter vehicle he could use to
get to and from work and for daily errands
at minimum cost.


Forfa is an Air Force veteran who now
works as a civilian for the civil engineer-
ing squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, and
has long been familiar with tools and
mechanical projects. After researching var-
ious Web sites for information on how to
turn conventional vehicles into electrics,
he bought the '91 Ranger, a vehicle he
said was "near death," for $400.
Forfa replaced the original gasoline
engine with a 36 horsepower electric
motor salvaged from a forklift, and
installed 24 six-volt golf cart batteries and
a charger that allows him to plug the truck
into ordinary 110-volt sockets for


By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
On Monday, officials gathered
on a dirt lane just east of
Bluewater Bay to break ground on
a four-lane highway that will even-
tually allow traffic bound to and
from the Mid-Bay Bridge to
bypass White Point Road.
Phase 1 of the bridge connector
road will link the toll plaza and
State Road 20 and Range Road in
two years. In addition, SR 20 will
be four-laned from White Point
Road nearly to the Walton County
Line.
The "improved approach" proj-
ect was initiated in 2002, said
James D. Neilson, chairman, Mid-
Bay Bridge Authority. Conceptual
plans were approved by Eglin Air
Force Base in 2006.
The bypass will extend to
Range Road north of Bluewater


Monday, held in Niceville City
Hall before the groundbreaking,
the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority rat-
ified the final $10.3 million, 50-
year easement lease from the Air
Force, which includes the $9 mil-
lion to be placed in escrow. Half
the lease amount ($4.5 million) is
to be placed in escrow within five
days of finalization. The other half
is due in October 2011.
The project is financed by debt
backed by bridge toll receipts.
Also at the meeting, the author-
ity awarded the $22.8 million
building contract for Phase 1 to
Anderson Columbia Co.
"This couldn't have come at a
better time," said Joe H. Anderson,
III, president, Anderson Columbia,
at the groundbreaking. Phase 1
construction is due to begin some-
time this week and is expected to
take two years for completion.


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Gordon E. Fornell, vice chair,
Mlid-Bay Bridge Authority,
pilots ceremonial bulldozer at
authority's groundbreaking
Monday f or toll span's new
north approach road.

Bay and Seminole, and eventually
to state roads 285 and 85 north in
Niceville.
In a special meeting on


More kickbacks disclosed


Sheriff's employees gave Morris $88,500, auditors say I,


Fire chief says


college water


preSSur NTo L00u0

Tower to correct problem


Easter egg hunt set


A lean, green, electric machine


Ford truck converted from gas to batteries


Ground broken for by pass


Arch of



An honor guard creates
an arch of swords in trib-
ute to more than 100
World War II veterans as
they returned to
Northwest Florida
Regional Airport from
Washington, D.C., April 1
after the fourth Honor
Flight to see the WWII
Memorial. Honor Flights
provide free transporta-
tion to the nation's capital
for World War II veterans
to see their memorial.
Since the program began
in 2005, more than 42,000
WWII veterans nationwide
have been given the free
trip.
Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith







Page A-2


Wednesday, April 8, 2009


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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff 's Off ice.
Name: Edwin Francisco Barahona
Wanted for: battery and failure to
appear on the original charge of
aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. Barahona's last known
address was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 8-inches
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 29
Date of birth: 09-05-79
Hair: black
Eyes: brown


Name: Patrick Mlichael Rogers
Wanted for: violation of probation
for felony failure to appear. Rogers'
last known address was in Destin.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 162 pounds
Age: 4
Date of birth: 03-16-67
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue


This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information
can also be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214
plus the message" to CRIMIES (274637)


, a Fire Department Reports

""" Niceville Fire

Th Fire Dei~al~~paen espnddtot wn calls March 30 through April 5.
o rutu'0Emergency Me ial Calls.
0 Vhc Vhicle Orashes
0 Oth Grash wi ricati-.-ras
SIlegal Burn s OtherrdEmer tioy

Location Situation Date Time
E. John Sims Parkway .. .. .. .Alarm activation .. .. .. ..3/30/09 .. .. .. .02:06
E. John Sims Parkway .. .. .. .Smoke scare .. .. .. .. ..3/30/09 .. .. .. .02:58
Kilcullen Drive .. .. . . ... .Medical .. .. . . ... .3/30/09 .. .. .. ..10:50
Perdido Circle .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .3/31/09. .. .. .. .00:52
SR85N @ SR123 .. .. .. . .Vehicle crash .. .. .. .. ..3/31/09 .. .. .. .12:47
31st Street .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Power line down .. .. ..4/1/09 .. .. .. .. .02:18
Camellia Place .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .....4/1/09 .. .. .. .. .08:55
Forest Lake Terrace .. .. .. .. .Alarm activation .. .. .. .4/1/09 .. .. .. .. .17:01
Dana Pointe .. .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .4/2/09 .. .. .. ..02:33
Deer Avenue .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .4/3/09 .. .. .. .. .08:59
Sun pr Avenue ... MdIcrash .. . . . . 10.. .. . .. .:3
Reeves Street .. .. .. .. ..... .Medical .. .. .. .. .... .4/4/09 .. .. .. .. .10:57
E. College Boulevard .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. . . ... .4/4/09 .. .. .. ..13:39
E. College Boulevard .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .4/4/09 .. .. .. ..15:14
Abbott Circle .. .. .. .. .. ... .Medical .. .. . . .. .4/5/09 .. .. .. ..15:18
Summerwood Court .. .. .. .. .Gas leak .. .. . . .. .4/5/09 .. .. .. .. .20:33
Weekly Safety Tip: Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes, never apply ice. It is
dangerous to put butter or any other grease on a burn, because it seals in the heat and
can damage the tissue further, if the burned skin blisters or is charred see a doctor imme-
diately. Web Page: http://www.cityof niceville.org/fire. html

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 30 through
April 5.
Location Situation Date Time
E. John Sims Parkway .. .. .. .. .Dispatched/canceled . ..3/30/09 .. .. ..03:03
Mu fehdwWa20..... .EM call..... 3319....50
Meadow Woods Lane .. .. .. . .Gas leak .. .. . . .. .3/30/09 .. .. .14:10
N. White Point Road ..........._EMS call ........... .3/30/09 .......18:07
Sunset Beach Circle .. .. .. .. ...EMS call .. .. . . .. .3/31/09 .. .. ..00:18
N. Wbhitre Poin eRoad ....._.vreaae idmotor ...3/3 109 ....0 56
Tumberry Cove . . . . .... .Person in distress .. .. ..4/2/09 .. .. ..15:28
Evans Road .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .EMS call .. .. . . .. .4/2/09 .. .. ..17:31
VA patas n aka .. .. . . .. .Dipthdcned . .42 .. . . .
Calinda Lane .. .. .. . . . ... .EMS call .. .. . . .. .4/3/09 .. .. .. .22:20
Sut sieRckky Bayou ...... Ood in ent ....... 119 ....1:1

East Niceville

The East Niceville Fire District responded to 23 calls Feb. 28 through March 3, 2009.
Visit our website at www.enfd.net.
LOCATION SITUATION DATE TIME
Hickory Avenue .. .. . illegall burn .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..2/28/09. .19:20
Claway Drve p.... ESatechd/cng vhcle accident w/injury ...310 9.204
E. College Boulevard .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/03/09 ..16:55
Callaway Drive .. .. .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/06/09 ..22:57
Thomas Street .. .. .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury . .3/08/09 . .20:05
Rocky Bayou Bridge .. .Vehicle accident w/injury .. . . . .... .3/11/109 ..18:26
Care rAvene ....... .M ecui vhc aidn ijr .. ...110 9..65
Bullock Boulevard .. .. .Structure fire . . . . ... ... .. ..3/17/09 ..01:41
E. SRHwy 20 .. .. .. .. .Structure fire . . . . ... ... .. ..3/17/09 ..08:07
Hopper Street .. .. .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury . .3/17/09 . .09:52
Hickory Avenue .. .. .. .Structure fire . . . . ... ... .. ..3/20/09 ..09:54
W. College Boulevard . .Vehicle accident w/injury .. . . . .... .3/23/09 ..07:24
Roscs rRedet. .. .. ... eial assist ...._ ..3219 081
Hopper Street .. .. .. .Medical assist .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. ... .3/25/09 . .20:46
18th Street .. .. .. . .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury . .3/25/09 . .22:36
Royal Palm Drive .. .. .Dumpster/other outside fire .. .. .. . .. .3/26/09 . .09:17
N. Palm Boulevard . .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/26/09 ..21:25
Callaway Drive .. .. .. .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/27/09 ..24:00
E. John Sims Parkway .Erroneous smoke alert . . . . .... .3/30/09 ..03:05
White Point Road .. .. .Pressure/heat explosion/rupture, other .. ..3/31/09 ..24:00


Flt her wascas cited forchav

in the vehicle and failing to
maintain a single lane. Fletcher
was subsequently arrested for
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
** *
Debra Hallman Dennis, self
employed, 45, of 1305 S. Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI, subse-
quent to a traffic crash that
caused an estimated $500 but no
injury to others, on Highway 85
at Highway 20, March 18 at
5:33 a.m. Dennis was also cited
for failure to use due care after
rear-ending a vehicle that was
stopped for a red light at the
intersection.
** *
Yvonne M. Thomas, a sales
person, 57, of 204 Niceville
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Evans Street at Highway 85,
March 29 at 1:57 a.m.
***
An 18-year-old Niceville
man, a student, was arrested by
Niceville police March 29 on a
warrant for DUI and possession
of a controlled substance with-
out a prescription, Xanax.
Both charges were subse-
quent to a two-car crash on John
Sims Parkway at Partin Drive,
Sept. 28 at 1:37 p.m., when the
suspect was a 17-year-old juve-
nile. A clear plastic bag contain-
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Arrests
Mark Starke Patterson, a
restaurant busser, 20, of 124
Kipling Drive, Crestview, was
arrested by Niceville police
March 18 for possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphemna-
lia.
ses
Christo >her Edward Miles
unemployed, 28, of 1619 25th
S t .
Nic ev ille, ,
was arrested
by Niceville
police
March 21
for posses-
sion of mar-
ijuana with
intent to dis-
tribute, pos-
session of a Christopher
firearm by a Sims Cnway
convicted
felon, possession of a firearm
while in the commission of a
felony, possession of a firearm
with an altered serial number,
and possession of a firearm


while a domestic violence
injunction is in effect.
Miles was a passenger in a
car pulled over near Reeves and
23rd streets for a tag light out. A
police drug dog "alerted" on the
vehicle and four bags of mari-
juana weighing approximately
28 grams total was removed
from the car. Police also found a
loaded .38 caliber automatic
handgun in Miles' front jacket
pocket. The driver and another
passenger denied any knowl-
edge of the marijuana and gun
and were released.
***
Joseph John McHugh, unem-
ployed, 38, of 30 Fetting Ave.,
#3, Fort Walton Beach, was
arrested by Niceville police
March 26 for theft. On Jan. 26
McHugh was allegedly
observed on camera taking $80
from the safe inside a conven-
ience store, 220 N. Partin Drive.

Justin Eugene Lyons, a stu-
dent, 27, of c408 Bullock Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police subsequent to a


traffic stop March 25, for pos-
session of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription
Oxycotin, and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
* *
Christopher Sims Conway, a
salesman,
29, of 626
W. John
Sims
Parkwa y,
Niceville,
was arrested
by Niceville
police
March 23
for burglary
to vehicle Christopher
Edward Mliles
and grand
theft. Conway is alleged to have
stolen a wallet containing a
credit card, a case containing
ab ut 110 CDs wrth $400
about 40 loose CDs valued at
$400. a radar detector. an MP3


player, brief case, and a speaker
box with two 12-inch speakerS.
* *
Sean William Haynes, self-
employed landscaper, 20, waS
arrested by Niceville police
March 25 for grand theft and for
failure to obtain county and city
business licenses. Haynes was
also arrested the same date on a
misdemeanor theft charge as
well as failure to obtain county
and city business licenses. In
both cases Haynes allegedly
accepted money from city resi-
dents for yard work but failed tO
perform the agreed-upon servic-
es.
* *
Rickey Allen Caillouet, a
painter, 36, of 304 Reeves St.,
Lot E8, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police March 26 for
battery, domestic violence.
set
Sandra Marie Thompson,
self-employed, 57, of 223
Galway Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police
liarch 22 for battery, domestic


Mark Ashley Williams, 35, of
214 Still Water Road, Freeport,
was arrested by Niceville police
March 30 for grand theft auto.
* *
A 17-year-old Niceville girl
was arrested by Niceville police
March 30 for grand theft auto.
The car was allegedly stolen
March 4 and was found March 5
abandoned and stuck in a ditch
in Panama City Beach, with two
doors of the car left open.


Christopher Thomas
Johnson, a bricklayer, 33, of 206
3rd St., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies March 31
for violation of probation on the
original charge of possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana.
DUI arrests
Michael John Fletcher, a tow
truck operator, 39, of 1451
Caremo Drive, Crestview, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI on Highway 285 at Adams
Street, March 21 at 5:32 a.m.


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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Okaloosa County acting
Sheriff Ed Spooner announced
the firing of two more Sheriff's
Office employees on April 2, in
connection with an investiga-
tion into a bonus pay kickback
scheme, using prisoners as free
labor for a business operated by
suspended Sheriff Charlie
Morris' wife, and other alleged
misconduct within the sheriff's
onfce under Morris' command.
Morris was arrested by the
FBI Feb. 27 for allegedly giving
employees large "performance


bonus" payments, then requir-
ing the employees to return part
of the money to him in cash.
On April 2, Spooner
announced the termination of
Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael J.
Coup and James David Yacks,
assistant director of information
technology. Spooner had previ-
ously put both men on paid
administrative leave pending
the outcome of an internal sher-
iff's office investigation.
Neither has been charged.
The investigations of Coup
and Yacks were conducted by
Captain J.D. Peacock, of the


sheriff s
Office of
Professional
Standards.
In his report
of investiga-
tion ,
Peacoc k
stated that
Co u p
"failed to Sheriff Ed
act when Spooner
advised that
employees were asked to partic-
ipate in a scheme to kickback
cash from performance bonuses
to Terry Adams and Sheriff


Morris. There is also a prepon-
derance of evidence that Chief
Deputy Coup received proceeds
from the kickback scheme."
Peacock's investigation
uncovered a spreadsheet in
Adams' computer files showing
that Coup received at least
$7,000 in kickback money from
Morris. Peacock reported that
when federal investigators
searched the sheriff's office
during their investigation, they
found $5,900 in Coup's desk, of
which $5,000 was in an enve-
lope marked "7K."
Peacock also stated that


Coup "did not act after becom-
ing aware of concerns with
Randall Holcombe's use of
inmates and after becoming
aware of the use of employees
at Sheriff Morris' residence."
Peacock's investigation also
indicated that Coup went along
with Morris in suppressing the
efforts of other Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) officials to stop the
misuse of inmates to assist the
operations of Barbara Morris'
estate sales business.
When OCSO Maj. Larry
Ashley became aware that


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to help with Barbara Morris'
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it to Coup and to Sheriff Morris,
and said he intended to take dis-
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the supervision of Terry Adams,
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By Mike Griffith
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The Okaloosa County
Commission last week heard
briefings on the damage and loss
of life resulting from the recent
series of heavy rainstonns.
During a meeting March 31,
commissioners also considered
legal options for trying to block
Valparaiso's lawsuit against the
Air Force, and finished the meet-
ing with a closed "executive ses-
sion" to discuss another pending
lawsuit involving the county.
At least one person died
because of flooded roads in the
northern part of the county, said


County Public Safety Director
Dino Villani. The victim apparent-
ly tried to drive his truck across a
flooded section of County Road
393, but the truck was apparently
swept away by fast-moving water,
and the driver drowned. The body
was later recovered by county life-
guards and other members of the
county's swift-water rescue team.
The rescue team was able to
save about 15 other people who
were trapped in houses and vehi-
cles during the torrential rains that
hit the county, with some of them
being airlifted to safety by heli-
copters, Villani said.
Public Works Director Danielle


Slaterpryce briefed colmnission-
ers on the physical damage done
by the rain and flood waters,
which washed out or undennined
roads and bridges throughout the
northern half of the county.
Commissioners unanimously
passed a motion authorizing the
Public Works department to use
county reserve funds as needed, to
pay for the "several million dol-
lars" worth of repair work
Slaterpryce said will be needed to
put the roads and bridges back into
service.
The commissioners also
passed a motion declaring a state
of emergency, in hopes of qualify-


ing for state or federal reimburse-
ment of the cost of dealing with
the stonn and its effects.
Slaterpryce said the stonn
caused about 70 closures on coun-
ty roads and bridges, 31 of which
had been reopened by March 31.
The remainder, she said, will
require extensive repairs, which
must be done as quickly as possi-
ble to restore people's access to
homes and businesses in the
affected areas.
Meanwhile, said Slaterpryce
and Villani, people should beware
of road closures. "If you see a
'Road Closed' sign, take it seri-
ously and don't just drive around


it," said Slaterpryce, even if the
road or bridge appears passable.
Many road sections and some
bridges were undennined by
floodwaters, she said, and could
collapse under the weight of a
vehicle even though they may
appear undamaged.
During stones and floods, she
said, motorists should never try to
drive through flooded sections of
road. Although such areas may
appear to be very shallow, the sur-
face of the water may conceal pot-
holes or washouts of six feet deep
or more, and fast-flowing flood
waters can exert enough force to
wash away a vehicle even when


the water depth is less than two
feet.
Commissioner John Jannazo
colmnended the county's "Code
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sends phone messages to wamn
people of approaching dangers,
such as tornadoes, flash floods, or
hazmat spills, affecting their own
neighborhoods.
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County Attomney John Dowd
said the other lawyers, who have
offered their services to the county
at no charge, are still studying the
issue, and will brief the commis-
sioners later. Meantime, said
Dowd, the commissioners' best
immediate option is to give
Valparaiso a "notice of intent" to
take legal action.
Commissioners agreed to send
the notice of intent to Valparaiso,
and were unanimous in criticizing
Valparaiso's suit against the Air
Force, which they said could jeop-
ardize the existence of Eglin Air
Force Base and harm the economy
of Okaloosa County and
Northwest Florida. "We need to
find a way to stop it--today," said
Jannazo.
"This is not about the county
versus Valparaiso," said


Commissioner James Campbell of
Niceville. "We want to resolve
this, but we can't have three peo-
ple in Valparaiso setting policy for
the whole county."
"I realize that property values
in Valparaiso may be affected by
the sound of aircraft," said
Commissioner Wayne Harris, "but
without the base, those property
values could drop to zero."
The open meeting was fol-
lowed by a closed session, in
which commissioners and Dowd
discussed "negotiations and/or
strategy" regarding another
impending lawsuit, between the
county and Comnerstone
Construction and Development.
Following the March 31 meet-
ing, Valparaiso City Attorney
Doug Wyckoff who had attended,
told the Beacon, "I think the fact


that the volunteer lawyers didn't
show up today is an indication that
they realize they have no legal
basis for interfering with the peo-
ple of Valparaiso exercising their
legal rights. We have cities for a
reason--because city elected offi-
cials are closer to their own voters
than county or state officials." The
"three people" initiating
Valparaiso's suit against the Air
Force, he said, "are doing what
they think is best for the people
who elected them."
Wyckoff also said Valparaiso is
not really trying to prevent the F-
35 deployment to Eglin, but is
merely asking the Air Force to do
most F-35 landings and takeoffs
away from Eglin's "main base," at
auxiliary fields "elsewhere on
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
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Despite fewer eggs for little
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water will be available for pur-
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Those who want to partici-
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arrive early--no one wil be per-
mitted to line up after 11 a.m. As
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Egg stockpilers will be divid-
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colorful plastic eggs.
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At least one Twin Cities
school planned springtime activ-
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Elementary's kindergarten
classes will have egg hunts
Friday, April 10, between 1 and
2:15 p.m.
In contrast to past years, Fred
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act idies thiie yeae CA tpa
time involved.
A few neighboring commu-
nities, however, have planned
some fun and games, along with
a visit or two from the Easter
Bunny:
--Eglin Air Force Base will
hold its Easter Eggstravaganza
and International Festival at 10
a.m., Saturday, April 11, on the
Youth Center grounds. The
International Festival, which
includes food and culture from a
variety of nationalities will
immediately follow the
Eggstravaganza.
--Hurlburt Field is also
sponsoring an egg hunt at 10
a.m. at Community Park.
-The Freeport Fire
Department will sponsor the
2nd annual Freeport Easter
Celebration noon-3 p.m.,
Saturday, April 11, at the
Freeport Regional Sports
Complex. The event features an
egg hunt, games and an Easter
story.
-Fort Walton Beach will
find the Easter Bunny ready and
waiting for little egg hunters and
will begin the annual egg hunt at
10 a.m., Thursday, April 9, at the
Fort Walton Landing. The event
is for children 5 and under.
Those gathering eggs must bring
their own basket or container for
collecting.
--Also in Fort Walton, from
noon to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday,
April 10-11, at Uptown Station,
the busy bunny will again be
present at the city's Easter
Village, in the Education
Exhibition Center. Visitors can
tour the village, design their
own Easter treat, create an
Easter craft, play games and
even make a stuffed bear. Cost
for participation is $5 and $12
depending upon which activities
children choose. All proceeds
will be donated to the Emerald
Coast Wildlife Refuge.
--Crestview's annual Easter
in the Park celebration begins
with an egg hunt at 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 11, at Spanish
Trail Park, Industrial Road.
Children will be divided into
three age groups: 0-3, 4-6 and 7-
12. The special event also
includes train rides, a moon-
walk, 16-ft. slide and a sea of
balls.
--Destin's annual egg hunt,
from 9:15 to 10 a.m., is for chil-
dren ages 12 and under with
special egg-hunting zones for
crawlers and toddlers. Egg gath-
erers should arrive at 9 a.m. at
the Morgan Sports Complex,
4200 Two Trees Road.


and tomorrow, April 8 and 9, at
10:30 a.m., where "Splish
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time, poetry, singing and a take-
home activity.
At 11:30 a.m. today and


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Niceville Children's Park may
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Morris orchestrate the bonus
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Barbara Morris told the
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money, while people
can still keep their
jobs. "


"I think it's a good "I think it's good to cut
idea. We need to cut costs any way we can
costs as much as we and help the economy.
can. Five days a week is
enough, and everyone
needs to do their part
for the economy. "


Carol Hutchins, 65,
Bluewater Bay,
housewife


Ron Hutchins, 72,
Bluewater Bay,
retired


Steve Mlayew, 68,
Nice ville,
retired military and general
contractor


Kim Smith, 50,
Nice ville,
state employee


Thomas MlcDorr, 74,
Crestview,
retired


Doreen Hart, 39,
Niceville,
mom


Mrs. Morris, who denied any
wrongdoing, also stated that
sheriff's employees were paid
by her for their help in her busi-
ness. Morris said the sheriff's
department personnel signed
out inmates for work details,
and she assumed sheriff's per-
sonnel would follow any rules
on where inmate labor could
and could not be used.
The others named in the
Peacock report could not be
reached for comment.
Peacock said Coup was also
aware, but took no action,
regarding the use of OCSO
employees to perform work at


Sheriff Morris' residence when
they were supposedly on annual
leave, which was then credited
back to them.
James Yacks, reported
Peacock, had "obeyed an order
which he knew, or should have
known, would require him to
commit an illegal act," a viola-
tion of Florida law and OCSO
standards of conduct.
According to Peacock's report,
Yacks admitted to helping
Charlie Morris and Terry
Adams, Yacks' sister, with the
bonus kickback scheme, and
that Yacks had also helped
Morris and Adams arrange sev-


eral trips to Las Vegas for them-
selves and others, including
OCSO employees and their
family members, paid for with
money from the bonus kick-
backs.
Yacks admitted to using his
own American Express card to
pay for the trips, obtaining "sky
miles" for himself from
American Express based on the
amounts of the purchases, then
being reimbursed for the ticket
purchases with kickback money
from Morris.
Peacock reported that Yacks
told him that he had first met
Morris in Las Vegas, while hav-


ing dinner with his sister Terry
Adams and Morris. During the
dinner conversation, Morris
agreed to hire Yacks, who then
became Assistant Director of
Information and
Communication Te inall'l'. for
the OCSO.
According to payroll records
obtained by Peacock during his
investigation, Yacks received
bonuses from Morris of more
than $89,000, over and above
his regular salary of about
$65,513. When questioned by
Peacock, Yacks said he kicked
back between $14,000 and
$16,000, but was unsure of the


exact amount.
Yacks also told Peacock that,
following orders from Morris,
he "coordinated" at least three
trips to Las Vegas, where
Morris, other OCSO personnel,
and their families went for vaca-
tions, including a "Christmas
trip" and a "celebration" trip
after Morris was re-elected
Sheriff in 2008. Yacks was in
charge of purchasing first class
airline tickets and making
arrangements with hotels and
casinos in Las Vegas in connec-
tion with these trips, and was
with Morris on such a trip when
Morris was arrested by the FBI.


treatments are not helping any.
Living here in this triangle
between highways 190 and 85
(Government Avenue), the
planes come in or go out over
our property. At nights their
landing lights shine in the top
of our door. Now that is an
eerie feeling.
So to show how many
planes come in and go out this
way, for two and one-half days
I took a photo of every plane
that went over our home. I have
25 photos to show the city
commission and anyone else
that wants to see them. I missed
approximately 6 to 8 planes.
Now that is a lot of planes!
Little did we know when we
bought our "dream home" back
in June 1970 that we would see
all this traffic or run into a
plane such as everyone is talk-
ing about. And the government
mentioned we needed to put
out 40 to 50 thousand dollars
for installation in our homes.
Someone has marbles for
brains in their heads. Our home
was built in 1960, and the oth-
ers before this time. The little


white frame house here on
Government Avenue dates way
back in old Valparaiso days
when it was just a dirt street.
As Mayor Amold has sug-
gested, just build another run-
way. It won't cost as much as
another F-35 would. It would
solve all the problems and
everyone will be happy. Years
ago when the F-4's were train-
ing, 3 planes come in one right
after another every three min-
utes. The Base Commander at
that time said Eglin wanted to
be compatible with
Valparaiso's citizens. He told
us the planes had to be at least
300 ft above land here at the
corner of Cadillac and
Government Avenue. And since
then we have not had any prob-
lems except a few who get too
low, and those we sweat out
because the tops of our old oak
trees move as they fly over.
So now I've added my 2
cents along with everyone else'
I believe the "Vale of Paradise'
does not have a very bright
future.


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you can save up to 10%/
with our new car discount.

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Valparaiso
We have been Air Force
people since 1943. My husband
was in 30-plus years. We lived
on and off many bases during
that time, overseas and state-
side. So we have listened to all
types of planes and helicopters.
We accepted all the planes
and their noises because that
was our way of life. Except for
the two F-22's that used their


afterbumners-one this morning
at 7:58 that scared me bad since
I was still sleeping (it shook
our bed) and the one around the
19th about 5 p.m. that went
over our house also, which
shook our house, and sent a
shock wave up my legs through
my body and gave me a bad
feeling .
I'm trying to heal from two
heart surgeries I had in the mid-
dle of January, and these shock


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C ELE TRI
From page A-1
charging. By plugging the truck
into a socket in his garage
overnight, he gets it ready for
each day's driving.
"I drive about nine miles
each way to and from work, and
during the day I visit job sites
and run a few errands," he said.
"But I find I have plenty of
charge to do all that and make it
home with power to spare." In
addition, he said, he has


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'howtpe.M e ln De wa de 5 ne
to determine when this hormonal
mechanism is malfunctioning and is
the only diet that corrects the
problem.
After addressing leptin, only
dn rbem ptet aly rn ain .
comes from the chronic biotoxic
illnesses that are now spradig
rapidly across America" (r ihe
C. Shoemaker, MD). When we add
in general toxicity from our food and
environment the problem is
epidemic. Dr. Shoemaker is the
foremost authority on biotoxic ianess
and believes ninety-eight percent of
those who are significantly
a ewegh ar lepi r sslat,c mst

In our clinic, we have tests
that determine if toxicity is the
problem. If the Healing Diet is the
fa~cto s,dtewh sMl co e o wt
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considered and is likely the cause of
your uncontrollable cravings, diet
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phone, a USB drive and car
keys belonging to the other
woman .

A Niceville resident from
the 300 block of Reeves
Street reported March 24 that
unknown persons) stole a
$150 ring from the residence.
was
A Niceville resident from
the 300 block of Niceville
Avenue reported March 28
that they came home to find a
rear window open and a
video game station stolen.

An overnight visitor to a
Niceville residence in the
1400 block of Bayshore
Drive reported that unknown
persons) stole a $750 radio
a checkbook and $40 in cos-
tile jeerefrom her car


About March 19 unknown
persons) opened a checking
account in the name of an 85-
year-old Niceville woman,
then proceeded to get a
$14,000 line of credit and
made two withdrawals from
the account totaling $9,800
On March 23 the Niceville
woman received a "starter
kit" from the bank with a
checkbook that included her
name and address, and a let-
ter from the bank thanking
her for her business. The
woman called the bank and
questioned the letter and stat-
ed she only banks in the local
area. The bank told her they
would freeze the account and
that she would not be liable
for the money taken. The
woman reported the identity
theft to the sheriff's office.
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Parkwood
Circle reported unknown per-
son(s) stole several prescrip-
tion medications from the
home sometime March 4-12,
a time when several contrac-
tors had access to the home
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 1600 block of Glenwood
Court reported that unknown
persons) entered the resi-
dence by forcing a screen on
an opened window sometime
March 19-22 and stole a com-
puter tower valued at $100.
Criminal Mlischief
Sometime March 18-19
vandals pushed over a $3,000
soda machine at 4591 E.
Highway 20, and battered it



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obtained permission to plug his
truck in while it's parked at
work. A full charge, he said,
takes only about 80 cents worth
of electricity.
"If I ever do get so low on
power that I'm in danger of
completely running out, I can do
something you can't do with a
conventional car," Forfa said. "I
can stop anywhere an electric
socket is available, and in about
five minutes, I can charge the
truck enough to run another
couple of miles. That's almost


always enough to get home, or
at least to someplace else with
electricity, where I can get
another quick charge." Thus, he
said, he can "refuel" not only at
gas stations, but at any business
or even private homes--wherev-
er he can persuade the owner to
give or sell him a few cents
worth of power.
Forfa gave a Beacon reporter
a demonstration ride. The truck
performs much like a gasoline-
powered car, except that it has
better instant torque for acceler-


ation, is quieter, and does not
need a clutch to change gears. It
has a manual five-speed shift,
but to shift gears, Forfa said,
"You just take your foot off the
accelerator long enough to drop
it into gear, and go. I can get up
to 65 miles per hour in second
gear, and still have three more
gears to go."
Forfa admits that filling the
truck's cargo bed with batteries
makes it impractical as a pickup

Please see TRUCK, page A-10


It is time to bring the science
of weight loss out of the dark ages and
tappane understand o hormones

Makeover, you wlleam bo th mmones
and the key role they play in permanent
weight loss. They leamed that not ever
diet is right for everyone and hormones
play a major role in determining what diet
isb't or o. '?,t isxitn to :1 ra h
found success, especially after trying so
many different diets.
We customize an individual's
diet based on five simple factors. One of
these factors is a test that measures a
very important hormone called leptin.
aeti tl yurib nthoebum fat. f your
message from leptin then your body c~wi~ll
not be able to bum fat for energy. What
does that mean? Simply put: you will not
lose weight-regardless of what you eat
In 1995, when leptin was first
discovered, drug companies scrambled
to develop a synthetic form of leptin in an
attempt to be the first to have the
sltio thor oesiuy ,hfi ured if leptin
overweight individuals must be leptin
deficient, right? Wrong! They soon
realized that obese and overwei ht
eop had elead lp te Whyd Itic
has p enty of insulin but their cells just
can't use it. This is due to the over-
consumption of processed grains and
sugar, as well as toxicity. The constant
s gar levato causes the iody to
Remember, insulin brings sugar into your
cells for energy. This is an important
function; however, because insulin is
I luose), th aels e t rs toislin
become bumed out. In other words the
cell cannot hear what insulin is saying-
aka insulin resistance.
The same thing is happening
with leptin. Leptin is produced by your fat
cells to tell your brain that there is too
mus lik with in ln, ib tuhs s ste i
challenged enough it will eventually
break down. The increase in leptin will
e e tual cus fo [brain notp ter
your brain bum out, aka leptin
resistance
Once this hormone mechanism fails it


BLOTTER
From page A-2

ing a Xanax pill allegedly fell
out of the boy s pants pocket
while emergency personnel
were tending to him.
Both drivers were taken to
the hospital for treatment of
injuries, and a blood sample
was taken on the 17-year-old
which later confirmed the
presence of alcohol and a
schedule IV drug Damage
ao dthe a cdnt was esti-


Bradley William

Brive N ce~v 1, as a 1 e t
by sheriff 's de uties for DUI
on Danny Wuerffel Way at
the Mid-Bay Bridge, March
29 at 8:29 p.m.
Thef ts
A Niceville resident from
the 400 block of Kazmira
Court reported March 19 that
unknown persons) had
kicked open the door to the
apartment and stolen $255
cash, a new laptop computer
and an Apple iPod.
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Palmetto
Avenue reported that some-
one removed a window
screen and opened a window
while the residents were out
sometime March 29. A $250
iPod was reported stolen and
some personal items includ-
ing a jewelry box were dis-
turbed.
* *
Two women who were
using the library on the
Niceville campus of
Northwest Florida State
College March 24 reported
that unknown persons) stole
8 pUTSe that one of the women
had placed under a table
about 20 feet from where
they were working. The
Stolen purse contained $78
CaSh, a cell phone and a tpe
TCCOrder belonging to one of
the women and the cell


WATER
From page A-1

worked with city engineers and
the water department, and both-
sides agreed that a water tower
was needed, Mayville said. The
college announced its plan last
month.
The tower is expected to
improve water pressure,
Mayville said.
Fire protection fr city rest-
dents is not in jeopardy,
M yv le said eA 2-nc water

and water tower on the south
side of College Boulevard sup-
plies plenty oflnw ite ,n r

of the city s water pipes are
looped together rather than end-
ing at dead-ends. Looped pipes
offer better flow, he said.


with an unknown blunt object
that caused apparently
irreparable damage.
Other
A 16-year-old Freeport
boy was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police
March 14 for retail theft. The
boy allegedly removed the
wrapper on a $21 video game
and concealed the game in
his right front jacket pocket
at Kmart, 1140 E. John Sims
Parkway.
* *
Jeremy Phillip White, 18,
of 4483 Woodbridge Road,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police
March 23 for possession of
drug paraphernalia.
* *
Billy D. Adkins, an elec-
trician, 28, of 192 Chicago
Ave., Valparaiso, was issued
a notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies March 9 for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
marijuana.
ses
A 16-year-old Niceville
boy, a student, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff s
deputies Mareh 2 or pos-
session of alcoholic bever-
ages and possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.
ses
Nicholas James Grim, a
salesman, 18, of 310 St.
Andrews Drive, Niceville,
was issued a notice to appear
by sheriff's deputies March
28 for possession of less than
20 grams of marijuana.
ses
A 17-year-old Niceville


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


boy, a student, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies March 29 for pos-
session of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and for posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
** *
John Preston Hardwick, a
cashier, 18, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff s
deputies March 29 for retail
theft. Hardwick allegedly
was observed shoplifting two
bottles of cough syrup, val-
ued at $11 each, from the
Destin Wal-Mart, 15017
Emerald Coast Parkway.

** *
With several colleges and
schools scheduling spring
breaks, sheriff s deputies
along the beach recently
issued numerous notices to
appear for underage posses-
sion of alcohol, including:
N-March 18; a 17-year-old
NicevMll ho 0 Jh
areh 20 n Leigh
Mullins, 20, of 938 Rue De
Palms, Niceville.
-March 20; Nicholas
JameS Grim, 18, of 3 10
Andrews Drive, Niceville.
-March 21; IKyle
Matthew Knight, 19, of 101-
B Harding Road, Niceville.
-March 21; lan Andrew
Antosh, 19, of 924 Linden
Ave., Nicevill~e
-March 2 Tommy L.
Serigne, 20, of 4600 Range
Road, Niceville.
-March 25; Malcolm
Austin Cartwright, 20, of
321-A Niceville Ave.,
Niceville.


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County
Commissioner Don Amunds was
one of two dozen current and
former sheriff s employees inter-
viewed during a recent investiga-
tion by outside auditors.
Amunds, a former full-time
deputy who now works part-tune
for the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office, was mentioned
in two "schedules" attached to a
"Forensic Examination Report
and Supplemental Information
report by Carr Riggs & Ingram,
a Destin accounting firm. The
report was released Monday by
acting Sheriff Ed Spooner,
Spooner hired Carr Riggs to
conduct a special audit after


MOSMRRI
From page A-1

$16,000 in kickbacks in 2008 and
2009. Coup allegedly kicked back
$2,500 in 2006. Adams faces fed-
eral charges of helping run the
kickback scheme.
The two audit reports released
Monday disclosed a total of
$88,500 in kickbacks from 14
employees, primarily based on
their statements in discussions
with auditors engaged after the
scandal broke last month.
Spooner said many of the employ-
ees allegedly giving kickbacks to
Morris were "victims," told that
their payments to the sheriff would
be passed on to charity or "some-
one in need."
Three former employees-
Adams, Randall Holeombe and
Sabra Thomnton-refused to coop-
erate with the auditors, according
to the audit reports released
Monday by Spooner. The reports
did not cite them in any kickbacks.
Holeombe allegedly received
$92,973 in bonus money between
2004 and 2009, according to the
reports. Thomnton allegedly
received bonuses in 2008 and
2009 totaling $27,907. Holeombe
and Thomnton were dismissed in
early March. They have not been
charged.
Some, unnamed employees
among the 14 reporting that they
gave kickbacks are "fully cooper-
ating witnesses of the ongoing
investigations:' according to the
audit report by Carr Riggs &
Ingram, a Destin accounting firm
hired by Spooner.
Morris was arrested in Las
Vegas by FBI agents after
unnamed sheriff s employees
blew the whistle on the bonus-
kickback scheme. One employee
secretly recorded a meeting with
Morris in January at the FBI's
behest.
"The real heroes are those who

sepped ef ddrdan d dedthe rih
thing," Spooner said Monday.
"This was done at great risk. They
along with the many other mem-


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now-suspended Sheriff Charlie
Morris and his finance director,
Teresa Adams, were arrested on
federal corruption charges in
February.
Amunds, who represents
commission District 4, was not
accused of any wrongdoing.
In Schedule E of the CPA
report, Amunds was among six
employees who had his annual
and/or sick leave adjusted "per
the directive of Teresa Adams or
Sheriff Morris, however these
adjustments were not consistent
with OCSO policies and proce-
dures." Amunds had a total of
728 hours, including 32 hours of
annual leave and 696 hours of
sick time added to his balance.
In Schedule F, Amunds was
bers of the sheriff's office who
have since stepped forward should
be commended."
Carr Riggs was hired to "eval-
uate selected areas of internal con-
trol, determine amounts of bonus-
es paid during the scope of the
period from Oct. 1, 2003, through
March 6, 2009, and determine if
improper amounts of cash had
been extracted from those bonuses
and returned in some form to
Sheriff Morris," according to its
audit report
Carr Riggs auditors questioned
two dozen current and former
employees during its investiga-
tion.
In releasing the reports
Monday, Spooner said that many
of the employees who received
bonuses and then gave part of the
money to Morris were themselves
victims. He pointed to a statement
in a report by O'Sullivan Creel, a
Fort Walton Beach accounting
firm hired by the Okaloosa
County Commission after Morris'
arrest. O'Sullivan Creel's report
on its special audit of sheriff's
offce finances was also released
by authorities on Monday.
The O'Sullivan Creel report
stated: "According to the inter-
views, the atmosphere or tone at
the top at the OCSO was one
where the Sheriff had absolute
authority and control. The Sheriff
often used his power in a way that
appealed to employees' loyalty to
the department. Furthermore, the
Sheriff often granted assistance to
those employees he knew had
financial need, and then later
asked for their help in return, ulti-
mately recruiting victims and
expanding the payroll scheme to
several employees within the
department."
O'Sullivan Creel stated that its
job on the county's behalf was to
"expand the scope of the annual
audit and to perform investigative
procedures with respect to allega-
tions of a kickback scheme involv-

Cont shrf' Offc (O So)
They were asked to determine the
nature and depth of bonus pay-
ments and kickbacks, and whether


time work at about $12 an hour.
He said that when he returned,
Morris and Adams told him that
since he left the sheriff's onfce
in "good standing" they were
restoring his forfeited annual
vacation and sick leave hours.
Amunds said he has not used
any of the restored leave.
After Morris was arrested
Feb. 27 for an alleged bonus and
kickback scheme, Amunds ree-
ollected the $4,000 payment
from Morris after Hurricane
Ivan and informed the auditors
investigating the unrelated
bonus scheme, the commission-
er said. He said all the excess
clothing allowance payments
were given to sheriff's employ-
ees whose homes suffered

the clerk of court should work
with all constitutional onfcers to
develop a countywide internal
audit function. Currently the clerk
of court has a formal internal audit
function in which activities are
limited to the clerk's operation and
financial operations of the county


apparent overpayments was not
provided in 2008, the report stat-
ed.
Amunds was a full-time
deputy with the Okaloosa
County Sheriff s Office until he
won election to the Okaloosa
County Board of County
Commissioners in 2004. He told
the Beacon Monday that he
worked as a deputy until the day
before he was swomn in as a
county commissioner. Amunds
said he forfeited about 35 hours
of unused annual leave and sev-
eral hundred hours of unused
sick leave at that time.
Amunds said that after work-
ing as a county commissioner
for about two years, he returned
to the sheriff's office for part-

not have a written bonus policy,
and the bonuses were at the sole
discretion of the sheriff. Bonuses
were not separately budgeted or
accounted for in the general
ledger.
The accounting firm also found
that half, or $686,404, of total
bonuses during the period were
awarded to seven managers.
O' Sullivan Creel stated that the
sheriff's office regular annual
auditor, Nicholson, Reeder and
Reynolds, of Fort Walton Beach,
was not aware of the bonus dis-
bursements or kickback scheme.
The two special audits by
O'Sullivan Creel and Carr Riggs
& Ingram--including lists of who
got how much in bonuses and who
reported giving kickbacks--are
posted on the sheriff's Web site:
www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.
O'Sullivan Creel also made
some countywide recommenda-
tions based on their investigation
of the sheriff's onfce:
-The board of county com-
missioners and the constitutional
onfcers should consider a county-
wide whistleblower policy that
prohibits retaliation against
employees who report violations
of law or fraud.
-The county commission
should consider an employee hot-
line that allows all employees of
the county commission and con-
stitutional offcers to confidential-
ly and anonymously submit con-
cemns regarding questionable man-
agement, accounting or auditing
matters.
-The county commission and


severe damages from Ivan and
were finding other homes.
Amunds told the Beacon that
Morris had told the seven
employees "we're all in this as
family." Amunds said, "I
thought OK, fine, this came
from the uniform allowance."
Amunds was not among
those who made any payments
to Morris, according to the
report.
Amunds is one of the five
Okaloosa County commission-
ers with oversight over the sher-
iff's annual budget requests.
The county commission is
required to perform annual
audits on each of the county's
five constitutional offices,
including the sheriff.
commission.
Bill Eddins, State Attomney for
Judicial District 1, said Tuesday
that he has been vigorously inves-
tigating the allegations of wrong-
doing in the OCSO for several
weeks and that he has both audits
released Monday.


among
seven cur-
rent or for-
m e r
employees '
w h o
received
$4,811.56
each in
2004 for
cloth in g Don Amunds
allowance,
an amount which exceeded the
normal clothing allowance.
All of the "illainql-
allowance" payments were made
Sept. 30, 2004, and involved
payments to employees who had
sustained damage to their homes
as a result of Hurricane Ivan
Sept. 16. An explanation for the

any other irregularities existed at
the OCSO.
O'Sullivan Creel's report
found that four people were pri-
marily involved in the approval
and disbursement of payroll
funds: Morris, the Director of
Administration, the Finance
Manager and the Payroll Clerk.
The report went on to state that
"bonuses paid were not in accor-
dance with any written plan or
policy and appear to be at the
Sheriff's sole discretion, although
the four individuals mentioned
above were aware of the amounts,
payees, frequency and allotment
of the payments."
In a letter to sheriff's employ-
ees Monday, Spooner noted that
the names of those getting bonus-
es and those who gave kickbacks
were in the audit reports. The let-
ter stated: "There should be no
inference of any type of guilt asso-
ciated with the receipt of perform-
ance pay by the majority of the
employees named. The same
stands for many of those adminis-
trative personnel instructed to
return a portion of funds for a local
charity or to help someone in need
within the agency. Investigators
have determined that the majority
of those targeted are victims,
whose trust was betrayed."
O'Sullivan Creel's report stat-
ed that about $1.4 million of
bonuses were paid to OCSO
employees from Oct. 1, 2003, to
Feb. 17, 2009. Of that amount,
$951,438 was paid to non-swom
personnel and $400,293 paid to
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to him so far, since he uses the
truck mainly for commuting.
"If I decide I want to use the
cargo bed, I can always raise the
cargo bed enough to relocate the
batteries beneath it," he said, but
he has not yet found it worth the
time and effort to do that.
For long trips such as vaca-
tions, Forfa rents a conventional
car, which is less expensive than
owning one full-time and pay-
ing for all that gas on a daily
basis.
"If I really want to take long
trips in this truck, I can add a
gasoline engine to continuously
Charge the batteries, turning the
truck from an all-electric into a
sort of hybrid," he said. But
again, he has not yet found it
necessary to go to that much
trouble.
His electric car, Forfa said,
cost him about $80 for each of
the 24 batteries, plus about
$7,000 for the electrical compo-
nents, including the motor.
Comparing the cost and amount
of electricity he uses to the cost
of gasoline for the same number
of miles, Forfa has calculated
that he is getting the equivalent
of between 70 and 80 miles per
gallon, depending on price flue-
tuations for gas and electricity.
"I also save money on main-


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tenance he said. "I don't need

park pus, or otrothe tps
of maintenance required by an
internal combustion engine.
Changing the brushes on the
electric motor every 80,000
miles is about all the mainte-
nance my truck needs, except
for things like brakes and tires,
which need care no matter what
kind of car I drive."
Forfa said you don't really
need his mechanical back-
ground to convert a car to elec-
tric power as he did. "You can
find all sorts of alternative
designs on the Intemnet, with do-
it-yourself instructions," he
said.
Some such sites, he said,
include evalbum.com and diy-
electricar.com. To contact Forfa
directly, he said, people can e-
mail him at tj4fa@hotmail.com.
He said he is considering taking
his car to some local schools,
the Chelco annual members
meeting, local car shows, or
other venues where people
might be interested in learning
more about do-it-yourself elec-
tric car conversions. He said he
hopes commercial car compa-
nies will soon recognize the
practicality of electric cars and
begin mass-marketing them,
with longer range than his ver-
sion.
Until then, however, he is
happy with his own lean, green,
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Restaurateur Bryce Averitte, right, and Dr. Mlichael Harris, left, invited friends and community leaders
to the groundbreaking for their planned restaurant, the Compass Rose, at the site overlooking Toms
Bayou, near John Sims Parkway, in Valparaiso. Center: Valparaiso City Commissioner Brent Smith.


located about 40 feet above
Toms Bayou near the bridge on
John Sims Parkway, offering a
scenic view of the water.
Dining areas will include a
large outdoor deck, a confer-
ence room for 75 to l00 people,
a full-service bar, and several
small upstairs dining rooms for
smaller gatherings.
The two business partners
said they are not worried about
starting a new restaurant during
an economic recession.
Although the restaurant busi-
ness is highly competitive, they
think that Averitte's previous
success, coupled with their
innovative selection of foods
and prime location, will make
The Compass Rose a popular
dining spot.
In addition, the recession has
provided some economic
advantages for the new busi-
ness, said Harris. "Land and
construction costs are low-
about $90 per square foot, or
about half of what they were
just a year ago."
In addition to their own
investments, the two men bor-
rowed some initial capital from
People's National Bank, which
"offered a fair, competitive
interest rate, and were very
helpful."
"We are also confident that
the economy will change for
the better in the next few years,"
Harris added.
Valparaiso city officials
were also helpful to the new
business, regarding it as a boost
to the local economy and cul-


and new and interesting foods,
said Averitte, it will not be too
expensive for working families.
"Most of our evening entrees
will be priced below $20, and
we will offer lunch specials. We
hope to attract people from
Eglin Air Force Base at lunch
time. We also plan to offer
breakfast, and we plan to vary
the atmosphere for each meal
by using lighting, table settings,
and types of food offered to cre-
ate new moods and surprises
through each day and week."


ture.
"We expect to employ at
least 30 people initially, and
more later on," said Averitte.
"This will be a quiet, family-
friendly restaurant, where peo-
ple can enjoy a meal and the
view of the water."
Live entertainment will con-
sist mostly of indoor, acoustic
music, he said, to enhance the
restaurant's atmosphere without
disturbing nearby residences.
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By Mike Griffith
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Despite the ailing economy,
two long-time residents of the
Twin Cities area have returned
from the Caribbean to establish
a new restaurant on a scenic
bluff overlooking Tom's Bayou.
The restaurant will be called
The Compass Rose, reflecting
the international theme and
wide variety of food to be
offered. The owners hope to
open in about nine months.
Bryce Averitte was the origi-
nal owner of the Boathouse
restaurant in Valparaiso, until
he sold the business several
years ago.
Dr. Michael Harris delivered
babies in Niceville and
Valparaiso for about 20 years,
before he moved to the Cayman
Islands in 2002, where Harris
founded a medical school. With
Harris as CEO and Averitte as
business manager, the school
trained about 1,300 internation-
al students to become doctors.
"The American Medical
Association limits the number
of students who can be admitted
to American medical schools,"
Harris said. "This causes an
artificial shortage of physicians
in the U.S., but also created an
opportunity to establish med-
ical schools in the Caribbean."
While living and working in
the Caymans, the two men used
their free time to scuba dive
throughout the Caribbean, and
to explore the wide variety of
foods served by the various cul-
tures in the islands. By the time
Harris was ready to retire from
medicine and sell the school to
a team of venture capitalists,
the pair had decided to return to
the Twin Cities to establish
their own restaurant.
"We think the new restaurant
will be good for the communi-
ty," said Averitte. "We'll bring
new options to people here,
exposing them to new flavors,
including spices, fruits, and
options in cuisine not offered
elsewhere in this area."
"One day we might feature
dishes from Belize, another day
we might offer Cuban-style
food, or flavors from other parts
of the Caribbean or elsewhere."
The Compass Rose, he said
"will offer Continental cuisine
with Caribbean overtones."
Averitte said the Compass
Rose will also offer local
favorites such as steak and mul-
let, as well as the new and dif-
ferent fare that he hopes will
attract attention.
The new 7,000-square-foot,
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Andrea Williams earned
the title of First Runner Up in
the Ms. Corporate America
pageant. During the competi-
tion, which
took place
in Orlando
March 6-7,
Williams
represented
her commu-
nity as Ms.
Niceville.
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a regional
trainer based in Valparaiso for
Synovus Financial Corporation.
Williams competed in a
semmnar to improve communt-
cation skills, poise and profes-
sionalism; a private interview
with the judges; a fitness wear
competition; an evening gown
competition and an on-stage
Interview.

Northwest Florida State
College Forensics Team
debate team member Matthew
Williams of Niceville was state
champion in the Cross
Examination Debate and run-
ner-up in Parliamentary Debate
in the Florida Community
College Activities Association
(FCCAA) State Forensics 2009
Championships hosted by
Tallahassee Community
College.

Ruckel Middle School sev-
enth-grader Matthew
Mark~wardt, son of Tom and
Chris Markwardt, Niceville, is
one of the semifinalists eligible
to compete in the 2009 Florida
Geographic Bee, sponsored by
Google and Plum Creek. The
bee will be held at Jacksonville
University on Friday, April 3.
The state winner will
receive $100, the "National

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national finals at the National
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national winner will receive a
$25,000 college scholarship
and a lifetime membership in
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before 5 p.m. Wednesday

Upcoming blood drives
April 9. Thursday: Walton High
School, 555 Walton Rd, DeFuniak
Springs, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
April 10, Friday: Rave Motion
Pictures, Destin Commons, 2-8
p~m.
April 11, Saturday: Girl Scouts
of NWF At
Santa Rosa Mall,
11 a.m.-5 p.m -
Rave Motion
Pictures, Destin
Commons, 2-8
p~m.
April 14, Tuesday: Baker
School, 1-7 p.m.
Airport art exhibit
Florida State University is lend-
ing artwork from its best and
brightest art students to display at
the Northwest Florida Regional
Airport. There is a mixture of
paintings, 3-D art, photography
and more in this collection. FSU
student art is displayed in the
lobby area of the airport.
Info: 651-7160.
AAUW seeks books
The Niceville-Valparaiso
Branch of the American
Association of University Women
(AAUW) is seeking donations of
used books for its annual sale.
Funds raised will be used to sup-
port the AAUW Educational
Foundation and
local scholar-
ships. 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 pick-
up of donations, call 678-2900 or
729-2093.
AARP Tax aid
AARP volunteers are providing
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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 April 8 through


Apneldesday, April 8: Wii
Games, 9:30 a.m.; Exercise, 10
a.m.
Thursday, April 9: Sing A Long
with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 10: Board Games,
9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 13: Trivia, 9:30

Tuesday, April 14: 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
appreciated. Reservations for
meals must be made the day before
by noon. Contact number is 833-
9291, Barbara Harris or Jessie
Craft.
Artists gatherings
The Emerald Coast Plein Air
Painters is an open group of art
enthusiasts who gather each
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., to
paint throughout Okaloosa-Walton
counties. There is no membership
fee. Info: dierhart@mchsi.com,
598-6501 or
carolanncain@cox.net.
Meeting schedule:
April 8-Turkey Creek, Niceville
CrApril 15-
Destin
April 22-Liza
Jackson Park,
Fort Walton
Beach.
April 29-Dier-Hart house, 1581
Mack Bayou Rd., Santa Rosa
Beach.
Mlattie 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.
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, through April 17.
Chamber sets breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast on
April 8 at the Niceville Community
Cen er Dm4 Th


month's sponsor
is Valparaiso
Re a 1t y
Company .
Chamber members, their guests,
and prospective members are invit-
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Conference Center, Okaloosa
Island, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily with a
welcome reception 5:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8.
The four-day conference will
include informative, technical
workshops on the following subject
matter: Energy Technology, Energy
Policy, Finance,
B ioenerg y/Altern ative Fuels
Building Science, and Low Impac
Development/Sustainable Design.
Info: 501-6674 or 1-800-226-
8914 x 226 (Mary Gutierrez).
Seniors to meet
The Twin Cities Senior Citizens
Club will meet April 9, 3 p.m., at


the Valparaiso Community Center,
268 Glenview Ave. After the meet-
ing, there will be potluck, bingo,
and Easter hat contest Prizes for the
most beautiful, original, and funni-
est.
Info: Nancy, 678-5584, or Jo,
678-8645.
Adventure club ride
Thursday, April 9, 3 p.m. bike
ride in Niceville in the Bluewater
Bay Resort/
Subdivision.
Meet at the golf
course club
house parking
area. Supper


after the ride at a nearby restaurant.
Info: Jim and Maria Bayes, 897-
6756 .
Child Abuse Prevention
April is Child Abuse Prevention
month. The Emerald Coast
Children's Advocacy Center has
several events to help raise aware-
ness of child abuse in our communi-
ty and the dire need to provide serv-
ices for these children.
On Thursday, April 9, at the
Kelly Plantation Golf Club, Destin,
Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center
will sponsor the Have a Heart
Dinner for Children, benefiting the
Children's Advocacy Center. The


evening includes dinner, entertain-
ment by Jones and Company, an
opportunity to bid on artwork done
by the children at the CAC and also
a "melting heart," a piece of jewelry
especially created for this event by
Creative Gems of Panama City.
Tickets, $125 single and $250 per
couple, must be purchased in
advance. Seating is limited. Info:
833-9237, ext. 256.
On Saturday, April 11, the 10th
annual National Child Abuse
Prevention 5K Run/Walk and 10 &
Under Kids Fun Run, sponsored by
the Niceville Exchange Club and
the Northwest Florida Track Club,


will be held to benefit the
Children's Advocacy Center. The
run starts 8 a.m. at the Niceville
Children's Park on Partin Drive.
The children's run begins at 9:15
a.m. Entry fee is $15 adult, $5 child.
Post-race festivities include free hot
dogs and drinks and activities for
the children. Info:
678-4984.
Water office closed
Okaloosa County Water and
Sewer offices, open Tuesdays and
Friday in Bluewater Bay, will be
closed for Good Friday and return
Please see EVENTS, page B-5


. 4


HOL Y THURSDAY Y ~ April 9th
Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. i,

Mass of the Lord's Supper
at 7 p.m.
oftolloedsbedA~doationnt

GOOD FRIDAY ~ April 10th
"PASSION and DEATH of the LORD "
Mornng Prayer- 8:30 a~m. I;

Venaesr tn of te Crss
& Holy Communion
at 7 p.m.
to., es asic ucetware te 1Cae r a,


HOL YSA TURDA Y ~ April 11th
Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m.
with Blessing of Food Baskets

EASTER VIGIL ~ April 11th
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY~ April 12th
"Resurrection of the Lord'
Masses
at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


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Coast Guard Seaman Andrew
S. Hallock, a 2004 graduate of
Rocky Bayou Christian School,
Niceville, recently graduated from
the Coast Guard Recruit Training
Center in Cape May, N. J.
During the eight-week training
program, Hallock completed a
vigorous training curriculum con-
sisting of academics and practical
instruction on water safety and
survival, military customs and
courtesies, seamanship skills, first
aid, fire fighting and marksman-
ship.
***
Army Pvt. Raisa G. Hill has
graduated from basic combat
training at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of train-
ing, the soldier studied the Army
mission, history, tradition and core
values, physical fitness, and
received instruction and practice
in basic combat skills, military
weapons, chemical warfare and
bayonet training, drill and cere-
mony, marching, rifle marksman-


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From page B-1
the Society. The national win-
ner will also travel (along with
one parent or guardian), all
expenses paid, to the Galipagos
Islands with "Jeopardy!" host
Alex Trebek and the
"Jeopardy!" Clue Crew.
***
Coldwell Banker United,
Nicev ille
O ffi ce,
announced
the top pro-
ducers for
February
were Jan
Pollen, top
L is ting
Agent, and
Sa e Pa Weks
Agent.

Paige Mason, a 2003 gradu-
ate of Niceville High School, a
2007 magna cum laude gradu-
ate of Tulane University and
currently a
second-year
law school
student at
the
University
of Miami, is
spending the
spring
semester a
an intern for
Paige Mlason t~he lorida

Court. She was recently fea-
tured in the UM Barrister
Alumni Magazine Winter 2009
issue. She plans a career in
international and/or business
law.

The April Yard of the Month
for the city of Niceville is
awarded to Thien and Dewey
Calfee, 311 McEwen Drive.
***
Catherine Amanda Velez,
Niceville, has earned a Bachelor
of Science from Excelsior
College.


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map reading, field tactics, military
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field training exerc ses.Sh lis the

Pontevedra Lane, Niceville.
The private is a 2007 graduate
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deployed. He's currently stationed
on the USS Barry DDG52, guided
missile destroyer at Norfblk Naval
Air Station in Norfolki, Va.
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has already begun. And what
better time to visit Destin
Middle School to do a pres-
entation about the Junior
Lifeguard program? Alex
Mletz, a five-year lifeguard,
former DMIS student and
supervisor of the Destin
summer program, visited the
tchto FI aybM owrc o0to
it. The Junior Lifeguard
Program is a division of the
Destin Fire Department and
runs for eight weeks from
June 8 to Aug. 5 this year.
Participants will learn a vari-
ety of techniques and infor-
mation about being a life-
guard on the Destin beach-
es. They will s rn, surf, rihn

how to save marine animals,
and take numerous field
trips. The students at DMIS
were excited about the pres-
entation and look forward to
sign-ups which began on
March 2. Call 837-8413.


Check for the children
Eric Walker, center, of Walker's Ace Hardware presents Julie Hurst, right, and Mlarisol
Kingsbury of the Children's Advocacy Center a check from proceeds of the first Emerald
Coast Ice Bowl, presented by major sponsors Ace Hardware and Bob Bicycles. The funds will
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Chad Holloway of Niceville flies high during the Mlarch 21 skateboard tournament at the Niceville
Youth Center.


Skateboard tourney


draws from all over


The Niceville Youth Center
was full of competitors, several
surrounding towns to compete
in a skateboard tournament
Saturday, March 21. Awards
were presented in three divi-
sions.
Beginner's Division
1st-Troy Scott, Miramar


Niceville
3rd-Justin
Niceville


1st--Robby Kirkland,


Redick, Tampa
2nd--


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Niceville


Zach Ohara, Niceville
Mlichael Owens,


Intermediate Division
1st--Chad Holloway,
Niceville
2nd-Tanner Aull, Niceville
3rd--Victor Nguyen,
Miramar Beach
Advanced Division


Also present at the event was
a Christian band from
Crestview, "The Rising."
The event was hosted by the
city of Niceville and sponsored
by Splinter Youth, Inc.


Beach
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Freeport Elementary speakers
Fourth grade 4-H Tropicana Speech Competition winners for Freeport Elementary School,
from left: above, first place, Summer Padgett; second place, Karson Goldbach; third place,
Taylor Butler. Fifth Grade winners, below: first place, Sarah Erickson; second place,
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


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EVENT
From page B-2
the following Tuesday, April 14.
Chelco, which houses the county
office, is closed Friday, April 10:
therefore, Water and Sewer office
will also close.
Passion Play planned
The Passion Play, a vivid por-
trayal of Jesus' life, death and resur-
rection, will be
presented in
~music and drama
a Fo~1 On Friday and
Saturday, April
10 and 11, 7
p.m., and 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 12, Niceville
Assembly of God, 108 Hwy. 85
North, nicevilleag.com, 678-2531.
Easter Bunny hopping in

Sta iongApr 10 an 1 tnot e f
of the Easter Bunny, courtesy of
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge
and Uptown Station.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife
Refuge will create an Easter Village
in its Education Exhibition Center.
For $5 (which all goes to the
refuge) kids can visit the village

Easeter teaE, tlaut foer ad nri e
the Uptown Express Train. For $12
kids also get a photo with the Bunny
and design an Easter Craft
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April
11, Uptown Station will screen a
drive-in style movie on the giant
inflatable screen at Central Park.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs (no
pets or alcohol please) and enjoy
"Kung Fu Panda.
Blood and tissue drive
Fort Walton Beach Girl Scout
Troop 302 plans a Blood and Tissue
Drive Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m.-4
p.m., at Santa Rosa Mall, Mary
Esther. Donors must be at least 16
years. of age w/parent signature. A
Kids Corner with craft activities


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Info: 473-3853.
Adventurers to bike
Bike ride in the Orange
Beach/Gulf State Park area of
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Meet at the Gulf
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Info: Rick and Jean Smith, 251-
424-4795.
Freeport Easter festivities
Saturday, April 11, noon-3 p.m."
the Freeport Fire Department is
sponsoring the second annual
Freeport Easter celebration at the
Freeport Regional Sports Complex.
There will be all kinds of fun and
games to participate in as well as an
Estzesri wTg nt hWalk eOnt Wat r
Easter.
Auditions for 'Beauty
The Humanities, Fine and
Performing Arts Division of
Northwest Florida State College
will hold open auditions for this
summer's musical production of
lised' Beauty1 and oeo Bat"he
main stage of the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center located on the NWF State
College Niceville
Campus.
Those who
audition should
come ready to
O sing and dance.
All audition material, including a
rehearsal schedule, will be distrib-
uted at auditions. Disney's '"Beauty
and the Beast" requires a large cast.
The play will be performed on
the main stage of the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center July 22-25. Info: 729-
5382.
Female senior grad event
Graduating senior girls and their


mothers are invited to the Fort
Walton Beach Area Panhellenic
Sorority Information Party, 10 a.m.,
April 11, Fort Walton Beach Yacht
Club, 180 NE Ferry Road. This is a
free event targeting local high
school senior girls to learn more
about the sorority recruitment
process.
Info: Jane Dale 651-5049.
Easter sunrise service
Easter Sunday, April l2, 7-8
a.m., Walk On Water Ministries and
the newly formed Freeport Pastors
Prayer Fellowship will hold the first
Freeport Community Easter Sunrise
Service at the Freeport Regional
Sports Complex soccer field. There
will be some music and two or three
short sennons from area pastors. If
you are musically talented and
would like to participate in the serv-
ice, call John Fogarty: 835-9824.
Remember to bring a lawn chair if
you do not want to stand or sit on
the ground as no chairs will be pro-
vided.
Bike at Navarre
Bike ride on Navarre Beach
Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m. Meet in
the parking area of Sailor's Grill
Restaurant. Bring a picnic lunch for
after the ride. Info: 581-4591.
'Hepburn' to perform
Shirley Simpson will perform on
stage as "Katharine Hepburn" on
Thursday, April 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325
Commons Drive, Destin. A "Meet
the Artist" reception will follow.
Tickets are $20 each and proceeds
benefit Scholarships for Women.
For tickets call: Pat King, 267-1594
or Diana Hufffstutler, 897-7695.
State of the County talk
The '"State of Okaloosa County
will be the subj ect at the April meet-
ing of the Okaloosa County
Democratic Women s Club. County
Commissioner James Campbell will
speak to the group April 16 at a
luncheon at La Rumba Restaurant at


Oak Creek Shopping Center in
Niceville, near Kmart on John Sims
Parkway (Hwy. 20). The meeting
will start at 11:30 a.m. and members
and guests can order from the menu.
Reservations are requested but not
required.
Info: Judy Byrne Riley, 678-
1561, or Brenda Fleming, 865-
0363.
Boggy Bayou Golf Classic
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
annual Boggy Bayou Golf Classic
April 17 on the newly renovated
Eagle Course at Eglin Golf Course.
The tournament
will begin with a
shotgun start at
noon. This year's
Corporate
SSponsors are The
Ryland/Morrow Allstate Agency
and Universal Insurance Agency of
North America. Info: 678-2323.
Kayak/canoe trip
Kayak/canoe trip on Juniper
Creek in the Blackwater River State
Forest Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.
Meet where the creek crosses under
Red Rock Road. Info:
581-4591.

Co tfee Huosu Aan dL Live, the
quarterly open-mic event sponsored
by Unitarian
Un iversalist
Fellowship of the :.
Emerald Coast, :'*.
is scheduled for
Saturday, April
18, 7-10:30 p.m.
UUFEC Fellowship Hall is located
at the corner of North Bayshore
Drive and John Sims Pkwy. in
Valparaiso.
Info: 217-8481.
Earth Day b ach cle nu
Saturday, April 18, is Beach
CleanupOkaloosa County and the
Master Gardeners will participate in
Earth Day Friday, April 17, at Fort


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Walton Beach Landing. Earth Day
is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
On Saturday, April l8, the Earth
Day Beach Cleanup will take place
from 8-11 a.m. Wear sunscreen'
shoes and plastic gloves, and jomn
Okaloosa County's Environmental
Committee for this event at the fol-
lowing locations: Beasley Park,
Beach Park East of Surfdweller,
Henderson Beach State Park, Rocky
nayueiat Prh and Bluewater


Info: 651-7105 or 651-7515.
Annual dog show
Sixth annual dog show, Sunday,
Bpi s9 z- 1 atebehind Ciao
This fundraiser, to benefit the
American Cancer Society "Relay
for Life" in Niceville, is produced
by members of the Bluewater Bay
Cancer Support Group. The number
of entries is limited to 100 dogs.
Info: 499-4396.


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annual Saturday in the Park Festival, planned for Saturday,
April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 678-2615.


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The Bluewater Bay Men's
Golf Association (BWBM-
GA) has opened its member-
ship for the 2009 season to
all males 18 years of age or
older who live in the local
area with a valid Golf
Handicap Index (GHIN).
Members are no longer
required to be a member of
the Bluewater Bay Golf Club
or reside in Bluewater Bay.
The BWBMGA conducts
tournaments of different for-
mats the second Saturday of
each month, holds two
social tone fr just associa-
tion members and the second
includes a guest) serving
appetizers with open bar
which are complimentary for
association members, and
conducts a three day mem-
ber/guest tournament in
October. The annual dues are
$50; and, you can join for $5


S por ts Sc hed ule

Wednesday, April 8
Lewis@Davidson track
Ruckel@Meigs track
Thursday, April 9
RBCS @Central softball; 5
Lewis@Jackson golf; 3:30
Davidson@Ruckel golf; 3
Lewis@Meigs tennis; 3

cHS @rstsye wae 4all; JV 3:30; Varsity 6
RBCS @Central track; 3
NHS @Baptist Healthcare Invitational, track (Gulf Breeze), 9:30
Saturday, April 11
RBCS @Ja track; 3
NHS @Ruat erford softball; 4
Monday, April 13
Lewis@Bruner golf; 3
Ruckel@Destin golf; 3
Richbo~urg@Lewis tennis; 3
Meigs@~Ruckel tennis; 3
Richbourg@Lewis baseball/softball; 3:30
Davidson@Ruckel baseball/softball; 3:30
Tuesday, April 14
NHS @Tate baseball; JV 4; Varsity 6:30
RBCS @district meet track; noon
Navarre@NHS softball (senior night); 6
NHS @County Championships, FWB


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FLORIDAL CLUB at BLUEWALTER BALY
Furnished, Utilities Included
2/2: $1,400/mo.+ Up Pets O.K.
Unfurnished
2/2 w/Loft: $1,095
2/2 w/Extra Large Patio: $1,100
Pool, Sauna, Spa, Fitness Room
BWB UNFURNISHED
Garden Oaks:
1/1: $675 Ground Floor
1/1: $750 Ground Floor
water, sewer, trash included
32 1M0/rno.;SPati oHome

3/2 Townhouse: $1,200/mo.
Garage, Bayview
2/2: w/Attached Garage: $1,195
NICEVILLE UNFURNISHED
2/1: $625/mo.
1ST MONTH OFF RENT w/ 1 yr lease

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Niceville, Crestview, Fort
Walton and outlying areas!
One bedroom to five
bedrooms from
$495-$2500!

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LCentury 21
Wilson Minger Agency
Niceville's Top Selling Real Estate Office





~The more you tell
the more you sell!
Call the Beacon at 678-1080
to place your classified ad today


Welder CrossBow like
new. Lat bar/extra
weight. Video,
Paperwork, and
guide. Get ready for
"" 6e. $250.00

Di s ndenWid t- cee
HD DLP 62", HDM I,
Compcotnventc rnutosn
screen. 682-2545,
$1500
Golf Cart 2003 Club
Car with utility bed,
head and tail lights,
'$2 70, ndbatter
John 689-8026


C h a n d Ie r
Cnst~ructio np1rtl27
32439, gives Notice of
Completion of College
Boulevard onR airs
OK-Oct07Storm-CR2-
04 and sets April 9,
2009 as the date of
final settlement.
Owned by: Yellow
vonsrer tilon D stai tr
1759 South Ferndon
Blvd., Crestview, FL
32536


Niceville, 2 bedroom,
Saoth I nta hea t

w hd floors cnb n sw
$450.00 rent, $300.00
deposit. 259-8646
*rn
Motor Home, 2003
Allegro 28'. Loaded
20,200 miles, V-10,
generator, sleeps
four. Medical reasons-
asking pay off. John
689-8026



EricG et Ch ntrt
has four openings for
I5m h30 )Id children.


the optional Hole-in-One Pot
to be distributed at the end of
the season to all hole-in-one
recipients.
To receive an enrollment
form or to find out more
about the BWBMGA e-mail
arthurkjean@aol.com.

Sunday, March 28, the
Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf
Association held its annual
Jack and Jill Tournament on
the Bay/Magnolia courses.
Winners were: Kathy and
Jim Schumacher, net 58.
First Flight: First place,
Jamie Hornburg and
Buster Crabbe, net 60.5;
Second place: Margot and
Raimund Herden, net 61.5;
Third place: Lilli and Bob
Keller, net 68. Second
Flight: First place: Kathy
and Jake Bush, net 63.5;
Second place, Clare and
Bob Boggs, net 66; Third
place, Jean and Dave
Lavoie, net 67.5. Third
Flight: First place, Jean and
Virgil Webb, net 68; Second
place, Kay and Fred Clark,


net 69; Third place, Cathy
and Jerry White, net 69.5.
Closest to the pin, Bob
Keller.

The Bluewater Bay Ladies
Golf Association held its
Beat The Assistant Pro
Tournament March 25.
Winners were: Jo Gorman,
net 68; Lilli Keller, net 69;
Margot Herden, net 70;
Brenda Severson, net 73;
Barbara Marquis, net 75;
Ardie Lawrence, net 75;
Jamie Hornburg, net 76;
Su-Hui Borkowski, net 76;
Clare Boggs, net 78. Birdies:
Barbara Marquis, Mag #6,
Jamie Homnburg, Mag #9.
Chip-Ins: Barbara Marquis,
M #6, Jamie Hornbur ,
Mag #9. Putts: Barbara
Marquis, 28. Tie for second
low putts: Jamie Hornburg
and Lilli Keller 29..

Eglin Women's Golf
Association: March 19,
Game of the day--scores on
4s only, 1/2 hcp. First flight,
first, Su Hui Borkowski/Jo


Burger/Mary Robillard,
31; second flight,first,
Dianne Barr/Jan Boggs, 32;
second, Nancy Estes/Ina
Reimann, 37; third flight,
first, Beth Stanley, 32, sec-
ond, Jan Ames, 34, third,
Lavera Collins/Angie
Conner/Katie Furby, 35;
fourth flight, first, Shirley
Wohleber, 35, second, Alice
Gillette, 36, third, Merle
Buffkin, 37

Rocky Bayou Country
Club Ladies Golf
Association Weekly Play, Par
4s Only, March 24,. First
flight, first, Brenda
Meeboer; second, Marion
Chapman; third, tie, Marla
Armstron Marianne
Wendel. Second flight: first,
Sue Belli; second, Ann
Wittkopp; third, Elizabeth
Sabo. Third flight: first, tie,
Helen Kirby, Rosemary
Monahan; third, Bonnie
Weideman. Fourth flight:
first, Annalu Mohs; second,
Sandy Miller; third, Beth
Franz.


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Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653)
Steve Hughes Carrie Leugers
(502-1014) (974-5436)
Diane Cocchiarella
(830-3568)


***MILITARY DISCOUNTS***
Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
* Unfurn. FC Condo, 2/2, Full Sized WID,
Tiled Floors, Pool .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. ...$ 950
* Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, WID, End Unit,
Great w/ Roommate .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . ..$1,100
* Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included .. .. ..$ 800
* Furn. MV Condo, Waterfront, 1/1, WID,
Utilities Included, Screened Porch .. .. .. .. .. ..$1,150


Waterviews without
WaterfrOnt prices
$260,000


* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$147,500
a lu akn oiae3 5 . .. .. .. . .REDUCED . . . . .
* Townhome, 3/2.5, Priced to Sell . . . . . .... .. .. ...$255,000
* Marina Cove Town home 3/2.5, waterview .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$260,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 .. . . . .... .$265,000
* Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 ................... .........$299,999
* Great Custom Build New .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$350,000
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course .. .. .. . .. .$359,000


* 9 Lot Community inside BWB Lots, Build to Suit .. ..$105,000
SMagndlia Planta ion Golf Curse Lot .. .. .. .. . .. 29,0


FL Club, 2/2
$950/mo.


Sot win Curs Lt .......... ..34.0 0 4/8
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ADVERTISING
SALES
The Beacon
Nw papers (TheE B y
Flyer, and The Hurlburt

'pnn fo rh a ae

newspaper advertising.
Calling on new

upbeat, energetic,
organized, self-starting
and detail-oriented.
Salary plus
commission. IRA plan
and paid vacation.
Candidates must be
available 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. weekdays. We will
train the right person.
Apply in person at the
B acon, 118la Jh

(Parkway East
Ncoepyllne Noephnht
calls.


2 BR/ 1 BA, trailers in
Niceville. $475/month
plus $300 deposit. 678-
5493, 803-5342
Valp. 2 BD/1 BA apart-



678-4398, 865-8253
3 bdr, 2 1/2 bath, 1400
'iceiville $to0wnho 20
8103
L rt;~
Two Bedroom House
for Sale in Niceville.
Fenced in yard, 3 car
parking, utility shed for
W/D, storage. $42,000
Must Sell! (850) 217-
9433


Ab Lounge Ultra, with
w n$ 5 62254Mit


If you want
NiceVIlle,
Bluewater Bay, &
Valparaiso to know,
say it in the Beacon


ScoNVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE
YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!
| MAIL: Beacon Newspapers,
I1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville,
i FL 32578. Please enclose check. IPlease write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge per paper is $9.95*
SDROP IN: The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. for up to 10 words. Each additional word 200. Attach more paper if needed.
I John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East
I Shopping Center. -- -- -- -- --
SOffice hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F. FrtWr
SAfter hours, use mail slot in our door.
I E-MAIL: classified @baybeacon.com.
SType "Classified" in subject field. (Do $.5
Snot include credit card information.
SW~ep wl ayue .r credit card info. $10.15 $10.35 $10.55 $10.75 $10.95
I *Base price includes $5 weekly -- --
I discount for walk-in or mail-in $11.15 $11.35 $11.55 $11.75 $11.95
I prepaid ads. Please make checks
I payable to the Beacon Newspapers. *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


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800-369-2403


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