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Title: The Bay beacon
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Publication Date: April 22, 2009
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Hughes didn't


report bonuses


to state overseers


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Taxpayers may never know
how much of their money was
funneled into big bonuses to
Okaloosa County
Tax Collector


employees.
That is because
Tax Collector Chris
Hughes didn't report
the bonus spending,
as such, to the state
agency that oversees
the financial affairs
of his office, it has
been learned.


Chris H


Hughes earlier this year, in
response to requests from the
Bay Beacon, disclosed he paid
over $1 million in employee
performance bonuses in the
past five years. The news trig-


gered a special audit of
Hughes' office by the
Okaloosa County
Commission, which said it
wasn't aware of the bonuses.
Results of the county
audit are expected by
month's end.
*.. Hughes has told
the Beacon he didn't
retain payroll records
older than five years,
and so can't detail
' j any bonuses prior to
2004.
ughes As a result, the
Beacon earlier this
month obtained financial
reports that Hughes was
required to file annually with
the state Department of
Please see HUGHES, page A-9


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The fate of Niceville's Food
World supermarket may be deter-
mined next week.
Bruno's, the corporate owner
of Food World, is scheduled to
auction off all or part of the 66-
store chain at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
April 29, in Birmingham, Ala.,
the company's headquarters.
The auction could be canceled
if Bruno's finds a buyer in the
meantime. The sticking point,
said corporate spokesperson Ed
Trissel, is a "successor" clause in
Bruno's contract with the United
Food & Commercial Workers


Union, which would require a
new owner to adopt the current
union contract.
Many employees in
Niceville's Food World store are
union members. Employees of
SFM Liquors, adjacent to the
supermarket and also part of the
Bruno's family, are also eligible
to join the union, although an
employee there said she did not
think anyone had joined.
Bruno's employs about 4,200
people, including about 2,600
union workers, according to
papers filed with the U.S.
Please see AUCTION, page A-5


Indicted, Richburg steps aside


.Northwest Florida State College
fl President James R. Richburg,
g' left, and Dist. 4 State Rep. Ray
few days after Sansom took a
.." 5 $110,000-a-year post at the
S' school. Sansom quit the col-
lege part-time job under fire
Jan. 31. Richburg began
unpaid leave Monday, three
.days after both men were
indicted on an official-miscon-
duct charge, and Richburg on a
charge of perjury.

Beacon file photo by Del Lessard



What's next for NWF State College?


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The indictment of the man
who has led Northwest Florida
State College since 1987 has
shaken the college perhaps more
than any event in its 45-year his-
tory.
Some students are wondering
aloud about the college's future,
but school officials say NWFSC
will recover quickly.
A state grand jury Friday
indicted college President James
R. Richburg and Dist. 4 State
Rep. Ray Sansom on one count
each of official misconduct in
arranging $6 million in tax fund-
ing for a Destin airport building
allegedly intended for private use.
Richburg, who was also
indicted on a perjury charge,
placed himself on unpaid leave
Monday.
Students and senior officials of
the Niceville-based college
Monday shared their thoughts
with the Beacon on how the scan-
dal may affect them, their futures,
and the future of their school.
Students expressed fears that the
school's reputation, and the value
of the degrees it grants, may suf-


fer harm, and that its ambitious
building and academic plans may
be penalized.
Wesley Wilkerson, chairman
of NWFSC's board of trustees,
said Monday that the trustees will
meet in special session April 28
in Building K of the Niceville
campus to deal with the crisis.
"The school is in good hands," he
said.
"We have several things on the
agenda," Wilkerson said.
The trustees expect to install
NWFSC Senior Vice President
Jill White as interim president.
She has served as acting president
since Richburg's indictment,
Wilkerson said.
Richburg directed the program
growth that has resulted in tens of
millions of state dollars being
funneled into building projects on
the school's main campus in
Niceville and its four other sites.
He also helped engineer the com-
munity college's expansion into
the granting of four-year degrees
in recent years.
A tireless fund-raiser, and as
well-connected in Tallahassee as
in local circles, Richburg has
been the public face of the school


for two decades. The trustees
thought him so indispensable that
they rehired him as president
almost immediately after he
retired at age 63 last summer.
Apparently they considered no
one else for the post, and since
then there has been no public dis-
cussion of planning for a succes-
sor.
Now Richburg's legacy may
be in jeopardy, and the college is
battling to fill the leadership vac-
uum created by his sudden depar-
ture.
Richburg, said Wilkerson, "is
on unpaid leave effective today,
until whenever. That solves the
problem for right now." Under
White's leadership, he said, "the
school is in good hands."
Wilkerson added, "I'm not
leaping to any conclusions, and I
believe that Dr. Richburg is inno-
cent unless proven guilty."
Wilkerson said other business
at the special April 28 trustees
meeting in Niceville will include
briefings from college lawyers
Joseph Lorenz and Bruce
Culpepper regarding the grand
Please see RICHBURG, page A-8


F-35 set for Eglin visit, access curbed


Public not allowed to view

controversial new warplane


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
An F-35 Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter, the first of many in
years to come, was scheduled to
arrive at Eglin Air Force Base
today on a goodwill tour.
The aircraft, designated AA-1,
"provides an opportunity to intro-
duce the aircraft to the communi-
ty," said Col. Arnie Bunch,
Eglin's vice commander.
"Many community leaders
requested a visit," Bunch said,
"and this demonstrates a commit-
ment by the Air Force to work
closely with community leaders."
The plane had been scheduled
to arrive at Eglin yesterday, but


was grounded at the manufactur-
er's facility in Fort Worth, Texas,
by maintenance issues, officials
said.
The arrival has been resched-
uled for today, according to
Eglin.
The plane, made by Lockheed
Martin, is scheduled to be on dis-
play at one or more locations on
Eglin during its visit.
Also planned was a brief
"demonstration flight" over the
area. But Eglin said that during
its visit the powerful single-
engine warplane would not fly
directly over Valparaiso, where

Please see F-35, page A-9


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A preproduction version
of the F-35 Lightning II
was scheduled to arrive
at Eglin Air Force Base
today for a goodwill tour.
The visit was arranged to
introduce civic leaders
and reporters to the pow-
erful new warplane. The
Air Force said that during
the visit the fighter
wouldn't fly over
Valparaiso, which is
suing to block the
planned basing of 113
F-35s at Eglin until noise
and safety issues are
decided.

Lockheed Martin file photo


2.5% tax cut for


Bluewater district


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services Benefit
Unit (MSBU) has tentatively
approved a fiscal year 2010
budget nearly $70,000 leaner
than its current one.
During its April 14 meet-
ing, the MSBU's elected gov-
erning board gave preliminary
approval to a budget of
$296,420 for the coming fiscal
year, which will begin Oct. 1.
The current FY 2009 budget is
$366,222.
A smaller budget for the


coming year means a 2.5-per-
cent smaller annual flat-fee tax
on Bluewater Bay property
owners, who now pay $62.57
per home or commercial prop-
erty unit. The fee for FY 2010
will be cut to $61 per unit,
according to the proposed
budget.
The new budget includes a
reduction in spending for spe-
cial projects from about
$121,920 to about $46,309 in
FY 2010. Reserve funds will
be cut from $27,570 to
$26,885.
Please see TAX, page A-8


Jet-noise suit clears hurdle


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County Circuit
Judge Thomas Remington ruled
Friday that Valparaiso may pro-
ceed with federal lawsuits to seek
an injunction against the bed-
down of an F-35 fighter training
wing at Eglin Air Force Base, and
to pursue a Freedom Of
Information Act (FOIA) suit to
obtain Air Force documents city
officials say they need.
Ironically, the judge also ruled
that Valparaiso officials violated
the state's public records law in
their own dealings with Okaloosa
County and others seeking to
block the city's suit, and ordered
the city to extract selected docu-
ments from 55 compact discs
(CDs) and give them to the coun-


ty and other plaintiffs. The CDs
contain e-mails concerning the
court cases, along with a huge
volume of
other city
information,
some of
which the
city says is
confidential,
such as
police offi-
cers' home
addresses
and e-mails Matt Gaetz
to the city from private citizens.
After hearing testimony and
legal arguments during a hearing
last Wednesday, Remington
issued his ruling Friday, denying
Okaloosa County's request for a
temporary injunction to stop the


city's two federal lawsuits against
the Air Force, filed earlier this
year in an attempt to win Air
Force concessions on noise and
safety issues.
The Okaloosa County
Commission, which strongly
opposes Valparaiso's actions, had
retained the law firm of Keefe,
Anchors, Gordon & Moyle, who
agreed to represent the county
free of charge against the city.
Attorney Matt Gaetz, of
KAG&M, presented most of the
county's case, saying the county
had requested all of Valparaiso's
e-mails containing such key
words as F-35, Joint Strike
Fighter, lawsuit, litigation, Eglin
and airport, but that the city had
refused to provide the documents
unless the county paid over


$4,500 for a records search of the
55 CDs on which such records
are kept. Gaetz called the city's
behavior unreasonable, saying,
"We asked for six needles, and
they tried to charge us for the
whole haystack."
During testimony, Valparaiso
City Clerk Tammy Johnson said
she had told Okaloosa representa-
tives that the CDs containing the
e-mails also contained confiden-
tial information.
Gaetz also contended that
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold
and city commissioners Thomas
Miller and Heyward Strong, who
voted to sue the Air Force, had
violated the Florida Sunshine
Law by excluding two city
Please see SUIT, page A-8


Bankruptcy auction

set for Food World


2 officials

charged

in $6M

airport

funding

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A state grand jury
Friday handed up felony
indictments alleging official
misconduct by former
Speaker of the House, Rep.
Ray Sansom, R-Destin, and
James R. Richburg, presi-
dent of Northwest Florida
State College.
In addition, Richburg, of
Niceville, was charged with
committing perjury before
the grand jury.
The indictments allege
that Sansom, 46, and

Text of indictment,
presentment, A-10.
Project history, A-11.

Richburg, 64, falsified or
caused another person to
falsify the 2007-08 General
Appropriations Act to
obtain $6 million in state
money for a construction
project at the Destin air-
port.
Sansom, whose District
4 includes Niceville and
Valparaiso, released the fol-
lowing statement Friday:
"Because I am innocent of
these charges, I will be
Please see CHARGED, page A-9


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THE BEACON


Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Area residents protest tax burden


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Some of the hundreds of citizens who protested the income-tax system and government finan-
cial mismanagement during a protest at Niceville City Hall April 15.


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Mad Hatter wasn't at this
Niceville tea party, but about 300
angry taxpayers were.
"This should show the govem-
ment that we're not going to let
them do whatever they want with
our money," said Niceville mother
Chasity Coley.
Coley was one of hundreds
who showed up at the Niceville
Civic Center on a symbolic day-
the deadline for filing federal
income tax returns-to protest a
sour economy, governmental
squandering and big-money
bailouts.
The hundreds in Niceville were
part of a nationally organized
event which included hundreds of
thousands of Americans to protest
the path down which they feel the
U.S. government is dragging its
citizens.
"It is my privilege to be here
with you, at this great Tea Party
-.llliailiii." said Bluewater Bay
resident and Niceville Tea Party
speaker Pete Blome, "to talk with
you about a government gone off


track."
The across-party-lines Tea
Party movement, guided by three
national-level groups (Freedom
Works, don'tGO and Americans
for Prosperity) prompted thou-
sands of gatherings across the
country on April 15.
Brenda Leach, Niceville Tea
Party initiator, said she had origi-
nally hoped for about 50 demon-
strators at best.
"I'm very happy and pleased
with the turnout," Leach said. "I
really had no idea they'd start
coming out of the woodwork."
Area protesters sported red,
white and blue T-shirts, waved
American flags and wore colonial-
style hats. Even children got into
the spirit, as home-schooled
Walker Lehman, of Walton
County, dressed in colonial garb,
recited Abraham Lincoln's
Gettysburg Address from memo-
ry.
"The Gettysburg Address is a
very patriotic speech," said the 11-
year-old, "and it helped our coun-
try through tough times. Now
we're going through tough times
with the economy. When Lincoln
gave that speech the country was
looking to the president for sup-
port and that's what we hoped to
do with the tea parties. We're look-


ing for support from our president
and congress."
Another demonstrator draped
herself as the Statue of Liberty.
"I'm so sorry it's come to this,"
said Pat Sander, the Niceville resi-
dent costumed as Lady Freedom.
"I'm here for my grandson. He's 3
years old. This is not going to be
the same America when he grows
up."
Sander and Coley were one of
many who had children by the
hand, in strollers or stood beside
those old enough to carry their
own protesting placards.
"This is for my daughter," said
Coley, indicating little Havannah
peacefully reclining in her stroller.
"She's only 8 months old and
she'll be growing up in a country
that is trillions of dollars in debt."
Also present at the Twin Cities
Tea Party was Kelly Baffa, a
grandmother from New
Hampshire who said she'd be tea
partying at home if she had not
been visiting relatives in Niceville.
"Not only am I opposed to all
of this junk going on in our coun-
try-the taxes, the lack of free-
doms and privileges-I'm worried
for my children and grandchildren
who will be paying for this for a
very long time to come," Baffa
said with a sad shake of her head.


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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Dan Kaster, a teacher of
drama and English at Niceville
High School, turned in his resig-
nation on Monday after a week-
long investigation by the
Okaloosa County School District
of e-mail communication with a
student, district officials said.
According to Superintendent
of Schools Alexis Tibbetts, the
investigation concerned allega-
tions involving e-mails sent to a
high school student from
Kaster's home computer.
"Mr. Kaster is not eligible for
rehire," Tibbetts said. "The issue
has been turned over to (the
Department of Education's State
Department of) Professional
Practices in Tallahassee."
Kaster, who said he was told
by his attorney, not to comment


regarding the allegations, told the
Beacon Tuesday that he turned in
his resignation "for a number of
personal reasons." Kaster said he
"was trying to help a student."
Kaster was formerly a swim
coach at Niceville High School.
The 2007-08 school year was his
last as a coach at the school,
according to NHS.
Tibbetts said: "We have over
2,000 employees in the district
who are just awesome and they
do great things in the communi-
ty. We want to stay focused on
the positive things we're doing.
But once in awhile you're going
to have something like this to
pursue."
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Board is scheduled to consider
Kaster's resignation during a
meeting Monday at 4 p.m. in the
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


THE BEACON


Niceville council members voice


misgivings on garbage-fee hike


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their April 14 meet-
ing, Niceville city council
members voiced uncertainty
about whether to approve a rate
increase for residential and
commercial garbage collection
within the city. They are also,
however, considering a new law
to make it easier for them to
increase such rates in the
future.
During the April 14 city
council meeting, the council
held the first of three readings
of a proposed ordinance to
increase garbage collection
rates by about 3.53 percent,
based on an
increase in
the national
Consumer
Price Index
(CPI) that

effective
Jan. 1 of
this year. If
the rate
increase is Dan Henkel
approved at the final reading
during the June city council
meeting, residential rates will
increase from $11.55 per
month to $11.96. The commer-
cial hand pickup rate will
increase from $38.01 to $39.35,
and customers sharing a single
4 cubic yard dumpster with
twice per week collection serv-
ice will see their rate increase
from $28.75 to $29.76.
During the April 14 meeting,
council members were reluc-
tant to pass the rate increases,
even though City Clerk Dan
Doucet said the increases are a
requirement of the city's con-
tract with Waste Management,
which includes rate increases to
correspond with the Consumer
Price Index.
"These are tough times,"
said Councilman Dan Henkel.
"hilit.-liIii; taxes bothers me."
"People are hurting right
now," said Councilman William
Thomas. "We need to be sensi-
tive."
On Monday, the city com-
missioners approved the Waste
Management rate increase for
the second of the required three
times, but not without question-
ing Waste Management


Government Affairs Manager
Larry Jones.
The councilmen acknowl-
edged that the city's franchise
allows for rate increases when-
ever the national Consumer
Price Index (CPI) goes up.
Nevertheless, Henkel told
Jones, "My concern is, your
company is not losing money,
during a time when people are
taking pay cuts and losing jobs.
Things are rough. Do you real-
ly need to ask for a CPI rate
increase?"
Jones replied that the deci-
sion to ask for the increase was
made by other Waste
Management officials, before
he came to Niceville, but was
justified under the terms of the
franchise agreement.
City Manager Lannie Corbin
and City Clerk Dan Doucet
spoke in Waste Management's
defense, saying that the compa-
ny had previously kept its rates
steady for several years, despite
increases in the CPI.
Thomas said he would reluc-
tantly vote for the increase, but
added, "I'll be honest-I don't
like it. I've got problems with
the timing. People are hurt-
ing -peo-
ple to
whom even
a dime
means
some -e
thing." -
Before
approving
the rate
increase for
the second William Thomas
time, the council also approved
an amendment by Councilman
Bill Smith that the rate increase
will not be retroactive to
January, when the CPI official-
ly rose, and that Waste
Management must no longer
empty commercial dumpsters
near residential areas before
6:30 a.m.-an anti-noise policy
Jones told the council he had
already instructed Waste
Management employees to fol-
low.
In a related matter, the city
council has given tentative
approval to a proposed ordi-
nance that will, if passed, allow
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reading rather than after the
three readings now required.
Currently, garbage rates and
other city fee increases must be
passed as city ordinances,
which require three public
readings at city council meet-
ings before final approval. The
new proposal would allow rate
increases to be approved by a
resolution, which requires only
one public reading and a vote
by the city council.
"We are proposing an addi-
tional ordinance giving us the
administrative authority to pass
on future rates to our customers
via resolution vs. an ordinance
which will speed up the process
since an ordinance requires
three separate readings to
enact," wrote Doucet in a letter
to the council. "This will apply
to all fees (Water, Sewer,
Sanitation, Stormwater, etc)."
In other business, the city
council gave its final approval
after the third public reading of
an ordinance to reduce the dis-
tance required between busi-
nesses that sell alcoholic bever-
ages and schools and churches.
The ordinance helps clear the
way for building a proposed
Wal-Mart store and shopping
center in Niceville, north of
John Sims Parkway.
Niceville resident and
Niceville Christian Church rep-
resentative Doug Davis
addressed the council to oppose
the proposed change. "This is
not a minor change," he said,
because it could allow any con-
venience store to sell alcohol
for off-premises consumption
near schools and churches, cre-
ating safety problems and
reducing quality of life, espe-
cially for children. Niceville
Christian Church is across the
street from the proposed Wal-
Mart.
"This ordinance was written
for Wal-Mart," said H.H.
Caldwell, another Niceville
resident. Caldwell asked
whether the ordinance will
increase the property values of
other nearby commercial prop-
erty, and whether this will be
reflected in city property taxes
on those properties.
Despite the objections, the
city council unanimously
approved the change.


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Councilman Dan Henkel said
that while he had carefully con-
sidered the objections, he noted
that no one had presented any
statistics or other objective evi-
dence showing how the pro-
posed change would lead to
serious problems.
Councilman William
Thomas said, "I have given this
matter much thought and
prayer," but found no reason to
not approve the change. "I have
seen many Wal-Marts," he said,
"and I have never observed any
problems with alcohol."
Williams said that as a
retired law enforcement officer,
including experience as a
school resource officer, he is
more concerned about the
effects of illegal drug sales on
quality of life and the welfare
of children than he is about the
effect of allowing alcohol to be
sold at the planned Wal-Mart.


Bridge panel OKs


$34 million budget


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority (MBBA) tentative-
ly approved its budget for
Fiscal Year 2010 during its
regular monthly meeting held
April 16 in Destin.
The proposed budget
includes operation and
administrative expenses of
$13,222,540, and capital
expenditures of $21,000,000;
an increase from the
$10,726,000 for operations
and administration and the
$15,000,000 for capital
expenditures in the current
budget for FY 2009.
Total revenue for FY 2010
is expected to be
$16,300,000, including
$14,400,000 in gross toll
receipts. In FY 2009, which
continues through September
of calendar year 2009, the


MBBA expects total revenue
of $15,700,000, including
$13,600,000 in gross toll
receipts.
The largest increase with-
in the operations and admin-
istrative expenses will be
debt service, which goes
from $7,181,000 in FY 2009
to $9,993,000 in FY 2010.
The largest decreases in the
new budget are for operations
and maintenance expense;
dropping from $2,624,100 to
$2,338,740, executive,
administration, and legal;
dropping from $313,100 to
$289,700, and professional
services, dropping from
$152,000 to $59,000.
The MBBA budget was
scheduled to be presented to
the Okaloosa County Board
of County Commissioners
Please see BRIDGE, page A-5


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Arrests
A 15-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by
Niceville police April 8 for bat-
tery, domestic violence. After
not being allowed out of the
house by his grandmother, the
boy allegedly used a sweeping
leg motion to knock his grand-
mother off her feet and to the
floor.

Richard Bond Lewis II, 26,
of 341 Woodbeach Drive, Santa
Rosa Beach, was arrested by
Niceville police March 30 for
uttering a forged instrument. On
Oct. 28 Lewis allegedly forged a
$1,000 check to a Niceville
bank, 1065 E. John Sims
Parkway. The bank teller who
cashed the check wrote Lewis'
Florida ID number on the back.
A stolen checks report filed with
the Okaloosa County sheriff's
office was also related to the
case.

John Michael Endicott,
unemployed, 21, of 1710 Maple
Ave. Apt. B, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 9 on a Franklin County,
N.C., warrant for the original
charge of fraud.

Phillip David Rutherford II, a
cook, 23, of 725 Prestwick
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 10 on a
Bay County warrant for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of possession of MDMA.

Daniel Lee Stover, unem-
ployed, 19, of 1039 Darlington
Oak Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 8 on two counts of petit
theft. Loss-prevention agents
for Wal-Mart, 748 N. Beal


Parkway, Fort Walton Beach,
allegedly observed Stover steal
$1.88 worth of chicken on Feb.
13 and steal two DVDs, valued
at $20 each on Feb. 20. Stover
allegedly admitted to several
thefts of chicken, milk, a T-shirt,
computer software and at least
10 DVDs from Wal-Mart over a
four-month period All the inci-
dents of theft involved property
totaling less than $300.

Troy Lee Swope, a census
worker, 44, of 1008 Coral Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies April 14 for false-
ly personating an officer.
Swope allegedly noticed a
woman taking pictures of the
residence where he was living.
As the woman drove off, Swope
followed in an SUV driving
aggressively and honking his
horn and flashing his lights in an
attempt to get the woman to
stop. The woman stopped after
Swope displayed a Florida
Private Investigator Badge
against his vehicle's window,
then got out of his vehicle, pre-
sented the badge and allegedly
stated he was a police officer.
Swope allegedly demanded
to see the woman's identifica-
tion and find out why she was
taking pictures of the residence,
but departed the area after the
woman stated she was going to
call law enforcement. Swope
allegedly admitted to police that
he chased the woman, pulled her
over and showed her his badge
but denied stating he was a
police officer.
DUI arrests
Eric Laron Kolb, a welder,
31, of 5614 John Givens Road,
Crestview, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 85 North at the Mullet


Festival site, April 14, at 8:41
a.m. Kolb was also arrested on
two counts of possession of a
controlled substance (two pills
of Adderal and three pills of
Oxicoten) and for one count of
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. Kolb was also cited for fail-
ure to maintain a single lane and
failure to exhibit a driver's
license upon demand.

Brian Daniel Dottaviano, a
restaurant server, 24, of 1616
Myrtlewood Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI, on Miracle
Strip Parkway at Santa Rosa
Boulevard, April 8 at 4:28 a.m.
Dottaviano was also arrested at
the same time for resisting an
officer with violence, and for


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officer.

Phillip David Rutherford II,
23, of 725 Prestwick Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on White
Point Road and Berringer
Drive, Niceville, April 9 at
12:09 a.m.
Thefts
A Niceville resident from
the 100 block of Red Maple
Way reported that someone
stole two rings from a vanity in
her bathroom sometime April
8-10. The two rings are valued
together at $7,000.

A Niceville man from the
1700 block of Evans Court
reported that someone stole
three watches from a bedroom
dresser of his residence some-
time March 31-April 1. The
watches were valued together
at $430.

A Niceville resident from
the 1600 block of Glenwood
Court reported that unknown
persons) entered her unlocked
vehicle sometime March 31-
April 1, and stole $770 cash
from the center console.

A Niceville resident from
the 600 block of Caribbean
Way reported that sometime
March 30-April 2 unknown
persons) entered the house


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

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


Name: James Otis Walden
Wanted for: domestic violence
battery and aggravated assault.
Walden's last known address was
in Fort Walton Beach,
Height: 6-feet
Weight: 182 pounds
Age: 30
Date of birth: 05-24-78
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

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Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls April 5 through April 19.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Merchants Way ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/5/09 . . .11:47
Hampton Circle ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/6/09 . . .09:18
White Point Road ....... .. .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/6/09 . . .16:53
John Sims Parkway ........ .Motor vehicle accident ...... .. .4/6/09 . . .17:39
Bimini Way .............. .Medical assist/assist EMS . . .. .4/7/09 . . .14:11
E. Highway 20 ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/7/09 . . .17:02
Yacht Club Drive .......... .Good intent/other ......... . .4/7/09 . . .18:40
Yacht Club Drive .......... .Rescue/EMS/other ......... . .4/7/09 . . .23:13
N. White Point Road . . . .Dispatched canceled .......... .4/9/09 . . .16:25
Range Road & Hickory Street .Motor vehicle accident ......... .4/11/09 .. .04:27
E. Highway 20 ......... ... EMS excluding vehicle .........4/11/09 ... .10:16
Olde Post Road .......... No incident upon arrival ........ .41109 ... .12:03
N. White Point Road .. ..... .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/12/09 ... .07:02
E. Highway 20 ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/12/09 ... .10:23
Knollwood Road ......... ..EMS call excluding vehicle ..... .412/09 ... .15:28
Otterlake Cove ......... ... EMS call excluding vehicle .... .4/12/09 ... .19:47
Crystal Beach Drive ...... .Cover assignment/standby ..... .4/13/09 ... .03:08
Live Oak Street ......... . .EMS call excluding vehicle . . .4/13/09 .. .04:33
Bermuda Way ......... ... .EMS call excluding vehicle ..... .4/13/09 ... .04:49
Rocky Bayou Bridge ....... .Dispatched canceled ......... ..4/13/09 ... .10:46
E. Highway 20 ......... . .Motor vehicle accident ..... ... .4/13/09 ... .10:56
Southwind Court .......... .Motor vehicle/pedestrian accident .4/15/09 ... .10:08
E. Highway 20 ......... . .Dispatched canceled ....... .. .4/15/09 ... .18:28
Ernest Hemmingway Drive .. .Dispatched canceled ......... ..4/16/09 .. .01:21
Evans Court ......... ... .Smoke detector activation . . . .4/16/09 .. .06:02
Otterlake Cove ......... . .EMS call excluding vehicle . . .4/16/09 ... .08:46
Windrush Cove ......... .. Dispatched canceled ....... . .41609 .. ..14:00
Marina Cove Drive ......... Smoke detector activation .... .. .4/16/09
Cedar Street ........... . .Medical assist/assist EMS . . . .4/16/09 .. .21:46
Emerald Coast Parkway .....Dispatched canceled ..........4/1609 .. .23:14
N. White Point Road ....... EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/17/09 ... .12 a.m.
N. White Point Road . . . .Dispatched canceled .......... .4/17/09 ... .12:25
Windward Lane ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/17/09 .. .13:00
Troon Drive ......... ..... .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/17/09 ... .15:03
Highway 20 & Pine Street ... .Motor vehicle accident ......... .4/17/09 .. .22:14
Merchants Way ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/18/09 .. .03:08
Bay Drive & Lakeside Drive .. .EMS excluding vehicle .........4/18/09 .. .14:20
Baywinds Drive/Destin ...... .Dispatched canceled ......... ..4/18/09 ... .19:56
Merchants Way ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle ........ .4/18/09 .. .21:23
Armadillo Trail ......... . .Service call/other ......... . . .4/19/09 .. .03:06
Capri Cove ...............False alarm or call ............41909 ... .13:00
Parkwood Place ............Rescue EMS/other ........... 4/19/09 ... .15:18


and stole a video game
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Other
A 16-year-old Niceville girl,
a student, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriff's deputies,
April 14, for possession of
drug paraphernalia. The girl's
purse was searched by a school
administrator after she attempt-
ed to leave the campus, 800 E.
John Sims Parkway. Found was
a glass smoking device with
marijuana residue in the bowl.

A 16-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriff's deputies
April 6, for possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.


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Robert Earl Clark Jr., a com-
missary stocker, 20, of 3 Eula
Drive, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies, April 5, for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia.

Mario R. Simmons, a con-
venience store cashier, 33, of
537-B Hickory Ave., Niceville,
was issued a notice to appear
by Niceville police April 9 for
retail theft. Simmons allegedly
pumped $25 of gas into his
vehicle and left without pay-
ing.

Erich William Conrad, 25,
no address listed, was issued a
notice to appear by Niceville
police April 8 for possession of
less than 20 grams of marijua-
na and possession of drug para-
phernalia.

Melanie Dayvene Andrew,
24, of 4494 Highway 83 N.,
DeFuniak Springs, was issued
a notice to appear by Niceville
police, April 6, for retail theft.
Andrews is alleged to have
walked out of Kmart, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway, without
paying for earring accessories
and cosmetic items valued
together at $40.

On April 3 a motorist turned
in a starter's pistol that he
found on the roadway of White
Point Road, just south of
Highway 20. The pistol was
loaded with seven blanks, three
of which had not been fired.
The red-plugged barrel indicat-
ed that the gun was only
intended for blanks.

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Sat.: 1:00, 4:00, 6:45
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Niceville Fire
Th iceIle Fire De*'tm t responded to -ollowing calls April 13 through

0 Stuctl Emergency Me al Calls
0 Veh I leCrashe
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash w Etricatio
0 Illegal Burn 0 Other Emergency Call -o
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions


Location Situation Date
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical ...........4/13/09
Rocky Bayou Bridge .........Vehicle crash . . .4/13/09
Deer Street .......... . .Medical ........ .4/14/09
Pine Lake Drive ............Medical ...........4/14/09
Linden Avenue .............Medical ..........4/15/09
23rd Street .......... . . .Medical ...........4/15/09
Perdido Circle ......... .. .Medical ...........4/15/09
Edgewood Drive ............Medical ...........4/15/09
SR285 @ MM #7 ...........Vehicle crash . . .4/16/09
E. John Sims/Juniper . . . .Vehicle crash . . .4/16/09
E. College Boulevard . . . .Medical ...........4/16/09


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


.THE BEACON


Location:
Wolverine Park;
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The Inquiring Photographer -Mike Griffith


What do you think about the indictment of Northwest

Florida State College President James R. Richburg and

Dist. 4 state Rep. Ray Sansom?


"I'm glad to see it. It "I think they were
might make people wrong in what they
think twice about did, but we don't
misusing public know all the ins and
office." outs of what went on
and who was
involved. I guess the
grand jury knew a
heck of a lot more
than we've been
told."


appearance of
impropriety is
impropriety itself. It
leaves the public with
no choice but to
question. "


"No matter what "I don't know the "It's a serious
position someone details, but it seems accusation, but I prefer
holds, wrong is to be more a to withhold judgment
wrong." perception of people until the trial."
doing wrong than of
anyone actually
doing anything
wrong."


Barry Garea, 43,
Niceville,
missions coordinator;
Troy University


AUCTION
From page A-1

Bankruptcy Court for the
Northern District of Alabama.
The company filed for Chapter
11 Bankruptcy on Feb. 5, 2009. It
was the second time Bruno's had
filed for bankruptcy, having previ-
ously done so in early 1998.
Bruno's operates 23 Bruno's
and 43 Food World grocery stores
in Alabama and the Florida
Panhandle.
A spokesperson for the compa-
ny said Bruno's is talking to "mul-
tiple bidders" who may be inter-
ested in purchasing a group of
stores as a going concern. The
spokesman said the bidders could
buy a block of stores or the entire
group of 66 retail outlets.
The April 29 auction will be
held behind closed doors, accord-
ing to the court office. Names of
the bidders will not be released.
A corporate spokesman said
Bruno's will try to sell the stores as
a whole, then in groups, then as
going concerns, then as individual
concerns and finally in liquidation.

BRIDGE
From page A-3

(BCC) for review during the
BCC meeting scheduled for
April 21.
Construction of Phase I of a
new approach road to the Mid-
Bay Bridge was slated to begin
this week, said MBBA
Executive Director Jim Vest.
"Surveying is underway and
equipment is already in motion,"
he told the MBBA members.
Design of Phases II and III of
the approach road projects is
also underway, said Bob
Kellner, an engineer with HDR,
the engineering and consulting
firm managing the project for
the MBBA. The connector road
will eventually extend all the
way to State Road 85 in
Niceville, although this will be
accomplished in three phases
over many years.
In addition, State Road 20 is
to be widened from two lanes to
a divided four lane highway
between White Point Road to the
Walton County Line, and a new
access road will be built to give
Seminole residents better access
to the new, wider SR 20. The
entire series of projects is
expected to take several years to
complete.
Currently, said Kellner, data
is being collected on the topog-
raphy and other land features


Bill Edwards, 65,
Niceville,
civil service


Liquidation would involve selling
the stock and equipment rather
than the stores and locations them-
selves.
In papers filed with the bank-
ruptcy court, Bruno's said it lost
$45.7 million in 2008.
Bruno's has contended that its
union contracts present a road-
block for potential buyers. It also
holds that it can't compete with
non-union rivals such as Walmart
and Publix that are opening new
stores near Bruno's locations.
The union says that's hogwash.
"When Bruno's went bankrupt
last time, the union and these
workers made concessions," said
Corey Owens, a spokesperson for
the union. "We've been nothing
but cooperative. We think Bruno's
has been mismanaged from Day
One."
Owens said the workers are
"more than happy" to work with a
potential buyer to keep their jobs
and to keep the stores open.
"We reject their notion that
nobody's interested in buying the
stores because of the union con-
tract," he said. "Bruno's has yet to
find a bid they're completely
along the route of Phases II and
II. He said a centerline is being
established for the road, and soil
borings and other data collection
is underway to determine such
things as what loads the soil can
bear, the location of wetlands
and other obstacles, and how to
place drainage ponds and other-
wise design the new roads.
Kellner said he and his staff have
been holding a series of meet-
ings to coordinate the project
with other agencies such as the
Air Force, Army Corps of
Engineers, the Florida
Department of Transportation
and others.
Despite the need for so much
coordination and approval by
various bureaucracies, Kellner
said the process so far has been
"extremely positive," and that
keeping the other agencies well
informed helps to secure their
cooperation at each step of the
process.
MBBA member Gordon
Fornell, a retired Air Force gen-
eral, congratulated Kellner, say-
ing, "You are held in high
esteem" by other agencies
Fornell has been in touch with,
including officials in neighbor-
ing counties.
Vest told the MBBA that a
portion of the money derived
from harvesting timber along the
new roadways will go to help
support the Okaloosa County
School District, but he did not
specify how much money will


Jen Garea, 42,
Niceville,
homemaker


happy with. They have a self-inter-
est in getting the most money pos-
sible."
Owens said if Bruno's is sold
to a company that will not protect
the Food World jobs, the union
could strike. He said he expects
Niceville residents to "stand with
us."
Documents filed in Bruno's
bankruptcy case indicated that
there is a bidder for 36 of the gro-
cer's stores, according to pub-
lished reports. A lawyer for
Bruno's said the offer from the
unidentified bidder is unaccept-
able in its current form, however,
since "it is only marginally above
liquidation value and filled with
contingencies that are untenable."
Additionally, the offer also
leaves many of the company's
stores without a purchaser, the
lawyer, K. Bryance Metheny
wrote in a letter to U.S.
Bankruptcy Court Judge
Benjamin Cohen, the
Birmingham, Ala., News reported.
Earlier, a lawyer representing
the United Food and Commercial
Workers wrote the judge that the
union had come to a tentative
be derived from the timber or
what proportion of it will go to
the school district.
Vest also said bridge traffic
and toll revenue increased slight-
ly from February to March of
2009, but that he expects a slight
lull in bridge traffic during the
period between the end of spring
break and the beginning of sum-
mer.
The next meeting of the
MBBA is scheduled for 9 a.m.,
May 21, at Niceville City Hall.


Julie Henry, 40,
Niceville,
homemaker


understanding with the prospec-
tive buyer to include Bruno's
employees under another contract
the bidder has with the union, and
that the bidder planned to hire
many Bruno's store employees.
Two prospective buyers have
expressed initial interest in buying


Openigue 209

*op raiers& Intrutor


Jim Gummere, 54,
Bluewater Bay,
engineer


more than 25 Bruno's stores, hear-
ing testimony showed, but neither
got past the initial stages. One was
opposed to union organization of
the stores, instead preferring an
employee-stock ownership struc-
ture. The other expressed a desire
to work with the union as it is, tes-


Harry Paulus, 32,
Crestview,
student


timony showed.
Neither Bruno's nor the union
would identify the stores being
considered for purchase.
Owens confirmed that a buyer
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RICHBURG
From page A-1

jury investigation and how it may
affect the college or the trustees
themselves.
Wilkerson was asked how he
thinks the scandal reflects on his
and fellow trustees' stewardship of
their responsibility to oversee
Richburg's management of the
college. Did the Board of Trustees
exercise diligent oversight, or
merely rubber-stamp Richburg's
actions, such as the controversial
decision to hire Sansom as a vice
president, holding a secretive
trustees meeting in Tallahassee,
and approving the controversial
airport project in Destin that led to
the indictment of both men?
"I'd rather not speculate,"
Wilkerson said, about what the
trustees might do differently if
they could do things over. "It's a
big job, and we do the best we can
with what we've got."
Wilkerson said that on the
whole, Northwest Florida State
College has done very well during
Richburg's years of leadership.
"We're now a state college. We've
gotten lots of things done, and I'm
proud of what we've accom-
plished. Perhaps we could have
done some things differently, but
I'm not going to second guess


SUIT
From page A-1
commissioners from the Feb. 18
meeting at which the decision to
sue was made.
Gaetz also questioned City
Commissioner Brent Smith about
whether he had been excluded


anything now."
White told the Beacon there is
no cause for concern about the
college's future funding or status
as a result of the indictments.
"I'm not ready to call this a cri-
sis," White said of the blow. "Our
focus remains where it has always
been; on serving our students, and
we do a bang-up job of that. This
has always been an excellent insti-
tution, providing quality educa-
tional programs."
State funding, White said, is
not likely to be affected by bad
publicity. The funding process for
state colleges and community col-
leges in Florida, she said, "is very
formulaic, and done in a very neu-
tral way."
Asked whether funding from
private sources, such as donations
to the college's semi-private
NFSC Foundation, might decline,
White said, "I'd be astounded if it
did. Our donors are interested in
the same thing we are-quality
programs, and helping students as
they always have."
Asked whether she would be
interested in continuing perma-
nently as president of the college,
White replied, "Not a chance! My
focus is on teaching."
Some NWFSC students are not
as sanguine, however.
"I first heard about this while I
was at work Saturday," said

from the city commission meeting
when the suit against the Air Force
was voted on, but Smith's answers
did not strongly support the coun-
ty's case. When cross-examined
by Valparaiso City Attorney Doug
Wyckoff, Smith said he might
have voted for the lawsuit if he had
attended.
Smith previously indicated to


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
The central quadrangle on
the main campus of
Northwest Florida State
College, Niceville, on
Monday.
Shayne Fajardo, a 19-year-old bio-
chemistry student who works in
Crestview as a pharmacy techni-
cian while studying to become a
pharmacist. "My first reaction
was, 'Are you kidding me?' I was
so shocked by it."
Fajardo said she was deeply
disappointed by the charges
against Richburg. "He's not set-
ting a very good example for us,"

reporters that he opposed the city
commission's action in suing the
Air Force. The fifth commis-
sioner, Lydia Johnson, was out
of state on business.
Even without the two missing
commissioners, Wyckoff told the
judge, the city commission
meeting still had a quorum, and
even if the two missing commis-
sioners had both attended and
voted against Valparaiso's suit,
they would still have been out-
voted three to two.
Judge Remington ruled

TAX
From page A-1
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be increased, however. Spending
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FY 2010, and funded right of way
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$8,100.
The proposed MSBU budget
was to be presented to the
Okaloosa County Commission for
approval yesterday evening.
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to a local fund to renovate the
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she said. If the charges are true,
she said, they could influence stu-
dents to cheat on exams or plagia-
rize academic work. "If the presi-
dent is acting like this, and lying to
us about it, how should students
behave?"
Other students also expressed
shock and disappointment. "Why
was so much money being spent
for no real need?" said Danielle
Gadsden, 21, a iliL.iii iii.ijii from
Fort Walton Beach, referring to the
college's $6 million Destin airport
project which was supposed to be
a student center but which the
grand jury said was really intend-
ed as an airplane hangar for a pri-
vate company.
"It was morally wrong,"
Gadsden said. "President
Richburg was supposed to be our
example. I've met him several
times, and always found him to be
a good guy. This must have been
an oopss moment' for him-a very
big oops."
Gadsden said she is also con-
cerned about the school's academ-
ic reputation, saying she was
attracted to NWFSC because of
it's well-known arts program.
"Many Florida universities could
fit their theaters inside of ours,"
she said, "but now, our reputation
has been damaged." She said she
is concerned about being able to
transfer credits to other higher

Thursday that Valparaiso must
go through the CDs and pick out
those documents that meet the
requirements of the county and
other plaintiffs. However, he also
ruled that city officials did not
violate the Sunshine Law, and
did not grant the request for an
injunction to block the city's fed-
eral suit against the Air Force.
The main outcome of the
hearing before Remington is that
Valparaiso's federal lawsuits
against the Air Force will pro-
ceed. The city is trying to force

the entrance to Magnolia
Plantation. The substation operat-
ed for several years as a place
where sheriff's deputies could
complete paperwork, meet with
local residents on a non-emer-
gency basis, and conduct other
public business without having to
leave their local patrol area to
return to the regular sheriff's
offices in Shalimar.
In recent years, however, the
substation deteriorated from lack
of maintenance and became unus-
able. A group of local volunteers is
now trying to raise about $25,000
in contributions to renovate the
substation and restore it to opera-
tion, with the Magnolia Plantation
homeowner's association agreeing
to pay for future maintenance of
the structure and the sheriff's
office agreeing to pay for future
utility costs.
MSBU board members said
the $5,000 figure is a round
number, slightly more than $1
per Bluewater Bay property
unit, would make a significant
contribution toward the $25,000


institutions or how her NWFSC
degree will look on her resume.
"He should have known bet-
ter," said Cierra Allen, 20. "I don't
feel any pity for him at all," said
the business major from Fort
Walton Beach. Allen said she was
especially concerned about
Sansom's alleged involvement. "I
remember him as an assistant prin-
cipal at Fort Walton Beach High
School," she said. "I'm very sur-
prised."
Niceville resident Joey
McBride, 40, who recently retired
from the Air Force and is now
studying computer programming
at NWFSC while he "takes a
break" between military and civil-
ian careers, said, "Morally speak-
ing," Richburg and Sansom
"should have known better."
"Why take that chance?"
McBride asked. "They should
have known when to say, 'enough
is enough."'
Students said they are also con-
cerned about how the current
investigations will affect funding
for programs at the college.
"We might not finish our new
buildings or continue our new pro-
grams," said Gadsden. "The state
won't trust us with any more
money. The school will be penal-
ized-period."
"We've been trying to establish
new bachelor's degree programs,
the Air Force to turn over docu-
ments regarding the likely noise
and safety impacts of the F-35
deployment, and to block that
deployment until the noise and
safety issues are resolved so as
not to harm the city or its resi-
dents. The city's FOIA suit was
scheduled to begin Friday after-
noon in the U.S. District Court in
Pensacola.
Okaloosa County and other
local governments, as well as
many individuals, businesses,
and other entities, have opposed

goal sought by fundraisers for
the substation renovation, and
would encourage other potential
contributors, such as individu-
als, local businesses, and neigh-
borhood homeowners associa-
tions, to make their own contri-
butions to the fund.
Final approval of the contri-
bution, said MSBU board mem-
ber Bart Bredenkamp, is contin-
gent on a legal opinion to be
obtained from Okaloosa County
Attorney John Dowd, as to
whether the MSBU charter
allows such a contribution as
part of the MSBU's mission of
common area beautification and
quality of life maintenance.
MSBU management consultant
Archie Jernigan said he will
consult with Dowd and report
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"The substation is extremely
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thing, but now we may have little
or no funding." That, he said,
could affect the college's standing
as "the place to get a quality edu-
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state. That's what made NFSC
famous."
"I wonder if we'll go from
being a state college back to being
a community college," said Allen.
Asked what she hopes will be
learned from the recent scandals,
Allen stated her own conclusion.
"What we do in the dark," she
said, "comes out in the light."
State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-
Niceville, said that since the
money for the Destin airport facil-
ity that figures in the indictment
has already been appropriated (in
the 2007 budget) the Legislature
could not halt its expenditure. He
said any decision on whether to
spend the money to build a college
facility at Destin airport is now up
to the executive branch.
Gaetz said he did not want to
prejudge the case against Sansom
or Richburg. However, he added,
if a court rules that a crime has
been committed, the $6 million
appropriation might be considered
"fruit of a poisonous tree."
The college's other current
building projects did not figure in
Friday's indictment.

Valparaiso's efforts, saying the
delay caused by the city's law-
suits could permanently prevent
the F-35 wing from being
deployed at Eglin Air Force
Base, thus depriving Northwest
Florida of the economic stimulus
expected from having the new
military unit at the base.
On Friday, in Pensacola, U.S.
District Judge Casey Rodgers
denied an Air Force motion to
dismiss Valparaiso's lawsuit city
seeking F-35 noise data from the
Air Force.

communities such as Seminole,
Lancaster Estates, and Villa
Tasso. "llli;'..iki Bay should
participate," he said.
In other business, MSBU
board member Gayle Hughes
said she has not heard anything
further from representatives of
the Florida Club condominiums,
but still expects the condo own-
ers association to send one or
more representatives to a future
county commission meeting to
ask that Florida Club be
removed from the MSBU.
Florida Club members have said
their high-rise condo complex is
geographically separate from
the rest of Bluewater Bay, and
does not receive any benefit
from the MSBU's maintenance
of common areas along main
streets within the rest of the
community.
Therefore, say Florida Club
representatives, they should not
be part of the MSBU or be
assessed annual fees to support
it. The MSBU board, during
previous meetings with Florida
Club representatives, has said
Florida Club is part of the origi-
nal Bluewater Bay development
and part of the MSBU, and that
residents there benefit from the
overall appearance and quality
of life of the Bluewater Bay
community as a whole.
Hughes said she does not
know when the issue will come
before the county commission,
but that she expects it to come
up at a BCC meeting in the near
future.
Also during the meeting,
Pinehurst Cove resident Judy
Griffin asked board members to
reconsider the use of concrete
blocks as soil retention walls for
landscaping some intersections
in Bluewater Bay. Griffin said
the concrete blocks tend to
become unsightly over time, as
moss and soil stains tend to
accumulate on them.
She said it would be better to
use natural stone, which does
not lose its appeal even if it is
covered by moss or stains.
Board members said the con-
crete blocks were used because
they are more durable and better
looking than the wooden rail-
road ties that had been used pre
viously, but that the board will
consider Griffin's alternative of
stone, or may design future
landscaping to not require any


retaining walls.
The next meeting of the
MSBU board is scheduled for
5:30 p.m., May 12, in the golf
clubhouse on Bluewater
Boulevard.


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Revenue, which oversees county
tax collector budgets statewide.
The annual DOR form
includes a line for "special
pay" expenditures. The DOR
says any proposed bonuses
should be reported on this line.
On the forms Hughes filed,
however, under "actual expen-
ditures" for the most recently
completed fiscal year, the "spe-
cial pay" line has been blank
for at least the past nine years,
including years during which
he has since acknowledged
paying annual performance
bonuses of as much as $15,000
each to selected employees.
Hughes has been tax collector
since 1993.
Hughes announced March
19-a week after the bonuses
were first reported-that he
would end such awards "to
maintain the trust the voters
have placed in me and my
office."
The Department of
Revenue, which approves
county tax collectors' annual
budgets, told the Beacon April
14 that any request to pay
employee bonuses in the tax
collector's office should be
reported under "special pay."
The DOR also said that any
bonuses must be supported by


CHARGED
From page A-1

vindicated at trial. As a legislator,
I have always worked hard for my
constituents and my district to
bring needed projects and funding
to the Panhandle. "
Richburg did not return a
call for comment. He has taken
leave from his duties as presi-
dent of the college.
The 18-member grand jury,
meeting in Tallahassee, voted
Jan. 26 to investigate the rela-
tionship between Sansom and
Northwest Florida State
College. The jury probe was
prompted by press reports after
Sansom
accepted an
unadver-
tised, part-
time job at
the college
i n
November
at $110,000
a year.
Sansom Ray Sansom
took the job
on the day he was sworn in as
Speaker, leading reporters at
the St. Petersburg Times to
investigate more than $35 mil-
lion in construction funding
Sansom had steered to the col-
lege while head of the House
budget committee in 2007 and
2008.
Of particular interest was a
$6 million appropriation that
Sansom inserted into the 2007
budget bill, at the l1th hour,
while conferencing with his
Senate counterpart to resolve
differences in the bills each
house had passed.
The grand jury echoed the
newspaper's findings that the
Destin airport project was orig-
inally proposed by Jay Odom, a


a county-adopted policy. A
DOR spokeswoman said in
answer to Beacon queries that
Hughes did not comply with
either requirement.
Hughes says he didn't need
to get county approval for his
bonuses because his office is
"sovereign."
While the DOR requires tax
collectors to justify their budg-
ets, and the state agency is the
approval authority, the county
is tasked with auditing spend-
ing by the tax collector and
other constitutional officers.
Okaloosa County conducts
annual audits of each constitu-
tional officer. Officials say
none of the regular annual
county audits apparently
detected the Hughes bonuses,
and county commissioners said
they were surprised by the big
payouts.
The Okaloosa County
Commission has virtually no
actual control over the tax col-
lector's annual budget, howev-
er, unlike those of the four
other elected county constitu-
tional offices-sheriff, tax
appraiser, supervisor of elec-
tions, and clerk of court. Tax
collectors are paid a 2-percent
commission on every dollar of
property tax they collect for the
county and most other taxing
authorities, although not cities.
They also receive set fees for
selling driver's licenses, vehi-

wealthy Destin developer who
was a heavy financial supporter
of Sansom. In 2006 the
Legislature rejected a request
by the city of Destin to help
fund a
hangar
O doum
wanted for
his airport
business,
Destin Jet.
The city
said that the
developer

make the James R.
hangar Richburg
available to the city as an emer-
gency operations and staging
facility during hurricanes.
Sansom said he was unaware
of Odom's failed request when
he inserted $6 million in state
school construction funding for
NWFSC to build a training cen-
ter at the Destin airport.
Richburg said the college had
had no plans to build such a
facility but happily accepted the
money once Sansom offered it.
The college ended up using


F-35
From page A-1
city officials have sued the Air
Force overoise and safety issues.
The plane was to be flown to
Eglin by Lockheed Martin test
pilot and former Navy aviator
Jeff "Slim" Knowles. The
demonstration flight was to be
flown by Lockheed Martin test
pilot David M. Nelson, who
began his career as an Air Force
pilot.
Although the plane is visiting
Eglin to be introduced to the
community, the general public
won't be allowed near it. Only
military personnel and others
with military credentials allow-
ing them access to the Eglin
flight line may go out to the
hangar to see the plane, accord-
ing to an Eglin statement.
Invited community leaders, such
as city council and county com-
mission members, as well as
some members of the press, may
also gain access to the new
fighter.
The restricted access, said
base spokeswoman Lois Walsh,
"is a normal security procedure

cle tags, fishing licenses, and
other services. Any commis-
sion and fee money the tax col-
lector gets in excess of its
annual budget is supposed to
be returned to the county.
Hughes told the Beacon that
he could not show where he
documented employee per-
formance bonuses in the annu-
al budgets approved by DOR.
Instead, he said, he paid the
bonuses using money approved
by the DOR for regular
salaries. The DOR requires the
tax collector to justify the pay
of each employee every year,
including any planned raises.
This is reported in a category
separate from special pay.
When budgeting for the next
fiscal year, tax collectors also
have to account to the DOR for
their expenditures in the previ-
ous year. Hughes said any per-
formance bonuses he gave out
were reported as expenditures
in the salary category, not the
"special pay" category the
DOR said he should have used.
Intended or not, Hughes'
practice had the effect of keep-
ing the bonuses from the view
of the DOR, and the public, by
lumping the money together
with regular pay.
Hughes last week again
defended his practice of giving
employee performance bonus-
es:
"I believe in complete trans-

architectural plans originally
proposed for Odom's hangar,
and agreed to place the struc-
ture on airport property it sub-
leased from Odom.
In the perjury indictment
against Richburg, the grand
jury said the college president
lied when he told jurors the air-
port training facility was not
designed as a hangar and/or
there was never intention or dis-
cussion after the appropriation
was made, that Odom would
use the building.
Odom, who was not charged,
declined through a spokesman
to comment on the indictment.
Leon County State Attorney
Willie Meggs invited Richburg,
Sansom and Odom to appear
before the grand jury last week,
but only Richburg and Sansom
appeared and spoke to the
jurors. Odom did not show up,
the prosecutor said.
The grand jury on Thursday
also heard from other Okaloosa
County officials who were sub-
poenaed to testify on the matter,
including Gary Yancy, a vice
president at NWFSC; former


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with any new airplane," and
does not represent any attempt
to hide the aircraft from the
local public. The AA-1 plane is
one of only two developmental
prototype F-35s currently in
existence, and is being used pri-
marily for flight testing by
Lockheed Martin before the
craft is put into full-scale pro-
duction.
Pentagon plans call for the
purchase of 2,443 F-35s, of
which as many as 113 will be
stationed at Eglin to train pilots
and maintainers. The first train-
ing craft are scheduled to arrive
at Eglin next year, beginning to
fill a void left by Eglin's 33rd
Fighter Wing, a combat unit fly-
ing the older F-15. The combat
wing is being dissolved this
year.
The decision to not fly the F-
35 over Valparaiso during its
visit this week is not intended to
snub the city or hide the plane's
noise level from Valparaiso resi-
dents, Walsh said. That decision
came from Kathleen Ferguson,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of
the Air Force. Said Ferguson,
"The decision to not fly AA-1

parency and am taking the
steps necessary to insure that
all budget information is clear-
ly and easily understood," he
said in an e-mail to the Beacon.
He added: "Prior to ever
giving extra compensation, the
OCTC read several favorable
AGO (Attorney General) opin-
ions and complied with Florida
Statute 215.425. The OCTC
was diligent in hiring qualified,
legal counsel and in research-
ing federal laws, Florida laws,
statutes, and Attorney
General's opinions concerning
the payment of bonuses to its
employees and remains firm
that it has complied with
Federal and Florida laws and
regulations in implementing a
salary program which eliminat-
ed the need to hire additional
personnel."
Hughes defended the large
bonuses by saying they saved
the county about 30 cents on
the dollar by not having to hire
additional employees.
He added: "Although the
BCC (Board of County
Commissioners) believes this
type of pay could only be made
pursuant to an ordinance duly
adopted by Okaloosa County,
the OCTC disagrees, because
the OCTC, as a separate and
sovereign governing entity
under the Constitution of the
State of Florida, has its own
employee contract and written

Okaloosa County airport direc-
tor Jerry Sealy; and Okaloosa
County public safety officials
Dino Villani, Randy McDaniel
and Ken Wolfe. None was
accused of any wrongdoing.
In addition to indictments
against the two Okaloosa
County men, the grand jury also
issued a "presentment," a sum-
mary of conclusions the jury
members made of events lead-
ing up to the indictments. In
the presentment jurors asked
the Florida Legislature to con-
sider how large political contri-
butions may influence the way
lawmakers spend public dollars
to benefit special interests.
Jurors also found that "far too
much power is given to the
Legislative Leadership allow-
ing them to hide appropriations
that benefit special interests in a
huge state budget."


over Val-P is consistent with our
commitment to minimize noise
over that community until we
finish the supplemental analy-
sis."
City Commissioner Thomas
G. Miller was expected to attend
the scheduled arrival of the F-
35, said a worker at Valparaiso
City Hall Monday.
In addition to the plane itself
visiting the base flight line, a
cockpit simulator was scheduled
to be at the Eglin Officers Club
during the week, and Lockheed
Martin representatives plan to
demonstrate it to news media.
Aircraft AA-1 is a prototype
of the F-35A, one of three ver-
sions of the F-35 to be built and
deployed to Eglin. The F-35A
will be the version flown by the
U.S. Air Force. The F-35B,
which can take off from
extremely short airfields and
land vertically, will be flown by
the Marines. The F-35C is
designed to be flown from the
decks of Navy aircraft carriers.
Several allied nations, such
as Italy and Norway, will also
use one or more versions of the
F-35 in their own military

policy manual pursuant to
Florida Statute 215.425."
Hughes continued: "The
OCTC did not previously
budget for extra compensation
pay, because the policy, in
accordance with Florida


forces, and pilots from all three
U.S. services as well as from
allied nations are expected to
come to Eglin to learn to fly and
fight in the F-35.
All versions of the F-35 will
be capable of flying at least 1.6
times the speed of sound, with a
range of between 900 and 1,400
nautical miles. The planes will
have considerable "stealth"
capability, meaning very low
visibility to enemy radar.
The F-35 will be able to carry
from 15,000 to 18,000 pounds
of bombs, missiles, and other
armaments. Each aircraft will be
equipped with a 25-millimeter
cannon. The F-35 will carry
about 1.3 times as much arma-
ment as its Navy predecessor,
the F-18 Hornet, about 1.4 times
as much as an Air Force F-16,
and about twice as much as a
Marine AV-8B Harrier, the only
previous fighter with vertical
capability.
The plane's range on internal
fuel will be about 2.5 times that
of an F-16 for the Air Force ver-
sion, and the Marine F-35 will
have a range of about 1.8 times
that of the Harrier.

Statute 215.425, stipulated the
payment of extra compensation
based upon the availability of
funds. It was not, nor has it
ever been the OCTC's intent to
circumvent DOR budgetary
recommendations."


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Text of grand jury presentment, indictment


Panel blasts $6 million airport deal by college, lawmaker;


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F '11. 'Ii i'i.- is the text of a pre-
sentment handed up by a Leon
County grand jury Friday s. .-i.1-
.Hr.- its .'I .il-.-ia. -I, into the rela-
tionship between Northwest
Florida State College, Dist. 4 state
Rep. Ray Sansom, and Destin Jet.
A presentment is a report by a
grand jury which does not contain
criminal charges.
The same grand jury on Friday
handed up an indictment of
Sansom and NWFSC President
James R. Richburg on related
criminal charges (see box at


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR LEON
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
GRAND JURY, FALL TERM
2008
IN RE: Legislative, NorthWest
Florida State College and Destin
Jet Investigation
PRESENTMENT
YOUR GRAND JURORS have con-
sidered an issue regarding two appropria-
tions to the NorthWest Florida State
College (NWFSC), formerly Okaloosa-
Walton College, a violation of the
Sunshine Laws of Florida, the appropri-
ateness of an employment contract for the
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
and contributions by an Okaloosa County
developer to Speaker Designee Ray
Sansom and to the Republican Party of
Florida. Your Grand Jurors have for sever-
al sessions considered evidence on the
above issues and have taken testimony of
witnesses from The Legislature, NWFSC,
Okaloosa County Emergency
Management Services, Okaloosa County
Emergency Operation Center, Division of
Elections, Department of Education, and
Florida State University Center Club, and
have examined numerous documents and
emails of parties involved in the above
issues.
Your Grand Jurors find as follows:
Okaloosa County is the owner of an
airport located very near the Gulf of
Mexico at Destin, Florida. This airport pri-
marily serves private aircraft belonging to
individuals who have property located in
the highly desirable Destin-Fort Walton


Beach tourist venue. There are many vaca-
tion homes and condominiums located in
the Destin area. Destin Airport is on a
peninsula and is very close to sea level.
During 2004 local developer Jay
Odom approached airport officials,
Okaloosa County officials and City of
Destin officials about the construction of a
fix based operation (FBO) at the Destin
Airport for his business, Destin Jet. Odom
had negotiated a lease with the county for
seven acres and constructed aircraft stor-
age hangers adjacent to the runway. At a
2006 meeting, Odom sought support for
his fixed base operation (FBO) (hanger)
where aircraft repair, maintenance and
fueling would take place, to also serve as
an emergency operations center. He fur-
ther attempted to obtain State funding
through the City of Destin for his FBO
which would serve as a staging area in the
event of a category 5 hurricane. Odom
agreed to remove his aircraft from the
FBO in the event of an approaching hurri-
cane. Funding was not approved by The
Legislature.
In 2007, Odom met once again with
Okaloosa County officials in an attempt to
obtain funding for his FBO (hanger) on
the seven acre site at the Destin Airport.
During a meeting at the Ramada Inn in
Okaloosa County it was proposed that the
FBO (hanger) would share space for the
Emergency Operation Center (the
"EOC"). Odom marketed the idea that his
planes would leave during a hurricane and
that the county could then use the hanger
space for fire trucks, emergency vehicles
and utility vehicles during and after a hur-
ricane. In the 2007 meeting, the NWFSC
was not involved in any respect.
The Okaloosa County Public Safety
Department officials had no interest in the
proposal as they were engaged in the plan-
ning and construction of an Emergency
Operation Center in Niceville, which is
above the flood surge zone and is central-
ly located in Okaloosa County. Destin
Jet's proposal and plans being offered was
for a hanger with office space.
In the 2007 Legislative session an
appropriation was made giving
$6,000,000 to the NWFSC through the
Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)
funds for a building to be built on proper-
ty at the Destin Airport. A meeting
between officials of NWFSC and
Okaloosa Emergency Management was
subsequently held on the Niceville cam-
pus at NWFSC.
During 2007 and 2008 airport officials
learned about the appropriation to


NWFSC and the requirement by The
Legislature that the college facility would
be built at the Destin Airport. The college
was to use a development order previous-
ly prepared by Destin Jet. The Destin
Airport is located fifteen miles away from
the NWFSC campus in Niceville. Airport
officials met with NWFSC President Bob
Richburg and Vice-President Gary Yancy.
During this meeting the NWFSC officials
discussed how the building would be used.
The college would have classroom space
and the college could sub-lease the storage
area to Destin Jet. The building essentially
has the same design as Destin Jet's 2004
design, and is still an aircraft hanger. The
second floor drawing now includes class-
rooms as opposed to office space and the
first floor is now called a staging area.
Airport officials were concerned that
the college building at the Destin Airport
could jeopardize Federal funding. The
Federal Aviation Administration mandates
facilities located at an approved airport to
have some relation to aviation. NWFSC
does not have an aviation component in its
curriculum. Discussions were held that
during non-storm times the facility would
be used by the NWFSC and Destin Jet,
and in the event of a hurricane or other
natural disaster Public Safety officials
could use the hanger for staging of emer-
gency vehicles and construction vehicles.
The normal process for construction
and planning of a State Education facility
is through the Department of Education. A
survey is then conducted and priorities are
assigned. The vice-president of NWFSC
responsible for construction of structures,
Dr. Yancy, was not aware of the hanger
project until he learned that The
Legislature had appropriated funds for it.
Dr. Yancy learned of this appropriation
from President Richburg. The project was
to be constructed at the Destin Airport
according to a development order previ-
ously obtained by Jay Odom for Destin
Jet. An architect was hired by the NWFSC
to draw the plans. Basically office space
on one side of the building was renamed
classroom space and the aircraft hanger
was renamed a staging area. Your Grand
Jurors find that it is still an aircraft hanger
as designed by Jay Odom for his Destin
Jet FBO. College officials even discussed
a sublease back to Destin Jet of the storage
area with an understanding that Destin Jet
would move all of its aircraft out of the
facility in the event of a hurricane.
Meetings and communications between
college officials, Jay Odom and EMS offi-
cials for Okaloosa County continued thru
October 2007, some 6 months after the
appropriation was made. These discussion
included, among other things, negotiation
of the terms of the sublease to the college
and the idea that the college could sub-
lease the hanger area back to Destin Jet in
order to serve as an aeronautical purpose.
Jerry Sealy advised the FAA that Destin
Jet would use the storage area of the facil-
ity as part of its FBO. During the planning
process following the appropriation of
funds, there were discussions held by the
vice-president of development about
expanding the classrooms and reducing
the staging area, but that was prohibited by
the lack of parking at the facility.
Your Grand Jurors have determined


that the funding for this hanger can be
attributed directly and solely to Speaker
Designate Ray Sansom. No member of
The Legislature ever saw this appropria-
tion until it was inserted into the appropri-
ation bill during conference between the
Appropriation Chair Ray Sansom and his
senate counterpart Senator Lisa Carlton.
The hanger project for a community col-
lege was the sole work of Ray Sansom,
Jay Odom and Bob Richburg.
Your Grand Jurors considered the
motive for building a hanger classroom
fifteen miles from campus, the only col-
lege owned building on leased land and at
an airport.
Additionally, why would the
Okaloosa-Walton College lease its stor-
age/staging area to Destin Jet owned by
Jay Odom. We found that Jay Odom and
numerous corporations owned or under
his control contributed $22,600 directly to
the reelection campaign of Representative
Ray Sansom. 5 Further, that Jay Odom
and his corporations have contributed
$894,363.19 to the Republican Party of
which the Speaker of the House is a major
beneficiary. Further, that an additional
$100,000 was contributed to the
Leadership for Florida's Future Fund
which Representative Sansom is one of
three people who control its distributions.
While direct evidence was not developed
that Jay Odom would acquire an aircraft
hanger in exchange for his generous cam-
paign contributions there is a strong infer-
ence of impropriety.
Further, Your Grand Jurors learned
that Representative Sansom received a
part-time vice-president position at
NWFSC at or about the same time he took
office as Speaker of the House. This was
an unadvertised position and no other can-
didates were considered. This part-time
position to Representative Sansom paid an
annual salary of $110,000.
Additionally, the NWFSC sought
funding through the Department of
Education for building improvements to
the Student Services Building on the
Niceville campus. The Public Education
Capital Outlay (PECO) funds were
processed through the appropriate chan-
nels and $1,000,000 was approved for the
2007 budget process. After an amended
request by Okaloosa-Walton College for
additional funds, the Department of
Education recommended funding that
would total $6,000,000 over a three year
period. Without any input by the
Department of Education, Speaker
Designee Ray Sansom during conference
with Lisa Carlton, Senate Appropriations
Chairperson, increased this funding to
$25,500,000 in a single year.
Regarding the potential violation of
the Florida Sunshine Law, Your Grand
Jurors received testimony regarding a pri-
vate meeting that was scheduled after
NWFSC received the funding to build an
aircraft hanger at an off campus site.
College President Richburg had advertised
a public meeting in the Okaloosa newspa-
per for a meeting to be held at the Florida
State University Center Club meeting
room in Tallahassee, well over one-hun-
dred forty miles away. The meeting, in
part, was to thank the College's Board of
Trustees for taking responsibility for the


Destin Project, an aircraft hanger.
Representative Sansom attended the meet-
ing and he gave no instruction to post
signs advertising the location of the meet-
ing. Staff at the University Center Club
were also directed that this was be to be a
private meeting attended only by
Representative Sansom and ten guests.
Your Grand Jurors find that the spirit of
the Sunshine Law was clearly violated by
both President Richburg and
Representative Sansom.
Further, Your Grand Jurors find that
the appropriation process that gives unbri-
dled discretion to the President of the
Senate, Speaker of the House of
Representatives and Appropriation
Chairman needs to be changed. This State
should be guided in openness and trans-
parency. The procedure currently in place
requires that our elected Legislators vote
on a final budget that they have no knowl-
edge about because it is finalized in a
meeting between only two legislators.
This process allows taxpayer money to be
budgeted for special purposes by those
few legislators who happen to be in a posi-
tion of power.
CONCLUSION
THEREFORE, we believe that


Speaker Designate Ray Sansom, because
of his friendship and political contribu-
tions, violated the trust that the citizens of
Florida should expect from its elected rep-
resentatives. Jay Odom has been attempt-
ing since 2004 to develop an FBO at the
Destin Airport. Jay Odom's efforts to
obtain State funding via the City of Destin
for a FBO/EOC at the Destin Airport
failed. Emergency Management officials
from the County and the former airport
director all agreed that the Destin Airport
was not an appropriate site for an EOC
due to flood problems and because
Okaloosa County Emergency
Management authorities had already
obtained funding for and are building an
EOC on a centrally located site on the
Niceville Campus of NWFSC. When Jay
Odom's efforts to obtain state funding for
his planned FBO at the Destin Airport
failed, Speaker Designate Ray Sansom
used the power of his position to accom-
plish what Mr. Odom was unable to do for
nearly three years. Your Grand Jurors
believe that the NWFSC had every inten-
tion of then sub-leasing back to Destin Jet
the hanger portion of the building funded
by Speaker Sansom. But for the discovery
of this appropriation by a state-wide news-
paper reporter, this appropriation would
have gone unnoticed and Jay Odom's
planned FBO would have been success-
fully funded by taxpayer dollars.
Further, the ability of an individual or
corporation to contribute large sums of
money to political action committees or
major political parties needs to be
addressed by The Legislature. The present
system has the potential to breed cormp-
tion and create an unfair advantage for
those who have money to leverage influ-
ence on The Legislature.
Your Grand Jurors heard testimony
that appropriations such as the subject of
this Presentment are common and routine.
We even heard that this $6,000,000 dollars
was likened to a gnat hitting a windshield.
It is small wonder, with this attitude, that
Florida is broke financially. The
Legislature needs to remember that they
do not print money and that whether it is
general revenue dollars, federal grants,
matching funds or PECO dollars, it is all
taxpayer money and it needs to be spent
wisely.
In the instant case, a new college
NWFSC, formerly Okaloosa-Walton
Community College, received $6,000,000
that it had not requested and that did not
go through any of the checks and balances
that our State has in place. The $6,000,000
was to build a building at the Destin
Airport. Officials can call the building
whatever they desire, but the plans paid for
by taxpayer dollars is an aircraft hanger.
The number of people who can use the
building is limited to less than fifty people
because of limited parking and common
sense would dictate that you do not build a
classroom in a building just a few feet
from where jet airplanes land and take off
because of noise issues.
Further, far too much power is given to
The Legislative Leadership on these budg-
et issues which led to this appropriation
that was voted on basically hidden in a
huge budget. Regular members had no
idea that they voted to build an aircraft
hanger for a college that owned no aircraft
and funded a building on land that the
State does not own.
Your Grand Jurors recommend to The
Legislature that it clean up this process
and that the State of Florida become an
example to the Nation as a State that
works for the people and not the special
interest of those who have money to influ-
ence The Legislature.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED this
17th day of April, 2009.
RICHARD R. NUSS
Foreperson


Page A-10


Panel charges


Richburg, Sansom


in corruption probe

E ll. -I'\ir.- is the text of Friday's indictment of Northwest
Florida State College President James R. Richburg and Dist. 4
Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin. Both were indicted for -i,. i. rl mis-
conduct. Richburg was indicted for perjury. All the charges are
felonies.
In the name of and by the authority of the state of Florida:
The Grand Jurors of the State of Florida, empaneled and sworn
to inquire and true presentment make in and for the County of
Leon, upon their oaths, do present that Raymond Edward Sansom
and James Robert Richburg on or about April 27, 2007, in the
County of Leon and State of Florida, while a public servant, to
wit: Raymond Edward Sansom a state legislator and James
Robert Richburg, President of Okaloosa-Walton College, did
unlawfully falsify, or cause another person to falsify, an official
record or official document, the 2007-2008 General
Appropriations Act and/or the Joint Use Project Note, with cor-
rupt intent to obtain a benefit for any person, or to cause harm to
another, contrary to Section 838.022(1)(a) & (3), Florida Statutes.
COUNT II: And the Grand Jurors of the State of Florida afore-
said, further indictment makes that James Robert Richburg on
April 16, 2009, in the County of Leon and State of Florida, did
unlawfully make a false statement, which he did not believe to be
true, under oath administered by William N. Meggs in an official
proceeding, a meeting of the Fall 2008 Grand Jury, in regard to a
material matter, as follows: he testified that the building that was
the subject of the Grand Jury investigation was not designed as a
hanger and/or there was never intention or discussion after the
appropriation was made, that Jay Odom or Destin Jet would use
the building, contrary to Section 837.02, Florida Statutes.
And contrary to the form of the Statute in such case made and
provided and against the peace and dignity of the State of Florida.
(signed) William N. Meggs, State Attorney, Second Judicial
Circuit of Florida, in and for Leon County; prosecuting for said
State.


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Tangled history of college airport project


Tax-funded deal allegedly

would benefit Destin firm


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A searing report by a Leon
County grand jury Friday has
clouded the future of a controver-
sial $6 million building project at
the Destin Airport planned by
Northwest Florida State College.
Northwest Florida State
College has planned to accept bids
next month to
build a
27,000-
square-foot,
multipurpose
training center
at the Destin
Airport. Now,
college
trustees will
hold a special
m e e t i n g Destin airport ei
Tuesday to
discuss whether to proceed with
those plans.
The grand jury criticized what
it said were back-door dealings
between Northwest Florida State
College President James R.
Richburg and State Rep. Ray
Sansom in obtaining taxpayer
funding for the airport project,
which the grand jury alleged
would benefit a wealthy Sansom
backer.
A report issued Friday by a
Leon County grand jury alleged
the building was actually intended
as a hangar for the benefit of an
aircraft-servicing company owned
by Destin developer Jay Odom.
The grand jury indicted Richburg
and Sansom for official miscon-
duct in arranging state financing
for the building. Richburg was
also indicted for perjury for
allegedly lying when he testified
that the building was not designed
as a hangar or wouldn't be used by
Odom or his company, Destin Jet.
Odom was not charged.
In a 10-page civil presentment
issued Friday, accompanying the
indictments, the grand jury said:
"Your Grand Jurors heard testimo-
ny that appropriations such as the
subject of this Presentment are
common and routine. We even
heard that this $6,000,000 dollars
was likened to a gnat hitting a
windshield. It is small wonder,
with this attitude, that Florida is
broke financially. The Legislature
needs to remember that they do
not print money and that whether
it is general revenue dollars, feder-
al grants, matching funds or
PECO dollars, it is all taxpayer
money and it needs to be spent
wisely."
Before the grand jury report
was published, the college said it
would go ahead with plans to
receive bids for the airport project
on May 5, despite the controversy.
However, on Monday the college
trustees announced they would
meet April 28 "for the purpose of
considering appropriate actions
deemed necessary with respect to
the recent grand jury indictment
and presentment and considera-
tion of the Destin EOC Project."
State education officials have
not yet weighed in on the matter.
Okaloosa County, which owns the
Destin airport, may also have the
power to modify or cancel the
deal.
The college has said it would
use the planned airport building
for classes. In times of natural dis-
aster, however, the building would
be used by the city of Destin as a
staging area for emergency
responders, according to the col-
lege. The building would be con-
structed to withstand hurricane
winds.
Construction of the college-
owned airport building became a
possibility only after Sansom, a
Destin Republican, set aside $6
million in state school construc-
tion money-Public Education
Capital Outlay (PECO) funds that
can only be used to build school
buildings. The money, Sansom's
office said, was designated by the
District 4 lawmaker during a con-
ference to resolve differences in
the House and Senate versions of
the 2007 appropriations bill. The
recommended budget was then
made available to other lawmakers
for 72 hours before it was passed.
The Destin training facility
became a target for criticism after


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the college gave Sansom a non-
advertised, part-time, $110,000 a
year job as college vice president
in November, the same day he
became the Speaker of the House.
Under criticism for the apparent
conflict of interest, Sansom gave
up the college job and the speaker-
ship.
The Destin airport training cen-
ter drew the
interest of the
grand jury
after it was
disclosed by
the St.
Petersburg
Times that the
building is vir-
tually identi-
cal to a hurri-
rance sign. cane-proof
hangar that
Odom, a longtime Sansom friend
and financial supporter, had hoped
to build on the same spot to house
private jets.
On Nov. 18-the same day the
board hired Sansom just hours
after being named Speaker-
NFSC college trustees approved
the schematic design of a multi-
purpose training facility located at
the Destin airport. The facility
would be constructed with precast
concrete walls up to nine inches
thick and would be hardened to
withstand 190 mph wind loads to
accommodate emergency opera-


NWF State College
Artist's rendering of Northwest Florida State College's planned $6 million training center at
Destin airport. Dealings between Dist. 4 Rep. Ray Sansom and college President James R.
Richburg over financing for the center resulted in the indictment of both men on Friday.


interest in the Destin Airport proj-
ect is the same as any other city
EOC-coordination.
However, Destin officials have
long said there is a need for a facil-
ity to help the city recover from
tropical storms.
Currently, whenever a
Category 3 or greater hurricane
approaches Destin, the city fire
control district declares an evacua-
tion, Destin City Manager Greg
Kisela told the Beacon. Destin has
been isolated during past storms
when tides have cut Highway 98


Beacon photos
The county-owned Destin airport is Okaloosa County's primary
private-aviation airfield.


tions staging and provide space for
emergency vehicles to be housed
within the facility as needed.
However it would not be used as a
public hurricane shelter.
The facility would also serve as
a training site for college programs
in emergency operations such as
EMT and paramedic classes,
according to the college. It would
house seven classrooms and other
instructional space, the college
said. The grand jury suggested
that its airport location would be
too noisy for classes.
Earlier this year, Richburg told
the Beacon that the college was
still working details of what cours-
es might be taught in Destin. The
college already provides several
emergency responder training
courses on its Niceville campus.
Richburg also said that the
Destin facility was never part of
the college's long-range plans, but
that when Sansom asked him
whether the college would agree
to open a training center there, it
was hard not to say yes. Richburg
said the college considered the
offer a natural outgrowth for the
college in meeting the local com-
munities needs-as it did when
allowing the county's EOC to
move its facilities to the Niceville
campus as part of the Community
Life building now under construc-
tion.
Richburg said that after eight
tropical storms and hurricanes in
2004 and 2005, the Legislature
appropriated $213 million to build
emergency shelters at 85 loca-
tions, including other coastal com-
munity colleges in Pensacola,
Panama City and in south Florida.
One such shelter is being built on
the main campus of NWFSC.
Okaloosa County Public
Safety director Dino Villani told
the Beacon the county has no
plans to build a hardened emer-
gency operations center in Destin.
Instead the county is building a
hardened EOC on the Niceville
campus of NWFSC as part of a
$30 million construction project.
The county paid $7 million for its
share of the Niceville facility.
Villani said the county's only


on Okaloosa Island and high
winds close bridges, Kisela said.
The Destin city manager said
the city's fire department and other
emergency services workers must
evacuate north to the North Bay
Fire District firehouse or to
Bluewater Elementary School
during such storms. Only a 450-
square-foot hardened facility
behind city hall can house essen-
tial personnel during a storm. The
city hall, annex and communica-
tions centers in Destin are not
hardened, he said.
On Dec. 10, 2008, Sansom,
acting in his short-lived capacity
as college vice president, held a
planning meeting at the Destin fire
station to coordinate use of the
college's Destin training facility
during a natural disaster. The
Destin fire chief would be in
charge of the facility 24 hours
before predicted landfall of a hur-
ricane, up to a category 3 where
there is no significant storm surge
predicted. In addition to firefight-
ers and equipment, the facility also
would house sheriff's deputies
assigned to Destin and their vehi-
cles. Other personnel and equip-
ment discussed as possibly need-


ing shelter include Destin's street
cleaning equipment, Gulf Power
personnel and equipment, and the
Destin Water Users.
Only about one-third of the
27,000 square feet of the college
Destin airport facility would be
heated and cooled for use as class-
rooms, according to a spokes-
woman for the college. She said
the college has several emergency
vehicles used in training first
responders that could be stored or
used in other areas of the building.
The college estimates that it
would cost it $36,000 a year to
maintain and operate the building,
exclusive of payroll. When ques-
tioned about staffing costs, college
officials replied that instructional
staffing of off-campus centers is
often done by existing staff who
rotate/travel to multiple locations
and any staffing costs for the
Destin airport center have yet to be
determined.
The college announced the
proposed Destin airport facility in
a Nov. 28, 2007, press release stat-
ing that college trustees had
approved a resolution authorizing
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secure a special-purpose designa-
tion to operate an auxiliary emer-
gency operation center training
program in Destin."
On Jan. 22,2008, the Okaloosa
County Commission unanimous-
ly approved a request from Odom
to assign or sublease to the college
30,000 square feet of the seven
acres that Destin Jet, an Odom air-
craft-servicing business, leases
from the county at the Destin air-
port.
Odom told commissioners the
college would construct a facility
to offer public safety programs for
first responder training, shelter
operations, emergency medical
services disaster recovery, and
homeland security training.
Odom stated to commissioners
that in times of natural disaster,
the facility would be made avail-
able to the City of Destin and
other local and or state organiza-
tions as the Emergency
Operations Center (EOC) for the
City of Destin. A drawing of the
proposed site was provided.
Odom stated that he would rent
the site to the college for $1 a year.
On May 20, 2008, the county
commission agreed to renew its
lease of county-owned Destin air-
port property to Odom's Destin
Jet for 20 years.
Neither Odom nor Sansom
returned phone calls seeking com-
ment for this story. An Odom rep-
resentative said he had no com-
ment.
Richburg said that the
Niceville campus currently hosts
so many public safety, homeland
security and law enforcement
courses that he expects several of
them to be moved to the Destin
training center and eventually
require a full-time coordinator in
Destin.
According to the lease agree-
ment, if the college ever stopped
using the airport facility, Destin
Jet can buy it for fair market value,
a price normally determined by
two independent sources,
Richburg said.
Commenting on another provi-
sion of the lease that Destin Jet
would assume ownership of the
facility at no cost after the 40-year
lease ends, Richburg said 40 years
is the useful life of the building.


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RMS falls in track meet
Ruckel Middle School eighth grader Colby Billings takes the baton from Zach Camacho in
the 4x100 relay at Etheridge Stadium April 15. Ruckel struggled in the meet, as the boys
finished third with 24 points to Bruner's 61 and Pryor's 28 and the girls also finished last
with 17 points to Pryor's 61 and Bruner's 33.


Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association Weekly
Play, April 14. First Flight:
First, Brenda Meeboer; Second
, Marianne Wendel; Third, Pat
Bell. Second Flight: First, tie,
Marilyn Reisenwitz, Ann
Wittkopp; Third, Pat Halprin.
Third Flight: First, Helen
Kirby. Fourth Flight: First,
Judy Haugen; Second, Carole


Campis; Third, Tie, Sarah
Breckenridge, Naomi
Fortenberry, Lorraine
Rynearson. Chip-ins 4/14/09:
Hole #1, Darlene Anderson,
Helen Kirby, Ann Wittkopp;
Hole #7, Vicki Wilson; Hole
#8, Pat Halprin. Chip-ins
3/30/09: Hole #17, Marianne
Wendel; Hole #18, Tish
Gauthier.


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Meigs@ Ruckel,
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Pryor@ Lewis,
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Thursday. April 23
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Lewis@ Destin,
tennis; 4
St. Mary@ Ruckel,
tennis; 3
NHS @ district
semifinals, softball, 5
and 7 p.m. (Played at
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NHS@district
championship game,
softball; 7 (Played at
Niceville)
Monday. April 27
Jackson @ Lewis,
tennis; 3:30
Bruner@ Ruckel,
tennis 3
Pryor@ Ruckel,
baseball/softball; 3:30
Meigs@ Lewis,
baseball/softball; 3:30
Tuesday. April 28
NHS@ regional
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Mattie Kelly Center concert was

in memory of fallen NHS student


Special to the Beacon
"A Celebration of Taylor," a
special tribute concert featuring
a rare acoustic performance by
the multi-platinum recording
artists The All-American
Rejects on
Wednesday,
March 18,
at the
Mattie Kelly
Arts Center
in Niceville,
raised more
than .
$65,000 for
the Taylor Taylor Haugen
Haugen
Foundation. Local resident and
award-winning singer-song-


writer Reed Waddle was on
hand to perform the opening
act for the sold out event. All
proceeds from the concert
directly benefit the Taylor
Haugen Foundation.
"We were absolutely thrilled
that The All-American Rejects
were gracious enough to agree
to perform a benefit concert in
T's honor," said Brian Haugen,
father of Taylor Haugen. "The
All-American Rejects were one
of his favorite bands and
together with Reed Waddle we
could not have imagined a
more special way to celebrate T
and those who were touched by
Please see REJECTS, page B-3


A busload of Rocky Bayou Christian School students, rakes
at the ready, prepare to do their best to spruce up a yard.

RBCS students spruce

up their community
Work on 23 yards and visit nursing homes


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
For more than 20 years,
Rocky Bayou Christian School
students have spent a day in
the spring working in a variety
of locations. In previous years,
the work day was done for
pledges as a fundraising effort,
said Amy Shaw, Rocky Bayou
Development Director. "This
year, we're emphasizing com-
munity service," she said.
Throughout Niceville,
Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay
Friday, teams of students
raked, bagged, cleaned win-
dows and gutters and per-
formed whatever tasks were
necessary to clean up, improve
and beautify the homes of peo-
ple who couldn't do it for


them-
selves. In
all, slight-
ly more
than 600
Te students
bran-
dished
landscap-
ing tools
Amy Shaw and toiled
in yards
from about 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The recipients of this wind-
fall of work were recommend-
ed by First United Methodist
Church, Niceville, First Baptist
Church, Valparaiso and the
Niceville Assembly of God,
Shaw said. The students
worked at 28 job sites, most of
Please see RBCS, page B-6


From left: top
row Taylor
H a u g e n
Foundation
members Billy
Russell, Madra
McDonald,
Brian Haugen,
Kathy Haugen
and Philippe
Miceli; bottom
row, The All-
American
Rejects, Toad
Salnier, Nick
Wheeler, Mike
Kennerty, Chris
Gaylor and
Tyson Ritter.


Lil' cutie

The winner of the City of
Niceville's 7th annual Relay for
Life Cutest Baby Contest is
Joshua Kime, son of
Christopher and Dorothy Kime
of Niceville. Runners up will be
published in the April 29 issue
of The Bay Beacon.


Girl Scout Troop 450 went
for its fourth annual trip to
Sharing and Caring. Scouts
collected food from friends and
neighbors. This year they
checked expiration dates and
sorted all the goods that they
collected into categories. Junior
Girl Scouts: Hayleigh
Steffens, Summer Lange,
Delanie Bomar, Brittany
Tombarge, Connor Moody,
Jacqueline Hruby, Sophie
Tomatz, Brianna Moye,
Rachel Cargill and Tag along
Emmaline Moye and Georgia
Bomar.

Greg Mitchell, a senior at
Niceville High School, has
been named
one of
approxi-
mately 560
semifinalists
in the 2009
a l Presidential
S Scholars
Program.
The semifi-
nalists were
Greg Mitchell sece
selected
from more than 3,000 candi-
dates on the basis of superior
achievements, leadership quali-
ties, personal character and
involvement in community and
school activities.

Girl Scouts of the Florida
Panhandle, created on April 1
with the merger of the Girl
Please see WHO'S, page B-2


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Park schedule


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Saturday in the Park attracts organizations, performers, food
vendors and just about anyone who wants to have fun.


The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will present
the 33rd annual Saturday In
The Park April 25 from 9 a.m.-
6 p.m. The following events
will take place:
In the museum
Two puppet shows; "Hands
Across Eglin" and "GSLC
Puppets" doing shows at vari-
ous times from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kids crafts, kite making and
old time contests like bub-
blegum blowing and watermel-
on seed spiting.
The Red Hat "Bayou
Belles" will support the kids'
crafts and projects table spon-
sored by AC Moore of Fort
Walton Beach.
Around the park Niceville
High school art program will do
face painting, Home Depot will
have an outdoor booth so kids


can try their hand building proj-
ects; plus, until it gets too hot,
the FUMC Clown for Christ
will be doing balloons.
Outdoor schedule
Choctawhatchee AFJROTC
Competition Rifle Team, 9-9:15
a.m.
A-Dance Studio, 9:15-10
a.m.
Incidental entertainment pro-
vided by Barbra Lafaye and the
Emerald Coast Pipe and Drum
Corps, 9:15-10 a.m.
Christian Ceili Club (tradi-
tional Irish ceili d.icii.:'. 10-
10:30 a.m.
Valparaiso Elementary
Mustangs in Motion, Orff Band
& Choir, 10-10:30 a.m.
Niceville Noodlers, a moun-
tain dulcimer group, FUMC,
Niceville, 10:30-11 a.m.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Mom has high hopes for son with autism


4th annual 'Walk4Autism' planned for Niceville High School Saturday


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Everything 7-year-old
Robbie Burns of Niceville
does is his favorite thing to do.
He likes to
write in his
journal, he
enjo ys
spelling. He
adores
jumping up
and down
on what
looks like a
mini tram-
Robbie Burns mini tram-
poline in
the family room, but he also
benefits from the times his
grandfather sits on him.
He says there is nothing he
doesn't like to do. He likes
everything. But what really
fascinates him and gives him
something to talk about is the
fan in the school gymnasium
or the vent in the wall.
"How many more questions


WHO'S
From page B-2
Scout Council of the Apalachee
Bend and the Girl Scouts of
Northwest Florida, announced
the selection and appointment of
the first board of directors.
Included were Gretchen
Erickson, Niceville, 1st vice
president, and Terri Reshard,


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are you going to ask me," he
queries a Beacon reporter.
Then he jumps off the couch
and back onto the mini tram-
poline to bounce up and down
as he talks about Faith and
Shelley, two girls in his class
that he calls friends.
But a few minutes later,
after Robbie has left the room,
his mother, Gina Burns-Fonte,
says Robbie
doesn't have
any friends.
The h e
girls he
talked
about," says
Gina, "are
two girls
who are
assigned to
Robbie in Gina Burns-
school, to Fonte
help guide him through his
school day."
None of the children riding
bikes past the front window


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Niceville,
member at
large.

Laureate
Epsilon
Sigma Phi
Chapter of
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Phi recently
held a wine


stop and ask if Robbie can
come out to play.
"They know he's different,"
Gina says. "They stay away."
Gina asks Robbie to sit
back down as she explains it's
time to get his picture taken.
The seemingly indefatigable
red head hurriedly obeys with-
out any show of obstinacy or
rebellion. Though his minia-
ture frame appears to be con-
stantly in motion, he manages
to sit still momentarily, offer-
ing goofy grins and wide
smiles, much like any young-
ster full of i L\ would do.
And finally, Robbie is dis-
missed to go in the other room
and play games with his 3-
year-old brother, Jackson.
Robbie has autism. He is
one of about 2,000 people in
Okaloosa and Walton counties
diagnosed with some spectrum
of autism.
"Autism is an impairment
in both communication and


tasting social at the home of
Linda and Mike Micholowski in
Fort Walton Beach.
Members and spouses
attending were Eunice and Les
Whitman, Marge and Bob
Ballon, Jo and Joe Vest, Nilah
and Box Estep, Margaret and
Roger Holley, Helen and Jack
Martin and Angela Budden.
Please see NEWS, page B-3


social interaction," said
Sandra Hastings of Navarre, a
profession-
al educator
and certi-
fied behav-
ior analyst.
She has
worked
with autis-
tic children
for 20
Sandra Hastings y e a r .
"There are
many different manifestations
or ways that autism presents
itself," she added, "but at its
core, autism is an impairment
in communication between the
individual and the rest of the
world, and this impairment
affects all aspects of life,
especially social interaction."
On Saturday, at Niceville
High School, in celebration of
World Autism Awareness


SATURDAY
From page B-1
Ruckel Middle School jazz
band, 10:30-11 a.m.
RBCS Choir, 11-11:30 a.m.
Lewis Middle Schooljazz band,
11-11:30 a.m.
Walton Guard rifle drill on the
green and discussion of period
Jilt iill-. 11:30 a.m.-noon
Rocky Bayou Christian School
jazz band, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.


Month, the Emerald Coast
Chapter of the Autism Society
of America will sponsor the
4th annual Walk4Autism
Awareness at 11 a.m. Robbie
and his family will participate
in the children's activities, lis-
tening to the Pyramid Players
and the Crestview High
Chorus as well as mingling
with members of the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office and
the Niceville Fire Department.
Community members are
invited to attend and walk.
While Robbie is classified
as a "high functioning" child
with autism, there are many
adults and children with the
disorder who may appear to be
deaf, are unable to speak or
speak with great difficulty.
Some may exhibit repetitive
rocking motions or have sensi-
tivity to touch. The majority
of people with autism have


Emerald Coast Barber Shop
Singers, noon-12:30 p.m.
Society for Creative
Anachronism, Shire of Phoenix
Glade List fighting demonstration
on the green, 12:30-1 p.m.
Emerald Coast Community
Band, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Pyramid Players (songs in voice
& sign language), 1-1:30 p.m.
Agape Squares (traditional
square dance in a Christian fellow-
ship), 1:30-2 p.m.


varying degrees of mental
retardation, according to the
Emerald Coast Autism
Society's Web site. One in
every 150 American children
has some type of autism disor-
der.
In Robbie's case he is "sen-
sory-seeking," said Gina. He
is comforted by deep pressure.
"When he sees his grandfa-
ther," she said, the first thing
he wants my dad to do is put a
pillow on top of him and sit on
him. He doesn't necessarily
seek out affection but he does
like the feeling of being
squished."
Many people who have
autism have a certain "fixa-
tion" on something they find
highly interesting, said Gina.
"For Robbie, it's fans or vents.
I may try to ask him about
how his day was and all he can
Please see AUTISM, page B-4

The Highsteppers (adult tap
dance troupe), 2-2:30 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble, 2-2:45 p.m.
Earth Vibes, 2:30-3 p.m.
RBCS Pirates of Penzance,
2:45-3:15 p.m.
Eglin Salsa Dancers-96th
Services Squadron, 3-3:15 p.m.
Jazz Workshop, 3:15-4 p.m.
Panamanian Folkloric Dance
Troupe, 3:15-3:30
Closing-Walton Guard retires
the colors-5 p.m.


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before 5p.m. Wednesday.

Upcoming blood drives
April 22, Wednesday: First
United Methodist Church, Niceville,
1-8 p.m.
April 24, Friday: Bob Sikes
Elementary School, 425 Adams Rd.,
Crestview, 4-7:30
p.m.; Northwood
Elementary
School, 504 4th
Ave., Crestview,
4:30-8 p.m.;
Sacred Heart Hospital, Sandestin, 7
a.m.-3:30 p.m.
April 25, Saturday: Wal-Mart,
Crestview, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 26, Sunday: Point
Washington Methodist Church,
12909 County Rd. N., Santa Rosa
Beach, noon-3:30 p.m.
April 27, Monday: Eglin
Freeman Lab, Eglin Blvd., 10 a.m.-3
p.m.
Vision Bear to museum
Vision Bear, a Native American
artist and visionary will visit the
Heritage Museum, 115 Westview
Ave. in Valparaiso, Thursday, April
23, at 4 p.m.
In his second visit to the Gulf
Coast, Vision Bear will discuss the
role of the visionary in American
Indian culture, ritual and belief, and
the popular fascination with the
Mayan calendar today.
This program, co-sponsored by
Northwest Florida State College, is
free and open to the public. A dona-
tion of $5 is suggested. Info:
678-2615.
Charity golf tourney
The second annual Boys and
Girls Clubs Ruckel SMART Center
Charity Golf
Tournament is
scheduled for
Thursday, April
23, at Rocky
Bayou Country
Club. Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Each group should be composed
of four players with a minimum of
two flights. Prizes and hors' douvres


REJECTS
From page B-1
his life. The concert date also
held significance for us because
it took place just two days after
what would have been T's 16th
birthday."
Taylor Haugen died from
injuries sustained during a
Niceville High School football
game.
Originally from Oklahoma,
The All-American Rejects have
released three studio albums in
the last eight years and have
since become one of the coun-
try's most popular multi-plat-
inum artists achieving success
with their self-titled studio
debut album followed by their
multi-platinum sophomore cd
"Move Along." Their latest
album, "When The World
Comes Down," was released in
December 2008 and they are
currently on a world tour which
kicked off in January. The debut
single off their new
album, "Gives You Hell," is
their first No. 1 on Mainstream
Top 40 radio, with digital sales
in excess of $1.7 million. The


NEWS
From page B-2
Dora Perano was honored
for her 60 years of active mem-
bership in Beta Sigma Phi.

The Huntingdon College
Office of Residence Life has
announced Kyle Eller, Niceville,
Class of 2010, majoring in cell
biology and mathematics, was
chosen as the Resident Assistant
for Searcy Hall, housing first-year
men.
Resident assistants are upper-


after play. Entry fee is $90 per player
and $450 per team. Rocky Bayou
members pay $50 per player.
Info and registration: 862-1616.
An entry form can be downloaded at
www.bgcec.com.
Heritage 5K Race/Walk
The Heritage 5K Race/Walk and
Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run will take place
Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m..
The scenic 3.1-mile route will
take runners, walkers and wheelchair
participants through Valparaiso and
along the waterfront on Bayshore
Drive. Awards will be presented to
the top three male and females in five
age categories.
Participants can
visit the Heritage
Museum, and the
thirty-third
Annual Saturday
in the Park Heritage Festival starting
at 9 a.m. that day.
Early race registration is $15 for
Heritage Museum and Northwest
Florida Track Club members and
$17 for all others. Late or race day
registration is $20 for all. Kids' Fun
Run is $10. Racers may also register
at active.com. The race starts at 8
a.m. sharp at the Heritage Museum.
Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.
Info: 678-2615.
Relay yard sale set
Niceville Family Dental Center,
908 S. Palm Blvd., will have a yard,
bake and plant sale to benefit Relay
for Life on Saturday, April 25, 7
a.m.-noon. Info: 729-1223.
Train Days
Uptown Station is partnering
with The Miracle Strip Model
Railroad Club to hold the First
Uptown Station Train Days event
April 25 and 26.
Miracle Strip Model Railroad
Club has organized more than seven
major model railroad layouts from
all over the region, featuring scales
from Z to G and inch and a half. Also
visiting will be The West Florida
Railroad Museum from the Milton.
In case anyone wants to start model
railroading, Trains by Johnson
Hobby shop will also have a stall.
Danielle Spencer stationed at
Hurlburt Field, will run a bake sale in
association with The Great American
Bake Sale. One-hundred percent of
the proceeds from the sale will go to
effort to stopping childhood hunger.
Train Days are open 9 a.m.-7
p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday. The layouts will be on dis-
play in a number of indoor and out-
door locations around Uptown
Station.


song peaked at No. 4 on the
Billboard Hot 100, making it the
most successful All-American
Rejects song.
"I was actually in the
Panhandle area at the time of
Taylor's death and remembered
reading about it in the local
papers," said Tyson Ritter, lead
vocalist. "We love the area and
feel honored that we were able
to support the Taylor Haugen
Foundation through this con-
cert."
The selection of opening act
Reed Waddle was an easy
choice for the foundation. A
close friend of the Haugen fam-
ily, Waddle knew Taylor well
and his performance added a
personal note in what was
arguably one of the largest and
most enthusiastic turnouts to
date for a concert held at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The
Destin native recently returned
from Aspen, Colo., where he
recorded his fourth album,
"Piece by Piece," with the assis-
tance of multi-platinum pop
icon John Oates of the famed
duo Hall & Oates, and producer
Jamie Rosenberg.


class men and women who serve
in leadership roles on each floor of
the residence halls, ensuring the
safety of the residents and making
the living environment comfort-
able, welcoming, and fun.

Marjorie Cox Gray, local
author of Bucky's Adventures, and
well-known illustrator of the
book, Marlin Griffin, shared
their joy innature and views on
saving the environment with the
Local Color Artists Club and the
Bluewater Bay Garden Club in
April.


At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, "587: The
Great Train Robbery" will be shown
on the inflatable movie screen in
Central Park. Bring lawn chairs and
blankets
Remembrance celebration
Covenant Hospice invites
bereaved hospice families, as well as
community members who have
endured the loss of a loved one, to
attend a special Remembrance
Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, April
26, at The Holy Name of Jesus
Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso
Blvd., Niceville.
The celebration will include
music, candle lighting and selected
readings. You may bring in a photo of
your loved one on the day of the pro-
gram to be displayed on our picture
board. A reception with refreshments
will follow.
Info: 729-1800.
Free vocal concerts
The Northwest Florida State
College Schola Cantorum, translated
School of Singing, will present free
concerts, titled "Puttin' on the Ritz,"
featuring selections from Broadway
musicals. On Monday, April 27, at 7
p.m., the group
will perform at
the Holy Name
of Jesus Catholic
Church in
Niceville and on
Sunday, May 3,
at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church
in Niceville.
Info: 729-3132 or leatherj@nwf
statecollege.edu.
Jazz dinner tickets
The Niceville High School Eagle
Pride will present the sixth Annual
Jazz Dinner & Silent Auction on
Saturday, May 2. Niceville Jazz
Bands will perform. The jazz event
will be held at the Niceville First
United Methodist Church
Community Life Center from 6-9
p.m. The Gourmet dinner will be
catered by La Cosa Nostra, with
Chef Cameron Rodgers.
Chicago jazz singer and trumpet
player Andrew Distel will be the
guest artist at the Jazz Dinner. Born
and raised in Cincinnati, Andrew
studied at the Prestigious College
Conservatory of Music, where he
was taken under the wing of Mary
Ellen Tanner, a close friend and col-
league of Rosemary Clooney. Visit
andrewdistel.com.
Tickets are available for $30 per
person or a table for eight may be


reserved for $300. Tickets are on
sale through April 23. Tickets may be
purchased Tuesdays or Thursdays,
noon to 2 p.m., at the NHS band
room, or from any NHS Jazz Band
member. Info: 897-4379.
Plew evening of the arts
The James E. Plew Elementary
Parent Leader Association invites the
public to attend the fifth annual
Evening of the Arts April 23, 5-8
p.m. Student artwork will be show-
cased in the classrooms and will also
be available for purchase at the
gallery store, live auction and silent
auction. Proceeds will support the
Plew Parent Leader Association.
Destin bike ride
Bike ride in the older section of
Destin Thursday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Meet at Taylor-Clemmons Park on
Calhoun Avenue. Supper after the
ride at a nearby restaurant. Info: 269-
0556.
Relay power
Group Power, three hours of
power, working all major muscles,
Saturday, April 25, Body Dynamics
Gym, Bluewater Bay, $10 per per-
son, Classes 7, 8 and 9 a.m. Free
water bottle to each participant.
Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life.
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The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 22nd season in grand fashion
as more than 200 instrumentalists and vocalists join to perform Franz Josef Haydn's orato-
rio The Creation May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of
Northwest Florida State College. The concert will feature the Tokyo Oratorio Society, under
the direction of Hiroshi Gunji, which will perform with the orchestra, the Northwest Florida
Symphony Chorus and three guest soloists. Tickets are $22.50 each for adults and $16 each
for youth age 18 or younger. Tickets are available in person, by phone at 729-6000 or online
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Cortnee Danyelle Wood and
Phillip Joseph (PJ) Hendrick
Wood-Hendrick
Ed and Theresa Johnson of
Niceville, along with Richard
and Cathy Wood of Collierville,
Tenn., announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Cortnee
Danyelle Wood, to Phillip
Joseph (PJ) Hendrick, to be
married April 3, 2010, in
Destin.
Cortnee is a 1999 graduate
of Niceville High School and a
2004 graduate of the University
of Florida, where she received
her bachelor's degree in archi-
tecture. In 2007, she graduated
from the University of Southern
California, earning her master's
degree in architecture. She
works at CJS Group Architects,
Honolulu, Hawaii.
PJ is the son of Dave and
Josie Hendrick of Suffolk, Va.
He also attended Niceville High
School, then entered the Air
Force in 2001. He is a staff ser-
geant, working as a jet engine
mechanic at Hickam Air Force
Base, Hawaii.
Cortnee and PJ have lived in
Kapolei, Hawaii, for the past
two years. He proposed by sun-
set at Ko Olina resort in Hawaii.
They are enjoying life, each
other and endless amounts of
sunshine while furthering their
careers and as PJ perfects his
golf game.


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Courtney and Phillip 1-alasca
Gassman-Falasca
Courtney LeeAnn Gassman
and Phillip Richard Falasca were
united in marriage on Nov. 1,
2008, at Trinity United
Methodist Church, Fort Walton
Beach.
The bride is the daughter of
Donald and Linda Gassman of
Niceville. The groom is the son
of Richard and Sylvia Falasca of
Destin.
The Rev. James Ross officiat-
ed at the double-ring ceremony,
where the bride was given in
marriage by her father. Music
was provided by organist Kevin
Shular and handbell soloist
Danny Lyons.
The bride chose Jessica
Holloway as maid of honor.
Attendants were Sarah
Donaldson, Jennifer Falasca and
Amanda Taylor. Ring bearer was
Dominick Polo, and Jenna
Sirmans was flower girl.
The groom chose Jason Basye
as best man. Groomsmen were
Tyler Libel, Luke Tatum and
Christopher Falasca.
A reception was held at Eglin
Air Force Base Officers' Club.
Special guests were the bride's
grandmother, Lillian Showers,
and the groom's grandparents,
Eugene and Helga Henshaw.
The couple honeymooned in
London and Paris for two weeks.
They reside in Shalimar.


talk about are the fans in the
gymnasium or the vents in the
wall."
When Robbie was 13-15
months old his mother "real-
ized that something was
wrong" though wasn't quite
sure what it was. At 15
months, she had him evaluat-
ed, but nothing definitive was
resolved. At 3, when Robbie
was placed in social situations
"he became a whirling
dervish," said Gina. When
placed in preschool "he'd roll
around the floor and wet him-
self and scream."
At his first evaluation for
autism, he was categorized
with moderate to severe
autism.
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with autism, said Gina. "If
Robbie doesn't have structure,
he feels lost and confused-
he's more likely to have a
meltdown." Now, because of
support from his family, as
well as those at Valparaiso
Elementary School, where
Robbie attends, and constant,
consistent intervention,
Robbie is tagged as having a
mild case of autism.
Added Hastings, "When
communicating with someone
who has autism you have to be
more specific. They cannot
follow abstract thinking or
multiple thoughts."
Upon observation, Robbie
appears as most other chil-
dren, though he speaks rather
quickly, doesn't always make
eye contact and is very active.
He readily replies to simple
questions in short answers and
is very compliant. Gina said
she has never considered


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Fifth graders sing
Northwest Florida State College hosted the area's top chorus students from fifth through 12th
grade April 14. Plew, Edge, Bluewater, Valparaiso, Lewis, Ruckel, NHS, and NWFSC Madrigal
Singers sang individually and as a combined chorus under the direction of guest conductor
Ginny Jordan. Pictured are 5th graders singing "Song for a Pirate Child" by Vijay Singh.


Robbie to be a "difficult"
child, though her greatest
challenge, she said, is that she
"has never really had a conver-
sation" with Robbie.
"Sometimes he says these
really off-the-wall things. He
doesn't really tell me he loves
me, though sometimes he
does. I just wish I knew who
he was. I don't understand
what he's thinking."
Hastings said the goal with
an autistic child "is to inte-
grate them into the main-
stream, as much as possible.
"Sometimes, we hit a rough
patch," said Gina, "but I have
so many goals and hopes for
Robbie. The potential is there.
My aim is to get him out into
the world."
To learn more about the
Emerald Coast Autism Society
and how to help with the walk
on Saturday, visit ecautism
society.com.


$1,400

added

to fund for

substation

Neighbors hope
to bring back
deputy sheriffs
The "Save the Substation at
Bluewater Bay" group, consist-
ing mostly of residents of
Bluewater Bay, have received an
additional $1,400 for the cause,
according to information pro-
vided by Jane Rainwater, presi-
dent of the Magnolia Plantation
homeowner's association.
The special group is raising
funds to restore the Okaloosa
County Sheriffs Office (OCSO)
substation on State Road 20
near the entrance to Magnolia
Plantation.
The small substation provid-
ed work space for deputies
working in the east district.
However, for the last several
months the substation was
vacated by OCSO personnel due
to deterioration.
It is estimated that full
restoration will cost $25,000.
Including the $1,400, the group
has collected $6,450. Anyone
wishing to donate to the substa-
tion fund may drop by Coastal
Bank and Trust in Merchants
Walk. Checks should be made
out to: Save the Substation at
Bluewater Bay-Niceville."
Those donating the $1,400
were: Ted and Terry Fuller
($1,000); Archie and Patricia
Jernigan ($100); Jerry and
Modra Adams ($100); Thomas
and Shari Evans ($100); and
John and Myra Marshall
($100).


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RAISING STABLE CHILDREN IN AN UNSTABLE WORLD
(Parenting strategies for preschooler through 8 year olds)
Parenting Strategies for Developing Self-control and Discipline Denise Lee, Developmental & Behavior
Specialist at Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services. | Spiritual Guidance for Young Children Lee Haugan,
Preschool Ministry Assistant at the First Baptist Church of Niceville.
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RBCS
From page B-1
which were private homes owned
by elderly people. They also tidied
up the yard in front of Grace
Presbyterian Church, adjacent to
the school, kindergarteners sang at
the Sterling House of Bluewater
Bay and the cognitively chal-
lenged Victors Class sang and vis-
ited at Twin Cities Pavilion.
The youngsters tackled the
tasks at hand with vigor and
enthusiasm.
"This is the best day of the
year," Shaw said. "It's something
different."
It also didn't hurt that the stu-
dents would get lunch and an early
dismissal when all the work was
done. Ordinarily, they're dis-
missed from school at 3:15.
Friday, they got to leave at 1 p.m.
Judy
Sublett's fifth
S grade class
was hard at
work at the
h o m e
of Virginia
Smith on
Everglade
Drive.
Virginia Smith "I love it,"
said Smith,


who will be 88 in November.
"Every spring, they come and take
care of me and I think it's wonder-
ful. They're good kids."
The group, which numbered
more than a dozen, was super-
vised by
three adults,
who also
pitched in
and helped
dress up
Smith's yard.
S But the
youngsters
needed little
Kendall Pfeiffer supervision
to do a bang-
up job.
"I like the feeling of helping
other people who need help," said
Kendall Pfeiffer, 11. "It's going to
be good in the long run."
Bradley
Schatz, 11,
echoed his
classmate's
opinion. .
"We get to 4
help an old B
lady who
can't do her
yard work," he
said, "and her
yard looks Bradley Schatz
better."


Students of Judy Sublett's fifth grade class work on the yard of
Virginia Smith of Everglade Drive.


E-mail items to
info@baybeacon.com.

104 Lewis students
enter Honor Society
More than 104 Lewis Middle
School students were inducted
into the National Junior Honor
Society for the 2008-09 school
year during a ceremony March
24.


Students invited to join the
National Honor Society must
achieve and maintain a 3.5 grade
point average as well as exhibit
character traits of scholarship,
leadership, service, citizenship
and character.
As part of their community
service commitment, student
inductees brought in enough
canned food items to feed 10 fam-
ilies for one week. These canned
food goods were donated to the
local Sharing and Caring food
bank. Additionally, students


donated more than 100 pairs of
shoes that will be forwarded to the
Soles 4 Souls organization, which
donates more than 1,000 pairs of
shoes daily to economically chal-
lenged countries and areas.
Class learns words,
earns rice
Students in Jill Dickey's class
at Ruckel Middle school used
their "spare time" (time waiting
for class to start or the end-of-
class bell to ring) to not only
increase their vocabulary for the


ACT/SAT tests but also to earn
grains of rice for the U.N. World
Food Program. The class earned
1,272,550 grains of rice or 43.9
pounds (29,000 grains to a
pound), which fed 263 people
(one pound of rice feeds six peo-
ple).
The children logged onto
freerice.com, which presents a
multiple-choice vocabulary quiz
that adjusts itself to the student's
skills. The reward for correct
answers is a donation of 10 grains
of rice to the food program.


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Talented Ruckel students
Several Ruckel Middle School students were winners with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), a voluntary
program, open to qualified seventh grade students, that identifies academically talented seventh graders. From left: top, Colton
Abbott, Andrew Barthel, Michaela Bass, David Bobbitt, Tiffany Hardy, Anna Herrera and Monica Hsiang; middle, Matthew Markwardt,
Cody McWilliams, Andrew Moore, Ciara Ordner, Morgan Ringle and Alexander Russ; front, Austin Sheffield, Alise Synders, Mikayla
Timm and Kiera Welch. Bobbit and McWilliams were Grand Talent Winners, while the rest were State Talent Winners.


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