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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: May 13, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00054
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Saturday. 9 a.m.-I p.m.

Get your vehicle look-
ing good and help a good
cause at the same time.
Rocky Bayou Christian
School Mission Club is
raising funds for a two-
week mission to Jamaica
with a car wash at the
Auto Zone, Highway 20,
next to Ruby Tuesday, and
a rummage sale at Cain's
AC and Heating, Highway
Saturday. 7:30-10 a.m.
money for
and the
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida while
you fill your stomach. A
fundraising pancake
breakfast will take place
at Perry's Restaurant, Palm
Plaza. Breakfast is $6. Call
678-2615 to buy a ticket
in advance.

Saturday. 8 a.m.

The fifth annual Boggy
Bayou 5k Run/Walk and
Kids' 1-Mile Bog Jog will
take place at Lewis Middle
School in Valparaiso. T-
shirts, awards and door
prizes will be given away.
Proceeds go to the
Harriers in Heaven
Memorial Scholarship. See to register or
call 974-8061.
Sunday. II a.m.-5 p.m.
The Okaloosa Arts
Alliance plans the second
annual Family Fun Arts
Fest at Henderson Beach
State Park. The festival and
the park are free and open
to the public all day.

More on these and
other events, CALENDAR,

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Jobs Plus, the state employment office, brought a 40-foot, Internet-connected van to assist
job seekers in the parking lot of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
Nine job hunters attended seminars on resume writing, and 22 used computer terminals to
look for jobs statewide. Above, Wendy Werner, Niceville, laid off from her insurance job in
January, hunts for a job. The jobless rate in Okaloosa County was 7 percent in March, up
from 3.8 percent a year earlier. The state's March unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, 1.2
percentage points higher than the national rate.

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Spooner named
sheriff through '10

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Local crime fighters gathered
in Niceville Friday to honor the
13 law enforcement officers who
were killed in the line of duty in
Florida in the past year.
The seventh annual Okaloosa
County Law Enforcement
Appreciation Luncheon, held at
the Niceville Community
Center, was also the event at
which it was announced that Ed
Spooner, who has been acting
interim sheriff since Feb. 27, has
been appointed interim sheriff
through late next year.
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed
Spooner, of Gadsden County,
interim sheriff until after a spe-
cial election for the post Nov. 2,

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Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
Those attending the annual Okaloosa County Law
Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon in Niceville Friday
bowed their heads for the 13 Florida law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty in the past year.

2010. With
ment the
room erupt-
ed in loud
and all pres-
ent gave
Spooner a
standing Sheriff Ed Spooner
Crist suspended Okaloosa
County Sheriff Charlie Morris

Feb. 27, the same day Morris
was arrested by the FBI on fed-
eral corruption charges, and
named Spooner acting sheriff.
At that time, officials said
Morris, who was reelected to a
fourth four-year term in 2008,
would be automatically reinstat-
ed if cleared. He has pleaded
not guilty and is awaiting trial.
"Sheriff Spooner has brought
t instant leadership and stability
Please see LAWMEN, page A-8

EDC chief on

college payroll

Contract makes Sassano

eligible for

state pension

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The top staff mem-
ber of the Economic
Development Council
of Okaloosa County
gets his paycheck
from Northwest
Florida State College,
making him eligible
for a state pension. Larry Sassano
Since 2001 Larry Sassano,
president of the EDC, has been a

paid employee of the col-
lege, according to
nonprofit company fund-
ed by private and public
money, reimburses the
college monthly for
Sassano's current annual
salary of $120,000, plus
state retirement contribu-
tions and other college
fringe benefits,
Please see EDC, page A-9

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
An airman has recovered from
Okaloosa County's first-and so
far only-probable case of
H1N1 swine flu, authorities say.
On May 3, a 28-year-old air-
man walked into the hospital at
Eglin Air Force Base with "flu-
like symptoms," said Capt. Lisa
Citino, Eglin spokeswoman. He
was treated and is no longer con-
sidered contagious, according to
the county health department.
The man, who is not assigned

Pandemic possible?, A-10.

to Eglin or Hurlburt Field, is
between assignments and is visit-
ing family in the area. A Hurlburt
Field spokeswoman, Tech. Sgt.
Sheri Kangas, said the airman
was at one time assigned to
Initial tests taken at Eglin
came back negative but, as a pre-
caution, were still sent to the state
for testing, said Citino. That test
Please see FLU, page A-8

Crowded field

expected in

sheriff's race

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
"This will be a barn burn-
er," predicted Okaloosa
County Supervisor of
Elections Paul Lux about an
expected 2010 election race to
complete the final two years
of the term of suspended
Sheriff Charlie Morris.
On Friday Gov. Charlie
Crist appointed Ed Spooner as
interim Sheriff of Okaloosa
County with a term to end
Nov. 8, 2010.
The governor suspended
Morris and named Spooner
acting interim sheriff Feb. 27,
the day Morris was arrested
by the FBI on federal corrup-
tion charges. Spooner's initial
appointment was not given an
ending date, but was expected

Pension ruling may affect
Morris, A-3.
to last only about two months
or so. Friday's appointment
extended his expected term in
office and removed the term
. iIIi i;" from his title.
In Febraury, officials said
Morris, who won election to a
fourth four-year term in a
walkover last year, would be
automatically reinstated if
cleared of the charges. Having
entered a plea of not guilty, he
is awaiting trial.
Lux said Monday that
Morris may still be considered
the sheriff, despite his suspen-
sion and Spooner's appoint-
ment as interim sheriff.
Please see SHERIFF, page A-8

More d'oh

for stamps
Clerk David Young, Niceville Post
Office, sells Pat Rennie, an employ-
ee of First Command, Niceville, a
book of 20 new 44-cent stamps.
Mailing costs rose Monday, when
the price of sending a first class
letter rose 2 cents, to 44 cents.
Young said not many people have
yet purchased the new stamps, but
the post office is selling "a lot of (2-
cent) makeup stamps." At left,
characters on the long-running TV
cartoon show "The Simpsons" are
featured on one variety of 44-cent
stamps. Other 44-cent issues
include one depicting two wedding
bands, one showing the king and
queen of hearts, and one featuring
a softly folded American flag.
Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan

Looking for a job

Airman recovers

from 'probable'

case of swine flu

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City to remove

caution light

on John Sims

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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The blinking caution light at
John Sims Parkway and
Armstrong Avenue will soon be
removed, according to Niceville
Public Works Director Bruce
Although the light is on a state
highway, the city is required to
maintain it and to determine its
necessity, said Tommie Speights,
Florida Department of
Transportation spokesman.
The paint on the mast holding
the light has been deteriorating
for some time, as it has on numer-
ous other masts on state high-
ways in Okaloosa County.
Originally, the light was
intended to stop traffic in case fire
engines needed to access John
Sims Parkway. But the fire com-
pany moved from its Armstrong
Avenue location to Partin Drive
late last year, making the light
Price said there is no concrete
time frame for removing the traf-
fic signal.

"We had to do some signage
over at the new fire department
and we just got that done," Price
said. "We need to put together a
maintenance of traffic plan and
we're kicking around with the
staff when we're going to do it.
Probably at night because traffic
is so heavy in the daytime."
He said the signal will be
removed "late at night," probably
in the next two or three weeks. He
said the removal would involve
lane closures, which require noti-
fication to the DOT. "We're just
getting into that," he said.
Beach Community Bank,
whose Niceville branch was con-
structed on the site of the old fire
department, wanted the light to
be made a four-way stoplight
when asked about it two years
"We would still like that," said
Gary Pelham, assistant vice pres-
ident for facilities management at
the bank. "We think it would ben-
efit us, but apparently the city has
looked into it and decided not to."
The city will keep the light

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The city will remove this caution light at John Sims Parkway
and Armstrong Avenue. It hasn't been needed since the city
fire department moved to North Partin Drive last year.

and the mast if it can do so, said
Price, "unless the DOT requires
us to give it back to them. We
may eventually use it somewhere
else, but at this time we don't
have any installation plans for it."
Chad Williams, assistant to
DOT Traffic Engineer June
Coates, said he wasn't sure if the
department would let the city
keep it or not.
Several other signal masts
within the city have peeling paint.
Price said it's the county's
responsibility to maintain them.
"Technically, the county is our
maintaining agency," he said.
"When we went to this central-
ized traffic control, where the
county is controlling all the sig-
nals, they got the maintenance

responsibility, too. If we can help
them, we'll do it."
But Randy Showers, county
traffic engineer, said the responsi-
bility for the masts lies not with
the county, but with the state.
"We don't have the money, the
resources or the expertise to do
that," Showers said. "We have no
responsibility for aesthetics."
Williams acknowledged the
responsibility may lie with the
state. He said he would have to
look into it.
"The county does maintain the
signal," said Danny Bostic,
FDOT field operations coordina-
tor out of Milton. "But the
arms-that's somewhat question-
able. In the past, we've done
some painting in-house."

Wal-Mart, Home Depot plans still active

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Both the much-discussed
Wal-Mart and Home Depot
stores will be constructed in
Niceville, according to spokes-
men for both stores. But only
Wal-Mart has anything
approaching a concrete plan.
Wal-Mart, the world's
biggest retailer, which has more
than 4,100 stores in the United
States, with $375 billion in
sales the last fiscal year, will
accept construction bids later in

2009, according to Cindi
Marsiglio, senior manager of
public affairs.
Marsiglio said it takes about
12 months to build a Wal-Mart.
The chain hopes to be open in
time for the 2010 Christmas
shopping season.
"We are moving forward,"
Marsiglio said.
Home Depot will also build
its long-awaited Niceville store,
said spokesman Sarah Molinari.
Just when is anybody's guess,

"We're still planning to open
a site there," Molinari said. "We
don't have a date or time."
Although land was cleared
over two years ago, and some
drainage work has been accom-
plished, no building permits
have been sought for the Wal-
Mart and Home Depot sites
north of John Sims Parkway,
between Rocky Bayou Drive
and the Oak Creek shopping
Last year, as the economy
went sour, Home Depot can-

celed plans to build 50 previ-
ously anticipated stores, but the
prospective Niceville store was-
n't one of them.
"The fact that Niceville is
still on our future stores list
indicates we plan to build there
and we're looking forward to
that," Molinari said. "Right
now, we're doing a lot of invest-
ments in our current stores and
revamping our supply chain."
Valparaiso Realty, developer
of both projects, declined to
comment for publication.

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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Niceville residents will see
higher trash collection bills
beginning this month. The
Niceville City Council April 23
gave final approval to the hike.
The council approved the
new rates after the last of three
readings of a proposed ordi-
nance to increase garbage col-
lection rates by about 3.53 per-
cent, based on an increase in the
national Consumer Price Index
(CPI) that became effective Jan.
1 of this year. Residential rates
are rising 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
four-cubic-yard dumpster with
semiweekly collection service
will see their rate increase from
$28.75 to $29.76.
The new rates appeared in
bills sent out to city residents at
the first of May, but will actual-
ly be retroactive to March, said
City Clerk Dan Doucet in an
April 27 phone interview with
the Beacon. The city bills "in
arrears" for trash pickups,
Doucet explained, meaning that
residents pay for services that
have already been rendered,
rather than paying in advance.
Bills sent out at the first of May,
for example, reflect services
actually rendered in March.
Having the new rates go into
effect as of March, rather than

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January, Doucet said, was the
result of an agreement between
city officials and Waste
Management, the city's waste
collection contractor.
According to the city's fran-
chise agreement with Waste
Management, the company is
allowed to change its charges to
the city every Jan. 1 whenever
the annual CPI changes. The
year-to- year CPI increased as
of Jan. 1, 2009, which could
have meant rate increases tak-
ing effect at that time, but Waste
Management agreed to not
make the new charges effective
until March, said Doucet.
In a related matter, the city
council heard the second read-
ing of a proposed ordinance
that will, if passed, allow them
to approve future rate increases
after a single public reading
rather than after the three read-
ings now required. Currently,
garbage rates and other city fee
increases must be passed as city
ordinances, which require three
public readings at city council
meetings 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.
During the April 23 meeting,
the city council approved the
measure for the second time,
with final approval expected
during the regular city council
meeting scheduled for last
Also during the April 23
meeting, city council members
were told by Doucet and City
Manager Lannie Corbin that
Waste Management, in agree-
ment with the city, has stopped
making trash pickups before
6:30 a.m., to reduce noise com-
plaints from city residents. In
earlier city council meetings,
some residents had complained
about loud noise from some
trash pickups as early as 4 a.m.,
from commercial dumpsters
adjacent to residential neigh-

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Big marina

building nears


Beacon Staff Writer
North Light Yacht Club's dry storage
barn for boats is nearing completion. The
developer, Master Builders, Destin, said it is
scheduled to open in mid-June.
The new 42,970-square-foot storage
facility looming over the head of Boggy
Bayou holds 280 dry slips with rack lengths
ranging from 30 to 40 feet.
So far, the barn's frame and exterior
walls-built with 951,000 pounds of
steel-are completed, and the concrete
floors are poured, according to the develop-
er. A 280-foot fuel deck and two 42-foot
launch retrieval docks are almost complete
and an above-ground fuel system is on
The new building's size and strength are
impressive: the barn will stand at 133 feet
wide by 321 feet long by 67 feet high, able
to withstand winds of up to 145 mph,
according to the developer.
It is the second-tallest building in
Niceville, second only to the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida State

Beacon photo
The boat-storage barn of the new North Light Marina is scheduled for completion
in June. At 67 feet, it is Niceville's second-tallest building.

College, which, according to the center's
facilities management officials, stands at
110 feet.
North Light Yacht Club's planned second
phase will include the marina, pool with sun
deck and a 4,200-square-foot, two-story
club house with a bar and grill. A high-tech
marina kiosk will showcase a mounted four-
foot touch screen providing an around-the-
clock navigation program, live Doppler

radar and water temperature tracking,
according to the developer.
The second phase is expected to be com-
pleted in early to mid-July. A grand opening
is planned. Total construction costs are
expected to be about $22 million, according
to a representative of Ozean Development,
owner of the club.
The marina at North Light will be oper-
ated by Coastal Marina Management.

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Broward pension

ruling could affect

Morris if convicted

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
In a case that could have
implications for Okaloosa
County's indicted sheriff, Charlie
Morris, a state administrative law
judge recently ruled that a former
Broward County sheriff who
pleaded guilty to federal crimes
committed while in office must
forfeit his state retirement bene-
fits for violating the public trust.
Morris was suspended, and
top aide Teresa Y Adams was
fired, after they were arrested
Feb. 27 on federal corruption
charges in an alleged bonus-kick-
back scheme at the sheriff's
Morris and Adams pleaded
not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Both are enrolled in the Florida
state retirement system. State
pension officials say Morris' and
Adams' pension accounts have
been frozen at least until the case
is resolved.
Administrative Law Judge
J.D. Parrish, March 3, handed
down a recommended order that
the state's Division of Retirement
effect the forfeiture of the state
retirement benefits of former
Broward County Sheriff Ken
The decision reaffirms a Jan.
24, 2008, ruling by the
Department of Management
Services, Division of Retirement,
that notified Jenne that his pen-
sion under the Florida
Retirement System (FRS) had
been forfeited because he had
pleaded guilty to crimes in feder-
al court that required that sanc-
tion. Jenne had appealed the
Jenne had been enrolled in the
FRS since 1972. Since then he
held various public jobs, includ-
ing assistant state attorney, exec-
utive director of the Broward
County Charter Commission,
Broward County commissioner,
member of the Florida
Legislature, and Broward County
Sheriff from 1998 through
September 2007.
On Sept. 4, 2007, Jenne noti-
fied Gov. Charlie Crist that he
was resigning after being charged
by federal authorities with one
count of conspiracy to commit
mail fraud, and three counts of
filing a false tax return, all
offenses he allegedly committed
while sheriff. According to find-
ings in the administrative law
case in Tallahassee, Jenne plead-
ed guilty to the four federal
charges Sept. 5.
As sheriff, Jenne allegedly
accepted money from at least two
vendors to the sheriff's office,
then hid the fact that the money
was going to his personal account
by funneling the funds through
secretaries at the sheriff's office.
Jenne concealed the funds by
mailing incomplete and mislead-

ing annual financial disclosure
Jenne also failed to disclose
other payments he received while
sheriff on his annual financial
disclosure forms and on state
ethics filings, including: car and
insurance payments from a for-
mer law firm he left when he
became sheriff although the firm
was billing the sheriff's office for
legal work it was doing on its
behalf; $10,000 he received as a
reward for work for a new com-
pany; and $8,130 in benefits he
received in connection with dem-
olition of a home Jenne owned
and which the company attrib-
uted, internally, to a lease the
company had with the sheriff's
The Florida administrative
law judge concluded that the fed-
eral offenses
to which he
guilty took
place during
Jenne's pub-
lic employ-
ment and
prior to his
The admin-
iTrative Charlie Morris
istrative law
judge also found that the federal
criminal charges that Jenne
admitted to would be felonies
under Florida law. The judge
found that Jenne abused his posi-
tion and violated the public trust
as sheriff for his own personal
financial gain.
The judge cited Florida statute
112.3173 that "any public officer
or employee who is convicted of
a specified offense committed
prior to retirement, or whose
office or employment is terminat-
ed by reason of his or her admit-
ted commission, aid, or abetment
of a specified offense, shall for-
feit all rights and benefits under
any public retirement system of
which he or she is a member,
except for the return of his or her
accumulated contributions as of
the date of termination."
Jenne is reportedly appealing
the March 3 court decision that
he forfeit his state retirement
Separately, the state's
Division of Retirement recently
froze the state retirement plans of
Rep. Ray Sansom and former
college president James R.
Richburg after they were indicted
on state charges for official mis-
conduct in an alleged scheme to
obtain $6 million in public funds
for an airplane hangar that at one
point was intended, in part, for
private use, according to a state
grand jury.
As previously reported,
Richburg and Sansom, who have
pleaded not guilty, also stand to
lose their state pensions if con-

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Richard Chris Edwards, 40,
of 417 Eastview Drive, Fort
Walton Beach, was arrested by
Niceville police April 23 on two
counts of retail theft. On May
21, 2008, Edwards allegedly
fraudulently used a gift card to
get a $55 refund, then used the
money to purchase a prepaid
cell phone.

Nicole Jeannine Urias, unem-
ployed, 23, of 614 Crestview
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 23 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of uttering a
forged instrument and grand

Tori Camilla Brown, 26, who
gave an address on Bayshore
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 24 for
uttering a false instrument,
grand theft and use/possession
of another person's ID without
consent. On or about Sept. 8,
2006, Brown allegedly applied
for a $500 loan, using someone
else's Social Security number
and a bogus payroll check as
proof of employment in order to
secure the loan. Brown alleged-
ly had not made any payments
to pay back the loan as of Feb.
25, 2009.

Al Jerome Allen, 29, of 400
Kelly Road, Apt. 35, Niceville,
was arrested by Valparaiso
police May 1 for petit theft.
Allen was allegedly observed
hiding a $7 pair of baby shoes in
his wife's purse at a thrift store,
143 John Sims Parkway.

Brenda Ann Mathis, unem-
ployed, 33, of 619 County Line

Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 18 on a
misdemeanor worthless check

Ronald John McDaniels, a
laborer, 41, of 1322 Cedar St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies April 27 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charges of domestic violence
battery and possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.

Steven Joseph Richburg II,
20, of 100-B Nathey St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies May 1 for posses-
sion of a controlled substance
without a prescription. While
going through the checkpoint at
the Shalimar Courthouse Annex
deputies found Richburg had a
cigarette box on his person with
eight pills of Xanax in the clear
cellophane wrapper of the box.
Richburg said he had a prescrip-
tion but told deputies he could
not produce the prescription, nor
could he remember the name of
his doctor.

Caleb Lynn Kennedy, a
laborer, 18, of 121 Wilder St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies May 1 for grand
theft and for dealing in stolen

Robert Duane Penland,
unemployed, 50, of 304 Reeves
St., Apt. G-17, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
May 1 for violation of probation
on the original charge of felony

Noa Lynn Wilson, unem-
ployed, 47, of 3953 Hickory St.,
Niceville, with a permanent

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felony counts of uttering worth-
less checks, eight counts of mis-
demeanor worthless checks and
one count of violation of proba-
tion on the original misde-
meanor charge of worthless

Christopher Aaron Baker, a
store stocker, 31, of 900-A 45th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 4 for vio-
lation of probation on the origi-
nal charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Michael John Poddubny, a
chef, 24, of 133 Mulry Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies, subsequent to a
traffic stop in Destin, May 5, for
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and for driving
while license suspended or
revoked. Poddubny was also
cited for speeding.

Farrell Wayne Earley, unem-
ployed, 67, of 205 Reeves St.,
#21, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 6 for vio-
lation of probation on the origi-
nal charge of DUI.

DUI arrests
Victor Louis Herring, a land-
scaper, 23, of County Highway
3280, Freeport, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 20 at the Rocky Bayou
bridge, April 28 at 12:55 a.m.
Herring was also cited for
speeding after being clocked at
72 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Christopher Michael Neal,
33, of 726 Skycliff Court,
Fayetteville, N.C., was arrested
by Valparaiso police for DUI on
John Sims Parkway at
Grandview Avenue, May 5 at
3:03 a.m.

John Michael Copenhaver,
44, of 1206 Timberland Dr. S.E.,
Marietta, Ga., was arrested by
sheriff's deputies for DUI on
Range Road 231, Niceville,
May 5 at 11:30 p.m.
A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Adams Street
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April 30 it was apparent that
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police conducted a search to
confirm no one was still in the
house, the residents reported
that a fully loaded, semi-auto-
matic handgun had been stolen
from a bedroom. The gun was
valued at $600.
On May 4 the same home
was again burglarized when
unknown persons) entered
through the boarded-up back
sliding glass door damaged
during the first burglary. Items
reported stolen during the sec-
ond burglary included remote
control equipment for a video
game system that was also
stolen in the first burglary.

A Niceville resident from
the 400 block of Bullock
Boulevard reported April 21
that someone had stolen an 18-
horsepower boat motor and a
gas tank valued together at

A Niceville woman reported
April 17 that someone stole the
wallet from the purse she had
laid down on a table while
shopping at a Destin store,
4332 Legendary Drive. The
wallet contained about $200, 10
credit cards, a checkbook and
miscellaneous IDs.

A Valparaiso resident report-
ed that unknown persons) stole
a nine-foot rowboat from his
backyard, in the first block of
North John Sims Parkway, May
1. The boat was valued at $500.

At least four theft cases that
occurred in Niceville homes in
March and were reported
between April 21-23, are being
investigated by sheriff's
deputies. Jewelry was reported
stolen in all four homes.
Authorities believe the thefts
may be related.
One victim in the 300 block
of Olde Post Road reported the
theft of $5,600 worth of jewel-
ry. Some $1,165 in jewelry was
reported stolen from a home in
the 300 block of Parkwood
Place. Another victim reported
the theft of $2,130 worth of
jewelry from a home in the 200
block of Gracie Lane. A $140
necklace was reported stolen
from a Niceville home at an
unspecified address.
Criminal Mischief
A woman who parked her
unlocked car in a parking lot in
the 300 block of Adams Avenue
April 27 reported that unknown
persons) broke the front pas-
senger window. Nothing was
reported missing from the vehi-
cle which suffered an estimated
$272 damage.
Alan Michael Davis, 22, of
1631-A Valparaiso Blvd.,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriff's deputies
April 27 for possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
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This information is from reports by the
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Name: William Andrew Pugliesi
Wanted for: aggravated battery
and false imprisonment. Pugliesi
may be using the aliases of Andy
Rhose or William Rhose.
Pugliesi's last known address
was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 6-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Age: 43
Date of birth: 10-07-65
Hair: n/a
Eyes: n/a

Name: Daniel Earl Arne
Wanted: on an Escambia County
warrant for failure to appear on
the original charge of possession
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Arne's last known address was in
Height: 5-feet, 11-inches
Weight: 197 pounds
Age: 44
Date of birth: 10-01-64
Hair: brown, Eyes: brown

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can also be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214
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T e ille Fire D artaent responde- M'e following calls May 4
th ugl, y '10.
0 St rrulblgency 1dical Call
0 Vehicle ire WVehice Cash
1 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with Extric
0 Illegal Burn 0 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
E. John Sims Parkway ........Vehicle crash . . .5/4/09 . . . .14:19
Davis Drive ............. .Brush fire ........5/4/09 . . . .15:36
W. John Sims Parkway ....... .Vehicle crash . . .5/5/09 . . . .21:33
E. John Sims Parkway ........Medical ......... .5/6/09 . . . .11:52
N. Partin Drive ......... . Medical ...... .. .5/6/09 . . . .18:57
22nd Street ........... . Vehicle crash . . .5/7/09 . . . .08:41
E. John Sims Parkway ........Medical ......... .5/7/09 . . . .21:04
SR123 & SR85N ............Vehicle Crash .... 5/8/09 ...... 03:01
Bayshore Drive ............. Medical ..........5/8/09 .......16:50
Cove Circle ......... . . . .Medical ......... .5/8/09 . . . .19:04
W. John Sims Parkway ........Medical ......... .5/9/09 . . . .04:25
E. John Sims Parkway ........Medical ......... .5/9/09 . . . .13:20
N. Cedar/E. SR20 ........... Vehicle Crash .. .5/9/09 ....... 20:27
Reeves Street ..............Medical ..........5/9/09 ...... 23:54
30th Street ......... . . . .Medical ......... .5/10/09 . . .00:47
Reeves Street ......... . Medical ......... .5/10/09 . .. .09:18
Kendrick Lane ......... . Medical ......... .5/10/09 . .. .13:07
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls May 4
through May 11, 2009.
Location Situation Type Date Time
N. White Point Road . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/4/09 . . .11:27
E. Troon Drive ........Medical assist ............5/4/09 . . .18:09
N. Windward Cove . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/4/09 . . .20:06
N. White Point Road . .Rescue, EMS incident . . .5/4/09 . . .20:16
Merchants Way . . .. .False alarm ......... . 5/5/09 . .. .03:38
Highway 20 E. . . .. .Dispatched/canceled . . .. .5/5/09 . . .09:14
White Point Road . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/5/09 . . .14:19
Norwich Circle ........EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/6/09 . . .13:23
Windlake Drive .......EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/6/09 . . .17:12
E. Dominica Circle . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/7/09 . . .11:00
E. Troon Drive ........Medical assist ............5/7/09 . . .14:10
E. Troon Drive ........EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/7/09 . . .19:36
Calinda Lane ........ .Alarm system activation . . .5/8/09 . . .17:36
Merchants Way . . .. .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/8/09 . .. .20:57
Calinda Lane ........ .Alarm system activation . . .5/9/09 . . .20:45
Calinda Lane ........ .Alarm system activation . . .5/10/09 . . .05:37
Parkwood Court . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/10/09 . . .10:26
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Food World retaining name after sale

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Food World will retain its
name as Southern Family Markets
(SFM) takes over its operations,
according to the new owners.
The Niceville Food World
supermarket, and 30 others, were
purchased from Bruno's last week
in a bankruptcy sale.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
Birmingham, Ala., Chief Judge
Benjamin Cohen signed the order
approving the sale Thursday.
SFM purchased the 56-store
chain for $45.8 million. About
half the 4,200 jobs in the chain
were saved.

Also purchased was the Food
World store in Mary Esther. SFM
will close the Bruno's in Destin.
The company passed on purchas-
ing 25 stores, most of which are in
Alabama. They will be closed and
Hilco Merchant Resources, a lead-
ing asset disposition company,
will liquidate their stock.
Southern Family Markets also
owns the liquor store beside Food
World, having purchased it from
Bruno's several years ago.
The stores will be taken over in
waves through the end of June,
according to Angela Comfort,
SFM spokeswoman. "I have not
seen the date for your area," she

Comfort said SFM will con-
centrate on having sufficient stock
levels, high-quality perishables
and friendly service.
Part of the rationale Bruno's
had for declaring its second bank-
ruptcy in 11 years was the compe-
tition from such supermarkets as
Publix and Wal-Mart. But that
doesn't daunt SFM, according to
Jeffery Burkhead, senior vice
president and general manager.
"I don't know of many com-
petitors that we don't compete
against in our various markets," he
Please see SALE, page A-6

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From page A-5
said. "Southern Family Markets under-
stands the competitive environment and
"SFM believes those stores chosen to
purchase can be effectively run and com-
pete in the marketplace," Burkhead con-
tinued. "Customers will see better
stocked stores and more variety once
SFM takes over with great prices."
Corey Owens, spokesman for United
Food and Commercial Workers Union
Local 1657, which represents many
Food World workers, said he's opti-
"SFM has made public statements
expressing support of the workers and a
desire for fair contract negotiations," he
It was the union that brought SFM to
the table after Bruno's could not find a

buyer willing to take on the union con-
"We have recently ratified contracts
with the UFCW and do not feel (the
union) will be an issue," said Burkhead.
"Our plans are for the the new stores to
roll into our existing
contracts."Burkhead said that any open
positions in the stores will be filled from
the available pool of Bruno's employees.
"SFM is extremely excited about the
purchase and combination of the SFM
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"Having worked at Bruno's for eight
years before joining SFM, I know what
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Bruno's is an institution in the grocery
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Okaloosa schools eye replacing nurses

Using health technicians would save $160,000 a year, district says

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
School District has authorized
Pediatric Services of America
(PSA), Norcross, Ga., to draw
up a contract to provide health
services to all schools in
Okaloosa County for the
2009-10 school year. The
board will vote on the propo-
sition May 26, in Crestview.
If approved, PS As propos-
al would save taxpayers

$160,077, according to the
school board. Currently, the
district is using nurses provid-
ed by a contract with the
Okaloosa County Department
of Health (DOH).
PSA's contract would fill
the health positions at county
schools with mostly "health
technicians," something some
parents are not happy about.
"As the parent of school-
age children, one of whom has
asthma," said Christy Shields,

an Okaloosa County parent in
an e-mail to the Bay Beacon, "
I'm very disappointed in the
idea of cutting costs by com-
promising the health of our
children. There are many chil-
dren in our school system that
depend on the expertise and
experience of the nurses."
The contract calls for only
one school to be staffed with a
registered nurse (Silver Sands
School), four schools staffed
with licensed practical nurses

(Valparaiso Elementary is one
of them) and the remaining
schools (32) staffed with
health technicians, who will
have had past experience as
either a certified nursing
assistant, medical assistant or
as an EMT.
PSA has been providing
clinical care in Florida
schools for 12 years. District
5 School Board Member
Howard Hill said board mem-
bers have spoken with admin-

istrative staff in Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties, two
nearby counties where PSA
currently holds contracts for
health services, and both
counties are pleased with the
Hill additionally said a pro-
vision is to be added to the
contract so individual schools
may choose to use discre-
tionary or donated funds to
update their health care tech-
nician to an LPN or RN.

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year would cost the district
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to this force," said Michele
Nicholson, spokeswoman for the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
office. "It's best for us that that
not be disrupted."
Spooner said, "I have been
honored to serve in Okaloosa
County during these difficult
times. I'm pleased to continue
serving the governor in this
capacity. We will continue help-
ing in the healing process with
the families as we all grow
through this together," he added,
in reference to the late April
deaths of Okaloosa County
Deputy Sheriffs Burt Lopez and
Warren "Skip" York.

York and Lopez as well as
Okaloosa County Deputy
Anthony Forgione, who lost his
life in the
line of duty
2008, were
in the minds 4
of those
who attend-
ed the hon- B
orary lunch.
Forgione, a Deputy Matthew
Niceville Abbott
police sergeant, spoke to those
gathered, saying that his brother
Anthony's death, "changed my
life and I've asked myself if it's
worth it-is it worth the sacri-
fices families have to make? I

can't answer that but I can say
it's brought us all closer as a fam-
ily. And to the York and Lopez
families, I want you to know
you're not alone. You're my fam-
ily now. You can call me any time
of the day or night and I'll be
there in a
went on to
say, "A hero
is not
judged by
the way he
died but by
the way he
lived his life
and I Capt. Paul
believe the Brown

true heroes

are the ones left
fathers and the

mothers-they are the ones who
created these heroes and instilled
in them their
heroic r a
hearts."g /

the heroes in
uniform oi
who attend-
ed the hon-
ors lunch-
eon paid
tribute to
their fallen Lt. Joseph Floyd
comrades, the deaths of deputies
Forgione, York and Lopez will
make no difference in the way
the officers carry out their day-
to-day duties.
"We're not going to do any-
thing differently," sheriff's Cpl.
Gary Venuti, school resource

officer for Ruckel Middle School
and Honor Guard member, told a
reporter. "We've always been
well-trained, just like those
deputies were. But their deaths
have brought a heightened sense
of awareness for officer safety."
Other law enforcement per-
"I don't
think this
will have
any effect
on how offi-
cers do their
jobs," said
Capt. Paul
Brown, "but
I think it has Cpl. Gary Venuti
reminded them of the danger
that's out there. Sometimes we

lose sight of that, but these
deaths bring us back to the
basics. They show us that no
matter how innocent a situation
may seem any one can hide dan-
Lt. Joseph Floyd, of the
Crestview Police S.W.A.T. team
and narcotics unit said, the
deaths have made "him more
aware of the need and vigilance"
for officer safety.
Deputy Matthew Abbott, a
2007 Sworn Employee of the
Year as well as a past Life
Saving Award winner and Medal
of Merit recipient said, "This has
definitely reinforced my convic-
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Morris' four-year term would end
in November 2012. However, if
he is permanently removed from
office-say, by any conviction, or
by resignation-an election to fin-
ish the last two years of the term
would be set for Nov. 2, 2010,
about 18 months from now, Lux
Lux opined that a 2010 race for
sheriff will attract a lot of interest
from potential candidates. The
next sheriff would have two years
to prove himself before running
for a full four-year term in 2012,
and there may be less competition
for campaign funds in a non-pres-
idential election year race, he said.
Spooner, of Gadsden County,
near Tallahassee, said he wouldn't
run for the post.
In addition to a possible sher-
iff's contest in 2010, two

From page A-1
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za A (common flu) but was con-
sidered "non-typeable" and "non-



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in his bid for U.S. Senate,
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County candidates can prefile
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doesn't match the commonly cir-
culating strains of seasonal flu. All
non-typeable flu samples are sent
out for further testing. The air-
man's sample was sent to a state
lab in Tampa.
In Oregon, where there are at
least 45 confirmed cases of swine
flu, 95 percent of those tested as
non-typeable turned out to be

As of Monday morning, no
one had pre-filed to run for sheriff.
Lux said that a Louisiana man,
Chuck Stacey, had recently
inquired about the Okaloosa sher-
iff's position. Stacey's father, of
the same name, is a former
Okaloosa sheriff's deputy, Lux
Unsuccessful 2008 sheriff's
candidates were William Bruce
Patterson, Rep., of Fort Walton
Beach; and, Robert L. Thacker Jr.,
Rep., of Crestview. County offi-
cials have also speculated on
whether Okaloosa County
Commissioner Don Amunds, a
former deputy, might seek the top
law enforcement post in the coun-
ty. Amunds said he is up for
reelection as a county commis-
sioner in 2010 and has not yet
decided whether to seek the sher-
iff's office or reelection to his
county commission seat.
Niceville police Sgt. Joey
Forgione, brother of sheriff's
H1N1, according to officials.
All four Department Of Health
(DOH) laboratories in Florida
have recently received testing sup-
plies from the Centers for Disease
Control and now can test samples
to confirm H1N1 swine flu. This
testing capability allows the
department to expedite results as it
no longer needs to send probable
cases to CDC laboratories, accord-

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considering a run for sheriff "from
my heart." Forgione has been
busy this month attending law
enforcement memorials honoring
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Okaloosa County Health
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the threat of widespread illness
from swine flu in the county is low
but nonetheless advise individuals
with symptoms to remain at home
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What do you think about the threat of swine flu?

Niceville Public

"I think it's been blown
way out of proportion;
like people being
kicked off planes.
People get flu all
the time."

"I really don't worry "I don't see it as something
about it." we should be too alarmed
about. We should take
reasonable hygiene
precautions, then think
about other, bigger issues."

"We've been washing
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From page A-1

according to NWFSC.
The deal, which was
renewed annually by then-col-
lege president James R.
Richburg, "is news to me," Wes
Wilkerson, chairman of the col-
lege board of trustees said
Monday when queried by the
Bay Beacon. It could not be
immediately learned when the
arrangement was approved by
the college board of trustees, as
is normally the case in person-
nel actions.
The Economic Development
Council of Okaloosa County
Florida Inc. is a nonprofit cor-

Kids On Campus sign-ups
Enrollment for the "Kids on
Campus" summer enrichment pro-
gram at Northwest Florida College
for students entering third through
eighth grades begins May 20 at the
Niceville Campus from 8 a.m. to 12
p.m. in Building K and from 12 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. in
S Building C.
Registration at all six
NWF State College
locations begins May
The program will host two ses-

Whitney Smith, 21,
911 dispatcher

portion organized under
Section 501(c)(6) of the U.S.
Internal Revenue Code, accord-
ing to the organization. That is
the section under which such
trade groups as chambers of
commerce and boards of
Realtors are organized. The
EDC is overseen by a board
made up of executives of a
number of corporations doing
business in Okaloosa County.
The college is a state agency
whose full-time employees par-
ticipate in the defined-benefit
state retirement plan funded by
the college. The EDC's three
other full-time employees are
eligible to participate in a vol-
untary defined-contribution
retirement plan similar to a

sions at the Niceville campus; June
22-July 2 and July 20-30. Classes
are held Monday through Thursday.
The course list and registration
forms are available at all area ele-
mentary and middle schools, NWFS
campuses and centers, and on the
college Web site,
Info: 729-6086.
Hunting meetings set
Public meetings are scheduled on
possible changes to hunting zones
and deer season dates. The Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission has scheduled six pub-
lic meetings throughout the state to
receive input from Florida hunters
on possible changes to the state's
hunting zones and corresponding
deer hunting season dates. The FWC
wants to solicit as much public com-
ment as possible, and everyone is
invited. If changes are approved by
the Commission, they could take
effect as early as the 2010-2011
hunting season.

Cor Murphey, 42,
electrical engineer

401(k), with the EDC making a
partial matching contribution,
according to an organization
staff member. They are not col-
lege employees, and are not eli-
gible for the more generous
state plan.
Sassano, of Santa Rosa
Beach, Walton County, has an
annual contract agreement with
NWFSC, a copy of which was
provided to the Beacon by the
college Monday. The current
agreement-signed by Sassano,
Richburg and Paul Hsu, the
2008-09 chairman of the
EDC-is effective Oct. 1, 2008,
through Sept. 30, 2009.
Richburg, who was listed in
the EDC's winter 2009 newslet-
ter as an officer, was fired as

The closest meeting location for
those in Okaloosa and surrounding
counties is Wednesday, May 20, 6-8
p.m., Crestview, Crestview
Community Center, 1446
Commerce Drive, 682-0647.
Blue Knights poker run
Blue Knights Law Enforcement
Motorcycle Club Florida Chapter
XXV will hold the Children's
Advocacy Center Poker Run
Saturday, May 23. Registration starts
at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Cycles
Harley Davidson, 788 N. Beal
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast
Children's Advocacy Center. Info:
Bruce Stewart, 850-200-3055 or
Pine needle basketry
Pine needle basketry at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida Saturdays, May 23 And 30
(2-part class), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost
is $45 or $40 for members and
includes all materials. Space is limit-

Ryan Murphey, 9,
Plew student

college president last month
after he was indicted by a state
grand jury for alleged miscon-
duct relating to $6 million in
funding for an airport building.
The airport deal did not involve
the EDC. Richburg has pleaded
not guilty.
Under his employment
agreement, Sassano is described
as an employee of the college-
and specifically not as an
employee of the EDC.
However, the agreement goes
on to say that the EDC (referred
to in the contract as the
Organization) "desires to use
the services of Sassano as
Development Council for the
Organization in accordance

ed. Register by calling 678-2615 or,
visit the museum at 115 Westview
Avenue in Valparaiso.
'Fireproof your marriage'
Village Baptist Church, Destin,
presents "Fireproof your marriage,"
6 p.m., Thursday, May 28. The
evening will kick off in the Coffee
Shop at the church, 101 Matthew
Blvd. with food and fellowship. At
6:30, in the Worship Center the
movie "Fireproof" will be screened.
Childcare provided by reservation
only; make your reservation no later
than May 21. Free admission. Info:
Job fair planned
The Walton Area Chamber of
Commerce has partnered with the
Workforce Development Board of
Okaloosa and Walton Counties to
hold a Community Expo and Job
Fair, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at
the Hammock Bay Lake Club.
Info: 267-0683 or e-mail

Fernando Miranda, 19,

with the terms of this
Agreement and to compensate
the College for services ren-
dered to the Organization as
described in the Agreement."
A NWFSC spokeswoman
said Sassano had no other duties
at the college outside of his con-
tractural EDC duties.
Sassano said his contractual
arrangement with the college is
not that unusual around the
country. "I didn't create this.

Jim Faris, 65,

It's not an unusual situation by
any means," he said Tuesday.
"That's (the college's Fort
Walton campus) where we're
(EDC) housed. The college is a
service provider," he said.
Sassano said that education,
training and economic develop-
ment are goals shared by the
EDC and community colleges
such as NWFSC.
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
On May 5, Northwest
Florida State College opened
bids from three companies for a
proposed water tower on the
college's Niceville campus.
On the same date the college
had originally advertised that it
would open bids on construc-
tion of a $6 million college
training facility/emergency
operations center at the Destin
airport that is now mired in con-
The college advised prospec-
tive bidders that the Destin
training center project is on hold
pending action by the board of
trustees and that any bids for the
Destin facility received by the
college would be returned
unopened, according to a col-
lege spokeswoman. The college
did not receive any bids on the
Destin facility, according to the
The apparent low bidder on
the water tower is Phoenix
Fabricators, of Sebree, Ky.,
which submitted a base bid of
$685,800. The company also
submitted bids on two alterna-
tives, the first a 200,000-gallon
tank instead of the 150,000-gal-
lon version in the base bids (an
additional $49,700). The second
alternative an 8-inch water line
extension (an extra $12,300).
The total base bid and both
alternatives from Phoenix
Fabricators was $747,800.
Landmark Structures, of Fort
Worth, Texas, submitted a base
bid of $843,000, and bids of

A planned water tower for
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College may cost $747,800.

$35,000 for alternative 1 and
$9,000 for alternative 2, for a
total of $887,000.
Caldwell Tanks, of
Louisville, Ky., submitted a
base bid of $845,000, plus
$100,000 for alternative 1 and
$14,900 on alternate 2, for a
total of $959,900.
The college board of trustees
is scheduled to meet in special
session May 19, at 8:30 a.m. in
the north end of the college
mall, Building K, on the
Niceville campus to award the
contract for the water tower.
College spokeswoman Sylvia
Bryan said the college staff
would recommend that trustees
award the base bid plus both

Flu pandemic seen likely one day

But swine flu may not be the virus that triggers it


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A flu pandemic will come one
day- the question is, will it be
sooner rather than later?
An outbreak of swine flu that
apparently began in Mexico last
month has spread to the U.S. and
a number of other nations.
Outside Mexico, however, reports
of serious or fatal illness have
been few, and health officials
have not yet called the spread of
new influenza variant a pandem-
ic, which is defined as an epidem-
ic over a widespread area.
Still, the World Health
Organization on April 29 warned
that a pandemic may be "immi-
A probable-and mild-case
of the new H1N1 swine flu has
been reported in Okaloosa
County (story, A-1). Health offi-
cials in the U.S. in recent days
have been cheered by signs that,
contrary to earlier fears, the new
version of swine flu has not
proven to be especially dangerous
so far.
Still, health officials agree that
influenza pandemics are natural,
inevitable and dangerous. The flu
pandemic of 1918 killed as many
as 20 million people worldwide,
including as many as 650,000 in
the United States. Two subse-
quent 20th century pandemics, in
1957 and 1968, killed about
70,000 and 34,000 Americans,
respectively. The 1968 pandemic,
called "Hong Kong flu," turned
out to be a mild threat domestical-
ly. Although it sickened more
than 500,000 Americans, it killed
only about 34,000, which is with-
in the average number of season-
al flu deaths reported each year.
"Influenza pandemics general-

ly occur
about every
years," said
Dr. Karen
director of
t h e

Department. Karen Chapman
"It's considered inevitable that
there will be another pandemic."'
Until the sudden appearance
of swine flu at the nation's
doorstep, the variant which offi-
cials feared most has been the
H5N1 flu, commonly called "bird
flu," which was spreading rapidly
in Asia. Health officials there
have reported over 400 human
cases of H5N1, at least 256 of
which were fatal. It apparently
first appeared in domestic poultry,
such as chickens and ducks.
Bird flu has not killed anyone
in the United States, according to
the Centers for Disease Control.
A flu pandemic is more likely
when the strain of flu is unique,
Chapman said. "There are now a
number of evolving influenza A
viruses. All originate in birds. The
avian virus usually infects pigs,
which is usually the next host.
Pigs serve as a mixing pot for the
influenza virus. When a new
strain comes about, it generally
goes from birds to pigs to
humans. The intervening strain
through the pig mixes it and
makes it less strange by going
through a mammal."
But pandemics are more likely
when the flu virus leaps straight
from animals to human beings,
which usually happens, Chapman
said, when the virus originates in

"It's a bird virus that hasn't
been moderated by the genes of
the pig and we tend to have a
more significant reaction and it
has a high mortality rate," she
said. "If that virus intermixed
with a regular human seasonal
influenza, it could create a virus
that's totally ineffective at infect-
ing humans and it would die right
there or a virus that is very easy to
spread from human to human.
Locally, it appears that the
incidence of seasonal flu this year
has not been unusually high.
In fact, one local medical
office has seen no flu cases this
year. Cinda Fedoski, R.N., of
Access Medical Group, said: "We
get a lot of upper respiratory
cases, but I think that's due to the
early blooming of yellow pollen."
Santa Rosa County, however,
is not as lucky.
"What we have in Santa Rosa
County is an increase in influenza
cases," said Sam Williamson,
R.N., who works in the epidemi-
ology department of the county
health department.
"All over the state, they're see-
ing more than the normal amount
of influenza cases," Williamson
said. "It's above the baseline."
But, he cautioned, the flu
that's being seen is not H5N1.
"This is a plain old flu A and
flu B," he said. "The vaccine we
were giving out and still are giv-
ing out covers those strains."
He said flu viruses tend to
mutate, however, so the time may
come when the flu vaccine being
distributed is no longer effective.
A pandemic would be unlikely
to stem from seasonal viruses,
"It would be a novel strain of
an influenza virus," Chapman
said. "It would have to be a strain
that most if not all living people
have never been exposed to."
That's not been the case, said
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information officer for the
Escambia health department.
"We have not had any type of
bird flu in humans that could be
determined as the start of pan-
demic flu," she said.
Symptoms of bird flu in
humans have ranged from typical,
such as fever, cough, sore throat
and aching muscles, to eye infec-
tions, viral pneumonia and other
life-threatening conditions.
The World Health
Organization uses a series of six
phases of pandemic alert to
inform the world of the serious-
ness of a disease threat. On April
29, the World Health
Organization raised the swine flu
scale to Phase 5, "a strong signal
that a pandemic is imminent and
that the time to finalize the organ-
ization, communication, and
implementation of the planned
mitigation measures is short.."
In the past, flu epidemics and
pandemics moved freely and sur-
reptitiously, attacking without
warning. Today, however, scien-
tists are able to track disease and
predict when and where it will
"This is probably the first time
in history that we've been able to
watch a pandemic evolve and to
intervene and halt or at least slow
its progression," Chapman said.
It's not hard to protect one's
self against the flu, Chapman
"People need to understand
how influenza spreads and take
steps now to avoid contracting it,"
she said. "First and foremost, it's
washing your hands-coughing
and sneezing into your sleeve or
into a tissue and then throwing
that tissue away and washing your
hands. How many people at work
are coughing into their hands and
then touching a doorknob?"
Chapman also recommends
getting an annual flu shot and
staying home when sick to avoid
exposing others to the virus.


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Hughes sets 1st public budget sessions

Only four other Florida tax collectors reported paying bonuses this year

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes last week
announced a schedule of "budget
presentations" to the public-a
first for his office. The first ses-
sion will be Monday in Mary
Meantime, the state
Department of Revenue which
oversees and approves the
Okaloosa County Tax Collector's
annual budget, said only four other
county tax collectors reported giv-
ing bonuses this year-all much
smaller than those awarded by
Hughes announced last week
that he will hold a series of "budg-
et presentations" to county resi-
dents, including:
-Monday, May 18, 2 p.m., at
the Mary Esther city library.
-Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m., at
the Destin Community Center.
-Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m.,
at the Crestview City Hall.
-Thursday, May 21, 2 p.m. at
the Laurel Hill City Hall.
-Tuesday, May 26 6:30
p.m., at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center in Fort Walton
-Wednesday, May 27, 6 p.m.,
at the Niceville Council
Hughes has been under a bar-
rage of criticism since March,
when it was disclosed that Hughes
had been rewarding employees
generous bonuses of up to $15,000
a year to a small group of employ-
ees. Over a five-year period start-
ing in 2004, those bonuses
amounted to just over $1 million.
An outside accounting firm
that recently conducted an audit of
the tax collector's office, leveled
several criticisms at the tax collec-
tor. Auditors said Hughes had not
followed instructions from the
Florida DOR on budgeting or
reporting for bonuses. The audit
said Hughes' practice of awarding

From page A-9
Under the annual agreement,
the EDC agrees to pay the col-
lege a sum equal to Sassano's
annual salary. His current
salary is $120,000, plus fringe
benefits that other college
employees receive.
According to the contract,
any salary increases are based
on the EDC's judgment, not the
college's. Under the agreement,
the EDC also agrees to reim-
burse the college on Sassano's
behalf for "all fringe benefits
available to college employees."
The EDC is specifically not
liable for Sassano's withholding
taxes, Social Security taxes,
worker's compensation fees "or
payment or any other expense
or liability, such as benefit
costs, attributable to an employ-
er/employee relationship." The
college is responsible for pay-
ing all taxes, fees, payments,
expenses or liabilities.
The latest monthly invoice
from the college to the EDC,
dated April 28, 2009, asks the
EDC to remit $11,836.32 to the
college as payment for
Sassano's monthly salary and
benefits "per our agreement."
The invoice documentation said
that the college paid $10,026
for Sassano's salary and
$1,810.32 for "fringe benefits."
The college pays all costs of
participation in the Florida
Retirement System (FRS) for
its full-time employees.
The Florida Division of
Retirement confirmed that
Sassano participates in the state
retirement system as a regular
employee of the college, which
reports Sassano's salary as
$120,312. The Florida
Department of Management
Services said that EDC employ-
ees as such would not qualify
for state pensions.
Sassano's annual employ-
ment contract does not cost the
college any money because the
EDC reimburses the college for
all salary and benefit costs, said
NWFSC spokeswoman Sylvia
Bryan said local economic
development is part of the col-
lege's mission statement and the
statewide mission of communi-
ty colleges. The EDC is housed
at the college's Fort Walton

bonuses appeared to circumvent
the intent of DOR disclosure rules
by lumping the bonuses in with
salaries and failing to report them
separately on a line reserved for
that purpose on the state's stan-
dard reporting form.
Hughes also recently rejected
an invitation to attend an April 28
budget policy workshop of the
Okaloosa County Board of
County Commissioners. In past
years Hughes has submitted only
the barest of budget documents to
the county.
who is serv-
ing his fifth
elected term,
has defend-
ed his rela- /
with the
county com-
mission, Chris Hughes
saying his office is a .a %.Ies-lI"
entity independent of county over-
Since the tax collector collects
taxes for the county and other tax-
ing authorities, Hughes said, he
wants to prevent any perception of
impropriety by agencies who
receive the services of the tax col-
However, tax collectors in
Florida are not all in agreement
with Hughes on how to relate to
the county commission.
At least 16 of Florida's 67
county tax collectors have taken
the option of entering into a reso-
lution with their Board of County
Commissioners (BOCC), wrote
DOR spokeswoman Renee
Watters Monday in response to an
inquiry from the Beacon. "Those
(16) tax collectors are considered
'budget officers' and submit their
budgets directly to their BOCC,"
Watters said.
The Okaloosa County Tax
Collector is a "fee officer" and
submits his budget to the DOR,

Beach campus, and the EDC
president has been a contract
college employee since 2001,
she said. The employment
arrangement is approved
through the state's Department
of Management Services, she
Bryan said that the college
has never had a similar employ-
ment contract with the Walton
County EDC, which currently
has a part-time director.
Other NWFSC employees
providing professional services
to the college, including
Richburg as president until last
month, are employed through
an annual contract, Bryan said.
Such contracts are usually pre-
sented to the board of trustees
by the college president as part
of the normal personnel actions
and are usually included in the
trustees' agenda package as rou-
tine personnel actions, she said.
Such personnel items are typi-
cally approved as a group as
part of the "consent agenda,"
and normally are the subject of


Watters said.
A "fee officer" receives a com-
mission or fee of approximately 2
percent of the taxes he or she col-
lects for the county and for some
special districts. Cities do not pay
a fee or commission to the tax col-
Watters said that last year only
four of the 51 tax collectors (fee
officers) who submitted their
budgets to DOR indicated they
were giving bonuses to their
employees this year. All four, she
said, were based on their county
BOCC or civil service guidelines,
-Hillsborough County, which
follows civil service guidelines,
gives $200 for 10 years of service,
$250 for 15-20 years service.
-Holmes County, which
offers anniversary incentive pay in
accordance with county policy.
The county adopted pay guide-
lines for a one-time bonus for
county employees of $1,000 and
the tax collector followed the
county guideline.
-Suwannee County, which
gives longevity pay in accordance
with its county's policy.
-Washington County, which
gives a lump sum bonus in accor-
dance with their county's policies.
To be sure, Hughes did not
report his employee bonuses, as
such, to the state. It is not known
whether, or how many, other tax
collectors followed his practice of
lumping bonuses with salaries
rather than following the state
requirement of reporting them
Hughes said Friday he was
unable to provide the Beacon a
copy of his impending public
budget presentation.
"Normally, we do not have a
complete budget until late July,"
Hughes said. "The budget is not
due until August I." The tax col-
lector also said that he had no
income projections from the State
or from the Property Appraiser.

little, if any, discussion.
Wilkerson, the current chair-
man of the board of trustees,
said he was unaware of
Sassano's status as a college
employee. Wilkerson said that
college presidents are given
broad powers to hire and fire
and that trustees seldom ques-
tion those decisions. He said
that he did not know Sassano
personally but was aware of the
EDC's mission.
The EDC, in which member-
ship is open to all commercial
and nonprofit organizations for
annual dues of between $500
and $2,500, says its mission
statement is: "Support a quali-
ty-of-life community that
reflects leading tKchliil -,
diversification, superior
lifestyle, and boundless oppor-
tunity through existing industry
retention and expansion, work-
force development, and expan-
sion of key industry clusters.
The EDC of Okaloosa County
works with start-up, expanding,
and relocating businesses to

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The Legislature's annual session
did not end until Friday, he point-
ed out.
Hughes said he is the only
Okaloosa County constitutional
officer to ever hold these types of
public budget presentations. "At a
time when people are curious to
see how their tax dollars are spent,
I am committed to ensure that no
other agency's budget will be
more available and more easily
understood than that of the Tax
Collector," said Hughes.
"At these meetings, I personal-
ly will review both my current
budget and the proposed budget
for 2009-2010. I will explain
where the money will be spent."
Separately, on May 4, Hughes
initiated an internal whistleblower
hotline for the tax collector's
office through Ethics Point, a
third-party ethics reporting
agency. The $125 per month serv-
ice provides employees an avenue
for anonymously reporting possi-
ble fraudulent or unlawful activi-
"EthicsPoint makes these
reports available only to specific
individuals within the office who
are charged with evaluating the
report, based on the type of viola-
tion and location of the incident.
Each of these report recipients has
had training in keeping these
reports in the utmost confidence,"
Hughes said.
"In light of recent events with-
in our county we feel it more
important than ever that elected
officials walk the talk of integrity.
Many citizens of this county have
lost trust in some who were put in
office to serve the public. By
implementing this hotline and
finalizing an ethics policy, our
office is following the direction of
the auditors and in turn, opening
the door for the Board of County
Commissioners and other
Constitutional Officers to follow
A recent Comprehensive

help them with site location,
financing coordination, state
and federal incentive program
applications, and business com-
munity awareness."
Sassano's annual contract
specifies that the EDC is assigned
all rights, title and interest in all
written or other materials which
the college or Sassano may pro-
duce for the EDC, including any
rights of copyright or trademark.
The EDC is granted a worldwide
license and right to publish, copy,
modify, display, distribute
Sassano's work product.

Annual Financial Report submit-
ted by outside auditors recom-
mend that "the Board of County
Commissioners and the
Constitutional Officers should
consider a county wide whistle-
blower policy that would prohibit
retaliation against employees who
provide evidence of violation of
law or fraud. In addition an
employee hotline that allows all
employees of the BOCC and
Constitutional Officers to confi-
dentially and anonymously submit
concerns regarding questionable
management, accounting or audit-
ing matters."
Hughes said his attorney is in
the process of finalizing an ethics

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"Trust, openness and honesty
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10OU fastpitch tourney runners-up
Niceville's High Intensity 10U Traveling Fastpitch Softball team took second place in the
Wakulla Wave Spring Warm-Up tournament in Marianna April 19. From left: front, Kasey
Carr, Kayleigh Williams, Alexis Hopkins, Madison Childress, Rachel Ross and Veronica
Whitfield; middle, Mykala McCranie, Jimi Watts, Hanna Stapleton, Savannah Foster, Skylar
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The 2009 Niceville High School Lady Eagles ended their season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to
finish 25-4.

Eagles', Lady Eagles'

diamond seasons end

The Niceville High School
baseball and softball seasons
ended in Regional play last
week as the baseball team fell,
6-5, to Tallahassee Chiles in
the Class 5A regional quarter-
final Tuesday, May 5, and the
Lady Eagles dropped a 2-1 11-
inning heartbreaker to
Jacksonville Bartram Trail in
the regional finals.
For a while, it looked as if
the Eagles would prevail over
Chiles. They took a 2-0 lead in
the second inning, then
coughed it up to trail 4-2. But
they tied the game on clutch
hits by Kyle McDorman and
Chris Krenek in the sixth and
took a 5-4 lead on a Cutter

Tarpley sacrifice fly.
But the lead evaporated
quickly as Chiles got a double
to lead off the seventh and
eventually scored on a sacri-
fice fly to tie the game.
In the Eagle pitcher Robert
Price surrendered a two-out
single, then balked the runner
to second. An RBI single
scored the go-ahead run.
Niceville didn't go quietly
in the bottom of the eighth.
Jordan Demos walked with
two out, then stole second to
put himself in scoring posi-
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on Tarpley ended the game
and the Eagles' season.
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19-10 record.
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they were ultimately foiled not
by pitching or hitting, but by
Bartram's Brie Walton
reached on a walk in the bot-
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on a bunt by Christie Bailey,
never stopping as Bailey was
thrown out at first, and dived
head-first into third just ahead
of the throw. Libby Crowe was
jammed, but blooped a single
over shortstop to end the
The loss ended the Lady
Eagles' season at 25-4.

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The Florida High School
Athletic Association has named
Noah Mosley of Rocky Bayou
Christian School to the 2009
FHSAA Academic All-State
Team. Each honoree will
receive a $1,000 award and a
commemorative medallion from
the FHSAA. From among the
24 recipi-
ents, two
Athletes of
the Year, one
boy and one
girl, will be
at the 15th
Academic Noah Mosley
All-State Awards Banquet
Thursday, June 4, at the
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Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Asking for American families to be strengthened in hard times was one of many concerns
Niceville residents prayed for during the National Day of Prayer gathering at the Civic Center
Complex on May 7.

Prayers offered for

community, nation

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Though President Barack
Obama may have chosen not to
carry on the White House's tra-
dition of the last eight years, and
schedule a National Day of
Prayer ceremony, there were
some in Niceville who did not
follow his example and gathered
under the bright, warm sunshine
at the Civic Center Complex on
Partin Drive May 7 to bow their
heads for their country, neigh-
bors and churches.
Even so, only about half as
many showed up for the annual
ceremony as did last year. The
president of the Twin Cities
Ministerial Association, Joe
Grider, could not speculate as to
why the turnout did not live up
to its usual 200 or more partici-
pants, in addition to the students
at Rocky Bayou Christian
But those who did send their
prayers aloft were not shy about
audibly voicing their agreement
to the area ministers' petitions
for families, communities, the

media and other entities. The
crowd's "Amens" and "Yes,
Lords," were heard several times
during prayers.
The Rev. Dan Friedsberg of
Niceville Christian Church quot-
ed from I Timothy 2:1-2, "I
urge, then, first of all, that
requests, prayers, intercession
and thanksgiving be made for
everyone-for kings and all
those in authority." The minis-
ter's next words inspired a round
of applause as he said, "It was
Martin Luther King Jr. who
said, 'The ultimate measure of a
man is where he stands in times
of challenge' and we are defi-
nitely in challenging times, but
our government needs to realize
that they are not the ultimate
source of authority."
Although the sun was hot,
those who did participate in the
ceremony remained faithful
throughout music played by the
Rocky Bayou Christian School
Band and the intercessions of 10
ministers from around the
Niceville/Valparaiso area. Even
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You can also register in Building C, from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
You may register for either session at this time.

You may register at any of the 6 campus locations beginning May 21, 2009.
Last day to register for Session 1 June 17, 2009
Last day to register for Session 2 July 15, 2009

Extended Care AM: 7:30 a.m.,- 90_0 a.m.. $25.00
Morning Session:. 900 a.r.- 12:00 p.fl. $120.00,
Lunch; 12:00 p.m. -- 12:30 p.m. $45.00
Afternoon sessionI: 2:30 p.m.- 3~O p.m. $120.00
Extended Care PM: 3:30 p.m. 5:00Pp.m. $35.00|

Kids on Campus Office: 850-729-6086, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, FL
Amanda J. Barker, M.S., Director of Continuing Education
Laura Schultze, Curriculum and Instructional Specialist
Crystal Yates, Program Coordinator
An Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Institution

engine did not discourage the
Those who arrived to the
sound of the Air Force's theme
song departed with a shared
round of "America the
Beautiful" and a benediction by
Win Groseclose, chaplain at
Rocky Bayou Christian School,
to "go in peace."
It was in 1863 when then-
President Abraham Lincoln
declared a National Day of
Prayer and Fasting but the first
official National Day of Prayer
observance did not come about
until 1983, when the service was
held in Constitution Hall.

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Substation fund

grows by $2,070

Still needs $16,505

to refurbish facility
By Stacie Morgan New contributors are:
Beacon Staff Writer -Huff Homes, $500
Residents of Bluewater -F.B. and Judith Atchison,
Bay have added $2,070 to the $200
"Save the Substation" fund, -Paul and Barbara
bringing the collected total to Holterman, $200
$8,495. -Bayside Cleaners, $100
The small modular build- -Brenda Severson, $100
ing outside the gates of -Thomas Feick, $100
Magnolia Plantation had been -Jeffrey and Cara Friedman,
used by the Okaloosa County $100
Sheriffs office for 12 years as -John and Dianne Hawkins,
a place to do paperwork and $100
other administrative duties -Charles and Peggy Helms,
when necessary. However, $100
due to building deterioration -Richard and Cora Smith,
and a lack of funds for main- $100
tenance on the building, the -William Stephens, $100
sheriff's office shut the sub- -Bill and Barbara Daily, $50
station's doors. -Jimmy and Greta Maturo,
Bluewater residents, who $50

felt safer with the county offi-
cers' presence, decided to col-
lect donations to refurbish the
structure. A total of $25,000
is needed, but fund organizers
believe the remaining
$16,505 will come in. In fact,
according to a recent Save the
Substation news release, Selig
Enterprises, a private real
estate company based in
Atlanta, which owns the
buildings of The Marketplace
at Bluewater Bay, has pledged
$1,000 to the fund.
The substation will hold a
grand opening sometime in

-John and Shirley Wohleber,
-Christina Herden and
Sidney, $24
-Ray and Sandy Ditirro, $25
-David and Minerva
Dalenberg, $20
-Donald Bohler and Marie-
Claude Bohler, $50
-Gail Feeney, $100
"Any amount, even one
dollar, helps," said Jane
Rainwater, a Save the
Substation organizer.
Donations may be made at
any Niceville Coastal Bank
(checks should be made out
to Save the Substation).

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will receive an additional $3,000
each, as well as a trophy.
Mosley, the son of Michael
and Julie Mosley, has a 3.86
grade point average and ranks
fourth in a class of 47 students.
He earned a varsity letter in
baseball all four years of high
school, as well as three letters
each in basketball and soccer
and one in football. He plans to
attend either Samford University
in Birmingham or the U.S. Air
Force Academy and study engi-

Kyle Howell, a 2005 gradu-
ate of Niceville High School,
graduates with honors from the
University of Florida,
Gainesville, in May with a major
in microbiology and cell science
and a minor in chemistry.
Howell has been accepted
into the University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine in
the fall. His parents are Emie
and Kristin Howell of Niceville.
Paternal grandparents are the
late Pete and Faye Howell of

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32 graduate

from NWFS

as nurses
Special to the Beacon
The Nursing program at
Northwest Florida State
College held a pinning cere-
mony May 4 to recognize the
32 students who completed
the Associate of Science in
Nursing degree.
Associate of Science
graduates are qualified to
take the Registered Nursing
(RN) licensure exam. Wayne
Campbell, CEO of Fort
Walton Beach Medical
Center, donated the nursing
pins for the ceremony.
Brian Pullam of Niceville
earned the "Future Nurse
Leadership Award." He was
also named to "Who's Who
Among American Junior
Colleges." Other Niceville
graduates were Denis
Coffey, Jr. and Megan

Valp. Garden Club

show winners listed

The winners of the Valparaiso
Garden Club flower show, "Focus
on Conservation, held April 25 at
Trinity Presbyterian Church,
Valparaiso, were:
Horticulture Division
Award of Horticultural
Excellence: Beverly Barefield,
Award of Merit for annual: Ellen
Roshto, Petunia hybrida (poil\ii. i
Award of Merit for perennial:
Marie Harrison, Gerbera
jamesonii (Gerbera daisy)
Award of Merit for bulb: Ellen
Roshto, Lilium orientalis
(stargazer lily)
Award of Merit for cut decorative
foliage: Marion Bushey, petticoat
Arboreal Award for shrub: Ellen
Roshto, Cotinus ,. .. -,, (pur-
ple smoke bush)
Arboreal Award for tree: Marie
Harrison, Acer palmatum
(Japanese maple)

Grower's Choice, Combination
Planting, Terrarium: Vivian
Grower's Choice, Foliage
Container-Grown Plant: Beverly
Barefield: Hosta
Grower's Choice, Flowering
Container-Grown Plant: Trish
Gresko, Phalaenopsis
Collector's Showcase: Sue
Krewson, collection of ornamen-
tal grasses
Design Division
Award of Design Excellence: Nell
Section A, Tricolor Award: Carole
Class 1: "Water" Darolyn Weiss
Class 2: "Air" Mary Lee Morris
Class 3: "Land" Carole Martin
Section B, Designer's Choice
Award: Nell Poston
Class 4: "Choctawhatchee

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Brian Pullman of Niceville receives his nursing pin at the 2009
Nursing Pinning Ceremony at Northwest Florida State College.

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Audubon Society" Kay Parsons
Class 4: "Ducks Unlimited" Mary
Lee Morris (blue)
Class 6: "North American
Butterfly Association" Nell
Poston (blue)
Educational Award: "National
Audubon Society" Kay Parsons
Division III: Special
Artistic Crafts Award: Linda
Blue Ribbons:
"Say Cheese" Linda Henderson
"Flowered Pictures" Carole
Smith (blue)
"Imaginative Flowers" AnnaBelle
James (blue)
The total number of entries was:
Horticulture, 179 (not counting
multiples such as collections and
displays); design, 24, artistic
crafts entries, 12, and educational
exhibits, 4.

Clayton B. Catledge
1961- 2009
Clay Catledge, 48, of Destin,
passed away on May 4, 2009 at his
home following a long illness that
consumed many of his adult years.
He was a 1979 graduate of
Choctawhatchee High School and
played on their State Champion
golf team. He loved spending time
with friends and family and espe-
cially playing golf with his father.
Clay always had a smile and a
kind word for everyone. His laugh
and relaxed personality will be
missed by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his
father, Maj. Gen. Richard
Catledge, and his mother, Norma
Hart Catledge. He is survived by
his brother, Christopher Catledge
of Cocoa Beach, his sister, Peggy
Wagnitz of Laurel, Montana, and
his stepmother, Linda Catledge of
Niceville. He is also survived by
his special friend, Susie, and a
large extended family.
Clay is at peace, and those who
knew and loved him will smile as
they remember him. There are no
local services planned. Twin Cities
Funeral Home is in charge of the

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Mondugy Fridug Plate Lunches
Mon: Savory Smoked Wing Basket
served with fries and creamy coleslaw ........$6.50
Tues: "12 Hour" Slow Cooked Pot Roast
served with creamy mashed potatoes, buttered
carrots and seasoned green beans ...........$6.50
Wed: Mouth watering Slow Smoked Pulled Pork
served with BBQ baked beans and creamy coleslaw. .......$6.50
Thur: Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken
served with creamy mashed potatoes,
seasoned lima beans and corn on the cob ..$6.50
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Photo by Michelle Dent
The fourth annual Walk4Autism Awareness, April 25, raised
more than $10,000 for the Emerald Coast Autism Society
(ECAS), a chapter of the Autism Society of America. More
than 400 attended the event held at Niceville High School.
The walk featured informational booths and several busi-
ness sponsors. The Pyramid Players sang a set of songs
and motivational speaker Susan Young got things started.
The ECAS serves Okaloosa and Walton counties. Hayden
Edelman, who has high-functioning autism, tries on a fire-
fighter's suit with the help of some firefighters from the
East Niceville fire district.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


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Line 45, a band composed of three Niceville High School and one Choctawhatchee High
School students, performs at The Swamp. From left: Jacob Fenton, Scott McCauley, Ty
Costley and Robby Walton.

Niceville band rocks Swamp

Niceville teen band Line
45 was recently invited to
open for Canadian band Jet
Black Stare and Aerias at
the Swamp on Okaloosa
The band played for 45
minutes, performing its own
songs and several cover
band songs such as Blink
182, BloodHound Gang, and
Papa Roach. The band is
composed of Niceville High
School students Jacob
Fenton, Scott McCauley and
Ty Costley, and
Choctawhatchee sophomore
Robby Walton.
Jacob and Scott are
neighbors who started play-

ing together only a few
years ago. Jacob is a mem-
ber of Niceville's High
School band and has played
percussion for five years.
Scott's talents are numer-
ous-guitar, singing, record-
ing and he's the primary
manager for the band.
Robby has played the piano
for 11 years and picked up
the guitar three years ago.
Newcomer bass player Ty
was actually recruited from
another local teen band,
"Signed In Scarlet," and
plays tuba in the Niceville
High School Band.
Judging by the crowd,
their performance was a hit.

When the manager of the
Swamp was asked how they
were able to get a gig at the
club, he stated that "many
bands have asked and been
turned away, but these kids
are pretty good for being
only 16 years old".
When asked "what's the
best thing about being in a
band," they all answered,
"the girls."
Future Line 45 engage-
ments include, Sluggo's in
Pensacola on May 23 with
other local bands Needless
and Mind Trip; and the Fort
Walton Beach Landing on
May 24, Memorial Day

Arts Center honors

ushers and docents

Special to the Beacon
The Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College
recently honored more than 100
volunteer docents and ushers.
Ushers volunteered more than
7,000 hours and Art Gallery
docents volunteered more than
800 hours this year.
Ushers direct patrons to their
seats, hand out programs and
welcome patrons to events at the
center. Docents offer informa-
tion about exhibitions and the
college's art collections and
present a traveling art exhibit in
local schools.
Ushers and docents normally
commit to serve several times
each season, September through
July, and receive training.
Additional volunteer docents
and ushers are needed. For infor-
mation on becoming an usher,
call Delores Merrill, house man-
ager, at 729-6065. For informa-
tion on becoming an art gallery
docent, call Petra Hartzog at the
art galleries at 729-6044.
Ushers honored were:
From Niceville: Inge Ackerman,
Judy Alley, Darlene Anderson,
Eileen and Charles Arpke, Audrey
Bailey, Mindy Barrett, Judi
Bernstein, Phil Block, Michele
Boles, Kay Brewer, Jane Broestler,
Yolanda Byrd, Joy Crimmins,
Sandra Darling, Sammie and Stan
Davis, Sharol Durrenberger, Neville

Tom Feick explains a painting to a patron at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center.

Edenborough, Jan and Kurt
Eichorst, Jean Far, Tom Feick, Lee
Fryer, Katie Furby, Michele Gomez,
Marjorie Cox Gray, Dee
Gulbranson, Susie Hagwood,
Audrey and Bob Hains, Laurie
Hardy, Eleanor Harris, Be Hineley,
Debbie and Dan Hollis, Helen
Hooper, John and Marsha Hooten,
Sharon Johnson, Carol Lumsden,
Emily Maheu, Scotta Mahugh,
Gilbert March, Cheryl McDermott,
Joan McC li', Sandra and C.V.
Miller, Sue and Lee Marion, Dianne
Maynard, Donna and Bob Newton,
Joanne and John Palm, Sharlot
Parker, Ali Pfeffier, Bill Readdy,
Vicki Richburg, Marti Ross,
Roxanne Ruckdeschel, George

Sebren, Anne Smith, Paul Summitt,
Ann Surmiak, Barbara and Bill
Thaler, Karen Thomhave, David
Vaughan, Judy Van Rees, Gary
Wendel, Cathy White, Nancy
Whitehouse, Liz Williams.
From Valparaiso: Pat D'Aquila,
June Jepson, Marsha Plinske, Edith
Santucci, Jean Smith.
Docents honored were:
From Niceville: Rebecca
Cornette, Tom Feick, Renata
Gauvin, Audrey Hains, John Hipp,
Marilyn Mefford, Connie Morgan,
Janet Pandzik, Neil Reilly, Elizabeth
Shwiller, Elizabeth Welch.
From Valparaiso: Kay Harter,
June Jepson.



Niceville Church of God
Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School . . . . .9:45 a.m.
Worship . . . . . . .10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening . . . . .6:00 p.m.
Wednesday . . . . . .7:00 p.m.
Ministry for All Ages!
Pastor Tony Taylor ~
206 Palm Blvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
k1 II ^ ~Morning Celebration 6:00 p.m.


Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.

444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 I
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall) |

A community of believers who are joined together by a s*wet,
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christianjjg w
Sunday MornipcJ .
9:15 a.m. Bible St-rdy4 .
-10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m.

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

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool

ive Practices


Sunday, May 17:
"Risk-taking Mission
and Service"

Come participate
in this challenging
study together!

C ay6u Baptcist Church
school Department Presents...
I E a Children 2 yrs. thru
U N Kindergarten are
-`-22-.26 invited to attend.

To Register
Join Ranger Riley cn toe g oice.
and her scouts
as they explore our Everyone Welcomel
indescribable Godl Space is limited, so call soon.

Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry W
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

8:00 9:10 (Praise) 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School 10:10 a.m.
St. Paul Preschool
Now enrolling for fall. Limited openings.
A Florida VPK Provider.

"On the Parkway"
1407 E. John Sims
Niceville 678-1298
f 10 l li to itl. o ll

1 u nan orteet, Nicevile /72-oouu

Please email items of interest about your church to
info, along with church name,
address, contact number/email.


Please email items of interest about your church to
info, along with church name,
address, contact number/email.


Living Faith
Christian Center
Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.

Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School)


Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary: *9:40,9:42,11:02 a.m.
*Sign Language interpretation

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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Upcoming blood drives
Wednesday, May 13: Doctor's
Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, 11
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: Eglin
Hospital, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: No drive.

Saturday, May 16: Value Place,
Panama City, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 17: Christ Our
Redeemer Church, White Point
Road (Mid-Bay Bridge), Niceville,
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
YMCA needs volunteers
The Niceville Family YMCA is
in need of volunteers to work in
facility monitoring, nursery and
sports programs. Volunteer applica-
tions may be obtained from the
Niceville Family YMCA, 1031 E.
John Sims Parkway. Info:
Festival seeks artists
The 14th annual Destin Festival
of the Arts will be presented by the
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Oct.
24 and 25 at Henderson Beach State
Park in Destin, awarding more than

Breathe ino Balance, Stretch into Strength, Srender into Sillness, Practie Peace
Saturday In this two hour workshop, we will S35 -
May 23 explore basic postures, breathing Plus 2 free
2-4pm and meditation techniques that Classes!
make up the practice of Hatha
yoga. Students will leave with a basic understanding of
proper alignment and technique, and will be prepared for most
beginner and all level classes. Yoga is appropriate for just about
anyone. You don't need to be flexible, you simply need the de-
sire to show up and do your best. This workshop is perfect for
people new to the practice of yoga as well as for more seasoned
students who want to review the basics.

This is a very popular program and almost always sells out.
Pre-registration is STRONGLY suggested.

Th 1Breoo YgaStdi 1 36 ovmm.ntAvein*g cegg l

$8,200 in cash prizes. Applications
are now being accepted for juried
show artists ($30 non-refundable
jury fee and $175 booth fee). Poster
entries for the signature poster and
T-shirt design
B will be featured
on promotional
materials and
with a $350 cash
award to the win-
ning artist. Artist and poster dead-
line is July 17. Artist Guidelines
and Artist Application are available
to download online at mattiekell- Info: 650-2226
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest, "Expose Niceville,"
continues through Sept. 19 for ages
13-17. Categories: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics, Organizations. Limit
three images per contestant. Come
by Youth Services to pick up your
Concerts in the Park
Celebrate summer at the 13th
Annual Concerts in the Park May 7
through June 25, every Thursday at
7 p.m. on the lawn of the Mattie
Kelly Cultural Arts Village in
Destin. Bring a chair and picnic or
purchase dinner on site, prepared
by Carrabba's
Italian Grill or
ice cream treats
from Marble
Slab Creamery,
with proceeds to
benefit Mattie Kelly Arts
Foundation. May 14-Diji vu
(acoustic, jazz, classic and modern
rock). May 21-the Ed Williams
Quintet (soul, classic rock and
blues). May 28-Reed Waddle














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(pop, rock, jazz and blues). June
4-Emerald Gold (classic rock,
soul and blues). June 11-Mr. Big
(New Orleans jazz, R&B and
Motown hits). June 18-Clark and
Company (fiddle tunes). June 25-
David Seering (Broadway to big
band hits to Billy Joel).
Free concert parking is located
adjacent at Grace Lutheran Church.
or 650-2226.
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast May
13 at the Niceville Community
Center, 204 N Partin Drive, 7:15
a.m. This month's sponsor is Twin
Cities Hospital.
Plein Air Painters
The Emerald Coast Plein Air
Painters is an open group of art
enthusiasts who gather
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. to
paint throughout Okaloosa-Walton
counties. There is no membership
fee. Info:,
598-6501 or
May 13, Eden
State Park, Pt.
May 20, The
Landing, FWB;
May 27, Tops'l
Hill State Park, SRB; June 3,
Giuseppi's Wharf, Niceville; June
10, Calhoun Park, Destin; June 17,
Gulf Island National Seashore on
Okaloosa Island; June 24, Crab
Trap, Destin.
GOP spring bunco party
The Republican Women of
Okaloosa Federated (RWOF) will
hold a Spring Bunco Party to raise
funds for its outreach programs,
which include the donation of dic-
tionaries to third graders in
Okaloosa County Schools and a
scholarship program. No previous
Bunco experience is necessary.
The party will be held on
Thursday, May 14, from 9 a.m.
until noon at the American Legion
Hall at 105 NW Hollywood Blvd in
Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $20
each, which includes coffee,
muffins and lunch. There will also
be a silent auction of fun items.
Info: 678-4500.
Bowl for Kids' Sake
Bowl For Kids' Sake, the most
important fundraising campaign for
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwest Florida, will hold its
Okaloosa County bowling event
Thursday, May 14, at White Sands
* Bowling Center,
653 Beal
Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach.
The organiza-
tion is looking
for 32 teams of six bowlers each.
The after-work bowl begins at 5:30
p.m. Okaloosa County bowlers are
challenged to raise $1,000 each.
Great prizes for the event will be
offered. To register online: fortwal-
Info: 433-5437 or 1-866-646-
Hospice 'World Affair'
Covenant Hospice will sponsor
"A World Affair," a unique event of
international cuisine and dance at
the Sandestin Hilton Friday, May

15, 7 p.m. Food will be available
from Bombay Masala (Indian),
Wingstop (American), PF Changs
(Chinese), Aegean (Greek), The
Front Porch (Portuguese), Fat
Clemenzas (Italian) and many
more. Bid on silent auction pack-
ages and enjoy exotic entertain-
ment. Dance to the music of
RetroActive. Cash bar available.
Tickets are $40 per person or $70
per couple from Covenant Hospice,
729-1800. Info, call Shelley
Canales or Lill Jennings at
Car wash to help mission
Rocky Bayou Christian School
Mission Club is raising funds for a
two-week mission to Jamaica. Car
Wash Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Auto Zone, Highway 20,
Niceville, next to
Ruby Tuesdays.
Rummage Sale,
Cain's AC and
Heating, -
Highway 85
North, Niceville. Donate your
unwanted items. Drop off items at
Cain's AC and Heating.
Craft series planned
Learn a new skill, experience an
age-old tradition and create some-
thing uniquely yours at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida. Phil
Richter of Recycled Relics is back
by popular demand to teach fiber
rush weaving Saturday, May 16, 9
a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $45 or $40
for members and includes all mate-
rials. Space is limited. Register by
calling 678-2615 or visit the muse-
um at 115 Westview Ave.,

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Eat for YMCA, museum
A pancake breakfast fundraiser
to benefit the
Niceville Family
YMCA and the
H e r it a g e
Museum of
Florida will be
held at Perry's Restaurant, Palm
Plaza, Saturday, May 16, 7:30-
10:00 a.m., $6/person. Call 678-
2615 to purchase tickets in advance.
Boggy Bayou 5k run/walk
Fifth annual Boggy Bayou 5k
Run/Walk And Kids 1 Mile Bog
Jog, May 16, 8 a.m., Lewis Middle
School, Valparaiso. Open, masters,
grandmasters, walkers and baby
jogger competition with cool T-
shirts, awards and door prizes.
Proceeds go to the Harriers in
Heaven Memorial Scholarship. For
entry forms, cost, and information
visit, click on race cal-
endar or register at
Info: 974-8061 or running@
Music fund, benefit
Sinfonia Gulf Coast announces
the newly created James A. Fuller
Memorial Fund for Music
Education, created in honor of
Music Director Demetrius Fuller's
late father.
A special performance featuring
highly acclaimed vocal trio D'Vine
will take place on Sunday, May 17,
3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church,
Destin. Admission, $20.
This year's beneficiaries are the
Northwest Florida Symphony Youth
Orchestra, the Fort Walton Beach
High School Viking Band and the
Bruner Middle School Band pro-
Purchase and print tickets online
at or call
Family Fun Arts Fest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance, in
conjunction with the Friends of the
Emerald Coast State Parks, plans
the second annual Family Fun Arts
Fest on Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m.-5
p.m. at Henderson Beach State
Park. Events will
include perform-
ances by local
arts groups, fam-
ily fun activities,
vendors, a silent
auction and a
poster contest for all Okaloosa
Schools. The festival and park are
free and open to the public all day
and parking will be available at the
park. Proceeds will benefit the
Okaloosa Arts Alliance.
Info: Amy B aty,
Museum job fair
The Air Force Armament
Museum Foundation will host a job
fair, 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at
the Air Force Armament Museum
in Shalimar. A seminar, "How to
Apply for Federal Civil Service"
will be presented twice during the
event, once at 5:15 p.m. and a sec-
ond presentation at 6:30 p.m. There
is no charge to attend the job fair or
Free genealogy seminar
The Fort Walton Beach Library
is offering an exciting free program
for the beginning genealogist.
Speaker Margaret Harris on
Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m., will
discuss genealogy and lead a tour of
the library history room.
Info: 833-9590.

D'vine to perform
A special performance featuring highly acclaimed vocal trio
D'Vine will take place on Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. at Grace
Lutheran Church, Destin. Admission, $20, sponsored by
Sinfonia. This year's beneficiaries are the Northwest Florida
Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Fort Walton Beach High
School Viking Band and the Bruner Middle School Band pro-
gram. Purchase and print tickets online at or call 267-1478.





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UWF announces spring graduates

48 bachelor's,
The University of West
Florida has announced the
names of area residents who
completed degree requirements
during the spring semester of
2009. Graduates were recog-
nized at the UWF spring com-
mencement ceremonies May 2.
Bachelor D. -i.. : Matthew

6 master's and one specialist's degree to local students

Algarin, Christina Befi, Kellen
Blankenship, Pamela Brown,
Dora Carrano, Naomi Dalton,
Sean Deiler, Melissa Demoreski,
Sean Dooley, Joshua Dudgeon,
Lauren Fogg, April Gollehon,
Brian Grier, Jay Halcomb,
Matthew Hamner, Dawn Heald,
Kelley H--iillb>'Ii.iii. Holly
Johnson, Hope Johnson, Tiffany


Martin, Lucas Medlock, Michael
Methvin, Lyndsie Patterson,
Matthew Pearce, Kelli Posell,
Matthew Purvis, Anu Roark,
Megan Rutherford, Tiffany Scott,
Heather Snyder, Brett Thompson,
Alan Tolonen, Sara Tombrella,
Samantha Toombs, Elise Wall,
Kristen Williams, Aaron

Master's D. -.i. Roland
Deale, Walter Irvine, Lisa Jones,
Craig Miller, Mary Mobley-
Bachelor D. -i.., Jeremy
Baker, Matthew Kern, Brianna
Lee, John Rogers, Hannah Smith,
Jason Walker

Master's D.A -.i. Kimberly
Bachelor D. -.i.. Kimberly
Bell, Chelsea Hall, Theresa
Jackson, Virginia Laborde,
Rosemary Van Dyk
Specialists D.A-i. Phyllis

E-mail items to

Kendra P.
from basic
training at
Air Force
Base, San
She is the
daughter of
Robert and
Rita Persons
of Niceville.

Guard Airman
Doan graduated
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among mature oaks w/83' dock with deep water. MLS#511566 $649,000
2100 Bayshore Dr 1700 sqft. 3BR/2BA home that has been recently remodeled
w/stainless, kitchen island, tile, siltstone counters & more. MLS#506223 $189,900
206 Capri Cove 2677 sqft. 4BR13BA exquisite home on 112 acre lot featuring 12ft
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210 Gracie Lane 2221 sqft. 4R/12.5BA boasts great room, formal dining, granite
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209 Hudson Circle 1407 sqft 3BRI28A well kept home with easy upkeep, covered
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615 Kilcullen Dr. 2327 sqft. 3BR12BA home in desirable area. formal dining, eat in
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131 Mulry Dr. 2731 sqft. 4BR13BA gorgeous home in Rocky Bayou Estates with lots
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1733 Osprey Cove 2791 sqft. 4BR/3.5BA southern home features family room, built
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818 Sparkleberry Cove 1761 sqft 3BR/2BA home that is immaculate, many
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845 Waterview Cove 2680 sqft. 4BR/3BA home with special features and upgrades.
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with covered deck, 9 ft. ceilings, community gazebo. MLS#515057 $212,900
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