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Title: The Bay beacon
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: May 20, 2009
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If your creative urges
are evergreen, you can
learn pine needle bas-
ketry at this two-Saturday
workshop at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest
Florida. The cost is $45
($40 for members). Call
678-2615.
Wednesday. 9 a.m.
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Thursday. 6 p.m.
Want to make your
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strength? Check out
"Fireproof your mar-
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Church, Destin. Food and
fellowship start at 6 p.m.
and the movie
"Fireproof" will be
screened at 6:30. Call
837-8107.
Ongoing
Registration is under
way for Northwest
Florida State College's
popular "Kids on
Campus" summer -
enrichment pro-
gram for
third-
through

graders.
Call
729-
6086.


More on these and
other events,
CALENDAR, B-6


Morris pleads guilty in kickbacks


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Suspended Okaloosa County Sheriff
Charlie Morris pleaded guilty Tuesday to
federal corruption charges stemming from
an employee-kickback scheme.
Morris entered his guilty plea on all
counts before U.S. District Judge Lacey
A. Collier in federal court in Pensacola.
Sentencing was set for July 28. Morris
faces as much as 85 years in prison and
some $1.5 million in fines, although the
actual penalties are expected to be lower.


Collier said there
was a plea agreement
between Morris and
prosecutors, but that
the court was not
bound by it. The
judge did not imme-
diately release the -
agreement.
Morris, wearing a
dark suit, was Charlie Morris
released on his own
recognizance and left the courthouse with-


out commenting to the press.
The FBI arrested Morris in Las Vegas
Feb. 27 on a federal complaint alleging
theft, fraud and money laundering. His
administrative director, Teresa Adams,
was arrested on the same charges the
same day at sheriff's headquarters in
Shalimar.
Morris was indicted April 23 on five
counts.
The federal indictment alleged that on
26 occasions between May 24, 2007, and
Feb. 13, 2009, Morris and Adams con-


Delinquent taxes



swell to $19 million


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A record number of property
owners have fallen behind on
payment of their real estate
taxes in Okaloosa County.
Delinquents owe more than
$19 million in taxes and fees,
more than three times as much
as the overdue total in 2005.
Compared with five years


ago, nearly twice as many own-
ers missed the March 31 dead-
line for paying their property
taxes.
A property owned by Pointe
One LLC, a Birmingham, Ala.,
company, is the biggest delin-
quent this year, owing more
than $261,000 in taxes and fees
for a $22 million vacant gulf-
front parcel in Destin, accord-


ing to records of the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector.
By contrast, a one-acre par-
cel near the Mid-Bay Bridge is
listed as owing a tax of 99
cents.
Pointe One and the other
7,539 delinquent taxpayers on
the tax collector's annual list of

Please see TAXES, page A-8


spired to get kickbacks from bonuses
given to sheriff's employees. The total
amount said to have been kicked back to
Morris was $88,500.
The indictment also alleged that
Morris, 59, and Adams, 50, as officers of
a government entity that receives more
than $10,000 in federal grants, violated
federal statutes by obtaining more than
$5,000 through fraud or theft. It also
charged Morris and Adams with commit-

Please see MORRIS, page A-11


collegee seeks

elay in return

f tainted funds

Like Griffith
con Correspondent
Northwest Florida State College has asked for
e time to meet a state demand for repayment
bout $310,000 in tax money spent on a con-
ersial training facility that was originally
mned for construction at the Destin Airport.
[he facility, which was to have cost about $6
ion, fell under a cloud April 17 when
FSC President James Richburg and State
. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, were indicted by a
e grand jury on charges of falsifying a state
Please see COLLEGE, page A-11


Miley's dad


to perform


at Mullet Fest

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
It has been 17 years since
Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy-
Breaky Heart" attracted an
estimated 75,000 fans to the
Boggy Bayou Mullet
Festival, Niceville. Now,
there will be an encore.
Perhaps Cyrus remembers
his comment at the 1992 fes- Billy Ray Cyrus
tival: "I can see why they call it Niceville, because
y'all sure are nice." Whatever his reason for
Please see MULLET, page A-4


Tax collector promises no spending hike


Hughes launches series of public meetings [nI I


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County Tax Collector Chris
Hughes defended his proposed fiscal year
2009-10 budget of $5,800,483 during a
public briefing held Monday afternoon in
a conference room of the Mary Esther
public library.
Hughes said spending by his office
next year would be the same as it was
this year.
Hughes did not attend a county com-
mission budget policy workshop at the
Emerald Coast Conference Center April
21, choosing instead to hold his own
public budget meetings. Monday was the
first such briefing, a second was held
Tuesday in Destin, and the rest are
scheduled throughout the county during
the coming week, including a final brief-
ing at Niceville City Hall at 6 p.m.,
Wednesday, May 27.
Monday's presentation began with a
slide briefing by Hughes, followed by a


brief question and answer period, in
which he answered questions which he
accepted only in writing.
In his presentation, Hughes explained
that he is one of the
county's "constitu-
tional officers," -
elected by voters
and operating more
or less independent-
ly of supervision by *
the county commis-
sion. His budget is
funded not by direct
taxes, but by com-
missions on the Chris Hughes
taxes and fees his office collects for every
taxing authority in the county, including
the county commission, independent fire
districts, municipal services benefit units,
and other such authorities. In addition to
collecting property taxes, Hughes and his
staff collect taxes and fees on motor vehi-
cles, drivers licenses, fish and wildlife


fees, and disburse money from the
Florida Department of Revenue.
The tax collector prepares his own
budget each year, and any commission
money not spent to run the tax collector's
office is given to the county for use by
other agencies.
Hughes said he has held his office's
budget steady for the last four years,
while other constitutional officers have
all increased theirs by from three percent
ijip %\\ i,% appraiser) to nine percent
(supervisor of elections), and is office has
given the county record amounts of
unspent commissions during that time.
Tax collector budget savings given to
other taxing authorities, Hughes said,
have risen from $627,776 in 2006 to
$1,488,046 in 2008.
Recent accomplishments, said
Hughes, include applying o\i, i ciliihu l .'
to his office, such as enabling people to

Please see HUGHES, page A-4


Lip service


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
No, they're not kissin' cousins, nor was it love at first sight, but it was a moment of horsey lip service between
Mike Fantaski, principal Valparaiso Elementary School, and "Jazzy," a horse owned by interpreter for the deaf
Cathy Wood. Students at the elementary school, home of the Mustangs, claimed the title of Rodeo Readers
after reading for more than 1 million minutes, on their own time, just so they could see their principal trade
smacks with the steed.


Overdue taxpayers soar
Deinuentroert-ta accounts Okal-oosa Count, by year


7000


S3,000
2,000
2000


Okaloosa County
Tax Collector
Chris Hughes
briefed about 40
people Monday
in Mary Esther
about his budget
for next year.

Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith


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.THE BEACON


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


City gets


housing


grant,


honors


students

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The city of Niceville has been
awarded a Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) of about $700,000, city
council members were told dur-
ing the May 12 meeting of the
Niceville City Council.
During the same meeting,
council members met Ruckel
Middle School students Amelia
Baffa and Steven Fehrenbach,
who have been chosen to partici-
pate in the Take Stock in
Children scholarship program.
Dennis Dingman, vice presi-
dent of Summit Professional
Services Inc., a firm that helps
cities with grant application writ-
ing and related services, told the
city council that Niceville has
been awarded a grant of about
$700,000, to help provide home
renovations for low- and moder-
ate-income families in Niceville.
Dingman said he had been
hired about a year ago to help the
city apply for the grant, which
comes from the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), through
the State of Florida. The grant
money, Dingman said, can be
used to help homeowners repair
roofs, make other repairs,
remove asbestos or lead paint, or
otherwise bring damaged or
aging homes up to standard with
respect to health and safety. In
some cases, he said, the money
can even replace an entire home.
Individual homeowners may


Bluewater panel


offers $5K to fix


sheriff's station


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
At a Niceville City Council meeting last week, Cindy Frazier, of the Take Stock in Children program,
introduced Amelia Baffa and Steven Fehrenbach, sixth graders from Ruckel Middle School who
will participate in the city-funded scholarship program.


apply to the city for money to
make such repairs, said
Dingman, and the city may
select and help as many home-
owners as it can with the avail-
able money. In most cities that
have received such grants, he
said, the average amount spent
per home has been about
$65,000. The majority of recipi-
ents of such aid, he said, are the
elderly, handicapped, and the
working poor, who need to fix
their homes to meet current safe-
ty and health standards but can-
not make such repairs on their
own or afford to hire profession-
als to do the work.
Also during the May 12 meet-
ing, Cindy Frazier, Okaloosa
County School District, intro-
duced Amelia Baffa and Steven
Fehrenbach, sixth graders from
Ruckel Middle School who have
been chosen to participate in
Take Stock in Children, a state
scholarship program.
The program, said Frazier, is
designed to help children suc-
ceed by providing volunteer
mentors, student advocates and
case managers, tutoring, and


other assistance to help such stu-
dents succeed in middle through
high school, and then provides
college scholarships to the stu-
dents.
Students and parents who
participate in the program sign
contracts agreeing that the stu-
dent will stay in school, maintain
good grades and behavior,
remain crime- and drug-free, and
meet regularly with their
assigned mentors.
The award to the two
Niceville-area children was
funded by a bequest to the city.
Amanda's interests at school
include math, science, art, and
softball, and she plans to become
a veterinarian.
Steven is interested in math
and social studies, as well as
football, golf, soccer, and bowl-
ing. He is active in a local church
youth group, and plans to go to
college after graduating from
high school, but has not yet
decided on a career or major
field of study at college.
In other business, the city
council approved the third and
final readings of three ordi-


nances. The first annexed to the
city a plot of land belonging to
Allen and Martha Tucker, of
1415 Bayshore Drive, and zoned
the property R-1, single family
residential. The second ordi-
nance annexed a plot of land
belonging to Roy Sutton of
Jefferson Street, to be zoned R-2,
multiple family.
The third ordinance granted
authority for the city council to
raise service charges and fees for
city services such as trash collec-
tion after only one public reading
of the proposed fee hikes.
Previously, such increases
required three public readings of
the proposed hikes.
The council also approved the
second reading of a proposal to
change the zoning of a plot of
land belonging to JB and Betty
Henley of 616 Elm St. from lim-
ited commercial to general com-
mercial, and approved the first
reading of a proposal to change
the zoning of a plot belonging to
Valparaiso Realty from limited
commercial to single family res-
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A donation of about $5,000
from the Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services Benefit Unit
(MSBU) is still awaiting a legal
opinion before it will actually be
given to a local organization rais-
ing funds to restore the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
substation on State Road 20 near
the entrance to the Magnolia
Plantation subdivision.
During the May 12 meeting of
the MSBU's elected board of
directors, MSBU management
consultant Archie Jemigan told
the board that he had contacted
Okaloosa County Attorney John
Dowd to ask if there was any
legal impediment to using funds
from the MSBU budget for a
donation to help restore the sub-
station.
The MSBU is a branch of
county government, with its own
budget funded through a flat-fee
annual tax of just under $60 on
each property unit in Bluewater
Bay. The funds are used for land-
scaping, street lights, and other
maintenance and improvements
in common areas of Bluewater
Bay.
Jernigan said that Dowd
refused to provide a legal opinion
on the proposed donation,
because doing so might create a
conflict of interest in case there
was a subsequent conflict
between the MSBU board and
the county commission.
Jernigan said he did not
understand why Dowd thought
there might be such a conflict,
since the MSBU is itself a branch
of county government, originally
created through an ordinance
passed by the county commis-
sion.
Nevertheless, Jemigan said,
he then turned to private attorney
Mike Chesser, who helped write
the original county ordinance that
established the Bluewater Bay
MSBU. Jernigan said that
Chesser told him there is no legal
problem in using MSBU funds
for a project that will benefit the
safety and quality of life of the
Bluewater Bay community, such
as restoring the sheriff's substa-


tion. Jernigan said Chesser is
preparing a written statement to
that effect.
After hearing from Jernigan,
the MSBU board decided to wait
until the written advice from
Chesser is received before actual-
ly giving money to the substation
restoration project.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Taylor,
the OCSO Community Policing
Officer for Bluewater Bay and
other neighboring communities
east of Rocky Bayou, attended
the MSBU meeting, and told the
board members that he and fel-
low deputies are grateful for the
support they have received from
local residents in the wake of
recent events that have befallen
the Sheriff's Office and its per-
sonnel. Such events have includ-
ed the shooting deaths of three
deputies during the past year, as
well as the arrest of Sheriff
Charlie Morris and a top aide on
corruption charges.
"I want to thank people in this
community for their unwavering
support," said Taylor. "It means a
lot and helps the morale of our
road deputies." The project to
renovate the substation, he said,
is an example of how local resi-
dents have come together to sup-
port their local police.
Among landscaping and
maintenance projects discussed
during the May 12 meeting were
plans for additional Bluewater
Bay entrance signs, planting nan-
dina and mondo plants in the traf-
fic circle on Bluewater
Boulevard, and trimming the
Bradford pear trees along
Bluewater Boulevard.
Board member Bart
Bredenkamp said the signs are
being designed, and trimming the
pear trees is needed to prevent
branches of the growing trees
from obstructing the roadway.
This is the best time of year for
trimming such trees, he said, but
it must be done carefully to pre-
vent damage to the trees while
maintaining an attractive appear-
ance.
The next meeting of the
MSBU board is scheduled for 10
a.m., June 9, in the golf club-
house on Bluewater Boulevard.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


State college says


83 scholarships


at risk next year


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Despite a sagging investment
portfolio and the loss of state
matching funds for many dona-
tions, the Northwest Florida State
College Foundation, the college's
semi-private fundraising arm,
expects its finances to turn around
when the rest of the national econ-
omy recovers from the current
recession.
In the meantime, however, 83
scholarships are in danger of not
being fully awarded next year,
according to the foundation.
The foundation is trying to
reassure donors, minimize invest-
ment losses, and provide as many
student scholarships and other
support to the college as it can.
During a meeting Monday of
the foundation's executive com-
mittee, acting Executive Director
Donna Utley told committee
members that the foundation was
sending letters to donors, explain-
ing why not all endowed scholar-
ships may be awarded this year in
the full amount of $1,100 each.
The college said all scholarships
would be at least partially award-
ed, however.
"Northwest Florida State
College has once again been noti-
fied that there will be no matching
funds from the state for private
donations received between
February 1, 2008, and January 31,
2009," says one of the letters,
which Utley referred to as the "no
match" letter.
"As stated in the agreement we
signed when you established the
fund, the Foundation applied for
matching funds for 2008 as well
as for 2007, but is not hopeful any
will be received."
"As you will see" (from an
attached status report on the indi-
vidual endowment), "the market
value of the fund is less than the
amount required to fully fund the
endowment. We regret that the
lack of matching dollars will delay
awarding this scholarship until it
is fully endowed."
A similar letter, which Utley
called the "underwater" letter,
went to donors of endowments for
which the return on investments
has not been enough to fund the
scholarship.
"The Foundation's investment
return for the 12-month period
ending December 31, 2008 was -
22.35%," said the "iiil.kiv..iiki"
letter. "This negative return is not
uncommon among foundations
for higher education at this time.
Unfortunately, as you will also see


in the enclosed report, the net
earnings of the scholarship are
currently less than the amount
required by the Foundation's
spending policy to award a schol-
arship."
The foundation asks each
scholarship sponsor if it would
like to donate more money in
order to allow the college to award
the full scholarship next year.
According to lists provided by
the foundation, 11 individual
endowed scholarships were affect-
ed by the loss of state matching
funds, and 86 endowed scholar-
ships were iiiiu.kli'..ki due to
lack of investment returns. One
scholarship was on both lists.
After the meeting, a college
spokeswoman said that 13 of the
scholarship endowments had
received more donations, and so
would be fully awarded in 2009-
10, leaving 83 scholarships "still
in flux."
"Accounting rules require that
the principal contribution in each
scholarship endowment not be
spent and the foundation has a
spending policy that limits spend-
ing to, at most, 5 percent of the
total value of each endowment
fund per year (principal plus earn-
ings)," said college spokeswoman
Sylvia Bryan.
Bryan said that in the current
academic year, a total of $403,900
in endowed scholarships was
awarded over three terms.
Following the foundation
meeting, NWFSC Interim
President Jill White was asked
how many students would be
affected by the loss of endowed
scholarship money next year, and
may have to postpone or do with-
out a college education at
NWFSC.
"We really don't know at this
point," White told the Beacon,
"because we are still in the appli-
cation process for the upcoming
fall semester." Also, the college
has not yet heard from all donors
regarding how many have decided
to give extra money or stop award-
ing scholarships until more funds
become available from invest-
ments or the state.
White said she is hopeful that
even if some endowed scholar-
ships may not be fully available,
other ways will be found for stu-
dents who need financial help to
attend NWFSC. "We have a gen-
eral scholarship fund, and that
may help us make up for the loss
of some endowed scholarships,"
Please see RISK, page A-4


THE BEACON


Page A-3


Valp. manager


resigns post


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso City Administrator
Lisa Algiere turned in her resigna-
tion Friday to take effect June 12.
Algiere, 48, has accepted ajob
as city manager at Dunnellon, a
town of about 2,000 southwest of
Ocala.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold and the city commission-
ers were aware Algiere was under
consideration for another job.
Arnold said he has asked the city
clerk to draft and publish an
employment ad seeking a replace-
ment. He said the salary range is
between $40,000 and $55,000,
depending on experience.
For the past 15 months Algiere
performed most of her Valparaiso
duties while living at her family's
home near Tampa. Under her
contract with the city she also
spent a minimum of one week per
month in Valparaiso for most of


that period
and attended
regularly
scheduled
meetings of
the city com-
mission.
Algiere
began work-J
ing as the city Lisa Algiere
administrator
on Sept. 6, 2005, succeeding Paul
Maryeski, who resigned after his
request for a $19,000 raise was
rejected.
Her annual salary in 2007 was
$45,000 a year plus benefits.
However, when her family moved
to the Tampa area, Algiere
became a contract employee of
the city Feb. 25, 2008. She
earned $50,000 but no benefits,
and was responsible for all her
own taxes.
She didn't return a phone call
seeking comment.


Seminole project under revision


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A proposed business center in
Seminole, in the works for two
years, has experienced another
setback, but the project is expect-
ed to proceed eventually.
After being rejected by the
Okaloosa County Technical
Review Committee on May 7,
plans for the Huff Business
Center were sent back to the
drawing board for more than 12
revisions.
The proposed 25,000-square-
foot office, retail, warehouse and
two-unit residential project, to be
located on the west side of
Hickory Street, just north of
State Road 20, experienced its
first objections in 2007 when an
attempt was made at rezoning
the property. Some residents of
the small community of
Seminole, where developers
hope the center will be built,
have fought it ever since, claim-


ing the center would bring
unwanted traffic to their semirur-
al community.
"There are still members who
are opposed to it," said Nellie
Wucherpfennig, Seminole
Community Center board of
directors.
Chandler Huff, co-owner of
Huff Investments, and developer
of the project, said he has done
what he can to "be a good neigh-
bor" and keep relations with
Seminole residents on an even
keel, including dropping plans
for additional warehouses.
"It's really been just a handful
of people who have been dis-
agreeable," Huff said. "The rest
of the community has been pret-
ty supportive."
This time, when the project
met with yet another setback, it
wasn't from the Seminole com-
munity.
The North Bay Fire District,
responsible for ensuring site


plans meet fire codes, the county
Public Works Department and
the Okaloosa County Water and
Sewer Department each came up
with a list of details that need
revision before the business cen-
ter's site plans receive a stamp of
approval from the county.
"We all have our own codes
we need to apply to projects
before any structure can be
built," said North Bay District
Fire Marshal Lloyd Losinger.
"For our part we found only a
few issues that needed correc-
tion. Their road width was not
wide enough, there was not a
large enough turn radius and they
had only planned for one fire
hydrant. They need two for
something that size." The road
width and turn radius did not
allow enough room for fire
trucks to get in or turn around
should the need arise.
Public Works had a list of 11
items that needed correction,


including the fact that the
stormwater management admin-
istrative fee of $410 had not yet
been paid, nor had a copy of the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District permit
been received. Public Works
additionally cited the lack of a
"Do Not Enter" sign at a one-
way driveway connection.
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taken care of. But it'll be a nice
project once we get everything
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HUGHES
From page A-1

pay taxes and fees via the Internet,
as well as by phone, credit cards
and e-checks, and securing the tax
collector's web site against com-
puter hackers.
Hughes also said he has imple-
mented one-stop service at each of
the county's local tax collector's
offices, streamlined staffing to
include a voluntary separation
program in which some senior
employees could retire and be
replaced by new employees at
lower pay grades, and increased
the frequency of distribution of
revenues to other county agencies.
In 2006, he said, he and his staff
were named Best in the Nation by
the National Association of
County Collectors, Treasurers and
Financial Officers.
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answer session, Hughes replied to
a question from the Bay Beacon,


Slide from tax collector's budget briefing.


asking his current policy regarding
performance bonuses for employ-
ees and whether he intends to con-
tinue giving bonuses during the
coming year.
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given up until now have been
given to keep his promise to run
the tax collector's office like a
business, since private businesses
often use bonuses as incentives to
encourage extra effort and creativ-


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


ity by employees. He said he does
not plan any such bonuses for the
coming year, partly because of the
controversy that erupted after his
bonus payments were made public
earlier this year.
In addition, he said, he wants
to keep his budget at its current
level, but expects increased
expenses due to new requirements
being placed on his office, such as
taking over responsibility for issu-
ing drivers license renewals by
mail, coupled with recent postage
rate increases, and added expens-
es for electronic data processing
including a new web server com-
puter, recording images of all
checks processed by the tax col-
lector's office, and other costs.
A citizen asked what was
meant by a line item in the tax col-
lector's budget labeled "special
pay," and Hughes replied that the
item referred to payments given to
employees to cover their expenses
for certification training in various
skills needed in their jobs.


Asked about money budgeted
for out-of-county and out-of-state
travel for education and confer-
ences, Hughes said such trips are
necessary, provide valuable infor-
mation to him and other employ-
ees, and save money in the long
run through more efficient prac-
tices learned from conferences
and training sessions. He said the
out-of-state travel was actually
less expensive than taking equiva-
lent trips to such in-state locations
as Miami and Orlando.
At one point, Hughes' figures
were challenged by county resi-
dent David Parisot, who said
some of Hughes expenses are
higher than Hughes claimed.
When the exchange started to
become heated, Mary Esther
Mayor Chuck Bolton, who hosted
Monday's meeting, warned
Parisot that, "There will be order
in this meeting," and that there
were deputy sheriffs present in
case they were needed. Parisot
said he was not trying to disrupt


MULLET
From page A-1

returning to Niceville, Cyrus is
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Lannie Corbin says the country
singer's 1992 booking fee was
$5,500, a pittance to what he com-
manded just a few months later. At


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charts and soared to No. 1. Since
then, he has earned nearly 30 chart
singles and 15 Top 40 hits.
"It was easy to get him,"
Corbin said with a laugh, "but it
sure was hard keeping him!"
Though Corbin did not want to
reveal what Cyrus' current fee is,
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bers to offset the cost."
In spite of Corbin's positive
outlook, he said the crowd num-
bers this year won't rival the tens
of thousands of people who had to
be shuttled back and forth to
accommodate Cyrus' country
crooning in 1992.
"You have to remember,"
Corbin said, "there was no charge
to get into the festival then. But
I'm feeling real good about all of
our entertainment."
Last year's event tallied about
45,000 mullet merrymakers.
Admission is $10 a day.
Cyrus's latest album, "Back to
Tennessee," released April 7, was
No. 41 on the Billboard 200 chart
last week.
But Cyrus is perhaps more
famous to a younger generation as
the father of Disney TV and movie
star Miley Cyrus, who plays the
schoolgirl character Miley Stewart
and her alter ego, pop singer
Hannah Montana. Billy Ray plays
her father in the show and the
movie.


RISK
From page A-3
she said. "Also, the Florida Bright
Futures scholarships are still avail-
able. Although some of Florida's
major universities may be putting
caps on how many Bright Futures
scholars they admit, there is no
such restriction at community col-
leges like NWFSC, and scholar-
ship money goes farther here than
at a university due to our lower
tuition and fees." Other kinds of
scholarships are also still avail-
able, White said, such as ROTC
scholarships and aid to military
veterans.
Total assets of the foundation
have dropped from $38,967,345
as of April 30, 2008, to
$31,202,272 as of the same date


In addition to Cyrus, another
country artist scheduled for a
return performance to the October
festival is Blake Shelton, whose
rich baritone entertained Mullet
music lovers in 2007. His recent
releases include "Home," and
"Startin' Fires," sung with girl-
friend Miranda Lambert. Shelton
will perform Oct. 17.
For its supporting entertain-
ment, the Mullet Festival tends to
book emerging artists. Such is the
case with singer/songwriter Chuck
Wicks, though his Top 5 debut sin-
gle "Stealing Cinderella" led to
follow-up hit "All I Ever Wanted."
Recently, Wicks won a whole
new set of fans when he undulated
across the floor as a contestant on
television hit "Dancing with the
Stars," paired with real-life girl-
friend Julianne Hough. Wicks will
bring his penchant for R&B and
country to the stage Oct. 16.
Mullet entertainment may take
a whole new turn when "Doctor
Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster"
takes the stage Oct. 16 and 17. If
the party band's dated, colorful


this year; a drop of about 19.9 per-
cent, according to financial state-
ments provided by Utley.
Ray McGovern, who advises
the foundation on investment
strategies, said the drop in asset
value parallels what has been hap-
pening to assets of institutions all
over the nation, but that the
NWFSC Foundation has actually
done better than most, because it
recognized the recession early and
changed its investment allocation
in favor of more fixed-income
bonds and fewer equity invest-
ments such as stocks. McGovern
said that although some economic
indicators show that a national
economic recovery may be begin-
ning, it is still too early to know for
sure, and he advised continuing
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Oct. 16 and 17 at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.


clothes, hairstyles and zany .. I i-L
are any indication of what to
expect, festival fanatics can look
forward to lots of funk and fun that
includes audience participation.
"We've heard great things


strategy until it is more certain
whether an actual recovery has
begun.
Enrollment at NWFSC contin-
ues to climb, White told the foun-
dation members. "Enrollment
numbers at community colleges
are usually the reverse of the econ-
omy," she said, "and that is hap-
pening now. We currently expect
our enrollment for fall semester to
be seven or eight percent above
last year." When the economy is
down, White said, more people
decide to learn new job skills, or to
take advantage of veterans bene-
fits and other programs to further
their education.
White said that although Utley
has been doing a great job as inter-
im executive director of the
NWFSC Foundation, a search is
now underway for a new perma-
nent executive director. She said
the position is being advertised
within and outside the college, and
that applications will be consid-
ered and a hiring decision made
later this year. Utley did not say
whether she intends to compete to
become the permanent director.
The executive director position
became part of a scandal last year,
after previous Director Jim
Chitwood retired, and NWFSC
President James Richburg gave
the job to Florida House of
Representatives Speaker Ray
Sansom, as part of a newly-creat-
ed vice presidency at the college.
When news became public that
the job had been created and given
to Sansom without considering


about this group," said Corbin.
"They're a really good novelty
band and so popular they have to
be booked two years in advance.
We've got a lot going for us with
this year's entertainment."


any other applicants, and that
Sansom had been instrumental in
obtaining millions of dollars in
state funding for the college, sub-
sequent investigations led to both
Richburg and Sansom being
indicted on corruption charges by
a state grand jury. Sansom
resigned his jobs as Florida
Speaker and NWFSC vice presi-
dent, but is still a state representa-
tive, and Richburg was recently
fired by the NWFSC Board of
Trustees. Their criminal cases
have not yet come to trial. Both
men have denied any wrongdoing.
White also announced some
upcoming events at the Mattie
Kelley Arts Center, including:
Now through June 4: The 17th
annual ADSO Southeast Regional
art exhibit.
May 19; 7:30 p.m.: Okaloosa
County Honors Night at the art
center main theater.
May 21; 7 p.m.: Niceville High
School band concert.
May 23-29: Building a Culture
of Peace exhibit in Building K of
the Niceville campus.
May 26 & 27; 4 8 p.m.:
Dance Elite recital.
June 21 July 23:
Apalachicola River: An American
Treasure, in the art center gal-
leries.
July 22 25; 7:30 p.m.: Beauty
and the Beast, in the main theater.
The next meeting of the
NWFSC Foundation Executive
Committee is scheduled for 7:45
a.m., July 20, in Building K on the
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Members of the Okaloosa County Airport
Advisory Board and neighbors of Destin
Airport toured the facility Friday, courtesy of
Airport Administration director Greg
Donovan.
The tour was prompted by the opening of
Destin Jet, the second fixed base operator
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ed Miracle Strip Aviation, the original FBO,
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would go down this week. She said she didn't
know how much of a reduction would be
made.


Donovan said he has placed a priority on
repairing the pavement on the 5,006-foot run-
way at Destin Airport, which is cracked and
stained. He said it hadn't been maintained for
about 15 years and "it's in bad condition."
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for example, 3,356 airplanes, ranging from
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landed there. All the aircraft that use the air-
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Please see AIRPORT, page A-7


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Page A-7


AIRPORT


The service counter at Destin Jet, the new fixed base
operator at the county-owned Destin Airport. Owner Jay
Odom said the company would "bring some competi-
tion" to the airport, which is also served by longtime FBO
Miracle Strip Aviation.


[I


From page A-6
Miracle Strip Aviation is packed with
airplanes of varying sizes. Most of
the problems the maintenance crew
encounters are relatively routine,
said Mike Hall, director of mainte-
nance.
"It's typically a magneto prob-
lem," he said, referring to a magnetic
device that creates a high-voltage
electrical charge in lieu of a battery.
He said the shop services Cessna,
Cirrus and Mooney aircraft and is
working on getting certified to work
on Hyperion.
The crew also performs inspec-
tions of airplanes. These can get
expensive, depending on how much
cosmetic work the owner wishes to
have done. He said repairs from a
recent inspection cost $21,000. Last
year, one resulted in a cost of


$68,000.
While Miracle Strip Aviation is
closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Hall
said, the mechanics are three minutes
away if a problem arises during off-
hours. He said the FBO keeps about
$200,000 worth of parts on hand,
some $300,000 worth of specialized
tools and has a library of technical
publications that costs about $20,000
per year to update. "We can fix any-
thing," Hall said. "It's just an air-
plane."
The library, Hall said, is main-
tained by a retired Air Force fighter
pilot.
"This is a wonderful franchise,"
Donovan said. "Pilots need this kind
of facility. We've got one runway out
there. When a plane blows a tire on
the runway, they're like a NASCAR
team."
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Jet also has two "quiet rooms,"
where pilots can nap.
Three concrete-floor hangars are
rated for 165 mph winds, Odom said.
He said the hangars originally had
lights on the back, but they were
removed when it was found that they
annoyed neighbors of the airport.
Miracle Strip Aviation is located
directly in front of the main entrance
to the airport, while Destin Jet is on
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control tower at Destin Airport. Now,
it seems to have shifted the proposed
project into high gear.
Paperwork has been submitted to
the FAA for a $3.5 million control
tower. Donovan stressed that the
money to build the tower would
come from grants and airport profits,
rather than directly from taxes.
The tower, if it is built, will be set
against a wetland area several hun-
dred feet northeast of the runway. A
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Page A-8


THE BEACON


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


TAXES
From page A-1
overdue accounts, published last
week, have until 4:45 p.m., May
29, to pay up before a lien is
placed on their property for a
planned June tax-certificate sale.
Tax Collector Chris Hughes
May 13 published a legal adver-
tisement announcing the annual
sale of tax certificates that will be
sold during an online auction
beginning June 1. The ad lists
delinquent property owners by
name, parcel number and amount
owed. The list is available at the
Tax Collector's offices and
online.
In Florida property taxes are
discounted if paid early. Taxes
paid in November are discounted
4 percent, discounted 3 percent if


paid in December, 2 percent if
paid in January and 1 percent if
paid in February. Property taxes
are due in full if paid in March.
Hughes said the discount is
offered because most government
fiscal years begin Oct. 1, and the
discount encourages property
owners to save a little while
boosting governmental cash flow.
Property taxes not paid by
March 31 are declared delin-
quent. That adds a 3 percent late
charge to the tax bill, plus a $3
advertising fee and a $15 auction
fee, said Hughes. The tax collec-
tor is required to publish the
delinquent list three times in
May, before the annual tax cer-
tificate sale June 1.
Delinquent taxpayers have
until May 29 to pay up and avoid
the auction. "By the time the sale


actually rolls around, about half
of those who are delinquent will
pay," Hughes said.
Hughes is credited with
designing and implementing the
nation's first live Internet lien
auction, in 2004, according to a
press release from the tax collec-
tor's office. The concept has
been copied throughout the state
and by other governments across
the country, according to the
release.
Hughes explained that the tax
certificate sale in June adds a 5-
percent tax collector fee on top of
other penalty fees and interest
rates owed by delinquent proper-
ty taxpayers, plus a redemption
fee of $6.25. Delinquent taxpay-
ers must also pay the interest rate
at which a successful investor
bids for the tax certificate.


The Internet tax certificate
sale is conducted in a "reverse
auction" style starting at the max-
imum allowable annual interest
rate of 18 percent. The winner on
a given parcel is the investor bid-
ding the lowest interest rate, said
Hughes. The minimum rate is 5
percent, paid by the owner.
In last year's Internet tax cer-
tificate auction the average inter-
est bid was around 9 or 10 per-
cent annual interest, Hughes said.
Before he initiated the tax certifi-
cate sale via the Internet,
investors typically were able to
get 12 to 15 percent, he said.
Hughes said that in these diffi-
cult economic times some prop-
erty owners-such as developers
who may not be able to build or
sell certain properties due to mar-
ket conditions-are allowing the


properties to become tax delin-
quent knowing that the properties
themselves can't be auctioned off
on the courthouse steps for at
least two years. That may be
enough time for the real estate
market to perk up and attract
more buyers for developers, the
tax collector said.
If a tax certificate goes unsold
during next month's auction,
Hughes said the delinquent tax
bill becomes "stuck to the coun-
ty," and the interest rate jumps to
18 percent. Those unsold delin-
quent tax bills can still be bought
after they become stuck to the
county, he said. Investors can
walk in to the tax collector's
office after the tax certificate auc-
tion and buy unsold tax certifi-
cates at an annual interest rate of
18 percent-a financial windfall


that attracts large investment
firms, Hughes said.
"No bank is paying near 18
percent interest," Hughes said.
Anyone interested in bidding
in this year's tax certificate sale
can go to the tax collector's auc-
tion Web site, BidOkaloosa.com,
and see a list of delinquent tax-
payers, the balance owed and a
link to the property description.
Hughes said the auction site is
similar in many respects to eBay.
Like eBay, the auction site allows
bidders to specify how much
they're willing to invest, at what
minimum interest rate, and even
specify that the bidder is only
interested in certain types of
property, such as waterfront only,
located only in certain cities or
areas, only homesteaded proper-
ties, and so on.


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On Memorial Day and every day, we remember with respect those who have fought
to defend our democratic ideals and secure our freedoms. With deep gratitude, we
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Arrests
Daniel Joseph Duggan, a pool
technician, 19, of 708 St. Croix
Cove, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police May 7 for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
ijuana.

A 15-year-old Niceville boy
and a 14-year-old Niceville girl,
both students, were arrested by
Niceville police May 10, each
charged with car burglary. A
Niceville man allegedly saw the
boy and girl entering a neighbor's
car in the 500 block of 22nd
Street. Nothing was reported
stolen from the unlocked vehicle.

Joseph Heath Krivec, 35, of
204 Evans St., Niceville, and
Chad Edward Krivec, 28, of the
same address, were arrested by
Niceville police May 9, each
charged with defrauding an
innkeeper. Between 10 p.m. May
8 and "last call" about 3:30 a.m.
May 9 the Krivec brothers drank
$48 worth of alcoholic beverages
at a lounge, 626 W. John Sims
Parkway. After an instant cash
credit card provided by Chad
Krivec was declined neither broth-
er had an alternate means of pay-
ment.
Joseph Heath Krivec was sub-
sequently arrested by sheriff's
deputies the same day for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of petit theft.

Rickey Allen Caillouet, 36, of
304 Reeves St., Lot E-8, Niceville,
and Scott Eason Bacheller, 51, of
304 Reeves St., lot G-3, Niceville,
were arrested by Niceville police
May 5, each charged with retail
theft ($16.18.) The two men
allegedly were observed stealing
two bottles of hard lemonade and


a package of steak from a grocery,
1015 E. John Sims Parkway.

Chris Ryan Johnson, a
mechanic, 46, of 400 Kelly Road,
Unit 18, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 12 for vio-
lation of probation on the original
charges of grand theft auto and
possession of cocaine.

Teresa Darlene McDonald, 45,
of 304 Reeves St., Lot C-3,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 11 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
three counts.

Shawn Thomas Outlaw, 22, of
111-B Cadillac Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
May 13 for aggravated assault
with a weapon, without intent to
kill. Outlaw and another man
allegedly took turns brandishing a
snub-nosed handgun while trying
to get a third man to fight in Fort
Walton Beach. The victim, who
told deputies he feared Outlaw or
the other suspect would shoot
him, walked away from the scene
rather than fight.

Jeffrey Alan Distefano, self-
employed, 39, of 1472 Cat-Mar
Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 7 for felony
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charges of driving while
license suspended or revoked,
three counts.

Travis James McElroy, unem-
ployed, 22, of 704 Kumquat Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 7 for violation of
probation on an unspecified
felony charge.

Cheryl Diana Agerton, unem-
ployed, 34, of 73 Jackson Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies May 9 on a misde-
meanor worthless checks charge.
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Fri.: 4:00, 7:00 played, 28, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
Sat.-Mon.: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 E-6, Niceville, was arrested by
Tues.-Thur.: 4:00, 7:00 sheriff's deputies May 10 for fail-
ure to appear on the original
Fri. & Sat.: 4:00,^7:00 charges of possession of less than
Sun. & Mon.: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 20 grams of marijuana and pos-
Tues.-Thur.: 4:00, 6:45 session of a controlled substance
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May 5 that someone stole a credit
card from her purse. The victim
last used her credit card Feb. 25
and when she went to use it again
March 8 discovered it was miss-
ing. She also found 15 unautho-
rized charges made in Niceville,
Choctaw Beach, Fort Walton
Beach, Louisiana and
Mississippi.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of 17th Street reported
that sometime May 5-7 unknown
persons) forcefully removed a
double pane window from the
back room. The victim said that
the burglar(s) failed to gain entry
to the residence, possibly due to a
large dog that was inside.

A woman reported to Niceville
police that someone broke into
her pickup truck sometime after 9
p.m. May 5 while the truck was
parked either at the Oak Creek
shopping center parking lot or on
Evans Street. The burglar(s) stole
a GPS unit, $100 cash and aduffel
bag containing Gore-Tex and
rubber wet-weather gear, a pistol
belt, a canteen and a combination
lock.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Evans Street report-
ed that two suspects had burglar-
ized his vehicle May 5 about 11:
19 p.m. A neighbor reported see-
ing two males on foot nearby and
said the pair had attempted to
jump over a wooden fence near
his home. Police stopped a bare-
foot 26-year-old male who was
later identified by the witness as
one of the people who had tried to
jump the fence. The suspect
denied breaking into any vehicles
but stated another man had taken
items from a van, including a wal-
let and cell phone. Police found
some of the items in the wallet
were scattered on the ground and
returned to the victim. The vic-
tim's wallet and driver's license
were still missing.

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that her $400 Apple iPhone was
stolen while shopping, 748 N.
Beal Parkway, Fort Walton
Beach.
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville business owner
reported May 5 that unknown per-
son(s) "keyed" a work van parked
behind the business, 113 Bailey
Drive, sometime over the week-
end, 2-3 May. Damaged was
advertising that was "body
wrapped" to the van.

Vandals damaged a soda vend-
ing machine at a Bluewater Bay
pool, 1050 Bay Drive, May 2
between midnight and 10 a.m., in
an apparent attempt to pry the
machine open and steal money
from inside. Damage was esti-
mated at $100.
Other
Tyler Matthew Sneed, a sales-
man, 19, of 4114 Burning Tree
Drive, Destin, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police, sub-
sequent to a traffic stop, May 8,
for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.

Jeffrey A. Howard, 46, of 627
Nelson Point Road, Niceville,
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, May 7, for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijua-
na and possession of drug para-
phemalia.

Justin Derek Settle, a grocery
bagger, 18, of 249 White St.,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies May
8 for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana.


Carol Ann Brooks, unem-
ployed, 41, of 1107 Cedar Ave. S.,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies May
11 for retail theft. Brooks was
allegedly observed shoplifting
clothing and cosmetic items val-
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THE BEACON


Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Sonny Robert Goodson
Wanted for: nonpayment of child
support and violation of probation
on the original charge of grand
theft. Goodson's last known
address was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 8-inches
Weight: 240 pounds
Age: 33
Date of birth: 12-21-75
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown


Name: William Charles McKnight Jr.
Wanted for: violation of probation
on the original charge of grand
theft.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 225 pounds
Age: 37
Date of birth: 03-21-72
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
North Bay Fire District
Commissioner Barry Reed
recently found out what a day in
the life of a North Bay fiu Ilii I
is like.
He took leave time from his
job as Emergency Medical
Services program manager at
Northwest Florida State College
and showed up at the firehouse at
9 a.m. on April 17, staying with
the filliliiLi- until 5:30 that
evening.
The experience was the brain-
storm of North Bay's Fire Chief
Joe Miller.
"Four of our commissioners
are new," Miller said, "and I
thought this would be a good way
for the commissioners to get to
know the
guys and
what they
do. Some of
them have
absolutely
no idea
what goes
on in a fire
station'"
Reed, a Barry Reed
former para-
medic who retired from the Air
Force at Hurlburt Field last year,
said, "I know all about the para-
medic aspect of things, but when
items came up on the commis-
sioner's agendas I wanted to
know exactly what they were
talking about."
So Reed's day as a fite li hle ii
on Shift B included going on
three calls, helping pump water,
and going through tower training
and up into "the bucket." He
learned how training hours were
spent and how the fiswlimip,
tracked and documented their
time-from the beginning of a
shift to the end.
"My goal was to get a working
knowledge of what goes on, to
look at all the facilities, the vehi-


NEW
From page A-7

it and utilities would have to be
added.
Gesturing toward the swamp,
Donovan said it's important to the
county to preserve the wetland.
"You won't see development of
this area," he said, adding that the


cles and the equipment," the com-
missioner said. "Overall, I think
they're doing a really good job. I
was most impressed with how
calls are handled when they work
with the county EMS. It could be
difficult to work together with
different entities, but they're
doing it and doing it seamlessly."
The fire district recently began
providing paramedic service, a
step up from the basic life support
its fiidiliicl had provided pre-
viously.
Spending a day as a file liile i
is certainly not a requirement
when becoming a commissioner,
though Chief Miller said the
majority of the new commission-
ers have "expressed an interest"
in participating.
It was announced at the North
Bay Fire Commission's meeting
May 12 that during the month of
April, fil li hlii. responded to
81 alarms, two of which were
out-of-district Advanced Life
Support calls in support of
Okaloosa County EMS. Five
were fire calls, 51 were accident
calls and 25 were considered
"other emergencies." The district
received mutual aid a total of five
times (from Destin and East
Niceville) and gave mutual aid
five times (to Niceville and
Okaloosa EMS).
Other items discussed at the
May 12 meeting:
-The Carr, Riggs & Ingram
annual audit is due to be present-
ed at the June 9 meeting.
-A date was set for the com-
missioners' "closed-door strate-
gy" meeting between Miller and
the commissioners as they decide
how they will handle union nego-
tiations. This meeting is sched-
uled for June 2, though no date
has yet been determined as to
when union negotiations will
begin.
The next fire commission
meeting is slated for 7 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 9.

Board of County Commissioners
agree.
It's still undetermined how
large a staff would man the con-
trol tower. Donovan said that is an
FAA decision.
The paperwork has been with
the FAA for about a year,
Donovan said. He said he hopes
to get approval before the end of
this year.


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Niceville
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OStructur re ',21 Emergency Medl Call
1 Vehce Vehicle Crash
0 Oth eCrash Extrication
illegal fEmergencall
0 False Alarms O Hazardous Conditns
Location Situation Date Time
Meigs Drive ............ .. .Medical . . . . . . . .51109 . . . . .07:42
SR285 @ MM#4 . . . . . .Service call . . . . . . . .5/11/09 . . . . .13:48
N. Bayshore Drive .......... .Canceled ............ .. .5/11/09 ........ .16:28
Deer Street .............. . Medical . . . . . . . . .5/11/09 . . . . .18:38
28th Street ................ Medical .................5/11/09 .........18:40
Magnolia Shores Drive . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .5/11/09 . . . . .19:58
Rattan Palm Drive .......... .Medical . . . . . . . . .5/12/09 . . . . .07:37
W. John Sims Parkway .......Medical.................. 5/12/09 ........ 11:08
Magnolia Shores Drive . . Service call . . . . . . . .5/12/09 . . . 11:24
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .5/12/09 . . . . .18:03
23rd Street ............... Medical.................51309. 17:14
Kelly Road ............. .. .Medical . . . . . . . . .5/13/09 . . . . .18:40
37th Street . . . . . Medical . . . . . . . .. . . .08:26
Twin Cities Boulevard . . . Medical . . . . . . . . .5/14/09 . . . . .10:13
BoxerAvenue .............. Illegal burn............... .51409...... . . . 14:01
W. John Sims Parkway . . . .Medical . . . . . . ....5/14/09 . . . . .16:21
Kildare Circle . . . . . . M medical . . . . . . . . .5/14/09 . . . . .16:27
Nathey Street ........ .Medical . . . . ......5/14/09 . . . . .23:09
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Vehicle crash ............ .5/1509 . . . .15:07
SR123 @ SR85S ........ . .Canceled ............ ... .5/15/09 . . . . .16:56
Bayshore @ Partin Drive . . .Vehicle extrication .........5/1509 ......... . . 23:00
E. ParkAvenue ......... . .Medical . . . . . . . . .5/16/09 . . . . .09:17
Kildare Circle .............. Medical.................. 5/1609 ........ 11:40
Rattan Palm Drive ...........Medical.................. 5/1609 ........ 21:51
N. Partin Drive .............. Medical.................. 5/1609 ........ 23:18
Evergreen Avenue ...........Medical.................. 5/1709 ........ 03:45
E. John Sims Parkway ........Medical ................ 5/17/09 ........ 11:09
23rd Street ............ ... Medical . . . . . . . . .5/17/09 . . . . .13:44
Weekly Safety Tip: A multipurpose dry chemical Class ABC Fire Extinguisher is the best
choice for general home use. Mount the extinguisher on a bracket on the wall near an exit
so that anyone using it can escape from the room if a fire spreads. All occupants must know
when and how to use the extinguisher.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls May 10 through
May 18.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Calinda Lane ...........Alarm activation ......... .. .5/10/09 . . .05:37
Parkwood Court ........ .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/10/09 . . .10:26
Merchants Way ......... .Rescue EMS ............. ..5/11/09 . . .02:28
Merchants Way ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/12/09 . . .06:09
S. Dominica Circle . . .. .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/12/09 . . .14:08
Olde Post Road ........ .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/12/09 . . .17:27
St. Lucia Cove ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/12/09 . . .18:22
Marina Cove Drive . . .. .Smoke detector activation . . .5/13/09 . . .05:50
Jamaica Way .......... .Medical assist .......... .. .5/13/09 . . .14:50
Merchants Way ......... .Medical assist .......... .. .5/13/09 . . .19:48
N. White Point Road . .. .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/14/09 . . .09:02
Windlake Drive ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/14/09 . . .15:44
Merchants Way ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/14/09 . . .15:45
White Point Road ....... .Dispatched/canceled .........5/15/09 . . .09:36
White Point Road ....... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/15/09 . . .09:48
Ridge Lane .............Assist invalid .............. .5/17/09 ......13:16
Lancaster Drive & Hwy 20 .Motor vehicle accident . . . 1709 . . .13:39
Merchants Way ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .5/17/09 . . .16:19




North Bay official


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at firefighter duty


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Wednesday, May 20, 20091


THE BEACON


Page A-11


The Inquiring Photographer -Mike Griffith

What are your plans for the Memorial Day weekend?


Location:
Bayou Blues
restaurant


"We're going to the
beach at least one
day. "


Murray Borsheim, 44,
Bluewater Bay,
USAF


MORRIS
From page A-1

ting illegal financial transactions.
Morris, of Shalimar, and
Adams, of Niceville, had plead-
ed not guilty at their arraign-
ments April 27.
In changing his plea to guilty
Tuesday, Morris cleared the
way for his removal from office.
District 1 State Attorney Bill

COLLEGE
From page A-1
budget document.
A grand jury report alleged that
Richburg and Sansom tried to dis-
guise a taxpayer-funded airplane
hangar for Destin Jet owner Jay
Odom, a campaign supporter of
Sansom's, as a college facility and
an emergency operations center
for the City of Destin. Sansom,
who stepped down as Speaker of
the Florida House of
Representatives in the scandal,
and Richburg, who was fired as
college president, have pleaded
not guilty. Odom was not charged.
The college board of trustees
on Tuesday, meeting in Niceville,
effectively agreed to return the
$310,000 as requested by Gov.
Charlie Crist in the wake of the
indictments.
However, to repay the money
this year would harm the college
and perhaps violate state law, col-
lege officials argued.
So the trustees Tuesday agreed
to send a letter to Crist offering to
work with the state Division of
Community Colleges and the
Florida Legislature to cut NWFSC
construction money next year by
$310,000, in effect returning the
money. Trustees voted April 28 to
suspend the project.
Trustees said the $310,000 has
already been spent "in good faith"
by the college as intended-to
design and plan the facility. So, in
order to return the money now, the
college would have to cut funds
from some other part of the col-
lege's budget, possibly harming
the education of students.
Delayed repayment may also
avoid possible legal complica-
tions, because, as college attorney
Joseph D. Lorenz advised trustees,
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"I plan to work, and to
keep my father on my
mind, because he was a
veteran. "

Deb Kennedy, 53,
Niceville,
restaurant owner and nurse


Eddins said Tuesday that he
expected that Morris would
become a state witness in the
state's own kickback investiga-
tion of the sheriff's office.
Eddins did not rule out the pos-
sibility of other state charges
against Morris.
Adams' attorney, Drew
Pinkerton, said Monday that it's
likely Adams will also change
her not-guilty plea, but no court
date for that purpose has been
by the Legislature for a specific
purpose, neither the governor nor
any other agency of the executive
branch of state government, such
as the trustees, may "impound"
such money, or refuse to spend it
as specified by the legislature.
Thus, Lorenz told the trustees, the
best way to return the money
would be through an act of the leg-
islature.
One way or another, said


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"Our church is taking "Work, and make sure
our youth group on a my customers enjoy
camping trip." their time at my
restaurant."


Bobby Francis, 49,
Niceville,
plumber


set at this time.
"I'll be in discussions with
the U.S. Attorney's office this
week to get a court date set up,"
Pinkerton told the Beacon. "We
expect within the week to have
a date set up."
Sentencing in federal court is
much different than in county or
state court, Pinkerton said.
"In state court, you enter a
plea and you're sentenced on
the spot," the lawyer said.
Lorenz, the money will have to be
given back, since the governor
appoints the trustees.
Meantime, Lorenz told a
trustees committee last week that
the college's 40-year lease on the
airport property remains in effect,
with no rent required until the
planned facility becomes opera-
tional-an event now deemed


unlikely
ments.


in light of the indict-


Ken Francis, 55,
Niceville,
business owner


"There will be a very lengthy,
detailed presentence report
filed. I would guess it's at least
two months out before anyone
is sentenced."
Pinkerton said he thought
that although Morris faces as
much as 85 years in prison, the
actual penalty would almost
certainly be much less severe.
"They'll come up with a base
offense level, and they could
recommend no prison or four to
The trustees yesterday directed
Lorenz to contact lawyer Matt
Gaetz, who represents Destin Jet,
and John R. Dowd Sr., attorney to
the Okaloosa County
Commission, to arrange to termi-
nate the lease. The college leases
the land for the project from
Destin Jet, which in turn leases it
from the airport's owner,
Okaloosa County.
In other action Tuesday, the


"Probably work. If not, "I'll be staying close to
going swimming." friends and family."


Randy Skelton, 33,
Niceville,
cook


10 months, whatever it may be,"
Pinkerton said. "The guideline
range can go up or down, based
on offense characteristics and
offender characteristics. They
attempt to take the human factor
out. They try to make it so
there's no discretion with the
court."
Joseph Hammon, Morris'
lawyer, left the courthouse
without comment Tuesday.
Gov. Charlie Crist suspended
trustees awarded to Phoenix
Fabricators, of Sebree, Ky., a
$747,800 job to build a 200,000-
gallon water tower on campus to
improve water pressure that col-
lege officials say may be too low
to fight a major fire.
"Safety is the reason the col-
lege is in the water business," said
NWFSC Interim President Jill
White during the meeting. She
explained that the new water tower


Shameka Sneed, 22,
Niceville,
server


Morris and appointed veteran
lawman Ed Spooner, of
Gadsden County, interim sheriff
of Okaloosa County upon
Morris' arrest Feb. 27.
Spooner is expected to con-
tinue to serve until a special
election Nov. 2, 2010, to fill the
two years then remaining in the
sheriff's term.
Adams was fired as sheriff's
administration chief on March
2.
is needed to ensure adequate water
pressure for emergency firefight-
ing on the college campus, espe-
cially in light of new buildings
being constructed on the campus
which will add to the demand for
water pressure in the future.
The 150-foot tower, five feet
taller than the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center, the tallest building on
campus, will take about 240 days
to complete, the college said.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Fishing


duo win


$10K for


school

The University of Florida
team of Jake Gipson of Niceville
and Matthew Wercinski of
Bluewater Bay won the National
Guard FLW College Fishing
Southeast Division tournament
on Santee Cooper May 2 with
four bass weighing 12 pounds, 7
ounces. The victory earned the
team $10,000 to be split evenly
between the school and the
school's bass-fishing club.
"This is great," Gipson said.
"At the Lake Okeechobee event,
our school's other team finished
in fourth place and really put the






The Bluewater Bay Ladies
Golf Association held its annual
Ace of the Year Tournament May
6. Results are: Ace of the Year,
Margot Herden, net 70; second,
Corky Grant, net 73; third, Pearl
Caswell, 73; fourth, Jo Gorman,
net 76; fifth, Nancy Luigs, net 78.
The Low Net Tournament using
Par 4s only results are: First flight,
Brenda Severson, 41.5; second
flight: first place, Ardie
Lawrence 46; second place,
Gerry Hagen, 46.5; third flight:
first place, Vicki Remington, 44,
second place, Rhoda Krueger,
47.4; fourth flight: first place,
Kathy Bush, 43.5, second place,
Jean Far, 48. Putts: Jo Gorman
and Gerry Hagen 30 putts.

The following results are for
the Bluewater Bay Men's Golf
Association GreensKeeper
Revenge, May 9 Tournament,
Bluewater Bay Men's Golf
Association, Two-Man Scramble.
First flight: first place, Scott
Hornburg and Buster Crabbe;


Jake Gipson and Matthew Wercinski show off their $10,000
fishing tourney check.


pressure on us to do well here
and qualify to fish the Southeast
Regional Championship at Lake
Monroe, which is in our back
yard."
"We started off and the wind
was howling," Wercinski said.
"We stopped and fished a grassy
stretch and got our first fish
there. Around noon we left and
went to the only other area we
thought we could catch fish and

second place, Buddy Vucovich
and Fred Leopold; third place,
Bill McPherson and Johnnie
Prichard; fourth place, Bill Giese
and Neil McGillicuddy. Second
flight: first place, Jim Musselman
and Bill Fugit; second place,
Terry Bishop and Paul Hederi;
third place, Virgil Webb and Bill
Grant; fourth place, Chris
Distelzweig and Allen Meldrun.
Third flight: first place, Nelson
Dunnam and Ray DiTirro; sec-
ond place, Ken Hamilton and
Rolf Klam; third place, George
Celis and Art Jean; fourth place,
Keith Seago and Gary Turner.
Fourth flight: first place, Mike
Hampton and Jack
Cocchiarella; second place, Don
Oldroyd and Dave Rauch; third
place, Larry Stanley and Steinar
Kanstad; fourth place, Dale
Blanchard and Wayne Fair.

Eglin Women's, Club
Championship, May 4, 6 & 7.
Club Champion, with low
gross, Su Hui Borkowski, 240.
Overall low net, Katie Furby,
201
First flight, first place, Wanda
Larkins, 248, second place,
Sherri Gwaltney, 249, third
place, Rhonda Mitchell, 249,


we caught three more."
With 20 minutes to go,
Gipson had yet to boat a fish.
Then he caught the team's final
keeper of the day.
Wercinski said the team
caught six fish, including their
four keepers, on watermelon and
green pumpkin Flukes and
Senkos rigged with a 1/16-
ounce BulkTungsten.com
sinker.

Low net, Barbara Marquis, 205;
Second flight, first place, Barbara
Wilson, 270, second place,
Audrey Bailey, 286, third place,
Sue Greenslade, 289. Low net,
Ina Reimann, 206.


Knights set

exhibition

grid game
The Rocky Bayou
Christian School Knights will
play a 7 p.m. exhibition foot-
ball game Thursday, May 21,
against the Franklin County
Seahawks at Destin Middle
School.
The Seahawks last year
went 0-10 and were outscored
399-100. That followed anoth-
er 0-10 season in 2007, the
program's inaugural year.
Rocky Bayou went 3-7 in
2008, its first year of play.
Franklin County's first-
year head coach is Josh
Wright, who spent two years
in the 1990s as assistant coach
at Choctawhatchee High
School. John Reaves serves as
head coach of the Knights.


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Ruckel takes district golf crown
For the second year in a row, the Ruckel Middle School boys golf team is the all-county
champion. From left: Jon Harring, Mathew Glaess, Park Brady, Coach Inness, Andrew
Smith, Crystian Hopper and Stephen Shephard. Brady was the all-county boys individual
champion.


Lewis track champs
Lewis Middle School track team members Thomas Howell and Nick Morken competed in
the Middle School Panhandle Regional Track Championship in Tallahassee May 9 and
qualified for the state meet May 16th. Thomas placed first in the boys 1500-meter run with
a time of 4:36.52 and placed fourth in the 400 meter with a time of 2:19.30. Nick earned sixth
place in the 1500 with a time of 4:53.30. From left: track coach Tom Burke, Howell, Principal
Billy Mikel, Morken, and cross country coach Cindy Jannazo.


U12 travelers outbash rivals
The Traveling Eagles, coached by Joe Nedoroscik, won the Panama City "Battle of the
Bash" tournament April 25-26. The boys went 4-0 for the tournament and triumphed in the
championship game, 7-5, against the Bulls. From left: bottom row, Drew Frederic, Luke
Chaney, Zander Huff, Matt OHair, Trey Irvine and Zack Jones; top row, Trevin Eubanks,
Andrew Surry, Ryan Wallace, Austin Liebach, Jacob Clark, John Secord, Dane Wagner and
Garrett Loftis


10OU Traveling Eagles take first
The 10U Traveling Eagles Team won First Place in the May Matchup Tournament in
Daphne, Ala. May 2-3. The team won with a shutout and final score in the fifth inning of 11-
3. From left: front row, Tyler Russell, Trevor Wright and Josh Gruwell; middle row,
Christian Huff, Corbin Thurmond, Wesley Brooks, JR Weeks, Patrick Bentley, Judd Barth
and Brady Smith; back row, coach John Weeks and manager David Smith. Not pictured are
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Memorial Day takes on added meaning

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Before Army Cpl. Michael
Anaya left for boot camp in
2006, he asked his parents,
Carmelo Sr. and Cheryl, to get
him a new Bible. According to
Cheryl, Mike read his Bible
every night before bed and
attended chapel services on
base.
"Several
weeks after he


left home,"
said Cheryl,
"he wrote and
told us that
one of the men
in his platoon
had noticed
Mike's Bible
and wondered
where he


Though Mike made sure he
handed out those Bibles to his
buddies he never got the
chance to see how his family
continued with his desire to
get a Bible into the hands of
any soldier who asked for
one.
On Easter Sunday, April
12, 2009, surrounded by the
dust of Bayji, Iraq, the 23-


the aircraft and the subdued
whine of the opening hatch
alerted those standing in the
bright sunshine that soon
Michael's family would catch
their first glimpse of the
draped box that held the son,
the brother, the uncle and
grandson they sent off to war.
Mike is one of more than
4,000 U. S. servicemen and
1,459
Floridians who
have come


'He never thought about himself. He
always got things done. He used to
have a saying, 'I'm Mike Anaya and


I make things happen.


might get
one." So the
Anayas gladly mailed a U.S.
Army Bible for Mike's pla-
toon mate. Two more weeks
went by and yet another letter
came, this time with the
names of five friends. And
although it was costing the
family some money, Carmelo
determined that if all 200 men
in Mike's battalion wanted a
Bible, "they would get one-
one way or another."


year-old serviceman ga
life for his country whe
improvised explosive d
detonated near his vehi
Two other soldiers wer
wounded in the same b
Almost soundlessly,
April 22, the plane carr
Mike home slid into pl;
behind Building 103 on
Air Force Base.The qui
rustlings of preparation


home from the
"War on
Terrorism" to
the country
they sought to
defend. but


came home
after making
-Cheryl Anaya the ultimate
sacrifice.
Every one
ve his of them is more than just a
,n an statistic. They are a son, a
evice husband, a daddy and there
cle. are those they left behind who
e will remember them with love
last. and honor on Memorial Day
on and every day, for the rest of
'ying their lives.
ace The Anaya family, who
Eglin buried their youngest son in
et Heritage Park, Niceville, have
inside chosen to remember their


Courtesy photo
Carmelo Anaya Sr. will always remember the promise his son,
Mike, made: "You know I've got your back, Dad-no matter what."


loved one through a project
called Mike's Bibles for
Soldiers, the gesture that was
unwittingly begun by Mike
himself.
"That's the way Mike was,"
said Cheryl. "He never
thought about himself. He
always got things done. He
used to have a saying, 'I'm
Mike Anaya and I make things
happen.'"
Assigned to the 2nd
Battalion, 27th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Infantry
Brigade Combat Team, Mike
believed it was his duty to
watch out for every one of his


fellow soldiers, especially
those who were married and
had families. When leave time
came around Mike pushed his
own slots to the bottom,
assuring those with wives and
children were able to go home
before he did. He volunteered
for risky missions first, said
Cheryl, because "You guys
have a family."
And although her heart
broke to hear he might not be
home when originally sched-
uled, Cheryl was proud of
who her son had become.
Please see GRIEF, page B-4


Purple Heart group to honor late soldier


Sgt. Timothy Padgett


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A new chapter of a national
organization honoring those who
have been wounded in military
combat will form Thursday, May
21, at 6 p.m. in Niceville City
Council Chambers.
The Military Order of the
Purple Heart will formally dedi-
cate the local group as the
Timothy Padgett Chapter 811.
Padgett was a sergeant and a
medic with the Army 7th Special
Forces Group when he was
killed in Afghanistan May 8,
2007, according to his mother,
Glenda Penton, of DeFuniak
Springs, who will attend the ded-
ication with Tim's sister, Serena.


He also had a brother, the late
Rex Padgett, and a daughter,
Summer, who is now 10. Tim
was 28 when he died.
Penton said she was proud
that her son's name will be on
the chapter.
"Naturally, that just brings
more honor to the family and it
also honors Tim as well as the
other members of the Special
Forces who are going to be mov-
ing into the area," she said.
Penton said she recently
received a book from the Army
titled "When It Mattered Most:
Remembering Our Fallen
Medical Personnel in Iraq and
Afghanistan."
She proudly read some of the


comments about her son in the
book.
"Tim was a popular man who
most knew for his big smile,"
one friend, a South Walton vol-
unteer fit liIIhl i, just as Tim
was, said. "His fellow firemen
called him 'Smiling Tim.'"
Don Scott, a comrade-in-
arms, paid tribute to Padgett's
good nature.
"Anyone who knew Tim
knew Tim never complained,
always smiled and was always
willing to help," Scott wrote.
"He would do anything to help
anyone."
Thursday, Penton will present
the plaque to the new local com-
mander, Sam Houston of


Niceville, officially naming the
chapter after her son.
Houston said the chapter is
needed because of "the influx of
retirees in the area. We have a
new VA clinic. Also, we have the
plans for a new VA hospital. Of
course, there's going to be the
influx of Special Ops now, both
Air Force and Army. And the
chapter that was closest to here
moved to Escambia County. We
have a lot of World War II veter-
ans and they just couldn't make
that drive."
Houston served in Vietnam
with Army Special Forces.
So far, he said, he has heard
from between 20 and 30 wound-
Please see PURPLE, page B-3


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

Haley Marie Laflin was pre-
viously nominated and has now
been selected as an award winner
of the United States Achievement
Academy for 2008-2009.
Haley
attends
Northwest
Florida
Collegiate
High School
and, as a
result of her
academic
success, was
invited and
has joined Haley Marie
the Phi Theta Laflin
Kappa International Honor
Society and the National Society
of High School Scholars. These
academic organizations recog-
nize top scholars throughout the
United States and invite only
those students who have
achieved superior academic
excellence.
She is the daughter of Rock
Laflin and Beverly Thompson
and the granddaughter of Bill
and Audrey Laflin of Mossy
Head and Pat and Buddy
Thompson of Choctaw Beach.

Sean M. Wells, son of Steven
and Anna M. Wells, received his
Doctor of Physical Therapy
degree in April from the
University of North Florida in
Jacksonville. Wells received his
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Organist displays writing, keyboard skills


By Audrey Wendland
Special to the Beacon
Montana native Lee Kohler
has been the organist at St. Paul
Lutheran Church for four years.
He is not only a versatile musi-
cian, but a composer as well.
Recently,
he was a
finalist in the
Great Falls
Symphony
competition
for an origi-
nal string
q u a r t e t
piece. This
entitles him Lee Kohler


to have it performed by the
Cascade Quartet group in the
near future-no small accom-
plishment for any composer.
In 1986, Lee earned his degree
in music at Montana State at
Bozeman, and continued gradu-
ate work at Vander Cook College
of Music in Chicago, St. Olaf
University in Northfield, Minn.,
and, more recently, at Stanford
University in Palo Alto, Calif.
He began performing on the
keyboard right after graduation,
doing gigs across the country and
in Canada, Mexico and the
Caribbean, with his brother's rock
band. They won acclaim at the


Montreux Music Festival in
Switzerland and made a recoding
there. Since then, Lee has pro-
duced 15 independent CDs with
various artists, ranging from rock
to classical, including some from
the Rock Hall of Fame. Although
primarily interested in sacred
music, Lee continues to play with
his brother's band in New Orleans
once a month, and has worked
with such notables as Carl
Fontana and Richie Cole.
His compositions reach across
a broad spectrum-from choral
works to string quartets to sym-
phonies, as well as songs and
pieces for the piano and organ.


Many of these were commis-
sioned works and he has won
numerous awards.
"My musical inspiration
comes from world and local
events, both political and human-
itarian," Lee said. "Also my
immediate surroundings. My cre-
ative -,I i-. has been revitalized
since moving to the Emerald
Coast."
Lee is working on his 16th
recording with his band, This
World, on a piece titled "Celestial
Sky Suite." He lives in Niceville
with his wife, Maria, a major in
the Air Force. They have two
children, Matthew and Anna.


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THE BEACON.


Page B-3


PURPLE
From page B-1
ed combat veterans who say
they'll join the chapter. But Bill
Everett, Region IV chief of staff,
thinks differently.
"He says by the end of the
year, we'll probably be in the
neighborhood of 200-300 mem-
bers," Houston said.
The Military Order of the
Purple Heart, Houston said, is the
only veterans organization that
clearly limits membership to
combat-wounded veterans. It has
more than 40,000 members with
chapters in every state of the
union and many foreign coun-
tries.
"Some of the projects we look
at on a local issue is to support
the VA clinic and the new VA


hospital in the form of greeters,
coffee and doughnuts," Houston
said." We have preliminary plans
to assist the Air Armament
Museum. We have a number of
monuments from South Walton
all the way to Escambia that
we've put up. "
Houston expects the chapter
to be heavy on Vietnam veterans,
although he hopes wounded vet-
erans of the Global War on Terror
will also join "so they can take
over the reins after we decide to
just sit back and really enjoy
retirement."
Thursday's inaugural meeting
will be casual dress and refresh-
ments will be served. Future
meetings, at least at first, will also
take place in Niceville Council
Chambers until the chapter can
find a permanent home.


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just beginning, taking good
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important than ever.
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Repair and Mobility in Fort
Walton Beach. "I predict
that in a few months, I'm
going to see more serious
repair work on cars that
have broken down
because their owners put
off regular preventive care
to save money in the cur-
rent recession."
"Preventive care," he
said, "is more economical
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"puts extra stress on cars,
making proper care even
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said, including transmis-
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unless its computer sys-
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most current software."


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McLeod's also performs
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Chad finds especially
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"We can install special
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lifts, and make other cus-
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In addition to local cus-
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visiting Florida. Chad
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Chad has been doing
mechanics all his life, and
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after graduating from
Niceville High School and
marrying his sweetheart,
Belinda.
Beginning as a marine
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into automotive work,
Chad has owned his own
business for several years
and knows how to keep
your car running smoothly
with minimum fuel con-
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"I owned my own marine
repair business in
Niceville, but later decided
I really prefer working on
autos, and bought out a
successful auto repair
shop here on Racetrack
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Today, Chad said, his
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


GRIEF
From page B-1
Mike's brother, CJ, CJ's
fiance, Katie Rowe, his sister
Trista Moffett, and brother-in-
law Tony Moffett think of him
with laughter through their
tears. They are full of stories
when Mike nailed to the ceil-
ing the desk of his immediate
supervisor, or the time he
tatooed "My mama loves me"
on his rear end, or the "Uncle
Mike Days" when he took
individual time with each of
Trista and Tony's five chil-
dren.
The Anayas can talk for
hours about the one they des-
perately miss, but on
Memorial Day it is important,
said Cheryl, that America


remember the spirit of all
those who have served their
country.
"I so wish," she said, "that
America could remember the
heartache that families feel
when they know their young
men are gone. But these troops
go into the service with 100
percent commitment. Nobody
puts their heart out there like
they do. They go in knowing
what they face and I'm so
proud of every one of them."
If you know of a United
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S. Bluewater Bay Golf Club
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the location of a turtle nest she
had marked off between the golf
clubhouse and a nearby pond.
Just as ocean-going sea turtles
bury their eggs in the sand of
Gulf Coast beaches, said Cox,
smaller freshwater turtles bury
their eggs near the shores of
local ponds. She said golf
course employees are marking
off such nests wherever they
find them, and asked that peo-
ple who come across turtle
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THE BEACON


Page B-5


Nominations sought

for Women's Hall

Finalists to be named in August


Thanks,

Doc
Volunteers from Eglin Pet
Shelter present a plaque to
Dr. Jeff Waits of the
Parkway Veterinary
Hospital in Niceville for 25
years of quality veterinary
care. From left: Waits;
Jennifer Chapman, chair-
man of the board; Carla
Engeldinger, dog coordina-
tor (holding Lucy Lu) and
Toni Nickel, vice chairman
of the board.
Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books


government, health, humani-
ties, law, philanthropy and/or
science.
A nominee may be living or
deceased. Nominations are due
July 20. Forms are available at
occsw.org or from Margaret
Nichols, 897-1278, mlni
chols@embarqmail.com or
Wendy Clines, 496-0471, 897-
3849 or jwclines@cox.net.
Finalists will be recognized
at the Women's Annual Hall of
Fame reception Aug. 26 at the
Niceville Community Center.


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Concerts in the Park
Celebrate summer at the 13th
Annual Concerts in the Park 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 21-the Ed
Williams Quintet (soul, classic rock
and blues). May 28-Reed Waddle
(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.
Info: mattiekellyartsfoundation.org
or 650-2226.
Plein Air Painters
The Emerald Coast Plein Air
Painters is an open group of art
enthusiasts who gather Wednesdays,
9:30-11:30 a.m. to paint throughout
Okaloosa-Walton counties. There is
no membership fee. Info: dier-


hart@mchsi.com, 598-6501 or car
olanncain@cox.net.
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.
Kids On Campus sign-ups
Enrollment for the "Kids on
Campus" summer enrichment pro-
gram at Northwest Florida State
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
Building C.
Registration at W 1
all six NWF
State College locations is under way.
The program will host two ses-
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, nwfstatecollege.
edu/schedule.
Info: 729-6086.
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
J #*C We, Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach.
Proceeds benefit
the Emerald
Coast Children's
Advocacy Center. Info: Bruce
Stewart, 850-200-3055 or
BlueknightsXXVC@cox.net.


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Recreational Soccer, Ages 5-18
Early Registration Save $5
Sat., May 30, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., NHS Cafeteria
Resident: $55*; Non-Resident: $65**
Regular Registration
Sat., July 18, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., NHS Cafeteria
Resident: $60*; Non-Resident: $70**
includeses $10 user fee that goes to City of Niceville.)
(**Includes $10 user fee plus $10 fee for players residing outside city
limits of Niceville or Valparaiso; both fees go to City of Niceville.)
$25 extra for late registration (after July 18)
Contact Brenda Zins at 678-8220
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Copy of state-issued birth certificate required for
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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 genealo-
gy and lead a tour of the library his-
tory room.
Info: 833-9590.
Pine needle basketry
Pine needle basketry at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida Saturdays, May 23 And 30
(2-part class), 9 a.m.-l1 p.m. The cost
is $45 or $40 for members and
includes all materials. Space is limit-
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.
Child care provided by reservation
only; make your reservation no later
than May 21. Free admission. Info:
837-8107
Bunco for hospital
The Auxiliary of Twin Cities
Hospital plans a day of bunco
Thursday, May 28, at Holy Name of
Jesus Parish Hall, 1200 Valparaiso
Blvd., Niceville. Tickets are $20 per
person. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for
coffee and doughnuts, game starts at
9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served. Call
897-7786 for tickets. Proceeds bene-
fit the Auxiliary Health Related
Scholarship Fund.
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
michelle @ altonareachamber.com.
Bereavement seminar
"'Til Death Do Us Part," an infor-
mational seminar, sponsored by the
Bereavement Ministry of Christ Our
Redeemer Catholic Church, 1028
White Point Road, Niceville, 10
a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at the
church. Registration deadline, May
26. Lunch will be provided, dona-
tions accepted. Speakers will be
from Wealth Management,
Bereavement Specialists, Heritage
Gardens Funeral Home and Chief
Casualty Support from Hurlburt. To
register or more information:
Barbara Vanderbeek, 897-6551 or
Tricia Zermeno, 897-7797.
Soccer registration help
Help sign up players, coaches
and volunteers
for PAL Soccer
League, 9 a.m.-l1
p.m., Saturday,
May 30, in the
Niceville High
School cafeteria. Info: 678-8220 or
678-2182.
Home School Day
A day dedicated to home school
students and archaeology, Tuesday,
June 2, 10 a.m.-p.m. Participate in a
mock archaeology dig and explore
the Heritage Museum. Through
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Florida. Activities designed for chil-
dren ages 5 through 11 and their par-
ents. Date: Tuesday, June 2.
Members free; non-members $5 per
student and $2 per adult. Info:
678-2615.
Beach Olympics planned
The Hospitality Round Table
committee of the Greater Fort
Walton Beach Chamber of
Commerce announces its first
"Beach Olympics," scheduled for
Tuesday, June 2, behind The
Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.
Beach Olympics will pit teams in
competitions ranging from kayak
races to bedmaking! Geared primari-
ly around the hospitality and service
industries, the event is open to any
interested group. Registration is $50
for a four-person team, with pro-
ceeds to benefit the Okaloosa
County Junior Lifeguard Program.
Event information and advance reg-
istration: fwbchamber.com/
olympics, or 699-6885.
Red Cross CPR Saturday
American Red Cross of
Northwest Florida presents its' third
annual CPR Saturday, June 6, at
Northwest Florida State College
Gym. Course participants must pre-
register and prepay. The fee per indi-
vidual is $10 (a $36 value). Walk-ins
will be seen as space is available.
Businesses are limited to registering
two employees per event.
Classes begin every hour and 40
minutes: 8 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:20
a.m., 1 p.m., 2:40 p.m.
AED (Automated External
Defibrillator) will
be available after
each Adult CPR
session for an
additional $7.
Certification will
also be provided
to those wishing to take this 20
minute session.
Register at: www.YourRed
Cross.org. Or call: (800) 773-7620
ext. 0.
Volunteers needed for: Set up at
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Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. to paint throughout Okaloosa-Walton counties. There is no
membership fee. Info: dierhart@mchsi.com, 598-6501 or carolanncain@cox.net. The next
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Bluegrass gospel concert
"Bama Blu-Grace," a bluegrass
gospel group will perform, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, First Baptist
Church, Niceville.
Creative dramatics class
Creative Dramatics, a summer
workshop open to students age 13
through college, June 8-July 9 at
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville. Participants will learn
about choreogra-
phy, acting,
S voice, makeup
S and staging and
will star in a pro-
duction of
"Fiddler on the
Roof Jr." at the Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts Center July 9.
Enroll through May 29 at any NWF
State College location. No prior
experience in theater is required and
eligible high school and college stu-
dents may earn college credit.
Info: Mary Lou Baker,
729-5832.
Kids Day in the Park set
The city of Fort Walton Beach
will hold its annual Kids Day in the
Park at the Fort Walton Landing
Thursday, June 11, 10 a.m.-l1 p.m.
This year's list of activities and dis-
plays include: water slides, rock
climbing, Stampin' Up fun faces,
kite making with Kitty Hawk Kites,
fitness for everybody, Fort Walton
Beach Library, U.S. Army Rangers
snake house, Choctawhatchee
Audubon Society, Fort Walton
Beach Fire Department Fire Safety
House, PAWS, Emerald Coast
Archaeology and more. There will
also be performances to entertain the
kids, including: "Gravinpulation!"
with Brian Pollock (10 and 11 a.m.
and noon), Nonie's Ark Animal
Encounters (10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
and 12:15 p.m.), and Magic
Moments with Beau Broomall
(10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and
12:30 p.m.).
Museum yard sale
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will hold its com-
munity yard sale with the Niceville-
Valparaiso Kiwanis Saturday, June
13, 7 a.m.-noon.
Donations will be accepted dur-
ing regular museum hours, Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Space is also available at the
museum for sellers. A limited num-
ber of 10-by-xlO-foot spaces are
available for $10 each. Call 678-
2615 to pay by VISA or MasterCard.
Rabies clinic/dog wash
Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m.-3
p.m., rabies/microchip clinic and
dog wash, Panhandle Animal
Welfare Society, 752 Lovejoy Road,
Fort Walton Beach. Rabies vaccina-
tions, $5; microChip, $15; dog wash,
$7 under 30 lbs., $10 over 30 lbs.
Dog and human Snow Cones will be
available as well.
Archaeology camp
\!i l. i>.i.-', Kids: Museum
Summer Camp" is on its way to the
Indian Temple Mound Museum this
summer. The camp will be offered
June 15-17, and June 22-24, 8 a.m.-
1 p.m. Campers will experience
12,000 years of history in three days
and will learn about American
Indians and the archaeology used to
uncover their way of life
The cost is $50 per camper for all
three days. Students going into the
third through sixth grades are wel-
come. Advance registration is
required. Call Gail Lynn Meyer at
the City of Fort Walton Beach
Heritage Park and Cultural Center,
833-9595, to reserve your place in
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From page B-1
diploma from Niceville High
School in 2002 and his
Bachelors of Science from the
University of North Florida in
2006.
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strength and
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specialist,
and has been
active cover-
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events and training clients over
the past three years. He has also
co-authored several publications
and abstracts related to biology
and the field of rehabilitation.
Post-graduation, Wells and
his wife will relocate to South
Florida where he will work at a
major hospital as an acute-care
physical therapist.
Rebecca Osborne graduated
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Southeastern University,
Lakeland, on May 2 with a BS in
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She is the daughter of Van
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Percepter Beta Gamma
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held
its annual "Founders Day" at a
local restaurant in Niceville with
sister Chapter Laureate Epsilon
Sigma.
Gloria Brown was voted and
presented "Girl of the Year"
award by Ann Porter.
Anita Early was voted and
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Smith.
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COPY EDITOR
Beacon Newspapers
Beacon Newspapers has an opening for a
copy editor to help compile, write, and edit
news items, select photos, assist the editor in
preparing the newspaper for publication, and
perform other editorial duties. Applicants
must be familiar with desktop computers,
able to work quickly and accurately on dead-
line, and possess strong proofreading and
editing skills. Candidates must be detail-
oriented and able to adapt to a fast-paced
newspaper environment. Nonsmoking office.
Competitive pay, commensurate with experi-
ence and aptitude. Benefits include paid
vacation and holidays, and IRA plan. Room
for advancement. Apply at The Bay Beacon,
1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL
32578. Resumes to: hr@baybeacon.com.


NEWSPAPER DELIVERY
Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more
each week in your spare time! The Bay
Beacon seeks a reliable independent
contractor to insert, bag, and deliver
newspapers Tuesday night. You must be
over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good
driving record, a Florida driver's license,
and proof of current liability insurance. No
collecting duties. Earnings vary according
to route and work load. Stop by the Bay
Beacon for an information sheet and to fill
out an application. The Beacon 1181 E.
John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080
(Parkway East Shopping Center across
from PoFolks)


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Niceville to know,
say it in the Beacon.
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CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE
YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!
MAIL ......... Beacon Newspapers,
1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL
32578. Please enclose check.
DROP IN.. The Bay Beacon,
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East
Shopping Center.
Office hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F. After
hours, use mail slot in our door.
E-MAIL ........ classified @baybea-
con.com Type "Classified" in subject
field. (Do not include credit card infor-
mation. We will call you for credit card
info. $5 processing fee.)
*Base price includes $5 weekly
discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid
ads. Please make checks payable to
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