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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: May 27, 2009
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Richburg seeks job back, or $764,000


By Del Lessard and Mike Griffith
Beacon Staff
James R. Richburg has petitioned
Northwest Florida State College seeking at
least $764,000 in damages for his firing last
month, or reinstatement to his old job as presi-
dent of the college.
College trustees decided Tuesday to seek
mediation in the dispute.
On April 28, trustees voted 4-3, with one
abstention, to immediately dismiss Richburg,
president since August 1987. The eight-mem-


ber governing board acted after Richburg's
indictment April 17 by a Leon County grand
jury on charges of official misconduct and per-
jury. Richburg, 64, of Niceville, has pleaded
not guilty.
NWFSC trustees Esteena Wells, Sandy
Sims, Dale Rice and Brian Pennington voted
last month to fire Richburg, who was paid
$228,000 a year. Trustees Wesley Wilkerson,
Vercell Vance and Elizabeth Campbell voted
to retain him. Joseph "Jody" Henderson, a
nine-year business associate of Richburg in a


James R.
Richburg


real estate venture, abstained, citing possible
conflict of interest.
According to a statement released by the
college: "Trustees who voted for the termina-
tion made a point of commending Dr. Richburg
for his long and distinguished service to the
college, but noted their opinion that the board
needed to move forward with new leadership
and that their vote was not a reflection or judg-
ment on Dr. Richburg's current legal issues.
Trustees who voted against the termination had
requested that the board take more time to con-


sider its options and alternatives such as sus-
pension or asking for Richburg's resignation."
The college has paid Richburg through April
30.
The November 2007 four-year contract
between the college and Richburg was amend-
ed in July 2008 to continue him as president for
another year, through June 30, 2012, at an
annual salary of $228,093, to be increased
annually by 3 percent. Excluding his annual
Please see RICHBURG, page A-7


OMIG
Thursday. 9:30 a.m.
Coffee, doughnuts, bunco
and lunch at Holy Name of
Jesus Parish Hall, 1200
Valparaiso Blvd., all for $20,
will benefit the Twin Cities
Hospital Auxiliary Health
Related Scholarship Fund.
Call 897-7786.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-I p.m.
S" If you're interest-
r i ed in playing,
S coaching or volun-
steering in some
other way for PAL Soccer
League, you can sign up at
the Niceville High School
cafeteria. Call 678-8220 or
678-2182.
Saturday. 9 a.m.
Adults can hearken back
to those fun days of summer
camp with a weekend
adventure at Camp
Timpoochee. Kayaking,
yoga, line dancing, camp-
fires and more will all be


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part of the weekend. $100
per person or $150 per cou-
ple.
Sunday. 4 p.m.
Join the crowd honoring
Fred Carley at the Ruckel
Middle School gym for his
40 years of service to the stu-
dents in the Niceville area.
Carley volunteered for and
coordinated year-round run-
ning programs and sports.
Monday. 6 p.m.
Learn what plants thrive in
the summer heat
P J and humidity at
the Valparaiso
Garden Club's
Creative
Gardener Series at
Valparaiso Community
Library. It's free. Call 729-
5406.
More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4.


Government report:


Buy many homes,


soundproof others


against jet noise


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A worst-case approach to jet
noise used in a government study
aimed at protecting Eglin Air
Force Base activities from civil-
ian encroachment clouds the
future of thousands of homes in
Niceville and Valparaiso.
The Pentagon-financed
regional study recommends gov-
ernment purchase of hundreds of


3 JLUS meetings set, A-9.
County nixes peace offer, A-9.
homes threatened by jet noise,
soundproofing over 1,500 other
houses and dozens of public
buildings such as churches and
schools, and converting entire
residential neighborhoods into
industrial parks and farms.
Please see NOISE, page A-9


Housekeeper


is arrested


as jewel thief


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An investigation by
the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office and
Niceville Police
Department has resulted
in the arrest of a
Valparaiso woman who
allegedly stole $30,000
in jewelry from seven
homes while working in


Jennifer M
Denn


them as a housekeeper.
Jennifer Michelle Denney,
unemployed, 30, 30, of 395
Whiteway Circle, Valparaiso, was


arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 20 on six
counts of grand theft
and three counts of
dealing in stolen proper-
ty. Denney was also
, j arrested by Niceville
police May 20 on one
additional count of
grand theft over
lichelle $10,000.
iey Sheriff's investigator
Bob Grappone said
Denney stole more than $30,000
Please see THIEF, page A-7


New Eglin chief briefs public on F-35


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Thursday night's Air Force "town
meeting" in Niceville may have
begun a new era of cooperation
between Eglin Air Force Base and its
neighbors, said two mayors who
attended.
Niceville High School hosted a
town meeting Thursday evening, in
which Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis, the
new commander of Eglin's Air


Armament Center and senior officer
at the base, showed slides and dis-
cussed changes coming to the base
and surrounding communities.
Foremost of such changes will be
the conversion of the 33rd Fighter
Wing from an operational wing fly-
ing F-15 Eagles to a training wing
flying the new F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter. The new plane
has generated controversy because of
concerns about noise levels from the


mlt .'m
Maj. Gen. C.R.
Davis


plane's powerful engine, and the
increased number of flights to be
flown over local communities, espe-
cially Valparaiso, the town closest to
Eglin's north-south runway.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold,
who attended the meeting, told the
Beacon just before the meeting
began that, "It's too soon to tell"
whether relations between Valparaiso
and Eglin will improve now that
Gen. Davis has taken over from his


predecessor, Maj. Gen. David
Eidsaune. Arnold did, say, however,
that he was hopeful for an improved
relationship and better communica-
tion between the base and his city.
"I've had one conversation with
Gen. Davis so far," the mayor said,
"and he seemed quite personable,
and more willing to talk over issues
and find a solution." Eidsaune, said
Please see F-35, page A-7


Softball bids


farewell to Valp.


after 39 seasons


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
After 39 years as home of
girls softball in the Twin Cities,
the fields of Wolverine Softball
Park will fall silent after this
weekend. No more shouts and
laughter, no more base hits or
foul balls, no more hot dogs
and sodas-just empty ground.
The closing ceremonies for
the 2009 season, scheduled for
Saturday at the softball park on
Wolverine Avenue, Valparaiso,
will be the last hurrah for these
fields of the Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls Softball
Association (VNGSA).


Evicted from the Air Force-
owned land for safety reasons,
the softball league will move to
fields in Niceville next year.
The park the league must
abandon in Valparaiso will live
on in the memories of the thou-
sands who have played,
coached, umpired and cheered
there.
The city of Valparaiso had
leased the park from Eglin Air
Force Base, which last year
said it would not renew because
of heightened risk of airplane
crashes. The field is just west
Please see SOFTBALL, page A-7


The Valparaiso-
Niceville Girls
Softball
Association will
hold season-
closing cere-
monies Saturday
at Wolverine
Park, Valparaiso.
The Air Force is
evicting the
association from
its long-time
playing fields for
safety reasons.
Play will resume
next year on city
fields in
Niceville.
Beacon photo


Lest we forget


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Col. Bruce McClintock, commander, 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, told a
Memorial Day crowd at Doolittle Park on Monday that the holiday is about more than the first
day of summer, going to the beach, or backyard barbecues. The real reason for Memorial
Day, he said, is to "honor those who gave their lives for the ideals we all cherish."
McClintock recited the names of several local residents who had recently been killed in the
Middle East, and said that about 500 troops from Eglin are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.


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THE BEACON


Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Uptick posted in bridge revenue


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Members of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority (MBBA) were
pleased to hear that for the first
time in years, revenue for the toll
bridge may be setting the stage
for growth.
In a briefing Thursday in
Niceville, HDR Engineering
consultants Bob Kellner and
James Vansteenburg told the
MBBA that bridge revenue dur-
ing April 2009 was slightly
above that of April 2008,
although traffic was down. The
new figure marked the first time
since 2006 that April revenue
has grown over year-earlier lev-
els.
The increase, to $1.082 mil-
lion from $1.059 million, was
only about 2.1 percent, but it was
N qe lilii. and it reversed a long


trend of stagnant or declining
toll revenue following the slow-
ing of tourism, construction and
other economic activity after
Hurricane Ivan and other storms
slammed the Emerald Coast in
2004, followed by Hurricane
Katrina in 2005. A 50-cent toll
increase in 2005 discouraged
traffic, while boosting per-vehi-
cle revenue.
In October 2008, revenue was
about 10 percent below that of
the previous year. As recently as
March 2009, the drop was about
8.3 percent from a year earlier.
In April 2009, 578,839 vehi-
cles crossed the bridge, down 0.2
percent from a year earlier.
At least one MBBA member
saw the April revenue increase
as a cause for optimism. "Maybe
this is the light at the end of the
tunnel," said James Neilson.


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"Maybe May will also look
good, with the Memorial Day
weekend coming up."
Easter occurred in 2008 on
March 12 and in 2009 on April
12. Bridge board members did
not discuss how this may have
affected holiday traffic volumes.
Two-month totals for March and
April were down from a year
earlier.
Kellner and Vansteenburg
also briefed the MBBA on recent
and expected progress on the
construction projects underway
to improve access to and from
the Mid-Bay Bridge. The author-
ity is building a four-lane high-
way east of Bluewater Bay to


replace White Point Road as the
span's main northern access
road.
Regular communication with
various regulatory agencies has
helped smooth the path of the
projects, said Kellner. "We met
with federal and state fish and
wildlife officials during the past
month," he said, "and we will
meet with the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) officials in
June. We have been coordinating
with Eglin Air Force Base and
the State Historical Preservation
Office (SHPO) on our cultural
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to "establish a working relation-
ship early," and thereby win the
trust and cooperation of regula-
tors.
Vansteenburg briefed MBBA
members on milestones of road-
building projects. The "Phase 1"
road from Range Road to the
north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge
began construction in April of
this year, and is expected to be
complete by May 10, 2011.
Meanwhile, construction on
Lakeshore Drive, to realign the
road and connect it with a fly-
over leading to the bridge and
State Road 20, is expected to be
done by Oct. 16 of this year.
Four-laning State Road 20
from White Point Road to the
Walton County line will begin in
August, and is expected to be
complete by May 10 of 2011,
with eastbound lanes done by
July 18 of 2010. As construction
proceeds, said Vansteenburg,
traffic along SR 20 will contin-
ue. "We expect to keep two traf-
fic lanes open at all times," he
said.
As SR 20 is widened, he said,
a back access road to allow some
Seminole residents who live
south of the east-west highway
to gain easier access to it after it
is expanded to a four-lane divid-
ed highway will also be built,
starting Jan. 24, 2010, and being
completed by July 4 of that year.
Kellner said he and his staff
are holding weekly construction
milestone meetings with the
contractors building the new
roads, to identify potential
delays early and help resolve
problems.
Additional construction, to
build "Phase 2" and "Phase 3"
roads connecting Range Road
with SR 85 north of Niceville,
were not discussed during
Thursday's meeting, but are also
planned to be built after the
Phase 1 connector is complete.
The next meeting of the
MBBA is scheduled for 9 a.m.,
June 18, at Destin City Hall.


budget for the 2009-10 fiscal
year is available online at:
www.okaloosatax.com/


Hughes

Niceville


meeting


tonight

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Interested Niceville and
Valparaiso residents have the
opportunity today to hear
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes
explain his $5.8 million budg-
et for the upcoming fiscal year
2010
Hughes will make his
budget presentation at the
Niceville City Council cham-
bers
today at
6 p.m.
This will
be the
fifth and
final
public
meeting
on the
tax col-
lector's Chris Hughes
budget.
A short question-and-answer
period will follow the presen-
tation.
The meetings this year are
a first for the tax collector.
Hughes has been under a bar-
rage of criticism since March,
when it was disclosed that he
had been rewarding certain
employees with bonuses of up
to $15,000 a year, and not dis-
closing the payments to state
overseers. Over a five-year
period starting in 2004, those
bonuses amounted to just over
$1 million.
An outside accounting finnrm
that recently conducted an
audit of the tax collector's
office, leveled several criti-
cisms at the tax collector.
Auditors said Hughes had not
followed instructions from the
Florida Department of
Revenue on budgeting or
reporting the bonuses. The
audit said Hughes' practice of
awarding bonuses appeared to
circumvent the intent of DOR
disclosure rules by lumping
the bonuses in with salaries
and failing to report them sep-
arately on a line reserved for
that purpose on the state's
standard reporting form.
Hughes rejected an invita-
tion to attend an April 28
budget policy workshop of the
Okaloosa County Board of
County Commissioners. In
past years Hughes has submit-
ted only the barest of budget
documents to the county.
Hughes, who is serving his
fifth four-year elected term,
has defended his arms-length
relationship with the county
commission, saying his office
is a "*-I'\.IiII" entity inde-
pendent of county oversight.
Since the tax collector collects
taxes for the county and other
taxing authorities, Hughes
said, he wants to prevent any
perception of impropriety by
agencies who receive the serv-
ices of the tax collector.
Hughes said he is the only
Okaloosa County constitu-
tional officer ever to hold a
public budget presentation
such as the one tonight.
"At a time when people are
curious to see how their tax
dollars are spent, I am com-
mitted to ensure that no other
agency's budget will be more
available and more easily
understood than that of the tax
collector:," said Hughes. "At
these meetings, I personally
will review both my current
budget and the proposed
budget for 2009-2010. I will
explain where the money will
be spent."
Last week Hughes made
presentations in Mary Esther,
Destin, Crestview and Laurel
Hill. He was scheduled to
make the budget presentation
in Fort Walton Beach last
night.
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Arrests
Donnie Ray Smith, 41, of 56
3rd St., Shalimar, was arrested
by Niceville police May 16 for
harassing communications and
criminal mischief, damage to
property. On April 3 Smith
allegedly caused an estimated
$7,000 damage to a vehicle
parked at a Niceville motel, 106
Bayshore Drive. Smith was an
ex-boyfriend of the victim, who
went on to say that she was
forced to disconnect her phone
due to repeated calls from
Smith.

A 13-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by
Niceville police May 12 for tres-
pass on school property, two
counts. The boy and a female
juvenile allegedly entered both
Ruckel Middle School gym and
the Niceville High School gym
during the night of March 5-6.
School officials found duct tape
on the doors at both gyms, pre-
venting the doors from being
locked. No damage was report-
ed at either school.


Sandra Marie Thompson, 57,
of 223 Galway Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
May 12 for trespassing, which
allegedly occurred Dec. 28 at a
neighbor's home.
DUI arrests
Michael Lloyd Anderson,
unemployed, 49, of 500 Kelly
Mill Road, Apt. 42, Valparaiso,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI on County Road 190
(College Boulevard) at Garden
Lane, May 12 at 10:45 p.m.
Anderson was subsequently
arrested for possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription, four 500 mg pills of


hydrocodone-acetaminophen,
and for knowingly driving on a
suspended or revoked driver's
license, third or subsequent con-
viction, a third-degree felony.
Anderson was unable to pro-
vide a registration for the car he
was driving and told police that
he did have permission to use a
bank card with someone else's
name on it. Police later learned
Anderson did not have permis-
sion to drive the car nor to have
and use the bank card.
He was subsequently arrested
for grand theft auto, theft of a
credit card and fraudulent use of
a credit card. Anderson was also
cited for stopping in the road-
way.

Tony Wayne Beckstrom, a
Homeland Security bomb tech-
nician, 44, of 363 Evergreen
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Marc Smith Drive, May 17 at
4:29 p.m.
Thefts
A Valparaiso resident from the
100 block of Aurora Street report-
ed that unknown persons)
removed her wallet from a red
purse that was left on top of the
center console of an SUV parked
in the driveway unlocked and with
the driver's window down, May 9.
A credit card, driver's license and
other ID was reported stolen, in
addition to the $100 wallet.

A Niceville resident from the
500 block of 23rd Street reported
that sometime May 10-13 some-
one broke into an unlocked vehi-
cle and stole a DVD player, a
SunPass transponder and an auto
part.

A Niceville resident reported
that someone stole her $300


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iPhone May 12 after she laid it
down while attending to a cus-
tomer at a business, 212
Government Ave.

A convenience store, 1001
Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville,
reported that a man took a malt
beverage into the store bathroom,
drank it, and left the store without
paying. The white male was
described as having flame tattoos
on his arms and wearing a blue
button-up shirt and beige shorts.


A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Curacao Way report-
ed May 13 that someone had
stolen $10,000 worth of jewelry
on or about April 28.


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Three days after suspended
Okaloosa County Sheriff
Charlie Morris last week plead-
ed guilty to federal charges
stemming from a bonus-kick-
back scheme in the sheriff's
office, a co-conspirator pleaded
guilty to the same charges.
Teresa Adams, 51, of
Niceville appeared before
Senior U.S. District Judge
Lacey Collier at the federal
courthouse in Pensacola Friday
and pleaded guilty to federal
charges of conspiracy, theft,
and money laundering. Adams
was Morris's chief of adminis-
tration.
Adams and Morris, 59, of
Shalimar, were arrested by the
FBI Feb. 27. They were
accused of creating fictitious
performance bonuses for sher-
iff's office employees, then
directing some of the employ-
ees to give all or part of the
money to the sheriff.
Employees were allegedly told
the sheriff would use the
money for charity, including
help to other sheriff's employ-


A Niceville couple reported
May 16 that someone had fraudu-
lently used their credit cards on the
Internet more than twice within
the past six months, for more than
$100.

A Niceville resident from the
1500 block of Cedar Street report-
ed that someone stole a $900 gen-
erator sometime May 6.

A Niceville resident from the
600 block of Bailey Drive report-
ed that someone burglarized her
van sometime May 10-11 and
stole DVD movies, a video mod-
ule and a DVD backseat theater.
The stolen items were valued
together at $330.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of West Lido Circle
reported that someone stole her
son's $250 BMX bicycle some-
time May 11.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of East Capri Cove
reported that someone stole a 47-
inch LCD high-definition TV
from the residence sometime May
11-12. The television was valued
at $1,899.

A Niceville resident from the
1400 block of Mark Twain Court
reported that someone stole a $600
mountain bike May 19.
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with heavy machinery about 400
yards from the trailer and neither
he nor any of his co-workers wit-
nessed the theft. The green ATV
was valued at $6,000.

Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from the
200 block of Edge Avenue report-
ed that unknown persons) shat-
tered the rear hatch window of a
2003 van parked in the driveway
sometime May 9-10. Damage
was estimated at $300. Nothing
was reported missing from the
vehicle.


A resident of Old Town, Ha., * *
reported that unknown persons) Vandals climbed a fence at a
stole his 2003 Honda ATV from a preschool, 703 Powell Drive,
work trailer parked near 4690 Niceville, but caused no perma-
Highway 20, Niceville, May 13. nent damage, it was reported May
The victim stated he was working 13. Toys were scattered all over


the playground and a sign and a
screen were removed. A steak
knife was found in the play-
ground.
Other
A Niceville woman reported
that while she was swimming at
about 2 p.m., May 13, in a public
pool area, 300 Greenwood Way, a
naked man, about 18-25 years
old, exited the men's restroom
several times while committing a
lewd act. Fearing the man's inten-
tions, the woman stayed in the
pool and tried to ignore him.
After a car full of people arrived,
the white male suspect, described
as having light brown hair, exited
the pool area wearing white gym
shorts, a gray T-shirt, sunglasses
and a baseball hat turned back-
wards.


ees in financial need. Morris
and Adams reportedly
arranged to give about $1.5
million in bonuses, from which
kickbacks totaled at least
$88,500.
While Adams and Morris
have been
the only
sheriff's
personnel
to face
federal
charges in

bonus-
kickback
scheme, a
s t a t e Teresa Adams
prosecu-
tor has initiated an investiga-
tion as well. Morris and
Adams are expected to cooper-
ate with state investigators,
according to authorities.
District 1 State Attorney
Bill Eddins said last week that
the state investigation is
expected to take about another
month to complete.
Morris is scheduled to be
sentenced on the federal
charges July 28.


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a Fire Department Reports
Niceville
Th ille Fire Demrtment responded to the following calls May. 17 through

0 I|..|..I. '5 Emergency Me cal Gall
2 Vehhicle Crash
0 Ote Crash h Extricaiogm .
1 Illegal Burn 0 Other Emergen Call i
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Beverly Drive ................. .Medical ........ .518/09 . . .03:46
Willow Lane .. . ............ Medical ..........5/19/09 . . .15:26
Bailey Drive and 29th Street . . . Vehicle fire ........5/20/09 ......15:09
N. Partin Drive ................ ..Medical ...........5/20/09 ......16:54
N. Partin Drive . . .......... ..Medical ..........5/20/09 . . .18:45
Edge Avenue . . .......... .. Vehicle fire . . . .5/20/09 . .. .19:47
College Blvd and SR85N ..........Vehicle crash . . .5/21/09 . . .12:02
N. Partin Drive . . .......... ..Medical ..........5/21/09 . . .15:19
Weekly Safety Tip: STOP, DROP, and ROLL. If your clothes catch fire, DON'T RUN!
STOP where you are, DROP to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and
ROLL over and over to smother the flames.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls May 18 through May
21.
Cat-mar Street .......... .EMS excluding vehicle ...... ... .5/18/09 . . .19:16
Lisa Berry Lane ......... .EMS Dispatched/canceled . . . .5/19/09 . . .13:07
White Point Road .........Rescue EMS ......... . . . . .5/19/09 . . .15:55
Merchants Way ....... .. .Rescue EMS ......... . . . . .5/19/09 . . .18:41
East Highway 98, Destin . .Power line down ......... . . .5/20/09 . . .12:47
Crystal Beach Drive ... .... .Dumpster/other outside trash fire .. .5/20/09 .... .16:03
Hickory Street ........... .Cover, standby .......... . . . .5/20/09 . . .16:28
Raintree Boulevard . . .. .Motor vehicle accident . . . .... .5/21/09 . . .14:33
East Niceville
The East Niceville Fire District responded to 19 calls May 1 through May 19, 2009.
Visit our website at www.enfd.net.
LOCATION SITUATION DATE TIME
Ruckel Drive . . . .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury .5/1/09 .. .06:31
N. Palm Boulevard .Hazardous condition, other ........... 5/1/09 .. .07:52
Valparaiso Boulevard False alarm .......................5/3/09 .. .16:01
Edgewater Drive ... .Dispatched/canceled ............... .5/4/09 .. .01:45
23rd Street .........EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury .5/4/09 .. .17:52
Edgewater Drive ... .Rescue, EMS, medical ......... . . .5/5/09 .. .11:15
Osceola Bay Avenue .Rescue, EMS, medical . . . . . . .5/5/09 . .20:03
Ruckel Dr....... . .Rescue, EMS, medical ......... . . .5/7/09 .. .08:28
Ruckel Dr......... .Dispatched/canceled ............... .5/9/09 .. .16:19
Harding Road . . .Rescue, EMS, medical ......... . . .5/11/09 .04:03
28th Street ........Rescue, EMS, medical ......... . . .5/11/09 .18:42
13th Street ........EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury .5/13/09 .04:36
Reeves Street . . .Medical assist ................... ..5/14/09 .09:47
Redwood Avenue .. Vehicle accident no injury ............5/15/09 .15:07
Bayshore Drive . . .Vehicle accident w/injury ......... . .5/15/09 .23:05
N. Partin Drive . . .Medical assist ................... ..5/16/09 .23:20
27th Street ........Medical assist ......... . . . . ....5/17/09 .22:08
Golf Course Drive . .EMS, excluding vehicle accident w/injury .5/18/09 .09:15
Reeves Street . . .Rescue, EMS, other . . . . .... .5/19/09 .17:19
Valparaiso Volunteer
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls May 1
to May 21,2009.
Location Situation Date Time
AuroraAvenue ........ .Unconscious ............5/1/09 ..........14:28
Chicago Avenue . . .. .Allergic reaction ....... .510/09 ........ .12:44
Carolina Avenue . . . .Breathing problem . . . .5/10/09 .........13:13
N. Bayshore Drive ...... Brush fire ......... ......51109 .........16:28
Chicago Avenue ....... Fall .................. .5/11/09 ........ .18:27
Vlastics Avenue ........Breathing problem . . . .5/13/09 .........22:03
Illinois Avenue ......... .Fall .............. . . .5/15/09 ........ .03:52
Highway 85S ..........Allergic reaction .........5/18/09 .........15:08
Hidden Cove ...........Fire alarm ..............5/21/09 .........14:28
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way should the need arise. Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Walton County vows to fix

Villa Tasso runoff problem


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
When Walton County paved
12 dirt streets in Villa Tasso,
one resident was left unhappy.
The county says it will fix the
problem.
Doug Smith, who lives at
the corner of Joseph and Owen
streets, said the paving didn't
address water runoff problems
plaguing him. In fact, he said,
it made them worse.
After a heavy rainstorm
early in April, Smith pointed
to a large pond of standing
water in front of the newly
installed culvert in front of his
home. He said the county did-
n't consider the high water
table when it did the paving. A
rented pump and a smaller
pump owned by Smith carried
the water across the newly
paved street into a ditch on the
other side.
In addition to the standing
water, which Smith said ruined
his crop of potatoes, he said
the pool is a breeding ground
for mosquitoes.
Cliff Knauer, an engineer
with Preble-Rish of Santa
Rosa Beach, who did the


Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
A hose and two pumps clears water out from the swale in front
of Doug Smith's Villa Tasso home.


design work for the project,
agreed with Smith that there is
a problem. He said it is exacer-
bated by the existence of red
clay "lumps" within the
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fix the ditch or run a pipe
across the road.
"Either way, your problem
will be taken care of," he
assured Smith last week.
The $1.2 million paving
project solved many other
water runoff problems within
the community, Knauer said.
The actual work was per-
formed by Utility Solutions of
DeFuniak Springs. "They did a
tremendous job," Knauer said.
"It used to be a huge prob-
lem," Knauer said. There was
no stormwater conveyance in
the subdivision." He said one
problem was the existing cul-
verts were too small and were
set too high. In addition, the
dirt roads throughout Villa
Tasso allowed dirt to run off
and clog the culverts.
Knauer also said the huge
pool in front of Smith's house
was partly due to a 100-year
storm. "Everything out there is
designed for a 25-year storm
event," he said.
Knauer said Smith's prob-
lem will be addressed within
the next 30 days. Smith said
that was good news.
"As long as it makes it hap-
pen," Smith said. "I'm just try-
ing to take care of what I've
got here."


Fundraiser set for

family of slain man


Woman

dies in

car crash

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A 53-year-old Villa
Tasso woman was
killed in a single-car
accident May 15 in
Niceville.
Sonja Miller Black,
53, of Villa Tasso, was
declared dead early
May 16 following a
crash on Bayshore
Drive, according to a
statement by Niceville
police, which disclosed
the accident, and her
death, on May 20.
The accident was
still under investigation
as of Friday, and a
police accident report
was not available.
Niceville police gave
the following account:
Black was driving a
1995 Toyota Camry sta-
tion wagon northwest
on Bayshore Drive May
15 at about 11 p.m.,
when the vehicle failed
to halt for a stop sign at
Partin Drive. The car
crashed into a tree on
the north side of
Bayshore Drive about
100 feet northwest of
Partin.
Black was trapped in
the car and had to be
extricated by Niceville
firefighters and
Okaloosa County EMS.
She was taken to Twin
Cities Hospital, where
she was pronounced
dead at 12:10 a.m. May
16.
Black was alone in
the vehicle and not
wearing her seat belt,
according to Niceville
police spokesman Lt.
Randy Sallee. A
passerby noticed the
wreck and called 911.
Police are asking
that anyone with infor-
mation concerning the
accident to call the
Niceville Police
Department at 729-
4030.


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Perry's Seafood & Steak
Restaurant hopes to help the
family of Curtis Brown, a
Coca-Cola vending machine
technician who was slain last
month.
Brown was killed April 10,
allegedly shot by former
coworker Thomas McCoy Jr.
while working on a machine in
a classroom building at the
Chautauqua Center of
Northwest Florida State
College, DeFuniak Springs.
John Perry, owner of the
restaurant, who said he knew
Brown, felt he "needed to do
something nice for the family
to help them out. This is a
rough time for them. Curtis was
a great man and we'd like to
help his wife and two kids."
For the week of May 27-
June 2 Perry's restaurant will
be donating all the proceeds


Upgrade for tainted well


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville City Council
last week voted to spend
about $61,240 to put city
water well No. 8 back into
service.
The well, in Rocky Bayou
near the south end of Ruckel
Airport, was shut about four
months ago after coliform
bacteria contamination was
found in water coming from
the well, according to city
officials.
The repair, said City
Manager Lannie Corbin, will
correct the problem and
increase the well's output
from 440 to 600 gallons per
minute.
Ronald Mathews, Niceville
water operator, said the con-


tamination is nonfecal col-
iform, not fecal. No other
wells were affected.
The contamination was
detected before it could enter
the city water system. "We
cleaned the well, pumped it
off and grabbed two samples,"
Mathews said. One sample
was good, while the other was
contaminated.
Mathews said. there had
been no reports of sickness.
"We test the water daily," he
said. "It's strictly by DEP and
EPA guidelines."
Mathews said the well is at
least 25 years old. "It was due
for some upgrades anyway,"
he said. "It's a small well
compared to our others." He
said the cleanup is expected to
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Page A-7


RICHBURG
From page A-1

$13,390 stipend for a car and other
insurance and other benefits,
Richburg's salary from May 1,
2009, through the end of the con-
tract would total about $764,000.
The petition also seeks legal
costs.
The contract between trustees
and Richburg specified three rea-
sons for termination: mutual
agreement, death, or "upon find-


THIEF
From page A-1
in jewelry from homes in
Niceville and the Bluewater Bay
area while working as a house-
cleaner last March and April. Most
of the jewelry, ranging from dia-
mond rings to pearl necklaces, had
been pawned and has been recov-
ered.

SOFTBALL
From page A-1
of the flight path of planes using
the Eglin's north-south runway,
which is expected to get even
busier in future years as a war-
plane-training wing is estab-
lished at Eglin.
"This field is kind of a repre-
sentation of what we've been able
to do as a league," said VNGSA
President John Patten. "As the
league has grown, so have the
fields grown. And everything
that's been done out there has been
done by volunteers. I look at those
fields and I see the dedication of
the workers."
Back in the early 1970s, when
the league began playing at


F-35
From page A-1
Arnold, "only had one conversa-
tion with me while he was here.
That was a brief phone call to me
in which he said he had not made
remarks about 'rednecks' living in
Valparaiso."
In a move that has bitterly
divided Okaloosa County,
Valparaiso earlier this year sued
the Air Force in federal court to
stop deployment of the F-35 at
Eglin until noise and safety issues
are studied more fully.
Davis began his briefing by
telling the audience, "This is your
base, and your freedom we're
defending." He said that 2,336
troops from assorted Eglin units
deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
last year, and that 585 were
deployed to those areas as he
spoke. Eglin, he said, is the Air
Force's largest base, and has the
widest array of military units and
missions of any base he has seen
in his 30 years in the Air Force,
doing everything from testing
exotic new weapons, "some of
which I cannot talk about," to
training Army Rangers and explo-
sive ordnance disposal specialists
from all services.
Likening American military
power to a spear, Davis said, "The
core of our mission at Eglin is to
invent the spear, polish the spear,
sharpen the spear, and make the
spear invisible to our enemies. We
are doing amazing things at Eglin,
for all our military services and
for our allies."
During Davis' briefing, the
general touched briefly on the
arrival of the Army 7th Special
Forces Group, which will be
based west of Duke Field near
State Road 85 between Niceville
and Crestview. "These are a spe-
cial group of people," the general
said, and the unit of highly trained
Green Berets and their families
will be a valuable asset to local


ing by the Board that James R.
Richburg has, without good
cause, failed or refused to faith-
fully perform or diligently exe-
cute the duties of his employ-
ment as provided in this agree-
ment."
Richburg's petition to college
trustees, dated May 18, asks for
an evidentiary hearing before a
state administrative law judge.
In the petition, Richburg claims
that trustees terminated his con-
tract "without a finding of good
cause, without taking public


Okaloosa County sheriff's and
Niceville police reports gave the
following accounts:
Between March 6 and April 15,
Denney was working for a clean-
ing company and legally entered
residences in Niceville and
Bluewater Bay. Denney told
police that she stole jewelry while
cleaning and then pawned it.
Under police questioning,
Wolverine Park, there were only
three diamonds, and no lights or
running water. Since then, volun-
teers have added bit by bit to the
park to build it up to its current
seven fields, all of which are fully
lit and have dugouts, stands, score-
boards and fences. There are new
bathrooms and a refurbished con-
cession stand.
The league includes some 400
girls this year, ranging in age from
5 to 18, on 22 teams.
On Saturday, a 9 a.m. general
membership meeting will be first
of the day's events. The meeting is
open to the public, said Patten and
"will be a sort of state-of-the-
union address as well as election
of next year's officials."
The closing ceremonies, which
include a plaque presentation that
communities. He said recent joint
visits between community lead-
ers, Army and Air Force officials
have helped prepare for a smooth
transition from Fort Bragg, N.C.,
to Florida for the Army unit,
whose members now look for-
ward to their new home.
Regarding the F-35, Davis said
he is concerned, not only about its
effect on Valparaiso and Niceville,
but on his own military housing at
and near Eglin. Military family
housing at the base has been neg-
lected for many years, he said, and
is now "the worst in the Air
Force." Efforts are underway to
replace much of the antiquated
housing, but those efforts could be
hampered if noise contours of the
F-35 make much of the base and
nearby communities uninhabit-
able for troops and their families.
Therefore, he said, the noise from
the F-35 is a matter of mutual
interest between the base and its
neighbors.
Davis said he has long been
involved with the development of
the F-35, "'.iklihiii; it go from a
block of metal to first flight," and
the first unit of planes will arrive
gradually, between 2010 and
2014.
Davis came to Eglin from his
post as program executive officer
for the F-35, which is said to be
the Department of Defense's
largest ever procurement effort.
Davis said the noise character-
istics of the F-35 are being meas-
ured and analyzed more thorough-
ly than has ever been done for any
aircraft, and the Air Force is con-
sidering every possible option for
reducing noise levels affecting
nearby residents. Foremost of
such reduction measures is to
minimize the number of flights
from runway 1/19, which aims
planes over Valparaiso. Most
flights he said, will be routed from
Eglin's main 12/30 runway, which
does not aim planes over densely
inhabited areas. Runway 1/19 will
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comments, without providing the
required notice and with no
opportunity for a hearing." He is
seeking reinstatement, or, if not
reinstated, damages.
According to the petition,
among the issues being disputed
are whether trustees:
-Provided proper notice of
its proposed action and gave
Richburg an opportunity to be
heard prior to terminating his
contract.
-Notified Richburg appro-
priately after making its decision


Denney provided investigators a
bag containing some stolen jew-
els, as well as pawn slips for other
stolen jewels.
She was charged in the follow-
ing thefts:
-200 block of Gracie Lane,
jewelry valued at approximately
$2,130.
-4500 block of Berringer
Drive, jewelry valued at $140.
honors Freddie Frasier, founder of
the current all-star system, will
begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by all-
star games. A barbecue will wrap
up the season, celebrating the
complex that has hosted girls soft-
ball since 1971.
In early years, the league
served as a model throughout the
Southeast for athletics officials
who wanted to establish or
improve their own girls sports pro-
grams.
Tommy Gray, VNGSA's first
umpire, said: "The thing that
makes it (VNGSA) interesting is,
this is an association that formed a
softball league for just little girls
when girls were not really recog-
nized in sports-only in tennis
and volleyball."
"I got to watch all these little
bad weather or other contingen-
cies make it necessary.
Other noise abatement meas-
ures being planned or considered
include flying some missions
from Duke and Choctaw fields
and other auxiliary airstrips, and
changing flight profiles away
from the Air Force's traditional
method of taking off at full after-
burner power with a full load of
fuel on every flight. Because the
F-35 is so powerful, he said, it
may be possible to take off at only
"military" power, carrying less
than a full 18,000-pound fuel
load. This, coupled with climbing
at steeper-than-conventional
angles during takeoff, should
greatly reduce the noise perceived
by local residents.
When Davis was asked
whether the Air Force is prepared
to pay for helping to noiseproof
local houses or even buy some
houses if necessary, Mayor
Arnold stepped in to say that the
Air Force is not allowed to spend
money on civilian projects. Only
Congress can authorize that,
Arnold said.
Davis agreed and thanked the
mayor, but added that considering
the importance of the F-35 to
national security, he thinks
Congress would be willing to do
whatever is really necessary.
Davis also said the F-35 will be
important not only to the Air
Force, Navy, and Marine Corps,
but to numerous allied nations as
well. Pilots and maintenance
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to fire him.
-Terminated Richburg's
contract without good cause.
-Determined whether
Richburg had "failed or refused
to faithfully perform or diligently
execute the duties of his employ-
ment as provided in the contract."
-Should reinstate Richburg
to the presidency.
-Should provide damages
for breach of contract.
Separately, the state has sus-
pended Richburg's $8,803
monthly retirement check until it


-300 block of Parkwood
Place, jewelry valued at $1,165.
-300 block of Olde Post
Road, jewelry valued at approxi-
mately $5,935. The victim identi-
fied three pieces of jewelry that
were subsequently pawned: a
Byzantine necklace pawned
March 6; a 21-karat gold, 24-inch
box necklace pawned March 14;
and an 18-karat, 24-inch herring-
girls grow up and play ball; then
their daughters would play and
then theirs would play," Gray said.
"VNGSA has recognized that
girls have an equal role in sports
just like boys. For those who had
daughters but no sons, it's been a
special thing."
After a pause, Gray added, "I
can't even describe how much I've
enjoyed coming to these fields and
watching so many girls go through
the game year after year and enjoy
softball. But I understand the mili-
tary aspect of them not being able
to allow the girls to play out there.
There's just not a lot we can do
about it."
Although the Wolverine fields
will no longer be used, the league
itself will continue.
"We will be moving to the
train alongside American troops at
Eglin, and the general said he
thinks living in Northwest Florida
will be a good experience for the
allied forces. It will be a great
opportunity for them to see what
America is like, he said, and to
meet Americans and experience
American culture, while sharing
their own languages and cultures
with Northwest Florida.
The foreign airmen coming to
Eglin will be among the best their
home countries have to offer,
Davis said, and many will not
only return home to fly airplanes,
but will eventually go on to a vari-
ety of leadership positions in their
native lands. Their experience at
Eglin and its neighboring commu-
nities, he said, will help strengthen
America's relations with those
countries for generations.

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is determined whether he is
guilty of the grand jury charge of
official misconduct.
College trustees on Tuesday,
meeting in Niceville, voted to ask
Richburg to agree to mediation to
resolve the issue. The trustees
scheduled a board meeting for
June 2 to review Richburg's
response to their offer of media-
tion. If Richburg rejects the
board's mediation request, the
dispute will be forwarded to a
state administrative-law judge
for hearing, trustees decided.


bone necklace pawned April 1.
-4200 block of Armadillo
Trail, jewelry valued at approxi-
mately $6,051. The victim identi-
fied an antique cameo ring that
was pawned March 14, a ruby ring
with diamond, and a ruby bracelet
and a second ruby ring with dia-
mond that were pawned March
26.
-1100 block of Troon Drive
Niceville Softball Complex," said
Patten. "We're still not sure what
the schedule will look like. We've
discussed things with James
Baughman (Niceville city recre-
ation director). We'll be moving
some of the items we want to
keep, like the batting cage and
possibly some scoreboards.
They'll be there for everybody to
use."
Though the continuation of the
league is guaranteed, there are
some, such as Fran Greer, who
can't picture the VNGSA without
the Wolverine fields.
"My daughter played ball there
and now my granddaughter does,"
said Greer, a league volunteer for
28 years. "It's like the end of an
era. I don't want to let it go. I feel
they're (the Air Force) taking
Following the meeting, Mayor
Arnold was asked what he
thought of it. "It was all good," he
replied. "I think we could be
beginning a new era of coopera-
tion and dialogue."
Mayor Randall Wise of
Niceville was also present, and
agreed with Arnold. "I think this
was our best meeting with Eglin
overall, "he said. "It was very
thorough. It was good."


Tuesday's votes to seek medi-
ation, and, if that does not suc-
ceed, to agree to an administra-
tive hearing, were unanimous,
with Henderson again abstaining
because of possible conflict of
interest.
The board also agreed to hire
a lawyer to represent it in any
administrative hearing because
the board's own attorney, Joseph
Lorenz, said he could be called
as a witness and cannot represent
the board and be a witness in the
same proceeding.


West, jewelry valued at $725. The
victim identified property which
had been stolen from her home
and later pawned.
-100 block of Maple Way,
jewelry valued $13,900.
Denney was released from the
Okaloosa County Jail May 21 on a
$14,500 bail bond and is sched-
uled to appear in a Crestview
courtroom June 23.
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Craig Kenton, 55,
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The volunteers at "Sharing
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to the Twin Cities community


for the fabulous support of the
recent Postal Food Drive. This
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year with approximately
23,000 pounds of food.
When the pantry workers


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Politics over

children's

welfare

Michael J. Barnes
Fort Walton Beach
The Okaloosa County superin-
tendent of schools and the school
district board members have no
plan in place to protect our chil-
dren from F-35 noise levels that
are 65 db or above.
The Final Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) clearly
documents ',..,,. levels between
65 db and 70 db are compatible
with educational services such as
schools provided that measures
are taken to provide noise level
reduction in the '.,,,/,,,.I.. of 25


db." The Air Force Record of
Decision also acknowledged these
unavoidable impacts.
The EIS documented eight
affected schools with noise levels
of 65 db DNL or above. The
superintendent of schools support-
ed by the school board members is
choosing to do nothing until the
first F-35 is delivered.
So it appears our schools' chief
administrator and the school board
are playing politics over special
risks to our children's welfare and
are derelict in their duty to the
local taxpayers by not producing
cost estimates to mitigate the noise
levels in the affected schools.
The children attending the
affected noise-impact-level
schools and the local taxpayers
deserve proactive leadership.
Choosing politics over children's
welfare is not the answer.


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A new draft Eglin Air Force
Base Joint Land Use Study
(JLUS), released earlier this
month, combines two mutually
exclusive alternatives for the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter operations at
Eglin to come up with worst-case
noise profiles on which it bases its
recommendations.
The study group uses the
worst-case jet-noise profiles to
craft land-use advice for commu-
nities in the three counties and 11
cities surrounding the base.
Three public hearings are
scheduled on the draft study in the
coming weeks before its sched-
uled final adoption. But none of
the hearings will be in Niceville or
Valparaiso, the two communities
most affected by the 1,090-page
document's recommendations.
The study could be finalized next
month, possibly paving the way
for the state of Florida to intervene
in local land-use decisions
deemed incompatible with Eglin's
needs.
Among the recommendations
the nonbinding JLUS report
makes for Niceville and
Valparaiso are:
-Soundproof 1,579 homes in
the Twin Cities-741 in Niceville
and 838 in Valparaiso-to reduce
jet noise inside the dwellings to
acceptable levels.
-Soundproof Valparaiso
Elementary and Lewis Middle


schools in Valparaiso, Edge
Elementary in Niceville, and five
other public buildings, 18 church-
es, a half-dozen motels, restau-
rants, dozens of other businesses, a
private school and a hospital in the
Twin Cities.
-Don't soundproof nearly
1,000 homes-218 in Niceville
and 772 in Valparaiso-because
jet noise will be so loud that insu-
lation won't do much good.
-Government purchase of 14
Valparaiso homes in the "clear
zone" near the end of Eglin's
north-south runway, where the
danger of airplane crashes is
deemed too great for an inhabited
area.
-"Voluntary" acquisition by
the government of as many as 360
Valparaiso homes in "accident
potential zones" up to three miles
from the north end of the runway.
Such purchases would speed rec-
ommended redevelopment that
would change residential areas to
other uses, including commercial,
industrial or agricultural purposes.
-"Voluntary" land acquisition
in Niceville. The study calls for
the government purchase of some
vacant or undeveloped land to cre-
ate no-growth buffers around
Eglin. Although 162 Niceville
homes are situated in accident
potential zones, the report does not
advise their purchase because it
does not recommend major rede-
velopment as it does in Valparaiso,
which is closer to Eglin runways.
It is not clear who would pay


Okaloosa won't settle

with Valp. on F-35 suit


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
County Commission, which is
suing the city of Valparaiso,
last week told the city that the
county is not interested in try-
ing to resolve the suit out of
court.
In April the county com-
mission filed a state lawsuit to
stop a federal lawsuit filed by
Valparaiso March 30 and
which seeks to halt the bed-
down of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter at Eglin Air Force Base
until more jet noise mitigation
options are considered.
County commissioners
expressed concern that the
city's own lawsuit against the
Air Force would delay or halt
military spending plans
expected to pump hundreds of
millions of dollars into the
local economy. On April 7 the
county commission approved
its own lawsuit against
Valparaiso.
However, Okaloosa County
Circuit Judge Thomas
Remington in April 17 denied
the county's request for an
injunction to halt Valparaiso's
federal lawsuit.
Valparaiso had requested a
conflict-resolution meeting
with the county tomorrow,


May 28, to help resolve issues
that led to the county suing the
city. The city sought the meet-
ing under Florida statute
Chapter 164, titled
Governmental Disputes.
However county commis-
sioners May 19 voted unani-
mously to reject Valparaiso's
request.
In a letter to Valparaiso
Mayor Bruce Arnold,
Okaloosa County Commission
Chairman Bill Roberts defend-
ed the county's lawsuit against
the city. "This determination
was based on a finding of an
immediate danger to the wel-
fare of the public, or that sig-
nificant legal rights would be
compromised if a court pro-
ceeding did not take place
before the provisions of
Chapter 164 Florida Statutes,
could be complied with,"
Roberts wrote.
Roberts went on to state:
"The County sincerely wishes
that your city would have
attempted to resolve this issue
with the county prior to the
institution of litigation against
the U.S. Air Force. We do not
intend to meet to discuss this
issue unless so ordered by the
court."
Valparaiso has canceled the
scheduled May 28 meeting.


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Joint Land Use Study
Map from Joint Land Use Study draft report shows "worst case"
jet-noise levels (red contours), as well as clear zone (A) and acci-
dent potential zones (B and C), which may affect future land uses.


for the measures recommended in
the report. So far as is known, no
government money has been
appropriated, nor even requested,
for any of the soundproofing, pur-
chases or redevelopment the study
contemplates.
It's up to each local jurisdiction
to implement, or not, any JLUS
land-use recommendations.
However, the study is significant
because, using its recommenda-
tions, state government ultimately
has the power to override local
land-use decisions deemed incom-
patible with needs of neighboring
military bases.
JLUS is a locally directed,
Defense Department-funded study
whose purpose is to protect the
operational and training missions
of military bases by encouraging
nearby civilian communities to
adopt compatible land develop-
ment codes. Okaloosa, Walton
and Santa Rosa counties and 11
cities around Eglin initiated the
Eglin JLUS study after the 2005
Base Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) decision to beddown
2,200 Army Special Forces sol-
diers and to station a joint training
center and 113 F-35 Joint Strike
Fighters at Eglin. The study group
this month released the latest draft
of Eglin Air Force Base JLUS and


hopes to finalize it next month.
Public meetings are planned in
early June in Freeport, Crestview,
and Milton-all far from Eglin's
two main runways.
After considering public input,
the goal is for the elected officials
on the JLUS Policy Committee to
meet June 30 and approve the final
report.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold objected to the way the
study approved land-use recom-
mendations.
Arnold represented Valparaiso
earlier this month when the JLUS
Policy Committee approved the
draft report's recommendations.
The panel is made up of one elect-
ed official from each of the three
counties and 11 cities. Each has
one vote on each recommenda-
tion, including recommendations
not directly affecting his own con-
stituents.
"Shalimar and Mary Esther
have the same vote as I do when
talking about Valparaiso's (future)
land use," said Arnold. "It's
stacked."
Outvoted on land use-recom-
mendations for his own city,
Arnold has asked the city's long-
range planning board to begin
considering the report's implica-
tions.


Among the draft study's other
recommendations are:
-Eglin should offer to buy
certain private property in
Valparaiso outside the base's East
Gate as far north as Toms Bayou
as a buffer.
-Governments should restrict
building heights and outdoor light-
ing in the three-county study area
to lessen the impact on Eglin's fly-
ing and night missions.
Jeff Fanto, Okaloosa County
growth coordinator and a coordi-
nator of the report, said that the
JLUS study group in February
decided to use worst-case noise
contours released by the Air Force
last year for all 113 F-35 Joint
Strike Fighters to be based at
Eglin. The study group combined
Alternatives 1 and 2 noise profiles
in the Final Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS)-then added an
extra half-mile in all directions,
extending the impact and recom-
mended land uses further from
what is likely to be actual jet noise
levels.
Bowing to local concerns
about noise impacts on Valparaiso
in particular, the Air Force in
February announced the stationing
of just 59 of the planned 113 F-35
training warplanes at Eglin start-
ing next year and to distribute
some flights to minor runways
deep in the sprawling Eglin reser-
vation.
A supplementary Air Force
environmental study is in the
works to look at further altema-
tives for reducing the noise impact
of the F-35s on local communities,
before the service formally
decides where it will station the
remaining 54 jets.
Fanto said JLUS recommenda-
tions will be updated whenever
new jet noise data are released by
the Air Force. So far no noise pro-
files have been created based on
the 59-aircraft beddown plan
announced in February.
Although the JLUS study is
based on unrealistic worst-case
noise data, Fanto said, the docu-
ment will still be useful to local
planners. Officials can use infor-
mation in the report to begin esti-


Page A-9


Meetings

scheduled

Three public meetings are
scheduled to explain a Joint
Land Use Study draft report.
-June 1, 5-7 p.m., in the
Freeport Community Center,
16040 US Highway 331
South, Freeport.
-June 2, 6-8 p.m., at the
Crestview Chamber of
Commerce, 1447 Commerce
Drive, Crestview.
-June 4, 6-8 p.m., in the
Santa Rosa County Board of
County Commissioners
Chamber, 6495 Caroline St.,
Milton.
JLUS consultants will be
on hand to address the study's
findings to date and receive
public comment regarding
recommendations in the draft
report, which is scheduled to
be finalized June 30.
The meetings will include
an open house format with
exhibits for the study area and
a brief presentation to provide
a general overview of the
JLUS project.
The May 2009 draft JLUS
document is available for pub-
lic review at local libraries and
online at:
www.tri-countybrac.com.

mating the cost to implement rec-
ommended land uses and to begin
seeking grants to help pay for
implementing them.
In the meantime, the report
could put a damper on real estate
sales, as unanswered questions
arise on the future of homes it
identifies for soundproofing, pur-
chase, or redevelopment.
Outside of the soundproofing
and purchase areas, the JLUS draft
also identifies "Military Influence
Planning Areas" (MIPA), chiefly
in parts of Niceville and
Valparaiso, where noise and safety
issues stemming from military
overflights could affect civilian
development.


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Augustine's College, Raleigh, N.C. Cassandra has been
playing ball since she was 6. "Basketball is my life," she
said. "I love the game." The soon-to-be St. Augustine's
Falcon thanked her mother, Jean Brown, Niceville, for
sticking with her through "all this." She plans to major in
psychology.


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Long-time coach

to be feted Sunday


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Friends and family will honor
a local running coach for nearly
40 years of service Sunday at 4
p.m. in the Ruckel Middle School
gym.
Fred H. Carley, 82, of
Niceville, has coached track and
cross country at such diverse
places as Auburn University and
Ruckel Middle School. He con-
tinues to coach those two sports at
Ruckel, as he has for the past sev-
eral years.
"I ran myself in college and
was assistant track coach at
Auburn and at high school,"
Carley told the Beacon. "I found
being an engineer a little more
productive. But I enjoy working
with kids."
Carley, a member of the
Mobile Alabama Sports Hall of
Fame and one of only 12 people
nationwide to receive the
Presidential Physical Fitness
Leadership Award in 1964, holds
four Southeastern Conference
titles and competed in the 1948
Olympic trials.
But he really would prefer to


forgo the ceremony.
"I'd just as soon forget the
whole damn thing, to tell you the
truth," he said. "I get more satis-
faction out of seeing those kids. I
don't do it for recognition. If
those parents feel a little obligat-
ed, they
shouldn't be,
but I can't
turn that off,
I guess:"
Carley
will be pre-
sented with
a bronze
pla q u e ,
which will Fd C
be placed at Fred H. Carley
the school, and will also be given
a proclamation from the city of
Niceville. The ceremony is free
and open to the public.
Carley intends to continue
coaching as long as he is able.
"I coached for a long time in
high school as an avocation," he
said. "(I'll coach) indefinitely as
long as the locals tolerate me and
the kids continue to learn. It gets
me out of the house; it keeps you
from vegetating."


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Brandon Stelck, a 2002
Niceville High School Summa
Cure Laude

2006
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Florida Cum
Laude grad-
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ly graduated
from the
University of
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Levin College of Law with a
Juris Doctor law degree.
Brandon is the son of Larry and
Linda Stelck of Niceville.

Catherine W. Hodge,
Niceville High School Class of
2006, gradu-
ated from
Flagler
College,
Saint
Augustine,
on April 25
with a
Bachelor of
Arts degree
in political Catherine W.
science and theodge
a minor in H e
pre-law. Catie was a member of
Omicron Delta Kappa
Leadership Honor Society where
she was secretary and treasurer
during her senior year and Phi
Alpha Delta law fraternity where
she was secretary during her
senior year. Under her leadership
as president of the Flagler
Political Guild during her senior
year, that organization earned
the Flagler Club of the Year
Award.
Catie's plans include earning
a master's degree in international
relations at the University of
Durham, in the United
Kingdom. She will return to the
United States in 2010 to enter
law school. Catie is the daughter
of Hoover and Leah Hodge,
Niceville.

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Please see WHO'S, page B-3


hard work, oats, thrift

Honored by friends, family on her 1 00th


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Elsie "Cis" Martin, of
Choctaw Beach, said the key
to a long life is learning to
work hard. It may not be
something everyone will take


she said. "We never had much
fun. By the time we were done
with our work it was time to
help with dinner."
The Ely, England, native
now lives with her daughter,
Joyce Martin Biondi, Choctaw


a shine to, but
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May 20. w
About 25 and stick with it.'
friends and
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Niceville, to share lunch and by making her bed
birthday cake with the cente- morning and helping
narian. around the kitchen.
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used to work outside with her if she's 100. In fact, she
father on the farm and help her "just fine." Her good h
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"And that was hard work," for breakfast every morn


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stars honored


The Emerald Coast Public
Relations Organization held
its 20th annual Student Public
Relations and Media
Competition (SPRMC)
Banquet April 30 at the Air
Force Enlisted Village's Bob
Hope Village Community
Center.
More than 200 middle and
high school students, advisers
and parents from Okaloosa
and Walton counties attended
the event. The guest speaker
was Betty Stevens, a veteran
newspaper reporter, author
and photographer.
The competition has
awarded thousands of dollars
in scholarships to local stu-


dents. This nationally and
regionally award-winning
program recognizes excel-
lence in the fields of print
journalism, yearbook publica-
tion, broadcast and public
relations.
Madison Lewis, Freeport
High School, was the out-
standing yearbook editor with
a $500 scholarship.
Other winners announced
and their categories were as
follows:
High School Broadcast
News Program-Justin
Adolph, Stephen W. Clark II,
Sara Poremba, Alexander
Please see STUDENT, page B-2


And though she adamantly
said she puts only milk on her
oatmeal, her second daughter,
Sheila Pumphrey of Bandera,
Texas, implored her mother to
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a job m e r e ly
a job grinned.
Her advice
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set (those
Martin graduating
Martin from high
school), was,
"Learn to
work; find a job and stick with
it. Don't keep leaving it." She
added a bit of financial advice
too, "Take care of your money
and be thrifty with it." As an
afterthought, she shook her
finger and said, "And I never
disobeyed my mother either."


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Elsie Martin, Choctaw Beach, enjoys her party and cake on her
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


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Army Pfc. Curtis A. Self has
graduated from Basic Combat
Training at Fort Sill, Lawton,
Okla.
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied the
Army mission and received
instruction and training exercises
in drill and ceremonies, Army
history, core values and tradi-
tions, military courtesy, and
much more.
He is the son of Dana Self of
Darlington Oak Drive, Niceville.
Self graduated in 1997 from
Niceville High School, and
received an associate degree in
2008 from Okaloosa Walton
College, Niceville.
***
Cadet 2nd Class Harrison
Whiting, a 2006 Niceville High
School graduate, was recently
selected for Undergraduate Pilot
Training upon graduation in
May 2010 from the United
States Air Force Academy. As an
aeronautical systems engineer-
ing major, Whiting is in the top
15 percent of his class for com-
bined academic, athletic, and
military achievements. He is
active in intramural teams, was a
member of the spring '08 wing
championship racquetball team,
and took second overall in his
weight class for the fall '08 wing
weightlifting championship. He
is the son of Harry and Jackie
Whiting of Niceville.
***
Coast Guard Seaman Steven
D. Deloach, son of Pamela M.
and John W. Deloach of
Niceville, recently graduated
from the U.S. Coast Guard
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STUDENT
From page B-1
Ragnoli, Jacob Woodlands,
Andrew Rushakoff, Josh
Vinson, Austin Wolcott and
Jennifer Barsky, Niceville
High School
Middle School Yearbook
Cover-Second Place,
Chelsea Phillips, Ruckel
Middle School
Graphics-First Place,
Emily Shermer, Lewis Middle
School
Posed Photo-First Place,
Chelsea Phillips, Ruckel
Middle School; Second Place,
Emily Huston, Lewis Middle
School
Candid Photo-First
Place, Chelsea Phillips,
Ruckle Middle School
High School Yearbook
Cover-First Place (tie)
Sarah Schladenhauffen and
Katie Wainwright, Niceville
High School
Layout & Design-Second
Place, Valerie Smith, Freeport
High School
Graphics-Second Place,
Madison Lewis, Freeport High
School;
Posed Photo-Second
Place Rebecca Gunger,
Niceville High School
Candid Photo-Third
Place, Valerie Smith, Freeport
High School
Action Photo-Second
Place, Ali Demonbrunf,
Niceville High School
Theme-Second Place,
Sarah Schladenhauffen and
Katie Wainwright, Niceville
High School; Third Place,
Valerie Smith, Catherine
Trotman, Madison Lewis,
Skipper Buford, Anna Moore
and Karissa Maloy, Freeport
High School
General Excellence-First
Place, Sarah Schladenhauffen


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BLUEWATER BAPTIST CHURCH...
A community of believers who are joined together by a -Ic 1.
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christian j-
Sunday Mornipq -o
9:15 a.m. Bible iidy
'10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m.


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


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VALPARAISO
Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
In Serving...all"
SUNDAY WEDNESDAYS
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
i Morning Celebration 6:00 p.m.


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


1 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org I
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall) |


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



St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool

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Sunday, May 31. Everyone is
invited to wear something red.
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"On the Parkway"
1407 E. John Sims
Niceville 678-1298
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5:30 p.m. Pastor's Study


622 Bayshore Drive
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Becoming a People of
Uncommon Faithi


Wednesday Activities
4:45 p.m. Family Supper
followed by Bible studies and
ministries for the entire family


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of Christ who are growing in wisdom, stature, andfvrvhi


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


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Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade

Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
www.iacdestin.org
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Closing the book for summer
The Niceville Public Library's American Girl Book club ended this year's session on
Saturday, May 16, with the book, "Changes for Josefina" by Valerie Tripp. This group meets
monthly to discuss a book from the American Girl series. Activities, food and history reflect
the story of the selected character. The program is free for girls between the ages of 7 and
12 and resumes in September. Registration is required.


Up, up

and away
Dr. Ken Ponder of
Bluewater Medical took
this photo of the space
shuttle Atlantis as it lifted
off Monday, May 11, from
Cape Canaveral. The shut-
tle crew spent several days
repairing the Hubble
Telescope.
Photo by Ken Ponder


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Living Faith
Christian Center

Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.


and Katie Wainwright,
Niceville High School
High School Print
Best Coverage of School
News-First Place, Katie
Haemmerle, Niceville High
School
Best Coverage of
Local/State Topic-Third
Place, Miguel Vanegas,
Niceville High School
Editorial Writing-
Second Place, Libby Costello,
Niceville High School
Column Writing-First
Place, Gabrielle Bikker,
Niceville High School; Third
Place Katie Haemmerle,
Niceville High School
Features-Second Place,
Katie Haemmerle, Niceville
High School
Outstanding Creative
Piece-FThird Place Katie
Haemmerle and Danielle
Timm, Niceville High School
Photography-Second
Place, Gabrielle Bikker,
Niceville High School
Layout and Design-First
Place, Katie Haemmerle,
Niceville High School;
Sports Column-Second
Place, Spencer Pullen; Third
Place, Wes Pruitt, both
Niceville High School
Sports Writing-Second
Place, Wes Pruitt, Niceville
High School
Sports Feature-FThird
Place, Miguel Vanagas,
Niceville High School
Open to all middle and high
schools within Okaloosa and
Walton counties the SPRMC
was founded by the members
of the Northwest Florida Press
Club and taken over by
ECPRO over five years
ago.The competition is made
possible through the Emerald
Coast Public Relations
Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3)
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Wednesday, May 27, 20091


THE BEACON.


Page B-3


RMS goes

to Orlando

for science
Special to the Beacon
Fifty Ruckel sixth- and sev-
enth-graders went to Islands of
Adventure/Universal Studios
and Disney's Epcot May 7-10 as
part of the school's RAM (Real-
world and Academics Meet) pro-
gram.
The students participated in
hands-on activities geared
toward engineering (roller coast-
er development), ecosystem con-
servation and career preparation
in marine biology. The students
gained insight into the day-to-
day activities of scientists and
engineers. Biology, chemistry
and physics in action made the
trip worthwhile and one they
won't soon forget, said sixth
grade science teacher Chris
Brown.
"I liked how we had learned
all the formulas (in school),"
said seventh-grade student Tori
Coleman, "and we knew how to
apply it and calculate speed,
velocity and things like that (in
the real world). I don't really
have anything to complain
about. It was a good experience
that I will remember for a long
time. "
The students were chosen for


WHO'S
From page B-1
daughter of Lt. Col. Pete and Pam
Reho, recently graduated Summa
Cum Laude
from the
University of
Florida with
her Bachelor
of Science
degree in
public rela-
tions and
minors in
Samantha Reho leadership
and theater
performance. Her most notable
accomplishments include being
elected as the Florida
Cicerones/SAA vice president,
being selected as a 2008 UF
homecoming queen contestant
and representing the University of
Florida at several nationwide
ambassadorial conferences. She
is seeking a job within the public
relations and communications
industry.

Stephen S. Harvey, a 2001
graduate of Niceville High
School, grad-
uated from
t h e
University of
Florida's
College of
Pharmacy
May 1 with a
Doctor of
Pharmacy
degree. He Stephen S.
had previ- Harvey
ously earned
a B.S. in biochemistry from the
University of Florida. Stephen
has accepted a position with
Walgreens in Denver, Colo. He is
the son of Jim and Susie Harvey
of Niceville.

Air Force ROTC cadet Tom
Reho has been accepted into the
CLI + Language Immersion


Alexis Hruby builds a turtle exclusion device that is put in
shrimp nets to ensure turtles and other unwanted large species
aren't caught in the nets.


the trip based on a lottery sys-
tem, said Brown.
"This kept it as fair as possi-
ble because we only had a cer-
tain number of seats available on
the charter bus," Brown said.
"The cost of the trip was paid for
by the students' parents. The trip
was optional and solely an
enrichment activity based on the
RAM program."
Brown said the first-time
event was something the school
hopes to be able to provide
annually but will be determined

Program, focusing on Russian, at
Arizona State University this
summer. This
pro gram
combines
two semes-
ters of eight-
week pro-
gram. Upon
his comple-
tion in the
course, he
will have the Tom Reho
opportunity
to continue his study of the
Russian language and culture in
Kazan, Russia, for three addition-
al weeks. Tom, a 2008 Niceville
High School graduate, recently
completed his freshman year at
the University of Florida, major-
ing in health science.

Carey Brunson, a 2005 grad-
uate of Niceville High School,
graduated Summa Cum Laude
from Florida State University on
May 2. She received a Bachelor
of Science degree in elementary
education. Her plans include
teaching in Louisville, Ky., while
working toward her master's
degree in education. Carey is the
daughter of Dewitt and Wanda
Brunson of Niceville.

Brett Diamon (NHS class of
1995) and his wife Regan, of
Pahnlm Coast, Fla., announce the
birth of their son, Evan Michael,
born Feb. 5. Proud grandparents
include Mike and Delle Diamon
of Niceville.

Kim Diamon, NHS class of
1997, graduated Summa Cum
Laude from the University of
North Florida with a master's
degree in educational leadership.
She serves as the associate direc-
tor of alumni services for UNF in
Jacksonville. She is a member of
Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society,
ImpactJAX, Counsel for
Advancement and Support of


each year.
"This trip was built around
hands-on experiences and real-
world applications of knowledge
the students learned at Ruckel,"
added the science teacher. "The
students walked away knowing
what the day-to-day experiences
of scientists and engineers really
looked like. I heard many stu-
dents during the trip talking
about wanting to pursue degrees
in marine biology and engineer-
ing because of the activities they
participated in on this trip."

Education, Association of
Student Advancement Programs
and serves on the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes Jacksonville
Board of Directors. She hopes to
continue working in higher edu-
cation. Her parents are Mike and
Delle Diamon of Niceville.

The outstanding academic
achievements of undergraduate
students at the University of
Tennessee at Martin have been
honored with publication of the
spring 2009 dean's lists.
Ashton M. Strode, Niceville,
earned highest honors.
***
Hayley Nicole Smith graduat-
ed from the
University of
South Florida
Honor's
College with
a Bachelor of
Arts in psy-
chology and
history.
Hayley was
named to the Hayley Nicole
Dean's List Smith
all three
years she attended USF, with a
GPA of 3.9. She has been accept-
ed into the master's program at
FSU, where she plans to com-
plete her master's degree in teach-
ing and student affairs. Hayley, a
2006 graduate of Niceville High
School, is the daughter of Troy
and Lori Smith of Niceville.
***
Marsha
Thomas of
Niceville
received
Overall
Agent of the
Month from

American
Realty for
Marsha Thomas April.


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Fifteen students from
Niceville High School were
chosen for the 2009 Lousiana
State University Honors
Chamber Winds Camp and will
attend camp June 14-19: Tasha
Van Randwyck, Marcus
Wright, Chris Lloyd, Alan
Morell, Stephen Farrell,
Nicholas Arnold, Zac
Blakenship, Aleska Kastl,
Rachel Vega, Katie Shermer,
Ben Johnson, Natasha
Jackson, Brittany Berryman,
Taylor Walters, and Cole
Early.

The National Defense
Industrial Association (NDIA),
Gulf Coast Chapter, in con-
junction with NDIA's Targets,
Ranges, and UAVs Division
announced this year's winners
of the annual $1,000 Hugh
Harris Scholarship Award.
Hannah Marie
Needleman, Niceville High
School, graduated in the top 1


percent of a class of 500 stu-
dents. She is a National Merit
Finalist and an AP Scholar
with Honor while completing a
rigorous course of study that
included nine Advanced
Placement courses, two college
dual enrollment courses, and
14 honors courses. She will
attend the University of Florida
Honors College to study engi-
neering.

Ruckel Math Students in
Debra Cole's advanced and
general math classes fed the
hungry while putting their
math skills to work. Students
brought in 100 canned food
items to donate to the May 9
United States Postal Service
food drive. The students used
the knowledge they had gained
in their assignments to connect
to the real-world by calculating
the circumference, surface
area, and volume of the items.


RBCS lists

students

of month
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy announces its Students
of the Month for March and April,
as elected by the teachers and
awarded by the Student
Government.
Emily Wilson and Tim
Hemdon were named for the high
school while Shiloh Johns was
named the junior high.
Mark Chasteen Raela Berry
were named for the high school
while Rachel Mosley was named
the junior high.
Each student was honored in
front of the student body during a
weekly chapel service and was
awarded both a certificate and a
free fast food lunch for his or her
accomplishments.


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SATURDAY MAY 30TH, 2009

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THE BEACON-


Wednesday, May 27, 2009


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E-mail items to
info@baybeacon.com
before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Soccer tryouts
Tryouts through May 29 at Twin
Oaks Sports Complex on Hwy 85 in
Niceville. There
will be a $10 try-
out fee due at the
first session. Go
to emeraldcoas-
tunited.com to
print out a tryout form and get more
information. Scheduled tryout times
are as follows:
5-6:15 p.m. Academy and U9
through U12.
6:15-7:30 p.m. U13 through U18.
Boys will try out Thursday, May
28.
Girls will try out Wednesday,
May 27, and Friday, May 29.
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,
r prepared by
Carrabba's Italian
Grill or ice cream
treats from
Marble Slab
Creamery, with
proceeds to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts
Foundation. 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.
Blood donor drawing
Every presenting volunteer donor
at an American Red Cross blood
drive or donor center in June will be
entered into a regional drawing for a
cruise for two as part of the "Save a
Life and Sail the Seas" promotion.
Saturday, June 6: CPR Saturday,
NW FL State College,100 College
Blvd., LRC Room No. 128,
Niceville, 11:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: Bass Pro
Shop, Destin Commons, 4301
Legendary Drive, Destin, 10 a.m.-3
p.m.
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 through-
out Okaloosa-
Walton counties. 4
There is no mem-
bership fee. Info:
dierhart@mchsi.com, 598-6501 or
carolanncain@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.
Argentine tango workshop
Argentine tango workshops with
Alberto Pax and Valorie Hart will be
held May 30-31 at the Bluewater
Bay Golf Clubhouse restaurant,
2000 Bluewater Boulevard,
Niceville.
Saturday, May 30, 1-2:30 p.m.,


PAL SocccrT
LEAGUE
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
or zinsb@hotmail.com about late registration
Copy of state-issued birth certificate required for
players not registered with PAL Soccer in Fall 2008.


Age Group
VIP(Children w/ disabilities)
U6
U8
U10
U12
U14
U16/U19 Combined


Birthdates
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Aug 1, 99-Jul 31, 01
Aug 1,97-Jul 31,99
Aug 1, 95-Jul 31, 97
Aug 1,90-Jul 31,95


*Coningent registration for Sep 2-Dec 31, 04. Call for details.
1. U6 and VIP teams are co-ed. Separate gids' and boys' teams in U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16/U19.
2. Uniforms provided (ersey, shorts, socks for VIP & U6 through U14; shirt only for U16/U19). Players keep uniforms.
3. Acddental Medical Insurance for all players included.

COACHES NEEDED Sign Up at Registration
TEAM SPONSORS NEEDED
$200 for U6 through U14; $100 for Each Subsequent Team
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Step by Step


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Group Classes



Contact us by calling 850-200-7348 or on
our web site: stepbystepballroom.com
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Located at "A Dance Studio" in Niceville's Palm Plaza, a
the "Arts Center" on Eglin AFB, and "Dance Elite" in Destin





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introduction to the basic components
of the Argentine tango dance; 2:45-
4:15 p.m., Fundamentals of direction
changes and interruptions; and 8-11
p.m. Argentine tango social dance
party and exhibitions. Sunday, May
31, 1-2:30 p.m., forward an back
ochos; and 2:45-4:15 p.m., introduc-
tion to milonga, the sister dance of
the Argentine tango.
The cost is $25 person for any
one workshop, $20 for a second
workshop and $15 for subsequent
workshops. Registration at the door,
add $5 to the first and second work-
shop price. Attending the dance party
without taking workshops, $15.
Call John Stevenson, 729-2079,
or e-mail
emeraldcoasttangoclub@cox.net.
'Fireproof your marriage'
Village Baptist Church, Destin,
presents "Fireproof your marriage,"
6 p.m., Thursday,
SMay 28. The
Yr ^ B ^ evening will kick
S off in the Coffee
Shop at the
church, 101


Matthew Blvd. with food and fellow-
ship. At 6:30, in the Worship Center
the movie "Fireproof" will be
screened. 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-


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Archaeology presentation
The Emerald Coast Archaeology
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on Saturday, May 30, 1 p.m. at the
Fort Walton Beach Public Library.
A PowerPoint presentation "A
Sampling of Recent Historic
Archaeology in Northwest Florida"
will be presented by Greg Mikell, an
RPA and senior archaeologist with
Panamerican Consultants Inc.
The Public is invited and there is
no admission charge.
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.
Family Fun Festival
Destin Middle School plans a
Family Fun Festival Friday, May 29,
5-10 p.m. There will be an array of
sports contests such as punt, pass and
kick, 3-point
shooting andba
home run derby
for all ages
including adults.
Other activities
such as moon walk, rock climbing
wall, and a dunk tank will be avail-
able for everyone to enjoy. The con-
cessions stand will provide hamburg-
ers, hot dogs, chips, sodas, nachos,
water, etc. A silent auction will be
held and raffle items will be given
away while a DJ plays music.
Proceeds will be used for the
Athletic Department. Info: coach


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Enrollment for the "Kids on Campus" summer enrichment program at Northwest Florida State
College for students entering third through eighth grades is under way at the Niceville Campus
from 8 a.m. to noon in Building K and from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Building C. The program will host
sessions at the Niceville campus June 22-July 2 and July 20-30, Monday through Thursday. The
course list and registration forms are available at all area elementary and middle schools, NWFS
campuses and centers, and on the college Web site, nwfstatecollege.edu/schedule.


Ron Griffiths, 833-7655, ext. 259, or
coach Scott Hemond, 974-6811.
Coach to be honored
Fred Carley's 40 years of service
to the Niceville community will be
honored Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m., at
the Ruckel Middle School gym.
Carley has dedicated himself to train
students and families in the Niceville
area for almost four decades, volun-
teering and coordinating year-round
running programs and sports.
He will be presented a bronze
plaque that will be placed at the
school and will also be given a
proclamation from the city of
Niceville.
Day camp for adults
Adults are invited to escape into
Camp Timpoochee for a weekend
adventure. Cozy cabins await, and
several activities are available to
choose from throughout the week-
end. Adults 18 and above can enjoy
the adventure that begins Saturday,
May 30, at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday,
May 31, at 3 p.m. Registration is
$100 per person or $150 for a couple
and proceeds benefit the 4-H science
program.
Outdoor activities planned
include kayaking, yoga, line danc-
ing, healthy lifestyle workshops,
campfires and more. Call 892-8172
or e-mail Brook Saari at
bsaari@ufl.edu. .
Summer plant program
Valparaiso Garden Club's
Creative Gardener Series will host its
next program on June 1 at 6 p.m. at
the Valparaiso Community Library.
The program for this session will be
"Plants for Summer Heat and
Humidity." Hosted by Bonnie's
Garden, the program will give you
an opportunity to learn about plants
that do well in our area. The public is
invited, and should expect to learn
about and purchase some "must
have" plants. Call the library at 729-
5406 for more information.
Home School Day
A day dedicated to home school
students and archaeology, Tuesday,
June 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Participate in
a mock archaeology dig and explore
the Heritage Museum. Through
hands-on activities, discover how
historians learn about the past and
investigate the people who settled
Florida. Activities designed for chil-
dren ages 5 through 11 and their par-
ents. Members free; non-members
$5 per student and $2 per adult. Info:
678-2615.
Bluegrass gospel concert
"Bama Blu-Grace," a bluegrass
gospel group will perform, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, First Baptist
Church, Niceville.
Speed camp planned
TNT Athletix and MLB veteran
Scott Hemond are hosting a speed
camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
beginning June 9 at Destin Middle
School for boys and girls 9 to 15.
Info: 974-6811 or go to
TNTAthletix.com.


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(830-3568) Unfurn. Florida Club Condo, 2/2, Full Sized W/D,
Tiled Floors, Pool ........................$ 950
Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, End Unit,
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Unfurn. House, BWB, 3/2, New Appliances,
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*Furn. Condo, F.C., 1/1, Full Kitchen, W/D,
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1141 & 1143 45th Street 2544 sqft. 6/4 duplex makes wonderful investment
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420 Lilac Court 1740 sqft. 3/2 home features 100% financing to qualified buyers.
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226 Palmetto Avenue 1100 sqft. 3/2 adorable Florida cottage and close to schools,
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188 Shoreline Drive 3232 sqft. 3/2.5 home with 181 feet on LaGrange Bayou over-
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1805 Valparaiso Blvd. #10 1320 sqft. 3/2.5 townhome with assigned deep water slip
in protective cove. A must see with many upgrades....$184,900 MLS#509759
129 Waterside Lane 4/3 home features wood floors, formal dining, GE Profile
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129 2nd Street 1321 sqft. 3/1 charming home boasts 2 living areas, large closets,
centrally located to schools, bases, and shopping.....$115,000 MLS#506753
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tled among mature oaks and magnolias. A must see....$649,000 MLS#511566
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REGATTA BAY: Exquisite 4 bedroom, 3/1 baths.
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