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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: June 3, 2009
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or call 729-6086.
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More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4.

Tax rolls shrink for 2nd year

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County's property-tax
rolls have declined for the second
year in a row.
Taxable property values fell an
average of more than 6 percent last
year countywide, according to pre-
liminary figures released by Okaloosa
County Property Appraiser Pete
Smith last week.
The decline means that local gov-
ernments will have a tougher time
making ends meet.
It seems apparent, now, that prop-
erty values were due for a correction.
From 2004 to 2006 tax rolls in
Okaloosa County rose by double-

digit percentages each year. For 2006
alone, the increase was 31.8 percent,
according to the county appraiser.
For 2007, the economy, and tax-
able values, slowed to 5.1 percent
growth countywide.
For 2008, the tax rolls fell 7.4 per-
cent countywide as property values
tumbled and new construction stalled
due to the nationwide credit crisis and
a faltering economy. The rolls shrank
in all but two of the county's 19 tax-
ing authorities-tiny Laurel Hill and
Cinco Bayou.
Now, the figures released last
week show that 2009 tax rolls, as of

Please see TAX, page A-3

Okaloosa County taxable values
By year, subject to taxation by the county commission I


$15 $13,576,903,661

2004 2005

2006 2007 2008
Source Ok Co Property Appraiser

Preliminary figures
by the Okaloosa
County Property
Appraiser released
last week show the
second consecutive
annual decline in
property rolls sub-
ject to tax by the
Okaloosa County

Study sees more

land affected by

military mission

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A new layer of zoning regu-
lation and some new terminolo-
gy is being introduced to the
world of real estate and govern-
ment regulation of land uses in
civilian communities surround-
ing Eglin Air Force Base.
Military Influence Planning
Areas (MIPA) 1, 2 and 3, are
some of the new terms that
local residents should become
familiar with, according to the
draft Eglin Air Force Base
Joint Land Use Study released

in May.
The nearly 500-page Eglin
JLUS is the subject of three
public meetings this week
seeking public comment before
the report is finalized as early
as the end of this month.
JLUS is a Defense
Department-funded study of
land uses in Santa Rosa,
Walton and Okaloosa counties,
and 11 cities in those counties.
The study was initiated after
the 2005 Base Realignment and
Please see STUDY, page A-8

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A grand jury meeting in
Tallahassee has indicted Rep.
Ray Sansom for perjury and
Destin developer Jay Odom for
being principal to official mis-
The May 27 indictments
handed down by the grand jury
are the latest fallout from a $6
million appropriation that
Sansom quietly inserted into a
2007 legislative bill funding a
controversial college training and
emergency operations facility at
the Destin Airport.

Sansom, a Destin Republican,
and James R. Richburg, former
president of Northwest Florida
were indict-
ed in April
by the same
grand jury,
with official
in the case.
Richburg Jay Odom

Please see INDICTED, page A-3

Fuel shortages

seen inevitable

in hurricane

Storm season begins

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
If a major hurricane hits the
Gulf Coast this summer, expect
local fuel supplies to be disrupted
for anywhere from a few days to
several weeks, according to fill-
ing-station executives.
Dave Daigle, senior vice pres-
ident of Tom Thumb stores in
Northwest Florida, and Jim
Bums, Tom Thumb vice presi-
dent for petroleum marketing,
spoke to county emergency man-
agers about likely disruptions to
fuel supplies in the wake of hurri-
canes along the Gulf Coast.
Tom Thumb convenience
stores usually include Citgo gas
stations supplied by a Citgo fuel-
transfer terminal in Niceville
which also serves most compet-
ing stations operating under other
brand names in Okaloosa and
Walton counties.
Tom Thumb, said the two
executives, has 116 stores in the
Florida Panhandle and Alabama,
which are supplied with gas from

barges which
unload at ter-
minals at
Pensacola, and
Panama City.
all those coast- Gas line after H
line terminals
are vulnerable to damage or dis-
ruption by hurricanes or tropical
Even if the terminals them-
selves are not damaged, said
Bums, barge traffic in the
Intracoastal Waterway along the
Gulf Coast is halted by the Coast
Guard in periods of high winds or
high seas as a storm approaches.
The waterway remains closed
after a storm until the Coast
Guard determines that the chan-
nel is free of debris that could
damage barges. Damage or clos-
ings at the nearest refineries,
located in Mobile, Ala., and
Pascagoula, Miss., can also halt
gas deliveries along the Gulf

Beacon file photo
hurricane Opal in October 1995.

Coast, they said.
Bums and Daigle spoke dur-
ing a May 21 meeting in
Crestview of the Okaloosa
County Emergency Management
Committee, an informal group of
police, fire, medical, utility and
other emergency management
officials who meet monthly to
discuss emergency and disaster
management issues.
The 2009 Atlantic hurricane
season, which began Monday,
lasts through Nov. 30.
Okaloosa County Emergency
Manager Randy McDaniel said
that national hurricane forecasts

Please see FUEL, page A-8

Richburg e-mails discussed

possible Odom lease of space

in college airport facility

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Among some 600 pages of e-
mails Northwest Florida State
turned over
to prosecu-
tors in April
are at least
two which w-
leasing to a
private com- 0.
pany space ,
in the col-
lege's pro- James R. Richburg
posed train-
ing facility at the Destin Airport.
A college architect discussed
plans to store planes in a "I".lgill
The intended use of the $6
million airport facility, which was
to be built with $6 million in tax-
payer funds secured for the col-
lege by Rep. Ray Sansom, is at
the heart of a state grand jury
indictment of Sansom, formnner
college president James R.
Richburg, and Destin developer

Related story, A-7.

Jay Odom.
A grand jury that indicted the
three men asserted that the proj-
ect, although presented as a train-
ing center for college students,
was actually intended to benefit

Odom's airplane-servicing com-
pany. Richburg, Odom and
Sansom, whose legislative district
includes both Destin and the col-
lege's main campus in Niceville,
have denied the charges.
The college has canceled the
Please see RICHBURG, page A-9

From: RFtchburg. James R,
Sent: Monday, Apol 07,2008 2 02 PM
To: Kelly Williams
Cc: Yancey. Gary
Subject: RE: Destin Jet / OWC lease LOI
I have attached a revised land lease outline, but it has not been reviewed by our board attorney and I am sure he will
have additions.
I think we need to wait until the architect and the college program personnel have done the educational programming
tor the building to negotiate the building lease. Whereas we are committed to the idea of leasing unused space back to
you, we need to see how the square footage works out In the planning
I look forward to seeing you at your office at 10'00 tomorrow,
James R. (Hob) Richburg, President
D I ... h .
it- .I* 4 i i i 1 .1l,
Niceville.'. I. 32578
Please Note: Due to Florida's very broad public records laws. most c-mail communications It or rrom C'Collcgc
cmployccs regarding college e business arm public records and may be made available to the public and media
ponm request.

NW Fla. State College
Recently disclosed e-mail from college president James R.
Richburg to developer Jay Odom.

Players go down swinging

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
A final game played Saturday at the Wolverine Park softball complex in Valparaiso. For
fear of plane crashes, the Air Force has prohibited further use of the volunteer-built
fields, home to the Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association for 39 years. The
league will move to Niceville for the 2010 season.

Developer indicted in

college case; Sansom

faces new charge


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hughes warns of vehicle fee hikes

Tax collector defends budget, past bonus practices

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes warned
citizens of impending stiff
increases in motor-vehicle regis-
tration fees.
Hughes spoke to about 20 peo-
ple at Niceville City Hall on May
27, in the last of a series of local
forums in which Hughes defended
his budget policies and answered
questions from citizens. He said
his budget for the coming fiscal
year includes no employee raises,
overtime or bonuses, and an eight-
een percent reduction in spending

for travel.
As during previous meetings
around the county during the past
month, Hughes said his budget
planning process is "the most
open, transparent budget process
in the county." He said his office
"provides a Wal-Mart of services"
to other county and state govern-
ment agencies, collecting taxes for
all 28 government entities that
have the power to levy taxes with-
in Okaloosa County. He said his
budget is funded by commissions
on the taxes his office collects,
with excess funds given to the

Operating as an independent,
"constitutional" office, the Tax
Collector's Office, with Hughes as
its elected chief executive, does
not need to have its budget
approved by the county commis-
sion, he said, but submits it to the
Florida Department of Revenue
on Aug. 1 of each year.
He said he is keeping the com-
ing budget at the same level for the
fourth straight year, while expand-
ing some services such as the issu-
ing of driver's licenses. Hughes
said motorists should expect new
designs on state driver's licenses,
as states comply with federal

requirements for a nationwide
"real ID" program. Future driver's
licenses, he said, will be more
standardized from state to state,
and will include holograms, com-
puter chips and other devices to
make them more reliable and
more difficult to counterfeit.
Hughes also warned that some
state fees are about to increase
dramatically, such as those for
vehicle license tags. "If your birth-
day is within the next three
months," he said, "I advise you to
renew your license plates now for
the next two years," to avoid pay-
ing the extra fees that will take
effect later this year.
During the question-and-
answer period following his for-
mal briefing, Hughes departed
from his previous practice of tak-
ing only written questions, and
also took oral questions directly
from the audience. Marion Oelke,
of Bluewater Bay, commended
Hughes for holding public budget
meetings, but added, "It's no
secret your publicity lately has
been very bad," especially regard-
ing bonus payments to some tax
office employees.
Hughes replied that some of
the bonuses given in the past were
"certification bonuses," given to
employees who completed train-
ing and professional certifications
in various areas of expertise with-
in the tax office. He said other
bonuses were a means of creating
incentive for employees to per-
form well, be creative in solving
problems, and work extra hours
when necessary.
He said such bonuses are
authorized by Florida Statute 215,
which allows constitutional
offices to give bonuses to employ-
ees who are part of senior man-
agement, or if a written policy of



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public meeting explaining his budget May 27.

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contract between the agency and
employee allows bonuses. Hughes
said all the bonuses he has given
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"have taken an unfair rap, but they
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were legitimate, he has recently
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said, "The public was upset and
had questions, and many people
thought it was illegal," so he
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explaining his policies to the pub-
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From page A-1
Jan. 1, fell in all 19 taxing districts.
The Okaloosa County School
District, already facing state
funding cuts, posted a 5.7 per-
cent decline in taxable property
values for 2009, to $17.35 bil-
The Okaloosa County
Commission has a 6.1 percent
decline, to $16.35 billion,
according to the preliminary tax
rolls. The $1 billion gap
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From page A-1

was also charged with perjury in
the original April 17 indictment.
Odom, who owns Destin Jet, a
company that recently became
the second fixed-base operator
(FBO) at the Destin Airport, had,
in 2006-07, sought state funding
to build a hangar at the Destin
Airport with
the condi-
tion that the
would be
turned over
to the city of
Destin as an
center dur-
ing natural Ray Sansom
disasters. The legislature took no
action on Odom's original
Odom is a political supporter
of Sansom and a heavy financial
contributor to Sansom and the
Republican Party.
The additional charges in the
grand jury's indictment last week
came on the heels of new disclo-
sures from Northwest Florida
State College. NWFSC spokes-
woman Sylvia Bryan explained:
"In the course of compiling files
the week of April 20, 2009, for
the different investigative bodies,
archived e-mails were found that

be used in arriving at local-gov-
ernment budgets for the fiscal
year that will begin Oct. 1 (July
1 for the school district).
In the Twin Cities, Valparaiso
suffered a decline of 7 percent in
taxable property this year, while
Niceville saw a 5.3 percent drop.
Taxable values for both fire
districts in the Twin Cities area
also dropped, East Niceville by
4.7 percent and North Bay's by
5.5 percent.
Final taxable property values
from the Property Appraiser
won't be available until early
August, when Truth in Millage
(TRIM) notices are required to
be mailed to each taxpayer, list-
ing the taxable value of his prop-
erty, and the proposed tax levy of
each government unit that taxes
The property values are based

contained both materials previ-
ously supplied and materials that
appeared not to have been previ-
ously supplied (and of which col-
lege staff were not previously
aware). Thus, the college imme-
diately supplied a copy of all the
files to all three investigative bod-
The three investigative bodies
are the grand jury in Tallahassee,
the Florida Commission on
Ethics, which is looking into alle-
gations that Richburg and college
trustee Jody Henderson did not
disclose a business relationship,
and a House of Representatives
special investigator looking into
ethics charges against Sansom,
who stepped down as Speaker of
the House earlier this year amid
allegations involving his relation-
ship with NWFSC and his
acceptance of a $110,000-a-year
part-time job at the college in
November 2008.
District 2 State Attorney
Willie Meggs, who has led the
grand jury inquiry into the Destin
Airport case, said Monday that
the newly disclosed e-mails were
"helpful" in charging Sansom
with perjury and "cemented" in
the minds of the grand jurors
Odom's alleged role in the case.
Odom was invited to speak to the
grand jury in April, but did not
Odom, Sansom and Richburg
have denied the charges against

on values set by the property
appraiser as of Jan. 1, 2009.
Smith said the decline in tax-
able property in Okaloosa
County reflects the same condi-
tions being experienced nation-
wide in the current economic
downturn. He said that next
year's taxable property values
are almost certain to decline
again next year since those val-
ues are based on property values
during the current calendar year.
Another factor in the declines
of 2008 and 2009 was a second
tax exemption applying to most
homesteads enacted by the
Legislature in 2007.
Preliminary property valua-
tions give each taxing authority
the information needed to begin
the budgeting process for the fis-
cal year that, for most, begins
Oct. 1. Theoretically, each tax-

Asked to comment on the new
charge against Sansom, his attor-
ney, Stephen Dobson, of Dobson,
Davis and Smith, said Monday
that he "is certain that Ray
Sansom did not commit perjury
when he testified before the
grand jury." Dobson said "there
is "ample evidence that (Sansom)
is innocent of those charges."
The defense attorney said that
he has seen and read enough to

ing authority first develops a
budget based on its needs.
Knowing how much taxable
property is available allows each
taxing authority to determine
what tax rate it must levy to gen-
erate the tax revenue required to
fund that budget.
The ad valorem tax rate is
also called a millage rate, where
each one mill of the tax rates
equals $1 in tax on each $1,000
of taxable property value. To
make ends meet in light of the
declining tax base, taxing
authorities could reduce their
expenditures next year, raise the
tax rate, or both.
Cities, the county and the
school board receive most of
their revenues from state, federal
or other sources. Those revenue
sources next year may also be
less than in the current year.

know that there is a complete
other story that the grand jury (in
Tallahassee) has never heard."
"I am very confident that an
unbiased jury or judge" will find
his client innocent, Dobson said.
He stated that by it's very nature
a grand jury is biased, a one-
sided beast," hearing only what
the prosecutor wants the jury to
A request for comment by

According to Rita Scallan,
the school district's chief finan-
cial officer, the total revenue
decrease for the school district in
2 mill (capital outlay) revenues
from 2008-09 to 2009-10 will be
$6,364,263. The decrease is
comprised of two components,
she said-a property value
decrease of 6.24 percent or
$2,310,104 and the Legislature
transferring an additional 0.25
percent from education's capital
funds to the general fund.
Gary Stanford, Okaloosa
County's financial services
director, estimates that state rev-
enues will be approximately 7
percent lower than in the current
fiscal year. However, the county
may see an increase in federal
revenue, mostly grants, due to
the stimulus package enacted by
Congress earlier this year.

Odom was not answered before
press time.
Richburg was fired after his
April 17 indictment, but has peti-
tioned the college to get his job
back, or to be paid the $764,000
remaining in his contract.
In addition to the newly dis-
covered e-mails, according to
Meggs the grand jury last week
heard from two witnesses-one
of the state attorney's own inves-

Property taxes account for about
18.5 percent of the current, $304
million county budget, Stanford
However, for some taxing
authorities, especially fire dis-
tricts, property taxes account for
nearly all their annual revenue.
This year's tax rolls are down
in part because of new exemp-
tions approved by Florida voters
that went into effect Jan. 1, 2008,
said Smith. Among those are an
additional $25,000 homestead
exemptions, bringing the total
for most primary residences to
Other voter-approved tax-
reduction measures that took
effect statewide last year were
the portability of the Save Our
Homes exemption, and the addi-
tion of property tax exemptions
for some nonresidents.

tigators, and an official of the
Florida Department of Education.
Meggs said that before trial,
lawyers for the three accused
men will be in the discovery
phase, in which they examine the
state's evidence and take deposi-
tions from witnesses.
Odom turned himself in for
booking at the Leon County Jail
Friday, and was released on his
own recognizance.

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Terry John Hosking, unem-
ployed, 41, of 315 21st St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 19 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
two counts. Hosking was arrested
again May 22 on three more mis-
demeanor worthless check

Steven Joseph Richburg, a
landscaper, 20, of 4654
Middlebrooks Road, Holt, with a
permanent address of 100-B
Nathey St., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies May 18 for
felony violation of probation on
the original charge of burglary.

Maurice James Coughlin,
unemployed, 44, of 108 21st St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 14 for felony bat-
tery. Coughlin allegedly battered
a victim March 16 and was previ-
ously convicted of battery in 2006.

Marissa Rae Tucker, unem-
ployed, 24, of 116 Nathey St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 18 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
12 counts.

Sonny Preston Wood, a life-
guard, 19, of 453 Howard St., in
Villa Tasso, was arrested by
Okaloosa County sheriff's
deputies May 21 for burglary to an
unoccupied dwelling, theft and
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana. After finishing a
yard work job at a home in the 100
block of Windlake Court,
Niceville, Wood allegedly entered
the home and stole a computer and
an MP3 player from a bedroom
Nov. 14.
Christopher Eric Rusnak, a
construction worker, 35, with an

at-large address, was arrested by
Niceville police May 25 for retail
theft, resisting a merchant and ille-
gal use of a shopping cart. Rusnak
allegedly purchased a can of
salmon and a bag of chips and
then left the store, 701 W John
Sims Parkway.
A store clerk walked outside
where she allegedly observed
Rusnak with a shopping cart
loaded with merchandise. After
the clerk asked Rusnak to pay for
the merchandise, the suspect
allegedly pushed the cart across
the street, parked it between two
cargo trailers, and departed on
Police located Rusnak nearby
and brought him back to the store,
where the clerk identified him as
the suspect.

Christopher Kyle Wright, a
security guard, 24, of 600 Second
St., Destin, was arrested by
Niceville police May 21 for utter-
ing a false instrument and attempt-
ing to obtain a controlled sub-
stance by fraud. Wright allegedly
presented three fraudulent pre-
scriptions at a Niceville drugstore,
1100 E. John Sims Parkway.
Wright allegedly told police that
he obtained the prescriptions from
a school friend who offered him
$50 to pass the prescriptions.

Sean William Haynes, a land-
scaper, 21, of 616 Ginkgo Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police May 20 on two
counts of grand theft. In April
2008, Haynes allegedly accepted
$500 from a Niceville resident on
Coolwater Lane as down payment
for $2,800 worth of landscaping
work he agreed to provide but
never started.
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A Villa Tasso man and a
Niceville teenager were arrest-
ed on felony charges after lead-
ing law officers on an hour-
long chase while riding
through the Eglin reservation
on all-terrain vehicles.
Richard Douglas Ward,
unemployed, 39, of 175
Magnolia St., was arrested by
Okaloosa County sheriff's
deputies May 22 for fleeing
and eluding, according to a
sheriff's report.
A 17-year-old Niceville
boy, a student, was arrested for
fleeing and attempting to elude
a law enforcement officer and
for resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence.
Sheriff's reports gave the
following account:
A deputy on patrol in
Bluewater Bay May 22 activat-
ed his patrol car's emergency
lights after spotting two males
operating ATVs on North
Bluewater Boulevard, near the
Parkwood Estates entrance.
The deputy reported the ATVs
as possibly stolen.
Both ATVs sped away into
the woods of the Eglin
Reservation north of Highway
20. The deputy recognized
Ward, provided a description of
the younger driver, and called
for assistance. Additional law
enforcement officers from the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Special Unit, Eglin police,

$2,500 for landscaping work he
contracted to do for another
Niceville resident, also on
Coolwater Lane, but never started.

During a 3:52 a.m. security
check at Niceville's Turkey Creek
Park, police came in contact with
four individuals in the closed,

Walton County Sheriff's
Office, and the Florida Wildlife
Commission arrived to help in
the chase.
Over the next hour, the two
ATVs were spotted numerous
times weaving in and out of the
After the ATVs crossed
Highway 20 into Villa Tasso,
several law enforcement vehi-
cles followed them as they
sped down residential streets.
When Ward and the 17-year-
old began driving north along
County Line Road, an Eglin
Range Patrol SUV pulled
alongside. The boy's ATV
struck the left rear-quarter
panel of the SUV and was
The teenager ignored a
deputy's orders to get on the
ground and re-mounted the
ATV. The officer fired a stun
gun, hitting the boy in the
chest, and handcuffed him.
Ward, who also crashed his
ATV, fled on foot and was
apprehended a few blocks
away on Vance Street.
Ward, who deputies say was
on probation on the original
charge of grand theft, allegedly
told deputies that he fled
because he knew if he was
caught fleeing from police he
would be going back to jail.
The boy had permission to
drive his mother's ATV. Ward
said he had purchased his ATV
from another man in Villa

locked and gated park posted with
"No Trespassing" signs. Niceville
police arrested:
-Robert Cole Fuller, 26, of
225 Fir Ave., Niceville, for tres-
pass and resisting an officer with-
out violence.
-Roger Flint Ford, 18, of 188
Constitution Blvd., Lawrenceville,
Ga., for trespass and resisting an
officer without violence.
-Christina Marie Stefanick, a
security guard, 26, of 211 Evans
St., Niceville, for trespass, battery
on a fiie iiIiiic, and battery on an
emergency medical technician.
Niceville police also issued a
notice to appear to the fourth indi-
vidual, Richard Alan Sewell, a
cook, 26, of 211 Evans St.,
Niceville, for trespassing.

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more than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-
When the deputy went to
Cartwright's home to serve the
warrant, Cartwright asked if he
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the deputy agreed to the request,
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traffic stop, May 26 for possession
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lating the "business purposes
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Georgia Emmalee Murray, 55,
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was arrested by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop, May
26, for giving a false name to law
enforcement officers.

Malcolm Austin Cartwright, a
student, 20, of 321-A Niceville
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 22 for fail-
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T icille Fire D ertmnt responded te-following calls May. 22 through
1 StrnuitIee '14 Emergency ical-Call
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0 Ot eCirash h Extricatioi p
0 Illegal Burn 5 Other Emergen6 Call
0 False Alarms 1 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Deer Street ......... . . . .Medical ..........5/22/09 . . . .10:19
Hickory Avenue ............... .Medical ...... .. .5/22/09 . ... .22:56
John Sims and Palm ............Vehicle crash . . .5/23/09 . . . .00:39
S. Palm Boulevard ......... .. .Vehicle crash . . .5/23/09 . . . .00:59
Redwood Avenue ...............Fuel spill ........ .5/23/09 . 10:55
Alderwood Way .............. .Alarm activation .. .523/09 ....... 19:32
W. John Sims Parkway ..........Water rescue .....5/26/09 .......03:57
E. College Boulevard .......... .Structure fire . . .5/26/09 . . . .16:42
E. College Boulevard ............Alarm activation .. .5/26/09 . . . .17:51
BoxerAvenue ......... ........Service call .......5/26/09 .......22:23
23rd Street .................. .Medical ..........5/26/09 .......22:38
Juniper Avenue ......... . . .Medical..... ... .5/26/09 . .. 22:53
N. Partin Drive .............. .Medical ..........5/27/09 . . . .12:54
N. Partin and Juniper ............Vehicle crash . . .5/27/09 . . . .14:36
Reeves Street ......... . . .Medical ..........5/27/09 . . . .19:54
Valparaiso Boulevard ............Medical ..........5/28/09 . . . .13:27
E. John Sims Parkway ..........Vehicle crash .....5/28/09 ....... 14:12
Pin Oak Circle .................Medical ......... .5/29/09 ...... 06:08
Deer Street ......... . . . . Medical ..........5/29/09 . . . .21:02
S. Cedar Avenue . ........ ..Medical..... ... .5/29/09 . . 23:21
N. Partin Drive ............... .Medical ..........5/30/09 .......03:51
Reeves Street .................Medical ..........5/30/09 .......07:25
N. Palm Boulevard ......... .. .Lock-in ..........5/30/09 . . . .14:47
E. John Sims Parkway ...........Vehicle crash . . .5/30/09 . . . .18:37
S. Partin Drive ............... ..Medical ..........5/31/09 .......10:19
Coconut Palm Circle ............Medical ..........5/31/09 .......17:19
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls May 25 through
June 1.
Location Situation Type Date TIME
E. Highway 20 .......... .Electrical wiring/equipment .. .525/09 .. 10:47
E. Highway 20 ...........Medical assist .............5/26/09 .... 06:11
Raintree Boulevard . . . .Rescue EMS, other........ .5/26/09 . . .06:22
Merchants Way ..........EMS excluding vehicle ......5/26/09 .....08:46
East College Boulevard . .Dispatched/canceled ........5/26/09 .... 16:43
N. McCarthy Avenue . .. .Gas leak (natural gas or LPG) .5/27/09 . . .10:39
White Point Road ....... .Dispatched/canceled . . . .5/27/09 . . .12:20
N. White Point Road . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/27/09 . . .18:46
Nelson Point Road . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/28/09 . . .05:31
N. White Point Road . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/30/09 . . .09:02
Blue Pine Lake ......... .Vehicle/pedistrian accident . .5/30/09 . . .18:56
Merchants Way ...........EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/31/09 . . .08:39
Hickory Street .......... .Unauthorized burn .........5/31/09 . . .11:07
Cypress Street ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . .5/31/09 . . .15:01
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-Mike Griffith

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"I'm totally against it. "I think they're crazy."
They shouldn't be
doing that."

"I don't think they should "They're definitely defy-
be testing them." ing U.S. policy. They're
trying to test our new
president as well, to see
what his reaction will
be. I'm not sure they
want to find out."

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From page A-6
my pocket. It's just fungus."
Cartwright later allegedly admit-
ted getting the mushrooms from a
friend in Atlanta and said he
intended to use them on the week-
Lukas Edward Wahl, unem-
ployed, 20, of 519 Linden Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 23 for possession of
a controlled substance without a

Laura Beth Sells, unemployed,
22, of 1401 Palm Blvd., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Northwest Florida State
College former president
James R. Richburg has agreed
to mediation in his petition to
get his job back.
The college board of
trustees met in Niceville
Tuesday. It voted to accept
Richburg's response to the
board's offer to seek mediation
in a dispute arising from his
The board also agreed to
hire a lawyer to handle the
case, and to meet with him in
closed session.
College trustees dismissed
Richburg in April after
Richburg's indictment April 17
by a state grand jury on
charges of official misconduct
and perjury. Richburg, 64, of
Niceville, pleaded not guilty.
Richburg placed himself on
unpaid leave following the
indictment. Trustees then
voted 4-3 to fire him during a
special meeting April 28,
although the subject was not

Karen Kerrigan, 36,
Bluewater Bay,
dental hygienist

May 24 for failure to appear on
the original charge of driving
while license suspended or

John Preston Hardwick
unemployed, 18, of 205-C
Marquette St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
May 23 for failure to appear on
the original misdemeanor charge
of retail theft.

Angelique R. Warner, a
restaurant server, 27, of 709
Cypress Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
May 23 on a misdemeanor
worthless check charge that was
valued at $5.44.

on the agenda.
On May 18, charging that
the trustees breached his
employment contract without
good cause, Richburg peti-
tioned the board for a hearing
before a state administrative
law judge. The former college
president, who led the college
for 22 years, asked the board to
either reinstate him, with back
pay, or pay damages that could
include an estimated $764,000
in salary he would have earned
through the end of his contract,
June 30, 2012.
Richburg's annual salary
was $228,093, plus a $13,390
car allowance. His four-year
employment contract called
for a 3 percent raise each year.
On May 26 college trustees
met to consider Richburg's
demands. They asked him to
agree to mediation.
If mediation fails, trustees
were prepared to hire an attor-
ney and to consider Richburg's
request for an evidentiary hear-
ing before an administrative
law judge.

Diana Doyon, 42,

Christina Lynn Davis, unem-
ployed, 33, of 716 Powell Drive,
Apt. 2, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 21 on a
Santa Rosa County warrant for
violation of probation on the
original misdemeanor charge of
worthless checks.

Vitor Bruno Moreira, a cook,
26, of 356-B Chicago Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 24 for
violation of probation on the
original charge of DUI.

Holly Nicole Tharp, unem-
ployed, 25, of 4524 Woodland
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 23 on a
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From page A-1

call for only an average hurricane
season this year, with 12 named
storms expected, of which six are
expected to be hurricanes and per-
haps two are expected to be
"major" hurricanes of Category 3
or higher. Such forecasts,
McDaniel added, "really don't
matter." What matters to any par-
ticular community, he said, is
whether their area is damaged,
regardless of whether that storm
was part of a busy or quiet storm
Even during normal weather,
said Burns, the fuel-delivery net-
work "has no room for hiccups,"
with barges and trucks in constant
movement to and from refineries,
terminals and individual gas sta-
tions to make deliveries and main-
tain the supply for motorists.
Whenever a hurricane or tropical
storm enters the Gulf of Mexico,
he said, Tom Thumb officials
begin meeting with barge and
truck operators to coordinate
deliveries and try to help local gas
stations stock up to meet what he
called "the pre-hurricane rush,"
when motorists flock to gas sta-

From page A-1
Closure decision to establish an
international flight training cen-
ter at Eglin and bring 113 F-35
Joint Strike Fighters here, as
well as relocating about 2,200
Army Green Berets of the 7th
Special Forces Group
(Airborne) to Eglin.

tions to top off their tanks and
often to fill up portable gasoline
containers for electric generators
and personal gas supplies for after
the storm.
That pre-storm rush, he said,
slows down deliveries, because
the extra
cars at gas
stations get
in the way
of delivery
truce ks .
said Daigle,
the extra
trucks at ter-
minals get in Dave Daigle
each other's way, boosting fillup
times, normnnally 20 minutes, to as
much as two hours.
Asked about using gas
pipelines rather than barges as a
way to move fuel, Burns said,
"My personal goal would be to
have a (pipliNO spigot at every
gas station," but the Florida
Legislature has opposed building
pipelines for environmental and
political reasons. The nearest
pipeline-fed termnninals are in
Montgomery, Ala., Bainbridge,
Ga., and Vicksburg, Miss.-sev-
eral hours from Niceville by
The purpose of JLUS is to
get local governments to consid-
er recommended civilian land
uses that are compatible with
Eglin's military operational and
training missions. Elected offi-
cials from the three counties and
11 cities directed the study's two
contractors, Tetra Tech Inc., of
Destin, and Solin and Associates
Inc., of Maitland.
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Although the state has
required gas stations to install
emergency generators to keep
them operating if commercial
power is lost, no such generators
have yet been installed at any Tom
Thumb stations in the Niceville
area, the company officials said.
First priority for installation,
Burns said, has been for larger gas
stations in other areas such as
Crestview, where more customers
tend to show up during and after
hurricanes. The Citgo station at
North Partin Drive and Palm
Boulevard, he said, is slated to get
a generator
in the near
future, but I
he did not
specify a
T h e
plied fuel
tennrminal in
said Daigle, Jim Burns
holds about
4 million gallons of gasoline and
441,000 gallons of diesel fuel
when full. A barge typically deliv-
ers about 1.4 million gallons of
regular gas, 336,000 gallons of
finalized by June 30, but that
could be delayed by a month,
depending on public input, said
Jeff Fanto, the Okaloosa County
Growth Project Coordinator
who is also coordinating JLUS.
Monday night the JLUS pres-
entation for Walton County took
place in Freeport. Tuesday night
the presentation in Crestview
was scheduled for the Okaloosa
County portion, the area most
affected by the BRAC 2005
decisions. Thursday, the public
presentations will wind up in
Milton with recommendations
for Santa Rosa County.
Among the recommendations
in the JLUS are new construc-
tion guidelines to reduce house-
hold noise levels in affected
areas, reduce light pollution that
could affect the military's mis-
sion to train and operate at night,
reduce radio frequency interfer-
ence on certain military bands,

premium gas, and 36,000 gallons
of diesel. Turnaround time for a
barge unloading at Niceville is
about 24 hours, he said-faster
than the 30-hour turnaround time
at the Freeport terminal or the 42-
hour turnaround at Panama City.
Both Tom Thumb executives
said that if a serious storm hits
along the Gulf Coast, especially if
it hits close to Niceville, local gas
shortages are very likely, and
could last from a few days to sev-
eral weeks. However, they did not
recommend that people stock up
by storing gas in portable contain-
ers kept in garages or backyard
storage sheds. Such personal stor-
age of gasoline is dangerous, they
said, and stored gasoline tends to
go stale, making it useless and
difficult to dispose of properly.
Instead, they recommended
that people simply conserve fuel
as best they can during and after a
hurricane, by minimizing travel
and the use of gasoline-powered
generators. People who have
evacuated the area ahead of a hur-
ricane may want to delay their
return, if possible, until after local
fuel supplies have been restored.
Okaloosa Public Safety
Director Dino Villani suggested
that when purchasing emergency
and restrict building near Eglin
runways where there is too
much jet noise or a higher risk
of plane crashes.
Military Influence Planning
Areas (MIPA) 1, 2 and 3 are also
being recommended for adop-
tion in all of the three counties
and 11 cities. There are three
MIPAs, 1, 2 and 3, each of
which addresses a different
-MIPA 1: civilian areas
where potential aircraft crashes
in the so-called Clear Zone or
Accident Potential Zones 1 and
2 that extend up to three miles
from the end of Eglin runways;
and, where civilians may be sub-
jected to more than 65 decibels
of day-night level jet noise.
-MIPA 2: areas subject to
possible high noise levels of 65
decibels DNL or higher.
-MIPA 3: civilian areas
impacted by low-level aircraft or

generators for homes and busi-
nesses, people consider installing
natural gas generators. Natural
gas is less likely to be disrupted
by a hurricane than gasoline
delivery, he said, and natural gas
generators can be professionally
installed to start automatically
and operate safely if electrical
power is lost. This allows home
and business owners to continue
using their electrical equipment
without having to deal with refu-
eling or starting and stopping
portable generators.
The two Tom Thumb execu-
tives were asked whether Tom
Thumb's connection to Citgo, an
oil company controlled by the
government of the anti-American
president of Venezuela, Hugo
Chavez, could lead to future dis-
ruption or political manipulation
of local gas supplies. Bums
replied that although the Chavez
government owns the Citgo oil
company, Tom Thumb stores are
independently owned, and the
fuel delivered to them or to the
Niceville terminal may or may
not come from Venezuela or
"We actually have no idea
where our gas comes from,"
Burns said, because once oil is

cruise missile approaches to the
Eglin reservation.
All JLUS recommendations
are up to local civilian govern-
ments to adopt, reject or modify.
Enactment of a MIPA designa-
tion, for example, might require
developers to take into consider-
ation the potential for aircraft
noise, crashes or low-level flight
corridors used by Eglin. That

pumped from the ground, it
changes hands so many times dur-
ing the refining and distribution
process that there is no way of
knowing the origin of the fuel that
actually reaches a particular gas
station. Boycotting Tom Thumb
stores or Citgo gas stations, he
said, "Won't do anything to
Chavez. You'll only be hurting the
individual owner of the gas sta-
In other business during the
May 21 meeting, McDaniel said
the concrete foundation and walls
of the new county emergency
operations center at the Northwest
Florida State College campus
have been poured, and construc-
tion is proceeding on schedule.
He said the building is expected to
be complete by the end of July
next year, with the county 911 call
center operating there by some
time during the fall.
McDaniel commended the
work of county swift water rescue
teams who pulled several people
from flood waters during recent
heavy rains in the northern part of
the county.
The next Emergency
Management Committee meeting
is scheduled for noon, June 18, at
Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville.

About 20 people showed
up at the Freeport
Community Center
Monday to learn about
Eglin's Joint Land Use
Study in the first of three
meetings this week
designed to gather pub-
lic input. Freeport resi-
dent Kevin McLaughlin,
left, quizzes JLUS con-
tractor Michael Bomar
about the impact of a
low-level cruise missile
corridor just north of

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

could increase the cost of new
Owners may be required to
disclose that their property is in
a MIPA zone during any future
real estate transactions, poten-
tially affecting the price.
A copy of the JLUS plan is
available at local libraries and
online at: www.tri-

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Okaloosa Walton College
100 College Blvd
Niceville, Florida 32578
April 1, 2008
Dr. Richburg,
The following information outlines how the building lease between Okaloosa Wallon
College (OWC) and Destin Jet could potentially be structured.
After OWC builds it facility. Destin Jet would like to lease the use of a portion of the
facility at times when it is not being used for the college's needs. The lease amount
would be sniuctured as if all the facility was available all the time. A prorated amount
would then be determined based on the time and areas that are needed to meet all of
OWC's requirement.
This lease would require the tenant, Destin Jet to pay the ground lease amount annually
and the building lease amount monthly. The taxes, insurance, utilities and common area
maintenance of the facility would also be the responsibility of the tenant (Deslin Jet).
From an operational standpoint OWC would lease the facility to Destin lJet under a
schedule Lhat OWC would produce that shows all the limes and spaces required to handle
OWC's needs. Destin Jet's use would be limited to the time and spaces not needed for
OWC's uses.
The lease amount would be as follows for the two different type spaces in the facility:
Lease Amount:
Training/ storage/ staging areas s8,o000- sq ft $38,367.60 per year
Class RC m / mumeinr / nff ce 6.000 +/- s ft 41Cdl 1283107 er vear

Total Building Lease Amount
Ground Lease Amount (Pass Thru) to Tenant

$79,650,67 per year
S23.085.00 per year

Pass Thru AmounIs(These cost win be the tenants responsibility :
Ground Lease
Property Taxes


Building Insurance
Liability Insurance
Utilities (power, water, sewer, gas. tv cable.
All Building Maintenance to include HVAC.
Plumbing, lighting, windows, flooring etc.
Janitorial Services
Landscape Maintenance

Landlord's only responsibility: Building structure
Lease rent start date will be 90 days after the facility construction is completed and
turned over to tenant for move in.
The lease amounts above are based on the new adjusted lease amounts being paid at the
Destin Airport by Miracle Strip Avi aion for their brand new tenninal facility and their
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This 2008 letter from Destin Jet owner Jay Odom to Northwest
Florida State College President James R. Richburg appears to
propose the company's use of a planned, taxpayer-financed
building at the Destin Airport. According to a grand jury indict-
ment of Richburg for perjury earlier this year, the college presi-
dent testified that "there was never intention or discussion after
the appropriation was made, that Jay Odom or Destin Jet would
use the building."

that Jay Odom or Destin Jet would
use the building."
Gov. Charlie Crist signed the
appropriations bill that included
the Destin facility in May 2007.

Among the e-mails recently
released by the college was a Dec.
4, 2008, message from architect
James R. Dowling to a college
vice president. Dowling's was

Page A-9

designing the airport building for
the college.
Wrote Dowling: "We have it
confirmed by the user of the
Staging area that multiple aircraft
will be stored, therefore we are
required to add floor trench drains,
slope the floor, and add a gas inter-
cept in the line by code." College
Vice President Gary Yancey
responded to the architect the
same day: "OK, thanks. These are
not huge budget issues are they?"
In an April 1, 2008, attachment
to an e-mail sent to Richburg,
Odom proposed that the college
lease land from Destin Jet for the
building, and that the company
then lease back building space
from the college.
The land lease, not controver-
sial in itself, was ultimately
approved by the college board of
trustees, Destin Jet, and the county
However, Odom's letter pro-
posing that Destin Jet then lease
back space in the taxpayer-
financed building for its own pur-
poses has not been previously dis-
Odom wrote in the lease pro-
posal: "After OWC builds it (sic)
facility, Destin Jet would like to
lease the use of a portion of the
facility at times when it is not

being used for the college's needs.
The lease amount would be struc-
tured as if all the facility was avail-
able all the time. A prorated
amount would then be determined
based on the time and areas that
are needed to meet all of OWC's
In an April 7, 2008, responding
e-mail to Odom, Richburg
attached a revised land lease out-
line and said more changes were
likely once the board and college
attorney reviewed it. Richburg
also told Odom: "I think we need
to wait until the architect and the
college program personnel have
done the educational program-
ming for the building to negotiate
the building lease. Whereas we
are committed to the idea of leas-
ing unused space back to you, we
need to see how the square footage
works out in the planning."
Ultimately the college obtained
a lease from Destin Jet, Odom's
private fixed-base operation
(FBO) at the county-owned air-
port, for the land under the
planned airport facility. The final
lease, approved by the county
commission in February 2009, did
not provide for leasing any build-
ing space back to Destin Jet. It
specified that the building be used
for public purposes.

From page A-1
airport project and is negotiating
how to comply with the state's
demand that it return the $300,000
already spent on it.
Richburg was fired as college
president after his indictment
April 17.
In an April 3, 2007, e-mail
from Richburg to Sansom, (sub-
ject: "-Nkllii; with Jay") with
copies to Odom and college con-
sultant Jeff Schembera. Richburg
wrote: "Jay and I had a good
meeting yesterday afternoon about
the Destin Emergency Operations
Center, or better yet, the OWC-
Destin Emergency Response
training facility."
The Richburg e-mail stated: "A
lease will need to be developed
between Odom and the college for
Jay to use some of the facility for
a commercial FBO and mainte-
nance/storage facility. The rate
will need to be a commercial rate
that is common to air port facilities
in the state."
The Richburg e-mail added:
"The lease between Odom and the
college will need to be very spe-
cific as to the space that is to be
used by the college for instruction
and training."
The e-mail continued: "The
history of the project began with
us in Port Saint Lucy on our visit
to Senator Pruitt two years ago.
The instructional program will be
operated by the college from the
Niceville program. Jay and I
lKld 1.ili. II. pl II kc istobeheld
close until after your actions and
until after we receive guidance
from you. I let Jay know that I had
talked to Jody Henderson, the
chair of the OWC board and to
Jeff Schembera."
"Throughout our meeting, Jay
and I both reminded each other
that the program and building

needed to be instructionally sound
and that the project needed to be
carefully developed so that the
Speaker and House would be
proud of the work and that the
City of Destin would be pleased
with the emergency response
capability that was being added to
the Destin Area."
The grand jury last week
indicted Sansom for perjury
allegedly committed when he tes-
tified before the panel April 16
that the airport facility "was not
intended for private use and/or the
increased funding in 2008 to
Northwest Florida State College
was at the request of the College."
Richburg on April 17, 2009,
was indicted for perjury allegedly
committed when he testified April
16 that the building "was not
designed as a hangar and/or there
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Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
"Xan Munition" (Xandrie Heaton), foreground, receives a com-
forting lap and encouraging smile from teammate "Hell 0
Nurse" (Paula Eddington) after taking a spill, sliding across the
floor and smashing into the bleachers.

'Derby love 'go

fast and get hit

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Would you trust someone
named "Xan Munition," "Dirty
Constance" or "Imp Priss" to lend
a helping hand when you're on
skates racing at top speed around a
track with women named
"Grizzly Madam" or "Stocky
Balboa" hot on your tail?
The Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls
have no problem trusting one
another when it comes to the sport
of flat track roller derby. The 14-
member Fort Walton Beach-based
roller derby team includes women
from all over Okaloosa County.
The team's next home bout is
Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the
Theo Docie Bass Recreation
Center, 54 Ferry Road, Fort
Walton Beach. Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Tickets are $10.
Xandrie Heaton (Xan
Munition) and Tasha Sullivan
(Dirty Constance) of Valparaiso,
as well as Paula Eddington (Hell-
O-Nurse) and her husband, Daniel
(Dark Jester), of Niceville, all
think the sport is one of the great-
est things they've ever participated
Daniel, 33, referees.
"I saw how hard-working these
ladies were," said Daniel, "and I
knew I wanted to be as supportive
as possible." So he began to study
the rules and trained with the
team, for referees, too, are on
skates and in constant motion dur-
ing a bout. "I probably spend
about two hours a day poring over
the official rules of the Women's
Flat Track Derby Association,"
said the referee.
His wife, Paula, 30, reflects the
same enthusiasm as all the women
on the team.
"Before every game I feel
nervous but excited, because I'm
finally getting to do the one thing
I've been practicing for," she said.
"Every single game is so excit-
Bumps, bruises and broken
bones are sometimes a part of the
rowdy, rough-and-tumble sport.
For skaters, evidence of their falls
and wipeouts has become a badge
of honor. Co-captain Heaton had
no qualms about yanking up the
bottom of her shorts and exclaim-
ing, "Look, the bruise from our
last game finally came out! It even
has hard bumps in it." Her team-
mates all offered the appropriate

oohs and aahs, even reaching out
to feel the tight little knots under
the purple, blue and yellow skin.
The 23-year-old said she first
fell in love with roller derby when
she saw her first bout back in
Ohio, where she lived most of her
"The minute I saw it, I was
hooked. I knew I was going to get
involved," she said. "But I'm pret-
ty competitive and can be aggres-
sive, so this is right in line with
who I am.'
Sullivan, one of the oldest
skaters on the team at 36, is also
one of the most experienced, hav-
ing skated in a roller derby league
for three years.
"I've been on skates ever since
I was a little girl," she said. "I
guess you could say I've got derby
love. Going fast is a real rush, but
the things that are most important
are teamwork, communication
and not being scared to hit or get
"Though we are a business,
and we each have our own job to
keep that business going," said
league vice president Robbyn
Brooks (Pepper Mint), "none of
us gets paid for skating or for run-
ning the business. We're in the
process of getting through the
paperwork to become a not-for-
profit organization."
The group keeps only enough
money from ticket sales to cover
its operating costs (at least $1,000)
and donates the excess to chari-
ties, such as Habitat for Humanity,
Shelter House, Children in Crisis,
Relay for Life and a youth camp.
It recently established an athletic
scholarship fund, slated to be the
recipient of the proceeds from this
weekend's bout. The first awardee
will be announced at this week-
end's clash between the Dolls and
the Capital City Roller Girls from
Though the competition is
what roller derby spectators look
for when they come to a bout, it's
not necessarily the most important
aspect of the sport.
"You've really got to count on
the team--help each other out,"
said Hell 0 Nurse Eddington.
Added Sullivan, "Going fast
around the track, that's really
exciting. But it really is all about
teamwork, communicating with
one another and stepping in to




King reigns over bodybuilding field

Tops field in Montgomery

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Don't mess with Sherry King.
While most people are still
sleeping, the 5-foot-tall, 125-
pound King is up and working out.
And her workouts are beyond
what most people would consider.
But she also holds down a full-
time job as a postal carrier in
Niceville. To squeeze in her rigor-
ous workouts, she rises each
morning at 2:30 (she goes to bed
at 10).
"I've always worked out that
early," King, who is 47 but looks
at least 10 years younger, said. "If
you love to do ,u- niliin--. it does-
n't seem like it takes that much out
of you."
This can get tiring. So she
spends 20 minutes of her 30-
minute lunch break napping,
while her microwave oven ticks
off the minutes.
But all that hard work has paid
off with a first-place victory in the
Memorial Day weekend Capital
City Classic in Montgomery, Ala.,
body building competition.
In addition to carrying the mail,
King is a trainer at Body
Dynamics in Bluewater Bay,
where her own trainer, Lee
Ellison, also works. She's always
been interested in physical fitness.
But several years ago, she ratch-
eted it up several notches.
A partner lent her a book about

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body building, but King
"I said, 'I don't want muscles,'
and gave it back," she said. "Three
months later, she looked terrific.
She was 10 years older than me
and looked 10 years younger.
Suddenly I was a believer."
Today, the woman who didn't
want muscles has a physique bris-
tling with power.
But fine-tuned machines
require plenty of maintenance and
Sherry King is no exception. To
maintain her .I i she packs in
some 30,000 calories a week.
Even that much food-roughly
4,000 calories a day compared to
the normal intake of 1,200 to
1,500-isn't as much as Ellison
wants King to ingest.
"He really wants me to eat
between 6,000 and 8,000, but I
just can't do it," King said.
Still, to fuel up with that many
calories, King eats every couple of
hours throughout the day.
"My clients helped motivate
me and get me ready for my
show," she said. "If I had to eat,
they'd say, 'Well, gosh, go eat.' I'd
just take my food in there and eat."
Of course, food isn't free
unless you're a farmer.
"My food bill is very high,"
King said. "We go to Sam's Club
once a week and if we leave there
and I've spent less than $200 I'm
very happy."

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sword she won for topping
the field in the Montgomery
Capitol Classic bodybuilding

King's husband, Leo, works
out, too, but not to the extreme that
his wife does. He tells acquain-
tances she's "ridiculous" in her
dedication to diet.
King's two sons, Bryan and
Travis, also work out. And they
also have healthy appetites, she
said. But they, too, are careful.
"They're pretty focused about
what they eat," King said.
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Roper to Flagler
Arianna Roper, a senior at Niceville, recently
signed her letter of intent to play basketball at
Flager College in St. Augustine. She was a two-
time Lady Eagle MVP and a NWF Daily News
1st team player (2007-2009). She averaged 13.9
points her senior season and 13 points in her
high school career. With her are her mother,
Yvonne, and father, Mark. Behind her is her
NHS coach, Barbita Artabasy.

Poveda to Mobile
Niceville High School soccer player Andy
Poveda recently signed a letter of intent
with Spring Hill College in Mobile. His par-
ents are Carlos and Blanca Poveda.

PI q fe NHS rugby seniors
The Niceville High School Rugby Club held
its recognition gathering May 27 and pre-
sented school principal Linda Smith with
team trophies to place in the school's tro-
phy case. The team finished its first com-
petition year ranked fifth in the state.
SDeparting seniors were given commemo-
,rative rugby balls, which each team mem-
.ber signed. From left: back row, Jeff
Gammons, Justin Adolph, Jonathan
Helms and Chad Lutton; front row, Vinney
Dermody, Camden Rogers and Zach
21Cunningham, with coach Ed Frisbee kneel-
ing. Not pictured are Ben Umpingo, Tristan
Eason, Tommy Whitfield, Mohmet Bolek,
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than my husband."
But, since they're home from
college for the summer, the Kings'
food bill naturally rises.
Fortunately, both have summer
jobs at restaurants, where they're
King can't say enough about
the support she gets from her hus-
band and sons.
"It takes a lot of patience on
your family's part," she said. "My
husband, and sons are my greatest
She's also quick to credit
Ellison, her trainer.
"Everything I did, everything I
ate, all my workouts was my train-
er," she said. "He looked at my
food, he looked at my weight,
everything. He was at the show
and he always told me what I
needed to work on."
King competed in her first pro-
fessional show in Marietta, Ga., in
November, taking third place.
Immediately afterward, she started
training hard for the Montgomery
For winning her competition in
Montgomery, King earned a
$1,200 prize and a sword.
"They didn't take it out of
box," she said. "They just set in
down in front of me. I thought,
"Wow, what's in this box' It was
really very sharp, so they were
probably thinking of liability."
Meanwhile, Sherry King is
looking forward to her next show,
getting up well before the roosters
and eating every two hours.




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Kelly Perkins of Niceville
graduated from The Thomas M.
Cooley Law School on
Saturday, May 16. She was on
the Dean's List and earned a cer-
tificate of merit in medical mal-
practice. Kelly is a graduate of
Flagler College and of Niceville
Senior High School. She is the
daughter of Jeff and Leslie

Kathryn Clark, a 2005
graduate of Niceville High
School, graduated from the
University of Florida Magna
Cum Laude. She is attending
graduate school at UF, studying
occupational therapy. Kathryn is
the daughter of Fred and Kay
Clark of Bluewater Bay.

Andrew Ausley received his
Masters in electrical computer

Institute of
He is

Institute and Andrew Ausley
will begin
Ph.D. studies this fall. Andrew is
the son of the Revs. Rurel and
Lisa Ausley of Valparaiso.

Taylor Hughes, a 1999 grad-
uate of Niceville High School,
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physics at
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Please see WHO'S, page B-3

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
About 50 teachers, parents and community leaders gathered at Edge Elementary School
May 27th to listen to speaker Lonnie Moore give a talk about implementing "The Leader in
Me" process at the start of school next year.

School wants to be on

leadership cutting Edge

Program to start in kindergarten

By Stacie Morg
Beacon Staff Wr
Highly effect
kindergarten? W
quite that
early, but
those young-
sters can cer-
tainly be
learning how
to become
and encour-

ive leaders-in
ell, maybe not

Niceville school will soon
adopt a new leadership process,
which found its beginnings in
the best-selling book "The 7

-Begin with the end in
mind: Have a plan.
-Put first things first: Work
first then

'Every child can be a


-Kelly Edelman

agers, said
Lonnie Moore, a Franklin
Covey company representative
who recently visited Edge
Elementary School.
Elementary school is an
ideal place "to give them a
good foundation," said
Principal Shelly Arneson. The

Habits of Highly Effective
People" by Steven R. Covey.
"The Leader in Me," a
process which is woven into a
school's core curriculum, builds
belief in self by implementing
the 7 Habits of Healthy Kids:
-Be proactive: You're in

Everyone can
first to under-
stand, then to

be under-
stood: Listen before you talk.
-Synergize: Together is
-Balance is best (physical,
emotional, intellectual and spir-
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Schmitz will join the orchestra as
a guest artist to perform the chil-
dren's classic "Tubby the Tuba."
Rink, who is entering his third
season leading the orchestra, said
other highlights of the season
include a Halloween Masque
Reception for all season sub-
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Oct. 30 Halloween Spooktacular
concert and a variety of new ben-
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"Stars of Tomorrow"
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

7th graders

take a shot

at health
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Immunization Roundups for
those entering seventh grade in
the 2009-2010 school year were
held county-wide May 22.
According to Dr. Karen
Chapman, director of the
Okaloosa County Health
Department, in years past there
have been many incoming sev-
enth graders who could not attend
school during the first week
because immunizations were not
current. Children entering seventh
grade are due a Tdap or tetanus,
diphtheria, pertussis vaccination.
It was hoped the roundups,
held in three different locations,
would alleviate the rush of "hun-
dreds of children coming into the
health clinics or doctor's offices
the week before school starts,"

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Alexis Poveda was one of the first 35 who showed up at Ruckel
Middle School to get her Tdap vaccination. Rhonda Walker, a
nurse at the Fort Walton Beach Health Department clinic,
administered the shot.

said Chapman.
The roundup location for chil-
dren in the Twin Cities area was in
Ruckel Middle School's media

center. About 60 students from
Lewis, Destin and Ruckel had
appointments for vaccines on

RBCS 'engineers'place high in county contest

Rocky Bayou Christian
School competed in the
Okaloosa County Ideas
Engineering Competition on
Saturday, May 23.
Julia Denney, grade 10,
placed second in the airplane
competition with a flight time of
1:14 while Whitney Denney, 10,
took third with a flight time of
In the bridge-building compe-

tition, seniors Luke Jolly, Josh
Allen and Noah Mosley built the
best Rocky Bayou bridge, which
held until 876 pounds were
placed on it.
The best RBCS mousetrap car
was built by seniors Natalie
Fleming, Sarah Frazier, and Lulu
Nelson and Austin Denigan.
Also participating were sen-
iors Hoa Ly and Mina Yu; juniors
Sarah Barnick, Justin Emerick,

Jessica Maney and Kit Sandlin;
and sophomores Jon Allen, Jacob
Emerick and Victor Johns.
Twenty-seven third through
eighth graders traveled to West
Palm Beach earlier this month to
compete in the FACCS Jr Fine
Arts State Competition. In the
Art category: First places went to
Benjamin Key, third, mosaic;
Natalie Pippins, fifth, ,mosaic;
Ariel Overholt, sixth, sculpture;

Mikayla Fluhrer, seventh, ,
Textiles; and Amanda Hart,
eighth,, monochromatic. Second
place went to Bri Wehner,
eighth,, crafts. Third places went
to Emily Paulsen, third,, acrylic;
Kealan Muth, sixth,, monochro-
matic; and Dayna Sasser, sev-
enth, polychromatic. In the
Music category: the Junior High
Girls' Chorus placed third;
Amber Grete, fourth, placed first

in piano solo; James Sung, sixth,
placed third in classical piano;
Jessica Sandlin, eighth, placed
second in String Solo I; Austin
McMillan, fifth, placed first in
String Solo II; Hannah Stoner,
sixth, placed first in Woodwind
solo; and Thomas Hannay, sev-
enth, placed first in percussion
solo. In the Duet Acting category,
eighth graders Darla Lyon and
Megan Maruyama placed first.

Juniors Jessica Maney and
Emily Wilson were named
Gardner-Webb University Junior
Scholars earlier this month. The
determining factors were aca-
demics, leadership, extracurricu-
lar activities, and commitment to
Christian values. Jessica and
Emily will receive a minimum
scholarship of $2,000 if they
apply to Gardner-Webb
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work with his church and his leadership in pro-life efforts. Here, he carries an American flag
during a recent ceremony in Fort Walton Beach. From left: Ignacio Zermeno, Halupowski,
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top artists
Several Lewis Middle School stu-
dents won or placed in the May 5-
7 Okaloosa County School
District Art Show. From left:
Leigh Harmer, first place, eighth
grade textiles; Taylor Lindsay,
third place, seventh grade ceram-
ics and honorable mention, sev-
enth grade pencil drawing;
Jorden Holland, second place,
seventh grade textile; principal
Billy Mikel; Emily Klamerus, first
place, seventh grade mosaics;
Riley Ransom, first place, sev-
enth grade jewelry; Haylee
Knight, first place, seventh grade
textile; and Javier Vargas, sec-
ond place, eighth grade pencil
drawing. Not pictured is Garrett
Casey, second place, eighth
grade pencil drawing.

NHS student takes 3rd prize

Competes with

1,500 others

in international

science fair

Jeremy Hsiang, a junior at
Niceville High School, won third
place in the microbiology catego-
ry at the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair in
Reno, Nev., May 10-17.
His project, titled "Can it
Change? Characterizing
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Morphology Variants and
Reducing Bacterial Virulence
with a Biofilm Inhibitor" compet-
ed with approximately 1,500
other students from 47 countries.
In addition to Jeremy, East

From page B-1
Magazine. In the fall he will start
as a post-doctoral researcher at
the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign in the
Institute for Condensed Matter
Theory. He is the son of Robby
and Janet Hughes, Niceville.

The Florida Federation of
Garden Clubs, Inc. District I
introduced its new officers at its
meeting hosted by the Milton
Garden Club on April 29. New
officers include chaplain Beth
Wilson, Valparaiso, District I
director Darolyn Weiss,
Valparaiso and treasurer
Marianne Burbach, Freeport.

The Emerald Coast Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Delta Delta
installed the 2009-2010 officers
and board members May 16 at
the home of Sherry Campbell
in Niceville. They are Pam
Elmore, alumnae specialist, S.E.
chapter administrator; president,
Jill Moore; vice president, Judy
LaMarche; secretary, Duskey
Mallory; treasurer, Martha
Everett; membership, Mary
Eleanor Milton; panhellenic
representative, Corky Studley;
and historian, Margaret Carlen.

Dorothy Miller of the
Niceville Exchange Club recent-
ly presented a check to Julie
Hurst, executive director of the
Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy Center. The check
represents proceeds from its
annual National Child Abuse
Prevention Month Run held each
April and co-hosted by the
Northwest Florida Track Club.
The center provides services for
alleged child abuse victims in
Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Members of Rocky Bayou
Christian Academy's Junior
Classical League (a national
club/organization of junior and
senior high school students with
the purpose of encouraging an
interest in and an appreciation of
the language, literature, and cul-
ture of ancient Greece and
Rome) took the National
Medusa Mythology exam March
25 and scored at the "Coronae
Olivae" level (fourth place).
Fourth place winners were: sen-
iors Abby Chapman, Sarah
Frasier, Chris Hinson and
Noah Mosley; junior Emily
Wilson and sophomore Joseph

Jeremy Hsiang, pictured in the monitors, receives the third place award in microbiology for his
science fair project.

Panhandle Regional Science and encouraged by distinguished
Engineering Fair International speakers such as Craig Barrett,
finalists were Stephanie Hsiang, Intel CEO; Elizabeth Marincola,
Jeremy's sister and a freshman at "Science News" publisher; Jim
Niceville High School. Gibbons, Nevada governor; Jim
"Gathering Genius" was this Tejinder, chief scientist of CERN,
year's theme for the fair. Geneva; and a panel of Nobel
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Instilling leadership qualities
in Edge students, however, is
nothing new, said Arneson.
"We've already been doing
these types of things," she said.
"But we didn't have a common
language. This process gives us a
framework to implement from
day one,"
when stu-
dents walk
through the
The inte-
all staff,
from admin- Shelly Arneson
istration to
maintenance, in the importance
of instilling self-confidence into
the character of every child.
In schools that have already
implemented "The Leader in
Me," a decrease in disciplinary
measures is reported, as well as
an increase in attendance and
academic achievement, said
The elementary school plans
to proceed with the program at
the start of the next school year.
Though staff are definitely mov-
ing ahead with the leadership
skills system, to give the school
its head start and make the
implementation more efficient,
professional training from
Franklin Covey is greatly
desired-and will cost the school
With state funding cuts in all
areas, including education,
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts has requested
that all Okaloosa County schools
operate with a 10 percent reduc-

tion in their budgets, making an
unplanned for $32,000 hard to
come by.
But Moore's rallying presen-
tation to Edge's parents and staff
included a call to community
leaders, many of whom were
invited and attended the talk.
"We asked businesses and
companies what they look for in
employees," said Moore,
"They're looking for people who
have a sense of responsibility,
honesty and integrity, teamwork
skills and leadership qualities.
But how do you find people like
this? If we're giving leadership
seminars to Fortune 500 compa-
nies, why can't we start at the
beginning and teach these things,
in an age-appropriate manner, to
elementary school kids?"
Niceville city commissioner
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Me talk to heart.
"This sounds like a great pro-
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of challenges
and prepar-
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the future is
what leader-
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about. I real-
ly hope the
gets behind
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this opportu-
"Getting behind" the leader-
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hopes area businesses and com-
munity leaders will do.
"I really believe we're going
to get the support," she said. "We
don't have to have the entire
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to get started is $13,000. If we
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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 pur-
chase dinner on site,
prepared by
Carrabba's Italian Grill or ice cream
E-mailitems to treats from Marble Slab Creamery, with proceeds to benefit Mattie Kelly
before 5p.m. Wednesday Arts Foundation. June 4-Emerald
Gold (classic rock, soul and blues).
Blood drives June 11-Mr. Big (New Orleans
June 1: Egin BX, 11 am.p.m.; jazz, R&B and Motown hits). June
June 1: Eglin BX, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 10 a1 1 (fid
Antioch Elementary School, 4700 18 lark and Company (fiddle
Whitehurst Lane, Crestview, 1-7 p.m. tunes). June 25-David seeing
June 3: Hurlburt Medical Group, (Broadway to big band hits to Billy
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Joel).
June 4: Fort Free concert parking is located
Walton Medical adjacent at Grace Lutheran Church.
Center, 9 a.m.-5 Info:
Center, 9 a.m. or 650-2226.
June 5: Band discount cards
Crestvie w Niceville High School Chorus
Corners, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Eglin 96 Boosters announce the final weeks of
Comm Squad, Second Street, 9:30 their 2009 Win-Win business spon-
a.m.-3 p.m. sorship sales. The Win-Win card is a
June 6: Wal-Mart, Crestview, 11 fundraising card that entitles the
a.m.-6 p.m. bearer to discounts at participating
June 7: First United Methodist merchants.
Church, Eighth Street, Crestview, 8 Cards are available in the Chorus
a.m.-1 p.m. Office for $10 each and are valid
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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 throughout
Okaloosa-Walton counties. There is
no membership fee. Info: dier-, 598-6501 or car-
June 3, Giuseppi's Wharf,
Niceville; June 10, Calhoun Park,
Destin; June 17,
Gulf Island
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Seashore on
Okaloosa Island;
June 24, Crab
Trap, Destin.
Adult day services info
Free Lunch and Learn about adult
day services Sponsored by Daybreak
Senior Services for those who are
interested in learning more about the
benefits, Thursday, June 4, 11:30
a.m.-l1 p.m. Limited seating.
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 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. Registration
at all six NWF State College loca-
tions 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 elementary and
middle schools, NWFS campuses
and centers, and on the college Web
Info: 729-6086.
Red Cross CPR Saturday
American Red Cross of
Northwest Florida presents its' third
annual CPR Saturday, June 6, at
Northwest Florida State College

CPR lessons set
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 individual is $10 (a $36 value). Walk-ins will be seen as space is available.
Businesses are limited to registering two employees per event.Register at: Or call: (800) 773-7620 ext. 0.

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 addi-
tional $7. Certification will also be
provided to those wishing to take this
20 minute session.
Register at:
Or call: (800) 773-7620 ext. 0.
Volunteers needed for: setup at
6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Registration
Table, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Breakdown at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To
volunteer, contact Carissa Stanley at or 800-
773-7620, ext. 12. Volunteers under
the age of 15 will need to be accom-
panied by parent or guardian at all
Bluegrass gospel concert
"Bama Blu-Grace," a bluegrass

gospel group will perform, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, First Baptist
Church, Niceville.
National Gardening Week
National Gardening Week is June
7-13. Eden Gardens State Park will
sponsor the Gourmet Gardeners
Tuesday, June 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Bring
gloves and a dish to share and dis-
cover the satisfaction of making Eden
even more beautiful and of enjoying
a delicious lunch with the garden
crew. Tuesday gardeners are admitted
free. No experience needed.
Free hearing tests
Free hearing tests at Daybreak
Senior Services Center, June 9t, 10:
a.m.-l: p.m., 100 Sunset Lane,
Shalimar. Hearing tests are per-
formed by MJ Stiles, BC-HIS of Bay
Area Better Hearing, LLC. Info:
Speed camp planned
TNT Athletix
and MLB veter-
an, Scott Hemond
is hosting a speed
camp on

Tuesday and Thursdays, beginning
June 9 at Destin Middle School for
boys and girls 9 to 15. Info: 974-6811
or go to
Woman's Club to meet
Destin Woman's Club will meet
June 10 at Burnt Pine Country Club
in Sandestin. Social Time 11 a.m.
Business meeting 11:30 p.m. Lunch
noon. Program: presentation of check
to Children in Crisis, Inc., and instal-
lation of the 2009-2010 club officers.
Reservation due Friday, June 5. Info:
622-0014 or
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast June
10 at the Niceville Community

Partin Drive. The
breakfast will
begin at 7:15 a.m.
with coffee and
conversation, followed by breakfast
at 7:30 a.m. This month's sponsor is
city of Niceville. Chamber members,
their guests, and prospective mem-
bers are invited to attend.

Churches to host conference

Bishop T.P. and Elect Lady
Ann Johnson of New Life
Christian Ministries
Interdenominational International
Association will be hosts for an
inaugural church empowerment
conference June 9-12
Local, national and interna-
tional delegates will assemble for
scheduled activities at two
Niceville locations. Bishop Jack
Mott and the River of Life con-
gregation, 100 Hart St., have unit-
ed with New Life to accommo-
date most of the scheduled activi-
Evening services held Tuesday
through Friday will begin at 7 at
River of Life. Morning worship
services, Wednesday and
Thursday, begin at 9 with adult
conferences immediately follow-
ing at 10 at River of Life. Youth
conferences and activities will be
held at New Life Christian
Ministries, 130 North Partin
Drive Wednesday and Thursday,
10 a.m.-noon.

The Eglin Brotherhood Choir,
River of Life Praise Team, New
Life Christian Ministries Praise
Team, Praise, Power and
Compassion Ministries Praise
Team and Eglin Praise Dancers
will minister through spiritual
songs and liturgical dance. A
community picnic will be held
Friday, June 12 in Lincoln Park
beginning at noon.
Guest preachers for the week's
activities are from various denom-
inations. Local residents, pastors,
administrators, church leaders
and congregations are invited to
attend. Association membership
applications will be available at
the conference. The contributions
of local organizations, businesses
and individual sponsors are
affording disadvantaged youth an
opportunity to participate.
Dr. Ruth W Smith, presiding
prelate of Light of the World
Interdenominational International
Association, a non-profit
Christian organization with more


than 200,000 members in 13 dif-
ferent countries, will open the
conference as the gospel preacher
Tuesday night.
Bishop Daryl B. Anderson, the
guest preacher for the Wednesday
morning worship service, has
preached across this continent, the
Caribbean, throughout Africa and
the United Kingdom. His min-
istry is an extension of Light of
the World Christian Tabernacle
International, which ministers to
residents in the community of
Marietta, Ga.
Bishop Jack Mott, senior pas-
tor of River of Life, is the
Wednesday night messenger and
Thursday noon presenter. He and
his wife, Denise, founded Rapha
Ministries International. Mott
oversees a global pastors' network
called International Ministers
Fellowship as senior bishop to
approximately 916 pastors around
the world and teaches for
Christian Life School of
Theology in Columbus, Ga.
Belita McMurry-Fite, senior
pastor and founder of Heaven's
View Baptist Church in Lebanon,
Tenn., will preach the unadulter-
ated gospel message Thursday
morning. She is a new gospel

recording artist and holds a
Bachelor of Arts from the
American Baptist Theological
College in Nashville.
Darrell Hughes, senior pastor
of Upon this Rock Christian
Church, Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
will preach Thursday night. He is
a conference leader addressing
Church Growth Through
Evangelism in the Wednesday
and Thursday conferences at
River of Life.
Following in his father's foot-
steps is Christopher A. Johnson,
Sr., youngest son of Bishop T.P.
and Ann Johnson, Sr., who will
close the conference Friday night
and also teach two conferences
on Vision Empowerment
Wednesday and Thursday mom-
ings. He is senior pastor and
founder of Zion Christian
Ministries in Murfreesboro,
Tenn., and a 1999 graduate of
Niceville High School. He
received a Bachelor of Science
from Middle Tennessee State
Space is available for all con-
ferences. Register online at thisis- For additional
conference information, call

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The Beacon Salutes Class of 2009

Three schools salute Class of 2009


ceremonies for

647 graduates

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Hoping to make their mark on the
world, some 647 members of the Class of
2009 are graduating this spring from the
Twin Cities' three high schools:
Niceville High School, Rocky Bayou
Christian School and the Collegiate High
School of Northwest Florida State
Two of the graduating classes include
National Merit Scholars, while one
school boasts three Merit Scholar final-
ists as well as a National Achievement
The biggest school in Okaloosa

Cover: Members of Niceville High
School Class -t 2 "'t pose for pho-
tos in caps and ::. -., -i

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
Seniors of the Collegiate High School of Northwest Florida State College prac-
ticed for their graduation ceremony May 28 in the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center.

County, Niceville High School, will hold
commencement ceremonies for 516 grad-
uates at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eagle
"The Class of 2009 will long be
remembered," said Niceville Principal

Linda Smith, "as the seniors who epito-
mized leadership, academic prowess,
giftedness in the visual and performing
arts and athletic dominance."
Some 111 seniors from NHS were
awarded scholarships worth millions of

dollars, including Bright Futures scholar-
ships, military-academy appointments,
civic organization awards, athletic schol-
arships, and university awards.
Niceville High grads will spend their
college years at schools such as the
University of Georgia, University of
Southern Mississippi, Ohio Wesleyan
University and the University of Chicago.
"Riding high on the shoulders of
tremendous community support," said
Principal Smith, the class of 2009 is
filled with "students who soar to heights
previously unknown."
Rocky Bayou Christian School,
Niceville, will hold commencement cere-
monies Friday.
"These kids have been very focused
and academic," said Don Larson, super-
intendent of Rocky Bayou Christian.
The school this year has 47 graduates,
including two National Merit Scholars.
The RBCS Class of 2009 also
includes a state winner of the Wendy's
High School Heisman award, the
Niceville Exchange Club Student of the
Year, and a Florida High School Athletic
Association All-State team member.
Continued on next page

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Beacon Salutes Class of 2009

Niceville, Collegiate and Rocky Bayou

From preceding page
Thirty-three RBCS seniors have been
awarded one or more scholarships, total-
ing more than $3 million. Students have
plans to join the Marines, the Coast
Guard, or go on to schools such as the
College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, Va., the University of
California, San Diego, and the University
of Alabama. Some, who are originally
from South Korea will return to attend
Korea University in Seoul, while others
will stick closer to home to attend
Northwest Florida State College or the
University of West Florida.
The Rocky Bayou Knights will be
suited up and ready to charge the world
after their combined graduation/baccalau-
reate program at 7 p.m. Friday, at Rocky
Bayou Baptist Church. A reception will
be held prior to graduation, from 5 to
6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
The Collegiate School, Niceville, held
commencement ceremonies for 84 gradu-
ates May 28, at the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. Seventy-three of
the high school graduates also received
college associate's degrees.
Collegiate's senior class has a "most

Rocky Bayou Christian
School seniors completed
final exams May 28. From
left: Tyler Glenn, Sarah
Frasier, Jamie Kim and Mi
Na Yu. Graduation cere-
mony for the Class of 2009
will be held Friday.

outstanding legacy," including three averages on state and nationally recog-
National Merit Scholar finalists and one nized tests," Cotton said.
National Achievement finalist, said Twenty-nine of the Collegiate gradu-
School Director Charla Cotton. "This ates were awarded scholarships from
group of graduates is high achieving schools, community groups, organiza-
when compared to state and national tions or military services with all scholar-

ships totaling more than $1.5 million.
Collegiate High graduates will go to such
places as the Air Force Academy, Texas
A&M University, Asbury College in
Wilmore, Ky., Florida State University
and the University of South Florida.

Congratulations & Best Wishes To The 2009 Graduates Attending Our Church

J.B. Adams
Hannah Alamo
Chandler Alford
Sylvia Amos
Gabriel Apple
Patrick Bagby
Robin Bailey
Jessica Banks
Jessica Batog
Christie Bieler
Ali Blevins
Laura Blythe
Philip Boyce
Jordan Branscome
Joey Brown
Keifer Brown
Stanton Cameron
John J. Campbell, II
Robby Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Bryan Cano
Danellle Chandler
Abby Chapman
Sam Chase
Justin Chisholm
Michael Christakos
Amanda Clark

Stephen Clark
Matthew Clodnrl

Danny Collins
Harley Coltman
Sammy Crain
Alex Dallman
Natalie Davis
Alexis DeLong
Kara Deonarine
Gretchen DeVuyst
John DiMercurio
Sarah Donaldson
Cory Dye
Cole Early
Jordan Ezell
Tyler Fails
Shayne Fell
Kyle Fontaine
Damien Ford-Hardy
Ashley Foster
Andrew Fouts
Michael Fry
Philip Gamon
Sabrina Ghrim
Joseph Giuliano
Brett Glaess
Tyler Glenn

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Brittany Gruwell Taylor Houghaboom Briana Marquardt Sarah O'Hair Nathan
Heather Guthrie Todd Housand Garrett Madino Rebecca O'Neill Allie Sc

Ryan Hagan
Jonathan Hager
Michael Haney
Doug Hansen
Raven Hardin
Johathan Helms
Erica Herzig
Karly Hicks
David Hill
Ryan Hill
Chris Hinson
Lindsay Hobby
Kyle Hodge
Nathaniel Holman

Victoria Hunter
Emily Jacobs
Madeline James
Kiana Johnson
Lindsey Jones
Madeline Jones
Malcolm Jones
Kendra Keen
Brandon Kuhn
Rachel Lindeen
Max Livingston
Matthew Lloyd
Logan Lore
Chad Lutton

Brittany McClintock
Micajah McCollough
Shawn McDorman
David McKiever
Chad McPherson
Kelsey Meredith
Kristin Milan
J.T. Montaque
Emily Morris
Ashleigh Mullins
A.J. Narde
Hannah Needleman
Robert Newton
Abigail O'Brien

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Emily Parsons
Mallory Parsons
Sean Payne
Molly Pendergraft
Daniel Perry
Brittani Phillips
Matthew Pierson
Morgan Pike
Jacob Pratt
Lance Preston
Robert Price
Michelle Provost
David Pyle
Brian Redmon
Shane Reeves
Tucker Robinson
Any Rodriquez
Nate Rolen
Arianna Roper
James Russ
Luke Sager
Shannon Sanders
Timothy Santner
Megan Scanlan


Sarah Schroeder
Krista Schumacher
Kristen Seal
Alisa Self
Sydney Simpson
Allyson Smith
Alezander Snider
Amie Sprague
Bradley Stover
Hannah Thummel
Taylor Tiahrt
Keither Tracy
Kisa Valenti
Amber Wall
Ashley Weaver
Rick Whiddon
Jeremy White
Reed White
Tommy Whitfield
Melissa Whitworth
Kayla Willman
Katie Wilson
Brittany Wood
Chelsea Young
Mina Yu
Kacey Ziegler

Student Ministries


Wednesday, Tune 3, 2009

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Joshua Agerton Charles Agnew Kenneth Akins Hannah Alamo Chandler Alford Brian Jay Altenbernd

Jenna Christine Amell Sylvia Marie Amos Jessica Lynn Andrews Gabriel Lucas Apple Joy Bryan Armbrester Stevie Armstrong Ashley Nicole Austin

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Kaitlin Elizabeth Davis Morgan Mariah Davis Natalie Davis

Andrew DeArman Ryan James DeCariis Daniel Drew Demara Jordan Lane Demos Kara Odessia Deonarine Jared E. Dermody Vincent Dermody

Jonathan Duckworth Tyler Anthony Dunaway Joshua Bo Duncan Hillaree Michelle Durso Ryan Leih Dybal Barry Joseph Dylewski Charles Cole Early

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William David Fleet Cameron Fletcher

Andrew Fliehman Carl Renee Foley


Tepa&or &and paInesmn of

Jp /oly ame of Jesus

Catholic Church

congratulate our 2009 graduates!

Laura Blythe
Rose Bridges
David Cuchens
Zachary Cunningham
Arran Daugherty
Kaitlin Davis
Toria Hughes
Corey Hutchins
Jennifer Jesse
Frank Lasch
Marissa Marinan
Mariah Marshall
Francis McKinney

Kelsey Meredith
Jennifer Murphy
Jacob Peppier
Jessica Ricchio
Andy Rodriguez
Kimberly Rogers
Gabrielle Schlink
Nicholas Serrano
Michelle Voyles
Kyle Wallace
Brooke Williams
Stephanie Yoo

May the Holy Spirit of Jesus walk with you as
you come to the end of one road
and begin your journey on another.

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Congratulations Jessica!
NHS Class of 2009
Good Luck at FSU!
We're so proud of you!
Love, Mom, Dad,
Lisa, Kelly and Mike

Congratulations Mark!
RBCS Class of 2009

We Love You!
Mom, Mace, Kevin,
Sarah & Bill

Congratulations Catelin!
Class of 2009
We are so proud
and Love you always
Mom, Steven,
Grandma and PaPa

L;ongratuiations lyier!
Class of 2009
Tyler David Jefferson,
NHS Class of 2009. All our
dreams for you are coming true.
Love Mom, Dad, & Ashley

L;ongratuiations srinttney!
Class of 2009
We are so
proud of you!
Dad, Mom & Brad

Congratulations John!
NHS Class of 2009
Congratulations John,
We knew you could do it!
We love you,
Mom & Dad, and Jeannie

Congratulations Aaron!
NHS Class of 2009
You have always been my 'lil
man, and still are!! I Love You!
Momma XOXO

Congratulations Anna!
NHS Class of 2009
Pursue your dreams, trust your
instincts, follow your heart.
We are so proud. Love,
Mom, Mimi, Stephanie and Harlan

Congratulations Melissa!
NHS Class of 2009
We thank God for you.
You're a blessing. "Every perfect
gift is from above." James 1:17.
Love, Mom and Dad

Congratulations Stevie!
NHS Class of 2009
We could not be more
proud of you.
FSU here she comes!
Love, Mama and Papa

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Nakara Beliveau
Stephanie Bell
Brianna Bikker
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Tim Calvert
Stan Cameron
Kyra Candell
Eddie Chappell
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Chris Deckert
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A Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School
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food luck in the Puture.

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