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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: July 22, 2009
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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cOMIyG
Wednesday. 10 a.m.
Carson McCullers' classic


"The Heart is a


Lonely Hunter"
will be discussed
in the Niceville
Public Library. In
August, the discus-
sion will center around Emily
Bronte's "Wuthering
Heights."
For info, call 729-4090.
Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.
It's opening night for
"Beauty and the Beast,"
Northwest Florida State
College's summer produc-
tion. Shows con-
tinue nightly
through Saturday.
Tickets are $20
for adults and $15 for youth.
Call 729-6000.
Thursday. 6-8:30 p.m.
If you have a yen for yarn
and don't want to have a so-
so evening, join the Sand
Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of
America's summer stitch-in at
the First United Methodist
Church, Niceville.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Want to be a foot-
ball hero? Or maybe
a cheerleading
champ? Signups for
Niceville Football
Little League football and
cheerleading will take place
at Niceville City Hall for ages
5-12. Registration is $90 for
football and $75 for cheer-
leading. Call 729-1280.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4.


County tax revenue seen declining


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Okaloosa County Board of
County Commissioners (BCC) kicked off
an annual series of budget workshops
Thursday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 21,
to review each department's proposed
budget.
County Administrator Jim Curry pre-
sented an overview of the entire county
budget, telling commissioners that the
Fiscal Year 2010 budget, which is sched-


Valp., AF

OK suit


settlement

Legal bills

top $280K

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Within the next 30 days the
Air Force will deliver F-35 noise
data to Valparaiso.
That's the first step of a settle-
ment agreement in one of two
federal lawsuits the city filed
against the Air Force under the
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA). The proposed settlement
was signed by Valparaiso's mayor
last week and approved Monday
by Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis,
commander of the Eglin Air
Armament Center.
Valparaiso city commissioners
Wednesday accepted the pro-
posed settlement of a federal law-
suit the city filed against the Air
Force last October under FOIA. E
The settlement agreement-
on one of two federal lawsuits Tec
filed by Valparaiso against the Air th r
Force-comes as the city's legal Oa
bills topped $282,000 in mid- an
July. ser
Under FOIA, Valparaiso last phs
Please see LAWSUIT, page A-3


uled to take effect Oct. 1, will be leaner
than the current FY 2009 budget, despite
having the same property tax millage rate.
The proposed FY 2010 village rate,
said Curry, is the same as that for FY
2009-3.2995 mills, meaning that proper-
ty owners pay $3.2995 in "ad valorem"
property tax for each $1,000 of appraised,
taxable value of their property. For exam-
ple, the owner of a house appraised at
$200,000 in taxable value after homestead
exemption and other deductions would


pay $659.90 in property taxes.
Despite keeping the millage rate steady
from FY 2009 to FY 2010, said Curry, the
county expects property tax revenue for
the coming year to drop, due to decreases
in appraised property value because of the
national economic recession. With proper-
ty less valuable, the same tax rate will
produce less actual tax money, Curry said.
Thus, property tax revenue for FY
2010 will be $50,820,189, said Curry, as
opposed to $54,574,057 in FY 2009.


Property taxes, however, are only a por-
tion of county revenue, with other money
coming from state and federal revenue
sharing, grants, court fines and forfeitures,
and fees for such county services as water,
sewer and trash pickup. Those other fund-
ing sources are also expected to decline
along with the rest of the economy, he
said. The total proposed county budget for
FY 2010, said Curry, is $262,815,532-
Please see TAX, page A-7


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
When residents served by
the North Bay Fire District get
their Truth In Millage (TRIM)
notices, they'll see a prelimi-
nary millage rate of 2.5-an
increase of 40 percent from the
current 1.7827.
For every one mill, property
owners pay $1 on each $1,000
of taxable value. For example,
the owner of a North Bay home
with a taxable value of
$150,000, after all exemptions
have been applied, would have
paid $267.41 under this year's
current 1.7827 millage rate.
At the new preliminary rate
of 2.5, proposed by North Bay,
that same homeowner would
owe the fire district $375, or
$107.59 more.
"We don't intend for it to be
that high," said North Bay
Division Chief Joseph "Butch"
Parker, "but once it's set we
can't go back and go above that
rate. That would mean we'd
have to send out a first class
notice to everyone in the area."
Added North Bay's Fire
District Commission Chairman


Jim Miller, "This just gives us
the flexibility to reduce from
there."
"It gives us room to work in
adjusting our budget," interject-
ed Assistant Fire Chief Gary
Jordan."
Commissioner Tim
Stapleton said, "Last year they
set it high, but they brought it
back down. We have to have a
rate to work back down from."
Parker said the reasoning
behind the cushion amount was
"budget shortfalls" and a drop
in preliminary tax rolls. Last
year's final gross taxable value
attributed to North Bay was
$982,919,072. This year's pre-
liminary tax roll has North Bay
listed at $925,914,817, a differ-
ence of $57,004,255.
North Bay fire commission-
ers could have set the proposed
millage rate at the "rolled-back"
rate of 1.9071 mills, or a 7 per-
cent rate hike. The "rolled-
back" rate is the millage rate
that would generate the same
number of property tax dollars
as the current year.
Please see MILLAGE, page A-8


Senator's son, 2 others, file for House


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
With the
November
2010 gener-
al election
more than a
year away, a
Niceville
High
School
graduate
has thrown
his hat in Matt Gaetz
the ring for a seat in the Florida
House of Representatives.


Attorney
Matt Gaetz
profiled
with the
Florida
Division of
Elections
Friday asa
candidate
for the
District 4 Kabe Woods
State
Representative. The seat is cur-
rently held by former Speaker of
the House Ray Sansom,
Republican of Destin. Sansom,


first elected in 2002, cannot seek
reelection next year due to term
limits.
Gaetz, a
27-year-old
Republican,
works as an
attorney in -r
Fort Walton
Beach. The .
son of
Republican
state Sen.
Don Gaetz Bill Garvie
of Niceville,
Matt attended Bluewater


Elementary, Ruckel Middle
School and graduated from
Niceville High School in 2000.
He earned a
bachelor's 'Gov
degree at
Florida State smar
College and his
law degree from at all
the College of
William and
Mary. He is an attorney with the
law firm of Keefe, Anchors,
Gordon and Moyle.
"Government can be smaller,
smarter and more responsive at


all levels," Gaetz said in a pre-
pared statement. "1 "iiiiinii
bureaucracy will be tough, but I

emrnment can be sma

ter and more respon


levels.'


-Matt


am encouraged by the power of
hard work and good ideas. I look
forward to a spirited campaign.
The encouragement I have
received to run for the State


House has been humbling and
inspiring. Northwest Florida
deserves an energetic State
Representative
ler, grounded in the
values of our com-
sive munity."
Gaetz recently
gained public
Gaetz notice as Okaloosa
County's chief liti-
gator in a lawsuit against the city
of Valparaiso in support of the F-
35 mission at Eglin Air Force
Please see SON, page A-7


CenturyTel, Embarq



merge, effective July 1


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The primary land line com-
munications provider in
Okaloosa County, Embarq,
completed a merger with
CenturyTel July 1 and will
sport a new name later this
year.
The combined company,
which will be known as
CenturyLink, serves more than
2.1 million broadband cus-
tomers, more than 440,000
video subscribers and approxi-
mately 7.5 million access lines
in 33 states, based on operating
results as of March 31, accord-
ing to a statement from compa-
ny spokesman Tom Matthews.
CenturyLink, headquartered
in Monroe, La., is an S&P 500
Company.
"The completion of this
merger is a significant event for
our customers, communities,


investors and employees," said
Glen F. Post III, president and
chief executive officer.
"CenturyLink has the advanced
networks, the people and the
financial stability to deliver the
reliable and innovative services
that our customers want and
need. We look forward to this
exciting new chapter in our
company's history."
The smaller of the two com-
panies, CenturyTel,, Inc., a
largely rural communications
provider, initiated the merger
last year. A name change to
CenturyLink is expected this
fall. In accordance with the
terms of the merger agreement,
Embarq stockholders received
1.37 CenturyTel shares for each
share of Embarq common stock
they owned at closing.
"The transaction was struc-
tured as a tax-free stock-for-
stock exchange," according to a


release from the new company.
"Other than assuming Embarq's
existing debt, the combined
company has incurred neither
any incremental debt nor any
change to debt maturity sched-
ules."
The company statement con-
tinued: "While the company's
corporate identity will immedi-
ately change to CenturyLink,
customer-facing operations and
communications will continue
under the CenturyTel and
Embarq brand names until a
full brand conversion occurs
later this year. The company
intends to formally change its
name to 'CenturyLink, Inc.'
upon receipt of shareholder
approval, which it expects to
solicit in May 2010. The com-
pany's stock continues to trade
on the New York Stock
Please see EMBARQ, page A-3


North Bay seeks


40% millage hike


Could cut rate in future


'ItA


Beacon photo by Ignacio Macasaet

Fdgy flight
:h. Sgt. Shawn Mathew puts his Edge 540 model airplane
ough its paces at Saturday's Model Air Show at Twin
ks. The show, which included contests, static displays
d a reptile show by the Army Ranger Camp, benefited the
funded Warrior Project, which provides programs and
*vices to severely injured service members. Related
oto, page A-4.


Like father, like son
Casting his net for mullet. Garritt Allen of Niceville enjoyed the
bright sun-and his own son Gaige-Monday morning along
Toms Bayou. Four-year-old Gaige (right) pointed to some hermit
crabs that netted his own attentions. The two pals said they also
like to fish with rods and reels whenever possible.


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THE BAY BEACON


National Night Out slated for Aug. 4


Bluewater MSBU briefed on details of event


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Members of the Bluewater
Bay Municipal Services Benefit
Unit (MSBU) governing board
were briefed July 14 by
Okaloosa County Deputy
Sheriff Frank Taylor about a
nationwide block party planned
for Aug. 4. Taylor said the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) plans to help
local homeowners hold neigh-
borhood block parties as part of
the 26th annual "National Night
Out," sponsored by the National
Association of Town Watch
(NATW), an anti-crime organi-
zation based in Wynnewood, Pa.
According to a letter from
NATW, "National Night Out is
designed to:
-Heighten crime and drug
prevention awareness.
-Generate support for, and


participation in, local anticrime
programs.
-Strengthen neighborhood
spirit and police-community
partnerships.
-Send a message to crimi-
nals letting them know that
neighborhoods are organized
and fighting back."
"Along with the traditional
display of outdoor lights and
front porch vigils," said
NATW's letter, "cities, towns
and neighborhoods 'celebrate'
NNO with a variety of events
and activities such as: block par-
ties, cookouts, visits from local
police and fire departments,
parades, flashlight walks, con-
tests and youth programs. NNO
has proven to be an effective,
inexpensive and enjoyable pro-
gram to promote neighborhood
spirit and police-community
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safer nation."
Taylor showed copies of the
registration form used to coordi-
nate neighborhood activities
with the Sheriff's Office. Local
community members, he said,
are encouraged to organize par-
ties or other events in their
blocks, subdivisions, or neigh-
borhoods, and register such
events with OCSO. The
Sheriff's Office will then pro-
vide an organization kit with
promotional material, and pro-
vide other support to each
neighborhood event. Support
from OCSO, he said, will
include volunteers from the
Target store in Destin, as well as
donations from Target of such
items as food for block parties
and back-to-school supplies for
local children.
Taylor said activities may
include an open house at the
OCSO substation on State Road
20 near the entrance to
Magnolia Plantation. He said
the renovation, sponsored by
residents and business owners
from Bluewater Bay and other
nearby communities, is now
complete and the substation is
now operational, although dona-


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Deputy Sheriff Frank Taylor briefs MSBU board members on the national "night out" planned for
Aug. 4.
tions are still being accepted to renovation can also be obtained Bart Bredenkamp said such a
help pay off the cost of the ren- from OCSO, from the Magnolia project might be done in incre-
ovation project. Plantation Homeowners ments, taking as long as three
Information about the Association, or the Bluewater years to complete, to spread the
National Night Out is available Bay MSBU at bluewaterbay.org. cost over several years.
from Taylor at 865-3516 or from In other business, MSBU Other projects being man-
OCSO Crime Prevention board members said they will aged by the MSBU include
Specialist Ashley Bailey at 651- study the cost and feasibility of adding "Welcome to Bluewater
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Recently, the median between
Range Road and White Point
Road was landscaped-a project
paid for by an anonymous
donor, with the MSBU agreeing
to maintain the new landscap-
ing. MSBU board members said
they will get estimates of what it
would cost to extend the land-
scaping westward from Range
Road to the Bluewater Bay
boundary near the Florida Club
condominiums. Board member


Bluewater Bay, installing new
decorative plants in the traffic
circle on Bluewater Boulevard,
landscaping of traffic islands at
several locations through
Bluewater Bay, and installing
irrigation systems along
Southwind Drive and elsewhere.
The next meeting of the
Bluewater Bay MSBU govern-
ing board is scheduled for 10
a.m., Aug. 11, in the golf club-
house at 1950 Bluewater
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-THE BAY BEACON.


Page A-3


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville, Valparaiso,
Okaloosa County Regional
Sewer Board Monday
awarded a nearly $118,000
contract to replace a 20-year-
old computer control system.
The action was taken to com-
ply with a consent agreement
the board entered with the
Department of
Environmental Protection.
Southern Flow Inc., of
Alpharetta, Ga., submitted
the winning bid of $117,902
to replace the utility's aging
Supervisory Control And
Data Acquisition, commonly
referred to as a SCADA sys-
tem. The only other bidder,
Engineering Service Corp. of
Jacksonville, bid $185,921.
SCADA monitors and
remotely controls several


EMBARQ
From page A-1
Exchange under the ticker sym-
bol 'CTL."'
Matthews said that the new
company should benefit con-
sumers since the merger makes
CenturyLink the fourth largest
telecommunications provider in
the country. Previously, Embarq
provided coverage in parts of 18
states, while the merged compa-
ny now serves parts of 33 states.
There was little overlapping cov-


key valves within the waste-
water system. SCADA, for
example, can monitor and
control the amount of
"reuse" water-highly treat-
ed effluent that is used to
irrigate golf courses, parks
and schools-pumped to
holding ponds, and can mon-
itor liquid levels at holding
ponds at Rocky Bayou
Country Club and Eglin golf
course and at the utility's
sprayfields, and monitor
pump stations throughout the
collection and dispersal sys-
tem. The new system
replaces a less capable
SCADA system installed in
the early 1980s.
The NVOC Regional
Sewer Board initiated the
SCADA replacement as one
of two in-kind improvement
projects aimed at satisfying a


erage before the merger, he said.
Embarq was created in 2006,
when the previous local commu-
nications provider, Sprint-Nextel,
spun off its landline communica-
tions assets.
Matthews said the new com-
pany will begin transitioning its
cellular customers to new
providers. Embarq, he said, pro-
vided cell phone coverage by
reselling Sprint services, an
arrangement that was not a profit
generator for the company. The
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charged the sewer board with
several environmental viola-
tions and levied a fine of
$582,300. After months of
negotiations, the two sides
entered into a consent order
Feb. 4 under which the sewer
board could either pay
$104,500 in penalties or
implement in-kind improve-
ment programs valued at
$153,750.
The regional sewer board
is soliciting quotes from
selected firms for a septic
receiving tank at the treat-
ment plant in Niceville. That
project, estimated to cost
around $40,000, should
complete the remainder of
the in-kind improvement
programs required under the
consent order.


provide landline communications
and broadband Internet services.
"CenturyTel and Embarq have
combined to create one of the
leading communications compa-
nies in the United States," said
Dana Chase, leader of the
Southern Region of the combined
company. "It is an exciting day,
but more importantly, our chal-
lenge is to maintain the highest
levels of service to our cus-
tomers. That remains our top pri-
ority and will be the foundation
of our success."

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LAWSUIT
From page A-1
year asked the Air Force for noise
data related to the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter and its operation at
Eglin Air Force Base as directed
by the 2005 Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) decision.
Valparaiso sought the information
after an Eglin Environmental
Impact Statement determined that
the F-35 would produce high lev-
els of noise on the city that was
incompatible with established res-
idential development, as well as
affecting existing churches,
schools and hospitals. The Air
Force told the city that the noise
data requested would require an
extensive search, would take
months to retrieve and would cost
the city an estimated $1.4 million.
In February, the Air Force
acknowledged the seriousness of
the F-35 noise issue when it
announced only a partial Eglin
beddown of 59 F-35s, with a sec-
ond decision for the remaining 54
jets scheduled only after a supple-
mental environmental Impact
study on additional noise mitiga-
tion strategies. The second Record


of Decision and the SEIS are
scheduled to be completed in
September 2010.
Attorneys for the Air Force and
the city have been meeting pri-
vately, searching for middle
ground that might allow an out-of-
court settlement. Both sides filed a
motion in federal court May 29
asking for a 90-day stay-a pause
in court proceedings-stating
"there is a reasonable likelihood
the case will be settled" during
that time frame.
Under the settlement agree-
ment, 10 days after receiving the
Air Force noise data Valparaiso
will file a motion with the federal
court in Pensacola asking that its
lawsuit against the Air Force be
dropped.
Details of the proposed settle-
ment were not immediately avail-
able.
The proposed FOIA settlement
does not affect a second federal
lawsuit filed by Valparaiso seeking
a possible injunction of the F-35
beddown plan at Eglin until addi-
tional mitigation efforts are con-
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Over the past 11 months
Valparaiso has paid a total of
$282,568.81 in legal fees related
to the BRAC 2005 decision to
base 113 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base,
according to City Clerk Tammy
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THE BAY BEACON.


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso city commissioners
have agreed to hire James D.
Valandingham as the city's new
public works director, pending
completion of background checks
and references.
The city's current public works
director, Tony Piper, retires at the
end of September after having
held the post since January 1997.
Valparaiso's Public Works
Department has 24 full-time
employees who are responsible
for operating the city's water and
sewer system, roads, sanitation,
parks, and Sunset Cemetery, as
well as a maintenance shop. Joe
Dudzik, the assistant public works
director who has worked with
Valparaiso for the past 19 years, is
also retiring at the end of August.


On Thursday city commis-
sioners interviewed two candi-
dates for the public works direc-
tor's job: Valandingham, who
lives in Mary
Esther and
currently
works for the
city of Fort
Walton
Beach, and
William
Loftis, an
electrical
contractor
f r o m James D.
Niceville. Valandingham
After the
interviews commissioners ranked
Valandingham as their top candi-
date and agreed to offer him a
starting annual salary of $50,000.
That figure is about $2,500 less


than the incumbent's salary,
Mayor Bruce Arnold said.
In September Valandingham
started working for the city of Fort
Walton Beach as foreman in the
city's water distribution system.
Prior to that, he worked for the
city of Tarpon Springs for about
nine years, as the coordinator for
maintenance services in the pub-
lic works department. From
November 1986 to January 1999,
Valandingham worked as a waste-
water operator in Piqua, Ohio,
where he graduated from high
school and attended a community
college.
A formal job offer is expected
to be made to Valandingham later
this week, Arnold said. Arnold
said Valandingham could begin
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Arrests
Christian Anton Johnson, a
resort reservations employee,
35, of 816 Linden Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 9 for
violation of a domestic vio-
lence injunction.

Robert Duane Penland,
unemployed, 50, of 320 Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies July 8 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of DUI, driv-
ing while license suspended or
revoked and battery.

Michael Lee Cox, unem-
ployed, 24, of 928 Ridgewood
Way, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies July 8 on
a Shelby County, Ala., warrant
for violation of probation on
an unspecified felony charge.

Alysia Ashley Parker,
unemployed, 20, of 1415-B
29th St., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies July 8
for failure to appear on the
original misdemeanor charge
of misrepresentation of insur-
ance/attaching a tag not
assigned.

Daniela Anita Connelly, a
waitress, 36, of 297-A Florida
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested
by Valparaiso police July 12
for battery, domestic violence.

Sytira Elaine Yeager, a
waitress, 41, of 1922-A
Benton Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop,
July 11, for possession of a
controlled substance, cocaine,
possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
Yeager allegedly admitted that
the marijuana and parapherna-
lia was hers, but said she "was
only holding the cocaine for a
friend."
Stacey Lynn Glowa, unem-
ployed, 45, of 121 Beverly
Drive, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police July 11 for
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription,
Oxycodone, possession of
drug paraphernalia, and for
falsely identifying herself to a
law enforcement officer.
Glowa was subsequently
arrested by sheriff's deputies


July 11 for failure to appear on
the original charges of driving
while license suspended or
revoked and no registration.

Artemio Ruiz Fonseca, a
laborer, 22, of 166
Brookhollow Circle,
Manchester, Tenn., was arrest-
ed by Niceville police, subse-
quent to a traffic stop, July 11,
for displaying a fictitious ID
card. Speaking through an
interpreter over a cell phone,
Fonseca was asked for his
license, registration and proof
of insurance. Fonseca said he
didn't have insurance and
handed the officer the vehicle
registration and a North
Carolina ID card-which he
later admitted was a fraudu-
lent ID. Police cited Fonseca
for driving without a license
and had his vehicle towed.

Lewis Niles Mealer, 51, of
193 Magnolia St., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville
police July 10 for burglary to a
conveyance, criminal mis-
chief, resisting an officer
without violence, and giving a
false name. Responding to a
report of a traffic crash at 626
W. John Sims Parkway, police
woke up Mealer inside a pick-
up truck that had been broken
into by breaking a passenger
side window. The owner of the
truck said he'd never seen
Mealer and had given no one
permission to get in the truck.
A gear shift knob had also
been broken off and thrown
about 10 feet from the truck.

Brenden Webster Leonard,
a busser, 23, of 1408 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police, subse-
quent to a traffic stop, July 8,
for possession of marijuana
with intent to distribute, pos-
session of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription,
and possession of drug para-
phernalia. After finding that
the vehicle was not registered
to the driver's current address
of several years officers
searched the vehicle and found
2.5 grams marijuana, a box of
baggies, an electronic scale
and $2,957.
A passenger in the vehicle,
Joseph Benjamin Carlee, a
restaurant server, 21, of 405
Juniper St., Destin, was also
arrested for possession of a


controlled substance without a
prescription, oxycontin, and
for possession of drug para-
phernalia.

Wendy M. Wynn, unem-
ployed, 44, of 308 Niceville
Ave., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies June 25
for violation of probation on
the original charges of posses-
sion of a controlled substance
and misdemeanor possession
of marijuana.

Casey Elisabeth Szostek,
unemployed, 26, of 233 Edge
Ave., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies June 28
for violation of probation on
the original charges of posses-
sion of a controlled substance
without a prescription, two
counts, theft and uttering a
forged instrument.

Nicole Del Valle, unem-
ployed, 30, of 1460-A 30th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 26 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of grand
theft, possession of less than
20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug parapher-
nalia.
DUI arrests
Tony Thomas Brown, 51, of
611 29th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police
for DUI on Highway 20 from
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Thefts
A Niceville resident from
the 900 block of Linden
Avenue reported that someone
pried open the front door to
the home and stole about $650
worth of video games and a
video station sometime July
13, while the residents were at
work. Damage to the front
door was estimated at $100.

Sometime July 9-10
unknown persons) entered a
locked and fenced Valparaiso
landscaping business, 489
Valparaiso Parkway and stole
several pieces of lawn equip-
ment, including chain saws, a
pole saw, blowers, an edger
and a pair of gas powered
shears. The stolen items were
valued together at about
$1,400.

A Valparaiso resident from
the first block of Kelly Way
reported that sometime July 4-
8 unknown persons) entered
the backyard through a privacy
fence gate and stole a canoe
and aluminum paddle. The
stolen items were valued at
about $500.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 300 block of Washington
Avenue reported that some-


time July 2-3 someone entered
the residence and stole
between $100 and $150 worth
of coins and bills from a glass
jar and a plastic piggy bank,
both of which had been stored
in a bedroom nightstand.

A Niceville resident from
the 1200 block of Whitewood
Way reported June 23 that
unknown persons) burglar-
ized her vehicle and stole an
iPod and other electronics val-
ued at $310.

A Niceville resident from
the 1600 block of Knollwood
Way reported that sometime
June 30-July 1 unknown per-
son(s) burglarized a locked
vehicle parked in the drive-
way, breaking the driver's side
front window, and stealing a
credit card, a variety of ID
cards, a $250 check, approxi-
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A Niceville resident from
the 800 block of St. Kitts Cove
reported that sometime June
30-July 1 unknown persons)
burglarized an unlocked vehi-
cle parked in the driveway,
stealing a $200 MP3 player
and $150 cash.

A Niceville resident from
the 400 block of Kelly Road
reported that when he returned
to his apartment June 28 he
found the front door had been
pried open and the door frame
in pieces. Two bedrooms
upstairs were ransacked and
the resident noticed a jewelry
box and a change jar missing.
The resident said he had last
been at the apartment June 25.
Criminal Mischief
Niceville police are investi-
gating several acts of vandal-
ism, July 12-14, involving
spray-painted graffiti at busi-
nesses, including:
-Magic Kastle Coin
Laundry, 104 N. Partin Drive.
-A vehicle parked in the
100 block of Evans Street.
-Niceville Paint & Body,
216 Early St.
-The Turkey Creek
bridge, West John Sims
Parkway.
-Danny's Fried Chicken,
408 E. John Sims Parkway.
-Cal's Appliances, 121 N.
Partin Drive.
-Johnson Chiropractic,
1069 E. John Sims Parkway.
-First Assembly of God,
108 Crestview Ave.
Other
Shawn Matthew Plemmons,
26, of 116 Nathey St.,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police
July 9 for trespassing.

James Rodney Anderson,
27, of 1302 Green Acres Ave.,
Lot 18(A), Fort Walton Beach,
was issued a notice to appear
by Niceville police July 6 for
possession of less than 20
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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

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

Name: Matthew James Kalvkiewicz
Wanted for: grand theft auto
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 200 pounds
Age: 38
Date of birth: 10-10-68
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue



Name: Martin Duran Macias
Wanted for: failure to appear on the
original charges of amphetamine
trafficking, possession of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-
nalia. Macias' last known address
was in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 165 pounds
Age: 41
Date of birth: 05-16-68
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
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Fire Department reports
Niceville
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1 Illegal Burn 1 Other Emergency Call
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Rattan Palm Drive ..........Medical .......... .7/13/09 .......09:34
Madison Street ............Medical ........... ..7/13/09 ....... 21:54
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical ......... . . .7/13/09 . . . .22:20
Peachtree Way ............Medical ........... .7/14/09 ...... .04:02
S. Palm Boulevard ..........Medical .......... .. 7/14/09 . . . .08:20
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Vehicle accident ........7/14/09 . . . .11:20
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical .......... . .7/15/09 . . . .11:09
Pine Avenue ......... . Medical ......... . 7/15/09 . . . .18:37
Reeves Street ......... . .Medical .......... ... .7/16/09 . . . .14:35
26th Street ........... ... .Medical .......... ... .7/17/09 . . . .12:11
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Vehicle accident ........7/17/09 . . . .15:39
College Blvd./SR85N ........Vehicle accident ........7/17/09 .......20:41
Bayshore Drive ............Medical ............ .7/17/09 .......21:33
2nd Street ........... . Medical .......... . 7/18/09 . . . .03:21
Willingham Drive .......... .Medical .......... ... .7/18/09 . . . .10:15
N. Partin Drive ......... . .Medical .......... .. 7/18/09 . . . .10:21
Roberts Drive ......... .. Medical ........... ..7/18/09 .......16:55
Bayshore Drive ............Medical ............ .7/18/09 .......23:12
Dolphin Point Road .........Alarm activation ........7/19/09 . . . .06:42
Bayshore Drive ........... .Vehicle accident ........7/19/09 . . . .14:13
Royal Palm Drive ......... .Illegal burn ........... .7/19/09 . . . .18:00
21st/Dogwood Avenue . . . .Medical ......... .. .7/19/09 . . . .19:58
N. Cedar Avenue .......... .Medical .......... ... .7/19/09 . . . .22:48
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls July 12 through
July 20.
Location Situation Date Time
Pine Street ......... . .Rescue EMS/other . . .7/12/09 ........19:02
Cedar Street ......... . .Rescue EMS/other . . .7/13/09 . . . .03:53
Parkwood Circle .......... .Rescue EMS/other . . .7/13/09 . . . .08:51
Ridge Lane .......... ... .Assist invalid ...... .. .7/14/09 . . .. .03:34
Highway 20 ......... . .Rescue EMS/other . . .7/16/09 ........11:33
E. Highway 20 ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle .7/16/09 ....... .15:14
E. Highway 20 ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle .7/16/09 . . .. .21:57
Hwy 20 and White Point ... .Vehicle accident ... ... .7/17/09 .. ..... .09:53
Merchants Way ....... .. .Dispatched/canceled ... .7/17/09 . . . .20:53
Legendary Marina ........ .Cover/standby ........ .7/18/09 . . . .01:02
N. Partin Drive ......... . .Dispatched/canceled . .7/18/09 ........10:23
Bluewater Boulevard .. .... .Smoke detector activation 7/18/09 ....... .11:04
Calypso Cay/Destin ....... .Dispatched/canceled ... .7/18/09 ........13:26
Oakmont Drive ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle .7/19/09 ....... .17:34


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government smarter leave it alone. What
than I am. I've been he's doing now will
without insurance, make a bigger mess,
and I know how hard paid for out of every-
it is when you 'fall one else's pocket."
through the cracks.'"


"It's scary. I just hope "It's scary. I don't
it helps the people know what he's going
without care to get the to do. Hopefully it's
treatment they need." good. We need health
care."


"I think it would be "Any health plan
cool if it actually hap- should give people the
pens, but it will be a right to participate or
miracle if it does." not. No one should be
made to pay."


Sherri Butler, 67,
Niceville,
retired


SON
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Walton Beach men who have
already prefiled for the legislative


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13.6 percent less than the FY 2009
budget of $304,080,099.
During his overview, Curry
classified various functions of
county government into three cat-
egories. These, he said, are:
-Public safety, for such func-
tions as police and fire protection
and ambulance services.
-Essential services, for such
things as road maintenance and
water & sewer.
-Quality of life, for such
things as public libraries.
The classifications, he said, are
intended to help commissioners
prioritize functions as they con-
sider changes to the proposed
budget during the budget approval
process.
During Thursday's workshop,
commissioners heard from
department heads who briefed on
the proposed budgets for the
county 911 coordinator, road and
bridge construction, water and
sewer, airports, solid waste dis-
posal, inspections, tourist devel-
opment and the Emerald Coast
Conference Center. Tuesday's
session was to cover the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office, Clerk of
Courts, Property Appraiser,
Supervisor of Elections, medical
examiner, judicial budgets, State
Attorney, and Public Defender.


Melissa Cromer, 40,
Rome, Georgia,
office coordinator


post.
Kabe Woods, a Republican of
Fort Walton Beach, profiled for
the District 4 race April 20. He is
the president of a real estate bro-
kerage firm in Fort Walton Beach.
Bill Garvie, also a Fort Walton
During his briefing last
Tuesday, Curry told commission-
ers he has been disappointed at
the lack of citizen involvement in
this year's budget process. Only
three citizens other than county
employees attended Tuesday's
workshop, Curry noted.
Republican Committeemen
Steve Czonstka was among those
who attended the workshop, and
suggested that commissioners
could increase county revenue by
increasing gasoline taxes by a
penny a gallon. "I'm a
Republican, and I believe in low
taxes and smaller government,"
Czonstka said, "but in this case, I
think we're shooting ourselves in
the foot by not considering an
additional gas tax." He said the
gas tax would be comparable to a
user fee for those who use county
roads, and would produce added
revenue for much-needed paving
and repairing of county roads.
Commissioner Wayne Harris
agreed, saying that such a tax
would also be paid by tourists and
other visitors to the county, reduc-
ing the burden on local residents
compared to property taxes.
Commissioner John Jannazo,
however, said he would not sup-
port such a tax without a "citizen
initiative" to show public support
for it.
Water and Sewer Director Jeff
Littrell told commissioners
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Beach Republican, prefiled for
the House race June 9. Garvie is a
Fort Walton Beach city council-
man. He taught school in
Okaloosa County and had a
career with the federal govern-
ment, which included 25 years
cutting spending by about 6.3 per-
cent in FY 2010, largely by cut-
ting or delaying capital improve-
ment projects. In future years,
however, Littrell said he expects
water and sewer rates will have to
increase to meet costs.
Airports Director Greg
Donovan said his department is
funded by fees on airlines and
passengers who use county air-
ports, as well as by fees from ven-
dors who offer products and serv-
ices at the airports. He said rev-
enue at the Northwest Florida
Regional Airport has increased by
nearly 22 percent in the past year.
One reason for the increased rev-
enue, he said, is a more efficient
system for managing fuel sales for
rental car companies that operate
at the airport. Parking has also
been made more efficient, he said.
Public Works Director
Danielle Slaterpryce said revenue
from solid waste disposal is down,


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with the FBI and an appointment
as the Assistant Inspector General
with the Department of Energy.
Prefiling allows a candidate to
begin raising and spending cam-
paign contributions, and, often-
times, to test the viability of his
mainly because Hurlburt Field,
the cities of Crestview and
Valparaiso, and Santa Rosa
County have taken their disposal
business elsewhere rather than use
Okaloosa county's landfill.
A 6 p.m. July 28 workshop at
the Water & Sewer Building in
Fort Walton Beach will cover the
budgets of the BCC itself, as well
as the County Administrator,
administrative services, purchas-
ing, human resources, informa-
tion systems, facility mainte-
nance, veterans services, agricul-
ture extension services, risk man-
agement, fleet operations and fur-
ther discussion of the proposed
millage rate.
At 1 p.m., Aug. 4 at the county
courthouse in Crestview, commis-
sioners will review budget pro-
posals for the Okaloosa County
Tax Collector, mosquito control,
unincorporated parks, traffic
maintenance, engineering, the


Dean Hughes, 55,
Niceville,
retired


candidacy.
Qualifying for the House
District 4 race takes place June
14-18 next year. The primary
election is scheduled for Aug. 24
and next year's general election
will be held Nov. 2, 2010. State
county road department,
stormwater management, growth
management, code enforcement,
coordinated transportation and the
Okaloosa Health Department.
In Fort Walton Beach at 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, reviews will include the
county capital improvement pro-
gram, capital outlay fund, library
cooperative, court services, emer-
gency medical services, emer-
gency management, county warn-


Wayne Peters, 31,
Niceville,
roofer


representatives serve two-year
terms, with a maximum of four
consecutive terms.
District 4 covers the southern
portions of Okaloosa and Santa
Rosa counties, including
Niceville and Valparaiso.
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rections.
Public hearings on the entire
county budget will be held in
Crestview at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and in
Fort Walton Beach at 6 p.m. Sept.
15, before the county commis-
sioners vote on final approval of
the FY 2010 budget. Detailed
county budget proposals are post-
ed on the county Web site at
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
During the lunchtime rush hour last Thursday, drivers on State Road 85 were surprised by a large
group of aggressive drivers who cut in and out of traffic at high speed, heading north on SR 85
and then turning west onto 1-10 just south of Crestview. They were part of "Bullrun," an annual
road rally for celebrities and wealthy sports car enthusiasts.



Road rally roars through


Twin Cities, surroundings


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During the lunchtime rush
hour last Thursday, drivers on
State Road 85 between Niceville
and Crestview were surprised by
a large group of aggressive drivers
who cut in and out of traffic at
high speed, heading north on SR
85 and then turning west onto I-
10 just south of Crestview.
At least one such vehicle,
occupied by two young men, was
spotted by a Beacon reporter
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Further inquiry by the Beacon
revealed that the drivers were part
of "Bullrun," an exclusive annual
road rally for celebrities and
wealthy sports car enthusiasts.
According to the rally Web site
at bullron.com, entry to the annu-
al rally costs $20,000 per entrant,
and commercial sponsors include
Pepsi Cola and several other large
corporations. This year's cross-
country rally began in New York
City and will end in Austin,
Texas, later this month, with par-
ties planned at nightclubs and
hotels at each stop. E-mail
inquiries to rally organizers and to
the Pepsi Cola corporate head-
quarters produced no reply.
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Okaloosa County Sheriff's
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were cited for traffic violations
while driving through Okaloosa
County. One such driver was
Claus Ettensberger of Los
Angeles, who was stopped by
Deputy Sheriff W.S. Harwood for
allegedly driving his Porsche at
104 miles per hour on Highway
85 near Duke Field, where the
posted speed limit is 65 MPH.
Ettensbergar was given a court
date of 9 a.m. Aug. 11, to appear
in Courtroom C of the county
courthouse in Shalimar to answer
the charge.
Sgt. Jay Jones, of the OCSO
Traffic Unit, reported that the
Florida Highway Patrol also cited
some drivers, including one who
had decorated his car to resemble
a California Highway Patrol car
and had his license tag inside the
car rather than mounted on the
bumper.
Most of the rally drivers, how-
ever, did not get tickets or violate
traffic laws, Jones reported. "For
the most part," he said, "they
behaved."


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The 2008 tax rolls for the
North Bay Fire district fell last
year for the first time since 2004,
when they previously rose each
year.
The first public hearing at
H


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Northwest Florida State
College (NFSC) has gained three
new Board of Trustee members,
recently appointed by Gov.
Charlie Crist.
They are Rachel Gillis, Paul A.
Foster and Mary "Marijo"
Strauss.
Though none hail from the
Twin Cities,
all say they
are devoted
to what they
call "local"
or "commu-
nity-based
education."
One is an
alumnus of
the school
forhe s ol Rachel Gillis
formerly
known as Okaloosa Walton
Community College. All new
appointees will serve a four-year
term.
According to a NFSC repre-
sentative, the Board of Trustees is
the governing body of the educa-
tion entity with authority over
instructional programs, finance,
personnel and all other functions
of the college. An appointment by
the governor is required to serve
on the board.
Alumnus Rachel Gillis of
DeFuniak Springs will represent
Walton County, replacing
Elizabeth Campbell.
"The reason I have the degree I
have is because of OW (Okaloosa-
Walton)," said Gillis, executive
director of the Chautauqua Office
of Psychotherapy and Evaluation,
a not-for-profit mental health cen-
ter. "I got my high school equiva-
lency and associates degree
through OW. I really believe in
community-based education. If
you have a local college in the
community, you have more

which the budget will be dis-
cussed is slated for 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the fire
house.
In other business, the fire dis-
trict has also applied for a $1.9
million grant to build a new fire
house.
The grant, available through
the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
but funded through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(federal stimulus package), has
made $210 million available for
"projects that improve emergency
response time and fi. lihKle I safe-
ty," to include construction of new
fire stations as well as renova-
tions/modifications to existing
stations, according to FEMA.
The decision to apply for the
grant was based on the age of
North Bay's current building (24
years) and the fact that it's "falling
apart," said Chief Joe Miller at the
July 14 fire commissioner's meet-
ing.
The district applied for the
grant on July 10. FEMA awards
the grants between September
and December. If the district's
application is approved, the new
fire station would be built on site
of the current station.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, an
outbrief of the district's financial
audit was presented by Bruce
Nunnally, of Carr, Riggs &
Ingram. The audit's "bottom


opportunities for a good educa-
tion."
Gillis said one of the reasons
she applied for the appointment
was because she "wanted to be a
part of the opportunity to repre-
sent the county. Very often Walton
county is not represented as often
as Okaloosa is when it comes to
issues."
Like the other two trustees,
Gillis counts the appointment as
an honor and a chance to "shape
some of the future of the college."
Paul A Foster, another believer
in local colleges, is also a propo-
nent of public schools, touting
them to be "the backbone of edu-
cation." The business educator
and native of Cincinnati has spent
more than 30 years in public edu-
cation, 25 of them teaching
accounting at Aiken High school
as well as at
Cincinnati
State
Technical
a n d
Community
College and
t h e
Cincinnati
Professional
Growth
Institute. He Paul A. Foster
has also run the Career in
Teaching Program at the technical
college as well as been the peer
assessment lead teacher.
Foster, a Fort Walton Beach
resident, said he's always been
interested in serving on a college's
governing board.
"I saw the vacancies," he said.
"It came at just the right time."
The retired educator said he has
time to devote to the position even
though he serves as a volunteer
member of the Okaloosa Island
Firefighters Pension Board.
"Everything just clicked for me,"
he said. Foster fills the position

line," according to Nunnally was,
"there was not a lot of change"
between last year's 2007 audit
and this year's 2008 audit. Even
so, expenses "were up a little,"
exceeding revenues. Though
Nunnally said there was nothing
"alarming." The difference was
made up in the "bit of surplus" the
district had in 2007, said
Nunnally. General revenue in
2007 was $1,994,529 as opposed
to 2008's revenue of $1,807,783
(a difference of $186,746).
Expenses in 2007 totaled
$1,746,322. In 2008 expenses
were $1,852,612 (a difference of
$106,290).
Additionally, Nunnally men-
tioned one comment the auditors
had regarding the report-a com-
ment that has been made before.
The person who maintains the
organization's financial state-
ments should not also be involved
in preparing the report for the fire
district's audit. Nonetheless, he
said, the practice is not unusual
within small businesses or organ-
izations, since hiring an outside
accountant who knows the intri-
cacies and requirements of audit
preparation would cost a good
deal of money.
"It really doesn't make sense
to do it any differently," Nunnally
said of the fire district's practice
of inside preparation. "My own
personal belief is, it's not a pru-
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previously occupied by Joseph
Henderson.
Full of, i iL and "extremely
excited" about serving on the
board, is Mary "Marijo" Strauss,
of Shalimar, owner and president
of Original Equipment Parts
Company.
"One of the things that encour-
aged me to apply (for a trustee
position) is I absolutely adore the
college," Strauss said. "It's a huge
asset to the community."
The business owner spent 31
years working for AT&T, doing
everything from public affairs and
marketing to working on con-
struction projects. Strauss said the
communications company placed
a high emphasis on furthering
education, allowing her "every
opportunity to go back to whatev-
er college was in the area and
learn more about" her jobs. "I was
exposed to lots of different class-
es," she continued, "so I really
appreciate education. You know,
everybody doesn't have to have a
bachelor's degree or Ph.D, but I
like the idea of having a local edu-
cation system where students can
get a technical degree or associ-
ates."
Strauss said she was eager to
be a part of the college whose
beautiful
campus, she
said, is "a
gem not only
for students
in our area
but in
Florida and
surrounding
states" as
well. Mary "Marijo"
Strauss Strauss
fills the expired term of Vercell
Vance.
The new trustees began their
terms yesterday with the board's
regular bi-monthly meeting.

money to hire an outside person."
Also briefly commented on at
the fire commissioners meeting
was the continuation of union
talks, something Miller said prob-
ably won't be wrapped up until
the end of September. No infor-
mation would be released he said,
until after all agreements have
been completed.
Though Miller, also the medi-
ator between the board of com-
missioners and the union, did say
that in addition to wages, the
union members have been vying
for the privilege of wearing shorts
when on duty. Miller said this
concern comes up every year, and
has so far not been approved. As
chief, Miller said he doesn't con-
sider the wearing of shorts to be
professional. Belonging to the
fii lighle ii' union is not mandato-
ry.
The commissioner's meeting
was wrapped up with final reports
for the month of June in which
Jordan highlighted two fires: a
detached garage fire in Lake
Pippin Estates resulting in most of
the garage being destroyed as
well as two motorcycles stored in
the outbuilding. Estimated dam-
ages came to $98,000. The fire,
said Jordan, was caused by a
lightning strike. A second alarm
found the fistliLghlnl responding
to a fully involved boat fire in
which one individual was burned
and transported to a Pensacola
hospital by helicopter.
After Jordan gave stats for
June's alarm activities, Stapleton
asked Jordan to go into greater
detail with the nature of the calls
reported. For instance, instead of
simply listing the response as a
medical call he asked the report to
say diabetic shock or drug over-
dose, though he did not intend for
reports to reveal the location or
person involved. Jordan agreed to
do so.
For June, North Bay firefight-
ers responded to two fires, 40 res-
cue calls and 27 "other" emer-
gency responses, including eight
false alarms, six good intents, four
service calls and one hazardous
materials call. The district
received mutual aid six times and
gave mutual aid eight times. The
total number of alarms for June
was 69.


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Bridge access road work



said to be 'moving well'


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their July 16 meeting
in Niceville, members of the
Mid-bay Bridge Authority were
briefed on recent progress and
current schedules for several
projects to improve access to the
north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
HDR Engineering consultant
James van Steenberg told MBBA
members that Phase One of the
Mid-Bay Bridge Connector-a
new access road connecting the
north end of the bridge with State
Road 20, began April 20 and is
expected to be complete by May
12, 2011. Current construction
work, he said, includes installing
drainage systems and stormwater
retention ponds along the route,
as well as ground preparation for
road construction. In addition, he
said, foundations will soon be
started for a flyover at the inter-
section of Lakeshore Drive and
SR 20.
Widening of SR 20 between
White Point Road and the Walton
County line is expected to begin
Aug. 20, Van Steenburg said, and
to be complete by July 12, 2010.


A related project will be to pave
an access road south of several
residential streets in Seminole,
allowing residents access to an
intersection on SR 20 so they can
turn right or left onto the high-
way at a traffic signal. That proj-
ect is expected to begin Jan. 20,
2010, and be complete by July
12.
"Things are moving well,"
Van Steenburg said, and he does
not foresee any significant delays
in any of the construction proj-
ects.
Bob Kellner, another HDR
consultant, said he has been
attending a series of planning
meetings with state and federal
officials to clear the way for con-
struction of the Phase Two and
Three connector roads from SR
20 to Range Road and to SR 85
north of Niceville. Those projects
are now at about the 15 percent
planning and design stage,
Kellner said, but he has already
begun coordinating those plans
with state and federal environ-
mental agencies such as the
Florida Fish and Wildlife com-
mission, Department of


Environmental Protection, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, and
Eglin Air Force Base. Kellner
said that such early and ongoing
coordination helps to avoid envi-
ronmental delays to the projects,
by identifying and correcting
problems in advance and pre-
venting any misunderstandings
between road designers and reg-
ulatory officials. Topics
addressed during recent meet-
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how to protect the habitats of
plants and animals along the
routes, both during construction
and after the roadways become
operational.
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that so far, "The weather has
been on our side," allowing con-
struction work to proceed with-
out significant delays. In addi-
tion, he said, "Our contractors
aren't afraid of rain, so he
expects few if any rain delays
this year, unless the Gulf Coast is
hit by a major tropical storm or
hurricane.
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increased during June, Vest said,


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from a year ago. Vest said the
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improvement in the economy, at
least in Northwest Florida, as
regional tourism appears to be
climbing again after several
years of stagnation in the wake of
Gulf Coast hurricanes and a
national economic recession.
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MBBA is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Aug. 20, at Destin City Hall,
4200 Indian Bayou Trail.
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Destin City Hall has not
changed, the city has given the
location a new official street
address.
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may be preceded by a tour of the
Mid-Bay Bridge Connector route
by MBBA members.
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The Riverdogs took the World Series Championship for Little League Minor B on Saturday,
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Bill Danielak and Joe Winkler; middle row, Katie Lightfoot, Damien Pybus, Kyle Castleberry,
Rece Hinds, Chambers Stringfellow and Harrison Frazier; back row, coaches Berry Drake,
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Hero Hugs founder receives

thanks from Boiling AFB


By Sr. Airman Tim Chacon
11th Wing Public Affairs
BOLLING AIR FORCE
BASE, D.C.-Among the roar-
ing cheers and applause that
filled the Air Force Honor
Guard's Ceremonial Hall during
drill team evaluations July 7, sat
13-year-old Bailey Reese, a
quiet, unassuming girl with an
amazing list of accomplish-
ments.
Bailey is the founder and
president of Hero Hugs, a non-
profit organization that provides
care packages for deployed serv-
ice members around the world.
With the help of her mother,
Diana, the young girl began her
life-changing work during the
aftermath of a life-altering expe-
rience of Hurricane Ivan in
2004.
The hurricane wreaked havoc
on her hometown of Niceville,
and forced her and her mother to
wait at a military checkpoint to
receive food and water. At a
point when most 7-year-olds
would have been scared and
confused, Bailey looked at the
situation from a different view-
point.
According to Bailey, people
in the crowd were upset with the
situation after the hurricane.
Some of the crowd's frustration
was focused at the military
members, who the crowd felt
should have been expediting the
process. Bailey felt the opposite
way toward the service mem-
bers-that the crowd should


have praised the people who
were there only to help them.
From the ruins of the devas-
tating hurricane, Bailey built an
organization that has touched the
lives of 40,000 deployed service
members while raising more
than $350,000. The organization
began with Bailey and a few
neighborhood children sending
50 care packages in their first six
months of operation.
Air Force Honor Guard drill
team members invited Bailey
and her mother to visit the team
at Bolling Air Force Base after
the first meeting the team at
Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.,
in 2008. Bailey and her mother
were in the nation's capitol cele-
brating the Fourth of July festivi-
ties and made their way to
Bolling AFB to visit the drill
team. The pair spent the day
touring the base and watching a
12- and four-man performance
by the team.
The drill team and their per-
formance impressed Bailey.
"It's cool, but scary," said
Bailey, when commenting on the
drill team's dangerous and com-
plicated routine.
It's indicative of her age that
she thinks what the drill team
does is scary, but it's ironic con-
sidering that what she has
accomplished is scary to most
adults. She received recognition
by President George W. Bush.
The blonde-haired, all smiles
little girl struggled to lift the 11-
pound rifles used by the Honor


Bailey Reese of Niceville, founder and president of the non-profit organization, Hero Hugs, and
her mother, Diana, receive a standing ovation from members of both the Air Force Honor Guard
and the 11th Wing after being introduced at the Drill Team's evaluations July 7 on Boiling Air
Force Base, D.C.


Guard, but is strong enough to
carry the workload of a major
organization whose efforts reach
the far ends of the globe. She
excels in school and was a
cheerleader until her demanding
schedule forced her to choose
between Hero Hugs and cheer-
leading. She chose to give up
cheerleading in order to continue
her charity work through Hero
Hugs.
Speaking softly and modest-
ly, Bailey spoke of what she's
done and why she enjoyed her
work.
"It takes a lot of hard work
and time to do all the fund rais-


ers and work I have to do for
Hero Hugs," said Bailey. "But,
it's very rewarding and fun."
Timid and shy as most girls
her age, Bailey humbly accepted
praise from Lt. Col. Raymond
Powell, the Honor Guard com-
mander, as he handed her one of
the Honor Guard's challenge
coins.
"This is a coin that both the
chief and I have to agree on to
give someone and we are both in
agreement that you deserve it,"
Powell said.
There was a third member in
Bailey's entourage, "Hero," a
stuffed bear who serves as the
mascot of the Hero Hugs organi-
zation and travels with Bailey
everywhere she goes. She did


temporarily give up the bear
while he completed a "tour of
duty" in Iraq and was pho-
tographed in countless locales
with numerous service members.
"Hero" was also presented
something by the Honor Guard:
a drill team ascot, emblazoned
with crossed rifles and stars.
This special ascot signifies the
highest level of proficiency on
the drill team.
"It shows a great deal of
maturity on her part to be
involved and run Hero Hugs,"
said Staff Sgt. Michael Doss, an
Air Force Honor Guard member,
"It means a lot to all airmen."
For more information on
Bailey's organization visit hero
hugs.org.


Robert Kale Benton,
grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert
Benton of
Niceville,
graduated
from Coast
Guard basic
training in
Cape May,
N.J., May 1.
He is sta-
tioned on Robert Kale
the USS Benton
Kanawha
out of Pine Bluff, Ark. His goal
is to study marine science tech-
nology in the fall.

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Lavigne graduated from basic
military
training at
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Air Force
Base, San
Antonio,
Texas.
He is the
son of Carl
Lavigne of
Curt T. Lavigne St. John
Cove,
Niceville, and Nancy Lavigne
of Don Bishop Road, Santa
Rosa Beach.
Lavigne is a 2007 graduate
of Niceville Senior High
School.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Fisher House more than year away

8 months after groundbreaking, no sign of construction


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Though it's been eight months
since the Fisher House ground-
breaking on Eglin, no construction
has yet begun.
A sign and white fluttering
banner, some utility flag markers,
a few downed telephone poles, the
drainage pond and a bulldozed
path with a cut-down tree are the
only indications that the Fisher
House is planned.
"We have selected a general
contractor to do the work for us,"
said Jim Weiskopf, executive vice
president of communications for
the Fisher House Foundation.
"They are working out the details
with Eglin for base access.


Assuming that is all completed
this month, we would be able to be
on site and begin construction in
August."
An exact date for construction
of the Eglin house is still not
known, said Weiskopf.
According to Julie Thompson,
executive director of Fisher House
of the Emerald Coast, Inc., a
drainage pond had to be built, per-
mits were long in coming, tele-
phone poles and lines had to be
moved and there was "some wet-
land impact" that needed reme-
died.
"We were told we'd be seeing
some action by July 4," said
Thompson.
A July 7 trip to the site, on


Boatner Road, Eglin, close to the
hospital, revealed few visible signs
of the commitment to construct
the $3.1 million "comfort home"
complex.
"We were
waiting for
results of test
borings into
the ground to
see what
we're work-
ing on," he
said. "One of
the things
that differs in
Julie Thompson
each house is
the foundation, which is built
according to what's in the ground."
The geotechnical survey is now


complete, though Weiskopf said,
"The major holdup was the
stonnwater permit,"
The exterior of Fisher Houses Futu Home of
are compatibly designed with Fi stl er House
existing architecture. Otherwise, t Eme rlud ast
all house floor plans have a com-
mon design. cu % O 4 il
Weiskopf said architectural
drawings are about 70 percent
complete. "Once all results are in
and preliminary work is done," he
said, "from the beginning of con-
struction, the house will be com-
plete in 14 months."
Fisher Houses, of which there
are 43 either on military installa-
tions or at VA medical centers, Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
supply "homes away from home" Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
forfamiliesofmilitaryandveteran Even though the Fisher House Groundbreaking ceremony was
patients receiving medical care. back in December 2008, no construction has been done at the site.
The nearest Fisher House serv-
ing the Northwest Florida area is last two years," he said. It has not ing at the house do so free of
at Keesler Air Force Base, La. yet been determined if any of the charge, regardless of how long
The national Fisher House government money will be used in they stay. Though the hosting
Foundation supplies the funds and the building of the Fisher House of service, in this case the Air Force,
heads the effort for construction of the Emerald Coast. "That does not does have to record a charge of
each local house, including the have to be determined until bills $10 per family per night, the
hiring of the company that builds become due, Weiskopf said, national organization, since 2006,
the individual houses. Metric "which is several months yet." has chosen to reimburse the fees
Constructionfor each house.
Corp.,headquar-Our goal is
tered in Boston, 'Our goal is to be able to raise to be able to
has been chosen raise the money
hasto erect the Eglin the money to support the house to support the
tol hehouse on a day-
faciSeral years on a day-to-day basis.' to-day basis,
ago, the founda- -Julie Tho pson aid Thompsond
tion received an


appropriation
from Congress, which did not
have to be spent during the year it
was allocated, said Weiskopf.
From time to time Congress
will allocate additional unsolicited
money to the fund, which goes
into the DoD's "health program"
but is used only for construction of
Fisher houses. The Army is the
designated fund manager, said
Weiskopf.
"We haven't had to use any of
the appropriated money for the


Once a house is complete it is
"released to the local installation
commander," said Thompson,
which then takes over all aspects
of running the house, including
fund raising for day-to-day opera-
tions. All money used in daily
operations of local houses comes
from donations.
The one-story, 12-suite house
planned for Eglin will cost more
than $2,000 per month to main-
tain, Thompson said. Guests stay-


$2 million back
to the founda-
tion, though that's not a require-
ment; it's just something the board
of directors wants to do."
So far, the Emerald Coast
house has raised about $215,000.
"Fund raising is something
we'll do continually," Thompson
said.
On Aug. 1, American Legion
Riders Post 75 will have its annu-
al Mystery Poker Run, with pro-
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Golden Deeds award
Dorothy Miller, left, president of the Niceville Exchange Club,
presents the 2009 Book of Golden Deeds Award to Judy
Wiseman, "In recognition of her untiring effort to improve the
lives of those in our community, especially the children."


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Jonathan Trace Johnson and
Elizabeth Kathleen McGraw
McGraw-Johnson
Vernon and Marilyn McGraw
of Niceville announce the
engagement of their daughter,
Elizabeth Kathleen, to Jonathan
Trace Johnson, son of Johnny
and Donna Johnson of Roswell,
Ga.
The bride-to-be is a graduate
of Niceville High School and the
University of Florida, where she
received a Bachelor of Arts. She
is a management consultant with
Slalom Consulting in Chicago.
The groom-to-be graduated
from The Westminster Schools in
Atlanta and holds a Bachelor of
Arts from Northwestern
University and an MBA from the
University of Chicago. He is vice
president of product development
for mPayy, Inc., in Chicago.
The couple plan an Aug. 22,
2009, wedding at the Art Institute
of Chicago in the company of
their family and friends.

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several jumps. Both schools are
at Fort Benning, Ga.
After a month's leave in
Florida, North Carolina and
Wisconsin, he has begun his
assignment in Vilseck,
Germany. He is attached to the
1-2 Stryker Calvary Regiment.
He arrived last week for a
three-year tour and is accompa-
nied by his wife, the former Jill
Pedretti, of Verona, Wisc., and
8-month-old daughter, Kristin.
Ross is a 1995 graduate of
Niceville High School and
received his bachelor's degree
from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is
the son of Mark and Vickie
Ross of Niceville.


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Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Reading 'Beauty'
On July 15, pint-sized book lovers at the Niceville Public Library were treated to the
reading talents of "Belle" (Brittany Hammock) from Northwest Florida State
College's summer musical "Beauty and the Beast." The actress/singer read "Mud is
Cake" to a roomful of 3-5-year-olds.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Auditing classes
This raccoon, perhaps in search of higher education, was
seen recently "hanging out" at Northwest Florida State
College.


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before 5p.m. Wednesday.

Blood drives
Wednesday, July 22: Winn Dixie,
798 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton
Beach, noon-6 p.m. Every donor will
receive a FREE $10 gift card.
Thursday, July 23: Eglin AFRL,
Eglin Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 25: Wal-Mart, Fort
Walton Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Every
donor will receive a free $10 gift
card.
Book discussion
The Friends of the Niceville
Library will sponsor the second of
three summer book discussions for
adults. On Wednesday, July 22, at 10
a.m. in the library, the group will dis-
cuss "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
by Carson
McCullers.
The August
discussion will
be "Wuthering
Heights" by
Emily Bronte.
Limited supplies of books are
available through the Okaloosa
Library System. Reserve a copy by
going to readokaloosa.org. Info:
729-4090.
2009 plant clinics
Plant clinics will be held monthly
at the Okaloosa County Extension
Building, 127 Hollywood Blvd., Fort


Walton Beach. Larry Williams,
Extension Horticulture Agent will
hold the clinics. Master Gardeners
from Okaloosa County will help.
Clinics will be the fourth
Wednesday of the month, July 22,
Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, 10
a.m.-1 p.m.
Info: 729-1400, ext. 5850 or
689-5850.
'Beauty and the Beast'
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast,"
NWF State College summer musi-
cal, July 22-25, 7:30 p.m. Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts
Center at Northwest Florida State
College, 100 College Blvd.,
Niceville, Mainstage. $20 Adults/
$15 Youth. Tickets: 729-6000,
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or at
mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Embroiderers' stitch-in
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America cel-
ebrates various forms of hand
embroidery. Its summer stitch-in
series continues Thursday, July 23,
6-8:30 p.m., at the First United
Methodist Church of Niceville.
Visitors are welcome.
Adventure Club bike ride
Thursday, July 23, 4:30 p.m. Bike
ride in Niceville in the Bluewater
Bay resort/subdivision. Meet at the
golf course club house parking area.
Supper after the ride at a nearby
restaurant. Honcho: Maria Bayes
(897-6756).
Relay skate party
The city of Niceville plans a
skate party to benefit Relay for Life
Friday, July 31, 5-10 p.m. Admission
is $5; bring a friend for free. Free
burgers and drinks for skaters.
Info: 729-0758; leave a message.
Candidate training
The Okaloosa County Supervisor
of Elections Office is offering


Candidate University for those seek-
ing to run for public office or any
member of the public interested in
learning about the process. Sessions
will be held at Fort Walton Beach,
Wednesday, July 22, Water and
Sewer Building, Third Floor, BCC
Board Room, 9 a.m.-noon; and
Crestview Thursday, July 23, Buddy
Brackin Building, Third Floor, BCC
Board Room, 9 a.m. -noon;
To register, contact Tiffany C.
Rivera at 689-5600 or via e-mail at
trivera@co.okaloosa.fl.us.
The deadline to register is
Monday, July 20.
Coffee House, Art Live
Coffee House and Art Live, the
quarterly open-mic event sponsored
by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of the Emerald Coast, at the corer
of North Bayshore Drive and John
Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso, is scheduled
for Saturday, July 25, 7-10:30 p.m.
Donations will be accepted at the
door and food and drinks will be
sold. Info: Richard, 502-0643, or
Dave, 217-8481.
Safe boating course
"America's Safe Boating Course"
conducted by the Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 1-4, Coast Guard
Station Destin, 2000 Miracle Strip
Pkwy, Destin, Saturday, July 25, 9
a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The cost is $35 which includes
the text, lunch, tour of the station
and examination.
Info: Gordon Schmidt, 729-1522
or Stan Smith, 865-9130.
Adventure Club bike ride
Saturday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. Bike
ride in the Pensacola Beach/Fort
Pickens area and lunch following the
ride at a nearby
restaurant. Meet
at the entrance to
the Fort Pickens
National Seashore area. There is a


Want to be a football hero?
Niceville Football Little League plans registration for players and cheerleaders Saturday,
July 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Niceville City Hall for agest 5-12. Info: 729-1280.


public parking area and restroom
there. There is a small entrance fee.
Honcho: Rich and Nancy Fremgen
(934-6380).
Free genealogy seminar
The Fort Walton Beach Library is
offering a free program for the
beginning genealogist. Join speaker
Margaret Harris on Saturday, July
25, at 11 a.m., as she introduces you
to genealogy research and takes you
on a tour of the History Room locat-


ed in the library. Info: 833-9590.
Kids Krusade planned
Valparaiso First Assembly of
God presents Kids Krusade 2009,
July 26-29. This Bible-based, high-
energy service
will feature spe-
cial guest Big
Vinny and the
Time Travelers.
Vince Saum (Big
Vinny) brings a


multi-media stage show full of
effects, rockin' praise, sincere wor-
ship and a lot of humor and drama.
Nightly services are from 6:30-8:30
p.m. and are geared for ages 3 to 12.
Eagle football camp
Eighth Annual Niceville Eagle
Football Camp, July 27-28, 5-7 p.m.,
for ages 7-12. $35. Pre-registration
Niceville High School main office.
Info: 833-4263 or 833-4114, ext.
1362.


I People of Uncommon Faith


0f 8 f9:00 a.m. Bible Study
iR W rin.rr CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Worship
S5:30 p.m. Survey the Bible


The purpose of First Baptist Church ofNiceville is to
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Living Faith
Christian Center

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


ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.


Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.

678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us info@stjudes.us


Niceville Church of God
S Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School ...........9:45 a.m.
Worship .............. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening ......... 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday ............. 7:00 p.m.
Ministry for All Ages!

Pastor Tony Taylor ~ pastor@ncog.gccoxmail.com
206 Palm Blvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221



St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool



8:00 9:10 (Praise) -10:30 a.m. "On the Parkway"


Adult Study at 10:30 a.m.


1407 E. John Sims


Join us and feel a warm welcome. I Niceville 678-1298


"Living in God's Amazing Grace!"


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SDtti ServicTiiies Distinctives
tSunday Sch; l 9O00 1\ t Expository PiL :i iing'
Worship Service; 10:30 A.M. Doctrines of Grace i;
Evening Scirkicc ( I "i P.M. Elier I.sd. _
Pastor: Chris Phillips (Graduate of the Master's Seminary)




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


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


BLUEWATER BAPTIST CHURCH...
A community of believers who are joined together by a wet,
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christian jiAj
Sunday Mornipq "'- 'k
9:15 a.m. Bible Ijdyi- .T
?t "10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m.

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


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Baptist Church -


Visitors Are Welcome!


IMMANUEL ANGLICAN N
CHURCH


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

Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)


250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
www.iacdestin.org
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S


Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching out with the Transforming
Love ofJesus Christ"
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
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IN NORTH AMERICA


Sunday: Holy Communion 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. in Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
Wednesday: Holy Communion 12 p.m. (noon)
Thursday: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
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Office

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Information
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897-6464
1484 Hickory St.
Niceville


United States
Census
2010
It's In Our Hands!

Administrative Assistant
Pensacola Local Census Office
Salary Range $11.00/hr
Areas of Consideration: Escambia, Santa Rosa,
Okaloosa and Walton Counties
To apply
You must call 1-888-586-9439
from July 20, 2009 July 31, 2009 by 5:00PM EST
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Written Examination Required
U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Looking for a job or a vehicle?
Check the classified
ads every Wednesday.
Beacon Newspapers 678-1080


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


FREELANCE
WRITER
News Correspondent
Part-time
The Bay Beacon and
Eglin Flyer seek a
freelance reporter to
write human interest
features and/or
cover local
government
meetings. You must
be available most
nights, most days, or
both (your choice).
We pay $25 a story
and $5 a photo,
when published.
Writing experience is
essential, as is
access to a home
computer. Some
reporting and photo
experience is
helpful, but not
required. This a
great chance to
learn more about
your community.
Call Ken Books,
678-1080.


Waterfront Townhome,
3/2, boat dock lift,
$1200/ month.
678-9052

Nine pieces, window
seats and bottom
casing. Fits 35" wide
windows $25.
678-6595


BtuICK" POuIMAC. iMoc
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invites all her friends & customers to come
see her for all their automotive needs at
Lee Buick Pontiac GMC in Crestview.
4300 S. Ferdon Blvd. (Hwy.85) (850) 682-2708
CRESTVIEW, FL 247@sleebuickgmccom


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REAL ESTATE, INC.
www.baywalk2.com

Magnolia Plantation at BWB. 3/2. All Brick
Custom home located in Mediterranean Village.
Home standing on it's own with deeded drive in
front of house that leads to a dead end allowing
extra parking. Small fenced back yard and custom
features throughout home. 1950 Sq. ft. $269,900
State Hwy 20W Choctaw Beach, 3/2 home total-
ly renovated starting with the Exterior. Panoramic
views of the Bay at Destin. New Sprinkler system,
17" tile throughout. Quiet and Peaceful. $265,000
Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built
2006. All Brick home. Like new. Elementary and
Middle School is within walking distance and will
be open Fall of 09. Short drive to Duke FId. and
Eglin AFB. Many upgrades throughout home.
2,351 Sq. Ft. $215,900
Residential Land off Hopper Street renamed
Black Pearl Cove. 3 lots for sale at $55,000 each.
Builder McDorman will build to suit. Level and a
subdivision with 5 homes total.

Destin: Short Sale Shirah Street in Crystal
Beach. 4/4. Great investment or home. Home has
3 bedrooms, 3 baths in main house and 1 bed-
room, 1 bath, kitchenette, living room in the
Cabana House. Beach access. Kidney shaped
pool. No HOA fees. $650,000
Professional Office Space for lease Courtyard
Plaza located in BWB next to CVS has Office
space available. 1,500 Square feet, 2,300 Square
feet, 1,875 Square feet or 6,000 Square feet.
$15.00 per square plus Cam & Sales Tax.
NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR
SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE

RENTALS AVAILABLE FROM AS LOW $430-
$2,200 Niceville, Valparaiso, Crestview, Ft.
Walton and Destin.

SAVE THE SUBSTATION $4,000 to go. Please
make donations to Save the Substation at Coastal
Bank and Trust! This is a Community Commitment
- Please DONATE!


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