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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: September 2, 2009
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Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Traffic was detoured off Highway 85 North near Edge Elementary School for about 40 min-
utes Wednesday, Aug. 26, beginning around 2:11 p.m., after a woman found a WWII-era
bazooka round (inset) on her property and delivered it to the Eglin Air Force Base Jackson
Guard office, Niceville. Eglin bomb-disposal technicians, above, determined that the
round, identified as 2.36mm rocket for a bazooka, was a harmless practice munition. Edge
Elementary operations weren't affected, officials said.


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


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Is the local market for home


Sales of existing homes in
the Niceville-Valparaiso area
between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31
fell 4 percent from year-earlier
levels.
But more recently, during


the traditionally busy summer
period between June 1 and
Aug. 31, home sales jumped
18 percent from the same
three-month period last year.
The Egures, famished by
Larry Lusk, manager of the
Niceville once of ERA
America real estate, were
based on sales recorded by the
Emerald Coast Multiple
Listing service.
There are also signs that a
three-year decline in home
prices may be slowing, if not
reversing, said Lusk.


Sales of existing homes
Penod M Ave. M
Jan.-Aug. '08 $287,275
Jan.-Aug. '09 .289 2% $260,403..........-$26,872
June-Aug. '08 ......120 ..............................$279,274
June-Aug. '09 ......142...........+18%.........$277,693..........-$1,581
source: Emerald Coast Multiple Listing Service


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sales recovering yet?
Well, maybe a littl
lately.


Yard sign on
Rocky Bayou
Drive, Niceville.
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eacon p oto


The average sale price of a
home in Niceville-Valparaiso,
including Bluewater Bay,
dropped about 9 percent in the
period from Jan. 1 through


Aug. 27, 2009, from the same
period in 2008, according to
MLS figures. However, during
Please see HOME, page A-7


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
State Rep. Ray Sansom, fac-
ing trial for alleged misconduct
in office, defended his legisla-
tive record Thursday during a
speech to the Niceville-
Hearing on charges, A-3.

Valparaiso Rotary Club at
Northwest Florida State
College. In his address to the
Rotarians, Sansom focused on
his ties with the Niceville col-
lege, and the progress it has


made during his tenure as a
state representative.
"This
school has
always been
very special
to me,
Sansom
said. "I am
a graduate
of this
school
myself." He
stressed the Ray Sansom
Please see SANSOM, page A-9


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville officials want to
raise water and sewer rates by 5
percent in each of the next five
years.
If approved by the Niceville
City Council, the first 5 percent
increase would go into effect
Oct. 1
Thursday, the council heard
arguments by City Clerk Dan
Doucet and City Manager


Lannie Corbin that such a
schedule of increases is neces-
sary to meet promises the city
made to creditors when it sold
them bonds requiring almost
$1.3 million in annual debt
service.
"The city agreed to do that,
so they have to do it," Bill Fray
ofFray Municipal Securities,
the city's financial adviser, told
Please see FEES, page A-7


By Del Lessard and Mike Griffith
Beacon Staff
Even if Eglin Air Force Base
is selected as the home for all 107
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters the Air
Force says it will fly 38 percent
fewer training missions-and
therefore be less noisy-than
originally projected.
Air Force officials also
announced possible beddown
alternatives for the F-35 at Eglin
last week. The new information
came as Eglin officials conducted


four "scoping" meetings last
week to update the public on F-
35 issues and an ordered supple-
mental environmental study. They
also asked community members
for input on the new jet's impact
on the local civilian community.
The 2005 Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) decision
announced that up to 107 F-35
Joint Strike Fighters would be
stationed at Eglin where a joint
training center would be estab-
lished to train Air Force, Navy


and Marine Corps pilots and
maintainers for the new, single-
seat fighter jet. Personnel from
allied nations that buy the F-35
would also be trained.
On Feb. 5, 2009, the Air Force
made a Record of Decision
(ROD) to beddown 59 F-35s at
Eglin, to establish the training
center at Eglin's main base area.
The ROD also deferred a deci-
sion on beddown of the remain-
ing 48 F-35s until completion of
a Supplemental Environmental


Impact Statement (SEIS)-to be
completed by September, 2010.
"The SEIS will analyze opera-
tional
alternatives and mitigations for
the 59 aircraft authorized to be
delivered, as well as the addition-
al48 Air Force F-35 aircraft not
authorized for delivery to Eglin
under the Feb. 5, 2009 ROD,"
said Randall Rowland,
Environmental Division chief at


Some 150 people attended an
Air Force "scoping" meeting in
Valparaiso Thursday to hear
and comment on what the Air
Force plans to study in a envi-
ronmental-impact statement on
F-35 basing options at Eglin Air
Force Base. Left, Rece Howley,
Valparaiso, examines informa-
tion display.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard



Leaders

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Scores of community, political and
military leaders met Tuesday at
Northwest Florida Regional Airport
to sign a "covenant" promising
support of the Army 7th Special
Forces Group, which in 2011 will
move its 2,200 soldiers from North
Carolina to Okaloosa County.
Among those attending were, from
left: Bud Day, retired Air Force

gr ss onnd I Meci ientHo or;t
Gen. Donald Wurster, commander,
Air Force Special Operations
Command; and Lt. General John
Mulholland, commander, Army
Special Operations Command.
Story, Page 2.
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith


Please see F-35, page A-6


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Smoke and flames from a
cooking fire caused an estimated
$8,000 damage to a Niceville
mobile home and its contents
Monday afternoon. While there
were no human injuries, a do
insickethe trailer succumbed to

The alarm was received at
1:05 p.m., Aug. 31, and the first
fist lishitis were on scene at 304
Reeves St., Lot F-14, three min-
utes later where smoke and
flames were pouring out of a win-
dow at the front of the trailer,
according to Tommy Mayville,
Niceville fire chief. The fire was


declared out three minutes later,
he said.
The occupants, Larry D.
Nichols, his wife, and two daugh-
ters, ages 4 and 5, were not home,
said Mayville. Someone had left
a pot on the stove that caught fire
after the family left, according to
the fire chief
A neighbor down the street,
Maurice Caillouet, said that when
he saw smoke billowing from the
trailer, he knew there were pets
inside. He pried open the front
door and a cat leaped out, but he
was unable to coax out some pet
dogs.
Please see BLAZE, page A-7


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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
In a ceremony held Tuesday
morning at the Northwest
Florida Regional Airport, com-
munity leaders from throughout
Okaloosa County and the State
of Florida signed a "covenant"
promising their support for the
Army 7th Special Forces Group,
which is soon to be stationed on
the Eglin military reservation
with headquarters being built
near Duke Field, along State
Road 85 between Niceville and
Crestview.
Among the many speakers
during the ceremony was Lt.
Gen. John Mulholland, chief of
the Army Special Forces
Command. He described the new
neighbors the 7th Special Forces
Group, currently based at Ft.
Bragg, N.C., will bring to the
Emerald Coast area when the
2,200-soldier unit moves here in
2011.
"As we speak," Mulholland
said, "members of the 7th
Special Forces Group are con-


ducting combat operations in
Afghanistan. Our men and
women routinely undertake
some of the most difficult and
perilous missions of the war."
When not serving in the
Middle East, the general said, 7th
SFG members operate in Latin
America, performing such mis-
sions as helping local govern-
ments and U.S. authorities stem
the flow of illegal drugs. They
are typically deployed six
months a year.
"Your presence here,"
Mulholland told the community
leaders at the ceremony, "is proof
to our members and their fami-
lies of your care and support. We
are in your debt."
The ceremony concluded
with the dedication of an F-15
display honoring the 33rd
Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force
Base. The wing is transitioning
from a rapid deployment combat
missionusingF-15stobecoming
a training wing flying the new F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The covenant signed by the


leaders Tuesday morning states:
"We, citizens of Okaloosa
County, welcome military fami-
lies of the 7th Special Forces
Group and members of the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter Initial
Training Site."
"We, the citizens ofOkaloosa
County, also recognize:
-The commitment and
increasing sacrifices that all our
military families are making
every day.
-The strength of our service
members comes from the
strength of their families
-The strength of families is
supported by the strength of the
community.
-The strength of the com-
munity comes from the support
of everyone in the community."
The covenant signing was
apparently similar to other such
events being held during the last
couple of years at other commu-
nitiesnearArmyinstallations
throughout the United States.
The language of the covenant
signed Tuesday did not commit


state or local governments to
spending any tax money or to
any specific building projects or
programs in support of the
incoming Army unit. It appeared
to be more of a general statement
of good intentions than a com-
mitment to specific actions.
According to a statement on
an Army web site describing
such covenants, "The Army
Community Covenant is tailored
at the local level, with civic lead-
ers at both local and state levels
participating in covenant sign-
ings, commencing on 17 April
2008, recognizing the strength of
Army Soldiers and their Families
and the support of their local
Community."
Those invited to Tuesday's
signing ceremony included:
Lt. Gen. John Mulholland,
U.S. Army Special Operations
Command; Lt. Gen. Donald C.
Wurster, Air Force Special
OperationsCommand;Brig.
Gen. Michael S. Repass, Army
Please see ARMY page A-9


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Northwest Florida State
College trustees decided
Monday to hire a consulting
firm to help them select the next
permanent president of the col-
lege. They also decided to form
a selection committee of their
own to interview two likely
candidates for the job of interim
president while the permanent
president is being chosen.
The Board of Trustees
Committee on Personnel,
Finance, and Audit began its
Aug. 31 dinner meeting at the
college main campus in
Niceville with a discussion of
how to select the school's next
permanent
president.
T h e
commit -
tee's initial
decisions
were then
appro ved
by the
entire board
of trustees, Jill White
which met
about a half hour after the com-
mittee meeting.
The school is managed by
Dr. Jill White, a former vice
president of the college who
took over as interim president
earlier this year after President
Bob Richburg was fired by the
board of trustees in the wake of
his indictment by a state grand
jury. Richburg was charged
with perjury and misconduct in
an alleged scheme to build an
airplane hangar for Jay Odom,
an influential local business-
man, at state expense, while
allegedly disguising the project
as an educational facility for the
college and an emergency oper-
ations center for the City of
Destiny.
Odom and State Rep. Ray
Sansom were also indicted in
the case. All three men have
denied the accusations, and are
awaiting trial.
At a previous meeting held
Aug. 3, the college trustees had
heard a report from White on
alternative methods of conduct-
ing an executive search for a
new president. White had rec-
ommended hiring a "head-
hunter" consulting firm that
specializes in executive search-


es for college presidents, and
allowing the firm to do the ini-
tial recruitment and screening
of top candidates based on cri-
teria furnished by the trustees
(with input from faculty, staff,
and other "stakeholders"), then
having the trustees or an
NWFSC selection committee
make the final selection,
The trustees had decided to
have White prepare a draft
request for proposals (RFP) for
potential consulting firms,
examine proposals from inter-
ested firms, then present the
committee with her evaluation
ofthefirmstheirqualifica-
tions, and the prices they
charge. White reported Monday
that she had reviewed informa-
tion from 52 consulting firms,
and provided the committee
detailed information about the
top four.
After some discussion of
those four firms, the committee
Monday chose to offer the con-
tract to White's top recommen-
dation, Academic Search Inc.,
based in Washington, D.C., and
to negotiate a price and other
details with that firm if possi-
ble. The firm, said White, usu-
ally charges about $65,000 for
managing a selection process.
Likely prices from the other
three firms included $30,000
from ACCT, also of
Washington, D.C., $45,000
from Parker Executive Search,
of Atlanta, Georgia, and
$72,000 from RPA, Inc., of
Williamsport, Pa.
Qualifications that prompted
the trustees to choose Academic
Search, they said, included an
"impeccable" presentation
package, positive references
from other colleges, and the
expertise and reputation of the
company.
The presidential search
process is complicated by the
fact that Richburg has asked for
his job back.
A further complication is
that White, the current interim
president, plans to retire in
January 2010. Thus, said White,
it will be necessary to hire
another interim president to
help oversee the hiring of the
permanent president.
White said she knows sever-

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
This morning a circuit judge in
Tallahassee is scheduled to hear
motions requesting dismissal of
charges against State Rep. Ray
Sansom, former college president
James R.
Richburg
and Destin
developer
Jay Odom.
All three
men filed
motions ask-
ing the court
to dismiss
the felony
charge of Jay Odom
social misconduct.
On April 17 a grand jury in
Tallahassee indicted Sansom, a
Destiny Republican, and Richburg,
ex-president of Northwest Florida
State College, on charges of on-
cialmisconduct.
The indictment alleges that the
two men unlawfully caused the
2007 general appropriation bill to
include a $6 million appropriation
for a joint use building for
Northwest Florida State College
that the grand jurors said was real-
lyintendedasanairporthangarfor
Odom, an important political sup-
porter of the Republican Party and
of Sansom,
The grand jury later indicted
Odom on the same social mis-
conduct charge on May 27.
Richburg and Sansom were also
indicted for perjury for testimony
each man gave before the grand
jury claiming that the building
was not designed as a hangar
and/or there was never intention or
discussion after the appropriation
was made, that Odom or his com-
pany Destin Jet, would use the
building.
All three defendants, who have
pleaded innocent, are scheduled to
be tried in Tallahassee Sept. 29.
However, today, Leon County
Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis
will hear the motions to dismiss
the social misconduct charges
filed in separate motions by each
man.
Defense lawyers for Sansom,
Richburg and Odom all filed
motions to dismiss the social
misconduct charges. Each of the
defense motions attacks the pros-
ecution's argument that the
alleged falsification of the 2007
appropriations bill was due to the
intent of the three defendants to
use the $6 million legislative
appropriation to build an airport
hangar.
The appropriation act has a
specific line item for the college-
then known as Okaloosa-Walton
College-appropriating $6 mil-
lion in fixed capital outlay for


COLLEGE
From page A-2
al retired college presidents
who would be willing to
assume such a temporary posi-
tion, and specifically recom-
mended two: Dr. Thomas
Delaino, former president of
Pensacola Junior College and
senior vice president at Santa
Fe Community College in
Gainesville, and Dr. Larry
Tyree, who has served as presi-
dent at Gulf Coast Community
College, Panama City, and at
Santa Fe, as well as at other
colleges.
The trustees decided to
appoint a committee of about
four trustees to interview the
two candidates recommended
by White and to make a fmal
selection by November.
White said she plans to
remain as a part-time faculty
member at NWFSC after retir-
ing as interim president, and
will therefore be available to
advise and assist the new inter-
im and permanent president as
they take charge of the college.

Correction

RepAnRAugS 2) storyegon
defense misstated the sta-
tus of dismissal motions by
his co-defendants. James
R. Richburg and Jay Odom
filed motions to dismiss the
charges against them after
Aug. 12, not before.


"Okaloosa Jt. Use Emergency
Response Workforce Center."
Richburg's attorney, for exam-
ple, cites a 2008 state appeals
court deci-
sion known
as Vargas v.
Enterprise
Leasing Co.
that "the
start in g
point for
(the) inter-
pretation of
a statute is
always its James R.
language," Richburg
so that
"courts must presume that a legis-
lature says in a statute what it
means and means in a statute what
it says there."
Richburg's attorneys also
said that the prosecutor-
District 2 State Attorney Willie
Meggs- has not charged that
the appropriation act was physi-
cally altered or that it does not
accurately reflect the authoriza-
tion or direction of the Florida
Legislature as a collective body.
Rather, as set forth in Megg's
"statement of particulars," the
prosecutor alleges that the
"manner and nature" of the fal-
sification was that "the budget


motion states that Odom has a
constitutional right under the
First Amendment to petition his
government for any reason,
including asking for state fund-
ing for this project.
Odom also claims that there
is insufficient evidence to prove
that he aided or abetted in the
falsification claimed by Meggs.
The evidence "merely establish-
es that the Defendant (Odom)
advocated state funding for the
construction of the facility and
that the Defendant sought to
lease space in it." There is no
evidence, the defense claims,
that Odom "did anything to
help, encourage, or assist any
person to falsify the docu-
ments."
Odom's third motion to dis-
miss argues that only a public
servant can commit the crime of
official misconduct, according
to the official misconduct
statute. It goes on to state that
the prosecution's extension of
the social misconduct charge
against a private citizen would
render the statute unconstitu-
tionally vague as applied.
Judge Lewis is set to hear the
motions to dismiss from all
three defendants between 9 a.m.
and noon today.


On Sept. 9 another case man-
agement hearing is set before
Lewis. At that hearing attorneys


item misrepresented the purpose
of the appropriation"
Sansom's motion states that
the prosecutor does not dispute
that the building that NWFSC
authorized to be built at the
Destiny airport with the $6 mil-
lion appropriation was indeed
going to be used for classrooms
and as an emergency operations
center for the city. Sansom's
defense argues, in part, that it
was up to the college, not the
legislature, to decide if leasing
space in the building for Odom's
aviation company would be in
the best interest of the college.
The legisla-
tor s
responsibil-
ity ended
when the
bill was
signed into 1
law author-
izing the
money for .
its stated Ray Sansom
purpose e,
classrooms that could serve a
dual use as an EOC.
Odom's attorney, James
Judkins, filed three motions last
month to dismiss the official
misconduct charges against the
Destiny developer. The first


will be asked if they are ready
for trial on Sept. 29, or if more
time is needed to prepare.


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State Senate President Jeff
Atwater and State Sen. Don Gaetz
visited Bluewater Elementary
School Thursday, where they met
with school officials and students,
and gave the school a "best of the
best" award for students' out-
standing performance on stan-
dardized tests.
Atwater (R-Palm Beach)
joined Gaetz (R-Niceville) at the
Niceville school to praise
Principal Janet Norris, staff, vol-
unteers, parents and students for
leading the state in math and writ-
ing and scoring near the top in sci-
ence and reading, as measured by


the Florida
Assessment Test.


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ing," Atwater said. -lillisti..Its
Elementary deserves special
recognition because their teaching
faculty, dynamic principal and
involved families are the best per-
formers in the best school system
in our state."
The Senate president paid spe-
cial tribute to Gary Turner, chair-
man of the school advisory coun-
cil, and Amy Moye, Bluewater's
PTO president. Atwater's wife,
Carole, is a teacher and the
Atwaters are public school par-
ents. "Caring, concerned parents
who become deeply involved in
their own children's education and
Please see SENATE, page A-5


The school now proudly dis-
plays an impressive framed cita-
tion from the Florida Senate,
signed by both Atwater and Gaetz.
"In 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006
and again in 2009," said the sena-
tors in a statement, "Okaloosa
County was the top performing
school district in Florida. During
the most recently completed
school year Okaloosa had the
highest composite FCAT scores
and the highest percentage of 'A'
schools."
"Okaloosa schools have led the
way forward in Florida with high-
er standards and effective teach-


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Florida State Senate President Jeff Awater and Sen. Don Gaetz presented an award Thursday to
Bluewater Elementary School before an audience of students. On stage at the school are, from left:
Principal Janet Norris, PTO President Amy Moye and her 10-year-old daughter, fifth grader Brianna
Moye, Atwater, and Gaetz.


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that's what's happened at
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was more than routine for Sen.
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children attended the school. He
also served as Bluewater's school
advisory council chairman before
being elected to the Okaloosa
School Board and then as
Superintendent of Schools, before
being elected a state senator.
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has contributed to Okaloosa's
steadily rising performance,
Gaetz said. "With so many truly
excellent schools, it's a joy each
year to see how much better near-
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senators also discussed Florida
state government with the
Beacon. Regarding the state's
financial outlook, Atwater said,
"When we were elected in
November,
home sales
and new
bus in ess .
licenses
were head-
ing south."
The key
f in ancial
issue facing
state govern-
ment, he Jeff Atwater
said, "is to create a prosperous
Florida."
Atwater said he and Gaetz
have worked together to create a
select committee on economics,
which has traveled the state gath-
ering ideas from "top minds" on
economics. They have learned, he
said, that the solution for improv-
ing Florida's economy is to attract
"knowledge-based" businesses,


such as manufacturing, aerospace,
renewable nu 1, and
medical/pharmaceutical compa-
nies. Such enterprises, he said,
bring high-paying jobs that are
less likely to be exported overseas
or disappear with fluctuations in
the national economy.
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dropped in the past two years, the
decline seems to have leveled off,
At water
said. -
Gaet z
said an
advantage .
that Florida
has over the
federal gov-
ernment is,
"We don't
use credit
cards Don Gaetz
meaning that state law does not
allow the state government to
resort to deficit spending. When
revenue shrinks, so must spend-
ing, which can be painful in the
short term but prevents the accu-


mutation of massive debt.
Gaetz also said he thinks the
state housing market has begun an
"uptick," partly because of bridge
loans provided by the state to first-
time home buyers. More funda-
mentally, he said, "Sellers are
coming to terms with the new
reality of the market-that the
artificially high prices of 2005
will not return."
Asked about the recently
reported use of Republican Party
credit cards for political expenses
by some political leaders, such as
Rep. Ray Sansom (R-Destin),
Gaetz said, "We don't use them in
the Senate. We use cash and
vouchered expenses."
Gaetz said he has helped raise
over $13 million for the
Republican Party of Florida and
its candidates, while keeping his
expenses for doing so under
$20,000. "We are stewards of the
party's money," he said, adding
that he takes care to spend party
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when it declined slightly after
several large hurricanes hit
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growth. "People still want to
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especially visitors from rela-
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U.S., such as Atlanta,
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Orleans.
Monroe told MBBA mem-
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been earning between 1 and 2
percent interest-modest, but
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Eglin Air Force Base and the pre-
senter at the four scoping meet-
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"The SEIS will expressly con-
sider either new parallel runways
oranadditionalrunwayaltemative
within the Eglin Reservation as
previously suggested by members
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-Eglin is only assured of get-
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that the service announced last
February in its first ROD.
-The SEIS will analyze bas-
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base, Duke Field, or Choctaw
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examined in the SEIS.
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September 2010, will announce
where the 59 F-35s will be based
on Eglin-at Eglin's main base,
at Duke Field located between
Niceville and Crestview, or at
outlying Choctaw Field north of
Navarre. There will be only one
beddown location for the aircraft
at Eglin, although F-35 training
will include some flying opera-
tions at one or both of the other
Eglin airfields.
-Whether Eglin gets an addi-
tional 48 F-35s authorized under
BRAC 2005 won't be decided
until 2011, or later, when a third
ROD is issued by the Air Force.
-The estimated annual num-
ber of flying "operations" that
would be generated by a full
complement of 107 F-35s at
Eglin was reduced by 38 per-
cent-from 240,000 operations
per year to 150,000 per year. The
reduction was attributed to a
more mature training syllabus for
training new F-35 pilots. One
flying operation is one takeoff or
landing, for example.
Curtis Harrison, a Valparaiso
resident whose home is one of 18
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north-south runway, said he was
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and maintainers assigned to the
training center located in the for-
mer 33rd Fighter Wing area at
Eglin's main base, Rowland said.
Doug Wyckoff, Valparaiso's
city attomey, spoke for city offi-
cials and pointed out that the Air
Force has not yet provided noise
profiles for deployment of59 F-
35s nor included any noise fig-
ures for the Short Take-Off
Vertical Landing version of the
jet to be flown by the Marines at
Eglin.
Don Caverly, Valparaiso, said
the environmental study should
include cost factors in any deci-
sion about beddown of the F-35,
including the costs to local prop-
erty owners, including reduced
values and recommended
upgrades to soundproof homes.
Bob Bachelor, also of
Valparaiso, said local residents
need to know the "instantaneous
noise" associated with an F-35
flyover to understand what it will
sound like to residents outside
their homes. The average noise
figures previously used to project
high noise levels on Niceville
and Valparaiso include many
quiet periods that lower the
reported average "real" noise
level, he said.
Robert Webb, of Valparaiso,
was the last of about 10
Valparaiso people who signed up
to address Air Force officials
Thursday. As a research engi-
neer, Webb said he and others in
the community had supported
progress and new technols --,- at
Eglin.
But Webb drew the only
applause of the night when he
made a personal statement about
the F-35 deployment to Eglin.
The F-35 beddown brings many
positive economic inputs for all
of Okaloosa County, he said as
well as some negatives. "In the
case of the F-35 arrival, up to this
point in time, the people of, and
ing the connector. He said
drainage and retention ponds are
now being built along the
planned route of the connector,
and that some areas have
required extra attention because
the water tables have been higher
than originally expected in some
areas. Nevertheless, he said, the
project is on schedule.
MBBA Executive Director
Jim Vest said he is preparing to
apply for a "Tiger" grant a U.S.
Department of Transportation
grant intended to help communi-
ties build transportation infra-
structure in support of military


the City of Valparaiso have taken
almost the full brunt of the nega-
tive impacts of the F-35 deploy-
ment-very high noise levels,
lower housing values, lower
quality of life, massive changes
in city layout, tax revenue prob-
lems, etc."
"I have been absolutely
appalled at the way other munic-
ipal government entities in the
area, particularly the (Okaloosa)
County Commission, have heart-
lessly sacrificed Valparaiso resi-
dents' quality of life for their own
gain. The just completed JLUS
has only minor suggested
changes for all other entities
while Valparaiso has massive
changes mandated."
Webb concluded, "I would
ask the Air Force, in their SEIS
and ROD deliberations, to 'share
the downside wealth' and off
load some of the noise of an
admittedly very loud aircraft
with our neighbors. Valparaiso
wants the F-35, we just don't
want it all."
About 70 people attended
,
Tuesday s presentation at
Northwest Florida State College
in Niceville, but only two asked
questions or made statements
during the public meeting.
Visitors were also invited to
leave written comments and
questions.
Additional public comments
are being accepted by the Air
Force until Sept. 17, for consid-
eration in the uacomino SEIS
Comments and questions may be
sent to:
Eglin Public Affairs
101 West D Ave, Suite 110,
Eglin AFB, Florida 32542-
5498,
ATTN: Mike Spaits
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installations. He said he thinks
the MBBA may be eligible for
such a grant because the Mid-
Bay Bridge Connector will expe-
dite traffic flow between the new
7th Special Forces Group facili-
ties being built near SR 85 and
the rest of the county. MBBA
members passed a motion to
partner with Okaloosa County in
seeking such a grant, the amount
of which is yet to be determined.
The next public meeting of
the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority is
scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday,
September 17, at Niceville City
Hall.


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
About 150 people attended the fourth and final F-35 "scoping"
meeting held Thursday in the First Baptist Church, Valparaiso.


nearby communities. "These are
options we haven't heard about
before," said Harrison who was
one of about 150 people who
attended the fourth and final
"scoping" meeting Eglin Air
Force Base officials presented in
Valparaiso Thursday.
Valparaiso has sued to block
F-35 basing at Eglin until noise
issues are resolved.
Harrison said he was also
pleased to leam last month that
noise levels at Eglin would not
increase for at least five years.
That projection was made Aug.
12 at a Joint Land Use Study
meeting by Col. Bruce
McClintock, commander of
Eglin's 96th Air Base Wing.
Harrison said he preferred to see
the F-35s beddown at Duke Field
because it would reduce the noise
impact of the jet over populated
civilian areas.
Valparaiso resident Claude
Connell said he was skeptical of
1110 HOW, lOwer flight-operations
estimate.
The Air Force's original 2006
estimate of 240,000 flying opera-
tions per year was based on 107
F-35 aircraft, said Rowland. The
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BR IDG E
From page A-5
during the past year, he said.
HDR Engineering consultant
Bob Kellner told the MBBA,
"We have achieved a lot in the
past year," to include the begin-


high-tempo training operation
that included more frequent take-
offs and landings, and greatly
increased the "average" noise
generated over Valparaiso,
Niceville and, to a lesser extent,
other local communities. The Air
Force did not explain what fac-
tors caused it to lower the esti-
mated number of operations.
At Thursday's scoping meet-
ing in Valparaiso Connell told
Eglin officials that he wanted to
know what led the Air Force to
reduce the number of flying oper-
ations. Was the lower estimate of
F-35 flying operations, he asked,
based on plans to begin the F-35
pilot training with experienced F-
35 and F-16 pilots-and if so,
would the Air Force later increase
the flying operations when less
experienced pilots begin training
on the F-35. Any changes in the
number of flying operations
could greatly affect the noise pro-
files generated on to Valparaiso
and other communities, he said.
Connell said that basing the F-
35s at Choctaw Field seemed the
only viable option to him.
Basing the jets at Choctaw
Field would involve an hour
drive, each way, for student pilots

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the Beacon. "Every issue of
bonds commits to keep the rev-
enue sufficient to pay the debt
service. If they miss it one
year-and the city never has-
they would have to immediately
increase rates to meet (the
requirement)."
No vote was taken at the
meeting.
Corbin said the increases
would not only meet the condi-
tions of the city's debt, but
would finance necessary capital
improvements over the next sev-
eral years.
"A lot of our pipes were
installed in the 1960s," he said.
Council members were given a
list of 30 proposed improve-
ments, costing more than $21
million, with a starting date no
later than Oct. 23 of this year.
Those projects are expected to
increase capacity by as much as
100 percent in some instances.
"Everything is sized to

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the three most recent months,
the average transaction price
was down only a fraction of one
percent.
The average selling price in
the area between Jan. 1 and Aug.
27 this year was $260,403,
down $26,872 from a year earli-
er. But the average price from
June 1 to Aug. 27, 2009, was
$277,693, down just $1,581.
The local home sales market
may have bottomed out near the
end of summer, said Gordon
Fenwick, sales manager for the
Wilson Minger Century 21
agency, Niceville. "We had a
fantastic month in August," he
said, with his agency selling
about two homes per day in the
wider Okaloosa County area,
including Niceville, Destin, Fort
Walton Beach and Crestview
markets.
"We've seen multiple offers
this month," said Fenwick, indi-
cating that some sellers are get-


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accommodate that future
growth, said Glenn Stephens of
Polyengineering, a Dothan, Ala.,
firm that has worked with
Niceville for more than 35 years.
"New users in the last three
years haven't been many, but
historically, the city has grown
by about 100 new users a year."
Under the plan presented to
the city council, in fiscal 2010
the base rate for water would be
raised 50 cents, to $10.50 a
month, and usage rates would
increase on a sliding scale from
10 cents to 25 cents per 1,000
gallons. Under the plan, a cus-
tomer who uses 7,000 gallons of
water in a month would pay
$1.20 more than is now the case.
The base sewer rate would
rise 80 cents per month, and the
price per 1,000 gallons would
increase by 10 cents per gallon.
A 7,000-gallon customer would
experience an increase of $1.50
in sewer rates.
The current water and sewer
rate for a 7,000-gallon customer,
less taxes, is $54.45. Under the
city plan, in 2010, that base rate

ting a lot of interest from buyers
if homes are priced right. The
inventory of homes on the mar-
ket also seems to be shrinking,
he said.
To be sure, by historical stan-
dards, area home sales, dogged
by tight credit and recession,
remain anemic. In 2005, near
the peak of the housing bubble,
there were 448 home sales in the
Niceville-Valparaiso area
between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31,
according to MLS statistics. In
the same period this year, by
contrast, there were about 289
sales.
A steadily shrinking invento-
ry is a good sign for the housing
market, said Paul Grimmig, a
Realtor with Carriage Hills,
Niceville. The inventory of
homes on the market in
Niceville-Valparaiso stood at
245 Monday, down about one-
third since January, he said.
Sales of homes in the
$300,000 to $500,000 range
have been very good lately, said
Grimmig. "If a home is priced
fairly-not as a giveaway-it


would rise to $57.15. With a 5
percent fee increase each year,
by 2014, the water and sewer
base rate would stand at $68.14.
"That is a snapshot of now,"
said Doucet. "It could change
next year."
The city imposes a 10 percent
tax on water bills for the 7,304
city customers and a surcharge
of the same amount on both
water and sewer service to the
1,740 properties it serves outside
the city limits.
Corbin took pains to say that
the Niceville water and sewer
rate is lower than the average
rate charged by many county
municipalities, which range
from a low of $52.95 in Destin
to a high of $66.18 for Okaloosa
County. Also included in the
city's monthly bills are fees for
garbage service and recycling,
and stormwater taxes.
Municipalities' water usage
is limited by the Florida Water
Management District, which
issues consumptive use permits.
In March, the city applied for an
increase from an average 2.95

sells quickly," he said. Several
homes in Niceville sold this
summer in less than a week, he
said.
"We've had more buyers than
we've had in the last two years,"
said Grimmig, but those seeking
to buy are "picky," looking for
"pristine" homes. "Pristine"
doesn't mean only nearly new
homes are selling, he said, but
the days of selling "as is" are
gone. Today's buyers are attract-
ed to homes that have been
upgraded and well maintained,
he said, homes that won't
require any repairs or upgrades
by the new owners.
For sellers, Grimmig said
"realistically, you've got to price
it at what homes are selling for,
not what they were selling for
two to three years ago. Buyers
are choosing to rent if they don't
find nice houses at the right
price, he said.
But amid the bright news part


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daily and monthly ceilings of
5.31 million gallons and 135.2
million gallons, respectively, to
3 million gallons, with daily and
monthly ceilings of 6 million
and 142 million, respectively.
Those limits were approved in
August. The permit will expire
in 2014.
In another matter, the city
council voted 4-1 to require the
city staff to solicit Requests for
Proposals (RFP) for professional
services. Council member Judy
Boudreaux voted no, not on its
merits, but on its timing, holding
that such a proposal should be
brought up at an advertised pub-
lic meeting, not an unadvertised
informational gathering such as
the one called on short notice on
Thursday.
Bill Smith, who made the
motion, said "there is no
urgency to the task," but added
that RFPs had never been
sought. Corbin, however,
recalled that the city solicited
RFPs for architectural work on
the Public Library.

of the housing market is still bur-
dened by record foreclosures
and other owner difficulties.
Lusk said that 18 of the 131
MLS home sales recorded in the
Niceville area since this year
through Aug. 27 were distressed
"short sales" or bank-reposses-
sion sales. That's almost 14 per-
cent of sales. The data is not
comparable to last year, he said,
because the MLS didn't keep
such records during all of 2008.
"Maybe 25-30 percent of our
sales are short sales this year,"
said Fenwick. That backlog of
troubled assets will probably be
around for another year or two,
he said, putting continued down-
ward pressure on the market.
Grimmig said the local mar-
ket, though, is finally bottoming
out. Short and foreclosure sales
in Niceville are still fewer than
other areas of Okaloosa County,
including Destin. "I think we
have turned the comer," he said.


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Aug.
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Location Situation Date Time
Valparaiso Boulevard Medical 8/24/09 10:28
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/24/09 . . .12:35
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/24/09 . . .13:10
College and Palm Boulevard Vehicle accident . . . . .8/24/09 . . .13:23
Madison Street . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/24/09 . . .18:43
Springwood Way . . . . .Smoke investigation . . . .8/25/09 . . .01:36
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/25/09 . . .10:05
E. College Boulevard . . .Vehicle fire . . . . . . . .8/25/09 . . .10:32
W. John Sims Parkway . .Alarm activation . . . . . .8/25/09 . . .10:48
4th Street . . . . . . . .False call . . . . . . . .8/25/09 . . .12:43
r3aiso Boulevard e extrication 9 :
SR85N . . . . . . . . .Bomb scare . . . . . . .8/26/09 . . .13:58
Monett Street . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/26/09 . . .14:26
N ImtBoulevard . . . .Alarm activalt nk. . . . . 8 6/09 . . .
29th Street / Medical . . . .8/27/09 04:14
W. John Sims Parkway . .Vehicle accident . . . . .8/27/09 . . .08:42
BoydhCirde r sh Itc nceled 8 09
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/27/09 . . .18:27
Government Avenue . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/28/09 . . .08:37
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Alarm activation . . . . . .8/28/09 . . .10:13
hkSRr oecdcoaut 8/
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/28/09 . . .18:30
3rd Street . . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/28/09 . . .19:01
Pe mmon Way M 9
SR85N . . . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/29/09 . . .12:07
E. College Boulevard . . .Police assist/other . . . . .8/29/09 . . .21:08
Sabal Palm Drive . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/30/09 . . .12:10
Bayshore Drive . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . . .8/30/09 . . .15:44
Weekly Safety Tip: Have your stove top and oven checked annually to be sure
they are working properly.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html

North B
SY
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Aug. 23
through Aug. 31, 2009.
Location Situation Date Time
Yacht Club Drive . . .Dispatched/canceled . . . .8/23/09 . . .01:46
Raintree Boulevard . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/23/09 . . .04:38
tn aR d Sme u vehicle . . 9
White Point Road . . .Vehicle accident . . . . . .8/23/09 . . .12:39
Norwich Circle . . . .Medical assist . . . . . .8/23/09 . . .16:27
Merchants Way . . . .Alarm activation . . . . . .8/23/09 . . .17:20
Summit Court . . . . .Rescue/EMS . . . . . . .8/24/09 . . .09:40
N. White Point Road . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/24/09 . . .10:51
Jamaica Way . . . . .Service call/other . . . . .8/24/09 . . .14:43
Bluewater Boulevard . .No incident upon arrival . . .8/25/09 . . .03:36
W. John Sims Parkway .Dispatched/canceled . . . .8/25/09 . . .10:52
. . . MsSue uMd hicle . . 8 5/09 . . .
Monett Street EMS excluding vehicle .8/26/09 .14:28
Antique Way . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/26/09 . . .19:10
Oakmont Circle . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/27/09 . . .16:33
Range Road . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/28/09 . . .09:21
Range Road . . . . .Vehicle accident . . . . . .8/28/09 . . .15:09
Prestwick Drive . . . .Dispatched/canceled . . . .8/29/09 . . .06:35
Antique Way . . . . .Medical assist . . . . . .8/29/09 . . .10:47
Cypress Street . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/30/09 . . .04:23
Cat-mar Road . . . .Dispatched/canceled . . . .8/30/09 . . .12:18
Hidden Lakes Drive . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/30/09 . . .13:27
White Point Road . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .8/31/09 . . .02:57


clean up his property going
back to April 27. A court hear-
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Sept. 8 in Shalimar.


COrrection
Due to an error in
Niceville police records, the
July 20, 2009, arrest of
Harold Stephen Miller, of
604 Crestview Ave.,
Niceville, was reported in the
July 29 Bay Beacon using
Miller's former address.
Miller's current address,
above, was correctly reported
in the Aug. 5 Bay Beacon,
according to police.


over the victim smoking near
Hansen's apartment.
DUI arrests
John Christopher McCauley,
a roofer, 20, of 107 Kelly
Road, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police for DUI on
Howell Road and Kelly Road,
Aug. 22 at 7:35 p.m.
McCauley, who was shocked
with a stun gun by police three
times after he exited the vehi-
cle, refused to comply with
directions and acted in an
ag aggressive manner, was also
charged with resisting arrest
without violence and underage
os session of alcohol *
Danielle Lyn McCauley, a
store clerk, 20, of the same
address and a passenger in the
vehicle, was arrested at the
same time for resisting arrest
with violence, underage pos-
session of alcohol, and resist-
ing arrest without violence.
John McCauley was cited
for driving with an open con-
tainer of alcohol, no proof of
insurance and no proof of reg-
istration. Danielle McCauley
was cited for possession of an
open container of alcohol.
Theft
A Niceville re ident from
the 500 block of Kumquat
Avenue reported that sometime
Aug. 21-24 someone entered
his vehicle and stole an 1Pod.
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 2400 block of South
Edgewater Drive reported Aug.
18 that sometime within the
past two weeks someone stole
a $3,150 platinum and dia-
mond ring from a nightstand
drawer.

A Nicevil e resident from
the 500 block of Matthew
Street reported that an
unknown person stole a cell
phone from a table in the
garage during a yard sale at the
residence Aug. 22. The phone

s di 1 dt n1u berT rvt
cell phone but the message
went directly to voicemail.

A Niceville resident from
the 1400 block of Valparaiso
Boulevard reported Aug. 22
that someone had stolen the
Surpass transponder that had
been mounted on the wind-
shield of his SUV. The victim
was unsure when or where the
transponder had been stolen.
* *
The Okaloosa County Tax
Collector's Niceville office,
506 N. Highway 85, reported
that sometime Aug. 18 some-
one passed a counterfeit $20
bill which was discovered dur-
ing the daily deposit.
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 400 block of Aruba Way
reported that sometime Aug. 3-
17 someone stole a $200 GPS
unit from his vehicle.
* *
A Niceville resident from
the 800 block of Bay Drive
reported that someone stole a
$400 bicycle from the carport.


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Nicole Lindsay Barnett, a
clerk 25, of 205 Deer St '
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 24 on
a misdemeanor worthless
check chargeC seven counts.

Max Allen John, 35, of 177
M 1 St N 11agno ia ., icevi e, was
arrested by sheriff 's deputieS
Aug. 16 for violation of proba-
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habitual offender, driving
while license suspended or
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* *
Jimmy Scott Dauphin, 38,
of 1268 Laura Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff 's
deputies Aug. 21 for failure to
appear on the original charge
of battery.

icia axine utledge,
28, of 608 Fir Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff 's
deputies Aug. 24 for violation
of probation on the original
charge of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.

Nicole Marie Riola, a
painter, 30, of 207 Deer St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 22 for
violation of probation on the
original charge of DUI.
* *
John Joseph James III, a
cook, 34, of 306-A Glen Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 22 for
violation of probation on the
original charges of workers
compensation fraud and
obtaining substance by fraud.

Cheryl Jean Hansen, 51, of
400 Kelly Road, Apartment
#10, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Aug. 21 for
battery. Hansen allegedly used
air freshener to spray a neigh-
bor on the back of her head as
well as around the victim's
concrete porch during a dispute


Arrests
Jeanette D. Hidden, a
cashier, 30, of 422 James Ave. '
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Aug. 20 for
one count of resisting arrest
without violence and for two
counts of battery, domestic
violence.
see
Franklin Ciprian
Applewhite, a cleaner, 53, of
157 S. Main St., Crestview,
was arrested by Niceville
police Aug. 22 on three Walton
County warrants, all for mis-
demeanor worthless check
charges.
* *
Shadler Charles Roehm, 18,
of 183 Stinson Drive
DeFuniak Springs, was arrest-
ed by Niceville police Aug. 13
for grand theft. On May 6, a
witness and surveillance video
showed Roehm running out of
the Niceville Kmart, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway, while car-
rying a bag and purse that was
allegedly stolen from a female
shopper inside the store. The
woman's purse contained $80
cash and a $250 Social
Security check as well as mul-
tiple credit cards.
DeFuniak Springs police
had surveillance video
allegedly showing Roehm
attempting to use the victim's
credit card. The witness iden-
tified Roehm from the video as
the same person who was seen
running from the Niceville
store
* *
Ronald John McDaniels,
42, of 320 N. Cedar Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Aug. 17 for
resisting an officer without
violence. Police initially tried


to stop McDaniels because he
allegedly matched the descrip-
tion of a suspect in a nearby
alleged domestic violence
incident, but McDaniels
repeatedly resisted.
Police subsequently used a
stun gun to shock McDaniels
three times before they were
able to get him to comply with
their directions. Police later
determined that McDaniels
had no connection with the
alleged domestic violence
incident, but that he had active
warrants for his arrest on other
charges.
* *
Beau Alan Michel, unem-
ployed, 19 with a permanent
address of 1713 Maple Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff 's deputies Aug. 13 for
failure to appear on the origi-
nal traffic violation of no
motorcycle endorsement.
* *
Kevin Wade Mclaren, a
framer, 24, of 1485 Cypress
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 19 on a
Walton County warrant for
violation of probation on orig-
inal charges of possession of
cocaine and DUI.
* *
Angie Marie Fannin, unem-
ployed, 34, of 325 Parkwood
Place, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Aug. 20
on five counts of passing a
forged or altered instrument
and five counts of obtaining
medical dru sb fraud
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Fannin allegedly dropped
off and picked up five fraudu-
lent prescriptions for Lortab
tablets at three Niceville area
pharmacies: Winn-Dixie on
June 24, July 1 and July 8;
Walgreens on June 30, and


Other
Graham G. West, a sales-
man, 19, of 1254 Whitewood
Way, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies, Aug. 18, for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
* *
Michael William Stouder
Jr., 38, of 130 3rd St.,
Niceville, was issued a crimi-
nal summons by Niceville
police Aug. 18 for violation of
four city ordinances related to
upkeep of property. Stouder
allegedly failed to comply
with requests from the city's
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Sansom said the building,
which is under construction,
will be able to function in the
severest storms, and will be "a
life saver for people with spe-
cial needs," by providing a
safe shelter "where the lights
will not go off," and where life
support equipment can be kept
running even if there is no
electric power elsewhere.
Sansom also defended
Richburg, whom he called "a
model and a leader" for the
community.
Sansom, a Republican
whose district includes
Niceville and Valparaiso, was
indicted by a state grand jury
earlier this year, along with
Richburg, on charges of offi-
cial misconduct and perjury in
connection with a $6 million
appropriation for a NWFSC-
sponsored facility in Destin
which the grand jury alleged
was secretly intended as an
airplane hangar for business-
man Jay Odom, who was also
indicted for official miscon-
duct. All three men have
pleaded innocent and are
awaiting trial.
In a brief interview with the
Beacon following his formal
presentation, Sansom also
defended his support for the
$6 million building at the
Destiny Airport which was can-
celed earlier this year after
becoming the focus of the
state charges against him,
Richburg and Odom.
Sansom said the proposed
facility was never intended to
be an airplane hangar, and that
it, too, would have been a
"lifesaver," by providing a
place on Okaloosa Island
where emergency and utility
vehicles, equipment, and per-
sonnel could ride out a storm
safely, to become available
right after a hurricane and
begin rescuing people and
restoring infrastructure with-
out waiting for help to arrive
from across bridges that may
not be passable right after a
disaster.


"Most lives are lost in the
first days after a storm,"
Sansom said, and the proposed
facility could help save such
lives. Sansom said he would
have liked to say more in his
own defense, but cannot say
very much publicly until his
trial.
During his address to the
Rotarians, Sansom briefly
mentioned his recent legal
troubles. He said that although
some people have told him
that "any publicity is good"
for a politician "as long as
they spell your name right."
He now thinks otherwise.
"After nine months," he said,
"I don't agree with that."
Sansom, whose trial is
scheduled to start in
Tallahassee Sept. 29, told the
Rotarians that his recent expe-
riences have taught him and
his family the value of those
people who have continued to
support them despite the
recent accusations. "It's been
crazy," he said, "but we'll
endure and get through this.'
Asked later about recent
controversy surrounding his
use of his Republican Party
credit card, Sansom said, "I
helped raise more than $13
million for Republican House
campaigns. I helped get 76 fel-
low Republicans elected.
Several party members have
such credit cards, but only
mine have been subpoenaed.
Over 24 months in 2007 and
2008, the Republican Party of
Florida had more than $3.6
million in credit card expens-
es, of which mine were less
than $200,000. All my expen-
ditures were for helping to run
85 races, and every dime was
approved by the chairman of
the party."


RANSOM
From page A-1

importance of community col-
leges m providing
opportunities for higher educa-
tion to people like himself, who
might not otherwise be able to
spend the time and money to
obtain college degrees at regular
state or private universities,
which charge higher tuition and
typically require students to live
at or near the campus as full-
timestudents. Communitycol-
leges are more flexible, with
lower tuition, and offer evening
and weekend classes for stu-
dents who hold jobs and raise
families while pursuing their
degrees.
Sansom said he is proud of
what he and other members of
the Florida Legislature did to
help community colleges dur-
ing his time as a legislator,
including his time as chairman
of the House Budget
Committee and a brief period
as Speaker of the House, a
position he resigned earlier
this year as he came under
criminal investigation. During
that time, he said, the
Legislature made it easier for
community colleges to offer
four-year degrees to their stu-
dents.
"Hundreds of people in this
county now have the opportu-
nity to become teachers, nurs-
es, and enter other professions
because of this college," he
said.
Speaking to the Rotarians
Thursday at the college in
Niceville, Sansom said he and
then-NWFSC president James
R. Richburg helped obtain
state funding for construction
of the $30 million joint
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By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville High School
Eagles brought home a season-
opening victory Friday against
rival Fort Walton Beach High
School in the annual Kick Off
Classic, 42-35.
The pre-season game gave a
glimpse into what's in store for
the Eagles, who are rated 14th in
Class 5A by Massey Ratings.
They brought home a victory, but
didn't play to their full potential
on defense.
"We did some good things, but
we didn't do enough," Hicks said,
addressing the team after the
game.
Niceville, leading in the sec-
ond quarter, 14-7, lost its edge
during that quarter and didn't
regain it until the fmal minute of
the game as it scored a game-


tying touchdown with just a
minute left in the half, bringing
the score to 14-all. Another touch-
down gave the Vikings a 21-14
lead, which held until Niceville
answered with a touchdown by
wide receiver Kody Williams with
three minutes remaining in the
third quarter after a big yardage
gain by running back Roy Finch.
But Fort Walton Beach struck
again, crossing the goal line with
only 45 seconds remaining in the
quarter to take a 28-21 lead.
The back and forth continued
in the fourth quarter, with
Niceville scoring two more touch-
downs by Finch, both with two-
point attempts. The first failed
When Fort Walton Beach's line-
backer Jon Castro crashed into
Finch, knocking the ball loose.
But the second was good and tied
the game, 35-35, with just three


minutes left to play.
Finch's second score of the
quarter came on a nice catch on a
pass from quarterback C.J.
Scroggins with 2:55 left on the
clock.
Senior defensive back Greg
Norrell turned the tide, snagging
an interception to give Niceville
possession of the ball and a
chance to edge out its rival.
The young offense was able to
do just that with a quarterback
keeper that put junior McDorman
into the end zone with less than a
minute remaining in the game.
The Vikings tried a despera-
tion comeback, but McDorman
made a leaping interception that
put the game on ice and prompt
an on-field celebration.
The Eagles had a slow start but
were able to make some plays that
kept them in the game and ulti-


lately earned them a victory.
Hicks credited the team's new
starting quarterbacks for making
some good decisions, while also
noting a bit of sloppiness on
defense.
The offense was strong
throughout the game, though,
racking up 355 yards, including
188 passing.
The Eagles travel to Lincoln
this Thursday, Sept. 3. They will
meet the Vikings again in a dis-
trict game Oct. 23 at Fort Walton
Beach.
"We've got our hands full,"
Hicks said of the upcoming con-
test. "We're going to need to play
a lot better."
Senior wide receive Kody
Williams, in his final season as an
Eagle, aims to do just that.
"I'm looking forward to get-
ting better," he said.


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
The referee signals for a two-point Roy Finch play to tie the game,
35-35, Friday. Niceville defeated Fort Walton Beach, 42-35.


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
This year's Rocky Bayou
Christian School football team
promises to be bigger and
stronger than the squad fielded
in 2008, the first year the
school competed in the sport.
"They went real hard in th
weight room over the summer,
said head coach John Reaves,
"Usually, weight training leads
n
to fewer injuries.
Defensive coordinator Dana
Arthur agreed.
"We're a lot stronger and we
have better football sense this
year," he said. "The guys com-
ing back are a great core
group."
The problem won't be
strength, but numbers. Only 18
students went out for the team
this year, 10 of whom are new.
And only one of those 10 has
played organized football
before. The upside is that only
two seniors are on the team,
meaning a much sparser attri-
tion rate from 2009 to 2010.
"The players will have to
play offense, defense, kickoffs,
punts and kick returns," Reaves
said.
Last year's inaugural team
won three of 10 games, which
most coaches consider
respectable for a first-year pro-
gram.
None of the coaches would
make a specific prediction. "I
presume we'll be in the same
boat (as last year)," special
teams coach Josh Childers
said, while Arthur cited a goal
of winning one more game than
the team won in 2008.
To do that, the team will
have to play up to its potential.
"Our strength and size have
improved, but they're not
where we want them to be yet,"
said Arthur. "We'll win by
being more fundamentally
sound than others.
Reaves said he was
impressed by the players' "hard
work, intensity and focus." He
said the line could excel this
year. "It's big and strong, with
good skills and good footwork
and smart players," he said.
While the team could use a
few more players ("We'll strug-


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lacks depth-
Beacon photo
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gle with depth, that's for sure,"
Reaves said), it has several
young men who are expected to
stand out.
The unanimous coaches'
choice for the team's top player
was James Waldron, a junior
who plays tailback and line-
backer.
"He's a great team leader
and a great spiritual leader,"
Arthur said.
Waldron, who played last
year as well and said he's
enjoying "every minute" of
practice in the sweltering
August heat, said this year's
team is much better.
"We have fewer players, but
a lot more heart," he said.
"There's not as much laziness
and there's more experience "
He said he's ready to lead
the team.
"It's going to be a big job,"
Waldron said. "If God wants
me to do it, I'm up for it."
Other players expected to
stand out are senior tackle
Shawn Josie, who transferred
from Crestview High School,
and sophomore Dale Linder, a
guard and tackle.
Also new to the team this
year is defensive line coach
Don Arthur, the father of Dana
Arthur. The elder Arthur
coached football for years at
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got there and what Mom did
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two kids but the neighborhood
children as well, Gottschalk has
also discovered that she has a
fondness for writing.
She especially enjoys writing
stories for little boys and has
one of her own from which she
gets all of her writing material.
"It seems like there's lots of
stories out there for little girls,"
she said, "but not much that lit-
t1e boys can relate to." Her 8-
year-old son, Maximilian
(Max), is the model from which
,
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"I really wanted to create
something for boys that shows
parents and kids how to come
up with a Christian solution for
a situation, but not necessarily
refer to Christianity," the 40-
year-old author said. The Max
series illustrates that resolutions
can be reached "without yelling
and spanking ."
Gottschalk's first book in the


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second book release. She has
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mother's love for her child using
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Although Gottschalk said
she really had "no intention of
getting published," her contract
with Tate Publishing includes
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year or so. The stay-at-home
mom said neither she or the
publisher know, at this point,
how many Max books will be
included in the series, but she
assures readers that all the sto-
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son's antics.
While Gottschalk spends her
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Please see AUTHOR, page B-2


The Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status of
Women has inducted six
women into Okaloosa County
Women's Hall of Fame. This
year's inductees are Jean C.
Dutton, as the contemporary
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Henley as the philanthropist;
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"Each of these women is
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Three Niceville/Valparaiso
women were among the 16
nominated, but were not cho-
sen for induction. They are
Martha Miller, Dr. Venita
Morell and Judy Boudreaux.
Miller, of Valparaiso, is
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33rd Fighter Wing and as a
planning commissioner for the
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24, Fort Walton Beach, FL,
32547. Expressions of sympathy
may be viewed or submitted
online at www.heritagegardens
funeralhome.com.

shelters at area churches when
the temperature drops to 40
degrees or lower.
Cox, since the 1990s, has
been a volunteer poll worker
for the Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections,
becoming a clerk in charge of
her precinct polling place as
well as a volunteer trainer of
the county poll worker classes,
helping to keep the county's
election polling places prob-
lem-free.
The women were honored in
a reception on Aug. 26, and
their pictures, along with those
of previous inductees, were
placed on the walls of the
entrance of the Okaloosa
County Commission, in the
Niceville City Council
Chambers and in the Crestview
Courthouse.


so-AnnB n naMon yn 70
Aug. 21, 2009, at her home in
" hyBle F cahrAanong bath
rounded by her loving husband,
family and friends.
Ann was bom Sept. 2, 1932, in
Gaithersburg, Md., to Leroy and
Genevieve Benson. In 1952,
James Henry Moneymaker mar-
ried Ann Elaine Benson in Biloxi,
Miss. After military moves which
included Texas, Mississippi,
Germany, and Florida, Ann and
Jim were stationed at Eglin Air
Force Base. Ann and Jim "got
sand in their shoes" and made
Niceville, Florida, their home in
1964.
Ann will be greatly missed by
her husband, Jim Moneymaker
who has taken such wonderful
care of her. Other survivors
include Ann's children: her daugh-
ters, Linda Moneymaker of
Niceville: Stacy Moneymaker-
Donachie, of Germany, husband
Rob, and her children Shealee and
Christopher Kellogg, Christ-
opher's wife, Donetta, and their

Junior League of the Emerald
Coast, Teen Pregnancy
Prevention; the USTA Pro
Women's Tennis Tournament,
the Mainstreet USA design
project and the Fort Walton
Beach Chamber of Commerce
and Rotary.
Sanders has served in a lead-
ership capacity in nearly every
organization in the area, includ-
ing Chambers of Commerce,
Economic Development
Councils, United Way,
Leadership Okaloosa, March of
Dimes and many others.
Franklin volunteers at the
Fort Walton Beach Sharing and
Caring Outreach Center, assist-
ing individuals who are without
food, clothing and medications.
Since 2005, she has chaired the
Homeless Cold Night Program,
bringing the homeless into

AUTHOR
From page B-1
school children. Back in the
1990s she reveled in the day-to-
day adventures of teaching.
"I really miss being around
all the kids every day. I can't get
enough of children. They really
motivate me," said the petite
blonde, who still substitute
teaches when time allows.
Gottschalk's two children
continue to provide her with
impetus for creating arts and
crafts projects and other fun
activities, but she also tries to
include them in her own pur-
suits. Of course, Max includes
himself in her writing without
really trying, but 13-year-old
Kemi, a student at Ruckel
Middle School, purposefully sits
down with her mother to brain-
storm ideas on story illustra-
tions. In fact, Kemi was such a
big part of both her mother's
books that her name is included
on the copyright page as provid-
ing "conceptual ideas."
"If it wasn't for her," said
Gottschalk, "these books would-
n't even exist in pictorial form.
She even did the beginning
drawings" to give illustrators an
idea of what the author was hop-
ing to convey, said Gottschalk.
Kemi is also a lover of writing
and an avid journaler who
receives much encouragement
from her mother. "She's a beauti-
ful writer," said the proud mom.
"My stories are a little more
light-hearted but the stories she
writes have a lot of deep feelings


conserve resources and money.
The program is free and
open to the public at
Northwest Florida State
College Learning Resource
Center, Room 128.
Socializing, refreshments and
conservation speakers begin at
6:30 p.m., with the featured
speaker scheduled for 7 p.m.
Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society "EVEnture"
OnSept.4,kidscandiscov-
er the sights and sounds of
nature at night.
None's Ark Animal
Encounters will host a free
hour-long night walk at 6:30
p.m. at Henderson Beach State
Park in Destin. Anyone may
attend, but the focus is on ages
4-10. Bring a flashlight/head-
lamp and wear bug repellent.
RSVP to 862-9588 or
nonie@noniesark.com.

County in the 1970s, and
returned in 2003 from Wake
Forest University. She is med-
ical director of the Okaloosa
County Health Department and
co-medical director of
Okaloosa County Emergency
Medical Services. She provides
family planning services and
works to prevent, treat and pro-
tect the community from sexual-
ly transmitted diseases, HIV
and tuberculosis.
Dutton was recognized for
bringing wives together in their
efforts to secure humane treat-
ment of American POWs while
her husband was a prisoner of
war.
Wilson was recognized as
the driving force behind the
formation of the Okaloosa
Walton Continuum of
Care/Opportunity, Inc., which
works to prevent and alleviate
homelessness in Okaloosa and
Walton counties'
Henley has contributed her
time, creative talents, business
expertise and funding to organ-
izations such as Boys and Girls
Clubs of the Emerald Coast,
Goodwill Easter Seals of the
Gulf Coast, PAWS, the
Northwest Florida Ballet,
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Gottschalk, who hopes to one
day design educational curricu-
la, said it was very important to
"encourage children to do what
they really want to do. One of
my mottoes is 'Always try,'" and
her other maxim, uttered several
times a day, usually in response
to the outcome of "trying" is,
"That's what the washer and
dryer are for!"
To purchase Gottschalk's
books, visit her Web site,
shgottschalk.com, or those of
Bames & Noble and Amazon or
go to her book signing at Bayou
Books, Niceville, 1-3 p.m.
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Mixed Saber.
-Kara Green, also of
Niceville, came away with a Gold
medal in the Mixed Foil event and
a Gold in Mixed Saber. She also
won Silver medals in Mixed Epee
and Women's Epee.
-Jessica Lahey brought home
to Niceville a Gold medal in
Women's Epee and a Bronze in
Mixed Epee.
-Many Alvarez of Niceville
eamed a Bronze medal in
Women's Epee.
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ii ITan u es
who complete basic training earn
four credits toward an associate in
applied science degree through
the Community College of the Air
Force.
He is the son of Philip and
Cynthia Bascom of James
Avenue, Valparaiso.

Southem Living selects mem-
bers based on their reputation
among local businesses and
consumers; strength of presence
in their respective markets;
superior quality and attention to
detail; innovative style; and
Other criteria.
Wise has worked in custom
home construction for more
than 30 years. He volunteered as
the general contractor to oversee
construction of the Emerald
Coast Children's Advocacy
Center, which serves as the
coordinating headquarters for
handling local child-abuse cases
and has served as past president
of the Okaloosa County Habitat
for Humanity.


Sword fighters from three
Okaloosa County cities, including
Niceville, gathered recently for a
series of fencing tournaments
sponsored by Nothwest Florida's
Nonh Bay Society of the Sword.
Events were held for foil, epee and
saber and included fencers from
age 6 to adult.
Four Niceville competitors
took several events, winning Gold,
Silver and Bronze medals:
Weoffrey Drake ofNiceville,
competed and took the Gold in the
Men's Foil event as well as the
Mixed Epee competition. He also
took home a Silver medal for
Mixed Foil and another Silver in


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from basic military training at
Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an
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WHO'S
From page B-1
the highest grade one can score
on the assessment. Hunter
received congratulatory letters
from Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts and Sen. Don
Gaetz.

Randy Wise of Randy Wise
Homes, Inc. has been selected
for membership in the Southem
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Program.
Wise, of Niceville, is one of
100 builders in the nation cho-
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info b n com
before 5 p.m. Wednesday

Boosters offer savings
Niceville High School Chorus
Boosters announce the sale of the
Gulf Coast Savings coupon book.
The first fundraiser for the 2009-
2010 school year will help choral
music students eam funds to pay for
their spring trip to Orlando in April.
The coupon book sells for $12 and
features buy-one-get-one-free offers
at many area restaurants and eateries
as well as BOGO offers on greens
fees, dolphin cruises, mini golf,
bowlingandmore.Youmaypurchase
your coupon book from any chorus
member or by calling the NHS
Chorus Office, 833-4262.
Learn to square dance
The Agape Squares Square Dance
Club of Niceville is offering an
opportunity to leam to square dance.
Open houses will
take place Sept.
21, 28, and Oct.
5. The open
houses are free
for new begin-
ners. Lessons
will begin Monday, Oct. 19, at the
Niceville First United Methodist
Church, in the Community Life
Center, and take place every Monday
evening, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $3 per per-


Resources Center LRC Room 128.
Socializing, refreshments and conser-
vation speakers begin at 6:30 PM
prior to the featured speaker at 7 PM.
On Sept. 3, the Choctawhatchee
Audubon Club will present
0 mi Mihgatii9nn,"c prso ct to

migrate from their birth place in
Canada to their wintering grounds at
St. Marks Wildlife Refuge south of
Tallahassee. Bring your own cup for
hot or cold beverages.
Literacy at Rocky Bayou
The Department of
Environmental Protection's Fred
Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park will
celebrate Intemational Literacy
Month with a "One Dog Canoe"
book reading Friday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m.
at the canoe launch in the day use
area. Park Rangers will be available
for questions after the story. The
event is free with paid park admis-
sion.
Info: Lynda Smith, 650-5928.
Greek Festival planned
ThemembersofSaintsMarkella
and Demetrios Greek Orthodox
Church will hold the 18th annual
Greek Festival Labor Day weekend.
The theme "A Civilization For All
Ages" is featured at this three-day
family event, Friday, Sept. 4, 4-9
p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-9
p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-4
p.m., at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center on Okaloosa
Island.
Class of '99 reunion
Niceville High School class of
1999 Reunion will be Sept. 4 and 5.
Contact NicciVanMatre for mforma-
tion and/or questions at nicci
van@aol.com.
Valp. church reunion
Please see CALENDAR, page B-5


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Learn to square dance
The Agape Squares Square Dance Club of Niceville is offering
an opportunity to learn to square dance. Open houses will take
place Sept. 21, 28, and Oct. 5. The open houses are free for
new beginners. Lessons will begin Monday, Oct. 19, at the
Niceville First United Methodist Church, in the Community Life
Center, and take place every Monday evening, 6-7 p.m. Cost is
$3 per person per week. Info: 897-8891.


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Lead Pastor T.J. Dollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others ,,
Serving...all
SUNDAY WEDNESDAY
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
Morning Celebration 6:00 p.m.


Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching out with the Transforming
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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
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Sunday: Holy Communlon 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
ANGLICAN CHURCH Wuee da oa u9naon 2p.m.(noon)
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Wednesday
Men's Breakfast 6:'45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
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Everyone Welcome.
Sunday SchooL . . . . .9:45 a.m.
Worship . . . . . . .10:45 a.m.
Wednesday . . . . . .7:00 p.m.
Ministry for All Ages.
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206 Palm BLvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221


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10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
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Sunday Mornine Services
7:45 Holy Communion
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Ministries provided for children,

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son per week.
Info: 897-8891.
Library photo exhibit
.
The Niceville Public Library is
featuring a photography exhibit by
morla photograph h SeptO
Opal has been doing freelance pho-
tography for more than 20 years. She
is a member of The Intemational
Library of Photography and has had
several photos published in their
books. She is also a member of The
Nature Conservancy.
Chamber Singer auditions
. .Okaloosa Chamber Singers, now
in its 12th season, is an auditioned
choir specializmg m the performance
of classical choral repertoire. Katie
Ott, outstanding harpist, will join
OCS in the performance of Janacek's


(new) and Christmas decorations.
The non-profit is now seeking
garage sale donations and volunteers
to help in organizing the sale.
Info: Shelley Canales or Lill
Jennings, 729-1800.
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest for ages 13-17 carries
the main theme: "Expose Niceville.
The deadline is Sept. 5.
Categories are: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics and
Organizations.
First, second
and third place
winners will
receive prizes. -
Winning photos may be made
into a calendar or published in other
city publications. Proceeds from the
calendar sales will be used to support
library programs.
Inappropriate images will not be
judged. The Library reserves the right
to make necessary adjustments for
printing. The image must be your
original;nocopyrightviolationsor
manipulation of photos accepted.
Limit three images per contestant.
Pick up registrations at Youth
Services
Host families needed
Rocky Bayou Christian School in
Niceville is looking for host families
living in Okaloosa county to host an
international student. Students come
from China, Thailand, Taiwan
Finland, Japan, Germany, S. Korea,
Slovakia and Spain. Students stay
with their host family for 10 months.
Call 729-7227 ext. 375 or e-mail
williamsd@rbes.org.
Audub et
on programs
the b gran free and ooplCto
Niceville, (NWFSC) in the Leaming


setting of "Our
Father" in a pro-
gram that ranges
from Haydn to
o erth wdian
for Feb. 19-21.


Rehearsals start Tuesday, Sept. 15, at
Grace Presbyterian Church in
Niceville. For further information
and to schedule an audition time call
Dr. Marilyn Overturf, director, at
682-9651.
Hospice garage sales
.
Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St.,
Niceville Fridays and Saturdays on
s1eocoal8and fourth wte endhst
end of October. The sales will benefit
its non-funded and under-funded pro-
grams in Okaloosa and Walton coun-
ties, including bereavement services,
children's services, chaplam services
and mdigent ca include fumiture,
books, (new) Halloween costumes


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The "We We O Youth at
re nee
First Baptist Church of Valparaiso"
group will hold an mtormal reunion
in the church's fellowship hall
Saturday, Sept. 5, 3-6 p.m. Youth,
parents, and friends are invited.
Refreshments will be available. Call
Pam Smith to RSVP or for informa-
tion, 678-5484 or pamsmith2@
cox.net.
Free Labor Day concert
.
End the summer with a celebra-
tion at HarborWalk Village this Labor
Day. This free to the public event
offers live music and fireworks. Info:
har borwa 1k destiny com .
Entertainment schedule: Saturday,
Sept. 5: live entertainment by the
Apple Beatles, 7-9 p.m. Sunday,
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Apple Beatles, 6:30-8:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by fireworks over the Destin
Harbor at 8:30 p.m.
Farewell to summer
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
and Grand Boulevard at Sandestm
will present "A Musical Farewell to
Summer on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7
p.m. at Grand Park in Grand
Boulevard.
Entertainer/singer David Seering
and The Classic Brass will take to the
stage at 7 p.m. in Grand Park, per-
forming music from Broadway, big
band to the best of Chicago.
Admission is free.
Ag low International meets
Ag 1 o w
International will
meet at 9:30 a.m.'
Thursday, Sept.
10, at Marina Bay
Resort, 80


Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton
Beach, for coffee and fellowship. The
meeting, featuring Joni Ames, will
begin at 10 a.m. An evening meeting-
for those who work and have small
children, will meet at the same loca-
tion and will begin at 7 p.m. Both
meetings are free and all are wel-
come.
Arts and crafts show
The Fall Flair Arts & Crafts Show
will be held at the Destin United
Methodist Life Center, 200 Beach
Drive, Destin Friday, Sept. 11, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, 9
a.m.-3 p.m. A big variety of arts and
crafts will be available for purchase
by vendors from all over the
Southeast. A huge bake sale and
lunch will be available in the Soul
Cafe. Proceeds go to church missions
and other charities.
Info: 650-5658 or fallflair@
aol.com


Cardboard boat race
Bluewater Bay Marina Cardboard
Boat Race is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Registration is from 3-4 p.m. The
race be ins 5 .m. on a course out-
side L.J Schoo ers Oyster Bar. Entry
fee: $50: winner takes all.
For entry forms, call Bluewater
Bay Marina, 897-
2821, or L.J.
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Light of Love at NWFSC
Christian Apologetics Fellowship
and Believers Leaming and Servin
Together (CAF/BLAST) will spon
sor Light of Love at Northwest
Florida State Colle e, Frida Sept
11, 6:30 .m. at he Arts Cente,
Amphitheaphr. This event is free and


open to the public. Sean McDowell
and musical entertainers Without
Silence will appear. McDowell, men-
tored by his father, Josh McDowell,
is a Christian apologist and holds a
double master's degree in &..1.. .
and philosophy from Talbot
Theological Seminary.
Mullet Festival Pageant
The annual Mullet Festival
Pageant will be held Saturday, Sept.
12, at Niceville High School.
Deadline for entry is Sept. 4.
Rehearsal will be Sept. 10 at the high
school.
Info: 682-0031, 682-2175 or 682-
6129 or Web site events-md.com.
Braille transcri tion class
The Northwest Florida
Visionnaires will offer a course to
learn to transcribe textbooks into
Braille for blind students Monday
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, in the


Community Life Center at the First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville. The class meets each
Monday, except holidays, through
April. No experience in Braille is
required, but you must have a com-
puter.
Info: Bettie Downing, 897-3383.
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Committee

gets update

on Junior

Lifeguards
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Members of the Okaloosa
County Emergency
Management Committee met at
Bridgeway Center in Fort
Walton Beach Thursday, where
they had lunch and heard brief-
ings on several emergency
response and preparedness
organizations.
Cal Zethmeyer and Steve
McCarter spoke about the
Amateur
Radio
Emergency
Service
(ARES), of
which they


?- ey said, is
an orgamza-
Cal Zethmeyer tion of ania-
"HAM" radio operators, who
hee loen elmen the final resort

gency com-
munications
throughout
the world
whene ver
conventional
communica-
tions have
been put out
of action. S McC
Such com- teve arter
munications .
are still vital to disaster recov-
ery, they said.
Modern HAM operators are
no longer required to master
Morse Code to earn their
licenses, although many still
leam the code for reasons of
their own. Today, HAM opera-
tors communicate not only by
voice, but can also relay com-
puter and video information to
and from areas where the regu-
lar Intemet has been knocked
out.
There are about 850 regis-
tered HAM operators in
Okaloosa County, of which
about 80 are active in emer-
gency communications, said
Zethmeyer. He said eating a
basic license requires about one
weekend of training and a writ-
ten test, and that initial equip-
ment is not as expensive as
many people think, especially
since modem "repeater" sta-
tions in Okaloosa County allow
even small, low-powered radios
to transmit and receive over
long distances. People interest-
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Salvation Army Lt. Preston Lewis showed the county
Emergency Management Committee slides of his organiza-
tion's equipment and activities.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Prof. Patricia Kelley delivers her address. She said the evidence for evolution is irrefutable, but
doesn't contradict faith.


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L Salvation Army Lt. Preston
briefed on
disaster
r ief actih

or gani za -
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said, the
Salvation
Army has Lt. P
se veral L re on
mobile
kitchens available to be driven
to disaster sites, where volun-
teers can feed thousands of
people each day. There are also
mobile shower units, which can
also be used for decontamina-
tion in case of chemical, bio-
logical or nuclear incidents.
The Salvation Army also can
provide grief counseling, as
well as helping people commu-
nicate with distant family
members.
At the local, day-to-day
level, said Lewis, the Salvation
Army works primarily in
homelessness prevention, help-
ing Okaloosa County residents
avoid homelessness by provid-
ing emergency help with rent
payments or locating afford-
able housing. The Salvation
Army has a local office on
Mary Esther Boulevard near
the Santa Rosa shopping mall,
he said.
Okaloosa
County
Beach
Safety
Director
Tracy Vause
briefed on
this year's
J unior
Lifeg u ar d
= pro gr am,
Tracy Vause which


teaches 9- to 17-year-olds the
fundamentals of water safety
and lifesaving techniques. The

the wi en1 gs 1
and overall physical fitness.
"I have seen some amazing
I rovemenis m fitness n just

Enrollment in the program

has) doubles hV sthewast
about 50 kids taking part this
year.Participants also took part
in a competition in Fort
Lauderdale, where they won
nine gold medals at state level
and four gold medals at nation-
al level, plus assorted lesser
awards. In addition to water
safety and rescue, Vause said,
the junior lifeguards receive
training in "technical" rescue
techniques, such as rappelling,
and in wildlife rescue, such as
how to help stranded marine
mammals.
In other business, Okaloosa
County Public Safety Director
Dino Villani said the county
continues to monitor the spread
of the H1N1 influenza virus-a
situation that he said changes
daily. He said vaccines against
the flu should be available
sometime in October, and that
county residents will be
informed of how and where to
get flu shots for both the H1N1
and ordinary seasonal flu.
County Emergency Manager
Randy McDaniel said Tropical
Storm Claudette did little dam-
age in Okaloosa County. Top
winds recorded in Valparaiso
were 45 miles per hour, and
there was a power outage in
parts of Bluewater Bay that
affected about 1,200 homes for
about an hour and a half.
The next meeting of the
emergency management com-
mittee is scheduled f or noon,
Sept. 17, at North Okaloosa
Medical Center in Crestview.


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Joining a debate as old as sci-
ence, a professor visiting
Northwest Florida State College
said Thursday evening that
despite her own Christian faith,
she favors evolution over divine
creation as the only valid scien-
tific explanation of the origin of
life on Earth.
Dr. Patricia Kelley, who
teaches about geology, biology
and the study of fossils at the
University of South Carolina,
Wilmington, was the first of sev-
eral speakers scheduled to give
guest lectures at NWFSC this
year, as part of a lecture series on
evolution celebrating the 200th
birthday of Charles Darwin, the
originator of the current theory of
evolution.
Furthermore, said Kelley, she
does not favor allowing altemate
views such as creation science or
intelligent design to be taught in
public schools. Such views, she
said, are mere disguises for reli-
gious doctrine, and allowing
them in public schools would
violate the "separation of church
and state."
The theory of evolution, said
Kelley, is well supported by sci-
entific evidence such as years of
study of fossils from multiple
levels of sediment, the ages of
which have been repeatedly veri-
fled by such methods as radioac-
tivity-dating of the rocks in
which fossils are found. Such


studies, she said, verify that life
arose in stages, from primitive to
more complex forms, over mil-
lions of years. Life has advanced,
she said, through a process of
natural selection, in which life
forms best suited to survive
changes in environment lived
long enough to pass their traits to
their offspring, gradually produc-
ing a great diversity of ever more
complex forms of life, including
human beings.
Alternative views, she said,
include creation science, which
posits that life began all at once
through an act of God as
described in the Bible, and that
fossils were embedded in sedi-
ment during the great flood
described in the story of Noah.
More recently, said Kelley, some
scientists have favored "intelli-
gent design," which accepts the
general idea of evolution but says
it is statistically impossible for
complex life forms to have
evolved merely by chance,
through the random interaction
of chemicals, anti--,, and the
pressure of survival in changing
environments. Kelley dismissed
such thinking as merely a reac-
tion by Christian fundamentalists
to defeats in court of efforts to
have creationism taught in
schools, and as more of a legal
trick than a scientifically valid
theory.
In a question and answer ses-
sion following her address,
Kelley, who is the wife of a


Presbyterian minister and an
active Christian herself, was
asked how she maintains her
faith in God if she does not see
God as the creator of life.
"I see evolution as God's
means of creation," Kelley
replied. "I believe the Bible, and
I take it seriously, but I do not
take it literally."
For example, Kelley said,
chapters 1 and 2 of the book of
Genesis contain two apparently
conflicting sequences of events
during creation, and other books
of the Bible such as Job, Psalm
74, and Proverbs 3 and 8, also
contain statements about the cre-
ation process which seem to con-
flict chronologically or scientifi-
cally with the accounts in
Genesis.
Such stories, said Kelley, were
not meant to be read as literal
descriptions of how God actually
created the world and living
things, such as God using his
physical hands to mold Adam out
of clay. Rather, she said, such sto-
ries tell a deeper, spiritual story
about the nature of God and man.
Likewise, Kelley said, the
parables told by Jesus dealt with
moral values, and there did not
need to be an actual prodigal son,
with a verifiable name and
address, in order for Jesus' story
about him to illustrate the nature
of repentance and forgiveness.
"Truth," Kelley said, "doesn't
have to be factual," when it con-
veys such a deeper message.


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