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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: November 11, 2009
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00078
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Ed Winddancer, head dancer at the 22nd annual Thunderbird Powwow held at the Mullet Festival Site in
Niceville Sunday, leads young visitors in a mock-traditional hunting dance. The children were supposed
to imagine themselves as eagles. Kirby Locklear, vice chairman of the powwow committee, estimated
attendance at between 5,000 and 6,000 for the three-day regional Native American gathering sponsored
by Eglin Air Force Base's American Heritage Observance Month Committee and the Thunderbird
Intertribal Council. "We had a very successful event," Locklear said.


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Wednesday 8 a.m.
Schools superintendent
Alexss ae HIebe2hhe

annual
Veterans Day
"One Nation
Under God"
break ast,
sponsored by
AmVets Post 78 and the
Niceville Exchange Club
at the AmVets. Tickets are
$3 from AmVets, any
Exchange Club member
or at the door.
Info: 240-0616

Th sodoagor a e
annual Niceville High
School baseball team
fundraising golf tourna-
ment at Rocky Bayou
Country
Club 4
Info:
830-3023
or 897-2293.
Friday 5:30-7 p.m.
If you've lost a loved
one, Covenant Hospice
will help you make it
through the holiday sea-

a iwit ra f e ao kshop
Church, 1800 John Sims

Pa o 729-1800, ext.

2Fr ag 7 p.m.
The Niceville High
School Eagle Pride Band
will perform the fourth
annual
"Sounds
of the
Stadium m"
7 p.m. at
the Mattle
Kelly Performing Arts
Center. Doors to the free
event open at 6 p.m.
Saturday II a.m.-4 p.m.
The Niceville Church of
God sponsors a take-out
barbecue plate meal at
the church, 206 N. Palm
Blvd. to benef it the med-
ical fu nd of cancer patient
Raymond Hall. Plates
are $7.

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


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Better safe than sorry, county
commissioners in Okaloosa and
Walton counties declared local
states of emergency Monday,
shortly before the effects of a
late-season tropical storm struck
the Florida Panhandle.
Tropical Storm Ida, which
arrived from the Gulf of Mexico
yesterday just before dawn,
dropped about 3.5 inches of rain


in Niceville as it made landfall in
southern Alabama. The storm
caused minor flooding in low-
lying areas and little to no dam-
age in Niceville and Valparaiso.
Okaloosa County called for
voluntary evacuations to begin
immediately Monday for all
coastal areas, all barrier islands,
mobile homes, campgrounds and
flood-prone areas.
Please see STORM, page A-9


Beacon photos
Tropical Storm Ida dropped about 3.5 inches of rain and caused minor flooding in the Twin
Cities area, such as at Lincoln Park, above, in Valparaiso. Traffic on John Sims Parkway'
Valparaiso, heading to and from Eglin Air Force Base (Inset) was light after the installation
gave all but essential personnel the day off Tuesday. Schools were closed as well.



POwwow draws over 5,000


Monday night it
seemed stormier at
times inside the
Valparaiso City
Commission chambers
where, despite tropical
storm warnings outside,
about 40 people were in
the audience-most to
support business owner
Matt Willindlam who
forcefully argued to
save his business and Matt Willingham at meeting
regain his former job as
the city's second-ranking police officer.
He won neither.
Mayor Bruce Arnold refused to allow a vote on a motion
by Commissioner Brent Smith and seconded by
Commissioner Tom Miller to review the mayor's Oct. 28
decision to fire Willingham from his job as captain of the
city's police department.
Smith said he and Miller had written letters to Arnold
requesting that the commission review the issue after the
mayor suspended Willingham Oct. 14. Smith, a candidate
for mayor himself, said Arnold was "disrespectful" to com-
missioners by denying their request.
Please see EX-COP, page A-9


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso City Commissioner
Brent Smith is running for mayor.
Longtime Mayor Bruce Arnold
said he has not decided whether
to run for reelection.
Commissioner Lydia Johnson
said she will not run for a second
term.
Following
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Monday night q
issued a
proclamation
announcing
municipal Bruce Arnold
elections March 9 in which voters
will select a mayor and fill two
city commission seats.
At noon March 16 the four-
year elective terms of Arnold and
city commissioners Heyward


Strong and
Johnson will
expire.
Candidates
may file to run
for the three
positions in
the citywide
nonpartisan
election.


Qualifying to run for all three
posts will take place between
noon Dec. 28 and noon Dec. 31,
according to the proclamation.
To qualify as a candidate, regis-
tered voters in the city of
Valparaiso must have been
Florida residents for at least one
Please see SMITH, page A-9


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Crooks have apparently
dreamed up another scheme to
defraud people when they are
vulnerable
A report by the Valparaiso
Police Department said a
woman was defrauded of $300
by two men who promised,
falsely, that they could get her


nephew out of jail.
The victim said that she was
contacted in mid-October by a
man claiming to be "Lt.
Daniels" who reported the
woman's nephew had been
arrested that same day by
Okaloosa County sheriffs
deputies.
Please see SCAM, page A-6


Storm Ida brushes area


Minor Iloodin g,

little if any damage


Shelter opens
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon start writer
Tropical Storm Ida caused
Okaloosa County officials to pro-
claim a state of emergency
Monday, closing county offices -
and schools for Tuesday and
opening an emergency shelter, --
Davidson Middle School in
Crestview
By 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9
the shelter had only four evacuees Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Evacuees at Davidson Middle
Please see SHELTER, page A-7 School storm shelter eatdinner.



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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer


Smith seeks Valp. mayoralty


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Pioneer Day, organized by
the Friends of Emerald Coast
State Parks and Rocky
Bayou State Park, was held at
the park Saturday. Among the
"."Worsnw.e -bR- emSnad
who showed an extensive
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once an economic mainstay
of the area. Melvin, whose
ancestors settled here in
1855, said he likes "showing
people what real hard work
was like." The annual
Pioneer Day event draw
about 1,100 people.
Beacon photo by Norman Wolf


Woman loses $300

in apparent jail scam





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ments to Afghanistan, an
increase from $500 to $1,000 of
the Special Supplemental
Subsistence Allowance, which
helps service members whose
families are eligible for food
stamps, extension of enlistment
and reenlistment bonuses for
active and reserve forces and for
converting to critical skills, and
bonuses and special pay for
health care professionals and
nuclear-qualified officers.
Under the plan, the right of
military members to accumulate
and carry over as many as 75
days of leave from one fiscal
year to the next is extended to
Sept. 30, 2012.
Two proposals were dropped
from the bill: flexible spending
accounts, which use pre-tax dol-
lars to pay for medical and child


care expenses and a one-year
payments to disabled retirees
forced to retire from the military
with fewer than 20 years of
service so they could receive full
retired pay and veterans disabil-
ity compensation.
Two Florida lawmakers
praised the raise.
"I think given the current
economic times, it is a good per-
centage," said U.S. Rep. Jeff
Miller (R-Chumuckla).
"Obviously, we wish it could be
more, but it continues a progres-
sion over the last number of
years where we have consistent-
ly approved increases in pay for
Our military men and women."
Miller said the bill was
"comprehensive." "There are
always give and take positions
throughout the negotiations," he


said. "I think overall, it was a
solid piece of legislation,
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill
Nelson agreed.
"We shouldn't have men and
women who are serving our
country forced to be on food
stamps to feed their families,
said Nelson, a member of the
Senate Armed Services
Committee, citing a report that
shows $31 million worth of food
stamps were used at military
commissaries nationwide in
2008. "They are putting their
lives on the line for us, and they
deserve to be paid a reasonable
sum. By reducing inefficiencies
in the budget we were able to
come closer to closing the gap
between salaries in the private
sector and the uniformed servic-
es.


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
In a boost for the local econ-
omy, service members will have
a bit more spending money in
2010.
The outlook for any increase
in pension checks for military
retirees, however, is unclear.
President Barack Obama
signed into law a 3.4-percent
pay increase for military mem-
bers Oct. 28. Congress had
passed a bill authorizing the
raise-which was half a per-
centage point higher than the
president said he wanted-Oct.
22. The raise, 1.4 percentage
points higher than the expected
average increase for federal
ci lian employees, will go into

"Any raise, 1 percent, any
percent, has a greater effect on
this area than on almost any
other place in the U.S. because


we have such a heavy concentra-
tion of military and more on the
way," said Northwest Florida
State College vice president Dr.
David Goetsch. "The troops
deserve it and it's good for the
area economy."
Under the plan, a senior air-
man (E-4) with three years'
experience will earn $2,094 a
month or $25,128 a year, $828
more than currently paid. A
master sergeant (E-7) with 10
years will earn $3,505 a month
or $42,066 a year, an annual
increase of $1,384. The figures
don't include housing
allowances and other benefits.
A captain (O-3) with four
years' experience will earn
$4,883 a month or $58,600 a
16a annu e eth:
years will earn $9,095 a month
or $119,484 a year, an annual
increase of $3,589.
Military retirees didn't fare


so well-so far. No 2010 cost-
of-living allowance (COLA) has
been added to their pensions,
because the inflation index to
which they are tied did not rise
enough in 2009. Instead, Obama
will push to get Congress to
authorize a one-time $250 pay-
ment to retirees. He has said he
wants to give the same one-time
wmdfall to those collecting
Social Security.
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of about $2,000 for service
members with catastrophic
injuries, bonuses, to be deter-
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville-Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce is col-
lecting holiday letters from the
public to be sent to military
me"E ers serving overses meone
who has a family member that's
deployed," said Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce President Tricia
Brunson. "Think how they (ser-
vice members) must feel during
the holiday season and how much
it would mean to them to get a
random letter from someone they
don't even know but who's think-
ing about them anyway."
The chamber is spearheading
"Holidays with Heart: Patriotic
Letters from Home," a communi-
ty project to send local deployed
troops letters of encouragement,
support and gratitude during the


holiday season.
Letters must be received by
the chamber no later than Nov.
30. They should not be addressed
to a specific military member but
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not touch on political subjects,
the chamber said.
The chamber is working with
the Airman and Family
Readiness Center at Hurlburt
Field to send at least 700 person-
ally penned notes to Hurlburt
service members who are
remotely deployed.
Businesses, schools, families
and community members are
encouraged to write notes, letters
and cards and drop them off at
the chamber during November.
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community support of our mili-
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roads 85 and 123 near
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Many motorists traveling
Highway 85 South in the vicinity
of the Northwest Florida Regional
Airport have probably wondered
why so many acres of trees have
been cut down near the intersec-
tion with Highway 123.
Clearing has even taken place
inside the Eglin Air Force Base
fence on either side of the airport.
The tree clearing is part of a
$25.1 million construction project
that began in August 2009 at the
highway 85/123 interchange,
according to Department of
Transportation spokesman
Tommie Speights.
The focus of work includes


constructing a new flyover ramp
to connect Highway 85 north-
bound to Highway 123. Highway
85 is also being widened to six
lanes between Gen. Bond
Boulevard and the entrance of the
Northwest Florida Regional
Airport, while access into and
exiting the airport is also being
improved, Speights said.
A new connector road will also
be added on the north side of
Highway 85, connecting the cur-
rent airport exit to Highway 123
using two, single-lane ramps,
according to the DOT. The proj-
ect also includes placement of new
signs and pavement markings and
lighting for the new ramp.
Speights said that the traffic


signal at the Highway 85/123
intersection will be removed when
the interchange opens.
There will also be five storm
water retention ponds constructed
on this project. One of those
drainage pits will be behind the
Eglin fence between Valparaiso
and the airport, near the base
archery range.
Base spokesman Mike Spaits
said other tree-clearing activity on
the "base side" of the existing
base perimeter fence is prepara-
tion for moving underground util-
ities as part of the road widening.
The project will install a new
chain-link base fence in the areas
where the utilities right of way is
moved.


In addition to easing traffic tie-
ups for commuters between the
county's north and south ends, the
flyover will ease evacuation dur-
ing emergencies.
The project is on Eglin Air
Force Base property, the DOT
said. Eglin has given a new, no-
cost right-of-way easement to the
state for about 45 acres.
More than 30,000 drivers use
Highway 85/123 daily for com-
muting to Eglin, for access to
Northwest Florida Regional
Airport, and to visit the coastal
beaches at Okaloosa Island and
Destiny, among other purposes, the
DOT said.
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is expected in late 2012.


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meal of chicken sandwiches,
beans, apricots, and beverages-
prepared and served by three
Okaloosa County School District
food services volunteers.
Carl Scranton, who grew up
in Fort Walton Beach, spent four
years in the Army and lives on
Moon Road, Crestview, said he
came to the shelter because he
"lives in a travel trailer" while
building a conventional home.
Okaloosa County had advised
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shelter during the storm.
Scranton, 65, said he had
evacuated to a shelter one other
time, during Hurricane Georges,
in September 1998, when
Okaloosa County ordered wide-
spread evacuations.
Ethan Edwards, a Red Cross
volunteer, had to do some per-
suasive talking to get his mother,
Mamie Leigh Edwards, to come
to the shelter.


"I'd rather have stayed at
home," said the 79-year-old,
wheelchair-bound matron, who
said she wasn't concerned about
the storm. "No use worrying
about it," she said, "not with God
on my side."
Davidson Middle School is a
shelter both for the general pub-
lic and for those with special
needs, said Woolley.
When evacuees check into the
shelter, they fill out a form with
name, address and any special
medical or dietary requirements.
Meals are provided, courtesy of
the school district, and cots and
bedding are handed out. Lights
out is at 10 p.m. and all shelter
residents bed down in one hall-
way.
Periodic headcounts are also
taken. The Okaloosa County
Sheriffs Department has a
deputy present and several shel-
ter attendants remain during the
entire "risk period," said Red
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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office.
Name: Patrick Joseph Bohannon
Wanted for: failure to appear on
the original charge of possession
of a weapon by a convicted felon
and failure to comply with sexual
offender registration. Bohannon's
last known address was in
Crestview.
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 190 poundS
Age: 35
Date of birth: 11-22-73
Hair: brown
Eyes: hazel
Name: Marsha Lynn GibbS
Wanted for: violation of probation
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Height: 5-feet, 8-inches
Weight: 130 poundS
Age: 50
Date of birth: 12-03-58 ,
Hair: brown
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Georgia plates and told the buyer
that he didn't have enough money
to get back to Georgia, then asked
the Niceville resident if he was
interested in purchasing the gun.
Deputies picked up the weapon
after the serial number matched
that of a stolen firearm out of
Escambia County.
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from the
600 block of 32nd Street reported
that someone slashed or stabbed a
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Chris Allen Gaddis, 49, of
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and with a permanent address of
821 Bayshore Drive, Slip #14
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violation of probation on the orig-
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without being registered.
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Ryan Christopher Crosby, a
student, 20, of 30 Garden Lane,
#321, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Oct. 29 for
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on an SUV for careless driving.
Crosby was allegedly driving the
vehicle and pulled into the park-
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Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Oct. 31 on a
Washington County warrant for
failure to appear on the original


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Nicole Marie Riola, a painter,
30, of 207 Deer St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
Oct. 29 on a Walton County war-
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pen or re ded voked.
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Kyle D. Acree, 18, of 52
Jackson Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by Valparaiso police Oct.
28 for battery, domestic violence.
* *
Tiffany Kashelle O'Neal, a
student, 21, of 142 Adams St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Nov. 3 for failure to
appear on a misdemeanor viola-
tion of probation charge on the
original charges of criminal mis-
chief and improper exhibition of
a weapon.
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Phyllis Elaine Wright, 24, of
537 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies NOV.
- on a misdemeanor worthless
checkcharge.
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Justin Anthony Merritt, a


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sherifs deputies Nov. 2 for fail-
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charge of possession of drug
paraphernalia, three counts.
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Deborah Ann Jennings, a
florist, 50, of 1767 Hopper St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Oct. 25 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
stemming from a $29.71 check.

DUI arrests
Bruce J. Conti, a grocery bao_
ger, 56, of 109 McEwen Dri#,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI, subse-
quent to a hit-and-run traffic
crash with damage on Highway
20 at the Kmart entrance, Oct. 30
at 6:30 a.m.
Conti was allegedly driving
west on Highway 20 when the car
in front of him slowed to a stop
for traffic and Conti rear-ended it,
causing about $500 damage to
the other vehicle and $1,000
damage to the car he was driving.
Conti, who was arrested at this
home, was also cited for failure to
use due care, knowingly driving
while his license was suspended
or revoked and leaving the scene
of a crash with property damage.


A Niceville resident from the
1200 block of Chantilly Circle
reported that unknown persons)
stole a $219 GPS unit from her
vehicle sometime Oct. 24-26.
The vehicle was parked in the
garage. The doors to the garage
were closed but unlocked. The
victim reported hearing the rear
door of her garage open and close
on the morning of Oct. 24 but
thought it was her husband and
did not investigate.
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Locating__ Situation Date Time
Lincoln Avenue ..................Dispatched/canceled .......11/2/09..................07:16
SR285 at MM 8..................False alarm .....................11/2/09..................10:36
E. John Sims Parkway.......Medical............................11/2/09..................10:58
JudithlBayshore.................Natural gas leak ..............11/2/09..................15:49
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SR85N/SR123...................False alarm .....................11/3/09..................14:14
Reeves Street....................Medical............................11/4/09..................02:41
SR285 at MM 11................Medical............................11/4/09..................09:12
SR85N/SR123...................False alarm .....................11/4/09..................22:21
W. College Boulevard ........Medical............................11/5/08..................10:22
Everglade Drive .................Medical............................11/5/09..................20:34
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Bobcat Cove....................................EMS excluding vehicle..................11/1/09.............................18:51
Nonvich Circle..................................EMS excluding vehicle..................11/ 09.............................04:48
Calinda Lane....................................EMS excluding vehicle..................11/ 09.............................08:59
N. White hint Road........................EMS excluding vehicle..................11/2/09.............................10:08
N.WhkehintRoad........................Dispatched/canceled.....................11/09.............................13:15
Highway20/Range Road................Dispatched/canceled.....................11/2/09.............................18:39
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Yacht Club Drive..............................Dispatched/canceled.....................11/3/09.............................12:23
Parkwood Place...............................EMS excluding vehicle..................11/5/09.............................00:21
e chite Po n oad Dispatched/miceled V 9
Scenic Hwy 98.................................Dispatched/canceled.....................11/7/09.............................09:35
Crystal Beach Drive........................Cover assignment/stand by..........11/7/09.............................09:48
WhitePointRoad.............................Vehicleaccident.............................11/9/09.............................09:02
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change from a cash register. The
-
burglar(s) then likely exited
through the same window.
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100 block of Oakwood Circle
reported the theft of Halloween
decorations Oct. 31, including
three decorative tombstones, four
decorative fences and a man-
nequin head. The stolen items
were valued together at $240.
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Oct. 23 that an unknown person
had made an unauthorized $164
charge on his credit card Oct. 15.
The charge was for a child's car
seat which was shipped to
Massapequa, N.Y., where the vic-
tim said he knows no one. The
victim canceled his credit card
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Since August 2008, Valparaiso
has spent $299,483 pursuing law-
suits related to the F-35, according
to City Clerk Talmny Johnson.
Valparaiso's general fund
budget for the fiscal year that start-
ed Oct. 1 totals nearly $3.2 mil-
lion, including $100,000 set aside
for legal expenses.
Attorneys for the city and the
Air Harce have been meeting in
private for several months seeking
a settlement of Valparaiso's law-
suit. The city has argued that the
military did not adequately con-
sider all reasonable alternatives for
basing as many as 107 F-35 Joint


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Attomeys for Valparaiso in the
city's lawsuit against the Air Harce
met with the city commission in a
closed-to-the-public "executive
session'" last week.
At the conclusion of the closed
portion of the Nov. 4 meeting, nei-
ther the attomeys nor colmnis-
sioners had any colmnent-indi-
cating that no settlement of the
federal lawsuit over F-35 jet noise
has been reached.
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff
said it would be at least six more
weeks before he and Tallahassee

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In Walton County the Freeport
High School gymnasium was
opened at 2 p.m. Monday as a
shelter.
Schools in both Okaloosa and
Walton counties kept nonnal
schedules Monday but were
closed Tuesday, as was Northwest
Florida State College. Public-
school students will retum to
classes Thursday after observing
the Veterans Day holiday today.
Because of concems about
coastal and local flooding authori-
ties in both counties urged citizens


to stay off the roads when possi-
ble. As of Tuesday coming all
Okaloosa County parks and
beaches remained closed.
Okaloosa County offices,
schools and court proceedings will
remain closed through Veterans
Day, the county announced yester-
day.
Only mission-essential person-
nel were told to report to work at
Eglin Air Harce Base yesterday
because of the projected path of
Tropical Stonn Ida. Nonnal oper-
ations were expected to resume at


4 p.m. yesterday. Base personnel
also observed a holiday schedule
today, Veterans Day, a federal hol-
iday. The base colmnissary and
BX will resume regularly sched-
uled holiday hours today.
Airlines canceled some late
flights into Northwest Florida
Regional Airport starting Monday
aftemoon, but resumed nonnal
flights before noon Tuesday.
No stonn-caused power fail-
ures were reported in the Twin
Cities area. At the height of stonn,
about 5,000 Gulf Power customers


(less than 1 percent) were without
power, according to the company.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, 2,000 cus-
tomers were still without power,
all of whom were expected to be
restored by day's end.
In Niceville and Valparaiso,
city workers Monday filled gas
tanks, picked up debris and
cleaned stonnwater drains in
preparation for the stonn.
Ida, which sprang into exis-
tence in the south Caribbean last
week then strengthened to a mini-
mal hurricane before making land-


fall in Nicaragua, emerged back
into the Caribbean and entered the
Gulf of Mexico as a strong tropical
stonn, eventually strengthening to
a category 2 hurricane with maxi-
mum winds of 105 mph Sunday.
However Ida weakened to trop-
ical stonn status over the cooler
waters of the northem Gulf
Monday coming. With most of
the rain and thunderstonns north
and ahead of the stonn keeping the
Panhandle wet Monday, the eye
made landfall east of Mobile
before dawn yesterday.


STO RM
From page A-1
Walton County called for vol-
untary evacuation Monday of low-
lying areas and mobile home
parks south of Highway 20 .
Emergency shelters were
opened. Davidson Middle School
in Crestview opened at 6 p.m.
Monday, with special needs
patients accepted on a first-come,
first served basis. Eight people
used the shelter ovemight, county
officials said.


Okaloosa
County
Supervisor
of Elections
Paul Lux

rFlorida
qu
elective
office hold-
ers seeking
another
elective post Heyward Strong
in the state to submit an irrevoca-
ble letter resigning no later than
the day he would assume a new
elective office, win or lose.
If Smith were to resign his

argued that he has complied
with code requirements as city
officials have pointed them out.
Since Willinoham does not own
the land his business occupies, it
is the owner's responsibility to
seek rezoning, he said.
When the city commission
decided to tenninate its part-
time code enforcement officer
about three years ago, and trans-
fer the duties to the city's police
department, Brooks said, the
city gave no real code enforce-
ment training to police.


sion, said
Tuesday that
he plans to
run for the
mayor's job,
fobthetisec-
That could
open up
another
commission
seat to be Lydia Johnson
filled in the March election.
Smith said he expects that he
will have to resign his colmnis-
sioner seat in order to run for
mayor.
have been an example, not a vio-
lator, the mayor said.
City Attomey Doug Wyckoff
insisted that the city commis-
sion could not issue Willingham
a new occupational license
because the business is in a resi-
dential, not commercial zone.
Willingham told commis-
sioners that a previous city
administrator, Lisa Algiere, had
told him his business was in a
commercial zone.
Willingham, accompanied by
his attomey, Tom Brooks, also


commission seat before qualify-
ing to run for mayor, there would
be an opportunity to add the com-
mission post to the March 2010
ballot, Lux said.
After serving his first four-
year tenn as commissioner from
2002 to 2006, Smith unsuccess-
fully challenged Amold for the
mayoralty four years ago.
After two years out of office,
Smith was elected in November
2007 to fill the post fonnerly held
by Commissioner Robert
Billingsley. Billingsley died in
office in January 2008.

Amold said the city's charter
gave the mayor the authority in
all personnel actions and denied
the commission a chance to vote
on Smith's motion.
Miller asked the mayor,
"What's going to happen to the
next person who gets caught
doing something illegal (after)
following advice from city
hall?"
Willingham said he plans to
sue the city. Smith asked him to
sue the mayor personally, not
the city itself.


SMITH
From page A-1

year and Valparaiso residents for
least I ailab ualific1atiole

city clerk.
Johnson, who is completing
her first tenn, said she will not
seek reelection. Both Amold,
mayor since 1964, and Strong, a
commissioner since 1970, told the
Beacon they have not yet decided
whether to seek reelection.
Smith, who is two years into
his second tenn on the colmnis-

EX-CO P
From page A-1
The suspension and eventual
firing of the police officer
stemmed from Willingham's
seafood store being cited by the
city administrator with a num-
ber of alleged code violations.
The store's occupational license
was not renewed when it
expired Oct. 1. Willingham was
the city's chief code enforce-
ment officer, and as such should


lawyers Chris H. Bentley and Fred
Aschauer, who also represent the
city, would meet again with city
commissioners on their negotia-
tions with the Air Force attempt-
ing to settle the city lawsuit over
jet noise from a planned F-35
training wing at Eglin Air Harce
Base.
The three city lawyers, a court
reporter, Mayor Bruce Amold,
and city commissioners Heyward
Strong, Tom Miller and Lydia
Johnson met for nearly half an
hour in the Nov. 4 closed session.
Commissioner Brent Smith did
not attend the meeting.

***
Kenneth Arthur Seastrand, 40,
of 1524 Pine St., Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by sher-
iffsdeputiesOct.28 forlinuing.
more than 15 pounds but less
than 500 pounds, and for nui-
sance injurious to health.


Strike Fighters at Eglin. The Air
Force has released data showing
that F-35 jet noise in much of the
city was expected to become too
loud for residential use.
In February the Air Harce made
a decision to deploy only 59 of
107 F-35 training craft at Eglin,
and to place temporary restrictions
on their operation to reduce noise.
The Air Harce also ordered a sup-
plemental environmental impact
study to include additional mitiga-
tion efforts before making a sec-
ond decision on basing an addi-
tional 48 more F-35s at Eglin, or
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By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville Eagles complet-
ed an undefeated season while
bringing home a district 2-4A title
with Friday night's 56-38 win
over county rival Crestview High
School.
It was as though two games
were played on Friday night. The
Eagles found themselves trailing
the Bulldogs twice in a first half
that gave Crestview the hope of
being the only team to bring down
the previously unstoppable
Eagles. The Bulldogs certainly
played like that was their mission,
and at times it looked as though
they would succeed. However, as
the sign over the practice field
reads, "The will to prepare pre-
cedes the will to win.
Freshman Andrew Mitchell
started the game with a kickoff
that landed beyond the end zone
but Crestview's first possession
was futile and the Eagles took
over, but not for long. A fumble on
the first snap recovered by the
Bulldogs, led to a Crestview
touchdown.
As the quarter progressed, the
defense held and the offense
began to come alive, with first
downs by running backs Roy
Finch and Garrett Fletcher. Early
in the second quarter, quarterback
Kyle McDorman handed off to
Finch for a fourth-down two-yard


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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Linebacker Stefano Schutte drags down Crestview quarterback
Blake Ritchey during Friday's 56-38 Eagle victory. Running to
help is linebacker Tim Peregoy.
touchdown to tie the game. "Keep playing hard, working
The Eagles took the lead hard every week, and plays like
halfway through the second quar- that will come to you," said the
ter after an impressive drive that senior tight end/1inebacker.
put the ball in the hands of Kody Two first downs by Pullen led
Williams, Garrett Fletcher and to a touchdown pass from
Stefano Schutte before the touch- McDorman to Williams, his sec-
down run by Spencer Pullen. A ond of the quarter.
failed two-point conversion Touchdowns by both teams
brought the score to 13-7. brought the score to 42-24 at the
Crestview regained the lead end of the third quarter.
just minutes later with a touch- The scoring by both teams did-
down that followed a controversial n't stop in the fourth quarter. The
fourth down conversion that gave widest gap on the scoreboard (56-
the Bulldogs a first down. The 30)camewithatouchdownrunby
Eagles pulled ahead with a touch- Garrett Fletcher late in the game.
down by Finch and completion to Hetcher also played both sides of
Williams for two points after. the ball, with 60 rushing yards
Each time the Eagles pulled along with several key recoveries
ahead, Crestview responded, forc- of onside kicks, one of
ing the coaches and players to use Crestview's failed strategies to
all components of the team's weaken the Eagles.


The Bulldogs kept fighting and
scored a final eight points with
seconds left in the game to finish
with a score of 56-38.
Hicks knew the game might be
a tight one.
"I thought they were a good
football team that made some mis-
takes that kept them from winning
more games," he said.
After a week off, the team will
have a run at the playoffs Nov. 20
at home against Pace, which is
what Hicks says the team is all
about. Niceville defeated Pace,
42-27, Oct. 2.


By Vincent Demakas
Special to the Beacon
The Niceville High School jun-
ior varsity football team finished
its 2009 season with a perfect 8-0
record.
The team's dominating run
was one for the record books as it
foughttowardthefirsteverunde-
feated JV season any of the coach-
ing staff can recall. It was filled
with highlights throughout as the
Eagles stormed through their
schedule, outscoring their oppo-
nents, 158-63.
Although every varsity coach
took time to assist with the squad,
the offense was primarily run by
coach Grant Thompson, while the
defense operated under coach
Kody Martin.
The season included four
shutouts, tying a record previously
by this year's varsity Eagle seniors
when they were on JV.
"Our defense stood out statisti-
cally," said Thompson. "They
went five games and 21 quarters
(total) without giving up a point."
This was seemingly made eas-
ier by a secondary consisting of
Alexander Alford, Kevin


Chasteen, Austin Savage and Josh
Jones, who teamed up for multiple
interceptions throughout the sea-
son. Linebacker and defensive
captain Andrew Demakas added
to the total several times but it was
Savage who really put up the
numbers, having at least one inter-
ception in every game that he
started.
The Eagles were not without
challenges this year. They opened
up the season on the road against
Crestview, pulling off a 22-14 vic-
tory in overtime. In their second
meeting with Choctaw, both teams
were scoreless for the first three
quarters until the Eagles capital-
ized on a fumble forced by
Demakas deep in Eagle territory
with only minutes left to play.
Marching 85 yards to score the
game's only touchdown in a tor-
rential downpour, they took the
game, 6-0.
Throughout the year the
offense was a force to be reckoned
with. Led by the quarterbacking
duo of Alford and Josh Esquibel,
running backs John Hudson and
Terrell Nickles compiled yard
after yard behind a group of full-


backs and offensive linemen that
peeled apart opposing defenses
with aggressive determination.
They were an impressive group
of athletes who were willing to put
in the extra effort that brings about
success.
"I was extremely proud of how
they practiced," Thompson said.
"They had to show maturity
beyond that ofa normal 10th grad-
er by working individually during
(varsity) practice on drills that I
would give them. They were also
eager to stay late after practice to
hone their skills. None of this was
required. They volunteered to do
it."
In their final game of the sea-
son, on the road in Panama City,
Niceville and Mosely battled back
and forth in four quarters of foot-
ball that kept the crowd on the
edge of their seats. In the end, the
Eagles prevailed, 31-23, over the
Dolphins who rode a 17-game win
streak coming into the match.
Thompson called it a "s-sal
victory to go on the road and beat
an outstanding football team." But
it was more than that, it was a fit-
ting end to a perfect season.


strength.
The Bulldogs squeezed in a
field goal just before the half,
which narrowed Niceville's lead
to 21-17 and proved once again
Crestview's determination to mar
the Eagles' winning season.
After a rousing Veteran's Day
halftime show that featured both
schools' marching bands, the
Eagles took the field with regained
composure.
A new game was played. The
defense hit the field with an
amped up intensity. Of that inten-
sity, head coach John Hicks said,
"I thought our whole team fed off
ofit 'fumble recovery by defen-
sivelinebackerMichaelWhiteled
to the Eagles second touchdown
of the half, and extended the Eagle
lead to 35-17. The defense kept
the plays coming with a quarter-
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The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce
announced its November
Building the Furture Award
winner-Richard Martin of
O' Sullivan Creel.
Martin currently serves on
the
Education
Committee
as well as
the Military
Affairs
Committee.
He devotes
his time to
volunteering
for the
Richard Martin 50/50 draw-
ing to raise
money for area schools as well
as helping with Teacher
Appreciation week and FCAT
Pencil Deliveries. According to
the Chamber, Martin is always
willing to assist with
Education Committee projects.
Additionally, he participates in
military projects to support he
9
that show local military leaders
the chamber's dedication to
their mission.
e Building the Future
Award is dedicated to individu-
als or organizations that stand
out as working selflessly to
make a difference in the future
of the community or chamber.

The October Yard of the
Month or' dille sdw reded

Wilkinson, 1608 26th St.
David and Terri Fedonczak,
362 Jasmine Ave., won the

"!""foontGadean C ub'tsh ard
month of October.
***
The November Yard of the
Month for Niceville is awarded
to Stan and Angie Chandler,
1687 Glenwood Court. The
Valparaiso November Yard-of-
the Month belongs to Jim and
Pam Green and is located at
1155 Bayshore Drive.
***
At the recent Florida
Realtor convention in Orlando,
two local Realtors were elected
to positions in the Women's
Council of
Realtors
Florida
State
Chapter. .
Jean Floyd
of Niceville
and Keller /
Williams
Realty
Emerald
Coast was
elected gov- Jean Floyd
emor for
Districts 7, 8
and 9. She will also serve on
the National Goveming Board.
Penny Ericksen of Destin and
Keller Williams Realty
Emerald Coast was elected
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By Mike Griffith
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Diabetes is a potentially fatal
or disabling disease that affects
about 24 million Americans,
including nearly 6 million who
have the illness but are not yet
aware they have it, said volunteer
health workers at Crossroads
Center Medical Clinic.
Crossroads is a faith-based med-
ical clinic that provides free pri-
mary care for local residents who
cannot afford to get medical care
from conventional sources. The
clinic is sponsored by the
Emerald Coast Fellowship of
Baptist Churches, but does not
discriminate

p zoe s
ordin
ahec rehg to
gi s beliefs
or affilia-
tions, and
receives
some of its
resources
Mary Hawkins from secular
as well as
faith-based sources.
Crossroads Clinic provides a
variety of medical services to its
clients, who currently number


Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
Registered Dietician Deanna Howard Gonzalez discusses some
of the foods that make up a healthy diet with diabetes patient
Chris Berry, a waiter who lives in Villa Tasso.


more than 700. Many of these
clients are diabetic, said clinic
manager Mary Ann Hawkins, a
licensed social worker who helps
patients navigate their way
through the health care system
and gain access to medical and
social services her clients may
not have known about or been
able to use on their own.
Diabetes, said Hawkins, is a


chronic, life-long illness that can
be controlled by the use of
insulin and other drugs, by care-
fully monitoring one's diet and
lifestyle, and by frequently
checking one's levels of blood
sugar and insulin, a hormone that
helps the body process sugar into
a way for living cells. Such care,
however, can be prohibitively
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1st SOW Public Affairs
Members of the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce served a lunch of
boiled shrimp to more than
100 airmen and civilians at
Hurlburt Field
The event was organized
by the chamber's Military
Affairs Committee to show
support for airmen living in
base dorms.
"Many of the airmen living
on base don't have family in
this area," Jim Heald, chair-
man of the chamber commit-
tee. "This is our way to show
that the community here is
their family."
"Some of us are former
military members and we
know the sacrifices that they
make every day," Heald said.
The chamber held a similar
event for dormitory residents
at Eglin Air Force Base in
September.
On the day of the Oct. 28
event at Hurlburt, organizers
set up the picnic area for
Southern-style shrimp boil
with potatoes, sausage and
com-on-the-cob. Airmen were


also treated to complimentary
Frisbees and koozies.
"It's a small token of our
appreciation. We're just doing
our part to support the
troops," Heald said.
Col. Greg Lent.el, 1st
Special Operations Wing
commander, attended and
spoke about the importance of
the community supporting the
airmen.
"We appreciate the support
for the dorm residents by the
local community and civic
leaders. We can't do what we
do here without you," Lent.el
said.
One of the dorm residents
who attended the event was
Airman Dalton Mossey, an
aircraft electrical systems
apprentice with the 1st
Special Operations Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron.
He arrived here in
September, but hasn't visited
his home in Troy, Mont.,
since January. He said he
appreciated the hospitality
shown to him at the event.
"It was a good time to be
here with friends and enjoy
the free food," Mossey said.


Patsy Bland of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce visits with airmen at a Dorm Residents
Appreciation Picnic at the Community Park Oct. 28. The sponsors also provided Frisbees and koozies
to airmen.


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and employment. As many women feel that there is no way to leave a
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and assist victims to leave dangerous situations and begin the process of
building violence free lives for their families.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


'CTOssroads helps patients with their
.
appilC8t/Ons for medicines, as well as
With other similar issues, for diabetics

and people with other illnesses.'
-Mary Ann Hawkins


Sunday Mornine 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
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Everyone Welcome!
Sunday SchooL . . . . .9:45 a.m.
Worship ..............10:45a.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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A community of believers who are joined together by a t,
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christian j'
Sunday Mornipg -5 "
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Holy Euc s 8 at 0:30 a.m.
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Men s Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
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Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth Sc Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
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other illnesses, who cannot anard
to buy their own. Applying for
such items, however, is a com-
plex, difficult process for patients
unfamiliar with the application
system.
"Crossroads helps patients
with their applications for medi-
cines, as well as with other similar
issues, for diabetics and people
with other illnesses," Hawkins
said. "We also partner with phar-
maceutical companies and with
local hospitals to make the system
work more smoothly." As a result
of Crossroad's help, she said,


Although he learned to control his
illness with monitoring and the
use of insulin, Berry has struggled
to pay for his health until now. In
addition, he said, Crossroads' dia-
betes education program has
helped him become better
infonned about the latest infonna-
tion surrounding his illness.
"Chris didn't think he could
dare to eat many carbohydrates,
such as bread, until we were able
to help him obtain more insulin
and use it to control his blood
sugar," said Registered Dietician
Deanna Howard Gonzales, who


times prevent diabetes and other
diseases, to health maintenance
for those who have an illness.
Regarding what her experi-
ences with patients at Crossroads
has taught her about the state of
health care in America and how it
should be improved, Hawkins
said, "Health care is too big and
complicated an issue for any one
plan to solve it. No 'refonn' will
fix it all. No matter what sort of
plan the government or anyone
else comes up with, there will
always be people who slip
through the cracks, like so many
of our patients, who cannot anard
their own health insurance but
aren't poor enough to qualify for
government programs like
Medicaid. That's why free clinics
like this one are so important."
Crossroads doesn't "fix it all"
either, admitted Hawkins, because
there are some important medical
serviceshercliniccannotprovide,
at least not yet. "We are not
equipped to do mammograms,
and we cannot provide prenatal
care for pregnant women or their
unborn children." Nevertheless,
she said, Crossroads continues to
do what it can for as many people
as possible.
For infonnation about
Crossroads Center Medical
Clinic, call 839-3015, visit the
web site at
crossroadsclinicfwb.org, or visit
the clinic itself at the First Baptist
Church, 444 Valparaiso Parkway,
building C, Valparaiso.


CLINIC
From page B-1
expensive for patients who do not
have health insurance or other
means of paying for the drugs and
monitoring equipment they need
to care for themselves,
One such patient is Chris
Berry, a waiter who lives in Villa
Tasso. While his job enables him
to earn a living, it does not offer
health insurance or pay enough to
buy the medical supplies he needs
to stay healthy.
Berry held up two boxes, one
large and the other deceptively
small. The large box contained a
blood glucose monitor valued at
about $100, and the small box
contained about 100 blood testing
strips. Berry requires about five or
six strips each day, he said, and
they cost about $1 apiece.
Until recently, Berry had to
forego some of his monitoring
because he could not anard as
many strips as he actually needed,
which put his health at risk. "Chris
was down to his last strip when he
came to us," said Hawkins. "He
was saving it in case he had an
emergency."
What Berry did not know
before he came to Crossroads,
Hawkins said, is that many phar-
maceutical companies, despite
their popular stereotype as heart-
less, greedy corporations interest-
ed only in profit, actually offer
free drugs and monitoring sup-
plies to diabetics, and patients of


Berry and others are now getting
the drugs and supplies they need
free of charge.
"Drug companies have given
us over a half million dollars
worth of medicine and supplies,"
said Hawkins. "We could never
have raised that much money on
our own."
Diabetes is a subtle and poten-
tially deadly disease that comes in
twobasicfonns."lhaveTypeOne
diabetes," said Berry. "I first
noticed it as a child, when Ibegan
to get sick and lost ant i-c.."


works at Twin Cities Hospital
when not volunteering her time as
a diabetes educator at Crossroads.
"Now, he can eat more of the
foods he likes and maintain a bet-
ter-balanced diet, adding to his
overall health."
The key to success with either
fonn of the illness, she said, is
early detection, education about
how to manage diabetes, and care-
ful monitoring and treatment.
Cnassroads Clinic, she said, helps
with all those activities, from reg-
ular checkups to detect, and some-


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Wueed a oa u9naon 2p.m.(noon)
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9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
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K of C wins distinction
Knights of Columbus Christ Our Redeemer Council
#13527, Niceville, past Grand Knight Tom Sanders
accepts the Double Star Council award for the 2008-
2009 fraternal year from District Deputy Ray Schlitt.
The award was presented at a special ceremony held
at Rocky Bayou Country Club on Oct. 18.


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Summer to vie for award
Halee Sommer has been
nominated by the faculty of
Nice ville
H i g h
School for

Daughhtere
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American
Revolution

DoAoR
Halee Sommer Citizenship
a ward .
Halee, a senior at NHS, will
now compete for an award
which is given on a merit basis
including completion of a
questionnaire, essay, scholastic
record and a letter of recom-
mendation. The DAR commit-
tee recognizes and rewards
high school seniors who pos-
sess good citizenship qualities
of dependability, service, lead-
ership, and patriotism in their
homes, schools and communi-
ties.
Destiny book readers
Students in the Accelerated
Reading program at Destin
Middle School were chal-
lenged to read as many books
as possible within one grading
period. The three winners cele-
i re mpa hm
chat about their favorite books.
Winners were: Ben Evans'
grade six, 24 books; Nathan
Kight, grade seven, 20 books;
and Mark Landers, grade six'
13 books.
Club elects officers
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Shakespeare Club
recently held its elections.
These students were elected as
club officers: Rebecca
Weaver, 12th grade, president;
Stephanie Serban, 12th
grade, vice-president; Hope
Given, 12th grade, secretary;
Jessica Maney, 12th grade,
treasurer; James Kim, 12th
grade, and Jin-Woo Jang,
11th grade, Christian service
co-chairmen.
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club traveled to London,
Scotland, and Ireland. Club
members also have reserved
seats for two plays at the
Shakespeare Theatre in
Montgomery, Ala.
The club's Christian service
project this year is to assist in
:=-..Illusill--. packing, and mail-
ing supplies to assist military
men and women ministering to
Afghan school children.

HsiSang saHOBYHr png was
selected by the faculty as
Niceville High School's Hugh
O Brian

LYe deursthih
( HOBY )
representa-
tive for the
2009 HOBY
seminar in
Tallahassee.
North
Florida Stephanie
HOBY, a Hsiang
regional
chapter of the nationally rec-
ognized Hugh O'Brian Youth
Leadership Program, will lead
ambassadors through four days
of activities focused on leader-
ship and service. Elite high
school representatives from
across Florida will participate
in activities aimed at building
confidence in leadership and
critical thinking skills.
10 from RBCS place in bee
Ten Rocky Bayou Christian
School students placed in the
Oct. 23 Florida Association of
Christian Colleges and Schools
Spelling Bee in Tallhassee:
Ethan Rodriguez, first
grade, third place; Jenna
Lewis, third grade, second
place; Daniel Young, second
grade, fourth place; John
Welsh, fourth grade, first
place; Nic Nolan, fourth
grade, second place; Lexi
Kirkpatrick, fifth grade,
fourth place; Duncan Foster,
sixth grade, second place; lan
Kampert, seventh grade, sec-
ond place; Josh Preston, sev-
enth grade, third place; Tyler
Paskell, eighth grade, second
place.
All of these students were
invited to attend the State
Spelling Bee, Nov. 13 in
Orlando.


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dents received two of the
three cash awards at the
Oct. 24-25 Destin Festival
of the Arts. Junior
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third for her colored pencil
drawing and won $50.
Senior Abby Warren
placed second with her
photograph, winning $75.


Freepon

Elementary

COllectS

canned food
Teresa Tripp's winning Freeport
Elementary second grade class
displays food items collected
during Red Ribbon Week.
Students collected canned
goods. The school collected
579 items with Tripp's students
collecting 102 items. Through
its efforts, the class won an ice
cream party. The items were
donated to the Destiny Worship
Center to be given away in
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Holly K. Burke
Sept. 7, 1990-Oct. 30, 2009
Holly Kaitlyn Burke, 19, of
Destiny, passed away Oct. 30,
2009, surrounded by her loving
family, fianed, and caring med-
ical team, at St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital, in Memphis,
Tenn
Holly was bom in
Morristown, N.J., and grew up in
Destiny. She was a 2009 graduate
of Fort Walton Beach High
School. She will be remembered
for her bravery, faith, and posi-
tive outlook, as well as for her
caring and loving heart.
Holly is survived by her
mother, Carol Ditzel Burke;
father, Michael Burke; flaned,
Kyle Marinan; brothers, Scott
Burke, Chris and Joseph
Kostecki, Lucas Burke; sister,
Ella Burke; a-clind fullio. Herb
Ditzel; stepmother, Maria
Burke; and Dan Helms, who
offered tremendous love and
support.
A memorial service and cele-


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Friday of each month, 6-10:30 p.m.
Call 729-8600. Sign-up is required.
Contact the church at least two days
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Mistletoe Market Nov. 12-15 at the
Emerald Coast
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. . .
Holly Kaitlyn Burke

ration of Holly's life will be
conducted by Fr. Roy Marion, at
Christ Our Redeemer Catholic
Church, Niceville, Nov. 14,
2009, at 10 a.m., with a recep-
tion to follow.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Shred Out Cancer, a
non-profit organization estab-
lished by Holly's brothers, Chris
and Joe, at www.shredout
cancer.org, or through Wachovia
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to her heart. It was Holly's wish
to help others fighting cancer.
Her guest books may be signed
at memorialparkonline.com and
legacy.com.


at the event or online. Daily ticket
prices at the door are $5 for adults, $2
for children 6-12, children 5 and
under, free.
Shopping hours: Friday and
Saturday, Nov.13 and 14, 10 a.m.-6
p.m SundayMNov 15,10 a.m.-4 p.m.


ea c El p IToeChamber
of Commerce is spearheading
nHolidays with Heart: Patriotic Lettel
from Home," a community pmject to
send local deployed troops letters of
encouragement support and gratitude
over the holiday season. The Chamber
office will accept letters throughout
November, Monday-Thursday 8
a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.
Businesses, schools, families and
community members are invited to
stop by the Chamber office on
Monday and Tuesdays from 10
a.m.-4 p.m. to create their messages
to send overseas. Paper, pens and
greeting cards will be available along
with some suggested points to include
as you write. The chambers goal is to
c ect 700 letters to send out. More
nation: 78-2323.

MO s ha temational
Christian prayer ministry where
women gather to pray for children and
schools, meets at First United
Methodist Church of Niceville
Tuesday, 8-9 a.m. Call Pia Elsesser,
729-0872 or visit MomsInTouch.org.
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Florida Southem College and the
University of Florida and eamed
her degree in Education. She
proudly taught French and
Spanish at Lakeland Senior High
School and Godby High School
in Tallahassee for many years.
She sponsored the foreign lan-
guage club, loved taking trips
with students, and even traveled
with groups of students to
Europe. Maxine was a proud
member of the Gator Nation and
always enjoyed the "Orange and
Blue." Her only disappointment
in life was that Steve Spurrier
ever left the University of
Florida. Many people loved
Maxine, including family,
friends, and the staff at Carington
Manor.
A visitation was held on
Wednesday, November 4, 4:30 to
6 p.m. at Heritage Gardens
Funeral Home in Niceville
Florida. Maxine was laid to rest
November 5 at 1 p.m. following a
graveside service at Sassers
Landing Cemetery in Jennings,
Fla.
You may view a memorial and
sign the guestbook at www.her
itagegardensfuneralhome.com.
Heritage Gardens Funeral
Home of Niceville, Fla., was
entrusted with the arrangements.


IVIaxine B. Howell
1928-2009
Maxine Boulware Howell
passed on to a better place on the
cool Sunday aftemoon of
November 1, 2009, surrounded
by loved ones.
Maxine was bom on February
26, 1928, in Palmetto, Fla., to
Max and Daisy Boulware.
Maxine is survived by her hus-
band, Wm. Bruce Howell; her
children William B. Jr. (wife
Sherry), Danny (wife Terri), and
Joseph (wife Lorre); her grand-
children Joseph Jr. (wife
ha), D Jeff (wif
ars an, rey
Kimberly), Wm. Bruce, III,
James, Elizabeth, Sean, and
Brady; by her great-grandson
Benjamin; and many nieces and
nephews; and by her cat and dog,
Oliver and Jewels.
Maxine was preceded in death
by her parents Max and Daisy
Boulware of McIntosh; her
brother Robert Boulware of
Gainesville; her granddaughter
enee Howell; and her loyal pet,
Chicken.
Maxine started her life with
Wm. Bruce Howell on April 4,
1950, in McIntosh, Fla. While
loving and raising their three
sons, Maxine also attended


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to an attempt at the largest single can
collectionfortheGuinnessBookof
World Records on Nov. 14 at all
McDonalds from Panama City to
Pensacola.

Celebration for vets
Covenant Hospice will host a spe-
cial Veterans Recognition
Celebration, 10 a.m., Wednesday
Nov. 11, at The Manor at Blue Water
Bay, 1500 N. White Point Road,
Niceville. The celebration is free and
open to the public.
Each veteran will be presented
with a Hospice and Veteran's
Partnership pin and a certificate
expressing gratitude for their years of
service to the country. Active duty
military will be at the celebration, and
will visit patients. More information:
Diane DaCosta, 729-1800 or covenant
thospice.org.
Garden club to meet
Wednesday, Nov. 11, the
Valparaiso Garden Club will wel-
come guest designer/speaker, Judy
Kiliher, a member of the Pensacola
Federation of
Garden Clubs and
winner of the
Educational
Award of last
year's state flower
show. The meeting, at the Valparaiso
Library in the Activities Room,
begins with refreshments and a social.
The business meeting begins at 9:30
a.m. More information: Club
President Kay Parsons, 678-1461.

Tibbetts at vet breakfast
Dr. Alexis Tibbetts will speak
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m., at the
12th annual Veteran's Day "One
Nation Under God Breakfast" hosted
by AmVets Post 78, 910 Valastics
Ave., Valparaiso, and the Niceville
Exchange Club at AmVets. Tickets
are $3 and can be purchased at the
AmVets, from any Niceville
Exchange member or at the door.
More information: Carol Mullins-
Hernandez at 240-0616.
State parks fee waived
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Florida
State Parks will waive day-use
entrance fees for all visitors at
Florida's award-winning state parks
on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in recognition
and honor of veterans and active duty
military on Veterans Day.
Smoked meat fundraiser
The Niceville High School girls
softball team will begin selling sea-
soned and smoked Boston butts
Monday, Nov. 12, for $25. The 4-
plus-pound butts contain no MSG and
can be purchased from any softball
player or by calling Nicolle Watts,
642-1292 or e-mailing
hibbqguy@cox.net. Orders must be
placed by Dec. 11. Meat will be deliv-
ered Dec. 15. Proceeds go toward
field improvements, equipment,
portable concession stand and con-
struction of softball field bathrooms.
Golf to fund baseball team
The annual Niceville High School
baseball team fundraising golf tourna-
ment will have a
change of venue
to the Rocky
Bayou Country
Club Thursday,
Nov. 12, 12:30
p.m. A four-person team costs $350
and includes food, prizes, putting
green and driving range. There will be
room for only 36 teams.
To sponsor a team or feature a
business with a sign on one of the
greens, contact Jim Phillips'
jphillips1023@aol.com, 830-3023, or
Mike Wells, wellsl617@aol.com,
897-2293.
Holiday bereavement
For those who have lost loved
ones, the Covenant Hospice

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Bereavement Department will pro-
vide a free workshop to help get
through the holiday season. The
workshop will be held 5:30-7 p.m.,
Friday, Nov. 13, at Niceville's First
Presbyterian Church, 1800 John Sims
Pkwy.
Workshop will include tips on
how to cope during the holidays, nor-
mal grief reactions, door prizes and a
guest speaker. This free workshop is
open to the pubhc and a dessert buffet
willbeserved.Forreservations:Chris
Krebs, 729-1800, ext. 263.
'Sounds of the Stadium.
The Niceville High School Eagle
Pride Band will present the 4th annu-
al Sounds of the Stadium, 7 p.m.,
Friday, Nov. 13, at the Mattie Kelly
Performing Arts Center, Northwest
Florida State College campus,
Niceville. Color guard and majorettes
also will participate. Doors open at
6:30 p.m. No charge but donations are
accepted at the door afterward.
Barbecue plates, $7
Niceville Church of God is spon-
soring a take-out barbecue meal 11
a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.14, at the
church, 206 Palm Blvd. N. (across
from the paintball course). Plates cost
$7. Proceeds benefit the medical fund
of cancer patient Raymond Hall.
Basketball tryouts
Faithfulness, Discipline,
Diligence, Inc. (FDD) plans traveling
basketball team tryouts at Niceville
High School Saturday, Nov. 14.
Tryout time is 6:30-7:30 p.m. for
13U-14U boys and girls. The season
begins in March. Tryout fee is $10.
Tryout and Waiver form must be filled
out online at fddbball.com.
Questions: Jerome Strutchen,
coach@fddbball.com.


Eminent domain victims?
It you're descended from a family
who was displaced during the emi-
nent domain government takeover of
family residences in the 1930s and
1940s in what is now Eglin Air Force
Base (was the New Home and Alice
Creek areas), the Gone But Not
Forgotten project committee wants
you to come to a gathering at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, at Southwide
Baptist Church, Coy Burgess Road,
DeFuntak Springs. The committee
hopes to put together a recorded his-
tory of the takeover, as remembered
by those famihes affected. Come to
the covered-dish event and bring a
dish to share as well as old pictures
and family stories. More information:
897-2145, 850-5353, 892-9578, or
951-2374.
Genealogical Society
The Genealogical Society of
Okaloosa County will meet at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Heritage
Museum, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso. The speaker will be
genealogist Sally Reinhart. Meetings
are open to anyone. After the meeting,
all those interested will jom in a
Dutch Treat lunch at a local restau-
rant.
Peter Mayer to sing


at 217-8481. Seating is limited and on
a first-come, first-served basis.
Refreshments will be on sale.
Wine tasting for museum
Tradewinds Restaurant owners
Tom and Terry D'Eufemia invite you
to "Help Save History." Come to the
restaurant, 205 Government Ave.,
Sunday, Nov. 15,
3-5 p.m. for the
a n n u a 1
Tradewinds Wine
Tastingtobenefit
the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida.
Mingle with friends and colleagues
while sampling wines and light appe-
tizers. Tickets, which are tax
deductible, are $30 per person, and
areavailableattherestaurantoratthe
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso or call 678-2615.
College plans Greece tour
Northwest Florida State College
plans a tour to Greece with David C.
Simmons, Ph.D. humanities, and
Professor D. Ann Waters, Ed.S. art
history, from May 8-18. The itinerary
includes such places as Athens,
Olympia, Delphi and the islands of
Santorini, Mykonos and Delos. The
tour is open to the community. An
information meeting is planned for
Monday, Nov. 16, in J-328 of the Arts
Center. Info: Professor D. Ann
Waters: watersa@nwfsc.edu or
729-5302.
Regions collecting food
Niceville Regions Bank is collect-
ing nonperishable food donations for
Sharing & Caring of Niceville at the
1200 John Sims Parkway branch.
Patrons can drop their donations into
the box just inside the front door.
For more info, call 833-8231.


Shoebox gift drive set
Operation Christmas Child will
hold its shoebox gift drive Nov. 16-
23. This year, Niceville-Valparaiso's
Relay Center for Operation will be at
First Baptist Church, 622 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville. Hours are: 1-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.


but wrapping is not required; lids
should be wrapped separately. A note
should be attached indicating whether
the gift is for a boy or girl and the age
category for which the gift is intended
(2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, 10-14
years old).
Free USAF concert
The United States Air Force pres-
ents the United States Air Force Band
in "Airmen of Note" on tour for a
FREE concert at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center, 1250 Miracle
Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, 7
p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. Seats cannot be
reserved and are available on a first-
come, first-seated basis.


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From page B-4
Save cans for Ronald
EARTH Club at Niceville High
School sponsors the Ronald
McDonald Aluminum Can Drive.
Empty aluminum cans can be sent to
your child's third period classes. The
winning class wins a doughnut party.


Operation Christmas
the public an opportuni-
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