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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: January 13, 2010
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Code-violation settlement founders

Valparaiso mayor and challenger battle in Willingham controversy


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
"Intentionally."
That one word resulted in an argument
among the members of Valparaiso City
Commission and a power struggle
Monday between Mayor Bruce Arnold
and a mayoral candidate, Commissioner
Brent Smith.


The fireworks erupted during discus-
sion of a proposed settlement agreement
between the city of Valparaiso and Matt
Willingham, owner of Willingham
Seafood during a city commission meet-
ing Monday night. Arnold fired
Willingham as a city police captain Oct.
28 over allegations Willingham's business
had violated city codes.


Willingham's job in the police depart-
ment included enforcing the very codes he
was accused of violating.
Willingham is alleged to have built a
building for his seafood business without
getting the proper electrical, plumbing or
mechanical permits and inspections, oper-
ating in an area not properly zoned for a
commercial business, tapping into the


Beacon photo by Del Lessa
An unusually long-lasting Arctic blast stunned Floridians through the first week of 2010 and resulted in ice forming ev
on the brackish waters of Rocky and Boggy bayous. Forecasters say temperatures will moderate by today. Above, an i
scene on the Niceville side of Rocky Bayou.



Cold bursts pipes, hikes heat bill


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Night after night of low tem-
peratures in the 20s have been a
cause of concern for residents
and increased revenue for some
companies.
According to records at the
Niceville sewer treatment plant,
the low January temperature
through Monday was 17 degrees
Sunday night. The high was 69
degrees Jan. 1.
Okaloosa Gas, which serves
8,333 customers in the Twin
Cities area, experienced a 75-per-
cent spike in gas usage during the


recent cold snap, to average daily
sales of 235,040 therms so far in
January, up from 134,840.
The utility also fielded some
unusual calls, according to Gary
Long, vice president.
"There has been a huge
increase in the past several years
of people using tankless water
heating," Long said. "Most are
located on the outside of the
house. When you install those,
you've got some exposed water
lines going in and out. You're
supposed to wrap them in
Please see COLD, page A-3


Beacon photo by Kenneth F
An icicle hangs from a tag on pipe behind an office buildii
Government Avenue, Niceville.


city's water and sewer system without
paying the commercial rate, among other
alleged violations.
Dana Matthews, Willingham's attorney,
told the city commission that he and City
Attorney Doug Wyckoff had agreed to all
elements of a proposed settlement of the

Please see BATTLE, page A-7


List for


college

president


narrowed

to ten

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A list of 76 candidates from
30 states as well as from the
countries of Jordan and the
Dominican Republic has been
narrowed to 10 by Northwest
Florida State College's presiden-
tial search advisory committee
(PSAC).
The college had received 76
applications by its Dec. 4 dead-
line. On Friday, the search advi-
sory committee narrowed that
field to 10 individuals who will
now advance to what committee
consultant John Pickelman called
ard the "reference checking" portion
en of the search process.
cy At its next meeting, sched-
uled for 2 p.m. Jan. 25, the 14-
member committee is expected
to narrow the list further, select-
ing no more than eight candi-
s dates to interview in person.
IS Following interviews with the
PSAC, finalists will be recom-
mended to the college's Board
of Trustees for on-campus inter-
views with the trustees, who
will make the final decision as
to who will be the next presi-
dent. Those interviews are
expected to be conducted in late
March or early April of this
year.
Pickelman, a consultant from
Academic Search, who is assist-
ing the search process, told
committee members Friday that
he will do the reference check-
ing, and will report his findings
Books to the committee. He also
ng on
Please see COLLEGE, page A-3


3 face new charges in college case


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Tallahassee judge has ruled that a tran-
script of Rep. Ray Sansom's grand jury testi-
mony be released to a House Select Committee
investigating whether Sansom broke House
rules.
Separately, Sansom, formnner college presi-
dent James R. Richburg and Destin developer
Jay Odom were each charged last week with
grand theft over $100,000 and conspiracy to


commit grand theft over $100,000. All three
have denied any wrongdoing.
The five-member House Select Committee
on Standards of Official Conduct is scheduled
to begin hearings the week of Jan. 25 on alle-
gations that Sansom's actions related to
Okaloosa-Walton College (now Northwest
Florida State College) have caused members of
the public to lose faith in the Legislature.
The House committee could clear Sansom,
or it could result in a reprimand or his expul-


Ray Sansom


sion from the House.
A south Florida resident, Susan Smith, of
Odessa, filed a complaint last year saying that
Sansom's actions in arranging more than $25-
million in funding to Okaloosa-Walton
College in the two years prior to accepting a
$110,000, non-advertised, part-time job at the
college Nov. 17-the same day Sansom was
sworn in as Speaker of the House-had
caused her to lose confidence in the integrity
of the legislative process.


A House investigator, Steven Kahn, last
June issued a report finding probable cause
that Sansom had damaged public trust in the
Legislature. Kahn cited three specific areas of
probable cause:
-Accepting the job of NWFSC Vice-
President of Planning and Development where
he would have oversight of the Leadership
Institute at the college, an institute for which
he had arranged funding.
Please see CHARGES, page A-7


Sewerage bills may jump


$40 yearly due to AF policy


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The cost of leasing Eglin land
will force local sewer bills to rise
as much as $40 a year for the
typical customer.
The expected rate increase
would stem from an Air Force
property leasing policy expected
to be applied to the Niceville,
Valparaiso, Okaloosa County
(NVOC) Regional Sewer Board,
possibly as early as later this year.
Niceville City Manager
Lannie Corbin estimated
Niceville's 6,940 sewer customers
could soon see an increase of
about $3 per month.


Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold said his city's roughly
1,800 sewer customers could
expect to pay about $3.40 more
per month.
Jeff Littrell, head of the
Okaloosa County Water and
Sewer Department, said the rate
hike for county water customers
will be "much less than $3"
because the county will spread
the costs over nearly 30,000 cus-
tomers, while only about 5,340
county customers around
Bluewater Bay send their sewage
to the NVOC regional sewer
plant in Niceville.
Corbin, Arnold and Littrell all


sit on the six-member board of
the NVOC regional sewer utility.
Eglin Air Force Base officials
say they will soon require the
Regional Sewer Board to pay
hundreds of thousands of dollars
a year for Air Force land the utili-
ty has used cost-free for almost
30 years to soak up treated efflu-
ent. Under the military's
Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) poli-
cy-requiring "fair market value"
for leases of military property-
Eglin has been converting exist-
ing leases to the new policy.
In October Eglin officials told
Please see SEWAGE, page A-2


Aerial photo shows two
regional sewer sprayfields
(light green areas) just north
of Niceville. Overlay shows
planned path of bridge con-
nector road.
Mid-Bay Bridge Authority


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the regional sewer board theywere
eager to negotiate an EUL on the
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used as an effluent sprayfield
north of Niceville. Eglin post-
poned renegotiating the lease until
the sewer board learned how
much of the sprayfield would be
lost to a 10.9-mile connector road
being built for the Mid-Bay
Bridge.
The MBBA recently told the
sewer board it planned to take
about 32 acres from the southern
portion of the sprayfields, locat-
ed about a half-mile north of
College Boulevard and east of
Highway 285. MBBA is offer-
ing the NVOC sewer board
about $640,000 in mitigation
because the sewer board might
have to make up for the lost
sprayfield acreage by expanding
to the north of the existing spray-
field.
Last week the sewer board
heard from their own engineer,
Glenn Stephens, of
Polyengineering, that continuing


the lease of 290 acres at the same
rate Eglin charged Okaloosa
County for a similar field would
cost the utility an estimated
$369,750 per year-not count-
ing an expected 2 percent annual
escalator. Eglin officials previ-
ously told the sewer board that it
should anticipate paying about
the same as Eglin charges
Okaloosa County water and
sewer for 255 acres near Fort
Walton Beach-about $1,275
per acre annually.
Stephens, of
Polyengineering, also gave the
sewer board some preliminary
cost figures for upgrading the
regional sewer treatment plant
with telliiin l .-', that would
greatly reduce its need for spray-
field land. Modernizing the
treatment plant would reduce the
NVOC sewer board's need for
leasing Eglin property from the
current 290 acres to about 80
acres, he said.
TZliii l,, h-'. upgrades would
cost between $5.6 million and
$5.8 million to build, according
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regional sewer board any money
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After 20 years the regional
sewer system would save
between $375,000 to $440,000 a
year, depending on which tech-
nology is used to upgrade.
If the NVOC board decides to
modernize, Stephens said the
utility could probably operate
the sprayfield for a short while
without immediately replacing
acreage lost to the road. He esti-
mated it would take about two
years to modernize the treatment
plant to the point where its
sprayfield needs could be
reduced to 80 acres.
The NVOC board has paid
stiff fines imposed by the state
for exceeding nitrogen levels in
groundwater around the spray-
fields. Spraying the same
amount of treated effluent on a
smaller sized field would even-
tually raise the problem of
exceeding those limits.
The regional sewer utility has
no taxing authority but does pass
on its costs to its three owners,
the cities of Niceville and


Valparaiso, as well as Okaloosa
County. The owners in turn pass
the cost on to their customers
since water and sewer services
in both cities and the county are
organized as "enterprise funds"
that must "break even" each
year, charging customers for all
expenses.
Regional sewer board mem-
bers expect Eglin to begin nego-
tiations on the lease later this
year, although no specific
timetable has been established.
Arnold, Corbin and fellow
NVOC board member Okaloosa
County Commissioner Bill
Roberts, said they would all seek
direction from their commission
boards or council before enter-
ing taking further action on plant
modernization. The regional
sewer board meets again Feb. 3.
Separately, the sewer board
last week agreed to ask the Mid-
Bay Bridge Authority to modify
the offer of $640,000 mitigation
and ask the transportation
authority to also accept any
unforeseen costs the sewer board
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Page A-3


COLD
From page A-1
insulation so they don't freeze."
But, he said, many people did-
n't do that. "Because of this
extended period, we've had proba-
bly about eight calls over the last
few days saying they weren't get-
ting any hot water. It's a simple
solution. You just insulate those
pipes. You don't want anyone to
wake up without hot water."
Some people, however, did
just that.
"A lot of backflow preventers
are freezing," said Melinda Parks,
office manager at Jim and Mike
Willingham Plumbing, Niceville.
"People are having trouble with
outside faucets, outside showers
and are having a lot of problems
with water heaters."
Pipes were freezing, causing
some to burst, necessitating
expensive repairs.
Replacing a split pipe, Parks
said, can run $90 to $140. "It can
be more if you have to replace a


Melinda Parks with burst pipe
from cold wave.
shower valve or like that," she
said. Replacing a backflow pre-
venter can run as high as $400.
"We had a big freeze years
ago," Parks said, "and we had a
whole book of people on a waiting
list that we had to get to. This has-
n't been to that extent, but it's
probably triple what we usually


have."
Parks said preparation is the
key to getting through a cold spell
unscathed.
"If a pipe is attached to the
house, they can leave it dripping,"
she said. Indoor faucets attached
to outside walls can be protected,
she said, in many cases simply by
opening cabinets to expose the
pipes to the indoor heat. "It's
mostly the exposed pipes that the
cold can get to real quickly," she
said.
Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power
spokesman, said that utility has
also experienced a jump in elec-
tricity use. He said the company
hit its peak demand so far for the
winter on Jan. 11, of 2,553
megawatts, a winter record. A


megawatt is 1 million watts. A
kilowatt costs residential cus-
tomers 12.6 cents, Rogers said.
"Our all-time peak in August
2007 was 2,634 megawatts,"
Rogers said. As cold as it has
been, the temperatures haven't
reached those of January 2003,
when Gulf Power hit its all-time
winter peak of 2,500 megawatts,
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that enjoyed in April 2008, aver-
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From page A-1
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using such resources as
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still under consideration by the
search advisory committee are:
-Jeff Allbritten, president, Collier
Campus, Edison College, Fort Myers.
-William Coppola, executive
director of academic partnerships and
initiatives, Lonestar College, Texas.
-Hank Dunn, chancellor for the
Central Indiana Region, Ivy Tech


Community College, Indiana.
-Richard Federinko, senior vice
chancellor, Troy University, Alabama.
-Ty Handy, president, Vermont
Technical College, Vermont
-John Holdnak, vice chancellor for
Financial Policy, Florida College
System, Tallahassee.
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dent affairs, Mississippi State
University.
-Patrick Schmitt, campus execu-
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Lady Falcons outplay Pryor


Grab lead,

and never

give it up

By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
The Lewis varsity girls
stopped the Pryor Lady Pirates,
39-32, Thursday, taking the lead
wire-to-wire.
The Lady Pirates won pos-
session on the tipoff, and it
looked like Pryor would have
the first basket of the afternoon
until the shot rolled off the rim
and back into the crush of play-
ers. The first score of the game
came halfway through the first
quarter when Aubrey West sank
a foul shot for Lewis, followed
closely by a basket on a rebound
from Brooke Jones. The score at
the end of the first quarter stood
at 10-4, Lewis.
The Lady Falcons didn't sur-
render that advantage for the
rest of the game. Though Pryor
was able to get the ball into
Lewis' territory often, the Lady
Falcons blocked multiple score
attempts and pulled off more
than one turnover, resulting in a
basket.
Deosha Walker kept the heat
on with a breakaway play for
Pryor, missed, but Jasmine
Edward grabbed the ball on the
rebound and made the two-point
shot.


Beacon photo by Erin Bill
Lady Falcons Amber Fling (21), Brooke Jones (14), Njera Frazier (12) and Michaela Mitchel battle
Pryor players for the ball Thursday. Lewis won the game, 39-32.


West stayed in the thick of
the action for Lewis until she
took a hard fall and sat out the
rest of the half. As the clock ran
out on the second quarter,
Jewels Rivera snatched the ball
for Pryor and took a shot at the
buzzer that missed, leaving the
score 19-9 with Lewis still
ahead.
Each team had racked up
eight fouls by the end of the
half, testifying to the intense
action on the court. Officials


appealed to Bob Payne, coach
for the Lady Falcons, and
Sheldon Morris, coach for the
Lady Pirates, to calm down as
they challenged the referees'
calls.
Edward started off the sec-
ond half with a basket for Pryor.
A layup by Rivera with Walker
assisting followed, bringing the
score to 19-13 with Lewis still
leading. The teams continued to
trade points, with the Falcons
always staying just ahead.


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The Lady Pirates stayed in
the game, opening the fourth
quarter with a basket, answered
immediately by another two
points from Lewis. The advan-
tage stayed with Lewis
throughout the quarter despite
Pryor's refusal to go down eas-
ily. Both teams fought for pos-
session in the last two minutes
of the game, pressing from one
end of the court to the other.
Walker scored twice for
Pryor, narrowing the gap to 35-
28, Lewis. Another basket by
Pryor brought the Lady Pirates
even closer to Lewis. Walker
snatched the ball out of the
Lady Falcons' possession and
sprinted down the court again
to shoot, but missed this time.
In the last seconds of the game,
the Lady Falcons took posses-
sion and West sank a shot at the
buzzer to end the game, 39-32,
for a Lewis victory.
"My honest opinion is we
should have been wiped out,"
said Morris of the Lady Pirates'
first game back after winter
vacation. "Our girls came out
flat and we played flat the
whole game. The holidays
weren't good to us. But (the
girls) all showed heart."
What was the highlight of
the game for the Lady Falcons'
coach? "Defense was a high-
light. Good, strong solid
defense. Team effort. Just a
great team effort," said Payne.
The game was the Lewis girls'
second since returning from
vacation.
And the highlight of the
game for eighth-graders
Aubrey West and team captain
Kiyana Gee? The girls had
trouble coming up with an
answer. "The whole fact that
we won," West finally said,
smiling.


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Austin Willis dribbles downcourt just ahead of Pryor
defenders Thursday. Lewis won the game, 39-30.


Lewis boys come


back for cage win


By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
Lewis Middle School varsi-
ty boys basketball team
stopped Pryor Thursday, 39-
30.
The Pirates gave a sign of
things to come when they won
the tip-off and raced down the
court to score a basket within
the first minute of the game.
Pryor slapped the basketball
away from Lewis players sev-
eral times in the first quarter,
keeping the game on the
Falcons' side of the court.
Curtis Jarrett sank a long bas-
ket for Pryor in the last minute
of the first quarter and Pryor
brought the ball back down to
Lewis' basket to score again
right before the buzzer, to lead
9-2 at the end of the first quar-
ter.
The Falcons managed to
close the gap somewhat in the
second quarter, though the
teams continued to trade per-
sonal fouls and court position.
The Pirates fought hard to sink
rebounds, bringing the score at
the end of the half to 13-9,
Pryor.
The second half of the game
brought Lewis back ahead of
the curve.
Lewis' Anthony Robbins
sank the first basket of the half
and Nunemaker stepped up
again to tie the score with a
long shot over the heads of
several Pryor players.
Lavon Swafford scored for
Lewis after catching a throw-in
from Nunemaker, bringing the
Falcons ahead for the first
time, 15-13.
But the Pirates weren't
about to let the game get away


from them that easily. Jarrett
pressed down the court to sink
a layup, then scored again on a
free throw.
An overhand basket by
Falcon Nicholas Morken from
the comer was answered by
another two-point shot by
Pryor. Ellis Warren brought
Pryor back into the lead with
10 seconds left in the third
quarter, and added to that lead
with a solo free throw as the
quarter closed at 23-21, Pryor.
Lewis came out charged up
after the quarter, as Morken
opened with two baskets in
quick succession and
Nunemaker nailed two three-
point shots.
Though LeBarron Denons
and Brenden Carpinella were
able to make one foul shot
point each for Pryor, Lewis
continued to press the Pirates
on the court, making shots and
defending against their scoring
attempts. Jarrett sank the last
basket of the game for Pryor
with less than 10 seconds left
to bring the score to 39-30,
Lewis, despite the team losing
one player to the bench due to
excessive fouls.
"It was difficult. They're a
pretty good team," said eighth-
grader Morken. Morken said
he and his teammates didn't do
well in the first half and that
Pryor had some strong players.
"Second half, we came back,"
he said.
Pryor coach Rocky
Massarelli agreed. "Second
half, they just out-hustled us,"
he said. "We did a poor job of
handling their press. We gave
them a lot of uncontested
layups."


Soccer

tryouts set

for Jan. 23

Emerald Coast United
Soccer Club plans spring try-
outs Jan. 23, from 9 to 11a.m. at
Twin Oaks on the comer of
Highway. 85 and College
Boulevard, Niceville.
Tryouts will be held for all
age groups except the U16 and
U17 girls, who will try out at 1
p.m.
For complete details about
registration and the club, and to
obtain the correct forms, see
emeraldcoastunited.com.


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Christopher John Massingill,
25, of 1709 25th St., Niceville,
was arrested by members of the
Okaloosa Multi-Agency Task
Force, Jan. 5, on charges of pro-
ducing marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia. A Niceville
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covered an
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ing operation
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Massingill's
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growing the marijuana with plans
to sell it at a later date to supple-
ment his income. The Drug Task
Force found six, four-foot-tall
marijuana plants in Massingill's
bedroom, along with four other
marijuana plants in the beginning
stages. Massingill also had heat
lamps, a watering cycle, potting
soil and other items to support the
crop.
Todd Edwin Gore, a painter,
41, of 357 Glendale Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Jan. 1 on the
charge of battery, domestic vio-
lence.

Elizabeth Ashley Burnett, 22,
of 304 Reeves St., Lot F-17,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 29 on
charges of retail theft and resisting
a merchant. Burnett and another
woman, later identified as Patricia
Ann Manley, 19, of the same
address, were allegedly seen
shoplifting $47 worth of steak and
shrimp at a Niceville grocery


store, 1015 E. John Sims Parkway.
Store employees allegedly
attempted to stop the women, but
Burnett and Manley allegedly fled
in a vehicle registered to Burnett.
Store employees got the tag num-
ber of the vehicle and police went
to the trailer, where they found the
bag of shrimp and the filet mignon
steaks being marinated. Manley
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police for retail theft.

A 16-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 4 on charges of
fraudulent/illegal use of a credit
card and petit theft. On Nov. 5 the
boy allegedly used a checking
account debit card belonging to a
Niceville man to withdraw $100
from an ATM machine without the
permission of the card's owner.
The victim identified the boy after
viewing a convenience store sur-
veillance video as the person who
used the ATM. The boy was
released to the Department of
Juvenile Justice.

Andrea Stacee-Joy Wells, a
student, 22, of 363 Lincoln Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Dec. 31 for violation
of probation on original charges of
credit card fraud, uttering a forged
instrument and an unspecified
misdemeanor offense.

Jason C. Coulthart, 27, with an
at-large address and a permanent
address of 590 Hill Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies Dec. 29 for contempt of
court, violation of a domestic vio-
lence injunction.

Daniel Lee Stover, 20, of 1039
Darlington Oak Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
Dec. 23 charged with possession
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possession of cocaine, possession
of a controlled substance without a
prescription and possession of
drug paraphernalia. On Aug. 19,
in the parking lot of the Niceville
Kmart, a police informant alleged-
ly purchased 3 grams of marijuana
from Stover with $70 of recorded
police money. During execution
of a search warrant at Stover's res-
idence at a later date, members of
the Okaloosa Drug Task Force
allegedly discovered 135 grams of
marijuana, 5 grams of cocaine, a
Tylenol pill with codeine and sev-
eral smoking devices in Stover's
bedroom.

Tina Marie Chavis, 37, of 304
Reeves St., Lot F-4, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
29 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge, for a $95.37 bad
check.

Elija Larue Mason, 30, of 399
Glendale Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.


28 for failure to appear on an orig-
inal misdemeanor offense.

Stephen Glenn Brown, a con-
struction worker, 31, of 590 Hill
Ave., #6, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriffs deputies Dec. 30 on
the charge of violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of dri-
ving while license suspended or
revoked.
DUI arrests
Cynthia Proctor Bedell, 62, of
105 Safe Harbor Cove,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police for DUI, at her
residence, Dec. 29 at 3:25 p.m.

John Stephen Cunningham Jr.,
39, of 1299 Laura Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
for DUI on Highway 293 north-
bound from Commons Drive,
Destin, Dec. 30 at 3:35 a.m.
Cunningham was also cited for
speeding, 86 mph in a 45 mph
zone.


Ex-coach sentenced

on a sex charge


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A former coach at Rocky
Bayou Christian School has
been sentenced to 12 years' pro-
bation pleading guilty to a sex-
ual offense.
James Laird Seegars, 28, of
Crestview, was arrested by
Niceville police July 27 on a
charge of lewd and lascivious
molestation.
Seegars allegedly had an
improper verbal relationship
with a 14-year-old girl, a stu-
dent at the private Niceville
school, that started in February
or March 2009, according to
arrest reports. The relationship
turned physical in June 2009,
according to arrest reports, with
kissing and fondling taking
place in his school office.
Seegars entered a guilty plea


to the charge Dec. 14. Assistant
State Attorney Bill Bishop said
that under a plea agreement,
and at the request of the victim's
family, Seegars was given no
jail time.
Also under the agreement,
Seegars will serve 12 years on
sex offender probation, and will
be required to wear a GPS mon-
itor during the entire probation
period, Bishop said. Seegars
must also have no contact with
the victim and no unsupervised
contact with any person under
the age of 18, the prosecutor
said.
Seegars is also required to
register as a sex offender and
will have his name placed on a
sex offender Web site main-
tained by the Florida
Department of Law
Enforcement, Bishop said.


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Fire Department Reports
S- -Niceville
TheJ eeville Fire Depatment responded to the following calls Jan. 4 through Jan.
10
0 Structure Fire 15 Emergency Medical Call
0 Vehicle ..5 Vehicle Crash
0 Other 1, Vehicle Crash v4h Extrication
1 Illegal m 6 Other Emergenc Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Reeves Street.........................Smoke scare...................1/4/10..................05:51
N. Partin Drive......................... Alarm activation.................1/4/10.................. 06:19
Magnolia Shores Drive.............Service call ......................1/4/10..................09:31
Magnolia Shores Drive.............Service call ......................1/4/10..................14:47
Aurora Street/Valparaiso..........Dispatched/canceled........1/4/10..................19:59
Biscayne Lane ........................ Medical ............................ 1/4/09.................. 22:39
Rocky Shores Drive................Gas leak..........................1/5/10..................07:06
EvHpglade Drive......................CO detector activation......1/5/10..................12: 22
22 Street ............................. Vehicle accident................1/5/10.................. 12:33
Linden Avenue........................ M medical ............................ 1/5/10.................. 12:55
Galway Drive........................... Alarm activation.................1/5/10.................. 14:29
E. John Sims/Bailey .................Vehicle accident................1/5/10..................20:31
Linden Avenue ........................ M medical ............................ 1/6/10.................. 01:58
N. Partin Drive......................... Alarm activation.................1/6/10.................. 13:06
College/Cedar Avenue .............Vehicle accident................1/6/10..................14:20
Bayshore Drive ....................... Medical ............................ 1/6/10.................. 16:23
Summerwood Court................. Smoke scare...................1/6/10..................17:01
Kildare Circle........................... Alarm activation.................1/7/10.................. 08:02
Powell Drive ..............................Illegal burn ........ ........... 1/7/10..... ......... 09:51
Marion Court .............................Medical ..............................1/7/10............1710 ........18:44
Marina Pointe Drive................ Medical ............................ 1/8/10.................. 03:38
Hickory Avenue....................... M medical ............................ 1/8/10.................. 05:13
College Boulevard ..............Medical ........................1/8/10..............10:13
N. Partin Drive r...................... M medical ............................ 1/8/10.................. 18:12
Palmetto Palm Circle................Medical ..............................1/8/10....................18:26
N. Partin and Palm .................Vehicle accident................1/8/10..................19:02
Niceville Avenue ..................... Medical ............................ 1/9/10.................. 13:23
Sabal Palm Drive.................... Medical ............................ 1/9/10.................. 18:51
Deer Street.............................. M medical ............................ 1/9/10..............1...19:34
Als Drive ....................................Medical ..............................1/10/10..................01:27
Redm an C ourt ..........................M medical ..............................1/10/10..................12:37
Government Avenue ................Vehicle accident................1/10/10................14:45
Rocky Drive............................. M medical ............................ 1/11/10................ 03:32
Ohio Avenue ...........................Smoke scare...................1/11/10................04:00
Weekly Safety Tip: Install smoke detectors on every level of the home in rooms,
stairs, landings and passageways. If you sleep with the bedroom door closed install
a detector in the room as well as outside the room. Test smoke detectors at least
once a month and change batteries twice a year.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Jan. 6
through Jan. 11.
Location Situation Date Time
Norwich Circle.........................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/6/10...................02:08
Highway 20................................Vehicle accident................1/6/10.....................07:41
Jamaica Way.............................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/6/10.....................14:50
Summerwood Court................Dispatched/cancelled.......1/6/10...................17:02
Range Road............................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/6/10...................18:20
Bimini Way .............S.........Structure fire .....................1/7/10......................11:08
Vardon Way...............................Invalid assist .....................1/7/10.....................12:18
N. White Point Road.................Dispatched/cancelled.......1/7/10...................18:11
Vardon Way.............................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/7/10...................21:39
N. White Point Road.................Rescue EMS...................1/8/10...................14:08
South of Hickory Street.............Illegal burn....................... 1/8/10................... 21:18
Aruba W ay............................... Service call...................... 1/9/09................... 11:50
Norw ich Circle ......................... Public assistance..............1/9/09................... 13:50
Cat Mar Road..........................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/9/09...................15:15
Meadowbrook Court.................Unauthorized burning.......1/9/10...................18:48
Glenlake Circle........................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/9/10...................23:34
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CHARGES
From page A-1
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joint-use facility at Destin air-
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board of trustees March 24, 2008,
that the
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BATTLE
From page A-1

code-violation charges except for
one word-"intentionally."
Matthews said he wanted the
agreement to read that Willingham
had "unintentionally" violated city
codes. By contrast, Wyckoff, rep-
resenting the city, was insisting
that Willingham admit that he had
"intentionally" broken the munici-
pal law.
Matthews said that under the
proposed settlement Willingham
would agree to pay nearly $6,000
in penalties and agree not to
resume his retail seafood business
until he gets a city permit. The
alleged violations carry maximum
penalties of nearly $40,000,
according to the city.
But Mayor Arnold denied
Willingham's request, saying that
the city commission was not the
place to solve the issue, and that it
was up to a city magistrate who is
scheduled to hear the case Jan. 27
if there is no settlement.
"Why can't we accept the set-
tlement without an admission of
guilt?" asked Commissioner
Smith, who is running against
Arnold in the March 9 mayoral
election. Commissioner Tom
Miller agreed with Smith, saying
it appeared that the city was trying
to "get a pound of flesh" for
Willingham's violations.


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ethics proceeding, requested
Sansom's grand jury testimony
after learning that Sansom would
not testify before the committee,
invoking his Fifth Amendment
rights while he faces criminal
charges.
On Jan. 8, Leon County
Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis
ruled that the Select Committee
can use Sansom's grand jury testi-
mony last April. Sansom's grand
jury testimony, as well as
Richburg's and Odom's, led to
criminal indictments on felony
charges of official misconduct.
The grand jury concluded that the
three men had worked together to
steer $6 million in legislative
school construction funds to
Okaloosa-Walton College to
build a training facility at the
Destin airport that would be used
by one of Odom's aircraft compa-
nies.
On criminal charges facing the
three defendants, on Jan. 6,
District 2 State Attorney Willie


Arnold told Smith he could do
what he wanted, but that as the
presiding officer he was not going
to allow the commission to get
involved in the settlement issues.
Willingham took the micro-
phone and said his family had long
lived in Valparaiso and that he'd
been without income for four
months and might soon face bank-
ruptcy. "It's a personal issue
between me and Wyckoff," he said
angrily.


Jay Gallagher, 74
Fort Walton Beach
retired


Meggs filed "superseding indict-
ments" against Sansom, Richburg
and Odom charging the three men
with grand theft and conspiracy to
commit
grand theft.
The new
charges are
based on the
same set of
facts that /
Meggs used
to charge the
three men
with official
misconduct Jay Odom
last year.
An appeals court Dec. 31
declined to overturn a lower court
decision by Judge Lewis throw-
ing out most of the official mis-
conduct cases.
Meggs responded by filing
new grand theft and conspiracy
charges.
Richburg and Sansom also
face perjury charges alleging that
they lied to the grand jury.


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Seafood merchant Matt
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city officials Monday.


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Richburg and Odom, "did know-
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or to obtain or to use United
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Sansom, Richburg and Odom
"did unlawfully agree, conspire,
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knowingly obtain or use, or did
endeavor to obtain or to use" tax-
payer money of more than
$100,000.


As Smith continued to insist on
a vote on removing the word
"intentional" from the settlement,
Commissioner Lydia Johnson
appeared to agree with Smith, stat-
ing, "I say this (a vote) should be
done." Arnold gaveled the meet-
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Chief Joe Hart to escort
Willingham out of the meeting,
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Health-care overhaul aired


Congressman

Miller meets

constituents

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Neither rain, nor cold, nor
darkness kept about 200 people
from attending a "town meeting"
hosted by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller
(R., District 1) in Fort Walton
Beach Thursday evening, Jan. 7.
The meeting at the Northwest
Florida Fairgrounds was the sec-
ond of two such meetings held
Thursday, with the other held in
Crestview. Both meetings con-
cerned the proposed health-care
overhaul legislation currently
being considered by Congress.
Democratic-sponsored versions
of the bill have passed both the
House of Representatives and the
Senate, and Democratic members
of both houses are negotiating a
combined version to be sent to
President Barack Obama for sig-
nature.
Although the audience includ-
ed people of all ages and back-
grounds, many in the audience
appeared to be senior citizens, as
one would expect in a discussion
about medical care, an issue of
special importance to older
Americans. Also present were
many members of local "Tea
Party" organizations, which have
opposed the current bills. Some
Tea Party members wore T-shirts
or carried signs opposing the pro-
posed legislation, and everyone at
Thursday's meeting was polite
and in good spirits.
Early in the meeting, Rep.
Miller gave a short slide briefing
on the health care bills, which he
opposes. Miller said he thinks
both bills are too costly, will not
really improve health care, and
will cause needless regulation and
government intrusion into the
lives of Americans. Miller dis-
played slides supporting his posi-
tion, showing rising costs which
Miller expects will result from the
legislation if it becomes law.
Miller said both bills are over-
ly long, extending to thousands of
pages, and are also extremely
complex. The bills contain lan-
guage authorizing government
bureaucracies to issue additional
new regulations of their own, said
Miller, and could produce a
"monstrosity" of official micro-
management and intrusion into
every part of people's health care.
Helping Miller with his brief-
ing was Dr. Joseph D. Siefker,
president of the Okaloosa County
Medical Society. Siefker said
most Americans today are satis-
fied with their current medical
plans, and especially with their
current personal physicians, but
the proposed bills would change
that for the worse. The legislation,
he said, will dump additional
costs on health care providers,
resulting in reduced quality of
diagnoses and treatments of
patients, as providers try to break
even financially despite the new
regulations.
"The saddest result of the leg-
islation," said Seifker, "will be the
loss of the innovation that has
produced most of the new tech-
nology and new drugs being used
today." Most such innovations,
Seifker said, have originated in
the U.S., where a free market
encourages new research and
invention. If America follows the
lead of other nations that have
more regulated health care sys-
tems, said the doctor, such inno-
vation could end, producing stag-
nation in medical progress and
needless death and suffering of
patients.


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Rep. Jeff Miller talks to con-
stituents during a town hall
meeting on a proposed over-
haul of U.S. medical care.
Right: A Miller slide showing
projected growth of federal
spending on medical care
under House version of legisla-
tion (red).
Following the briefings, the
floor was opened for questions,
answers, and comments from the
audience. Niceville resident Peter
Blome asked Miller about claims
on some Internet blog sites that
Miller had voted for the House
version of the bill. Miller said he
had voted against it, and warned
people to not believe everything
they see on the Internet.
Another speaker, who said he
is a former pharmaceutical com-
pany employee, said much of the
high cost of today's medicines is
not the fault of "greedy" drug
companies as claimed by the
Obama administration, but is
actually due to the cost of compli-
ance with existing government
regulations. More such regula-
tion, he said, will only make the
problem worse.
When asked what Republican
legislators would do to improve
access to medical care, Miller said
his party has made proposals of
their own, such as allowing med-
ical insurance to be bought and
sold across state lines, encourag-
ing private, tax-favored health
savings accounts, loosening
unnecessary regulations, and
reducing costly and often frivo-
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Classes began at the new
$4.6 million Northwest Florida
State College South Walton
Center Jan. 6. An invitation-
only ribbon cutting ceremony
on Jan. 14, will mark the offi-
cial opening.
"We've been living out of
boxes," said David Goetsch,
NWFSC vice president of
community relations for all of
the branch campuses, last
Thursday. The moving-in
process was slated for comple-
tion by the end of that week.
The $4.6 million facility,
which was under construction
since fall 2007, was completed
during the college's Christmas
break. The four-building center
plays host to about 12 college
instructors and 160 students.
The majority of the students
are from the South Walton
area, fulfilling their general
education requirements-tak-
ing classes such as economics,
Spanish, business math, biolo-
gy, psychology and college
success. The facility also
offers some personal enrich-
ment, non-credit courses
which begin in February-a
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Prof to discuss


Florida growth


The new Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center, as seen from the air.


thought we'd start out small
and offer maybe four or five
classes and enroll about 30 or
40 students, but we have 10
classes, each averaging about
16 students, and enrollment is
growing every day." The two
classroom buildings, totaling
6,000 square feet, each with
five classrooms, can accom-
modate an average class size


month. Staff costs are current-
ly about $39,000 annually. No
instructors are permanently
stationed at the center; all trav-
el to the center to teach. The
staffing figure also does not
include Choctawhatchee Basin
Alliance, which is housed at
the center. Instructional costs
will vary by semester and
numbers of classes.


'It will enable many students in south-
ern Walton County to begin their edu-
cation or give them a better opportu-
nity to complete it closer to home.'
-Rachel Gillis


of 18 to 23 students. There is
also a 1,300-square-foot com-
puter lab.
According to Dr. Gary
Yancey, vice president for
administration, the college's
best estimate for initial operat-
ing costs for utilities, custodi-
al, etc., for the South Walton
Center, is about $6,000 per


The South Walton Center,
which has been in the college's
plan for more than 15 years,
said Sylvia Bryan, NWFSC
spokesperson, is the college's
second facility in Walton
County, and was recommended
in the South Walton
Conservation and
Development Plan.


"In 1995, the college's
trustees passed a resolution to
work with Walton County to
include property for the col-
lege in what would become the
'new town center' in South
Walton for a future education-
al center," said Bryan. In 2001,
the college foundation pur-
chased 30 acres of this site.
The entire 200-plus acre New
Town Center site was acquired
from the state by the Walton
County Commission, added
Bryan. Planning continued
from 2001 to 2007, when site
work began.
Rachel Gillis, a Walton
County resident and member
of the college's board of
trustees,, attended the ribbon
cutting ceremony and
expressed her pleasure with
the new center.
"We are really excited
about being able to expand our
educational offerings in this
part of Walton County," Gillis
said. "It will enable many stu-
dents in southern Walton
County to begin their
Please see NWFSC. page B-3


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
University of South Florida
history professor Gary R.
Mormino will discuss "Military
in the
C Sunshine
State" Jan.
20 at 1p.m.
in the
; Northwest
~ Florida State
College
Building K
community
Gary R. Mormino gallery
Wednesday,
Jan. 20.
That evening, at 6 p.m., the
Heritage Museum in Valparaiso
will hold a free viewing of
"Florida Dreams-The Story of
Modem Florida and How it
Grew," based on Mormino's book
of the same title, followed by a
question and answer period.
Mormino, who previously vis-
ited the area in 2006 to speak on
the Panhandle's reactions to the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,
told the Beacon that this talk will
be more general.
"It's a little broader topic," he
said.
Mormino enjoys pointing out
the reasons for the tremendous
increase in Florida population
since World War II.
"When I go out and talk to
folks on the road, I invariably ask
what they think created modem
Florida," he said. "The state went
from the least population in the
country on the eve of Pearl
Harbor to the fourth largest.
They'll generally say air condi-
tioning first, then World War II."


But Mormino said the popula-
tion surged not so much because
of the war, but because of the
people who fought it.
"The most important conse-
quence of the war was really
probably not the military bases,"
he said. "Of almost 200 that were
established in Florida, probably
90 percent were shut down at the
end of the war. Florida went from
about 40 bases to more than 200
overnight.
"I would argue that even
greater than the legacy of military
bases was exposure to Florida by


2 million servicemen, most of
whom had never seen Florida
before. Most of the pilots who
fought in the South Pacific spent
some time in Pensacola. I love to
read the letters from the service-
men that it's the most beautiful
place they've ever seen."
Mormino added that "It seems
like every GI who left Florida
vowed someday to return and
you can argue most did, either as
a transplant, a retiree or a
tourist."
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THE BAY BEACON.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Twin Cities students

place in competitions
Ruckel takes 1st, 2nd; Lewis 3rd


Two Twin Cities schools
placed first, second and third
in the first Academic Team
competitions of the 2009-2010
school year.
The tournament, held in
December at St.
Mary Catholic
School, Fort
Walton Beach,
found Ruckel
Middle School's
varsity team placing first. The
team, coached by Penny
Parmer, consists of: Ciara
Ordner, Matthew Markwardt,
David Bobbitt, Andrew
Moore, Sophia Bergmann and


Alexander Russ. Ruckel's jun-
ior varsity team, coached by
Chris Brown, placed second.
Junior varsity team members
are: Riley O'Brien, Natassia
Flegal, Evan Etheridge,
Georgia Carrico,
Laura Harber and
Bryce Tingle.
Winning third
place was Lewis
Middle School's
varsity team, coached by
Caroline Sullivan: Alex
Hencinski, Bre Jensen-
Barclay, Morgan Muscott,
Raeleesha Norris and
Annalyse Hambleton.


Ruckel Middle School's first place Varsity Academic Team, from left: Andrew Moore,
Alexander Russ, Sophia Bergmann, Matthew Markwardt, David Bobbitt and Ciara Ordner. The
next competition will be Jan. 30 at Shoal River.


Science fair judges, from left, John Muth, Jon Bryan and Andy Keipert, check out sixth-grader
Abby Alldredge's project, "Speed of Water and Dissolved Oxygen," which won second place in
the junior physical category.


SRocky scientists


show stuffat fair

24 win awards for projects


Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy announced the results
of its Dec. 10 science fair.
-Senior Category: Jessica
Maney, Emily Wilson, and
Christopher Sandlin placed first
through third, respectively.
Honorable mentions were
earned by Sarah Barnick and
Ashley Bernheisel, and also by
juniors Glory Allen, Jon Allen,
Jacob Emerick, and Joseph
Sung.
-Junior Biological
Category: sixth graders Alison
Turner and Ethan Harris tied for
first place, Cailin Kellum
(eighth) earned second, and Tori
Roscovius (seventh) placed


third. Honorable mentions were
Ian Kampert (seventh) and
Duncan Foster (sixth).
-Junior Physical Category:
First place and grand prize were
won by Connor Lynch (eighth).
Second place was Abby
Alldredge (sixth), and third
place Ryan Simpson (seventh).
Honorable mentions were
Charis Allen and Logan Hughes
(both in fifth grade), Stephen
Lowmiller, Lexi Maraist, and
Megan Simpson (all in sixth)
and Kelly Hanning and Kat
Koster (both in eighth). Selected
participants will compete in the
regional science and engineering
fair in February.


Destin

students

excel in

Orlando
Forty-five students from the
Destin Middle School Beta Club
Honor Society traveled to
Orlando, Dec. 5-8, to attend the
State Junior Beta Convention.
The students entered several
different categories of competi-
tion and brought home nine
wins: first place in technology
with a PowerPoint (Rick Gal,
Chase Pridgen and Chris
Kelsey), and in homemade jew-
elry (Kylie Kuntz) and wood-
working (Joel McDuffie); second
place in oils and acrylics (Simran
Hughes), living literature (group
of seven depicted a scene from
"Little Women"), and quiz bowl
(Chase Lee, Luis Melecio-
Zambrano, David Beaudry, and
Stephanie Zwarg); and third
place in spelling bee (Krista
Kingbury), math (Chase Lee)
and group talent.

Concert

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the needy
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Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. at
Christ Our Redeemer Catholic
Church, 1028 White Point Road.
Duet's is the third concert in the
"Build-Up-A-Church" series.
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College 'PRIME' Time


registration now open

Classes are for adults of any age


The spring 2010 schedule of
PRIME Time personal enrich-
ment classes at Northwest
Florida State College is now
available on the college's Web
site at nwfsc.edu/schedule and
at all college locations, area
chambers of commerce and
public libraries. PRIME Time,
which stands for Positive
Retirement Through
Imaginative Education, is open
to adults of any age. PRIME
Time non-credit classes start in
January, February and March
and range in price from $5 to
$75.
Registration begins Jan. 13 at
the NWFSC Niceville campus
from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the
College Mall, Building K and
from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
Building C. Registration at all
other college sites begins Jan.
14 and continues until classes
start or are filled. Individuals
who have previously enrolled
may register by Web at
nwfsc.edu starting Jan. 13, at
8:30 a.m. First-time students
should enroll in person.


NWFSC
From page B-1
education or give them a better
opportunity to complete it clos-
er to home."
Also housed at the center is
the Choctawhatchee Basin
Alliance, an environmental
organization operated by
Northwest Florida State. Julie
Terrell, the alliance's director,
will double as the primary
administrator responsible for
oversight of the South Walton
Center.
Additionally, the Allyn C.
Donaldson Entrepreneurial


All PRIME Time courses are
designed for leisure learning
with no grades or tests given.
Classes focus on computers,
health, foods, politics, arts, gar-
dening and more. New courses
include: Cell Phone Basics,
Gentle Yoga, Wine Dinner at
Wine World, Finale on Conflict,
and More Gii.ihI-.".-
Researching our Family
Ancestors. Most of PRIME
Time's more than 50 courses are
offered at the college's Niceville
campus. Several classes will be
offered at the college's new
South Walton Center in Santa
Rosa Beach and at business
locations in the Destin area and
a fly fishing class will be held in
Fort Walton Beach. The Chefs
Choice series will feature vari-
ous restaurants, including
Christiano's and Stinky's Fish
Camp in Santa Rosa Beach and
790 On The Gulf and Cuvee
Beach in Destin. A course,
Mardi Gras cooking, will be
held at Kitchenique in Destin,
and a Wine Dinner course fea-
turing a four-course Spanish-


Institute, a part of the college's
Leadership Institute effort,
will be quartered at the center
and will begin, in April, to
offer an entrepreneurial train-
ing program.
The center, which is the col-
lege's seventh educational
facility, includes exterior
courtyards surrounded by cov-
ered walkways and includes a
signature clock tower. The
center's architecture was
planned to compliment exist-
ing South Walton County
buildings and nearby commu-
nities, such as Seaside and
WaterColor.


An instructor works with a student in a computer class during
last year's PRIME Time program.


themed dinner will be offered at
Wine World in Destin.
Participants receive the bene-
fits of regular NWFSC students,


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From page B-1
Mormino, who lives and works
in St. Petersburg, had a chance to
spend an extended period of time
on the Panhandle in 2007.
"I was a fellow at the Seaside
Institute in January 2007 and had
a wonderful experience, finally
getting a chance to explore the
Panhandle from a base on the
Panhandle," he said. "so I got over
to Fort Walton Beach and that area
quite a bit. Some of those amazing
state parks, I mean, wow."
Mormino is working on a book
about Florida in World War II. "In


including use of the library,
access to special events, and free
parking. For information, call
729-6084 or 729-6085.

some ways, I'm more interested in
the home front than the battle
sites," he said.
Mormino is the Frank E.
Duckwall professor of History
and Co-Director of the Florida
Studies Program at the University
of South Florida's St. Petersburg
campus. His presentation is part of
a partnership between Northwest
Florida State College, the
Heritage Museum and the Florida
Humanities Council to present a
series titled "Florida: Then and
Now."
For more information, call
Pam Smith, project director, at
678-5484.


Page B-3


A used soccer equipment drive, undertaken by three Twin
Cities elementary schools, collected 185 pieces of equip-
ment for distribution in the United States and overseas.


Schools collect


185 pieces of


used soccer gear

Will be distributed in U.S.

and to overseas athletes


Plew, Edge and Bluewater
elementary schools recently
ran a donation drive for used
soccer equipment.
The drive, coordinated by
Becky Riley, in affiliation
with the U.S. Soccer
Foundation's "Passback
Program," collected 12 pairs
of soccer cleats, 13 shin
guards, 13 pairs of socks, 17
pairs of shorts, 32 complete
uniforms, and seven balls.
These items will be sent
to the U.S. Soccer
Foundation for distribution
to soccer players in the
United States and other areas
of the world who are unable
to get equipment on their
own.


The Emerald Coast
United (ECU) soccer club
also undertook a soccer cleat
donation drive in the fall, and
received 48 pairs of soccer
cleats, as well as seven shin
guards. ECU also plans to
donate 35 T-shirts left over
from soccer tournaments.
This equipment will be
sent to "Operation Give," a
partner of the Passback
Program, which will send it
to the troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan so they can set
up teams of soccer players in
the countries where they
serve.
A total of 185 pieces of
used soccer equipment was
donated.


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Give blood this week
Jan. 13-First United Methodist
Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, 1-8 p.m.
Jan. 14- City of Crestview City
Hall, 8-11:30 a.m.
Jan. 15-Waffle House, 298 S.
James Lee Blvd., Crestview, 1-6 p.m.,
and 460 N.E. Racetrack Road, Fort
Walton Beach. Every donor at both
locations will receive a free Waffle
House meal.
Jan. 18- Sickle Cell Disease
Association, Chester Pruit
Community Center, 15 Carson Drive,
Fort Walton Beach, 11:30 a.m.-3:30
p.m., and Red Cross Racetrack Road
Donor Center, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Every
donor will receive a free movie ticket.
Jan. 19-Childcare Network, 800
Falcon Place, Fort Walton Beach, 9
a.m.-noon.
Learn To Dive
Take advantage of seasonal dis-
counts by taking a Professional
Association of Diving Instructors
(PADI) beginner, advanced, or rescue
diver class for only $99. Discounts
are good through Feb. 28 and gift cer-
tificates are available. More informa-
tion: Robert Hyde at 850-217-1261
for more information.
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast today,
Jan. 13, at the Community Life
Center at First United Methodist
Church, 214 S.
Partin Drive. The
breakfast begins
at 7:15 a.m. with
coffee and conver-
sation, followed
by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. This
month's sponsor is First United
Methodist Church. Chamber mem-
bers, their guests, and prospective
members are invited to attend.


Girls softball sign-ups
Valparaiso Niceville Girls Softball
Association (VNGSA) will hold slow
pitch softball registration at Niceville
City Hall for all leagues (ages 5-18)
on these dates and times:
-Thursday, Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m.
-Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
-Thursday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m.
-Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Birth certificates are required for
all new players. Registration fees are:
$55 for ages 5-7, $60 for ages 8-10,
$65 for ages 11-13, and $70 for ages
14-18. More information: vngsa.org.
Bedroom contest for kids
Okaloosa or Walton county resi-
dents who have used the Ronald
McDonald House in Pensacola may
enter their story in the Castle for a Kid
Makeover Contest. Tell your story,
including what brought you to the
House, how long you stayed and what
it meant to you and your family. The
winner will receive a free room
makeover for their child, compli-
ments of Keely Fell, children's room
designer and owner of Pretty Please at
Grand Boulevard, Sandestin.
Deadline to enter is Jan. 15. Go to
rmhpensacola.org for a complete list
of rules and how to enter. Winner will
be announced 2 p.m. at Pretty Please,
Sunday, Jan. 31. More information:
Kim Henderson, Panhandle area
manager, 678-7243 or owb@rmhpen
sacola.org.
January Aglow meeting
It's time for Fort Walton Beach
Aglow. January's speaker is Debra
Keamey, a Niceville resident associat-
ed with Christian International
Family Church. The meeting, will
feature coffee and fellowship at 9:30
a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Marina Bay
Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach. Meeting begins at
10 a.m. More information: Barbara
Williams, 678-1335.
SOCKS annual meeting
Debbie Revell, R.N., an expert on
animal behavior, will be the guest
speaker at the annual meeting of Save
Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS),
Friday, Jan. 15, at Two Trees
Restaurant, 1959 Lewis Turner Blvd.,
Fort Walton Beach. Election of offi-
cers will also occur. Social time
begins at 6:30 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m.
Tickets $20 per person, available
from the SOCKS Shelter on Carmel
Drive, Fort Walton Beach and also
from Cecil DeMonbrun at Copy


Systems, Destin; or from Nancy
Kenaston, 581-2528, or by mail at 24
Neptune Drive, Mary Esther, 32569.
Coffee with the maestro
Maestro Demetrius Fuller's coffee
klatches have returned for another
season at The Cafd at Barnes &
Noble, Destin. "These sessions pro-
vide an up close and intimate setting
for our patrons to ask questions about
the season and meet Sinfonia guest
artists in a relaxed environment," said
Fuller. All coffees begin at 10 a.m.,
are free and are hosted by Fuller.
Complimentary coffee and snacks
provided. Next coffee is Friday, Jan.
15, when Fuller will host the violin
guest artist for Sinfonia's Jan. 16 con-
cert.
Heritage Museum sale
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida, 115 Westview
Ave., Valparaiso, will hold a sale of
art, antiques and unique collectibles
unrelated to the museum's mission,
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. In
the last year, the museum has received
numerous donations but nonetheless
must alleviate storage constraints.
Proceeds will benefit the museum's
on-site history education programs.
More information: 678-2615.
'Seasons Squared' opens
"Seasons Squared" will kick off
the new year at Grace Luthern
Church, Destin, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.,
with violin phenom Nicolas Kendall,
performing Vivaldi's classic master-
piece, 'The Four Seasons," and tango
king Astor Piazzolla's "The Four
Seasons of Buenos Aires." Tickets
may be purchased for $25-$37.50 by
calling 269-7129 or visiting
SinfoniaGulfCoast.org.
Fellowship exhibition
The galleries at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College will be the debut venue
for the Florida Visual Arts Fellowship
Exhibition in 2010. This important
exhibition runs Jan. 17 through Feb.
21. The exhibition is free and open to
the public.
The traveling exhibition of art-
work, from the state's Individual
Artist Fellowship Program, will fea-
ture the work of the 24 recipients of
the 2008 award. There will be no pre-
view reception.
Gallery hours:
Monday-Thursday,
9 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Sundays,1 p.m.-4
p.m. and 90 min-
utes prior to most performances in the
main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center. More information,
729-6044.
Concert to help the needy
At 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, at
Christ Our Redeemer Catholic
Church, 1028 White Point Road, Dan
Duet will present a, "Traces of Jesus"
concert. Duet is the third concert in
the "Build-Up-A-Church" concert
series. Admission price is a non-per-
ishable food item. Seating provided
on a first-come, first-served basis. A
free will offering will also be solicit-
ed. All proceeds from the event bene-
fit the local council of the St. Vincent
DePaul Society.
'I have a dream'
Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan.
18, will be the dates for two Martin
Luther King, Jr. celebration activities.
Sunday, at 5:30 p.m. features a
memorial program at Fort Walton


Beach High School. Special speaker
will be the Rev. Cecil B. Williams.
Monday, a parade-rally begins at 8:30
a.m. at the Fort Walton Beach
Municipal Auditorium. Parade start
time is 10 a.m. with the rally to follow

Beach High
School. These
activities mark
Martin L. King,
Jr.'s 81st birthday
and Fort Walton's 24th annual cele-
bration. The 2010 theme is "Fulfilling
the Dream with Great Expectations."
More information: the Rev. Tommye
Walker, 863-4755 or Ouida Winters,
259-3344.
Citizens Alliance meetings
The Okaloosa Citizens Alliance
meets at 3 p.m., every third
Wednesday in January, March, April,
June, July, September, October and
December at First City Bank, 135
Perry Avenue S.E., Fort Walton
Beach. Evening quarterly meetings
are held 6 p.m. Feb. 17, May 19, Aug.
18 and Nov. 17, at the Niceville City
Council Chambers, 208 N. Partin
Drive. Visitors welcome. The alliance
is a diverse, non-partisan, non-profit
organization dedicated to the educa-
tion of citizens on issues relating to
taxes and spending and committed to
the promotion of maximum efficien-
cy and effectiveness of government.
More information: 244-4490 or
www.ocal787.org.
Then and Now series
The Florida Then and Now Series
presents "Military
in the Sunshine
State," 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan.
20, in the College
Mall (Building
K), Northwest
Florida State College, Niceville cam-
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Cozette S. Brewer
1916-2010
Mrs. Cozette (MamMaw)
Senterfitt Brewer, 93, of
Niceville, Florida, went home to
be with her Lord and Savior, in
her home on January 4, 2010.
She was born in Niceville,
Florida, and was a lifelong resi-
dent. She was preceded in death
by her husband, John Leroy
(Jack) Brewer; her parents, Jesse
and Addie Senterfitt; three broth-
ers, Wilbur (Delia), Wilson, and
Lonnie; and three sisters, Bertie
Padgett (Curt), Luteal Gustafson
(Bill), and Alverta; son-in-law,
Samuel H. Dunaway; and grand-
son, Thomas J. Barfield. She
leaves two sons, Jack Brewer Jr.
(Betty Jo) of Holt, Florida; James
Edward Brewer (Elaine),
Niceville, Florida; and five
daughters, Sarah Ellen Dunaway
(Samuel) of Freeport, Florida;
Claudia Brewer, Janette Barfield
(Aubrey), Nellie Wucherpfennig
(Charles), all of Niceville,
Florida; Charlotte Godsey (Col.
James USAF) of Beavercreek,
Ohio; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-
grandchildren, and 16 great-great
grandchildren. Also survived by
numerous nieces and nephews.


film discussion follows. Light
refreshments will be served. All
Florida Then and Now events are
free.


Cozette S. Brewer
Cozette retired from the
Okaloosa County School District
after 28 years driving the school
bus. Mrs. Brewer was also one of
the original 333 members who
voted to establish, designate, and
incorporate the city of Niceville,
Florida. She was an active mem-
ber of Rosemont Baptist Church.
She was laid to rest in Early
Cemetery in Niceville, Florida.
A time of visitation was held
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday,
January 8, 2010, at Heritage
Gardens Funeral Home, and
funeral services were held on
Saturday, January 9, 2010, 11
a.m. at Rosemont Baptist Church
in Niceville. Pallbearers were her
grandsons and honorary pall-
bearers were the great-grand-
sons.
You may go online to offer
condolences to the family or sign
the guestbook at www.heritage
gardensfuneralhome.com.
Heritage Gardens Funeral Home
is entrusted with the arrange-
ments.


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Furn., Efficiency-Waterfront, Full Kitchen, W/D,
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GARDEN OAKS
1/1: $750/mo. includes water
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305 Washington Ave. MLS#520050 928 Juniper Ave. MLS#511079
108 20th Street MLS#5250158 1270 Laura Lane MLS#518508
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4490 Parkwood Sq. MLS#501562 105 Kailyn Court MLS#528063
320 Pontevedra Lane MLS#528423 304 Bullock Blvd. MLS#528966
3220 Grand Oaks Dr. MLS#528977
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1018 Rocky Bayou Rd. MLS#529141 2157 Bayshore Dr. MLS#526594
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