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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 20, 2010
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Rabies alert issued for Niceville

Dr. Karen Chapman, director of the
Okaloosa County Health Department,
issued a rabies alert for most of
The alert, announced Friday, was in
response to a raccoon that attacked a pet
dog and tested positive for rabies Jan. 5,
according to the health department,
which declined to say precisely where in

Niceville the attack occurred. The dog
has been quarantined.
"Since that time there has also been a
significant increase in reported wildlife
attacks on domestic pets in the Niceville
area," according to a health department
Asked for details on additional
attacks, the health department said that

last week it quarantined a cat that had
been set upon by a fox. The fox escaped.
No humans have been attacked, the
department said.
The rabies alert is for 60 days. The
center of the rabies alert is in Niceville
and includes the following boundaries:
-Northern boundary at College

-Eastern boundary at Forest Road,
intersecting with Rocky Bayou Drive
and Rocky Bayou.
-Western boundary at the intersec-
tion of Highway 85 North and State
Road 20, and Boggy Bayou.
-Southern boundary at
Choctawhatchee Bay.
The health department didn't specify

where in Niceville the attack occurred.
Rabies is always present in the wild
animal population, even outside an alert
area, and domestic animals are at risk if
not vaccinated, the health department
said. "The public is asked to maintain a
heightened awareness that rabies is
Please see RABIES, page A-3


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More in Calendar, B-5.

AF reaffirms authority over bay areas

New rules also

set anti-terror

exclusion zones
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Defense Department has
announced plans to reaffirmnn its designa-
tion of a 10-mile stretch of northern
Choctawhatchee Bay east of White Point
as gunnery range. The zone includes part
of the Mid-Bay Bridge and miles of pri-
vate docks jutting from expensive water-
front homes.
Eglin Air Force Base said it could
restrict boat traffic in the zone during mil-
itary operations or emergencies.
The department also disclosed plans to
establish anti-terrorist buffer zones by
restricting access to waterways around
Eglin Air Force Base.
The little-noticed measures, announced
by the Army Corps of Engineers Dec. 28,
are contained in proposed amendments of
existing regulations (33 USC Part 334) to
establish four new "restricted areas" in
waterways surrounding Eglin Air Force
Base facilities.
The proposed rules, on which public
comment is being accepted through Jan.
27, would also update and clarify existing
regulations on existing Eglin-related "dan-
ger zones" in Choctawhatchee Bay and
the Gulf of Mexico.
Restricted areas are defined water
areas for the purpose of prohibiting or

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Dozens of private docks in Okaloosa and Walton counties protrude from the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay into an inac-
tive aerial gunnery range over water that is controlled by Eglin. Federal regulations give Eglin the authority to close access to
the 10-mile-long water range when there is a national defense threat or safety situation.

limiting public access. Restricted areas
generally provide security for government
property or protection to the public from
the risks of damage or injury arising from
the government's use of that area.
Danger zones are defined as water area
(or areas) used for target practice, bomb-
ing, rocket firing or other especially haz-
ardous operations, normally for the armed
forces. The danger zones may be closed to
the public on a full-time or intermittent
basis, according to federal regulations.
In part, the proposals are due to the
threat from terrorists, said Jon Griffin,
Army Corps of Engineers regulatory divi-
sion, Jacksonville. The proposed amend-

ments add four restricted areas in the
waters adjacent to Eglin and adjacent to
the Destin Coast Guard station that will
give both services the authority to enforce
restrictions on boaters and other maritime
activity, Griffin said.
The proposed changes are necessary to
update Eglin's water boundary security
plan and provide adequate protection to
base personnel and resources from poten-
tial terrorist attack by providing "stand-
off' corridors in the waters immediately
contiguous to the base and the Eglin reser-
vation, according to the corps.
The four new proposed restricted areas

-Navigable waters 300 feet from the
shoreline (in Gamier's Bayou) around
Eglin's Camp Pinchot area.
-Navigable waters out to 150 feet
from the shoreline around Eglin's Poquito
Housing area, on Poquito Bayou near
-Navigable waters (Choctawhatchee
Bay) in the immediate vicinity of the
Destin Coast Guard station.
-Navigable waters 150 feet seaward
(Santa Rosa Sound) from a portion of
Eglin at Wynnhaven Beach.
Eglin's 96th Security Forces Squadron

Please see AF, page A-3

Mayoral hopeful disputes F-35 suit

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Valparaiso city commissioner chal-
lenging Mayor Bruce Arnold for the may-
oralty says the city's lawsuit to block the
basing of F-35 fighter jets at Eglin until
noise issues are resolved was premature
and a waste of tax money.
The comments came from
Commissioner Brent Smith, who is run-
ning against Arnold in the March 9
municipal elections.
Arnold responded that the city had no
choice but to sue the Air Force to protect
the interests of city residents, many of
whom could see the value of their homes
fall due to an expected increase in jet
noise from the F-35s, the first of which is
scheduled to arrive at Eglin later this year.

The issue is per-
haps the highest-pro-
file difference
between the two
mayoral candidates.
The city commis- ..
sion voted 3-0 last
February to sue the .:
Air Force, seeking :*
an injunction against
the impending arrival Brent Smith
of as many as 107 F-
35s at a training school under construction
at Eglin Air Force Base. The lawsuit
touched off a firestorm of criticism in
Okaloosa County, and resulted in the
county commission suing the city.
Valparaiso and the Air Force are in settle-
ment talks.

The city has spent over $300,000 on
the F-35 case and three related suits.
In an interview Thursday with the Bay
Beacon, Smith said his position "from the
beginning" was that such a lawsuit would
be justified only if there were grounds for
filing one, but that there weren't grounds
in this case. But the city's lawsuit against
the Air Force over the F-35 noise was
filed so far in advance that "the Air Force
didn't even have the answers."
Smith said he agreed with Col. Bruce
McClintock, commander of the 96th Air
Base Wing, when he told the city com-
mission last year that any money that
Valparaiso had spent on the lawsuit was
Smith said that if it were clear that the
Air Force plan to base as many as 107 F-

35s at Eglin would
harm the city, the .
Okaloosa County
Commission would
have supported the
city, not sued it.
Smith, who did
not attend the Feb.
18, 2009, city com-
mission meeting at
which Mayor Arnold Bruce Arnold
and two commis-
sioners voted 3-0 to sue the Air Force,
said the action was premature, at best.
He compared it to a person suing a
motorist because he fears he might be hurt
in a crash one day.
Please see MAYORAL, paqe A-7

Vote is set on closing

Valparaiso Elementary

Plan would rezone 5 schools

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
School Board is scheduled to
vote Monday on a proposal to
close Valparaiso Elementary
School, convert the building
into a preschool, and rezone
five Twin Cities schools.
The actions, prompted by
declining enrollment, could
save taxpayers $1 million a
year, according to the school
In addition to the closure of
Valparaiso Elementary, the
measure would result in rezon-
ing of attendance zones for
Valparaiso, Bluewater and Plew
Elementary schools, and Lewis
and Ruckel middle schools.
On the board meeting agen-
da is a proposal by
Superintendent of Schools

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Valparaiso Elementary School at dismissal time last month

Alexis Tibbetts for "re-mission-
ing of Valparaiso Elementary
School at the end of the 2009-
2010 school year to be estab-
lished as the Valparaiso
Center," an institution that
would provide "a voluntary
pre-kindergarten and pre-
kindergarten disabled educa-
tional program."

A voluntary pre-kindergarten
is a state-subsidized day pro-
gram for 4-year-olds designed
to prepare them for kinder-
garten. The pre-K disabled
program would serve children
ages 3-5.
Starting in the fall, students
Please see CLOSING, page A-3

Foreclosures hit record high in '09
Foreclosure actions filed Okaloosa County, by month



200 -

l0 Source: Ok. C. Clerk




Foreclosures filed in Okaloosa County in 2009 set another dismal record, totaling 2,445, up
24 percent from 1,970 in 2008, the previous record. In both 2008 and 2007, foreclosures
soared over 100 percent from year-earlier levels. Last year was the fourth straight record for
foreclosures since 2005, when there were 278.

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Fire commissioner resigns

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
North Bay Fire District
Commissioner Tim Stapleton
has resigned due to a "conflict
with his job," said Jim Miller,
chairman of the fire commission.
Stapleton, who is in sales,
said he stepped down because,
"My job has changed in such a
way that I cannot be available
for the meetings, and I did not
know it was going to be that way
when I first took the position."
Stapleton didn't attend a Jan. 12
fire board meeting in Bluewater
Bay at which his resignation was
A suc-
cessor will
be appoint-
ed by the
fire com-
mission to
serve the
o f
term, which Tim Stapleton
ends in November, when an
election is scheduled. He was
elected to the unpaid post in
According to state law, those
applying for the vacancy must
be registered voters residing in
the fire district and must submit
a written statement expressing
interest. The letter must include
a phone number where the appli-
cant can be reached.
Application letters will be
presented to the fire commission
at the next meeting, 7 p.m., Feb.

9. Applicants must be present at
the meeting in the event com-
missioners wish to question
Board members may make an
appointment Feb. 9 or postpone
it. If the decision is tabled, the
application process will continue
at subsequent meetings until a
commissioner is chosen.
Letters of interest may be
mailed to: North Bay Fire
District, Attention Chief J.
Miller, 1024 White Point Road,
Niceville, FL 32578.
Present at the Jan. 12 meeting
was retired Air Force Brig. Gen.
Curtis Hoglan and his wife,
Katherine, of Bluewater Bay.
The Hoglans attended the meet-
ing to commend the successful,
professional and rapid response
of B-Shift personnel on
Saturday, Jan. 9. On that day,
North Bay fili.'hlil, were dis-
patched to the Hoglan home
after Gen. Hoglan had collapsed,
unconscious, on the floor with a
glycemic seizure.
"I wanted to come here
tonight," said Hoglan, "to pass
on my appreciation to the crew
for saving my life. They
responded rapidly, were totally
professional and knew exactly
what to do. In my book, they're
champs. If anyone ever ques-
tions why fire companies need
medics, you can send 'em to
Added Mrs. Hoglan: "I really,
really appreciate what they did
for us. They were very, very,

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Consultant Joe Bogdahn briefs North Bay Fire Commission on
status of the fire district's pension fund Jan 12.

Chairman Miller thanked the
Hoglans for the "affirmation of
what we're doing here."
In other business, Joe
Bogdahn of Bogdahn
Consulting, Orlando, addressed

the commissioners on a request
made several months earlier by
Chairman Miller for an update
on the North Bay Fire District
Firefighter's Pension Fund.
Bogdahn Consulting serves as
the investment advisor to the
Firefighter's Pension Fund
Board of Trustees. Currently in
the account is $1,102,961.
According to Bogdahn's
-For the fiscal year ended
Sept. 30, 2009, the plan earned
5.2 percent on an actuarial basis.
-The plan has invested 52
percent of the assets at cost in
equities, with 14 percent in
money market funds and 34 per-
cent in high quality fixed-
income assets.
-International investments
(included in the equity total) are
under the 10 percent limitation
set by state law.
-2009 insurance premium
tax dollars were $107,950 (a 3
percent increase over 2008).
Separately, Chief Miller gave
his annual report for 2009 stat-
ing the North Bay Fire District
responded to 855 alarms, an
increase of 4 percent, from 822
responses in 2008.
The district responded to
seven structure fires in 2009
compared with 10 in 2008. No
fire-related deaths occurred in
2009, as in 2008, prompting the
district to once again file for the
"Operation Life Safety Award."
The award was received from
2000 to 2008.
Medical emergencies of all
types-including vehicle acci-
dents-accounted for 525 calls
in 2009.
The North Bay District's
monthly calls for December
2009 consisted of: five fire calls,
47 rescue calls and 24 other
emergency responses, for a total
of 76. Mutual aid was given
three times (to the city of
Niceville, the Coast Guard and
Eglin Air Force Base). North
Bay received mutual aid once,
from the Niceville Fire
The next Board of Fire
Commissioners meeting is set
for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the
fire station, 1024 White Point


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From page A-1
has a 25-foot patrol boat that
allows it to protect the bayous, the
bay and the gulf and assets critical
to national security, according to
David Mclemore, Eglin's anti-ter-
rorism officer. The vessel also
allows for mission support while
working closely with the Fish and
Wildlife Service and the Coast
Guard, he said.
Griffin said the proposed regu-
lations give Eglin additional statu-
tory authority to protect itself.
Other proposed changes
update existing regulations on
existing "danger zones," also over
water areas, according to the
Corps of Engineers. Griffin said
some of the changes to danger
zones are primarily updates such
as the name of the Eglin organiza-
tion responsible for implementa-
tion. These danger areas include,
for example, areas of the Gulf or
Santa Rosa Sound where Eglin
may test missiles. They also con-
tain two large gunnery ranges over
Choctawhatchee Bay.
Mclemore said the two gun-
nery ranges in the bay are not cur-
rently active. "They are safety
cordons," he said. The regula-

From page A-1
who now attend the elementary
school would instead be sent to
Lewis Middle School, which
would become a K-8 institution
and be renamed to remove the
word "middle," reflecting the
influx of younger students.
Lewis Middle would be
"established as Addie R. Lewis
School providing a K-8 school
program," as well as "establish-
ing new student attendance
zones for those students current-
ly zoned to attend Bluewater
Elementary School, Plew
Elementary, Valparaiso
Elementary, Lewis Middle and
Ruckel Middle School, as
necessitated by the re-mission-
ing of Valparaiso Elementary,"
according to the board agenda.
Prekindergarten students

From page A-1
active," the department said.
An animal with rabies could
infect other wild animals or
domestic animals that have not
been vaccinated. All domestic ani-
mals should be vaccinated against
rabies and all wildlife contact
should be avoided, particularly
raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks,
otters, bobcats and coyotes,
according to the health depart-
Rabies, a disease of the ner-
vous system, is fatal to warm-
blooded animals and humans. The
only treatment for human expo-
sure to rabies is rabies-specific
immune globulin and rabies
immunization. Appropriate treat-
ment started soon after the expo-
sure will protect an exposed per-
son from the disease.
The health department issued
the following advice:
-All pets should have current
rabies immunizations adminis-
tered by a veterinarian.
-Secure outside garbage in
covered containers to avoid
attracting wild animals.
-Do not leave pet food out-
side. This also attracts other ani-
-For questions regarding the
health of an animal, contact a vet-
-Veterinarian staff and ani-
mal control staff should be alert

Army Corps of Engineers
Eglin Air Force Base officials have the authority to close to boaters
two inactive Eglin aerial gunnery ranges that include a large part of
Choctawhatchee Bay (outlined). Base officials say regulations
allow the base to close the waters to civilian use for safety or secu-

rity reasons.

tions published for comment Dec.
28 reaffirm Eglin's authority to
exclude vessels from the bay
ranges when deemed necessary.
The ranges have existed for
many years and are marked as
"danger" or "prohibited" areas on
nautical charts. However, they are
widely disregarded, since no target
practice actually takes place there.
Gunnery range No. 2, which
hugs the northern shore of
Choctawhatchee Bay from White

attending the former Valparaiso
Elementary would be from the
Niceville-Valparaiso area, said
Kaye McKinley, district deputy
superintendent of curriculum.
The only publicly operated
voluntary pre-K program in the
area is at Bluewater Elementary.
It operates during the school
year and currently enrolls 18
children. There are several pri-
vately operated pre-K programs
in the area.
A school board hearing on
the measures was held last night
in Fort Walton Beach, giving
parents and others a chance to
voice opinions.
Since the announcement by
district administrators last
month that the elementary
school was under consideration
for closing due to declining
enrollment, parents and others
have flooded the e-mail boxes

for animals encountered with
signs suspicious for rabies and use
appropriate precautions, especial-
ly when working with unvaccinat-
ed animals.
-Persons who have been bit-
ten or scratched by wild or domes-
tic animals should seek medical
attention and report the injury to
the Okaloosa County Health
Department at 833-9247 or 689-
-Rabies is preventable when
treatment is provided in a timely
-Avoid contact with all
wildlife, especially raccoons, bats,
and foxes.
-No animal is too young to
have rabies.
-For general questions per-
taining to domestic animals con-
tact PAWS (Panhandle Animal
Welfare Society) at 243-1525 or
wild animals contact the Emerald
Coast Wildlife Refugee at 650-
For further information on
rabies, go to the Florida
Department of Health website:
index.html, contact the Okaloosa
County Health Department,
Environmental Health office at
(850) 833-9247 in Ft Walton
Beach, and (850) 689-7859 in
Crestview, or visit their website:
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Point for about 10 miles eastward
to Basin Bayou, includes the north
end of the Mid-Bay Bridge and a
number of private recreational
docks attached to waterfront
Gunnery range No. 1, which
extends from Eglin Air Force Base
southeastward into the bay, also
includes part of the Mid-Bay
"There are real restrictions, like
in the area off of Bluewater Bay,"

and telephone lines of district
administrators, claiming that an
insufficient amount of back-
ground material had been made
available to the public.
Valparaiso Elementary parents
protested the short time given to
the public to voice concerns and
questions since the Beacon
reported the proposal Dec. 2.
At a school board meeting
Jan. 7, Chairman Rodney
Walker recommended postpon-
ing a vote, which had been
scheduled for yesterday. The
vote was rescheduled for Jan.
"We had so much input and
phone calls," said Walker. If the
board had voted directly after
the public hearing, as was origi-
nally planned for the Jan. 19
meeting, "it was going to appear
in the minds of the public that
our own minds had already been
made up," he said. "with some-
thing this important, the board
felt like we should go the last
inch on the mile."
Melissa Thrush, secretary of
Valparaiso Elementary's Parent

* I 7 -- 41 7 -, L..-

Mclemore said. "However, the
restrictions are only enforced
when there is a national defense or
safety situation. In higher
FPCONs (Force Protection
Conditions) the water can at any
time be restricted (that is the rea-
son for this action) but presently
can be done by the U.S. Coast
Guard based upon the threats,"
Mclemore said. The government
does not restrict commercial fish-
ing in either gunnery range, he
However, there is a restricted
water space around the Coast
Guard station in Destin if the
Coast Guard determines a need to
restrict fishing to keep egress clear
for their boats, he said.
Also excluded from regulation
if the bay ranges are needed for
gunnery operations are any cargo-
carrying or passenger-carrying
vessels or tows proceeding on
established routes, presumably the
Intracoastal Waterway.
The proposed regulations also
allow prohibition on all continu-
ous inland waterways adjacent to
the Eglin reservation. Mclemore
said this should not restrict
canoers, kayakers or recreational
users any differently than today-
unless there is a national defense
or safety situation. Recreational
Teacher Organization, and a
parent who has been a leader
regarding the influx of e-mails
and phone communications,
said she was "pleased" that the
board agreed to delay a vote.
However she also said she does-
n't believe "the decision will
necessarily change the out-
"I just want to make sure
school board members, who are
elected to represent their con-
stituents, listen to the public and
then understand all the effects a
decision like this will have,"
Thrush said.
When the Beacon spoke with
school board members, prior to
yesterday's hearing, they said
they had not yet decided how
they would vote.
"Actually, I think that's how
it should be," said Howard Hill,
school board representative for
District 5 (the Valparaiso-
Niceville area). "There could
have been some things brought
to the board's attention, during
the public hearing, that we
haven't though about before."

boaters, he said, may be asked to
produce credentials for identifica-
tion. The intent is not to restrict
this space, the intent is to verify
the people have valid identifica-
tion and a reason to be there.
The Corps of Engineers is
accepting public comments at its
Jacksonville office through Jan. 27

on proposed revisions and addi-
tions to federal regulations con-
cerning water boundaries around
Eglin Air Force Base.
Griffin said several other mili-
tary bases along the U.S. coast are
requesting their own update of
these regulations, primarily along
the East Coast.

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Views mixed on Eglin housing proposals

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
About 100 people came to the
Mattie Kelley Arts Center in
Niceville Jan. 12 to learn more
about Air Force plans to build new
military family housing at one or
more of several alternative sites on
or near the Eglin Military
Among the sites are some in
Valparaiso, and some adjacent to
Bluewater Bay, Raintree Estates,
Seminole, and Villa Tasso. All the
land under study is owned by the
Air Force.
Among the 12 members of the
public who spoke during a com-
ment period, opinion was sharply
divided on the wisdom and
motives behind the plans. A final
decision is expected in early 2011.
One speaker said the develop-

ment plans promised environmen-
tal "mayhem." Another ascribed
the program to "greed." But a
third, the mayor of Valparaiso,
said such housing would be wel-
come in his city. The Air Force
has labeled much of Valparaiso
unsuitable for residential develop-
ment because of an expected
increase in jet noise.
Visitors examined charts and
maps, chatted with military and
civilian leaders, and heard a brief-
ing from Eglin Chief of
Environmental Affairs Larry
Chavers and Environmental
Public Affairs spokesman Mike
Spaits, who discussed the
"Military Housing Privatization
Initiative (MHPI)," a plan to
demolish old and obsolete military
housing at Eglin Air Force Base
and Hurlburt Field, and to replace

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Members of the public look at information about possible con-
struction of 1,477 military homes in a number of locations, includ-
ing the Bluewater Bay area and Valparaiso, during an Air Force
meeting in Niceville Jan. 12.

the old housing with new homes
to be built by civilian contractors
on military-owned land at any of

several locations being consid-
Visitors were also invited to

give written comments to base
officials, or to make oral public
statements following the briefing.
The public meeting was one of
three held last week, with the oth-
ers held at the Crestview
Community Center Jan. 13 and
the Fort Walton Beach Municipal
Auditorium Jan. 14.
According to Chavers' and
Spaits' briefing, as well as written
statements provided by the Air
Force, "The Air Force's proposed
action includes the conveyance of
all existing housing units (up to
1,413) distributed among several
parcels of land located on Eglin
Air Force Base and Hurlburt
Field, including infrastructure and
utility connections, to a private
real estate development and prop-
erty management company. Of the
existing units, the private develop-

er would demolish up to 1,404
dwellings and accept the Air
Force's conveyance of as few as
nine existing historic units 'as is.'"
According to the Air Force,
"The private developer would
construct 548 units for Hurlburt
Field and 929 units for Eglin AFB
and return 9 historic units (5 his-
toric units located at Georgia
Avenue on Eglin AFB and 4 his-
toric units at Camp Pinchot
Historic District) to the Air Force.
At completion of the project, a pri-
vate developer would own and
operate up to 1,477 units on behalf
of Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field.
As part of the Proposed Action,
the Air Force would relocate the
existing Hurlburt Field Family
Camping facilities. All construc-
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From page A-4
tion and demolition activities
would occur on Eglin AFB and
Hurlburt Field (Air Force-owned)
The Air Force said it would
lease to the developer the real
property underlying the units pro-
posed for demolition. For areas
not designated for rebuilding, this
lease would last only until demoli-
tion is complete, at which time the
property would be returned to the
Air Force. For areas designated for
rebuilding, the real property
would be leased to the private
developer for a period of 50 years
from the date of the transaction.
"The Air Force is looking at
several different locations in addi-
tion to Hurlburt Field for the
newly constructed housing,
-Alternative 1. Crestview
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Scott Eason Bacheller,
unemployed, 52, with an at-
large address, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 10 on
charges of assault, resisting an
officer without violence and
disorderly intoxication.
Bacheller was allegedly intox-
icated and threatened to do
harm to an individual while
standing in the road and in a
parking lot in the 200 block of
College Boulevard.

Kathleen Joannah Dillaha,
unemployed, 49, of 233 Edge
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested
by Valparaiso police Jan. 8 on
a charge of aggravated assault.
Subsequent to a verbal argu-
ment Dillaha allegedly threat-
ened to harm another person
while holding a golf club over
her head.

William Christopher
Waitzman, a deckhand, 47, of
412 Primrose Circle, Destin,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 5 on charges of
resisting an officer without
violence and driving while
license suspended or revoked,
habitual offender. When a
deputy on White Point Road
attempted to make a traffic
stop for speeding, Waitzman
allegedly drove off at high
speed, turning onto North
Lakeshore, where his vehicle
skidded off the road near the
power lines. Waitzman fled on
foot but was apprehended

Charles Douglas Cuchens,
21, of 113 Teresa Court,
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Jan. 5 on the
charge of failure to appear on
the original charges of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia.

Aaron Bruce Corley, a con-
crete worker, 26, of 204 25th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Jan. 5 on the
charge of failure to appear on
the original misdemeanor
charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Corley was subsequently
arrested the same day for pos-
session of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription
after a booking officer at the
sheriff's office found two
Lortab pills and a small green
pill inside Corley's sock.
Corley claimed he had pre-
scriptions for the drugs but
was unable to produce the pre-
scription or say where he
obtained the drugs.

Jessica Lashae Stevenson,
25, of 500 Kelly Mill Road,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Jan. 7 on a
misdemeanor violation of pro-
bation charge.

Gina Renee St Pierre, 23, of
1707 Osceola Bay Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Jan. 11 on a
misdemeanor worthless check
charge, for a $53 bad check.

James Kevin Franklin, a
mason, 30, of 174 Nordberg
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Jan. 9 on
a misdemeanor worthless
check charge.

Robert W. Neyendorf III,
20, of 1101 47th St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 26 for battery,
domestic violence.
Locks on three units at a
Valparaiso storage facility,
900 Valastics Ave., were
reportedly cut off sometime
Dec. 30-31. The renters of
one of the units reported that
several antique items were
stolen from their unit, includ-
ing dishes valued at $5,000, a
$750 desk, a $1,200 hutch, a
$1,000 Chinese screen and a
$1,200 easel, in addition to a
$1,000 baseball card collec-
tion and a $200 computer
monitor. Authorities were
unable to determine immedi-
ately whether any items had
been stolen from the other two
units that had their locks cut

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returned from Christmas vaca-
tion Dec. 31 to find that
unknown persons) had stolen
a 9.9 hp. outboard motor from
the back of a sailboat docked
behind the house. The electri-
cal wire to the motor was cut,
as was a rope and a bolt secur-
ing the motor to a bracket on
the sailboat. The theft may
have occurred as early as a
month before it was discov-
ered, the victim stated. The
$3,000 outboard motor had
been purchased in June and
had never been used.

On Jan. 3 a 2009 Dodge
pickup was located in the
bayou water 83 feet from a
boat ramp on Edrehi Drive,
Niceville. The vehicle was
pulled from the water with the
assistance of a towing compa-
ny and a sheriffs dive team.
The vehicle had been sub-
merged with the windows
down, the key in the ignition
and the transmission in
"drive." The pickup truck was
reportedly stolen from an
occupied residence in the 400
block of Baywood Drive,
Niceville. The victim reported
also that nine guns stored in a
hallway in a wooden gun cab-
inet with glass doors were also
stolen in the burglary. None
of the guns were recovered in
the submerged truck.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 300 block of Okaloosa
Avenue reported that some-
time Jan. 10-11 unknown per-
son(s) entered her unlocked
vehicle, moved several items
inside the vehicle and stole a
small amount of change from
the center console.

A Niceville resident from
the 200 block of Alonzo Court
reported Jan. 7 that $3,075 in
jewelry had gone missing
from the residence sometime
during the previous six
months, including a wedding
ring, a gold necklace and a
pair of gold earrings.

A Niceville resident from
the 400 block of North Cedar
Avenue reported Jan. 7 that
unknown persons) had bur-
glarized two unlocked vehi-
cles and stole about $50 in
cash and a zippered change

A Niceville resident from
the 100 block of 4th Street

reported Jan. 6 that "some
kids" broke into his truck and
stole about $4 cash. The vic-
tim said a neighbor's vehicle
was also burglarized sometime
Jan. 5-6.

A Niceville resident from
the 100 block of Dolphin Point
Road reported Jan. 6 that he
discovered change missing
from his vehicle.

A Niceville resident of the
1100 block of Stephen Drive
reported that someone stole
nine pieces of jewelry, valued
at $5,740, during a party host-
ed by her son at the residence
Dec. 31. As many as 30 people
were at the home New Year's
Eve, and the son said he did
not know as many as eight of
the guests.

After her car suffered a
blowout on Highway 85, near
the airport, about 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 22, a Valparaiso woman
parked on the shoulder and
called for a ride. The woman
asked a friend to change the
tire, which was done by 7:50
p.m. When the woman
returned to pick up her vehicle
at 11 p.m. someone had bro-
ken a window and stolen five
music CDs from the glove

Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 500 block of Kelly Mill
Road reported that unknown
persons) pulled out the power
meter box to her apartment
and threw it into the bushes
sometime Dec. 21-30, while
the victim was away. The loss
of power caused the victim to
lose approximately $100
worth of miscellaneous foods
stored in her refrigerator that
spoiled due to the power being

A Valparaiso business
owner in the 100 block of John
Sims Parkway, was in the
building when two windows
were damaged by a juvenile,
who appeared to be about 14
or 15, firing a BB gun from
across the street from the
office. The owner agreed to
drop charges after the boy and
his father agreed to repair the
windows. Damage was esti-
mated at $500.

A Niceville resident from
the 700 block of Howell Road

3rd St., Niceville, and a 16-
year-old Valparaiso girl, a stu-
dent, were issued notices to
appear by sheriff's deputies,
Jan. 9, each charged with
retail theft. Stouder and the
juvenile were alleged to have
concealed merchandise with-
out paying for it, at the Kohl's
store, 800 N. Beal Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach. The mer-
chandise was valued together
at $278, including five pairs of
earrings, two pairs of socks, a
junior top, eye liner and a con-
tainer of fragrance.

Travis Leon Blow, a
plumber, 27, of 649 Crestview
Ave., Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies, Jan. 4, on the charge
of retail theft, Blow is alleged
to have concealed two com-
puter games without paying
the $40 cost, at the Destin
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reported that sometime Jan. 1
someone keyed the passenger
side of his vehicle, leaving
scratches approximately four-
feet-long on both doors.
A 14-year-old Niceville
boy, a student, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 10 for battery.
A girl reported that the 14-
year-old had hit her in the but-
tocks at school Dec. 9 and that
this slapping had occurred
previously, starting Aug. 24.
The girl had previously report-
ed the boy's behavior to two
teachers, who both stated they
had counseled the boy. The
14-year-old said his actions
were just "horseplay" and that
he was sorry. The boy has a
mandatory court appearance
set for Jan. 27 in Shalimar.

Jaymes Lee Stouder, a con-
struction worker, 18, of 130

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Th Ille Fire einnii responded the following calls Jan. 11
0 Struct e '10 Emergency dical Call
0 Veb d l .cle-Crash
0 Other 'G Crash 'th E ,.,. i
0 Illegal Burn 6 Other Emergenc Call .
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions r
Location Situation Date Time
E. John Sims Parkway .........Elevator rescue .............1/11/10............... 12:30
Bayshore Drive ........ ........ Medical ........................ 1/11/10 ..............22:24
Bayshore Drive ........ ........ Medical ........................ 1/12/10...............11:05
N. Partin Drive at Palm.........Vehicle accident ............1/12/10..............17:59
S. Cedar Avenue ................Smoke investigation ......1/12/10..............19:04
Mulry Drive .........................CO detector activation...1/12/10..............20:25
Davis Drive ......................... M medical ........................ 1/12/10...............21:12
Alan A Dale Drive ............... Medical ........................ 1/12/10.............. 22: 26
Hart Street .......................... M medical ........................ 1/13/10...........1...10:30
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ........................1/13/10..............17:29
Als Drive ............................. M medical ........................ 1/13/10...........1...19:55
Fir Avenue .......................... Service call .................. 1/14/09..............07:30
Magnolia Shores ................ Medical ........................ 1/14/09.............. 10:19
Rocky Bayou Bridge.............Dispatched/canceled .....1/14/09..............12:54
E. John Sims/SR85N............Vehicle accident ............1/14/09..............16:32
S. Palm Boulevard..............Medical ........................1/14/09..............20:25
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Jan. 10 through
Jan. 18.
Location Situation Date Time
Saint Pierre Cove ....................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/11/10................20:37
E. HWY 20 and Bay Drive........Vehicle accident ...............1/12/10...............15:46
W right Circle............................. EMS excluding vehicle.....1/12/10 ............... 17:28
S. Cedar Avenue .....................Dispatched/cancelled.......1/12/10 ...............19:06
E. Dominica Circle...................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/14/10 .................05:47
Corsica Cove .............................. EMS excluding vehicle.....1/14/10 .................08:52
Parkw ood Place ......................... Invalid assist ..................... 1/15/10 ................. 01:36
Parkwood Lane .......................... EMS excluding vehicle.....1/15/10 ................. 08:24
The Crossings..........................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/15/10 ...............10:33
W indlake Drive......................... EMS excluding vehicle.....1/16/10 .................02:57
Merchants Way........................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/16/10 .................07:21
Pine Street ............................... EMS excluding vehicle.....1/17/09 ............... 12:12
White Point Road.....................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/17/09 ...............19:03
N. White Point Road................EMS excluding vehicle.....1/18/09...............13:17
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From page A-1

Valparaiso gave the go-ahead
to file the federal lawsuit less than
two weeks after the Air Force
issued a record of decision (ROD)
Feb. 6 that acknowledged that the
basing of 107 F-35s at Eglin
would increase jet-noise levels
throughout Valparaiso. The Air
Force is studying how to mitigate
effects of the noise. That study is
due to be released before this sum-
Smith said if he is elected
mayor, he would sit down with the
new city commission, "whoever
they are, and with whoever the
city attorney is," and discuss what
to do about the city's lawsuit. He
said he wouldn't make the deci-
sion on his own. Under state law,
Smith is resigning his commission
seat in order to run for mayor, a
decision he can't revoke even if he
doesn't win.
City Clerk Tammy Johnson
said that the city had spent
$316,277 in attorneys' fees as of
Jan. 13, 2010, on the city's F-35
lawsuit and three related lawsuits.
The three other suits are:

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Valparaiso mayoral candidates disagree over the city's tactics in
trying to win Air Force concessions on F-35 jet-noise issues. A pre-
production model of the F-35 visited Eglin in April. Above, it flies
over Okaloosa Island near the Brooks Bridge, Fort Walton Beach.

-A federal Freedom of
Information Act suit the city filed
against the Air Force. This action,
filed in September 2008, has been
-A state suit filed against the
city by a resident alleging viola-
tion of open-meetings law. That
suit is still pending.
-The suit filed by the county
commission against the city in
state court seeking to block
Valparaiso's federal lawsuit

against the Air Force. The coun-
ty suit is pending.
Smith said he thinks Okaloosa
County may be in the process of
dropping its lawsuit since he does-
n't know of anything to be gained
in continuing. "Basically it's (the
county's lawsuit) like what
(Okaloosa County Commissioner
James) Campbell said (during a
Valparaiso city commission meet-
ing last year) 'we're going to bank-
rupt you,'" Smith said.

Asked for comment Monday,
Campbell said that although the
matter hasn't been discussed by
county commissioners, "I see no
reason to continue" the county
lawsuit against Valparaiso.
Campbell said his "bankrupt"
threat was not directed against the
citizens of Valparaiso but rather
was an attempt to deter Valparaiso
commissioners from filing the
federal lawsuit. "Hopefully there'll
be a change in (Valparaiso) admin-
istrations in March," Campbell
The F-35 controversy has split
the city, Smith said. "The sad
thing is this lawsuit turned neigh-
bor against neighbor, commission-
er against commissioner," he said.
"If you sue me-win, lose or
draw-we can't be friends," he
Smith said that although his
stand against the F-35 lawsuit may
cost him votes, "I would hope a
majority is against this lawsuit.
We'll know March 9."
In a separate interview, Arnold
rejected Smith's contentions that
the F-35 lawsuit was premature
and a waste of tax money.
"We had no alternative," said
Arnold about the city's decision to

sue the Air Force. The mayor said
the city provided numerous com-
ments during Eglin scoping and
environmental impact study meet-
ings, but that the Air Force never
responded in a meaningful way.
Under the circumstances,
Arnold said, the only way the city
could challenge the process and
get the Air Force's attention was to
file a lawsuit. "It wasn't our desire
to sue, but it was the only way we
could 'talk' to the Air Force,"
Arnold said.
Arnold acknowledged that the
city's F-35 lawsuit has split the
community. "People on the east
side of John Sims (Parkway) are
not nearly as affected as (pi ,plk
on the west side," he said. The
east side of town is closer to an
Eglin runway.
"It concerns me," Arnold said,
that the F-35 issues "are extremely
complex ones" yet many people
have failed to read the voluminous
documents, such as the environ-
mental impact study, before reach-
ing their conclusions about the
wisdom of the city lawsuit.
"We (the city commission) do
what we think is best and what's
right for the city," Arnold said.
Arnold noted that there's been

no special assessment levied to
pay for the city's legal fees.
Valparaiso officials hope to recoup
some of the city's legal expenses
from the Air Force in any settle-
ment. "At least that's what I've
instructed our attorneys," he said.
The mayor said he was
"extremely confident" that the suit
will be resolved within the next
month or two.
"I feel we have prevailed," the
mayor said. He said that after the
city filed suit, the Air Force
reopened its environmental study
and said it would postpone a deci-
sion on whether to base a second
wave of 48 F-35s at Eglin until the
new studies are completed.
"That's all we asked them to
do," Arnold said.
Asked whether Valparaiso's
opposition might result in no more
F-35s coming to Eglin beyond the
first wave of 59, Arnold said the
whole issue is "fluid."
Arnold said Valparaiso's rela-
tions with Eglin officials are
"super," and that McClintock, the
base commander, and Air
Armament Center Commander
Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis have
been occasionally calling him
with updates.

From page A-5
Park/Duke Field or Eglin North
Area (two parcels totaling 567
acres), about three miles north of
Duke Field, just south of the
Yellow River along the northern
border of the Eglin Reservation.
-Alternative 2. Eglin
Northeast Area, four parcels total-
ing 2,458 acres. The area is locat-
ed a mile southeast of Mossy
Head, in northern Walton County,
just inside the northeastern Eglin
Reservation border.
-Alternative 3. White Point
Area, seven parcels totaling 416
acres. Only one of the seven
parcels is at White Point itself, on
Choctawhatchee Bay, near the
north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
Another site in this alternative is
just east of the Woodlands section
of Bluewater Bay. Another is on
County Line Road, just west of the
Villa Tasso community. Two
more parcels are midway between
The Woodlands and Villa Tasso,
south of State Road 20. Still two
more parcels in this alternative
abut the east side of the Parkwood
Estates and Bolton Village gated
communities of Bluewater Bay,
north of Range Road.
-Alternative 4. Eglin Main
Base/Valparaiso Area comprises
eight parcels totaling 694 acres.
The largest parcel (620 acres) is in
the southwest comer of Eglin
Main Base next to the New Plew
housing area. The remaining
seven parcels in Alternative 4 total
74 acres in Valparaiso. Of these,
six are west of John Sims
Parkway, between the East Gate
and Virginia Avenue. The seventh
is east of John Sims, north of
Lewis Middle School.
-Alternative 5. North Fort
Walton Beach Area comprises five
parcels totaling 457 acres. Three
parcels were previously identified
in MHPI NEPA documentation as
the "Camp Pinchot Expansion
Area" (located adjacent to the
Camp Pinchot Historic District
and bordered on the west by SR-

Shirley F. Hunter

Ms. Shirley E Hunter,
72, of Niceville, Florida,
passed away and went to be
with the Lord on Thursday,
January 14, 2010.
She was a longtime resi-
dent of Niceville, residing
here most of her life.
She is survived by her
daughter, Patricia A.
Trombly; Shirley's son,
Wayne E Hunter; son-in-
law, Gary Trombly; and two
grandsons, Jeffrey Trombly
and Doyle Hunter.
She was truly blessed
with many friends and fam-
ily and an abundance of
A time of visitation will
be held at 6 p.m. on January
20, 2010, at Heritage
Gardens Funeral Home in

189 and the east by Gamier
Bayou) and parts of the "Poquito
Bayou Expansion Area" (located
just north of the existing Poquito
Bayou housing area). The remain-
ing two parcels are located along
the southern Eglin Reservation
boundary in north Fort Walton
Beach just north of SR-189 and
adjacent to the Okaloosa County
Fairgrounds. The Camp Pinchot
Historic District is not included in
this alternative.
-Alternative 6. Mixture of
parcels from any of the areas list-
ed in Alternatives 1 through 5.
-No Action Alternative-The
Air Force would not implement
the Proposed Action at Eglin or
Hurlburt Field. Instead, it would
continue to manage, maintain,
replace and upgrade military fam-
ily housing in accordance with Air
Force policy and resources.
Following the briefing, 12 visi-
tors rose to express their ideas
about the military housing plans.
Most of the speakers said they
oppose the plan, including
Christina and Robert Larson, who
described themselves as environ-
mental activists.
Christina Larson called the
military housing project 'environ-
mental mayhem," and said build-
ing housing in former National
Forest land that became the Eglin
reservation would violate federal
environmental protection laws.
Robert Larson called the plan
"shockingly flawed," saying it
would harm endangered species of
plants and animals in the "pristine
forest" now controlled by the Air
Force. He said it would be better
to build new housing on the "main
base" areas of Eglin and Hurlburt,
which have already been largely
developed with runways and mili-
tary buildings.
A couple of speakers ques-
tioned the need to build new mili-
tary housing at all, saying ade-
quate housing is already available
in the local area from civilian
Realtors and developers.
"There is a lot of housing avail-
able in the current local economy,"
said Al Winfrey.
"I agree a thousand percent that
people sacrificing for our country
need better housing," said John
King, "but there are thousands of
single family lots we developers
could build on." King said such
lots are available for development
in areas between Niceville and
Freeport, as well as in areas east of
Hurlburt and elsewhere.
Wayland Davis was the angri-
est of the speakers. "I represent 30
years of about 1,000 years of mil-
itary experience in this auditori-
um." Davis said, and stated that
civilian developers and senior mil-
itary officers are selfishly seeking
profits by "riding on the backs of
the military."
He said the proposed housing
project is all about "'ii.1," and
exemplifies how "corporations are
destroying America." He said the

corporate leaders of America are
"using our young men as merce-
naries" in foreign wars. "Our
troops go, and serve, and come
home in boxes." Meanwhile, he
said, "generals sit on the boards of
Davis said that troops of the
current generation as well as his
own are proud to have served their
country, but "I am totally against"
the proposed housing project.
"Housing is a personal responsi-
bility," he said.
Other speakers were more pos-
itive about the housing plan.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold
said he and the Valparaiso City
Commission would welcome mil-
itary housing in Valparaiso, and
that the city already has the infra-

structure needed to accommodate
military housing units.
Military spouse Angela
Huggins said, "I wouldn't live in
military housing" that currently
exists at Eglin, but that "I am opti-
mistic" that plans for new housing
will be successful, including mea-
sures to minimize environmental
Some speakers had questions
about the impact of the proposed
housing on local communities.
One such speaker asked which
schools would accommodate chil-
dren from a possible housing area
in the present White Point military
recreation area, since the nearest
school, Bluewater Elementary, is
already at or near capacity, and
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possible environmental impact of
the housing program.
Okaloosa County Growth
Management representative Jeff
Fanto said the county welcomes
new military housing, but remind-
ed military officials to perform
"due diligence" regarding envi-
ronmental, social, and economic
impacts of any project before start-
ing construction. He said such pro-
jects should conform to a recent
Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), and
that Okaloosa County is willing to
work with military officials to help
plan such projects.
As the public meeting conclud-
ed, Spaits told the audience that
additional comments and ques-
tions are welcome, but should be
submitted before Feb. 1 to have

maximum impact on the planning
process, although such comments
will be accepted after that. He said
copies of the draft Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) are also
available to anyone who requests
them. People wishing to mail
comments or obtain further infor-
mation, he said, should send them
to: Mike Spaits, Eglin Public
Affairs Office 101 West D Ave.
Suite 110 Eglin AFB, FL 32542-
5499. Phone: 882-2836; e-mail:
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Lady Rams Alexa Verzwyvelt
(15) and Jessie Saris (10) go
after a rebound in Ruckel's
20-13 victory over Destin
Thursday. Jessie Day (00) and
Taylor Anderson (12) stand
back in case the ball gets
Beacon photos by Erin Bill

Lady Rams top

Destin, 20-13

By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
The Ruckel Middle School
Lady Rams took a 20-13 basket-
ball victory from the Destin
Middle School Lady Marlins.
The teams' defenses seemed
evenly matched in the first half
of the game
as the ball
changed /
hands fre-
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able to take
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ket. Several.
s struggle Jessie Saris
between Ruckel and Destin
players for possession of the
ball marked first-half play.
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came from a free throw by
Hannah Schroeder for Ruckel,
followed by a
basket from More spc
Anderson. Jessie Saris, point
guard for the Rams, distin-
guished herself with her drives
down the court and aggressive
blocks, keeping pressure on the
Destin players, who had to fight
hard to take shots and maintain
possession. The Lady Marlins
remained scoreless. At halftime,
the score stood at 3-0 with
Ruckel leading.
Destin came out of its scor-
ing slump in the third quarter,
briefly pulling ahead of the

Lady Rams, 5-3. In response,
Saris drove the ball hard into the
Lady Marlins' territory, angling
for a shot. Before Saris could
deliver on the promising play, a
foul by Destin sent her to the
free throw line, where she
promptly sank both free throws
for the two points needed to tie
the game.
From then on, the momen-
tum of the game was with the
Lady Rams, who began to take
and sink more shots. Katie
O'Neal made a three-pointer to
the delight of the home crowd,
bringing Ruckel back into the
Rolling into the fourth quar-
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lead of several points over the
Lady Marlins. Elise Stuart made
an excellent drive down the
court for a basket for her team.
Even a score at the last buzzer
by Destin wasn't enough to
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rts, A-10 girls, who walked
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Seventh-grader Saris said
that the game went "okay" for
the Lady Rams. She wasn't able
to name a play that stood out to
her from the match.
"I think both teams defen-
sively played well," said Rams'
varsity coach David Day. "I like
the effort our girls gave." The
coach said the Lady Rams even-
tually "frustrated (the Lady
Marlins) a little with our press
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Ruckel boys hold lead wire-to-wire vs. Destin

By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
The Ruckel Rams estab-
lished an early lead over the
Destin Marlins Thursday night
in varsity basketball competi-
tion on their home court and,
with standout support from a
few key players, maintained that
lead to win the game, 43-36.
Michael Baffa helped to pro-
pel the Rams to their first-quar-
ter lead over the Marlins. His
aggressive game and willing-
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night's high scorer.
The Rams played a physical
game, as shown by the six fouls
they had collected at halftime.
The second half opened with
a long basket by Korey Amaker
for the Rams, while #21 caught
a long pass and made a perfect
jump shot for two points and
#10 made a breakaway down the
court before the Marlins knew
what had hit them. In a display
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players grabbed the ball as it
rebounded again and again from
the basket before Baffa sank the
shot for Ruckel.
Fouls called against the
Rams allowed Destin to pick up
points from free throws. The
uncontested points helped to
narrow the Rams' lead danger-
ously in the fourth quarter,
shrinking it to just 32-30 over
the Marlins. But the team
stepped up to the challenge, and
baskets by team captain Kolt
Drautz and Baffa pushed Ruckel
farther ahead.
In the last seconds of the
game, Baffa slapped down a
shot from a Destin player, keep-
ing the score at 43-35. The
Rams dribbled slowly down the
court to run out the clock for a
"It was a team effort. We've
been working on playing as a

team and on playing all four
quarters," said head coach John
Runyon. "We finally put togeth-
er a game where we played all
four quarters."
"It went good," said Baffa of
the game. "And our defense
went well in the first part of the
game and we got our offense
going in the second half to close
out the game."
How did Drautz think the
game went?
"Our defense was a little off,
but our offense did really good,"
said the eighth grader.

Ruckel's Michael Baffa
checks his position Thursday
against Destin before driving
to the basket. The Rams won
the game, 43-36.

Beacon photo by Erin Bill

Select 17s win tourney
The Gulf Coast Select 17s took first place in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Holiday
Volleyball Tournament in Tampa, Dec. 20. The team also attended the Tampa NCAA women's vol-
leyball finals. Team members are, from left: Leah Lovelace, Kristina O'Rourke, Jane Bartley, Kristen
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Some Twin Cities residents,
churches and businesses have
done their part to contribute to
the relief efforts in Haiti.
Dr. Tom McKnight, who
retired from active duty and is
now a
colonel in
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currently of
Freeport and
a civilian
physician at *'
Hurlburt Air
Base, left to
catch a flight Tom McKnight
to Orlando
early Saturday afternoon. He
was driving a truck and pulling a
trailer loaded with about 2,500
pounds of sutures, splints, rub-
bing alcohol, water, IV fluids
and other medical supplies-all
pegged for Haiti and all donated
and gathered by volunteers and
businesses from the area.
After a few setbacks, said his
wife, Sue McKnight, his sup-
plies arrived separately in the
devastated city on Sunday. The
goal, said Dr. McKnight, was to
set up a medical clinic. After a
bit of rest and the organization
of the clinic, a trip to "the slums
to help as many people as they
could," said Sue, meant carrying
back to the clinic, located in a
small town just outside of Port
au Prince, some of the wounded
who needed cleaner surround-
No stranger to Haiti and its
people, McKnight has been trav-
eling back and forth to the island
country for 20 years. During that
time, he and his wife have gone
on multiple mission trips to help
with medical, construction and
clean water projects.
It was during one of those
trips that the McKnights came in
contact with Ivy Saloman, a
missionary nurse with Christian
Flights International (CFI). One
day, 16 years ago, the woman
had discovered a box beside one
of the clean water wells the min-
istry maintains, said Sue. Inside
the box was a newborn boy with
the placenta still attached. That
little baby is now the adopted
son of the McKnights.
Since that time, the
McKnights have adopted anoth-
er Haitian baby, this one a girl.
Now 14 years old, Hosanna
attends Rocky Bayou Christian
School. Older brother, Moses, is
"The Haitian people have
become really special to us,"
said Dr. McKnight in a phone
interview with the Beacon while
traveling through the pouring
rain on his way to Orlando
Saturday afternoon. "They've
affected us in a wonderfully pro-
found way. Without them, and
the folks at Christian Flights, as
well as Heartline Ministries (one
of the largest adoption missions
in Haiti), we wouldn't have our
son, Moses."
It was Thursday night, Jan.
14, that McKnight received a
phone call from a friend at
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organization in Orlando that pro-
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Students learn in 56 days at sea

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Did your college professors
ever lead you down the gang-
way for a day at the Shanghai
Art Museum?
If you're a student of
Semester at Sea that isn't so
strange. Neither is waking up
with the sun shining through
the porthole and knowing today
you'll be docking in Chennai,
India, or riding a camel in the
Sahara Desert. Next week
you're helping out with
Operation Hunger at a soup
kitchen in South Africa.
"This was a true learning
experience," said Charles
Morris of Bluewater Bay and
an emeritus professor of psy-
chology, who returned last
month from the fall 2009
Semester at Sea program. "It
was life-changing. I don't think
I'm the same person I was
when I left (in September
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In addition, students enjoy
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The Explorer drops anchor
at more than a dozen ports in
countries around the world
where students spend the
remainder of their 44 semester
days visiting historical, cultural
and political sites as well as
natural and manmade wonders.
While in port, Students must

fall 2009 excursion included
pupils from 22 countries and
about 38 American states,
including 22 from Florida,
though none from the
Panhandle region.
The cost of the voyage-an
average of $22,000-can be
significantly reduced, thanks to
grants, scholarships and work-
study programs offered by ISE.
Morris, also an adjunct pro-
fessor at Northwest Florida
State College, said faculty and

ing side-by-side-after travel-
ing 30,000 miles by water-
students, faculty, and family
members come home "feeling
far more concerned about the
condition of the world and
wanting to help make it a better
place," said Morris. He and his
wife, Carol, who made the
journey with him, now support
the Morningstar School in
Ghana, one of the many places
the Morris' visited during the
100-day excursion.
"When I saw first-hand the
challenges they face," said
Carol, of children in Africa and
those in schools for migrant
children in China, "in spite of
, \. i', lhi i--. what really amazed
me was how bright and happy
the children are."
Upon re-entry into the
United States, Semester at Sea
participants were briefed about
possibly experiencing tempo-
rary depression or withdrawal
from society. The Morrises said
they did indeed experience
those things.
"We have so much here,"
said Carol. "After seeing the
poverty and living conditions
we did, it was difficult to walk
back into the way things are

also participate in field-based,
first-hand experiential learning
with service projects, such as
Habitat for Humanity and
Operation Hunger, accounting
for 20 percent of their semester
Though sponsored by the
University of Virginia, the
Semester at Sea voyages are
open to students from all uni-
versities around the world. The

the 550 students aboard the
MV Explorer develop an out-
of-the-ordinary bond, as faculty
and their spouses spend time
getting to know their students
over weekly dinners while at
sea or during service projects in
port. Classes have a smaller
teacher-student ratio of about 1
to 15, which contributes to the
Learning, working and tour-

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Hobbs won
first place in
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and second
place in the
in the
Patriots Reagan Hobbs
Essay Contest.

Lewis Middle School sixth
grader Donell Wells won first
place in the
school divi-
sion of the
2010 Martin
Luther King
contest at
Fort Walton
Beach High
Donell Wells School
Jan. 9. He will be presenting
his speech at the annual MLK
program 6
Sunday, Jan.
17 at Fort
Beach High
Lewis sev-
enth grader
won second Amber Eddings

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promoted to the position of
director of Hotel Operations
for Valparaiso Realty
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and operations for a conglom-
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promoted (into Jackson's for-
mer position) was Jason Adams,
now the operations manager.
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Beacon, the place of business
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chamber members earn honors

Manor, Allstate earn top business kudos

The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce held
its Annual Celebration at the
Eglin Air Force Base Officers
Club Jan. 15, at which five
annual awards were given out
to area businesses, commend-
ing them for their chamber
and community involvement
in 2009. Greg Smith, Gulf
Power Company, served as the
master of ceremonies and
2009 Chamber chairman of
the board, Brian Walsh, Key
Lime Construction, LLC, pre-
sented the
T h e
Business of
the Year was
presented to
The Manor
at Blue
Water Bay.
Brian Walsh The Manor
has partici-
pated in and sponsored many
chamber events since joining
in 1992. It has sponsored a
Second Wednesday Breakfast
for seven consecutive years, as
well as sponsoring two
Business After Hours. The
Manor is a regular supporter
of the Buy the Bayou Auction
and Military and Education
committees projects.
Manor administrator Duane
Gallagher facilitates a positive
workplace, according to the
chamber, and its team is
encouraged to volunteer in the
community whenever possi-
ble. He also serves on the
Chamber board of directors as
vice chairman of community

m e n t
also of the
Manor, vol-
unteers for
projects and
events on a
reg ular
Duane Gallagher basis.
T h e
Small Business of the Year
was presented to The
Ryland/Morrow Allstate
Agency. Owner/agent Dave
Morrow, who was out of town
and unable
to attend
the annual
has been a
and sup-
porter, hav-
ing served
as chairman Dave Morrow
of the board
in 2004. He volunteers as host
of the Niceville Valparaiso
Business Forum Television
Program on Cox
Communication Channel 6
and has served in that capacity
for several years. His company
was the corporate sponsor of
the 2009 Boggy Bayou Golf
Classic and has also partici-
pated in the Business Expo
every year. Walsh said, "It is
nice to see a member move
through the steps of leadership
and then remain supportive
and involved in the organiza-

The Community
Enrichment Award was pre-
sented to Greg Pope, owner of
Accent Signs. According to
chamber officials, this award
is presented to "an organiza-
tion or group that strives to
make a difference in the com-
munity." Through Accent
Signs, Pope supports many
different clubs and organiza-
tions, including local organ-
ized and public school sports.
He is also a primary organizer
of the local "Freedom Pod"
project, which collects and
sends needed items to
deployed troops each year
during the holidays. Accent
Signs is a strong supporter of
the military as well as recog-
nizing the important role it
plays in the local economy.
The You Rock Award was
presented to Deb Roper,
Holiday Inn
Roper was
an outstand-
ing volun-
teer over the
course of
the year,
said Walsh, on
ing on the Deb Roper
ambassa -
dors and military affairs com-
mittees. Roper was a regular
attendee at the Second
Wednesday Breakfast,
Business After Hours, ribbon
cuttings, and Let's Do
Lunch-Centered on
Networking. She additionally
volunteered to help at many of

these events, and participated
in the membership commit-
tee's recruiting field trips and
the Member Appreciation Call
Day in July.
The Chairman's Award was
presented to Carolyn Chesser,
Bayou Books, as someone
who goes
be yond
what would
normally be
from a
said Walsh.
She has
served sev- Carolyn Chesser
eral terms
on the board and as chair of
many committees since join-
ing the Chamber in 1987.
Chesser's business supports
many community organiza-
tions throughout the year.
For the past two years she
has been active in the effort to
improve the look and appeal
of the community. She has
worked with the city of
Niceville to secure a
Department of Transportation
grant to improve medians with
landscaping. According to the
Chamber, that project is slated
to move forward sometime
this year. Chesser "truly has a
heart for our community and
believes in our local business-
es," according to a chamber
news release.
Also recognized at the
annual celebration were all the
2009 executive committee
members as well as the 2010
executive board.


From page B-1
countries. His friend said six rent-
ed Lear Jets were headed to Haiti,
bringing soap, other supplies and
physicians to the desperate coun-
try. There was one seat left-did
McKnight want to go?
"I cleared it with my boss at
Hurlburt," said McKnight,"
prayed with a group of guys
Friday morning and within 36
hours I was on my way." But not
before contacting a few key
friends and acquaintances to
organize a collection of supplies.
People from doctors' and den-
tists' offices, psychologists,
churches, the school district, law
firms, hospitals and clinics
around the county pooled their
resources to donate, pack and
organize more than $10,000
worth of medical supplies and
water, not to mention some
candy, "for putting smiles on
faces," said McKnight. "Where
people work and what they do
wasn't important. When you put
your hearts together and into
something vital, things get done."
Added Dr. Michael Tallman, a
Niceville psychologist, "I think
it's pretty incredible-truly unbe-
lievable-what we were able to
accomplish in such a short
amount of time, made possible
only because the whole thing was
coordinated by God. The medical
community really pulled togeth-
Among those who donated
material were Dr. Allan Fedosky,
Bluewater Bay; White Wilson
Medical Clinic, Bluewater Bay;
Twin Cities Hospital; Fort Walton
Beach Medical Center; Niceville
Family Dental Center and
Magnolia Medical Clinic, Fort
Walton Beach.
Eager to get started,
McKnight said, "I know I'll be
working as soon as I hit the

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ground, and I have no doubt I'll
be seeing the worst I've ever seen.
Not only have I been a family
physician for 25-plus years, but
I've also been trained with the
military. I know there's a level of
risk and I'm sure the level of des-
peration will be intense. But I'm
not worried. I know God is in
control of all we're trying to do."
McKnight's personal feelings
for the Haitians overflowed in his
comments. "The people of Haiti
are smart, resourceful and lov-
ing," he said. "You can see that in
organizations giving 100 percent
to make their country better and
to get children out of the coun-
try-and poverty-and into the
hands of those who can give them
good homes," he said of CFI and
Heartline ministries. "I really
pray that people will see those in
Haiti as brothers and sisters. This
is a small planet we live on. And
if we don't love with great inten-
sity then we become smaller peo-
ple than we were before we came
into this world."
McKnight, slated to remain in
Haiti for about one week, and
those who traveled with him,
have been mentioned on several
Web sites. To keep up with his
efforts and those of CFI,
Heartline Ministries and Clean
the World, visit, heartlinemi- and To donate
locally for the Haiti efforts, con-
tact Dr. Michael Tallman, 830-
8943. Donations may also be
made through the ministries' Web

From page B-1
of Lori Ogles and her town of
residence were incorrectly
reported Jan. 6. She works for
Reli Title LLC and resides in

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chamber honors Roesch
The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Chairman
of the Board Philippe Miceli honors chamber member
Laura Roesch, of Laura Roesch CPA firm in Valparaiso,
with the Chairman's Choice Jan. 12. Roesch has been
involved in the chamber since 2004 and has served on two
chamber committees.


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Lt. William Hoss Uooper and
Cameron Elizabeth McAllister
Col. (retired) Branford and
Carolyn McAllister of
Niceville announce the
engagement of their daughter,
Cameron Elizabeth, to U.S.
Navy Lt. William Ross
Cooper, son of Duane and
Meredith Cooper of Austin,
The bride-to-be is a gradu-
ate of Niceville High School
and the University of
Southern California, where
she received a Bachelor of
Science degree in industrial
and systems engineering. She
also graduated from the
Georgia Institute of
TZ'hiiil-. .' with a Master of
Science degree in operations
research. She is a civil service
industrial engineer at Eglin
Air Force Base.
The prospective groom is a
graduate of Saint Michael's
Academy in Austin, Texas,
and the U.S. Naval Academy,
where he received a Bachelor
of Science degree in quantita-
tive economics and a commis-
sion in the Navy. He also
graduated from Naval
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
School and is currently sta-
tioned at Naval Amphibious
Base Coronado in San Diego,
The wedding will take
place Oct. 16, in Fort Walton

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Basch, treasurer, Niceville; Malcolm Flanagan, president, Destin; Donna Elliott, first vice
president, Niceville; and Michael Martell, recording secretary, Crestview.

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Ken Hair, Executive Director
of Children in Crisis, Inc.,
presented a special plaque
to Judy Wiseman for her
volunteer efforts on behalf
of Children in Crisis at the
December gathering of the
Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status
of Women (OCCSW) at the
Wiseman home in Niceville.
The OCCSW made dona-
tions to provide gifts to the
children in residence over
the Christmas holiday at the
Children's Neighborhood as
well as for those in resi-
dence with Shelter House.

A check for children
Harold Peek of the Niceville Mid-Bay Rotary Club present-
ed a check to Julie Hurst of the Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy Center. The Rotary Club supports the center's
annual Children's Christmas party. This year, the party was
attended by more than 150 children and their families.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

College lists top scholars for fall

Northwest Florida State
College recognized the superior
scholastic achievement of stu-
dents completing the fall 2009
term by naming them to the
President's and Dean's lists.
The President's List names
those students with nine or more
credits in the term who made a
grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0
during the semester. The Dean's
List names students with nine or
more credits in the term who
earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79.
President's List:
Destin: Amy Anguiano,
Andrei Bicov, Heather
Bonanno, Mason Charles,
Rachael Fairbairn, Chelsea
Fiediga, Elena Finch, James
Ghostley, Michelle Hatley,
Karina Hoffman, Ryan Holland,
Allyson Luenser, Edanette
Marquez, Alana Prescott,
Nicholas Roberts, Jessica
Rogers, George Stroh, Jennifer
Trujillo, Nicoleta Van Dyke,
Stefan Vaughn, John Zinn
Eglin AFB: Tracy Duplantis,
Alexis Elliott, Diane Elliott,
Christine Gill, Jennifer
Hammac, Timothy Japenga,
Ryan Roberts, Samantha
Sleeman, Angel Thomas, Gilda

Freeport: Carrie Bryant,
Ellen Caswell, Jessica Harris,
Haley Laflin, Sara Larson,
Navin McGinnis, Jennifer
Miller, William Miller, Taylor
Hurlburt Field: Brett Alsid,
Ursula Chambers, Brittany
Clark, Tiffany Pechacek,
Christin Shuping
Niceville: Joy Armbrester,
Aislinn Bailey, Mary Balthazar,
Michael Bennett, Ruth Berry,
Emily Blythe, Mark Cordeiro,
Cristin Cotton, Dennis Dallman,
Michelle Debolt, Sean Deiler,
Victoria Dejesus, Joshua
Demers, Miriam Dennis, Zeal
Desai, Matthew Dowell,
Benjamin Dowell, Annabelle
Dunbar, Heather Eiler, Lara
Esin, Anita Fleischman, Cari
Foley, Dianne Fralix, Kelly
Friedman, Cindy Fuchs, Elaine
Gaither, Luisa Gomez, Nina
Gowens, Kimberly Greene,
Mimmi Hammenbeck-
Willenborg, Tammy Harris,
Stephanie Harris, Virginia Hill,
Jocelyn Hines, Samantha
Holton, Samantha Horn,
Maranatha Horvath, Rebecca
Johns, Kathryn Jones, Stacey

Kittell, Lindsay Kollar, Adam
Lehman, Angela McCallister,
Eric McCoy, Melissa Nunes,
Kevin Pabst, Kristen Pedro,
Linh Phan, Amber Phelps,
Austin Phillips, Julie Phillips,
Genny Polakowski, Larrisa
Powell, Tiffany Provenza,
Jessica Purvis, Grace Reese,
Andrew Riffle, Daniel Riley,
Rebecca Robison, Yolima Roca,
Matthew Ruff, Heather Scruggs,


Bjornstad, Lindsay
David Borah, April
Andrew Buss, Amelia
Daniel Davis, Melissa
Heidi Faulk, Micah
Taylor Griffith, Haley
Drew Hill, Sarah

Hooper, April Jaramillo,
Courtney Judd, Maricel Keller,
Inna Kolb, Adam Leisher,
Arianna Letourneau, Daniel
Litz, Medea McLendon, Sarah


Katie Smith, Sarah Smith,
Brooke Stewart, Gregory
Stoughton, Lauren Surgner,
Elizabeth Thomas, Joshua
Wagner, Brittany Walker,
Kristin Weinstock, Graham
West, Stacy Wheelwright,
Sydnee White, Caitlyn
Williams, Jeremiah Williams,
Suanne Wilson, Judith Wren
Valparaiso: Luke Ausley,
Amber Elledge, Sarah Gifford,
Eric Hinojosa, Patricia Miller,
Laura Vitullo, Carrie Wicker
Dean's List:
Destin: Bryce Allen, Chara
Barbee, Stephanie Berlanga,

Parker, Claude Richardson,
Katie Robison, Nicole Sanford,
Reid Shaeffer, Derek Sharron,
Matthew Stewart, Brittni Webb
Eglin AFB: Sarah Brazwell,
Robert Carrillo, James Dailey,
Jennifer Dutson, Sarah Lange,
Heather Wenger, Rhianna
Freeport: Melissa Alford,
Samantha Beville, Kimberly
Burke, Charles Carpenter,
Jerrod Griffith, Joslyn King,
Matthew Miller, Robert Mims,
Anna Moore, Stephanie
Petrone, Robert Porter, Kia
Ritenour, Walter Shuman,

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Joshua Clark, Hollie Hawk,
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Courtney Pryor, Esteban
Niceville: Christopher
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Francisco Arredondo, Jessica
Barth, Paige Bennett, Zachary
Bodie, Bryan Bowers, Simone
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Danise Conrad, David De Vos,
Joseph Deloach, Daniel
Demara, Amber Early, Austin
Elliott, Andrew Espinosa,
Heather Evans, Jiya Eya,
Shanna Farren, Matthew
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Isabella Ghim, Patti Gillespie,
Rachelle Gouthro, Lesley
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Tracy Hampton, Kenneth
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Jan. 20-Woodlawn Baptist
Church, 824 N. Ferdon Blvd.,
Crestview, 1-6 p.m., and DaVita
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Health concerns answered
Alice McCall, a "transformational
energy healer," spiritual counselor,
and inspirational speaker, will be at
the Yoga Studio, Niceville, 6-8:30
p.m. today, Jan. 20, to field questions
about health and spirituality. The event
is free and open to the public, and
includes complimentary tea. McCall
recently released her first book,
Wellness Wisdom, which covers an
array of health topics. Directions are
sent upon request. More information:

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 remaining dates and times:
-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:
Then and Now series
The Florida Then and Now Series
presents "Military in the Sunshine
State," 1 p.m. today, Jan. 20, in the
College Mall (Building K), Northwest
Florida State College, Niceville cam-
pus. At 6 p.m., at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida, 115
Westview Ave., Gary Mormino will
present the film "Florida Dreams,"
based on his book of the same title. A
film discussion follows. Light refresh-
ments will be served. All Florida Then
and Now events are free.
Elderly offenders
To learn about the types of crimes
the elderly commit and why, go to
Sterling House Bluewater Bay, 1551
Merchants Way, at 2 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 21, for a lecture by Tracy
Newvine, regional program coordina-
tor of Criminal Justice at Troy
University. Lecture is free but reserva-
tions are appreciated. Complimentary
refreshments will be served.
Reservations/information: 729-3323.
Job search seminars
JobsPlus and the Workforce
Development Board of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties will conduct the
seminar series "The Art and Science
of Job Search: What Your Competition
Doesn't Know," 5:30-7 p.m. every
other Thursday, Jan. 21-March 25.
The series will include: Job Search
and Networking Basics (Jan. 21);
Civil Service and Online Applications
(Feb. 4); Resumes for Today's Job
Search (Feb. 18); Interviewing
Strategies that Work (March 4); The

Art of Negotiation and Job Retention
(March 18); and an Employer
Question and Answer Panel (March
25). Seminars will be hosted at the
Crestview JobsPlus One-Stop Career
Center, 1212 N. Wilson St., Crestview.
There is no cost to attend the series but
registration is required. To register:
833-7587, ext. 211 or e-mail jmc
First Arts series
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
return to the First Arts Concert series
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 22. Chamber
Blues is two forms working togeth-
er-blues and classical. Concerts are
held at First United Methodist Church,
103 First St., SE, Fort Walton Beach
and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets avail-
able at: Destin, Pavlic's Unique
Florist: Sandestin, Kitchenique;
Niceville, Bayou Books; Fort Walton
Beach, Playground Music, PS Gifts,
and in the church office. Advance tick-
ets $12 for adults and $6 for students.
Tickets at the door, if available, will be
$15 for adults and $8 for students.
First Concerts information: 243-9292
or 243-6083 or
Lightfoot book signing
Benjamin Lightfoot, author of
"ReGenesis-An Alternative Future,"
will sign copies of his book 11:30
a.m.-l1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at
Bayou Book
C o iCompany,
Niceville. The
book tells a tale of
Earth in the 34th
century-an earth
with no wars, poverty and a redefini-
tion of freedom. Lightfoot is a veteran
of the Air Force, the aviation industry,
and the airline industry. During the
1960s, he was a member of the Apollo
program which put men on the moon.
More information: 678-1593.
'Wedding Singer' slated
The 2009-10 series of Broadway's
best touring shows at the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College in
Niceville will feature "The Wedding

Singer," Jan. 22. The show travels
back to the '80s when pastel was in,
hair was big and the wedding singer
was the coolest guy in the room.
Wanna-be rock star Robbie Hart
makes his living as New Jersey's
favorite wedding singer until he is left
at the altar. Broken-hearted, Robbie
takes out his bitterness on stage at
everyone's weddings.
Tickets are $45 each by calling
729-6000 or at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center box office.
Pete Fountain tribute set
Dave Bennett, and his seven-piece
band will return to the Mattie Kelly

Performing Arts Center on the campus
of Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, Saturday, Jan. 23, with a
salute to jazz great Pete Fountain and
his beloved New Orleans.
Single tickets are $22 in advance
or $25 at the door. Call 362-9356.
Computer Tech '10
The Northwest Florida
Association of Computer User Groups
will host its fourth annual Computer
Tech '10 Saturday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m.-
4 p.m., Building K Galler, N..'I 1. ...
Florida State College (NWFSC),
Niceville campus. The NWFSC Prime
Time-sponsored event features more

than 20 how-to workshops, vendor
displays and door prizes. Registration
for the free event begins at 8 a.m. in
Building K, the day of the expo.
Vendors still welcome. More informa-
tion: Carl Lofstrom, 586-0603.
Soccer club tryouts
Emerald Coast United Soccer
Club spring tryouts will be held 9-11
a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Twin Oaks
Sports Complex (comer of HWY 85
and College Boulevard) for all age
groups except the U16G and U17G
(which will tryout at 1p.m.). Those
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already on a team do not need to try-
out, though all players are encouraged
to attend as a training session. Tryout
form may be downloaded at emerald
Free throw competition
Boys and girls, 10-14, are invited
to participate in the 2010 Knights of
Columbus Free Throw
Championship at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Jan. 23, at Niceville High School
gymnasium. Winners of the annual
competition will progress through
local, district and state competitions.
Participants must present proof of age
and written parental consent upon
registration at 9:30 a.m. in the gym
the day of the competition. More
information: Ed Coleman, 678-6447.
Shelter House fundraiser
Shelter House, the area's domestic
violence center, is partnering with
Carrabba's Italian Grill at Silver
Sands Factory Stores to bring
Carrabba's Cooking Class to the pub-
lic. Proceeds go to Shelter House's
efforts to end domestic violence.
Learn to cook Carrabba's original
recipes, enjoy a bit of wine and taste
the dishes 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Saturday Jan. 23, at 0562 Emerald

Coast Parkway West. Tickets are $45
per person and can be purchased
from the Shelter House administra-
tion office (102 Buck Drive, Fort
Walton Beach) prior to the event.
Space is limited: 243-1201. Shelter
House is the state-certified domestic
violence shelter serving victims of
domestic violence in Okaloosa and
Walton counties.
Try out for girls fastpitch
High Intensity, Niceville's travel-
ing fastpitch softball organization, is
holding 12U open tryouts Sunday,
Jan 24, 1-4 p.m., on Field 1 at the
Niceville Softball Complex. Girls
born on or after Jan.l1, 1997, are eligi-
ble. More information: 642-1292 or
Eat barbecue, back wall
Ride on over for brunch at
Woody's Hog Heaven in Niceville on
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, and
help the Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida bring the Vietnam
Veterans' Memorial Wall to Okaloosa
County. All proceeds benefit the Wall
escort and presentation by the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida as part of its celebration of the
75th Anniversary of Eglin Air Force
Base. Brunch guests may order from
the menu with selections ranging in
price from $5 to $12. More informa-
tion: 678-2615

Junior golf begins season
The Emerald Coast Junior Golf
Tour begins its 2010 season with
Opening Day at noon, Sunday Jan.
24, at Rocky Bayou Country Club.
The event features a senior rules offi-
cial from the Florida State Golf
Association Rules, followed by a 3-
club, 9-hole, Par 3
event, which
includes awards,
hot chocolate and
hors d'ouvres.
Future Rules
Hours will be held on the day of each
event for those who can not make the
season's opening seminar. Event
entry fees this year remain at $50 for
18 holes and $30 for nine holes.
Annual registration is $50. More
Adoptive parenting class
The "Model Approach to
Partnership in Parenting" (MAPP)
nine-week course, required by the
state of Florida for all prospective
adoptive parents, will begin Monday,
Jan. 25.
The MAPP course runs 6-9 p.m.
every Monday through March 22, at
the FamiliesFirst Network adminis-
trative offices, at 340 Beal Parkway,
N.W., Fort Walton Beach. Its purpose
is twofold: to help prospective par-
ents assess themselves and their fam-

ilies and to explore issues related to
adoption. Registration or informa-
tion: 850-453-7745 or toll-free
'Mariner's Compass'
A boating seminar, "Mariner's
Compass," will be conducted
Monday, Jan. 25 at the Anchorage,
404 Green Acres Road, Fort Walton
Beach. The two-hour seminar, geared
toward local boaters, is conducted by
experienced mariners and covers the
practical aspects of boating. The sem-
inar will be especially valuable to
boaters who are new to Gulf Coast
boating, are interested in improving
their boating skills, or have recently
acquired a new boat. More informa-
tion: 850-315-0686 or 850-474-2914, Registration:
(Maritime Education).
Author to discuss book
The Friends of the Library will
host a book discussion with local
author J.R. Thompson, writer of
"From the
Wilderness," a
novel reminiscent
of "Wild Fang"
and "Old Yeller."
The discussion
will be held 5-6
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Niceville
Community Center, 204 N. Partin
Drive. Ages 8-adult will hear about

the book and the plight of the wolf. A
book signing follows the discussion.
To reserve seat: 729-4090.
Men's Spiritual Symposium
On Feb. 6, Niceville First United
Methodist Church will host
t !,,,,,, to the Old Rugged Cross,"
a symposium tailored to men's spiri-
tual needs. Doors will open at 7:30
a.m. for sign-in and fellowship;
breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Location is
the church Fellowship Hall, 214 S.
Partin Drive. The symposium is open
to all men in the community.
The symposium schedule and
preferred place to register are at fum- Men
may also contact the church at
678-4411. There is no registration
fee. Deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Jenna Bush to speak
Jenna Bush-Hager, daughter of
former President and Mrs. George W.
Bush, will be the featured keynote
speaker at the 15th annual Florida
Chautauqua Assembly scheduled for
Jan. 28-31 in DeFuniak Springs.
Bush-Hager's presentation is sched-
uled for Friday, Jan. 29.
She will speak on her work and
experiences in this region of the
world and what each of us can indi-
vidually do to improve the quality of
life around the world. This year's
assembly theme is "A Journey into

the Caribbean." More information: or
Howl for Shelter House
Shelter House invites the public to
come support the local domestic vio-
lence center at Howl at the Moon, a
full production, dueling piano, rock
and roll show, on Okaloosa Island 7
p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. All proceeds of
pre-sold tickets
will go directly to
Shelter House.
Donations will be
accepted 7-8
p.m. You must be
21 years old to
attend. Howl at the Moon is located at
1450 Miracle Strip Parkway and can
be reached at 301-0111. Tickets may
be purchased from the Shelter House
administration office: 243-1201.
More information about Howl at the
Denim & Diamonds
The annual Denim & Diamonds
Dinner and Silent Auction happens
6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the
Emerald Coast Conference Center.
Cost for individual tickets is $100
and a table of 10 is $900. Evening
attire is your favorite denim and glitz.
Ticket purchases: United Way, 243-
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143 S. John Sims Parkway,
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5p.m.

' Full Service Hair
For Ladies and Men
Hair Styling
High & Low Lights
Shades Hair Color
101 John Sims Pkwy..
Tues-Fri 9-6 Sal 8-2 .1
Evening Appoinlmenis
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We carry RedKen
Color and Products
Kenra Haircate Products

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Emergencies Extractions
Implants Root Canals
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