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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 27, 2010
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00091
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School downsizing, rezonings OK'd


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County School
Board voted 3-2 Monday to close
much of Valparaiso Elementary
School and scatter most of its stu-
dents to other schools in
Valparaiso and Niceville, starting
in August.
The school will enroll only
preschoolers, kindergarten stu-







Saturday, 9 a.m.
Jenna
Bush-Hager,
daughter of
former
President
George W.
Bush, will deliver the
keynote talk at the
DeFuniak Springs
Chautauqua Assembly.
Her topic will be
"Teaching in the
Caribbean." The cost is
$10.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship
of the
Emerald
Coast
will
serve a
spaghetti
dinner, followed by a
presentation of "Adam
and Eve" at the fellow-
ship hall, a comedy
based on Genesis.
Admission is $15 for
adults and $7.50 for chil-
dren 6 to 12. Children
under 6 eat free. Call
678-71 97.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The
Niceville
High
School
Senior
Class of 2010 is sponsor-
ing the second annual
Prom Preview Fashion
Show in the school audi-
torium. Tickets are $5
and can be purchased by
calling 833-4114, ext.
6240. Proceeds benefit
the Taylor Haugen
Foundation.

More in Calendar, B-3.


dents, and first grade students.
The decision to retain kinder-
garten and first grade at Valparaiso
was on a motion of school board
member Howard Hill. A recom-
mendation by Superintendent of
Schools Alexis Tibbetts would
have closed the school to all regu-
lar students in grades K-5 and
allowed only preschoolers.
Students in grades 2-5 who


currently live in the Valparaiso
Elementary zone will attend either
Addie R. Lewis Middle School in
Valparaiso or Plew Elementary
School in Niceville.
Under the plan approved
Monday during a school board
meeting in Crestview, Lewis
Middle will be renamed Addie R.
Lewis School to reflect its new
status as a grade 2-8 institution.


District officials say the
changes, which will take effect in
August, will save taxpayers up to
$1.2 million a year by allowing
more-efficient use of schools
afflicted by declining enrollment.
Some 395 students attend
Valparaiso Elementary.
The actions will result in rezon-
ing for five Twin Cities schools:
Please see SCHOOL, page A-8


Nathan Bohler, a
fifth grader at
Val paraiso
Elementary
School, asked the
school board
Monday to "help
me save my
school."
Beacon photo by
Stacie Morgan


Second span seen


delayed 4 more years

Bridge traffic slump continues


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority received its annual
traffic and revenue report for
the year that ended Sept. 30,
2009, and for the third year in a
row, traffic and toll revenues
were below projected levels.
The outlook for slower
future growth also pushed the
need date for a second two-lane
bridge span four years further
into the future, from 2016 to
2020. That delay is on top of a
three-year slip, from 2013 to
2016, that was announced in a
November 2007 MBBA study.
The MBBA received its lat-


est annual traffic and revenue
report at its monthly meeting
Jan. 21, in Niceville. Between
Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30,
2009, toll revenues were
$12,741,482, 6.4 percent less
than the $13,605,880 projected.
Annual traffic volume on the
bridge was 6,836,939, down
from 7,050,496 the year before.
The tourist months of June and
July were the two with the
highest traffic totals, the report
said.
SunPass users, who get a dis-
count on the bridge toll, made
up 68.2 percent of the traffic
Please see BRIDGE, page A-8


Beacon photo
A two-lane addition to the Mid-Bay Bridge will not be built
before 2020, according to new projections.


Ex-cop settles code allegations


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
With payment of $5,933 in fees and
penalties, Willingham Seafood Co. and its
landlord, Valparaiso Realty Co., have set-
tled allegations of city code violations
filed by Valparaiso.
The settlement means the case does
not go before a city magistrate who was
scheduled to hear it today.
The Jan. 15 settlement agreement
states that Willingham Seafood and
Valparaiso Realty have applied for a con-


ditional use permit that could
allow the seafood business to
reopen.
The dispute between the city
and Willingham Seafood began
last September when municipal
officials refused to renew its
business license because of
alleged noncompliance with
city codes.
The business is owned by
Matt Willingham, who at that
time was a Valparaiso Police


Department captain and was
responsible for enforcing city
codes. The business has operat-
ed since 2004, obtaining yearly
1 business licenses from the city.
Prompted by a complaint
from a city resident to Police
Chief Joe Hart, Hart and City
Administrator Carl Scott visited
the business at 195 J. Cutts
Matt Drive. According to city docu-
Willingham ments, officials found several
code violations, including:


-Locating a commercial business in a
multi-family, residential zone.
-Failure to obtain an original building
permit, as well as electrical, plumbing and
mechanical permits.
-Failure to pay for a separate sewer
tap on and a separate water meter for the
business.
Citing the alleged violations, Mayor
Bruce Arnold fired Willingham from the
police department Oct. 28.

Please see EX-COP, page A-8


Bluewater woman


prays for brother


missing in Haiti


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
One person in Niceville has a more
personal interest in the progress of
search and rescue operations in earth-
quake-shattered
Haiti.
Anna Wells, a
Bluewater Bay
resident who has
served as secre-
tary at St. Jude's
Episcopal Church
for seven years, is
hoping against
hope that her
younger brother, Anna Wells
Patrick Hartwick, will be found alive.
Hartwick, 54, dean of education and
a special education professor at Lynn
University, Boca Raton, was in Haiti


with 12 graduate students Tuesday,
Jan. 12, when Port-au-Prince was dev-
astated by an
earthquake. He
has not been
heard from since.
The group was
on a mission trip
for Food for the
Poor, a Christian
organization that
helps poverty-
stricken people in
the Caribbean and Patrick Hartwick
Latin America. With them was also
another professor, Richard Bruno.
The group had arrived two days ear-
lier and had visited an orphanage and a
school.


Please see HAITI, page A-7


Bluewater pre-K program to end


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
The voluntary pre-kindergarten program at Bluewater Elementary School is scheduled to
end in June. A plan approved by the Okaloosa County School Board Monday to close
much of Valparaiso Elementary School and make it the only pre-K center for the Niceville-
Valparaiso area will result in the closure of the Bluewater program, which serves 26 chil-
dren, according to a school district official. Above, 4-year-old Aleena Ponto, who attends
the Bluewater program, in her classroom on Friday.


Valp. park

improvements

under way
Concrete was poured on the first sec-
tion of a 1,250-foot paved path through
Valparaiso's Glen Argyle Park Monday.
In addition to the handicapped-acces-
sible path, the work, funded under a
$33,900 state grant, includes a wooden
pedestrian bridge that gracefully
spans a creek, three covered pavilions,
picnic tables, a swing, and restrooms.
Volunteers with the city's recreation
committee plan to add plants to attract
birds and butterflies. The 16-acre
nature park between south Bayshore
Drive and Glenview Avenue was previ-
ously unimproved.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard







Page A-2


THE BAY BEACON.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


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Arrests
Brage Scott Armistead, 20, of
131 Red Maple Way, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 13 on charges of possession
of child pornography, 15 counts.
Niceville police assisted Fort
Walton Beach police execute a
search warrant at Armistead's res-
idence June 23. Authorities iden-
tified 15 images on Armistead's
computer that were known and
confirmed victims of child
pornography.

Jarvis Lamonds Lenoir, a
laborer, 32, of 369 Lincoln Ave.,
Valparaiso,
was arrested
by sheriff s
deputies
Jan. 15 on
charges of
possession
of a firearm
by a con-
victed felon,
public nui-
sance struc- Jarvis Lamonds
ture by Lenoir
keeping and sharing the use of
narcotics within the residence,
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription,
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
The street crimes unit of the
Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office


executed a search warrant at
Lenoir's residence Jan. 15.
During the search deputies found
a loaded Browning 9 mm hand-
gun, less than 20 grams of mari-
juana, several items of drug para-
phernalia used for smoking mari-
juana and cocaine, a pill identi-
fied as Ecstasy, and a video tape
of a group of individuals smoking
narcotics. During a narcotics
investigation in January deputies
observed several vehicles arrive
and leave Lenoir's residence in a
short period of time, actions that
are consistent with the sale of
narcotics, according to deputies.

A 17-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies on a Santa Rosa County
warrant for being principal to
grand theft.

Angel Ann Browning, 28, of
304 Reeves St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Jan.
14 for violation of probation on
the original misdemeanor charge
of petit theft.

Mark Wade Triplett, 27, of
187 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Jan.
16 for violation of probation on
the original charges of felony bat-
tery.

Branden Brian Bounds, 26, of


252 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, and of
6900 Schomburg Road,
Columbus, Ga., was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Jan. 13 on the
charges of false imprisonment
and attempted sexual battery.

Lloyd Allan Showalter, 43, of
205 Marquette St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Jan.
12 for violation of probation on
an original felony violation of
probation charge.


Melyssa Angela Thomas, 23,
of 422 Paradise Road, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 15 on the charge of posses-
sion of a controlled substance
without a prescription, four, 2-mg
pills of Suboxone.
DUI arrests
Victor Manuel Mancera, a
cook, 29, of 2420 Roberts Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by


Niceville police for DUI at
Highway 285 and Juniper
Avenue, Jan. 18 at 7:40 p.m.
Mancera was also cited driving
without a driver's license.
Thefts
An out-of-state man reported
that unknown persons) broke
into his company vehicle some-
time overnight Jan. 13-14 while it
was parked in a motel parking lot,
101 N. Highway 85, Niceville.


Entry to the 2007 Chevy pickup
was gained by shattering a win-
dow. Stolen was a GPS unit.

A Niceville resident from the
1900 block of Oak Avenue
reported that unknown persons)
burglarized his car while it was
parked in the driveway overnight
Jan. 11-12 and stole prescription
medication, a pair of $90 sun-
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This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Mitchell Malaka McNabb
Wanted for: robbery by sudden
snatching. McNabb's last
known address was on Williams
Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Age: 19
Date of birth: 01-03-1991
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: George Arthur Kelley
Wanted for: violation of proba-
tion on the original charges of
trespassing and false report of
a crime. Kelley's last known
address was in Baker.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 192 pounds
Age: 36
Date of birth: 10-16-73
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue _

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SFire Department Riports

Niceville
ThrN c I'Ile Fire D4 rtrnt responded d& h-e following calls Jan. 15
th uglJJn. 24.
1 Structi -e .. 5 Emergency hjdical Call
0 Ve "q16, Crash i
0 Other Fire eile Crasti th E .i,..
0 Illegal Burn 6 Other Emergency Call i
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation DateTime
Pine C ourt..........................M medical ..................... 1/15/10 ....................06:03
Magnolia Shores Drive ......Service call ................ 1/15/10.................. 11:16
SR285 .............................. Vehicle accident...........1/15/10 .................. 22:05
N Partin D rive ...................M edical.........................1/16/10 ................ 19:14
ParkA venue........................M edical.......................... 1/17/10 ..................... 17:15
Linden Avenue ...................Medical................... 1/18/10 .... .......... 17:15
Cherrywood Court..............Medical....................... 1/18/10.................. 21:04
E. John Sims Parkway.......Vehicle accident...........1/19/10.................. 14:13
E. John Sims Parkway.......Alarm activation ...........1/20/10.................. 14:43
22nd Street ...................... M edical....................... 1/20/10 .................. 15:14
Rocky Shores Drive ...........Medical....................... 1/20/10.................. 18:42
E. John Sims Parkway.......Alarm activation ...........1/21/10.................. 00:55
22nd Street ...................... Medical....................... 1/21/10 .................. 02:07
N SR85 ........................... M edical....................... 1/22/09 .................1... 2:33
Kelly Road........................ Vehicle accident...........1/22/10.................. 15:54
Galway Drive.................... Medical....................... 1/22/10 .................. 19:22
E. John Sims Parkway.......Vehicle accident...........1/22/10..............19:22
E. John Sims Parkway.......Medical.........................1/23/10....................04:01
Linden Avenue ................. Medical....................... 1/23/10 .................. 12:42
30th Street ....................... Structure fire .............. 1/23/10 .................. 15:03
Bayshore Drive ................ Medical....................... 1/24/10 .................. 10:05
22nd Street ...................... M edical....................... 1/24/10 .................. 11:39
Sweetwater Run............... Medical....................... 1/24/10.................. 19:35
Weekly Safety Tip: Use outlets safely. Don't plug too many large appliances
into one outlet, overload an extension cord, or plug in more than one extension
cord.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


BLOTTER
From page A-2
glasses and approximately $20 in
currency.

A Niceville man was unload-
ing his vehicle near the back door
of his business in the 4500 block
of East Highway 20 Jan. 15 when
he went inside the building to eat
his lunch.
The man thought he heard a
door on his vehicle close and saw
an unknown, older male walking
away. The man went to his car,
found that two $20 bills were
missing from his wallet, and
called deputies. A deputy located
a man nearby matching the
description of the thief. The sus-
pect had two $20 bills in his
pocket, in addition to a small
amount of cash in his wallet. The
victim agreed to drop charges if
the money was returned, which
the suspect did. No one was
charged.

A Niceville man contacted
deputies after he noticed two
unauthorized charges on this
credit/debit account, totaling
$472. The fraudulent charges
were made online for air gun sup-
plies sent to Miami. The victim
said the only time the credit/debit
card was out of his possession
was at a Destin restaurant Dec.
29.

A Niceville resident from the
900 block of Lido Circle East
reported that unknown persons
had stolen four solar lights from
the end of his driveway Dec. 28-


30, the second time solar lights
had been stolen from the yard.

A Bluewater Bay resident
reported Dec. 30 that unknown
persons) stole his 26-foot travel
trailer from a fenced and locked
commercial storage area, 1050
Bay Drive, sometime since June
25.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Ruckel Drive report-
ed that unknown persons) bur-
glarized two unlocked vehicles at
the residence sometime Dec. 28-
29. The only items discovered
stolen were approximately $25
cash and a chrome skull head that
fits in the cigarette lighter recep-
tacle.

Niceville residents of two sep-
arate residences in the 600 block
of Brookhaven Way reported Jan.
20 that two vehicles at each resi-
dence were burglarized sometime
Jan. 1.

A Niceville resident from the
4500 block of East Parkwood
Lane reported that two vehicles at
the residence were burglarized
overnight Dec. 30-31 and a small
amount of change was stolen
Criminal Mischief
A driver reported Jan. 17 that
at about 10 p.m. someone threw
eggs that hit her vehicle on
Highway 85 heading south into
Niceville.
Other
Lori Elizabeth Weitman, a
restaurant employee, 18, of 1329
Windward Circle, Niceville, was


issued a notice to appear by sher-
iffs deputies in Destin, Jan. 8, for
possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the same vehicle with
Weitman, a 17-year-old Niceville
boy, a student, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriffs
deputies Jan. 8 for possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Sheriffs deputies issued
notices to appear to three males
Jan. 17, each charged with pos-
session of less than 20 grams of
marijuana, and possession of
drug paraphernalia. Notices were
issued to: Kenneth Lelieve, 20, of
88 Willow Ave., no city given;
Joseph E Sperry, a laborer, 20, of
122 Crestview St., Niceville; and
a 17-year-old Freeport boy, a stu-
dent.


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Niceville

annexes

1,100 acres

Clerk's leave,

rehiring OK'd

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville has annexed a
1,100-acre tract northeast of the
city.
The Niceville City Council
gave final approval to the annex-
ation earlier this month, paving
the way for its eventual develop-
ment.
During a meeting Jan. 12, the
council also voted to permit City
Clerk Dan Doucet to leave his
job for one month in March and
to return to it in April to draw
both his salary and a state pen-
sion, while earning credits
toward another pension.
The annexation of 1,100 acres
in an unincorporated, mostly
undeveloped, portion of
Okaloosa County, east of Forest
Road and north of Rocky Bayou
Drive, was approved on third and
final reading. The tract, owned
by Ruckel Properties, is the
largest remaining piece of unim-
proved private property in
Okaloosa County south of
Crestview.
Doucet's bid to leave his job
for a month, then return, leaving
the Deferred Retirement Option
Program (DROP), will enable
him to collect a city pension and
his $64,355 annual salary simul-
taneously upon his return. His
return will have to be approved
by City Manager Lannie Corbin,
who praised Doucet at the coun-
cil meeting.
Doucet is also eligible to sell
as many as 480 hours (12 weeks)


of unused leave time back to the
city under the city's personnel
plan. That would amount to a
lump sum before-tax payment of
$14,851. He said he has about
600 hours of
unused
leave time.
Under :
the DROP le .
program, a -
government .
employee
may post-
pone his
retirement Dan Doucet
by five
years. Doucet was scheduled to
retire at the end of this year.
The maneuver uses a loop-
hole, since restricted by the state
Legislature beginning July 1,
2010, that allows public employ-
ees to "retire" for one month,
then return as "new" workers,
with full benefits as well as a tax-
payer-funded pension.
Upon his return, Doucet, 69, a
retired Air Force chief master
sergeant, could opt for additional


'1


city pension credits, funded
entirely by the city at a rate of
9.85 percent.
The city council Jan. 12
approved his request 4-0.
Council member Al Swihart was
absent.
Doucet is expected to return
to his post April 1.
During his absence, Assistant
City Clerk George Ireland, who
served as city clerk for about two
decades and who trained Doucet,
will take over his duties.
Also Jan. 12, the city council
made changes in the city's com-
prehensive plan. Most of the
changes involved updating lan-
guage and dates.
One change set a new policy
of initiating agreements with
adjacent governments to address
the city's affordable housing
needs if property values rise
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(outlined in aerial photo) have
been annexed by the city of
Niceville.
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low- and moderate-income
households.
Another provides that no
development permits will be
issued unless sufficient public
facilities and services are avail-
able.
Several new provisions
address environmental concerns,
including prohibiting construc-
tion in wetland or shoreline
areas, encouraging construction
of "green" structures, educating
residents on home ,i -., reduc-
tion and allowing placement of
photovoltaic panels for solar
power.
Dennis Dingman of Summit
Professional Services, Inc.,
updated the council on CDBGs,
noting that one applicant, Yale
and Juanita Briggs, 304 Reeves
St., Lot F5, who are listed as
"very low income," require a
waiver due to a conflict of inter-
est because he is related to a city
employee. Their home is sched-
uled to be demolished and
replaced. Council granted the
waiver unanimously.
The home of another appli-
cant, Jim Bauer, 304 Reeves St.,
Lot F15, listed as "low to middle
income," was approved for dem-
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Page A-4


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville police said they have
arrested three suspects who took
part in all or some of three recent
business burglaries.
Niceville police arrest reports
gave the following account:
Brandon E. Zembsch, 19, with
an "at large" address, was arrested
by Niceville police Jan. 8 for bur-
glary causing damage over
$1,000 and grand theft over $300
but less than $20,000.
The charges were related to
the Dec. 1 burglary of Eyewear
Unlimited, 1187 E. John Sims
Parkway, in which a large win-
dow was smashed and a display
case containing $16,000 worth of
designer sunglasses was snatched
out the broken window. Zembsch
is the only person charged so far
with this burglary.
Zembsch was also arrested by
Niceville
police Jan.
11 and
charged
with two
other bur- t
g lary
charges, as
well as one
charge of
grand theft
and one Brandon E.
charge of Zembsch
misdev-
meanor theft. The two burglary
and theft charges are related to
break-ins at the Niceville Garden
Center, 1502 E. John Sims
Parkway, on Oct. 29 and again
Dec. 28.
Aaron Bruce Corley, 26, of
25th St., Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Jan. 11,
charged with one count of burgla-
ry and one count of grand theft, in
connection with the Dec. 28
break-in at the Niceville Garden
Center.
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On Jan. 5 police received a
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Corley and
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located items taken in the garden
center burglary as well as the sun-
glasses case from the Eyewear
Unlimited burglary.
One of the other residents
present told police that Zembsch
came in with
the display
case of sun-
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the sunglass-
es. When
the witness A
said he did-
n't have the
money to Aaron B.
pay for the Corley
expensive sunglasses, the witness
said Zembsch gave them to him
anyway, saying he could pay him
later.
Another witness told police
she saw Zembsch and Corley
with the sunglasses case and
numerous designer sunglasses
and told both men to remove the
items from the house. The next
day the case was gone, the wit-
ness said. The witness also said
she later learned that some of the
sunglasses were sold by Corley in
Pensacola. The witness also said
Zembsch had used a crescent
wrench to break out the window
at Eyewear Unlimited.
Christopher Massingill, who
was arrested Jan. 5 for growing
marijuana in his room that he
intended to sell, allegedly told
police that he was storing some
items in his room that were stolen
by Zembsch from the Niceville
Garden Center in October.
Massingill later admitted that he
had accompanied Zembsch to the
Garden Center in October with
the purpose of stealing a bag of
mulch. He denied burglarizing
the Garden Center in December
although he admitted storing
items that he knew Zembsch had
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By Mike Griffith
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Assets and revenue of the
Northwest Florida State College
(NWFSC) Foundation grew in
2009, said foundation financial
officer Donna Utley during the
Jan. 19 meeting of the founda-
tion's board of directors in
Niceville. The NWFSC
Foundation is the fundraising
arm of the college.
Assets were up about 10 per-
cent as of Dec. 31 from the pre-
vious year's depressed level,
Utley said, and revenue rose
"substantially."
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Officials of the Northwest Florida State College Foundation learned
at a meeting last week in Niceville that foundation assets and
income have improved since the depressed levels of a year earlier.


reported, the foundation's total
revenue was $1,143,771, com-
pared with a $2.39 million loss
in the same period a year earlier.
Markets for the foundation's
investments improved during
the past year, she said.
Foundation investment advi-
sor Ray McGovern agreed, say-
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makes," referring to the previ-
ous year's slump in foundation
assets caused by the stock mar-
ket crash.
McGovern said he is "cau-
tiously optimistic" that bond
and equities values will contin-
ue the gradual improvements


they have shown during the past
year.
Utley also reported that an
annual audit of the foundation's
finances by the accounting firm
of Nicholson, Reeder &
Reynolds of Fort Walton Beach
found no problems with the
foundation's finances or
accounting procedures.
Tom Delaino, NWFSC's
interim president, praised Jill
White for the job she did as
interim president before Delaino
recently took over the post,
which he will fill until a perma-
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Lynn University
The Lynn University Food for the Poor group with bags of rice for the people of Haiti. The photo was taken in Haiti the day before the Jan.
12 earthquake. Four of the group members are missing. One of them, Dr. Patrick Hartwick, is at the extreme left in the back row.


HAITI
From page A-1

Both professors and four stu-
dents are missing or dead, Wells
said.
"All I know is the students who
got out were meeting at the pool"
of the Hotel Montana, where they
were staying, Wells said. "It was
reflection time when they dis-
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notebooks."
Being outside, by the pool,
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said, her brother and Bruno had
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the quake, gave a pessimistic
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The students and professors
were housed on the third floor of
the hotel. The gym is in the base-
ment. A rescue team fought its
way through the rubble to the
gym, but found neither survivors
nor bodies, Wells said. Still, the
condition of the hotel offers little


hope.
"It'll be a miracle, rescuers
said, if they (Hartwick and Bruno)
get out of there," she said. "The
building was pancaked."
Hartwick has two grown chil-
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tle hope of her brother surviving.
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she said, noting that the family is
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


SCHOOL
From page A-1
Valparaiso, Lewis, Ruckel, Plew,
and Bluewater.
The rezoning resolution,
passed with an amendment intro-
duced by Hill, also becomes effec-
tive in August. It allows elemen-
tary-age students who live in the
Valparaiso Elementary zone in the
south end of Niceville (south of
Valparaiso Boulevard) to choose
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Lewis School. There are currently
181 K-5 public-school students in
this zone, of whom 119 attend
Valparaiso, according to the
school district.
Elementary students who live
in Valparaiso will go to Lewis.
Middle-school students in the
south Niceville zone, currently
served by Lewis, will be able to
attend either Lewis or Ruckel. The
school-choice options, to be sup-
ported by dual bus routes, will be
reevaluated in three years.
Elementary students who are
currently zoned for Plew


Elementary and who live in the
Bluewater Bay area south of
Highway 20 and west of
Bluewater Boulevard, including
Lancaster Estates, will attend
Bluewater Elementary.
Under the plan, Valparaiso
Elementary, to be renamed
Valparaiso School, will enroll vol-
untary pre-kindergarten children,
prekindergarten disabled children,
kindergarten students, first
graders, and some ESE
(Exceptional Student Education)
students, although details haven't
been announced.
The opening of a prekinder-
garten program at Valparaiso will
result in the closure of the current
prekindergarten program at
Bluewater Elementary, according
to the school district.
Keeping kindergarten and first
grade at Valparaiso School "will
do away with the need to place the
youngest children in portables (at
Lewis)," as was originally pro-
posed, said Hill, a concern
expressed by many Valparaiso
Elementary parents who rallied to


oppose the proposed school clo-
sure after it became public knowl-
edge last month.
Until parents register their chil-
dren for the 2010-11 school year,


it's not possible to estimate how
many Valparaiso School will
attract, said Hill.
Wendy Keller, a Valparaiso
Elementary parent with a "first


Current attendance
zone of Valparaiso
SElementary School
], (shaded). Under a
( plan approved
Monday, starting in
SAugust, the children
in grades 2-5 will
attend either Lewis
Middle School or
Plew Elementary
School. Children in
the south Niceville
zone will have a
choice. Children
grades 2-5 living in
Valparaiso will be
zoned only for Lewis.
Okaloosa County
School District


grade special needs" son, was
upset about Monday's board
action to close most of the school.
She vowed to "find another educa-
tional opportunity" for her son.


"My son will go to another
school," she said.
"My son used to go to a K-8
school and he would come home
from school with comments about
not wanting to live and commit-
ting suicide," said Keller, whose
husband addressed the board at
Monday's meeting. "After thera-
py, we found out he felt intimidat-
ed by the older kids. Ever since we
put him in Valparaiso Elementary,
his grades went way up and he
said he feels safe."
Christi Moore, another
Valparaiso Elementary parent,
said she was concerned about the
small number of Lewis Middle
School students. She said she was
"disappointed with the end result.
Just because you're increasing the
population at Lewis doesn't mean
you're increasing the middle
school population at Lewis," she
said. With continued low middle
school enrollment at Lewis, some
parents felt programs-such as
sports, music and art- would suf-
fer. "You need students to have
programs," Moore said.


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bridge users paid cash, accord-
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ond bridge span that would
increase the current two lanes to
four lanes) is now projected to
be required by 2020,1 the URS
report concluded. That is a slip
of four years over the
November 2007 projected need
date of 2016 for a second span,
and seven years later than the
date projected in 2003, accord-
ing to the URS report.
The MBBA is in the midst of
a $180 million construction
project to build a 10.9-mile con-
nector road that will funnel traf-
fic to and from the north end of
the bridge to Highway 85 north
of Niceville.
Vest said the four-year slip in
the need for a second bridge
span was factored into the
MBBAis Capital Improvement
Plan, dated October 2009. The
Capital Improvement Plan out-
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phased, 10.9-mile bridge con-
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2.8 miles from the north end of
the bridge to Range Road, north
of Bluewater Bay and
Seminole, and will widen
Highway 20 to four lanes
between White Point Road and
an interchange of the connector
road just east of Seminole.
Phase 1 construction is project-
ed to be completed in May
2011.
Phases 2 and 3 of the con-
nector road project are about 60
percent completed now, Bob
Kellner, vice president of HDR,
the engineering firm overseeing
the road project told the MBBA
last week. Construction of
phases 2 and 3 is expected to be
bid this fall with construction
expected to begin in January
2011. Both phases are projected
to be completed by January
2014, finishing the whole 10.9-
mile connector road.
There will be one toll booth
on the new connector road, in
addition to the toll plaza on the


failure to obtain building permit,
an electrical permit, a plumbing
permit, a mechanical permit, and a
dock permit.
A written agreement signed by
all parties Jan. 15 states that
Willingham Seafood and
Valparaiso Realty "acknowledge"
the ordinance violations cited by
the city.
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mated $180 million cost of the
connector road. That means a
portion of future bridge tolls
will be used to pay for the con-
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revenue plan by URS would be
used when construction bonds
are issued later this year to fund
construction of phases 2 and 3.
Projected toll revenues from the
bridge system have been
pledged against past borrowings
by MBBA, and that is the same
funding mechanism expected to
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er the matter Feb. 15.
Meantime, Willingham may
sell "self-caught" fish from his
boat moored at the site if he
obtains a business permit, accord-
ing to the settlement.


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sion.
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the needed right of way for the
8.1 miles of phases 2 and 3
across Eglin reservation land,
Vest said. The bridge authority
last year paid Eglin $10.3 mil-
lion for a 50-year lease of the
177 acres needed for construc-
tion of phase 1. Vest told the
Beacon that the Eglin land for
phase 1 was more valuable than
reservation land needed for
phases 2 and 3 because the first
phase was closer to already
developed land in Bluewater
Bay and Seminole. There are
also more wetlands areas in the
path of the next two road phas-
es, he said.
In other business last week,
the MBBA approved a payment
of $640,000 to the Niceville,
Valparaiso, Okaloosa County
Regional Sewer Board to miti-
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Susan Campbell, Niceville
High School, has been selected
as the Okaloosa County School
District's Educational Support
Professional of the Year.
Campbell will be recognized at
the Okaloosa County Education
Support Professional
Association's annual breakfast
March 25.
Campbell, who has worked
in the guidance office since
2001, first volunteered at the
school when her two children
attended the school. She sched-
ules parent teacher conferences,
teaches college prep and finan-
cial aid workshops, arranges
college visits to the NHS cam-
pus and supervises student aides
in the guidance department. She
also maintains the school's
email alert system, which is
open to students, parents and
the community for news and
updates.
Candidates are nominated by
other support personnel and
voted on within the school and
the winner's name is given to
the district. The nominee sub-
mits a packet of information,
including a profile, any awards
earned and community involve-
ment, and is interviewed by a
district committee of seven
which then makes its selection.
"I was not expecting it," she
said, of the entourage that
trooped into her office a couple



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The Democratic Women Club
of Okaloosa County installed
local Niceville resident Judy
Byrne Riley to a two-year term
as president. Riley also serves as


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Democratic
Party state
committee-
woman and
as the secre-
tary-treasurer
for the
Okaloosa
Democrats.
Riley is the
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Photo by Tricia Branagan
Niceville High School employee Susan Campbell, right, was cho-
sen as the Okaloosa County Educational Support Professional
of the Year. Superintendent of Schools Alexis Tibbetts and other
district personnel congratulated her with a basket of flowers.


weeks ago and offered her a
basket of congratulatory flow-
ers. "I was totally surprised, it
was wonderful."
Despite her pleasure at being
chosen she would not take all
the accolades herself.
"I have an awesome support
group," Campbell said, "the
administration and counselors
and everybody else in the
office, they're great. Whenever
I'm given a project they let me
run with it."
The Florida School-Related
Employee of the Year program
recognizes outstanding support

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Children In Crisis, Inc.,
(CIC), recently elected a new
president and vice president of
the board of directors and six


personnel for the significant
contributions they make to their
schools and district systems.
The program honors one state
representative and four regional
finalists.
Campbell's name will now
be submitted to the Florida
Department of Education where
she will be considered along
with other nominees from the
state. The School-Related
Employee of the Year, as well
as each regional finalist, will
receive a monetary award. As
the district nominee, Campbell
also receives a monetary award.

board members: president,
Loyal Weaver, vice president,
Don Litke and board members
Les Chambers, John Frierson,
Mary Herndon, Marni Roake,
Hu Ross and John Wesley.

Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Mu Alpha Theta
Club, a national math honors
society, held its free math tutor-
ing community service project
Dec. 5, at Rocky Bayou
Christian School. The service
was available to students from
any of the area schools or col-
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recently, on Dec. 31 the sun was shining on skateboarders who rolled out 2009 in style at the
Niceville skate park. From left: Max Wrann, 22, Niceville; Tanner Ferguson, 12, Bluewater
Bay; and Tyler Provost, 21, Bluewater Bay.


'Angels' present gifts
Curves of Niceville presented its annual Christmas Angel Tree "Gifts for Children" to Children
in Crisis. From left: front, Erica Bloor, Donna Lambert, Judy Wiseman, Kathy Bloor and Kayal
Bloor; back, Michele Bohon-Smith, Martha Jernigan, and Ken Hair, CIC executive director.


Edge kids collect cans
The Edge Elementary School K-Kids Club recently sponsored a school-wide canned food drive
to support the Niceville Sharing and Caring Program. The students created awareness posters,
decorated collection bins, and during the six-week period a total of 365 cans of food were
received and donated. The K-Kids Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


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Cadet Cale Alexander
Hansen, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Michael Hansen of Bluewater
Bay, has been named to the
Dean's List for the fall semes-
ter-August through
December, at the U.S. Military
Academy.
To earn this distinction, a
cadet must maintain a 3.0
average in all courses. The
West Point curriculum offers
45 majors balancing physical
sciences and engineering with
humanities and social sciences
leading to a Bachelor of
Science degree.
Hansen is a 2008 graduate
of Niceville High School. He
will be commissioned a sec-
ond lieutenant in the U.S.
Army upon graduation at West
Point.


Coast Guard Petty Officer
3rd Class Ryan T. Carr, a
2005 graduate of Niceville
High School, recently gradu-
ated from the Aviation
Survival Technician Class "A"
course and was promoted to
his current rank at Coast
Guard Aviation Technical
Training Center, Elizabeth
City, N.C.
During the course, Carr
received hands-on experience
in the preparation, inspection,
operation, repair, and mainte-
nance of aviation survival and
rescue equipment. He also
was instructed in a rigorous
physical training and water
rescue program. This program
prepared Carr to become an
integral part of a helicopter
rescue team as a rescue swim-
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Carr must be fully able to
function in a variety of hostile
environments while complet-
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In Niceville, teams of people
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30-May 1 to take turns walking
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The Lewis PTSO organized a cheesecake sale with incentives for the students. Students with the highest sales were given the
chance to long jump for money. Dollar bills were lined up end-to-end. Where the students landed determined the total amount
they received. Nathan Swan jumped the farthest, earning $18. From left: Nijera Frazier, David Hirtreiter, John Terry, Nathan Swan,
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Valparaiso Elementary fifth
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fourth and fifth graders from
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is world- renowned conductor
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Rocky student

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for poster
Sharon Muth, fourth grader at
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Contest at Fort Walton Beach
High School Jan. 9. Sharon won
a trophy and a monetary award
and her poster was on display at
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There is no cost to attend the series but
registration is required. To register:
833-7587, ext. 211 or e-mail jmc
daniel@jobsplus02.com.
Moms pray for schools
Moms in Touch, an international
Christian prayer ministry of women
gathering to pray for children and
schools, meets at First United
Methodist Church of Niceville
Tuesday, 8-9 a.m. Call Pia Elsesser,
729-0872 or visit MomsInTouch.org.
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 individually
do to improve the quality of life
around the world. This year's assem-
bly theme is "A Journey into the
Caribbean." More information:
florida-chautauqua-center.org or
892-7613.
College plans Greece tour
Northwest Florida State College
plans a tour to Greece with David C.
Simmons, Ph.D. humanities, and
Professor D. Ann Waters, Ed.S. art
history, from May 8-18. The itinerary
includes such places as Athens,
Olympia, Delphi and the islands of
Santorini, Mykonos and Delos. The
tour is open to the community. Info:
Professor D. Ann Waters:
watersa@nwfsc.edu or 729-5302.
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 Moon: howlatthe
moondestin.com.
Play co-ed volleyball
The First United Methodist
Church, Niceville will offer a co-ed
volleyball league for adults and high
school students. Those interested can
sign up as individ-
uals or as a team.
Teams may con-
sist of six people,
of which at least
two team mem-
bers must be of
the opposite sex than the remainder of
the team. Registration is $40 through
Feb. 19. Games will be Monday
nights from March 1 to April 26. More
information: 678-2821. Applications
may be downloaded at fumc-
niceville.org/recreation.
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, 243-0315 or
e-mail events@united-way.org.
Benefit basketball game
Cumulus vs. The Cops II basket-
ball game will be held 7 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 29, at Fort Walton Beach High
School gymnasium. Admission is $5.
Information and pre-game tickets:
243-7676. All proceeds benefit the St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital.
'Adam and Eve' play
The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of the Emerald Coast pres-
ents "Adam & Eve," a Reader's
Theater presentation, 7 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 30, at the fellowship hall, 1295 N.
Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. A
spaghetti and meatball dinner will
start the evening off at 6 p.m.
The play follows Adam and Eve as
they explore their universe in the
Garden of Eden. The comedy gives a
new perspective on what happens
when God gives human beings free
will. Actors are Daisy Horn (God), Ed
Farley (Adam), Sharlenne Farley
(Eve), and Scotty Zalinsky (serpent).
Play directed by Denise VanSickle
and narrated by Marie Claude Bohler.
Tickets for the event are $15 for
adults and $7.50 for children 6 to 12.
Children under six eat free. Beer, wine
and soft drinks available for purchase.
To reserve tickets for the dinner and
play: 678-7197, or see a cast member.
Garners get ready
Coastal Assault 2010, will be held
at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the
Emerald Coast Conference Center,
Okaloosa Island. Last year's event
drew 150 competitors; more are
expected this year. Players from
Louisiana, Alabama and Northwest
Florida will spend the day competing
for prizes playing Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic,
World of Warcraft, Battletech and oth-
ers. Cost to enter a miniature game
room event is $25 at the door or $20 if
entering online or at TBS Comics,
Fort Walton Beach. Cost to enter an
event in the card gaming room is $5
(at the door, online or at the store).
There is no cost to come watch and
browse. More information: Ed
Nehring, 244-5441 or tbscomics.com.
Genealogy university
The Valparaiso Library will offer a
college level history class that reviews
genealogy and its relationship with
American history every Wednesday,
starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3. The course


will begin with pre-Columbus Native
American history and expand with
European colonization, the age of rev-
olution and the founding of the United
States, the rise of Jacksonian America,
and conclude with the American Civil
War. More information: 729-5406.
Destin Women's Club
The Destin Women's Club will
hold its monthly gathering 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Sandestin
Hilton Hotel. Program time: 11:30
a.m., with Park Ranger Leda Suydan
presenting the program Shore Birds
and Beach Wildlife That Frequent the
Emerald Coast. Lunch served at noon,
business meeting at 12:30 p.m.
Reservations by noon Feb. 5:
Georgeia Pappas, 622-0014 or gpap
pas-johnson@cox.net.
Time for a story
The Valparaiso Library has a
Monday and Tuesday morning story
time each week for toddler and pre-

Both programs
meet at 9:45 a.m.
and offer hands-
on activities,
games and toys,
puppets, music and other materials to
spark the imagination. All stories are
age appropriate and are interactive.
More information: 729-5406.
See 'Colors' at museum
"Colors of Northwest Florida" is a
new fine art exhibit at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida. On
view through January 30, the collec-
tion focuses on the heritage and envi-
ronment of the local region and fea-
tures original works of art in a variety
of media created by the Local Color
Artist Group. All work is available for
purchase with a portion of the pro-
ceeds benefiting the Heritage
Museum at 15 Westview Avenue,
Valparaiso. Museum admission is $2
for non-members and free for muse-
um members and children under 4.
More information: 678-2615.
Charity fashion show
The Niceville High School Senior
Class of 2010 is sponsoring the 2nd
annual Prom Preview Fashion Show
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the
school auditorium. Models from the
Senior Class will set the trends in
makeup and hair while showcasing
the latest dress styles and tuxedos
from Okaloosa County businesses.
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charity event benefits the Taylor
Haugen Foundation.
Ballet celebration
The Northwest Florida Ballet
(NFB) will observe its 40th anniver-
sary with the much-anticipated Ruby
Celebration, featuring dancing to the
music of the David Seering Trio with
performances by
principle dancers,
a live and silent
auction, good
food and ruby
wine. The cele-
bration will be held Saturday, Jan. 30,
at the Harbor Walk Village, Grand
Boulevard, Destin. Time to be
announced. Cost for the evening event
is $60 per person.
Learn concrete sculpting
The Northwest Florida Arts
Association is sponsoring a Concrete
Sculpture workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Saturday, Jan. 30 and 10 a.m.-noon
Sunday, Jan. 31. Cost is $100 for
members and $115 for non-members.
Instructor Marcy Eady will teach par-
ticipants to make either a sculpture or
planter. Workshop takes place in Fort
Walton Beach; address will be given
to those who register for workshop.
Registration and information:
nwflaa.com/events/
Great night of singing
The annual "Great Night of
Methodist Singing" will be 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center of Northwest Florida
State College. Nine area United
Methodist Churches join in worship
through music. A combined choir of
about 230 voices in addition to special
ensemble numbers from several of the
churches, will offer a variety of styles.
The evening also features congrega-
tional singing-blended, traditional
and contemporary-and the Great
Night Orchestra.
Participating Churches are: Destin
UMC, First UMC Crestview, First
UMC Fort Walton Beach, Navarre
UMC, First UMC Niceville, Mary
Esther UMC, Shalimar UMC, St.


Mark UMC of Crestview and Trinity
UMC. A free-will offering will be
taken.
'Senior Moments'
The Continuing Education
PRIME Time program at Northwest
Florida State College will offer a new
"Senior Moments" course to address
aging and end-of-life issues. The
course is designed for those approach-
ing or in retirement or those who have
care responsibilities for seniors or the
mentally and medically debilitated.
The class will be held at the
NWFSC Niceville campus Feb. 2, 4,
9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays. Registration
fee is $25. Individuals may enroll
starting Jan. 13 at the NWFSC
Niceville campus, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in
the College Mall, Building K and 9:30
a.m.-5 p.m. in Building C.
Registration at all seven college sites
begins Jan. 14 and continues until
non-credit classes start or are filled.
More information: 729-6084 or
729-6085.
Class on sprouts
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8 p.m., a free
class will be offered on growing
sprouts and using them in cooking.
Instructor Cheryl Harris of Fort
Walton Beach will teach the class at
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints, 1100 Palm Blvd.,
Niceville.
Then and Now series
The Florida Then and Now Series
presents author Ben Green, discussing
his book "Before His Time: The
Untold Story of Harry T. Moore,
America's First Civil Rights Martyr,"
noon, Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso.
Ed Asner as 'FDR' set
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 fea-
ture veteran actor Ed Asner in "FDR,"


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, on the
main stage Based upon the
Broadway hit "Sunrise at
Campobello." Tickets are $30 each.
Call the box office: 729-6000.
Benefit yard sale
A Niceville-Valparaiso
Community Yard Sale, to benefit
Relay for Life, will be held 7-11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, at Edge Elementary
School. More information: Dee
Hayhurst, 244-3813, ext. 3555 or
e-mail dee.hayjurst@cancer.org.
'Jump' at the Art Center
Stop by the Art Center Gallery, 17
First St., S.E., Fort Walton Beach,
through Feb. 6 and see some familiar
faces in a state of suspension at the
solo exhibition, "Jump," of profes-
sional photographer Holly Bain. Art
Center Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. on
Saturday.
29th Liturgical Celebration
The Catholic African-American
Cultural Awareness Group of


Okaloosa County plans the 29th
Liturgical Celebration
Commemorating Black History
Month. The special liturgy will be cel-
ebrated Sunday, Feb. 7, at Saint Mary
Catholic Church, 110 Saint Mary
Ave., Fort Walton Beach. The Mass
will emphasize the rich heritage of
African-American culture in the
Catholic Church. Theme: Celebrating
the Year of the Priests-Here I Am,
Send Me!
The Eglin Brotherhood Choir will
begin the celebration in concert at 2
p.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. with the cel-
ebration of Mass starting promptly
thereafter.
College to host health fair
The Nursing and Allied Health
programs at Northwest Florida State
College will host a Health Programs
Information Fair 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 9, at the College Mall, Building
K, Niceville Campus, for those inter-
ested in learning more about admis-
sions to NWF State College programs
in dental assisting, paramedic, EMT,


$60. To register,
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events @united-
way.org. Chili
will be sold to the
public for 50


radiography, emergency medical serv-
ices, medical coding/billing and both
the associate degree (RN) and bache-
lor's degree (RN to BSN) programs in
nursing. More information: 729-6400
or see the college Web site,
nwfsc.edu/AlliedHealth.
International Craft Market
The First Presbyterian Church of
Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Ave.,
S.W., will be the site of a SERRV
(Sales Exchange for Refugee
Rehabilitation and Vocation) craft
market Feb. 7, 14 and 21, 9 a.m.-1
p.m., and on Feb. 10, 13, 17, and 20,
10 a.m. -1 p.m. SERRV is a nonprofit
organization with a mission to eradi-
cate poverty by providing opportunity
and support to artisans and farmers
worldwide. All proceeds go to the arti-
sans. This is not a church fundraiser.
More information: Church office,
243-3732 or Carol Davis, 243-4777.
Panhandle Science Fair
The 33rd Robert Sheffield East
Panhandle Regional Science and
Engineering Fair will be open for pub-
lic viewing 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11, at the C.H. "Bull"
Rigdon Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner
Boulevard., Fort Walton Beach.
Projects chosen
for fair were
determined by
winners at the
individual
schools' fairs,
held earlier this
school year. Regional finalists from all
over Okaloosa County (public, charter
and private schools) as well as nearby
Walton County schools were invited
to participate in the science fair.
Projects are judged prior to public
viewing by community members in
their areas of expertise. The awards
ceremony for this year's winners will
be 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Community Life Center, S. 214 Partin
Drive, Niceville. The public is invited
to attend.
Chili competition
Put a team together and join in the
fun at the United Way's 20th annual
Chili Competition Saturday, Feb. 13,
at the Santa Rosa Mall. Team entry fee


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Alivicn faith
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Sunday Mornings "We are excited to be in Niceville to preach a life
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Sun: Holy Communion 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. in Rectory
Tues: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
Wed: Holy Communion 12 p.m. (noon)
Thurs: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
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Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.

Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
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Singers season opens
The Okaloosa Chamber Singers's 12th season opens
Friday, Feb. 20, at First United Methodist Church, Fort
Walton Beach. For information, call 682-9651.


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Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.
Bishop and Mrs. T.P. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
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'Stars of Tomorrow'
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra will present its annual
"Stars of Tomorrow" concert Feb. 19.
The show features the winners of the
prestigious regional Concerto
Competition and the performance of
Kleinsinger's Tubby the Tuba, featur-
ing guest tubist Chester Schmitz. For
tickets: 729-6000.
Singers mark 12th season
Okaloosa Chamber Singers (OCS)
and Marilyn Overturf, director, with
accompanists Michelle Tredway and
Kevin Shular, celebrate their 12th sea-
son 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at First
United Methodist Church, 103 S.E.
First St., Fort
Walton Beach.
Featured guests,
harpist Katie Ott-
Demeester and
organist David
Ott, will perform a
setting of "Our Father" by Leos
Janacek. Featured tenor soloist is
James Jordan. A second performance
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, will be
at First Presbyterian Church-
Niceville, 1800 E. John Sims
Parkway.
Admission to OCS concerts is free
with a "suggested donation" of $15 or
$25 for two. Okaloosa Chamber
Singers is a 501(c)3 organization.
More information: Marilyn Overturf,
682-9651.
'Barrage' to perform
"Barrage," a high-octane fiddle
fest, features an international, multi-
talented cast of eight performing an
eclectic mix of music, song and dance.
They'll appear Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:30
p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Performing
Arts Center on the campus of
Northwest Florida State College in
Niceville.
Single tickets are $22 in advance
or $25 at the door. Call 362-9356.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Rams edge Bruner
Ruckel Middle School's Spencer Rackley, left, Korey Amaker and Kolt Drautz, right, guard a
Bruner player during Thursday's 35-33 Ram victory. The Rams came from an early 7-2 deficit
to edge Bruner.


NHS

falls

short
Niceville High
School's Katie Mitchell
drives downfield dur-
ing Friday's district
final game against
Mosley. Mosley took a
3-0 first-half lead and
the Lady Eagles bat-
tled back, but fell, 3-2,
marking the first time
in eight years NHS did-
n't take the district
title. Both teams begin
regional semifinal play
Thursday. Niceville
will be at Pace.
Beacon photo by
Norman Wolf


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Marlin cagers drop pair of close games


Girls fall 28-24; boys edged 30-29 --1


By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
A tall, tough Meigs Middle
School defense gave the Destin
Middle School Lady Marlins a
run for their money Thursday
night. Despite putting up a good
fight, the Destin basketball team
fell 28-24 to the Lady Wildcats. In
the nightcap, the Destin boys
found themselves on the short end
of a 30-29 score.
The Destin players demon-
strated strong teamwork through-
out the game and established a
lead in the first half. In one exam-
ple, Hallie Troell faked to the side
in Meigs territory, then passed
backwards to Alexis Prekas.
Prekas passed back to Troell, who
sank two points for the Lady
Marlins over the heads of the
Meigs defenders.
Jadah Daraldia also distin-
guished herself for the Lady
Marlins, keeping up the pressure
on the Lady Wildcats' offense.
Daraldia stayed close to the Meigs
players, blocking their shots,
knocking away the ball, and forc-
ing them to move more slowly
than they seemed to want to down
the court. Her pressure led to a
turnover and a basket by Katy
McDonald for Destin at the end of
the first quarter.
But the Lady Marlins allowed
some turnovers that the Lady
Wildcats converted into points,
keeping them nipping at Destin's
heels at halftime when the score
stood 12-7. After the half, a Destin
press resulted in a turnover that
the Lady Wildcats took full
advantage of, rushing down the
court to tie the score, 17-17.
Both the basketball and the
lead changed hands more than


once in a real nail-biter of a fourth
quarter. Troell continued to play
strong, even after taking a bad fall
onto an already-bruised hip.
Meigs pulled ahead for the last
time with less than one minute left
in the game and. Meigs' Brittany
Washington made three out of
four free throws to ice the victory.
"It could've gone better," said
eighth-grade point guard Troell of
the game. "We just weren't mak-
ing our shots. I think we did good
as a team. We just need to work on
making our shots and our layups."
Destin head coach Ben
Kackley said, "I think it went
well. I think we get better every
time we play."
Nice passing and exceptionally
strong teamwork distinguished
the varsity boys' game between
Destin and Meigs. Less than two
minutes into the game, the
Marlins had established a lead of
5-0.
Both teams played hard on
defense and offense. Tiger Scheyd
partnered with Josh Meyer and
Nick Boswell to get inside the
Wildcats' defense and set up for
shots. But Meigs pushed back just
as hard and pulled ahead on the
scoreboard after Destin's initial
advantage.
But the Marlins were by no
means beaten. The team came
roaring back in the third quarter,
with a basket from Vinnie Ciurleo
to tie the game up and another
from Scheyd to put Destin in the
lead. Moore partnered with Chad
Kaiser for a jump shot that rolled
around the rim and then finally
dropped in for two points.
The Destin players eventually
widened their lead to 26-20, but
they weren't able to hold on to it


for long. Both teams continued to
make it a close game with strong
plays on offense and defense.
Meigs kept the pressure on offen-
sively, inching closer to the
Marlins, and finally pulled ahead
with a three-pointer.
Destin stayed close on their
tail, angling for shots and rushing
out in a handful of breakaways.
With nine seconds to go, the score
stood at 30-29, Meigs. The game
ran right down to the buzzer, with
a Meigs player grabbing an out
of-bounds throw meant for Destin
to stifle the Marlins' last chance at
a basket.
Destin head coach Ron
Griffiths described the match as
"a game of spurts," with the
Marlins scoring a few points at a
time and then the Wildcats com-
ing back with a few points of their
own.
"The effort was there, the kids
played hard, they did everything I
asked them
to do,"
(/ Griffiths
i said. "Just a
great middle
school bas-
k etball
game."
Griffiths
cited "poor
free throw
Ron Griffiths shooting" as
shooting" as
a major factor in the Marlins' loss.
The Destin boys were able to
score on just 13 of the 32 free
throws they took, while the
Wildcats had a much better aver-
age. "They can learn from this,"
said Griffiths. He thought the
Marlins would be in a good posi-
tion heading into their last two
games of the season this week.


Destin Middle School's Hallie
Troell moves the ball past a
double team of Meigs players
Thursday in a 28-24 loss, left.
Below, Vinnie Ciurleo (24),
Chad Kaiser (21) and Tiger
Scheyd (3) hem in a Meigs
player in the nightcap. The
boys' team lost a heartbreak-
er to Meigs, 30-29.
Beacon photos by Erin Bill


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