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Title: The Bay beacon
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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: February 17, 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: VID00093
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Seafood store permit clears hurdle


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Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Come to the Niceville
Library to visit with pro-
lific author Vicki Minze
in the Community
Center. Call 729-4090.
Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Help in the fight to
eradicate cancer and get
a good dinner to boot.
The Niceville Relay for
Life team is serving a
steak din-
ner i,




Niceville
Community Center. Eat it
there or take it home.
The cost is just $10 and
tickets are available at
the Niceville Public
Library and City Hall.
Friday and Saturday,
Get some "Girl Time"
at Curves of Niceville,
including
games,
prizes,
food, fun I.
and a
silent
auction,
with proceeds going to
the American Heart
Association.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Okaloosa
Chamber Singers will
celebrate

season
with a
concert
at First
Presbyterian Church,
Niceville. Admission is
free but the singers sug-
gest a $15 "donation."
Info: 682-9651.
Saturday
This is the last day to
enjoy the artwork of
award-winning area artist
Maria Armstrong at the
Niceville Public Library.

More in Calendar,
B-5.


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A dispute between the
City of Valparaiso and former
Valparaiso police captain
Matt Willingham came a step
closer to resolution Monday,
as the Valparaiso Planning
and Advisory Board approved
a proposed conditional use
permit for Willingham to
continue operating his busi-
ness, Willingham Seafood
Co., at 195 J. Cutts Drive.


The decision will be
reviewed for final approval
by the Valparaiso City
Commission during a special
public meeting at 5:30 p.m.,
Thursday in the city commis-
sion chamber.
The dispute between
Willingham and the city
began in September, 2009,
when city officials refused to
renew Willingham Seafood's
business license because of
alleged noncompliance with


city codes. The problem was
complicated by the fact that
Matt Willingham, owner of
Willingham Seafood, was
then a captain in the
Valparaiso Police
Department, and was the offi-
cer primarily responsible for
enforcing city codes.
A local resident com-
plained to Valparaiso Police
Chief Joe Hart, prompting
Hart and City Administrator
Carl Scott to visit the busi-


ness, where they allegedly
found several code viola-
tions, including:
-Locating a business in a
multi-family residential area.
-Failure to obtain an
original building permit, as
well as electrical, plumbing
and mechanical permits.
-Failure to pay for a sep-
arate water tap and sewer tap.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold fired Willingham
from the police department


on Oct. 28, citing the alleged
violations.
On Jan. 15 of this year,
Willingham Seafood and its
landlord, Valparaiso Realty
Company, reached a settle-
ment agreement with the city
regarding the alleged code
violations. Willingham
Seafood and Valparaiso
Realty "acknowledged" the
code violations, and agreed
to pay the city $5,933 in fees
Please see PERMIT, page A-2


Auditor


lauds


Niceville


finances

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their regular meet-
ing on Feb. 9, Niceville City
Council members heard good
news about the city's financial
management and a report on
how the city is improving
housing for needy families.
The council also approved
a resolution supporting a re-
examination of federal restric-
tions on fishing along the
Gulf Coast, and heard reports
on replacing the city's land-
mark "City of Niceville" sign
and preparing for the 2010
July 4 fireworks show over
Boggy Bayou.
Tammy McGaughy, a part-
ner in the Fort Walton Beach-
based accounting firm,
O'Sullivan Creel, reported the
results of the city's 2009
financial audit. McGaughy
said 2009 was "a really good
year" for Niceville in terms of
financial accounting. She said
Please see AUDITOR, page A-4


MSBU marks 6th anniversary


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their Feb. 9 meet-
ing, members of the
Bluewater Bay Municipal
Services Benefit Unit
(MSBU) board of directors
took time to review the ori-
gins and accomplishments of
the organization. Board mem-
ber and communications
chairman Dale Blanchard
presented a brief written


report on the history of the
MSBU.
Jan. 1, 2004, the date the
MSBU board began to func-
tion after the special taxing
district was approved by vot-
ers, "was the start of a pro-
gram to maintain the beauty
of BWB and to improve,
where possible, the landscape
in BWB," Blanchard wrote.
The MSBU is a semi-
autonomous unit of Okaloosa


County government, with the
authority to collect flat fee
taxes on each property unit
(currently $61 per unit) for
the purpose of maintaining
street lights, signs, and land-
scape beautification along
roads and in common areas
of the community. The dis-
trict is managed by an elected
board of directors.
Since then, wrote
Blanchard, Bluewater Bay


property owners "have paid
over one and a half million
dollars to the MSBU." The
money has been "used to
complete projects that would
improve the vista of BWB as
well as supplementing the
efforts of the county to keep
BWB a beautiful place to
live."
Seventy-five percent of the
tax funds collected have gone
to maintain rights of way of


county roads within the
boundaries of Bluewater Bay,
improving their appearance
above the county norm,
according to Blanchard.
Another 20 percent has been
spent to beautify the roads.
Virtually "any time you
see flowering shrubs, flowers,
trees and mowed grass along
the roadways," of Bluewater
Bay, he stated, it was placed
Please see MSBU, page A-5


North Bay board


tables appointment

By Stacie Morgan there may be a conflict of interest
Beacon Staff Writer because of the administrator's
North Bay Fire District commis- employment with the district.
sioners tabled, on Feb. 9, any consid- Chairman Miller asked Fire Chief
eration of applicants for a vacated Joseph Miller (no relation) to contact
commissioner slot which became the district's attorney for inquiry into
available for appointment when Tim the matter and to "let the public know
Stapleton resigned last month, that the position is still open. If we
Despite district advertising of the get a negative response from the
vacancy, only two applicants present- lawyer, then we don't have a candi-
ed letters of interest to the commis- date and we're in the same position
sioners board, with one we were before," the
withdrawing before chairman said.
being considered. E. Niceville fire district Whoever is appoint-
Tracey Vause removed names commissioner, A-8. ed to the position will
his name as applicant serve out Stapleton's


due to the frequency
with which he would
not be able to attend monthly meet-
ings.
The second applicant, Karen
Benegas, was the reason for tabling
discussion of the appointment.
Benagas' husband, Ralph Benegas, is
employed as the North Bay Fire
District's administrator.
"I need to be sure we are legally
on sound ground, here," said board
Chairman Jim Miller, concerned that


remaining term, which
ends in November,
when an election is scheduled.
Stapleton resigned because his job
responsibilities prevented him from
attending meetings.
Karen Benegas, 51, is active in the
Bluewater community as a volunteer
with her church, and is employed at
Sundance Rental Management in Fort
Walton Beach. The applicant said she
understood the chairman's caution,
Please see NORTH BAY, page A-4


Scouts help kids with cookies


Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
The Brownie Girl Scouts of Troop 980, Bluewater Bay, are seeking donations from businesses and individuals so they can
donate 500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Children's Advocacy Center. From left: Annika Candell, Kelsey McDonald,
Ashley Pearson, Kaitlyn Buell, Amy Laurent and Justine Buell. Story, B-1.


White

Point

eyed for

disc golf
Steve Hollis (left) and
Adam Drake mark off
locations for disc golf
tee pads and holes out
at White Point
Recreation Area. Story,
B-1.
Beacon photo
by Stacie Morgan







Page A-2


THE BAY BEACON


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


PERMIT
From page A-1
and penalties, and agreed to
seek a conditional use permit
from the city to allow them to
reopen the seafood company.
The fees and penalties
included $3,300 for water and
sewer hookup fees, a $183 fire
department impact fee, $400
in permit fees, a $500 special
magistrate fee, $350 for sub-
poena service fees, and 21,200
in penalties for failure to
obtain building, electrical,
plumbing, mechanical, and


dock permits.
If given final approval at
Thursday's commission meet-
ing, the conditional use permit
is expected to include the fol-
lowing provisions:
-The permit will run con-
current with the lease on the
property at 195 J. Cutts Drive.
The permit would be renew-
able.
-An insurance certificate
must be delivered to the City
of Valparaiso at the anniver-
sary date of each lease period,
indemnifying and holding
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all actions that take place at
195 J. Cutts Drive, to include a
minimum $500,000 in general
liability insurance per occur-
rence, $1,000,000 aggregate.
-The city administrator
must approve the signage used
at the business, and may
include a requirement to
remove all signs at the end of
each business day.
-The permit covers the
use of the property for the
wholesale/retail sale of
seafood. Any change in the
type of business conducted
must be approved by the city.
During Monday's planning
and advisory board meeting,
City Administrator Carl Scott
briefed board members on the
provisions of the conditional
use permit, saying that he had
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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Valparaiso City Administrator Carl Scott addresses planning board Monday on seafood merchant
Matt Willingham's request to reopen his business. Seated, from left: Pat Byrne, officer of
Willingham's landlord, Valparaiso Realty, and Willingham.


city requirements, and that he
expects all requirements of the
permit to be met within 30
days. Scott recommended
approval, which was given by
the board after some brief
questions and answers
between board members and
Scott, as well as with Pat
Byrne, an officer of Valparaiso
Realty.


Willingham was also pres-
ent at Monday's board meet-
ing, but did not address the
board personally. Following
the meeting and tentative
approval of his business
reopening, Willingham spoke
briefly with the Beacon, say-
ing only, "I'm looking forward
to getting back open and serv-
ing my customers."


Sewer panel nixes


county takeover


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville,
Okaloosa County
Sewer Board said
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Twin Cities' sewage nearly 10
miles to a county treatment
Valparaiso, plant near Fort Walton Beach.
Regional Jeff Littrell, director of the
"thanks, but county's water and sewer
n Okaloosa department and one of two
o pump the county representatives on the
regional sewer board, proposed
consolidating wastewater treat-
ment at the county's new
D A Arbennie Pritchett treatment
plant. The proposal called for
pumping raw sewage to the
county facility as an alternative
6 to a costly modernization pro-
gram facing the NVOC regional
EA/EO sewer authority.
The NVOC Regional Sewer
Hurlburt Board said they appreciated the
ses are not county making the proposal, but
said that at a total cost of nearly
Spring 2010. $13 million, the consolidation
was more costly than other
alternatives for modernizing the
nce Learning Niceville treatment plant.
Fort Walton Littrell said that the estimat-
Niceville ed cost could potentially be
reduced by up to $1.5 million,
Niceville but also included some addition-
Hurlburt al lease cost for Eglin reserva-
Eglin tion right of way on approxi-
Hurlburt mately 7.5 miles.
Littrell said he took no
Eglin offense at the regional sewer
FWB board's rejection but said that
because the NVOC needs to
Hurlburt
time. make a treatment plant modern-
ization decision soon, he felt
compelled to present the consol-
idation offer.
A committee evaluating
Hurlburt alternatives for modernizing the
Fort Walton existing regional sewer treat-
Huirlburt ment plant in Niceville will
present its recommendations
Hurlbut April 7, said Glenn Stephens,
Hurlburt engineer to the regional sewer
Eglin authority.
Previous estimates to mod-
Eglin ernize the existing plant and
Hurlburt remove more nutrients from
Hurlburt treated wastewater were about
$6 million. By removing more
urlburt nitrogen and other nutrients
FortWalton from the treated sewer effluent,
Eglin the NVOC would be able to
reduce the amount of land it cur-
rently uses as sprayfields from
Eglin 290 acres to about 80 acres. The
h 5 to April regional utility will lose more
ss. than 30 acres of its current
sprayfield on leased Eglin land
South Walton due to a connector road being
Fort Walton built by the Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority.
Too, Eglin is expected to
South Walton begin charging the NVOC
Eglin regional sewer board fair market
*value for the leased land, a
move that could add hundreds
of thousands of dollars to the
regional sewer budget each year.


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THE BAY


No-contest plea


in sheriff scandal


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Teresa Adams, former chief
of administrator and finance
under disgraced former
Okaloosa County Sheriff
Charlie Morris, last week
pleaded no contest to state
charges of racketeering and
money laundering.
Adams entered her plea
before Escambia Circuit Court
Judge Linda Nobles Feb. 10.
The prosecutor, State Attorney
Bill Eddins, told the Beacon
that his office made no plea
deal with Adams, just as it had
made no deal with Morris
when he pleaded no contest to
the same state charges Feb. 4.
Adams, 51, of Niceville,
and her former boss, Morris,
60, of Shalimar, were arrested
by the FBI Feb. 27, 2009, on
federal charges in connection
with a phony employee-bonus


and kickback scheme orches-
trated by the then-sheriff.
Adams and Morris, the only
two members of the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office who
were arrested on federal
charges in the case, are serv-
ing prison terms of 36 months
and 71 months, respectively,
after pleading no contest in
the federal case last year.
Based on much of the same
set of facts, Eddins' office last
year filed state charges of
racketeering against Morris,
Adams, and three other former
sheriff's office employees,
including chief deputy
Michael Coup, 53, of Mary
Esther, former finance admin-
istrator Sandra G. Norris, 54,
of Crestview, and former
assistant director of informa-
tion tn'l,-'., James David
Yacks, 46, of Niceville.
Eddins has said that he is


prepared to
try Coup,
Yacks and
Norris
together
starting June


19. He said no


deals were made to any of
those facing state charges in
the case.
A fifth former sheriff's
office employee, Sabra
Thornton, of Tallahassee, was
charged by Eddins with six
counts of theft and grand theft.
Morris testified in Thornton's
trial last month and a
Pensacola jury found her
guilty on all charges.
Sentencing for Thornton is set
for March 17 before Judge
Nobles.
Adams, like Morris, faces a
sentence in state prison rang-
ing from 75.5 months to 60
years, according to Eddins.


BEACON Page A-3


Burglary suspect sought
By Del Lessard hair, and wearing a gray hooded- cut and wearing blue jeans, a
Beacon Staff Writer sweatshirt and dark jeans, accord- black beanie hat and a gray long-
In the wake of a string of thefts ing to the sheriffs report. sleeved shirt.
from unlocked parked cars, The resident described the sus- Okaloosa County Sheriff
authorities have issued a descrip- pect's vehicle as a mid-1990s light spokeswoman Michele Nicholson
tion of a possible suspect in at blue hatchback, possibly a Toyota said deputies are sharing informa-
least one of them. Echo, with the right rear window tion on at least two recent car bur-
A report by the Okaloosa broken out. glaries, but cautioned against iden-
County Sheriffs Office stated that At least 33 other car burglaries, tifying any one person for a series
a Niceville resident from the 600 or attempted burglaries, have been of similar crimes. Law enforce-
block of Grenada Way reported reported in the Twin Cities area ment officials generally consider
that at approximately 11:35 p.m. since Jan. 1, according to authori- unlocked-car burglaries as crimes
Feb. 6 he was in his garage when ties. of opportunity, often done by
he heard a car door open in his The description of the suspect's young people, she said.


driveway.
The resident ran outside and
saw a man close the door of the
resident's parked SUV, run for a
car parked on the street, and speed
away.
The resident reported the con-
tents of his vehicle's center con-
sole were found dumped in the
driver's seat. However nothing
appeared to be missing.
The resident described the sus-
pect as a white man in his late 20s
or early 30s, weighing about 200
pounds, with a few days of facial


vehicle in the Grenada Way bur-
glary was similar to that obtained
in another interrupted burglary
reported in the 500 block of
Garden Oak Cove on Jan. 28. In
that case a thief who was spotted
inside a vehicle parked inside an
open garage fled to a green or dark
blue Toyota two-door, possibly a
2000 model, that was parked on
the street, running with the driver's
door open. The suspect in the Jan.
28 case was described as a white
male, approximately 18 years of
age, with an athletic build, clean


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From page B-1
the audit resulted in an
"unqualified opinion" that the
city's accounting system is
sound, with "no deficiencies
with respect to internal con-
trol," and "no exceptions with
compliance of laws and regula-
tions."
She said that some manage-
ment deficiencies noted in the
previous year's audit had been
corrected, and that some inven-
tory management issues had
also been resolved, while the
level of understanding among
city employees with respect to
financial accounting had
improved.
McGaughy said that despite
a decline in property tax values
in Niceville, the city had still
managed to keep revenues
above expenses, and remains in
a "strong financial position."
Dennis Dingman, who man-
ages the city's Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) program to improve or
replace substandard housing
for needy families in Niceville,
said one new client has been
added to those receiving help
through the program. The new
recipient, Dingman said, is a
low-income resident of a
mobile home, which will be
replaced. The recipient will
own his new mobile home, but
the city will retain a lien on the
property for five years, during
which time the owner must
remain a resident there and take
care of the home.


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The Niceville City Council heard a favorable financial report Feb. 9.


The city is currently seeking
bids to repair or replace seven
other homes in the city, includ-
ing four mobile homes.
Dingman said the overall pur-
pose of the program, which is
funded by state and federal
grants, is to "provide people
with a safe, healthy place to
live."
The council approved a res-
olution urging Florida's
Congressional delegation to
appropriate funding to the
National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) so that a new,
full-blown stock assessment
can be conducted for each Gulf
of Mexico species managed by
the NMFS. The request further
asks that the new study be done
by "a credible independent
third-party source."
Local commercial and char-
ter fishing businesses have
recently complained that feder-
al authorities have been need-
lessly over-restricting the


length of fishing seasons and
amounts of various species of
fish that may be caught, based
on what fishermen say is erro-
neous data about the popula-
tions of those fish species.
In other business, City
Manager Lannie Corbin report-
ed that between $8,000 and
$9,000 is currently in the city's
fireworks fund account, and
that another $6,000 to $8,000 is
expected from the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce. In addition, he
said, the City of Valparaiso is
also participating in fundrais-
ing for the annual
Independence Day fireworks
display over Boggy Bayou,
with about $1,700 collected so
far. In addition, Corbin said,
the city's aluminum can recy-
cling project to raise funds for
the fireworks show is going
smoothly, along with assorted
other fundraising efforts by
several community organiza-


tions.
A special meeting of the
Niceville City Council is
scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 18,
to discuss the "purchase of
services" in support of the fire-
works show. Corbin said the
city must act now to obtain a
barge from which to launch the
fireworks, as well as hire a
licensed pyrotechnics contrac-
tor to safely prepare and launch
the fireworks show.
Corbin also reported that the
city is currently completing
earthwork to re-install the land-
mark "City of Niceville" sign
overlooking the "i.liiik" at
the intersection of State Road
85 and John Sims Parkway. The
next step in rebuilding the sign,
which was removed a few years
ago to make room for a now-
complete state project to widen
John Sims Parkway, will be to
install an irrigation system for
the flowers and shrubbery that
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From page A-1
but is nonetheless very interest-
ed in the unpaid commissioner's
position, and said she feels she
has "a lot to offer as well as
learn." She has lived in the area
since 1995.
Pending additional appli-
cants, the board will reopen the
item for discussion at the next
meeting, Tuesday, March 9.
Anyone interested in apply-
ing for the commissioner slot
must be a registered voter resid-
ing in the fire district and
should submit a letter of interest
(including the applicant's phone
number) to: North Bay Fire
District, Attention Chief J.
Miller, 1024 White Point Road,
Niceville, Fla. 32578.
Applicants are asked to be pres-
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commissioners wish to question
them.
In other business, Fire Chief
Miller updated the board on
preparation of the district's 10-
year plan. The plan, he said, has
been a work-in-progress for the
last five weeks. He hopes to
have the final draft available for
presentation to the board at the
March meeting, he said.
Though "due to the intensity" of
the 10-year plan, the chief rec-
ommended an "open public ses-
sion sometime after March" to
give commissioners more time
to study the document and to
afford the public, as well as
board members, an "opportuni-
ty for questions and greater
understanding." Board mem-
bers agreed to the chief's sug-
gestion.
Chief Miller also informed


the board that the annual audit,
being prepared by Carr, Riggs
& Ingram, is still unfinished,
though Administrator Benegas
said the accounting firm is
hopeful the report will be ready
for next month's meeting.
Separately, Assistant Fire
Chief Gary Jordan was award-
ed, Jan. 21, the Executive Fire
Officer of the Year by the
Florida Fire
Chiefs e.
Association,
at a Daytona
Beach gath-
ering. The
award hon-
ors an exec-
utive fire
officer who
has "made
significant Gary Jordan
and valuable
contributions to the Executive
Fire Officers Section and who
demonstrates ongoing leader-


ship and commitment to the fire
service, as an example to their
profession and their department
as a whole," according to the
Fire Chiefs Association.
"This award was presented
to him for his leadership and
communicative skills in con-
junction with his dedication and
commitment," said Chief
Miller. Jordan has been with the
North Bay district since August
1994.
Commissioners wrapped up
their February meeting with the
monthly alarm activities report
for January. The North Bay
District responded to a total of
71 alarms, seven of which were
fire calls, 48 were rescue calls
and 16 were "other emergency
responses." The district
received mutual aid twice (from
East Niceville and from Destin)
and gave mutual aid three times,
to Niceville, the Coast Guard
and to Eglin Air Force Base.


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An exception is the recent
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"Bluewater Bay remains a
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because residents believe that
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Feb. 9 meeting, board mem-
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addressed the meeting, saying
residents should be careful to
lock vehicles, homes and
garages, due to a recent surge
of thefts throughout the
Niceville-Valparaiso-
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Taylor said most such thefts
appear to be crimes of oppor-
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change or other valuables left
in unlocked vehicles or else-
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fled before they could be
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Taylor said people should
lock their property. He advised
against personally confronting
burglars or thieves, saying it is
safer to call police and give
information.
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Allison Paige Bridges, 18, of
105 Windlake Court, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 3, charged with
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original charge of DUI.

Nicholas Andrew Albert,
unemployed, 20, of 2109
Bayshore Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies on
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tery. Albert is alleged to have
struck another male with his fist
Jan. 4.

James Allen Haynes, 19, of
616 Gingko Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies on
charges of failure to appear on
the felony traffic charge of vehi-
cle theft and failure to appear on
the misdemeanor charge of
driving a commercial vehicle
without a commercial license.

Shawn Thomas Outlaw, 23,
of 111-B Cadillac Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Feb. 6 on charges
of felony violation of probation
on the original charge of aggra-
vated assault and for misde-
meanor violation of probation
on the original charge of DUI.

Christopher Owen Beck,
unemployed, 21, of 304 Reeves
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Feb. 2 on the
charge of violation of probation
on the original misdemeanor
charges of underage possession
of alcohol and retail theft.

Chrystal Arlee Hunt, unem-
ployed, 27, of 621 Bullock
Blvd., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriffs deputies Feb. 7 for
failure to appear on the original
misdemeanor traffic charge of
no valid driver's license.

Joshua Gibb Phillips, 34, of
110 Montrose Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 1 for violation of
probation as a drug offender.

Sabrina Tatiana Russell,
unemployed, 20, of 102
Westlake Court, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies
Feb. 1 for violation of a domes-
tic violence injunction.

Richard Daniel Butterick,
29, of 500 Kelly Mill Road,
Apt. 182, Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies


Feb. 4 on the charges of burgla-
ry and criminal mischief. Near
midnight, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, a res-
ident from the 100 block of
Westlake Court was upstairs
sleeping when he heard a loud
noise, went to the top of the
stairs and saw a male, later
identified as Butterick, who had
kicked the front door open and
had entered the residence.
Damage to the door and frame
was estimated at $700.
Deputies Feb. 4 also charged
Butterick with possession of
drug paraphernalia after finding
him at his own residence in pos-
session of paraphernalia.

Scott Eason Bacheller,
unemployed, 52, with an at
large address in Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police
Feb. 8 for disorderly intoxica-
tion.

Jason Douglas Hendershot,
27, of 282 Washington Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville
police Feb.
4 on the
charges of
grand theft
auto, two
counts, and
one count of
criminal
mischief.
Jason D. Police
Hendershot allege that
on Jan. 13
Hendershot stole a 2002 Dodge
from the 1400 block of Hickory
Avenue, Niceville. The car was
later found near a motel in
Valparaiso with damage to the
driver's side door where it
appeared someone had punched
out the locking mechanism.
There was also some white
transfer paint on the vehicle's
rear driver's side. Police also
allege that on Feb. 2 Hendershot
stole a pickup truck from the
200 block of Ellis Avenue,
Niceville. The truck was later
found abandoned in a wooded
area off of Marquette Street in
Valparaiso.

Michael Joe Henry, a cook,
45, of 90 4th St., Shalimar, was
arrested by Niceville police Jan.
27 on a misdemeanor charge of
theft.

Clinton Allen Lance, a cook,
21, of 288 Newcastle Drive,
Fort Walton Beach, was arrested
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Ni c Fire Depar ent Fire Report
S iti le Fire Departmit responded the following calls Feb. 8 through Feb:
14.
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0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash w E-i1. r
0 Illegal Burn 3 Other Emergency Call *,* "
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Magnolia Shores.................. Medical ............................. 2/8/10....................... 09:56
Azalea Drive ....... ............ M medical ............................. 2/9/10 ....................... 05:47
Emmett Drive ....... ............ Alarm activation ............... 2/9/10 .................... 06:13
Crestview Drive .. .............................M medical ...............................2/9/10 ....................20:02
N. Partin Drive........................Medical ...............................2/10/10 ....................12:19
37th Street..............................M medical ................................ 2/10/10 ..... ......... 17:49
Bayshore Drive .......................M medical ...............................2/10/10 ....................18:27
N Partin Drive...................... M medical ............................. 2/11/10 ..................... 16:
02
W. John Sims Parkway Medical ................................2/11/10 ..............17:41
Reeves Street ........................Medical ...............................2/12/10 ....................10:18
E. John Sims Parkw ay ..........Medical ............................2/12/10 ..................... 12:24
SR123 and SR85N................Vehicle accident.................2/12/10.................. 15:22
W. John Sims Parkway .........Service call ..................2/13/10 ..............03:09
29th Street..............................Medical ...............................2/13/09 ....................10:14
37th Street............................ M medical ............................. 2/13/10 .................. 10:56
Evergreen Avenue .................Medical ............................. 2/13/10 .................. 16:52
SR285.....................................Service call ........ ..........12/13/10 ..... ......... 17:46
College Boulevard...................M medical ................................2/13/10 .....................19:16
Edgewater Drive .................. Medical ............................. 2/13/10 .................. 16:37
Edgewater Drive .................. Medical ............................. 2/13/10 .................. 21:53
E. John Sims Parkway ..........Medical ............................. 2/14/10 .................. 01:23
22nd Street........................... M medical ............................. 2/14/10 .................. 02:15
Als Drive ............................... M medical ............................. 2/14/10 .................. 15:36
22nd Street........................... M medical ............................. 2/14/10 .................. 23:40
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Location Situation Date Time
Edrehi Avenue..............Special incident/other..................................1/3/10 .......06:54
SR Hwy 20...................Vehicle accident w/injury.............................1/3/10 .......21:26
Reeves Street..............Electrical wiring/equipment problem..........1/4/10 .......05:51
22nd Street................. Extrication/rescue/other ............................ 1/5/10 .......12:33
Summerwood Court....Short circuit wiring defect............................1/6/09 .......17:02
Bimini W ay ................... Structure fire ................................................ 1/7/10 .......10:00
Valparaiso Boulevard...CO detector activation/malfunction............ 1/7/10 .......19:01
Sycamore Avenue .......Rescue EMS ............................................. 1/12/10.....01:13
Cedar Street.................Electrical wiring/equipment problem ..........1/12/10 .....19:06
22nd Street................. Rescue EMS ............................................. 1/14/10 .....08:02
N. Partin Drive..............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/15/10.....12:45
E. College Boulevard...Rescue EMS ...............................................h1/22/10.....24:40
E. ParkAvenue............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/23/10.....04:06
30th Street.................. Structure fire .............................................. 1/23/10 .....15:06
Als Drive ..................... Dispatched/canceled................................. 1/23/10 .....15:41
23rd Street..................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/24/10.....22:30
Deepwater Lane ..........EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/24/10.....23:14
E. SR 20..................... Vehicle accident w/injury........................... 1/25/10 .....18:03
Cedar Street.................Cooking fire contained.............................. 1/26/10.....02:32
Ruckel Drive.................Rescue EM S ............................................. 1/26/10 .....21:18
Powell Drive................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/27/10.....15:22
Bayshore Drive ............Rescue EMS ............................................. 1/29/10 .....09:13
Stephen Drive ..............Rescue EMS ............................................. 1/30/10 .....09:58
Terri Cove...................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...1/31/10.....14:24
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 7 through
Feb. 15.
Location Situation Date Time
County Line Road/Magnolia....... ..................... ......................... Dispatched/can-
ce led .............................. 2 /7/10 ............................................................ 00 :2 4
N. Cedar Street............Dispatched/canceled...................................2/7/10 .......15:56
Bluewater Boulevard ...Vehicle accident...........................................2/8/10 .......10:25
Sailboat Drive...............EMS excluding vehicle................................2/8/10 .......13:28
N. White Point Road....EMS excluding vehicle................................2/8/10.......13:49
25th Street.................. EMS excluding vehicle.............................. 2/8/10 .......14:44
N. White Point Road....EMS excluding vehicle................................2/8/10 .......18:16
White Point Road.........EMS excluding vehicle..............................2/9/10 .......01:58
Meadowbrook Court....EMS excluding vehicle................................2/9/10 .......11:12
W hite Point Road.........Rescue EM S ...............................................2/9/10 .......16:12
Calinda Lane................EMS excluding vehicle.............................. 2/10/10 .....01:38
N. White Point Road....EMS excluding vehicle..............................2/10/09 .....15:52
Glenlake Circle.............EMS excluding vehicle.............................. 2/10/09.....19:56
Dom inica Circle............Rescue EMS ............................................. 2/11/09......17:50
Pippin Drive................EMS excluding vehicle..............................2/12/10 .....03:29
Merchants Way............EMS excluding vehicle..............................2/12/10 .....11:16
N. HWY20/Bay Drive...Vehicle accident.........................................2/12/10 .....11:55
Oakmont Circle/Winged Foot Drive .............................................Vehicle accident
2/12/10 ...........................21:10
Shipley Drive................EMS excluding vehicle.............................. 2/13/10.....00:56
N. White Point Road....Dispatched/canceled.................................2/13/10 .....06:55
White Point Road.........EMS excluding vehicle..........................2/14/10 .....17:16
Perdido Circle...............Dispatched/canceled...................................2/15/10 .....17:12
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misdemeanor theft charge for a emptie
reported gas drive off. but not

Mark Ellis Waltman, a busi- A
ness manager, 29, of 405 Green bank,
Oak Lane, Niceville, was arrest- report
ed by Niceville police Feb. 8 for and Dc
sexual battery. cashed
DUI arrests against
Billy Dean Adkins, 30, of were ,
192 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, tons i
was arrested by sheriff's totaled
deputies for DUI on Miracle Aft
Strip Parkway and Pryor Drive, seven
Mary Esther, Feb. 6, at 3:20 totaling
Nicevi
a.m.
* returned
Jeremy Matthew Mashek, vhadct s
33, of 1905 Redwood Ave., had se
Niceville, was arrested by sher- bank
iffs deputies for DUI on White never
Point Road at Samana Way, Feb. incomi
7 at 2:54 a.m. from
Thefts the ba
A Valparaiso resident from
the 100 block of Chicago A N
Avenue reported Feb. 7 that that u
unknown persons) stole nine three
$20 bills stored in a bedroom from a
drawer. er in ti
Street,
A Valparaiso resident from stolen'
the first block of North John er at $'
Sims Parkway reported that Jan.
31 someone stole a guitar from A IN
a bedroom in the residence. Jan. 2
Access was gained through an had ga
unlocked back door. Interne
mails
A Valparaiso resident from finance:
the 100 block of Crystal Lake money
Lane reported Feb. 2 that some- mails
one had used her debit card address
three times without her permis- finance
sion for a total of $106. account
wire ti
The owner of an unoccupied ker k
commercial building at 115 became
John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, ed vi
entered the building and stole an change
antique couch valued at $150, financi
sometime Jan. 1-Feb. 3. phone
ator st.
A burglar was inside the ing to
open garage of a residence in gave t
the 500 block of Garden Oaks and as]
Cove about 7:51 p.m., Jan. 28, his ac
when a woman drove up into the advise
driveway and saw the burglar was a
inside an unlocked car inside it.
the garage. The burglar fled, The
passing a few feet away from change
the woman, who remained in and ha
her car. The suspect was
described as being six feet tall, On
about 18 years old, clean-cut woman
with an athletic build. The sus- deputy
pect was wearing blue jeans, a pawne
black beanie hat and a gray ring w
long-sleeve shirt. The suspect permis
was seen getting into a green or
dark-blue, older, Toyota two- A
door that was parked on the Feb. 1
street and running with the dri- was st
very's door open. The suspect time L
had pulled a laptop computer in was h
a case from the floor of the Waltor
vehicle to the rear seat, but was od. Th
not successful in trying to a nurse
remove it from the garaged car.
AN
A Niceville resident from the 900 b]
4300 block of Hagen Court report
reported that unknown person
persons) stole $120 from a wal- unlock
let in the center console of an 2-3 an
unlocked car parked in the




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items in the wallet,
ing credit cards, were
d onto the passenger seat
t stolen.

customer of a Niceville
1200 John Sims Parkway,
td that between Dec. 12
ec. 16 unknown persons)
nine counterfeit checks
t his account. The checks
written to various loca-
in the Tampa area and
J $9,716.
er closing the account,
more counterfeit checks
g $11,392 arrived at the
lle bank but were
ed to the merchant. The
told bank officials that he
;nt a check to a Destin
for a payment that was
received. Officials at the
bank advised that some
lng mail had been stolen
in unsecured mailbox at
nk.

Ticeville resident reported
unknown persons stole
window air conditioners
n unoccupied rental trail-
he 1300 block of Keturah
sometime Jan. 5-30. The
items were valued togeth-
750.

Niceville couple reported
9 that unknown persons)
ined access to their AOL
et account and sent out e-
in an attempt to gain
ial information and
. One of the suspect e-
sent from their AOL
s went to the couple's
al broker requesting an
it balance and a domestic
*ansfer. Luckily the bro-
knew the couple and
e suspicious. The intend-
ctims were advised to
their password. The
al broker also received a
call from an AT&T oper-
ating that a caller claim-
be deaf. The "caller"
he Niceville man's name
ked for information about
account. The financial
r told the operator the call
fraud and did not accept

couple have since
ed all possible passwords
ve notified their banks.

Jan. 14 a Niceville
n reported to sheriff's
es that someone had
d her $1,800 wedding
without her knowledge or
sion.

Niceville woman reported
that her $80 silver locket
olen from her purse some-
)ec. 1-Jan. 15 while she
hospitalized twice in Fort
n Beach during that peri-
e victim said she notified
e about the theft.

liceville resident from the
lock of Nutmeg Avenue
ed that unknown
n(s) burglarized his
:ed vehicle sometime Feb.
d stole a small amount of


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change and a $265 metal detec-
tor.

A 2007 Dodge Nitro that was
reported Feb. 2 as an abandoned
vehicle in the parking lot of a
Niceville business, 4516 E.
Highway 20 was identified as a
vehicle that had been stolen Jan.
9 from a Fort Walton Beach car
dealer, 235 Miracle Strip
Parkway. The stolen vehicle
appeared in good shape and the
ignition keys were found locked
inside the middle console area
in a cup holder.

A Niceville resident from the
1500 block of Abaco Cove
reported that unknown
persons) stole a golf bag and
several clubs and accessories
from the back seat of his pickup
truck sometime Jan. 27-28. The
stolen items were valued togeth-
er at more than $2,200. There
was no indication that the bur-
glar(s) used force to enter the
vehicle, and the victim said he
thought he had locked the truck
but may have inadvertently left
the doors unlocked.

Two separate Niceville resi-
dents from the 1700 block of


Hopper Street reported that
unknown persons) stole loose
change-$3 from one, $7 from
the other-from their unlocked
vehicles sometime Jan. 24-25.
Other items such as music CDs
and check books in the vehicles
were left untouched.

Other
A 17-year-old Niceville girl
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Jan. 31 on a
charge of retail theft. The girl
allegedly stole $10.73 worth of
candy and gum from a conven-
ience store, 100 Redwood Ave.,
hiding the sweets in her cloth-
ing.

Casey Michael Chavis, 22, of
304 Reeves St., Lot F-l,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police Feb.
6 for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
Chavis was also cited for driv-
ing with broken taillights.

A 16-year-old Niceville girl,
a student, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriffs deputies, in
Niceville, Feb. 2, for underage
possession of alcohol.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


East Niceville fire board appoints member


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The East Niceville Fire
District board of commissioners
last week appointed Ed Dunbar to
serve on the board until
November.
The appointment fills the
unexpired term of Commissioner
Ray Hinck, who died Nov. 6.


Dunbar,
62, of 19th
Street,
Niceville, is a
retired Air
Force fighter
pilot, retired
defense con-
tractor and
Ed Dunbar former proj-


ect manager for a big Destin
marina development.
A past president of the
Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis
Club, Dunbar holds a master's
degree in public administration
from Golden Gate University and
is a member of several Air Force
and military associations. He is
married, with two grown chil-


dren, and has lived in the
Niceville area for 21 years,
including the last six years in the
East Niceville fire district.
The five-member East
Niceville Fire Commission meets
the second Monday of the month,
usually at 7 p.m., at the East
Niceville fire station, 1709 27th
St., Niceville. Among other


duties the commission is respon-
sible for the annual budget of the
independent fire district, which is
based almost entirely on property
tax revenues that totaled
$667,000 this year.
The East Niceville Fire
District, which covers the unin-
corporated areas of Niceville
west of the Rocky Bayou bridge,


has eight full-time firefighters
and 11 part-time ones.
Dunbar's appointment will last
until November, when an election
will be held. Elections for the
unpaid fire commission posts are
nonpartisan.
Dunbar's appointment was
made at the fire commission's
regular monthly meeting Feb. 8.


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Kelly Edelman, Niceville,
was named
the Regional
Outstanding
School
Volunteer
for Florida
Region One
(a 21-county
area).
Edelman
Kelly Edelman has donated
1,150 hours
of work in just two years at
Edge Elementary School.
According to Shelly Arneson,
Edge principal, Edelman
spends 20-30 hours a week vol-
unteering at the school in the
summer and 10-15 hours a
week during the school year.
"I don't feel like anyone
special. I'm just one of the big
family at Edge that does so
much for the kids every day,"
said Edelman. "The parents and
staff do the same volunteering I
do. There are so many there
who deserve it more than I do."

Dave Jefferson of Simple
HR was the second Chairman's
Choice recipient at the
Niceville Valparaiso Chamber's
Second Tuesday of the Month
Breakfast in February.

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been a
chamber :A
member
since 2003.
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Choice
recipient,
Jefferson Dave Jefferson
will attend
different functions with
Chairman of the Board Philippe
Miceli in order to gain a differ-
ent perspective into what goes
into serving on the board and as
lead volunteer, as well as to
experience the diverse duties
the chamber organizes and car-
ries out.

Former Niceville resident
Willie V. Reddick will cele-
brate her 90th birthday Friday
at the
Parthenon, a
SFort Walton
Beach nurs-
ing home.
She and her
daughter,
Chris, were
commonly
seen selling
oranges and
Willie Reddick watermelons
in the
Bayou Plaza parking lot.
Friends are welcome to visit
her and enjoy some cake on her
birthday.

The Florida State Button
Society held its annual conven-
tion in Daytona Beach in mid
January. Attending from
Valparaiso were Don Lanier,
the society's auctioneer and
president of the North Florida
Button Club, and Barb Lanier,
the society's award entries
chairperson.
About 30 button dealers
from several states and coun-
tries sold buttons dating from
as far back as the 1600s.
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Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
Sampling their favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Troop 980 members, from left: Annika
Candell, Kelsey McDonald, Ashley Pearson, Kaitlyn Buell, Amy Laurent and Justine Buell.
Behind them is Scout leader Denise Buell.


Scouts aim to donate



cookies to help kids


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Girl Scouts of Troop
980 plan to use this year's
Girl Scout Cookie sales drive
for something more than a
chance to win prizes. They
hope enough individuals and
businesses will donate boxes
of cookies that they can give
500 boxes to the Children's
Advocacy Center (CAC) in
Niceville.
"By donating to the CAC,
we can help other children,"
said Scout Ashley Pearson.
Denise Buell is the adult
leader of the troop, which is
three years old and is now at
the Brownie (intermediate)
age level. She said the Scouts
want to see every child who
comes into the CAC leave
with cookies.
In addition, the girls earn
prizes by reaching certain
sales plateaus, they said.
The Children's Advocacy
Center provides a child-
friendly atmosphere for inter-
views, medical evaluations
and assessments with children


who may have been abused.
"We'll give (boxes of
cookies) to families that come
in," said CAC Executive
Director Julie Hurst. "The
really neat thing about all this
is it's incredible to see kids do
something for other children.
We really thank those kids for
stepping up."
Hurst said 500 boxes of
cookies used in that manner
would last "six months or
so."
The cookie sale, which
runs Feb. 20 through March
21, carries a theme this year
of "Inspired By U...," and is
the No. 1 literacy program for
girls, according to the Girl
Scout Council of the Florida
Panhandle, Inc. The cookies
cost $3.50 per box.
Troops will set up cookie
stands throughout the Twin
Cities area. Among the loca-
tions will be Winn Dixie,
Kmart, Kelley's SuperValu
and Beef O'Brady's.
The six-girl troop's chari-
table efforts are part of a pro-
gram called "Gifts of


Caring," through which
Scouts perform service proj-
ects that directly benefit oth-
ers. While many troops par-
ticipate in the program by
sending cookies to service
members overseas, the Troop
980 Scouts wanted to help
youngsters who live on the
Emerald Coast.
This year, in addition to
the cookie lines that have
been available in the past, the
trans fat- and hydrogenated
oil-free Thank U Berry
Munch cookie has been
added.
The troop, which meets at
Bluewater Elementary
School, will sell cookies in
front of Winn Dixie Sunday,
Feb. 21, from noon to 4 p.m.,
and Friday, Feb. 26, from 4 to
7 p.m. It also has a Web site
to make it easy for people
and businesses to donate
cookies to the CAC:
donatetroop980@gmail.com.
Buell said the troop will
respond to anyone who sends
an e-mail with a telephone
number.


18-hole disc golf


course proposed


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Disc golf enthusiasts may
soon be able to stay closer to
home for their Frisbee frolics.
White Point Recreation
Area, Niceville, on Eglin
Reservation, is the proposed
site for an 18-hole course, said
Steve Hollis, owner of Alicia
J. Hollis, Realtor, Fort Walton
Beach. Hollis has been playing
and competing in disc golf
since 1980, and has spearhead-
ed the hunt for land, and
approached Eglin with a pro-
posal for the use of the White
Point Recreation area.
"I started contacting people
and looking around for land,"
said Hollis. "I found out that
Eglin has about 400,000 acres
set aside specifically for public
land use."
Mike Spaits, spokesperson
for Eglin's Environmental
Affairs said, "We don't know
whether or not this is going to
happen. It's really at the grass
roots level. I don't feel com-
fortable saying anything about
it." Though Spaits did say that
at this point, the idea is a pro-
posal and has "not yet gone
through any of the processes"
required to become a reality.
"It's only agreed that it may be
feasible," Spaits said.
Even so, Hollis, in anticipa-
tion of the agreement, has


You saw it
in the Beacon!


been out to the recreation area
unofficially measuring the dis-
tances for the holes and plac-
ing markers.
Should the project be
approved, Hollis said Eglin
would allow use of about 35 of
the land's 75 acres, requiring
only that users pay the $12
annual permit fee charged by
Jackson Guard-just as it does
for any of the Air Force's other
public land use areas. Users
can also buy a day pass for $2.
The metal nets and cement tee
pads that make up a disc golf
course would be provided and
installed by private parties. If,
at some point, Eglin decided to
develop the land, the baskets
would all be removed by those
who placed them.
Eric Walker, owner of Ace
Hardware in Bluewater Bay
and instrumental in making the
disc golf course at Ferry Park
in Fort Walton Beach a reality,
said, "We feel pretty confident
that things will go through."
Walker, a disc golf player
for two-and-a-half years, plans
to donate the 18 baskets for
the course (about a $6,000 out-
lay), just as he donated nine of
the baskets at the Ferry park
course, a park that sees "a
good 200 disc golf players go
through on a daily basis,"
Please see 18-HOLE, page B-4


Adam Drake
practices in
hopes that the
proposed disc
golf course at
White Point
Recreation Area
will come to
fruition.

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Singers open 12th year


Okaloosa Chamber Singers
and Dr. Marilyn Overturf,
Director, with accompanists,
Michelle Tredway and Kevin
Shular, celebrate its 12th sea-
son with featured guest artist,
harpist Katie Ott-Demeester,
who with Dr, David Ott, organ-
ist, will perform a setting of
"Our Father" by Leos Janacek.
James Jordan is the featured
tenor soloist. Katie Ott-
Demeester will accompany
Chamber Singers on several
additional works, and perform
two harp solos as well.


Performances are Friday, Feb.
19, at 7:30 p.m. at First United
Methodist Church in Ft. Walton
Beach., and Saturday, Feb. 20,
7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian
Church in Niceville.
The program includes a
wide variety of music for the
listener-ranging from the
Victoria "0 Vos Omnes" and
the Mozart "Te Deum" to treas-
ured American folk music,
"Shenandoah" and "The Water
is Wide." Songs by Stephen
Foster, and selections from the
musical theater follow. An


organ solo by David Ott, as
well as OCS soloists, Mary
Ann Friedman, Esther
Tiedemann, Richard Montague,
and David Jones enhance the
program, which concludes with
Gilbert and Sullivan's finale to
"The Gondoliers."
Admission to OCS concerts
is free with a suggested dona-
tion of $15 or $25 for two.
Okaloosa Chamber Singers is a
501(c)3 organization.
For further information call
Dr. Marilyn Overturf at
682-9651.


From page B-1
Barb Lanier entered the
Judged Button Tray competition
and won two first place ribbons
(Bridle Buttons/Rosettes and
Clothing/Costume Trim). She
additionally garnered two sec-
ond place ribbons for West
German Glass Moonglows and
Metal Twinkle Buttons. Her
third place ribbon was for
Pictorial Silver Buttons.

Due to their performance on
the Emerald Coast Junior Golf
Tour in 2009, Ivey Kelly,
Niceville, girls 15-18 category,
and Kayla Bloor, girls 12-14
category, Niceville, are the first
Florida Junior Tour STEP
exemption winners. Davis
Bowyer of Destin won the Boys
Sportsmanship Award.


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GOP gives for wall
Okaloosa County Republican State Committeeman Steve
Czonstka presents a $500 donation from the Okaloosa
Republican Party to Michelle Severino, executive director
of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, for support
of the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall Exhibit. The exhib-
it will be on display at the "Bull" Rigdon Fairgrounds, Fort
Walton Beach, June 17-20. More information concerning
sponsorship: 678-2615.


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Destin Middle feted for literacy
The Literacy Council at Destin Middle School (DMS) won the Middle School Team of the
Year award for Okaloosa School District. The team was evaluated for its ability to foster
excellence in education, contribute to the continuous improvement of student learning
and the school environment, demonstrate superior record keeping of school reading per-
formance, coordinate and participate in continued professional development and demon-
strate leadership in building a school literacy plan. The council consists of, from left:
Dennis Samac, assistant principal, Melody Gill, Lynette Askew, Dr. Diane Kelley, principal,
Mary Peterson, Marianne McMichael and Amy Pendleton. Not pictured is Brittany Swain.


Kiwanis cleans up

7 children's facility


The Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso donated its
time, talents and hard work dur-
ing a recent work day to help
make the CIC Children's
Neighborhood look great.
Work days are held every
Saturday morning to maintain
and improve The CIC Children's
Neighborhood and every fifth
Saturday the Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso takes part
in helping the community by


volunteering for Children in
Crisis. The club's efforts help to
ensure that CIC is able to keep
providing the best neighborhood
possible for the children.
Ken Hair, president of
Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso commented, "We
have a wonderful membership
that's always ready and willing
to roll up their sleeves to support
a worthy cause. It's all about the
kids."


Symphony Guild sets


food, wine tasting fest


Twenty-six of the area's
finest restaurants are slated to
serve samplings of their cui-
sine at this year's International
Food and Wine Tasting
Festival, hosted by the
Northwest Florida Symphony
Guild. This is the nineteenth
consecutive year the NFS
Guild is hosting its
International Food and Wine
Tasting Festival which is their
major annual fund raiser and is
one of the premier charitable
events in northwest Florida.
This year, the festival will
be held on Sunday, Feb. 21, at
the Emerald Coast Conference
Center on Okaloosa Island
from 1 to 4 p.m. More than
1,000 guests are expected to
enjoy food samples from the
area's finest restaurants and
catering services and wine
samples from around the
world. Musical entertainment
will be provided by Northwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra
members and guest artists.
Simultaneously, a large
selection of silent auction
items will be available for bid-
ding. Paintings by local artists,
golf and tennis packages,
gourmet dinners prepared in
your home, gift baskets, dining
certificates and much more
will be sold before the close of
the festival.
Tickets sales are now on
sale at: Chan's Wine World,
Destin; Bayou Books,
Niceville; Coach and Four Gift
Shop, Magnolia Grill and
Vandegriff Jewelers, Fort


Walton Beach; Kitchenique,
the Market Shops at Sandestin.
The cost is $40 in advance and
$50 at the door. Proceeds from
the event will be used to sup-
port the Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra, the
NWFS Youth Orchestra, the
NWFS Junior Orchestra, a
host of other children's music
programs, scholarship compe-
titions, and other ongoing


events to develop and promote
interest in the fine arts.
For Symphony Guild mem-
bership information, call
Gloria DeBerry at 244-2940.
For more information about
the festival, to make a donation
to the silent auction or to pur-
chase an ad in the festival
brochure, call David Crawford
at 621-7377 or Vern Umholtz
at 244-3433.


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properties, individuals, and institutions. To receive an exemption this
tax year, proper application must be made in the Property Appraiser's
Office no later than March 1., 2010.

- Homestead Exemption
- Additional Homestead Exemption for those 65 years of age
and older with a household adjusted gross income of $25,780
or less. Social Security income may not count (call for details)
Widows, widowers, and blind persons exemptions
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Exemption for certain total and permanently disabled veterans
and their surviving spouses
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-Charter school exemption
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For additional Information, call
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made aware of all exemptions for which they may qualify. Again,
as stated above, in order to receive the exemptions this year, Pete Smith, CFA
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Disc golf for dummies


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Similar to the game
everyone thinks about when
the word "golf" is men-
tioned, disc golf instead is
played not with a little white
ball, but with a Frisbee-like
disc. Instead of aiming for a
hole in the ground, players
aim at a disc pole hole (a
pole extending up from the
ground with chains and a
basket where the disc
lands).
According to the Disc
Golf Association, the object
of the game is to complete
each hole with the fewest
number of throws, starting
from a tee area and finishing
at a disc pole hole. A course
can have either nine or 18
holes per round. Players
start at the first hole and


complete the course in
order, playing through to the
last hole. The player with
the lowest cumulative score
wins.
Disc golf also uses much
of the same .n iiiini .h1, as
ball golf, such as drive,
birdie, par and putt.
However, it has some of its
own lingo too, like ace (for a
hole in one), lie (the spot
where the disc comes to rest
after a drive or throw) and
mini (the small disc used to
mark a lie).
A beginners disc pack-
age, which comes with three
basic discs (a driver, mid-
range and a putter) costs
about $25. Depending on
the disc and the skill level of
the player, discs can cost as
much as $50 and some cost
even more.


18-HOLE
From page B-1
according to Hollis.
Additionally, Hollis said he
had a list of Niceville and Fort
Walton Beach businesses wait-
ing to sponsor the 18 holes,
which will include about 36
concrete tee pads.
"The Ferry Park location is
what most people consider a
recreation course," said Walker,
"and a good beginners course.
But when you play the same
course over and over it gets a
little boring."
There are only about seven
public courses from Pensacola
to Tallahassee, said Walker and
"people are really hungry for
something else a bit more chal-
lenging."
Considered one of the
fastest growing sports today,
disc golf, similar to playing
golf with a ball, became one of
the many offshoot games of the
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REPORTER
Part-time
The Eglin Flyer and the
Hurlburt Patriot base
newspapers seek a
freelance reporter to
write human interest
features and cover
events on and off base.
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Lewis mentors visit
Lewis Middle School recently held a Mentor
Appreciation Breakfast to recognize its volunteer
mentors. Students visited with their mentors and
enjoyed a breakfast provided by the Lewis PTSO.
Lewis currently has about 20 mentors and is always
in need of more. Pictured is mentor Airman 1st Class
Shawna Sowell with student Shigeko Dutollo.


with a simple aiming of the
famous disc at targets such as
trees, light poles, trash cans and
any other available stationary
object, according to the Disc
Golf Association.
The Frisbee was invented in
the 1950s by Walter Morrison,
who died just six days ago
(Feb. 11) at the age of 90.
Adam Drake, 20, a fairly
new disc golf player from
Shalimar, said the game can
become habit forming. Though
he's been playing only for
about one year, he's jumped in
with both feet, even becoming
the treasurer of the area's disc
golf organization, Playground
Disc Golf Club.
"It's very addicting," he said
of the sport. "And though you
can compete, I do it just for the
personal challenge of trying to
get better every time I play."
For more information on
Okaloosa County's disc golf
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Feb. 17-Parthenon Healthcare,
1849 E. First Ave., Crestview, 8:30-
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State College, Niceville, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 18-Eglin TEAS and
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Beach Medical Center, 1000 Mar-
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a.m.-3 p.m. and Twin Cities Hospital,
Niceville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
'Cutest Pet' contest
The City of Niceville's Relay for
Life Team is sponsoring a "Cutest
Pet" contest. Entry photographs must
be received no later than March 12. To
enter, send a photograph (3-by-5 pre-
ferred) of your pet with
pet's name, person
entering pet, address
and phone number,
along with the $10
entry fee (check
payable to American
Cancer Society) to: Cutest Pet
Contest, City of Niceville Relay for
Life, 212 N. Partin Drive, Niceville,
FL 32578. Winner will be notified by
March 15 and will receive: $100, $30
gift certificate from Giuseppi's Wharf
Restaurant, picture in the newspaper
and Cutest Pet plaque.
Buy a brick for Edge
Edge Elementary School needs
bricks for its Wisdom Wall. As part of
the school's "Leader in Me" program,
the school will be building the wall to


help beautify the school campus. The
wall will be adjacent to the courtyard
and will be a popular place for taking
breaks. Donate the cost of a brick and
your name or company name or
favorite student's name will be
inscribed on the brick and will
become a permanent part of the
Wisdom Wall. Sponsoring a brick
costs between $25 and $100. There
are only 800 available bricks. More
information: Ros Phillips 279-6461, e-
mail edgeelementary@gmail.com or
okaloosa.kl2.fl.us/edge/
Author tea today
The Friends of the Niceville
Library invite the public to attend a tea
with award-winning and best-selling
author, Vicki Hinze. The event takes
place today, Feb. 17, 10 a.m., in the
Niceville Community Center, next
door to the library.
Hinze has authored 23 novels,
three nonfiction books, and hundreds
of articles. The tea will feature discus-
sion with the author and a book sign-
ing. More information: 729-4090.
Fun Fest Vendors wanted
The 3rd annual Family Fun Arts
Fest will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, May 22, at Henderson
Beach State Park, Destin. The event
features performances by local artists,
family activities, a silent auction, craft
and fine arts booths as well as food
vendors. The Fun Fest is sponsored by
the Okaloosa arts Alliance and Friends
of the Emerald Coast State Parks.
Sponsors are now taking accepting
vendor applications. More informa-
tion: Amy Baty,
info @okaloosaarts.org
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 on Feb. 17, and 20, 10 a.m. -1
p.m. and Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
SERRV is a nonprofit organization
with a mission to eradicate poverty by
providing opportunity and support to
artisans and farmers worldwide. All
proceeds go to the artisans. This is not
a church fundraiser. More informa-
tion: Church office, 243-3732 or Carol
Davis, 243-4777.


Give a child a Head Start
Okaloosa County Head Start is
accepting applications for the 2010-
2011 school term at its Niceville, Fort
Walton Beach, Crestview and Laurel
Hill centers. Head Start is designed to
give young children "comprehensive
early child care and education servic-
es to better prepare them for preschool
and kindergarten. More information:
678-6893 (N,,B ,Ik 244-2606 (Fort
Walton Beach), 682-2912
(Crestview), 652-4909 (Laurel Hill).
Dinner for $10
The Niceville Relay for Life Team
is hosting a steak dinner to benefit the
American Cancer Society. Dinner is
$10 for "steak and all the fixin's," 6-8
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Niceville Community
Center. Tickets avail-
able at the Niceville
Public Library and
City Hall.


Covenant garage sales
Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St.,
Niceville, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb.
19-20 and March 19-20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The sales will benefit Hospice's non-
funded and under-funded programs in
Okaloosa and Walton counties.
Hospice seeks garage sale dona-
tions and volunteers to help organize
the sale. More information: Shelley
Canales or Lill Jennings, 729-1800.
Buy art, help Haiti
An "Art for Haiti" art show/auc-
tion will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
19, at Shalimar United Methodist
Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar,
in the Family Life Center. All commu-
nity members are encouraged to sub-
mit art of all media for the silent auc-
tion. Theme for the show is "Hope."
Artists are encouraged to depict Haiti
in some way, though Haitian-related
subjects are not required. A Feb. 17
preview, featuring food and music will


be held at the Family Life Center. All
proceeds from sale of artwork will go
toward recovery
efforts in Haiti. More
information: Claire,
585-2827 or clair-
belle97@gmail.com.
Have some 'Girl Time'
Curves of Niceville will host "Girl
Time" Feb. 19 and 20. This all-day
event will include games, prizes, food,
fun, and a silent auction. All proceeds
will go to the American Heart
Association. Additionally, anyone
who wants to join Curves can make a
donation to the Heart Association and
Curves will waive the sign-up fee.
Curves is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 19 and 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 20.
'Stars of Tomorrow'
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra will present its annual
"Stars of Tomorrow" concert Feb. 19.


Orchestra,

youth

to perform
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra will
present its annual "Stars of
Tomorrow" concert Friday,
Feb. 19. The show features
the winners of the presti-
gious regional Concerto
Competition and the per-
formance of Kleinsinger's
Tubby the Tuba, featuring
guest tubist Chester
Schmitz. For tickets: 729-
6000.


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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 .,-. i-.,.I 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
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association presents "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.
Art exhibit at library
The Niceville Library is featuring
an art exhibit through Feb. 20 by
award-winning artist Marla
Armstrong. A member and past vice
president of the Arts and Design
Society of Fort Walton Beach,
Armstrong's works have been on dis-
play at various shows, including the
Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts
Exhibition, the Mattie Kelly Festival
of the Arts and juried art shows at
Northwest Florida State College. Her
works have included oils, acrylics,
watercolors, and mixed media.


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Nate Hartley manhandles his opponent during the Regional
wrestling finals Saturday in Tallahassee en route to his
school record third straight Regional championship.


NHS wrestlers


win Regionals


Staff reports
Niceville High School
won its first ever Regional
wrestling tournament
Saturday at Lawton Chiles
High School, Tallahassee,
with three wrestlers finish-
ing first.
Finishing in first were
David Jones (135 pounds),
Hayden Meyer (160) and
Nate Hartley (171). It was
Hartley's third Regional vic-
tory, which is a school
record.
Those three, as well as
Brock Lamb (152) and
Taylor Nixon (130), will
compete in the state tourna-
ment Saturday and Sunday
in Lakeland. Nixon lost in
the finals to finish second
and Lamb lost in the semifi-
nals to finish third.
"We only had nine kids
because two were injured,"


said head wrestling coach
Morrie Geselter. "We have
five going to states and have
three champions. Three of
five state qualifiers are jun-
iors so the future is bright."
The team totaled 138.5
points for its Regional victo-
ry.
"We won by about 20
points," Geselter said. "We
were leading by three going
into the finals and won four
out of five in the finals, it
was quite impressive."
Geselter said he hopes
the team will finish the State
tournament in the top five,
"but top 10 may be more
realistic."
"This is our sixth tourna-
ment we've won this year,"
he said. "This is a great,
great bunch of kids. They've
worked hard and got what
they deserved."


"--'" -Beacon photos by Sarah Clausen
Niceville's Steve Dyson drives past a Fort Walton Beach player Niceville's Kody Williams goes for a layup against Fort Walton
en route to the basket Saturday. Beach Saturday as Nate Terry waits for a possible rebound.


Eagles take district cage crown


Staff reports
The Niceville High School
Eagles found themselves trail-
ing after the first period of the
District 2-5A championship
game against Fort Walton
Beach Saturday at home. But
they scored a dozen unan-


which they never surrendered.
The Eagles' 60-52 victory
puts them in the Regional
quarterfinals, to be played
Thursday at Niceville against
a team still to be determined.
Forward Nate Terry paced
the Eagles with 15 points, nine


rebounds. Overall, Niceville
dominated the boards, outre-
bounding the Vikings, 31-18,
and its bench was far stronger
than that of Fort Walton
Beach, outscoring the Vikings
26-10.
The closest the Vikings


swered points to open the sec- of which came in the second came to Niceville after their
ond quarter to take the lead, half, and pulled in seven first-quarter lead dissipated


was five points near the end of
the third quarter. But the
Eagles came out strong in the
final stanza to extend their
lead to 11.
In addition to Terry, Kody
Williams finished with 12
points and 10 rebounds. Kyle
Kaszuta led the reserves with
11 points.


Eagle

kickers

fall in

overtime
Staff reports
The Niceville Eagles fell
just short of a Regional tour-
nament soccer victory
Saturday, dropping the finals
to Tallahassee Lincoln, 2-1 in
overtime.
With the score tied 1-1 at
the end of regulation play,
Lincoln won the coin toss for
overtime and was able to play
with the wind. Lincoln junior
Jarrod Ingram, who had
scored his team's only regula-
tion time goal, shot toward the
edge of the goal, hitting the
post, then grabbed his own
rebound and put it into the
net, ending the Eagles' season.
Early in the game,
Niceville's Tanner Duttweiler
took a free kick from a few
yards out and put it past the
Lincoln goalkeeper.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


8U All Stars win
The Niceville Boggy Boys 8U All Star Team
beat Navarre in the 8U division of the 1st
Annual Brickhouse Classic-Youth Football
Tournament recently. From left: front, Deon
Montgomery, Will Koch, Jake Scannell, Jordyn
-Bartley, Connor Waltz, James Dottaviano,
H_ Logan Myers, Evan Griffith and Alex Gantt;
second row, Jack Dodson, Sebastian Verger,
Seth Goodwin, Landon Hanners, Jacob Smith,
Logan Beatty, Anthony Adams, Jordan
-- Bartley, Riley Travis and Maclane Baucom;
J third row, John Holguin, Jacob Rolfe, Xavier
Graham, Connor Walsh, Guy Eller-Thomas
- (Waterboy), Blake Robinson, Kevin Quinn and
Malik Womack; rear, coaches John Holguin,
Chris Baucom, Brian Walsh (head coach),
Darren Robinson and Justin Myers.


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