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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: March 3, 2010
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Valp. drops bid to block F-35

City says it wins concessions from Air Force in settling lawsuit -

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The city of Valparaiso Monday agreed
to settle its lawsuit against the Air Force
over noise and safety of F-35 fighter jets.
Mayor Bruce Arnold signed the settle-
ment agreement after the city commis-
sion voted 5-0 to accept an offer ham-

mered out by lawyers for the city and the
Air Force.
City officials said they won several
important concessions from the Air Force
in the settlement, including a commit-
ment that the F-35s, powered by the
mightiest U.S. fighter engine ever made,
will fly from Eglin's east-west runway,

which is farther from Valparaiso than its
north-south runway.
"That's great," City Commissioner
Brent Smith said after the agreement was
signed. "Now we can start healing the
community," said Smith, who is .....
Please see F-35, page A-2 An F-35 on a test flight.

Schools eye return

to an 'early start'

on Aug. 5, 2010

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County School
Board on Monday is scheduled
to consider whether students and
teachers will return to an "early
start" calendar that would begin
the next school year on Aug. 5.
The board deadlocked on a
start date during a meeting Feb.
22. The choices were Aug. 5 and
Aug. 23. With one member
absent, neither date won a major-
ity of the five-member board.
A committee of parents and
employees had recommended
Aug. 23.
Monday's school board meet-

ing will be held at 6 p.m. at the
district administration complex,
120 Lowery Place S.E., Fort
Walton Beach.
Should the early-start calendar
be adopted, it would result in a
relatively short summer vacation
this year due to a transition from
the current calendar. The sum-
mer 2010 vacation would be just
55 days, versus 80 days last sum-
mer, when school ended June 4
and resumed Aug. 24.
On Feb. 22, board members
debated the pros and cons of
adopting an "early start"

Please see SCHOOL, page A-4

Public kept in dark

on fire board meeting

for East Niceville

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Three elected commissioners
of the East Niceville Fire
District governing board held an
unadvertised meeting last
month. A legal expert said such
a meeting might conflict with
the state's Sunshine Law.
East Niceville Fire
Commission Chairman Mike
Marcolongo, and commission-
ers John Root and Janelle Usher
met Feb. 2 to interview two
people who had expressed inter-

est in being appointed to the
commission to finish the term
of the late Ray Hinck,
Marcolongo told the Beacon.
Hinck died Nov. 6, with a year
remaining in his term.
The fire commissioners are
unpaid public officers elected to
four-year terms. Among other
duties, they are responsible for
setting the fire district's annual
budget, which totals $667,000
this year, and for specifying the
Please see PUBLIC, page A-6

Coastal Bank posts $65 million loss

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The biggest bank in Niceville,
Coastal Bank and Trust, has post-
ed a $65 million loss for 2009.
Meantime, Coastal's owner, a
Georgia-based holding company,
announced a proposed consolida-

tion that apparently would end
Coastal's obligation to report its
financial results separately.
In December 2008,
Valparaiso-based Vanguard Bank
and Trust merged with Pensacola
Bank to form Coastal Bank and
Trust of Florida. Both merged
institutions were owned by

Synovus Financial Corp., a
Columbus, Ga.-based bank-hold-
ing company, that also owns the
combined institution, Coastal.
Under the merger, the com-
bined bank's headquarters was
established in Pensacola, with
officials of the former Pensacola
Bank taking charge. Vanguard,

SCoastal Bank
: and Trust

whose own charter was surren-
dered in the merger, had been
headquartered in Valparaiso since
being chartered as Valparaiso
State Bank in 1922. Synovus pur-
chased Vanguard in 1989.
Records filed with the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC)
show that in 2009, Coastal Bank

and Trust posted a net loss of
$65.5 million, its largest ever, on
year-end assets of $1.78 billion.
In 2008, the year the merger was
completed, Coastal had a net loss
of $11.3 million on assets of
$1.86 billion. In 2007, the final
Please see BANK, page A-4

Arnold and Smith

vie for mayoralty

in Valparaiso


John B. Arnold

Brent Smith

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Two men are seeking election to become the
mayor of Valparaiso for the next four years.
Incumbent John Bruce Arnold Jr., mayor for
the past 46 years, is being challenged for the
second time in four years by City
Commissioner Brent Smith.
Related story, A-3.
The Beacon asked each candidate to discuss
their reasons for running, the key issues facing
the city, how they would respond to those
issues, their chief strengths, and whether their
"day job" allows them to attend all commission
John B. Arnold Jr.
John "Bruce" Arnold Jr., 80, of 104 Jasmine
Place, is the incumbent mayor seeking
Please see MAYOR, page A-3


Beacon photo by Norman Wolf
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the Run" 5K race Saturday at Niceville High School as the school color guard cheers the run-
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Cutting corners
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From page A-1
challenging Arnold for the may-
oralty in the March 9 municipal
Martha Woodcock, one of sev-
eral city commission candidates at
Monday's commission meeting,
was more cautious in her reaction.
"I just want to see what comes
next, for the other shoe to drop,"
Woodcock said.
The lawsuit has divided
Valparaiso since the city commis-
sion filed it last March to block the
planned basing of at least 59-and

possibly as many as 107-F-35s
for a flight school at neighboring
Eglin Air Force until noise and
safety issues were addressed.
Supporters of the lawsuit
praised city officials for standing
up for its residents, many of whom
feared property values would
plummet if jet noise renders much
of Valparaiso unsuitable for resi-
dential living, as one government
study has predicted.
Meanwhile, critics of the suit
said it threatened operations at
Eglin, Okaloosa County's main
economic engine and a key com-
ponent of national defense.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of
the Air Force Kathleen Ferguson
is expected to sign the agreement
within a few days, according to a
city lawyer. Then a settlement
statement will be filed with the
judge hearing the case in U.S.
District Court in Pensacola.
Under the settlement agree-
ment, the Air Force will form a
noise committee to meet quarterly
with municipal and county repre-
sentatives from Okaloosa, Walton
and Santa Rosa counties for at
least the next two years. The Air
Force also agrees to pay
Valparaiso $60,000 for attorneys'
fees. The city has spent several
times that amount pursuing the
Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis, com-
mander, Eglin's Air Armament
Center, said: "This is a win win for
everyone involved, to include all
of the Emerald Coast and is an
example of our commitment and
willingness to work with the sur-
rounding communities. As we
work together to beddown the F-
35 and evaluate alternatives to
operate the F-35, we will ensure
we identify the best solution for
the Air Force, Navy, Marine
Corps, partner nations, and our
close neighbors. We appreciate
and understand the real concern
on the part of the Valparaiso City
Commission for the welfare of the
citizens of Valparaiso regarding
the potential JSF related noise
Valparaiso's lead attorney,
Chris Bentley, of Rose, Sundstrom

& Bentley, Tallahassee, said the
city never tried to prevent the F-35
from coming to Eglin, but only
asked that the Air Force comply
with federal environmental laws.
He said that under the settlement
the Air Force clarified language on
three points in its Feb. 5, 2009,
Record of Decision (ROD) to base
F-35s, the nation's newest fighter
planes, at Eglin. He said the set-
tlement provides that:
-A previously announced Air
Force Supplemental
Environmental Impact Study
(SEIS) now under way as the basis
for a future decision on whether to
base an additional 48 F-35s, for a
total of 107, at Eglin will also be
used to analyze the beddown loca-
tion, operational alternatives and
mitigation for the first 59 aircraft
already authorized for the base.
-The SEIS will evaluate 18
alternatives for operating the F-
35s, including the use of Duke
Field and construction of a new
runway at Eglin's main base,
which could reduce the worst
noise effects on Valparaiso.
-The Air Force reiterates a
previously announced promise to
use runway 12/30 as the primary
runway for F-35 operations except
as required by emergency, weath-
er or unplanned contingencies.
This runway directs flights away
from Valparaiso, unlike the base's
other main runway.
Bentley said that under federal
law, Valparaiso had no choice but
to sue the Air Force within 60 days
of the Feb. 5, 2009, ROD. Failing
to object, the city would have had
no legal recourse to challenge F-
35 operations that the Air Force
itself said would make much of
Valparaiso too noisy to live in for
hundreds of homeowners.
Although city officials had pre-
viously submitted numerous
objections, Bentley said, no one in
the Air Force would talk to the city
until the lawsuit was filed on
March 30, 2009. Almost immedi-
ately after filing the suit, he said,
the Air Force agreed to settle an
earlier federal lawsuit filed by
Valparaiso seeking noise data
under the Freedom of Information
"Thank you for standing up
during this process," Valparaiso
resident Claude Connell told the
commission to applause from the
two dozen or so citizens in the
audience. "You've earned your
(ceremonial) $1 per year
Valparaiso resident Don
Caverley asked if the settlement
meant two lawsuits filed against
the city by Okaloosa County and
two city residents in state court

were now also moot. No, replied
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff,
those lawsuits concern alleged
violations of the state's Sunshine
Arnold said the settlement was
a "tremendous step" for the city
and "toward healing in our com-
Outside the city, reaction to the
settlement agreement was posi-
tive. "I'm glad they did,"
Okaloosa County Commissioner
James Campbell said Tuesday.
Still, Campbell said,
Valparaiso's objections to jet noise
not only cost the city, but also the
county and region, because the Air
Force so far has decided to station
only 59 of an originally proposed
107 F-35 aircraft at Eglin.
"Lower property values in
Valparaiso were never the intent or
goal of the county or of the Air
Force," Campbell said.
"I'm glad they settled," said
Okaloosa County Commissioner
Bill Roberts. Roberts was chair-
man of the county commission
last year when it filed a state law-
suit against Valparaiso in an
attempt to halt the city's federal
lawsuit. "We thought it was an
emergency on our part," he said.
Officials have said the county suit
is expected to be dropped.
Roberts said he never under-
stood Valparaiso's decision to sue
the Air Force, which had already
vowed to limit F-35 flights over
the city by restricting most flights
to the base's east-west runway.
That earlier promise, however,
may now be more binding as part
of a court settlement.
"The decision to base addition-
al aircraft at Eglin will not be
based on the Valparaiso decision,"
said Jim Breitenfeld, who man-
ages the Defense Support
Initiative for the Economic
Development Council of
Okaloosa County.
The impact of the Air Force
reducing the number of F-35s to
be based at Eglin will not be a
one-for-one reduction to the local
economy, Breitenfeld said, noting
that all military maintenance
training and foreign military
training is still going to be
accomplished locally.
Breitenfeld said he expects no
short-term effects on the local
economy as a result of the law-
suit. But he voiced worry about
lingering fallout at the Pentagon
from Valparaiso's lawsuit. He
believes there needs to be an
ongoing effort to "reach out" to
the military to let the Washington
brass know that this "remains the
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reelection. Arnold has been the
mayor of Valparaiso since 1964,
having previously served six years
as a city commissioner. A city res-
ident since 1955, Arnold retired
from federal civil service at Eglin
Air Force Base in 1996. He is
married, and he and his wife have
six grown children.
"I didn't want to run," Arnold

Polls in

Valp. open


at 7 a.m.
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso voters
Tuesday will elect a mayor
and two city commissioners.
Polls in the nonpartisan
municipal elections will be
open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
March 9, at 459 Valparaiso
Parkway, Valparaiso.
For mayor, voters will
chose between incumbent
John Bruce Arnold Jr. and
challenger Brent Smith.
There are six candidates
for two city commission
posts: John Havard, Diane
Kelley, Ron Powers, incum-
bent Heyward Strong,
Caroleen Swanson and
Martha Woodcock. The top
two vote-getters will be
Winners of the mayoral
and commission offices will
begin their four-year terms
March 16. The posts are
Voter turnout in the 2006
balloting was 38 percent.
Any of the 3,014 regis-
tered voters in Valparaiso
may choose to cast their
votes early, through
Saturday, March 6, at the
Supervisor of Elections'
office in Fort Walton Beach,
in the Water and Sewer
Administration building,
1804 Lewis Turner Blvd.
The elections office will be
open for early voting daily,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections
office can be reached at 651-
7272. Information is also
available on the county's
election Web site:

said, adding that he tried to recruit
at least three people to stand for
mayor this year. "Nobody wanted
to do it," he said.
Instead, Arnold said, he was
persuaded by many phone calls
and visits "-h-"inl-- me to run."
He said those asking him to seek
reelection were concerned about
Smith's objectives and the future
direction the city might take. "I
also agreed with them about their
concerns," Arnold said.
The satisfactory conclusion of
the legal dispute between the city
and the Air Force regarding the
planned basing of F-35 jet fighters
at Eglin Air Force Base has been
the most important issue facing
Valparaiso, Arnold said. Now that
the city commission has agreed to
settle the dispute, he said, munici-
pal officials will continue to mon-
itor the noise and safety effects of
basing an F-35 training wing at
Arnold said the city also must
work with Eglin officials to miti-
gate impacts on Valparaiso that
will be disclosed in a pending
environmental study of F-35 bas-
ing options that was commis-
sioned last year after Valparaiso
sued the Air Force over the issue.
Arnold said the city must
address far-reaching recommen-
dations made in the Joint Land
Use Study, a document prepared
by a tri-county group of civilian
leaders. That study recommends
that much of Valparaiso be rede-
veloped into industrial uses
because F-35 jet noise may make
many neighborhoods unsuitable
for homes.
Another key issue facing the
next mayor, Arnold said, is ensur-
ing a successful review of the
city's 1921 charter. He said the
Institute of Senior Professionals,
associated with Northwest Florida
State College, has agreed to study
the charter, starting after the elec-
tion, and offer recommendations
on making city government more
responsive than it is under its cur-
rent commission form.
Arnold said the city would
have to deal with reduced rev-
enues next year, including lower
property-tax collections due to
falling real-estate values, lower
sales tax revenues, and lower fed-
eral and state revenue-sharing. He
said Valparaiso would hold public
budget workshops on how best to
deal with reduced revenues.
Arnold said his strengths
include his many years of varied
management and supervisory
experiences in the federal govern-
ment, private enterprise and the
military, as well as 46 years expe-
rience as mayor. "I am also a good
listener about residents' con-

cems," he said.
As a retiree, Arnold said he is
available for city business 24/7
and said that he spends hours daily
at city hall talking with citizens
and department heads.
Brent Smith
Brent Smith, 52, of 143
Menzel St., is challenging Arnold
for the mayoral post. A general
and electrical contractor, Smith
has served six years as city com-
missioner, from 2002 to 2006,
and since 2008. He was raised in
Valparaiso and returned to the city
in 1998. Smith is married with
one grown son.
Smith, who ran unsuccessfully
against Arnold for mayor in 2006,
said numerous people had encour-
aged him to run again this year.
It's time for someone
younger," Smith said, "someone
who will listen when citizens
speak about new ideas."
"I'm not trying to change our
city, I'm just trying to change our
leadership," Smith said. He said
the city also needs to become
more pro-business, rather than
forcing businesses to close.
The biggest issue facing
Valparaiso has been the lawsuit
the city filed against the Air Force
March 30, 2009, seeking to block
the basing of new F-35 jet fighters
at Eglin Air Force Base until noise
and safety issues are addressed.
Smith said. "I'd love to get that
behind us," he said. The lawsuit,
which the city commission agreed
to settle earlier this week, pitted
"citizen against citizen, neighbor
against neighbor," he said. "I
would like to see the city back
together, not be torn apart by a sin-
gle issue."
"I think we could have
addressed issues without a law-
suit," Smith said. "We did that
(sue) prematurely."
Smith also pointed to other
important issues facing the city.
The first is working with the
school board to keep Valparaiso
Elementary School a full K-5

school, he said. "We've got people
living in the city because of our
schools," Smith said. "Our ele-
mentary school is a role model
school for the (school) district," he
said. Because of falling enroll-
ment, the Okaloosa County
School Board voted Jan. 25 to
downsize Valparaiso Elementary
and transfer most of its students to
other schools.
Improving the city's infrastruc-
ture is also a big issue, Smith said.
He cited parks, the library, the
sewage system and roads. "The
$320,000 the city spent on Air
Force lawsuits could have gone a
long way toward repairs and
improvements. Nonetheless, he
praised Valparaiso's services, say-
ing, "We're second to none."
If elected, Smith said, he would
also push the city to adopt a coun-
cil-manager, rather than commis-
sion form of government-a
move also supported by Arnold.
Such a change, Smith said, would
"take the politics out of the com-
mission's hand." It would, he said,
also allow the city's department
heads to report to one supervisor
(the city manager) instead of five
(the mayor and four commission-
Smith said his strengths
include his proven leadership,
such as more than 30 years in con-
tracting, six years on the city com-
mission, and participation in vari-
ous boards and committees. He is
currently chairman of an Okaloosa
County board that oversees elec-
trical contractors. He said he
understands budgeting. He said
he is a native of the city, and
knows a majority of Valparaiso's
Asked whether his "day job"
would allow him to attend city
commission meetings and work-
shops, Smith responded: "If elect-
ed, I will be thoughtful and courte-
ous enough to call afternoon or
evening commission meetings so
they (commissioners) don't have
to take leave to attend."


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Calendar B versus the more tradi-
tional Calendar A.
A district-sponsored survey of
parents and school district workers
had resulted in Calendar A garner-
ing the most votes-3,579.
Calendar B had 2,780 votes.
Although there are about
29,000 children in the district,
only 6,359 votes were received,
according to Ryan Gore, the dis-
trict's program director for
Information Services.
School board members

Howard Hill
Chuck Kelley
w i t h
Calendar B,
(District 3)
and Cathy
(District 4)
voted for

(District 5) and
(District 2) sided


Calendar A. -
V i c e Howard Hill
Chairwoman Cindy Frakes
(District 1) was absent due to ill-
Previously, Florida school dis-
tricts were barred from starting
classes any earlier than two weeks
before Labor Day. The law was
enacted in 2006 to stem a flood of
ever-earlier school starts which
parents complained wreaked
havoc with vacation plans and
tourist businesses said hampered
the summer market for youth jobs.
For many districts, the law has
eased, effective this year. A new
state law allows earlier openings
for school districts whose students
perform well academically.
Okaloosa County schools have
consistently averaged a state grade
of "A" for at least five years, one
of the requirements for the high-

From page A-1
year the two merged institutions
reported separate financial results,
Pensacola Bank posted net
income of $21.5 million on year-
end assets of $1.19 billion, and
Vanguard Bank had net income of
$5 million on assets of $643 mil-
Coastal slashed payroll last
year. For 2009 Coastal reported
personnel expenses dropped
$3.7 million, to $13.7 million,
from year-earlier levels.
Meantime, the number of
branches was unchanged, at 25.
Ranked by local deposits,
Coastal's June 30, 2009, market
share among FDIC-insured
banks was 25 percent in
Niceville and 100 percent in
Valparaiso, according to the
agency. The share placed
Coastal first in the Twin Cities
commercial-banking market,
just ahead of Niceville-based
Peoples National Bank, whose
full-year financial results
weren't yet available. FDIC

Calendar Option A
Classes start ..................Mon., Aug. 23
Labor Day holiday..........Mon., Sept. 6
End 1st grading period..Fri., Oct. 22
Student holiday ..............Mon., Oct. 25
Veterans Day holiday ....Thurs., Nov. 11
Thanksgiving break.......Nov. 22-26
W inter break...................Dec., 17-Dec. 31
M.L. King holiday ...........Mon., Jan. 17
End 2nd grading period.Fri., Jan. 21
Student holiday ..............Mon., Jan. 24
Presidents Day holiday .Mon., Feb. 21
Spring break...................Mar. 21-25
End 3rd grading period..Thurs., Mar. 31
Student holiday..............Fri., April. 1
Memorial Day holiday....Mon., May 30
Last day for students .....Thurs., June 9
Elementary school early-release: Sept.
2, Oct. 7, Nov 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3,
March 3, April 7, May 5.

performance designation. The
other two criteria are complying
with class-size requirements and
having no instances of non-com-
pliance in its annual audit.
In support of his early-start
vote, Hill said, "I've always felt
we should try to get in as many
instructional days as possible.
There's no advantage to ending
the semester
break. You
also have to
think of -
those stu-
dents in dual
they start
their second
semester Chuck Kelley
right after
the Christmas break."
Hill additionally said having
those extra days gives the students
more time to study for FCAT or
AP exams. Calendar A would
allow a full week off for
Thanksgiving. Calendar B, early
start, would allow just three days.
"We're not in the business of
promoting vacation but in educat-
ing students," Hill said.
Hill said he will vote again for

market share figures do not
include credit unions or savings
and loan associations, which are
insured by other agencies.
When the merger with larger
Pensacola Bank was announced
in August 2008, Vanguard's
president, Fred Leopold, said
the deal was not expected to
cause any of Vanguard's 155
employees to lose their jobs nor
any of its 13 branches to close.
The parent company,
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chartered banks. It is a financial
services holding company with
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investment services through 327
offices and 461 ATMs in
Georgia, Alabama, South
Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
Synovus posted a net loss of
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than twice as wide as its $575
million loss the previous year.
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such as Coastal are hardly alone
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Calendar Option B
Classes start...................Thurs., Aug. 5
Labor Day holiday..........Mon., Sept. 6
Student holiday ..............Fri., Oct. 8
Veterans Day holiday.....Thurs., Nov. 11
Thanksgiving break........Nov. 24-26
End 1st grading period ..Thurs., Dec. 16
W inter break...................Dec., 17-Dec. 31
Student holiday ..............Mon., Jan. 3
M.L. King holiday ...........Mon., Jan. 17
Presidents Day holiday..Mon., Feb. 21
End 2nd grading period .Fri., Mar. 4
Student holiday ..............Mon., Mar. 7
Spring break...................Mar. 21-25
End 3rd grading period..Thurs., May. 19
Last day for students .....Thurs., May 19
Elementary school early-release: Sept.
2, Oct. 7, Nov 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3,
March 3, April 7, May 5.

an early start. "I see no reason to
change my mind."
Kelley, the other backer of an
early start, said the survey was
something that "got twisted," and
was originally meant to "give the
board a sense of what the commu-
nity wanted," not binding on the
school board.
"The decision has always been
up to the school board," said
Kelley. He added, "There's a lot
of merit to finishing up the first
semester before Christmas, espe-
cially for high school students. It
gives them more time to prepare
for those tests at the end of the
year. It just makes instructional
time more relevant."
Kelley said: "There are bigger
issues facing
the district
than when to
start school.
I'm making
the decision
I feel is best
for the stu-
dents. I don't
see me
changing my
vote in the Rodney Walker
next couple of weeks. But howev-
er the vote comes out, I'll move on
to the bigger issues."

two years, as U.S banks have
reeled from the housing crisis
and shrinking demand for loans.
However, Coastal's losses last
year were wider than those of its
peer group, according to the
According to a Feb. 2, finan-
cial outlook which Synovus pro-
duced for Wall Street, the com-
pany said that in 2010 it expects
to show significant improve-
ment, in part due to a proposed
charter consolidation that would
reduce the number of bank char-
ters held by the company from
30 to one. Presumably that
would mean that Coastal Bank
and Trust, now chartered by the
state of Florida, would relin-
quish that charter in favor of the
planned common charter.
A common charter could also
spell the end of separate finan-
cial reports for Coastal and other
Synovus banking subsidiaries.
If the company follows industry
practice, all of its banks' finan-
cial results would be consolidat-
ed before being reported to reg-
ulators and the public.
The outlook report stated
Synovus' board of directors had
approved a plan to consolidate
the legal charter structure of its
subsidiary banks, pending regu-
latory approvals. It went on to
state that after the consolidation,
Synovus-affiliated banks would
continue to use their names and
brands in accordance with regu-
latory provisions.
Charter consolidation would
simplify regulatory oversight,
improve capital efficiency,
enhance risk management,
increase opportunities for effi-
ciency, and better position
Synovus to emerge stronger,
according to the company
The proposed charter consol-

Tli-'l\In. who voted for an
Aug. 23 start, commented on
Hill's "vacation" remark. "I
know we're all about education,
but you still have to have family
time and down time."
her thoughts
on high per-
said, "The
only reason
we have this
option is
we're a
high-per- Cathy Thigpen
forming district. We had an early
start two years ago, before that it
was a late start, and last year it
was a late start. And did it really
matter? We remained the top dis-
trict either way. I'm just not con-
vinced that the extra time
improves performance."
believes the
desires of
the parents
and staff are
very impor- rA
tant. "I am
al way s
going to go
with what
the majority
of parents Cindy Frakes
and teachers believe is right," she
said. "But when it comes down
to it, I'm OK with either calen-
dar. It's the teachers that always
have to make do. They have
always risen to the occasion time
and time again."
Thi--pi n added, "As of today
(Feb. 25)" she would vote the
same way she did on Feb. 22,
"unless someone can show me
statistical data" that more time
makes for a better education.
Board members Walker and
Frakes did not return Beacon

idation for Synovus, which
named a new president and chief
operating officer Feb. 22, seems
at odds with the decentralized
philosophy that the company
has promoted. Its Web site pro-
claims Synovus is "Different
Because We are Decentralized."
"Synovus delivers banking,
investment and asset manage-
ment services through a network
of banks and other Synovus
offices that operate
autonomously within their
respective communities," the
company states. "This decen-
tralized approach allows
Synovus banks to offer their
customers the advantages of
local relationships and respon-
siveness, along with the backing
of a multi-billion dollar holding
company supporting a broad
array of high quality products
that match any large competi-
Repeated requests for com-
ment by Synovus for this article
failed to elicit a response.
As of Thursday, Synovus had
filed no application to change
any of its Florida bank charters,
including that of Coastal,
according to Bruce Ricca, an
official of the state Office of
Financial Regulation.
In addition to Coastal,
Synovus' Florida banks include:
First Coast Community Bank,
Fernandina Beach; Synovus
Bank of Jacksonville; Synovus
Bank, Naples; Synovus Bank,
St. Petersburg; and Tallahassee
State Bank.
Ricca said he has no knowl-
edge of Synovus's intentions,
but he said that some other
Florida banks operate under the
charters of other states, includ-
ing at least one bank in the
Panhandle that operates under a
Georgia state charter.



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_Fire Department Reports
-L_ = Niceville
TheA ville Fire Depament responded to the following calls Feb. 22 through Feb. 28.
0 Fire 1 ergency Medical-jll
1 ice re 1 V iicle Crash
0 other F- 0Vehicle Crash w Extrication _
0 Illegal lWP 2 Other Emergen Call "
0 Fa ~ ~dus Conions
Location Situation Time
Anderson Pond ............................. M edica ............... ?. : 22/10..................07:59
E. John Sims Parkway..................M edical................................ 2/22/10..................09:56
23rd Street ................................... M medical ................................ 2/22/10 ..................13:34
W. John Sims Parkway.................Vehicle accident..................2/22/10..................15:41
E. John Sims Parkway..................Medical..................................2/22/10..................18:06
Hudson C ircle .............................. M medical ................................ 2/23/10 ..................10:42
Perdido Circle ................................Medical ..................................2/23/10 ..................14:09
W John Sims Parkw ay.................Medical..................................12/24/10..................11:03
E. John Sims Parkway..................Medical..................................2/24/10..................20:59
E. John Sims Parkway..................M edical................................ 2/24/10..................21:26
M adison Street ............................ M edical................................ 2/24/10..................22:55
E. John Sims Parkway..................M edical................................ 2/25/10..................06:10
E. John Sims Parkway..................M edical................................ 2/25/10..................06:51
Kendrick Lane ............................... Medical .................................. 2/25/09 .................. 14:20
Palmetto Palm Circle .............. Medical...........................M2/25/10..................19:14
Bayshore Drive............................ M edical................................ 2/25/10..................22:39
E. John Sims Parkway..................Alarm activation..............2/26/10..................05:15
Bayshore Drive...........................Service call.......................... 2/26/10..................05:24
27th St./CedarAve..................... Power line down.............2/26/10..................05:30
N. Partin/N. Palm ..........................Vehicle fire.............................2/27/10..................13:03
37th Street .....................................Medical ..................................2/27/10 ..................13:24
E. John Sims Parkway..................Medical................................ 2/27/10..................16:00
37th Street .....................................Medical ..................................2/27/10 ..................20:21
Reeves Street.............................M medical .................................. 2/27/10 ..................20:28
G alw ay Drive ... ............ ............ M medical ................................ 2/28/10 ..................07:56
Azalea Drive ... ............ ............ M medical ................................ 2/28/10 ..................13:14
Weekly Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms react to fire byproducts before CO alarms would sound. Smoke alarms
give earlier warning of fire, providing more time to escape.
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 22 through Feb
Location Situation Date Time
White Point Road/Highway 20.....EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/14/10..................17:16
E. Highway 20.............................EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/22/10..................12:32
E. Troon Drive .............................EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/22/10..................15:25
Oakmont Drive/Glen Eagle ..........Medical assist.........................2/23/10..................02:27
Ridge Lane..................................Person in distress/other.........2/24/10..................05:30
N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/25/10..................13:31
Whitewood Way..........................EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/26/10..................15:47
Marina Cove Drive......................EMS excluding vehicle ..........2/27/10..................16:41
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Valparaiso Volunteer
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the
month of February:
Location Situation Date Time
Edge Avenue................................. Fire service call......................2/4/10 ................. 13:29
A zalea C ircle .................................Fall ..................2 10........................2/4/10 ...................21:11
Government/W. John Sims..........Vehicle accident.....................2/5/10....................18:00
Edge Avenue .................................S ick call ..................................2/6/10 ....................10:52
Escanaba Avenue.........................D iabetic ..................................2/8/10....................08:49
M ississippi Avenue........................Seizures .................................2/9/10 ...................09:54
W ashington Avenue......................C hest pain..............................2/9/10 ...................16:46
IllinoisAvenue.............................. Fall ..........................................2 10 10 .17:23
N Bayshore Drive....................... Sick call ..................................2/11/10 ..................207:38
N. John Sim s Parkway .................Seizures .................................2/11/10 ..................209:22
Trevor Drive................................. Vehicle accident.....................2/13/10.................. 17:02
Spencer Place............................. Fire service call......................2/14/10.................. 15:42
N Bayshore Drive....................... Sick call ..................................2/19/10..................215:34
Edge Avenue............................... Unconscious ..........................2/19/10.................. 16:39
Valparaiso Parkway .................... Diabetic ..................................2/23/10..................211:20
N. Bayshore Drive .................. Chest pain..............................2/24/10..................08:38
Charles Drive................................. Fall ........................................2/26/10..................00:52
Hidden Cove W ay....................... Chest pain .............................2/27/10.................. 01:06
W ashington Avenue.................... Fire alarm ...............................2/28/10.................. 11:34
March 14th begins Daylight Savings time. When you set your clocks forward take a
moment to also install new batteries in your household smoke detectors. A simple 9-volt
battery could save your life and home! The National Fire Protection Association recom-
mends that smoke detectors should be replaced when they reach a ten-year lifespan.
There is a date of manufacture on the back of the detector. New technology in smoke
detection now offers both ionization and photo-electric detection in one device. Ionization
detects fast-flaming fires whereas photo-electric detects slow-smoldering fires. Call your
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 with questions or concerns.

A 16-year-old Niceville girl
and a 17-year-old Valparaiso girl,
both students, were arrested by
Valparaiso police Feb. 22 and Feb.
23, respectively, each charged
with burglary to a structure. On
Nov. 23 the two girls allegedly
entered a tanning salon, 133 N.
John Sims Parkway, breaking the
front glass door and removing
several bottles of tanning lotions
and $40 from the register. Several
bottles of the stolen lotions were
later discovered in the residence of
the Valparaiso girl.

A 17-year-old Valparaiso girl, a
student, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Feb. 17 on a
charge of petit theft. The girl
allegedly used another person's
debit/credit card without permis-
sion to set up an auto repayment
account for her cell phone. Cell
phone payments made on the vic-
tim's the debit/credit card totaled
$106 between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1.

William Barnett Hornsby III,
26, of 105 21st St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Feb.
17 for grand theft auto and driving
while license suspended.

Holly Nicole Tharp, 26, of 107
Quincy Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
17 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge.

Aaron Bruce Corley, a con-
crete former, 26, at large and also
booked with an address of 200
Alonzo Court, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
16 on the charge of dealing in
stolen property. Corley is alleged
to have sold eight rifles and shot-
guns, valued at $4,800, that were
stolen from an occupied Niceville
residence in the 400 block of
Baywood Drive, Jan. 3.
Corley allegedly called some-
one Jan. 3 and asked if they or
anyone else was interested in buy-

ing the guns,
then alleged-
ly sold them
the next day
for $700.
The buyer
ly checked
the serial
numbers and
the weapons Aaron Bruce
the weapons ore
had been Corley
reported stolen, then contacted
law enforcement officers.

A 16-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 19 for battery,
domestic violence, that allegedly
occurred Feb. 17.

Shondra Olivia Moore, a
cleaner, 30, of 50 Kelly Way,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Feb. 18 on a charge
of robbery. Moore is alleged to
have entered
a Destin
store, 671
Blvd., at
about 12:55
a.m. Feb. 18
and told the
clerk she
was robbing
him, saying Shondra Olivia
she was Moore
sorry but she
was down and out and had never
done this before.
The clerk said there was only
$20 in the register, and that he had
already activated the silent alannrm,

Fri. 4:00, 6:45
Sat. & Sun. 1:00, 4:00, 6:45
Mon.-Thurs. 4:00, 6:45

causing Moore to leave.
Based on the clerk's descrip-
tion, Moore was picked up in the
400 block of Harbor Boulevard
and detained. Moore allegedly
told deputies she had tried to bor-
row money from friends to pay for
her motel room, then while walk-
ing to the store, decided she was
going to rob it to pay for her room.

Stacey Lov Rightman, 35, of
364 Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
12 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge.

Eric Jermaine Mundy, 33, of
45th Street, Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies Feb. 15 on
the charge of violation of proba-
tion on the original charges of no
valid driver's license and posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
DUI arrests
Steve Bailey Brewer, 41, of
1693 Glenwood Court, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI on Highway 85 and
Highway 20, Feb. 17 at 9:40 p.m.
Brewer was also cited for speed-
ing and for possession of an open
container of alcohol.
A part-time resident of
Valparaiso reported Feb. 15 that a
neighbor had stolen his car Sept. 5
and was subsequently arrested for
DUI after being involved in a
wreck. The victim, who resides in
Valparaiso six months a year, said
he had given his neighbor the key
to the vehicle in order to start, but
not drive, the car. Another friend
of the victim retrieved the dam-
aged car after it had been




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A Niceville resident from the
900 block of 47th Street reported
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sometime overnight, Feb. 21-22,
but that nothing appeared to be
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A home under construction in
the 800 block of Coldwater Creek
Circle was damaged and copper
stolen from the building, the vic-
tim reported Feb. 19.

A Niceville resident from the
first block of Goldenrod Court
reported Feb. 20 that unknown
persons) burglarized her SUV,
rummaged through her purse and
that the only thing taken was $70
that was in her son's wallet, stored
in the purse. The victim stated that
another vehicle had been burglar-
ized at the residence at an unspec-
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mately $60 stolen, although that
burglary had not previously been
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overnight, Feb. 21-22.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Ruckel Drive report-
ed Feb. 9 that she had discovered
two unauthorized charges on her
credit card, one for $479 on Oct.
27, the other for $526 on Oct. 31.
While the first fraudulent charge
was later canceled, the victim re
initiated a dispute process with the
credit card company.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010 Choctaw Beach Park

In the Choctaw Beach Community

from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander and Walton County Public Works

Dumpsters provided for Walton County residents to dump trash,
yard debris (bagged yard debris only; land clearing debris cannot
be accepted), tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew
and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling
trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Inquiring Photographer

What, if anything, should Congress do

next on a health care bill? -Mike Griffith

The Coffee Shoppe and
Bealls Outlet Store

"I don't think the current "I'm a single mom of a
Congress is capable of 5-year-old. I need
writing a good health affordable health care, but I
care bill for the American don't want them to tax my
people. It's sad, because employer so much that
we really do need a good they can't afford
health care program." to hire me."

"Congress should just let
it die."

"They should let people
buy insurance across state
lines to improve

"I don't have much "This has been going on
confidence in the current for a while. It's important
Congress. They don't to have a system that
seem to have the helps everybody, and not
people's interest at heart. just a certain few."
They talk bipartisan, but
they don't work

Charles Nieft, 72,

Laura Heyman, 41

Bob Truman, 50

Jesse McGowan, 23
quality assurance

Dave Young, 63

AnnaMaria Good
preschool and art and
dance teacher

Letters to the editor on any subject are welcome. To allow room for all views,
please keep your letters short. Also, don't forget to sign them and include
your phone number. We reserve the right to edit or refuse any submissions.
Please send items to:
The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway,
Niceville, FL 32578 Fax: (850) 729-3225 Email:

F-35 noise may pain the ears

Frank Greene
Villa Tasso
In Valparaiso, F-35 support-
ers say, "Bring on the F-35;
bring on the sounds of free-
In Aviation Week, I haven't
seen any decibel numbers on
"the most powerful fighter
engine ever built," the Pratt &
Whitney F135 dual boost, two
stage, step change Joint Strike
Fighter jet engine.
General Electric also has an
engine for the Joint Strike
Fighter. Is it just as loud? I saw

the futuristic F-35 fly over Villa
Tasso on a near perfect spring-
time day. Why was it so quiet in
calm air? Where was the noise?
One week later, on a wicked
windy day to fly any airplane,
from Villa Tasso I hear a F-35
Joint Strike Fighter, departing
from Eglin southeast over the
bay, begin banking left, fighting
the wind to level off, flying
north just past Mid-Bay Bridge.
In windy weather, mitigating
the true power of the F-35 pri-
mary engine is going to be a

All of a sudden, the F-35
finds itself fighting to gain air-
speed in dead air when being
pushed by a Gulf breeze tail-
wind. "Bring on" the throttle
and the massive power that fol-
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter air
show flight demonstration num-
ber two, avoiding Valparaiso
above Villa Tasso's east bound-
ary, demonstrated the power
pulses pounding the earth from
the sound of freedom and
power. The powerful F-35 all of
a sudden had to power up right
now to gain more speed and
power away. It had the power to
wipe Villa Tasso off the face of
the earth's map as far back to
the Stone Age for a solid four to
five seconds.
Cast your vote Valparaiso.
You have a need to know the
eardrum pulsations moving your
hearing to the point of pain.
True war story.
Good luck people. The
power of litigation and luck will
keep this airplane from wiping
your city off the map.

From page A-1
property-tax rate necessary to
pay for it. The East Niceville
Fire District employs 19 fire-
Under state law, commission-
ers of the self-governing district
commissioners can appoint
someone to fill the remaining
term of a board member who
resigns or dies, according to
Marcolongo. He said that after
Hinck's death, fire commission-
ers were asked to contact anyone
living in the district who might
be interested in serving. They
relied primarily on word-of-
mouth and a story in the Bay
Beacon Nov. 25, he said.
Marcolongo said three or four
potential candidates expressed
interest in the post. Two of them
were interviewed by the three
fire commissioners Feb. 2, he
said. The meeting was not
advertised, Marcolongo said.
An unadvertised meeting of
elected fire commissioners at
which official business was dis-
cussed would be a "probable"
violation of the state's Sunshine
Law, although only a judge
could make such a determina-
tion, according to Barbara
Peterson, an expert on Florida's
"Government in the Sunshine
Law" (Chapter 286.011).
With very few exceptions,
meetings of government boards

must be open to the public. In
addition, reasonable advance
notice to the public must be
given of all meetings, and min-
utes must be recorded.
Peterson, of the First
Amendment Foundation in
Tallahassee, an advocacy group
for open government in
Tallahassee, told the Beacon that
interview meetings concerning
the filling of public office gener-
ally must be open to the public.
However, Peterson said, only
a judge could determine if East
Niceville fire commissioners
violated the Sunshine Law in the
Feb. 2 meeting.
East Niceville fire commis-
sioners normally meet the sec-
ond Monday of the month, usu-
ally at 7 p.m., at the East
Niceville fire station, 1709 27th
St. During one of these regular
meetings, on Feb. 8, the board
formally filled the vacant post
that was the subject of its unad-
vertised Feb. 2 meeting. It also
filled a second post which
became vacant later. Both posts
were filled by people inter-
viewed during the Feb. 2 unad-
vertised session.
Fire Commissioner John
Root later told the Beacon that
the Feb. 2 interview meeting
was an "impromptu" one. Root
said commissioners had dis-
cussed interviewing interested
candidates earlier this year, but
delayed the session due to a

death in Marcolongo's family.
Root said Marcolongo called
him Feb. 1 to tell him the inter-
views would be held the next
day. Root said he did not know
whether minutes of the meeting
were recorded.
"We did appoint a commis-
sioner at our (regular) monthly
meeting (Feb. 8)," Root said.
"The only thing we did (at the
Feb. 2 niiiiii.:. was interview
two people. Nothing was dis-
cussed (with other commission-
ers.)" Root said the only thing
he did was relay to the two inter-
viewees his thoughts and ideas
of what a commissioner could or
should do.
Asked last week whether the
Feb. 2 meeting complied with
the Sunshine Law, Marcolongo
said he had made it known at
the regular Jan. 11 public meet-
ing of the fire commission that
a committee of all commission-
ers would interview candidates,
although the Feb. 2 date was
apparently not announced.
The minutes of the Jan. 11,
2009, regular business meeting
of the East Niceville Fire
District state simply that the
committee to select a replace-
ment for Commissioner Hinck
did not meet in December. The
minutes did not note that the
committee was composed of
elected officials. Nor did the
minutes specify whether, or
when, the committee would
meet in future.
"All we were doing was
interviewing each of the peo-
ple," Marcolongo said about the
Feb. 2 meeting.
Marcolongo said he relied on
his reading of Chapter 191 of
Florida statutes regulating inde-
pendent fire districts. He said
the law gives the fire commis-
sioners authority to fill board
vacancies. "That's what I went
by," said Marcolongo. Chapter
191 doesn't state any require-
ment to advertise, he said.
Asked why the Feb. 2 com-
mission interviews weren't
open to the public, Marcolongo
replied that they were personal
interviews. "I want them to feel
comfortable," he said of the
candidates. "I didn't know who
these people were." The inter-
views "didn't involve money or
:iii,. ii -ii.." he said.
When asked if minutes of the
Feb. 2 meeting were kept,
Marcolongo replied, "I don't
The Beacon was not notified
of the Feb. 2 meeting, nor has it
been able to obtain the minutes,
if any.
The Beacon was unable to
contact Usher, who does not
have a listed phone number. A
message left for her at the fire-
house was not returned.

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The Valparaiso-Niceville
Girls Softball Association
(VNGSA) will open its first sea-
son on Niceville ball fields at 10
a.m. Saturday, March 6.
John Patten, president of the
association, said the girls have
been excited and doing well
with practices. He encouraged
the public to come out and
watch the games, which will
most likely end around 2 p.m. or
so, said VNGSA's Public
Relations Coordinator Debbie
"We've been trying to keep
things low-key this year," said
Lewis, "due to the challenges of
being at the new fields."
However, she did say the nation-
al anthem will be sung, an invo-
cation will be given and Patten
will make opening remarks as
well as recognize sponsors and
A softball association cook-
out is planned for later in the
season. The ball fields are locat-
ed behind the Niceville Civic
Center Complex and Libray, 208
N. Partin Drive.

300 brave rain for Band on the Run

Saturday's Band on
the Run 5K to benefit
the Niceville High
School band attracted
about runners, aged 7 to
71, and raised about
$4,000 for the band
general operating fund.
Winners were:
Overall male
Derek Oskutis, 22, 16.50
Overall female
Sandy Ebanks, 44, 20:14
Female, age 0-9
Isabella Zimmerman, 9,
Female, age 10-14
Maxine Simpson, 14,

Male, age 10-14
Alex Lucking, 13, 21:16
Female, age 15-19
Elizabeth Berry, 15, 22:19
Male, age 15-19
Stephen Berry, 19, 20:00
Female, age 20-24
Christie Woodrow, 22,
Male, age 20-24
Daniel McDonald, 23,
Female, age 25-29
Patty Brown, 27, 26:41
Male, age 25-29
Matthew Marriot, 27,
Female, age 30-34
Stacy Bush, 34, 21:49

Male, age 30-34
Mike Runk, 30, 20:27
Female, age 35-39
Lisa Lewis, 39, 20:26
Male, age 35-39
Roger Stevens, 39, 23:21
Female, age 40-44
Valerie Hein, 42, 26:20
Male, 40-44
Steve Cookman, 43,
Female, age 45-49
Kelly Wild, 45, 23:42
Male, age 45-49
Mel Peterson, 45, 19:28
Female, age 50-54
Sylvia Smith, 52, 27:44
Male, age 50-54

Kevin Miller, 52, 21:45
Female, age 55-59
Jan Mullins, 56, 33:30
Male, age 55-59
Dan Schenke, 55, 23:56
Male, age 60-64
Randy Firth, 62, 20:57
Female, age 65-69
Rebecca Cornette, 66,
Male, age 65-69
Horace Ellis, 68, 23:15
Male, age 70-plus
Johnnie Lucassen, 71,
Top walkers
Brian Davis, 53, 34:32
Leslie Davis, 52, 39:27
Cecilia Wallace, 49,

Male overall winner Derek . y
Oskutis crosses the finish Female overall winner Sandy
line. Ebanks completes the race.


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Knights fall to South Walton
Rocky Bayou Christian School pitcher Chris Doswell tries to
put the tag on a South Walton baserunner after a passed ball
Thursday, but the runner slid under the tag. South Walton lost
the game, 24-1.

Tidwell signs

Niceville High School senior
Charlie Tidwell signed a track
and field scholarship with NCAA
Div. 1 Coastal Carolina
University, Conway, S.C., Friday,
Feb. 12. Tidwell will throw dis-
cus, shot put and hammer for
the Chanticleers. The team com-
petes in the Big South
Conference. Tidwell was a state
qualifier in the discus for the
Eagles last year and goes into
the 2010 season ranked No. 1 for
the discus in Class 3A. From
left: rear, athletic director John
Hicks, track and field coach
Sherman Eller, principal Linda
Smith; front, Charlie Tidwell and
his mother, Mona Tidwell.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jubilant Region 1-5A
champion Niceville High
School Eagle team mem-
bers hoist Kody Williams
on their shoulders after
he scored a lay-up with
seconds remaining to ice
a 41-38 victory over
Gainesville Saturday,
right. At far right, Nate
Terry makes a shot under
heavy pressure from the
Beacon photos
by Sarah Clauson

Defense makes the difference

Niceville stops Hurricanes, 41-38, to make it to the state Final Four

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
Two seasons ago, the
Niceville High School basket-
ball team went up against
Gainesville High School for the

5A Regional title and lost.
Saturday night, the two teams
battled it out again for the same
title, only this year the Eagles
landed victorious, 41-38.
The Region 1-5A title gave

A Special Finale Show

Saturday, March 6, 2010 7:30 p.m.
(NWFSC) Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center, Niceville

ABBA-Mania is a rock musical that takes you back to the
disco era of one of the best pop bands in history. This con-
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band, backup singers and big studio sound, is for all ages to
enjoy and sing along with songs from Waterloo, Fernando,
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Dream, to Dancing Queen and many more.
Advanced Tickets: $30 At the door: $35
For tickets call the NWFSC box office at 729-6000 or
Emerald Coast Concert Assoc. at 362-9356 or 837-1742.

the Eagles a spot in the state
semi-finals which will be played
at The Lakeland Center tonight.
Niceville is matched up against
Sickles (Tampa). A victory
against Sickles will give the
Eagles a shot at the state cham-
pionship against either Dwyer
(25-3) or Bartow (23-5)
Thursday night.
The 41-38 win earned the
Eagles a spot in the State semi-
finals for the first time since
1966. The high stakes game was
played out in front of a jam-
packed gymnasium that left a
line of fans waiting outside for a
chance to get in and see the
The team, coached by Jerome
Strutchen, entered the game with
a 26-3 overall record and a
Maxpreps ranking of 13th in the
region. They came in on the
heels of a nail biting 62-60 vic-
tory against Tate High School.
The Gainesville High School
Hurricanes came with a similar
24-6 record while ranked 10th in
the region.
The Eagles seemed to have
the upper hand, if only slightly,
throughout the game. The pace

was fast and both teams played
with maximum intensity.
Accuracy was off, as both teams
racked up missed shots, from
both the field and the foul line.
Defensively, the Eagles, in
point total to
a mere 38, 'W e
managed to W
disarm their
opponent's o t
best players. h L
in his third thin
year at
was quick to Was
the key
ingredient in
the win.
We didn't
have our shots tonight, but the
thing that kept us in it was our
defense," he said. The team
scored considerably fewer than
its average of 70-plus points, but
the players made up for it by
crippling their opponents aver-
ages as well. "To hold a team of

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that caliber to 38 points, that's an
awesome deal," Strutchen said.
A nine-point lead by
Niceville early in the game cre-
ated the largest scoring gap. The
Hurricanes stayed close at the

didn't have o0

s tonight, but

I that kept us

our defense.'

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heels of the Eagles throughout,
with a couple of 2-point leads of
their own.
The nail biter grew intense
late in the fourth quarter with a
Niceville turnover on an
inbound pass, which gave the
hurricanes the ball and then the
lead, 38-37, with 1:32 in the
game. The Eagles brought the
ball back down court where a
Hurricane rebounded a missed
jumper. But Steve Dyson, the
leading scorer of the game, stole

the ball back and scored 2 points
to put the lead back in
Niceville's favor with less than a
minute in the game, 39-38.
With a minute remaining and
possession of the ball,
tried to run the
clock down in
hopes of mak-
i r ing one last
shot to take the
th lead and the
hL game, but their
attempt was
in it futile. Their
final shot was
blocked by
senior Nate
Terry and
trutchen passed off to
K o d y
Williams who
brought it back
down the court
for a lay-up at the buzzer for a
final score of 41-38.
Team members, students, and
fans erupted with celebration
and flooded the court in jubilee.
How did the players handle
the final tense moments when
the game could have gone the
other way?
"We calm down and play like
we know how to play," said sen-
ior Hunter Curtis. "We can't go
off emotion. We've got to play
our game."


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Hannah is the daughter of
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High School in 2009. While
she was at Niceville High
School she was in the Color .
Guard with the Niceville High
School Marching Band and
marched in the 2008 Rose
Parade. She was co-editor of Flyer reads to Edge
the yearbook. She was actively
involved with the youth at Anthony Monte, 25, who plays forward for the Pensacola
Niceville United Methodist Ice Flyers reads "Z is for Zamboni" to the kindergarten
Church. classes of Debbie Hill and Jenny Taylor. Members of the
*Flyers visited Edge Elementary school Feb. 22 to read
Freeport Elementary's Fifth some storybooks about hockey to kindergarten through
Grade Kiwanis Citizen ofithe third graders. "We're really trying to bring in some posi-
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Month for February is Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year.
Matthew Spence.

Plew, Ruckel, Lewis

excel in academic test

Place in top 5 in Knowledge Masters

Three Twin Cities Schools
scored in the top five for
Florida in January's
Knowledge Masters Open
Academic competition.
The fifth grade team from
Plew Elementary placed
fourth in the state with a score
of 473, higher than the nation-
al mean of 466. Nationally,

223 fifth grade teams partici-
pated in the competition.
Plew ranked 105 in the
United States. Plew's team
consisted of: Tyler Elbert,
Colby Estes, Emily Flegal,
Regan Gioradano, Jordan
Hodgen, Emy Luong,
Marissa Maiden, Max
Maxwell, Alicia Mishaw,

Lauren Murray, Noah
Pfaffenbichler, Bailey
Propps, Lindsay Schmidt,
Logan Taylor and Tori
Vargas and was coached by
Michael Scrivner.
The sixth grade team from
Ruckle Middle came out at
the top of the barrel in
Florida, with a score of 543
(higher than the national
mean of 541) and Lewis
Middle School's sixth grade
team came in second with
428. Ruckel ranked 145
among the nation's 283 partic-
ipating sixth grade teams.
Lewis Middle fell into line
with a national ranking of
Ruckel's team consisted of:
Natassia Flegal, Georgia
Carrico, Evan Etheridge,
Laura Harber, Garron
Ireton, Riley O'Brien, Brice
Tingle, Noel Cantrell and
Nick Cantrell, and was
coached by Chris Brown.
On the Lewis team was:
Blake Dean, McKenna Dean,
J.T. Morris, Kennedy
O'Malley, Wesley Brooks,
Matthew Marks, Tanner
Dean, Madeline Colon, Nick
Troxell and Anthony
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The Niceville High School Junior ROTC presented a check for $600 to the Emerald Coast Honor
Flight Feb. 24. From left are: NHS seniors Andy Birmingham and Alex Ragnoli, WWII Veterans Bill
Zell (88) and Don Luther (85), and Emerald Coast Honor Flight Board member Tom Ross.

JROTC, Honor Flight

trade cash, memories

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A couple of Junior ROTC stu-
dents from Niceville High
School presented a $600 check to
the Emerald Coast Honor Flight.
Making the most of the check
presentation, the two students
quizzed the two WWII veterans,
who often speak out for the
Honor Right missions.
"What did you eat when you
were there?" (in WW II) and
"How long were you gone?"
seemed to be the pressing ques-
"I got K-rations," said Don
Luther, 85, a veteran who has
been on an Honor Right. K-
rations were first introduced in
WW II and were intended to be a
soldier's daily combat food
ration. It consisted of items such
as pemmican biscuits, a peanut
bar, raisins or canned processed
"Don't forget that D-ration,"
added Bill Zell, 88, also a past
Honor Right attendee. Though
Luther said D-rations (a 4-ounce
Hershey bar) were so hard "you
were lucky if you didn't break a
tooth on them."
The Hershey bars were hard
because they were specifically
made to withstand up to 150-
degree temperatures as well as

being covered with an anti-gas
coating, making them resistant to
poison gas.
When World War II was rag-
ing, there were no computers for
e-mails, said Luther, "just V-
"V-mail took no postage for
those of us in the war," said Zell,
"and it was censored, so there

were a lot of black marks
through some of those letters."
Deployments were not a mat-
ter of months, as they are today
but a matter of years, said Luther.
"When you were gone, you were
gone. I was deployed for two
As for the Honor Right itself,
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Air Force Airman Daniel P.
White graduated from basic mil-
itary training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an
intensive, eight-week program
that included training in military
and studies,
Air Force
core values,
physical fit-
ness, and
basic warfare
and skills.
Daniel P. White who com-
plete basic
training earn four credits toward
an associate in applied science
degree through the Community
College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Deanna
Ovsak of Caribbean Way,
Niceville, and Donald White of


Naomi Lee Kirkland and
Mark Kirkland and Beth
Kirkland of Pensacola announce
the engagement of their daughter,
Naomi Lee Kirkland, to Matthew
David Norton.
Naomi is a 2003 graduate of
Pine Forest High School and
received her bachelor's degree in
health education at the University
of Florida. She is currently in her
third year at the University of
Florida College of Dentistry
working toward her Doctor of
Dental Medicine degree.
Matt is a 2002 graduate of

Sable Creek, San Antonio.
White is a 2008 graduate of
Crestview High School.

United States Marine Corps
Private James Michael Fraley
has graduat-
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tary training
at Parris
Island, S.C.
his 13-week
training he
studied the
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customs and courtesies, and his-
tory. He also performed drill and
ceremony marches, received
physical training, and scored
"excellent" in marksmanship.
Fraley additionally completed
the Crucible.
He completed his military
education and training at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.
He is stationed at Twentynine
Palms, Calif., and will deploy on

Niceville Senior High School. He
received his bachelor's degree in
exercise physiology from the
University of Florida and a Doctor
of Physical Therapy degree from
the University of St. Augustine.
The wedding will be held
March 20, at The Old Christ
Church in Pensacola, followed by
a honeymoon in Placencia,

his first tour to Afghanistan in
Fraley is the son of Kimberly
and Terry Fraley of Niceville. He
is a graduate of Niceville High
School, Class of 2008.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Andrew R. Weaver, son of
Carolyn Weaver of Niceville,
along with 260 fellow sailors
assigned to USS Carney (DDG '-
64), homeported in Mayport,
recently deployed for approxi-
mately six months to the
Mediterranean and Middle East.
USS Carney will join Carrier
Strike Group Eight in support of
anti-piracy, air defense, maritime
security and theater security
cooperation operations with
United States and coalition part-
ners. Carrier Strike Group Eight
is comprised of additional ships
to include USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS /
Farragut (DDG 99), USS
McFaul (DDG 74), and USS
Hue City (CG 66).
Weaver, a 2005 graduate of Participating in the Reader's Theater were, from left: standing, Jon Harrington, Aaron Morton,
Niceville High School, joined Austin Rodgers, Tyre McCants, Joey Bohler, Amber Hicks, Jennifer Smith, Tea Dunaway, Jami
the Navy in August 2005. Ciambor, Chase Corley and Teacher Krysta Forte; kneeling, Ryan VanMeter, Anthony Robbins,
Katia Hernandez, Haylee Knight and Amanda Mitchell; sitting, Alayna Nixon, Portia Rodgers,

Breakfast, Sarese Temple, Savannah Armistead and Kesha Taylor.

auction set Lewis learns history

The Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso will hold its
annual Silent Auction and
Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m.-noon
Saturday, March 13, in the NHS
Auction items include resort
weekends, dinners, day cruises,
and many other goods and serv-
There is no charge for admis-
sion to the auction.
Meantime, for $4 apiece,
ticket-holders will enjoy a break-
fast of pancakes and sausage,
orange juice, and milk or coffee.
Breakfast tickets may be pur-
chased at the door.

through acting it out

Recently Krysta Forte's
Lewis Middle School eighth
grade advanced history class
learned about the American
Revolution through the tech-
nique of Reader's Theater, a
reading activity in which stu-
dents, while reading directly
from scripts, are able to tell a
story in an entertaining form,
without props, costumes, or sets.
Students are not asked to
memorize their lines. They are,
however, encouraged to "ham it

up" and use intonation and ges-
tures appropriate to their charac-
ters and their characters' words.
Student Alayna Nixon wrote
about the experience: "Using the
Reader's Theater script for the
American Revolution put facts
and quotes at a more understand-
able level, compared to a pri-
mary source. Most primary
sources are journals or letters
that have been found. Although
they are an important part of his-
tory they are sometimes difficult

to retain.
"The script we read for
Reader's Theater took most of
the primary sources and com-
bined them to make it more
understandable for students. The
Reader's Theater also includes
times to act, scream, jump, and,
surprisingly, even rap. As we
read the script and acted and
laughed, somehow we remem-
bered what was said. It's enter-
taining and you learn without


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Contestants competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 9-14 in San Jose, Calif. will be, from left: left photo,
Aubrey Craig (Collegiate School of Northwest Florida State College); Stephanie Hsiang (Niceville High School); Kevin Knight (Collegiate
School); Katherine Stone (Fort Walton Beach High School; and Kyle Saleeby (Niceville High); and, right photo, Shreyans Patel.

Student scientists win honors

Two Twin Cities high schools
will be represented at the Intel
International Science and
Engineering Fair in San Jose,
Calif. May 9-14.
Three Niceville High School
(NHS) students and two from the
Collegiate School of Northwest
Floria State College will present
their award-winning science proj-
ects at the May fair.
Kyle Saleeby, a 10th grader at
NHS, and his teammate from Fort
Walton Beach High (Katherine
Stone, 10th grade) won the inter-
national slot in the Team category
with their project, "A Current
Event: An Ongoing Study of the
Production of Clean Tidal
Winning in the Chemistry cat-
egory with his project, "Physical
and Chemical Analysis of
Hydrogen Peroxide Used in an
Autoclave: Year Six of an

Ongoing Study," was Aubrey
Craig, an llth grader at the
Collegiate School.
Also from the Collegiate
School was the Behavioral and
Social Science's winner, llth-
grader Kevin Knight, with his
project, "Improving ADHD
Treatment: A Comparison of
Stimulant Medication treatment
for Children with ADHD,
Computerized Cognitive Training
of Attention and Working
Memory, and a Combination of
the Two."
In the Medicine and Health
Sciences category, Shreyans
Patel, an 11th grader from NHS,
won an international slot with his
"Simulation of Ion Channels in
Nerve Cell Membranes as a Non-
invasive Approach to Diagnosing
Muscular Dystrophy."
In the Microbiology category
was Stephanie Hsiang, a 10th

grader at Niceville High, with her
project, "Prevention of Central
Venous Catheter Associated
Infections: A Study of Efficacy of
Silver Nanoparticles on Reducing
Bacterial and Fungal Colonization
and Biofilm Formation."
Twin Cities schools winners
going to the state competition in
Orlando April 7 are:
-Niceville High-Shreyans
Patel, Joseph Basco, Kyle
Saleeby, Stephanie Hsiang
-Collegiate School-Kevin
Knight, Aubrey Craig
-Rocky Bayou Christian
School-Jessica Maney,
Conner Lynch
-Ruckel Middle School-
Nick Dawson, Monica Hsiang,
Maddie Hsiang, Alex Emery
(alternate), Zach Shields (alter-
-Destin Middle School-
Megan Makela, Arden
Twin Cities schools regional
winners were:
-Niceville High first place-
Joseph Basco, Shreyans Patel,
Stephanie Hsiang, Kyle
Second place winners were
Brandi Sekas, Braden Corkum.
Third place winners were

Ronette Kortbein, McKenna
Reed, Kaitlyn Byrd.
Honorable mentions were
Kayla Carr, Paige Williams,
Ariana Rose, Samuel Chesser,
Patrick Wallace, Stephen
-Collegiate School first
place-Kevin Knight, Aubrey
-Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy first place-Conner
The second place winner was
Jessica Maney.
The third place winner was
Jessica Sandlin.
Honorable mentions were
Ashley Bernheisel, Glory Allen.
Destin Middle School first
place-Arden Robertson,
Megan Makela.
Ruckel Middle School first
place-Claire Ponder, Nick
Second place winners were
Brandi Sekas, Brayton Miles,
Kemi Gottschalk, Crystian
Hopper, Monica Hsiang,
Maddie Hsiang, Alex Emery,
Zach Shields.
Third place winner was Erin
Honorable mention was
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Ruckel Middle School's varsity
Academic Team came in first
place with a score of 1,310 at a
recent Shoal River Middle School
Tournament. Team members
were: Ciara Ordner, David
Bobbitt, Emmett White,
Matthew Markwardt, Sophia
Berghman, Cody McWilliams
and Alexander Russ, coached by
Penny Parmer. Ruckel beat out
Meigs (1,220 points) and Shoal
River (860 points) middle schools.
Also placing first, with a score
of 920 points, was Destin Middle
School's junior varsity team, con-
sisting of: Bradley Blankenship,
Ellis Daugherty, Connor May,
Samuel Melicio-Zambrano,
Stephen Spivey and Holly
White, coached by Sage Mallory
and Lynette Askew. Destin fin-
ished on top of Davidson (840
points) Middle and St. Mary
Catholic School (780).

Rocky Bayou Christian School
(RBCS) first- through eighth-
graders recently competed in the
Florida Association of Christian
Colleges and School Regional
Creative Writing Festival.
Students competed in several dif-
ferent categories, including poet-

From page B-1
Luther said, "It was one of the
greatest things that ever happened
to me since being out of the serv-
Tom Ross, on the board of
directors for Emerald Coast
Honor Flights, said the one-day
trips to Washington DC. to see the
WWII Monument and other mon-
uments shows the service veter-
ans who attend how much their
service in the armed forces is
"It gives them the Broadway
ticker-tape parade they never had
when they came back from the
war." Ross said. "These vets are

ry, short story, haiku, and essays.
RBCS sent 19 entries and came
home with seven superior and 10
excellent ribbons. Seven students'
writings qualified to go on to the
state competition. The state quali-
fiers were: Elizabeth Eppright,
Emma Widerstrand, Sarah
McGuckin, Christa Daughtry,
Duncan Foster, Dylan Josey,
and Allison Thomas.

High school Academic Team
Match 10 finished with the
Collegiate High School of
Northwest Florida State College,
beating out Rocky Bayou
Christian Academy 290 to 80.
Collegiate High team members
were: Samantha Horn (captain),
Sarah Hooper, Michael Taylor,
and Brittany Clark, all coached
by De Cook.
Rocky Bayou team members
were: Joseph Sung (captain),
Emily Wilson, Josh Turner,
Harrison Kim, and Bill Hudson
coached by Julie Mosley.
Academic Team Match 11
again found the Collegiate High
School winning, this time bypass-
ing Niceville High School with a
finish of 295 to 120.
Niceville team members were:
Jeremy Hsiang (captain), Matt
Demma, Juliana Schmidt,
Christina Cook, Shreyans Patel,
and Josh Chinnaswamy,
coached by Amanda Brady and
Justin Reichard.

of the age where getting out and
taking trips of this sort takes
much more effort. But this is our
way of letting them know it's our
honor to honor them."
Ross additionally said the vet-
erans are given "a chance to
become 20 years old again" as
they get together for the flights.
"They quickly revert back to that
time and become that band of
brothers they were. They joke and
rib one another."
Said Luther, "It was amazing.
We were so well taken care of."
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Give blood this week
March 3-Eglin Hospital 8:30
a.m.-4 p.m.
March 4-Crestview High
School, 1304 N. Ferdon Blvd., 8 a.m.-
3 p.m. and Walton County Offices,
571 US 90 E., DeFuniak Springs, 8:30
a.m.-l1:30 p.m.
March 5-Hurlburt HAWC, 452
Cody Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Smoothies for soldiers
Hero Hugs is teaming up with
Tropical Smoothie in Niceville to raise
money to send Easter packages to
deployed troops. Visit Tropical
Smoothie, 703 John Sims Parkway,
Niceville, March 4, 4-7 p.m. and
Tropical Smoothie will donate a por-
tion of all purchases to Hero Hugs.
Hero Hugs is a 501(c)3 organiza-
tion started by Niceville resident
Bailey Reese when she was just 7-
years-old. Hero Hugs has now sent
more than 46,000 appreciation pack-
ages to deployed troops.
Protestant Lenten service
The Protestant Lenten devotionals
and lunches will be on Wednesdays,
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:30 a.m.
at the Chapel Center Annex, Eglin Air
Force Base. More information: 882-
Stations of the Cross
The Catholic Stations of the Cross
and Lenten meals will be observed on
Wednesday, March 3, 10, 17, and 24
at 5 p.m. at the West Gate Chapel,
Eglin Air Force Base. More informa-
tion: Susan Huberty, 882-7320.
Leftover snowbird cans
Shelter House, local domestic vio-
lence center, is collecting donations of
unopened, canned and non-perishable
food items that snowbirds may have
left behind after their stay on the

Emerald Coast.
Food donations will be used to
feed the women and children who stay
in Shelter House. Donations may be
dropped off at 102 Buck Drive, Fort

78 Lynn Drive,
Santa Rosa
Shelter House
is the state-certi-
fled domestic violence shelter serving
victims of domestic violence in
Okaloosa and Walton counties.
'A Strange Bird'
"Strange Bird...A Look at
Security," a multimedia, community-
oriented exhibit by artist Mercedes
Rodgers, will be on display at Full
Circle Gallery through March 13.
Gallery located at 29b S.E. Eglin
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
Job search seminars set
JobsPlus and the Workforce
Development Board of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties will conduct three
seminars: Interviewing Strategies that
Work (March 4); The Art of
Negotiation and Job Retention (March
18); and an Employer Question and
Answer Panel (March 25). Seminars
will be hosted at the Crestview
JobsPlus One-Stop Career Center,
1212 N. Wilson St., Crestview. There
is no cost to attend the series but regis-
tration is required. To register: 833-
7587, ext. 211 or e-mail
Plants, birds & butterflies
The Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society presents "Native Plants for
Birds and Butterflies," 7 p.m.,
Thursday, March 4, at Northwest
Florida State
Resources Center,
Room 128,
Niceville. Learn
from local author
and gardener Marie Harrison which
native plants do well in this area and
how to site them correctly to encour-
age birds and butterflies. Socializing
and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Program is free.
VFW seeks new members
The VFW post in Niceville is hav-
ing a membership drive and seeking
new members to join their group. The

group meets the second Monday of
each month at 6:45 in the DAV Post
building, 920 Hospital Drive, just east
of Palm Plaza off of John Sims
Parkway, Niceville. More informa-
tion: Bill Kaunzinger, 897-1456.
Emerald night for autism
The Emerald Coast Autism Center
and The Emerald Coast Autism
Society will co-host "An Emerald
Evening For Autism" at The Emerald
Grande Ballroom, Harbor Walk
Village, Destin, Friday, March 5. The
evening, featuring dinner, silent and
live auctions and live music with
Johnny T (formerly of The Mystics),
will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are
$100 per person; corporate sponsor-
ships are available. All proceeds bene-
fit the Emerald Coast Autism Center
and the Emerald Coast Autism
Society. More information or to pur-
chase tickets: Staci Berryman, 279-
3000 or

Audubon Society bird walk
Members and non-members of the
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
with all levels of experience are invit-
ed on a bird walk caravan around the
Valparaiso area.
The walk begins
at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, March
6. Meet at
Nicevi 11 e
Badcock Furniture parking lot.
Walkers are encouraged to bring
binoculars, a bird book and weather
appropriate clothing.
Animal Encounters slated
Discover the sights and sounds of
nature at night. Nonie's Ark Animal
Encounters will guide a free hour-long
night walk for the Choctawhatchee
Audubon Society Friday, March 5,
Niceville, 5:30 p.m. All are invited but
focus is on ages 4-10. Bring a flash-
light/ headlamp to light your way.

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Student, faculty exhibits
The Arnie Hart Juried Student
Exhibition and Northwest Florida
State College Arts Center Faculty
Exhibition will be on display March
7-April 18. The student exhibition
showcases NWFSC's talented student

Mcllroy Gallery.
The Faculty
Exhibition pro-
vides an opportu-
nity for NWFSC
instructors and staff to exhibit their
artworks in the Holzhauer Gallery.
Artists will be honored with a preview
reception Friday, March 5, 5-7 p.m.
Plant propagation
The Valparaiso Garden Club will
hold its March meeting at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 10, at the
Valparaiso Library with a social time

of refreshments at 10 a.m.
Okaloosa County Master
Gardener Bob Bayer will demonstrate
various techniques of propagating
plants and share information about
how to grow them in the garden.
Guests with an interest in joining
the club are invited to attend. More
information: President Kay Parsons,
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber
of Commerce will hold its Second
Wednesday Breakfast March 10, at the
Niceville Community Center, 204 N.
Partin Drive. The breakfast begins at
7:15 a.m. with coffee and conversa-
tion, followed by the meal at 7:30 a.m.
This month's sponsor is Waste
Management of Northwest Florida.
Chamber members, their guests, and
prospective members are invited to
Women Aglow, March 11
Fort Walton Beach Aglow will
hold its monthly meeting Thursday,
March 11, 10 a.m., with coffee and
fellowship at 9:30 a.m., at Marina Bay
Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort
Walton Beach. Speaker is Aida Spina,
a pastor, evangelist, counselor, teacher,
writer, and speaker. More information:
Barbara Williams, 678-1335.
Kelly Plantation Golf Expo
The Sacred Heart Hospital
Volunteer Guild will hold its fifth
annual Golf Expo at Kelly Plantation
Thursday, March 11, 2-6 p.m. The
event includes equipment demonstra-
tions by leading golf club makers and
the opportunity to participate in pre-
sentations to improve your golf swing.
Prizes will be awarded to the win-
ners of various contests, including
long drive, featuring categories for
men, senior men, women and senior
women; closest to the pin; pitching;
and putting. There will also be special
presentations, the Cleveland Golf's
DST tour van will be on site, and a
silent auction will be held as well as
drawings for numerous door prizes.
Tickets are $35 each and are on
sale at Edwin Watts in Destin, the gift
shop at Sacred Heart Hospital, Marc's
Golf in Niceville, and Kelly Plantation
Golf Club. A limited number of tickets
will also be available at the event
entrance. More information: Lyman
Guidry, 837-7119.

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ABBA-Mania is rated the No. 1 ABBA production in the world. Hailing from Toronto, these
nine musicians will take you back in time to when ABBA was on stage live in concert. The
performance is planned for Saturday, March 6, 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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Application in person
with resume is preferred.
Resume may be
submitted via email to
or by mail to
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Niceville, FL 32578
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The North Bay Fire Control District
is currently accepting Letters of
Intent for the position of Fire
Commissioner. The requirements
are: (1) be a Floridaregistered voter
and (2) live within the jurisdiction
of the North Bay Fire Control
District. The North Bay Fire
Control District is a Drug Free
Workplace and an Equal
Opportunity Employer. For more
information, contact the
Administration Office at (850) 897-
3689. Please submit your Letter of
Intent to the North Bay Fire Control
District, 1024 White Point Road,
Niceville, Florida 32578 by
Monday, March 8, 2010. All
applicants must be present for
consideration at the next Board of
Fire Commissioners' meeting to be
held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at
the North Bay Fire Control District.

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Seeking motivated,
compassionate, caring
individual with passion
for teaching.
Experience required.
Must be professional
and dependable. Email
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info @ discoverylearning to apply.

FWB: House 3 bed-
rooms, 1 1/2 baths, fire-
place, fenced, 519
Winthrop St.; Also
townhouse, 2 bed-
rooms, 1 1/2 baths, fire-
place, fenced, rent
negotiable, Fran
Nicholson 585-3070
Valparaiso 3/2 New
carpets, fenced, fp
$925 +DD 582-4417.
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Amazing Destin town-
home, Rent or Sale!
Private end unit...
Incredible location,
minutes from beach
and harbor! Move in
now. 2 bedroom/2.5
bath, large master with
vaulted ceiling, spa-
cious walk-in closet,
large kitchen, breakfast
bar, separate dining
area, wet bar, sunken
family room! Garage,
storage area. Includes
lawn maintenance,
trash and gated private
pool! $1,195/month
obo. Military welcome!

If you want
Valparaiso, &
Bluewater Bay to
know, say it
in the Beacon!

Amazing Destin town-
home in Pelican Place.
Priced for quick sale!
Private end unit...
Incredible location,
minutes from beach
and harbor! Move in
now. 2 bedroom/2.5
bathroom, large master
with vaulted ceiling,
spacious walk-in clos-
et, large vanity. Large
kitchen, breakfast bar,
separate dining area,
wet bar, opens into
sunken family room!
Garage, storage area.
HOA includes lawn,
trash, gated private
pool! $219,000 OBO
850-585-1637 Hal.

L-shaped sectional
sofa- w/ 2 recliners &
sofa bed, tweed
colored cloth. $750
obo. 2 old working
computers $40 ea.

Exercise Elliptical
Vision 6100, Basically
Brand New.Purchase
price was 1770.00,
from Fitness Master.
Selling price is
$1,200.00 Call: 850-
865-7218 Niceville
Curio, Drexel Heritage,
2 pieces solid wood with
glass shelves, excellent
condition, $400, 897-
4578, 865-5172.
Dirt Bike, 01 KTM 200
MXC, great condition,
top and bottom end
rebuilt, new tires lots
other new stuff, $1400
OBO, 850-218-7897
Wardrobe closet:
Mirror, 3 hanging
sections, drawers, &
shelves. $250
Trailor for sale/ rent,
Villa Tasso, $400/mo.
$3800. 897-4065

Pursuant to Florida
Statues 865.09,
notice is hereby given
that Amanda Boone
desires to engage in
business under the
ficititious name of true

Bichon Frise Puppies,
AKC, first shots, vet
checked, $450 males,
$550 females,

I do immaculate job
cleaning your house,
condo, business. Call
Claudia, 279-6479
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Drafting Certificate/
Degree; knows
Advanced G, D&T,
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Real Estate Marketplace
"Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!"


Grand Oaks, Niceville Large rectangular lot to
build your home with a 25' waterfront lot with dock
for your sailboat or boat. Deep water. This
community consists of 27 home sites and this lot
is the largest one left for sale. $235,000.

Waterview Cove 3/3 Freeport, All Brick, 1/3
Acre, Pristine Condition. $189,000

Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built
2006. All Brick home. Like new. Elementary and
Middle School is within walking distance and will
be open Fall of 09. Short drive to Duke FId. and
Eglin AFB. Many upgrades throughout home.
2,351 Sq. Ft. $210,000

610 Caribbean Way. BWB Beauty! 4 bd with 2.5
baths and brand new kitchen and master bath. 2
living areas plus office, hardwood floors, new car-
peting and a pool/spa with screen enclosure. Call
Elaine Weeks 217-2668 to see this home today!

Professional Office Space for lease Courtyard
Plaza located in BWB next to CVS has Office
space available. 1,500 Square feet, 2,300 Square
feet, 1,875 Square feet or 6,000 Square feet.
$13.00 per square plus Cam & Sales Tax.

PENDING Santa Rosa Beach, $165,000
BWB PENDING 3/2, Providence Way
BWB PENDING St. Croix, 3/2, $168,000

$2,200 VV Niceville, Valparaiso, Crestview,
Ft. Walton and Destin.

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364 Madison Avenue
1254 square feet

116 Friar Tuck Drive
1433 square feet

305 Washington
1265 square feet

304 Bullock Blvd. 102 Dana Point
MLS#528966 MLS#487754
$275,000 $299,900
2070 square feet 2300 square feet

1505 Big Creek Cove 872 Coldwater Creek
MLS#528311 MLS#526054
$399,000 $449,900
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(502-1014) (830-3568) (974-5436) (687-3377)

* Blue Pine Village, 2/2, REDUCED ...................... $138,000
* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished .................... $147,500
* Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Ground Floor.................... $169,900
* Marina Cove Townhouse, 3/2.5, Fully Furnished ....$185,000
* BWB Parkwood, 3/2, Brick, 1-Story, Fenced Yard,
O pen Floor Plan ..................... .................... ........ $215,000
* Newly Remodeled Family Home, Bluewater, 3/2....$217,000
* Miller's Run, Brick Home, 3/2 .............................. $220,000
* Townhome Views of the Bay, New Kitchen, 3/2.5...$240,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5..............$249,900
* Magnolia Plantation, Custom Upgrades, 3/2...........$259,000
* Lido Village, 3/2.5, JUST REDUCED.....................$282,000
* BWB Magnolia Plantation 3/2, Golf Course,
Brick Home, Sunroom, Tile, Stainless, Granite.......$359,900

* Furn., Efficiency-Waterfront, Full Kitchen, W/D,
Util. Incl, JUST REDUCED........................................ $1,100
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Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
$1,200/mo. $1,800/mo.

1/1: $750/mo. includes water

201 Marquette, 2/1: $650/mo.
50% OFF 1st mo. rent

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3/3.5 3,388SF $879,900 Web#984
4/3 -2,000SF $218,875 Web#986
2/2 1,000SF- $138,000 Web#991
3/2 1,465SF- $195,000 Web#993

4/2.5 2,865SF $423,000 Web#027
4/2.5 2,344SF $323,000 Web#028
3/2 -2,063SF $319,000 Web#988
4/3 -3,036SF $519,900 Web#967

4/2 2,394SF $287,000 Web#990
3/2 1,339SF- $165,000 Web#992
2/2 1,040SF- $189,000 Web#994

(850) 678-5178
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Earnings vary according to route and work
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Dr. Justine Vial, DDS
Family Dentistry

United Concordia and
Delta Dental Premier


4506 Highway 20 East Suite 100
Winn-Dixie Marketplace at Bluewater


The more you tell, the more you sell!
Call 678-1080 to advertise today.

You saw it in the Beacon! If you want Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay to know,
say it in the Beacon! Email us at

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Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2
Evening Appointments
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We carry RedKen Color
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1005-A John Sims Pkwy.
(Palm Plaza) Niceville, FL WI
Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.
8:30 5:15 p.m.
Wed. 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3rd Sat. of the month
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Contact Lenses and Eyeglasses Emergency Eye Injuries
Diabetes/Hypertension Management Specialty/Bifocal
Contact Lenses Pediatric patients are always welcome
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HOURS: 10:45 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.
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For only $99.50 a week for 10 weeks, you can
capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.
The Beacon's ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one
of the best read advertising sections available.
It combines the strength of a
well-written business profile, a color photo,
and 10 colorful well-designed ads.
Each week customers will tell you all about it.
Call 678-1080 today!

RBCS celebrates 'centennial'
In early February, Rocky Bayou Christian School elementary and kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school.
Individual classes did projects all centered around the number 100. All the first through sixth grade students gathered in the
gym to celebrate with a group photo.


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