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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 10, 2010
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COMING

Thursday 7 p.m.
Darrell Evans, a con-
temporary Christian
singer, will perform at
First Baptist Church, 622
Bayshore Drive. His most
popular songs are
"Trading My Sorrows,"
"Let the River Flow" and
"Your Love is
Extravagant."
Saturday. 7 a.m.
The

Middle
School
band
will hold
a yard sale in the school
cafeteria. Call CiCi
Hruby, 897-6882.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Niceville-
Valparaiso Tea Party will
sponsor a giant yard sale
in the Kmart parking lot.
While you're there, you
can buy
hot
dogs,
soda,
chips
and
other goodies from the
"Patriot Dog."
Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
A debate among the
six announced candi-
dates for the District 4
Florida House of
Representatives seat, for-
merly
held by
Ray
Sansom,
will take
place in
Building K, Northwest
Florida State College.
Free.

More in Calendar, B-4.

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School bells will ring Aug. 5

Divided board advances start date by 18 days to boost test scores


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Local schoolchildren will get a short-
er-than-usual vacation this summer, as
the Okaloosa County School District
transitions to an Aug. 5 start date for the
2010-11 school year.


The Okaloosa County School Board
approved "Plan B," the earlier of two
proposed school year calendars, during
a meeting Monday in Fort Walton
Beach, rejecting a recommendation for
an Aug. 23 start made by the superin-
tendent of schools, and by a school dis-


trict committee of parents and teachers.
Among the most prominently cited
reasons for starting the school year the
first week in August was that it would
boost student scores on standardized
and college-prep tests.
Also during Monday's meeting, the


school board recognized volunteer
Kelly Edelman for her service to Plew
Elementary School students, and Lewis
Middle School Principal Billy Mikel,
who will be transferred at his request to
Please see SCHOOL, page A-3


Fresh decline

in tax rolls seen


as property values

continue to fall


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County tax rolls are
expected to drop another 10 per-
cent for this year, further squeez-
ing local-government budgets,
according to county officials.
Okaloosa County
Administrator Jim Curry said last
week that because of falling
property values, the county
expects to see a drop of about $5
million in property tax revenue in
the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Curry said preliminary esti-


mates from the Okaloosa County
Property Appraiser Pete Smith
show property values in
Okaloosa County overall have
dropped around 10 percent. That
translates into a roughly $5 mil-
lion reduction in property tax
revenues for the county commis-
sion alone, assuming the millage
isn't raised, Curry said. Similar
effects are expected on city gov-
ernment, fire districts, and other
taxing entities.
Please see DECLINES, page A-2


Dem seeks House seat,

closing GOP primary,

forcing 2nd election


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
With the Florida House of
Representatives already in ses-
sion, citizens in House District 4
will have to wait at least until
April 14 to be represented.
Six candidates qualified
Monday to fill the remaining
term of former Speaker of the
House and District 4
Representative Ray Sansom, a
Destin Republican.
Monday at noon was the end
of the qualifying day for candi-
dates seeking the position.
The candidates are:


-Craig Barker, Republican,
of Destin.
-Jan Fernald, Democrat, of
Navarre.
-Matt Gaetz, Rep., of Fort
Walton Beach.
-Bill Garvie, Rep., of Fort
Walton Beach.
-Jerry Melvin, Rep., of Fort
Walton Beach.
-Kabe Woods, Rep., of Fort
Walton Beach.
Sansom resigned Feb. 21 with
nine months remaining in his
two-year term. The former
Speaker of the House quit one
Please see GOP, page A-2


Coastal Bank aims to return to profit in '10


Top local executive optimistic on institution's future r


Editor's note: The Bay Beacon
reported on March 3 that Coastal
Bank and Trust of Florida, the
.;.*....., it commercial bank in the
Niceville-Valparaiso area by
deposits, posted a $65 million net
loss for 2009, its second consecutive
annual loss, and its widest.
Three weeks before publication,


the Beacon asked Coastal's parent,
G... l..* ;, .1... .1 Synovus Financial
Corp., for comment. Synovus issued
no comment on Coastal, but instead
directed a reporter to the Synovus
Web site for information about the
$33 billion (assets) '/..1J h 1.1i,,v
company, which owns Coastal and
29 other banks in five southeastern


states. The Beacon incorporated
such information in its March 3 arti-
cle.
On March 5, Martha Miller,
Valparaiso-based City President for
Coastal Bank, volunteered to add
some clarity to the numbers reported.
Her comments follow.
Question: Would you please


give some context to Coastal Bank's
losses for 2009 and 2008?
Answer: Coastal Bank and
Trust has contributed to the growth
and prosperity of Okaloosa County
and Walton County inhabitants for
87 years. Like every bank in the
county, it has had its share of prof-
itability challenges for the last two


years due to the real estate melt-
down and recession.
The result reported last week is
not on par with historical perform-
ance for our company and is a
reflection of a tough economic envi-
ronment facing the banking sector
Please see BANK, page A-6


College to vet


3 for top post

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida state College trustees have agreed to hold
a series of interviews with the three final candidates seeking to
become the college's new president.
Trustees also approved a new construction-management
program for the college, and heard a 79-year-old student praise
an NWFSC professor.
During a board meeting March 2, the trustees heard a brief-
ing from John Pickelman, a consultant who has been helping
the college with its search for a successor to James R.
Richburg, whom the board fired last year after he was indicted
on state charges related to a college construction project in
Destin. Richburg has denied the charges and contested his dis-
missal.
Pickelman described the presidential search process so far,
in which a panel of college and community representatives
reviewed applications and resumes from 78 original applicants
and gradually reduced that number to three final candidates by
reviewing candidates' documents and conducting interviews


Please see COLLEGE, page A-3


Softball opens in new digs


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
A player in the Angel Division of the Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association gives
it her all after getting a hit during Saturday's opening day games on city fields in
Niceville, the first time the league has opened away from ballfields in Valparaiso that
served as home many years. Citing safety reasons, the Air Force declined to renew its
lease on the land last year. More than 400 girls are playing this year for 23 teams.


Martha Miller


Spell check
Bryce Griffith, a third grader
at Rocky Bayou Christian
School, goes over spelling
words with his sister, Emma,
center, and friend Kathleen
Welch. Nine Rocky students
finished among the top
spellers in their grades at the
Association of Christian
Schools International
spelling bee at Aletheia
Christian Academy,
Pensacola, March 5. Winners,
B-2.
Photo by Scott Schaeffler






Page A-2


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


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GOP
From page A-1
day before a special House Select
Committee hearing was to begin
on ethics charges filed against
him. The regular annual 60-day
session of the Legislature, which
started
March 2, is
set to end
April 30.
District 4
includes
Niceville,
Valparaiso
and most of
southern
Okaloosa
County Matt Gaetz
including
Fort Walton Beach and Destin, as
well as coastal portions of Santa
Rosa County.
All five Republicans-who all
had prefiled
as candi-
dates to
replace
Sansom in
the Nov. 2
general elec-
tion-quali-
fled for the
special April
13 election
by collect- Bill Garvie
ing at least 258 qualified voters to
sign a petition. The lone
Democrat, Femald, qualified by
paying the qualifying fee of
$1,915.
In a statement released Friday,
Fernald explained her later candi-


DECLINES
From page A-1

"There's pain all over; that's-
the bottom line," Curry said.
Property taxes are the second
largest revenue source for the
county.
Okaloosa County reported ad
valorem revenue of $21.4 million
during the current budget year,
which ends Sept. 30, down from
$23 million in 2009, $28.6 million
in 2008, and $28.5 million in
2007. A $5 million drop from cur-
rent revenue would put next year's
expected property-tax revenue at
about $16.4 million.
The county's overall budget
this year is $304 million, much of
it from fees for such services as


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dacy in the GOP-dominated
House district: "The decision to
run was relatively easy. I wanted
another
choice and -
there wasn't
one. I'm
confident a
there are .
others in this
district who
feel the same
way."
The entry Jerry Melvin
of a candi-
date other than another
Republican meant that the winner
won't be able to take his or her
place in Tallahassee until the April
13 election. If only Republicans
had qualified as candidates for this
special election, the winner could
have been determined in the
March 23 primary, less than
halfway through the regular 60-
day legisla-
tive session.
Too, an
a 1 1-
Republican
primary,
with no
other party
candidates
qualified
would have Jan Fernald
meant a
"universal primary"-one open to
all voters regardless of party affil-
iation. The Democrat's candidacy
means that the GOP primary will
be open only to Republicans.
There will be no Democratic pri-
mary because there is only one


water, sewer and garbage collec-
tion.
However, the general-govern-
ment portion of the county budget,
or $36 million this year, is much
more dependent on property taxes.
Smith said that initial projec-
tions by his office show an overall
decline in property values by
about 10 percent. Smith said
some areas, such as Destin, may
experience even larger declines,
and others, lesser ones.
The property appraiser typical-
ly notifies taxing authorities,
including the county, municipali-
ties and fire districts, of the pre-
liminary estimate of property val-
uations for each taxing authority
in mid-May, with the actual esti-
mates in June.
A 10 percent decline in values
may not fully translate to a 10 per-
cent decline in assessed values,
the number used with the millage
rate to calculate the tax on a given


candidate.
Under guidelines established
by Gov. Charlie Crist, Republican
voters will choose their party's
candidate in a special primary
election March 23. The winner of
the Republican party will face
Democrat Fernald on the April 13
general election. The winner will
serve until November, when a reg-
ular general
election will
be held to fill
a new two-
year tennm.
Paul Lux,
the Okaloosa
County
Supervisor
of Elections,
estimates
that running Craig Barker
the Okaloosa County portion of
the special primary and special
general elections will cost taxpay-
ers between $160,000 and
$180,000. Santa Rosa will face
much lower costs, he said,
because it has fewer precincts in
District 4.
Lux said early voting for the
primary will
take place
March 15-
20, at the
University of
Florida cam-
pus in
Shalimar.
Early voting
for the April
13 election Kabe Woods
will also be
held at the UF campus April 5-10.


property. That's because the
appraiser may raise the assessed
value of a home up to 3 percent a
year if any of its value is shielded
by a state Save Our Homes
exemption.
Curry said the county's budget
process is just beginning, includ-
ing revenue projections. But he
said Smith's initial estimates are
usually pretty accurate.
The county is watching other
revenues which come in monthly,
Curry said, and looking for trends
in revenue sources such as state
revenue sharing, sales taxes and
others.
Government impacts often lag
economic events, sometimes by
several years, said Curry, so a
downturn in the economy could
play out with reduced government
revenues, even as the economy
revives. He said the county will
continue to look at the trends, and
hope for the best.


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Niceville man ends


bid for sheriff


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville resident Joseph
Forgione has dropped his can-
didacy for Okaloosa County
sheriff.
Forgione, a Niceville police
detective sergeant and brother
of slain Okaloosa County sher-
iff's deputy Anthony Forgione,
withdrew March 3, citing per-
sonal reasons. He had prequal-
ified as a candidate in
September.
Prequalifying allows politi-
cal candidates to begin raising
and spending campaign dona-
tions.
One other former candidate
for sheriff, Jerry Vann, of
Crestview,
withdrew
earlier this
year.
S ix
men are
still in the
race for
the sher-
iff's job:

Larry R. Joseph
Ashley, Forgione
Republican.
-William E (Rick) Hord,
Rep.
-Ronald C. Livingston,
Rep.
-Stephen Menchel, Rep.
-Cesar P. Morales, no
party.
-Robert L. Thacker Jr.,
Rep.
Ashley has raised more
than any other candidate, just
over $90,000 in monetary con-
tributions, as of his first finan-
cial report, Jan. 11. The candi-
date with the next highest
amount of cash donations was
Hord, with nearly $20,000 in
monetary contributions as of
Jan. 7. Ashley and Hord are
deputies with the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office.
Candidates are required to
file financial reports with the
Supervisor of Elections every
90 days. Candidates' financial
reports listing the names of
contributors and the amounts
donated are available on-line at


the Supervisor of Elections
Web site: www.govote-
okaloosa.com.
Other candidates and the
amounts of cash contributions
raised according to the latest
filed financial reports are:
-Livingston, $100, as of
Jan. 5.
-Morales, $3,150, as of
Jan. 7.
-Menchel, $2,950, as of
Jan. 5.
-Patterson, $3,570, as of
Jan. 11.
-Vann (withdrawn),
$1,100, as of Feb. 5.
-Forgione (withdrawn),
$115, as of Jan. 7.
Ashley and Livingston have
already submitted enough peti-
tions from registered voters to
qualify, according to informa-
tion from the Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections office.
Sheriff's candidates seeking to
qualify by petition have until
May 17 petitions to submit at
least 1,294 signed petitions
from registered voters in
Okaloosa County. Qualifying
will take place between noon
June 14 to noon June 18.
Candidates choosing not quali-
fying by petition must pay a
fee to qualify-$7,846.56 for
major party candidates, or
$5,231.04 for minor party or
no party candidates.
The Primary Election is set
for Aug. 24, followed by the
General Election Nov. 2.
The winner of the Nov. 2
general election race for sheriff
will serve for only two years,
the remaining term of former
sheriff Charlie Morris. Morris
is serving a 71-month sentence
in federal prison on charges he
masterminded a bogus
employee-bonus-kickback
scheme inside the sheriff's
office. The 2012 sheriff's race
will be for a full, four-year
term.
Gubernatorial appointee Ed
Spooner has been serving as
sheriff since Crist removed
Morris from office following
his arrest Feb. 27, 2009.
Spooner has said he will not
run for the post.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


COLLEGE
From page A-1
with some of the candidates.
After hearing from Pickelman,
the board agreed to host a series of
visits by each
of the
remaining
three candi-
dates, in
which they
will visit w
NWFSC,
meet in pub-
lic forums
with faculty,
staff, and stu- William Edward
dents, and Coppola
finally be interviewed in person by
the board of trustees. The forums
and trustees' interviews will be
open to the public.
After meeting with all three
candidates, the trustees will make
their final selection in time for the
new president to assume his duties
in July.
The forums and interviews are
scheduled for March 8, 10, and 19.


SCHOOL
From page A-1
oversee the school district's
Department of Juvenile Justice
schools.
At Monday's meeting, the
board chose between two alter-
native calendars. "Option A"
would have started the school
year on Aug. 23 and ended it on
June 9, while "Option B" will
start the school year on Aug. 5
and end it on May 19.
During the meeting, several
students and parents addressed
the board to state their own pref-
erences. Among these was
Niceville resident Cori
Murphey, whose children attend
Plew Elementary and Ruckel
Middle schools. She said the ear-
lier start will be "in the best edu-
cational interest of our students,"
by allowing more time to pre-
pare for advanced placement
tests and for the standardized
FCAT exams used to measure
students and their schools.
Another Niceville parent,
however, said Option A was the
best choice. Although an earlier
start may be advantageous to
students in Advanced Placement
programs or with high academic
grades, she said, it would not do
as much for "students in the
middle," and might interfere
with non-academic programs
such as art and music. "We need


Page A-3


The forums
will begin at
8 a.m. and
continue ,
throughout I
each of the
three days,
culminating
in the
trustees'
interview at 5 Ty Julian Handy
p.m. for each
candidate.
The three candidates are
William Edward Coppola of
Texas, Ty Julian Hardy of
Vermont, and William L. Kibler of
Mississippi.
Coppola has served in the Lone
Star College System in Texas in
several positions, including vice
president of instruction, dean of
instruction, and professor and
administrator of math, science,
and technical education.
Hardy is president of Vermont
Technical College. He has also
served as chancellor of Ivy Tech
College in Southern Indiana, and
as vice chancellor for at the

a balance, to prepare well-round-
ed students," she said.
Katherine Stone, a student at
Fort Walton Beach High School,
was one of several students who
spoke in favor of the early start.
A later start, she said, causes
breaks and interruptions
between the start of the
Christmas break and the start of
the spring semester. This
"uneven calendar," Katherine
said, adds to stress for Advanced
Placement students trying to
retain information for end-of-
semester tests, and sometimes
adds to summer academic work
for such students.
Warren Wilson, another
FWBHS student, agreed, saying
that with a later start, the
Christmas break falls in the
midst of the first semester.
"Students lose knowledge dur-
ing the Christmas break,"
Wilson said, lowering their end-
of semester test scores. He said
he prefers to split the semesters
right at the Christmas break,
allowing students to finish their
semester exams before breaking
for the holidays, and then start a
fresh semester when they return
to school.
Sonia Martinez, whose son is
a student at Ruckel Middle
School, said she favors Option
A, with a later start date. "We are
a transplanted military family,"
she said, "with no family in the


University of Arkansas
Community College, and dean of
academic affairs and business at
other institutions.
Kibler is vice president of stu-
dent affairs at Mississippi State
University,
and is also a
professor of
counselor
education.
He was pre-
viously vice
president of
student
affairs at
Texas A&M
University. William L. Kibler
In other
business at the March 2 meeting,
trustees were briefed by NWFSC
Vice President Dr. Gary Yancey,
who described a new construction
management program at the col-
lege.
In the past, said Yancey, the
college, when planning to build
new facilities, has used a standard
bidding process in which the col-
lege hired a construction contrac-

local area." An August 5 start to
the school year, she said, will
make it difficult for her family to
schedule travel to visit their rela-
tives, something they usually do
during July and August. She also
said that since parents and teach-


tor to build new structures.
In the future, Yancey said, the
college will hire a construction
management firm, which will, in
turn, manage the hiring of prime
construction contractors and sub-
contractors. This, Yancey said,
will make project management
easier for the college, while pro-
viding the college with a single
point of contact for managing con-
struction projects and resolving
problems.
Before adjourning, the trustees
also heard from NWFSC student
Herb Jones of Niceville, who said
he wanted to thank the college for
the skill and professionalism of
adjunct professor of foreign lan-
guages Carmen Cameron, of
Niceville.
Jones, who is in his fifth
semester as a student at NWFSC,
told the trustees: "I have been the
recipient of excellent instruction.
My Spanish professor, Carmen
Cameron, is among the best pro-
fessors I have experienced. She
has that rare gift of teaching and
motivating the students."

ers had favored option A in pre-
vious school-district-conducted
polls regarding the school calen-
dar, "elected school board mem-
bers ought to represent us," by
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From page A-1

and the economy as a whole.
Our proactive stance on charg-
ing down and disposing of non-
performing assets led to higher
credit costs, but the company has
been able to benefit from being
quick to market with troubled
assets and has received higher val-
ues upon their disposal.
Question: What are the rea-
sons for the reported losses? Do
you predict turnaround any time
soon?
Answer: We committed to an
aggressive problem-asset disposi-
tion strategy to deal with credit
issues. Fourth quarter results
reflect improvements in credit
terms.
We continue to believe we
have an opportunity to return to
profitability during 2010. As we
look into 2010, we expect our
credit costs to continue to decline,
our core operating results to con-
tinue to improve, and our capital
levels to continue to exceed regu-
latory standards.
We've been aggressive in
resolving our problems and I'm
confidently optimistic for a much


brighter tomorrow.
Question: How would you
characterize the bank's financial
position?
Answer: There are two num-
bers in the Coastal Bank and Trust
financial statement that deserve
some attention in order to ease
concerns about the reported loss.
First, our strong capital position
allows us to exceed the regulatory
minimums established by the fed-
eral government, positioning our-
selves to emerge from this eco-
nomic down cycle even stronger.
The capital/asset ratio is a
measure of a bank's financial
health. Despite disappointing
earnings reports, our capital ratios
continue to distinguish our bank.
Our Tier 1 Capital Ratio on Dec.
31, 2009, was 9.14 percent, com-
pared with the regulatory mini-
mum of 6 percent to be considered
well capitalized. Our Total Risk-
Based Capital Ratio was 10.41
percent, above the regulatory min-
imum of 10 percent.
Second, a loan-loss reserve is
money that a bank sets aside to
offset potential losses from loans
that aren't paid. By setting aside
money for loan-loss reserves, a
bank lowers the amount of its
quarterly profit. However, when


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ny has set aside funds to be able to
cover the anticipated losses. As the
economy weakens, companies
typically increase their loan-loss
reserves. Coastal Bank has been
proactive with our loan-loss
reserve and the percentage
reserved is higher than our peer
group. This reserve provides us
the cushion to work through the
reported loss.
Coastal's loan-loss reserves as
of December 2009 represented
2.67 percent of total loans, versus
the national peer group, which
reserved at 2.03 percent. The sig-
nificance of the numbers are that
as we address our problem loans
faster than other banks, our credit
costs are higher. Our plan is to
come out of this recession faster
than others.
Question: Synovus accepted a
$968 million investment by the
U.S. Treasury though the Troubled
Asset Relief Program (TARP),
giving the taxpayer a 32-percent
stake in Synovus and, by exten-
sion, in Coastal Bank, according
to Dec. 31 figures. How much, if
any, did Synovus invest in Coastal
last year?
Answer: In 2009, Synovus
contributed capital infusions total-
ing $37 million for Coastal Bank.
Which is just one of the advan-
tages of belonging to a holding
company.
These tough times have taught
us that we must be prepared for
any situation. Synovus has taken
proactive steps to build a sizable
capital cushion to ensure that no
matter what adverse circum-
stances we face, we will be able to
navigate them successfully. As of
Dec. 31, 2009, we (Synovus) have


almost $2.9 billion in total capital,
which makes us well-capitalized
by regulatory standards, and also
puts us in a position to take advan-
tage of future opportunities.
One of the proactive steps
taken to raise capital was a public
offering of (Synovus) common
stock (in September 2009).
Synovus sold 150 million shares
at $4 apiece. Gross proceeds were
$600 million. The take was much
larger than the $350 million it
originally planned to raise through
the issuance.
Question: What would you
like Coastal's depositors to know?
Answer: Customers need to
know that their deposits are
insured at Coastal Bank and Trust.
Synovus and Coastal Bank are
participants in the FDIC
Temporary Liquidity Guarantee
Program to provide 100 percent
deposit protection for non-inter-
est-bearing deposit transaction
accounts regardless of dollar
amount. In addition, depositors
are FDIC insured. The standard
insurance amount currently is
$250,000 per depositor. The
$250,000 limit is permanent for
certain retirement accounts
(including IRAs) and is temporary
for all other deposit accounts
through Dec. 31, 2013.
Question: Why did Coastal
cut reported payroll last year by
$3.7 million, to $13.7 million?
Answer: As you know, the
banking and financial services
environment has been under a lot
of pressure and scrutiny. Just as
most people have had to review
their expenses and adjust to the
challenging economic environ-
ment, companies have been
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that requires us to do more with
less. Our company has been
extremely sensitive to those who
didn't have a place by offering
financial or counseling support.
In 2009, nine team members
from Coastal Bank and Trust
were laid off. Much of the salary
reduction is due to employees
being transferred to Synovus
payroll to perform jobs within the
market for the holding company.
Other salary expense reductions
were due to attrition.
Question: Synovus has
announced plans to consolidate
the charters of its 30 banks into
one. How, if at all, will charter
consolidation affect consumers?
Answer: The charter consoli-
dation is a change to our legal
structure. We will continue to
have a local board of directors
and continue to focus on excep-
tional customer service.
Synovus' unique, relation-
ship-driven approach to banking
has served us well throughout our
history and has proven especially
valuable in helping us more
quickly manage through this
challenging economic environ-
ment.
The company remains com-
mitted to local decisions made by
local bankers who best know
their customers' needs. Again,
this change only affects the legal
charter structure of our organiza-
tion, not our relationship-driven
business model.
Local bank brands have long
histories and strong equity in
their markets. Local bank brands
(names) are a core part of the
company's competitive strength,
and they will remain unchanged.
Leaders in place at local banks
will continue to be empowered to
make local decisions for their
customers and build strong local
teams.
Customers will continue to
enjoy relationships with local
bankers who are empowered to
make local decisions and offer
the exceptional products and
services which best meet their
needs.
Question: Explain in con-
crete terms what the benefits of
consolidation are.
Answer: In today's evolving
regulatory environment, the goal
is to simplify and streamline reg-
ulatory oversight of Synovus
banks. The 30 separate bank
charters result in our organization
being regulated and monitored by
seven different federal and state
government agencies on a regular


basis. Managing these multiple
regulatory relationships, all with
different sets of expectations,
takes tremendous time and
resources from the banks and dis-
tracts bankers from focusing on
core business. Reducing the
number of charters will simplify
regulatory oversight, allowing
Coastal Bank to continue the
important work of building
strong teams and deepening rela-
tionships with customers.
Better management of capital
and cash flow, and lessened affil-
iate director liability are the main
benefits of this pending consoli-
dation. In addition, the 30 local
banks will no longer have to
spend time and resources prepar-
ing for multiple regulatory visits,
saving time and money.
Question: Under consolida-
tion, what will happen to
Coastal's board of directors,
which includes four members
from Niceville?
Answer: Determining how
the local bank boards will be
structured is still underway. The
goal is to keep our board highly
engaged as valuable ambassadors
in the communities we serve and
in the growth of the bank.
Question: Is there anything
you would like to add?
Answer: There has been pub-
lic backlash against banks that is
not always fair or warranted. The
CEO of Synovus Financial
Corp., Richard Anthony, said it
best: "Banks provide the lubrica-
tion that makes our economy
function well. We provide credit;
we provide deposit services; we
provide other specialty areas of
expertise that really help virtually
every household and small busi-
ness and governmental entity in
this country. Our people partici-
pate in community activities and
charitable endeavors. I think
most people know that, but they
forget the good things that banks
do."
The recession has created
challenges for all of us and made
us step out of comfort zones and
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ness. The team of professionals
at Coastal Bank and Trust have
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challenges and consistently make
me proud with their creative
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tomers be successful.
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point averages among students.
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After hearing from the
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Hill, Chuck Kelley, and Cindy
Frakes voted for Option B, the
Aug. 5 start, while board chair-
man Rodney Walker and board
member Cathy Tli-_-pin voted
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Arrests
A 13-year-old Niceville girl
was arrested by Niceville police
Feb. 19 on the charge of domestic
violence battery.

Michille Lee Gatreau, a wait-
ress, 39, whose address was a
shelter, was arrested by Niceville
police Feb. 24 on a misdemeanor
theft charge. Gatreau was alleged
to have made several calls on a
cell phone reported missing by a
Niceville resident Dec. 7.

Daniel Charles Kelly, 32, of
175 Wright Circle, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
28 on a charge of domestic vio-
lence battery.

Charles Dwayne Coulter, 47,
of 206 Spencer Place, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 28 on the charge of violation
of probation on the original charge
of grand theft.

James Robert Barfield, a self-
employed recycler, 35, of 342
Nimrod Circle, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies, sub-
sequent to a traffic stop, Feb. 28,
on the felony charge of driving
while license suspended, third or
subsequent offense.

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owner, 40, of 1570 Hidden Lakes
Court, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 11 on the
charge of child neglect without
great harm.

A 15-year-old Niceville girl, a
student, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 23 on the charge of
battery. The girl allegedly battered
another student at school Dec. 11.

William Bamett Hornsby III,
26, of 105 21st St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
25 on the charge of violation of
probation on the original charge of
domestic violence battery.

A 16-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 19 on the charge of domestic
violence battery which allegedly
occurred Feb. 17.

Alvaro Ignacio Abaunza, 40, of
3088 Cossin Circle, Crestview,
was arrested by U.S. Marshals
with the Florida Regional
Fugitives Task Force, March 1, in
Niceville, on charges of sexual
battery and false imprisonment.
Abaunza allegedly kidnapped
and sexually assaulted the victim
Feb. 21 in Okaloosa County. Task
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Rosa county deputies, and police
from Crestview, Fort Walton
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devised a plan to lure Abaunza to
a small car dealership in the 200
block of John Sims Parkway.
After learning that Abaunza
made previous arrangements to
sell a vehicle, an undercover
Okaloosa deputy posed as a
prospective
buyer at the
Niceville
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Surveillance
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standing in
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of the dealer-
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"prospective buyer" got
Abaunza's attention, other mem-
bers of the Task Force apprehend-
ed Abaunza without incident.

A 16-year-old Niceville girl
was arrested by Shalimar police
Feb. 24 for petit theft. The girl is
alleged to have stolen three cans of
beer from a Shalimar convenience
store Dec. 12.

Amanda Pearl Bridges, 18, of
105 Windlake Court, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 23 on a charge of resisting an
officer without violence.

Joseph Heath Krivec, 36, of
405 Kelly Road, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
22 on a misdemeanor charge of
violation of probation.
DUI arrests
Megan Ruth Hamilton, a cus-
tomer service employee, 23, of 41
Lovell Road, Freeport, was arrest-
ed by Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 20 at Tamarack Avenue,
Feb. 28 at 1:43 a.m. Hamilton
was also cited for speeding and
failure to exhibit license upon
demand.

Zachariah Dalton Howard, 19,
of 108 Oak Shores Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI Feb. 24.
On Dec. 11 Howard was injured in
a single-vehicle crash on Highway
20 at the Roberts Drive intersec-
tion, and was taken by helicopter
to a Pensacola hospital. A blood
sample taken from Howard
showed that his blood-alcohol
level was three times the legal
limit for impaired driving.
Damage to Howard's vehicle, a
road sign and fence amounted to
$3,000.

Allison Paige Bridges, 18, of
105 Windlake Court, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
on the charge of felony DUI, third
violation within 10 years, on Navy
Street, Fort Walton Beach, Feb. 23
at 11:54 p.m. Bridges was also
charged with driving while license
suspended or revoked.
Thefts
A Niceville resident from the
200 block of 20th Street reported
that someone broke into her
unlocked vehicle sometime Feb.
22-23 and stole money from a
purse left inside the vehicle.

A Niceville resident from the
first block of Garden Lane report-
ed that sometime Feb. 22-23
unknown persons) entered his
unlocked vehicle and stole a $250
GPS unit, a $100 radar detector
and $20.

A second Niceville resident
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Lane reported that sometime Feb.
21-23 unknown persons) entered
her unlocked vehicle and stole an
MP3 player and a GPS unit, val-
ued together at $399.

A Niceville resident from the
400 block of Paradise Road
reported that sometime Feb. 28
unknown persons) entered his
vehicle and stole about $200 cash
from the center console. The vic-
tim reported that several items had
been moved around inside the
vehicle and that the suspects) left
several watches and other items in
the truck. No force was used to
gain entry.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Boggy Bayou Court
reported that on Feb. 28, he
secured his pickup truck after
noticing the dome light on about 2
a.m. Later that morning the resi-
dent went to his truck and noticed
his wallet was missing from the
center console. The wallet con-
tained about $2 cash and several
credit cards.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Marquette Street
reported Feb. 26 that unknown
persons) stole a $237 necklace
and pendant from a box inside the
home.

A Valparaiso resident from the
500 block of Valparaiso Parkway
reported that sometime Feb. 27-
March 1 unknown persons)
entered his vehicle and stole two
wallets from the center console.
The wallets contained credit and
debit cards, personal IDs and
Social Security cards, as well as a
$900 money order that was not
made out to any recipient.

A Valparaiso resident reported
Feb. 24 that unknown persons)
used her debit card twice on Feb.
19, withdrawing a total of $898
from her account. The resident
had already contacted her bank
about an earlier $1,300 debit that
was not authorized

A Niceville resident from the
1600 block of Magnolia
Plantation Boulevard reported two
unauthorized transactions on his
bank account. The first fraudulent
transaction for $352 occurred Jan.
19 in North Carolina on a counter-
feit check with the victim's rout-
ing and account number but on a
check from a different bank. The
second fraudulent charge was for
$690 from an unknown Walmart
location. The victim's bank closed
the account and issued him a new
one.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Sharon Drive report-
ed that sometime overnight Feb.
18-19, unknown persons) bur-
glarized an unlocked pickup truck
and stole $200 in cash.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Wright Circle report-
ed that on Feb. 14 she noticed that
someone went through a purse
located in a bedroom and took a
credit card. The credit card was
used to take $4,200 from the vic-
tim's account.

A Niceville resident reported
Feb. 16 that his 28-foot sailboat
was stolen from where he had
anchored it in Santa Rosa Sound
near Hurlburt Field. The owner
filed a "drop charges" form Feb.
19 after the boat was located about
a mile from where he had
anchored it. The boat did not
appear to be damaged.


Officers went to Twin Cities
Hospital Sunday in response to a
34-year-old woman's report that
she had been raped at a small get-
together at a Niceville residence.
The victim stated she had passed
out, and that when she awoke
McCoy was raping her. The vic-
tim said she tried to defend herself
but that McCoy punched her in the
face, knocking her unconscious.
Police searched McCoy's resi-
dence and collected evidence that
corroborated the victim's state-
ment about sexual battery,
Niceville police said. They also
recovered cocaine, marijuana and
narcotics equipment at the Powell
Drive residence.
A Special Response Team from
the Crestview Police Department
aided local police in the raid,
according to Niceville police
detective Joey Forgione, who con-
firmed that a flash-bang grenade
was used during entry to the home.
McCoy, Wright and Stroud
were arrested and transported to
the Okaloosa County Jail. As of
Tuesday, Wright and Stroud had
been released, while McCoy was
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By Del Lessard
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Niceville police announced the
arrest of an alleged rapist Sunday.
Antone Donahue McCoy, 41,
of 725 Powell Dr., was arrested
March 7 for sexual battery, and for
possession of cocaine and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia,
according to police.
Two other men were arrested
on drug charges at the same
address after officers executed a
search warrant at 725 Powell Dr.,
Niceville police said.
Police reports stated that
Terrance Lamont Wright, 37, of
the same address, was arrested for
possession of cocaine, possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-
nalia.
Shawn Eric Stroud, 31, of the
same address, was arrested on
misdemeanor charges of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
ijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia, according to police
reports.
A statement from the Niceville
Police Department gave the fol-
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Location Situation Dale Time
C am elia Place...........................M edica l..............................03/01/10 ..................02:37
E. John Sim s Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash ..................03/01/10...................15:29
Bayshore Drive ........................M edica l..............................03/02/10 ..................02:22
37th Street................................M edical......... ............. 03/02/10 ..................09:35
Kilarney Road.......................Medical.... ........03/02/10 ..................09:44
W. College Blvd. ......................Vehicle Crash ..................03/02/10..................17:17
E. C college Blvd. ........................M edica l..............................03/03/10 ..................16:01
W John Sim s Pkwy.................False Call..........................03/04/10...................05:10
37th Street.................................M edica l..............................03/04/10 ..................07:56
Pine Avenue ..............................M edica l..............................03/04/10 ..................09:42
Redwood Avenue ....................Vehicle Crash ..................03/04/10 ..............14:02
Deer Street/2nd Street ............Medical.............................03/04/10..................14:12
Duke Drive ............................. M edica l ...................... 03/04/10 ..................18:06
Date Palm D rive ......................M edica l..............................03/04/10 ..................21:16
E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash ..................03/05/10..................07:45
Redwood Avenue ....................Vehicle Crash ..................03/05/10..................14:04
Lanm an Road ...................... Brush Fire ..................... 03/05/10 ..................21:31
E. John Sims Pkwy .................Medical..................... 03/05/10..................08:54
Government Avenue................ Vehicle Crash .................. 03/05/10.................. 09:59
Valp. Pkwy./Valp........................Cancelled On Scene.......03/06/10...................10:25
Garden Oak Cove ...................Cancelled En route .........03/07/10...................05:39
Reeves Street...........................M edica l..............................03/07/10 ..................08:52
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 28 through
Mar. 8.
Location Situation Date Time
Lake Drive ..............................EM S excluding vehicle..............3/1/10 ..............10:45
White Point Road..................EMS excluding vehicle..............3/1/10 ..............11:22
N. White Point Road..............EMS excluding vehicle..............3/1/10 ..............13:28
N. Side Mid-Bay Bridge.........No incident found.............. 3/1/10 ..............14:35
Pine Street...............................EM S excluding vehicle..............3/1/10 ..............18:19
SaintAndrews Cove ..............Public Service Assistance .........3/2/10 ..............22:47
N. White Point Road..............Mobile property (vehicle)...........3/3/10 ..............10:44
N. W hite Point Road..............M medical assist.............................3/3/10 ..............12:44
Cat Mar Road ............. EMS excluding vehicle.............. 3/3/10 ..............13:24
Merchants Way/125...............EMS excluding vehicle................3/3/10 ..............16:32
W. John Sims Pkwy. ..............Cancelled .................. 3/4/10 ..............05:15
Range Road/Bldg. .................Detector activation......................3/4/10 ..............07:39
N. White Point Road..............EMS excluding vehicle..............3/5/10 ..............00:33
White Point Road...................Cancelled ...................................3/5/10 ..............02:48
Vardon Way.............................EMS excluding vehicle..............3/5/10 ..............14:09
Merchants Way.............. EMS excluding vehicle..............3/5/10 ..............16:11
Lanman Road ................. Grass fire............................3/5/10 ..............21:34
White Point Road...................Medical assist .....................3/5/10 ..............21:42
Troon Drive W est....................W ater problem ...........................3/6/10 ..............05:29
Arm adillo Trail ........................M medical assist ............................3/6/10 ..............12:20
N. White Point Road..............Medical assist............................3/7/10 ..............05:23
Garden Oaks Cove................Chimney or flue fire ................... 3/7/10 ..............05:41
M merchants W ay.......................M medical assist.............................3/7 /10 ..............16:07
N. W hite Point Road..............Medical assist.............................3/7/10 ..............17:54
County Line Road.............. EMS excluding vehicle..............3/7/10 ..............19:49
S. M inster Court......................M medical assist.............................3/8/10 ..............08:47
N. White Point Road..............EMS excluding vehicle..............3/8/10 ..............10:46
Parkw ood Place......................Lock-out.......................................3/8/10 ..............13:03
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Four teens

arrested

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burglaries


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Loot recovered in the arrests
of four teenagers has been tied to
some of the car burglaries that
have plagued the Niceville area
recently, according to Okaloosa
County Sheriff's reports.
A 16-year-old Niceville boy, a
16-year-old Bluewater Bay girl, a
17-year-old Niceville boy and a
16-year-old Valparaiso boy were
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
23, each charged with two counts
of car burglary, two counts of pos-
session of burglary tools and two


counts of felony theft, according
to sheriff's arrest reports. Three
of the teens are listed as students.
Sheriff's reports gave the fol-
lowing account:
Deputies responded to a vehi-
cle burglary that had just occurred
in the 4200 block of Whitetail
Circle, Niceville, about 2:30 a.m.
Feb. 23. A man said he heard
horns honking outside his home
and saw a male getting out of his
neighbor's SUV.
One of the responding
deputies spotted a pickup truck
heading north on Bay Drive that


matched the description given by
the witness. The deputy stopped
the truck, drew his sidearm and
ordered everyone to get out.
After three teens exited and were
placed in handcuffs, one said that
a fourth was passed out in the
truck.
Deputies found the boy on the
back seat. They also found elec-
tronic items, a hammer, a crow-
bar, gloves, open cans of beer and
a partly empty bottle of vodka.
The witness from Whitetail
Circle identified the 17-year-old
as the person he saw next to his


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


neighbor's car. The witness also
said that his own vehicle had been
burglarized.
Among the items found in the
teens' pickup were six GPS units,
two cameras, a credit card, a gift
card, sunglasses, a radar detector,
an iPod, a CD case with about 70
CDs, a guitar, a subwoofer, a
machete, a baseball bat and a
portable video game system.
Deputies identified some of
the items found in the teens' pick-
up as having been stolen in the
Whitetail Circle and Gleneagles
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loot from two previously reported
burglaries in Niceville. Deputies
activated some GPS units and
found the victims' addresses.
No charges have been filed in
the previous burglaries, which
authorities were continuing to
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When a magnitude 7.0 earth-
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food and
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Staff Sgt. Burt Traynor
Burt
Traynor, son of Guy and Eileen
Traynor of Ridgewood Cove S.,
Niceville, is an aerial videogra-
pher with the 1st Combat
Camera Squadron at Joint Base
Charleston, S.C., who worked
tirelessly to make sure the peo-
ple of Haiti received the assis-
tance they needed.
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bat camera team in Haiti,"
Traynor, a 1996 graduate of
Niceville High School, said.
"My mission was to document
the joint operations that were
being established and the
humanitarian relief efforts."
Traynor helped deliver more
than 50,000 gallons of water,
375,000 meals ready to eat, 700
container delivery systems for
air deliveries and 200 pallets of
supplies to Haiti.
"I believe the imagery we
take can help spotlight the situ-
ations of many Haitians and
help get their story out to those
who can help," said Traynor.
Thanks to Traynor and other
service members, tens of thou-
sands of people in Haiti sur-
vived in the weeks following
the earthquake. Helping make a
difference is something he feels
is the right thing to do.
"I think it is important for
the U.S. to help other nations


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
When she was 14, Andrea
Todd asked her mother, Joy, if
she could join the Emerald
Coast Advertising Federation.
That was unusual, but the
organization made room for
her.
This year, Andrea, now 18
and a senior at Niceville High
School, took Best of Show in
the annual local ADDY graph-
ic arts awards. Even more than
that, she swept every award in
the student category, beating
out four other students-each
of whom is attending college
at the University of West
Florida.
"I was hoping to get a cou-
ple of awards," Andrea told the
Beacon, "but I wasn't hoping
to get all five."
Andrea, who lives in
Shalimar but transferred from
Choctawhatchee High School


to Niceville to enjoy its superi-
or graphic arts program, start-
ed entering graphics projects
in the local ADDYs when she
was in 10th grade. That year,
she won a silver certificate. In
her junior
e- Td year, she
won a gold.
Each time,
she was the
youngest
ever to win
those
awards.
This year
Andrea Todd was the first
time a high
school student won Best of
Show, according to UWF mar-
keting professor Susan Shaw.
Andrea, it seems, has
always been interested in
graphic arts.
"Since Andrea was young,
she went with me to clients,"
said her mother, who is web-


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to the survivors of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.


because it helps build relations
between all the countries
involved and gives us a chance
to see how we all can work
together," said Traynor.


Recent natural disasters like
Hurricane Katrina, the Pacific
tsunami and the Haiti earth-
quake prove that Mother Nature
rarely gives mankind a chance


to prepare for her wrath. But
for Traynor, and service mem-
bers like him, helping pick up
the pieces is always a short call
away.


master for destin-ation.com.
"Most of the businesses around
here know her."
Andrea explains her tagging
along a little differently.
"I was sick all the time as a
kid, so I'd go with her on
shoots," she said.
At age 14, Andrea started
her own Web-based business,
destinteenscene.com, which
she has put on the back burner
to concentrate on school. In
the past, she has won third
place in an international Key
Club poster contest and won
an award in a Florida
Department of Energy contest.
To increase her graphic arts
knowledge, Andrea has
interned with graphic designer
Jake Meyer and is currently
interning with photographer
Marcia Wright Reynolds.
"She's doing internships
with local top talent," Joy
Todd said. "She is absolutely


Andrea Todd's Best of Show entry, a CD case for the fictional
band "Clip-on Tie."


amazing-talented and very
driven."
In the fall, Andrea will
enroll at Florida State
University, which has the only
four-year graphic arts program
in the state. After that, she
said, "I'd like to work for a big
company. I'm more media-
based, not billboards or ads in
magazines."
FSU is a good choice, Shaw
said.
"I work with a lot of graph-
ic artists and the top guns tend


to come out of FSU," she said.
She's also a studied critic of
broadcast commercials, her
mother said, even taping them
and becoming annoyed at bad
ones.
While success is never
guaranteed, those closest to
Andrea see nothing but tri-
umphs in her future.
"She's very studious and
highly talented," Shaw said.
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Haley Dean is a recipient of a
Troy University scholarship. She
will become
a Trojan in
fall 2010 and
will graduate
from
Niceville
High School.
Haley will
receive a
Chancellor's
Haley Dean Award, a
full-tuition
scholarship, worth approximately
$48,000 over four years. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Dan Dean of Destin.

Kenneth Albert and his dog,
Jake, were rewarded recently for
thwarting a would-be bank rob-
ber. When a thief robbed the
Bluewater Bay branch of Coastal
Bank, Albert, with Jake under his
arm, approached the robber out-
side the bank and snatched the
bag of money out of his hand.
For their heroism, Jake was
rewarded with a basket full of
toys and snacks, as well as a new
collar bearing the legend, "Bad to
the Bone." Albert got a coffee
cup, a hat and a free dinner at
Beef O'Brady's.

Kristoffer D. Taylor, son of
Lt. Col. David and Lourdes
Taylor and a member of Troop

was recog-
nized
Sunday, Feb.
21, for
receiving his
Eagle Scout
rank. For his
Eagle Scout
service proj-
ect, Kristoffer
Kristoffer led D. Taylor
multiple
crews of volunteers to clear a
walking trail on Eglin AFB that
goes mostly around the Camp
Robbins Family Camp.

Twin Cities Hospital recently
announced its recipients of the
2009 Dr. Frist Humanitarian
Awards. At a luncheon held in
Niceville, Mark Day, CFO, pre-
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


New park bridges


designed for safety


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Two new bridges at Fred
Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Park are slated for construction
sometime in March and should
be finished by July.
The bridges, however, will
only be used by park personnel
and local fiuL li ii as a way to
access park property that runs
adjacent to the backs of homes
along Parkview Lane and
Oakview Cove in Parkwood
Estates off Range Road.
Park personnel maintain a
fire line in the area to keep those
homes safe should a forest fire
erupt in the park and to help
maintain controlled burns set by
the park. Maintaining a fire line
means vegetation within the line
must be cleared and mowed on a
regular basis to provide an area
close to the homes that is clear
of what Park Manager Dan
Laird calls "very flammable
vegetation."
The vehicle bridges, to be
erected by Hall Contracting and
Construction, Inc., Chipley, will
allow heavy mowing and clear-
ing machines to cross over por-
tions of the park's steephead
stream system. Steephead
streams are considered some of
the earth's most rare freshwater
habitats, according to the Nature
Conservancy. Most Steephead
systems are found in Florida,
with one or two in Georgia and
one in New Zealand, said Park
Manager Laird. The stream sys-
tems provide a "unique micro-
climate for rare plants and ani-
mals," according to the
Conservancy. Currently, Laird
said the steephead stream at
Fred Gannon supports a popula-


tion of Okaloosa Darters.
There is currently one bridge
over the stream, erected five
years ago and built by park staff
of Trex fiber board, a material
consisting of 50 percent recy-
cled plastic and 50 percent
"reclaimed" wood. While the
bridge has served its purpose,
Laird said it's not strong enough
to support heavy machinery. The
new bridges will be made of
wood and have metal pilings, a
combination, said Laird, that
will be stronger.
An additional bridge will be
constructed to allow park per-
sonnel access to a portion of the
fire line which currently can
only be accessed through the
private property of a Parkview
Lane homeowner (who could
not be reached for comment).
The portion of park property
with access to the first bridge is
currently approached off Range
Road through a restricted access
park gate, just prior to the
entrance of Parkwood Estates.
"Every time we have to mow
this part of the fire line we have
to bring all our equipment
through (the property owner's)
lot," said Laird. "If he sells the
lot, which he's been talking
about doing, we won't have any
way to get to this section." An
unmowed fire line means fires
can quickly spread to the back-
yards of homes in Parkwood
Estates, said Laird.
Because the bridges will
cross the steephead stream, cau-
tion must be used to allow mini-
mal disruption to the rare stream
and its protected residents, the
Okaloosa darters. Additionally,
because the park land is so close
to the homes in Parkwood


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Kirkland-Norton
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
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.
Matt is currently working for
Lake Area Physical Therapy in
Keystone Heights, Florida. He
is the son of Wanda Dye,
Niceville and Clark Norton,
Fort Walton Beach.
The wedding will be held
March 20, at The Old Christ
Church in Pensacola, followed
by a honeymoon in Placencia,
Belize.


Ruckel wins Math Counts


Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Dan Laird, park manager at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Park, stands on the bridge that spans a portion of the park's
steephead stream. The bridge will be replaced with a larger,
sturdier bridge and will allow easier access to a fire line, allow-
ing park staff to keep flammable vegetation mowed and cleared.


Estates, the usual method for
bridge construction (pin1 dii-.
of pilings) may cause damage to
the foundations of those homes.
Both problems will be solved
by utilizing helical pilings and a
method of bridge erection called
top-down construction-some-
times referred to as the
"leapfrog" technique.
Helical pilings are screwed
into the ground (like a
corkscrew) and can be installed
with minimal headroom and
within tight conditions. They


additionally limit the distur-
bance to the ground. Top-down
construction allows for each
additional portion of the bridge
being installed to be done with
equipment supported on previ-
ously constructed portions, lim-
iting the need to get down into
the stream and surrounding area,
minimizing disruption of the
stream's ecosystem, said Laird.
Both bridges, one 10-by-150
feet and the other 10-by-50 feet,
will cost a total of $164,000,
Laird said.


The Ruckel Varsity Math
Counts team placed first in the
recent District Math Counts
Competition, hosted by the
Emerald Coast Society of
Engineers. The team will
advance to the state Math Counts
competition in Orlando. Awards
were given to the top 10 individ-


uals in the district competition.
The Ruckel team earned five of
those top 10 slots: Andrew
Moore (first), Alex Russ
(fourth), Cody McWilliams
(fifth), Matthew Markwardt
(seventh), and Anna Herrera
(eighth). The team is coached by
Susie Watson.


Nine RBCS spellers

place in 4-school bee


Nine of the 27 Rocky Bayou
Academy students who participat-
ed in the Association of Christian
Schools International spelling bee
at Aletheia Christian Academy
March 5 placed in the top four in
their divisions.
They are:
First grade-1st, Amanda
Brannon; 2nd, Elizabeth
Eppright.
Second grade-1st, Rebekah
Sung.
Third grade-1st, Lydia
Turner; 4th, Bryce Griffith.
Fifth grade-4th, Zachary
Johns.


Sixth grade-1st, Maria
Bandstra; 3rd, Wesley Bowers.
Seventh grade-4th, Ian
Kampert.
Four schools sent spellers to
the bee. Each contestant won a
spelling bee within their own
classes at their schools. Rocky
Bayou Academy took two stu-
dents from each class to the
spelling bee.
Academy Principal Denise
Bowers said she was gratified that
her school's spellers did so well.
"Our good phonics-based reading
program yields great spellers," she
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To raise money for Children in Crisis, Lewis held a King and Queen of Hearts contest.
Students collected donations and the King and Queen were determined by who collected
the most donations by the end of the week. The King and Queen and their court, from left:
front, CeCe Hamm and Romeo Blackmon; middle, Cole Rodgers, Akiya Mason, Jonathan
Morris and McKenna Dean; back, Queen Shannon Lord and King Anthony Robbins. A total
of $580 was donated during this fundraising effort.


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The Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented
the book "Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary" to
the Valparaiso Library's Genealogy Section in memory of Sarah Levesque, honorary chap-
ter regent. From left: Alice Calhoun, Don Levesque, Donna Branson, David Weatherford
(library director), Arlene Murphy, Margaret Nichols, Nancy Bailey, Joyce Humber.


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hosts

100-plus
In January, the Kiwanis
Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso hosted the
Florida Kiwanis Zone 1
Conference at Northwest
Florida State College. more
than 100 Kiwanians from
Northwest Florida partici-
pated in numerous semi-
nars and workshops.
Among the members of the
local club is Donna Parton,
center right, governor of
the Florida Kiwanis
District.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


info@baybeacon.com
before 5 p.m. Wednesday

Blood drives this week
March 10-Hurlburt Medical
Group 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and First
Baptist Church, Niceville, 622
Bayshore Drive, 3:30-8 p.m.
March 11-North Okaloosa
Medical Center, 151 E. Redstone
Ave., Crestview, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 12-
Sacred Heart
Hospital on the
Emerald Coast,
7800 US
Highway 98, W.
Miramar Beach, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
March 13-Santa Rosa Mall,
Mary Esther, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 14-Knights of Columbus,
St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Mary
Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, 8 a.m.-
noon
March 15-Parthenon Healthcare,
1849 E. First Ave., Crestview, 8:30-
11:30 a.m.
Protestant Lenten service
The remaining Protestant Lenten
devotionals and lunches will be on
Wednesday, March 10, 17, 24, 31 at
11:30 a.m. at the Chapel Center
Annex, Eglin Air Force Base. More
information: 882-2111.
Stations of the Cross
The remaining Catholic Stations
of the Cross and Lenten meals will be
observed on Wednesdays, March 10,
17, and 24 at 5 p.m. at the West Gate
Chapel, Eglin Air Force Base. More
information: Susan Huberty, 882-
7320.
'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.
Job search seminars set
JobsPlus and the Workforce
Development Board of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties will conduct two
seminars: The Art of Negotiation and
Job Retention (March 18); and an
Employer Question and Answer Panel
(March 25). Seminars will be hosted
at the Crestview JobsPlus One-Stop
Career Center, 1212 N. Wilson St.,
Crestview. There is no cost to attend
the series but registration is required.
To register: 833-7587, ext. 211 or e-
mail jmcdaniel@jobsplus02.com.
Time for a story
The Valparaiso Library has a
Monday and Tuesday morning story
time each week for toddler and pre-
school children. Both programs meet
at 9:45 a.m. and offer hands-on activi-
ties, games and toys, puppets, music
and other materials to spark the imag-
ination. All stories are age appropriate
and are interactive. More information:
729-5406
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.
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,
678-1461.
Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber
of Commerce will hold its Second
Wednesday Breakfast March 10, at the

Community
Center, 204 N.
Partin Drive. The
breakfast begins at
7:15 a.m. with
coffee and conversation, followed by
the meal at 7:30 a.m. This month's
sponsor is Waste Management of
Northwest Florida. Chamber mem-
bers, their guests, and prospective
members are invited to attend.
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.
Skit for wives
The Northwest Florida Retired
Officers Wives Club will meet at 11
a.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Eglin
Officers Club. Lunch will be served at
11:30 a.m. and will feature a skit by Jo
Yaeger and friend. Reservations (by
March 11): 609-8075.
Night of worship
Darrell Evans, a contemporary
Christian singer, will perform 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, at First Baptist
Church, 622 Bayshore Drive,
Niceville. Evans' most popular songs
are "Trading My Sorrows," "Let the
River Flow" and "Your Love is
Extravagant." Donations accepted.
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.
Potluck for seniors
Twin Cities Senior Citizens Club
will meet March 11 at 3 p.m. at 264
Glenview, Valparaiso, with bingo and
potluck. Bring something green and


win a dip in the pot of gold. Fifty-plus
welcome. Call Jo Dove, president, at
678-8645 for info.
Charity Golf tourney
Children in Crisis is sponsoring
the fourth annual Children's


Neighborhood




V


Charity Golf
Tournament
Friday, March 12,
at the Fort Walton
Beach Golf Club
on the Pines
Course. Check-in
and lunch is at 11


a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Cost is
$75 per person. There will be prizes
and awards. Proceeds go to benefit
The CIC Children's Neighborhood.
Registration and information: 864-
4242 or visit childrenincrisisfl.org.
Stage Crafters comedy
A successful bed & breakfast will
be the setting for Stage Crafter's first
show in 2010-"Sex Please, We're
Sixty." Several "elderly" bed and
breakfast guests mix up two kinds of


performance-enhancing pills, result-
ing in some strange side effects.
Evening performances begin at 7:30
and weekend matinees are 2 p.m.
Performances will be March 12-14
and 19-21. Tickets ($15) go on sale
two weeks before opening night and
can be purchased at: Bayou Books,
Niceville; Dowd Title Group, LLC,
Destin; Connect With Flowers,
Shalimar; PS Gifts, Fort Walton
Beach; and at all Century 21 offices in
Navarre and Okaloosa and Walton
counties. Performances are held at the
Municipal Auditorium, 106 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. For
more information, e-mail: executive-
board@stagecrafters.com or visit Web
site stagecrafters.net. Sex Please,
We're Sixty is directed by John
Guzalak.
Tea Party garage sale
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party will sponsor a giant yard sale 9
a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 13 in the
Kmart parking lot on John Sims
Parkway. Also present at the sale will
be the "Patriot Dog" selling hot dogs,
soda, chips and other things to eat.
Dance at Barons' Ball
The 3rd annual Cattle Barons' Ball
will be held under tent and the starry
skies at Destin Commons Saturday,
March 13, to benefit the American
Cancer Society. The Cattle Barons'
Ball is a high-energy, westem-themed
community event with guests enjoy-
ing tasty vittles from some of the
area's leading restaurants, live and
silent auctions, gaming, entertainment
by The Modem Eldorados, and danc-
ing. A limited number of Baron and
Rancher table sponsorships are avail-
able as well as individual tickets.
More information: Diane Maldonado,
244-3813, ext. 3551, or e-mail
Diane.Maldonado @cancer.org.
Tracy Lawrence to appear
Country singer Tracy Lawrence,
whose biggest single was "Paint Me A
Birmingham," will perform Saturday,
March 13, 7 p.m., at the Block Club,
113 Eglin Parkway S.E., Fort Walton
Beach. Tickets are $23. For informa-
tion: theblockclub.com.

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'Cutest Pet' contest
The City of Niceville's Relay for Life Team is sponsoring a
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CALENDAR
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Roller derby planned
The Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls,
Okaloosa County's only women's flat
track roller derby team, will have its
first bout of the 2010 season, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 13. The "March
Mosh: Pit of Fury" will be played at
the Docie Bass Recreation Center, 54
Ferry Road, Fort Walton Beach.
Tickets are $10. More information:
beachbrawlsk8rdolls.com.
Garage sale for band
The Ruckel Middle School band
will hold a garage sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday March 13, in the school cafe-
teria. All proceeds benefit the school
band. More information: call CiCi
Hruby, 897-6882.


Join a sailing club
The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club
will have its annual spring meeting 6
p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the
Bluewater Bay
Marina. A fun
season of races
and cruises for the
whole family is
planned.
Prospective new members and guests
welcome. More information: Mickey
Duvall, 897-6806 or Marilyn
Ostrominski, 678-3150.
Breakfast, silent auction
The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso will hold its annual Silent
Auction and Pancake Breakfast 7
a.m.-noon Saturday, March 13, in the
Niceville High School cafeteria.
Auction items include resort
weekends, dinners, day cruises, and


many other goods and services from
local merchants.
Proceeds will be applied toward
Kiwanis community programs in the
Niceville-Valparaiso area, such as
scholarships, food for needy families,
youth programs, help for abused chil-
dren, playground equipment,
American Cancer Society Relay for
Life, and Sharing and Caring, to name
a few.
There is no charge for admission
to the auction.
Meantime, for $4 apiece, ticket-
holders will enjoy a breakfast of pan-
cakes and sausage, orange juice, and
milk or coffee.
Breakfast tickets may be pur-
chased at the door.
Concert to benefit Haiti
The Okaloosa County Branch,
NAACP, plans a concert In the park to


benefit Haiti March 14 from, noon-6
p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach
Landing, Fort Walton Beach. Noon-4
p.m., rock, reggae, calypso, R&B, and
Latin; gospel music, 4 -6 p.m.
Proceeds go to "NAACP4Haiti" and
"Give Me Shelter," a local charity
doing work in Haiti. To be a vendor at
this event, contact the Greater Fort
Walton Beach Chamber of
Commerce, 244-8191. Web site:
okaloosanaacp.org.
PAWS motorcycle run
The PAWS on the Throttle motor-
cycle poker run starts with registration
at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 14, at 752
Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach.
The last bike to head out will go at 11
a.m. and the last bike in will arrive no
later than 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per hand
with a prize for the best hand. The
event includes door prizes and a 50/50


drawing. All proceeds benefit the
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.
More information: 243-1525.
Candidate debate planned
A debate among the five
announced candidates for the District
4 Florida House of Representatives
seat, formerly
held by Ray
Sansom, will take
place Sunday,
March 14, 4-6
p.m., in Building
K, Northwest Florida State College.
Admission is free.
The primary election will take
place Tuesday, March 23.
Cancer survivors' dinner
The Complimentary Cancer
Survivor/Caregiver Dinner hosted by
Niceville/Valparaiso Relay for Life


Steering Committee is slated for 6
p.m. Monday, March 15, at St. Paul
Lutheran Church of Niceville, 1407 E.
John Sims Pkwy. The annual event
honors local cancer survivors and a
guest. RSVP by March 11: Patti
Checkler 496-0670 or 729-3465.
Want to travel and cruise?
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, a
group of Niceville residents will meet
at the Bluewater
Bay Golf Club to i
discuss the possi-
bility of a Travel
and Cruise Club.
If interested in
traveling, cruising and guest speakers
from the travel/cruise industry, be sure
to attend i ,. i.iii- which features a
short video presentation, light refresh-
ments and door prizes.


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news staff, and has
an opening for a full-
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hardworking, self-
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standards for
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Eglin Women's Golf
Association, Play of the day,
Feb. 4, Blind Holes 1/2 hcp.
First flight: first, Barbara
Marquis 65; second, tie,
Wanna Caverly, Ann Gruber
70. Second flight: first, Katie
Furby 68; second, tie, Lolo
Brantley, Joann Brandt 71;
third, tie, Dianne Barr,
Audrey Bailey 74. Third
flight: first, Sue Robertson
72; second, Dianne Maynard
76. Fourth flight: first, Joyce
Plummer 77; second, Merle
Buffkin 82; third, Bette Olsen
83. Chip-ins: Martha Istorico
#13, Wanda Larkins #15.

Rocky Bayou Country
Club, Ladies Golf Association,
Memorial Tournament And
Rally for the Cure, Low Net,
Feb. 23.
Net Score
Overall winner, Bonnie
Weideman 67. First flight:
first, Fran Jacobs 68; second,
Marion Chapman 73; third,
Brenda Meeboer 74. Second
flight: first, Ann Wittkopp 69;
second, Marilyn Reisenwitz
72; third, Bonney Hanson 74.
Third flight: first, Helen
Kirby 70; second, Jeanne
Shaw 76; third, Barbara
Roberts 76. Fourth flight:
first, Gloria Hall 70; second,
Janet Kouris 73; third,
Connie Ryan 81. Fifth flight:
first, Pat McNeil 73; second,
Beth Franz 80; third, Joan
Hegarty 80. Closest to the pin:
Hole #4, Jo Burger 16'9";
Hole #8, Jeanne Shaw 8'8.5";
Hole #12 Rally for the Cure,
Vivian Lynn 6'7'.


Wednesday, March 10
Rocky Bayou at S. Walton
i-i.ih ifiil-.. 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 11
NHS vs. Lovett, Ga., base-
ball, 7 p.m.
Rocky Bayou vs. East Hill,
softball, 4 p.m.
Friday, March 12
NHS at Mosley, baseball, 7
p.m.
NHS at Mosley, softball, 4
p.m. (JV), 6 p.m.
Rocky Bayou at Walton


Middle, softball (JV), 4:30 p.m.
NHS at Patriot Invitational,
track, at Pace, time TBA
Saturday, March 13
NHS at Ram Relays, track,
Rutherford, time TBA
Monday, March 15
NHS vs. team TBA, Under
Armor Tournament, 7 p.m.
NHS vs. Ridgeland, Miss.,
softball, 4 p.m. (JV), 7 p.m.
Rocky Bayou at Gulf Breeze,


v i. ii. lifiiii .. 3 p.m .
Tuesday, March 16
NHS vs. team TBA, Under
Armor Tournament, 7 p.m.
NHS at Crestview, JV base-
ball, 3:30 p.m..
Rocky Bayou at Poplar
Springs, softball, 4 p.m.
Rocky Bayou vs. Laurel Hill
(at Twin Oaks), baseball, 5 p.m.
Rocky Bayou at Jay, track,
3:30 p.m.


Little League



play to begin


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Saturday will be the day to
plop that ball cap on your head
and drive on over to the Twin
Oaks Sports Complex for a full
day of baseball, games, food and
even hot air balloon rides.
The fun begins at 8:30 a.m.
March 13, at the ball fields on the
comer of Highway 85 and
College Boulevard (the Mullet
Festival site).
Like last year, there will be no
parade through the streets of
Niceville-an activity that past
Little League seasons usually
kicked off opening day.
"To be honest," said Angela
Marshall, opening day coordina-
tor, "it's a big hassle. The kids
kind of like it but we don't get a
lot of people showing up for it.
And for the kids, it makes a long
day even longer," she said. In the
past, those who participated were
required to report to the parade
starting point at 6:30 a.m.
Even so, the kids won't be
without a parade, as they'll have
a chance to march around the
ball fields, waving at friends and
family when things get started at
8:30 a.m. The opening remarks,
invocation and national anthem
(sung by Opus One) will be at 9


a.m. Ball games begin at 10:30
a.m.
The ceremonies will also fea-
ture these special guests: the
Northwest Florida State College
Raiders baseball team and
Mayors Randall Wise (Niceville)
and Bruce Arnold (Valparaiso).
Others helping out with games
and activities are members of the
Eglin Airman Leadership School
and the Navy EOD School.
Little League Opening Day
runs full tilt, with ball games
lasting all day and other activi-
ties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New
to the big day of fun will be hot
air balloon rides from RE/MAX.
Each balloon ride "will take
riders up 100 feet and down
again," said Marshall, at the
price of $3 for a single rider and
$5 for two riders. As usual, activ-
ity armbands will be sold for
$13, the cost of which includes
all activities except balloon rides.
Other goings on include bouncy
houses, a spiderman mountain
climb, a pitching speed radar
device, putt putt, carnival games
and a cake walk.
Catering lunch will be Jim 'N
Nick's Bar-B-Que. Pulled pork
and chicken sandwich plates are
available for $8 and hot dog
plates will cost $6.


Opening Day arrives
The Resort Quest first baseman keeps a close watch on
the Hungry Howie's baserunner in a Ponytail game during
Saturday's opening play of the Valparaiso Niceville Girls
Softball Association.


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SPORTS
Wednesday, March 10, 2009


Niceville

falls in

semis
Niceville High School's
Kyle Koszuta goes after a
loose ball during last
Wednesday's state semifi-
nal basketball game with
Tampa Sickles. The Eagles
couldn't stop two Sickles
players, who combined for
49 points, in a 56-53 loss
to end their season.
Koszuta led Niceville with
11 points.
Photo by Jake
Brown/Tampa Tribune


Photo by Scott Schaeffler

Knight, Eagle neck and neck
Rocky Bayou Christian School freshman Kristen Bernheisel and Niceville High School jun-
ior Abby McCool battle for the lead during Saturday's Max Bruner Invitational track meet.
Niceville finished second to Fort Walton Beach, while Rocky Bayou finished fourth.




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