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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 17, 2010
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00097
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
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Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
SLooking for
work? Check
out the Career
& job Fair at the
Northwest Florida State
College gymnasium. It's
free and many area busi-
nesses will be on hand to
interview and hire.
Friday. 5-7 p.m.
Bring your appetite and
your wish list to
Northwest Florida State
College for the 14th annu-
al Fare for Child Care and
Charity Auction. Great
food and thousands of
dollars in services and
merchandise for bid are all
part of the evening. Tickets
are $12 for adults, $5 for
children 5-10. At the door,
tickets are $15.
Call 833-9330.
Saturday. 8 a.m.-noon
Check out the goodies
at the Eglin Federal Credit
Union's Heart Walk team
charity yard
sale in the /
credit union's
Bluewater Bay
Branch parking lot.
Proceeds benefit the
American Heart
Call Bruce Smith, 862-
0111, ext. 2140.
Saturday. 11:30 a.m.
Support the Niceville
High School
Key Club in
the second
Miracle Network Golf
Tournament at Eglin Golf
Course. The $65 entry fee
will benefit the Children's
Miracle Network. To regis-
ter, call 830-7756.
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Niceville Civil War
author Dann Wallis will
sign his new book, "Up
Trail!" at Bayou Books.

More in Calendar, B-4.

F-35 runway curb 'temporary'

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Air Force has reiterated that its
promise to limit most F-35 flights to the
runway farthest from Valparaiso is a tem-
porary one that may lapse later this year.
It has not been decided whether the
runway restriction, aimed at curbing jet

A runway reopens, A-4.

noise in Valparaiso, will be extended
beyond an expected fall 2010 decision,
the Air Force said.
Meantime, the Valparaiso City
Commission last week appointed two res-

Niceville 'triangle'

getting facelift

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Niceville City Council mem-
bers heard good news about
housing rehabilitation, fireworks,
and the renovation of its land-
mark "ii.iiin k" intersection dur-
ing last Tuesday's meeting, held
at 7 p.m. at Niceville City Hall.
The city has gotten more bang
from its bucks than expected
with regard to home rehabilita-
tion, said Dennis Dingman dur-
ing the March 9 council meeting.
Dingman is a consultant with
Summit Professional Services
Inc., a Panama City finn hired by
the City of Niceville to help
manage the city's Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) program to rehabilitate
or replace substandard housing

within Niceville.
Originally, said Dingman in
his report to the city council, the
city estimated that it could
replace or rehabilitate between
eight and 10 homes with the
money received from the state
and federal grant program.
Instead, he said, the city has been
able to fund 11 such projects,
with the final project about to
begin construction.
The average cost of each such
project, said Dingman, has been
about $65,000, and the newest
project is expected to cost
$75,117. That amount was bid by
Jason Buck Construction
Services, and was the lowest of
two bids received for the project.
Please see FACELIFT, page A-3

idents to an Eglin-sponsored noise adviso-
ry committee to be formed under a recent
lawsuit settlement between the city and
the Air Force.
Eglin has two runways. Planes taking
off from, or landing on, the north end of
the north-south runway fly over parts of
Valparaiso at low altitudes.

Contending that the noise and safety
effects of as many as 107 F-35 fighter jets
planned for an Eglin training wing had
not been adequately studied, Valparaiso
sued the Air Force in federal court in
March 2009, seeking an injunction against

Please see F-35, page A-4




for 600

Saturday was opening
day for the Niceville-
Valparaiso Little League
Baseball and Fast-Pitch
Softball season at Twin
Oaks Park, Niceville.
Over 600 boys and girls,
ranging from 5 to 12
years old, are taking part
in this year's season,
said league President
Ron Taylor. The regular
season lasts through

Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith

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Two are arrested,

two more sought

in home invasion

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Police have arrested two
men and requested arrest war-
rants on two others in connec-
tion with a home-invasion rob-
bery at a Valparaiso apartment
March 4.
Benge, 23,
of 15 Live
Oak St., .
Niceville, '
was arrest-
ed by
police Jerrod D. Benge
March 4 on
charges of home invasion (rob-
bery), wearing a hood or mask
on property of another, and
providing false information to
-Stephen Jon Harrell, 31,
of 135 Nicole Lane, Crestview,
was arrested by Valparaiso
police March 4 on the charge

of home invasion (robbery).
Valparaiso Police
Department arrest reports gave
the following account:
At approximately 3:04 a.m.
March 4 a police patrol officer
observed a vehicle parked on
the shoulder of Seminole
Avenue, across from an apart-
ment building at 282
Washington Ave.
As the
made con-
tact with
the driver, a
man exited
the south
door of the
building in
an excited
state and Stephen J.
reported, Harrell
"Look man, they're up there
they got knives, go get them."
Please see ARRESTED, page A-2


of America
The 2010 U.S. census
S forms arrived at the
Niceville Post Office
Tuesday morning, where
postal clerk Roger
Matthews sorted them into
each carrier's tray. An esti-
mated 309 million
Americans will be enumer-
ated in the nation's 23rd
decennial headcount, set-
ting the stage for legislative
reapportionment and the
division of tax spending on
schools, highways and
other government pro-
Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Walmart entrance prepared
Workers grade the future entrance to the Niceville Walmart between Wise and Pine avenues. In
addition, Walmart has taken out a permit with the Florida Department of Transportation to con-
struct a traffic signal at the entrance. Other than Walmart, no company has agreed thus far to
locate on the site. According to a spokesperson for Valparaiso Realty, "We're in discussion with
companies and you can expect to get some quality neighbors for Walmart."


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Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville man was arrested
for burglary after a police dog
tracked a scent to the man's
home, according to Niceville
Jeremy Gavin Thomas,
unemployed, 31, of 1410 22nd
St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 5 on
charges of burglary to a
dwelling, grand theft, criminal
mischief and violation of proba-
tion, according to police reports.
He was also arrested on charges
of car burglary, petit theft and
possession of a controlled sub-
stance, according to the reports.
Niceville police reports gave
the following account:

From page A-1
After directing the man to stay
at the back of his patrol car, the
officer entered the building and
found three men in Apartment 5.
Police later identified one of the

A Niceville resident of the
500 block of Oak Avenue
returned home March 5 as a man
was entering the residence. The
resident chased the man but
failed to stop him. A tracking
dog from the state prison in
Crestview followed a scent from
the victim's home to Thomas'
front door.
Meanwhile, a police officer
on 22nd Street saw Thomas as
he drove away from his resi-
dence and stopped the vehicle
because he matched the descrip-
tion of the burglary suspect.
Thomas was identified by the
victim as the man who burglar-
ized his home, although Thomas
denied the accusation.
Searching Thomas' home,
men in the apartment as the vic-
The victim told police that
four men had entered his apart-
ment without permission, and
that two of them went into the
bedroom, one carrying a baseball
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officers found items reported
stolen from the Oak Street resi-
dence, including 10 hats, four
movies, and
a cam-
corder. .
Also report-
ed stolen
was $75,
matched the
Thomas had Jeremy G.
deposited at Thomas
a bank the same day.
Damage to the Oak Street
home totaled $930, including a
wooden screen door that was
destroyed, a back window
smashed in and the interior win-
the men had a knife and put it to
his throat while pushing him
against a wall.
Valparaiso police have
requested warrants on two other
people believed to be involved in
the home invasion robbery,
according to Capt. David
Bruckelmeyer, Valparaiso Police
Department. The lawman also

dow blinds damaged. The
stolen items were valued at
During the search of
Thomas' bedroom police found
a bottle containing 10 pills of
oxycodone prescribed to a
Niceville resident with an
address in the 300 block of 21st
Street, the same address where a
car burglary had been reported
the day before. When contact-
ed, the victim reported she had
overlooked the fact that the pills
were missing.
Thomas allegedly told police
that he had a drug problem and
didn't remember taking the
pills, although he did remember
breaking into a car the night
said that the driver of the vehicle
parked on Seminole Avenue that
the officer initially contacted was
not involved in the robbery.
Bail has been denied for
Harrell and Benge, who are being
held at the Okaloosa County Jail.
Both men are scheduled for a
hearing in the Okaloosa County
Courthouse, Crestview, April 6.

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Page A-3

From page A-1
According to Dingman's report,
his firm had originally estimated
that the project would cost as
much as $85,000, but both of the
bids received were well below
that. Because other similar proj-
ects also cost less than originally
estimated, Dingman said, the city
was able to rehabilitate more
homes than originally forecast.
"We have met or exceeded all our
goals," he told the council.
In other business, City
Manager Lannie Corbin told the
council that the fireworks fund,
used to pay for the annual

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso elec-
tion results were
certified Monday,
six days after
Valparaiso voters
reelected longtime
Mayor John B.
Arnold and City
Heyward Strong,
and elected new-
comer Diane
Kelley as a city
commissioner. All
won four-year
Arnold, mayor
since 1964, won
handily with 741
votes, or 57.6 per-
cent, against chal-
lenger Brent
Smith, a former
city commissioner.
Kelley won the
highest number of
votes cast, 649, in
the at-large com-
mission race, in
which the two top
vote-getters will be
seated on the four-
member city com-

Independence Day fireworks
show over Boggy Bayou, current-
ly contains about $16,000, with
another $34,000 worth of dona-
tions pledged by assorted civic
groups and individuals. The City
of Valparaiso is also raising funds
for the show.
In addition, Corbin said, local
elementary schools are competing
to see which school can collect the
most aluminum cans for the city's
aluminum recycling project,
which is also being used to help
finance the fireworks show.
Corbin said the winning school
will get a party for the student
body, paid for by Waste
Management, the city's waste col-
lection and recycling contractor.

John B. Arnold

Heyward Strong

mission. Kelley
succeeds one-term
Lydia Johnson,
who did not seek
Strong, a com-
missioner since
1970, had the
next-highest vote
total, with 623.
Other candi-
dates for commis-
sion were:
C a r o 1 e e n
Swanson, 382
votes; John
Havard, 252;
M a r t h a
Woodcock, 247;
and Ron Powers,
Also taking a
commission seat
is Neal Shermer,
who was appoint-
ed by the city
commission last
month to finish
Smith's final two
years as a city
Smith resigned to
run for the
mayor's job.

He said this year's fireworks show
is expected to cost between
$20,000 and $25,000, and will, for
the first time, include a sound sys-
tem set up to float on the bayou,
broadcasting patriotic music in
time with the fireworks. In the
past, such music was provided by
local radio stations, requiring lis-
teners to bring their own radios to
the show.
Corbin also said the renovation
of the -in.llii:k" intersection of
state roads 85 and 20 in downtown
Niceville is proceeding well, with
irrigation recently installed and
plants expected to be in place by
the end of June.
The grassy triangle between
the busy roads has long been a
landmark in the center of
Niceville, especially the "City of
Niceville" sign on the embank-
ment overlooking the intersection,
which has been spelled out using a
flower bed in the shape of letters,
and which is lighted after dark.
The landmark has been torn up for

the last several years because of
road work, but has recently been
returned to city control. Corbin
said he also expects the triangle to
be lighted and decorated for the
Christmas holiday season, as was
done in years past.
Corbin said the regional sewer
board has received $640,000 from
the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, to
compensate it for the loss of about
30 acres of spray field to the Mid-
Bay Bridge Connector Road to be
built by the MBBA. The spray
field is used to absorb excess
nitrogen from treated sewage from
the city-county sewage treatment
plant. The money, said Corbin,
may be used to help pay the city's
51 percent share of the $5.9 mil-
lion cost of new sewage treatment
gear that will reduce the need for
spray field acreage from 200 acres
to about 70.
In reports from the city's fire
and police departments, council
members were told that the tops of
city fire hydrants are being painted

in a color-coded manner, to allow
fiKiliki'il' to quickly determine
the flow capacity of each nearby
hydrant as they arrive at the scenes
of fires. The fire department is also
working on a project to improve
the city's rating with fire insurance
companies, which could lead to
reduced property insurance rates
for city homeowners.
Niceville police reported that
they are replacing the light bars
atop city police cars, switching
from all blue lights to a combi-
nation of red and blue lights
atop each car. The switch is
intended to make police cars
more visible as they respond to
emergencies, especially during
daylight hours when red lights
can be seen from greater dis-
tances than blue lights. The new
lights will cost about $1,000 per
police car, but will be paid for
with money and assets seized
from drug dealers.
Police also announced that
the average fine for speeding is

about $248, but that such fines
may be greater if the speeding is
deliberate, as in cases of street
racing. Recently, some motorcy-
clists convicted of street racing
in Niceville were fined $1,158
Corbin reported that no peo-
ple were injured in a recent acci-
dent in which an airplane struck
a deer at Ruckel Airport. The
deer did not survive, and the
accident is being investigated by
federal aviation authorities.

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deployment unless the service
agreed to more study under U.S.
environmental and noise laws. On
March 1, Valparaiso agreed to
drop the suit, and the Air Force
agreed to study more alternatives
aimed at reducing noise.
The settlement contained a ref-
erence to an Air Force decision to
"preclude" use of Eglin's north-
south runway for F-35s. The set-
tlement didn't specify a time limit
on the runway restriction, but
Eglin has since indicated that the
restriction remains "temporary."
Eglin issued a statement last
week "as a point of clarity," elabo-
rating on the settlement. The
Eglin statement said that "as pre-
viously identified in the Final
Environmental Impact Statement
ROD (the Feb. 5, 2009, Air Force
"record of decision" finalizing
plans to deploy 59 F-35s at Eglin),
the operational limitations identi-
fied in the Settlement Agreement
are temporary" until an Air Force
decision scheduled for fall 2010
"determines how and where the F-
35 will operate."
In other words, the Air Force
later this year would be free to
either extend the runway restric-

tion, or to end it. Eglin's first F-35
is expected to arrive later this year,
although production delays have
clouded that timetable.
Both sides hailed the settle-
ment when it was announced
March 1. The Beacon asked the
city what Valparaiso gained from
the 11-month lawsuit, which, with
three related suits, cost the munic-
ipality at least $325,000 in legal
fees, of which the Air Force has
agreed to pay $60,000.
Doug Wyckoff, Valparaiso's
city attorney, confirmed that the
noise committee and the $60,000
payment by the Air Force are
By contrast, several "'. IhKi.I,"
statements in the settlement agree-
ment are not binding, Wyckoff
said. These clauses were added to
"clarify" the wording of the Air
Force Feb. 5, 2009, ROD,
Wyckoff said.
Those '"i.I hi.i.," clauses reit-
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sions that:
-The Air Force is preparing a
Supplemental Environmental
Impact Study (SEIS) that will ana-
lyze beddown locations and oper-
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noise generated by the 59 F-35s
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-The Air Force is evaluating
alternatives for operating F-35s to
steer noise away from populated
areas, including use of Duke Field
and construction of new runways
at Eglin.
-The Air Force will use its
east-west Runway 12/30 as the
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Runway 01/19 as required by
emergencies, weather or
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These studies are expected to
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second "record of decision"
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Wyckoff also confirmed that
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any more lawsuits against the Air
Force over last year's initial ROD
to base 59 F-35s at Eglin.
However, Wyckoff said, the
city is free to bring another law-
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expected 2010 ROD.
In any case, Wyckoff said, the
recently settled suit accomplished
its chief goal of forcing the Air
Force to negotiate with Valparaiso
over the city's noise concerns.
However, at least one critic of
the Valparaiso lawsuit said the city
failed to win any meaningful con-
cessions from the Air Force. "I
think we just lost a lot of money,"
said Valparaiso resident Rick
"The Air Force would have to
look at other alternatives anyway,"
Woelfl said. He said he does not
believe the Air Force plans to fly
over Valparaiso regularly.
Woelfl joined Okaloosa
County last year in suing
Valparaiso in an attempt to halt the
city's federal lawsuit.
The noise committee-tasked
with airing noise complaints from
surrounding communities to Eglin
Air Force Base officials-is one
result of the lawsuit settlement
announced March 1.
Valparaiso, closest city to the
end of an Eglin runway, will be
greatly outnumbered on the com-
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Valparaiso residents
may notice more noise from
aircraft landing or taking off
from Eglin Air Force Base.
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way whose north end
directs aircraft over
Valparaiso, reopened
Monday after a six-month
closure for repairs.
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increased air traffic due to
the reopening," according
to an Eglin statement.
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scheduled for April 10-11,
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northwest and southeast,
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chaired by Air Force officers,
would hold its first meeting within
30 days.
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mittee meetings will continue for
two years, and thereafter may be
continued at the Air Force's dis-
cretion. Due to recently disclosed
delays in production of the F-35, it
is not clear just how many planes
will be flying from Eglin two
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Valp. had no choice

but to sue Air Force

Joe Cobb
Much publicity has been
given to the fact that last year the
mayor and a majority of
Valparaiso city commissioners
initiated a lawsuit against the Air
Force concerning planned future
F-35 training operations at Eglin
Air Force Base. Critics have
claimed this lawsuit was prema-
ture, has been too costly, was
motivated to obtain some sort of
personal gain, and was simply
not needed, and that negotiation
with the Air Force should have
been employed instead of litiga-
tion. Very little publicity has
been given as to legal considera-
tions that determined the timing
of the suit and the real reason for
the lawsuit.
Timing of this lawsuit was
driven by federal law. If no suit
had been filed during the desig-
nated short period after release of
the Air Force "Record of
Decision" for the F-35 deploy-
ment, then the city officials
would have forfeited their right
to ever file any future legally-
binding litigation on behalf of
the city concerning F-35 future
plans. It was the exercise of
Valparaiso's litigation rights that
motivated subsequent negotia-
tions between the Air Force and
The real reason for this law-
suit was that, although the Air
Force has documented serious
potential noise problems associ-
ated with their initial F-35
deployment plans, they obvious-
ly did not consider any realistic
alternatives to these initial plans
that would significantly mitigate
the known negative impacts to
large portions of Eglin,
Valparaiso, Niceville, Shalimar,
and Destin. Before the lawsuit
the Air Force routinely refused to
provide relevant detailed infor-
mation to Valparaiso officials on
future F-35 operations plans and
on noise tests and calculations of
potential noise level impacts to
the city.
The fact is that without the
lawsuit there would have been no
legally-binding incentive for the
Air Force to seriously negotiate
noise mitigation issues that led
them to submit new F-35 deploy-
ment alternatives which were
added to their three initial basing
The lawsuit had nothing to do
with patriotic support of the F-35
coming to Eglin. All of us sup-
porting the lawsuit realize the F-



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35 is coming to Eglin regardless
of what we think or do. We all
support the F-35 and the Air
Force as much as anyone. I don't
appreciate being told that I am
not patriotic if I don't like the
idea of my property value and
daily quality of life being signif-
icantly degraded because of arbi-
trary bureaucratic decisions
made without my inputs.
The lawsuit has cost only a
small fraction of the amount of
loss in residential, business, and
public property values, and city
general revenue that would have
occurred if the Air Force had
continued to mostly ignore
Valparaiso city officials as was
the case before the lawsuit.
Under the circumstances, this
was money well-invested for all
citizens of Valparaiso and also
benefits many others in nearby
Everyone in Okaloosa
County should read the Air Force
F-35 "Record of Decision," and
the data being used to prepare the
F-35 "Environmental Impact
Statement" as well as the recom-
mendations and F-35 noise
impact data in the "Joint Land
Use Study" which Okaloosa
County published last year to
understand what is at stake for all
citizens of the county related to
the currently planned F-35
deployments. This information is
available on the Eglin and
Valparaiso Web sites.

Hear Valparaiso

residents on F-35

Barbara Jones
I was pleased to see your
online motto: "If you want
Niceville to know, say it in the
Beacon." This certainly explains
Wednesday's comments ("What
do you think about the City of
Valparaiso dropping its lawsuit
against the Air Force?" The Bay
Beacon, Inquiring Photographer,
March 10).
All inquiries about Valparaiso
were to Niceville residents. If it
really matters, ask those in
Valparaiso who were told by the
Air Force that tens of thousands of
dollars must be spent to renovate
our houses in anticipation of the
F-35s flying over. Not to mention
the damage to our eardrums and
the physical stress such noise
would cause our citizens and the
effect on the local children.
I have many neighbors who
thought negotiations would be
enough, but after months of non-

negotiation, the lawsuit was nec-
essarily filed. The lawsuit was
filed to protect Valparaiso citizens
and, with all due respect, the rest
of the county would not be affect-
ed nor would the value of their
homes suffer by the previous
plans of the Air Force.
I apologize for being long-
winded, but I am so tired of those
outside the city putting us down
because we tried to protect our-
selves and our property. I merely
wanted to present an opinion of
someone who lives in and loves
I am grateful for the Mayor and
City Commission who stood by us
and for us.
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District 4 candidates debate

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The College Mall at Northwest
Florida State College was packed
Sunday afternoon, as people gath-
ered to hear a five-way debate
between Republican candidates
for District 4 State Representative.
Five Republicans who are run-
ning in a March 23 special party
primary took turns telling the
audience why they should be cho-
sen to replace former state Rep.
Ray Sansom.
Sansom resigned Feb. 21, with
nine months remaining in his
term, rather than face a Florida
House ethics hearing.
The five Republicans hoping
to take Sansom's place are Craig
Barker, of Destin, and four Fort
Walton Beach residents: Matt
Gaetz, Bill Garvie, Jerry Melvin
and Kabe Woods.
The winner of the GOP pri-
mary will face Democrat Jan
Fernald, Navarre, in a special gen-
eral election April 13. Fernald did
not participate in Sunday's debate,
which was described as a debate
"K iv'.i ii Republican candi-
Sunday's debate was moderat-
ed by Pat Rice, director of content
for the Northwest Florida Daily
News, which sponsored the
debate. The two-hour event fol-
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mat, in which Rice asked the can-
didates questions sii, -.- i, J b,. i11,
paper's readers. In the second
phase of the debate, each candi-
date was permitted to ask a ques-
tion of another candidate.
During the first phase, for
example, candidates were asked
their views on drilling for oil and
natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico.
Woods opposes such drilling, he
said, saying studies have shown
that there is little more than a
week's worth of oil in the Gulf,
and that the risks to Florida's nat-
ural environment and military
missions over the Gulf outweigh
the likely benefits. Woods said he
favors removing obstacles to
nuclear IIl.'_. and other .II-.I.
sources such as wind and solar.
Garvie agreed, saying, "We
don't need beaches like the ones
in Texas, Louisiana, and
Mississippi," where off-shore

drilling has been permitted.
Garvie, who once was Assistant
Inspector General for the U.S.
Department of Energy, said he
favors developing more nuclear
.I i'. -, in Florida.
Melvin and Barker said they
oppose drilling close to shore, but
might support drilling beyond 25
miles from shore if it would not
interfere with military activities
on or over the Gulf.
Gaetz said he has defended the
military presence in Northwest
Florida in court, and supports mil-
itary activity in the Gulf, but that it
is "impossible to say that we
should never drill" in the Gulf. He
said newer, safer technology is
being developed that may make
drilling acceptable in the future.
During the debate, each candi-
date emphasized his own back-
ground, experience, and qualifica-
tions, and promised to uphold
conservative values such as low
taxes and shrinking the size and
power of government.
Barker, mayor of Destin,
stressed his service as a city coun-
cilman and mayor, and promised
to keep taxes low and protect
property rights.
Gaetz, son of Dist. 4 state Sen.
Don Gaetz (R-Niceville), spoke of
his role as a lawyer defending the
F-35 deployment to Eglin Air
Force Base and upholding
Florida's Sunshine Law. He also
mentioned the endorsements he
has received from such prominent
Floridians as Col. Bud Day and
former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Garvie, a Fort Walton Beach
city councilman, said his back-
ground as a senior FBI agent,
Ruckel Middle School teacher,
and at the Department of Energy
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dards of integrity, support new
. ,1 source development, and
support quality education. He is
also a business owner, and prom-
ised to support efficient, low-cost
Melvin, with over 18 years of
previous service in the Florida
Legislature, said he is the only
candidate who is qualified to take
over Sansom's former seat on
short notice, and walk into the job
with enough knowledge of how

the Legislature works to be effec-
tive during the remaining months
of Sansom's term. He said he has
a proven track record of support-
ing smaller government, low
taxes, and government accounta-
Woods, who has held execu-
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cations and direct-mail industries,
stressed his experience in busi-
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When asked what they would
do to improve Florida's economy
and reduce unemployment,
Barker said, "He who governs
least governs best." He said he
would simplify permitting proce-
dures for new development and
the creation of new businesses.
Gaetz said, "Government can't
create jobs. Businesses take risks
by hiring people in hopes of
expanding their business." He
said hiring has been curtailed by
the uncertainty businesses now
face regarding possible new gov-
ernment regulations in such areas
as health care and insurance.
Garvie said he has personally
visited businesses in other states,
looking for businesses that could

relocate or expand into Florida.
Melvin said he would also try
to attract business, and would also
encourage the development of
small, home-grown entrepreneurs
within Florida.
Woods said he has managed
over 2,000 people at a time, and
has created more than 200 jobs in
his own business.
When candidates were allowed
to question each other, Barker
asked Gaetz if he would support
House Bill 6, which Barker said
will raise taxes in order to raise
pay for teachers.
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Melyssa A. Docchio, 23, of
422 Paradise Road, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police March
5 on charges of petit theft and
fraudulent or illegal use of a debit
card to obtain goods under $300.
On Jan. 22 Docchio allegedly
stole the debit card from the wallet
of an acquaintance and used the
card the same day to buy a soda.

Shane Christopher Fabozzi, a
self-employed scuba diver, 32, of
122 2nd St., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by Niceville police March 4 on
a charge of domestic violence bat-

Jameson John Vanhouten, 30,

of 604-A Powell Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop, March
2, on charges of fleeing/attempt-
ing to elude a police officer, pos-
session of a controlled substance
without a prescription, possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-

Allen Keith Russell, a laborer,
52, of 207 Camillia Place,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 2 on the
charge of violation of a domestic
violence injunction.

Brandon Michael Grim, a
cook, 22, of 310 St. Andrews

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Niceville police March 5 on the
charge of leaving the scene of an
accident with property damage.
On Jan. 24, about 1:07 a.m., Grim
allegedly drove his vehicle into a
parked vehicle on St. Andrews
Drive, then left the scene. Damage
was estimated at $14,000.

A 14-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was arrested by Niceville
police March 6 on a misdemeanor
charge of theft.

Robert Cole Fuller, 26, of 500
Kelly Mill Road, Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 2 on the charge of violation
of probation on original charges of
felony battery, and resisting a law
enforcement officer without vio-

Roger Lee Catron, a real estate
agent, 58, of 420 Marion Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 3 on the charge of
battery, domestic violence.

Caitlin Denise Jones, a student,
21, of 175 Wright Circle,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 1 on the charge of
violation of a domestic violence

David Ryan Numbers, 24, of
1024 Choctawhatchee Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 26 on the charge of
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charge of DUI.

Tess Laurel Smith, unem-
ployed, 30, of 451 Springwood
Way, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 24 on the
charges of grand theft auto and
driving while license suspended or

Casey Michael Chavis, a deck
hand, 22, of 304 Reeves St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 1 on the charge of
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charge of petit theft.

Nicole Marie Przybylski, 20,
of 482 Olde Post Road, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies

Feb. 21 on the charge of domestic
violence battery.

Jason Dean Graham, a
mechanic, 23, of 205 Ninth St.,
Kiowa, Okla., was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 20 on a
charge of domestic violence bat-
tery that allegedly occurred in

Mark Howard Hediger, 59, of
329 Biscayne Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 17 on the charge of aggravat-
ed assault with a deadly weapon
without intent to kill, two counts.
Hediger allegedly pointed a pistol
at two people in a car after an
alleged road rage incident on or
near the Mid-Bay Bridge Feb. 17.
Christopher James Reedy,
unemployed, 22, of Sean Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 6 on the
charge of introduction of pornog-
raphy to a minor, two counts.

Amber Rae Hostler, a restau-
rant server, 23, of 3320 Santa
Rosa Drive, Gulf Breeze, was
arrested by Valparaiso police
March 7 for battery, two counts.
Hostler allegedly entered an apart-
ment in the 200 block of
Washington Avenue, entered the
bedroom and began punching
someone in the face. Hostler then
allegedly struck the second victim
in the face when that person
attempted to separate the two indi-

Jason Douglas Hendershot, 27,
of 282 Washington Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville police March 10 on a
misdemeanor charge of assault,
which allegedly occurred Feb. 2.

Douglas Ray Gilligan, a bar-
tender, 37, of 646 Caribbean Way,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 8 on the
charges of possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription, one tablet of
hydrocodone, and possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana.

A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of Sandalwood Circle
reported March 8 that someone
burglarized an SUV parked at the
residence Feb. 15, and stole a
$150 GPS unit and $20 cash.

A Niceville resident from the
4200 block of Lancaster Drive
reported that sometime March 4-5
someone burglarized his SUV and
stole a $600 GPS unit and a com-
puter case valued at $22.
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approximately five feet, 10 inches
tall and weighing about 170
pounds. He was wearing a plaid
shirt and blue jeans.

A Niceville resident from the
1600 block of 23rd Street, report-
ed his unlocked pickup truck was
burglarized sometime March 4-5
and less than $1 in change stolen.
The victim declined to press

A Niceville resident reported
that unknown persons) stole a
GPS unit, a subwoofer and a cam-
era from his unlocked pickup,
parked in the 300 block of Yacht
Club Drive, sometime Feb. 19-27.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of South Lake Court
reported that sometime March 7
unknown persons) kicked in the
door to the second-floor apart-
ment, causing approximately
$300 damage to the door and door
frame. The resident reported
nothing appeared to be missing.




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bill to buy cigarettes and a soda at
a Niceville convenience store,
1001 Valparaiso Blvd., was
refused and told the bill was coun-
terfeit. The woman told deputies
that a male acquaintance had
asked her to change the bogus bill,
which she believed to be real, and
that she had given him $97, all the
change she had. Deputies were
unsuccessful in locating the
acquaintance with the information
provided by the woman.

A Niceville resident from the
500 block of Nelson Point Road
returned to her home March 4
after a neighbor called to report
seeing a male in his 20s leave her
home and get into a white, com-
pact car driven by a female. The
resident discovered several pieces
of jewelry were missing from her
jewelry box and a 32-inch TV had
been moved. The stolen jewelry
was valued at $5,900. The suspect
was described as a white male
with short dark hair, clean-shaven,

TFire Department Ipports

Th ille Fire Defrtm nt responded to the following calls March 8 through
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0 Vehicle Vehicle Crash W V
1 Othbi M ge n 1 EC.a
1 Illegal Burn 4 Other E,-ijn. Cal
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditior, .. ;-
Location Situation Date Time
Nathey Avenue ..............................M medical .......................3/8/10 .........................01:41
Crestview Avenue....................... Medical .................... 3/8/10 ...................... 04:15
E. John Sim s Parkway................Medical...................... 8/ ........10 .............. 11:12
23rd Street.................................... Medical ...................... 3/8/10 .....................1...14:15
Howell Road... ........................ False alarm ...............3/8/10 ....... ........... 18:36
SR285 at M M 10.......................... Medical .................... 3/9/10 ...................... 10:06
E. John Sims Parkway.................Service call................3/9/10 ........................ 11:58
Partin Drive/Powell .......................Vehicle accident........3/10/10 ......................10:50
N SR85....................................... Alarm activation ........3/10/10 .................... 11:45
Cape Lane................................... M medical .................... 3/10/10 .................1...14:30
Kilarney Road .................... .......... al ......... ...dical ....... ..........0/10 ............ 17:14
Duke Drive .................................... Medical ...................... 3/11/10 ...................1...12:00
E. John Sims Parkway .................Vehicle accident........3/11/10 ................16:03
Eglin AFB..................................... Station coverage.......3/13/09 .................... 11:30
E. College Boulevard.................. Illegal burn.................3/13/10 .................... 12:51
Campbell Drive ............................. Vehicle fire.................3/13/10 ...... .......... 13:04
N Partin D rive ...............................M medical ......................3/13/10 ......................14:17
N. Partin Drive............................... Medical ...................... 3/13/10 ...................... 17:49
Als Drive ........ ......................... Medical...................... 3/14/10 ...... .......... 13:04
SR285 at MM3..............................Vehicle accident........3/14/10 ......................17:22
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 8 through
March 14.
Location Situation Date Time
Pine Street ............................ Police assist/other ............3/08/10................... 15:17
Government Avenue ..............Dispatched/canceled........3/08/10 ...................18:39
Cat Mar Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.....3/10/10...................19:10
W. Parkwood Lane.................EMS excluding vehicle.....3/10/10...................19:35
Cedar Street.......................... EMS excluding vehicle.....3/10/10................... 19:43
Cat Mar Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.....3/10/10...................21:52
White Point Road..................Medical assist EMS..........3/11/10 ...................10:46
Merchants Way.....................Medical assist EMS..........3/13/10...................07:07
E. College Boulevard..............Dispatched/canceled........3/13/10...................12:53
White Point Road..................Medical assist EMS..........1/13/10...................14:47
Saint Martin Cove.................Unauthorized burn............3/14/10...................17:00
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Eagles still undefeated
Niceville High School pitcher A.J. Gomez powers up for a
pitch during Thursday's 7-3 victory over Lovett, Ga. The
Eagle baseball team remained undefeated with the win.

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Wednesday, March 17
Ruckel vs. Davidson, baseball, soft-
ball, 3:30
Lewis vs. Shoal River, baseball,
softball, 3:30
Ruckel vs. Davidson@Crestview
HS, track, 3:30
Lewis@Shoal River, track, 3:30

Destin@Pryor, track, 3:30
Destin vs. Meigs, baseball, soft-
ball, 3:30
Thursday, March 18
NHS Powerade Tournament
final@NWFSC, 7
NHS vs. Milton, softball, 4, 6
RBCS vs. Paxton, softball, 4
Ruckel@Pryor, tennis, 3
Lewis vs. St. Mary (at Eglin courts),
tennis, 3
NHS@Crestview, track, 3
RBCS@FWB, weightlifting, 4
Lewis@Davidson, golf, 3
Ruckel vs. Pryor (at Rocky Bayou),
golf, 3
Destin vs. Shoal River, golf, 2:30
RBCS@Central, track, 3:30

Friday, March 19
NHS vs. Choctaw, JV baseball, 3:30
RBCS @Bethlehem, softball, 5
RBCS @Poplar Springs, baseball, 4
Saturday, March 20
RBCS vs. Pensacola Christian, base-
ball, 1
NHS@Viking Relays (FWB), track,
Monday, March 22
Lewis@Pryor, tennis, 3
Destin vs. Bruner, tennis, 4
Ruckel@Davidson, tennis, 3
RBCS@district meet, weightlifting,
Lewis@Ruckel. baseball, softball.

Destin@Bruner, baseball, softball,
Lewis vs. Prior (at Eglin), golf, 3
Destin vs. Davidson (at Regatta
Bay), boys golf, 2:30
Destin vs. Davidson (at Golf
Garden), girls golf, 3
Ruckel@St. Mary, golf, 3
RBCS@Baker, track, 3:30

Tuesday, March 23
NHS vs. Pensacola, baseball, 7
NHS vs. Crestview, JV baseball, 3
NHS vs. FWB, softball, 4, 6
RBCS vs. Central, softball, 4
RBCS@Central, baseball, 4
NHS @county championships,
Crestview, track, 3:30

The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will
hold its annual Boggy Bayou
Golf Classic on April 9 on the
newly renovated Eagle Course
at Eglin Golf Course. The tour-
nament will begin with a shot-

gun start at 8:30 a.m. This
year's Corporate Sponsor is
Waste Management of
Northwest Florida. Callthe
Chamber office at 678-2323 for
team and sponsorship informa-

Young Knights win one, lose two

Rocky Bayou lost its opening
varsity game to Paxton Tuesday,
March 2, 4-2. Katie Kaim and
Brittany Tiller each had a hit and
two stolen bases. Hailey
Johnson also had a hit and
pitched well for the Knights, but
took the loss. Three unearned
runs in the fifth inning allowed
the Bobcats to come from
behind and take this opening
district game.

Friday, March 5, Rocky
dropped a district game to
Central, 9-0. After going down
9-0 in the second inning, the
Knights fought back and gave
the jaguars a good game.
Brittany Tiller and Hailey
Johnson each had RBI triples in
the comeback effort.

The Knights came from
behind to outslug Laurel Hill
Tuesday, March 9, 24 -10 in five

innings. After going down 8-0 in
the second, the Knights scored
six in the second inning and 14
in the third to solidify the come-
back. Rachel Mosley was 2 for 4
with an RBI and Rachel Johnson
was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Sam
Holcomb came in in relief in the
second inning and carried the
Knights the rest of the way, giv-
ing up only one hit in relief.

With almost no upperclass-

men available to play, Rocky
Bayou fell 9-0 to East Hill
Christian Thursday, March 11.
Most of the varsity players
were attending a fine arts con-
ference in Jacksonville, said
coach Lynn Holcomb. "Instead
of canceling the game, I just
decided to let the younger ones
play," she said. Most were sixth
graders who, playing against
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Men's Gymnastics
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University in Daytona
Beach. Bain, a fourth grad-
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and longtime participant in
the Eglin Air Force Base
Youth Sports Program,
was awarded first place on
the floor, pommel horse
and high bar events, sec-
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bars and vault competi-
tion, and placed fourth
overall on the rings. His
total score of 89.450
earned him the All-Around
Gold Medal in the level
four men's state competi-
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Knights shut out
Rocky Bayou Christian School catcher Kaitlyn Tiller tries
unsuccessfully to tag out an East Hill Christian School run-
ner at the plate during Thursday's softball game. The
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Niceville student's art

'Best of Show' at college

Moving parts make sculpture unique

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Niceville resident Ben Hein took
"Best of Show" honors March 5 at
the annual Arnie Hart Juried Student
Exhibition at Northwest Florida
State College. Hein's winning work
was a sculpture with moveable parts
titled "Chanel."
The sculpture resembles one of
the little pocket puzzles with sliding
tiles that, if properly arranged, spell
out words or patterns of letters or
numbers. In the case of Hein's
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which must be arranged properly to
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Making the sculpture wasn't easy,
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complexity of design," he said. "The
clay tends to shrink when it is fired,
so that had to be taken into account
when building the sculpture. The
clay pieces had to fit together, and
also had to fit the wood framework
underneath, so the pieces would
move properly." Completing the
project, he said, was "very labor-
intensive and precise."
Hein said he originally grew up

in Georgia, but has lived along the
Florida panhandle for the last five
years. In addition to studying art at
NWFSC, he said, he also studies
information management and analy-
sis, as well as graphic arts. After
graduating from NWFSC, he plans
to continue his education at either
Troy or Auburn University. He also
operates his own business in photog-
raphy and graphic design when not
In the future, said Hein, "I'll
always be doing art, but it may not
always be the main way I make a
living." He said he envisions com-
Please see ART, page B-6

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Niceville resident Ben Hein showed how the
moveable parts of his sculpture, which took
"Best of Show" honors, work, and discussed it
with visitors following the award presentation.



help CAC
A second grade Team Quest (gift-
ed) class at Bluewater Elementary
donated $86.52 to the Children's
Advocacy Center as a part of its
"Money Makes Cent$" unit on
financial responsibility. The stu-
dents learned about the four things
you can do with your money-
spend, save, invest and donate.
For the donate portion of the proj-
ect, the students were to bring in
any amount that they chose to con-
tribute-to "give from the heart."

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Tonya Nascimento, a 2000
graduate of Niceville High
School, was named on the
Florida State University
Provost's List of Outstanding
Teachers based on her student's
Only eight
in the entire
College of
r made this
list, and of
those eight,
only two
were also
Toanya students.
Nascimento She has
taught undergraduate educa-
tional psychology for the past
three semesters while attending
classes toward her doctorate in
sport psychology. Last semes-
ter, she was nominated multi-
ple times for an Outstanding
Teaching Assistant Award,
which she is not eligible to win
due to her administrative role
in selecting the winner. She is
a Program of Instructional
Excellence (PIE) Associate for
her department, one of 12 uni-

The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce
"Chairman's Choice" for
March is Blake Nelson of Last
Cast Charters, LLC.
"Chairman's Choice" is the
opportunity for one person per
month to attend various func-
tions that the chairman of the
board attends to gain a differ-
ent perspective into what goes
into serving on the board to
see the diverse duties the
Chamber is responsible for
accomplishing on a monthly

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Lewis scholars excel
In a Feb. 20 academic tournament, Lewis Middle School varsity tied for first place
in win/loss record, but, on a total point count, came in second by only three ques-
tions. Team members, from left: Raeleesha Norris, Kiyana Gee, Alex Hensinski,
Morgan Muscott, Bre Jensen-Barclay and Annalyse Hambleton. The coach is
Lewis science teacher Caroline Sullivan.

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Pentecostal revival
A Holy Ghost Revival, open
to the community, will take
place March 19-21, Friday and
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at
First Pentecostal Church, 1217
Finck Road, Niceville, with
evangelist Joel Loloer. For
more information, call pastor
Harley Moye, 232-6315.
Traditional Seder
Immanuel Anglican Church,
Destin, will hold a traditional
Passover Seder on March 30 at
6:30 p.m.
The Seder will be led by

Bishop Bert Schlossberg, a
member of Immanuel.
Schlossberg grew up in an
orthodox Jewish home,
received Jesus as his Messiah
at an early age. The meal will
be prepared by the staff of
Capt. Dave's Seafood
Restaurant. Participants will
learn more about Christianity's
Jewish roots, God's Old
Testament promises and their
fulfillment in Jesus.
Tickets are $15 for lamb
and $12 for chicken and $6 for
children 10 and younger.
Tickets are available at the
table in the Immanuel entry-
way on Sundays and at the
church office front desk during
office hours (Monday 8 a.m.-
noon and Tuesday-Friday, 8
a.m.-4 p.m.). Seating is limited
to 150 guests.


Sunday Morning Services
Family Worship 9:00
with children's classes

Walk-In...Worship 11:01
with childcare for ages 6 weeks
to Kindergarten

Baptist Church -

Visitors Are Welcome!


Wednesday Nights
Youth 6:30-8 p.m.
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching out with the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ"
We worship using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer


Sun: Holy Communion 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. in Rectory
Tues: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
Wed: Holy Communion 12 p.m. (noon)
Thurs: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Sat: Contemporary Vigil Communion 4:30 p.m.

The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector

Forest Lake
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1000 37th St., Niceville (850) 678-5879

Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Dinner; Soup & Salad 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School)

S 'Join us Sunday
9:00 a.m. Traditional/Blended


New Pastors Roddy & Danielle Shaffer
Sunday Mornings "e are excited to be in Niceville to preach a life
giving message of FAITH! Our family looks
10:00 am forward to meeting you. We know a good God
Holiday Inn Express that has good things planned for you..."
Niceville .
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SB CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733
Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Bishop and Mrs. T.P.
Johnson, Sr.
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the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19

Rocky works the cameras
Rocky Bayou Christian School students Joel Dodds, left, and Morgan Canales
volunteered as cameramen at the 38th Annual Cox Cablethon Auction to Benefit
Covenant Hospice, which raised approximately $30,000 to support un-funded
Hospice programs.

5 Scouts

earn their


Five Niceville Boy Scouts from
Troop 157 and one from Troop 553
were awarded the Ad Altare Dei
Medal in a ceremony at the
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in
Pensacola on Boy Scout Sunday,
Feb. 7. From left: Ricky Miller, Joe
Neiger, Zac Gadzinski, Tony
Neiger, Ryan Rasins and Chad Foy.
The nine-month program included
more than 20 meetings and a
weekend retreat.






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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Haiti helps nurse put

life into perspective

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
Ever since the devastating
earthquake hit Port Au Prince
Haiti on Jan. 12, the world
watched as the already impover-
ished country has struggled to
survive, let alone rebuild. For one
local nurse, watching just wasn't
As a registered nurse with a
passion for all things medical,
Lissa Gatling Barnett of Niceville
knew right away that she had to
find a way to help. She and her
husband, Paul, were watching the
news which issued a desperate
plea for medical professionals.
"I looked at Paul and said, 'I
have to go to Haiti,'" said
After doing a simple Internet
search, she came across Heartline
Ministries and quickly learned
that other locals, such as Dr. Tom
McKnight, were involved with
the ministry. She contacted
McKnight's wife, Sue, and
Heartline Ministries, which
expressed its dire need for nurses
who would be able to handle suf-

fering patients in difficult med-
ical situations without the con-
venience of a shared language.
Barnett felt up to the challenge.
On Feb. 4, Barnett flew to Fort
Lauderdale, where she met up
with three other volunteer nurses.
They loaded a small private jet to
capacity with donated medical
supplies and took off.
Barnett was taken by little
Fritz, a 3-year-old who was in the
kitchen with his mother when the
quake occurred. The water his
mother was boiling splashed on
him and left him severely burned.
As the lone survivor in his
household, Fritz relies on the vol-
unteers and fellow survivors for
his care.
Barnett, along with the rest of
the volunteer staff, made her res-
idence at the hospital. One night,
18-year-old Nadege approached
Barnett and asked if she could
sleep by her. The cracks in the
building left her terrified of after-
shocks and further trauma.
Barnett gladly agreed.
Each night the volunteers and
Haitians would have a time of

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Lissa Barnett with her new
friend, Fritz, 3, who she met
while helping earthquake vic-
tims in Haiti.
prayer and singing.
"I see what the Haitians have,
and how they still love," Barnett
During her last night there, the
Haitians wanted to pray for
Barnett and her family.
"These guys are sitting here
with absolute pain, no meds,
family gone, and they are praying
for me," Barnett said.
The overall experience was
life altering for Barnett.
"Wow, I have been blessed,"
she said. "I know what I have
compared to what they have."

City gets a new postmaster

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Celebrating 25 years with the
U.S. Postal Service this spring,
Atlanta native Francina Banks is
Niceville's newest postmaster.
"This is pretty nice," Banks
said Friday, her 13th consecutive
day of work since arriving here in
Niceville presents an exciting
change for Banks, whose last
assignment was in downtown
Atlanta where she supervised 43
city mail carriers. By contrast,

Niceville has
eight city
carriers, and
14 rural
delivery car-
riers. Those
rural carriers
> epitomize the
postal ser-
vice's dedica-
Francina Banks tion to deliv-
ering the mail to everyone, she
told the Beacon. "That's what the
Postal Service is about," she said.

In addition to Atlanta and
Niceville, Banks' career with the
USPS includes assignments to
postal headquarters in
Washington, D.C., Fort Worth,
Texas and Fort Lauderdale.
Banks, 49. enjoys running 15
to 20 miles a week, working out,
reading and is pursuing a master's
degree in i i ,h -.1,, with an eye to
counseling ministers one day,
after she retires from the Postal
Service. She has two grown chil-
dren in college, and will reside in

RBCS band

earns honors
The Rocky Bayou Christian
School Symphonic band earned
11 Superior and four Excellent
ratings Feb. 19 and 20 at the
Florida Bandmasters Association
Solo & Ensemble.
Soloists rated Superior were:
Wendy Kent, Chan-Young Lee,
Kathryn Lorenz, Jessica Maney,
Jared Porrata, Timothy Sung,
Corrie Sober, Elizabeth Sober,
Grace Stoner and Hannah Stoner.
A clarinet quartet, Grace, Wendy,
Hayley Burgess and Sarah Lynch
also received a Superior.
An Excellent rating was
earned by soloists John Tyre,
Steven Wills and David Zondlo. A
brass quartet including Drew
Kirkpatrick, Jared Porrata, Corrie
Sober, and John Tyre received an
Excellent rating. Corrie Sober and
Timothy Sung qualified for state
with their performances.
At the FBA Concert Music
Performance Assessment, the
band received a Superior rating in
sight reading and three Excellent
ratings for stage performance.



Recreation Services Inc.,
located in Bluewater Bay,
is offering a great member-
ship special. Join either the
Swim or Hard Court Tennis
Membership from now until
March 31, and receive a
50% discount on the enroll-"
ment fee! Membership
includes 4 pools (1 heated)
and 3 Tennis Courts. We
also offer Water Aerobics,
Facility rentals, RV/Boat
Storage and swimming
lessons & tennis lessons.

Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 7 I
1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). V
For more information call 897-3664.
The Swim and Hard Court Tennis Memberships are not exclusive to
Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE is welcome to join!

Northwest Florida State College
Building "H" Gymnasium, Niceville Campus

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

10:00am- 2:00pm

Companies Attending:
Primerica Financial Services
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Marines
U.S. Navy
Tom Thumb Food Stores
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
FL Department of Education
Walt Disney World College Program
NEW Corporation
Wyndham Vacation Resort
Florida Surveying & Mapping Society
Okaloosa County Dept. Public Safety

FL Fish &Wildlife Commission
Papa John's Pizza
Big Kahuna's
Kelly Services
Pre-paid Legal Services
Landrum Staffing Services
UWF-Emerald Coast
Waffle House
Eglin Federal Credit Union
Girl Scouts Council of FL
NWFSC Public Safety Department
Fort Walton Beach Police Dept.

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Rotary honors heroes
Recently the Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary Club recognized some of the area's finest heroes.
These are the people who, day in and day out, truly live the Rotary motto of "Service above Self."
From left: Donald Pendergraft, EMS person of the year; Zdenek Langer, East Niceville firefight-
er of the year; Joseph Kearnes, Niceville Police Department officer of the year.; Ryan Adair,
North Bay firefighter of the year; Kevin Maloney, Valparaiso police officer of the year; Anthony
Brady, Niceville firefighter of the year; Chris Young, Eglin AFB civilian fire officer of the year; Jeff
Roberts, Eglin AFB civilian firefighter of the year; Airman 1st Class Shaun Singleton, Eglin AFB
military firefighter of the year; and Chad Lee, Valparaiso firefighter of the year. Not pictured is
Master Sgt. Christy Skerrett, Eglin AFB military fire officer of the year.

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Blood drives this week
March 17-First United
Methodist Church, Niceville, 1-8 p.m.
March 18-Eglin AFRL, 8:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m.
March 20-Bluewater Fitness and
Wellness, Niceville, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
March 21-Christ Our Redeemer

Point Road,
Church, White
Niceville, 8 a.m.-1
March 26-
Destin Healthcare,
noon-4 p.m.; Hurlburt AFSOC, 9

a.m.-3 p.m.
March 27-
11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Winn Dixie, Niceville,

Library displays cartoons
The Niceville Library is featuring
an art exhibit by illustrator and car-
toonist Marlin Griffin through April
15. Self-taught Griffin provided car-
toons for his local newspaper in Three
Rivers, Mich., when he was in high
school. After serving as a combat
motion picture cameraman in
Southeast Asia Command during
WWII, he worked with national publi-
cations with work appearing in Life
Magazine and National Geographic.
AARP does taxes free
AARP Taxaide volunteers are pro-
viding free income tax return prepara-
tion for taxpayers with low and mod-
erate income, with special attention to
those age 60 and
older, at the
Niceville Library,
Monday y ,
Wednesday, k
Friday and
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. by appoint-
ment. Make your appointment at the
Reference Desk in the library. Walk-
ins will be accepted on a space avail-

able basis. Bring all your tax docu-
ments, last year's return, a picture ID,
Social Security Card ; and checkbook
if you want your refund direct deposit-
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-
Career, job fair coming
The Career Resource Center at
Northwest Florida State College has
openings for area businesses to partic-
ipate in a Career & Job Fair scheduled
for March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the
gymnasium on the Niceville Campus.
Participation is free.
Special crusade set
New Life Christian Ministries is
sponsoring a Binding and Loosening
Crusade at the church, 130 N. Partin
Drive, Niceville, March 17, 18 and 19,
beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guest preacher
is Bishop V. T. Harden of Spirit and
Truth of Jesus Christ Cathedral,
Summerville, Ga. More information:
Author Book Discussion
The Friends of the Niceville
Library will host a book discussion
with author Benjamin Lightfoot and
his novel "ReGenesis: An Alternative
Future," Thursday, March 18, 5:30
A book sale and signing will fol-
low the discussion. Thi s a free pro-
gram. Call the Niceville Library at
729-4090 to reserve a seat or for infor-
Food, auction for kids
Emerald Coast cuisine will be the
order of the evening at Northwest
Florida State College in Niceville, 5-7
p.m. Friday, March 19, at the 14th
annual Fare for Child Care and
Charity Auction benefiting Okaloosa
Walton Child Care Services. This
year's theme is '"Taste Of The Bayou."
Advance tickets are available at
participating restaurants and ticket

outlets. Cost: $12 adults, $5 children
(ages 5-10). Tickets at the door, $15.
Call Child Care Services at 833-9330
for ticket outlet locations.
Terrapin program planned
The Science Friday seminars host-
ed by the Science Department at
Northwest Florida State College con-
tinues Friday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in
the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science
building on the Niceville campus in
the main lecture hall, room S-110.
Rick O'Connor will present
"Assessing the status of the diamond-
back terrapin in Northwest Florida".
This presentation will discuss the nat-
ural history of terrapin turtles and
O'Connor's work surveying terrapin
populations in the Florida panhandle.
The free series is open to the pub-
lic. Groups should call ahead to ensure
seating. For more information about
this or future seminars, call the NWF
State College Science Department

office at 729-5376.
Covenant garage sale
Covenant Hospice will hold a
garage sale at 1419 29th St., Niceville,
Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, 8
a.m.-1 p.m. The sales will benefit
Hospice's non-funded and under-
funded programs in Okaloosa and
Walton counties.
Hospice seeks garage sale dona-
tions and volunteers to help organize
the sale. More information: Shelley
Canales or Lill Jennings, 729-1800.
Golf and miracles
Support the Niceville High School
Key Club in the 2nd annual Children's
Miracle Network
Golf Tournament
Saturday, March
20, at Eglin Golf
Course. Check-in
and lunch are at
11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun
start. Cost is $65 per person. There

will be prizes and awards. All pro-
ceeds benefit the Children's Miracle
Network (one of the Key Club's three
major emphasis programs).
Additionally, the club will hold a car
wash. More information or to register:
830-7756 or visit
The NHS Key Club is sponsored by
the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso. Donations can also be
made to the Niceville-Valparaiso
Kiwanis Foundation, a non-profit
501(c)(3) charity organization.
'Magic Toy Shop' slated
The Northwest Florida Ballet will
perform "Dr. Copulas' Magic Toy
Shop" Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.,
and Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m., at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest
Florida State College Niceville cam-
Individual tickets are $22.50 for
adults and $11.25 for children under

Turtle talk
The Science Friday semi-
nars hosted by the Science
Department at Northwest
Florida State College con-
tinues Friday, March 19, at
11 a.m. in the Robert E.
Greene, Jr. Science build-
ing on the Niceville campus
in the main lecture hall,
room S-110. Rick O'Connor
will present "Assessing the
status of the diamondback
terrapin in Northwest


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Local author to sign novel
Niceville Civil War author/histori-
an Dann Wallis
announces the
release of his latest
period novel, "Up
Trail!," set during
the western cam-
paign of the
American Civil War of 1862/63. This
sequel continues the adventures start-
ed in his first book, "Burnin'
Daylight!" The first local area book
signing for "Up Trail!" is slated for
Bayou Books in Niceville on
Saturday, March 20, 1-3 p.m.
Yard sale for the heart
Eglin Federal Credit Union's Heart
Walk team is sponsoring its third
annual charity yard sale 8 a.m.-noon,
Saturday, March 20 in the credit
union's Bluewater Bay Branch park-
ing lot. There will be numerous items
to choose from. Proceeds benefit the
American Heart Association. Rain
date: Saturday, March 27. More infor-
mation: Bruce Smith, 862-0111, ext.
Baseball/softball signups
Evaluations for Junior (age 13-14)
and Senior (age 15-16) League base-
ball and softball will be held at the
Twin Oaks Teen League baseball field
March 20. Registration is available on
site or in advance
by visiting the
O n 1 i n e
Registration tab at Junior
baseball evalua-
tions are from 9-11 a.m., Senior base-
ball from lla.m.-1 p.m., and softball
from 1-3 p.m. Age is player's age on
April 30, 2010, for baseball and Dec.
31, 2009, for softball. Cost is $85 plus
$10 city fee for residents of Niceville
or Valparaiso or $20 city fee for oth-
ers. Players who live in Crestview are
also eligible to play for NVLL. For
information, call Joe Friedman, 865-
2876 or
Church dedication
All God's Children and the Living
Word Worship Center, 40 S. John
Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, will cele-
brate the first anniversary of the Rev.
Walter and Mrs. Barbara Williams at
the church. The new church building
dedication will also be held. Both
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events happen at 3 p.m., Sunday,
March 21. Special guests will be
Pastor Darrell Coleman and the
Praise, Power & Compassion
Ministries of Crestview. Dinner will
be served prior to the program. More
information: Deacons Tripp, 796-
2842, Harris, 621-7312 or Stokes,
Embroiderers to meet
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America cele-
brates various forms of hand embroi-
dery. Meetings are held at the First
United Methodist Church of Niceville.
The day group meets Monday, March
22, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and the night
group meets Thursday, March 25, 6-

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1484 Hickory St.

8:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome.
Casting for 'Frankenstein'
Stage Crafters Theatre Auditions
for "Frankenstein," directed by Joe
Pema, March 22 and 23, will be held
6:30-9:30 p.m., 40 Robinwood Drive,
Fort Walton Beach. Casting for four
males and four females. Info: stage-
Film 'Gun' to be screened
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of the Emerald
Coast presents the 7
premier showing
of the independ-
ent film "Gun" by
local filmmaker
Loren Boyer, March 24, 7 p.m., at the
Fellowship Hall, 1295 N. Bayshore
Drive, Valparaiso.
The film is a dark comedy starring

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over 21 and have a
reliable vehicle, a
good driving record, a
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insurance. No
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Earnings vary
according to route and
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Niceville 678-1080
(Parkway East
Shopping Center
across from PoFolks)

Part-time driver need-
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ness. Must be over 25
years. Call John at
The Eglin Flyer and
the Hurlburt Patriot
base newspapers
seek a freelance
reporter to write
human interest
features and cover
events on and off
base. You must be
available most days.
We pay $25 a story
and $5 a photo, when
published. Writing
experience is
essential, as is
access to a home
computer and a digital
camera. Base access
essential. Some
reporting and photo
experience is helpful,
but not required.
Call Ken Books, 678-

a firearm. "I wanted to explore the
totemic qualities of the gun outside the
standard hero/villain context," Boyer
stated. "What sort of reactions does
the gun command simply due to its
The film is free and open to the
public. Light refreshments will be
'Clarence Darrow' slated
The Northwest Florida State
College production of "Clarence
Darrow" will be performed March 24-
27, in the college's Sprint Theater, the
smaller of two venues at the college's
Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10
for youth 18 and younger.
Call 729-6000.
Nail trim clinic
Parkway Veterinary Clinic, 1101
E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, will

Beacon Newspapers is
expanding its news
staff, and has an
opening for a full-time
reporter. The job
requires a
hardworking, self-
starting, organized
journalist with high
standards for accuracy,
the ability to meet
deadlines, a nose for
news, and concern for
readers. Benefits
include IRA plan, paid
holidays, and paid
vacation. Applicants
should have reporting
experience. Apply at
the Beacon's office
1181 E. John Sims
Pkwy, Niceville. Bring
copies of samples of
your written work.

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townhome, 3 bedroom,
3 bath, pool, tennis,
dock, 1 car garage,
$1850/mo. 850-729-

hold a nail trim clinic for pets
Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m.-noon in
the clinic back yard. The cost is $8 for
the first pet and $6 for subsequent
pets. Proof of rabies certificates are
Proceeds will benefit Niceville
Relay for Life.
Spring Regatta slated
The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club
Spring Regatta will take place
Saturday, March 27.
First registration will take place
between 10 and 11 a.m., with the first
warning at noon.
/ The entry fee
is $20 ($5 credit
to US Sailing
members with an
additional $5
credit for mem-
bers of a GYA club).

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announced at the skippers' meeting
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Destin Beer Festival
Wine World of Destin will hold its
annual Destin Beer Festival Saturday,
March 27, 1-4 p.m., featuring more
than 100 beers from around the world
including all 12 Gold Medal winners
of the 2010 Destin Beer Festival beer
competition. All attendees will receive
a free crystal tasting glass and your
choice of Southern-style barbecue or
grilled Italian sausage. Ticket holders
will receive $5 off any featured beer or

bourbon. Tickets are $25 in advance or
$30 the day of the event. For complete
information and tickets call 269-2909
or visit A por-
tion of ticket sales go to benefit the
Clinton Cox Memorial Fund, an out-
reach program for troubled youth.
Miss NHS Pageant Friday
The Niceville Leadership Council will
hold the annual "Miss NHS Pageant"
Friday, March 19, 6 p.m. in the
school's auditorium. Admission is $5.
Twenty-eight girls will compete for
the title in interview, talent, and
evening gown competitions. The girls
will select "Miss Congeniality" and
the audience will vote for the
"Peoples' Choice Award" with their
dollars and change donations (all of
those proceeds will go to a Niceville
family to help with their unexpected
medical expenses).


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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
First place for 2-dimensional art went to Terrence Dutra for his painting, "Caverns."

From page B-1
bining his interests in engineer-
ing, information tkclmii l*-,,
and analysis with his art, creat-
ing artwork that includes precise
elements of design.
Other winning works at
Friday's exhibit included "Iron
Sharpens Iron," a metal sculp-
ture by Vanessa English that
took first place in 3-dimensional
art, and "Caverns," a painting by
Terrence Dutra that took first
place for 2-dimensional art.
Tennessee-based artist
Aletha Carr, who judged the stu-
dent art exhibit, said in a written
statement that her criteria for
selecting the best works in this

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Protestant Lenten
The remaining Protestant
Lenten devotionals and lunches
will be on Wednesdays, March
17, 24, 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the
Chapel Center Annex, Eglin Air
Force Base. More information:
Stations of the Cross
The remaining Catholic
Stations of the Cross and
Lenten meals will be observed
on Wednesday, March 17, and
24 at 5 p.m. at the West Gate
Chapel, Eglin Air Force Base.
More information: Susan
Huberty, 882-7320.
Night of worship
Darrell Evans, a contempo-
rary Christian singer, will per-
form 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
Knights Tootsie drive
Knights of Columbus, Christ
Our Redeemer Council #13527
will hold its annual
Handicapped Citizens Drive
(Tootsie Roll Drive) March 18-
21, at Walmart in Destin and
Winn Dixie and Ace Hardware
in Bluewater Bay.
Funds collected go to help
Horizons, Inc., Special
Olympics and Resources for
Human Development. Last year
Knights of Columbus raised
$659 for each agency. For every
donation, a Tootsie Roll will be
given as a "thank you."

hlSchedule Starts: Fri., Mar. 19th

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

Sat., March 20th- 1:00 Only
Sun., March 211t- 1:00 Only

year's contest included "a com-
pleteness of idea, a quality of
presentation, and a good degree
of craftsmanship."
Meanwhile, a noncompeti-
tive exhibit of art by NWFSC
faculty members is on display in
the Holzhauer gallery next door
to the Mcllroy gallery where the

student art is being shown. The
art exhibit will continue through
April 18. The art center galleries
are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday
through Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free and
the exhibits are open to the pub-
lic. For information, call 729-

Making a Difference

American Bankers Association

Honors Coastal Bank and Trust

Coastal Bank and Trust was nationally recognized for contributions to
h the community at the American Bankers Association (ABA)

SW National Conference for Community Bankers. Coastal Bank and
''J Trust received an award for its long term support of Habitat for Humanity.
Coastal Bank and Trust's partnership with Habitat for Humanity started in
1987. Habitat now builds from 50 to 70 homes per year, with more than 650
homes completed, and is recognized as one of the most productive Habitat
organizations in the country.
Over the years, the bank has developed several innovative strategies to provide
the necessary financial support for Habitat to achieve its goal of providing quality
housing for very low income individuals.
The ABA selection committee awarded seven banks from a field of over 100
nominations based on the innovation, creativity and effectiveness of the bank's
approach to making a difference in its community.
"Coastal Bank and Trust is honored to receive this award which represents our
commitment, passion and leadership along the Gulf Coast throughout the year,"
Robby Youd, President and CEO said. "Coastal Bank and Trust and its employees
have distinguished themselves for their longstanding commitment of giving back
to the communities we serve."

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