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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 24, 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: VID00098
Source Institution: University of Florida
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F-35 shift seen cutting area spending

Saturday. 7 a.m.-noon
Help fight cancer at the
L3 Communications Corp.
Relay for
Life rum-
mage sale il
the business
parking lot
at Merchants Walk,
Bluewater Bay.
Info: 897-8469.
Saturday. 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy a good fried fish
lunch or dinner at the
Choctaw Beach
Community Center, Water
Oak Street, for $7.50.
Proceeds will help pay for
roof repairs to the center.
Saturday. 9 a.m.-noon
Get your pet a mani-
cure at the Parkway
Veterinarian Clinic nail
trim for pets event. The
cost is $8 for the first pet
and $6 for subsequent ani-
mals. Proceeds benefit
Niceville Relay for Life.
Saturday, noon
Bluewater Bay
Sailing Club
Spring Regatta
is scheduled to
begin at noon.
Info: 279-6050.
Sunday. 4 and 6 p.m.
Celebrate Palm Sunday
with the Niceville United
Methodist Church worship
concert, "Ascend to
Heaven," in the church
Call 678-4411.
Monday. 6:15 p.m.
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More in Calendar, B-4.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The economic benefit of a planned F-
35 jet training school at Eglin Air Force
Base will be far less than expected
should only 59 of the originally sched-
uled 107 aircraft arrive, according to a
recent study.
The Haas Center for Business
Research and Economic Development,
University of West Florida, assessed the

wider economic benefits of Eglin receiv-
ing only 59 of the nation's newest fighter
plane, versus the gains forecast by an
earlier study that assumed Eglin would
get the 107 originally promised.
The Haas Center previously estimated
the economic benefit of receiving 107 F-
35s as contributing a cumulative $2.1 bil-
lion to Okaloosa County's economy
between 2010 and 2016, according to
Rod Lewis, primary author of the study.

New, however, based on an Air Force
decision last year to base only 59 aircraft
at Eglin, and reserve a decision on the
remaining 48, the cumulative economic
benefit would be reduced by between
$480 million and $613 million, Lewis
said. The gains would still be substan-
tial, at least $1.5 billion over six years.
Assuming only 59 aircraft arriving
Please see F-35, page A-3

Room for advancement

40 homesites

as sales improve
By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso Realty, a leading developer in the
area, expects the housing market to continue to
recover, according to a spokesman for the compa-
That's prompting the company to seek final
approval of The Preserve at Swift Creek, a 40-
homesite development at the southwest comer of
Highway 285 and College Boulevard. The matter
will come before the Niceville Planning
Commission April 5 at 7 p.m. in the council
"The contractor is having very vibrant sales,"
the spokesman said. "It's an absolute indicator of
an resurgent housing market."
The contractor, Huff Companies, did not return
"It's been brought up before," Planning
Commission chair Tony Namlick said. "It was
Please see FIRM, page A-5

State college

tuition hike

seen at 8%

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida State College students will
face tuition and fee hikes of about 8 percent in the
near future, according to the college president.
Acting NWFSC President Tom Delaino told
college trustees last week that he expects to see a
tuition hike of about 8 percent for the 2010-11 aca-

New president named, A-8.

demic year. He said the hike was authorized by the
Florida Legislature to make up for cuts in state
funding to colleges, as state revenue shrinks
because of the national economic recession.
Delaino also told trustees to expect similar hikes
in student fees, such as technology fees and student
activity fees. Additional hikes may happen again
the following year, Delaino said, unless the econo-
my improves by then.

Job seekers attending an employment fair at Northwest Florida State College last week said they were look-
ing for almost any position to make ends meet while they finish college or technical training.

Job fair offers hope for change

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Optimism was in the air at a
job fair held last week at
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville. Despite a national reces-
sion and high unemployment, the
375 people who came to the fair
seeking jobs were hopeful of find-
ing positions that would help them
create better lives for themselves.
Most of the job seekers told the
Beacon the same story-they are
looking for almost any position
that will help them make ends
meet while they finish college or
technical training courses qualify-
ing them for better prospects in the

"The turnout has been good so
far. We've already had over a hun-
dred people show up, and the fair
has only been open for about an
hour so far," said Wanziku
Jackson, coordinator of Workforce
Education at Northwest Florida
State College, which hosted the
March 17 event.
The latest unemployment fig-
ures for Okaloosa County show
8,799 people-9.2 percent of the
county's 96,142-person labor
force-were out of work in
January. A year earlier the rate
was 7 percent.
Because of the large number of
military and military-related jobs,
Okaloosa County, was better off

than most areas of Florida, which
posted a seasonally adjusted
January jobless rate of 11.9 per-
cent, up from 8.7 percent a year
About 42 employers set up
booths and tables at the job fair,
where they accepted resumes,
answered questions from job
hunters, and handed out literature
about opportunities with their
companies or organizations.
One of the organizations seek-
ing prospective employees at the
fair was Landrum Staffing, a
Pensacola-based company that
provides both temporary and
Please see JOBS, page A-2

F-35 on test flight.

irm proposes

Traffic shift set in SR 20 widening

Project east of White Point Road to aid access to new bridge approach

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Traffic on State Road 20 will
be shifted to temporary lanes
between White Point Road and
the Okaloosa-Walton county line
next month-part of a construc-
tion project that will widen the
highway to four lanes.
Construction crews are clear-
ing and leveling the north shoul-
der in preparation for paving a
mile-long temporary lane that
will be used by westbound traffic,
James VanSteenburg, HDR
Engineering construction manag-
er, told Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority (MBBA) board mem-
bers Thursday. Eastbound traffic
would then be shifted to the cur-
rent westbound lane, he said.
The northward shift on the
1.1-mile section of the highway
will allow construction crews to
work on widening the south side
of the highway, he said, which
should take about four or five
months. Then traffic will be
shifted to the south side while
crews widen the north side.

The $6.5 million S.R. 20
widening is set to be completed
by January. The new four-lane
segment will include a median.
There will be four median cuts
between White Point Road and
the county line. There will also
be an interchange with the new
bridge approach road.
Median breaks are planned at:
-Wright Drive (for west-
bound traffic to turn south).
-Pine Street (with turn lanes
for both eastbound and west-
bound traffic).
-Cypress (for eastbound traf-
fic to turn north).
-Cat-Mar Road (for east-
bound traffic to turn north).
Only motorists exiting from
Wright Drive or Pine Street will
be able to turn either right or left
onto S.R. 20, VanSteenburg said.
From all other Seminole streets
(Hickory, Cedar, Live Oak,
Cypress and Cat-Mar) motorists
will only be able to turn right, he
As a temporary measure, the
speed limit between the county

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Bulldozer operator Joe Stewart smooths the north shoulder of
State Road 20 near the Okaloosa-Walton county line Friday, as part
of work to widen 1.1 miles of the roadway to four lanes. The job is
part of the Mid-Bay Bridge connector road, which will intersect S.R.
20, as shown in the aerial photo, which looks west toward

line and White Point Road was
recently lowered to 35 mph, from
55 mph, to safely accommodate
the construction work.
The widening project also
includes construction of an access

road for Seminole residents locat-
ed on the south side of S.R. 20.
The access road, connecting four
dead-end streets south of the
highway, is being built on the
Please see SR 20, page A-5

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"We've been very busy so far
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"We've already talked with
about 10 people that I know I
can place right away."
Asked what advice she would
offer to new job hunters,
Dolihite replied: "Be flexible,
especially if you are entering the
job market right out of college.
Be willing to look beyond the
'perfect' job. You may not be
interested in an entry-level job,
or think such a job is beneath a
college graduate, but in today's
market, you have to be willing to
start anywhere. An entry-level
job can also be your doorway
into a really
great com-
pany, and
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you the
to show
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can do and
e a r n
ment." Emily Wright
For those without college
degrees, said Dolihite, "it's real-
ly not that hard to find jobs. We
fill positions every day, and it's
often easier to place non-college
graduates, because they're more
willing to work at any job. They

don't expect to get $20 an hour
right away."
When preparing a resume,
said Dolihite, "Don't bog down
the reader with too much detail.
Keep it to two pages or less-
preferably a single page. The
only purpose of a resume is to
get the employer's attention so
they'll call you for an inter-
Before going to an interview,
she said, "Do some research on
the company, so you'll know
what they are looking for and
how you can fill their needs.
During the interview itself,
never say
about any
of your pre-
vious 9
as this will
only create
a bad
of you." Thomas
Another Vedegys
company represented at the fair
was Cygnus Aerospace, a
defense contractor involved in
upgrading aircraft for the mili-
tary. Don Cleveland, a Cygnus
spokesman, said his company is
interested in hiring former mili-
tary personnel, especially those
with backgrounds in aircraft
maintenance and still-active
security clearances. Seeking a
job with a defense contractor, he
said, is a little different than with
other employers.
"The conventional advice for
military people preparing civil-
ian resumes is to 'sanitize' your
resume of military jargon. When
sending a resume to a defense

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leave the jargon in. In fact, the
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of work those companies do and
the specific positions they need
to fill."
Another potential employer
represented at the fair was the
military itself. Staff Sgt. Cedric
Hestle, a recruiter for the Marine
Corps, said: "We want people
who have always thought of the
Marines as something they
would like to do-people who
are looking for a higher chal-
lenge, and have the desire to bet-
ter themselves."
One of the job hunters at the
fair was Timothy Howard, who
came with his wife, Adrienne,
and their 18-month-old daugh-
ter, Lillian. "I'm looking for a
second job," said Timothy, a
dishwasher at Perry's restaurant
in Niceville. "Until our baby was
bom, Adrienne had a manage-
ment job, but now she needs to
stay home and look after the
baby, so I need extra work."
Timothy said he has been
looking for extra employment
for the last few months, but
"there just isn't much out there."
He said he would be willing to
take ".i1ii11.liiI in the daytime,"
since he works nights at the
restaurant. He said he has a cer-
tification as a welder, as well as
experience working with electri-
cal wiring.
Another job seeker is Thomas
Vedegys, who is looking for a
job at a convenience store, a

resort, or other entry-level posi-
tion. "I'm willing to be a bell-
hop, a doorman, or work in a
shop-anything but fast food."
Vedegys said he needs a job
to earn a living while finishing
his associate of arts degree in
computer science. He said he
hoped to find a job at the fair
because, "I've been looking and
applying for jobs online, but
with no response so far."
Lou Broader was another job
hunter looking for something to
help him earn money while he
prepares for a better future. "I
used to install swimming pools
and spas," he said, until that kind
of work "fizzled" when the
economy went downhill. Now,
he said, he is taking classes in
welding at Okaloosa Applied
T'iiin-,h'_', Center (OATC).
Until he fin-
ishes the
course, he
said, "I'm
just roving,
looking for
any kind of
Some job
seekers are
hoping for Timothy
careers that Howard
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student at the University of West
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is seeking an entry-level job
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degree in music. Once she has
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Emily said she knows how
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be. "I've been told, 'In New
York, sopranos are as common
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Emily said her degree will
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if an opera career doesn't work
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Lawmakers split on health care

Boyd aids passage in switching vote to 'yes'; Miller votes 'no'

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Area Congressmen Jeff Miller
(R-Dist. 1) and Allen Boyd (D-
Dist. 2) came
down on
oppose te o
sides in
Sunday's his-
toric vote to
require most
Americans to
enroll in a
plan. Allen Boyd
While Miller joined 211 repre-
sentatives, most of them
Republicans, in voting against the
measure, Boyd was one of the
219-all Democrats-who voted
for it. The bill was signed into law
Boyd, who opposed a related
bill last fall, announced Friday that
he was switching his vote from
"no" to "yes".
Boyd said the measure would
"lower health care costs and

strengthen doctor-patient relation-
ships." He agreed with
Democratic claims that it would
reduce the federal deficit by $1.2
trillion over 10 years-a position
based on Congressional Budget
Office estimates-reduce con-
sumer costs and maintain
Americans' right to choose their
own health care provider.
"This package of reforms
effectively curbs the skyrocketing
cost of health care services, help-
ing to lower monthly insurance
premiums and doctor bills for mil-
lions of North Floridians," Boyd
said. "Taken together, these
reforms improve the overall health
of our economy and the American
Miller, who waved an
American flag from a Capitol bal-
cony Sunday to rally citizens
demonstrating in opposition to the
bill, denounced the measure.
"After over a year of trying to
ram through a trillion-dollar gov-
ernment takeover of our health
care system, (Speaker of the

House) Nancy Pelosi (D-San
Francisco), and the majority
party waited until the middle of
the night to
take one of
the most
votes in his-
tory," Miller
"This bill
was written
closed doors
using back- Jeff Miller
room deals to buy enough votes
to pass, and puts the future of
our great country at great risk,"
Miller said. "It does nothing to
protect the sanctity of human
life, will not lower health care
costs for the American family,
cuts Medicare by $500 billion,
and raises taxes on middle-class
The 1,990-page law will:
-Expand coverage to an
estimated 32 million uninsured
Americans, chiefly by requiring

them to buy insurance by 2014
or else pay annual fines. Those
who already have coverage
would be required to keep it.
-Subsidize premiums for
lower-income households.
-Fine larger employers
whose workers seek the subsi-
-Expand Medicaid to
include 133 percent of the feder-
al poverty level, currently at
$29,327 for a family of four.
-Expand Medicaid to
include childless adults, begin-
ning in 2014.
-Prohibit insurers from
denying coverage for a preexist-
ing condition.
-Require insurers to allow
children to stay on their parents'
medical plans until age 26.
-Pay for the measures by
imposing additional taxes on
drug makers, medical devices,
wages and investment income
of higher earners, and medical-
insurance plans costing more
than certain amounts.

From page A-1

between 2010 and 2016, the num-
ber of pilot instructors would be
reduced to 105, from 134. Student
pilots at any given time would be
reduced to 84, from 109.
However, the number of mainte-
nance trainers and students associ-
ated with the school would remain
unchanged at 502 because all
maintainers will be trained at
Eglin regardless of whether the
final 48 jets are based elsewhere.
On the other hand, two fewer
squadrons of airplanes would
result in 146 fewer regular mainte-
nance personnel-those not asso-
ciated with the school who are
actually responsible for keeping
the planes flying.
The study did not assess any
costs associated with soundproof-
ing and declines in property val-

ues which Valparaiso officials say
may result from jet noise from the
powerful fighters.
Lewis said the study also did
not take into account possible
slips in the F-35 production and
delivery schedules to Eglin. If
Eglin does not receive all 59 air-
craft by 2016, as currently sched-
uled, the up-front reduction in
economic benefits would be more
pronounced, he told the Beacon
Monday. The Department of
Defense recently announced cost
overruns and delays with the F-35
The Air Force will decide
where to beddown the next 48 F-
35s after it completes another
environmental study later this
The remaining 48 aircraft, or
two squadrons, are all Air Force
configured F-35A conventional
takeoff and landing versions. A
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An Open Letter to Those Who Don't Go to Church
Used with permission of the author, Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser.
Currently, Father Rolheiser is serving as President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas. He can be contacted through his website,
Dear Fellow Pilgrim: sin and we who make up the church on earth don't do God very well. Nobody does.
We need to admit that.
I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all
are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter. Know this first of I can only guess at your reasons for not coming to church regularly or for not
all: We miss you at church. There's not a Sunday goes by when your absence isn't coming to church at all: Perhaps you have been hurt by the church, by the
felt. You're missed. Join us. institution itself or by one of its priests or ministers. Perhaps you have been one of
those who have experienced it as callous, as insensitive, as denigrating you in some
Yes, I know this isn't a simple thing. The heart has its reasons, Pascal said. way. Or perhaps you are intellectually disenchanted with the church, unable to
Well the church too has its complexities. Perhaps it is precisely one of these square its claims with your own sane grip on life and its mysteries. Or perhaps you
complexities that make it difficult for you to walk regularly through a church door. have found what you are looking for elsewhere, outside the doors of the church you
So I won't try to sugarcoat the church. It is a far-from-perfect expression of God's attended when you were little. Or perhaps you have just drifted away and don't
love and mercy and it is a far-from-perfect expression of God's universal salvific think about church very much at all. Perhaps you don't feel a need for church in
will for everyone. Sometimes the church blocks God's love as much as it reveals it. It your life. Or, perhaps you are convinced that Jesus and his teachings are in fact
has been, and remains, a vehicle both of grace and sin. How do we get past its dark tainted by the church, that Jesus never wanted to found a church, but wanted only
side? that people take his teachings to heart and live in love and graciousness. There are
many reasons why people don't go to church. I can only guess at yours.
Carlo Carretto, the renowned Italian spiritual writer, in his old age, wrote this
Ode to the church: But your reason for not going is not important for this letter. I don't want to
defend the church here, make some kind of apologetics for it, or argue against any
How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you! You of the reasons that people give for not coming to church. And I don't want to try to
have made me suffer more than anyone and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I show you reasons why, I think, it is important to go to church. This I not an
should like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given me apologetics, but a plea, an invitation:
much scandal and yet you alone have made me understand holiness. Never in this
world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, and yet I have never Come back! Try us again! Or, if you have never belonged to the church, try us!
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SR 20
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power line right of way at the
south end of each street,
VanSteenburg said. The access
road will allow Seminole residents
south of S.R. 20 to turn left or right
at a median break to be located at
Pine Street. The other three roads
south of the highway will only
allow motorists to turn right, head-
ed east, due to the median, he said.
The S.R. 20 four-laning project
is part of the MBBA's 10.9-mile,
three-phase connector road project
designed to speed traffic around

Niceville and Bluewater Bay to
the 3.6-mile toll bridge leading to
Destin. One access interchange to
the limited access bridge connec-
tor road is at S.R. 20. Through
traffic on the bridge connector
road will cross S.R. 20 on an over-
pass now under construction.
Construction of the first phase
of the bridge connector road itself
is approaching the halfway point,
VanSteenburg told MBBA board
members March 18. The $37.8-
million, phase 1 project extends
2.8 miles-from the north end of
the toll bridge to Range Road.
The project began last April and is
scheduled for completion by May

2011. VanSteenburg said pave-
ment will be laid next month
between the toll bridge and the
first connector road intersection at
North Shore Drive, even though
the road will not be opened to pub-
lic traffic until the phase 1 is com-
pleted next year.
Bob Kellner, an executive with
HDR, told the MBBA that design
of phases 2 and 3 of the bridge
connector road is now 90 percent
done, with completion expected in
June. The design will allow engi-
neers to make detailed cost esti-
mates of the final two phases of
the connector road, which will
extend from Range Road north of

Bluewater Bay, to Highway 285
and Highway 85 north of the
College Boulevard in Niceville.
HDR is designing the infra-
structure for the one toll station on
the connector road-an
unmanned, automated toll station,
to be located just north of Rocky
Creek. The Florida Turnpike
Authority will be responsible for
installing the automated system,
referred to as Toll-by-Plate. It will
scan vehicle license plates and
mail monthly toll bills to users,
whether tourists or locals, who
don't have Sunpass transponders.
There will be no option to pay
cash at the toll station.

From page A-1

quite a while ago."
He said approval will proba-
bly be "pretty much a formali-
ty." If the planning board
approves it, the plan would go
to the city council April 13.
"We're going to take an hon-
est look at it, but there's nothing
there that jumps out as precau-
tionary," Namlick said. "It's
pretty much cut and dried and

coming from one of our more
trustworthy developers. We'll
see what the public thinks about
it at the hearing."
The development was
approved in a previous vote
about six months ago, Namlick
said, but Valparaiso Realty went
back and added details.
The Valparaiso Realty
spokesman said the company
doesn't anticipate a great deal of
trouble selling the building lots.
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Timothy Lavern Wing,
unemployed, 52, of 415 Green
Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach,
was arrested by Niceville police
March 12 for grand theft. Wing
was allegedly stealing money
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church he attended, 1601 27th
St. After the church installed
surveillance cameras and identi-
fied Wing as the person entering
a room and unlocking the safe,
he returned $720. The church
advised police in February that a
total of $1,140 was taken, a fig-
ure disputed by Wing.

Nicholas Lloyd Kagan, 23, of
201 E. College Blvd., #55,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 13 for
aggravated assault, criminal
mischief, disorderly intoxication
and resisting an officer without

Alfonso Avalos, unemployed,
31, of 214 Palm Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies March 8 on the
charge of failure to appear, two
counts, on original charges of
DUI and for driving while
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arrested by sheriff's deputies
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to appear for a felony offense
and on a misdemeanor probation
violation charge on the original
charge of possession of marijua-
Robert Morton Hudson III,
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Niceville, was arrested by sher-
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charge of shoplifting. On Nov.
15 Hudson was allegedly
observed on surveillance video
stealing three 18-packs of beer
from a Fort Walton Beach con-
venience store, 1209 Miracle
Strip Parkway.

Ryan Scott Owens, an admin-
istrative assistant, 29, of 102
Windlake Court, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 13 on the charge of
resisting an officer without vio-
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sheriff's deputies March 11 on a
Walton County warrant for vio-
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sion of marijuana and burglary
of a conveyance.

Jesse Daniel Strange, 22, of
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arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 10 on the charge of loi-
tering or prowling that allegedly
occurred in Bluewater Bay, Feb.

Yvette Tanya Glover, 23, of
592 Hill Lane, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 9 on the charges of giv-
ing a false official statement and
giving a false name. On Dec. 31
Glover allegedly identified her-
self with a false name and pro-
vided law enforcement officers a
written and sworn statement
using a false name.

Nikki L. Butcher, 24, with a
last known address of 227 Karen
Court, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies March 9 on a
charge of grand theft. In 2005
Butcher is alleged to have
forged eight checks of an
acquaintance for a total of $761.

Cory Evan Pellnitz, 48, of 5
Southwind Court, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 9 on a charge of violation
of probation on the original
charge of petit theft and tres-
passing. Pellnitz was also arrest-
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warrant for violation of proba-
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reported March 12 that she dis-
covered someone had fraudu-
lently used her credit card. She
reported the theft after receiving
a package of coffee that she did
not order. When the victim noti-
fied her bank, the bank advised
her that there were more fraudu-
lent charges made on her credit
card, totaling $1,817.

A Baker resident reported
that her digital SLR camera and
a camera bag containing two
lenses and other miscellaneous
photographic equipment was
stolen when she left the bag
under a desk in a classroom at
Northwest Florida State
College, then left the room for
about an hour March 15.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of College Boulevard
reported that someone stole a
$1,000 laptop computer from
her sometime Jan. 12 while she
was out of the apartment for
about a half-hour.

A Niceville woman who left
her purse in the shopping cart in
the parking lot of the Destin
Walmart store March 3, returned
10 minutes later to discover the
purse missing and not turned in
to lost and found. The $300
purse contained a $100 wallet, a
$100 cell phone and two credit

A Niceville resident from the
4500 block of Boca Drive
reported March 11 that a GPS
unit was stolen from his vehicle
sometime Jan. 15-22.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Meadow Woods
Lane reported March 12 that
unknown persons) had fraudu-
lently used her credit card on-
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line twice in March, to purchase
$76 worth of items.

A Niceville resident who
advertised a condo for rent on an
on-line service reported that a
prospective renter who had agreed
to send a check for $1,650 for the
first month's rent, instead sent a
UPS package with a check for
$5,650 and instructions to deduct
the rent and wire the remainder of
the money to someone else, sup-
posedly for furniture to be deliv-
ered to the condo. The Niceville
resident was suspicious and
learned that the check was fraudu-

On March 4, about 12:30
a.m., a Niceville resident from
the 500 block of 22nd Street
reported his son had seen a man
enter a neighbor's pickup truck
and ran outside and yelled at the
man, who then ran to a compact
Toyota and sped away. Police
checked with the neighbor, who
confirmed that someone had
entered the truck and rummaged
through papers and personal
items inside the cab.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of 21st Street reported
that unknown persons) ran-
sacked her car, stealing a few
coins, sometime March 3-4.

A Niceville resident from the
1400 block of Date Palm Circle
reported that unknown persons)
had burglarized two SUVs
sometime March 4-5 and stolen
CDs and some money.

A Niceville resident from the
1800 block of Rattan Palm
Drive reported March 5 that
unknown persons) had burglar-
ized an SUV overnight and
stolen loose change and soda.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Emmett Drive
reported that sometime March
1-2 someone opened her
unlocked vehicle, stole a $250
GPS unit, and ransacked the
glove compartment.

A Niceville resident from the
4200 block of Calinda Lane
reported that sometime Feb. 1-
23 unknown persons) stole $20,
an ignition key and keychain
from his vehicle.

A Niceville resident from the
900 block of Linden Avenue
reported that unknown persons)
burglarized her unlocked vehi-
cle March 2 and opened the cen-
ter console and rummaged
through the contents. The only
thing reported missing was the
ashtray, which contained loose

Unknown persons) stole a
drug replacement box and a bag
of pediatric equipment from an
unlocked, exterior compartment
on an Okaloosa County EMS
ambulance parked at the substa-
tion at 104 Bullock Blvd.,
Niceville. March 11. The theft
was noticed during a shift-




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change inventory about 7:30
a.m. The compartment, which
is accessible from inside or out-
side the vehicle, was found
unlocked and the two boxes
missing. One of the boxes was
later found abandoned behind
the station. There were no nar-
cotics in the drug box, according
to EMS officials.

A DeFuniak Springs visitor
at a Niceville address in the
1700 block of 26th Street report-
ed that unknown persons) stole
a Florida license plate that was
left on the dashboard of his
unlocked vehicle while it was
parked on the street March 15.

A Niceville resident from the
1900 block of Oak Avenue
reported that someone stole a
$600 digital camera from a com-
puter table in the residence
sometime overnight March 14-
15, while the resident was away.

A Niceville resident from the
400 block of Reeves Street
reported that unknown persons)
pried open the padlocked metal
latch on a double-door plastic
shed in the backyard and stole a
new 10-inch miter saw with
laser sometime March 15-16.
The saw was valued at $114.

A Niceville resident from the
600 block of Gingko Avenue
reported that he returned home
about 6 p.m. March 16 and dis-
covered that someone had bro-
ken into his home and stolen a
$500 laptop computer and an
$80 pair of shoes.

Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Wilder Street
reported that sometime Feb. 27-
28 unknown persons) inflicted
multiple punctures on four tires
on a minivan and two tires on a
pickup truck parked at the resi-
dence. Damage to the six tires
was estimated at $700.

A Niceville business reported
that unknown persons) spray-
painted a storage unit in the
1500 block of Reeves Street.

A Niceville resident from the
500 block of Hickory Avenue
reported that unknown persons)
smashed the driver's side win-
dow of his pickup truck some-
time Feb. 21-22. Nothing
appeared to have been stolen.
Damage was estimated at $170.
A 16-year-old Valparaiso boy
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police March 15 for
resisting an officer without vio-
lence. The boy was walking on
the roadway on Highway 20
when a police officer advised
him to get out of the road.
After noticing the boy had
headphones on, the officer

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The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls March 15 through
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Location Situation t "ia Time
Kelly Road ............................ M edical................................ 3/15/10 .................02:06
M ullet Creek Run ...................Medical.................................. 3/15/10 .................10:05
SR20/Redwood Avenue........ Vehicle accident................... 3/15/10................. 15:23
Everglade Drive.................... Vehicle accident ................. 3/15/10.................16:20
SR20/Reynolds .................... Vehicle accident ................. 3/15/10.................17:17
Canterbury Circle ................. Mutual aid/structure..............3/15/10.................19:05
E. College Boulevard .............M edical.... ............ ............ 3/16/10 .................11:49
E. John Sims Parkway...........Vehicle accident .................3/16/10.................12:46
Linden Avenue.........................M edical...................................3/16/10 .................19:51
Madison Street ....................... Medical.................................. 3/17/10 .................10:53
Country C lub Drive................M edica l................................ 3/17/10 .................17:17
Crestview Avenue ................Vehicle accident .................3/18/10 .................08:17
College Boulevard..................M edical..................................3/18/10 .................09:23
N. Partin Drive ........................ Medical.................................. 3/18/09 .................13:52
Bayshore Drive..................... Fuel spill.............................. 3/18/10 .................14:57
Alan-A-Dale Drive ................ M edical................................ 3/18/10 .................23:20
Bayshore Drive..................... Vehicle accident ................. 3/19/10.................04:25
N Partin Drive ...................... M edical................................ 3/19/10 .................09:36
S. Cedar Avenue..... ......... Medical............. ............... 3/19/10 .................13:36
E. John Sims Parkway...........Vehicle accident .................3/19/10.................14:11
W. John Sims Parkway..........Vehicle accident...................3/20/10.................02:08
Bayshore Drive.......................Structure fire ................... 3/20/10.................17:56
Galway Drive .......................M edical................................ 3/20/10.................18:59
Christy Drive ........................... Illegal burn ............................ 3/20/10 .................19:15
E. John Sim s Parkway...........Medical................................ 3/21/10.................09:11
Redwood Avenue/SR20E......Vehicle accident...................3/21/10.................12:25
E. John Sims Parkway...........Medical................................ 3/21/10.................17:00
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 15 through
March 21.
Location Situation Date Time
N. White Point Road......Medical assist EMS..................................3/15/10...08:50
Highway 20................... Vehicle accident........................................ 3/15/10...15:37
N. White Point Road......Medical assist EMS. ................ 3/15/10...16:19
N. White Point Road......Medical assist EMS....................................3/15/10...17:35
Canterbury Circle ...........Good intent/other...................................... 3/15/10...19:06
Chanilly Circle................Medical assist EMS....................................3/15/10...22:22
Balmoral Drive................Medical assist EMS..............................3/16/10...00:06
Merchants Way ..............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/17/10...06:59
N. White Point Road ......EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury..3/18/10...00:28
Bay Drive ...................... Medical assist EMS.................................. 3/18/10...09:19
Range Road/Hwy 20 .....Vehicle accident w/injury..........................3/18/10...09:50
N. White Point Road......Medical assist EMS..................................3/18/10...10:12
Parkwood Lane..............Medical assist EMS..................................3/18/10...19:34
Baywind Drive ................Dum pster/other......................................... 3/19/10...01:22
Baywind Drive ................Dumpster/other......................................... 3/19/10...06:07
E. Highway 20 ................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/19/10...23:52
Bobcat Cove.................CO detector activation..............................3/20/10...15:03
Bayshore Drive...............Dispatched/canceled................................3/20/10...17:58
Cypress Street................Invalid assist.............................................. 3/20/10...18:26
Blue Pine Lane...............Outside rubbish fire/other.........................3/20/10...20:13
Merchants Way ..............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury ..3/21/10...09:46
Bluewater Point Road....Rescue EMS............................................. 3/21/10...10:52
W Troon Drive................Medical assist EMS.................................. 3/21/10...13:28
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pulled his vehicle behind the
boy and activated his siren to get
his attention, but the boy contin-
ued walking and later walked
around the cruiser when the
police got in front of the boy.
When the officer finally got
out of his vehicle and the boy
attempted to walk around him
the officer placed his hand on
the boy's chest, told the boy to
stop and asked for his identifica-
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College picks new president

Ty J. Handy, Vermont educator, is tapped

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Northwest Florida State
College (NWFSC) Board of
Trustees unanimously chose Dr.
Ty Julian Handy to be the col-
lege's next president Monday.
Handy's hiring is subject to a
contract that is scheduled to be
negotiated April 6. He is
expected to start work this sum-
Born and raised in Apopka,
near Orlando, Handy, 47, is the
president of Vermont Technical
College, a public associate and
baccalaureate institution similar
to NWFSC, Niceville.
As the March 22 trustees
meeting began, trustees
Chairman Wesley Wilkerson
outlined the steps taken thus far
to select a new president for the
college. The process began fol-
lowing last year's board deci-
sion to fire former president
James R. Richburg, after he was
indicted on state charges con-
cerning a state appropriation for
a college construction project.
Richburg has denied the
charges, and is contesting his
There were 78 candidates for
the post. The three finalists
interviewed by the trustees in
recent weeks were Handy,
William E. Coppola, an admin-
istrator in the Texas community
college system, and William L.
Kibler, a vice president of
Mississippi State University.
During Monday's meeting,
trustees took turns stating their
preference from among the final
three candidates. It quickly
became apparent that a consen-
sus already existed, as each
trustee who spoke said they
favored Handy.
Board member Brian
Pennington said he had been
impressed during Handy's inter-
view by the fact that, "Dr.
Handy didn't focus on himself.

He spoke
the reputa-
tion of the
said he also
noted that
Handy had
been presi- Ty J. Handy
dent of a college that operated a
collegiate high school similar to
that of Northwest Florida State
Esteena Wells, another board
member, said she was impressed
by Handy's practice of personal-
ly teaching in classrooms as
well as administering his current
college, and by his willingness
to make himself visible on cam-
pus to students and faculty.
Dale Rice said all of the can-
didates could have been good
choices, but that he found
Handy "easy to talk to and detail
Sandy Sims said her decision
was difficult. "I've prayed, and
I've cried over this," she said,
but finally chose Handy
because, "His enthusiasm for
the college and the community
was genuine. He had done his
homework, and he had great
Rachel Gillis said that Handy
"didn't overdo" his presentation
to the trustees.
Marijo Strauss said, "Dr.
Handy has all the right stuff,"
including military experience,
supervision of a collegiate high
school, and other factors that
would help him fit in at NWFSC
and in the surrounding commu-
Paul Foster said he was
impressed by Handy's "excite-
ment and communication
Following their discussion,
the trustees raised their hands to
signify their unanimous choice

of Handy as the college's next
After the vote, the trustees
also passed a motion to have
Wilkerson contact Handy, and
to learn more about Handy's
contract requirements, but not to
actually negotiate or take any
specific actions on behalf of the
board. That will be done by the
entire board during a special
meeting at 5 p.m. April 6, when
it will meet with Handy to nego-
tiate salary and other aspects of
his new position.
Handy said he was pleased
by the offer to return to Florida
to serve at a college that "fit so
well" with his professional

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own legal fees.
The county filed the lawsuit
last year in an attempt to prevent
Valparaiso from seeking a federal
injunction against the Air Force
decision to operated an F-35 jet
training school at Eglin without
considering all noise-mitigating
options. State courts declined to
stop the city's federal lawsuit,
which was settled out of court
earlier this month.
The Valparaiso City
Commission also approved a res-
olution last week "ratifying" its
decisions last year to file two fed-
eral lawsuits against the Air
Both the city's federal law-
suits against the Air Force were
eventually dropped after city offi-
cials said they got what they
wanted. However, City Attorney
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resolution would help resolve a
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lawsuit votes

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Valparaiso City
Commission accepted an offer
from Okaloosa County to settle its
F-35 lawsuit against the city. The
commission also took action to
resolve a related lawsuit.
With two new commissioners
now seated-Diane Kelley and
Neal Shermer-the mayor handed
out assignments to each commis-

March 9,
was named
commis -
sioner of
public insti-
tutions and
ty over city
parks and
the library.

Diane Kelley

Shermer, appointed by the
commission last month to fill a
vacancy, was named commission-
er of health and sanitation, with
authority over the sanitation
department and the cemetery.
Reelected Commissioner
Heyward Strong, reelected Mayor
Bruce Arnold and Commissioner
Tom Miller continued their regular
Strong is commissioner of
municipal utilities (water and

sewer). He
is also mayor
pro tem and
the city's
tive to the
League of
Miller is
commission- Neal Shermer
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and is in charge of the city's cable

communications system.
Arnold begins his 47th year as
mayor with continued responsibil-
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emergency management depart-
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offer from the Okaloosa County
Commission to drop the county's
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By Stacie Morgan
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But it was also his own
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Valp. principal to follow kids to Lewis

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Monday, March 22, the school
board approved the appointment
of Mike Fantaski as principal of
with the
school year.
currently the
| r principal at
Mike Fantaski Valparaiso
will replace current Lewis
Middle School principal Billy
Mikel, who will move into the
position of director at the
Department of Juvenile Justice
Schools. The current director
retires in June.
"I'm very excited and happy
the superintendent has given me
the opportunity to be principal of
Lewis School," said Fantaski. "I
think this is going to be a great
thing to have the two schools

joined together."
Fantaski was appointed prin-
cipal at Valparaiso Elementary in
June 2008. However, at a Jan. 25
school board meeting the board
voted to re-mission both
Valparaiso Elementary and
Lewis Middle School, claiming
declining enrollment.
According to Rita Scallan,
chief financial officer for the dis-
trict, the re-missioning will save
the district $1 million, by doing
away with nine positions.
Lewis will serve students in
grades 2-8 and Valparaiso will
educate students from pre-
kindergarten through first grade.
Plans call for both schools to

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Marine Corps Reserve Pvt.
Steven W. Roberts, son of Gail
M. and William S. Roberts of
Niceville, recently completed 12

fall under the same umbrella with
one principal for both campuses.
Fantaski said, "Both schools
will be under one cost factor and
have one principal. I'll make all
the major decisions like hiring
and firing and how the money is
going to be spent." Even so,
Fantaski said the principal at
Southside Center-a pre-kinder-
garten facility in Crestview-will
visit about three days a week and
perform the role of head adminis-
trator at Valparaiso School.
Kathy Baird, principal at
Southside Center said, "I'm very
excited that we'll be opening
another center in Okaloosa
County." Baird said she did not

weeks of basic training at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, Parris
Island, S.C., designed to chal-
lenge new Marine recruits both
physically and mentally.
Roberts and fellow recruits
began their training at 5 a. m., by
running three miles and perform-
ing calisthenics. In addition to

anticipate any difficulties also
having kindergarten and first
grade students going to school
with pre-K children. "I think
everything will work out very
well," she said.
He also said he has a few
ideas on how to best allay
parental fears regarding the edu-
cation of younger students with
older ones.
"There are some parents who
are apprehensive about having
their kids in a school like this,"
said Fantaski. "I think the only
thing now that I have to do is
change their minds and let them
know this is going to be a won-
derful thing."

the physical conditioning pro-
gram, Roberts spent numerous
hours in classroom and field
assignments which included
learning first aid, uniform regula-
tions, combat water survival,
marksmanship, hand-to-hand
combat and assorted weapons
training. They performed close

Randolph W. Saber
1933 2010
Randolph Saber, age 77, of
Niceville, Ha., passed away on
March 16, 2010.
Randolph loved doing volun-
teer work for Sharing and Caring
and was a mentor to many people.
He will be sorely missed by his
family and friends and especially
his wife, Lin, who was his best
friend and right arm.
Survivors include his wife of
35 years, Lin Saber of Niceville;
son, Joseph Saber of Niceville;
grandson, Baron Saber of
Niceville; granddaughter, Aubree
Saber of Niceville; sister-in-law,
order drill and operated as a
small infantry unit during field
Roberts and other recruits
also received instruction on the
Marine Corps' core values-
honor, courage and commitment,
and what the core values mean in
guiding personal and profession-

Deborah Johnston of Destrehan,
La.; and a nephew, Harrison
Johnston of Destrehan, La.
Randolph will be interred in
Jefferson Memorial Gardens in
Saint Rose, La.
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March 27, at 3 p.m., at First
Church of
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short stories.
"My original objective (for
the Civil War novels) was to
write a short story that I could
sell to the Civil War Times, but
it got to be too long for a short
story and it was too short for a
novel," said Wallis.
Then his father, a fan of
western movies, picked up the
manuscript and began reading.
He offered his son encourage-
ment, "This has the makings
of a great movie, with Tom
Selleck playing the lead,"
enthused the elder Wallis.
Both books tell the story of
two men serving on opposite
sides of what some have called
the Second American
Revolution. In "Burnin'
Daylight" (book one), 13
months into the conflict, and
at the end of the second day of
fighting what was to become

known as the war's bloodiest
battle (Shiloh), a Union corpo-
ral comes upon a severely
wounded Confederate officer.
The book records the unlikely
duo's journey west to escape
the war, both in search of a
more peaceful, but different
"Up Trail" (book two) con-
tinues the saga and recounts
the adventures of how the two
fictional characters become
part of a band of men who
drive 1,700 head of cattle
from Texas to New Mexico
Territory, hoping to survive
the "near-hopeless economic
circumstances" brought on by
the war that still rages.
While writing his novels, of
utmost importance to Wallis is
the accurate retelling of histor-
ical fact. In order to ensure
accuracy and to bring the real-
ity of location to the reader,
Wallis said he visited every
single battlefield in Tyler,

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fashioned the lead character
after. Wallis said research for
the first novel took five years
but the second novel was "con-
siderably easier (just 18
months) because the story line
had already been established."
Not only is accuracy impor-
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the war.
"I wanted people who may
not necessarily like history to
be able to pick up these books
and not only read a good story
but learn some things about
the war they never knew,"
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Blood drives this week
March 26-Destin Healthcare,
noon-4 p.m.; Hurlburt AFSOC, 9
a.m.-3 p.m.
March 27-Winn Dixie, Niceville,
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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 cartoons for his local news-

paper 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.
Film 'Gun' to be screened
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of the Emerald Coast presents the pre-
mier showing of the independent 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
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
hold a nail trim clinic for pets
Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 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.
Palm Sunday concert
Niceville United Methodist
Church will present a Palm Sunday
Worship Concert, "Ascend to
S Heaven," Sunday,
March 28, 4 and 6
p.m. in the newly
renovated sanctu-
This concert
will combine traditional and contem-
porary styles, and will include choir,
orchestra, praise bands, drama and
lighting effects.
Visit or call 678-
4411 for more information.
'Empowerment' screening
The Fort Walton Beach Heritage
Park and Cultural Center will present
a free screening of the Independent
Television Service film, "Women's
Empowerment" at noon, Monday,
March 29, inside the Indian Temple
Mound Museum's Lazarus Education
Center. University of West Florida
Women's Studies Director June
Watkins will lead a public group dis-
cussion of the film. The screening and
discussion is free and open to the pub-
lic, and students (high school and col-
lege level) and adults are especially
encouraged to attend.
For more information call
Programming Coordinator Mike
Thomin at 833-9595.
Nature camp for kids
SpringWild, the Emerald Coast
Wildlife Refuge's Spring Break Camp
for grades 1-5, will be held March 29-
April 2 and April 5-April 9, 9 a.m.-3
p.m. The cost is $150 per week with
added fees for before/after camp care.
Family discounts are available. The
camp is held at The Boardwalk,

Okaloosa Island. Participants will
learn about native wildlife through
lectures, games and hands-on experi-
ences, conduct science experiments
and make crafts, enjoy live animal
encounters and much more.
Information and registration: Susan,
PAWS to have yard sale
The PAWS Community Yard Sale
is 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at
the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds,
Lewis Turner Boulevard, Fort Walton
Beach. Entrance fee is $2 or a bag of
dog food.
The event not only features lots of
items to "rummage" through but also
the purchase of rabies vaccinations,
microchips and the opportunity to
adopt an on-site cat or dog.
PAWS is currently accepting dona-
tions for the sale which can be
dropped off at the fairgrounds
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

PAWS is also recruiting volunteers to
help with the sale. Donated items must
be in good condition and not junk.
Call PAWS (243-2525) for additional
drop-off sites, to volunteer or for more
Free quit smoking classes
Okaloosa and Walton county
tobacco users can find free help to quit
tobacco use at one of a list of free, six-
week, evidence-based "Quit Smoking
Now" programs sponsored by West
Florida Area Health Education Center
(AHEC). The programs are conducted
by tobacco treatment specialists.
Registration and information: West
Florida AHEC, 398-6965 or toll free,
1-877-6-STOP-NOW. The free tobac-
co-use cessation programs, are open to
any tobacco user. Participants will
receive an individual assessment, a
customized treatment plan, group and
one-on-one counseling sessions led by
certified tobacco treatment specialists.

Assistance is available for certain
nicotine replacement therapies.
Twin Cities Hospital Wellness
Center, Tuesdays 5:30 p.m., April
20-May 25
-Northwest Florida State College
(tentative depending on college
semesters) Tuesday's Time TBA,
April 6-May 11.
Embry-Riddle at War
The Florida Then and Now Series
presents author Stephen Craft, dis-
cussing his book "Embry-Riddle at
War: Aviation Training During
WWII," noon, Wednesday, April 7, at
Dthe Heritage
Museum of
Florida, 115
Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso. Craft
will address Embry-Riddle's role in
Florida and aviation training. All Then
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Niceville Library displays art
Niceville Library clerk Helen Dowd examines art by Niceville illustrator and cartoonist Marlin
Griffin, which will be displayed at the library 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 publications with work appearing in Life Magazine and National Geographic.

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RBCS sweeps fine arts competition

Rocky Bayou Christian School
(RBCS) students attended the
Florida Association of Christian
Colleges and Schools (FACCS)
Fine Arts Competition in
Jacksonville, March 11-12, win-
ning 40 places. At least 30 FACCS
accredited high schools participat-
ed in the state level competition.
RBCS awards were:
-RBCA Symphonic Band,
second place.
-Academy Concert Choir,
third place.
-Debate team, (seniors
Shannon Donahue and Emily
Wilson), second.
-Individual winners in
Academics: Rebecca Weaver
(second, English), Bill Hudson

(second, algebra/geometry),
SuHo Im (third, algebra/geome-
try), Matt McDorman (third
advanced math), Shannon
Donahue (second, biology),
Emily Wilson (third, biology),
Jacob Emerick (first, chemistry),
Glory Allen (second, chemistry),
James Kim (1st physics), Hannah
Moore (third creative
writing/poetry), Emily Steele
(first, creative writing/essay),
Ryan Bums (third, political sci-
ence/economics), Julia Denney
(third, home economics), Jessica
Maney (first, music theory), John
Tyre (third, music theory), Ashley
Bernheisel (second, science
fair/physical), Christopher
Sandlin (third, computer applica-

tions) and Tim Hemdon (third,
computer knowledge).
-Individual winners in art:
Elizabeth Marshall (first, calligra-
phy), Teresa Riker (second,
monochromatic dli.i, ii '. Haeln
You (first, monochromatic draw-
ing), Pang Junnongyai (second,
watercolor), Rachel Lee (first,
watercolor), Jin Sil Choi (first, oil
paint), Jessica Sandlin (first, tex-
tiles), Christopher Sandlin (first,
crafts), Ashley Hannay (second,
black and white photography and
first, color photography), and
Christopher Sandlin (second,
-The individual winner in
Bible was Daniel Bowers (third,
evangelistic pi L.ich'liiii

-Individual winners in music:
John Tyre (third, instrumental
brass solo), Corrie Sober (second,
instrumental brass solo),
Elizabeth Sober (second, instru-
mental woodwind solo), Joseph
Sung (first, classical piano), Alan
Long (third, classical guitar), a
clarinet quartet consisting of
Hayley Burgess, Wendy Kent,
Sarah Lynch and Grace Stoner
(first, small instrument ensemble),
and a 10-member percussion
group consisting of Naldi
Alvarez-Fonseca, Yante Beliveau,
Kathryn Lorenz, Jessica Maney,
Bradley Paskell, Jared Porrata,
Elizabeth Sober, John Tyre, Olivia
Tyre, and Steven Wills (first, per-
cussion ensemble).


Kelly McHugh, daughter of
Skip and Stacy McHugh, was
raised in Niceville. After high
school, she attended FSU and
received a Bachelor of Science
degree in chemistry. After a few
years working in a forensic lab-
oratory, she decided to return to
school to obtain a masters
Dustin Pitan, son of Delbert
and Janda Pitan, was bom and
raised in Owatonna, Minn. He
received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in English from St.
Cloud State University in St.

Minn. He
returned to
school at
Full Sail
in Orlando
to obtain a
degree in Kelly McHugh
film. and Dustin Pitan
Dustin and Kelly met in
Orlando. They announced their
engagement in September
2009 and plan to wed in the fall
of 2010 in Orlando. Kelly and
Dustin still frequent the area as
many of her friends and family
still live in Niceville, and of
course, come home every third
weekend of October.

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Ruckel Middle School
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Amici d'Italiani Golf
Tournament, Italian-American
Golf Open, is planned for April
9 at Shalimar Pointe Country
Club. Register at 10:30 a.m.,
with shotgun start at noon. The
cost is $60 per person, which
includes refreshments.
Proceeds will go toward schol-
arships and charities supported
by the Joseph B. Franzalia
Lodge. Call Boomer Graziano,
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Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf
Association Spring Handicap
Tournament & Rally for the
cure, March 9 and 10.
Overall Champion: Clare
First flight: 1 Sarah Helen
Lowe, 2 Gerry Hagen 3
Barbara Marquis. Second
flight: 1 Nancy Luigs, 2
Gloria Smith, 3 Lilli Keller.
Third flight: 1 Mary Godwin,

2 Kathy Bush, 3 Jan
Longest drive: A group,
Brenda Severson; B group,
Clare Boggs. Closest to the
pin: Bay No. 4, Clare Boggs;
Bay No. 8. Brenda Severson;
Marsh No. 4, Margot Herden;
Rally for the cure Marsh No. 6,
Jan McPherson.

Eglin Women's Golf
Association, Thursday March
11, Play of the day T's & F's
First flight: 1. Ann
Gruber/Barbara Marquis 34
2. Suhui Borkowski/Rhonda
Mitchell/Janette Gregg 37.
Second flight: 1. Audrey
Bailey 32 2. Katie Furby 33.
Third flight: 1. Angie Conner
31. Fourth flight: 1. Mary
Cruts 38
Chip-ins: Janet
Mooneyham Nos. 9 and 12,
Barbara Marquis No. 16,
Janette Gregg No. 17
Member / Member
Tournament, March 18, Best
Ball Of Two. First flight: 1. Ina
Reimann/Mary Robillard 60,
2. Audrey Bailey/Katie Furby
61, 3. Jan Boggs/Linda

Lozano 62, 4. Janette
Gregg/Diane Kaiser 67.
Second flight: 1. Lee
Fryer/Susan Greenslade 57,
2. Lavera Collins/Nancy
Estes 61, 3. Angie
Conner/Janet Mooneyham
62, 4. Kay Sheehan/Beth
Stanley 66.
Bluewater Bay Men's Golf
Association, Tournament of
Champions Low Gross/Low
Net Champions. Low Gross:
Bill Giese. Low Net: Hal
Dowden. First Flight, Low
Net: First, Wally Weeks;
Second, Don Woods; Third,
Scott Homburg; Fourth,
George Boles. Second Flight,
Low Net: First, Alan
Meldrum; Second, Jim
Miller; Third, Ken Hamilton;
Fourth, Buddy Vucovich.
Third Flight Low Net: First,
Raimund Herden; Second,
Jack Cocchiarella; Third,
Nelson Dunham; Fourth:,
John Bosworth. Fourth Flight
Low Net: First, Mike
Hampton; Second, Randy
Williams; Third, Rick Derek;
Fourth, Larry Stanley. Non-

TOC Qualifier Flight: Low
Gross, Art Jean; Low Net,
Pete Wirth; Second, Russ
Johnson; Third, Neal

Rocky Bayou Country Club,
Ladies Golf Association,
Weekly Play, Low Net, March
16, 2010.
First Flight: First, Tie, Jo
Berger, Fran Jacobs; Third,
Tie, Elizabeth Sabo, Patt
Bures. Second Flight: First,
Marilyn Reisenwitz; Second,
Verna Sesso; Third, Tie, Lilli
Keller, Carol Elliott, Wanda
Liphard. Third Flight: First,
Jeanne Shaw; Second,
Darlene Anderson; Third,
Ann Wittkopp; Fourth, Sue
Belli. Fourth Flight: First,
Sandy Miller; Second, Connie
Ryan; Third, Pat McNeil.
Fifth Flight: First, Vicki
Wilson; Second, Orean
McCord. Nifty Nines: First,
Darlene Bracegirdle. Chip-
ins: Hole No. 2, Jeanne Shaw;
Hole No. 11, Patt Bures; Hole
No. 14, Jo Burger; Hole No.
17, Wanda Liphard; Holes
No. 11 and 17, Linda Moore.


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Eagles go 10-0
Niceville High School shortstop Kelly Hensley prepares to throw out a Milton hitter during
Thursday's softball game, with left fielder Karen Starnes backing up the play. The Eagles
steamrollered the Panthers, 8-1, to go 10-0 on the season.

Beacon photo by Norman Wolf
Six-legged race
Lindsay Messenger and her dog, Harlow, of Niceville,
make good time during Saturday's 10th annual Run with
the Dogs 5K run/walk in Destin. Proceeds of the race
went to the Destin Recreation Department.

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