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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: May 19, 2010
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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.
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New Army base 'ahead of schedule'



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is featuring an encaustic
art exhibit and display
by local artist Sue Tarkin
through May 29.
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7th Special Forces

Group set to arrive next


Beacon photo
Green Berets of the 7th Special Forces Group Integration Team inspect progress near a battalion building under construction
at a 500-acre Army camp taking shape on the Eglin reservation north of Niceville. From right: Lt. Col. Gary Bloomberg, Sgt.
Maj. Bill Sarnosky, Chief Warrant Officer Steve Finney.

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are named
By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Country singers Josh
for this
Josh Turner Bayou
Festival Oct. 15-17.
Turner, 32, whose hits
include "Why Don't We
Just Dance," "Haywire,"
"As Fast As I Could" and
"Friday Paycheck," will be
the Sunday headliner for
the 34th annual festival, to
be held in Niceville Oct.
Gilbert will perform
Friday night.
Saturday's featured
entertainment is still being
More musical acts will
be announced in the com-
Please see MULLET, page A-8

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The equivalent of a small
city is taking shape in the mid-
dle of the Eglin reservation
about 16 miles northwest of
Niceville, as construction of 1
million square feet of facilities
for the Army's 7th Special
Forces Group proceeds.
"Construction is ahead of
schedule and under budget,"
said Army Lt. Col. Gary
Bloomberg, chief of the eight-
man Special Forces Integration
Team already at Eglin. The
yet-unnamed 7th SFG camp at
Eglin is situated on 500 acres of
former pinelands about five
miles west of Duke Field.
Bloomberg said the $380 mil-
lion military construction proj-
ect is under a Base Realignment
and Closure Commission dead-
line to complete in time for
2,200 soldiers of the 7th to
move permanently from Ft.
Bragg, N.C., to Eglin by Sept.
15, 2011. Most of the soldiers
and their families will arrive
next year.
There will be between 35
and 40 buildings at the camp,
Please see 7TH SFG, page A-8

Flyer choice expands as new airport opens

Panama City facility

heightens competition

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Airline competition in north-
west Florida is expected to heat
up with the scheduled opening
next week of the new Panama
City airport, about an hour's drive
from Niceville.
On Sunday Delta Air Lines
and low-cost Southwest Airlines
will begin flying from the newest
airport in the U.S., Northwest
Florida Beaches International
Just 55 miles from the center
of Niceville, the new airport
northwest of Panama City offers
local travelers a third airport
option for travel, and maybe even
a cheaper fare. As the airport
opens, Southwest and Delta will

offer daily nonstop service to
Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando,
Cincinnati, Houston, Baltimore
and Nashville.
The $318 million airport,
which replaces Panama City-Bay
County International Airport, is
the first commercial international
airport built in the U.S. in the past
15 years, according to the
Panama City Bay County Airport
and Industrial District (the airport
authority) which operates the new
facility. The new airport and its
10,000-foot runway use 1,300
acres of a 4,000-acre site. Its
125,000-square-foot passenger
terminal has seven gates, two
restaurants, two retail shops and
six car-rental counters.
Although the new terminal has

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Beacon photo by Del Lessard
On Sunday, Southwest and Delta airlines will begin serving the flying public with eight flights daily to and from the new Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport, about a hour's drive east from Niceville. Above, the airport's 125,000-square-foot passenger terminal.

an area for U.S. Customs, no
scheduled international flights are
currently planned. Charter flights
to and from overseas destination
will likely be the first internation-
al flights to take advantage of the
new facility, said Amy Ausley,
airport spokeswoman.
Jacksonville, 250 miles away, is
the nearest airport with scheduled

international service, according to
the airport authority. Ausley said
a 5,000-foot cross runway is also
planned, and a 10,000-foot paral-
lel runway is in the design phase.
The 4,000-acre airport proper-
ty was given to the airport author-
ity by St. Joe Company, one of
the state's largest private
landowners, a former timber and

paper company that is now
chiefly a real estate developer.
The company is betting that the
airport will spur development of
its vast holdings in Northwest
Florida, especially in Bay and
Walton counties.
Last year Bay County busi-
ness and tourism officials-with
a reported multi-million dollar

investment from St. Joe-were
successful in luring the budget
carrier Southwest Airlines to the
new airport, overcoming competi-
tion from Northwest Florida
Regional Airport in Okaloosa
County and Pensacola Regional
Airport. Under the agreement,
Southwest is reportedly guaran-
Please see AIRPORT, page A-2

Nice ville 'triangle'

blooms again
Three years after a highway-widening program
leveled and down-sized Niceville's floral center-
piece, the "triangle" at the intersection of high-
ways 85 and 20 is once again a blooming beauty.
City employees Ryan Laflin, foreground, and
Charles Dunning last week added daisies to the
roses planted earlier.
Beacon photos by Del Lessard



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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

From page A-1
teed that it will not lose money on
its new Panama City flights during
their first three years of operation
at the new airport.
Ground was broken for the new
airport north of Panama City
Beach in November 2007. The old
Panama City airport, about a 20-
minute drive to the southeast, will
close when the new one opens.
Delta is the only airline serving the
old airport.
Niceville air travelers can reach
Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport by car by
driving east on State Road 20, then
turning south on State Road 79 at
Ebro. After 10.3 miles on

Highway 79 turn left on State
Highway 388 and travel 1.5 miles
to the entrance. It took a reporter
about an hour and five minutes to
drive the 55 miles to the terminal.
The busiest of the three
Panhandle airports, Pensacola
Regional Airport, which handled
1.55 million passengers last year,
is about 64 miles from Niceville,
or an estimated hour and 13 min-
utes by car. In Okaloosa County,
Northwest Florida Regional
Airport, just southwest of
Valparaiso, is less than seven miles
away, or 15 minutes. Okaloosa
ranked No. 2 in traffic last year, at
772,000 passengers. The old
Panama City airport was a distant
third, serving 335,000 passengers
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Officials of the new Panama
City airport ruffled feathers of
their Okaloosa counterparts last
October by choosing a similar
name. Today, spokeswoman
Ausley says the new facility will
probably be commonly known as
"Beaches Airport" for short.
In any case, Greg Donovan,
Okaloosa County's airports direc-
tor, said "consumers are the ulti-
mate winners" in any competition
between the airports. Few small-
city areas in the country have three
such choices, he said.
The Okaloosa airport is not
served by a no-frills carrier, while
the new Panama City airport
(Southwest) and Pensacola
(AirTran) are.
Donovan predicted that airlines
serving Northwest Florida
Regional Airport but not Bay
County-including Continental,
US Air and American-will lower

fares to compete with Southwest
and Delta rates out of Beaches
International. Delta serves both
Indeed, "the introductory fares
(at Beaches International) are
wonderful," said Donna Reyher,
owner of Davis Travel in
Bluewater Bay. But any fare com-
parison has to be balanced by the
travel time to the airport and park-
ing fees, she added. Southwest
Airlines does not charge for
checked bags, unlike many other
carriers. "That's a big difference"
for many passengers, she said.
Nonetheless, Reyher said it
pays to check out all the available
options at the three airports.
The Beacon asked Reyher to
compare sample round-trip fares
from the three airports for a typical
couple traveling June 15-22 with
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Aerial view of the new airport showing its 10,000-foot runway
on 4,000 acres donated by St. Joe Company, one of the largest
real estate developers in the state.

Reyher responded: "I have
priced both "regular" airlines such
as Delta, Continental, American,
and USAir, and also priced
AirTran and Southwest. AirTran
and Southwest are both no-frills
airlines (even though the regular
airlines are rapidly becoming "no-
frills" too) and as such have differ-
ent rules than the "regular" air-
lines. For instance, Delta,
Continental, American and USAir
all charge $25 per bag for a pas-
senger's first checked bag, while
AirTran only charges $15 per bag
and Southwest doesn't charge for
checked luggage at all up to 2
pieces per passenger. Right away,
if you have two passengers travel-
ing and each is checking one bag
per person, you have a $50 extra
charge each way. With AirTran
the charge is only $30 each way
for the same scenario. With
Southwest, no charge at all."

That said, last week Reyher
found the cheapest fares varied by
airport, airline and destination,
including taxes, baggage charges
and other fees:
-New York City LaGuardia
varied from a low of $581.60 fly-
ing from Pensacola to $759 flying
from Beaches International.
-Washington Dulles varied
from a low of $527.60 from
Beaches International to $665.60
out of Okaloosa County.
-San Francisco (SFO) from
$892 out of Pensacola to $1,180
out of Okaloosa County.
-Denver (DEN) from $750
out of Beaches International to
$916 out of Okaloosa County.
Those relative fares all changed
this week after several airlines
ended a sale Friday, Reyher said,
adding that travel agents can help
travelers nail down frequent sales
and specials.

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Walton sheriff blasts

response to oil spill

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
A recently completed planter at Bay Drive and Prestwick Drive West installed by the Bluewater
Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit.

Bluewater MSBU tax cut

By Rebecca Johns
The Bluewater Bay Municipal
Services Benefit Unit (MSBU)
will lower taxes slightly next year.
Meeting May 11, the MSBU
Board of Directors also discussed
next year's budget, proposed and
completed projects, and the Nov. 2
The MSBU is a special taxing
district set up in order to improve
and preserve the landscape of
Bluewater Bay.
The board voted to reduce the
property tax to $60 per unit, from
the current $61, for the fiscal year
that will start Oct. 1. One unit is
one house. Commercial property
is taxed under a related formula.
It has been a few years since
the tax has been this low, and the
reduction will be welcomed, offi-
cials said. The tax provides and
maintains certain community
services such as landscaping and
street lighting.
The board has approved a
2010-11 budget of $343,840,
down from the current $358,591.
The proposed projects for
2010-11 were all approved, and
project budgets were found to
meet the requirements of the over-
all budget.
Next year's projects include
additional installations of block-
edged planting beds, lariope grass,
azaleas and dwarf hawthorn at
various common-area locations in
Bluewater Bay. Planned locations
include the intersections of
Woodlands Drive and Antiqua
Way, Woodlands and Aruba Way,
Bluewater Boulevard and
Caribbean Way East, and Bay
Drive and St. Kitts Cove.
One project still requires per-
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In other business, Okaloosa
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Taylor gave a short police report
during the meeting. Because the
summer season is here and curious
kids will be out of school, he
advised residents to keep their cars
and other property locked up.
Also, he commended the timeli-
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when they see that a crime
been committed.
There will be two seats on
MSBU Board of Directors ur
election this November, those
rently held by Gayle Hughes
Bart Bredenkamp. Both
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Anyone who is interested in
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The qualification package must be
filed between June 14 and noon on
June 18.
The next MSBU board meet-
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in the Bluewater Bay Resort
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By Rebecca Strasbaugh
Beacon Correspondent
Walton County Sheriff
Michael Adkinson touched on
issues concerning the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill, local speed
regulations and drug enforce-
ment during a town meeting in
Choctaw Beach Friday.
"BP oil has told Florida not
to worry and that they would
take care of everything,"
Adkinson said. "However, we
aren't going to rely on them to
clean up our area. We are
already re-evaluating the situ-
ation and are organizing our
own events to help clean the
beaches up from this potential
Adkinson said he thought
there has been no real leader-
ship in the way the oil spill
has been handled and so the
community as a whole should-
n't just rely on BP helping out.
"No offense to those people
at all, but it's taken them 17
days to just simply initiate an
emergency response," he said.
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$25 million allocated to
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According to Adkinson, a
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Oil spill hurts commercial fishermen

Boats idled after some waters are closed L -: I

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Beacon Staff Writer
So far winds and currents
have kept the plume of Gulf oil
spewing from the Deepwater
Horizon disaster away from
Florida's beaches. Nonetheless,
the livelihood of some
Niceville residents is already
deeply affected.
Commercial fishermen
Mark Arnold, 65, and Matthew
Andrews, 46, were among
about 30 people who attended
hazardous-materials cleanup
training for volunteers at
Northwest Florida State
College Friday. Arnold and
Andrews each owns a commer-
cial-fishing vessel. They fish
with hook and line, not nets,
for reef fish such as snapper
and tile, and for migrating king
mackerel during a limited sea-

son that starts July 1.
Both men have kept their
boats docked in Boggy Bayou
since April 20 because of the
fishing restrictions imposed in
parts of the Gulf due to the
growing spill. "Places where
we can fish, there's no fish" in
commercial quantities, said
"Nobody has any idea of the
long-range consequences," said
Andrews. Migratory fish like
the king mackerel feed on por-
gies and shrimp which grow in
the marshes and estuaries lin-
ing the northern Gulf Coast.
Oil has already polluted some
Louisiana wetlands, he said.
"If oil gets into the marsh,
they'll never get it out," said
Arnold. He said 80 percent of
their fishing is done west of
Pensacola, including the area

affected by the federal fisheries
Arnold has been a commer-
cial fisherman for 45 years,
Andrews for 30. Both depend
on their trade to support them-
selves and their families.
Starting in March, for four
to six months of the year, they
usually fish out of Venice, La.,
near the mouth of the
Mississippi River.
The two men have applied
to British Petroleum's "Vessel
of Opportunity" program,
under which fishermen affected
by the oil spill can be hired to
help clean it up. "We may be
put out of business," Andrews
said, but "I'm ready to work."
Neither man had been called
by BP as of Monday, and
Please see OIL, page A-5

Niceville com-
mercial fisher-
men Matthew
Andrews, left,
and Mark
Arnold have
been unable to
earn a living
because of the
Horizons oil
spill. Federal
officials closed
much of the
Gulf area they
depend upon
for fish.
Beacon photo by
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Andrews was upset that some
commercial fishermen hired
under the program came from
outside the area most affected
by the spill. They're just look-
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while those sidelined by the
long-running accident are fac-
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The two men, who fish inde-
pendently, did partner this year
to invest $35,000 for the rights
to additional tile fish quotas.
But the investment only pays
off if they're able to catch tile
during the one-year time limit
they purchased, which ends in
December. Andrews said he
lays baited hooks as deep as
1,000 feet to catch tilefish, a
white-meat creature similar to
But the king mackerel sea-
son, scheduled to open July 1,
accounts for about 80 percent

of his annual income, said
Andrews. Almost all of the
catch is shipped to markets out-
side the local area. The king
mackerel season is limited by a
federal quota system in the
Gulf, meaning they might fish
as few as two months or as
many as six. Kings, a migrat-
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hand lines, and both men race
in and out of port during the
king season due to a 3,000-
pound boat limit
In addition to $1,000
monthly loan payments on his
43-foot vessel, Restless II,
Andrews depends on fishing to
support his wife and three
teenage children, including
tuition for one in college.
Despite the hard work, long
hours at sea and uncertainty, he
can't see doing anything but
fishing as he's done since he
was 14 years old. "I never filled
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life," he said. "I love what I
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Allan Maldonado, 26, of 505-
B 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies May 7 on a
petty theft charge. Maldonado
was allegedly observed shoplifting
two items at the Fort Walton
Beach Walmart, 748 N. Beal
Parkway. The items were valued at

Michael Walter Bratton, unem-
ployed, 29, of 304 Reeves St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 9 on the charge of
failure to appear on a felony
worthless check charge.

Bradley Mitchell Willingham,
19, of 404 Cedar Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
April 30 on a misdemeanor charge
of theft. On March 4 Willingham
is alleged to have entered the bed-
room of a Niceville friend and
stolen $200.

Jason Douglas Hendershot, 27,
of 282 Washington Ave., Apt. 2,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police May 7 on the
charge of burglary to a con-
veyance. Sometime April 4-5
Hendershot was alleged to have
entered an unlocked vehicle on the
first block of Southview Avenue

and stolen a laptop computer.
Hendershot allegedly sold the lap-
top for $50.
Hendershot was also arrested
the same date by sheriff's deputies
on a misdemeanor probation vio-
lation on the original charge of

April Diana Suchan, a wait-
ress, 35, of 1018 Pine Lake Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 5 for petit larceny,
third or subsequent conviction.
On May 1, while employed at
an ice cream store, 4550 E.
Highway 20, Suchan was alleged-
ly observed on surveillance video
failing to ring up multiple transac-
tions, removing money from the
register at least twice, and bending
down to an unlocked office safe
and leaving the office with cash in
hand. The victim reported $100
missing from the office safe and
estimated about $32 worth of
transactions that Suchan made
without ringing the sales into the
On May 6 a Niceville auto
parts store, 299 E. John Sims
Parkway, reported that a young
man came into the store, picked up
an $85 car battery, and walked out
the front door without paying. An


employee gave a description of the
car and copied the tag number.

A Niceville couple reported
May 6 that unknown persons)
had peeled the decal off the license
plate on their car. The victims
noticed the missing decal while
loading their car at a local shop-
ping center.

A woman at Northwest Florida
State College reported May 6 that
someone stole her cell phone after
she laid it down near a window in
one of the administrative offices.

A Niceville resident from the
700 block of Persimmon Way
returned from an overseas trip to
discover that four vehicle registra-
tion decals he had left in an enve-
lope on the front seat of his SUV
were missing. The theft occurred
sometime between March and

A Niceville couple reported
being scammed out of $4,400 dur-
ing an online tractor purchase in
April. The tractor was supposedly
in Alabama. The "seller" request-
ed the money be sent to an address
in Scotland.
After the couple wired the
money, they received an e-mail
from the "seller" claiming that he
was having problems with ship-
ping because it was going to cost
$1,500, and he only had $500. The
seller requested the Niceville buy-
ers send him an additional $1,000,
and that eBay would reimburse
them out of his "vehicle protection
account" after the tractor was
delivered. When they contacted
eBay they were informed the
transaction was a scam and to con-
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reported May 5 that sometime in
the previous four weeks someone
stole two gold bracelets and a
wedding ring set from a tray in the
kitchen. The stolen jewelry was
valued together at $3,600.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of Everglade Drive
reported May 5 that someone stole
a boy's bicycle from the front

A Niceville resident from the
4500 block of Parkview Lane
reported that someone stole $210
from a nightstand drawer May 4.
The front door may have been left
unlocked that day.

A Niceville woman who was
working as a nanny for a Destin
family drove to a Destin ice cream
store May 2 with the four children
she was caring for. Because of
heavy rain the woman drove close
to the store and left the engine run-
ning while she and the oldest

child, age 11, went inside. After
they received their order and
returned to the vehicle one of the
three children stated that "a man
just tried leaving with us." The
youngster said the man looked in
the window, heard the car running,
got in and started to back the car
up when a girl in the car began to
scream. The man put the vehicle
in park and ran away.
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A Niceville resident reported
May 1 that he recognized an unau-
thorized $160 charge on his credit
card. An on-line merchant with
whom he had done business in the
past notified him of the suspicious
charge because the customer
name and address was different
than in the past. Sheriff's investi-
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merchant to try to identify where
the transaction originated.

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Loatiotuat Date Time
E. John Sims Pkwy. ..................Medical. .......... ...... 0 ..... .0327
Als Drive...................................... Service Call .......0..................... 0733
22nd Street............................... C ancelled........................05/10/10.................0946
John Sims/Partin Dr. ................Vehicle Crash .................05/10/10.................1621
S R123 ....................................... Serv ice C all .................. 05/11/10 .................1631
N Partin Drive .......................... M edical.......................... 05/11/10 .................1716
Reeves Street........................... M edical.......................... 05/11/10.................2317
Reeves Street........................... M edical.......................... 05/12/10.................0130
Everglade Drive........................ Medical.......................... 05/12/10.................0815
22nd Street ............................... M edica l.......................... 05/12/10.................1113
Seville Circle............................. Alarm Activation..............05/12/10.................1843
Reeves Street........................... Medical.......................... 05/13/1 ................. 0018
N Partin Drive .......................... M edical.......................... 05/13/10.................1333
W College Blvd......................... M edical.......................... 05/13/10.................1519
Nutm eg Avenue........................ M edical.......................... 05/13/10.................1848
N Partin Drive .......................... M edical.......................... 05/13/10.................2115
Tw in Cities Blvd. ....................... M edical.......................... 05/14/10.................1409
Rocky Bayou Bridge ................Service Call ..................05/14/10.................2022
N Partin Drive .......................... M edical.......................... 05/15/10.................1116
Rockywood Way.......................Medical..........................05/15/10.................1145
W. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..........................05/15/10.................1231
Als D rive.................................... M edica l.......................... 05/16/10.................0444
McEwen Drive .......................... Medical.......................... 05/16/10.................0643
Government Avenue................Vehicle Crash ................. 05/16/10.................1051
Honeysuckle Way.....................False Alarm .................05/16/10.................1353
Honeysuckle Way.....................False Alarm .................05/16/10.................1409
22nd Street.................................M edica l............................05/16/10.................2329
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls May 9 through May
Location Situation Date Time
Saint Croix Cove .....................Medical assist EMS ................5/09/10 ..........01:43
White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle...........5/09/10 ..........02:24
North White Point Road............EMS excluding vehicle ...........5/10/10 ..........09:49
Fred Gannon State Park...........Prescribed fire.........................5/10/10 ..........15:16
Saint Croix Cove .....................Medical assist EMS................5/11/10...........02:02
North White Point Road............Dispatched cancelled .............5/11/10...........04:20
North White Point Road............EMS excluding vehicle...........5/11/10...........10:42
White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle...........5/12/10 ..........01:28
Sailboat Drive ..........................EMS excluding vehicle...........5/12/10 ..........04:49
Springacres Cove....................EMS excluding vehicle...........5/12/10 ..........06:46
Bay Drive .................................Dispatched cancelled .............5/13/10 ..........00:19
Lancaster Drive .......................Medical assist EMS ................5/13/10 ..........06:46
North White Point Road............Medical assist EMS ................5/14/10 ..........12:56
Everglade Drive.......................Medical assist EMS................5/14/10 ..........20:42
Newcastle Court......................Dispatched cancelled .............5/15/10 ..........17:12
Merchants Way........................EMS excluding vehicle...........5/16/10 ..........01:57
Windward Lane Cove ...............Medical assist EMS ................5/16/10 ..........05:10

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Bloomberg said, including a
3,800-square-foot Group head-
quarters building and two-story
buildings for each of its four bat-
talions. Also under construction
are a parachute-rigging tower, a
physical training building, a din-
ing hall, motor pool facilities,
and logistics support buildings.
There is also a UAV
(unmanned aerial vehicle) build-
ing. The 7th SFG has well over
200 UAVs, from hand-launched
craft to mid-sized ones that take
off from short airstrips and
cruise 15,000 feet above the bat-
A dormitory will contain 280
rooms for single soldiers. They
will also have their own dining
A small post exchange will be
sited at the 7th SFG camp, plus a
fast food outlet, a gas station, a
convenience store, and a store
selling uniforms.
At Duke Field, five miles to
the east, the Army is building an
ammunition storage facility.
They will also be using the 919th
Special Operations Wing

deployment center for their own
An Air Force-funded high-
way overpass crossing State
Road 85 at Duke Field will be
built by fiscal year 2013, serving
both the new post and Duke.
The entire 500-acre camp is
surrounded by security fence.
Entry will be through a gate
operated by Eglin security
About 400 construction
workers are laboring on the proj-
ect, Bloomberg said. After com-
pletion, Eglin support personnel
will maintain the million square
feet of facilities, which will
employ an estimated 200 civilian
workers, he said.
The Army unit itself will
employ another 100 civilians,
Bloomberg estimated, mostly for
military support, such as com-
Bloomberg said another $50
million in programmed construc-
tion will be used to expand the
Eglin camp by FY 2017. The
expansion will be concentrated
on the 150 acres still undevel-
oped at the camp, he said.
Asked to compare the new
facility with the unit's current

College unit

boosts assets

Performances scheduled

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Despite a still-lagging
national economy, the
Northwest Florida State College
Foundation has shown modest
economic growth during the
past year, according to Donna
Utley, the foundation's acting
executive director.
The foundation is the col-
lege's fund-raising arm.
Between April 30, 2009, and
April 30, 2010, the assets of the
foundation have grown from

$31,202,272 to $35,578,709, an
increase of 14 percent, Utley
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of the foundation's executive
Total revenues have also
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$2,049,940 for the seven-month
period ended April 30, 2009, to
a positive revenue figure of
$2,551,326 for the period ended
April 30, 2010, with the biggest
change in "income and market
gains" as the value of stocks
and other assets held by the
foundation recovered from the
dramatic market drops of late
2008 and early 2009.
In other business, Mattie
Kelley Arts Center Director
Cliff Herron briefed the com-
mittee on the tentative schedule
of shows for the 2010-11 sea-
son. Broadway Series produc-
tions, he said, will include
"MOMIX" on Oct. 10, 2010,
"Legally Blonde" on Jan. 5,
2011, "The Color Purple" on
Jan. 16, and Puccini's
"Turandot" on Feb. 19.
The Artist's Series will
include "Diary of Anne Frank"
on Nov. 11 and 12, "All Shook
Up" Jan. 27, "Dance Theater
Harlem" on Feb 7, and
"Rhythm of the Dance" March
The Children's Series,
Herron said, will include "Tales

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Web" Jan 26, "Madeline Bad
Hat Day" on Feb 4, "Duck for
President" April 5, and
"Alligator Under My Bed" on
May 3. Herron cautioned that
the schedule has not been final-
ized, and is still subject to
During Monday's meeting,
the committee members dis-
cussed various fund-raising
methods the foundation may
employ in the coming year. One
such idea is to hold a "black tie
event" of some sort, possibly as
a way to celebrate the opening
of the new athletic arena and
community services center now
under construction and expect-
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Chief Warrant Officer Steve Finney, 7th Special Forces Group, points out how detachments will
use their new facilities to assemble and palletize military equipment for short-notice missions.

home at Ft. Bragg, Bloomberg
said, "There is no comparison."
Not only are the new facilities
two or three times larger, they
are being built to Special Forces
requirements, he said. "It's the
first time in 60 years to build to
(our SFG) requirements."
The 7th Special Forces Group
(Airborne) has four battalions,
consisting of three companies in
each of the battalions. The 12
companies are further broken
down into 72 detachments of 12
men each. Each detachment can

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ing months, according to
Lannie Corbin, festival enter-
tainment chairman.
Turner was a hit as a rela-
tive unknown on the Grand
Ole Opry stage in 2001,
singing "Long Black Train."
Since then, the Hannah, S.C.,

deploy independently and work
with indigenous forces.
The basic unit of Special
Forces is a 12-man detachment
led by a captain, with a warrant
officer and sergeant. The self-
sustaining detachment consists
of two-man teams specializing in
communications, engineering,
battlefield medicine, or weapons.
Most of the 7th SFG soldiers can
speak Spanish or Portuguese,
essential skills because the
detachments typically work with
local forces in nations of the

native has established himself
as one of the stars of country
music with more than 4 mil-
lion albums sold and two
multi-week No. Is with "Your
Man" and "Would You Go
With Me."
According to "Blender"
magazine, Turner "is a country
Barry White. His burring
voice can tease our sensuality
in unlikely places."

unit's area of responsibility,
Central and South America.
The four battalion buildings
have separate, securable areas
for each detachment to plan their
missions and prepackage their
equipment for deployment on
short notice.
The average deployment for
7th SFG soldiers is seven to nine
months, with six months at
home. For the past five years the
group's soldiers have also been
rotated regularly to Afghanistan.
In February about 1,000 soldiers

Gilbert has been perform-
ing for just five years. The
Jefferson, Ga., native is a gui-
tarist as well as a vocalist, per-
forming rock-infused country
music influenced as much by
REM and the B-52s as by clas-
sic country artists.
In addition to performing,
Gilbert is a songwriter, having
penned "The Best of Me,"
which was recorded by Jason

of the 7th SFG returned from a
seven-month deployment to
Afghanistan, Bloomberg said.
Part of the group will redeploy to
Afghanistan again before the
unit beds down at its new Eglin
home, he said.
Outside the camp, 15 Army
training ranges are under con-
struction in three main areas on
Eglin, Bloomberg said. One will
be about a mile west of the
camp, with a second on 6,000
acres east of the camp. The third
range will be near Eglin's C-52
range, northeast of Bluewater
The unit will deploy from
Duke Field. Location of the new
camp at Eglin makes sense oper-
ationally, Bloomberg said,
because it is only a C-130 flight
away from the 7th's area of
responsibility, Central and South
America, and will no longer
require the strategic airlift need-
ed to deploy from North
Carolina. The new camp is also
close to the Air Force Special
Operations Command at
Hurlburt Field, whose 1st
Special Operation Wing shares
some of the same mission-area
responsibilities, Bloomberg said.

Aldean, and collaborating
with Colt Ford on "Dirt Road
Anthem," which is on Ford's
album "Ride Through the
In March, Gilbert released
his second album, "Halfway to
Heaven." His first, "A Modern
Day Prodigal Son," featured
the hit singles "G.R.I.T.S."
and "Whenever We're Alone."

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Chamber award
Garrett Floyd, left, of Niceville Insurance Agency, the
Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce "Chairman's
Choice" winner for May, receives documentation of his
selection from chairman of the board Philippe Miceli, Bank
Trust. Floyd will attend various functions that the chairman
of the board of the chamber attends to gain a different per-
spective into what goes into serving on the board and to
see the duties the chamber is responsible for each month.

Local barbershoppers

finish third in Florida

The Emerald Coast Chorus
finished third in the state April
9-10 in Jacksonville in the
annual Sunshine District
(Barbershop Harmony Society)
Four Twin Cities area mem-
bers participated in the compe-
tition: Brian Branagan and Ed
Simpson of Bluewater Bay, and
Adam Grillone and Brad
Williams of Niceville.
The chorus of 37 men, rang-
ing in age from 14 to 80-plus,
who reside from Bluewater Bay

to Fort Walton Beach, compet-
ed against barbershop harmony
choruses from throughout
Florida, finishing third among
11 performing groups.
Southern Comfort, a per-
forming quartet within the cho-
rus, also competed and finished
sixth out of a field of 21 other
The Emerald Coast Chorus
rehearses each Thursday from 7
to 9:30 p.m. at the Shalimar
United Methodist Church. New
members are always welcome.

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Indira Mishra holds a print of
the artwork that brought her
recognition as one of 40 region-
al Google art winners, left. With
her are her mother, Cynamon,
center, and her art teacher,
Sarah Saczynski. The 8-year-
old is a second-grade student
at Bluewater Elementary.
Above, Indira's Google logo.
Beacon photos
by Kenneth Books

Bluewater eighth-grader

vies for national art prize

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Indira Mishra, 8, a second-
grade student at Bluewater
Elementary School, will head to
New York City next Wednesday
in hopes of being named the best
Google artist in the United
Each year since 2008,
Google, the company that oper-
ates the popular search engine,
conducts an art contest for
youngsters in kindergarten
through 12th grade. From rough-
ly 33,000 entries, 400 state
entries are chosen, followed by
40 regional winners. Indira's col-
orful design of the Google logo,
with clocks, hourglasses and a
line of people from cave-
dwellers to astronauts to space
aliens, was the winner for this
portion of the South. The theme
for the drawing was time travel.
All 40 regional finalists will



be in New York May 26. There,
four will be chosen as national
finalists by a vote of computer-
users throughout the United
States, and one will be declared
national champion.
Indira, who lives in Bluewater
Bay with her father, Bob, moth-
er, Cynamon, and 9-year-old sis-
ter, Jasmine, is shy and soft-spo-
ken, but she displays a powerful
artistic talent. Her mother said
she started drawing before she
was 2 years old.
While Indira likes school and
her favorite class is art, she said
she doesn't want to be an artist
when she grows up. Her occupa-
tional goal: "President," she said.
Each of the four national
finalists will receive a laptop
computer, a Wacom digital
design tablet and a T-shirt with
their design on it. The national
champion will receive all that,
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University, Troy, Ala., during
commencement ceremonies
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Niceville recently graduated
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University with a Bachelor of
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College of Professional

Baritone Jeffrey Ryne
Cherry will present a solo
recital at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, 1407 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville, Sunday,
June 6, at 6 p.m.
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and is a
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JoAnn Jones, left photo.
Below, from left, Beverly
Flynt, Margaret Holley, Helen
Martin and Doris Olig were
presented the Master's ritual
at Laureate Epsilon Sigma's
Founder's Day at Lighthouse
restaurant in Destin.

Selfless act rewarded
Windward Property Owners Association (POA) President J.V.O. Weaver presents Okaloosa
County Deputy Sheriff Charles Self with a certificate of appreciation and a gift card to Bonefish
Grill May 12 for his quick response to a home invasion. Self, whose back-up was en-route
from Destin, confronted an armed intruder alone, defusing the situation. With them is Chief
Deputy Sheriff Larry Ashley, who said Self's actions were nothing out of the ordinary for him.

'Kids on Campus' signups under way

Registration for the popular under way at the Niceville
"Kids on Campus" summer Campus from 8 a.m. to noon in
enrichment program at Building K and from noon to
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on a space available basis.
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youth entering grades three to
eight a unique opportunity for
fun learning in a college envi-
ronment with a variety of
classes in the areas of athlet-
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Members present were Ann
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Brothers in the air
First Lt. Rich Clary received his pilot "Wings of Gold" on April
23 at Whiting Field, Milton. He is assigned to Marine Air Group
39 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he will fly the newest
model of the Huey helicopter, the UH-1Y. Second Lt. Robert
Clary will begin pilot training in late summer. The Clarys grad-
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GOP women issue scholarship
Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated (RWOF) presented a $1,5000 scholarship to
Niceville High graduate Lindsay Foy, who is shown receiving the certificate at a recent
RWOF meeting where Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp spoke. From left: scholarship
committee members Anna Peele and Alma Harrison; Lindsay's mother, Mary Foy; Lindsay
Foy; Kottkamp and RWOF president Hulda Mahlum. Lindsay, a Niceville resident, was
required as part of her application to submit an essay on Americanism.

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girls for cheer tryouts at
their school.

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Refuge needs supplies
Emerald Coast Animal Refuge
needs items to help save birds that are
endangered by the oil slick approach-
ing the Panhandle. If the slick is
diverted, any donated items will be
sent to the area where it is expected to
make landfall.
Needed are baby blankets, towels
and rags; heated blankets; heat lamps
and/or bulbs; backyard plastic kids'
pools; cages, crates and plastic boxes
with lids; blue Dawn detergent; gauze,
bandages, tape, gloves, syringes and
feeding tubes and saline drips and lac-
tated ringer's solution (LRS). Expired
medical supplies are fine.
Call Lisa Miller at 974-6584.
'Fallen Soldier' monument
The city of Niceville is accepting
donations for the "Fallen Soldier"
monument which will be in memory
of fallen veterans and positioned out-
side the Community Center. The mon-
ument will be made by "The Large Art
Co." The goal is $4,400; $2,600 has
been raised so far. Send donations to
Fallen Soldiers Fund, City of
Niceville, 208 N. Partin Drive,
Niceville, FL 32578. Call Ron Hall,
259-7794, for further information.
Free dental X-rays
The Dental Assisting program at
Northwest Florida State College is
offering free dental X-rays in June and
July as a service to the public and to
provide practicum experience for
NWFSC dental radiography students.
A written request or prescription from
a dentist stating the specific X-rays
needed is required. .
Appointments are available on
Monday and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. -3:45
p.m. Call t729-6480 The NWFSC
Dental Assisting program is located
on the NWFSC Niceville campus, 100
College Blvd., Bldg. E, Room 307.
Free summer fun book
If you are looking for activities for
your children this summer, check out
the United Way Children's Summer
Fun Guidebook.
It has a listing of
fun activities
offered in the
community for
children ages 4-
It includes free activities such as

movies and story time and activities
that charge a fee, such as summer
camps and dance classes.
Local participating libraries and
businesses will help distribute the
guidebooks at no cost to the families.
Call the United Way at 243-0315
to request a copy or download it from
Encaustic art exhibit
The Niceville Library is featuring
an encaustic art exhibit and display by
local artist Sue Tarkin through May
Encaustic art is an art form for any-
one. The artist puts wax on an iron and
creates. Anyone can make cards and
p paintings, photo
books and jewel-
ry. Her display
shows everything

you need to get

'Women and Money' set
Shelter House, local domestic vio-
lence shelter, is offering WAM!
(Women and Money!) economic
empowerment classes to Okaloosa
and Walton counties. Participants will
learn about credit, how to deal with
creditors, loans, basic savings and
checking accounts, and much more.
Classes will begin May 20 in
Niceville. Attendees will be able to
join after the class has begun. Class
are once a week for six weeks. All
classes are open to the public and free.
Call 243-1201 or email info@shelter to register.
Soccer directors sought
PAL Soccer League is looking for
volunteers to serve on the board of
directors. Next meeting 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, May 20, Niceville Police
Department conference room. Call
Howard Hill at 678-2182.
Memory seminar set
Friday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.,
Lunch and Learn with Dr. Julie.
Harper at Sterling House, 1551
Merchants Way, Bluewater Bay. Light
lunch provided. Space is limited.
RSVP to Tami or Bev at 729-3323
Dr. Harper will describe basic
memory processes, and memory tips
and techniques will be presented. A
discussion of factors interfering with
memory will also occur.
Library to teach French
The Valparaiso Community
Library will offer French classes
Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 2-
4 during the summer for beginners of
all ages. Reservations must be made
before June 1. The library also offers
the Rosetta Stone language program
in Spanish. To reserve the Spanish lan-
guage computer, call the library at
Covenant sets yard sales
Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St., Niceville
Friday and Saturdays, May 21 and

22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to benefit its non-
funded and under-funded programs in
Okaloosa and Walton counties.
For more information or to donate,
call Lill Jennings, 729-1800.
Ballet concert planned
The Northwest Florida Ballet
(NFB) school will present its student
concert May 22, 2 p.m., at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
This year's dance concert will
showcase the talents of students ages 4
through adult in ballet, jazz, modem,
character and hip-hop. The concert
will begin with the Northwest Florida
Ballet performing excerpts from Dr.
Coppelius' Magic Toy Shoppe.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5
for children 12 and younger. Student
concert tickets may be purchased at
the NFB offices or at the theater the
day of the show. Info: 664-7787 or
CAC poker run planned
The Deputy Skip York Memorial
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy
Center Poker run will take place
Saturday. Registration takes place at
8:30 a.m., with the first bike out at 9
a.m. The cost is $15 per rider and $20
with a passenger.
includes lunch after
the ride. Meet at
Heritage Cycles,
Harley Davidson,
788 N. Beal parkway, Fort Walton

Info: Bruce Stewart, 200-3055.
Book discussion set
Niceville Library's Summer Book
Discussion, "Secrets of Eden" by
Chris Bohjalian, sponsored by the
Friends of the Library will be held
Wednesday, May 26, In the library, 10
Fine arts exhibition
The Arts and Design Society of
Fort Walton Beach, Inc., presents the
18th annual Southeast Regional Juried
Fine Arts Exhibition in the McIlroy
Gallery through June 3. In addition to
Best of Show, the juror chooses first,
second and third place winners and
several honorable mentions. The
Holzhauer Gallery will feature 2009
Best in Show (Golden Brush Award)

winner Ed Chandler
of Fort Walton
Beach. Chandler
creates extraordi-
nary images in color
photography as he
juxtaposes extreme

close-up shots

with vibrant compositions.
Bee keeping seminar
The next Creative Gardener Series
program will be on Monday, June 7,
6-8 p.m. at the Valparaiso Library. The
topic for this month's program is Bee
Keeping for Plant Health. Bob
Brackin, local apiary specialist, will
talk on the essential role bees play in
plant health and reproduction. Info:

Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park, Thursdays
through June 24,7 p.m., Mattie Kelley
Cultural Arts Village, The Village
Green, 4323 Commons Drive West,
Destin. Parking at Grace Lutheran
Church. Admission is $5 for adults;
kids under 12 free. Raffle prizes at
intermission. Bring your favorite chair
and picnic or purchase dinner from
Carrabba's Italian Grill. Ice cream
treats from Marble Slab Creamery.
Schedule: May 20, Gwen D'Vyne &
The Smooth Groove; May 27, Classic
Brass; June 3, Emerald Gold; June 10,
Mr. Big; June 17, Clark & Company;
and June 24, The Return. Presented by
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Info:
650-2226 or mattiekellyartsfound
Fitness regime offered
If you're looking for a challenging
workout or just want to become more
physically fit, join the ROTC students
at Northwest Florida State College for
physical training this summer, and get
into shape free of charge as the pro-
gram opens its workout routine to the
public. Youth and
adults of any athletic ,,. ..
ability, who are at
least 16 years of age,
are invited to join the
students in the col-
lege's ROTC pro-
gram for circuit i'
training, upper body
and abdominal train-
ing, cardio training, stretching, run-

ning and team sports every Monday
through Thursday, through Aug. 19,
6-7 a.m. at the Niceville campus.
Participants meet by the ROTC build-
ing at the west end of campus by the
ball fields.
Info: Capt. David Avallone,
729-6022 or
Edge Spring Fling
Food, fun and games await you at
Edge Elementary's annual Spring
Fling Friday, May 21, 4-7:30 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets for indoor games
go on sale the May 19 at Edge and $10
wristbands for unlimited outdoor
bouncy rides are available at the event.
Call Edge PTO for more details,
833-4138. Volunteers always needed
and welcomed.
Watch for Fun Arts Fest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance in
conjunction with the Friends of the
Emerald Coast State Parks sponsors
the third annual Family Fun Arts Fest,
Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at
Henderson Beach State Park,
Highway 98, Destin (across from the
Destin Walmart). Events will include
performances by local artists, and
family-fun activities. A silent auction
and booths with
fine arts, crafts
and food will also
be set up through-
out the day. The 4 4
Festival and Park
are free and open
to the public all day, with parking
available in the park.
Okaloosa County School students
may participate in the second annual
poster contest. Deadline is April 30.
The theme of poster entries should be
"Summer Fun" with only one entry
per student. For more poster details: or e-mail Amy Baty
at Winners
will receive gift cards ranging from
$25 to $75.
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance is also
accepting vendors, performers, and
silent auction items for the Fun Arts
Fest. Last year's festival drew over
1,500. Proceeds benefit the Okaloosa
Arts Alliance.
Little Black Dress benefit
The Little Black Dress Party, a
charity benefit at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center, 6 p.m. Saturday,
May 22, will feature live music by
Deja vu Band, a live auction, raffle for
a flat-screen television, Netbook and
other prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a
cash bar and a fashion show.
Individual tickets are $60 with corpo-
rate tables available. Proceeds benefit
the Shelter House, Opportunity Inc.,
the local American Heart Association
and the American Cancer Society.
Tickets and information: 863-8204 or
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Covenant garage sale
Covenant Hospice will hold garage sales at 1419 29th St., Niceville Friday and Saturday, May
21 and 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to benefit its non-funded and under-funded programs in Okaloosa
and Walton counties. For more information or to donate, call Lill Jennings, 729-1800.



Sunday Morning Services
Family Worship 9:00
with children's classes
Walk-In...Worship 11:01
with childcare for ages 6 weeks
to Kindergarten

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

Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Children's Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 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)


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Niceville and Valparaiso tobacco
users can get the help they need to quit
tobacco use at Crossroads Medical
Clinic, Valparaiso, Tuesdays at 1:20
p.m. May 25-June 29,
The free, six-week, evidence-
based "Quit Smoking Now" program
will be conducted by certified tobacco
treatment specialists. To register or for
more info, 850-398-6965, or toll free,
Spring choral concert
The Niceville High School Chorus
annual Spring Concert will take place
on Tuesday, May 25, 6 p.m., at First
Baptist Church Niceville at the comer
of Partin and Bayshore.
Tickets may be purchased in the
chorus office for $5 each or by calling
Trail Association to meet
The local chapter of the Florida
Trail Association will meet Tuesday,
May 25, 6 p.m. at Bayou Blues
Restaurant, Niceville. Visitors wel-
come. 682-6098 or choctaw.florida
FWC sets hunt meetings
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission will hold
public meetings throughout the state
to receive input from Florida hunters
on proposals affecting deer hunting.
The meetings, which will follow a
"town hall" format, will be about
potential changes to hunting season
dates on wildlife management areas to
align them with recent changes to the
state's hunting zones.
If approved by the commission,
the changes could take effect as early
as the 2011-2012 hunting season. The
meeting closest to Okaloosa County is
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, Santa
Rosa County Administrative Center,
Commissioner's Board Room, 6495
Caroline St., Milton.
Anyone requiring special accom-
modations to participate in the meet-
ing should advise the FWC at least
five calendar days before the work-
shop by calling 850-488-6411. If you
are hearing- or speech-impaired, con-
tact the FWC using the Florida Relay
Service at 800-955-8771 (TTY) or
800-955-8770 (voice). Info: Cory
Morea, 850-410-0656, ext. 17256 or
Greatest Baby Shower
The 2010 World's Greatest Baby
Shower for Okaloosa and Walton
counties will be held on Thursday,
May 27, at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center, 1250 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
starting at 5:30 p.m.
The World's Greatest Baby
Shower is sponsored by the Healthy
Start Coalition of Okaloosa and

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parents and new parents who have had
a baby in the last
three months from
Okaloosa and
Walton counties
are invited for
information, food,
fun and great baby
shower prizes.
Local service providers and busi-
nesses will provide information on
prenatal health, well baby care, par-
enting, infant health and safety,
immunizations and more. Admission
is free. 833-9284.
Pirates at Temple Mound
Fort Walton Beach The City's
Heritage Park and Cultural Center,
along with the Friends of the
Museums, Inc., present an original
exhibit entitled "Pirates: The Last
Scourge of the Gulf' opening on
Saturday, May 29. The exhibit is
scheduled to be on display all summer
inside the Indian Temple Mound
Museum Lazarus Education Center.
Heritage Park, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway SE, is open Monday through
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The
exhibit is included in regular admis-
sion to Heritage Park: $5 plus tax for
adults, $4.50 plus tax for seniors 55-
plus and active military, and $3 plus
tax for children 4 to 17. Info: 833-
Le Grand Cirque returns
Grand Boulevard at Sandestin will
host Le Grand Cirque at the Town
Center for the entire summer, begin-
ning Memorial Day weekend, May
29. Le Grand Cirque will perform
eight shows a week, including 8 p.m.
performances Tuesday-Saturday and
a few 2 p.m. matinees Sundays. Adult
ticket prices range from $35 to $75
and $29.50 for children. To view a
seating chart, matinee schedules and
purchase printable tickets, visit Tickets may also be
purchased by calling 1-866-973-9610

($4 fee per order). Tickets may be
picked up and purchased at Grand
Boulevard's Visitor Services Kiosk,
Grand Park, Silver Sands Factory
Stores Shopper Services building and
other local outlets.
Soccer tryouts planned
Coast United
Soccer Club
Tryouts: June 1-,
at Twin Oaks
(comer of SR 85
and College
Boulevard, Niceville. Boys will be
June 1 and 2 and Girls will be June 3
and 4.
Tryout times are by age group and
as follows:
5:15 p.m. for ages U9 U12 and
6:30 p.m. for U13 U18. Info and try-
out forms:
Local artists
display work
Members of
the Local Color
Artists Club will
display their art-
work at the Heritage Museum,
Valparaiso, June 4-Aug. 28. They
have a patriotic theme to follow and
there will be 10 or more artists in the
club showing several of their paint-
ings. The display is also in conjunc-
tion with Eglin's 75th anniversary. On
Saturday, June 5, there will be a recep-
tion from 10 a.m.-noon.
WWII life for kids
Can you imagine standing in line
for hours to buy one piece of bubble
gum? While American soldiers were
fighting overseas, kids were busy col-
lecting scrap metal and rubber, as well
as stacks of old newspapers and mag-
azines for recycling. Find out what
life was like for kids during World
War II and how they helped to make
history Wednesday, June 9, 1-3 p.m. at
the Heritage Museum. Cost: $15
members, $20 non-members.

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The North Light Yacht Club will
host its inaugural Swordfish and Tuna
Challenge, June 17-20.
The tournament, which is open to
center console and sport fishing boats
of all sizes, will feature premiere
swordfish, tuna, dolphin and wahoo
divisions, and an opt-in blue marlin
division. The event will begin with a
captain's meeting and poolside kick-
off party, featuring live entertainment,
at North Light Marina. The site will
open at5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,
and will feature children's activities,
an art show, food, live entertainment
and sponsor village. The tournament
will wrap up with an awards ceremo-
ny breakfast to be held at 10 a.m.
Sunday. Sponsorship opportunities
are now available for the tournament,
with community sponsorship levels
starting at $250. Info: Phyillis
McAndrew, 678-2836 or north-
'Frankenstein' is coming
Murder, despair and terror are on
tap when Stage Crafters presents
"Frankenstein," a play about a crea-
ture created from pieces of the dead.
Evening performances begin at 7:30
and weekend matinees are 2 p.m. on
June 11-13 and 18-20. Tickets ($15)
go on sale two weeks before opening
night and can be
purchased at:
Bayou Books, E F
Niceville; Dowd
Title Group, LLC,
Destin; Connect
With Flowers, Shalimar; PS Gifts,
Fort Walton Beach; and at all Century
21 offices in Navarre and Okaloosa
and Walton counties. Performances
are held at the Municipal Auditorium,
106 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach. For Info, e-mail: or
visit Web site
Frankenstein is directed by Joe Pema.
A healing wall
The Wall That Heals, presented by
the Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida as part of the 75th Anniversary
of Eglin Air Force Base in 2010, is
coming to Okaloosa County. The
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and
Traveling Museum will be a free visi-
tor exhibit June 17-20, at the C.H.
"Bull" Rigdon Fairgrounds. An esti-

mated 20,000 are expected to view the
"With everyone's help, we are
going to make it a special, far-reach-
ing and historical event for Okaloosa
County," said museum director
Michelle Severino. Some of the
events being organized are:
-An educational kiosk just for
the wall.
-School curriculum guides for
before/after school field trips to the
-Opening and closing cere-
-POWs and veterans will hold
educational seminars during the event.
RBCS Specialty Camps
Register for RBCS Specialty
Camps: science, reading, PSAT/SAT,
chess, scrapbooking and all types of
music. Enroll by the week, June 21 to
July 30, campers 7-18, $60-$90. Go to

A Niceville student won sec-
ond place in the annual Addiction
Science Awards at this year's Intel
International Science and
Engineering Fair.
Collegiate High School at
Northwest Florida State College
junior Kevin Michael Knight took
second for his project, "Improving
ADHD Treatment: A Comparison
of Stimulant Medication
Treatment for Children with
ADHD, Computerized Cognitive
Training of Attention and
Working Memory, and the
Combination of the Two." As a
student diagnosed with ADHD
who had difficulties with the side
effects of stimulant medication,
Knight, 17, wanted to identify
other ways to treat the problems
ADHD causes. He asked whether
it is possible to use specialized
computer programs to re-train the
brains of students with ADHD,
either as an alternative or as a
complement to the stimulant med- for more infor-
mation and application forms, e-mail or call the
office at 729-7227, ext. 741.
Art shows at NWFSC
The culminating shows of the
2009-2010 season will be Flight Path
in the Mcllroy
SGallery and the
works of Owen
Mundy in the
Gallery June 20-
July 25. Flight
Path is a themed invitational exhibi-
tion in which artists will present inter-
pretations, literal and abstract, of
flight. Mundy will exhibit several
installations including his Military
Family Tree, an expanding, interactive
project that memorializes family
members who have served in the
armed forces and queries relation-

ications typically prescribed to
treat ADHD. The results of his
pilot study suggest that some cog-
nitive games could be useful as an
adjunct to
ADHD med-

for using a
sound scien-
Kevin Knight tific process
to solve
problems that they or their friends
contend with," said Dr. Cindy
Miner, NIDA's chief ISEF judge
and deputy director of NIDA's
Office of Science Policy and
Communications. "We know that
succeeding in school is crucial for
future achievement, and is also a
preventive factor for drug abuse
and related health problems."

Local student 2nd

in Intel science fair

ay Bridge Authority

Mid-Bay Bridge Connector From the Mid-Bay Bridge to SR 85
May 20, 2010


The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority is constructing an 11 mile Limited Access Highway that
extends from the north landing of the Mid-Bay Bridge to SR 85 north of Niceville. The
project is being developed in three phases:

Phase 1: From the Mid-Bay Bridge to Range Road
Construction Initiated April 20, 2009
Construction Completion for May, 2011

Phase 2: From Range Road to SR 285
Design scheduled for completion August, 2010
Construction initiation scheduled for January, 2011
Construction completion scheduled for December, 2014

Phase 3: From SR 285 to SR 85
Design scheduled for completion August, 2010
Construction initiation scheduled for January, 2011
Construction completion scheduled for December, 2014

The workshop will be held Thursday,
May 20, 2010, from 5:30 PM until
7:00 PM in the Niceville Community
Center, 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville,

This workshop is being conducted to
afford interested persons an opportu-
nity to become acquainted with the
proposed project. It will follow an
"open house" format and consist of
maps, drawings, and other pertinent
information showing the proposed
conceptual design. The Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority staff and consultants
will be on hand to answer your ques-

Public participation is solicited with-
out regard to race, color, national ori-
gin, age, sex, religion, disability, or
family status.

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should con-
tact Brad Collins with HDR Engineering, Inc. at (850) 432-6800 at least seven days prior
to the meeting.

DATE: Thursday, May 20, 2010
TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
PLACE: Niceville Community Center
204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, Florida 32578

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Child Development Center
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Appropriate education & experience required
Federal background check required
Position Descriptions and Applications
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$45 to $140 or more
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spare time! The Bay
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reliable independent
contractor to insert,
bag, and deliver
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vehicle, a good
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Florida driver's
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with fairing; ridden
less than 500 Miles.
Purchased June 2001.
Size large. Excellent
condition. New $1800
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100gal. Fresh water
aquarium complete,
stand, lights, filters,
rocks, fish. Make
Offer 850-682-1236
For Sale, Kayaks: 2
Mainstream Jazz (sit-
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Ea. 1 Necky Looksha
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* End Unit, Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5 .....$199,500
* BWB Parkwood, 3/2, Brick, 1-Story,
Fenced Yard, Open Floor Plan, PENDING ..$215,000
* Newly Remodeled Family Home,
Bluew ater, 3/2...... ......... ............. ... ..... $217,000
* Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5,
Views of the Bay................... .............$219,900
* Townhome Views of the Bay, New Kitchen,
3 /2 .5 ............................. .............. .... ............ $ 2 4 0 ,0 0 0
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5....$249,900
* Magnolia Plantation, Custom Upgrades, 3/2 $255,000
* Lido Village, 3/2.5 ................................ ....... $279,000
* BWB Magnolia Plantation 3/2, Golf Course, Brick
Home, Sunroom, Tile, Stainless, Granite......$359,900o
* Raintree Estate, Waterfront Home, 3/2.........$599,000

* Bay Villa Efficiency, All Utilities Included..........$1,100
* Furn. Townhouse, 3/2, One Story,
Across from Bay .................... ................... $1,200
* Furn., Bay Villas Efficiency On the Bay,
Ground floor, W/D, Full Kitchen, Util. Incl.........$1,250
* Furn., Waterfront Condo, 2/1, W/D, Util. Incl....$1,350
* Unfurn., one-story house, 3/2, split floor plan,
golf couse .............................. .................... . $ 1,900
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Golf Course, Screened Porch ....................... $2,000
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Kaitlyn Shak of the Dr. Shak Ponytail team
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Ruckel Middle School tennis team won the Okaloosa County boys and girls championships
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Eagles fall in state championship game

Photo by Jason Behnken/Tampa Tribune
The Niceville High School Eagles watch from the dugout during the state softball championship game against East Bay Thursday.
The Eagles ran into a pitching juggernaut as they lost the game, 2-0.

Photo by Jason Behnken/Tampa Tribune
Niceville's Carrie Laird just misses a tag on an East Bay runner
during Thursday's state championship game.

Niceville's spectator contin-
gent watched on pins and
needles last Wednesday as
the Eagles edged East Lake,
1-0, in the state semifinal
game in Clermont.
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The Niceville Fire Department saluted the Eagle softball with water
cannons as it departed the school grounds Wednesday morning
en route to the state championship tournament in Clermont.

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