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Title: The Bay beacon
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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: December 22, 2010
Frequency: weekly
regular
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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
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00103
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Ongoing
The 2011 Niceville
Little League baseball and
fast-pitch
softball
season is
now open
for registration to boys and
girls, 4-1 8. Registration
may be completed online
at nvllb.net.
Friday, 1-3 p.m.
Harpist Samantha Horn
will perform
at Bayou
Book
Company,
1118 E.
John Sims
Parkway.
Sunday. 6 p.m.
Gathering of Eagles for
all Niceville High
Graduates at Compass
Rose Restaurant in
Valparaiso. For more info
contact: Pam Smith, 621-
6135 or
pamsmith2@cox.net
Ongoing
The City of Niceville
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will open for
many days
during the
holidays
while school


is on winter
break. It's a perfect time for
a game of paintball or
skating while the weather
is cool. Call 729-0758 for
a current schedule or if any
information is needed.


Calendar, B-4.


Beacon photo by Del Lessa
The Valparaiso Assembly of God last week recalled a night long ago, halfway around the world. Visitors to the church's li
Nativity rode tractor-pulled hay wagons to hear a children's choir and see a manger scene depicting Joseph, Mary and th
infant Jesus, along with shepherds, angels and farm animals.




Cop warns of'grandsol


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
After Niceville senior citizen was swin-
dled of $15,000 by a thief pretending to be
her grandson in trouble, Niceville police
Lt. Dave Popwell has distributed 7,000 fly-
ers warning citizens to beware of criminals
who prey on their good hearts.
During the past 12 months the Niceville
Police Department has logged 68 fraud
cases, Popwell said, ranging from the
grandson scam, to the Nigerian bank scam,


to the mystery shopper scam.
Among the more recent
swindles hitting Niceville are
those targeting the elderly.
Callers identify themselves as a
son, daughter or grandchild,
usually claiming to be in a far-
away hospital or jail and asking
the victim to send money to get
them out of trouble, Popwell
said.
The callers often ask the vic-


Lt. Dave Popwell


tim not to call other family mem-
bers because of the shame. The
"grandson," of course, turns out
to be phony, but the money the
victims sometimes send is very
real.
The latest victim in Niceville
was an 83-year-old woman who
lost $15,558 Nov. 10, after some-
one claiming to be her grandson
called to say he needed money to
pay for a traffic accident in the


The everlasting light


The big

picture

Emergency-management offi-
cials and first responders
Thursday toured Okaloosa
County's new Emergency Oper-
ations Center and Public Safety
Department complex on the
Niceville campus of Northwest
Florida State College. Pictured
is the command room, domi- ,
nated by a 34-foot-wide TV.
There representatives of police,
fire, public health, utilities, and
other agencies can relay infor-
mation in the event of a hurri-
cane or other disaster. The
facility replaces an aging facility B
in Shalimar that is in a flood
zone.
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith


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Lawmakers

hear pleas

for money

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Local citizens got a chance to
sound off to members of North-
west Florida's delegation to the
Florida Legislature during a pub-
lic forum held Wednesday at
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville.
The legislators listened while
private citizens and representa-
tives of local governments and
community groups made brief
speeches about issues of impor-
tance to them.
Some speakers explained the
Please see PLEAS, page A-4


Walmart store to operate around the clock


Niceville officials greet managers of new outlet


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During their regular meeting
held Dec. 14, the Niceville City
Council welcomed some man-
agers of the new Walmart store
scheduled to open in Niceville
Jan. 26. The store, the city's
biggest, will be open 24 hours a
day, making it Niceville's only
major round-the-clock retailer.
Kim Stevens, store manager,


attended the council meeting, at
which she gave a short briefing
about the new store and intro-
duced her boss, market manager
Jon Kurpil, who oversees the
Niceville store along with about
nine others throughout North-
west Florida.
Stevens also introduced
Stewart Weddington, who is one
of two shift managers and eight
assistant managers helping to


run the new store.
Stevens said the Walmart
will operate 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, except for
Christmas. About 70 of the new
store's employees are people re-
locating from other stores, such
as those in Destin, Fort Walton
Beach, and Crestview, while
about 230 have been hired from
among applicants in the
Niceville-Valparaiso area.


Stevens,
who lives ..
in Pen-
sacola, said
she will
move to
Niceville.
"I'm
very ex- Kim Stevens
cited about being in Niceville,"
Stevens said. "We look forward
to being a partner with the city."


City officials at the meeting
were enthusiastic about the ar-
rival of the new store. City
Manager Lannie Corbin and
Mayor Randall Wise welcomed
the Walmart managers,
Councilman William
Thomas said, "This is a day of
jubilee" for Niceville. He
thanked the Walmart managers
for their vision in locating a
store in Niceville and for bring-
ing jobs to the community.
In other business, the city


council heard a short briefing
from Dennis Dingman, who
manages the city's Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) application process.
He said the city has an excellent
chance of receiving another
grant for the coming year from
the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs.
Last year, Dingman said, the
city used such grant money to
Please see WALMART, page A-2


Arnold

cautions

Ferguson

on F-35

jet noise

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold has taken his city's F-35
case directly to Pentagon offi-
cials.
Arnold
spent about
40 minutes
last week
meeting .
with Deputy *
Assistant
Secretary of
the Air
Force (In-
stallations) Bruce Arnold
Kathleen
p Ferguson,
telling her
that his city
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harm," in- -s
cluding the
loss of 400
homes and
businesses, Kathleen
unless Kathleen
planned F- Ferguson
35 training flights from Eglin Air
Force Base are detoured around
ard Valparaiso.
ive Arnold warned that if the Air
eir Force proceeds with plans to con-
duct many F-35 flights over Val-
Please see F-35, page A-2



z' scam

United Kingdom. The victim realized
she'd been defrauded when she learned
three days later that her grandson had
never left Okaloosa County.
Seniors in the area have responded by
wiring thousands of dollars, cash they will
likely never see again. The Beacon has re-
ported at least five cases of the grandson
scam victimizing Niceville area residents
since November 2008.
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WALMART
From page A-1

renovate or rebuild the homes of
nine low-income families, and
hopes to do something similar in
the coming year. "I have visited
the homes we did last year,"

A Walmart store is scheduled to
open in Niceville Jan. 26.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard


Dingman said. "They now have
lights, and it is warm inside the
homes. That wasn't the case be-
fore."
Sheila Bishop, director of the
Niceville Children's Park and the
Public Library, said cold weather
had delayed the resurfacing of
the sidewalks in the children's
park, but the project is, neverthe-
less, near completion.
Fire Chief Tommy Mayville
said the fire department has ob-
tained a new extrication tool, bet-
ter enabling fii. ILhlii i .N to rescue


people trapped inside newer-
model cars, which are being built
with stronger materials to better
protect passengers during colli-
sions.
The irony of building
stronger, safer cars, Mayville
said, is that it now takes more
powerful tools to rescue people
from such cars following acci-
dents.
Mayville also told the council
members that he can arrange
Gulf Flight helicopter rides for
city officials, to help them see


the current layout of the city and
ongoing developments, such as
shopping center construction and
the construction of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Connector road around
the city.
City Manager Lannie Corbin
told council members that he has
received many compliments re-
cently on the city's decorations
in the "iii.iii-lk" intersection at
John Sims Parkway and State
Road 85. More decorations will
be added to the intersection, he
said.


F-35
From page A-1

paraiso, fully one-quarter of the
city's homes would have to be con-
demned because of jet noise.
Ferguson is the Air Force of-
ficial who is expected to sign and
release a pending Record of De-
cision (ROD) next spring gov-
erning how the Air Force will
operate 59 F-35 Lightning II jets
to be assigned to Eglin's 33rd
Fighter Wing.
Arnold said Ferguson initi-
ated the meeting, held Dec. 14 at
Eglin, in response to a long-




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standing request by him.
While attending a conference
at Tyndall Air Force Base,
Panama City, Ferguson took the
opportunity to visit Eglin, ac-
cording to Col. Sal Nodjomian,
96th Air Base Wing Commander.
"She requested a meeting
with Mayor Arnold and his staff
so she could hear his concerns
face-to-face," said Nodjomian,
who also attended the meeting.
"She also wanted to assure
Mayor Arnold that the Air Force
is continuing to work very hard
addressing potential impacts re-
sulting from the (F-35) beddown
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logue and working together on
these and any other issues that
may arise."
Arnold said he was happy
with the meeting. Ferguson "was
attentive and asked questions,"
he said. She made no commit-
ments however, he said.
Ferguson was "noncommit-
tal," according to another partic-
ipant.
Also attending what Arnold
described as a roundtable meet-
ing were City Clerk Tammy
Johnson, City Administrator Carl
Scott and two residents with en-
gineering backgrounds, Bob


Webb and Bob Bachelor. All
went at Arnold's invitation.
An Eglin airspace expert, an
Eglin lawyer and an Eglin public
affairs staffer also attended but
did little talking, Arnold said.
A 2005 law directed the bed-
down of up to 107 F-35 training
craft at Eglin Air Force Base.
After considering an environ-
ment study, Ferguson signed a
ROD Feb. 5, 2009, reducing the
number of F-35s at Eglin to 59.
She also ordered another envi-
ronmental study before making a
final decision, the one still pend-
ing, on which runways the jets
would use.
The second study, released
earlier this year, recommends
using Eglin's north-south run-
way, which is closest to Val-
paraiso, for many F-35 flights.
Arnold has often stated he
would like talk directly to Penta-
gon decision makers about the
issue and what he sees as its po-
tentially severe consequences for
Valparaiso.
Valparaiso twice filed federal
lawsuits against the Air Force
over issues related to the serv-
ice's decision-making process on
the F-35 beddown.
Last week Arnold reiterated to
Ferguson that the Air Force's
"preferred alternative" in allow-
ing use of Eglin's north-south
runway for many F-35 training
flights would harm Valparaiso
with increased noise and declin-
ing property values.


Preproduction F-35 warplane
in test flight.
The purpose of the meeting,
Arnold said, was to "impress
upon those decision makers at
the Air Force the devastating
harm (the Air Force's) Preferred
Alternative 1A imposes upon the
City of Valparaiso and to support
our belief that Alternative 2A is
the only option that provides
positive benefits to both the mil-
itary and the City of Valparaiso."
Under the latest environmental
study alternatives 2A, 2B and
2C-none of which are preferred
by the Air Force-would make
Duke Field the primary airfield
for F-35 operations.
Arnold told Ferguson that the
Air Force was encroaching on
Valparaiso, not the other way
around. He provided three
noise-profile maps showing the
expansion of Eglin jet noise into
the city over the past 30 years.
Under the Air Force's pre-
ferred alternative, F-35 jet noise
would force the condemnation of
$57 million of property in Val-
paraiso, including 363 homes
and 35 businesses, Arnold told


Air Force officials. The lost
homes would represent one-
quarter of all residential proper-
ties in the city, Arnold said.
Another $36 million would be
needed to deaden noise in public
and private structures if Alterna-
tive 1A is chosen, he said. A
funding source for condemnation
or sound attenuation has not been
identified, he said.
Such a drop in population and
tax revenues would force Val-
paraiso into municipal bank-
ruptcy, Arnold said.
Arnold said that high noise
level under the Air Force's pre-
ferred alternative would also
cause the service itself to spend
"well over $100 million" to
deaden sound levels inside Eglin
buildings, including the base
hospital and the new VA clinic.
Such costs to the military, he
said, should also be considered
when deciding how to operate
the F-35s.
"We thought we got our point
across," said Valparaiso resident
Bob Webb, a sound engineer
who also spoke to Ferguson dur-
ing the meeting. "She was in a
listening mode," Webb said.
"She was noncommittal."
Webb said it was important
that Ferguson understand the
city's points because she is re-
sponsible for the environmental
portion of the F-35 beddown de-
cision and she will brief those as-
pects to the Air Staff and the
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Page A-3


NHS ranks 2nd among conventional

high schools in Florida, principal says


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville High School officials
say the school's recent ranking by
the Florida Department of Educa-
tion is even better than it looks at
first sight.
Of the 470 public high schools
in Florida, NHS ranked 23rd, or
among the top 5 percent, in the
Education Department's annual
statewide rankings, announced
earlier this month. Niceville, the
biggest school in Okaloosa
County, was rated as an "A" insti-
tution in the new list, up from a
"B" in 2009.
But it gets better, Niceville
High Principal Linda Smith said.
After studying the results,
Smith said that all but one of the
23 public high schools that scored
higher than Niceville were mag-


SCAM
From page A-1
Other scams try to convince
their victim that they've won a
large cash prize or other windfall
and need only to send a few hun-
dred dollars before the money is
sent to them.
"If you receive a request to
send money to anyone with a
guarantee of a large return, it is a
scam," said Popwell, who sent
warning flyers to 7,000 Niceville
residents with their water bills
late last month. The flyers re-
sulted in three Niceville residents
reporting scams, he said, includ-
ing one "win" in which an alerted
couple deflected an attempted
grandson scam.
"These people are profes-
sional con artists," said Popwell,
"They make their living by con-


net, charter, university-connected
and other specialty institutions
that exercise some degree of se-
lectivity over whom they enroll.
When those selective schools
are factored
out, Smith
added, NHS
ranks second
among the
state's con-
ventional
public high
schools.
S u c h
schools typi-
cally restrict Linda Smith
enrollment only by geography, but
Smith said NHS is comparatively
open even on this score.
Of a possible 1,600 points,
NHS received 1,374. Twenty-two
public high schools in the state


vincing their victims they are
honest and are truly trying to
help."
The Okaloosa County Sher-
iffs Office fraud hotline has
taken 800 calls this year, 25 of
them from the Niceville and
Bluewater area, said Ashley Bai-
ley, crime prevention specialist.
Many involved credit card fraud.
While there's no reason to
think scanmmers are especially at-
tracted to a place named
Niceville, officials say, like the
rest of Florida the community has
many elderly people, a common
target.
Bailey listed reasons criminals
target seniors for telephone fraud:
-They may be lonely, alone
or independent to a fault.
-They may be overly trust-
ing.
-They may believe they need
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scored higher, including No. 1
Collegiate High School, a charter
school for advanced students, also
in Niceville. (In a story Dec. 15,
the Beacon erroneously reported
that Niceville High ranked 24th.)
According to an analysis by
NHS Advanced Placement coor-
dinator Donnie Pridgen, all but
one of the higher ranked schools
require an application, invitation,
audition or other hurdle for enroll-
ment. The exception was Cypress
Bay High School, Broward
County, which was No. 12 over-
all.
Smith said that Niceville High
School accepts all students in its
zone. It also accepts any other
student in the county, without a
zoning waiver, if space is avail-
able. NHS also accepts students
from Walton County with permis-


-They may be timid and
afraid of the consequences if they
don't do what the caller asks.
Seniors as a group are often
reluctant to report being victim-
ized, Bailey said, because they
don't want others to think they
cannot take care of themselves, or
they may be less able to deal with
the fraud than a younger person.
The FBI points up another rea-
son why senior citizens may be
targeted-they most likely have a
"nest egg" and good credit.
The FBI goes on to say, "Peo-
ple who grew up in the 1930s,
1940s, and 1950s were generally
raised to be polite and trusting.
Con artists exploit these traits,


sion of the Walton County schools
superintendent, she said.
The mission of Florida's top-
ranked public high school, Colle-
giate High School, is to provide an
accelerated study program for ma-
ture students, said the school's di-
rector, Charla Cotton. She said 80
percent of the school's prospective
10th grade class each year is made
up of students who have a mini-
mum GPA of a B, plus certain
scores on college placement tests.
The other 20 percent don't
have to meet those criteria, Cotton
said. Students in both pools are
chosen by a lottery, she said. In ei-
ther case, students have chosen to
apply for Collegiate's rigorous
coursework, which allows most to
earn a two-year college degree
while earning their high school
diploma.


knowing that it is difficult or im-
possible for these individuals to
say 'no' or just hang up the tele-
phone."
More information can be
found on the websites of the FBI
( fbi go v / scams -
safety/fraud/fraud) and the FTC
(ftc.gov/idtheft).
ftc.gov/idtheft. If you want to
report identity theft or have ques-
tions on how to protect yourself,
look at the Federal Trade Com-
mission website.
Bailey asked that residents call
the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office Fraud Hotline, 651-7674,
to report suspected scams or other
frauds.


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


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valuable services provided by their
groups and why they need more
state funding. The legislators, fac-
ing a challenging fiscal picture
when the Legislature begins its an-
nual 60-day regular session in early
March, made few promises.
Lawmakers conducting the
forum, all Republicans, were:
Sen. Don Gaetz, Niceville; Sen.
Greg Evers, Crestview; Rep.
Matt Gaetz, Fort Walton Beach;
Rep. Marti Coley, Marianna;
Rep. Doug Broxson, Gulf
Breeze; and Rep. Brad Drake,
DeFuniak Springs.
Among the presenters was Dr.
Karen Chapman, who heads the
Okaloosa County branch of the
Florida Department of Public
Health. Her department, she said,
is on the front line in preventing
the spread of potentially pan-
demic infectious diseases, in-
cluding tuberculosis, H1N1
influenza, SARS, and MRSA, an
antibiotic-resistant, potentially
deadly disease which she said
was once seldom found outside
hospitals, but is now common in
school gyms and other public
places.
Cases of cholera from Haiti
and even dengue fever, usually
found in Africa, have also begun
to appear in Florida, Chapman
said.


The health department is
often the main, or only, source of
medical care for the poor, Chap-
man said, and these are often the
people most likely to catch or
spread many contagious ill-
nesses. Within the past three
years, she said, her department
has suffered a 21 percent cut in
funding and a 24 percent cut in
staff, despite its importance to
people's health throughout the
county.
Okaloosa County Supervisor
of Elections Paul Lux said the
county needs more and better lo-
cations for early voting and for
polling places. He said the
county is the best in the state in
ensuring that deployed military
personnel obtain absentee ballots
in time to return them and have
their votes counted during elec-
tions.
Sen. Gaetz said he would
sponsor a bill to address the need
for better early voting and
polling places.
Henry Kelly, of the Fort Wal-
ton Beach Tea Party, told the leg-
islators that they should make
"hard, painful cuts" to state
budgets in order to reduce the tax
burden on citizens. He said the
state should allow employers to
register the names and Social Se-
curity numbers of people who re-
fuse offers of employment while
drawing state unemployment
benefits.
Okaloosa County Republican


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
State lawmakers representing local districts (background, facing audience) heard the petitions of local-
government officials and ordinary citizens during a hearing last week in Niceville. The Florida Legislature
will convene its annual 60-day regular session in Tallahassee in early March.


Committeeman Steve Czonstka
asked the legislators to avoid a
dispute with the national Repub-
lican Party over the date of
Florida's next presidential pri-
mary. During 2008, Czonstka
said, this caused Florida to have
difficulty participating in the na-
tional Republican convention.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold asked the legislators not
to require cities such as his to
comply with state Joint Land


Use Study (JLUS) policies. Val-
paraiso has been embroiled in a
dispute with the Air Force over
potential noise impact and result-
ing restrictions on housing, due
to the pending deployment of F-
35 fighters to Eglin Air Force
Base.
"We shouldn't be forced to
comply with unpublished docu-
ments," said Arnold.
Arnold also asked that small
cities like Valparaiso be allowed


to keep a greater percentage of
traffic violation fines from cita-
tions issued within their city. At
present, he said, a speeding ticket
resulting in a fine of $100 only
produces $6.40 in revenue for the
city, making it uneconomical for
small cities to enforce traffic
safety laws.
Okaloosa County Attorney
John Dowd asked that the
county's legislative delegation
do away with the Emerald Coast


Bridge Authority, and turn its
"assets and liabilities" over to the
Northwest Florida Transporta-
tion Authority. The bridge au-
thority was formed several years
ago to explore the possibility of
building a new bridge over Santa
Rosa Sound between Fort Wal-
ton Beach and Okaloosa Island,
but no such bridge was ever built.
The bridge authority's assets and
liabilities consist mainly of over
$1 million in debt.
Sen. Gaetz replied to Dowd's
request by saying that as the state
senator from the affected district,
he has the authority to kill a bill
that would authorize any such
transfer. "This bill is dead,"
Geatz said.
Niceville police officer Joey
Forgione, whose brother An-
thony was an Okaloosa County
sheriff's deputy shot dead by an
escaped mental patient in 2008,
asked the legislators to
strengthen the state's "Baker
Act"-the law that regulates in-
voluntary confinement of per-
sons with potentially dangerous
mental illnesses. Forgione said
the law should provide for better
security at hospitals, prompt
evaluation of incoming mental
patients by psychiatrists, and
allow for automatic confinement
of at least eight to 12 hours for
"evaluation and cooling off' be-
fore such a patient is released or
allowed to walk away from the
hospital.


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


THE BEACON


Bridge panel pledges security for interest payments


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Members of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority (MBBA) voted
unanimously Thursday to modify
the bond issue they had approved
during their November meeting, by
establishing a special account to
hold interest payments in advance,
and thus reassure investors in a tur-
bulent market.
They also approved year-end
bonuses of $2,000 apiece for the
MBBA's executive director and his
assistant.
The MBBA is a board ap-
pointed by the Governor of Florida
to manage the Mid-Bay Bridge and
its approaches. The bridge spans
Choctawhatchee Bay between the
Niceville area and Destin, and the
MBBA is currently building a con-
nector road to provide a more di-


rect, less congested traffic route to
and from the bridge. Bonds are
being issued to help pay for the
construction, to be repaid later
with toll revenue from the bridge
as well as from the new connector
road.
The MBBA had approved the
issue of up to $170 million in new
bonds Nov. 18.
During the November meeting,
Gregory Carey, managing director
of the Investment Banking Divi-
sion of Goldman Sachs in New
York City, had explained to board
members that "springing lien"
bonds are bonds that are initially
issued as "junior" bonds, which
are to be repaid after more "senior"
bonds are paid, but which, at a later
time, "spring" into the status of
senior bonds, to be paid back to
bond holders with a higher priority
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than some other debts owed by the
Bridge Authority.
Carey said some of the new
bonds will be used to pay off pre-
viously issued MBBA bonds, but
at new interest rates more favor-
able to the MBBA, while the rest
will help to fund the construction
of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector
road between the north end of the
Mid-Bay Bridge and State Road
85 north of Niceville.
During the meeting Thursday,
another bond consultant, George
Smith of the Tallahassee bond
counseling firm Bryant, Miller and
Olive, told the MBBA board that it
would be easier to sell the new
bonds if the board established a
special "debt service account" to
hold interest payments for the
springing lien bonds a year in ad-
vance. This, he said, will reassure


potential bond investors who are
currently nervous about investing
in bonds during the current uncer-
tain economy.
Smith's statements seemed to
parallel Carey's remarks last
month, when Carey had told the
MBBA, "There is a very interest-
ing dynamic in the marketplace. It
is a very psychological market."
The new bonds, secured by toll
revenue, are to be issued in Janu-
ary 2011. The U.S. municipal
bond market has been roiled in re-
cent weeks as fears mount over the
creditworthiness of certain cash-
strapped states and localities. The
Mid-Bay Bridge, which officials
say is on sound financial footing,
has failed to achieve its revenue
projections recently because of a
falloff in toll traffic stemming from
a sour economy.


In other business Thursday, the
MBBA heard a briefing by HDR
Engineering consultant James
Vansteenburg, who said that be-
cause of delays due to weather and
other factors, the completion of the
ongoing project to widen State
Road 20 between White Point
Road and the Walton County line
is now expected by mid-March,
2011, rather than the end of Janu-
ary as previously thought. Despite
the delay, he said, the project is still
within its original schedule.
Vansteenburg also said the
completion of Phase 1 of the Mid-
Bay Bridge Connector, connecting
the north end of the bridge with SR
20 and Range Road, is expected to
be complete by mid-May. A new
overpass spanning SR 20 is also
under construction. MBBA Exec-
utive Director Jim Vest said the


new bridge will be the only bridge
over SR 20 between Niceville and
Tallahassee.
Vansteenburg also said that tree
cutting and clearing of land along
the route of Phases 2 and 3 of the
bridge connector, from Range
Road to SR 85 north of Niceville,
is also underway and has nearly
reached SR 85, an event that is ex-
pected by mid-January or sooner.
The MBBA board also ap-
proved year-end bonuses of $2,000
each for Vest and his assistant,
Cathy Demoreski. Board members
told Vest and Demoreski that they
have done outstanding work dur-
ing the past year, especially in
managing the multiple construc-
tion projects currently underway.
The next meeting of the MBBA
board is scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan.
20, at Niceville City Hall.


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Arrests
Brian Jason Wilson, a land-
scaper, 42, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
E-3, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, Dec. 12, on charges
of possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana, driving
while license suspended, and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia.

Kevin Timothy McNamara,
unemployed, 22, of 304 Reeves
St., Lot C-20, Niceville, was ar-
rested by Niceville police Dec.
12 on a charge of resisting an of-
ficer without violence.

Farrell Glenn Davis, 43, of
4409 Bridgette Lane, Milton,
was arrested by Niceville police
Dec. 3 on a charge he violated a
domestic violence injunction.
The violation allegedly occurred
May 31 at an address in
Niceville.

John Keith Bennett, 28, of
1215 Shipley Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff s deputies
Dec. 2 on a misdemeanor worth-
less check charge for alleged bad
checks of $61.23 and $156.89.

Laura E. Patock, 44, of 1415
Cape Lane, Niceville, was ar-
rested by sheriff's deputies Nov.
29 on misdemeanor worthless
check charges for alleged bad
checks of $100 and $100.

Angela Monae Mattox, 36, of
522 23rd St., Niceville, was ar-
rested by sheriff's deputies Nov.
22 on misdemeanor worthless
check charges for alleged bad
checks of $43.27 and $39.

Deborah Applewhite, 56, of
211 Evans St., Niceville, was ar-
rested by sheriff s deputies Dec.
3 on a charge of failure to appear
on the original misdemeanor of-
fense of driving while license
suspended or revoked.

John Michael Griffo, 36, of
207 Allen St., Niceville, was ar-
rested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
3 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge for an alleged
$46.13 bad check.

Jason Christopher Mason, a
plumbing contractor, 30, of 321
Andrews Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Dec. 3 on a charge of violation of
probation on the original offense
of driving while license sus-
pended or revoked and expired
tag over six months.

Christopher David Powell, a


store stocker, 26, of 1202 Bay
Circle, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff s deputies, subsequent to
a traffic stop, Dec. 7, on a misde-
meanor charge of carrying a con-
cealed weapon. After
discovering a handgun under the
front passenger seat, deputies
searched Powell and discovered
a knife concealed under his
jacket and suspended from a
rope from his neck.

Amy Nicole Gouker, 32, of
1212 Oakmont Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
Dec. 9 on a domestic violence
battery charge.

James Patrick Armstrong, an
insurance
agent, 33, of
241 Honey-
suckle Way,
Niceville,
was arrested
by sheriff's
deputies
Dec. 10 on
charges of
defrauding a James Patrick
financial in- Armstrong
stitution, Armstrong
two counts, grand theft, two
counts, and cashing or depositing
item with intent to defraud, two
counts.
Armstrong is alleged to have
entered into a scheme with an-
other individual to defraud sev-
eral financial institutions by
kiting checks. The two men al-
legedly opened business and per-
sonal accounts at several banks,
then made several deposits and
cash withdrawals between the
various accounts in July and Au-
gust.
Several of the deposits were
ultimately returned as worthless
checks. Total losses for one bank
between July and August totaled
$4,648.
A spokeswoman for the sher-
iff's office said that the other in-
dividual reimbursed the bank,
and the bank subsequently de-
clined to press charges against
that individual.

Rafael J. Stoffel, a military
member, 28, of 255 Grandview
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Dec. 8 on a
charge of domestic violence bat-
tery.

Jennifer N. Heried, a bar-
tender, 20, of 3016 Blue Pine
Lane, Niceville, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Dec. 10 on a
Laurens County, S.C., warrant on
a charge of child neglect.
DUI arrests
Seth Benjamin Richardson,


34, of 13124 Heather Moss
Drive, Apt. 506, Orlando, was ar-
rested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on White Point Road,
Niceville, Dec. 10 at 12:42 a.m.
Richardson was also cited for
speeding, passing in a no passing
zone and for following too
closely.
Thefts
A Niceville resident reported
Dec. 8 that an unknown person
had attempted to use his credit
card at a store. A security officer
from the store notified the victim
of the attempt to purchase on his
credit card, a transaction that was
declined by the store.

A woman reported that un-
known persons) stole her jacket
and wallet sometime Dec. 4,
while she was moving to a new
address in Niceville. The victim
stated that while moving in, she
had placed her jacket on a desk
near the road, and when she
couldn't find it, assumed it had


been taken inside with her other
property.
The wallet contained a bank
debit card, driver's licenses and
two Social Security cards. While
checking her bank account the
woman discovered unknown per-
son(s) had used the stolen bank
card to make a fraudulent pur-
chase at an online gaming site.
The victim subsequently can-
celed the card.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Evans Street re-
ported that unknown persons)
stole a bottle of recently filled
prescription pain medication
from the glove compartment of
her unlocked vehicle sometime
Dec. 6-7.

A Niceville resident reported
that unknown persons) stole an
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sometime Dec. 7 while the car
was parked at the victim's place
of employment, 1052 E. John
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_Fire Department Reports

Niceville
.TTi. ii: H .- Department responded to the follow calls from December
1W through] December 19.
rioctu~r=Fire 14 Emergency Medical Calls
0 Vehicle Fire ] Vehicle Crash
0 O e t'Veliicle Crash with Extrication
0 1II~g 9 n ..Otlr Emergency,
0 malse At s Hazardous Con t ons
Slree.ilaion ate Time
Armstron .... -,. i, 11.........
N. Partin [ rI.l i. i . .............14:24
Cypress Drive...................Smoke Scare....................12/13/10 .............18:08
N Partin Drive .................. M medical .............................12/13/10 ..........1...18:20
Escanaba Ave, Valp. ..........Structure Fire..................12/14/10 ...............09:55
N. Partin Drive .................. Medical ........................... 12/14/10 .............. 10:42
E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle Crash .................12/14/10 .............13:07
N Partin Drive .................. M medical ........................... 12/15/10 ...............02:23
Juniper Avenue................ M medical ........................... 12/15/10 ...............09:10
Benton Avenue ................. Medical ........................... 12/16/10 ...............00:25
McEwen Drive .................. Medical ........................... 12/16/10 ...............00:29
A llen Street....................... M medical ........................... 12/17/10 ...............00:40
E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical ........................... 12/17/10 ............. 13:58
N. Partin Drive .................. Medical ........................... 12/17/10 .............. 17:39
Buddy Phelps Drive............Medical ........................... 12/18/10 ...............07:07
23rd Street..........................M edical.............................. 12/18/10 ........ 11:00
Reeves Street.....................Medical .............................12/19/10 ...............12:51
Evans Street..................... M medical ........................... 12/19/10 ...............21:26
Weekly Safety Tip: Remember to add water to your tree daily. Take a live tree
down as soon as it starts getting dry. (When needles begin to fall.) Don't take
a chance. Live Christmas trees cause hundreds of fires every year.

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls December 12
through December 20.
Location Situation Date Time
Merchants Way.........................Medical assist EMS..............12/12/10 ..........09:15
Pine Street................................ Dispatched canceled............12/13/10 ..........07:47
Troon Drive W est...................... Trash or rubbish fire..............12/13/10 ..........13:21
E. Highway 20 & Bluewater.......Motor vehicle accident..........12/13/10 ..........20:02
North White Point Road .............EMS excluding vehicle .........12/13/10 ..........20:20
North White Point Road .............EMS excluding vehicle .........12/13/10 ..........20:29
North White Point Road .............Medical assist EMS ..............12/13/10 ..........22:26
South Bristol Court...................EMS excluding vehicle .........12/14/10 ..........00:43
Hickory Street...........................EMS excluding vehicle .........12/14/10 ..........07:05
East Highway 20 & Lancaster ...Dispatched canceled ............12/15/10 ..........10:34
Merchants Way.........................Medical assist EMS ..............12/15/10 ..........13:10
Ardmore Court.......................... Medical assist EMS ..............12/15/10 ..........20:06
Ingrid Court............................... Medical assist EMS ..............12/16/10 ..........04:37
John Steinbeck Drive ...............EMS excluding vehicle .........12/16/10 ..........23:18
Southwind Court.......................EMS excluding vehicle.........12/17/10 ..........00:17
Bay Drive ..............................E....EMS excluding vehicle .........12/17/10 ..........14:45
East Highway 20 ...................... Service call.......................... 12/17/10 ..........17:58
Bay Drive .................................. M medical assist EM S ..............12/18/10 ..........01:09
Parkwood Place .......................Medical assist EMS..............12/18/10 ..........14:42
Hickory Street........................... Medical assist EMS..............12/18/10 ..........20:09
Baywind Drive...........................EMS excluding vehicle .........12/18/10 ..........22:29
North White Point Road .............Medical assist EMS ..............12/19/10 ..........08:41
North Greenwood Cove.............Medical assist EMS..............12/19/10 ..........10:20
Parkwood Place ....................... Good intent call................... 12/19/10 ..........18:09
Range Road .............................EMS excluding vehicle .........12/20/10 ..........00:05
North White Point Road .............Detector activation no fire.....12/20/10 ..........04:21
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'Unto you is bom this day
in the City of David a Savior'

Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be
taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was
governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city
of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is
called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and line-
age of David;)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great
with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days
were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped
him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding
in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the
glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were
sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I
bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
will toward men.


And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from
them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, "Let
us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which
is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto
us."
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad


the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things
which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in
her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising
God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it
was told unto them.


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Chamber introduces


its directors for 2011


The 2011 Niceville-Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce board of
directors were introduced at the
board meeting Wednesday, Dec.
15. They are:
Executive Board
Lorena Spillar
Waterstone Mortgage Corporation
( ......... fthe Board
Spillar has been a mortgage originator
since 1991 and is a home mortgage con-
sultant with
Waterstone
Mortgage
Corporation. She
serves on the
membership and
Boggy Bayou
golf committees
and has played a
key role with the
Chamber's Buy
the Bayou
Auction com-
Lorena Spillar mittee for many
years, serving as
event chairman in 2009. Spillar lives in
Niceville with her husband, Rick. She has
one daughter, Jackie, and a Shih Tzu,
Tyler.
Philippe Miceli
BankTrust
Past ( ..........-f the Board
Miceli has been in the banking indus-
try for more than 20 years and serves as
senior vice pres-
ident for
BankTrust.
Miceli has
served as presi-
dent of the
American Heart
Association,
president of the
Fort Walton
Beach Rotary
Club, president
of the United
OW sa and Philippe Miceli
Walton Counties
and chairman of the Taylor Haugen
Foundation. He also serves on the board
of trustees of the Fort Walton Beach
Medical Center. He lives in Niceville with
his wife, Gail, and their two daughters,
Jessi and Jodie.
Ronnie Shell
Carr, Riggs &
"Ingrami, LLC
Chaimnan Elect
partner with
Carr, Riggs &
Ingram, LLC, in
Niceville. He
serves as secre-
tary of the
Mattie Kelly
RonniA ShAll Arts Foundation


and treasurer for the Niceville-Valparaiso
Rotary Club. He is past treasurer for the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society of
Alabama. He served as treasurer in 2010
and will serve as chairman elect this year.
Duane Gallagher
The Manor at Blue Water Bay
Treasurer
Gallagher is the administrator of The
Manor at Blue
Water Bay. He
graduated from
Auburn
University with
: a degree in
health adminis-
tration and Troy
University
where he earned
a Master of
Science in man-
agement. He is a
Duane Gallagher member of the
Florida Nursing Home Association and a
former chairman of the Horida Board of
Nursing Home Administrators. He was in
the Leadership Okaloosa Class of 2000.
Gallagher serves on the Military Affairs
Committee and was the vice chairman of
Community Development in 2010.
Patsy Bland
Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency
Vice Chairman, Membership
Development Division
Bland is a Realtor with Century 21
Wilson Minger Agency in Niceville. She
attended Murray State University and the
University of
Kentucky at
Hopkinsville
where she
earned her
degree in public -
relations and
marketing.
Bland serves on
the
Ambassadors,
Boggy Bayou
Golf Classic,
Buy the Bayou Patsy Bland
Auction & Wine
Tasting,
Membership and Military Affairs
Committees and served as chair of the
Buy the Bayou Auction & Wine Tasting
in 2010. She lives in Niceville with her
husband, Bill, and enjoys traveling, enter-
taining and spending time with her grand-
children.
Domenica Farmer
Waste Management of NW Florida
Vice Chairman, Special Events Division
Farmer is the district manager with
Waste Management of Northwest orida.
She has been with Waste Management for
17 years in both a sales and operations
capacity. She graduated from the
University of West Florida in 1992 with
an MBA degree. Farmer serves on the
Please see CHAMBER, page B-5


Beacon photos by Kenneth Books
Beth Hoffman organizes toys in a warehouse to be distributed to less-affluent children in Okaloosa and Walton counties.



Toys for Tots shoots for 10, 000


Niceville volunteers donate hours, labor


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
For 63 years, volunteers
have contributed hours of
labor to ensure a joyful
Christmas for children who
otherwise would likely have a
bleak holiday. Toys for Tots,
which collects new toys for
less-affluent children, started
by a California Marine
Reservist in 1947, has spread
from coast to coast and thrives
in Okaloosa and Walton coun-
ties as well.
This year's toy drive is
being overseen by Susan
Rood, a real
estate agent
with
Century 21
WilsonA
Minger in
Niceville.
She has
plenty of
help, both
from others Susan Rood


involved in the real estate
industry, which, through the
Emerald Coast Association of
Realtors is sponsoring the
drive, and from charity work-
ers.
"I wanted to walk a mile in
their shoes," said Beth
Hoffman of Okaloosa-Walton
Child Care Services of the
Toys for Tots effort. "This is
crazy, but fun."
The toys the volunteers
have collected fill a warehouse
on Wise Street in Niceville,


and even take over a portion
of an adjoining building. The
warehouses were donated by
Huff Brothers and Coastal
Sports.
"We raised about $15,000
in cash," Rood, who was
selected to head this year's
drive because her husband,
Curtis, is a retired Marine,
said. "Probably so far we have
about 5,000 toys. We're look-
ing for 10,000 and I think
we're going to make it."
The volunteers are distrib-


Dropoff points, B-6.

uting the toys to about 30
local charities, Rood said. For
example, the Salvation Army
asked for 1,100 toys when it
became concerned about meet-
ing its own quota.
The warehouse is a hubbub
of activity, with volunteers
sorting and bagging toys and
representatives of charitable
organizations filing in to col-
lect them.
The toys come from many
sources. Collection boxes sit
in businesses throughout the
area, but some toys are the
result of thoughtful organiza-
tions. For example, Rocky
Bayou Christian School had a
"Bring a Toy and Dress
Down" day, Rood said, which
yielded 500 toys.
One charity that recently
collected several bags of toys
Please see TOYS, page B-6


Beacon photo by Stephen Kent

Here we go a-caroling
Bringing joy to the world and making spirits bright, young
carolers went door-to-door at Niceville businesses one chilly
but bright day last week. The youngsters are all students at
The Heights, an after-school tutoring program at Rocky
Bayou Baptist Church that has about 60 children enrolled.


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Niceville
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Rosemont Baptist Church
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1601 27th St.
Niceville
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Rocky Bayou Baptist
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2401 N. Partin Drive
Niceville
5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service
Christ Our Redeemer
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1028 White Point Road
Niceville
4 and 7 p.m., Vigil Mass
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First Presbyterian
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1800 E. John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville
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Niceville
4:30 p.m., Family celebration
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Niceville
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Destin Middle's top readers

Destin Middle School students earning the highest points in the Accelerated Reader Program
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Gunderson with 328 points. Other winners were Diana Lafollette, sixth grade, Austin Grasle,
seventh grade, and Paris Martineau, eighth grade. From left: front, Austin Spann, James
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Children's center

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Softball open practices
Niceville's High Intensity 12U
Fastpitch Softball team invites girls
born in 1998 and 1999 to open prac-
tices Jan. 8, 15 and 22, 9 a.m., at the
Seminole softball field, 1530 Cat
Mar Road, Niceville. Do you want to
play middle school softball, travel
ball, or rec ball? Info: Kevin Watts,
642-1231, or wattskt@cox.net.
Little League registration
The 2011 Niceville Little League
baseball and fast-pitch softball sea-
son is now open for registration to
boys and girls, 4-
18. Registration
may be complet-
ed online at
nvllb.net. Birth
certificate and
proof of residency will be required
for all players and may be uploaded
via the online registration. Also new
to the website is uniform sizing
information to make registration
process easier. If unable to register


online, on-site registration will be
available Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Ruckel Middle School cafeteria.
Early festival signups
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is offering a dis-
counted early
registration fee
for art/craft and
food vendors
through Dec. 31
for the 35th
annual Saturday
in the Park Heritage Festival sched-
uled for April 30.
Attracting nearly 4,000 visitors,
this popular springtime community
festival showcases the Heritage
Museum and its efforts to preserve
and promote Northwest Florida his-
tory.
To take advantage of the early
registration discount, go to the muse-
um's event page at heritage-muse
um.org or call 678-2615 and register
before Dec. 31.
Roman Street Musicians
The Roman Street Musicians,
consisting of five acoustic guitar
players, will perform Saturday, Jan.
8, 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach
Civic Auditorium.
Tickets are $22 in advance. Call
362-9356 or 837-1742.
'Legally Blonde' on stage
Legally Blonde will be per-
formed as part of the Broadway
Series at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center, Mainstage, Niceville, Jan. 5,
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or
$45 each for groups of 10 or more.


Skate park open
The City of Niceville Youth Center will open for many days
during the holidays while school is on winter break. It's a
perfect time for a game of paintball or skating while the
weather is cool. Call 729-0758 for a current schedule.


Call 729-6000 Monday-Friday, 9
a.m.-4 p.m. or visit mattiekellyarts
center.org.
Gaetz on conservation
Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society will feature "Environmental
Legislation Which May Come


Before the Florida House in 2011"
Jan. 6. State Rep. Matt Gaetz will
speak on pending environmental leg-
islation, his position on the legisla-
tion and his thinking.
NWF State College, Niceville,
Learning Resource Center, LRC
Room 128.


Socializing, refreshments and
conservation topics begin at 6:30
p.m., prior to the featured speaker at
7 p.m.
Info: Gary Parsons, 678-1461.
Boating course offered
The Fort Walton Sail and Power
Squadron, a non-profit boating
organization, plans a one-day
"America's Boating Course 3"
Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the
Anchorage, 404 Green Acres Road,
Fort Walton Beach.
The eight-hour course is conduct-
ed by experienced local boaters, cov-
ers safe boat handling, seamanship,
rules of the road, aids to navigation
and piloting, tips about local waters
and more. Completion of the course
satisfies state license requirements
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boat owners to
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insurance.
Register by
Calling 315-0686.
There is a $35. charge for the course.
Persons completing the course
will be offered a free six-month
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and Power Squadron.
Info: 315-0686 or fwsps.com.
Woodpecker field trip
Choctawhatchee Audubon plans
a field trip regarding the ivory-billed
woodpecker habitat with Don Ware
Jan. 15. Meet at Badcock Furniture,
Niceville, 8 a.m. Info: 862-6582
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performance.
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The McIlroy Gallery at
Northwest Florida State College will
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Association for Creative Zoology,
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20.
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ater. Opening reception: Friday, Jan.
14, 5 p.m.
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liant and beautiful
prints by
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Hokes Archives at the University of
Tennessee.
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THE BAY BEACON


Page B-5


CHAMBER
From page B-1
board for the
United Way of
Okaloosa and
W a 1 ton
Counties. She
lives in Niceville
with her hus-
S7 band, Bragg, and
their two chil-
dren, Nicole and
Bragg P.
Bob Marinan
Domenica Boeing
Farmer Company
Vice Chairman,
Conmmnunity Developnment Division
Marinan is the Boeing Director for the
Eglin/Hurlburt Air Force Base office in
Shalimar. He is retired from the Air Force
and received his undergraduate degree
from the University of Missouri, Kansas
City, and a mas-
ter's degree
from the
University of
West Florida.
Marinan is a
board member
with the
National

Industrial aN
Association
(NDIA) and
past vice-presi- Bob Marinan
dent of the
Eglin Air Force Association Chapter.
Marinan has been a member of the
Military Affairs Committee for several
years, serving as its chairman in 2008.
Board of Directors
Aaron Bradshaw
CHELCO
Bradshaw is vice president of
Member & Administrative Services for
CHELCO. He has a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from the
University of
Mississippi and
holds a Certified
Energy Manager
design nation
from the
Association of

Engineers. He
serves on the
United Way
F u n d s
Distribution
Aaron Bradshaw Committee,
Heart Walk
Executive Leadership Team, FGNW
Renewable Energy Advisory Council, and
the Niceville Military Affairs Committee.
He lives in DeFuniak Springs with his
wife, Donna.
Dennis Brown
First Baptist Church of Niceville

serves as associ-
ate pastor of
worship and
families at First
Baptist Church
of Niceville. He
is married to
Leah, a private
voice and piano
instructor. They
have three
grown children
and make their Dennis Brown
home in


Niceville. A native of Michigan, he grew
up in Mississippi, receiving his Bachelor
of Music Education degree from the
University of Southern Mississippi and
his Master of Church Music degree with
advanced studies in music history and
conducting from the New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary. Brown is also
active with the Twin Cities Ministerial
Association.
Randy Bush
Danny's Fried Chicken & Dairy Queen
Bush is the owner of both Danny's
Fried Chicken and Dairy Queen of
Niceville. He supports several local
schools and vari-
ous organiza-
tions in our
community. In
his spare time,
Bush enjoys
fishing, golfing,
and spending
time with his
wife, Becky.
They have one
dau g h tera,
Rachel, who
Randy Bush attends the
University of
Florida in Gainesville.
David Costa, Jr.
McDonald's-Costa Enterprises
Costa is the owner/operator and direc-
tor of operations for McDonald's-Costa
Enterprises.
Costa graduated
from Niceville
High School
and received a
BS in business
administration
from the
University of
West Florida.
He serves as
chairman of the
Ronal d
McDona 1 d DavidCosta Jr.
House Capital
Campaign and on the board of directors
for Parkwood Homeowners and Elation
Sandestin. Costa enjoys boating, travel-
ing, photography and spending time with
his wife and two children.
Stan Davis
Stan Davis Consulting
Davis retired from his position of vice
president of manufacturing for Harris
Corp. in 1992 to found Davis Consulting.
He is the co-author of several books.
Davis has served
on the executive
advisory board
of the Navy's
Electronics
Manufacturing
and Production
Facility, the
Oka loosa

Economic
Development
Council, as
Stan Davis director of the
UWF/NWFSC
Quality Institute, and as adjunct professor
for Northwest Florida State College. He
lives in Bluewater Bay with his wife,
Sammie. They have two sons, two grand-
children and three great grandchildren.
Ty Handy
Northwest Florida State College
Handy is president of Northwest
Florida State College. Handy serves on
the board of the Fort Walton Beach
Medical Center, Florida's Great
Northwest, The United Way of Okaloosa


and Walton
Counties and
the Economic
Development
Council. He
lives in
Bluewater Bay
with his wife,
Kim, and has
two sons, Jon
and Beau. Jon is
a grad student at
the University
of Alabama and
Beau is a senior
at Western Kentucky U


Ty Handy

university.


Jim Heald
InDyne, Inc.
Heald is general manager of the Eglin
Test and Training Complex with InDyne,
Inc. He is a graduate of the United States
IiAir Force
Academy and
has a master's
degree in com-
puter science
from UCLA. He
is active on the
EDC Okaloosa
County policy
board and has
served as
Defense Support
Initiative chair.
Jim Heald He served as
chairman of the
Military Affairs Committee with the
Chamber for the past two years and con-
tinues to be a member of the committee.
Heald lives in Niceville with his wife, Pat.
They have two children and four grand-
children.
Dave Jefferson
Simple HR
Jefferson is vice president of opera-
tions with Simple HR. After a successful
career with the Air Force he held various
HR management positions including his
own HR con-
sulting business
in Tucson.
Jefferson is a
national mem-
ber of the
Society for
H u m a n
Resource
Management
(SHRM) and a
board member
of the Emerald
Coast Chapter Dave Jefferson
of SHRM. He is
also a Rotarian and member of the
Military Affairs Committee. Jefferson
holds undergraduate and graduate degrees
in human resources management. He
attended Ohio State University and Troy
University. He is married to Aleta
Jefferson, am Air Force colonel, and they
have three children, Jeremy, Tyler and
Ashley.
Michelle Johnson
Beach
Community
Bank
Johnson is
an assistant vice
president and
branch manager
of the Niceville
office of Beach
Community
Bank. A gradu-
ate of Niceville
High School,
Michelle Johnson attend-
Johnson ed Okaloosa


Walton Community College, pursuing a
degree in business. She serves on Ladies
Auxiliary of Amvets, Eastern Star and is a
past member of the Walton County
Chamber Ambassador Committee.
Johnson is past chairman of the
Membership Committee and will contin-
ue service on the Military Affairs
Committee. In her leisure, she spends
time with her husband, going recreational
boating and fishing, and depending on the
sports season, cheering on their favorite
athlete, their 7-year-old son, Gavin.
Grady Jordan
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Jordan is senior manager of Lockheed

MarBtin es
Corporate
Business
Development
field office in
Shalimar. He is
the Northwest
Florida Area VP
for the Air Force
Association's
(AFA) Florida
State/Region
organization and
a past-president Grady Jordan
of the Eglin
AFA Chapter. He is also the treasurer of
the Gulf Coast Chapter, National Defense
Industrial Association (NDIA). He is the
Military Affairs Committee Vice
Chairman, and serves on the board of
directors. Involvement in other organiza-
tions includes the Okaloosa County
Economic Development Council-
TecMEN, and secretary of his local
homeowner's association.
Dan Kuhn
Diamond Dan DJ Services
Kuhn and his wife, Chyrell, own
Diamond Dan DJ Services, a mobile DJ
service. Kuhn is a retired Air Force first
sergeant and a
a radio personali-
ty with Cumulus
Broadcasting.
7 He has volun-
teered his DJ
services to bene-
fit various
Chamber func-
tions for several
years and is an
active member

Dan Kuhn Af fI a i r s
Committee. He
and Chyrell enjoy traveling and spending
time with their three children and two
grandchildren.
Gary Long
Okaloosa Gas
Long has been with Okaloosa Gas for
27 years. He is a graduate of the
University of West Florida and has been
president, All Sports Association; state
director, Okaloosa/Walton Building
Industry Association; Okaloosa County
Economic
Development .
Council; Policy
Board, Fort
Walton Beach
MainStreet; vice
president,
Arthritis
Foundation
FWB Chapter.
He has held the
following indus-
try positions:
c h a i r m a n Gary Long
Marketing
Section, Southern Gas Association; chair-


man, FNGA Marketing Committee;
chairman FNGA Advertising Committee;
chairman, Southern Gas Association
Commercial Marketing Committee;
board of directors, Gas Cooling Center,
board of directors, Energy Solution
Center.
Richard Martin
O'Sullivan Creel, LLP
Martin is an
audit manager
with O'Sullivan
Creel, LLP,
Certified Public
Accountants
a n d
Consultants. A
graduate of the
University of
r Geor gia,
Martin's career
includes manag-
ing and owning
Richard Martin restaurants in
addition to
being a CPA for the past 10 years. He has
served as treasurer of the Emerald Coast
Foundation, Inc., and chairman of the
Chamber's Education Committee. He
attends Niceville United Methodist
Church where he is a member of the
administrative board as well as serving in
various other ministries of the church.
Martin lives in Bluewater Bay with his
wife, Rosemarie, and children Claire,
Hatcher and Nathan.
Cyndi Ronca
Twin Cities Hospital
Ronca has been the human resources
director for Twin Cities Hospital since
November 2006 and serves as the hospi-
tal's Ethics and Compliance Officer.
Ronca has lived in Fort Walton is a grad-
uate of Choctawhatchee High School.
She has served
as a loaned exec-
utive for the
United Way of
Okaloosa and
Walton Counties
and as the
newsletter chair-
person for the
Emerald Coast
Branch of the
Society of
H u m a n
Resources Cyndi Ronca
Management.
She enjoys spending time with her hus-
band, Rob, riding on their Harley
Davidson, traveling with friends and fam-
ily, boating and reading. They have a 22-
year-old daughter, Maria.
Annette Seda
Qualis Corp.
Seda is Qualis's program manager for
the Eglin AFB
Technical and
Engineering
Acquisition
Support subcon-
tract to Jacobs.
She has served
on the
Education
Committee. She
enjoys spending
time with her
husband, Pete,
Annette Seda traveling to visit
their children,
Donna (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Derrick (La
Habra Heights, Calif.), Amanda (Seattle,
Wash.) and Josh (Manhattan, N.Y), sail-
ing and working on home projects.
Louis Skinner
Niceville Insurance Agency


Skinner is
owner/agent of
Nice ville
Insurance
Agency. A
Niceville High
School graduate
and longtime
member of the
Chamber,
Skinner is
actively involved
with the
N i c e vi 11he Louis Skinner
Valparaiso
Rotary Club. He lives in Niceville with
his wife, Kendra, and son, Blake.
Life Directors
Walt Ruckel
Ruckel Properties, Inc.
Ruckel is a founding member and
past president
of the Niceville
Valparaiso
Chamber of
Commerce. He
s serves as the
chairman of the
board for
Ruckel
Properties, Inc.
Ruckel has
served as presi-
dent of the
Walt Ruckel United Way and
the Niceville-
Valparaiso Rotary Club and is active
with the Gulf Coast Council BSA, the
Genealogical Society of Okaloosa
County and the Air Force Armament
Museum Foundation and numerous other
organizations.
Rae Williams
Valparaiso Realty Company
Williams is a founding member and
past president of
the Niceville
Va lparaiso
Chamber of
Commerce. She
chairs the board
for Valparaiso
R e a 1 t y
Company, a land
development
and real estate
company, and is
also on the board
of trustees of Rae Williams
The Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida.
Randall Wise
City of Niceville
Wise has served as the mayor of
Niceville for more than 30 years. He
serves on the
Florida,
Panhandle, and
OkalIoosa
League of
Cities, the
Florida
Municipal
Health Trust
Fund, Board of
Baptist Hospital
in Pensacola,
and the
Randall Wise O k a o o s a
Economic Development Council. Wise
has been an active member of the
Chamber for many years, including roles
on the Ambassadors and Military Affairs
committees. He lives in Niceville with his
wife, Helen, where they enjoy spending
time with their children and grandchil-
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Beacon photos by Kenneth Books
A line of donated bicycles, ready to make a child's Christmas special.


23 nurses graduate
The nursing program at Northwest Florida State College held
a pinning ceremony Dec. 15 to recognize five bachelor-degree
and 18 associate-degree graduates. Kristie Miller-Cadiente of
Niceville, above, received the "Clinical Excellence in Nursing
Award" from faculty member Sherry Ward. Local associate-
degree graduates were: Lisa Beasley, Kristie Miller-Cadiente
and Erica Martin, Niceville, and Erica Vannoy, Valparaiso.
Bachelor-degree grads included Carrie Bryant, Freeport,
Karen Stein, Niceville, and Pam Hamilton, Valparaiso.


teers distribute toys to about "This has been the best thing


30 local charities.
Toys for Tots was born in
California when a Marine
lieutenant colonel
began collecting new
toys for needy chil-
dren. Walt Disney,
who was the Marine's
employer, designed
the Toys for Tots
logo, Rood said.
The response from
the community has
been phenomenal.
"Everyone came Vera
together as a commu-
nity," Rood said. "It's awe-
some." She particularly sin-
gled out the Marine contingent
at the Navy EOD School on
Eglin and the 33rd Fighter
Wing. "Without them, this


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ever."
Because of Toys for Tots,
Hoffman said, 823 subsidized
children will get toys
for Christmas.
She admitted some
of the toys are attrac-
tive to adults as well.
"There was a really
great striped tiger I
wanted," she said,
"but we bagged it up."
While Toys for
Tots will ensure
prince Christmas cheer for
nearly 1,000 young-
sters this year, the volunteers
will also receive a gift of good
spirits.
"It's really cool to wake up
Christmas morning and realize
you've put a smile on a lot of


would not happen," she said. kids' faces," Rood said.


Toy dropoffs
Valparaiso
Coastal Bank and Trust
23 S. John Sims Parkway
Niceville
Northlight Yacht Club
115 John Sims Parkway
Century 21 Wilson Minger
1350 E. John Sims Parkway
Carriage Hills Realty
1821 E. John Sims Parkway
General Dynamics
115 Hart Street
McDonalds
1090 John Sims Parkway
Rels Title
1400 30th Street, Suite A
YMCA
1031 E. John Sims Parkway
Kmart
1140 E. John Sims Parkway
Rocky Bayou Christian
School
2101 Partin Drive
Northrop Grumman
912 S. Palm Blvd. Suite C
Bluewater Bay
Bluewater Fitness
4591 E. Highway 20
Bluewater Bay Chiropractic
4400 Hwy. 20 E, Suite 207
Coldwell Banker United
4504 E. Highway 20
McDonalds
4570 Hwy. 20 East
Niceville Family Practice
4400 Hwy. 20 E, Suite 203
Eglin Federal Credit Union
4558 Highway 20
Emerald Coast Coffee
4546 E. Highway 20
Resort Quest
4534 E. Highway 20
Coastal Bank and Trust
John Sims Parkway
Freeport
Walton County Fire Rescue
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From page B-1
and two bicycles is Families
Count of Fort Walton Beach.
Vera Prince, representing
Families Count, said the char-
ity was picking up toys for
126 children. She said
Families Count focuses on
"parents who are stressed
out," and seeks bicycles, edu-
cational toys and fun things to
do.
"If you have something to
keep your kids busy, they don't
stress you," she said.
The organizations that will
receive the toys have been
chosen by umbrella groups
such as the United Way and
Bridgeway, Rood said. She
said she and the other volun-


Kiwanis sponsors kids
Kiwanis Club member Clarence Mayo helps a young friend
find the perfect Christmas gift as the Niceville Kmart host-
ed the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso's annual
Christmas Shopping Day for the 28th year. Since its incep-
tion in 1982, the club has sponsored more than 700 chil-
dren from Edge Elementary School, treating them to a
party with Santa and a Kmart-supported shopping spree.


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Come join us for this celebration of the life and music of one
of the greatest entertainers and pop culture icons of our time.

For more info visit www.chriselvis.com

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida
For tickets call 850.729.6000 or toll free 888.838.ARTS (2787)
www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
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