The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Creation Date: January 19, 2011
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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SCould jet noise break a city?

C OMI| Debate over F-35's impact on Valp. finances

Thursday. 7 p.m.
Writer, naturalist and
activist Susan Cerulean,
who recently edited the
book "Unspoiled: Writers
Speak for Florida's
Coast," will speak at the
Niceville Community
Center as
part of
Then and
Monday.6 p.m.
Retired Col. Bud Day
will discuss the new
Congress of 2011 and its
first three weeks at the
Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party meeting at Niceville
City Hall.
Info: 729-2874 or
Monday. 7:30 p.m.
"The Piano Men," a
musical journey through
will fia-
ture the
songs of
and Billy Joel at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
at NWF State College,
Tickets are $30 in
advance. Call 362-9356
or 837-1 742.

Tuesday. 6 p.m.

A Relay For Life team
captain meeting will take
place at St. Paul Lutheran
Church. The public is
Information: dee.hay-
hurst@cancer.org or 244-
3813 ext. 119.

Calendar, B-4.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Could the roar of Air Force jets
force Valparaiso into municipal
Valparaiso's mayor thinks so,
and he's telling anyone who'll lis-
ten. But some others contend that
his fears are overstated.
Mayor John B. Arnold declared
to an Air Force official last month
that the service's plan to operate 59

Bruce Arnold

of the nation's newest warplanes from
Eglin Air Force Base could result in so
much engine noise in the city that as
many as one-fifth of its residents
would have to leave, "lk.diin to the
fiscal failure of the city."
The city, while accepting that the
noisy jets must come to Eglin in the
standup of a new training wing, has
asked the Air Force to detour its F-35

Please see NOISE, page A-6

Niceville to shutter paintball field

On bright sunny holiday afternoons, the
Niceville paintball field used to be filled with
enthusiastic competitors, as it was one day
in July 2007 (file photo, above). Last
Saturday afternoon, however, the city-oper-
ated paintball field was empty, and equip-
ment sat unused in the office, right. The
Niceville City Council last week voted to
close the field due to lack of use.
Beacon photos

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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The City of Niceville's recreational
paintball field will close at the end of
The decision to close the paintball
field came during a Jan. 11 meeting of
the Niceville City Council, after City
Manager Lannie Corbin said declining
usage of the field has caused a steady
fall in revenue, making it too costly to
keep the field in operation.
The property will be used to store
city equipment, officials said.
The field attracts perhaps 1,200
players a year, down from a peak of
2,500, its manager said.
The municipal paintball field is next
to the city's skateboard park, and near
the city softball and soccer complex
just north of the city hall and library on
Partin Drive.
The paintball field includes a semi-
wooded area of about an acre, with
trees, inflated obstacles, and other items
to create a simulated battlefield in
which competitors can hunt and dodge
each other while having mock gun
fights, firing paintballs at each other
from guns powered by compressed air.
Competitors wear protective masks
and other gear to prevent injury from
the fast-flying paintballs, and the area is
netted to prevent paintballs from leav-
ing the play area.
The paintball field was not among
items listed for discussion on the agen-
da for the city council meeting, but
Corbin brought it up during his usual
report to the council on current city
management activities.
Corbin said that when the paintball
field first opened in July 2004, paintball
fighting was a popular game among
teenagers and other enthusiasts, and the
paintball field brought in over $5,000
per month from entry fees, sales of

Please see PAINTBALL, page A-5

Niceville's biggest private employer raises a cheer

Hundreds land jobs at

soon-to-open Walmart . A.-

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville Walmart store
scheduled to open next week will
be Niceville's biggest private
employer by job count, boosting
the local economy.
As of Jan. 12, 274 people had
been hired to operate the giant
store, and there were plans to

take on 60 more before the doors
open at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 26, accord-
ing to Kim Stevens, store manag-
The typical mix of employees
at a Walmart Supercenter is about
a 60-40 ratio of full-time to part-
time workers, said Stevens.
Please see WALMART, page A-5
About 120 employees per-
formed the "Walmart Cheer"
before Eglin airmen raised the
American flag in front of the
new Niceville Walmart store
Jan. 12. The store will employ
about 335 by the time it opens
Jan. 26. Left, cashiers receive
training inside the store.
Beacon photos by Del Lessard

Ballooning civic debt
Long-term bonds payable, City of Valparaiso, by fiscal year ended Sept. 30

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 THE BAY BEACON

MSBU names new officers


is discussed

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Members of the Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services Benefit Unit
(MSBU) board of directors
approved a new slate of officers
for 2011 during their first meeting
of the new year, held Jan. 11 at the
golf clubhouse at 1950 Bluewater
The board also discussed
upcoming community projects,
including cleaning and installing
planter stack blocks, posting a new
sign to identify a nature trail, and
re-planting along Bluewater
Some projects remain under
consideration, including re-planti-
ng the Bluewater Boulevard traffic
circle and collaborating with the
Okaloosa County Public Works
Department to refresh Bluewater
Bay road striping.
The MSBU is a unit of county
government in charge of manag-
ing landscaping, street lighting,
street signs, and other beautifica-
tion and maintenance of through
streets and common areas in the
unincorporated Bluewater Bay
board meet-
ings are usu-
ally held the
Tuesday of
each month,
between 10
a.m.in even- Joan McCarthy
numbered months and 5:30 p.m.
in odd months. Meetings are usu-
ally held at the Bluewater Bay
Golf Clubhouse at 1950
Bluewater Boulevard.
The new officers of the MSBU
board are:
-Chairmnnan: Dave Strunk.
-Vice chairman: Dale
Blanchard (Blanchard was absent
from the Jan. 11 meeting.)
-Community services: Doug
-Finance: Joe Jellison.
-Communication: Joan
Board members are unpaid
volunteers who are usually elected
to their positions for staggered
terms. However, the newest of the
current board members, Jellison
and McCarthy, were appointed to
their seats last fall by incumbent
board members, after no one vol-
unteered to run for election to the
MSBU during the 2010 general
In addition to approving the
new slate of officers, the board
members also discussed several
current projects within Bluewater
One such project is to install
stack blocks, lariope grass, azaleas
and dwarf hawthorns at some
intersections along Bluewater

Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit is replacing aging planter railroad ties in com-
mon areas, below, with stack blocks, above, which are more durable and easier to clean.

Boulevard, as well as at some
intersections along Bay Drive.
Board members also approved
a one-year contract with the Cedar
Trace firm to pressure wash some
dirty stack blocks elsewhere in
Bluewater Bay. The contract is
expected to cost $2,415.
New board member Joan
McCarthy asked fellow board
members why so many plantings
throughout Bluewater Bay are
bordered by stack blocks rather
than other materials such as wood-
en logs.
MSBU management consult-
ant Archie Jemigan replied that in
the past, many such areas were
originally bordered with railroad
ties, but the wooden ties tended to
rot in Florida's warm, moist cli-
mate, and the concrete stack
blocks tend to last longer and
retain their appearance better,
despite needing to be washed
occasionally to remove mold and
rust stains from mineral-laden irri-
gation water.
One project under considera-
tion, but not yet approved, said
Burgess, would be to re-plant the
traffic circle ,
o n 1
the current
nandina and
grass now in
the circle.
said the new Joe Jellison
could create a red, white and blue
motif throughout the circle, if the
proper plants can be found and
made to grow in the circle.
McCarthy said she has
received inquiries from some resi-
dents about constructing side-
walks near the Marina Cove sub-
division. Burgess, however, said
the MSBU's activities are usually
limited to such things as landscap-
ing, street signs and lighting.
"We don't do sidewalks,"

Burgess said, largely because the
expense would be too great to
build sidewalks throughout
Bluewater Bay with the MSBU's
limited budget. He also said he
thinks it unlikely that Okaloosa
County would build sidewalks in
the Marina Cove area.
However, Burgess said he has
been in contact with the Okaloosa
County public works department,
and is trying to arrange some new
road striping on Bluewater Bay
streets, especially in areas where
local bicyclists may be vulnerable
to being hit by speeding vehicles
when riding along local bicycle
Burgess also said that the
MSBU is planning to erect a new
sign identifying the native plant
trail maintained by the Bluewater
Bay Garden Club along Bluewater
Boulevard just northwest of the
intersection with Caribbean Way.
He said the sign will be a "bare
bones" design, but is expected to
help people notice the native plant
trail, which is often overlooked by
passersby who do not see the very
small sign in place now.

Burgess said he and/or
Jernigan were planning to attend
the January meeting of the Garden
Club, and perhaps to discuss plans
for some joint activities or proj-
The next meeting of the
MSBU governing board is sched-
uled for 10 a.m., Feb. 8, at the Golf
Clubhouse on Bluewater

Page A-3

Campbell takes board helm

Outgoing Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Wayne
Harris, left, passes the gavel to new Chairman James
Campbell Jan. 11 during a commission meeting in Crestview.
Campbell, of Niceville, represents District 5, which includes
most of Niceville. He has been a county commissioner since
2004. This is his second one-year term as chairman, a post to
which he was elected by his fellow commissioners. He previ-
ously held the job in 2008. Bill Roberts, District 3, which
includes Valparaiso, was named vice chairman for 2011.

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This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: William Shane Allen
Wanted for: burglary, criminal
mischief and theft.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 165 pounds
Age: 34
Date of birth: 11-02-1976
Hair: blond
Eyes: hazel

Name: Ryan Dean Hamilton
Wanted for: violation of probation
on the original charge of
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. Hamilton's last known
address was on Skinner Circle in
Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 11-inches
Weight: 170 pounds t-
Age: 20
Date of birth: 08-22-1990
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
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Christina Maria Bush, 32, of 74
Binnacle Lane, Shalimar, was
arrested by Niceville police Dec.
30 on a misdemeanor charge of
threatening or harassing phone

Lauren Elizabeth Clement, 25,
of 401 Niceville Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 3 on a misdemeanor charge of
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charges of petit theft and
resisting a retail merchant.

Alto Lee Lockemy, unem-
ployed, 26, of 507 23rd St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Dec. 30 on a Walton
County warrant on the original
charge of retail theft.

Joel Benjamin Nelson, 19, of
112 Arrowpoint Cove, Valparaiso,
was arrested by Valparaiso police
Dec. 27 on the charge of fraudu-
lent use of a credit card. On Aug.
19 Nelson allegedly used the vic-
tim's credit card to purchase a
$213 ring from an online jeweler
and directed that the ring be deliv-
ered to a vacant address near his

A 15-year-old Valparaiso boy, a
student, was arrested by

Valparaiso police Jan. 5 on a
charge of domestic violence bat-
tery. .
A 15-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 8 on charges of burglary of a
vehicle, two counts, and one count
each of grand theft and misde-
meanor theft. The boy allegedly
entered a vehicle in the 1600 block
of 26th Street, removed a duffel
bag containing military-issued
items, and entered another vehicle
in the 100 block of Kazmira Court,
where he removed a bag contain-
ing a GPS unit.

Paul Christopher Quiroga, 19,
of 328 W. Chicago Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Jan. 6 on charges of
failure to appear on original mis-
demeanor charges of theft and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 14-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 9 on charges of burglary to a
conveyance, grand theft of a
firearm and misdemeanor theft.
On Sept. 4 the boy allegedly
entered an unlocked vehicle in the
900 block of North Linden Avenue
and stole a wallet and a .38 caliber
DUI arrests
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

of 209 Walton Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI on Early Street at Coolwater
Lane, Jan. 4 at 2:06 a.m. Phillips
was also cited for no proof of

Nicholas Adam Paschel, unem-
ployed, 27, of 242 Hillside Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 20 at Armstrong Avenue,
Jan. 6 at 3:01 a.m. Paschel was
also charged with two counts of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription, a
packet of suboxone and three-and-
a-half Xanax bars. He was also
cited for driving with an expired
driver's license.
A Niceville resident who was
unable to use her credit card over
the New Year's weekend learned
from her bank that the card had
been put on hold because of suspi-
cious activity. The victim said she
did not authorize either of two
charges made in New York Jan. 1,
for $650 and $434. Sheriff's inves-
tigators forwarded both cases to
authorities in New York.

A Niceville resident reported
the driver's side door and window
on her vehicle were damaged
while the vehicle was parked at a
Fort Walton Beach bowling alley
Jan. 6. The victim noticed the
damage when she had difficulty
opening the door. Nothing was
reported missing from the vehicle.

A Niceville woman reported
that she turned around and saw a
man steal her wallet from a shop-
ping cart while the victim was at
the rear of a grocery store, 1104 E.
John Sims Parkway, Jan. 9. A store
surveillance video showed the sus-
pect departing the store with
another woman. The suspects did
not purchase anything in the store
and were possibly traveling in a
dark colored SUV. The wallet con-
tained a credit card, Social
Security card, a birth certificate
and various IDs.

A building contractor reported
Jan. 4 that unknown persons)
entered a home under construction
in the 9000 block of Rushing
River Way and removed wires and

copper water pipes from the home,
which was framed but not yet
sealed in and could not be secured.
Damage and missing property was
valued at $7,500. Three days later
the contractor reported that some-
one had entered the house and
stolen additional copper refriger-
ant lines.

On Dec. 29 a Niceville resident
reported two fraudulent credit card
charges had been made to her
bank account Dec. 28, including
$455 to a drugstore in Illinois and
a $10 charge in Nova Scotia,

A 20-year-old Niceville resi-
dent reported that three unknown
males jumped out of a pickup
truck and tried to rob him in the
parking lot of a Niceville conven-
ience store, 1001 Valparaiso Blvd.
The victim told police that he fell
to the ground when he was hit in
the jaw by one of the suspects and
that one of them tried to take the
wallet from his back pocket. The
three suspects left in the pickup
truck when the victim fought back.
Criminal mischief
A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Perdido Circle
reported that an unknown person
was in the back yard about 11 p.m.
and knocked over some beehives.
The beekeeper said the bees didn't
come out.

A car parked in the 1000 block
of North Juniper Avenue,
Niceville, was reported vandalized
sometime Jan. 1-3, with four dents
in the driver's side door.
An intoxicated man brought to
Twin Cities Hospital Dec. 31
caused the hospital to call police
for assistance after he became agi-
tated and broke about $25,000
worth of equipment.

John William Jordan, 19, of
1701 Green Pahnlm Circle,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police, subse-
quent to a traffic stop for running a
red light, Jan. 10, on charges of
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and possession of
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls January 10,
20J brQuQgJanuary 16, 2011.
location j Situation Da. Time
1 orth White Point Road...........Dispatched canceled......1/10/11 ...............13:14
- IMsFHighway 20....................EMS excluding vehicle...1/10/11 ....... .........16:09
Ansle Drive EM excluding vehicle...1/10/11 .............16:47
Sou l l C .. .i' , " : t invalid ................ 1/11/11 ............... 01:21
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..,, . .-.- 1.:. . E I - , .li~w ............... 4 7:34
Yacht Club Drive ......................Good i . ................09:57
North White Point Road...........Medic .i E-, W - ................12:06
Southwind Court..................... Assist invalid ............. ......1/12/11 ............... 20:38
S. John Sims Pkwy.N/Valp .........Alarm system activation. 1/13/11 .................02:47
Southwind Court.....................EMS excluding vehicle...1/13/11 ...............10:38
Highway 20 East....................EMS excluding vehicle...1/13/11................11:35
Windlake Court.......................EMS excluding vehicle...1/13/11 ...............21:20
Merchants Way......................EMS excluding vehicle...1/13/11 ...............21:53
North White Point Road...........EMS excluding vehicle...1/14/11 ...............01:13
North White Point Road...........Dispatched canceled......1/14/11 ...............10:46
W est Parkwood Lane ..............Assist invalid ................. 1/14/11 ............... 13:44
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North White Point Road...........Medical assist EMS........1/15/11 ...............23:00
Troon Drive W est.....................Assist invalid ...................1/16/11 .................01:39
North White Point Road...........Medical assist EMS........1/16/11 .................04:01
Glenburn Court.......................EMS excluding vehicle...1/16/11 ...............07:58
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From page A-1
The next-largest private
employer in Niceville, measured
by number of jobs, is Twin
Cities Hospital, which said it
employs 210 full-time, 19 part-
time and 68 as-needed people.
At 153,283 square feet, the
Niceville store is about 17 per-
cent smaller than the average
Walmart Supercenter built by
the Bentonville, Ark., retail
giant, primarily because it will
not have an automotive and tire
center. There are 2,899
Supercenters nationwide, and
most, like this one, are open
around the clock. Supercenters
average 185,000 square feet and
employ about 350.
In addition to groceries,
clothing and other general mer-
chandise, the Niceville store
includes a garden center and
liquor store, but no gas station.
While more than 300 new
Walmart jobs are an undoubted
shot in the arm to the local econ-
omy, they may come at a price
elsewhere. Community and
business leaders said last year
that they expect the additional
competition may put more pres-
sure on some existing stores.
The largest retailer in
Niceville, at least until next
week, is Kmart, which employs
about 80 people, 60 of whom
are part-time. Kmart's store has
an 87,000-square-foot footprint
a few hundred yards to the west
of the Walmart outlet on John
Sims Parkway.
The first 100 or so Walmart
employees, whom the company
calls associates, began work
Dec. 13, the date the company
took possession of the building
from the builder, Stevens said.
During a reporter's visit last
week, stocking of shelves
wasn't the only activity in evi-
dence. Employee training ses-
sions were being conducted
throughout the store, including
cashiers, deli workers, and oth-

From page A-1

paintballs and equipment, and
other revenue.
Since then, however, the pop-
ularity of paintballing has
steadily declined, and the paint-
ball field now earns the city only
about $600 per month. Corbin
said the once-popular paintball
fad has eroded over time, espe-
cially during the economic
downturn since 2008. Niceville,
he said, is now the only city in
Florida with a municipal paint-
ball field.
Don Ory, manager of the
field and the adjacent youth
skate park, which remains open,
said paintball attendance had
fallen sharply as players cut
spending. Player costs can eas-
ily top $50 an outing.
"We are at an average of
1,200 per year attending the

Chickens were roasting on a
rotisserie two weeks before the
first customers arrive. Stevens
explained that it was part of
training, and that last week's
chicken would be consumed by
Training also includes cours-
es in Walmart's corporate cul-
ture. A flag-raising ceremony in
freezing temperatures was pre-
ceded by clapping and cheering
as a manager led the group in an
enthusiastic "Walmart Cheer."
"Hello's" echoed throughout
the store as a reporter walked
the aisles last week. About half
the shelves were already
Local JobsPlus representa-
tive Larry Tipton explained that
large companies like Walmart
typically take advantage of fed-
eral tax credits for providing
jobs that take people off unem-
ployment or welfare, or that
employ disabled veterans,
among other categories. The
nonprofit employment agency,
however, does not monitor those
Stevens confirmed that some
of those hired at the Niceville
store were coming off unem-
ployment rolls, but she couldn't
provide a specific number. She
said Walmart hires another com-
pany to keep track.
In addition to new retail jobs,
the Niceville Walmart provided
an economic boost to the area
due to construction activity.
Shortly after the company paid
$4 million to Valparaiso Realty
last February to purchase the
17.6-acre site, the project's
builder-Shannon, Strobel &
Weaver Constructors &
Engineers Inc., of Auburn,
Ala.-estimated construction
cost at $4,730,467, according to
permits filed with the city of
Now that Walmart is here,
more stores are expected to open
at the shopping center devel-
oped by Valparaiso Realty,
including a chicken restaurant,
according to city officials.

paintball facility, a much slower
pace than the 2,500 per year we
used to get," Ory said Tuesday.
He also said participants had
halved spending on paintballs,
which they must buy from the
When asked by the Beacon,
Corbin said he did not know the
exact cost of operating the paint-
ball field. It is operated jointly
with the skateboard park, he
said, and the combined operat-
ing cost of both facilities is
$72,786 a year.
Corbin told the council that
he does not propose closing the
skateboard park, which contin-
ues to at least break even finan-
cially, especially with the help
of state grant money Niceville
has received to subsidize it.
Operating the paintball field,
however, has become "a real
drag on the city," Corbin said. In
addition, he said, the city needs
the space now used by the paint-

Beacon photos by Del Lessard
While many of the shelves are already stocked, produce and
other perishables in the grocery section of the new Niceville
Walmart store, above, will be filled nearer to opening day next
Wednesday. Below, carts stand ready for shoppers.

* *

ball field for storage of pipes,
vehicles, and other public works
City Councilman William
Thomas said he agreed with
Corbin's assessment of the
paintball field. "There was a big
demand for it at the start,"
Thomas said, "but most of the
kids who used to do it have gone
on to college, and most of the
younger kids are now doing
other things."
Thomas asked if the paintball
field could ever be restarted if
demand increases, and Corbin
replied that there is a possibility
of holding occasional paintball
events at the Mullet Festival site
near State Road 85 if enough
people or organizations request
After hearing from Corbin,
the city council voted unani-
mously to close the paintball
field at the end of January.
In other business during the

Jan. 11 meeting, Library
Director Sheila Bishop said vol-
unteers will be at the library dur-
ing coming months to offer
assistance with filling out feder-
al income tax forms. Copies of
most tax forms are also avail-
able at the library.
In response to questions from
Councilman Thomas, Corbin
said the opening of the new
Walmart store in Niceville is
still scheduled for Jan. 26, and
confirmed that there are plans to
open a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in
Niceville, probably near the
Century 21 Real Estate offices
on John Sims Parkway.
Corbin said he has been
exchanging e-mail with Chick-
Fil-A representatives, who have
been making inquiries about
city infrastructure and other
information. "I expect the
Walmart to attract other new
businesses to Niceville as well,"
Corbin said.

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health and school performance?

public library
and city hall

"It would be bad for
working families,
because of the
inconvenience of
taking kids to
school at different

"I think it's great. "Leave it the way it
Research supports it, is. It would be too
and it has worked well hard for some
at the Collegiate High families to provide
School." after-school care
for the younger

"Although it might be
a hardship for some
families, we should
always look for ways
to help our kids excel
in school."

"I think that would be
a good idea. When
I'm in high school, I'll
probably want to
sleep in, so I hope
they'll change it for

"I'm against it. The
younger kids shouldn't
have to get up earlier,
and the older kids are
old enough to decide
how much sleep they
need and when to go
to bed."

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From page A-1
flights away from Valparaiso, the
base's closest neighbor. A final
decision on what runways the
planes will use is expected from
the Pentagon this spring.
If the decision goes against
Valparaiso, Arnold contends, as
many as 850 of the city's 4,144
residents would be forced from
their homes by the resulting jet
noise. Tax and municipal-utility
revenues would plummet, leaving
the city without the means to
repay its debts.
"There will simply not be
enough taxpayers to carry the
bond debt to retirement, leading to
the fiscal failure of the city,"
Arnold declared in a letter to the
Air Force Nov. 4. He reiterated his

stance Dec. 14 during a meeting
on Eglin with Kathleen Ferguson,
a deputy assistant secretary of the
Air Force, telling her the city faces
"fiscal demise" unless F-35 flights
are barred from Eglin's north-
south runway, one of the base's
two runways, and the closest one
to Valparaiso.
Ferguson, who is expected to
issue a decision in the spring gov-
erning which runways the F-35
will use, gave no indication during
the meeting what the Pentagon
ruling would be, according to
With 363 homes identified by
the city as subject to jet-noise lev-
els of 75 dB DNL or greater under
the Air Force's "preferred alterna-
tive" F-35 flights, Arnold calculat-
ed that 850 residents would be
forced to sell their homes, possibly

in a government buyout. DNL
stands for decibels Day-Night
Average Sound Level. It is a
measure of average noise.
Those are the noise levels pro-
jected over Valparaiso by the Air
Force's preferred alternative in the
September 2010 Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement
(SEIS) for basing 59 F-35
Lightning II fighter-bombers at
"It is no secret when munici-
palities face a population reduc-
tion, the rising per capital costs are
going to compound the financial
problem unless significant costs
can be reduced as well," Arnold
wrote Air Force officials in his
official comments on the SEIS.
He continued: "The reduction
in the pool of taxpayers will result
in much higher costs for services

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for those citizens remaining in the
city. Of greatest financial concern
are the city's municipal bonds that
are secured both by general obli-
gation and certain enterprise
funds. There will simply not be
enough taxpayers to carry the
bond debt to retirement," he said,
"k.idii.n to the fiscal failure of the
Valparaiso has nearly $5.4 mil-
lion in long-term debt, with repay-
ment based primarily on future
rates charged to the city's water,
sewer and cable-TV customers.
Repayment is ultimately backed
by the city's "general obligation,"
according to the mayor.
Valparaiso itself did not issue
any bonds but borrowed the $6
million through the Florida
League of Cities, which has an
affiliate that sells bonds to fund
projects of smaller municipalities.
According to bond documents
on file at city hall, Valparaiso bor-
-$1.6 million in 2005 to refi-
nance earlier loans including
water and sewer improvements
and renovations to the city's fire
station and city hall.
-$3 million in 2006 to mod-
ernize its cable communications
system. When the cable improve-
ments were downsized, Valparaiso
amended the bonds to allow the
balance to pay for water and sewer
improvements and road resurfac-

ing projects.
-$1.5 million in 2010 to pay
the city's share for modernizing
the Niceville, Valparaiso,
Okaloosa County Regional Sewer
plant and sprayfield. This money
has not yet been expended.
About $5.38 million of that
debt is still outstanding.
What is pledged to pay back
the loans are "non-ad valorem rev-
enues," meaning all Valparaiso's
revenues and taxes which are not
taxes on real and personal proper-
ty, according to the bond docu-
The primary sources of funds
to repay the loans are the city's
"enterprise funds," that is, rates
paid by customers of the munici-
pal water, sewer and cable-TV
utilities. These city business enter-
prises are supposed to be self-sup-
porting, based on users' fees for
services, not tax subsidies from
the general fund.
Valparaiso estimated the annu-
al revenue that would be lost to
each of its three enterprise funds if
the city lost 20 percent of its pop-
-Water and sewer: down
about $150,000 a year.
-Cable TV: down about
$173,000 a year.
-Sanitation: down about
$114,000 a year.
Valparaiso's annual debt serv-

An F-35 in test flight. Valparaiso officials assert that noise aris-
ing from planned Eglin-based training flights of the new war-
plane could force an exodus of residents, leading to the city's
"fiscal failure."

ice is forecast to peak in 2019 at
about $465,000, based on existing
Raising utility and cable rates
on a shrinking customer base in
order to repay bond indebtedness
would make Valparaiso less desir-
able as a place to live, said City
Commissioner Heyward Strong.
Other revenue sources that
could be used to repay bond debt
include the city's share of state
sales tax revenue, revenue-shar-
ing funds, and franchise fees and
utility taxes levied on gas and
electric service providers, said
Strong. He said the city would
not use property tax revenue to
repay the borrowings.
However, if Valparaiso loses a
significant part of its population,
Strong said, the city would also
suffer proportionate declines in
population-based revenues such
as state sales taxes, revenue shar-
ing, and utility fees and taxes.
These revenues currently go into
the city's general fund.
Some, however, downplay the
fiscal fears of city officials.
"They'd have plenty of money
if they didn't spend it on
lawyers," Okaloosa County
Commission Chairman James
Campbell quipped when asked to
comment on the possibility of
Valparaiso's bankruptcy.
"There's nothing saying 700
people will abandon their homes"
because of possible jet noise, said
Campbell, who is also a Niceville
city official.
Campbell said he also ques-
tioned the number of businesses
Arnold said could be forced to
close because of jet noise.
"Eglin's going to be the last
one that will take people's busi-
nesses and homes," Campbell
said. He said Valparaiso officials
should have attended a recent
tour of Eglin's F-35 facilities so
they could see the jobs brought
by the $400 million of construc-
State Sen. Don Gaetz, a
Niceville Republican, said that he

was not impressed with Arnold's
warnings, which the mayor also
voiced to the local legislative del-
egation during a public hearing
earlier this month.
"This is the latest in a series of
doomsday statements on the F-
35" made by the mayor, Gaetz
said. The lawmaker said the city's
financial situation might be
unfortunate, but that it had causes
other than the coming fighter jet.
The F-35 brings jobs and peo-
ple to Northwest Florida, Gaetz
said. "If I have to choose between
Mayor Arnold and the Air Force,
I choose the Air Force," he said.
Arnold said that high levels of
jet noise projected by the Air
Force would also cause property
values to decline, resulting in an
annual tax revenue loss of
$130,000. That amount was
based on the loss of the 363
homes identified in Air Force
documents as subject to noise
levels so high that they could not
be reduced enough to make the
buildings habitable.
Declining property values
would cause the city to either
raise property tax rates or suffer a
decline in revenues that fund city
services, according to Arnold.
Arnold summarized that of all
the alternatives studied in the
SEIS, the Air Force's preferred
alternative, 1A, "imposes noise,
safety and land-use considera-
tions which jeopardize the very
survival of the City of Valparaiso
as a municipal entity."
Eglin Air Force Base declined
to comment on Arnold's asser-
State Rep. Matt Gaetz, a
lawyer who handled a county
lawsuit against Valparaiso seek-
ing to block city legal action
against the Air Force on the F-35
issue, did not return phone calls
seeking comment.
Okaloosa County
Commissioner Bill Roberts,
another critic of Valparaiso offi-
cials' F-35 stance, did not return
calls seeking comment.

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Eglin explains plan for privatized housing

AF prefers to build units

at south end of main base

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Eglin Air Force Base offi-
cials hosted a public hearing
last week in Niceville to dis-
cuss a recent Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) con-
cerning the Air Force's plans to
have private industry build and
manage 1,477 homes for air-
men and their families.
Public comments submitted
during the hearing Jan. 11, and
another in Fort Walton Beach
Jan. 12, will be forwarded to
the Secretary of the Air Force
for consideration before final
decisions are made about where
to locate the new military hous-
ing, said Mike Jago, Eglin envi-
ronmental manager.
"The secretary actually
reads each and every comment
received," said Jago, "and
sends us questions and com-
ments about many of them."
The Niceville hearing, at
Northwest Florida State
College, was attended by about
55 people in addition to base
officials who explained the
alternatives under considera-
tion and answered questions
from the public.
Eglin environmental engi-
neer Mindy Rogers said the lat-
est developments in the housing
plan are that two alternative
locations, one near Crestview
and Duke Field, and another
near DeFuniak Springs, have
been dropped from considera-
tion, largely because of their
remoteness from the main part
of Eglin Air Force Base.
In addition, alternative 2A,
in the southwest portion of
Eglin's main base, has been
identified as the Air Force's
"preferred alternative" location
for the new housing, said Mike
Spaits, a base environmental
public affairs official. The pre-
ferred location is south of Eglin
Parkway, midway between
Poquito Bayou and Ben's Lake,
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civilian community just outside
the base boundary.
The preferred housing loca-
tion on Eglin Main would have
an overall housing density
about one-tenth that of neigh-
boring civilian developments in
Shalimar, said Jago. It would
place houses in relatively dense
clusters, separated by undevel-
oped green spaces, thus pre-
serving much of the natural
environment of the base.
Although the Air Force says
it prefers to build the housing
on Eglin's main base, possible
alternatives not preferred but
still under consideration
include Valparaiso and the
White Point area near
Bluewater Bay and Raintree
Estates. Other non-preferred
alternatives considered in the
EIS include land in northern
Fort Walton Beach, including
parcels in the Poquito Bayou
area that drew opposition from
adjacent landowners in an earli-
er study.
The proposed housing proj-
ect is part of a Defense
Department policy adopted in
1996 that allows the services to
have private developers select-
ed through a competitive
process build, own and main-
tain family housing for the mil-
itary over a 50-year lease. The
process is known as Military
Housing Privatization
Although Eglin land at
White Point and in Valparaiso
are among the alternatives
being considered, the latest
draft EIS states the Air Force's
preferred alternative is to have
contractors build 993 housing
units on the southwest comer of
Eglin's main base and another
484 on Hurlburt Field. At Camp
Rudder, the location of the
Army Ranger training center,
all 25 existing housing units
would be demolished and 35
new units would be built.
The Eglin land includes

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purpose of the EIS is to evalu- building the housing in the
ate the different alternative White Point area around

Bluewater Bay, while noise is
the issue if the housing were
built in Valparaiso. High noise
levels are also problems for
potential housing sites on other
areas of Eglin as well as alter-
nate sites in Fort Walton Beach,

Mike Spaits, an environmental
public information official at
Eglin, points to a map of the
preferred alternative location
for new military housing on
Eglin Air Force Base.
Photos by Mike Griffith

according to the EIS.
Copies of the draft EIS are
available on Eglin's website at
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found at area public libraries.
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accepted through Feb. 7.

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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
While many of her peers
spend their free time on video
games, TV and worrying
whether members of the oppo-
site sex like them, Alexandria
Bikker is working hard to
become a leader.
Alexandria, 14, who goes by
Alix, an energetic Niceville
High School freshman, is part
of the Air Force Reserve (AFR)
Teen Leadership Council, work-
ing with younger kids who, like
her, have
a parent
in the Air
The lead-
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a nation-
group of
sters from
Air Force Alix Bikker with sor
Reserve led at Robins Air F
families that helps to bring a
youthful voice to the planning,
implementation and evaluation
of Reserve youth programs and
speaks at various functions.
"We work on finding out
new ways to help the Air Force
Reserve community," Alix said


in her Bluewater Bay home.
In November, Alix was one
of 16 teenagers from all over
the United States who spent five
days at Robins Air Force Base
in Georgia. There, she partici-
pated in workshops on such top-
ics as public speaking and the
Air Force mission. She also met
Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, chief
of the Air Force Reserve, who
gave her a commander's coin,
her third.
Part of her days at Robins
were spent at a Yellow Ribbon
which she
said is
to help
and after a
parent is
of the children she "I
ce Base, Georgia. worked
with kids and interacted with
them to help make them more
secure," Alix said.
The 16 teens also planned
three summer trips, to
Washington, D.C., Colorado
and Georgia. Alix plans to go to
Washington, D.C. There, she'll

visit the capitol and "do historic
things," she said.
She also visited Estes Park in
Colorado in August.
"We did some leadership
classes," she said of her
Colorado visit. "We also went
hiking, biking, horseback riding
and we had dances."
But there's more to the Teen
Leadership Council than classes
and trips. The members learn
that true leadership involves
both hard work and a heart for
Alix plans a project on Eglin
Air Force Base and Hurlburt
Field to set up a babysitter
clearing house for parents who
are alone because of a deploy-
ment and need some "me time."

To accomplish this, first she
must speak to the 5th Special
Operations Squadron leader-
ship, the squadron her father,
Dave, a lieutenant colonel in the
Active Reserve, belongs to.
Then, she'll discuss the concept
with the children's services per-
sonnel on the bases.
"It'll probably take two
months" to get the program off
the ground, she said.
Alix understands what goes
through a child's mind when a
parent is deployed. Her father
has been deployed four times in
the last five-and-a-half years,
said Alix's mother, Luv.
She'll use that understanding
at the end of this month in
Sandestin at another Yellow

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Army Reserve Officer
Training Corps (ROTC) cadets
returning to class at the
Niceville campus of Northwest
Florida State College Jan. 5
started the semester in a brand
new classroom inside the
school's $30 million
Community Service Complex.
The ROTC classroom is
located in the Col. George E.
"Bud" Day wing of the complex
in honor of the nation's most
highly decorated living military
The college named the class-
room wing in Day's honor after
1,200 individuals across the
country contributed almost
$100,000 in student scholar-
ships in Day's name.
Day, 85, of Shalimar, was a
major in the Air Force Aug. 26,
1967, when he and his co-pilot


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Navy Seaman Marcus B.
Keene, son of Sabrina L. Owens
of Niceville
4and Mark B.
Keene, of Santa
* Rosa Beach,
recently com-
pleted U.S.
Navy basic training at Recruit
Training Command, Great
Lakes, Ill.
Keene is a 2004 graduate of
South Walton High School of
Santa Rosa Beach. He is a 2009
graduate of University of West
Florida, Pensacola, with a BA

Army Pfc. Adam J. Ybos
has graduated from Basic
Combat Training at Fort Sill,
Lawton, Okla.
He is the former ward of
Mark Smith of Lake Court,
Ybos graduated in 2010 from
Niceville High School.

were forced to eject from their
F-100 fighter jet after it was hit
by enemy fire over North
Vietnam. His copilot survived
and was picked up by a U.S.
rescue helicopter, but Day, who
was seriously injured in the
ejection, was captured by a
local communist militia group
that tortured him for several
days. Although his arm had
been broken in three places
when he bailed out, Day man-
aged to escape his captors-the
only prisoner of war to have
escaped from North Vietnam
during the war. After about two
weeks on foot, Day reached
South Vietnam, only to be
recaptured about two miles
from a U.S. Marine base by a
communist Viet Cong soldier
who shot him in his left thigh
and left hand.
The enemy soldiers returned
Day to the North Vietnam

prison from which he escaped,
where his torture increased as
retaliation for his escape. After
giving his interrogators false
information, Day was eventual-
ly taken to Hanoi, where he
remained a prisoner of war for
five years and seven months. He
and other American prisoners of
war were released in March
President Gerald Ford pre-
sented Day the Medal of Honor
in 1976.
Recounting Day's steadfast
refusal to ever give in, Dave
Goetsch, NWFSC vice presi-
dent, said Day's courage and
perseverance would continue to
be an example to ROTC stu-
dents in the wing named in his
honor. Goetsch, himself a for-
mer Marine, told the audience at
the opening of the Community
Services Complex that not
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Ribbon event. There, she'll work
with about 40 girls ages 7-12
with a co-worker, Brittany
Beach of Mississippi.
"We're going to be doing a
bunch of different programs,"
Alix said. They'll get to know
one another over board games
at the beginning, then go to the
beach and spend time together.
She also plans to attend a
Feb. 18-20 Yellow Ribbon event
in Dallas.
To gain her appointment to
the Teen Leadership Council,
Alix had to write five essays.
"They were mainly about
how we feel when our parents
are deployed and how to help
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The annual Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce awards celebration
was held at the Northwest
Florida State College Building
K Jan. 14, as part of the Blue
Jeans and Bling event.
The following Chamber
members were recognized for
their service to the Chamber
and the community in 2010:
Large Business of the Year
Management of
Florida, represent-
Domenica ed by Domenica
Farmer Farmer.
Small Business of the Year
Niceville Insurance Agency,
represented by
owner Louis
Skinner, along
with Garrett
Floyd and Travis Louis
Weiland. Skinner
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Florida Regional
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Greg Greg Donovan.
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Edward Jones
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Keith Lamm
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and Lauren Storie.
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Jenni Harrison, Twin Cities
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Gordon King, Okaloosa Gas
District; Jenni Harrison, Twin
Cities Hospital; Scott
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Bank; Sharon Tatum Jones,
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

Rocky falls, 40-38
Rocky Bayou Christian School's Rachel Mosley weaves
around a Poplar Springs player to try to get into position
to shoot Thursday. The Knights lost a heartbreaker, 40-38.


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Knights lose
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cause as the Knights boys basketball team fell to Poplar
Springs Thursday, 56-44.

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

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College names road after 1st president

J.E. McCracken

served NWFSC
for 24 years
The loop road that encircles
the Niceville campus of
Northwest Florida State
College finally has a name.
The road was designated as
"McCracken Way" at a Jan. 14
ceremony held on what would
have been the 89th birthday of
the college's founding presi-
dent, Dr.
J.E. "Ed"
o f
was not
only the
president of
t h e n
Dr. J.E. 'Ed' Okaloosa-
McCracken W a 1 t o n
Junior College, but also the
college's longest serving chief
administrator, serving 24 years
from February 1964 through
January 1988. He passed away
in 2009 at the age of 87.
His widow, Ruth
McCracken, and two of the
couple's three children,
daughter Lynne Vige and son
Bill McCracken, along with
NWF State College President
Dr. Ty Handy, Board of
Trustees Chair Sandy Sims
and various retired college fac-
ulty and staff, joined in a brief
ceremony to unveil a historical
marker and new road signage.
Another son, Tom McCracken,
was unable to attend the cere-
mony due to weather-related
flight delays.
Handy presented the dedi-
cation remarks, noting that he
had a bit of a dilemma on how
to compress McCracken's 40
years of dedicated service to
education and nearly 25 years
of vital leadership to the col-
lege into a brief dedication
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dent served as resident coun-

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From left: Northwest Florida State College President Dr. Ty Handy and Board of trustees Chair
Sandy Sims are joined by Ruth McCracken, widow of OWJC founding President Dr. J.E. "Ed"
McCracken, and children Lynne McCracken Vige and Bill McCracken at a ceremony January 14
to name the road which encircles the Niceville campus as "McCracken Way".

selor at the University of
Florida; professor of education
and psychology at the
University of Mississippi;
dean of students at Millsaps
College and director of
research and development at
Pensacola Junior College.
Handy noted that
McCracken's 24 years at the
helm of OWJC almost didn't
happen as he initially refused
the job, wanting instead to
continue serving at PJC. He
said McCracken finally
accepted the post "because the
concept of the community col-
lege mission coincided with
his concept of opportunity.
Through leading such a com-
munity based institution, he
could help provide a high-
quality educational experience
that would lead to a greater
quality of life for each student
and for the community as a
In 1964, McCracken turned
a ghost town of old military

and other unused buildings-
affectionately known by stu-
dents as "Dodge City"-into a
thriving Valparaiso campus
from which he initiated the
master plan and the construc-
tion of the Niceville campus.
He not only envisioned the
original seven buildings, but
also room and vision to grow.
He conceptualized, devel-
oped and prepared the college
for growth in students, faculty,
programs and facilities, and he
established many of the pro-
grams and services that still
thrive today-including a 2-
plus-2 program with the
University of West Florida, the
joint campuses in Fort Walton
Beach and the Chautauqua
Center in DeFuniak Springs,
educational opportunities for
military personnel on both
Eglin Air Force Base and
Hurlburt Field, a Dual
Enrollment program for high
school students and the col-
lege's first intercollegiate ath-

letics programs.
When the college opened in
1964, there were 767 students
on hand, and classes were held
in old bank buildings, the post
office, and an old newspaper
building. Churches and the-
aters were used for assemblies,
Lincoln and Perrine parks for
outdoor gatherings. In his
remarks at the naming ceremo-
ny, Dr. Handy noted that Dr.
McCracken himself said of
those days "Our motto on the
old 'Boggy Tech by heck'
campus was 'no one a
stranger, a stranger to no one,'
I hope that tradition endures."
(from a 25th anniversary inter-
view with Dr. McCracken).
Handy noted "the college is
reaping the fruits of Dr.
McCracken's vision, now
serving more than 17,000 stu-
dents annually, we can do no
better than to continue to live
out that model of service and
commitment which he so well

Students invited to national science conference

Niceville High NaGISA

members head to D.C.

The Census of Marine Life,
through the Consortium for Ocean
Leadership, has asked three
Niceville High School Gifted
Program students, T. J. Brown,
Justin Anderson and Victoria
Marks, to be their guests at the
11th National Conference on
Science, Policy and the
Environment sponsored by the
National Council for Science and
the Environment (NCSE) Jan. 19-
21 in Washington, D.C. This invi-
tation comes as a result of the
extensive work that has been
accomplished by the NaGISA
(Natural Geography In-Shore
Area) team in doing biodiversity
studies along the Northwest
Florida coast and its program
extension efforts around the
NaGISA students have helped
establish new collection sites in
Tanzania and Egypt and a
NaGISA High School Initiative
program in Crete. This July, the
students will travel to Turkey to

establish a new collection site and
High School Initiative program on
the Black Sea.
Students have also been able to
conduct extensive biodiversity
data collection and analysis opera-
tions on beach areas in Destin.
This data is particularly important
since it provides a baseline for the
condition of our local area prior to
the BP Deepwater Horizon oil
spill and will continue to monitor
conditions for the foreseeable
future. In view of the potential
damage that the spill may have on
the local environment, the NHS
NaGISA project will seek a grant
from the $500 million BP Gulf
Coast Research Initiative to help
expand its research on the Gulf of
In July 2004, the program was
selected by the Japan Fulbright
Memorial Fund for its initial
Collaborative School Science
Network fully funded exchange
program with a Japanese high
school. In October 2006, students

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From left: Niceville High School NaGISA students Justin Anderson,
sophomore; T. J. Brown, junior; and Victoria Marks, sophomore.

were invited to attend and present
at the first NaGISA World
Conference in Kobe, Japan.
In 2009 and 2010, the program
received grants from the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation and the
National Defense Industry
Association. Also, in April 2010,
the Niceville High School
NaGISA project was selected for
the Sea World Environmental
Excellence Award. And in October

2010, two students and one facul-
ty member were selected to attend
the final report conference for the
Census of Marine Life in London,
England. Four-hundred of the
2,700 scientists from 80 countries
involved in the project were
allowed to attend. The Niceville
High School students were the
only high school people invited.
Rick Hernandez sponsors the
NaGISA program.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Softball open practices
Niceville's High Intensity 12U
Fastpitch Softball team invites girls
born in 1998 and 1999 to open prac-
tice Jan. 22, 9 a.m., at the Seminole
softball field, 1530 Cat Mar Road,
Niceville. Info: Kevin Watts,
642-1231, or wattskt@cox.net.
LL girls softball signups
NVLL softball has extended its
registration deadline and waived its
late fee for the 2011 season.
Additionally, one final on-site regis-
tration has been set for Saturday, Jan.
22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.,
at the Niceville
Complex .
Registration is
open for girls
ages 4-18 residing in Niceville,
Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay, Crestview
and Eglin AFB. Registration may also
be completed and paid online at
nvllb.net. Managers, coaches and vol-
unteer umpires should e-mail
info@nvllb.net or attend registration
Jan 22. Info: nvllb.net.
Swim meet volunteers
Emerald Coast Swim Team is in
need of volunteer timers for its swim
meet Friday-Sunday, Jan. 28-30. All
Volunteers will be fed during their
work times.
Food donations are also needed
for this event to feed nearly 100 vol-
Art exhibits at college
The McIlroy Gallery at Northwest
Florida State College will feature the
work of Beauvais Lyons, Association
1 for Creative
Zoology, while
the Holzhauer
Gallery features
" d i e
through Feb. 20.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday-Thursday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday
and 6-7:30 p.m. prior to performances
in the mainstage theater.
The "Beauvais Lyons, Association
for Creative Z....1-. - '," exhibition fea-
tures brilliant and beautiful prints by
Beauvais Lyons, curator of the Hokes
Archives at the University of
The "die Wunderkammer" exhibi-

From page B-1

other teens whose parents
have deployed," she said.
Then she had a telephone
interview with three advisers
and attended a camp with
about 200 other teenagers.
There, she was singled out for
a two-year stint on the council.
To gain admission to the
council, Alix needed recom-
mendations. One recommenda-
tion came from her English 9

tion will convert the gallery into a
large-scale cabinet of curiosities with
rarely-seen objects and works from
NWF State College's permanent col-
lections. In the sixteenth-nineteenth
centuries, wealthy Europeans dis-
played their collections in the format
of a Wunderkammer, or cabinet of
Writer to speak on coast
Writer, naturalist and activist
Susan Cerulean, who recently collab-
orated to edit the book "Unspoiled:
Writers Speak for Florida's Coast,"
will speak Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at the
Niceville Community Center, adja-
cent to Niceville Public Library, as
part of the Florida: Then and Now
program. Admission is free.
Uniform fashion show set
Emerald Coast Hospice plans the
first Uniform Fashion Show
Thursday, Jan. 20, 5:30-7 p.m., at the
Fort Walton Beach office, 419-A
Racetrack Road, featuring uniforms
from Ruth's Uniform Shops.
Uniforms will be available to pur-
chase and will have sizes XS-4X.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Info: Krista Schueler, 862-1069.
Archaeology Society
The Emerald Coast Archaeology
Society will hold its regular meeting
on Saturday Jan. 22, 1 p.m., in the
Lazarus Room of the Indian Temple
Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
The annual election and installa-
tion of officers is scheduled and Bill
Lucas will discuss a public dig sched-
uled for March.

Honors teacher, Cheryl
"I think she is one of the
most charismatic young people
I have ever met," Strickler said.
"She is extremely outgoing and
so full of life that I know it will
really carry her far."
When she was asked to
write a letter of recommenda-
tion, Strickler said she didn't
"It was easy for me to do
because she is such a dynamic
young person," she said.
Part of her work with the

The public is invited and there is
no admission charge.
Cat show planned
Destiny Cat Fanciers plans its
sixth annual cat show at the Emerald
Coast Convention Center, Fort Walton
Beach, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22
and 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $6
for adults, $5 for seniors, military, and
children (4-12), and children under 4
are admitted free. Get $1 off your
admission with a large can or
unopened bag of cat food.
Info: (706) 374-4216 or coons
Gumbo contest planned
The Destin History & Fishing
Museum plans its annual gumbo con-
test and silent auction fundraiser
Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Destin
Community Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Area restaurants and individuals com-
pete for the title of the best gumbo on
the panhandle. The event will include
live music from local musicians and a
silent auction.
Advance tickets are available at
the Museum for $10 per adult and
enable the ticket holder to sample as
much gumbo as he wishes.
Info: 837-6611 or e-mail kathy
Day to address Tea Party
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party, a non-partisan, non-profit group
of concerned citi-
zens, meets at
Niceville City
Hall the fourth
Monday of each
month at 6 p.m.

Leadership Council involved
putting together a website,
afrtc.tripod.com, about the
council activities, she said.
Alix hopes to parlay her
leadership training into a solid
"I've always been interested
in leadership," she said. "The
Leadership Council was a good
opportunity to express how I
feel about my dad being in the
At school, Alix is as active
as she is out in the world. She's
an advisory board member of

The speaker at the Jan. 24 meeting
will be Retired Col. Bud Day, who
will discuss the new Congress of 2011
and its first three weeks.
Info: 729-2874 or emeraldcoast
'Piano Men' to perform
"The Piano Men," a musical jour-
ney through the 1970s, will feature the
songs of Elton John and Billy Joel
Monday, Jan. 24, at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at NWF State College,
Tickets are $30 in advance. Call
362-9356 or 837-1742.
Relay captain meeting
A Relay For Life team captain
meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan.
25, 6-7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran
Church. The public is invited.
Info: Dee Hayhurst, ACS Staff
Partner, dee.hayhurst@cancer.org or
244-3813 ext. 119.
'Charlotte's Web' on stage
"Charlotte's Web," part of the
Children's Series at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center, Mainstage, will be per-
formed Wednesday, Jan. 26, 9:45 and
11:30 am. Tickets are $6 each. Info:
Delores Merrill, Mattie Kelly Arts
Center house manager, 729-6065.
Hospice seeks volunteers
Covenant Hospice is seeking indi-
viduals who are interested in making a
difference in the lives of patients and
families facing end-of-life issues and
in supporting the organization. A vol-
unteer workshop will be held from 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the
Covenant Hospice branch office,
located at 101 Hart St. The workshop

the Student Government
Association, a member of the
Leadership Class, runs on the
cross-country and track teams,
plays French horn in the band
and works as a summer life-
guard on Okaloosa Island.
Active today, Alix has her
eyes firmly on the future,
where she wants to be part of
something important.
"I definitely want to be
some type of leader" in the
future, Alix said. "I'm thinking
about working in government,
maybe in Congress."

is free and open to the public. Food
and drinks will be provided.
To register or to learn more, call
Kappy Smith at 729-1800.
Chautauqua at DeFuniak
Cdline Cousteau, granddaughter
of Jacques Cousteau, will be the fea-
tured keynote speaker at the official
2011 Florida Chautauqua Assembly
in DeFuniak Springs Jan. 27-30. The
program theme is "A Journey into
Florida." Cousteau will speak Friday,
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., at the new Walton
County High School auditorium,
DeFuniak Springs.
Chautauqua Assembly is a four-
day, conference-style program which
includes educational sessions and
evening performances relating to the
annual theme, as well as free, interac-
tive historical and live animal exhibits.
Tickets are $10 and may be pur-
chased in advance by calling the
Florida Chautauqua Center at 892-
7613. Guests purchasing money-sav-
ing four-day passports for $125 or
one-day passes for $60 will have
Cousteau's presentation included in
their packages.
Cello quartet to perform
First Arts Concert Series presents
Rastrelli Cello Quartet at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28, at 103 First Street, SE
by First United Methodist church.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6
for students in advance; $15 adults
and $8 students at the door. Tickets
are available at Pavlic's Unique Florist
and Kitchenique, Destin; Bayou
Books, Niceville and in the church
Info: 243-9292 or 243-6083.
Yard sale to benefit Relay
Children's Advocacy Center
Relay for Life team plans a yard sale
Jan. 29, 7 a.m., at 401 McEwen Drive,
Niceville. To donate for the yard sale,
bring it by the office 8 a.m.-5 p. m,
Monday through Friday. Volunteers
are needed to help get the sale ready.
Info: Katie, 833-9237, ext. 222.
'All Shook Up' is coming
"All Shook Up," part of the Artist
Series on Mattie Kelly Arts Center,
Mainstage, will be performed Jan. 27,
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 each. Call 729-
6000 Monday-
Friday, 9 a.m.-4: p.m.
or mattiekellyarts-
center.org. It's a story
of a square little town m
until a motorcycle-
riding, guitar-playing and hip-swivel-
ing hunk rides in and has everyone
jumping out of their blue suede shoes.
Free throw championship
Boys and girls ages 10 through 14
living in Niceville and Valparaiso may
participate in the local level competi-
tion for the 2011 Knights of
Columbus Free Throw Championship
Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Holy Name of
Jesus Church Parish Life Center, 1200

From page B-1
many people know Day began
his military career as a Marine
during World War II. After
serving in the Army Reserve
after the war, he joined the Air
Force as a fighter pilot when
the Korean War broke out.
Goetsch said that even
before his shoot-down over
North Vietnam, Day had sur-
vived an earlier bailout from a
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Saturday, Jan. 29, at Clement Taylor
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will be presented to the overall win-
ners, both runners and walkers, male
and female, as well as to winners in 13
age categories.
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registration fee is $30, and registration
may be completed on site.
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'God Bless America'
On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011,
Niceville United Methodist Church
will host "God Bless America," a
symposium tailored to help men
with spiritual needs and decisions
they face during their lives. Doors
will open at 7:30 a.m. for sign-in and
fellowship; breakfast begins at 8:00
a.m. and the symposium will con-
clude at 2:00 p.m. Location is the
church Fellowship Hall, 214 South
Partin Drive, Niceville. All men in
the community are encouraged to
Registration: The symposium
schedule and preferred place to elec-
tronically register are located at
index.html. If no computer access,
contact the church at 678-4411.
There is no registration fee, however,
please register as soon as possible
and no later than Sunday, Jan. 30,
2011, to help us determine food and
support requirements.
For reservations desired after that
date, please contact Bob Gamon
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the 1950s, crashing into trees
when his parachute did not
Returning to civilian life as
an attorney, Day continued to
battle for veterans in a case
over medical benefits that
went all the way to the
Supreme Court, Goetsch
While the term "hero" is
often used loosely these days,
Goetsch said Day, and his
wife Doris, are "the real

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Joice Maria
(Santucci) Abounader
March 16, 1942-
Jan. 2, 2011
Joice Maria (Santucci)
Abounader of Niceville, Fla.,

passed away at her daughter's
residence in Kingsland, Ga.,
on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. She
went to the Lord with both of
her sons, her daughter, and her
son-in-law by her bedside after
a long bout with cancer.
Ms. Abounader was born in
Utica, N.Y., in 1942. She is the
daughter of the late Elizabeth
Santucci and Antonio Santucci,
who both immigrated here

from Italy. Joice relocated her
family from New York to
northwest Florida in the early
70s. She had a passion for her
Italian heritage. One of her
most wondrous highlights was
traveling to Italy, visiting her
father's birthplace and bonding
with those family members
who still resided there.
Ms. Abounader is survived
by her daughter, Alyssa (Joe)

Blais; sons, Ray and Fred Santucci; and nephew Michael
(Ileana) Abounader; sister, Santucci.
Linda (Theodore) Fondulas; Celebration of life service
two brothers, Salvatore and will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at
Ronald Santucci; and grand- the Immanuel Anglican Church
children, Sean, Lucas and in Destin, Fla. In lieu of flow-
Logan Abounader. ers, contributions may be sent
In addition to her parents, to the Immanuel Anglican
Joice was preceded in passing Church or the "Supper on
by brother Enrico Santucci; Saturday" program hosted by
daughter-in-law Joann Niceville's First United
Abounader; niece Sandra Methodist Church.

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