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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 26, 2011
Frequency: weekly
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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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'Y' to stay, for now

By Mike Griffith most of whom appeared to be mem-


Wednesday. 9:45 & II a.m.


"Charlotte's Web,"
part of the Children's
Series at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center,
Niceville, will be
performed. Tickets are
$6 each.
Info: 729-6065.
Saturday. 9 a.m.
Boys and girls ages
10 through 14 living in
Niceville and Valparaiso
may participate in the
local level competition
for the 2011 Knights of
Columbus Free Throw
Championship at the
Holy Name of Jesus
Church Parish Life
Center, 1200 Valparaiso
Blvd., Niceville.
Saturday. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


The fifth annual
Computer Tech Event
will be held at the
Northwest Florida State
College Niceville campus
in the College Mall,
Building K. The free
event focuses on the
home computer user
and will feature 25 free
how-to workshops,
vendor displays and
door prizes. The annual
event is the only one of
its type on the
panhandle.
Saturday. 7 a.m.


The Children's
Advocacy Center Relay
for Life team plans a
yard sale at 401
McEwen Drive, Niceville.
To donate for the yard
sale, bring items by the
CAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
Volunteers are needed
to help get the sale
ready.
Info: Katie, 833-
9237, ext. 222.

Calendar, B-4.



Walmart


seen as


boosting


tax base

Niceville store

opens today

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Local government coffers are
expected to benefit from the new
Niceville Walmart with added tax
revenues.
Okaloosa County Property
Appraiser Pete Smith said that
because the new Walmart build-
ing was substantially completed
by Jan. 1, enjoyed utilities servic-
es, and had workers stocking
shelves, the store's taxable value
was added to the rolls as of that


-YI
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville branch of the
Young Men's Christian Association
(YMCA) is not slated for closing, at
least not for the next several months,
said YMCA officials during a public
meeting held at the Niceville "Y"
Thursday.
The Niceville branch is making
enough money to cover its own Jack
expenses, as are YMCA branches in
Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, said Al
Steams, the Emerald Coast YMCA's new board
chairman, and new chief executive Jack Daly.
The two men spoke to a crowd of about 50,


bers of the Niceville branch who had
come to learn the facts behind recent
rumors that the branch, in the Palm
Plaza shopping center, might be about
to close.
"Rumors that the Niceville YMCA
is about to close are not true at all,"
said Daly, who has been in his new
position since Jan. 8.
"Dy There is no intent to close the
Daly Niceville YMCA on any particular
date," said Steams, who has been in his new
post for about three weeks.

Please see 'Y', page A-4


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


date. The store is scheduled to
open for the first time today at 8
a.m.
Property owners in Niceville
this year pay a total millage rate
of 14.4990 mills, including prop-
erty taxes levied by Okaloosa
County (3.2899), the school

Inquiring Photographer, A-4.

board (7.5340), the city of
Niceville (3.6301) and the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District (0.0450).
"I don't know yet how much
it will be," said Niceville City


Manager Lannie Corbin about tax
revenues generated by the new
store. But he added, "It's going
to be positive."
On the other side of the
ledger, Corbin said, it's also too
early to tell how much in city
services the new retailer will
require.
For each mill of the property
tax rate, property owners pay $1
per $1,000 of taxable value, after
all exemptions. Thus, the owner
of Niceville real estate with a tax-
able value of $100,000 this year

Please see WALMART, page A-3


S- --
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Niceville YMCA members were addressed by Y officials on financial
issues facing the facility.


Foreclosures

ease from

record levels

But repossessions

by banks continued

at rapid rate in 2010

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Although foreclosure actions fell nearly 30
percent in Okaloosa County last year, the local
housing market hasn't yet turned the comer,
industry observers say.
There were 1,699 foreclosures lawsuits filed
in Okaloosa County in 2010, or 693 fewer than
the year before, according to figures provided
by the Okaloosa County Clerk of Court. But
2009 was a record year, and 2010 was second
only to that.
The dropoff was especially sharp in the
final three months of 2010. From October
through December 2010, creditors filed 221
actions to repossess the real estate of delin-
quent borrowers, slightly more
than one-third the 603 filed in the same three
months of 2009.
The last-quarter drop in filings occurred
about the same time mort-
gage holders nationwide
halted or slowed foreclo-
sures after accusations
they were speeding
through the paperwork
with "robo-signing" prac-
tices that did not verify
information each step of
the way.
Also in December,
some big banks Gloria Frazier
announced that they would suspend foreclo-
sures over the holidays, according to Gloria
Frazier, owner of ERA American Realty of
Northwest Florida.
In addition, more foreclosures would have
been sought last year had it not been for a now-
expired military program called Housing
Assistance Program, or HAP, Frazier said. The
HAP program was originally enacted to protect
military service members from losses because
of the impact on communities hit with Base
Realignment and Closure decisions, she said.
Under HAP the federal government made
up the difference for military homeowners who
were "upside down" with their homes-that is,
they owed more than their property was
Please see HIGH, page A-6


College cuts scholarships


to preserve future funds


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Students at Northwest Florida
State College (NWFSC) will find
fewer endowed scholarships
available for next fall semester,
according to college President Ty
Handy.
"About 45 percent of (the
NWFSC Foundation's) endowed
scholarship funds are 'underwa-
ter,'" Handy told foundation
board members during a meeting
in Niceville Jan. 18.
By underwater, Handy
explained, he meant that
endowed scholarships are usually
established by a donor who con-
tributes a large initial sum of
money to serve as the "principal"
fund, which is deposited or
invested in an interest-producing
account of some kind, so that the


interest earned can then be used
each year to pay for one or more
scholarships for students who
meet the eligibility requirements
for that particular scholarship.
In the last couple of years,
however, the national economic
recession has prevented some
scholarships from earning


enough interest to cover the cost
of annual scholarships, requiring
the NWFSC Foundation to either
not award a scholarship, or to use
some of the principal amount to
cover the cost of awarding one.
"For the last two years," said
Handy, "we have awarded most
Please see COLLEGE, page A-3


Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Students at Northwest Florida State College Monday. Fewer
endowed scholarships will be awarded next year.


High winds wreak havoc


Strong winds associated with a thunderstorm
ripped through Niceville west to east for
about 2.5 miles along John Sims Parkway
Jan. 18, at about 9:20 p.m., knocking down
power lines, damaging or destroying signs of
at least five businesses and flattening an
unoccupied construction trailer in front of the
new Walmart store, right. The winds also
overturned and smashed aluminum bleach-
ers at the Niceville High School baseball field,
above, and flipped a backyard pavilion in the
1500 block of Edgewater Drive. No one was
hurt. The National Weather Service in Mobile,
Ala., said there were no indications of a torna-
do and no severe weather warnings or watch-
es for Niceville were in effect at the time the
damage occurred. Keith Williams, a NWS
forecaster, said thunderstorms can generate
winds capable of the damages reported in
Niceville.
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Turbulence in municipal
bond markets has raised bor-
rowing costs and forced the
delay of a planned $170 million
bond sale by the Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority.
The delay may well bring
higher borrowing costs, which
eventually will be passed on to
bridge toll payers.
The MBBA plans to borrow
the money to finish the last two
phases of an 11-mile bridge
connector road between the
north end of the 3.6-mile toll
bridge and Highway 85 just
north of Niceville.
A portion of the borrowed
money will also be used to pay
off some earlier bonds and pay
borrowing costs through the
connector road construction,
expected to be completed in
Jan. 2014, and the first year or
two of operation.
According to bond docu-
ments, a single, automated toll
station on the completed 11-
mile connector road will charge
Sunpass users $1 and cash cus-
tomers $1.50. Toll rates for the
bridge itself-which were
increased by 50 cents in June
2010-are forecast to remain at
the current rate of $2 for
Sunpass and $3 for cash payers
until the next scheduled toll
increase in 2018.
MBBA Executive Director
Jim Vest told members of the
bridge authority at a meeting in
Niceville Thursday that the
expected sale of the bonds on
Jan. 20 was being delayed
because the U.S. municipal
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The market turbulence
means borrowers, like the
MBBA, will likely have to pay
higher interest rates to sell
bonds. "Interest rates are as
high as they've been in two
years," Vest told MBBA direc-
tors. The borrowings will be
repaid by tolls on the 3.5-mile
bridge and its new connector
highway in Niceville.
At Vest's request, the
MBBA approved a resolution
allowing a change in the mix of
2011-A and 2011-B bonds in
the sale. The resolution raises
the maximum amount of 2011-
A bonds that could be sold,
from $145 million to $165 mil-
lion. The change, he said, could
help "level out" a "bump" in
the 2015 debt service curve.
The maximum amount of
2011-B bonds, money that will
be used to redeem earlier
MBBA bond issuance, remains
at $25 million, Vest said. The
current bond indebtedness of
the MBBA is listed as $132.7
million, according to bond doc-
uments. The sale will boost the
bridge authority's total bond
indebtedness to $297 million.
The 2011-A and 2011-B
bonds the MBBA plans to sell
are rated BBB, the lowest
investment-grade rating, by
Fitch Ratings.
The pricing and subsequent
sale of the bonds could come as
early as this week, Vest said.
The financial firm marketing
the bonds continues to line up
investors who want to purchase
the bonds, but is keeping an eye
on market conditions to try to
get the lowest interest rates,
which would benefit the bridge
authority, Vest said.


would be needed even at 7.5
percent interest.
Vest said after the meeting
that most previous borrowings
by the MBBA drew interest
rates in the 6-percent range,
although some were as low as
the 4- to 5-percent range in
2007. The original bonds used
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MBBA to pay 9.9 percent inter-
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beam segments in each 240-
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from White Point Road to just
east of the connector road over-
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Trees have been cleared to make way for a planned expressway
connecting State Road 85 north of Niceville to State Road 20 in
Seminole. A scheduled $170 million bond sale by the Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority to pay for the work has been delayed by market
turmoil.


Bridge authority Chairman
Gordon Fornell asked whether
there were any construction
deadlines in the sale of the
bonds. Vest said no, that the
MBBA had awarded the con-
struction contract for phases 2
and 3 of the connector road to
the current phase 1 contractor,
Anderson Columbia, and that
clearing and grubbing work on
the next two phases was under-
way with $500,000 in funding.
The construction contract for
phases 2 and 3 will be finalized
as soon as the bond sale is com-
pleted, he said.
The 2011 bonds can be sold
with tax-exempt interest rates
up to a maximum of 7.5 per-
cent, a rate that the current mar-
ket is approaching. That
prompted MBBA Member
Daniel Bowers to ask if the
bonds were sold at the maxi-
mum interest rate would the
borrowing still meet cash flow
requirements or would it
require a toll hike.
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-THE BAY BEACON


Page A-3


COLLEGE
From page A-1

of the scholarships," even if
that meant spending some of
the principal. However, he
said, that practice cannot con-
tinue without jeopardizing the
ability of such scholarships to
continue in perpetuity as
intended by most donors.
Therefore, he said, in the
coming year, more than one-
third of NWFSC's endowed
scholarships will not be award-
ed to students, in order to allow
the underwater funds to gain
interest and recover their fund-
ing levels for the future. The
remaining scholarship funds,
officials said, will be supple-
mented by college funds are
themselves still "in the black"
and able to award scholarships
in the coming academic year.
Total awards from the
$25.56 million in scholarship
endowments are expected to
"just under" $200,000 (includ-
ing $30,000 in other scholar-
ship funds) in the fall 2010 and
spring 2011 semesters, accord-
ing to the college, down from


WALMART
From page A-1
pays $1,449.90 in property taxes
to the various jurisdictions.
The actual 2011 taxable value
of the 153,000-square-foot
Walmart Supercenter and its 17.6-
acre site won't be released until
Smith issues preliminary figures
this summer. The vacant land,
which Walmart bought last year
for $4 million, was carried on the
rolls at $90,000, but this outdated
figure bears little relation to the
improvements, totaling at least
$4.7 million, that were added in
the past 12 months.
Using 2009 tax statistics, the
average taxable property value of
the three other Walmart
Supercenters in Okaloosa County
(Crestview, Fort Walton Beach
and Destin) was just over $9 mil-
lion. If the Niceville store is
assessed at about that figure, it
would generate more than
$130,000 annually in real estate
taxes, including $29,609 for the
county, $67,806 for the school dis-
trict and $32,671 for the city of
Niceville.
Starting next year, the new
store will also pay tangible-prop-
erty taxes (additional taxes on
business equipment and stock at
the same millage rates as the levy
on real estate) to the same taxing
entities.
Smith said there will be no tan-
gible-property levy on the
Niceville Walmart this year
because it wasn't open for busi-
ness Jan. 1.
Although figures weren't avail-
able, the value of taxable invento-
ry, fixtures and equipment in the
Niceville Walmart should exceed
$1 million by a considerable mar-
gin.
As a utilities customer, the
store also pays local taxes on its
water, power and phone bills. The
city of Niceville relies on utilities
taxes for a large part of its income.
The county also taxes some utili-
ties services.
At least partially offsetting
such revenues, however, is the fact
that certain public costs are typi-
cally associated with the addition


$382,000 last year, according
to NWFSC Foundation
Executive Director Cristie
Kedroski.
Foundation endowed schol-
arships, however, last year
accounted for a small fraction
of over $21 million in student
aid, of which the largest single
source ($8.66 million) was fed-
eral Pell grants.
Kedroski said that the foun-
dation has 224 endowed schol-
arship funds, which awarded a
total of about $382,000 last
year. Of those funds, 88 are
underwater, she said. Another
97 are "above water," she said.
Fortunately, the cut in schol-
arships is likely to last only for
a year or two, said Handy, as a
slow but steady economic
recovery helps scholarship
fund investments earn interest
and replenish their funding.
The cuts do not affect other,
non-endowed scholarships,
such as taxpayer-funded Bright
Futures awards. Even before
figuring in scholarship assis-
tance, Florida taxpayers pay
most of the cost of educating
students enrolled in state-oper-
ated colleges and universities,

of any big retail outlet to a com-
munity.
For instance, a store the size of
the Niceville Walmart would be
expected to generate plenty of
motor-vehicle trips by its thou-
sands of customers, hundreds of
employees and many suppliers,
imposing costs on local roadways
and, possibly, on emergency
departments should there be an
increase in traffic accidents. Also,
similar big stores elsewhere have
proven to be a focus of certain
crimes, such as theft, increasing
police and court workloads.
It is too early to tell what effect
the added competition posed by
the giant discounter will have on
other tax-paying businesses in the
Niceville area.
Opening ceremonies sched-
uled for 7:30 a.m. today at the new
Walmart include Eglin Air Force
Base personnel presenting the col-
ors and a store employee singing
the national anthem.
Representatives from the
Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce will cut the grand-
opening ribbon.
The public may begin shop-
ping at 8 a.m., after which the
store will remain open 24/7. The
outlet offers a full line of gro-
ceries, more than 30 merchandise
departments, a pharmacy, a vision
center and a liquor store.
Over 300 new jobs are associ-
ated with the new Niceville
Supercenter, which has been in


although the proportion paid
by students and their families
has grown in recent years.
The NWFSC Foundation is
the fund-raising arm of the
Niceville-based college.
In other business, Ray
McGovern, an economic and
investment advisor from the
McGovern Group of Merrill
Lynch, told board members
that NWFSC Foundation
investments have gained about
10.6 in value during the past
year. "Our equities are up 14
percent," he said, "while the
Standard and Poor's Index is
up only about 10 percent."
McGovern forecast that the
national economy will gradual-
ly recover. "The problem of the
national deficit will be
addressed," he said, "either
voluntarily, if Congress can
address it, or involuntarily, as
is happening in Greece."
McGovern said he expects
the U.S. economy to continue
"muddling along," with two to
three percent growth despite
high unemployment rates.
One sign of an improving
economy, said Handy, is that
enrollment at NWFSC is down

plans for nine years. Valparaiso
Realty, developer of the Crossings
Shopping Center where the new
Walmart is located, began plan-
ning the shopping center with a
Walmart as the anchor store, in
2002. More retail stores are
expected to follow now that
Walmart is here and open.
"We are grateful for Walmart to
be here and to employ so many
people," said Niceville Mayor
Randall Wise. "I'm sure it will
help our economy."



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spring semester after several
semesters of growth. While the
small drop in enrollment poses
little problem for the college,
he said, it may indicate that the
economy is getting better, as
community college enroll-
ments traditionally grow dur-
ing poor economies and drop
when the economy improves,
fluctuating by potential stu-
dent's choices between devot-
ing their time and -.nl-c. to
currently-available jobs, or
enrolling in college courses to
improve their chances of find-
ing jobs or moving to higher-
paying jobs that require more
education.
In other business during the
Jan. 18 meeting, the board
approved a slate of officers and
new or returning members to
the board. The officer nomi-
nees will be voted on by the
board. The proposed new offi-
cers are:
President: Wayne Campbell
Vice President: Lamar
Conerly
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Secretary: Cristie Kedroski,
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Niceville?


"It's awesome! I'm
looking forward to
it. We needed a
Walmart to
compete with the
other stores."


Dawn Mitchell, 40,
Niceville,
medical receptionist


"I'm not a big fan of
Walmart. I work at Food
Depot, so it will be
competition for us. I'm not
worried, though. We have
loyal customers that
come in all the time."


Nickolas Holt, 20,
Niceville,
stocker


"Though I am a big
supporter of Walmart,
having worked at the
Destin Wal-Mart for four
years, I'm concerned that
it might put some of the
smaller local businesses
out of business."

Daniel Wood, 36,
Niceville,
retail


"I like it. It will bring a
lot more to the
community. It brought
a lot of jobs here.
Two of my friends got
jobs there."


Jeremiah Ketchum, 24,
Niceville,
mover


"I think it will be a
blessing for people
who need a job. I
know the Lord will
take care of all the
other businesses that
might feel
threatened."

Nomie Wallace, 60,
Niceville,
housewife


"I'm excited. It will save
long drives, and the
prices are reasonable."





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Behind such rumors, said the
two men, is the fact that while the
Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and
Crestview branches of the
Emerald Coast YMCA are break-
ing even or better financially, the
Destin branch of the Y is about
$3.4 million in debt-a debt for
which the regional Emerald Coast
YMCA organization is responsi-
ble-and continues to lose money


at a rate between $80,000 and
$100,000 per year.
"Fort Walton and Crestview
are doing well, and Niceville is
doing OK," said Stearns, "but
Destin is doing nothing and is
dragging the rest of the organiza-
tion down."
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Emerald Coast YMCA, said
Steams, cannot unmake any mis-
takes of the past, but they are
working to stop the losses and
gradually pay off debt incurred by
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said, was started about seven years is not making enough money to over running the pool, the
ago, partly in response to requests cover its current expenses, possi- Emerald Coast YMCA will still
from the City of Destin for the bly because it consists of only a have to pay back the original debt
YMCA to help the city establish a pool and does not offer any of the to the banks, Daly said.
municipal swimming pool. other programs or facilities people As for the Niceville branch of
The Emerald Coast YMCA usually expect of a YMCA, such the YMCA, it was started in 2006,
built a branch in Destin, consisting as exercise equipment and instruc- funded by a startup loan of about
of an outdoor swimming pool and tion, youth and family programs, $150,000 from First City Bank,
an adjoining building containing martial arts classes, team sports, Daly said, with about $140,000 of
lockers and other support facili- summer day camps, activity that debt remaining. The Niceville
ties. The pool and building were rooms and .. branch, however, currently makes
built on land belonging to the fam- other fea- enough money to cover its
ily trust of the late Mattie Kelly, tures avail- expenses and make payments on
who had been a prominent busi- able at one its debt. It also contributed about
nesswoman and community or more of $13,000 in 2010 to help the Destin
activist in Destin. the other branch, along with about $21,000
The City of Destin contributed t h r e e from the Crestview branch and
about $1.4 million to help build branches in - about $91,000 from the Fort
the pool, Steams said, with the Okaloosa Walton branch.
Emerald Coast YMCA borrowing County. Monthly expenses of the
the rest of the $6 million construc- "We are Niceville Y are between $50,000
tion cost from a group of seven currently AI Stearns and $70,000, said Jennifer Krider,
local banks, of which Beach negotiating with the City of Destin chairwoman of the board of the
Community Bank was the lead. to turn over management of the Niceville branch.
The Kelly family trust still Destin pool to the city," said Daly. Recent membership drives in
owns the land on which the Destin He said the city government might Niceville have been successful,
Y was built, said Steams. be willing to take on the pool man- said Steams, and membership has
About $4 million in pledges agement expense because it was been going up during the last cou-
were never actually paid to the the city government that initially ple of months, especially because
Emerald Coast YMCA by the declared a need for a municipal January, the month when many
donors who made them, leaving pool, contributed $1.4 million of people make New Year's resolu-
the YMCA organization now taxpayers' money to help build it tions to lose weight and get into
holding about $3.4 million in debt, and may still be interested in try- better physical shape, is the most
Steams said. ing to make a go of the facility, popular month of the year for join-
Meanwhile, the Destin YMCA However, even if Destin takes ing fitness centers and YMCAs.
However, he added, February
S -1 isthemostpopularmonthforpeo-
ple to quit their memberships in
| such organizations, as the least
2%resolute new members give up.
ICurrently, he said, the Niceville Y
has about 787 "membership units"
Which include individual and fam-
ily memberships, or about 1,071
=Ipeople in all.


Daly said that raising dues at
the Niceville Y, where family
memberships cost about $62 per
month, is unlikely, as such a price
hike could cause membership to
drop rather than increase as hoped.
"In tough economic times," he
said, "people have to make tough
decisions" about their expenses,
and about 300 commercial fitness
centers closed in Florida during
the past year as people cut costs by
dropping their memberships.
Steams was asked why people
should join the Niceville YMCA
despite the current problems and
the presence of several commer-
cial fitness clubs in the Niceville
area. He replied that unlike most
commercial facilities that offer
only personal fitness training, the
Niceville Y "offers more than
exercise machines," including
programs for families and chil-
dren, an indoor pool and heated
spa and other programs not
offered elsewhere. He said the
Emerald Coast YMCA "is looking
at the Niceville branch each
month to see how it is doing," but
there are no current plans to close
it.
Following Thursday's meet-
ing, Niceville YMCA branch
director Sarah Traver told the
Beacon, "I have a positive outlook
about the future of the Niceville
YMCA. Membership is up, and
we have a lot of happy people
here. We have several ideas for
increasing membership, and many
of our members are helping." For
information about the Niceville
YMCA, Traver said, people can
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Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Joseph Matthew Gainey
Wanted for: violation of probation
on original charges of grand theft
and possession of cocaine.
Gainey's last known address was in
Crestview.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Age: 21 L
Date of birth: 01-29-1989
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue

Name: John Michael Rice
Wanted for: driving with a
suspended or revoked license and
resisting arrest without violence.
Rice's last known address was on
Navy Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 195 pounds
Age: 20
Date of birth: 09-13-1990
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also
be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214 plus the
message" to CRIMES (274637)


Fire Department Reports

Niceville
The Niceville Fire Department responded to the f.-ll.-r,-:in ^,-311 from January
17 ?nll thrmiirh January 23, 2011.


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2 Vehicle Crash
0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication
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E. John Sims Pkwy............................Service Call ................1/18/11 ............22:17
Tee Street...........................................M edical................ ........1/18/11 ............22:57
Bayshore Drive .................................. Service Call ................1/18/11 ............23:23
Finck Road ................. ........................Medical .............1/19/11 ............18:54
Bahia Vista Drive .................. ............. ...........1/19/11 ............21:07
Reeves Street ................Medic1/20/11 al............101:12
SR85N .................... Me............................Medical....... ..... 1/20/11 ............12:27
W illow Lane........................................Medi.. 1/2 1 ............12:45
W. John Sims Pkwy........................... ic.................1/20/11 ............115:23
E. John Sims Pkwy ............................ Vehicle Crash .............1/20/11 ............17:44
E. John Sims Pkwy .......................... Vehicle Crash .............1/20/11 ............17:55
N. Partin Drive............... .....................M medical ................. 1/21/11 ............06:04
Judith Avenue ..... .................... Medical..................M1/21/11 .............12:42
E. John Sims Pkwy............................Medical...................... 1/21/11 ............13:11
Cove Circle.............. ....... ..........Medical................. .... c1/21/11 ............18:06
E. John Sims Pkwy ...........................Medical.......................1/21/11 ............18:38
26th Street..........................................Electrical Problem ......1/21/11 ............20:35
E. John Sims Pkwy ...........................Medical.....................M1/23/11d ............10:12
W illow Lane................ ........................M medical .................. 1/23/11 ............15:22
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Arrests
A 16-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 17 on a misdemeanor charge
of retail theft. The boy allegedly
stole a DVD and a video game
from Kmart, 1140 E. John Sims
Parkway.

Helen M. Matkin, 47, of 207
Deer St., Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Jan. 14 on a
misdemeanor charge of battery.
Matkin allegedly struck a female
neighbor on the left side of her
face Dec. 4.

Chastity Monique Barrow, a
student, 32, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
B-7, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police on a Walton
County warrant for violation of
probation on the original charge of
grand theft.

Stephanie Anne Johnson, 22, of
224 Madison St., Niceville, was
arrested by Valparaiso police Jan.
17 on the charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Kory Tyler McNamara, unem-
ployed, 18, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
C-20, Niceville was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 16 on charges
of grand theft auto and fleeing and
attempting to elude.
A police officer allegedly saw
McNamara run two stop signs
before the officer activated the
lights and siren on his patrol car.
McNamara allegedly sped up, ran
a third stop sign and parked the car
in a driveway. He then walked
quickly away. The vehicle had
damage to the front driver's side

McNamara allegedly stated
that he had been joy riding in the
car, a rental vehicle, that he had
taken from a friend.
After learning that the vehicle,
a 2010 Toyota Yaris, had been
reported stolen in Lakeland, police
subsequently arrested the friend,
Jordan Leigh Wolfe, unemployed,
25, of 304 Reeves St., Lot C-20,
Niceville, on a charge of grand
theft auto.


Thefts
A Valparaiso resident from the
first block of Quail Trail reported
that unknown persons) stole a
$200 GPS unit from his unlocked
vehicle sometime Jan. 4-10.

A Valparaiso resident reported
Jan. 11 that his identity had been
stolen. The victim said he received
a letter from the IRS saying that he
owed over $40,000 in income
taxes for the 2008 and 2009 years.
The IRS letter said a man in
Virginia had filed the returns under
a business name and used the vic-
tim's Social Security number.
After the Valparaiso resident
explained that he had not been in
Virginia for over 20 years, and had
not worked since 1987, the IRS
advised him to file a police report.

A Niceville resident from the
4500 block of Huntington Circle
reported that unknown persons)
stole two Adirondack chairs from
his boat dock sometime Jan. 18-
19. The chairs were valued at
$300.
$300. Other

Jesse Daniel Strange, 23, of
702 Tarpon Lane, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Jan. 14, on a mis-
demeanor charge of possession of
drug paraphernalia.

A Niceville man with an at-
large address reported that he was
punched in the face twice by an
unknown man with a pistol Jan. 15
in the 600 block of Gingko
Avenue. The victim said that his
assailant also struck him with the
pistol. The victim was taken to
Twin Cities Hospital for injuries
that included a fractured nose.

Road closure
Hudson Circle from Scott
Street to Palm Boulevard
will be closed for utility
installation Wednesday, Jan.
26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p .m. For
more information, call the
Niceville Public Works
office at 729-4064.


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nent change-
of-station orders between February
2006 and Sept. 30, 2010, she said.
Frazier said another reason for
the decline in filings was that many
of the people who found themselves
upside down have either already
filed for foreclosure or have decided
to continue to pay on their mort-
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with last year,
as first-time
buyers take
advantage of
unusually low
mortgage
rates.
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ing market
has been on Rick Harper
the skids
nationwide since the real estate bub-
ble burst in 2007, but Florida has
been particularly hard hit. As a
result, foreclosures have flooded the
courts.


"There's still a lot of foreclo-
sures in the pipeline," said econo-
mist Rick Harper, director of the
University of West Florida Haas
Business Center. Although banks in
the Panhandle still have a lot of
soured loans to work through, he
said, he doesn't expect to see fore-
closures in 2011 reach 2009 levels.
Harper analyzed foreclosure fil-
ings in five Panhandle counties
from Escambia to Bay and came to
two main conclusions:
-"One is that changes in fore-
closure rates over time are pretty
similar across counties, so that all
exhibit the recent drop off associat-


ed with the robo-signing-related
slowdowns," Harper said.
-He also said that counties
with faster growth during the past
decade in the vacation/second home
market, such as Walton County,
have higher foreclosure rates. This
explains why Escambia, which he
said had more modest economic
growth, also has the lowest foreclo-
sure rate per 1000 resident house-
holds.
While home sales in Northwest
Florida have stopped falling, Harper
said sales are still far below what we
saw in the mid-2000s at the peak of
the housing boom.


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CPA;
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Hayes; and
James Wright, JD, CPA,
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office.
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as a staff
accountant.
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duties
include
providing
audit and
compliance
services to Shelly Hayes
government
contractors and assisting
client
accounting
services
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testing. He
holds a
bachelor's
of account-
ing degree
from James
Madison
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accounting services depart-
ment preparing and compiling
financial statements and pro-
viding various consulting
services to businesses of all
sizes.
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tax compliance, estate and
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a certificate in estate planning
from Samford University, and
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Casey Young, daughter of
Reed and Crystal Young of
Niceville, was chosen recent-
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spring.
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Marcus Chambers, who was named principal of Niceville High
School Monday, with his wife, Krissinda, and their children,
Camden, 6, and Peyton, 8, who are students at Edge Elementary
School in Niceville.

School board names

next NHS principal

Marcus Chambers comes

to Niceville from Pryor


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Okaloosa County
School Board appointed
Marcus Chambers as the new
principal of Niceville High
School during its Jan. 24 meet-
ing in Crestview. He is suc-


ceeding Linda Smith, who is
retiring. Chambers, who until
now was the principal of Pryor
Middle School in Fort Walton
Beach, was chosen from four
finalists for the position.
Please see PRINCIPAL, page B-3


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ties, displays, seminars, programs
and speeches, is a rural tradition.
Started beside Lake Chautauqua,
N.Y, in 1874, a group led by a
pastor, Dr. A. H. Gillet, toured
Florida in 1884, looking
for a spot that would
have the good weather
that would enable
Chautauqua to expand
its schedule beyond the
minimal time span
allowed by the New
York climate.
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long way since then. line
This year's keynote
speaker is Celine Cousteau,
granddaughter of legendary
underwater explorer Jacques
Cousteau. The program theme is
"A Journey into Florida."
Cousteau will speak on Friday,
Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. at the new
Walton County High School
auditorium in DeFuniak Springs.
"We are anticipating an out-
standing presentation by Ms.


Cousteau," said Florida
Chautauqua Center President
Christopher Mitchell. "Her pres-
entation about the significance of
protecting our underwater world
is timely to the recent environ-
mental disaster we all witnessed
this year in the Gulf of Mexico.
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because of our assembly theme
and her and her family's
unique excursions in the
ocean waters around the
world-places most of
us can only dream of
ever seeing in person."
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are displays ranging
from live animals from
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wusteau spectacular underwater
photography, from
Muscogee Indian culture to area
high school students.
Special events include teas,
featuring steel drum performer
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Florida of the last centuries.
Sessions include musical
exploration, the Women's Air
Force Service Pilots (WASP) of
World War II and cultural exhibi-
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Mackenzie's mother,
Wendy, brought three
monarch chrysalises to the
center's greenhouse.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Niceville UMC to debut Saturday service


A new Saturday evening
worship service slated to begin
at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Niceville
United Methodist Church
(UMC) promises to be anything
but typical. In fact, the format
is geared to appeal to those who
are not accustomed or drawn to
a traditional Sunday morning
worship experience.
"It's a fresh approach to
worship here in our local com-
munities, and we hope it will
attract people who we have not
been able to reach yet-specif-
ically those
who cannot
be present
on Sunday
mornings or
those who
may be hes-
itant to
attend a
Sunday
Jeremy Smith morning
service," said Jeremy Smith,
Niceville UMC's teaching pas-
tor.


The new service-called
Exchange-will be contempo-
rary in nature, featuring a live
band and worship songs that
are similar to the styles of
well-known contemporary
Christian bands like Hillsong
United and Jesus Culture.
While there will be familiar
elements incorporated into the
format such as a sermon, offer-
ing and communion, the design
and delivery of the service will
also feature modern multi-
media elements, drama and
many different musical styles.
"We want to provide an
open, inviting environment that
is accepting
of people
wherever
they may be
in their faith
journey, "
said Josh
Walker,
worship
leader for
Exchange. Josh Walker


The Niceville United Methodist Church will be the site of a new Saturday evening contemporary
service, called "Exchange."
"We want this service to con- centered life will be introduced but Smith noted that the format
nect people to Christ in a way to the hope that is found in was designed with younger
that is not intimidating or too knowing him and begin to generations in mind, describ-
formal in nature. It is our hope grow as believers." ing the overall feel as "edgy"
that people who have never Exchange is open to people but worshipful. Dress will be
known the fullness of a Christ- of all ages and backgrounds, casual, and child care will be


provided to meet the needs of
young families.
Exchange will mark
Niceville UMC's sixth week-
end service. Plans include an
expansion of the program to
include small groups and regu-
lar program-
ming on
Saturday
nights.
Senior
Pastor Rurel
Ausley
noted that
he is excited
about the
potential of Rurel Ausley
the new
service and is looking forward
to witnessing God's plans for
the congregation.
"Saturday evening services
have been successful in other
regions, and we believe people
who are currently not attending
church in our community are
hungry for something new," he
said.


PRINCIPAL
From page B-1
Chambers and Smith will
work together while he remains
Pryor principal, according to
Okaloosa Schools
Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts,
beginning in February when the
governor's budget is released. A
new Pryor principal will be
named at the Feb. 14 school
board meeting, she said.
In introducing Chambers to
the school board at Monday's
meeting, Tibbetts called
Chambers "a wonderful, amaz-
ing man" who is "embedded in
the Niceville community." She
cited Chambers' previous expe-
rience in both the Niceville area
and the Okaloosa School
District among reasons why he
was selected to lead the high
school.
Chambers, said Tibbetts, is a
graduate of Northwest Florida
State College, where he played
baseball and basketball, as well
as a graduate of the University
of West Florida. He is a member
of Niceville's First United
Methodist Church and has been
a teacher at Ruckel Middle
School, an assistant principal at
Niceville High School and an
Okaloosa school district admin-


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istrator in charge of school dis-
cipline.
As principal at Longwood
Elementary School, Tibbetts
said, Chambers helped that
school earn its first Blue Ribbon
rating, and at Pryor Middle
School, he helped the school's
students earn their highest level
of progress in mathematics in
the history of the school.
Chambers, said Tibbetts, "is
a great administrator who
believes in excellence in aca-
demics, extracurricular activi-
ties and athletics. He is articu-
late and communicates well
with the news media." She also
said Chambers "does a lot of
research and understands budget
management."
After his unanimous vote of
approval by the school board,
Chambers spoke to the board
briefly, thanking Tibbetts, his
family and others who have sup-
ported him throughout his
career. "Niceville High School
has a tradition of excellence,
and it is my goal to continue that
tradition," he said.
He said Niceville High
School is well known for the
professionalism of its teachers
and staff, and that he is commit-
ted to their continued profes-
sional development, and to the







Robert E. Leach

December 24,1952 -
January 2, 2011
On January 2, our loving
brother Robert of Crestview, Ha.,
was called home to be with his
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He


education of NHS students.
"My kids are currently stu-
dents at Edge Elementary
School," Chambers said, "and I
hope to one day be their princi-
pal at Niceville High School."
Following the school board
meeting, Chambers spoke with
the Beacon, accompanied by his
wife, Krissinda, and their chil-
dren, Peyton, 8, and Camden, 6.
He said of his vision for
Niceville High School under his
administration, "I plan to hold
conversations with the teachers
and staff at Niceville and devel-
op a mission and vision with
their help." He said he looks for-
ward to working at a school with
Niceville's "unprecedented rep-
utation for excellence, and to
continue and further it."
He said that despite the
school's reputation, he intends
to push for further improve-
ments.
"If we do not remain in con-
stant forward motion, we move
backward," he said. His expecta-
tions for NHS students, he said,
will be for them "to constantly
improve themselves and to be
all that they can be."
Chambers' daughter Peyton
was asked what advice she
would give her friends about
what to expect if they were, one
day, sent to the principal's office

will be dearly missed.
Robert was a medic in Vietnam
and Indochina, a custom home
builder in Naples, Fla., along with
several state projects. His loves
were bass fishing, hunting by
horseback in Kansas, and raising
Blue Macaws.
Robert is preceded in death by
his parents, William P. Leach Sr.
and Alice M. Leach, (sisters)
Mary Eleanor and Alice Mary,
and (brothers) James Joseph and


as high school students.
"If they were sent to my
dad's office because of a good
thing," Peyton said, "he would
tell them congratulations and
that he was proud of them. If it
was for a bad thing, they proba-
bly wouldn't be happy when
they went in to the office, and
they wouldn't be happy when
they came out."
Earlier on Monday, Tibbetts
was asked by the Beacon when
she expects to report back to the
school board on her findings and
recommendations regarding a
recent proposal to start school
later each day for high school
students and earlier for elemen-
tary students, to better match the
natural sleeping and waking pat-
terns of adolescents. She said
she is still studying the issue. "I
have made it clear that we will
need a lot of information before
making any changes," she said.
Transportation, she said, will
be a key factor in her recom-
mendations when they are
made.
"We need to make our bus
routes as efficient as possible,"
she said. "I prefer not to start
any classes, for high school or
elementary students, before 7:30
if possible, but it is difficult to
compress all the district's start
times between 7:30 and 9 a.m."

William P. Jr.
Robert is survived by (sisters)
Kathleen Eiriksson and family of
Crestview, Fla., Barbara Jones and
family of Deltona, Fla., (brothers)
Thomas Leach of Valparaiso, Fla.,
Stephen Leach of Clearwater, Fla.,
and (uncle and aunt) Frank and
Christine Leach of Clearwater Fla.
Graveside service will be held
Jan. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Beal
Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton
Beach.


Walmart donates locally


As part of Walmart's commit-
ment to the communities in which
it operates, $25,000 in grants from
the Walmart Foundation were to
be presented during the grand
opening celebration of the new
Niceville store.
Those organizations receiving
grants are Okaloosa County
Schools, Niceville High School,


WHO'S
From page B-1
Casey is an active member
at Rocky Bayou Baptist
Church, participating in their
youth, Praise Band, Student
Worship, and Sunday Worship
services.
Timothy Sung was chosen
as alternate.

Air Force Maj. Gen.
Michael C. Kostelnik of
Niceville, assistant commis-
sioner of the Office of Air and
Marine at U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, has been
nominated for a 2011 Laureate
Award by Aviation Week &
Space TZcli. ,l,-1., magazine,
for his leadership of an indus-
try/government team that field-
ed the Guardian Maritime
Unmanned Aircraft System in
2010.
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Dr. Pat
Tidwell of
Niceville
has been
recertified
by the
American
Board of
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Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy, Sharing and Caring
Food Pantry, Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Department, Niceville
Police Department, Niceville Fire
Department, city of Niceville,
Fisher House, Covenant Hospice,
Disabled American Veterans,
Choctaw Basin Alliance and
USO.

fiction confers a standard of
excellence in knowledge and
practice to physicians who not
only certify via the examina-
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diligently on the maintenance
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T h e
Emerald
C o a s t
Coast
Association
of Realtors
has named
Susan
Rood of
Century 21
Wilson
Minger the Susan Rood
2 0 1 0
Niceville Realtor of the Year.

Lori Ogles of Niceville,
manager of Reli Title's Grayton
Beach office, has been elected
to serve as the 2011 treasurer
for the Emerald Coast Chapter,
Women's Council of Realtors.

The law firms of Matthews
& Hawkins, Destin, and Jones
& Flowers, Niceville, have
merged into Matthews Jones &
Hawkins, LLP, with offices in
Niceville, DeFuniak Springs
and Destin.


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Lewis student

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Lewis students in Jane Gamble's
eighth-grade U.S. history classes were
assigned an essay on the theme,
"Does patriotism still matter?" Several
essays were entered into a VFW Post
7674 patriotism essay contest. From
left: Austin Nipper, third place, Mykael
Briley, second place, and John
Thomas, first place. All three students
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Geography

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Three students in fifth through
eighth grades at Destin Middle
School won prizes in the school
site round of the National
Geographic World Geography
Bee on Jan. 7. From left: Ben
Evans (third place), Mike Olson
(first) and Ryan Rasins (second).
Ben and Ryan live in Niceville.
Twenty Destin students partici-
pated. Participants were asked
questions about landforms, water
forms, physical geography, conti-
nents, countries, states, map
skills and cultural information.
The top three finalists won gift
cards to Rave Motion Pictures in
Destin Commons.


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of month
Zachary Gadzinski of Rocky
Bayou
Christian
School was
selected as
the January
(Accepting
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Challenge of
Excellence)
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the Month by Zachary
the Niceville Gadzinski
Exchange Club. Zach was hon-
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monthly luncheon on Tuesday,
Jan. 11.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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 volun-
teers.
Art exhibits at college
The McIlroy Gallery at Northwest
Florida State College will feature the
work of Beauvais Lyons, Association
for Creative Zoology, while the
Holzhauer Gallery features "die
Wunderkammer" 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 perform-
ances in the main-
stage theater.
The "Beauvais
L y o n s
Association for Creative Z. ... . .. '"
exhibition features brilliant and beau-
tiful prints by Beauvais Lyons, curator
of the Hokes Archives at the
University of Tennessee.
The "die Wunderkammer" exhibi-
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
wonders.
'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
volunteer work-
shop 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
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.
'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 mattiekellyartscenter.org. It's a
story of a square little town until a
motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing,
hip-swiveling hunk rides in and has
everyone jumping out of their blue
suede shoes.
Chautauqua at DeFuniak
C6line Cousteau, granddaughter of
Jacques Cousteau, will be the featured
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, inter-
active historical
and live animal
exhibits.
Tickets are
$10 and may be purchased in advance
by calling the Florida Chautauqua
Center at 892-7613. Guests purchas-
ing money-saving 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
office.
Info: 243-9292 or 243-6083.
SOCKS Latin jazz live
A live Latin jazz performance
Friday, Jan. 28, at the Destin
Community Center, will benefit Save
Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS). The
doors open at 6:30 p.m., no reserved
seating. Tickets are $18 per person.
The show will begin at 7:15 p.m.
Call 862-1432 or go to Copy
Systems Business Center in Destin
Walmart or Eagles Wings Books and
Gifts in Destin.
Walk up tickets available for $20
on day of show beginning at 4:30
p.m..
Showcase soccer team
Emerald Coast United is forming a
U18/U17 college showcase team for
players already committed to a college
program who want to keep in shape,
and for those players still looking for
college commitment. Players cannot


'All Shook Up' slated
"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 mattiekellyartscenter.org. It's a story of a square lit-
tle town until a motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing, hip-
swiveling hunk rides in and has everyone jumping out of
their blue suede shoes.


try-out unless they have a release from
their previous club. Tryouts will be
held at Twin Oaks, Saturday, Jan. 29 at
10 a.m.
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.
Free throw championship
Boys and girls ages 10 through 14
living in Niceville and Valparaiso may
participate in the
local level compe-
tition for the 2011 A
Knights of
Columbus Free
T h r o w
Championship Saturday, Jan. 29, at
the Holy Name of Jesus Church Parish
Life Center, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd.,
Niceville.
Registration/practice begins at
9:30 a.m., competition starts at 10 a.m.
Winners will progress to district,
regional and higher competitions,
starting Feb. 12.
'Crazy Victorians' program
History Rocks! at the Heritage
Museum, will present "Those Crazy
Victorians" for ages 5-10 Jan. 29,


9:30-11 a.m.
Does someone you know enjoy
scrapbooking? Scrapbooking is a very
old custom from the Victorian Age.
The Victorians were known for "per-
fecting" the art of relaxation and hob-
bies. Explore the history behind trin-
ket box decoration, sailor valentines
and much more.
Cost: $7 per child or $5 for muse-
um members with a family member-
ship. Parents and chaperones attend-
ing are free. Receive one class regis-
tration free with a new family mem-
bership.
Pre-registration is required.
678-2615.
5K/10K run/walk set
Destin's first Bayou, Bay & Back
5K/10K Run/Walk will take place
Saturday, Jan. 29, at Clement Taylor
Park, 8 a.m., rain or shine. Awards will
be presented to the overall winners,
both runners and walkers, male and
female, as well as to winners in 13 age
categories.
Prior to Jan. 28, registration fee is
$25 and may be
completed on
Active.com
before Jan. 27 or
by downloading
the race brochure
at DestinChamber.com. On Jan. 29,
the registration fee is $30, and regis-
tration may be completed on site.


Info: DestinChamber.com or
837-6241.
Computer Tech Expo set
The fifth annual Computer Tech
Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, 8
a.m.-4 p.m., at the Northwest Florida
State College Niceville campus in the
College Mall, Building K. The free
event focuses on the home computer
user and will feature 25 free how-to
workshops, vendor displays and door
prizes.
Workshop topics include:
Microsoft Windows 7, Apple iPad &
iPhone, Microsoft Cloud Computing,
Facebook Tips,
Author & Health
Care Consultant
Charlene Grafton,
Creative Use of
Photos by Shirley
Pike, Best Selling PC Tune-Up from
iolo technologies, LLC, Acronis True
Image Webinar, Microsoft
PowerPoint and OneNote, How to
Stop Identity Theft, Trouble Free
Computing, Skype 5.0, Digital Magic
by Jackie Youngblood and more.
Student music showcase
The Choctaw Bay Music Club will
present its annual Student Showcase at
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the
Westwood Retirement Center, Fort
Walton Beach. Students from various
music teachers in the area in recital
and will be recognized for their
achievements. Info: Carrie Clancy,
936-5682
Better Listening series
The community classical music
study series, "Better Listening," will
begin Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m., at
the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive,
Valparaiso. Now in its ninth year, the
series combines commentaries on
classical music with related CD selec-
tions. This year, two faculty members
from the Northwest Florida State
College will present programs. Dr.
Jeremy Ribando has performed as a
tenor soloist in operas and musicals.
Lois Van Dam is professor of music
and chorus director. Returning speak-
ers include Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra director Jeffrey
Rink and retired humanities professor
Dr. Robert Larson. The first of nine
sessions will be "Was that Beethoven
or Mozart?"
All sessions are free and open to
the public. No reservations are
required. Info: Lou Johnson,
897-1411 or musicstudy@uufec.com.
GOP women to meet
The Republican Women of
Okaloosa Federated will meet
Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Pranzois
Restaurant on Okaloosa Island.
Socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served at noon. To
accommodate working women, there
will a "Dine and Dash" table, which
will accommodate those who can only
stay for a limited time.
Senior Home Care representative
Tami Shirey will speak on the benefits


of Home Health Care.
In support of Fisher House, lunch-
eon attendees are asked to bring paper
towels to help with paper supplies for
the facility and good quality hardback
books for their library.
Reservations: Donna Pattison,
651-5416, or donnapattison@cox.net
by noon Friday, Jan. 28. Cost of the
lunch is $16 for members and $18 for
guests. Info: rwof.org.
Bird identification
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
plans a Feb. 3 program on "Basic Bird
Identification Techniques" at
Northwest Florida
State College.
Lenny Fenimore
will speak about
how to get started
identifying birds
and is eminently qualified to lead us in
the right direction.
Info: Gary Parsons (850)
678-1461
Ruckel sets winter dance
Ruckel Middle School will host
their annual "Winter Dance" on
Friday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Coronation of
a Winter Prince and Princess, per
grade level, will be featured at the
event. Tickets are $5 at the door. Only
current Ruckel students may attend.
Any questions about the dance can be
answered by calling the school at
833-4142.
'Madeline-Bad Hat Day'
"Madeline-Bad Hat Day," part of
the Children's Series on Mattie Kelly
Arts Center Mainstage, will be per-
formed Feb. 4, 9:45 and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $6 each. Info: Delores
Merrill, Mattie Kelly Arts Center
house manager, 729-6065.
St. Olaf Band to perform
The St. Olaf Band, will appear in a
free concert on Friday, Feb. 4, 7:30
S p.m. at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center
at Northwest
Florida State
College in
Niceville. A free
will offering will be taken.
The band is the oldest music
organization at St. Olaf College in
Northfield, Minn.
Info: stolaf.edu/music.
Bee Gees tribute planned
"Night Fever-A Bee Gees
Tribute," will be performed Saturday,
Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center, NWF State College,
Niceville.
Tickets are $30 in advance. Call
362-9356 or 837-1742.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem
Ensemble, part of the Artist Series,
will perform on the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center, Mainstage, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 adults/$25 youth/student
(ages 18 and under and NWFSC stu-
dents w/ID). Call 729-6000 Monday-
Friday, 9 a.m.-4: p.m. or mattiekelly
artscenter.org.


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Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sisk of
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Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs.
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Kayla is a graduate of
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Walton College, and 2010
Graduate of University of Central
Florida with a degree in sociology.
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
NHS falls to Bulldogs
Sophomore Colby Billings (23) and Freshman Michael
Baffa go after a rebound for Niceville High School in
Friday's junior varsity basketball game against
Crestview. The Eagles fell to the Bulldogs, 60-39.


Photo by Michelle Drake
Eagles win district title
Grace Sager, captain of the Niceville High School girls soc-
cer team, controls the ball during Friday's District 2-5Acham-
pionship game. The Eagles downed Mosley, 1-0 in sudden-
death overtime, to take their 10th district title since 2000.
They will take on Navarre High School in the Regional
Quarterfinals Thursday, 7 p.m., at Twin Oaks in Niceville.

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Thursday. Jan. 27
-NHS-Navarre, girls basketball,
5:30/7
-Lewis-Ruckel, basketball, 6:30
-Lewis-Ruckel, girls basketball, 5
-Destin@Bruner, basketball, 6:30
-Destin@Bruner, girls basketball, 5
-RBCS-Covenant Christian, basket-
ball, 6:30
-RBCS-North Bay Haven, JV bas-
ketball
-Regional quarterfinals, girls soccer,
NHS-Navarre, 7


Friday. Jan. 28
-NHS-Choctaw, girls basketball
(JV), 5
-RBCS@Escambia Charter, basket-
ball, 6:30
-NHS-Choctaw, basketball, 6:30
-District finals, boys soccer (if need-
ed), FWB, 7
Monday. Jan. 31
-RBCS-S. Walton, basketball, 5:30/7
Tuesday. Feb. 1
-RBCS-Jay, basketball, 5:30/7
-NHS-Rutherford, basketball, 5:30/7
-Regional semifinals, girls soccer, 7


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Photo by Scott Schaeffler
Rocky
drops one

to Hoboes
Rocky Bayou Christian
School's Lauren Wright
shoots during Friday's
girls basketball game
against Laurel Hill. The
Knights dropped a close
one, 49-46.


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Soccer league
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Emerald Coast United
Soccer Club plans a new soccer
league this spring.
U8 and U10 leagues will
begin in spring, with the hope of
expanding in the future.
Registration forms and infor-
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registration will be held at
Niceville City Hall Feb. 5 from
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Eagles stop Crestview
Niceville High School junior Kyle Koszuta maneuvers
around a Crestview player as teammate Andrew Mitchell
watches in Friday's varsity matchup. Niceville went
ahead early and staved off a Bulldog charge to win, 58-54.


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

JV wrestler wins bout
Niceville High School's Hank Monan takes his Crestview
opponent down during Thursday's 160-pound junior var-
sity wrestling match. Team scores are not kept for JV
wrestling, according to the coach.


Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Niceville scores win
Niceville High School's 135-pounder Tanner Aull gets the
advantage over his Crestview opponent during
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