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www.crestviewbulletin.com 50 TABLE OF CONTENTS Find us at www. facebook.com/ crestviewbulletin Follow us at twitter.com/ cnbulletin TWITTER FACEBOOK A Freedom paper read by 10,450 people every week By Brian Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org A ranking of Floridas public schools released Monday placed all northern Okaloosa County schools rmly in the top half of the statewide roster. Several north county schools placed well within the top third or top quarter of Floridas schools, and area students who go to Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College can proudly boast they attend Floridas top-ranked high school. Schools not easy today. School is hard, Okaloosa School District Deputy Superintendent of Operations Rodney Nobles said. The accountability that the students and teachers are held to is dif cult, but I think you can see its paying off. The state Department of Education ranked elementary and middle schools according to school grade points for the 2010-11 school year. Schools received one point for each percent of students who were enrolled for the full year, scored at grade level or higher on the FCAT, and made annual learning gains, for 800 possible points. High schools are graded using the same criteria, then another 800 points were possible for criteria including graduation rates, accelerated coursework participation and performance, and readiness for postsecondary education. Among top performing area schools, Antioch Elementary School was in the top 15 percent of statewide elementary schools with 616 grade points, ranking 279th out of 1,795 schools. Walker and Bob Sikes elementary schools landed in the top third with rankings of 513 and 595 respectively. Davidson Middle School, with 594 grade points, ranked 111th out of 583 total Florida middle schools, placing it in the top 20 percent. Close behind was Shoal River Middle School, ranking 133rd with 587 grade points, safely By Paula Kelley email@example.com A year has passed since 18year-old Megan Warman died. She lost control of her car on Jan. 27, 2011 on State Road 85. Megans wreck was believed to be a result of texting and driving while on her way to class at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville where the Crestview High School senior was dually enrolled. Megan would have graduated high school in May 2011 with a Bright Futures Scholarship. I cant believe a year has gone by since her accident, Megans guardian, Rusty Fine, said. Time just ies by. It really does feel like yesterday she was laughing in the house. The Fines kept Megans Chevrolet Cavalier, and displayed the mangled car at CHS, Choctawhatchee, Niceville and Baker schools in Florida and at Florala High School in Alabama. The car was also displayed with Dont Text and Drive signs at the entrance gates of Eglin Air Force Base. The car was a visual representation for young people, a connection to the message, If I text and drive, this could be my car. I could end up losing my life like Megan, Fine said. After several months it was just too hard to see it parked in our yard and we recently sent it to the salvage yard. Megans death prompted classmates at CHS to speak out against texting and driving. The CHS Leadership Class and school resource of cer, Corp. Greg Porch, sponsored a week of Just Drive programs. Signs and banners were placed throughout the school, students signed pledge cards and were given thumb band rings stamped with the message DNTXTNDRV. Megan loved life and laughter, Porch said. She was friends with everybody. Just a beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her and her death came as a shock to everyone who knew her. I made a promise to Rusty at the hospital before Megan died that we would make something good come out of it all and I feel like we have because we have raised awareness. Megans death created a cause for the students and they get behind a cause. She was one of their own. Not a day goes by that I dont think of her and most of those students feel the same way, even a year later. In October, Okaloosa ple, a connection to the message, If I text and drive, this could be my car. I could end up losing my life like Megan, Fine said. After several months it was just too hard to see it parked in our yard and we recently sent it to the salMegans death prompted classmates at CHS to speak out against texting and driving. The CHS Leadership Class and school resource of cer, Corp. Greg Porch, sponsored a week of Just Drive programs. Signs and banners were placed throughout the school, students signed pledge cards and were given thumb band rings stamped with the mesMegan loved life and laughter, Porch said. She have raised awareness. Megans death created a cause for the Saturday, FEBRUARY 4 2012 North county schools place in top half of state or better Ranking our schools By Brian Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org In an attempt to continue presenting a variety of events to draw area residents downtown, the Main Street Crestview Association unanimously approved a full schedule of activities for 2012 at its Jan. 31 meeting. The elephant in the city hall conference room, however, was the sudden loss of funding for the Main Street managers position. In addition to the popular Fall Festival and Christmas parade, the organization plans to launch a summer downtown festival, organize a Crestview component of the statewide Flea Across Florida yard sale, and host a late summer circus or carnival. The diverse calendar was approved despite a move by the Crestview City Council, which, meeting on Jan. 23 as the Community Redevelopment Agency, voted 2-1 to rescind their agreement to fund the salary of the MSCA Manager Ryan Arvay. CRA board members Tim Grandberry and Ben Iannucci missed the meeting in which Phillip Berezo and Charles Baugh Jr. voted to eliminate the funding. CRA member Robyn Helt cast a nay vote. The CRA made the decision in early November to continue funding the Main Street association, Main Street President Ellis Conner said. In January they decided to change their mind. Conner had said in November that the association has enough money to fund manager Arvays salary for two months. At Mondays MSCA meeting, it was Full year of events scheduled despite looming loss of manager Main Street forges ahead survives a year after her death Megan Warmans legacy Megan Florida and at Florala High School in Alabama. The car was also displayed with Dont Text and Drive signs at the entrance gates of Eglin Air Force Base. resentation for young peoSee MEGAN A3 See SCHOOLS A3 See STREET A3 A year has gone by since Crestview High School senior Megan Warman died as a result of injuries sustained in a texting and driving accident. Her senior portrait sits here in a garden area of Rusty and Danni Fines yard. FILE PHOTO Main Street Crestview Association members, from left, former president Mickey Rytman, manager Ryan Arvay, promotions committee chairman Cal Zethmayr and President Ellis Conner discuss a range of events for 2012. BRIAN HUGHES | Crestview News Bulletin Antioch Elementary School was recently ranked among the top 15 percent of Floridas elementary schools, placing 279th out of 1,795 schools. BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin DEPUTY SHOT IN LINE OF DUTY AWARDED MEDAL OF VALOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, A5 SIGNING DAY...........A10 37th Year, Number 10 Local .................................... A4 Law Enforcement ............... A5 Education ............................ A6 Community ......................... A7 Classi eds ............................ A8 Sports ................................ A10 SPECIAL TO THE NEWS BULLETIN Megan Warman posed in a muscadine trellis in her backyard in late summer before her death in February 2011. Warman, 18, was on her way to class when she lost control of her car.
BULLDOG IDOL : With ve of its members selected to attend the state Thespian competition in Tampa in March, the Crestview High School Thespian troupe presents Bulldog Idol, a night of talent and performance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Pearl Tyner Auditorium. The $5 admission will help the student actors raise money for their meals and accommodations in Tampa. Tickets are available at the door. For information contact Thespian coach Annette Gebhardt at 6897177. DEMENTIA SUPPORT : A support group discussing Dementia and Behavior Modication presented by Joy Barbee, RN from the West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic will be at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Covenant Hospice, 370 W. Redstone Drive, Crestview. The support group is free and respite care is available. To register or for additional information, call 478-7790 or visit www.AlzFamServ.org. MILITARY AFFAIRS: Clay Benton, the Eglin Air Force Base international military student affairs ofcer and foreign affairs specialist, will speak at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Recognition Committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Crestview Public Library. He will discuss the training program on the F35 for foreign allied pilots and ways to help welcome them to our community during their training period. The public is invited to attend. Membership in the committee is not required. FIRST TUESDAY LECTURE: There are many nancial apps you can use with phones and other mobile devices. How do you nd the right one? Which ones work? Discover more about these tools to help you spend wisely and save more money at the next Crestview Public Library First Tuesday program. Elaine Courtney, Family and Consumer Sciences agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Service, will discuss Financial Apps: Mobile Tools to Help You Spend & Save Wisely at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Coffee and cookies will be served starting at 10 a.m. The librarys address is 1445 Commerce Drive, behind the post ofce in north Crestview. Call 6824432 for details. WIND MITIGATION: A free informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Okaloosa County 911 Emergency Operations Center (Northwest Florida State College, Niceville). Learn more about roofs, windows and doors to protect homes, save money by lowering insurance rates and reducing home damage during disasters. Citizens are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register online, visit www. FloridasFoundation.org, or call 1-800-825-3786, or the Okaloosa County Public Safety Department at 6517150. CHARTER REVIEW: The city of Crestview will host a charter review workshop Monday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall on Wilson Street. U.S. HIGHWAY 98 HURLBURT CLOSURE: Weather permitting, U.S. Highway 98 at the Hurlburt Gate will be closed from midnight, Feb. 4, through 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. U.S. 98 will be closed to trafc at Cody Avenue and going west to the rst median opening, in order to remove the pedestrian bridge for routine maintenance and cleaning. BLOOD DRIVES: Northwest Florida Blood Center is hosting the following North Okaloosa blood drives: Feb. 8: Woodlawn Baptist Church, 824 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, 3-6 p.m. Feb. 10 : Bob Sikes Elementary School, 425 Adams Road, Crestview, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 13: Crestview Brackin Building, 302 N. Wilson St., 2-5 p.m. Feb. 15: Baker School, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24: Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center, 500 S. Hospital Drive, Crestview, 8:30 a.m. to noon; First National Bank of Crestview, 1301 Industrial Drive, 1 5 p.m. Feb. 28: Laurel Hill School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 29 : Paxton School, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE LUNCHTIME LECTURE : Early AfricanAmerican Education in Crestview, a free lunchtime lecture, will be presented Feb. 17 at noon at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in honor of Black History Month. Shannon Hayes, president of the CarverHill Museum, will share information about early education in the black community of Crestview, and about Carver-Hill Museum, the site of the rst black high school and the last segregated school in Okaloosa County. Bring a sack lunch. This lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please call 678-2615 to reserve a seat. CHAMBER AMBASSADORS: A networking luncheon will be hosted by Westwood Retirement Resort at 1001 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for ambassadors from Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Navarre chambers of commerce. Admission and lunch are complimentary. Contact Billie at 863-5174 or bchappell@brookdaleliving. com by Feb. 17 to make a reservation. PATHFINDERS: Young men and women ages 10-17 are invited to learn about nature, hiking, camping and God with the Crestview Pathnders. Call 652-3631 for details. QUILT RAFFLE : The Flying Needles Quilt Guild is hosting a fundraiser rafe for two quilts, The Amazon Star quilt, measuring 104 inches square and made by designer Judy Niemeyer, and the Tulips Around the Cabin quilt, measuring 84 inches square and sewn by guild members. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5, and are available at Margies Sew Much Fun in Crestview; Lynnes Sewing Center, The Sewing Center, and the ofce of Dr. Eleanor McCain in Fort Walton Beach; Bayou Books in Niceville; and Yards n Yarns in Freeport. Proceeds will go to supply costs for charity items made and donated by the guild, including the National Quilts of Valor organization, which donates quilts to wounded American soldiers. MEET THE AUTHOR: Meet Tracy Minnis, author of the book Eating and Exercising in Alignment with your Hormones, at a Feb. 9 book signing at Adivas Day Spa in Crestview from noon to 6 p.m. The book provides women with the necessary information to naturally achieve their best physique and be happier all month long, so they wont dread any part of the month. Be one of the rst to purchase a signed copy of Tracys book. DMS 5K RUN/WALK: The public is invited to participate in the Davidson Dash, a 5K run beneting the American Cancer Society, today at 8:30 a.m. It starts and nishes at Bob Sikes Elementary, at 425 Adams Drive. Packet pickup is from 6:30 -8 a.m. Feb. 4. Late entry and race day registration is $20. Registration for the Kids Fun Run is $10 any day. T-shirts are guaranteed to the rst 150 entrants in the 5K and rst 25 in the kids run. Make checks payable to Davidson Middle School, and mail check and registration to Davidson Middle School, c/o Daniel Richards, 6261 Old Bethel Road, Crestview, FL 32536. Visit www.okaloosa.k12. .us/davidson/ to download registration form, or register online at www. active.com. The school with the most registered participants (employees, parents or students) will earn $200 for their physical education department. For more information contact race director Daniel Richards at 683-7500, ext. 403, or richardsd@mail. okaloosa.k12..us. DONATIONS WANTED: To help the homeless and needy families, a group is collecting the following items until Feb. 29: new or slightly used bras in all sizes, new and slightly used socks, all sizes; new panties (all sizes); and tampons/ pads. For more information contact Judy Christopher at 682-8023 or CHRISJ357@ cox.net. CRESTVIEW TAXAIDE VOLUNTEERS: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program provides free assistance to lowand moderate-income taxpayers in conjunction with the IRS. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate. Volunteers receive free tax training and are asked to work four-hour days, once or twice a week at the Crestview Public Library. If you are good with numbers and computers, this community service is very rewarding. For more information please contact Dennis Malik at 537-8404 or Tom Alexander at 651-2326, or visit the AARP website at www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8. TOASTMASTERS NEW VENUE: The Crestview Toastmasters club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The meetings are held in Room 6 at Troy University, 650 S. Pearl Street, Crestview, beginning promptly at 6 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The club is a learn-by-doing workshop where members practice speaking skills in a relaxed atmosphere. The person with strong speaking skills has an advantage in todays competitive job market. Call Clara Dunham at 803-4488 and join them in learning how to speak with condence and say what you mean. ZUMBA CLASSES: Crestview Church of the Nazarene has Zumba classes every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 395 Aplin Road in Crestview. Taught by certied instructors, the class costs $5 per person. For more information, please go to www.crestviewnazarene. com. SENIORS VS. CRIME: The Okaloosa County Seniors vs. Crime is a special project under the Florida Attorney Generals Ofce to assist senior citizens who believe that someone has taken advantage of them. The organizations ofce is located at 296 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, in suite 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except holidays. For more information or to report a scam, call 306-3176 or email them at okaloosacountysvc@yahoo. com. GSOC MEETINGS: The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County meets every second Saturday at the Heritage Museum, located at 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso, across from the city park. For more information, contact Martha Trau at 259-4351. FOSTER AGENCY IN NEED OF BEDS: Lakeview Centers FamiliesFirst Network is in need of beds for children in protective services. Bunk beds, twin beds and toddler beds are needed to help local families. Beds do not have to be new, just in good condition. If you have beds that you would like to donate please contact Elsie Green at 833-3840 or 5851368. CRESTVIEW SOUP KITCHENS: Serving from 11 a.m. to noon except on Wednesdays, when hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays: Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd. (State Road 85), 682-5525. Tuesdays: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 178 North Ave., Crestview, 682-3154. Wednesdays: LifePoint Church (former First Assembly of God), 400 S. Ferdon Blvd. (State 85), 6823518. Thursdays: Community of Christ, 398 W. First Ave., behind Whitehurst/Powell Funeral Home, 682-7474. Fridays: First Presbyterian Church, 492 N. Ferdon Blvd., intersection of State 85 and U.S. 90, 6822835. MAIN OFFICE 1301 Industrial Drive Crestview, FL 32539 850-682-5111 DOWNTOWN MOTOR BANK 385 North Spring St. Crestview, FL 32536 850-682-5112 SOUTHSIDE OFFICE 2541 S. Hwy 85 Crestview, FL 32539 850-682-3111 www.fnbcrestview.com YourHometownBankSince1956 Your Hometown Bank Since 1956 MR. DRAMA: Trevor Thomas, Mr. Drama, and his wife, Sawyer, will be appearing at Live Oak Baptist Church, 4565 Live Oak Church Road, Crestview, Sunday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. They combine music, monologues, poems, sketches and mime in an unforgettable worship experience. For more information, call 682-5160. CONCERT : The Lesters will be in concert 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at New Beginnings Church, 412 W. U.S. Highway 90. The public is invited to attend. A love offering will be taken. GOSPEL CONCERT: Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry will present Ernie Haase and Signature Sound 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $18 each, with advanced general admission tickets at $20 and at-the-door tickets at $25. Gold circle tickets are $25 each. Purchase your tickets at Central Baptist Church, Crestview, 6825525; Gospel Lighthouse Bible Bookstores in Crestview and Fort Walton Beach locations, 689-4404 or 244-5438; or through the ministry at 496-7106. To pay via credit card, call 800-965-9324. For more information, visit www.Libbyandfriends gospelconcerts.com or Central Baptist Church at 682-5525. CLASSES: Crestview Church of the Nazarene, 395 Aplin Road, has Zumba classes every Thursday from 6:30 7:30 p.m. Taught by certied instructors, the class costs $5 per person. For more information, visit crestview nazarene.com. Faith BRIEFS Whats HAPPENING Local A2 | Crestview News Bulletin Saturday, February 4, 2012 ADVERTISE IN THE NEWS BULLETIN Ask your Advertising Represenative about our Color by the Inch Program and Customer Appreciation Sale See our Online Packages at www.crestviewbulletin.com/interactive (850) 682-6524 N EWS I NFORMATION P UBLISHER email@example.com E DITOR firstname.lastname@example.org O FFICE S TAFF . . . . . RECEPTIONIST email@example.com . 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C010K0064 MEGAN from page A1 County Sheriff Larry Ashley and Okaloosa County School District Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts announced a partnership to bring Just Drive programs to high schools across the county. We know that increas ing awareness will prevent accidents, Ashley said. We began at the beginning, where every customer who comes into the licensing of ce to get a learners permit or drivers license will be given a no-texting thumb band and asked to sign a text-free driving pledge as a way to encourage people to think twice before texting and driving. It could possibly save a life. The U.S. Army Safety Center in Fort Rucker, Ala., sent a video production crew to Crestview in 2011 where they produced, The Ten Worst Days for an Armywide safety topic. The title was taken from an interview they did on camera with Fine who used the phrase when talking about the days fol lowing Megans wreck. She was in a coma for 10 days before she died Feb. 7, 2011, of injuries she sustained in the wreck. The safety video reached more than 1 million U.S. Army members, their fami lies and civilian workforce members, the videos pro ducers estimated. The Florida Department of Transportation placed a memorial marker at the site of Megans fatal accident on State Road 85 just south of Juniper Creek. Sy Pinkert, CHS class of 2010, passes Megans me morial marker twice daily during his commute to and from Northwest Florida State College. We talked every day and I miss her. I miss my friend. Now I pass her marker on the road instead of talking to her, Pinkert said. I did a triathlon in Destin and while training I cant tell you the number of times a driver came into the pedestrian and bike path toward me or one of my friends and they are always holding a cellphone and jerking the car back at the last minute before they hit a runner or a cyclist. I wanted to make people think about what they were doing and about Megan, so I had a quick dry shirt made with Megans name on it and her birth and death years. So many people knew her name and talked about her story at the race and on-line in run ners posts. It is just sad that she left this legacy. Fine said he is advocat ing passage of a law prohib iting texting and driving in Florida, which is one of 15 states without some form of legislation banning the prac tice. Florida Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, and Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, are spon soring Senate Bill 416, which would make texting while driving a secondary offense, as the citation would be is sued on top of another of fense. Rep. Irv Slosberg, DBoca Raton, led another bill to ban the use of hand held electronics by drivers age 18 and younger. SCHOOLS from page A1 STREET from page A1 agreed to retain Arvay at least through February. An amended agreement between MSCA and Arvay will be presented at the as sociations Feb. 16 meeting, Conner said. The desire is there to continue this organization as it is. We will improvise as we need to meet our objec tives, Conner said. Cal Zethmayr, chairman of the Main Street promo tions committee, introduced the new calendar of down town events, beginning with participating in the April and September Flea Across Florida yard sales. A new First Friday Fest in June, July and August replaces the Okaloosa Arts AllianceNorths Music and Art on Main Street festival series. In late August, MSCA would again host a circus or carnival, followed by the citys popular Fall Festival on Oct. 27 and the Christ mas parade on Dec. 1. Following a motion by Coney Island restaurant owner Julia Phillips, the schedule was unanimously approved. Returning to a previ ously discussed idea, for mer Main Street president Mickey Rytman asked how the organizations proposal to hold a Mardi Gras parade had been received by the CRA. We presented it with the CRA but they never dis cussed it, Conner said. We need a Mardi Gras event to bring us out of winter. Hope fully when we meet with the CRA again, well put that back on their agenda. That was our lead-off idea last year and we got no where with it. Because we have a broader audience with the new Seventh Special Forc es people in town, it may appeal to them, Rytman observed. There isnt anything go ing on that time of year any way so we need something, Phillips agreed. For Febru ary or March, that would be perfect. Arvay said he has got ten to work on updating the associations website and Facebook page, and is working on promotional i ers for Main Streets vari ous events. I tried to keep him (Ar vay) busy for the next three weeks until we have our February board meeting, Conner said, at which the fate of Arvays position will be further discussed. landing in the top quarter of statewide middle schools. Of 443 statewide high schools, Crestview High ranked 184th with an FCAT grade point of 503 and 656 high school component points, for a total of 1,159 points. Collegiate High School scored 711 FCAT points and a perfect 800 high school component points for 1,511 total points. Baker School and Lau rel Hill School ranked 22 and 23 respectively out of 65 statewide K-12 combination schools with 1,123 and 1,121 total school points. Baker School had 529 FCAT points and 691 high school compo nent points, while Laurel Hill had 532 and 675 points respectively. In Okaloosa County, our teachers and our principals the people who are actu ally on the front line doing the work do a great job. The rankings across the county with all our schools shows that, Nobles said. At the same time I think we all have become very adept at looking at our data year in and year out, seeing our strengths but also rec ognizing our weaknesses, Nobles continued. Thats what makes our public edu cation system unique; we look at those weaknesses and work to overcome them. The Florida Education Association teachers union and other critics say schools cant be judged solely on test scores and factors such as students socio-econom ic status should have been taken into account. Were fortunate that we live in a county that has a high socio-economic fac tor, but we do have a lot of students whose families are struggling across the county, Nobles said. That does play into what you get out of a kid at school. But again, our teach ers, our principals, recog nize those things. You can look at numbers all day long but until you know what those numbers rep resent, the people those numbers are involved in, thats when you make in roads, thats when you re ally help. They translate that data into individual students needs. Among other county high schools, Niceville ranked 18, Fort Walton Beach ranked 46 and Choc tawhatchee ranked 68. In middle schools, Ruckel (10), Destin (38), Lewis (42), Meigs (62) and Pryor (70) topped north county schools. Edge (121), Plew (140) and Bluewater (165) ranked above Crestview area elementary schools. FILE PHOTO Above: A Florida Department of Transportation memorial marker was placed just off the right-of-way on State Road 85 at the site of Megan Warmans fatal accident. Left: Sy Pinkert misses his friend, Megan Warman, and uses his triathlon jersey to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Pinkert said many of his fellow cyclists have had drivers veer into the bike lane as they use their cell phones while driving. S PE C IAL TO THE N E W S BU LLETIN NOR TH COUNTY SCHOOL RANKINGS According to the Florida Department of Education, this is how north Okaloosa County schools ranked, including school grade points.RANK SCHOOL POINTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (out of 1,795 schools) 279 Antioch 616 513 Walker 586 595 Bob Sikes 575 666 Northwood 567 825 Riverside 553MIDDLE SCHOOLS (out of 583 schools) 111 Davidson 594 133 Shoal River 587HIGH SCHOOL (out of 443 schools) 164 Crestview 1,159COMBINATION SCHOOLS (out of 65 schools) 22 Baker 1,123 23 Laurel Hill 1,121 For a complete list of how all Okaloosa County schools ranked against Floridas other schools in their division, visit app2.doe. org/Ranking/Schools/.
Local A4 | Crestview News Bulletin Saturday, February 4, 2012 By Katy Houghton The Destin Log All across the Emerald Coast, there are men and women, both young and old, leading double lives. They use normal transportation. Some have jobs. Some go to school and some do both, Michael Smith said. But a handful of times each year, they receive the call: A convention is close by. Smith, a Crestview resident, is a freelance photographer who specializes in cosplay photography at sciconventions across the Southeast. Cosplay is short for costumed play, a type of art in which a person wears costumes and accessories similar to that worn by characters commonly depicted in Japanese animation or anime, science ction series such as Star Trek or even comic books. But the world of cosplay isnt limited to just sci-. People can even cosplay as real people, Smith said. Ive seen people cosplay as Christina Aguilera and even Snooki from Jersey Shore. The 35-yearold rst stumbled across the costumed fans in 2007 at his rst convention in Panama City. Seeing people face-to-face dressed up as certain characters was refreshing, Smith said. A year earlier, he became interested in photography when a friend asked him to take some good, non-cosplay pictures of her at a local park. Both she and I were amazed at some of the shots I got of her with me being new to the hobby and all, he said. During the next few years, he expanded his hobby and created Emerald Coast Models, which focuses on female artistic modeling. While traveling to conventions, Smith met many cosplayers who were interested in posing for Emerald Coast Models. So many in fact that the cosplay pictures began to stand out. So in January 2010, Smith launched a new website, emeraldcoastcosplay. com, an online gallery dedicated to convention photography. I love the fact of combining cosplay and photography; two completely different forms and creating one brand new art form, Smith said. Smith most often attends SukoshiCON, where he is the ofcial photographer, FAN:dom, MobiCON, Dragon*CON, Anime Weekend Atlanta and Kami-CON. Theres a little bit of nerd in all of us, he said. All I can say is to just check out an anime or sciconvention sometime. You dont have to dress up to go, but it is fun seeing people dress up. And even if youre not a nerd, Smith says youre bound to see at least one cosplayer dressed as a character you know. As for me, I dont really have a single favorite, but I do have characters I would love to nd at a future convention and do some sort of mini-shoot with, he said. As for the most interesting thing hes photographed, Smith said its difcult to pick just one. Have you ever seen the character Mystique from the X-Men lms? Imagine seeing a cosplayer in person cosplaying as that character wearing nothing but a thong and body paint, he said. That was very interesting. Next on the convention line-up is MobiCON XV on May 18-20 in Mobile, Ala., and SukoshiCON v3 on Oct. 13 in Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit emeraldcoastcosplay. com or visit them on Facebook at Emerald Coast Cosplay. 6513627 Full Service Pool and Spa Design Construction Repair Remodeling Service Florida Licensed Pool Contractor Since 1985 40 Years of Pool Construction Experience on Over 6,500 Residential & Commercial Swimming Pools I Take Care of Veterans Because I am a Veteran! Mike Esmond 850-232-4133 Lic # CPC145722 www.gulfbreezepoolsandspas.com Military Discounts! 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Cast Wicked Appetite Janet Evanovich Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl Barbara Park Chasing Fire Nora Roberts I Can Read With My Eyes Shut Dr. Seuss MOON OVER CRESTVIEWR A N DY D I CK SON | News Bulletin MOON: A near full moon complete with an orange hue peeked in and out of the clouds in the sky over Crestview on a recent night.S PE C I A L TO THE N EWS BULLETIN | Mike Smith ANIME: Yoko, the rst cosplayer Smith worked with on a regular basis, cosplaying as Azula from the Nickelodeon cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cosplay on the Emerald Coast MICHAEL S M ITH DRESSED: Cosplayer Melna as C.C. from the anime, Code Geass. Photographer travels Southeast in search of costumed scifans
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Okaloosa County Sheriffs Ofce reports1/17: JOSEPH YOUNG, 58, of 5326 Whitney Court, Crestview, was charged with impersonating a law en forcement ofcer/public employee or utility employee. 1/19: JONATHAN DWAYNE JOSLIN, of 697 Cobb Ave., Crestview, was charged with aggravated stalk ing. 1/20: CARLOS ADIEM CUEBAS GONZALEZ, of 818 Lark St., Fort Wal ton Beach, was charged with armed burglary to a dwelling, structure or conveyance. 1/23: CHARLA NICOLE CATO, 24, of 1160 County Road 4A, Baker, was charged with dealing in stolen prop erty. MICHAEL ALAN MCCAL LUM, 28, of 645 E. Ave., Crestview, was charged with unarmed burglary to a dwelling and larceny totaling more than $300 but less than $20,000. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN DREAD ING, 24, of 5230 Grifth Mill Road, Baker, was charged with larceny/theft totaling $300 or more, but less than $5,000. OCI initiates inmate re-entry program Special to the News BulletinOkaloosa County Department of Corrections is working with JobsPlus on a monthly basis to provide inmates with a program to reenter the workforce. Minimumand medium-security inmates who are be ing released within a month get an overview of the pro gram and the opportunity to attend an upcoming class. JobsPlus drives a mobile unit to the jail, and in mates register in the Employ Florida Marketplace system, identify their skills and match jobs to those skills. Inmates also can preregister for additional as sistance they might need while looking for work and be in the system, receiving benets as soon as they are released. Veterans also can access services they are eligible for prior to their departure. Our corrections staff saw an opportunity to make a difference and allow for a smoother transition from the jail back into society, DOC Chief Paul Lawson said. In the rst month, 19 inmates attended the initial brieng and 11 participated in the JobsPlus program held Jan. 17. The program is funded by Employ Flori da, Veterans Affairs and private industry. Special to the News BulletinOkaloosa County Sheriffs Ofce employees recently earned some awards. Recipients include Inspector George Collins, Investigator Steve Hough and Deputy Heath Hehl. Collins received congressional recognition for his work investigat ing and increasing public awareness about the crime of human trafcking. He was been instrumental in bring ing national and international atten tion to problems with the J-1 Sum mer Work Travel Visa program and subsequent exploitation of foreign workers at the hands of some labor brokers who abuse the program. Collins received an award for his professionalism and dedication from Helen Rigon, who works for U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla. Hough was shot three times while working to take a violent fugitive into custody. He received the Medal of Valor from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Ofce on Jan. 30. His fellow ofcers involved in the incident were also recognized for their bravery. Hough was working outside a suspects Milton home Dec. 9, 2011, as part of a U.S. Marshals Service perimeter team. There was very little area to provide cover and the suspect, Christopher Lewis, abruptly came out of the house with guns in each hand and began ring at of cers. Hough returned re but was shot once in the face and twice in the leg. Lewis did not stop ring until all his ammunition was gone, and re ceived multiple gunshot wounds that eventually proved fatal. Hough put himself at personal risk to ensure Lewis did not escape, knowing the threat he posed to oth ers, a sheriffs report states. In awarding Hough the Medal of Valor, Sheriff Larry Ashley said Hough performed in an exemplary manner exhibiting bravery, profes sionalism, rigid self-discipline, com mitment, selessness and courage under extreme duress. Hough was also presented a spe cial plaque from the Military Order of the Purple Hearts First Responders Program. Three more Okaloosa deputies working with the marshals during the incident also received honors. During the reght, Investigator Todd Watkinss weapon malfunc tioned. Watkins, holding a ballistics shield, attempted to move to posi tion himself between the advancing suspect and his fallen partner. The shield was hit by multiple rounds. As the suspect was downed, Watkins got Hough out of the immediate area and began administering rst aid. He was awarded the Medal of Valor as well. Investigators Jeff McGill and John Merchant received the sheriffs Medal of Merit award. During the reght, they moved to more tacti cal positions to aid fellow ofcers and prevent Lewis from escaping. When the suspect was downed by law en forcement gunre, McGill moved im mediately to help Hough and evacu ate him to a nearby hospital. Merchant and others entered the house to make sure it didnt contain additional threats to those giving aid to Hough. Ashley said all four ofcers upheld the highest standards of the law en forcement profession. Hehl is the sheriffs 2011 Deputy of the Year. Ashley presented the award during an agency awards banquet, calling Hehl a model ofcer. Hehl responded to 2,829 calls for service in the east district, conduct ing 201 initial or continuing investiga tions, and making 73 arrests for viola tions ranging from driving under the inuence to armed burglary. One of those investigations resulted in the recovery of more than $110,000 in sto len property. Ashley said Hehl exemplies a standard of excellence in everything he does, from his demeanor and ap pearance to his drive and profes sional manner. Those qualities also resulted in his appointment as a eldtraining ofcer for the sheriffs ofce despite having been employed less than a year. Hehl also was praised for per forming his duties with the right mix of compassion and tenacity. Law Enforcement Crestview News Bulletin | A5 Saturday, February 4, 2012 Felony ARRESTS Sheriffs employees receive awards
A6 | Crestview News Bulletin Saturday, February 4, 2012 By Brian Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org Crestview area middle school students displayed their academic prowess at the Jan. 14 countylevel Academic Team competition at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach. In addition to demonstrating their knowledge in a variety of subjects, they also proved their skills in teamwork and sportsmanship. Students from Shoal River and Davidson middle schools spent the school year preparing for the county competition, brushing up on subjects including math, history, civics, geography, science, literature, grammar and current events, the clubs advisers, Cindi Eastman at Davidson and Chris Brown and Rosemarie Morris at Shoal River, said. Shoal River elded a sixth grade junior varsity team, as well as a seventh and eighth grade varsity team. The nine participating Okaloosa County middle schools competed against each other throughout the day. Davidson and Shoal River tied Pryor Middle School with eight wins and one loss each. For a while, Shoal Rivers varsity team was tied for rst place with the Pryor team, but in the end, Shoal River placed second behind Pryor and Davidson came in third. Since they defeated each other evenly, ultimately rst, second and third places were decided by which of these teams had scored the most points throughout the day, Shoal Rivers Morris said. A difference of two or three questions out of a possible 320 questions is all that separated them. We have an outstanding team, Davidsons Eastman said proudly. For us at Davidson, it is not just about winning I think that the experience of competing is valuable; winning or losing is not as important as building character. Team work and cooperation are key. That spirit was also exemplied at Shoal River, said Morris, adding that while the junior varsity team didnt win many matches, they certainly received kudos for their sportsmanship. They showed Mustang character in a signicant way, Morris said. The Lewis (Middle School) team consisted of one little girl. By the time she met us, she had endured a very long day. At the half, I explained to the team that the match would not count towards the days standings and (asked) would they like to help her out. As a result, one of our team members joined the Lewis team for the second half, Morris continued. The little girl from Lewis perked up noticeably and actually started buzzing in and answering questions! It was precious. 2077666 2077607 Gun Show February 11th & 12th Panama City Panama City Fairgrounds Fairgrounds 2077242 Sat 9 -5 Sun 10-4 C o n c e a l e d W e a p o n s C l a s s S a t / S u n 1 1 o r 2 Floridagunshows.com FREE PARKING 2077670 JENNIFER STEGNER | Special to the News Bulletin Davidson Middle Schools academic team members include (from left) Quinn Stegner, co-captain Jason Arndt, Tiffany Berkley, co-captain Nolan Arenz, Cailey Ness and Claire White. CRESTVIEWS ACADEMIC TEAMS DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL Quinn Stegner, co-captain Jason Arndt, Tiffany Berkley, co-captain Nolan Arenz, Cailey Ness and Claire White SHOAL RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL Varsity Team: Steven Harrington, Emma Bouley, Derek Smith, Keyshan McClearn, Preston Kelley and Katie Saueressig Junior Varsity Team: Allison Bobnock, Ammar Syed, Stephen Erk and Zachary Fox Academic teams shine Local middle schools score high in knowledge, sportsmanship By Heather Nitzel Special to the News Bulletin People arent accustomed to seeing dogs in the library. True, we dont allow most of them inside, but Dozer isnt just any dog. Dozers favorite pastime is listening to children read! How would you like to read to Dozer? On Saturday, Feb. 4, we are kicking off R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), a program that has received worldwide media attention. R.E.A.D. pairs beginning or struggling readers with a dog and watches condence levels rise as children read to a good listener who will not laugh at their mistakes. R.E.A.D. will be offered the rst Saturday of each month from 10-11 a.m. As a Great Dane, Dozer might be confused for a small horse! In reality, he is a certied, registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, which means he is up to date on all his vet records and is insured. His owner and handler, Angie Nousiainen, will be with him at all times. Please call or come in to preregister your child (ages 6 and up) in the youth area of the library for a 15minute appointment to read to Dozer. Preregistration is recommended as Dozer can only read with four children. Please be prompt to your appointment, which will be in the Story Room, and bring your reading material with you. (Of course, your reading material may be chosen from our shelves, but youll want to have it ready before you come in!) Parents may enjoy the library or watch from outside of the Story Room while their child reads to the dog. Please call 682-4432 for more information. Heather Nitzel is a youth services librarian with the Robert L.F. Sikes Public Library in Crestview. Crestview Library hosts reading with Dozer Education
Local Crestview News Bulletin | A7 Saturday, February 4, 2012 By Brian Hughes email@example.com Three Crestview public safety ofcers were recognized for a combined 20 years of ser vice to the city at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Crestview City Council. Fireghter David Turnages ve years of service were recog nized by Fire Chief Joe Traylor and Mayor David Cadle. We can always depend on David to do the job that needs to be done to protect the citizens of Crestview, Traylor said. Edward Tony Mosley also was recognized for ve years with the re department. Tony is another example of the kind of employee that makes it a pleasure to be the re chief of the city of Crestview, Traylor said. Police Lt. Andrew Schneider was recognized for 10 years of service to Crestview. Were real proud of Andrew, Police Chief Brian Mitchell said. He handles training for new of cers who come on board and he is also our PIO (public in formation ofcer). He wears many hats. 6513099 By Brian Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org A Dec. 11 trafc accident on State Road 85 might have taken the life of the driver of a van that slammed into a utility pole south of the Aplin Road intersection had it not been for the swift ac tion of Crestview reghters and police ofcers. At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Crestview City Council, Fire Chief Joe Traylor pinned lifesaving award medals on reghters Richard Cook and Preston Downs, who, with other public safety of cers, responded to the scene of the single-vehicle accident. The motorist suffered an apparent heart attack but was revived. It is a great honor to be the re chief of the city of Crestview, Fire Chief Joe Traylor said while praising his remen. These gentlemen responded to an EMS medical call and assisted so that the patient survived his event. It is an example of the teamwork that the citizens have come to expect from their police department and re department. The council would like to commend our val iant reghters, Council President Charles Baugh Jr. said as he and others in the city council chamber rose to their feet to applaud Cook and Downs. Police ofcers John Cook and Rob DeRoche were recognized with lifesaving medals at the Jan. 9 council meeting. BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin As Crestview Mayor David Cadle, left, observes, Fire Chief Joe Traylor pins lifesaving medals on reghters Preston Downs, left, and Richard Cook. Mayor David Cadle, left, recognizes Crestview reghter David Turnage for ve years of service to the city. Crestview reghter Edward Tony Mosely is recognized by Mayor David Cadle for ve years of service to the city. Police Lt. Andrew Schneider is recognized by Mayor David Cadle for 10 years of service to Crestview. Public safety ofcers recognized for service Photos by BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin Fireghters honored for lifesaving measures
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on January 10, 2012, in Case No. 2009-CA-004901-S of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit for Collier County, Florida, in which Regions Bank, Successor by Merger with AmSouth Bank, is Plaintiff, and Unknown Heirs, Beneficiaries, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees Or Other Claimants By And Through Under Or Against The Estate Of Betty L. McKissick, Deceased, et al., are Defendants, I will sell to Legal #130561 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-CA-003131C JEFFERSON N. ADAMS, LONNIE JACK ADAMS, PHILIP L. ADAMS, AND PATRICIA A. RICHEY, as Trustees of the P.J. Adams-Louise Adams Revocable 1985 Family Trust Which was Established By The Decedent and His Wife, Louise Adams, Dated July 30,1985, PLAINTIFFS, VS. T.G. DENNIS, PAULINE DENNIS, DORIS ANDERSON, H.C. ANDERSON, DANIEL ANDERSON, unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors and trustees of T. G. Dennis, Pauline Dennis, Doris Anderson, H.C. Anderson, DEFENDANTS. NOTICE OF ACTION AND NOTICE OF FINAL HEARING TO: THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title to the following described real property located in Okaloosa County, Florida: Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block I, Lake Silver Subdivision, according to plat thereof on file in Plat Book 2, page 180 in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Okaloosa County, Florida. Tax lD# 19 4N 23 1410 0001 0000 has been filed in the above-named Court and you are required to serve a copy of written defenses, if any, on Stanley K. Luke, Attorney for Plaintiffs, P.O. Box 776, Crestview, Florida 32536 on or before the 20th day of February, 2012, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded. WITNESS my hand and seal this 6th day of January, 2012. DON HOWARD Clerk of Court By: K Sims Deputy Clerk Stanley Luke P.O. Box 776 Crestview, FL 32536 682-1190 1/14/12 1/21/12 1/28/12 2/4/12 Legal # 130597 IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 46 2011 CC 000777 SHORELINE TOWERS PHASE I CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not for profitcorporation Plaintiff, V. JANICE KENNIS and JOEL KENNIS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 19, 2012, and entered in Case No. 46 2011 CC 000777 of the County Court in and for Okaloosa County, Florida, wherein Shoreline Towers Phase I Condominium Association, Inc. is Plaintiff, and JANICE KENNIS and JOEL KENNIS are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at www.okaloosa.realforeclose.com, the Clerks website for on-line auctions, at 11:00 am, on the 29 day of February, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: The Condominium Parcel known as Apartment 4-5, of Shoreline Towers Condominium #4, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1121, page 1877, of the Public Records of Okaloosa County, Florida and pursuant to Survey, Plat Plan and Graphic Descriptions of improvements recorded in Condominium Plat Book 2, page 102, of the Public Records of Okaloosa County, Florida. Subject to easements and restrictions of record, if any, which are specifically not extended or reimposed hereby. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Shelia Sims, ADA Coordinator, 190 Governmental Center, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 595-4400 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 23 day of January, 2012. Don Howard, Clerk Circuit Court By Nancy Moxcey Deputy Clerk Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Suite 7 Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548-5253 (850)664-2229 (850)664-7882 Fax 2/4/12 2/11/12 Legal # 130583 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 46-2008-CA-007077 DIVISION: WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. SAM COLLINGWOOD A/K/A SAM A. COLLINGWOOD et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated January 09, 2012 and entered in Case No. 46-2008-CA-007077 of the Circuit Court of the FIRST Judicial Circuit in and for OKALOOSA County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and SAM COLLINGWOOD A/K/A SAM A. COLLINGWOOD; LAKE ARTHUR ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED; STATE OF FLORIDA; OKALOOSA COUNTY; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at WWW.OKALOOSA.REALFORECLOSE.COM at 11:00AM, on the 2nd day of March, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 19, IN BLOCK E, OF LAKE ARTHUR ESTATES PHASE I, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 22, AT PAGE 15, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3085 ZACH AVENUE, CRESTVIEW, FL 32536 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on January 9, 2012. Don W. Howard Clerk of the Circuit Court By: K Sims Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08111543 IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the proceeding, you are entitled at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Shelia Sims, 190 Governmental Center, 5th floor, Pensacola, FL (850) 595-4400 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 1/28/12 2/4/12 Legal # 130582 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No:: 2010 CA 004736 S REGIONS BANK, D/B/A REGIONS MORTAGE, Plaintiff, -vsPROFESSIONAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS, INC., A NEVADA CORPORATION and INDIAN LAKE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION AT DESTIN, INC., FLORIDA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Okaloosa County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Okaloosa County, Florida described as: CONDOMINlUM UNIT NO. 240, INDIAN LAKE, A CONDOMINIUM, ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AND ALL EXHIBITS AND AMENDMENTS THERETO RECORDED IN OFFlCIAL RECORDS BOOK 2671, PAGE 3647, AND RE-RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2672 PAGE 3597 ALL OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKALOOSA COUNTY FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO, AS SET FORTH IN THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at the website of www.okaloosa.realforeclose.com,at 11:00am.Central Timea.m.on F eb. 28, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FUNDS FROM THIS SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 45.031(1)(a), FLORIDA STATUTES DATED this 17 day of Jan. ,201 2. Don VV Howard Clerk of Circuit Court By: K Brown Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Shelia Sims, Chief Deputy Court Administrator, Office of Court Administration, at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Builing, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 595-4400, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance. or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voiced impaired, call 711. 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Call 850-902-5729 Legal #130595 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 1ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 46-2010-CA-000186 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE INC, Plaintiff, VS. MARISA ROBERTSON A/K/A M ROBERTSON; MORTGAGE ELECTRONICREGISTRATION SYSTEMS INCORPORATED AS NOMINEEFOR SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; REDS WAY INVESTMENTS LLC; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale dated the 10 day of JAN, 2012, and entered in Case No. 46-2010-CA-000186, of the Circuit Court of the 1ST Judicial Circuit in and for Okaloosa County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE INC is the Plaintiff and MARISA ROBERTSON A/K/A M ROBERTSON, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INCORPORATED AS NOMINEE FOR SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. and REDS WAY INVESTMENTS LLC IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash electronically at www.okaloosa.realforeclose.co m at, 11:00 AM on the 2 day of MARCH, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 6, BLOCK 1, LAKE SILVER FIRST ADDITION, ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF ON FILE IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 185, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property Address: 2463 LAKEVIEW DRIVE SOUTH CRESTVIEW, FL 32536 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Shelia Sims, Chief Deputy Court Administrator, Office of Court Administration at (850) 595-4400 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 24 day of Jan, 2012. DON W. HOWARD Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: R Livingston Deputy Clerk Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438 2/4/12 2/11/12 Legal #130575 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 11-CP-530 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES R. WALDRON Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Charles R. Waldron, deceased, whose date of death was November 12, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okaloosa County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 101 James Lee Blvd. East, Crestview, FL 32536. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE, ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is January 28, 2012. Attorney for Personal Representative: Tracy O. Strom Attorney for Kathleen Murray Florida Bar Number: 0907420 204 Buck Drive NE Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548 Telephone: (850) 243-5451 Fax: (850) 244-9554 Personal Representative: Kathleen Murray 14 Chipping Ridge Fairport, NY 14450 1/28/12 2/4/12 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. Legal #130584 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 46-2010-005797C CIRCUIT CIVIL VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., a Tennessee corporation authorized to transact business in Florida, Plaintiff, VS. PAMELA A. FLORES; JOHN H. MANN; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTS, IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Plaintiffs Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on January 6, 2012 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on March 2, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. (CST), online at vvww.okaloosa.realforeclose.com the following described property: Lot 1, Block A, FOXES RUN FIRST ADDITION, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 9, Page 4, of the Public Records of Okaloosa County, Florida. To include a: 2004 Clay VIN CS2006249TNA 0092444361 2004 Clay VIN CS2006249TNB 0092444453 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTERST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated: 1-12-12 DON W. HOWARD, CLERK OKALOOSA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT By: E Hoke Deputy Clerk ADA/Accessibility If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Shelia Sims, Chief Deputy Court Administrator, Office of Court Administration at (850) 595-4400 at the M. C. Blanchard Judicial Building, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Attn: Erin Gordon 215 S. Monroe St., Suite 510 Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: (850) 412-1042 Fax: (850) 412-1043 2/4/12 2/11/12 Legal # 130596 In accordance with Florida Statute 197.3632, the Holt Fire District intends to use the uniform method of collection for non-ad valorum assessment. This may cause an increase in assessments of up to $1.20 per assessment for FY 2012. The Holt Fire Commissioners will hold a public hearing on this as their first action at their regular meeting on the 1st Monday in March 2012 (5 March 2012.) at 6:30 PM at the Holt Fire Department 490 Highway 90 W, Holt, Fl 32564. 2/4/12 2/11/12 2/18/12 2/25/12 Legal #130579 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 1ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 46-2009-CA-001116 FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. SAMANTHA DOUANGDARA; MIRAMAR PLACE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION,INC.; GABRIELA WALSH; MICHAEL WALSH; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Resetting Foreclosure Sale dated the 9th day of Jan., 2012, and entered in Case No. 46-2009-CA-001116, of the Circuit Court of the 1ST Judicial Circuit in and for Okaloosa County, Florida, wherein FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION is the Plaintiff and SAMANTHA DOUANGDARA, MIRAMAR PLACE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., GABRIELA WALSH and MICHAEL WALSH IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash electronically at www.okaloosa.realforeclose.co m at, 11:00 AM on the 28 day of Feb., 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: UNIT C302, MIRAMAR PLACE CONDOMINIUMS, PHASE IV, ACCORDING TO DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUMS FOR MIRAMAR PLACE CONDOMINIUMS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2508, PAGE 2081, AS AMENDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2791, PAGE 4890, AND AS AMENDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2794, PAGE 1231, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH PARKING SPACE P8. TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED SHARE OR INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Shelia Sims, Chief Deputy Court Administrators Office of Court Administration at (850) 595-4400 at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 10 day of Jan., 2012. DON W. HOWARD Clerk of The Circuit Court By: K Brown Deputy Clerk Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438 1/28/12 2/4/12 the highest and best bidder for cash, at https://www.okaloosa.realforeclose.com/index.cfm, at 11:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as the sale may proceed, on the 21 day of FEB, 2012, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: UNIT NO. A, BUILDING NO. 12, FINISTERRA, A CONDOMINIUM ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 1060, PAGE 963, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND ANY AND ALL AMENDMENTS THERETO. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim on the same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Sheila Sims, 190 Governmental Center, 5th Floor, Pensacola, FL (850) 595-4400 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 10 day of Jan, 2012. DON W. HOWARD Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Vicki Jackson Dpeuty Clerk ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF LEAH H. MAYERSOHN, ESQ. Mayersohn Law Group, P.A. 101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1250 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 765-1900 (954) 713-0702 fax 1/28/12 2/4/12
SP O RTS www.crestviewbulletin.com Saturday, February 4, 2012 Page 10 By Randy Dickson email@example.com BAKER Tuesdays boys basketball game between neighbors Laurel Hill and Baker was not for the weak of heart or mind. The Hoboes and Gators battled it out for the full 32 minutes, and in the end it was Laurel Hill pulling out a 57-52 win. To say the teams were evenly matched would be an understatement, The game started just as it would unfold, with the teams trading baskets. Hobo senior Tyler Zessin picked up the games rst basket on an offensive rebound. And 20 seconds later, the Gators (9-14) answered with a basket by Tikea Davis. At the end of the rst quarter, the game was tied 11-11. About the only difference in the rst quarter was the Hoboes (13-10) got their scoring from ve different players, while Bakers Garrett Sanders scored eight for his team. Eight minutes later when the half ended, the score was still tied at 26-26. Danny Spicer took over for Sanders in the second quarter, scoring eight points, and Travon Calloway almost matched that total with 11 points for the Hoboes. Laurel Hill coach Kent Zessin praised the play of both teams in the rst half. The rst half was probably the best half Ive seen of two teams getting after it, he said. It was just back and forth. I told the guys at halftime it was going to be the little things hitting the free throws and doing the little things, and the game was going to come down to the wire. The Hoboes might have taken care of the little things better in the second half, but they got a big boost from post player Lane Strickland, who scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the nal two quarters. With Strickland taking over in the paint with eight points in the third quarter, the Hoboes tried to pull away. Laurel Hill led 43-35 after three, but the game was far from over. Josh Hartzog did his best to will the Gators back in the game in the fourth quarter as he scored eight of his 11 points, but the Hobo lead was just too big to overcome as Laurel Hill held off Bakers late charge. Sanders led the Gators with 13 points. Hartzog and Spicer each scored 11 points. Strickland was joined in double gures for the Hoboes by brothers Travon and Tamaria Calloway. Travon Calloway had 15 points, and Tamaria added 11. Baker coach Mike Martello was gracious in defeat. We knew what to expect, he said. They just did a little bit better job of executing than we did, especially in the second half. Their defense in the second half set the tempo and we never could get it going offensively, and I just give it all to their defense in the second half. They really stepped up big. By Randy Dickson randyd@crestviewbulletin. com CRESTVIEW The District 2-6A girls basketball tournament opened Monday night with No. 4 seed Crestview hosting fth seed Niceville for the right to play top seed Choctawhatchee in the tournament semi nals that were played Friday at Mosley. And to the delight of the home fans, it was the Bulldogs who advanced with a 49-35 win. Fittingly, Crestview avenged a loss from a year ago when the Eagles eliminated the Bulldogs from the tournament. Crestview (14-9) got an early basket from Jensis Coleman less than a minute into the game and never trailed. Colemans basket was followed by scores from Jasmine Middleton, Solo Pride and Malia Gandy as the Bulldogs opened up an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles, who end the season with a 5-21 record, nally got on the scoreboard with 2:57 left in the rst quarter when Dani Douglas hit a pair of free throws. An Aubrey West free throw cut the Bulldog lead to 7-3, but Erica Herman scored for Crestview with 12 seconds left in the quarter to push the Bulldog lead back to six points. Niceville continually battled back throughout the game, cutting into a large Bulldog lead and closing to within three or four points only to see the momentum swing back to Crestview. A basket by Middleton with 3:12 left in the second quarter put the Bulldogs up 17-9, and they appeared ready to run away with the game, but Niceville clawed back, holding Crestview scoreless the rest of the half. Amanda Demma, Michaela Mitchell and Douglas scored for the Eagles in the nal three minutes of the second quarter to cut the Bulldog lead to a basket at 17-15. With less than a second left in the half, Demma had a chance to tie the game with a pair of free throws, but she missed them both as the Bulldogs survived the Niceville run. As was the case in the rst half, the third quarter started with quick scores by Crestview, followed by a counter punch from the Eagles. A Jaci Hodskins basket with 6:28 left in the third pulled Niceville to within a point with the score at 20-19. Crestview proceeded to go on a 9-0 run that ended with a 3-pointer by Holly Stanford. A Douglas score 20 seconds into the fourth quarter once again had the Eagles to within a basket with the scored 31-29. But back-to-back baskets by Crestviews Arianna Simms sparked an 11-0 Bulldog run to put the game out of reach. Any time you beat Niceville its a good thing, Stanford said. It was a good thing that we all came together and won our last home game and are going on to face Choctaw and hopefully we will make it to the playoffs this year. This has de nitely been a building season and weve had our ups and downs, but hopefully we can pull it out (beat Choctaw and make the playoffs). Coleman led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Stanford and Simms each scored seven. By Randy Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org CRESTVIEW The present and future met for eight Crestview athletes Wednesday as they signed a National Letter of Intent with the colleges of their choice to continue their athletic careers. Six football players Will Boler, Alex Campagne, Geo Hillsman, Matt Hutchison, Earl Reed and Javaris Seastrunk signed scholarship papers, along with Bulldog softball player Hannah Day and track star Asten Lopez. Reed, an offensive lineman, actually double signed, inking with Division I Memphis of Conference USA and junior college power Georgia Military. Reed is expected to attend Georgia Military. Seastrunk, an outside linebacker, had an offer from Minnesota of the Big 10 but chose Division I-AA Elon of the Southern Conference. Elon is in North Carolina. Hillsman and Hutchison will attend Gardner-Webb, which is also an I-AA school in North Carolina. GWU plays in the Big South Conference. Hillsman is projected to play receiver and Hutchison fullback. Hutchison turned down the chance to be a preferred walk-on at Florida. Boler and Campagne will continue their careers together, having signed with Cumberland University in Nashville, Tenn. Day will keep her talents local as she signed with Northwest Florida State College, where she will catch for the Raiders. Lopez, who was last years female track Athlete of the Year after winning district championships in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump, has signed with Division I Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The Bulldogs who signed Wednesday join classmates Kameron Miller and Derek Lovelace, baseball players who had signed previously. Crestview head football coach and athletic director Kevin Pettis praised all the athletes for their hard work. Theyve done a great job, and theyve worked hard, and they deserve what they get, he said. We are just proud that they were able to ful ll their dreams and save their parents a lot of money. The estimated value of the 10 scholarships is $2 million over four years. For Day, the opportunity to play locally for the Raiders made her decision an easy one. I love their program, she said. I love the school, and its close to home. I had a great offer, and I took it. It was just a great opportunity. The decision to turn down bigger programs to play at I-AA schools wasnt so easy for Hutchison or Seastrunk, but both are comfortable with their choices. The atmosphere (at Gardner-Webb) was awesome, Hutchison said. The facilities were very nice, and everyone in Boiling Springs is just nice, too. It feels like back home, and thats where I want to be. I talked to them (Florida coaches) Tuesday night about 9:30, and I made the nal decision that I was going to go ahead and sign with Gardner-Webb. As was the case with Hutchison, Seastrunk said the people at Elon played a big part in his decision. It all comes down to the people there and that home kind of feeling that you feel like they care about you there, he said. Wednesday might have been the big signing day, but football players Andrew Gibbons, Matt Phelan and Andrew Thomas are expected to sign scholarships in the next few weeks. Wednesday was an extra special day for Crestview assistant principal Dexter Day, a 1978 CHS grad who is also Hannah Days father and the former middle school coach of some of the football players. It is a great day, he said. Our kids deserve this just like any other kids. They have worked hard over the past years. I know, Ive had a few of these football players and obviously Ive worked with Hannah ever since she could pick a ball up. The commitment that they are doing in these sports will catapult them to where they want to be later in life. That commitment and dedication to what they are doing in their sport will make them that much better in the business world or whatever they do. Big day for Bulldogs Eight Crestview athletes sign scholarships RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin Eight Crestview athletes football players Will Boler, Alex Campagne, Geo Hillsman, Matt Hutchison, Earl Reed and Javaris Seastrunk, softball player Hannah Day and track sprinter Asten Lopez are joined by baseball players Kameron Miller and Derek Lovelace, who had signed previously. PHOTOS BY RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin Crestviews Holly Stanford dribbles into the lane for Crestview. The Bulldog senior captain scored seven points as Crestview beat Niceville 49-34 in the District 2-6A tournament opener. At right, Jensis Coleman res up a jump shot for Crestview. Hoboes outlast Gators in close match RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin Laurel Hills Travon Callaway knives his way between a pair of Baker defenders on his way to the basket. Lady Dawgs win tourney opener