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They won't make the
\ which no longer
has softball, but
Girls 9-12 can
sign up for the
Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League fastpitch softball
league for a good time and
some exercise. Call Sharon
Criddle at 855-1917 or log
on to NVLLB.org.
The Niceville Library will
feature the watercolor and
mixed media of local artist
Maria Armstrong through
Feb. 27. The
free exhibit
some of her
most inter-
esting work.
Call 729-4090.
Thursday. 7 p.m.
If you missed the premier
of "Niceville: A Fish Story"
at the Mattie Kelly Center
last summer, here's your
chance to check it out. The
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will
show the film at the muse-
um; a $10 donation is
For information, call
Friday. 7:30 p.m.

For a little end-of-January
entertainment, take in the
Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra and
Northwest Florida State
College dance program's
"Symphonic Miniatures" at
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $22.50, or $16
for those 18 and under. Call
Monday, noon-12:50 p.m.
Get a leg up on the com-
petition in these uncertain
economic times with a
sparkling resume. The
Career Resource Center at
Northwest Florida State
College will hold a free
resume writing workshop
in Room P-107, Niceville
Call 729-5227.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-4

Sansom faces jury probe

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The relationship between Florida
House Speaker Ray Sansom and
Northwest Florida State College is under
scrutiny by a state grand jury.
A grand jury that convened in
Tallahassee Monday voted to explore the
relationship, according to Leon County
State Attorney Willie Meggs.
Sansom, a Destin Republican who rep-

resents District 4,
which includes
NFSC's home cam-
pus in Niceville,
denied any wrongdo-
ing and said he wel-
comed an investiga-
Meggs told the
Beacon Friday that
the grand jury of 21

Ray Sansom

people would serve six months. Among
the issues he said he would present to the
panel were matters relating to Sansom-
"all those issues you read about in the
media," the prosecutor said.
Two matters Meggs would present,
according to newspaper reports in the St.
Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald,
Please see SANSOM, page A-2

A.G. admonishes
college trustees
on Talla. meeting
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum yesterday admonished
members of the Northwest Florida
State College Board of Trustees on a
controversial meeting held last
Please see MEETING, page A-2

Firefighters win

more sessions

with U.S.-paid

fitness trainer

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The North Bay Fire District
has won federal approval to con-
tinue employment of a personal
trainer to help fit. lihIi i, stay fit.
Fire Chief Joe Miller last
week told fire commissioners that
the district had received a 90-day
extension for its $48,000 FEMA
Assistance to F II ligliili Grant,
a one-year grant to improve the
fitness and wellness of firefight-
The district received the grant
in February 2008, but time ran

out before all the money was
Officials said federal money
was used to modify an upstairs
room at the firehouse and trans-
form it into a gym. The grant also
purchased exercise equipment,
such as free weights, a treadmill,
a crossover bar system, barbells,
medicine balls, jump ropes, an
eliptical trainer, a rowing
machine and weight benches.
The district also used the
money to hire a $75-an-hour per-
Please see FITNESS, page A-2

Youth park

slashes hours

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The city-run Niceville skate-
board and paintball park is now
open only on weekends due to a
51-percent cut in hours to offset
falling patronage.
The new hours, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6
p.m. on Sundays, took effect ear-
lier this month, said youth park
supervisor Don Ory.
The elimination of weekday
hours, which used to be
Wednesday-Friday, 2 to 8 p.m.,
resulted from a cost-cutting deci-
sion by the Niceville City
"Unlike Little League sports,"

said City Manager Lannie
Corbin, "the skate park appeals to
just a few folks. With the city in
the position it's in-trying to sur-
vive all these (budget) cuts-you
have to cut the things that involve
the least amount of people."
Ory said, "When the facility
was in its prime (in 2005), we'd
get over 1,000 patrons per month.
Now we're down to less than 300
per month, and the majority of
them come on the weekends."
In November, the park, which
serves paintball enthusiasts,
skateboarders, rollerbladers,
rollerskaters, and BMX bicy-
clists, had only 80 visitors.
Please see PARK, page A-7

Crime rate declines in 2008

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Police statistics for 2008 indicate that
last year was relatively quiet in Niceville
and Valparaiso compared with arrests for
DUI, traffic violations and criminal
offenses the year before.
Similarly, in unincorporated areas of
Niceville in 2008, the number of calls for
service from the Okaloosa County

Sheriff's Office were down from 2007
totals, and deputies also generated fewer
offense reports.
Lt. Randy Sallee, of the Niceville
police department, credits increased police
visibility for helping keep DUIs and traf-
fic offenses relatively low last year.
Niceville officers have been conduct-
ing near-daily radar traffic patrols on the
city's busiest streets, Sallee said, perhaps

making people think twice about their
driving behavior.
"It helps," Sallee said. "It will slow
traffic down." He also credits drivers with
more awareness about the costs of driving
drunk-not only the fines and court costs,
but the impact on people's jobs, loss of
driving privileges, and other effects-for
the nearly 20 percent drop in DUI arrests
last year to 59, compared with 73 in 2007.

There were 549 traffic accidents in
Niceville last year, just two more than
were reported the year before. Sallee said
he did not think the high price of gas-
which reduced the number of motorists on
many streets and highways-was a major
factor in the reduction.
Niceville officers last year made 53
Please see CRIME, page A-7

Merchants seek

more street lights

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
After enduring more than two
years of highway construction to
widen John Sims Parkway, some
merchants are seeking better
street lighting to spur a business
revival in west Niceville.
In a Jan. 13 letter to Niceville
City Manager Lannie Corbin, a
group called The New Turkey
Creek Business Co-op requested
additional street lights on John
Sims between the Turkey Creek
bridge and Government Avenue.
Only one of five utility poles on
the stretch has a light on the six-
lane section of state highway, and

it sometimes fails.
Corbin said he has asked the
police chief to study the situation
before bringing the issue to the
city council.
"Driving at night in the area
provides a rather ominous view
of the businesses," the business
owners stated in the letter. "We
feel that the local consumers
would feel safer to visit in the
evenings if lighting was compara-
ble to the other side of the Turkey
Creek Bridge as the road contin-
ues east through Niceville."
Four of the eight, older
frontage buildings in the
Please see LIGHTS, page A-7

Eight small-busi-
ness owners on
this stretch of John
Sims Parkway West
have asked
Niceville to add
street lights so cus-
tomers will feel
safer visiting the
stores at night.

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

For the birds


Bluewater Bay residents Jacob and Amanda Montague, ages 13 and 3, enjoyed a sunny
afternoon last week feeding seagulls at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso.

I For 16 years the vo!Ge of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso 0


Page A-2


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

From page A-1
sonal trainer for the fiL lilhili ,
"Because of the physical
demands of the job," Miller said in
an interview, "we want to keep
them on that healthy road. They
have to pass physical every year.
We are not a busy department so

From page A-1
While stating that the Attorney
General's role is to educate rather
than make a formal determina-
tion, McCollum wrote trustees: "it
appears upon review, based on
reported information, that the
manner in which the college
noticed and held a meeting of
trustees in Tallahassee is very
questionable and could easily be
interpreted to contravene Chapter
286 of the Florida Statutes."
Chapter 286 is Florida's
Sunshine Law, requiring public
bodies to hold their meetings in
public. Any violation would be a

we wanted to make sure they are
staying in shape."
"We wanted to keep every-
thing in house," Miller continued,
"instead of them being out in the
community. It's better to keep
them here so they can respond
more quickly, should the need
Personal trainer Gary Glossop
of Body Sculpturing by Gary,
noncriminal infraction, said
McCollum, who sent copies of his
letter to two prosecutors.
McCollum's letter followed
his review of reports of a meeting
between Rep. Ray Sansom, R-
Destin, and NFSC trustees on
March 24, 2008, in a Tallahassee
club. Stories in the St. Petersburg
Times and other newspapers
questioned whether the meeting
violated the Sunshine Law. The
college kept no minutes of the
meeting, which its president said
was held "in privacy."
The session was advertised as
a legislative briefing seven days
previously in the Northwest
Florida Daily News, about 150
miles from the location of the

Niceville, told the Beacon: "I was
hired to help them improve their
overall fitness level. I help with
workouts, assign personalized
programs, watch them and make
sure they're doing the exercises
correctly and give them specific
exercises which enable them to
make their jobs easier.
F nI liil'k iL do a lot of things that
require lower body strength."
In e-mails released to the
media, Sansom and Richburg dis-
cussed ideas prior to the meeting.
In a message to Sansom Feb. 12,
2008, Richburg wrote: "Think
about a meeting in Tall. with you,
the trustees of OWC, and me to
talk about the proposed college
change and the system questions.
It's probably the only way we can
do it in privacy but with a public
notice here. We could either do
dinner or a lunch at FSU Club or
Governor's Club. I haven't talked
to Jody (Henderson, chair of the
college board of trustees) about
the idea and want your thoughts."
Sansom responded in an e-
mail later that day: "That would
be great!! We can get a private
room on 6th floor at FSU. We can

Glossop, who said this was the
first time he has trained a depart-
ment of firefighters, said he
thought the physical program was
a great idea and that police
departments should also incorpo-
rate some type of physical train-
Miller said all fire departments
have some type of physical pro-
gram, but he didn't know if any
set whole meeting up with Dort."
Earlier this month, as state
officials began looking into the
matter, Richburg created a
"record" of the March 24, 2008,
meeting. The trustees approved
the record last week. College
officials have insisted the meeting
was legal.
McCollum told trustees they
are "clearly subject" to the
Sunshine Law. He offered guid-
ance and cited case law on three
requirements of the law:
-Meetings of public boards
must be open to the public. The
statute specifically prohibits pub-
lic boards from holding meetings
"at any facility or location which
discriminates on the basis of sex,
age, race, creed color, origin, or

others had hired personal trainers.
The grant now expires March
30 and will cover the continued
employment of Glossop until that
During a fire commission
meeting Jan. 20, Commissioner
Jim Miller requested an assess-
ment be made which would indi-
cate the benefit to the fil lihltl i
of continuing with the trainer
economic status or which oper-
ates in such a manner as to unrea-
sonably restrict public access to
such a facility." He continued,
"Thus, this office has stated that a
public agency may not hold its
meetings in a facility where the
public has limited access or where
there may be a 'chilling' effect on
the public's willingness to attend."
-Reasonable notice of the
meetings must be given.
McCollum cited a 1994 court
appeal, in Rhea v. School Board
of Alachua County, in which a
meeting the board noticed in the
local newspaper but held 100
miles away at a hotel in Orlando
violated the Sunshine Law.
-Minutes of the meeting
must be taken and promptly

once the grant money expires.
"Also ask the trainer for a pro-
posal as to what it would cost the
district to hire him," added
Commissioner Miller.
Chief Miller said the district
pays the trainer $450 a week, or
$75 an hour. At first hire, Glossop
trained the fil li'Ihl i 18 hours a
week, but now goes to the fire sta-
tion six hours a week.
recorded. Section 286.011 of
Florida statue requires a public
meeting be "promptly recorded"
and open to public inspection.
Richburg, in his January 2009
"record" of the Tallahassee meet-
ing, identified the following col-
lege trustees as present at the
March 24, 2008, "cliIl.iiL
briefing": Elizabeth S. Campbell,
Sandy Sims, Dale Rice Jr., Joseph
W. (Jody) Henderson, Esteena K.
Wells, Brian Pennington, and
Wesley Wilkerson. Also present
were Richburg, Sansom, and
aides Mike Hansen and Dort
Henderson, NFSC Board of
Trustees chairman, was unavail-
able for comment at press time

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From page A-1
-That Sansom accepted an
unadvertised $110,000 part-time
job at NFSC in November after
steering the Niceville school
more than $35 million in extra
construction funds over two years
-That Sansom arranged $6
million in state funding for the
college to build a training center
at the Destin airport, a facility the
two newspapers reported "is vir-
tually identical to a hangar that a
Sansom friend and contributor
had sought to build with state
Sansom earlier this month said
he would quit his college post
effective Jan. 31, after only two
months, bowing to widespread
criticism for accepting employ-
ment from an institution he had
done so much to benefit at public
In a statement released
Monday in response to Meggs'
announcement of the grand jury

probe, Sansom said: "I have acted
honestly in all matters, including
in my work as a state legislator.
The complaints are based on
news articles, not personal knowl-
edge of the facts. Once the facts
are fully aired, I expect the out-
come of this inquiry will be posi-
tive. I will cooperate fully and
look forward to a speedy conclu-
The legislative appropriation
for the Destin airport training
center, which NFSC hadn't
requested, came after Destin
developer Jay Odom failed to win
the state money he sought to build
ajet hangar that would be used by
emergency workers in times of
natural disaster. After Odom's
plan went unfunded, Sansom
inserted $6 million into the 2007
state budget for NFSC to build
and own an airport training center
that would be used by emergency
workers in natural disasters.
The St. Petersburg Times also
reported that civil complaints
against Sansom have been filed
with the Florida Commission on

Ethics. The commission met in
Tallahassee Friday, although its
published agenda made no men-
tion of any such complaints.
Kerrie Stillman, a spokes-
woman for the Commission on
Ethics, said a statement on the
meeting would be available today,
Jan. 28. She would neither con-
firm nor deny that the panel
would consider any complaints
against Sansom. Complaints are
considered by the panel depend-
ing on when they are received,
she said, and a recommendation
is usually made to either dismiss
the complaint or further investi-
gate. At that time any complaint
would become part of the public
record, she said.
Separately, House Rules
Committee Chairman Bill
Galvano, R-Bradenton, Monday
asked for appointment of a spe-
cial counsel to investigate com-
plaints against Sansom. Galvano
said it wouldn't look impartial, if
a House committee appointed by
the powerful speaker investigated

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


College trustees

hear facility plans

Tallahassee meeting set

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During a meeting Jan. 20,
the Northwest Florida State
College Board of Trustees
heard briefings regarding
two new facilities. Some
trustees plan to attend addi-
tional briefings in
Tallahassee Feb. 3 and 4 to
learn more about state leg-
islative issues affecting
The trustees began the
formal portion of
the meeting at the
Niceville college p
with a briefing ,

from John and
Cathy Orcutt, rep-
resenting Orcutt
Consulting and
Sam Marshall
Architects, on the
schematic design Jame
for a new student Richt
services complex.
The complex will include
extensive renovations to
Building K, the current stu-
dent services building, as
well as adding a new, three-
story building connected to
Building K via a courtyard.
The new facility will include
new dining rooms for stu-
dents and faculty, an assort-
ment of meeting rooms and
social areas, offices for vari-
ous student service agencies
such as financial aid and reg-
istration. The courtyard will
have a large "v\..i1l feature,"
as well as providing covered
walkways and informal
spaces for people to meet
and interact with each other.
In other construction-
related action, trustees
approved the phase III
design and construction doc-
uments for a First Responder
Operations Center in Destin
and authorized the college
president to set dates for bid-
ding the project which is
anticipated to begin within
30 days.
The 27,000-square-foot
facility will be constructed
with precast concrete walls
up to nine inches thick to
withstand 190 mph winds to
accommodate emergency
operations staging and pro-
vide space for emergency
vehicles to be housed as
needed. The facility will
serve as a training site for
college offerings such as
first-responder training and
as an emergency operations
center during times of storms
or other natural disasters.
The $6 million facility
will be built with state
money but will be operated
by the college.
Prior to approval of the
design documents, NFSC
President James R. Richburg
provided trustees a review of
the project. The summary
noted that items related to
the facility had been dis-
cussed at trustee business
meetings since November


2007, when the board direct-
ed the president to work with
county and city officials to
identify suitable land for the
Richburg said that after
reviewing the few appropri-
ate construction sites owned
by either the city of Destin or
the county, the college initi-
ated the planning process to
build the facility at the
Destin Airport on county
land leased by Destin Jet and
that a sublease was
negotiated with the
county and Destin
Jet for the college to
build the facility on
one acre of the
seven acres leased
by Destin Jet from
Okaloosa County.
Richburg told the
R. trustees that the land
urg lease approved by
college trustees in
September 2008, provides
that the college's facility be
used for first responder train-
ing and general education
and does not include provi-
sions for private business
Richburg emphasized that
the lease does not create any
partnership or joint venture
between any of the parties.
"The sublease approved by
the Board of Trustees is for
40 years, and provides that
the lease will continue
between the college and the
county even if the Destin Jet
lease should expire," he said.
Trustees also approved,
belatedly, a short summary
record of a legislative brief-
ing and trustees meeting held
March 24, 2008, at the FSU
University Center in
Tallahassee. The controver-
sial meeting-which was
advertised in advance in a
newspaper notice but con-
ducted "in privacy," accord-
ing to Richburg-included a
review by State Rep. Ray
Sansom, R-Destin, of col-
lege funding, the status of
the state college bill and a
review of the college's five-
year construction plans. No
minutes were taken of the
meeting. Richburg's sum-
mary said that no action was
taken by trustees at the 2008
Richburg told the Beacon
that another meeting is
scheduled between NFSC
trustees and various officials
and lobbyists of the Florida
legislature in Tallahassee
Feb. 3 and 4. He said the
meeting will mainly consist
of a series of briefings and
discussions regarding leg-
islative issues of interest to
the NFSC trustees, and that
no votes or decisions by
trustees are expected to take
place. Richburg said he did
not know how many of the
trustees will actually take
part in the meetings, and that
no agenda or schedule had
yet been written.

Valp. fire chief sets resignation

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Charlie Frank, Valparaiso's fire
chief for the past four-and-a-half
years, turned in his resignation last
Wednesday, effective April 16.
In the interim, Mark Norris, the
assistant chief under Frank, has
been asked by City Commissioner
Heyward Strong Jr. to serve as
interim fire chief.
Two volunteer firefighters,
N i c k
and Michael
Hudson, are
sharing the
ties of assis-
tant fire chief
in the inter-
im, Norris
told the
Beacon. Charlie Frank
Frank told the Beacon he has
no problems with the city and has
not applied for any other jobs.
Frank said he had been asked to
resign, but would not comment
beyond that.
Strong, commissioner in
charge of the fire department, said
he did not ask for Frank's resigna-

tion, which came a week after a
meeting of the volunteer fire
department's officers, which
Strong attended.
Mayor Bruce Arnold said he
was surprised when Frank turned
in his resignation last week. He
said Frank had been very success-
ful in getting the city a number of


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writ
At a special n
the Valparaiso C
gave preliminary
ordinance chang
allow a pet-groor
continue operating
The commission
buying a new ga
amended a related
The meeting w
rect an oversight i
chasing policy. The
n't have provision
city to buy big-t
previously negoti
tracts-a practice
municipalities an

grants for training and equipment
and had initiated the current EMS
response by the city's volunteer
fire department.
The mayor noted that Frank
had also been successful in organ-
izing other efforts including annu-
al training classes in Valparaiso for
fiilliliii~ i statewide.

grooming (
cies to take advantage of better
er prices on the purchase of expen-
neeting Jan. 19, sive items such as police cars,
ity Commission dump trucks and other special
approval to an vehicles.
ge that would In Valparaiso's case, the
ning business to change approved last week in the
g. purchasing policy allowed the city
on also approved to make a five-year lease purchase
rbage truck and for a new garbage truck under an
d purchase poli- existing state contract. The new
truck will cost the city $96,072,
vas called to cor- according to the city clerk.
in the city's pur- On another subject, Four Paws
ie old policy did- Pet Salon, a pet-grooming service
ns allowing the that opened for business Dec. 12
ticket items via in a general commercial zoning
iated state con- district at 100 S. John Sims
that often allows Parkway, unintentionally ran afoul
d county agen- of Valparaiso's land use codes.

Frank's salary as fire chief was
$53,550, while the assistant chief
was paid $18.11 per hour, accord-
ing to city officials.
Until his resignation is final
April 16, Frank has been assigned
to handle various safety and
employee training duties, accord-
ing to the mayor.

When it comes to businesses that
cater to pets, the city's current
ordinances mention only kennel
businesses, which aren't allowed
in General Commercial areas,
according to Tammy Johnson, the
city clerk.
Billie Golden, the owner of
Four Paws Pet Salon, said that her
business does not keep pets
At the special meeting city
commission began to correct the
oversight with the first reading of
an ordinance that adds the catego-
ry of pet grooming to pet services.
Second and final reading of the
ordinance is scheduled at the com-
mission's next regular monthly
meeting Feb. 9.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hollarn on lessons learned in 20 years of service

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Pat Hollarn, who recently
retired as Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections after serv-
ing 20 years, described her experi-
ences helping to manage some of
America's most controversial
elections, as she recently
addressed the American
Association of University Women
in Fort Walton Beach.
Hollarn, a Republican, first
took office Jan. 3,1989, and was
re-elected to four more terms since
then. Her final day in office was
Jan. 5, 2009, after administering
Okaloosa County's part of the
recent national election. Now, she

said, "I'm not so much retired as
recycled," and works as a consult-
ant to other government and pri-
vate organizations on how to oper-
ate fair and efficient elections.
Before becoming Supervisor
of Elections, Hollarn said, she
worked in other career fields
including accounting and teach-
ing, but, "I was always politically
aware," and wanted to make a dif-
ference in her community by run-
ning for office herself. Upon first
taking office, she said, "I was
enthusiastically ignorant of what
was in store for me."
Hollarn found that although
her predecessor had done a good
job with available resources, the

of Elections
Office was
confined to a
small space
in the base-
ment of the
in Crestview,
and its facili- Pat Hollarn
ties and
equipment had not kept up with
the rapid growth of the county.
She began acquiring new equip-
ment, training staff members, and
securing adequate facilities to
improve the level of service
offered to voters and candidates.

Despite the difficulties, "I
loved the job from the first day,"
Hollar said. "It gave me the abil-
ity to create something."
By 1992, in time for her first
presidential election as supervisor,
Hollam had obtained new voting
machines and tabulating equip-
ment and thought all was ready.
However, in the middle of
Election Night, an electrical storm
caused first one, then another vote-
counting computer to go out of
service. Each time another com-
puter was lost, the vote count had
to be done again from scratch,
until only one of the original four
computers was left working. A
vote count that should have taken

only a few hours took all night, but
it got done, and the figures were
"It was then," Hollar said,
"that I learned one of my most
important lessons about holding a
public officedon't be secretive
with the press or the public."
Rather than try to cover up the
technical problems in the elections
office, said Hollarn, she invited
reporters and photographers into
the office to see for themselves
how the votes were being counted,
and to see what the problems were
and how they were being coped
with. The next day, a newspaper
showed a picture of Hollarn sitting
exhausted atop a stack of broken

computers, and the story that went
with the picture was accurate and
even sympathetic to Hollar and
her staff.
When problems or controver-
sies occur, she said, the best solu-
tion is to be completely honest and
open, showing the public what the
problem is and how it is being
handled. "That," she said, "is
much better than holding a 'pri-
vate meeting' and not taking min-
utes." She was apparently refer-
ring to a controversial March 2008
meeting in Tallahassee by the
Northwest Florida State College
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Church land annexation clears hurdle

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Niceville City Council
has given preliminary approval to
ordinances to annex land near
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Church and to vacate and close
some rights-of-way near the
church. The council also
approved a plan to protect city
utility customers against identity
During a meeting Jan. 13, the
council held a public hearing
before approving the first of
three readings of the proposed
ordinances to annex into the city
church-owned land near Holy

The first such ordinance dealt
with annexation on contiguous
land near the church. The second
ordinance was approved for
"vacating and closure of four
rights-of-ways being that portion
of Ivy Avenue, from 18th Street,
heading south along lots 26-21 of
block 20; Juniper Avenue, from
Valparaiso Blvd to 18th Street;
Kumquat Avenue, from
Valparaiso Blvd. to 18th Street;
17th Street, from Ivy Avenue to
Linden Avenue and transfer
excess to same, and providing for
an effective date."
City officials say none of the
streets actually exist, although
they are dedicated rights of way.

During the public hearing,
several residents from near the
church asked questions and made
comments concerning the pro-
posal. One such resident was
concerned that cutting off the Ivy
Avenue right of way would
devalue property nearby.
Another, however, recommended
making 17th Avenue a dead-end
at Ivy Avenue, because busy traf-
fic in the area endangers local
children. An existing 15 mph
speed limit in the area is seldom
observed by motorists, she said,
and there is little speed enforce-
ment by police. She also suggest-
ed adding speed bumps to local

City Councilman William
Thomas said he had visited the
area, and said, "I don't see a
problem with what the church is
asking. However, there is a prob-
lem with speeding in the area."
Councilman Bill Smith
moved to approve the first read-
ing of the proposal, which passed
unanimously. Mayor Randall
Wise said he will ask city offi-
cials to work with the church and
local residents to help resolve
any problems before the next
reading of the proposal.
In other business, the council
approved a plan drafted by City
Clerk Dan Doucet to safeguard
the identities of city utility cus-

tomers, to protect personal infor-
mation stored on city computers
from unauthorized access. The
plan, said Doucet, complies with
state and federal guidelines for
identity theft protection.
The council also approved a
resolution amending the city's
equal employment opportunity
plan, stating "That the City will
attempt to recruit minority
employees until the percentage
equals the percentage of minori-
ties in the County."
Niceville Public Library
Director Sheila bishop reported
to the council that patronage of
the city library has increased
noticeable since the economic

downturn began in September of
2008. In September 2007, she
reported, 18,045 items were
checked out of the library, while
in September 2008, 19,169 were
checked out. She said it is not
unusual for use of public libraries
and other public services to
increase when people have less
money to spend.
Libraries not only provide
free reading material and pro-
grams for children, but library
computers can be used to help
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A 17-year-old Valparaiso boy,
a student, was arrested by
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altercation with a brother over use
of a cell phone allegedly escalated
into a physical confrontation when
the 17-year-old punched his broth-
er in the head and face.

A 14-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 13 for battery, domestic vio-
lence, and for criminal mischief
over $200 but under $1,000. A
verbal altercation with a family
member escalated into a physical
confrontation while the boy
allegedly kicked a hole in the liv-
ing room wall and punched a hole
in his bedroom wall.

A 17-year-old Niceville girl
was arrested by Niceville police
Jan. 14 for battery, domestic vio-
lence involving a boyfriend whom
the girl had lived with for approx-
imately three months.

Cathy Maria Loft, unem-
ployed, 51, of 133 Wright Circle,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 14 for violation of
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DUI arrests
Derrick Allen Cotton, a mili-
tary member, 21, of 501 N. 8th St.,
Unit 1534, Eglin Air Force Base,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI at Evans Street and
Coolwater Circle Jan. 17 at 1 a.m.,
subsequent to an accident that
caused an estimated $3,000 dam-
age but no injuries. Cotton was
also cited for leaving the scene of
an accident with more than $50
damage and for failure to use due
care. Cotton allegedly continued
to drive straight as Evans Street
curved to the left, driving over the
curb and crashing into a utility
pole and a telephone box.

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Aug. 8 in the amount of $500.
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reported that someone burglarized
her vehicle while it was parked in
the business parking lot between 6
and 8 a.m. Jan. 13. Reported as
stolen from the vehicle were a car-
ton of cigarettes, a new child's car
seat, a leather jacket and a
Bluetooth cell phone, valued
together at more than $250. Police
said force did not appear to have
been used to enter the car.

A laptop computer and an iPod
were reported stolen Jan. 13 from
a church office closet, 214 S.
Partin Drive, Niceville. The stolen
items were valued together at
nearly $2,800.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of East College
Boulevard said he locked his keys
inside his SUV about Dec. 29 then
discovered Jan. 19 that unknown
persons) had broken into the
vehicle and stolen a GPS unit, the
battery and the keys to the SUV.
Deputies discovered damage to
the weather strip on a passenger
door indicating the possible entry
point. Once inside the vehicle the
burglar(s) apparently pulled out
the fuses to stop the alarm. The
stolen items were valued together
at $370.

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Ray Sansom for which minutes
were not recorded.
Hollarn went on to discuss a
series of other experiences and
lessons she has learned as
Supervisor of Elections, includ-
The national voter registration
law passed in 1993, known as the
"motor voter" law, was "the foot
in the door for federal intrusion
into local management of elec-
tions'. Administering the many
requirements of the law has been a
"very trying experience," she said,
and the law opened the door to
other federal and state attempts at
"political manipulation of the vot-
ing process."
The U.S. Constitution she said,
left the administration of elections
to state and local authorities, not
the federal government.
Right after the 2000 election,
Hollar said, "I jumped for joy" at
how smoothly everything ran in
Okaloosa County, and promptly
left on vacation to visit her daugh-
ter in Texas. The following day,
she awoke to learn that things had
not gone so smoothly in Palm
Beach County and elsewhere, and
Florida had become a national
laughingstock for poor election
Much of the concern, then and
now, about alleged rigging of elec-
tions is misplaced, Hollarn said.
To effectively rig a large election,
she said, would require "a con-
spiracy of thousands of people."
Concerns about the alleged
dangers of electronic, computer-
based voting are unfounded, she
said. "The loudest criticism comes
from those who know the least
about it," she said, and allegations
that electronic voting will lead to
stolen elections is "the worst lie
since weapons of mass destruc-
That doesn't mean that people
never try to unfairly influence vote
counts, Hollarn added. In the
recent Franken vs. Coleman con-
tested U.S. Senate election in
Minnesota, she said, controversy
had arisen about "overvotes," in
which some voters apparently
marked their ballot for one candi-
date, then crossed it out and
marked another candidate. Such
overvotes for Franken have been
counted, she asserted, while over-
votes for Coleman have not.
Nevertheless, the majority of
problems with elections have
resulted from "dumb voters," not
from vast right or left wing con-
Political attempts to reform
voting procedures usually turn out
to be "ugly," Hollar said, because
most of the public "doesn't care
about elections until two weeks
before the election," and politi-
cians who propose new legislation
"are usually more interested in
gaining an advantage for them-

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Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 29
Date of birth: 08-25-79
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Elder Ray Meade
Wanted for: possession
Height: 6-feet, 1-inch
Weight: 175 pounds
Age: 33
Date of birth: 07-30-75
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue

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The first February after an
election year is the most danger-
ous time for election legislation,
she said, because public interest in
politics is at its lowest, allowing
politicians to do as they please
with few questions asked.
"I think there's something in
the water in Tallahassee," Hollam
said. "Something strange happens
to people who go there." She said
she has often met freshman legis-
lators who take office with great
idealism, but become corrupted by
the system.
"The Legislature has exempted
itself from most of the rules it
makes for others, such as
Government in the Sunshine,"
Hollam said. One of the reasons
some very successful legislators
like WD. Childers have gotten
into legal trouble shortly after
leaving the Legislature, she said,
is that they have become so used
to being able to do things as they
pleased that they are surprised to
discover they have broken the law
when they behave the same way
outside the Legislature.
"Ray Sansom's big mistake
recently," she said, is he forgot
that, "the Legislature is immune
from most of the rules, but
Northwest Florida State College is
Term limits for legislators, she
said, are a cure worse than the dis-
ease. With term limits in place, she
said, "Legislators now have only
eight years to claw their way to the
top, and some are willing to step
on each other to get there." In
addition, many legislators are now
ignorant of the issues, laws, and
programs they vote on, relying on
permanent bureaucrats and
staffers who have now become the
real, unseen powers.
One of the few exceptions, she
said, is state Sen. Don Gaetz, who
takes the time to thoroughly study
proposed legislation.
One of the things she liked best
about her job, Hollam said, was
helping educate children and
teenagers about voting, through
such programs as Kids Vote.
There too, however, she some-
times encountered problems,
especially with voter apathy
among parents.
"I've had kids crying because
their parents wouldn't bother tak-
ing them to polling places to cast
their Kid's Vote." When the pro-
gram was moved to schools to
allow more kids to take part,
Hollam said, she had a hard time
finding teachers at one school
willing and able to help run the
program. Many of the teachers at
the school were not registered vot-
ers themselves, she said, "so I
recruited and trained a group of
fourth graders, and they did a
great job:'
In her new capacity as a private
election services consultant,
Hollam is working with Alabama
and other state governments,
advising them on how to stream-
line and improve the management
of elections.
Another goal Hollar now pur-
sues is to spend more time with
friends and family. "When I was
seriously hurt in a recent traffic
accident, what brought me back to
life was the prayers, visits and
good wishes of friends, including
many friends I thought I had for-
gotten. I learned that we should all
pay more attention to our friends."
Asked what is the best way for
concerned citizens to improve
elections or have a say about polit-
ical issues, Hollarn emphasized
active participation. "If you have a
strong opinion on lii il iii--. run
for office yourself."

SFire Department Reports

SNorth Bay Fire
Th ,prtlay Fire Der mei t responded totf lowing calls Jan. 11 through Jan. 26.
Location SL situation pe e Date Time
Summit ..... .Go detect ......... 1 ... .11109 ....... 19:26
19th S .C... 1',Canceled route . : . .21:06
27th Street .................Canceled e route . i:, ........10:27
Highway 20 .................EMS call ......... .. j l ? ,:, ........18:27
Caribbean Way .............. Brush fire/leaf fire ........ 1/14/09 ....... .15:44
Lilaberry Lane .............. .EMS call ................ .1/14/09 ....... .16:27
Gleneagles Drive ......... ...Structure/good intent ....... 1/14/09 ........ 20:36
Glenburn Court ............. .Good intent ........... .1/15/09 ........ 20:48
W white Point Road ............EMS call ................ .1/16/09 ...... 07:38
Highway 20 ................MVA ...................1/16/09 ....... 07:41
Bay Drive .................. EMS call .................1/16/09 ........ 19:01
Antigua ................... .Public assist ......... ... 1/16/09 ...... 21:04
Harbor Boulevard ............Alarm activation ........... 11709 ..... .04:12
Highway 20 .................Canceled enroute .......... 1/17/09 ........ 23:23
Live Oak ........... .. EMS call .................1/17/09 ....... .23:40
White Point Road ............EMS call ................11/18/09 ...... 16:28
Windsong Court .......... Brush fire ...............1/20/09 ....... 04:24
Biscayne ................. Canceled enroute .......... 1/20/09 ....... 05:10
Boca Drive .. ........... .. Medical assistance ........ .1/20/09 ........ 07:09
Hidden Lake ................EMS call ................. 1/20/09 ........16:41
Emerald Coast Parkway ....... Canceled enroute .......... 1/20/09 ........ 18:21
Bay Drive ................. .EMS call ................ .1/21/09 ...... 11:47
Bermuda ..................EMS call ................. 1/22/09 ....... 06:26
Ridge ..................... EMS call ................. 1/22/09 ........ 07:58
Bluewater Boulevard ......... .MVA ................... .1/24/09 ...... 01:13
White Point Road ............EMS call .................1/24/09 ...... 22:24
Cedar .....................EMS call ................ .1/25/09 ....... 05:01



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From page A-1

fewer felony arrests (165) than in
2007, and six more misde-
meanor arrests in 2008 (430)
than in 2007. With manpower
"up to snuff" and fully trained
last year, Sallee said police were
more visible on the street during
their 12-hour duty shifts.
In Valparaiso, police Capt.
Matt Willingham said two fac-
tors helped lower accidents and
traffic-related citations in 2008:
the use of the department's
"smart trailer," which automati-
cally informs drivers how fast
they're driving; and advertise-
ment of planned traffic-enforce-
ment areas.
Last year 48 traffic accidents
were reported in Valparaiso,
nine fewer than in 2007.
Meantime, 706 traffic citations
were issued by Valparaiso
police last year, 111 fewer than
in 2007, according to statistics
released by Valparaiso police.
Valparaiso police made seven
DUI arrests in 2008, two fewer
than the year before.
Normally crime increases as
the economy declines,
Willingham said. But during
2008, Valparaiso felony and
misdemeanor arrests rose by
just two, to 69. Valparaiso
police are patrolling more,
including getting out of their

From page A-1
Niceville's director of recreation,
James Campbell, said the city
government's main purpose was
to "make sure roads, water and
sewer systems, police and fire
protection, are up to par. With
the economy the way it is, these
other things, like the Children's
Park and Turkey Creek, though
they improve the quality of life,
are not necessities, so they're
the first things that need to go."
The skate park, built in 2003
with city labor, cost Niceville an
estimated $500,000, said Ory.
Corbin, though he did not
have the exact figures at his
immediate disposal, estimated
the weekday closing of the

cars and walking the business
district, he said.
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office, which primari-
ly serves unincorporated areas,
does not break out arrests by
area within the county.
However, it does list geographi-
cally the calls for service for all
causes, including criminal activ-
ity, stranded motorists, found
items, missing persons, suspi-
cious activity and so on. Last
year the sheriff's office received
12,679 calls for service from the
Niceville-Valparaiso area, or
117 fewer than in 2007.
Another gross measure of
law enforcement activity in
incorporated areas of the Twin
Cities is the number of offense
reports written by deputies last
year. An offense report is gen-
erated whenever a deputy inves-
tigates possible criminal activi-
ty, although a report may
include several possible crimes.
Last year 640 offense reports
were generated in unincorporat-
ed areas of Niceville, down 27
from a year earlier.
Property crimes-burglaries,
credit card fraud, thefts, includ-
ing shoplifting-continue to
make up the bulk of local
offense reports. Batteries, fami-
ly disturbances, child abuse or
neglect cases and criminal mis-
chief reports are also among the
most common offenses reported

youth park would save Niceville
$30,000 to $40,000 annually.
"It was costing more to stay
open than we make," said Ory.
With the weekday shutdown,
employee hours have been cut,
as have electricity costs, he said.
Corbin said the weekend-
only hours would remain in
effect indefinitely.
To use the park a fee of $5
for skating is required and is
good for the entire day. To play
paintball, the entry fee is $12,
which includes the high pres-
sure air used to power the guns.
Participants are required to buy
paintballs from the facility.
Special parties or groups of
20 or more may still use the
park weekdays by prior arrange-
ment, Ory said.

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area-between Tisa's Restaurant
and Lounge and the Turkey Creek
bridge-are occupied by new
merchants, according to the let-
ter. "These optimistic business
owners have gambled their per-
sonal lives and investment capi-
tal to remodel and beautify this
area," the letter stated. "They
will only prosper if the con-
sumers feel safe to visit the area
in the evening hours."
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two and one-half years it took
the state to widen a 1.1-mile
section of John Sims in a $12.6
million project that ended last
August. Some merchants
closed or moved.
Anthony's Restaurant, locat-
ed in a former McDonald's
restaurant, didn't survive 2008.
Anthony's manager Ava Myers
confirmed that the restaurant
closed in December after three
years and sticking it out through
the DOT construction project.
"Our sales increased after the
construction, but it wasn't
enough. It was too hard to get in
and out of there," Myers said.
Among the problems was a
newly posted "No U Turn" sign
at the intersection of John Sims
and Highway 85 North. That
made it difficult for diners from
Eglin to turn around and return
to base, she said. A planned
access road at the back of the
property would have allowed
patrons to exit at the intersec-
tion, she said, but that route was
blocked recently by construc-
tion at a nearby marina.
PFIA Coffee and Cafe owner
Anne Ziegenhorn says it was
expensive, but she's glad she
moved from the original loca-
tion next to Tisa's, to her current
location about two miles east on
John Sims, near the Sears store.
The coffeehouse lost many cus-

tomers during the highway
widening because the construc-
tion made it difficult for cus-
tomers to reach it, she said.
As it became increasingly
difficult for customers to cut
across the highway when con-
crete barriers lined the highway,
Ziegenhorn tried door-to-door
marketing and additional adver-
tising, which generated some
new business. But the DOT con-
struction deadline kept slipping.
Finally, last March she moved to
her new location, a place that
she hopes provides a safe place
for families to come, have cof-
fee or eat lunch with the addi-
tion of several menu items.
Aqua Glass Pools also
moved about a half-mile east
from 402 W. John Sims to its
current location at the intersec-
tion of John Sims and Highway
85 North. Manager Tony
Lawson said the building, not
the traffic, was the issue behind
the move. When the Panama
City-based pool construction
company put a large pool shell
outside its original sales office
to promote the business, people
started stopping by to ask for
chemicals and other pool main-
tenance supplies. So the com-
pany decided to expand and
become the only full-service
pool company in Niceville,
Lawson said. The new location
is bigger, and access to the traf-
fic light at the intersection
makes it easier for customers,
he said.
Eventually, Niceville plans to
develop the waterfront at the
head of Boggy Bayou for public
recreation, Corbin said. The city
is seeking a grant to extend a
boardwalk into the wetlands
area roughly between the Coffee
Shop and the new marina to the
east, he said. Plans call for the
boardwalk to go under the
Turkey Creek bridge and con-
nect to the boardwalks at the
city's Turkey Creek park.

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NHS takes districts
Niceville High School's Katie Wills (22) fights a Pace player for the ball during Friday's District
1-5A finals. The Eagles stopped the Patriots, 3-1. Defending were Julianne Gaubron (13) and
Suzanne Encardes (20). Coming to Wills' aid was Kristin Muldowney (10). The Eagles will take
on Chiles at Twin Oaks Thursday, Jan. 29, in the first round of regional playoffs.

Knights win soccer crown

Special to the Beacon
The Lady Knights soccer team
won its fourth straight District 1
Class 2a championship Tuesday,
Jan. 20, stopping the Bozeman
Bucks at the Morgan Center in
Destin, 5-1.
This was the forth-consecutive
meeting of the Knights and Bucks
for the championship, with the
knights coming out on top in each
of the previous three. In district
play this year, the Bucks won the
first game, 1-0, and the knights
won the second, 5-2.
With a steady northerly wind
of 15 mph and temperatures in the
upper 30s the Knights took the

The Bucks took advantage of
the wind at their backs and scored
11 minutes into the game. Five
minutes later, Katie Kaim made a
long cross in from the outside and
scored. Before halftime, Katie
found the back of the net a second
In the second half, the
Knights, now with the wind to
their backs, capitalized as Kaim
completed a hat trick by going
one on one with the keeper.
Ashley Weaver also maneuvered
the ball inside the box for the
fourth score.
With the game nearing the end
and the red and yellow cards
mounting against Bozeman,

Emily Steele took a penalty kick
for the Knights' final score. The
girls played with great attitudes in
harsh conditions.
On Thursday, Jan. 29, the
Knights will play the John Paul II
Panthers out of Tallahassee, the
runners-up in the district 2 play-
offs, at 4 p.m. at Twin Oaks in the
Region 1 quarterfinals. Last year,
the Panthers defeated the
Knights, 4-3, in the same
If the Knights win, they will
play the winner of the Bozeman-
Maclay matchup, being played
the same day. Maclay was the
winner of the District 2 champi-
onship game against John Paul II.

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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Millions of Americans
watching the inauguration of
President Barack Obama saw a
crowd that was enthusiastic
and, some would say, almost
worshipful of the new presi-
One Niceville family saw
that fervor first-hand.
"My family and I just decid-
ed we were going," said Hu
Ross. "We have friends in the
area and when now President
Obama was
elected, we
said 'this is
going to be
a historic
event and
we're going
to go.",
S p who voted
Hu Ross for Obama,
came away
from his visit to the nation's
capital impressed both with the
president and with the throngs
of people who witnessed as he
took the oath of office.
"Awesome is the best way I
can describe it," Ross said.
"The crowd was energetic.
There was a buzz in the air,
there's no question about it.
There were obviously lots of
people and there was excite-
ment, there was hope and there
were people from, no kidding,
every walk of life, all age
groups. People had babies in
strollers. There were older
folks in the crowd, which was
a bit surprising to me because
it's difficult for older folks to
be able to get around effective-
ly. Every ethnic group you
could imagine was there, every
religious group was there and
the common denominator,
quite frankly, was people were
excited and they were hopeful.
It didn't matter what their eth-
nic background was or how old
they were-they were genuine-
ly excited."
"I don't know if it's true,"
Ross said, "but I heard when I
came home that, depending on
whose estimate of the crowd
Please see INAUGURAL, page B-2


Beacon photos by Kenneth Books

Marcia Allmond's fifth-grade class.


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Special to the Beacon
After discussing and then
watching the presidential
inauguration of Barack
Obama, students from Plew
Elementary fifth grade were
asked, "What is the most
important thing you think
President Obama should do
as president?"
Some of their answers:
-Make prices for items
lower, solve the financial
crisis to help our economy,
help our economy grow, fix
the money crisis, help the
economy because people
don't have as much money
as they used to.
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I've seen my mom and dad
talk about taxes and it's a
lot of money.
-More jobs.
-Help the environment,
turn our country more
toward environmental prob-
lems by advising citizens to
use more "eco-friendly"
technologies and more
everyday things that won't
hurt our ecosystem, help
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Ruckel, Plew score with knowledge

Both finish first in statewide brainiac competition

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Plew Elementary and Ruckel
Middle schools earned first
place in the state Knowledge
Masters first fifth- and sixth-
grade competitions for the
2008-09 school year.
Three hundred ninety-eight
schools participated in the fifth-
grade competition, with Plew
scoring 741. The 18-member
team finished eighth world-
wide. Edge Elementary's nine-

member team finished fifth in
the state with a score of 640
and placed 58th worldwide.
Ruckel Middle School's first
place state win put the 11-
member team in 19th place
worldwide with a score of 756.
Destin Middle School's 14-
member team finished fifth in
the state with a score of 588,
and 210th worldwide. Three
hundred twenty-two schools
participated in the sixth grade

Knowledge Masters is a
semiannual computer-based
academic competition which
allows students to compete
with others in their grade with-
out leaving their own school.
At the fifth- and sixth-grade
level, the teams have 60 to 90
minutes to answer 100 ques-
tions. While team members
may be encouraged with cheers
of affirmation, no answers may
be shouted, suggested or given
by the audience or team coach-

es. During the competition, the
students may not use calcula-
tors or books for help. Only
pencil, paper and brain power is
Fifth and sixth graders will
participate in their last compe-
tition for the year in March.
The Knowledge Masters
program began in 1983 with 72
schools and now annually
attracts more than 3,000
schools from the United States
and other lands.

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Niceville residents Heather
Oelrich and Daniel Riley have
been named to the Chancellor's
List at Troy University.
Full-time undergraduate stu-
dents who earned a 4.0 grade
point average for the fall
semester are recognized on the
Chancellor's List, the universi-
ty's honor roll.

The Northwest Florida State
College Forensics Team won
the community college prize in
the "Chicken or the Egg
Forensics Tournament" at
Gainesville State College in
Georgia Jan. 16-17. Sixteen
teams competed in the tourna-
ment, including 10 community
college equivalents and six uni-
versities. NWF State took first
place overall among the 10
community college teams and
third among all competing
teams in combined debate and
individual events sweepstakes.
Four out of the five NWF
State College team members
competed in Parliamentary
Debate and all members com-
peted in
those com-
peting were
Chavis and
Williams of
Kristen Chavis Niceville
and Thomas
Wyrick of Destin.
The team will compete next
in the
at the
of West
Florida Jan.
30 and 31,
and at the
Community Matthew
College Williams
Association State
Championship Tournament
Feb. 18-21, hosted by
Tallahassee Community

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size you use, 1.5 to 2 million
folks, there was not a single
incident of anyone being arrest-
ed. It was impossible to get
around without running into
others. People understood
you'd be bumping into one
In addition to the excitement,
Ross said, there was bitter cold
weather. Fortunately, his family
had lived years ago up north
while he served
in the Air Force. 'People
They had a few
coats they had to hopeful.
dig out of the backgrol
attic, including
some old outer- they wet
wear that fit their
Nicholas, 17,
and Victoria, 15.
While Washington partied
following the inauguration, the
Rosses visited their friends.
"We spent our time kind of
celebrating together at their
home," Ross said. "We didn't go
to any of the balls, but we did
visit one of the venues on inau-
guration eve at the Gaylord
Hotel where the Texas delega-
tion was hosting a 'boots and
bow ties' ball. We were over

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Joshua Walter Petrus, a
2004 graduate of Niceville
High School, received a B.S.
Degree from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute on 19
December 2008. While a
member of the V.T. Corp of
Cadets, he served on the
Regimental Staff and complet-

there to do some sightseeing on
National Harbor and shopping."
The inauguration on televi-
sion was riveting, but, Ross said,
"You just had to be there to real-
ly appreciate it. We saw people
jumping up and down, we saw
people shouting, we saw people
crying. My kids, as cold as it
was, really appreciated being
there to be part of the history.
Certainly my wife, Cheryl, was
Now the parties are over and
the hard work begins. Ross said

were excited and they
It didn't matter what th,
und was or how old the
re genuinely excited.'

he has high hopes for the new
president's administration.
"I think his priorities will
have to be trying to do every-
thing he can to restore our econ-
omy," Ross said. "We need to
change the way we work in this
country so people focus on
things that are common to them
as opposed to groups focusing
on their differences, whether it's
Democrats or Republicans, lib-
erals or conservative, black or
white, old or young. People in

ed all requirements for Corps
graduation. On Dec. 18,
Virginia Tech alumnus Maj.
Eric R. Duron, USAF, Ret.,
administered the oath of
office, granting Petrus a com-
mission in the Army. During
the ceremony, Petrus received
the Leadership award.
Following further training
at Fort Benning, Ga. and Fort
Eustis, Va., Petrus will report
to Fort Carson, Colo., as a
transportation officer.

politics try to divide people as
opposed to trying to unite them.
What got people hopeful in this
campaign is we're going to
change the way we think about
things and focus on bringing
people together."
Ross also hopes for a cohe-
sive sense of leadership from
"The fact that we're in the
mess we're in today is because
we've had poor leadership at
every level and the people put-
ting up with that is disgraceful,"
he said. "Instead
of focusing on
were what's best, we
eir ethnic focus on a group
and we use that
'y were- to drive people
apart. You would
-Hu Ross see the differ-
ence if you saw
the people who
were at that inauguration. They
were genuinely happy, genuine-
ly excited for a change. There
were Republicans in the group
and I know that because we
talked to people. They were glad
for the change. That doesn't
mean they agree with everything
Obama wants to do, but they
liked the message."
"Let's hope he and his
administration can be successful
in moving the country forward.
I'm optimistic."

He is the son of Ellen S.
Newton Petrus and the grand-
son of Judith Newton and the
late Col. Walter H. Newton,
USA, Ret., all of Niceville.

Air Force Airman 1st Class
Joshua P. Brown has arrived
for duty at Little Rock Air
Force Base, Ark., after gradu-
ating from basic and technical
Brown, a fuels apprentice,
Please see SERVICE, page B-3

Photo by Hu Hoss
A massive crowd of people attended the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Barack Obama in
Washington, D.C.

Virginia Tech alumnus Maj.
Eric R. Duron, USAF, Ret.,
administers the oath of office,
granting Joshua Petrus a
commission in the Army.
Photo special to the Beacon


Morning Bible Study
9:30 a.m.
Morning Celebration
Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.

Mid Week
Prayer Service
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool

8:00-9:10 (Praise)- 11:00 a.m. "On the P.i.. .\

Sunday School 10:10 a.m. 1407 E John Sims
Niceville 678-1298
Living in God's Amazing Grace! .saulniceville.com

Sunday Services
8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us info@stjudes.us

First United Methodist Church of Niceville
214 Partin Dr.S. 678-4411 www.fumcniceville.org


100 Hart Street, Niceville 729-8600


Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade

Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

First Baptist Church

of Niceville

9:00 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
S10:30 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
5:30p.m. "Survey the Bible"at FBCN
Small Groups throughout
the community Dr. Michael McGough
SWednesday supper at 4:45p.m.
followed by Bible studies and
i ministries for your entire family

622 Bayshore Drive 678-4621


Pastor & Mrs.

Living Faith
Christian Center

Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.

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S Serving...all"

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Special Anniversaries?

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The wedding of Mark
Holmes of Niceville and Jenny
Wottle of Germantown, Tenn.,
was on Dec. 13, 2008, at 5 p.m.
at Germantown United
Methodist Church,
Germantown, Tenn.
Scott Holmes, brother of the
groom, was best man. Mr. and
Mrs. Dan Holmes of Niceville
are parents of the groom. Mr.
and Mrs. Dave Wottle of
Germantown, Tenn., are parents
of the bride.
The couple honeymooned in
St. Lucia and now live in Great
Falls, Mont., where Mark is an
Air Force first lieutenant and
Jenny is employed by Benefits
Hospital as an R.N.
Amy Leigh Garrison and
Dustin James Fox were married
Nov. 15, 2008, at the Eglin Air
Force Base Officers' Club. The
Rev. Kevin Kelly of the First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville officiated at the dou-
ble-ring ceremony.

From page B-1
stop global warming by finding
another way to power cars in an
environment-friendly way, sav-
ing animal populations and our
sources of water, recycling, save
the rainforests and woods.
-Bring the troops home.
One student added, "I think this
because my dad is in the Air
Force and he has to go away to

$ I OK awarded
in art grants

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance
(OAA) recently awarded six
grants totaling $10,000. The
organizations and schools that
received the grants were Fort
Walton Beach High School
Drama Department, Pensacola
Opera, Emerald Coast
Children's Community Theatre,
Northwest Florida Symphony
Guild, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and
Heritage Museum.
Along with giving grants to
local artists or arts organiza-
tions, the OAA supports and
promotes art and culture in
Okaloosa County by sponsoring
workshops for arts organiza-
tions and individual artists,
offering art programs and per-
formances in public schools,
acting as a clearinghouse for
arts related information to art
organizations and artists, and
promoting corporate involve-
ment in support of the arts.

Amy and Dustin Fox
The bride is the daughter of
Rich and Becky Garrison of
Niceville. The groom is the son
of Deb Fox of Pleasantville,
Iowa, and Jim Fox of Shelby,
Presented in marriage by her
father, the bride was attended by
her cousin, Corie Brink, as
matron of honor. Bridesmaids
were Amber Brown and Bonnie
Cody Fox, brother of the
groom, was the best man. The
groomsman was Jeff Garrison,
brother of the bride, and the jun-
ior groomsman was Nick Fox,
brother of the groom. A recep-
tion was held in the ballroom at
the Officers' Club.
The bride is a 2005 graduate
of Niceville High School and a
2008 graduate of cosmetology
school and is licensed as a hair
stylist in Florida. She is attend-
ing Valdosta Technical College
to complete the cosmetology
requirements for her license in
the state of Georgia.
The groom is a 2004 gradu-
ate of Cal High School in
Latimer, Iowa, and is serving in
the U.S. Air Force, stationed at
Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The
newlyweds reside in Valdosta,

-Improve the education in
all schools across America
because children getting a better
education will get better jobs, no
more F-CATS in any school in
-Help the poor and
homeless have shelter, especial-
ly on the very, very cold days.
-Put (street name) on the
ice cream man route and make
the ice cream free.
Participating were fifth grade
students Sarah Pabst, Grace

Special to the Beacon
Several Rocky Bayou
Christian School students
recently won honors in history,
civics and spelling.
Winning first place in the
Daughters of the American
Revolution American History
Essay Contest were Cailin
Kellum, seventh grade, and
Audrey Stevens, eighth grade.
Winning first place in the
Elks Lodge essay contest on

From page B-2
is assigned to the 314th
Logistics Readiness
The son of Michael and
Lari R. Erickson of Magnolia
Shores Drive, Niceville,
Brown graduated in 2003 from
Niceville High School.
Navy Lt. Sarah-Blythe
Ballard, daughter of Sarah P.
and Thomas W. Ballard of
Niceville, along with members
of Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4)
"Skinny Dragons," stationed
at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, is
deployed to the Fifth Fleet
area of operations, Ali Air
Base, Iraq, in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. VP-
4 replaced Patrol Squadron 9
(VP-9) following its seven-
month deployment and
assumed its sister squadron's
mission in Iraq.
Traditionally used for anti-
submarine warfare, the PC-3
Orion aircraft flown by VP-4
are a proven overland asset in
the Global War on Terror.
Working with the Army, Air
Force, Marines, and in combi-

Barton, Abby Mistretta, Mimi
Taylor, Alex Coleman,
Nathaniel Cain, Julia Taylor,
Lucus Degraw, Will West, Haley
Vaughan, Trevor Fossom, Matt
Cutts, Cari Sands, Austin Babe,
Mara Riley, Nick Pizzolato,
Mara Riley, Zac Schwantz,
Laura Harber, Chandler Walker,
Sean Cary, Caden Baucom,
Brittany Cole, Anissa Thomas,
Zac Schwantz, Ally Jenkins,
Amanda Wilson, Lauren
Galloway, Mariah Wendt,

"What Freedom Means to Me"
was Kristin Maxwell, seventh
grade. Her essay will now par-
ticipate at the state level.
Seventh-graders Kendra
Barnes and Tyler Paskell and
eighth-graders Cody Craine and
Rachel Mosley were school
spelling bee winners and will
participate in the ACSI
(Association of Christian
Schools International) Spelling
Bee in Pensacola in March.

nation with multi-national
forces, VP-4 provides intelli-
gence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance support for
ground troops.
Ballard is a 1998 graduate
of Niceville High School and
joined the Navy in May 2002.
She is a 2002 graduate of
Agnes Scott College, Decatur,
Ga., with a BA degree and a
2006 graduate of Emory
University School of
Medicine, Atlanta, with an
M.D. degree.

Navy Seaman Apprentice
Jason O. Wells, son of
Veronica A. and Robert E.
Wells of Freeport, recently
completed U.S. Navy basic
training at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week pro-
gram, Wells completed a vari-
ety of ti.liliiil-. which includ-
ed classroom study and practi-
cal instruction on naval cus-
toms, first aid, firefighting,
water safety and survival, and
shipboard and aircraft safety.
Wells is a 2006 graduate of
South Walton High School of
Santa Rosa Beach.

Brenna McGowan, Gregory
Rowland, Daythn Hicks, Ryan
Schweitzer, Seth Batton,
Catherine Reid, David Tabb,
Josh Vitullo and Geoffrey

Photo special to the Beacon

Helping hand
Over the holidays, Aaron Barniv, left, helped the Niceville
Children's Advocacy Center and executive director Julie
Hurst. For his bar mitzvah project, he collected small toys,
gift cards, small clothing items and baby items for the
center to share with the children it serves.

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Feb. 1:
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County South,
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Friday, Jan. 30: Eglin BX, 9
a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31: White Wilson
Niceville, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Eglin summer hires
The Eglin Air Force Base
Civilian Personnel Office is accept-
ing applications for summer hire
positions in clerical and general
labor categories. To apply, pick up
applications from school coun-
selors' offices or at the Civilian
Personnel Office on Eglin, 310 W
Van Matre Ave., Bldg. 210, Rm. 101
on the first floor hallway. The appli-
cations will be available in a rack
next to door of Rm. 101 by the
automatic doors at the side
entrance. Applications will be
accepted through Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-3
p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applications mailed in must be
postmarked by Feb. 13. Applicants
eligible for the program must have
reached their 16th birthday by June
8 and must be enrolled at least part-
time in high school, college, or
vocational technical school. For
more information, call Angie Beal
at 882-3967 or Sherry Akers at
Library water media show
The Niceville
Public Library is
featuring a water
media exhibit by
noted local artist
Marla Armstrong
through Feb. 27.
Museum remodeling set
The Heritage Park and Cultural
Center Indian Temple Mound
Museum gallery will be closed for
lighting installation and museum
store remodeling for a short time.
Completion is expected to be before
the end of the month. The Indian
Temple Mound Museum will
resume normal operations as soon
as the work is complete.
Visitors can still tour the Camp
Walton Schoolhouse Museum and
the Garnier Post Office on the
museum complex grounds while the
Indian Temple Mound Museum is
closed. These two museums will be
open Monday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a

reduced admission of $3 per person.
Call 833-9595 for updated informa-
Girls sought for fastpitch
Niceville-Valparaiso Little
League Softball is looking for girls
age 9-12 for its fastpitch softball
league. NVLL
boundaries have
been expanded
this year to
i n c ude
Contact Sharon Criddle for more
information at: 855-1917 or e-mail
il ...'.- Ill-, For more informa-
tion, see NVLLB.org.
Violence support groups
Shelter House's Domestic
Violence Victims' Support Groups
have begun. Meetings are scheduled
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6-8
p.m. in Fort Walton Beach. The sup-
port groups are free, all information
discussed in groups is confidential
and no appointment is necessary.
Child Care will be provided on site,
and refreshments will be served.
Call 243-1201 or check shelter
housenwfl.org for locations and
more information.
Museum seeks volunteers
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida needs volunteers
to help with Florida Heritage 2010,
a historic preservation and digitiza-
tion project that will provide inter-
pretation of archival collections
including photographs, documents,
and audiovisual recordings.
Museum staff will provide neces-
sary training. Call 678-2615.
On Jan. 29, 7 p.m., evening pres-
entation of film at the museum.
Mesches art exhibit
Arnold Mesches: Echoes, A
Century Survey art exhibit, will be
open through Feb. 18 at the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts
Center, Northwest Florida State
College, 100 College Blvd.,
Niceville, McIlroy and Holzhauer
Art Galleries.
The exhibit
includes paint-
ings and draw-
ings that present

a survey of the last century based on
world history and the artist's own
American childhood and life.
'Symphonic Miniatures'
On Jan. 30, the Northwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra col-
laborates with the NWF State
College dance program to present
"Symphonic Miniatures," a cham-
ber orchestra program that will fea-
ture Strauss' Bourgeois
Gentilhomme Suite, Handel's
Concerto Grosso in B flat, Op. 3

No. 2, and Mozart's Serenade in C
minor set to dance choreographed
by college dance faculty. The pro-
gram begins at 7:30 p.m. at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center. Tickets are $22.50; $16
for those 18 and under. Call
Lowe Family to perform
The Lowe Family, featuring
classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz,
Please see CALENDAR, page B-6





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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

From page B-4
bluegrass and more, will perform
Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort
Walton Beach Civic Center, spon-
sored by the Emerald Coast Concert
Association. Tickets are $25; chil-
dren half price. Call 362-9356.
CERT training planned
Okaloosa County Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT)
will hold training sessions
Tuesday, 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3-
March 31 at the Wright Fire
Department (#2 Racetrack Road),
Fort Walton Beach.
You can also sign up for the
training online at okaloosa-cert-
team.org/Sign_Up.html or call,
Jennifer Tindall, 243-0315, or
e-mail CERT@united-way.org.
Classical music study
Music from the composers
Frederick Delius and Elliott Carter
will be the topic at the community
classical music
study series,
Better Listening,
on Feb. 4, 7-9
p.m., at the
Fellowship of the Emerald Coast in
Valparaiso. All sessions are open to
the public and free. No reservations
are required. Call Lou Johnson at
897-1411 or e-mail musicstudy@
uufec.com for further information.
Special Olympics tourney
The 2009 Northwest Florida
Special Olympics Sectional
Basketball Tournament, featuring
athletes of all ages and skill levels in
individual and team events, will be
held at the Eglin Fitness Center and
Lewis Middle School Feb. 6, 1-5
p.m. and Feb. 7, 8 a.m.-noon.
For more information call
883-7321 ext. 3301 or e-mail
"Pamper Me" program
Women aged 16 and over are
invited to join Friends of the
Niceville Library for their annual
"Pamper Me" program at the
Niceville Community Center,
Saturday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. This
will be a relaxing morning in a
stress-free environment. Local busi-
nesses and professionals will offer
massages, facials, health counsel-
ing, and beauty
and fashion tips.
Brunch will be
provided, along
with door prizes
and a raffle.
Patrons will also have the opportu-
nity to purchase decorated boxes of
homemade chocolates, a special
Valentine treat. Admission is $2 per
person. For further information, call
Living as godly men
Niceville First United Methodist
Church will host "What's in Your
Heart," Feb. 7, a seminar tailored to
men's spiritual needs. Doors will
open at 7:30 a.m. for registration
and fellowship; breakfast begins at
8 a.m. Location is the church
Fellowship Hall, 214 S. Partin
Messages will include:
War of the Worlds: What the
Bible tells us about the spirit world.
Up Close and Personal with
God: Relationships and accounta-
Sharing Faith with Confidence:
How to step out of the box to share
our faith.
The seminar schedule is provid-
ed at fumcniceville.org/men/
index.html, which is also the pre-
ferred place for men to register. If
no computer access, men may con-
tact the church at 678-4411. There
is no registration fee. Register no
later than Wednesday, Jan. 28, to
help us determine food and support
Regional science fair
The 2009 Robert Sheffield East
Panhandle Regional Science and
Engineering Fair, for area middle
and high school students, will be
Feb. 10-13 at the Northwest Florida
Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner
Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The show
is open to the public Thursday, Feb.
12, only (8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).
Women's Aglow speaker
Barbara Hollinger Williams,
president of Women's Aglow of
Fort Walton Beach, will speak at the
Meeting of
A g 1 o w
Thursday, Feb.
12, 10 a.m. at
Marina Bay
Resort, 80 SE Miracle Strip
Parkway. Fellowship time with
refreshments starts at 9:30 a.m.
The Aglow meeting is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, call Barbara Williams at

Florida 'paradise?'
Northwest Florida State College
and the Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will present a
series of community education pro-
grams called "Florida: Then and
Now," which focus on regional cul-

Ms. President

Two fourth grade classes at Bluewater Elementary held
mock inaugurations on Friday. Receiving the most votes for
president in Carol Swanick's class was Hatten Huff, seen
here taking the oath of office. The president for Kay Mason's
class was Conner Moody. Inauguration activities included
poetic readings, the singing of the National Anthem, inau-
gural addresses and of course, the swearing-in ceremony.

ture and heritage. The series of six
lectures by noted historians and
humanities scholars will provide
quality programming to the local
and regional communities.
Mallory O'Connor will present
"Perceptions of Paradise" at the
Heritage Museum Feb. 13 at noon.
For more information, call Pam
Smith at 678-5484 or at pam
Adult volleyball signups
Volleyball season is here at First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville. Sign up as an individual
or as a team. Teams are co-ed and
may consist of
six people,
including at least
two females and
two males. Early
registration is
$40 through Feb.
13. Late registration is $50 with
final registration Feb. 20. Games
will begin the week of March 9 and
will run for eight weeks.
Call 678-2821.
ECCA fund raiser
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association Educational Outreach
Fund Raiser will take place Feb. 14
at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2:30
p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium with the Gordon Hurd
production of "100 Years of
Broadway." Tickets are $25; chil-
dren half price. Call 362-9356.
Dinner and a show
Treat your Valentine to dinner
and a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 14, at Emerald Coast
Conference Center. Taste the deli-
cious creations of Aramark Catering
with an elegant pre-theater menu at
the center. What ensues will be a
symphonic explosion of
Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in
F minor, Op. 36" with the assistance
of the Chicago
"Beyond the
Score: Classical
Music Exposed"
series. The first half of the perform-
ance will be a multimedia presenta-
tion that includes narration by
Seaside Rep's Craig Hoover with
dancers from the Ballet
Conservatory and several members
of the Pro-Arte Chorale exploring
the life and times of Tchaikovsky.
The second half is the full perform-
ance of this orchestral showpiece.
Call 267-1478.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
In the Atrium Westwood
Retirement Community. Closing
reception and awards Sunday, Feb.
15, 2-4 p.m.
Health programs info fair
The Nursing and Allied Health
programs at Northwest Florida

State College will hold a Health
Programs Information Fair Tuesday,
Feb. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Niceville
Campus for those interested in
learning more about admissions to
NWF State College programs in
dental assisting, paramedic, EMT,
radiography and both the associate
degree and bachelor's degree nurs-
ing programs.
For more information, contact
the NWF State College Nursing
office at 729-6400.
Economy expo slated
In celebration of Okaloosa Saves
Week, the University of Florida and
Okaloosa County Extension Office
plan an Eco-Nomic Living Expo at
the NWF State College campus Feb.
21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. S
The Eco-Nomic Living Expo
will present ideas on how to save
money, conserve resources and
build wealth, not
debt, as part of
Okaloosa Saves
Owens, featuring
her new book "Nickel and Dime
Your Way to Wealth," will offer her
"simple approach" to security and
wealth. Owens is host of "Real
Money," a finance talk show, is a
sought-after author, and is passion-
ate about helping people from all
walks of life.
Check okaloosasaves.org for
updated information.
Quilting retreat planned
The Flying Needles Quilt Guild
of Niceville Florida will hold its
llth annual Camp Timpoochee
Retreat Feb 26-28. Featured art
quilter Julie Mainor, along with
local quilting instructors, will teach
a total of 18 classes. There is a $12
registration fee for visitors. For
info, flyingneedlesquiltguild.org, or
Flying Needles Quilt Guild, P. 0.
Box 1652, Niceville FL 32578.
Civil War ironies
The Friends of the Niceville
Library will sponsor "Ironies of the
Great American Civil War," present-
ed by H. Dann Wallis, author of
"Burning' Daylight!" The Civil War
history is littered with ironies:
President Lincoln is revered in his-
tory as the Great Emancipator; yet
the Emancipation Proclamation not
only did not free a single slave, but
Lincoln was actually not the first to
issue it? Wallis will share more
"strange and unusual" ironies of the
American Civil War and the people
who were a part of it. Niceville
Community Center, 206 N. Partin
Drive, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Free program. Book signing imme-
diately after program. 729-4090 to
reserve a seat.
Sponsors, donors needed
Covenant Hospice gears up for
the 37th annual Cox


Communications Cablethon to ben-
efit its non-funded and under-fund-
ed programs in Okaloosa and
Walton counties, including bereave-
ment services, children's services,
chaplain services and indigent care.
The non-profit is now seeking
corporate sponsorships and auction
items for the Cablethon that will air
on Cox channel 6, Friday, Feb. 27,
through Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.-8
Call Shelley Canales at
729-1800 or visit the Covenant
Hospice Cablethon Web site,
Award-winning choir
The First Arts Concert series
presents the Boys' Choir of
Tallahassee, Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30
p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), First
United Methodist Church of Fort
Walton Beach, 103 First St., The
87-member choir
has won seven
first place Gold
Awards at the
Music Festival
and performed worldwide, includ-
ing appearances on the Oprah
Winfrey and CBS Early Morning
shows. For tickets and other infor-
mation: 863-2436 or 243-9292.
Ballet plans 'Cinderella'
The Northwest Florida Ballet
will perform Cinderella, the quin-
tessential fairy tale about finding
true love. The
performance will
take place
Saturday, Feb.
28, 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, March
1, 2 p.m. at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center. Admission, $25; chil-
dren half price. Call 729-6000.
Gators and dinosaurs
Northwest Florida State College
and the Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida are presenting a
series of community education pro-
grams called Florida: Then and
Now, which focus on regional cul-
ture and heritage. The series of six
lectures by noted historians and
humanities scholars will provide
quality programming to the local
and regional communities.
Jeff Klinkenberg presents
"Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators:
Modern Floridians in the Age of
Dinosaurs" on March 3 at 1 p.m. in
the Northwest Florida State College

Niceville Campus, building K com-
munity gallery.
For more information, contact
Pam Smith at 678-5484 or at pam
Kiwanis silent auction
The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso will hold its annual
Silent Auction and Pancake
Breakfast Saturday, March 7, 7
a.m.-noon in the Niceville High
School cafeteria.
Items include resort weekends,
dinners, day cruises, and many
other goods and services from local
Proceeds will be applied toward
Kiwanis community programs in
the Niceville-Valparaiso area, such
as scholarships,
food for needy
families, youth
programs, help
for abused chil-
dren, playground
equipment, American Cancer
Society Relay for Life, and Sharing
and Caring, to name a few.
There is no charge for admission
to the auction.

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pancakes and sausage, orange juice,
and milk or coffee.
Breakfast tickets may be pur-
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Business Expo slated
For the second year, three
Okaloosa County chambers of com-
merce are partnering to bring mem-
bers the Okaloosa County Business
Expo and Largest Office Party.
On Thursday, March 5, join the
Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton
Beach, and Niceville Valparaiso
chambers of commerce and their
members at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center to learn about
and network with area businesses.
The Expo, which will be open to
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p.m., and Okaloosa County's
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