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Friday, noon
You know you live in
Paradise, and so do many
artists. That's the theme of

by Mallory
"Perceptions of
Paradise," at
the Heritage
The free program is part of
the museum's "Then and
Now" series.
Call 678-5484.
Thursday. 2 p.m.
If you're mature and expe-
rienced and want to meet
others with the same back-
ground, you might want to
attend the Twin Cities Senior
Citizens Club meeting at the
Valparaiso Community
Center, 268 Glenview Ave.
The club will have a potluck
meal and games.
Call 678-5584 or
Friday. 5 p.m.
Get a little exercise and
spike that ball in the First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville's co-ed volleyball
league. If
you sign
up by
your reg-
istration fee is $40. Wait
until tomorrow, and it goes
up 10 bucks.
Call 678-2821.
Saturday. 10 a.m.
Ever wonder where you
came from? The Genealogy
Society of Okaloosa County
can help you trace your
roots, whether they lead to
royalty or to horse thieves.
The group
will meet at "
the library of
Florida State
College and
everyone is
invited to attend and to join
members in a Dutch treat
lunch at a local restaurant
Sunday. 7 a.m.-I p.m.
Chow down on pancakes,
eggs, sausage, orange juice
and coffee, all for $4, at the
Choctaw Beach Community
Center. The center is about
eight miles east of Niceville
on Highway 20.

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

Quiet place for 'private' session

Exclusive club,
site of 2008
NFSC meeting,
caters to elite

of Tallahassee
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A private club in
Tallahassee where the
Northwest Florida State
College Board of Trustees
held a controversial meeting
last March is an ideal place
for a quiet get-together.
The University Center
Club at Florida State
University is where the NFSC
trustees held what e-mails
between State Rep. Ray
Sansom and NFSC President
Bob Richburg called a "pri-
vate" meeting with Sansom
March 24.
The club, operated by
Dallas-based ClubCorp., Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
which describes itself as "the The University Center Club in Tallahassee, above, is built into the upper
world leader in private clubs," levels of the football stadium of Florida State University. Below, a recep-
tion desk from which a hostess barred a reporter from viewing the club's
Please see CLUB, page A-8 meeting rooms last week.

50 years of love and marriage

Couple set Valentine's Day

wedding so he wouldn't forget

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
It took only three months
before they knew they wanted
to spend the rest of their lives
together. Half a century later,
William "Bill" and Dorothy
"Dot" Schettino are still work-
ing on the rest of their lives.
On Saturday, Feb. 14,
Valentine's Day, the Basin
Bayou couple will celebrate
50 years of love as husband

and wife.
But they didn't get married
on Valentine's Day because of
the romance attached to the spe-
cial day. They chose the holiday
because Bill insisted he can't
remember dates and didn't want
to be guilty of forgetting such
an important anniversary.
"Feb. 14 is easy to remem-
ber," Bill said. "People are
already having celebrations then.
Please see LOVE, page A-2

Bill and Dot
Schettino, of
Basin Bayou,
will have been
married 50
years on
Valentine's Day.
Beacon photo
by Stacie Morgan

Air Force bows

to noise worries

F-35 use of north-south

runway to be curbed

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Air Force officials said Friday
that the first 59 of an expected
113 F-35 warplanes would be
based at Eglin Air Force Base
starting early next year.
In announcing it would limit
the noisy warplane's use of
Eglin's north-south runway, at
least temporarily, it was apparent
that the Air Force has been pay-
ing attention to Valparaiso citi-
zens and city officials concerns

Mayor 'elated', A-7.

that the jet would threaten their
quality of life, their home values
and possibly their safety.
Kathleen Ferguson, assistant
secretary of the Air Force,
announced the record of decision
(ROD) which implements the
2005 Base Realignment and
Closure Commission decision to
station as many as 113 of the new
Please see NOISE, page A-7


college panel

'did nothing

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A divided Northwest Florida
State College Board of Trustees
Monday approved a letter thank-
ing Florida's top legal officer for
his opinion that a trustees meeting
last year could be seen as having
violated Florida's Sunshine Law.
The trustees' chairman, Wesley
Wilkerson, said the panel "did Wesley
nothing wrong." Wilkerson
The trustees approved at the
Feb. 9 special meeting in Niceville a one-page letter to
state Attorney General Bill McCollum acknowledging
receipt of his unsolicited opinion. The response said
the trustees board adheres to the Sunshine Law.
In his own Jan. 27 letter to trustees, McCollum said
that the manner in which the panel held a March 24,
2008, meeting with Rep. Ray Sansom at a private club in
Please see COLLEGE, page A-2

Sewage agency

fined $104,000

for pollution
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville, Valparaiso, Okaloosa County
Regional Sewer Board has agreed to pay $104,500 in
fines and penalties for violating state pollution rules.
The figure is less than one fifth that proposed by the
Department of Environmental Protection last year.
Board officials expect that the sewage-treatment agency
will satisfy the fine by spending the money on pollu-
tion-prevention or other projects.
On April 18, 2008, DEP proposed fining the sewer
board $582,300.
According to the DEP, the Niceville-based sewer
board, which processes wastewater from Niceville,
Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay:
-Failed to ensure that only reclaimed water which
meets applicable standards was released into its reuse
water system, where it irrigates residential lawns, a
school athletic field, and a golf course.
-On several occasions between January 2001 and
March 2005, and from September 2007 to early 2008,
Please see SEWAGE, page A-8

Parent of

Food World

files for

Beacon Staff Writer
Bruno's Supermarkets,
parent of Food World, one
of Niceville's three grocery
stores, last week filed for
protection from creditors
under Chapter 11 of U.S.
bankruptcy law.
On Friday, the company
announced the approval of
Please see FOOD, page A-7

Sea ice
With overnight
temperatures in
Niceville dropping
to 21 degrees
Thursday morning,
a rare layer of ice
formed on Swift
Bayou, an arm of
Bay, as the tide
Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

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

Page A-2


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

From page A-1
Tallahassee was "very question-
able and could easily be interpret-
ed to contravene Chapter 286 of
the Florida Statutes."
Chapter 286 is Florida's
Sunshine Law, requiring public
bodies to meet in public.
State Attorney Willie Meggs,
Leon County, last month said he
was investigating whether the
March 24 meeting conformed to
the Sunshine Law.
The trustees' response
approved Monday admitted to no
wrongdoing. It reiterated what the
college has previously stated:
-That college trustees had in
the past attended annual legislative
sessions in Tallahassee where they
and other community college offi-
cials from around the state met
with legislators and Department of
Education administrators, but that
the general 2008 meeting had
been canceled.
-That the March 24, 2008,

special meeting with Sansom (R-
Destin), the only state lawmaker
who attended, was a legislative
briefing and that trustees needed to
understand implications of a bill
that ultimately elevated the com-
munity college to a state college.
-That the meeting was
announced in advance in a notice
giving the date, time and place.
-That trustees took no official
acts at the March 24 session.
On Monday, trustees asked the
board's lawyer, Joseph Lorenz, for
advice on the Attorney General's
letter and how the board should
"I'm not going to give an opin-
ion that there was a violation. It's
certainly not clear to me," said
Lorenz. He offered the board a
partial review of past Attorney
General opinions on the Sunshine
Law dealing with the subject of
public notice, and meeting min-
Lorenz said any suggestion that
insufficient public notice was
given of the meeting was a "non-

issue" because the college had
published advance notice in the
Northwest Florida Daily News,
Fort Walton Beach.
Lorenz advised NFSC
President James R. Richburg in an
e-mail Dec. 15 that, "I do not
believe minutes are required
where no official business is con-
ducted at an otherwise noticed
public meeting, but it may be bet-
ter practice to make a 'minute' that
reflects that 'no official business
was conducted.'"
Richburg subsequently created
a short "record of legislative brief-
ing", stating: who attended the
March 24 meeting at the FSU
University Club, Tallahassee; that
the briefing included a review of
college funding, the status of the
state college bill, and a review of
the college's five-year construc-
tion plan; and that trustees took no
action. Trustees approved the doc-
ument at their January meeting.

Florida State
College offi-
cials at a spe-
cial board of
meeting in
Nicevil le

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard
In an exchange of e-mails prior
to the March 24, 2008, meeting,
Sansom and Richburg had dis-
cussed how the session would be
held "in privacy."
Wilkerson drafted the letter to
McCollum that was eventually
approved by a 5-2 vote of trustees
Monday, but he first asked board
members whether to respond at
all, and if so how.
"I feel very strongly that you
should not respond in writing,"
Trustee Sandy Sims told
Wilkerson. She said she consid-
ered the Attorney General's letter
to be guidance, and that allega-
tions about any violation of the
Sunshine Law would be resolved
in "due process" of the law.
Trustee Esteena K. Wells said
she was in "full agreement" with
Other trustees, however, sup-
ported Wilkerson's letter.
Trustee Brian Pennington said

trustees ought to explain why the
meeting was in Tallahassee and
"not here"'
"We've got a black eye in this
deal," said Trustee Dale Rice.
"I'm ready to get this thing over
with and move on for the college."
"Our response is we did noth-
ing wrong," said Wilkerson.
President Richburg, who is not
a member of the board of trustees
but serves as its secretary, said he
was "terribly sorry about the atten-
tion this has brought us."
Richburg said that if they did
not respond to the McCollum's
opinion, trustees would "leave it
with the press'" He also suggested
that the letter be copied to State
Attorneys in District 1 (Bill
Eddins) and 2 (Meggs), as was
McCollum's letter. The board
agreed to send the copies.
However, trustees decided to
"stick to the issues" raised by the
Attorney General and disregarded
another recommendation by
Richburg-that the board's letter
state that there was no discussion
at the March 2008 meeting that the
college would hire Sansom eight
months later.
In November, NFSC hired
Sansom to a $110,000-a-year,
part-time position after he helped
steer some $35 million in state
construction funding to the col-
lege. Sansom resigned the college

job, and his post as Speaker of the
House, after Meggs last month
launched a grand jury investiga-
tion of the powerful lawmaker's
relations with NFSC.
Sansom, who has denied any
wrongdoing, did not make himself
available for a promised newspa-
per interview Friday.
Voting in favor of sending to
McCollum the letter drafted by
Wilkerson were: Wesley
Wilkerson, Joseph Henderson,
Brian Pennington, Dale Rice Jr.
and Vercell Vance. Sandy Sims
and Esteena K. Wells voted in
opposition. All but Vance attend-
ed the March 24, 2008, meeting in
Tallahassee, according college
Also listed in college records as
having attended the March 24,
2008, meeting was Trustee
Elizabeth S. Campbell. Campbell
did not attend the meeting in
Niceville Monday.
Richburg told trustees Monday
that the college has responded to
inquiries by the state Ethics
Commission and by State
Attorney Meggs, but he did not
detail what those requests were.
College spokeswoman Sylvia
Bryan stated after the meeting that
the college had not received any
subpoenas, but she declined to
comment further on what the
requests consisted of.

From page A-1
This way I knew I'd never forget."
Though Bill's reasoning may
have been practical for choosing
the day of love on which to tie the
knot, Dot, whose family hails
from Spain, said, "Besides, it's
Dia de los Enamorados-Day of
Lovers," a day she will always
associate with her husband.
But despite the easily-remem-
bered date and the very-much-in-
love feeling Dot said she attributed
to her husband, Feb. 14, 1959, the
day the couple had set to marry,
almost didn't happen for two rea-
The young airman couldn't
resist his cute fiancee. He sneaked
off base one night, not too long
before his wedding, to see his
Valentine, but was caught and

restricted to base.
Bill was supposed to remain on
base right through the wedding
date. But Bill's supervisor took
pity on the young man and decid-
ed to end restrictions the day
before the wedding.
The wedding day arrived with
the usual butterflies in the stomach
and the feelings of chaos. When
the wedding march began to play,
Bill found himself standing at the
front of the church with only his
best man and the preacher.
"I was getting nervous," said
Bill, "standing at that altar all by
myself." Even so, he said, he never
once entertained the idea that his
bride-to-be was a bride-not-to-be.
"We were pretty set on getting
married," he said, so the possibili-
ty that the love of his life had
changed her mind never entered
his head, though he did wonder

what the problem was.
Dot continued the story, "I was
getting my hair done and I kept
watching the clock knowing it was
getting later and later and that I
had to go all the way home to
change my dress."
Whether the hairdresser was
chatty or just plain slow, Dot final-
ly got out of the chair, raced to her
parents' house, slipped into her
dress and breathlessly met her
However, the newlyweds, who
had a short honeymoon in New
York City, didn't get much time
together that first year. Five
months after the wedding, the Air
Force sent Bill to
Newfoundland-an unaccompa-
nied tour.
As military families know "the
needs of the Air Force come first."
That deployment was only the first
of many times the two would
spend apart.
As with all marriages, the
Schettino union underwent trials,
tests and joys. But unlike so many
others, Bill and Dot can say their
marriage has lasted.
The hard times included 75
combat missions flown over
Vietnam (Bill was a refueling
boom operator), separation during
his stint as a contractor in Saudi
Arabia in the early 1980s, and a
scary bout of transverse myelitis
for one of their three children.
Transverse myelitis is an inflam-
mation of the spinal cord which

Dorothy and
Wil iam
with their old-
est son,
William Jr. in

leaves two-thirds of its victims
with permanent damage.
"There have been a lot of times
when I've had to rely on Dot to
handle things all by herself," said
Bill, as was the case with their
son's illness. "If it hadn't been for
Dot, our son, Tony, would have
been paralyzed today. She refused
to listen to doctors who said there
was nothing else they could do."
Fighting for what you want is
one thing Dot said you have to
commit to, whether it's for a nor-
mal life for your son or a marriage
that goes the distance.
"Nothing worth having comes
easy," she said. "As far as marriage
is concerned, you have to learn to
talk about things and you can't
hold onto a grudge. Any problem
can be resolved'"
Bill added, "There has to be a
lot of give and take in a relation-
ship. You both have to give.
Sometimes she gives up things she
wants and other times I do," he
said. "But before you even get
married, you have to be sure
you're making the right choice. I
told my kids that marriage is
something you have to be into for
the long haul. You have to keep on
trying to work out your differ-
Above all, Dot believes the two
most important keys to a good
marriage are, "trying to make
every day as happy as you possi-
bly can" and "keeping the faith-
talk it over with God every day."


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College funding outlook seen as 'bleak'

NFSC officials

hear lawmakers

in Tallahassee
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A statewide conference in
Tallahassee of trustees and presi-
dents of Florida's state and com-
munity colleges featured a visit to
the chamber of the Florida House
of Representatives, where the col-
lege officials heard from members
of the Florida Legislature who
talked about the state's current
budget and economic woes, and
how these are likely to mean less
state funding for higher education.
Despite expected budget
reductions, however, the legisla-
tors all promised to do what they
can to minimize the impact of
reduced funding, and to maintain
education opportunities for
Florida students.
Northwest Florida State
College President James R.
Richburg attended the session,
along with NFSC Trustee Wesley
The day after the conference,
Richburg told the Beacon, "We
heard the
bleak reality.
Florida is /
facing a seri-
ous budget
crisis. I
bigger budg-
et cuts dur-
ing the
March and
May legisla- James R.
tive sessions." Richburg
Richburg said Niceville-based
NFSC "can weather the storm"
this year, but he is concerned
about further cuts in the fiscal year
2009-10 budget. Fortunately, he

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Florida Speaker of the House Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) speaks to
community college officials last Wednesday in the Capitol,
Tallahassee. Cretul replaced Rep. Ray Sansom as speaker after
Sansom resigned following the launching of investigations of
his relations with Northwest Florida State College.

said, increased enrollment at
NFSC brings in tuition revenue
that will help the college maintain
its activities. He said he and the
NFSC Board of Trustees will
watch to see what the Florida
Legislature does in upcoming ses-
sions before making their own
plans to cope with the expected
budget cuts.
State Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-
Dist. 7) told the college officials
gathered in Tallahassee that educa-
tion funding is scarce and getting
scarcer. Budgets have already
been cut, and more cuts are likely
in the March session of the legisla-
ture as revenue projections contin-
ue to fall along with the national
economy. Even the state lottery, a
traditional source of education
funding, has a $172 million deficit
this year, she said.
Lynn said she has been getting
"hundreds of e-mails" from con-
stituents urging her to preserve

education funding, but most such
messages come from young par-
ents concerned about K-12 educa-
tion rather than from supporters of
higher education. However, said
Lynn, she recognizes the impor-
tance of higher education to build-
ing a productive workforce within
the state.
Lynn said she hopes to get the
state to extend class size restric-
tions another year to save money,
and that the state is considering
new or higher taxes on cigarettes,
alcohol and bottled water, as well
as on Internet sales, and reducing
or eliminating sales tax exemp-
tions on some products that are
now exempt.
Representative Matt Hudson
(R-Naples) told the college
trustees and presidents, "You're on
the front lines" of economic devel-
opment. "It's the economy, stu-
pid," he said, and promised to pri-
oritize education funding over

other programs as much as he
Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-
Gainesville), chair of the Higher
Education Committee, said,
"We'll weather this situation.
We've seen tough times before."
Florida's community and state
college system, he said, "is
unmatched by any other state,"
and is important to economic
Speaker of the House Larry
Cretul (R-Ocala), who days before
replaced Rep. Ray Sansom (R-
Destin) as House leader, said, "I'm
still working for the State of
Florida, although in a capacity I
wasn't in last week." When asked
about recent cuts in state grants to
match private donations to col-
leges, Cretul said, "I hear that
word frequently-matching
grants. But then, I read the budg-
et." Nevertheless, he said, "I will
do my best" to revive matching
grants as soon as possible.
"We don't have any money,"
said Rep. Will Weatherford (R-
Wesley Chapel), chair of the State
and Community Colleges
Appropriations Committee, "but
I'm absolutely focused on mini-
mizing the hit." Florida, he said,
has just completed six quarters of
negative economic growth. "What
is a recession for the rest of the
nation is a depression for Florida."
To cut costs within state gov-
ernment, he said, legislators are
looking for ways "to be creative,
to reduce bureaucracy and over-
regulation'" He said that matching
grants will eventually be restored.
"This has happened before, but we
will honor our commitment."
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel (D;
Dist 9) said, "I have filed bills to
collect sales taxes on goods sold
over the Internet and to remove the
sales tax exemption on bottled
water," to increase state revenue.

3 indicted in scheme at Eglin

U.S. Attorney Thomas F.
Kirwin, Northern District of
Florida, announced Friday the
unsealing of a 39-count federal
indictment against Mark A.
O'Hair, 49, Niceville, Richard
Schaller, 57, Niceville, and
Theodore S. Sumrall, 53, Fort
Walton Beach, for alleged con-
flict-of-interest crimes in work for
Eglin Air Force Base.
All three defendants were

expected to surrender for an initial
appearance before a U.S.
Magistrate Judge in Pensacola this
The Air Force Research
Laboratory is made up of nine
technology directorates located
throughout the U.S., including the
Research Lab Munitions
Directorate at Eglin. The lab was
tasked with rapid improvement of
warfighting capability under the

Battlefield Airman Program.
Under that program, the lab con-
tracted with educational institu-
tions, nonprofit organizations and
private industry for research in tac-
tical capabilities.
The indictment alleges that
while working as a senior elec-
tronics engineer for the lab,
O'Hair became program manager
for contracts awarded through the
Battlefield Airman Program, dur-

Classes to start Aug. 24

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
School Board voted Monday to
start classes for the 2009-10
year on Monday, Aug. 24, and
end them on Thursday, June
10, 2010.
Both semesters contain 90
days. The first semester will
end Jan. 22, 2010.
The board had three
options, choosing the one that
received the most parent and
staff votes in a straw poll.
Ryan Gore, director of the
school district's information
services, said, "Though they
could have gone with one of
the other calendars, we really
didn't think that would be the

The other two options were
similar to the one chosen, with
minor differences in the num-
ber of days for Thanksgiving
vacation, and for winter and
spring breaks, as well as a few
days' difference in the ending
date of the school year.
"We did see an increase in
parent voting from last year,
which we were pleased about,"
said Gore.
State law prevents school
districts from starting classes
more than two weeks before
Labor Day, which falls on Sept.
7 this year, relatively late.
The district encouraged par-
ents to go online to the dis-
trict's Web site between Jan. 22
and Feb. 1. According to infor-
mation provided by the school

district 1,625 parents voted, up
from 1,440 last year. The
school district has about
29,000 students.
Staff from all the schools, as
well as district staff cast votes
Jan. 26-30. A total of 2,431
school and district staff votes
were tallied.
Next school year will find
students off for five days at
Thanksgiving, 11 days for win-
ter break, and five days for
spring break as well as five
other government holidays
throughout the year.
Additionally, they will have
three teacher work days.
There will be an early-
release day the first Wednesday
of every month for elementary
school students.

ing which service he participated
in the award of contracts to
Schaller Engineering Inc. (SEI), a
business founded and owned by
Schaller in 2003 and incorporated
in 2005.
According to the indictment,
SEI's primary customer and
source of income was the research
lab. In 2005, SEI's corporate fil-
ings listed Schaller as president
and director, O'Hair as director,
and Sumrall as director and vice
Schaller and Sumrall were
charged with obstruction of justice
for allegedly altering or modify-
ing, changing or removing a por-
tion of SEI's corporate record
book pertaining to O'Hair's posi-
tion as director.
Schaller is charged with per-
jury for making materially false
declarations before a federal grand
jury about that activity.
O'Hair is charged with making
materially false statements to Air
Force Office of Special
Investigation agents regarding his
knowledge of and his association
with SEI and SEI subcontractor
Pathfinder Technology Inc., a
Colorado corporation, and regard-
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association with Novel Energy
Solutions LLC, a Florida corpora-
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She said she teaches law at a com-
munity college, and recognizes the
importance of such colleges to
economic growth, especially in
such areas as developing new
energy sources.
Rep. Tom Grady (R; Dist. 76)
posed a question to the college
officials: "If we remove state man-
dates and controls on your col-
leges, can you do more with less?"
"We can't give you any more
money," he said, "but if we can
reduce your regulatory burden, are
there areas you can cut or elimi-
He said he is often approached
by organizations seeking state
funding for worthy causes, and
asks such organizations, "How
many other organizations also do
what you do? Do you do it bet-
"Across the board cuts are a
bad way to do business," Grady
said, and limited funds must be
concentrated on those programs
and institutions that achieve their
objectives most efficiently. He rec-
ommended a book called, "The
Death of Common Sense," by
Phillip Howard, as a guide for
eliminating useless regulation and

bureaucracy from public and pri-
vate organizations.
"The budget is in a ditch," said
Rep. David Rivera (R; Dist. 112).
"We must look at education," he
said, among areas to be cut. "This
is a tough time to be in my spot as
Appropriations Chairman," he
said. "We have a Constitutional
mandate in Florida to balance the
budget each year. Unlike the fed-
eral government that can do deficit
spending, we can't put anything
on a credit card. We can only
spend what you (the taxpayers)
send us."
Asked about ways to enhance
state revenue, Rivera said such
things as extra sales taxes, Internet
taxes, and gambling will not be
enough to make much difference.
"I can't imagine anything that will
dent a $4 billion deficit'.
He said there is hope that fed-
eral stimulus spending may help
Florida, but the stimulus package
"will be very costly, and the con-
sensus for it in Washington could
easily blow up," resulting in little
or no federal aid to Florida.
Neither Rep. Sansom nor State
Sen. Don Gaetz, (R-Niceville),
addressed the college conference.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Paul L. Gunnels, 39, of 205
Reeves St., Apt. 21, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 28 for violation of
probation on the original charges
of driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked, DUI, and domes-
tic violence battery.

Rachel Christen Humpert,
unemployed, 19, of 227
Palmetto Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 28 on a misdemeanor
worthless check charge, two

Tori Camilla Brown, 26, of
2116 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Valparaiso
police Feb. 2 for grand theft. On
Aug. 1 Brown allegedly altered
her Social Security number and
entered into a deferred present-
ment agreement for $450 with a
payday loan company, 146 W.
John Sims Parkway. Brown
allegedly signed her name to an
agreement stating she had no
other outstanding agreements
with the loan company, despite a
2006 loan from the same compa-
ny which she had not repaid.

Melanie Jean Hayden-Urias,
a convenience store manager, 54,
of 614 Crestview Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 30 on a misde-
meanor worthless checks charge.

Catharina Maria Barrentine,
unemployed, 20, of 1619 25th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 31 for vio-
lation of probation on the origi-
nal charge of petit theft.

Jacob Aaron Fisher, unem-
ployed, 30, of 605 Powell Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Feb. 1 for violation
of probation on the original
charge of possession of drug

Darren Richard Numbers, a
pharmacy tech, 20, of 211 Evans
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 on a
Suwannee County warrant for an
unspecified misdemeanor

David William Armstrong,
unemployed, 39, of 414 N.
Cedar Ave., Apt. F, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 29 on a Walton
County warrant for larceny.

A 14-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Jan. 29 for burgla-
ry to an unoccupied dwelling
and theft. On Nov. 28 the boy
agreed to go with another boy to
an unoccupied home in the 1200
block of Shipley Drive after the
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the home and that the family was
out of town. While inside the
home the 14-year-old allegedly
stated that he watched TV,
played video games and drank
some rum. The 14-year-old also
admitted ordering $107 worth of
pay per view movies while
inside the home.

Lucas Edward Wahl, unem-
ployed, 20, of 519 Linden Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Feb. 2 for retail
theft that allegedly occurred
Dec. 10, while Wahl was an
employee at Kmart, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway. When
police picked up Wahl to serve
the warrant, they found him in
possession of three Alprazolam
pills. They also arrested Wahl for
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.

Michille Lee Gautreau, a
cook, 38, of 502 Bullock Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, Jan. 30, for posses-
sion of crack cocaine.

Kurt Wade Barrentine Jr., a
handyman, 21, of 1622 Date
Palm Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Jan.
28 for carrying a concealed
weapon. Barrentine allegedly
entered a lounge, 1027 E. John
Sims Parkway, with a loaded 9
mm handgun concealed in his
waistband. An off-duty police
disarmed Barrentine without
incident after another patron
advised the officer about the

Robert E. Sims, a construc-
tion worker, 50, of 1460-A 30th
St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 28 for
resisting an officer, carrying a
concealed weapon and retail
theft. When police tried to stop
Sims because he matched the
description of a shoplifting sus-
pect, Sims allegedly fled on foot
in the Oak Creek shopping cen-
ter parking lot. As officers sur-
rounded Sims he allegedly
stopped and put his hand into his
sweatsuit jacket pocket, where
he concealed a black razor knife.
Police also found four stolen
DVDs underneath a vehicle
which Sims allegedly had passed
in his flight from police.
A Valparaiso resident from
the 300 block of Hillcrest
Avenue reported that unknown

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person(s) had entered the resi-
dence through a back door Feb. 2
and stole a 37-inch LCD televi-
sion while the victim was in Fort
Walton Beach for about two
hours. The stolen TV was val-
ued at $1,300.

Unknown person(s) stole a
cell phone, an iPod, a wallet and
the shorts, shirt and belt of a 16-
year-old student while he was in
basketball practice at school,
2101 N. Partin Drive, Jan. 27.
The boy left his clothes, with
the iPod in a pocket, on the
bench while in practice. The
stolen items were valued
together at $577.

A Niceville boat owner
reported that sometime Dec. 22-
Jan. 15 unknown person(s)
broke into his boat while it was
docked at a marina, 813
Bayshore Drive, Niceville, and
stole several items below deck.
Reported stolen were: a GPS
device, an inflatable boat, two
fishing poles and reels, a spot-
light, grappling hook and a first
aid kit. The stolen items were
valued together at $1,400.

A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of Rhonda Drive
returned home from an
overnight business trip Jan. 27-
28 to discover that someone had
broken into the residence by
prying open the back door.
Reported stolen from the home
were a shotgun, a hunting rifle
with a telescopic sight and
approximately $50 in change.
The total value of the two guns
was estimated at $1,700.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Dolphin Point
Road reported that sometime
Jan. 28-30 unknown person(s)
stole his 28-foot boat and trailer
from the area where it had been
parked next to his home. The
victim, who had been trying to
sell the boat and trailer, estimat-
ed the loss at $50,000.

The cashier at a Bluewater
Bay liquor store, 4530 E.
Highway 20, reported that
about 2:23 p.m., Feb. 2, she
noticed two boys who appeared
to be between the ages of 13
and 15 walking in front of the
store. One of the boys, who had
dark brown hair and was wear-
ing a blue-stripped hoodie,
quickly opened the door and
grabbed a $15 bottle of vodka
on display near the door. After
grabbing the vodka both boys
departed toward the rear park-
ing lot.

A video store, 4510 E.
Highway 20, reported that
someone used a flat-blade
instrument to break a security
case and stole a $70 video game
Jan. 30. Shortly before discov-
ery of the stolen game a clerk
had heard a crackling sound
similar to that made by breaking
a security case open and found a
male crouched near the video
game section with a flat blade
screwdriver in his hand. The
clerk asked the male to leave
before discovering the theft.

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Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Termaine Douglas Knox
Wanted for: driving with a suspended
or revoked license, possession of
drug paraphernalia and resisting
arrest without violence. Knox's last
known address was on Reeves Drive
in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Age: 27
Date of birth: 01-30-82
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Archie Les Hauck
Wanted for: sexual battery and aggra-
vated assault.
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Age: 33
Date of birth: 01-05-76
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue

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Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
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A 17-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies Jan.
30 for retail theft. The boy
allegedly placed six magnets, a
Newton's cradle and an LED
clock, then left a gift shop, 300
Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther,
without paying. The stolen items
were valued altogether at $59.

An 11-year-old Valparaiso
boy, a student, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 30 for disruption of
a school function. While attend-
ing class, 281 Mississippi Ave.,
Valparaiso, the boy allegedly
started walking around, "mess-
ing" with several computers,
kicked a cabinet and refused to
listen to the teacher's command
to stop and return to his seat. An
aide removed the other students
from the classroom because of
the disruption.

A 15-year-old Niceville boy
was issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police, Feb. 2, for retail
theft. The boy allegedly con-
cealed a Little Debbie Snack

Spencer Lockard
Rosemary Spencer Lockard
was born February 9, 1937, to
Maggie Mae and Exton Park
Spencer in Montgomery,
Alabama, where she lived until
graduating from college at
Randolph-Macon Woman's
College in Lynchburg,
Virginia. In 1958, Rosemary
married William Edward
Lockard, Jr. and the couple
then spent more than two years
in Sasebo, Japan where Ed
served in the U.S. Navy; their
two oldest children were born
Rosemary and Ed returned
to Montgomery, where she
taught part-time at the new
Montgomery Academy. Their
third child was bor here, and
the family lived in a
"Japanese" style house, built
by Ed, then a practicing archi-
After several years, the
family moved to Atlanta,
Georgia, where Rosemary
taught English for almost thirty
years as well as serving as
Department Head at Northside
High School. There Rosemary
was selected as a Star Teacher
and also a member of the
National Who's Who in
Secondary Education.
Besides teaching English
and grading A.P. English
exams in Princeton for six
years, Rosemary was the facul-
ty sponsor for the Literary
Magazine; Forum, a literary

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Cake, a package of Krispy
Kreme Doughnut Holes and a Lil
Chub Sausage in his front jacket
pocket, then attempted to leave
without paying the total of $3.68,
at a convenience store, 1001
Valparaiso Blvd. The boy
allegedly said he'd had a long
day in school. He has a court
date in Shalimar March 25.

Austin Andrew Joiner, a sorter
for a delivery service, 19, of 307
Ruckel Drive, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Feb. 1 for retail
theft. Joiner allegedly concealed
a $20 drug test kit and attempted
to leave a drugstore, 1100 E.
John Sims Parkway, without pay-

On Jan. 29 sheriff's deputies
were called to a Niceville home
where a homeowner discovered a
teenager looking through a bath-
room window. Deputies inter-
viewed a 14-year-old boy near
the home who allegedly admitted
placing a sawhorse under a bath-
room window and watching
some residents taking showers.
Deputies charged the boy with

club; the school newspaper;
and co-sponsor of the school
Arts Festival.
After retiring, Rosemary
and Ed moved to the Florida
panhandle, where Rosemary
taught creative writing part-
time at Okaloosa-Walton
Community College.
Rosemary wrote poetry, pub-
lishing her works in the
Georgia Councilor and The
Chattahoochee Review. Also
she wrote two books of poetry:
Broken Shells and The World
and More.
In addition, Rosemary was
very active in the Episcopal
Church, serving as a member
of the Altar Guild, Flower
Guild, Diocesan Cursillo
Commission, as a Stephen
Minister, and as co-chairman
of the Capital Campaign Fund.
From 1982 to the present,
Rosemary and Ed have lived
part-time in their Sapphire
Valley home in Cashiers, N.C.,
increasing this time recently.
Rosemary is survived by
her spouse, Ed; three children:
Bill and Susan Lockard of
Raleigh, Mary Catherine
Young of Augusta, and
Spencer Lockard of
Charleston; as well as five
grandchildren: Melissa Ann
Young, Lee Lockard, Beau
Lockard, Alexis Lockard, and
Brad Lockard. She is also sur-
vived by her brother Exton Lee
and Laura Spencer of
Greenville, Texas.
Memorial services were
held at the Church of the Good
Shepherd in Cashiers at 11
a.m. on Friday, February 6,
2009. In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions may be sent to the Church
of the Good Shepherd or the
American Cancer Society.

Fire Department Reports

Niceville Fire
The ille Fire Deptmet responded to the following calls Feb. 2 through
Fe I.-
1 rutrfire Emergency Med Call
0 Vehicles Vehicle Crash
1 Othe iile''Crash h Extrication
0 Illeg Eergen Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Condions
Location Situation Date Time
Raintree Boulevard ........... Structure fire ....... 02/02/09 .........17:37
N. Cedar Avenue ............ Medical ...........02/02/09 ........21:30
E. John Sims Parkway ........ Medical ...........02/03/09 ........ 11:57
Florida Street .............. .Medical .......... .02/03/09 .........17:47
Hudson Circle .. ........... .Medical .......... .02/04/09 .........21:02
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical .......... .02/06/09 ........ 07:25
Bowdoin Court .............. Medical .......... .02/06/09 ........ 07:36
Kelly Road ................. Medical ...........02/06/09 ........21:00
Tarpon Lane ................ .Other Fire .........02/07/09 ........ 13:20
SR295 at MM2 .............. Medical ........... 02/07/09 ........ 14:47
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical .......... .02/08/09 ........ 06:59
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Niorth Bay Fire
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Feb. 1 through
Feb. 8.

Location Situation Type Date
White Point Road ......... EMS call .............2/1/09
Cedar .................. Medical assist ......... 2/1/09
St. Thomas Cove ........ .Canceled ............ 2/2/09
White Point Road .........Canceled ............2/2/09
Merchants Way ...........Canceled ............ 2/2/09
Raintree Boulevard ........Good intent ........... 2/2/09
W indward ............... EMS call ............. 2/3/09
Oakwood ............... EMS call .............2/5/09
St. Andrews Cove .........EMS call .............2/6/09
Merchants Way ...........EMS call ............. 2/6/09
Greenwood .............. EMS call ............. 2/7/09
Tarpon ................. Canceled ............ 2/7/09
Ridgewood ..............EMS call .............2/7/09
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"It's terrible. It's not "I wish Bush was still
going back to the in office."
people. It's going to
pork projects. "

"I think it's a good "I think everybody
thing. It will help the ought to get off their
economy." butts and work.
There's too much
freeloading in

"I think it's loaded "Will it benefit every-
with special pack- one, or just a few
ages for special inter- select groups? Will it
ests." help in the long run, or
is it just a quick fix?"

Sammy Dean, 35,
construction coordinator

From page A-1

key "first day" motions by the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the
Northern District of Alabama,
The court announced its
approval of $4 million in debtor-
in-possession (DIP) financing
from Regions Bank to fund con-
tinuing operations, according to
the company.
"The DIP financing, along
with cash generated from daily
operations, will be used to meet

From page A-1

jets at a new training center at
Eglin. The F-35 ROD was origi-
nally scheduled to be made last
November-when Ferguson did
announce an ROD on how the
2,200 soldiers of the Army's 7th
Special Forces Group, now sta-
tioned at Ft. Bragg, N.C., would
be transferred to the Eglin reserva-
tion in September 2011.
Ferguson said Friday that the
delay of the F-35 decision
stemmed from concerns expressed
by civilian communities about the
airplane, which is noisier than
those currently based at Eglin.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold was among the elected
officials who were briefed on the
decision in a separate meeting
Friday. Arnold, whose city has
sued the Air Force over its reluc-
tance to disclose documents relat-
ing to F-35 noise and safety, said
he was still concerned, but encour-
aged that the Air Force was "mov-
ing in the right direction."
Arnold said he was encouraged
that the Air Force is looking into
some of the same alternatives rec-
ommended by city officials during
the previous environmental
process. He also remains worried
that restrictions placed on the
operation of the F-35 to reduce
noise and crash risks can be "com-
pletely reversed" after a
Supplemental Environmental
Impact Study (SEIS) is completed
next year.
The Air Force said last week it
would bed down the first 59 air-
craft between March 2010 and
mid 2013.
The decision frees up $170
million in military construction
projects at Eglin, most related to
new construction and renovations
that will convert the 33rd Fighter
Wing's facilities to the F-35 train-
ing mission.
After the 2005 BRAC decision
the Air Force announced separate-
ly that the 33rd Fighter Wing, an
Air Combat Command opera-
tional unit, would be phased out
and its 54 assigned F-15s and
approximately 2,200 personnel
would be absorbed by other Air
Force and National Guard units.
Ferguson outlined a number of
temporary flying restrictions and
mitigations for the first 59 F-35
training aircraft at Eglin, including
several that had been proposed by
the city of Valparaiso:
-East-west Runway 12/30
will be the primary runway for F-
35 operations.

Chaz Yeagley, 9,

the company's obligations,
including post-petition expenses,
and will provide Bruno's with
financial stability as the compa-
ny proceeds with its financial
restructuring," the company said
in a statement.
The final DIP hearing is
scheduled for Feb. 25.
The company also announced
that it received court approval to,
among other things, continue
paying employee wages and ben-
efits without interruption while it
reorganizes in bankruptcy.
Additionally, the company
said it is authorized to continue

Pam Driskell, 32,
Brewton, Alabama,
medical records manager

to honor its customer policies
and programs, including gift
cards, returns and exchanges,
promotions, and loyalty pro-
"We are pleased with the
court's prompt approval of our
key first day motions," said Jim
Grady, chief restructuring officer
of Bruno's. "This approval helps
ensure that we are able to main-
tain regular operations and con-
tinue paying our teammates,
meeting our obligations to our
suppliers and serving our cus-
tomers while we work to restruc-
ture our balance sheet and posi-

Lockheed Martin
Air Force officials have decided to bed down 59 F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft and to allow associated construction to
begin at Eglin Air Force Base. In this photo over Fort Worth,
Texas, an F-35 undergoes a flight check.

-The north end of north-
south Runway 01/19, whose
north approaches are over
Valparaiso, will only be used for
limited F-35 operations, including
emergencies, unplanned contin-
gencies, weather-related causes,
and regular takeoffs and landings
using its south end, over
Choctawhatchee Bay.
Air Force officials in the
Supplemental Environmental
Impact report due in September
2010 will reevaluate several
noise-reduction options previous-
ly termed unrealistic, including:
-Building a new runway.
-Realigning the north-south
-Moving the northern thresh-
old of the north-south runway to
the south.
-Lengthening the north-
south runway southward.
-Using other runways else-
where on the Eglin reservation.
-Installing an Instrument
Landing System on the east-west
runway. ILS is currently only
available to southbound aircraft
on Runway 19 (overflying
Valparaiso) or westbound aircraft
on the east-west runway, accord-
ing to Eglin officials.
A second decision on whether
to station the remaining planned
54 F-35 aircraft at Eglin will be
deferred until completion of the
supplemental environmental
Ferguson said the first F-35s
would arrive at Eglin in March
2010 with a total of eight F-35s
assigned by September 2010,
when the second environmental
study is to be released.
The initial 59 aircraft will be
used to form two Air Force train-
ing squadrons of 12 conventional
takeoff and landing variants of the
F-35, one Navy training squadron
of 15 carrier variants of the F-35;
and one Marine training squadron
of 20 short takeoff, vertical land-
ing variants of the F-35.
An F-35 jet could be on dis-

play at Eglin later this month or
next, according to Maj. Gen.
Charles R. Davis, the plane's pro-
gram manager. Davis is scheduled
to replace Maj. Gen. David
Eidsaune as the commander of
the Air Armament Center later
this year. Davis said the display
would coincide with planned cer-
emonies to kick off work to build
or remodel facilities for the F-35
school at Eglin.
Davis also said that the Air
Force continues to measure the
noise associated with the F-35
and that it is less than originally
expected. He compared the F-35
noise to that generated by the F-
22 air superiority fighters now sta-
tioned at Tyndall Air Force Base
in Panama City, or to the Navy's
F-18 E/F Super Hornet. All three
aircraft however are louder than
current F-15s and F-16s, he said.
Even with just the initial 59 F-
35s, Ferguson said that all 1,400
maintenance students planned for
the new school would be able to
receive training at Eglin. Pilots
from the U.S. and a number of
allied nations will also train on the
new jets.
A copy of the decision is avail-
able on the Eglin Web site:

Mike O'Connor, 33,
truck driver

tion Bruno's to compete more
effectively. We look forward to
working with all of our con-
stituencies to reach mutually
acceptable resolutions and to exit
bankruptcy as expeditiously as
Bruno's filed voluntary
Chapter 11 petitions in the

Jody Woodward, 39,

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of
Alabama on Feb. 5.
Birmingham-based Bruno's
Supermarkets owns and operates
23 Bruno's stores and 43 Food
World stores in Alabama and the
Florida Panhandle.
The manager of the Niceville

Malanie Griffith, 40,

Food World referred press
inquiries to company headquar-
Founded in 1933, Bruno's has
operated as an independent com-
pany since 2007 after undergo-
ing several transitions and
changes in ownership starting in

Valp. mayor 'elated' by

Air Force cooperation

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold said he is "elated" at the
cooperation recently offered by
the Air Force regarding the
deployment of F-35 Joint Strike
Fighters to Eglin Air Force
The city commission agreed
to hold a
with city
attorneys to
discuss how
or whether
to continue
its ongoing
agwasuinst Bruce Arnold
against the
Air Force, in which the city
demands that the service pro-
vide documents and other infor-
mation about expected noise
and safety issues surrounding
the planned deployment.
During a meeting Monday of
the Valparaiso City
Commission, Arold said he is
elated after meeting with base
officials during the past week
concerning the Record of
Decision (ROD) in which the
Air Force formally declared its
intention to base a training wing
at the base, to train pilots from
throughout the armed forces and
allied nations to fly the mili-
tary's hottest new fighter.
Arnold said he is pleased at
the Air Force's apparent willing-
ness to address the city's con-
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the ROD, Arnold said, the Air
Force promises to take such
measures as restricting the use
of runways that direct aircraft
over Valparaiso, and to continue
studies of aircraft noise and
ways to reduce it.
City Attorney Doug
Wyckoff, however, warned city
officials to be careful about the
language of the ROD. He said
he has made a preliminary study
of the document, and noticed
that it contains such language as
a statement that proposed flight
restrictions may not apply to
landings and takeoffs. Such pro-
visions, he said, could negate
the apparent promises of
restricting flights to protect resi-
dents and cut noise. He said he
and other members of the city's
legal team will discuss this with
the city commission during the
executive session scheduled for
4 p.m. today, Feb. 11. The meet-
ing will be closed to the public
due to attorney-client privilege.
In other military-related
business during Monday's
meeting, city commissioners
heard a briefing from Okaloosa
County Public Works Director
Danielle Slaterpryce, who spoke
about the county's plans to
improve transportation in order
to accommodate the arrival of
new military units, particularly
the 7th Special Forces Group of
the U.S. Army, to be stationed
west of State Road 85 near
Duke Field, and the Air Force F-
35 wing to be stationed at Eglin.
Construction of the housing and
other buildings at the Army

installation will involve over a
thousand construction vehicles
coming or going from the site
each day as the facility is built,
Slaterpryce said, and once built,
the facility will produce addi-
tional traffic as people commute
to and from work, shopping,
school, and other daily activi-
ties. Additional traffic will be
generated by the extra activity at
Eglin from the fighter training
To cope with the extra traffic,
Slaterpryce said the county
hopes to build up to $500 mil-
lion in new highway projects, to
include a flyover interchange at
the intersection of SR 85 and SR
123, and a new, temporary inter-
section and traffic signal on SR
85 near Duke Field, followed by
a flyover interchange there by
the end of 2011 when the new
7SFG facility is expected to
become operational. In addition,
the county hopes to six-lane SR
85 and widen PJ. Adams Road
in Crestview to create a through-
traffic bypass around the center
of the city for north-south traf-
Much of the funding for the
road building will have to come
from state and federal grants,
Slaterpryce said, and such
money may be included in the
federal economic stimulus
package being considered by
Congress. Additional discus-
sions of the projects is likely to
take place at upcoming meet-
ings of the Okaloosa-Walton
Transportation Planning
Organization (TPO), she said.




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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
The view of FSU's Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell
Stadium from the exclusive University Club's sixth floor.

From page A-1
advertises as an exclusive place
for successful FSU alumni and
boosters of the school's famed
Seminoles sports program to gath-
er for social events and elegant
dining, and to watch football
games in the FSU stadium, over-
looked by the sixth-floor dining
room and terrace of the club.
Membership, by invitation
only, is priced at several levels,
according to the club's website,
which doesn't specify the invest-
ment or dues.
Even getting to the club costs
something, as the visitor's parking
lot at the stadium charges $1 an
hour for parking, to a maximum
of $5.
Entering the building, one sees
signs leading to the elevators that
take club members and visitors to
the upper floors of a six-story
building. Stepping out of the ele-
vator one day last week, a Beacon
reporter was immediately greeted
by a polite, well-dressed young
woman behind a reception desk.
She asked if the visitor was a
member or had a reservation.
Without one or the other, entry is
not permitted, she said.
The reporter identified himself
and asked to take pictures of the
dining area and meeting rooms of
the club. The woman called her
manager, then said that entry was
still forbidden. The manager did
not appear.
The reporter was, however,

From page A-1
exceeded groundwater limits of 10
milligrams per liter of nitrates at
its effluent sprayfield north of
Niceville and at reuse water sites.
-On 26 occasions from April
2005 to September 2005, failed to
meet the minimum of 1 milligram
of total residual chlorine (TRC)
per liter prior to discharging efflu-
ent to the reuse sites. The sewer
plant uses chlorine to disinfect
-Failed to use a continuous
meter to monitor total residual
chlorine on March 27, 2003, and
Feb. 24, 2004.
-Failed to use a continuous
turbidity meter to monitor waste-
water on Oct. 20, 2004.
-Failed to ensure proper oper-
ation of the turbidity and chlorine
meters on March 28, 2005, and
Nov. 30, 2005.
No health problems were
reported as a result of the viola-
The sewer board elected to
fight the original draft DEP con-
sent order and hired a Tallahassee
law firm to negotiate with the state
After a series of offers and
counteroffers, board attorney Gary
Early, of Messer Caparello & Self,
urged it to accept the last DEP
offer as unlikely to be lowered in
further negotiations.
At its regular monthly meeting
Feb. 4, the six-person Regional
Sewer Board unanimously agreed.
The sewer board budgeted
$30,000 for attorney's fees for the
fine negotiations. Of that, it spent
$16,475 between July 2008 and
January 2009.
The board also voted Feb. 4 to
notify the DEP that it plans to seek
approval to apply for in-kind
penalty projects rather than pay
cash for the penalty. Other than
$2,000 in reimbursement to DEP
that must be paid in cash, DEP
will allow the utility to offset the
amount of the penalty dollar for
dollar by implementing a pollu-
tion-prevention project approved
by the state.
DEP also allows approved in-
kind penalty projects at 1.5 times
the penalty for projects that are
deemed an environmental
enhancement, an environmental
restoration or a capital improve-

allowed to take pictures of the
reception desk, and of the view of
the stadium and the skyline of
Tallahassee from the club's out-
door terrace overlooking the foot-
ball field.
Meetings of the NFSC Board
of Trustees are required to be held
in a place accessible to the public,
according to Florida's Sunshine
Law. It is not known whether a
stranger would have gained entry
to last year's meeting room, since
no one is known to have made the
attempt at that time.
College officials say the meet-
ing complied with the Sunshine
Law because a public notice was
published 10 days before in Fort
Walton Beach.
The March 24 meeting was
held at 6 p.m. Eastern time on a
Monday, a workday for many
people. The journey would have
required a motorist to leave col-
lege headquarters in Niceville, for
example, no later than 2:30 p.m.
Central time, allowing for the 2.5-
hour drive and the change in time
It is a 300-mile round trip
between Tallahassee and
Niceville. From the eastern bor-
der of Walton County, the point of
the Northwest Florida State
College District nearest the capi-
tal city, the journey involves a
round trip of about 200 miles.
Each of the seven trustees who
made the trip March 24 was reim-
bursed $145.96 for mileage,
according to the college. Regular
gasoline prices in Florida at the
time averaged $3.30 a gallon,

ment project. That could boost the
regional sewer board's expendi-
ture to settle the violation at
The board discussed several

Excerpts from

Attorney General

letter to trustees

In an unsolicited letter to the Northwest Florida State College
Board of Trustees Jan. 27, Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum said state law prohibits public boards from holding
meetings "at any facility or location which discriminates on the
basis of sex, age, race, creed, color, origin, or economic status or
which operates in such a manner as to unreasonably restrict pub-
lic access to such a facility."
McCollum, who issued the Jan. 27 letter after news broke of a
March 24, 2008, trustees meeting with Florida House Speaker-
designate Ray Sansom in a Tallahassee private club, said "a pub-
lic 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."
McCollum continued: "The Sunshine Law requires that 'rea-
sonable' public notice be given. This office has stated that 'rea-
sonable notice' contemplates that an agency will give notice at
such time and in such manner as will enable interested members
of the public to attend the meeting if they wish to do so."
The Attorney General cited a 1994 appeals court ruling that "a
meeting of the Alachua County School Board which was noticed
in the local newspaper but held 100 miles away at a hotel in
Orlando constituted a violation of the Sunshine Law."
McCollum added: "The court in (the Alachua case) declined to
adopt a bright line test on this issue, instead applying a balancing
test to the facts at hand. The court held that the advantage of elim-
inating travel time and expense to the board did not outweigh the
interest of the public in having a reasonable opportunity to attend."

according to the U.S. Department
of Energy.
The prospect of traveling to
Tallahassee and back in one day
was apparently too much for at
least two trustees, who, along
with college President James R.
Richburg, charged hotel costs to
the college of between $199 and
$233 each.
In an admonitory letter to the
college trustees Jan. 27, Florida
Attorney General Bill McCollum
said the meeting "could easily be
interpreted to contravene" the
Sunshine Law.
McCollum referred the matter
to the State Attorney for Leon
County, where Tallahassee is situ-
ated. State Attorney Willie Meggs
said last month he was investigat-
ing circumstances of the meeting.

projects it may seek to offset the
penalty in either category. The
board has 60 days to submit
details of any projects it plans to
submit in lieu of cash.

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Phone calls to the seven
trustees who attended the March
24 meeting resulted in just one
comment. It came from the cur-
rent board chairman, Wesley
Wilkerson, who said the meeting
was "more or less a legislative
review," that it was announced in
advance, and that no action was
The college said no minutes of
the meeting were recorded at the
time. In a terse "record" of the
meeting written last month after
state officials began looking into
the matter, Richburg said the
meeting consisted of a "legislative
briefing (that) included a review
of college funding, the status of
the state college bill, and a review
of the college's five-year con-
struction plans."



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The Twin Cities Elks of
Niceville/Valparaiso announce
the local winners of the Grand
Lodge Americanism Essay
1 winners,
from Rocky
School are
Muth, Kaeli
and Kendall Kealan Muth
Division 2 winners were
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Music, words flow

from Hurd's pen

Niceville man

wrote first play

at age 58

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
If you live in the Twin
Cities and you've heard the
name Gordon Hurd, then you
may know that the Niceville
resident has written six musi-
cals that have been per-
formed exclusively for the
Emerald Coast Concert
Association (ECCA).
The latest Hurd produc-
tion, "100 Years of
Broadway," will debut at the
Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium Saturday and
Feb. 14-
15. The
tion pays 1
tribute to
the music
of The
White Gordon Hurd
another name for the Theater
District on the famous street
in New York City. The dis-
trict's nickname represents
the millions of lights on the-
ater marquees and billboards

Beacon photos by
Stacie Morgan
The poster announcing
Gordon Hurd's first produc-
tion, 'A Century of
down the almost one-mile
stretch of Broadway Street.
Hurd, the ECCA's vice
president for the current
year, never tried his hand at
writing until 1998, when he
wrote his first show, "A
Century of Entertainment,"
for the concert association.
However, he's no stranger to
music and theater.
"I had my first experience
with the theater at age 13,"
said the 71-year-old Hurd.
"My parents were actors who
met in the mid-1920s; acting
was their first love. We first
Please see WORDS, page B-3

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the "Perceptions of Paradise" presentation at the Heritage Museum at noon on Friday.

'Paradise' in art to be

explored in program

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Florida has long been con-
sidered a desirable vacation spot
as well as a place to reside
when the winter blues have the
snowbirds migrating south. But
is it paradise?
Mallory O'Connor, professor
emerita of art history at Santa
Fe College in Gainesville may
be able to answer that question
on Friday, Feb. 13, when she
presents "Perceptions of
Paradise" at noon at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest

"The idea
of Florida as
goes back to
the first
French and
Mallory O'Connor who gave
the peninsu-
la its name-the Land of
Flowers,"' said O'Connor.
Jean Ribaut sailed from
France in 1562 and landed near

what is now Jacksonville.
According to O'Connor's
research, Ribaut's writing
described the area as the
"fairest, fruitfullest and pleasan-
test (place) of all the world."
O'Connor, whose areas of
expertise include not only art
history but archaeology, Native
American and American stud-
ies, plans to share information
on how art can depict cultures
as well as how our perceptions
can be shaped by the imagina-
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M. Schettino celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary Feb.
14. They were married Feb. 14,
1959, in St. Joseph Catholic
Church, Tampa.
William is retired Air Force
and Dorothy is retired from the
pharmaceutical industry.
The family includes their son
William J. Jr. and daughter-in-
law Denise, grandchildren Ryan
and Austin; son Anthony and
daughter-in-law Stacey, grand-
children Alexandria and
Celeste; daughter Lawnene and
son-in-law Steve Boswell,

Dorothy and William William and
Schettino. Schettino on their
day in 1959.


Jimmy and

They will celebrate

RBCA wins 3 academic boi

Four high school Cox
Communications Academic
Tournament matches were
recently held at Cox
Communication studios, Fort
Walton Beach. Two matches
were played with two Twin
Cities schools competing.
Match 1 found Rocky Bayou
Christain Academy (RBCA) tri-
umphing over Fort Walton
Beach, 325-230.
Match 2 pitted RBCA
against Northwest Florida
Collegiate High (NWF
Collegiate) with RBCA win-
ning, 270-190.
Match 3 again found RBCA
on the mountaintop, 210-140
against Crestview High.
Team members are Sarah
Frasier (captain), Noah Mosely,
Gary Frey, Abby Chapman and
Austin Denigan. Mike and Julie
Mosely are coaches.
In match 4, NWF Collegiate

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three of four matches recently played at Cox CommunicE
dios. From left: Emily Wilson; Austin Denigan; Abby C
team captain Sarah Frasier; Noah Mosley; Gary Frey ar
Bowers. Team member Shannon Mosley is not pictured.

came back, 255-180 over
Choctawhatchee High.
The NWF Collegiate team
members are Todd Richmann
(captain), Samantha Horn, Matt
Pierson, Michael Taylor,
Brittany Clark and Sarah
Hooper. It is coached by De

High school Acaden
matches are jointly h
the Okaloosa County
District and
Communications and
on Cox Channel 6 eve
and Saturday at 4:30 ai

NFSC students earn

high grade honors

2--" Northwest Florida State
College recognized the superior
scholastic achievement of stu-
dents completing the fall 2008
S term by naming them to the
S President's List and Dean's List.
The President's List names
those students with nine or more
credits in the term who made a
grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0
during the semester. The Dean's
Dorothy List names students with nine or
wedding more credits in the term who
earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79.
S s. President's List:
in Dest. Eglin AFB: Eddie Bell,
Tiffany Drahota, Natasha
S Eickhoff, Diane Elliott, Alicia
1ts Johnson, Leslie Reyes, Mallorie
Rutherford, Joilyn Ryerson,
Rebecca Sheriff, Robert Sochor.
Hurlburt Field: Ursula
Chambers, Brittany Clark, Martin
Niceville: Paul Armitage,
Joshua Aspinwall, Tyketon
Barger, Toni Becker, Stephen
Berry, James Biernacki, Brianna
Bikker, Katie Blome, Laura
Blythe, Zachary Bodie, Brandon
Britton, Bethany Bronson, Eric
Brown, Zachary Byrd, Katrina
Camacho, Kyra Candell, Lisa
Casavant, Juliana Chesser,
Kelliann Clark, Erik Clauson,
mphed in Anthony Coon, Michele Cooper,
ation stu- Romina De La Cruz, Victoria
:hapman; Dejesus, Anna Doswell, Daniel
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Fiediga, Steven Foster, Kelly
Friedman, Christopher Garmon,
James George, Melissa Geralds,
mic Team Sabrina Ghim, Jaclyn Giddens,
posted by Patti Gillespie, Nicholas Gregg,
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Cox Hammenbeck-Willenborg,
are aired Naomi Harper, Samuel Hays,
ry Friday Candice Holley, Nicole Hood,
nd 5 p.m. Samantha Horn, Patrick

Howanitz, James Hulsey, Lilly
Infinger, Kathryn Jones, Jessica
Landry, James Lewis, Maribeth
Magtanong, Jameson Martin,
Joshua Materne, Crisely Melecio-
Zambrano, Jeffrey Mixson,
Malachi Mosley, Diem Nguyen,
Melissa Nunes, Karen Pfeifer,
Matthew Pierson, Jennilee Pino,
Genny Polakowski, Anastacia
Polakowski, Jessica Purvis,
Brittney Reed, Nicholas
Remaklus, Jennifer Reynolds,
Brett Rogers, Tessa Sartin,
Hannah Shaw, Katie Smith, Sarah
Smith, Regina Someya, Julieta
Stalnaker, Adam Stevens, Brooke
Stewart, Jordan Stinson, Lauren
Surgner, Meagan Thomas,
Rhianna Torrecarion, Robert
Turner, Ethan Urbanczyk,
Christian Walker, Ying Wang,
Kristin Weinstock, Sydnee White,
Caitlyn Williams, Samantha
Valparaiso: Amber Elledge,
Gwendolyn Jones, Patricia Miller,
Bradley Morse, Kimberly Rogers,
Sean Walker, Bryan Yerks.
Dean's List:
Eglin AFB: Dane Brankle,
Alicia Contreras, Lilia Cortez,
Amybeth Elizondo, Chelsie
Elliott, Melody Gersper,
Christine Gill, Rhakeem Harris,
Anthony Hoffstatter, Mary Jane
Matanane, Katherine Newman,
Ryan Roberts, Phillip
Hurlburt Field: Angie
Belanger, Jennifer Hughes, Linda
Nichols, Tommi Waters.
Niceville: Laurie Aldieri,
Mary Barnett, Christopher
Blaylock, Jacqueline Boisjolie,
Rhonda Bonton, Loren Boyer,
Jeffery Braget, Daniel Bristol,
Donna Caffyn, Maranatha Cain,
Timothy Calvert, Rachel

Chambliss, James Cumbie,
Kimberly Davis, Heather
Dellafave, Zeal Desai,
Dominique Dijkhuizen, Sarah
Duggan, Daniel Duggan,
Terrence Dutra, Nicole Eagle,
Lara Esin, Shanna Farren,
Chelsea Fiediga, Marissa
Foreman, Lacey Foxhall, Heather
Galpin, David Gibson, Rachelle
Gouthro, Andrea Graham,
Everton Grant, Kelsei Green,
Catherine Greer, Tammy Harris,
Shamar Harris, Samantha Holton,
Brandon Honeyman, Stephanie
Igtiben, Rebecca Jolly, Joy Julio,
Kristian Keicher, Melanie Kerby,
Lindsay Kollar, Rebekah Landry,
Rachel Lee, Amanda Lee, Janet
Maconi, Kyle Martin, Danielle
McCormick, Brooke McDonald,
Megan McGinnity, Phillip
Meeks, Emily Miller, Jose
Morales, Keesha Murphy, Megan
Nadenbousch, Kara Nemeth-
Hoke, Jessica Olson, Nichole
Orth, Molly Pendergraft, Jason
Pettus, Lauren Preston, Thomas
Restey, Derek Schak, Cody
Schanbeck, Jennifer Schneider,
Samantha Sementilli, Chris
Serbe, Christine Shelingoski,
Christina Sherritze, Renee Smith,
Mary Smith, Taylor Smith,
Shotaro Soga, Jonathan Spears,
Victoria St Amand, Rachael Tate,
Stephan Taylor, Dora Thomason,
Jessica Voigt, Kala Wade, Joshua
Wagner, Lindsey Walker, Chelsea
Weaver, Sara Wellman, Alysia
Whitehead, Ashley Wildt, Jolene
Williams, Christopher Williams,
Brooklynn York.
Valparaiso: Cycler Celestine,
Ryan Dillaha, Brittany Freimuth,
Sarah Gifford, Leah Guidry,
Shantel Keen, Jordan Maruyama,
Laura Vitullo, Lauren
Voigtlander, Allison Walker.

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Connecting...with others

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.

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(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)

Living Faith
Christian Center

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


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
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First Baptist Church

of Niceville

9:00 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
10:30 a.m. Bible Study and Worisip
5:30p.m. "Survey the Bible"at FBCN
Small Groups throughout
tie community Dr. Michael McGogh
SWednesdaysupperat 4:45p.m.
followedby Bible studies and
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622 Bayshore Drive 678-4621

Please email items of interest about your church to info@baybeacon.com,
along with church name, address, contact number/email.

100 Hart Street, Niceville 729-8600

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

St Paul Lutheran & Preschool

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

Sunday School 10:10 a.m.
Niceville 678-1298
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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.
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Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
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Gordon Hurd spreads ideas, music and themes out on his desk so he can combine them into an
entertaining production.

From page B-1
lived in Pawling, N.Y, where
my parents raised chickens for
food for the troops during World
War II. But after our barn
burned down we moved to St.
Petersburg at the urging of a
friend, and got involved in sum-
mer stock with theater-in-the-
round in a tent. So I grew up
with the theater. In St.
Petersburg we were involved
with the Pinellas Playhouse and
then we'd also go back up to the
New York, Connecticut, New
Jersey area and perform."
Although Hurd said he has
great affection for writing,
music and acting, his own first
love is the technical aspect of
putting on a show.
"When I was a teen I was one
of the youngest to be a licensed
light board operator. I earned
my living as an electrical engi-
neer," he said. "I just really like
technology. It's fascinating to be
involved in all that goes on
behind the curtain. Audiences,
they don't care about all that
stuff and really they shouldn't.
They just came to see a good
show," something that can't be
done without the coordinating
efforts of stage hands as well as
actors and performers. A show

From page B-1
Writers and artists have
always had the ability to inspire
the imagination.
"American writers like
Harriet Beecher Stowe and
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings have
immortalized the beauty and
wonder of Florida in their books
and letters," said O'Connor. Art's
job, she said "is not merely to

isn't a show, Hurd said, without
everyone working together.
Hurd, a father of four grown
children, all living in the
Okaloosa-Walton counties area,
said he sits in his "inspiration
room" to get ideas for his pro-
ductions. The front room is
painted in a warm, burnt sienna
color, its walls are hung with
pictures of palms and "it has a
great stereo system," he said. "I
love classical music and I can
just come in here, sit quietly"
and be inspired.
A Gordon Hurd production
means audience members will
be treated to a collection of
tunes that are danced, acted,
sung and played by local enter-
The writer said he "gets an
idea for a story" and then goes
around to area entertainers in
the county and says, "Listen,
this is what I'm working on
(Broadway tunes, for instance).
What have you got that falls in
that category?" Groups or per-
formers such as the High
Steppers (a dance group), bands
from schools, Three's Company
(a singing trio) or individual
soloists search through their
repertoire and present him with
those pieces.
"Then I write the story
around the music. This way, the

describe but also to inspire. Art
is a product of creative imagina-
tion and it relies on what I call
'visual mythology' to reach past
the mundane and into the sub-
The history enthusiast said art
can provide "a tremendous
amount of historical information
about Florida, its people and its
history. Some artists, such as
Theodore Morris, specialize in

entertainers don't have to worry
so much about rehearsal," said
Hurd, "because they're pieces
the group has already performed
"I have to note which lights
get turned on at what time and
which actor gets microphone
No. 4," Hurd said, "and when
the sound man turns on the run-
ning-drum-beat sound effect, or
is the actor supposed to enter at
stage left and leave stage right.
It really creates a lot of anxiety
on my part as well as sleepless
nights and early mornings when
I suddenly think of something I
should probably incorporate."
Because Hurd coordinates
with the entertainers, writes the
script, sequences in the music,
and even has to worry about
props the participants may need
as well as making sure every-
thing is running smoothly back-
stage, he tells himself annually
that he'll "never do this again."
But somehow, he always
remembers that his productions
are "good fun, let-your-hair-
down entertainment. I don't
think shows necessarily have to
have some deep meaning to
them. I have a friend who used
to say to his actors, 'If you want
to send a message, go to
Western Union.' That's the way I
feel too. I believe in fun."

portraying Florida as it was
before the arrival of the
Europeans. Using archaeologi-
cal research, they are able to
accurately depict the physical
characteristics of a vanished
people and to show details of
their culture that bring them
alive for the contemporary view-
er," continued O'Connor. "Even
those artists whose goal was not
realistic illustration can offer us
insights and contribute to our
understanding of Florida's rich
visual and cultural history."
"Perceptions of Paradise" is
one of several events in the free
Then and Now series, jointly
sponsored by Northwest Florida
State College and the Heritage

Last week's picture of
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Teacher gets grant
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received a $150 check from Connie Wolfe, also a resident of Niceville, as well as the vice
president of the Gulf Coast Retired Teachers (GCRT). The donation is the first grant pro-
vided by the GCRT, an affiliate of the Okaloosa County Education Association, to support
an ongoing classroom project. Fail will use the funds in conjunction with pledges from two
Crestview business partners to purchase a Wii system as part of the classroom activities
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before 5p.m. Wednesday.

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Senior activities
Valparaiso Senior Center
Activities, 268 Glenview Ave.,
Valparaiso, Feb. 11-17:
Wednesday, Feb. 11: Wii
Games, 9:30 a.m.; Exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12: Sing-along
with Jane Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 13: Games, 9:30
Monday, Feb. 16, Games, 9:30
Tuesday, Feb. 17, games, 9:30
Senior Center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donation will be
appreciated. Reservations for meals
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Dr. Robert Kane, a
historian on Eglin
Air Force Base, will
present a program,
'History of Eglin,'
Thursday, Feb. 12,
at the Temple
Mound Museum in
Fort Walton Beach.
The free presenta-
tion begins at noon.
Patrons should
bring lawn chairs
and are welcome to
bring a sack lunch.
Beacon file photo


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From page B-4
must be made the day before by
noon at 833-9291.
Music appreciation series
Color and Texture in Music will
be the topic at the community clas-
sical music study series, Better
Listening, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday,
Feb. 11, at the
Fellowship of
the Emerald
Coast in
Valparaiso. Lars Runar will discuss
timbre which is the characteristic
quality of sound produced by a par-
ticular musical instrument. All ses-
sions are open to the public and
free. Info: 897-1411 or e-mail

Chamber breakfast
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast Feb.
11 at the
Center, 204 N.
Partin Drive. The
breakfast will
begin at 7:15 a.m. with coffee and
conversation, followed by breakfast
at 7:30 a.m. This month's sponsor is
Niceville Insurance Agency.
Chamber members, their guests,
and prospective members may
History of Eglin lecture
The Fort Walton Beach Heritage
Park and Cultural Center, 139
Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort
Walton Beach, will host a Food for
Thought Lecture by Dr. Robert
Kane entitled "History of Eglin" on

Thursday, Feb. 12, at noon inside
the Indian Temple Mound
Museum's Lazarus Education
Center. The lecture is free and open
to the public. Attendees are encour-
aged to bring their bagged lunch
and eat while they learn.
Info: Mike Thomin, 833-9595.
Twin Cities Senior events
The Twin Cities Senior Citizens
Club will meet Feb. 12, 2 p.m. at the
Valparaiso Community Center, 268
Glenview Ave. After the meeting
there will be potluck and games.
Info: 678-5584 or 678-8645.
Women's Aglow speaker
Barbara Hollinger Williams,
president of Women's Aglow of
Fort Walton Beach, will speak at the
meeting of Aglow International,
Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. at
Marina Bay Resort, 80 SE Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
Fellowship time with refreshments

starts at 9:30 a.m.
The Aglow meeting is free and
open to the public. Info: Barbara
Williams at 678-1335.
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-
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.
Info: Pam Smith at 678-5484 or
at pamsmith2@cox.net.
ECCA fund raiser
The Emerald Coast Concert
Association Educational Outreach

fundraiser 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.
Adult volleyball signups
Volleyball season is here at First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville. Sign
up as an individ-
ual 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.

Genealogy group to visit
The Genealogy Society of
Okaloosa County will visit the
library of Northwest Florida State
College Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10
a.m. Meetings are open to the pub-
lic. All are invited to join in a Dutch
treat lunch at a local restaurant fol-
lowing the meeting.
'Minnie Pearl' show set
Destin Woman's Club presents
Shirley Simpson on stage as
"Minnie Pearl" Saturday, Feb. 14,
2-4 p.m. $25 per person (tickets
non-refundable), PS Gifts, Fort
Walton Beach, Bayou Books,
Niceville, Kitchenique, Sandestin.
Cash or Check payable to Destin
Woman's Club,
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the show to meet "Minnie." Grace
Lutheran Church, 4325 W.
Commons Drive, next to YMCA.

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and offered only nail care" she
said. "Now we have eight
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spa chairs and tables, and
offer a full range of services.
We provide all nail and hair
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A favorite service at Lily
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improves their sleep, and
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or drinking. Some say it helps
control blood pressure, cho-
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Some even say it takes away
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Body detox is not a medical
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elements of general health.
Stacie Jennings, an inde-
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years experience locally, now
working at Lily Nails, said,
"What I like best about work-
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It's like a spa; very warm and
Tina Gingerich, another
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"We make our clients feel
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NFSC graduates 556

students in fall term

Northwest Florida State
College announces the fall term
2008 graduates. Five hundred
fifty six (556) individuals gradu-
ated from the college for the fall
Students earning Highest
Honors, a grade point average of
4.0, include:
Certificate, Highest Honors:
Eglin AFB: Rebecca Elizabeth
Sheriff; Valparaiso: Heather Lee
Galpin, Scott R. Kittleson.
Educator Preparation
Institute, Highest Honors: Eglin
AFB: Kathryn D. Thorpe;
Niceville: Anna Finlay Arnold,
Kristy A. Hedler.
Students earning High
Honors, a grade point average of
3.8 to 3.99, include:
Associate of arts, High
Honors: Valparaiso: Leah Nicole
Associate of applied science,
High Honors: Apo, AP: Thomas
A. Rich.
Certificate, High Honors:
Niceville: Matthew D.
Educator Preparation
Institute, High Honors:
Valparaiso: Kimberly Crosby.
Students earning Honors, a
grade point average of 3.5 to
3.79, include:
Bachelor of applied science,
Honors: Niceville: Paul Anthony
Maconi Jr..
Associate of arts, Honors:
Niceville: Joshua Michael
Associate of applied science,

Honors: Niceville: Brian A.
Chisholm, David Allan Glinka.
Certificates, Honors: Eglin
AFB: Sulin F. Schafer;
Niceville: Joshua Ryan Grace.
Educator Preparation
Institute, Honors: Niceville:
Suzette F Breckenridge-Martin,
Annmarie C. Dowden, Rebekah
D. Ellis.
Students who completed the
requirements for degrees and
certificates include:
Bachelor of applied science:
Niceville: Joshua Scott
Aspinwall, Rachel Lynn
Chambliss, Anthony B. Coon,
Rena P. Davis, Andrea Nickole
Graham, Debra Gay Jones,
Christopher Allen Stewart.
Associate of arts: Eglin AFB:
Sarah Brazwell, Jennifer S.
Johnson; Hurlburt Field:
Jennifer Marlene Hughes, Holly
Romine, Marissa Leane
Williams; Niceville: Devan Bell,
Jacqueline Blake Boisjolie,
Jeffery Wade Braget, Jarret W
Bristol, Cherron P. Brown,
Kelliann Marie Clark, James
Colby Crum, Erica Lynne
Daniel, Robert Davis,
Dominique Alina Dijkhuizen,
Sunari Eger, Matthew Floyd,
Chase Daniel Fudge, Stephen
Gothard, R. Jean Gunn, Alex B.
Hogan, Caitlin Laird, Jacqueline
Lamonde, Sarah Loveland,
Haley Martin, Jameson Cory
Martin, Courtney Nicole Mosier,
Kent I. Nguyen, Nichole Orth,
Nicholas Shane Remaklus,
Grace Gonzales Rodriguez,

Brian S. Rowlands, Lori Shifflet,
Corey Skipper, Frank Alexander
Sorrells II, Cherie Lynn Thomas,
Benjamin R Tidwell, Nicholas
Andrew Traywick, Matthew D
Underwood, Aimee Christa
Webb, Ashley Mishelle Wildt,
Peter Williamson, Maxwell
Joseph Wrann, Robert Allyn
Yager; Valparaiso: Cole E.
Dylewski, Meredith Jane
Hendrix, Robert C. Jenson III,
Molly Katherine McLeaish,
Phillip Charles Meeks, Kristen
Lynn Morton.
Associate of applied science:
Apo, AE: Tamara Sheree Hall;
Apo, AP: Dexter Lornore
Coburn, Fenella Lynch; Eglin
AFB: Jeremiah M. Nazarenn-
Johnson; Hurlburt Field:
Jennifer Marlene Hughes,
Martin Z Vera; Niceville: Joshua
Scott Aspinwall, Christopher
Becvar, Giustino P Carrano,
Anthony B. Coon, Rena P.
Davis, Debra Gay Jones, Paul
Anthony Maconi Jr.; Valparaiso:
Richard William Denney, Robert
C. Jenson III, Jane C. Vega.
Associate of science: Eglin
AFB: Milesha Tamarien Watson
Certificate: Niceville: Jill M
Drayer, Justin Andrew Henry,
Courtney Lee Hines, Aaron
Odle, Philip A. Thorn.
Applied technology diploma:
Valparaiso: Nicole Marie
Educator Preparation
Institute: Valparaiso: Martha
Ann Woodcock.

From page B-1

Hilburn of
was named
to teh Dean's
List for the
fall semester
at teh
Kristin Maxwell Institute of
The Georgia Institute of
Technology is one of the nation's

Megan Hughes

uate students.

research uni-
providing a
cally based
education to
more than
ate and grad-

The Twin Cities Woman's
Club luncheon speaker Jan. 28
was Kristy Souto of the Barefoot

Kayla Melendez

Yoga Studio
of Niceville.
Souto gave
an overview
and described
the benefits
of yoga
and breathing

responsible for the program were
Joan Bowman, Annie Cameron,
Ginette Ogburn Virginia Peters,
Lovelace Rucker, Vicki
Rudolph and Gail Weaver.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rocky falls to Maclay

The Rocky Bayou Christian
School Lady Knights' soccer
season ended Tuesday, Feb. 3, as
Maclay won the Regional
Quarterfinal game, 4-3, on
penalty kicks.
The game in Tallahassee
marked the Lady Knights' third
trip to the quarterfinals in four
years. Maclay and the Knights
had met twice this season, each
winning one game.
The Marauders came on
strong right out of the gate, but
the Lady Knights held off their
But 65 minutes into the
game, Rocky Bayou's Hannah
Peters passed to Jamie Williams,
who put it into the back of the
net. Five minutes later, Maclay
responded in kind. At the end of
regulation the score was 1-1.
The Lady Knights then
played through two sudden
death overtimes, with neither
team finding the net.
For the first time in the pro-
gram's history, the game was to
come down to penalty kicks.
Katie Kaim took the first shot
for the Lady Knights, but it was

blocked. Maclay made its shot
for a 1-0 penalty shot lead.
Christy Serban made the
Lady Knights' second shot in
the right side of the net to knot
the score again, 1-1.
The Marauders took another
lead, 2-1, on a shot that keeper
Shannon Donahue got a hand
on, but was unable to deflect far
enough from the net.
Emily Steel buried one in the
far right comer to tie the game
again, 2-2, but Maclay came
right back with a score of its
own, making it 3-2.
Jane Ellen Brown buried
another in the right comer to tie
the score again, 3-3 and
Shannon Donahue blocked a
Maclay shot.
Rocky Bayou just missed
taking a lead when Esther
Alldredge shot to the left comer.
But it hit the inside of the post
and rebounded across the face
of the goal.
Maclay then made its final
shot, defeating the Lady
Knights 4-3 in penalty kicks.
The Lady Knights finished
their season 11-9-3.


head to

Three Niceville High
School football players
signed letters of intent to
colleges last week. From
left: John Hicks, head
coach; Robert Newton, to
Valdosta State; Rick
Whiddon, to Jacksonville
State, and Luke Sager to
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