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Group Title: Bay beacon
Title: The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: July 28, 2010
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Wednesday, IO a.m.

The Friends of the
Niceville Library will hold
their third annual Summer
Book Discussion in the
library, discussing "Hotel
on the Corner of Bitter and
Sweet" by Jamie Ford. A
lmite supil bo b~ooo s

can be placed online, by
e-mai 100r call the library at

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
The Niceville Police
Department will hold its
first back to school day for
elementary age students at
the police department.
Police will give away
pencilIs '
and other
while the
supply lasts.
Info: K. Devine, 729-4030.
Saturday, IO a.m.
Strictly Weaver's Guild
of the Emerald Coast wil I
hold its monthly meeting
at the Twin Cities
Hospital's wellness
Center, 21 90 Hwy. 85N,
NicevilIle. The topic: M's
and O's structure. Info:
Alice, 934-4403, or Betsy,

Mond~a~y,5:30 am.

Silver Sands Republican
Women will host state Sen.
Don Gaetz and state Rep.
Matt Gaetz, who will
present a program on the
ballot amendments for the
upcoming election. The
restaurant willI offer a
special menu ranging from
$1 2 to $1 5.

SNiceville mulls property tax hike

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
The Niceville city council
unanimously set a tentative
property tax millage rate for the
2010/2011 fiscal year of 3.65-
well above the current year's
rate of 3.45--during a special
meeting held Thursday, July 22.
At a millage rate of 3.65, a
Niceville property owner would
pay $3.65 in ad valorem proper-
ty tax for every $1,000 of
appraised, taxable value of his
property. For example, the

owner of a home appraised at
$200,000, after homestead
exemption and other discounts,
would pay $730 in property tax
to the city of Niceville. At the
current rate of 3.45, such a
homeowner would pay $690.
During Thursday's meeting,
Niceville City Clerk Dan
Doucet explained the reasons
for the proposed rate hike.
"Our current year taxable
value has been reduced by near-
ly $39 million as compared to
our final assessment for this fis-

cal year," he told the council.
The reduction in taxable
value has resulted from declines
in appraised values of homes
and other real estate in
Niceville, as property values
throughout the United States
have similarly declined during
the ongoing economic reces-
Doucet said state and other
funding for the city is being cut,
county funding for the city
library is also being reduced,
and city expenses are going up,

especially health insurance and
other personnel costs for city
employees, as well as fuel costs
for city vehicles.
The "rolled back rate" for
FY 2011, or the millage rate
that would produce the same
property tax revenue as was
collected for the current year,
would be 3.63, Doucet told the
council, but that would not be
enough to cover the increased
expenses of the city.
By setting the tentative mill-
age rate at 3.65, the city council

established that rate as the max-
imum it can charge in property
tax for the coming fiscal year,
which begins Oct. 1. Any fur-
ther hike would require a refer-
endum of Niceville voters.
However, the city council
still has the option of reducing
the millage rate during any of
the public hearings it will hold
before setting the final tax rate
for the coming year. The first
such hearing is scheduled for 6
p.m., Thursday, Sept, 16, at
Niceville City Hall.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville man and his 16-
year-old daughter are dead, and
two other members of the family
injured, as a result of a two-vehi-
cle traffic crash on Interstate 20
in Lincoln Parish, La.
William "Tim" Harris, 51, of
dead at the .
scene of the .
crash Friday
afternoon. .
His daugh-
ter, Hannah r
Harris, 16,
was taken to -
the LSU- William 'Tim'
Shreveport Harris
Hospital where she died Sunday
as a result of her injuries. Harris'
wife Dianne, 46, and daughter
Bethany, 18, received minor
injuries in the accident and were
treated and released from a
Louisiana hospital.
The crash occurred as the

family was heading back to
Niceville after visiting family in
'Our family are Christians,"
Dianne Harris told the Beacon.
"Jesus came and took my hus-
band to his everlasting home. My
baby Hannah passed into the
arms of Jesus at 10:40 a.m., July
25, 2010."
Dianne Harris said she and
Tim had just celebrated their 25th
Her hus-
band, she
said, was
"the most
godly man,
most godly
most godly
father I have
ever Hannah Harris
Tim Harris was an executive with
L-3 Communications and worked
at Crestview Aerospace in
Please see WRECK, page A-4

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Three friends, Mia Sarvello (pink float), 12, Hurlburt Field, Maddie Roichaux (lime green),
12, of Mary Esther and Christina Britt, (orange), 8, of Fort Walton Beach, go with the flow.
Hundreds of people seeking a cool refuge from July's heat and humidity converged on
Niceville Friday to enjoy the constant 68 degree waters of Turkey Creek.

By Thomas Monigan
Beacon Staff Writer
Ready or not, it's time to
start your "Back to School"
shopping once again,
"Scramble time," is how
Shannon Carr described it.
Carr and her son, Joshua,
14, were busy picking out a
backpack in the Niceville
Kmart last week '
Most public schools in
Okaloosa County begin the fall
semester Aug. 5, several weeks
earlier than usual.
Because Okaloosa is desig-
nated a "high performing dis-
trict" by the state board of edu-
cation, it has some leeway on

when it starts a school year.
After a series of public meet-
ings, the Okaloosa school board
approved the earlier start back
in March.
Florida is bringing back its
"Sales Tax Holiday" after a
two-year hiatus. Set for Aug. 13
through Aug. 15, it allows
shoppers to buy certain school-
related items without adding on
the usual 6 percent.
But since schools in this
area will have begun more than
a week previous to the
"Holiday" weekend, its effect
locally would appear difficult to
"The concept is good, but

the timing is bad," said David
Goetsch, an economist with
Northwest Florida State
College. "But in some cases
there could still be some
Please see SCHOOL, page A-6

Valerie Jones shops at Kmart
with daughters Sara, 9, Riley,
6, and Allison 2. Sara and

Ig Elmbe tarbeSacho ir
Niceville this year.

by Tho~meascMo~nogo

Calendar, B-5.

On intern et

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
An Eglin pilot and Niceville
resident is the hardest working~
person in America. That's wh t
his video at mitchumhardest-
working.com says, and that's
what he s hoping people will
agree on.
Maj. Steven Cox, a 53rd Wing
pilot, is one of 10 people vying
for the title of "Hardest Working
Person in America," a contest
being run by Mitchum, which
bills itself as the hardest working
In addition to Cox, finalists
include a man who is cleaning up
the nation's rivers; an 88-year-old

silkiscreener and landscaper; a
construction worker and dad who
moonlights as a college student;
and an Army drill sergeant.
The 10 finalists were selected
by Brett Ratner of Brett Ratner
Brands, a fledgling creative con-
tent company. Ratner pored
through countless videos submit-
ted by people from all over the
country before narrowing the
selection down to just 10.
If Cox is the grand prize win-
ner, he will win $100,000 and be
the subject of a short film by doc-
umentarian Albert Maysles and
co-filmmaker Bradley Kaplan.
The first-place winner will
receive a $20,000 cash prize.
Mitchum will also present an
"Audience Award" winner with a
$5,000 prize and a "golden"
Mitchum trophy for the video
Please see SEEKS, page A-6

Maj. Steven Cox makes his
pitch for the title of hardest
ut kig American on

working mom; an elementary
school custodial worker; the
founder of First Response Tearn
of America; a man helping young
campers build character, respect
and leadership;a blacksmith;an
actor, trash-hauler, artist,

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Early start complicates school shopping

Tax holiday starts eight days after first classes I5wm x-

Niceville man seeks title of

hardest wtorkting American



gas capsule

With heat indices over 100 degrees
Fahrenheit in Valparaiso before noon
Friday, firefighters with the county's
Special Operations Unit turned up
the heat even higher when they
donned layers of protective haz-
ardous materials suits. Valparaiso
Fire Chief Mark Norris had called
Special Ops--nicknamed the
"Masters of Disaster"--after a bull-
dozer at a construction site, 243
Chicago Avenue, unearthed and
nicked a metal cylinder that began
giving off a gas that smelled of
ammonia. No one was evacuated
from nearby homes or businesses,
but police roadblocked Chicago
Avenue. Two Special Ops firefighters
dug up the cylinder, which gave off a
final burst of spray before being
sealed in a heavy metal casket for
Beacon photo by Del Lessard

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her job requirements to provide
"devoted service" to students
and faculty.
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service as chairman of the Board
of Trustees. Wilkierson has been
a member of the board since
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was recently elected to serve as
the current board chair, along
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Trustees are appointed by the
governor and generally serve a
four-year term on the college's
governing board.
In other action, the trustees
also approved;
-an agreement between
Walton County Public Schools
and Sacred Heart of the Emerald
Coast for the college to support
the district's efforts to provide
increased access to medical sci-
ence careers for Walton stu-
-the final Broadway and
Artist Series schedule and ticket
pricing at the college's Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts
-the award of competitive
bids $37,884 to Doyle
Associates of Alabama to test
and balance the campus HVAC
system and $65,000 to Medley
Printing in Fort Walton Beach
for annual college printing.
--annual objectives for col-
lege president Dr. Ty Handy, for
The Board next meets Aug.
17 at 4:30 p.m. in the College
Mall, Building K, community
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The Niceville Police
Department will hold its first
back to school day for elemen-
tary age students July 31, 9
a.m.-noon, at the police depart-
ment. Police will give away
backpacks, water bottles, pen-
cils, pens, stickers and other
items while the supply lasts.
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made by McGruff the Crime
Dog, Eddie Eagle, and FDOT's
crash test dummies, Vince and
Larry. Fingerprinting for the lit-
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Info: K. Devine, 729-4030.

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
The Northwest Florida State
College Board of Trustees took
steps July 20 to improve the
selection process for nursing
and radiology students and to
protect passing motorists
against stray bullets from the
college's police academy firing
During their meeting, the
trustees discussed changes to the
college's admissions process for
the highly competitive programs
in nursing and radiography.
Each has as many as five times
more applicants than available
slots. Both programs rely on a

competitive point system to
determine admissions. Until
now, a lottery was used, when
necessary, to select among top
scoring applicants whose total
scores were tied.
Charlotte Kuss, director of
nursing, told the trustees that
this year there are more than 100
applicants to the nursing pro-
gram who scored a perfect 100
points on the admissions crite-
ria. "That's 100 RN applicants
with perfect scores," said Kuss.
"That doesn't include the more
than 250 additional highly qual-
ified applicants for those 54
once-a-year slots."
The changes approved by

trustees to the admissions
process abolish the lottery and
incorporate a national standard-
ized test and other assessments
to determine applicant eligibili-
ty and to serve as a tie-breaker
among equally high scoring
applicants. Kuss said the new
system will select students
entirely on merit, rather than
denying anyone admission
based merely on the luck of the
The changes will also allow
the college to move to a bi-
annual admissions class and
potentially accept additional
students in the spring term. Kuss
said any additional students
admitted in the spring will come
from the annual pool of appli-
cants who scored the highest on
all admissions criteria.
College trustees also
approved an agreement with the
Mid-Bay Bridge Authority
(MBBA) to provide additional
baffling to the college's
Niceville campus public safety
firing range. The additional baf-
fling will ensure safe conditions
between the range and the new
limited access highway that will
connect the north approach of
the Mid-Bay Bridge to State
Road 85.
As the road will run just
north of the Niceville campus
and fairly close to the firing
range, the Bridge Authority
requested the college install
additional overhead structures.
These would ensure that there is
no unprotected "blue sky" visi-
ble from any firing position that
could result in any object or ord-
nance from the range reaching
any portion of the easement
granted by Eglin to the MBBA.
The MBBA authority agreed
to pay the $17,600 cost to
design the baffling and will pay
for the construction, the cost of

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Northwest Florida State College Trustees Chairwoman Sandy
Sims presented a plaque to former Chairman Wesley
Wilkerson, honoring his service as leader of the board.

which will be determined fol-
lowing completion of the
design. The college will oversee
the construction,
In other business, the trustees
approved an annual update to
the college's Capital
Improvement Plan through
2016, which is one of the first
steps for requesting possible
future construction or remodel-

college also submits a project
priority list, a master plan and a
comprehensive survey as part of
the request process.
Among the top priorities
cited on the plan were replace-
ment of the aging heating and
cooling system on the Niceville
campus, the possible construc-
tion of an additional classroom
building at the college's Sikes
Center in

Iht ad thand com-
all items on pletion of
Funded in other proj-
eis already
mote under way
~such as the
-Dr. Gary Yancey communi-
ty services
complex and new student serv-
ices building.
The trustees also approved a
retirement resolution honoring
Charlotte McDonald-Williams
of Niceville for her 38 years as a
career service employee as an
assistant in the office of the vice
president for instruction and
most recently in student services

ing proj-
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the col-
lege. Dr.
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vice pres-
ident for
tr at ion,

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the list will get
the near future
Somewhat rer

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submitted annually to the
Department of Education for
consideration in statewide DOE
planning for capital projects.
"Funding is tight and the
likelihood that all items on the
list will get funded in the near
future is somewhat remote,"
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
After tightening up spending,
Valparaiso city commissioners
Monday agreed to lower the
property tax millage rate for the
fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Commissioners set the tenta-
tive ad valorem tax rate at 3.933
mills. That's approximately 5.5
percent lower than the city's
current millage rate of 4.1591
mills. The tentative millage is
also lower than the "rolled
back" millage rate, 4.4688
mills--the tax rate the city
would have to charge property
owners to raise the same amount
of property tax revenue as the
current Hiscal year.
For every mill of the proper-
ty tax rate, property owners pay
$1 for each $1,000 of taxable
value of his property. For exam-
ple, a homeowner whose home
has a taxable value of $100,000
after all applicable exemptions
have been taken, would pay
$393.30 at the tentative 3.933

millage rate. That's $22.61 less
than he would pay at the current
millage rate. In addition to the
city tax, property owners must
pay property taxes to other
applicable taxing authorities,
including the Okaloosa County
Commission and the School
Taxing authorities must set a
tentative millage rate no later
than early August so that the
county Property Appraiser can
mail out Truth in Millage
(TRIM) Notices to every prop-
erty owner in the county in mid
August. Taxing authorities can
finalize the millage rate at or
below the tentative rate, but
generally cannot raise the tax
rate higher than the tentative
The Valparaiso city commis-
sion also set two public hearings
on the millage rate and the fiscal
year 2011 budget, Sept. 7 and
20, both at 5:30 p.m. in the city
commission chambers.
The tentative millage rate of

3.933 mills will generate
$695,846 revenue for the city's
General Fund budget of more
than $2.8 million. The General
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During a pair of meetings July
22 in Niceville and Valparaiso,
residents had a chance to leam
about the planning process for
building or improving roads
throughout Northwest Florida.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, the
board of directors of the
Northwest Florida Transportation
Coordinating Agency (TCA) met
at Niceville city hall. That meet-
ing was followed by a 5 p.m.
meeting of the Okaloosa-Walton
Transportation Planning
Organization (TPO) at the
Valparaiso city commission
chamber. Both organizations
have similar purposes, and play
roles in planning road-building
and transportation projects, but
are organized differently and
have different missions.
The TCA board is a group of
representatives from each county

in Northwest Florida, appointed
by the governor of Florida to plan
ways to design, fund, and build a
transportation corridor for
through traffic between the east-
emn and western ends of the
Florida panhandle.
The TPO is an offshoot of the
Northwest Florida Regional
Planning Council, and consists of
representatives, most of whom
are elected officials, from
Okaloosa and Walton counties,
as well as from each city within
the two counties. Their mission is
to plan and prioritize road-build-
ing and other transportation proj-
ects throughout the two counties,
not only including roads but side-
walks, bicycle paths, traffic sig-
nals, traffic management sys-
tems, and public transportation.
What both organizations have
in common is that each attempts
to forecast traffic and transporta-
tion needs, determine what proj-

ects are most likely to meet those
needs, and recommend funding
sources and priorities.
At the TCA meeting, mem-
bers agreed to support a feasibili-
ty study by traffic engineers and
Other staff members of the
Florida Turnpike Authority, to
determine the best route and like-
ly cost of building a bypass road
to divert through traffic north-
ward, around the most congested
portions of U.S. Highway 98
from Destin to Navarre.
The bypass road, previously
called the "Niceville Bypass,"
has been proposed before, but
was never approved or built. The
idea is being revived, partly
because the Air Force, which
controls most of the land on
which such a road would be built,
now supports the concept. The
most likely route will incorporate
the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector,
now under construction in three

phases, to the north end of the
Mid-Bay Bridge to State Road 20
east of Seminole, then northwest
around Rocky Bayou to State
Road 85 north of Niceville. The
plan being considered by the
TCA would continue that route in
both directions, from east of
Destin to west of Navarre.
The feasibility study, which is
expected to take about a year,
will determine a proposed route
for the bypass, which will proba-
bly skirt the boundary of the
Eglin military reservation. The
study will also recommend the
most cost-effective design for the
road and its interchanges, and
estimate the likely cost. It may
also estimate whether the expect-
ed toll revenue from such a road
will be enough to repay the bonds
underwriting the construction.
During their meeting, the
TCA board members also
approved an agreement with the
Turnpike Authority and the U.S.
Department of Transportation to
use federal grant money to fund
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From page A-1

Hannah was set to begin her
junior year at Niceville High
School next month.
"We lost a very, very bright
student," said Linda Smith, NHS
principal. Active in the Interact
Club, the rising junior was sched-
uled to be at the high school this
week to orient incoming freshmen
to their new surroundings, the
principal said. "Hannah was very
active in leadership-that's the
kind of person she was, a leader,"
she said. Smith said Hannah's
mother, Dianne, was also a volun-
teer at the school attendance office
last year, and "always made
everyone feel special."
A basket has been placed in the
high school office for anyone who
wants to leave their memories of
Hannah, the principal said, which
will be provided to the Harris
family later.
Hannah was an organ donor
and her mother said multiple
organs were being harvested
Monday. Mrs. Harris said she
hoped that "every single thing"
that came out of the horrific crash
would "be turned into good" and
that her "Lord Jesus Christ would
receive the honor." She read two
passages from the NIV Bible,
Revelation 14:13 and Psalms 118,
verses 1 and 24, that have com-
forted her and her family in the
face of this tragedy.
"This loss is devastating to us

Taxpayers who own a home
with a taxable value of $150,000
after all homestead and other
exemptions are taken, will pay
about $1,130, compared with
$1,146 for this year.
Okaloosa's school millage
rate is a combination of three
-The "Required Local
Effort" set by the state. This year
that number dropped from 5.391
to 5.2860.
-A "Discretionary Basic"
figure of 0.748, which remains
-A "Capital Outlay
Discretionary" figure of 1.5,
which remains unchanged since
it is capped by the state.
Okaloosa'sa total millage num-
ber had been greater than 8 mills
from 1991-92 through 2005-06,
with the exception of 1999-2000,
when it was 7.972.
The highest it reached during
that period was 8.723 mills in

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the right and struck the GMC.
Both vehicles then ran off the
south side of the road and entered
the tree line.
The Suburban struck several
trees before coming to rest. The
front seat passenger of the
Suburban, identified as William
"Tim" Harris from Niceville, was
pronounced dead at the scene by
the Lincoln Parish Coroner's
Office. The 16-year-old driver of
the Suburban, later identified as
Hannah Harris, was transported to
the LSU-Shreveport hospital with
critical injuries. Hannah died of
her injuries Sunday. Dianne and
Bethany were both back seat pas-
sengers in the Suburban and were
transported to Lincoln General
Hospital where they were treated
and released.
The GMC and its trailer also
struck several trees before coming
to rest. Nancy "Becky" White, 40,
of Simsboro, La., the driver of the
GMC, was transported to Lincoln
General Hospital for minor
injuries. A passenger in the GMC,
17-year-old Jessica Brunston, was
also transported to Lincoln
General for moderate injuries.
Three cows in the trailer were
killed in the crash.
Troopers believe that the occu-
pants and drivers were wearing
seat belts at the time of the crash.
Impairment is not suspected to be
a factor in the crash, but routine
toxicology tests are pending.
No citations have been issued
and the crash remains under

From page A-3
--Intergovernmental rev-
enues of $981,960, including
state sales tax ($449,520)'
municipal revenue sharing
($253,595), communications
sales taxes ($229,775) as well
as other sources.
--Miscellaneous revenue of
$513,389, including permits,
licenses, fines, cemetery sales
and openings; library coopera-
tive disbursements and others.
The proposed budget cut
some costs by replacingfull-
time positions withpatim
employees in the administrative
an ie deatet t TeT ple
time but unfilled position in
order to purchase a new patrol
car, the only capital expenditure
in the city's new budget.

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Salary cuts are the answer to
budget shortfalls, not a sales tax,
Chris Saccomanno told the
Okaloosa County School Board
Monday night.
That was before the board
voted unanimously to approve its
proposed millage rate and overall
budget for the upcoming school
Saccomanno, representing the
Fort Walton Beach Tea Party,
was the lone citizen to speak. His
message was simple: "We've
been taxed enough already ... the
answer now is a resounding
In addition to opposing a pro-
posed half-cent sales tax that will
be on the Aug. 24 ballot,
Saccomanno had some issues
with components of the millage
As proposed, that rate would
be 7.534, down from the current
rate of 7.639 mills. The overall
budget for 2010-2011 would be
$359 million, compared with
$412.9 million this year. Final
approval is scheduled for
Using figures he gleaned
from a newspaper website,
Saccomanno presented the fol-
--900 Okaloosa teachers
make between $50,000 and
$70,000 a year. Cutting their pay

10 percent would save $5.4 mil-
--100 Okaloosa administra-
tors make between $90,000 and
$120,000 a year. Cutting their
pay 10 percent would save
another $1 million.
Board chairman Rodney
Walker responded to
Saccomanno's comments with a
lengthy lecture that
Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts
later referred to as "Economics
of Public Education 101."
Board member Chuck Kelley
offered, "We would have a much
longer line (at the podium for
public comment) if we proposed
a 10-percent pay cut."
Afterward, Saccomanno told
Deputy Superintendent Rodney
Nobles, "We know there's this
big shell game going on."
Nobles replied, "There's no
money, that's the bottom line."
That didn't appear to faze the
former local Tea Party chairman,
"It's a passing of the buck,"
he said. "They're basically blam-
ing the Florida State Legislature
... and we need to track who's
making the decisions."
Regardless of what happens
with the sales tax referendum,
this year's millage rate for the
schools is likely to decrease by
.105 mills.
A mill is a tax of $1 for every
$1,000 of taxable property, either
residential or commercial.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
The chain link fence in front of the Niceville High School football field expresses the wish "Lift
up the Harris'."

at Crestview Aerospace and will
be felt across the company," said
Barry Steiner, president of L-3
Crestview Aerospace. "Tim was
highly respected by all of us who
worked with him. We're going to
miss his leadership and friend-
ship. Harris was named vice pres-
ident of programs for L-3
Crestview Aerospace in February
2008, after a 25-year career at the
company's Greenville, Texas
Surviving daughter Bethany
Harris graduated from Niceville
High School earlier this year and
is set to begin attending the
University of Florida in August,
her mother said.
Funeral services for Tim and
Hannah are scheduled for Friday,
July 30, 2 p.m., in Greenville,
Texas, at the Coker-Mathews
Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be
scheduled at the First Baptist
Church of Niceville, where the
family recently became members.
A basket has been placed in the
church office for anyone who
wants to leave a card for the fam-
ily, according to an announcement
from church.
Louisiana State Police gave the
following account of the accident:
The Harris' 2002 Chevrolet
Suburban was traveling east on I-
20 in the inside lane, at about
milepost 97, overtaking a 2002
GMC truck pulling a livestock
trailer, about 3 p.m. July 23. For
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feelings. We need oil leak would hurt
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want our beaches
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Pat Robins, 40,

Emily Willis, 72,

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Exchange Service facilities are
free of sales tax every day.
But by way of staying com-
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Tax Holiday," the Exchange is
granting an automatic reduction
of up to 8 percent on all speci-
fied back-to-school items.
"This time of year provides
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emphasize that every day is a
'sales tax holiday' at the
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Hullender stated in an official
press release.

people view his video, which is a
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"We always try to shop on a
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buy, but what you buy them
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telephone from Hickam Air
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was stationed on a temporary
assignment last week. "It's kind
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If he wins the grand prize, or
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Okaloosa seeks fugitiveS
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Nicole Marie Riola
Wanted for: violation of probation
on original charges of resisting law
enforcement and driving with a
suspended or revoked license.
Riola's last known address was on
Lincoln Avenue, Valparaiso.
Height: 5-feet, 6-inches
Weight: 160 pounds
A e: 31
D tee of birth: 07-01-79
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

Name: Tawan Marcus Frost
Wanted for: violation of probation
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possession of a controlled
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and possession of marijuana.
Height: 6-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 190 poundS
Age: 28
Date of birth: 10-24-81
Hair: black
Eyes: gray

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Florida/Palmetto Avenue ......Confined Space Rescue ......7/19/10O.................1 0:37
Glenview Avenue ..................Medical ..................................7/1 9/10O.................1 2:11
Reeves Street .......................Medical ..................................7/20/1 0.................00:09
N. Partin Drive .......................Medical ..................................7/20/1 0.................01 :41
N. Palm Boulevard ................Medical ..................................7/20/10O.................1 3:31
Peachtree Way......................Medical ..................................7/21/1 0.................05:49
W. John Sims Parkway ........Lock In ...................................7/21/10.................1 1:20
Grand Oak Drive ...................Medical ..................................7/21/1 0.................1202
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..................................7/21/10........1 2
Eglin AFB Station 1 ...............Station Coverage ..................7/21/10O.................1 5:54
W. John Sims Parkway ........Vehicle Crash ........................7/22/10O.................1 8:21
Grand Oak Drive ...................Medical ..................................7/23/1 0.................03:27
Cross Street ..........................Medical ..................................7/23/1 0.................05:40
College Boulevard.................Medical ..................................7/23/10O.................1 0:37
E. John Sims Parkway .........Dispatch/Canceled ................7/23/10O.................1 2:27
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..................................7/23/10O.................1 3:17
Edgewater Drive ...................Medical ..................................7/24/10O.................11 :09
Tee Street ..............................Medical ..................................7/24/10O.................1 8:46
Weeden Island Drive ............Medical ..................................7/24/1 0...............21:06
N. Partin Drive .......................Medical ..................................7/25/1 0.................08:52
Red Maple Way ....................Alarm Activation ....................7/25/10O.................1 3:55
N. Partin Drive .......................Medical ..................................7/25/1 0.................21 :32

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Ocean View Drive..................Dispatched canceled............7/1 9/10 .................1 8:32
Chantilly Circle .......................Public service assistance.....7/20/10 .................09:04
NorthWhite Point Road.......EMS excluding vehicle.........7/20/10 .................12:10
Chantilly Circle .......................EMS excluding vehicle.........7/21/10 .................06:10
Highway 20 East....................Medical assist EMS..............7/21/10 .................09:33
Evans Court...........................Medical assist EMS..............7/22/10 .................1 4:00
North White Point Road.......EMS excluding vehicle.........7/22/10 .................1 4:48
North White Point Road ........Medical assist EMS..............7/22/10 .................23:35
White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle.........7/23/10 .................22:10
East Highway 20....................Vehicle accident....................7/24/10 .................19:10
Merchants Way......................EMS excluding vehicle.........7/25/10 .................07:08
Bobcat Cove ..........................False alarm ...........................7/25/10 .................08:57
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was a U.S. Postal Service employ-
ee working at the Fort Walton
Beach post onfce, 21 NE Walter
Martin Road when supervisors
became concerned about suspect-
ed thefts. An audit covering the
period February 2008 to February
2009 revealed a shortage of
$5,333, while a second audit cov-
ering Feb. 21 through Nov. 22,
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revealed an
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cial agents of the U.S. Postal
Service's Inspector General.
During these controlled transac-
tions it was allegedly determined
that Ford used several methods or
types of transactions to divert
Postal Service money to his own
use, such as making purchase
transactions and then voiding the
transactions and taking the money.
When confronted by postal
authorities on March 26, 2009,
Ford allegedly admitted stealing
U.S. Postal Service money since
August 2008. He stated that he
used the money for such things as
lunch, gas, medical deductibles
and other expenses. Ford was
charged with stealing a total of

Joseph Ben] mn Carlee, 22, of
405 Juniper St., Destin, was arrest-
ed by Niceville police July 15 on
the charge of retail theft. On June
20, Carlee allegedly was observed
stealing four packs of cigarettes
from behind the front counter of a
grocery, 1104 E. John Sims
Parkway. The cigarettes were val-
ued at $27.22.

restaM n eslerver 5 ohf l1 Mrl
Circle, Fort Walton Beach, was
arrested by Valparaiso police July
13 on a charge of battery. Davis
allegedly had an argument with
another man inside a bar, then met
the victim outside in the parking
lot and struck the victim with his
closed fist, causing the victim to
fall to the ground and hit his head
on the pavement.
* *
Christopher Dornel Hatten,
unemployed, 26, of 282
Washington Ave., Apt. 2,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police July 17 on
charges of battery on a law
enforcement onfcer and battery.
Hatten allegedly struck a female
against her will in the presence of
a police onfcer, then pushed the

omfcer in the chest while the
police onfcer was trying to break
up the fight.
Scott Eason Bacheller, 53, with
an at-large address, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies in Niceville
July 18 on the charge of trespass-
* *
Crystal Lynn Baker, 25, of
1105 Cedar Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
18 on charges of failure to appeal
on original charges of possession
of a controlled substance without a
prescription, possession of drug
paraphernalia and a misdemeanor
worthless check charge.
Victor Tyrone Wilson Jr., a
moving company employee, 31,
of 6 Jonathan Circle, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 13 on a probation violation
charge on the original charges of
possession of controlled substance
and driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked.

Lisa Marie Aldrich, a student,
27, of 211 Evans St., Niceville'
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 13 on a violation of probation
charge on the original charge of
uttering a forged instrument.
Staci Marie Kucginski, a
restaurant server, 30, of 1201 N.
Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff 's deputies July
17 on the charge of violation of
probation on the original charge of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.
* *
Clayton Irvine Lyon, unem-
ployed, 70, of 1109-A S. Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 15 on the
charge of violation of probation on
the original charge of lewd and
lascivious molestation.
* *
Nicole Marie Medecky, unem-
ployed, 38, of 15 Carie Way,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies July 15 on the charge
of petit theft, two counts. While
working as a cashier at Destin's
Bass Pro Shops, 4301 Legendary
Drive, Medecky was observed on
surveillance video June 29
allegedly ringing up two transac-
tions with customers, then later
voiding the sales and keeping the
Ionoey the cstomers gave her fo

stolen in the two transactions was
* *
Adam Brice Griafn, 34, of 903
Nutmeg Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
6 on a felony charge of violation
of probation on original charges of
drug possession and drug para-

Aaron Reid Huff, 29, of 1703
26th St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies on charges of
domestic violence battery, two
counts, and criminal mischief, one
* *
Zachary August Klause, a life-
guard, 18, of 515 Royal Oak
Blvd., Pass Christian, Miss., was
arrested by sheriff's deputies on
White Point Road, Niceville, June
21 on charges of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
William David Sweeney, 42, of
313 Okaloosa Ave., Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 19 on a violation of probation
charge on the original charge of

Eric B. Harbaugh, 35, of 212
Madison St., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies July 16 on
a felony worthless check charge
and on a misdemeanor violation of
probation charge.

DUl arrests
Mark James Campbell II, 24,
of 2400 Parker Drive, Niceville'
was arrested by sheriff's deputieS
for DUI on White Point Road at
the North Bay fire department,
July 16 at 11:20 p.m.
* *
Samuel Fletcher Swanson, a
carpenter, 26, of 54 Joe Dan
Drive, DeFuniak Springs, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Jefferson Street, Niceville,
July 18 at 12:38 a.m
, ,
Jason Alan Adams, 32, of 126
Judith Drive, Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Eglin Parkway and Yacht
Club, Fort Walton Beach, July 18
at 12:36 a.m.
The clerk at a Niceville con-
venience store, 4651 E. Highway
20, reported that a man grabbed a
$2.74 package of Swisher Sweets
as he was leaving the store June 19
then go)t into a red pickup truck
and left without paying.

A Niceville resident from the
1500 block of Cedar Street report-
ed that unknown persons) stole
about 40 prescription pills from
the pocket of a jacket hanging
inside a closet sometime June 26-
27. The pills were valued at $40.

A Niceville woman left her
purse in the child seat of her shop-
ping cart at the Destin Walmart
store June 30. A citizen found the
purse in a cart and turned it over to
deputies, who identified the owner
by IDs in the purse and contacted
the owner. In reviewing the con-
tents of the recovered purse t

A Niceville mother who
attended the Fourth of July show
at Lion's Park reported that when
her children asked for "glow"
necklaces they saw other children
were wearing, she asked a man
who wore a "vendor" tag where
she could get them. The man said
he would get the four she request-
ed, then returned with the neck-
laces and said the woman owed
$4. The mother gave him a $20
bill and the "vendor" said he
would return with her change, but
did not. The mother later learned
that the "glow" necklaces were
being handed out free to children
by a radio station booth.

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Benjamin Franklin backs its
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The company also offers up-
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Excellence for her cut leaf of 'Florida Elise' caladiu.

Hundreds enter

Valp. Garden show

Beach baby
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contemplates whether to sail her boat in the surf. She's the daughter of Mlark and Ashley Barrett and the granddaughter of
Dr. Mike and Sandy Losey.

Valparaiso Garden Club's
Standard Flower Show, "The
Magic of Flowers," June 12
attracted 26 floral designs
and 140 horticulture entries.
Top award winners were:
Award of Horticultural
Excellence and Award of
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foliage, caladium leaf
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Class 3, "Lure of the
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From left at Floyd's are
Mlichael Mlorse, Brittney
Theis, Alex Sullivan, Jennifer
Gager Tallman and Jonathan
Tallman. Morse is a CMMN pro-
grammer, Theis is a test engi-
neer at Eglin Air Force Base,
Sullivan is in law school at
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The inaugural Northwest Florida
State College Collegiate High
School alumni reunion recently took
place and more than 70 alumni
joined the festive two-day event.
Old classmates and teachers,

families and couples re-lived the
school's firstl0 years of success.
Students came from as far away as
New York to reconnect with former
The two-day, all-class event

included a reception prior to the
NWFSC summer musical produc-
tion of "Grease" on Friday, and a
Saturday afternoon fish fry at
Floyd's on Okaloosa Island.
Plans are under way for a spring

2011 10-year reunion of the first
graduating class.
For more information, call Carla
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Eagle Scouts from Troop
157, Niceville. Ben
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Gammons earned their
Eagle rank several months
ago and were both award-
ed the rank at Spanish Trail
Scout Reservation last
week during their troop's
summer camp. Ben will
attend the U.S. Naval
Academy this fall, and Jeff
is a sophomore at the
University of West Florida.

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Niceville Aug. 1-31, distribut-
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gathering donations for the
Food Pantry of Holy Name of
Jesus Catholic Church in
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beating last year's national
record, when it collected
more than 94,000 pounds of
goods for donation to charita-
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football camp for the last 41
years. Players train with high-
ly skilled NFL players and
coaches as well as elite col-
lege coaches from around the
This year, Joshua, 10, was
recognized as the best defen-
sive player in his age group,
ran for two touchdowns in the
camp "Super Bowl" and was
subsequently nominated for
the Offense-Defense Camp
All-American Bowl in Myrtle
Beach, S.C., an annual invita-
tion-only event for some of
the best players in the country.
Justin, 11, also received
laudatory comments for his

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John J. Ott has entered
Basic Cadet Training at the
U.S. Air Force Academy,
Colorado Springs, Colo., in
preparation to enter the first
academic year at the academy.
he six-week, two-phased
orientation program must be
c om pleted
by the
cadets prior
to entering
~their fresh-
--y mann year.
The training
men and
John J. Ott women to
meet the
rigorous mental and physical
challenges experienced by
new cadets.

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M~ronday- M~rilitary Tuesday- City of Niceville Employees
Wednesday- Okaloosa County Employees
Thursday- NWFSC Employees

bers by providing housing for
their loved ones during their
care and rehabilitation at the
Eglin Air Force Base hospital,
luncheon attendees are asked to
bring toilet paper to help with
paper supplies for the facility.
To make a reservation, con-
tact Donna Pattison at
651-5416 or donnapattison@
cox.net by noon on Friday, July
30. Cost of the lunch is $16 for
members and $18 for guests.

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Dr. Megan Eileen
Morrison graduated June 6
from Lake Erie School of
Osteopathic Medicine.
Megan is a graduate of
the Okaloosa-Walton
Collegiate High School,
earning her high school
diploma co~ncurrently with
an Associate of Arts degree,

her BeS
i n Dr. Mlegan Eileen
2006. Mlorrison
She will attend a resi-
dency program in
Blacksburg Va., at
Montgomery Regional
Ho pital
She is the daughter of
Terry and Lorna Morrison
of Niceville.

performance. He was selected
as the starting tailback in his
age group and made six tack-
les which resulted in a loss of
yardage in the camp "Super
Bowl." Justin has already been
recognized as one of the best
running backs in Virginia in
his age group and has been
asked to play for his junior
high school team.
Justin was an A-B Honor
Roll student all year and
Joshua received math and
reading awards during his
school year. According to their
parents, academics will
remain Justin and Joshua's No.
1 priority.

Phase one involves person-
al in-processing, orientation,
and training in the fundamen-
tals of being a cadet. Cadet
trainees are prepared to adjust
from civilian to military life
and disciplines, and learn
proper wear of the uniform,
saluting policies and proce-
dures, drill and ceremony,
marching, and living quarters
During phase two, cadets
train outdoors living in tents
while learning to function in
field conditions. Cadets apply
and practice teamwork, cohe-
sion and learn to deal with
physically and mentally
demanding situations. They
complete the obstacle, confi-
dence, assault, and leadership
reaction courses, and partici-
pate in a rescue mission
termed Operation Warrior.
He is the son of Karen Ott
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Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa
Island. Socializing will begin at
11:30 a.m. and lunch will be
served at noon. To accommo-
date working women, and those
who can only stay for a limited
time, there will be a "Dine and
Dash" table.
Holly Benson, Republican
candidate for Florida Attorney
General will be the guest speak-
er. Untol te announcement of
her candidacy in October 2009,
she served as Secretary of the
Agency for Health Care
Administration. Prior to that,
she was the Secretary of the
Department of Business and
Professional Regulation. Before
her appointment to the
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Terry and Trudie Vaughn of
Niceville will celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary on
July 29, 2010.
The couple was married at
the First Baptist Church of
Niceville on July 29, 1960.
Together they made
Niceville their home and raised
one daughter, Frankie Revell.
A reception in their honor
will be held on Saturday, July
31, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the
Niceville City Hall.

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Joshua, left, and Justin Lawrence are considered two of the top football players in their age
group at the Offense-Defense youth football camp in Pensacola.

among best at grid camp

Both lauded for talent, work ethic

Justin and Joshua
Lawrence, the sons of Michael
C. and Felicia R. Lawrence of
Stafford, Va., and grandsons
of Truman and Claudia
Lawrence of Valparaiso and
the late Charles F. Walton and
Annie D. Walton of
Jacksonville, were recently
recognized for their perform-
ance at the Offense-Defense
youth football camp at the
University of West Florida in
Offense-Defense camps are
the largest full-contact youth
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Deanna J. Banning

Deanna J. Banning of
Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Fla.,
passed away July 14, 2010.
Deanna was born in Ogden,
Utah, on Sept. 26, 1937, and
lied in eDees Moinei cilowa

before moving to Niceville in
Deanna is survived by her
stepson, Brian Harmes and
wife Jessie of Leonia, N.J.;
stepson, Mitchell Harmes and
wife Patt of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
sister, Judy Thompson of
Fallon, Nev.; and five grand-
children, Madison and Taylor
Harmes, Bergen and Eleanor
Harmes and Christopher
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Niceville Valparaiso Rotary
Club Leadership 2010-2011 is,
from left: Bill Readdy-
Scholarship Committee, Peter
itflrSe ,vi Prjc
Oktoberfest Participation,
Wes Borgers-Treasu rer,
Jonathon Tallman-Secretary,
Phil VanHouten-Deputy
Sergeant-at-Arms, David
Dowden-Past President, Carla
Reinlie-Rotary Foundation,
Greg Smith-Director-at-Large,
Bill Higginbotham-President.

) Other scholarships
sClub Alexis Reddington--
-Susan Auburn University Academic
Weaver Heritage Scholarship ($13,212
America T Roni Roberson--
Biggs, Northwest Florida State
College, 2010 Hap Arnold Air
Rotary Force Aid Society ($2,000)
)eM ie Carida sMedallion Scholars
Ryan Phelps, Weston
Sorority, Pruitt, Matthew Reid

The Niceville-Valparaiso
Rotary Club held its
Installation Dinner June 24 for
the 2010-2011 Rotary Year at
Compass Rose in Valparaiso.
David Dowden started the
evening with words of thanks
and encouragement for the
club and the direction it is tak-
ing. He also presented awards
to some stand-out Rotarians

for the 2009-2010 year.
Shirley Daniel received the
Laurie Barnicoat Sunshine
Award. Dowden compliment-
ed Daniel for always being a
"beautiful ray of sunshine" to
and for the club.
Allen Tucker received the
Service Above Self Award.
Tucker helped with many club
projects during the year and

made them work.
Peter Loffler was recog-
nized for seven years of per-
fect attendance, and Phil
VanHouten was recognized for
33 years of perfect attendance.
The Rotarian of the Year
award went to Loffler, who
has served the club and been
instrumental in most of its

The leadership for 2010-
2011 is: Bill Higginbotham,
president; Allen Tucker, presi-
dent-elect; David Dowden,
past president; Jonathan
Tallman, secretary; Wes
Borgers, treasurer; Shirley
Daniel, sergeant-at-arms; Phil
VanHouten, deputy sergeant-
at-arms; and Greg Smith,

can be made to the American
Cancer Society, St. Jude's
Episcopal Church, or the char-
ity of your choice.

Danny C. Rutherford
1955 -2010
Danny C. Rutherford, age
54, of Coleman, Texas, left
this life peacefully to be with
his Lord on July 12, 2010.
He was born Dec. 6, 1955,
in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a
giving man, and hard working
for his family. He will be
missed by all who knew him.
He leaves behind his par-
ents, R.B. and Lorene
Rutherford of Coleman, Texas;
his daughter, Janice Renee
Porter (husband, Ben Tracey
Porter) of Niceville, Fla.; his
son, Andrew Carl Rutherford
of Niceville, Fla.; three grand-
children, Kimberlyn Brooke
Porter, B enj amin Parker
Porter, and Kellyene Elizabeth
Porter; and one sister, Vickie
Lynn Rutherford of Coleman,

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to figure out what purpose
was served by 19th and 20th
century inventions. Above,
Olivia Reeths and Luke
Garziet check out some
inventions that made late 19th
and early 20th century
domestic life a bit easier.
Right, brothers Isaac Carter,
6, and Ethan Carter, 7, check
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3-D, viewing a scenic card
through a stereopticon. Far
right, Luke Garziet, left,
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Museum seeks donations
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida, 115 Westview
Ave, Old Valparaiso, is accepting
donations for their Yard Sale
Spectacular. This year's sale, sched-
uled for Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., will
include furniture and antiques as well.




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Host families sought
Rocky Bayou Christian School in
Niceville is looking for Christian fam-
ilies living in Okaloosa County to host
an international student. Students
male and female are coming from
China, Germany, South Korea,
Tunisia and Austria. .
Students stay with their host fami-
ly for 10 months, and there is a month-
ly stipend that will help with expenses.
Info: 729-7227, ext. 375, or e-mail
Oktoberfest artist call
The 16th annual Oktoberfest and
Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie

Club, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, 5-
10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 25, 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Cost for the two-day
event is $75. Info: Bert, 897-3190.
Tea Party meetings

Party (no epa t san no ro 1 gr u
of concerned citizens) meets at
Niceville City Hall the second and
fourth Mondays of each month at 6
p.m. The Tea Party is a local group of
concerned citizens with a goal of hold-
ing local and national politicians
accountable and advocating for the
U.S. Constitution at all levels of gov-
ernment. Info: 729-2874 or visit emer
Patriotic art at museum
Patriotic Impressions, a new
exhibit by the Local Color Artists
Group, will be on view at The
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida through Aug. 28.

This patriotic salute features origi-
nal works of art in a variety of media
created by ten local artists including
collage, porcelain, acrylic, watercolor,
oils and wood.
Info: 678-2615 or heritagemuse
Church offers child care
First Baptist Church of Niceville
Child Development Center is accept-
ing applications for the 2010-2011
school year. It offers two, three- or
four-day classes from infancy-K4 and
is a VPK provider. Info: fbc
niceville.org or 729-6915.
Head Start seeks signups
The Okaloosa County
Comprehensive Head Start/Early
Head Start Program is accepting
applications for the 2010-2011 school
year. Head Start centers, serving chil-
dren ages 3 to 5, are located in
Crestview, Laurel Hill, Niceville and

Fort Walton Beach. It also serves chil-
dren ages 6 weeks through 3 years in
Crestview and Fort Walton Beach.
Info: 678-6893. All services are free to
families that meet the federal guide-
lines or special need criteria.
Fitness regime offered
If you're looking for a challenging
workout or just want to become more
physically fit, join the ROTC students
at Northwest Florida State College for
physical training this summer, and get
into shape free of
charge as the pro-
gram opens its
workout routine to
the public. Youth
and adults of any
athletic ability, who are at least 16
years of age, are invited tojoin the stu-
dents in the college's ROTC program
for circuit training, upper body and
abdominal training, cardio training,
stretching, running and team sports

every Monday through Aug. 19, 6-7
a.m. at the Niceville campus.
Participants meet by the ROTC build-
ing at the west end of campus by the
ball fields.
Info: Capt. David Avallone, 729-
6022 or avallond@nwfsc.edu.

Pirates at Temple Mound
Fort Walton Beach's Heritage Park
and Cultural Center, along with the
Friends of the Museums, Inc., present
"Pirates: The Last Scourge of the
Gulf." The exhibit is scheduled to be
on display all summer inside the
Indian Temple Mound Museum
Lazarus Education Center.
Heritage Park, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway SE, is open Monday through
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The
exhibit is included in regular admis-
sion to Heritage Park: $5 plus tax for
adults, $4.50 plus tax for seniors 55-
Please see CALENDAR. neae B-6

Plaza in
Bluewater Ba is
looking for a tsts
and craftsmen
interested in sell-
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plus and active military, and $3 plus
tax for children 4 to 17. Info: 833-
Local artists display work
Members of the Local Color
Artists Club will display their artwork
at the Heritage Museum, Valparaiso,
through Aug. 28. They have a patriot-
ic theme to follow and there will be 10
or more artists in the club showing
several of their paintings.
Fencing, anyone?
Ever felt like dueling? Or perhaps
you are just looking for an athletic
hobby with a friendly atmosphere?
Maybe you just like doing new things
and making new friends? Then you
should join the North Bay Society of
the Sword Fencing Club. It accepts
newcomers of all
ages for its begin-
ners' classes and
bohcasual and
fencers. All three
styles--foil, saber, and epee-are
tauhoda well mhmob in the Fir
Center, Niceville, at 6 p.m. Monday
and Thursdays. Club equipment is
provided for those who do not own
fencing gear. Info: Robert Drake, 678-
9190, rohio48th@cox.net, or at north
Summer book discussion
The Friends of the Niceville
Library will hold their third annual
Summer Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 28, 10 a.m. in the
library, discussing '"Hotel on the
Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie
Ford. A limited supply of books will
be available. Holds can be placed
online, by e-mail or call the library at
Tai Chi events
Tai Chi Certification will take

paxce Fiao, sl nf -10ea.m., at the

.Ate3 p.m., an AMAI spear seminar
wiOn Saturday, July 31, an AMAI

toe b n invt ninalatto rn m t a
12:30 and black belt testing at 6
Info: 862-5558.
Charity run/wvalk planned
Run for the Panhandle 5K Charity
Run/Walk will be held Saturday, July
51,7:30 atm., with a kid fun mu ah
Landing off Brooks Street. The event
will benefit the

Wildlife Refuge's
efforts to rescue
rehabilitate and
~release native
wildlife. Register in person at TGI
Friday in Destin or download a regis-
tration form at
runforthepanhandle.com. Entry fee is
$20 with a $5 discount for students
military and service industry workers.
Awards ceremony will be at 9 am at
Helen Back on Okaloosa Island with a
meet/greet with animal ambassadors
from the wildlife refuge.
Police back to school day
The Niceville Police Department
will hold its fart back to school day
for elementary age students July 31, 9
a.m.-noon, at the police department.
Pohece will give away backpacks
water bottles, pencils, pens, stickers
and other items while the supply lasts.
Special appearances will be made
by McGruff the Crime Dog, Eddie
E age ad FDOr s crash tes dm
for the little ones will also be avail-
Info: K. Devine, 729-4030.
Weaver's Guild to meet
Strictly Weaver's Guild of the
Emerald Coast will hold its monthly
meeting Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m., at
the Twin Cities Hospital's Wellness
Center, 2190 Hwy. 85N, Niceville.
The topic: M's and O's structure. Info:
Alice, 934-4403, or Betsy, 678-1926
or visit strictlyweavers@yahoo.com.
New weavers and wannabes will fit
right in this easy-going group.
Gaetzes to speak
Silver Sands Republican Women
Aug. 2 will host State Sen. Don Gaetz
and State Rep. Matt Gaetz, who will
present a program on the ballot
amendments for the upcoming elec-
tion. The event will be held at the
Bluewater Bay Golf Club Restaurant.
There will be a social time at 5:30, fol-
lowed by a short business meeting and
dinner, after which the program will
be presented. The restaurant will offer
a special menu ranging from $12 to
$15. Guests are welcome. Info: 678
Lewis sets orientation
Lewis School, Valparaiso, will
conduct students' orientation for the
fall term from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 3.
At this event students can get their
respective class schedules. They can

also purchase books, lockers, PE uni-
forms and various supplies.
Candidates forum Aug. 3
A candidates fonun is planned for
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 5-7:30 p.m. at the
Fort Walton Beach Municipal
Auditorium, 109 Miracle Strip

Calling all craftsmen
The 16th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie Plaza in Bluewater
Bay is looking for artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, spon-
sored by the Mlid-Bay Rotary Club, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday,
Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost for the two-day event is $75. Info: Bert, 897-3190.

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'"Sara:' and "It's Not Over Till It's
Since its self-titled debut album in
1980, Loverboy has released four
multiplatinum albums and many inter-
national gold albums. Hits include
"'Working for the Weekend:' "Tum
Me Loose:' '"The Kid is Hot Tonight:'
'"Lucky Ones:' and '"Hot Girls in
The festival will also feature
regional musical acts, seafood from
local restaurants, arts and crafts ven-
dors and a kids' play area
Info on sponsorships, arts and
crafts vendor requirements, food ven-
dor requirements and volunteer oppor-
tunities: Risa Gamner, 837-2711 ext. 2
or rgamer@DestinChamber.com.
Popular musical slated
Stage Crafters presents '"Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat:' Nov. 5-7 and 11-13. The
musical, with almost no spoken dia-
logue, is about the dreamer, Joseph'
and his multi-colored coat, and how
he becomes the second-mn-command
to a pharaoh.
Evening perform-
ances begin at 7:30
and wekend nd i

Tickets ($15) go on
sale two weeks before opening night
and can be purchased at: Bayou
Books, Niceville: Dowd Title Gmoup,
LLC, Destin: Connect With Flowers,
Shalimar: PS Gifts, Fort Walton

Beach: and at all Century 21 offices in
NavarTe and Okaloosa and Walton
counties. Performances are held at the
Municipal Auditorium, 106 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. For
Info, e-mail: executiveboard@stage-
crafters.com or visit Web site stage-
crafters.net. '"Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat" is directed
by Denis Milonas.
'Christmas Child' review
Livia Satterfield will present her
experience with '"Operation Christmas
Child" at First United Methodist
Church at the comer of John Sims
Parkway and Partin Drive mn Niceville,
6-8 p.m. Oct. 3. Satterfield received a
shoebox as a child while living in a
Romanian orphanage. Adopted by an
American family, she now packs shoe-
boxes to send throughout the world.
National Collection Week for
Operation Christmas Child is sched-
uled for Nov. 15-22.
Fall Art Festival
The Northwest Florida Arts
Association 2010 Fall Festival of the
Arts is scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14,
at Uptown Station,
Fort Walton Beach.
10 6iva hours ar

13, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 14. Admission is
free. Artists wishing to participate can
download an application from

Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach. This
event is free, and the public is invited.
The forum will include Okaloosa
county commissioner candidates: cir-
cuit court judge candidates: county
school board candidates and county
sheriff candidates. There will also be
presentations on the proposed
Amendment 4 and the Okaloosa
County School Board sales tax pro-

posnfo: 244-8191
GOP candidate forum

held by the Okaloosa Count
Republican Executive Committee o
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m., in
the Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin
Drive Attending will be Republican
candidates Greg Evers and Mike Hill.
Alo running, but not invite are
Christopher Crawford, Tea Party, and
Margaret M. Smith, write-in.
The forum is free and open to the
public. Info: 897-3322 or 217-2532.
Pensacola hike slated
Join the Florida Trail Association
Wednesday, Aug 4, at 6 p.m., for a
hike in downtown Pensacola with din-
ner following. Info: 207-7390 or
Writer to sign books
Columnist Blane Bachelor, an
internationally published author and
1993 graduate of
Niceville High
School, will sign
copies of her first
book, "On Being
Thoughts on Dating, Mating and
Relating:' at Bayou Book Company,
Oak Creek Shopping Center, noon-2
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.
Info: 678-1593 or visit bayou
Hike Pensacola
Join the Florida Trail Association
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m. for a hike
in downtown Pensacola with dinner
Info: 207-7390 or choctaw.florida
Party for foundation
An Emerald Coast Poker Run
Party is planned for Saturday, Aug. 14,
6:30 p.m.-midnight. Proceeds Benefit
the Emerald Coast Foundation.
Info: Florida Powerboat Club
Float down Yellow River
Bring your canoe or kayak and

join the Florida Trail Association
Saturday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m., for a float
trip down Yellow River from Milligan
to Gin Hole Landing. Eglin permit
Info: 682-6098 or choctaw.florida
Falling Waters State Park

FdJomn the Flrd Tri soit

weekend at Falling Waters State Park.
Info: 434-8861 or choctaw.florida
Downtown Pensacola hike
Join the Florida Trail Association
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m., for a hike
in downtown Pensacola with dinner
n[nfo: 207-7390 or choctaw.florida
Ex-representative to speak
Former Congresswoman Pat
Schroeder will be the keynote speaker
at the DemocratiediWomenisoCl bs

women's suffage, 6 p.m., Aug. 19
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort,
Okaloosa Island. Schroeder served in
the US House of Representatives
1973-1997 and was the firt woman to
both represent the State of Colorado
and serve on the House Armed
Services Committee.
Call 678-1561 0r 864-3148.
Murder mystery presented
A serial killer who seems to have
an obsession with the name '"Mary" is
on the loose in a convent where six
women named Mary are staying. To
fmnd out what happens to the Marys,
go see the Stage Crafters' performance
of '"Murder Can Be Habit-Forming,
Aug. 20-22 and 27-29. Evening per-
formances begin at 7:30 and weekend
matinees are 2 p.m. Tickets ($15) go
ml sale two weeks

nigore opening
purch aed at: 2 fo
Bayou Books,
pucaeNiceville: Dowd t
Title Gmoup, LLC,
Destin: Connect With Flowers,
Shalimar: PS Gifts, Fort Walton
Bacti- and at alk C tury 21 oftdce in

counties. Performances are held at the
Municipal Auditorium, 106 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. For
Info, e-mail: executiveboard@stage-
crafters.com or visit Web site stage-
crafters.net. '"Murder Can Be Habit-
Forming" is directed by Jean Starkey
and Don Hood.

Freedom Rally in August
A U.S. Constitution Freedom
Rally, featuring Fox News contributor
and Hannity guest Brigitte Gabriel, is
slated for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21,
at the Emerald Coast Conference
Center, Okaloosa Island.
The rally, organized by the
Navarre Tea Party Patriots, is a
fundraiser for local fishermen, their
famthies and the Naval Special
Warfare Foundation, as well as an
educational forum to meet candidates
running for office and to call attention
to the U.S. Constitution and raise
awareness on Islamic terrorism.
Tickets are $20 per person. Checks
may be made out and mailed to: Geoff
Ross Freedom Account, 2827
Sherwoeoda -rve da ae -L tm5p6e

envelope. Info: 313-1893 or e-mail
seniorchief ross usn ret@hotmail.co
'The Three Sopranos' set
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
will present "The Three Sopranos:' "
evening of great familiar arias from
the treasures of
opera masters and
hits from
Bmoadway s great-
est musicals.
poser David Ott,
accompanied by an orchestra, will
take the stage Aug. 27th at 7:30 p.m. at
the Mattie Kelly Performing Arts
Center located at Northwest Florida
State College.
Tickets are $25 per person and are
available to purchase through the Arts
Center Box Office, 729-6000. Info:
mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or
Starship, Loverboy slated

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Annual Destin Seafood Festival Sept.
17-19 at the Destin Fishing Fleet
Marina, City of Destin Royal Melvin
Heritage Park, and Fishelman's
Starship performs the multi-plat-
inum hits of Jefferson Airplane,
Jfferson Starship ,uandhiStarshiTpx

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