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Group Title: Bay beacon
Title: The Bay beacon
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00045
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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
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: March 11, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00045
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of wickedness
with "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,"
a musical comedy
about con artists, at the
Mattie Kelley Fine and
Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $45.
Call 729-6000.
Thursday. 7 p.m.
Noted Christian apologist
Frank Turek will make the case
for the God of the Bible at
Northwest Florida State
College's K-mall.
It's free.
Thursday. 3 p.m.
If you've
gained a certain
amount of maturity and experi-
ence and want to enjoy the
company of people like your-
self, try the Twin Cities Senior
Citizens Club meeting and
potluck at the Valparaiso
Community Center, 268
Glenview Ave.
Call 678-5584 or 678-8645.
Friday. 6 p.m.
Even if you can't
(i .fly like an Eagle, you
can eat like one at
the annual Eating
with the Eagle Pride event at
Niceville High School. The cost
is $5 and includes a beverage,
all you can eat, door prizes, a
food trivia contest and jazz.
Saturday. 7:30 a.m.
Don't miss your chance to
hear the musical stylings of
Della Reese and the Northwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra at
the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. Tickets
are $45.

More on these and other events,

Valp. officials refuse

to budge on F-35 suit

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Residents opposed to Valparaiso's decision to sue the Air Force over F-35 jet noise were
out demonstrating and gathering petition signatures on John Sims Parkway Friday morn-
ing. The petition was presented to the city commission Monday.

Citizens back AF in roadside demonstration

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
For three hours Monday
night, Valparaiso city commis-
sioners and over 100 people in
the audience listened and
responded as two dozen speak-
ers voiced views for and
against the city's decision to
sue the Air Force over expect-
ed jet noise from a planned F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter school
at Eglin Air Force Base.
Valparaiso resident Rick
Woelfl presented commission-
ers with petition signatures of
455 Valparaiso residents who
oppose the lawsuit and favor
negotiating with the Air Force.
Some of the signatures were
gathered during roadside
demonstrations on John Sims
Parkway Friday.
Woelfl thanked commis-
sioners for taking early action
on the jet noise issue. "The
Air Force initially did not do a
good job" with its F-35 plans,
he said. But he said that
changed when the Air Force
responded to city concerns

with promises of temporary
restrictions on the first 59 air-
craft, due to begin arriving at
Eglin next year.
Valparaiso homeowner
Candy Hansard was among
several residents who praised
the city's official position.
She agreed with commission-
ers that if the city fails to file
its objections to the Eglin
decision by the legal deadline
of April 5, the Air Force will
have no incentive to devise
more strategies to reduce
Hansard strongly criticized
Okaloosa County
Commissioners who last week
discussed possible legal action
against Valparaiso because the
city lawsuit might reduce eco-
nomic benefits from the
planned beddown of up to 113
Joint Strike Fighters.
"You're right. We will sue
if we have to," said Okaloosa
County Commissioner James
Campbell, of Niceville, who
was in the audience.
Among the county com-

mission's first legal steps
against Valparaiso was a pub-
lic records request filed by the
Fort Walton Beach law firm of
Keefe, Anchors, Gordon &
Moyle. Michele Anchors, a
partner in the firm, told the
Beacon Monday that the
request seeking five years of
city correspondence, including
e-mails and agreements and
billing summaries from its
lawyers, is part of her firm's
offer to work for free to assist
the county in opposing
Valparaiso's lawsuit. The
request was made on behalf of
a Woelfl, a Valparaiso resi-
Regardless of their position
on the lawsuit, virtually every-
one at the meeting said they
do want the F-35 to come to
In the end, Valparaiso com-
missioners took no action to
alter their Feb. 18 decision to
sue the Air Force. City com-
missioners stated they, too,
want to see the F-35 based at
Eglin, just a little less noisily.

Tax collector

gives bonuses

of $692,000

over 3 years

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The size of "performance
bonuses" allegedly handed
employees by Okaloosa County
Sheriff Charlie Morris raised eye-
brows quite apart from the ille-
gal-kickback allegations that led
to his downfall two weeks ago
Some of the bonuses were in five
The size of the bonuses,
which Morris had sole discretion
to award, led the Beacon to
inquire about the employee-
bonus practices of other
Okaloosa County agencies
untouched by the scandal.
Okaloosa County Tax

Collector Chris Hughes led the
pack, awarding a total of
$692,500 in
over the last
three years.
have been
no allega-
tions of
bonus kick-
backs in any
branch of Chris Hughes
Okaloosa Chris Hughes
County government outside the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's office.
Morris was suspended Feb. 27 by
Please see BONUSES, page A-2

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
In an economy move, officials
of the Okaloosa County School
District are considering requiring
high school teachers to teach one
more class a day, starting this fall.
"It is something that is being
discussed but has not been decid-
ed on", said Mike Foxworthy,
school district personnel chief.
Increasing the high school
teacher class load to six periods,
from the current five, "is one of
the things we're considering as
we try to come up with a way to
balance a budget that has been
cut by millions of dollars,"
Foxworthy said.

The teacher's union reportedly
opposes such a move.
A six-period work schedule
would save a "ballpark figure of
$2 million" a year because fewer
teachers would be needed, said
Foxworthy. There are seven peri-
ods in a class day.
"It saves us money,"
Foxworthy said, "but it sends
teachers home (reduces jobs), and
we don't like to do that. We have
talked to the union somewhat.
They are opposed to it, but it
depends on how they interpret the
budget cuts."
Greg Butler, executive director
Please see SCHOOLS, page A-8

F-35 also deemed too loud for certain military sites

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso officials aren't
the only ones worried about jet
noise. The military is, too.
Noise from the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter training wing to
be stationed at Eglin Air Force
Base was cited by the Air Force
as a factor in locating 2,200

soldiers in an area where the
din would not disturb their
The Air Force also men-
tioned the roar of jets as a rea-
son for eliminating two possi-
ble locations for a planned mili-
tary shopping center.
An Air Force Record of
Decision (ROD) in November

gave the go-ahead to move the
Army's 7th Special Forces
Group, from Fort Bragg, N.C.,
to a new base a few miles west
of Duke Field.
The ROD stated: "The site is
also located outside the Duke
Field and Eglin Main airfield
65 dB DNL noise contours.
This is important because many

of the 7th SFG (A) personnel
sleep during daylight hours
when airfield operations tempo
at Duke Field and Eglin Main
airfields is the highest."
The Air Force considers
noise levels of 65 decibels Day-
Night Average A-weighted
Sound Level (DNL), or greater,
as incompatible with residential

About 93 percent of
Valparaiso would be subjected
to at least 65 dB DNL of jet
noise from the F-35, according
to the military.
In September 2008 Eglin
released an environmental
assessment for a proposed mili-
tary shopping center to be built

half a mile west and outside
Eglin's main gate. The draft
study stated that two alternative
locations for the shopping cen-
ter-one in the base housing
area, another nearer the Main
Gate-were eliminated from
detailed analysis in part
because of concerns about F-35

Morris pleads poverty, seeks public defender

Former sheriff in court

on corruption charges

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Appearing in federal court
Monday, former Okaloosa
County sheriff Charlie Morris
asked a judge to assign him a
public defender because he can't
afford a private lawyer to defend
him against corruption charges.
During his initial appearance
before U.S. Magistrate Miles
Davis in federal court in
Pensacola, Morris was represent-
ed by private attorney Lyndia
Padgett Spears, of DeFuniak
Springs. In a brief statement
before the hearing, Spears told
the Beacon, "Today's hearing
will begin the process, and we
look forward to a fair hearing."
Morris was arrested by the

FBI Feb. 27, on charges includ-
ing bribery and wire fraud, stem-
ming from an alleged scheme in
which he is accused of giving
large bonus payments to selected
employees of the sheriff's office,
in return for cash kickbacks.
Sheriff's Office administrator
and finance director Teresa
Adams was also arrested, and
was alleged to have helped
Morris arrange and collect the
money exchanges. Morris and
Adams are alleged to have divert-
ed about $40,000, some of which
was kept by the employees
receiving "performance bonuses,"
with the rest returned to Morris in
envelopes full of cash.
Please see MORRIS, page A-7

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Leaving the federal courthouse in Pensacola following his hearing
Monday, deposed Okaloosa County sheriff Charlie Morris and
lawyer Lyndia Spears.

School board acts

to reduce spending

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
In an effort to save money
and fall into line with deep
cuts to the state's education
budget, the Okaloosa County
School Board is taking a hard
look at programs and person-
nel and cutting where it least
affects students.
One program approved by
the school board for the chop-
ping block Monday, at least
for this year, is the Summer
Food Service Program
(SFSP), a Florida nutrition
program which became effec-
tive July 1, 2005. SFSP was
"established to ensure that
children in needy areas could
continue to receive nutritious

meals during school vacations
that are comparable to those
served under the National
School Lunch and School
Breakfast Programs during the
school year," said the district's
Food Services office.
Districts may annually opt
to waiver out of the program,
a decision that must be recon-
sidered each year.
Last year, the district pro-
vided SFSP meals five days a
week from June 9, 2008,
through Aug. 8, 2008, though
some sites were open fewer
days. The district served
79,761 breakfasts and lunches
last year to eligible students,
Please see BOARD, page A-8

High schools

eye 20% hike in

teaching load

$2 million saving seen in

boost to 6-class workday

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Gov. Charlie Crist after being
arrested on federal corruption
charges stemming from allega-
tions that some of the bonuses he
handed out were in return for get-
ting back part of the money in
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff is one of five elected
"constitutional officers" at the
county level who come under
different rules than the 850 or
so county employees who work
under the county commission
or the thousands of school
board employees. The county
constitutional officers include
the Property Appraiser, Tax
Collector, Supervisor of
Elections, Clerk of Court, and
Sheriff. The Okaloosa County
Commission approves the
budgets submitted by each con-
stitutional officer, but how they
spend that money is more or
less up to the officers them-
selves. They have sole discre-
tion in awarding any bonuses.
The Beacon asked each of
Okaloosa County's five consti-
tutional officers about their
employee-bonus practices.
The sheriff's office said
information on pay and bonus-

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es is not currently available
due to federal and state crimi-
nal investigations.
Hughes, the tax collector,
said he believes strongly in
using performance pay to moti-
vate employees to "go above
and beyond" their daily duties.
Bonus compensation paid
by Hughes averaged $6,920 to
25 employees in fiscal year
2007-08, totaling $173,000,
according to figures provided
by the tax collector. Nine
workers were awarded bonuses
of between $10,000 and
Hughes gave bonuses aver-
aging $8,861 each among 18
employees in fiscal year 2006-
07 (totaling $159,500), and
averaging $6,102 each among
59 employees in fiscal year
2005-06 ($360,000 total). The
highest bonus was $22,500 in
fiscal year 2007.
"Extra compensation pay
sometimes amounts to as much
as 10 to 15 percent of an indi-
vidual employee's annual base
pay, so the incentive is high for
them to work harder and per-
form well above what is nor-
mally expected," Hughes said.
"This recognition is for excep-
tional employees and it is not
tied to salary."
"Many of these employees
work overtime and weekends,
away from their families,"
Hughes stated. "Yet, they only
earn their regular pay. They
are never paid for any of the
'overtime' or extra hours
Suggestions from employ-
ees on how to make the office
run more efficiently are also
rewarded, the Tax Collector
said. Last year, Hughes said,
streamlined, cost-efficient
operations improved customer
service and allowed him to
return $1.5 million in savings
to the county commission.
Okaloosa County Clerk of
Court Don Howard said he
paid a total of $80,250 in per-
formance awards to his

employees over the past three
fiscal years. There are no per-
formance awards budgeted for
the current fiscal year. Twenty
employees in the Court Clerk's
office earned performance
bonuses in 2007-08 (total
$18,750), 26 earned the bonus
in 2006-07 (total $23,500) and
45 earned a bonus in 2005-06
All but three of the 20 clerk
employees getting bonuses in
2007-8 received an award all
three years, according to infor-
mation provided by Howard.
Only one bonus exceeded
$1,000-a $2,000 payment in
2006-7. Howard said perform-
ance bonuses are tied to per-
formance evaluations and rec-
ommendations from the
employees' supervisors.
Property Appraiser Pete
Smith says he has never given
performance bonuses to his 39
employees. Instead, he said, he
stays within annual budget
guidelines for merit raises
issued by the county's Human
Relations Department. Smith
said he has the leeway to use
the merit pay authorized by the
county's guidelines, but has not
exceeded those guidelines by
more than one percent for out-
standing employees.
Paul Lux, a long-time
employee who was elected
Supervisor of Elections in
November, said the elections
office also follows the county's
guidelines. He said former
Elections Supervisor Pat
Hollarn only occasionally
handed out bonuses, for a total
of $11,000 in awards to
employees 23 times in the
2002-08 time frame. All of the
bonuses, Lux said, were given
to salaried employees who are
not eligible for overtime.
Twenty of the awards were
given for long overtime related
to elections in 2000, 2001 and
2004, plus three awards in
2003 related to performing the
work of a fired deputy clerk for
four months. Only one award

was for $1,000 with the rest
generally between $300 and
The county itself-the 850
or so employees under the
Okaloosa County
Commission-does not pay
bonuses as such. Rather, it
allows its department heads to
award merit raises of up to 3
percent to outstanding employ-
ees, said Kay Godwin, county
human resource director. Merit
pay is awarded based on scores
on annual appraisal reports,
she said.
Most employees get an
annual merit raise, Godwin
said, but someone performing
at or below job expectations
might get no raise. Due to cur-
rent economic conditions, the
county this year is not giving
merit raises. Employees did
receive a 2-percent across-the-
board raise, however.
The Okaloosa County
School Board, with several
thousand employees, has the
power to raise taxes and
approves its own budget every
year. Mike Foxworthy, the
school district's human
resources director, said all pay
raises are approved by the
school board, including annual
"step" increases based on
length of employment.
The school district is
allowed by the state to pay
teachers an additional 5 per-
cent for performance, but it
hasn't because of opposition
by the teachers union.
Apart from the performance
pay program, most Okaloosa
County teachers and other
school employees are paid
annual bonuses from state
reward money of up to $1,000
for operating A-rated schools.
These state-funded bonuses,
determined by school advisory
councils, typically are not dis-
cretionary, but rather are the
same among a given class of
employees regardless of how
much each actually contributed
to the state rating.

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The Golf Club at Bluewater
Bay Golf Course held it annual
Founders Day Tournament on
Feb. 28. Eighteen two-man teams
competed in this 18 Hole, Three-
Club, Better Ball of the Two-Man
format tournament. The results
First flight: first place, Paul
Palmer and Benton Holmes (62);
second place, Neil McGillicuddy
and Ken Hamilton (68); third
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The Bluewater Bay Ladies
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were: second flight: first place,

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place, Rosemary Myers, 70.
Third flight: first place, Jo
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Lavoie, 71; third place, Lilli
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place, Mary Godwin, 67; second
place, Julie Sullivan, 71. Low
putts, Jean Lavoie, 33.
The association held its Ace of
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Tuesday, March 17
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RBCS @East Hill softball, 4:30
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Youth leagues draw crowds for season openers

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At right, an NVLL batter waits for a
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Joshua Gibb Phillips, 33, of
110 Montrose Drive, Apt. B,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 26 on two counts of
grand theft and two counts of deal-
ing in stolen property. Phillips
allegedly participated with others
in stealing
wire from a
storage area
in the 600
block of
Fort Walton
sometime Joshua Gibb
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again on June 23, 2008. In both
cases Phillips and others allegedly
sold the wire at a recycling center
and split the proceeds.

Summer Nicole Lyons, 23, of
408 Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Feb.
26 for retail theft. Lyons allegedly
concealed $42 worth of merchan-
dise in her purse Jan. 8 at a con-
venience store, 100 Redwood Ave.

Bryant Vincent Gafford, 18, of
1317 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies

Feb. 25 on an out-of-county war-
rant for felony failure to appear on
a worthless check charge.

Christopher Michael Hatfield,
a laborer, 29, of 1041 48th St., Lot
E, Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Feb. 26 for violation
of probation on the original charge
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.

Steven Deon Nabors, 21, of 28
Garden Lane, #11, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
25 for violation of probation on
the original charge of DUI.

Carl James Volk, a salesman,
30, of 39247 Annandale Drive,
Apt. 91, Robertsdale, Ala., was
arrested by Valparaiso police Feb.
24 on a Butler County, Pa., war-
rant on the original charges of bur-
glary, criminal conspiracy, and
receiving stolen property.

Jeffrey Lee Reid, a grocery
stocker, 37, of 344 Edge Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville police Feb. 28 for viola-
tion of a domestic violence injunc-

Paul Rodney Gunnels, self-
employed, 40, of 205 Reeves St.,
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Tashina Elyse Jennings, 28, of
14544 Highway 20, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
22 for grand theft auto. Jennings
allegedly asked a man working at
a tire store,
4613 E.
Highway 20,
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minutes later the owner saw
Jennings drive away in his pickup.

Donna Irene Holt, a custodian,
47, of 1613-A 26th St., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Feb. 26 on a Holmes County war-
rant for violation of community
control on original charges of bur-
glary and forgery.
DUI arrests
Kevin Alan Bassham, 45, of
4485 Tumberry Place, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI at 98 Palms and Highway
98, Destin, Feb. 17, at 2 a.m.

Catherine Jo Madden, a wait-
ress, 29, of 604 Powell Drive, Apt.
B, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Feb. 25 on a war-

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This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: David Jeremy Prue
Wanted for: violation of probation on
the original charges of resisting arrest
without violence, battery, driving with
a suspended or revoked license and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Prue's last known address was in
Laurel Hill.
Height: 5-feet, 9-inches
Weight: 140 pounds
Age: 38
Date of birth: 01-16-71
Hair: brown
Eyes: hazel

Name: Mason Garrette Martin
Wanted for: failure to appear on the
original charge of battery. Martin's last
known address was in Navarre.
Height: 5-feet, 10-inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Age: 26
Date of birth: 06-04-82
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 1
through March 8.

Highway 20 . . . .
Jamaica . . . . .
Parkwood ........
Oakmont ........ .
Cypress ......... .
Highway 20 . . . .
Cat-mar Street .....
Merchants Way ....
Lakeshore Drive . .
Sonoma Circle . . .
Lake ............
Canterbury . . ...
Southminster . . .
Barbados Way .....
Fairway ..........
Turnberry ........ .
South Walton . . .
East Milton . . . .
Mid-Bay Bridge . .
Garden Oak ......
Cedar ........ ...

Situation Type Date Time
. . . . .Canceled ......... .3/1/09 . . . .11:44
. . . . .EMS call ..........3/1/09 . . . .18:01
........EMS call ..........3/2/09 .......08:56
. . . . .EMS call ..........3/2/09 . . . .17:11
. . . . .EMS call ..........3/2/09 . . . .18:59
. . . . .No incident found . .3/4/09 . ... .10:19
........MVA .............3/4/09 .......10:36
........Canceled ..........3/4/09 .......13:08
. . . . .EMS call ..........3/4/09 . . . .14:30
. . . . .Lock in ...........3/4/09 . . . .15:04
. EMS call ..........3/4/09 . . . .20:56
. . . . .EMS call ..........3/5/09 . . . 04:08
....... .Unintentional call . .3/5/09 .......07:40
........EMS call ..........3/5/09 .......08:31
. . . . .Good intent ........3/5/09 . . . .09:42
. . . . .Rescue/EMS . . . .3/6/09 . ... .19:36
. . . . .Cover assignment .3/7/09 . . . .13:56
. . . .Task force ........ .3/7/09 . ... .14:53
. . . . .MVA ......... . .3/7/09 . . . .17:25
........EMS call ..........3/8/09 .......05:04
........EMS call ..........3/8/09 .......20:15

rant for DUI. On Sept. 20, 2008, a
man investigating a "bang"
allegedly found Madden uncon-
scious behind the wheel of a pick-
up truck that had crashed into a
power pole at Reynolds Avenue
and Elm Street. Madden alleged-
ly walked away before police
arrived, then staggered back to the
crash scene with dried blood on
her forehead and admitted to being
the driver.
Madden was then taken to a
hospital where blood was drawn to
test her blood alcohol level. Lab
tests confirmed Madden's blood
alcohol level was more than twice
the legal limit. Damage to
Madden's truck and the pole was
estimated together at $9,000.
Madden was also cited for careless
A Niceville business, 405 E.
John Sims Parkway, reported Feb.
23-24 that unknown persons)
stole $400 worth of scrap alu-
minum stored at the rear of the

Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from
the 2000 block of Bayshore
Drive reported that someone
slashed four tires on his
daughter's car while it was
parked in the driveway Feb.
Two 17-year-old Niceville
girls, both students, were each
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 24,
each charged with retail theft.
One 17-year-old girl was
allegedly observed concealing
$70 worth of clothing items at
a Destin store, 15003 Emerald
Coast Parkway, while the other
girl was allegedly observed
concealing a skirt valued at
$35 at the same store.

Philip Thomas Camarda,
23, of 4062 Bond Circle,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 20 for petit larceny,

SFire Department Reports

T n'N 'Ilie Fire Department respondto the following calls March 2
through 8.
0 Strucur- ire urgency ldical Call
0 Vehicle Fire 3 Vehicle Crash
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with Extri n
0 Illegal Burn 3 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 1 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Lanman Road ..............Medical ........3/2/09 .........01:16
Dogwood Avenue .......... .Medical ....... .3/2/09 ........ .21:38
29th Street ............... .Medical ........3/2/09 .........23:37
Ivey Terrace ............ . .Medical ....... .3/3/09 ........ .14:06
Swift Creek Court .......... .Smoke scare . .3/3/09 ........ .14:16
E. John Sims/Partin Drive . . .Vehicle crash . .3/3/09 .........15:02

E. John Sims Parkway.... .. .Medical
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Vehicle c
Evergreen Avenue .......... .Medical
E. John Sims Parkway... ... .Overhea
S. Palm Boulevard ...........Medical
SR85N .......... . . . .. Medical
Date Palm Drive ............Medical
SR85N ...................Bomb sc
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East Milton ................Mutual a
E. John Sims Parkway.... .. .Medical
Nathey Street ......... . . .Medical
Poplar Place ........... .. .Medical
Kelly Road ............. .. .Medical
Mahogany Court ............Medical
Coconut Palm Circle .........Medical
Bayshore Drive ......... .. .Medical
Morningbird Court ........... Medical
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The Inquiring Photographer -Mike Griffith

What do you think about the recent arrest of Okaloosa

County Sheriff Charlie Morris?

Locations: NFSC
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"It's terrible for the "If he's guilty, he "I don't know what to
community and the should get no mercy. say. It's not good."
county. I hate it when People put their trust
something like this hap- in him. It's a shame
pens to someone held that so many govern-
in such high regard. It's ment officials are cor-
sad for his family to go rupt these days."
though that."
Donna Scott, 47, John Scott, 79, Celeste Acosta, 38,
Altha, Marianna, Crestview,
self employed retired homemaker

"I feel like where there's
smoke there's fire. With
the FBI being involved, I
suspect there's some-
thing going on."

Ken Gates, 63,
civil service

Jesse Strange, 21,
delivery driver

"It's good that he was
arrested, but bad that
he did what he did."

Brandon Harrington, 11,
Niceville, Valparaiso
Elementary School student

From page A-1
The federal complaint against
Morris includes allegations of
theft or fraud from federally fund-
ed programs, wire fraud, fraud or
theft of honest services, money
laundering, and conspiracy.
Since then, Gov. Charlie
Crist has appointed veteran
lawman Ed Spooner as sheriff.

Spooner has dismissed some
other sheriff's employees. The
state of Florida is also investi-
gating to determine whether
anyone may face state criminal
charges. Spooner has begun an
internal investigation as well.
When Morris and Spears
appeared in court Monday,
Spears told the judge that she
will not continue representing
Morris because he cannot
afford to pay her. Davis ques-

tioned Morris about that
directly, and had him raise his
hand and swear to an affidavit
saying that he is indigent and
cannot afford counsel, and ask-
ing the court to appoint an
"I see from your affidavit
that you are no longer
employed, that your real estate
holdings are totally encum-
bered, and you have no other
assets," said the judge. After

accepting Morris' affidavit,
Davis said he will arrange for a
federal public defender.
Also during Monday's hear-
ing, Morris waived his right to
a preliminary hearing to estab-
lish probable cause for the
charges against him, but did
not officially concede that such
probable cause exists. Davis
said he will therefore arrange
for a grand jury to consider the
evidence against Morris and

determine whether the case
will go to trial. No date for the
grand jury was announced
Morris remains free on his
own recognizance, although
Davis imposed some addition-
al restrictions in addition to
those initially set by the feder-
al court in Nevada when
Morris was arrested in Las
Vegas Feb. 27. Until his next
appearance in court, said





Davis, Morris may not possess
any firearms, other weapons,
or a passport, may not leave
the U.S. First Judicial District
of North Florida, may not con-
sume alcohol "in excess," and
may not use any non-prescrip-
tion drugs. Morris must also
phone the court's pretrial serv-
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From page A-1
of the Okaloosa County Education
Association, the teachers union,
said that adding a class to the
teacher workday "is very low on
our priority list. We're not in favor
of that. It's too early to comment
further on that right now. There's
enough going on in the district
right now, but when the time
comes we will comment on it."
Former teacher Shawna Crist, a
member of the new school district
Citizens Budget Priority
Committee, and a parent volunteer
at Plew Elementary School, said
she believes personnel will "take a
huge blow" in next year's budget.
The committee will advise the
Okaloosa County School Board
this year on Superintendent of
Schools Alexis Tibbetts's recom-
mendations for budget cuts. The
committee may also make its own
recommendations, as may any
members of the public who attend
its meetings.
According to the school dis-
trict, the committee's purpose is to

From page A-1
according to figures provided by
Food Services.
Twin Cities sites that hosted
the SFSP meals last year were:
Valparaiso, Edge, Bluewater, and
Plew elementary schools, Lewis,
and Ruckel middle schools and
Niceville High.
"We are losing about $1 mil-
lion on food services this year,"
said District 5 school board mem-
ber Howard Hill. "We had to cut
this program this year."
Another money-saving change
approved by the school board
Monday in Fort Walton Beach
was to remove the requirement
for Advanced Placement-enrolled
students with a D or F at the end
of the first semester to take the AP
exam. The change leaves that
decision up to the high school
"Students will occasionally
make a D, who are capable of
passing the exam," said Steve
McLaughlin, AP curriculum spe-
cialist for the district. "Students

"consider and prioritize potential
expense reductions as part of the
school district's budgeting process
and to make recommendations to
the school board." Driving the dis-
cussion is a multi-billion-dollar
shortfall in state tax revenues that
is expected to result in statewide
cuts in education spending this
year and next.
The citizen budget panel's first
meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday at the school district's
nutrition building, 202-B
Highway 85 North, Niceville. The
meeting is open to the public. If a
second meeting is needed, it will
be March 19, same time and place.
"We don't have to accept the
committee's recommendations,"
said Howard Hill, District 5 school
board member, "but we (each
school board member) were asked
to appoint two people from our
district to serve." Hill, whose dis-
trict covers the Twin Cities, named
Crist and Sandy Sims, a Gulf
Power official who is a Niceville
High School Advisory Council
Foxworthy and Hill said a

can still pass the exam, but for
some reason they just don't want
to do the work. What will happen
now, with this decision, is it will
allow each school to make the
recommendation and hopefully
that principal will discuss with the
teacher who will know whether
that student is capable of making
a passing score on the exam." A
score of 3.5 is passing.
Taking an AP exam costs a
school $86 per exam, though
there is an $8 rebate, bringing the
cost to $78. Last year, the schools
spent $400,050 on AP exams.
There are about 23 total AP cours-

classroom period decision would
have to be made soon.
"We have to notify teachers by
April 15 whether they have a job
for the next year," said Hill. "This
would mean we won't need as
many teachers. It's an ongoing dis-
cussion-an option that's being
Currently, public high school
teachers in Okaloosa County are
paid extra for teaching more than
five 50-minute periods during the
7.5 hours they must spend on the
job site each day.
In addition to five classes, high
school teachers have a contractual
duty period, during which they
may be required, for example, to
monitor hallways, tutor, or meet
with students or parents. The
teachers also have one planning
period. Thus, high school teach-
ers must to spend 250 minutes of
their day in the classroom, plus
another 50 minutes interacting
with students in some way.
The added class, if enacted,
would presumably come at the
expense of either the duty period
or the planning period, and would

es offered in the district's high
schools. With the change
approval, implementation begins
immediately. The district plans to
begin tracking the number of D
and F students, said McLaughlin,
so it will have a comparison for
future years.
Also approved by the board
was permission to begin taking
bids for outsourcing custodial
services, a move, said Bill Smith,
the district's director of facilities
planning, that will give the district
a better idea as to whether con-
tracting those services will save
the district money.

not actually lengthen a teacher's
contracted work day.
Many teachers at all levels also
work after hours, at home, grading
homework, preparing lessons, and
the like.
A teacher's contracted work
year is 196 days spread over about
nine months. The average
Okaloosa County public school
teacher was paid $50,093, plus
bonuses, in the 2007-08 school
year, sixth highest in the state.
Among Florida's 67 school dis-
tricts, Okaloosa base pay was

exceeded only by the high-cost
counties of Broward, Collier,
Dade, Monroe, and Sarasota.
Neighboring Santa Rosa
County has already approved a
switch to six required classes a day
for high school teachers, up from
five, beginning the next school
"It's not a move we wanted to
make," said Santa Rosa County
Superintendent of Schools, Tim
Wyrosdick, "but it was one we had
to make. This is directly in
response to budget cuts. Really it's

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had before. It's the way we used to
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Escambia County implement-
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Walton County schools recent-
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NHS hires music bookkeeper

Previously, volunteers

handled chorus fund

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
It's not every day a high
school chorus department hires
its very own business
manager/bookkeeper. Most
clubs or school departments use
volunteers. But when hundreds
of thousands of dollars are cir-
culating throughout the depart-
ment to cover the expenses of
traveling and competitions, the
adage "better safe than sorry"
might be applied, which led to
the hiring of Julie Burrell in
early 2009.
The Niceville High (NHS)
chorus department approached
its assigned
board mem-
ber, Howard
the hiring of
"a paid
Hill said.
"We had
previously Howard Hill
used volun-
teers to handle the $400,000

that filters in and out of our
chorus fund," said NHS choral
director Michael Dye. "We do a
lot of traveling out of the coun-
try. As you know, that's not
While I
all the vol-
frankly, it
scares me to
death to
have the
Michael Dye changing
among volunteers every so
often. You just never know what
you're going to get in terms of
volunteers. I myself don't have
enough time to do the book-
keeping and teach six courses
every day. But it comes down to
me being the ultimate sponsor
and I want to make sure every-
thing adds up. We (the booster
and I) felt that a volunteer was
not an adequate solution within
a department that handles the
number of chorus dollars that
must be accounted for on a con-

Opus 1, the select Niceville High School musical group, performs at special events and raises
considerable revenue for the school music program.

stant basis."
About 10 years ago, NHS
football games had a problem
with money that couldn't be
accounted for, and while no one
was actually accused of stealing
from the team's funds, "after
that event," said Dye, "the
school district mandated
changes in the way funds are
handled-practices that were
implemented in all organiza-
tions district-wide."
"The difference today as

opposed to a decade ago is that
everything is run through the
internal accounts of the school,"
Dye continued, "and every dol-
lar collected and spent is scruti-
nized by district auditors. The
request (for a bookkeeper) came
from me and the chorus boost-
ers officers in an effort to be
proactive in terms of accounta-
bility and accuracy in reporting
to boosters, parents, students
and the school regarding the
money that came in and was

disbursed," added the chorus
A request for a bookkeep-
er/manager falls under rules the
district has for a service agree-
ment or the hiring of an outside
professional who is not consid-
ered an employee of the school
The requesting organization
must have gross receipts which
are equal to or greater than
$100,000. A service agreement
Please see NHS, page B-6

Special to the Beacon
The Taylor Haugen
Foundation announces "A
Celebration of Taylor," a special
tribute concert featuring a rare
acoustic performance by the
multi-platinum recording artist
The All-American Rejects on
Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30
p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center in
favorite Reed
Waddle will
perform the
opening act.
Tickets are
$40 per per-
son. To
Taylor Haugen reserve tick-
ets, visit mat-
tiekellyartscenter.org. Seats are
limited and all proceeds from the
event will directly benefit the
Taylor Haugen Foundation.
"We are so thrilled that The
All-American Rejects were gra-
cious enough to agree to perform
a benefit concert in T's honor,"

said Brian Haugen, Taylor's
father. "The All-American
Rejects were one of his favorite
bands and together with Reed
Waddle we can't imagine a more
special way to celebrate T and
those who were touched by his
life. The concert date also holds
significance for us because it will
take place just two days after
what would have been T's 16th
Originally from Oklahoma,
The All-American Rejects have
released three studio albums in
the last eight years and have since
become one of the country's most
popular multi-platinum artists
achieving success with their self-
titled studio debut album fol-
lowed by their multi-platinum
sophomore cd Move Along. The
band's latest album When The
World Comes Down was released
on Dec. 16, and the band is cur-
rently on a world tour which
kicked off in January. The first
single off their new album,
"Gives You Hell" is No. 5 on the

The All-American Rejects
charts with digital sales in excess
of $1.7 million.
Taylor Haugen, a 15-year-old
Niceville High School student,
died Aug. 30. His parents, Brian
and Kathy Haugen, established
the Taylor Haugen Foundation in
memory of their son. The purpose
of the foundation is to provide
support to faith-based, outgoing,
community-oriented, academi-
cally-proficient athletes and sup-
porting activities and organiza-
tions. For more information, visit
TaylorHaugen.org or call


Bluewater Bay resident
and Pensacola Catholic High
School senior Joshua Schultz
committed to an academic
and athletic
to play ten-
nis at
Spring Hill
Mobile. The
signing cer-
emony at
School was Joshua Schultz
attended by
Hans Laub, head coach of the
Spring Hill College tennis
team. Joshua is a four-year
starter and the No. 1 player
on Catholic's tennis team. He
was named team captain in
his junior year. He was
accepted in the pre-med pro-
gram at Spring Hill.

Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Jonathan Allen,
15, has been honored for
exemplary volunteer service
with the President's Volunteer
Service Award.
Jonathan participated in
the Spirit of Community pro-
gram this year as a represen-
tative of Rocky Bayou
Christian Academy, where he
is a sophomore.
Jonathan, an Eagle Scout,
earned his award by volun-
teering many hours in com-
munity improvement and
especially for renovating a

Donahue and Justyn Lewis
attended the Chelco Youth

of the four local high school
students who won a trip to
Washington, D.C. this June.

Laureate Epsilon Sigma
Chapter of Bate Sigma Phi
met recently at the home of
Doris Olig. Its guest was
Marisole Kingsbury, the spe-
cial events and volunteer
coordinator from the
Children's Advocacy Center,
who gave an overview of the
work of the center, and said
help is always needed. The
chapter presented a monetary

Band to perform

'T'Haugen benefit

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan

Pasted with pastry
Valparaiso Elementary School students bought 50-cent
tickets for the week of March 2-6 to raise money for the
school's Relay for Life Team. Tickets purchased were put
in a jar and students' names were drawn for the privilege
of placing a pie squarely in the face of a volunteering
teacher, principal or other school personnel. The school
raised $276 for Relay and seven administrators got up
close and personal with a vanilla or chocolate pudding
pie. Lunchroom monitor Laura Neal got her just desserts
from fifth-grader Mia Martinez-McMahon.

Community Clean Up Day

Saturday, March 14,2009

Choctaw Beach Park
On State Road 20
In the Choctaw Beach community
from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Walton counv District 4 Commissioner Sara comandor and Wanon County Public Works

Dumupsters provided for Walton County residents to dump
trash, yard debris (bagged yard debris only; land clearing
debris cannot be accepted], tires, appliances, and other
miscellaneous items. A crew and eaulpment to off-load
heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be
available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.


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Valp. Elementary turns 50

A celebration on March 20 is planned

Valparaiso Elementary will
celebrate 50 years of excel-
lence on March 20. All alum-
ni are welcome to attend, as
well as past teachers and staff.
There will be live entertain-
ment in the cafeteria from 11
a.m. to 1:20 p.m. From 1:30
to 3:20 p.m., performances
will be under the pavilion.
Free popcorn and snow cones
will be given to all. There will
be free games, as well as a

cupcake walk. Hot dogs,
nachos, water and soda will be
available for purchase. The
P.T.O. will sell Valparaiso
Mustangs shirts, bags, lunch
boxes and license plates.
Anyone interested in send-
ing V.E.S. your memories, be
it a letter or picture, can mail
it to the school at 379 Edge
Ave., bring it to the school or
call Andrea Hill, P.T.O.
President, at 729-3737 to

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Bluewater Bay, is offering a great
membership special. Join either the
Swim or Hard Court Tennis
Membership from now until
March 31, and receive a
75% discount on the
enrollment fee! Membership
includes 4 Pools, (1 heated),
3 Tennis Courts. We also offer Water
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Storage, Swim & Tennis Lessons.
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make arrangements for
dropoff. There will be col-
lages around the school to
view the past years' successes
and several message boards to
display stories.
Entertainers include: V.E.S.
Orf Ensemble & Chorus;
Lewis Middle School jazz
band and chorus; Ruckel
Middle School jazz band and
chorus; Niceville High School
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DMS student
to compete
at state level
Sabrina Valenti, eighth grade
student at Destin Middle
School, and ranked No. 1 in the
district for the Mathcounts pro-
gram, will compete in the pro-
gram's state competition in
Orlando Friday, March 27.
Competing as her teammates
will be Sam Dillon, Corey
Andre and Peter Mitchell.
Other Destin Middle School
students who participated in the
district competition were: Paul
Michaud, Sam White, Luis
Melecio-Zambrano, and Kyle
All state winners will contin-
ue on to the national competi-
tion, as one team representing
Florida. The national competi-
tion, on May 8, is also held in
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Studying presidents
During February, Nicole Ludwig's third grade class of Valparaiso Elementary learned about
presidents. Each student was given a choice of a president to study and created a research
paper and paper mache replica of his president. Students used encyclopedias, books, and
the Internet to conduct their research and, as Gabby Lisovich stated, "I loved learning about
the roles that each president played." Hannah Turley added, "I loved listening to the other
students and learning about all of the presidents." From the front, Gideon Spicer, Parker
Childress and Talia Holman with paper mache presidents Franklin Pierce, George H. W.
Bush, Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush.

Lewis students relive

American Revolution

Duo bringsCOMINGG

the war

to classroom
Donna Wissinger and Joy e g
Myers from Jacksonville recently
brought the American Revolution
to Lewis fifth graders. The presen-
tation utilized music and drama to
travel back in history and learn
about patriots who were instru
mental in fighting for freedom
and laying groundwork for our
principles and ideas. The duo's
production, The World Turned
Upside Down: Music of the Fifth graders helping to participate in the Revolutionary War
American Revolution, is present- lesson are, from left: back, Myers, Brenden Scott, Deasia Ellis,
ed to students throughout Florida. Evan Sneed, Anthony Litscher and Tiffany Blunt; middle row,
Wissinger and Myers were spon- Gabrielle Shrack, Matthew Marks, Cody Benson, Alexis Casey,
scored by the Mattie Kelly Fine Ashleigh Tedder and Wayne Thompson and front row,
and Performing Arts Center. Wissinger and Trenton Wingfield.

RBCA teams take bowl honors

Special to the Beacon
Two Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy Varsity Academic
Teams placed first and third in
the Florida Association of
Christian Colleges and Schools
Annual State Brain Bowl
Academic Competition in
Orlando on Feb. 26 and 27.
Seniors Abby Chapman,
Sarah Frasier (captain), Gary
Frey and Noah Mosley broke a
record on both days of compe-
tition for highest team scores
earned, with 1320 on the first

day and 1340 on the second
day. Sarah won second place in
the state for individual toss ups
answered in the two-day com-
petition and first place for
tossups answered in the finalist
round on day two.
Austin Denigan, team cap-
tain, led the second team, made
up of seniors Chris Hinson and
Shannon Mosley and junior
Emily Wilson, to the third
place victory in the 24 team
For the first time ever,

RBCA took two additional
teams to the competition,
mainly made up of sophomores
and freshman. The third team
with junior captain Daniel
Bowers, senior Josh Allen, and
sophomores Justin Emerick
and Joseph Sung made it to the
finalist round, while the fourth
team made up of sophomores
captain Jon Allen, Julia
Denney and John Stevenson
with freshman Bill Hudson
earned fourth place in the con-
solation round.

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scholarships for local men and
women. The 2009 Scholarship
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instructions are available at abwa-
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materials are due by March 20.
See your guidance counselor
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its annual summer conference.
Applicants must be a political
science, public/business adminis-
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from the Supervisor of Elections
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Upcoming blood drives
Wednesday, March 11:
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: North
Okaloosa Medical Center,
Crestview, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Racetrack
Road Center Promo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Every donor will receive a special
T-shirt, Subway sandwiches and
cookies after 11
March 14: Santa
Rosa Mall, 11
a.m. 5 p.m.;
Cre stview
Chamber of Commerce, Triple B
BBQ Festival, at the Community
Center Commerce Drive, 10 a.m.-6
Sunday, March 15: Churchst Our
Redeemer Church, White Point
Road (Mid-Bay Bridge), Niceville,
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Softball team sign-ups
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now taking teams for
the 2009 Adult Men's, Church and
Women's soft-
ball season. The
league will begin
April 6.
Information may
be downloaded
from city-
ofniceville.org. Info: Jim
Baughman at 729-4062 or jbaugh-
AARP Taxaide
AARP volunteers are providing
free income tax preparation for
low- to middle-income taxpayers,
with special emphasis on seniors, at
the Niceville Library, Wednesday
through Saturday, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Cutest baby contest
The city of Niceville Relay for
Life team is holding a "cutest baby"
contest. All proceeds will go to the
The deadline to submit pictures
is 4 p.m., Friday, April 17. To enter,
submit a color or black and white
baby photo (3-by-5 is best) with the
child's name, age at the time of the
photo (only those 1 year old and
younger are eligible), name,
address and phone number of the
person making the entry and a $10
entry fee to City of Niceville, 212
N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL
32578 Attn: Cutest Baby Contest.
Checks must be made out to
"American Cancer Society."
The winner will receive a $100
savings bond, a gift certificate, a
"cutest baby" plaque and recogni-
tion in the local newspaper. All
other finalists will receive a place-
ment plaque and recognition in the
Pictures can be picked up or will
be returned to those who include a
self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Info: 729-4045 or 729-4056.
Stage Crafters play slated
Stage Crafters Community

Theatre, Inc.
presents "Is
There Life After
High School?"
on March 12-15,
2 and 7:30 p.m.,
Ft. Walton Beach Civic Auditorium,
107 Miracle Strip Parkway.
Admission, $20. Tickets available
at: P.S. Gifts, Ft. Walton Beach;
Bayou Books, Niceville; Connect
With Flowers, Shalimar; Dowd
Title Group LLC, Destin; Century
21, All Locations.
Medicaid, Medicare talk
Sterling House Bluewater Bay,
plans a free public program on
Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance
billing Thursday, March 12, 6-7
p.m. The discussion will be led by
Sondra Readett, business manager
at Westwood Retirement Resort.
Readett is responsible for all
Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance
billing at Westwood.
Light refreshments will be
RSVP to Donna at 729-3323.
Mattie Kelly art exhibit
The galleries at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida

Exhibition and

State College
will present two
new exhibits
through April 19:
the annual Arnie
Hart Juried
the annual NWF

State College Faculty Exhibition.
The exhibits are free and open to
the public.
Info: 729-6044.
Dentistry lecture
The Destin Women's Club
March 11, 11 a.m., meeting at
Zampierie's Harbor Grille, will fea-
ture the talk, "Advancements in
Cosmetic Dentistry," by Dr. Dennis
'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'
Set on the glamorous Riviera,
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is a deli-
cious musical comedy that follows
two con artists as
they take on the
lifestyles of the T h C\
rich and shame-
less-and end up
with a lot more
than they bargained for.
See it March 11, 7:30 p.m., at
the Mattie Kelley Fine and
Performing Arts Center. Tickets for
this Broadway Series show are $45.
Call 729-6000.
K of C Tootsie Roll Drive
Knights of Columbus, Christ
Our Redeemer Council #13527 will
hold its annual Handicapped
Citizens Drive March 11-15 at Wal-
Mart, Destin, and Winn-Dixie and
Ace Hardware, Bluewater Bay.
Funds collected go to help
Horizons, Inc., Special Olympics
and Resources for Human
Development. Last year, $659 was
raised for each agency. For every
donation, a Tootsie Roll will be
given to say thanks.
'Compassion fatigue' talk
A free lecture on "compassion
fatigue" by Emerald Coast Hospice
will take place Wednesday, March
11, 8:30 a.m., at Okaloosa Regional
Home Health, 130-B East Redstone
Ave., Crestview.
It is free and open to the public.
Autism discussion
Dr. Devin Houston, PHD
Biochemist and CEO of Houston's
Enzymes will speak Wednesday,
March 11, at the Niceville First
United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.



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Apologist to speak
Frank Turek, a renowned
Christian apologist, will speak at
Northwest Florida State College
March 12, 7 p.m. in the K-mall.
Following a presentation of the evi-
dence for a god,
and more specifi-
cally, for the God
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Q&A session, in
which he welcomes opposing view-
points. Admission is free and open
to the public.
Seniors plan pot luck
The Twin Cities Senior Citizens
Club will meet March 12, 3 p.m. at
the Valparaiso Community Center,
268 Glenview Ave. After the meet-
ing there will be potluck and
games. So come and bring your
favorite dish and join us for a fun
afternoon. For more information
call Nancy at 678-5584 or Jo at
Van Porter Student Artists
View artworks from grades 8-12
of Okaloosa County schools, March
12-20, Arts and Design Society's
Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, Fort
Walton Beach.
Opening reception and awards
March 12, 6-7 p.m.
Eat with the Eagle Pride
The Niceville High School Band
will hold the second annual Eating
With The Eagle
Pride on Friday,
March 13, 6 p.m.
in the Niceville
High School
Cafeteria. The
cost is $5/person,
payable at the door, and includes a
beverage, all you can eat, door
prizes, a food trivia contest and
entertainment by a jazz combo.
Evening with Della Reese
The "Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra" Goes Pops:
an Evening with Della Reese" at
7:30 p.m. March 14, features the
singer, actress and author. With a
stellar career that spans more than
60 years, Reese is an icon and will
perform with the orchestra as well
as with her own ensemble. Tickets
are $45; $16 for those 18 and under.
Call 729-6000.
Dodge ball tournament
The second annual dodge ball
tournament will be held Saturday,
March 14, 10 a.m., at First United
Methodist Church of Niceville.
There is a 40 Team limit for the

tournament. Team Divisions for
COED or ALL MALE; 6-10 play-
ers per team, with a $5 registration
per player. Early Bird registration
deadline is March 12. To register
call Mary Foy at 897-1789 or
Donna Clark at 897-7252.
Spectators will be admitted for
$2 for adults and $1 for children
ages 12 and under.
Audubon bird walk
Nature and bird lovers who wish
to learn more about bird behavior,
ID and habitats are invited to join
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
for walks at local birding
"hotspots." Beginners and experi
enced birders are welcome to join
CAS volunteers for a bird walk to
Shoal Sanctuary on March 14. Meet
at Valparaiso Badcock parking lot at
7:30 a.m. Binoculars, field guide,
bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sun-
screen, long pants and water are
recommended. Info:
shoalsanctuary.com or 651.0392.
Triple B Festival
The annual Blackwater,
Bluegrass and Barbecue event is
March 14 in downtown Crestview,
10 a.m.-6 p.m..
"People's Choice" tickets ($1)
will entitle the beearer to one vote
and one sample of your favorite
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For fine dining in an
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the beauty and relaxed
lifestyle of Northwest
Florida, there is no better
place than the Boathouse
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Valparaiso. At the
Boathouse Landing, you
can dine on the best fresh
seafood on the Emerald
Coast, in air conditioned
comfort or on the wide,
tree-shaded deck over-
looking Boggy Bayou.
There, you can watch
boats come and go from
the Boathouse Landing's
own dock and observe sea
birds diving for their own
Located at 124 John
Sims Parkway in
Valparaiso and open
seven days a week for
lunch and dinner, the
Boathouse Landing is
near the east gate of Eglin
Air Force Base, and only 3
miles from the center of
Niceville, offering a prompt
but relaxed lunch at an
affordable price.
"We especially value

Nick and Lisa Sarra welcome you to dine with them at the Boathouse Landing, overlooking the
shore of the Boggy Bayou, as they have for the last seven years.

and appreciate our cus-
tomers from Eglin Air
Force Base," said owners
Nick and Lisa Sarra.
The dock offers open
tie-up spaces for hungry
boaters, as well as perma-
nent rental slips in the
calm water at the north
end of the bayou.
Each afternoon, there
are early bird specials
from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.,
when diners can choose
from such selections as

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beef tenderloin tips with a
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shrimp, or Pecan-crusted
Catch of the Day, for
$9.95. You can also add a
side salad for $1.45.
"A new addition to our
menu," said Nick and Lisa,
"is our Tuesday Steak
Night, when we feature a
10 oz. New York Strip
Special for $9.95."
The Boathouse Landing
is also a great place for a
relaxed evening, with
meals to suit any taste.
Seafood selections range
from Sweet and Spicy
Shrimp to Grilled
Blackened Mahi-Mahi
topped with lemon beurre
blanc, or Boathouse
Grouper topped with
Maine lobster meat and
sherry butter sauce.
Meat offerings include
everything from sirloin
steak and slow-cooked
prime rib to half-pound
hamburgers and Po' Boy
sandwiches. There are
also lighter choices like

Coconut Chicken Salad;
chicken breaded with
coconut bread crumbs on
fresh mixed greens, with
mandarin oranges, toma-
toes, cucumbers, crispy
onions, honey roasted
nuts and orange vinai-
grette dressing.
Downstairs, the Bilge
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near the water, where you
can unwind with your
favorite cocktail while play-
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Happy Hour is from 3 to 6
p.m. Monday through
Saturday. On Friday and
Saturday evenings you
can enjoy live music by
Norris Mealer, playing soft
rock songs by Jimmy
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For group events like
parties, wedding recep-
tions, or business gather-
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vate banquet facilities,
accommodating groups
from a dozen to more than
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Page B-5

Decorating Den

Eco-friendly decorating for your home

Advertising Feature
Is your home eco-
friendly? Do you recycle
glass, plastic and paper?
Everyone is becoming
more conscious of saving
and buying green. Did you
also know that your home
can also be green with
eco-friendly decorating
More and more manu-
facturers are developing
"green" products for the
home, and Interiors by
Decorating Den is a great
source for these products.
Carol Stearns, with the
help of Debbie Starling,
recently decorated her
master bedroom. Carol's
goal was to make the
room dog-friendly and to
use as many recycled and
green products as possi-
Her first step was to
seal and paint the con-
crete floor brown. A love of
the sea, the cottage look
and retro design inspired
the soothing colors of this
room. The retro print fabric
of ovals and squares was
the starting point for the
design. Two cans of light
blue paint were retinted to
the turquoise color found
in the print.
From there, she chose a
stripe for the duvet and
lined it with a pear green
100% cotton. The stripes
were set horizontally on
the bed. The all-wood
sand dune colored furni-
ture was selected for its
modest size that fits nicely
into the 11 x 15' room. The
windows are styled with
roman shades in 100%
cotton tone-on-tone white
An old scuffed blanket
chest was repainted in
pear green and covered
with a recycled cushion

For eco-friendly and energy efficient products for your windows, call Interiors by
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and new retro print fabric.
Accessories were either
moved from other rooms
in the home (i.e. the
framed artwork to the left
of the windows and the
English pitcher filled with
flowers) or purchased at
local second hand stores.
The 60s gourd style
lamps were new. A striped
tray made of scavenged
wood was a near match to
the striped duvet. The
most versatile products
are the carpet tiles made
of recyclable material in
the colors of teal, lime
green and brown. The tiles
are lightly held together for
ease of removal, quick
cleanup and re-placing
should the need arise.
When tired of the colors,
the tiles can be sent back
to the manufacturer to be
recycled into the backing
of new tiles and credit
toward a new purchase
will be given.
For eco-friendly and

energy efficient products
for your windows, call
Interiors by Decorating
Den at 244-2255. Carol or
Debbie can show you the
perfect window dressings
and help you save money!
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Drapery Trade-in Sale!

When you purchase new
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From page B-1
must first be approved by the
school principal before it goes
on to the school board for
"When Mr. Dye approached
me about a service agreement
with the boosters in the choral
department, I did not stand in
their way," said Niceville High
School Principal Linda Smith.
"With about 243 students in the
chorus program that's a lot of
money to have to worry about."
Stipulations must be met in
order for a school organization
to be allowed to hire or purchase
professional services.
"There are strict require-
ments for service agreements,"

said District 5 School Board
member Howard Hill. "The
organization has to get the sure-
ty bond, they have to go out and
get insurance for the person they
hire, the principal has to sign a
letter that will let people know

Dye said the majority of the
chorus' money comes from tick-
et sales.
"Holiday concerts are a huge
source of revenue generation,"
he said. "The boosters also spon-
sor grocery baggings, cookie

'While I appreciate all the volunteers, frankly, it
scares me to death to have the books changing
hands among volunteers every so often.'
-Michael Dye

that any donations they make to
the organization are legitimate
solicitations and that part of
their donation may be going to
pay for that manager. The man-
ager/bookkeeper also cannot use
school office space or equip-

dough sales, discount card sales
and other small fund raisers that
vary from year to year. The cho-
rus has no budgeted funds to
finance travel or other expenses
students incur from extra-curric-
ular activities associated with
the chorus."
The treasurer's pay is about
$250 monthly for 10 months,
said Hill.
Chorus bookkeeping is quite
detailed, according to Dye, as
each student in the program has
his/her own personal account
into which any money they raise
goes directly toward financing
that student on chorus field trips
or other chorus projects. With
more than 200 students in the
program, keeping up with
accounts can prove time con-
suming. The bookkeeper keeps
track of all revenue as well as
printing out monthly statements
for each student. And because
all monies must be filtered
through the school's internal
accounts, the chorus
works closely with the school's
financial officials as well as
reports to the boosters and par-
"In terms of handling
money," said Dye, "our treasurer
Julie Burrell, does a fantastic job
of helping us move in a direction
to be more financially account-
able. She spends several hours a
week working on our books."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

,r DIR,.OR

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool

WI 0 .o E J o ni m
8:00 -9:10 (Praise)- 11:00a.m. "On the Pi..,.,,
Sunday School 10:10 a.m.
1407 E. John Sims
Wednesday Lenten Service Niceville 678-1298
7:00 p.m. www.stpaulniceville.com

Sunday of Lent
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m. Christian Education (Pre-K through Adult)
Wednesday of Lent
Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m. Chapel
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth, & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us info@stjudes.us

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar ,Engaging...God
C Connecting...with others
W ed.6:0gngBmG Serving...all"

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

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

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


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 ", V
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

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f o r a sig n .

Pastor & Mrs.

Living Faith
Christian Center
Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.

100 Hart Street, Niceville 729-8600

Sunday, March 15:

Sunday, March 15:
"Biblical guidance for successful giving"

inJT;IUtl'.qAll Thu

8:15 & 11:00 a.m.


At. U iU iinlUUn.

9:40,9:42,11:02 a.m.

First Baptist Church

of Niceville

* 9:.00 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
* 10:30 a.m. Bible Study and Worship
* 5:30 p.m. "Survey the Bible" at FBCN
Small Groups throughout
the community Dr. Michael McGough
S Wednesday supper at 4:4S p.m.
followed by Bible studies and
iF r ministries for your entire family

[ 622 Bayshore Drive 678-4621
www. fbcniceville.orq

College presents 'Richard III'
Shakespeare's "Richard III," takes a new twist in the March 18-21 presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the
Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The tragedy about the Bard's most notorious vil-
lain will be presented in a futuristic fashion, taking place in the year 2134. From left: Michelle
Rhodes (Capt. Brackenbury), DeFuniak Springs; Chelsea Sorenson (Lady Ann), Shalimar; Alicia
Leonard (Queen Elizabeth), DeFuniak Springs; and Greg Stoughton (Marquess Dorset),
Bluewater Bay. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000.

Dogs take

over for

cats at

Arts Center
The Moscow Cats Theatre pro-
duction originally scheduled to
appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center in Niceville on Saturday,
March 21, at 2 p.m. has been
replaced by the Extreme
Canines Stunt Dog Show, a
national touring show. Patrons
who previously purchased tick-
ets to Moscow Cats may attend
the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog
Show with the same tickets. For
refunds, call 729-6004. Extreme
Canines tickets are $20 for
adults and $15 for youth age 18
and younger. A group discount
of $5 per ticket is available for
groups of 10 or more.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Page B-7

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must sell, moving,
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lent condition 34K miles
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* Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included .........$ 800
* Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, Full kit, W/D ...........$1,100
* Furn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Gr. Floor, W/D .........$1,200

* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished ............ .. $147,500 Furn Waterfront Condo, ill, WID, Full Kitchen, Utl ncl .. $1,250
* Blue Pine Village 2/2 .......................... $155,000 Furn. Patio Home, 2/2, All Utilities Included, W/D .... $1,400
*Royal Oak Patio 3/2.5...........................$215,000
* Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5, waterview ............ .$260,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 .......... .$265,000 A
* Great Custom Build New ........................ .$350,000
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course ....... .$359,000

I 9 Lot Community inside BWB Lots, Build to Suit ...... $105,000
* Magnolia Plantation, Golf Course Lot ............... $279,900
* Southwind Golf Course Lot $349000



EXQUISITE LIVING. Home build by Wright &
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courtyards and porches. Enclosed Gunite Pools.
Lutron Electric & Lighting System. Sub Zero & Wolfe
appliances. Summer kitchen with ice machine, gas
grill, refrigerator and sink. Community dock to be
installed and Gates for Gated community to be added.
4 bedroom, 3.5 baths 3213 Sq. Ft. $650,000
IT'S CALLED LIVING! All Brick Custom Built Home in
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features. New roof, A/C, 3 Bedrooms plus 2 Bath,
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Screen Porch. Lush Landscaping with Gated Fence to
park your RV, Boat, Trailer. Extra space in Garage for
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SUNSET BEACH LOT in Bluewater's Most Exclusive
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Multi-Family yard sale,
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1621 Corsica Cove 3/2 home featuring crown molding, neutral carpeting, tile, storage
galore, gas fireplace, great room, & solid surface counters. MLS#508859 $235,000
1698 Crestone Cove 3/2 home in BWB with the WOW Factor, remodeled and up-
graded almost everything & much more. MLS#508265 $289,900
1013 Crooked Creek Drive 5/4 executive home with a lot of space including chefs
kitchen, wood floors, flex space & much, much more. MLS#511323 $849,000
128 Dolphin Point Road 3/2 elevated waterfront w/ fabulous views features vaulted
ceilings, walls of windows, flex space & much more. MLS#506820 $649,000
1552 Glen Lake Circle 4/3 home boasts views, private park, serene lake, cherry
wood floors, pool, sitting area and much more. MLS#507916 $459,900
816 Magnolia Shores 4/2 home and seller will pay closing costs and prepaids up to
$16,000... Fl room, private balcony and more. MLS#497092 $319,400
193 Portland Park Road 2/2 home with a deck that wraps around, bamboo floors,
French doors, deep water dock and much more. MLS#509063 $369,000
1038 Rock Bayou Road 4/2 home with new pricing features granite counters, wood
floors, dream kitchen, pool w/ screened enclosure and more. MLS#502833 $369,900
1805 Valparaiso Blvd. #10 3/2 townhome wideep water boat slip, bamboo flooring,
new carpet, stone fireplace, fresh paint and more. MLS#509759 $188,900
200 White Street #9 2/2 townhome wlbalcony Bayou view, covered carport, spacious
living for the right price and more. MLS#506409 $99,900


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