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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
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: March 25, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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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.
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Hughes campaign backed by 16 bonus workers

Tax collector sees no connection between pay awards, campaign gifts M

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes has
accepted thousands of dollars in
campaign money from tax-
office workers to whom he
awarded big employment


It's just a few weeks until
the dreaded tax deadline. If
you're of low to middle
income, you can get your
taxes done
^i free by
( \ Association
of Retired
(AARP) vol-
unteers, Wednesday through
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the
Niceville Library.
Thursday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you're looking for a way
to make a difference, you
may want to consider volun-
teering at Covenant Hospice.
A volunteer workshop will be
held at the Niceville office,
101 Hart St., for those who
want to serve people in their
last days.
Friday. 7:30 p.m.
It's spring and proverbially,
young people's interests turn
to matters of
the heart. TI-,
Okaloosa R
Chamber n 6
Singers are iiv..
They'll perform
"All About Love" at the First
Presbyterian Church in
Niceville., with a repeat per-
formance Sunday at 6 p.m. at
the Destin United Methodist
Church. Admission is $15.
Call 682-9651.
Saturday. 7-11 p.m.
The sixth annual Purple
Passion Gala and Auction to
benefit Shelter House will
take place at Linkside Center
at Sandestin Golf and Beach
Resort. Jones and Company
will perform and silent and
live auctions will take place.
Tickets are $50 in advance
and $65 at the door. Call

bonuses, according to county
Hughes said last week he
would no longer give discre-
tionary bonuses. He said there
was nothing wrong with receiv-
ing campaign money from his
employees, and that he assumed

they contributed because his 68
workers "provide the best serv-
ice of any tax collector's office
in the nation."
According to campaign-
finance records of the Okaloosa
County Supervisor of Elections,
Hughes raised a 2008 political

war chest of more than $65,000
from some 200 individuals and
companies. Unopposed, he won
a fifth four-year term.
About $5,700 of the Hughes
campaign contributions came
from tax-collector workers who
received discretionary employ-

ment bo
county r
Of ta
paign, n

nuses, according to es in fiscal
records. At least another year 2008,
was given by household and most got
s of such employees, the bonuses in
indicate. each of the
x-office workers con- past three

Sto the Hughes cam-
early all received bonus-

Chris Hulnhes

Please see HUGHES, page A-6

College hires

law firm in

jury probe
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida State College has hired
a Tallahassee firm to help prepare for a pend-
ing grand jury investigation of the school's
relationship with a powerful state lawmaker.
During a meeting March 17 of the NFSC
Board of Trustees, college attorney Joseph
Lorenz told trustees that acting on his own
authority, he had recently retained
Tallahassee attorney Bruce Culpepper to
assist him in preparing for the investigation,
especially the hiring of State Rep. Ray
Sansom, R-Destin, as a vice president of
Please see COLLEGE, page A-7

Gas-station owner

to pay $275,000

in price-fixing suit
Beacon Staff Writer
Attorney General Bill McCollum
Monday announced that his office has
reached a settlement with Fill-Ups Food
Stores and its owner, Ryan Phillips,
resolving two lawsuits which alleged
gasoline price-fixing in Crestview and
DeFuniak Springs.
Please see SUIT, page A-7

Eglin begins work

on new fighter school

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A festive mood prevailed
Friday, as military and civilian
officials gathered at Eglin Air
Force Base to break ground for the
F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
Fighter training facilities to be
built in the 33rd Fighter Wing area
of the base.
The F-15 air-combat wing will
be shut later this year to make way
for a training unit of the same
name, an international training
wing, teaching pilots and maintain-
ers how to fly and care for the new
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The main speaker at Friday's
ceremony was Kevin Billings,
Assistant Secretary of the Air

Force for Installations,
Environment, and Logistics.
Billings said he has been
impressed by the support from
local communities for the JSF
deployment at Eglin.
"Aviators have no better friends
than those who live in Northwest
Florida," Billings said. He prom-
ised that the Air Force will provide
"complete transparency throughout
the beddown process" to ensure
that local concerns about such
things as noise, safety, and envi-
ronmental impact are addressed.
Eglin, he said, is "the singular
location in the U.S to examine the
total capability of the JSF fighter."
The aircraft is being built by
Please see EGLIN, page A-2

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Groundbreakers at Friday's Eglin F-35 ceremony included, from left: State Rep.
Ray Sansom, Maj. Gen Charles Davis, Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, Maj. Gen. David
Eidsaune, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Kevin Billings, Maj. Gen. Erwin
Lessel, Rear Admiral David Philman, Don Searles of Lockheed Martin, and Col.
Byron Jorns, Army Corps of Engineers.

Pounding the pavement


flock to job fair
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Underscoring the ailing econ-
omy, there were more job seek-
ers but fewer employers at this
year's annual Job and Career Fair
at Northwest Florida State
College. The event was held
March 18 in the NFSC gymnasi-
About 40 employers were
represented at this year's fair,
about 20 fewer than last year,
said Sylvia Niedzwiecki, a career
specialist with NFSC's career
service center, who helped
organize the event.
"During the first hour of the
fair," she said, "we had about
150 visitors inquiring about jobs.
Many were here when the doors
opened. We have a lot more qual-
Please see UNEMPLOYED, page A-7

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Phillip Griffith of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division discusses job
opportunities with prospective candidates.

School board to eye

cost cuts, tax hikes

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A citizen panel has given the
Okaloosa County School District 37
suggestions for budget cuts or high-
er taxes to close an expected budget
gap next year that could amount to
tens of millions of dollars.
The suggestions are now in the
hands of Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts.
The Citizens Budget Committee
met for the second and final time
Thursday in Niceville. Its list of
measures for the school board to
consider included pay cuts of 2 to 3
percent for all employees, abolition
of the seventh period in the high
school, and increases in sales taxes
and property taxes.
Adding urgency to the panel's
work is that since it previously met
on March 12, the state has withheld
15 percent from the quarterly

release of general revenue for the
2008-09 fiscal year to school dis-
tricts statewide, according Eric J.
Smith, commissioner of education.
Smith said he expected that the
money would be eventually
restored, but gave no guarantees,
and advised school districts "to be
extremely prudent" in spending for
the remainder of the fiscal year,
which ends June 30.
In the face of falling tax receipts
and a troubled economy, school
officials fear even larger cuts next
At Thursday's meeting, the citi-
zen panel went down a list of 41
ideas to cut expenses.
Also on the list were two poten-
tial tax increases: a half-cent county
sales tax and a boost in the millage
All but six ideas, including both
Please see SCHOOL, page A-6

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Niceville firefighters moved equipment, engines and personnel into a new $1.3 million firehouse on North
Partin Drive last week. The building (inset), constructed by contractors and city workers, can withstand 140
mph winds, according to Fire Chief Tommy Mayville. A grand opening is planned later this spring. The city
sold the land under the old fire station on Armstrong Avenue to a bank. The old building is being removed.
Above, Michael DePoorter, of Accent Signs, installs the new station's sign.

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Page A-2


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

John Roy Clark, a laborer, 28,
of 1126 47th St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 13 for battery, domestic
violence, with prior conviction.

Carol Lee Libel, unem-
ployed, 39, of 1490 Oakmont
Place, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies March 14 for
battery, domestic violence.

Lewis Niles Mealer, unem-
ployed, 51, of 193 Magnolia St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies, subsequent to a
traffic stop, March 9, for posses-
sion of a controlled substance
(crack cocaine) without a pre-
scription, and for
tampering/destroying evidence.
Robert Dean Shepard, unem-
ployed, 51, also of 193 Magnolia
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies March 10 for
possession of a controlled sub-
stance (Vicodine) without a pre-
After a deputy pulled over a
vehicle for a traffic infraction in
Fort Walton Beach, a police dog
"alerted" on the passenger side
door handle of the vehicle. The
deputy noticed that Mealer had
something wrapped in clear
plastic inside his mouth. When
the deputy told Mealer to
remove the item from his mouth,
Mealer allegedly began pulling
the cellophane wrapper out of
his mouth while trying to suck
the contents out.
Deputies found 1.5 grams of
crack cocaine in the wrapper.
Mealer allegedly confessed to
buying the crack from two men
for $100.
Deputies found two white
pills in the pocket of the driver,
Shepard, but Shepard, who iden-
tified the pills as Lortabs, said he
had a prescription for them. The
two pills were later identified as
Shepard was arrested the next
day after he was unable to pro-
duce a prescription for the pills.
He allegedly confessed that he
had accepted the two pills from
Mealer in return for driving
Mealer to Fort Walton Beach.

A 17-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by
Niceville police for shoplifting,
which allegedly occurred Nov.

Mark William Burnett, a
sandwich maker, 23, of 304
Reeves St., Lot A-9, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
March 7 for aggravated battery
on a pregnant person, domestic
violence, and simple battery
against a second victim. Burnett
was arrested by Niceville police
a second time, March 13, with
an address of 304 Reeves St.,
Lot B-20, for violation of a pre-
trial release condition on the
original charge of domestic vio-

Jorene Adora Short, a bank
employee, 20, of 1033 Everglade
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 10 for
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon, domestic violence.

Taylor Cerise O'Grady,
unemployed, 19, of 304 Reeves
St., Lot F-7. Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police
March 6 for battery, domestic

Francisco Manuel Baroody,
21, of 400 Kelly Road, #34,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 13 for
battery, domestic violence.

Thomas Manuel Ortiz, unem-
ployed, 36, with an at-large
address, was arrested by
Niceville police March 11 for
trespass after warning.

Richard Scott Chancey, a
laborer, 43, of 211 Edrehi Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies March 13 for fail-
ure to appear on the original
charge of driving while license
suspended or revoked.
DUI arrests
Nicole Marie Riola, unem-
ployed, 29, of 209 Deer St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on

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Highway 285 at Juniper Avenue,
March 14 at 4:30 p.m. Riola was
also cited for exceeding the post-
ed speed limit.
Deputies responded to a busi-
ness alarm at 4530 Highway 20
on March 15 about 3:25 a.m. and
discovered the window on the
east side of the business had
been shattered by unknown per-
son(s). Damage to the window
was estimated at $600.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Westlake Court
reported that someone burglar-
ized a 2007 Subaru and stole an
iPod valued at $250.

A Niceville resident reported
that someone had stolen his
debit card and withdrawn over
$5,000 since March 2. The vic-
tim told deputies he checked his
account very day because his
card had been stolen before. On
March 2 he noticed two charges
on his account, totaling $57 to
the same business. He told
deputies he his wife had proba-
bly made the charges and didn't
think much about it until March
13 when he noted a $5,000
charge to the same business and
two attempts at $4,950 each,
both of which had been declined

by his bank due to insufficient
A 16-year-old Niceville girl,
a student, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriffs deputies Feb.
23 for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana and for pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. A
deputy spotted the girl in a group
with six other students behind a
coffee shop on John Sims
Parkway near the high school.
As the deputy exited his vehicle
the girl dropped a smoking pipe
that later tested positive for
THC, the active ingredient in
marijuana. The girl was released
to her parents while school offi-
cials were called to escort the
other students back to school.

Skylark Michele Howard, a
grocery clerk, 18, of 1027 Julia
Ave., Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies March 14 for petit theft.
Howard allegedly took another
woman's purse and hid it in her

Joseph Peter Tully, a student,
20, of 207 Oaklake Cove,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriffs deputies in
Destin, March 13, for underage
possession of alcohol.

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Okaloosa seeks fugitives

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

Name: Marcel Quinton Downing
Wanted for: sale of cocaine, sale of a
controlled substance, conspiracy to
possess meth with intent to distribute
and conspiracy to sell counterfeit nar-
cotics. Downing's last known address
was on Dawes Street in Fort Walton
Height: 5-feet, 6-inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Age: 26
Date of birth: 07-27-82
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

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

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime
Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also
be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214 plus the message"
to CRIMES (274637).



Fire Department Reports

/ Nicevil[e
#flT IW eville FireDelartment resp ;ed to the following calls March 16

2 Str ire regency cdical Callsl
1 Vehicle Fire 3 Vehicle Crashes .
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with ExtricHW n

0 Illegal Burn
0 False Alarms

22nd Street
SR123 and SR85N
Abbott Circle
SR123 and SR85N
Reeves Street
Bullock Boulevard
S. Cedar Avenue
W. John Sims Parkway
College Blvd./N. Palm Blvd.
ALS Drive
Linden Avenue
E. John Sims Parkway
Hickory Avenue
SR85N at MM19
McKinley Street
Nathey Street

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North Bay

The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 9
through March 14.

W hite Point Road . . .MVA ............... . 3/16/09
Berringer Drive ........ MVA ................... 3/16/09
Merchants Way ........ Canceled ................ 3/17/09
Bay Drive ............ EMS call ................ 3/17/09
Bullock Boulevard ...... Structure fire ............. 3/17/09

Highway 20 ...
Lancaster ....
Caribbean Way
Highway 20 . .
Highway 20 ...
Merchants Way
St. Rose Cove
Hickory ......
Balmoral . . .
Prestwick ....
Merchants Way

....... Smoke scare .............3/17/09
. . . . .EM S call ................ 3/17/09
.... .. Smoke detector activation . .3/18/09
. . . . .EM S call ................ 3/18/09
. . . . .EM S call ................ 3/18/09
. ..... EMS call ................ 3/19/09
. ...... EMS call ................ 3/20/09
. ...... Building fire .............. 3/20/09
. . . . .EM S call ................ 3/20/09
. . . . .EM S call ................ 3/21/09
. . . . .Canceled ............... .3/22/09

From page A-1

Lockheed-Martin in several
variants, and will be flown by
the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and
Marines, as well as by nine
allied nations. Pilots and sup-
port troops from all three serv-
ices and all nine nations will
come to Eglin to participate in
the training program.
"It is through your support
that Team Eglin is successful,"
said Maj. Gen. David
Eidsaune, Commander of the
Air Armament Center at Eglin.
The JSF unit, he said, will
be one of 27 major military
organizations stationed at
Eglin, and he is glad to "wel-
come the F-35 to our family."
The international troops who
will train at Eglin, he said,
"will represent the best and
the brightest warriors of their
countries, here to defend free-
Drawings of new facilities
to be constructed at Eglin in
support of the JSF were dis-
played throughout the ceremo-
Maj. Gen. Erwin Lessel III;
Director of Plans, Programs,
Requirements and
Assessments, and Director of
the San Antonio Joint Program
Office, Headquarters Air
Education and Training
Command, said the new facili-
ties will constitute "the
schoolhouse of the future,
with the latest and best train-
ing and maintenance facilities
available anywhere."
Getting the base ready for
the new training unit, Lessel
said, will include at least nine
building projects, bringing

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hundreds of millions of dollars
to Northwest Florida for con-
struction, as well as providing
other local jobs and economic
activity in support of the
ongoing training operations.
Several civilian officials
were also on hand during the
ceremony. State Rep. Ray
Sansom, R-Destin, told the
Beacon, "I'm very excited"
about having the F-35 come to
Eglin. Niceville Mayor
Randall Wise said of the
deployment, "I'm all for it. It
will be a great boost to the
economy." As for the noise
expected from the new fight-
ers, Wise said, "I'm used to
noise. I love noise."
Not seen at Friday's cere-
mony were Valparaiso Mayor
Bruce Arnold or other
Valparaiso officials who have
initiated a lawsuit to block the
F-35 deployment until further
study of noise and other envi-
ronmental issues associated
with bringing the fighters to
Eidsaune said he is not
worried about the noise and
safety issues that have gener-
ated controversy. He said the
Air Force is working to mini-
mize the new plane's impact
on local quality of life.
"I'm confident that we will
find the right solution for
Northwest Florida," he said.
Billings said the F-35 will
be an important military
weapon for the free world.
"It will be the most lethal
and sustainable weapons plat-
form ever built by mankind,"
he said. The plane is intended
to help keep the peace, he
said, adding, "I hope we never
have to use it, but if we do,
we'll be ready."

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Fire district to keep personal trainer

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
North Bay Fire District has
decided to continue paying a per-
sonal trainer for the district's fire-
men, citing his role in injury pre-
vention and cost savings.
The trainer was originally hired
in response to a grant received for
firefighter training. The grant
extension ends March 30.
The district had also been con-
sidering using a peer fitness train-
er-an option the district at first
thought would save more money
than a personal trainer.
Upon further investigation, the
district found the cost for peer

training to be $750 per student in
addition to paying costs for trans-
portation, food, lodging and any
books the students might need. If
the district were to hold a peer
training program at its own facili-
ty, the cost would be $17,500.
However, a concern had been
raised about paying the trainer for
his time spent at the fire facility
when the firefighters were called
away during his workout sessions.
"I've only ever been here one
time when the guys got called
away and they were back in 30
minutes," said Gary Glossop, the
personal trainer. Sessions last two

The district board decided to
have Glossop continue leading
workouts in the facility once a

Personal trainer Gary
Glossop makes sure Ralph
Banegas, North Bay Fire
District administrator, does
his exercises correctly.
Beacon photo by
Mike Griffith

month for each shift of firefight-
ers. That's three sessions per
month at a cost of $450 monthly

for six more months, when the
program will be reevaluated.
Fire Commissioner Tim
Stapleton said, "I see a lot of value
in this program. If this can help
eliminate the possibility of even
one back injury then it's been
worth the money."
According to Fire Chief Joe
Miller, thoughts from the firefight-
ers about continuing the in-house
physical training program have
been "unanimous. All shifts prefer
to keep working with Gary."
In other business,
Commissioner Janet Sanmer
reported the district had received
an additional $453,632 in ad val-

orem taxes and expected to soon
have its remaining $200,000 to
bring it up to its annually budget-
ed total of $1,757,244.
Other business included dis-
cussion on designing a Web site
for the district, something North
Bay has had on it's to-do list for
quite a while. Fire Commissioner
Jim Miller asked Division Chief
Joseph Parker to come up with a
"shopping list of the things you
want the site to do. The more we
can communicate to the public,
the better," Miller said. Parker was
asked to have a preliminary report
ready for the next month's meet-

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"We are personally con-
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"We offer a relaxing atmos-
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Bridge panel sees $34.8M budget as revenues fall

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The governing board of the
Mid-Bay Bridge Authority
(MBBA) is considering a pro-
posed budget for fiscal year 2010
that includes about $13.8 million
in operating and administration
expenses, up 29 percent.
About $21 million in capital
expenditures are also slated for the
coming year, up 40 percent,
according to tentative figures dis-
cussed at the March 19 MBBA
meeting in Niceville.
The capital costs are largely for
a planned connector road between
the north end of the bridge and
State Road 20. Groundbreaking

for the project is scheduled for
April 6.
The budget will be reviewed
again at the MBBA's next meeting
scheduled for 9 a.m. April 16 at
Destin City Hall. If approved by
the MBBA board, the budget will
then be submitted for review by
the Okaloosa County
Commission, then sent to the State
of Florida.
During Thursday's meeting,
MBBA board member Dan
Bowers questioned MBBA
Executive Director Jim Vest about
a figure showing forecast FY 2010
bridge toll revenue of
$14,400,000; a 5.8 percent
increase over the FY 2009 budget

figure, in light of recent declines in
actual traffic over the Mid-Bay
Vest replied that the projection
may not be accurate, but that it is
the official projection approved by
the state and
must there-
fore be used
for account-
ing and budg-
eting purpos-
Actual toll
revenue, Vest
said, is still
below origi- Jim Vest
nal projec-
tions; about 9.7 percent lower dur-

ing February 2009 than for
February 2008. "Similar declines
have been reported from toll roads
and bridges all over the U.S.," Vest
said, indicating that the local
decline is due, at least in large part,
to the national economic reces-
Despite the recent declines in
toll revenue, said Vest, the
MBBA's revenue and assets are
sufficient to continue with plans
for construction projects intended
to prepare for future growth of
bridge traffic.
One such project, Phase 1 of a
new connector road from the north
end of the bridge to State Road 20,
is expected to begin on or about

April 3, Vest said. Utility lines are
being moved to accommodate the
new road, and final easement
approval from Congress to build
the road across U.S. Air Force
land is expected within the next
few weeks.
The connector road between
the toll plaza and SR 20 is Phase 1
of a three-phase project. It will
allow traffic to bypass the current
approach route, White Point Road.
Phase 2 will extend the connec-
tor road from SR 20 north and
west, from the SR 20 intersection
to Range Road. Phase 3 will
extend the road farther; north and
west around Rocky Bayou to SR
85 north of Niceville. The entire

series of projects is expected to
take several years to complete.
Meanwhile, said Vest, utility
lines are being relocated along
State Road 20, to make way for
the bridge connector road, and for
widening SR 20 from two lanes to
four between White Point Road
and a point just short of the Walton
County line. Actual widening of
SR 20 is expected to begin in
September, he said.
Vest also said he recently met
with representatives of the Florida
Department of Transportation and
the Florida Turnpike Authority,
and that he expects a resolution of
questions regarding reimburse-
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From page A-4
ment of lost toll revenue before
the start of this year's hurricane
Last year, Mid-Bay Bridge
tolls were suspended two days to
help reroute traffic from U.S.
Highway 98 when that highway
was temporarily flooded. When
the Mid-Bay Bridge is used as a
hurricane evacuation route, tolls
are suspended by the state without
reimbursement to the MBBA, but
if tolls are suspended for other rea-
sons, such as to use the bridge as
part of a detour, the MBBA con-
tends that it should be reimbursed
for all or part of the lost toll rev-
enue. Vest did not say what deci-
sion he expects from the state
authorities; only that he expects a

Tolls were suspended from 8
a.m. Aug. 23 to 8 a.m. Aug 24 due
to Tropical Storm Fay, and from
9:40 a.m. Sep. 11 to 10 a.m. Sep.
12 due to hurricane Ike, although
neither storm directly affected
Okaloosa County.
MBBA member Lois Hoyt
asked Vest if he expects any toll
revenue to be lost as more out-of-
state visitors to Florida purchase
the newest model of Sunpass
transponder. The newest transpon-
ders sell for much less than previ-
ous models, making them more
practical for short-term visitors
rather than just for local com-
muters. All transponders also offer
discounts from regular tolls paid
by hand.
"We expect some decline,"
Vest replied, "but we won't know
how much until the end of the
year. We have no firm data yet."

Niceville spending down in '08

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The city of Niceville's annual
audit, conducted by accountants
O'Sullivan Creel, found that the
city enjoyed slightly higher rev-
enues in fiscal year 2008, which
ended Sept. 30, and lower expen-
Revenues of $$22,475,942
exceeded the budget's expecta-
tions by $213,679, while expendi-
tures of $17,439,484 were
$989,360 less than budgeted, due
largely to reductions in capital
outlay for items such as infra-
structure maintenance and reduc-
tion of the city's debt by
The city's assets exceeded lia-

abilities by about $41 million, a
margin nearly 5 percent greater
than in the previous year.
"It turned out very good," said
City Manager Lannie Corbin of
the audit. "Other than a couple of
comments concerning inventory
and the technology section, I
think everything was great. We
kept in line with all the budget
The city engages in two types
of activities which collectively
comprise the primary govern-
Net assets from business-type
activities increased $1.57 million,
or 6.5 percent. Business-type rev-
enue rose $488,000, or 5 percent,
from water and sewer rate

increases. There was a decrease of
about 40 percent in stormwater
utility management expenses
relating to engineering charges
incurred in fiscal 2007.
Governmental funds, which
includes the city's primary operat-
ing and special revenue funds, the
general fund, were down
$466,000, to $3.24 million.
Overall revenues decreased by
$917,000, or 9 percent, mainly
because of the overall economic
downturn which resulted in lower
income from user fees and user-
based taxes. The decrease was
partially dealt with by an overall
$116,000 decreases in expendi-
Revenue in these funds

includes sales tax, gas tax money
and property taxes.
Total primary government
assets amounted to more than $61
million, of which $43.5 million
has been invested by the city in
capital assets. Meanwhile, pri-
mary government activities carry
an outstanding debt of $17.9 mil-
lion, owing to sales tax and gas
tax revenue bonds, water and
sewer revenue bonds and state
revolving loans. This amounts to a
debt of $1,377 for each individual
living in Niceville.
The audit found that the per
capital income of the 13,049
Niceville residents is $24,816 per
year. They have an average of 14
years of schooling.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From page A-1
tax hikes, survived committee
votes and were forwarded to the
school district for further consid-
"Our goal today," said School
Board Chairman Chuck Kelley,
"is to go through this list of pro-
posed cuts and get your thoughts
on them-what should be cut dra-
matically and what should be left
A half-cent sales tax hike

would generate $16 million a
year, said district Chief Financial
Officer Rita Scallan.
According to a recent survey
by State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-
Niceville), 49 percent of those
responding said they "would favor
a one penny sales tax increase to
reduce the impact of budget cuts
on public schools." However, an
action of this sort would require
approval in a voter referendum.
Five of the cost-cutting meas-
ures would involve renegotiation
of union contracts, officials said.

Even so, Charles Rigdon, a com-
mittee member and father of two
children attending public school
in Destin said, "If 84 percent of
your budget goes to pay salaries, I
think everyone on this committee
understands that the first place
you've got to look is to salaries.
Ignoring that would be like ignor-
ing a 500-pound gorilla standing
in the middle of the room."
A suggested 3-percent across-
the-board cut for district employ-
ees was one of the five union-
negotiated items left on the table

for school board discussion.
Rigdon went on to explain that
his phone "has been ringing off
the hook" and his ears have been
"burning with calls from parents
who do not want certain items
cut" such as extracurricular items.
"If we start dumping kids on
the street at 3 p.m. when school is
out because there's nothing for
them to do," he continued, "we're
going to have other problems.
We're going to start seeing grades
go way down."
Of the 43 items on the list, the
committee turned down six:
-20 hours of work a week
required for employees to receive
health insurance. The committee
rejected the suggestion to raise the
minimum to 30 hours.
-Board and superintendent
association dues.
-School resource officers
(deputy sheriffs posted in schools
at district expense).
-Contracting for audit servic-

-Contracted seat manage-
ment (a method of coordinating
all computer workstations in the
district network by overseeing the
installation, operation, and main-
tenance of hardware and software
at each workstation).
The remaining 37 items were
submitted, unranked, to the school
board, which is not bound by the
panel's recommendations.
In addition to receiving a fist-
ful of ideas on what the general
public considers priorities for
educating Okaloosa County
schoolchildren, the district hoped,
by appointing the advisory panel,
to give local residents a broader
picture of the challenges faced by
the school district, which says it
may face a $31 million cut next
"I've learned a few things by
being here," said panel member
Lynn Mayfield, a retired teacher.

"When I was teaching, education
was what was going on in my
classroom. Now I've learned
there's a much bigger picture."
Although the "big picture" of
education may have been opened
up for some panel members the
hard knocks of budget crunching
may have worried some of the
parents in the audience, a concern
Schools Superintendent Tibbetts
sought to allay.
"We don't want you to get in a
panic about this," Tibbetts said.
"Okaloosa County schools are
going to be fine. We're going to
move on through this and as we
do your children are going to con-
tinue getting a good education."
The committee's recommenda-
tions will be discussed by Tibbetts
and her staff, and any decisions
will be presented to the school
board April 13, according to
schools officials. The school
board would have the final say on
most recommendations.

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years, according to county
records. One of the nine receiv-
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to reward work performance. In
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a bonus. Last year, about 25 did,
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Hughes, who says he has sole
discretion in the award of job-
performance bonuses, said he
saw no connection between
bonuses and employee political
Since fiscal 2006, five of
Hughes' highest-paid employees
have received bonuses totaling at
least $45,000 apiece over the
three-year period, according to
the tax collector. All gave $500
to his 2008 campaign. A sixth
high-paid worker received
$38,000 in bonuses in the same
three years. He too gave $500 to
the 2008 campaign.
A number of other tax work-
ers who received bonuses did not
give to the 2008 Hughes cam-
paign, according to county
records. Indeed, Hughes handed
out 102 merit bonuses totaling
$692,000 to 61 employees over
the past three years. Some
received the awards in two, or
even all three years.
Hughes has faced no electoral
opposition since 1996, when he
handily defeated two other
Republicans in the primary.
Hughes himself did not con-
tribute to his 2008 campaign,
according to county records.
On Thursday, eight days after

his practice of discretionary
bonuses was reported by the Bay
Beacon, Hughes said he would
end such awards "to maintain the
trust the voters have placed in me
and my office."
"In uncertain economic times
it is more important than ever for
elected officials to maintain the
highest level of integrity so con-
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Neither the tax collector nor
any employee was accused of
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On Saturday, asked whether
he saw any conflict in accepting
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The Inquiring Photographer -stacieMorgan

What do you think about a proposal for a county sales tax

increase to avoid cuts in the public-schools budget?

Location: Kelleys

"I don't approve of any
more taxes. I think
they're going in the
wrong direction with
Waneta Grimes,

"As a former school "If it's the only way to
teacher, I think it's a help fund schools I
good thing. We've wouldn't be opposed to
already cut a lot of it. You've got to take
programs." care of the kids."
Michelle Tew, Lisa Dunn,
60, 48,
Niceville, Niceville,
retired teacher assistant grocery manager

"I'm all for that. As a
community we need to try
and help with the
education of our
children. "

Kathy King,
grocery manager

"We need to avoid the "I think the majority of the
game of substituting one citizens would be in favor
tax for another and just of an increase. It goes to
cut government a worthy cause."

Pete Blome,
Bluewater Bay,

From page A-1
In addition, at least one trustee
has hired her own lawyer.
In the wake of widespread crit-
icism of the college's relationship
with Sansom, he resigned from
the college post, and stepped
down after short-lived service as
Speaker of the Florida House of
Representatives, a position he had
been awarded before he was hired
last year by NFSC President Bob
Richburg with the approval of the
Board of Trustees. Sansom and
the college have said there was
nothing improper in the relation-
During the trustees meeting
last week in Niceville, Lorenz
asked for, and received, the
board's approval to continue
working with Culpepper, whom
he described as an expert in grand
jury proceedings, an area in which
Lorenz said he is not an expert.

From page A-1
ifiedjob seekers this year than
The fair was open to NFSC
students and alumni, as well as to
anyone else interested in seeking
job opportunities.
"Nearly every sort of industry
is represented here today," said
Niedzwiecki. Despite recent eco-
nomic setbacks across the country,
she said, there are jobs open to
applicants, but, "You may have to
relocate, to go where the jobs are,"
depending on what sort of work
you are looking for.
She said NFSC has its own
web site for college students and
alumni as well as for potential
In January, some 800,000
Floridians were out of work, or
8.6 percent of the labor force. The
state unemployment rate has
soared by 3.6 percentage points
from a year earlier, representing
the loss of 355,700 jobs, or 4.5
percent, according to the Florida
Agency for Workforce Innovation.
In Okaloosa County, 6,722
people, or 7 percent of the work
force, were jobless, up three per-
centage points from a year earlier.
One potential employer at the
fair was the law enforcement divi-
sion of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Department. Officer
Phillip Griffith said applicants
must first pass a physical strength
and agility test, then go on to an
interview and background check
before being accepted into either
of two training classes each year.
About 100 new officers are trained
each year, selected from about
500 applicants, he said.
David Lee Turner was recruit-
ing for the Whataburger fast-food
chain. He said his industry does
not deserve the popular stereotype
of fast food as a dead-end job.
Instead, Turner said,
Whataburger recruiters are "hard-
working people, looking for hard-
working people." He said his
industry is a key entry path into
full- or part-time employment for
many youths, and that it offers
upward career paths for many

After reading recent news
accounts about the grand jury
investigation of Sansom's rela-
tionship with the college, Lorenz
said, he decided it was necessary
to get some extra help to prepare
the trustees in case they are called
to testify. "I don't know anything
about grand jury investigations,"'
Lorenz told the trustees. "If you
are called to testify, you should
have the right to expert legal coun-
The trustees approved
Lorenz's request. "I don't see a
problem with this," said Board of
Trustees Chairman Wesley
Wilkerson. "This thing happened
so fast," he said of the state inves-
tigation, which was announced by
Leon County State Attorney
Willie Meggs earlier this year.
The probe was launched follow-
ing newspaper accounts of
Sansom's being hired for the
NFSC post after having played a
key role in funneling millions of
dollars in construction money to

people. "You can go from the dish
room to the boardroom," he said.
A Marine recruiter said busi-
ness for military recruiters has
been brisk lately; "like any other
job." He added, however, that
despite the ongoing wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, standards for
entering military service are as
high as ever.
Tierre Carson, a cook from
Florala, Ala., said he came to the
fair looking for "a decent job-
something better." He said he had
spoken with representatives from
several retail stores, including
Lowe's and Bass Pro Shops.
Emily Cassady, another
Florala resident who is also an
NFSC student, said she now
works in a flea market, but hopes
to move into a new job in the cod-
ing or billing section of a medical
Michele Steurer, of White
Wilson Medical Center, said such
jobs are available for the right
applicants. She said the qualifica-
tions she looks for include
longevity in past jobs, as well as
overall quality and the ability to
work as a "team player."
Billie Chappell, who used to
work for an interior decorator, said
she is trying to move into a career
in marketing or public relations. In
the past several years, she said,
she has done "a lot of volunteer-
ing" as well as gaining paid work
experience, and came to the job
fair to meet people and make con-
tacts. Many jobs in her field, she
said, are not advertised, so net-
working is important to finding a
Jerry Pfeiffer was recruiting for
Government Support Jobs.com, a
company that helps people find
jobs with government contractors,
in skills ranging from engineering,
science, and program manage-
ment to almost any other area.
"We're excited to be here today,"
said Pfeiffer, because Northwest
Florida is a good place to find
qualified people for the more than
100 government contractors he
works with. "About 90 percent of
the stimulus jobs now being creat-
ed will be with government con-
tractors," he said.

the Niceville college.
Lorenz told the trustees that
they should keep any e-mails
related to college business, and
that they may receive requests for
copies of such e-mails in accor-
dance with Florida's Sunshine
Law as well as the grand jury pro-
However, said Richburg, when
responding to requests for such e-
mails, trustees are within their
rights to "respond through the col-
lege and its attorney, rather than
opening a dialogue" directly with
whoever requests the information.
"I for one have hired a private
attorney," said Trustee Esteena
In an interview Monday,
Lorenz said he had coordinated
with Richburg prior to hiring
Culpepper and Culpepper's law
firm, Akerman Senterfitt, to assist
in representing the college and
trustees. Lorenz then brought the
matter before the trustees at the
March 17 meeting for final

Dave McAlister came to
recruit college students for one of
Florida's best-known compa-
nies-Disney. He said he was
recruiting for a work-study pro-
gram, seeking people for perform-
ing jobs like singing and dancing
at Disney theme parks, as well as
support jobs in everything from
grounds maintenance to helping
maintain the giant mechanical
dinosaurs. "Students can do most
every job you see going on at a
theme park," he said, "and we also
offer internships in professional
fields such as engineering."
Rosalie Moore, from
Crestview, said she is not particu-
lar about what sort of job she gets.
"I just want a job, something to
do," she said, although she would
prefer something in retail sales. In
the past, she said, she has worked
as a car saleswoman, an artist, and
in several other fields, so she's
flexible and able to adapt to new

Lorenz said that while
Culpepper himself specializes in
such fields as business litigation
and administrative law,
Culpepper's firm includes other
lawyers with expertise in criminal
law and grand jury proceedings,
including some former justices of
the Florida Supreme Court.
The firm as a whole, Lorenz
said, is well-qualified to provide
whatever expertise the trustees
need. Culpepper himself, said
Lorenz, has worked with NFSC
before, especially when he helped
represent the NFSC Foundation in
a lawsuit in which the founda-
tion's sale of the Mattie Kelly
estate was challenged in court.
Hiring Culpepper and his firm,
said Lorenz, will probably cost the
college more than $10,000,
including the cost of research,
conferences, fact-finding, and
other activities needed to help the
trustees prepare for the grand jury.
Although grand jury investiga-

From page A-1
The defendants must pay
$200,000, the statutory maxi-
mum civil penalties for viola-
tions of the Florida Antitrust
Act, according to McCollum.
They must also reimburse the
state $75,000 for the costs of
the investigation and litigation,
the attorney general said.
The defendants agreed to a
consent judgment which will
bar them from engaging in any
activity that would result in
non-competitive gasoline pric-
ing anywhere in Florida,
according to McCollum. In a
consent order submitted to
Okaloosa County Circuit Judge
William F. Stone, the defen-
dants denied any wrongdoing.
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tions may result in indictments
leading to criminal trials, said
Lorenz, they can also result in no
action, or in civil recommenda-
tions to public officials on how to
improve policies and procedures.
In other business at the trustees
meeting last week, the board was
briefed by NFSC Vice President
Gary Yancey on priorities and
expected future needs for con-
struction projects at the college.
The school is currently growing
"faster than our projection mod-
els," Yancey said, and he forecast
that within the next five years, it
will need 27 more classrooms and
several new laboratories to keep
up with growth.
Richburg said that bids for
building a new water tower on the
Niceville campus will be opened
on May 19. The tower will be
located near the college baseball
stadium and is expected to cost
around $1 million. It will provide
additional water pressure for fire
hydrants and other plumbing sys-

number of filling stations in
Okaloosa County, including
several in the Twin Cities area.
"Price fixing hurts both con-
sumers and the economy in gen-
eral," said McCollum. "I sin-
cerely hope that this case will
serve as an example to others
who might attempt to unlawful-
ly seek financial rewards at a
cost to the general public."
The first lawsuit, filed in
May 2006 by then-Attorney
General (now Gov.) Charlie
Crist, alleged Phillips contacted
the owner of a competing retail
gasoline station and sought an
agreement to raise gasoline
prices at that station to match
the prices Phillips had set for
his nearby station.
At Phillips' demand, the
owner of that station raised his
prices by 15 cents per gallon,
according to the complaint.
McCollum filed a second
lawsuit a year later, alleging

teams on campus.
College Vice President Jill
White said the college is suspend-
ing its Educator Preparation
Institute, which has helped people
who already have college degrees
obtain the additional academic
credit and student teaching experi-
ence needed for state certification
as public school teachers. The
program has helped several hun-
dred people transition from other
careers into teaching, said White,
but the college's new bachelor's
degree program in education can
also provide education courses for
students who already have
degrees, making the EPI program
redundant, at least for the present.
In addition, local employment
opportunities for new teachers
have declined as local school dis-
tricts have been laying off teachers
rather than hiring them. In recent
months, school districts have seen
enrollment numbers decline along
with funding, resulting in cost-
cutting measures.

Phillips demanded another
competitor fix the price of gaso-
line at her store to match the
prices Phillips had set for his
nearby store. The store operator
complied with Phillips'
demand, raising her prices by
three cents per gallon, accord-
ing to the complaint.
Both lawsuits alleged the
price-fixing conspiracies violat-
ed Florida's antitrust laws and
the Florida Deceptive and
Unfair Trade Practices Act.
McCollum said that as a con-
dition of the settlement, Phillips
and his company will be perma-
nently prohibited from commu-
nicating with competitors about
retail gasoline prices or seeking
to enter into any pricing agree-
ment with competitors.
The company must advise
employees of the provisions of
antitrust laws and the penalties
for any violation, according to
the attorney general.

Tony Chandler,


For 16 years the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso


Wednesday, March 25, 2009



Emily Steele of
Rocky Bayou
Christian School
shows her form
in the long jump
at the March 17
eight-team track
meet at Jay. The
Rocky Bayou
boys squad fin-
ished sixth out of
eight, while the
girls finished
second to Jay.
Photo by Scott

Lewis outruns Davidson
Lewis Middle School's Travis Yates takes the baton from Tyre McCants during last Wednesday's
track meet against Davidson. The Falcon boys won, 76-11, while the girls took their meet, 60-27.

Rocky lifters win 1st

Rocky Bayou Christian School
defeated its first weightlifting
opponent in school history
Monday, March 16, at South
Walton High School.
The Knights initially tied with
Walton High School in the final
point tally at 21, but won the
tiebreaker to come in second at the
tri-meet, which South Walton
"Our goal is to get better every
week," said Rocky Bayou coach
Dana Arthur. "We do not want to
stay the same or get worse, and
our guys have done a great job of

getting better every meet we
Results (weight class flifter's
name, bench press, clean and jerk,
total weight and place).
119: Michael Sandiford 135-135-270
129: Drew Kirkpatrick 120-105-225
129: Andrew Beno 105-105-210 2nd
154: Adam Downing 205-195-400 4th
169: James Waldron 240-210-450 1st
183: Eddie Owens 200-185-385 5th
219: Corey Koster 145-175-320 3rd
HWT: Shawn Josey 260-215-475 3rd
Josey broke his own bench press
record of 255 with a 260-pound lift.

Ruckel runners

set four records

Take first place in girls, boys meets

Special to the Beacon
Ruckel Middle School boys
and girls track and field squads
heated up the track Saturday,
March 14, at the Annual
Rutherford Rams Relays at
Tommy Oliver Stadium in
Panama City.
In the Middle School
Division 10 schools competed
in several individual, field, and
relay events to kick off the 2009
Ruckel boys took first place
with a score of 72, 11 ahead of
the second-place finisher.
The Lady Rams also won
with a score of 89, 32 points
ahead of the second-place team.
Event records set by the

Ruckel teams were:
1. Boys: Colby Billings shat-
ters the discus throw with a 121-
foot 11-inch toss.
2. Girls: Maxine Allen, Alix
Bikker, Anna Herrera, and Alise
Snyders crush the previous
mark on the 4 X 800 relay, put-
ting up an 11:02 time.
3. Girls: Savannah Boswell,
Kaitlyn Brown, Melia Guter and
Jaisyn Sarrett, after competing
in back-to-back events, are still
able to take the 4 X 400 relay in
a record time of 4:43.
4. Girls: Maxine Allen ran a
blazing 6:01 in the 1600-meter
event, besting former RMS
record holder Lauren Eschbach,
now at Niceville High School.

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8U Traveling Eagles

start season perfectly
The 8U Traveling Eagles captured the Grand Slam
Championship in Panama City Beach the weekend of March 1
and the Gulf Breeze championship March 14 and 15. They
also won the pre-season bash in February, winning the cham-
pionship, 11-1. Their record is 12-0 so far this season and
they have outscored their opponents, 129-41. From left: front,
Jordan Zargari, Davis Blake, Derrek Vogel and Grayson
Brooks; second row, Jake Holland, Trent Walker, Rece Hinds,
Coley Embry, Nic Castleberry and Brandon Cromwell. Not
pictured is Tristan Keith. Coaches are Marcus Holland, Greg
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Youths complete

decorum course

Special to the Beacon
Extreme Etiquette, Inc. cele-
brated the completion of its
second annual Certified
Etiquette & Leadership
Program for area high school
participants with a formal din-
ner and dance.
Under the direction of Lisa
Burkett and Luann Triliegi, par-
ticipants are taught life skills
through etiquette training, char-
acter building, leadership train-
ing, and social dance. The
entire program is designed to
empower participants with pos-
itive skills developing self-con-
fidence and leadership quali-
The 2008-2009 Etiquette &
Leadership program honored
six graduating seniors repre-
senting four area high schools
at the Hilton in Sandestin.
Seniors were presented on
stage to an audience of commu-

nity leaders, family, friends,
and fellow participants. More
than 140 participants enjoyed
ballroom dancing to the music
of Jones & Company. Special
entertainment was provided by
nationally ranked professional
dancers Ronald Guillen and
Katy Jenkins from the Fred
Astaire Studio.
Seniors were presented on a
stage designed with a classic
elegance. The stage was
adorned with gold and pearl
balloons, arranged alongside
large Boston ferns placed in
antique iron fern stands. Large
black panels framing the stage
were draped in gold silk swags,
completing the traditional
Graduating seniors honored
were Whitney Renee Blalock,
Ryan David Holland, Annalisa
Joy Keipert, Brad Joseph
Please see YOUTHS, page B-5

RBCS students take state prizes

The Florida Association of
Christian Colleges and
Schools competition was held
March 13-14 in Jacksonville.
Several Rocky Bayou
Christian School students fin-
ished among the top competi-
tors in the state..
The RBCS winners were:.
Abby Chapman ,lst, English.
Harrison Kim, 1st,
Sil Lo Jin, 1st, advanced

Josh Turner, 1st, biology.
Tobi Huebschen, 2nd, physics.
Luke Jolly, 1st, physics .
Noah Mosley, 1st, world his-
Sarah Frasier, 1st, U.S. histo-
Elizabeth McMahon, 1st, cre-
ative writing: essay.
Sarah Barnick, 2nd, spelling.
Joshua Allen, 2nd, political
Natalie Fleming, 3rd, home

Darrin Lyon, 1st, music theo-
Hilary Moore, 3rd, music the-
Christopher Sandlin, 3rd, sci-
ence fair: physical.
Matt McDorman, 1st, comput-
er applications.
Tim Hemdon, 1st, computer
Bible Quiz Team, 3rd.
Speech and drama.

Sarah Frasier and Noah
Mosley, 2nd, debate team.
Matt Ruff, 1st, humorous
James Kim, 3rd, dramatic

Ashley Hannay, 1st, black &
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Art. vocal solo.
Rachel Lee, 3rd, watercolor. Cadence-Abby Chapman,
Giyi Kim, 2nd, oil painting. Hope Given, Emily Wilson,
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Three local cooks were
awarded prizes for their dishes
at the second annual Eating
With The Eagle Pride event
held at Niceville High School
on March 13. The judges, who
included school board member
Howard Hill, Okaloosa County
Tax Collector Chris Hughes,
Twin Cities Hospital CEO
David Whalen, and Church of
Christ youth minister David
Copeland, selected Lisa
Rackley's shrimp etouffe shells
as best appetizer, Robbie
Cocchiarella's white chocolate
raspberry almond bars as best
dessert and Genevieve
Thompson's bruschetta as best
student dish.

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and Nic Overton; middle, Brock Schaefer, Jacob Friesen and Levon Swafford; back, Bethany
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Chris Boone, Andrew Moore, Grant
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On Saturday, Feb. 21, the
Ruckel Band participated in the
Florida Bandmasters Association
District One Solo and Ensemble
Festival at Gulf Breeze High
School. Seventy-six Ruckel
Band students participated in this
event, earning a total of 136
Superior medals.
Kaitlynn Byrd, Tennyson
Strano, Anna Gugliemino,
Corinne Dempsey and Chris
Boone earned the maximum of
four Superior medals.
Nickie Anderson, Morgan
Ringel, Brandi Sekas, Tara
Marler, Alexis Hruby, Genevieve
Thompson, Christina Ramirez,
Andrew Moore, Jack Hederi,
Matthew Markwardt and Alex
Harber each earned three
Superior medals.
Mikayla Timm, Jennifer
Martinez, Marisa Amesbury,
Mollie Mims, Angela Marco,
Jordan Stein, Josh Rodgers,
Ashley Soliz, Alix Bikker, Becky
Mesiner, Emily Anderton, Sarah
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Mims, Sam Oersnaes, Jack
Snyder, Thomas Smith, Conner
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Anna Hall, Caity McDonald,
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school size. In the small school
division, Rocky Bayou
Christian School placed first,
followed by John Paul II
Catholic High School of
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Artists sought
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is seeking
Artists, artisans
and traditional
craftspeople for
its 33rd annual
Saturday in the
Park Festival,
planned for Saturday, April 25, 9
a.m.-5 p.m.
Vendors should contact the
museum at 678-2615 for addition-
al information or an application.
Applications are also available at
Softball team sign-ups
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now taking teams
for the 2009 Adult Men's, Church
and Women's softball season. The
league will begin April 6.
Information may be downloaded
from cityofniceville.org. Info: Jim
Baughman at 729-4062 or jbaugh-
AAUW seeks books
The Niceville-Valparaiso
Branch of the American
Association of University Women
(AAUW) is
seeking dona-
tions of used
books for its
annual sale.
Funds raised
will be used to
support the AAUW Educational
Foundation and local scholarships.
The sale will be held on Saturday,
April 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the park-
ing lot of Peoples National Bank
on John Sims Parkway, Niceville.
For pickup of donations, call 678-
2900 or 729-2093.
AARP Tax aid
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.
Senior activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center
Activities, 268 Glenview Ave.,
Valparaiso, for March 25-31:
Wednesday, March 25: Wii
games, 9:30 a.m.; Exercise, 10
Thursday, March 26: Sing-
along with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, March 27: Board
games, 9:30 a.m.
Monday, March 30: Trivia, 9:30
Tuesday, March 31: Board
games, 9:30 a.m.
Senior Center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donations are
appreciated. Reservations for
meals must be made the day before
by noon. Contact number is 833-
9291, Barbara Harris or Jessie
Nominations sought
The Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status of
Women (OCCSW) is taking nomi-
nations for the Women's Wall of
Honor. The nominations are due
April 15. Each year, the OCCSW
honors special women in the coun-
ty who have contributed to the

well-being of children, families
and the citizens of our community
with a special ceremony each May.
The honorees' names are placed on
a plaque located in the library at
the Fort Walton Beach campus of
the University of West Florida with
a nearby book containing a biogra-
phical page for each woman.
The nomination form and more
information can be found at
occsw.org/woh.htm. The form, a
short paragraph (100 words or
less) about the woman you wish to
honor, her photo and a $100 dona-
tion to the OCCSW should be sub-
mitted to the Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status of
Women, Post Office Box 131,
Shalimar, FL 32579. For more
information and a nomination
form, contact Shirley Pigott at 651-
3095 or shirleypigott@cox.net.
Artists gatherings
The Emerald Coast Plein Air
Painters is an open group of art
enthusiasts who
gather each
9:30-11:30 a.m.,
to paint through-
out Okaloosa-
Walton counties.
There is no membership fee. Info:
dierhart@mchsi.com, 598-6501 or
Meeting schedule:
March 25-Gulf Islands National
Seashore Park, Okaloosa Island.
April 1-Baytowne Wharf,
April 8-Turkey Creek, Niceville
April 15-Crab Trap, Destin
April 22-Liza Jackson Park,
Fort Walton Beach.
April 29-Dier-Hart house, 1581
Mack Bayou Rd., Santa Rosa
Mattie Kelly art exhibit
The galleries at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center at Northwest
Florida State College will present
two new exhibits through April 19:
the annual Arnie Hart Juried
Student Exhibition and the annual
NWF State College Faculty
Exhibition. The exhibits are free
and open to the public.
Info: 729-6044.
Hospice seeks volunteers
Covenant Hospice is seeking
individuals who are interested in
making a difference in the lives of
patients and families facing end-
of-life issues and in supporting the
organization. A volunteer work-
shop will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, at the
Niceville Covenant Hospice
branch office, 101 Hart St. The
workshop is free and open to the
public. Food and drinks will be
Singers plan two concerts
Okaloosa Chamber Singers will
present concerts titled "All About
Love" Friday, March 27, 7:30
p.m., at First Presbyterian Church,
Niceville, and Sunday, March 29, 6
p.m., Destin United Methodist
High school members of the
Vivace String
Quartet from the
Florida Youth
Symphony will
accompany the
singers in
Telemann's setting of "Psalm 117"
and perform a quartet piece as
well. Admission is $15. Info: 682-
CIC golf tournament
Friday, March 27, noon
Shotgun. Check-in/lunch 11 a.m.
Fort Walton Beach Golf Club.
Support the abused, neglected and
abandoned children of our commu-
nity and have a great day of golf.
Spouses and guests are invited to

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Sign up today! Green fees includ-
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registration. Info: 864-4242.
Jews for Jesus
Robyn Wilk of Jews for Jesus
will speak at Immanuel Anglican
Church, Destin, Friday, March 27,
at 7 p.m.Wilk will answer ques-
tions after the presentation. There
is no admission charge, but a love
offering will be accepted.
Info: 837-6323.
Water art
A juried exhibition-anything
to do with water-will be held at
Arts and Design Society's Gallery,
17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton
Beach, March 27-April 17.
Opening reception, Friday,
March 27, 5-7 p.m.
Adventurers bike ride
A bike ride is planned for
Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., in the
Florala/Lake Jackson area. Meet at
the Florala State Park Day Use
Area parking lot, on Hwy. 55 in
Alabama. The group will bike to
the highest point in Florida. Late
lunch after the ride. 581-4591.
Audubon bird walk
Beginners and experienced
birders are welcome to join

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
president Carol Goodyear for a
bird walk around the Bluewater
Bay/Lake Pippin area March 28.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Bluewater Bay
Winn Dixie parking lot.
Binoculars, field guide, bug spray,
hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long
pants and water are recommended.
Info: Choctawhatchee
Audubon.org or carole-
goodyear@msn.com or 897.2666.
Antique car show
The eighth
annual Antique
and Classic Car
Show will be
held at
Rosemary Beach U U
March 28, 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Registration begins at
9 a.m. on North Barrett Square.
The entry fee is $20 in advance and
$25 the day of the show. Proceeds
will go to benefit various charities
in and around the Florida Emerald
For more information and reg-
istration, call Hilltop Productions
at 951-2148.
Purple Passion Gala set
The sixth annual Purple Passion
Gala and Auction will take place
Saturday, March 28, 7-11 p.m. at
Linkside Center at Sandestin Golf
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John Paul Wierwille II and
Jessica Raye McMullan

Jessica Raye McMullan of
Raleigh, Miss., and John Paul
Wierwille II of Niceville
announce their engagement and
upcoming marriage.
Jessica is the daughter of
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graduate of Jones County Junior
College in Ellisville, Miss.
John Paul II is the son of J.P.
Wierwille of Elizabethtown, Ky.,
and Shari Wierwille of Niceville.
His grandparents are the late
Victor Paul and Dorthea Kipp
Wierwille of New Knoxville,
Ohio, and Colonel Dusty and
Kitty Rhodes of Niceville.
The groom is a 2000 graduate
of Niceville High School and a
2004 graduate of Valencia
Community College in Orlando.
The wedding will take place
April 25, 2009, at sunset on a pri-
vate beach in Destin.
The maid of honor is Theresa
Fails of Bassfield, Miss., and
bridesmaids are Jill White of
Taylorsville, Miss., and Stacy
Siedlecki of Meridian, Miss.
The best man is John's brother,
Victor Paul H. E. Wierwille, of
Meridian, Miss., and best friend,
Jeff Neeley, of Niceville is the
groomsman. Daughter of the
bride, Emily Paige, will be the
flower girl.

Okaloosa County
Prescription Discount Cards are
available free at all Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's Offices.
The program, sponsored by the
National Association of
Counties (NACo), provides
consumers an average savings
of 20 percent on commonly
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Collector Chris Hughes says

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Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
9:30 a.m Prayer Service
Morning Celebration 6:00 p.m.

Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.

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CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733

Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.
I B .Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Bishop and Mrs. T.P.
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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
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Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
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Sunday 10 a.m.

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Wednesday Lenten Service Niceville 678-1298
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Rotary honors heroes
The Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary Club recognized some of the area's heroes. From left: front row,
investigator Bob Grappone, Sworn Employee of the Year for Okaloosa County Sheriff's Dept.;
Isabel D'Aquila, standing in for her husband, Pat D'Aquila, who was recognized as Firefighter of
the Year for Valparaiso; Nathaniel Ark, Firefighter of the Year for North Bay Fire Dept.; Sr. Airman
Ashley Tubbs, Airman of the Year for Eglin AFB Security Police; Jason Clifton, Officer of the Year
for Valparaiso Police Dept.; Brian Johnson, Civilian Firefighter of the Year for Eglin Fire Dept.;
Chief Mark Giuliano, Civilian Fire Officer of the Year for Eglin Fire Dept.; Tony Costantini, Officer
of the Year for the Niceville Police Dept.; back row, Thearon Shipman, Emergency Service Person
of the Year for Okaloosa County Emergency Services; Matt Obert, Firefighter of the Year for East
Niceville Fire Dept.; Lt. Roger Main, Police Officer of the Year for Eglin AFB Security Police; and
Tech. Sgt. Dorian Dillion, Fire Officer of the Year for Eglin Fire Dept. Not pictured were Staff Sgt.
Julio Torres, Military Firefighter of the Year for Eglin Fire Dept., and Chris Pogozelski, Firefighter
of the Year for the Niceville Fire Dept.




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by April 10
Special to the Beacon
Parents of children who will
be 5 years old on or before Sept.
1 should register their children
for 2009-2010 kindergarten dur-
ing the period of March 23-27
and April 6-10. Florida law pro-
vides that any child who will be 5
on or before Sept. 1 is eligible for
kindergarten that school year.
Classes will be formed, teachers
assigned, and materials ordered
on the basis of student enroll-
Parents who wish to register
their children for the Summer
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
(VPK) Program are also request-
ed to enroll their child at this
time. Further information may be
obtained by calling the schools or
the school board administration
at 833-5877. Further information
for Summer VPK enrollment
may be obtained by calling
Michelle Flaherty, Early
Learning Coalition at 833-3627
or Kathy Baird at 833-3889.

to use at the drug store. You can
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Tax offices are located at
151-C Eglin Pkwy N.E., Fort
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85 North, Niceville; 4012
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From page B-1
Koszuta, Danielle Elise
Morales, and Kalie Marie
Keipert is a senior at Rocky
Bayou Christian School;
is part of the
High School
Class of
is the son of
John and
La u r i e
Koszuta of
Annalisa Niceville.
P eipert Brad is a
senior at Niceville High School
and member of the Eagle
Basketball team for four years.
He is president and section
leader of the Niceville Eagle
Pride Band, a member of the
National Honor Society, and a
member of the NHS Leadership
Council. Brad is also a member
of the Junior Classical League,
where he has served as secretary
and president of the NHS Swing
Dance Club.
Brad has been elected to
Niceville High School's Hall of
Fame, received the Anne T.
Mitchell's Award four years, is a
four-year NHS Honor Roll stu-

dent, and awarded a full Bright
Futures Scholarship. Brad is a
volunteer throughout the com-
munity for numerous organiza-
Following graduation, Brad
plans to attend a Florida univer-
Brad was
presented by
his mother,
La u r i e
Keipert is
the daughter
of Andy and
K are n Brad Koszuta
Keipert of
Niceville. Annalisa is a senior at
Rocky Bayou Christian School,
where she is a member of
Missions Club, RBCS Band
president and tuba section
leader, Beta Club Treasurer,
Girls Outdoor Club founder and
president, Bible Quiz Team co-
captain, Sailing Club secretary,
Leadership Trek, Girl Scouts,
Shakespeare Club, Big
Sister/Little Sister program,
Ultimate Frisbee Club and soft-
ball team.
Annalisa enjoys participat-
ing in foreign mission trips.
She is an IDEAS Engineering
Fair Overall Team winner, a
recipient of the Christian
Character Award, and a Girl

Scout Silver Award winner,
Mariners Award winner and
Leadership Award winner. She
has received the ACSI
Distinguished Student Award
for Academics, Distinguished
Student Award for Fine Arts
and Distinguished Student
Award for Community
Annalisa plans to attend
Moody Bible Institute and
major in children's or youth
ministry, or attend the
University of West Florida and
major in nursing or education.
Annalisa was presented by
her father, Andy Keipert.
The Extreme Etiquette pro-
grams welcome all interested
area students. Extreme
Etiquette, Inc., offers pre-
cotillion (grades 3-5), middle
school cotillion (grades 6-8),
high school etiquette & leader-
ship (grades 9-12), as well as
adult education programs.
Extreme Etiquette, Inc., is
affiliated with The Etiquette &
Leadership Institute. The
Etiquette & Leadership
Institute, The Protocol School
of Washington and Dorothea
Johnson Productions, Inc.,
share an educational alliance
dedicated to promoting civili-
ty. Burkett and Triliegi are
both Certified Etiquette and
Leadership Consultants.

From page B-1
Student of the Year at the Van
Porter student art competition
held by the Arts and Design
Society. Other local winners
were: Annie Clifton, Ruckel
Middle School, Middle School
Honorable Mention; and
Megan Scanlan and Casey
See, Niceville High School,
High School Honorable

JoAnn Boughman of
Crestview and Matthew
Carrier of Valparaiso were
honored as the Accepting the
Challenge of Excellence (ACE)
student of the month for
February and March by the
Niceville Exchange Club.
JoAnn and Matthew are seniors
at Rocky Bayou Christian

Ian Hall, a fifth grade home-
schooler, recently represented
Rocky Bayou Christian School
at the ACSI District Spelling
Bee in Pensacola, Florida. Ian
advanced to the final round,
where he placed third among
fifth through eighth grade stu-
dents. He will go on to compete
at the Regional Spelling Bee
(which includes all of Florida)
in Clearwater March 28.

From page B-1
Burns, James Kaim, Michael
Sandiford, Shannon Mosley,
2nd, small vocal ensemble.
Select Choir, 1st .
Anna Keipert, 1st, instrumen-
tal brass solo .
John Tyre, 3rd, instrumental
brass solo .
Joseph Sung, 2nd, classical
piano .
Matt Ruff and Joseph
Townsend, 2nd, percussion

Brass Quintet-Anna Keipert,
Darrin Lyon, Corrie Sober,
Steven Wills, John Tyre, 2nd,
small instrument ensemble .
Woodwind Quintet-Kathryn
Lorenz, Darrin Lyon, Jessica
Maney, Grace Stoner, Joseph
Sung, 1st, small instrument
Kathryn Lorenz, Jessica
Maney, Hannah Moore,
Matthew Ruff, Austin Sasser,
Corrie Sober, Elizabeth Sober,
Joseph Townend, John Tyre
and Josh Whitford, 1st, per-
cussion ensemble.
Symphonic Band, 1st.


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04 and sets April 9,
2009 as the date of
final settlement.
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