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Group Title: Bay beacon
Title: The Bay beacon
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00048
 Material Information
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: April 1, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
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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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00048
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469

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Wednesday. 9 a.m.-noon
If you've lost a loved one
and are having trouble coping
with the situation, Covenant
Hospice's free grief workshop
at Niceville First United
Methodist Church is for you.
Call 729-1800, ext. 263.
Thursday. 4-7 p.m.
Hungry? Don't miss the
Niceville Family
YMCA and the
Heritage Museum
of Northwest
Florida's "Steak on the Take,"
a full steak dinner for $10,
available in the parking lot of
Kelley's SuperValu.
To buy a ticket, call 678-
Monday. 6 p.m.
If you would like your
thumb to turn green, you
won't want to miss the free
program, "Water Wise: Best
Ms Watering for
5je Lawns and Plants,"
tI i by the Valparaiso
Garden Club at the
Valparaiso Community
Library. Master Gardener
Larry Williams will conduct
the seminar.
Call 729-5406.
Tuesday. 7 p.m.
The guitar duo Klasinc &
Loncar will present a concert
in the Tyler Recital
Hall at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center
complex on the
Northwest Florida
State College
Admission is $10 for adults
and $7 for students.
Call 936-4061.

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

Tax-office bonuses

topped $1 million

over five years

Some workers got awards of $75,000

in the period, newly disclosed data shows 1

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
More than $1 million in
bonuses were handed out to
employees at the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's office
over a five-year period, accord-
ing to additional records provid-
ed by Tax Collector Chris
Hughes last week.
At least two tax employees
received $75,000 in bonuses
from Hughes over the five-year

period beginning with fiscal year
2004 through last year. A third
tax office employee received a
total of $82,500 in bonuses over
the same period, according to
records provided to the Beacon
by Hughes.
Neither the tax collector nor
any employee has been accused
of any impropriety concerning
bonuses. Hughes has stated that
he has sole discretion to hand
out job performance bonuses.

The tax
last week Chris Hughes
the Beacon with a list of
employees receiving bonuses in
fiscal years 2004 and 2005.
In FY 2004 Hughes gave 27
employees extra compensation
bonuses for job performance
totaling $174,896.96. Six of
Please see BONUSES, page A-9

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This map shows the noise contours expected in Valparaiso
from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Valp. files suit

for injunction

against F-35

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The City of Valparaiso
filed suit in U.S. District
Court, Pensacola, Monday,
seeking to halt plans for the
beddown of the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter (JSF) at Eglin
Air Force Base.
According to the suit, filed
by Rose, Sundstrom &
Bentley LLP, a Tallahassee
law firm hired by Valparaiso,
the city asks the court for both
permanent and temporary

Related stories, page A8

injunctions against the
planned beddown. The suit
also asks the court for a
declaratory judgment that the
Air Force acted improperly
and violated the National
Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) and the Noise Control
Act in deciding to base the
fighter wing at Eglin, and that
Please see F-35, page A-8

Food World seen safe from company woes

Parent firm Bruno's may close 10 stores I I

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
One way or another, Niceville
will keep its Food World grocery
store, despite the bankruptcy of
its parent company, said Chris
Miller, who manages the local
The Niceville Food World
store, Miller said, is part of the
Food World chain, which is part
of Bruno's, a larger chain of food
stores and related businesses.
Bruno's, in turn, is owned by
Lone Star, which Miller said is a
Texas-based holding company.
Bruno's Supermarkets is oper-
ating under chapter 11 bankrupt-

cy protection, and is trying to sell
all of its stores. About 10 such
stores in Alabama have been
closed, but a
press release -.9 k -
from the
stated that
there are no
plans to
close others.
The compa-
ny admitted,
however, Chris Miller
that if no buyer is found, the
remaining stores may have to

Miller told the Beacon that he
is optimistic.
"Nobody guarantees any-
thing," he said, "but there are lots
of interested parties." He said
several representatives of poten-
tial buyers have visited his store
to learn more about purchasing it
or the chain. While he could not
speak for the entire Food World
chain, Miller said, his own store
continues to run at a profit, so
there is no practical reason to
close it. Whatever finally happens
to the Bruno's/Food World chain,
Miller said, he expects that
Please see BRUNO'S page A-8


Beacon photos by Mike Griffith
The Niceville Food World store has stood under one name or another for 23 years.


seeks to up


water use
By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The city of Niceville has
filed a request for a consump-
tive use permit with the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District for slight-
ly higher water usage in the
next five years than is currently
the case.
The existing permit allows
an average daily usage of 2.95
million gallons of water, with a
maximum day limit of 5.31 mil-
Please see WATER, page A-9

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
Ginger Stetson, a Northwest Florida State College bookstore cashier for more than five
years, straightens up the shelves of the store's new and used supply of textbooks.

Textbook costs create

a crisis for students

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
How much does a
college textbook cost?
Ask a student at
Northwest Florida State
College (NFSC), or
most any institute of
higher learning, and his
response is likely to be,
"Too much."
Such was the case

Daniel Andrews

with NFSC music student Daniel
Andrews, who said that very
The Niceville 22-year-old

added, "Textbooks get
used over and over and
you still get charged an
arm and a leg. If
they've been paid for
once, then why are we
having to pay for them
The lamenting voic-
es of thousands of col-
lege students just like
Andrews has prompted

many states, in the
last five years, to adopt textbook
Please see TEXTBOOK, page A-9

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan

Picnic in the park
A group of young friends gathered at Lions Park on a recent sunny day to enjoy a picnic,
one another and the nice weather. From left: Amanda Perez, Sophia Rohleder (baby), Gary-
Michael Rohleder, Carmen Perez, Justine Hennessey and Geoff Goodsell.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Donald William Short, a
cook, 38, of 503 Johnson St.,
Unit A, Valparaiso, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies March 26
for possession of a controlled
substance, hydrocodone. While
serving a Santa Rosa County
warrant on Short for fraudulent-
ly attempting to obtain a con-
trolled substance, Short alleged-
ly reached into his pocket and
discarded three white pills later
identified as hydrocodone.

A 12-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies March 18 on a
charge of domestic violence
battery. After a verbal alterca-
tion over a new pair of shoes,
the boy allegedly became angry
and kicked a video game system
at his mother, which struck with
enough force to cause a golf-
ball sized contusion on her fore-

Joshua Gibb Phillips, 33, of

110-B Montrose Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies March 12 for
grand theft and dealing in
stolen property. In July 2008
Phillips was allegedly arrested
on unrelated charges while
attempting to sell scrap metal to
a recycling company. The
metal and wire Phillips was try-
ing to sell was placed back
inside his vehicle and recorded
as inventory due to no victim
being identified at the time.
Phillips subsequently is alleged
to have admitted that the
metal/wire was stolen on or
about July 8, 2008, from a con-
struction area at Chez Elan
Apartments, in Fort Walton
Beach, and from another loca-

James Thomas Litchford,
unemployed, 24, of 636
Crestview Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 19 on a Santa Rosa
County warrant for an unspeci-
fied misdemeanor charge.

the SS los. SCountyShrf'Ofiee a.nd

John Keith Bennett, unem-
ployed, 26, of 1215 Shipley
Drive, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies March 26
for failure to appear on a mis-
demeanor theft charge and for
violation of probation on the
original charge of possession of
cocaine. While conducting a
search subsequent to the arrest
on the warrants, police located
a light blue oval shaped pill in
Bennett's left front pocket.
Bennett allegedly stated that he
did not have a prescription for
the tablet and said it did not
belong to him. The pill was
later identified as hydrocodone
and Bennett was charged with
possession of a controlled sub-
stance unlawfully obtained
without prescription.

Paul Edward Hartzog, a
marine contractor, 41, of 981
Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 25 for failure to
appear on an original misde-
meanor relating to health and
safety, abandoned vessel.

Kristine Lee Bridges, unem-
ployed, 54, of 1504 Reeves St.,
Lot 7, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies March 24
on two counts of failure to
appear on the original charges
of driving while license sus-

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John Roy Clark, unem-
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with property damage over
$1,000, which allegedly
occurred Dec. 19 at a residence
in the 100 block of 22nd Street.
DUI arrests
Marissa C. Foreman, 28, of
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Benning Drive, Destin, subse-
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Joshua Everette Jenkins, 21,
of 4220 Shadow Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on
Highway 98 and Henderson
Beach Road, subsequent to a
traffic crash that cause an esti-
mated $3,000 damage but no
injury to others, March 21 at
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1181 E. John Sims Parkway
Niceville, Florida 32578
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Editor and Publisher
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1,Fire Department Reports

h'eville Fir Dertment respfed to the following calls March 23
through 29
0 Str ire agency t'dical Calls w
0 Vehicle Fire 2 Vehicle Crashes l
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with ExtricAMRnM
1 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
E. John Sims Parkway . .. Alarm activation . . .3/23/09 .......06:07
E. John Sims Parkway..... Medical ...........3/23/09 .......07:01
W. College Blvd/SR285 .. Vehicle crash .......3/23/09 .......07:23
Poplar Place ......... . .Medical ......... .3/23/09 .......08:44
E. John Sims Parkway..... Medical ...........3/23/09 .......14:23
E. John Sims Parkway..... Medical ...........3/24/09 .......13:25
E. John Sims Parkway ..... .Medical ...........3/24/09 .......15:01
N. Partin Drive....... ... .Medical ......... .3/25/09 .......14:43
Rattan Palm Drive .........Medical ......... ..3/25/09 .......18:29
Reeves Street ............Medical .......... .3/26/09 .......03:01
Royal Palm Drive .........Illegal burn ..... 3/26/09 .......09:15
E. John Sims Parkway . .. .Medical ...........3/26/09 .......11:25
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Vehicle crash . . . .3/26/09 .......13:07
DeerAvenue ......... ... Medical .......... 3/26/09 ... .. 14:14
Summerwood Court....... .Medical .......... 3/27/09 .......07:06
Bayberry Drive ...........Medical ......... .3/27/09 .......22:03
Reeves Street ............Medical .......... .3/28/09 .......11:20
Rocky Shores Drive ....... .Medical ........ . .3/28/09 .......11:46
S. Palm Boulevard .........Alarm activation . . .3/28/09 .......17:34
E. John Sims Parkway . .. .Medical ...........3/29/09 .......01:32
Kelly Road ......... . Medical ......... .3/29/09 .......23:47
Weekly Safety Tip: Test smoke detectors every month, following manufac-
turer's directions, and replace batteries twice a year or whenever a detector
chirps to signal low battery power. Web Page: http://www.cityof

North Bay
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following
calls for March 24-29.
Mid-Bay Bridge ........Vehicle accident ..........3/24/09 . . .01:29
N. White Point Road . .EMS call . . . . . .... .3/24/09 . . .16:32
N. Windward Cove .... EMS call ............... .3/25/09 .... 10:45
White Point Road .... Dispatched/canceled ... 3/25/09 .. 21:04
Gleneagles Drive .Smoke detector activation .. .3/26/09 . . .02:42
Royal Palm Drive . .. .Dispatched/canceled . . .3/26/09 . . .09:18
St. Pierre Cove ........Structure fire ......... . .3/26/09 . . .09:54
White Point Road . . .Vehicle accident ..........3/26/09 . . .16:10
N. White Point Road ... .EMS call ............ .. .3/27/09 . . .01:04
Putter Drive ..........EMS call ............... .3/27/09 .....12:33
Terrapine Trace ....... .Dispatched/canceled . .. .3/27/09 . . .13:16
E. Highway 20 ....... .Vehicle accident ......... .3/27/09 . . .19:28
Shipley Drive .........EMS call ......... . . . .3/28/09 . . .01:30
Cat-Mar Road .........EMS call ......... . . . .3/28/09 . . .10:49
Ida Coon Circle ........EMS call ......... . . . .3/28/09 . . .11:48
E. Highway 98 ....... .Dispatched/canceled . .. .3/28/09 . . .17:41
N. White Point Road ... .EMS call ......... . . 3/28/08 . . .21:01
Live Oak Street ........EMS call ......... . . . .3/29/09 . . .07:02
Sailboat Drive .........Medical assist........ .. .3/29/09 . . .13:34
St. Kitts Cove .........EMS call ................3/29/09 .....20:13

Valparaiso Volunteer
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls
for the month of March 2009.
Vlastics Avenue ...... .Exterior hazmat ......... .3/3/09 . .. .12:56
N. Bayshore Drive . .. .CVA/stroke ......... . 3/5/09 . . .06:50
Mississippi Avenue . . .Fall ......... . . . .3/5/09 . . .07:23
S. John Sims Parkway .Chest pain ......... . 3/6/09 . . .15:30
ChicagoAvenue...... .Fall ............ .. 3/8/09......18:14
Glendale Avenue ...... .Assault ................ .3/8/09 ..... .18:24
N. Bayshore Drive . .. .Unconscious ......... . .3/11/09 . . .19:32
Edge Avenue . ........ .Hemorrhage ......... . .3/13/09 . . .11:00
Judith Avenue ........ .Chest pain ......... . 3/13/09 . . .12:42
Glen Avenue ......... .Breathing problem ....... .3/13/09 . . .13:45
Ohio Avenue ......... .Cardiac arrest ......... . .3/14/09 . . .10:57
Glenview Avenue . . .Fire alarm ........... .. .3/14/09 . . .18:34
Bullock Avenue ........Structure fire ......... . .3/17/09 . . .13:38
Lincoln Avenue ........Fall .................. 3/17/09 .... .14:01
S. Bayshore Drive . . .Hemorrhage ......... . .3/19/09 . . .21:44
Washington Avenue . .Breathing problem ....... .3/20/09 . . .15:51
Quail Trail ............Fire service call ..........3/21/09 . . .03:33
Washington Avenue . .Fire alarm .......... . .3/22/09 . . .19:08
Lincoln Avenue ........Fall ..................3/25/09 .... .08:11
Valparaiso Parkway . . .Fire alarm ........... .. .3/27/09 . . .13:04
S. John Sims Parkway .Sick call ............... .3/29/09 . . .05:02
Home Safety Tip: Spring time is here. Now is the time to dispose of unused
newspapers, magazines and other excess "fuels" that can present a fire haz-
ard; use caution when disposing of household chemicals to prevent mixing.
Test household smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly! Call your
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 if assistance is needed.

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Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 41
Date of birth: 02-21-68
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Eyes: brown

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NFSC finances solid, foundation says

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
An optimistic mood prevailed
during the March 16 meeting of
the Executive Committee of the
Northwest Florida State College
(NFSC) Foundation Executive
Although the value of the
Foundation's assets, as well as its
income, have dropped because of
the national economic recession,
foundation members expect their
organization to eventually recov-
er along with the national econo-
my. Meanwhile, student enroll-
ment at NFSC is up, bringing at
least some new income from stu-
dent tuition and fees.
The NFSC Foundation is the
semi-private fundraising arm of
the college. It raises funds
beyond those derived from
tuition, student fees and direct
state funding, through a combi-
nation of private donations, state
matching funds, grants, gifts and
endowments, and other sources.
Because of reduced dona-

tions, loss of state matching
funds, and other results of the
slowed economy, revenue is sig-
nificantly lower this year, said
Foundation financial director
Donna Utley. Expenditures are
also down, she said.
The value of the foundation's
assets, such as stocks and bonds,
is also down, along with the
value of most stocks and bonds,
said Ray McGovern, the founda-
tion's investment adviser. He
added, however, that the NFSC
Foundation is weathering the
current recession better than
many other investors.
"There has been a 6.3 percent
drop in the value of our portfolio
since January," he said, but the
stock market as a whole has
dropped by about 18.2 percent
during the same period. The key
to the foundation's relative suc-
cess, McGovern told the execu-
tive committee, is that since last
year when a recession began to
appear likely, the NFSC
Foundation has kept most of its

investments in relatively conser-
vative, high-quality bonds rather
than more risky "equity" invest-
ments such as stocks. Although
stocks tend to outperform bonds
during rising markets, bonds
retain more of their value during
economic declines.
"We now have only about
34.3 percent of our portfolio in
stocks," McGovern said. Even
during rising markets, he said,
the foundation seldom has more
than 50 percent of its invest-
ments in stocks, preferring a con-
servative investment strategy.
McGovern said he is watch-
ing for signs of recovery from
the recession.
"While the U.S. has econom-
ic issues, other nations have
more," he said, and the United
States still has the world's
strongest economy. "Being in the
U.S. now is like owning the best
house in a lousy neighborhood,"
he said.
NFSC President Bob
Richburg said he was pleased to

be having this conversation.
"Just a few months ago, we
wouldn't have even considered
returning to the equity market,"
he said.
Richburg also offered good
news about student enrollments
at NFSC. "Enrollments have
been up by about 9 percent this
semester and last semester," he
While Florida's major univer-
sities have responded to state
budget cuts by becoming more
exclusive and cutting opportuni-
ties for students to enroll, com-
munity and state colleges have
done the opposite, Richburg said,
by opening their doors to stu-
dents seeking better job opportu-
nities through education. The
most popular courses at NFSC
are in medical fields such as
nursing and medical tLcliin l ,-1*,
and in business. NFSC has been
able to expand enrollment while
keeping costs down, he said, by
relying on high quality part-time
faculty from the local area.

Sound off
Expressing the sentiments
of many residents of
Okaloosa County, since
January this electronic bill-
board in Niceville has dis-
played this message in
support of the Air Force
beddown of the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter at Eglin Air
Force Base.

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida State
College President James
Richburg told the Beacon last
week that despite an ongoing
Florida grand jury investigation,
neither he
nor the col-
lege's board
of trustees
are likely to
face prose- r
cution for
Law viola-
tions result- James Richburg
ing from a meeting with state
Representative Ray Sansom last
year in Tallahassee.
"Outside of the news media,"
said Richburg, "no one has
accused anyone at Northwest
Florida State College of violat-
ing the Sunshine Law."
Although Florida Attorney
General Bill McCollum had
written a letter to the NFSC
trustees saying their meeting
"may have been perceived as
questionable," Richburg said,
that is far from an actual viola-
tion of the law. The trustees sent
a reply to the state attorney, in
which they explained that the
meeting was advertised in
advance, but that it did not
include any decision making or
discussion of actual trustees
business, except for a briefing
from Sansom on pending legis-
lation that might affect the col-
Richburg said he has dis-
cussed the investigation with
Tallahassee attorney Bruce
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regard to the grand jury pro-
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Richburg said, "is that our
response satisfied whatever con-
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Culpepper, reached by phone
Monday, supported Richburg's
"By definition," said
Culpepper, "the Sunshine Law
pertains to meetings in which an
official act occurs, such as vot-
ing, or to discussions that are in
the stream of decision making."
"I cannot speak for the state
attorney or the grand jury,"
Culpepper said, but he added
that he is not aware of any intent
to prosecute anyone at NFSC
for violating the Sunshine Law.
"There was no public act
during the Tallahassee meeting,"
he said, merely an informal dis-
cussion with Sansom about
potential legislation.
Nevertheless, he said, the
trustees did publish a public
notice prior to the meeting, and
there was never any intent to
make public decisions out of
public view. Holding the meet-
ing at the private University
Club in Tallahassee, he said,
was done to provide a quiet set-
ting where the trustees "would
not be interrupted."
"Any future meetings will
probably be held differently in
the future," Culpepper said, "to
avoid any appearance of a viola-
The grand jury is scheduled
to meet on April 16, said
Culpepper, and after they meet,
"We'll know more from whatev-
er questions they ask." There is,
he said, "no guarantee of the
outcome" of the grand jury's

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The Inquiring Photographer

-Mike Griffith

What is your funniest memory of April Fool's Day?

Niceville Public

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"My friend had to do "I was walking down the
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instead of the dishes." stairs."

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Long may

they roar
By Tula Tisa
I hope the article picturing
the F-35 ("Billboard backs F-
35," March 18) is not against
the "powerful engines" and
workers doing the job of keep-
ing us safe .
We all need to stop and think
each time we hear a fighter air-
craft that maybe someone's
child may be flying it in combat
and could die in it. The smart
people know that we live near
the largest Air Force Base area,
land-wise, in the world, and
with that comes noise. Long
may they roar!
On the other hand why is the
tax collector doing this and not
someone else? Is it to draw
attention away from any trou-
bles that may have been noticed
at the tax command post of the
tax office?

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cutting jet

Joe Cobb
Many local people have been
very critical of the City of
Valparaiso in general and some
Valparaiso residents and city
officials who have expressed
valid concerns over potential
negative impacts on their daily
quality of life and property val-
ues related to noise issues asso-
ciated with the future deploy-
ment of the F-35 aircraft to
Eglin AFB.
I have researched the "Final
Environmental Impact
Statement" (FEIS-Oct. 2008)
and the recent "Record of
Decision" (ROD) regarding
future F-35 deployments; and,
the more I study these official
documents the more concerned
I become.
It is not Valparaiso residents
or Mayor Arnold who have
determined that the expected
computer-modeled day-night
average noise level (DNL) over
most of the city resulting from
planned F-35 operations at

Eglin will be "much greater
thanan y noise levels ever previ-
ously experienced" from Eglin
operations or that much of the
city could be declared "incom-
patible with residential use"
because of expected high DNL
noise levels.
No one in Valparaiso has
called the F-35 a "monster"
because of the noise the Air
Force says it creates-this is a
term the Air Force has used in
describing the F-35 noise.
The Air Force has made all
official technical analyses and
assessments of potential F-35
noise; and, over the next few
years their currently published
noise assessments will have
varying negative impacts on
most residents of Valparaiso
ranging from the significant
likelihood of the value of some
residents' homes and properties
being made "somewhat worth-
less" to many homes and prop-
erties being officially declared
"totally worthless" under U.S.
government rules defining pub-
lic noise hazards.
F-35 noise issues are obvi-
ously a lot more complex and
serious than what is understood
by many who simply tell the
Valparaiso residents to "consid-
er the potential economic harm
to the local area they are caus-
ing" and "stop complaining and
get used to the noise or move
away from Eglin."

I know of no one in
Valparaiso who wants to "kill"
the F-35 deployment to Eglin or
who "does not support" the F-
35. I support all things Air
Force. I served the Air Force for
over 42 years including 20
years on active duty. I worked
in direct support of the F-35
program from the very begin-
But I also understand that
the Valparaiso mayor and city
officials were left with no other
reasonable alternative after the
official statements on F-35
noise issues were published in
the AF (BRAC-2005) FEIS and
ROD documents but to file
legal actions within 60 days of
the ROD to ensure the future
rights of all Valparaiso residents
to insist on legally-binding
negotiations with the Air Force
concerning F-35 noise mitiga-
tion issues.
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been unwilling to seriously dis-
cuss F-35 noise mitigation
issues with, or to respond offi-
cially to questions and sugges-
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object to being thought of as
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our 6,000 plus residents either
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

County mulls legal action

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Attorneys from a Fort
Walton Beach law firm were
scheduled to address
Okaloosa County
Commissioners yesterday
afternoon, after the Beacon's
press deadline, about potential
legal steps the county could
take to counter Valparaiso's
Matt Gaetz, an attorney in
the law firm of Keefe,
Anchors, Gordon and Moyle,
said Monday that the law firm
will recommend that the
county seek injunctive relief
in state courts to keep
Valparaiso from frustrating
efforts to beddown the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin.
Gaetz outlined four legal
arguments for the case:
-First, Valparaiso's 3-0

From page A-1

the Air Force pay attorney's fees
and other costs associated with
the city's efforts to block the bed-
down of the fighter wing. The suit
names Secretary of Defense
Robert M. Gates and Secretary of
the Air Force Michael B.
Donnely, in their official capaci-
ties, as defendants.
The lawsuit asks the court to
prevent the Air Force from carry-
ing out its Record Of Decision
(ROD), in which it declared its
intention to base about 59 F-35s at
Eglin Main Base, next door to
Valparaiso. In an earlier docu-
ment, called the Final
Environmental Impact Statement,
the Air Force had discussed sta-
tioning as many as 107 F-35s at
"Regardless of the number of
JSF aircraft, be it 59 or 107," said
the city's complaint to the court,
"it is the beddown at Eglin Main
Base, without consideration of
any other alternative beddown
location, that is perhaps the great-
est failing of the USAF in
employing the NEPA process."
The city acknowledges that the
Air Force's ROD "places tempo-
rary limitations on JSF flight
training operations to purportedly
minimize noise impacts" on
Valparaiso, but "the ROD admits
that these temporary limitations
are not practical for long-term use

vote Feb. 17 to go-ahead with
the lawsuit against the Air
Force decision to beddown 59
F-35s at Eglin was "purposely
held" at a time and date when
two city commissioners
opposed to the lawsuit were
unlikely to be in attendance.
-Second, testimony will
be presented that Valparaiso
officials violated the Florida
Sunshine Law with regard to
the lawsuit against the Air
-Third, Chapter 166 of
Florida statutes requires that
municipalities are required to
consider the economic impact
of any action before that
action is taken.
-Finally, Valparaiso
failed to respond to a public
records request that the law
firm filed in the name of a
Valparaiso resident last

and will be canceled or modified
in the future in order to support
the operation of 59 JSF aircraft at
Eglin Main Base."
"These temporary limitations
are not, in fact, very limiting and
will not address the noise impacts,
predicted by the USAF, to the
The city contends that the Air
Force's own documents predict
"prohibitive, devastating noise
impacts on Valparaiso, and the
city's properties, employees and
The complaint further asserts
that the Air Force has
"stonewalled" the city's Freedom
of Information Act requests for
more information about the likely
noise and other effects of the
planned deployment, resulting in
an earlier lawsuit filed by the city
to obtain the information. That
suit is still pending, said the most
recent complaint.
The city accuses the Air Force
of failing to adequately consider
or study alternative approaches to
deploying the fighter wing, such
as "adjusting the runways, adjust-
ing the flight paths, constructing a
new airfield, or bedding down the
JSF at either Duke Field or
Choctaw Field, two other airfields
that already exist on Eglin Air
Force Base, or at any of the other
airfields within the 724 square
miles of Eglin Air Force Base."
The complaint says that the Air
Force has predicted that once the
fighter training wing becomes
operational, the number of flights
to and from the base will be about
four times the number flown now.
The Air Force has predicted that
the F-35 is about twice as loud as
the F-15 fighters it is slated to
replace at Eglin.
The city cited Air Force docu-
ments saying that the proposed
fighter operations will expose the
entire city, including Valparaiso
Elementary School, Lewis Middle
School, and assorted local church-
es and day care centers, to
unhealthy noise levels. Most of
the city will be exposed to levels
above 65 decibels, said the city,
and many homes, as well as
Valparaiso Elementary School,
will be exposed to levels above 75
decibels, with some areas experi-

month. So far the public
records request for five years'
worth of city records related
to the F-35 has produced a
one-page document, Gaetz
The law firm, which
offered its services for free
last month, will recommend
that the county seek a tempo-
rary injunction against
Valparaiso in state court.
Gaetz explained that although
Valparaiso filed its lawsuit
and request for injunctive
relief in federal court, only the
state court would consider any
alleged violations of Florida's
Sunshine Law or public
records act.
A temporary injunction
would freeze the status quo to
ensure no additional harm is
done as a result of invalid
actions, Gaetz said.

encing noise above 85 decibels.
The Air Force's own studies, as
well as studies by the
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), said the complaint, show
that such high noise levels can
cause health problems, including
"high blood pressure, coronary
disease, ulcers, colitis and
migraine headaches, which have
all been linked to noise and are
possible in areas exposed to ele-
vated noise levels."
The noise issue, coupled with
an increased risk of multi-national
student fighter pilots, flying
newly-developed jets and some-
times carrying live munitions,
crashing in populated areas, and
the likely impact on local proper-
ty values, could potentially
"destroy the city" as a viable enti-
ty, according to Valparaiso's com-
"Valparaiso," the complaint
asserts, "will be devastated and
become a ghost town."
The Air Force has 60 days to
reply to the city's complaint, said
Valparaiso city attorney Doug
Wyckoff. For the city, the next
step will be to follow up its com-
plaint with a motion for a prelim-
inary injunction, which is likely
within the next week or two.
Within about three weeks after
that, said Wyckoff, there will
probably be a hearing on the city's
motion, followed by a long period
of evidence y-.Ill il.-. or "discov-
ery," and preparation by both sides
for an eventual trial. The entire
process leading to a final court
decision could take months or
even years, Wyckoff said, during
which time the Air Force could be
legally prevented from taking
action to beddown the new wing.
However, Wyckoff said, the
city is willing to discuss a settle-
ment with the Air Force. Reaching
such an agreement, he said, "may
depend on the personalities of
people whose identity we don't
even know." What is needed, he
said, "is an objective assessment
in Washington of what the Air
Force has to lose by proceeding
"The city" he said, "is open to
discussing a resolution favorable
to both sides. They know where to
reach us."

Beacon file photo
Many area officials are saddened by the city of Valparaiso's lawsuit against the Air Force seek-
ing an injunction in the beddown of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Suit sparks chagrin

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Area leaders have voiced their
opinions on the city of
Valparaiso's Complaint for
Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
against the United States Air Force
regarding the planned basing of at
least 59 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
at Eglin Air Force Base. The suit
was filed in federal court,
Pensacola Division, Monday.
Niceville Mayor Randall Wise
was rendered almost speechless
and took a few moments to gather
his thoughts when he heard the
news before softly saying, "That's
terrible. We'lljust have to wait and
see what happens. That's all I have
to say about it."
Other area dignitaries echoed
the shock Wise seemed to feel,
including District 5 County
Commissioner James Campbell.
"My only comment is I'm
sorry they feel the way they do,"
said Campbell, "when 95 percent
of the people in this county don't
feel that way. We'll just have to
move forward and see what comes
of this."
District 3 (which includes the
Valparaiso area) Commissioner
Bill Roberts was just as saddened
by the action as Campbell was.
"I'm disappointed," said
Roberts, "and really I've heard a
couple different stories about what
they (Valparaiso) wanted and I
think that tune changed. The rea-
son the Air Force did a second EIS
(Economic Impact Statement)
was because they listened to the
concerns the community had and
wanted to address them. And now
the construction dollars that are
here and already being spent...
well, it's just a heartbreak."
Speaking for Eglin Air Force
Base, Col. Arnie Bunch, vice
commander of the Air Armament
Center, merely said the base was
aware of the suit but could not

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someone will buy the profitable
Niceville store and continue to
operate it.
The Bruno's chain got into
trouble, said Miller, because
"they couldn't refinance their
debt." He said that under normal
circumstances, such debt would
be refinanced fairly easily, but in
the current national debt crisis,
such iiliii.iiill ; became impos-
sible, which may force the
Bruno's and Food World chains

comment on pending litigation.
Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville,
said, "This lawsuit comes at an
ironic moment, just as legislation
that I'm sponsoring to place the
state of Florida in the front lines
to protect the military's mission
from realignment is being consid-
ered by the Senate. So while
we're working in the Senate to
have the state speak with one
voice-the city of Valparaiso is
putting a stick in the eye of the
U.S. Air Force. This suit by the
city makes the job of protecting
Florida's bases much more diffi-
Jim Breitenfeld, Defense
Support Initiative Manager,
Economic Development Council
(EDC), a liaison of sorts between
the Air Force and the EDC, said,
"It's unfortunate that they saw fit
to file suit. There's a due process
in place that allows dialogue to
take place between the Air Force
and the community, and by doing
this I think they've (Valparaiso)
cut off that dialogue with the Air
When Valparaiso's city com-
missioners originally voted Feb.
18 to go ahead with the suit, two
of the five commissioners were
out of town-Lydia Johnson and
Brent Smith. Johnson did not
return a call from the Beacon but
Smith had no qualms about voic-
ing his thoughts.
"I'm saddened by this," he
said. "I've been against it from
the git-go and I'm still against it.
I don't approve of the way it went
down. I think that just reeks of
underhandedness. I could talk on
this for two hours but we'll just
let it go at that."
Like Eglin Air Force Base,
Tricia Brunson, president of the
Chamber of Commerce of
Niceville Valparaiso, had little to
say about the suit. "I think it's an
unfortunate situation," she said.

to shut down.
Bruno's did not respond to a
Beacon request for comment.
Meanwhile, at Bruno's head-
quarters in Birmingham, the
United Food and Commercial
Workers Union, which represents
Bruno's employees, plans to meet
this week with representatives of
prospective buyers of the compa-
ny. A hearing is scheduled for
April 2 on a motion from Bruno's
to decertify the union. In other
news reports, Bruno's spokesper-
sons have been said to express
concern that uncertainty about
the company's relationship with

Valparaiso's nearby neighbor,
Fort Walton Beach Mayor Mike
Anderson, had the most to say.
"I'm very disappointed,"
Anderson said, "and I'm sur-
prised they haven't changed their
mind even a little bit, based on
the large number of people from
their own area who have spoken
out against the suit. It's unfortu-
nate they've chosen to continue
down this line. The Air Force has
tried to work with them."
"This is going to slow down
construction and other projects as
well," continued the mayor. "The
housing privatization issue-not
only is this impacting citizens
around here, but the military
itself will be affected. There are
other aspects that haven't come
out. There are parts of Crestview,
Destin and Niceville that have to
put up with noise from aircraft,
but they're still going forward
with their lives. These other com-
munities have said they're willing
to work with the Air Force. And
the last thing is, if the city of Fort
Walton Beach had a very signifi-
cant decision coming up, we'd
make sure all the councilmen
were there. There's something
that just doesn't seem right about
that approach."
Valparaiso and Niceville have
been called the Twin Cities for
some time. And, like human
twins, they have often acted side-
by-side. But now the twins may
have come to a disagreement, as
evidenced by Niceville City
Manger Lannie Corbin's reac-
"It's a sad day for this area,"
Corbin said. "As much as Eglin
has meant to this area-how a
community can sue the Air Force
is an amazing thought. It's just
terrible when you can't work
things out with the Air Force. I
really didn't think they'd go
through with it."

the union may be deterring some
potential buyers.
According to a statement
released Monday by Bruno's,
"Bruno's has no current plans to
close stores beyond the 10 stores
whose closings have already been
announced and were approved by
the bankruptcy court. However,
because other Bruno's stores will
close if they are not sold, to com-
ply with federal law, Bruno's has
notified its employees of the pos-
sibility of store closings. Bruno's
is actively involved in efforts to
sell its stores and preserve its
employees' jobs."

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affordability laws-with Florida
following suit in 2008, when
Senate President Jeff Atwater,
District 25, sponsored the
Textbook Affordability Act.
"I sponsored this bill because
the costs of textbooks is impact-
ing a student or family's ability
to afford a post secondary educa-
tion," said Atwater. "The policies
outlined in the bill ensure that
students are able to find the best
prices for the textbooks they
need. Access to affordable mate-
rials should not be an obstacle to
higher learning." According to
the bill and the U.S. Government
Accountability Office, the price
of college textbooks has
increased at twice the rate of
inflation in the last two decades.
A new rule handed down by
the State Board of Education in
Tallahassee to institutions within
the Florida College System and
the application, by NFSC, of the
Textbook Affordability Rule on
Feb. 25 signifies that all text-
books must be adopted no later
than 45 days prior to the first day
of classes and then posted on a
college's Web site no later than
30 days prior to the first day of
class. This allows students to
search for required texts, should
they decide to purchase a book
from a source other than the
school's bookstore, which often

From page A-1

lion gallons and a maximum
monthly limit of 135.2 million
The city is requesting a
daily average usage of 3.3 mil-
lion gallons, with maximum
day and month limits of 6.2
million and 142 million,
According to Fran Flores of
the Water Management
District, the request will go
through "different levels of the
staff up to the deputy director,
then to the governing board for
final approval."
Flores, the research assis-
tant, is first to review the
request, he said. He said the
typical review period is about
90 days, which would result in

charges a higher price. It also
gives universities and college
bookstores more time to locate
and offer used books for sale.
According to a 2005 study by
the State Public Interest
(PIRG), the
average stu-
dent will
spend E
"nearly half
of the a
tuition and
fees of two-
year public
colleges Sarah Crow
purchasing textbooks, and a fifth
of the amount that in-state stu-
dents would pay for tuition and
fees at four-year public col-
leges." At NFSC, based on 2009
spring prices, a student can
expect to pay an average of
$593.85 (without sales tax) per
semester on books, said Gwen
Street, director Auxiliary
Services at the college. For used
books, a student will pay 25 per-
cent less, she said.
Sarah Crow, a 22-year-old
student studying biology at
NFSC said, "In simplest terms,
you can pay $70 for a new book
at the bookstore, you can get it
used for $67 or you can go
online and get it for $40.
Sometimes, that's not the case,
but overall, textbook prices are
much higher than they should

a decision in early April.
The current permit expires
May 1. The new permit will be
good until 2014.
While the request is made
on behalf of the city, it's the
result of research performed
by Polyengineering of
"Primarily, it's based on
population projections," said
Michael Evans of
Polyengineering. "We had
done a required report back in
2004 and it was a detailed
analysis of population through
2020. Those projections have
held pretty true. I think the
2008 population projection
was within just a few of the
actual population of the time,
so we decided to continue to
use that projection."
The 2008 population pro-
jection, made in 2004, was

The Textbook Affordability
law requires course instructors to
use all materials ordered, "par-
ticularly each individual item
sold as part of a bundled pack-
age." According to the PIRG
study, many textbooks are pack-
aged (bundled) with non-
required materials, such as CD-
ROMS and study guides.
"All instructors at the col-
lege," said Street, "have always
made a conscious effort to make
sure they use all the pieces in a
bundle, though we sell very few
bundled packages at the book-
Ted Barker, a psychology
instructor at NFSC, takes it a
step further. Those at the college
who teach psychology "don't
require supplements or study
guides," he said. "We only ask
the student to purchase the
At the NFSC bookstore,
books range from less than $50
to more than $100.
"Thirty-eight percent of the
books are more than $100," said
Street. "Thirty-five percent of
the bookstore's books are less
than $50."
Joyce Goldstein, associate
dean for Communications and
Social Sciences at NFSC, one of
the departments that requires a
text of $122.70 (a psychology
tome), agrees that textbooks are
"definitely too expensive." In
light of the exorbitant prices, her
department, she said, does all it

18,467. The 2009 projection is
18,777. The numbers were
reached, Evans said, by taking
the most current census data
and multiplying the number of
people by the number of
meters within the city. Then
the engineers examine water
use over time and try to break
it down to a specific number of
gallons per person per day.
"We realize things have
slowed down a little bit, but
they were pretty close and we
thought it would be an accu-
rate prediction of the future,"
Evans said.
When making the request
for water consumption, Evans
said, "We'll take our best esti-
mate and try to be somewhat
conservative. We'll request an
amount that's reasonable, but
typically a little higher than we
think we'll hit. We don't want

can to assure students aren't pay-
ing more than necessary, includ-
ing a thorough examination of
new edition texts.
"Instructors get together and
go through the book, trying to
discern what the differences are
between new editions and a pre-
vious one," she said. "In one
book, (psychology instructor)
Ted Barker found only 10 sen-
tences that were different in the
entire book." In that case, Barker
explained, the college terminat-
ed its contract with the publisher.
"Instructors who teach the
same course use the same book,"
continued Goldstein. "We try not
to use bundled books because
students can't get resale back on
workbooks. We also try to use
custom books because they are
less expensive for students. If we
have a publisher's representative
who doesn't get back with us on
questions we may have, then we
usually don't go with their book
because we're not comfortable
with what we may be getting."
A custom book is one printed
specifically for a certain college
or university and might contain
bits of information taken from
several texts, because no books
offered by a publisher include
what the college considers nec-
essary material. Custom books,
said Street, are cheaper because
the publisher can sell those
books only to the requesting
Barker added, "If we look at

to go over."
Indeed, Flores said the
amounts requested are "a little
higher than the population pro-
jections. The staff is more than
likely going to recommend an
amount closer to the projec-
Evans said that's not unusu-
"Typically, they reject first
number and come back with a
lower volume," he said. If we
can explain our rationale, we
can usually come to some
agreement that everybody can
live with."
Flores said the application
will probably go to the govern-
ing board, which will meet at
the end of April. He said if the
permit is not approved by May
1, allowable consumption will
continue temporarily accord-
ing to the current permit.

two textbooks where the infor-
mation is virtually similar then
we'll go with the cheaper book."
Despite the institution's best
efforts for reducing costs to stu-
dents, there are times, said Jill
White, senior vice president of
Instructional Services at NWF
State College, that publishers
print new editions with updated,
substantive changes that the col-
lege wants but can't be pur-
chased anywhere else than from
the publisher. "Then we're at the
mercy of the publisher," she said.
However, the college's policy
states that, when possible, no
new editions will be purchased
more frequently than every three
or four years.
"I've never heard of any pub-
lishers that put out new editions
annually or more frequently than
every three years," said Street.
According to information
provided by the Association of
American Publishers (AAP), the
national trade association of the
U.S. book publishing industry,
publishers' revision cycles have
averaged four years between edi-
tions for the last decade.
"Many factors affect a text-
book's price," said Susan Aspey,
a representative of Pearson
Education, a publisher of educa-
tional materials, based in New
Jersey. lk .ii. u. a textbook's
cover is years of exhaustive
research, precise thought, and
contributions from dozens of
individuals," Aspey said.

The college has what Street
called "a very active Buy-Back
program" in which students are
offered, three times a year, the
opportunity to turn in textbooks
and receive a portion of the pur-
chase price back.
"We return to the student 50
percent of what the book would
cost new," Street said. We don't
even care if there's notes written
in the margins or portions high-
lighted. We just ask the book not
be ragged or have pages miss-
Though the Textbook
Affordability Act is new for
Florida, its principles have been
in place at NFSC for some time,
said White.
However, Street added, the
30-day posting is new for the
"Criteria and procedures have
been in place for a very long
time," White said. "Every educa-
tor realizes textbooks are a bur-
den to students-we know that
here. We provide loans, and in
some cases students can borrow
books from the Women's
Resource Center and we try to
minimize the cost by ensuring
we have used books available."
Added Barker, "I'm glad the
new rule came down. Textbooks
are a business like everything
else; lot of times new editions
aren't necessary. I hope this new
rule will produce better quality
books and lessen the cost for the


From page A-1
those employees received bonuses
of $15,000 each, while a seventh
received $12,000. The remainder
of the employee bonuses that year
fell in the range of $2,000 to
$5,000 each.
In FY 2005, there were 23 tax
employees who received bonuses
from Hughes, for a total of
$170,895. Among the 23 employ-
ee bonuses that year, six employ-
ees received $15,000 each, one
was given $13,000 and two
employees received bonuses of
$10,000 each. The rest of the
bonuses in FY 2005 fell between
$895 and $8,500, according to
information provided by Hughes.
Five tax office employees, or
former employees, received
$15,000 bonuses in both 2004 and
2005, according to Hughes'
records. Two of those five employ-
ees also received $15,000 bonuses
in 2006, 2007 and 2008, meaning
they received $75,000 in job per-
formance bonuses during the five-
year period 2004-2008. Another
top employee received four annu-
al bonuses of $15,000, plus a fifth
bonus of $22,500 in FY 2007, for
a total of $82,500 over the same
five-year period.
Hughes handed out employee
bonuses totaling more than $1
million during the five-year period
-$174,897 in FY 2004.
-$170,895 in FY 2005.
-$360,000 in FY 2006.
-$159,500 in FY 2007.
-$173,000 in FY 2008.

The 2004 and 2005 bonus lists
were provided in response to a
Beacon request for employee
bonus records for the years 1992-
2005. Hughes had previously pro-
vided information on employee
bonuses given in fiscal years 2006,
2007 and 2008.
Hughes announced March
19-eight days after his practice
of discretionary bonuses was
reported by the Bay Beacon-that
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-
stituents can be confident that we
are succeeding in what we were
elected to do," Hughes said.
In an e-mail to the Beacon
March 26, Hughes pointed out
that the Florida Department of
State requires payroll records to be
retained for only five years,
"therefore we cannot provide to
you records before fiscal year
Hughes was first elected
Okaloosa County Tax Collector in
late 1992 and therefore he stated
he was not in charge of bonuses
that fiscal year.
Hughes also said the practice
of the Okaloosa County Tax
Collector handing out job per-
formance bonuses is not new.
"I have been told that extra
compensation has been allocated
in the OCTC at some time or
another for the past three adminis-
trations," he stated in an e-mail

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A coastal jewel, Rte. 399, reopens

Closed by Ivan and Katrina, road provides direct route to Santa Rosa Island

closed several
hurricanes Ivan
reopened on

The paved coastal road
accesses Gulf Islands National
Seashore between Navarre and
eastern Pensacola Beach.
Regarded as one of the most
beautiful beach drives in the
country, Gulf and sound waters
lie within 800 feet of either side
of portions of this coastal
asphalt ribbon.
"Because of the road's
design, the speed limit is low-
ered to 35 mph and it will be
enforced," Nina Kelson, deputy
superintendent for the Gulf
Islands National Seashore,
said. Parking is at satellite
parking lots and the service
area with restrooms and picnic
tables at Opal Beach is still
under construction. Visitors
should be prepared to use
portable toilets available in
designated areas.
"We are very excited. This
has been a long time coming,"
Kelson said. "This will allow
people back into the park and
provide a connection to the
The 10-mile stretch of Rte.
399 passing through Gulf
Islands National Seashore is
named the J. Earle Bowden
Way. A former editor of the
Pensacola News Journal and
preservationist, Bowden spent
years lobbying for the creation
of the Gulf Islands National
Seashore. Now familiar with
the road's background, it's time
to make your way down the
For a splendid day trip,
cross Navarre Bridge at Hwy.
98 and treat yourself to Navarre
Beach, "Florida's best-kept
secret." Public access to the
beach is left of the bridge.
Pavilions with facilities dot the
huge parking lot, which quick-
ly fills on weekends.
Seashell hunters should be
pleased as they trek east along
the shoreline. Mother Nature
will have you work for her
treasures, but to the victor go
the spoils. The tides seem to
dump many shells along this
part of Santa Rosa Island. Note
the contrast between the pow-
dered sugar sand and the aban-
doned military buildings in the
distance. The scene makes an
interesting statement about
times long forgotten.
Anglers and tourists share
this stretch of shoreline. Louis
Zem and Jerry Jones fish early
weekday mornings. The men
are construction workers in
Fort Walton Beach who have
been without jobs for quite a
"I could stay at home and
stress out, or (I could) fish and
maybe bring dinner home,"
said Jones.
Jones' perspective is a strik-
ing contrast to that of vacation-
ers Alicia and Bonnie Greene
of Indiana, who were out
searching the shore for sou-
venirs. "We came down from
the North to get out of the
snow," said Alicia. No matter
their circumstances, everyone
on the beach was smiling and
enjoying the sunny days.
After visiting Navarre
Beach, drive west along Gulf
Boulevard. Be certain to gas up
and bring provisions with you

before heading out-there is
little to nothing available on
this side of the bridge until you
get to Pensacola Beach. Houses
and cleared lots, available for
sale, line the road until you get
to the newly erected sign for
Gulf Islands National
It's possible to bike, hike
and drive along the highway.
Pullouts for parking are situat-
ed every couple of miles. Sand
blows across the road, but trac-
tors outfitted with sand brushes
sweep lots clear. Signs warn of
soft shoulders and no roadside
parking. Wooden slat fences
and the white sand resemble
snowy roads out on the high
plains in western states.
Sand dunes and sea oats dot
the highway as it snakes along
the narrow strip of land. Pieces
of twisted asphalt rubble pro-
vide an eerie glimpse at the
results of a hurricane's power.
The road is about as close to
"beach" driving as an average
motorist can enjoy without
destroying his wheel bearings
and axles.
"It's just great to be out
here," said Navarre resident
and cyclist Mike Harrington.
Harrington retired from the
active duty Air Force in
November and was on hand
when the road first opened.
"The road was crowded on the
weekend and looked packed,"
he said. "Every parking spot
along the beach was full."
The Opal Beach area marks
the midpoint of this stretch of
Gulf Islands National Seashore
and is still being reconstructed
(Hurricane Opal washed away
this stretch of beach in 1995).
The two-lane section of Rte.
399 between Navarre Beach
and Opal Beach opened in May
2008. A number of things,
including efforts to protect the
nesting grounds of shorebirds
and sea turtles, delayed the
remainder of the road leading
to Pensacola Beach.
Once arriving in Pensacola
Beach, the serenity of the
National Seashore is well
behind travelers. The upside to
civilization is the abundance of
gas stations, souvenir stores
and plenty of dining options
from which to choose.
Heading back east on Hwy.
98, you'll find one of several
visitor centers in the Gulf
Island National Seashore park.
Stopping here is certainly
worthwhile as park rangers
offer a wealth of information
and regional maps for further
exploration of the western part
of the park, including Fort
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Rte. 399/Gulf islands National Seashore

Getting there: From Brooks Bridge, which connects Fort
Walton Beach with Okaloosa Island, travel west along Hwy.
98 for about 16 miles.Turn left at Navarre Beach Causeway.
The causeway is 1.4 miles long. For Navarre Beach, turn left
at the end of the causeway. For Rte. 399, the causeway
turns right and becomes SR 399. It is about 17 miles from
the causeway to the junction of Pensacola Beach
BoulevardNia de Luna Drive and Fort Pickens Road.
Without stops or traffic, plan a minimum of two hours for
the 70-mile round trip.
Hours of operation: Santa Rosa area (day use only) 8
Accessibility: All visitor centers, pavilions, and auditoriums
are accessible.
Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center-Florida: Located in Gulf
Breeze just off the south side of Hwy. 98, the 1,378-acre
woodland area is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas)
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sections of the multi-use path at Naval Live Oaks are
wheelchair accessible.
For more information, call (850) 934-2600 or visit nps.gov.
Entrance fees: There is no toll charged to access the Gulf
Islands National Seashore using the Navarre Beach Bridge
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The answer to this question
Has more to do with your individual body chemistry than what
particular diet works best. In fact, there isn't one diet perfect for
every Body. Our individual heritage and genetic makeup predis-
pose us to what foods are best for our body's needs.
In my basic nutrition plan, I discuss three things that
need to be changed in everyone's diet regardless of your her-
itage or genetic composition. These three essential changes are:
the type of fats you are eating as well as ingesting more of them,
switching from grain-fed to grass-fed meats and eliminating
processed carbohydrates. As these three changes transcend all
cultures, how much fat, protein and carbohydrates someone can
process largely depends on where your ancestors are from. For
example, northern descents seem to favor diets high in protein
and good fats; whereas individuals from equatorial regions,
which are warmer climates, seem to thrive on higher amounts of
unprocessed carbohydrates including fruits, vegetables and
whole grains.
This explains why some people lose weight on a vege-
tarian diet, Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, etc.
and others are left wondering why the diet they chose didn't work
for them. Chances are, that diet wasn't metabolically correct for
their body chemistry.


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overlooked is hormone levels. The
one most noteworthy for weight loss is
a leptin. Leptin is a hormone in your
body that tells your brain to stop eat-
ing, when to burn fat, and regulates
the function of other hormones. If lep-
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efforts, you will not lose weight. Your
brain will not get the message to burn
fat for energy; instead you will contin-
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Dr. Scott Ewing D.C. with this is, you will not use your fat
store for energy (burn fat); you will have
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down muscle tissue, which your body converts to sugar for ener-
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By Dianne Bitzes
Beacon Correspondent
State Road 399 to Santa

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100-plus WWII vets visit memorial

" Will return tonight to well-wishing throng

Beacon photo
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole greets World War II veterans from
Kansas as they visit their memorial in 2008.Former U.S. Sen.
Bob Dole greets World War II veterans from Kansas as they
visit their memorial in 2008.

Residents fixing

sheriff's station

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Some community leaders are
raising funds to restore the
Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office
(OCSO) substation on State Road
20 near the entrance to Magnolia
Plantation in Bluewater Bay.
The small substation formerly
provided a local workspace for
deputies working in the OCSO's
"east district," which extends
along SR 20 from East Niceville
to the Walton County line. But for
several months, the substation has
been closed because of deteriora-
tion from weather and other caus-
Now, some local leaders are
gathering funds to repair the sub-
station and to arrange for its
future maintenance.
Raimund Herden, who was
one of the original developers of
Bluewater Bay, and who original-
ly donated the substation structure

to the OCSO, told the Beacon, "I
gave that little building to the
Sheriffs Office in perfect condi-
tion, but they
never bud-
geted money
for maintain-
ing it."
As a
result, he
said, the sub-
station grad-
ually deterio-
rated, devel-
Raimund oping roof
Herden leaks and
other problems, until it became
unusable. Now, however, Herden
and other local leaders are restor-
ing the building, and have
arranged for its future upkeep.
Herden estimated that it will cost
about $25,000 to fully restore the
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More than 100 World War II
veterans, including several from
the Twin Cities area, are sched-
uled to make the fourth Honor
Flight from Okaloosa County to
Washington, D.C., today, April
1, to see the World War II
The memorial was opened
April 24, 2004, honoring the
416,800 American service mem-
bers who died in the war.
"It's really a public event
when they return," said Greg
Donovan, airport director.
"We're asking the public to
come out as early as 5 p.m.
There will be free parking at the
airport. When the plane arrives,
we'll have a water cannon salute

and we're working on some fire-
works. It will be a very festive
Donovan said airport
employees will pass out flags
and "other goodies" and bands
will be on hand.
"There won't be a dry eye in
the house," he said. "Our VIPs
will walk down the middle. Our
goal is to have 1,000 people
The veterans will also visit
the Korean and Vietnam war
"We actually had some who
started in World War II and got
called back for Korea and fin-
ished up with Vietnam," said
Tom Rice, a member of the
Emerald Coast Honor Flight
board of directors.

One such person was Lester
Rowley, 87, of Valparaiso, who
joined the
Flight in
entered the
Army on
Jan. 17,
1942, and
retired in
Lester Rowley 1965 as a
technical sergeant, followed by
10 years reserve time. In those
23 years of active duty, Rowley
served as a turret gunner in
WWII, then performed radio
maintenance in Korea and fight-
er control in Vietnam. Originally
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Marsha Thomas received
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From page B-1
Sheriffs Office spokeswoman
Michelle Nicholson told the
Beacon that the OCSO actually
did budget some money for main-
taining the substation, but appar-
ently not enough to prevent it from
gradually deteriorating.
Jane Rainwater, president of
the Magnolia Plantation home-
owners association, told the
Beacon, "Our board of directors is
in 100 percent agreement on this."

She said the Magnolia association,
in cooperation with Herden, has
established a special bank account
for contributions from anyone
willing to help restore the substa-
Contributors can visit Coastal
Bank and Trust in Merchants Walk
to make deposits to the account.
Checks should be written to "Save
the Substation at Bluewater Bay-
Rainwater said her Magnolia
association has already contributed
about $3,000 to the account, and

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On Sunday, April 5, First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville, 214 Partin Dr. S.,
Niceville, will present a Palm
Sunday worship concert at 6
p.m., entitled "YAHWEH."
Held in the church sanctu-
ary, this concert will feature
many styles of music with a
large choir, praise band, orches-
tra, piano, organ and other
instruments. It will include

Services Benefit Unit (MSBU),
said he did not yet know whether
the MSBU will decide to budget
any of its community maintenance
and beautification funds to the sub-
station project, but said the substa-
tion is likely to be discussed at the
next MSBU governing board
meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m.
April 14 at the golf clubhouse on
Bluewater Boulevard.
Rainwater said Frazier
Construction, a local company, has
already begun work on the renova-
tion project, using the money

drama, along with a full com-
plement of audio/visual effects.
"Yahweh" is a collection of
music and other elements com-
piled and produced by Larry
Lord and Andrew Griffin. This
program will help everyone to
see Holy Week and the Easter
season from God's perspective.
"Passion Poured Out" is the
theme of the 2009 Good Friday
service at First United
Methodist Church of Niceville
April 10 at 7 p.m. in the church
sanctuary. Nestled between the
joyful days of Palm Sunday and
Easter are days that, in the last
week of Christ's life, were full
of suffering, grief, and sacri-
fice. We might assume to forget
these days, yet, without them,
we cannot experience the hope
of the resurrection in our lives.
For more information, visit

'Sculpture worship'

coming to Niceville

Sculptor Artist Tracy H.
Sugg will be in Niceville on
Good Friday, April 10, at Rocky
Bayou Baptist Church, 2401
North Partin Drive, along with
guest vocalists Jon and Suzanne
Rushing of Nashville.
Sugg will do a "live" wor-
ship-through-sculpture. Her
philosophy toward art is one of
excellence and humility. Having
honed her craft through
research in Europe, her sculp-
ture has developed a signature

style that combines French
Impressionism and Italian
Drawing from the traditional
music of the church as well as
their own brand of fresh, con-
temporary worship, the
Rushings have refined a style
that will inspire the young and
the young at heart.
The Mighty Cross service
will begin at 7 p.m. Admission
is free. For more information,
call 678-6062.

already contributed and putting
their faith in contributions from the
community to cover their costs. In
addition to structural repairs to the
roof, walls, and other parts of the

$5,050 contributed
The following contributions
toward the sheriff's substation
renovation were received as of
press time:
-Raimund and Margo Herden,
-Jane Rainwater c/o Baywalk
Real Estate, $500



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New Leaf Ministries of
Immanuel Anglican Church,
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin,
will offer "Freedom in Christ:
An Experience of Inner
Healing," on Friday, April 24,
from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
For more information or to
download a brochure and regis-
tration form, go to newleafheal-
Topics covered during the
retreat include: An Introduction
to Inner Healing; Sin and
Forgiveness; The Cross; The
occult; Healing of hurts; the
Holy Spirit and Retaining your
victory: the whole armor of
God. The retreat will include
worship, teaching and personal
testimonies, periods of prayer
and reflection, individual
prayer ministry and opportuni-
ties to respond to the Lord's
direction. Individual appoint-
ments for prayer ministry are
also offered on Saturday from 2
to 4 p.m.
Inner Healing offers min-
istry focusing on the core heart
issues of life, within a caring
and confidential setting. It is

building, she said, the renovation
will also include a new air condi-
tioning system, some electrical
communications system rewiring,
and other work.

-James and Jane Rainwater per-
sonal, $500
-Tim Herndon c/o Carr, Riggs &
Ingram, LLC, $500
-Vicki Dutton, $100
-Edna Keefe, $100
-Jimmy Maturo, $50
-Magnolia Plantation HOA,
-Gregory and Judy Brown, $50

valuable for anyone who
desires to deepen his relation-
ship with God and is especially
helpful for those walking
through one of life's valleys or
struggling with hurts and issues
from the past. Inner Healing
relies on the truths of God's
word, the power of the Holy
Spirit and the sufficiency of
Jesus to redeem, heal and
empower individuals for further
growth as his disciples.
There is no charge for the
retreat, but those wishing to
attend should register by April
15 by calling the Immanuel
Church office at 837-6324.
Child care is provided and
lunch is offered on Saturday for
a small fee.

LDS sets


of group

In lieu of regular meetings in
the Fort Walton Beach Stake,
which includes the Niceville
Ward, the following schedule
will be observed for the 180th
General Conference:
Saturday, April 4: Broadcast
times 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.
Priesthood broadcast, 7-9
Sunday, April 5:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Potluck lunch between ses-
sions in Fort Walton Beach.
Final broadcast: 3-5 p.m.



Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m. Christian Education (Pre-K through Adult)
Wednesday of Lent 0
Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m. Chapel

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A community of believers who are joined together by a sA7heet,
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christian j i
Sunday MorniR4g. ,,8
9:15 a.m. Bible Sthdy:
10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship

Dr. Haywood Day, Pastor www.bluewaterbaptist.org
Located just past BW Elementary 4580 Range Road

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool
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Procession of Palms
Ve a j , Zat Niceville 678-1298
8:00 9:10 (Praise) 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School 10:10 a.m.

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
E1 Serving...all"
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
pjt[n I ~9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
IiMorning Celebration 6:00 p.m.

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

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Pastor & Mrs.

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

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info@baybeacon.com, along with church name, address,
contact number/email.


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Isabel Pogozelski
The supplied identification
of Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary
Club heroes misidentified one
of the people in the picture.
Isabel Pogozelski stood in for
her husband, Christopher, who
was named Niceville Firefighter
of the Year. Not attending was
Pat D'Aquila.

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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Upcoming blood drives
April 1, Wednesday: Hurlburt
Medical Group, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
April 2,
Thursday: Fort
Walton Medical
Center, 9 a.m.-5
April 5,
Sunday: First United Methodist

Church, 599 Eighth St., Crestview, 8
a.m.-l1 p.m.
Artists sought
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida is seeking artists,
artisans and traditional craftspeople
for its 33rd annu-
al Saturday in the
Park Festival,
planned for
Saturday, April
25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Vendors should contact the muse-
um at 678-2615 for additional infor-
mation or an application.
Applications are also available at her-
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 city-

ofniceville.org. Info: Jim Baughman
at 729-4062 or jbaugh
Airport art exhibit
Florida State University is lend-
ing artwork from its best and bright-
est art students to display at the
Northwest Florida Regional Airport.
There is a mixture of paintings, 3-D
art, photography and more in this
collection. FSU student art is dis-
played in the lobby area of the air-
Info: 651-7160.
Hospice Easter baskets
People's National Bank and
Emerald Coast Hospice are working
together to make Easter baskets for
hospice patients. Donations of bath
care items (soaps, lotions, powders,
shampoos, etc.), Easter candy,
stuffed animals and baskets will be
accepted at the bank at 1020 E. John
Sims Parkway, until April 1.

AAUW seeks books
The Niceville-Valparaiso Branch
of the American Association of
University Women (AAUW) is seek-
ing donations of used books for its
annual sale. Funds raised will be
used to support
1 the AAUW
Foundation and
local scholar-
E l ships. The sale
will be held on Saturday, April 25, 8
a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of
Peoples National Bank on John Sims
Parkway, Niceville. For pickup of
donations, call 678-2900 or
Nominations sought
The Okaloosa County
Commission on the Status of Women
(OCCSW) is taking nominations for
the Women's Wall of Honor. The
nominations are due April 15. Each

year, the OCCSW honors special
women in the county who have con-
tributed to the well-being of children,
families and the citizens of our com-
munity with a special ceremony each
May. The honorees' names are
placed on a plaque located in the
library at the Fort Walton Beach cam-
pus of the University of West Florida
with a nearby book containing a
biographical 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 donation to the
OCCSW should be submitted 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.
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From page B-3
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:
April 1-7:
Wednesday, April 1: Wii Games,
9:30 a.m.; exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 2: Sing-along
with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 3: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 6: Trivia, 9:30

Tuesday, April 7: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Senior Center programs are for
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Van Porter award. The annual
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County. The students are judged
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entitled "What art means to me?"


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50th anniversary celebration. Alumni were
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earns $4K

for charity
Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
Valparaiso held its 19th annual
Silent Charity Auction in con-
junction with its pancake break-
fast at the Niceville High School
cafeteria March 7. More than
$4,000 was raised to support
community programs like
Children in Crisis and the
Niceville High School Key Club.
Nearly 70 sponsors donated
more than 130 items for the auc-
tion with a retail value of
$12,000. The vacation getaway
and golf packages were again a
favorite but many new items
such as show tickets were
offered this year, along with cash
value gift cards.
"Due to economic conditions
we certainly saw a downturn in
the value of donations this year,"
said auction chairman Tim
Parsons, "but the community
gave more individual items this
year than last year." Judy
Boudreaux collected more than
$2,175 worth of items, which
brought in more than $1,050 to
help Kiwanis fund area and
other important humanitarian



MEMORIAL becau e
MEMORIALwe're get-
From page B-1 ting up in
a member of the Army Air age," he
Corps, he moved to the Air said.
Force when the service was Rice said
established in 1947. 1,200 WWII
Honor Flights don't cost the veterans die
taxpayer a cent. every day.
"Nothing is provided by the "We've
taxpayers," Rice said. Erling Salvesen lost several
"Everything is funded privately. from the
We raise the money from checks flight we took in October," he
for $5 to $25,000. It's all private- said. "We're in a hell-bent rush to
ly raised money. We pay for the make this happen."
buses, the flight and the lanyards The area covered by Emerald
that identify them." Coast Honor Flight-Escambia,
Rowley said the veterans Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton,
were given special shirts and Washington and Holmes coun-
hats. "First, we went to the ties-includes about 7,000
WWII Memorial. Congressman World War II veterans, Rice said.
(Jeff) Miller met us there. Honor Flights were the brain-
Apparently, he had his whole child of Earl Morse, a retired Air
staff there." Miller stayed with Force captain. He recruited vol-
the group the whole time they unteers, set up a board and, in
were in Washington, he said. May 2005, six small planes flew
"It will help people remember 12 happy veterans from
there was such a thing and what Springfield, Ohio, to Manassas,
we did," Rowley said. "To me, Va., just outside of Washington,
the most impressive (memorial) D.C. Vans then transported the
was the Korean War. I didn't pilots and veterans into D.C. and
even know about it. It was very to the World War II Memorial.
impressive to me." By the end of 2009, the
Erling Salvesen, 86, of national organization founded by
Valparaiso, a veteran of the Morse estimates that 42,165 vet-
Office of Strategic Services, said, erans will have visited their
the trip comes not a moment too memorial.
soon. David Flynn, 82, of
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Five generations of our family posed for a family photo.
The fifth generation is baby Haiyley Barrett, held by fourth-
generation mom Ashley Barrett. Third-generation grand-
mother, Julie Losey of Washington, stands next to sec-
ond-generation great-grandmother Sandy Losey, Niceville,
and first-generation great-great grandmother (center) is
Mary Waters of Owosso, Mich. Baby Haiyley's daddy, Mark
Barrett, is now deployed from Eglin and will return in
August, after which the new family heads to Germany.


Navy at age 17 in 1944.
"I never went overseas," he
Flynn is
excited about
the upcoming
trip, but mod-
est nonethe-
"I always
wanted to go
up there, but
c i r c u m -
stances said David Flynn
no," he said.
"This is a great opportunity."
The veterans are as different
as they could be. Rowley was a
soldier-turned-airman who had a
role in three wars. Flynn was a
sailor who had a stateside role in
World War II. And Salvesen,
who immigrated to the United
States from Norway as a child,
joined the Army in 1943 and left
it in 1945, was dropped behind
the lines in France during the
invasion of Europe with a group
of Norwegians as part of an OSS
mission. The OSS was the pre-
cursor to the CIA.
Everyone involved in past
Honor Flights say they can be
exhausting but exhilarating as
Rowley's advice to those
making the trip in April?
"Be prepared for a long day,"
he said.

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RBCS@ Rutherford
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baseball, doubleheader,
3:30, 6
NHS@S. Walton, fresh-
man baseball, 4 p.m.
April 1-3
NHS Kentucky Week,
baseball, TBD
Tuesday-Saturday, April 2-4
NHS@Kissimmee Classic,
softball, TBD
NHSo Patriot Invitational
(Pace), Track, 9 a.m.
Friday/Saturday, April 3-4
NHS@ Mobile Meet of
Champions, Mobile, Ala.,

track, TBD
Monday, April 6
Central@ RBCS softball, 4
RBCS@Freeport, JV
baseball, 3:30 p.m.
RBCS@Arnold, weightlift-
ing, 5 p.m.
NHS@ Rutherford, fresh-
man baseball, 5 p.m.
NHS@Crestview, tennis,
2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7
St. Mary@Lewis, golf, 3
Richbourg@Ruckel, golf, 3
RBCS@W. Florida Tech,
softball, 4:30 p.m.
NHS@ FWB softball, JV 4
p.m.; varsity 6 p.m
NHS@Choctaw, JV tennis,
2 p.m.



to victory
Ruckel runners continue to
dominate both boys and
girls track teams. at a meet
held by Destin Middle
School with Ruckel and
Davidson Wednesday,
March 25, Kaitlyn Brown
receives the baton from
Rachel Shelikoff, below, as
the Ruckel girls 4x100 relay
adds another first-place fin-
ish to Ruckel's win list. At
right, JP Talty races to the
finish in the 1600 Meter
race. Ruckel won the meet,
with 66 points to Destin's 31
and Davidson's 18.
Photo by DARECS Inc.

E-mail items to

Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf
Association held a T and F's
Tournament March 18. First
Right: 1st, Margot Herden, net
37.5; 2nd, Gerry Hagen, net 46.
Second Flight: 1st, Ardie
Lawrence, net 36.5; 2nd, Lilli
Keller, net 36.5; 3rd, Kathy
Schumacher, net 37.5. Third
Right: 1st, Betty Bahl, net 39;
2nd, Rhoda Krueger, net 39; 3rd,
Helen Hooper, net 43.5. Ties bro-
ken by march of cards. Putts: 1st,
Kathy Schumacher, 31; 2nd,
Ardie Lawrence, 34. Chip In:

From page B-1
Scholarship to Lilly Infinger
from Niceville. Infinger
received the $1,000 scholarship
from Chick-fil-A restaurant at
Destin. Infinger is the 15th team
member from that location to
receive the honor. She is study-
ing business and criminology at
Northwest Florida State

Kathy Schumacher, Marsh #7.
Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association, weekly
play, low net, March 17. First
Right: 1st, Marianne Wendel;
2nd, tie, Marla Armstrong,
Marion Chapman. Second
Right: 1st, Elizabeth Sabo; 2nd,
Sue Belli, 3rd, tie, Marilyn
Reisenwitz, Ann Wittkopp.
Third Flight: 1st, Helen Kirby;
2nd, Lee Steen. Fourth Flight: 1st,
Emily Maheu; 2nd, Sandy
Miller; 3rd, Sarah
Breckenridge; 4th, Barbara
Cilek. Fifth Fight: 1st, Rae
Grimmig. Chip-ins: Hole #6, Lee
Steen; Hole #17, Orean
McCord; Holes #15 and 17,
Emily Maheu.

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Chandler Construction
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Yard Sale, new items,
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The Beacon
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Custom Built home ready to move in with many
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Page B-7

Photo by Scott Schaeffler

Knights win, 7-3
Second baseman Amani Beliveau fields a ground ball as
shortstop Scott Listak backs him up during Rocky Bayou
Christian School's 7-3 victory over South Walton March 24.
The duo also provided plenty of offense, as Beliveau drove in
a run and Listak went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.

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Hurlburt Patriot) have an opening for a career-
minded, full-time person to sell newspaper
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required. Candidates should be upbeat, ener-
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paid vacation. Candidates must be available 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. We will train the
right person. Apply in person at the Beacon,
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* Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5, waterview ................. $260,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 ............... .$265,000
" Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 ............................ $299,999
* Great Custom Build New .............................. $350,000
SSunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course ............. $359,000

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1021 Alderwood Way 2/2 w/1162 sqft in a quiet neighborhood. Generous storage,
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91 Aurora Street 3/2 w/1120 sqft with new carpet, A/C, water heater, large workshop,
sprinkler system and perfect for a young family. $124,900 MLS512541
800 Bay Drive #16 2/2 w/1400 sqft patio home. Serene and peaceful living w/ no
upkeep. New roof and exterior recently painted. $139,900 MLS509518
1000 Bay Drive #530 2/2 w/1304 sqft in shady BWB. Single level patio home with 2
car garage close to beaches, Eglin, and doctors. $178,500 MLS507132
159 Baywind Drive 4/3 w/2767 sqft with balcony overlooking the golf course, island,
screened porch, high ceilings, new carpet & more. $344,500 MLS501985
1698 Crestone Cove 3/2 w/1720 sqft this home has the WOW factor with everything
upgraded, tile and granite, stainless steel & more. $269,900 MLS508265
2767 Edgewater Drive 4/3 w/3602 sqft estate home boasts, 20x40 heated in ground
pool, greenhouse, formal and casual living areas & more. $399,900 MLS479542
4374 CO HWY 83 A West 3/2 w/2040 bay front home with so much to offer, hard-
wood floors, tile, Corian counters, boat lift, & much more. $680,000 MLS498397
4407 Windrush Drive 3/2 w/2937 sqft luxury floor plan in gated neighborhood w/ rich
oak floors, 12 ft ceilings, gourmet kitchen, & overlooks the lake.$495,000 MLS512078


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326 Key Lime Place Crestview MLS#506512 $169,900

4542 Nancy Ward Lane
Fabulous and roomy 5 BR home on large lot in the much sought after Village of
Bolton. Substantial upgrades in 08/09 w/ 2632 sq.ft. $379,900
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* Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D,
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* Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included ...... $ 800
* MV Condo, Waterfront, Furn., 1/1, W/D ......... $1,150


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