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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: April 15, 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: VID00050
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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Thursday. 11:30 a.m.
Check out the state of
the county from County
Commissioner James
Campbell's perspective at La
Rumba Restaurant in the
Oak Creek Shopping
Center. While you're there,
you can order lunch from
the menu.
Call 678-1561 or 865-
Friday, noon
Golfers are
invited to com-
pete in the
Boggy Bayou
Golf Classic, sponsored by
the Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce.
Play will be on the newly
renovated Eagle Course at
Eglin Golf Course. Call 678-
Saturday. 8 a.m.
It's Earth Day weekend
and residents are invited to

help clean up
Rocky Bayou
State Park and
Bluewater Bay. In
addition to a


nice, clean environment,
you'll get fed, watered and
even receive a T shirt.
Call 651-7105 or 651-
Saturday. 2 p.m.
Skate over to the
Niceville Youth Center to



try to win prizes
in the city's April
skate contest.
Entry is $5 to
skate and an
additional $10 to
compete. First,

Visiting F-35 may avoid Valp.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso residents worried about how
noise from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
will affect their homes and lives might not
get a first-hand demonstration next week.
An Air Force F-35 is scheduled to pay
its first visit to its future home at Eglin Air
Force Base beginning April 21. But base

officials says an overflight of Valparaiso
probably would be avoided during the
four-day stopover.
Temporary flight restrictions
announced by the Air Force Feb. 6-in
the initial Record of Decision (ROD) to
base 59 F-35 aircraft at Eglin starting next
March-would restrict the jets from over-
flying Valparaiso when landing or taking

off from the base's main north-south run-
way, except during emergencies.
Eglin announced Monday that an F-35
is scheduled to arrive at Eglin on Tuesday,
April 21, at about 11:30 a.m. News
media are invited to the base for the event.
Representatives of the Air Force and
Lockheed Martin, the warplane's manu-
facturer, will be made available for inter-

views, according to the announcement.
One "local sortie" will be flown by the
visiting jet, currently scheduled for
Wednesday morning, according to Eglin
officials. The Air Force says no noise
tests are planned during the visit, and that
details of the flight are still being worked.
On Thursday, April 23, local
Please see VISITING, page A-8




suit as


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Having sued the Air Force in
federal court March 30 seeking a
temporary injunction to halt bed-
down of the F-35, Valparaiso
won't have long to wait for its
first day in court-but it'll be a
different venue than the one the
city expected.
Related stories, A-2, A-3.
This afternoon Okaloosa
County Circuit Court Judge
Thomas Remington is scheduled
to conduct a hearing on a county
lawsuit seeking an injunction to
stop Valparaiso's federal lawsuit.
The county last week filed a
lawsuit against Valparaiso, nam-
ing Mayor Bruce Arnold and
Commissioners Heyward Strong
and Thomas Miller for allegedly
not following state laws.
Strong called the county suit
"an abuse of power."
The county lawsuit, which
Please see CITY, page A-8

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Call 897-2900.
Saturday. 2 p.m.
Listen to the dulcet tones
of the flute at the free con-
cert, performed by
Northwest Florida State
College's flute ensemble,
"Flutes Furioso," in the
Tyler Recital Hall of the
Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center. If
you miss the concert, you
can catch it Sunday at 2
p.m. in the atrium at the
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Resort, 1001 Mar Walt
Drive, FortWalton Beach.
Call 729-5382.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-6.

Okaloosa schools

act to ban paddling

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County School
Board has given preliminary
approval to abolition
of spanking in public The
The board voted pun
Monday night to hold
a public hearing on in t
the measure. The pro-
posed revision will 144
abolish the practice of
corporal punishment based on
the fact that "there are very few
schools in the nation that use
corporal punishment," said Jerry

Sansom, coordinator of student
services for the Okaloosa
County School District.
The board acted on the rec-

. frequency of corpc
7ishment has decline
he past nine years,
I so far in 2008-09.
commendation of Superintendent
of Schools Alexis Tibbetts. "If
parents want to punish their
child at home by spanking that

is certainly their choice, but as a
school board employee, a princi-
pal and an assistant principal, I
have never supported parents
telling us that we
ral should spank or hit
their children,"
ed Tibbetts said. "We
teach children in
to school that there is
zero tolerance for hit-
ting, yet we're asked
by parents to do that."
Currently, the practice
requires parental permission as
Please see SCHOOLS, page A-8

Niceville man

dies in car crash

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A 23-year-old
Niceville man was
killed early Saturday
in a single-car traffic
crash after he ran a Li
stop sign in the
Seminole area of
Niceville, according
to the Florida Roc
Highway Patrol. F
Roger Daniel
Royster, 23, died at the inter-
section of Range Road and
Hickory Street, Niceville,
according to the FHP.

Royster was
alone and driving a
2001 Lincoln LS
north on Hickory
Street at about 4:31
a.m. Saturday when
he failed to halt for a
stop sign at Range
Road, according to
the FHP.
)aniel Royster's vehicle
ter then crossed Range
Road, crossed the
north shoulder, and entered the
woods, where it struck several
Please see DIES, page A-9

Niceville eyes

trash rate hikes

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville City Council is
considering raising garbage-col-
lection rates.
Special meetings are set for
April 20 and 23 for the second
and third readings of an ordi-
nance granting Waste
Management a 3.5 percent rate
Ordinances are required to be
read publicly three times before
they can become law.
The rate increase would raise
residential collection rates 41
cents per month, from $11.55 to
$11.96 and raise recycling costs 7
cents, from $1.90 to $1.97 per
Commercial establishments

would pay between $1.30 and
$13.89 more each month,
depending on the size of their
dumpsters and the frequency of
The city also charges cus-
tomers for landfill fees, which are
not affected by the proposed ordi-
The collection increase, which
would be retroactive to Jan. 1,
was determined by the change in
the Consumer Price Index from
Oct. 1 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008.
"Our contract with the city
allows for annual adjustment
based on the CPI," said Larry
Jones, government affairs manag-
er for Waste Management.
The CPI is available at the
Please see TRASH, page A-8

A view of nature

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Fresh air, brilliant sun, and warming breezes attracted several local artists, including Terry Johnston, Niceville, aiming to cap-
ture some of the natural beauty of Niceville's spring-fed Turkey Creek last Wednesday.

Three hurt in

5-vehicle pileup
Three people were taken to hospitals
after an 18-wheeler plowed into the
rear of this minivan stopped at a traf-
fic light on John Sims Parkway at
Partin Drive, Niceville, causing a
chain-reaction crash that also dam-
aged three more vehicles April 8. The
driver of the truck, operated by a
Marianna company, was cited for fail-
ure to use due care, Niceville police
reported. The minivan's driver, from
Georgia, was cited for failing to
ensure that an 11-year-old passenger
was wearing a seat belt, according to
police. Both occupants of the mini-
van were taken to hospitals, as was
a passenger of another car.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Valp. seeks F-35

talks with county

Miller says 'deck is stacked'

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso Monday night
asked Okaloosa County to join
the city in seeking to resolve
their differences out of court
under conflict resolution proce-
dure outlined in Florida state
statute instead of continuing
with the county's lawsuit
against the city.
The Okaloosa County
Commission is suing Valparaiso
in an attempt to kill a city law-
suit against the Air Force over
noise issues related to the bed-
down of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter at Eglin Air Force Base.
Several city commissioners are
due in court on the county suit
According to a resolution
unanimously approved by
Valparaiso City Commission
Monday, Chapter 164 of Florida
statutes states local govern-
ments should attempt to resolve
their disputes before instituting
litigation. The statutes also out-
line conflict-resolution proce-
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the county administrator in a
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Dist. 1 Congressman Jeff
Miller attended the meeting for
over an hour but left to attend a
scheduled dinner without saying
a word inside the meeting room.
Outside, Miller told the
Beacon he was in the area and
decided to attend the meeting to
hear what local residents had to
say about Valparaiso's lawsuit
against the Air Force. But the
congressman said the "deck was
stacked" after a handful of resi-
dents spoke without time limit
in favor of the city's position.
Valparaiso resident Terry
Griffin also left the meeting
early, but not by his own choice.
Mayor Bruce Arnold asked
police to escort Griffin outside
after he refused to sit down and
stop talking while another resi-
dent was speaking.
Outside, Griffin, who ran
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Tax protest is set

By Kenneth Books
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economic policies of the Obama
administration and Congress.
The local Tea Party will take
place at noon in front of the
Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin
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The protest is expected to last
at least two hours. Leach said she
is trying to line up keynote speak-
Leach said she expects at least
50 people. Juliana Johnson, the
national media coordinator for the
event, said more than 500,000
people are expected to attend sim-
ilar events all over the country on
April 15.
"I'm going to have signs up
and I'm ordering 100 American
flags to line the street," Leach said.
Niceville City Manager Lannie
Corbin said the city has no prob-
lem with the event taking place at
City Hall and the organizers do
not need a permit to assemble.
Also planned for the same day
are Tea Parties in Crestview, from
4 to 6 p.m., and Fort Walton
Beach, from 4 to 8 p.m.
"I felt just a little desperate, like
I didn't have any control over
what our government was doing to
us," Leach said, stressing that she
does not want the protest to
become a partisan "witch hunt."
"It's a small thing at a grassroots
level that people can do."
The question, of course, is
whether the protests will have any
effect on national policy.
"I would hope that our govern-
ment would take notice," Leach
said. "I don't know if it will
change anything. In my heart, I
really don't think it will change
anything. I think they have an
agenda and they really don't care
what we think."
But that won't stop Leach and
others from demonstrating their
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-
Niceville) said he hopes Leach is
wrong about the response from
Washington, D.C.
"One of our most sacred rights
is the right to peaceably assemble
and petition the government for

redress of our grievances," Gaetz
said. "These tea parties are an
exercise of our sacred right and
ought to be taken seriously by
Gaetz said he pays attention
when even one person tells him of
a problem or concern. "But I think
a message takes on extra weight
when people will band together as
a group and express themselves,"
he said.
Gaetz said he and Sen. Mike
Haridopolos, a Republican from
Melbourne, are sponsoring legis-
lation called the "Smart Cap,"
which would limit state and local
government spending increases to
no more than the increase in pop-
ulation plus inflation. Voters could
override the limit by referendum.
"In the last seven years, we
wouldn't have had the huge
spending increases in state and
local government that we have
seen if this had been the law,"
Gaetz said. He said the bill is mod-
eled after the 1995-1998 1 percent
sales tax addition that Okaloosa
County voters approved to build
schools. The special tax, which
collected about $85 million,
financed construction of two mid-
dle schools and one elementary
school, built more than a dozen
media centers and many class-
"I plan to use the Tea Party
here in Tallahassee as proof that
we need to pass the Smart Cap,"
Gaetz said. He said he would be
tied up in committee meetings
April 15 and so won't be able to
attend the Niceville event.
Leach said the Tea Party will at
the very least send a message.
"This is the people," she said.
"We're saying we're done. We
don't want you to bankrupt our
country. No more earmarks, no
more printing billions of dollars
with nothing to back it up."

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Library Thursday. Marcus said AARP,
which prepares the returns free of charge,
had completed about 50 at the Niceville
Library through Thursday. This was the
second year Mozeke had his taxes done
by an AARP volunteer. "I was quite
pleased with it (last year), even though I
had to pay $6,000," he said. This was the
seventh year AARP has offered the free
service. Tax filing deadline is today.
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A Lewis Middle School
teacher and coach, Jerome
McIntosh, who was fired June
23, 2008, has been recommend-
ed for reinstatement by an
administrative judge.
After a hearing by
Administrative Law Judge P.
Michael Ruff, in Shalimar on
Dec. 17 and 18, 2008, Ruff rec-
ommended that McIntosh be
allowed to return to work with
back pay and related benefits,
retirement credits, supplemental
coaching pay, and reimburse-
ment for all categories of lost
benefits, according to the recom-
mended order.
School district officials indi-
cated they would oppose the
McIntosh last June received
from the district a dismissal let-
ter alleging his creation of an
inappropriate dating website
entry called "Adult Friend
Finder" that included a photo-
graph of himself, largely
Additionally, according to
Ruff's recommendation order,
"the letter also accuses the
Respondent (MclIntosh) of visit-
ing Web sites that were inappro-
priate for access by a school dis-
trict employee, using a district
computer during the work day,
after having been warned previ-
ously about misusing technolo-
Judge Ruff's findings stated
that no sufficient evidence of the
alleged misconduct was present-
ed by the district. He found that
the computer usage policy, in
place with the district for about
five years, does not prohibit the
personal use of school comput-
ers by instructional personnel,
and does not give specific
enough guidelines for Internet
usage or prohibitions. The policy
simply requires any use to
"honor the ethical norms associ-
ated with the highest standards
of professional conduct."
The recommendation order
was filed on April 1. According
to information from the office of
Jeff McInnis, school board attor-
ney, both parties have 15 days
within which to file exceptions
to the order. The recommended
order and any written exceptions
are then filed with the school
board and placed on a future
school board agenda for action
by the board. The board's final
order must be issued by June 29.
"If there are areas we dis-
agree with," said Mike
Foxworthy, chief of Human
Resources for the district, "we'll
file some exceptions. Of course
we won't defy any final orders.
After the final order, if Mr.
McIntosh still has objections,
he'll have to file a suit."
Foxworthy said he believed
"certain exceptions would be
filed" but he did not know what
they would be.
McIntosh said he would be
glad to comment on the adminis-
trative law recommendation, but
that his attorney advised him to
remain silent.
Tony Demma, McIntosh's
Tallahassee lawyer, said, "Mr.
Please see JUDGE, page A-8

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


County backs F-35, acts against Valp.

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Okaloosa County
Commission has presented Air
Force Maj. Gen. David
Eidsaune with a proclamation
supporting the F-35 beddown at
Eglin Air Force Base.
Commissioners authorized a
lawsuit to stop the City of
Valparaiso's suit against the F-
35 beddown, and were briefed
on two private court actions on
the issue.
The commission also
approved plans for a sidewalk in
Bluewater Bay.
In addition, the commission-
ers approved a lease extension
for Delta Airlines at Northwest
Florida Regional Airport,
agreed to contact the Okaloosa
School Board about using an
empty school as an interim
courthouse annex, and agreed to
send a letter to Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist requesting that
Sheriff Ed Spooner remain in
office while the administration
of former Sheriff Charlie Morris
is under investigation.
The commission actions
were taken April 7 in Crestview.
As the meeting began, the
county commissioners all
signed a proclamation in sup-
port of the F-35 beddown at
Eglin. So did mayors and repre-

sentatives of each of Okaloosa
County's cities except
Valparaiso, as well as represen-
tatives of Walton and Santa
Rosa counties. The proclama-
tion was accepted by Eidsaune,
commander of the Air
Armament Center at Eglin.
Eidsaune thanked the local
officials for their support, say-
ing the proclamation is impor-
tant as more than a mere ges-
ture. The general said that when
he has discussed the proposed
beddown of the new fighter
training wing at Eglin with his
superiors within the Air Force
and Department of Defense, he
has been asked whether local
communities really support the
deployment, despite the efforts
by the City of Valparaiso to
obtain a federal injunction
against it because of noise and
safety concerns.
The written proclamation,
signed by officials of all three
counties and numerous cities,
will help provide the proof his
superiors have asked for, and
will encourage the government
to go ahead with the deploy-
The commissioners also
agreed to proceed with their
own lawsuit against the City of
Valparaiso, seeking a state
injunction against Valparaiso's

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Niceville Mayor Randall Wise was one of a number of municipal and county officials signing a
proclamation April 7 in Crestview backing the planned basing of F-35 fighter jets at a training
school at Eglin Air Force Base.

suit asking for a federal injunc-
tion against the deployment.
The commissioners made
their decision after being briefed
on their legal options by County
Attorney John Dowd and attor-
ney Matt Gaetz of the law firm
of Keefe, Anchors, Gordon &
Moyle, which has agreed to rep-
resent the county free of charge

against Valparaiso. Gaetz said
his firm has a team of attorneys
and paralegals ready to mount
an effort to block Valparaiso's
suit against the Air Force.
The county, said Gaetz, is
facing "three very willful indi-
viduals" on the Valparaiso City
Commission bent on depriving
the county of the economic ben-

efits of the F-35 deployment,
and also depriving the nation of
the strengthened national
defense capability the F-35
would provide.
Gaetz said legal grounds for
the county's suit against
Valparaiso will include allega-
tions that the city excluded the
public, and two city commis-

sioners, from participating in
the city's decision to sue the Air
Force, and denied county
requests for city public records.
He said the two Valparaiso city
commissioners excluded from
the meeting in which
Valparaiso's suit was initiated
are ready to testify to that effect.
Gaetz said a state judge has
the authority to stop
Valparaiso's federal suit if the
judge decides that Valparaiso
did not act according to state
law in initiating its suit. After
hearing from Gaetz, and from
Dowd, who agreed that the
county has valid cause for such
action, the county commission-
ers voted to proceed with their
suit against Valparaiso.
Valparaiso is suing the Air
Force in federal court, seeking
to block the F-35 school until
noise and safety concerns stem-
ming from the program are
resolved. City officials have
expressed fears that the added
jet noise from the program
would turn Valparaiso into "a
ghost town."
The county commissioners
also heard from local attorney
Mike Chesser, who said he is
representing Valparaiso resident
Tony Bradley in a private suit
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No new sponsor found for fireworks show

2009 Boggy Bayou display is called off

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The annual fireworks celebra-
tion of Independence Day over
Boggy Bayou has been called off
this year, perhaps never to recur.
According to Tricia Brunson,
president of the Niceville

From page A-3

against Valparaiso, on the
grounds of "procedural defi-
ciencies" in Valparaiso's suit,
and that the rights of Bradley
and other Valparaiso residents
would be violated if the city
proceeds with its action against
the Air Force.
Chesser said that Bradley's
suit is aimed at halting
Valparaiso's suit, and seeks no
that he is
also pre- in
pared to
other par-
ties who
eatt Gaetz
"may not be Matt Gaetz
so lenient," including defense
contracting companies that he
said could lose tens of millions
of dollars in military contracts if
the city halts the F-35 deploy-
Chesser said he hopes for
talks with Valparaiso officials to
"halt this before the damages
get out of control."
In other business, commis-
sioners approved spending up to
$65,000 for engineering and
construction services from the
LPA Group for the design phase
of a project to build a sidewalk
along White Point Road. The
total cost of the project, to
include a six-foot wide sidewalk

Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce, which organized the
pyrotechnic show for the past 28
years, no one stepped forward to
take over the long-held tradition
by the April 1 deadline for signing
up a fireworks company.
"We did not receive any com-

munication from anyone that was
interested in the project," said
Brunson. "It appears that we will
not have fireworks over Boggy
Bayou on July 4th."
In early March, the chamber
announced it was no longer able to
continue sponsoring the costly

from the Mid-Bay Bridge to whether it may be possible to
State Road 20 parallel to the convert an empty school, such
existing bike path and including as Ocean City Elementary or
a curb and gutter, will be about Meigs Middle School into a new
$721,523, most of which will be county courthouse annex.
paid for with a grant from the Commissioners also issued a
Federal Highway proclamation declaring April to
Administration. The project is be "Autism Awareness Month"
scheduled for completion by the throughout the county.
end of 2011. At the request of County
Commissioners also Administrator Jim Curry, the
approved a list of Transportation county commissioners agreed
Enhancement Projects previous- to send a letter to Gov. Crist,
ly approved by the Okaloosa- supporting extending the inter-
Walton Transportation Planning im appointment of Ed Spooner
Organization (TPO). These as Okaloosa County Sheriff
include an extension sidewalk in while the previous administra-
Rocky Bayou from Forest to tion of former Sheriff Charlie
Huntington, as well as about Morris remains under federal,
four other projects for sidewalks state and county investigation;
and pedestrian walkways in the at least until the end of the cur-
county. rent fiscal year on Sept. 30,
Commissioners also and possibly until the next
approved extending Delta election for sheriff, which is
Airlines' scheduled for 2010.
lease at the Commissioner Don Amunds, a
Northwest sheriff's employee who served
Flo r i d a under Morris while also being
Regional a county commissioner,
Airport t. abstained from voting on the
Airports decision.
Director In other business, commis-
G r e g sioners were briefed by Tina
Dono van M. Joshua, partnership special-
said the Mike Chesser ist with the U.S. Census
one-year Bureau, who asked for the
extension will help maintain air- county's support in ensuring a
line service as Delta consoli- complete count of all Okaloosa
dates with Northwest, and will County residents during the
help prepare for negotiating new 2010 census.
five-year agreements with Delta Joshua said the population
and other airlines during the figures derived from the census
coming summer. will be important to the county,
In addition, commissioners to ensure fair representation in
agreed to contact the Okaloosa Congress, as well as to deter-
County School Board to see mine the county's eligibility

event due to ili.ilkii iii; eco-
nomic times." It invited other
organizations to take over the pro-
gram and offered to help, but to no
Though a special trust fund had
been created, back in the 1980's,
specifically for fireworks funding,
the interest generated from it has
not, for the last several years, been
enough to finance the $1,000-per-

minute extravaganza.
The fireworks foundation pro-
vided about $7,000 per year for
the event. The cities of Valparaiso
and Niceville each contributed
about $3,000 a year.
However, last year, the city of
Niceville cut its contribution to
$1,500 and neither city con-
tributed any money for the event
this year.

Okaloosa County
Route of planned sidewalk along White Point Road, Bluewater Bay.

for all sorts of federal funds. It
will also affect private enter-
prises in the county, because
many companies base business
decisions, such as where to
locate new business facilities.

on population distribution fig-
ures derived from the census.
She said the census will be
done mostly by mail, and fol-
lowed up by in-person count-
ing in difficult areas. She also

The remainder of funds for the
show had been generated through
fundraising efforts such as local
solicitations during curbside col-
It is not known what will
become of the money in the fire-
works fund. Becky Stewart, presi-
dent of the Fireworks Fund
Committee, said the group was
checking into the question.

said the census is aimed at
counting all residents, and will
not be used to apprehend ille-
gal immigrants or discriminate
against any minority groups.
Commissioners agreed to
help Joshua form a "complete
count committee" including
local government officials, as
well as representatives of vari-
ous community organizations
including the NAACP, faith-
based organizations, communi-
cations media, and others. She
said an initial meeting of the
committee is tentatively
planned for May 4.
County Public Safety
Director Dino Villani and
County Public Works Director
Danielle Slaterpryce briefed
commissioners on road and
bridge repairs in the wake of
torrential rains earlier this
month. Villani and Slaterpryce
said preliminary estimates put
the amount of damage to coun-
ty infrastructure at about $5.9
million, and the county is
awaiting a Presidential disaster
declaration to allow the county
to apply for reimbursement
from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA).
Slaterpryce said that of the
79 roads and bridges damaged
by the rains, 6 were still
closed, and repairs are under-
way throughout the northern
part of the county. She said
that more damage was becom-
ing apparent as county inspec-
tors examined roads and
bridges as receding water lev-
els revealed damage not previ-
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The Inquiring Photographer -MikeGriffith

Kelley'st What do you think about the government's

stewardship of your tax money?

"I wish they would do
better, but overall,
they're getting better.
I hope they are. I
haven't any more to
give them."

"The money people "Not much. The
work for should go to stimulus package is
them. The ridiculous. It's being
government used to bail out
shouldn't take it companies that
away from them. should have been
They should spend it allowed to fail."
themselves, for their
families and basic

"I don't think they're
using it well. For
example, there's the
social security
money I'm supposed
to get when I'm old.
That's probably not
going to happen."

"I think a lot of the
bailout money given
to banks and
corporations was
pocketed rather than
being used

"I think they're using it
wisely, as far as I

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retired civil service

Josh Bell, 18,
Niceville High School student

Maureen Farabaugh, 48,

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F-35 may kill the goose

that laid the golden egg

By Bob Webb
Yes, the F-35 is considerably
noisier than our familiar F-15.
But noise is not the subject of my
letter. Another serious issue that
affects not only Valparaiso, but
ALL of Okaloosa County is that
the high level of F-35 training
flights will force out the Eglin
Flight Test mission, with devas-
tating future economic conse-
Eglin AFB is a truly unique
installation, having built a highly
integrated and effective "cradle-
to-grave, one-stop research,
development and test center" for
aircraft munitions. The key to
Eglin's continued growth and sta-
bility has been the 46th Test Wing
and its instrumented test ranges.
The TW's test capabilities have
drawn the weapons development
Program Offices (SPOs) to Eglin
from Wright-Patterson AFB in
the late 1960s and resulted in
placement of the Air Force
Research Laboratory (headquar-
tered at Wright-Patterson AFB)
Munitions Directorate here also.
The local presence of flight test
facilities has allowed both muni-
tions Laboratory Research and
SPO Development programs to
proceed faster and at lower cost.
This Eglin R&D environment
has brought our area not just jobs,
jobs.......high grade military,
federal engineers and scientists,
all major aerospace companies
with their engineers and scien-
tists, and support contractors
(also with their engineers and
technicians). These technical per-
sonnel have fueled the remark-
able growth of our area with their
high disposable incomes, used to
purchase new homes, autos, boats
and all sorts of goods and servic-
es from local businesses who
have benefited greatly.
The crux of this issue is that
the planned 107 contingent of F-
35 aircraft in a high sortie rate
training mode will "push out" test
missions because of airspace lim-
itations. The question is, "So
Here's the answer. The TW

operates on a reimbursement
basis; that is, like a contractor,
they BID to the AF and other
service customers, agreeing to
provide test services at a specified
cost and on a specified schedule.
SPOs (customers) have fixed
funding allocations and their
costs are highly schedule sensi-
tive. When the Eglin TW cannot
support their customers' required
test schedules because of training
mission conflicts, those cus-
tomers will go elsewhere for their
testing. Edwards AFB has wanted
to acquire the Eglin test mission
for many years and would be only
too happy to have it move there.
The Feb. 5 2009 F-35 ROD
even states, on page 6 that: In the
analysis in the SEIS for the addi-
tional 48 aircraft, the AF may
consider "an alternative
that........displaces existing mis-
So the Eglin training mission
drives out the test mission.
Without the use of the local TW
facilities, the SPOs and AF
Research Lab will have no reason
to remain at Eglin and, in fact,
will have strong reasons to be
drawn back to their original/home
base, Wright-Patterson AFB.
It is my conclusion, and that of
others I know that are (or have
been) involved in AF R&D activ-
ities, that not too long after the
full F-35 training mission is
implemented, Eglin will become
a training base only. GONE will
be Boeing, Lockheed Martin,
Northrop Grumman, Jacobs,
Tybrin and our high grade mili-
tary and civilians. Think about
the negative economic conse-
quences to our entire
area....lower home values, busi-
ness closings, fewer jobs. Our
children won't be able to remain
in our beautiful communities as
Please, let's not kill the Goose
that laid the Golden Egg when we
embrace the Eglin training mis-
sion that will, if played out as
planned today, kill our R&D mis-
sion. Talk and/or write to your
city, county, state and US elected
officials about this. Let's hear
what they have to say.

J. E. "Ed" McCracken, 87, of
Valparaiso, the first president of
what is now Northwest Florida
State College, died April 8.
McCracken became presi-
dent of Okaloosa-Walton Junior
College when the school was
established in 1964 in
Valpararaiso. He retired in
1988, after the school moved to
His obituary follows:
James Edward 'Ed'
Jan. 14, 1922-April 8, 2009
Dr. J. E. "Ed" McCracken,
87, passed away peacefully on
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at
10:56 p.m. after a brief period of
treatment at the Fort Walton
Beach Medical Center in Fort
Walton Beach, during which his
family provided an around the
clock loving presence. The fam-
ily would like to extend its deep-
est appreciation to all of the doc-
tors, nurses, technicians and
staff of the hospital for the
excellent, compassionate care
provided to Dr. McCracken and
his family.
Ed was born in Columbus,
Ohio on January 14, 1922, to
Charles Chester McCracken and
Frances Cleo (Fulton)
McCracken. He achieved the
rank of captain while serving in
the United States Air Force
Weather Service from Aug.
1942 to July 1946. He earned a
B.S. degree from Muskingum
College and an M.A. and a
Ph.D. from Ohio State
University. He was a member of
Phi Delta Kappa Educational
Dr. McCracken was an active
resident of Valparaiso and sur-
rounding communities from the
time he left his position at
Pensacola Junior College to
become the founding President
of Okaloosa-Walton Junior

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College in February 1964.
Twenty-four years later, Ed was
honored as President Emeritus
of Okaloosa-Walton Junior
College when he retired on
January 31,
1988. He
was voted
Man of The
Year by the
Rotary Club
in 1968.
Ed's pri-
mary focus
in life was
always his
family and Ed McCracken
home. He played the piano,
enjoyed and appreciated many
genres of music, woodworking,
fishing and cycling. Dr.
McCracken had a constant, self-
less commitment to encourage
and assist each person he met in
achieving their dreams. He was
a member of First United

Methodist Church in Niceville.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 65 years, Ruth Wylie
McCracken of Valparaiso; son,
Tom McCracken and his wife
Elaine of Oakwood, Ga., and
their children Katherine,
Michael and Rebecca; son, Bill
McCracken of Tallahassee; and
daughter, Lynne McCracken
Vige and her husband Handlee
of Valrico, and their children
Beth and Tim.
If you wish to honor Dr.
McCracken's legacy with a gift,
the family requests that, in lieu
of flowers, you make a donation
in his memory to the Ruby Elzy
Foundation (tax deductible),
4730 Strayer Drive, Hilliard,
Ohio 43026 or to any charity
that you favor which would per-
petuate his life's mission to sup-
port the ability of individuals to
achieve their highest dreams
through the development of

their talents to benefit and uplift
Per Dr. McCracken's wishes,
there will only be a private fam-
ily graveside memorial service
held at the out-of-town ancestral
family cemetery. Others are
welcomed and encouraged to
share their individual condo-
lences and special memories
through personal contacts with
the family and/or through the
website http://memorialweb- emccrack-
e n
developed to facilitate commu-
nications to and from the family.
Please visit this living and
expanding memorial often to
learn about and communicate
with others to honor this man
who enriched so many lives.
The National Cremation &
Burial Society has been entrust-
ed with arrangements.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

From page A-1
community leaders will have an
opportunity to see a virtual
demonstration of the F-35 using a
cockpit simulator at the Eglin
Officers Club in the morning, with
a static display of the new aircraft
on the flightline that afternoon.
Invitations will go out to all local
mayors and county commission-
ers, a base spokeswoman stated
"The visit provides an opportu-

From page A-1

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Web site,
Jones said the collection rate
could go up or down, depending
on the CPI. Niceville City Clerk
Dan Doucet said it has never gone

From page A-1

well as a requirement that the pad-
dling be administered only by the
school principal or an administra-
tive adult member appointed by
the principal. Additionally, "in no
case shall excessive force be used
in administering such punishment
nor shall it be unduly severe or
degrading in nature," said the pol-

From page A-2

agenda and began attacking one
of the commissioners. "I repeat-
edly have been chastised for get-
ting off track (at previous city
commission meetings) or saying
too much," Griffin said. He said
he'd had enough after the mayor
allowed others to speak without
time limit or on other subjects.
"I think I've been discriminated

From page A-1

seeks to halt a federal lawsuit filed
against the Air Force over jet noise
issues by the city of Valparaiso,
claims that city officials broke
state laws, including the Sunshine
Law, purposely excluded two

nity to introduce the aircraft to the
community. Many community
leaders requested a visit and this
demonstrates a commitment by
the Air Force to work closely with
community leaders," said Col.
Arnie Bunch, Air Armament
Center vice commander.
In the Final Environmental
Impact Study released in October
2008 and addressing the proposed
beddown of 107 F-35 aircraft at
Eglin, Air Force officials stated
that much of Valparaiso will be
subject to noise levels of 65 deci-

down, but, he said, the city has
done business with Waste
Management since 1993 and,
until last year, the rate never
changed. The new ordinance
passed last year allowed the com-
pany to request rate changes.
"It's not anything we pull out
of a hat," Jones said. "We provide
the calculations to the city and
"There have been some con-
cerns voiced," said District 5
School Board member Howard
Hill, "Is it a valid form of disci-
pline? My own concern is, once
the kids get up there in middle
school aren't they getting a little
bit old for something like that?
There are some who feel it's coun-
In any event, the incidence of
corporal punishment in Okaloosa
County schools in the last nine
years has decreased, according to

against," he said.
A majority of the half dozen
or so residents who spoke before
the commission praised the
city's pursuit of a lawsuit with
the Air Force. Several also said
that people living outside of the
city were only thinking of them-
selves in opposing the city's
But Valparaiso resident
Elaine Heinisch said she was
worried that the city would
bankrupt itself in battling the Air

commissioners from a decision-
making meeting, and failed to
respond to a public records
request, among other allegations.
It was filed by the Fort Walton
Beach law firm of Keefe,
Anchors, Gordon & Moyle on
behalf of Okaloosa County and
Valparaiso resident Rick Woelfl.
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bels Day-Night Average Sound
Level (DNL) (A-weighted sound)
or more. The Air Force says that
such noise is not compatible with
residential development and could
affect property values.
The study also said some
homes, churches, schools and
businesses in Valparaiso may be
subjected to 75 dB DNL or more
of jet noise expected if the full
complement of F-35s is based at
Despite the temporary noise-
mitigation measures announced in

they can verify them. I'm assum-
ing and hoping they do."
"It's strictly based on quantita-
tive data."
The city retains 41 cents from
each bill to pay for billing activi-
ties. Doucet said the city is look-
ing into giving residents the
option of getting their bills via e-
mail, which would save the city a
information supplied by Sansom.
In the 1999-2000 school year the
district recorded 468 events of cor-
poral punishment. With the excep-
tion of 2001-2003, when pad-
dlings peaked at more than 580,
the number has steadily declined,
with only 144 given so far in
With the possible exception of
Ruckel Middle School (whose
principal could not be reached for
comment), Valparaiso Elementary
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Force. "You haven't completely
exhausted negotiations," she
said. "I see it as a no-win situa-
tion for Valparaiso," she said.
In other business, commis-
sioners again failed to hire a fire
chief after a motion to hire the
acting fire chief resulted in a tie
Commissioner Heyward
Strong proposed that the city
commission hire acting Fire
Chief Mark Norris. Strong said
that the volunteer firefighters

charging its clients a fee.
The Okaloosa County
Commission last week author-
ized its participation in the suit.
Another Valparaiso resident,
businessman Anthony Bradley,
has filed his own lawsuit alleging
similar violations of state law.
Mayor Arnold said he'd been
served with six summonses and a
subpoena as a result of the coun-
ty and Bradley lawsuits. He said
the county suit amounted to the
county "bowing to public pres-
sure." The lawsuit reflects poor
county management, Arnold said,
comparing it to the county's rela-
tive lack of effort in trying to
resolve the city's dilemma.
"I'm surprised they sued," said
Commissioner Strong about the
county lawsuit Friday, ".icillMIy
me of things I haven't done."
The county complaint made
37 claims, which Strong called a
"shotgun" approach.
"It seems you would have
more than a piece of paper claim-
ing a bunch of things," Strong
said. "It'll cost a bit of money,"

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McIntosh and I are extremely
happy that the fact findings and
the judge's conclusion have
proven that there has been no
misconduct on the part of Mr.
McIntosh. He looks forward to
being reinstated and exonerated
based on the fact findings."
Demma said it would be dif-
ficult for the school board to
reject the judge's ruling.
Although a final order would
come only from the school

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the Air Force ROD, on March 30
Valparaiso filed a federal lawsuit
against the Air Force. The city
also seeks an injunction to halt
beddown of the F-35 until the Air
Force considers more noise-low-
ering measures.
The first chance for local resi-
dents to see, and hear, the F-35
was discussed by Maj. Gen.
Charles R. Davis, the current F-35
program manager, on Feb. 6.
Davis was at Eglin when the Air
Force announced its initial ROD
to base 59 of the aircraft at Eglin,

considerable amount in printing
and mailing costs. He said about
2,000 residents already have
authorized automatic debit pay-
ment of their bills, but they still
receive a hard-copy bill so they
know how much was removed
from their accounts.
Doucet also said Waste
Management is looking into a
Cities area that still administers
corporal punishment. Mike
Fantaski, school principal said a
form granting permission must be
filled out by a parent.
"I'm not the one initiating the
punishment," said Fantaski, "it's
the parent asking me to administer
it. I have only ever had to do it one
Sansom said no litigation is
pending against the school district
in the area of corporal punishment.
Although a date for the public

had interviewed the four candi-
dates who applied for the job,
including Norris, and had unan-
imously recommended Norris as
the best candidate. Former fire
chief Charlie Frank made a last-
minute appeal at the meeting to
get his old job back, but com-
missioners rejected his plea.
On the motion to hire Norris
the city commission split in a 2-
2 tie, with Commissioners Brent
Smith and Tom Miller opposed
and Arnold joining Strong in

he continued since he'll have to
reach into his own pocket to hire
an attorney. The personal
expense is a result of the county
suing himself, the mayor and fel-
low commissioner Tom Miller
individually, in addition to their
official capacity.
Valparaiso's elected officials
serve at no pay. Strong said the
county's decision to pursue city
officials individually would
throw a chill on civic service: "It
makes officials personally
responsible. It makes no sense to
be put at risk (as a public ser-
vant)," Strong said. "This is an
abuse of power."
If the county prevails in court,
"that's going to put a damper on
people wanting to run cities,"
Strong said. "I don't know why
anyone would work on behalf of
their fellow man."
"We are just following the
law," Strong said, filing objec-
tions to the Air Force Record Of
Decision on the F-35 basing
within the allowed 60 days. He
said the city expected the Air

board, it is very difficult to
override the judge's findings of
facts, Demma said. The board
would have to prove that there
was essentially no evidence of
truth in what the judge says, he
said. The limitations on what
the board can do are extremely
narrow, the lawyer added.
A school board member
indicated that in light of the
judge's ruling, the district's
internet policy may have a
"It looks like there could be
a loophole in our policy that we
need to address," said District 5

starting in March 2010. Davis,
who is also scheduled to replace
Maj. Gen. David Eidsaune as the
commander of the Air Armament
Center later this year, said the visit
would give the local community a
chance to hear for itself what the
plane sounds like.
Davis also said that the Air
Force continues to measure the
noise associated with the F-35 and
that it is less noisy than originally
expected. He compared the F-35
noise to that generated by the F-22
air superiority fighters now sta-

way to track fuel usage and rates,
which would be factored into its
annual requests. If fuel rates
decrease, as they have from Oct.
1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008, the
trash collection rate would reflect
that change.
Fuel prices are not factored
into the Consumer Price Index.
Waste Management is the
hearing on the corporal punish-
ment change in policy has not
been set, Hill said a hearing is usu-
ally slated for one month from
date of approval for such a hear-
Separately, those at Monday's
school board meeting in Fort
Walton Beach were reminded of a
series of school district public
forums set for discussion of next
year's school board budget, feder-
al stimulus package funding and
state appropriations.

favor of Norris.
Frank resigned after four and
a half years in January, effective
April 16. Commissioners
named Norris as the acting fire
chief after volunteers sent
Strong a letter Feb. 6 saying
they had confidence in Norris as
fire chief. But the commission
split 2-2 at their February meet-
ing and the city advertised the
Four individuals applied,
including Norris, a retired Air

Force to negotiate with the city
after the lawsuit was approved,
but said the Air Force chose not
With a bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering and mas-
ter's degree in business, Strong
spent two years on active duty at
Eglin and another 37 years as a
civil servant for the Air Force at
Eglin, retiring in 1994.
Commissioner Brent Smith
said Friday afternoon that he had
not been served with any sum-
mons or subpoena. Asked his
reaction to the county suing one
of its own cities, he replied,
"that's their choice." Smith was
one of two commissioners
opposed to suing the Air Force
and was not in attendance at the
Feb. 18 meeting at 9 a.m. where
Arnold, Strong and Miller voted
to file the city's lawsuit seeking to
halt the F-35 beddown until the
Air Force complies with national
environmental laws.
City Clerk Tammy Johnson
was also served by attorneys for
the county and had to cancel

School Board Member Howard
Hill. "Based upon the report,
the judge wasn't too impressed
with district arguments."
"That being said," Hill con-
tinued, "when a district employ-
ee is at school there is a certain
image or conduct expected. We
want high standards. Using a
taxpayer-provided computer, to
access questionable sites is not
acceptable. If he wants to use
his own computer at home
that's his business."
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts said, "At the
present time, our policy states

tioned at Tyndall Air Force Base in
Panama City, or to the Navy's F-
18 E/F Super Hornet. All three
aircraft, however, are louder than
current F-15s and F-16s, he said.
And the F-35s based at Eglin are
expected to make many more
takeoffs and landings in a given
day than is typically the case with
the base's current complement of
The Air Force has yet to pro-
vide new noise profiles for the ini-
tial beddown of 59 of the new
fighter jets.

largest trash-hauling company in
the United States, with 354 col-
lection operations, 277 active
landfill sites, 16 waste-to-ui%.r'.,
plants and 105 recycling facilities,
which process 5.5 million tons of
waste each year. It operates
22,000 vehicles nationwide and
collects almost 74 million tons of
waste annually.
Employees, parents and com-
munity members are encouraged
to attend, said Tibbetts. The forum
for the central area will be held
Thursday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m. in
the Niceville High School audito-
rium. Other countywide meetings
are set for Tuesday, April 21 in
Choctawhatchee High's auditori-
um, 110 Racetrack Road, Fort
Walton Beach and Thursday, April
23 in Crestview High's auditori-
um, 1250 N. Ferdon Boulevard,

Force fiu i d iiu who was hired
as the assistant fire chief at
Valparaiso in 2004. Other candi-
dates include: Stephen Mills, a
captain with the Fort Walton
Beach fire department; Randall
Sides, a lieutenant and EMT
with the Holley-Navarre fire
department and Gary Jordan, the
assistant fire chief for the North
Bay fire department.
City commissioners will next
schedule interviews with all four

vacation plans after being ordered
to show up for the court hearing
today. Her participation is likely
linked to Woelfl's request for five
years of public records related to
the city's interest in the F-35.
Johnson said the city estimat-
ed it would cost about $4,500 to
copy the records sought by
Woelfl and his attorney. After
being advised of the estimated
cost, she said, Woelfl and his
attorney, Matt Gaetz, came to city
hall April 8 to get the public
records. However, she said, they
spent less than $8 to get some
documents at 15 to 20 cents per
Some of the requested records
are electronically recorded but
can't be copied directly without
manually reviewing them for
restricted information such as a
social security number, she said.
Attorneys representing
Valparaiso in its fight to get the
Air Force to mitigate F-35 jet
noise have billed the city for $93,
014 as of Friday, according to the
city clerk.

that we expect the highest stan-
dards of professionalism in our
employees on the Internet and
in using computers at work. But
if the judge finds that there are
loopholes in our policy for
Internet usage for our employ-
ees we will definitely be look-
ing at shoring up our policy. If
we have to define professional-
ism a little bit more we'll cer-
tainly do that. It's obvious there
might be some confusion in
terms of people who visit adult
entertainment sites at work."
No date has yet been set for
school board action.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thomas Manual Ortiz, unem-
ployed, 36, of 411 Edge Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies March 23 for failure
to appear on the original charge of
trespassing in an occupied struc-
ture or conveyance.

Stacey Lynn Glowa, an auto
body worker, 45, of 121 Beverly
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 2 for grand
theft. Glowa is alleged to have
concealed $358 worth of mer-
chandise and attempted to leave
without paying at the Sears store,
300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary

A 17-year-old Niceville girl, a
student, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 3 for grand theft.
The teenager and three others are
alleged to have entered the Kohl's
Department Store, 800 Beal
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach,
taken items off the clothing racks,
entered a dressing room, and exit-
ed without the merchandise. After
the girl exited a second time with-
out merchandise, a loss prevention
officer entered the dressing room
and found multiple clothing tags
and several earring display cards
but no merchandise. The girl and
other suspects were detained out-
side the store after they made no
attempt to pay for the merchandise
which they were either wearing or
concealing. The store recovered
$513 worth of merchandise from
the Niceville girl and the other

Troy Scott Ward, 47, of 626 W
John Sims Parkway, #108,
Niceville, and Carmel Kim Bratz,
a house cleaner, 50, of the same
address, were arrested by
Niceville police April 1, each
charged with disorderly intoxica-

Debra Leanne Elliott, 20, of
203 Kelly Road, Apt. #8,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police March 30 for one
count of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon, domestic vio-
lence, two counts of battery, and
three counts of battery on law
enforcement officers.

Patricia Ann Munyon, 43, of
1313 Dogwood Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
April 5 for battery, domestic vio-

Rickey Allen Caillouet, 36, of
304 Reeves St., Lot E8, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
April 3 for violation of pretrial

Ashley Marie DLj.ainikm. 20,
of 304 Reeves St., Lot B-7,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police April 3 for grand
theft. While employed at Kmart
Dc i.nilii, was observed on sur-
veillance video taking a CD.
Di j.aimlii allegedly admitted
stealing about $652 worth of mer-

Carl Edward Martin Jr., 23, of
113-A Cadillac Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
April 4 for battery, domestic vio-
lence, that allegedly occurred
March 1.

A 17-year-old Valparaiso boy
was arrested by Niceville police
April 5 for criminal mischief, bur-
glary to a conveyance and grand

theft. On Feb. 11 the boy alleged-
ly shattered the driver's side win-
dow of a 2008 Chevrolet truck
parked in the college parking lot,
100 E. College Blvd., and stole
$400 cash and a $60 pair of sun-

Corey Logan Chavis, a restau-
rant busser, 19, of 304 Reeves St.,
Lot F-l, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police April 5 for posses-
sion of crack cocaine and for vio-
lation of community control.
DUI arrests
John Leigh Mullins Jr., 20, of
938 Rue De Palms, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Willowbend Boulevard at
Saddle Creek, Fort Walton Beach,
April 7 at 10:15 p.m. Mullins was
also arrested for battery that
allegedly occurred on Colonial
Drive, Fort Walton Beach, about 8
p.m. the same day.

Tammy Lee Layton, 21, of
431 Springwood Way, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI on Highway 98 and a
restaurant parking lot, April 7 at
2:50 a.m.

Morgan Phillip Schmitz, 31,
of 1015 Julia Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI on McEwen Drive at Julia
Avenue, April 4 at 8:49 p.m.
Schmitz was also cited for run-
ning a stop sign and exceeding
the posted speed limit.
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Reeves Street
reported that someone put beer
bottles under his tire April 2.

A Niceville resident reported
that someone had vandalized her
car sometime between 11 p.m.
April 2 and 1:30 a.m. April 3
while the vehicle was parked in a
motel parking lot, 106 Bayshore
Drive. Several windows had been
smashed, the hood dented, door
panels damaged, the interior cov-
ered with liquid detergent and
antifreeze, wires in the engine cut
and possible antifreeze poured
into the oil spout. The damage,
estimated at $7,000, made the
1998 sedan undrivable.

Niceville residents in the 300
block of Niceville Avenue report-
ed that someone knocked on the
front door about 1 a.m. April 2,
then broke the door window
before the residents could dress
and answer the knock. An infant
was sleeping on a pallet about 6
feet from the broken window.
Benjamin Andrew Rast, a stu-
dent, 19, of 1333 Windward
Circle, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies, subsequent to a traffic
stop in Fort Walton Beach, March
28, for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana.

Samuel J. Parker, a student,
18, of 1131 Ivey Terrace,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies April
3 for petty theft. Loss prevention
officers allegedly observed
Parker taking a $20 pair of ear-
rings from the package and put-
ting them in his ear, then unwrap-
ping a $50 bottle of cologne and
putting it in his pocket and leav-
ing without paying for the mer-
chandise at the Kohl's
Department Store, 800 N. Beal
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Regional law enforcement
agencies asked for the public's
help in finding a Laurel Hill res-
ident wanted in connection with
the slaying of a Baker man at
Northwest Florida State
College's Chautauqua Center in
DeFuniak Springs Friday after-
A joint
tion into
the fatal
shooting of
Brown, 38,
is under-

t h e Thomas F.
DeFuniak McCoy Jr.
Police Department, Walton
County Sheriff's Office,
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office, Valparaiso Police
Department, State Attorney's
Office, Florida Department of
Law Enforcement, and U.S.
Marshal's Service.
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office said anyone
with information on the where-
abouts of Thomas McCoy Jr.
should phone the nearest local
law enforcement agency or call

Commissioner quits

sheriff's post

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
District 4 Okaloosa County
Commissioner Don Amunds, Fort
Walton Beach, resigned his job at
the Sheriff's Office Monday.
Amunds, who served as a
sheriff's deputy for about 16
years, resigned when he won
election to the county commis-
sion in 2004. He returned to work
at the sheriff's office as a comput-
er specialist in 2006.
Amunds' resignation this
week came after it was disclosed
in a county audit that then-Sheriff
Charlie Morris had awarded
Amunds extra pay and vacation
time after he returned to work.
Morris was suspended earlier
this year after his arrest on feder-
al corruption charges. Amunds
was not accused of any wrongdo-
Amunds' employment resig-

From page A-1
trees, according to a report from
the FHP. The Lincoln came to rest
in the woods facing east, against
and on top of two pines.
Royster, who was wearing a
seat belt, died at the scene, the
FHP said.
Royster, a member of the NHS
class of 2003, was a star football
player, according to his coach.
"He was small in stature, but
big in heart," said Niceville High
School head football coach John
Hicks. "He played with a tremen-
dous passion for the game."
Royster, a running back, set the

nation letter to acting Sheriff Ed
Spooner stated: "Although I
enjoy working in law enforce-
ment and always have, I feel that
it is more important at this point
to give all my time and attention
to the upcoming Okaloosa
County budget process. In the
past few weeks, I have sent letters
to all the legislators in the State of
Florida asking for open budgets
for constitutional officers. I
believe the laws and regulations
need to be changed so that county
government has more oversight
and these budgets are open for
anyone to review. The upheaval
we have had here in county gov-
ernment has made a big differ-
ence in the way I want to serve as
a commissioner."
The county commission over-
sees the budgets and audits of all
five county constitutional offices,
including the sheriff's.

Page A-9

school's single-season rushing
record with 1,557 yards in 2003.
That record was eclipsed in 2006
when Alex Barnett rushed for
1,624 yards.
Royster's relative lack of
height made him popular with
children, Hicks said.
"At Meet an Eagle night, all the
little kids would run up to see
him," Hicks said, "him not being
much bigger than them."
Despite his athletic prowess,
Hicks said, Royster remained
"He was quiet. If you saw him
in the hall, the last thing you'd
think was that he was a great foot-
ball player."

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Authorities are seeking this
McCoy, who is wanted in
Walton County on an open
count of homicide, was consid-
ered armed and dangerous,
according to the sheriff's office.
Brown, a former co-worker
of McCoy, was at the
Chautauqua Center Friday to
work on a vending machine
when he was shot in the chest.
The Walton County
Sheriff's Office said the victim
was an employee of the Coca-
Cola company, but declined to
say whether he worked at the
company's plant in Valparaiso.
Authorities said McCoy had
worked for Coca-Cola as well,
but left its employ over two
years ago.
McCoy was believed to be
driving a full-sized silver
Dodge truck with Florida
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of his company, Cold Drink
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! Fire Department Reports
Niceville Fire
T N Fire DepAteresponded to t oliowing calls April 6 through April 12.
O Structu rEmergency Medal Calls '
0 Vehil leh Crashes ;L
0 Other Fire vehicle Crash wiExtricatkil.
0 Illegal Burn 3 Other Emergency all
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Location Situation Date Time
Longleaf Court ........... . .Service call ..........4/6/09 ........ 03:28
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Vehicle crash ........ .4/7/09 ........ .08:37
Sweetwater Run ......... . .Medical ......... . .4/7/09 ....... . .09:10
SR123 ................... .Vehicle crash ......... 4/7/09 ......... 10:47
Summerwood Court ...........Medical ........... ..4/8/09 ..........10:04
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Vehicle crash ....... . .4/8/09 ........ .11:57
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Vehicle crash ....... . .4/8/09 ........ .18:06
N. Partin Dr./N. Palm . . . . . .Vehicle crash . . . . .4/9/09 . . . . .09:33
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Alarm activation . . . .4/9/09 ........ .13:34
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Medical ......... . . .4/9/09 ........ .20:25
Evergreen Avenue ......... . .Medical ......... . . .4/10/09 ........ .05:30
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Medical ........ . .... .4/10/09 ....... .17:29
Ramonde Court .......... . Medical ........ . .... .4/10/09 ....... .23:29
W. John Sims Parkway .........Medical .......... . . .4/11/09 ....... .02:33
E. John Sims Parkway ........ .Medical ......... . . .4/11/09 ....... .07:18
Murly Drive ......... . . . .Smoke scare ....... . .4/11/09 ...... . .11:42
Hudson Circle .......... . .Vehicle crash ....... . .4/12/09 ...... . .10:09
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Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: James Otis Walden
Wanted for: domestic violence
battery and aggravated assault.
Walden's last known address was
in Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 6-feet
Weight: 182 pounds
Age: 30
Date of birth: 05-24-78
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Phillip Curtis Hufford
Wanted for: burglary to an unoc-
cupied dwelling, grand theft, deal-
ing is stolen property and provid-
ing false ownership to a pawn
broker. Hufford's last known
address was on Pelham Road in
Fort Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Age: 42
Date of birth: 01-02-67
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

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)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Racers top Thunder
Thunder catcher Sydney Prevatte applies the tag to
Savannah Payne of the Racers during the April 6 Niceville-
Valparaiso Little League fast-pitch softball game. The
Racers won the game, 8-5.


Hurricanes win shootout

The Northwest Florida Hurricanes, a Niceville-based 11U AAU basketball team, won the
Future Stars Shootout tournament in Pensacola April 4 and 5. The team is composed of fifth
and sixth graders from Bluewater and Plew elementary schools and Ruckel middle school.
From left: front, Elise Stuart, Megan O'Neal, Jessie Saris, Abby Runyon, Katie O'Neal,
Amelia Baffa and Isabella Bosch; rear, assistant coach Brett Stuart, Jessie Day, Taylor
Anderson, Sammie Mims, Alexa Verzwyvelt and head coach John Runyon.

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The Bluewater Bay Ladies
Golf Association held its
monthly Ace of the Month
April 8: Ace of the Month:
Margot Herden, net 71. First
flight: first place, Gerry
Hagen, net 80; second place,
Brenda Severson, net 85.
Second flight: first place,
Ardie Lawrence, net 76; sec-
ond place, Gloria Smith, net
80; third place, Lilli Keller,
net 83. Third flight: first
place, Jo Gorman, net 80.
Fourth flight: first place,
Helen Hooper, net 82. Chip-
in: Margot Herden, Marsh
#9. Birdies: Margot Herden,
Marsh #4, Brenda Severson,
Marsh #3. Putts: 3 tied with
33, Lilli Keller, Ardie
Lawrence and Jo Gorman.
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Ruckel's Savannah Boswell shows her form in the long jump
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points vs. Meigs with 60 and Richbourg with 4 points.

Sports Schedule
Wednesday, April 15
Ruckel@ Pryor track, 3:30
Lewis@Destin track. 3:30
Ruckel@ Bruner baseball/softball; 3:30
Lewis@ Davidson baseball/softball;3:30
Thursday, April 16
NHS@ Pace baseball; JV 4:30; V 7
Lewis@ Meigs golf; 3
Jackson @ Ruckel golf; 3
Ruckel@ Richborug tennis; 3
Davidson@ Lewis tennis; 3
NHS@JV County Championships, FWB
Friday, April 17
NHS@ Escambia baseball; JV 4:30; V 7
Wewa@NHS softball; 6
Monday, April 20
Richbourg@ Lewis golf; 3
Ruckel@ Meigs golf; 3
Lewis@ Bruner tennis; 3
Ruckel@Jackson tennis; 3:30
Destin@ Ruckel baseball/softball; 3:30
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Tuesday, April 21
Districts@NHS softball (vs. Pine Forest) 7 p.m.

Catherine "Cat" Houston, a senior at Niceville High School and
girls volleyball standout, signed her national letter of intent for
Flagler College Wednesday, April 8. According to Kris
Hagberg, head girls volleyball coach, all seniors on the girls
volleyball team earned athletic scholarships this year. Cat is
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Octogenarians combine effort

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Have you ever ridden on the
back of a green sea turtle?
Maybe you've chatted with a
mermaid or gone on a treasure
hunt with a seagull.
If you've never had the
pleasure of shaking claws with
a crab or playing the piano
with an octopus, then you've
missed "Bucky's Adventures,"
a children's book authored by
Marjorie Cox Gray and illus-
trated by Marlin Griffin. Both
are Bluewater Bay residents
who pay close attention to all
the various elements of the
Panhandle's ecosystem and
incorporated their love for that
life cycle into the fanciful chil-
dren's tale.
The two octogenarians say
the Gulf waters and shorelines
contain a wealth of items-
enough for a grand "treasure

Bucky's Adventures" took
about six months to create.
hunt. "
"The treasures of the world
are not gold and silver," said
Marjorie, "but what you find in
the sea and on the shores."
The two friends have known
each other for about 10 years
and have always shared a love
of the environment but believe
that children don't naturally

Please see BUCKY, page B-2

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
Illustrator Marlin Griffin and author Marjorie Cox Gray introduce Elmer, Delmer and Selma, three
green sea turtles and three of many characters in the children's book "Bucky's Adventures."

Heroes honored
The Twin Cities Elks Lodge held its annual Community Service Awards
Dinner March 21 and paid tribute to the area's outstanding police, fire and
emergency service personal of Niceville, Valparaiso and Okaloosa County.
From left: Isabel Pogozelski's, accept for her husband, Chris, deployed in
Afghanistan, of the Niceville Fire Department; Officer Ryan Hooks, Niceville
Police Department; Thearon Shipman, Okaloosa County EMS Division; and
Lt. Anson Holyfield, Valparaiso Fire Department. Unable to attend was
Jason Clifton, Valparaiso Police Department.

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High, took
third place.
All are stu-
dents of
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Clay Brock, Alaina Fisher, Alex
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from years ago. Eunice Whitman
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have a concern for nature unless
"the parents have instilled it in
them," said Marlin. "If the par-
ents are environmentally con-
scious, then the children will
The artist recounted times he
had come across, while canoe-
ing, birds tangled in fishing line
or pelicans with their beaks
clamped shut by the plastic
rings that yoke together a six-
pack of soda or beer.
Marjorie has made an effort
to develop her fondness for the
environment in her own son,
now 49. In fact, her inspiration

for the book comes from stories
she told her son, Buck, when he
was little.
Her only child, then referred
to as "Bucky," grew up with
bedtime stories of characters
like Octy Octopus, Tab the Crab
and seagulls Sally, Dolly and
Polly. The only difference is,
the characters his mother
invented, and roughly sketched,
came from the wilds of North
Carolina, where the Gray fami-
ly spent a good portion of their
"Tab the Crab was my
favorite story," said Buck Gray,
a software analyst for Infor, the
world's third largest business
software company, headquar-

tered in Alpharetta, Ga., where
he now lives. "Her original
rough drawings look a lot like
the illustrations" by Marlin,
Buck added.
After moving to the
Sunshine State and coming
across remnants of one of those
childhood stories, "Tab the
Crab," Marjorie showed it to
several friends who happened to
be teachers. After much encour-
agement from those friends and
the sometimes-observed non-
chalance of some Floridians
toward the riches of the
Sunshine State's environment,
she felt it would be a good idea
to share those tales with the
impressionable minds of chil-

The book, made up of five
make-believe stories and 32 dif-
ferent color illustrations, pres-
ent 97 pages of not only under-
sea adventures but myriad facts
about the creatures Bucky
encounters in his under-the-sea
"Children seem to identify
with and like animals," said
illustrator Marlin. "I think that
all started with Disney. When
kids see animals talking and
telling stories it's something
they can relate to."
Combining colorful illustra-
tions of animals that have their
own character with concern for
the environment seemed a win-

ning formula to the friends-a
way in which to create aware-
Marjorie grew up with par-
ents who planted gardens and
ate what they grew, not wasting
"We didn't have a lot," she
said, "and we were very protec-
tive of the land."
Marlin, who remembers
growing up with turtles for pets,
said his father was a conserva-
tionist who "started many
It was parents like theirs who
made a deep impression on the
two and inspired in them a
desire to care for the world
around them.

"You know," said Marlin,
"wildlife can't take care of
itself. If we don't do it, who
will? It's up to us to be mentors
to others around us, especially
children. It's our responsibility
to be sure we always have the
best environment we can."
Both the author and the illus-
trator will hold a book preview
1-3 p.m., Friday, April 17 at
RE/MAX Southern Realty in
Bluewater, next to the post
The book can be purchased
at,, ordered at your
favorite bookstore or from the
author and publisher at


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Lewis rededicates Freedom Shrine
Lewis Middle School held a rededication ceremony of its Freedom Shrine, an area in the
school that displays many historically important documents donated 10 years ago by the
Niceville Exchange Club, Thursday, March 26. Students presented information about each
of the documents, the Lewis band played, and guest speaker Col. Rick Locastro, vice com-
mander of the 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, addressed the student body and
talked about what it means to be a good citizen. From left: front, Dorothy Miller, Cailyn
Flynn, Megan Mickley, Yasmin Hernandez; back, Paul McShane, Nick Junger, Nick Haynes,
Paige Gustafson, and Colonel Rick Locastro.

Happy Land visits Bluewater
Sixteen 4- and 5-year-olds from Happy Land Preschool VPK program, Niceville, visited
Bluewater Elementary School on March 25. The students visit their future elementary
school every year in order to become more familiar with the school they will be attending
as kindergartners the following year. Children who visited were: Nia Madrigal; Alec Morvay;
Andrew Bayer; Ashlyn Fernandez; Brenna Burke; Brock Begley; Davis Brown; Jack
Messmore; Jack Schula; Justine Buell; Kyle Hakanson; Lana Kenoyer; Libby Bowen;
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DMS ranks

in top 25%

in Fla. math
Special to the Beacon
Destin Middle School stu-
dents began their spring break
this year by traveling to the
annual state MathCounts com-
petition in Orlando.
On March 27, more than 200
students participated in the
yearly competition held by the
Florida Engineering Society.
This year, the DMS team
consisted of Corey Andre, Sam
Dillon, Peter Mitchell, Sabrina
Valenti and alternate Paul
As a team, they placed 17th
out of 48. Individually, Andre
ranked 26th and Valenti ranked
28th to place in the top 25 per-
cent of the competition.
Coach Lynette Askew
expressed pleasure over their
performance, saying being
ranked in the top 25 percent in
Florida is "awesome." While in
Orlando, team members also
enjoyed Disney's Magic
Kingdom and Epcot as well as
an Orlando Magic basketball

2nd Estuary Fest

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Sabrina Valenti, Sam Dillon and Corey Andre.

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Special to the Beacon
The second annual
Choctawhatchee Estuary
Family Festival, a free family
& community event is for all
ages, will be held Saturday,
May 2, 11 am. to 4 p.m., at
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou
State Park, 4281 Highway 20
East, Niceville. There is no
park entrance fee for the festi-
val, which offers fun activities,
hand-on displays and environ-
mental awareness.
The event is hosted by the
Mattie M. Kelly Cultural &
Environmental Institute at
Northwest Florida State
College, with support from the
Friends of the Emerald Coast
State Parks.
The Choctawhatchee
Estuary Family Festival will
feature activities for the whole
family including fish printing
on t-shirts, crab races, hiking,
seining for fish, kayak tours,
and more. There will also be
informative displays on the
Okaloosa darter, local snakes,

red tide, and the Gulf sturgeon.
Other festival events include
guided nature walks, kayak and
canoe tours. All activities and
entertainment are free of
For more information on the
festival, contact the Mattie M.
Kelly Cultural &
Environmental Institute at 729-
6469 or go online to mattiekel-
The festival is part of a two-
day emphasis on the
Choctawhatchee Bay which
also includes the Mattie Kelly
Environmental Symposium on
the bay held May 1 at
Northwest Florida State
College's Niceville campus.
The theme for this year's sym-
posium is "Choctawhatchee
Basin: Developing a
Sustainable Vision" and is a
forum where members of the
academic, research, industry,
and government communities
can discuss topics related to the
Choctawhatchee Estuary and
its watershed.

Lifeguards patrol

Okaloosa beaches

Special to the Beacon
Okaloosa County
Lifeguards will patrol county
beaches through Oct. 31, from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
"The Okaloosa County
Beach Safety Program will
begin its sixth season this
year, and received their United
States Lifesaving Association
(USLA) certification in 2007,"
said Okaloosa County Public
Safety Director Dino Villani.
USLA certification is a
two-year process of develop-
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the accreditation level through
physical fitness training,
equipment requirements and a
technical evaluation of the

level of medical care.
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Cody is employed as a director of
development for the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences at the
University of Florida.
A May wedding is planned at
Eden Gardens State Park.


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Valparaiso Garden Club
President Kay Parsons, left,
presented Nitsi Bennett,
CEO, Okaloosa County
Habitat for Humanity, with a
check for $1,107 for Habitat
landscape projects on
March 11.

RBCS students welcome,

thank 50-plus pastors

Special to the Beacon
The students from Rocky
Bayou Christian School held
their first ever Pastors
Appreciation Day Wednesday,
March 25. More than 50 pastors
attended, and students enter-
tained them, presented the
vision and spirit of their school
and fed the pastors lunch.
Leadership Trek, a leadership
development program designed
to train students to engage the
world as strong, capable
Christian leaders, spearheaded

the project.
The Pastors Appreciation
Day had its genesis with David
Blackmon, a 2008 graduate of
RBCS, who had a vision of hav-
ing pastors on campus to be told
"thank you" for their service and
to encourage pastors to be dili-
gent in upholding RBCS and its
students in their prayers. The
program was totally funded,
planned, and designed by the
students of Leadership Trek,
which also brought in and
included other students in the

program's implementation.
Student and Eagle Scout Josh
Allen gave the school presenta-
tion that was central to the pro-
gram, and Student Government
Chaplain Gary Frey led the pas-
tors in group prayer. Students
Julia Denney, Hector Delgato,
Laura Pate, Ashley Hannay,
Hope Given, Josiah Duffey,
John Hearon, Shannon Mosley,
Johnny Hoskins, and Brannon
Tolbert were integral in plan-
ning the event and seeing it to

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E-mail items to
binfoo@baybeacon. com
before 5p.m. Wednesday.

Upcoming blood drives
April 18, Saturday: NWF
Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner Blvd.
FWB, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 19, Sunday: Live Oak
Baptist Church, Crestview, 8 a.m. -
1 p.m.
April 20, Monday: Hurlburt
Lockheed Martin, noon-3 p.m.

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Airport art exhibit
Florida State University is
lending artwork from its best and
brightest art stu-
dents to display
at the Northwest
Airport. There is
a mixture of paintings, 3-D art,
photography and more in this col-
lection. FSU student art is dis-
played in the lobby area of the air-
Info: 651-7160.
AAUW seeks books
The Niceville-Valparaiso
Branch of the American
Association of
W o m e n
(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 parking lot of
Peoples National Bank on John
Sims Parkway, Niceville. For pick-
up of donations, call 678-2900 or
Senior activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center
Activities, 268 Glenview Ave.,
Valparaiso, for April 15-21:
Wednesday, April 15: Monthly
birthday party, hosted by the
young women's group of the First
Baptist Church of Niceville, 10
Thursday, April 16: Singalong
with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 17: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 20: Trivia, 9:30
Tuesday, April 21: 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
Artists gatherings
The Emerald
Coast Plein Air
Painters is an
open group of
art enthusiasts
who gather each
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., to
paint throughout Okaloosa-Walton
counties. There is no membership
fee. Info:,
598-6501 or
Meeting schedule:
April 15-Crab Trap, Destin
April 22-Liza Jackson Park,
Fort Walton Beach.
April 29-Dier-Hart house, 1581
Mack Bayou Rd., Santa Rosa
'Try-out Boot Camp'
All those who may be interest-
ed in cheerleading and will be in
middle school during the 2009-

2010 school year are invited to
attend a "Try-out Boot Camp" 9
a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in
the Niceville High School gymna-
sium. For information on the NHS-
cheerleader-sponsored event look
for flyers in your school's front
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.
Skate contest
The City of Niceville Youth
Center plans an April Skate con-


test. April 18 starting at 2 p.m.
First, second and third place tro-
phies in all categories. $5 to skate
and an additional $10 to enter con-
test. Info: 897-2900.
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, through April 17.
Baby contest deadline near
Friday, April 17, is the deadline
to enter the city of Niceville Relay
for Life team's "Cutest Baby" con-
test. All proceeds will go to the
American Cancer Society's Relay
for Life.
Anyone wishing to enter may

send a color or black and white
baby photo (3-by-5-inch is best)
with the child's name, age at the
time of the photograph, name,
address and phone number of the
person making the entry, and a $10
entry fee to: City of Niceville, 212
N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL
32578 Attn: Cutest Baby Contest.
Checks must be made out to
"American Cancer Society.
Any photo of a person who was
no more than 12 months old when
the picture was taken may be
The 'Cutest Baby" picture win-
ner will receive a $100 Savings
Bond, a gift certificate, a "Cutest
Baby" plaque and a picture in the
newspaper. All other finalists will
receive placement plaques and pic-
tures in the newspaper.
Info: 729-4045 or 729-4046.



Free flute concerts

The flute ensemble "Flutes Furioso" of Northwest Florida State College will perform
Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center at NWF State College in Niceville and Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in the atrium at
the Westwood Retirement Resort, located at 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Both
concerts are free and open to the public.

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needed in Bluewater.
Part-time, evenings,
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