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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 29, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Friday. 6 p.m.
Join the throngs of warriors
fighting cancer at the Niceville-
Valparaiso Relay for
i a Life at Niceville
High School. Plenty
of food, perform-
ances and fun are
available as money is raised to
battle the disease.
Call 244-3813.
Friday. Saturday. 7 p.m.
Strap on your eye patch and
put a parrot on your shoulder
for Rocky Bayou Christian
School's presentation of "The
Pirates of Penzance" at
Niceville High School. Tickets
are $10 for adults and $5 for

Saturday. 6 p.m.
Enjoy some cool jazz
and bid on some cool
items at the sixth annual
Jazz Dinner and Silent
Auction at the Niceville


First United Methodist
Church Community Center.
Tickets are $30 and include a
gourmet catered dinner.
Call 897-4379.

Saturday. 9 a.m.

Come to the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts
Center on the Northwest
Florida State College Niceville
campus for a free musical inter-
lude, featuring high school
show choirs and choral ensem-
bles from Florida and
Mississippi. The show is free, so
come for all or part of it.
Call 729-5382.
Tuesday. 7 p.m.
Watch 1,767 young men
and women get their start on
life at Northwest Florida
State College's commence-
ment exercises at the col-
lege's outdoor amphitheater.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-3.

County monitors U.S., Mexico flu outbreak

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
An outbreak of potentially deadly
swine flu in the U.S. has health offi-
cials concerned. Sixty-four cases had
been confirmed as of Tuesday, 45 of
which were in New York City,
according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Other cases were reported in
California, Ohio, Kansas, and Texas.

The U.S. cases were said to be mild.
None have been reported in Florida.
According to some accounts,
more than 1,600 cases have been
reported in Mexico, resulting in at
least 149 deaths. The World Health
Organization, however, placed the
number of confirmed cases and
deaths in Mexico much lower, at 26
and 7, respectively.
Health officials say that whether

or not the current swine flu outbreak
proves to be especially lethal and
widespread, history indicates that it
is only a matter of time before anoth-
er flu pandemic sweeps the world.
Influenza pandemics are natural,
inevitable and dangerous, according
to health officials. The flu pandemic
of 1918 killed as many as 20 million
people worldwide, including as
many as 650,000 in the

U.S. Two subsequent 20th century
pandemics, in 1957 and 1968, killed
about 70,000 and 34,000 Americans,
respectively. The 1968 pandemic,
called "Hong Kong flu," turned out
to be a mild threat domestically.
Although it sickened more than
500,000 Americans, its death toll of
only about 34,000 is within the aver-
age number of seasonal flu deaths
Please see FLU, page A-9

Karen Chapman

College trustees

fire Richburg

Former president seeks

legal-defense costs;

White takes helm

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
James R. Richburg, president
of Northwest Florida State
College since 1987, was fired
Tuesday by the college board of
trustees in the wake of his indict-
ment on a corruption charge.
Jill White, 62, was named
interim president. White, of

Richburg booked, A-4.
Valparaiso, was previously senior
vice president.
The trustees also considered
seeking an end to a controversial
$6 million project at the Destin
Airport that led to the indictment
Please see COLLEGE, page A-11

Tax collector

snubs county

on budget

Audit criticizes Hughes

on bonuses, travel .

Audit findings, A-10.
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes is the
only one of the county's five con-
stitutional officers to reject an
invitation to appear at a county

budget meet-
ing sched-
uled for 6
p.m. yester-
County Chris Hughes
Administrator Jim Curry invited
Please see HUGHES, page A-9

Valp. cops guard Coke plant after slaying

S Gunman is shot, captured in Tampa

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. plant in
Valparaiso returned to business last week
after a man suspected to have shot and
killed a Coke vending machine mechanic
was wounded and captured after a con-
frontation with U.S Marshals.

Thomas McCoy Jr. Delivery trucks came and went, and

employees were at work last Friday after-
noon, but no one wanted to talk about the
incident that cost the life of a fellow
The distribution plant on Valastics
Avenue had been guarded around the
clock by Valparaiso police officers since
Thomas McCoy Jr., 42, Laurel Hill,
Please see GUNMAN, page A-9

Valparaiso police
officers guarded the
local Coke plant after
the slaying in
DeFuniak Springs of
a plant employee.

Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

A soldier comes home

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Being a soldier was something
Michael Anaya played at as a
young boy but lived out as a man.
"He never not wanted to be a
soldier," said Cheryl Anaya, of
Crestview, Mike's mother. "When

he was 4 he'd get all dressed up
in camouflage and play army.
He'd say over and over, 'I'm
gonna be a soldier, I'm gonna be
a soldier.'"
In 2006, what was once the
dream of a little boy in camou-
flage became the reality of an

The casket of Army Spc. Michael Anaya arriving at Eglin Air Force
Base April 22.

infantryman in combat gear when
Mike Anayajoined the Army.
When his country called Army
Spc. Michael Anaya to Iraq in
October 2008, he and his fellow
warriors of the 2nd Battalion,
27th Infantry Regiment, 25th
Division, left
Hawaii, for a
land of dust, h 41
sand and
"'I'm not Michael Anaya
back,' he said," recalled CJ,
Mike's older brother. "He told us
it was his destiny. 'It's what I'm
meant to do,' he said."
The 23-year-old soldier was
Please see SOLDIER, page A-9

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan
Caroline Terrell (left) and Chandler Brown, second graders, stood with 400 schoolmates who lined
Highway 85 in front of Edge Elementary School Friday as the family of Army Spc. Michael Anaya drove
past to his funeral at a nearby church. Anaya, killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq, was
buried in Niceville Friday.

Pirates in the park

Beacon photo
Hundreds of people turned out in fine weather for the annual Saturday in the Park cele-
bration in Perrine Park, Valparaiso, sponsored by the Heritage Museum. Among the per-
formers on stage were members of the cast of Rocky Bayou Christian School's production
of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera "Pirates of Penzance," which will be performed
Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Niceville High School auditorium. Above, center, RBCS
sophomore Matt Ruff plays the Pirate King.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Observers say F-35 not so noisy after all

New warplane caps 3-day Eglin goodwill tour with a demonstration flight

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During a much-anticipated
demonstration flight of the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
at Eglin Air Force Base last
week, it seemed apparent to
most observers that the new
warplane is not noticeably loud-
er than F-15s, F-16s, or F-18s
that took off and flew over spec-
tators before and after the F-35.
Shortly before the F-35 made
its demonstration takeoff
Thursday, an F-16 chase plane
took off, and another F-16 took
off immediately after the F-35.
During the flight, the F-35, fol-
lowed by the two chase planes,
made what appeared to be
touch-and-go landings in both
At various times before and
after the F-35 demo, other jets,
including some F-15s and a pair
of F-18s, also took off and land-
ed. Had this observer been

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blindfolded, it would not have
been possible to tell the F-35
from the other planes by sound
Some other observers,
including several local govern-
ment officials, agreed. Mary
Esther Mayor Chuck Bolton
said "I thought the F-16s actual-
ly sounded a little louder." Fort
Walton Beach City Councilman
Dick Rynearson said, "I thought
the F-35 was actually a little
quieter than the F-15 and F-16."
Niceville City Councilman
Dan Henkel told the Beacon, "I
thought it sounded like the F-
"I watched the demonstra-
tion," said Okaloosa County
Commissioner John Jannazo,
"and I thought the other planes
were noisier."
The only Valparaiso official
known to have attended the
demonstration flight was City
Commissioner Thomas G.

Miller, who could not be
reached for comment. His wife,
however, told the Beacon she
attended the demonstration
flight with her husband, and
questioned whether the demon-
stration was a realistic portrayal
of what the new warplane might
be like when actual training mis-
sions are underway.
"I think it came in too high
and slow," she said, "and I don't
think they used as much power
as they will in training flights."
Also, she said, actual training
operations will include many
more flights per day than are
flown by aircraft currently sta-
tioned at Eglin.
Valparaiso is suing to block
the deployment of as many as
113 F-35s at Eglin until noise
and safety issues are resolved.
The first of the new warplanes to
be based at a new training center
at Eglin is scheduled to arrive
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Officials from Eglin Air
Force Base and Lockheed
Martin, the plane's manufactur-
er, who accompanied a develop-
mental copy of the warplane on
a three-day goodwill tour at
Eglin last week, acknowledged
that the Thursday demonstration
flight did not include using the
plane's afterburner, a device that
provides extra thrust by spray-
ing raw fuel directly into the hot
exhaust from the jet engine. The
effect of an afterburner is like
that of an extra rocket motor,
increasing thrust, but at the cost
of much higher fuel consump-
tion. Pilots generally use after-
burners only when they need
extra power for a short period,
such as in an emergency or
when trying to outmaneuver an
enemy in battle.
Although pilots of most pre-
vious jet fighter planes frequent-
ly use afterburners to shorten
takeoff distances, test pilots Doc
Neilson and Jeff Knowles said
Thursday that the new F-35 has
such a powerful engine that it is
seldom necessary to use the
afterburner on takeoff, except
when taking off from exception-
ally short fields. They said there
are no plans to routinely use the
devices during training takeoffs
at Eglin, but to use "military
power," in which the engine pro-
duces its maximum thrust
attainable without using the
During briefings to press and
local officials at the Eglin
Officers Club, where visitors
were also treated to lunch,
Lockheed Martin representa-
tives showed charts of the most
recent noise testing done at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

During the tests, conducted last
October, microphones were
placed all around the F-35 at
varying distances while the
plane operated at various engine
settings. The resulting noise was
measured and analyzed by the
Air Force Research Laboratory,
and the results of the analysis
have only recently been
According to Lockheed
Martin and the Air Force, the
analysis showed that the noise
produced by the F-35 is almost
identical to that produced by
comparable fighters, including
the F-15, F-16, and F-18. That
conclusion is consistent with
what most observers reported
during Thursday's demo.
Other features of the F-35
discussed during briefings
Thursday included a special
visual display which will project
flight data onto the inside of the
pilot's visor, making traditional
"heads-up" displays unneces-
sary, and allowing pilots to see
flight data no matter what direc-
tion they turn their head.
A newer version, still being
developed, may eventually elim-
inate the need for a transparent
canopy. The new system uses
small cameras placed at various
points on the exterior of the
plane, creating a virtual image
of the outside world for the
The result, said Lockheed
Martin briefers, is like flying a
plane that is invisible from the
inside. Pilots will be able to look
in any direction and see their
environment, by virtually "see-
ing through" their own plane,
and even their own bodies, to
observe what is directly below

F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter flies over
Eglin Air Force
Base Thursday.

Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith

or behind them. The system will
also give pilots the option of
i"n.l-i;" in infrared or radar
imagery, effectively giving them
a sort of super-vision previously
enjoyed only by comic book
Marine Brig. Gen. David
Hines, an F-35 program officer
from Washington, D.C., said the
plane is slated to be flown by
nine other nations besides the
U.S., including most members
of NATO, and that other nations
such as Finland, Spain,
Singapore and Israel have also
expressed interest. Hines dis-
missed recent reports that hack-
ers had penetrated sensitive
information about the F-35, say-
ing that while he cannot reveal
details, the U.S. is aware of
hacker attacks and is prepared to
deal aggressively with them at
the proper time.
Lockheed Martin Senior Vice
President Dan Crowley said the
nations involved in the F-35 pro-
gram must meet strict U.S.
guidelines for sharing sensitive
information about the program.
Asked whether engineers,
pilots, and other representatives
of nine or more nations can
actually keep any secret, much
less the design of the world's
most sophisticated fighter,
Hines simply replied, "Yes, they

Eglin sets

public meeting

Eglin Air Force Base will
host a Town Hall meeting open
to the general public Thursday,
April 30, at 6 p.m. in the
Crestview High School gymna-
Col. Bruce McClintock,
96th Air Base Wing command-
er, will provide an Eglin update
on numerous topics to include
the Joint Strike Fighter and 7th
Special Forces Group bed-
downs, and the Joint Strike
Fighter Supplemental
Environmental Impact
Statement, according to an
Eglin statement.
This is the first of three
local town hall meetings.
Future town hall meetings will
be held in Niceville and Fort
Walton Beach, according to
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Sheriff, aide plead not guilty after indictment

New details in alleged kickbacks

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Suspended Okaloosa County
Sheriff Charlie Morris and a top
aide pleaded not guilty as they
were arraigned on corruption
charges Monday in federal court
in Pensacola before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth M.
A federal grand jury indict-
ment last
week for-
maliz ed
charges that
led the FBI
Feb. 27 to
Morris, 59,
o f Charlie Morris
and his former director of
administrative services, Teresa
Y. Adams, 50, of Niceville.
The indictment provided new
details of the kickback scheme
allegedly run by Morris and
Adams. In at least 26 instances,
sheriff's employees received
bonuses and then gave some of
the money to the sheriff in cash
in a program that lined Morris's
pockets with tens of thousands
of taxpayers' dollars, according
to the indictment.
The grand jury also indicated


A photo caption April 22
misidentified the persons
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winning baby in the
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Contest. Christopher and
Dorothy Kime are Joshua
Kime's grandparents.

that $40,000 of the alleged pay-
offs were sent by Morris and
Adams to a person identified
only by the initials "S.T."
The indictment, dated April
22, also indicated that federal
authorities plan to seek return of
stolen tax money from Morris
and Adams.
The indictment details six
counts each against Morris and
Adams: conspiracy to commit
theft; two counts of theft from
programs receiving federal
funds; conspiracy to commit
money laundering; money laun-
dering; and, wire fraud conspir-
Federal prosecutors said that
Morris and Adams face a maxi-
mum possible sentence of 85
years in prison, fines of as much
as $1.7 million, up to 24 years
of probation, and court-ordered
Among new details alleged
in the
on Jan. 20,

Morris and
Adams took
$40,000 in
the form of
a cashier's
check from
the bank Teresa Adams
account of
Teresa Adams. The check was
made payable to someone iden-
tified in the indictment only as
S.T. The $40,000 check was
funded by kickbacks from sher-
iff's employees, according to
the indictment.
In addition to bonus money
received by employees, the
grand jury noted that the
scheme resulted in other costs to
taxpayers, including money to
cover federal income and pay-

roll taxes withheld from
employee bonus checks, the
employer portion of payroll
taxes, unemployment taxes, and
workers' compensation premi-
Twenty-six incidents of
bonuses and subsequent kick-
backs resulted in Morris
allegedly pocketing a total of
$115,500, according to the
At the request of Acting
Sheriff Ed Spooner, who was
appointed Feb. 27 after Morris
was suspended by Gov. Charlie
Crist, a "forensic audit" was
conducted by the accounting
firm of Carr Riggs & Ingram.
Released March 23, the audit
detailed a total of nearly $1.4
million in bonuses Morris had
given employees from 2004 to
2009, resulting in net bonuses
of $845,620 received by
The federal indictment indi-
cated that federal authorities
plan to use forfeiture laws to
seek return of the stolen taxpay-
er money from Morris and
Adams. The indictment states
the U.S. is entitled to forfeiture
of substitute property allowed
under federal law, for property
of funds that:
-"Cannot be located upon
the exercise of due diligence."
-"Has been transferred or
sold to, or deposited with, a
third person."
-"Has been placed beyond
the jurisdiction of this Court."
-"Has been substantially
diminished in value."
-"Has been commingled
with other property which can-
not be divided without difficul-
Morris and Adams remain
free on their own recognizance.

26 instances listed of employees

giving money to Charlie Morris

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An April 22 federal grand
jury indictment on corruption
charges of suspended Okaloosa
County Sheriff Charlie Morris
and Teresa Adams, a former
top aide, named 26 instances of
employees receiving bonuses
and then kicking back or giv-
ing money to the sheriff.
Only Adams and Morris
have been charged. Acting
sheriff Ed Spooner has charac-
terized many if not most of the
employees involved as victims.
The indictment identified
the employees, dates and
amounts as:
-May 24, 2007: Teresa
Adams received a net bonus of
$6,500 from which $2,500 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Aug. 24, 2007: Mike
Hull received a net bonus of
$6,000 from which $2,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Aug. 24, 2007: Nicole
Wagner received a net bonus of
$4,000 from which $2,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Jan. 4, 2008: Teresa
Adams received a net bonus of
$4,000 from which $4,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Feb. 29, 2008: David
Yacks received a net bonus of
$8,000 from which $2,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-March 14, 2008: Sarah
Irish received a net bonus of
$3,500 from which $2,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-March 14, 2008: David
Yacks received a net bonus of

$6,000 from which $3,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Aug. 15, 2008: George
Wilson received a net bonus of
$4,000 from which $3,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Sept. 30, 2008: Debbie
Barrineau received a net bonus
of $7,000 from which $3,000
was kicked back or given to
-Sept. 30, 2008: Larry
Donaldson received a net
bonus of $11,000 from which
$5,000 was kicked back or
given to Morris.
-Sept. 30, 2008: Mark
Schneipp received a net bonus
of $11,000 from which $5,000
was kicked back or given to
-Sept. 30, 2008: George
Wilson received a net bonus of
$9,000, from which $5,000
was kicked back or given to
-Sept. 30, 2008: Nicole
Wagner received a net bonus of
$8,000 from which $4,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Oct. 10, 2008: David
Yacks received a net bonus of
$9,000 from which $3,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Oct. 10, 2008: Randall
Holcombe received a net bonus
of $7,000 from which $6,000
was kicked back or given to
-Nov. 7, 2008: George
Wilson received a net bonus of
$5,000 from which $4,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Jan. 16, 2009: Kelly
Cashman received a net bonus

of $5,000 from which $4,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: Angel
DeJesus received a net bonus
of $6,000 from which $3,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: Michele
Nicholson received a net bonus
of $3,000 from which $1,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: Sandra
Norris received a net bonus of
$5,000 from which $4,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Jan. 16, 2009: Roberta
Pifer received a net bonus of
$3,000 from which $1,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.
-Jan. 16, 2009: Nicole
Wagner received a net bonus of
$15,000 from which $12,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: George
Wilson received a net bonus of
$15,000 from which $12,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: David
Yacks received a net bonus of
$15,000 from which $8,000
was kicked back or given to
-Jan. 16, 2009: Randall
Holcombe received a net bonus
of $15,000 from which
$12,000 was kicked back or
given to Morris
-Feb. 13, 2009: Teresa
Adams received a net bonus of
$3,002 from which $3,000 was
kicked back or given to Morris.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tammy Ann Stroppel, unem-
ployed, 41, of 1051 48th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 2 for battery,
domestic violence.

Vincente Cruz Perez, a con-
struction worker, 31, of 1121 47th
St., Niceville, and Cherry Lynn
Harp, 22, of the same address
were arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 19, each charged with bat-
tery, domestic violence.

Corey Logan Chavis, unem-
ployed, 19, of Reeves Street,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 16 for violation of
probation on the original charges
of possession of a controlled sub-

stance and possession of marijua-

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and with a
permanent Tori Camilla
addressaof Brown
461 Tasha
St., Mary Esther, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 17 on
two counts of uttering a false
instrument, one count of grand
theft, and two counts of use/pos-

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session of the ID of another with-
out consent.
On Nov. 6, 2008, Brown
allegedly applied for a $500 pay-
day loan in Fort Walton Beach
using the Social Security number
of a Miami woman on her driver
license and a $843.26 "starter"
check from a local bank to show
she was employed. The check
was written on the account of a
woman who died in 2003. As of
Feb. 24 Brown allegedly had not
made any payment of the loan,
which was 101 days late.

Jose Humberto Sanchez
Briones, a drywall hanger, 36, of
304 Reeves St., Lot F-4, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop, April
18, for driving on a suspended dri-
ver's license and a felony proba-
tion violation.

Adam Brice Griffin, unem-
ployed, 32, of 318 Boxer St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies April 17, subsequent
to a traffic stop in Crestview for
possession of a controlled sub-
stance, oxycodone HCI, and two
counts of possession of drug para-
DUI arrests
Gary Wayne Grammer, 58, of
205-A Chicago Ave., Valparaiso,
was arrested by Valparaiso police
for DUI on Chicago Avenue, sub-
sequent to driving through yards at
192 and 196 Chicago Ave. and
causing an estimated $600 dam-
age, April 16, at 3:59 p.m.
Grammer was also cited for leav-
ing the scene of a crash with prop-
erty damage and failure to use due

Rebecca C. Glosson, unem-
ployed, 45, of 1213 S. Cedar Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Bayshore Drive at Sadler Court,
April 20 at 11:58 p.m. Glosson
was also cited for driving with an
expired tag.
A Niceville resident reported
that two surfboards he had left
overnight at a friend's home on
Glen Lake Circle were gone when
he returned the next morning. The

DBy Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Funeral services will be held
later this week for two Okaloosa
County sheriff's deputies shot
dead Saturday while trying to
arrest an accused wife beater.
Their slayer later died in a
shootout with law officers.
Deputy Burt Lopez, 45, and
Deputy Warren "Skip" York, also
45, were killed Saturday after
being shot at the Shoal River Clay
Sporting Gun Range east of
Crestview shortly before 1 p.m.
Lopez is survived by his wife
and five children. York leaves his
wife and one child.
Prior to
joining the
Sheriff' s
Office, York
and Lopez
served with
the U.S. Air
joined the Deputy Burt
OCSO in Lopez
2003, while
York joined
the agency
in February
A joint
visitation for

deputies will
be held Deputy Skip
today, April York
29, from 5-9
p.m. at the Crestview Community
Center, 1446 Commerce Center.
Funeral services for Lopez will
be held Thursday, April 30 at 3
p.m. at Central Baptist Church,
located at 951 Ferdon Blvd. in
Crestview. Burial to follow at
Heritage Gardens Cemetery locat-
ed at 2201 Partin Drive North in
Funeral services for York will

Glen Lake residents said they
weren't aware the surfboards had
been left in their garage. The
stolen boards were valued at $600

A video rental store, 4510 E.
Highway 20, reported April 21
that an individual who rented six
DVDs a year ago had not returned
repeated phone calls or written
requests to return the rented items.
The individual's phone was dis-
connected in August. The DVDs
were valued at approximately

A Niceville woman who was
reviewing her bank account on
line April 16 discovered two pur-
chases made by unknown per-
son(s) using her bank card and
PIN number on the same date.
The first fraudulent charge was for
90 cents in Pembroke Pines, Ha.,
and a second for a money order
from Missouri for $1,058.
The victim contacted Western
Union and had them stop payment
on the money order transaction
because it had not yet gone
through, and contacted her bank
and canceled her account. The
woman told authorities she does
not use her bank card at an ATM
very frequently, but had used the
bank's drive-through ATM, 701 E.
John Sims Parkway, about two
weeks ago.

At direction of her bank a
Niceville woman reported April
18 that unknown persons) had
fraudulently used her credit card
April 9 at an unspecified location
in Niceville.

A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of West Troon Drive
reported that sometime between
March 12 and April 21 someone
stole four pieces of jewelry from
the residence. The jewelry was
valued together at $725.

Criminal Mischief
Unknown persons) allegedly
attempted to kick in a bathroom
door at Florida Park, Valparaiso, it
was discovered April 12, causing
the door frame to splinter.

be held on Friday, May 1, at 10
a.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic
Church, 110 Saint Mary Avenue
SW in Fort Walton Beach. Burial
to follow at Barrancas National
Cemetery in Pensacola.
The two deputies were killed
Saturday while attempting to
arrest 28-year-old Joshua William
Cartwright on a domestic violence
Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed
Spooner said Saturday that the
two deputies were shot after they
had used a stun gun that had
knocked Cartwright to the ground,
but that the suspect came up
shooting with a gun that was
apparently concealed from the
two lawmen.
After shooting the deputies,
Cartwright fled eastbound on
Highway 90
in his pickup
truck. The
Patrol and
assisted with
efforts to JoshuaW.
i t o p Cartwright
Cartwright. Walton County sher-
iff's deputies placed spikes along
the roadway near the intersection
with Highway 331. Cartwright's
vehicle left the pavement to avoid
the spikes, then spun out of con-
trol. After his truck flipped,
Cartwright fired at Walton
deputies as he tried to exit, accord-
ing to authorities. He was killed in
an exchange of gunfire.
A sheriff's offense report on a
domestic violence Saturday gave
the following account:
Cartwright allegedly battered
his wife inside their Fort Walton
Beach apartment Saturday about
9:30 a.m. She called 911 after
driving herself to a hospital emer-
gency room in Fort Walton Beach.

deputy used a ladder to retrieve the
arrow, which was camouflaged,
with red fletching and a field
point. It was unclear if the arrow
had been shot intentionally or


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2 felony


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The president of
Northwest Florida State
in for
on two
at the
County James R.
Jail last Richburg
wee k
and was released on his
own recognizance.
James R. Richburg, who
has been on unpaid leave as
president of the Niceville
school since being indicted
April 17, was booked in
Tallahassee April 22 on
of offi-
duct and
in an
pro -
T h e Ray Sansom
were contained in an indict-
ment handed down by a
Leon County grand jury
April 17.
Rep. Ray Sansom, R.,
Destin, was also indicted on
a charge of official miscon-
duct by the same grand jury.
Sansom turned himself in
and was booked at the Leon
County Jail April 17 and
also was released on his
own recognizance.

A deputy responded to a crimi-
nal mischief call in the 1400 block
of Live Oak Street April 20 and
observed an arrow embedded
about an inch deep in the siding of
the home, near a rear door. The

I Fire Department Reports

Niceville Fire
Th ceIe Fire De+'tmt responded to following calls April 17 through
A 1,1260LC
2 St jct6 EEmergency M ical Calls
0 Veh rFl ile Crashe
1 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Cash w Extricatio
0 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call -
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Deer Street . ........ . .Medical ........ .4/17/09 ....... .04:53
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical .......... .4/1809 ........07:47
SR285 @MM11 ...............Canceled .........4/18/09 .........15:26
Finck Road ................ .Medical ...........4/18/09 ........17:25
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..........4/18/09 ........21:35
S. CedarAvenue .............Medical......... .4/19/09....... .11:14
E. College Boulevard ..........Medical ..........4/20/09 .........17:34
W. College Blvd/SR85N ........Vehicle crash . . .4/20/09 .........20:29
Jones Avenue .............. .Brush fire ......... 4/2109 ........03:22
Davis Drive ..................Medical ..........4/21/09 ........08:41
E. John Sims Parkway .........Vehicle crash . . .4/21/09 .........15:50
N. Partin Drive/N. Palm ........ Vehicle crash ......4/22/09 ........16:27
SR285 0 MM#7 ......... .... Medical ..........4/22/09 ........20:00
S. John Sims Pkwy/Valp . . . .Structure fire . . .4/23/09 ........07:37
Hudson Circle .............. .Medical ..........4/23/09 ....... .11:13
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..........4/23/09 ........17:29
E. John Sims Parkway .........Vehicle crash . . .42309 .........17:54
Bayshore Drive/Valp ...........Canceled .........4/24/09 ........09:26
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..........4/24/09 ........13:27
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical ..........4/24/09 ........13:30
S. Partin Drive ......... . .Medical ..........4/24/09 ....... .15:09
E. John Sims Parkway .........Vehicle crash . . .4/24/09 .........18:45
Fall Street ................. .Structure fire . . .4/24/09 ........21:40
SR85N ................... .Medical..... .. .4/25/09...... .10:43
SR285 @ MM#6 ......... .. .Vehicle crash . . .4/25/09 ........14:46
S. Partin Drive ............... .Medical ..........4/26/09 ........10:45
Rocky Shores Drive ...........Medical ..........4/2609 ........ 15:18
Weekly Safety Tip: If an electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug
it immediately and have it serviced before using it again. Replace any electrical cord
that is cracked or frayed.
Web Page:

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls April 20 through
April 26.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Troon Drive ......... . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/20/09 . . .11:46
Highway20/Magnolia Place .EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/20/09 . . .19:18
Highway20/White Point Road Vehicle accident ..........4/20/09 . . .21:05
Hampton Circle ......... .EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/21/09 . . .09:27
White Point Road ..........Dispatched canceled . . .4/21/09 . . .17:59
Merchants Way/125 . . . .Medical assist/assist EMS .4/23/09 . . .07:52
Highway 20 East ......... .Rescue/EMS/other . . . .4/23/09 . . .09:14
Olde Post Road ......... .Dispatched canceled . . .4/23/09 . . .13:10
Merchants Way ...........EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/24/09 . . .08:59
Rosewood Way .......... .Unauthorized burn ........4/24/09 . . .11:09
E. John Sims Parkway . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/24/09 . . .13:32
White Point Road ........ .Rescue/EMS/other ........4/24/09 ......14:17
Highway 20 ..............Rescue/EMS/other ........4/24/09 ......15:53
White Point Road ........ .Rescue/EMS/other . . . .4/24/09 . . .16:43
Hwy20NVhite Point Road . .Vehicle accident ..........4/24/09 ......19:40
End Fall Street .......... .Structure fire ..............4/24/09 ......21:42
N. White Point Road . . . .Medical assist/assist EMS ..4/25/09 . . .16:13
White Point Road ..........EMS excluding vehicle . . .4/26/09 . .. .08:19
Bay Drive1002 ........... Cooking fire contained .....4/26/09 ......14:54
Meadow Woods Lane ..... .Unauthorized burn ....... .4/26/09 . .. .21:27
N. White Point Road .......EMS excluding vehicle .....4/26/09 ..... 22:07

i i

William R. Marshall, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A.
Theodore I. Macey, M.D., P.A.
John C. Warburton, M.D., P.A.
Jason W. Thackeray, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A.

Mark J. Tenholder, M.D., P.A.
Joseph R. Agostinelli, DPM, FACFAS, RP.A.
Danny R. Engle, PA-C, MPAS
Scot T. Williams, PA-C, MPAS

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reported each year.
"Influenza pandemics gener-
ally occur about every 40-plus
years," said Dr. Karen Chapman,
director of the Okaloosa County
Health Department. "It's consid-
ered inevitable that there will be
another pandemic."
The federal government
Sunday declared a public health
emergency. U.S. Homeland
Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano said the CDC is pre-
pared to distribute a quarter of the
U.S. stockpile of 50 million
doses of anti-viral medicine to
locations where swine flu has

From page A-1
allegedly gunned down a former
coworker April 10 in Walton
County, until McCoy's violent
arrest last week.
Investigators who took part in
the multi-agency task force that
found and captured the shooting
suspect were also reluctant to say
much during the press confer-
ence held at the Walton County
Sheriff's Office April 21. They
did, however, praise one another
for the teamwork that led to the
suspect being located and taken
into custody without harming
anyone else; a concern that
authorities and the Coca-Cola
company apparently took very
seriously while McCoy
remained at large.

From page A-1

killed on Easter Sunday 160 miles
north of Baghdad by one of the
roadside bombs that have taken
such a toll on G.I.s since the liber-
ation of Iraq in 2003.
His flag-draped casket was
unloaded April 22 from a char-
tered plane at Eglin Air Force
Base, escorted by his father,
Carmelo, and an Army comrade.
On that sunny, breezy morn-
ing last week, Mike's family,
members of the Air Force, an
Army Honor Guard from Fort

From page A-1

the county tax collector, property
appraiser, sheriff, elections super-
visor, and clerk of court "in light
of heightened public interest this
year in the budgetary process."
The snub is nothing new for
Hughes, who says he has never
gone to a policymaking meeting
of another political entity.
Hughes, who says his office is a
"\ IL i;ii" entity independent of
county oversight, typically files
only the barest of budget docu-
ments each year with the county
Hughes said that this year, for
the first time, he plans to hold his
own budget workshop meetings,
on dates yet to be announced.
Hughes' practice of going it
alone was criticized by outside
CPA firms in findings of an annu-
al countywide audit of Okaloosa
County released Friday.
Under the heading "Schedule
of Findings and Questioned
Costs," auditors for the fiscal year
ended Sept. 30, 2008, cited the
Tax Collector's office with three
critical findings:
-Hughes was faulted for
apparently circumventing the
intent of state Department of
Revenue (DOR) rules in failing to
disclose $173,000 in employee
bonuses he awarded during the
-Auditors recommended that
Hughes' longtime policy of pay-
ing employee bonuses be stopped
until questions on the propriety of
the payouts raised by the county
commission and the DOR are
-Hughes was criticized for
poor documentation of employee
travel expenses, a practice which
the auditors said resulted in their
being unable in many instances to

been found or may be expected to
Monday, the government
advised Americans against most
travel to Mexico. Travelers enter-
ing from Mexico were being
watched for signs of illness.
The flu virus in question is
strange, in that it seems to be a
combination of swine, human
and bird flu, said Chapman.
"It's a virus in transition," she
said. "This strain is showing the
characteristics of all three types."
Previously, the most volatile
threat was considered to be the
H5N1 flu, commonly called
"bird flu," which spread rapidly
in Asia earlier this year. Bird flu
has not killed anyone in the
United States, according to the
McCoy is alleged to have shot
and killed Curtis Brown, 38, of
Baker, a vending machine tech-
nician who had been a co-work-
er of McCoy's when McCoy also
worked for Coca-Cola. On April
10, McCoy allegedly shot Brown
twice in the chest while Brown
was doing maintenance on a
vending machine in a classroom
building at the Chautauqua
Center of Northwest Florida
State College, DeFuniak
Springs. A handful of people
were in the building at the time,
but no classes were in session
and no one else was harmed,
according to the college.
After a statewide manhunt,
McCoy was located at about
noon April 21 at a Tampa hotel,
by U.S. Marshals who ordered
him to surrender. McCoy then
tried to draw a gun on the mar-
Rucker and a motorcycle group
called the Patriot Guard Riders
solemnly greeted him.
The hearse and its procession
made its way to Heritage
Gardens Funeral Home,
Niceville, where his body rested
until Friday, when his family
again came from Crestview, this
time for the funeral, at Niceville
Assembly of God.
As the Anaya family drove
down Highway 85 past Edge
Elementary School, they saw
400 schoolchildren lining the
At first the children were
happy for the break in school-
justify the public nature of the
Separately, auditors also criti-
cized Hughes for not telling them
that his office was investigated in
2007 by the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement over allegations
of official misconduct. No crimi-
nal charges were filed in the
FDLE probe, which was disclosed
earlier this year.
In an April 24 letter to county
officials, a consortium of account-
ing firms who conducted the latest
county audit said they encoun-
tered difficulty from the Tax
Collector. The accountants cited a
December 2008 letter signed by
Hughes, as well as by his director
of finance and his assistant direc-
tor of finance, to the auditors stat-
ing that they had no knowledge of
any allegations of fraud or sus-
pected fraud affecting the office,
nor any communications from
regulatory agencies concerning
noncompliance with or deficien-
cies in financial reporting prac-
The letter should have dis-
closed the FDLE investigation, the
auditors said.
The FDLE investigation was
initiated by a complaint that
Hughes had used his official coun-
ty vehicle to drive to the Nov. 18,
2006 funeral of the mother of one
of his key employees in Bushnell,
about 387 miles from Okaloosa
County. Hughes told FDLE inves-
tigators he reimbursed the county
for the trip with a $571.21 person-
al check dated Jan. 2, 2007,
although FDLE investigators
noted there were no receipts
attached listing expenditures.
Auditors, who said they found
out about the FDLE investigation
in a newspaper article, said they
should have been informed of the
inquiry in order to plan their 2007-
08 audit.
Hughes responded to the two

Centers for Disease Control.
Chapman said Okaloosa
County is monitoring the situa-
"We have been in communi-
cation with local physicians and
hospitals since Friday evening
about who to test, how to collect
specimens, management of
patients and follow-up,"
Chapman said. "We are keeping
our emergency operations center
and public safety director in the
loop. We're just staying alert."
A flu pandemic (meaning
prevalent throughout a country,
continent or the world) is more
likely when the strain of flu is
unique, Chapman said. "There
are now a number of evolving
influenza A viruses. All originate
shals, who fired, wounding
McCoy, said District 1 Florida
State Attorney Bill Eddins dur-
ing the April 21 press conference
in DeFuniak Springs.
"I have not seen better coop-
eration among so many law
enforcement agencies any-
where," Eddins said of the task
force that was rapidly created to
find McCoy, which included the
DeFuniak Springs and
Valparaiso city police depart-
ments, county sheriff's deputies,
state and federal agencies. Task
force members, he said, collect-
ed numerous leads from many
sources, and responded to each
lead quickly until McCoy was
found and captured. It was, he
said, "a totally professional job"
by police.
No one at the press confer-
ence would say what they think
work, but when the teachers'
radios crackled, announcing the
approach of
the Anaya
they became
hushed and

flags, which
only a
before had Cheryl Anaya
been wav-
ing in answer to the honking
horns of passing cars, were held
in respectful, grateful stillness.
audit findings concerning bonuses
by acknowledging that there was a
disagreement between his attor-
ney, the Department of Revenue
and the attorney for the county
commission. If the disagreement
is ever resolved, he said, he would
budget for future bonuses under
DOR regulations that such pay-
ments would be documented as
"Special Pay." He denied any
intention to circumvent DOR
budgetary recommendations.
As reported last week by the
Bay Beacon, Hughes failed to
itemize at least $1 million in
employee bonuses in his annual
reports to the DOR, which over-
sees his office. The DOR said the
bonuses should have been report-
ed separately as "special pay"
rather than being lumped with
salary expenditures.
Hughes stated in his reply to
the audit that he had already
stopped bonus payments this year.
Indeed, he announced he would
end such awards March 19-a
week after the Beacon reported
Asked to comment on his
refusal to attend last night's coun-

in birds. The avian virus usually
infects pigs, which is usually the
next host. Pigs serve as a mixing
pot for the influenza virus. When
a new strain comes about, it gen-
erally goes from birds to pigs to
humans. The intervening strain
through the pig mixes it and
makes it less strange by going
through a mammal.
So far, all the flu cases that
have been seen in Okaloosa
County involve flu A and flu B
and a pandemic would be unlike-
ly to stem from seasonal viruses,
according to Sam Williamson,
R.N., who works in the epidemi-
ology department of the Santa
Rosa County health department.
In the past, flu epidemics and
pandemics moved freely and sur-
motivated McCoy to shoot his
former co-worker, or whether
McCoy, who operated his own
company, Colddrink Inc., might
have planned to kill anyone else.
Eddins would only say that
McCoy was apparently "dissatis-
fled with some aspects of the
relationship" between himself,
Brown, and possibly other peo-
ple at Coca-Cola. It was evident,
however, that authorities consid-
ered McCoy a threat to other
The Valparaiso Coke plant
was shut down throughout the
manhunt, and Coca-Cola securi-
ty officer Kevin Allen praised the
Valparaiso Police Department
for the "outstanding 24-hour
security" they provided the
closed plant.
Valparaiso Police Chief Joe
Hart said his officers took turns
And the white SUV bearing the
Anaya family flashed its lights in
acknowledgment as it drove past
on its way to the church a few
blocks away.
"This was our way to honor
the family," said Linda
Castleman, an Okaloosa County
school administrator who sug-
gested the show of respect by the
children. "This young man gave
his life for our freedom."
She added: "A motorist
stopped when she saw all the
children and she said, 'I've never
been more proud to live in
Okaloosa County than I am
ty commission budget session,
Hughes issued a statement
Monday saying, in part:
"I will not be attending the
'policy' meeting of the County
Commission, because I do not
legally follow their policies under
the laws and Constitution of the
State of Florida.
"Our forefathers wisely creat-
ed a separation of powers between
the Tax Collector, and those for

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warning. Today, however, scien-
tists are able to track disease and
predict when and where it will
"This is probably the first time
in history that we've been able to
watch a pandemic evolve and to
intervene and halt or at least slow
its progression," Chapman said.
It's not hard to protect one's
self against the flu, Chapman
"People need to understand
how influenza spreads and take
steps now to avoid contracting it,"
she said. "First and foremost, it's
washing your hands-coughing
and sneezing into your sleeve or
into a tissue and then throwing
that tissue away and washing
guarding the plant, usually dur-
ing their off-duty time. Neither
Allen nor Hart would say who
else McCoy might have been tar-
geting, or what grievances he
may have harbored against the
company or any of its personnel.
Security was also tight at
Brown's funeral, said Walton
County Sheriff Mike Adkinson.
Measures at the funeral included
aerial surveillance by volunteer
pilots who helped police protect
participants. Adkinson said he
wanted to express his sympathy
and condolences to the Brown
family, who endured the addi-
tional burden of danger to sur-
viving family and friends while
mourning their loss. He said
there was "-il.ii relief' among
Coca-Cola employees when
McCoy was apprehended.
At Northwest Florida State
Assembly of God members
have tirelessly traveled between
Niceville and Crestview to meet
the needs of the Anaya family in
recent weeks.
"They've done .u\llilii-."
said Carmelo, a native of Puerto
Rico. "Anything we've needed
and things we didn't know we
needed, they've done." Family
members chimed in with exam-
ples of the congregation's love:
babysitting, food, cleaning
house, allowing family visitors to
sleep in their homes.
"They even made sure our
dogs were taken care of," said
Trista Moffett, Mike's 36-year-
whom he collects taxes, to prevent
any concerns of impropriety by
the agencies who receive the serv-
ices of the Tax Collector."
Hughes continued: "The other
constitutional officers do not col-
lect taxes for the County
Commission and nearly 30 other
agencies. As such, there is no con-
flict of interest and their budgets
are approved by the BCC. My
budget, as you are well aware, is

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your hands. How many people at
work are coughing into their
hands and then touching a door-
Chapman also recommends
getting an annual flu shot and
staying home when sick to avoid
exposing others to the virus.
Meanwhile, vigilance is the
keyword at the health depart-
"We'll have to watch it,"
Chapman said. "Clearly this is a
novel strain, but it's being moni-
tored by the CDC and the World
Health Organization to see if this
will escalate to the next stages
and a pandemic. We should know
in a few days if we can contain it
or if we must go into rapid
response mode."
College, spokeswoman Sylvia
Bryan said the shooting had
nothing to do with the college,
except that it took place near a
vending machine on college
property. Neither the college's
own inquiries nor any informa-
tion from law enforcement offi-
cials, she said, reveal any con-
nection between the crime and
the college or its personnel.
Asked whether he would seek
the death penalty against McCoy
for killing Brown, Eddins said
the case is being reviewed by his
staff to determine whether the
crime was sufficiently "cold, cal-
culated and premeditated" to jus-
tify a death sentence.
As of Monday McCoy was
recovering from his wounds in a
Tampa hospital, pending transfer
to Walton County to face
charges, authorities said.
old sister.
For the second time in a week,
the Anaya family, the Army
Honor Guard and the Patriot
Guards gathered at Heritage
Gardens Cemetery. But this time,
their church family was there and
so were close friends, all joined
in grief and pride as the G.I. was
awarded the Purple Heart and the
Bronze Star, and was buried.
"Mike was the epitome of
what an Army infantryman is,"
his mother said. "They have a
burden for this country. They
don't care about the politics.
People don't always see their
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"In 16 years, I have never
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County Commission and have
never been expected to attend such
a meeting. I have, however, always
had representation at actual budg-
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not required to do so. I did attend
budget workshop meetings, not
policy meetings."
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Audit criticizes Tax Collector on bonuses

Editor's note: EJll.*nin.-i
are excerpts from fil.ii:.--. by
auditors for Okaloosa County
i. -.*. 7 the Okaloosa
County Tax Collector.
The finiw. li.. were contained
in a 245-V,,'.-. audit of all
county departments for the
2007-08 fiscal year by a con-
sortium of certified public
accountants: O'Sullivan Creel
L.L.P.; Nicholson, Reeder &
Reynolds P.A.; Allen, YI.-. -ir &
Carr; and Saltmarsh,
Cleaveland & Gund, P.A.
The county auditors also
criticized the tax collector for
poorly documented travel
expenses, fiJi.ii.-- omitted
here for lack of space (see
story, A-]).
Also omitted are the audi-
tors' extensive comments on
previously reported financial
ii # .-. 1 1 ;iii. in the Okaloosa
County .\i. ni 's Or.-. (relat-
ed stories, A-3).

Okaloosa County, Florida
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, 2008

2. Findings Related to the
Financial Statements which
are Required to be Reported
in Accordance with
Generally Accepted
Governmental Auditing
Standards (GAGAS)

Finding 2008-1 BUD-
Criteria Chapter 195.087,
Florida Statutes provides for
the submission of a budget for
the operation of the tax collec-
tor's office to the Department
of Revenue (DOR). This docu-
ment is due on forms approved
by the DOR on or before
August 1 of each year.
Instructions for the completion
of Schedule IA, Detail of
Personal Services, state that
special compensation should
be included under "Special
Pay" and never in the salary
base. This includes compensa-
tion for unused leave, payment
for known retirements, any
annual one time lump sum
payment policy adopted by the
county (governing body), and
certification designation com-
pensation for regular employ-
Condition The Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's budget
for the fiscal year 2007/2008,
while approved by DOR was
not prepared in accordance
with the instructions provided
in the Tax Collector's
Instruction Workbook with
regards to budgeting for and
reporting the payment of extra
Cause The Okaloosa
County Tax Collector's budget
for the fiscal year 2007/2008
reflected $58,000 of certifica-

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tion designation compensation
in "special pay" line item.
Extra compensation of
$173,000 in the form of annual
bonuses was paid using the dif-
ference between the funded
budgeted salary positions and
the actual amounts paid for all
positions. These payments were
not budgeted as a separate line
item on the budget under "spe-
cial pay."
Effect This practice
appears to circumvent the
intent of the Department of
Revenue and Section 195.087,
Florida Statutes, by paying
extra compensation from the
salary base.
Recommendations We
recommend that all extra com-
pensation be budgeted for and
reported under "special pay",
during the initial budget
process. During all financial
reporting and budgeting
processes, we recommend that
actual expenditures paid be
reported by object code as out-
lined by the DOR.
Views of the Responsible
Officials and Planned
Corrective Actions If resolu-
tion concerning extra compen-
sation pay is achieved, manage-
ment will then budget for and
report this under "special pay,"
during the initial budget
process. Management did not
previously budget for extra
compensation pay because the
policy, in accordance with
Florida Statute 215.425, stipu-
lated the payment of extra com-
pensation based upon the avail-
ability of funds. It was not, nor
has it ever been, management's
intent to circumvent DOR
budgetary recommendations.

Finding 2008-5 EXTRA
Criteria The Okaloosa
County Tax Collector has a pol-


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icy providing for the payment
of extra compensation (bonus-
es) to his employees. The Tax
Collector's policy, OCTC
Regulation # 161, outlines the
criteria used to award these
payments including exemplary
project completion, outstanding
performance, emergency relief,
new hire incentive, severance
pay, OR based upon the avail-
ability of funds. The Okaloosa
Board of County
Commissioners believes this
type of pay could only be made
pursuant to an ordinance duly
adopted by Okaloosa County.
Condition There are dif-
ferences of opinion between the
Tax Collector, his attorney, the
Florida Department of Revenue
and Okaloosa County BOCC
and their attorney as to the pol-
icy's compliance with federal
and Florida law, specifically
compliance with Florida
Statute 215.425.
Cause The Okaloosa
County Tax Collector has paid
extra compensation under the
policy with the understanding
it complied with applicable
laws and regulations. The pro-
priety of this policy and the
related payments has since
been called into question.
Effect Although the Tax
Collector has obtained a letter
from a qualified attorney with
experience in labor and gov-
ernmental law in Florida that
states his "actions are in com-
pliance with both federal and
Florida law," the discrepancy
of opinions causes question as
to the legality of the extra com-
pensation totaling $173,000
which was awarded to 25
employees of his office under
this policy during the fiscal
year ended September 30,
We interviewed employees
of the Tax Collector's Office
who had received bonus pay-
ments and some who did not.
None of the employees we
interviewed when asked
specifically suggested any
coercion, intimidation or
expectation either verbally or
indirectly to make campaign
contributions, kickback pay-
ments to the Tax Collector or
contributions to his ministry.
Recognizing the differences of
opinion between the Tax
Collector, the Florida
Department of Revenue and
Okaloosa County we recom-
mend that the practice of
awarding extra compensation
to employees be discontinued
until resolution of these mat-
ters can be achieved.

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Views of the Responsible
Officials and Planned
Corrective Actions -
Management agrees with the
recommendation that awarding
extra compensation pay be dis-
continued until a resolution
can be achieved. Management
had publicly stated, prior to the
auditors' comments, that the
policy of paying employees
extra compensation, not tied to
Department of Revenue
Certifications, would be dis-
continued at this time.
Management read several
favorable AGO Opinions and
complied, in its belief with
Florida Statute 215.425. As the
Florida Attorney General
states, "Opinions of the
Attorney General, however, are
not law. They are advisory only
and are not 1*I.I117iir. in a court
of law. Attorney General
Opinions are not a substitute
for the advice and counsel of
the attorneys who represent
governmental ,.o-. it. and
officials on a day to day
basis". Therefore, manage-
ment was diligent in hiring
qualified, legal counsel and in
researching Federal and
Florida laws, Statutes, and
Attorney General's Opinions
concerning the payment of
bonuses to its employees and
remains firm that it has com-
plied with Federal and Florida
laws and regulations in imple-
menting a salary program
which eliminated the need to
hire additional personnel.
Every dollar spent in extra
compensation saved the tax
payers of Okaloosa County
approximately thirty cents in
additional personnel costs.
Although the BOCC believes
this type of pay could only be
made pursuant to an ordinance
duly adopted by Okaloosa
County, management disagrees

because the OCTC, as a sepa-
rate and sovereign governing
entity under the Constitution
of the State of Florida, has its
own employee contract and
policy manual pursuant to
Florida Statute 215.425.

Currently the Okaloosa
County Clerk of the Circuit
Court has a formal internal
audit function in which activi-
ties are limited to the Clerk's
operations and financial opera-
tions of the BOCC. The other
elected officials of Okaloosa
County do not have a formal
internal audit function.
As part of the Okaloosa
County fraud risk management
program we recommend the
Okaloosa County Clerk of the
Circuit Court work with the
BOCC and with all
Constitutional Officers to
develop a county-wide internal
audit program.
Management's Response
and Corrective Action Plan
The Clerk of the Circuit
Court will work with the Board
of County Commissioners and
other Constitutional Officers to
make a recommendation that
includes formation of a sepa-
rate audit committee, as the
BOCC currently serves in that
capacity, estimated cost, and
other legal and administrative
facets of implementation of
such a program.

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Auditors: Hughes

failed to disclose

'07 criminal probe

Editor's note: In a cover letter to the 2007-08 audit of the
books of Okaloosa County ,'. -i. I ni. ii released Friday, auditors
reported that Okaloosa County Tax Collector Chris Hughes
failed to tell ii,. i. -fa criminal inv( tr; lri. n 0iih. tax collector's
-Il.. by state authorities in 2007. The .'n\. i .i:-,i. -n resulted in
no criminal charges.
Fi'. 1; :-. of the consortium of county auditors on this matter
are as follows:
Difficulties Encountered in Performing the Audit
Tax Collector
Auditing Standards require that the auditor obtain written rep-
resentations from management at the conclusion of the audit.
Such representations from management are part of the evidential
matter supporting the underlying opinion on the financial state-
ments. Written representations ordinarily confirm representations
explicitly or implicitly given to the auditor, indicate and docu-
ment the continuing appropriateness of such representations, and
reduce the possibility of misunderstanding concerning the mat-
ters that are the subject of the representations.
As part of the 2008 audit, the Tax Collector represented to us
among other things, the following:
1. There have been no communications from regulatory agen-
cies concerning noncompliance with, or deficiencies in, financial
reporting practices.
2. We have no knowledge of any fraud or suspected fraud
affecting the entity.
3. We have no knowledge of any allegations of fraud or sus-
pected fraud affecting the entity received in communications
from employees, former employees, analysts, regulators, or oth-
The letter making the foregoing representations was signed by
the Tax Collector, the Director of Finance and Assistant Director
of Finance in December of 2008 and provided to our firm.
Subsequently, it came to our attention through an article in the
press that during 2007 the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE) had conducted a criminal investigation
with regard to certain allegations related to the Okaloosa County
Tax Collector. As auditors we were not advised of the investiga-
tion. Although the investigation by FDLE did not result in crimi-
nal findings we should have been informed of this matter in order
to adequately plan our audit for 2007/2008.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


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Saturday in the

The Inquiring Photographer -MikeGriffith

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We've always known On the same note, I
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"It didn't affect me,
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From page A-1
earlier this month of Richburg and
State Rep. Ray Sansom, former
speaker of the house.
Richburg had been on unpaid
leave from his college post since
the indictment by a state grand
jury April 17. He has asked the
college to pay the legal expens-
es he incurs to defend himself.
Separately, Gov. Charlie
Crist sent a letter to NWFSC
trustees chairman Wesley
Wilkerson Monday asking the
board to return $310,000 in state
funds that the college has
already spent on the airport cen-
ter. The $310,000 was disbursed
to the college as part of a $6 mil-
lion legislative appropriation to
the college
that was
into a 2007
tions bill by
Sansom, a
De stin
The appro-
priation and
the Destin Jill White
airport joint use training center
are at the heart of the grand jury
indictment against Richburg and
In September, on Richburg's
recommendation, the trustees
approved a 40-year lease with
Okaloosa County and Destin Jet
that would allow the college to
build and operate the airport
center. Yesterday, the trustees
discussed directing White and
college lawyer Joseph Lorenz to
seek an end to the lease to clear
the way for cancellation of the
tainted project.
Richburg, of Niceville, had
told the Board of Trustees, and
the grand jury that indicted him,
that the facility is to be used for
classrooms, offices and meeting
areas for college students and
faculty, and would be available

Samantha Norton, 17,

for use as an emergency opera-
tions center and emergency
vehicle staging area for the City
of Destin during hurricanes and
other disasters.
The grand jury did not appar-
ently believe Richburg, and said
he lied to them about the pur-
pose of the building, which the
grand jury concluded is actually
an airplane hanger for Destin
Jet, owned by developer Jay
Odom, a large political contribu-
tor to Sansom.
Sansom helped obtain state
funding for the facility, accord-
ing to the indictment. Sansom
also was given a $110,000-a-
year job as a vice president at
NWFSC while serving as
Speaker of the Florida House of
Representatives. Under fire for
conflict of interest, Sansom gave
up both the college post and the
speakership earlier this year.
Odom was not charged.
The NWFSC trustees, like
those at other Florida colleges
and universities, are appointed
by the Governor to provide pol-
icy-level governance of the col-
lege and to supervise Richburg's
At previous meetings, which
usually take place every two
months, the trustees have sel-
dom, if ever, overruled any of
Richburg's decisions or sugges-
tions, and seemed pleased with
Richburg's accomplishments,
such as expanding the college,
obtaining a new library, class-
rooms, and laboratories, and
establishing new programs,
including four-year bachelor's-
degree programs in such fields
as nursing, education, and man-
NWFSC Trustee Joseph
Henderson advised the board
chairman Monday that he would
abstain from voting on any
issues that affect Richburg's
employment or benefits due to
an ethics complaint filed against
him and Richburg earlier this
month with the Florida

Don Lambert, 62,
Fort Walton Beach,

Commission on Ethics.
The ethics complaint, filed
by Valparaiso resident Al
Vafides, claims Henderson and
Richburg are business associates
of former State Sen. Charlie
Clary, a Destin architect, in a
bank real estate company
formed in 2000, BCB Holdings
LLC. The civil ethics complaint
claims that Henderson and
Richburg should have notified
the board of trustees about a
possible conflict of interest
when the board approved con-
tracts with Clary's architectural
firm, DAG Architects. Richburg
and Henderson denied any
impropriety. Clary was not
accused of any wrongdoing.

Turi Wheeler, 32,
program coordinator

Since 2002 NWFSC has paid
DAG Architects over $500,000
for its services, according to col-
lege records.
Henderson said in a letter to
the trustees he has hired an
attorney to defend himself in the
ethics complaint, and that out of
an "abundance of caution" the
lawyer recommended that he
notify the board of the possible
conflict of interest and abstain
from voting on any issues April
28 that affect Richburg's
employment or benefits.
"This is not what I expected
after 10 years of public service
(on the college board of
trustees)," Henderson said

Debbie Brown, 53,
Choctaw Beach,

According to an official biog-
raphy of White provided by the
"The college's senior vice
president, Dr. Jill White, is a
career educator who has been in
charge of the college's instruc-
tional programs and faculty
since 1997. A Valparaiso resi-
dent, White, age 62, is active in
postsecondary policy making at
the state level, where she served
on the Charter Review Panel,
and has been appointed by the
Florida Commissioner of
Education to a second two-year
term on the State Articulation
Coordinating Committee, which
is the chief policy recommenda-
tion body for Florida's K-20

Dale Winn, 25,
U.S. Air Force

education system."
"Dr. White has also worked
as an administrator at Pensacola
Junior College, the University of
Texas at Austin and Everett
Community College near
Seattle. She also has extensive
teaching experience at the high
school, college and university
levels. She earned a bachelor's
degree in English, a master's
degree in accounting and a doc-
torate in education. The latter
degree is from Florida State
University, where her disserta-
tion received the national disser-
tation of the year award for
research in higher education
legal issues."



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Lewis, Ruckel split
Lewis Middle School's Tashi Brown shows her form in the
long jump during last Wednesday's track meet with Ruckel
and Liza Jackson middle schools. Lewis won the boys meet,
64 to Lewis' 49 and Liza Jackson's 11, while Ruckel topped
Lewis and Liza Jackson in that order. No score was available
for the girls meet.


Kayla Bloor, 14,
an eighth grader
at Ruckel Middle
School and girls
golf team captain,
recorded her first
hole-in-one April 9
at Rocky Bayou
Country Club. Her
ace came on hole
8, a 113-yard par
3, with a 9 iron
during a match
against Davidson
Middle School.
The shot was
tracking all the
way to the hole,
as viewed by sev-
eral parents who
observed the ball
land on the green,
bounce once, hit
the flagstick and
disappear into the

I .I
Eglin Women's Golf,
Member/Member Golf
Tournament, April 15 and 16: 1st
Flight-1st, Sheri
Gwaltney/Wanna Caverly,
128; 2nd, Su Hui
Borkowski/Barbara Marquis,
133; 3rd, Rhonda
Mitchell/JoAnne Roseland, 134;
2nd Flight-1st, Sue
Beli/Yonnie Saitta, 132.3; 2nd,
Lolo Brantley/Ann Gruber,
132.7; 3rd, Beth
Stanley/Barbara Wilson, 139;
3rd Right-1st, Audrey
Baily/Katie Furby, 128;
2nd,Lavera Collins/Nancy
Estes, 140.1; 3rd, Lee Fryer/Sue
Greenslade, 140.4; 4th Right-
Ist, Joann Brandt/Margie
Coombs, 138; 2nd,, 147.7; 3rd,
Jan Ames/Maria McKee, 147.8.
Awards and lunch followed
Thursday's play.

Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association,
Queens of the Bayou
Invitational, Best Ball, April 7:
Low gross: B. Cook/C.
Wheeler, 75. Net: First Flight:
1st, L. Giles/M. Duvall, 60;
2nd, M. Wendel/J. Burger, 62;
3rd, P. Bell/P. Martin, 62.
Second Flight: 1st, C.
Whited/W. Liphard, 63; 2nd,
I. Blakely/K. Ulrich, 64; 3rd,
L. Maurer/A. Serrell, 64.
Third Flight: 1st, J. Boykin/A.
Wittkopp, 61; 2nd, B.
Meeboer/B. Hanson, 62; 3rd,
J. Motley/J. Halvorsen, 63.
Fourth Flight: 1st, M.
Kilgore/P. Goodlife, 61; 2nd,
Y. Saitta/M. McKee, 62; 3rd,
G. Turner/M. Abell, 62. Fifth
Flight: 1st, L. Fryer/B/ Stanley,
56; 2nd, P. Caswell/C. Grant,
58; 3rd, B. Kincaid/E. Locke,
61. Sixth Flight: 1st, N.
Carden/B. Sheffield, 61; 2nd,
C. Ryan/R. Grimmig, 64; 3rd,
A. Mohs/J. Haugen, 65.

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Lewis@ Ruckel,
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NHS falls in District playoff
Carrie Laird scores Niceville's only run in the District 1-5A softball finals Friday. She was
driven in by Kelly Hensley. But Tate, after going quietly in the first five innings, erupted for
five runs in the last two frames, for a 5-1 victory. Despite the loss, Niceville will go to the
regionals Friday, as will Tate, which won home-field advantage with its victory.



on links
Ruckel seventh-grader
Julia Smith uses a
wood to drive the ball
from the fairway to the
0 green Thursday in a
match against rival
o Lewis. Ruckel took the
match, 137-165 to
W remain undefeated in
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Ruckel falls to Destin
Ruckel shortstop Lauren Donaldson makes the successful tag-out at second as Destin
Middle School beat Ruckel, 4-2, in a softball game at RMS April 20.





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Meghan O'Connell, daugh-
ter of former Niceville resi-
dents Brian and Sue O'Connell,
will graduate Summa Cum
Laude from
of West
Florida on
May 2. She
Bachelor of
degrees in
Meghan both exer-
O'Connell cise science
and commu-
nity health education. While at
UWF, Meghan was selected as
the Outstanding Undergraduate
Student in the College of
Professional Studies in 2008.
After graduation, she will
reside in Dobson, N.C., with
her parents while she prepares
to attend medical school.
Meghan is a 2004 graduate
of Niceville High School.

Ashley Aaron, a 2006 grad-
uate of Niceville High School,
will graduate from Florida
State University College of
Arts and Sciences with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
biochemistry on May 1 at 7:30
p.m. at the Leon County Civic

Laureate Epsilon Sigma
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met
at the home of Angela Budden
in Niceville.
JoAnn Jones had as her
guest speaker Dr. Scott Ewing,
a chiropractor in Niceville. He
showed slides of diseases and
how to build a healthy life, get
well and stay well.
Also, plans of Beta Sigma
Phi's annual "Founder's Day,"
which will be held at the
Boathouse in Niceville, were
Members present were
Eunice Whitman, Nilah
Estep, Beverly Flynt,
Margaret Holley, Mattie
Williams, Dora Perano, Mary
MacDonald, Helen Martin,
Linda Michalowski, Doris
Olig, Marge Ballon and Jo

School for cheerleaders
On Saturday, April 18, the Niceville High School cheerleaders held a cheer boot camp for girls in
fifth through eighth grades. The cheerleaders taught the girls skills in cheers, jumps and dance.

Relay for Life Friday

S- The Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for Life for the
American Cancer Society will take place at Niceville
SHigh School Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.
The goal this year, according to Community
Representative Emily Jennings, is $195,000.
o' ,_ Forty-one teams have signed up this year,
.Jennings said.
Team list, page B-3
Sl b LThis year, the Relay will be kicked off with
S music. "We have an opening band, Big Daddy and
1 the Feather Dusters, right after the survivors lap,"
Jennings said.
The Cancer Society is also calling for any sur-
vivor of cancer to come out Friday at 6 p.m. for the
Survivors' Walk. "They get a great dinner from Jim
& Nick's barbecue afterward," she said.
Among the scheduled events are:
"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, 8 p.m.
.- Frozen T-shirt contest, 9:30 p.m.
.- .-Dogs with cancer walk, 11 p.m.
-Ice Cream Sandwich Eating Contest, 11:15 p.m.
-Water Balloon Toss, 11:30 p.m.
-Hula Hoop Contest, 12:30 a.m.
: . Tug of War, 1 a.m.
-Blindfolded Musical Chairs, 1:30 a.m.
-Don't Forget the Lyrics, 5 a.m.
-Egg Toss, 7:30 a.m.
File photo ~Name That Tune, 8 a.m.
Triumphant cancer survivors walk the track -Fear Factor, 9 a.m.
during last year's Relay for Life in Niceville. -Awards Ceremony, 11 a.m.

2nd runner up: Cutest picture:
Baylee Russell Jubilee Lampron
Entered by grandparent Entered by grandparents
Jim Baughman Jim & Shaun Lampron

Locals win science awards

Nine Twin Cities students
won recognition at the 54th
annual State Science and
Engineering Fair of Florida
April 17 at Lakeland.
Senior Division winners
were: Jeremy C. Hsiang,
Niceville High School, second,
microbiology; Aubrey W.
Craig, Collegiate High School,
fourth, chemistry; Matthew
M. McDorman, Rocky Bayou
Christian School, honorable
mention, earth and planetary

science; and Hoa T. Ly, RBCS,
recognition in engineering.
Junior Division winners
were: Connor S. Lynch, RBCS
second, engineering; Kyle S.
Saleeby, Destin Middle
School, second, physics and
astronomy; Camille R.
Haeusler, DMS, third, bio-
chemistry; Cody D. Haeusler,
DMS, honorable mention,
engineering; and Tyler J.
Rarick, Ruckel Middle School,
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jeff and Leslie Perkins with their awards.

Favor to friend becomes

prize-winning avocation

What began as a favor for a co-
worker at Covenant Hospice has
turned into dancing gold for a
local Niceville couple.
More than a year ago, Leslie
and Jeff Perkins of Niceville
agreed to be a guest of one of
Leslie's Covenant Hospice co-
workers at the Fred Astaire Dance
Studio. They took the introducto-
ry lesson which included one pri-
vate lesson, one group class, and
one party dance night and the co-
worker received one free private
Leslie had to drag Jeff into the
first few lessons, but then they


really started to enjoy ballroom
dancing. After 18 months of tak-
ing lessons at the studio, the cou-
ple headed off to Baton Rouge
over the weekend of April 4 to
compete in The Greater Baton
Rouge Senior Olympics
DanceSport Competition.
Jeff Perkins, a TYBRIN com-
puter engineer, and his wife,
Leslie Perkins, a social worker
with Covenant Hospice, compet-
ing against couples from
Louisiana and Alabama, won the
American smooth division (waltz,
foxtrot and tango), came in sec-
ond in the American Rhythm

division (cha-cha, rumba, East
C, i Ni iii--) and were named the
top couple overall.
The local couple were quick to
thank the instructors at the Fred
Astaire Dance Studio in Fort
Walton Beach for their instruction
and encouragement.
Resisting the urge to quit
while they were ahead, Leslie and
Jeff are going to try their luck
again at the Mississippi Senior
Olympics Dance Competition at
the end of April and again at The
Gumbo DanceSport
Championships in Baton Rouge
in June.

Curves collects food

Niceville Curves Annual Food Drive collected 1,315 pounds. of food and daily necessities
for Niceville Sharing & Caring. From left: standing, Donna Lambert and Betty Derrick;
kneeling, Bethany Bush, Judy Wiseman and Nancy Garcia.

Red Cross sets CPR classes

American Red Cross of
Northwest Florida presents its
third annual Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) Saturday
June 6.
Course participants must pre-
register and pre-pay. The fee per
individual is $10. Walk-ins will be
taken as space is available.
Businesses are limited to register-
ing two employees per event. The
class will be held at the Northwest
Florida State College gym, 100
College Blvd., Niceville.

Classes begin at 8 a.m., 9:40
a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:40
p.m. Participants will receive a
program participant booklet,
gloves, mannequin face shield.
Participants will receive certifica-
tion in adult CPR after successful
completion of physical skills and
written test.
AED (Automated External
Defibrillator) will be available
after each Adult CPR session for
an additional $7. Certification
will also be provided to those

wishing to take this 20-minute
Register at
or call (800) 773-7620, ext. 0.
Volunteers are needed for
setup, 6:30-8 a.m., registration
table, 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. and
breakdown, 7-8 p.m. To volun-
teer, contact Carissa Stanley at or
(800) 773-7620, ext. 12.
Volunteers under the age of 15
will need to be accompanied by
parent or guardian at all times.

Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries providedfor children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

Pastor & Mrs.

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

A community of believers who are joined together by a swiet,
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Sunday Mornipq
9:15 a.m. Bible StIrdy:- '
S10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Baptist Church -

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Come participate
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Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary: *9:40,9:42,11:02 a.m.
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Niceville Church of God
Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School . . . . .9:45 a.m.
Worship . . . . . . .10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening . . . . .6:00 p.m.
Wednesday . . . . . .7:00 p.m.
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Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
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Upcoming blood drives
April 29, Wednesday: Eglin
Bldg. 351, West D Avenue, 7:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m.
May 2,
Saturday: Santa
Rosa Mall,
Belk's Wing, 11
a.m.-5 p.m.
May 5, Tuesday: Eglin 78 PMEL
and 46th Test Squad, East Daytona
Road, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
NHS student art show
Niceville High School art stu-
dents will display their works at the
Arts and Design Society gallery, 17
1st St. SE, Fort Walton Beach,
through May 1
Hours are
noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday -
Friday, and 1-4
p.m. Saturday.
Info: 244-1271
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest, "Expose Niceville,"
continues through Sept. 19 for ages
13-17. Categories: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics, Organizations. Limit
three images per contestant. Come
by Youth Services to pick up your
Eagle Pride jazz dinner
The Niceville High School Eagle
Pride will present the sixth annual
Jazz Dinner and Silent Auction
Saturday, May 2, at the Niceville
First United Methodist Church
Community Life
Center, 6-9 p.m. -EEE
Niceville Jazz
Bands will per-
form. The gour-
met dinner will -
be catered by La Cosa Nostra, with
Chef Cameron Rodgers.
Tickets are $30 per person or a
table for eight may be reserved for
$300. Tickets may be purchased
Tuesday or Thursdays, noon-2 p.m.
at the NHS band room, or from any
NHS Jazz Band member. Info: 897-
Parking lot sale
Christ Our Redeemer Catholic
Church's annual elegant parking lot
sale will be held Saturday, May 2, 8

a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds go to charity.
Donations for the sale can be taken
to the back door of the Parish Hall
on Sunday, April 26, 12:30-2 p.m.,
and Monday-Thursday, April 27-30,
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. Please, no shoes,
undergarments, or large appliances.
1028 White Point Road, Niceville,
Relay for Life at NHS
The Relay For Life of Niceville-
Valparaiso is scheduled for May 1, 6
p.m., at Niceville High School. Info:
Emily Jennings, 244-3813 or
RBCS presents 'Pirates'
The Drama Department at Rocky
Bayou Christian School will present
"The Pirates of Penzance" May 1
and 2 at 7 p.m. at Niceville High
School. Tickets will be $10 for
adults and $5 for students.
Free math tutoring
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Mu Alpha Theta Club
will offer free math tutoring 8 a.m.-
noon Saturday, May 2, at Rocky
Bayou Christian School (Room 802
in the modular by the soccer fields).

Tutoring in basic
math through AP
calculus and sta-
tistics will be
available. This
service will be
open to students

from any of the local area schools or
colleges. Call Carla Alldredge, at
729-7227, ext. 219, to reserve a
tutor. Bring a student ID, your text-
book, and any old tests and quizzes
that you need help on. Mu Alpha
Theta is the national math honors
Mom and Me Tea
The Fort Walton Beach Heritage
Park and Cultural Center will hold
its first "Mom and Me Tea" on
Saturday, May 2, 12:30-3 p.m. in the
Yulee Way Lazarus Education
Room inside the Indian Temple
Mound Museum in downtown Fort
Walton Beach. Students in grades
two and up may participate with a
parent. Activities will begin at 12:30
p.m. with a history of tea and a dis-
cussion of 1900s etiquette. There
will be separate craft activities for
moms and their children. The day
will conclude with an Afternoon Tea
Buffet with savories.
The cost is $10 per pair (mother
and child) with $5 each for extra
children. Reservations are required:
Volleyball clinics
Niceville High School coaching
staff and players will hold volleyball
clinics May 2, 9, 16 and 30 for girls
in third through
eighth grades.
Cost is $25 per
clinic. Info and
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Contemporary choirs
The Mattie Kelly Contemporary
Choir Showcase will be held
Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-l p.m. in
the mainstage theater at the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts
Center on the Niceville campus of
Northwest Florida State College.
Ten high school show choirs and
choral ensembles from Mississippi
and Florida will perform. The col-
lege's Soundsations Show Choir
will present the opening perform-
ance at 9 a.m., followed by the high
school groups. Admission is free.
Patrons may attend the entire show-
case or enter at anytime during the
Among the local participating
high schools is Niceville High
Info: 729-5382
Dolphin cruise planned
A two-hour dolphin cruise, host-
ed by the Emerald Coast Wildlife
Refuge, will feature plenty of free
food and beverages, entertainment
and door prizes and an opportunity
to meet the flippered animal ambas-
sadors. The Southern Star cruise is
2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Boarding
begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Southern
Star landing Harbor Walk Marina,
Destin. Cost for the cruise is $30 for
adults and $15 for children. All pro-
ceeds benefit the refuge. Tickets and
information: 650-1880.
Raise the Praise concert
Raise The Praise Music Concert,
Sat., May 2, on the lawn, 4-8 p.m.
Immanuel Anglican Church's praise
band and local Christian musicians
will join with the community of
believers to "raise our praises" to
God through music. There will be
food and family
activities. This
concert is a fund
raiser for Lanie
and Paul
Erickson who
have incurred enormous costs bat-
tling cancer. Info: 837-6324.
Musicians include IRS (Immanuel
Rhythm Section, which is Immanuel
Church praise band), John Zirpola,
Omar K. Alley and other musical
Lewis Parent Night
On Thursday, May 7, Lewis
Middle School plans an informa-
tional meeting for parents of current
fourth and fifth graders who will
attend Lewis Middle School in the
fall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
in the cafeteria. Info: 833-4130.
New art exhibits
The galleries at the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College will present two new
exhibits May 3-June 4: The Arts and
Design Society 17th Regional Juried

Fine Arts Exhibition and 2008 Best
in Show Winner, Sid Kamerman.
The exhibits are free and open to the
public. The public is invited to a
free, artist reception and awards cer-
emony in the galleries on Sunday,
May 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday-
Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-
4 p.m and 90 minutes prior to most
performances in the main stage the-
ater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
For information, contact the gallery
office at 729-6044.

Masquerade jewelry sale
The Auxiliary of Twin Cities
Hospital will hold a masquerade
jewelry sale on Tuesday, May 12, 7
a.m.-5 p.m. All items are $5.
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art will be displayed only until May 1 at 17
SE 1st St., Fort Walton Beach, Tuesday-
Friday, noon-4 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Other winners were: second, junior Logan
McDonald, "A Long Day at Work," photog-
raphy; third, senior Emily Parsons
"Three's Company," Acrylic; honorable
mentions, sophomore Alison Steadman,
"How About Them Apples," photography;
junior Kyle Wilson, "Aqua Crown," pho-
tography; senior Kacey Ziegler, "Birthday
Wishes," mixed media; junior Jaclyn
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The Beacon
Newspapers (The Bay
Beacon, The Eglin
Flyer, and The Hurlburt
Patriot) have an open-
ing for a career-minded,
full-time person to sell
newspaper advertising.
Calling on new cus-
tomers required.
Candidates should be
upbeat, energetic,
organized, self-starting
and detail-oriented.
Salary plus commis-
sion. IRA plan and paid
vacation. Candidates
must be available 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. weekdays. We
will train the right per-
son. Apply in person at
the Beacon, 1181 John
Sims Parkway
(Parkway East
Shopping Center),
Niceville. No phone

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* Blue Pine Village 2/2 .......... .REDUCED ....... .$150,000
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Yard/Parking lot sale,
May 2. 113 Bailey Dr.
(across Hwy. 20 from
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a.m. Leather sofa,
refrigerator, chair,
clothing, exercise
equipment, clothing,
tools, and more! 279-
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St., Choctaw Beach,
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May 8th and 9th.


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1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL
32578. Please enclose check.
DROP IN ....... The Bay Beacon,
1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East
Shopping Center.
Office hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F. After
hours, use mail slot in our door.
E-MAIL ........ classified @baybea- Type "Classified" in subject
field. (Do not include credit card infor-
mation. We will call you for credit card
info. $5 processing fee.)
*Base price includes $5 weekly
discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid
ads. Please make checks payable to
the Beacon Newspapers.

Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad.
Minimum charge per paper is $9.95* for up to 10 words. Each
additional word 200. Attach more paper if needed.

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Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653)
Steve Hughes Carrie Leugers
(502-1014) (974-5436)
Diane Cocchiarella

Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each
week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon
seeks a reliable independent contractor to
insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday
night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable
vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver's
license, and proof of current liability insurance.
No collecting duties. Earnings vary according
to route and work load. Stop by the Bay
Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out
an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway
East Shopping Center across from PoFolks)

S 2009
Nissan Altima S

I For 17 years the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso I



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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Niceville's most beautiful babies
II- 1

After much deliberation,
these babies, though beauti-
ful, didn't make it to the final
round. This was the seventh
year the city of Niceville has
held the contest to raise
funds for the Niceville Relay
for Life, scheduled for Friday
and Saturday, May 1 and 2.

Savannah Larson

Tammy Grantham

Charlotte Zagol

Linda Lou Vanoy

rLillian Payne
Lillian Payne

Jessica Scott

Lilly Wisslead

William 'Seth' Shackelford

Luke Lankowski

Elianna Velazquez

Kaylee Yeakos Kaycie Constant

Charlotte Mould

Caleb Hicks

Dylan Dubose

Griffin Wendt

Cast listed

for 'Beauty'

at college

The cast for Northwest Florida
State College's summer musical
production of Disney's Beauty
and the Beast has been
announced. It will be presented
July 22, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
on the mainstage of the NWF
State College Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts Center in
Niceville. Tickets go on sale June
Beauty and the Beast is
Disney's most acclaimed and
beloved Broadway musical. It fol-
lows Maurice, played by Denis

Milonas of Seacrest, who
becomes lost in the woods on his
way to the fair and seeks shelter in
an old castle, but the master of the
castle is a horrible Beast, played
by Jeremy Ribando of Niceville,
that takes him captive. Maurice's
daughter, Belle, played by
Britmey Hammock of Mary
Esther, must then give up her free-
dom to save his life. Belle's tam-
ing of the unfortunate Beast and
his ultimate transformation back
into a handsome prince enthralled
Broadway audiences for over 13

Other lead roles are portrayed
by Nalia Bauer of Crestview as
the Enchantress, Darla Briganti of
Holt as the Wardrobe, Sean Cutler
of Mary Esther as Cogsworth,
Okeye Mitchell of Miramar
Beach as Lumiere, Aaron
Valenzuela of Niceville as Gaston,
Allison Everitt of Niceville as
Mrs.Potts, Brandon Willard of
Niceville as Lefou, Camden
Schjott of Santa Rosa Beach as
Chip, Brett Huston of Valparaiso
as D'Arque, and Wendy Justice of

Valparaiso as Babette.
Various supporting roles in
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
from Silly Girls to Napkin Rings
and Villagers will be played by:
Cantonment: Stephany Heath.
Crestview: Rita Dailey, George
Frye, Mary Gleason, Zachariah
Hillard, Jesse Hinton, Jarick
Rivers. DeFuniak Springs: Bruce
Culpepper. Destin: Garrett
Carpenter, Joshua Juneau, Kyle
Poppell. Fort Walton Beach:
Suzanne Faison, Melissa
Gaccione, Annie Gornall, Max

Murdock, RJ Murdock, Katie
Robison, Stephen Shouse, Sydney
Whittaker. Mary Esther: Anna
Husley, Caitlin Norman.
Niceville: Cameron Daniels,
Gretchen Erickson, Jessica
Erickson, Laura Hernandez,
Joleigh Jarvis, Cara Ratliff,
Lauren Rew, Serenity Rowland,
Brooke Stewart, Melissa
Whitworth, Alexander Zins.
Pensacola: Jessica Benitez. Santa
Rosa Beach: Hillary Vest.
Shalimar: Dharbi Jens, Ansley

Arthur R.
1946 2009
Arthur R. Woodcock, 62,
passed on to
heaven from
his home in
Fla., April
25, 2009,
after a seven-
year battle
with cancer.
He was
born July 20, Arthur R.
1946, in Woodcock
Ill., son of the late Arthur E and

Violet B. (Probstmeyer)
Woodcock. He is survived by his
wife of 43 years, Susan
(McConkey) Woodcock, two
daughters and their families:
Angela and Timothy Miller,
Trenton and Hayden; Patricia and
Bradley Brobeck, Christian,
Grayson and Victoria; two broth-
ers, William and Terry Woodcock
and their families; and other rela-
tives and friends.
Art served 20 years in the Air
Force. After his retirement he
enjoyed bagging groceries at the
Eglin AFB commissary, where he
greeted many of his friends. He
loved spending time with his fam-
ily, hunting, and traveling in his
The memorial service is
Monday, May 4, 3 p.m., at St. Paul
Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville.
Memorials may be made to the
church or any cancer research of
your choice.

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