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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: June 10, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00058
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Wednesday. II a.m.

Niceville Public
Library's summer reading
program for the younger
set kicks off today with an
11 a.m.-1 p.m. open
house at the library. This
year's theme is "Be
Creative," and includes
weekly special events.
Friday, noon

The Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida will
honor its volunteers with a
special picnic lunch at the
museum. If you spent any
time volunteering at the
museum, you're welcome.
Call 678-2615.
Saturday. 10 a.m.
Learn about some of the
history of the South at the
meeting of the Genealogy
Society of Okaloosa
County at the Valparaiso
Museum and Library. Ann
Robbins will speak on
"The Confederate
Monday. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

hY Bahlwfy 1. Am dind
Rocky Bayou Christian
School is kicking off its
special summer programs
for youngsters between
the ages of 5 and 12. This
is a chance for the kids to
have a good time-and
they may even learn
Information is at

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

Niceville woman

volunteers to serve

a year in Bosnia

Manages 4 military exchanges

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Deployed service
members are truly
strangers in a strange
land. Everyone speaks a
different language, the
food is sometimes
unusual, the conditions
are sometimes harsh and
the general atmosphere
seems a bit off kilter.

Stella s

A little touch of home can go a
long way.
Stella Smith, a Niceville woman
assigned to Eglin Air Force Base

with the Army & Air
Force Exchange Service
(AAFES), went a long
way herself a couple of
months ago-all the way
to Bosnia, where she is in
charge of four contin-
gency exchanges serving
more than 6,000 service
members in that Balkan
mith country and in neighbor-
ing Kosovo.
Contingency exchanges are
those set up in areas where U.S.
Please see BOSNIA, page A-9

Valp. nixes most

land proposals

on Eglin issues

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Valparaiso City
Commission says proposed civil-
ian land-use restrictions stem-
ming from a program to protect
Eglin's military mission would
"decimate" the city.
But the commission Monday
stopped short of pulling out of
the military-sponsored Joint Land
Use Study (JLUS) that is expect-
ed to be finalized later this
Commissioners also heard

Monday that attorneys for the
city and the Air Force were
scheduled to meet yesterday in
closed-door settlement talks over
Valparaiso's lawsuit to bar new
warplanes from Eglin until jet-
noise issues are resolved.
City commissioners Monday
unanimously voted to send a let-
ter of displeasure to Okaloosa
County Commission Chairman
Bill Roberts saying that the city
cannot approve most of a
Please see EGLIN, page A-2

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Incumbent Niceville city
councilmen Dan Henkel and Bill
Smith drew automatic victories in
this year's election, as nobody
filed to run against them.
As a result, the municipal
election that had been scheduled
for July 21 has been canceled,
said City Clerk Dan Doucet.
Smith and Henkel will serve
four more years on the unpaid,
nonpartisan, five-member city
Francis Lasch of Cook Street

and Mark Higdon of Kilkullen
Drive had obtained filing papers
from Doucet, but neither turned
in by Friday's noon deadline.
Lasch had planned to run
against Henkel, while Higdon
was undecided.
"At this time, it's not feasi-
ble for me to run," Lasch told
the Beacon. "But I do plan to
run for the next term if we do
some more exploring and
everything's good to go."
Please see NICEVILLE, page A-8

Road will take

sprayfield land

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The regional sewage plant
may soon run short of space to
dispose of treated effluent.
The Niceville, Valparaiso,
Okaloosa County Regional Sewer
Board must ask Eglin Air Force
Base for the lease of up to 50
acres of additional land for an
effluent sprayfield within the next
two years.
The Mid-Bay Bridge connec-
tor road, now under construction
in the first of three phases, will
take as much as 50 acres of the
270 acres of regional sewer
wastewater sprayfields, the sewer
board learned last week.
For the past 28 years the
board, which operates the region-
al sewage-treatment plant in
Niceville, has used two spray-
fields to disperse treated waste-

water on hay crops that absorb
nutrients before they can reach
ground water and streams. The
sprayfields are on leased Eglin
land less than a mile north of
College Boulevard on the east
side of Highway 285.
At the June 3 regional sewer
board meeting, Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority Executive Director Jim
Vest and engineer Bob Kellner, of
HDR, Pensacola, discussed
progress of a 10-mile connector
road the authority is building to
link the north end of the toll
bridge to Highway 85 north of
Niceville's Mullet Festival site.
The second phase of the new
highway will cut across the
southern half of the larger spray-
field, taking about 20 acres for
the highway right of way and
Please see ROAD, page A-8

County braces

for 20% hike

in medical costs

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County is bracing
for a 20-percent jump in the cost
of employee medical insurance
next year, and at least one official
says the county can't afford it.
Annual premiums are expect-
ed to soar to over $9,000 per
worker for the approximately 600
covered employees, according to
county budget officials.
"We can't live with that type
of increase," said James Taylor,
county risk manager. He said he
was exploring ways to reduce the
size of the increase, by cutting
benefits, shifting more premium
costs to employees, or other
County Administrator Jim

Curry recently issued preliminary
estimates for medical, life, dental
and long-term disability insur-
ance. About 93 percent of the
cost is attributable to health insur-
Over the past five years the
taxpayer cost of providing insur-
ance fringe benefits to county
employees has risen steadily, and
worker out-of-pocket costs have
increased as well.
The government's cost per
employee for workers under the
Okaloosa County Commission
has risen 29 percent since fiscal
year 2005 (which started Oct. 1,
2004), according to county data.
To hold down the effect of
Please see COUNTY, page A-9

Summer fun

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Water plus summer equals instant fun for Mason Schuhmacher, 10, and his brother
Rahmes, 5, Friday at the Niceville Children's Park. The boys, and their sister Raegan, 12,
are visiting from Michigan. The children's father, a National Guardsman, is attending the
Navy's EOD school at Eglin.

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Niceville Mayor Randall
Wise cuts a chain using the
Jaws of Life in a "ribbon-
cutting" ceremony at the
new Niceville fire station on
North Partin Drive. The
building was dedicated
June 2 before a crowd of
about 75 people. The fire
company moved from its
former home on Armstrong
Avenue last year. The prop-
erty where it used to be
was sold to Beach
Community Bank.

Photo by Kenneth Books

Beacon photo
A new chapter
Rocky Bayou Christian School held its 2009 commencement
ceremony Friday, Niceville High School on Thursday, and
Collegiate High School on May 28. Pictured: RBCS grad Anna
Keipert, Niceville, receives her diploma. She plans to attend
University of West Florida.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

From page A-1

proposed JLUS report's recom-
mendations. Okaloosa County
has played a leadership role in the
three-county, 11-city study
aimed at making civilian land
use recommendations that
would avoid encroaching on the
military missions at Eglin Air
Force Base and Hurlburt Field.
A 2004 Florida statute,
Chapter 163.3175, states that
incompatible civilian develop-

ment near military bases can
hurt military missions and finds
it "desirable" for local govern-
ments to cooperate with the
bases to "encourage compatible
land use, help prevent incompat-
ible encroachment, and facilitate
the continued presence of major
military installations in this
Valparaiso officials have
argued that jet noise from the
2005 decision to base up to 113
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at
Eglin would inflict major dam-
age on the health and livelihood

of the city. They have sued the
Air Force in federal court to halt
the F-35 beddown until the serv-
ice studies more ways to reduce
jet noise in civilian areas.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold drafted the letter to
Roberts. It
would have
rejected all
the findings
and recom-
of the May
draft JLUS
report. As
approved by Doug Wyckoff
the city
commission Monday, the letter
was modified to say Valparaiso
rejected "the majority" of the
study's recommendations.
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff
pointed out that if the commis-
sion completely rejected the rec-
ommendations of the final JLUS
report, Valparaiso might miss
opportunities to win federal and

state grants to implement some
of the study's recommendations.
The draft JLUS recommends
the purchase of 14 homes in the
"Clear Zone" closest to the end
of an Eglin runway, the volun-
tary purchase of hundreds of
homes in Valparaiso and
Niceville potentially subject to
very high jet-noise levels, and
expensive soundproofing of
existing homes, businesses and
public buildings.
Valparaiso's letter said a
worse-case noise scenario in
the JLUS report "will decimate
Valparaiso," and that the city
would "lose a very large por-
tion of its revenue and its abili-
ty to survive" if the study's
nonbinding land-use recom-
mendations are implemented.
The city also urged the
county to delay finalizing any
JLUS recommendations until
at least September of next
year-that's when the Air
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Environmental Impact
Statement and Record of
Decision on basing the remain-
ing 59 Joint Strike Fighter air-
craft at Eglin.
The JLUS recommendations
"won't matter in the end," said
Wyckoff, since the rules will
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Air Force decides to operate
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Also Monday, Wyckoff
updated city commissioners on
the city's legal efforts related
to the F-35.
On June 4 Valparaiso and
Air Force lawyers filed a joint
motion in federal court asking
for a 90-day stay in the city's
lawsuit opposing the Air Force
decision to beddown 59 F-35
aircraft. The city says the Air
Force didn't consider all ways
to lessen jet noise. Attorneys
for both sides were scheduled
to meet yesterday to discuss a
possible settlement, he said.
The talks are confidential, and
Wyckoff said he won't brief
city officials until they reach a
point when attorneys feel there
may be concessions acceptable
to the city.

Any agreements between
attorneys have to be accepted
by city officials before they can
be finalized, Wyckoff said,
including a public hearing
before adoption.
The 90-day stay does not
stop the Air Force from com-
pleting work on the planned F-
35 training buildings on Eglin,
Wyckoff said. The buildings
themselves would not make
Valparaiso any nosier, he said.
Wyckoff also said that on
June 4 federal judge Casey
Rodgers rejected a request by
city resident Anthony Bradley
to take part in the talks
between Valparaiso and the Air
Force. He said he expects the
judge will also reject a similar
request by Okaloosa County.
The county is suing the city in
state court in an attempt to stop
Valparaiso from suing the Air
Force in federal court.
Okaloosa County Circuit
Court Judge Thomas
Remington has already denied
requests by the county, and
Bradley, for expedited hearings
opposing Valparaiso's federal
lawsuits, Wyckoff said.
Wyckoff said the 90-day
stay on the F-35 beddown does
not affect the city's other feder-
al lawsuit against the Air Force
based on a Freedom of
Information Act request for
noise data. Both sides in the
FOIA case have asked for a
quick ruling.

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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Bluewater Bay East District Station
held a grand reopening on Tuesday
with Interim Sheriff Ed Spooner in
The facility closed its doors late
last year due to deterioration and an
unwillingness on the part of the sher-
iff's office to continue putting money
into a building in which maintenance
costs were beginning to add up.
Jane Rainwater, president of the
Magnolia Plantation neighborhood,
site of the substation, took the matter
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helpers willing to donate time and
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mated $25,000, would come in.
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County sheriff's deputies killed in
the line of duty within the last eight
months, said Rainwater. A memorial
plaque is being designed to place
among the roses.
"Each and every donation has
very much been appreciated," said
Rainwater, "and shows the support
for the sheriff's substation. We
appreciate that the deputies utilize
(the building) and work hard
patrolling and serving all residents as
well as the business area. The resi-
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presence really appreciate their dedi-
Deputy Frank Taylor, Bluewater's
community policing officer, who has
been with the sheriff's office for two
years since retiring from the Air
Force, said, "We feel really blessed
to have this substation. A lot of peo-
ple have really pitched in to help fix
it up."



Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Taylor unlocks
door to refurbished sheriff's Bluewater Bay substation, sit-
uated outside the gate of Magnolia Plantation off Highway
20. The facility held its grand reopening yesterday.

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Bryant Vincent Gafford, 18, of
1317 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
May 28 on a charge of dealing in
stolen property.

Rachel Renee Sterbenz, 18, of
209 Deer St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police May
27 for battery, domestic violence.

Gisella Anne Silvas, 29, of
709-B McKinney St., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
May 27 for burglary to a dwelling,
theft and possession of drug para-
phernalia. Silvas allegedly
entered a neighbor's apartment
without permission and stole a
DVD player.

Brandon Casey Corbitt, a sales
associate, 19, of 408 McEwen
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
Santa Rosa County sheriff's
deputies May 22 on an Okaloosa
County warrant for a misde-
meanor violation of probation.

Kristopher Kelly Brown, a
retail clerk, 21, of 1501 N. Partin
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies May 27 for pos-
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Jennifer Ann Rupley, a service
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Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies May 26 for battery, and
which allegedly occurred April 7.

David Randy Smith, 35, of 209
Deer St., Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police May 22 for
falsely identifying himself to law
enforcement officers.

Lowell Arden Devall, a general
manager, 59, of 149 Big Oaks
Lane, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 2 for viola-
tion of probation on original
charges of grand theft and fraud.

Cynthia Ann Hughart-Schultz,
unemployed, 37, of 115 Beverly
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 3 on a mis-
demeanor worthless check charge.
A Niceville business owner,
4567 E. Highway 20, reported that
he had to assist a customer and
had to walk away from a $200
power saw May 27. When he
returned to the saw he discovered
unknown persons) had stolen the

A Niceville resident from the
1300 block of Keturah Street
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A Niceville resident in the 900
block of Lido Circle reported that
unknown persons) stole two bicy-
cles, a pair of skim boards, and
three bags of golf clubs, sometime
May 26-27. The stolen items
together were valued at $4,500.
On May 30 neighbors reported
some of the stolen items were seen
near a dock located in the 300
block of Lido Cove, and the victim
recovered the stolen golf clubs and
two skim boards. Later that day
the victim's husband confronted a
boy who was riding one of the
stolen bikes that had been repaint-
ed from brown to gold.
Criminal Mischief
Sometime May 20-21
unknown persons) vandalized
three pieces of construction
machinery being used to build a

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An Eglin airman was taken
by helicopter to a Pensacola
hospital Sunday after the jet
ski he was riding on Toms
Bayou crashed into a bridge
pylon in Valparaiso.
According to Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission
spokesman Stan Kirkland,
Senior Airman Andrew R.
Braud, 21, of Eglin, was driv-
ing a personal watercraft on
Toms Bayou Sunday afternoon
with one passenger aboard,
Craig Baller, 16. Both were
wearing life preservers,
Kirkland said.
The personal watercraft
was at full plane when Braud
headed under the bridge about
3:15 p.m., Kirkland said.
While under the bridge,
according to Kirkland, Braud
unexpectedly encountered the
wake of another boat which
forced the watercraft into one

highway northeast of the Mid-Bay
Bridge toll area. A Caterpillar
bulldozer and a Caterpillar loader
were driven 500 feet north of
where construction crews had
parked the equipment at 5:45 p.m.
May 20. Both machines were left
stuck in a swamp. A water pump,
valued at $1,500, that was chained
to the front blade of the bulldozer
hadbeen di.i..--1d %111 i-li the mud
and destroyed.
A Caterpillar excavator was
found partly submerged in six feet
of water in a creek about 1,000
feet north of where it had been
parked. The cost to remove the
excavator from the creek was esti-
mated at $20,000, while damage
to the machine itself was not
immediately known.
A resident in the nearby
Chardonnay Estates neighborhood
told deputies she heard construc-
tion equipment running and the
sound of several male voices at
about 4:45 a.m. The authorized
construction crews normally work
from 7 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m.

On May 25 Niceville police
investigated several reports of van-
dalized mailboxes. Damaged
mailboxes were discovered in the
100 block of Beverly Drive, the
100 block of 21st St., the 100
block of 20th Street, and the 1100
block and 1300 blocks of Finck
Jeannie Lynne Hall, 19, of 115
20th St., Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by Niceville
police May 30 for resisting an offi-
cer without violence. Hall alleged-
ly interfered with an officer during
a traffic stop for a loud stereo,
ignoring several warnings to back
away from the officer until he was
finished with the traffic stop.

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May 27 for retail theft.
Currington was allegedly
observed concealing without
paying for $14 worth of mer-
chandise, including four cans of
wacky string, two packages of
tattoos and four packs of slick
pet lights at a Fort Walton Beach
store, 913 N. Beal Parkway.

Marc Andres Perez, a
tech/laborer, 22, of 500 Kelly
Mill Road, Valparaiso, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies May 13 for
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana.

Christopher Alexander
Sylvester, a student, 20, of 1608
26th St., Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies May 13 for underage
possession of an alcoholic bev-

Jana Michelle Driver, unem-
ployed, 18, of 113 45th St.,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies
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A 16-year-old girl from Eglin
Air Force Base, a student, was
issued a notice to appear by sher-
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sion of less than 20 grams of mar-
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville man was driv-
ing at 120 m.p.h. April 11
when his vehicle crashed near
Seminole, killing him, accord-
ing to the Florida Highway
An FHP accident report
released last week stated that
Roger Daniel Royster, 23, a
former Niceville High School
football standout, was speed-
ing north on Hickory Street, a
25 m.p.h. zone, at 4:31 a.m.
when he failed to stop for a
stop sign at Range Road. The
2003 Lincoln crossed Range
Road and hit some trees.
Royster was declared dead at
the scene.
The FHP report also said
that toxicology results from
the medical examiner's office
showed that Royster, who was
alone in the car, had twice the
legal limit of alcohol in his
blood, and that his body con-
tained traces of cannabinoids,
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of the pylons, knocking both
men into the water.
Braud received serious
injuries, possibly broken ribs,
and had difficulty bi.lll.iili--.
according to the FWC. Baller,
who was not hurt, pulled
Braud to shore. The 16-year-
old asked bystanders to call
Valparaiso fiuiilIiiuii and
county EMS crews responded
and transported the victim to
Lewis Middle School, where
Braud was taken by helicopter
to Sacred Heart Hospital in
Pensacola, according to the fire
department. As of Monday he
was listed in fair condition,
according to Sacred Heart.
Kirkland said the accident
is under investigation. The jet
ski was extensively damaged,
he said.
An Eglin spokesman said
the injured airman was
assigned to the base's medical

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T Nele Fire Deartrnt respond the following calls June 1
th6uh e 7.
1 StrgC urgency Mklical CaR
4 Vehicle Fire 0 Vehicle Crash
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash with Extric
0 Illegal Burn 1 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Medical ..........6/1/09 ........13:00
23rd Street .............. .Medical ..........6/1/09 ........18:43
Bayshore Drive ............Medical ..........6/2/09 ........22:00
Partin Dr. and John Sims .....Vehicle crash ......6/3/09 ........11:15
College Boulevard ..........Medical ..........6/4/09 ........10:10
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Medical .......... .6/4/09 ........20:02
E. John Sims Parkway .......Medical ..........6/4/09 ........20:51
E. College Boulevard ........Medical ..........6/4/09 ........20:55
Pippen Drive ......... . Structure fire . . .6/5/09 ........03:03
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Medical ..........6/5/09 ........11:00
E. John Sims Parkway . . . .Vehicle crash . . 6/5/09 ........17:05
FirAvenue ............. .Medical ..........6/5//09 ........19:24
E. John Sims Parkway .......Vehicle crash . . .6/6/09 ........14:11
Hickory Avenue ......... . .Medical ......... .6/6/09 ....... .16:58
SR85N and SR123 .........Medical .......... .6/6/09 ........19:15
SR85N ..................Alarm activation ... .6/7/09 ........01:03
SR20 and N. Cedar .........Vehicle crash . ...6/7/09 ........11:18
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through June 8.
Location Situation Type Date Time
Merchants Way ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle . .5/31/09 . . .. .08:39
Hickory Street ......... . .Unauthorized burn . . .. .5/31/09 . . .. .11:07
Cypress Street ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle .. .5/31/09 . . .. .15:01
Wimico Circle/Destin ....... .Dispatched/canceled ... 5/31/09 ....... 18:11
Merchants Way ......... .. EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/1/09 ....... .06:15
Bluewater Boulevard . . . .Alarm activation .........6/1/09 ........09:08
White Point Road ...... .. .EMS excluding vehicle . .6/1/09 ....... .14:02
Merchants Way ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle . .6/1/09 ....... .22:27
Cat-Mar Road and EHwy20 .Vehicle accident ........6/2/09 ........11:57
Bay Drive and EHwy20 . . .Vehicle accident ........6/2/09 ........18:07
N. White Point Road . . .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/3/09 ....... .11:34
Mid-Bay Bridge north side. Vehicle accident ........6/3/09 ........13:18
N. White Point Road ....... Dispatched/canceled .... 6/4/09 ........14:33
Pippen Drive ......... .Structure fire .......... .6/5/09 ....... .03:03
White Point Road ...... .. .EMS excluding vehicle . .6/5/09 ....... .11:18
E. Hwy20 and Range Road .Vehicle accident ........6/6/09 ........08:41
Whitewood Way ....... .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/6/09 ....... .21:02
Calinda Lane ......... . .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/7/09 ....... .03:31
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Rezoning bad for Seminole

really been just a handful of peo-
ple who have been disagreeable;
the rest of the community has
been pretty supportive." I know of
no evidence of that support. There
are approximately 350 homes in
Seminole. I estimate that people in
about 100 homes expressed their
opposition to the zoning change. I
don't know where Huff
Investments' community support
is coming from. If I knew, I would
say so. Well, I can think of one

person/family that supported the
change, though I don't think they
ever attended any of the meetings.
There is no doubt in my mind
that Seminole has been irreparably
harmed by the decisions of the
Planning Commission, the county
commissioners and Huff
Investments. Yet, it is my hope that
in 10 years I can call Huff
Investments with an ;:qap ',-., and
say I was wrong, but I doubt the
call will be necessary.

Register as independent

Sara M. Lutz
A clearer message than tons of
teabags to Congress and to all
politicians might be a massive
voter re-registration from all polit-
ical parties as independent voters
ready to demonstrate disapproval
of waste by cutting independent

voter contributions that are within
their power to withhold.
Voters could then follow the
money trail to those who expect to
profit by footing the bill for frivol-
ities, including outdated needs to
hold nominating conventions and
conventions to elect the already

Rich Baugh
I read with interest, the May
20th article by Stacie Morgan
titled "Seminole project under
revision." I was one of the "dis-
agreeable" people described by a
Huff Investment owner. As with
most stories, there are also two
sides to this story. This is the short
In late 2006 Huff Investments
bought three lots in Seminole on
the west side of Hickory Street.
Then, the company wanted to
rezone two of the lots from
Agriculture/Residential to
Commercial. The owners of Huff
Investments asked for and were
given a meeting with about 50
Seminole residents in attendance.
Every resident there was opposed
to the rezoning. I quote a little of
George Larson's article
"Ministorage project withdrawn"
in the Jan. 17, 2007 edition of the
Bay Beacon about that meeting.
"...We'll scratch the plan to
build ministorage units. We'll do
something else with the property."
He closed with, "We want to be
good neighbors. We'll do whatev-
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"As the two brothers made
their way to the door, numerous
Seminole residents stopped them
to shake their hands and thank
them for their understanding."
Fast forward about one year to
February 2008. Huff Investments
struck a deal of some kind with
the owner of the
Agriculture/Residential lots to
Commercial, making it possible to
expand their plan.
The May 20th article quoted a
co-owner of Huff Investments as
saying, "He has done what he can
to 'be a good neighbor.'" Actually,
Huff Investments is going to build
the most commercialized property
the county commissioners would
allow them. Opposition by the res-
idents of Seminole turned out to
be a negligible factor. Granted, the
Planning Commission and the
county commissioners required
major changes to the original plan
and for that, I am thankful. While
I am not pleased with rezoning
PUD and the plan for develop-
ment, it is better than the first plan
Lastly, Stacie Morgan's May
20th article quoted a Huff
Investment owner as saying, "It's

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isolating the southernmost 30
acres of the field.
Kellner said the first phase of
construction is already under-
way, from the Mid-Bay Bridge
to Range Road, while the final
two phases are currently in the
design stage. Construction of
the second phase, extending the
connector from Range Road to
Highway 285, is expected to be
underway by 2011, he said.
Vest said that connector road
route has been forced to cross
the sprayfields because of a
requirement by the Florida

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Department of Transportation
that a planned interchange at
Highway 285 can be no closer
than a half-mile north of College
Boulevard. A couple of
drainage ponds will be con-
structed near the Highway 285
interchange. Eglin's military
mission precludes the connector
road from swinging north of the
sprayfields, Vest said.
The bridge authority and the
sewer board discussed ways to
mitigate the loss of sprayfield.
Although the sewer board
also produces highly treated
wastewater used to irrigate pub-
lic and private property in
Niceville, the entire sprayfield
area is needed in winter, when

irrigators such as two golf
courses, parks, a cemetery, a
school, and a residential subdi-
vision generally don't need the
water, said Patrick Strong, a
sewer board member.
The sewer board, which has
spent hundreds of thousands of
dollars to protect the endangered
Okaloosa darter fish in nearby
streams, would not be able to
expand to the east, Strong said.
The sprayfield area is already
cut in two by a darter stream,
while others lie to the east and
south, he said.
A narrow strip of woods to
the west of the larger sprayfield
and east of Highway 285 might
provide as much as 15 new

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acres, Strong said. However,
Wanda Cruttenden, Niceville's
city planner, warned that Walton
County is already looking at
widening the north end of
Highway 285, south of 1-10, to
four lanes, and that the
Okaloosa County portion of the
road might eventually be
widened as well, putting more
land off limits to the sewer
Access to the southernmost
30 acres of sprayfield by slow-
moving mowers and balers pre-
cludes crossing the connector
road itself, which will eventual-
ly become a four-lane highway.
Because MBBA officials
meet every other week with
Eglin officials, Bill Roberts,
District 3 Okaloosa County
Commissioner, asked Vest to
convey the sewer board's prefer-
ence for replacing sprayfield
acreage lost to the connector
road. First preference of the
sewer board would be to expand
north, then to the west, and
finally to the south.
In other business last week
the sewer board:
-Approved an annual budg-
et of $1,796,692 for the fiscal
year that starts July 1. The new
budget has no provisions for
raises. A draft budget submitted

From page A-1
Higdon said he decided
against running because he may
take an overseas job.
Smith, who first took office in
2005, defeating Calvin Jordan,
said he was pleased.


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The second stage of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority's planned 10-
mile connector road will cut across the south part of the larger of
two regional sewer board effluent-sprayfields, leased from Eglin Air
Force Base, about a half-mile north of College Boulevard.

by the sewer plant manager last
month included money for 2
percent merit raises and 3 per-
cent cost-of-living raises, which
totaled $1,839,741. However
board members hesitated to
approve those raises while coun-
ty and some city employees did
without such pay raises this
year, and may again next year.
The board said it could consider
a cost-of-living increase in
another six months, but it was

"I'mjust tickled to death to be
reelected and not have to go
through the reelection process,"
Smith said.
said he had
no special
agenda in
mind for his
who defeat-
Dan Henkel
ed Roger
Noel in January 2007, following
the death of councilman Terry
Tislow, had mixed feelings.
"I thought we were going to
have an election," Henkel said.
"Obviously, from my perspec-
tive, I'm happy, but elections and
competition are always a good

unclear where the money might
come from, other than reserves.
-Elected new officers for
the upcoming fiscal year. They
are Valparaiso representative
Patrick Strong as president,
Niceville City Manager Lannie
Corbin as vice president, and
Okaloosa County Water and
Sewer Director Jeff Littrell as
secretary/treasurer. The region-
al board rotates its officers each
year among the three entities.

Henkel said the city's main
challenge is the budget and the
tight state budget.
"We're really looking at the
budget hard and what can be

"We also
have to get
prepared for
the (Army)

forces com-in at the regular council
ing July 21.
There s
some chal- Bill Smith
lenges ahead
of us and I'm looking forward to
working with the team."
Both councilmen will be
sworn in at the regular council
meeting July 21.

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Eglin Air Force Base Army & Air Force Exchange Service associate Stella Smith, Niceville, helps G.l.s
with their shopping needs at a post exchange in Kosovo. Smith is one of 450 AAFES associates who
help operate exchanges for U.S. troops in deployed locations.

From page A-1
armed forces are establishing a
temporary presence.
"I like to serve," Smith said in a
telephone interview from Bosnia.

From page A-1

increases on taxpayers, county
insurance plans have been consol-
idated, employee copays and
deductibles have risen, and, for
the past two years, employees
have had to contribute toward
their premiums.
County employees pay $40 a
month, still a fraction of the total
Taylor said that the annual
cost per worker next year could
rise to over $9,000 if the county
can't negotiate reductions or
changes in coverage.
Taylor said the county has
asked its medical insurer, Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, to give the
county cost-saving options.
Taylor hopes to get price increas-
es for the upcoming fiscal year
down to no more than 11 percent.
In any case, Taylor said, pre-
miums had to rise because of sev-
eral large claims under the coun-
ty's group medical insurance pol-
icy. Premiums are reset on a
rolling 12-month average of
claims experience, he said.
County officials say that they
are eyeing increased copays and
deductibles to help curb soaring
medical-insurance costs.
Already in the past two years,
the county has shifted more costs
to workers-although not enough

"It's not my first deployment. This
is actually my third one. The satis-
faction I get out of it is over-
whelming. When I think what they
do for us-they're happy for a lit-
tle bit of home"'
Smith, 53, was born in Ethiopia
and has worked with AAFES for
to offset the cost increases to tax-
In 2007, the county began
requiring employees to kick in
$20 a month toward premiums.
This year, the employee share
Also in 2007, the county quit
paying for supplemental Tricare
insurance for certain employees
who, as military retirees, were
willing to use the military health
care program instead of the coun-
ty plan. In the 2006-07 fiscal
year, the county was paying
$60.50 for single employee cov-
erage for Tricare and $100 a
month for family coverage.
The county commission's
group medical insurance program
is also used by four of the five
county constitutional offices: the
clerk of court, elections supervi-
sor, tax collector and property
appraiser. The Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office and the county
school district each have their
own insurance programs.
According to Taylor, there are
752 full-time employees of the
county commission and the
Supervisor of Elections who are
eligible for the county's medical
insurance plan. Of that total, 339
are paying for coverage only for
the employee ($40 per month out-
of-pocket), while 254 are paying
for optional family coverage
($331 plus the $40 per month.)
A total of 159 eligible employ-

27 years. Previously, she said, she
was a flight attendant on an
Ethiopian airline.
She has also served overseas
with AAFES at Djibouti, Africa,
Manas Air Force Base in
Kyrgyzstan and Qatar.
Smith volunteered to go 5,462
ees opted out of the county's
medical insurance plan. Only
nine employees chose an option
that requires no employee contri-
bution but has large employee
payouts before the county plan
contributes. The Supervisor of
Elections personnel have identi-
cal benefits to employees of the
board of county commission.
Other constitutional offices
don't require employee contribu-
tions for their own coverage, but
employees do pay for family cov-
erage, if they opt for the extra
The Property Appraiser has 19
employees with employee-only
coverage and 11 employees who
chose the family coverage.
The Tax Collector has 24
employees with employee-only
coverage and 29 choosing family
The Clerk of Court has 52
employees with employee-only
medical coverage and 38 employ-
ees who are also paying for fami-
ly coverage.
Tax Collector Chris Hughes
said he has begun talks with other
insurance providers after learning
that the cost of the county plan
might grow by 20 percent. The
tax collector's medical insurance
costs are higher per employee
than the county's because the
office pays all the premiums
rather than requiring workers to

miles to her current assignment.
She reported for duty in February
and will remain for one year.
Before she could deploy,
Smith underwent two weeks of
intensive training and preparation
at the Continental U.S.
Replacement Center at Fort
Benning, Ga. There, she was
issued a Kevlar helmet and body
armor, and received extensive
training in first aid, the M9 pistol,
anti-terrorism, operational securi-
ty and cultural awareness.
"I am really proud of the asso-
ciates who are doing a magnifi-
cent job in deployed locations
around the world," said AAFES
Commander Maj. Gen. Keith
Thurgood. "Some of them are
working in very austere condi-
tions, but they are doing tremen-
dous work. Every associate who
deploys is a true hero in my
They're heroes in the eyes of
the military and NATO forces
who are deployed to far-flung
parts of the globe as well.
"It's just the look when they
come in," Smith said. "They just
walk around the sales floor and
Property Appraiser Pete Smith
said he, too, does not require
employees to pay part of their
The Sheriff's Office has its
own medical insurance coverage
for its 385 employees, also pro-
vided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Sheriff's spokeswoman
Michele Nicholson said each
employee costs the sheriff about
$609 a month for health insur-
ance only. The sheriff's office
expects the cost to rise this year,
but doesn't yet know by how
much. Employees of the sheriff
do not have to contribute for their
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11U Traveling Eagles win
The 11U Niceville Traveling Eagles baseball team won first place in the Memorial Day weekend
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Tanner Buharp, Wesley Bawks, Ricky Gal and Jacob McDorman; second row, Grant Houten, Will
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and third row, coach Bill West, manager Kevin Berry and coach Mike McDorman.

Pirates top Major League
The Pirates, sponsored by Emerald Coast Linen Service, are the Niceville Little League Baseball
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Upbeat, despite breast cancer

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A blood clot may have saved
Tammy Sanders' life.
Several months ago, she
started having trouble breathing.
Her husband, Don, 42, a
Niceville police officer and
Army Reservist, hustled her to
the hospital emergency room. A
CAT scan was performed and
the blood clot was discovered in
her lung.
Also discovered was a shad-
ow in her breast.
"I went for a mammogram
and they found that one tumor
had become two and was
spreading across the breast,"
Sanders, 38, said. "It turned out
to be an aggressive cancer."

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although she is loath to wait for
a reimbursement. However, the
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Faith Nicole Morgan of
Niceville was named to the
President's List and Laura
Elizabeth Goldstein of Niceville
was named to the Dean's List at
the University of Southern
Mississippi for the spring semes-
The President's List includes
full-time students who earned a
perfect 4.0 grade point average
(all A's). Dean's List scholars are
those with at least a 3.5 grade
point average, but less than a 4.0.
Three Rocky Bayou Christian
School students wrote essays for
the Knights of Columbus 4th
Degree Assembly's 9th annual
Great American Patriot Essay
Contest. The students, Audrey
Stevens, MacKenzie Davis and
Matt Courtney, represented the
top 15 percent of essay winners.

The winners of the 2009
Knights of Columbus Council
13527, Christ Our Redeemer
Catholic Church, college scholar-
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Madison Stapleton from
Niceville High School and Gary
Frey from Rocky Bayou
Christian School. All winners are
graduating seniors and will
receive $500 each. These young
adults were selected because of
their outstanding record of
achievement in academics,
school and community activities,
church service and future poten-
Jackie Woodall, a 1989 grad-
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graduated May 9 from St.
Edward's University, Austin,
Texas, with Master of Arts in
Counseling. Woodall interned at
LifeWorks within the Youth and
Adult Counseling division.
LifeWorks is a non-profit agency
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Dr. Dean Jacks, left, and Dr.
Scott Ewing of Chiropractic
Associates in Niceville
recently presented a check
to Christy Jones,
Community Development
Director for the Okaloosa
County Habitat for Humanity
for $780. The proceeds rep-
resent the funds collected by
SChiropractic Associates by
scheduling patient evalua-
tions at the Home Show in

'10 Commandments'judge to speak

Former Alabama Chief Justice
Roy S. Moore is slated to speak at
a luncheon in the Niceville
Community Center reception hall
from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday,
June 17. The cost is $12 and reser-
vations are required. Seating is
limited to 250. For reservations
and information: Trinky Grete,
729-7227, ext. 241 or 598-7320.
Checks must be made out to:
Rocky Bayou Christian School,
2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville.
Moore will also speak at
Northwest Florida State College

on the same day from 2 to 3 p.m.,
Tyler Hall, J Building. The gather-
ing is open to the public and is
sponsored by the college's
Christian Apologetics Fellowship
and Believers Learning & Serving
Together groups.
On Sunday, June 21, 10:30
a.m.-noon, Moore will speak at
River of Life Church, 100 Hart St.,
Moore, a Republican candidate
for governor of Alabama, is also
scheduled to speak during Family
Worship Night 7 p.m., Wednesday,

June 17 at the Destiny Worship
Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd.,
Miramar Beach.
Moore, a West Point graduate
and noted jurist, is known for his
refusal to remove the Ten
Commandments from his court-
room wall and the rotunda of the
Judiciary Building, despite an
order by a federal judge to do so. In
2003 he was forced out of office by
Alabama's Court of the Judiciary
because he insisted his duties and
oath of office required him to
acknowledge the God of the Bible.

Essays, art

sought by

The Taylor Haugen
Foundation is accepting new and
previously written essays, poems,
letters, and artwork for a compila-
tion of community works.
Submissions should focus on
either Taylor's personal mantra of
"Don't Quit- Never Give up" or
how Taylor's life and death has
effected the writer or artist.
"We have heard that students
have used Taylor's story as the
basis for their college essays, as
English writing assignments, and
in church youth groups as the
foundation for discussions and
Bible study," said Brian D.
Haugen, Taylor's father and presi-
dent of the foundation.
Letters, essays, poems, and
artwork can be submitted via e-
mail to :
or or
by U.S. mail to The Taylor
Haugen Foundation, P.O. Box
101, Valparaiso, FL 32580.
All submitted entries become
the property of the foundation and
may be published and used with
notice. Submissions may be edit-
ed for clarity and length.

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Photo by Angelle Crosby
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is surrounded by second graders as he reads Dr. Seuss'
"Ooh! The Places You'll Go!"

Senator visits class

at Bluewater school

By Angelle Crosby
Special to the Beacon
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-
Niceville) visited Bluewater
Elementary's second grade
students on Monday, June 1.
Gaetz introduced himself and
let the students know that his
children had attended
Bluewater Elementary, too.
He began with an enthusi-
astic reading of "Ooh! The
Places You'll Go!" by Dr.
Seuss. Students giggled as the
senator knelt on the floor,
tapped them on the head and
read to them: "...You have
brains in your head.You have
feet in your shoes. You can
steer yourself any direction
you choose." The students
roared when the senator
climbed up on a chair while
reading "...So be sure when
you step. Step with care and
great tact, and remember that
Life's a Great Balancing Act."
Next, the senator asked the
group,"Do you want to hear a
scary story?" What second
grader doesn't want to hear a
scary story? A reading of "The
Three Billy Goats Gruff" was
next and this reading had the
students just as engaged as the

one before. Gaetz even
growled and snarled while
reading the book.
Students asked thoughtful
questions and learned about
Gaetz and our government.
Students were surprised to
learn that the senator's first
job was writing sports stories
for a newspaper when he was
only in the seventh grade.
Eleven-year old Don Gaetz
visited the local newspaper
office with a friend and asked
to see the editor. He ques-
tioned the editor about the
lack of local sporting events
and the editor said that he
couldn't find anyone to attend
the events. After that conver-
sation, Gaetz attended games
and sold his stories to the
weekly newspaper.
Another student asked
Gaetz about his job. He
informed the students that he
works for them and their par-
ents. He listens to problems
and tries to help solve them.
"My biggest job is to find
problems people have in
Northwest Florida," Gaetz
said, adding that he "listens
and learns about people and
their problems." When one

student asked the senator if he
could make up his own laws,
Gaetz replied, "I have to get
other people to agree. That's
what our county is about. It is
called 'consent of the gov-
erned.' Nobody can do some-
thing without people agree-
Gaetz went to the board to
construct a diagram when a
student asked if he had to get
the president to check the law.
Gaetz drew squares represent-
ing the governor, the House of
Representatives, the U.S.
Senate, and the Supreme
Court. The square at the top
was blank and he questioned
who belonged in that box.
Some students said, "The
president." Others were not
sure. All the students cheered
when Gaetz answered, "Your
parents are boss of all this"
and explained why voting is
so important.
Before leaving, the senator
asked the students to promise
to read this summer and they
all agreed. He left each stu-
dent with a book for summer
reading. The students had fun
with their senator and will not
soon forget his visit.

NHS chorus members

graduate, win awards

Niceville High School
Chorus held its annual Senior
Recognition Ceremony and
Spring Awards Concert at First
Baptist Church of Niceville May
Forty graduating seniors were
recognized: Deborah Barnette,
Maria Blevins, Joseph Brown,
Harley Coltman, Natalie Davis,
Ryan Dybal, Suzanne Encardes,
Cameron Fletcher, Cari Foley,
Taylor Fralix, Jordan Francis,
Monique Gaubron, Heather
Guthrie, Jonathan Helms, Nick
Holt, Shelby Johnson, Kendra
Keen, Marissa Marinan, Mariah
Marshall, Bayleigh McLelland,
Katie Merts, JT Montague, JJ
Ott, Michael Postgate, Brittney
Ringler, Natasha Rodriguez,
Nate Rolen, Brittany
Scarborough, Jared Schwantz,
Maria Sexton, Sydney Simpson,
Alec Stanton, Brad Stover, Jenna
Testa, Jonathan Tredway,
Melissa Whitworth, Heidi

Wichman, David Williams, choral director recognizes for
Katie Wilson and Alexandra positive and unselfish contribu-
Zins. tions to the choral music pro-
Several choral members were gram, on and off of the stage.
recognized by their peers: This year's winner is Jonathan
-The Kantorai Award, EJ Tredway.
Houston Beginning in 2000, the cho-
-The Bel Canto Award, rus began a new way to recog-
Jessica Erickson nize the careers of outstanding
-Select Women's Award Niceville choral musicians with
winner Katie Merts the Niceville High School
-The Camerata Award, Chorus Wall of Fame.
Jordan Francis. The newest members are
The Distinguished Service Sydney Simpson, Melissa
Award is presented to a chorus Whitworth, Jordan Francis ,
member who goes over and Deborah Barnette, Jonathan
above his assigned responsibili- Tredway and Alex Zins.
ties to his chorus. The 2009 win- The final award of the
ner is Alex Zins. evening was The Niceville
This year the members of the Chorus Award, which represents
Singers honored one of their the program's highest award. Its
own with the first Niceville recipient has been selected by
Singer Award ever given, to his or her peers from the entire
Sydney Simpson. Simpson also choral music program to recog-
received the Opus One award. nize the highest level of dedica-
The Director's Cup is pre- tion to the chorus. The 2009
sented annually to the person the winner is Melissa Whitworth.

'Take Stock' picks

contract recipients

The 2009 Take Stock in
Children scholarship recipients
were Kaylyn Hromadka, desig-
nated by Slaton and Francis
Woolard/Destin Kiwanis Club,
and Lyric Swedenhjelm, no des-
ignation (both from Destin
Middle School); Jorden Holland
designated by Community
Youth Trust (Lewis Middle
School); Amelia Baffa designat-
ed by Katie Matthews
White/City of Niceville, Dustin
Branham designated by Mid-
Bay Rotary Club, Steven
Fehrenbach designated by Katie
Matthews White/City of
Niceville; Shayla Hicks-
Woolard designated by Thomas
and Elizabeth Spence; and
Allysia Webb designated by

Twin Cities Woman's Club (all
from Ruckel Middle School).
The Take Stock program
annually chooses middle
schoolers (usually sixth graders)
who receive volunteer mentor-
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managers, tutoring, early inter-
vention and long-term support.
Students are expected to sign
a contract which promises they
will maintain good grades and
remain drug- and crime-free,
and keep attendance up through-
out their middle and high school
years. Upon high graduation the
students will receive a full four-
year scholarship jointly paid for
by the designators (sponsors)
and the Take Stock program,
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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Blood drives
June 11: Crestview Post Office,
8-11 a.m.
June 14: St Peter Catholic
Church, Frances Street, Mary Esther,
8:30 a.m.-l1 p.m.
Blood donor drawing
Every presenting volunteer donor
at an American Red Cross blood
drive or donor center in June will be
entered into a regional drawing for a
cruise for two as part of the "Save a
Life and Sail the Seas" promotion.
Saturday, June 20: Bass Pro
Shop, Destin Commons, 4301
Legendary Drive, Destin, 10 a.m.-3
Rotary golf tourney
The Mid-Bay Rotary Club plans
its llth annual Charity Golf
Tournament June 12 at the Bluewater
Bay Golf Course in Niceville.
Info: Steve Gardner, 598-3195.
Summer reading program
Niceville Public Library 2009
Summer Reading Program will kick
off with an open house, Wednesday,
June 10, 11 a.m.-l1 p.m. In Youth
Services. Pick up your reading logs,
summer events schedule and sug-
gested summer reading lists.
Weekly reading programs begin
Wednesday, June 17. Pre-kinder-
garten and kindergarten story time
will be held
Wednesday and
Thursday, 10:30
a.m. Grades 1-3
(completed) will
include books,
music, crafts and prizes and will be
held on Wednesdays at noon. Grades
4 and 5 (completed) will be held
Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. Weekly
themes are: June 17 and 18, "Ham It
Up!" June 24 and 25, "I've Got
Rhythm." July 1 and 2, no programs
but Fourth Of July activities in Youth
Services. July 8 and 9, "Dance And
Move." July 15 and 16, "Free Play."

July 22 and 23, "Now You See It!"
July 29, Grand Finale Party, 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
There will be an "Art in a Bag"
contest for grades 1-3 and grades 4
and 5 that will run through the sum-
mer. The contest theme is Picturing
America and supplies will be provid-
ed while they last. Stop by Youth
Services for your contest guidelines
and supplies beginning June 10.
Contest deadline is July 23 and
prizes will be awarded at the summer
finale on July 29.
Special program. Australian per-
former, Darren Liebman, will present
a one-of-a-kind entertaining and edu-
cational show for all ages on Friday,
June 19, 10:30 a.m. in the City
Council Chambers across from the
Library. The show is called
Didgeridoo Down Under and it
incorporates the spirit healing sounds
of the didgeridoo and the Aboriginal
culture behind it.
Seminole board election
The Seminole Community Center
will re-elect members for its board of
directors. Property owners in the
Seminole subdivision or customers
of the Seminole Water Division who
are eligible for consideration may
submit their names to the Seminole
Community Center, P.O. Box 5292,
Niceville, FL 32578. Meeting con-
ducted June 11.
Kids Day in the Park set
The city of Fort Walton Beach
will hold its annual Kids Day in the
Park at the Fort Walton Landing
Thursday, June 11, 10 a.m.-l1 p.m.
This year's list of activities and dis-
plays include: water slides, rock
climbing, Stampin' Up fun faces, kite
making with Kitty Hawk Kites, fit-
ness for everybody, Fort Walton
Beach Library, U.S. Army Rangers
snake house, Choctawhatchee
Audubon Society, Fort Walton Beach
Fire Department Fire Safety House,
PAWS, Emerald Coast Archaeology
and more. There will also be per-
formances to entertain the kids,
including: "Gravinpulation!" with
Brian Pollock (10 and 11 a.m. and
noon), Nonie's Ark Animal
Encounters (10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
and 12:15 p.m.), and Magic
Moments with Beau Broomall
(10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30
Volunteer picnic
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will honor its vol-
unteers at the annual volunteer
recognition picnic lunch, Friday,

June 12, noon, at the museum. If you
spent any time volunteering at the
Heritage Museum this year, mark
your calendar and plan to attend. Call
the museum to RSVP.
Info: 678-2615.
Genealogy meeting
The Genealogy Society of
Okaloosa County will meet on
Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m., at the
Valparaiso Museum and Library, 115
Westview Ave, Valparaiso. Speaker
will be Ann Robbins from Panama
City. Her subject is "The Confederate
Saltworks." The public is invited. All
those interested will join together for
a Dutch treat lunch at a local restau-
rant after the meeting.
Museum yard sale
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will hold its com-
munity yard sale with the Niceville
Valparaiso Kiwanis Saturday, June
13, 7 a.m.-noon.
Donations will be accepted dur-
ing regular museum hours, Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Space is also available at the
museum for sellers. A limited num-
ber of 10-by-10-foot spaces are avail-
able for $10 each. Call 678-2615 to
pay by VISA or MasterCard.
Vacation Bible school
St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Niceville offers its VBS program
June 15-19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. for chil-
dren in preschool through fifth grade
completed. This
year's theme is
"Crocodile Dock: A
Where Fearless
Kids Shine in
God's Light." R
Each child is asked to give a $5
donation at the time of registration
with a maximum donation of $10 per
family. Registration forms are avail-
able from the church office Monday
through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Info: 678-1298.
RBCS summer programs
Rocky Bayou Christian School
offers an all-day camp and a half-day
camp. Campers can be enrolled for
the full summer, on a multiple week
basis, or by the day. The full-day
summer camp is scheduled weekly,
June 15-Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., for
campers 5-12 years old.

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wigs it will give away.
A Cancer Society representa-
tive confirmed that. "We have a
gift closet," she said.
To talk to Tammy Sanders,
you'd never imagine there was
anything wrong with her. She's
quick to laugh and her upbeat
manner is contagious.
"Even when I came out of
surgery, I was trying to laugh
and kid and joke," she said. "It's
not worth letting it tear me
Her three children, Stephanie,
14, Anthony, 11, and Kenneth, 5,
"are actually doing quite well
with it," Sanders said. "When we
sat them down and told them
Mommy had cancer... they've
been trying to help when they

Activities include The Track,
swimming lessons, sports, bowling,
goofy golf, recreational swimming,
and roller skating. Also there will be
special events and field trips each
week such as waterfest, Ponce de
Leon and Vortex Springs.
Kinder Knights is the summer
academic enrichment program for 3-
5-year-olds. Each day starts with a
Bible lesson. The Kinder Knights
day includes reading, math, academ-
ic field trips, games and playground
activities to keep young minds and
bodies fresh.
Day Camp: $102 per week, $27
per day. Kinder Knights: $108 per
week, $27 per day. Half day for Day
Camp or Kinder Knights: $58 per
week. Specialized Camps: $60-185
per week. Late Fee: $10.
Big Kahuna VIP Day
Big Kahuna's has partnered with
the Ronald McDonald House of
Northwest Florida to raise money to
help build a larger House. In the last
three years, families have been
turned away over 3,000 times due to
lack of room availability. Patrons can
help make this new House a reality
by donating $35 to attend VIP Day at
Big Kahuna's on June 14.
Donors will receive free admis-
sion June 14, the opportunity to par-
ticipate in games with Megan and
Miranda of The Megan and Miranda
Show, as well as an Aloha Picnic buf-
fet. You will also have a chance to
win a Sandestin Weekend Getaway
and many other door prizes. Ronald
McDonald will also be making a spe-
cial appearance. Tickets are limited
for this exclusive event, so get yours
while they last.
Tickets and info: Kim
Henderson, 678-7243, or owb@rmh-
WAVE goodbye to pump
Okaloosa County Transit willjoin
other public transportation systems
nationwide to participate in the
fourth annual National Dump the
Pump Day June 18. Citizens may
ride the WAVE free on Thursday,
June 18. This promotional event
includes all WAVE routes in
Crestview, Fort Walton Beach,
Destin and also includes route 14, the

can. Kenneth has taken on a love
of making things for me. He has
a special ice cream he makes for
To help the family, the
Niceville Police Department
plans a benefit steak dinner, yard
sale and silent auction on
Saturday, June 13, at the
Niceville Police Department on
Partin Drive.
"People who want to con-
tribute directly can send checks
to People's National Bank for
Tammy Sanders," said police Lt.
Randy Sallee, who, with Kate
Devine, is the point of contact
for the event.
The yard sale begins at 7
a.m., while the steak dinner will
be served starting at 11 a.m.
According to Officer Kathy
Bailey, the steaks will be cooked
to order for $10.

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Apalachicola River art
The Apalachicola River: A
National Treasure, Art Exhibit, June
21-July 23, Monday to Thursday 9
a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center at Northwest Florida
State College, 100 College Blvd.,
Niceville, McIlroy & Holzhauer
Galleries. Free and open to the pub-
Education camps
UWF Continuing Education
Explore Summer Programs 2009 is
offering two Youth Summer Science
Camps for elementary school stu-
dents. The summer programs are
one-week events and will be held at

The silent auction will have at
least two items: an eight-hour
fishing excursion on a private
pond in north Walton County,
owned by Rock Wright, and a
four-night stay in Hawaii.
The yard sale will have a
wide variety of items as well.
"We have all kinds of stuff,"
Bailey said. "We have furniture,
household items, silverware,
plates, towels, bedding, washer,
dryer, a weight set and bench,
golf clubs."
She said early arrivals can
purchase cinnamon rolls and
coffee and those who don't want
a steak can purchase hamburg-
ers, hot dogs or catfish dinner
When the police department
first brought the idea of a benefit
up to Tammy Sanders, she said,
"I was kind of embarrassed
because I'm not the kind of per-
son who'll ask for help. If I have
a need, I know eventually God's
going to fulfill it. It took me a
couple of hours to realize... I'd
been praying and asking God to
take care of us during this time
and I had to come to terms with,
well, that's how he's doing it."
She said when people
approach her and ask what she
needs, "I just tell them I need
Still, Sanders is a bit uncom-

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Science Quest is for students
entering first through third grade.
Camp runs June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-
3:30 p.m. Children will learn how a
volcano erupts, how to build a race
car, build a submarine, how a rocket
takes off, and even what it is like to
be a whale.
Aviation Fascination, for students
entering fourth through sixth grade,
runs June 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Children will learn how an airplane
stays in the air, how a rocket takes
off, how a parachute works, what it is
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fortable with the benefit,
although she said she plans to
"I feel that I'm not the only
person in the world who's going
through this, so I get the feeling
like, you know, why me? Why
would they do this for me
because their need is just as
great. I guess because my hus-
band has lived here all his life,
they choose to help us. I really
do appreciate everything every-
one in the community is doing
for us."
She also has somewhat
adopted the role of adviser to
other young women.
"This is for all women, all
young ladies under the age of 40,
because we aren't eligible for a
mammogram," she said. "It took
me having the blood clot for me
to find the cancer because of
where it was situated-even two
doctors examined me and nei-
ther could find it. It's very
important if you even suspect
something like this is going on in
your body. I had a suspicion a
while back... I just thought
because there's so much out
there about breast cancer... that I
felt I was maybe being a little
paranoid and I just missed it. But
if there is any suspicion at all,
they need to get in there and
check. If they're told they're too
young, ask the doctor if there's
any way they can get an MRI."
To find out more about the
coming benefit or to donate
items for the yard sale or silent
auction, call Sallee or Devine at

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Being creative
Niceville Public Library Youth Services librarian Martha
Zimmerman watches as Chelsea Holmes, 11, shows her
creativity. This year's summer reading program, titled "Be
creative," kicks off with a reception today from 11-1 in
Youth Services.


Family Sports Pubs

Monday Friday Plute Lunches
Mon: Mouth watering Slow Smoked Pulled Pork
served with BBQ baked beans and
creamy coleslaw.......... ................................$650
Tues: "12 Hour" Slow Cooked Pot Roast
served with creamy mashed potatoes, buttered
carrots and seasoned green beans....................$6.50
Wed: Corned Beef & Cabbage
served with new potatoes and carrots............$8.50
Thur: Sloppy Open-Face Roast Beef Sandwich
served with french fries ................................$6.50
Fri: Mississippi Fried Catfish
served with cheesy grits, tasty turnip greens
and homemade Mexican cornbread. ................$8.50
Monday-Thursday served 11:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Friday served all day

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Join us on Tuesduays for Kid's Night with "Coco the Clown"
~ Beefs To-Go 897-3964 -
4538 E Hwy. 20, Niceville, FL

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice
Judge Roy S. Moore Speaking in Niceville

O Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Luncheon Meeting, Niceville Community Center Reception Room
Lunch line open from 11:45 am until 1 pm.
i Speaking time from 12:05 to 12:55 pm.
D Cost is $12 for lunch and rental fees.
Attendance by RSVP Reservation Mail in the form below.
S Table Sponsorships available.
O Wednesday, 17 June 2009 2:00 3:00 pm
Meeting sponsored by CAF/Blast
Tyler Recital Hall, J Building NWF State College
Open to the public. No admission fee.
O Wednesday, 17 June 2009 7:00 pm
Family Night Service at Destiny Worship Center
122 Poinciana Blvd, Miramar Beach FL 32550
O Sunday, 21 June 2009 10:30 am 12 noon
Worship service at River of Life Church, 100A Hart Street, Niceville FL 32578
Sponsoring donations toward Judge Moore's honorarium are greatly appreciated.
Donors of $250 or more will, if willing, be recognized in our luncheon Program if the donation
is received by 15 June. Questions call Bob Grete, 850-865-3779.
Call Trinky Grete,850-598-7320 ~ Meet Judge Roy S. Moore Reservation:
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Niceville FL 32578-1750. E losed:_ $12.00 Person Tables of 8 to10
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Diane Cocchiarella Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
(830-3568) Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, End Unit,
Great w/I Roommate ..........................$ 900
R SA DE N TI L PR *Unfurn. Florida Club Condo, 2/2, Full Sized W/D,
Tiled Floors, Pool .............. ..............$ 950
Unfurn. House, BWB, 3/2, New Appliances,
Fenced in Backyard ........................... $1,300
LOOKAT THIS PRICE! Unfurn. Townhome, 3 plus loft/2.5, Updated, Lots of Storage .$1,500
Furn. Condo, F.C., 1/1, Full Kitchen, W/D,
Blue Pine Village Utilities Incl. .................. .................$1,000
$144,900 Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
$ Utilities Included, End Unit ........................ $1,200
*Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, WMD, Full Kitchen,
* Blue Pine Village 2/2 ......... . ...... .$144,900 Utilities Included ....................... . $1,300
* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished ................. .$147,500 Furn. Townhome, 3/2.5, Utilities Included, Full Kitchen, W/D .$1,900
* Royal Oak Patio 3/2.5 ........................... .$209,900 *T PRT
* Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5, waterview .REDUCED .$219,900
* Marina Cove Townhome, Fully Furnished ............ .$240,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 .............. .$249,900
STownhome, 3/2.5, Priced to Sell ................... .$255,000
* Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 ....................... .$299,999
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course ........ .$349,900 BWB Home,

* Magnolia Plantation, Golf Course Lot ........... ... .$279,900
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2/2: $1,100/mo. Extra Large Patio

4/2: $1,200/mo. A/C Unit has
Special Allergen Feature
3/2 Townhouse: $1,150/mo.
garage, bayview, new appliances
201 Marquetta 2/1:
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Breathtaking is the only way to describe this water view property. Large
foyer & bright living area cheerfully welcomes any visitor. 1153 Bayshore
Parking space galore....enough for 7 covered parking spaces with workshop.
Large living and entertaining space on 2 golf course lots. 620 Carr Dr.
A modest exterior disguises this contemporary home that has been meticu-
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Bayfront property with so much to offer, main house is a little over 2000
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FISHERMAN'S DREAM! Delightful A-Frame cottage/studio apt.(24x16) on
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Welcome Home...... This home lives large, from the soaring vaulted ceil-
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Grandma's Cottage invites you to come enjoy magnolias, rose bushes, and
amazing oaks. Great investment opportunity and much more. 206 Nathey
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sofa $300; Kitchen
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barstools $60/pair,

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For Sale: 2 bedroom, 1
bath, mobile home,
$5,000 on rented lot,
Villa Tasso.
279-6141 (hm),
218-4190 (cell).

Casio CTK-573
electronic keyboard
with numerous
features. Includes
keyboard stand and
stool. $250.00. Call
Portable Generator,
3500W, 6.5HP OHV
engine, 120V & 240V
outlets, 5 gal tank, new
2004, used only 4 hrs,
like new. $325. 678-

1000 Sq. Ft.

500 Sq. Ft.

For More
1484 Hickory St.

Stamp Collector, 2
albums, 200 sheets,
United States Postage
stamps, $8,000.
Weight bench $50;
weights $50; desktop
computer $150,
computer table $25,
new meat grinder $80.
Nice Fabric couch, no
smoke, pets, or spills
$75 or BO. Large Boat
Tube with Jacket,
inflated, $30 or BO.
581-0394 evenings

Pop-Up Starcraft-
Starmaster, 12.5', AC,
gas stove, refrig,
shower, sleeps 6,
$3,900. 496-0700

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NEW Magnolia Plantation All Brick 3 Bedroom 2
Bath home located in Med Village standing on its
own with deeded drive in front of house that leads to
a dead end deeded to homeowner for extra parking
space. Small fenced back yard and extra features in
home. 1950 Sq. Feet. $269,900.

SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 6 Bdrm, 6 Bath home,
8,764 SQ FT on Magnolia Plantation Golf Course.
Parade of Homes Winner!! Every feature and ameni-
ty imaginable including workshop, pool, hot tub and
gourmet kitchen w/top line dual ovens. Oversized 3-
car garage and Heated and Cooled gym.

sq ft or more available now. 3/5 year term at $16 per
sq ft plus $535 CAM per month. Please call for more
details and showing to locate your business to a truly
professional building.

REGATTA BAY: Exquisite 4 bedroom, 3/1 baths.
Designed for discriminating homeowner who appre-
ciates the best. Custom built home with high-end
amenities overlooking the Regatta Bay Golf Course
and Lake. Gourmet kitchen, Enclosed Pool with
lanai. A must see! $1,395,000.

Cottage. 2/2. Overlooks pool and directly across
street from the Emerald Coast. $334,900.

sq ft. Just steps from the Gulf. Cabana house and
pool. $714,000

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