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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: June 24, 2009
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Trustees pick agent in Richburg talks

Panel also learns that building project may be delayed due to faulty concrete

Wednesday. 10 a.m.


Friends of
Library will
discuss "A
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a novel by

Betty Smith that was enor-
mously popular in the
1940s and 1950s. Everyone
is welcome to join in.
Call 729-4090.
Thursday. 6 p.m.
Enjoy a good meal, enter-
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message at the Good News
Jail and Prison Ministry
annual fundraising banquet
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Methodist Church
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The banquet is free and
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Thursday. 7 p.m.
God's House Church,
Niceville, and Wellspring
Ministries, Valparaiso, are
sponsoring a revival each
evening through Saturday at
the Niceville High School
Saturday. 4 p.m.
If you're a man or
woman in your early 20s,
and have been bitten by the
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to try out for one of the two
leads in Northwest Florida
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Call 678-2531.

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

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
After a closed-door meeting held Monday
with a pair of lawyers, the Northwest Florida
State College Board of Trustees voted to appoint
a trustee as the board's representative in media-
tion meetings to try to resolve a potential lawsuit
by fired NWFSC President Bob Richburg.
Also Monday, a committee of trustees ques-
tioned construction contractors about a likely
delay in completing a $30 million public services

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
When the Emerald Coast
Association of Realtors (ECAR)
planned a town meeting in
Valparaiso to discuss the planned
deployment of an F-35 fighter
wing to Eglin Air Force Base,
organizers hoped for a chance to
ease community fears about the
But the meeting, held June 16
at Lewis Middle School, turned
into a venting session in which
local residents expressed fear

complex being built at the college. The delay
was blamed on faulty concrete.
On April 28, the trustees fired Richburg after
he was indicted by a state grand jury on charges
of perjury and falsifying a public document in
connection with a $6 million college building
project in Destin.
Richburg, who denied the charges, responded
by petitioning for his job back, or damages of at
least $764,000. At subsequent meetings, the
trustees and Richburg agreed to pursue a media-

and anger at what they perceive
as callous treatment of
Valparaiso by not only the Air
Force, but by county and federal
officials, including Congressman
Jeff Miller, who did not attend
the meeting.
ECAR President Anita
Williams and ECAR
Government Affairs Director
Cliff Long moderated the meet-
ing. No Air Force representatives
attended, although the Air Force
has been holding its own series
of public meetings and briefings

tion of Richburg's claim, in hopes of avoiding a
formal hearing before a judge.
During the 6 p.m. June 22 meeting, the trustees
met for about an hour with Joseph Lorenz, the
board's regular attorney, and with Michael
Mattimore, an attorney with the Tallahassee-based |'
firm of Allen, Norton and Blue. Mattimore is cer- I /
tified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment
law, and was retained by the trustees to provide
Please see RICHBURG, page A-11 Wesley Wilkerson

NHS drops

a notch in

state grade

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
After four years as an "A"
school, Niceville High School
slipped a notch in state rankings.
Meantime, however, Okaloosa
County schools had the highest
percentage of A grades in the
state under Florida Department of
Education report cards released
last week.
NHS earned a B for the 2008-
09 school year, behind Crestview
and Fort Walton Beach high

RBCS chief leaving, A-10.

schools, which again achieved A
The county's fourth large pub-
lic high school, Choctawhatchee,
was awarded a C.
Niceville High was the only
school in the Niceville-Valparaiso
area not to earn an A this year in
state rankings released Thursday.
Please see NHS, page A-2

Two deputies

docked in probe

of time sheets

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Two Okaloosa County sher-
iff's deputies were recently rec-
ommended for termination after
an internal investigation deter-
mined they had falsified time
sheets. Instead, each was docked
six hours' pay by Interim Sheriff
Ed Spooner, who said the men
may have been confused about
the policy for recording time
Sgt. Keith VanDyke and

Deputy David L. Johnson were
suspended May 20 pending a
hearing on a recommendation to
dismiss them, according to sher-
iff's documents.
A week later Spooner reinstat-
ed the two deputies after docking
their pay for the disputed time.
He said the incident was a result
of a culture at the sheriff's office
where no one checked time cards
closely-a remnant of the previ-
ous leadership of now-disgraced
Please see DEPUTIES, page A-9

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Valparaiso residents took turns expressing concerns about F-35
deployment during town meeting.
about the F-35 deployment for Long told a reporter prior to the
the last several months. meeting. "Our expertise is prop-
"We are not airplane people," erty values and property rights."

ECAR, he said, supports the
deployment of the F-35 training
wing to Eglin. The purpose of
the meeting, he said, was "to
remove people's fears, if possi-
ble, and if not, at least to docu-
ment the concerns of citizens."
Long said that ECAR has
studied the effects of Base
Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) activities at other mili-
tary installations throughout the
U.S., especially at bases where
Please see F-35, page A-6

French firm

to run troubled

lunch program

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
In a bid to stem a torrent of
red ink that has cost taxpayers $2
million over the past two years,
the Okaloosa County School
District has hired a French com-
pany to manage its troubled lunch
The Paris-based food-services
company Sodexo, with 30,600
sites in 80 countries, has won a
contract that will guarantee that at

the end of each year the district's
food services fund will have a
balance of either 1 percent of
budget or $280,000, whichever is
greater, said Rita Scallan, school
district chief financial officer.
The school board approved
the contract Monday.
"We've lost about $1 million
on food services in each of the
last two years,' said School
Please see FRENCH, page A-7

Summer's here, and how!

Beacon photos by Mike Grittith and Del Lessard
The summer solstice arrived in a swelter Sunday as temperatures
soared to oppressive levels. Cristina Northerner, 7, and her broth-
er Kenneth, 8, cool off with ice cream cones at the Hershey's ice
cream parlor in Bluewater Bay. On Monday, the thermometer hit
101 at in Niceville, inset. Slight relief was expected today, with
temperatures perhaps falling to the mid 90s.

Valp. residents voice F-35 fears

Wal-Mart files

building plans
Niceville Building Inspector Don
Baccadutre studies plans for a
Niceville Wal-Mart, which the discount
giant filed with the city Monday. The
plans call for a 149,961-square-foot
store, including an in-store grocery,
bakery, pharmacy and garden center.
The store, to be built on leased land
already cleared east of Oak Creek
Plaza, is expected to be completed by
fall 2010. The city council and plan-
ning commission have already
approved the project.
Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

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Last year, all schools in the Twin
Cities area earned an A.
NHS Principal Linda Smith
said the school slipped because it
didn't do well enough teaching
slow readers.
"We did not have the anticipat-
ed gains with challenged readers,"
Smith said. To keep an A ranking,
she said, "50 percent of those low
readers have to make learning
gains, and ours didn't. It's very
complicated to keep those high-
performing plates spinning and to
also wrap services around those
that need them."
Last year NHS reported that 57
percent of the 25 percent lowest-
scoring students made adequate
yearly gains, but this year the per-
centage fell to 44, the same as
Smith added, "It's hard when
you have 2,000 students and you
have to try and meet all those
needs. Those in the highest groups
have to be pushed forward, those
in the middle have to be chal-
lenged and those in the lowest
groups must grow. It's so com-
plex, in a one-day testing situa-
tion-there are so many different

According to the Florida
Department of Education, 30 of
Okaloosa County's 34 schools, or
89 percent, received the grade of
A. Only four schools received a B
or C. No county schools were
ranked lower than a C.
Despite the four Okaloosa
County schools that dropped a let-
ter grade this year, the district's
ranking of No. 1 in the state in the
percentage of A grades is some-
thing to be proud of, said
Superintendent of Schools Alexis
"We have just an amazing
school district," Tibbetts said. "We
have the highest parent education
value, which means we have kids
being sent to school who are ready
to learn. Our parents expect their
kids to come to school and do
well. I'm very proud of all of our
"We can't just concentrate on
the those (state school rankings)
that have gone down," said
Tibbetts. "We have two schools
that went up (Bob Sikes and
Northwood Elementary,
Crestview)." She said the county's
ranking was "amazing and incred-
To boost gains among the sec-
ondary schools' lowest-scoring

students, Tibbetts said, reading
strategies should be taught in all
"If a student gets to ninth grade
and cannot read," Tibbetts said,
"they've already had 10 years of
reading and the intervention that
has to be done is tremendous.
These kids have to have reading
skills taught in every single class-
room. As it stands now those who
go to intervention have one 50-
minute reading period a day. High
school accountability is changing
and when you have a school dis-
trict that has lost $22 million in the
last two-and-a-half years, it
becomes increasingly difficult to
think out of the box. But we will
adjust and do well."
Although NHS posted its first
B since 2004, Bluewater
Elementary, on the other hand, can
claim the top spot for all Okaloosa
County Schools.
"I feel great today because of
how very outstanding we did,"
said Bluewater Principal Janet
Norris, "not just by earning an A,
but if you look at how many points
we earned-696-we scored the
most points to earn an A of any
school in the district."
The state school grades pro-
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for each percentage point of stu-
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Assessment Test (FCAT) and/or
make annual learning gains,
according to the Florida
Department of Education. Schools
must have at least 525 points to
earn an A.
Diane Kelley, the new principal
at Destin Middle School, said she
was ecstatic about her school's
grade of A. The school has earned
an A for the last 10 years.
"Kudos to the students, teach-
ers and parents who worked dili-
gently and brought this to pass,'
said Kelley, who succeeded
Tommy Britt as principal in earli-
er this month. Kelley said the
school's history of success is due
largely to "not letting our guard
down. We've kept an eye on edu-
cation's ever-changing expecta-
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lenge. It's been our dedication to
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In Walton County, local-area
schools posted the following
grades: Freeport Elementary
School, B (down from an A last
year); Freeport High School, B
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S% / 4 & 5 Year Old Children Eligible


09 VPK Summer Program and

09-10 VPK School Year Proerams

The Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties reminds parents that four and five-year old children are eligible for free Voluntary (VPK) for the
Summer 2009 or School Year 2009-200. For Summer VPK 2009, the child must have become four years of age before September 1, 2009. For pre-kindergarten children
to qualify for 2009-2010 School Year VPK Program, they must have become four years of age, on of before September 1, 2009. Parents must be willing to sign the pro-
gram application, provide proof of the child's age (birth certificate or other documentation), prove Florida residency, and transport the child to the Certified VPK
Provider of the parents choice. A limited number of providers may transport children for an additional fee.


Florida residency may be verified by the following documentation bearing the parent/guardian's
name & address as submitted on the VPK Application:
Utility Bills, Residential Rental Agreement, Pay Stubs, Government Documents
(Tax return, Military Orders, etc.)
31 The VPK Program is free early education. The VPK Providers should not charge registration fees that
Share non-refundable once the VPK child has attended the program.
Providers are encouraged to provide services to as many children for the limited hours of BPK as possible.

Registration is occurring at Okaloosa Walton Child Care Services
gn UU Registration is occurring at Okaloosa Walton Child Care Services.

Fort Walton Beach
107 Tupelo Ave
9-1Oam or 3-4 pm

229 S. Main Street
Monday Only 9-12pm

DeFuniak Springs
1184-C Circle Drive
8-9am or 2-3 pm

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See the local Early Learning coalition website for details about the VPK Programs at
Certified Summer 2009 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Providers
(Programs begin June 2009 and end August 2009)
The Early Learning coalition encourages parents to contact certified providers in order to determine if the program is appropriate for their
children) and to determine if the provider has space available. Register at school districts sites listed below:

Provider Name Address City Zip Phone Type of Facility
Child Care Network #132 1040 Farmer St. Crestview 32539 683-1680 Licensed Child Care Facility
Freeport Elementary School 15381 U.S. Hwy 331 Freeport 32439 892-1211 Walton County School District
Horizons, Children's Center 343 Holmes Blvd. Fort Walton Beach 32548 244-9187 Licensed Child Care Facility
a Shoal River Learning Center 5190 South Ferdon Blvd. Crestview 32536 682-4700 Licensed Child Care Facility
Valparaiso Elementary School 379 Edge Avenue Valparaiso 32580 833-4120 Okaloosa County School District
Van R. Butler Elementary School 6694 West Co. Hwy 30-A Santa Rosa Beach 32459 622-5040 Walton County School District
Walker Elementary School 2988 Stillwell Blvd. Crestview 32539 689-7220 Okaloosa County School District
West DeFuniak Elementary School 815 Lincoln Ave. DeFuniak Springs 32435 892-1171 Walton County School District
Wright Elementary School 305 Lang Rd. Fort Walton Beach 32547 833-4380 Okaloosa County School District

Certified School Year 2009-2010 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Providers
(Programs may begin August 2009 and may end June 2010)
Check Program bates on the Early Learning Coalition Website at
The Early Learning Coalition encourages parents to contact certified providers in order to determine if the program is appropriate for their
children) and to determine if the provider has space available.

Provider Name
Beulah Christian Academy
Boys & Girls Club
Chatterbox Child Care & Learning Center
Child Care Network # 132
Child Care Network # 142
Child Care Network # 39
Child Care Network # 41
The Creative Play School
Docie Bass Recreation Center
First Baptist Church of Niceville CDC
First United Methodist Preschool
God's Garden of Grace
Happyland Preschool
Holt Academy
Horizons, Children's Center
Kid's Discovery I
Kid's Discovery II
Kid's Discovery III
Kid's Place
Learning Adventures
Little Angels Preschool
Little Schooner Preschool
Little Stars Learning Program
The Montessori School for the Arts
NWF State College CDEC
Oak Tree CDC
Our House Child Care LLC
Our Little School House
Pam's Light House Learning Center, Inc.
The River Academy
Roehm Preschool & After Care Center, Inc.
Shalimar United Methodist Preschool
Shoal River Learning Center, Inc.
St. Paul Lutheran Preschool
TLC Recreation Center
Tri-County Head Start Walton
Trinity United Methodist Preschool
Twin Hills Learning Center
Walton-Defuniak VPK Center
Wesley Academy
Wesleyan Child Care Center
Wright Daycare

109 McGriff St.
923 Denton Blvd.
314 Carmel Dr.
1040 Farmer St.
108 Jet Dr. NW
412 Government St.
800 Falcon Place
11 Vine Ave. NE
54 Ferry Rd.
622 Bayshore Dr.
103 1st St. SE
4325 Commons Dr. W
1018 White Point Rd.
422 Highway 90 West
343 Holmes Blvd.
240 Green Acres
2265 Hwy 98 West
2101 PJ Adainm Pkwy
321 Racelrack Rd. NE
310 \Woodroi\, N.E.
703 Miracle Strip PkI .
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1002 Alabaima St.
410 Fir .Ae.
100 collegeg e l dcl.. lild.. M
102 looke SI
396 (Garden St.
505 E. Hollruood Blvd.
1209 4711 St.
100 Hart St.
1595 Hwy 83 North
1 Old Ferry rd.
5190 South Ferdon Blvd.
1407 John Sims Pkwy
502 Schneider Dr.
268 South Davis Lane
403 Racetrack Rd. NW
837 West James Lee Blvd.
555 Walton Rd.
214 South Partin Dr.
599 Eighth Ave.
136 Patrick Dr.

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Walton County School District
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Provisional School Year 2009-2010 Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Providers
The Early Learning Coalition does NOT guarantee that provisional providers will meet all the necessary requirements to become
certified to provide the State's Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program. The following providers have begun the application process.
Parents should make every effort to find a certified provider before the program begins.
Provider Name Address City .ip Phone Type of Facility
A Circle Of Friends 5800 Washington 1 32531 537-9007 Licensed Child Care Facility
Bluewater Bay Elementary 4545 Range R4. Nice ille .' 32578 833-4241 Okaloosa County School District
Child Care Network #40 644 A .A ndcii SI, Frt ". alt+H -lti h- I 32548 664-2865 Licensed Child Care Facility
Child Care Network #105 502 Benning L[. D)ein 32541 654-7832 Licensed Child Care Facility
Covenant Kids CDC 1010 Gospel R( Forl Wallon Beacli 32547 862 5437 Licensed & Faith Based
Kids Learning Corner I 2922 Second A e\NI (ret ie- 32539 6 94326 Licensed Child Care Facility
Okaloosa County Head Start 1198 W. Edne S.. Crest` ieu 32539 A6 4t1-0645 Licensed Child Care Facility
Okaloosa County Head Start 1200 Valparail, I ll. Nice.iHt -_ .52 -- 651?0645 Licensed Child Care Facility
Okaloosa County Head Start 22 McGriff SI. Fort 1\allon ieacli 32548 651-0645 Licensed Child Care Facility
Rocky Bayou Christian School 2101 N. Partin Dr. Nice ille 32578 678-7358 Faith Based
Montessori Children's House 1314 East Chestnut Ave. Crestview 32539 682-3869 Licensed Child Care Facility




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part of the BRAC process. Long
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expanding activities at the bases
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potential home buyers, including
people willing to live near mili-
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Local residents who attended
the meeting, however, were less
optimistic than the Realtors who
organized it. "We thought we had
found our spot when we bought
our home on the water in
Valparaiso," said a senior citizen.
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a nest egg for our children after
we were gone. But now, our
daughter tells us that a Realtor
came to our house and told her
that the value of our home will
drop by a hundred thousand dol-
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affected by many factors other
than noise, such as the age and
condition of a house, its proxim-
ity to major roads, businesses,
and other information. He said he
does not expect increased flying
at Eglin to cause a major drop in
local home values, beyond what
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Valparaiso residents at the
meeting remained skeptical,
however. "This is the most mili-
tary community in Northwest
Florida," said one resident. "We
are not the 'rednecks' we have
been made out to be. But I am
concerned about not being able
to golf, fish, have a backyard bar-
becue, or to sell my house."
The actual noise level of the
F-35 compared with other fight-
ers already flown at Eglin, said
another resident, is less impor-
tant than the increased number of
flights expected when F-35 train-
ing begins. "It will be a constant
nuisance. They'll never stop."
The international nature of the
flight training slated for Eglin
was also a concern. "We don't
want to be the guinea pigs for 12
countries," said a resident who
rhetorically addressed his com-
ments to the absent
Congressman. "Mister Miller,"
he said, "You know what I'm
talking about."
Another resident also
addressed the absent representa-
tive. "Jeff Miller," he said, "you
are a coward! You have a lot of
nerve to send the Realtors to do
your job! You will lose your next
election because of your total
lack of concern for the citizens of
Valparaiso, but we will win
thanks to our loyal representa-
tives in city government!" His
remarks drew applause and sev-
eral "amens" from others in the
Valparaiso City
Commissioner T.G. Miller said,
"I came here in 1965, and helped
form the 33rd Fighter Wing, and
I remember how noisy the engine
run-up stands used to be before
they were modified. Are we real-
ly going to have a sortie every 90
Miller also criticized claims
that the new training wing will be
good for the economy, saying
that while instructor pilots may
buy homes in the area, the bulk
of the wing will be students who
will not stay long enough to pur-
chase homes.
Valparaiso resident Herb
Jones expressed similar con-
cers. "I wonder about how they
will work on the base, within the
70 to 80 decibel area," he said,
"and about the sortie rate. There
has been no real economic
analysis of the effects of the 33rd
Fighter Wing transition, espe-
cially as it transitions from most-
ly permanent to mostly transient
"Our house is in the 'clear
zone,'" said another speaker.
"We still have no information
about what will happen to our
house. Gen. Davis has said there
might be flights over our home
as often as every 90 seconds, but
to expect no new information
until 2010. We want answers!
We're taking the brunt of the hit,
but when we complain or ask
questions, we're characterized
as a bunch of whiners."
As the meeting was about to
adjourn, ECAR leaders Long
and Williams summed up their
impressions of the meeting. "It
sounds to me," said Williams,
"like you've been asking ques-
tions, but not getting many
"We are not here because of
our differences," said Long, "but
because our concerns are the
same." Nevertheless, he said,
ECAR supports the F-35
deployment because it will be
good for the local economy as a
whole, although potential prob-
lems must be resolved. "We
want the deployment to suc-
ceed," he said. "Failure is not an
Kabe Woods, a candidate for
the District 4 seat in the Florida
House of Representatives, told
the Beacon after the meeting
that he came to listen. Most peo-
ple he has met previously have
supported the F-35 deployment,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


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Niceville Public

The Inquiring Photographer

-Mike Griffith

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criticizing President Obama for swatting a fly on national television?

"I think sometimes
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fly today, there would
still be about that
many flies left. "

Joe Corbitt, 57,
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From page A-1
Board Chairman Chuck Kelley.
'We're hoping for at least that
much in savings."
Hiring a private company has
been something the district has
talked about many times before,
said District 5 school board mem-
ber Howard Hill. But until now
board members "kept hoping
things would turn around with
food services.
"We raised lunch prices and we
closed the Central Food Kitchen,"
said Hill. "But after a while it
became obvious that something
was wrong. We kept losing money
and student participation has been
decreasing. We realized we were

"I thought it was
absolutely ridiculous.
Who wouldn't swat a

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just hemorrhaging money and
having to subsidize food services
with general fund money."
The school lunch program is
supposed to pay for itself through
meal revenue and state subsidies.
Deficits must be covered by tax
revenues from the school district's
general fund.
The district is partly reim-
bursed by the state-24 cents per
paid meal, $2.47 per free lunch,
and $2.17 per reduced-price meal.
The district charges $2.10 for
elementary-school lunches and
$2.25 for secondary-school lunch-
The school board has not
decided if school lunch prices will
increase next year because it must
wait and see what the state's reim-
bursement rate will be, said Rick

"I think everyone "That's ridiculous."
needs to get their pri-
orities straight or
readjusted, including
the President, but not
regarding the fly."

Linda Nelson, 54,

Norris, district director of food
services and purchasing.
For the 2007-08 and 2008-09
school years, the district budgeted
$10.8 million for food services,
accounting for about 2.5 percent
of the district's total budget. The
district expects to budget the same
amount next year, Scallan said.
Under the Sodexo agreement,
the company will present the dis-
trict with a single monthly bill that
covers the cost of everything asso-
ciated with food services. It also
promises to make up the differ-
ence if revenues don't cover all
Said Norris: "We will not go in
the hole at the end of the year,
because they have to guarantee us
the fund balance. This company
has deeper pockets than we do."

Lori Meeker, 51,
legal secretary

Sodexo's School Services
District Manager, Tony Buscemi,
of Pace, said he felt the company
could agree to such guarantees
because, "We are a food manage-
ment company. We're being hired
to manage all aspects of food serv-
ice. Schools are supposed to edu-
cate. We know how to manage
food programs and the district can
concentrate on educating. We plan
to increase participation in the
program through marketing, cost
efficiency methods, wider variety
of a la carte items and proper
Larry Hail, Sodexo general
manager, who will be moving to
Okaloosa County from Louisiana
to oversee the county food pro-
gram, added: "When we went to
the schools and observed, we

POMu I W' -
"I think it's very much "I think when PETA
an over-reaction. All was founded, it was for
the TV and radio sta- a worthy cause, but if
tions picked it up. It they are now worrying
seems such a small about flies, it's gone
thing compared to the too far."
other things there are
to worry about."

Deanna Banning, 71,
Bluewater Bay,

found that the biggest reason kids
weren't participating was because
the lines were too long. By the
time they got through the line it
was time to leave. So we're going
to increase points of sale (add
more food lines)."
Norris said the company will
handle everything involving food
services, including supervision of
employees, ordering, preparation,
and marketing. It will credit the
district for food-services workers
who remain on the district payroll,
as well as 60 percent of Norris's
Norris said he will become the
contract manager responsible for
"holding their feet to the fire and
making sure they do everything
according to FDA, FLDOE and
district rules."

Geremy Kleiser, 34,

What will students find when
they walk into lunchrooms in
August? They'll encounter color-
ful posters touting the benefits of
good nutrition as well as fun pro-
grams supporting healthy food
choices. Elementary children will
enter "The Kids Way Cafe."
Middle school students will
munch on lunch at the "E.D.z"
I n lc-- Download Zone). High
schoolers will enter
"CrossRoads," where they can
choose from a la carte items such
as Mexican foods or a pizza bar.
"When you bring in a private
company," said Scallan, "they try
to increase participation with mar-
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counts. On May 11 Berg's
grandmother discovered several
pieces of jewelry missing from a
jewelry box in her bedroom.
The missing jewelry was valued
at over $14,000. On May 14
Berg allegedly admitted to her
family that she had stolen the
jewelry. Investigators discov-
ered that Berg had sold approxi-
mately 20 pieces of jewelry to
area pawnshops on seven occa-
sions between March 5 and May

Patrick O'Cain Moriarty,
unemployed, 20, of 316 Branch
Hill Park, Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies June 12
for violation of probation on the
original charges of DUI and
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana.

Erick Lamont Pugh, a labor-
er, 28, of 244 Burnette Ave.,
Fort Walton Beach, with a per-
manent address of 313 Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 12 for
violation of probation on origi-
nal charges of driving while
license suspended and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.

Kialey Suzette Gray, unem-
ployed, 27, of 104-B Nathey St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 7 for assault
that allegedly occurred Jan. 20
in Mary Esther.

Anna Maria Lee, unem-
ployed, 31, of 85 Kelly Way,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 9 on a
misdemeanor worthless check

Cameron McKinley Scott,
44, of 419 Roberts Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 8 on a Walton

County warrant for the sale of

John Thomas Sellars, a fabri-
cator, 28, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
E-6, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 10 for
operating a structure with
knowledge of the manufacture
of marijuana, possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. During service of an arrest
warrant May 10 deputies dis-
covered about 14 cannabis
plants in makeshift planters such
as cut soda cans and drinking
mugs on a table adjacent to the
front porch. During a search of
the premises deputies found a
bag containing about 16 grams
of marijuana and related para-
phemalia indicative of drug con-
sumption. Sellars allegedly
admitted to using marijuana and
possession of the bag of mari-
juana inside the residence but
denied any knowledge of the
marijuana plants growing on the
table outside.

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the Beginner and Intermediate groups, and $63.00 for members and
$78 for non-members per week for the Advanced group.

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boys were arrested by Niceville
police June 13, each charged
with grand theft and criminal
mischief. While on patrol about
12:40 a.m. a police officer saw a
young male pushing over a
speed limit sign in the vicinity
of St. Andrews Drive and Coral
Drive. The officer immediately
placed his vehicle in reverse and
headed toward the male as the
suspect ran to a Toyota pickup
and got into the passenger seat.
The officer got out of his vehicle
and approached the pickup on
foot, where he observed several
street signs lying in the bed of
the pickup and the three 17-
year-olds in the cab. The boys
were each released to their par-

David Shane Turner, unem-
ployed, 32, of 1512 Cedar St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 16 for aggra-
vated battery on a victim known
to be pregnant, domestic vio-

Joe Losoya, a painter, 50, of
323 23rd St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
June 16 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charges of
kidnapping and battery.
Sometime May 26-June 8
unknown persons) pried open a
soda vending machine in the
pool deck area, 4272 Calinda
Lane, Niceville, and stole the
bill catchers and validators with
approximately $47 inside.
Repairs will cost an estimated

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 200 block of West
Capri Cove reported that
unknown persons) stole a $200
GPS system mounted to the
front windshield of an unlocked
SUV sometime June 7-8.

A Fort Walton Beach resident
reported that unknown persons)

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otherSlaw-enforSemen agencies

Location Situation Date
Yacht Club Drive .... .... .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/14/09
Glendale AvenueNalparaiso Dispatched/canceled .... .6/14/09
Ward Cove Drive ........ .Water vehicle fire ....... .6/15/09
E. Highway 20 .......... EMS excluding vehicle ... .6/15/09
Cat-mar Road ...... .... .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/15/09
48th Street ......... . .Dispatched/canceled . . .6/15/09
E. Highway 20 .......... EMS excluding vehicle ... .6/16/09
E. Highway 20 .......... Smoke detector activation .6/16/09
Curacao Way ...... .... .EMS excluding vehicle ... .6/16/09
Lancaster Drive & Highway .Service call/other ....... .6/17/09
Reeves Street .......... .Dispatched/canceled .... 6/17/09
White Point Road ........Good intent/other ........6/18/09
E. Highway 20 ...... ... .Vehicle accident ........ .6/19/09
E. Highway 20 ...... .... .EMS excluding vehicle ... .6/20/09
Fairway Lakes Drive ..... .EMS excluding vehicle .. .6/20/09
South of intersection . .. .Vehicle accident ........ .6/20/09
South of intersection ..... Vehicle accident ........ .6/20/09
E. Highway 20 ...... ... .Good intent/other . . .. .6/21/09
Ridge Lane ......... . .Dispatched/canceled . . .6/21/09

broke the rear cab window of a
locked, extended cab pickup
truck parked in a driveway in the
900 block of Bay Drive,
Bluewater Bay, June 7-8. A
wallet, five credit cards, a $349
GPS system and a $350 iPhone
were reported stolen from the

A Niceville resident from the
4100 block of Beach Drive
reported that unknown persons)
forcefully entered the residence
June 6 while the victim and his
wife were out, and stole two
rings from a jewelry box in the
bedroom. The victims noticed
that a side door had been broken
in and the door frame shattered.
The stolen jewelry was valued at

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 900 block of West Lido
Circle reported June 4 that
unknown persons) had stolen a
$1,000 ring from a crystal ring
holder stored on top of a jewelry
box in the closet.

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 1400 block of
Oakmont Place reported the
theft of a $1,200 laptop comput-

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er and a $300 GPS unit from the
vehicle sometime June 4-11.
The victim reported that the car
is normally parked locked but
that it was left unlocked while
the family was at a community
pool June 4.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of Forest Road
reported that someone had bor-
rowed a $500 coat June 7 and
failed to return it the next day.

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 900 block of Lido
Circle reported May 9 that
unknown persons) stole a $250
cell phone from the center con-
sole of his van sometime May
26-27. He told officers he
delayed reporting the theft until
he was sure he had not simply
misplaced the phone.

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the first block of Marina
Cove Drive reported that
unknown persons) stole a $150
iPod and a $500 GPS system
from his unlocked vehicle some-
time June 7-8

A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 300 block of Yacht
Club Drive reported that
unknown persons) stole an
unsecured $700 bicycle from the
bike rack in front of his resi-
dence sometime June 7-8. Also
stolen was a $15 bicycle com-
puter attached to the bike.
Criminal Mischief
A Bluewater Bay resident
from the 1600 block of North
Ridge Road reported that
unknown persons) drove a
vehicle through the grass at the
rear of his property June 11,
causing an estimated $100 dam-
age. The victim reported hear-
ing a loud noise at about 3:30
a.m. but did not get up to inves-
tigate. Deputies noticed numer-
ous tire impressions in the sand
throughout the right of way in
the area.
A 16-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police June
10 for retail theft. The boy
allegedly took an $8.47 lady's
hat from a retail store, 599 W.
John Sims Parkway, then left
without paying. The boy
allegedly gave the hat as a birth-
day gift to a friend.

Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Name: Phillip Curtis Hufford
Wanted for: burglary to an unoc-
cupied dwelling, grand theft, deal-
ing in stolen property and provid-
ing false ownership to a pawnbro-
ker. Hufford's last known address
was on Pelham Road in Fort
Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Age: 42
Date of birth: 01-02-67
Hair: brown, Eyes: brown

Name: James Christopher Green
Wanted for: sale of cocaine within
1,000 feet of a daycare facility.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 125 pounds
Age: 24
Date of birth: 04-21-85
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

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

,aFire Department Reports

Th( hIlle Fire Depltmeit responded to the.following calls June 15 through

1 Structu u1 8 Emergency M ical Call
0Veh i le Crash
3 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crashwi Extricaio
0 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call -
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Yacht Club Drive ...... .. .Water vehicle fire/BWB .6/15/09 ........ .06:48
3rd Street .......... ... .Medical ............ . .6/15/09 ........ .11:07
48th Street ......... . .Structure fire .......... .6/15/09 ........ .21:45
KumquatAvenue ........ .Medical ........... . .6/15/09 . . .22:02
23rd Street ......... . .Medical ............ . .6/16/09 ........ .08:12
SR85S at SR123 ........ .Vehicle accident ....... .6/16/09 ........ .18:53
N. Palm Boulevard ....... .Medical ......... . .6/16/09 .........22:38
Fairway Drive ........... .Medical ......... . .6/17/09 .........08:17
SR85N ........... . . .Alarm activation ........ .6/17/09 ........ .10:47
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical ........... . .6/17/09 .........11:14
Reeves Street . ......... .Smoke scare ......... .6/17/09 .........13:54
Bayshore Drive .......... .Medical ......... . .6/17//09 ....... .19:26
Buddy Phelps Drive . . . .Medical .......... .. 6/18/09 .........00:11
Perdido Circle . ......... .Medical ......... . .6/18/09 .........09:48
SR285 at mile marker 8 ... .Brush fire ......... . .6/19/09 ........ .00:06
Kelly Road ......... . Medical .......... ... .6/19/09 .........00:55
Nutmeg Ave./23rd St. . . .Vehicle accident ....... .6/19/09 ........ .10:02
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical .......... ... .6/19/09 .........11:20
White Street ......... . .Medical .......... ... .6/19/09 .........14:46
Persimmon Way ......... .Medical ......... . .6/19/09 .........17:08
Regatta Drive ........... .Medical ......... . .6/19/09 .........18:49
Lincolnshire Drive ........ .Medical ......... . .6/20/09 .........16:54
Rue de Palms . ......... .Medical ......... . .6/20/09 ........ .21:12
SR285 at mile marker 7 ... .Brush fire ......... .. 6/21/09 ........ .01:29
22nd Street ......... ... Medical ............ .6/21/09 .........02:40
SR123 ......... . . .Vehicle accident ....... .6/21/09 ........ .05:14
ALS Drive .......... .. Medical .......... ... .6/21/09 ........ .23:25
Weekly Safety Tip: The Fourth of July traditionally presents the biggest fire danger
to citizens and is the cause of a great number of fires and burn injuries due to fire-
works. Fireworks include devices which make an audible effect when set off and
unapproved sparklers, skyrockets and firecrackers.
Web Page:

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls June 14 through
June 22.

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former sheriff Charlie Morris.
Spooner said the policy has
been since clarified.
An internal probe of the two
deputies stemmed from time
sheets they filed for an in-service
trip to Ocala March 9-11, after
Morris was arrested Feb. 27 on
federal corruption charges
involving an employee bonus-
kickback scheme.
Spooner has fired six employ-
ees in the wake of the Morris
scandal, although only one
besides Morris was charged with
criminal wrongdoing. The time
sheet findings were not related to
the Morris scandal.
Irregularities in the time
sheets of the deputies came to
light April 6, at the end of a 28-
day cycle Okaloosa County
deputies work, according to an
internal investigative report by
the sheriff's Office of
Professional Standards. Four
deputies had traveled to Ocala
for training, driving together in
the same vehicle March 9.
VanDyke and Johnson reported
working 12 hours March 9,
while another deputy in the same

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County Interim
Sheriff Ed Spooner said he is
planning to implement a new
duty schedule for the upcoming
fiscal year that will save an esti-
mated $500,000 a year.
Spooner told the Beacon last
week that, for budgetary rea-
sons, he is revising the sheriff's
policy of deputies working 12-
hour shifts over the agency's
normal 28-day work cycle. The
12-hour shift cycle was institut-
ed years ago to maximize the
number of deputies on the
streets during peak times, he
said. While
that result
is desirable
in keeping
crime in
check, over
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week pay
cycle the
duty day
duty day Ed Spooner
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deputies working 168 hours,
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work week based on 40 hours a
For deputies the result is an
automatic eight hours of straight
overtime each month, the sheriff
said. The overtime pay, wel-
comed by most deputies he said,
is paid as straight time, rather
than time-and-a-half. Time-and-
a-half overtime pay doesn't
kick-in until deputies reach 172
hours over the 28-day cycle, he
Spooner said he plans to
reconfigure the schedule so that
deputies work 12-hours a day
most duty days each month, but
stagger shorter daily shifts over
the month to eliminate the auto-
matic eight-hours of overtime.
He said the change will still
allow the sheriff to keep more
deputies on the road during peak
times while eliminating auto-
matic overtime pay.
Spooner said the new sched-
ule is a result of budgetary pres-
sures. Over a year he estimates
the new duty schedule will save
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car claimed 10 hours and the
fourth claimed only five hours.
The allowable travel time was
five hours, plus an hour for a
The four travel vouchers were
checked against each other and
against their hotel check-in time.
Each deputy was also questioned
in the probe, as were the supervi-
sors who checked their time
Deputies are required to veri-
fy the accuracy of their time
sheets with their signature,
Spooner said. Then a supervisor
signs off.
On the trip back to Okaloosa
County, the four deputies dis-
cussed how to report their duty
time, according to the investiga-
tive report. VanDyke, the senior
deputy, included "prep time" to
clean and fuel the vehicle,
according to the report. He also
included time to pack and time
for dinner. Johnson asked to
copy VanDyke's time sheet,
according to the report.
The internal investigation
report concluded that VanDyke
and Johnson had knowingly filed
time sheets that were not true
and would thereby benefit from
up to six hours of pay that they

were not entitled to. The other
two deputies were cleared by the
In accordance with sheriff's
policy on regarding time sheets
stating that "falsification is cause
for immediate dismissal," Major
Larry Donaldson recommended
that VanDyke and Johnson be
terminated. Both men were
directed to turn in their guns and
badges and were put on adminis-
trative leave May 20, until their
appeals could be heard May 27.
The investigative report also
recommended that the sheriff's
policy on out-of-county travel be
expanded to included more
detail about what time is consid-
ered official duty during official
travel by hourly employees, and
what is not.
Spooner met with his super-
visory personnel, got their input
and reemphasized that the signa-
ture of the deputy and the super-
visor on time sheets means
they're taking responsibility for
its accuracy.
In letters dated May 28 rein-
stating VanDyke and Johnson
and docking them each six
hours' pay, Spooner wrote: "The
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Supervision failed to recognize
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routine addition of so called
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Spooner told the Beacon that
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there was confusion as to what is
allowable and what is personal
time during official travel. "Prep
time," for example, isn't deemed
paid time, just as getting ready to
come to work every day isn't, he
"The atmosphere at the sher-
iff's office was relaxed too
long," Spooner continued. "A
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cially when the upper leadership
wants to run it that way.
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justified dismissal, and that he
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Squadron bids F-15 farewell

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The 58th Fighter Squadron
Mighty Gorillas held a reunion
and a farewell to the F-15 last
week at Eglin Air Force Base,
with current and former mem-
bers swapping stories, rekin-
dling old friendships and laugh-
ing about outrageous actions of
the past.
"We're celebrating the
squadron's historical legacy,"
said Lt. Col. Mark O'Laughlin,
commander. The squadron, part
of the 33rd Fighter Wing, which
is transitioning to an Air
Education and Training unit,
first saw the light of day in 1941
as the 58th Pursuit Squadron
(Interceptor) and has fought in
every war since World War II. It
will transition in the fall to a
training squadron along with the
"All our weapons officers
ended up being MiG killers,"
said Rich Hardy of Niceville,
who retired in 1995 as a colonel
and who served as wing vice
commander from 1988 to 1991.
"We shot down more MiGs than
all other planes in Desert Storm
put together and never took a
scratch. That's pretty special."
O'Laughlin said the Fighting
Gorillas had 16 confirmed kills
during Desert Storm.
The week was a busy one,
with a fishing excursion out of
Destin, which attracted 16 of the
20 airmen and former airmen
who were there at the beginning
of the reunion, a golf tournament
with 22 players, an excursion to
Crab Island that attracted about
40 water-borne airmen, an open
house that included the retire-
ment of former commanding
officer Col. Scott "Papa" Maw, a
piano burning, an auction and a
Gorilla dinner at Harborwalk.
O'Laughlin said the reunion
and farewell was "a great thing
to celebrate, but it's a little sad."
He praised the Gulf Coast as
being "extremely supportive,"
noting that about half the pilots
have families and appreciate the
family atmosphere in the area.
Among those who returned
for a more up-to-date look at the

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
Former deputy wing commander Rich Hardy examines a wooden history of the 58th Fighter
Squadron's exploits in Operation Desert Storm.

58th were Hardy, retired Col.
Paco Geisler and retired Col.
Cesar Rodriguez.
"It's great seeing all my old
buddies, old friends and old
bosses," said Geisler, who now
lives in Leesburg and returned
with his wife, Kassie. Geisler
was squadron commander from
1988 to 1990. He retired in
Hardy, a Chicago native who
now makes his home in
Niceville, retired in 1995 after
26 years.
"This is cool," he said. "I
enjoyed the 33rd reunion (in
early May). It was great fun.
This is great fun, too, but it's
sad. I still think of the 58th as
the biggest and the baddest."
Hardy, who said he was one

of the first F-15 pilots, could
hardly stop grinning.
"There are a lot of really
good people here," he said.
Geisler, for example, "is a guy I
think is responsible for the out-
standing training everyone got."
Rodriguez, who shot down
two MiGs in Desert Storm and
another over Kosovo, retired in
December 2006. Does he miss
"Not a bit," he said, smiling,
although he had nothing but
positive things to say about his
service and the 58th.
Retiring, he said, was the
right thing to do. "The whole
transition is, what do you do
with your time," he said. "Now,
I'm able to be with my family
much more." He said his son

celebrated 12 birthdays in 12
different locations during his
Today, Rodriguez works for
Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona, in
international sales of Advanced
Medium Range Air to Air
"I'm doing something I feel
passionate about," he said. "I'm
learning a new skill set."
Rodriguez served with the
58th in 1988.
"It's a unique blend of indi-
viduals focused truly on becom-
ing better," he said. "We had 38
Type A bulls in the pen. That
doesn't tend to be a recipe for
success. You have to have an
alpha male dominant. But we all
realized the alpha male was the

RBCS chief

leaving for post

at NC school

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Rocky Bayou Christian
School will need a new super-
intendent when it opens its
doors for the 2009-10 school
Don Larson, who has served
as the head man for four years,
tendered his resignation
Monday. Larson, of Niceville,
will move to Charlotte, N.C., to
serve as headmaster of the
Brookstone School, an eight-
year-old inner-city school that
serves about 90 students in
kindergarten through fifth
expires M
on June
30. His
last day
as super-
will be Don Larson
July 10. He informed the board
of directors Monday. The pres-
ident of the board, Pastor
Harold Thomas, could not be
reached as he was out of the
"In 2000 I put together a
plan for starting an inner-city
school," Larson, 48, told the
Beacon. "But I had five years
left in the Air Force, so I put it
on hold. I pulled it out about 10
months ago to start working on
it again, but I knew I didn't
have the connections and there
was no way it would happen
unless God wanted it to hap-
On May 19, Larson received
a phone call from a headhunter
about Brookstone, named after
the five smooth stones David
pulled from a brook to slay
Goliath. He underwent a phone
interview about three weeks
ago, then flew to Charlotte June

18 to spend the day with the
board of directors, who offered
him the job Saturday, June 20.
While his title there will be
that of headmaster, he said his
duties will be the same as those
he had as superintendent of
Niceville-based Rocky Bayou
Christian School. One key
aspect of his new job will be
fundraising. Brookstone is
funded almost completely by
donations, he said. The board
wants eventually to expand to a
K-8 school, using property it
already owns.
Bob Grete, founding direc-
tor of Rocky Bayou, said he
was shocked by Larson's resig-
nation, but grateful for Larson's
excellent effort over the last
four years.
"As I stated to him, I appre-
ciate the work he's done over
the last four years for RBCS,"
Grete said, "but I recognize
when the sovereign God gives
us a call, we have to respond."
Larson said his new job will
be both similar and different
from his current one. While his
duties will be essentially the
same, Larson said, "They bring
the kids into kindergarten and
they're a blank slate. They
don't have the basic skills and
education that most of the kids
here come in with. But they
take them very quickly and
bring them to a very high aca-
demic level."
Larson couldn't say why
inner-city school work has held
his interest so strongly.
"I have no idea," he said.
"It's just one of those passions
I've always had."
At the same time, he credit-
ed Rocky Bayou with affording
him opportunities for growth.
"I don't think I could do the
job I'm going to be moving into
if I hadn't been at Rocky for
four years," Larson said. "I
think it's been a positive experi-
ence on both of our sides."

State refuses

to repay missed

bridge tolls

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Road-building projects to help
move traffic to and from the Mid-
Bay Bridge are proceeding on
schedule, but the Mid-Bay Bridge
Authority (MBBA) will not be
reimbursed for toll revenue lost
last year when bridge tolls were
suspended to detour traffic around
U.S. Highway 98 after it was
closed due to flooding.
Reimbursement for future lost
revenue remains uncertain.
During the MBBA governing
board meeting held June 18 in
Destin, MBBA Executive
Director Jim Vest said that the
MBBA has been told by Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) officials that lost tolls
will be reimbursed in the future, if
the bridge is again closed for rea-
sons other than an emergency
It was unclear whether a writ-
ten statement from FDOT con-
firmed Vest's description of the
verbal agreement.
During the meeting, HDR
Engineering consultants James
Van Steenburg and Brad Collins
told board members that road-
building projects are on schedule.
Phase One of the Mid-Bay Bridge
Connector is under construction
between the north end of the
bridge and Range Road, he said.
Van Steenburg showed slides of
clearing, grubbing and drainage
work now being done, including a
photo of a worker inside a
drainage culvert.
Collins told the MBBA that
the design for the second and
third phases of the connector
route, which will take it from
Range Road around Niceville to
connect with State Road 85, are

now 15 percent complete. "We
are preparing now," he said, "to
approach environmental agencies
for approval." Collins said he
expects the designs to be com-
plete by the end of December this
Vest told the board that he has
exchanged letters confirming a
previous conversation he had with
Larry Kelley, District 3 FDOT
Secretary, during a March 16
video conference including Vest,
Kelley and his staff, and Jim Ely
and Jennifer Olson of Florida's
Turnpike Enterprise, concerning
toll reimbursements. Vest said
there is no plan to reimburse the
MBBA for about $40,000 in tolls
lost last year when the FDOT sus-
pended toll collection at the Mid-
Bay Bridge to facilitate rerouting
traffic from U.S. Highway 98
after it was flooded by heavy
However, said Vest, Kelley has
promised that the MBBA will be
reimbursed for any future toll sus-
pensions unless they are ordered
for an emergency evacuation dur-
ing the approach of a hurricane or
tropical storm. In his April 16 let-
ter to Kelley, Vest wrote that the
video conference addressed "two
scenarios of toll suspension.'
"Scenario (a)," wrote Vest,
would be "the suspension of tolls
during a period of bona fide emer-
gency declared by the Okaloosa
County and State Emergency
Operations Centers to accommo-
date the evacuation of residents."
In such a scenario, Vest wrote,
"tolls are reinstated after the evac-
uated residents are allowed to
return and services and business
operations restored, which is typ-
ically 48 hours after the emer-
gency event has ended."

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Valp. wrestles with $80K shortfall for 2010

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso officials got their
first look Monday at a slimmed-
down draft budget for the upcom-
ing fiscal year that still projects a
deficit of about $80,000.
Based on submissions by city
department heads and city com-
missioners, City Clerk Tammy
Johnson presented a $2.9 million
general fund budget during the
city's first budget workshop
Monday evening. The current

From page A-7

makes food presentation interest-
ing and eye-catching for children.
They have different themes for
kids, and make everything look
more like upscale fast food kids

general fund budget totals just
over $3 million. Johnson said the
budget includes a 3 percent
across the board pay raise for
The General Fund budget
pays for general city operations,
including police and fire protec-
tion services, the library, streets
and parks departments, some of
the public works department, and
administrative services. The
budget includes $100,000 for
legal counsel next year, a 32 per-

are accustomed to."
"They've got the money and
the know-how to market nutritious
foods to kids," said Norris.
Sodexo has its own dietitians
and chefs who know all about age-
specific dining and portion control
as well as offering training for
front-line culinary staff and man-

cent increase over the $76,000
budgeted for the current fiscal
year. The city is involved in four
lawsuits and legal bills-starting
before the current fiscal year to
date-are over $200,000.
The city is short an estimated
$80,000 of revenue to meet the
draft budget as presented. By
law, the budget must be balanced,
and the commission has sched-
uled future workshops to do so.
On the revenue side, the fiscal
year 2010 general fund budget is

agers, officials said.
"They're going to put high-
level food professionals into the
district, something we've not had
in a while," Kelley said.
The agreement with the district
guarantees that all current district
food service employees will retain
their jobs. Those the district loses

about 4.5 percent leaner than the
current budget. The city can
expect $2,867,258 in revenue
next year compared to
$3,000,768 in the current year
budget. Ad valorem property
taxes are forecast to bring in
$60,000 less than this year,
assuming the millage rate stays
the same, 3.75 mills, according to
the draft budget.
State revenue sharing and gas
tax revenues are also expected to
be down during the upcoming fis-

through normal attrition will be
the only ones replaced by Sodexo
However, Sodexo's Hail said
the company plans to add perhaps
50 additional workers to its
Okaloosa County operations. The
new hirees will be Sodexo

cal year, but details are still not
firm, Johnson said.
In addition to the general fund,
the city operates several self-
funding services paid for with
user fees, including a cable com-
munications system, water, sewer
and sanitation services.
Johnson said Valparaiso resi-
dents can expect rate hikes next
fiscal year for cable television,
water and sewer, but not garbage
pickup services.
Cable manager Burt Bennett

"It's hard to say exactly how
many we'll hire but we're thinking
around 50," he said.
Added Buscemi: "Let me clar-
ify that a little. They will be peo-
ple from Okaloosa County. We
always hire only local labor."
Currently, all food preparation
is done in the school lunchrooms,

estimated that cable television
users will see a 5 percent rate
hike next year to pay for the
increasing cost of programming.
There was also some discus-
sion by Commissioner Brent
Smith to institute a fee system to
pay for stormwater projects, a
growing city function that is now
funded out of the street depart-
ment budget.
The next budget workshop
will be held in late July. The cur-
rent fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

something that will not change
with the introduction of a food
service management company.
However, the company reserves
the right to substitute with prod-
ucts of their choice, though all
foods must meet USDA and
Florida Department of Education

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expert help with the Richburg
After the closed session ended,
the board continued in open ses-
sion, selecting Sandy Sims as the
board's official
representative in negotiating with
Richburg. If Sims is unable to
perform that duty, Board of
Trustees Chairman Wesley
Wilkerson will take over.
On Tuesday, the college's
interim president, Jill White, said
Sims had decided she could not
perform the duty, and that
Wilkerson would be the board's
representative in the Richburg
Sims was among the four
trustees who voted April 28 to fire
Richburg. Wilkerson was one of
the three who voted against dis-
missing him.
Attorney Joseph Lorenz told
the board members that only one
trustee should represent the board
during the confidential negotia-
tions with Richburg, because if
more than one trustee is present,
the negotiations could become
subject to the Florida Sunshine
Law and would have to be held in
Earlier Monday evening, the
Board of Trustees Committee on
Facilities and Programs was
briefed by Speegle Construction
President Troy Speegle and engi-
neer Chuck Mitchell, who said
that although progress is being
made in building the community
services complex, completion
may be delayed three months
from the original target date of
mid-July 2010, to mid-October.
Speegle said the likely delay
results from recent errors during

construction, such as pouring
faulty concrete for some founda-
tions and walls. When the error
was discovered during architect's
inspections of the construction in
progress, it became necessary to
tear out and replace the faulty con-
The community services com-
plex is intended to include an
indoor sports arena, classrooms
and offices, and a county emer-
gency services complex including
an emergency operations center, a
911 emergency call and dispatch
center. It will also house the col-
lege's Army ROTC unit. The
sports arena will double as a shel-
ter for county residents during
hurricanes. The $30 million com-
plex is being built to withstand
winds of up to 170 miles per hour.
Trustees said they were
pleased that the errors were caught
in time to be corrected, but disap-
pointed that they occurred. "When
you were awarded this contract,"
said Wilkerson, "I was concerned
about whether a firm as small as
yours was up to so large a project.
Are you sure you haven't bitten
off more than you can chew?"
Trustees also questioned David
Alsop, of Sam Marshall
Architects, the finn that designed
the complex and supervises
Speegle Construction and its sub-
contractors. Alsop said his firm's
inspections of Speegle's work are
"tough but fair," to ensure the fin-
ished building meets all specifica-
tions for quality and safety.
The new complex, said
Speegle, is now about 39 percent
complete, and his firm will make
every effort to finish it on time,
giving priority to finishing the
emergency operations center
before the peak of next year's hur-
ricane season.

Report: FBI eyes

Sansom information

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Florida newspaper report-
ed that the FBI has begun look-
ing into the case concerning
State Rep. Ray Sansom, former
Northwest Florida State
College president James R.
Richburg and Destin developer
Jay Odom.
The three Okaloosa County
men have been indicted by a
state grand jury in Tallahassee,
and each has pleaded not guilty.
The state case centers on a $6
million appropriation Sansom,
District 4 representative, insert-
ed into the 2007 state budget for
a joint use training center for
the college that would also be
used by Destin fire and emer-
gency response personnel dur-
ing hurricanes.
The center, now canceled,
was to be built at the Destin air-
port on county land leased to
Odom's company Destin Jet.
The grand jury alleged the
Destin facility was really
intended to be a hangar that
would be used by Odom, a large
political contributor to Sansom
and the Florida Republican

The St. Petersburg Times
reported Friday that an FBI
agent recently began collecting
information in the case and
other issues. The paper did not
cite a source and said the scope
and interest of any federal
probe was unknown.
The Beacon requested com-
ment from the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Pensacola on the
report, but did not receive a
response before its press dead-
line yesterday.
Northwest Flroida State
College Tuesday said it had
received no FBI request for
Comment from defense
attorneys was not immediately
An unrelated federal investi-
gation into corruption at the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office earlier this year led to
the Feb. 27 arrest of former
sheriff Charlie Morris and his
chief administrative and finan-
cial director, Teresa Adams.
Morris and Adams pleaded
guilty to federal charges in a
bonus-kickback scheme.


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on-going community service projects and activities supported by the club and Rotary International. Their
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Seniors take net second
After winning the local league championship in March, the Ladies Senior 3.0 United States
Tennis Association (USTA) team from Bluewater Bay travelled to Daytona Beach for the
USTA Sectional Championship Tournament May 15-17. Twelve teams representing various
cities throughout Florida competed. Each team match included three courts of doubles; a
total of six players. Travelling with only six players, the Bluewater Bay team members each
played every multiple match on Friday and Saturday. Beginning to tire, but still playing hard,
a Saturday afternoon victory put the team in the semifinals Sunday morning. In that semi-
final, Bluewater Bay defeated a strong team from Jacksonville two courts to one with the last
match decided by a tiebreaker 12-10, before ultimately losing to a team from Ocala in the
finals to bring home the second place prize. From left: Maria Armstrong, captain; Babs
Gardecki; Ilse Daiberl; Lois Schmidt; Joanne Brambley and Edna Ingham.

Bluewater Bay club champi-
onship, June 13-14:
Championship flight: first,
George Boles, club champion;
second, Carl California; third,
Buster Crabbe. Net winners:
first, Raimund Herden; second,
Neil McGillicuddy; third, Terry
Rarick; fourth, Jim Musselman.

Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association, Best 9
holes; half handicap, weekly play,
June 16. First flight: first, Sue Bel
Kirby; second, Sue Tarkin; third,
Pat Halprin. Third flight: first,
tie, Judy Haugen, Rosemary
Monahan. Fourth flight: first, tie,
Orean McCord, Connie Ryan,
Jeanne Shaw. Fifth flight: first,
Joan Hegarty; second, Rae
Grimmig. Chip-ins: holes 1 and
14, Joan Hegarty; hole 3, Janet
Kouris, Sue Belli; hole 10, Helen
Kirby; hole 11, Rae Grimnig.

Fencing winners
Sword fighters from Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar
Beach and Niceville gathered for a series of fencing tour-
naments sponsored by the North Bay Society of the Sword,
recently. Geoffrey Drake, left, of Niceville, won mixed epee
and finished second in men's epee and third in men's foil.
Kara Green, also of Niceville, won women's epee, women's
foil, mixed foil, mixed saber and 17 and under and finished
third in mixed epee.

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The National League
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the American League
Champion Timber Rattlers,
10-6, May 30 in the Minor-A
World Series. From left:
front, Ryan Montague,
Chris Halprin, Brandon
Cromwell, Hunter
McDunough and Paul
Mackin; center, Nicolas
Nolan, Jason Daniel, Jack
Wolgast, Daniel Watson,
Dawson Marshall and Jake
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Angel All-star winners
The Valparaiso Niceville Girls Softball Association Angel League All-Star American team defeat-
ed the National team. From left: front, Allison Brown, Arden Caldwell, Kelby Barfield, Grace
Pfaffenbichler, Michaela Brocato and Madalyn Chavez; middle, Kamryn Caldwell, Alex Koulisis,
Abigail O'Laughlin, Madison Frisby, Phoebe DeLory and Amara Shorts; rear, coaches Aaron
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Ruckel softball stars
The Ruckel Middle School softball team celebrated its outstanding season at an awards
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy math team finished
first in calculus, geometry and
pre-algebra in Florida and first
in the United States in calculus
this year in the Association of
Christian Schools International
Math League competition.
Individual members recorded
the top scores in Florida in cal-
culus, pre-algebra and geome-
In the national competition,
the students defeated schools
from 10 other regions.
Several team members gath-
ered at the school Friday morn-
ing to remember their victory,
taking time off from summer
jobs and summer fun. One,
Abby Chapman, visited by

phone from Auburn, where she
was attending orientation for
her freshman year there.
What is behind the national
mathematical success?
"We as seniors have had one
of the smartest senior classes
ever to go through here," said
Noah Mosley, a member of the
calculus team. "We pick one
another up."
Team members took four
quizzes, each consisting of five
questions, said calculus teacher
Dr. Michael Mosley. They were
used to it, he said.
"There are about six differ-
ent math competitions in the
school," he said. Calculus, he
said, "has the widest applica-
tion of any discrete math" and
is used in such disparate fields
Please see MATH, page B-2

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
Putting on their thinking caps are Rocky Bayou math team members, from left: Noah Mosley,
Chris Hinson, Laurel Nelson, Matthew McDorman, Bill Hudson, Natalie Fleming and Kat Koster.
Not pictured are Abby Chapman, Gary Frey, Sillo Jin, Luke Jolly and Harrison Kim.

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Bluewater Bay.
Laureate Epsilon Sigma
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were Beverly Flynt, treasurer;
Doris Olig, corresponding secre-
tary; Margaret Holley, secre-
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president; JoAnn Jones, vice
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Bluewater Elementary to read books to participating classes.

Ivan casualty raised
Nearly five years after Hurricane Ivan sank this 23-foot sailboat near the
Valparaiso shoreline in Boggy Bayou, marine contractors June 16
removed the vessel under a county program that has removed 18 aban-
doned or derelict boats since the beginning of 2008. The Boggy boat
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The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida held its annu-
al Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Friday, June 12, at the museum.
Volunteer Recognition Awards
were presented to Mildred
Neborsky and Beverly Gross.
Not present but earning awards
were David Sandlin who earned
a Volunteer Recognition Award
in appreciation of his work on
the 33rd Annual Saturday in the
park Festival, and Jim Frazier,
who was given a Volunteer
Recognition Award in apprecia-
tion of his work on the Heritage
5K Run/Walk.
Volunteers Present were
Omar Wiseman; Judy Wiseman;
Alice Calhoun; Kay Harter;
Catharine Marini; Diane Plank;
Dixie Nicholson; Mike Holt;
Lou Holt; Beverly Gross;
French Jones; Laura Roesch and

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida director Michele Severino, center, presents Volunteer
Recognition Awards to Mildred Neborsky, left, and Beverly Gross in appreciation of their dedication,
time and talent shared. The presentations were made during a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch June 12.

Kiana Johnson.
Among the volunteers not
present were: Carole Apfel;
Doug Barton; Gail Campbell;
Gordon King; Pat Moran; Dave
Morrow; Carla Reinlie; Pam
Smith; and Randall Wise, all
part of the Board of Trustees;
Colby Fox; Dara North; Laura

Stevens; TJ Swafford; Linda
Jones; Anna Sandlin; Jessica
Sandlin; Sally Yancey; LeeAnn
Funk; Katie Hoffman; Johnny
Guerrero; Lorna Sainz; Tim
Stapleton; Sara Richardson;
Frances Hoge; Ana Polakowski;
Andrea Stillwell; John Jannazo;
Dotty Blacker; Rita Bartmess;

Mary Blomquist; Lesley
Gustafson; Randy Troop; Ray
Melvin; Louise McGirr; Frank
Berte'; Loren Boyer; Sheila
Cardwell; Lisa Casavant; Steve
Early; DJ Diamond Dan; Judy
Fitzhugh; Jamie Gummere; Tim
Parsons; Mark Norris and Mary
Ellen Wexler.

From page B-1
as economics, chemistry and
"It's really impressive," said
Laurel Nelson. "Our name gets
out to other people. I'm proud to
be here."
It's especially gratifying to
Nelson, who said she isn't good
at math and science. "I'm better
with English and stuff," she
said. She plans to attend
Westmont College near Santa
Barbara, Calif., but is uncertain
what she'll major in.
Others, such as Chapman,
had little trouble with numbers
and equations.
"I've always been good at
math," Chapman, who will
study engineering in college,
said. "Calculus is one of my
favorite subjects. It can be used
in real life a lot. It's more inter-
esting than algebra, I think."
For others, calculus didn't
come as easily.
"It wasn't always easy," said
Chris Hinson, who plans to
study business and history at
Samford University in

Birmingham. "But if I sit down
and apply myself, it makes it
Kat Koster, the youngest
winner, who will enter eighth
grade in the fall, topped the field
in pre-algebra. She likes the
structure of math.
"I like trying to figure it out,"
she said. "It has to be exact. I
like figuring things out, but I

don't like studying."
Dr. Mosley said Kat's lowest
grade this past school year was a
97 out of 100. She has already
decided she wants to become an
aerospace engineer.
Many of the winners were
quick to credit the faculty for
having the ability to explain dif-
ficult abstract concepts.
Natalie Fleming, who will
attend Baylor University, Waco,

Texas, and study pre-med in the
fall, said the reason for the
team's success was "the teach-
ers at the school and persever-
Matthew McDorman, who
enters his senior year in the fall,
said the win was "really excit-
ing. It means our school is one
of the top calculus schools in the
nation. It means we get a very
good education here."
Bill Hudson, who will be a
freshman, finished first in
geometry. He said he likes "the
problem-solving part of it."
Geometry has numerous theo-
rems and Hudson said he
learned "just enough to get me
through the tests." He said
geometry has plenty of real-
world applications as well. "If
you're doing a building project
at home, it's very useful," he
Dr. Mosley said Hudson is
"very far advanced" in math and
will take calculus in his sopho-
more year.
While Rocky Bayou has won
Florida math competitions in the
past, this is the first time it fin-
ished first in the nation.

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Category 2 Crestview &
Niceville $424K $535K
Arthur Rutenberg Homes -
Entry #11 110 Blossom Creek
Run, Niceville
Category 3 Niceville -
$420K $499K
C Squared Home Builders,
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Gary Miller Homes Entry

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Run, Niceville
Category 5 Freeport -
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Hammock Bay Building
Company Entry #21 288
Fanny Ann Way, Freeport
Hammock Bay Building
Company Entry #18 144
Fanny Ann Way, Freeport
Category 6 DeFuniak
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From page B-1

Amanda Lindsay Schmidt
of Niceville received the
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from William Carey University
during spring 2009 commence-
ment. A total of 645 students
received degrees.

Samford University spring
graduates include Carin Anne
Brown, Juris Doctor (law),
Niceville; Rebecca Faith
Mosley, Bachelor of Science in
business administration,
Niceville; and Haylee Renea
Ellis, Bachelor of Arts, Destin.

Troy University has
announced its honor students for _..
spring semester. They include
Brandon Ellison, Niceville
(Provost List), and Heather
Oelrich, Niceville (Chancellor's
*** ,
Cathy Alley received the
Branch Agent of the Monthisie g their kicks
award from ERA American
Realty in Niceville for her superi- Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 80 of Niceville received a complimentary karate lesson from C.D.
or performance in May. Resident Williamson Karate and Kickboxing Inc. recently. The girls learned basic karate moves and
to Niceville, Alley has been an self defense techniques. Upon completion, participants earned the red Daisy petal signify-
agent with American Realty for ing Courageous and Strong. Participants were, from left: Ashley Pearson, Kaitlyn Buell,
more than 11 years. Kelsey McDonald, Mikayla Lindsay, Justine Buell and Catherine Hines.

College lists spring graduates

Northwest Florida State College
announces the Spring Term 2009
graduates. Eight hundred and one
individuals completed studies at the
college during the spring semester
that ended in May.
Students earning Highest
Honors, a grade point average of
4.0, include:
Associate of Arts Degree -
Highest Honors:
Niceville: Brianna M. Bikker,
Kimberly A. Rogers
Educator Preparation Institute -
Highest Honors:
Niceville: David Raymond
Evans, Amy M. Holt, Claudia M.
Kane, Deanna Kelly, Mary
Elizabeth Noll, Dion Scaglione
Students earning High Honors,
a grade point average of 3.8 to 3.99,
Bachelor of Applied
Science Degree
High Honors:
Eglin AFB: Mallorie Sheree
Associate of Arts Degree
-High Honors:
Destin: Chase Benton
Eglin AFB: Eddie Howard Bell
Jr., Stella Gibson
Freeport: Madison Kay Lewis,
Alannah L. Ward
Niceville: Laura Anne Blythe,
Kyra Michelle Candell, James B.
George, Nicholas Lee Gregg, Oana
Madalina Gura, Samuel J. Hays IV,
Megan P. McGinnity, Crisely
Melecio-Zambrano, Matthew
Pierson, Anastacia Marie
Polakowski, Ethan H. Urbanczyk
Associate of Applied
Science Degree
-High Honors:
Niceville: Jeffrey Breck
Mixson, Adam Thair Stevens
Applied Technology
Diploma High Honors:
Niceville: Jordan Elizabeth
Educator Preparation
Institute-High Honors:
Niceville: Gina Emery, Krystal
A. Jereda
Students earning Honors, a
grade point average of 3.5 to 3.79,
Bachelor of Applied

Science Degree-Honors:
Niceville: Jeffrey Breck
Mixson, Jordan Elizabeth Stinson,
Samantha Kaye Wright
Associate of Arts Degree -
Eglin AFB: Chelsie L. Elliott
Freeport: David A. Bock,
Colicia DiBattiste, Heather Lynn
Niceville: Rebecca H. Akers,
Holly Jennifer Beene, Romina A.
De La Cruz, Anna Elizabeth
Doswell, Rachael Elizabeth Farrell,
Donise Ann Hederi, Alina Joukova-
Seamon, Joy Julio, Rachel A. Lee,
Molly Raye Pendergraft, Lauren
Elizabeth Preston, Brittany Smith,
Jonathan Michael Spears, Christian
H. Walker
Valparaiso: Jennifer M.
Murphy, Allison T. Walker
Associate of Science
Degree- Honors:
Niceville: Malachi James
Mosley, Megan Nadenbousch
Valparaiso: Midian Dinardo
Certificates Honors:
Niceville: Tammie M. Sanders,
Jordan Elizabeth Stinson
Applied Technology
Diploma Honors:
Niceville: Patricia Michele
Educator Preparation
Institute Honors:
Freeport: LydiaW. Dawkins
Niceville: Dana Lauren
Ransom, James Ross
Students who completed the
requirements for degrees and cer-
tificates include:
Bachelor of Applied
Science Degree:
Niceville: Jesse Thompson
Fiediga, Kristy Michelle Taylor,
Steven G. Young
Valparaiso: Karen Elizabeth
Associate Of Arts Degree:
Eglin AFB: Bradley Dewayne
Akins, Melody Cassel, Jennifer
Morganne Hammac, Jamie L. Nelson,
Richard Benjamine Rutherford,
Jonathon K. Taylor
Freeport: Rosier Eugene Cuchens
1I, Skye Melissa Snyder, Martin L.
Trejo, Shari Linn Trejo
Hurlburt Field: Angie L. Belanger,
Katelynne Alicia Grissom, Linda

Marie Nichols, Kellie Lanae Padgett,
Martin Z. Vera
Niceville: Christopher Jerome
Adams, Kyle Jeffrey Bandy, Nakara
Beliveau, Alexandra Leith Black,
Melissa Salter Brackin, Julia
Buckland, Timothy J. Calvert, Lisa
Mae Casavant, Darrell E Costello,
James Cumbie, Samantha Anne
Duerst, Jeremy Dirk Dunbar, Ethan
Jacob Ewing, Corrine L. Fabozzi,
Anthony Michael Fleischmann,
Margaret Fontaine, Lacey Jenee
Foxhall, Hanna Mechelle Funk,
Melissa Mary Gagliardi, Stephanie J.
Gordon, Kristen Hansen, Kenneth Joe
Harrison Jr., Kristen Lynn Schroeder
Havens, Ashley Ree Henriott, Toria N.
Hughes, John T Hunt, Christina M.
Hurley, Reid C. Jordan, Aubrey
Kermode, Sarah Jihae Lee, Brittany
Listak, Irma Janet Luna, Sean Thomas
Lyons, Janet Melissa Maconi,
Michelle Theresa McGraw, Nicole
Lynn Moore, Katherine Murphy,
William Murray, Lakeisha Myrick-
Vassor, Philip Daniel Nadenbousch,
Sonja Noel Newton, Daniel Charles
Overley, Kristen Pedro, Leslie Paige
Ramsey, Amy Rauch, Joshua Louis
Regans, Daniel Roehl, Peter B. Roehl,
Shantel Marie Rogers, Christina
Roland, Ashlee Renee Smith,
Muranda Stanfill, Kristy Michelle
Taylor, Tyler A. Underwood, Craig
Tyler Werenskjold, Jeffery
Christopher Williams, Eric M. Wind,
Bryan J. Yerks
Valparaiso: Stanton S. Cameron,
Samantha A. Forrester, Jonathan E.
Pearson, Karl Roesch
Associate of Applied
Science Degree:
Eglin AFB: Robert J. Baril,
Richard Benjamine Rutherford
Freeport: Michael David Scebbi
Hurlburt Field: Angie L.
Belanger, Vanessa L. Vazquez
Niceville: Jesse Thompson
Fiediga, Anthony Michael
Fleischmann, Theresa Regina
Nelson, William John Sharratt,
Susanne Stephens, Steven G. Young
Valparaiso: Karen Elizabeth
Allsbrook, Samantha Marie Burger
Associate of Science Degree:
Eglin AFB: Kaeaiya Tatianna
Niceville: Brian Wade Pullam,
Tammie M. Sanders, Jennifer Renee
Schneider, Megan K. Wasden

Eglin AFB: Christina Sileo
Freeport: Dennis Dean Mueller
Niceville: Joshua A. Harrelson,
Clancey Caroline Hopper, Aaron S.
Educator Preparation
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Niceville: Donn Lee Wilson


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E-mail items to
before 5p.m. Wednesday.

Blood drives
Wednesday, June 24: First United
Methodist Church, Niceville, 1-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 25: Sacred Heart
Hospital, Sandestin, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;
North Okaloosa Medical Center,
Crestview, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, June 26: Sacred Heart
Hospital, Sandestin, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, June
27: Santa Rosa
Mall, 11 a.m.-5
p.m.; Eagles
Landing, 2870
Harrison Ave.,
Panama City,10 a.m-4 p.m.
Sunday, June 28; Paxton Baptist
Church, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Summer book discussions
The Friends of the Niceville
Library will hold the first of three
summer book discussions for adults.
On Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m. in
the library, "A Tree Grows in
Brooklyn," by Betty Smith will be
The July discussion will be "The
Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson

A limited supply of books is
available through the county library
system Call the
Niceville Library at 729-4090 to
reserve a seat or if you have further
Apalachicola River art
"The Apalachicola River: A
National Treasure," Art Exhibit,
through 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 public.
2009 plant clinics
Plant clinics will be held monthly
at the Okaloosa
County Extension
Building, 127
Hollywood Blvd.,
Fort Walton
Beach. Larry
Williams, Extension Horticulture
Agent will hold the clinics. Master
Gardeners from Okaloosa County
will help.
Clinics will be the fourth
Wednesday of the month, Jun 24, July
22, Aug. 26, Sep. 23 and Oct 28, 10
a.m.-1 p.m.
Info: E729-1400, ext. 5850 or
Jail ministry banquet
Good News Jail and Prison
Ministry plan its annual fundraising
banquet Thursday, June 25, 6 p.m., at
the Community Life Center, First
United Methodist Church, Niceville.
Okaloosa County Jail Chaplain John
Lennon will report on his work with
the inmates at the Crestview Jail,

inmate testimonies. The keynote
speaker is the Rev. Paul Tripp. The
banquet is free; donations to Good
News Jail Ministry to "keep the
Chaplain in Jail" will be accepted.
For free tickets contact your local
church or Lennon at 689-5646 or
Summer stitch-in series
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America cele-
brates various forms of hand embroi-
dery. Its summer stitch-in series con-
tinues Thursday, June 25, 6-8:30 p.m.,
at the First United Methodist Church
of Niceville. Visitors are welcome.
Healing, revival services
God's House Church, Niceville,
and Wellspring Ministries,
Valparaiso, in cooperation with the
Twin Cities Ministerial Association,
will sponsor healing/revival services,
7 p.m., June 25-27, at the Niceville
High School auditorium. Each
evening's message will be given by
Isaac Prather.
Second Seminole lecture
Fort Walton Beach's Heritage
Park and Cultural Center will contin-
ue its Seminole Wars Lecture Series
with the "Second Creek War of West
Florida" lecture, noon, Friday, June
26, inside the Indian Temple Mound
Museum main gallery.
Info: 833.9595.
31st Valp. Duathlon
The city of Valparaiso will spon-
sor the 31st annual July 4 Duathlon, 7
a.m., Lincoln Park, Bayshore Drive.
The 5K run/200 meter swim will
present awards for overall male and
female winners as well as masters(40-
49) and first- through third-place win-

ners in each age category.
Registration fees are $22 through
July 3 and $25 the day of the race. For
registration form, call 729-5402.
Grid, cheer registration
Niceville Football Little League
registration for football and cheer-
leading will take place on Saturday,
July 18, and July 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at
Niceville City Hall for ages 5-12.
Registration fee $90 for football and
$75 for cheerleading (an additional
city Of Niceville Usuage Fee of $10
for in-city and $20 out-of-city resi-
dence will be collected with each reg-
istration). A birth certificate copy and
a current picture for the league ID
cards will be mandatory for football
registration to be accepted. Info:
Mary Quinn, 729-1280.
Family genealogy program
Come to the Heritage Museum on
Wednesday, July 15, 9-10:30 a.m. for
Branch Out, a program on how and
why to start a family genealogy.
Space is limited. Call 678-2615 to
reserve space.
Patriotic program set
Niceville Assembly of God
Production Choir presents 'I'm
Proud to be an American' on Sunday,
June 28 at 9 and 11 a.m. The church
is located at 108 Hwy. 85 North.
Phone 678-2531 or visit nicevil
July 4 Family Day in Park
The city of Valparaiso will spon-
sor its annual July 4 Family Day in
the Park, 1-3 p.m. at Lincoln Park,
Bayshore Drive. The event features
family and children's games, includ-
ing free watermelon with lots of
watermelon-related games.

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Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8:30 a.m. & 10:30
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.
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Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
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Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, Mcllroy
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lonics water softner, Large heated pool and hot tub in
enclosed lanai. 8,763 Sq. Ft. $1,345,000.

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

SHORT SALE CRYSTAL BEACH 4 bd/4 ba, 2,500 sq
ft. Just steps from the Gulf. Cabana house and pool.

Jane Rainwater
(850) 897-1101
Choose Baywalk,
4566Hwy20E,Ste. 104*Niceville 1


4/2 2,560SF C'view $217,000 Web#951
3/2 *1,606SF Niceville $244,000 Web#949
3/2 1,633SF BWB $224,000 Web#948
3/2 1,606SF BWB $215,900 Web#947
3/2 2,270SF BWB $249,900 Web#950

(850) 678-5178
Call our rental office to manage
your property or to find a rental.



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12' John Boat with 4HP
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Little Tykes Blue
Sportscar Bed w/
linens & mattress. $75,
OBO. 678-8398

Now Hiring at Beef
O'Brady's in Bluewater
Bay. Experienced
bartenders, servers,
and experienced kitchen
cooks with leadership
experience need only
to apply. Nights and
weekend positions
only. Flexible hours.
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between 2-4 p.m., Mon.-
Fri. No phone calls.

230 SW Hollywood Blvd. Fort Walton
*All prices after factory and dealer incentives, military rebates applied, plus tax, tag, title and fees. S
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S .Diane Cocchiarella Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
(830-3568) Unfurn. Condo, 1/1, 1st Floor, Great Location ............ $ 775
Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, End Unit,
S" D P R Great w/ Roommate ............. .................$ 900
SUnfurn. Florida Club Condo, 2/2, Full Sized W/D,
Tiled Floors, Pool ................................. $ 950
LOOKAT THIS PRICE! Unfurn. House, BWB, 3/2, New Appliances,
Fenced in Backyard .............................$1,200
Blue Pine Village Unfurn. BWB House, 3/2, Tile Floors, Stainless Appliances,
Jetted Tub, Large Fenced Yard ................ ....... $1,325
$144,900 Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
Utilities Included, End Unit ............... ........... $1,200
* Blue Pine Village 2/2 .............................$144,900 Furn Efficiency, Bayfront, WD, Full Kitchen,
* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished .................. $147,500
* Royal Oak Patio 3/2.5 ........................... .$209,900 A T P -EP O R
* 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
* Townhome, 3/2.5, Priced to Sell ................... .$255,000
* Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 ....................... .$299,999 BWB Home,
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course ........ .$349,900
2 ./3 S1 200n/mno

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Niceville, Crestview, Fort
Walton and outlying areas!
One bedroom to five
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Wilson Minger Agency
Niceville's Top Selling Real Estate Office


2 bedroom townhome,
BWB, $1200/mo.
Completely refur-
bished, 585-0762

Treadmill. Good cond.
Digital display. Folds for
easy storage. Pics.
available. $150, obo.

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Dental practices for
sale in Panhandle.
Great locations, income
potential. Fantastic
opportunity for military
dentist to stay in area.
Call Donna Thomas,
Practice Transitions,

Pop-Up Starcraft-
Starmaster, 12.5 ', AC,
gas stove, fridge, show-
er, sleeps 6, excellent
condition $3,900.

Multifamily-Like new
baby/children's clothes,
infant/toddler items,
adult clothes, house-
hold items, tools, yard,
more. Sat., June 27.
320 McEwen Dr.,
8:00 a.m.

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Wilson Minger Agency

234 Bayshore Drive South MLS#517362 4BR/5BA home on deep water
lot. Impressive views from multiple rooms. $998,000 Call Today!!!!
300 Branch Hill Park MLS#496803 3BR/2BA home in the wonderful
neighborhood of Rockywood w/ soaring ceilings, open floor plan, kitchen
island, hot tub, and private back yard and more. $249,900
665 Brookhaven Way MLS#516588 4BR/2BA home with 2222 square feet
of living space with new carpet and ceramic tile. $285,000 What a deal...
674 Brookhaven Way MLS#513430 3BR/3BA home on one acre of prop-
erty with a courtyard, foyer, large closets and much more. $410,000
131 Mulry Drive MLS#515203 4BR/3BA executive home is well main-
tained and has wonderful curb appeal. Welcome Home.....$434,900
1102 Pin Oak Circle MLS#511684 4BR/2.5BA home awaits you at this private
waterfront retreat with serene views of Shirk's Bayou. $449,000
51 Silvestri Court MLS#515911 3BR/2BA home has a lot to offer. Wood
burning fireplace, large kitchen, 2 sheds and much more. $80,000
129 Waterside Lane MLS#514769 4BR/3BA Lakefront custom built home
with dock and deeded access to Mallet Bayou. $399,900 What a DEAL!!!!!
232 White Street #6 MLS#515057 3BR/3.5BA Waterfront living at an
affordable price. Spacious townhome with high ceilings & more.$199,500
1153 Bayshore Drive MLS#489148 3BR/3.5BA breathtaking home with
water view. Marble fireplace, French doors, oversized bedrooms. $500,000
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Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
Call for Details
2/2: $900 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: $625/mo.
50% OFF 1st mo. rent

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driving record, a Florida driver's license,
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