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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: July 29, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00065
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
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Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Doggie dash
Enjoying the summer breeze on their way to Lions Park last week, Kelley Higginbotham,
22, of Niceville, left, walks her dachshund, "Rusty," while Lauren Gaskell, 20, also of
Niceville, handles dachshund "Dixie" and Chihuahua "Honey.

1More Sheriffs OfHce arrests imminent

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The major part of a state investigation
into the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
is largely completed, and "multiple
arrests" are expected in the "near future,"
District 1 State Attomey Bill Eddins said
Ever since Sheriff Charlie Morris and
his administrative director Teresa Adams
were arrested on federal corruption
charges Feb. 27, investigators in the
Pensacola office of the State Attomey

have been investigat-
ing the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's
Office to see if any
state laws were bro-
Morris, 59, of
Shalimar, was arrest- 4
ed in Las Vegas and
charged with running
a phony employee Charlie Morris
bonus and kickback
scheme with Adams' help. Both Morris

and Adams, 50, of
Niceville, pleaded
guilty to all six feder-
al charges levied
against them and
began cooperating
with investigators.
Morris and
Adams are free on
bail and both await
sentencing on the Teresa Adams
federal charges.
Eddins said completion of the major part

of the state investigation will be
announced soon.
A forensic audit performed in March at
the request of interim sheriff Ed Spooner
determined that Morris had handed out
nearly $1.4 million in bonuses between
Oct. 1, 2003, and March 6, 2009. While
most employees who received bonuses did
not retum any money to Morris, auditors
determined that at least 17 employees had
kicked back at least $88,500 to Morris
Please see MORE, page A-8

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Friday, 5-IO p.m.
Help the Relay for Life
and have fun and free
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Saturday 8:30 a.m
Step into an ancient
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enjoy food, activities and
games for youngsters up to
grade five at the Choctaw

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

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During a brief public meeting
attended by no one but city offi-
cials and one reporter, the
Council set
a tentative -'2'
mileage rate -' .
of 3.45 for
the Fiscal
budget. The
new rate, if
given final Lannie Corbin
later this fall, will rise from the
FY 2009 village rate of 3.20.
At the proposed 3.45 village
rate, property owners in
Niceville will pay $3.45 for
every $1,000 of appraised tax-
able value of their property. For
example, the owner of a home
appraised at $200,000 after
homestead exemption and other
deductions would pay $690 in
"ad valorem" property tax to the
city during FY 2010, if the mill-
age is given final approval Sept.
17 and takes effect at the Oct. 1
start of the new fiscal year.
Prior to their vote to approve
the village rate, council mem-

bers heard an explanation from
City Manager Lannie Corbin and
City Clerk Dan Doucet regarding
the proposed village increase
from the FY 2009 rate of 3.20.
Doucet also told council
members, "We received the cer-
tification of taxable values from
the property appraiser, which we
use to establish our proposed
village rate. Our current year
taxable value has been reduced
to $778,104,190, versus our prior
year final gross taxable value of
$835,487,332, which is a differ-
ence of $57,383,142."
Thus, said Doucet and Corbin,
the current village rate would not
produce as
much rev-
enue in FY
2010 as it
did for FY
2 0 0 9 ,
because of
the reduc- 9 --
tion in prop-
erty value.
To produce
the same Dan Doucet
revenue in FY 2010 as in FY
2009, the city would need to set
the village at the "rolled back"
rate of 3.4360. The proposed
Please see TAX, page A-9

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
James Laird Seegars Jr., former coach
at Rocky Bayou Christian School, was
arrested by Niceville police Monday on a
charge of lewd or lascivious molestation
involving a 14-year-old student.
Seegars, 28, of 634 Addison Place,
Crestview, was a basketball coach at
RBCS last school year.
Two administrators of the Niceville
school were arrested Friday on a charge of

failing to immediately report
suspected abuse.
Robert Lawrence Grete,
interim superintendent of
RBCS, 72, of 277 Wava Ave.,
Niceville, and Donald Madison
Larson, former RBCS superin-
tendent, were arrested by
Niceville police Friday. Each
was charged with a misde-
meanor, failure to report sus-
pected child abuse. Both were

taken to the Okaloosa County
Jail and were later released on
$1,000 bond each.
According to a Niceville
police arrest report, Seegars
' began an improper verbal rela-
tionship with a 14-year-old stu-
dent sometime in February and
March, and the relationship
turned physical on June 10,
James Laird when he kissed the girl on the
Seegars Jr. lips. The physical relationship

continued for a few weeks on several
occasions in Seegars' office, when he
kissed her and touched her buttocks,
according to the report. Under police
questioning July 13, Seegars allegedly
admitted to "a verbal and physical rela-
tionship," according to the report.
Seegars turned himself in shortly after 6
p.m. Monday, three days after an arrest
warrant was issued by an Okaloosa County

Please see COACH, page A-7

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Shocking union members, the
Okaloosa County School Board
teachers and
support per- I
sonnel a
raise next : .
year, some-
thing that .
has been
automatic Karen Peek
and written
into labor contracts for more than
20 years.
"This is not good, not good,"
said Karen Peek, president of the
Okaloosa County Education
Association (OCEA, the teachers

union). "Now it's back to the
table and everything starts over
again. I'm very disappointed that
they (the board) voted against
that had "-
been agreed ..:1.."
upon. I
thought they (
were at least
going to pay
us for our
and years of
experience." Greg Butler
The pro-
posed "step" increase would have
raised the pay of most teachers
and other employees who have
been with the district at least a
year by 1.8 percent for the 2009-
10 school year. A salary step

reflects an employee's level of
education and years of service
with the district.
Greg Butler, executive director
of OCEA, took his disappoint-
ment a step further and said, "We
really have to think about this and
we may just file a grievance
against the district for unfair labor
practices or breach of labor con-
The raise, proposed by
Superintendent of Schools Alexis
Tibbetts, was voted down 3-2,
with two board members,
Howard Hill of District 5,
Niceville, and Chuck Kelley,
chairman of the board and repre-
senting District 2, Fort Walton
Beach, being the measure's most
Please see SCHOOL, page A-9

Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Firefighters in a bedroom at 315 22nd St., Niceville, battle hot spots in afire Monday morn-
ing. One man, an occupant of the house, sustained first- and second-degree burns to 36 per-
cent of his body. Story, page 9.



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Ex-coach charged with molesting student

2 administrators arrested for allegedly failing to report accusation

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso city commis-
sioners Monday approved a
tentative village rate of 4.5
If approved after two pub-
lic hearings in September, the
rate represents an increase of
20 percent over the city's cur-
rent ad valorem village rate
of 3.75 mills.
For each 1 mill of the ad
valorem property tax rate,
property owners pay $1 on
each $1,000 of taxable value
after all applicable exemp-
tions have been applied. For
example, a homeowner whose
home-after all applicable
exemptions have been
applied-is assessed at
$100,000 taxable value would
pay the city $450 next year

under the tentative village
rate, compared to the $375
that owner paid this year to
Valparaiso under the current
village rate-a $75 increase
in out-of-pocket expense to
the homeowner.
The tentative village rate
will generate property tax rev-
enues estimated at $854,602.
The city could have set the
village rate at the "rolled
back" rate of 4.0577 mills, the
property tax rate that would
bring in $770,604, the same
amount of property taxes as
the current fiscal year.
Valparaiso expects an
approximate 7 percent drop in
taxable value inside city limit
next fiscal year, a reflection of
declines in real estate values.
The city is also expecting less
revenue from the state next

fiscal year.
The tentative village rate
supports a General Fund
budget of $3,246,145. The
draft budget includes no cost
of living raise for city
employees, although it does
include employee "step"
increases that average about 3
percent. The General Fund set
aside $100,000 for legal
expenses, while legal expens-
es this year already total about
$300,000 due to disputes with
the Air Force over jet noise
and two lawsuits filed against
the city related to the F-35
Under self-funded "enter-
prise" funds, Valparaiso is
looking at increasing the basic
cable rate by 5 percent next
year, adding $2.50 to the
monthly sewer rate and a 50-

cent hike in the monthly water
Valparaiso is also eyeing
creation of a stormwater utili-
ty, similar to one created sev-
eral years ago in Niceville, to
fund a $30,000 annual budget
for stormwater expenses.
Commissioners are eyeing a
$1.50 monthly charge on resi-
dential property owners, more
for commercial users.
No rate hike is expected
for sanitation services provid-
ed by the city.
Commissioners also set the
dates for the first and final
budget hearings. The first
public hearing on the budget
is set for Sept. 9 at 5:01 p.m.
The final public hearing on
the budget and village rate
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At 7 a.m., Gaetz will brief
members of the Kiwanis Club of
Niceville-Valparaiso on the 2009
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leaders at Hog Heaven, 117 John
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From 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 24
p.m., residents may drop by St.
Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 John
Sims Parkway, to meet one-on-
one with Gaetz to discuss their
issues or concerns. No appoint-
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Protecting our military bases.
Stopping Medicaid fraud. Using a
seat belt. These are just a few
changes to Florida's state laws that
recently went into effect July 1.
NICOVille TOSidents can stop by
to share their views on these and
other state issues as Sen. Don
Gaetz' opens his office in
Niceville for "Neighborhood
Day" on Thursday, July 30.
Gaetz will kick off
"Neighborhood Day" at 6:15 a.m.
on News Talk 1260 AM WFTW
with host Ken Walsh. Citizens can

individuals would like to meet
during a specific time of the day,
call toll free 1-866450-4DON.
At noon, Gaetz will speak to
the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary
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local fist lighic h at the Niceville
Fire Station, 216 N. Partin Drive.
Gaetz will walk door-to-door
during the late afternoon to meet
with residents on their turf.
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discuss any issue with locals,"
Gaetz said. "I enjoy spending a
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teachers and others who live and
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County commis-
sioners were briefed on the con-
struction of a new county
Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) and hurricane shelter
during their July 21 meeting in
Fort Walton Beach. They were
also briefed on plans to build
new water and sewer lines to
serve the U.S. Army 7th Special
Forces Group at Duke Field.
Commissioners also
approved a list of road resurfac-
ing projects, and heard a propos-
al from the city of Destin to con-
struct sea walls to prevent ero-
sion at Norriego Point, a popular
beach area at the entrance to
Destiny Harbor.
Chuck Mitchell and Troy
Speegle, of Speegle
Construction, told commission-
ers that construction of the new
EOC is now about 44 percent
complete, and is expected to be
ready for operation by the end of
October of next year. The proj-
ect, which began in June of
2008, includes a county EOC
and emergency shelter as part of
a new complex on the
Northwest Florida State College
campus in Niceville, including a
sports arena, classrooms, offices
and meeting spaces.
Commissioner Don Amunds
asked the Speegle representa-

tives why the project's comple-
tion was extended to October
2010, from an original date in
July. Amunds said he is con-
cerned that the extended com-
pletion will make the new EOC
unavailable during the 2010 hur-
ricane season.
Troy Speegle replied that
there were some problems
installing steel-reinforced con-
crete in
some parts
of the struc- .
ture, and
that such
work must
be done
very care-
fully to
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needed to ensure that the build-
ing will be able to safely house
people during hurricanes. Those
problems, he said, have now
been resolved, and efforts are
being made to complete the
remaining work as rapidly as
possible consistent with quality
and safety.
Commissioner Wayne Harris
said he was pleased that the con-
struction so far has not encoun-
tered any more serious prob-
lems, and that the large and
complex project has been free of
injuries or serious accidents thus

In other business, commis-
sioners approved a list of 13
county road resurfacing projects
to be completed by October of
this year. The projects are
expected to cost $380,391,
including a project to resurface
528 feet of Rocky Drive at a cost
of $10,700. Other resurfacing
projects in District 5, which
includes the Niceville area,
include Moore Street, Thomas
Street, and Linden Avenue, for a
total of $32,300, including the
Rocky Drive project.
Commissioners also
approved plans, including a
memorandum of agreement
with Eglin Air Force Base, to
install new sanitary sewers for
the 7th Special Forces Group
area now under construction at
Duke Field. The new sewers will
serve housing, offices, and other
facilities at the new military
installation, located near State
Road 85 between Niceville and
Crestview. The sewer project is
expected to cost $5,232,000, of
which Eglin will reimburse the
county $1,368,000.
Commissioners also heard a

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disagreed, saying CRA money
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slums. "I grew up with blight,
and I know what it is," Jannazo
said. "It's abandoned buildings,
packs of wild dogs roaming the
streets, and frequent fires. It's
not a stretch of sand."

briefing from Destin City
Manager Gregory Kisela, pro-
posing to build new sea walls to
"armor" Norriego Point against
erosion. The point is an area of
beach at the entrance to Destin
Harbor, and is a popular place
for swimming, sunbathing and
water sports, but tends to erode
during stormy weather. The city
proposes to spend up to $7.5

million of Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
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future erosion.
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way to spend CRA funds" than
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iff 's deputies July 11 in Destin
for trespass in an occupied
* *
Bamey Lee Sandow, unem-
ployed, 75, of 810 Saint Joseph
Cove, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 13 for
violation of probation on the
original charge of grand theft.
* *
Michael Robert Lake Jr.,
unemployed, 20, of 707 32nd
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 12 for
felony violation of probation on
the original charges of petit
theft, dealing in stolen property
and felony criminal mischief.
Lake was also arrested the same
date for misdemeanor violation
of probation on the original
charges of possession of drug
paraphernalia, petit theft, pos-
session of marijuana and worth-
1 checkers s.
* *
Lauren Elizabeth Clement,
unemployed, 23, of 401-C
Niceville Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 10 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
felony battery.
* *
Jason Corey Neely, unem-
ployed, 24, of 213 Madison
Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 10 for a
misdemeanor violation of pro-
& & &
Deborah Jean Lockwood,
unemployed, 39, of 206 Cedar
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 10 for
misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Rachel Nicole Diaz, a motel
housekeeper, 30, of 1447
Cypress St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 12 for battery, domestic

Christopher Blake Anderson,
a tree trimmer, 24, of 206 E.
College Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 19 for possession of ammu-
nition by a felon.
David Joseph Archer, a cook'
26, of 592 Hill Lane, Apt. 8,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies July 18 on a mis-
demeanor worthless check
charge, six counts. Archer was
arrested again July 19 on a
Walton County warrant for a
misdemeanor worthless check
charge. Archer was also arrest-
ed by sheriff's deputies July 22
for felony violation of probation
on the original charge of driving

while license suspended or
revoked, habitual offender.
* *
Lucas C. Garrison, unem-
ployed, 29, of 411 21st St.'
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies July 18 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of battery.
* *
John Thomas Sellars, unem-
ployed, 29, of 304 Reeves St.,
Lot E-6, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies July 19 for
violation of probation on the
original misdemeanor charge of
possession of marijuana.
* *
Lucas C. Garrison, unem-
ployed, 29, of 411 21st St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff 's deputies July 18 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of battery.
4 4 ,
Melissa May Sellars, a
restaurant server, 21, of 304
Reeves St., Lot E-6, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies July 23 for operating a
structure with knowledge of the
manufacturing of marijuana,
possession of less than 20 gramS
of marijuana, and possession of
drug paraphernalia. Sellars was
a tenant of a Niceville mobile
home at which police located
marijuana growing in cans and
pots on the steps. May 10.
* *
Albert Winston Wright, a
laborer, 46, of 1420 Bay shore
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 21 on a
misdemeanor Walton County
. .
Summer Nicole Lyons, a
motel housekeeper, 24, of 408
Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 21 for possession of a con-
trolled substance, trespassing,
battery and two counts of theft.
* *
Charles Curtis Crane, a
plumber, 28, of 1460-B 30th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies July 21 for posses-
sion of a controlled substance,
battery, and trespassing.
A 17-year-old Bluewater Bay
girl was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI on Oakmont
Drive at Gleneagles Drive, July
8 at 11:30 p.m., ,

Christine Victoria Wooten'
38, of 1516 Cedar St., Niceville'
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies in Fort Walton Beach
for DUI on Highway 98 across
from the Elks Lodge, July 11 at

Douglas Charles Nail, a tile
installer, 40, of 242 Madison
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police July 21 for
domestic violence battery.
Anthony David Emerick, a
laborer, 29, of 590 Hill Lane
Apt. #3, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police July 14 on a
Walton County warrant for child
Patr An On al 46 f
1480-B 30th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
16 for battery, domestic vio-
Harold Stephen Miller, 43, of
205 Reeves St., Lot #7,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
trafHe s July 20, for osses-
sion oftopcontrolled sulptance,
crack cocaine.
William Todd McBride, 43
of 105 Elderberry Lane
Niceville, was arrested by

Niceville police July 12 for bat-
tery, domestic violence, two
* *
Joy Ann Tumpaugh, a nurse,
48, of 510 22nd St., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
July 17 for child neglect.
* *
Luke Kevin Anthony
Thompson, 22, of 4553
Knollwood Lane, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
21 for disorderly intoxication
and violation of probation.
* *
Cynthia Marie Tumer, unem-
ployed, 45, of 525 Nassau
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 10 for
battery, domestic violence.
Codie Rochell Owens, unem-
ployed, 22, 1525 Cat-Mar Road,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies July 12 for posses-
slon of drug paraphernalia.
* *
David Mark Mosher, 22, of
20 Bluewater Point Road,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-

Location Situation Date
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . .7/20/09
oradt 9
SR85N and SR123 . . . .False call . . . . . .7/20/09
Esmund Ct./N. Cedar . . . .Vehicle accident . . .7/20/09
26ths ew t e Fire 9
Coral Drive . . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . .7/21/09
Hidden Cove Lane . . . . .Dispatched/canceled . .7/22/09
E College Bo 9
Adams Ave JValparaiso . . .Structure Fire . . . .7/24/09
Duke Drive . . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . .7/24/09
Nicaeny Ile Avetnue M 9
22nd Street . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . .7/26/09
E. John Sims Parkway . . .Medical . . . . . . .7/26/09
Spencer Place . . . . . .Dispatched/canceled . .7/26/09

. . . . .05:21

. . . . .16:16
. . . . .17:53

. . . . .13:32
. . . . .19:36

. . . . .11:28
. . . . .19:59

. . . . .07:46
. . . . .16:29
. . . . .23:15

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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls July 19 through
July 27.
Location Situation Date Time
Oakmont Drive . . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .7/19/09 . .17:34
lutewateRBoulevard Smoke ra T1ion 2 0 9
White Point and Raintree . .Dumpster/other outside trash fire 7/20/09 . .17:53
E. Highway 20 . . . . . .Rescue EMS/other . . . . . .7/21/09 . .15:35
E. Highway 20 . . . . . .Rescue EMS/other . . . . . .7/22/09 . .12:33
S. Turnberry Cove . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .7/23/09 . .07:21
Yacht Club Drive . .Dispatched/canceled . . . . .7/23/09 . .17:00
Oak Shores Drive . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .7/23/09 . .19:21
Putter Drive . . . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .7/24/09 . .15:01
Windward Circle . . . . .Medical assist . . . . . . . .7/24/09 . .20:11
Cedar Street . . . . . .Rescue EMS/other . . . . . .7/25/09 . .02:55
S. Midway Bridge . . . . .Vehicle accident . . . . . . .7/25/09 . .23:18
Duncan Drive . . . . . .Dispatched/canceled . . . . .7/26/09 . .23:16

2:52 a.m. Deputies at another
trafHe stop first saw Wooten's
vehicle as she drove eastbound
without lights.
* *
Monica Lucette Scott, 36, of
3066 Blue Pine Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI on Carmel
Drive at Bridgeport Colony
Lane, July 13 at 3:03 a.m.
+ + +
Mike Eron Mandel, 32, of
116 Alan A Dale St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI on Highway
98 and Gulfshore Drive, Destin,
July 17 at 7:44 p.m.
* *
Michael Mark Lebel, 26, of
306 Springwood Circle,
Crestview, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies for DUI on
Highway 20 at Bluewater Bay
Boulevard, July 20 at 4:06 a.m.
A Valparaiso resident from
the 100 block of Edward Circle
reported that unknown persons)
stole a bottle of prescription
painkillers from the center con-
sole of his unlocked vehicle
while the vehicle was parked in
the driveway ovemight July 8-9.
Two music CDs also were
reported missing from the vehi-
A Niceville resident from the
4200 block of South Edgewater
Drive reported that sometime
ovemight, July 19-20, unknown
persons) burglarized his dry
docked boat. The victim said
the burglars) apparently rum-
maged through the cabin but the
only thing known to be missing
was a $10 chart divider. A
neighbor in the same block of
South Edgewater Drive also
reported July 20 that someone
broke into his boat and stole a
night vision device and other

A Niceville resident of the
2300 block of Canal Drive
reported July 20 that someone
had stolen fishing equipment
from his boat while it was
docked at the residence.
* *

rep re It a unN1 p
had fraudulently cashed four
checks from his checkbook after

his checkbook and a credit card
were stolen from the center con-
sole of the unlocked pickup
truck he parked at a Destin
shopping center June 17. The
victim also reported that a cred-
it card was also stolen out of the
truck the same day. The man's
bank reported that the four
stolen checks were cashed June
17 and totaled $1,260. The vic-
tim's credit card company noti-
fled him that the stolen credit
card was used three times June
19, in Panama City and Chipley,
* *
A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Ruckel Drive
reported that sometime
ovemight, July 7-8 unknown
persons) burglarized his
unlocked pickup truck and stole
an iPod, a car charger, an arm
band, a set of headphones and a
pair of sunglasses. The stolen
items had a total value of $595.
. .
Criminal Mischief
Valparaiso police used a fire
extinguisher to put out a small
fire on a bench at Wolverine
Park July 18 after spotting three
juvenile boys near the fire. The
boys at first ran when the officer
approached but resumed and
began to stomp out the fire. The
juveniles told police they were
bored and thought it would be
"cool" to set a rag and some
grass on fire. The president of
the girl's softball association
was contacted and declined
prosecution. Instead, the three
parents agreed to have their sons
perform community service at
the park at a later date.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of 23rd Street report-
ed July 19 thathe woke up to the
sound of glass breaking and
noticed that a window on the
front of the house had been bro-

k en s zd hoadaa
found a cue ball outside in the
* *
A Niceville resident from the
400 block of Springwood Way
reported July 19 that someone
had poured syrup on her vehicle.

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1500 block of Glenlake Circle
reported that sometime July 4-5
unknown persons) smashed a
door window of the victim's
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ed at $300.
Mark William Sites, 48, of
357 Washington Ave.,
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employed at the school. Other
than this information, we have no
further comment."
State law requires "any person"
who knows of, or has "reasonable
cause to suspect" child abuse by a
person responsible for the child's
welfare to "immediately report"
the knowledge or suspicion to the
Florida Department of Children
and Families,
Niceville police arrest reports
gave the following account of the
events leading to the arrests of
Larson and Grete:
On Saturday, June 27, at a time
not specified, Larson, then assis-
tant superintendent of RBCS,
received a phone call from the

father of a student about possible
sexual abuse between his 14-year-
old daughter and the basketball
coach, according to a police
report. Larson-who had served
as superintendent of the school for
the past four years but announced
his resignation last month to take a
job as headmaster of a school in
North Carolina-allegedly told
the parent that he was no longer
the decisionmaker at RBCS and
directed the father to Grete, the
police report stated. June 30 was
the last day of Larson's contract
with RBCS.
According to a police report,
the father next contacted Grete,
also on Saturday, June 27. The
father wanted the situation
addressed immediately, but Grete
allegedly disagreed and asked the
parent not to contact authorities
until after the school could con-
duct its own investigation on
Monday, June 29, the report stat-
ed. Grete then contacted Larson
and asked him to conduct an inter-

naloi esti ation of)t engallegati=
On a date not specified, Larson

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school should gather written state-
ments from the family and then
suspend the coach until further
investigation determined whether
he should remain employed,
according to a police report.
McInnis also advised that the
school should call the Florida
Department of Children and
Family's hotline about the allega-
tion, according to the report.
According to a police report,
Larson conducted the internal
investigation on Monday, June 29,
and told the father to call the state
hotline that day, but no such call
was made by the afternoon. The
father did later call the hotline, the
report stated.
Larson told police that he did
not perceive the allegation as an
emergency and that no one was in
immediate danger. According to a
police report, he told investigators
that information required by the
hotline would not be available
until Monday, when he expected
the father to call the hotline, and
that only one call was required,
not multiple ones.
According to police reports,
Grete allegedly told investigators
that he does not report anything to
the abuse hotline unless he knows
the allegations to be true. Grete
stated that the school attempts to
investigate any incident before it
reports possible abuse because "he
can not in good conscience repon
something he knows is not true.
He told police that he could not
make a report based on something
he has no evidence of, that he
needed both sides of the story,
according to the report.
Grete told police that the stu-
dent's father was the only one who
had seen a computer chat between
the coach and the 14-year-old and
that Grete didn't know if it was

t g l r es toor son:
report. Grete alsottoldapo e that

(by waiting the rest of the week-
end until Monday, June 29)
because the coach was not in a
school environment on the week-
end and the coach, in the words of
the report, "would only be going
to church," according to police.
The alleged victim's father
called the abuse hotline "three
days" after he reported the allega-
tion to the school, and after the
school had questioned the coach,
the girl, and her family, according
to Niceville police.
Michael Mosley, principal of
the RBCS Academy (grades 7-
12), said Monday that Seegars had
just completed his first year at
RBCS. In addition to coaching
duties, Seegars taught computer
classes under the direct supervi-

sion of another teacher last school
year. Seegars has since resigned
from RBCS, Mosley said.
Reached for comment, Grete
said that he could not discuss the
case because it involves a minor,
Neither Larson nor Seegars could
be reached.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Seegars
was being held in the Okaloosa
County Jail pending first appear-
ance before a judge.
The Florida statute cited in
charging Grete and Larson,
39.201, states:
(1)(a) Any person who knows,
or has reasonable cause to suspect,
that a child is abused, abandoned,
or neglected by a parent, legal cus-
todian, caregiver, or other person
responsible for the child's welfare,

as defined in this chapter, or that a
child is in need of supervision and
care and has no parent, legal cus-
todian, or responsible adult rela-
tive immediately known and avail-
able to provide supervision and
care shall report such knowledge
or suspicion to the department in
the manner prescribed in subsec-
tion (2)."
Also, statute 39.205, states:
"(1) A person who is required to
report known or suspected child
abuse, abandonment, or neglect
and who knowingly and willfully
fails to do so, or who knowingly
and willfully prevents another per-
son from doing so, is guilty of a
misdemeanor of the first degree,
punishable as provided in s.
775.082 or s. 775.083."

From page A-1
circuit judge. Authorities applied
for the warrant July 22, nine days
after questioning Seegars.
The school released the follow-
ing statement Monday:
"The directors of the Rocky
Bayou Christian School are fully
aware that Dr. Don Larson and Dr.
Robert L. Grete have been charged
with alleged wrongdoing. We have
known both men for a number of
years and we are certain that they
will be cleared of the charge
against them. The subject of a
school investigation submitted his
resignation and is no longer

By Regenia S. David
If you have not been to the
Niceville Library lately, you
need to go now and sign the
petition to stop our uninformed
County Commissioners from
cutting the budget for the
library, again.
I have been to the
Valparaiso, Crestview, Mary
Esther and Fort Walton Beach
libraries and ours is the nicest,
we have a better building, bet-
ter computers, better teen
room, better kids room, two
small conference rooms and
two private rooms used by
tutors but that can also be used
by anyone.
The book clubs and Boy
Scouts use the conference
rooms, but anyone can book
them for free. The library col-
lects paperback books that you
can get for free. You fax free if
the fax number is not long dis-
tance up to a certain number of
The really strange thing is
that while the county does
fund the library, it does not
fund all the operations. Our
dedicated library staff are
demon grant applicants. If
there is a grant out there that
can help our library offer better
or more services, they apply

for it. Oh, and let's not forget
"Friends of the Library" who
work hard to obtain donations
and sponsor book sales to fund
the library.
I have been at the checkout
desk when patrons from other
libraries compliment our
library staff concerning our
resources. Did you also know
our wonderful library staff will
try their darndest to obtain
books, DVDs, CDs, etc. from
other libraries if they have a
k nd law program? I know
the English Cozy mysteries
like "Midsomer Murder" that I
requested, the library obtained
for me from Boston Libraries.
Have you been to the won-
derful "Patron Appreciation
Day" the library holds in
December-all that wonderful
food? Where do you think the
funds came from> Not the
county, not the city, but from
the library staff and "Friends of
the Library. They cook, buy,
serve and set up everything
So go sign that petition, e-
mail, phone, fax, snail mail and
make personal visits to our
county commissioners to not
only leave the library budget
alone but to increase it. It is the
least they can do.

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notice to appear by Niceville
police, subsequent to a traffic
stop, July 20, for possession
of drug paraphernalia, three
counts. , ,
Dickie Lee Haynes, 40, of
690 Reeves Drive, Lot C, Fort
Walton Beach, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriffs
deputies July 19, at 304
Reeves St., Niceville, for pos-
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The Clerk of Court serves a
county population of about
200,000, said Howard, and he,
too, has implemented a freeze
on hiring or salary increases.
Judge William F. Stone also
briefed commissioners on
preparations for how to best use
the new county courthouse

From page A-1

between 2007 and February 2009.
Most of the employees resuming
bonus money to the sheriff were
serving in administrative posi-
"Multiple arrests" will be
announced in the "near future,"

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::-'hi sudHng nd a
elections slated for later this
year. He said his office has
obtained some additional non-
tax funding by marketing
Okaloosa County's "Kids Vote"
program to other communities
throughout the nation.
The Property Appraiser's
budget is proposed to increase
from $3,190,058 to $3,215,252,
despite not funding one author-
ized position and other cost cut-
ting measures.
The budget review process
will continue next week, to
include two more workshops on
budgets of specific county gov-
emment agencies, and two pub-
lic hearings on the entire budg-
et. At 1 p.m., Aug. 4 at the
county courthouse in Crestview,
commissioners will review
budget proposals for the
Okaloosa County Tax Collector,
mosquito control, unincorporat-
ed parks, traffic maintenance,
engineering, the county road
department, stormwater man-
agement, growth management,
code enforcement, coordinated
transportation, and the
Okaloosa Health Department.
In Fort Walton Beach at 6
p.m. Aug. 11, reviews will
include the county capital
improvement program, capital
outlay fund, library coopera-
tive, court services, emergency
medical services, emergency
management, county warning
point, beach safety, and correc-
Public hearings on the entire
county budget will be held in
Crestview at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and
in Fort Walton Beach at 6 p.m.
Sept. 15, before the county
commissioners vote on final
approval of the FY 2010 budg-
et. Detailed county budget pro-
posals are posted on the county
Web site at

minted would face state charges.
Among former employees fired or
terminated by Spooner were:
-Chief Deputy Michael J.
Coup, Morris' second-in-com-
mand, who received $107,406 in
gross bonus moneys and resumed
at least $2,500 to Morris.
-Teresa Adams, administra-
tion director under Morris, who
received $108,836 in bonuses.

=:-did not cooperate with
-James David Yacks, an
assistant for information technolo-
gy, who received $149,644 in
bonuses and resumed at least
$16,000 to Morris.
-Sandra Norris, a finance
administrator under Morris, who
received $97,364 in bonuses and
gave at least $4,000 in kickbacks
to Morris. Norris was also accused
of kicking back $4,200 to Adams
in a phony overtime pay scheme.
-Randall Holcombe, Morris'
assistant director of administra-
tion, who received $92,973 in
gross bonuses but refused to coop-
erate with auditors.
-Sabra Thomton, Morris' for-
mer chief of staff who received
$27,906 in bonuses but refused to
cooperate with auditors.
... """"" el
he was not identified as ever hav-
ing received bonuses or giving
At least 11 other employees
who are still working at the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
were also identified as receiving
bonuses and giving kickbacks to
Morris. Spooner said some of
those employees were victims
themselves who believed Morris
was using the kickbacks for chari-
table purposes.
Eddins said the state's nearly
five-month-long investigation
reviewed a large amount of mate-
rials from the sheriff's office,
information from auditors who
perfOrmed audits of the sheriff's
office, information provided by
federal authorities and additional
materials. While he plans to
announce the results of the investi-
gation in the "near future" along
with the arrest of multiple individ-
URIS, he said some parts of the
inVCStigation will remain open. He
WOuld not describe what issues

were still being investigated.


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* *

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
County commissioners met
in Fort Walton Beach July 21,
for the second in a series of pub-
lic workshops to discuss the pro-
posed county budget for Fiscal
Year 2009/2010.
During the public work-
shops, commissioners are
reviewing the proposed budgets
of each department and constitu-
tional office within county gov-
emment. At the July 21 work-
shop, commissioners heard from
the county Sheriff's Office,
Clerk of Courts, Property
Appraiser, Supervisor of
Elections, county Health
Department, Medical Examiner,
State Attorney and Public
Defender, and reviewed judicial
The proposed county proper-
ty tax rates is 3.2995 mills.
The proposed village, the
same as that of FY 2008/2009,
would mean that property own-
ers would pay $3.2995 in "ad
valorem" property tax for each
$1,000 of appraised, taxable
value of their property. For
example, the owner of a house
appraised at $200,000 in taxable
value after homestead exemp-
tion and other deductions would
pay $659.90 in property taxes.
Despite keeping the village
rate steady from FY 2009 to FY
2010, said County
Administrator Jim Curry during
a previous workshop, the county
expects property tax revenue for
the coming year to drop, due to
decreases in appraised property
value because of the national
economic recession. With prop-
erty less valuable, the same tax
rate will produce less actual tax
money, Curry said.
Thus, property tax revenue

for FY 2010 will be
$50,820,189, said Curry, some-
what less than the $54,574,057
of FY 2009. Property taxes,
however, are only a portion of
county revenue, with other
money coming from state and
federal revenue sharing, grants,
court fines and forfeitures, and
fees for such county services as
water, sewer and trash pickup.
Those other funding sources are
also expected to decline along
with the rest of the economy, he
said. The total proposed county
budget for FY 2010, said Curry,
is $262,815,532, as opposed to
the FY 2009 budget of
During the July 21 workshop,
acting Sheriff Ed Spooner told
commissioners that despite this
year's earlier scandal in which
ex-Sheriff Charlie Morris was
caught, and later confessed, to
misusing county funds for false
"performance bonuses" to
employees who then kicked
back part of the money to
Morris himself, the Sheriff's
Office as a whole is running
smoothly and efficiently.
"A few people made bad
decisions," Spooner said of the
scandal that led to his appoint-
ment as Interim sheriff, pending
elections later this year, "and
they are paying a heavy price,"
but the majority of Sheriff's
Office employees, including
swom officers, are performing
their duties honorably and well,
and deserve the trust of county
Spooner said the FY 2010
OCSO budget proposal is
$31,052,700-lower than a pre-
vious estimate but slightly high-
er than the FY 2009 budget of
$30,117,420. Spooner said the
Sheriff's Office is doing its best

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Sheriff Ed Spooner was among the county officials who explained their budget proposals to
county commissioners last Tuesday afternoon.

to hold costs down, including a county commission to plan annex to
freeze on pay increases and ahead and avoid a future crisis. Northwest
delaying the purchase of new Clerk of Court Don Howard's site in Fort
patrol vehicles at least until next office proposed a FY 2010 said a state
year, when the national econo- budget of $1,350,582, $27,544 team will vi
my may be better and the coun- less than the FY 2009 budget. to help org
ty may have
more revenue
available. Property tax revenue
Commissioner for FY 2010 will be
John Jannazo
told Spooner
that the com- $50, 820, 189, less than
mission appre-
ciates his efforts the current $54,574, 057.

be built at the
Florida Fairgrounds
Walton Beach. Stone
court administration
sit Okaloosa County
anize the new court-
house, applying
case manage-
ment and "best
practices" tech-
niques that have
worked else-
where. He also
said the state's
Chief Judge has
agreed to move a

to hold costs
down for the
present, but expressed concem
about a possible "bow wave" of
accumulated costs in future
years, as the need for new equip-
ment and cost-of-living raises
for employees can be postponed
only for so long. He suggested
periodic spending reviews
between the sheriff and the

judge's position
from Escambia
to Okaloosa County to help
Okaloosa cope with a rising
caseload, which Stone said
includes an "overwhelming"
increase in the number of prop-
erty foreclosure proceedings.
Supervisor of Elections Paul
Lux said his proposed budget is
increasing about 2.2 percent, to

said Eddins, who declined to be
more specific.
Spooner, appointed by Gov.
Charlie Crist to serve as interim
Okaloosa County sheriff until
Nov. 8, 2010, terminated the
employment of several individuals
identified as getting large bonuses
and giving Morris kickbacks.
Eddins would not say whether
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mill did not reach a vote, the dis-
trict did vote to advertise a pro-
posed increase in the overall cur-
rent village rate from 7.624 to
The final budget vote on the
village rate will be at the Sept.
14 school board meeting at 6
p.m. at the administrative com-
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outlined in the solicited request
for proposal."
The proposal allows for a
maximum of eight custodians
in larger schools, though the
majority of the pilot schools
will require an average of four
custodians, with only one cus-
todian at the schools during the
day (except for Crestview and
Fort Walton Beach high
schools, which will have two
"day porters" available). Most
of the custodial staff will begin
their work at 3:30 p.m. after
students leave the school for
the day.
Added Guliano, "GCA thor-
oughly screens all of its
employees through a strict
screening process, including
comprehensive background
checks, as per the Jessica
Lunsford Act.
A final item approved by the
board was the extension of the
charter school contract
between the district and the
Collegiate High School at
Northwest Florida State
College, Niceville.
The school, which opened
in 2000 now has the district's
approval to operate through
2027. State law allows charters
to operate with district
approval, at a maximum of 15-
year increments, at which time
the school must apply for
another extension.
The school board's next
meeting is set for 6 p.m., Aug.
10 at the administration com-
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By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County
School Board Monday agreed
to draw up a formal contract
with GCA Services, Inc., a
leading national provider of
facility services. The contract
will be for custodial services
for 10 schools-five in the
northern part of the county and
five in the southern part. No
Niceville-Valparaiso schools
are part of the pilot program.
The contract, for the initial
one-year trial, will cost
$1,955,376, $400,000 more,
said Alexis Tibbets, superin-
tendent of schools, than what
the district currently spends on
custodial services. The con-
tract will also add about 15
GCA employees to the dis-
trict's current custodial staff of
just 30.
However, Tibbetts said a
savings will present itself after
the initial year as district custo-
dians are fazed out due to nor-
mal attrition and new replace-
ment employees are hired at
lower pay grades.
Even if we have to pay an
additional $400,000 and we
don't save money for the first
year, we will in succeeding
years," said Tibbetts.
This is a big step that other
districts in Florida made a
number of years ago, said
District 5 School Board
Member Howard Hill. "We just
want to test the waters and see
how it goes. The move will,
said Hill, cost the district more
money than its current in-
house practices.

"We now have only 30 full-
time custodians," said Bill
Smith, the district's director of
facilities. "We are drastically
understaffed. With GCA we
will have 45 full-time custodi-
ans. We may be paying more,
but we are getting more (for
the money)." There are 35
schools in the district.
"Initially," said Tibbetts,
"it's true (that more money will
be spent). But it will level itself
out. By the time you have attri-
tion, and GCA will hire to fill
those vacancies at a lower pay
rate, we will eventually save
money. It's like a teacher buy-
out. When you have those who
have been working for us for
many years, they're at the top
of the pay scale-they're mak-
ing more money.
Tibbetts added, The GCA
contract assures that current
custodians will be considered
district employees, with no
change in pay. They will be
managed only by GCA. As cur-
rent custodians leave, through
relocation or retirement, GCA
will hire new employees from
the area.
"If we are fortunate enough
to be awarded this contract,
said Neil Guliano, vice presi-
dent of Marketing and
Business Development for
GCA, all of the existing
employees performing these
functions will be retained by
the school district and man-
aged by GCA. They will
receive the same wages and
benefits as they have with the
county. Moreover, GCA will
provide additional employees

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
East Niceville Fire Chief Mike Wright confers with firefighters
in the aftermath of a Monday morning fire that was confined

to a front bedroom, at left.
Lohrman said.
Niceville Fire Chief
Tommy Mayville said the vic-
tim was sleeping in a front
bedroom when he woke up to
find the bedspread on fire.
Mayville said the victim went
to the kitchen to get something
to extinguish the flames and
resumed to fmd the bedroom
fully involved. The chief said
the home's other occupants
exited the house through a
window after finding heavy
smoke throughout the house.
Firefighters removed a cat
and several kittens located
near the front door and also
removed a small dog that was
administered oxygen by fire-
fighters. Damage was estimat-
ed at $50,000, Lohrman said.
The cause of the fire is being
investigated by the State Fire
Lohrman said the house did
not have a working smoke
detector because the batteries

had been removed. He said the
victim more than likely would
have escaped injury, or suf-
fered lesser injuries, if the
home had had a working
smoke detector.
At 6:55 p.m. firefighters
received another alarm, this
for a fire at 1706 Ivy Ave.,
Niceville, according to
Lohrman. Firefighters arrived
within six minutes to find
smoke and flames coming
from the eaves of the vacant
house. The owner, Walker
Smith, told fist lighle ss that the
house was vacant while he was
renovating it. Smith said he'd
fried some fish on the stove
and left the home, forgetting to
tum off the stove. Lohrman
estimated the damage at
About 20 findiginess and
five engines from Niceville,
East Niceville, North Bay and
Eglin Air Force Base respond-
ed to both alarms.

increase in expenses. We should-
n't incur greater expense unless
we can pay for it. And even
though it's
not consid-
ered a ,
salar y
in cr eas e,
when my "
w a g e ('
ex pense
goes up so
does their
salar y Howard Hill
From a business perspective that
just does not make sense to me.
In an earlier comment to the
Beacon, Hill said, "This union
contract is very interesting. The
(federal) stimulus money is

propping us up this year. We're
getting two thirds this year and
one third next year, and we may
not even get that one third. What
happens after that? We're talking
about temporary money here."
Reached for comment
Tuesday, Tibbetts said: ""The
board has the final vote and say,
I respect them and their deci-
Also shot down was an addi-
tional proposed village levy of
0.25, a voluntary tax increase
imposed by school districts
recently approved by the
Legislature. The levy would
have given the district an addi-
tional $4.1 million for the capital
outlay fund.
Cathy Thi--pe n. District 4

representative from the
Crestview area, moved for pas-
sage of the agenda item, but
there was not a second, so the
item "died," said Hill. "Which
means it probably won't hap-
pen," he said.
The village increase would
have meant taxpayers would pay
an additional $25 on every
$100,000 of taxable value.
"Twenty-five dollars may not
sound like a lot right now, but it
adds up," Hill said. "Basically,
it's an additional tax on the peo-
ple. And if everyone else has to
tighten their belts, why should-
n't we? We don't want to nickel
and dime the taxpayers to
Even though the added 0.25

From page A-1

vocal critics. Also voting against
the increase was District 1 Board
Member Cindy Frakes, Shalimar.
"I'm very proud of our teach-
ers and the job they do for our
district," said Kelley, "but out of
67 state school districts, our
teachers rank fourth for highest
salary paid. If they're already
making more than most and
we've been talking for the last
six months about how much
we're hurting fmancially, why
are we considering giving them
more? What kind of message
does that send to the taxpayer?
We're talking about a $2 million

property owner. In addition, we
recommend the tentative budget
hearing be scheduled for 6 p.m.
Sept. 10, 2009, which does not
conflict with the county and
school board public hearing
During Thursday's meeting,
council members approved a
schedule of public budget work-
shops in which they will review
the budget requests of each
department of city government,
as well as the two final hearings
on the city budget as a whole.
The workshops will be held at 6
p.m. in the city council chamber
in City Hall, at 208 North Partin
Drive. Topics slated for each
workshop will be:
Aug. 20: general fund.
Aug. 25: sanitation,
stormwater and aid to nonprofit

Aug. 27: water and sewer,
including rates charged to cus-
Sept. 3: topics not covered in
previous workshops, if neces-
In addition, regular city
council meetings are scheduled
for 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15, when
the budget and village will not
be agenda items, but city council
members will be available to
meet with citizens and respond
to questions. Information about
the budget can also be obtained
by visiting City Hall or calling
"We need a full council pres-
ent at all public hearings regard-
ing the budget," Doucet told the
council, "to make sure we meet
the voting requirements of the

new legislation. The most
important date is the fmal budg-
et hearing."

From page A-1
village rate of 3.45 is expected to
produce revenue of $2,550,236
from property taxes, enough to
cover a budget similar to that of
FY 2009, but including cost
increases for such things as
employee insurance.
Doucet and Corbin told
council members that the pro-
posed 3.45 village rate may not
be fmal, and that it may be pos-
sible to lower it somewhat
before the Sept. 17 fmal public
approval hearing.
"Last year," said Doucet, "we
set the proposed village at 3.50
mills and subsequently lowered
it to 3.20 mills. We recommend
a proposed village rate of 3.45
mills for FY 2010, which is
slightly higher than the rolled-
back rate of 3.4360. We have
been working with department
heads regarding their budget
requests and will attempt to
lower the village as we fmish
up our final review in the com-
ing weeks. The proposed rate
can be subsequently reduced
during budget workshops or
hearings. However, if we desire
to raise the village rate from the
proposed rate, it will require a
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The Niceville-Valparaiso Little
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Couple enjoys life on the water
until their house can be built

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The couple own land on
Evans Road, Niceville. They
have a driveway, and a path
that leads down to their "boat-
house" and dock. They have a
mailbox and a garbage can.
They have the Bay Beacon
delivered every Wednesday but
what they don't have is a house
to call home.
Nonetheless, said Eveliene
Rosegrant, they do have a
home ne that rises and falls
with continual-but-gentle
waves and slides serenely back
and forth as the wind rocks it.
For Phil and Eveliene
Rosegrant, their 34-foot
Gemini 105MC catamaran,
"Lovely Crews," has been the
only home they've known since
The Cincinnati natives,
recently retired, have been liv-
ing on Rocky Bayou in
Niceville. While there may be
a few drawbacks there are also
some bonuses-like merely
untying the rope and sailing
away for a day on the water.
"It's so different from living
in a house," said Phil. "On a
pretty day we can just sail out
on the bay."
Some of the drawbacks?
Heading over to Bluewater Bay
Marina every four days to have
their 18-gallon marine toilet
pumped out. Eveliene joked,
"Now don't go telling everyone
we're full of poop!" The jaunt
to the marina takes the
Rosegrants just 10 minutes.
"We've been over there
enough now that everyone
knows our name," said
Eveliene, who also said it's not
just the folks at the marina
who have been extremely help-
ful and friendly.
"Niceville was never the
draw for us," she said, "but our
neighbors have been fantastic.
And they're representative of
all the people we've come in
contact with. We have a neigh-
bor down the road who's said,
'If you ever need to do your
laundry come on over.' The
people here have been an unex-

pected bonus."
Laundry, said Eveliene, is
another drawback of living on
a sailboat. "Though I've only
ever really been to the laundro-
mat once. We have enough
clothes that we just let them
pile up." She laughed and said,
"And then if we go up to visit
my parents or back up to
Cincinnati to visit our daugh-
ters, we just bring our laun-
The Rosegrants usually plan
a trip by car to visit friends and
relatives about every two
months. "It's nice though," said
Eveliene, "when we get back to
the boat we can sigh and say,
'Ah, we're home."'
Though the husband-and-
wife team still have their house
in Cincinnati, where their two
college-age daughters live dur-
ing the summer, living on a
boat has taught them what it's
like to live "with the bare mini-
They visit the grocery store
twice a week because their
refrigerator doesn't hold much
food and they've rented a 5-by-
7-foot storage unit that serves
as a type of garage for them-
housing their ladder, weed
eater, pressure washer and
other similar items.
The couple don't plan on
living on their catamaran for-
ever, though. They have
designed their own home but
have found they need to redo
the original plans and have met
with their builder to help them
figure out how to reduce the
size and make it more afford-
able. They hope to break
ground sometime next month,
and if all goes well, to be in
the house before winter.
"The boat does have heat,"
said Phil, "but there's no insu-
lation. And when the cold air
hits the warm window it causes
condensation." Not only do
the Rosegrants live on the
water, joked Phil, but in winter,
they live in the water.
The couple purchased their
floating home in June 2008. It
was delivered to them straight
Please see HOME, page B-2

Beacon photos by Stacie Morgan

Welcome to the Rosegrant home on Rocky Bayou.

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The Rosegrants purchased
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Phil worked in packaging and
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Standing at attention, ready to
send off one commander and
welcome another, stood repre-
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46th Test Wing. Even the wing
civilians were decked out in "uni-
forms" of white shirts and black
On July 20, those who test
and evaluate weapons for fight-
ing airmen bade farewell to Col.
Gary L. Plumb, a man
who has served as their
commander for more than
two years and his country
for 27.
Impressed with the
wing members who came
to show their support and
aiming to fill Plumb's
shoes, came Col. Michael
T. Brewer, a command
pilot with more than 3,200
flight hours spent in the
cockpits of the F-111, the
F-15E and the F-16.
"It's a sharp looking
team and a unique forma-
tion," Brewer said of those
in his new organization.
Also commending 46th mem-
bers, Plumb proudly, yet fondly,
said, "The morale in this
squadron is built not by a com-
mander but by a high performing
team of military, government
service workers and contractors.
We are one team."
Presiding over the formal cer-
emony was a relative newcomer
himself, Maj. Gen. Charles R.
Davis, Air Armament Center

commander and Eglin's senior
"Only the ones who truly rise
to the top are chosen" to com-
mand, said Davis of both
colonels. He verbally patted
Plumb on the back with words
that spoke of one of the many
things he will be remembered for.
"Of all the successes he's
had," said Davis, "Gary is per-
haps most known for how well
he's cared for his troops, the

do a fantastic job of taking this
wing even higher."
Before lowering his landing
gear at Eglin Air Force Base,
Brewer served his country in
locales ranging from
Lakenheath, U.K., where he was
an instructor and evaluator pilot,
to Washington, D.C. where he
worked in the office of the assis-
tant secretary of defense as assis-
tant for GPS and Navigation
Warfare, Networks and
Information Integration.
In the Air Force for 23
years, Brewer is no
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his comments illustrated
the importance of working
together. He briefly
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missions overseas for
those fighting and flying
to defend their country-
men but which would not
have been successful
without the proven effec-
tiveness of those in the
46th Test Wing.
They were success-
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those in the 46th Test
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air-to-air and air-to-ground
weapons. We will work together,
as a team, to fulfill all mission
It is important to remember,
he continued, that "you are
American airmen with a job (that
entails) nothing less than protect-
ing our nation and our freedom.
We will not falter. We will not

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Saluting the flag during the national anthem are, from left: Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis, com-
mander Air Armament Center; Col. Gary L. Plumb; and Col. Michael T. Brewer.

camaraderie he's fostered and the
motivation he's instilled."
Although Plumb was surely a
focus at the July 20 changeover,
he was quick to shift the spot-
"While this has been the best
assignment and job we've ever
had," Plumb said of his Eglin
duties, "what happens to this
wing after I leave means a lot to
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Sunday, August 2: Calvary
Chapel Emerald Coast, to be held at
Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m. to 1
p.m.; Moose Lodge, 226 Green Acres
Road, FWB, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest for ages 13-17 carries
the main theme: "Expose Niceville.
The dead1me is Sept. 19.
Categories are: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics and Organizations.
First, second and third place win-
ners will receive prizes.
Winning pho-
tos may be made
into a calendar or
published in
other city publi-
cations. Proceeds
from the calendar
sales will be used to support library

violet basket Saturday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m.
-1 p.m.
A small basket of violets was a
popular Victorian era dicor. Leam to
make this delicate, round-reed basket
for spring flowers.
The cost is $30 or, $25 for mem-
bers and includes all materials.
Space is limited. Register by calling
678-2615 or, visit the museum at 115
Westview Ave., Valparaiso.
Fisher House poker run
The American Legion Riders Post
#75 will hold its annual mystery
poker run for the Fisher House of the
Emerald Coast Inc., Saturday, Aug. 1,
at 898 E. James
Lee Blvd.
(Highway 90E),
Crestview. Cost is
$10 per hand.
Breakfast, for $3,
is served 8-10 a.m. The first bike
goes out at 10 a.m. with the last bike
in at 2 p.m. Lunch is available for $4.
Prize money for 1st-3rd place hands
will be awarded as will a consolation
prize for the "worst hand." More
information: Ann O'Connor,
UMC 'Super Saturday'
Choctaw Beach United Methodist
hush "S S day" Aug.) 1

Jerusalem marketplace as it was
when Jesus was a boy. Food, activi-
ties, and games for children up to
fifth grade. The church is located at
479 Live Oak Street. Go east on
Highway 20 from Niceville, then fol-
low the signs for the Methodist
Boating seminars
Boating seminars will be con-
ducted Aug. 3 (rules of the road) and
Aug. 31 (border crossing) at7 p.m. at
the University of West Florida

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throRe istration s available on- ne
Education Maritime Education web
site at
Info: 315-0686 or 474-2914 or
Garden, floral design
The Valparaiso Community
Library and the Valparaiso Garden
Club is offering the free Creative
Gardener and Floral Design Series
Monday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m., by Sandy
Lichauer, Landscape Design
Instructor at Okaloosa Applied
Technology Center.
Info: 729-5406.
Soccer referee course
A class for new soccer referees
will be held in August at Shalimar
Elementary School, 1350 Joe Martin
Circle. Class times are: Aug. 4, 6, 11
and 13, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8
and 15, 8 a.m.-noon. $100.
Instructors are certi-
fled by U.S. Soccer
Federation .
Attendees must reg-
ister online before
July 31 at; click Register
for a Course & Request Assessment;
then click Register For a Course and
follow the instructions. Info: Al
Haberbusch, 678-9084, or Julie
Hoegg, 902-5670.
Income tax rally
Citizens of Okaloosa County and
neighboring areas will rally at the
Northwest Florida Fair Grounds
Wednesday, Aug.
5, 4-8 p.m., to
the 148th
anniversary of
the first income
tax, implemented during the Civil
War in 1861.
Speakers will include County
Commissioner Wayne Harris

DMistric s r) R huc alBoo
representative for Florida Fair Tax
Education Association.

Inappropriate images will not be
judged. The Library reserves the right
to make necessary adjustments for
printing. The image must be your
original; no copyright violations or
manipulation of photos accepted.
Limit three images per contestant.
Pick up registrations at Youth
Chorus seeks singers
The Fort Walton Beach
Community Chorus is looking for
singers from Okaloosa, Walton and
Santa Rosa counties to join us in its
35th year. It is a regional chorus with
members from as far away as Gulf
Breeze, Crestview and Destin.
Practice for the Christmas show
starts Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. The
chorus practices each Tuesday at 7
p.m. in the First Christian Church
sanctuary, 201 St. Mary Ave. (across
from the Fort
Walton Beach
City Complex).
Membership is
open for all voic-
es in all ranges
for anyone over 18. New members
must sign up and attend practice no
later than Sept. 22.

vt-i" -S anhop 0650-570.
Host families needed
Rocky Bayou Christian School in
Niceville is looking for host families
living in Okaloosa county to host an
mtemational student. Students come
from China, Thailand, Taiwan,
Finland, Japan, Germany, S. Korea
Slovakia and Spain. Students sta
with their h t7family3f 1 rm n
Bagpipe, drum lessons
Anyone interested in learning or
playing acbhag sd sp should

rm ng plbagpi t at ?:classes
for rehearsals. Classes are free.
Classes and rehearsals are held in
the main church building on the sec-
ond floor of the First United
Methodist Church, Niceville, 214
Info: Les Matheson, pipe major
243-2879, e-mail Matheson310'
NFSC registration open
Registration for the fall term at
Northwest Florida State College is in
progress on-line. Individuals may
also enroll in-person at any of the col-
lege's six area locations Aug. 3-31.
More than 1,000 day, evening, week-
end, fast-track and online courses
begin at the college Aug. 24 and Oct.
16. For in-person registration hours
and a omepleteecourse listiendg see the

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high school equivalency test, and
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Reading Grand Finale
Everyone is invited to join the
Nic 11eay, Pub1 9, 1Library on

r itseSummerSRe g Grand tFinale

Special guest will be Mouse from the
story "IfYou Give
A Mouse A
Cookie" by Laura
Numeroff .
drawings for
books and prizes, announcement of
the Art In a Bag contest winners, and
award certificates of achievement
will go to all those who have partici-
pated. Info: 729-4554.
Relay skate party
The city of Niceville plans a skate
party to benefit Relay for Life Friday,
July 31, 5-10 p.m. Admission is $5;
bring a friend for free. Free burgers
and drinks for skaters.
Info: 729-0758; leave a message.
Niceville Library Teen Jam
Are you in a band? Want to com-
pete with other teens? Call 729-4554
or come by Youth Services to fill out
a registration ASAP. Deadline to sign
up is Friday, July 31.
'Puttin' on the Ritz'
A special event, "Puttin' on the
Ritz," to benefit the Michael A.

Mancini Gifted Musician
Scholarship fund at Northwest
Fl rkhi State Collegebwill take t

Sons)of Italyh80T c t har
can be obtamed from Mary Mancini'
2871 Atoka Trail, Crestview, FL
32539. .
The evening will feature the
Twilight Jazz Band and Sandra
Daggs. "Decadent desserts" and a
cash bar will be available.
Call 689-1115.
Band uniform fit day

ret Tn em er ft orNneSwEaand
Pride Marchin Band is Saturda '
Aug. 1. Students are asked to enter
through the NHS auditorium.
Student should arrive as follows:
8-9 a.m., seniors; 9-10 a.m., juniors;
10 a.m.-11 a.m., sophomores; and
11-noon, freshman.
Uniforms are fitted over clothmg
so students should wear a close fit-
ting T-shirt and gym shorts. Please do
not wear jeans or cargo shorts; no
changing rooms are available.
Parents will be able to pay student
band fees and notaries will be avail-
able to help complete the required
Uniform info: Cindy Theriot, Band mfo:
Flag-burning planned
Teresa Village, the Air Force
Enlisted Village's Fort Walton Beach
campus, will honorably dispose of
wom U.S. flags at a retirement cere-
mony conducted by Boy Scout Troop
52 and sponsored by AMVETS Post
78 in Valparaiso Saturday, Aug. 1, in
the Teresa Village Community
Pavilion area. The ceremony begins
at 9 a.m. and the public may bring
flags that are faded, wom or tattered
beyond repair.
Teresa Village is located at 321
Woodrow Street, Fort Walton Beach.
For more information, call Janet
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