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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: August 5, 2009
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4 candidates for post, A-3.

agency's highest employees.
Morris and five former
employees, including three of his
former top aides, were arrested
last week.

NOW college sports arena rises

Another drug bust, A-6.

20 grams of marijuana, and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia,
according to police reports.
Micah Nathan Akers, 28, of
1619 25th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
27 for trafficking in cocaine (31
grams), possession of a
Please see COCAINE, page A-7


fadiit would clro ated at
company owned by Odom, a
friend and big political donor to
the Republican Party and
Sansom. The investigator asked
whether he knew "prior to the
(2007 legislative) appropriation
or after the appropriation?"
"Prior to the appropriation,"
replied Yancey.
Anderson also asked about a
Dec. 8, 2008, e-mail from the
Please see COLLEGE, page A-7

Sheriff's scandal widens

6 arrested; Morris allegedly siphoned off tens of thousand's of dollars

and used agency employees and prisoners as personal servants

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An employee-kickback fraud
at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office revealed earlier this year
was only the tip of the iceberg of
a corrupt scheme directed by for-
mer Okaloosa Sheriff Charlie

Morris, according to state prose-
Morris, 59, of Shalimar, now
faces charges that he ran a
"criminal enterprise" in which he
seemingly used the sheriff's
office as a personal piggybank
with the aid of some of the

In racketeering charges
unveiled July 30, state prosecu-
tors allege Morris's wrongdoing
included spending tens of thou-
sands of dollars of public money
on Sabra Allyson Thornton,
Please see SCANDAL, page A-5

Ex-sheriff Charlie
Mlorris in July 30 book-
ing photo.

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Okaloosa County politicians
may have to buy their own candy
if they want to continue throwing
sweets to children during
The amount of candy bought
at taxpayer expense for that pur-
pose may be cut or eliminated, as
the Okaloosa County
Commission looks for ways to

slash spending in the wake of
declining tax receipts.
Commissioners are consider-
ing possible cuts in employee
health care insurance, as well as
possible across-the-board cuts in
staff, salary cuts, furloughs of
county employees, and restric-
tions on cell phone usage and
vehicle mileage by county
Please see CANDY, page A-4

Saturday, IO a.m.

Ever wonder whether
your ancestors were royalty
or something less distin-
guished? The Genealogy
Society of Okaloosa
:rwty anhel o find
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida in
Valparaiso and everyone is
Baseball season is just
beginning for some players.
The North Flonida Bulls
Travel Baseball will hold
"fall ball" registration for
ages 9-14 at Twin Oaks
Complex in Niceville. Also
Major League veteran Scott
Hemond and his staff wil I
host a hitting clinic 10
a.m.-1 2:30 p.m.
Registration will continue
on Sunday, with a catchers
clinic 2-4 p.m. Info: north-
Saturday. 5:3 o,...

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Two Niceville men were
arrested on drug-trafficking
charges, according to the
Niceville Police Department.
Jason Anthony Brown, 27, of
610 29th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police July
27 for trafficking in cocaine (31
grams), possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription, possession of less than

Have a good time and a
great meal, while helping
out the Bob Hope Village
home to wl ows and wi dd ''
owers of military members.
The meal is grouper or
prime rib. The entertain-
ment is a comedic murder
mystery. The cost is $50 per

M ndad 69 a3m.- p.m.
Satisfy that desire to be a
first-rate cheerleader by
attending a mini-camp by
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cheerleaders-at the NHS
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Questions and registra-
tion at nicevil-

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

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
The $30.7 million Northwest Florida State College Community Service Complex--which includes
a $7 million Okaloosa County 911 center and the county's Emergency Operations Center--is
scheduled to be completed in October 2010 after slipping three months from the original sched-
ule. Above, construction workers were taking advantage of the dry weather Mlonday morning to
work on the college sports arena where basketball games will be featured. The arena will also
house county evacuees during hurricanes. The complex is being built to withstand winds of 190
mph. Classrooms will be built between the EOC and the arena.

By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Until now, it's been free. You got
your fishing pole, headed for the
bayou shore, cast a line, and waited
for a bite--no fishing license
"It was one of the last few free
pleasures," said angler Barry Rose,
Niceville, as he made a cast.
As of Aug. 1, however, Florida
requires a new shoreline fishing
license for those who fish for salt-
water species from shore, dock, or
pier. Previously, a saltwater permit
was required only when fishing
from a boat.
Now all resident anglers who
fish for saltwater species from the
shore or a structure attached to the
shore must pay $9 a year for a
license, unless they already have
the $17-a-year recreational saltwa-
ter license needed to fish from a

According to Wendy Dial,
spokeswoman for the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Tallahassee, "The
federal government is going to
come out with a regulation for
shoreline licenses. We just beat
them to the punch at a less expen-
sive cost. Now that we have our
own law we're not subject to the
federal law."
The federal requirement takes
effect in 2011 and could have cost
an angler as much as $25 a year,
Dial said. If bought from a sporting
goods store, the cost may be higher,
depending on the store's own fees,
Purchased at an Okaloosa County
Tax Collector's office, no additional
fee is tacked on. As of Friday, 11
people had purchased the new
license from the tax collector.
There are exceptions to the

requirement for a shoreline fishing
license. If you're 65 or older, or
younger than 16, no license is
required. Also exempt are active-
duty military at home (in Florida)
on leave, users of cane fishing
poles, a person fishing from a
licensed pier. Other exemptions
include: people receiving food
stamps, temporary cash assistance
or Medicaid, and certain disabled
Greg Milligan, Niceville, had
planned to get up early on
Saturday, Aug. 1, to fish from the
T-pier in Valparaiso, but at 5 p.m.
Friday, he heard for the first time
that a shoreline license would be
"I didn't even know that," said
Millligan, 59. "Every time you turn
around they're wanting more
money. We're all hard up f inancial-
ly. I'm not too happy about this."

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Barry Rose fishes f or f Iounder Mlonday from a
dock in Valparaiso.

nmaisback and forths tannayhe

onset, from the very very begin-
ning, did you know that this par-
ticular facility would be a
"Yes," replied Yancey. The
college vice president, who was
in charge of the construction,
added that the controversial
building project "moved away
from that (being a hangar) rather
than evolving towards that."
Anderson then asked at what
point Yancey became aware the

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A controversial $6 million
multi-purpose building at Destin
Airport was planned as an air-
plane hangar from the beginning,
but eventually "moved away"
from such a purpose, according
to Northwest Florida State
College Vice President Gary
Yancey made the statement in

a July 21 interview, under oath,
that was part of State Attomney
Willie Meggs' preparation for the
trials of State Rep. Ray Sansom,
NWFSC former president James
R. Richburg and Destin airport
entrepreneur Jay Odom.
A grand jury overseen by
Meggs earlier this year indicted
the three men on charges related
to Sansom's insertion of $6 mil-
lion to build a college training

center/Destin emergency opera-
tions center into the Florida
Legislature's 2007 appropriations
bill. The grand
jury concluded President
that the building
was actually going to be a hangar
for Odom's company, Destin Jcet.
All three have pleaded not guilty.
Recordings of prosecutors'
interviews ofYancey and 10
other college officials were

released under a public records
request last week.
During Yancey's questioning,
District 2
lI search, A-2. State
investigator Jim Anderson asked:
"In the development of this par-
ticular building, at what point did
you leamn that the building would
actually serve as a hangar? I
know there were a number of e-

POf E Fcos fac&

Budget woes threaten

tax-funded parade sweets

T wo arrested as

cocaine pushers

Nowr it's $9 to fsh fiom shore

New saltwater shoreline license takes effect

College official: Building planned as hangar

State builds case against Sansom, Richburg, Odom

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White and the trustees com-
mittee discussed pros and cons
of each method. The advantages
of the first method include
avoiding the expense of hiring a
consulting firm. Prices which
White had discovered in her ini-
tial research, she said, ranged
from $25,000 to more than
$60,000, plus the cost of
postage, advertising, travel by
candidates and consultants, and
other expenses. Using a consult-
ing firm would still leave the
trustees responsible for making
the final selection of a new pres-
ident, and trustees might face
legal problems if their consult-
ant does anything that violates
Florida's "sunshine law," which
requires that actions and docu-
ments of government, including
public colleges, be open to pub-

lic antages of using a con-
sulting firm for initial candidate
selection and screening include
having experienced profession-
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
A committee of Northwest
Florida State College trustees
met Monday to discuss how best
to select the college's next pres-
ident, and how to respond to a
renewed state request for repay-
ment of funds spent on a can-
celed, scandal-plagued building
One trustee said the college
must work to overcome a "cred-
ibility problem" in its presiden-
tial search.
The panel gave preliminary
approval to hiring a presidential
headhunter to conduct a search,
but scheduled another meeting
for a final decision.
No decision was made on
repayment of the $310,000 in
building funds demanded by
Gov. Charlie Crist.

The Board of Trustees
Committee on Personnel,
Finance, and Audit began its
dinner meeting in Niceville with
a discussion of how to select the
college's next permanent presi-
dent. The school is currently
managed by Jill White, a former
vice president of the college,
took over as interim president
after President Bob Richburg
was fired by the board of
trustees in the wake of his
indictment by a state grand jury
for perjury and falsifying n
official record in an alled
scheme to build an airplane
hangar for a private developer
under the guise of building
Richburg, who is awaiting
trial, has denied the charges and
asked for his job back. He had
served as president since 1987,

only the second chief executive
since the community college
was founded in 1963.
At Monday's committee
meeting, trustees heard a report
from White on alternative meth-
ods of conducting an executive
search for a new president.
White suggested consideration
of either of two basic approach-
-Form a search committee
of NWFSC faculty, staff mem-
bers, community leaders, and
one or more trustees, advertise
for candidates, gather resumes
and other data, then interview
top candidates and select one for
the job, which will probably pay
around $200,000 per year,
depending on the new presi-
dent's qualifications and other
--Hire a "headhunter" con-
sulting firm that specializes in
executive searches for college
presidents, and allow the firm to
do the initial recruitment and

White, are usually skilled at
complying with the legal
requirements of such a selection
process, to include complying
with the sunshine law as well as
state and federal laws dealing
with diversity and equal oppor-
tunity. In addition, using an out-
side consultant would demon-
strate the trustees' commitment
to an objective, impartial hiring
Showing such objectivity,
said Trustee Sandy Sims, led her
to favor hiring a consultant.
"The college currently has a
credibility problem," Sims said,
because of the ongoing scandal.
Hiring an outside consultant,
she said, would give NWFSC
more credibility by demonstrat-
ing that the hiring process is not
an "inside job," but is really
open to all candidates, with the
best-qualified to be chosen
rather than someone already
favored by the trustees.
Without such credibility,
Sims said, "I have been told by
knowledgeable people that
many qualified candidates
would be reluctant to publicly
submit their names for consider-
ation," for fear of risking their
own reputations in the academic
Sims added, however, that
the hiring process must also
include input from college staff
and the community, such as
when developing criteria for
evaluating candidates and dur-
ing the final interview and selec-
tion process.
After further discussion, the
committee unanimously
apove h notion from Simsato
request for proposals (RFP) for
potential consulting firms,
examine proposals from inter-
ested firms, then present the
committee with a matrix com-
paring the firms, their qualifica-
tions, and the prices they charge.
The committee will review
White s findings duringu."r aspe-
cial meeting at 5 p.m. Ag 1
followed by a special meeting of
the full board of trustees, to
decide the board's next move.
The presidential hiring
process will be further compli-
cated by the fact that White,
interim president, plans to retire
at the end of either January or
May of 2010--she has not yet
decided which. If White retires
at the end of January, it may
become necessary to hire anoth-
er interim president to help
oversee the hiring of the perma-

Please see SEARCH, page A-7

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Northwest Florida State College Interim President Jill White and
Trustee Dale Rice were among those attending a meeting in
Niceville Mlonday of a board of trustees committee discussing
how to hire the college's next president.

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By Del Lessard
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The number of candidates
interested in serving the rest of
the elected term of former
Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie
Morris has increased to four with
the addition of a Niceville police-
Joseph C. Fo~rgione, a detec-
tive sergeant with the Niceville
Police Department, prefiled with
the Supervisor of Elections July
22 as a Republican candidate for
sheriff. Three others had already
pre filed .
Pre fil in g
allows a
candidate to
raise and
spend cam-
paig n
The win-
ner of the
Nov. 2,
2010, gen- Joseph Forgione
eral election
for sheriff will fill the then-
remaining two years of Morris'
four-year term. Morris was
arrested by the FBI Feb. 27 on
federal corruption charges
involving a bonus-kickbac~k
scheme involving some sheriff s
employees. Gov. Charlie Crist
appointed Ed Spooner as the
interim sheriff through Nov. 8,
2010. Morris was arrested again
last week on related state
Forgione, 38, of Niceville,
became a law enforcement offi-
cer in July 2001, starting with the
Niceville police. He also worked
for about seven months in the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
1 idie n 200br end wr ed
Anthony "Tony" Forgione. Tony
was shot to death by an escaped
mental patient a year ago as he
and other deputies searched a
Fort Walton Beach house for the
In a statement, Joseph
Forgione said: "The loss of my
brother Deputy Tony Forgione
and to the recent events which
have transpired over the past sev-
eral months involving the
Sheriff's Office, have strength-
ened my inspiration to run for

sheriff. I do strongly feel in my
heart an obligation that I owe it to
my brother .., the deputies and
the community who have sup-
ported myself and my family
through our tragic loss."
He continued: "We all know a
change is
needed. I
want to ~j~
bring back
the trust
between the
public and
the onfce of
sheriff .
Therefore, I
will be run-
ning this William F. Hord
based on trust, loyalty, leader-
ship, and true integrity."

Three other men previously
prefiled as candidates:
--William E "Rick" Hord, a
Mary Esther
who is a ser-
geant in the
sheriff 's
onfce. Hord
is a former
radio news
director who ':
was hired by
the sheriff's JrGan
office in Jer .Vn
1989 as
public information officer, serv-
ing in that post until 2005. He
became a desk sergeant in 2005,
supervised court security starting
in 2006, and became a road
patrol shift supervisor in January


Jerr y
G. Vann, a
Crestvie w
Vann is a
retired fed-
eral worker
who served
as a law
enforcement Cesar P. Morales
onfcer in the Federal Bureau of
-Cesar P. Morales, a Mary
Esther man who is running with
no party affliation. Morales is a
retired Army and Air Force veter-
an who has worked in a variety
of law enforcement jobs since
becoming a civilian and is cur-
rently working with security
forces at Eglin Air Force Base.

Richard Schaller, 57,
Niceville, was convicted in
federal court in Pensacola
Friday following a week-
long trial for obstruction of
justice, perjury, making false
statements to the Air Force in
a debarment proceeding, and
29 counts of conflict of inter-
est in a scheme to defraud the
Air Force, according to U.S.
Attorney Thomas F. Kirwin,
Northern District of Florida.
A Schaller company did
business with the Air Force
Research Laboratory, which
includes the Air Force
Research Lab Munitions
Directorate, Eglin Air Force
The research lab was
tasked with rapid improve-
ment of war-fighting capabil-
ity under the Battlefield
Airman Program. Under that
program, the lab contracted
with educational institutions,
non-profit organizations and
private industry for research
in tactical capabilities.
The conflict of interest
involved co-defendant Mark
A. O'Hair, who was a senior
electronics engineer for the
Air Force Research
Laboratory Munitions
Directorate. O'Hair was
manager for contracts award-
ed through the Battlefield

Ahi h seryc hre a tic pt d
in the award of contracts to
Schaller Engineering Inc., a
small business in Northwest
Florida founded and owned
by Schaller in 2003, accord-
ing to a federal indictment.
SEI's primary customer
and source of income was the
Air Force Research Lab
Munitions Directorate. In
2005, SEI's Florida corpo-
rate filings listed Schaller as
president and director,
O'Hair as director, and
Theodore S. Sumrall as
director and vice president,
according to a federal indict-
ment earlier this year..
Schaller, O'Hair, 49, of
Niceville, and Sumrall, 53,
of Fort Walton Beach were
indicted Feb. 6.
Sumrall entered a guilty
plea July 8 and is set to be
sentenced Sept. 22. O'Hair
pleaded guilty July 20 and is

set to be sentenced Oct. 13.
According to Kirwin, evi-
dence at trial showed that
O'Hair regularly traveled on
government business on SEI
aircraft, that he did not pay
for the expenses associated
with those flights, and that he
billed the Air Force for
expenses associated with
those flights by way of fraud-
ulent invoices created with
the assistance of Schaller.
The evidence also estab-
lished that O'Hair obtained
$60,000 from SEI through
two conduit companies. The
$60,000 came from a
$200,000 SEI invoice which
had been approved by
O'Hair when he was pro-
gram manager, according to
Schaller was also convict-
ed of obstruction of justice
for altering and removing a
portion of SEI's corporate
record book pertaining to
O'Hair's position as director,
according to Kirwin.
Schaller was also convicted
of perjury for making materi-
ally false declarations before
a federal grand jury about
that activity and making
materially false statements to
the Air Force in a response to
his suspension and debar-
ment, according to Kirwin.

charge spsun saleob up t
20 years' imprisonment and a
fine of $250,000. The perjury
charge is punishable by up to
10 years' imprisonment and a
$250,000 fine. The false
statement charge carries a
maximum penalty of five
years and a $250,000 fine.
Each conflict of interest
charge (counts 11 through
39) carries a maximum
penalty of five years impris-
onment and a $250,000 fine.
Schaller is scheduled to
be sentenced Oct. 13.
The investigation
involved agents of the Air
Force Office of Special
Investigations and the
Defense Criminal
Investigative Service. The
case was prosecuted by
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Stephen P. Preisser and
Special Assistant U.S.
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The proposed millage, the
same as that of fiscal year 2009,
which ends Sept. 30, would mean
that property owners would pay
the county $3.2995 in 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 exemption
and other deductions would pay
$659.90 in property taxes. The
levy does not include school, city,
fire and other special district
taxes, which are set by other tax-
ing authorities.
Despite keeping the county
millage rate steady from FY 2009
to FY 2010, according to County
Administrator Jim Curry, the
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enue for the coming year to drop,
due to decreases in appraised
property value because of the
national economic recession.
With property less valuable, the
same tax rate will produce less tax
money, Curry said.
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nearly 6.9 percent less than the
$54,574,057 ofFEY 2009.
Property taxes are only part 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 disposal. At least
some of those other funding
sources are also expected to
decline along with the rest of the
economy, he said. The total pro-
posed county budget for FY 2010,
said Curry, is $262,815,532-
13.6 percent less than the FY
2009 budget of $304,080,099.
During a July 28 workshop,
commissioners discussed possible
ways to trim the budget, from
requiring employees to pay a
greater share of medical-insur-
ance costs, to reducing or elimi-
nating the candy traditionally
bought at county expense for
commissioners to toss at such
events as local Christmas parades
and the Billy Bowlegs festival.
No formal decisions were made at
the meeting.
Commissioner Wayne Harris
of Crestview suggested reducing
or eliminating the $1,000 spent
each year for that purpose.

Commissioner Bill Roberts of
Fort Walton Beach, however, said
such a cut would have little
impact on the overall budget, and
added that for some of the chil-
dren in the county, "That candy
might be a big part of their
Harris said that he would be
willing to buy his own parade
candy, and that other commis-
sioners could probably afford to
do likewise.
More substantial cuts may be
made to such budget items as
county employee health insur-
ance, a part of the budget that has
been growing rapidly in recent
years. County Risk Management
Director James Taylor suggested
that commissioners consider
alternative insurance plans that
would require employees to pay a
higher percentage of the cost of
their health plans than the 5 per-
cent they now contribute.
Some commissioners were
reluctant to make such cuts.
County employees often perform
duties above and beyond those in
commercial enterprises, said
Commissioner John Jannazo, Fort
Walton Beach. "We have people
who work 12- or 24-hour shifts

Information Systems Director
Don Vanderhoek said his depart-
ment has been working to keep
county travel costs down by
establishing a video-conferencing
system for county officials. The
system, he said, will allow "virtu-
al meetings," reducing the need
for commissioners, department
heads, and other county employ-
ees to travel back and forth
between the north and south ends
of the county.
Vanderhoek said he is also
working on a system to post video
and audio recordings of county
commission meetings on the
county web site, allowing citizens
to watch such meetings as they
occur, or to view the recorded
meetings at a later time. Viewers,
said Vanlderhoek, will be able to
select a particular agenda item
from a recorded meeting, then
view the discussion of that item
without having to attend the meet-
ing in person or sit through
lengthy discussions of topics of
no interest to them.
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida board member
Ken Bailey asked commissioners
not to cut the county's contribu-
tion to the museum, which is in

during emergencies, or stand in
sewage to keep the system work-
ing," he said.
Commissioner James
Campbell, Niceville, said health
benefits are an important incen-
tive to hiring and keeping good
Harris, however, said, "We
need to be realistic. These are
tough times." Employees should
be willing to participate more in
paying for their own health care,
he said, especially when many
Americans are without health care
coverage of any kind. County
employees, he said, can be grate-
ful that, "At least they have a job,"
while many others do not.
Commissioners did not make
any decision about health care,
but Taylor and Curry said they
will continue to study alternatives
and report back to commissioners
at a future workshop. Curry said
one option would be a "gs.l.II.l1-
ed" health care system, in which
higher-paid employees would pay
a higher percentage of their health
costs than lower-paid workers.
Several county department
heads briefed commissioners on
their departmental budgets during
the July 28 workshop.

Valparaiso. Bailey said the muse-
um is already losing much of its
state aid and private contributions
are down. He said the museum
served about 50,000 people last
year, including those who
watched a special TV program. It
plans to plans to bring a mobile
version of the Vietnam War
memorial wall to Okaloosa
County during the coming year.
The budget review process
continued this week, and will con-
tinue through August and
In Fort Walton Beach at 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, commissioners will
review the county capital
improvement program, capital
outlay fund, library cooperative,
court services, emergency med-
ical services, emergency manage-
ment, county warning point,
beach safety, and corrections.
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 commis-
sioners vote on final approval of
the FY 2010 budget. Detailed
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employees bonuses in return for
kickbacks which he used for
gambling trips to Las Vegas,
among other things. He pleaded
guilty to the federal charges
May 19 and will be sentenced
Aug. 11. The sheriff's onfce is
now headed by a gubernatorial
interim appointee, Ed Spooner.
The new state charges,
lodged Thursday by State
Attorney y
Bill Eddins,
J judicial
District t,
allege that I g~~'r ---e
Morris used
sheriff 's :
employees ,
and equip- -
ment, as
well asTeresa Y. Adams
labor by county jail prisoners, to
work at his and other family
members' homes and his wife's
estate-sale business.
The state alleged that Morris
pocketed public money through
the employee kickback scheme
he and others orchestrated
between 2006 and 2009, and
also illegally obtained funds

from the Florida Sheriffs
Association, a nonprofit associ-
ation of the Sunshine State's 67
Five former employees of the
Okaloosa County Sheriff s
Offiee were also arrested on
state charges Thursday after
Eddins announced the end of a
months-long investigation
ordered in
the wake of
the federal
Feb. 27.
Edd in s
said Morris
and four
others were
char ged
with racket- Sandra G. Norris
eering, run-
ning a "criminal enterprise" in
the sheriff's office. A sixth,
Thomnton, was charged with
grand theft of money and servic-
es from the public.
In addition to the racketeer-
ing charges against Morris, 59,
of Shalimar, the state last week
-Teresa Yacks Adams, 51,
of Niceville, former director of

administration at the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Offiee,
charged with racketeering.
Adams was
also arrest- -
ed Feb. 27
on related .
c ha rge s,
has pleaded .,
guilty in the
case, and
will be sen-
tened ug.Sabra A. Thornton
25 in U.S. District Court,
--Michael James Coup, 52,
of Mary Esther, former chief
deputy at the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Offiee, charged with
-Sandra Gail Norris, 44, of
Crestview, former finance
administrator at the Okaloosa
County Sheriff s Offiee,
charged with racketeering.
-James David Yacks, 46, of
Niceville, former assistant
director of Information
Tecinds*,-,~- at the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Offiee,
charged with racketeering.

Yacks and Adams are siblings.
-Thornton, 48, of
Tallahassee, former director of
Homeland Security at the
Okaloosa County Sheriff s
Offiee, charged with grand theft.
Eddins said that state's rack-
eteering charge, faced by all the
defendants except Thornton,
involves breaking several laws
as part of a criminal enterprise
inside the sheriff 's onfce.
Conviction carries a maximum
sentence of
30 years.
State law
de fines
"racketeer- ISir
ing activity"
as "to com- 1
mit, to
attempt to
commit, to
conspire to James D. Yacks
commit, or to solicit, coerce, or
intimidate another person to
commit" any of a host of listed
crimes, including theft and
All six defendants turned
themselves in last week and
were released on bail ranging
from $5,000 to $10,000 each.

Morris and Adams had earli-
er pleaded guilty to federal
money laundering, money laun-
dering and theft charges con-
nected with an employee bonus
and kickback scheme that lined
the pockets of Morris, Adams
and others.
Court hearings at which
Morris and his fie co-defen-
dants on the new charges would
normally enter pleas are sched-
uled for Sept. 1.

From page A-1
whom he allegedly hired for a
no-show job.
Morris allegedly lavished use
of two sheriff's vehicles on
Thomnton and diverted other
monies to
buy her golf
clubs, jew-
elry, clothes II~
a n d
allegedly .
used public Mlichael J. Coup
funds and
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to pay $8,400 in supposed rent
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Beach condominium--where
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Morris's vehicle parked at night,
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elected to a fourth term as sher-
iff, resigned the post May 19,
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Th Il Fire De km nt responded to I~~lowing calls July 27 through
A2 Sr'tu ~Fire 12 Ehrergncy M Bal Call
Ot~i~ ---le.Crash Etiai
1 Illegal Burn 1 Other Emergen ~Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Dna~n rDve ....._ _.moke scar ..160 ......3
Ivy Avenue .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Structure fire . .7/27/09 .. .. .. .. .18:54
Jefferson Street .. .. .. .. .. .. .Vehicle fire . ..7/28/09 .. .. .. .. ..18:20
thoJtre Stms Parkway .. . . . . . . . .7 .. .. . . .
E. College Boulevard .. .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. ..7/29/09 .. .. .. .. ..08:59
w.dJohn Stims Parkway . . . . . edia urn..730 1 :1
E. John Sims Parkway ... .. .. .. Vehicle accider t 7/31/09 ......16:49
Bayshore Drive .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. ..08/1/09 .. .. .. .. ..08:47
Rd an Court ........ Mdcl....0 119 ......20
SR85N .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Medical. .. .. .08/1/09. .. .. .. .. .21:15
E. John Sims Parkway .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. ..08/1/09 .. .. .. . .22:12
Redwood Avenue .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .08/1/09 .. .. .. .. .22:13
Deer Street .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. .08/2/09 .. .. .. .. .01:19
S. Partin Drive .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. ..08/2//09 .. .. .. ..12:12
Weekly Safety Tip: Football season will be beginning soon...there will be large
crowds in and around the stadium and a lot of traffic after the game. Be sure to use
the pedestrian crosswalks to cross. The Niceville Fire Department is there for your
safety and protection. Web Page:

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls July 27 through Aug. 3.

22dSret . . .. .. .. .. .Sr fire .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1709 .. .. 8:4
Ivy Avenue .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Structure fire .. .. .. . . .. .7/27/09 .. .. .18:56
Evans Road .. .. . . .. .Assist invalid ... .. .. .. .. .....7/28/09 .. ..00:25
N. White Point Road .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle .. .. ..7/28/09 .. ..11:14
Bay Drive . ....... .Good intent/other .. .. .. . .. .7/28/09 .. ..13:46
N. White Point Road .. .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. .. .. .. ..7/30/09 .. ..09:25
E. Highway 20 .. .. .. . .. .Rescue EMS/other .. .. .. .. .7/30/09 .. .. .14:11
Bay Drive . . . . .... .Rescue EMS/other .. .. .. .. ..7/30/09 .. ..14:31
Cypress Street .. .. .. .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. .. .. .. ..7/31/09 .. ..03:27
E. Highway 20 .. .. .. . .. .Vehicle accident .. .. . . .. .7/31/09 .. .. .11:02
Highway 20 and Range Road .Vehicle accident .. .. . . .. .7/31/09 .. .. .16:48
Merchants Way .. .. .. .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .. .. .7/31/09 .. .. .19:51
Range Road .. .. . . .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .. ..7/31/09 .. .. .21:00
Eroon Dnw20 ...._ Publi vcent assistance as..8119 .....75
Windlake Drive .. .. .. . .Dispatched/canceled .. .. .. ..8/1/09 .. .. ..20:09
Redwood Avenue .. .. .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .. ..8/1/09 .. .. .22:17
age Rad ....._.a k( atua gas or LPG) .830 ....62

Valparaiso Volunteer
Thhe VaraisouVolu~nteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during

Washington Avenue .. .. .Breathing problem .. .. .. .. .7/4/09 .. .. .00:23
Westview Avenue .. .. .. .Dispatched/canceled .. .. ..7/4/09 .. .. .07:51
Washington Avenue .. .. ..Alarm activation .. .. .. .. ..7/4/09 .. ..21:58
outJohh e ms Parkway ...H at exposure /......75 09 ..145
Hidden Cove Circle .. .. ..Chest pain .. .. .. .. .. .. .7/7/09 .. ..08:00
""eAeu ..... nHm orhges ..._ 7109 ....30
Edge Avenue .. .. .. . .Sick call .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .7/15/09 . .. .20:20
Lincoln Avenue .. .. .. ..Fall . . . . ... ... .7/16/09 .. ..06:25
Ln. onnASiemn arimay ...C~ stroke ....... .7119 ...6
Lincoln Avenue .. .. .. .. .Breathing problem .. .. .. .. .7/18/09 . .. .18:16
Lincoln Avenue .. .. .. .. .Diabetic ........ .7/19/09 . .. .06:15
Hidden Cove Circle .. .. ..Abdominal .. . . . .... .7/19/09 .. ..19:43
Edge Avenue .. .. .. . .Unconscious .. .. . . .. .7/24/09 . .. .03:55
Adams Avenue .. .. .. .. .Fire/electrical wires. .. .. .. .7/24/09. .. .11:28
N. Bayshore Drive .. .. ..Cardiac arrest .. .. .. . .. .7/25/09 .. ..14:18
Seminole Avenue .. .. .. .OD/poisoning .. .. .. . .. .7/26/09 . .. .18:13
Washington Avenue .. .. ..Assault .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .7/26/09 .. ..19:56
Spencer Place .. .. .. .. .Fire/electrical wires .. .. .. ..7/26/09 .. ..22:20
Edge Avenue .. .. .. . .Unconscious .. .. . . .. .7/27/09 . .. .22:32
N. Bayshore Drive .. .. .. .Power lines down .. .. .. ..7/28/09 .. ..23:14
OkaloosaAvenue ........Diabetic ................. .7/29/09 .....13:27
Washington Avenue .. .. ..Alarm activation .. .. .. .. ..7/30/09 .. ..15:56
OhioAvenue ............Fall .............._._...7/31/09 .....10:38
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microwaves, and heaters draw higher amperage during operation. Using an under-
rated or damaged extension cord can lead to fire. Inspect extension cords for
cracks, cuts, or frayed wires before using. Unplug unneeded electrical devices
when not in use. Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 with
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Tung Thanh Nguyen, a chef,
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Beach, was arrested by Niceville
police July 25 on a Walton County
warrant for violation of probation
on original charges of misde-
meanor worthless check, and
attaching a tag not assigned.
** *
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year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy
and a 17-year-old boy, were arrest-
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connection with a burglary earlier
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Niceville and Crestview police
departments resulted in the
arrest of a Niceville man for
selling a
tion drug,
acc or d -
ing to
from the
de art Adam Bryce
me t. Griffin
Arrested July 25 by
Niceville police was Adam
Bryce Griafn, 33, of 102-B
Jones Ave., Niceville, for dis-
tribution of a synthetic narcot-
ic within 1 000 feet of a
church, possession of a con-
trolled substance without a
prescription, and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
Niceville police re orts
gave the following account:
During July Niceville and
Crestview police departments

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Evans to leave her residence
because she was not invited to be
there. The neighbor called the
sheriff's onfce after Evans depart-
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Evans at her residence, Evans stat-
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neighbor for months and wanted
to record her on the digital voice
recorder talking about her. When
Evans allowed deputies to listen to
the voice recorder they heard a
woman say "get out of my house
now" and "it's called breaking and
4 4 4
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suspicion that Griafn was sell-
ing Oxycodone from his resi-
A confidential informant
made a police-monitored
phone call to Griafn July 9,
arranging to purchase two, 30
mg Oxycodone pills. The
informant said he had pur-
chased pills from Griafn in the
past and had seen pills kept in
drawers in Griffin's residence.
During a police-monitored
buy July 10, the informant paid
Griffin $60 for two 30-mg
Oxycodone pills. The transac-
tion took place within 1,000
feet of the First United
Methodist Church of
Acting on a search warrant,
police raided Griafn's home
July 25. During the search,
police discovered Oxycodone
pills and numerous deviceS
used to smoke marijuana.
As of Tuesday morning ,
Griafn was being held at the
Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of
$11,000 bond. He is sched-
uled to appear before a judge
in Crestview Sept. 8.

23, of 369 Lincoln Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police, subsequent to a
tranfc stop, July 19, for possession
of a controlled substance, cocaine.
** *
Lloyd Thomas Martin, a
shrimper, 39, of 282 Washington
Ave., Apt. 9, Valparaiso, waS
arrested by Valparaiso police July
26 for battery, domestic violence.
* *
Harold Stephen Miller, a
painter, 43, of 604 Crestview Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
tranfc stop, July 20, for possession
of crack cocaine.
4 4 4
Lawrence Thomas Dawson,
62, of 515 Boyd Circle, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
July 27 for battery, domestic vio-
Kimberly Dawn Houma, a
resort front desk manager, 27, of
4040 Dancing Cloud Court, #329,
Destin, was arrested by Niceville
police, subsequent to a traffic stop,
July 25, for possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription, Alprazolam, possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug parapher-
* *
William J. Napoleon Jr., unem-
ployed,, 26, of 4052 Loop Lane,
Crestview, was arrested by
Niceville police July 10 for
shoplifting. Napoleon allegedly
stole $28 worth of shrimp from a
Niceville grocery store, 1015 E.
John Sims Parkway, Feb. 5.
* *
Sean William Haynes, self-
employed, 21, of 616 Gingko
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police July 17 for petit
theft. On May 11 Haynes alleged-
ly accepted $100 from a Niceville

Benjamin Hadley Davis, a
welder, 22, of 4522 Parkwood
Lane East, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies July 23 for
failure to appear on the original
charge of possession of less than
20 grams ofmarijuana.
4 ,
Chris Allen Small, a carpenter,
41, of 5_'' h LI~llini \' \ t., Niceville '
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 23 for violation of probation
on the original charges of driving
while license suspended or
revoked and DUI

ma sar 2e oHa rion, a retai
Place, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's ad ptesonul h 4 1o fa

charge of possession of drug para-

Mark Cleveland Willingham, a
plumber 41, f 404 N. Cedar
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 23 for vio-
lation of probation on the original
charge of uttering a forged instru-
men .

A 17-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies July 20 for trespassing
and shoplifting. The boy was
observed at a Destin store, 4101
Legendary Drive, Apt. A-1,
removing a pair of earrings from a
display, placing one earring in his
ear and discarding the other, then
attempting to exit the store without
paying. After being detained by
the merchant, a record check
revealed the boy had been issued a
six-month trespass warning to stay
out of Destin Commons May 4.
* *
Patricia Christina Bass, a labor-
er, 26, of 101 Sasser St., Niceville,

was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 23 for tranfcking metham-
phetamine (in excess of 28 grams)
and for conspiracy to tranfc
methamphetamine. Bass, her
boyfriend and the couple's three
children lived in a trailer in the
1600 block of E. James Lee Blvd.,
Crestview. On March 17, follow-
ing up on a tip from a confidential
informant, deputies found a clan-
destine methamphetamine labora-
tory inside one of the bedrooms of
the trailer
occupied by
Bass, her
boy fr ien d
and the chil-
Bass was
charged with
pos se s son
of metham-
only, while Patricia
h e r Christina Bass
o y enfrind
was charged with conspiracy and
tranfcking in methamphetamine.
During subsequent investigation
it was found that Bass, her
boyfriend and another man had
made numerous purchases of cold
medicine and gallon containers of
iodine tincture, both chemicals
that are used as a precursor to the
manufacture of methampheta-
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sheriff's deputies July 23 for
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an occupied structure. Evans
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front door of a neighbor's apart-
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knows several retired college
presidents who would be willing
to assume such a temporary
In other business, the commit-
tee also discussed a letter White
received July 27 from the onfce
of Gov. Charlie Crist. In the letter,
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terrain vehicles, tools and a
mounted deer head. All three
juveniles were charged with bur-
glary and larceny greater than
$10,000, while the two boys were
also charged with vehicle theft and
conspiracy to commit a crime.
The 16-year-old was also charged
with dealing in stolen property.
The 16-year-old boy and the 14-
year-old girl were also charged
with giving false information to a
law enforcement onfcer during a
felony investigation.
DUI arrestS
Matthew Edward Harris, a grill
cook, 21, of 702 32nd St.,
poevlwlase farres I 2
Highway 20 at Partin Drive, July
22 at 2:15 a.m. Harris was also
cited for running a red light.
Kim Francis Ovalle, a cashier,
44, of 116 Country Club Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on
Highway 20 at Juniper Avenue,
July 26 at 3:33 a.m. Ovalle was
also cited for refusal to sign a cita-
tion, knowingly driving while
license suspended and running a
red light.
A Niceville resident from the
500 block of East John Sims
Parkway reported July 26 that her
laptop computer was taken from
her residence.
** *
A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Turnberry Cove
South reported that unknown per-
sonts) broke the driver side win-
dow to get into her locked SUV

pre lycaed ss ph fora
contained a wallet with seven
credit cards, miscellaneous IDS
and a checkbook. Damage to the
window was estimated at $464.
A Niceville resident told
duties July 14 that he was
recently notified by the
Department of Transportation that
his SunPass transponder had an
unpaid balance of $78 and had
been used as recently as July 14.
The owner told the DOT that he
had either lost or mi placed the
SunPass about 10 years ago and
never thought to report it missing.
DOT said the man also needed to
report the theft the local police to
avoid paying the outstanding bal-
An 18-year-old Niceville man
told deputies that while he was in
Destin July 24 he was forced into
a vehicle by three unarmed male
subjects in the parking lot of a
restaurant. The victim was then
forced to withdraw money from
his bank account and made sever-

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arrived, they
saw Brown
standing at
the driver's
side of the
car and
Akers seat-
ed in the
seat. Jason Anthony
When Brown
police asked
Akers about a bulge in his pants
pocket, he pulled out a pack of
cigarettes. The pack's top
opened, and an offcer saw a
plastic bag and white powder
craft will be stored, therefore
we are required to add floor
trench drains, slope the floor
and add a gas intercept in the
line by code."
In his questioning of
Yancey, Anderson asked: "Do
you know the identify of the
'user' ?"

spilling from the pack. The pow-
der was subsequently identified
as cocaine.
Police searched the car and
found a pill bottle in the console
that contained nine pills of
Oxycodone and a yellow pill
police believed to be Xanax.
A marijuana "roach" was
found on Brown.
Police learned that Brown and
Akers had been staying at a
Niceville motel. Offcers visited
the motel, where they were told
that Brown and Akers had just
checked out. Inside the motel
room vacated by Akers and
Brown, police found numerous
"My assumption was that he
was referring to Destin Jet,"
responded Yancey.
Anderson asked whether
there had ever been discussion
about anyone other than Destin
Jet using that staging area.
"Only theoretically," Yancey
said, saying that "we never

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Brown was
being held at Mlicah Nathan
t h e Akers
County Jail in lieu of $54,000
bond, and Akers was being held
in lieu of $53,000 bond. They
are scheduled to appear before a
judge in Crestview Sept. 8.
mentioned anybody by name."
Anderson asked, "Did you
mention Destin Jet by name?"
"Oh yes," replied Yancey.
The college board recently
killed the Destin airport proj ect
after the governor asked the
college to return money appro-
priated for it.

From page A-1

controlled substance without a
prescription, and possession of
drug paraphernalia, according to
police reports.
Niceville police arrest reports
gave the following account:
A Niceville police detective
learned last month that Brown
was selling narcotics from his red
four-door Cadillac.
On July 27 police learned that
two men, including Brown, were
parked at a Niceville restaurant,
acting in a suspicious manner.

From page A-1

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the architect said, "We have it
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without hurting students.
Because the money was already
spent on what seemed to be a
legitimate project at the time, the
only ways to give the state that
amount would be to cut college
programs or raise tuition and feces
for students.
Trustees' attorney Joseph
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at previous trustees' meetings,
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the state indictment.
"I wish to reiterate this request
and also suggest that this remit-
tance be made immediately from
funds selected by the trustees in
collaboration with the interim
president," wrote the Crist staffer.
"We would ask that this source of
funds have no adverse conse-
quences to students. Please for-
ward a check made out to the
State of Florida, to my attention
as soon as possible."
White said she had replied to
the letter, saying that she is in
contact with the college's audi-
tors and is "working the mechan-

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Lorenz has also said, however,
that since trustees are appointed
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Trustees Chairman Wesley
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the Northwest Florida legislative
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board of trustees meeting to dis-
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Mart for the three subjects. The
stolen currency and merchandise
purchased on a credit card totaled
* *
Two fast food restaurants in the
Bluewater Bay area reported July
26 that customers had passed
counterfeit $20 bills that day. On
July 26 around 1:36 p.m. a man in
a 1997 Cadillac ordered $8 worth
of food at Sonic, 4573 E. Highway
20, and paid with a $20 bill. A
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* *
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ticipating in a songwriting work-
shop, recording session, song-
writer's night and a live perform-
ance on the stage of the Grand
Ole Opry. They were also invited
to take part in research activities.
During the week, the group met
and had their photos taken with
several famous country musi-
cians, including Kicks Brooks of
Brooks & Dunn, Eddie
Montgomery of Montgomery
Gentry, and Brooks' favorite,
Leanne Rimes.

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

Uniform selection
Trevor Sears, a freshman trombone player at Niceville High School, checks the fit on a shirt
Saturday during uniform fitting day at the school. Helping him are his mother, Angela, and
father, Gary.

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Teaching Chair in
Environmental Sciences. She
and Dr. Matthew Schwartz of
the University of West Florida
Environmental Studies
Department, will direct the
introduction of the new course.
Beauregard was not available
for comment.
The grant could be a spring-
board to obtaining more such
grants from the NSF.

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"We will approach for
more," White said. "I think it
probably helps that we have
this relatively new science
facility on campus and are able
to engage in research and
development projects more eas-
ily than in the past."
The new course will begin in
the spring 2010 term. White

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
In 1975, 45 women got
together and decided to make
a difference in the Twin Cities
area. Noticing that they were
all young and determined to
stay that way, they named
their group the Niceville-
Valparaiso Junior Woman's
Club. And they made a differ-
Now, 34 years later, they're
determined to have a reunion.
The club no longer exists, and
many of the members have
moved away. But, according
who is
ing the
effort, they
expect to
have "30 to
50 people;
it could be Rbca
50 or 60" at
the reunion, Conte
scheduled for Aug. 17 at the
Boathouse Landing.
The problem is finding
some of the women who were
instrumental in making the
club a force to be reckoned
with. The club's first presi-
dent, Pat Roshto, was located
just last weekend and will
attend as well.
One, though, Jeanine Scott,
who, with her husband,
Berkeley, owned the Bayou
Times from 1973-1979, was
recently located in Paris, Ky.,
where she works in the state
historical museum.
Scott, who moved to Paris
in 1979, had fond memories of
the Junior Woman's Club.
"They were a lot of really
nice ladies," she said of her
fellow club members. "We did
a lot of really super projects. I
think we accomplished a lot.
It was fun.
One project that both Scott
and Cornette recall vividly
involved removing weeds
from the highway medians and
landscaping them. Scott was
chairman of the Community
Improvement Committee at
the time, so she took that proj-
ect to heart.

In fact, she said, "When I
came up to Paris, I missed not
having median strips to plant."
Coming from out of state
are Minette Cranford, who
was the club's second presi-
dent in 1976, and Sue
Donnelly, Cornette said.
Medians weren't the only
club project these young
women tackled. They spon-
sored educational seminars on
topics from diabetes to
women's self-defense to art to
high tech for children. They
established a scholarship fund
at what was then Okaloosa

shloa shi' f nd aeT en
depleted, so it no longer
exists. They were among the
first groups to adopt the
American Cancer Society's
Relay for Life as a project.
They even worked with the
local Chamber of Commerce
to bring a free symphony on a
barge to the bayou for the
U.S. bicentennial in 1976
In the mid-1970s, fewer
women held jobs outside the
home, some because they pre-
ferred to remain housewives
and others because, as spouses
of airmen, companies were
reluctant to hire them. As they
drifted away for new assign-
ments or what looked like
greener pastures, the club,
which at one time had as
many as 85 members, dwin-
dled and, finally, died. No one
is sure when it ceased to exist.
"As time went by, some of
the newer members were
working women," Cornette
said, "so the dynamic
Still, the women shared an
energetic and, ultimately, vital
experience, creating bonds
that remain today despite dis-
tance and the passage of time.
Cornette hopes to get at least
30 women to reunite and share
old times Aug. 17. She says
anyone who wants to learn
more or to make a reservation
can call her at 678-1549 or
e-mail her at rebeccanvl@
"Even if they can't come,
they could call me," she said.
"I'd like to get the communi-
cation going again."

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
For the first time, Northwest
Florida State College has been
awarded a grant from the
National Science Foundation
The grant, for $148,909, will
be used to institute a new
course, "Aquatic Environmental
Science," according to the col-
The acquisition of the
grant is something of a
coup for the college, LTh
according to President One
Jill White.
"In the past, the chil
National Science me
Foundation has focusedU
most of its grant opportu- p r
nities on universities,"
White told the Beacon.
"We directed our grant
applications elsewhere where
the odds were better. This par-
ticular grant is our first one and
it's really the brainchild of one
of our own faculty members
who just doggedly pursued it."
That faculty member is Dr.
Allison Beauregard, the col-
lege's Mattie M. Kelly

cautioned that it is not a deriva-
tive of oceanography.
"It's narrower than oceanog-
raphy," she said. "It's more
directed at water quality, the
science of water quality and
estuaries and the whole water
management side of science."
Part of the goal of the course
will be to help students think
beyond the kitchen water tap.
"It's more than just thinking
About the water you and I
drink," White said. "This
~irst is the quality of water in
ain- the streams, the bay, the
bayous, which of course
ulty impacts urlves.This
idly focuses on the science of
While it won't be a
'hite new major, the aquatic
environmental science
course can fulfill many
roles, White said.
"Maybe it's a high school
teacher who needs a science
class for recertification," she
said, "or a student who needs a
science course to graduate, or
someone who wants to explore
science but is uncertain. I think
it has a very wide appeal."

If you want Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay to know,
say it in the Beacon! Call 678-1080 to advertise today.

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Dr. Robert and Mrs. Rita
Persons of Niceville announce
the engagement of their
daughter, Jasmine Joy
Persons, to Ethan Daniel Holt
of Elwell, Mich.
Jasmine is a 2000 graduate
of Niceville High School and
a 2004 graduate of Gardner
Webb University, with a bach-
elor's degree in elementary
education. Since then, she has
taught in Indonesia and local-
orDamielHi haS 19 radumtae
Mich., a 2002 graduate of

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Air Force Airman Anthony
R. Huenergardt graduated
from basic military training at
Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an
intensive, eight-week program
that included training in mili-
tary discipline and studies, Air
Force core values, physical

Michigan Tech University and
a 2006 graduate of the
University of New Mexico. He
is an Air Force captain work-
ing on Eglin AFB and holds
degrees in chemistry and
chemical engineering.
The couple will be united
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fitness, and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Airmen who complete
basic training earn four credits
toward an associate in applied
science degree through the
Community College of the Air
He is the son of Tracy
Novak of S. Bristol Court,
Huenergardt is a 2007
graduate of Okaloosa Applied
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Niceville Church of God
Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School .. .. .. ..9:45 a.m.
Worship .. .. .. .. .. ..10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening .. .. .. ..6:00 p.m.
Wednesday .. .. .. .. ..7:00 p.m.
Ministry for ALL Ages!
Pastor Tony Taylor ~ pastor@ ncog.gccoxm ai
206 Palm Blvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221


Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade

Wednesday Night Student MinistryW
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing i"e Wcry To Jesus"

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Pastor: C~hris Phillips (Giraduate of the 1Yiater's S minary)

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "ngaging...God
Connecting...with others
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
~~rJ~J~~- Mornin~g0Cel bration93 a Praye Service6:0pm

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

Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.

Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School)

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool

An lican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching ourt with the Transforming
Love of fesurs Christ"
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
Cb fr.gregecanada.corn

A community of believers who are joined together by a tie
loving Spirit, supporting each other in our Christianj~, jr3gi_ j
Sunday MornipgQ -.~
9:15 a.m. Bible StItldy=:,
'3 .10:15 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m.

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Dr. Haywood Day, Pastor www.bluewaterbaptist~org
Located just past BW Elementary 4580 Range Road

Please email items of interest about
your church to info,
along with church name, address,
contact number/email.

At the 2009 National
Exchange Club Convention in
Jacksonville, Paul McShane was
voted to his second term as
regional vice president for Region

McShane joined the Exchange
Club of Niceville in January
1998. He immediately became
one of the club's most active
members. He started as the
Americanism Chairman and
quickly moved up the ranks and
served as president for two terms,

winning the
C 1u b
award and the
"Big E"
award. He
has been rec-
ognized by
the club with
Paul McShane the Yearling,
Rookie of the
Year, and the Exchangite of the
Year Award twice, personifying

the ideals of the district.
McShane started serving at the
district level as the Division 6
Director and was the first Florida
district president to volunteer to
serve two consecutive years, win-
ning the Distinguished District
President award.
At the 2008 National
Convention in St. Louis,
Missouri, delegates elected
McShane to fulfill the unexpired
term of regional vice president for
Region 9.

He currently serves on the
Budget and Finance Committee
for national and previously served
on the Past Officers,
Restructuring, and 501(c)(3)
McShane retired from the Air
Force in 1996 after 21 years of
service and now works for BTAS,
Inc. in Logistics. He and his wife,
Elizabeth, have two grown daugh-
ters, Erin and Kelly. Erin served
as the first president of the
Niceville H.S. EXCEL Club.

The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida plans
"Adventures In History," an
August program for youngsters
in grades one to five that com-
bines fun and education.
"Toys and Games,"
Thursday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m.-
noon. Toys have existed in
America since the beginning of
its history. Discover how toys
and games were used to entertain
children during wartime, the
Great Depression and other his-
torical periods.
"Fish Tales," Thursday, Aug.
13, 1-3 p.m. Tour the "Humble

Mullet" exhibit on fishing and
boat building. Leamn the about
life at sea and the fine craft of
boat-building firsthand from
audio recordings of local fisher-
men. Build and launch your very
own skiff. The one whose vessel
can hold the most catch, wins!
In "A Soldier's Life," Friday,
Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon, march
through history and leamn about
soldiers through the ages. Join
the ranks as you uncover the lives
of a Roman legionnaire, Viking
warrior, a Confederate Army
member, a World War II fighter
pilot and others.

"Archaeology: Dig It!"
Friday, Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m., is a
hands-on archaeology dig! Leam
to map your site and excavate
like a pro. Then go outside and
test out some of the latest tech-
nology with the Florida Public
Archaeology Network.
In "Girls of America,"
Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-noon,
journey back in time and experi-
ence the lives of young American
women through cooking, crafts,
and games from Colonial times,
the Great American Frontier, the
Civil War, the Victorian Era, the
Great Depression, and World

War II. Try your hand at some
traditional crafts like quilting and
butter churning and you decide.
Want to attend a morning and
afternoon session? Ask about
staying for a picnic lunch in
Perrine Park, noon-12:45 p.m.
Sign up for one or all sessions.
For reservations and more infor-
mation 678-2615 or e-mail:
Each session costs $15 for
members or $20 for non-mem-
The museum is located at 115
Westview Ave., Valparaiso,

Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.

Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening0Bible Study

Sunday: Holy Communlon 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
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Thinly sliced Roast Beef sauteed n hooms and Swiss
cheese on grilled sourdough bread anmashed potatoes
smothered with Guinness gravy ...............$899
Each dinner is served with your choice of two side items and
crispy garlic bread. Side Items: potato salad, coleslaw, fries, broccoli
or mashed potatoes with Guinness Gravy

family Sports Pubs

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Niceville 554-D Twin Cities Blvd.
(850) 678-2249
Destin *36500 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
(850) 837-3926
Ft. Walton *1034 Mar Walt Drive
(850) 863-2153

Generators, Inc.

before 5 p.m. Wednesday

Blood drives
Wednesday, Aug. 5, Hurlburt
Medical Group, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, Fort Walton
Beach Medical Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7, Crestview
Corners, 2533 Ferdon Blvd., 10 a.m-
3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8, Wal-Mart
Crestview, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Every
donor will receive

Sunday, Aug.
9, Unitarian
Universali t
Fe lows ip of te
Emerald Coast,
1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso,
11:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Basketball league forming
Men's church basketball league
now forming at the First United
Church ,
Nice vi 1 1e .
Registration $40
through Aug. 6,
$50 through Aug.
13. Sign up as a team or individual.
Games begin Sept. 1. Registration
Info: or
Senior activities planned
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, Aug.
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Wii games,
9:30 a.m.,; Exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6: Dominoes and
Friday, Aug. 7: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 10: Nutrition edu-
cation 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Senior center
programs are for
people 60 and
older. Meals will
be served at 11
a.m. Donation
appreciated. Reservations for meals
must be made by noon the day
before. Info: 833-9291.

Sean Dietrich Trio & Cheryl Jones,
will be performed 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
The concerts are free on the pub-
lic green in
Grand Park,
located in Grand
Boulevard at
Sandestin at the
entrance to
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Bring blankets and chairs.
Info: 654-5929 or grandboule
Genealogy Society meets
Oke 1sGenealogyw Socetyd o
monthly meeting on Saturday, Aug
8, at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview
Ave., Valparaiso. The speaker will be
Bill Zehner. The meetings are open to
the community. After the meeting, all
who are interested will join together
for lunch at a local restaurant.
Bagpipe, drum lessons
Anyone interested mn learning or
playing abhagpie p drm s oul

Please see CALENDAR, page B-4

Chamber auditions
Okaloosa Chamber Singers, now
in its 12th season, is an auditioned
choir specializing in the performance
of classical choral repertoire. Katie
Ott, outstanding
harpist, will join
OCS in the per-
formance of
Janacek's setting
of "Our Father"
in a program that
ranges from Haydn to Gershwin.
Concert dates have been set for Feb.
19-21. Rehearsals start Tuesday,
Sept. 15, at Grace Presbyterian
Church in Niceville. For further
information and to schedule an audi-
tion timeatcall Dr Marilyn Overturf,
direc or, at62 5.
Hospice garage sales
Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St.,
Niceville Fridays and Saturdays on
the second and fourth weekends of
the month starting Aug. 14-15, 8
a.m.-1 p.m., through the end of
October. The sales will benefit its
non-funded and under-funded pro-
grams in Okaloosa and Walton coun-
ties, including bereavement services,
children's services, chaplain services
and indigent care.
Items on sale include furniture,
books, (new) Halloween costumes
(new) and Christmas decorations.
The non-profit is now seeking
garage sale donations and volunteers
to help in organizing the sale.
Info: Shelley Canales or Lill
Jennings, 729-1800.
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest for ages 13-17 carries
the main theme: "Expose Niceville.
The deadline is Sept. 19.
Categories are: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics and Organizations.
First, second and third place win-
ners will receive prizes.
Winning photos may be made
into a calendar or published in other
city publications.
Proceeds from
the calendar sales
will be used to
support library
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 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 voices in all ranges for anyone
over 18. New members must sign up
and attend practice no later than
Sept. 22. .
Info: Lisa Stanhope, 650-5715.
Visit the chorus at
Host families needed
Rocky Bayou Christian School in
Niceville is looking for host families
living in Okaloosa county to host an
international student. Students come
from China, Thailand, Taiwan,
Finland, Japan, Germany, S. Korea,
Slovakia and Spain. Students stay
with their host family for 10 months.
Call 729-7227 ext. 375 or e-mail
Free concerts set
Music in Grand Park, Grand
Boulevard at Sandestin, featuring the


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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to pipe
Those interested in
learning or playing
bagpipes or drums
may meet each
Thursday at 6 p.m.
at First United
Methodist Church
of Niceville for

cla ss. Pe fmng
players meet at 7:15
p.m. for rehearsals.
Classes are f ree.
Info: Les Mlatheson,
pipe major,
243-2879, e-mail
MIatheson 31 @

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benefit purse auction and sale Aug.
20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. between Nike and
Restoration Hardware Clearance
Center at Silver
a ~Sands Factory
Sto e .
Admission is free
and all proceeds
O will benefit the
Ronald McDonald House and Shelter
NFSC surplus sale
Northwest Florida State College
will hold a surplus sale Aug. 28, 8
a.m.-4 p.m., at the Niceville Campus
in Building G-2. The sale is open to
the public and conducted by closed
bid with no prior inspection. Property
is sold in "as-is" condition. Various
items are available including comput-
ers, computer parts, printers, office
type furniture, a 26-passenger bus, a
van and various miscellaneous items.
Info: 729-5380.
Braille transcription class
The Northwest Florida
Visionnaires will offer a course to
learn to transcribe textbooks into
Braille for blind students Monday,
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, in the
Community Life Center at the First
United Methodist Church of
Niceville. The class meets each
Monday, except holidays, through
April. No experience in Braille is
required, but you must have a com-
Info: Bettie Downing, 897-3383.
Our clothing heritage
Button Up! is a new exhibit
recently opened at the Heritage
Museum of Northwest Florida in
Valparaiso. Organized by the
Heritage Museum and students from
University of West Florida, the exhib-
it features vintage buttons, clothing
and accessories from the 14th
through the early 20th century.
AuThe exhibit is on view through

Free Labor Day concert
End the summer with a celebra-
tion at HarborWalk Village this
Labor Day. This free to the public
event offers live music and fireworks.
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Entertainment *
schedu 1e :
Saturday, Sept. 5: ..
live entertainment
by the Apple Beatles, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6: live entertainment
by the Apple Beatles, 6:30-8:30 p.m."
followed by fireworks over the
Destin Harbor at 8:30 p.m.
Arts and crafts fair
Destin United Methodist Women
will sponsor an arts and crafts fair
Sept. 11 and 12 mn the Destin Life
Center at the church, 200 Beach
Drive. Vendors are being sought. Info
and application: 598-1983 or 650-
5658 or e-mail
b iL rar bookr sale

Niceville Library. Non-members
may join at the door that day.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m.-
2 p.m., the sale will be open to the
public. Baked goods will also be on
Proceeds benefit the Niceville
Public Library.
Info: 729-4090.
Relay for Life fun run
Twin-Cities Relay For Life
5K/Mile Fun Run, Sept. 19, 8 a.m.,
Lewis Middle
School.Info: 678-
6682, Dennis
Samac. Early
Registration, $15
5K, $10 Mile Fun
Run, $5 for students for 5K and Mile
run. All proceeds go to the American
Cancer Society. Sign up at or get a form at lewismid-
Doghouses help children
In September, the community will
come together to create "doggie
dream houses" to benefit Walton and
Okaloosa counties' children in need.
These fanciful cottages for canines
will be on display and for sale in The
Village of Baytowne Wharf from
Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday,
Sept. 27 in conjunction with the
Ultimate Air Dog Southern
Charity golf tournament
Twenty-eighth annual Jack
Straub Charity Golf tournament
sponsored by the Sandestin Lions
Club, Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Santa
Rosa Golf and Beach Club on
Highway 30A, Walton County.
The tournament will be a scram-
ble with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Cost of tournament is $75 and
includes green fee/cart, lunch and
range balls.
Tournament fea-
ture a $25m0 0

ho none chal
tions and golf clubs will serve as the
hole-in-one prizes on the other holes.
Trophies will be awarded for first,
second and third places. There will
also be a silent auction that will fea-
ture area vacation rental packages,
high-end golf rounds for two and/or
four players and dinner coupons from
some of the area's finest restaurants.
Tournament director, Lions Club
president Jim Wood, can be called for
additional details or to sign up:
Taste of the Beach
Taste of the Beach, a four-day
culinary and cultural celebration ben-
efiting children's charities, returns to
Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast Nov.
5-8. The second
annual festival is
comprised of
seven events
ranging from
wine tasting and
film screenings to winemaker dinners
and a charity auction.
For tickets to all events, call 267-
0683 or visit tasteofthebeach

Plaza in Bluewater Bay is looking
for artists and
craftsmen inter-
ested in selling
their work. The
festival, spon-
sored by the Mid-
Bay Rotary Club,
will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, 5-10
p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.
-10 p.m. Interested persons should
call Bert at 897-3190 to obtain an
application. Expect all spaces to be
filled by late August.
Baseball signups slated
North Florida Bulls Travel
Baseball will hold "fall ball" registra-
tion for ages 9-14 on Saturday, Aug.
8 at Twin Oaks Complex in Niceville.
Also, major league veteran Scott
Hemond and his staff will host a hit-
ting clinic 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Registration will continue on Sunday,
Aug. 9 at Twin Oaks Complex with a
catchers clinic 2-4 p.m. Info: north-

I installation
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only Handicap Mobility Sales,
Installation and
Repair facility in our
area of Northwest Florida.
*Scooter &
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* Manual Tote Carrier

Solid Fold Ramps

*Hand & Foot


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Cheer mmni-camp next week
A summer cheer mini-camp will be presented by the Niceville High School Cheerleaders Aug. 10-13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Niceville
High School cafeteria. Each participant receives a T-shirt, spirit surprise, cheer tryout instruction. Kindergarten and up; $75 per
child. Shorts and sneakers required. Bring a sack lunch. Registration and questions n

die for," fundraiser for the Air Force
Enlisted Village Saturday, Aug. 8.
The cash bar
opens at 5:30,
2L r, with dinner
S(choice of
grouper memiere
or prime rib) and
drama at 7. Tickets are $50.
Seating is limited at Air Force
Enlisted Village at the Bob Hope
Vill ge Ballroom, 30 Holly Ave.,

Call 651-3766.
Cheer mini-camp
A summer cheer mini-camp will
be presented by the Niceville High
School Cheerleaders Aug. 10-13, 9
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Niceville High
School cafeteria. Each participant
receives a T-shirt, spirit surprise,
cheer tryout instruction.
Kindergarten and up: $75 per child.
Shorts and sneakers required. Bring a
sack lunch. Registration and ques-
tions nicevillecheer800
Chamber breakfast set
The Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Second Wednesday Breakfast on
Aug. 12, at the Niceville Community
Center, 204 N.
Partin Drive. The
breakfast will
begin at 7:15 a.m.
with coffee and
conversation, fol-
lowed by break-
fast at 7:30 a.m. This month's spon-
sor is Qualis Corporation. Chamber
members, their guests, and prospec-
tive members are invited to attend.
Purses with a Purpose

Purpose" is an event you will not
want to miss. Join Shelter House and
the Ronald McDonald House for a

From page B-3
beginner bagpiping classes.
Pertormmng players meet at 7:15 p.m.
for rehearsals. Classes are free.
Classes and rehearsals are held in
the main church
--- building on the
second floor of
th eFirst Edniit

Niceville, 214 Partn. h r h
Info: Les Matheson, pipe major
243-2879, e-mail Matheson31@
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 com-
memorate the 148th anniversary of
the first income tax, implemented
during the Civil War in 1861.
Speakers will include County
Commissioner Wayne Harris
(District 1), Mayor Chuck Bolton
(Mary Esther), and Ross Calloway,
representative for Florida Fair Tax
Education Association.
Info: FWBTeaParty~com.
Village fundraiser
Act4Murder will perform Murder
Mystery Dinner Theater '"Dinner to


The Friends of the Niceville
Library invite you to attend their
annual book sale in the Niceville
Community Center: 204 N. Partin
Drive (next door to the library).

will be offered
g ~only for members
of Friends of the

*That's Experience You Can Trust!


Darren Payne, MID

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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Hampton Imports
2 30 S.W. H ollywood Blvd. FWB 850-2 44-8600 www.ham
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invites all her friends & customers to come
see her for all their automotive needs at
Lee Buick Pontiac GMC in Crestview.
4300 5. Ferdon Blvd. (Hwy.850) (850) 682-2708
CRESTVIEW, FL 24v7@lessuidaymccm

Save $1 000's
with most still under
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REBATE: -1,500
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'2VW Beetle GLS, Leather, MR, 5 sp, Nice! ...........$8,880
'8Chevy Aveo LS, Gas Sipper, Like New ............ .$8,990
Mini Cooper 0, uCl Sw ile, sLeathe C....1,9
'9Hyundai Sonata GLS, 8k Miles, All Power, Best Seller $14,988
'8Chevy Silverado, 6k miles, V6, AT, New ............$15,899
'7Nissan Maxima SE, Local Trade, Exc Con, Low Miles $18,880

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1 200 N. Eglin Pkwy., Shalimar
651 -5450 -

SSteve Lynch 2002 Mercedes CLK 430
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009



Kenmore Washer/
IDryer, olderrbut still
$125 for set. 496-2933

1994 Sea Ray Laguna,
21 Ft., 200 HP
Mercury, Trim Tabs,
Bimini, Trailer, $8850.
.. -
BWB Resort, 2/2
central air/ heat,
wa erfront'o wash r
$975/mo. $975 SD,

Portdat oer, Haier 70 0
BTLL, $250. 279-6684

Moving boxes, home
school c rricelum Ind
shape, excellent
pi'oo both, 701-
Rug-hallway runner,
30"X104" black &
white, $5. Rug, 40"
round diameter, black
& white, $5. 862-3445.
Portable Generator,
3500W, 6.5HP OHV
engine, 110V & 220V
outlets, 5 gal tank,
n sw 2 0, us td onl i4t
cover, $25. 678-7276.

Niceville, three
5ed 00menone 4 tho
deposit, 259-8646.

CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad.
Minimum charge per paper is $9.95* for up to 10 words. Each
.YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD! additional word 200. Attach more paper if needed.
MAIL ....... Beacon Newspapers,
1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL
32578. Please enclose check. -
DROP IN .. .The Bay Beacon, 1181 FrtWr
E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East
Shopping Center. -
Office hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F. After
hours, use mail slot in our door.
E-MAIL .. .. .
*classified@ Type
"Classified" in subject field. (Do not
include credit card information. We will
falyou for credit card info. $5 process-$95$1.5103
asle )price includes $5 weekly
discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid
ads. Please make checks payable to $10.55 $10.75 $10.95
Sthe Beacon Newspapers.
*Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads.



The Blue water Bay
CT 9000ss Cnte

is in need of part-time help
(10 to 20 hours per week) to
assist in the maintenance of
the courts. No experience
necessary. Very flexible hours;
mornings or middays.


Applications are available at the
Tennis Center, 777 Bay Drive.

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

Real Estate Marketplace
"Where Buyers antd Sellers Meet!"



SWEET AND LOW: Sweet House, Low Price!!!
Custom Built home located in the Gated Community
of Bluewater Bay. Home Built in 2004. All Brick, 9=
Ceilings, Gas Fireplace, Surround Sound Wired in
Living Room and Master Bedroom. New Carpet July
09, Freshly painted, landscaping lush and a must
see! 1783 Sq.Ft. 3/2- $249,900.

State Hwy 20W Choctaw Beach, 3/2 home totally
renovated starting with the Exterior. Panoramic
views of the Bay at Destin. New Sprinkler system,
17" tile throughout. Quiet and Peacef ul. $265,000

Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built
2006. All Brick home. Like new. Elementary and
Middle School is within walking distance and will be
open Fall of 09. Short drive to Duke Fld. and Eglin
AB SqWan$21u~p~graes throughout home.

Residential Land off Hopper Street renamed Black

wM r Cove w lotll o r sll o atL I5,000d each B id it

Destin: Short Sal Sia Street in Crystal
Beach. 4/4. Great investment or home. Home has 3
bedrooms, 3 baths in main house and 1 bedroom, 1
bath, kitchenette, living room in the Cabana House.
Beach access. Kidney shaped pool. No HOA
fees. $650,000

Professional Office Space for lease Courtyard
Plaza located in BWB next to CVS has Office space
available. 1,500 Square feet, 2,300 Square feet,
1,875 Square feet or 6,000 Square feet. $15.00 per
square plus Cam & Sales Tax.


$2,200 Niceville, Valparaiso, Crestview, Ft.
Walton and Destin.

SAVE THE SUBSTATION $4,000 to go. Please
make donations to Save the Substation at Coastal
Bank and Trust! This is a Community Commitment -
Please DONATE!

Jan Ra 8 f

(850) 897-1101
Choose Baywalk, a
4566Hwry20E, Ste. 104* Niceville

Call the Beacon
Newspapers at 678-1080.

Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
Call for Details
Unf urnished
2/2: $900
2/2 w/ loft: $1,300/mo.
Unfurnished Garden Oaks
|nc|Udes water, sewer, trash
1/1: $750
2/2: $900
3/2 Townhouse: $1,000/mo.
garage, bayview, new appliances
50% OFF 1st mo. rent
201 Marquette 2/1: $625/mo.
50% OFF 1st mo. rent Referral Fee!

Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653)
Steve Hughes Carrie Leugers *:. :I: .:
Mul Inty (502-1014) (974-5436) **MILITARY DISCOUNTS***
Diane 3Co cirella Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
Unfurn. Condo, 1/1, 1st Floor, Great Location .. ..$ 775
. *~~ Unfurn. House, Niceville, 3/2, 1 Car Garage .. .. ..$ 995
Unfurn. Hlame, BwB, 3/2 NelAm lian a ,
Fe ced inCBack ard 5, \Naterf.. $1 100 w/ leyr. lease
Fully Furnished & Renovated Stainless app., Granite .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$1,550
Beautiful Bay Views. Unfurn. House, Magnolia Plantation, 3/2.5, on golf course
Call Carrie & Diane for .$1,800 1 Yr. Lease
ate sh I *Furn. Efficiency, Bay Villa, W/D, Utilities Included ..$1,100
your private sowing. Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, W/D, Full Kitchen,
Utilities Included ..Mil/Corp Discount $1,100 w/ lyr. lease
* Blue Pine Village 2/2 .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .$144,900 * Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$147,500 Utilities Included, End Unit .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$1,200
* Royal Oak Patio 3/2.5 .. .. .. .. . . . . .. .. .. .$209,900 Furn., 2/2, Patio Home, Utilities Included .. .. .. ..$1,400
* Marina Cove Townhome, Fully Furnished .. .. .. .. .. .$240,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 .. .. .. .. .. .. .$249,900 & **&* *
* Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$299,999 ,p ,
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course .. .. .. .$343,000 .BWB Home
* Waterfront, Baywood, 4/3.5, Deep Water, Under Contract .$750,000 mr s ,'

&-5 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 4
FAMILY FUN in this 4/2,1e2, IM8F brick split plan in BWBC Great neighborhooeddamenities! Web# 841 $2999,900

GREAT LOCATION, great lot! In heart of Niceville close to schools & bases. Web#870 $65,000
WATERFRONT PARADISE! 3/2, 2,540 completely updated on Tom's & Boggy Bayou. Web#884 $799,900
BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT! 4/3.5, 3,599SF of sheer elegance w/ peaceful views of bayou. Web#963 $969,000
BOOK YOUR VACATION with a fractional share of a fully furnished coastal cottage. Web#868 $99,000
32 ACRES approved for sub-division. Great location one mile from center of town. Bring Offer! Web#858 $475,000


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NicOVille, CreStVieW, FORt
Walton and Navarre!
One bedroom to five
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Search online at:

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Niceville's Top Selling Real Estate Office


Call 678-1080 to place your ad today.
The Beacon Newspapers


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807 Button Bush Way MLS#519642 $413,400 Fabulous 4/3 on corner lot
with side entry garage in desirable Bayshore Place boasts many upgrades.
1018 Darlington Oak MLS#520156 $239,900 Located in Pinewood Estates
this 3/2 has many bonuses such as floor to ceiling stone fireplace, large
living area, Fl. Room, workshop with electricity and much more.
to61n0 athiPalmmMeL 15 02 st90 Up cdendeatnadk Iroaodk !every year
244 Mango Lane MLS#512410 $299,000 Seller will consider a lease with
option to purchase with acceptable offer. Welcome Home....
2784 Meredith Lane MLS#520030 $134,900 Owners have been updating
this home since they have moved in w/new appl., deck, and much more.
102/104 Nathey Avenue MLS#519109 $298,900 Value is in the .70 acre
lot. Plans have been developed for a 10 townhouse development.
1669 Northridge Rd. MLS#520294 $385,000 Quiet gated community in
beautiful BWB boasts private lot with pool and barbeque area.
4393 Windrush Dr. MLS#520508 $485,000 Privacy and elegance look no
further than this 3/2 home situated on 1.5 lots in private gated community.
1968 Woodcrest Ridge MLS#520441 $270,300 Upgraded townhome in FWB
with granite counters, maple flooring, stainless appliances and more.
2062 Kildare Circle MLS#521018 $369,900 Meticulously maintained from
the exceptional landscaping to the many features and upgrades inside such
as double ovens, warm colors, 3 car garage, all on 1/2 acre lot.

(850) 678-5178
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