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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: August 12, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00067
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Drivers who need to renew their
tags before Nov. 30 would do well
to do it now.
License tax renewal rates are
about to skyrocket, thanks to a law
passed by the Florida Legislature
this year
Okaloosa County tax collector
Chris Hughes is less than pleased

with the new law.
"This fee increase is wrong in
such economic times and I hope
that everyone who is eligible to
renew prior to Sept. 1 will do so
two years and save some money
while they still can," Hughes said.
The key is to re-register by Aug.
31. Hughes said anyone who regis-
ters afterward will be subject tote
higher fees.

Unlike with income taxes, the
postmark on a mailed registration
is irrelevant. "You don't want to
wait until the last day to mail it,"
Hughes said. "The computer will
not accept it if I do not have it by
the end of August."
The fee increases vary widely,
depending on the type and weight

Please see TAG, page A-2

The owner of this car can avoid a stiff tag-fee hike by renew-
ing before Sept. 1.

71 months

for eX-Sheriff

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Charlie Morris, ex-sheriff of Okaloosa County,
was sentenced Tuesday to 71 months in federal
prison for masterminding a kickback scheme j"i
from 2006 through 2009, in which he awarded
large "performance bonuses" to sheriff s employ-
ees, then pocketed cash kickbacks from them.
Morris, 59, resigned and pleaded guilty May-
19 to federal charges including theft, fraud and
money laundering. He was arrested by federal Charlie Mlorris
agents Feb. 27, while in Las Vegas, where he reportedly went regularly
for gambling trips.
Please see SENTENCED, page A-4

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
In his most detailed defense yet against the
criminal charges he faces, Rep. Ray Sansom has
asked a judge to throw out a state misconduct
indictment. II
Sansom's lawyer, Stephen Dobson, last week
filed a motion in the Second Judicial Circuit .
Court in Leon County asking a judge to dismiss
the allegation, contained in a grand jury indict-
ment and presentment, that Sansom falsified a Ray Sansom
state budget document to steer $6 million in tax
funds to a college building project that was intended to house airplanes
Please see SANSOM, page A-5

A woman asleep in this duplex on Niceville Avenue escaped without injury early Mlonday
after neighbors told her the home was burning. Investigators are looking into the cause
of the blaze, which caused an estimated $70,000 in damages. Story, Page A-6.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa County Property
Aplxaaiser expects to mail Tth in
Milge (TRIM) ntc o l
Okaloosa County property owners
by Friday.
In the Twin Cities area, millage
projections range from no increase
poosed by Okaloosa County to
40 percent hike by the North Bay
Fire District, the biggest proposed
inCreaSe countywide.
Figures may change by the time

final budgets are adopted next
month. For nearly all taxing juris-
dictions, the new fiscal year beginS
Oct. 1
The TRIM notice informs each
property owner of his prospective
tax burden. TRIM notices include
the taxable value of each taxpayer'S
property, any exemptions author-
ized, what tentative millage rates
have ben set by eac app b h licable
taxing authority, and the time and

Please see NOTICES, page A-7

Jet-noise report, set for OK today, also recommends costly


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Representatives of three counties
and 11 municipalities will meet in
Niceville today to accept delivery of a
Department of Defense-sponsored
final Joint Land Use Study that ree-
ommends costly soundproofing of
more than 1,500 homes in the Twin
Cities to shield them from jet noise.
If implemented, its recommenda-
tions would change the face of
Valparaiso, and result in costly home
improvements in parts of Niceville.
Okaloosa County initiated the
study after the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
decision to station as many as 113 F-
35 warplanes and an Army special
forces group at Eglin Air Force Base.
The two stated goals of the Joint
Land Use Study (JLUS) are to protect

The final JLUS study was made
public last week and is posted on an
Okaloosa County Web site with paper
copies provided to area public
libraries. Access to the document is
available by going to www.tri-county-
Recommendations in the final
JLUS are unchanged from the recom-
mendations released in May by the
contractor, Tetra Tech Inc., according
to Jeff Fanto, Okaloosa County's
growth coordinator and focal point for
the study. The draft JLUS was sub-
ject of three public meetings this
spring to collect public input.
Among the recommendations the
JLUS report makes for Niceville and
--Retrofit of 1,579 homes in the
Twin Cities--741 in Niceville and
Please see JET, page A-4

the health, safety and welfare of citi-
zens living and working near Eglin
Air Force Base, and to protect the
operational and training missions of
the base. JLUS is supposed to help
achieve those goals by a large number
of recommendations for Okaloosa,
Walton and Santa Rosa counties, and
the 11 cities surrounding Eglin.
Enacted in 2004, Florida Statute
163.3175 fmnds it "desirable" for local
governments to cooperate with mili-
tary installations and to prevent
encroachments that might interfere
with national defense.
However, the report's recommen-
dations are nonbinding. Whether to
honor them is up to the government
of each locality concerned. Neither
does the report provide any money for
implementing its advice, which could
cost tens of millions of dollars.


Air Force photo
A test version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter takes off. A government report suggests that
noise from a planned training wing at Eglin Air Force Base could make many homes unliv-
able. The Air Force says the F-35 unit is needed for national defense.

2Motorists urged to beat tag hike

Tax collector warns of stiff increases in vehicle fees set for Sept. 1


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of the vehicle, and average $61.
For example, an automobile that
weighs between 3,001 and 5,000
pounds will require a registration
fee of $71.15, up $26.05 from the
current $46.10. A 45,000-pound
truck's registration fee will rise
from $589.10 to $808.65, an
increase of $219.55.
Two-wheeled vehicles don't
get a break, either. A motorcy-
cle now pays $24.60 per year.
As of Sept. 1, that fee will go
up $17.05, to $41.65.
Also in for a jolt are owners
of motor homes, mopeds,
ambulances, hearses, manu-
factured homes and recreation-
al vehicles.
The surcharge on personal-
ized license plates will go up
as well, by $6, while the extra
fee for specialty plates will
rise by as much as $13.
Owners may renew for one
or two years at the old rate.
Hughes has tried to warn
those whose birthdays fall


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>nOkaloosa County Tax
Collector Chris Hughes
sent postcards to 28,000
motorists earlier this
month warning of state
fee increases.

everyone who has a birthday in
September, October or
"Probably the key thing for
people to remember is that
people procrastinate and wait
until the last minute," Hughes
said. "The reason they wait is
the renewal form tells you you
won't be charged an extra fee
for 10 days. But if you're
stopped after midnight on your
birthday, you can get a ticket."
"This is not going to be a
case where people can pro-
crastinate and it is not my
choice," Hughes said. "We
povid ohi as a service f r
Transportation. Our computers
talk to theirs. At midnight
Aug. 31, they re flipping a

before Dec. 1. Those with later
birthdays are out of luck, as
tags can be purchased no more
than three months in advance
of a birthday.
One way to find out how
much you owe is to go online
to before
Sept. 1. Once there, taxpayers
must identify themselves by
driver license number, Social
Security number, vehicle iden-
tification number (VIN) or
license plate number, as well
as by date of birth and last four
digits of their Social Security

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Niceville, FL 32588

Beacon Staff Writer
Concerning structural
issues that officials say
have delayed the scheduled
completion of the
Northwest Florida State
College sports arena and
Okaloosa County emer-
gency operations center on
the college's Niceville
campus, Troy Speegle,
president of Speegle
Construction, general con-
tractor for the $30 million
project, stated the follow-
ing at an Okaloosa County
Commission meeting July
21 that was the subject of a
Bay Beacon article pub-
lished July 29:
"The commitments that
we have on this project are,
first off, safety and quality.

go gsto epaeuo le ievrienga i
this facility during a hurri-
cane event, we are very
concerned when we run
into issues that are struc-

tural in nature."
Speegle added: "You
saw that rebar mat. All that
rebar mat comes together
in columns and beams.
And there were questions
that were asked by our sub-
contractor that was doing
concrete work that
required input from the
structural engineer, from
the architect. And working
together, we found those
answers. But it takes a lot
of time to go back and
forth and to analyze and
determine what the answer
Speegle added: "So we
had a period of time of
approximately 60 to 90
days of addressing struc-
tural issues. And all of us
s uthe teaamesai o These
addressed, they have to be
treated seriously so that we
know the integrity of this
facility is maintained."

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number. From that point, the
Web site will lead them to the
proper page to renew.
Those with license plate
expiration dates in September,
October or November who
wish to renew at the current
rate may also call the county
tax office at 651-7617 to find
out how much their rate is.
They can then go online to
pay, mail a check to the office
or pay in person at any county
tax office.
Hughes sent out 28,400
postcards, he said, which rep-
resents as many as 60,000
vhi les. Heasa d die tax office

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in a typical month.
He said he got the names by
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Okaloosa County commis-
sioners sharply questioned
county Tax Collector Chris
Hughes about his proposed
Fiscal Year 2010 budget.
Hughes presented a briefing
on his budget during a county
budget workshop Aug. 4.
During his briefing to commis-
sioners, Hughes said he plans to
cut his budget from $5,800,483
in FY 2009 to $5,496,732 in FY
2010, and said he plans no pay
raises for tax onfce employees.
Hughes also said he plans no
bonuses for any employees dur-
ing FY 2010, a departure from
previous years in which Hughes
gave generous bonuses to
employees who performed well
or completed certification train-
ing to improve their job skills.
In addition to eliminating
bonuses and raises, Hughes said,
he is also reducing travel
expenses to state and national
conferences and training ses-
sions for himself and his
Hughes came under Gire earli-
er this year when it was reported
that he had paid over $1 million
in undisclosed bonuses to
employees, and that many of the
fattest payouts went to workers

said. Nevertheless, said Hughes,
he has been open and transpar-
ent about his budget this year,
holding a series of public brief-
ings about it, and presenting it to
the county commission last
Commissioners seemed
skeptical, however, as they ques-
tioned Hughes about details of
his budget. Commissioner John
Jannazo suggested that the tax
office is still top-heavy with
supervisors. "You have an assis-
tant, a chief deputy, and assorted
supervisors," Jannazo said. "You
have your own human resources
director to manage an office of
68 people, while the regular
county human resources director
manages 800 people. Can you
do better?" Salaries within the
tax office range from about
$27,000 per year to more than
$100,000 for Hughes and his
two top managers.
Hughes replied that the level
of supervision in the tax onfce is
justified by the quality of serv-
ice it provides. Private business-
es such as McDonald's restau-
rants, he said, have a manager
and an assistant manager at each
individual restaurant, but still
run an efficient and profitable
business that serves customers

Commissioner Bill Roberts
said that while other agencies of
county government are requir-
ing employees to pay part of the
cost of their health insurance,
the tax office provides free
Hughes said that while he
and the commissioners may
have a "philosophical differ-

ence," about health insurance,
he believed the insurance benefit
is a reasonable reward for
employees who have earned
their positions and performed
their duties well.
Commissioners praised some
parts of Hughes' management of
the tax onfce. Operating branch
ounces throughout the county,

including offices in Niceville,
Eglin Air Force Base and else-
where, is "a great idea," said
Commissioner James Campbell
of Niceville.
Commissioners also grilled
Larry Sassano, head of the
Okaloosa County Economic
Development Council, about the
EDC budget.

Tax Collector Chris Hughes
before Okaloosa County
who contributed to his political
During his briefing, Hughes
said that as an elected, "constitu-
tional officer" of the county, his
budget is prepared separately
from county departmental budg-
ets controlled by the Board of
County Commissioners (BCC),
according to state law. The rea-
son for the separation, he said, is
to protect the tax onfce from
"undue influence" by any of the
more than 30 other agencies of
county government for which
Hughes' onfce collects taxes
and distributes revenue, includ-
ing the county commission.
The tax collector's budget is
actually approved by the Florida
Department of Revenue rather
than the county commission, he

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but "failed in those duties," the
judge said.
Collier also ordered Morris to
forfeit $194,002, and to pay
$212,537 in restitution to
Okaloosa County, which he
cheated in the bonus-kickback
scheme. It wasn't clear whether
the sums would overlap, or be
added together.
Morris, who was ordered to
report for prison Sept. 28, was
also directed to seek mental
health treatment and to serve
three years' probation after his
Morris could also face up to
30 years in state prison if found
buildings, 18 churches, a half-
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dozens of other businesses.
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-Purchase of 14 Valparaiso

guilty on related state charges
Eiled July 30.
Before he was sentenced,
Morris told Collier: "I have dis-
graced my God, my wife and
family, friends, former employ-
ees, both military and law
enforcement professionals I
worked so closely with and the
good people of Okaloosa
County. I apologize to everyone
for breaching their faith and trust
in me."
Morris, wearing suit and tie,
also thanked the FBI agents who
arrested him. "There is no doubt
that they saved me from a fast
track to self-destruction," he
homes in a near-runway "clear
zone" where the danger of air-
plane crashes is too great.
--Voluntary acquisition of up
to 360 Valparaiso homes in flight-
path "accident potential zones" up
to three miles from the north end
of Eglin's Runway 01/19. Such
purchases of homes would sup-
posedly speed up recommended
redevelopment that would change
residential areas to other uses,

Morris added: "I regret with
all my heart that I abandoned my
faith somewhere along the way
which I know would have guided
me away from this deviating con-
duct. I am convinced that when I
come out on the other side of this
tragedy I will be a better man,
husband, son, brother, father,
grandfather and friend to every-
one with whom I am blessed to
share what remains of my life."
Morris had been elected as
sheriff four times, and had been
widely perceived as an honest
and effective sheriff before his
arrest and subsequent resigna-
including commercial, industrial
or agricultural purposes.
--Voluntary land acquisition in
Niceville. The study calls for the
purchase of some vacant or unde-
veloped land to create no-growth
buffer around Eglin. Although
162 Niceville homes are located in
Accident Potential Zones, the
report does not recommend their
voluntary purchase because there
is no recommendation for city-

tion. He had been elected presi-
dent of the Florida Sheriff's
Association, a nonprofit associa-
tion of fellow sheriffs. Morris is
also accused by state authorities
of illegally obtaining money
from the sheriff's association.
The Okaloosa County
Sheriff'sa Office is now headed by
Interim Sheriff Ed Spooner, who
was appointed by Gov. Charlie
Crist in the wake of Morris'
arrest. Spooner is a 36-year vet-
eran police officer, having
worked in Tallahassee, been
police chief in Quincy, served
with the Florida Parole
Commission, and most recently
wide redevelopment, such as the
redevelopment recommended in
--Eglin should have first right
of refusal to buy certain neighbor-
ing private property, including
some outside the base's East Gate
as far north as Toms Bayou.
--Building height and subdued
outdoor lighting for the Twin
Cities and other communities in
the three-county study area are

worked in the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE), where he ran training
programs for the last six years
before Crist appointed him to
take over the sheriff's onfce.
Four candidates have already
filed to run for sheriff in the 2010
general election scheduled for
Nov. 2. Spooner has said he will
not run.
Teresa Adams, who had been
the sheriff's office's chief admin-
istrator under Morris, was also
arrested Feb. 27 and has pleaded
guilty to the same federal
charges as Morris. She is sched-
uled to be sentenced Aug. 25.
also recommended to lessen the
impact on Eglin's flying and night
The JLUS Policy
Committee--the group that
steered the study effort--is
expected to accept the final report
at the 6 p.m. public meeting
tonight at the Niceville
Community Center.
Please see NOISE, page A-5

From page A-1

Morris's prison term was the
maximum recommended by sen-
tencing guidelines for his crimes,
according to U.S. District Judge
Lacey Collier, who sentenced
him in the federal courthouse in
Collier said the former sher-
iff's actions had betrayed a pub-
lic trust and tarnished the reputa-
tions of law officers throughout
the area. As sheriff, Morris was
entrusted with a responsibility
for justice and law enforcement,

From page A-1
838 homes in Valparaiso-to
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inside Valparaiso Elementary and
Lewis Middle schools in
Valparaiso, Edge Elementary in
Niceville, and five other public

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in the study to adopt the recom-
"Adoption by city or county
commissions or councils is key,"
said Fanto. It shows "buy-in"
vened by Tallahassee State
Attorney Willie Meggs indicted
Sansom and former Northwest
Florida State College president
James R. Richburg on a felony
charge of official misconduct.
The grand jury concluded that
Sansom inserted a $6 million
appropriation into the 2007 state
budget for construction of a col-
lege training facility and Destin
emergency operations center
while hiding that the building
would include a hangar intended
to be used by his friend and polit-
ical supporter, Destin developer
Jay Odom, owner of Destin Jet.
Odom was later indicted by the
same grand jury, also charged
with official misconduct.
Sansom, who stepped down as
Speaker of the House but remains
in the legislature, Richburg, who

by civilian governments that the
JLUS includes valid concerns
and that local governments are
willing to work on land compat-
ibility issues. That "buy-in" will
also help the community get
federal money to study imple-
was fired after his indictment, and
Odom have all entered not-guilty
Richburg and Odom last week
also filed dismissal motions,
according to Meggs.
Sept. 29 is set as the date of
Sansom's trial on charges of offi-
cial misconduct and perjury.
In his 14-page motion to dis-
miss the misconduct charge
against Sansom, whose legislative
district includes Niceville,
Valparaiso and Destin, Dobson
laid out a defense case.
Dobson stated that the legisla-
tive description of the project in
the 2007-08 state appropriations
bill was accurate even if it omitted
the possibility that someone might
lease part of the $6 million college
building at the Destin airport to
store airplanes. The project was

meeting some of the recommen-
dations, he said.
Despite being the "final"
JLUS, Fanto said the panel will
amend the report and its recom-
mendations next year. More
details about the beddown and
canceled after the indictments.
Sansom's lawyer questioned
Jim Anderson, the state's lead
investigator in its case against the
lawmaker. Under oath July 6,
Anderson said he had no doubt the
proposed Destin building would
contain classrooms and would
have been used by public safety
officials in the event of a major
hurricane, as stated by the college,
according to Dobson's motion.
Therefore, argued Dobson, the
$6 million budget entry in the
appropriations act for a "Okaloosa
Jt. Use Emergency Response
Workforce Center" is "wholly
accurate and contains no false
Dobson also argued that
although prosecutors may believe
Odom was going to benefit from
the $6 million appropriation by

operation of the F-35 training
wing are expected to become
available in September, 2010.
That's when the Air Force is
expected to releases a
Supplemental Environmental
Impact Study (SEIS) looking at
leasing space in the building to
store aircraft for Destin Jet, the
language in the bill wasn't neces-
sarily false even though it didn't
mention that possibility. The
defense argues that any lease of
the college building to Odom or
anyone else would have been
within the rights of the college's
board of trustees, if the board con-
cluded such a lease was in the
interests of the college.
The state cannot offer any con-
clusive proof that such a lease
would have occurred, Dobson
argued. In any event, he stated,
such a decision would have been
the college's, not Sansom's.
Sansom's defense also claims
that prosecutors don't know who
inserted the language authorizing
the $6 million project.
In addition, Sansom's lawyer

ways to mitigate the noise
impact of the 59 F-35 warplanes
already approved to Eglin. The
SEIS will also guide the Air
Force in making a decision on
the beddown of the remaining
54 F-35s.
contended the charges violate the
separation of powers required by
the Florida Constitution because a
state prosecutor, part of the execu-
tive branch, can't exert authority
over how the Florida Legislature
crafts budgets.
While taking aim at the mis-
conduct charge, Dobson's motion
does not directly address the per-
jury charge against Sansom, in
which the lawmaker is charged
with lying to the grand jury about
the purpose of the building.
Separately, a five-member leg-
islative panel also looking into
charges that Sansom's behavior
related to the $6 million project
may have caused the public to lose
faith in the Legislature, put the
House inquiry on hold Aug. 4
until after the criminal case
against Sansom is resolved.

From page A-4

After the report is accepted,
said Fanto, it will be up to
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and

From page A-1

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The motion argued that the
state can't prove who inserted the
$6 million into a state appropria-
tions bill, and that the language
describing the project was not
Sansom's lawyer also contend-
ed that the legislative budget
process is protected from interfer-
ence by a state prosecutor.
Dobson also argued that, in any
case, the board of trustees for
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, which would have
owned the building, had the power
to permit its use as a private
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Th e Fire Dep enresponed to he win calls August 3 through August
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0 Illegal Burn 3 OtherEmre al
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Woodbridge Road .. .. .. . .Structure Fire .. .. ..08/03/09 .. .. .. .. ..12:59
Jones Avenue .. .. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. .. . .08/04/09 . .... .17:05
E. John Sims Pkwy. .. .. .. ..Vehicle Fire .. .. .. ..08/04/09 .. .. .. .. .17:28
S. John Sims Pkwy. .. .. .. .. .Dispatched/cancelled .08/04/09 .. .. .. .. ..18:37
E. John Sims Pkwy. .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. .. . .08/05/09 . .. .. .18:04
N. Partin/Palm Blvd. .. .. .. ..Vehicle Crash .. .. .08/06/09 .. .. .. .. ..19:23
W. John Simss Pky ....Srice Call .....0 0610 ..... 23:
S. Palm/Bayshore Dr. .. .. .. ..Vehicle Crash .. .. .08/08//09 .. .. .. .. ..08:28
Vapraiso Blvd. .. .. .. .. . .. .I ctiatio .. . .0189 .. . . . .
Linden Avenue .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. . .08/09/09 . .. .. .01:37
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August 10, 2009.

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Hickory Street .. .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle .. .. ..8/3/09 .. .. ..10:55
Wobridg load ...Fire o dir gvil ......_ .830 . ..1
Sailboat Drive .. .. .. .Smoke detector activation .. .8/3/09 .. .. .22:36
takShoe D iv ... scue Eu iher .. . . .. . . . .
Oaklake Cove .. .. .. ..Medical assist .. .. .. .. .. ..8/5/09 .. .. ..10:02
E. Highway 20 .. .. .. ..Service call other .. .. .. .. 8/5/09 .. .. ..14:05
Range Road/Bldg. .. ..Alarm . . . . ... ... .8/5/09 .. .. ..15:09
N whtoesPo t cle. . . scuecEuWiot ce . . .. .850 . . . .
Caribbean Way .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle .. .. ..8/6/09 .. .. ..08:13
Runs eB cdh Blvd. ....molte det ctor vacation .. M60 ....70
N. White Point Road .. .Dispatched/canceled .. .. ..8/7/09 .. .. ..16:53
East Highway 20 .. .. ..Water problem other .. .. ..8/7/09 .. .. ..19:54
Emerald Coast Pkwy. . .Dispatched/canceled .. .. ..8/7/09 .. .. ..22:51
Evans Road .. .. .. .. .Dispatched/canceled .. .. ..8/8/09 .. .. ..05:10
N. White Point Rd. .. .. .Dispatched/canceled .. .. ..8/8/09 .. .. ..06:16
Hwy. 20/Bluewater Blvd. .Motor vehicle accident .. .. .8/8/09 .. .. .14:27
Cypress Street .. .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. .. .. ..8/8/09 .. .. ..22:07
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sheriff's deputies Aug. 3 for mis-
demeanor theft. On June 10
Lockwood allegedly borrowed a
lawnmower, did not return it, and
instead took to her rented storage
unithin the 4600 kblockd olf Eas
she had returned the mower and
denied taking it to the storage unit.

Steven Reese Oldroyd, 18, of
261 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Aug. 3 for failure to appear on the
original charge of driving on a sus-
pended license.
** *
Lisa Marie Forsman, a grocery
manager, 32, of 4600 Range Road,
#104, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 3 for fail-
ure to appear on the original
charge of financial responsibility
** *
Beau Austin Elwyn Butcher,
unemployed, 18, of 230 Terri
Cove, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies July 31 for tres-
pass after warning.
** *
Kellie Jones Buck, a baker, 39,
of 310-B Washington Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
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The State Fire Marshal's
office and city police were
investigating a fire Monday
morning that heavily dam-
aged a duplex home in
Niceville but injured no one.
Firefighters received the
alarm at 5:35 a.m. and arrived
six minutes later at 403-C
Niceville Ave., according to
Ken Filson, battalion chief,
Niceville Fire Department. It
took firefighters about 11
more minutes to knock down
the flames, he said.
As the first fist lighlle on
acne Fio said he hs
roof of one unit." The occu-
pants of both units had
already safely evacuated the
building. The other side of
the duplex suffered only
smoke damage, Filson said.
Filson said the building is
owned by Todd Brooks, and
that the occupant of 403-C
was Angela Tumner. Filson
said Turner was sleeping at

unemployed, 22, of 1501 N. Partin
Drive, Apt. 155, Niceville, was
arrested by Valparaiso police Aug.
5 for aggravated assault. On July
16 Brown allegedly got involved
in a verbal dispute with a male and
his girlfriend, as the couple was
walking along Edge Avenue.
Brown allegedly got out of his car
and raised a wooden object above
his head and threatened to harm
the male, at which time the couple
walked away and Brown got back
in his car and left the area.

John C. McCauley, a laborer,
20, of 107-A Kelly Road,
Niceville, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Aug. 5 for

the time the fire started but
was wakened by neighbors
The blaze appeared to have
started in the front room, the
living room, and spread to the
kitchen, according to Filson.
Family photos were seen dry-
ing in the yard Monday after-
noon as workers completed
boarding up the burnt-out
Filson estimated the dam-
ages to 403-C at $70,000, and
said the State Fire Marshal
was investigating the cause of
the fire.
Niceville police were
working closely with the State
dieMarshal, alcecordingp 11 t
spokesman. He said that
police were notified Monday,
after the fire, that a distur-
bance had occurred at the
duplex the night before.
Approximately 25 fire-
fighters and four engines from
Niceville, East Niceville,
North Bay and Eglin Air
Force Base fire departmentS
responded to the blaze.

grand theft.
Kenneth John Kaiser, a labor-
er, 21, of 117 12th Ave.,
Shalimar, was also arrested by
Valparaiso police Aug. 5 for bat-
On July 20 McCauley and
Kaiser were playing "airsoft"
with the victim and his friends at
Echo Park. Kaiser allegedly
slapped the victim then pushed
him, causing him to fall into the
water and receive minor injuries.
tcC u ebaallegel stole th
two cell phones, a digital camera,
a pocket knife, batteries and a
money clip containing the vic-
tim's ID and a debit card. Kaiser

Michael Robert Lake, 20, with
an "at large" address, and a per-
manent address of 707 32nd St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police July 30 for grand
theft. On June 23 Lake allegedly
tried to pawn a stolen generator
but was turned down when the
pawnbroker saw a tag on the gen-
erator with the name Larry. The
generator was later recovered in
back of the pawn shop, while a
victim with the first name of
Lawrence reported June 25 that
someone had broken into his stor-
age area, 640 E. John Sims
Parkw ads oen I g ne aor

Iwneu hby two people from the
paw sop

ed at wh ka s Cont Jile b
sheriff's deputies July 31 for crim-
inal mischief, more than $1,000.
The charge stems from July 14,
when Lake was at the jail and
allegedly broke the glass in a win-
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and McCauley then allegedly
fled together from the scene.
* *
Summer Nicole Lyons, 24, of
649 Crestview Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
July 31 for violation of probation
ohnefthe origmlal charges of petit

Casey Elisabeth Szostek, 26, of
233 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies July
31 for violation of probation on
the original charges of domestic
violence battery and petit theft.
* *
Tina Louise Hightower, a
housekeeper, 36, of 205 Reeves
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies, subsequent to a
traffic stop, Aug. 2, for two counts
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription, driv-
ing while license suspended or
revoked with prior knowledge and
failing to stop at a stop sign.
Deputies searched Hightower's
vehicle and located a plastic bag of
pills in the front center console.
Two of the pills were identified as
Lorazenpam, a Schedule IV drug,
and the other as morphine, a
Schedule II drug. Hightower
allegedly told deputies she found
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vant and violation of probation.
* *
Subsequent to a traffic stop for
no tag light, July 30, Rahkia Marie
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of probation on the original charge
of child neglect.

Malcolm Martin Walker, a per-
sonal trainer, 31, of 318 23rd St.,
Niceville, was arrested by Bay
County sheriff's deputies July 27
on an Okaloosa County warrant
for a misdemeanor worthless
check charge.
On Aug. 1 someone stole a
electric shopping scooter from the

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nile were riding on the cant and
subsequently damaged the scoot-
er, at a mobile home lot at 304
Reeves Street. The stolen scooter
was recovered after police found
it parked outside next to the front
door of a mobile home. The
scooter was valued at $1,000.
Criminal Mlischief
A Niceville resident of Green
Palm Circle reported Aug. 4 that
someone had been putting sand in
the gas tank of his vehicle and
making threatening phone calls.

A passerby who noticed a
mailbox lying in the middle of the
100 block of Charles Drive,
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teacher, and I know it greater good if it pre-
affects her. I think vents layoffs. I'd rather
teachers everywhere the military cancel my
deserve more than raise if it meant I kept
what they get. my job. "

"In this economy, every-
one has to take the hit. It's
rough on everybody.
There's only so much
money to go around. "

"I'm sad about it, but it "I know Okaloosa has "I think it's absolutely
may be necessary a reputation for an out- ridiculous. Teachers
because of the state of standing education deserve raises, and
the economy. system. I'd hate to see the school board
teachers leave for not should find a way to
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the mailbox to the owner's yard in
the early hours of July 29 and noti-
fled police that it appeared a vehi-
cle had caused damage to the
mailbox and several bushes.
Police followed a trail of debris for
several blocks to Echo Drive,
where they found the remnants of
a chicken-wire fence from the vic-
tim's yard. Damage was estimat-
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cials told Niceville police Aug. 5
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Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association, best 9
holes, weekly play, Aug. 4.
First flight: first, Elizabeth
Sabo; second, Carol Whited.
Second flight: first, Judy Boykin;
second, tie, Wanda Liphard,
Bonnie Weideman. Third flight:
first, tie, Tish Gauthier, Judy

Haugen. Fourth flight: first,
Connie Ryan; second, tie, Joan
Hegarty, Judy Andrle. Fifth flight:
first, Carole Campis; second, tie,
Rae Grimmig, Vicki Wilson.
Chip-Ins: hole no. 3, Rae
Grimmig; hole no. 6, Sue Tarkin;
hole no. 7, Tish Gauthier; hole
no.16, Wanda Liphard.

By Danielle Tavano
Beacon Correspond'ent
There was a huge turnout
Saturday for the annual Traveling
Eagles awards banquet as the
First United Methodist Church of
Niceville Community Center
echoed with the jovial voices of
excited children and proud par-
ents. Among those attending were
former Major L~eague Baseball
players Dennis Rasmussen, Rick
Wilkiins and Chuck Cary, who
was the keynote speaker.
ofThe orgnzto iscmoe
baseball tournaments on the
weekends. The players are award-
ed by their coaches for leader-
ship, teamwork, effort, sports-
manship and academic excel-
The ceremony began with an
inspirational video and a recap of
some great moments in baseball,
some of which are credited to for-
mer Traveling Eagles. After this
Brian Cromwell took the stage to
thank the parents, players, board
of volunteers, and community
sponsors who support the team.
Cromwell is president of the
organization and coordinates this
The winners of this year's
"Eagle Award" for teamwork and
a great attitude were Case
Phillips, Elliott Cary, John Secord
Jr., Will West III, Brady Smith,
Matthew Wells and Jake Holland.
They presented the "Once an
Eagle, Always an Eagle" award to
each of the six graduating seniors
from Niceville High: Robby
Campbell, Danny Collins, Jordan
Demos, David Hill, Shawn
McDorman and Robert Price.

awards one graduating senior the
J.D. Fleet Memorial Scholarship
for giving it his all on the dia-
mond. This year's winner was
Danny Collins. The $1,000 award
goes to a player with "the heart of
a champion, who gives 100 per-
cent at all times."
The organization also present-
ed two "Soaring Eagle
Contributor" awards to Dr. Joe
Agostinelli and Dave and Sue

Hudson from Jim & Nick's bar-
becue, who have supported the
for many
years, often
pro vid in g
the yearly
banquets at
no cost and *
catering the
tion's fune-
W h at Brian Cromwell

ora 1 zatio as successful as it is?
"Outstanding athletes in all age
groups, dedicated parents, and
professional instruction from top-
notch coaches," said Brian
Cromwell. "This organization
makes a positive impact on the
community both on and off the

baseball field."
The Eagles had hoped for a
better turnout from the annual
fundraisers, but even in these
times of financial hardship, they
still managed to end the season
with a budget of $5,000.
Cromwell thanked the board for
being "good stewards of NAYB's
resources." The annual fundrais-
ers they hold include an Internet
sponsorship drive, a golf touma-
ment in April, and one or two host
Eahishyar te srcTravehing
onships with four runners-up, two
sectional championships, and
three age groups competing for
the state title. The league was suc-
cessful not only in terms of wins,
but also in players being drafted
to college and professional teams.

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Bluewater Bay artist
Brandon Pence earned top
billing for his work "Silver
Future" during the Arts and
Design Society of Fort
Walton Beach's 10th Annual
Photography and Digital Arts
Exhibition. Pence swept the
digital art category with
"Silver Future" earning First
Place and also received top
honors out
of 25
artists by
and Best
in Show.
"This is
the first
year I Brandon Pence
have par-
ticipated in the Arts and
Design Society event, and I
am thrilled that the local art
community embraced my
work," says Pence, who also
has his work on display at
Full Circle Art Gallery in
Fort Walton Beach. "What an
honor to be selected by the
other artists for the Artists'

FCuhouic award orX

will be on display during the
exhibition at the Art Center
in downtown Fort Walton
Beach through Aug. 21.

Through the Kohl's Kids
Who Care Scholarship
Program, Bailey Reese, 13,
of Niceville, was selected as
one of 10
earning a
Bailey Reese fr ma ing
her com-
munity a better place through
After a hurricane hit when
Bailey s was 7, she noticed
the kind service soldiers pro-
vided to help her community.
She founded Hero Hugs, an
organization that has collect-
ed more than $400,000 to
send 38,000 packages to
troops deployed overseas.
Bailey also personally handed
out 16,000 appreciation pack-
ages to troops working at air
shows across the country.
Nearly 18,000 youngsters
were nominated for the annu-
al Kohl's Kids Who Care
Scholarship Program, but
Please see WHO'S, page B-2

year announced it would no
longer sponsor the annual pro-
gram, said the display costs
roughly $30,000, which pays
for the fireworks and the barge
from which they are launched.
She said the fireworks display
Please see FIREWORKS, page B-2

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Star Scout Andrew Royal places an American flag in the
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Public Scoping Meetings
The United States Air Force, through Eglin Air Force Base, is holding scoping meetings to gather public input for the
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the beddown for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The Air Force will host four public scoping meetings. Scoping provides opportunities for the public and government
agencies to learn about and comment on the proposed actions and alternatives and to solicit public comments. All mem-
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August 24, 2009 Crestview Crestview Community Center
1446 Commerce Center
Crestview, Florida 32539
August 25, 2009 Navarre Days Inn and Suites, Navarre Conference Center
8700 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, Florida 32566
August 26, 2009 Niceville Northwest Florida State College, Mattie Kelly Arts
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100 College Blvd. E.
Niceville, Florida 32578
August 27, 2009 Valparaiso First Baptist Church of Valparaiso
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The annual Twin Cities
Independence Day fireworks
display, which ceased in 2009
for lack of funds, may be back
in 2010 if Niceville water cus-
tomers agree to chip in.
The city is considering ask-
ing city water customers to vol-
untarily contribute anywhere
from 50 cents to $2 per month,
to be put into a fireworks trust
fund for next summer. The city
would then become the fire-
works display's sponsor. If not
enough money is collected the
first year, the fund will be car-
ried over until the next or sub-
sequent years, until enough has
been raised for the show.
The idea was spurred by a
request from Niceville City
Council member Bill Smith.
"We have so many people so
disappointed about having no
fireworks that Councilman
Smith brought it up as an issue
and asked us to come back with

Spectacular fireworks from years ago.

ideas," said City Clerk Dan
City Manager Lannie Corbin
hopes enough people will con-
tribute to finance the display. A
representative of the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of
Commerce, which earlier this

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Florida State Sen. Don Gaetz,
Niceville, spent a day recently in
his home town speaking and
meeting with constituents, shar-
ing his own ideas about state
government, and listening to the
concerns of local residents.
Early Thursday, July 30,
Gaetz fielded calls on a local
radio call-in show, then spoke at
Kiwanis and Rotary meetings.
Later in the day the first-term
Republican visited Saint Paul
Lutheran Church in Niceville,
where he met individually with
people who came to seek face-to-
face appointments with him to
discuss their own problems or
issues regarding the Florida
By late afternoon, Gaetz told
the Beacon, he had held at least
32 individual meetings with con-
stituents, who discussed a wide
variety of issues with him. Many
of those who met with the sena-
tor, he said, discussed personal
problems dealing with state gov-
emnment, such as one local resi-
dent who needed help wading
through Florida Department of
Transportation bureaucracy in the
wake of his son's death in a traf-
fic accident. Others, he said,
wanted to express their opinions
on issues such as highway safety,
insurance, education, and state
and national ,Itle ,- policy.
"Some wanted to talk about

Florida. "My daughter is a den-
tist, already licensed in 26 states,
and she did a residency in
Florida," but is still having diffi-
culty completing all the red tape
for licensing in Florida, said
Minger. Such costs, she said, are
unnecessary for ensuring safety
and quality of care, and cause
needless costs to be passed on to
Ken Ryan's concerns were
more general. "I came to tell Sen.
Gaetz not to let Florida become
Califomicated," he said. "We
must not allow our state to be
ruined by too many entitlements,
too much spending, and too
much illegal immigration.
Robert Benton and his wife,
Lou, said they would like to see
Florida expand programs to help
disabled veterans, such as allow-
ing greater property tax exemp-
tions for veterans with disability
ratings less than 100 percent.
They said they also oppose oil
drilling in the eastern Gulf of
Mexico, and oppose President
Obama's plans for national
health care.
"It's been a great day," Gaetz
said after his meetings. "I came
away much better informed
about what people are Ilillnilly.
their concerns and problems." He
said he has several meetings with
other state senators scheduled
this week, and will share what he
learned in Niceville with his sen-
ate colleagues.

ments to insurance companies to
do business in Florida at reason-
able prices. Some of that has
already been done, and has
begun producing results, he said.
"There are 80 more insurance
companies doing business in
Florida than there were three
years ago," he said. "The legisla-
ture gave some inducements, but
also required them to take some
customers from Citizens," the
state-subsidized last-resort insur-
ance program. "About 98,000
people have been depopulated
from Citizens," he said.
Some Niceville residents who
came to meet with the senator
shared their concerns with the
Beacon as they waited for their
James DuBois came to
encourage Gaetz to support "vir-
tual schools," a state-operated
system of online education pro-
grams that provide self-paced
courses and feedback from pro-
fessional instructors to high
school students who are being
home-schooled or are having dif-
ficulty in traditional public
school classrooms. "My two
grandkids are in it," said Dubois.
"It's a tremendous program,
operating in 16 states, but few
people know about it."
Gail Minger asked Gaetz to
help medical professionals
streamline the expensive and
lengthy licensing process for
transferring from other states to

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
State Sen. Don Gaetz meets with constituent James DuBois, a
proponent of Florida's Internet-based Virtual School.

national issues, such as President
Obama's health care plan," said
Gaetz, whose District 4 includes
Niceville, Valparaiso, and coastal
areas from Pensacola to Panama
City. "They knew that there isn't
much a state senator can do
about national issues, but they
had deep-seated concerns and
wanted to be heard by someone
who at least holds the title of sen-
ator and might have more influ-
ence than they do."
Asked about the State of
Florida's fiscal situation, Gaetz
said state legislators are respond-
ing to reduced state revenue dur-
ing the current national recession
by cutting spending. "We are
spending $12 billion less this

year than we spent in Fiscal Year
2006," Gaetz said. "We've cut $8
billion in the last 14 months, and
I proposed more. We used federal
stimulus money where we could,
but also turned down some. We
also raised the cigarette tax by a
dollar, to offset the cost of smok-
ers on Medicaid, and to encour-
age people to take more personal
responsibility for their health."
There are two main variables
affecting insurance cost, he said.
The first is whether Florida can
have a couple more mild hurri-
cane seasons to help convince
more insurance companies to do
business here.
The second, he said, is for the
Legislature to provide induce-

City may sponsor

July 4 fireworks

Sent. Gaetz meets wlith contstitutentts

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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for recycling. "We'll drop them
off and all that goes into a trust
fund for fireworks," Corbin said.
"We're going to use the
Mullet Festival as a way for peo-
ple to donate their aluminum

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A Fireworks Trust Fund,
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according to Sandy Miller, a
company employee. She said the
real estate firm is solidly behind
resuming the display.
"As soon as we can find
someone to sponsor the fire-
works, we want to go right back
to what we were doing before,"
she said. "We were giving
$6,000 a year, which is the inter-
est off the fund."
The provisions of the fund
forbid using the principal.
Miller said Hemby started the
trust fund with a group of
women who hosted holiday
lunches and fashion shows. "Her
goal was to reach a certain
amount of money and then, in
perpetuity, the interest would go
to fireworks," she said. "That
was a significant donation in the
early years. $4,000, $5,000, and
$6,000 paid for much of it. But
now it s gotten so expensive."
The city Web site, city-, will keep a run-
ning total of the amount donated.
It will also post a copy of the let-
ter to water-users seeking their

(D-Sunrise), which passed this
year to help remove adminis-
trative barriers for families
enrolling their children into
the program.

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Air Force Reserve Airman
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Lackland Air Force Base, San
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The airman completed an
intensive, eight-week program
that included training in mili-
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Air Force core values, physt-
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principles and skills.
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American Cancer Society of
Fort Walton Beach recently
received $3,000 as part of a
fundraiser May 1 and 2 by mem-
bers of the Okaloosa-Walton
Chapter of Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans. The funds will be used
for further cancer research, educa-
tion, advocacy and programs.
The fundraising activity was
conducted by the St Paul Lutheran
Church Relay For Life Team, led
by Team Captain Gayle Norgaard
in conjunction with the American
Cancer Society Relay For Life
Event led by ChairwomanTheresa
Thrivent Financial members
and other volunteers raised $1,500
and an additional $1,500 was pro-
vided by Thrivent Financial.

Through its chapter programs,
Thrivent Financial provides finan-
cial support and other resources
for its members to come together
to help their communities and
congregations through fundraisers
and service activities.
"Thrivent Financial provides
its members and other interested
volunteers the opportunity to join
in service and use the financial
resources of Thrivent Financial to
serve people and organizations
here in our local area," said
Dennis Prucha, president of the
Okaloosa-Walton Chapter of
Thrivent Financial. "Thrivent
chapter activities like this one con-
nect congregations, institutions
and volunteers to make a differ-
ence in people's lives."

Representatives of St. Paul
Lutheran Church and Thrivent
Financial for Lutherans pres-
ent the American Cancer
Society a $3,000 check. From
left: Dennis Prucha, St. Paul
Lutheran; Diane Mlaldonado,
local American Cancer
Society unit director; Emily
Jennings, American Cancer
Society community represen-
tative; Gayle Norgaard, St.
Paul Lutheran; Jaclyn
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From page B-1
had been part of the Twin Cities
July 4 celebration for about 20

that they consider that," Corbin
said. "We'll also ask that they

that goes into a trust fund for
Doucet said the city has about
8,500 water customers, 2,000 of
whom use automatic payment
plans through which the money
is taken directly from their
accounts. Those people, he said,
can choose to donate by check if
they so desire.
If all 8,500 customers opt to
donate $1 a week-a scenario
that Doucet said was unlikely_
the fund Ioud ganr$102,000
per year.wo anr
The money could be donated
monthly or as a one-time contri-
If the city council approves
the plan, it can be implemented
with the October bills, Corbin
said. He intended to introduce
the concept at last night's council
meeting, but said it won't be
approved or disapproved until
the September meeting. He said
it won't have to go through three
readings as most ordinances do.
In addition to seeking contri-
butions through the water bill
and donations of aluminum cans

From page B-1
Bailey stood out for her
exceptional community serv-
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addition to the scholarship,
Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a
nonprofit organization of
Bailey's choice.
The Florida Dental
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Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville)
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dental health care efforts in
local and statewide arenas.
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direct assignment of benefits
bill. Gaetz was instrumental in
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in clarifying the impact of the
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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

Living Far th

Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching ourt with the Transforming
Love of fesurs Christ"
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
Sunday: Holy Communlon 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
ANGLICAN CHURCH Wednesday: Holy Communlon 12 p.m. (noon)
IN NO RT HAMERICA Thursday: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Contemporary Vigil Communlon 4:30 p.m.

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "(Eng9aging9...God
Connecting...with others
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
g0Ce ration Praye Service

v S 'TmesWednesdd ~i

Pastor: Chri's Phillips (Graduate of the 191aster's Seminary)

5:UU-U:1U (rralse) 1U:;U 8.m.
Adult Study at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Parent Orientation
August 20 at 6:00 p.m.
"Living in God's Amazing Grace!"

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Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School .. .. .. ..9:45 a.m.
Worship .............0:5am
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

CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733

Sunday Momning Bible Study -9:30 a.m.
Sunday Momning Worship -11:15 a.m.
BihpadMsTP Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Johnson, Sr. I
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Sunday Momning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade

Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

SBap ist Church~

Visitors Arye Welcome !

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

Kidz Blitz! Live is bringing
an afternoon of excitement and
free family fun to the First
United Methodist Church in
Niceville on Saturday, Aug. 22
at 2 p.m. Get ready to experi-
ence an uplifting, high-octane,
interactive show for parents and
kids. Enjoy the wacky games,
special effects
and non-stop
action set to a
unique sound
track based on
familiar tunes
from the 1970s.
And don't miss
the toilet paper
The church is
presenting this
family event in
conjunction with
the grand open-
ing of the new
foot children's
building on the same day. The
underwater-themed first floor
includes a life-like submarine,
dolphins and sharks swimming
overhead. Children will enjoy
the two-story slide inside the
building as well as the dock-side

themed theater and classrooms
The new children's building,
next to the Community Life
Center, is open for tours from 2-
5 p.m.
Hundreds of children are
expected to use this new build-
ing just in the first week that it
opens. The
building has
been designed to
meet the needs of
the community
and the growth
of the church's
children's pro-
grams and the
Wesley Academy
Preschool. The
entire building
was designed to
provide a safe
and secure place
to grow and
leamn. Security
cameras ,
entrance and exit monitoring,
and a computerized sign-in/dis-
missal program called "First
Check" will allow children to
move freely throughout the
building while maintaining a
high level of safety.

A three-dimensional submarine, surrounding by aquatic life, is part of the underwater theme of the first floor of the new First
United Mlethodist Church children's building, at left. At right, a two-story indoor slide.

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1407 E. John Sims
Niceville 678-1298

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

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

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


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Traditional & Contemporary
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Sunday Morning
Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m.

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August is Fines Free Month at
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to return them without incurring a
Senior activities planned
Bridgeway Senior Services-
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities-
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso-
Aug. 12-18:
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Wii games,
9:30 a.m.,: Exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13: Dominoes
and socializing.

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A Buddy Boat Bream tournament, sponsored by the City of
Niceville, will take place Aug. 22 at Smoke House Lake. The
entry fee per boat is $50 with a 50 percent payback and 50
percent going to Relay for Life. Official tournament entry
forms and rules can be picked up at the Niceville Public
Library and the Niceville City Administration Office on
Partin Drive in the Mlunicipal Complex.

V I v 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
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Monday, Aug. 17: Nutrition edu-
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Tuesday, Aug. 18: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Senior center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donation appreci-
ated. Reservations for meals must
be made by noon the day before.
Info: 833-9291.
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choir specializ-
ing in the per-
formance 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
audition time call Dr. Marilyn
Overturf, director, at 682-9651.
Hospice garage sales
aravenant Hos~pi wiltlh hod
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
counties, including bereavement
services, c iden's services, c ap-
lamn services and indigent care.
Items on sale include furniture,
b ,an, new Ha 1 wen o asoum
The non-profit is now seekmn
gara e sale donations and volun
teers 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 Organiz lices.pce

winners will receive prizes.
Wmnmig photos may be made
into a calendar or published mn other
city publications.
Proceeds from
the calendar
sales will be used
to support library
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 manipula-
tion of photos accepted. Limit three
images per contestant.
Pick up registrations at Youth

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 fwbec.or .
Host families needed
Rocky Bayou Christian School
in Niceville is looking for host fam-
ilies 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 Sean Dietrich Trio & Cheryl
Jones, will be performed 5:30-8:30
p.m. Aug. 12, 19
and 26. -
The concerts
are free on the

located mn Grand
Boulevard at Sandestin at the
entrance to Sandestin Golf and
Beach Resort. Bring blankets and

chal o: 654-5929 or grandboule
Bagpipe, drum lessons
Anyone interested in learning or
playing bagpipes or drums should
meet each Thursday at 6 p.m. for
beginner bagpiping classes.
Performing 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 the First United
Methodist Church, Niceville, 214
243o 9Les Matheson, pipe maj 1
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 conversa-
tion, followed by breakfast at 7:30

a.m. This month s sponsor is Qualls
Corporation. Chamber members,
their guests, and prospective mem-
bers are invited to attend.
Senior birthday party
The Twin Cities Senior Citizens
Club will meet
Aug. 13 at 3 p.m.
at the Valparaiso
Center, 268
Glenview Ave.
August is the
annual birthday party: there will be
a potluck dinner, with birthday
cake, ice cream, and bingo. Info:
Nancy, 678-5584 or Jo, 678-8645.
Embroiderer coffee
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America
celebrates various forms of hand
embroidery. Its annual August
membership coffee will be
Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, at
the First United Methodist Church
of Niceville. The 2009-10 program
will be presented and snacks will be
Wuthering Heights talk
Summer book discussion, spon-
sored by the Friends of the Niceville
Library: '"Wuthering Heights" by
Emily Bronte, Wednesday, Aug. 19,
PO ~m Inntnhe libry aHos can b
call 729-4090.
Purses with a Purpose
If you like designer purses, but
not the designer price, and would
liehtoP septewoischahnices oPumw 1
not want to miss. Join Shelter
House and the Ronald McDonald
House for a benefit purse auction
and sale Aug. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
between Nike and Restoration
Hardware Clearance Center at
Silver Sands Factory Stores.
Admission is free and all proceeds
will benefit the Ronald McDonald
House and Shelter House.

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(850) 678-5178
182 kon Sim3Pankway

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at 678-1080

2007 Acura TLS Type,
mint condition, fully
loaded, Bluetooth,
, 00 pandl a ftrs
obo. 259-5252
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Sin the Beacon I

1994 Sea Ray
Laguna, 21 Ft., 200
HP Mercury, Trim
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500 S Ft *

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1484 Hickory St.

BWB Resort, 2/2
central air/ heat
waterfront, washer)
ye75rmo.n$975pes ,

Nu rse ry wo rke r
needed at growing
church. Sun morns
and Wed eyes during
school year. Email
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do ho f uoSdt.uudse'
200 N. Partin Dr. No
phone calls please.

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Children's wooden
train table, octagon
shape with train set,
$175. 678-7098
Kenmore Washer &
Dryer Older top load
style but still looks
good and runs fine.
$125 for the yellow
set. Call 496-2933.
Casio CTK-573
electronic keyboard
with numerous
features. Includes
keyboard stand and
stool. $250.00. Call

1/2 acre lot in
10.x20l f et,s Inee
mle frm Bluwate
beautif ul Oak and
Pecan trees and
ready to build on.
$110,000.00 OBO call



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