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Title: The Bay beacon
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: August 26, 2009
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9 .

Help out Covenant
Hospice and pick up a few
bargains in the process at
the organization's garage
sale at 1419 29th St.,
Call 729-1800.
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


A seminar for parents of
middle school children will
take place at St. Jude's
Episcopal Church, 200 N.
Partin Drive, sponsored by
the Kiwanis Club of
NicevilIle-Valparaiso. The
fee is $10 per family and
includes dinner.
Call 678-3245.

More on these and other
events, CALENDAR, B-2.

ins in November 2008, but
police didn't get their first real
lead until July 1, 2009, when
they arrested a man for break-
ing in and spending the might.
The man had learned about the
house from the juveniles who
were arrested later, Willingham
Those arrested were boys
and girls who were between the
ages of 14 and 17 at the time of
the break-ins. They live in
Valparaiso, Niceville and
Crestview, according to arrest
reports. The break-ins started
in July 2008 and ended in July
Please see ARRESTS, page A-7

recommendation by Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts.
Stunned union onfcials went back to the
table to consider a new plan district onfcials
proposed ne that is supposed to eventually
save $2 million to $3 million a year, according
to the district's Chief Onfcer of Human
Resources Mike Foxworthy.
Under a plan approved Monday by a 5-0
board vote, newly hired "annual contract"
untenuredd) teachers will enter the salary
schedule at a rate that is 3 percent less than
what it was last year. Last year a newly hired
teacher with a bachelor's degree and six years
of experience would have had a starting salary
of $38,721 for about nine months' work.
Please see TEACHER, page A-7

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Okaloosa County and the
Okaloosa County School District
together received nearly $25 mil-
codnrlfer s uuero yhFeb 13
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. But the cities
of Niceville and Valparaiso and
area fire and police departments
have either been shut out, or have
not yet received an answer to
their requests for federal money.
University of West Florida

economist Rick Harper says the
$787 billion federal stimulus act
"helped pull us back from the
abyss," but he cautioned that it
may be at the expense of future
gro T stimulus represents
about 4 to 5 percent of one year's
GDP (gross domestic product),"
Harper said. "That's the amount
of spending that's being shifted
out of the future and into the
2009-10 economy."
"The problem is," he added,
Please see $24M, page A-4

Auditions for the
Northwest Florida Youth
Chorus will be held in the
Tyler Recital Hall of the
Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State
College. Rehearsals take
place Thursdays from 5 to
6:30 p.m. Call judy Eddins '
375-6680 or Amanda
Barker, 729-6085.
Thursday, 7 am.


Do evolution and cre-
ation oppose or comple-
mn ah ohr idD .ut
Patricia Kelley, a National
Association of Geoscience
Teachers Distinguished
Lecturer, on the mainstage
of the Mattie Kelly Arts
Saturday, 8 a.m.-I p.m.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Already facing corruption
charges in a criminal case, Rep.
Ray Sansom has now been
tagged as a big spender after
some of his credit card records
were disclosed last week.
According to the records
released by a state prosecutor,
Sansom used a Republican Party
of Florida credit card to charge
over $190,000 in a two-year peri-
od ending in November 2008-
plus a $14,000 preexisting bal-
ance for which no details were

A spokeswoman for the
Republican Party of Florida
(RPOF) said
credit cards
were issued

ership post- '
tions and ~ L
were intend-
ed to pay for .
political RySno
travel and RYSno
other political work.

Please see SANSOM, page A-5

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
School crossing guard Mliriam Sherwood halts traffic on 27th Street Mlonday as Plew
Elementary School students Ryan Jung, 8, and his sister Parrish, 10, begin the new school
year. Classes began Mlonday for over 28,000 students countywide.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Eight teenagers were arrest-
ed by Valparaiso police for
repeatedly entering a vacant
home over a one-year period,
-kIngI.I"II out" with friends
inside, stealing from the home,
and damaging it.
The suspects referred to the
single-family residence as the
"doll house," according to Capt.
Matt Willingham of the
Valparaiso Police Department.
The owner of the home is an
elderly man who lives out of
state, according to police.
Willingham said neighbors
first reported damage or break-

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Scores by local high school students rose, on average, on the ACT college-entrance exams
last school year, according to figures released last week by the iowa company that prepares
the tests. Statewide, scores fell, but were unchanged nationally. The composite scores
shown here are a composite of multiple-choice tests in areas: English, math, reading, and
science, with a total of 215 questions. Twin Cities schools are Niceville High School (NHS),
Collegiate High School, and Rocky Bayou Christian School (RBCS).

In reversal, panel

l OKs teacher raises

2-tier pay system voted

Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Reversing itself, the Okaloosa County
School Board Monday voted to give most
teachers 1.8-percent "step" pay increases this
Meeting in Crestview, the board approved
the increases, but at the same time voted to
create a two-tier pay scale for certain future
Most returning teachers have traditionally
received a step pay hike every year. Step rais-
es reflect a teacher's education level and sen-
iorit 7
Citing a tight budget, the school board
voted 3-2 last month to reject step raises this
year for the first time in memory, overriding a

U.S. Air Force

Eglin eyes ne w run way for F-35
At a public meeting in Crestview Mlonday, the Air Force presented a possible new runway (in red) as
one of 18 alternatives being studied to reduce perceived noise from as many as 107 F-35 warplanes to
be based at Eglin Air Force Base. The Air Force also announced Mlonday that the Record of Decision
(ROD) in September 2010 will only pertain to alternative beddown locations for the 59 jets F-35s
already authorized for Eglin. A third ROD on as many as 48 more aircraft will be in 2011. Another pub-
lic meeting is scheduled at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville tonight, and another tomorrow
at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso. Both meetings are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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After several hours of discus-
sion, commissioners decided to
table the matter for two weeks,
until their meeting in Crestview
at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, when they
will consider whether to suspend
the MSBU for a year while con-
sidering other options for dealing
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In other business at the meet-
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County Enviromnental Council,
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
There is a Bible story about "a
foolish man who built his house
on the sand. The rain fell, and the
floods came, and the winds blew
and slammed against that house,
and it fell--and great was its
fall." I \blllibei. 7:26-27)
That story may have been in
the minds of participants during
the Aug. 18 meeting of the
Okaloosa County Commission,
as commissioners and county res-
idents who live along the beaches
along the Gulf of Mexico wran-
gled for several hours over
whether to continue county

efitarts to "renourish" Gulf beach-
es by adding new sand to replace
sand washed away by hurricanes.
A large group of beachfront
residents came to the meeting to
speak against county plans to
continue a Beach Renourishment
Municipal Services Benefit Unit
(MISBU), a special taxing unit of
county government that would
levy taxes on beachfront property
to pay for renourishment.
Most of the residents who
came to the meeting said they
opposed the renourishment pro-
gram for several reasons:
The residents say year-round
homeowners of houses and con-

dominium units along the beach
are being asked to pay more per
unit than owners of hotels, which
they say is unfair.
They also say much of the
planned renourishment is unnec-
essary, because there is still plen-
ty of beach in many places and
natural forces tend to rebuild
eroded beaches over time.
The residents also complained
that recent renourishment effiarts
in such places as James Lee Park,
the public beach closest to the
Niceville-Valparaiso area, actual-
ly did more harm than good by
putting dark sand on beaches that
were fonnerly pure white. This,

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Discolored "renourished" sand at James Lee Park, Destin, the
closest public Gulf beach for Twin Cities residents.

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Commissioners presented
$100 savings bonds and piggy
banks to some children who par-
ticipated in the County Extension
Office's "Okaloosa Saves" pro-

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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida State
College held its traditional
opening week luncheon on Aug.
19 to welcome back faculty and
staff for the new academic year.
Classes started at the college on
Aug. 24.
NWFSC's enrollment has
increased about 5 percent over
last fall term. The biggest
increases in full-time-equivalent
enrollment (FTE), said Interim
NWFSC President Jill White,
are occurring in the college's
bachelor's degree programs,
which are up more than 80 per-
cent over this time last fall term.
The college has recently
added bachelor's programs and
now offers Hyve baccalaureate
degrees, in project management,
nursing and education.
Enrollment continues through
mid October for the college's
fall "fast-track" semester.
The college faculty and staff
welcomed three new trustees
who were appointed to the col-
lege's governing board in July.
According to NWFSC, Gov.
Charlie Crist made appoint-
ments statewide to the govern-
ing boards of 12 state and com-
munity colleges to fi11 board
vacancies. The Northwest
Florida State College appoint-
ments filled board posts that
were originally scheduled to end
May 31, but that were extended
until new board members were
Joining the board to represent
Walton County will be Rachel
Gillis, succeeding Elizabeth
Campbell of DeFuniak Springs,
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Following the luncheon,
Gillis told the Beacon she
applied to be a trustee because,
"I want to be part of the growth
of the college, and to help bring
opportunities for education to
the community." She said it is
too early to set specific goals for
her tenure as a trustee, as she is
still becoming oriented to her
new responsibilities. The
trustees followed their luncheon
with some orientation briefings
from White and other college
staff members, but did not con-
duct any college business during
the orientation.
Strauss told the Beacon she
applied to become a trustee on
the recommendation of a friend,
and because she has been
impressed with the college for
many years, especially by such
things as the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center, the college orchestra,
and the Collegiate High School.
Strauss said, "I have a lot to
learn," but thinks the most
urgent goal now facing the col-
lege is the selection of a new
permanent president and restor-
ing the college's image in the
community in the wake of the
firing of former President Bob
Richburg, after he was indicted
on state charges including offi-
cial misconduct.
Foster applied to be a trustee,
he said, because, "I have always
been involved in education." He
has previously taught in
Cincinnati's public school sys-
tem, and has a background in

accounting and computer sys-
tems. Once he gets his feet wet,
he said, his goal is to help ensure
that NWFSC is a "smoothly run
college that benefits the commu-
Another highlight of the
luncheon, said the college press
release, was recognition of
employee service for faculty and
staff, including recognition of
one of the college's longest serv-
ing faculty members, Ross
Hamilton, who was honored for
his 40 years of service to the col-
lege. Hamilton, currently a sci-
ence faculty member with the
college's Collegiate High
School, came to the college in
1968, when it was called
Okaloosa-Walton Junior
College and was still housed at a
temporary campus in
Valparaiso. The Niceville cam-
pus was then under construction.
Hamilton's primary role in
his 40 years with the college has
been as a biology instructor. He
has also served in various
administrative roles including
division director of the college's
Division of Physical and Natural
Sciences, and played a key role
in the founding of the
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance,
an environmental organization
affiliated with the college that
works to promote the health of
the regional watershed and the
Other faculty and staff were
honored for 30, 25, 20, 15, 10
and 5 years of service.

Hamilton told the Beacon,
"My classroom work has been
the most rewarding, but not nec-
essarily the most rewarded" part
of his career so far. He said his
top accomplishment has been
"to acquire quality faculty for
the science department."
Hamilton holds a master's in
biology, specializing in ichthy-

ology, the study of sea creatures.
He said he has recently been
impressed by the growth of
NWFSC's programs in health
sciences, and in the future, he
said, he expects the college to
continue "responding to the
needs of our clientele--we will
become whatever the communi-
ty needs us to be."

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"it's just transferring that burden
onto tomorrow's taxpayer."
The biggest local slice of the
federal pie, more than $18 million,
went to the school district, accord-
ing to district Chief Financial
Officer Rita Scallan, in the form of
federal stabilization funds and
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Much of the money received,
Scallan said, is based on assur-
ances that the district will save and
create jobs and improve student
"That is the most flexible piece
of the money that we received,"
she said. "But, of course, there are
strings. You have to spend the
money based on meeting those
assurances. What has happened is,
about two-thirds of that money
was distributed to school."
About one-third of the money
remains in the hands of the state,
to be awarded "based on perform-
ance," Scallan said.

Sheriff's Office and $3.25 million
for a Neighborhood Stabilization
Program, administered through
the Florida Department of
Community Affairs to provide
housing funds such as rental assis-
The county's three public air-
ports didn't fare so well.
"We submitted applications,
but were not winners of stimulus
money," said Okaloosa County
Airports Director Greg Donovan.
He said the Federal Aviation
Administration did receive some
money, some of which could be
funneled to the county airport sys-
Among the airport projects that
are needed, Donovan said, are
repaving of a taxiway at Bob Sikes
Airport in Crestview and installa-
tion of high mast lighting at Destin
Valparaiso City Engineer Roy
Petrey applied for money to repair
several streets in Valparaiso, but
was turned down.
"The real need in the whole
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About $3.2 million of
Okaloosa schools stimulus money
is in the form of Title I dollars.
That allocation is based on the
ratio of free and reduced-price
meals at school and on targeting of
students who need additional sup-
plemental education services. The
Title I money can't be used for
anything that is solely the respon-
sibility of the school system.
In addition, $6.4 million in fed-
eral money is targeted for the
Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act as part of
Exceptional Student Education
(ESE) programs for the school dis-
Some $2 million of stabiliza-
tion money is set aside for techno-
logical improvements in the
school district, Scallan said. That
includes replacement of an obso-
lete network district-wide,
installing wireless laptop labs at
six district high schools. Some of
the money will go toward increas-
ing the district's Internet band-
width and adding servers and stor-
age capacity for the e-mail
exchange system.

County elementary schools
will be provided with online ver-
sions of Accelerated Reader and
Accelerated Math and Star
Reading and Star Math programs
as well. Currently, some schools
have Accelerated Reader and
Math, but no online versions are
available. The accelerated pro-
grams are designed to improve
reading and math skills, while the
Star programs are assessment
"This will give everybody an
equal level of service," Scallan
Another $6.5 million of stabi-
lization money awarded to the
school district will be used to
maintain or create positions.
Scallan said most of those posi-
tions will be teachers, although
some support positions will also
be created.
The school district will also
earmark $400,000 for Silver
Sands North, a new school that
will take over a portion of the
building once used by Southside
Elementary School in Crestview.
According to its Web site, Silver

Sands provides services to stu-
dents who, "because of their men-
tal functioning levels, require serv-
ices beyond those offered by other
special educational programs in
regular schools."
The school has also designated
$60,000 for salary and benefits for
an additional accountant, which
Scallan said is needed to help han-
dle the increased paperwork
involved in the stimulus, and about
$600,000 for teacher positions that
may be needed early in the current
school year.
"We're trying to get the best
bang out of the buck for every
dime we're getting," Scallan said.
The stimulus money created or
preserved 117.36 school district
positions, Scallan said. These
included 70.88 teachers, 8.1
instructional support personnel
such as guidance counselors, liter-
acy coaches and media specialists,
6.1 assistant principals and 37.77
educational support positions.
received bydi the positions created si u s o e
or saved puts a price tag of more
than $154,000 on each position.

Okaloosa County government
is the second largest beneficiary of
federal stimulus money locally,
receiving $6.6 million, according
to county Finance Director Gary
As with the school board,
strings were attached to the coun-
ty's receipt of the federal taxpayer
dollars. "There are always
strings," said Stanford.
One stipulation is that quarterly
and monthly financial reporting to
the federal government was accel-
erated from 30 days to 10.
Still, Stanford said, the money
will come at an opportune time.
"These are projects that were
what they call 'ready to proceed,"'"
he said. "We were working on
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Chicago and Edge avenues and
Nordberg Avenue.
The East Niceville Fire
Department is working on a bare-
bones budget, said Capt. Jason
Holeomb, but received no federal

"We're in kind of a bad way
with the budget," Holeomb said.
"We've cut everything to the hilt
trying to keep everyone on."
North Bay Fire Department
also applied for a grant, and still
has high hopes for it.
North Bay Chief Joe Miller
said the proposed $1.9 million

grant would be for construction of
a new firehouse.
"It's probably going to be two-
three months until we hear any-
thing," he said.
The Valparaiso Fire
Department also asked for a feder-
al grant, although Fire Chief Mark
Norris wouldn't disclose how

much. He did say, however, that
his request was "considerably
less" than North Bay's.
Norris wants to renovate the
vacant second floor of the
Valparaiso firehouse, adding bunk
rooms, rest rooms with showers
and a day moom.
"I'm also hooking to sprinkle

my building," he said, "and add a
full fire alarm system and a vehi-
cle exhaust extraction system.
These are all standant items fire-
houses should have.'
The Niceville Police
Department applied for federal
cash, said Lt. Randy Sallee, but it
was turned down.

From page A-4
country is to replace and repair
infrastructure," Petrey said.
His request would have
repaved Adams Avenue, Bayshore
Drive, Detroit Avenue, Johnson
Street, Kelly Road, Kelly Mill

tion with events leading to a $6
million legislative appropriation
for Northwest Florida State
College, Niceville. Sansom
resigned the speakership, but not
his House seat, after the criminal
probe began.
In the wake of the Sansom
expense disclosures, the head of
the Republican Party of Florida,
Jim Greer, last weekend
announced the organization was
ending its practice of giving indi-
vidual credit cards to Republicans
in elected leadership positions.
Katie Gordon, party spokes-
woman, said Sansom's credit card
records were given to the prosecu-
tor in response to a subpoena. She
declined to colmnent on their con-

Gordon said the cards were
intended to pay for such partisan
purposes as political travel and
expenses related to fund raising,
and candidate recruitment. While
Gordon declined to state which
elected officials were issued cards,
she noted that it has been widely
reported that such cards went pri-
marily to Republicans in leader-
ship. Greer decided to rein in the
practice because of the "distrac-
tions" caused by news stories, she
At least two leading state
Republican lawmakers said they
were turning in their GOP
American Express cards in the
wake of the Sansom revelations.
Asked to comment, Steve
Czonstka, a Republican State

Colmnitteeman who lives in
Niceville, said: "I just think Ray
Sansom needs due process--not
to be tried in the media."
Czonstka said Sansom was
raising money for the party when
he used the RPOF credit card.
Gov. Charlie Crist, for example,
raised $52 million for the party
while he was variously the state's
attorney general, a state senator,
commissioner of education and
finally governor, Czonstka said.
Other state Republicans issued
credit cards include the Speaker of
the House, President of the Senate
and Republican members of the
cabinet, said Czonstka. Sansom,
he said, had raised several millions
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of dollars in airline tickets to fly
the once-powerful lawmaker, and
sometimes his family, to New
York City and other out-of-state
destinations, including Chicago,
Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
Sansom, a Destin Republican
whose legislative district also
includes Niceville and Valparaiso,
also used the RPOF credit card to
buy more than $225 worth of
goods from Harrods, an upscale
department store during a trip to
He spent $2,112 at an Apple
Computer store in New York City.
The GOP credit card was also
used to buy groceries from mar-
kets in Destin and Tallahassee, and
even chewing gum from an office
supply store.

The Republican card also paid
for a controversial secretive dinner
March 24, 2008, for the Northwest
Florida State College Board of
Trustees in Tallahassee during
which legislative appropriations
were discussed. The tab:
Sansom was the "Speaker
Designate" of the Florida House
and as such controlled many leg-
islative appropriations during
much of the two years he ran up
some $200,000 in party purchases.
He was swomn in as Speaker of the
House in mid-November 2008,
the end of the period covered by
the credit card records disclosed
by Leon County State Attorney
Willie Meggs, who is prosecuting
Sansom and two others in connec-

From page A-1
According to the records,
American Express card purchases
made by Sansom included airline
tickets, fuel for private planes,
rental cars, hotel mooms, meals,
and several thousand dollars for
flowers from a Fort Walton Beach
They also included dozens of
orders from Starbucks stores in
local area, numerous meals at
local restaurants, $320 at a Destin
shoe store and $176 from a Destin
home-fumnishings store. A $50 tip
on a $45.32 meal at a Destin
eatery ran one bill up to $95.32.
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Weight: 105 pounds
Age: 22
Date of birth: 07-13-87
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in the wallet. The victim said that
two or three weeks earlier,
unlalown persons) stole $27 cash
from his vehicle, when it was also
left unlocked.
Burglars pried open a construc-
tion trailer located on a dirt road
about a quarter-mile north of the
Mid-Bay Bridge toll office over
the weekend ofAug. 7-10, causing
$500 damage to the trailer. Three
heavy-duty hydraulic tamps, val-
ued at $4,000 each, were stolen
from the trailer.

A Niceville resident from the
1500 block of Glenlake Circle
reported that unlalown persons)
entered her garage and stole a
$767 video camera from an
unlocked vehicle parked in the
garage, sometime July 31-Aug. 4.
The victim reported that the
garage door was inadvertently left
open the night of July 31-Aug. 1.

A Niceville resident reported
that a few days after cashing her
paycheck at a Destin grocery store
July 31, she noticed that a $20 bill
she had received was counterfeit,
and reported it to sheriff's deputies
Aug. 10.

A manager at a Niceville con-
venience store, 220 N. Partin
Drive, reported that two counter-
feit $20 bills were passed at the
store Aug. 10. Police detennined
both bills were fake.

A Niceville business, 115 W.
John Sims Parkway, reported that
sometime overnight, Aug. 12-13,
someone stole $90 cash and sever-
al keys.
A Niceville resident from the
1500 block of North Partin Drive
reported Aug. 16 that someone
had stolen several prescription
pills from a medicine cabinet,
including 168 Oxycodone and 27
Lorazepam pills.
A Niceville resident reported
that someone burglarized a vehicle
parked at a residence in the 600
block of Caribbean Way, Aug. 13,
and stole an iPod, wallet, AIM
card and miscellaneous IDs, val-
ued together at $290.
** *
A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Bay Drive reported
the theft of a $200 "Physio Fit"
bicycleAug. 18.
Criminal Mlischief
A Fort Walton Beach man
reported that a Niceville acquain-
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James Michael Hamill, 25, of
304 Reeves St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug.
10 on a warrant from Madison
County, Ky., for violation of pn>-
bation on an unspecified original
Patricia Ann Mullen, unem-
ployed, 43, of 1313 Dogwood
Ave., Niceville, was arrested b
sheriff's deputies Aug. 10 for
felony battery.
Jacob Alan Wright, 23, of

Nieile, ws arre dby t
Florida Highway Patrol, subse-
quent to a traffic stop, Aug. 11, for
possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana and possession of
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Sylvia Denise Reaves, a
dancer, 26, of 434 Valparaiso
Parkway, Apt. 14, Valparaiso, was
arrested by Valparaiso police Aug.
15 for trespass after warning.
* *
Nicholas Andrew Albert, 19, of
2109 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Aug. 16 for violation of a protec-
tive injunction that allegedly
occurred July 23.
Two Niceville boys, one 16, the
other 17 years old, were arrested
by Niceville police Aug. 16, each
charged with grand theft cf na

nal mischief under $200. The two
juveniles allegedly broke into a

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of other AIV thefts in the county.
The 17-year-old allegedly admit-
ted that he stole the Niceville ATV
in April ad sdalso gave police the
nae f isacomp c.
* *
Raymond Nathaniel Gordon,
unemployed, 23, of 200 White St.,
Unit #5, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Aug. 14 for pos-
session of methamphetamine.
Police and EMS responded to the
area of Edge Avenue and White
Street where a man, later identi-
fled as Gordon, was unconscious
and lying in the street.
EMS workers woke Gordon up
and it was detennined he was
under the influence of some type
of narcotic and had possibly over-
dosed. While workers attempted
to help Gordon into the ambu-
lance, he bent over and police saw

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Huntingdon Road .. .. ..Structure fire .. .. ..8/18/09
E.Joohhn SmssParkkway .eIrlep ai eent ..8/90
Cunningham Court. .. ..Smoke scare .. .. ..8/19/09
Hart Street/SR85N .. .. .Dispatched/canceled .8/20/09
SR 23 R85N. ....Vhe accident ...8 WM 0
SR285 at MM#11 .. .. ..Vehicle accident .. .. .8/20/09
SR85N at MM#18 .. ..Vehicle extrication .. .8/20/09
N.Partin 7Drivbd ....Mei . . . . . .
31st Street .. .. .. . .Medical .....8/21/09
N. Partin Drive .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. ...8/21/09
Azalea Drive .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. ...8/21/09
E. John Sims Parkway ..Vehicle accident .. ..8/21/09
E. John Sims Parkway ..Medical .. .. .. .. ..8/22/09
E. John Sims Parkway ..Medical .. .. .. .. ..8/22/09
W. John Sims Parkway .Alarm activation .. ..8/22/09
Niceville Avenue .. .. ..Power line down .. ..8/22/09
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several bags containing a brown
powdery substance that later test-
ed positive for methamphetamine.

B yan Eu ene Henderson
unel loyed, 3 of 104-B Nathe
St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Aug. 8 for battery,
domestic violence.

Ronald John McDaniels, 42, of
d2 N edar Ae., i ile,A w
17 for resisting an officer without

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was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Aug. 14 for battery, domestic vio-

Julian Frank Kalivoda, unem-
ployed, 24, of 101 Fnaer Tuck
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Aug. 17 on a
Walton County warrant for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charges of possession of marijua-
na and possession of drug para-
* *
Mario Alberto Chapa, 29, of 56
Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug.
18 for violation of probation on

the original charges of trespasS,
aggravated assault, simple battery
and criminal mischief.

* *
Phillip Scott Lockwood Jr., 20,
of 590 Hill Lane, #3, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Ausill6 fbra thon eavdedly
and for battery
Lockwood was allegedly a
bac seat as~senger in a odl dr

slear Highway 123, when Tyt
allegedly leaned out the window
of the Ford and began to yell at the
passenger in the Toyota, then
threw a bottle of liquid at the
Toyota, striking its door,
The driver of the To ota called
law enforcement, then followed
the Ford to an apartment in
Niceville, where Lockwood
allegedly reached into the Toyota
and struck the victim in the head.
Lockwood and the victim report-
edly knew each other and had an
ongoing dispute.
A 16-year-old Niceville girl
reported her purse stolen Aug. 15
while shopping with her mother at
Santa Rosa Mall. The girl laid her
purse on a chair while trying on
shoes and didn't realize until 20
minutes later, in another depart-
ment. When she returned to the
shoe department the purse was
missing. Along with the purse and
a wallet, also stolen was an iPod,
set of keys, a credit card, driver's
license and miscellaneous IDs val-
ued together at $365.
A Niceville resident from the
1400 block of E. Cat-Mar Road
reported that her vehicle was bur-
glarized Aug. 11. The victim
found her purse, with the contents
missing, two days later in a ditch

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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Aug. 17 through
Aug. 23, 2009.

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Yacht Club Drive .. .. .. .Dispatched/canceled .. .. .. .8/23/09 .. .. .01:46
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Rawlins Court .. .. .. .. .Smoke detector activation .. .8/22/09 .. .. .05:16

Bay Drive .. .. .. . .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .. .8/20/09 .. .. .08:09
Baywind Drive .. .. .. ..Service call/other .. .. .. . .8/18/09 .. .. ..12:09
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Hampton Circle .. .. ..Rescue/EMS .. .. . . .. .8/20/09 .. .. ..16:21
Norwich Circle .. .. .. ..EMS medical assist .. .. .. ..8/23/09 .. .. ..16:27
Hningo Rad l... Dsa t ne/nceled 2..../80 . . ..
Parkwood Square ... EMS excluding vehicle ... 8/17/09 ... 19:08
Merchants Way .. .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .. .8/19/09 .. .. .19:22
Cunni gham Court .. .. .D xathceu anTe led 2... 81/9 ....2
Ridge Lane ......Public service assist .. ...8/19/09 ....23:25

across the street. Reported stolen
from the purse were keys, medical
records, two credit cards, a cell
phone, two gift cards and other
items valued together at $275.
A Niceville resident from the
4400 block of N. Woodbridge
Road reported that unlalown per-
sonts) stole a $2,000 laptop com-
puter and $150 case from her
unlocked vehicle while it was
parked in the driveway overnight,
Aug. 5-6.
* *
A Niceville resident from the
1600 bhack of Oalanont Circle
reported that unlalown persons)
stole $90 cash from a wallet that
was in his unlocked pickup truck
overnight Aug. 9-10. The bur-
glar(s) did not take credit cards or
miscellaneous items that were also


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for the party as well as for the
state's economy during party-
funded trips, including a trip to
Europe with the governor. "That's
where some of these expenses
were incurred," he said.
"I'm willing to stand up for
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pay some dues
rather than just pop
back into football. "

"Everyone deserves a
second chance, but in
this case I don't think
enough time was taken to
see if he is truly remorse-
ful. I'm definitely against
the abuse of animals. "
Connie Johnson, 45,

Culley Blackstock, 31,
Miramar Beach,
construction contractor

Chris James, 37,

Ramon Thomas, 38,

Renee Walker, 39,

Sansom declined to colmnent
about the credit card bills. His
office referred a reporter's request
for colmnent to Sansom's crimi-
nal defense attorney, Stephen
Dobson, who also did not
The state Democratic Party
said it does not issue credit cards
to elected Democratic state lead-
ers, according to party spokesman
Eric Jotkoff. "Doing such wasn't
transparent and didn't provide
strict financial control to assure
(State Party) chairman Karen

Thurman on wise stewardship" of
party funds, he said in response to
a request for colmnent.
Meggs, the District 2 State
Attorney who subpoenaed the
credit card records, declined to
colmnent on how the credit card
records related to his felony case
against Sansom. Sansom-and
co-defendants James R. Richburg,
former president of Northwest
Florida State College, and Destin
developer Jay Odom, a big
Republican donor--were indicted
by a Leon County grand jury ear-

lier this year for official miscon-
duct related to a $6 million appro-
priation to Northwest Florida
State College for a building at the
Destin airport. The grand jury
concluded the $6 million was
really intended to build an airport
hangar for Odom's use. All three
men have pleaded innocent.
A clue to how the credit card
records of Sansom's political
activities might be used by Meggs
can be found in a noncriminal
"presentment" issued by the same
grand jury.

"We found that Jay Odom and
numerous corporations owned or
under his control contributed
$22,600 directly to the reelection
campaign of Representative Ray
Sansom. Further, that Jay Odom
and his corporations have con-
tributed $894,363.19 to the
Republican party of which the
Speaker of the House is a major
beneficiary. Further, that an addi-
tional $100,000 was contributed
to the Leadership for Florida's
Future Fund which
Representative Sansom is one of

three people who control its distri-
butions. While direct evidence
was not developed that Jay Odom
would acquire an aircraft hanger
in exchange for his generous cam-
paign contributions there is a
strong inference of impropriety."
A court hearing is scheduled in
Tallahassee Sept. 2 to consider
motions filed by attorney's for
Sansom and Richburg to dismiss
the official misconduct charges.
Sansom, Odom and Richburg are
currently scheduled to stand trial
in the criminal case Sept. 29.

a student, charged with one count
of trespass.
-A 14-year-old Valparaiso
girl, a student, charged with two
counts of burglary, one count of
trespass and one count of petit
-A 16-year-old Crestview
boy, a student, charged with one
count of trespass.
-A 16-year-old Niceville girl,
a cashier, charged with three
counts of burglary, one count of
trespass and one count of criminal
An 18-year-old Niceville man,

a cashier, was arrested Aug. 10
and charged with one count of
trespass that allegedly occurred
when he was 17. The 18-year-old
was also arrested on one count of
giving a false official statement.
According to the arrest reports
"multiple individuals entered the
residence, and while inside caused
an unspecified amount of proper-
ty damage by breaking windows,
damaging window shades, break-
ing dishes, throwing knives into
various walls, doors, and furniture
throughout the residence. They
also set fire to the victim's mail

and newspapers in the bathtub."
Each of the teens denied causing
any damage and said they did not
know who did, although one girl
said she witnessed others burning
the victim's mail in the tub.
The series of break-ins report-
edly began in July 2008 and con-
tinued through last month,
according to arrest reports.
Generally, anywhere from two to
four or five teens were inside the
house at any one time, according
to arrest reports. Entry was
gained in some cases by breaking
a rear window, having one juve-

nile enter through the window,
then unlocking the door for the
The 16-year-old girl charged
with burglary said they entered by
taking the screen off one of the
windows, opening it, and climb-
ing through the window to gain
entry. The 14-year-old girl
charged with burglary said she
loaned her shirt to a codefendant
who used it to break a window
and gain access. Others entered
through an unlocked door,
The teens variously told police
that inside the home they "hung

out" "chatted" in one of the bed-
rooms, looked through the vic-
tim's cabinets and closets. One of
the girls admitted stealing a neck-
lace she found in a bedroom, then
giving the necklace to one of the
Police said they could not
place an estimate on the damage
until the owner returns. A neigh-
bor is now keeping an eye on the
home, police said.
The teens are scheduled to
appear in Shalimar courtrooms at
various dates in September or

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2009, according to arrest reports.
Arrested Aug. 11 were:
-A 16-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, charged with two counts
of trespass in a structure.
-A 16-year-old Crestview
girl, a student, charged with three
counts of trespass.
-A 17-year-old Valparaiso
girl, unemployed, charged with
one count of trespass.
-A 15-year-old Niceville girl,

amount (for new teachers)," said
Foxworthy.: "I think they reacted
fairly positively to it."
"We're pleased and hopeful
that the proposal they made to us
will do what they (the board mem-
bers) need it to do," said Karen
Peek, president of the Okaloosa
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the teachers union. "We've recog-
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year. We're eager to get this settled
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"According to contract we
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three board members who voted
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Under the new plan, a newly hired
teacher will start at $35,458.
The lower tier will only apply
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Nearly all of this year's teachers
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Newly hired teachers are con-
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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Almost every football team
every year has question marks
before the first snap of the season,
The Niceville High School
Eagles are no exception.
As usual, the Eagles look big,
tough and fast. The team is rated
14th in Class 5A by Massey
Ratings and its offense is consid-
ered the 22nd best by the same
organization, while defense is
rated 11th.
Massey uses a computerized
model weighted by strength of
schedule, wins and losses and
points differential.
Last year, the Eagles finished
8-1, losing only to Pensacola
Pine Forest, 31-28, until they
dropped the first game of the
regional playoffs, 21-18, to the
same team.
But, despite their high ratings
will the Eagles soar this year'.
The team has a schedule tha
would make any coach blanch
playing such powerhouse squad
as Pace, Crestview and Daphne

NHS Eagles

2009 roster

1. Hayden Meyer, 11, DB/P
2. Adam Ory, 12, DB
3. Kody Williams, 12, WR
4. James Poddubny, 12, DB
5. Wesley Dean, 12, WR
6. Aamon Moore, 12, WR
7. Garrett Fletcher, 12, RB
8. C. J. Scroggins, 11, QB
9. Brandon Burke, 11, WR
10. Anthony Miles, 12, DB
11. Kyle McDonnan, 11, QB/DB
12. Tanner Hansen, 12, WR/K
13. Steve Strano, 11, QB
14. Kyle Kennedy, 12, DB/K
15. Sean Moorer, 11, DB
16. Ben Knight, 12, DB
18. Johnston Watkins11, WR
19. Trifon Valencia, 12, WR
20. Greg Norrell, 12, DB
22. Ladon Morris, 11, WR
23. Marquis Pratt, 11, RB
24. Roy Finch, 12, RB
25 haeHokr 2 DBDB
27. Malik Williams, 10, DB
28. Stefano Schutte, 12, TE/LB
29. Tristan Messenger, 11, WR
30. Chris Lambert, 12, DB
31. Kevin O' Dowd, 11, DB
32. Tim Peregoy, 12, LB
33. Caleb Morton, 11, DL
34. Spencer Pullen, 11, RB
35. Charles Phillips, 12, TE/DE
36. Parker Willingham, 12, LB
37. David Talarcyk, 12, DB
38. Stephen Ritter, 11, DB
39. Nigel Faulkner, 12, LB
40. Kyle Witt, 11, LB
41. Michael White, 12, LB
42. Tison Reaves, 12, DB
43. Chris Chapman, 11, LB
44. Andrew Wats~on, 11 LB

46. Sebastion Schutte, 10, LB
48. Colby Fanto, 12, LB
50. Parker Grigsby, 12, DL
51. Tyler Hall, 12, OL
52. Dustin Minkler, 12, DL
53. Daniel Sholler, 11, LB
54. Quentin Williams, 12, DL
55. Trent Cliddle, 11, OL
56. Chris Rutherford, 12, OL
57. Chase McInness, 11, OL
58. Devonte Bamnett, 12, DL
59. Quinn Bartee, 11, DL
60. Spencer Douville, 12, DL
61. Allen Hall, 12, DL
62. Dalton Mason, 12, OL
63. Trenton Kilbey, 11, DL
66. Dylan Babe, 11, OL
72. Nick Gregoire, 11, DL
75. Steven Schoewe, 11, OL
76. Max Martin, 12, OL
77. J.W. Baker, 12, OL
79. Mark Barrett, 12, OL
81. Dylan Ditiege, 11, DL
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back and an offensive line that
may be a bit porous.
The key to the season may
well be the defense. And that
seems to be one of the Eagles'
"Defensively, we're getting
better," said Head Coach John
Hicks, entering his ninth year at
the helm. "We've made a lot of
improvements in the secondary."
Rod Taylor, who coaches the
outside linebackers, also likes the
team defense, particularly its
growing maturity.
"One of our strengths is the
senior leadership in defense," he
said, noting that 10 senior starters
will return from the 2008-2009
The offense, while relatively
inexperienced, seems to be jelling
as well.
"I feel like we've got one of
the best running backs around,"
said running back coach Ricky
Perry, who declined to identify
which back he was referring to.
"We're strong at the skill posi-

tions and on the defensive line."
Hicks sees the potential for a
good year.
"We're looking pretty good,"
he said. "We'll see. There are still
some questions to be answered.
But we're getting better every
Among the areas the coach
would like to see improvement
are the outside linebackers and
offensive line, although he said "I
think we've made progress
"We're doing some good
things," he said. "I just think
we're seeing some other guys
step up besides Roy (Finch) and
Kody (Williams) on offense. I
think that's a real positive for us.
Taylor said the team could use
more experience on the offensive
line and at quarterback, where
juniors Kyle McDorman and C.J.
Scroggins will share the starting
job. But that wasn't formally
decided until this week.
"The decision was made
based on via ct Ihile-." Hicks said.
"It's kind of the way it's been

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
Junior wide receiver Tristan
Messenger goes out for a long
pass during a recent Niceville
High School Eagle football
team practice.
going the last week or so.
Perry agreed that inexperience
could be the Eagles' biggest chal-
lenge. "We have a lack of depth,"
he said, referring to the lack of
time on the field. "We need to get
more people with some experi-
ence. We're going to have a good
team, but I always worry about
what others have."
Taylor thinks the team will
pull itself up by its bootstraps and
be another in a long line of win-
ning NHS teams.
"I think if we play up to our
potential, play hard and improve
week to week, the sky's the
limit," he said.

Game time is 7 p.m.


Eagles see strong 'D,

Inexperienced offense

NHS 2009 football schedule

Alex Lafleur, 9, of
Niceville, steadies
a 6-foot 1-inch
bull shark pulled
out of
Bay near the
entrance to
Rocky Bayou by
his father, Dennis,
on a gaff Aug. 13.

Cardboard boat race set

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

2009- 10 RBCS band
The Rocky Bayou Christian School Mlarching Knights are preparing for their performances
this school year. As part of the preparation, the school held a band camp July 27-31, attend-
ed by 44 Rocky Bayou students. Having lost many performers to graduation, this is a
rebuilding year, said Band Booster President Dave Sandlin. It's also the first full year for
new band director Kristy Dubuisson.

An y adult can learn I)

_ __

Jessica Griffin with a group of youngsters during her first trip to
South Africa with Loving Care, providing daycare to poor families.

be her first. She and her
mother ventured there for a
"college graduation trip" in
the summer of 2008, where
the social studies education
major did some volunteer
work in a town called Fish
Hoek, an hour south of Cape
Town. She worked with a pro-
gram called Loving Care,
helping to provide day care
for families who couldn't
afford to pay someone during
the summer hours while par-
ents worked.
However, this trip with the
Peace Corps will not only be
longer--27 months--but will
involve work that concen-
trates not on children but on
adults, especially women.
"I'll be doing some com-
munity development, some
AIDS awareness and helping
teach some women empower-
ment" steps and actions,
Griffin said.
The Peace Corps member
said her first trip to South
Africa was "amazing," one
that impressed upon her the
country's amiable residents
and introduced her to what
she called "Africa Time."

"No one is in a hurry,"
Griffin said. "You talk to
everyone you meet. They take
life for what it is. They're
friendly and they really let
you get to know them.
They're great for carrying on
a conversation."
Griffin, who plans to travel
throughout the continent of
Africa once her 27 months in
the Peace Corps is over, will
also add Eastern Europe to
her itinerary, after which
she'll be back in the States to
pursue her chosen career of
teaching. Anything more spe-
cific has not been anticipated.
"I haven't really narrowed
anything down yet," she said
"I love teaching and there's
some states I'd like to teach
in. But if you plan too much
you miss out on all that's
going on right now; you don't
get to see what you're cur-
rently experiencing."
As for anxiety regarding
life in a foreign country,
Griffin said the only thing
she's anxious about is
"snakes. Everything else
doesn't bother me, but I really
don't like snakes."

Registration for fall Prime
Time personal enrichment
classes at Northwest Florida
State College begins Sept. 9 at
the college's Niceville campus
from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the
College Mall, Building K and
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
Building C. Registration at all
other college sites begins Sept.
10 and continues until classes
start or are filled.
A schedule of classes is
available on the college's Web
site at and
at all college locations, area
chambers of commerce and
public libraries.
Open to adults of any age,
Prime Time non-credit classes
start in September, October and
November. Prices range from
$5 to $75. Most Prime Time
courses are offered at the col-
lege's Niceville or Fort Walton
campuses with the Lunch &
Learn and Chef's Choice series
held at Destin area restaurants.

All Prime Time courses are
designed for leisure learning
with no grades or tests given.
Classes focus on computers,
health, foods, politics, arts, gar-
dening and more. New courses
include: fishing fundamentals,
ballroom dancing, tap dancing,
Kitchenique cooking class on
searing and sauces, native
wildlife animals, the U.S.
Constitution, and several new
Lunch & Learn seminars.
Lunch & Learn courses
titled "Life on a Deserted
Island--The Bahamas" or
"Survivor : Bahamian Style"
and "12 Keys to Reaching Your
Personal Best" will be offered
at Rutherford's 465 in Regatta
Bay, Destin. The Chef's Choice
series will feature various
restaurants, including Sushi
Siam and Longhorn Steakhouse
in Destin, Tommy Bahama's
Tropical Caf6 in Sandestin, and
the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach
Club in Santa Rosa Beach.

Individuals who have previ-
ously enrolled may register by
Web at First-time
students should enroll in per-
Prime Time participants
receive the benefits of regular
NWF State College students,
including use of the library,
access to special events, and
free parking. For more infor-
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Will learn how

to do without

U.S. amenities

By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Before electricity came
along, there were oil lamps
and cooking with the aid of
fire. One may have had to
walk quite a distance to tote
water back to the homestead
and bathing might have been
a once-a-week occurrence.
But Jessica "Jesi" Griffin,
who recently earned her mas-
ters degree at the University
of Florida and is a Niceville
High graduate of the Class of
20()4, will soon be living just
She's joined the Peace
Corps and will leave for
Malawi, South Africa, in 26
days. Though her first three
months there will be spent
with a host family, after that
period of training is over
she'll be living on her own in
an area with no running
water, electricity or phone
"For the first three months
we'll be in training," said the
22-year-old. "We'll be learn-
ing to acclimate and what to
expect. I'll be there with 22
other volunteers, but once
that three months is over,
we'll all be separated and will
be on our own."
Though the Peace Corps
will secure living quarters for
each volunteer and supply a
small stipend for living
expenses, Griffin said, "I'm
going to have to learn how to
do everything differently.
There won't be any electricity,
or running water." What water
she does get will have to be
boiled. Doing laundry and
cooking a meal for supper,
activities Griffin said she now
takes for granted, will be
chores that entail more time
and effort. "It may be differ-
ent," she said, "but I'm excit-
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and to schedule an audition time call
Dr. Marilyn Overturf, director, at
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
exhibit features vintage buttons,
clothing and accessories from the
14th through the early 20th century.
The exhibit is on view through
Aug. 29.
Safe boating course

Cour 'e, cnuctedaby the oa ite
States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
1-4, will take place at Coast Guard
Station Destin, 2000 Miracle Strip
Pkwy., Destin, Saturday, Aug. 29.
Class begins at 9 a.m. and registra-
tion begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is
$35, which includes the text, lunch,
tour of the station and the examina-
Info: Gordon Schmidt,
729-1522, or Stan Smith, 865-9130.
Hospice garage sales
Covenant Hospice will hold
gaer sales at141 2r9dth sSt
NieileFiays a Stray o
the second and fourth weekends of
the month, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., through the
end of October. The sales will bene-
fit its non-funded and under-funded
programs in Okaloosa and Walton
counties, including bereavement
services, children's services, chap-
lain 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

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Categories are: Nature, Sports,
community, History, Recreation,
Academics and Organizations.
First, second and third place win-
nesillirne e vo osz may be made
into a calendar or published in other
city publications.
Proceeds from the
calendar sales
will be used to
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copyright violations or manipulation
of photos accepted. Limit three
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Pick up registrations at Youth
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
NWFSC 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
computers, computer parts, prmnters,
office type furniture, a 26-passenger
bus, a van and various miscellaneous
Info: 729-5380.
Skating party planned
The city of Niceville Youth
Center will throw a skating
party/contest Aug. 29, 4-8 p.m. To
skteT t te pat sansra 5 n
tional $10. Prizes are awarded to
first, second, third in beginner, inter-
mediate, and advanced categories.
Call Kevin at 293-5730 for addition-
al Info. or leave a message at
Middle school parenting
Parents of middle school children
have mixed expectations and feelings
about them. They are no longer
young elementary children who need
close supervision nor are they full
grown teenagers needing less
parental oversight. The Kiwanis Club
of Niceville-Valparaiso is sponsoring
a Seminar to identify parenting skills
and strategies needed for middle
school students, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1, at St. Judes
Episcopal Church, 200 N. Partin
Drive. A dinner will be served, fol-

lowed by the seminar. It will cost $10
per family. Info: Bill Thursby at
Charity golf classic
The Rocky Bayou Country Club
Please see CALENDAR, page B-4

The parking pass will provide entry
into the festival and backstage park-
ing for the driver and one guest.
Raffle tickets are $2 each, or three
for $5, and all proceeds will benefit
the American Cancer Society's Relay
for Life. Info: 729-4070.
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. 26.
The concerts are free on the pub-
lic green in
Grand Park,
located in Grand
Boulevard at
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and Beach Resort. Bring blankets
and chairs.
Info: 654-5929 or grandboule-
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Scrabble Anyone? at Niceville
Library. Do you enjoy playing
Scrabble? Niceville Public Library
will be set up with Scrabble boards
for the adult community to play and
enjoy on Wednesday, Aug. 26, begin-
ning at 10:30 am. Info and to reserve
a seat, as required, phone 729-4090.
Fine-free month at library
August is Fines Free Month at the
Niceville library. If you have overdue
books, now is a great time to return
them without incurring a fee.
Youth Chorus auditions
Auditions for the Northwest
Florida Youth Chorus will be held on
Thursday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m. in the
Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly

Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College in
Niceville. The Youth Chorus, under
the direction of Judy Eddins, is
specifically geared toward young
vocalists in grades four to eight.
Rehearsals take place Thursdays, 5-
6:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall.
Info: Judy Eddins, 375-6680, or
Amanda Barker, 729-6085.
Embroiderers meeting
The Sand Dunes Chapter of
Embroiderers' Guild of America cel-
ebrates various forms of hand
embroidery. Its summer stitch-in
series continues on Thursday, Aug.
27, 6-8:30 p.m., at the First United
Methodist Church of Niceville.
Visitors are welcome.
Evolution/creation lecture
The Mattie Kelly Cultural and
Environmental Institute at Northwest
Florida State College will present Dr.
Patricia "Tricia" Kelley, a National
Association of Geoscience Teachers
Distinguished Lecturer, Thursday,
Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. on the mainstage
of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on
the college's Niceville campus.
Kelley will present a free public lec-
ture on "Evolution and Creation:
C.. .I! II~min, or Compatible?"
The lecture kicks off a special
semester-long series on evolution as
part of the college's regular "Science
Friday" seminar series. The regular
seminars are held on the third Friday
of the month, 11 a.m.-noon on the
NWFSC Niceville Campus. All
Science Friday seminars are free and
open to the public.
Library photo exhibit
The Niceville Public Library is
featuring a photography exhibit by
local photographer, Opal
Westmorland now through Sept. 28.
Opal has been doing freelance pho-
tography for over 20 years. She is a
member of The Intemnational Library
of Photography and has had several
photos published in their books. She

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Singer, songwriter and worship
leader Matt Maher has committed
to perform a live concert at Christ
Our Redeemer Catholic Church in
Niceville on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 6
p.m. Doors will open at 5:15.
In April 2008, Maher released
his 12-track debut album, "Empty
and Beautiful."
Maher's songs "Just Like You"
and "Your Grace is Enough" are
cornerstones for most youth
groups and praise and worship
ensembles not only in the
Niceville area, but across the
Maher will release his next
album, "Alive Again," Sept. 22.
Beyond serving with organiza-
tions like,, Passion,
Youth Specialties, and Adore
Ministries, Matt Maher is also a
contributing artist for Life Teen, a
high school youth movement that
helped lead him to Jesus. His
songs are being sung by the

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Tonya Katherine Rasor and
Eber Lima do Nascimento were
married June 20 at Rocky Bayou
Baptist Church.
The bride is daughter of

cook while listening to Willie
Nelson or Frank Sinatra. My
cousins, who lived next door, lis-
tened to everything from
Broadway to British Rock, like
the Beatles and The Who."
All proceeds from the Oct. 4
concert will benefit the young
adults ministry at Christ Our
Redeemer. This ministry serves

Ronald and Carol Rasor of
Niceville. The groom is son of
Francisco and Elilde Nascimento
of Niceville and of Natal, Brazil.
Pastor Dale Julio officiated
the ceremony. Music was pro-
vided by vocalists Lisa
Everingham and Tammy
Christensen and pianists
Michelle Tredway and Loretta
Hake. Karen Townley did the


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Sunday School "Rally Day,
Sunday Au ust 30

*Living in G0d's Amazing Grace!.

Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching ourt with the Transforming
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
Sunday: Holy Communlon 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
ANGILICAN CHURCH wu esay Hoay C unraon 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.

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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 Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:'45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School)*

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"

Pastor: Cjhri's Phiillips (Gradu ii f the 191alter's Seminary)

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30: "Know Your Enemy: Satan"

church around the world. A num-
ber of Matt Maher-written songs
have been recorded by other
artists, including: "Your Grace is
Enough," Maher's first radio sin-
gle and a song for the church that
was originally recorded by
Maher's good friend, Chris
Tomlin; "Unwavering," a reflec-
tion on the Beatitudes (recorded
prior by Bethany Dillon); and
"For Your Glory," a New
Testament response to
Bomn and raised in
Newfoundland, Canada, Maher
grew up in a strong culture com-
posed of two elements: music and
tradition. "Music is part of the fab-
ric of the culture there, similar to
places like Louisiana or the
Appalachian mountains," Maher
"I grew up listening to
American Top 40 with Casey
Kasem every Saturday, rain or
shine," he said. "My dad would

Matt Mlaher with his band. Mlaher will perform at Christ Our
Redeemer Catholic Church Oct. 4.

the needs of all individuals and
families from 18-39 years of age.
The cost is $19 in advance.
Tickets are available at buildu- Group rates are
"Out of Darkness," a local
Christian group, composed of a
married duo from the Niceville
area, will kick off the evening.

The bride chose her sister,
Heather Perez, as the matron of
honor. The bridesmaids were
Shiara Rose, Marlene DelaCruz,
Jasmine Persons, Jessica
Tadlock, Laura Underwood, and
Lori Miller.
The groom chose his close
friend, Paul Cast, as best man.
The groomsmen were Alan
Davis, Gene Fuller, Philip
Warner, and Daniel Wilcoxen.

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Evening Bible Study
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Middle School (MS) Parenting Seminar

To Learn Skills and Strategies to Help Your Children
Find Balance Using the Four Developmental Legs:

Intellectual Growth: Dr. Debra Collins Goolsby, Ruckel MS Principal
Spiritual Development: Tyler Fuller, Niceville Methodist MS Youth Pastor
Emotional Coping: Liz Smith, Ruckel MS Counselor
Physical Health: Billy Mikel, Lewis MS Principal

Tuesday, September 1: 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
St. Judes Episcopal Church, 200 North Partin Drive, Niceville
IAcross from Ruckel MS]

$10.00 per family (Make checks payable to Kiwanis Club)

Grilled Hamburrer/ Hot Dog Dinner with Fixings and Drink,
Free Child Care, and Organized MidSchl Program Provided

SPONSOR: Niceville/Valparaiso Kiwanis Club
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Due byAug 28,2009
Drop this completed Form (with Check) in Registration Box at Ruckel or Lewis MS OR
Mail them to: "Kiwanis Parenting Seminar", PO Box 1012, Niceville FL 32588-1012.

From page B-2
inN 11ile will hold the Twi Citi cv win es
Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Thursday, Sept. 3. Proceeds will
benefit the
Niceville Family
YMCA and the
He ri ta g e
Museum of
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F 1orida .
Sponsorships available for teams,
individuals and hole sponsors.
Registration deadline is Aug. 31. To
register or for info: Michael Appe,
420-6621, or mappe@ecym
Class of '99 reunion
Niceville High School class of
1999 Reunion will be Sept. 4 and 5.
Contact Nicci VanMatre for infor-
mation and/or questions at nicci
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
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Entertainment schedule: Saturday,
Sept. 5: live entertainment by the
Apple Beatles, 7-9 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 6: live entertainment by the
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Harbor at 8:30 p.m.
Farewell to summer
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Foundation and Grand Boulevard at
Sandestin will present "A Musical
Farewell to Summer" on Sunday,
Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at Grand Park in
Grand Boulevard.
Entertainer/singer David
Seering and The Classic Brass will
take to the stage at 7 p.m. in Grand
Park, performing music from
Broadway, big band to the best of
Chicago. Admission is free.
Ag low International meets
Aglow International will meet at
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, at
Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle
Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, for

coffee and fellowship. The meeting,
featuring Joni Ames, will begin at
10 a.m. An evening meeting, for
those who work and have small
children, will meet at the same loca-
tion and will begin at 7 p.m. Both
meetings are free and all are wel-
Arts and crafts fair
Destin United Methodist
Women will sponsor an arts and
crafts fair Sept. 11 and 12 in 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 Fall
Officers' wives to meet
The NW Retired Officers Wives
Club will meet on Thursday, Sept.
17, at the Eglin Officers Club.
Social will begin at 11 a.m. and
lunch will be served at 11:30 am.
The program will be Jeffrey Rink
from the Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra. Reservations:
609-8075 by Sept. 10.
Library book sale .
The Friends of the Niceville
Library invite you to attend their
annual book sale in the Niceville
Community Center; 204 N. Partin
Dnive (next door to the library).
On Friday, Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m., a
presale will be offered only for

members of Friends of the 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 god
will also be on sale. gos
Proceeds benefit the Niceville
Public Library.
Info: 729-4090.
Buy the Bayou auction
The 10th annual Buy the Bayou
auction, presented by the Niceville
Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce,
will be held Friday, Sept. 18. This
event will include a silent auction, a
live auction, food, drinks, and enter-
tainment. It will be held at the
Rocky Bayou Country Club begin-
ning at 6 p.m. Tickets are available
at the Chamber office for $10.
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
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* Unfurn. MC Townhouse, 2/2.5, Waterfront, Travertine,
Stainless app., Granite .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .$1,550
* Furn. Studio-Waterfront, Utilities & WiFi Included .$ 850
* Furn. Efficiency, Bay Villa, W/D, Utilities Included .$1,100
* Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, W/D, Full Kitchen,
Utilities Included .Mil/Corp Discount $1,100 w/ lyr. lease
* Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
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* F~umn MIC Towndhouse, 3/2.5, Bayview, garage,. $,0

Fully Furnished & Renovated
Beautiful Bay Views.
Call Carrie & Diane for
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Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653)
Steve Hughes Carrie Leugers
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Bluewater Bay -Carribean Village. AIIBrick Home sparkles
with curb-appeal. New Roof 2004, Freshly Painted Interior,
Tile in Kitchen, Dining Room, Hall and Hardwood floors in
Foyer. AI| Bedrooms have wood laminate flooring. Granite
Counter tops in Kitchen. 12/20 Workshops/Storage plus
Gardening Shed. Move-in condition. New Double paned win-
dows and new A/C unit. Sold "AS IS" "Short Sale" $195,00

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

Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built 2006. AI|
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 AFB. Many upgrades through-
out home. 2,351 Sq. Ft. $1,0

Residential Land off Hopper Street renamed Black Pearl
Cove. 3 lots for sale at $55,000 each. Builder McDorman
will build to suit. Level and a subdivision with 5 homes total.

Destin: Short Sale Shirah 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,ooo

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. $14.00 per square plus Cam & Sales


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IM ~ir~i
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Full-time customer
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4/2, 2172 SqFt. New
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Elementa ry, Cul de
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Play set, including 3
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Must see. $1000. 279-

3br/2.5ba, 1450sf
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SPACIOUS 4/2, 1756SF is move-in ready. In great family neighborhood & close to Bruner Jr. High.
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FAMILY SIZED in family friendly neighborhood. 6/3, 3528SF flowing floorplan. Close to marina, golf
course & pool. $525,000 Web#919
LAKEFRONT LIVING! All brick 2000SF featuring updated kitchen, sun room, private dock & beau-
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When Larry Ashley decid-
ed to investigate his boss' sus-
picious money-handling prac-
tices he knew he was putting
his own job and career at risk.
What Ashley didn't know then
was that the "culture of cor-
ruption" he exposed would
send Sheriff Charlie Morris to
a federal penitentiary.
Now Ashley, the chief
deputy of
the sheriff's
will be hon-
I ored by the
SSenate for
his role in
ending the
Larry Ashley that perme-
ated the
county's top law enforcement
Sen. Don Gaetz has nomi-
nated Ashley for the Senate
Medal of Excellence, the
Legislature's highest award
that can be bestowed on a citi-
zen of Florida. Senate
President Jeff Atwater (R-
Palm Beach) will join Gaetz in
presenting the honor to Ashley
Aug. 28 in Fort Walton Beach.
"Larry Ashley could have
done what others did--take
the money and turn his back,"
Gaetz (R-Niceville) said in
recommending the award.
"Instead, he acted on his deep
commitment to his oath as a
sworn officer of the law and
his sense of obligation to his
community. Because Larry

Ashley put honor above all
else, a culture of corruption
was exposed and ended.
Because of Larry Ashley's
integrity and courage,
Okaloosa County's trust in
law enforcement can be re-
earned and restored."
In late 2008, Ashley, a
member of the command team
in the sheriff's office, suspect-
ed wrongdoing when he heard
about "bonuses" paid to
departmental staff and sworn
officers, who then returned
part of the money to Morris.
He instituted an "unauthorized
investigation" of the sheriff
and took the initiative to
involve the Federal Bureau of
Investigation on Jan. 10.
The sheriff was arrested on
Feb. 27, pleaded guilty to six
federal felonies on May 19
and was sentenced on Aug. 10.
He still awaits trial on state
charges. Ashley is credited by
the FBI as the person most
responsible for bringing down
Morris and ending the intri-
cate bonus scheme.
"Morris' removal as sheriff,
his arrest by federal agents,
and his confession and convic-
tion occurred because an hon-
est, courageous officer stood
up against corruption and ille-
gality," Gaetz said. "Out of
this sorry, sordid tale of bro-
ken trust comes a person of
integrity and guts who we can
point to with pride and grati-
Details of the presentation
to Ashley will be made public
within a few days.

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Senate to honor

sheriff's deputy

Investigated, blew whistle on scandal

Tyler Ewing


Tyler Ewing, 15, of Niceville, a
member of Boy Scout Troop 52,
Valparaiso, completed his Eagle
project recently. He led his team in
giving the Ruckel Mliddle School
boys locker room a makeover,
pressure-washing the entire
room, removing peeling paint and
sanding and repainting it, and
painting the stripes, logo and
stenciling on the walls.
Courtesy photo

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