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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: September 16, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Beacon photo by Dave Shelikoff
Niceville and Choctawhatchee high schools played football Friday night at Eagle Stadium under
the backdrop of a huge flag erected by local fire companies in memory of the eighth anniver-
sary of the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001. First responders received a big
hand as they gathered beneath the flag. The Eagles won the game, 49-0. Story, A-10.

Wednesday. 6-8 pam.
Get an overview of the
many opportunities for
higher education through-
out the United States at
College Night, a free event
at Northwest Florida State
College, Building K. More
than 80 representatives of
colleges and universities
rilbe there to answer all

Thursday.6:30 p.m.


at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center. The show,
geared toward youngsters
inl second through fifth
grades, costs $6. Call 729-
Friday. 6 pam.
Find some real bargains,
get a bite to eat and have a
good time at the 10Oth
annual Buy the Bayou auc-
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Chamber office for $10.

"Tuhda lericanGirls
Book Club will resume
with a new mystery spin at
Niceville Public Library.
Girls age 7-13 can sign up
in Youth Services or call
Saturday, 7:30 pam.
Barbershop singers from
throughout Northwest
Florida will perform a one-
time show at Christ Our
Redeemer Catholic Church
on White~i "'-: i

Road. b L -

bernshn pers wilb
Camerata, a 60-male voice
chorus from Niceville High
Tickets are $10 and are
available from any barber-
shopper or at the door. Call
496-1 769.

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

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The City of Niceville has
already received nearly $2,000 in
cash and more than $4,000 in
pledges to help fund next year's
July 4 fireworks display over
Boggy Bayou.
In a report to the city council
during the council meeting Sept.

8, Niceville City Clerk Dan
Doucet wrote that since the city
began printing a place for city
water system customers to enter
pledges on their water bills to
help fund the fireworks, a total of
$4,914.95 had been pledged for
the next 12 months by 81 water
system customers. Of that,
$2,322 is expected to be avail-

able by July of 2010. In addition,
said Doucet, the city has received
$1,818.95 in cash, raising the
projection for next July to
$4, 140.95.
"That's just for now. I'm cer-
tain we'll continue to receive
new donations," Doucet told the
council. In addition to collecting
pledges and cash, the city has

also placed a large bin near City
Hall to collect recyclable cans
donated by whoever cares to
contribute. "I know we'll receive
money from the cans," Doucet
Last month, the Niceville City
Council decided to add voluntary
requests for fireworks fund dona-
tions to city water bills and to set

up the can collection, to help
ensure that next year's annual
fireworks show goes on.
Although the annual fireworks
display over Boggy Bayou,
between Niceville and
Valparaiso, is a long-standing
annual tradition, the 2009

Please see FUND, page A-9

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
In the first of two budget hear-
ings scheduled this month,
Valparaiso city commissioners
tentatively approved a Fiscal Year
2009-10 budget of $6,732,390.
They also tentatively approved an
ad valorem property tax of 4.5
mills, up 20 percent.
During the Sept. 9 hearing,
city commissioners said they are
still looking for ways to lower the

property tax, and may do so dur-
ing the final budget hearing
scheduled for 5:01 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 21. Once given final
approval, the new budget and
millage rate will take effect at the
beginning of the new fiscal year
on Oct. 1.
SCommissioner H.H. Strong
said he is confident that on Sept.
21, the commission will be able

Please see MILLAGE, page A-6

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Two Niceville residents were
arrested on drug charges after a
routine traffic stop led to the dis-
covery of what was later
described by Walton County
sheriff's deputies as a "rolling
meth lab."
Rhonda Jean Hopkins, 35, of
1128-A 47th St., Niceville, and
James Anthony Melvin, 43, same
address, were arrested by Walton
Please see METH, page A-6

drug lab.

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
This year's Boggy Bayou Mullet
Festival will open a day earlier than
usual, with a special preview to benefit
Relay for Life and the July 4 fireworks
Dubbed "The Mullet Festival
Presents the Relay for Life Night," the
additional day--Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-10
p.m.--will include discounted entry and

ride fees, special contests,
entertainment and a food
booth. It will be a fami-
ly night, with no alco-
hol served.
"The city of
Niceville's Relay for
Life team has set a
goal for our team of
$16,000 total," said city
librarian Sheila Bishop,

one of the organizers. "We're
hoping to come up with at
least $5,000 for this night.
That might be a little highbu i' (a.

The 33rd annual festival
of music, food, crafts and
games will be held at the
Mullet Festival site, College
Boulevard and Highway 85,

Admission Thursday will be $5 for
adults and $2 for ages 6-17. Children
under 6 will be admitted free. No
advance tickets will be available.
The usual entry fee is $10, with chil-
dren under 12 admitted free. Advance
tickets are also available at $9 each or
three for $25.
Patrons should hold on to their ticket
Please see FEST, page A-7

BaMo CreC ondent
About 10 residents of the
North Bay Fire District, in addi-
tion to fire department personnel,
attended the Sept. 9 budget hear-
ing of the Nonth Bay Fire
Commission, where they listened
and asked questions about the fire
district's proposed budget and
property tax rate.
The hearing was the first of
two such public hearings on the
budget and millage rate, with the
second hearing scheduled for 7
p.m. today, Wednesday, at the
North Bay fire station on White
Point Road.
North Bay Fire Chief Joseph
Miller said the millage for the
2009-10 fiscal year, if approved
tonight, would be 2.19, up 22.8
percent from the current 1.7827
The proposed millage rate
means that property owners in the
North Bay district would pay
$2.19 for every $1,000 of taxable
value of their property after
homestead exemptions and other

ment acquisiti n.loa eie

who attended the public budget
hearing asked why the millage
will be higher than in previous
One reason for the higher rate,
said Chief Miller, is that the fire
district has lost about
$60,000,000 in taxable property
value during the past year as the
national economy and real estate
values have declined. The "roll-
back" millage rate, or the rate
needed to generate as much rev-
enue as in the previous fiscal
year, would have been 1.9071, he
said, and expenses have gone up
in such areas as employee insur-
In addition, said commission
Chairman James R. Miller, last
year's revenue was supplement-
ed by about $237,000 taken
from reserves to fund expenses,
a one-time cost-cutting measure
which cannot be repeated this
year. He said the fire chief and
Please see TAX, page A-9

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
With $50,000 in leftover
funds, members of the
Bluewater Bay Municipal
Services Benefit Unit
(MSBU) said last week that
they expect to be able to cut
the MSBU's flat-fee proper-
ty tax again in one year.
During the Sept. 8
MSBU meeting, members of
the MSBU governing board
voted to put $50,000 in
unspent funds from this
year's budget into a carry-
over contingency fund for
the upcoming 2009-10 fiscal
"That's why we should
be able to reduce the tax" a
year from now, said MSBU

finance chairman David
Strunk. Spending during FY
2008-09, which ends Sept.
30, has been less than origi-
nally forecast, he said. The
tax rate has already been cut
slightly for the fiscal year
set to begin Oct. 1.
"Now that the MSBU has
been operating for a few
years," Strunk said, "things
are becoming more mature,'
with more of the MSBU's
community beautification
activity oriented toward
maintenance of existing
landscaping rather than
building new landscaping
projects. The resulting say-
ings have left the MSBU
Please see MSBU, page A-6

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Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Commissioners of the North Bay Fire District meeting Sept. 9 in
Bluewater Bay.

deductions. For example, the
owner of a home with a taxable
value of $200,000 would pay
$438 in taxes to the fire district,
in addition to other property taxes
and fees collected by Okaloosa
County, the school district, and
other taxing authorities.
Miller said the proposed tax
level will help produce about
$1,969,860 in total revenue,
including interest and other

sources as well as property taxes.
Spending for the coming fiscal
year, said Miller, is expected to
be about $1,967,803.14, about
$51,424 more than in the previ-
ous fiscal year.
Highlights of the FY 2009-10
budget, he said, include
$1,544,692 in personnel costs,
$92,637 for professional operat-
ing expenses, $82,000 for mainte-
nance, and $74,500 for equip-

Fireworks fund starts with a bang

Va lparaiso see ~s

t0 pare possible

20% millage hike

NOVOT forget

M/eth lab on

wheels seized,

deputies say

IMullet Fest expands to 4 days

N. Bay eyes 23% tax-rate hike

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By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The East Niceville Fire
District Board of
Commissioners gave tenta-
tive approval Sept. 9 to a
2010 millage rate of 2.35,
up 17.5 percent.
According to
Commissioner Matt
Schwab, the millage rate
increased because, "rev-
enue from the property
appraisers went down.
"With our district," he
added, "there are no other
streams of revenue."
Tax rolls in the district
dropped about 5 percent
this year, largely due to
falling property values.
A unanimous vote gave
preliminary approval to the
rate, which would rise
from the current 2 mills.
Mike Marcolongo,
board chairman, said the
state allows for a maxi-

mum rate of 2.398. The
2.35 millage is expected to
bring in $640,273. Interest
are exepeted to bring in
$9,350, and the projected
carryover from 2008-09 is
In a related unanimous
vote, the board adopted a
tentative budget of
$764,623, which is
$43,457 more than last
year's. The budget
increase is due, said
Marcolongo, to increases
in payroll, vehicle mainte-
nance, operational costs
and office supplies.
The East Niceville Fire
District's next Board of
Commissioners meeting is
7:30 p.m., Wednesday,
Sept. 23, at which it will
take a final vote on the
millage rate. The meeting
will take place in the fire-
house at 1709 27th St.,

Air Force photo
The Valparaiso City Commission has approved parts of a plan aimed at accommodating operations at
nearby Eglin Air Force Base. But the panel reiterated its rejection of key parts of the plan. The base
will become home to a school for pilots and maintainers of the new F-35 fighter jet, above.

Mayor Bruce Arnold strongly
disagreed with the report and ree-
ommendations because, he said, it
was based on unrealistic and pre-
mature jet-noise data. The city is
suing the Air Force to block the
planned basing of F-35 warplanes
at Eglin, saying more work needs
to be done to reduce engine noise
from the craft.
City Attomney Doug Wyckoff
asked commissioners Monday to
modify their rejection of JLUS
and adopt a resolution accepting
about half of its recommendations.
JLUS is a Defense
Department-funded program
whose goal is to get communities
to adopt land-use plans compati-
ble with the military missions of
adjacent military bases. A 2004
Florida statute finds it "desirable"
for local governments to cooperate
with military bases by compatible
land-use policies that help prevent
civilian encroachment and facili-
tate the continued military pres-
ence in Florida.
Amold initially opposed the
attorney's suggestion, saying he
didn't want to weaken the city's
position that the JLUS is based on
incomplete data and used worse-
case jet-noise profiles that even the
Air Force said it was not going to
"You have to adopt something
to be in the game," replied
Wyckoff. He said that he'd
learned from Pentagon sources
that the city did not need to adopt
all 15 JLUS recommendations to
qualify for funding from the
Defense Department's Office of
Economic Adjustment (OEA.)

That's the agency that funded
about 90 percent of the JLUS
effort and has talked about possi-
ble funding to implement some of
the report's recommendations.
Arnold said he doubted that
OEA would fund any remedial
studies until the Air Force pub-
lished its Supplemental
Environmental Impact Study
related to basing and operating the
F-35 aircraft at Eglin.
"This is like insurance,"
responded Wyckoff. "If they do
(fund remedial efforts), we're
Arnold eventually voted with
three commissioners, 4-0, unani-
mously adopting portions of the
JLUS report and related recom-
mendations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and
13. Absent was commissioner
Lydia Johnson.
Among the seven JLUS ree-
ommendations the city commis-
sion agreed to adopt were two that
call for studies of what's needed to
soundproof public and private
buildings in high noise areas.
About 90 percent of the city of
Valparaiso was designated by
JLUS as being in such noisy areas
once the F-35s arrive in numbers.
The study could quantify costs
related to making homes in high
noise zones livable.
The commission also agreed to
recommended building-height
limitations to avoid potential con-
flicts with Eglin operations, and
implementation of new construc-
tions standards to reduce noise
levels as well as recommendations
related to public awareness and
education programs related to

Eglin's mission impacts.
However, the commission
again rejected a recommendation
for a government program to buy
land in noisy areas, rejected a pro-
posed redevelopment plan to
transform residential areas into
business and industrial zones, and
rejected the establishment of
enterprise zones, where tax incen-
tives would be granted to encour-
age business activity. It also
rejected recommendations related
to disclosure during real estate
transactions, rejected establish-
ment of a zoning designation of
"Military Influence Areas," and
rejected a recommendation to
update the city's Comprehensive
Plan to reflect land uses compati-
ble with Eglin's missions.
Jeff Fanto, Okaloosa County's
Growth Management coordinator
for the JLUS study was surprised
and encouraged to leamn about
Valparaiso's softening stance
toward JLUS. "It's a great step
forward," he said yesterday.
In other city commission busi-
ness Monday:
--Valparaiso resident Bob
Webb said he and a working group
of engineers have written to
Assistant Secretary of the Air
Force Kathleen Ferguson stating
that the Air Force syllabus for F-
35 flight training at Eglin is not
adequately prepared, hampering
completion of Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement.
Webb said the lack of a training
syllabus will also negatively
impact an ongoing regional air
space study between military and
civilian air control agencies in
northwest Florida.
--Raised basic cable service
for residents by $1.27 per month
for basic cable service, channels 3-
--Initiated the process to
produce the city's first official
zonmng map. City Administrator
Carl Scott said that city officials
plan to zone the northern section
of Valparaiso Industrial. Except
for Planned Unit Developments
along College Boulevard, Scott
said the area from about
Marquette Street northward to
the city's boundary with Eglin,
near the Turkey Creek bridge,
has never been zoned. The
Industrial zoning category
would also be in line with ree-
ommendations made by the
JLUS, he said. Letters need to
be sent to all property owners
witi 40 ieed obe he paopp 1d
hearing is conducted on the pro-
posed zoning.

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Valparaiso backtracks, OKs

part of Eglin-related land plan

But city still

rejects key


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Waiter
In a partial reversal, the
Valparaiso City Commission
Monday endorsed seven of 15 ree-
ommendations of the controver-
sial Eglin Joint Land Use Study
However, the commission reit-
erated its rejection of eight recom-
mendations of the Pentagon-fund-
ed study, some of which would, if
implemented, change the face of
the city to accommodate increased
flight operations at nearby Eglin
Air Force Base.
Monday's action was in con-
trast to Valparaiso's flat rejection
of the JLUS final report a month
ago. On Aug. 12 Valparaiso was
the lone dissenting vote among the
three-county, 11-city JLUS policy
panel that accepted the final

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NHS Collegiate RBCS Okaloosa Fla. U.S

By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
For years, Okaloosa County
school students, on average,
have bested most other Florida
students as well as those in the
U.S. when it comes to college
entrance exam scores. They did
it again this year, with Twin
Cities schools scoring even
higher than other Okaloosa
schools on SAT exams.
Recently released 2009 SAT
scores show Niceville-
Valparaiso high schoolers out-
performing other American stu-
dents by at least 94 points, on
average, in the three areas tested
(critical reading, math and writ-
ing). Meantime, Okaloosa
County School District stu-
dents, as a group, outscored the
U.S. average, ranking fourth
Rocky Bayou Christian

School posted the highest
SAT average composite
score, at 1799, out of a pos-
sible 2400. Collegiate
School of Northwest
Florida State College was
second, with an average
1759. Niceville High test
takers' average was 1603.
All scored well above
district, state and national
School administrators
give a large amount of cred-
it for higher college
entrance exam scores to the
students themselves. I
"We continue to be
pleased and amazed at how
well our students perform
on national standardized -
tests," said Charla Cotton,
director at the Collegiate High
School. "I think it just affirms
that our students place high pri-

achieve and set the bar
pretty high."
While a student's atti-
tude toward learning and
studying certainly con-
tributes to exceptional col-
lege entrance exam scores,
other area educators were
quick to give a pat on the
back to those who spend
time teaching the scholars.
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts said the test
scores illustrated that
"we're doing a good job
teaching the standards the
kids need to know."
Donnie Pridgin,
Advanced Placement
Studies coordinator at
-Niceville High, said credit
should be given to both
educators and students.
"Our teachers expect stu-
dents at NHS to demonstrate

skills showing readiness for the
academic work at the collegiate
level, and at the same time stu-
dents have dedicated them-
selves to mastering the higher
order thinking that is required
on these tests," Pridgin said.
"We are encouraging more stu-
dents to take the SAT and ACT
in preparation for being more
competitive in gaining entrance
into a four-year university."
Even so, Tibbetts felt there
was always room for improve-
ment. "We've really got to step
it up in middle school," she
added. "Students must begin
this process in middle school so
they have study skills, organiza-
tional skills and test-taking
skills before they get into high
school. Beginning this year
we're strongly suggesting that
every middle school student
take at least one honors course."


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ority on academics."
Michael Mosley, assistant
superintendent of Rocky Bayou

Christian School, said: "The
class of '09 had a super work
ethic. They really purposed to

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Officials of the Northwest Florida State College Foundation meet-
ing Mlonday in Niceville.

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
The Northwest Florida State
College Foundation is still looking
for a new executive director to
take over the post left vacant when
Jim Chitwood, the previous exec-
utive director, retired last year. The
Foundation is the semi-official
fundraising arm of the college,
helping to collect millions of dol-
lars in donations for scholarships
and other items for the college not
covered by state funding or by
tuition and fees charged to stu-
The foundation's financial
committee met in Niceville Sept.
10, followed by a meeting of the
full board of directors on Monday,
during which the full board
approved recommendations made
by the financial committee, as
well as conducting some other
business, including seeingasie
presentation by collegasie Vice
President Gary Yancey, showing
four building projects underway
or in planning at the college.
Interim college President Jill
White told foundation members
that the search for a new executive
director is proceeding on sched-
ule, with several candidates hav-
ing already applied for the posi-
tion. The ideal candidate, she said,
will probably be someone with a
master's degree and several years'
experience in fundraising for non-
profit organizations. Other desir-
able attributes, she said, would be
for the new director to be someone
familiar with Northwest Florida
State College, and someone
already known and respected in
Northwest Florida.
Late last year, the then-presi-
dent of NWFSC, Bob Richburg,
tried to include the foundation
executive director's duties in the
college vice presidency for which
he hired State Rep. Ray Sansom.
However, that arrangement fell
apart when the relationship
between Sansom and Richburg
became part of the controversy
surrounding the indictment of
Sansom, Richburg, and business-
man Jay Odom on official mis-
conduct charges in connection
with a tax-funded college building
project at the Destin Airport. Aill
three men have denied the charges
and are scheduled to stand trial in
Tallahassee Sept. 29.
Yancey's briefing, given to the
full board Monday morning,
included four projects:
-The new NWFSC campus
being built in South Walton

-The new water tower being
built at the Niceville campus.
-The new multi-purpose
sports arena, hurricane shelter, and
county emergency operations cen-
ter being built at the Niceville
-The new student services
building being planned, and which
will eventually be built at the
Niceville campus for about $25
Each of the projects, said
Yancey, is currently proceeding on
During both meetings, White
told foundation members that the
foundation's total assets are now
priced at about $33.5 million,
about 14 percent below last year's
level, but better than the losses
taken by many larger colleges and
universities due to stock market
reverses. In addition, she said,
stock and bond prices have begun
gradually climbing after the dra-
matic drops of the past year of
national economic recession.
Ray McGovern, investment
advisor to the college, said the
value of the foundation's assets
has actually climbed by about $2
million since July 1 of this year,
perhaps a sign that the nation is
beginning to recover, however
slowly, from the recession. One
factor in helping preserve the
value of the foundation's assets,
he said, was that when the reces-
sion first began, the foundation re-
allocated its financial assets more
in favor of relatively stable assets
such as bonds, with less invested
in more volatile assets like stocks.
Now, he said, is the time to re-allo-
cate back to the college's tradi-
tional balance of about 40 percent
stocks, 40 percent bonds, and the
rest in cash and miscellaneous
White also told foundation
members that enrollment at
NWFSC continues to grow, with
about 16,000 students now taking
classes at the college. Enrollment
in "lower division" courses is up
between 4 and 5 percent above
last year's levels, and enrollment
in "upper division" courses lead-
ing to bachelor's degrees is up
between 65 and 70 percent over
last year, as the college has added
new bachelor's programs in such
fields as education.
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NWFSC Foundation board of
directors is scheduled for 7:30
a.m., Nov. 16, in Building K of the
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From page A-1

to cut the millage, possibly to the
rollback level or below. The cur-
rent rate is 3.75 mills.
At a rate of 4.5 mills, property
owners in Valparaiso would pay

Valparaiso Public Library, reduce
travel by city employees, and
eliminate raises for employees of
the city-owned cable TV and
Intemet system.
Commissioner Thomas G.
Miller, who oversees the cable
and Intemet system, objected to
Smith's recommendation to elim-
inate raises in that department.
The cable and Intemet system,
said Miller, is an enterprise fund,
self-supported by the fees it
charges customers rather than by
tax money. "It has run by itself for
over 30 years," Miller told Smith,
"Leave it alone."
Commissioners also said they
plan to reduce funding for city-
sponsored activities at Lincoln
Park on July 4. Traditionally, the
city has sponsored an
Independence Day festival in the
waterfront park along Boggy
Bayou, to include music, food
and craft booths, and children's
sell, manufacture or deliver, pos-
session of drug paraphernalia, and
possession of listed chemicals for
the manufacture of a controlled
sheriff 's
reports gave
the follow-
ing account:
A sher-
iff's deputy
posted on
Highway 20 Rhonda J. Hopkins
in Villa Tasso saw a passing
black pickup truck driven by
Hopkins that had a blue tarp cov-
ering the bed of the vehicle and
extending over the tailgate cover-
ing the taillights. The attaching
ropes obscured the vehicle's
Texas tags.
The deputy followed the vehi-
cle with lights and sirens until
Hopkins pulled the truck over on
Highway 20 a short distance
inside Okaloosa County.
After a police dog sniffed and
"alerted" to the possible presence
of drugs in the vehicle, deputies
searched it and found a black bag
containing digital scales, a plas-
tic bag containing numerous
smaller bags, two plastic contain-
ers with a substance that field
tested positive for methampheta-

From page A-1
with $50,000 to carry over into
2009-10, and from there again
into the following year, making
it likely that the FY 2010-2011
property tax will be cut.
Earlier this year, the MSBU's
elected governing board
approved a Fiscal Year 2009-
2010 budget nearly $70,000
leaner than its previous, FY
2008-2009 budget. The MSBU
board approved a budget of
$296,420 for the coming 2009-
10 fiscal year. The current FY
2008-09 budget is $366,222.
The new FY 2010 budget
includes a reduction in spending
for special projects from about
$121,920 to about $46,309.
Reserve funds for FY 2010 were
cut from $27,570 to $26,885,
although the budget for lighting
climbed from $c12,000 in FY
2009 to $13,200 for FY 2010,
and funding for right-of-way
options jumped from $2,280 to
A smaller budget for the
coming year means a slightly
smaller annual flat-fee tax on
Bluewater Bay property owners,
who now pay $62.57 per home
or commercial pro Derty unit.
The fee for FY 2010 will be cut
to $61 per unit, according to the
proposed FY 2010 budget.
In FY 2010-11, said Strunk,
he anticipates even lower spend-
ing, and a cut in the tax to about
$60, which Strunk said would
be about what local property
owners paid when the MSBU
was first established by a local
referendum. Whether Strunk's
forecast actually comes to pass
will be decided in the spring of
2010, when the MSBU board
sets its FY 2010-11 budget.
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erty value after homestead
exemptions and other discounts.
For example, the owner of a home
appraised at $200,000 taxable
value would pay $900 in city
property tax, in addition to any
other taxes and fees owed to the
city. The 4.5 mills is slightly

above the "rolled back" rate of
4.0577 mills, which is the proper-
ty tax rate that would produce the
same amount of revenue as the
city collected for fiscal year 2008-
The proposed budget includes
$100,000 in non-departmental
legal fees, in addition to regular

legal expenses of from $500 to
$1,000 per city department. The
city is currently involved in a law-
suit against the Air Force to try to
get the service to do more to mit-
igate the noise and other local
impact of the planned deploy-
ment of F-35 fighter jets to a
training wing at Eglin Air Force
The proposed city budget also
includes an emergency reserve
fund of between $444,600 and
$593,000, or between 15 and 20
percent of the general fund oper-
ating and maintenance expenses
listed in the budget.
During the Sept. 9 hearing,
commissioners discussed recom-
mendations from Commissioner
Brent Smith for how to reduce the
city budget and tax rate. Among
Smith's recommendations were
to give no employee raises during
the coming year, reduce the num-
ber of employees at the

From page A-1
County sheriff's deputies Sept. 9
and charged with possession of
methamphetamine with intent to

games. However, when the annu-
al fireworks display over Boggy
Bayou was canceled this summer
for lack of funding, interest in
other July 4 activities along the
shore of the bayou waned. "I
don't think we can get enough
fees for booth rental without fire-
works," said Mayor Bruce
Amold, to cover the expense of
the other activities.
Amold said there are no plans
for Valparaiso to conduct any spe-
cial fundraising for the fireworks
show, unlike the City of Niceville,
which has begun collecting recy-
clable cans and adding a form to
its city water bills where cus-
tomers may voluntarily pledge
donations to the fireworks fund.
Smith suggested that
Valparaiso conduct fireworks
fundraising efforts similar to
those of Niceville, but got little
support from fellow commission-
mine, and straws.
In a second bag found inside
the truck, deputies found a plas-
tic bottle containing chemicals
suspected of being typically used
in making methamphetamine
from over-the-counter drugs.
They also found a second bottle
containing an unknown liquid, a
third bottle with acid, and anoth-
er containing striker plates from
match books
and suspect-
ed phospho-
rous. Also
in the same
bag was
plastic tub-
ing, coffee
filters, a
drain clean-
erpeoxieJames A. Mlelvin
two butane fuel canisters, and
rubbing alcohol.
Okaloosa County sheriff's
deputies transported Melvin and
Hopkins to the Okaloosa County
Jail. They were transferred to the
Walton County Jail Friday.
A hazardous materials team
from Tallahassee was called in to
clean up the toxic chemicals.
As of Monday afternoon
Hopkins and Melvin were both
being held at the Walton County
Jail in lieu of $30,500 bail each,
according to jail officials.
member Bart Bredenkamp, the
$50,000 contingency fund will
provide a source of emergency
funds in case an unexpected
event such as a hurricane
requires extra money to be spent
on repairs of street signs, light-
ing, or landscaping maintained
by the MSBU.
In other business, MSBU
members agreed to continue
their annual contract with E-
Cities, a web design and mainte-
nance company, to maintain the
MSBU web site at MSBU member
Dale Blanchard said he has
recently taken some photos of
local scenery to be added to the
web site.
Board members also said
they may add an announcement
to the web site, encouraging
local residents to participate in
the annual fall community
cleanup from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sept. 19. The cleanup is spon-
sored by the Okaloosa County
Environmental Council, and is
held in conjunction with similar
events in Valparaiso and other
parts of the county.
Okaloosa County Deputy
Sheriff Frank Taylor, the local
Community Policing Officer,
told the MSBU board that the
National Night Out held Aug. 4
was a success, with about 34
Bluewater Bay residents taking
part in the local part of the
event, held at the recently reno-
vated sheriff's substation near
the entrance to Magnolia
Plantation on State Road 20.
Taylor said he hoped the
recent event will revive interest
in the Neighborhood Watch pro-
gram, and said interested cit~i-
zens should contact sheriff s
crime-prevention specialist
Ashley Bailey at 651-7153 for
more information.

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stubs, as three cash drawings will
be held during the night. Winners
must be present.
All the rides will be operat-
ing, Bishop said. An armband
that allows unlimited rides will
be available for $15. The usual
armband price is $20 for the
entire weekend. The special $15
armband will be good only for
the preview night.
A food booth manned by vol-
unteer "celebrity chefs" will pre-
pare a shrimp boil and sell home-
made chips, hamburgers, hot
dogs and corn on the cob.
But the real attraction of the
special night is likely to be the
entertainment, some of which
could be considered offbeat.
No other booths will be open.
The festival, held yearly on
the third weekend in October,
will also be open, as usual, on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Oct. 16-18.
To commemorate the return
of Billy Ray Cyrus to the Mullet
Festival, a Billy Ray Cyrus and
Miley Cyrus (also known as
Hannah Montana) lookalike con-
test at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Billy Ray
fans aged 5 to 50 and Miley fans
aged 5 to 17 will have to perform
(or lip synch) one of the celebri-
ties' songs on the Mullet Festival
stage. Practice CDs will be avail-
able at the City of Niceville
administrative office on North
Partin Avenue two weeks before
the event. The entry fee is $20.

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The winner of each lookalike
contest will win $300 in cash and
have the opportunity to meet
Billy Ray Cyrus on stage as he
closes out the festival Sunday
night, Oct. 18.
Contestants will have to audi-
tion Saturday, Sept. 26, Bishop
said, either in person or on tape.
The final contestants will be
selected from that pool. She said
she expects no more than 15 per-
formers that night.
"We want to pretty much be
out of there by 10 p.m.," she said.
"But we want to make sure peo-
ple have fun and it's all for a
good cause for our community."
After the lookalike contest,
thumbs will fly in "Fast &
Furious," a text messaging com-
petition. Bishop said a recent
commercial holds that the aver-
age teen texts 70 words per
minute, while the average adult
texts only seven.
The competition will be open
to all ages, and contestants will
be judged on speed and accuracy.
The entry fee is $2.
"It's not going to be a profes-
sional competition," Bishop said.
"It's just going to be for fun."
But that fun can be lucrative.
Bishop said a minimum of $100
will go to the winner. From each
$2 entry fee, she said, $1 will go
to Relay for Life and $1 will go
into the pot for the winner,
"Depending on how many con-
testants we have, the pot could
be substantial." she said. The

special preview day) for us,"
Bishop said. "Since it's a family
fun night, no alcohol, reduced
admission and reduced prices for
rides, we're hoping it will be a
popular night and it'll grow over
the years."
"We'd like folks to come out
and support the Relay," she said.
"It'll be a nice cool evening by
then, we hope. Come out and
support our community."

contest will be divided into
heats. One winner from each
heat will go to the final competi-
Bishop said when the 33-
year-old festival was young, a
mullet contest was held each
year, with prizes going to the
person who could grow the best
mullet hairstyle. But, she said,
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dancers, comedians or other spe-
cial performers. The prize for the
winner is $500 and the chance to
perform during the Mullet
Festival. Registration forms can
be downloaded from the city

Web page,, or
can be picked up at the Niceville
Public Library.
Like the Cyrus lookalike con-
test, contestants must audition
Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Niceville
Community Center. Registration
forms, a CD or DVD of the per-
formance and a $25 entry fee
must accompany the performer.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Okaloosa seeks fugitives

This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: Patrick Joseph Bohannon
Wanted for: failure to appear on
the original charge of possession
of a weapon by a convicted felon
and failure to comply with sexual

Bhnon's last knw reiad 8 s
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Wei ht: 190 pounds
Age: 35
Date of birth: 11-22-73
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Name: Peter Jose h Holland
Wanted for: home invasion rob-
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address was in Mlary Esther.
Height: 5-feet, 7-inches
Weight: 175 pounds
Age: 37
Date of birth: 10-03-71
Hair: brown
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This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information
can also be provided anonymously by texting "TIP214
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iu:Fire Department-~- R ports

T Ni e ireDe tmen reponed e following calls Sept. 4 through~
Se~pt. 13.egny iaCl
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0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash wExtricat
0 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions

EO Co gONeBoulevard ..Meia . .SITUATION /4/9 .. .. .. ..002
Willow Lane .. .. .. . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .9/4/09 .. .. .. ..07:39
Magnolia Shores Drive .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/4/09 .. .. .. .11:18
E. John Sims Parkway . ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/4/09 .. .. .. ..15:34
N. Cedar Avenue .. .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/5/09 .. .. . .02:46
N. Partin Drive. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/5/09 .. .. . .05:57
E. College Boulevard .. ..Vehicle fire .. .. . . .. .9/5/09 .. .. .. ..06:05
N. Partin Drive .. .. .. .. ..Vehicle accident .. .. .. ..9/5/09 .. .. .. ..07:29
Willow Lane .. .. .. . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/5/09 .. .. .. ..09:24
Madison Street .. .. .. ..Medical .. . . . .... .9/5/09 .. .. .. ..12:05
Pinecone Cove .. .. .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .9/6/09 .. .. .. ..14:14
Kelly Road .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/7/09 .. .. .. ..16:46
E. John Sims Parkway .. .Good intent call .. .. .. .. .9/7/09 .. .. .. .21:40
Valparaiso Boulevard .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/9/09 .. .. .. ..04:45
N. Partin Drive. .. .. .. .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/9/09 .. .. . .09:54

E.JhdnarS venrkway .Mdcal .......//9.....55
Christy Drive .. .. .. .. ..Medical .. . . . .... .9/10/09 .. .. ..10:02
E. John Sims Parkway . ..Vehicle accident .. .. .. ..9/10/09 .. .. ..12:44
SR285 at MM#10 .. .. .. .Vehicle accident .. .. .. .. .9/10/09 .. .. .. .15:01
Davis Drive .. .. .. . .. .Service call .. .. .. . .. .9/11/09 .. .. ..09:29
E. John Sims Parkway . ..Vehicle accident .. .. .. ..9/11/09 .. .. ..14:43
E. John Sims Parkway . ..Vehicle accident .. .. .. ..9/11/09 .. .. ..17:25
Valparaiso Boulevard .. ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/11/09 .. .. ..18/36
E. John Sims Parkway . ..Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .9/12/09 .. .. ..18:30
grd Street .. .. . . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .9/13/09 .. .. ..12:07
White Street .. .. .. .. ..Medical .. . . . .... .9/13/09 .. .. ..14:57
Scott Street .. .. .. . .. .Medical .. .. .. .. .. .... .9/13/09 .. .. .. .13:29

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Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted
area so it can be seen at night.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville .org/fire.html

NOrth ay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Sept. 7 through
Sept. 14, 2009.

E. HhA N 20 .. .. .. .. Ts~cu NS/other .. .. .9/70 .. .. .. .105
Dominica Way .. .. .. .. .Rescue EMS/other .. .. .9/7/09 .. .. .. .12:37
N. White Point Road .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. .. ..9n/7/9 .. .. .. ..16:45
Range Road .. .. .. .. ..Alarm activation .. .. .. ..9n/7/9 .. .. .. ..22:24
N. White Point Road .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. .. ..9/8/09 .. .. .. ..02:30
Parkwood Lane .. .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/8/09 .. .. .. ..07:48
Do initca Circled ..... ES e cu ing vehicle .. 9/80 .....9

S. Cedar Avenue .. .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/9/09 .. .. .. ..13:59
Muirfield Way ..... .Dispatched/canceled . .. .9/9/09 .. .. .. .15:09
Raintmee Boulevard ....EMSlexcldun vehicle ..9/100 9....32

Blue Pine Lane .. .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/11/09 .. .. ..12:50
Mark Twain Court .. .. .. .Medical assist .. .. .. .. .9/12/09 .. .. .. .11:24
Merchants Way .. .. .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle .. .9/12/09 .. .. .. .17:08
N. White Point Road .. ..Medical assist .. .. .. . .9/12/09 .. .. ..17:08
Calinda Lane .. .. .. .. . .EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/13/09 .. .. ..09:12
Bay Drive ..... .EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/13/09 .. .. ..19:25
Oakmont Place .. .. .. ..EMS excluding vehicle . ..9/14/09 .. .. ..00:32

East Niceville

The East Niceville Fire District responded to 30 calls Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. Visit
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Redwood Avenue .Dispatched/canceled .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .8/1/09. ..22:22
Patti Cove .. .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury .8/1/09 .. .23:15
18th Street .. .. ..Rescue EMS .. .. .. .. . .... ..8/3/09 . ..03:45
Valparaiso Blvd .. ..Medical assist .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .8/3/09 . ..10:17
Lake Way Drive . .. .Person in distress/other .. .. . . .. .8/3/09 .. .11:41
Woodbridge Road ..Structure fire .. . . . . ... .. ...8/3/09 . ..12:16
Edrehi Avenue .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury .8/6/09 .. .15:58
Harding Road .. .. .EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury .8/7/09 .. .23:00
22nd Street .. .. ..Medical assist .. .. . . . .. ...8/8/09 . ..08:37
Niceville Avenue . ..Structure fire .. .. .. .. .. . . .. ..8/10/09 ..05:33
Sean Lane .. .. ..Rescue EMS/other .. . . . ..... .8/11/09 ..07:25
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A 14-year-old Valparaiso
girl, a student, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Sept. 4 for
battery, domestic violence. The
girl was engaged in a verbal
altercation with her mother
when the girl's sister tried to
calm the situation. The 14-year-
ol lege ly struck her sister
and tore her sister's clothing.

Michelle Lee Gautreau, a
restaurant worker, 39, of 502
Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff 's deputies
Sept. 4 for failure to appear on
the original charge of posses-
sion of cocaine, and for viola-
tion of probation on the original
misdemeanor charge of driving
while license sus ended or
* *
Victoria Lynn Vessey, 31, of
1314 Finck Road, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
Sept. 4 for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
misdemeanor worthless checks.

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Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Aug. 31 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
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Anthony Dick Taylor, 50, of
39 Howard St., Villa Tasso, was
arrested by Niceville police Sept
7 on a Lee County warrant for
failure to appear on the original
misdemeanor traffic violation of
knowingly driving while license
suspended or revoked.

Scott Eason Bacheller,
unemployed, 52, with an "at-

large" address, was arrested by
Niceville police Sept. 10 for
retail theft. Bacheller allegedly
entered a convenience store, 146
N. Palm Blvd., and concealed a
16-ounce beer, a candy bar, a
bottle of aspirin and two
Penrose Tijuana Mama beef
sticks, then paid for a quart of
beer before leaving the store
without paying for the rest of
the goods.

Linda Karen Thomas, 37, of
817 Spencer Place, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Set. 7 for dealing in stolen
property. Police recovered 59
colorful pieces of Mexican pot-
tery valued at $1,925 from
Thomas' residence. The pottery
was reportedly stolen from the
Niceville Garden Center, 1502
E. John Sims Parkway
Thomas had allegedly given
a neighbor a few pieces of the
pottery. Police were led to
Thomas after the neighbor tried
to resell the pottery to the gar-
den center. Thomas surrendered
seven of the pieces, valued at
$210, after being advised the
property was stol n. However,
police recovered another 52
pieces ring a s sequen con-
sensual search of her home.
Asked why she concealed the
52 pieces after being told that
the items were stolen, Thomas
allegedly replied, "because I
wanted to keep it and could not
afford to pay for it." Police are
still searching for the person
who alle edly bu glarized the
business and stole the pottery.
D UI ar restS
Joseph Patrick O'Malley, 36,
of 323 Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI on Truxton
Avenue, Fort Walton Beach,

Sept. 5 at 11:40 p.m.
* *
Ronald Lee Bailey Jr., 34, of
265 Harding Road, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI at Highway 20 and
Government Avenue, Sept. 1 at
8:37 a.m '
* *
Karen Nordahl Morgan, 64,
of 1526 26th St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI on Highway 85 at KFC,
Sept. 5 at 4:51 p.m.
A Niceville resident from the
1700 block of 26th Street
reported that someone had
stolen a $600 wet saw from a
shed in the backyard, sometime
June 8-Sept. 8.
* *
On Aug. 30 a Niceville man
from the 4000 block of 13th

Street opened his garage door to
walk outside and get the paper.
After reentering his home the
resident caught a glimpse of
someone running into his
garage. The resident reentered
his garage and saw a young man
standing at the open door of his
pickup truck. The resident gave
chase when the suspect fled on
foot, catching the suspect at the
After a brief struggle the sus-
pect e caed on foot but without
his T-hr.Nting was s oen
or damaged. The suspect waS
described as a white male in his
late teens or early 20s, aroxi-
mately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with
a medium build, short dark
brown hair, clean shaven, and
with no obvious tattoos. He was
last seen wearing only black
shorts and white shoes, and may
have scraped his knees during
the struggle.
* *
A Niceville resident from the
700 block of St. Croix Cove left
his wallet underneath the arm
rest, in plain view of an one
who looked into the vehicle,
when he parked the vehicle in
the driveway Sept. 4. The next
morning the resident found that
unknown persons) had broken
the front passenger side window
and stolen the wallet. The
stolen wallet contained several
bank debit and credit cards, a
Social Security card and other
4 4 4
An out-of-state resident
parked his locked pickup truck
in front of his grandparentS
home, in the first block of
Norwich Circle, Niceville, Aug.
30. Overnight unknown per-
son(s) stole a CB radio from the
front seat and a box of socket
wrenches from the bed of the
truck. The victim stated that the
burglar(s) may have been going
through the tool box and found
the spare key he keeps stored

Criminal Mlischief
A Niceville resident from
the 1500 block of 18th Street
woke up Sept. 5 to fmnd the
water service was not working.
The resident found that an

unknown person had driven
into the side yard overnight and
run over a small tree and the
water meter. The city later
repaired the meter at a cost of
about $50.
Based on an anonymous tip,
deputies found two small mari-
juana plants growing in a blue
plastic bucket sitting in plain
view on the concrete porch of
an apartment in the 4600 block
of Range Road, Niceville, Sept.
6. At the time no one was home
in the apartment where the
plants were found.
Beau Austin Butcher, unem-
ployed, 18, of 1734 Bayshore
Drive, Niceville, and Bradley
Mitchell Willingham, a
plumber, 19, of 404 N. Cedar
St., Niceville, and a Niceville
boy, unemployed, 17, were
issued notices to appear by
sheriff's deputies Sept. 9 for
underage possession of alco-
holic beverages. The three were
found in possession of a 12-

packof bae iany H1e7a5d eesr of
Kaileigh Rae Carr, 19, of
215 3rd St., Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Sept. 2 for bat-

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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville City Council
Thursday made it official-
water, sewer and trash collection
will rise next month. The
increases were approved by res-
olution, meaning they do not
have to go through the usual
three-reading process of an ordi-
A resident who uses 7,000
gallons of water will pay an
additional $2.70 for water and
sewer service. The city also
approved a resolution passing
on a 1.35 percent increase in tip-
ping fees--the fees charged by
the landfill for garbage haulers
to dump garbage there--from
$12.76 per month to $12.93.
Tipping fees are passed along to
garbage customers.
Several residents addressed
the council about the increases.

From page A-1
commissioners have done all they
can to keep costs down in the com-
ing year.
"Our firefighters have
agreed not to ask for any pay
raise this year," said Fire
Commissioner Janet Santner.
Miller said firefighter

From page A-1

fireworks show was canceled for
lack of funding.
Also during the meeting,
Niceville Library Director
Sheila Bishop and City
Manager Lannie Corbin told
the council that the city library
may face serious budget prob-
lems in the coming year due to
cuts in Okaloosa County fund-
ing for the Okaloosa County
Public Library Cooperative
(OCPLC) last year and again
this year. Although library
funding is down, said Corbin,
the number of customers at the
library has climbed sharply,
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"Every time a rate increase is
proposed, you all vote yea," said
resident Byron Allmon. "Do you
just say yes to any increase?"
Glenn Stephens, of
Polyengineering, Inc., who
determined the increase was
necessary, told Allmon that the
city's bond issues required the
increase. He said the city is
obligated by agreement with its
creditors to maintain revenue
equal to 115 percent of the
annual debt service.
Stephens said only capital
improvement plans for the next
five years are included in pro-
posed annual rate hikes of 5 per-
cent in each of the next five fis-
cal years, and that a more-ambi-
tiouss planned expansion of city
sewers beyond the Niceville
limits at a later date was not the
The city's fiscal year runs
salaries in North Bay are in
about the middle of the range
for fire departments in
Okaloosa County. Cutting costs
any further, he said, would
require laying off some fire-
fighters, which would invali-
date the fire district's ability to
provide Advanced Life
Support, a higher than usual
level of emergency medical
to prepare resumes and conduct
job searches via the Internet.
Council member Al Swihart,
who helped to establish the
county library cooperative,
which includes the public
libraries of nearly all cities in
Okaloosa County, said the
council should give special pri-
ority to continuing the opera-
tion of the library's "bookmo-
bile," which brings books and
other materials to senior citi-
zens and other people who can-
not easily visit a library on their
Corbin also told the city
council that he expects about
11 acres of land owned by the
Ruckel family near Ruckel
Airport to become available for
annexation into the city within
the next few months. Corbin

Council member Dan Henkel
said he has thoroughly reviewed
the figures and found it neces-
sary to raise the rates.
"I have to pay the same
increase you do," he said. He
said City Manager Lannie
Corbin "will tell you a lot of
times I'm up at his office asking
why we're doing this."
One resident, Rachel Reese,
Said water in Niceville is a bar-
"We don't pay enough for
Our water," she said. "We have
truly amazing water."
But, she said, "the sewer sys-
tem is aging. It will probably be
anOther five or six years before
something has to be done." She
asked if the city would improve
the existing sewer plant or build
a bigger and better one to
accommodate anticipated popu-
lation increases.

Navy Explosive Ordnance
Disposal School near Range
Road, an accidental overdose of
medication, and a child having
an allergic reaction to a recent
In other cases, firefighters
extricated an accident victim
from a damaged car and helped
airlift the patient to a hospital.
In another call, North Bay fire-
representative Jeff Clack also
appeared with Shearer, and
accepted a symbolic check
from Shearer for money raised
during the event. The Wounded
Warrior Project is a national

"We don't plan on a new
plant," Corbin said. "We plan on
adding to this plant."
In another matter, the council
passed on first reading an ordi-
nance setting the property tax
rate within the city at 3.45 mills.
This means the owner of a home
appraised at $150,000 would
pay $517.50 in property taxes.
The current rate is 3.2 mills,
which would cost the owner of
the same house $480.
Another ordinance passed on
first reading the final municipal
budget for fiscal year 2010,
which begins Oct. 1. The gener-
al fund budget totals
Both ordinances must be read
and approved three times before
they become law.
The final hearing is sched-
uled for 6 p.m. Thursday at City

fighters assisted Niceville fire-
fighters in putting out a serious
attic fire in a structure in
In addition to the final budg-
et hearing tonight, the North
Bay Fire commission's next
regular meeting is scheduled
for 7 p.m., October 13, at the
fire station on White Point
fundraising project to help
returning war veterans and their
families recover from serious
and/or permanent injuries or
disabilities resulting from their
military service.

from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
Allmon also questioned
whether council members had
time to review Stephens' figures.
care at the scenes of fires, acci-
dents, and medical emergen-
North Bay struggled for sev-
eral years to establish its ability
to provide the higher level of
medical care after a referendum
in which local voters agreed to
pay higher taxes for the extra
level of care.
The budget hearing was fol-
did not give additional details,
except that he has been in con-
tact with the Ruckel family
concerning the possible annex-
Doucet said the city will
continue to promote donations
to the fireworks fund via the
city web site and through addi-
tional requests in city water
bills. He did not attempt to pre-
dict how much money may be
raised in time for next year's
Independence Day celebration.
In other business during the
Sept. 8 council meeting, Joe
Shearer, of the Eglin Aero
Modelers Club, presented a
plaque to Niceville Mayor
Randall Wise and the city coun-
cil, thanking them for allowing
the club to use the Boggy
Bayou Mullet Festival site,

Council member Bill Smith
replied that members had "all
this information for over a
lowed by a regular business
meeting of the fire commission,
during which Assistant Fire
Chief Gary Jordan said North
Bay responded to nine structure
fires during August, as well as
40 medical emergencies and
four traffic accidents.
Highlights of the calls dur-
ing August, said Jordan, includ-
ed a gas leak in a kitchen at the
which the city shares with
Eglin Air Force Base, for club
activities in support of the
Wounded Warrior fundraising
event held July 18.
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ing by two fire engine cranes in
the south end zone as a 9/11
tribute. A pre-game ceremony
helped mark the eighth anniver-
sary with a moment of silence,
helicopter fly-over, and a rous-
ing round of applause for a
group of first responders stand-
ing beneath the flag.
The final score made it quite
clear that the offense and
defense were both working
"I was proud of our defense,"
Hicks said. "I think they're get-
ting better, they're making
improvements, certainly made
some improvements from last
week. Hopefully, they continue
to get better." As for standout
players, Hicks said, "All of
them. It was great to see our
Other guys get a chance to play."
The Eagles spent little time
savoring their victory, but rather
began to prepare for this week's
matchup against Pine Forest,
the team that beat Niceville
twice last year and ended its
playoff run. As Hicks put it,
"We owe them."

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resulting in three teams with
the lowest score of 74. Tie-
breaker was 18th hole back.
Results : First place team,
Lolo Brantley, Jo Hart, Sue
Greenslade, Linda Lozano.
Second place team, Wanda
Larkins, Mary Cruts, Jean
Thomson, Audrey Bailey.
Third place team, Wana
Caverly, Alice Sitar, Angie
Conner, Joan Bennett.
Wednesday, Sept. 2,
Bluewater Bay LGA held its
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Margot Herden, Jo Cole,
Betty Bahl, Sandi Ditirro.
Second place with 79: Nancy
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspond'ent
The Niceville Eagles
squashed the Choctaw Indians
with a 49-0 victory Friday that
gave the whole team some play-
ing time and a bit of confidence
to take with them to Pine Forest
this week.
The win continued a streak
of victories for Niceville against
the rival team. Last year's game
was close, but this year the
Eagles dominated, thanks to a
strong offense, a sturdy defense
and a weakened Choctaw line.
"Usually in the rivalry games
it's pretty close," said Eagle
Head Coach John Hicks.
"They're kind of playing with
one hand behind their back
without their quarterback."
Senior running back Roy
Finch said his team wanted to
dominate this year. "We didn't
want it to be close again," he
said. "We just wanted to put
them away and get ready for
Pine Forest." And that's just
what they did.
The Niceville offense shone

all night long, with the excep-
tion of an early game fumble
during the Eagles' first posses-
sion. Their first touchdown
came halfway through the first
quarter when quarterback Kyle
McDorman connected with
wide receiver Kody Williams,
who averted the defense and
crossed the goal line.
After a brief possession, the
Indians were forced to punt,
putting the ball on the Eagles'
34-yard line. A string of suc-
cessful offensive plays, includ-
ing a big gain on a completion
to Williams, a run by Roy
Finch, a quarterback keeper by
McDorman and finally a touch-
down pass caught by Sebastian
Schutte, brought the score to
14-0 just before the end of the
first quarter.
Finch scored another big
touchdown at the start of the
second quarter and made a 48-
yard run later in the quarter, set-
ting the stage for a second
touchdown catch by Williams.
The score rose to 35-0 just
before halftime with a touch-

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Eagle running back Roy Finch evades an attempted tackle by Choctaw's Brandan Williams for a
second-quarter 48-yard run Friday. Niceville won, 49-0.

down pass from McDorman to
wide receiver Aaron Moore,
preceded by two impressive
catches by Finch, who had to

gave me and just stretching out
and making a play for my
team," Finch said.
The defense worked hard

down conversion attempts.
Soon after another touch-
down run by Finch in the third
quarter, the Eagles start bring-
ing new players into the game
and eventually just about every-
one got some time on the hield.
The final touchdown of the
game was thanks to a pass by

lay out to make the comple- during the second quarter as
tions. well, with big tackles by Kyle
"I'm just thinking about Witt and Daniel Spencer, both
making a play on the ball using holding the Indians' quarter-
the athletic ability that God back on two separate fourth

Special to the Beacon
Rocky Bayou Christian
School tailback Chris Behnken
led the Knights' multi-pronged
rushing attack Friday night
against the Peniel Baptist
Warriors with 166 yards on 28
carries and two touchdowns but
the Knights fell short on a late
touchdown, 42-40.
Behnken wasn't the only
Knight to accumulate yardage.
James Waldron carried 17 times
for 155 yards and three touch-
downs, and Ben Phillips account-
ed for 64 yards and one touch-
down on three carries. Altogether
the Knights' running game
chewed up the field for 386 yards
on the night.
The Peniel Baptist Warriors,
from Palatka, were led by
Shavontae Cohen, who led the
team in receiving, rushing and
return yards, including a 72-yard
kickoff return late in the fourth

10-yard scamper and the Warriors
led, 28-20.
Then it was Rocky Bayou's
tum for q quick strike. After a
short kick return, the Knights ran
two off-tackle dives to set up Ben
Phillips for a 54-yard reverse. The
Knights were unable to convert
the two-point try, but led, 26-20.
Again, the Warriors answered
quickly and scored with slightly
more than a minute left in the
third quarter to make the score 34-

The Knights controlled the
tempo of the final quarter and sent
many of Peniel's players to the
sideline with injuries, while tak-
ing the momentum and a 40-34
lead with just under six minutes
left. But Cohen stuck again,
returning a kick 72 yards for the
game's final score. The two-point
conversion try was good and the
Warriors went home with a 42-40

quarter that snatched victory from
the jaws of defeat for the
The game was an exciting,
back-and-forth affair in which the
lead changed nine times. After the
Knights spotted Peniel a 12-0 lead
in the first quarter, they roared
back in the second quarter behind
strong offensive line play that led
Behnken and Waldron down the
Hield on consecutive long drives to
help the Knights take a 14-12 lead
into halftime.
In the third quarter, the real
Bireworks began. Cohen started
the scoring with a sweep that
went for a 50-yard score, but the
Knights answered with a eight-
play, five-minute drive, culminat-
ed by Behnken's two-yard run
followed by Waldron's two-point
conversion to give the Knights a
22-20 lead.
Less than two minutes elapsed
before Cohen scored again on a

Beacon photo by Scott Schaeffler
Rocky Bayou Christian School junior wingback Shawn Mlaxwell
unloads a pass during Friday's game. The Knights fell, 42-40,
on a late two-point conversion.

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Twenty-one members of the Bluewater
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Junior Olympics recently, finishing third with 63
Individual medals, including four gold and 13
silver. The team set 15 individual team records
and one relay record. Mlichael Braseth and
Kellen Broaderick struck gold in individual
events. The boys 13-14 relay teams, Levi Wilke,
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The Children's Room at the Niceville Library is sporting a new wall decoration--a silhouette
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Not only did the church cele-
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opment have a right of way of at
least 50 feet. For property owner
Randall Skinner, of D&R
Developments, there is a right of
way of 33 feet on Bullock and 42
feet on Richgrove.
A portion of the road ease-
ment is owned by the city of
Niceville, said Mike Chesser,
attorney for D&R, rendering
Skinner unable to build. Skinner
brought suit against the county
for amending the Land
Development Code to impose the
requirement after he bought the
property. The suit had been "put

in't make a situation b(
ting a request) part of i
Sthe Growth M~anagem
to try not to make it wo

on hold," said Chesser, p
action taken at the Sept. 9
Five residents of B
Boulevard spoke to the be
opposition of granting th
ance, all claiming a 2
townhome would bring u
ed traffic that could pose
ard to children who play

--Dnie Boers neighborhood from
an existing town-
home complex built
ending by D&R Developments. Boone
,meet- also felt she would not be able to
adequately back out of her drive-
~ullock way (on Richgrove Lane) if more
board in townhomes were added.
e vari- Brandie Boone, 425 Bullock
0O-unit Boulevard, granddaughter of
nwant- Boone, and Brooke Jones, half
a haz- sister of Brandie, who came to
in the speak for her mother (who also
Please see VARIANCE, page B-3


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By Stacie Mlorgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A proposed 20-unit town-
home project off Bullock
Boulevard and Richgrove Lane,
in the works since 2005, ran into
another stop sign when, for the
second time, the Okaloosa
County Board of Adjustments
turned down the property
owner's request for a variance
from right-of-way requirements.
Two of the three board mem-
bers present at the Sept. 9 meet-
ing voted against granting the
variance--Board Chairman
Daniel Bowers
and Vice
RbrChairman21 'Ifyou ca
The twostated (by grani
safety issues as duties of
their reason for
denying the Office is i
r eq u esat .
District 2, J.C.
"Buck" Smith opposed the
denial, saying he felt the board
did not have enough information.
The board originally denied
the variance in May 2007.
According to the board's bylaws,
the applicant is entitled to reap-
ply for a variance in one year,
said Bell.
The county's code requires
that roads fronting such a devel-

Reba Boone, of 500 Bullock
Blvd., said the street was very
narrow, and at a particular curve,
two cars could not pass.
"Two cars can't get down that
road at the same time," she said.
"One car has to wait for the other
to pass." Boone feared the addi-
tion of another townhouse com-
plex could add 40 more cars to
the neighborhood, exacerbating
what was already an inconven-
Additionally, Boone said she
could not see around a fence at
the corner of Richgrove Lane
and Bullock, causing
another safety issue
etter when pulling onto
Bullock from
the Richgrove. The fence
lent was put up by
Skinner as a privacy
>rse.' fence--to shield the



This narrow turn on Bullock Boulevard, Niceville was a main point of discussion at a Sept. 9
county Board of Adjustments meeting.

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Hairpin curve, high fence cited as some of residents' concerns


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lives at 425 Bullock), both said
their main concern was safety.
"My biggest concern," said
Brandie, "is the possibility of
someone coming around that
comer and hitting a child."
"That is a 90-degree tumn,"
added Brooke. "This is a humon-
gous issue." Brooke additionally
mentioned a water runoff prob-
lem into her mother's yard. "If
more pavement is added for right
of way, that will just make it eas-
ier for more water to drain into
her yard."
Joseph Tanet, of 420 Bullock,
whose house is situated in the
crook of the narrow corner, said
he has to swing out onto the far
side of the tum when pulling into
his driveway.
"I already have to make a
hairpin tum when I want to get in
my driveway," Tanet said. "That
road narrows down to just 19 feet
(at the curve). I just don't think it
would be safe to have an addi-
tional 20 homes in our neighbor-
Although Skinner was willing
to trim down the fence that Reba

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Boone was concerned about, to
build a turnaround for her drive-
way, and to pursue placing a
three-way stop sign at the curve
in question, board member
Bowers said, "It sounds like we
have a lot of little problems (with
this request) and a lot of them are
things I don't see we can do any-
thing about. If you can't make a
situation better (by granting a
request) part of the duties of the
Growth Management office is to
try not to make it worse."
Bowers continued: "I respect
that Mr. Skinner is trying to work
things out, but l believe that what
the board did in the first place
(denying the initial request in
2007) was the proper thing to do.
Granting a variance does not
change the core problem."
Commissioner Bell added,
"We've got safety issues right
now and even if the board
approved the variance we'd still
have safety issues, and they
might even become a little bit
worse. It's been a long-standing
problem, something that is
beyond the scope of this board."
Skinner's only comment on
the board's decision was, "It's
back to court. It ain't over yet."

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A resident of Bullock
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Upcoming blood drives
Thursday, Sept. 17: Eglin AFRL,
Eglin Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18: Lowes,
DeFuniak Springs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Santa Rosa
Mall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
College Night at NWFSC
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which features representatives from
more than 80 colleges and universities
from across the nation, will be held
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Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce,
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Lewis Middle School. Info: 678-
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Barbershop harmony
Barbershop singers from around
the Panhandle will perform a one-
time evening show at Christ Our
Redeemer Catholic Church on White
Point Road Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30
p.m. The choruses will be joined on
stage by Camerata, a 60-male voice
chorus from Niceville High School.
Tickets are $10 and are available
from any barbershopper or at the
door. Info: Allan Stearns, 496-1769.
Library book sale
The Defuniak Springs Friends of
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Silent Auction Saturday, Sept. 26.
Limited seating; reservation deadline
Sept. 16.
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Silent auction bidding starts at 6 p.m..
Seating is at 7 p.m.
Guest speakers are U.S. Rep.
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Info: Sally Dryden 678-6925.
Valp. Library programs
The Valparaiso Community
Library will offer two pre-school and
toddler storytimes during the fall on
Monday, 10-11 a.m., and Tuesdays,
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Puppets, games,
music and art
activities will be
on the agenda
with an age-
appropriate story. Info: 729-5406.
To help expand the art and literacy
program for elementary school chil-
dren (pre-K through fifth), the
Valparaiso Community Library will
offer art, music and reading Mondays,
4-5:30 pm. Info:
libr sdsns 1g30ae.m., the

incorporate United States and
European history into their genealogy
research. The fall program will begin
with the 1840s and work its way into
the 20th century. Info: 729-5406.
Preschool storytime
Preschool (ages 3-5) Story time is
planned for the Niceville Public
Library Wednesdays and Thursdays
at 10:30 a.m., in the Youth Services
Program room.
It will include stories, music, fin-
ger plays, poetry, and a take-home
Bring a favorite Teddy bear if you
wish. Info: 729-4554.
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.
Spider and the Bee
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College Humanities, Fine and
Performing Arts Division will present
a special one-night only presentation
of "The Spider and the Bee," based on
Jonathan Swift's story "Battle of the
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The show is suitable for the whole
family and is geared toward children
in the second through fifth grades.
Masquerade jewelry sale
The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities
Hospital will host a masquerade $5
jewelry sale in the Wellness Center on
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17 and 18,
7 a.m.-4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the
Twin Cities Hospital health related
scholarship fund. Info: 897-7786.
Evolution discussion
The Mattie Kelly Cultural and
Environmental Institute at Northwest
Florida State College will present

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Storytime resumes at libraries
Valparaiso and Niceville libraries will hold storytime for the younger set this fall. Valparaiso
Community Library will hold pre-school and toddler storytimes Mlondays, 10-11 a.m., and
Tuesday, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Niceville Public Library Preschool (ages 3-5) Story time is planned
for the Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., in the Youth Services Program room.

"Cellular Evolution: Tracing Our
Cellular Lineage" Sept. 18 with Dr.
Darryl Ritter, a professor of biology
and division director of Natural
Sciences at NWFSC. 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.
Info: 729-5376.
Volunteer sellers needed
Choctawhatchee Bay Authority is
building oyster reefs in
Choctawhatchee Bay, and needs vol-

unteers to bag and place oyster shell.
Shell bagging dates: Sept. 18 and 25,
9 a.m. for four to five hours,
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, then travel to reef site to
place shell. Info: Alison McDowell,
729-6423, 729-6456,
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club will meet each month on the
third Saturday to discuss a "History
Mystery" selection featuring favorite
American Girl characters. Girls ages
7-13 can sign up in Youth Services in
the library or call 729-4554 for more
information. September's book is
"The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten
Mystery" by Kathleen Ernst. The pro-
gram is free and books are available
for check out.
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
Drive (next door to the library).
On Friday, Sept. 18, 4-6 p.m., a
presale will be offered only for mem-
bers 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 goods will also be on
Proceeds benefit the Niceville
Public Library
1nfO: 729-4090.
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Street (Hwy. 83N), 9 a.m.-noon. The
friends will offer hundreds of books
for sale at bargain prices. All proceeds
benefit the Walton/Defuniak Library.
Bluewater Bay cleanup
The Okaloosa County
Environmental Council, Inc., will
sponsor a cleanup of the Bluewater
Bay neighborhood in conjunction
with its biannual Beach Clean Up
Saturday, Sept. 19, 8-11 a.m.
Participants should meet at the
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Anunal Encounters, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
AARP driver safety
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Civil War iromies program
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Thursday, Sept. 24, at noon at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso. Bring a sack lunch. This
lecture is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, call 678-2615.
Bike ride in Destin
The Adventure Club plans a bike
ride Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m., in the
Holiday Isle area of Destin. Meet at
the West Marine Store on Hwy. 98, a
couple of blocks east of the intersec-
tion of Hwy. 98 and Main Street.
Supper after the ride at a nearby

restaurant. Honcho: Clarice Hebinck
Benefit for kids' health
A Starry Starry Night will be held
at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Friday
Sept. 25, 6:30-9 p.m., to benefit the
Children's Volunteer Health Network.
Enjoy an evening under the stars, fea-
tuding intimate tables on the beach
with fine cuisine, wine and live enter-
tainment. End the evening with a
romantic movie on the beach under
the stars. The cost is $40 per person.
Rooms are available at the special rate
of $99. Info: 267-9500.
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 more than 20 years. She
is a member of The International

Library of Photography and has had
several photos published in their
books. She is also a member of The
Nature Conservancy.
Chamber Singer auditions
Okaloosa Chamber Singers, now
in its 12th season, is an auditioned
choir specializing in the perfonnance
of classical choral repertoire. Katie
Ott, outstanding harpist, will join
OCS in the perfonnance of Janacek's
setting of "Our Father" in a program
that ranges from Haydn to Gershwin.
Concert dates
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mation and to schedule an audition
time call Dr. Marilyn Overturf, direc-
tor, at 682-9651.

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Covenant Hospice will hold
garage sales at 1419 29th St.,
Niceville Fridays and Saturdays on
the second and fourth weekends of
the month, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., through the
end of October.
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Nic vi le' sT p 1eln gR al Estt Office

729- 6504

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Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
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2/2: $900
2/2 w/ loft: $1,300/mo.
Unfurnished Garden Oaks
Includes water, sewer, trash
1/1: $750
2/2: $900
Townhouse 3/2 with garage:
$950, Bay Access!
201 Marquette 2/1: $625/mo.
50% OFF 1st mo. rent Referral Fee!
Mrs AA

The more you tell, the more you sell!
Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today!

I *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads

2000 Chevy Malibu,
needs engine work.
Good rubber. Good for
parts or fix for second
car, $500, 368-1442

Trwo Be roo s V tph
$495 a month, $200
deposit. 678-5953,

Valparaiso, Sale or
Lease, 3 BR/2 BA,
1800 sf open floor
plan, loft, cats/dogs
okay, $250 Deposit,
lasto mot s ren al
$1,000 S.D. 850-

Parkwood Estates, 4/2,
2172 SqFt. New appli-
ances in updated
kitchen, termite bond, 2
blocks to BWB
Elementary, Cul de
Sac. $329,900. 850-

Xbox, 4 controllers, 2
reoe$75; oG me
$20/ea. 902-1415.

Moving Sale, Sat. Sept.
19, 1103 Stephen Dr
misc household item ,
furniture, bedding, lots
to choose and too
much to list. 8:00-12:00

02 Subaru Uutback, AWU, AI, Local Irade ................,95
95 Pontiac Firebird, V8, AT, Convertible, Low Miles, Looks New! $,%
00 Cadillac Escalade, Leather, New Wheels, 4X4 ...........600
06 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Great MPG, All Pwr ...............$7,90
05 Honda Odyssey EX-L, Leather, Sun Roof, Extra Clean! ...$1280
06 Jeep Wrangler X, AT, 6cy, 27k Miles, 4x4, Nice! ........ .$1695
08 Ford Taurus SEL, Like New, Extra Clean $13,550 ...$



e ayrn eE cenecy, ully Frni hed . . . ... 17,0
* Miller's Run, Brick Home, 3/2 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$225,000
* Town home Views of the Bay, New Kitchen, 3/2.5 .. .. .. .$240,000
* Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5 .. .. .. .. .. .$249,900
* Bluewater Bay Home, 3/2.5 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$299,999
* Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course .. .. .. ..$343,000

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Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
Unfurn. Condo, 1/1, 1st Floor, Great Location .. ..$ 775
Unfurn. House, Niceville, 3/2, 1 Car Garage .. ..$ 995
Unfurn. Condo, 2/2, W/D, Family Pool Pass Incl. .$1,200
Unfurn. MC Townhouse, 2/2.5, Waterfront, Travertine,

SFr. stainiu o waterrarn n, Utilities & WiFi Included $1,400
Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
End Unit .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. . ..$ 995
Furn., MC Townhouse, 3/2.5, Bayview, garage,
Utiliies Included .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$1,900

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