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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: December 9, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00082
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
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tleacon photo by Uel Lessard
A state crime van near where a human skeleton was found in
Niceville Sunday.

Airport TSA officer

areTSted on gun

and DUI charges

Niceville Police Department
Surveillance image of suspected bank
robber at Coastal Bank and Trust,
Niceville, Dec. 1.

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The possible closure of
Valparaiso Elementary School
next fall would have ripple effects
throughout the Twin Cities area,
resulting in the redrawing of


attendance zones of at least four
other schools, according to
Okaloosa County School Board
member Howard Hill.
Meantime, some parents
began organizing to oppose any
closure of Valparaiso Elementary,

and the Valparaiso City
Commission encouraged citizens
to attend school board meetings
Dec. 10 and 14 at which a possi-
ble closure may be discussed.
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts has called a meet-

ing for parents and any others
interested in hearing about the
possible closing of Valparaiso
Elementary, for 6 p.m., Tuesday,
Dec. 15, at the school.
The Valparaiso Elementary
Parent Teacher Organization has

initiated a ltter-writing campaign
encouraging parents and others to
call and write school board mem-
bers, asking them to postpone a
vote on any school closing until a
public hearing is advertised and
community voices are heard.

Paving the way for a possible
vote on whether to close
Valparaiso Elementary due to
declining enrollment, the
Okaloosa County School Board
Please see SCHOOL, page A-3

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Children playing in the
woods Sunday morning stum-
bled upon human bones at what
appeared to be a campsite in
northwest Niceville, authorities
Police officials said that
based on initial findings, there

was no evidence of homicide,
but that they were awaiting
findings of the state medical
examiner's office in Pensacola,
to which the remains were
"It is believed the remains
are of a transient," Niceville
Please see SKELETON, pace A-8

Wednesday, II a.m.

The Friends of the
Niceville Public Library
and the library staff are
playing host to the com-
munity at the Patron
Appreciation Party. Drop
by for good food and
good fun.
Thursday, 5 p.m.
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Saturday, IO a.m.-4 m.

Yule of
If will take
place at
if: th
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida and
Perrine Park.
Friday, 7 p.m.

Enjoy seasonal music
and get some gifts to
exchange at the Rocky
Bayou Christian School
Christmas concert and
charity auction at the
Niceville high School
Aud itorium. Admission is

More on these and
other events, CALEN-
DA R, B-5.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A U.S.
Transportation Security
Administration officer
was arrested by
Niceville police on
alcohol and gun
charges after he
allegedly pointed a pis-
tol at a bar patron,
according to arrest

Tony Wayne
Beckstrom, an airport
security worker at the
Northwest Florida
Regional Airport, 45,
of 363 Evergreen Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested
for DUI on Juniper
Avenue, Nov. 28 at
2:30 a.m., according

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
For over an hour Saturday morning the annual Christmas parade entertained thousands
of onlookers along the mile-long Niceville route with f loats, costumed marchers, music
from four school bands, and lots of thrown candy and beads to keep children from notic-
ing the cold. Above, Ruckel Middle School band members add a touch of holiday cheer.

Tony W.

Beckstrom Please see TSA, page A-8

cuss how to evaluate the 63
candidates who had applied for
the job by a Dec. 4 deadline.
The NWFSC board of
trustees fired the college's previ-
ous president, James R.
Richburg, April 28. Richburg,
who was hired in 1987, was
only the second permanent
president of the college since it
Please see COLLEGE, page A-8

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Even as Thomas Delaino
took the reins Dec. 1 as interim
president of Northwest Florida
State College, the process of
selecting the college's third per-
manent president is gaining
On Friday the 14-member,
Presidential Search Advisory
Committee (PSAC) met to dis-

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville Police Department is asking for the pub-
lic's help in identifying the man who robbed the Coastal
Bank and Trust located at 1001 E. John Sims Parkway
Dec. 1.
At about 4:35 p.m., a man entered the bank through the
front door and demanded money from a teller. The teller
gave the suspect an undisclosed sum. The robber fled in
an unknown vehicle. No one was hurt.
The robber did not display a weapon or imply that he
had one, said Niceville police detective Joey Forgione. No
note was produced, Forgione said.
Niceville police described the suspect as a white man,
in his mid-40s, about five feet, eight or nine inches tall,
last seen wearing camouflage jacket and ball eap.
Authorities said that anyone with information about the
robbery or the identity of the suspect may become eligible
Please see ROBBER, page A-7

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

Eagles make Final Four
Niceville High School wide receiver Kody Williams checks the scoreboard after his third-
quarter touchdown tied the score against Lincoln in Tallahassee, 21-21. Niceville, rated No. 1
in the state, beat the Trojans, 45-31, to win the 4-A regional championship and earn a semifi-
nals berth in state championship playoffs in Orlando Friday. Story, B-6.

One closure could affect 4 schools

Rezoning eyed for Ruckel, Lewis, Plew, Bluewater if Valp. Elementary shuts

Human skeleton

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Cops seek bank robber

Page A-2

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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspond'ent
Plans for a new $27 million
Okaloosa County judicial cen-
ter in Fort Walton Beach
passed review by the county's
technical review committee
during a meeting Dec. 3.
The committee is a group of
county planning staff mem-
bers, as well as representatives
of local fire departments, pub-
lic utilities, and other agencies,
who review plans for major
development and construction
projects to ensure that the
plans comply with county reg-
ulations for safety, infrastruc-
ture, and other requirements.
The county has been plan-
ning a new judicial center for
the last several years, in order
to meet growing demand for
additional space, better securi-
ty, and compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act. County officials have
decided that the current county
courthouse in Crestview and
the courthouse annex in
Shalimar do not adequately
meet the county's current and
expected future needs for
secure, accessible courthouse
The county also faces a law-
suit alleging the Shalimar
annex doesn't comply with
II.S. disabilities law.

The current plan calls for a
three-story building of about
85,000 square feet to be built
on land at the Northwest
Florida Fairgrounds. The con-
struction cost of the building
will be about $27 million, to be
financed by a county bond
issue to be repaid during the
next three decades. The cost of
interest on the bonds over
about 30 years could drive the
actual cost of the project to
over $60 million.
According to Okaloosa
County Administrator Jim
Curry, the county bought the
land for the project from the
city of Fort Walton Beach
about two years ago, for about
$2 million.
county now owns the
land.During the Dec. 3 meet-
ing, Gulf Power representa-
tives said that the utility will
bring power lines under Lewis
Turner Boulevard and install a
new power pole along Lewis
Turner, to supply electricity for
the new building.
A Fort Walton Beach Fire
Department official asked for
Heery International, the design
contractor, to include more
detailed drawings of the
planned sprinkler system for
the center in future drawings.
Some county growth man-
agement staff members asked

Heery to add details of how
sidewalks and crosswalks will
be located. City of Fort Walton
Beach representatives said the
city will supply water to the
new building, which will
belong to the county but be
built on land obtained from the
In previous years, several
plans for a new judicial center
have been considered by the
county, and the idea of such a
facility has generated contro-
versy. Some plans have called
for a larger building, costing
over $80 million, and for it to
be located on land belonging to
the Okaloosa School District,
although those proposals were
eventually discarded. Some
county citizens have opposed
building a new courthouse in
the south end of the county,
saying any new judicial facility
should be built in Crestview,
the county seat. Other propos-
als have called for renovating
or expanding the current judi-
cial annex in Shalimar.
Growth Management
Director Elliot Kampert said
the county and contractor are
still negotiating with the Air
Force to ensure the new build-
ing meets Air Force height
restrictions. "We're still look-
ing for the proper person to
give approval," he said.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville police car whose
driver was responding to a rob-
bery report collided with a
school bus in a driving rain just
before dawn Dec. 2, causing
minor injuries to the officer.
No children were on the bus,
and the two adults on board
were uninjured.
A Florida Highway Patrol
report states that the driver of the
patrol car, Lt. David Popwell,
was responding to a call of
"assist other agency" with his
vehicle's emergency lights and
siren in use.
The assistance call was in
reference to a report of an armed
robbery suspect on T Street in
According to the FHP acci-
dent report, Popwell, sole occu-

pant of the patrol car, was south-
bound on Cedar Avenue when
he was confronted with a red
light at the intersection of John
Sims Parkway. The car drove
through the intersection at an
estimated 35 mph, hitting the
driver's side of an eastbound
Okaloosa County school bus,
which had swerved in anunsuc-
cessful attempt to avoid the col-
The bus driver and the other
adult on the bus said the bus was
in the intersection before the
driver saw the police emergency
lights, according to the FHP
report. Neither person on the
bus heard a siren, according to
FHP report.
FHP filed no charges in the
crash but said that a contributing
cause of the accident was the
officer's failure to give the bus

driver time to yield to an emer-
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Popwell was taken to Twin
Cities Hospital for possible
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Damage to the 2007 Ford
Crown Victoria patrol car was
estimated at $5,000, but
Niceville police spokesman Lt.
Randy Sallee said the city's
insurance company declared the
car totaled. Damage to the
school bus was estimated at
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and siren whenever an officer is
responding to an emergency and
approaches an intersection. The
police don't have the automatic
right of way, but use lights and
siren to ask other drivers to
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From page A-1
will hear a briefing Thursday at 9
a.m., 120 Lowery Place, Fort
Walton Beach.
Among other things, the pres-
entation by J.C. Connor, the dis-
trict's chief infonnation officer, is
expected to touch on the four other
schools that would be affected by
any closure of Valparaiso
if Valparaiso Elemoentailry closes

end of Niceville (those south of
Valparaiso Boulevard) would be
rezoned from Lewis to Ruckel, if
the proposal to close the elemen-
tary school is approved.
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Page A-3

would be Lewis Middle, Ruckel
Middle, Plew Elementary and
Bluewater Elementary schools.
Connor said he could not release
any infonnation prior to present-
ing his findings to the school
Under one proposal, students
in Valparaiso Elementary's atten-
dance zone living in the south end
of Niceville (south of Valparaiso
Boulevard) would be rezoned to
Plew, said Hill, District 2 school
board member. Hill last week said
the school board was considering
closing either Valparaiso or Eglin

Elementary in a move that could
save $1 million a year.
"If we get any of those stu-
dents, we'll love having them,"
said Plew Principal David
Larrimore. "That's what we're here
for, to educate kids." But at this
point, Larrimore said, "it's none of
our concern until it goes to the
board. What we're hearing now is
just rumors and there's no verifiea-
tion of it until the board votes on
Hill continued, "The remainder
of those currently at Valparaiso
Elementary would be zoned to

Lewis Middle." That zone covers
the entire city of Valparaiso. In
order to accommodate multi
grades, under consideration is the
possibility of making Lewis a
grade school. It serves students in
grades 5 through 8.
Valparaiso Elementary School
had 450 students in 2008, but
today's enrolhnent is 388, down
13.7 percent. Meantime, elemen-
tary enrolhnent for all central zone
schools (Valparaiso, Edge, Plew,
Bluewater and Eglin) has declined
6.5 percent, from 2,790 to 2,600.

Central zone schools at all
grade levels had their highest
enrolhnent in 2003, with 7,430
students. Since then, enrolhnent
has steadily declined, with a pro-
jected enrollment in 2010 of
6,108, according to infonnation
from the school district.
If Lewis receives elementary
students from Valparaiso
Elementary, it would in turn give
up some students in grades 6
through 8 to Ruckel, according to
a proposal described by Hill.
According to Hill, all middle-
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Added Collins, "We will wel-
come any new students with open
Bluewater Elementary would
also take on more students if
Valparaiso Elementary closes,
according to the proposal cited by
Hill. Bluewater would receive ter-
ritory which at one time was
zoned for its school but now is
zoned for Plew--that in
Bluewater Bay south of Highway
20 and west of Bluewater
Boulevard (includes Lancaster
At a Valparaiso City
Commission meeting Monday,

Commissioner H.H. Strong made
a motion for the commission to
encourage Valparaiso residents to
attend Okaloosa County Board of
Education meetings scheduled for
Thursday and Monday, during
which the board is expected to dis-
cuss whether to close Valparaiso
Strong told his fellow commis-
sioners that closing Valparaiso
Elementary could adversely affect
property values throughout
Valparaiso. Commissioner Brent
Smith said Valparaiso Elementary
has the best facilities in the school
district for handicapped students.

After some discussion, the city
commission agreed to Strong's
motion, with Mayor Bruce Arnold
casting the only dissenting vote.
Arnold said he favors keeping the
school open, but thought it
improper for the city commission
to try to organize a public cam-
paign to interfere with the deci-
sions of the school board. Instead,
he said, it would be better for the
city commissioners themselves to
attend the school board meetings
to express their concerns.
Also being considered for clos-
ing, due to declining enrollment, is
Eglin Elementary School.

"When you talk about closing a
school," said Superintendent of
Schools Alexis Tibbetts, "you
especially look at current enroll-
ment, but you also look at the con-
dition of the facility as well as the
potential for future growth."
According to district figures,
Eglin Elementary has gone from
641 students in 2008 to its current
enrollment of 392.
Although Eglin has lost many
more students than Valparaiso, its
potential for future growth is
much greater than Valparaiso's,
said Tibbetts. Eglin Air Force
Base has been tearing down its

aging housing stock to make way
for new homes. Construction is
expected to start in 2012 and to be
completed in 2016, resulting in
larger base population.
"I really don't foresee Eglin
closing," speculated Hill. "As you
know, they're really doing a push
to get more families living on
base." The Air Force base "has
recently been upgrading its base
housing and adding new play-
ground and running track areas,"
said Hill. "There's the additional
thought that if we give up the
Eglin Elementary building we
might not get it back, if need~ed."

From page A-3
Collins said closing a school
"is a difficult thing to have to do,
but with limited education funds,
it's sometimes necessary."
"Of course, we (at Ruckel)
think we're the best school in the
world," Collins added, "but we
realize we're part of a bigger pic-
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have the funding they need."
According to district officials,
closing an elementary school in
the Twin Cities area could save the
district $1 million a year.

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Okaloosa seeks fugitives
This information is from reports by the
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Name: William Andrew Pugliesi
Wanted for: aggravated battery
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Pugliesi's last known address
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Height: 6-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Age: 44
Date of birth: 10-07-65
Hair: black
Eyes: brown

Name: Christopher James
Wanted for: violation of proba-
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Height: 6-feet, 1-inch
Weight: 220 pounds
Age: 29
Date of birth: 08-11-80
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violation of probation on the orig-
inal misdemeanor charge of
worthless checks, 12 counts.
* *
Bryan Michael Sperry, a land-
scaper, 29, of 122 Crestview St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies Nov. 25 for violation of
probation on the original charge of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.
4 4 ,
Angelo Kriengsak Vogel, a
construction framer, 19, of 1541
Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies, sub-
sequent to a traffic stop for a loud
stereo, Nov. 28, for possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana.
* *
Anthony David Emerick, 29,
of 590 Hill Lane, #3, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Nov. 20 for battery, disorderly
intoxication, criminal mischief
with pn31>erty damage under $200
,and resisting an officer without
* *
A 17-year-old Niceville boy, a
student, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies Dec. 1 for assault,
domestic violence. An argument
ensued when the boy skipped
school and he allegedly balled his
fist and began walking towards his
mother, threatening to hann her
before another individual took the
boy to the ground.
* *
Jon Anthony Auger, a laborer
with a tree service, 18, of 154-B S.
John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
for felony possession of more than

20 grams of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
Deputies arrived at Auger's
address to serve a warrant on
someone who no longer lived
there. While at the residence the

ting permission to search the resi-
dence the deputy collected four
smoking pipes, one weight scale,
rolling papers and marijuana total-
ing more than 28 grams.
, ,
Christopher Blake Anderson, a
tile cutter, 25, of 321 Okaloosa
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Nov. 27 for crim-
inal mischief, which allegedly
occurred Aug. 14 in Niceville.
DUI arrests
Benjamin H. Davis, 22, of
4522 Parkwood Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
for DUI on Commons Drive and
Matthew Boulevard, Destin, Nov.
27 at 3:20 a.m.
** *
Michael Aron McCool, a busi-
ness owner, 29, of 232 White St.,
#2, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on Linda
Court and Canal Drive, Nov. 29 at
12:23 a.m. McCool was also
arrested for possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription, a tablet of Oxycodone.

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only a few seconds to smash a
large plate glass window and grab
more than $15,000 worth of
designer sunglasses from a
Niceville optical shop, 1187 E.
John Sims Parkway. The burglars
never entered the shop other than
reaching through the broken glass
and lifting a display case out of the

store. Other displays of designer
sunglasses and other eyewear
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witnesses observed an unlalown
Finale break the window out of a
vehicle parked at a Niceville drug
store, 1100 E. John Sims Parkway.
The burglar then reached inside
the vehicle and stole a purse.
Witnesses said the suspect left the
scene in a small black truck.
* *
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200 block of Alonzo Court report-
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2007 Honda 50 cc dirt bike from
the front yard sometime between
inidnight and 6 a.m. Nov. 28. The
stolen motorcycle was valued at
* *
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600 block of Buckeye Court
reported that unlalown persons)
entered her unlocked vehicle
while it was parked in the drive-
way and stole a $600 GPS system
sometime overnight Nov. 24-25.
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Country Club Drive......................Medical .............................11/30/09..........018
Wexford Drive ..............................Smoke Scare....................1 1/30/09...............1 2:02
By horetDri e2 .............Meedcalac ..............12/ /9..
E. John Sims Parkway................Medical .............................12/1/09...........2:8
Wo odw Reoad ..............Medicl............... 2//9 .........
KilansSree Crl................................Medical .............................1 2/2/09.................20:26
3rld Sreet .....................................Media .............................1 2/3/09.................00:19
nr atee uk eE..........................e ralline down............... .230...........
22ndl Sreet .................................Medical .............................1 2/4/09.................108:32
Mully Drie.t..................................Medical .............................1 2/4/09.................140:54
N.ll C darAvenue.............................Vehicl accident..................1 2/5/09.................094:02
E. ohen Smsn Parkway.................Vehicale accident .................1 2/5/09.................10:34
Relevbes Street............................Medical .............................12/5/09...........1:2

E. John Sims Parkway................Smoke scare ....................12/5/09...............2:4
E. John Sims Parkway................Medical .............................1 2/6/09.................01 :28
29haSW & et ..................Mei ...............1260.........
KendPrik Lavne.............................Medical .............................1 2/6/09.................16:05

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and inspect the vent leading from the dryer to the outside. Built-up lint will restrict the
escape of heat exhaust and can cause a fire.
Web Page: http://www.cityofn iceville.0rg/fire .html

East Niceville
The East Niceville Fire District responded to 17 calls Nov. 2 through Oct. 28. Visit
the website at

E.Jh ims Pkwy.....EM exlding vehicle accident ..........1 //9.............1 :2
Forrest Road ...............Vehicle accident no injury ... ...........11/3/09.............0:7
Patti Cove....................Rescue EMS................................. 1130............. 11:06
Edgewater Drive .........Medical assist ........................................11/4/09.............1 0:51
S. Palm Boulevard ......Electrical wiring/equipment problem.....1 1/7/09.............1 0:25
E. SR 20......................Vehicle extrication..........................1//0........... 090
E. John Sims Pkwy.....Structure fire........................................11130 ..........10:50
Stephen Drive ............EMS excluding vehicle accident...........11/13/09 ..........12:41
rin A en ................EM e uing vehicle accident...........l/80 .......... 0
Hickory Avenue..........._Rescue EMS........................................11180 ..........09:01
i8t S t et........Sp~ecial ic qunt/0t c acci nt............... .......... 5
W. John Sims Pkwy....Vehicle accident no injury .....................11/23/09 ..........15:13
Lanman Road .............Rescue EMS........................................11270 ..........13:43
Huntingdon Circle .......Dispatched/canceled .............................1 1/27/09 ..........17:06
Bayshore Drive .........._Structure fire........................................11280 ..........23:41

The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during
the month of November:

Lincoln Avenue ...........................Dishwasher fire ....................1 1/2/09 .............07:16
Glendale Avenue ........................Sick call ................................1 1/2/09 ..............19:27
Government Avenue ..................Fire call, smoke....................1 1/2/09 .............21:.10
aNa Joh nA nim eT kw 4 alar no us :::::::::::::::::::::::11/0 .. 8::::::::: 0::::8
Montana Avenue.........................Heart problem ......................1 1/3/09 ..............18:28
n. chn iums Pa ~cay............... rr atn problem ............... 150 .............. .0 6
Washington Avenue ...................Fire alarm .............................1 1/6/09 .............20:38
G vernmen Ave ..........rnusohn oi sm ke........ 160 9 ........32

Andrew Drvee ..............................Bire aathin problem..................1 1/11/09 ............09:44
Chicgo Avenue ...........................Unconciou alr .........................1 1/16/09 ............2:525
Jasmnde Place ............................N.raturalga poleak..................11/181/09 ............15:42
Wahington Avenue ....................Fire ............00:39
Washingto Avene ................... Fralm..........Ntr g la...................11/19/09...........214
S. John Sims Parkway ...............Assault...........................1/20/09 ............20:09
Lincoln Avenue ...........................Chest pain ............................1 1/26/09 ............08:26
Bayshore Drive ...........................Structure fire/mutual aid......11/28/09 ............23:39
Escanaba Avenue ......................Diabetic ................................1 1/29/09 ............09:08
Edge Avenue ..............................Fire alarm .............................1 1/30/09 ............13:40
N. John Sims Parkcway...............Vehicle accident...................1 1/30/09 ............14:30
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rative lighting and don't use any suspect strands. Keep Christmas trees well
watered and remove from home soon afler the holidays. Use candles with cau-
tion-when you go out, blow out! Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
at least monthly. Have a safe and joy-filled holiday season. Call your Valparaiso
Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 with comments or concerns.

North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Nov. 30 through
Dec. 7.

1,acation. Situation Date Time
Parkwood Place.........................Rescue EMS............................1 1/30/09..........08:44
Wexford Drive ............................Dispatched/canee...............1 1/30/09.........1 2:03
Oakmont Place ..........................Rescue EMS............................1 2/1/09 ...........10:41
Range Road...............................Arcing shorted electrical .........12/1/09 ...........16:00
Calanddaw Lnek Co .............m ke xdet tory e ivtin...l210 .....19
Merchants Way ..........................Medical assist ..........................12/4/09 ...........04:46
White Point Road.......................Dispatched/cancle...............1 2/4/09 ...........10:35
Highway 20 ................................Dispatchedcnee ...............1 2/5/09 ...........02:38
N. White Point Road..................EMS excluding vehicle............12/5/09 ...........12:13
E. J n nis Parkway .......Ds acau h ancld ........12509 ...._2:6
Sunset Beach Drive...................Rescue EMS ............................1 2/6/09 ...........17:48

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From page A-1
to a police report obtained last
Beckstrom was also arrested
for use of a firearm under the
influence of alcohol, two counts,
improper exhibition of a firearm,
one count, and for driving while
license suspended, habitual
offender, one count, according to
the report.
Niceville police arrest reports
gave the following account:
About 12:41 a.m. officers
were called to Tisa's Friendly Inn
Bar, 626 W. John Sims Parkway,
where the bartender stated she
told Beckstrom to leave after she
saw him pull a small handgun
and point it at another person.
The bartender also stated that
Beckstrom had "flashed some
badge and ID when he came in."
Although Beckstrom did not
point the gun at the bartender, his
actions caused her to fear for her

From page A-1

police said in a statement
Investigators from the
Niceville Police Department,
the medical examiner and the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement spent Sunday
afternoon and much of Monday
scouring the woods behind Twin
Cities Hospital looking for evi-
dence of identity and cause of
death of the person whose
remains were discovered.
Investigators remained on
the scene until about 5 p.m.

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-Jan. 8: The committee will
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the meeting Pickelman and the
consultant company will check
references on the committee's top
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-Jan. 25: PSAC will meet
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-Feb. 8: PSAC will conduct
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-Two community members:
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Okaloosa County, and DeFuniak
Springs attorney Bill Green, repre-
senting Walton County.
-Student: Geremy St. Vil,

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-Four college professors:
Sasha Jarrell, Darryl Ritter,
Ronald Stanley and Ann Waters.
-Two college staffers: Terry
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-Three college administrators
or supervisors: Christine "Chris"
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From page A-1

was founded in 1964. Jill White
was named interim president, suc-
ceeding Richburg. With the hiring
of Delaino, White has returned to
her previous post as senior vice
president, and will retire altogeth-
er in February.
On Sept. 1 the college hired a
professional search firm to assist
the college in hiring a new perma-
nent president. On Sept. 25, col-
lege trustees appointed the
Presidential Search Advisory
Committee, chaired by college
trustee Wesley Wilkierson. The
committee has met three times.
On Friday John Pickelman, of
Academic Search, the national
search firm hired by the college,
gave PSAC members tips on how
to evaluate the applicants' resumes
and cover letters. Each applicant
will be evaluated by each commit-
tee member. Pickelman empha-
sized that the evaluations should
be consistent and systematic but
that each individual would rank
applicants solely based on their
own impressions.
On Monday the college
released the names of the 63 appli-
cants for the president's job.
Applicants came from 26 states

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Northwest Florida State College interim president Thomas
Delaino took the helm of the institution Dec. 1 from Jill White'
the college's senior vice president and former interim presi-
dent. He will serve until a permanent president is chosen.

and, in one case, from the country
of Jordan. Most of the candidates
had such titles as vice president,
chancellor, dean or similar jobs at
community, technical colleges.
There were some applicants from
four-year universities, including
the University of Alabama and the
University of North Carolina.
Former Eglin Air Force Base
commander Eric Pohland was
among the non-academics who

applied for the post. Pohland
served as the commander of the
96th Air Base Wing from
November 2007 to Julcy 2008,
when he retired and took a job
with NASA at the Kennedy Space
Pay for the job hasn't been set.
Richburg was making $228,000 a
The following is a summary of
the remaining selection process:

safety, police said. Beckstrom
had left the bar before officers
About two hours later, police
spotted Beckstrom driving, made
a felony traffic stop on Juniper
Avenue, and searched the vehicle
for a handgun. According to the
arrest report, Beckstrom told
officers "he was one of us," indi-
cating he was a law enforcement
Police searched Beckstrom's
Jeep looking for a gun but found
none. Beckstrom allegedly told
police he didn't know where the
gun was.
As police were processing
Beckstrom, an employee of a
second bar, Shang-Hai Lounge,
393 W. John Sims Parkway,
called to report that a black jack-
et with a gun in the pocket had
been found. Witnesses at the
Shang-Hai told police that
Beckstrom had been inside the
building in an intoxicated state
and left after he fell down, leav-
ing his jacket with the gun inside.

Police said the handgun was a 9
mm pistol with a round in the
Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman
for the Transportation Security
Administration, a division of the
U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, told the Beacon
Monday that the TSA hired
Beckstrom in 2008 as a bomb
appraisal employee. Koshetz
said the TSA was aware of
Beckstrom's arrest and was coop-
erating with police.
According to other personnel
working at Northwest Florida
Regional Airport, Beckstrom
also worked in security at other
airports in the Panhandle.
According to records at the
Okaloosa County Jail,
Beckstrom was arrested and
booked at the jail twice before.
On April 8, 2008, Beckstrom was
arrested for trespass after wamn-
ing, resisting without violence
and disorderly intoxication.
Beckstrom was arrested again
May 17, 2009, for DUI, alcohol.

Monday, according to Lt. Randy
Sallee, Niceville police
The thickly wooded area
where the skeletal remains were
found is between College
Boulevard and Hart Street, near
the emergency entrance of Twin
Cities Hospital.
Niceville resident Leon
Perkins notified authorities of
the discovery about 11:30 a.m.
Sunday. Perkins told the
Beacon that his 13-year-old
daughter and her friend were
playing on trails that crisscross
the woods across the street from
their Hart Street home when
they spied a human skull.

The two girls were "fairly
excited" when they told Perkins
about their discovery, he said,
although he was initially
inclined to think they had stum-
bled on the remains of a deer or
other animal.
Perkins said he followed a
cleared right of way to the area
his daughter described and
found a green two-person tent, a
blanket, a shirt and a human
skull. Police said the tent was
standing, not collapsed, and that
it contained personal effects.
Police said it had not yet
been determined whether the
remains were that of a male or
"You could tell it had been
there for awhile," Perkins said.
Once he realized the remains
were human, he said, he walked
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Niceville area and is a Niceville
High School graduate. She has
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master's in the same field.
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Ruckel Middle School's var-
sity Knowledge Masters team
came out as top in the state for
the December competition. The
eight-member team--made up
of seventh and eighth
graders--scored 1395. Winning
team members were: Andrew
Moore, Ciara Ordner, Cody
McWilliams, David Bobbitt,
Emmett White, Matthew
Markwardt, Sophia Bergmann,
and Alexander Russ.
Two other Twin Cities
schools not far behind were
Lewis Middle School, ranked
fifth in the state, and Rocky
Bayou Christian School
(RBCS), in eighth place.
Lewis' finishing score was
1188 and Rockyr's was 965.
Lewis team members were:
Please see RUCKEL, page B-2

Beacon photo

Ringing in good works
Frank MlcCarty, a member of Mlid-Bay Rotary Club, watches
as a young lady donates to the annual Salvation Army
Christmas charity. Members spent a week ringing the bell in
front of Winn-Dixie in Bluewater Bay.

Beacon photo by Stacie Morgan
Ruckel Mliddle School eighth-grade students scored 1395 in the
first Knowledge Mlasters competition of the school year, best in
Florida. From left: Andrew Mloore. Ciara Ordner and Sophia
Bergmann concentrate on one of the 200 questions the team is
asked to answer. Other Knowledge Mlasters team members at
Ruckel are: Mlatthew Mlarkwardt, Emmett White and Alexander

Thousands of spectators
braved frigid temperatures and
gusty winds to enjoy the
Christmas spirit Saturday with the
annual Niceville-Valparaiso
Christmas parade, sponsored by
the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary.
The Grand Marshall this year
was Walt Ruckel, a Rotarian for
63 years. Also serving as hon-
orary Grand Marshalls were six
youngsters, courtesy of the Make

A Wish Roundation, an organiza-
tion that grants the wishes of seri-
ously ill children.
For their eftbrts, the huge
crowd was treated to sights rang-
ing from Girl Scouts surrounded
by greenery to a pirate ship filled
with buccaneers, fnam Valparaiso
Mayor Bruce Arnold in his vin-
tage automobile to Niceville City
Manager Lannie Corbin dressed
as a Coca Cola can to inspire res-
idents to donate their tin cans to
the city's fireworks fund.
Presidents Award-
Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for

Grand Marshall Award-
Krewe of Bowlegs
Make a Wish Honorary
Grand Marshall Award-Cal's
1st place commercial-Twin
Cities Hospital
2nd place commercial-
Coldwell Banker United Realtors
3rd place commercial-
Beach Conununity Bank
1st place club non-profit-
Girl Scouts of Northwest Florida
Troop 207
2nd place club non-profit-
City of Niceville Recycling
3rd place club non-profit-

Cub Scout Pack 553
1st place church float--
Niceville Assembly of God
2nd place church-Clowns
for Christ
1st place performing unit--
Amplified Pediarming Arts
1st place marching-
Twinkling Twirlers
2nd place marching unit--
ATA Taekwondo

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From page B-1
Lewis team members were:
Alex Hencinski, McKenzie
Hardy, Annalyse Hambleton,
Kiyana Gee, Brenna Jensen-
Barclay, Raeleesha Norris, and
Morgan Muscott. RBCS' middle
school team consists of: Kelly
Hanning, Kat Koster, Brad
Berryman, Ashley Lee,
Cameron Esses, Joshua
Birdsong, James Sung, and
Ryan Simpson,
Two Twin Cities high school
Knowledge Masters teams
scored in Florida's top 20.
Niceville High finished fourth
in the state with a score of 1382,
while Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy earned 14th place
with a score of 1153.
Niceville High team mem-
bers were: Christian Cook,
Chase Cloutier, Jeremy Hsiang,
Katie Shermer, Matt Demma,
Shane Melancon, Shreyans
Patel, Caitlin Elsesser, Joshua
Chinnaswamy, Stephanie
Hsiang, Tyler Szymizak, Juliana
Scmit Kath rine Am er
Mitchell, Georgia Pearce,
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Wednesday Night Student Ministry
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Knowledge Masters team
members at Rocky were: Daniel
Bowers, Emily Wilson, Josh
Turner, Joseph Sung, Jacob
Emerick, Bill Hudson, Matt
McDorman, John Stevenson, Jon
Allen, Glory Allen, Julia
Denney, Emily Steele, and
Victor Johns.
Knowledge Masters is a semi-
annual computer-based academ-
ic competition which allows stu-
dents to compete without leaving
their own school.
At the secondary level (mid-
dle through high school) the
teams are required to answer a
series of 200 multiple-choice
questions in 15 subject areas,
quickly and accurately, with a
time limit of 29 seconds per
question. The quicker a team
answers the question, the more
points it can eamn.
Communication among team
members is encouraged, though
answers must be given without
the help of coaches or audience
The Knowledge Masters pro-

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Jason and Katrina Snyder
Katrina E. Hamilton, daugh-
ter of Deborah and Larry
Tipton, Crestview, and Charles
and Pam Hamilton, Valparaiso,
and Jason R. Snyder, son of
Susan and John Greenslade,
Niceville, were united in mar-
riage Sept. 19, 2009, at 4 p.m.,
in an outdoor ceremony at Fred
Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Park Niceville.Jon Kks
presided over the double-ring
thChare Hamihton rfate of
stepfather of the bride gave her
The maid of honor was
Christina Morgan. Bridesmaid
was Jennifer Deegan. The rino_
bearer was Charles HamiltonV,
escorted by Kaycee Hamilton.
Flower girls were Abbi and
Claira Hamilton.
The best man was Jason
Starrett. Groomsman was Alex
Deegan and ushers were Sean
and Andrews Sparks.
A reception was held at
Brooks Beal Center, Mary
Special guests were Nancy
Kelsey, Marcia Snyder and
John and Mari Hamilton.
After a honeymoon at
Yellowstone National Park, the
couple reside in Fort Walton

Beth Norton, left, NWFSC Division Director of Allied Health and BSN programs, and Marty
Walker, Nursing professor, with the DOE Best Practices Award.

College nursing program

'best practices' are feted

The Florida Department of
Education has honored the RN
to BSN Nursing program at
Northwest Florida State
College with a statewide "Best
Practices" award in recogni-
tion of the program's nursing
outreach in local free health
care clinics. The outreach pro-
vides unique clinical experi-
ences for student nurses in the
college's bachelor's degree in
nursing program. The award
was presented last week at the
annual Florida Association of
Community College meeting
in Orlando. NWFSC Trustee
Paul Foster and RN to BSN
professor Marty Walker
accepted the award on behalf
of the college.

The program was recog-
nized for developing student
clinical practice experiences at
clinics which provide free
health care, such as the
Crossroads Medical Clinic in
Valparaiso. Because students
in the NWFSC bachelor's in
nursing program already have
an RN nursing license, many
bring years of traditional clini-
cal experience to the program.
"We wanted to develop
challenging clinical situations
to stretch these RNs with new
experiences and help them
leamn the value of incorporat-
ing volunteerism as a part of
their professional careers,"
said Walkier, who was instru-
mental in starting the partner-

ship with Crossroads after first
volunteering there herself and
later becoming the non-profit
group's volunteer nursing
director and a member of its
board of directors.
RN to BSN students are
placed at the free clinic for
fieldwork during courses on
health assessment, family and
community nursing, and nurs-
ing leadership. They provide
care to a large variety of chron-
ic health problems, many of
which are exacerbated from
lack of available and afford-
able health care. Students also
benefit from the opportunity to
associate with working profes-
sionals dedicated to serving
those in need.

Division of Pensacola Federation
of Garden Club's second
Standard Flower Show recently.
The design was a Type II
Exhibition Table staged in a
black frame, and it interpreted
"Seafood Festival."
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Beta Club participat-
ed in its first service project of
the school year. Sarah Emily
Wilson, club president, with
Harrison Kim, vice president,
led members Ashley Bernheisel,
Julia Denney and Joey Wilson
as they worked with Sharing and
Caring and the First Presbyterian
Church of Niceville distributing
Thanksgiving baskets and taking
orders from needy families for
Christmas baskets as well.

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thank you Pon o'x.
The students, faculty, and
staff at Destin Mliddle School
presented a thank-you
plaque to Publix d' %j'
Supermarket, Destin for its ,
partnership in education this 1. ,
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general manager Publix, Dr. roof FO
Diane Kelley, principal and
Drew Colowich, eighth .
grade. According to school
administrators, Akridge has
supported the school with
reward certificates for A/AB
Honor Roll, food and bever-
age donations for award cer-
emonies, clubs, and sport-
ing events and teacher-
sponsored incentives.

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Air Force 2nd Lt. Aaron J.
Royster has graduated from
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot
Training (SUPT) at Columbus
Air Force Base, Miss. The stu-
dent earned silver wings with an
aeronautical rating of pilot in the
Air Force.
Student pilots start the 52-
week SUPT program by attend-
ing a three-week preflight phase
consisting of academics and
physiology training for flight
preparation. Followed by phase
two primary training conducted
in T-37 Tweet aircraft to learn
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The Boggy Bayou Holiday
Boat Parade, hosted by North
Light Yacht Club, floats its way
into the season 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, on Boggy
Lights, music, props and
more can be viewed as boats pass
by the judges to be awarded for
the best floating holiday dis-
plays. The parade opens with
Niceville's Mayor Wise firing a
canon and the Coast Guard lead-
ing the way.
Parade route begins at North
Light, 115 John Sims Parkway,
heads to Holiday Inn Express
and Ruby Tuesday, around to
Bayou Blues, on up to First
Baptist Church, then around to

Giuseppis's Restaurant (judges
station at the end of the dock)
and Lions Park. The lineup then
proceeds to Lincoln Park,
Shipyard Park, and ends at
Valparaiso Realty. Any of these
checkpoints are ideal for public
Judges will include Michelle
Severino, Northwest Florida
Heritage Museum, and city and
military base officials.
Registration is $10 per boat. All
registrants are eligible for door
prizes provided by parade check-
point businesses. Registration
deadline: today, Dec. 9. More
information: Therese or Addie,
678-2350 or e-mail theresevan

copter students fly the UH-1
Huey at their assigned bases or
He is the son of Kathleen M.
Royster of Drew Court,
The lieutenant is a 1998 grad-
uate of Niceville High School,
and received a bachelor's degree
in 2004 from the University of
South Florida, Tampa. In 2007,
he earned a master's degree from
Troy University, Tampa.
Navy Senior Chief Petty
Officer Joey R. Short, a 1975
graduate of Niceville Senior
High School, Niceville, along
with sailors and Marines from
the Bataan Amphibious Ready
Group (BATARG), Norfolki, Va.,
and 22nd Marine Expeditionary
Unit (MIEU), Camp Lejeune, N.
C., recently departed the 5th
Fleet and entered 6th Fleet's area
of operations after traveling
through the Suez Canal and
entering the Mediterranean Sea.
The BATARG is preparing to
return to the U.S. as it nears the
end of a six-month deployment.
While deployed, Bataan
launched 10 MV-22B Ospreys
from the 22nd Marine
Expeditionary Unit in three

waves, completing the 510 nauti-
cal-mile flight to Camp Bastion,
Afghanistan, in just over two
hours. The aircraft were part of
Marine Medium Tiltrotor
Squadron 263 (Reinforced) and
were attached to Marine
Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261
to serve as part of 2nd Marine
Expeditionary Brigade's aviation
combat element.
Short joined the Navy in
November 1990.
Air Force Airman 1st Class
Johnathan G. Hambley gradu-
ated from basic military training
at Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
Airmen who complete basic
training earn four credits toward
an associate in applied science
degree through the Community
College of the Air Force.
He is the
son of Lisa
and John
Hamble y,
both of
,is a 2007
-' V graduate of
Nice ville
Johnathan G. H i g h
Hambley School.

procedures, aerobatics, and for-
mation flying. Students also
practice night, instrument and
cross-country navigation.
Each training phase includes
extensive hours of ground
events, flight simulator, day and
night flying, and flight related
instruction. Additional instruc-
tion is received on flight forma-
tion, navigation, low-level navi-
gation flying, visual and instru-
ment transition, radar cell forma-
tion, and simulated refueling and
airdrop missions.
After primary training, stu-
dents move on to advanced train-
ing in one of several tracks.
Students selected for fighter-
bomber assignments fly the T-
38A aircraft; airlift-tanker stu-
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Russians and British time undermines the
couldn't do it, and strategy. "
the Afghans aren 't
doing anything to
help. "

"I want our troops home,
but I don't think we
should broadcast our
strategies to the world. If
we let our enemies know
when we're leaving, they
can take advantage. "

"I think the troops "I think it's terrible. "Sending troops is
should stay here. We The Russians couldn't good, but given the
have enough prob- win after five years. amount of our nation 's
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The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber
of Commerce will hold its Second
Wednesday Breakfast today, Dec. 9, at
the Niceville Community Center, 204
N. Partin Drive.
The breakfast will
begin at 7:15 a.m.
with coffee and
conversation, fol-
lowed by break-
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members, their guests, and prospec-
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Schola Cantorum
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Schola Cantomum will present "Angels
and Shepherds," three separate days
during the month of December. The
free presentations feature a 12-mem-
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--7:15 p.m. today, Dec. 9, at Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs
Drive, Shalimar.
--7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church,
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national economic situation and its
implications for America at a
Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County
fundraiser, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9'
in the Charter Room of the Emerald
Grande Hotel, Destin, Hwy 98.
Suggested donation is $10 per person
and all donations will be considered
political contributions to the
Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County.
More information: 217-6590.
Give blood this week
Dec. 10--Tybrin, 1030 Titan
Court, Fort Walton Beach, 1- a.m. -2
Dec. 13--First United Methodist
Church, Crestview, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dec. 15-Media Com, 1613
Nantahala Beach Road. Gulf Breeze
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Geek Lights on the Corner
You won't want to miss "The Geek
Lights on the Comer," every night 6-
11 p.m. through New Year's Day.
More than 20,000 computer-con-
trolled, musically orchestrated
Christmas lightatwil 18as htim uaWa

Niceville. Light shows mun every half
hour. Directions: Head east on John
Sims Parkway. Turn right on
Bluewater Boulevard. At the fart stop
sign on the left (Antiqua Way) look for
all the lights. Parking on all neighbor-
hood yards is forbidden.
Clothes for children
Okaloosa County Head Start, a
local nonprofit organization, is seek-
ing donations of coats, gloves, hats
and new underwear and socks for chil-
dren. The children range in age from 3
to 5 years. Donations may be brought
to the Niceville center at Holy Name
1 hos ic Ch rc 0 Vlpartaso.
dmop ff are: 8-3:30 p.m., Monday-

Trade library fees for cans
The Niceville
Library will
accept canned
goods and non-
perishable food
items through

Santa's Helpers hotline, 609-3055 or
Assembly Christmas
Niceville Assembly of God
Church, 108 N. Highway 85, is host-
ing "Christmas in Reverse," presented
by the Children's Department, 9 and
11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 13.
Charity ornaments
Catholic Charities of Northwest
Florida is selling the "Heavenly
Snowflake" tree ornament, designed
by Christopher Radko. Each orna-
ment, made from European glass,
costs $50, with all
proceeds to be
used by Catholic
Charities to bene-
fit the needs of the
infirm, poor and
abandoned in the
community. More information:
Evelyn, 244-2825 or heav-
Party for library patrons
The Friends of the Niceville
oibraryland the library staffmivit a u
Party 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday,
Dec. 9. Goodies and fun provided.
Woman's Club luncheon lb
The Destthn Woman's C 1
thimstmals luncho ne ians its social
tiea 1a.m., WdesdaDc ,a
Flemings Restaurant, Grand
Boulevard, Sandestin. Peter Bennett,
Mecca Group, will give a short pres-
entation at 11:30. Lunch begins at
noon. Program also includes a visit
from Santa and a members gift
exchange ($15 limit). Members are
additionally requested to bring their

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Reservations by Friday, Dec. 4, to
Georgia Pappas-Johnson, 622-0014.
Free career workshop
The Career Resource Center at
Northwest Florida State College will
hold a free Interviewing Technique
Workshop 5-5:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
10, Room Q-148, Niceville Campus.

Open to students and the general pub-
lic, participants will learn how to build
confident interviewing skills, decrease
anxiety, and techniques to persuade an
employer that they would be a posi-
tive addition to the company. To
reserve seat: 729-5227.
Concert, charity auction
Rocky Bayou Christian School
.Hl hold its Musi
Department --
Concert & Charity
Auction, 7 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 11, at
the Niceville High
School Auditorium. Admission is free.
Preschool moms
Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS)
meets 9-11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at
First Baptist Church Niceville,
Fellowship Hall, 622 Bayshore Drive.
MOPS child care includes babies 6
weeks to age 5 and homeschooled sib-
lings. Children will work on a craft,
and have music, snack and play time.
Momsonwillcha ea fellow hiap snm
More information: Jennifer Costa,
974-4024 or church office, 678-4621.
'Holiday Pops' Dec. 11
The Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra and the Northwest Florida
Symphony Chorus will present
'"Holiday Po as!" 7:30 p.m. Friday
Dec. 11,
Mainstage, Mattie
Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts
Center, Niceville.
Tickets for the
evening filled with popular holiday
fare are $22.50 for adults and $16 for
yuths and active duty military. For

Tea Party at the Opry
A Tea Party is scheduled at
Panhandle Opry 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
12, with free hot dogs, cold drinks,
popcorn and coffee while they last.
Panhandle Opry is located at 659
DeShazo Road, Mossy Head, off
Laird Road, from U.S. 90 West. Call
892-4050 for information.

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goods and non-pelishable food items
should be close to the amount of the
fine owed.
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recipients include Sharing and Caring,
Inc. clients and the Boys and Girls
Club of the Emerald Coast. This cam-
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Christmas Child, organized by the
international Samaritan's Purse relief

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should fill a shoe box with small gifts
for youth (boys
and girls) ages 2- .0 1. _
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the box and the lid individually, place
a mubber band around the box and indi-
cate the sex and age of the child the
box is for. Return it to the tax collec-
tors office by Dec. 16. Fliers with
instructions, suggested gift items and
gender/age gift tags are available at all
county tax offices. More information:

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On to state: Eagfles take regional title, 45-31

Two more wins needed for state championship

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books

Lindsey Schoe we heads to Troy
Niceville High School senior Lindsey Schoewe signs a letter of intent to attend Troy
University on a volleyball scholarship. In her five years playing volleyball for Lewis Middle
School and Niceville High School, Lindsey's teams compiled a 96-5 record. From left: rear,
athletic director John Hicks, principal Linda Smith and volleyball coach Kris Hagberg; front,
Lindsey's mother, Debbie, Lindsey, and her father, Chuck.

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By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Corresoondent
The Niceville Eagles traveled
to Tallahassee last Friday and
came home with the Regional
4A title, thanks to a 45-31 win
over Lincoln High School. The
win didn't come easy as the two
teams were within seven points
of each other until the last 1:45
of the game.
The victory had Niceville
players elated, and their well-
matched opponents in tears.
Now just four teams remain in
contention for the state title. The
undefeated Eagles hit the road
again this Friday to battle
Orlando Edgewater High School
for a spot in the state champi-
onship game.
It was a dreary start for the
Eagles, with temperatures in the
40s, a steady drizzle, and a lack-
luster first-quarter performance
by the offense. The passing
game struggled and a deter-
mined Trojan defense worked

hard to keep the ball from mov-
The rain slowed down at the
start of the second quarter and
the offense began to speed up. A
huge run by Roy Finch poised
the team for the first score of the
game, a pass completion from
Kyle McDorman to Aaron
Moore within the first minute of
the quarter,
The Eagle defense held the
Trojans and regained possession
but was forced to punt, putting
the ball back into Lincoln's
The home team was able to
tie the game midway through the
second quarter. Several incom-
plete passes rendered Niceville's
next possession futile, and
Lincoln pulled ahead with
another touchdown late in the
second. But the Eagles answered
quickly with a game-tying kick-
off return touchdown scored by
powerhouse Roy Finch.
The Eagles trailed 21-14 at

halftime, thanks to a Lincoln
touchdown in the final minute
that gave them their second lead
of the game.
Niceville re-entered the game
with what seemed to be a single
minded goal: get the ball to
Finch. Several Girst downs by the
star running back put Niceville
within striking distance and,
with six minutes left in the third,
the Eagles tied the game on a
completion to Kody Williams,
his first of two touchdowns on
the night.
The defense also raised the
bar in the second half, with a
quarterback sack by Daniel
Spencer and another scoreless
possession for Lincoln.
After a few failed Eagle
touchdown attempts, freshman
Andrew Mitchell kicked a Hield
goal, putting Niceville back in
the lead, 24-21. Lincoln
answered with a field goal of its
own to tie it up again at the start
of the quarter.

The following possession
would prove to be crucial in
what turned into a fourth-quarter
showdown. The Eagles made
their way down the hield before
McDorman connected with
Williams to put the ball in
Lincoln territory. Finch Uinished
the drive off with a run into the
corner of the end zone that
pulled the Eagles ahead, 31-24.
With no intention of handing
over the regional title, the
Trojans answered with a huge
play that put them on the
Niceville 19-yard line. They
pulled the trigger on the next
play to tie things up once again,
31-31 halfway through the
The two teams may have
been closely matched on the
Hield, but the Eagles dominated
in the spirit division. Niceville
fans filled the away side of the
Gene Cox stadium. Cold, wet,

Please see EAGLES, page B-7

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Niceville High School's Kyle McDorman, playing defense, bats
down a pass in the end zone during Friday's regional champi-
onship game against Lincoln. The Eagles won, 45-31.

Ruckel cagers take tourney
The Ruckel Middle School basketball team won the Freeport Basketball Tournament Nov.
21, defeating three other teams. From left: front, Elliot Cary, Henry Bowman, Zander Huff,
Hunter Stelck and Spencer Rackley; middle, Michael Baffa, Andrew Krist, Kolt Drautz and
Korey Amaker; back, Kellen Ritter, Jeffrey Lopez, head coach John Runyon and assistant
coach David Dowden. Not pictured is Drew Frederic.

Nicevl~le tops 16
in mat toume~y
Niceville High School won
the 16-team Arnold Invitational
wrestling tournament Saturday
in Panama City, accruing 205.5
poent to second-place Chiles'
The victory was all the more
impressive as only 12 wrestlers
made the trip. Several were out
sick and others are on the school
football team, which is playing
post-season games.
Nine of the 12 wrestlers were
place winners, including six
wrestling for their first time on
the varsity team.
Taking firsts were Brock
Lamb (160), 4-0, all pins; Nate
Hartley (171), 3-0, one pin; and
Sam Jenkins (215), 4-0, all pins.
Second-place finishers were
Taylor Nixon (135), 3-1; David
Jones (140) 3-1; Jacob Bagnell
(130) 4-1; Chandler Vause
(112), 4-1; and Cory Garland
(285), 4-1.
Founding out the winners
das ,aidPink (145), who Ein-
Friday and Saturday, the
Eagle wrestlers will compete in
the Capital City Tournament at
Chiles High School,

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NHS takes

2 in Classic
Niceville High School senior
Kristin Muldowney prepares
to head the ball forward during
the Chiles Timbenrwolf Classic
Tournament Saturday in
Tallahassee. The Lady Eagles
won their first game Friday, 5-
0, against Episcopal High
School, Jacksonville, then
defeated Bishop Kenny from
Jacksonville 2-1, Saturday.

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Niceville High School's Meagan Balding and Mark Barrett
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The University of Florida
team of Jake Gipson and
Matthew Wercinski, both of
Niceville, won the National
Guard FLW College Fishing
Southeast Regional
Championship on Lake Monroe
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pounds, 12 ounces Nov. 30 with a
three-day total of 16 bass weigh-
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Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson
Eagle running back Roy Finch outruns the Lincoln offense en
route to one of his three touchdowns.

"It just happened, and I tried
to make the most of it," said
Hansen, who ran the ball all the
way back to Lincoln 37-yard
line. Finch put the final nail in
the Trojan coffin with his third
touchdown to bring the final
score of the game, with less than
two minutes remaining, to 45-
"We made so many mistakes
to begin with," said head coach
John Hicks. "Really it was just a
case of settling down." He gave
credit to a well-played defense
in the third carter along with
Finch for helping to get the
game on track.

From page B-6
and loud, the Niceville turnout
outnumbered and outcheered the
The outcome was still uncer-
tain when McDorman hit
Williams with a pass down the
middle. After tearing away from
his defenders, Williams, in one
of the most pivotal plays of the
game, ran the ball into the end
zone for a 66-yard touchdown.
Lincoln had five minutes to
try to shift the scoreboard back
into its favor, but an interception
by Tanner Hansen, while deep in
Eagle territory, clinched the


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and work load. Stop
by the Bay Beacon for
an infoormf tion stheaet
application. The
Bacon 1181 E oahn
Niceville 678-1084
k(harkpa CEas
across from PoFolks)

99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, 4WD, V6, Leather ..............4,990
01 CadillaC Catera, Leather, NOW Tires & 80fVice, 56k Miles $6,495
06 Chevy Cobalt LS, Sporty, Gas Sipper ..........................$6,850
00 Chevy Astro Van LS, Only 43K Miles, Like New ........$7,995
01 LinCOln LS, V8, At, Leather, MR, 42K Miles ..................$9,995
08Chevy Cobalt LT Leather, R, T Low Miles 1 .....l,90

.. V l...enJta ,AT R -. r ea .I ......-..... 3,

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place your ad today.

Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653)
Steve Hughes (502-1014)
M~lindy Barrett (687-3377)

Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit.
* Unfurn. House, Niceville, 3/2, 1 Car Garage, Pets OK $ 950
*Unfurn. MC Townhouse, 21.5, Waterfront, Travertine,
Stainless app., Granite ................... .......$1,400
* Furn. Studio-Waterfront, Utilities &WiFilIncluded ... .$ 850
* Furn. Waterfront, 1/1, Utilities Included .............$1,100
* Furn., Efficiency-Waterfront, Full Kitchen, W/D,
Util. Incl ..........._......... ................$1,250
* Furn., MV Condo, 21, Waterfront, Util. Incl, WID ... .$1,300


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Carrie Leugers Diane Cocchiarella Ge re
(974-5436) (830-3568) $330,900
* Blue Pine Village, 2/2 .. .. .. ..REDUCED .. .. .. .$138,000
* Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished .. . . . .... ..147,500
. Marina Cove Townhouse, 3/2.5, Fully Furnished, .. .. .. .$185,000
* Miller's Run, Brick Home, 3/2 .. . . . .. .. ...225,000
* Townhome 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 ..J U ST REDUCED .$289,000
. Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course .. .. .. .. .$330,900

Marina VillaS
Condo, 2/1,
(jijjijieS Included

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