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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 23, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00084
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Thursday. 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve services
are planned by many
churches locally. They
include carols, candles
and uplifting sermons.
Check with your church
to see if a Christmas Eve
service is scheduled.
Saturday. II a.m.

You can get a kick out
of the Niceville High
School alumni soccer
games. The ex-Eagles
begin at 11 a.m., fol-
lowed by their female
counterparts at 1 p.m.
Ongoing. 6-11 >.m.

The everlasting light

Enjoy a show of light
and music at "The Geek
Lights on the Corner," a
spectacular display of
engineering expertise on
Bluewater Boulevard and
Antigua Way. And it's
Through Jan. 8
You won't want to
miss the joint
exhibit of
Carol Ann
Cain's and
Chris Lundy's
"A Taste of
Autumn" at the art gallery
at 10343 E. County
Highway 30-A, Suite
112, Seacrest Beach.
Info, 231-0084.

More on these events
and others, CALENDAR,

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People's First

bank fails

Reopens as Hancock

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
On Friday the Office of
Thrift Supervision (OTS), part
of the U.S. Treasury
Department, ordered Peoples
First Community Bank, based
in Panama City, closed and
appointed the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. (FDIC) as

Hancock Bank, Gulfport,
Miss., now operates the
Niceville branch and 32 other
outlets of the former Peoples
First Community Bank,
Panama City. Federal regula-
tors closed Peoples First
Community Bank as "unsafe
and unsound" Friday. The
branches reopened Monday
as those of Hancock Bank.
Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

Peoples First Community
Bank's 29 branches, including
one in Palm Plaza, Niceville,
reopened Monday as branches
of Hancock Bank, Gulfport,
Miss., which acquired them in a
transaction overseen by the
FDIC. Hancock said cus-
tomers could continue to use
their Peoples First checks, ATM
Please see BANK, page A-8

Strolling woman fends off assailant

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Niceville
woman home from college for
the holidays fended off an
unknown attacker as she walked
at night in the Seminole area,
according to the Okaloosa

County Sheriffs Office.
Sheriffs reports gave the fol-
lowing account:
On Dec. 14 the woman was
out for a stroll at about 9 p.m.
when she decided to take a short-
cut through an unfenced storage
facility on Hickory Street, just

north of Highway 20. As the
woman walked behind the
Dollar General store leading to
Commercial Drive, a man
grabbed her from behind and
wrapped an arm around her.
When the young woman
pulled her cell phone from a

pocket in attempt to dial 911, the
assailant knocked it from her
hand and tried to cover her eyes
with his hand.
The woman struggled to get
away as her attacker held her
with one arm around her upper
body and struck her head with

his free hand.
The man ordered the woman
to "be quiet, and come with me"
in a raspy voice. She responded
by biting him on the finger.
The man then ran away, going

Please see WOMAN, page A-8

Boat wrecked under bridge

A 22-foot power-
boat crashed into
the Toms Bayou
bridge in
Valparaiso early
Monday, touching
off a fruitless
search for any
Beacon photo
by Del Lessard

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An underwater search turned
up no evidence that anyone was
aboard a 22-foot powerboat
when it crashed into the Toms
Bayou bridge in Valparaiso early
Monday, according to authorities.
Officials said they believe the
vessel was stolen and rammed,
unmanned, into the bridge pil-

A police scuba team, a Coast
Guard helicopter and boat, and
boats from the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Service
and Okaloosa County Sheriffs
office scoured the area after city
Assistant Fire Chief Mike
Hudson discovered the wreck at
5:10 a.m.
The owners of the boat, who

live in Valparaiso, were out of
town and accounted for, officials
An FWC spokesman said the
search was called off before
noon Monday and the boat
towed to an agency facility in
Pensacola, where the crash
investigation will continue.
Valparaiso police will probe the
presumed theft.



target cars

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Thieves are doing their own version of
holiday "window shopping" before breaking
into cars and trucks, police say.
Twin (Lt
area has
enced a
spate of '.y
in recent
The Beacon photo by Del Lessard
typical tar- Purses left in cars, even
get is an locked ones, present tempt-
unlocked ing targets for thieves, law
vehicle officers say.
parked in a driveway or on the street at night.
Increasingly, however, thieves have smashed
the windows of locked cars to grab their loot.
The period from Thanksgiving to New
Year's typically results in a spike of thefts
from vehicles, even in neighborhoods consid-
ered "safe," law officers say, perhaps because
people are more likely to store Christmas
presents in their cars.
"There always are more burglaries over
the holidays," said Capt. Dave Bruckelmeyer,
Valparaiso Police Department.
"We've experienced a temporary increase
recently," said Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed
Please see BURGLARS, page A-8

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Under a starry sky and crisp winter temperatures Saturday, members of Valparaiso Assembly of God, assisted by a
sheep, two goats and a donkey, presented a series of outdoor tableaux recalling the first Christmas in Bethlehem more
than 2,000 years ago. Visitors toured the scene on a tractor-pulled hay wagon as church members served cookies and
hot chocolate. Above, Chris and Angie Becvar and angel Avaree Hosford reenact the holy night in a stable.

Wait till next year

Photo by Mark Edelson/Palm Beach Post
Niceville High School offensive lineman Trent Criddle reacts to the Eagles' 42-14 loss in the
state 4-A championship game Saturday to Dwyer High School in Orlando. The loss was the
first this season for Niceville, which on Dec. 4 won its second regional title in four years.
Story and more photos, B-4.

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Bridge bypass road on schedule


tour site
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During the Dec. 17 meeting of
the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority,
governing-board members were
briefed on progress in building the
Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, anew
toll road to provide better traffic
flow to and from the Mid-Bay
Representatives of HDR
Engineering, the design and proj-
ect management contractor for the
construction effort, said the new
route is proceeding on schedule.
HDR engineer Bob Kellner and
project administrator James
Vansteenburg showed slides and
briefed MBBA members on how
Anderson Columbia, the primary
construction contractor, is build-
ing the limited-access highway,
which one day will link the north
end of the bridge to State Road 85
North in Niceville.
The briefing was followed by a
bus tour of the construction site of
Phase One of the connector road,
which will connect the bridge to
State Road 20 in Seminole and to
Range Road between Bluewater
Bay and the U.S. Navy Explosive
Ordnance Disposal School. Phase
One, to cost $38 million, is
expected to be complete by the
end of May 2011, said
Vansteenburg. Widening of SR 20
from two lanes to four east
between White Point Road and the
connector interchange, he added,
is expected to be complete by the
end of January 2011.
During the tour, MBBA mem-
bers and other local, state, and fed-
eral officials boarded a pair of
buses at HDR's office in
Bluewater Bay, to tour the con-
struction site. Kellner served as a
tour guide on the lead bus,
explaining how work has been
proceeding on the project. At
times during the tour, the buses
became stuck in the soft unpaved
earth. Bulldozers from Anderson
Columbia were used to tow the
buses through such areas.
As the tour proceeded, Kellner
pointed out some key parts of the
construction project and the meth-
ods being used to build the road.
Large concrete and steel posts are
being emplaced, for example, to
support an overpass over
Lakeshore Drive, along with
mechanically supported embank-
ment (MSE) walls, which are

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Posts support an overpass under construction to carry the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector over
Lakeshore Drive, which will have an interchange with the limited-access highway.

anchored to the earth and to each
other to hold embankments in
place which will support the over-
Kellner also pointed out sever-
al stormwater retention ponds and
large drainage systems that have
already been constructed along the
route. Anderson Columbia has
been doing an exceptional job of
controlling stormwater runoff dur-
ing the construction project, said
Kellner, and as a result, there has
been almost no infiltration of silt
into Lake Pippin, which is within
about 50 yards from some parts of
the right of way. Despite recent
heavy rains, Kellner said, the lake
has been kept free of environmen-
tal damage from silt or mud from
the construction site.
Kellner also showed different
levels of progress at various points
along the connector route. South
of State Road 20, for example,
much of the roadway has been
graded and curbs have been
installed in some areas, making
the road almost ready for paving.
North of SR 20, especially near
Range Road, construction is not as
advanced as south of SR 20. Near
Range Road, tree roots still await
removal before grading can begin.
The roots will be chipped and
used as fuel for biomass power
generation, Kellner said.
After Phase One is complete,
said Kellner, phases two and three
of the project will extend the con-
nector road to connect with State
Road 85 north of Niceville.
Design of those phases is current-
ly about 60 percent complete, he
said, and proceeding as scheduled.
Kellner said an important part
of the design and construction
process has been to coordinate
each step of the project in advance
with state and federal regulatory

agencies, from the Florida depart-
ments of transportation and envi-
ronmental protection to federal
agencies including the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Air
Force, which controls much of the
land on which the new toll road is
being built. Such coordination,
Kellner said, allows problems to
be identified and solved before
they become obstacles to complet-
ing the project on time and within
Also during the Dec. 17 meet-
ing, MBBA Executive Director

Jim Vest told board members that
bridge traffic and revenue
declined slightly during the
November 2009 compared with
the same month in previous years.
He said he had no specific expla-
nation for the drop of about 2 per-
cent, except that it may reflect the
slow recovery of the national
economy and of tourism in
Northwest Florida.
The next meeting of the
MBBA board is scheduled for 9
a.m. Jan. 21 at Niceville City Hall.
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Smith resigns to seek mayoralty

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Valparaiso City
Commission last week
declared its intention to
appoint a successor to
Commissioner Brent Smith,
who ten-
dered his
tion Dec.
14, effec-
16, in
order to r
run for Brent Smith
Smith's resignation was
expected, because he had pre-
viously announced his inten-
tion to seek the mayoralty in
the March 9 municipal elec-
tions. Florida law requires an
elective officeholder to resign
when seeking another elective
office in the state.
The commission Dec. 14
voted 3-1 to appoint a replace-
ment in February to serve the

remaining two years of Smith's
term. Commissioners said
they would choose at that time
from among any applicants for
the volunteer, nonpartisan
Smith, who cast the dissent-
ing vote on the appointment
proposal, argued that the com-
mission should wait until after
the March 9 election to name
his replacement.
Valparaiso's city charter
requires the commission
appoint a citizen to fill an
unfinished commission term,
rather than allowing voters to
choose in a special election.
The seats held by Mayor
Bruce Arnold and commis-
sioners Heyward Strong and
Lydia Johnson are at stake in
the election. Johnson said she
will not seek another term,
while Arnold and Strong have
yet to declare their intentions.
Filing for candidates for the
mayoral and two commission
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Dec. 28 to noon Dec. 31.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Car dealer
plans outlet
in Niceville
Lee Automotive Group Inc. said it
would open a car-sales outlet in
Niceville Jan. 4 at Palm Boulevard
and John Sims Parkway.
The location, formerly a site of
Niceville Premiere Autos, will fea-
ture new and used vehicles.
"We felt that the population of
Niceville was underserved in the
automotive category," said Bob Lee,
Lee Automotive operates four
new-vehicle franchised sales and
service dealerships representing
Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Volkswagen,
Subaru and Kia in Fort Walton Beach
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Mothers Beke Heald, Anna Jetton and
Erin Tighe rendezvous every Tuesday
for fresh-air walks with their children
in various places in Niceville. The
Beacon caught up with them Dec. 15
as they were passing Plew
Elementary. From front to back: Heald
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yansey Lane Wilson, unem-
ployed, 20, of 2403 Rocky Shores
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Dec. 14 on a
Walton County warrant for an
unspecified misdemeanor.

John Michael Rice, a bricklay-
er, 19, of 717 Navy St., Apt. C.,
Fort Walton Beach, was arrested
by Valparaiso police Dec. 13 on a
Walton County warrant for aggra-
vated assault with a deadly
weapon without intent to kill.
Rice was also cited for driving
without a valid driver's license and
attaching a tag not assigned.

A 17-year-old Crestview boy
was arrested by Niceville police
Dec. 10 for resisting without vio-
lence, possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana, possession of
a controlled substance without a
prescription, and trafficking in
prescription medications, namely

1,048 pills of
Police did a "knock and talk" at
a room at a motel, 626 W. John
Sims Parkway, in an attempt to
locate a juvenile runaway who
was supposed to be present with
the 17-year-old boy. Two people
were inside, and a female juvenile
(the suspected runaway) gave her
correct name while the 17-year-
old boy gave a false name.
After finding a partially
smoked marijuana cigarette on a
television stand, police saw a gym
bag on the floor next to the bed
that the boy had been occupying
and asked to search it for suspect-
ed narcotics. Inside the gym bag
police located 638 pills of 10 mg
Loratab in baggies, 398 pills of .5
mg Loratab in plastic bags, and 12
pills of 7.5 mg Loratab. The 17-
year-old boy allegedly admitted
that the gym bag was his and told
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Richard Leon Abercrombie,
49, of 400 Kelly Road, Apt. 42,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 13 for bat-
tery, domestic violence.

James Allen Haynes, a stu-
dent, 18, of 616 Ginko Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 11 for grand
theft auto. After being called to
the Eglin reservation by the
Range Patrol for a vehicle that
was found on its right side with no
one nearby, police located Haynes
walking on one of Eglin's range
roads. Haynes allegedly admitted
that he stole the vehicle because
the keys were in it and also stated
twice that the vehicle was "cool."
The vehicle was allegedly stolen
from the 200 block of 21st Street.

Sean Michael Bergeron,
unemployed, 32, of 1510 27th St.,
Lot #1, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 11 for carry-
ing a concealed weapon, posses-
sion of a weapon by a convicted
felon, use or display of a weapon
during a felony, possession of
drug paraphernalia, robbery with
a firearm and aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon without
intent to kill.
Based on a tip that Bergeron
had allegedly told another person
that he was going to commit an
armed robbery with a deadly
weapon and possibly shoot some
drug dealers in the Kmart parking
lot, police located Bergeron walk-
ing on 27th Street adjacent to
Redwood Avenue with a loaded
.380 pistol tucked in his waist-

Shawn Matthew Plemmons, a
laborer, 27, of 116 Nathey St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 14 for bat-
tery, domestic violence, which
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of 316 Branch Hill Park,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies Dec. 8 for grand theft
auto, hit and run, and leaving the
scene of an accident without leav-
ing identification.

Cheryl Diana Agerton, 35, of
73 Jackson Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
7 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge, for a $33.45 bad
A resident at a Niceville motel,
626 W. John Sims Parkway,
reported Dec. 14 that her adult son
had stolen her cell phone and
money from her at the motel.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Alan a Dale Drive
reported Dec. 14 that a relative
had stolen $100 from her.

A Niceville resident and a
Valparaiso resident, both employ-
ees at a Destin grocery, 4425 E.
Commons Drive, had their cars
burglarized in the shopping center
parking lot, Nov. 23. The bur-
glar(s) used bricks to break win-
dows in both vehicles to gain
entry. Two bricks were found in
the seats of the vehicles.
Reported stolen from one car was
a purse and wallet containing $50
cash, a debit card, and ATM card,
a book and driver's license.
Stolen from the other car was a
large black leather purse contain-
ing a digital camera and a pair of
sunglasses in its case.

An out-of-town couple visiting
family in the 4500 block of
Parkwood Square, Niceville,
reported that a satellite radio
receiver and a pair of sunglasses
were stolen from inside their
unlocked 2007 minivan sometime

account along with new checks.
The Valparaiso resident subse-
quently learned that someone had
attempted to use a pre-printed
check in her name and old account
number at a bank in Shady Grove,
Va. The woman notified the
Federal Trade Commission and
the fraud division of the credit
union. No funds have been fraud-
ulently removed from the
woman's account.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of 4th Street reported
that sometime Dec. 7-9 unknown
persons) burglarized her
unlocked vehicle and stole a purse
containing a $150 digital camera,
make-up and other items. The vic-
tim later found some of her make-
up, her checkbook and a purse in a
wooded area at the intersection of
4th Street and Park Avenue.

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Nov. 23-24. The stolen items
were valued in total at $300.

A Valparaiso resident reported
Dec. 11 that someone in Virginia
had attempted to cash forged
checks from her local credit
The woman told police that on
Dec. 3 someone claiming to be
from Medicare called and claimed
to be able to save her 80 percent
on prescription medications.
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the routing number to her bank
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1 False Alarms 2 Hazardous Condiorn ..
Location Situation Date Time
Hickory Avenue.............. Medical ............ 12/14/09.................12:18
E. John Sims Parkway.................Medical ..........................12/15/09.................06:45
E. John Sims Parkway.................Medical ..........................12/15/09.................09:21
N State Route 85..........................M medical ..........................12/15/09 .................13:01
Edward Circle/Valparaiso............. Structure fire...................12/15/09.................15:51
N State Route 85..........................M medical ..........................12/15/09.................17:24
S Partin..........................................A larm activation.............12/16/09 .................10:24
W. John Sims Parkway................Vehicle accident............12/16/09.................17:54
Edgewater Drive............................Vehicle accident............12/16/09.................19:18
Edgew ater Drive ............................M medical ..........................12/16/09.................19:58
N State Route 85..........................Life flight.........................12/17/09.................10:38
Palm BlvdJSR20 ..........................False call.........................12/17/09.................17:31
Red M aple W ay.............................M medical ..........................12/18/09.................03:07
Fir Avenue ................Medical ...........1...............2/18/09.................10:10
N Partin D rive ..............................M medical ..........................12/19/09 .................03:35
Perdido C ircle ...............................M medical ..........................12/19/09 .................06:09
Rocky Bayou Road ............. Natural gas leak............12/19/09.................06:48
E. John Sims Parkway.................Medical ....................12/19/09.................12:51
Azalea Drive..................................Medical ..........................12/19/09.................13:36
Rocky Shores Drive .....................M medical ..........................12/20/09.................00:55
S. Palm Boulevard.........................M medical ..........................12/20/09.................11:29
22nd Street ...................................M medical ..........................12/20/09 .................19:10
Weekly Safety Tip: Don't leave cooking unattended. The reason most cooking fires
happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the
stove. Watch the stove, so you'll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or if
something goes wrong. Don't let your holidays end in tragedy. Practice safe cook-
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Dec. 12 through
Dec. 20.
Location Situation Date Time
Parkwood Court..........................EMS excluding vehicle...........12/14/09 .........08:04
Range Road................................Systems malfunction..............12/14/09.........11:48
Merchants Way................ EMS excluding vehicle...........12/15/09.........07:13
E. Highway 20................. EMS excluding vehicle...........12/15/09.........13:22
E. Highway 20................. Rescue EMS ............... 12/15/09 .........19:19
Armadillo Trail................. Invalid assist ................12/16/09 .........00:32
Wright Circle.................. EMS excluding vehicle...........12/17/09.........14:52
N. White Point Road...................Dispatched/canceled..............12/17/09.........15:43
Baywind Drive ................ Unintentional transmission.....12/17/09.........18:11
Calinda Lane................. Dispatched/canceled..............12/17/09.........20:34
Highway 20/Bluewater Blvd. .....Vehicle accident....................... 12/18/09.........12:53
Evans Road.................. Smoke detector activation .....12/18/09.........17:57
M merchants W ay ..........................EM S call...................................12/18/09 .........23:00
Merchants W ay ..........................Rescue EM S ..........................12/19/09 .........12:06
Marina Cove Drive......................EMS excluding vehicle...........12/19/09 .........15:23
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Gulf Power hikes rates

to pay for pollution curbs

Beginning in January, Gulf
Power Co. customers will see a
1.5 percent increase on their
electric bills compared with
January 2009, the company
This increase, partly offset
by lower fuel and purchased
power costs during the year, is
due primarily to $645 million in
new environmental equipment
at Plant Crist, located just north
of Pensacola. The state-of-the
art "scrubber" tiiir.h'..', will
reduce certain emissions by
more than 90 percent, the com-
pany said.
"Since 1992, Gulf Power has
reduced regulated emissions
from Plant Crist by 75 percent,"
said Sandy Sims, public affairs
manager. The new equipment
will cut "regulated emissions
almost 95 percent from those
1992 levels," Sims said. "This
means cleaner air for every-
The new scrubber system-
Gulf Power's costliest environ-
mental project ever-this
month began startup operations
at Plant Crist. This project also
allows the company to use all of
the treated wastewater from the
new ECUA plant, creating a
zero discharge wastewater
treatment facility and helping to
improve the area waterways.
The costs associated with the
environmental controls were
offset by a reduction of approx-
imately 6.5 percent in the cost
of fuel and purchased power
costs during the year and the
removal of a $2.57 storm sur-
charge, according to Gulf
"At the beginning of 2009,
the average home using 1,000
kilowatt hours would have cost
$124.10," said Sims, "and at the
beginning of 2010 the same
amount of electricity will cost
$126.17. We realize that's not
insignificant in these economic
times, but these environmental
upgrades are necessary to con-
tinue to meet and exceed the
state's stringent environmental
The Florida Public Service
Commission adjusts Gulf
Power's rates each year based
on the costs of fuel, power
bought from other utilities and
environmental compliance.
These filings are a requirement
of the FPSC, which held the
final public hearings on Dec. 1.
"Gulf Power is very con-

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From page A-6
reported that overnight Dec. 12-13
unknown persons) broke the pas-
senger side window on a Toyota
minivan and stole a hand bag con-
taining $150 cash, a camera, a
camcorder, an iPod and other
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Gulf Power, which is heavily
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research and development of
cleaner and renewable sources
of electricity. The company is
purchasing renewable electrici-
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incinerator in Panama City, has
erected a wind data tower in
Navarre Beach to study wind
patterns for potential wind ener-
gy, and has signed a contract
with Escambia County to pro-
duce electricity from landfill
gas (methane) at the Perdido

A visitor to the 1900 block
of Huntington Road, Niceville,
reported that sometime Dec. 7-
14 someone stole a GPS unit
and $5 in change from his vehi-
cle. There were no signs of
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one vehicle and a CB radio,
several sets of keys and a wal-
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14-15 someone broke a window
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Benjamin Kervin Abion
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Carr Drive, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriffs deputies Dec. 9 for

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grams of marijuana.

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From page A-10
being delivered to each ser-
vice's flight-test center for test-
Any significant slip in IOC
could force the military services
to spend large sums to keep fly-
ing aging legacy aircraft such as
the F/A-18 and F-16. The influ-
ential trade magazine reported
that officials of Lockheed
Martin, feel the production
problems are finally under con-
trol. The story said Pentagon
leaders believe the project
could slip six months more, and
that completion of the develop-
ment phase could be delayed up
to 30 months. The article stated
the Pentagon is currently sched-
uled to complete F-35 develop-
ment by October 2014, not
accounting for any slippage.
The first F-35 delivery to
Eglin, which will operate the
military's first training school
for the nation's newest fighter
plane, was originally forecast
for April 2010, and was most
recently expected by mid-2010.
So far, the Air Force has
decided to base 59 F-35 fighters
at Eglin, where they will be
used to train the initial cadre of

operational pilots and mainte-
nance personnel from the Air
Force, Navy and Marine Corps,
as well as from U.S. allies also
buying the aircraft.
The first 59 operational jets
will be a mix of three models:
the conventional takeoff and
landing F-35A ordered by the
Air Force; the short-takeoff,
vertical-landing Marine Corps
F-35B; and the Navy's carrier-
based variant, the F-35C.
Under the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) decision, the F-35
Initial Joint Training Center at
Eglin was established and as
many as 107 F-35s were author-
ized to support its flight and
training mission.
Eglin is constructing training
and maintenance facilities to
house and support the F-35 mis-
sion. The Air Force Air
Education and Training
Command (AETC) will operate
the flight and maintenance
training. It is not known how a
slip in delivery schedules to
Eglin might affect the inflow of
personnel to the base. The base
is expected to add 1,705 perma-
nent-party military to support
the training mission, assuming
it receives 59 F-35s.

Valparaiso names police captain

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Veteran police officer David
Bruckelmeyer has been promoted
to captain by Valparaiso Police
Chief Joe Hart. The appointment
earlier this month makes
Bruckelmeyer the department's
second in command.
Bruckelmeyer, 63, of
Niceville, has worked in the
Valparaiso department for 11
years, and held the rank of ser-
geant for the previous six years.

From page A-1
south along the east side of the
Dollar General store. The woman
said the attack lasted only seconds.
The woman jogged to the
parking lot of a Walgreen's store,

From page A-1
cards, and debit cards.
"Peoples First Community
Bank was critically undercapital-
ized and in an unsafe and unsound
condition to transact business," the
OTS stated.

Pr e viously WNiceville and have three
Bruckelmeyer worked grown children.
for 10 years in the The police depart-
Niceville Police ment vacancy occurred
Department, including when the city fired for-
five as an investigator, mer Capt. Matt
and three years for the Willingham over
Fort Walton Beach alleged multiple code
Police Department. violations at
Bruckelmeyer is a Willingham's seafood
veteran of the Air David business. In his official
Force who retired after Bruckelmeyer capacity, one of
22 years in the avionics field. He Willingham's duties was code
and his wife, Myong, live in enforcement for the city.

4582 E. Highway 20, where she
asked a motorist to call 911.
Responding deputies attempt-
ed to cordon off the area and
have a police dog track the
assailant, but it began to rain
heavily, dampening any scent.
The woman said her attacker

The bank failure is expected to
cost the FDIC, the federal agency
that insures bank deposits, more
than half a billion dollars.
Peoples First, which began
operating in 1983, had assets of
$1.8 billion, retail deposits of $1.7
billion, and 375 employees.
Hancock Bank will pay the
FDIC a premium of one percent to
assume all the deposits of Peoples
First Community Bank, the feder-
al agency said. In addition to
assuming all deposits of the failed

From page A-1

Spooner said that deputies
have arrested several juveniles in
car break-ins reported in
Many of the holiday car bur-
glaries are crimes of opportunity,
the sheriff said. Prime targets
seem to be purses or electronics
left on the seat, GPS devices and
toll-bridge transponders attached
to windshields, cell-phone charg-
ers or iPods left on the ashtray or
cupholder. But anything of value
visible through the windows is an
invitation to theft, Spooner said.
"If they can't see anything
valuable, they won't bother the
car," said Bruckelmeyer, assum-
ing the vehicle is locked.

struck her once on the right side
of her head, but that she did not
require medical attention.
The assailant was described
as a white male, about six feet
tall, medium build, wearing a
long-sleeve, light-green shirt or
jacket and light-colored, possi-

bank, Hancock Bank agreed to
purchase at least $1.6 billion of the
failed bank's assets. The FDIC
said it retained the remaining
assets for later disposition.
The FDIC agreed to reimburse
Hancock for between 80 percent
and 95 percent of any future loss-
es on the Peoples First assets it
acquired, Hancock said.
Since Jan. 1 the federal govern-
ment has closed 140 failing banks
in the U.S., 14 of them in Florida,
according to Gordon Talbot, an

No matter how safe you think
your neighborhood is, always lock
your car or put it in the garage,
said Bruckelmeyer. Teenage
thieves love to walk down streets
pulling on car doors to see if
they'll open, he said.
About 80 percent of car burgla-
ries in Okaloosa County are of
unlocked cars, said Michele
Nicholson, spokeswoman for the
sheriffs office.
Sheriffs Investigator Stefan
Vaughn said a common outcome
of stolen identification and credit
cards is identity theft.
There were 726 reported car
burglaries countywide in 2008, of
which 38 percent took place in
Destin, and 29 percent in unincor-
porated Fort Walton Beach area,
both areas that attract tourists,
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In January the city is expected
to hire a part-time code enforce-
ment officer to work under the
guidance of the city administra-
tor. Until then Bruckelmeyer is
responsible for code enforcement
Valparaiso's police department
is authorized at 11 full-time law-
enforcement positions (two of
which are vacant), plus two part-
time law enforcement officers,
four full-time dispatchers and one
part-time dispatcher.

bly khaki, shorts. The woman
said she couldn't give a better
description because the attacker
had knocked off her eyeglasses.
Though she never saw the man's
face, she told investigators she
did not believe he was anyone
she knows.

FDIC spokesman. The agency
estimated that the cost of the
People's First failure to the FDIC's
insurance fund would be $556.7
million. Hancock Bank's acquisi-
tion of deposits and most assets
was the "least costly" resolution
for the FDIC, Talbot said.
Depositors' accounts are
insured by the FDIC up to the
statutory limit, typically $250,000
per account.
Customers with questions may
call the FDIC at 1-800-523-8177.

Between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec.
7, sheriffs deputies have investi-
gated 109 car burglaries in the
Niceville area, mostly in unincor-
porated areas. From Nov. 23 to
Dec. 7, deputies recorded eight car
burglaries in unincorporated
Niceville, on these streets:
Westlake Court, Parkwood
Square, Oakmont Place, Oakmont
Circle, Travers Court, Keturah
Street, Treasure Cove and
Huntington Road.
Reports from Niceville police
show that during the period Nov.
23-Dec. 7, car burglaries were
reported on 3rd Street, Biscayne
Lane, Forest Lake Terrace, 27th
Street, Buckeye Court,
Persimmon Way, and Sweetwater
Run (two), as well as a daylight
burglary in the Oak Creek shop-
ping center parking lot in which
the burglar grabbed a purse after
smashing a car window.
This week's Bay Beacon Police
Blotter (Page A-6) records an
additional Niceville car burglary
on 4th Street. Meantime, the sher-
iffs office reported car burglaries
on Keturah Street and Treasure
Cove, and two car burglaries in
Destin in which a Niceville resi-
dent and a Valparaiso resident
each had their car windows
smashed by thieves who grabbed
The sheriffs office offered the
following tips to help prevent
becoming a victim of car burglary:
-Close car windows and lock
-Don't leave keys in car.
-Remove or hide valuables.
-Remove "pull-out" style
radio faceplates (if equipped.)
-Park in well-lit areas.
-Park where the car will be
easily and frequently viewed.
-Park in garage.
-Use a car alarm.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


'I bring you tidings of

'Unto you is born this
in the City of David a


Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days, that there went
out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world
should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was
governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the
city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the
house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being
great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days
were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the
And there were in the same country shepherds abid-
ing in the field, keeping watch over their flock by
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and
the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and
they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to
all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the
babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away
from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to
another, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see
this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath
made known unto us."
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and
Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad
the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things
which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in
her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising
God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as
it was told unto them.

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By Del Lessard
Staff Writer
Delivery of the first F-35
Joint Strike Fighter to Eglin
Air Force Base may slip six
months, to the end of 2010,
according to an aviation-
industry publication.
According to the Dec. 14
issue of Aviation Week &
Space T.Ci'i ,,-h,., the
Pentagon has not announced
any plans to delay each ser-
vice's Initial Operational
Capability (IOC) dates due to

the expected slippage in deliv-
Asked to comment on the
Aviation Week article, the Air
Force said it still expects the
F-35 to be delivered to Eglin
more or less on schedule,
starting in August 2010.
"Any unanticipated delays
in this aircraft delivery sched-
ule may affect the 33rd
Fighter Wing's efforts to train
their initial cadre of instructor
pilots; however, we do not
anticipate a long-term impact

to the training program," an
Eglin spokeswoman told the
Bay Beacon.
Aviation Week reported
that the $300 billion F-35 pro-
gram has suffered six months
of delay due to design
changes, parts shortages and
out-of-sequence work that
delayed delivery of develop-
mental aircraft by its maker,
Lockheed Martin. The 12
developmental aircraft are
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A test version F-35
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off at the Niceville Sharing and Caring facility.

These 'family trees'

are for Christmas

Fitzpatricks take firs to charity

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
For the last four years David
Fitzpatrick of Crestview and his
three teenagers have been going
to two local Christmas tree ven-
dors to gather up leftover trees
and deliver them to Sharing and
Caring, Niceville. Fitzpatrick
and his offspring have also
delivered trees to Sharing and
Caring, Crestview for 19 years.
Adding Niceville to his
stops was something he didn't
mind doing at all.
"There are people in this
area who can't afford a
Christmas tree," he said. "I did-
n't see any reason why I could-
n't do this in Niceville. I'm
happy to do it. The kids love
it," he said of his own children.
"We love seeing the little kids'
eyes get big when they get a
"Christmas is Jesus' birth-
day," said 13-year-old Reba

Fitzpatrick. "I like celebrating
by seeing other kids get free
trees to decorate with orna-
ments and lights."
Reba's sister, Misty, said she
can't remember how long she's
been helping her father drop off
trees. But the 17-year-old did
say, "It wouldn't be Christmas
without a real tree." Making
sure other children get one is
something she really enjoys,
she said with a smile.
Brother Dave, 15, said help-
ing out is something he's done
since he was 7. His favorite
part of loading up and deliver-
ing trees is "seeing little tod-
dlers with big smiles."
Fitzpatrick and his children
do all their Christmas tree
delivering on the same day,
usually the last day local tree
vendors are open for business.
Budget Rental in Crestview
donates a truck and the
Fitzpatrick brood spends the

day loading up trees and drop-
ping them off.
Tommy Cox of Big Top,
Navarre, the Christmas tree
vendor in Kmart's parking lot,
said he's been helping out
Sharing and Caring for quite a
few years. The organization
(Sharing and used to
hand out coupons that its
clients could trade for trees.
But for the last four years, Cox
said it's been helpful for
Fitzpatrick to take about 12
trees (the amount he normally
donates) to the Sharing and
Caring lot and drop them off.
Also donating trees, but not
available for comment, is
Paradise Development Group,
Navarre, a company that rents
its lot from First United
Methodist Church, Niceville.
Fitzpatrick said Paradise
donates about the same amount
of trees as Big Top.
"I think it's really nice that
he (Fitzpatrick) does this," said
Lin Saber, president Sharing
and Caring. "Although it's late
in the season when the trees get
dropped off, they all seem to

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Members of the Niceville High School choir Opus 1 sing Christmas carols to Eglin airmen
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Rocky kids help feed the world
During the holiday season the Rocky Bayou Christian School elementary and
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with Rice Bowls. Every student received a rice-bowl-shaped piggy bank Nov. 19
and collected spare change for one month. Students and staff collected $2,358.83.
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Coast Guard Fireman Gary
M. Rohleder, son of Maria A.
and Scott A. Temple of
Niceville, recently graduated
from the U.S. Coast Guard
Recruit Training Center in
Cape May, N. J.
During the eight-week
training program, Rohleder
completed a vigorous training
curriculum consisting of aca-
demics and practical instruc-
tion on water safety and sur-
vival, military customs and
courtesies, seamanship skills,
first aid, fire fighting and
marksmanship. A major
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physical fitness, health and

Rohleder and other recruits
also received instruction on the
Coast Guard's core values-
honor, respect and devotion to
duty-and how to apply them in
their military performance and
personal conduct. Rohleder
will join 36, 000 other men and
women who comprise Coast
Guard's force.
Men and women train
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the Coast Guard just as they do
aboard ships and shore units
throughout the world. To rein-
force the team concept,
Rohleder, and other recruits
were trained in preventing sex-
ual harassment, drug and alco-
hol awareness, civil rights
training, and the basics of the
work-life balance, as well as
total quality management.
Rohleder is a 2006 graduate
of Niceville Senior High
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Building a bench
From left, Alex Sharp, Tony Neiger, Tim Schwarz, and
Andrew Hess of Troop 157, which meets at 6:45 p.m.
Monday at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 200 Partin Drive,
constructed a new bench at the Niceville sports complex
for Sharp's Eagle Scout project.

Rocky Bayou Christian
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Patriotic Letters from Home'
event by the Niceville
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that 100 percent of its Special
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in the "Holidays with Heart:
Patriotic Letters from Home,"
a community event spearhead-

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The RBCS participation
was coordinated by Angela
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teachers. Angela is in the
Teacher Cadet program at
Rocky Bayou. She assists the

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Eagles can't penetrate Dwyer defense

Niceville defeated, 42-14,

in battle for state crown -.1.

By Sarah Clauson
Beacon Correspondent
The road to the state cham-
pionship was one paved with
hard work and focus. The
Eagles were not able to bring
home the title, falling to Dwyer,
42-14, for the players, coaches,
and fans alike, the journey was
an experience of a lifetime.
The Eagles took the field of
the Citrus Bowl Stadium in
Orlando undefeated and well
aware of the strength of their
opponent. With about 5,000 in
attendance and a live televised
broadcast, the team fought its
last fight on the largest stage of
members' football careers.
They may not have played per-
fectly, but there was no single
play or position that kept the
Eagles from victory. Simply
put, the better team won.
The Dwyer Panthers, who
on average allowed fewer than
nine points per playoff game,
took an early 6-0 lead. Their
defense made the Eagles work
for every yard, and the high-
scoring Eagle offense wasn't
able to put any points on the
board until early in the second
quarter when quarterback Kyle
McDorman connected with
Kody Williams within yards of
the end zone. Williams fought
off two defenders and fell into
the end zone, reaching the ball
across the plane, to score the
first of Niceville's two touch-
downs. Tanner Hansen kicked
the point after and the Eagles,
for the only time in the game,

led the Panthers, 7-6.
The Niceville camp was
energized and filled with hope
at the prospect of victory.
However, the Panthers
answered just seconds later
with their second touchdown of
the game, followed by 2 points,
to bring the score to 14-7.
On their next possession, the
Eagles managed to move the
ball into Dwyer territory, but
were devastated after a ques-
tionably called fumble put the
ball back into the paws of the
Panthers. The turnaround led to
a Dwyer touchdown that
seemed to really hurt the
Eagles' momentum and left
them trailing 20-7.
Niceville made it into
Dwyer territory before the
close of the half, but once again
was unable to move into the
end zone.
"We could move it four-
yard, five-yard, six-yard gains,
then they'd stop us, get us in
second and 8, and we didn't
have an answer for that," said
head coach John Hicks of the
Dwyer defense. Dwyer had two
more scoring drives to close the
half with a score of 30-7.
The Niceville defense held
the Panthers back and did not
allow any points during the
third quarter.
The Eagles came within two
yards of the end zone but the
touchdown eluded them and
they finished the quarter score-
less as well.
Please see EAGLES, page B-5

Niceville Eagle fans came to
Orlando in droves to urge
their team on to the state
championship. But in the end,
it was to no avail as the
Eagles fell to a powerhouse
Dwyer team, 42-14.
Photo by Mark Edelson
Palm Beach Post

Beacon photos by Sarah ClausonA
Senior defensive back Chase Hooker (25) and senior defensive Photo by Mark Edelson/Palm Beach Post
linebacker Daniel Spencer listen closely as Niceville head Dwyer's Robert Clark leaps well beyond his 5-9 height to haul
coach John Hicks talks strategy. in a pass under heavy pressure from Niceville.

Kody Williams hauls in a pass, but the referee rules a fumble Junior running back Spencer Pullen pulls ahead of his Dwyer
took place. defender, but was brought down around the 20 for a 10-yard gain.

Roy Finch makes an unsuccessful attempt to catch an over-
thrown ball from quarterback Kyle McDorman.

Linebacker Parker Willingham drags down the Dwyer quarter- Anthony Miles gives chase, but can't catch up to a Dwyer run-
back for a loss of yardage. ner, who scores.

The game's result is written on the faces of the cheerleaders.

A disappointed Eagle team watches as the Dwyer players receive their state champion medals.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009


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From page B-4
Niceville's second and final
touchdown was scored on a
handoff from C.J. Scroggins to
Roy Finch with just 17 seconds
left in the game, to bring the
score to 36-14, which looked to
be the final score until Dwyer
received the kickoff and ran the
ball back for a final 88-yard
touchdown, 42-14 at the
"We didn't play our best, but
I don't know if we'd played
perfect if we could have stayed
with them," said Hicks. As for
the great season and the team
that went all the way to the
state championship, "It's awe-
some. They've done everything
we've asked them to do."
The Eagles' first taste of
defeat may have marred their

perfect season, but it did not
put a blemish on the reputation
of their program. Niceville
football has been synonymous
with sportsmanship, dedica-
tion, and composure. Senior
running back Roy Finch was
effusive in his gratitude and
pride. He kept things in per-
spective and was grateful for
the opportunity.
"We've got the best friends
in the world that come out and
support us," Finch said.
The community support and
overall school spirit of the stu-
dents and fans have played a
key role in what the Niceville
football team has been able to
accomplish. Eagle pride always
ran deep throughout the com-
munity, but the journey to the
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Niceville wrestlers
lose in semifinal bout
Niceville High School
wrestlers took part in the Beast
of the Beach Tournament in
Fort Walton Beach Saturday,

featuring teams from 10 high
The first day, the Eagles
looked to be on their way with
a 4-0 record, but the second
day, they wrestled three match-
es, winning the first but losing
the semifinal bout and the sub-
sequent one as well, to finish
with the fourth-best record at 5-
The team had two undefeat-
ed wrestlers: David Jones,

(140), 7-0 including four pins,
and Nate Hartley, (171), 7-0
including six pins.
This weekend, the Eagles
will travel to Baton Rouge for a
20-team tournament.
Eagle soccer alumni
to play Saturday
The Niceville High School
Soccer Alumni game is slated
for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26,
at Twin Oaks soccer field. More

information: Matt Purvis,
The Lady Eagles Soccer
Alumni will gather at the
Howard Hill Youth Soccer
Complex at Twin Oaks Park at
1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, to
play the annual game. Prior
turnouts have been around 10-
20 participants but more are
always welcome and hoped for.
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Haberbusch, 678-9084.

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Knights top

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Rocky Bayou's Corie Sober
attacks the ball Thursday
against East Hill Christian
School. Katie Kaim led the team
with three goals and an assist
as the Lady Knights won, 7-0.
Brittany Tiller had a goal and an
assist, Jane Ellen Brown,
Shannon Donahue and Sober
each had goals and Shannon
Guthrie had an assist. Friday,
the Lady Knights lost 4-1 to
South Walton, with Katie Kaim
scoring Rocky's lone goal.
Photo by Scott Schaeffler

U10 boys

runners up
The U10 Boys PAL soccer team,
sponsored by Palm Eye Care,
was the runner-up in the cham-
pionship tournament as
Destin's Golden Warriors
scored two goals in the last
quarter to beat the previously
undefeated team, 2-0. From left:
front, River Braley, Aaron
Grabinger, Eli Estep and Gabe
Bohler; middle, Korey
Arsenault, Wesley Domsalla,
Ryan Murphey, Devan
Grabinger, Sidney Kordy and
Marcus Larson; rear, team coor-
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Gene Estep, coach Dave Bohler
and coach Mike Grabinger. Not
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City names top employees
The city of Niceville has named its employees of the year. From left: top, Police Department,
Joe Whitfield; Water & Wastewater, Chris Ely; and Fire Department, Shaun Martin. Bottom
row, Library Supervisor of the Year, Sheila Bishop; Repair and Maintenance, Fred Small;
Library, Lora Glass; and Parks, Curt Christianson. Not pictured are Finance, George
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Airport to build lounge

for military to enjoy

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
By the end of March 2010,
military members who find
~ themselves
some layover
time at the
Airport, can
relax in the
Ted Corcoran atmosphere
of the
Freedom Lounge.
Plans for the Freedom
Lounge, a project which recently
earned its national USO (United

Service Organizations) endorse-
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four area chambers of com-
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director of
the airport.
"This is
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long time,"
said Tricia
Greg Donovan president
Valparaiso Chamber of
About 40-45 members of the
area chambers, who also are stu-

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Rocky Victors dance at chapel
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ent a dance at Rocky Bayou Christian School's chapel services Dec. 18. The group was taught
by dance instructor Shelly Walker. From left: Jonathan Glover, Logan Smyth, Michelle
Sandiford, Brian Davis (behind Michelle), Regan Roundtree, Naldi Fonseca, Marissa Gibson and
Hannah Kent (behind Marissa). The students danced to the song "My Soul Magnifies the Lord."

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4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104' Niceville

We are Bluewater Bay's
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* Blue Pine Village, 2/2,
REDUCED, $138,000
* Bayfront Efficiency,
Fully Furnished,
........... $147,500
* Lakeside Condo,
2/2, Ground Floor
........... $175,900
* 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
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* Lido Village, 3/2.5,
........... $282,000
* Sunset Beach,
3/2, Gated Comm.,
Golf Course,
........... $330,900

* Unfurn. House,
Niceville, 3/2, 1 Car
Garage, Pets OK,
............. $950
* Unfurn. MC
Townhouse, 2/2.5,
Travertine, Stainless
app., Granite,. $1,400
* Furn. Studio
Waterfront, Utilities &
WiFi Included,. $850
* Furn. Waterfront,
1/1, Utilities Included,
............ $1,100
* Furn., Efficiency-
Waterfront, Full
Kitchen, W/D, Util.
Incl........ $1,250
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3/2 w/ Bonus Room: $1,200/mo.
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Wurlitzer Organ, $125,
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Kornegay Kristmas lights
Synchronized Christmas lights
seem to be the rage this year, so stop
by 421 Olde Post Road, Raintree
Estates, Niceville and view the
Komegay Kristmas Lights, a dis-
play of 7,730 lights synchronized to
20 minutes of Christmas tunes such
as The Chipmunk Song, Joy to the
World, Angel Rag and Good King
Wenceslas. The display runs every
night through Dec. 31, 5-10 p.m.
Take the second entrance to
Raintree Estates (Olde Post Road)
and go about a half mile. Look for
the first house on the right after the
stop sign.
Give blood this week
Dec. 23- Publix, 2250 Ferdon
Blvd., Crestview, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 24 Wal-Mart, 3767 Gulf
Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, 9 a.m.-
2 p.m. and Wal-Mart, 3351 S.
Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, 9 a.m.-2
p.m. and Wal-Mart 748 Beal Pkwy.,

Fort Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dec. 26-Wal-Mart, 9360
Navarre Pkwy., Navarer,11 a.m.-4
Dec. 28-Wal-Mart, 748 Beal
Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, 11 a.m.-
6 p.m. and Wal-Mart, 1226 Freeport
Rd., DeFuniak Springs, 11 a.m.-6
p.m. and Wal-Mart, 9360 Navarre
Pkwy., Navarre,11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 29-Winn Dixie, 4512
Highway 20, Niceville, 11 a.m.-6
p.m. and Winn Dixie, 99 E. Eglin
Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, 11 a.m.-
6 p.m.
Mattie Kelly holiday hours
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center's
box office phone and in-person win-
dow are closed through Jan. 3. The
center's online box office at mat- will remain
open during the holidays, however
those who purchase tickets on-line
will not receive them in the mail
until the first week of January.
S National
shows with avail-
2 able tickets
include the
Broadway show
'"The Wedding
Singer," based on the hit film, which
appears Jan. 22, followed by Emmy
Award-winning actor Ed Asner on
Feb. 6, in a one-man show, "FDR,"
which explores the life of one of
America's best loved presidents,
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Broadway Series show "Le
Grand Cirque" (Feb. 17) is sold out.

Tickets for "The Wedding Singer"
are $45 and $30 for "Ed Asner as
FDR." There is a group discount of
$5 off per ticket for groups of 10 or
more tickets.
Christmas Eve at St. Paul
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, brings
three separate events at St. Paul
Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John
Sims Parkway, Niceville, beginning
at 4:30 p.m. with a special dramatic
and musical performance. At 7:30
p.m., the select 35-voice St. Paul
Sanctuary Choir performs a variety
of traditional Christmas songs with
woodwind, string and percussion.
The evening finishes at 11 p.m.
with harp music, solos, and the
choir as the Nativity story is told in
word and song.
Lessons and Carols
First Presbyterian Church will
hold its 19th annual "Festival of
Nine Lessons and Carols"
Christmas Eve service. The 7 p.m.
service fashions itself after King's
College Chapel service at the
University of Cambridge in
England. Adapted from ancient
forms, this service has been broad-
cast by the BBC overseas since the
1930s and since 1963 a shorter
service has been filmed periodically
for television audiences. First
Presbyterian's service has been per-
formed since 1990. The participato-
ry worship service consists of
Christmas carols intermixed with
Christmas anthems and nine scrip-

tural lessons. The church is located
at 1800 E. John Sims Parkway,
Niceville. More information:
Eagle alumni to play
Lady Eagles Soccer Alumni will
gather at the Howard Hill Youth
Soccer Complex at Twin Oaks Park
^ at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec.
26, to play the
annual game.
Prior turnouts
have been
around 10-20 participants but more
are always welcome and hoped for.
More information: Al Haberbusch,
NHS alumni soccer game
The Niceville High School
Soccer Alumni game is slated for 11
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 at Twin
Oaks soccer field. More informa-
tion: Matt Purvis, 499-3401.
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-
controlled, musically orchestrated
Christmas lights will flash in time
to holiday tunes at 201 Antiqua
Way, Niceville. Light shows run
every half hour. Directions: Head
east on John Sims Parkway. Turn
right on Bluewater Boulevard. At
the first stop sign on the left
(Antiqua Way) look for all the
lights. Parking on all neighborhood
yards is forbidden.

Safe & Happy New year


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Infant to School-Age Children
Open 6:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

To reserve your child's spot, go to:

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Gala New Year's Eve Party

American Legion Post 221
444 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL

Snacks and Finger Food
Dancing from 8:00 p.m. 'til 1:00 a.m.
Music by Wayne

Champagne At Midnight
No Charge Open To The Public
Same Low Drink Price

Thurs., Dec. 31st 9 p.m. 'Till
Bluesy classic and
country-rock music by
Maggie & the Marauders1
to Featuring the soulful voice of
Maggie Friedlander-King
together with amazing rock
guitar virtuoso Brian Eric Smith

APPETIZERS: Bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp,
N ew Orleans style shrimp, Smoked Tuna dip, Cup of Gumbo
S SALDS: House or Cesar Salad
ENTREES: Pecan Crusted Grouper with a caramel reduction
Lemon Beurre Blanc sauce, 12 oz. Grilled Rib Eye cooked to
your perfection with grilled portabella mushroom in a rose-
marj merlot sauce, Shrimp Alfredo with fresh spinach over
larialle pasta.
J DESSERT: Homemade Key Lime Pie
Bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp, New Orleans style -
shrimp, Seafood Gumbo, Tuna Dip, and More...

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Autumn colors in December
Carol Ann Cain, a Niceville artist, will exhibit her work with a
showing of "A Taste of Autumn," at Arriaga's Originals and
Art Gallery, now through Jan. 8. Gallery located at 10343 E.
County Highway 30-A, Suite 112, Seacrest Beach. This work
entitled "Turkey Creek Cove."


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