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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 30, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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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.
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Volume ID: VID00085
Source Institution: University of Florida
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En garde! The North Bay
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Monday and Thursday at
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If you haven't yet seen
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on Olde Post Road in
Raintree Estates. Both are
Monday-Tuesday. 9:45 a.m.
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More in CALENDAR, B-5

City eyes curbs on 'adult' businesses

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A municipal panel in Valparaiso is dis-
cussing how the city might head off any
surge in "adult" businesses that might fol-
low an expected influx of Air Force stu-
dents and Army soldiers in coming years.
The chairman of Valparaiso's Planning
and Advisory Board, Adam Sheridan, told
board members during a meeting last
month that certain adult-oriented business-
es are defined by city code as what he

called "sexually-oriented" businesses.
They include bookstores and movie the-
aters that sell or show obscene material.
He added that the sole current restriction
on such businesses in the city is that they
may operate only in areas zoned "industri-
Sheridan said that he expects the board
to be able to consider a draft code change
in mid-January, with a recommendation to
the city commission likely in February.
Any new rules would have to be approved

by the city commission, which hasn't dis-
cussed the matter.
Sheridan said his decision to look into
adult-business rules stemmed from ripple
effects he expects from the planned influx
of thousands of transient, military students
coming to Eglin to learn how to maintain
or fly the new F-35 fighter plane, and
more than 2,000 Army Special Forces sol-
diers who will be posted on a new base on
the Eglin reservation starting in 2011.
Most of the students attending classes

for the F-35 will be assigned to Eglin for
between three and six months, meaning
that they will not be bringing their fami-
lies. For some, the assignment may last as
little as four weeks. Others may be here
as long as 10 months.
By contrast, the more than 1,000 air-
men assigned to the recently closed com-
bat 33rd Fighter Wing were stationed at
Eglin for years at a time and typically
Please see CITY, page A-2

Woman helps nab

2 alleged burglars

Getaway car hits her

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
men who
used a
knife to

an apart-
ment in
Bay got -
more than
they bar-
gained for. James P.
Authorities Hampton
say the men have been jailed
on burglary and battery charges
after a woman staying in the
apartment confronted them and
took down a description of

their getaway car.
The car hit the 22-year-old
woman as it was driven away,
according to authorities.
Records of the Okaloosa
County Sheriffs Office and the
county jail
gave the
One of
two bur-
glars was
through a
window on
Westlake Nathan R. Jung
Court at
Please see BURGLARS, page A-2

Fire district's

tax loss to be

Niceville's gain

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
While Niceville officials
eagerly anticipate expanding the
city with the impending annexa-
tion of 1,100 acres of largely
undeveloped land, the action
may dim the future of the East
Niceville Fire District.
Depending on how the 1.7-
square-mile parcel in northeast
Niceville is developed, the East
Niceville Fire District stands to
lose hundreds of thousands of
dollars a year in future property-
tax revenues when the land is
removed from its tax rolls.
Conversely, the city of

Niceville stands to gain an even
larger sum.
The Niceville City Council is
scheduled to give final approval
to the annexation Jan. 12.
The East Niceville Fire
District is a special taxing district
that serves the unincorporated
areas of Niceville west and north
of Rocky Bayou and east of
The fire district contains
about 2,586 acres, or about four
square miles, according to
Okaloosa County's Geographical
Information Systems. It includes
the 1,100-acre Ruckel Properties
Please see TAX, page A-6

What's ahead in year twenty-ten

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Whether you call it twenty-ten, or
two-thousand-ten, plenty of newsworthy
events are already expected in the new
The deployment of airmen,
marines, sailors and soldiers from
Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and
Duke Field will continue to be big news

locally, as we enter the new year with
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that began
eight and seven years ago, respectively.
Some 500 airmen are deployed from
Eglin alone.
Eglin personnel levels will slowly
increase in 2010, after a recent draw-
down, as the F-35 joint training center
ramps up. The first of at least 59 F-35
Lightning IIs, the nation's newest jet

fighter, is expected to arrive at Eglin later
in the year. At least 59 aircraft will
arrive over about four years, providing
an economic shot in the arm for local
communities, with an estimated 1,700
permanent-party personnel and thou-
sands of students flowing through the
base's schools for pilots and maintainers.
The 33rd Fighter Wing, the Eglin unit
that will run the F-35 training mission, is

projected to see an increase of about 270
pennanent-party personnel in fiscal year
2010, followed by an increase of 677
permanent part personnel in 2011. The
training center will increase the tempo-
rary-duty military presence with thou-
sands of aircraft maintenance personnel
coming to Eglin for courses that average
between three and six months, and pilot
trainees whose stays will last up to 10

-With the scheduled arrival of the
first F-35 in the latter half of 2010, the
environmental impact-mainly jet
noise-will again be in the news.
Valparaiso may settle its lawsuit against
the Air Force in 2010, with the publica-
tion of an Eglin Supplemental
Environmental Impact
Please see WHAT'S, page A-3

Highway 'triangle'

facelift planned

Will flower-bed sign return?

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville officials expect to
begin as early as next month a
facelift on the long-neglected "tri-
angle" at John Sims Parkway and
Highway 85 North.
What form that work will take
is still up in the air.
"We're still trying to deter-
mine the best alternative to pro-
viding water there for irrigation,"
said Niceville Public Works
Director Bruce Price. "We can't

Much of the once-broad, man-
icured Niceville 'triangle" is
now a highway drainage pit,
at right in main photo. Inset:
the scene in 2004.

Beacon photos

use potable water for irrigation."
Price said two options under
discussion are irrigating with
purified effluent water or pump-
ing water from Turkey Creek. He
said city crews have tried digging
shallow wells on the site, but they
did not work well.
The work, which Price said
will commence sometime after
Jan. 1, is being financed through
a $175,000 Department of

Please see FACELIFT. Daae A-3

2009 ends on a cold note

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Low temperatures this week are forecast to be in the low to mid 30s, with highs only in the
mid-50s. Above, construction worker William Carpenter, of Niceville, warmed his hands
over a drum fire Monday at the site of a soon-to-open restaurant in Valaparaiso, the
Compass Rose.


Page A-2


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Valparaiso launches boating improvements

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Kayakers, canoers and other
shallow-draft boaters will soon
have a new facility to enter the
waters of Boggy Bayou and
Turkey Creek.
Valparaiso city commissioners
Dec. 14 approved spending up to
$30,000 for boating improve-
ments at Twin Cities Park, includ-
ing e new boat ramp and other
improvements at the city park.
The money will supplement a
$15,000 boating improvement
grant from Okaloosa County that
has already been received by the
city, according to Lydia Johnson,
the city commissioner in charge
of parks. The city money will be
taken from its park reserve fund,
which had nearly $75,000 at the
end of October.
The project consists of several
tasks, Johnson said:
-Build a new, shallow boat
ramp for use by people with

kayaks, jon boats and other low-
draft craft.
-Build a step down from the
pier to allow easier access to
-Build retaining walls to
replace old concrete along the
boat ramp.
-Install a wall along the pier
to keep sediment from washing
from the Coastal Materials side of
the pier to the boat ramp side.
Johnson said she is talking with
officials from Coast Materials of
Alabama about contributing to
this portion of the project.
Construction is already under
way. Decks n' Such, a Fort
Walton Beach marine contractor,
is doing the work. The project is
expected to be completed before
Twin Cities Park is located
near the Valparaiso-Niceville city
line, and behind the Angels 'R' Us
Learning Center, 170 N. John
Sims Parkway.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Valparaiso is upgrading Twin Cities Park with construction of a new ramp for shallow-draft boats. The $75,000 project is expect-
ed to be completed by Spring.

Two arrested Choctaw Beach drug raid

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A man wanted in Alabama was
arrested on drug charges in
Choctaw Beach last week.
Following a tip, Walton
County sheriff's narcotics investi-
gators arrested Charles James
Rhodes, 30, DeFuniak Springs, at
a Live Oak Street residence in
Choctaw Beach Dec. 23, accord-
ing to the sheriffs office.
Rhodes was found hiding in a
cabinet under a bathroom sink.
He faces two counts of possession
of listed chemicals for the manu-
facture of a controlled substance,
one count of possessing narcotics

and one
count of a
felon in pos-
session of a
according to
the sheriff s
Rhodes is Charles J. Rhodes
also wanted for violation of proba-
tion on unlawful drug manufactur-
ing charges from earlier this year
in Covington County, Ala., the
sheriffs office said.
Also arrested at the Choctaw
Beach residence Dec. 23 was

Misty Lynn Singletary, 31,
DeFuniak Springs, according to
the sheriffs office. It was the 31-
woman' s
second drug-
related arrest
in less than
72 hours.
On Dec.
2 0
was arrested Misty L. Singletary
by a Walton County sheriff's
deputy after she attempted to flee
into a wooded area off Nelson

Road in DeFuniak Springs, the
sheriffs office said. She had dis-
carded a bag containing a number
of chemicals used in the manufac-
ture of methamphetamine, accord-
ing to the sheriffs office.
Singletary faces two counts of
possession of chemicals used in
the manufacture of a controlled
substance, and possession of nar-
cotic equipment, according to the
sheriffs office.
Singletary's $5,000 bond has
been revoked, and she is being
held at the Walton County Jail.
Rhodes is behind bars without
bond awaiting Covington County
to extradite him.

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8:30 a.m. Dec. 14 when he real-
ized a woman was inside and
James Preston Hampton, 31,
of 618 Caribbean Way,
Niceville, and Nathan Renner
Jung, 31, of 2189 Chase Drive,
Niceville, were arrested by
sheriffs deputies Dec. 14 each
charged with armed burglary to
an occupied dwelling and
aggravated battery with a dead-
ly weapon.

From page A-1

lived with their families.
Adding to the concern of
city planners, a Pentagon-spon-
sored study recommended ear-

Hampton and Jung used a
knife to break into the residence
before running away.
The woman hurried outside
to the parking lot and stood
behind a car to get the license-
plate number and a description
of the vehicle. One of the bur-
glars appeared from some bush-
es and confronted her.
The man, later identified as
Hampton, got into the vehicle
and shifted it into reverse, caus-
ing it to hit the woman in the
left leg. Hampton stopped a
short distance from the parking
lot to pick up the other man, the

lier this year that Valparaiso
redevelop and rezone large
areas of the municipality from
residential to industrial or com-
mercial use. The study, led by
local government officials, was
prompted by the Base
Realignment and Closure

victim told authorities. Her
injuries were apparently minor
and she declined medical assis-
Based on the woman's
description, deputies went to
Hampton's home, about a mile
away, and discovered the vehi-
cle she had described, parked in
the driveway. Deputies
knocked on the door and found
Hampton and Jung.
The woman was taken to
Hampton's home, where she
identified him as the man who
had entered her apartment and
had struck her with the car.

(BRAC) decision to locate and
build a joint initial training cen-
ter for the F-35 and to station
the Army's 7th Special Forces
Group at Eglin. Such land-use
changes, Sheridan said, would
increase the likelihood that
Valparaiso might attract adult-

Under deputies' questioning,
Hampton allegedly confessed
that he and Jung broke into the
apartment using a knife. He told
deputies that they targeted the
apartment because they thought
the owner would be out of
Hampton also allegedly
admitted that he was at the
wheel of the 1997 two-door
Lincoln when it hit the woman.
Bond for Hampton and Jung
was denied, and both men
remain in the Okaloosa County
Jail. A Feb. 2 court hearing in
Crestview has been set.

oriented businesses.
Sheridan said he was study-
ing the possibility of further
restricting hours during which
alcohol may be served, and
banning adult-oriented busi-
nesses near schools or church-

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Valparaiso City Commission this
week, although more than a dozen
people have picked up qualifying
paperwork, according to the city
The qualifying period to run
for the non-partisan posts of
mayor and two city commission
seats in the March 9 election
began Monday and ends at 5 p.m.
City Clerk Tammy Johnson
said that 13 other people had

picked up qualifying paperwork,
but had not submitted completed
forms as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. They
include: Mayor Bruce Arnold;
Commissioner Heyward Strong;
Ron Powers; Commissioner Brent
Smith, who submitted his resigna-
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in order to run for mayor; store
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From page A-1
Transportation grant, according to
city Planner Wanda Cruttenden.
The once-green, manicured
city-maintained triangle used to
feature flower beds spelling out
"Niceville" to greet incoming
traffic. But in 2005, Florida
Department of Transportation
crews began work on a $12.8 mil-
lion widening of a segment of
State Road 20 to six lanes,
revamping the intersection and
destroying much of the city land-
scaping in favor of turn lanes and
a drainage pit. The state work was
completed in early 2008.
The floral "Niceville" sign is
likely to return sometime in the
future, Price said, but no timetable
has been set.
A landscape plan has been cre-
ated by Kimley-Hom, a consult-
ing firm.

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Niceville from 27th Street to
south of Byrne Street, includ-
ing some of the Lions Park
parking area, will be closed
for the installation of utilities
for about four months, begin-
ning Jan. 11, according to the
Niceville Public Works
Department. There will be no
through traffic.
For more information, call
the public works office at 729-

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Landscape plan for a planned facelift of Niceville's neglected traffic "triangle."

From page A-1
Study (SEIS) due to be released
this spring and finalized in
The Air Force will use the
SEIS to help decide in 2011
whether Eglin will get more than
the currently approved 59 jets-
perhaps as many as 113.
The environmental study will
also figure in plans to build a fed-
erally-sponsored 200,000-square-
foot "lifestyle" shopping center
outside Eglin's Main Gate, just
north of Shalimar.
State Rep. Ray Sansom, a
Destin Republican who represents
the Twin Cities area, will be back
in the news when the five-member
Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct holds a hearing
Jan. 25-29 on whether the former
Speaker of the House violated
House rules of conduct.
In 2009 a special investigator
hired by the Florida House of
Representatives found probable
cause that Sansom violated those
rules in taking a $110,000 a year
part-time job at Northwest Florida
State College, a position in which
he would have overseen a
Leadership Institute for which he
helped obtain legislative funding.
The investigator also found
probable cause that Sansom vio-
lated House rules in the method of
funding of a $6 million joint use
facility for the college that would
have also be used as an aircraft
hangar by a company owned by a
Republican fund-raiser and
Sansom friend, developer Jay
The third issue before the
House committee is that of a pri-
vate 2008 meeting with college
trustees in Tallahassee that
Sansom helped arrange in con-
junction with former college pres-
ident James R. Richburg. The

state attorney general earlier this
year said the meeting "could easi-
ly be interpreted to contravene the
state's open-meetings law."
If found to have violated
House rules, Sansom, who has
denied any wrongdoing, could
face sanctions ranging from a rep-
rimand to expulsion.
Much of a criminal case
against Sansom, Richburg and
Odom over some of the same
issues was thrown out by a
Tallahassee judge in 2009, a deci-
sion which state prosecutors are
Political campaigns will also
be in the news, starting with
municipal elections in Valparaiso
March 9 and national, state and
county races on the Nov. 2 ballot.
In Valparaiso voters will elect a
mayor and fill two city commis-
sion seats. Qualifying is under-
way this week. In addition to
three of the five elective posts in
the city being on the ballot in
March, in February the current
commission will appoint someone
to complete the term of
Commissioner Brent Smith, who
resigned effective March 16 in
order to run for mayor. Incumbent
Mayor Bruce Arnold acknowl-
edged that the city's decision to
sue the Air Force over F-35 jet
noise has split the community.
In November, local voters will
help elect a new governor as well
as filling seats in the Florida
House and Senate now held by
Sansom and Sen. Don Gaetz, R-
Niceville, (District 4). Also at
stake will be all U.S. House seats,
including those held by local rep-
resentatives Jeff Miller, a
Republican, and Allen Boyd, a
Democrat. Voters will also select
a U.S. senator in a high-profile
race in which Gov. Charlie Crist is
vying for the Republican nomina-
tion against former Florida
Speaker of the House Marco

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Congressman Kendrick Meeks is
considered the leading contender
for the Democratic nomination for
U.S. Senate, a race that has attract-
ed 21 candidates, including Chuck
Lynch of Fort Walton Beach.
Voters will also fill two seats
on the Okaloosa County
Commission and three seats on
the Okaloosa County School
Board. In addition, eight people
are seeking election to finish the
final two-year term of disgraced
former sheriff Charlie Morris.
Morris and his former top admin-
istrative assistant, Teresa Adams,
convicted earlier this year, are
serving federal prison terms.
Morris and five aides also face
state racketeering charges that
may come to trial in 2010.
-The economy will continue
its struggle to recover from what
has become known as the Great
Recession. High employment, the
depressed housing market and

high numbers of foreclosures will
continue to be the focus in
Okaloosa County throughout
Other news to look out for in
-Long-delayed Wal-Mart or
Home Depot stores, or both,
could actually break ground on
new stores in Niceville.
-The 75th anniversary of
Eglin Air Force Base will be cel-
ebrated with an air show and open
house April 10-11, featuring the
Air Force Thunderbirds aerial
demonstration team.
-The U.S. census will be
taken, a constitutionally required
head-count that will help deter-
mine political representation in
Congress as well as state redis-
tricting and even the flow of fed-
eral dollars to the local area
through the next decade.
-The U.S. space shuttle pro-
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flight in September.

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Second-place honors

are humiliating

Daniel Holmes
Bluewater Bay
As a resident of Niceville
and an avid Eagle fan for the
past 23 years, and the proud dad
of two Niceville High School
state champions, I know the
hard work and dedication that it
takes to make it all the way and
win a State Championship. No
one in this town is prouder of
our football team and coaches
than I am, but why did our boys
have to travel to Tallahassee
and Orlando to play teams in
the playoffs with inferior
records and state rankings?
At best, this is a questionable
policy as to how the brackets
are set up each year by the
Florida High School Athletic
Association (FHSAA). But the
most ludicrous policy ever con-
ceived is to force the losing

team in the State Championship
game to endure climbing a
podium to receive second place
medals, then having to stay on
the field and watch the team
that just destroyed their dreams
accept their Championship
medals and trophy.
This policy was obviously
dreamed up not by an athlete
but by some over-protective
parent whose mantra is,
"Everyone's a winner" and "We
don't want to injure the poor
boys' self-esteem." This may be
fine for third graders playing
Upward Basketball, but varsity
football players are smarter
than that.
When my oldest son's foot-
ball team lost in the third round
of the playoffs in 1996 to
Tampa Hillsborough, and they
immediately left the field fol-

lowing the obligatory hand-
shake, he said everyone in the
locker room was crying, and the
last place they would have
wanted to be was back out on
that field watching the other
team celebrate. What second
place Super Bowl team stays on
the field and watches the World
Champions celebrate, or World
Series runner-up do the same
thing? And although our boys
aren't professionals, they're
certainly old enough and smart
enough to know better.
The losing team should be
allowed to leave the field
immediately after the hand-
shake and deal with their defeat
in their own way, in the con-
fines of the locker room, and
not be subjected to the humilia-
tion many of them must have
felt following the Dec. 19 4-A
state championship game
between Niceville and Dwyer.
Just look at the picture in last
week's Bay Beacon of players
wearing their second place
medals. Some were talking with
each other, others were sitting
on the ground, but all looked as
if they'd rather be anywhere
than where they were at that
FHSAA, take the second
place medals, throw them in a
box, and ship them to Coach
Hicks, and he can present them
to his team at an appropriate
time and place, far away from
the field on which his team just
lost the biggest game of their


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In other words, the annexation
will shrink the fire district by 42
percent, to 2.3 square miles. The
city would grow by about 27 per-
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The annexation was requested
by Ruckel Properties as a prelude
to development of the largest
vacant private tract in Okaloosa
County south of Interstate 10.
The governing board of the East
Niceville Fire District has no say
in the transfer.
In its current state, the tract,
which is east of Forest Road and
north of Rocky Bayou Drive,
throws off practically no tax rev-
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veloped, the 1.7 square miles of
mostly wooded land is assessed
as agricultural for tax purposes,
generating a tiny fraction of what
it would yield if developed.
East Niceville Fire Chief Mike
Wright said the Ruckel parcel
will generate only $2,681 in prop-
erty taxes for the district this fis-
cal year, less than half a percent
of the district's budget, based on
its village rate of 2.35 mills.
The significant impact will be
the loss of future tax revenues, the
fire chief said. As houses and
stores are built on the land and
assessments increase accordingly,
more money will flow into
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East Niceville Fire District will
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city from that point on, unless
challenged by the East Niceville
Fire District, he said. If East
Niceville does challenge the
annexation, the city would forfeit
any property taxes on the tract to
the fire district for four years, he
Wright said that the fire dis-
trict commissioners plan to object
to the annexation in accordance
with state statutes in order to con-
tinue receiving the property taxes
for four years.
Ruckel Properties has not yet
announced development plans.
However, Wanda Cruttenden,
Niceville's city planner, said the
tract would probably become "a
mix of single-family homes,
townhomes, commercial and
retail, and possibly a private
school." However, she added,
"These are just general thoughts
the developer had."
Cruttenden said the land
would likely be developed gradu-
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occupies the western boundary of
the land, was expected to contin-
ue to operate, she said.
The developed part of the East
Niceville Fire District, which
includes much of the Rocky
Bayou subdivisions, generates
about $447 an acre in property
taxes for the district. That implies
that the district will miss out on
potential future taxes of perhaps
$492,000 a year once the tract is
fully developed, which could take
many years.
Of course, the fire district
won't have the expense of serving
the Ruckel tract either. That
would become the responsibility
of the Niceville Fire Department,
which would presumably share in
the added revenue the land gener-
ates for the city as it is developed.
The city's millage rate is high-
er because, of course, it supports
much more than a fire depart-
ment. At the current Niceville
municipal tax rate of 3.45 mills, a
rough estimate of future annual
taxes levied on a fully developed
1,100-acre Ruckel tract would be
about $722,000 a year.
The East Niceville Fire
District was created in 1976.
Between July 1, 1985, and Jan. 1,
2006, the fire departments of East
Niceville and the city of Niceville
worked as a joint fire department,
largely staffed by volunteers,
sharing budgets, equipment and
manpower. On Oct. 1, 2005, East
Niceville fire commissioners
ended the joint arrangement and
began a rapid buildup to a costly
department staffed by full-time
paid fiutligli,'
The two fire departments con-
tinue to support each other
through a mutual-aid agreement.

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Tso soli ii o

Travis Ray Simpler, unem-
ployed, 26, of 37 Cadillac Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Dec. 19 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge.

Caitlyn Hueston Worthen,
unemployed, 20, of 142 Baywind
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies Dec. 7 for bur-
glary to an unoccupied dwelling,
grand theft, grand theft auto and
dealing in stolen property. On
Dec. 7 Worthen allegedly helped
her boyfriend burglarize a resi-
dence in the 1400 block of Mark
Twain Court, Niceville, and steal
jewelry, flat-screen TVs and a car
from the home. The two then
allegedly traded some of the stolen
goods for drugs.

Travis Adam Lee Lampert, 19,
of 1002 Valparaiso Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 20 for crim-
inal mischief and trespass.
Lampert is alleged to have spun
the tires of his truck, creating two
deep ruts in the front lawn of a res-

idence on Clinton Court, Nov. 17.

Caleb Lynn Kennedy, 19, of
121 Wilder St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
12 for felony violation of proba-
tion on an unspecified original

Anthony David Emerick, 29,
of 590 Hill Lane, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
7 for violation of probation on an
unspecified misdemeanor charge.

Brittney Nichole D ,ij.niinu.
19, of 317 23rd St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
8 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge.

Diane Lynn Doyon, 43, of 417
Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrest-
ed by sheriffs deputies Dec. 14 on
a misdemeanor worthless check

Richard Daniel Butterick,
unemployed, 29, of 500 Kelly
Mill Road, Apt. 182, Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville man is under
arrest for two armed burglaries
of the same convenience store
after police dogs tracked him
to his home.
Henry Stanford Burnett,
21, of 304 Reeves St., Lot B-
15, Niceville, was arrested
Dec. 22
on two
counts of
to a struc-
ture, two
counts of
sion of
tools, two Henry S. Burnett
counts of criminal mischief
and one count of petit theft,
according to arrest reports
from Niceville police.
The reports gave the fol-
lowing account:
Responding to a burglary
alarm at a convenience store,
100 Redwood Ave., Dec. 22
about 3:19 a.m., police found
the front window near the cash
register was smashed out. A
similar break-in occurred at
the same location Nov. 23.
Two officers from
Okaloosa Correctional
Institution were called to the

scene with tracking dogs. The
K-9s tracked a scent from the
shop to Burnett's front door.
Police made contact with
Burnett at his trailer and he
gave consent to search the res-
During the search police
found a black ski mask, a pair
of black gloves, a black hoody
sweatshirt, a pair of black
jeans, a pair of black boots, a
bicycle and a hand-held, blad-
ed hatchet.
Video surveillance evi-
dence from the crime scene
shows that the suspect was
wearing a black ski mask,
black gloves, a black hoodie
sweatshirt, black jeans and
black boots, and that he had an
object in his hand when enter-
ing the building. Nothing was
reported missing from the
store in the Dec. 22 burglary.
Burnett allegedly confessed
to breaking into the store Dec.
22 while having the hatchet in
his possession while inside.
Burnett also allegedly admit-
ted breaking into the store
Nov. 23 while wearing the
same clothing and using a
hammer to smash the window
and taking it inside the store.
About $172 in cigarettes
were reportedly stolen in the
Nov. 23 break-in, according to
arrest reports.

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Dec. 14 for possession of drug

Cody Williams Hall, 18, of
103 Aurora St., Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec.
14 for contempt of court.

Mark Robert Freeman, 42, of
613 31st St., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriffs deputies Dec. 9 for
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charge of petit theft.

Richard Leon Abercrombie,
unemployed, 49, of 400 Kelly
Road, #42, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Dec. 16 for
violation of pretrial supervision.

Christopher Bernard Bagley, a
motel employee, 21, of 28 Garden
Lane, #11, Niceville, was arrested
by Niceville police Dec. 21 on a
Walton County warrant for burgla-
ry with assault or battery.
On July 27 Bagley allegedly
waited in an unlighted wooded
area behind a Destin restaurant
until another Niceville man, an
employee of the restaurant, got in
his vehicle to leave work, about
10:15 p.m. Bagley allegedly
opened the other man's car door
and began to punch the victim,
grabbing the victim and pulling
him out of his truck and continu-
ing to hit him while he was on the
ground. Bagley allegedly knocked
a phone out of the victim's hand as
he attempted to call 911, but fled
when another restaurant employee
walked outside.

Sean Alan Poudrier, 27, of 100
3rd St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 21 on an
Escambia County warrant for bat-
tery and robbery by sudden
snatching. On June 28 Poudrier
allegedly went to the home of a
Pensacola man to look at an air
compressor. While in the man's
garage Poudrier allegedly
punched the victim, who was
legally blind, about the head, told
the man he had a gun and stole the
victim's medicine from his pocket,
including Oxycontin, Roxicodine
and Xanax.

Jason Anthony Brown, unem-
ployed, 28, of 610 29th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Dec. 19 for pos-
session of a controlled substance
without a prescription, five
Alprazolam pills found in his

pants pocket, violation of proba-
tion (felony) and possession of
drug paraphernalia.

DUI arrests
Lisa Hall Morelli, 35, of 52
Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by Valparaiso police for
DUI on Wolverine Avenue, Dec.
19 at 1.53 a.m. Morelli was also
cited for unlawful speed, 32 mph
in a 25 mph zone, and for posses-
sion of an open bottle of beer.

Michael Brian Swieczkowski,
21, of 324 Hillcrest Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies for DUI on Highway
85 at PJ Adams Parkway,
Crestview, Dec. 19 at 3 a.m.

Robert P. O'Neil, 21, of 78
Marina Cove Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
for DUI on Highway 98 at
Benning Drive, Destin, Dec. 21 at
1:24 a.m.

Joshua C. Noel, 36, of 15
Hidden Cove Circle, Valparaiso,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
for DUI in "Dennys Lot," Dec. 17
at 3:48 a.m.

Jonathan Lee Odom, 26, of 103
4th St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies for DUI in "Club
Aqua Lot," Destin, Dec. 13 at 3:45
A Valparaiso resident reported
that unknown persons) burglar-
ized her car while it was parked in
the Destin Commons parking lot
Nov. 27 between 6:45 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. The burglars) stole a
$129 GPS from the vehicle.
Ashley Suzanne Englert, a
restaurant server, 27, of 210
Evergreen Ave., Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
Niceville police Dec. 17 for pos-
session of drug paraphernalia and
for knowingly driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Mary E. Roy, unemployed, 74,
of 4020 13th St., Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by sher-
iffs deputies Dec. 16 for retail
theft. Roy allegedly concealed
two watches in her pants pocket,
then exited the Sears store, 300
Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther,
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Location Situation Date Time
Bayshore Drive/Valparaiso ............Boat rescue..................12/21/09................ 05:12
Madison Street............................... Medical......................... 12/21/09................13:43
N. SR85 and SR123................... Vehicle accident...........12/21/09................17:26
22nd Street.................................. M edical...................... 12/21/09................21:50
E. John Sims Parkway............... Medical...................... 12/22/09................00:04
Fall Street .................................... M edical...................... 12/22/09................08:22
N. Palm Boulevard...................... Medical...................... 12/22/09................10:49
S. Palm Boulevard.................. Medical.................. 12/22/09................12: 49
Reeves Street ................................ Medical......................... 12/22/09................13:12
S. Palm Boulevard...................... Dispatched/canceled...12/22/09................18:28
S. Palm Boulevard...................... Manpower assist.........12/22/09................18:30
E. John Sims/Juniper ................. Vehicle accident...........12/22/09................23:48
H udson C ircle ................................M edical.........................12/23/09................03:50
Azalea Drive................................ M edical.................1..... 12/23/09................11:12
E. John Sims Parkway..................Vehicle accident...........12/23/09................13:58
Johnson/W. College....................... Vehicle accident...........12/24/09................07:31
SR85 at MM 17............................ Medical...................... 12/24/09................10:02
W eeden Island Drive.............. Medical.........................12/24/09................14:18
E. SR20/Benton Avenue...............Vehicle accident...........12/24/09................21:36
Bayshore Drive ........................... Medical...................... 12/25/09................08:07
Ellis Avenue................................. Service call...........1..... 12/25/09................10:20
Kelly Road.....................................Vehicle accident...........12/25/09................12:11
Coldwater Creek Circle .................Medical.......................... 12/26/09................08:09
Edgewater Drive ......................... Medical.................1..... 12/26/09................21:42
Crestview Avenue..............................Medcal.........................12/27/09................07:59
N. Partin/E. SR20 .......................... Vehicle accident........... 12/27/09................10:54
48th Street................................... M edical.................1....1 2/27/09................11:35
N. SR85....................................... Vehicle accident........... 12/27/09................14:54
E. John Sims Parkway..................Bomb threat .................12/27/09................17:43
37th Street...................................... Medical......................... 1 2/27/09................19:17
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Dec. 20 through
Dec. 28.
Location Situation Date Time
N. White Point Road................. EMS excluding vehicle....12/21/09...............10:17
W estlake Court ...........................EMS excluding vehicle ....12/21/09 ...............16:27
Marina Cove Drive................... EMS excluding vehicle....12/22/09...............17:01
S. St. Andrews Cove ..................EMS excluding vehicle ....1 2/22/09 ...............20:57
Summit Court........................... Unauthorized burn ...........12/22/09...............21:33
N. White Point Road.................EMS excluding vehicle....12/22/09...............22:56
N. White Point Road................. EMS excluding vehicle....12/23/09...............04:05
Pinnacle Mid-Bay Bridge............Good intent/other .............12/23/09...............14:32
E. Highway 20.......................... Good intent/other .............12/23/09...............14:41
Antiqua W ay............................. EMS excluding vehicle....1 2/23/09...............16:10
Windward Lane......... ........... Dispatched/canceled .......12/23/09...............21:10
Woodlands Drive ........................ Rescue EMS................1....12/24/09...............16:35
Ridge Lane............................... Rescue EMS.............1.....12/24/09...............21:52
Merchants W ay........................ Rescue EMS.............1.....12/24/09...............23:49
Evans Road ............................. Rescue EMS.............1.....12/25/09...............01:08
Parkwood Lane........................ Rescue EMS.............1.....12/25/09...............10:05
Turnberry Place...........................EMS excluding vehicle....1 2/25/09...............20:45
Merchants Way........................... Rescue EMS................1....12/26/09...............07:28
Cat-Mar Road.......................... Outside rubbish fire/other 12/26/09...............19:33
Ridge Lane............................... Invalid assist.............1..... 12/26/09 ...............19:48
N. White Point Road................. EMS excluding vehicle....12/27/09...............14:09
Antiqua Way............................. EMS excluding vehicle....12/28/09...............02:22
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Collegiate High admission

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Admissions packets for lege's Niceville campus and school. The public charter
2010-11 admission to the Monday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. school provides the opportuni-
Collegiate High School at at the Crestview Public ty for 10th-, llth- and 12th-
Northwest Florida State Library. grade students to simultaneous-
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the school's Internet site, nwf- period to return completed school diploma and a transfer- Printed admissions forms is the month able college degree or transfer-
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be available COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL c r e d i ts .
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all seven of February, however, interest- Nice ville
NWF State College locations in ed students are strongly campus of NWF State College,
January. encouraged to review admis- the Collegiate High School is
Information sessions will be sions procedures and begin the free of charge, including free
held Thursday Jan. 7, and steps in the application process college-credit classes, text-
Monday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m. now. books, transportation, use of a
in the College Mall, Building K The Collegiate High is an A- personal laptop computer and
community gallery on the col- plus and national Blue Ribbon access to personal tutoring.

17 from Lewis in All-County Band
Seventeen Lewis Middle School students were selected to the Okaloosa All-County Band.
From left: front, Jonathan Tope, Amanda Abate, Amanda Mitchell, Bre Barclay-Jensen,
Sabrina Keesey and Mollee Brown; back,: Drucilla Hooks, Matt Theisen, Brooke Jones,
Alex Hencinski, Hannah Melendez, Katelyn Freisen, Ben Huston, LeVon Swafford, Marshall
Mosley, Andrew Royal and Aidan Hill. The band director is Robert Colon.

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Brett Burke, left, Caroline Strickland, Jessica King, right, Ruckel Middle School eighth
grade dance team members, were chosen as Universal Dance Association All Americans
and performed in the 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

RMS singers make All-State
Fifteen students from Ruckel Middle School were chosen for the All-State Chorus. Singing in the
seventh and eighth grade mixed chorus and seventh and eighth grade treble chorus are, from
left: top row, Aubrey Reidinger, Kristin Brognano, Monica Hsiang, Johnny Waddell, Jonathon
Riggs, Andrew Krist, Angela Marco, Kathryn Rampley and Alexis Hruby; bottom row, Alex Rose,
Arin Walker, Stephen Shephard, Jeremy Brown, Asia Greer, Taylor Evans and Sierra Riddle.

Rocky top students,
athletes named
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy announced the winners
of the Students and Athletes of the
month for November. The two
high school winners were Ben
Lusk and Billy Thomas.
The junior high school winner
was Kelly Hanning.
The male Athlete of the Month
was basketball player Ryan
Burns. The female Athlete of the
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14. The fifth grade Mustang Music in Motion Orff Ensemble performed with the mixed Mustang
Chorus. From left: Hannah Davis, Brooks Horton and Cody Manard on the glockenspiels.

Ruckel musicians excel
Ruckle Middle School led the state (arts and non-arts schools)
in the middle school division with eight All-State Band mem-
bers chosen by the Florida Bandmasters Association. From
left: Tennyson Strano, Asia Greer and Mikayla Timm; back
row, Alexis Hruby, Kiera Welch, Andrew Moore, Nickie
Anderson and Corinne Dempsey.

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Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf
Results, Dec.16, Ace Of The
Month Tournament. Ace of the
month, Jamie Homburg 73.
First flight: first, Margot
Herden 80; second, Barbara
Marquis 80. Second flight: first,
Gerry Hagen 75; second, Clare

Boggs 87. Third flight: first, Betty
Bahl 81; second, Jo Gorman 82.
Low putts: first, Jamie Hornburg
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Chip in, Betty Bahl. Birdie, Betty

Eglin WGA Thursday's Play of
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First place: Wanda Larkins,
Kay Sheehan, Lee Fryer, Janet
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Sheri Gwaltney, Jan Boggs,
Linda Lozano, Reba Anderson
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Caverly, Audrey Bailey, Joann
Brandt, Mary Cruts 118. Chip-
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Rocky Bayou Country Club,
Ladies Golf Association,
Member-Member Tournament, 2-
person Scramble, Dec. 15.
First glight: first, Marianne
Wendel & Sam Fincher;
second, Pat Bell & Donita
Christian; third, Jo Burger &
Vivian Lynn. Second flight: first,
Carol Elliott & Wanda
Liphard; second, Debbie Chase

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Hall & Orean McCord; second,
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U-10 girls

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The U-10 girls soccer team,
sponsored by Emerald
Coast Orthopaedics, won
the PAL soccer champi-
onship with a 1-0 victory
Nov. 14. From left: front,
Makayla Kleminsky,
Stefanie Markwardt, Erin
Lutz, Alex Koulisis and
Mandy Martin; back, coach
Steve Lightfoot, Katie
Lightfoot, Sydney Byrd,
Claire Yandel, Meg
Horrigan, Savanah Olyniec,
Sarah Markwardt and
coach Tom Markwardt.

Eagle takes rebound
Niceville High School's Michelle Smith goes up for the
rebound against South Walton's Alex Lovell Tuesday, Dec.
22. Smith scored 12 points in a losing effort, as South
Walton prevailed, 60-36. The Lady Eagles' next home game
is Jan. 5 against Fort Walton Beach at home.

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NHS boosts young readers
The Leadership Classes at Niceville High School sponsored their annual Literacy for Little
Ones Carnival at Valparaiso Elementary School Dec. 16. The students created carnival
booths based on children's books. Savanah Miculick, a ninth grader, read the story "Spot
Goes To School," by Eric Hill, to a group of kindergarten students.

From page B-6
said. "But everyone saw the
show. Everyone involved thinks
the show will be a hit. They
ordered and shot all 13 episodes
and are spending six months with
heavy, heavy promotions and are
investing everything they have
into this show. If it doesn't hit, it'll
be a major defeat for the net-
Two-and-a-half years ago,
Ritchson told the Beacon he pre-
ferred movies over television.
Even with the success he expects
from "Blue Mountain State," his
preference hasn't changed.
"I think if we're talking in ret-
rospect years from now, at least
the hope is that I'll have more of
a film career than a TV career,"
he said. I have a lot of friends
who strictly want to do TV. Then
there are people like me out here
who just feel more at home doing
a film."
Ritchson made his big-screen
debut in a low-budget 2006 hor-
ror movie called "The Butcher,"
which was similar to "The Hills
Have Eyes," then starred in an
independent movie, "Rex."
"I thought Rex was phenome-
nal," Ritchson said. "I still haven't
seen that movie." Apparently,
few people have, although
Ritchson, who drew rave reviews
for his performance on the
Internet Movie Data Base, hopes
it will be released in the near
In 2009, he had a small role in
"Fired Up!," whose plot involves
the two most popular guys in a

high school (neither of whom is
Ritchson) giving up football
camp for cheerleading camp.
Ritchson describes that movie as
"a disaster." He then got a roll in
"Spring Break '83," with John
Goodman, a movie that Ritchson
says is basically "Revenge of the
But his real break was when
he donned the fins to play
Aquaman in three episodes of
Aquaman, Ritchson said,
"was really the launching pad for
me. That was the first thing that
got me any recognition out here
(in Hollywood). It opened a lot of
doors for me. I know a lot of peo-


ple here who spend years trying
to get their foot in the door of an
agency, let alone a casting studio.
I owe a lot to that show."
If Blue Mountain State is the
hit Ritchson expects it to be, he'll
likely be locked into work on the
show for the foreseeable future,
despite his preference for movies.
But that's OK with him.
"The nice thing about TV is
you work for four months and
then you have eight months to
pursue other projects," he said.
With about a dozen successful
projects behind him in less than
four years in the business, it's
easy to expect Alan Ritchson to
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Niceville soldier

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Presents flags to deputies' widows

A former fire fighter with
the North Bay Fire District
near Bluewater Bay presented
flags, flown over combat zones
in Iraq to the spouses of three
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO)
deputies killed in
the line of duty.
Army Chief
Warrant Officer
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a helicopter pilot
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Drum, N.Y. The Niceville
High School graduate said,
after learning of the tragic
deaths of Deputies Anthony
Forgione in July 2008 and
Skip York and Burt Lopez in
April 2009, he wanted to do
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He and his crew flew
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SOfficer Jones said
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Army Chief Warrant Officer
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Kornegay Kristmas lights
Christmas may be over, but the
lights aren't, so stop by 421 Olde Post
Road, Raintree Estates, Niceville and
view the Komegay Kristmas Lights, a
display 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 tonight
and tomorrow, 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.
Skate park holiday hours
The City of Niceville Youth
Center will be open while school is
out for the holidays. Hours will be
noon-8 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The center also will be open for its
normal weekend hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
More information: 729-0758.
Give blood this week
Dec. 31- Wal-Mart, 3351 S.
Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, 9 a.m.-2
Jan. 1-Rave Movie Theater,
4101 Legendary Drive, Destin
Commons, 3 -8 p.m. Every donor
will receive a free Rave movie ticket.
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.
National shows with available
tickets include the Broadway show
"The Wedding Singer," based on the
hit film, which appears Jan. 22, fol-
lowed 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
Fencing for ages 3 to 70
The North Bay Society of the
Sword fencing club meets every
Monday and Thursday evening at the
First United Methodist Church in
Niceville. The club meetings and
classes start at 6 p.m. The public is
invited to come and learn the art of
sword fighting. Club dues are as low
as $15 a month. More information:
Robert Drake, 678-9190 or e-mail Web site is
Local artist shows work
Carol Ann Cain, a Niceville artist,
will jointly exhibit her work with
Chris Lundy in the showing of "A
Taste of Autumn," at Arriaga's
Originals and Art
Gallery, through
Jan. 8. Cain
received "Best of
Show" at the
2008 Beaux Arts
Exhibit, and the Okaloosa Regional
Airport Exhibit in 2007. Her paint-
ings have been featured in "American
Art Collector" of Alcove Books and
"Art Galleries and Artists of the
South." The gallery is located at
10343 E. County Highway 30-A,
Suite 112, Seacrest Beach. More
information: 850-231-0084.

Geek Lights on the Corner
Only a couple more days to catch
"The Geek Lights on the Comer," 6-
11 p.m. through New Year's Day.
More than 20,000 computer-con-
trolled, 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 neigh-
borhood yards is forbidden.
Moms pray for schools
Moms in Touch, an international
Christian prayer ministry where
women gather to pray for children
and schools, meets at First United
Methodist Church of Niceville
Tuesday, 8-9 a.m. Next meeting is
Jan. 5 Call Pia Elsesser, 729-0872 or
Stories for little ones
The Valparaiso Community
Library is offering a toddlers and pre-
school story time at 9:45 on Monday
and Tuesday mornings for all chil-
dren living in Okaloosa County.
Puppets, games, music, and art activ-
ities will be on the agenda with an age
appropriate story. Moms, dads,
grandparents and other family mem-
bers are our special guest. For more
information call the library at
NWFSC spring registration
Registration for Northwest
Florida State College spring term is
now under way for classes that begin
March 2. In-person registration is
available at all six of the college's
area locations on Jan. 4 and 5. The
college's seventh location, a new cen-
ter in South Walton County off Hwy.
331, opens Jan. 4. All NWFSC loca-
tions will be closed through Jan. 3;
however individuals may register for
classes, pay fees, purchase textbooks
and complete new student orientation
through the college Web site through-
out the holiday break. A course listing

and in-person registration hours are
available on the Web site at For information, call 729-
6922 or 892-8100 in Walton County.
Young violinist to play
Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present
"As Good As Goulding," 3 p.m.,
Sunday, Jan. 3, at Grace Lutheran
Church, 4325 W. Commons Drive,
Destin, featuring violinist Caroline
Goulding. Tickets may be purchased
for $22 by calling 269-7129 or visit-
Learn to speak English
English as a Second Language
(ESL) classes meet every Tuesday
evening, 6:30-8:45 at the First Baptist
Church Fellowship Hall, Niceville,
622 Bayshore Drive. Classes include
American citizenship information.
More information: Glenda Marcus,
678-7568 or church office, 678-4621.
Folk art in the garden
The Creative Gardener Series pro-
gram, cosponsored by the Valparaiso
Garden Club and Valparaiso Library,
will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at
the Valparaiso
D Library. January's
topic is Folk Art
Gardens, and will
feature NWFSC
history teacher
D a v i d
Weatherford. He will talk about the
cultural elements of Southern yard art
and explain why Southerners create
such colorful showcases in their
yards. More information: 729-5406.
Next Tea Party meeting
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party (a non-partisan, non-profit
group of concerned citizens) will
meet 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, at the
Valparaiso Senior Citizens Center,
268 Glenview Avenue in Valparaiso.
Investment Club
The Nicville Stockstarters
Investment Club meets the first
Monday of each month for dinner at
6 p.m. with a meeting afterward. Club
meets at T. R. Frogs, Bluewater.

Come learn the fundamentals of
investing in stocks. Research and div-
idends help members identify which
stocks are best. New members wel-
come. More information: Stan
Chandler, 585-8237.
Study classical music
The community classical music
study series, "Better Listening,"
b e g i n s
Wednesday, Jan. -
6, 2010, at the
Unitarian n
Fellowship of the
Emerald Coast (UUFEC), 1295

Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. Now in
its eighth year, Better Listening com-
bines commentaries on classical
music with related CD selections.
Lou Johnson will lead the first of
eight sessions on "Keys to Classical
Music Enjoyment-Both Major &
The programs will be held each
Wednesday evening, through Feb. 24,
from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UUFEC
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Col. Day wows

the Eglin troops

By Ashley M. Wright
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Medal of Honor recipient,
Col. (Ret.) Bud Day, brought
the core principles of leader-
ship to life for 40 members of
Eglin's Junior Force Council
The former prisoner of war
elaborated on his more than 30
years of military service,
which is chronicled in the
book, "American Patriot: The
life and wars of Colonel Bud
Day" by Robert Coram.
Always by his
side, his wife,
Doris, joined
Day as they
both elaborated
on the biogra-
phy featured in
the council's
2009 book
During his
speech to civil
enlisted per-
sonnel and
officers, the
most decorated .
U.S. military
member since
Gen. Douglas
MacArthur Air Force phot(
brought the Col. (Ret.) Bi
audience to combat veter
tears and prisoner of wa
laughter. latest book a
Day said he Eglin's Junior
finally about the men
achieved his lifetime goal of
being a command fighter pilot
flying during combat. Those
under his command became
known as the Misties, after his
favorite song. The group
would achieve the status of
aviation legends for their
courage and true grit while
flying F-OO1Fs above the jun-
gles of North Vietnam dodging
Anti-Aircraft Artillery,
Surface-to-Air Missiles or
whatever else the enemy could
"There was no question we
were going to lose a lot of air-
planes, including mine being
the first," Day said.
His subsequent capture by
the North Vietnamese after
ejecting from his plane started
67 months of a living night-
mare for the pilot/lawyer.
"There was nothing good,
but the resistance and the lead-
ership (among the prisoners,)"
Day said.
He added that leadership
was not the most desirable job,
as the simple act of communi-
cating through a tap code
meant punishment.

o b

"If you got caught, you got
hurt," Day said matter-of-fact-
Napoleon Bonaparte is
reported to have said, "a leader
is a dealer in hope." The sen-
ior officers among the prison-
ers faced seemingly insur-
mountable odds to inspire
However, one of Day's
attempts still inspires hope in
the next millennium.
At one point, some
Americans had faced upwards
of 52 months
in solitary con-
finement when
they found
moved to cells
with nearly 40
other prison-
ers, Day said.
One of their
first acts
together was to
hold a church
service, which
the guards
-attempted to
break up with
"I thought
by Ashley Wright this was a
I Day, 30-year great time to
n and former say how great
autographs his America was,"
er his talk to Day declared.
Force Council He cleared
irs he penned. his throat,
jumped atop the concrete bed
and started singing the "Star
Spangled Banner." Others
joined the choir and sang
rounds of "God Bless
America," and "The Eyes of
Texas are Upon You," among
"From that point on, we had
our church service," he said.
The legacy and courage of
Day is something leaders on
Eglin wanted to pass to the
next generation of Americans
working on here.
"It is really a privilege to
have the Days speaking to
Team Eglin Warriors," said
Col. Bruce McClintock, 96th
Air Base Wing commander.
"The Junior Force Council,
through the work of their pres-
ident Angela Diggs and others,
provided a rare opportunity for
the future of the Air Force."
"Some in present genera-
tions are unaware of the past
and sacrifice of those before
them," McClintock said. "In
order to reach today's service
members and reinforce warrior
Please see COL. DAY, page B-3

Alan Ritchson, playing Thad
Castle in the new Spike TV
series "Blue Mountain State,"
watches from the sidelines.
The Niceville actor's show
debuts Jan. 12 at 9 p.m.

Niceville actor sheds

gills for football jersey

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville's Alan Ritchson,
who first came into national
prominence playing Aquaman,
the amphibious superhero on
"Smallville," is about to trade
fish for footballs as he takes the
field as one of the stars of Spike
TV's comedy, "Blue Mountain
Spike TV's publicists
the show,
which 'It's really
debuts y
Tuesday, no-apoloc
Jan. 12,
from 9 to why I enjl
9:30 p.m.,
as a cross
House" and "Varsity Blues."
Ritchson, 27, thinks he's part of
a hit.
"I play the (jerk)," he said.
"This guy is the world's biggest
(jerk). He's not necessarily
mean-spirited. He's a very lik-
able character, but he's the kind
of guy I think you'll love to hate.
His logic is really different from
a lot of people."
"Blue Mountain State,"
according to a statement from
MTV-owned Spike TV, "is "all
about football at Blue Mountain
State University, but being an
incoming freshman on the

national championship team
consists of much more than
that... there's also girls, party-
ing, hazing and of course, class."
The show, with its raw
humor, is "a perfect fit for
Spike's young, male audience,"
said Kevin Kay, president of
Spike TV, which claims to be
"available in 97.7 million
When he read the script for

kind of a no-holds-

lies kind of humor.

oy working on it so


the pilot, Ritchson, who graduat-
ed from Niceville High School
in 2001, was blown away by its
humor, not to mention the inten-
tion of Spike TV to push the
limits of propriety. He assumed
the network would cut parts of
the more risqu6 scenes. He was
"They've managed to keep
the humor," he said. "It's really
kind of a no-holds-barred, no-
apologies kind of humor. That's
why I enjoy working on it so
While the program revolves
around a college football team,

it's not a football show, Ritchson
"Entire scenes and episodes
can take place on the field and in
the locker room, but it's not like
you'll be watching a college
football game," he said.
The fact that he didn't play
high school football didn't seem
to be a problem, either. That is,
until he and his fellow cast
members decided to toss the ball
while film-
-barred, ing the
That's "We
h y went home
much. at the end
of the day
Ritchson and one
popped a
rotator cuff and another's arm
was in a sling," Ritchson said.
But "by the end of the show, we
got much better. We were run-
ning these plays over and over
and over again. We actually, I
think, got pretty good."
All 13 episodes of the pro-
gram's first season have been
taped, which is unusual.
"Nowadays, you may see a
four-episode pickup and halfway
through the third episode, they
start airing it and if it's popular,
they'll order more," Ritchson

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Karen Ott and Liz Bears
Lewis and Ruckel literacy
coaches joined forces for a
presentation on middle school
book clubs and literature cir-
cles at the International
Reading Convention
Conference in New Orleans.
Karen Ott, Lewis Middle, and
Liz Bears, Ruckel Middle,
attended the conference Nov.

of the

Michael Olson Michael
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ond place, Samuel Melocio-
Zambrano; and third place,
Brad Rodarmel.

Marsha Babe received the
Branch Agent of the Month
award from ERA American
Realty for her superior per-
formance in November.
Resident to Niceville, Marsha
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