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Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
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thePull Aecrtside Valp. cop suspended in code dispute
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Friday. 7:30 p.m.
guitarist Roni
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bring his
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Mattie Kelly Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State
College. Tickets are $30.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Call 729-6000.
It's Christmas in
October at Niceville's First
United Methodist
Church's annu-
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Craft Bazaar.
Here's a
chance to stock
up on Christmas decora-
tions and goodies.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
The Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of
the Emerald Coast will be
rededicated as a Peace
Site. The rededication fea-
tures an unveiling and
installation of "The Hollow
Tooth," an acrylic painting
of the gutted tower of
Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm
Memorial Church.

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

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso's second-ranking police-
man has been suspended with pay by
Mayor Bruce Arnold pending an admin-
istrative hearing today.
Arnold said he suspended Capt. Matt
Willingham Oct. 14 and was consider-
ing firing him due to alleged code vio-
lations by the officer in his seafood

business. Willingham was the city's
chief code-enforcement officer.
Willingham turned in his car, badge
and gun pending a hearing before the
mayor and City Attorney Doug Wyckoff
this morning in city council chambers,
Arnold said.
Willingham previously denied any
code violations and said Tuesday he
would fight any disciplinary action.

Arnold said there were two issues in
the case. The first was that
Willingham's seafood business was not
approved to operate in the manner that
it has been operating, the mayor
alleged. Willingham Seafood, a store,
has operated from a small dockside
building, but the city a few years ago
restricted the business to selling only
from a nearby boat, according to the

College taps interim chief

Trustees OK tentative deal for next president

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
During a series of meetings last
week, Northwest Florida State
College trustees chose the college's
next interim president and approved
guidelines for choosing NWFSC's
next permanent president.
The Board of Trustees voted Oct.
13 to enter contract negotiations
with Thomas Delaino as interim
Delaino, who retired in 2008 as
president of Pensacola Junior
College, would begin his interim
service Dec. 1 and lead the college
until a permanent president is in

Trustees noted the December
start date will allow for continuity
Delaino and "
Jill White, the
college's senior
vice president -B
and current j
interim presi-
dent, who is
scheduled to
retire Feb. 28.
Earlier this Thomas Delaino
year, the
trustees fired NWFSC President Bob
Richburg after he was indicted by a
state grand jury on charges including
official misconduct, related to plans

to build a new multi-purpose college
facility at the Destin Airport that the
grand jury said was really an air-
plane hangar for a wealthy business-
man and Republican supporter.
Richburg, who has denied the
charges, won dismissal of a perjury
charge and part of an official-mis-
conduct charge. He is awaiting trial
on the remaining official-misconduct
charge, as are fellow defendants Ray
Sansom, the former Speaker of the
Florida House of Representatives,
and Jay Odom, the businessman,
both of whom also have denied the
Please see COLLEGE, page A-8

The building was constructed with-
out city permits and was using city
water and sewer service at residential
rates, rather than higher commercial
rates, according to Arnold.
The other issue, Arnold said, is that
Willingham was the city's chief code
Please see COP, page A-5

2 Niceville men

are sentenced

in Eglin scheme

Beacon Staff Writer
A federal judge in Pensacola sentenced two
Niceville men to prison last week for conflict of
interest and other crimes in a scheme involving
contracts awarded by Eglin Air Force Base.
Richard Schaller, 57, and Mark O'Hair, 49,
two retired Air Force colonels, were sentenced
Oct. 13 by U.S. District Judge Lacey Collier.
Schaller and O'Hair are Air Force Academy
engineering graduates.
On Oct. 13, Collier sentenced Schaller,
Please see SENTENCED, page A-3

Rezoning nixed after

AF, citizens object

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A divided Niceville City Council has
rejected a request by Ruckel Properties to
rezone the Hawk's Landing area of northwest
Niceville from R-l, single-family residential,
to R-3, multiple family, after neighbors and
the Air Force protested the request.
Ruckel Properties responded by filing a
modified rezoning request that would lower
the maximum number of townhouses allowed
on the tract to 83, from 225, with a maximum

height of two stories. However, the Air Force
indicated it may oppose the new request as
Under provisions of the R-3 designation,
as many as 15 units per acre are permitted,
with a maximum height of 45 feet, about four
As platted, Hawk's Landing, off College
Boulevard west of Twin Cities Hospital, has
35 single-family lots on a total of just over 15
Please see REZONING, page A-2

Crime declines in BWB

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The need to trim
view-blocking shrubs
at a busy intersection .
and a decline in the
crime rate were among .
topics discussed during /
the Oct. 13 meeting of
the Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services
Benefit Unit (MSBU)
governing board. Dep. Frank Taylor
The board, which
oversees the taxing district, also said the
MSBU would erect two signs reading,

"Welcome to Bluewater Bay" on roadways
entering the community.
A number of roadside landscaping proj-
ects are also planned, officials said.
Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Frank
Taylor, community policing officer for
Bluewater Bay and other adjoining neigh-
borhoods, told the MSBU board that some
shrubbery along Bluewater Boulevard near
Bluewater Elementary School has grown
large enough to restrict some motorists'
view of pedestrians and oncoming traffic
along Range Road. Board member Doug
Burgess said the board would arrange to
have the shrubs trimmed.
Please see CRIME, page A-6

Snake charmer

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
During his show at the 33rd annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival Sunday, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (second from left) asked some Army Rangers to
come on stage to be honored as representatives of the U.S. military. The Rangers, who had been displaying snakes, alligators and other wildlife at the festi-
val, brought one of their exhibits with them-a 12-foot Burmese python named, yes, Billy. The 6-year-old reptile, who lives at Camp Rudder, home of the 6th
Ranger Training Battalion, eats rats and chickens. Some 50,000 people attended the four-day festival.

75-ton roof

truss fitted

on college's

new arena

On Thursday the first of three,
150,000-pound steel roof
trusses for the new Northwest
Florida State College sports
arena was lifted by a 1.5-mil-
lion-pound crane and placed
atop four, 16-inch-square
steel pads. Six stories up,
workers affixed the 136-foot
truss with 32 large bolts, then
guided into place steel beams
lifted by a second crane. The
roof spans for the arena-
which will double as a hurri-
cane shelter-are designed to
withstand winds of up to 195
mph. The Niceville arena,
built by Speegle Construction
is scheduled to be completed
in mid-2010.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard

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acres, a density of about 2.1 hous-
es per acre.
The vote Oct. 13 to deny the
rezoning was 3-2, with council
members Judy Boudreaux and
Bill Smith voting in favor of the
rezoning. Boudreaux said she
voted yes because "We need
more affordable housing." Smith
did not explain his vote.
The rejection overruled an
Oct. 5 endorsement of the
request by the Niceville
Planning Commission.
City council member Dan
Henkel, who voted to reject the
requested rezoning, said he was
leaning against the rezoning
even before the meeting because
of a report submitted by the Air
"When reading through all

the documents and I saw Eglin
was against it-safety is a big
issue with me," Henkel said.
Also voting to reject the
rezoning were council members
William Thomas and Al Swihart.
Marion Cook, base commu-
nity planner for Eglin, reiterated
that the property lies within the
crash zone for jet aircraft from
Eglin. The Air Force has recom-
mended that a maximum of 33
units be allowed in the Hawk's
Landing area.
On Monday, after Ruckel
filed its revised zoning request,
an Eglin official indicated it still
had reservations.
Asked to comment on the
new request, Col. David
Maharrey, commander, 96th
Civil Engineer Group, said: "The
2006 Air Installation Compatible
Use Zone (AICUZ) recom-
mends we maintain a density of

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This was not the first time
Eglin has interceded in a
Niceville city matter. In March
2006, Brian Brown, representing
Eglin's Mission Enhancement
Committee, urged the city coun-
cil to reject a request by Tim
Shepard and Michele Frey to
rezone undeveloped land off
Johnson Street, south of Hawk's
Landing, from R-1 to R-3, say-
ing that area was within the
crash zone. In that instance, the
council disregarded Eglin's con-
cern and voted unanimously to
rezone the area.
The neighbors' protests
hinged on fears of reduced prop-
erty values, increased traffic and
a perceived lack of specificity on
the part of Ruckel Properties.
C.W. Gibbs, who lives in the
College Oaks area off
Sparkleberry Cove, said he
feared Ruckel could erect an
eight-story building with as
many as 249 dwellings, which,
he said, would lower property
values and increase traffic to a
dangerous level.
Council member Thomas
asked if he was concerned that
lower income people could
move in. Gibbs said his concern
was that renters would not keep
the property in good condition,
which would hurt property val-

Several residents were con-
cerned that Ruckel was asking
for a zoning change without
revealing its plans for the prop-
Jeffrey Mclnnis, the attorney
representing Ruckel Properties,
told the council that "plans right
now are not existent." He said
that because of the economic
downturn, the company is com-
pleting no sales for the tract,
which is platted as a single-fam-
ily neighborhood. The company
wants the zoning change "to
make it more palatable,"
Mclnnis said. "It would give
Ruckel Properties the flexibility
they need to examine multiple
building styles," he said.
Lisa McMahan, of
Sparkleberry Cove, said many
neighbors were concerned about
the vagueness of Ruckel
Property's plans. "We all want to
know what they're planning to
do," she said.
Tom Murray, of Sparkleberry
Cove, who said he has worked
for 29 years in commercial
development and infrastructure
analysis, said structures such as
those being discussed would add
as many as 2,490 automobile
trips per day on College
Boulevard. "The road is danger-
ous now," he said.
Murray also wondered if the
city, having approved the rezon-
ing, would be liable in case of a
crash of an aircraft using Eglin
Air Force Base.
Later in the week, Ruckel
Properties submitted a new
request for rezoning Hawk's
Landing to R-3, with limits of 83
units and a two-story height
maximum. The new request will
be addressed by the Niceville
Planning Commission in a pub-
lic hearing Monday, Nov. 2, at 7
p.m. and by the Niceville City
Council in a public hearing
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Both
hearings will take place in city
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From page A-i Its Not About the Car ...

Academy Class of 1973, to 18
months in prison, five years' pro-
bation, and fines and assess-
ments of $4,200, after he was
found guilty in July of obstruc-
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flict of interest.
Schaller was convicted of
helping O'Hair, Academy Class
of 1981, a supervisor at the Air
Force Research Lab, direct con-
tracts to Schaller's company.
O'Hair was a director of
Schaller's company, Schaller
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Collier sentenced O'Hair,
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Charles Shawn Seitz, a busi-
ness owner, 28, of 282
Washington Ave. Apt. 22,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Oct. 9 for resist-
ing a law enforcement officer
without violence. Seitz allegedly
fled on foot when an officer told
him that he would be arrested as
soon as the officer received confir-
mation of an active warrant.
Sheriffs deputies subsequently
arrested Seitz at the jail later the
same day for violation of proba-
tion on the original charge of
felony battery.

Christopher Scott Roberts, 21,
of 4274 Calinda Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
Aug. 21 for possession of more
than 20 grams of marijuana with
intent to deliver or distribute.
Responding to a noise complaint
from Roberts' apartment, officers
saw marijuana pipes and marijua-
na in plain sight. More marijuana
was found in Roberts' bedroom.
More than 400 grams of marijua-
na was seized.


Because of errors in the
records of the Okaloosa
County Sheriffs Office, the
Oct. 14 Bay Beacon gave a
wrong address and age in
the Oct. 4 arrest of Philip
Thomas Camarda for a
misdemeanor probation
violation. Camarda's cor-
rect address is 4026 Bond
Circle, Niceville, and his
correct age is 23, according
to the sheriffs office.

Randall Wayne Anderson, 55,
of 71-B Helms St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies Oct.
7 for trespassing at an address in
Fort Walton Beach.

Justine C. Langlois, unem-
ployed, 22, of 834 Merlin Terrace,
Pensacola, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Oct. 7 for pro-
viding a false name while lawfully
detained and resisting arrest with-
out violence. Officers initially
contacted Langlois when someone
reported an intoxicated woman
was trying to flag down traffic.
After allegedly giving officers
false information about her identi-
ty, Langlois later admitted that she
lied about her name and date of
birth because she knew there was
a warrant for her arrest from
Escambia County on a charge of
disorderly intoxication.

Cody Williams Hall, 18, of 52
Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, was
arrested by Niceville police, sub-
sequent to a traffic stop, Oct. 10,
for (knowingly) driving on a sus-
pended license and for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijua-

Emory Omar Helms, a restau-
rant cook, 22, of 850 Highway
331 South, DeFuniak Springs, was
arrested by Niceville police Oct.
12 for misdemeanor theft. As a
Niceville woman was making out
a check to Helms for $50, Helms
allegedly "snatched" the check
after the victim had entered his
name on the "payable to" line but
before an entry was made for the
amount or any signature.
According to witnesses, Helms
then ran from inside a business
where the incident took place.

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Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies Oct. 11 on a misde-
meanor worthless check charge,
four counts.

Maria Otero, a dental assis-
tant, 24, of 1251 Shipley Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies at a Destin nightclub
Oct. 11 for resisting arrest without
A Crestview resident reported
that unknown persons) stole her
purse while the vehicle was
parked at the south parking lot of
the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts build-
ing at Northwest Florida State
College Oct. 10. The victim said
she placed her purse under the dri-
ver's seat but left the vehicle
unlocked. The purse contained
credit cards, checkbooks, $125
cash, a book, keys and IDs.

A Niceville woman reported
that unknown persons) stole a bag
with nine prescription drugs from
her unlocked vehicle Oct. 6 while
it was parked at a Niceville phar-
macy, 1100 E. John Sims

A man who reported that he
uses his lawn mower to mow the
lawn at a Valparaiso church, 44
Southview Ave., and stores it
there, reported Oct. 1 that
unknown persons) stole the
mower sometime around Sept. 26,
when he noticed the mower miss-

The DJ at a Valparaiso night-
club, 458 Old Highway 10, report-
ed that someone entered the DJ
booth at the club Oct. 5 and stole
his $199 cell phone.

A woman reported that she dis-
covered her purse-containing
$140 cash, a $150 camera and a
$300 cell phone-was missing
from her vehicle Oct. 9. The vic-
tim reported that she and a girl-
friend had met two men at a
Destin club and that the four drove
in the vehicle to the Matador Club
in Valparaiso. The victim noticed
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two men back to Destin, then
going to get gas.

Burglar(s) used rocks to break
the windows and enter two vehi-
cles parked at a Niceville church,
2401 N. Partin Drive, Oct. 11
while the victims were attending
Sunday services. A fanny pack
and a purse were reported stolen
from one vehicle. A purse contain-
ing a debit card, keys, and video
games, as well as other items
stored in the car, were reported
stolen from the other vehicle. The
two purses were later found in a
trash can.

A Valparaiso resident who was
visiting a residence in the 1200
block of Willow Lane Oct. 5
reported that someone stole his
wallet from his vehicle. The wal-
let contained credit cards, IDs and
$340 cash.

A Niceville resident who said
he canceled his debit card after his
wife returned from shopping Sept.
17 and noticed the card was miss-
ing, reported Sept. 23 that the card
had been used at two Niceville
stores after being deactivated.
Both stores agreed to credit his
account, according to the victim.

A Niceville resident reported
that when he went to retrieve his
vehicle Oct. 9 from an automotive
garage, 1103 John Sims Parkway,
he found that unknown persons)
had used force to enter the locked
vehicle and stole a cell phone, a
GPS device, CDs and a radio.
The victim reported that he had
parked the vehicle at that location
for approximately one month.
Montana K. Rivas, a student,
20, of 235 Evans St., Niceville,
was issued a notice to appear by
sheriffs deputies Sept. 30 for retail
theft. Rivas was allegedly
observed concealing $132 worth
of clothing merchandise at a Fort
Walton Beach store, 417 Mary
Esther Cut-Off.

Michael Douglas B..-.ii. a

Please see BLOTTER, page A-6

Fire Department Rpports

-- Niceville
Th ic le Fire Dep men responded to tha wing calls Oct. 5 through Oct. 18:
0 arct fire "'39 Lergency med call .
0 Vehicle i 7 Vehicle accident
0 Other fi Vehicle,accident ith extrication
1 llleg MH l MWI er Emergenii call -
0 False alarms 0 Hazardous condr ns
Location Situation Date Time
Als Drive ........................ ...... M edica l....................................1...10/5/09... .............. 12:24
Cape Lane........................... Medical....................................1...10/5/09................. 19: 03
N. Palm Boulevard................Vehicle accident.......................... 10/6/09................. 19:09
Reeves Street ..................... Medical....................................1...10/6/09................. 22:54
E. John Sim s Parkw ay .........M edica l..........................................10/7/09...................01:25
Deer Street .......................... M edica l....................................1...10/7/09.................... 07:31
E. College Boulevard............Medical...........................................10/7/09.............10:20
SR 85N .................................... M edica l........................................... 10/7 /09 .................... 10:24
Twin Cities Boulevard ...........Medical.......................................10/7/09.................... 12:12
E. John Sims Parkway.........Vehicle accident............................10/7/09...................14:43
Rocky Bayou Bridge.............Service call.................................... 10/7/09....................15:24
Bayshore Drive......................Medical.......................................1... 0/7/09....................17:20
E. John Sims Parkway. Vehicle accident......................10/7/09.............20:07
Reeves Street ..................... Medical....................................1...10/8/09.................04:15
HiNlinde Drive........................ Medical....................................1...10/8/09................. 11:58
27 Street/Redwood.............Burn complaintt..........................10/8/09.................20:53
Edgewater Drive...................Medical....................................... 10/8/09.............21:34
N. Partin Drive..................... Medical....................................1....10/8/09.................21:38
Nimrod Circle.........................Dispatched/canceled....................10/9/09...................07:01
Judith Avenue .... ................Medical....................................1...10/9/09.................08:02
Camellia Place ...............Medical....................................1...10/9/09.................12:25
W4 dlaw Road.................... Medical........................................ 10/9/09...................13:18
17 Street...........................Electrical wiring problem ..............10/10/09.................23:35
E. John Sims Parkway .......Medical .................................... 10/11/09.................06:43
E. John Sims Parkway.........Service call.................................. 10/11/09.................15:49
47th Street ... ...................M edical....................................1...10/12/09.................00:55
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical........................................ 10/12/09.................08:35
N. Palm Blvd/45th Street...... Vehicle accident.......................... 10/12/09.................011:13
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical..........................................10/12/09.................11:50
Glendale Avenue.................False call..................................... 10/12/09.................20:31
N. S R85 ............................... M edica l.......................................1... 0/13/09.................03 :45
Cypress Drive k.... ................ M edica l....................................1...10/13/09.................09 :57
Reeves Street ..................... Medical....................................1...10/14/09.................00:22
N. SR 85 .................................. M edica l........................................... 10/14/09 .................00:54
E. John Sims Parkway .........Medical..........................................10/14/09.................15:50
Bayshore Drive......................Medical.......................................1...10/14/09.................17:09
SR285/College Boulevard....Vehicle accident.......................... 10/15/09.................09:41
Crystal Lake Lane...............Dispatched/canceled..............10/15/09.................12:41
Magnolia Shores...................Medical..........................................10/15/09.................13:12
Reeves Street ..................... Medical....................................1...10/15/09.................20:58
N. SR85.................................Vehicle accident............................10/15/09.................22:10
Kelly Road ..................... ..... M edica l........................................... 10/16/09................. 10:01
Rita Lane ............................. M edica l....................................1...10/16/09.................10:36
Cedar/John Sims Pkwy........ Vehicle accident.......................... 10/16/09.................13:00
W. John Sims Parkway........Alarm activation ............................10/16/09.................16:00
N. Partin Drive.......................Alarm activation ............................10/16/09.................17:22
Reeves Street ..................... Illegal burn...............................1...10/16/09.................19:48
E. John Sims Parkway.........Alarm activation .......................... 10/16/09.................20:04
N. Partin Drive..................... M edical..........................................10/17/09.................10 17 0902:16
W. John Sims Parkway ........Medical........................................ 10/17/09.................03:45
W. John Sims Parkway ........Medical....................................10/17/09.................04:31
N. Partin Drive.......................Medical.......................................1...10/17/09.................07:48
Juniper Avenue ................... M edica l.......................................1... 0/17/09.................10:22
Linda Court............................Medical.......................................1...10/17/09.................12:55
N. Partin Drive.......................M edical..........................................10/18/09 .................01:29
Poplar Place ... ................. M medical ..........................................10/18/09.................18:27
N S R85 ............................... M edica l.......................................1... 0/18/09 .................20:30
Weekly Safety Tip: Be mindful that even foods cooked in the microwave present a risk of
burns. Open microwave food slowly, and hold it away from your face. This will reduce
your risk of being burned by hot steam escaping from a container.
Web Page:
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Oct. 5 through Oct. 19.
Location Situation Date Time
Cedar Street........................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/6/09................. 15:16
Building on Eglin ................... Untentional transmission ............10/7/09...................9:55
E. Highway 20..........................Rescue EMS ...............................10/8/09...................01:19
N. Lakeshore Drive .................EMS excluding vehicle...............10/8/09..................08:25
Yacht Club Drive.................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/8/09................. 17:12
White Point/Olde Post.............Motor vehicle accident................10/8/09...................20:46
Turnberry Cove........................EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/9/09...................13:53
Capri Cove............................. EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/10/09.................06:24
Bluewater Boulevard ...............Good intent call ......................... 10/10/09.................23:32
Shadow Lane......................... Rescue EMS ............................. 10/11/09.................00:10
Highway 20 ............................ Rescue EMS ............................. 10/11/09.................05:43
Sunset Beach Circle................EMS excluding vehicle...............10/12/09.................17:27
Turnberry Place...................... Dispatched/canceled................. 10/13/09.................01:06
Building on Eglin .................... System malfunction................... 10/13/09.................09:43
E. C hoctaw hatchee ................. Lock in........................................ 10/13/09.................12:32
E. Highway 20........................ Motor vehicle accident................10/13/09.................14:33
Hagen Court........................... Dispatched/canceled................. 10/13/09.................18:29
Northridge Road .................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/14/09.................06:03
Merchants Way...................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/14/09.................06:57
Lake Drive.............................. EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/14/09.................12:34
Shay Lin Court....................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/15/09.................09:27
E. Highway 20........................ Motor vehicle accident................10/15/09.................11:48
Merchants Way...................... Dispatched/canceled................. 10/15/09.................12:03
Merchants Way...................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/15/09.................13:25
Windward Lane...................... EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/15/09.................23:57
N. White Point Road................Rescue EMS............................. 10/16/09.................11:56
Reeves Street........................ Dispatched/canceled................. 10/16/09.................19:50
Pine Street.............................. Rescue EMS ............................. 10/16/09.................21:49
White Point Road................... No incident upon arrival..............10/18/09.................00:28
William Faulkner Drive.............EMS excluding vehicle ...............10/18/09.................16:06
Visit for greater detail of incidents.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The Pumpkin

The Inquiring Photographer -MikeGriffith

What do you think about First Lady Michelle

Obama's visit to Eglin Air Force Base?

"I think it's always "I think it was good for
good to show sup- morale."
port for the troops."

Jessica Olin, 24,
Bluewater Bay,

Chris Nixon, 46,
civil service

"It's good, because the
base is so big it deserves
to be recognized. It was
also a big deal for the
Niceville area to have
something that exciting
Philip Smith, 16,
Niceville High School student

"I think it's a good
thing. As First Lady,
it's her job to support
the public good as
well as her husband."

Brian Boone, 40,
store clerk

"I thought it was
great. She seems sin-
cere in wanting to
support military fami-

Nancy Welhart, 60,
Bluewater Bay,

"I think it's good for the
President's family to
support the military. It's
also a necessity for us
all to pray for the
President and our other
Patrick Legions, 18,
church leader

From page A-1
enforcement officer, and as such
should be an example, rather
than an alleged violator. Arnold
termed the alleged code infrac-
tions "gross violations."
Reached for comment
Tuesday, Willingham said he
had hired an attorney. He also
said no specific violations were
cited in a hand-delivered letter
from the mayor dated Oct. 14.
In the letter, Arnold stated that
he is considering Willingham's
termination of employment for
violating certain sections of the
city's employee policies and
rules, without citing any specific
actions, Willingham said.
Willingham said he is consider-
ing suing the city.

Willingham declined to com-
ment directly on the mayor's
allegations, but he did say, "This
is obviously political."
Willingham said that the city had
approved his business to operate
for the past four years under the
same conditions they are now
citing him for violating.
In his letter to Willingham
Oct. 14, Arnold stated, "I am
considering terminating your
employment" for alleged viola-
tions of city employee policies
and rules.
Wyckoff said Tuesday that
the hearing was a chance for
Willingham to offer his account
of the matter. Any proposed dis-
cipline or termination would be
subject to a second administra-
tive hearing, Wyckoff said.
The issue of the alleged vio-

Leter to r th e ito r aa are welcome.T oal w rI I*for

Low use of seat belts

at NHS deplorable

Martin Siegel
Bluewater Bay
I know you will think that I
do not appreciate what
Niceville High School just
accomplished. In your article
"NHS rewarded for seat belt
use rise" on Oct. 7 you indicat-
ed that NHS went from 49%
seat belt usage to 64% after a
motivational speaker and traf-
fic safety posters were used
during a campaign to get teens
to use seat belts.
Sixty-four percent usage
and you think this is ;.l. '
This is still deplorable. The
national average is 83%. And
compared to some of the other
schools it is beyond
deplorable. I think the reward
should have gone to
Choctawhatchee HS whose
usage is now 92%-up from
84%. FWB and Crestview
Schools had usages of 81%
and 83%, respectively. I have
to wonder how many of the
vehicles observed had teen
drivers texting or for that mat-
ter on a cell phone.
Hopefully the primary seat
belt law just enacted will pre-
vent the needless deaths of
teen drivers. In 2006 68% of
drivers and passengers
between the ages of 16 and 20
who were killed in car crashes
at night were unbuckled.
During daytime it was 57%. In
Florida the largest cause of
death for teenagers is car
crashes and yet it is the most
I have been teaching an
AARP senior driving course
for over 10 years and I have

come to the conclusion that
there are several ways to
ensure that teenage drivers will
ALWAYS wear their safety
belts. Also, every year I have
written several articles to local
papers regarding this subject.
First, the school in conjunc-
tion with the local police
departments must station offi-
cers and school personnel at
entrances and exits of school
parking lots. Give a warning
the first time and ticket after
that-and don't forget the pas-

lations became news Sept. 14
when Willingham appeared at a
city commission meeting to
protest a decision by City
Administrator Carl Scott to
withhold a renewed business
license until alleged code viola-
tions were corrected.
Willingham said at that time
that he had city permission to
operate his business as he was.
The city extended his permit
until the dispute could be
Arnold said the alleged code
violations came to light as a
result of a complaint from a res-
ident who had himself been cited
by Willingham for an alleged
code violation. Scott followed
up with an inspection at the
seafood business that found sev-
eral violations, the mayor said.

sengers. Once in the habit of
wearing a seatbelt it will
become second nature to them.
Next, the parents must con-
tinue to enforce seat belt
usage. Here is the way I did it
when my two boys started
driving. Before the car was put
in gear the seat belt HAD to be
on. When pulling up to the
house the seat belt HAD to be
on. If caught not wearing the
seat belt, 1st time a warning,
2nd time one-week suspension
of driving, 3rd time one-month
suspension. They never had a
Years later this habit saved
my younger son's life when he
was in a bad head-on collision.
He did not even remember put-
ting on the seat belt before
leaving for school...but he had
it on.
What we have is a good
start in combating this prob-
lem. The schools should strive
for 100% usage and at the
same time parents must strictly
enforce seat belt usage. A 64%
compliance at NHS is just


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appear by sheriffs deputies Oct. 7
for possession of less than 20
grams of marijuana after a search
of her clothing by school officials.

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Taylor also told board mem-
bers that crime in Bluewater
Bay was down throughout the
summer compared with the
same period during previous
years, and that most offenses in
the area are relatively minor,
consisting mostly of traffic vio-
lations and opportunistic theft,
such as items being stolen from
unlocked vehicles or open
With the approach of the
Christmas shopping season,
Taylor said, it is important for
people to remember to lock
their homes and vehicles, and
to keep packages and other
valuables out of sight of would-
be thieves.
"Some thieves," Taylor said,
"will even follow you home
from the store, watch to see you
take the first armload of pack-
ages into your house, then
quickly grab whatever is still in
your car if it is unlocked while
you are in the house." He rec-
ommended keeping packages
in the car trunk rather than on
seats, and locking the trunk
between trips when loading or
unloading the car.
A key to avoiding becoming
a crime victim, Taylor said, is
"situational awareness"-being
aware of who is nearby and
who may be observing you or
approaching you as you shop or
go about other activities. He
also recommended that people
use manual rather than coded
locks on cars, as some thieves
can intercept the electronic sig-
nals used to open coded locks.
With respect to landscaping,
MSBU management consultant
Archie Jernigan told the board

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that autumn over-seeding of
most common areas along
Bluewater Bay's main roads
will be done within the coming
month, and pine straw will be
added to most of the flower
beds in such areas between now
and Thanksgiving.
Other projects underway or
planned for the near future
include landscaping the inter-
sections of Southwind and
Dominica and the intersection
of Southwind and Muirfield.
The project includes installing
two retaining wall beds, one on
each comer, planting azaleas
and other plants, and mulching
with pine straw.
Additional projects include
re-landscaping the traffic island
at Bermuda Way and Bay
Drive, landscaping entrances to
St. Andrews Cove and
Turnberry Cove where they
intersect Southwind Drive, and
erecting "Welcome to
Bluewater Bay" signs on State
Road 20 near Lancaster Road,
and on Range Road. Officials
said it may be some time before
state approval could be
obtained to install the signs.
A resident who lives near a
small lake near Oakmont Circle
suggested the board install a
fountain in the lake to aerate
the water and inhibit the growth
of algae which has been clog-
ging the shallow lake. He also
suggested stocking the lake
with carp to eat excess grass in
the lake. Burgess said he would
do some research to see who
owns the lake and whether the
MSBU has the authority to
maintain it.
The MSBU is a special unit
of county government, respon-
sible for maintenance and
beautification of common areas
along Bluewater Bay's main
streets, as well as for street
lighting and maintenance of
street signs. The five-member
governing board is made up of
unpaid, elected volunteers who
live in the unincorporated
Bluewater Bay community.
The next meeting of the
MSBU governing board is
scheduled for 5:30 p.m.,
November 10, in the golf club-
house at 1950 Bluewater
Boulevard. Information about
the MSBU and its activities is
available at www.bluewater-

From page A-4
controls engineer, 31, of 722
Powell Drive, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by sher-
iffs deputies Sept. 25 for criminal
mischief that occurred at a
Crestview residence Aug. 30.

Robert J. Lee, a cook, 18, of
405 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was
issued a notice to appear by sher-
iffs deputies Oct. 1 for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijua-

Matthew R. Miller, 18, of 109
Safe Harbor Cove, Valparaiso,
was issued a notice to appear by
sheriffs deputies Oct. 1 for pos-
session of less than 20 grams of

Cynthia Ann Barrett, 22, of
251 Mattie Kelly Blvd., #304,
Destin, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police Oct. 4
for battery. During a traffic stop
Oct. 3 in which the officer was
aware that Barrett had an active
warrant and was driving on a sus-
pended license, Barrett, the driver,
allegedly went to the passenger
side of the vehicle, opened the
door and struck a female passen-

A 17-year-old Niceville girl,
unemployed, was issued a notice
to appear by sheriffs deputies
Oct. 4 for underage possession of
alcohol and possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.
Deputies made a traffic stop on
the girl after she left a Destin
house party by herself. Deputies
discovered a beer in the center
console and marijuana in the
glove compartment.

A 17-year-old Niceville girl, a

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Page A-7

Lewis Middle
School's Portia
Rodgers puts
the ball over the
net where
Ruckel defend-
ers Sammie
Mims (2),
Destiny Rutland
(21) and Sarah
Sims (10) wait.
Ruckel beat the
previously unde-
feated Falcons
two games to

Beacon photo by
Danielle Tavano

Lady Rams hand Lewis

first loss of the season

By Danielle Tavano
Beacon Correspondent
In an exciting and fast-paced
volleyball game on Wednesday,
Oct. 14, Ruckel Middle School
beat Lewis in a best-of-three
competition. The rivals fought it
out fiercely, at times tying point-
for-point for consecutive points
in a row.
In the end, Ruckel took a
hard-fought match, two games to
one, to hand Lewis its first loss of
the season against seven victo-
ries. Ruckel has won seven
games as well, against two losses.
Before the match began, the
Lady Rams
wished their
a happy
with a song
and many
smiles and
hugs and
pats on the Kim Jones
In the second set, some well-
executed digs kept Lewis firmly
in the game, while Ruckel fans
roared with excitement and pride
as the Rams repeatedly lifted the
ball for a save.
Both teams were revved up
for the rivalry match and hopes
were high on both sides. Lewis'
Kennedy O'Malley, 13, said, "I

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think we're going to win. We've
worked hard for this."
The match heated up quickly
with Lewis racking up points
early in the first set. Ruckel was
not far behind, and at times the
teams fought neck-and-neck for
every point, tying at 9, 20, 21,
and 24. Emotions ran high
throughout. At the end of the first
set, Ruckel won by just one point.
Ruckel coach Kim Jones said
before the match, "This is going
to be a high-intensity game.
Since it's a
rival ry
game, it's
going to be
very high-
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all players
on both
teams doing
their best.
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letes on both sides, so it should be
a very close match."
Likewise Krysta Forte, the
Falcons' coach, expected her
team to pull out all the stops.
"We've done everything we can
to prepare them for this," she
said. "They've worked really
hard and they deserve it."
Early in the second set, Lewis
jumped to what looked like an
insurmountable lead, 14-6, and
held on to the margin to win the
set by 11 points.

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The pressure was on by the
third set. With the teams tied, the
fate of the game rested on this last
set, which promised to be
close-and intense.
Both teams did all they could
to take the win early, tying point-
for-point at 6 and 7. Each kept the
ball up for long stretches of time
as anticipation mounted, with
spectators and team members
alike waiting with bated breath
for one of the teams to make a
kill. Eventually Ruckel emerged
victorious, taking the third set
and the game on a final score of
The excitement was palpable
as the home team won its rivalry
match, with a roar like thunder
rumbling from the stands as hun-
dreds of decked-out Rams
stomped their feet on the wooden
tiers in support of their team.
The Ruckel Rams' Aubree
Saber said afterwards, "Lewis is
really good, I'm glad we beat
them. I think Breana did really
well and I want to wish her a
happy birthday."

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

NHS JV strikers win
Niceville sophomore defensive specialist Shelby Russell
shows her prowess in offense as she puts the ball over two
Lincoln players during Thursday's junior varsity match.
The Eagles won the match, 25-14 and 25-17, to go 13-4 on
the season.

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Eagles win Jean King tourney
The Niceville High School Eagles won the Jean King Invitational for the second consecutive
year Saturday, stopping Fort Walton Beach 15-25, 25-10, 25-17 and 25-21. Rocky Bayou
Christian School went 0-3 against schools with much larger student bodies to finish fourth.
At left, Rocky Bayou's Rachel Mosley, left, and Monnie Johnson block a spike from a Fort
Walton Beach player. At right, Niceville's Jane Bartley spikes the ball over a Choctawhatchee
player for the score.

Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson

Ruckel drops gridiron contest
Ruckel Ram Trystan Flegal (12) rushes to help Brandon Kucera (11) tackle a Shoal River play-
er during Thursday's football game. Backing up the play is Dane Wagner. Shoal River won
the game, 20-6. Ruckel is 3-4 on the season.

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Destin outscores Lewis
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close in. Destin won the game, 55-8, to bring its record to
4-3. Lewis is 0-7.

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Richburg is contesting his fir-
Delaino was one of two candi-
dates originally recommended by
White. The other was Larry Tyree,
who was interviewed by a trustees'
committee just prior to the Oct. 13
meeting of the full board. Delaino
had been interviewed during a pre-
vious committee meeting.
Delaino's professional experi-
ence includes 32 years in the
Florida community college system
and six years as president of
Pensacola Junior College. His
background also includes more
than six years in the Air Force,
with command experience at
Lackland Air Force Base and four
years on the faculty at the Air
Force Academy.

Delaino is a Florida native who
grew up in Cedar Key, son of a
commercial fisherman and a high
school English teacher.
Tyree has served at Gulf Coast
Community College, Panama
City, and at Santa Fe Community
College, Gainesville, as well as at
other colleges.
Following its interview with
Tyree Oct. 13, the personnel com-
mittee discussed the qualifications
of both candidates before deciding
to recommend Delaino to the full
board, which approved the recom-
mendation when it met a few min-
utes later.
One element discussed by the
trustees while making their deci-
sion was cost. When asked what
salary he thought he should be
paid, Tyree had asked for about
$168,714 for about seven months
as interim president. Delaino,

when asked the same question,
had asked for about $149,714.
Delaino's actual pay, however,
remains subject to negotiation
between him and Board of
Trustees Chairman Wesley
Wilkerson. Richburg's annual
salary had been about $286,015 a
year, said NWFSC financial offi-
cer Donna Utley during the meet-
In other business during their
full board meeting, the trustees
also approved a presidential pro-
file for use in the search for a per-
manent president and indicated
that the nationwide recruitment of
candidates can now begin. John
Pickelman, a senior consultant
with Academic Search, Inc., a pro-
fessional consulting firm retained
by the college, is coordinating the
presidential search process.
Pickelman told the trustees that

he had met Oct. 11, with
NWFSC's Presidential Search
Advisory Committee (PSAC).
The PSAC was appointed by the
trustees and consists of representa-
tives from faculty, students,
trustees, and other interest groups.
The PSAC met Oct. 12, under
Pickelman's and Wilkerson's
guidance, to prepare a list of crite-
ria to be used in recruiting and
evaluating candidates for the per-
manent presidency of the college.
After a briefing by Pickelman,
the trustees approved the list of
qualifications and attributes rec-
ommended by the PSAC.
According to the list, "The ideal
candidate will possess senior lead-
ership experience in a comprehen-
sive institution of higher education
as both a highly skilled executive
and as an accomplished educator,
preferably with an earned doctor-

ate." Also among the 22 desirable
attributes included in the list are:
-"Impeccable integrity and
ethical standards."
-"Ability to develop a dynam-
ic shared vision for the college's
future that embodies the values
and ideals held by internal and
external stakeholders."
-"Well-developed interper-
sonal skills emphasizing effective
listening and communication
(including public speaking), sense
of humor and timely decisive-
The list also states 11 "leader-
ship opportunities" and "chal-
lenges" for candidates to consider
when applying for the job. These
-"Expanding community
partnerships, including but not
limited to public schools, higher
education institutions, businesses,

economic development and social
service organizations and the mili-
-"Maximizing current rev-
enue as well as developing alterna-
tive financial sources."
-"Increasing diversity among
students, faculty and staff."
programs of excellence, e.g. fine
and performing arts, natural sci-
ences, Collegiate High School,
and athletics."
Trustees set Dec. 4 as the dead-
line for priority consideration for
the permanent post. The presiden-
tial profile and information about
the search process is posted on the
college's presidential search web-
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Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy Girl's Outdoor Club
has elected new officers for the
2009-2010 school year. Christy
Allen is the newly elected presi-
dent, with Corrie Sober serving
as vice president and chaplain,

this club.

Michael Davis, president of
the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-
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Composer and music professor Jeremy Ribando said part of the creative process is sitting down
at the keyboard or piano to begin "noodle doodling."

'Spooktacular' program

on orchestra's playbill

Original score based on Poe tale featured

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
An old man, a filmy, pale-
blue "vulture's" eye and the
hideous, imagined beating of a
dead heart that grows louder
and louder.
It is these three things that
inspired a local composer to
write a piece of music that is
"scary and disturbing."
"The Telltale
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Jeremy Ribando of
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composing music for about 20

years, said he often starts the
composition process with an
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always been intrigued by Poe's
'Telltale Heart.'"
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rthwest Florida Symphony Orchest
one composes a melodious
score is something the profes-
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relate." But after teaching for
10 years, he's settled on the
explanation of telling his stu-
dents at Northwest Florida

State College to "think about
sitting down to write a paper.
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plan. You have an idea in your
mind, a definite theme, an emo-
tion or story you want to con-
vey," he said. "I think about the
instruments I want to use to get
that theme across. In this case,
of course, I'm writing for a
standard orchestra, but there
will be strings, brass,
a piano and I'm going
to use a women's cho-
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won't actually be
singing words, only
syllables, "the sound
will bring the voices
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put on a piece of music to get
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Citrus sale begins
The Niceville High School Eagle
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Indian River Citrus Sale. Navel
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be ordered from any band member,
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Miracle Strip Parkway, Destin.
The event includes not only the
haunted house, but displays of Coast
Guard vessels, safe boating, and a
children's bouncy area as well.
Planned and executed exclusively
by the Coast Guard, the event raises
money for Destin Harvest, which pro-
vides free food for non-profit organi-
zations that feed the hungry in
Florida. Haunted
House visitors are
asked to donate
(but are not
required) one
non-perishable food item per person
or a cash donation. The Coast Guard
asks visitors to consider car pooling to
the event as parking is limited.
Thomhave golf tourney set
The annual Christian Thomhave
Memorial Scholarship Fund golf tour-
nament will take place Friday, Oct. 23,
noon, at Foxwood Country Club.
Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Two-person

lowball format; six flights. Entry fee:
$44; $34 for Foxwood members. Info:
BJ, 682-2012 or 826-2012.
Hispanic concert slated
Spanish guitarist Roni Benise
brings his Emmy award-winning
Nights of Fire! to the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center at
Northwest Florida
State College in
SNiceville Oct. 23,
7:30 p.m. for an
exotic and roman-
( -Rtic voyage
itthrough the wild and beautiful sounds
treeof Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa,
African Tribal Rhythms, Argentinean
a r Tango, Brazilian Samba and more.
Tickets, $30, are available by calling
Survivor at Starfish Gala
The 2009 Starfish Charity Gala
benefit will be held Saturday, Oct. 24,
at Sandestin Hilton Beach Resort.
This spiritually uplifting evening will
feature musicians from Sinfonia as
well as an elegant, three-course, seat-
ed dinner reception.
Guest speaker will be the best-sell-
ing author of "Left to Tell,"
Immaculee IIl.,., who will be
Sharing her inspiring and miraculous
S B biography of survival, grace, and for-
giveness in the midst of the 1994
Rwandan genocide.
All proceeds from the event will
fund the programs of this mission.


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Presented by
Dr. Priscilla Fowler


Tuesday, November 3

3:00 p.m.

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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

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event is $100 per person.
SOCKS golf tournament
Save Our Cats and Kittens
(SOCKS) of Fort Walton Beach, a
not-for-profit cat and kitten shelter,
will hold a golf tournament Saturday,
Oct. 24, at Fort Walton Beach Pines
Golf Course. Entry is $50 per person
or $200 per four-man team. Corporate
sponsorships are available for $100 for
sponsorship only and $275 for hole
and team sponsor. The format will be
four-person team scramble (Florida
Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m. and a shotgun start is
planned at 12:30 p.m.
Entry deadline is Thursday, Oct.
22, or the first 32 teams.
Entry forms are available at
at the SOCKS
Thrift Store or the
Shelter at 498
Carmel Drive,
Fort Walton Beach.
Info: Tim Mills, 862-3094/240-
9112, Leslie Gould 420-9062/337-
2332 or Cecil DeMonbrun 368-
Benefit dinner, auction
Doctors from the Okaloosa Heart
and Vascular Center will host the
Have-a-Heart for Children Dinner and
Live Auction at Kelly Plantation Golf
Club Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
The annual dinner and live auction
benefits The Emerald Coast
Children's Advocacy Center. This
N year the auction
features two
unique pieces, a
necklace designed
by Nick Adamson
of Creative Gems
in Panama City and a large framed
piece of art, a collaboration of artwork
created by children served at The
Tickets are $150 each. Seating is
limited. Info: Jen Floro 833-9237
Two services for church
First Presbyterian Church,
Niceville is now holding two services.
Early morning service begins at 8 and
the second service starts at 10:45. One
Sunday school hour will be held at
9:15 a.m. Questions: 678-2521.
Christmas in October
The First United Methodist
Church, Niceville will hold its 33rd
annual Bayou Country Christmas
Craft Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the church,
214 S. Partin Drive. Proceeds will
benefit the church's mission outreach-
Medical history seminar
How can history transform your
family's future? Visit the Heritage
Museum, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso, Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.
for Charlene Grafton's talk on delving
into your medical history as a means
to address ailments and health issues.
Come and learn about using Internet
resources to leave a better health lega-
cy for your family than the one you
may have been left with. Cost for the
seminar is $5 per person or free for
museum members. Seating is limited.
For reservations: 678-2615.
Destin Festival of the Arts
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

will present the 14th annual Destin
Festival of the Arts Oct. 24 and 25 at
Henderson Beach State Park, with
more than 100
artists exhibiting
in 18 different
media, communi-
ty collaborative art
exhibit, ArtStop
kid's activities,
live music, stilt walking balloonist and
a bistro food court. Admission is $3
per adult; kids under 12 are free.
Festival hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25.
Info: 650-2226 or mattiekellyarts
Solo art exhibit planned
Full Circle Gallery presents
"Atmospheric Perspectives," a solo
exhibition featuring the work of potter
and artist Susie Bowman, Sunday,
Oct. 25, at the gallery, 29-B Eglin
Parkway SW., Fort Walton Beach.
Bowman will also offer a ceramic
workshop Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Info: 362-8041.
Christmas plant show
The Freeport Town Planters
Society is sponsoring a Christmas
Design Show, 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct.
25, at the Freeport Community
Center, on Business 331, half block
north of SR20 on the left. FFGC
District I designers Russ Barley and
Tim Ard will create the arrangements,
which are to be auctioned off at the
end of the show. Tickets are $5 and
may be purchased at Emerald Coast
Flowers, in Freeport, at The Art
Gallery, The Prissy Hen, from Town
Planters members, or at the door of
the event.

Clifford Chuck
Clifford Chuck, 48,
Niceville, Fla., formerly of
Indiana, passed away on Oct. 8,
Born in Jamaica, West
Indies, he is
survived by
his wife

Victor, par-
ents Carol
and Percival
Chuck; sis-
ters Michele
L y n c h Clifford Chuck
Jennings, and a whole heap of
Contributions may be sent to
either the American Cancer
Society or the First Presbyterian
Church, Niceville, where a
memorial service was held at
1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16.
Share memories at: www.her
Heritage Gardens Funeral
Home is entrusted with arrange-

Go pumpkin picking
Only 10 more days to pick up your round, orange, harvest-time squash from the First United
Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch, 214 S. Partin Drive. The Patch is open from 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. every day except Sundays when volunteers are not available. Saturday feature a
bouncy house, food for purchase and face painting. Two-year-old Anna Sculthorpe,
Crestview, enjoyed a snack of apples while she and her sister, Maxine, visited the Pumpkin
Patch last week with their mother, Kathy.


Niceville 554-D Twin Cities Blvd.
(850) 678-2249
Destin 36500 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


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Hero Hugs seeks

help in Nellis trip

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A teenager whose nonprofit
organization has helped service
members since 2004 is seeking
donations so she and her team-
composed of five people aged 5 to
17-can pay a final tribute to
members of the Air Force
Thunderbirds stunt flying team.
Bailey Reese, 13, of Niceville,
the president and founder of Hero
Hugs, hopes they can attend the
Nov. 14 Thunderbirds
Homecoming air show .
at Nellis Air Force Base,
Nev., to bid farewell to
several members they 4"
became acquainted with
at their first air show and
to distribute gifts to the
service members there.
Hero Hugs members
regularly attend air Bailey
shows to pass out
"appreciation bags" and to thank
the service members personally.
In the past four years, they have
attended about 30 air shows,
Bailey said, and passed out more
than 26,000 appreciation bags.
"For the kids of Hero Hugs, it
was awesome to see how much
such a simple thank you meant to
the troops," she said.
Usually, she said, the team vis-
its air shows within driving dis-
tance, but the members will have


to fly to Nellis. Bailey expects the
cost to be about $3,500, which
includes the cost of the apprecia-
tion bags. She said they expect to
distribute at least 1,000, and they
have to be shipped to Nellis.
Hero Hugs has raised about
$1,500 on its own so far for the
trip. It has one fundraiser remain-
ing this year, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1,
on Eglin Air Force Base.
Bailey e-mailed the Beacon
for help last week, hoping to find
200 readers who will
donate $10 each.
"We don't have
much time left and this
was the only thing I
could think of that
might help us reach our
goal," she wrote.
"Hopefully some peo-
ple who read the article
Reese would donate through
our Web site or send in
a donation to help get us to the
Bailey started Hero Hugs
when she saw that people were
not thanking service members for
providing food and water in the
aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. So
far, Hero Hugs has sent more
than 42,000 packages to service
members around the world.
To donate, go to
or send a check to P.O. Box 27,
Niceville, FL 32588.

Tom Holloway Prolmage Photography

RBCS Homecoming Court
The Rocky Bayou Christian School 2009 Homecoming Court is, from left: rear, Drew Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Paskell, Jared
Porrata, Elizabeth Sober, Harrison Kim, Angela Sternke, Billy Thomas (king), Sarah Barnick, Shannon Donahue (queen),
Justin Emerick, Esther Allredge, James Waldron, Julia Denney, Ryan Burns, Grace Stoner, Adam Downing, Elizabeth
Gadzinski and Yante Beliveau; front, Miriam Riches and Landon Byrd.

18 enter Panhellenic Society

The Niceville sorority members represent 14 colleges

Eighteen Niceville students,
representing 14 different soror-
ities, were recruited into the
Fort Walton Beach Area
Panhellenic Society, Oct. 3:
Britney Phillips (Alpha Chi
Omega, Florida State
University); Kittie Greer (Chi
Omega, Florida State
University); Jenna Amell (Zeta
Tau Alpha, Florida State
University); Victoria Hunter
(Kappa Kappa Gamma,

University of Florida); Mallory
Parsons (Kappa Kappa
Gamma, University of Florida);
Cammie Fletcher (Alpha Delta
Pi, University of Central
Florida) and Stephanie Igtiben
(Delta Delta Delta, University
of Central Florida)
Also, Taylor Fralix (Zeta
Tau Alpha, University of North
Florida); Kristin Milan (Zeta
Tau Alpha, University of North
Florida); Brittney Ringler (Phi

Sigma Sigma, University of
West Florida); Allyson Smith
(Alpha Omicron Pi, Auburn
University); Karly Hicks (Phi
Beta Phi, Auburn University);
Hannah Thummel (Sigma
Kappa, Auburn University);
Madison Stapleton (Kappa
Delta, Troy University); Jessica
Batog (Delta Gamma,
Louisiana State University);
Allie Schroeder (Kappa Kappa
Gamma, Louisiana State

University); and Jordan Gaddis
(Kappa Kappa Gamma,
University of Texas).
Founded in 1902, The
National Panhellenic
Conference is one of the oldest
and largest women's member-
ship organizations representing
more than 4 million women at
655 college/university campus-
es and 4,500 local alumnae
chapters in the U.S. and

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1407 E. John Sims Parkway 850-678-1298

On Srvi Reformation Festival 11:30 a.m.
One Service German Food, Petting Zoo, Jumpers, Music
10:00 a.m. Tickets available from church office or at the door
Adults- $8, Children 12 & under- $4, Family- $22
"Living in God's Amazing Grace!"

Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
Morni9:30 a.m. Prayer Service
W IN Morning Celebration 6:00 p.m.

Service 1100 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.

444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)

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Su ndaY\ -School: 9:00 AWANA
Vorship Ser ice: 10:30 AI.M 4: :30-7:3rP.M
Pastor: ('i i' I Pillip' (Graduat'of the Master's Seminary)

Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reaching out with the Transforming
Love ofJesus Christ"
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector

Sunday: Holy Communion 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. in Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
Wednesday: Holy Communion 12 p.m. (noon)
Thursday: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Contemporary Vigil Communion 4:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

Pastor & Mrs.

Living Faith
Christian Center
Holiday Inn Express (N iceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.

CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733
I Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.
Bishop and Mrs. T.P. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
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the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19

Niceville Church of God
S Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School .......... .9:45 a.m.
Worship .............. .10:45 a.m.
Wednesday ............. .7:00 p.m.
^ Ministry for All Ages!
Pastor Tony Taylor ~
206 Palm BLvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221

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Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Swine flu vaccine coming

A limited amount of H1N1
swine flu vaccine is en route to
Okaloosa County. Vaccinations
will be available free of charge on
the following dates and locations.
Consent forms, which need to
be filled out, can be downloaded
H 1N1/vaccinations.html.
Destin Community Center,
101 Stahlman Ave., Destin: Nov.
4, 11, 1619, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.,
Niceville Community Center,
204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville:
Nov. 2, 4, 10, 12, 17, 18, 30, Dec.

2, 1 p.m., Nov. 14, 9 a.m.
Northwest Florida State
College, 100 College Blvd.,
Building K, Niceville: Nov. 5,
Dec. 3, 1 p.m.
The following should receive
the vaccine first: pregnant women,
persons who live with or provide
care for infants aged less than 6
months, persons aged 6 months
through 24 years, persons aged 25
through 64 years who have med-
ical conditions that put them at
higher risk for influenza related


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Young ladies from Niceville,
Crestview and Fort Walton Beach
competed in the Miley Cyrus looka-
like contest during Thursday's spe-
cial preview of the Mullet Festival.
About 2,000 people attended the pre-
view, with proceeds going toward
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Bluewater Bay Magnolia Plantation All Brick home
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Rayna Miles as Jr. Miss Mullet
Queen in 2004.

From page B-1
"This is the business I've
chosen for now," she said. "I
have to be proactive and make
sure I'm where I'm supposed to
be on time. I have to know
where I'm going and how to get
there. I carry a map with me."
Rayna said the hardest part
about modeling is the "hurry up
and wait" mentality. "It's all so
last-minute," she continued. "I
can't really plan ahead. I usual-
ly don't get my schedule until
just before I'm going to bed."
Although she spends a good
bit of time on her own, away
from home, in fast-paced Soho,
Manhattan, most of her time is
still spent in Bluewater Bay
being a big sister to her younger
brother and hanging out with
chums from her youth group at
Niceville Church of Christ.
Rayna also volunteers in the
community. Her latest venture
is the charity fashion show
"Timeless," sponsored by the
Destin Women's Club in
September. Proceeds from the
show will go to The Children's
Neighborhood, Children in
Even though Rayna still does
"normal teenage things," she
said she feels "different" than
kids her own age, something
she seems to have gotten used
to, coming from a military fam-
ily that has done a lot of travel-
"I've always felt different,
ever since I was little," the
model said. "It's hard to make
good friends when you've gone
to so many different schools
and lived in so many places.
When we were overseas I felt
like I fit in better. When I look
at my friends here, I just can't
picture them doing what I do in
New York City."

From page B-1
himself "in the mood" for com-
posing-some Bach or
Beethoven-but now he has "no
specific routine other than his
preplanning and then sitting
down at the piano to "start noo-
dle doodling around," though he
said he may even do some
graphic sketching as well as
keeping in mind a time limit for
his piece, something he said
actually helps him "forumulate
his ideas" as well as gives him
the tempo for "moving from
one section of music to the
After composing a total of
about 50 pieces, though having
30 publicly performed, the
voice and music theory instruc-
tor said he is "pretty happy with
all the pieces" he's written.
"I've learned a lot with each
one," Ribando said. "Sure, after
listening to them there are
always aspects that maybe I
should have done differently.
But like any creative work,
sometimes you're really thrilled
with the outcome and some-
times you say, 'It's not my best,
but it's still good."'
"A Halloween Spooktacular"
will also feature the "Saint
Saens Danse Macabre Op. 40,"
Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald
Mountain and Berlioz's
"Symphonie Fantastique Op.
14." Conducted by Maestro
Jeffrey Rink, the evening's grim
and eerie tunes will begin at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the
Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center,
Northwest Florida State
College's main campus,
Niceville. Concert goers are
welcome to attend in costume.
Individual tickets may be pur-
chased for $22.50.

Just arrived
Anthony James Larson was born Sept. 23 to Ricky and
Cecelia Larson of Niceville. His proud grandparents are
George and Letty Larson.

Unitarians to rededicate

church as a Peace Site

The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of the Emerald Coast
will be rededicated as a Peace
Site, 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. The
rededication features an unveiling
and installation of "The Hollow
Tooth," an acrylic painting of the
gutted tower of Berlin's Kaiser
Wilhelm Memorial Church. The
painting depicts the destructive-
ness of war.
The artist, Howard Hardy, was
commissioned in 1955-56 by the
U.S. Air Force to paint a record of

its activities in the Pacific theater.
The painting was bequeathed by
Harper LeCompte (1921-2009), a
recently deceased member of the
church and former Assistant
Attorney General of the State of
New York.
The first dedication of the
church as a Peace Site was on
June 27, 1988. The public is wel-
come to attend the Peace Site
Rededication at 1295 Bayshore
Drive, across from the U.S. Post
Office in Valparaiso.

Northwest Florida State College and Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida
Please join us for these exciting free programs.

1 P.M.
Pat Duggins
at Northwest Florida State
College (NWFSC)
in the K-Gallery
1 P.M. Presentation
6 P.M. Video Viewing with
Discussion at
Heritage Museum
Gary Mornnino

12 P.M.
Ben Green
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida

12 P.M.
Stephen G. Craft
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida

12 P.M.
Norma Harris,
Research Associate
Archaeology Institute
University oJ west Florida
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida


Beyond the Final Countdown: NASA & the End of
the Space Shuttle Program (Information about Eglin's
contributions to US space program will be included.)

Military in the Sunshine State presentation at 1 p.m.

Viewing of video The Florida Dream with discussion
led by Gary Mormino at 6 p.m.

Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T
Moore, America's First Civil Rights Martyr

Embry-Riddle at War: Aviation Training During WWII

Note: Prior to his Heritage Museum presentation, he
will speak for the Aviation Institute at Choctawatchee
High School.

Defining Pensacola and Fort Walton Cultures
(AD 1100 to 1763) in the Western Florida Panhandle

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Saluting the fine & performing arts
in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
Supplement to The Bay Beacon
L October 21, 2009

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Arts Center season opens Friday

Six shows on tap,

including dance,

musicals, acrobatics

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center's 2009-10
schedule of national touring productions,
opening Friday, includes musicals, acrobat-
ics, dance, and a dramatization of the life of
the longest-serving U.S. president.
The Emerald Coast's premiere venue for
live theater and concerts, the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts Center is located
at 100 College Blvd., on the Niceville cam-
pus of Northwest Florida State College.
Tickets are available on line or at the
box office, 729-6000.
Spanish guitarist Roni Benise
Oct. 23
The season opens Oct. 23 with Spanish
guitarist Roni Benise in his Emmy award-
winning, k'nil,. ii--. multi-cultural show
called Nights of Fire.
Backed by a stage full of musicians, a
Havana horn section, a 10-piece orchestra
and elaborately choreographed dancers,
Nights of Fire captures world music at its
best, with a show that appeals to the hearts
and souls of people of all ages, cultures and
musical backgrounds.

Spanish guitarist Roni Benise and
dancers will open the season Friday.

Nights of Fire is a spectacular adventure
through Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa,
African tribal rhythms, Argentinean tango,
and Brazilian samba, bringing a new level
of originality to live performance.
As composer, guitarist and creative
force behind the event, Benise (pronounced
Buh-nes-say) said the show's ambition is
"to take people on a musical journey. I
wanted to push the boundaries of tradition-
al flamenco/Spanish guitar while combin-
ing the elements of dance and theater. This
show is a celebration of culture-the cul-
mination of all the shows we've done over

the last five years."
Tickets are $30.
Tap Dogs dance troupe
Nov. 9
Tap Dogs on Nov. 9 is a rough, tough
and rocking reinvention of tap.
Created by two-time Olivier Award-win-
ning choreographer Dein Perry, with a con-
struction site set by eclectic designer/direc-
tor Nigel Triffitt and a driving score by
composer Andrew Wilkie, Tap Dogs is part
theater, part dance, part rock concert.
The show premiered in Sydney,
Australia, moved to London and New York,
and has been a howling success across
North America, Europe, Asia, and
Australia. Tickets are $45.
Lener & Loewe's 'Camelot'
Dec. 1
The Knights of the Round Table will
descend upon the Mattie Kelly Arts Center
in Alan Jay Lemer and Frederic Loewe's
timeless masterpiece "Camelot" on Dec. 1.
The original 1960 production ran on
Broadway for 873 performances, winning
four Tony awards and spawning revivals,
foreign productions and a 1967 film ver-
This sumptuous tale is sure to delight
audiences with its soaring melodies, mag-
nificent costumes and an enduring love

story set among the historic grandeur of
medieval England.
The idyllic kingdom of Camelot is
thrown into chaos when a love triangle
emerges among the beautiful Queen
Guenevere, gentle King Arthur, and dash-
ing Sir Lancelot. Faced with an arduous
moral dilemma, the king must decide
whether to sacrifice his true love or his
Magicians, sorcerers and noblemen run
rampant, only to collide in a flurry of fan-
fare as Lemer and Loewe spin an unforget-
table web of spellbinding action and forbid-
den love. This national touring show fea-
tures one of Broadway's most enchanting
Continued on next page

Le Grand
Cirque will
close the
Mattie Kelly
Arts Center
Feb. 17.

at Northwest Florida State College ~ Jeffrey Rink, Music Director & Conductor

OCTOBER 30 -J /I7i, tw7Zoe e, t acjt/
Featuring two of the most celebrated "spooky" works and the premiere
of a new piece written by NWFSC faculty member Jeremy Ribando.
Audience members are encouraged to come in costume!
Ribando The Tell Tale Heart
Saint Saens Danse Macabre
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14

DECEMBER 11 07 W"/if2oA/
The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Lois Van
Dam, joins the orchestra to perform a wide array of holiday music including
a carol sing-along.

FEBRUARY 19 0_66T1r",,w
Featuring Chester Schmitz, former principal tuba player of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and original "Tubby," along with performances by the
winners of the 23rd Annual Concerto Competition.
Rossini William Tell Overture
Liszt Les Preludes
Kleinsinger Tubby the Tuba

A P R IL 10 6 r e m_"
The NFSO's season comes to an exciting close with works by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart and Robert Schumann featuring the Northwest Florida
Symphony Chorus along with a stellar quartet of vocal soloists.
Mozart Requiem in D minor K. 626
Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97 "Rhenish"

Ch er Srmnity

Jeffrey Rink

Celebrate the Arts, a Supplement to the Beacon

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Celebrate the Arts, a Supplement to the Beacon

From EdAsner to Le Grand Cirque

From preceding page
scores, including the hauntingly romantic
"If Ever I Would Leave You," "I Loved You
Once in Silence," and "Follow Me."
Tickets are $45.
'The Wedding Singer' musical
Jan. 22
"The Wedding Singer," set for Jan. 22,
travels back to the 1980s, when pastel was
in, hair was big and the wedding singer
was the coolest guy in the room.
Based on the hit film starring Adam
Sandler and Drew Barrymore, "The
Wedding Singer" is crammed with 80s pop
culture and songs. Wannabe rock star
Robbie Hart makes his living as New
Jersey's favorite wedding singer until he is
left at the altar.
Broken-hearted, Robbie takes out his

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bitterness on stage at everyone's weddings.
Every wedding he plays is a disaster until a
charming waitress named Julia captures his
affections. The only trouble is, Julia is
engaged to a successful Wall Street broker
and unless Robbie can pull off the perform-
ance of his lifetime, the girl of his dreams
will be gone forever.
Can he win her heart before she says "I
do," or will it be too late? Don't miss this
chance to see the show Newsday called "a
good-natured, hihi-.ih t-., musical."
Tickets are $45.
Ed Asner as FDR
Feb. 6
Veteran actor Ed Asner stars in "FDR"
Feb. 6. Recipient of seven Emmy awards
("Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Lou Grant"),

A national touring pro-
duction of Lerner and
Loewe's beloved musi-
cal "Camelot" will be
performed at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center Dec. 1.

and five Golden Globe awards, Asner
recently was the voice of Carl Fredricksen
in Disney-Pixar's ani-
mated movie "Up."
Asner stars in the
solo performance
drama "FDR," based
upon the Broadway
hit "Sunrise at
Campobello." The
one-man show
explores the life of
America's longest- Ed Asner
serving president, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, and the events and decisions that
shaped a nation during the Great
Depression and WWII.
This powerful play follows the iconic
president as he reflects on his years in

office, from inauguration to the war fought
by "the greatest generation." Tickets are
Le Grand Cirque
Feb. 17
Le Grand Cirque, to perform at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center Feb. 17, has been
seen by millions of people around the
world. Le Grand Cirque is a jaw-dropping,
visual feast of spectacular group acrobatics
and white-knuckle stunts that awes audi-
The show features an international line-
up of some of the world's finest acrobats,
jugglers, and gymnasts in an enchanting
and mesmerizing spectacle. Stunning cos-
tumes, awesome lighting, and thrilling
music will enthrall and entertain the audi-
ence. This spellbinding spectacle has mes-
merized audiences the world over, and pro-
pelled the world of Cirque into the next
generation with revolutionary new acts the
whole family can enjoy.
Rooted in the circus traditions of Russia,
China, and Eastern Europe, the internation-
al company of champion acrobats and per-
formers has been hand-picked from around
the globe for their death-defying abilities
and precision skill. Blended with elements
of modern and traditional acts of wonder,
Le Grand Cirque will astound people of all
Tickets are $45.


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College galleries

present art shows

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries
at Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, will continue its exhibition sea-
son Nov. 1 with the opening of two solo
displays by Dylan Collins and Wendy
Gallery hours are Monday through
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission
charge. Information: 729-6044.
Nov. 1-Dec. 6
Collins' "Diagrammatic Disarray" and
Wischer's "In Search of Magic" will run
concurrently in the college's Mcllroy and
Holzhauer Galleries Nov. 1 to Dec. 6.
Collins' large colorful sculptures, hybrid
forms that combine features of human, ani-
mal and machine, are light, intricate com-
positions in traditionally heavy materials
like cast metal and plastic.
Wischer creates mixed-media sculptures
covered in thousands of tiny mirrored tiles
onto which light is strategically directed to
create reflections on walls, floor and ceil-

Jan. 17-Feb. 21
From Jan. 17 to Feb. 21, the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center Galleries will be the
debut venue for the 2010 Florida Visual
Arts Fellowship Exhibition.

The photo-
work of Ed
F o r t
Beach, will
be fea-
tured May
2-June 3.

Exhibitors are Florida artists recognized
for outstanding work and superb talent.
Niceville audiences will be the first in the
state to see this important exhibition.
March 7-April 18
The Arnie Hart Juried Student
Exhibition and Northwest Florida State
College Arts Center Faculty Exhibition will
be on display March 7 to April 18.
The annual student exhibition showcas-
es the college's talented student artists in
the Mcllroy Gallery. Winners are chosen
from among this competitive field by an

Continued on next page

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Flight to be subject

of 2010 exhibition

From preceding page
art-professional juror, and prizes are award-
ed for top works in two- and three-dimen-
sional categories.
The faculty exhibition will show the
work of instructors and staff in the adjacent
Holzhauer Gallery.
May 2-June 3
The Arts and Design Society of Fort
Walton Beach will present the 18th Annual
Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts

The 2010 Arnie Hart Juried Student
Exhibition will take place March 7-
April 18. Above, a work by 2009 Best of
Show winner Patti Gillespie.

Exhibition in the Mcllroy Gallery May 2 to
June 3.
This competitive regional show perenni-
ally attracts top talent from throughout the
southeastern United States.
Meantime, the Holzhauer Gallery will
feature 2009 Best in Show winner Ed
Chandler of Fort Walton Beach. Chandler
creates extraordinary images in color pho-
tography as he juxtaposes extreme close-up
shots with vibrant compositions.
June 20-July 25
The culminating shows of the 2009-10
season will be "Flight Path" in the Mcllroy
Gallery and the works of Owen Mundy in
the Holzhauer Gallery, from June 20 to
July 25.
"Flight Path" is a themed invitational
exhibition in which artists will present
interpretations, both literal and abstract, of
Mundy will exhibit several installations,
including his Military Family Tree, an
interactive project that memorializes family
members who have served in the U.S.
armed forces and queries relationships
between military service and class,
between peace and violence, and between
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NW Fla. Symphony sets 4 more concerts


is Friday, Oct. 30

The Northwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra (NFSO) opened its 23rd season
in September in Niceville, with a concert
featuring Ukrainian guest pianist Stanislav
Khristenko. The remaining four concerts in
the 2009-10 season promise to be just as
The orchestra, under the baton of Jeffrey
Rink, performs in residence at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State
College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville.
Concerts are $22.50 each for adults and
$16 for youth age 18 and younger. Active-
duty military members may buy up to four
tickets at the door at $16 apiece.
Information and purchases: 729-6000 or The box
office also is open 90 minutes before each
7:30 p.m. performance.
Oct. 30 'Spooktacular'
"A Halloween Spooktacular", Oct. 30
will feature the premiere of a new piece,
"The Tell Tale Heart," composed by Jeremy
Ribando, NWFSC music professor. The
concert will also feature Saint Sains'
"Danse Macabre," Mussorgsky's "Night on

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Florida
Symphony Chorus. The orchestra opened its 23rd season in September at the
Mattie Kelley Arts Center, Niceville.

Bald Mountain," and Berlioz's "Symphonie
Fantastique." Audience members may
come in costume.
Dec. 11 'Holiday Pops'
On Dec. 11, the orchestra and the
Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus will
present "Holiday Pops!" an evening filled
with popular holiday fare and a carol sing-
along, an audience favorite. Among the
works performed at the holiday event will
be the "Christmas Suite" by Francois-
Joseph Gossec and holiday favorites such
as the "Hallelujah Chorus," "Stille Nacht,"

"Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the
Feb. 19 'Stars of Tomorrow'
On Feb. 19, the NFSO will present its
annual "Stars of Tomorrow" concert, which
will feature some of Florida's finest young
talent as winners of the prestigious regional
Concerto Competition perform with the
NFSO. This concert also features a per-
formance of George Kleinsinger's "Tubby
the Tuba," starring NFSO principal tubist
Chester Schmitz, former principal for the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston

Pops. The Niceville Singers, a chorus of
Niceville High School's best vocalists, will
also perform.

April 10 'European Masters'
The season will conclude April 10 with
"European Masters." This concert features
the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus
and orchestra along with a stellar quartet of
guest vocalists performing Mozart's final
composition, and most popular and respect-
ed works, Requiem in D minor. Also fea-
tured will be Schumann's Symphony No. 3
in E-flat major, "Rhenish."
Also this season, the NFSO will contin-
ue its tradition of performing free concerts
for fifth grade students in Okaloosa and
Walton counties, as well as the popular pro-
gram of NFSO musicians visiting area
fifth-grade classrooms to introduce young
students to classical music. The orchestra
and the NFSO Guild also sponsor the
Northwest Florida Youth Symphony
Orchestra and the Junior Symphony
Orchestra, which also perform in residence
at the college's arts center on the Niceville
The NFSO Guild, a volunteer organiza-
tion that supports the NFSO and youth edu-
cational endeavors, is accepting member-
ship. For guild member information, call
244-2940 or 678-0293.

Six-concert series opens Nov. 22

The Emerald Coast Concert Association
is celebrating its 50th year with a series of
six concerts in Niceville and Fort Walton
Tickets for individual performances will
be available at the door and at local outlets.
Season tickets are $110; call 362-9356.
Individual tickets are available three weeks
prior to performance at local outlets, and at
the door. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Brian Gurl and vocalist, Nov. 22
The season will open Nov. 22 at the Fort

Walton Beach Civic Auditorium with the
return of Brian Gurl in his new perform-
ance "Over the Rainbow." Accompanied
by vocalist Judy Alexander and a jazz
combo, Gurl will tickle the keys during an
exhilarating evening of American music,
from Judy Garland to George Gershwin
and Jimmy Buffet.
Destino tenor trio, Dec. 19
Dec. 19 brings an early Christmas treat
to the Emerald Coast when Destino takes
the stage at the Fort Walton Beach Civic

Auditorium as the final
stop on their Canada-
U.S. tour. The Canadian
trio created a sensation
with their performance
at the Beijing Summer
Olympics. These three
tenors blend pop, opera,
gospel, soul, R&B, jazz,
and musical theater into
Linda Gentille
Quartet, Jan. 9 Pianist Brian Gu
Returning from a Alexander and a
concert tour of Asia, perform Nov. 22.
Linda Gentille and the
Linda Gentille Quartet will kick off 2010
with a show dubbed "Great Balls of Fire."
Appearing Jan. 9, this entertainer will daz-
zle the Fort Walton Beach Civic
Auditorium audience with piano acrobatics,
musical finesse, and humor. The show
includes music from such greats as Fats
Waller, Billy Joel, Cole Porter, Elton John,
and Victor Borge.
Dave Bennett jazz, Jan. 23
ECCA will hold the final three produc-
tions of the season to the spacious Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in
Niceville beginning with the Jan. 23 per-

formance of Dave
Bennett's salute to Pete
Fountain. Bennett's
seven-piece band will
present a salute to jazz
great Fountain and
New Orleans.
fiddlefest, Feb. 20
The ECCA will
present the Canadian
rl, vocalist Judy Barrage-Animado on
jazz combo will Feb. 20 at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center.
This high-octane fid-
dlefest features an international, multi-tal-
ented cast of eight performing an eclectic
mix of music, song, and dance. Think of it
as "Stomp" meets "Riverdance."
ABBA tribute, March 6
The ECCA will close its 2009-10 sea-
son March 6 at the Mattie Kelley Arts
Center with the No. 1 rated ABBA produc-
tion in the world. ABBA-Mania. Sold out
wherever they perform, these nine musi-
cians from Toronto will take the audience
back in time to when the 1970s Swedish
pop group was on stage in concert.


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Sinfonia schedule begins Nov. 15

Eclectic series

highlighted by

Pink Martini gala

The fourth season of Sinfonia Gulf
Coast, a Destin-based symphony orchestra
under the baton of Demetrius Fuller, will
be highlighted by the Northwest Florida
debut of critically acclaimed big band Pink
Martini. The schedule includes a select
group of international guest artists during
each concert of Sinfonia's main season
beginning Nov. 15.
Season subscriptions are available at
significant savings over single ticket prices
starting at $150 for all six concerts.
Subscribers receive preferred, reserved
seating for all performances. Single tickets
for all events are also available. Purchase
and print your tickets from the convenience
of your home or office by clicking or by calling
the box office at 269-7129. Military dis-
counts are available.
Nov. 15 soprano
Sinfonia's "Classical Connections"
series explores the foundations of classical
music in the acoustically superb Grace
Lutheran Church in Destin. Patrons will
have an up close and personal opportunity

Sinfonia Gulf Coast, under the baton of Demetrius Fuller, is entering its fourth season.

to explore the favorites of the orchestral
repertoire in an intimate setting with
incredible guest artists and commentary
from Fuller.
"Let the Music Surround You" will be
presented on Nov. 15 and will feature
recent Metropolitan Opera Competition
winner Katherine Jolly performing Samuel
Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915."
According to the New York Times,
"Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric
soprano to superb effect."
Dec. 19 holiday concert
In addition to the main line-up,
Sinfonia's annual holiday concert at Grace
Lutheran Church, Destin, on Dec. 19 will
feature the orchestra performing all of your

holiday favorites as well as showcasing the
popular selections of Mannheim

Jan. 3 violin recital
Violinist Caroline Goulding will make
an appearance in a special recital on Jan. 3
at Grace Lutheran Church, Destin. This
concert is free to season subscribers and
will feature the repertoire on her newly
released international debut CD on the
Telarc label.
Jan. 16 violinist
"Seasons Squared" will kick off the new
year Jan. 16 at Grace Lutheran Church,
Destin, for the "Classical Connections"
series, with violin phenomenon Nicolas

Kendall. Kendall will performnn Vivaldi's
classic masterpiece "The Four Seasons"
and will offer the Northwest Florida pre-
miere of tango king Astor Piazzolla's "The
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires." "His com-
bination of effortless virtuosity, exuberance
and devil-may-care attitude was irre-
sistible," said The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Feb. 28 piano trio
The final "Classical Connection" will
feature the internationally acclaimed
Manhattan Piano Trio in a performance
Feb. 28 featuring the regional premiere of
Peter Schickele's (aka PDQ BACH)
"Quartet for Clarinet & Piano Trio." This
performance, transferred from last season,
will be held at the Good News United
Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach.
Ticket holders from last season have been
transferred over and it is free to new sub-
scribers this season.
March 23 Pink Martini
On March 23, the Emerald Coast
Conference Center, Okaloosa Island, will
be transformed into "An Evening in
Vintage Hollywood featuring Pink
Martini." Big band Pink Martini's engaging
repertoire, alluring performances and top-
notch orchestrations have proven an irre-
sistible mix. Their style of Gershwin meets
Ellington meets Ricky Ricardo will ener-
gize the crowd for this gala event.


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Brian Uurl's "Over the Rainbow"
1 Sunday, November 22 *7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium
Accompanied by vocalist Judy Alexander and a lively jazz combo, Brian will
42W "tickle the keys" during an exhilarating evening of American music from
Judy Garland to George Gershwin and Jimmy Buffet. The show offers high energy
vocals, touching duets, red hot jazz, Latin rhythms, and dramatic piano solos.
Saturday, December 19 *7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium
Three award-wining tenors blend pop, opera, gospel, soul, R&B, jazz, and musical
theatre into a new and exciting form called "popera."
Linda Gentille's "Great Balls of Fire"
Saturday, January 9 *7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium
SIncludes music from such greats as Fats Waller, Billy Joel, Cole Porter, Elton John,
Liberace, Roger Williams, Stevie Wonder, Victor Borge, and many more.
Dave Bennett's New Orleans A Salute to Pete Fountain
Saturday, January 23 *7:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center in Niceville
Dave and his 7-piece band (vocals, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, string .
bass, drums and guitar) will present a salute to jazz great Pete Fountain and
his beloved New Orleans.
Saturday, February 20 7:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center in Niceville
High-octane fiddle fest features an international, multi-talented cast of eight -
performing an eclectic mix of music, song, and dance.
ABBA Mania
Saturday, March 6 *7:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center in Niceville
Sold-out wherever they perform, these 9 musicians who hail from
Toronto, Canada, will take you back in time to when ABBA was
on stage live in concert.

Season Tickets: $110 Adults $50 Students under 19

Call (850) 362-9356 or (850) 837-1742 for more information

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