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Title: The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: February 3, 2010
Frequency: weekly
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Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Walmart construction seen imminent

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
An agreement to build a long-
awaited Walmart store in Niceville
has been completed, and the start of
construction appears imminent.
Walmart spokeswoman Cindi
Marsiglio, who disclosed the deal
Tuesday, said:. "We are excited to
bring the store to the community. I
know there's been a lot of support
and we are appreciative of that sup-
Last week, workers paved the
entrance to the 40-acre property

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Sharing and .
Caring and the
St. Vincent de
Paul Society by donating
$1 or buying an extra
item at Winn Dixie. The
middle school group at
Christ Our Redeemer
Catholic Church is spon-
soring the drive.
Wednesday, noon
Then and
Now Series
will present
author Ben Green, dis-
cussing his book, "Before
His Time: The Untold
Story of Harry T. Moore,
America's First Civil
Rights Martyr," at the
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida.
Admission is free
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Before there was a Lou
Grant, there was a
Franklin Delano
Actor Ed
Asner will
"FDR," a
show at the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts
Center, Niceville, main
stage. Tickets are $30.
Call 729-6000.

More in Calendar, B-4.


where the Wahnart is expected to
be constructed, linking it with Oak
Creek Shopping Center, which is
just to the west. Both Oak Creek
and the Wahnart site are owned by
Valparaiso Realty, Niceville's
largest commercial landlord.
Construction of a Walmart
Supercenter usually takes about a
year from the time the work goes
out to contractors to bid on,
Marsiglio said, although the com-
pany hopes to open the store before
year's end.
The project was proposed in

2002 on the 40-acre site, but ran
into regulatory hurdles, and, more
recently, uncertainty from a slow-
ing economy. Walmart told offi-
cials that the store would create an
estimated 700 jobs and generate
annual taxable sales of $75 million.
The planned Walmart is expect-
ed to have a unique appearance,
described by a source as "more
upscale, less of a battleship look."
The source said the Walmart hierar-
chy decided to come into areas they
Please see WALMART, page A-3

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
This artist's rendition of the planned Niceville Walmart store shows the upscale look being
adopted for certain areas.

Niceville arrests fall

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville police officers made sig-
nificantly fewer arrests last year.
In addition, 2009 was also one of
the safest years on record for
motorists in Niceville. Accidents,
DUI arrests and traffic citations in
Niceville were down in 2009 from the
year before.

Last year Niceville police made
288 misdemeanor arrests, down 34
percent from 430 in 2008, according
to police department figures.
Niceville police made 150 felony
arrests last year, down 9 percent from
165 a year earlier.
In 2009 Niceville police arrested
37 motorists for driving under the
influence, down 37 percent from 59 in

2008. Since 2001, Niceville has aver-
aged 52 DUI arrests each year. DUIs
were not included in the felony and
misdemeanor arrest figures.
Traffic citations last year fell one-
third from 2008. A total of 2,369 traf-
fic tickets were issued in 2009, com-
pared with 3,504 the year before.

Please see ARRESTS, page A-3

Valp. eyes



By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso planners have
asked the city commission to
enact new curbs on certain adult-
entertainment businesses.
The Valparaiso Planning and
Advisory Board recommended to
the commission that such busi-
nesses be prohibited from operat-
ing within 800 feet of a school,
church or day care center. The
commission is scheduled to con-
sider the matter Monday.
Current city law prohibits
adult bookstores, adult movie
theaters and businesses featuring
paid dancers within 800 feet of
homes and of similar adult busi-
If the city adds day care cen-
ters and churches to the list, it
would put much more of
Valparaiso off limits to adult-ori-
ented businesses if industrial
zoning is ever expanded.
The planning board made the
recommendation last month after
its chairman, Adam Sheridan,
suggested tightening regulations
on sexually-oriented businesses
recently. Sheridan contended that
adult-oriented businesses might
be attracted to Valparaiso in
the wake of an influx of
Please see ADULT, page A-7

Okaloosa Gas

seeks a cap on

municipal tax

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Okaloosa Gas District is
asking cities for a tax break.
The natural-gas utility is seek-
ing to curb a tax formula which it
says has forced it to pay over half
a million dollars in unbudgeted
fees to the municipalities where it
operates, including Niceville and
The payments, called fran-
chise fees, are a 6- percent sales
tax which the cities charge the
utility in return for granting it
exclusive rights to sell natural gas
and to use city rights of way.
The fee is a percentage of the
retail price of gas, which has
fluctuated widely and unpre-
dictably in recent years. And that

is the problem, according to
Charlie Reid, Valparaiso's repre-
sentative on the gas district's gov-
erning board.
Reid recently reported to the
Valparaiso City Commission on
proposed renewal and modifica-
tion of the city's 10-year fran-
chise agreement with Okaloosa
Gas. He said that unprecedented
spikes in the wholesale cost of
gas in the past four years had
caused Okaloosa Gas to exceed
its budget for paying franchise
fees to all cities by about
Okaloosa Gas, a self-govern-
ing state agency based in
Valparaiso, serves 37,000 natural-
gas customers in Okaloosa,
Please see GAS, page A-7


Sign of the times

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
A mobile office of JobsPlus, a partner of the state unemployment agency, visited Niceville at the chamber of commerce
Thursday. Twenty-nine job seekers visited the one-stop service van that day, and five resumes were referred to businesses
seeking employees. The unemployment rate in Okaloosa County stood at 8.4 percent in December, lower than the state
average of 11.8 percent. The state rate, which represents over 1 million jobless people, is the worst since 1975. Jobs Plus
will be back in Niceville Feb. 11 at the Oak Creek shopping center, and officials say they plan to visit Niceville every sec-
ond Tuesday this year.

Niceville arrests
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2002 2004 2006 2008


Painters on a platform sus-
pended 150 feet above the
ground added the name and
emblem of Northwest Florida
State College to a new water
tower on the Niceville campus
Thursday. The $1 million
tower will boost water pres-
sure on campus, officials say.
Inset: The completed emblem.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard



Page A-2


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Levy Houston Lucas III, a
waiter, 25, of 609 29th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Jan. 14 on the
felony charge of making a false
report of child abuse.

Adrian Rey Peralta, 28, of
1101 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Jan.
13 for battery, domestic violence.

Edward Lamar Adkins, unem-
ployed, 35, of 83 Windfield St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies Jan. 22 on the charges of
battery with prior conviction,
retail theft with two prior convic-
tions, resisting a retail merchant
and assault on a law enforcement
Adkins was allegedly observed
shoplifting $33 worth of merchan-
dise at the Fort Walton Beach Wal-
Mart, 748 N. Beal Parkway. Two
loss prevention officers from the
retailer approached Adkins out-
side the store, and restrained him
with handcuffs when he allegedly

resisted. While inside the store's
loss prevention office, Adkins
allegedly head-butted one of the
store officers. Adkins allegedly
became agitated when a deputy
came to the office and threatened
to head-butt the deputy, who sub-
sequently defended himself by
restraining Adkins on the floor.

Codie Rochelle Owens, 23, of
1525 Cat Mar Road, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 20 for failure to appear on
original misdemeanor charges of
possession of drug paraphernalia,
two counts.

Jeffery Bryan Coley, a land-
scaper, 47, of 313 County Line
Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Jan. 23 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of DUI.

Jose Renato Cortez, 30, of
4556 Barrington Lane, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Jan. 22 for violation of probation
on the original charge of DUI.

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Jennifer Michelle Denney, 31,
of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 168,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies Jan. 25 for petit theft
and possession of a controlled
substance without a prescription.
After being stopped for shoplifting
$176 in merchandise from a Fort
Walton Beach store, 800 N. Beal
Parkway, Denney allegedly admit-
ted she stole the items and said she
planned to sell them to support her
two small children. During the
arrest deputies allegedly found a
case in Denney's purse that con-
tained one 2mg pill of alprazolam
and five pills of 30mg oxycodone.

Brandon Edward Zembsch, 19,
of 1709 25th St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan.
25 for felony criminal mischief,
armed bur-
glary of a
grand theft of
firearms, and
grand theft
On Jan. 3
and another
man alleged- Brandon E.
ly burglar- Zembsch
ized a home in the 400 block of
Baywood Drive, Niceville. The
victims reported that the
suspects) stole firearms and jew-
elry from within the residence
while the victims were sleeping.
The suspects) also took the keys
to a 2009 Dodge truck that was
parked in the driveway and stole
the truck. The truck was found
submerged in Choctawhatchee
Bay at the end of a boat ramp on
Edrehi Avenue in Niceville, near
the victims' home.
On Jan. 5, acting on a
Crimestopper's tip, a Niceville
police detective went to
Zembsch's residence on 25th
Street in reference to other burgla-
ries in Niceville. The same day a
man contacted sheriff's deputies
to report he purchased eight stolen
firearms from another individual
who had been residing at the same


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25th Street residence.
During a jail interview Jan. 14
Zembsch allegedly confessed to
going to the Jan. 3 burglary on
Baywood Drive with another sus-
pect. Zembsch told deputies the
other man was the one who
entered the residence and that the
other suspect gave Zembsch the
keys to the truck. Zembsch
allegedly confessed that he inten-
tionally drove the truck into the
bay with the other suspect.
Zembsch said he wasn't aware
that the other man stole guns until
he saw the guns at their residence
on 25th Street. The stolen firearms
were valued at $4,800 and were
allegedly sold for $700.
Zembsch also told deputies
where he hid some of the stolen
jewelry under a dresser in one of
the bedrooms where he had been
staying. The necklace was subse-
quently discovered at the resi-
Zembsch was also arrested by
deputies Jan. 25 for violation of
probation on the original charges
of misdemeanor possession of
marijuana. The probation viola-
tion was related to Zembsch's
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The purse contained Social
Security cards, various IDs and a
debit card, among other items.
The victim did not remember
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A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Linden Avenue
reported that on Jan. 24 she
returned from shopping and was
unloading her purchases from her
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ille Fire De rtm nt responded t following calls Jan. 25 through
0 Stru e. 7 Emergency M ical Call
0 V ichicle'Crash 1
1 Othe creCashfh E.Ah. ,
0 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions -"
Location Situation Date Time
Pine Avenue ..............................Vehicle accident...........1/25/10 ...... ........... 17:59
S. Cedar Avenue.......................Cooking fire..................1/26/10 .......................02:30
E. John Sims Parkway .............Medical....................... 1/26/10 ..................... 08:20
Linden Avenue......................... Medical ....................... 1/26/10 ..................... 12:34
E. John Sim s Parkw ay .............Medical.........................1/26/10 .................... 15:40
E. ParkAvenue .........................Medical .........................1/27/10 .......................10:08
S. Cedar Avenue ................ Medical ....................... 1/27/10 ..................... 13:21
Azalea Drive ....... ................. M medical ....................... 1/27/10 ..................... 15:14
Powell Drive.................. .....Medical ...................1/27/10 .................15:20
N. Partin Drive ...........................Medical .........................1/28/10 .......................10:42
Big Oaks Lane......................... Service call................. 1/29/10 ..................... 07:18
N. Partin Drive ......................... M medical ....................... 1/29/10 ..................... 09:30
E. College Boulevard................Medical...................1/29/10 .................12:49
Davis Drive ................................Medical .........................1/29/09 ....................1...14:34
SR285/College ........................ M medical ....................... 1/30/10 ..................... 00:04
W illow Lane/Juniper................ False call .................... 1/30/10 ..................... 00:45
Dunn Court ......................... Medical .......................... 1/30/10 ....... .......... 02:17
Duke Drive............................... M edica l ....................... 1/31/10 .......................00:56
Deer Street .............................. M edica l ....................... 1/31/10 .....................14:11
Davis Drive ................................Medical .........................1/31/10 ....................1...15:39
SR285 at MM 5 .................... Vehicle accident...........1/31/10 .................21:27
23rd Street.................................Medical .........................1/31/10 .......................22:00
Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in
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level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door
closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well.
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Jan. 24 through
Jan. 31.
Location Situation Date Time
Jamaica Cove......................Smoke detector activation ......1/24/10..............09:16
E. Highway 20 .......................Vehicle accident........................1/24/10..............23:31
N. White Point Road .............EMS excluding vehicle.............1/25/10..............13:21
S. Cedar Street.................... Dispatched/cancelled...............1/26/10..............02:31
Parkside Circle..................... EMS excluding vehicle.............1/26/10..............16:38
Live Oak Street.................... Dispatched/cancelled...............1/26/10..............18:36
N. Lakeshore Drive ...............Dumpster/other.........................1/26/10..............20:08
Ward Cove/White Tail............Medical assist...........................1/27/10..............07:41
Oakmont Circle....................EMS excluding vehicle.............1/27/10..............08:32
W Troon Drive..................... EMS excluding vehicle.............1/28/10..............11:02
E. Highway 20 ..................... Dispatched/cancelled...............1/28/10..............13:46
Merchants Way....................EMS excluding vehicle.............1/29/09..............01:53
Merchants W ay.................... Rescue EMS........................... 1/29/09..............23:10
N. W hite Point Road .............Rescue EMS........................... 1/30/09..............00:39
Hampton Circle....................EMS excluding vehicle.............1/30/10..............20:16
Laura Lane........................... EMS excluding vehicle.............1/30/10..............20:47
N. White Point Road .............EMS excluding vehicle.............1/31/10..............04:09
Merchants W ay.................... Rescue EMS........................... 1/31/10..............16:10
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Valparaiso Volunteer
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during
the month of January:
Location Situation Date Time
Washington Avenue ................OD/poison ......................1/1/10..................01:27
S. Bayshore Drive ................... Unconscious.................. 1/2/10..................... 00:58
Trevor Drive ............................. Vehicle accident...............1/2/10.................. 09:22
Valparaiso Parkway................. Fire alarm ...................... 1/3/10..................... 05:49
S. John Sims Parkway..............Power line down ..............1/3/10....................05:52
Eastview Avenue..................... Fire service call ................1/4/10.................. 09:53
Aurora Avenue......................... Structure fire................... 1/4/10................. 19:59
N. Bayshore Drive................... Sick call .......................... 1/5/10.................. 06:35
S. John Sims Parkway..............Chest pain ...................... 1/7/10.................. 14:14
Edge Avenue ........................... Vehicle accident...............1/8/10.................. 10:59
S. Bayshore Drive ................... Medical alert................... 1/9/10.................. 03:46
Ohio Avenue ............................ Structure fire................... 1/11/10 ................ 04:00
Lincoln Avenue ........................ Vehicle accident...............11/11/10 ................11:22
N. John Sims Parkway .............Fire alarm .......................1/12/10................23:09
Mississippi Avenue..................Vehicle accident...............1/13/10................06:56
Q uail Trail ................................. C hest pain ...................... 1/14/10.............1...16:35
Highland Avenue.................... OD/poison ......................1/15/10................ 10:22
Edge Avenue ........................... Fall .................................. 1/19/10................ 08:31
Valparaiso Parkway.............Chest pain ..................1/19/10..................19:53
O kaloosa Avenue .......................Fall .....................................1/21/10 ...................08:48
Edge Avenue ........................... Sick call .......................... 1/21/10................ 17:33
Lincoln Avenue ........................ Unconscious................... 1/23/10................ 14:32
O kaloosaAvenue ................... Fall ................................. 1/23/10............... 10:22
Menzel Street .......................... Chest pain ...................... 1/29/10................ 08:35
Lincoln Avenue ........................ Sick call .......................... 1/29/10................ 17:50
John Sims Parkway ................Vehicle accident...............1/29/10................18:51
Government Avenue .................Vehicle accident...............1/30/10................ 11:16
Avery Drive ..............................Echo medical OD/poison 1/31/10................01:11
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place. Visit citizens/home/fire/prev/ for helpful
home safety tips. Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410
with comments or concerns.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Page A-3

From page A-1

consider nicer communities and
have a new standard prototype
lkl'liiK a more stylish aspect.
The Niceville store will be among
the first in the United States to
reflect that style.

From page A-2
ting the purchased merchandise
away. When she opened the
garage door she noticed a silver
hatchback speed away. The
woman then saw that the dome
light in her van was on and that her
purse was missing from the vehi-
cle. The stolen purse contained a
few dollars, a debit card and mis-
cellaneous IDs.

A Niceville resident from the

The average SuperCenter foot-
print is roughly 185,000 square
feet. The Niceville store is expect-
ed to be slightly smaller than that,
because it will not have an auto
and tire center. It also will not have
a liquor store such as that in the
Destin store.
Niceville remains high on
Walmart's target consumer list.

100 block of White Circle report-
ed Jan. 21 that a wheelbarrow had
been taken from the residence at
an unknown date.

A Niceville resident from the
4500 block of East Parkwood
Lane reported that sometime Dec.
30-31 unknown persons burglar-
ized two vehicles at the residence
and stole change from the ashtrays
of both vehicles.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Harding Road report-
ed that someone stole a 2005 SUV

About 50 planned store sites were
canceled, Marsiglio said last year
when the economy worsened, but
plans for Niceville remained.
Last June, the Bentonville,
Ark.-based discount department
store and grocery chain submitted
more than 100 pages of building
plans to Niceville Building
Inspector Don Baccadutre for

and $35 cash sometime Jan. 20.

A Niceville resident from the
2100 block of Bayshore Drive
reported that unknown persons)
sometime Jan. 3-4 burglarized a
2004 SUV and stole several items,
including stamps, a backpack, a
pocketknife, a Sunpass transpon-
der and clothing valued together at
about $120.

A Niceville resident from the
1900 block of Oak Avenue report-
ed that someone burglarized his
2009 car Jan. 11 and stole a $250

review by city electricians and fire
inspectors, who found no prob-
lems. The store has already been
approved by the city council and
the planning commission.
In recent weeks, however, site-
preparation work resumed on the
long-dormant tract, as scores of
truckloads of fill dirt arrived.
In addition to Walmart, it is

GPS unit and approximately 40
CDs valued at $150.

On Jan. 17 Valparaiso police
located a 2002 vehicle that had
been reported stolen out of
Niceville. The vehicle was found
on Highway 190 at the rear of a
motel. The keys were found on
the passenger floorboard.
Criminal Mischief
A Niceville business in the 700
block of East John Sims Parkway
reported Jan. 22 that the top half of
a birdbath was missing.

expected that several smaller
stores will move in to adjacent
storefronts, but no such tenants
have been identified yet. Marsiglio
said last spring that the sour econ-
omy has smaller retail outlets
playing their plans closer to the
vest. At the time, she had just
returned from a shopping center
convention in Las Vegas.

On Jan. 17 sheriff's deputies
arrested a 16-year-old Niceville
boy for providing a false name
to a law enforcement officer and
for violating restrictions placed
on his driver's license. A deputy
who was on patrol on Bayshore
Drive because of recent car bur-
glaries noticed a truck stopped
in the roadway west of Palm
Boulevard for no apparent rea-
son, about 12:49 a.m. A juve-
nile walked to the vehicle from
the north area of a residence and

"In years past, everyone was
lining up," she said at that time.
"With even the rumor of a
Walmart, they get really interest-
ed. This year, because of the econ-
omy, they're saying 'Talk to us
after Walmart starts.' We won't get
anybody serious until Walmart is
under construction. They want to
see dust fly before they commit."

entered the back seat of the
The deputy stopped the vehicle
because of the suspicious nature of
what he'd observed and found
three male juveniles in the truck.
After the 16-year-old gave a false
name, birth date and address that
did not appear in a computer
check, deputies separated the sus-
pects and got the 16-year-old's
true identity.
The 16-year-old told deputies
he lied about his identity because
he was on probation and didn't
want to get in more trouble.

From page A-1

Fewer traffic accidents were
recorded in the city in 2009
(476) than in any other year
since the 12-month period
ended Sept. 30, 1992. Until
Sept. 30, 2000, Niceville police
recorded annual statistics on a
fiscal year basis; since then, the
numbers have been reported by
calendar year.
It's difficult to come up with
a reason for fluctuations in
arrest numbers, said Niceville
Police Chief Brian Cruttenden.
In 2007 there was a rash of
activity, he said by way of

example. Towards the end of
2009 there was an uptick in the
number of car burglaries in the
city, the police chief said. If
those cases are solved, the
arrests would likely show up in
the report for 2010.
Traffic counts have been
lower on John Sims Parkway
for the past few years, said
Cruttenden. The weakened
economy means that people
may be making fewer road
trips, and therefore, fewer traf-
fic violations and accidents
were recorded last year, he
Cruttenden said that the city
had reduced the number of traf-
fic patrols (using speed-check-

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Walton, Santa Rosa and
Escambia counties.
In what could be the first of
many such requests to the cities it
serves, Okaloosa Gas is asking
Valparaiso to cap its franchise fees
starting as early as this month.
Any savings would presumably be
passed on to gas customers.
Franchise fees are imposed by
most Florida cities for the use of
city rights of way used by utilities
for the placement of pipes, power
poles and the like. The franchise
fees-each Okaloosa County city
charges Okaloosa Gas 6 percent-
are part of negotiated franchise
agreements between the utility
and each city. By state law, coun-
ties cannot impose a franchise fee.
Okaloosa Gas handles fran-
chise fees as a cost of doing busi-
ness, rather than itemizing the fee
on customer bills, as do some util-
ities such as Gulf Power.
Nonetheless, Okaloosa Gas cus-
tomers ultimately pay the fran-
chise fee through higher rates.
That means gas customers in unin-
corporated Okaloosa County-
and Eglin Air Force Base-help
pay franchise fees paid to cities,
even though neither the county
nor the federal government
receives revenue from the fee.
In the fiscal year that ended
Sept. 30, 2009, Okaloosa Gas paid
franchise fees to:
-Cinco Bayou: $4,045 on

From page A-1
thousands of soldiers and student
airmen expected with the impend-
ing arrival of new military units at
Eglin Air Force Base.
Sheridan said adult- or sexual-
ly-oriented businesses could lower
property values and threaten resi-
dents' safety. He said he hoped
tightening regulations would
make it unlikely, or impossible,
that the city would attract any new
adult-entertainment outlets.
Valparaiso's current municipal
code defines adult bookstores and
adult movie theaters simply as
establishments "that contain mate-
rial that is obscene." The code
limits adult bookstores and movie
theaters, as well as businesses that
sell alcohol and/or have "live
entertainment, i.e., female or male
dancing," to areas zoned
Industrial, 1-2. City law also
requires that such businesses be at
least 800 feet from any residential
structure, or from any similar
Currently, the city has one bar,
the Matador Club near Eglin Air
Force Base, that features exotic
dancers. Valparaiso has no book-
stores or movie theaters of any
At a Jan. 25 planning board
meeting, Sheridan recommended
broadening the city's definition of
regulated adult businesses by
defining them as state law does.
Florida Statute, Chapter 847.001,
paragraph 2, includes such estab-
lishments as adult bookstores,
adult theaters, special cabarets and
unlicensed massage parlors.
The state statute defines an
adult bookstore as "any corpora-
tion, partnership, or business of
any kind which restricts or pur-
ports to restrict admission only to
adults, which has as part of its
stock books, magazines, other
periodicals, videos, discs, or other
graphic media and which offers,
sells, provides, or rents for a fee
any sexually oriented material."
The statute also defines an
adult theater as that showing
"films, live plays, dances, or other
performances that are distin-
guished or characterized by an

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Okaloosa Gas District headquarters in Valparaiso. The utility is
seeking a cap on franchise fees it pays the city and other

sales of $67,417 of natural gas.
-Crestview: $138,093 on
sales of $2,301,550.
-Destin: $191,232 on sales of
-Fort Walton Beach:
$223,033 on sales of $3,716,717.
-Mary Esther: $44,186 on
sales of $763,433.
-Niceville: $148,913 on total
sales of $2,481,883.
-Shalimar: $10,531 on sales
of $175,517.
-Valparaiso: $162,959, on
sales of $2,715,983.
Although there are far more
gas customers in Niceville (3,045)
than in Valparaiso (1,154),
Valparaiso pulls in more in fran-
chise fees from the gas utility
because one of the gas customers
in the city limits is a large chunk of
Eglin Air Force Base.
Gas sales to residential and
commercial customers in
Valparaiso represent about half of
the sales used to calculate the
emphasis on matters dkpiciii-..
describing, or relating to specific
sexual activities for observation
by patrons, and which restricts or
purports to restrict admission only
to adults."
Last year the Joint Land Use
Study-a group of local govern-
ments tasked with recommending
land uses that are compatible with
Eglin Air Force Base-recom-
mended that some residential
areas of Valparaiso threatened by
jet noise be considered for rede-
velopment to manufacturing and
other industrial activities that are
generally restricted to industrial
zoning. That's the same zoning
area that adult entertainment is
limited to, sparking fears that
areas now off limits to adult busi-
nesses may one day be open to
Sheridan also proposed
increasing the separation between
adult entertainment businesses
and homes from 800 feet to 1,500
feet, and to include the same sepa-
ration distance from schools,
churches or day care centers. He
said he hoped to make it impossi-
ble for such businesses to meet the
restriction's distance, thereby
keeping them out of the city. The
current 800-foot distance require-

city's franchise fee, according to
Gary Long, vice president of mar-
keting for Okaloosa Gas. The
remainder is based on metered
sales of gas to that portion of Eglin
Air Force Base within
Valparaiso's corporate limit, he
According to Reid, the size of
Valparaiso's franchise fee rev-
enues as a result of the Eglin con-
nection was a source of resent-
ment by some gas board mem-
bers, especially Okaloosa County.
The gas district budgets for the
cost of paying the franchise fees
by estimating the cost of gas each
year, Long said. Between August
2005 and July 2006, and again
between May 2008 and January
2009, wholesale gas prices far
exceeded what Okaloosa Gas had
budgeted, he said. The utility was
forced to make up the shortfall by
cutting back or postponing capital
projects, he said. More price
spikes are expected in the future,
ment appears to restrict adult
entertainment establishments
from more than 90 percent of the
city's current 1-2 industrial zones,
which are in the Valastics Avenue
area and an area north of
Muskegon Avenue.
But other planning board
members at the Jan. 25 meeting
opposed any increased separation
requirement, saying 800 feet is
Member Pete King said, "If
you're going to have adult enter-
tainment, they should be located
in the same area," not spread over
a larger area.
Member Ed Crosby said he
had looked at city zoning maps
and that the current 800-foot sepa-
ration requirement left little space
in the city's Industrial zoned area
for adult entertainment businesses.
Crosby also said that it was illegal
to adopt regulations that prevented
a legal activity, such as adult enter-
tainment, and doing so would sub-
ject the city to lawsuits.
Destin and Panama City are in
litigation over such issues, Crosby
said, and courts have overturned
severe restrictions on adult enter-
tainment. "I don't want to end up
in court just because we changed a
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district has proposed that the fran-
chise fee be capped based on its
annual projections of the cost of
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the first of two public hearings
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Valparaiso has requested pub-
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the utility and will evaluate the
information before deciding
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proposed changes to the franchise
agreement, according to Carl
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Member Martha Woodcock
said she thought the current 800-
foot separation was adequate, but
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Valparaiso to name commissioner's successor

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
On Monday the Valparaiso
City Commission is scheduled to
appoint someone to fill the two
years remaining in the term of
Commissioner Brent Smith.
Seven people have applied for the
unpaid, nonpartisan post.
Smith tendered a letter of resig-
nation in December, effective
March 16, 2010, in order to run for

mayor on the March 9 municipal
election ballot. His fellow com-
missioners then voted 3-1, with
Smith dissenting, to appoint his
successor Feb. 8.
Smith argued, unsuccessful-
ly, that the commission should
make the appointment after the
election because the mayoralty
and three commission seats
could change hands in the bal-

According to Valparaiso's
1921 charter, any vacancies on
the city commission must be
filled by appointment by the city
commission, not a special elec-
Seven city residents applied
for the two-year appointment by
the Jan. 31 deadline. Only one
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They are:
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Choctaw Cove, a retired fighter
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RBCS senior wins

Haugen Trophy

Shannon Lee Donahue, of
DeFuniak Springs, and a sen-
ior at
School, is
the 2010
recipient of
the Taylor
Trophy. The
announced Shannon Lee
on Jan. 26, Donahue
will be presented at the Feb.
19 All Sports Association
FCA (Fellowship of
Christian Athletes)
Breakfast at the Emerald
Coast Conference Center.
Shannon has 3.89
GPA and serves as stu-
dent body president at
RBCS. She has been a
member of the varsity
soccer team for five years,
playing goalie and winning a
district championship each of
those years. She has been
awarded the most valuable
player and named on the All
Area teams several times.
Shannon also has played var-
sity volleyball for four years,
receiving the Coaches Award
and has been named to the All
Area second team. Other
recognition include the
Outstanding Christian
Character Award, FCA Go the
Distance Award and
Homecoming Queen.
Shannon is active in her

church, Rocky Bayou Baptist,
having served on several mis-
sion trips to Nashville,
Lakeshore, Miss., and Mission
Arlington in Texas as well as
volunteering in the nursery.
She also spent a summer at
Camp Redcloud in Colorado
as a teen volunteer. According
to a press release, she has a
"great love for the Lord and is
a diligent student of his
She plans to pursue a
career in medicine and "con-
tinue her life of service,"
according to the release.

Shannon, the daughter of Dr.
Patrick and Robin Donahue, is
considering universities in
Alabama and Florida. She is
the youngest of five children.
The trophy is awarded to an
area athlete from Okaloosa,
Walton or Santa Rosa coun-
ties, who best demonstrates a
balance between academics,
athleticism, leadership, com-
munity service and faith.
The Taylor Haugen Trophy
and a $1,000 scholarship are
offered in memory of Taylor
Reid Haugen. It is awarded
each winter in conjunction
with the All Sports

Members of Niceville Girl Scout Troop 207, from left: top row, Anna Smith, Olivia Tuckey,
Arianna Wittic, Savannah Olyniec, Daisy Riley, Hannah Sjostrom, Tiffany Edwards, Kasey
White, Emily Kenoyer and Ali Thomas; middle row, Lauren Kuhn, Taylor Strickler, Alyssa
Fredmonsky, Riley Gibson, Kendall Amaker and Kelsey Mixon; and bottom row, Karlee
Prevatt, Aubrey Gibson, Katie Sjostrom, Caroline Renshaw, Abigail Kirkland and Kylee
Hodgen. Not pictured are Stephanie Fuentes and Abigail O'Laughlin.

Scouts are soldiers' angels

Niceville Girl Scout
Troop 207 recently adopted
an Air Force Critical Care
Air Transport Team
deployed to
Afghanistan from a
Reserve Air Base in
March, Calif.
The girls made
six fleece blankets
for injured troops
flying out of
Afghanistan. The
project also helped
the Juniors and
Brownies fulfill badge
requirements in Model
Citizen and Sewing.

Sirl Scout!

This is part of a wider
project that is supplying
blankets, hats and pil-
lows for injured
troops. To donate
homemade blan-
kets or financial
donations for
postage, e-mail
call (626) 529-
5114 or write to:
E Soldiers' Angels,
1792 E. Washington
Blvd., Pasedana, CA

Niceville charity sends aid to Haiti

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
As local military troops and
other government agencies sent
people and supplies to help the
people of Haiti recover from the
earthquake that hit the island last
week, a small, Niceville-based
charity was already at the scene
of the disaster, through a mission
already established there.
Heart of the Bride (HOB)is a
Christian mission organization
that builds and helps to operate
orphanages and other charitable
activities throughout the world.
"Heart of the Bride ministers
exclusively in the far Northwest
region of Haiti," said HOB
Director Tony Gibson. Gibson is
a former music minister at Rocky
Bayou Baptist Church who left
that position several years ago to
found the organization. "Our mis-
sion is approximately 180 miles
from the area that suffered the
greatest impact."
Following the earthquake,
Gibson told the Beacon, "It did
take some time to make contact,
but reports from our ministry
locations confirm that everyone is
fine. While we are very thankful
for those reports, we also are
grieving over the suffering among
the people of that country."
On Jan. 15, Gibson said, "We
reported that the area where our
children and partners live was not
affected by the disaster. However,
we were concerned because we
could not get in touch with our
primary partner in Haiti. This
morning, we received news that
he was, in fact, in Port au Prince
during the earthquake, but that he
was miraculously delivered. We
are thankful to report that Edner

Schedule Starts: Friday, February 5th

Heart of the Bride Director
Tony Gibson with Lovedean
and Milan in Haiti.
Veus, director of Christian
Human Care in the small town of
Maure Rouge (the name means
'red clay' in the Haitian language)
is now safe at home with his
wife, Rosena, and their infant
"Edner spoke of the heart-
breaking devastation that he wit-
nessed, and continued to give
God praise for the way that he
miraculously made it home,"
Gibson said. "He says the story is
amazing, so we will plan to share
details once we hear the entire
Gibson said that since the
earthquake, he has been
approached by people who want
to contribute to the recovery
effort. "Today, we are ready to
recommend a way that people in
the Twin Cities area can help the
suffering people of Haiti through
Heart of the Bride. You can con-
tribute to the Haiti Recovery
Fund at," he

But, he said, "Heart of the
Bride is not equipped to be effec-
tively engaged in the immediate
relief efforts." Anyone wanting to
help with such immediate relief,
he said, should contribute to
national organizations with estab-
lished reputations, like the
American Red Cross.
"However," Gibson said, "we
will be uniquely engaged in
recovery. Because of our many
long-term partnerships in the
Northwest, we will be able to
empower many nationals to sig-
nificantly help their own people
through the recovery process."

"Our Haitian partners will be
able to effectively gather informa-
tion and assess specific needs
over the coming weeks through a
wide range of relationships in
Port au Prince. As the doors open,
we will be able to use designated
recovery funds to release over 50
young adults in our Northwest
Haitian ministry to assist their
own people in recovery and
rebuilding in ways that the larger
relief organizations may not be
effective in the stages to follow."
Gibson said that before the
earthquake, the mission organiza-
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three weeks ago," he said.
He said he expects the mission
to disburse most of those supplies
very quickly, as refugees from the
hard-hit Port au Prince area make
their way into the countryside in
search of help and shelter. He
said he expects the mission's
classrooms and other buildings
will be put to use as temporary
shelter for refugees until better
arrangements can be made. In
addition, Gibson said, "There will
be more orphans," who will need
long-term care, requiring an
expansion of the orphanages.
"If you participate," Gibson
said of potential donors, "we will
send you recovery team updates
throughout the year so that you
can stay engaged and really know
what your support is accomplish-
ing." Persons willing to donate,
he said, can do so at the organiza-
tion's Web site or by calling 678-



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Richard Kimmons has
been appointed as the new
operations/membership direc-
tor at the Niceville Family
YMCA. Kimmons has been
employed with the YMCA
since 2001. Prior to joining
the YMCA, he had a career
with Boeing Aircraft
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financial adviser. He trans-
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fitness instructor, member-
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Kyle Patrick Libby has
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Kyle Patrick Libby is a
Libby graduate of
the University of West
Florida, where he was both a
Florida Academic Scholar
and Presidential Scholar. He
received his B.S. in pre-pro-
fessional biology, graduating
Cum Laude in December
2008. At UWF, he was a
member of Phi Eta Sigma
Honor Society and Gamma
Beta Phi Honor Society, and
finished second in the univer-
sity racquetball competition.
Libby was a 2004
International Baccalaureate
graduate of Niceville High
He is the son of Andrea
Libby of Niceville, Lloyd
Libby of Niceville, and the
grandson of Mary Babbitt,
Niceville, and William and
Judy Treacy, formerly of Fort
Walton Beach. He is the god-
son of Bill J.Carroll, Fort
Walton Beach.

Jessica Maney, a senior at
Rocky Bayou Christian
received a Troy
scholarship, kY UNIVERSITY
worth about
$69,000 over
four years. The Millennium
Scholar's Award covers
tuition, room and board.
Maney will become a Trojan
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Niceville women earn honors
Two Niceville women were honored at Bridgeway Center's 2009 Honoring Our Own Awards Banquet. In the left photo,
Barbara Palmgren of the board of trustees presents the Supervisor of the Year Award to Cassandra Crosby, right. In the right
photo, board of trustees member Jon Morris presents the Team Member of the Year Award to Meagan Ward.

Band leader is teacher of the year finalist

Will compete for county honors with two others [ ,--. -I

Charles "Eddie" Steadman,
Ruckel Middle School band
director, was selected as one of
the district's three finalists in the
Macy's Teacher of the Year pro-
Presented with a congratula-
tory bouquet of flowers,
Steadman was surprised to find
Superintendent of Schools
Alexis Tibbetts, other district
officials and school staff peers

all herding into his band direc-
tor's domain at the middle
"He is truly the best of the
best in the state," said Dr.
Debbie Collins-Goolsby,
Ruckel principal.
Steadman holds a master of
music degree and was selected
as the 2006 Cox
Network "Champion of the

Arts" in Okaloosa County. He
will conduct next year's Middle
School All-State band.
Steadman was first nominat-
ed by fellow teachers and voted
on in his school. His name was
then forwarded to the district
Teacher of the Year Committee,
which picked three district-wide
finalists. Finaliasts underwent a
teacher observation by the dis-
trict as well as an interview.

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directs the Ruckel Middle
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Shiena Normand, left, presents a $1,000 check to Mid-Bay
Rotarian Jim Miller.

NHS club donates

shelter for Haiti

At last Wednesday morn-
ing's Mid-Bay Rotary meet-
ing, Shiena Normand,
Niceville High School Interact
Club president, presented a
$1,000 check to Jim Miller,
ShelterBox representative and
Mid-Bay Rotarian, for a
ShelterBox container for
Haitian relief.
Each $1,000 donated to
ShelterBox will buy a 10-per-
son tent and equipment used
to shelter those recovering
from the recent Haitian earth-
The ShelterBox tent and
gear can house and equip as
many as 10 people for at least
six months. ShelterBoxes are

designed to provide cots, blan-
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ments for short-term use in the
climate they are sent to.
More than 2,000
ShelterBoxes have been deliv-
ered to Haiti with an addition-
al 3,000 being prepared for
shipment, which will provide
shelter for 50,000 Haitians.
ShelterBox, a non-profit
organization, affiliated with
Rotary International, has pro-
vided emergency shelter for
more than 600,000 disaster
victims worldwide since 2000
to include survivors of
Hurricane Katrina.
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'Mr. Slice' visits RBCS class
Waylynne Harris' Rocky Bayou Christian Academy kindergarten class was chosen as Papa
John's Class of the Week, Jan. 11. "Mr. Slice" paid a visit to the little ones and brought
enough pizza for the whole class.

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Homeschool Geobee winners
For the 22nd year, the National Geographic Society is holding the Geobee for students in the
fourth through eighth grades. The winner of the Okaloosa County Bee will submit a written
exam to determine state competitors. State winners advance to the national competition in
Washington, D.C. where first prize is a $25,000 college scholarship. Nine local homeschool
students competed Jan. 14. Winners, from left: Maria Bandstra, third place, Walker Lehman,
first place, Daniel Wintill, second place. Not pictured, Caleb Williams, also third place.


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before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Give blood this week
Feb. 3-Baker School, 10 a.m.-4
p.m. and Faith Assembly Christian
Church, 306 S. Geronimo St., Destin,
8:30 a.m.-1:30
Feb. 7-St.
Peter Catholic
Church, 100
Francis Mare,
Mary Esther, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 8-Hurlburt 505th, 8 a.m.- 11
a.m. and Hurlburt CMS, noon-4 p.m.

and Sacred Heart Medical Group at
Destin, 36500 Emerald Coast
Parkway, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 9-Paxton School, 21893
Highway 331, North Paxton, 8:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Hurlburt AFSOC,
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
'Souper Bowl of Caring'
Support Sharing and Caring and
the Vincent de Paul Society by donat-
ing $1 as well as purchasing an extra
item at Winn Dixie Feb. 3-7. Event
sponsored by the Middle School
Group of Christ Our Redeemer
Catholic Church.
Job search seminar set
JobsPlus and the Workforce
Development Board of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties will conduct the
seminar series 'The Art and Science
of Job Search: What Your Competition
Doesn't Know," 5:30-7 p.m. every
other Thursday, through March 25.
The series will include: Civil Service
and Online Applications (Feb. 4);
Resumes for Today's Job Search (Feb.
18); Interviewing Strategies that Work
(March 4); The Art of Negotiation and

Job Retention (March 18); and an
Employer Question and Answer Panel
(March 25). Seminars will be hosted
at the Crestview JobsPlus One-Stop
Career Center, 1212 N. Wilson St.,
Crestview. There is no cost to attend
the series but registration is required.
To register: 833-7587, ext. 211 or
Head Start taking names
Okaloosa County Head Start is
accepting applications for the 2010-11
school term at its Niceville, Fort
Walton Beach, Crestview and Laurel
Hill centers. Head Start is designed to
give young children "comprehensive
early child care and education servic-
es to better prepare them for preschool
and kindergarten." More information:
College plans Greece tour
Northwest Florida State College
plans a tour to Greece with David C.
Simmons, Ph.D. humanities, and
Professor D. Ann Waters, Ed.S. art
history, from May 8-18. The itinerary
includes such places as Athens,
Olympia, Delphi and the islands of

Santorini, Mykonos and Delos. The
tour is open to the community. Info:
Professor D. Ann Waters: or 729-5302.
Play co-ed volleyball
The First United Methodist
Church, Niceville will offer a co-ed
volleyball league for adults and high
school students. Those interested can
sign up as individuals or as a team.
Teams may con-
sist of six people,
of which at least
two team mem-
bers must be of
the opposite sex
than the remain-
der of the team. Registration is $40
through Feb. 19. Games will be
Monday nights from March 1 to April
26. More information: 678-2821.
Applications may be downloaded at
Genealogy university
The Valparaiso Library will offer a
college level history class that reviews
genealogy and its relationship with
American history every Wednesday,

starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3. The course
will begin with pre-Columbus Native
American history and expand with
European colonization, the age of rev-
olution and the founding of the United
States, the rise of Jacksonian America,
and conclude with the American Civil
War. More information: 729-5406.
Destin Women's Club
The Destin Women's Club will
hold its monthly gathering 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Sandestin
Hilton Hotel. Program time: 11:30
a.m., with Park Ranger Leda Suydan
presenting the program Shore Birds
and Beach Wildlife That Frequent the
Emerald Coast. Lunch served at noon,
business meeting at 12:30 p.m.
Reservations by noon Feb. 5:
Georgeia Pappas, 622-0014 or gpap
Time for a story
The Valparaiso Library has a
Monday and Tuesday morning story
time each week for toddler and pre-
school children. Both programs meet
at 9:45 a.m. and offer hands-on activi-
ties, games and toys, puppets, music

and other materials to spark the imag-
ination. All stories are age appropriate
and are interactive. More information:
Then and Now series
The Florida Then and Now Series
presents author Ben Green, discussing
his book "Before His Time: The
Untold Story of Harry T. Moore,
America's First Civil Rights Martyr,"
noon, Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, 115 Westview Ave.,
Ed Asner as 'FDR' set
The 2009-10 series of Broadway's
best touring shows at the Mattie Kelly
Fine and Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College in
Niceville will feature veteran actor Ed
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Feb. 6, on the main stage. Based upon
the Broadway hit "Sunrise at
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From page B-4
"Maritime History of the Gulf Coast,"
will be held every Saturday in
February inside the Indian Temple
Mound Museum Lazarus Education
Center, 139 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort
Walton Beach, noon-1 p.m. More
information: 833-9595.
Retreat for men
Rocky Bayou Baptist Church
Men's Ministry, presents the 20th
annual Men's Winter Retreat at Camp
Timpoochee, Niceville. Retreat is
Friday-Saturday Feb 5-6. This year's
theme, "Transformed: The Power of
God at Work in Our Relationships,"
features guest speaker Eric Wallace,
president Institute
of Uniting
Church and
Home. Men from
all area churches
are welcome.
Fathers may bring "mature" sons ages
12 and above. Register at: rockybay- Do not register if unsure
of ii,,.Ji;,. as ministry is obligated
to pay all costs associated with the
final headcount to the University of
Florida, Camp Timpoochee.
Free gospel concert
A free gospel concert featuring the
Crist Family will be held 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, at First Baptist
Church, 622 Bayshore Drive,
Benefit yard sale
A Niceville-Valparaiso
Community Yard Sale, to benefit
Relay for Life, will be held 7-11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, at Edge Elementary
School. More information: Dee
Hayhurst, 244-3813, ext. 3555 or
'Jump' at the Art Center
Stop by the Art Center Gallery, 17
First St., S.E., Fort Walton Beach,
through Feb. 6 and see some familiar
faces in a state of suspension at the
solo exhibition, "Jump," of profes-

sional photographer Holly Bain. Art
Center Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. on
29th Liturgical Celebration
The Catholic African-American
Cultural Awareness Group of
Okaloosa County plans the 29th
Liturgical Celebration
Commemorating Black History
Month. The special liturgy will be cel-
ebrated Sunday, Feb. 7, at Saint Mary
Catholic Church, 110 Saint Mary
Ave., Fort Walton Beach. The Mass
will emphasize the rich heritage of
African-American culture in the
Catholic Church. Theme: Celebrating
the Year of the Priests-Here I Am,
Send Me!
The Eglin Brotherhood Choir will
begin the celebration in concert at 2
p.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. with the cel-
ebration of Mass starting promptly
Healing from abortion
The Pregnancy Support Center
will offer confidential, caring abortion
healing classes beginning Tuesday,
Feb. 9, 295 W. Highway 90, DeFuniak
Springs. If you need emotional heal-
ing from a past abortion, call the cen-
ter for a time convenient to your
schedule: 892-7400.
International Craft Market
The First Presbyterian Church of
Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Ave.,
S.W., will be the site of a SERRV
(Sales Exchange for Refugee

Rehabilitation and
market Feb. 7, 14
and 21, 9 a.m.-1
p.m., and on Feb.
10, 13, 17, and 20,
10 a.m. -1 p.m.
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profit organization with a mission to
eradicate poverty by providing oppor-
tunity and support to artisans and
farmers worldwide. All proceeds go to
the artisans. This is not a church
fundraiser. More information: Church
office, 243-3732 or Carol Davis,

Crist Family, Saturday
The First Baptist Church hosts The Crist Family, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, for a free concert. Church located at 622
Bayshore Dr., Niceville.

College to host health fair
The Nursing and Allied Health
programs at Northwest Florida State
College will host a Health Programs
Information Fair 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 9, at the College Mall, Building
K, Niceville Campus, for those inter-
ested in learning more about admis-
sions to NWF State College programs
in dental assisting, paramedic, EMT,
radiography, emergency medical serv-
ices, medical coding/billing and both
the associate degree (RN) and bache-
lor's degree (RN to BSN) programs in
nursing. More information: 729-6400

or see the college Web site,
Panhandle Science Fair
The 33rd Robert Sheffield East
Panhandle Regional Science and
Engineering Fair will be open for pub-
lic viewing 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11, at the C.H. "Bull"
Rigdon Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner
Boulevard., Fort Walton Beach.
Projects chosen for fair were deter-
mined by winners at the individual
schools' fairs, held earlier this school
year. Regional finalists from all over

Okaloosa County (public, charter and
private schools) as well as nearby
Walton County schools were invited
to participate in the science fair.
Projects are judged prior to public
viewing by community members in
their areas of expertise. The awards
ceremony for this year's winners will
be 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Community Life Center, S. 214 Partin
Drive, Niceville. The public is invited
to attend.
Sip tea, play bunco
The Twin Cities Hospital
Auxiliary is sponsoring a Bunco Tea
Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Holy Name
of Jesus Roman Catholic Church,
1200 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville.
Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Play begins at 9:30 a.m. A tea lunch-
eon will be served. Tickets $20. Space
is limited, phone for reservations: Pat,
897-6485. All proceeds benefit the
health-related scholarship fund.
Softball Clinic coming
Saturday Feb. 13, Helen McCall,
Park, Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach 9
a.m.-3 p.m.
Instructors are Dr. JoAnne Graf,
former FSU head coach 30 years;
Tiffany MacDonald, former FSU
pitcher and Dutch team coach; Carey
Lewis, former FSU player, academic
All American; Ashton Strode,
University of Tennessee-Martin pitch-
er and full-time pitching instructor;
Lynn Holcomb, former University of
West Florida player, All- American;
and Rocky Bayou Academy coach for
13 years and 12U West Florida Crush
travel team coach.
Cost: $50, which includes all ses-
sions and exhibition game at 3 p.m.
There is no extra charge to attend the
pitching/catching session.
r accepted. The first 25 girls to register
will get free T-shirts. Call 902-0865 or
Chili competition
Put a team together and join in the
fun at the United Way's 20th annual
Chili Competition Saturday, Feb. 13,

at the Santa Rosa Mall. Team entry fee
$60. To register, e-mail: events@unit- Chili will be sold to the
public for 50 cents.
Valentine Sunday
Renew your wedding vows on
Valentine Sunday, 6 p.m., Feb. 14, at
First United Methodist Church,
Niceville. Community "love birds"
are welcome to attend and renew the
promise they made to one another on
the day they first
"tied the knot."
Valentine Sunday
wraps up the ser-
mon series on
Wedding cake and
punch will be served after the service.
Call the church office to sign up (head
count needed for cake), 678-4411.
Feel free to bring a wedding day pic-
ture for display at the casual attire vow
renewal and reflection on marriage.
Stretch food dollars
Angel Food Ministries is able to
make your food dollars stretch by pro-
viding families with approximately
$65 worth of quality nutritious food
for just $30. Generally, one box of
Angel Food assists in feeding a family
of four for about one week or a single
senior citizen for almost a month.
There are no income restrictions or
forms to fill out. Orders must be given
to First Baptist Church, Niceville, no
later than Feb. 15. An order drop box
sits beside the church's front door.
Orders are to be picked up Saturday
Feb. 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
More information: go to fbc- and click on the angel in
the middle of the page or call
Dinner for $10
The Niceville Relay for Life Team
is hosting a steak dinner to benefit the
American Cancer Soceity. Dinner is
$10 for "steak and all the fixin's," 6-8
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Niceville Community Center. Tickets
available at the Niceville Publlic
Library and City Hall.

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LMS, 49-37
By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
The Ruckel Rams started off
their basketball game against
the Lewis Falcons in a big way
Thursday night with a three-
point shot from Kolt Drautz.
After watching the Lady Rams
take home a victory against
Lewis earlier in the evening, the
Ruckel boys took the court and
copied their success, winning
Ruckel quickly pulled ahead
as Hunter Stelck sank three
points for the Rams and fol-
lowed it up with a two-point
basket just a short time later.
Despite a magnificent three-
point shot from Lewis' Bryson
Houston, the Rams were up 10
points at the first quarter buzzer,
Lewis' Anthony Robbins
made several powerhouse plays
throughout the game, driving
through the Ruckel defense to
make baskets. He also hit a
three-point shot in the second
quarter. Levon Swafford also
added to a string of baskets that
kept the Rams from completely
running away from Lewis, scor-
ing twice in the second quarter.
Falcon players demonstrated
some sharp, skilled passing and
good teamwork, but it wasn't
enough to catch up to Ruckel.
Stelck, Michael Baffa and
Henry Bowman each turned in
strong offensive performances
in the first half. Stelck stole the
ball out of Lewis' possession
just before halftime, preserving
a 10-point Ruckel lead, 27-17.
Robbins started the second
half by scoring two points,
answered immediately by two
points from Baffa. Baffa showed
a talent for powering through
the Falcons' defense to get close
to the basket and score, while
Robbins was able to cut skillful-
ly through the Rams to make his
points. He and Baffa quickly
exchanged another basket each.
But Ruckel's good teamwork
and its ability to deliver on its
plays with points continued to
pay off to the Rams' advantage.
In one textbook third-quarter
example, Drautz passed to
Baffa, who passed the ball to
Bowman for a basket.
Though the Falcons' contin-
ued efforts managed to narrow
the score at times, they were
never able to get too close to the

NHS wrestlers

win tourney,

eye districts
The Niceville High School
wrestling team won last week-
end's tournament at Wakulla,
finishing 6-1 and beating
Wakulla in the final match to
win the tournament.
171: Senior Nate Hartley,
171-pounder, beat the No. 2
wrestler in the state and is now
ranked No. 1 in Florida in his
weight class.
152: Senior Brock Lamb,
152 pounds, is 23-0 on the sea-
son and is ranked third in the
The 160-pounder, junior
Hayden Meyers, went 5-0 in the
tournament, with five pins.
The previous week,
Niceville took first place in the
Panhandle tournament, defeat-
ing 17 other teams. The team's
season record is 23-5.
The district finals will take
place Friday at Niceville High
School as the Eagles go after
their ninth straight district title.
The finals matches are expected
to begin about 6 p.m.

Niceville trio win
free throw contest
The annual local Knights of
Columbus Free Throw Contest
was held Saturday at Niceville
High School.
The contest was attended by
22 Knights from Christ Our
Redeemer Council #13527 and
Father Howard J. Lesch Council

Winners of the contest were
Ben Perez, 14, Anthony
Robbins, 13, and Nathan Smith,

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Beacon photo by Erin Bill
Lewis' Cole Nunemaker (33) passes the ball to Reagan Hobbs
(12) Thursday before Ruckel's Kolt Drautz can react.

Rams, or to stop their strong
coordinated offense. Jeffrey
Lopez hit a two-point basket
with less than one minute left in
the third quarter to give the
Rams the biggest lead they'd
had so far, 40-26.
The Falcons didn't give up,
however, and in the last seconds
of the quarter, Robbins and
Nicholas Morken blocked a
Ruckel score attempt seized
from a Lewis turnover.
The fourth quarter opened
with a big disappointment for
Lewis, as what would have been
a three-pointer from Cole
Nunemaker rolled heartbreak-
ingly off the rim of the basket.
Ruckel pulled ahead in the
fouls count with its aggressive
offensive game, sending Lewis'
Swafford to the free throw line
three times, where he aced six
free throws. But even those
points, plus a successful three-
point basket from Nunemaker,
were not enough to slow down
the Rams' momentum.
The Ruckel team maintained
its speed on the Falcons' side of
the court with decisive, efficient
passing and a willingness to
take shots. In comparison, the
Lewis team seemed to slow
down somewhat, passing back
and forth under the basket and
taking fewer shots than the
Rams did. Nunemaker passed to
Robbins, who passed to
Swafford for two points for
Lewis toward the end of the
game, but the Rams were too far
ahead to be caught.
"(Ruckel) made more shots
than we did-especially early in
the game," said Lewis head
coach Harry Kelley of the game.

But he had
praise for
the Falcons.
"The kids
played their
hearts out,"
he said.
er Henry
Harry Kelley Bowman
was happy
with the game's outcome.
"We played really good," he
said of the Ruckel team.

had a hard
time picking
out the
point of the
Rams' per-
and offense
did pretty
good," he

Henry Bowman

Ruckel head coach John
Runyon was also pleased with
Thursday night's game.
"It went really well," he said.
"We limited our turnovers. We
only had nine turnovers the
whole game."
Runyon praised the Rams'
"all-around team effort" and
said the team's practice had paid
"We won in everything we
worked on in practice," he said.
Thursday's victory had the team
poised to be the number-two
seed in the next week's district
"I'm real excited for my
boys," Runyon said.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ruckel scores early to win

By Erin Bill
Beacon Correspondent
A hard-fought game between
Lewis and Ruckel girls' varsity
basketball teams played out in
front of packed bleachers in the
Ruckel Middle School gym
Thursday night. The Lady Rams
seized an early advantage in the
first quarter and spent the rest of
the game holding tight to that
lead to win, 31-22.
The Lady Falcons struggled
with their passing game against
Ruckel, allowing some damaging
turnovers and dropping a few
promising plays. Jessie Day sank
a two-point
basket off a
turnover in
the first
quarter to
help estab-
lish Ruckel's
lead. In the
second quar-
ter, Day Jessie Day
snatched up Jessie Day
a missed Lewis pass and took it
down the court for two more
Ruckel's Hannah Stuart also
stood out, using her height to sti-
fle the Lewis offense. Stuart
grabbed several rebounds in the
first half of the game, preventing
the Lewis players from following
up on their scoring attempts.
Stuart also made a two-point bas-
ket for the Lady Rams just before
the halftime buzzer, bringing the
score to 16-10.
Though trailing in the first
quarter, the Lady Falcons kept up
the fight. Aubrey West made a
magnificent long pass half the
length of the court to Kiyana Gee,
who hit her shot for two Lewis
points. West also helped to keep
the defensive pressure on the
Ruckel team, stealing the ball
away and breaking down the
court for a score attempt.
Both teams also started to col-
lect fouls as play became more
aggressive. Lewis had seven fouls
by the end of the first half, while
Ruckel had nine.
Ruckel maintained its advan-
tage throughout the second half.
Katie O'Neal of the Lady Rams
set the tone early, passing to
Hannah Schroeder, who made the
first basket of the half.

Beacon photos by Erin Bill
Lady Falcons and Lady Rams battle for a rebound during
Thursday's basketball game, won by Ruckel, 31-22.

The pace of the on-court
action increased in the third quar-
ter as Lewis fought back against
the Ruckel team's growing
momentum. Possession changed
hands regularly. Both teams
grabbed for turnovers and more
than one player slipped and fell in
the constant scuffle for the ball.
Brooke Jones managed to get a
pass off to her Lewis teammate,
Amber Fling, after crashing
headlong on to the floor of the
But the Lady Falcons contin-
ued to have trouble making shots
and completing passes, while
Ruckel was able to deliver more
consistently on its plays.
Schroeder made two points off a
missed Lewis shot, while Day
stole the ball from Lewis and
passed to Elise Stuart for two
more points. By the end of the
third quarter, the Lady Rams had
increased their lead to 24-15.
Ruckel kept the ball in Lewis
territory in the fourth quarter,
continuing to take shots.
Breakaway plays by the Lady
Falcons didn't always deliver
baskets. West broke away and
dashed into Ruckel territory for a
score, but other similar plays by
Fling and Brooke Jones were not
as successful.
The Lady Falcons stayed in

the game up to the end, despite
continuing to trail behind. With
less than a minute to play, Jones
made a two-point basket for
Lewis, but it wasn't enough to
catch the Lady Rams as the clock
ran down with the final score 31-
22, Ruckel.
How did Day think the game
went for her team?
"Very good," said the sixth
grader. She praised a teammate,
saying "Hannah Schroeder, num-
ber 3, started blocking every-
With a smile, Day said her
team has had a good season this
"They took our defense away
from us. Just took us out of our
defense," said Bob Payne, varsity
girls' head coach for Lewis. "Our
shooting-we were cold on our
shooting. "
Pa y ne
was already
ahead to this
week's dis-
trict tourna-
ment, where
both teams
will com-
Bob Payne pete. "We
need to go
back to the drawing board and get
ready for the playoffs," he said.

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