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SElections set to fill Sansom seat

Dist. 4 lawmaker resigns to avoid ethics hearing

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A special election to fill the
seat of former District 4 Rep. Ray
Sansom has been set for March
23, according to Okaloosa County
Elections Supervisor Paul Lux. A
special general election, if need-

Timeline, A-8.

ed, will take place April 13.
At least five people say they
are running for the post.
The winner will serve until
November, when another election

will be held, this one to fill the
regular two-year term.
Sansom, a Destin Republican,
resigned from the House Sunday,
the day before a House committee
was scheduled to begin hearings
on an ethics complaint against
him. His resignation precludes

any House action against him.
The 60-day 2010 regular leg-
islative session will begin
Tuesday. Until Sansom's succes-
sor takes office after the special
electionss, his district,

Please see SANSOM, page A-8




By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
After a one-year hiatus, the
annual fireworks display over
Boggy Bayou appears well on its
way to being reinstated this year.
The Niceville City Council
Thursday agreed to accept a bid
of $25,000 from Pyro Shows, a
pyrotechnical company from
LaFollette, Tenn., to provide a
barge and launch the 2010
Independence Day fireworks dis-
Acting on a recommendation
from City Manager Lannie
Corbin, the council also agreed
to offer Pyro Shows a two-year
renewal option on the contract,
in hopes of securing the compa-
ny's services in future years.
In past years, the Niceville-
Valparaiso community has had
difficulty finding pyrotechnical
companies willing to do the rela-
tively small local fireworks show
at a reasonable price, at a time
when larger cities are also hiring
contractors to do bigger shows
for higher fees. The chamber of
commerce stopped
Please see SHOW, page A-7

Wednesday. 7 p.m.
If Spanish music by
Russian and French com-
posers is your cup of tea,
don't miss the lecture at
the Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship in Valparaiso.
It's free.
Thursday. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stock up
on jewelry
breaking the
bank at the Twin Cities
Hospital Auxiliary $5 jew-
elry sale. Proceeds will
benefit the scholarship
Saturday. 6-8:30 p.m.
A live silent auction will
take place at the
Fellowship Hall of First
United Methodist Church
to benefit the Ruckel
Middle School jazz and
music ensembles.
Admission is $3 per person
and $10 per family. Call
Monday. 6-8 p.m.
Looking for a
Christian college?
The National
Christian College Fair
will be at First United
Methodist Church,
Niceville, to help you
make your choice. Call
(888) 423-2477.

More in Calendar, B-4.

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Six candidates are seeking election
March 9 to two seats on the Valparaiso
City Commission.
They are: incumbent Heyward
Strong and challengers John Havard,
Diane Kelley, Ron Powers, Caroleen

c" dWoiISoII, da l IVi m WOOUCOCK. T1he

Local efforts

save hundreds

of Haitians

Early voting begins, A-3.

top two vote-getters will win the unpaid
posts. One-term incumbent Lydia
Johnson, whose four-year term expires
in March, is not running for reelection.
The Beacon recently asked each
commission candidate to discuss their

reasons for running, the key issues fac-
ing the city, how they would respond to
those issues, their chief strengths, and
whether their "day job" allows them to
attend all commission meetings.
The March 9 nonpartisan ballot also
features two candidates for mayor:
incumbent John B. Arnold Jr. and chal-
lenger Brent Smith, a city commission-

er. An article profiling their views will
appear next week.
John Havard
John Havard, 44, of 428 Gregory
Ave., said he grew up in Valparaiso and
last year became a first-time home-buyer.

Please see SEATS, page A-2


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
For Dr. Tom McKnight,
Freeport, the 11 days he spent
on a relief mission to earth-
quake-stricken Haiti represent
emotional and physical exhaus-
tion, but
also the
witnessing "..
of "miracu-
lous solu-
tions to
able odds."
In the
doctor's Tom McKnight
eyes, those miracles started
even before he left for quake-
ravaged Port au Prince in late
"In less than 36 hours, local
hospitals, doctors, dentists, psy-
chologists, business profession-
als, local churches and private
citizens collected over 2,000

pounds of life-saving supplies
and almost $10,000 in cash,"
McKnight said. "It was one of
those remarkable moments
when we all did the right
"We really appreciated the
community's efforts,"
McKnight said. "I want this to
be an example to people. I want
them to realize that they helped
save the lives of hundreds of
In an interview before he
left, McKnight, a civilian fami-
ly physician who practices at
Hurlburt Air Base, said he
expected to "see the worst he'd
ever seen." That is indeed what
he found.
"You had a situation where
you suddenly had a couple hun-
dred thousand people die," said
McKnight last week after
returning from the island
nation. "But multiply that by
five and you have that many
more coming who are injured."

Photo by Dr. Tom McKnight
Many thousands of Haitians, including those living in tent cities because their homes were destroyed by earthquake, urgently need med-
ical care, according to Dr. Tom McKnight, a Freeport physician who returned earlier this month from a medical mission to the island nation.

In order to help treat and
care for the many who were
injured, McKnight and a volun-
teer team of other medical spe-
cialists set up a clinic on the
grounds of Heartline Ministries,
a Sunnyside, Wash.-based char-
ity in Haiti that normally serves
as an orphanage and women's
education center. McKnight has

been affiliated with the
Heartline center for more than
10 years.
Under the guidance of John
McHoul, the pastor at Heartline
Ministries, a medical triage
team and other volunteers daily
drove a truck into the slums
searching for those with med-
ical needs, said McKnight.

"We'd get people and bring
them back to our field hospi-
tal," he said. "After receiving
care, we either returned them to
their home or neighborhood,
kept them overnight in our
makeshift medical ward, trans-
ferred to the Comfort ship (the
1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital
ship Comfort), sent to the

University of Miami Hospital
(a team of more than 100 med-
ical personnel from the hospital
who have set up a field facility
to treat patients), or Haitian
hospitals for further medical
treatment." Dr. McKnight's
Heartline team usually made
Please see HAITI, page A-6

Ray Sansom

Serving up a good cause

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Niceville municipal employees raised $3,275 for charity Thursday, serving more than 550 steak meals to diners at the
Niceville Community Center. The fund-raising feast was on behalf of the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life,
April 30-May 1, at Niceville High School. Pictured, from left: Chad Morris, Connie Mason, Sandra March, Sheila Bishop.
Background: Eddie Bartlett.

6 vie for 2 Valp. commission seats

Page A-2


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From page A-1

He is married and he and his wife
have three children-ages 13,
11, and 9. Havard has been
employed for 10 years by the
City of Fort Walton Beach,
where he works in the public
works department. He said he
has some management experi-
ence from serving on the board
of a private school that formerly
operated in Niceville.
Havard said he decided to run
for city commissioner when he
heard rumors that some city offi-
cials were looking into consoli-
dating services with that of other
local government, including the
library, fire department, sanita-
tion and recycling. Havard said
"you need to keep services
Patching up frayed relations
with Eglin Air Force Base and
helping keep people and busi-
nesses in Valparaiso were also
the two top reasons Havard gave
for seeking political office for the
first time. He began attending
city commission meetings when
the F-35 noise issue arose,

because his home will be affect-
Nonetheless, he said the F-35
is a secondary issue in his candi-
dacy. "It's (the F-35) here," he
said, and now it "just depends on
to what degree." He said Eglin
will get at least 59 airplanes, and,
depending on what the Air Force
decides next, he said he supports
what the city is doing, "to a
While he
wants the
city to con-
tinue fight-
ing to pro-
tect resi-
dents, he
also said,
"we need to
get the law- John Havard
suit behind
us." Some city residents and
businesses are selling and getting
ready to move out because of the
airplane, he said, and he wants to
help restore confidence in the
city. "We need to mend a lot of
fences," he said, "but not forget
about the people who may lose
their homes because they're too
close to the base." "Realistically,
the airplane is coming," he said,

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is under "We have to appreciate what
our mayor and commission has
bring the done. They did do research and
active to the even before the F-35 protected
vard. "I'll our city thus far," she said.
little guy," "Valparaiso is a wonderful place
a lot of to live. Give credit where credit
retired or is due," she said.
lecks, and Kelley listed several other
lic servic- issues facing the city including:
t access at protecting the city's shoreline;
creases in attracting younger families;
he doesn't maintaining the current high
utions, but level of service provided to res-
eople had idents; and,
. studying the
been cam- city's infra-
ng visited structure
dparaiso to and seeing
the voters, what needs
emergency, to be done.
't see any Kelley
interfering said her
t any city experience
in a variety
ey of leader- Diane Kelley
ship positions is among her
f 1281 N. chief strengths, including expe-
incipal of rience budgeting, grant writing,
l, and has researching, problem solving
Laurel Hill and working with large and dif-
r Middle ferent groups. She doesn't see a
is married problem attending most meet-
ghter, was ings of the commission, taking
and spent personal leave from her school
Okaloosa job if needed.
been a
r the past Ron Powers
e "Vale of Ron Powers, 409 Andrews
she was Drive, is 53 years old and has
public and been a resident of Valparaiso
nd giving since 1967. A painter by trade,
Powers recently became unem-
alents and played when the housing mar-
communi- ket tanked
some tal- after 34
hat might years of
go more employ-
including ment. He is
ty and the married,
Valparaiso with three
is Middle grown chil-
facing the "I want
ers is the to be able to Ron Powers
g the F-35. vote for
he would things I think are good for
relations Valparaiso," said Powers.
e and the Among those "good things" he
pecting the said, are the city's employees.
"I don't want city employees to
lose their jobs," he said, refer-
ring to suggestions that the city
"privatize" the city's sanitation
) A function.
3 *A Despite the fact that he lives
in the "clear zone" close to the
end of one of Eglin's runways,
Powers said, "suing the govern-
ment (over jet noise or safety
VEO issues) is pretty much a waste of
time and money." He added,
rlburt "It's not a win-win. We're going
are not to lose."
Although he said "my house
ring 2010. is pretty much gone" because of
its location close to the runway,
Powers said when the Air Force
e Learning first announced that as many as
ortWalton 113 F-35s and more than 2,200
Niceille soldiers would be coming to
Eglin, he was pleased.
Niceville "I'm a painter," he
Hurlburt explained. "That (economic
Eglin growth and development) is
good for me." The influx of air-
Hurlburt men and soldiers "means jobs,"
Eglin he said "That's what the econo-
FWB my needs now. People want to
live near the base."
Hurlburt If elected, Powers said he
would try to stop the city's cost-
ly lawsuit against the Air Force
over F-35 noise and safety
issues. "We've thrown our
Hurlburt money away, as far as I'm con-
ortWalton cerned," he said.
Asked what his strengths
urur were as a candidate, Powers
Hurlbut said, "I'm not a politician. I'm
Hurlburt not going to go along if I don't
En agree. We've got the best police
gn department, the best sanitation
Eglin department-the sewer guys,
Hurlburt they're on top of things."
Hurlburt Powers said he plans to be
self-employed again-"it's the
Hurlburt only option I've got," since his
ortWalton painting business has dimin-
Eglin ished. "I could attend most of
[ the (commission) meetings he
said, "depending on when and
Eglin where I'm working. I'll be at all
to April the regular evening meetings."
Powers said he is not taking
any donations for his campaign,
uth Walton and is relying on the people who
know him over the years rather
ortWalton than political signs. "You've
heard of Joe the Plumber-I'm
uth Walton Ron the Painter," he said, "I've

Eglin got as good a chance as any-


Heyward Strong
Heyward Strong, 78, of 101

Please see VALP., page A-3

Assignment Accepted




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From page A-2
Kinsey Court, is a city commis-
sioner who has served continu-
ously since January 1970.
Strong retired from federal civil
service in 1994. He is married,
with five grown children.
"I personally felt the need to
and was encouraged to by con-
cerned citizens," Strong said
about his reasons for seeking
reelection. He said he has the
knowledge, experience and
understanding to resolve critical
issues before the city.
Strong, one of the commis-
sioners who voted to sue the Air
Force, listed two major issues
facing the city, including the Air
Force's Final Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) con-
cerning the F-35 and the Joint
Land Use Study (JLUS), as well
as the upcoming Supplemental
EIS with its associated JLUS.
He said he will continue to fol-
low the law and work with the
Air Force to resolve issues
raised in
those stud-
T h e
plan ned
o f
Valparaiso a
School is
the second Heyward Strong
major issue
facing the city, Strong said. He
will continue to pressure the
school board "to stop discrimi-
nating against Valparaiso," and
if that fails, Strong said he
would "work toward establish-
ment of charter middle and ele-
mentary schools" in the city.
Strong, who oversees the city
water and sewer department and
the fire department, said his
strengths are his over 40 years
experience serving the city, and
his education as an electrical
engineer with a master's degree
in business administration. As a
retiree, he said, he can attend
commission meetings at any

Caroleen Swanson
Caroleen Swanson, 70, of 12
Bayshore Point, is an apartment
manager. She has two grown
children and has been a resident
since 1985, with the exception
of five years out of state before
returning to Valparaiso in 1994.
Swanson said she became
unhappy with what was going
on with the F-35, but rather than
just complain or sport a bumper
sticker decided to make her first
attempt to
win public
office. "We
need new
faces and
new ideas ,
in city
hall," she
said, "and WO
definitely a
new atti- Caroleen
tude in city Swanson
Swanson said it's hard to
find out where the city stands
on its lawsuit against the Air
Force. In her view the city com-
mission "jumped the gun" in
suing because even the Air
Force didn't have the informa-
tion the city seeks. The over
$300,000 Valparaiso has spent
on legal fees could have been
spent on improving roads, parks
and providing more sidewalks,
she said.
Swanson said she had never
before seen the city so divided
and is sick of all the negativity
running around town-"the
division is going to show up on
election day," she said.
"We're a small town. It's a
nice place to live," she said,
noting that many residents
came here because of their
attachment to the military.
Swanson also said she would
like the city to do a better job
enforcing city codes fairly and
consistently. "If you look
around town you can see lots of
other violations," she said,
including some commercial
buildings on the city's main
thoroughfare, John Sims
She lists her strengths as
being a good listener and a
good worker. "I think I'm fair,"
she said.
Swanson said her work as an
apartment manager on
Okaloosa Island would not pre-

vent her from attending city
commission meetings. The
commission, however, should
be encouraged to have more
meetings at night, she said,
when more citizens can attend
without having to leave their
"I just got involved hoping I
could do some good," she said.
Martha Woodcock
Martha Woodcock, 52, of
229 Chicago Ave., has been a
resident of the city since 1970.
Woodcock, who is married with
three grown children, is a
school secretary at Niceville
High School. She serves on the
city's Planning and Advisory
Board and has attended several
city commission meetings over
the past several years. She said
she has become familiar with
the impending growth of Eglin
Air Force Base and JLUS, two
of many issues facing the city in
its relationship with its giant
"I want to serve, to continue
making Valparaiso our 'Vale of
Paradise,'" said Woodcock.
"Running is a natural progres-
sion from my volunteer work
with in the city. I love my city."
In addition to volunteering
in scouting, schools and Little
League sports, Woodcock said,
she once served as a volunteer
firefighter with the city. She
also serves on the Architectural
Review Board.

and a beau-
tiful place
where we
all want to
live is at
the top of
my list,"
she said.
it's up to
the mayor
to assign

Valparaiso family-

sioners' duties, she said she'd
like to follow in the footsteps of
outgoing Commissioner Lydia
Johnson, improving parks and
water conditions and searching
for grants.
"Everyone needs to stay
informed on changes in the Air
Force mission," Woodcock
said, by attending meetings and

Early voting

ends March 6

Early voting began
Monday for municipal
elections in Valparaiso.
On March 9 voters
will select a mayor and
fill two seats on the five-
member city commission.
The Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections
will provide municipal
voters the chance to cast
their ballots early through
March 6 in Fort Walton
Beach. Early voting is
available only at the
Supervisor of Elections
office, in the Water and
Sewer Administration
building, 1804 Lewis
Turner Blvd., Fort Walton
Beach, Monday through
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Feb. 22-March
There is no voting on
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mikell Ellis Green Jr., 43, of
6751 Beaver Circle Road, Baker,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 8 on a misdemeanor charge
of battery that allegedly occurred
Nov. 10 in the 1200 block of
Ruckel Drive, Niceville.

Arthur William Brinson Jr., a
barber, 33, of 500 Kelly Mill
Road, Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies Feb. 8 on the
charge of failure to appear for a
misdemeanor charge, barbering
without an active license.

Jamie Lynn Sharrow, 25, of
1105 46th St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
9 on the charge of violation of pro-
bation on the original charge of
driving while license suspended or
Edward Lamar Adkins, 35, of
83 Windfield St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
1 on the charges of violation of
probation, two counts, on the orig-
inal misdemeanor charges of 14
counts of passing worthless
checks and on two counts of driv-
ing with no valid driver's license.

George Conrad Krause III,

unemployed, 50, of 1526 25th St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police Feb. 10 for retail
theft and resisting a merchant. On
Nov. 2 Krause allegedly entered a
grocery store, 1015 E. John Sims
Parkway, ordered two pounds of
shrimp and two pounds of snow
crab clusters, then left the store
without paying, and refused to
comply when the manager
attempted to detain him.

Justin T. Wells, 23, of 705
Helms St., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies Feb. 13 on a
misdemeanor charge of battery,
domestic violence.

Michael David Martin, an air-
conditioning installer, 32, of 500
Kelly Mill Road, Valparaiso, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb.
12 on a misdemeanor worthless
check charge, for a $12.98 bad
DUI arrests
David Ryan Numbers, 24, of
1024 W. Choctawhatchee Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies for DUI on Highway 20
just east of Cat-Mar Road, Feb. 9
at 3:30 a.m. Numbers was also
cited for driving while license sus-
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restaurant server, 27, of 112
Perdido Circle, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police for
DUI, with property damage, in the
parking lot of Shanghai
Restaurant, Feb. 13 at 3:34 a.m.,
Bennett allegedly drove his car
into the water meter and backflow
device at the restaurant, causing
the water pipe to burst. Bennett,
whose blood-alcohol level was
more than twice the legal limit for
impaired driving, allegedly told
police his vision was obstructed
by ice on his windshield. Damage
to the meter was estimated at
$2,500, while Bennett's car
received an estimated $800 dam-
A Niceville man who had
parked his inoperative vehicle in a
parking lot behind his employer,
1060 E. John Sims Parkway,
reported that sometime Jan. 1-Feb.
10 unknown persons) broke the
rear passenger window of his
SUV and stole a $20 tool set. The
window damage was estimated at

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Palmetto Avenue
reported that he heard a noise in
his back yard about 7:30 p.m. and
saw someone jump over his fence
and flee. The resident said it was
the third night in a row that some-
one had tried to get into his boat in
the yard. The resident stated that
nothing appeared to be missing.

Criminal Mischief
A Niceville business, 312
Government Ave., reported that
sometime Feb. 5-8 unknown per-
son(s) broke a business sign on the
exterior of the building and scat-
tered the pieces. The sign was val-
ued at $950.

A 17-year-old driver reported
Feb. 12 that someone slashed her
tires while the vehicle was parked
at a condominium complex, 201
E. College Blvd., Niceville.
Ryan Benjamin Kneeland, a
computer tech, 19, of 303 Riley
Road, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 8 for possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana
and for possession of drug para-

Subsequent to a routine traffic
stop for a brake light being inoper-
ative, Feb. 9, Niceville police
issued notices to appear to the
driver, a 16-year-old Niceville
girl, and her passenger, a 17-year-
old Niceville boy, charging each
juvenile with possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jose R. Cruz, a restaurant
employee, 19, of 722 Persimmon
Way, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Feb. 4 for underage pos-
session of alcohol and possession
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Woman arrested

for hit and run

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Niceville woman was arrest-
ed on a charge of felony hit and
run in Destin Sunday.
Vicky Ann Metrejean, a hair
stylist, 38,
of 203 John

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was arrest-
ed for fail-
ure to stop
for an acci-
dent involv-
ing injury, Vicky Ann
according Metrejean
to Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office reports.
Sheriff's reports gave the fol-
lowing account:
About 5 a.m. sheriff's
deputies and Okaloosa County
EMS were called to the 3400
block of Scenic Highway 98,
Destin where a man was found
bleeding from the face. The
man was later identified as
Clarence M. Brasfield, 73, of
Georgia. The cause of his
injuries was not immediately
At 6:18 a.m. deputies were
dispatched to the gate at the
Destiny West subdivision,
where a caller had reported a
female driver passed out behind

From page A-4

the wheel. Deputies arrived at
the gate at 6:25 a.m. and found
Metrejean sitting in the driver's
seat of a Chevrolet SUV with
the motor running and no one
else in the vehicle. She was
conscious and her breath
smelled strongly of an alcoholic
A deputy found fresh damage
to the grill and hood of the SUV,
a glove on the front bumper and
saliva on the windshield. When
asked if she'd been in an acci-
dent, Metrejean said she was
coming from the LA Lounge
and going to her boyfriend's
residence inside the Destiny
Deputies were notified that
Brasfield had injuries consistent
with a traffic crash. A lawman
who responded to the scene
where Brasfield was discovered
found a matching glove on the
shoulder of the roadway.
Deputies later reviewed the
video surveillance system at
Destiny and determined that
Metrejean was in her vehicle sit-
ting at the entrance to the subdi-
vision at 4:07 a.m. and
remained there until deputies
arrived after 6 a.m.
As of yesterday morning
Brasfield was in critical condi-
tion, according to a spokesman
for Sacred Heart Hospital in

sheriff's deputies Feb. 4 for pos-
session of less than 20 grams of
Casey See, a sales clerk, 18,
of 309 McEwen Drive,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies
Feb. 12 for retail theft. While
employed at a Destin clothing
store, 15003 Highway 98, See is
alleged to have stolen four items
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Although the medical team
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"We were quickly saturated
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He spoke too of the many "tent
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to take a lot more people to hold
hands and stay the course for an
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Dr. Tom McKnight, Freeport, spent 11 days in Haiti helping treat
patients needing emergency medical care.

handle. It will take continual hand
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From page A-1
sponsoring the show in 2008.
After no organization stepped
forward in 2009, the city
announced it would seek to spon-
sor the show, starting this year,
partly defraying costs with
checkoff donations on municipal
water bills.
Corbin told council members
that Pyro Shows was the only
one of five contractors contacted
by the city that bothered to sub-
mit a bid. The other, non-
responding companies were
Firepower Displays Unlimited of
Princeton, Fla., Atlanta
Pyrotechnics International of
Marietta, Ga., Pyro Productions
Inc., of Adamsville, Ala., and
Pyrofire Displays of Hernando,
During Thursday's meeting,
Corbin said he is optimistic that

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there will be enough money to
pay for this year's show, the first
sponsored by the city itself. "We
already have about $18,000 in
the bank or committed," he told
the council. Money collected so
far, Corbin said, includes contri-
butions to the city's fireworks
fund, as well as money from the
City of Valparaiso, the Niceville-
Valparaiso Chamber of com-
merce, and other sources. A city-
sponsored aluminum can recy-
cling project is also helping to
fund the fireworks show.
According to city officials,
Niceville has collected $9,455.22
and Valparaiso has collected
$1,766 for this year's fireworks
show. The Fireworks Trust Fund,
a private organization, usually
gives $6,000 a year. The
Niceville city total includes
$2,162 from water bill contribu-
tions, $6,571 from additional
donations, including those from

a golf tournament, and $701.55
from recycling cans.
The annual show is a long-
standing community tradition in
the Twin Cities area, in which
fireworks are launched from a
barge in the center of Boggy
Bayou, about midway between
Niceville's Lions Park and
Valparaiso's Lincoln Park.
Thousands of spectators gather
each year, either along the shore-
line or coming by boat to anchor
in the bayou, just outside a safe-
ty zone around the barge, super-
vised by local police and U.S.
Coast Guard vessels.
The fireworks show is tradi-
tionally preceded by other com-
munity activities throughout
Independence Day, such as
Valparaiso's annual biathlon
race, children's games, and musi-
cal concerts in Lincoln Park.
Admission to the annual July
Fourth activities is usually free of

charge and open to the public,
although contributions to the
fireworks fund are accepted
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rise and fall of Ray Sansom

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Following is a timeline of the
state legislative career of Ray
Sansom, who resigned his
District 4 seat in the Florida
House Sunday to avoid a House
ethics hearing.
-Nov. 5, 2002, Ray Sansom,
a Destin Republican, is first elect-
ed to the House of
Representatives, District 4, handi-
ly beating a Libertarian Party can-
didate. Sansom, a two-term
Okaloosa County commissioner,
had failed in his first attempt in
2000, losing to incumbent Jerry
Melvin. District 4 includes
Valparaiso and Niceville, home of
Okaloosa-Walton Community
College, now Northwest Florida
State College.
-August 2004, Sansom
enters the IlI I the waters"
phase of running for Speaker of
the Florida House in 2009-10 and
received his first member pledge
of support.
-November 2004, Sansom is
re-elected to his House seat.
-November 2006, Sansom is
re-elected to his House seat.
-March 5, 2007, Sansom is
selected as Speaker-Designate at
the Republican Caucus
Designation Conference.
Republican caucus voted formally
Nov. 17, 2007.
-April 27, 2007, as chairman
of the House Budget committee,
and during conference, Sansom
allegedly adds $6 million to
appropriations bill to fund a "joint
use center" for Northwest Florida
State College at the county-
owned Destin Airport.
-March 24. 2008, Sansom
meets Richburg and the college
board of trustees at a secretive
meeting in Tallahassee that the
Attorney General later said could
be seen as violating the state
Sunshine Law.

From page A-1
which includes Niceville and
Valparaiso, will be without rep-
resentation in the Florida House
of Representatives.
In his letter of resignation,
Sansom denied any wrongdo-
ing. "Based on many considera-
tions and the advice of cousel, I
have decided that it is in the best
interest of me and my family to
resign at this time from the
House of Representatives," he
Sansom was accused of vio-
lating the public trust and
integrity of the House by ear-
marking millions of dollars to
Northwest Florida State College
as House budget chairman, then
accepting a part-time $110,000-
a-year job at the school. The
ensuing hailstorm of public crit-
icism caused him early last year
to resign the college job and to
step down from his position as
Speaker of the House.
Under Florida Statute
100.141, mid-term legislative
vacancies are filled by special
elections whose dates are set by
the governor.
Sansom's term would have

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Ray Sansom, right, and James R. Richburg, then president of
Northwest Florida State College, shortly after the college hired
Sansom in late 2008.

-August or September
2008, college president James R.
Richburg first raises the issue of
employment at the college with
Sansom, but the talk remains gen-
eral, according to a House ethics
investigator's report.
-Nov. 18, 2008, Sansom is
elected by the Florida House of
Representatives as its Speaker.
The same day, the board of
trustees of Northwest Florida
State College, on Richburg's rec-
ommendation, agrees to hire
Sansom as a part-time fund-rais-
ing executive at $110,000 a year.
The opening was never adver-
tised, and Sansom was apparently
the only one considered.
Jan. 5, 2009, under fire for
joining the payroll of a state col-
lege to which he had steered tax-
payer money, Sansom says he will
resign college post. Resignation
is effective Jan. 31, 2009.
-Jan. 6, 2009, a complaint is
filed by Susan Smith, a south
Florida resident alleging that
Sansom's actions caused her to
lose faith in the Legislature. She
ended in November anyway. He
was barred from seeking reelec-
tion due to term limits. There
are five announced candidates
for the seat in the regular Nov. 2
Anyone else who wishes to
run in the special election may
qualify by presenting a petition
with 258 valid signatures or by
paying $1,915.92 if affiliated
with a party or $1,277.28 if run-
ning as a nonpartisan. Petitions
must be submitted to the Florida
Secretary of State no later than
March 3.
In quitting his House seat,
Sansom left the jurisdiction of
the House committee investigat-
ing the ethics charge against
him, and the charge will there-
fore be dismissed.
In a report filed Monday, the
committee stated: "Due to Rep.
Sansom's resignation the com-
mittee lacks authority to take
action on the complaint.
Moreover, Rep. Sansom's resig-
nation resolves any further
actions under House Rule 16
regarding similar or related mat-
However, Sansom and two
others still face criminal charges
filed earlier by Leon County
State Attorney Willie Meggs. A

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cites his alleged actions related to
state funding of a Leadership
Institute at the college that he
would later supervise as a college
vice president, funding of $6 mil-
lion joint use facility that would
allegedly benefit the Destin
Airport business of political sup-
porter Jay Odom, and Sansom's
secretive meeting with college
trustees March 24, 2008.
-Jan. 30, 2009, Sansom
recusess" himself from his duties
as Speaker.
-Feb. 13, 2009, Speaker pro
tempore Larry Cretul appoints a
special investigator to conduct a
probable cause investigation into
Smith's ethics complaint.
-March 2, 2009, Sansom
resigns as Speaker of the House,
but retains his District 4 House
-March 3, 2009, House
elects Cretul as Speaker.
-April 17, 2009, Sansom and
Richburg are indicted by a Leon
County grand jury on official-
misconduct charges. Richburg is
also indicted for perjury. The men
trial date has not been set.
According to the Florida
State Department, the five can-
didates who have prequalified
for the November general elec-
tion for District 4
Representative will be entered
into the special primary in
March if they notify the depart-
ment. The five, all
Republicans, said Monday they
intend to run in the special elec-
Most of the candidates
seemed surprised that Sansom
had resigned.
"I did not know that was
coming," said candidate Matt
Gaetz, an attorney. "I think his
family suffered a lot of pain and
I don't think anyone wanted to
see them suffer any more pain."
Candidate Bill Garvie said he
was "very surprised." "I thought
he would stick it out to the end,
but there's information we don't
know. There are always things
that go on behind the scenes that
people don't know about,"
added the former FBI agent.
Former Destin Mayor Craig

deny any wrongdoing.
-April 28, 2009, Northwest
Florida State College trustees
vote 4-3 to dismiss Richburg as
president. Trustees also suspend
$6 million Joint Use facility at
Destin airport after Gov. Charlie
Crist demands college return the
-May 27, 2009, Sansom is
indicted on additional charge of
perjury before the grand jury.
-May 27, 2009, indictment
filed against Destin developer Jay
Odom accusing him of official
misconduct in connection with
Sansom's $6 million appropria-
tion for airport facility. Odom
denies any wrongdoing.
-June 26, 2009, House
Special Investigator Stephen
Kahn finds "probable cause" that
Sansom's actions may have
caused Smith to lose faith in the
Legislature. Cretul appoints a
Select Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct to address
Smith's complaint.
-Oct. 5, 2009, Leon County
Circuit Judge Terry Lewis guts
much of the official-misconduct
indictment against Sansom,
Richburg and Odom. The judge
let stand perjury charge against
-Jan. 6, 2010, Leon County
State Attorney Willie Meggs files
superseding charges against
Sansom and Richburg, alleging
grand theft and conspiracy. Odom
is charged with conspiracy. All
three men deny the charges.
-Feb. 21, 2010, Sansom sub-
mits his resignation from his Dist.
4 House seat one day before the
House Select Committee opens an
adjudicatory hearing on the ethics
charge against Sansom. His res-
ignation results in dismissal of
ethics charge.
-Feb. 22, 2010, Gov. Charlie
Crist calls special elections March
23 and April 13 to elect Sansom's

Barker, another candidate, said
his campaign was prepared for
this contingency. But, he said, "I
cannot speak for Ray, but I am
disappointed that the citizens of
District 4 will be forced to pay
almost $200,000 to hold a spe-
cial election when the regularly-
scheduled primary is so close at
hand. As a fiscally conservative
Republican, this strategy
smacks of desperation and
Two more candidates, former
State Rep. Jerry Melvin and real
estate broker Kabe Woods, said
Sansom's resignation was not
"I thought it would come ear-
lier," Melvin said. "And I'm like
him. I would try to go right to
the end and I think that's what
he did. I hate anything like that
happening to anybody."
Woods, meanwhile, said, "I
was a little surprised that he
waited this long. We were trying
to be ready if he resigned last
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ruckel officially becomes a CHOICE school

Trains students for college or careerI

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Ruckel Middle School
unveiled a new sign Feb. 18,
declaring it to be the first middle
school in Okaloosa County classi-
fied as an official CHOICE
CHOICE Institutes allow stu-
dents to earn high school and col-
lege credit and industry certifica-
tions simultaneously. CHOICE
classes are considered to be "rig-
orous enough" to prepare students
for college, yet offer the real-life
skills Florida employers are look-
ing for, according to CHOICE
"CHOICE offers the only
career training in our region that
prepares students for jobs five
years out," said Patti Bonezzi,
Okaloosa School District's
CHOICE IT Program Specialist.
"We target occupations in high
demand in our area and ensure
students get the industry certifica-
tions they need."
Though Ruckel has offered
Information Technology CHOICE

Patti Bonezzi

courses since
2004, being
named a
means the
students and
schools are
now "finally
and formally
being recog-
nized as part

of the program," Bonezzi said.
Other CHOICE participating
schools may also choose to be
officially recognized.
In the Twin Cities area, Destin
and Lewis middle schools also
offer CHOICE classes, as does
Niceville High School.
"Because we start getting them
ready at a young age, as seventh
graders in middle school," said
Bonezzi, it helps prepare them as
high school CHOICE students to
advance to higher levels of train-
According to CHOICE
Institutes and a recent study con-
ducted by the University of West

Florida's HAAS Center,
"CHOICE graduates can expect to
earn over $298,000 more in their
lifetime," compared to high school
graduates who have not had the
CHOICE advantage, even if
CHOICE students do not continue
on to college.
Sixteen schools in Okaloosa
County participate in the
CHOICE program, offering infor-
mation on regional career oppor-
tunities ranging from allied health
occupations and hospitality, to
manufacturing and aerospace pro-
Ruckel's CHOICE focus is on
information technology, with stu-
dents earning high school credit
through such courses as
Introduction to Technology, Web
Design 1, and Media Productions.
"We recognize that technology
education is not a frill; it is a
necessity," said Ruckel Principal
Debbie Collins Goolsby. "In fact,
we would go so far as to say that
we believe America's future
depends on our students' techno-
logical progress."





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Northwest Florida State
College announced its Fall Term
2009 graduates.
Area students earning Highest
Honors, a grade point average of
4.0, include:
-Associate of Arts Degree: Sibylle
Reuter, Niceville.
-Applied Technology Diploma:
Elaine Gaither, Valparaiso.
-Educator Preparation Institute:
Amy Rosalie Schultze. Niceville.
Area students earning High Honors,
a grade point average of 3.8 to 3.99,
-Associate of Arts Degree:
Matthew Carl Dowell; Mimmii
Hammenbeck-Willenbor; Kathryn A.
Jones; Adam Thair Stevens, all of
Niceville. From Valparaiso were Ryan

Elijah Dillaha and Sean Stephen
-Certificate: Theresa A. Comeau,
-Educator Preparation Institute:
Jose Quilit Jr. and June Robbins, both
of Niceville.
Area students earning Honors, a
grade point average of 3.5 to 3.79,
-Bachelor of Applied Science
Degree: Joyce Carol Igram, Stacey
Paul Kittell, and Suanne M. B. Wilson,
all of Niceville.
-Associate of Arts Degree: Justin
Douglas Chisholm, Amy Catherine
Ewen, Maranatha Rose Horvath,
Kevin C. Oates, and Suanne M.B.
Wilson, all of Niceville. From
Valparaiso was Kristopher Reid

-Applied Technology Diploma:
Maria C. McElligott, Niceville.
Students who completed the require-
ments for degrees and certificates
-Bachelor of Applied Science
Degree: Erin L. Igram, Kristen E.
Pedro, Tiffany Ann Provenza, Lori
Ann Shifflet, all of Niceville.
-Associate of Arts Degree:
Richard Daniel Alldredge, Raphaelle
Martessa S. Alvarez, Chris Bagley,
Rachel Elizabeth Berry, Bridget
Marie Broussard, Elizabeth Marie
Chaloupka, Katharine Elizabeth
Dantzler, David J. De Vos, Dianne
Fralix, Ruth Ellen Reeves Girard,
Rachelle Andrea Gouthro, Ryan
Howell, Joyce Carol Igram, Lana A.
Jones-Parker, Tiffany N. Ladner,
Elizabeth C Maraman, Brittany C.

Mayo, Patrick Chad McKenzie,
Christian Leigh Merrill, Patrick
Andrew Mills, Amanda Nicole
Moriarty, Samantha Newman, Laura
Ann Oberhaus, Krista Marie Pedro,
Thomas J. Restey, Andrew L. Riffle,
Rachel Christine Sambenedetto,
Derek Schak, Shawn Christopher
Shelton, Tina Janene Sinnott, Joseph
Michael Sparks, Lauren M. Surgner,
Cole D. Theriault, Sarah Nicole
Tiahrt, Corina Marie Torres,
Christopher B. Williams, and J.
Matthew Williams, all of Niceville.
From Valparaiso were Samantha Marie
Burger, Richard William Denney.
-Associate of Applied Science
Degree: Daniel Ryan Dunlap, Joshua
Ryan Grace, Chelsea Elizabeth
Griffin, Joyce Carol Igram, Tiffany
Ann Provenza, Vincent P. Ricchio,

Lori Ann Shifflet, and Carolyn Ann
Weaver, all of Niceville. From
Valparaiso were Elaine Gaither, John
E. Shelton Jr.
-Associate of Science Degree:
Robin Debra Kressin and Christian
Monque Rateree, both of Niceville.
-Certificate: Jonathan Andrew
Gaydos and Clifton Hollington of
Freeport. From Niceville were Steven
King Azar, Ryan Nevin Grassie,
Karen Holcomb, Matthew A. Hudson,
Ryan Dean Paschel, Timothy D.
Sallee, Jason Eric Tucker, Grant
Joseph Wolfe and Robert Yager. From
Valparaiso were Gloria Chandler, Tina
M. Keenum and Robert Parmer.
-Applied Technology Diploma:
Emily Jane Moore, Valparaiso
-Educator Preparation Institute:
Suzanne Nicole Russell, Niceville.

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Annelise B. Adams
Annelise Barlow Adams
unexpectedly joined our
Heavenly Father during her
sleep on Feb. 15, 2010.
Born in West Texas, she
came to Florida with her family
at the age of three, making the
Niceville and Crestview area
her lifelong home. Annelise,
known as "Anne" to her family
and in her younger years, gradu-
ated from Niceville High School
in 1982 and moved to Crestview
soon afterward. She had a true
love for life and a deep faith in
the Lord, openly sharing her
enthusiasm for life and
her beliefs with oth-
ers. She had a
great love of the
beach and held
a special
place in her
heart for
and friends
were very
to Annelise
and she was
the first to
offer help or
support and
took time to listen Annelise
when someone
was in need. She had an
instinct for being a mother,
always knowing she wanted
children. Her hopes were ful-
filled when Amy Lynn was
born, and one year later they
welcomed little brother, Alan
Joshua, "AJ." She devoted her
I i i-' to their health and happi-
ness. She was active with their
extracurricular activities, car-
pooling and practicing with
them for sports and cheerlead-
ing activities. She gave them a
wonderful beginning and foun-
dation from which to build their
lives and they are blessed with
her inner strength as she lives on
in their hearts forever.
Annelise was a long-time
employee of the Okaloosa
County school system, begin-
ning many years ago driving
precious children to and from


school each day before she had
children of her own. She later
served as the Attendance
Secretary at Richburg Middle
School for many years and most
recently held the same position
at Shoal River Middle School.
She enjoyed her job and made
many friends through the years
with her positive attitude and
ability to see the bright side,
always there to offer an encour-
aging word.
Her last days were filled with
happiness and fun on a weekend
vacation with her children to our
beautiful beaches. Reconnecting
with old friends was a hobby
that had become a favorite in
recent months. Making her last
post on Facebook late Sunday
evening, she said, "Happy Heart
... Life is Good."
Annelise leaves behind her
two beautiful children,
Amy and AJ; her
mother, Refa
Barlow of
Crestview; sis-
ters, Darlene
and hus-
band ,
Larry, of
and Tricia
Brunson of
She also
leaves behind
B. Adams nieces, Tiffany
Wright and Jenni
Brunson; and nephew,
Joseph Taylor; along with many
friends; and her beloved pets,
Gracie and Sassy. Her special
nephew, Richard Kyle Brunson
of Niceville, preceded her in
Memorial services in cele-
bration of her life were held on
Friday, Feb. 19, at First United
Methodist Church of Crestview
followed by a graveside service
at Heritage Gardens Cemetery
in Niceville.
Memorial contributions are
being accepted for the
Environmental Classroom and
Butterfly Garden at Shoal River
Middle School in Annelise's
name at any BBVA Compass
Bank location.
Condolences may be
expressed at www.whitehurst-

Rocky places 3rd

in classical forum

Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy (RBCA) announced its
Junior Classical League (JCL)
placed third at the Junior Classical
League Regional Forum Jan. 30.
The RBCA JCL also placed
second in the Creative Contests.
Individual winners in the Creative
Contests were: Justin Emerick
and Stephanie Serban (first for
the Helen and Paris costume);
Jessica Sandlin (first for the
Niobe costume); Teresa Riker
(second in drawings); Yazdel
Fonseca (first in paintings);
Wendy Kent (third in modem
myth N. lii-.ii. and Sarah Lynch
(fourth in modem myth writing).
Neely Fawaz and Savannah
West, each earned a "Best of
Show" trophy for earning the
highest score overall on Hepta-
thlon and Greek Derivatives.
Individual winners for the aca-
demic testing were: Jin Sil Choi
(first in Latin Grammar II and
fourth in the Heptathlon II);
Yazdel Fonseca (second in
Advanced Classical Art); Jessica
Maney (fifth in Advanced Latin
Custom and third in Advanced
Geography); Corrie Sober
(fourth in Advanced Latin
Mottoes); Emily Wilson (second
in the Heptathlon); Glory Allen
(fourth in Advanced History of the
Republic); Hector Delgado
(fourth in Greek Derivatives I);
Emily Kent (third both in

Advanced Derivatives and
Advanced Greek Literature);
Hannah Moore (first in
Advanced Greek Derivatives);
Teresa Riker (fifth in both
Classical Art II and Mythology
II); Ben Schaeffler (third in
History of the Republic II); James
Waldron (fourth in Greek
Derivatives II); Neely Fawaz (first
in Heptathlon II and fourth in
Latin Grammar II); Wendy Kent
(fifth in Latin Derivatives II);
Sarah Lynch (first in Latin
Vocabulary II and fifth in Latin
Derivatives II); Anna LaNeve
(third in Latin Vocabulary I);
Brittany Tiller (fourth in Latin
Vocabulary II); Shiloh Johns
(first in Latin Grammar I and
fourth in Latin Vocabulary I);
Amanda Hart (third in both
Greek Derivatives I and the
Pentathlon); Kimberly
McMahon (third in Latin
Vocabulary I and fourth in the
Pentathlon); Rachel Mosley (first
in Latin Vocabulary I); Jessica
Sandlin (fourth in Greek
Literature I); Audrey Stevens
(second in Geography I and third
in Mythology I); Savannah West
(first in Greek Derivatives I and
second in Latin Grammnar I); and
Haeln Yoo (tied for second in
Latin Grammar I).
Corrie Sober, the lone RBCA
Olympics contestant this year,
won the 100-meter run.

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Harry and Jackie Whiting of
Niceville announce the engage-
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Marie, to Matthew Robert
Barker, son of Robert and
Marilyn Barker of Tampa.
The bride-to-be is a graduate
of Niceville High School and
Florida State University, where
she received a Bachelor of
Science degree in biomedical
mathematics. She attends the
Southern College of Optometry
in Memphis, Tenn., pursuing a
Doctor of Optometry degree.
She works part-time as an aca-
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Universalist Fellowship of the
Emerald Coast, 1295 Bayshore Drive,
Valparaiso, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spanish music program
A lecture on Spanish music by
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Better Listening, at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of the
Emerald Coast (UUFEC), 1295
Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, 7-9 p.m.,
Wednesday, Feb. 24. This will be the
final program of the series. Free and
open to the public. No reservations
required. More information: Lou
Johnson, 897-1411 or musicstudy@
Elvis is back!
If you miss Elvis, you won't want
to forego this full production tribute to
"The King," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
25, on the mainstage at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Chris
McDonald will present a show con-
sisting of music and costume changes
representing Elvis' early years, his
movies, the black
~ leather, his 1968
comeback and the
1970 White
Fringe Vegas
Concerts. Special
guest D. J.
Fontana, Elvis's original drummer,
will also perform. This is a "fun fami-
ly kind of show that brings people
together to share the joy and memo-
ries," said McDonald. Tickets are $35
and can be purchased online at mat- or by calling the
box office, 729-6000.
$5 jewelry sale
A $5 jewelry sale will take place at
Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., to
benefit Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary
Scholarship Fund.
Open house for new Rams
Ruckel Middle School will hold its
open house for all fifth graders who
will be attending the school in the fall
as sixth graders. The Ram Rally Open
House begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
25, in the Ruckel gymnasium. Also
invited are any sixth and seventh
graders now residing in the new dual
attendance zone. More information:
Quilting retreat
The Flying Needles Quilt Guild
will have its 12th annual Camp
Timpoochee Quilt Retreat: My
Country, My Home, Feb. 25-27. Guest
instructor will be Nancy Prince, quil-
ter and author of "Quilt Savvy, Simple
Thread Painting." Other well-known
local quilt teachers will instruct day or
half-day classes. Retreat also features
evening activities. Information and
registration: Jan Bailie, or Web site fly
Pandolfi plays Gershwin
First Arts Concert Series presents
Thomas Pandolfi at the piano, 7:30
p.m., Friday, Feb. 26. Single tickets
(advance $12 for adults and $6 for stu-
dents and at-the-
door $15 for
adults and $8 for
students): Bayou
Books, Niceville;
Pavlic's Unique
Florist, Destin; Kitchenique,
Sandestin; Playground Music and IPS
Gifts, Fort Walton Beach; and at First
United Methodist Church, 103 First
St. S.E. Concerts are presented by the
church in the sanctuary. More infor-
mation: 863-2436 or firstartscon-
Five ensembles to perform
The Magic of Harmony, presented
by the Emerald Coast Chorus, an all-
male a cappella ensemble, happens at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the
Emerald Coast Conference Center,
Okaloosa Island. In addition to the
Emerald Coast Chorus, the evening
will feature five other local singing
groups: The Camarata Chorus
(Niceville High School), Chamber
Choir (Rocky Bayou Christian
School), Chanticleer Chorus
(Crestview High School), "hometown
favorite" Southern Comfort; and 2006
Sunshine District Champions On
Demand. Tickets: $15/17 at the Box
Office. They can also be purchased at:
Bayou Book Company, Niceville;
Connect with Flowers, Shalimar; P.S.
Gifts, Fort Walton Beach; Friendly
Florist, Crestview; Cat Clinic, Destin;
or at More
information: 398-6215.
Needle art show
Sand Dunes Chapter,
Embroiderers' Guild of America, will
hold "Needle Art in the Atrium," the
guild's show of members' needlework.
The showcase, at
Resort, 1001 Mar
Walt Drive, Fort
Walton Beach
(across the street
from the Fort Walton Beach Medical
Center), will feature a variety of pieces
celebrating the threaded needle. The
event, at which various needlework
techniques will be demonstrated, is
slated for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Feb.

26; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27;
and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
Admission is free. More information:
Auction and garage sale
The jazz and music ensembles of
Ruckel Middle School will hold a live
silent auction 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 27, at the Fellowship Hall of First
United Methodist Church, Niceville.
Cost is $3 per person, $10 per family.
Tickets are available in the Ruckel
Middle School Cafeteria. Ticket infor-
mation: Alicia Moore, 729-1103.
Music will play throughout the
evening of the auction.
Bike in Niceville
Bike ride with the Adventure Club
in Niceville at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
27. Meet at
Restaurant and
Marina on
Bayshore Drive.
Lunch after the ride at a nearby restau-
rant. Contact: Bruce Blackwelder,
301-9452 or Jim Bayes 897-6756.
Piano trio to tap the keys
Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present
the final Classical Connections con-
cert featuring the Manhattan Piano
Trio, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at
Good News United Methodist
Church, 4747 W. US Highway 98,
Santa Rosa Beach. The performance
will highlight Peter Schickele's
"Quartet for Clarinet & Piano Trio."
Tickets may be purchased for $37.50
by calling 269-7129 or visiting
Wine, cheese and a Wall
On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m., the
Eglin Chapter of the Air Force
Association and the Heritage Museum
of Northwest Florida will cosponsor a
Wine & Cheese Fundraiser at the
Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St., Fort
Walton Beach. Tickets are $25 and
may be purchased by calling the
museum at 678-2615 or Steve
Czonstka at 897-4775. Proceeds will
benefit the hosting of "The Wall That
Heals," a half-scale replica of the
Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. The Wall will be on display
June 17-20, at the Northwest Florida
Fairgrounds. More information:
Tea party meeting
The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party (a non-partisan, non-profit group
of concerned citizens) will meet at the

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Valparaiso Senior Citizens Center,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso.
Meetings are held on the first and
third Mondays of each month at 6
p.m. Next meeting: Monday, March 1.
More information: 217-9244.
Christian College Fair
The National Christian College
Fair will be at First United Methodist
Church, Niceville,
Monday March 1, 6-8
p.m. in the Community
Life Center for all stu-
dents interested in attend-
ing a Christian college. A
workshop will discuss financial aid
needs. Information on the colleges that
will participate can be found at
or call 888-423-2477 or text 585-
Bunco for Relay
Coffee, muffins and bunco will
benefit Relay for Life Thursday,
March 4, at 9 a.m., followed by lunch,
dessert and prizes at 11:30 a.m. at
Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Valparaiso Boulevard, Niceville.
Admission is $20; make checks
payable to American Cancer Society.
Sponsored by Twin Cities Woman's
Club. Call Virginia, 678-3187, or Gail,
897-0460, by Feb. 26.
Learn maritime history
A free public lecture series,
"Maritime History of the Gulf Coast,"
will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, inside
the Indian Temple Mound Museum
Lazarus Education Center, 139
Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton
Beach, noon-1 p.m. More informa-
tion: 833-9595.
Job search seminars set
JobsPlus and the Workforce
Development Board of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties will conduct three
seminars: 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 regis-
tration is required. To register:
833-7587, ext. 211 or e-mail jmc
Plants, birds & butterflies
The Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society presents "Native Plants for
Birds and Butterflies," 7 p.m.,
Thursday, March 4, at Northwest
Florida State College's Learning
Resources Center, Room 128,
Niceville. Learn from local author and
gardener Marie Harrison which native
plants do well in this area and how to
site them correctly to encourage birds
and butterflies. Socializing and
refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Program is

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is currently accepting Letters ol
Intent for the position of Fire
Commissioner. The requirements
are: (1) be aFloridaregisteredvoter
and (2) live within the jurisdiction
of the North Bay Fire Contro]
District. The North Bay Fire
Control District is a Drug Free
Workplace and an Equal
Opportunity Employer. For more
information, contact the
Administration Office at (850) 897-
3689. Please submit your Letter ol
Intent to the North Bay Fire Control
District, 1024 White Point Road
Niceville, Florida 32578 by
Monday, March 8, 2010. Al]
applicants must be present fot
consideration at the next Board of
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allowance, and paid
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'The Magic of Harmony'
An all-male a cappella ensemble, the Emerald Coast Chorus, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center, Okaloosa Island. Also featured are The Camarata Chorus (Niceville High School) and Chamber Choir
(Rocky Bayou Christian School). Tickets: $15/17 at the Box Office and at: Bayou Book Company, Niceville; or emerald More information: 398-6215.

Community Clean Up Day

Saturday, March 13, 2010 Choctaw Beach Park

In the Choctaw Beach Community

from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM


Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander and Walton County Public Works

Dumpsters provided for Walton County residents to dump trash,
yard debris (bagged yard debris only; land clearing debris cannot
be accepted), tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew
and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling
trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.



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Lewis cagers recognized
Four Lewis Middle School students received recognition for their efforts this basketball sea-
son. From left: LeVon Swafford (All Conference), Aubrey West (All Tournament), Kiyanna
Gee (All Conference) and Cole Nunamaker (All Tournament).

Softball team wins series title
For the second year in a row, Doc's Softball Softies, a local competitive men's softball
team, captured the National Softball Association's Fall World Series Men's Softball
Championship in Panama City with a team record of 7-2. From left: back, Keith Eldridge,
Blaze Crank (both of Destin), Eddie Rivera, Mike Horton, Don Berry, Mark Boyd, Kevin Bush
and Jim Barnett (all of Niceville); front, Wes Cumbie (equipment manager, Niceville), Stevie
Rivera (Destin), Joe "Doc"Agostinelli, Jesse Hernandez and Sean Hayes (all of Niceville).

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Chaz Brechler, a 7th grad-
er at Ruckel Middle School,
recently took first place over-
all in the boys 11-12 division
at the 8th Annual SE Rick
Byers Memorial Swim Meet
held on January 29-31 at the
Fort Walton Beach YMCA.

Chaz also
for all
events in
the upcom-
ing South-

ships held
i n Chaz Brechler
TN on February 25-28.
Additionally, Chaz will be
competing in the Southern

Zone Sectionals held March
11-14 in Charlotte, NC. Chaz
is a member of the Bluewater
Barracudas Swim Team.

The Ruckel Middle School
boys soccer team defeated
Davidson Feb. 2, 8-2, to sew
up the 2009-2010 County
Championship with a record
of 9-1. This is the team's third
consecutive championship and
first under new head coach
Fred Teutenberg and assistant
coach Jim Serpa.

The team was led by eighth
graders Jeremy Brown,
Chandler Dutram, Nick
Humphrey, Andrew Knight,
Tyler Rarick, Jonathan
Riggs, Kristoffer Taylor,
Lucas Van Decar, Parker
White and Matthew
Worthen. Seventh grade
members were: Jared
Anderson, Zach Bailey,
Mark Connelly, Chandler
Drake, Adam Kosan,
Michael Nalovic, Stephen
Shephard, Dustin Smith and

Josh Walls. Sixth grade play-
ers included: Austin Adair,
Jared Driver, Boston
Gilbert, Devin Melancon,
Richard Moore and Vincent

Rocky Bayou Christian
School presented awards at
Saturday's football banquet.
They were: Most Valuable
Player, James Waldron;
Hustle Award, Eddie Owens;
Most Valuable Offensive
Player; Chris Behnken; Most

Valuable Defensive Player,
Shawn Josey; Panhandle
Sportswriters Association All-
Star Team, Shawn Josey;
Knight Award, James
Waldron; Northwest Florida
Daily News Small School All
Area Team, James Waldron;
Northwest Florida Daily
News, Small School All Area
Team, Shawn Josey; and
Northwest Florida Daily
News, Small School All Area
Team, Honorable Mention,
Eddie Owens.

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Eagle scores
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Photos courtesy of Michelle Hartley
Hartley wins state mat title
Niceville High School's Nate Hartley, right photo with head coach Morrie Geselter, won the state wrestling championship in
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