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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: March 31, 2010
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00099
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Automatic collectors eyed for toll road

Saturday, II a.m.
The annual
Egg Dash
will take
place at the
city softball
fields off Partin Drive.
Egg-hunters up to age 8
are eligible.
Saturday. 1-3 p.m.
Local author Deborah
Brodie will sign copies
of her latest book, "In
His Love," at Bayou
Book Co. in Niceville.
Call 678-1593.
Saturday. 8 a.m.-noon
Save a life
by giving
blood at the
Dept. Sports
Hammock Bay.
Sunday, all day
Happy Easter!
Monday. 5:30 p.m.
Meet the candidates
for Okaloosa County
Sheriff at the
Bay Golf
Club Restaurant. A spe-
cial menu ranging from
$10 to $15 will be avail-
Call 678-2182.
Monday, all day
You can help children
attend camp and fill up
on pizza at the same
time as Domino's at the
Eglin East Gate,
Valparaiso, will donate
a portion of proceeds to
WinShape C3 camp
June 28-July 2.

More in Calendar, B-5.

'Toll-by-Plate' technology to replace humans

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Users of a planned link in the Mid-Bay Bridge
connector road currently under construction will
have to pay a toll, but they will never see a human
toll collector. The system may eventually be
extended to the bridge itself, eliminating the need
for human toll collectors, according to the state
transportation department.

The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority plans to install
an unmanned, automated toll station on the 10-mile
limited-access highway under construction east and
north of Niceville. The automated system, called
Toll-by-Plate, will photograph vehicle license
plates and mail toll bills to owners who don't pay
by SunPass transponders.
There will be no option to pay cash.
Please see TOLL, page A-6

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Easter eggs

* beckon hunters

to find them
By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The day for Easter bunnies, colorful eggs and marsh-
mallow Peeps is fast approaching with the city of
Niceville once again sponsoring the annual Egg Dash-an
event that celebrates its 23rd year with prizes and fun on
Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m.
The city ball fields off Partin Drive will be packed with
mini egg hunters and parents who will barely be able to
hold back the expected 800 or so enthusiastic and rarin'-
to-go children.
Please see EGGS, page A-5

Easter eggs aren't
the only thing pint-
sized egg hunters
have a shot at on
the April 3rd Egg
Dash. There are 16
baskets waiting for
some lucky chil-
Beacon photo
by Stacie Morgan

Local man files

to run for House

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A Bluewater Bay resident since
1987, David Scholl recently threw his
hat in the ring with six other
Republicans seeking their party's '
nomination to battle for the seat of
incumbent District 2 Congressman
Allen Boyd, Democrat, of
Without prior activity in party pol- David Scholl
itics, Scholl, 50, nonetheless said he
Please see LOCAL, page A-5

Fire chief to unveil 10-year plan Tuesday

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
North Bay Fire Department
Chief Joe Miller has submitted
a draft of his 10-year plan for
the department to board mem-
bers to prepare them to ask
questions when it is formally
presented. A special meeting
Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m., has
been set to discuss the plan.

The primary items on the
plan, the chief said, are the sta-
tus of the fire station and that
of the equipment.
The plan will discuss the
alternatives of repairing the
existing fire station on White
Point Road or constructing an
entirely new building.
"Right now, we have cracks
in our bay floor and those are

continually getting worse
because of sewer system under
there," the chief told the
Beacon. "We're anticipating
that it's starting to get under-
Chief Miller said the ramp
in front of the building is also
cracking. "Twenty-five years
ago when this building was
built, it wasn't meant for these

heavy trucks," he said. Also, he
said, "There are a lot of little
things here. The back stairs are
starting to rust away. The roof
is leaking at times. The kitchen
and bathrooms need to be refur-
He estimated that repairs to
the building could cost as much
as $500,000. The department
has applied for a Federal

Emergency Management
Administration (FEMA) grant,
but, because money is available
for only about 200 of the 6,000
applications, he said he isn't
optimistic about getting it.
Chief Miller said the depart-
ment has asked Eglin Air Force
Base for a property on Range
Road. Eglin hasn't denied the
request, he said, but the area is

being considered for use as mil-
itary housing.
"We could also possibly
build (a new station) here on
this site," he said, "but logisti-
cally, working out of here while
they build a new one would be
a nightmare."
The equipment, Chief Miller
Please see CHIEF, page A-5



Worshippers and clergy at St.
Jude's Episcopal Church,
Niceville, participate in a
Palm Sunday liturgy Sunday
on the church parking lot.

Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books

Police arrest

man for false

murder report

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Niceville police arrested a Navarre
man alleging that he gave false infor-
mation to police about an alleged mur-
der at a Niceville home in 2009,
according to Niceville police reports.
Mark Chapman Harris, an airline
pilot, 42, of 6010 E. Gulf Bay Blvd.,
Gulf Breeze, was arrested by Niceville
police March 18 on the charge of pro-
viding a false report to law enforce- Mark Chapman
ment officers concerning a capital Harris

I IPlease see ARREST, page A-5

Taking the plunge!

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Under sunny skies and mild temperatures on the first day of spring break for local students, hundreds
were drawn to Niceville's Turkey Creek, where the more adventuresome took the plunge. Above, Josh
Medecky, 14, foreground, Dalton Roosa, 13, middle, and Tommy Whitfield, 14, tucked in a cannonball. The
three friends are students at Lewis Middle and Niceville High schools.

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
With an eye to modernizing
Valparaiso's 89-year-old commis-
sion form of government, inter-
views are set to begin Monday
with Valparaiso's mayor, commis-
sioners, former elected city offi-
cials, department heads and staff
Former Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections Pat
Hollarn is chairing a five-member
study group sponsored by
Northwest Florida State College's
Institute of Senior Professionals
In December, Valparaiso city
commissioners unanimously
endorsed a proposal by Mayor
Bruce Arnold that the city ask ISP
to undertake a study of the city's
1921 charter and make recom-
mendations for modernizing city
operations. The mayor said he
hoped that the ISP study might be
scheduled so that any recom-

mended changes could be consid-
ered by elected officials and
placed on the November general
election for approval, or not, by
city voters. However, with a
municipal election March 9, ISP
chairman Loyal Weaver said the
group decided it would delay the
start of the study until after the
Times have changed since
Valparaiso's founding in the early
20th century. Arnold said
Valparaiso's commission form of
government may no longer be best
suited for today's issues. For one
thing, there is no central focal
point for Valparaiso's city govern-
ment, the mayor said. Unlike most
other cities in the county,
Valparaiso has no city manager
running city departments and day-
to-day business, under the super-
vision of elected officials.
Valparaiso does have a full-time
city administrator, but that posi-
tion has no authority to direct city

departments. Instead, each of
Valparaiso's five commissioners
(the mayor is a commissioner at-
large) is given an assignment to
supervise separate departments
and functions.
That's another problem,
Arnold said, and he hopes the
charter study will help clarify
whether city commissioners
supervise city department heads or
merely provide oversight.
Currently, some commissioners'
duties overlap and department
heads such as the public works
director may have to decide which
commissioner gets priority of
resources and people, the mayor
Valparaiso's charter, available
online at the city's Web site, still
includes long-discarded offices,
such as a city tax collector, tax
assessor, and municipal judge-
all jobs elected at one time by the
city commission.
Arnold said the recent munici-
pal election highlighted another
change he'd like the city to adopt.
In December, former city com-

missioner Brent Smith tendered
his resignation to run for mayor.
Although Smith's resignation left
two years remaining in his four-
year term as commissioner, the
city charter specified that the
vacancy must be filled by appoint-
ment of the commissioners, rather
than by special election-the
norm in many other local govern-
ments for filling vacancies in elec-
tive offices.
Hollarn told the Beacon last
week that there was no timetable
for completing the study and mak-
ing recommendations back to the
city commission. Other members
of the study panel include former
assistant state attorney Dick
Schoditsch, Bluewater Bay resi-
dent Karl Welhart, Valparaiso res-
ident and businesswoman Rae
Williams and Phillip Hoge.
In the 1990s a panel of
Valparaiso citizens performed a
similar study and made recom-
mended changes to the 1921 char-
ter but those recommendations
were never adopted by the city

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About a dozen people in Niceville Friday waved
to passing motorists while carrying placards
protesting a recent federal mandate that individ-
uals purchase health insurance. They also
voiced objections to a Florida Senate bill that
would tie teacher's pay to student performance,
according to organizer Wendell Griffith, a local
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Beacon photo by Rebecca Strasbaugh
First 2010 regatta held
The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club held its first official Regatta
Saturday on Choctawhatchee Bay. Five boats in the Spinnaker
Division and three in the Cruiser Division raced. Mickey Duvall,
in his boat, "Kahula," above, defeated four other boats in the
Spinnaker Division, while Charlie Mauek's "Iwalani" outraced
two other boats in the Cruiser Division. Winners received gift
certificates to the marina and Spooner's Restaurant. The next
race will be held on April 17 and is open to anyone.

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Eglin officials have
announced that Air Combat
Command's F-22 Raptor
Demonstration Team will join the
lineup for Eglin's air show April
The team, located at Langley
AFB, Va., is composed of Maj.
David "Zeke" Skalicky (the demo
pilot), maintenance team, ground
safety observers and narrators.
They said they look forward to
performing and interacting with
the community.
Unique to Eglin's show, the
team will display the capabilities
of the world's most advanced
fighter aircraft using F-22s from

the 43rd Fighter Squadron,
Tyndall Air Force Base. The
squadron is the primary training
location for the Raptor.
The air show will showcase a
wide variety of aerial performers,
including the Air Force
Thunderbirds, who will headline
the show. This year's theme, "75
Years of Eglin Pride," pays hom-
age to the base's prominent role in
airpower history. The gates will
be open for air show spectators
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
For updates to the air show
lineup and links to performer Web
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Adrian Steven-Payne
Henderson, 25, of 544 N. Main
St., Crestview, was arrested by
Valparaiso police March 19 on
charges of grand theft and carry-
ing a concealed weapon.
Henderson was alleged to have
stolen money from a woman's
wallet, money police later found
in his sock. Police also located a
butterfly knife with a 4-inch blade
in Henderson's back right pocket.

Taylor Ray Roberts, a restau-
rant worker, 20, of 256-F Chicago
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
Valparaiso police March 20 on the
charge of battery, domestic vio-

A 17-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
March 20 on a charge of domestic
violence battery.

Robert Floyd Suttles, a con-
struction worker, 20, of 30 Vickie
Lane, DeFuniak Springs, was
arrested by Niceville police March
20 on charges of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana, pos-
session of drug paraphernalia and
driving while his license was sus-

Holly Nicole Tharp, a student,
26, of 108 Quince Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
March 18 on a Santa Rosa County
warrant on a misdemeanor worth-
less check charge.

Chad Everett Chandler, 23, of
505-B 23rd St., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police March
16 on a charge of domestic vio-
lence battery.

Christopher Chase Shorey, 25,
of 108 Quince Ave., Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
March 18 on charges of child neg-
lect, one count, possession of a



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prescription, Xanax and Oxycotin,
two counts, leaving a child unat-
tended in a vehicle for more than
15 minutes, three counts, and pos-
session of a concealed weapon,
one count.

Marlon Anthony Buchanan, a
cook, 35, of 1426 Hickory Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 16 on a felony
charge of violation of probation.

Michel Rickie David, 48, of
1114 Cedar Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 21 on the charge of failure
to appear on the original charge of
violating driver's license restric-

Brian Wayne Filicky, a sales-
man, 44, of 404 Kelly Plantation
Drive, Destin, was arrested by
sheriffs deputies March 18 on the
charge of stalking, two counts.
Filicky allegedly stalked a former
female employee who lives in
Niceville as well as allegedly
stalking a male friend of the vic-

James Ryan Rimkus, 34, of
432 Barbados Way, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 11 on a contempt of court

Angela Miranda Telemacque,
19, of 320 Jackson Circle,
Valparaiso, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies, subsequent to a traf-
fic stop, March 17, on charges of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription,
Alprazolam, possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Daniel Moore, 21, of
106 Baywind Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
March 16 on the charge of failure

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meanor offense of domestic vio-
lence battery.

Ryan Scott Owens, a student,
29, of 102 Windlake Court,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 13 on a charge of
resisting an officer without vio-
DUI arrests
Patrick Ocain Moriarty, 21, of
316 Branch Hill Park, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI on Highway 98 and Coast
Guard, March 17 at 11:27 p.m.
Moriarty was also cited for driving
on a suspended license.

Richard Lance Creppel, 28, of
1501 Partin Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Highway 98 at Highway
189, March 14 at 5:55 a.m.
A Valparaiso resident from the
first block of North John Sims
Parkway reported that unknown
persons) stole a pair of diamond
earrings, an amethyst cocktail
ring, gold earrings, a digital cam-
era and a piggy bank containing
$30 in change from her residence
sometime Jan. 15-March 5. The
stolen items were valued in total at

A Niceville resident from the
800 block of West Ridgewood
Cove reported that someone stole
prescription medications, 25 pills
of percocet, from the residence
sometime March 9-10.

A Niceville resident reported
that a pair of prescription glasses
she purchased at a Destin store
broke, and that following the
instructions of the store, she
mailed the $500 item back to the
store Nov. 19, and received a sig-
nature receipt Dec. 12. The
woman contacted deputies March
4 after going to the store and find-
ing the business closed.

A Niceville resident from the
300 block of Pontevedra Lane
reported that someone stole a GPS
unit from her vehicle sometime
March 2-4.

A Niceville resident reported
being scammed out of $650 dur-
ing an online transaction for a
stereo system March 4-6. The vic-
tim found a $1,200 sound system
on an Internet site called Craig's
List and in communicating with
the alleged seller, was convinced
to wire $650 to a supposed eBay
agent as part of the payment.
When the victim failed to receive
a promised shipping confirmation
from the agent, he realized the
seller and the agent were both
bogus. Sheriff's investigators said
the transaction was a typical
Internet scam with no local con-
nection. Due to the complexity of
tracking Internet users the sheriff's
office said there was nothing they
could do to recover the victim's
money, and closed the case. They
directed the victim to the Federal
Trade Commission to file a fraud

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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A third suspect in a home
invasion robbery in Valparaiso
was arrested in Niceville
Christopher M. Hatfield,
unemployed, 30, of 1041-E
48th St., Niceville, was arrested
by Valparaiso police March 26
on the felony charge of home
invasion robbery.
According to police arrest
reports Hatfield was one of four
people who entered the victim's
apartment at 282 Washington
Ave., Valparaiso, March 4,
threatened the man and
attempted to rob him. Police
interrupted the robbery in
progress. Police allege that
Hatfield entered the apartment
without permission with the
intent of taking property from

the victim. Arrest reports allege
that while inside the victim's
apartment Hatfield displayed a
baseball bat and gave verbal
commands to control the vic-
Two other suspects in the
home invasion robbery case
were arrested by Valparaiso
police March 4, including:
-Jerrod D. Benge, 23, of
Niceville, charged with home
invasion robbery, wearing a
hood or mask on properly of
another and providing false
information to police..
-Stephen J. Harrell, 31, of
Crestview, charged with home
invasion robbery.
As of yesterday morning
Hatfield was still being held at
the Okaloosa County Jail. He is
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2 trucit ire t13 Emergency M ical,Ca _
0 Vehicle Crash '
OOth0l n I le Crash. h Eo.n. .T..-
0 Illegal Burn 4 Other Emergenc Ca all
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Forest Rd/Marion Dr......................... Vehicle accident......3/22/10 .................09:25
E. John Sims Parkway...................... Medical .................. 3/22/10 ............... 18:09
S.Cedar Avenue ................................ M medical .................. 3/22/10 .................22:05
Kelly Road.......................................... M medical .................. 3/23/10 .................09:06
SR285 at M M#3................................... Extrication................3/23/10 ............... 14:17
SR20/Rocky Bayou Dr......................Vehicle accident......3/23/10 ...............16:57
Pine/BW B ........................................... Structure fire............3/23/10 .................20:49
Sem inole Circle ................................. M medical .................. 3/24/10 .................02:43
Als Drive............................................... Medical .................... 3/24/10 ................. 05:03
Park Avenue ................. .................. M edica l ....................3/24/10 ........... 06:21
SR123/SR85N .... .......................... Vehicle accident......3/24/10 .................06:43
Friar Tuck Drive ................................. Alarm activation ......3/24/10 ............... 11:12
Finck Road......................................... Service call..............3/24/10 ............... 12:17
College Boulevard. ...................... Medical ..... ......... 3/24/09 .................18:45
SR85N/College Blvd. ..................... Vehicle accident......3/25/10 .................06:13
Tala W ay ............................................ Alarm activation ......3/25/10 ............... 11:26
Mullet Creek Run............................... Structure fire............3/25/10 ............... 12:46
Alderwood W ay ................................. Medical .................. 3/25/10 ............... 22:14
McKinney Street ................................ M edica l .................. 3/26/10 .................01:59
Rattan Palm Drive............................. Medical.................. 3/26/10 ............... 08:55
Reeves Street.................................... Medical .................. 3/26/10 ............... 14:26
N. Cedar/SR20.................................. Vehicle accident......3/26/10 ............... 16:39
Pin O ak C ircle.................................... M edica l .................. 3/26/10 .................23:16
Ruckel Dr/Forest Rd.....................G....Good intent..............3/27/10 .................00:47
N. Partin Drive ..................................... Medical .................... 3/27/10 ................. 17:14
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North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls March 21 through
March 29.
Location Situation Date Time
N. White Point Road......EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/22/10 ....11:26
N. White Point Road......EMS excluding vehicle accidentw/injury...3/22/10 ....18:03
Lancaster Drive..............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/23/10 ....00:00
N. White Point Road......Dispatched canceled.................................3/23/10 ....13:43
White Point Road ..........Vehicle accident w/injury ...........................3/23/10 ....15:46
Saint Joseph Cove........Dispatched canceled.................................3/23/10....17:37
Ansley Drive.................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/23/10 ....19:33
Pine Street ...................Mobile home fire/residence.......................3/23/10 ....20:50
Oakmont Circle..............EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/24/10 ....03:09
Fairway Lakes Drive......Medical assist EMS.....................................3/24/10 ....13:45
Lancaster Drive..............Medical assist EMS................................... 3/25/10 ....06:43
M ullet Creek Run...........Structure fire............................................... 3/25/10 ....12:47
Highway 20/Range Rd..Vehicle accident w/injury...........................3/25/10 ....15:42
Meadowbrook Court......EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/26/10 ....10:19
N. White Point Road......EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/26/10 ....12:50
Caribbean Way.............. Unintentional transmission........................3/26/10....17:20
Skipjack Cove................EMS excluding vehicle accident w/injury...3/27/10....13:56
N. White Point Road......Medical assist EMS.....................................3/28/10 ....00:33
Hickory Street ................Medical assist EMS................................... 3/28/10 ....02:41
W hite Point Road ..........Rescue EMS.............................................. 3/28/10 ....11:56
Merchants W ay..............Rescue EMS.............................................. 3/28/10 ....19:43
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Lightning sparks $150,000 damage

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
No one was injured in a
$150,000 Niceville house
fire Thursday afternoon
caused by lightning.
Niceville firefighters
received the alarm about
12:47 p.m. and were on
scene four minutes later with
a fully involved attic fire at
711 Mullet Creek Run,
according to Niceville
Assistant Fire Chief Tony
Lohrman. Firefighters
knocked down the flames in
about 27 minutes, but insula-
tion continued to smolder in
the attic area, keeping some

From page A-1

Though the actual egg gather-
ing is over in less than five min-
utes and looks like a video filmed
with time-lapse photography, it
took 15 volunteers many days to
prepare the 10,000 prize-filled
eggs, purchase all the accouter-
ments associated with egg hunt-
ing, put baskets together and then
lay it all out on the four fields
ready for the attack.
Additionally, volunteers are
needed for crowd control. "It's
hard work trying to keep control,"
direct children and parents to the
proper field according to age
range and try to make sure that
every child walks away with
something in his basket, bucket or
bag, said Lynne Waltz, co-coordi-
nator of the hunt.
Not only will children find
eggs on the fields but other good-

From page A-1
felt compelled to offer his services
in Congress, something he had
thought about for several years but
never acted upon until this year.
He knows he faces an uphill battle
against a 10-year veteran incum-
bent, and several other Republican
candidates who profiled and began
raising funds months before him.
A 1981 graduate of the Air
Force Academy, and the son of an
Air Force family, Scholl said serv-
ice to country has long been
instilled in him. Having just fin-
ished a biography of John Adams,
he cited the former founding
father and president as saying,
"Your service to country ends with
your death."
Scholl told the Beacon that
things came to a head in January
when he looked at the unemploy-
ment situation and the general
direction the nation seemed to be

fil IiiLik I on the scene until
4:15 p.m., he said.
No one was at home at the
time of the fire, which fire-
fighters said appeared to be
caused by a lightning strike.
The home is owned by
Stephen and Sandra
Urbanczyk, Lohrman said.
One of two cats inside the
home was rescued alive,
while the other pet wasn't as
More than three dozen
fiuligl Iiki responded to the
fire from departments in
Niceville, East Niceville,
North Bay, Ocean City-
Wright and Eglin Air Force

ies such as Easter pencils, pin-
wheels, hacky sacks, pastel-col-
ored Frisbees and powder-candy
carrots can be scooped up too.
Sixteen lucky little ones will find
a special Easter message in an egg
and if they remember to stick
around they can trade it in for a
special, filled Easter basket.
Egg Dashers will be divided
into four age groups: walkers to
age 2, ages 3 and 4, ages 5 and 6,
and ages 7 and 8. Coordinators
strongly suggest participants
arrive early to find a parking place
and be sure children are headed to
the proper field for their age
For other special egg hunting
events and Easter activities check
out these neighboring communi-
-Saturday, April 3,
Eggstravaganza and International
Festival at Eglin Air Force Base.
Egg dash begins at 10 a.m. on the
ball fields behind the Youth

taking under the current adminis-
tration. "I woke up one morning
and thought, 'if I don't try, how
can I look myself in the mirror.'"
This is his first attempt at polit-
ical office, and his first real
involvement in party politics. He
says with a laugh that he showed
up on the doorstep of the
Republican Party recently, and
they asked, "who are you and why
are you here?" He's met with local
Republicans already and met
more party activists recently at the
Silver Sands Republican Women
The incumbent, Boyd, is a
decent man and Vietnam veteran,
Scholl said, "but his policies no
longer represent my views." He
describes himself as a "Reagan
Republican" and lists his view on
issues at his Web site: david- He says he doesn't like
the size or invasiveness of huge
government's debt, "where their
needs (for borrowing) snuff out

Base. Lohrman said the blaze
was one of hardest fires fire-
fighters had battled due in
part to the attic area being
divided into nine separate
spaces that made it difficult
to locate and halt the spread
of flames.
Firefighters estimated
damage to the three-story
home at $150,000

A North Bay firefighter
climbs a ladder to get closer
to an attic fire Thursday.

Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Center on Eglin Air Force Base.
Children up to age 12 may partic-
ipate. Immediately following the
egg dash until 1 p.m., the
International Festival will be held
on the tennis courts and area
behind the Youth Center.
Entertainment and games will
take place throughout the event.
Food is available for purchase.
-Saturday, April 3, at
Hurlburt Field, is the annual egg
hunt at 10 a.m. at the Community
-Saturday, April 3, the annu-
al Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by
Destin Parks and Recreation, at
9:15 a.m. at the Morgan Sports
Center Complex, 4200 Two Trees
Road. The hunt is for children
ages 12 and under with a special
area for crawlers and toddlers.
More information: 650-1241 or
-Saturday, April 3, sponsored
by the Emerald Coast Parrot Head
Club is an Easter egg hunt at

the needs of private individuals."
In January, 1990, Scholl transi-
tioned from active duty to the Air
Force Reserves, and recently
retired as a lieutenant colonel in
the Reserves. He currently flies as
a pilot with Delta, with more than
20 years with the company. He
plans to take leave and vacation
time from his flying duties during
the campaign.
Now father of three, Scholl and
his wife Shelley moved to Eglin
Air Force Base in 1987, when he
was assigned to fly F-15s at the
33rd Fighter Wing. Their oldest
child, Brooke, is a 2006 graduate
of Niceville High and a senior at
Florida State University. She's
now helping collect petitions for
her father in Tallahassee, he said, a
race against a deadline to qualify
by petition that has a deadline at
the end of March. The couple also
has two sons, William, age 10, and
Sam, age 9, both very active in
sports and students at Bluewater

Bruster's Ice Cream, 4644
Gulfstarr Drive, Destin at 11 a.m.
and noon. The event features gifts
and prizes for children with a por-
tion of the ice cream sales going
to the Parrot Head's Relay for
Life efforts.
-Saturday, April 3, is
Crestview's Easter in the Park at
10 a.m., Spanish Trail Park,
Industrial Road. The egg pick-up
will divide children into three age
groups: 0-3, 4-6, and 7-12. The
event will feature the Easter
Bunny, a bouncy house, a 27-foot
slide, train rides and a prize draw-
ing after the hunt.
-Sunday, April 4, compli-
mentary Bagel Breakfast & Egg
Hunt, 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407
E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville.
Children in preschool-grade 1
will hunt on the playground and
grades 2-5 will hunt on the church
lawn. More information: 678-

Elementary. Their father has
coached soccer and Little League
baseball teams and is a certified
soccer referee for high school and
college athletics in the Panhandle.
Scholl downplayed his own
desire to serve-pointing out that
some of his Bluewater Bay neigh-
bors have recently served in
Afghanistan, -"what sacrifice is
there to stand up and say I'll run
for office?" In additions to his 32
years of military commitment he
lists his desire to serve the nation
as among his chief strengths as a
candidate-"Love of country over
love of party-we don't see that
much anymore," he said. He min-
imized his lack of a large cam-
paign chest-"I'm beholden to
nobody," he said, questioning the
role of PAC money going to
incumbents. Large contributions,
he said, may cause the incumbent
congressman to "forget there's
people back here that need him to
do the right thing."

From page A-1
said, including several trucks, is
nearing the end of its lifespan.
As of its March 9 meeting,
the board is at full strength
again after board members
voted to seat Karen Banegas.
Banegas is the wife of Ralph
Banegas, North Bay's adminis-
trator .
who was
earlier to
determine if
her would
be a conflict Karen Banegas
of interest,
wrote an opinion that her
appointment falls within the
guidelines of the statute. She
would, however, be required to
recuse herself from any vote
that concerns her husband or his
Banegas replaces Tim
Stapleton, who resigned in
January, citing changes in his
job that would make it difficult
for him to attend board meet-
Banegas' appointment runs
only until the November elec-

Bluewater Bay resident
Johnnie Pritchard also threw his
hat into the ring for the unpaid
position between the February
and March meetings.
Board member Janet Santner
nominated Banegas, noting that
her appointment had been
tabled at the February meeting
until an opinion could be
obtained from the attorney.
But board chairman Jim
Miller pointed out that the posi-
tion had remained open and a
public invitation for interested
parties had been issued. "I don't
think that (being first) should be
the single reason," he said.
"Both candidates bring different
skill sets and could very easily
serve in the position."
Board member William
Schaal praised both candidates,
but said Banegas was "a team
worker and has an accounting
background," which would
serve the board well in budget
When the vote was taken,
Banegas was appointed 4-0.
Board members anticipated
that the annual audit of the
department, conducted by Carr,
Riggs & Ingram, will be ready
to be reported at the next regular
board meeting Tuesday, April
13, at 7 p.m.

From page A-1
felony, police reports stated.
Police said the charge is a third-
degree felony.
Niceville police arrest reports
gave the following account:
On Nov. 18, Harris came to the
Niceville police department and
reported to officers that he knew
of a man who had allegedly been
murdered six to eight months
prior, inside a Niceville home.
Harris told police that the man was
killed with a shotgun and that the
murderer had buried the body in

the backyard of the home, then
remodeled the home to get rid of
evidence of the murder. Harris
later changed his story to say that
the body had been exhumed and
transported in an enclosed trailer
belonging to Harris and reburied
on the Eglin reservation. Harris
brought in the trailer allegedly
used to move the corpse, but
police noted that it was different
from the trailer he had described
in his earlier story about being an
enclosed trailer.
Based on information Harris
provided about the alleged murder
victim, Niceville police were able

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Harris refused to believe police
had the right man.
On March 2, Niceville police
learned that Walton County sher-
iff's investigators were working a
homicide case related to Harris
reporting the homicide of the
same alleged victim. Based on the
same information Harris allegedly
gave Niceville police, Walton
County deputies were reportedly
working with Eglin's Office of
Special Investigation and were, or
had been, in the woods of the
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Niceville police also had
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Niceville police investigators
told the Beacon that they had vis-
ited the alleged murder site in
Niceville. They also said that the
alleged murder suspect is or was
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Harris is scheduled for an April
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The Inquiring Photographer

How do you plan to spend spring break?

-Mike Griffith

"I'm going to Valdosta. "I'll go to Pensacola to
I'll probably hit the visit my brother."
amusement park and
relax a little bit."

"I'II either stay here, or "Take care of our kids."
go to New York City to
visit some friends."

"I'll be working at the
Crab Trap as a server."

"I plan on working, and
going to the beach."

Stephen Braun, 20
theater manager

Jennifer Jones, 17

Nick Serrano, 19

Caleb Home, 22
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From page A-1
Tolls will be collected auto-
matically from SunPass users,
who will get a yet-unspecified
discount from the Toll-by-Plate
Florida Turnpike Enterprise,
the Department of Transportation
agency that collects tolls for the
Mid-Bay Bridge Authority and on
most of the state's other toll high-
ways and bridges, began con-
struction in November of its first

Toll-by-Plate system. A
segment of the Florida
in Miami-Dade County
converted to an all-autoi
road, according to
Rodriguez-Miller, spok
for the turnpike. The jo
completed next year.
Eventually, the entire
and all DOT-opera
bridges, including the
Bridge, will be convert
new system, Miller said
realized, the plan appear
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Turnpike Toll-by-Plate works by scan-
is being ning license tags as vehicles pass
mated toll through unmanned automated toll
Sonyha stations. Vehicles that have a
:eswoman Sunpass transponder will be
)b will be billed as they are now, through
their SunPass account. Vehicles
turnpike, without Sunpass will be billed
ted toll through a monthly statement
Mid-Bay mailed to the registered owner of
ted to the the vehicle. Failure to pay will
d. If fully result in a second bill, with a late
rs to elim- fee tacked on. Customers who fail
n toll col- to pay after being billed twice will
be considered violators subject to
fine, said Miller.
Some Texas toll roads already
use Toll-by-Plate scanning.
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ed SunPass lanes of the Mid-Bay
Bridge are already automatically
photographed. Jim Vest, execu-
tive director of the Mid-Bay
Bridge Authority, said the other
lanes will be updated with the
photo capability sometime after
2011, when the Florida Turnpike
system begins an upgrade.
The current Mid-Bay Bridge
system detects motorists who
drive through a dedicated
SunPass lane without paying,
whether because of a malfunc-
tioning or absent transponder, or
some other reason. The owner of
the vehicle gets a toll bill in the
mail. Bridge signs warn of a $100
fine for scofflaws.
Vest said the single, unmanned
toll plaza planned for the connec-


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tor road-to be built a short dis-
tance north of Rocky Creek at the
mouth of Rocky Bayou-won't
be ready for at least three years.
The first segment of the connec-
tor road, between the north end of
the span and Range Road, won't
have a toll when it opens in 2011.
Vest said it is estimated that
the toll on Phase II of the connec-
tor road will be about half the
cash toll on the bridge, currently
$2.50. However, actual toll rates
haven't been determined.
SunPass users will still get a
discount on the connector road,
Vest said.
Vest said there are no plans to
automate the whole of the exist-
ing bridge toll plaza, although one
automated lane may be created to

test the concept.
The actual cost of the connec-
tor road toll won't be known until
the bridge authority actually
finances construction of the last
two phases of construction, Vest
said. First, the MBBA will update
its Traffic and Revenue study this
spring, he said. Those data will be
added to the cost of designing and
building the final two phases of
the connector road to help deter-
mine how much money the
bridge authority needs to finish
building the 10-mile toll road, he
said. In late 2010 the bridge
authority will issue bonds to
finance completion of the con-
struction project, he said.
Vest said the connector road
toll was never expected to pay for
the entire cost of the road con-
struction, currently estimated at
$180.9 million, or twice the nom-
inal cost of the bridge itself. A
2007 toll and traffic study project-
ed the road would be completed
in 2014 and generate only about
$3 million annually, he said. Toll
revenues from both the bridge toll
and the road toll will pay off those
future borrowings, he said.
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Members of the
Southern Flyers who
will compete for the
national title are,
from left, Grace
Larkin, Trish Larkin,
Ashley McFaden of
Valparaiso, and
Kristin Miles.
Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books

Valp. teenager eyes

national hockey title

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
When 11-year-old Ashley
McFaden's girlfriends were
thinking about entering middle
school and maybe about that
first boyfriend, Ashley had dif-
ferent concerns. She needed to
defend the goal in the hockey
That's ice, not field.
Now 19, Ashley, who lives in
Valparaiso, plays on the
Southern Flyers out of
Nashville, an all-female ice
hockey team in the Nashville
Youth Hockey League. This is
her second year with the team.
"I can play any position,"
Ashley, who mainly plays
defense for the Southern Flyers,

said. "I'm very good at blocking
shots and backchecking."
Backchecking involves rushing
back to the defensive zone when
the opposition gets the puck.
Her coach praised Ashley's
versatility and intensity.
"Ashley will carry the puck
into the zone if she gets an open
shot," coach Frank Larkin said.
"She's also not afraid to step in
front of shots."
Ashley, a 2009 Niceville
High School graduate, returned
to the area last week, but she
won't be here long. Her hockey
team won the district champi-
onship and will go to the
Nationals April 7-11 in Lansing,
Visiting with her were team-

mates Trish Larkin, 17, the team
goalie, and her twin, Grace, who
plays defense, as well as Kristin
Miles, 19, who plays left wing.
The Larkin sisters are from
Alabama, while Kristin is from
Little Rock.
"All of them are pretty
good," said Frank Larkin who,
in addition to serving as their
head coach, is Grace and Trish's
father. "Ashley's endeavored to
continue playing the game in
spite of the fact that she doesn't
get a lot of time on the ice
because of where she lives.
She's a very determined young
lady and a really classy kid. She
would drive five hours to get to
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Free throw champ
Nathan Smith, son of Maria and Collin Smith,
Niceville, won the state championship for the
10-year-old division of Florida's Free Throw
competition in Orlando March 13. The fifth
grade student at Bluewater Elementary
School participates in baseball and golf as
well as basketball. The event was sponsored
by the Knights of Columbus.

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our house in Alabama, and then
get in the car and we'd head four
to 14 hours for a tournament.
Her dedication is pretty intense.
I think it's an outlet and a way to
cement relationships with her
friends. She's done an awful lot
to continue to play."
The four girls are obvious
friends as well as teammates,

laughing and ribbing one anoth-
er as they talked about their
Ashley, whose parents are
Norman McFaden of Valparaiso
and Vicki McFaden of Grand
Rapids, Mich., said hockey can
provide some embarrassing
"Tripping over yourself, hav-
ing the puck skip off your skate
and go into the net, falling when
you come out onto the ice" all

have the potential to make the
player blush. "They've all hap-
pened to me," she said with a
The upcoming trip to
Nationals, where the Southern
Flyers will be one of 12 teams
vying for a trophy in the second
highest division, promised to be
a high point of the players' lives
thus far.
"The best part is representing
your team and district," Trish


said. "Just walking through the
tunnel (to the ice) is kind of
Each player carries a nick-
name-or several nicknames.
Ashley is called "Mak,"
although Trish said, "I call Mak
That's because "I'm tall,
have red hair and an orange
stick," Ashley, who at 5-feet 9
inches towers over her friends,

Trish is called "Peanut,"
"Phish" or "Homeslice." Kristen
is "Special K" and Grace is
"Benny." She said that nick-
name was given her by her
coach, who, after she asked him
why he called her that, said it
was from the Elton John song,
"Benny and the Jets."
"I'm really fast," Grace said.
This fall, Ashley plans to
attend Northern Michigan
University where, of course,

she'll play hockey. After she
graduates, she hopes to play in
recreational leagues.
That won't be a huge change
for the young woman who
played roller hockey for two
years and, when she lived in
Michigan, played ice hockey on
ponds "for fun when the weath-
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Coastal Bank and Trust
announced the promotion of
Vicki Dutton to assistant vice
V Dutton has
been the
branch man-
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Bay office.
She joined
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ing experience. She additionally
volunteers with the United Way,
Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy Center, Sharing and
Caring and the American Cancer
Society. Dutton also volunteers at
the information desk in
"Children's Ministry" at the First
United Methodist Church. She is
a member of the Niceville
Chamber of Commerce and is a
board member of the Magnolia
Plantation Home Owners

Jean Floyd, of Niceville,
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Spokesperson Issues Training
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NHS musicians strike chord at Carnegie Hall

Big Apple visit included

chance to see the sights

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
The Boston Symphony
Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein,
Ike and Tina Turner, The
Beach Boys-and the
Niceville High School Wind
Ensemble-are just a sam-
pling of musicians who have
performed at Carnegie Hall in
midtown Manhattan.
An AirTran flight from
Pensacola that left at 6 a.m.
March 20 started the
Niceville group on a trip that
would bring them not only to
a silver medal performance at
the famous concert venue, but
also into Central Park, dinner
at the Bubba Gump Shrimp
Factory, a viewing of the
Broadway show "The Lion
King," a stop at Ground Zero,
and a date with Lady Liberty.
Though the four-day trip
allowed the 87 student-musi-
cians (110 travelers with
chaperones and parents) to

spend some time in the Big
Apple and visit places some
had only heard or read about,
it was the time on stage in the
Isaac Stern Auditorium that
made an impression on them.
"It was just an incredible
experience," said Niceville
High senior and principal
flute player Bethany
Gugliemino. "I think it was
the best performance we've
had this year."
According to comments
from those who were in the
audience, other schools that
participated in the 8th annual
New York Wind Band
Festival, and even some of the
judges adjudicating the per-
formances, NHS gave an
"inspired performance," said
band director Dan Wooten.
"There were people all over
that were lauding the per-
formance and talking about
how special they were," said
Wooten. The ensemble was so

Photo by Ramone Vega
As part of their five-day tour to New York City, NHS Wind Ensemble performers took some time
to visit the most popular Lady in New York-Liberty.

special it came home with a
silver medal.
Parent, chaperone, and trip
coordinator Laura Anderson
also tooted the band's horn.

"The performance was the
highlight of the trip," she
said. "The kids were just
amazing." Anderson said the
hall "had a beautiful sound,"

enabling listeners to "hear
every single instrument. Even
though they performed for
almost 30 minutes. it felt like
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grade students throughout the
state to determine each
school's Geographic Bee win-
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took a qualifying test, which

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District of Columbia, the
Department of Defense
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the students with the top 100
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ond year to compete at the
state level.
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in Jacksonville Friday, April 9.
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Washington, D.C., where he
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it was over in two," she said.
Anderson's son, William,
an oboe player in the ensem-
ble and a bit shy when it
comes to talking to reporters,
was able to say, "I thought we
did really well. All of it was
pretty fun."
Though playing three com-
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It was almost a year ago
when Wooten sent an audition
tape into World Projects in
San Francisco, a company
specializing in the organiza-
tion of international perform-
ance tours and music festi-
vals-the group that coordi-
nated the Wind Band Festival.
Wooten said World Projects
got back with him "fairly
quickly," accepting the ensem-
ble for one of five performanc-
es from just three different
high schools. The other two
were from Texas and
"We've been working on
these pieces since the begin-

ning of the school year," said
Not only did the students
begin practicing early this
year, but they've wrapped
Christmas gifts at Destin
Commons, sold raffle tickets,
and hosted the Band on the
Run 5K event in an effort to
raise money for the excursion.
NHS Band Boosters addition-
ally donated some money
toward the trip, which cost
each student $1,700.
"The kids have been great,"
said trip coordinator
Anderson. "Everywhere we
went we'd get compliments on
their behavior."
Added Wooten, "The stu-
dents represented the school
and community like profes-
sionals-they spread the good
news of Niceville High and
Okaloosa County."

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both of Niceville. Jordan is a 2009
graduate of Niceville High

Navy Senior Chief Petty
Officer Joey R. Short, a 1975
graduate of Niceville High
School, recently participated in
Operation Unified Response as
part of the Bataan Amphibious
Relief Mission. Operation Unified
Response is a joint U.S. military
effort designed to provide relief in
response to the 7. 0 magnitude
earthquake that struck the
Caribbean nation Jan. 12. USS
Bataan (LHD 5) is homeported in
Norfolk, Va.
Bataan arrived in the Port-au-

Prince area Jan. 19 and began
unloading supplies to shore,
including beach clearing equip-
ment, bulldozers and rubble
removers. They began their
Sailors Ashore Mission in Grand
Goave, Haiti shortly after the com-
mand's arrival.
Bataan sailors in Grand Goave
donated more than $5,500 to char-
ities assisting in Haiti, cleared 150
tons of rubble, built 65 shelters for
130 families, distributed 500, 000
meals, provided triage for 850
patients and medically evacuated
55 Haitians in need of urgent med-
ical care.
Bataan has experience in previ-
ous disasters and humanitarian
relief missions. The amphibious
vessel was the first U.S. Navy ship
on scene in 2005 after Hurricane
Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane.
Short joined the Navy in
November 1990.

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On March 9, 2010, Venture Crew 513, chartered since
2007, by St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville, presented its
official Boy Scouts of America 2010 charter to the Church
Council. This is the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts
of America. From left: John Snell, Sr., crew adviser, John
Snell, Jr., AbuBakr Cristobal (kneeling), Steve Humphrey,
Church Council president and Maha Selim, assistant crew
adviser. Venture Crew 513 is a youth organization for
boys and girls 14 to 21 years of age. The Crew activities
are outdoor-oriented and high adventure in nature. For
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Ruckel's second place
JV team, from left,
front: Noel Cantrell,
Evan Etheridge, Brice
Tingle and Nick
Cantrell; middle, Laura
Harber and Georgia
Carrico; in back
coach Chris Brown.

Lewis' first place varsity team with school Principal Billy Mikel, from left: Kiyana
Gee, Morgan Muscott, Raeleesha Norris, Bre Jensen-Barclay, Alex Hensinski
and Annalyse Hambleton.

Lewis varsity, Ruckel JV score high

The Lewis Middle School
varsity academic team finished
first and the Ruckel Middle
School varsity and junior varsity
team finished second in a March
20 middle school Academic
Team competition, hosted at
Lewis' varsity team came out
on top with an 8-0 sweep and a
Schedule Starts:
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Mon.-Thur. 4:00, 6:45

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winning score of 1840, beating
out Ruckel and Destin middle
schools. Ruckel finished in sec-
ond place with 1450 and Destin
in third at 1360.
Lewis team members were:
Alex Hencinski, Morgan
Muscott, Bre Jensen-Barclay,
Annalyse Hambleton, Kiyana
Gee and Raeleesha Norris,

coached by Caroline Sullivan.
Ruckel's team, coached by
Penny Parmer, included Ciara
Ordner, Alexander Russ, David
Bobbitt, Cody McWilliams,
Emmett White and Matthew
Destin team members,
coached by Sage Mallory, were
Sam White, Erin England,

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Caroline Lathi, Natasha Locht,
Ryan Rasins and Luis Melecio-
The Twin Cities junior varsity
teams, Ruckel and Destin, came
in second and third, respectively,
with scores of 1050 for Ruckel
and 1140 for Destin, having been
beaten by Davidson Middle with

Ruckel's JV team, coached by
Chris Brown, consisted of Nick
Cantrell, Noel Cantrell, Brice
Tingle, Georgia Carrico, Laura
Harber and Evan Etheridge.
The Destin JV team, coached
by Lynette Askew, included
Connor May, Samuel Melecio-
Zambrano, Bradley Blankenship,
Holly White and Stephen Spivey.

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Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy senior Sarah Barnick,
and junior Ryan Burns were
honored at a regional banquet for
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
(FCA) Feb. 15 at Pensacola's
First Baptist Church.
Sarah, the varsity cheerleading
captain, received the Spirit of
Champion Award. Ryan, varsity
point guard, received the Above
the Rim Award.
Samantha Horn, Niceville,
was one of three seniors at the
at Northwest
Florida State
College to
have been
named by
the National
Program as a
finalist for Samantha Horn
the prestigious scholarship pro-
gram. Samantha and the other
students were honored by the col-
lege's trustees at a dinner prior to
the board's March 16 business
Samantha will graduate in
May from the college with an
Associate of Arts degree earned
simultaneously with her high
school diploma.
Niceville High School
National Merit Scholarship final-
ists Chase Cloutier, Bethany
Gugliemino, Jeremy Hsiang
and Katie Shermer are now eli-
gible for the National Merit
Scholarship awards which will be
offered in the spring. They also
will compete for one of 2,500
National Merit Scholarships that
will be awarded on a state repre-
sentational basis.





Rocky writers

Four Rocky Bayou Christian School
students' creative writing entries won
first and third place honors in the
FACCS State Creative Writing finals.
Thirty-five schools were represented
this year with more than 180 entries.
. In the Essay category, Dylan Josey,
fifth grade, received first place hon-
ors and Alison Thomas, sixth grade,
received third place honors. In the
Short Story category, Sarah
McGuckin, fourth grade, and Christa
Daughtry, sixth grade, each received
first place honors.


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Blood drives Easter week
March 31-Freeport High
School, 12615 Highway 331, S.,
Freeport 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m..
April 2-Blood Center of Fort
Walton Beach, 405 N.E. Racetrack
Road, Suite 104,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
First 60 blood
donors on this
day will receive
a special Easter
egg stuffed animal (bunnies, chicks
or lambs).
April 3-Santa Rosa Mall, Mary
Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Freeport

Kiwanis/Fire Dept., Sports
Complex, Hammock Bay, 8 a.m.-
April 6-Eglin 78 PMEL and
4th Test Squadron, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Camp aid by eateries
Okaloosa County churches and
businesses are partnering with
Chick-fil-A and Connect Ministries
to raise scholarship for children to
attend camp at WinShape C3 June
28-July 2. A portion of each restau-
rant's profits will be earmarked for
the camp.
Participating this week are: April
1, Chick-fil-A, Destin, 5-8 p.m., and
Monday, April 5, Domino's, Eglin
East Gate, all day.
Dashing for eggs
The annual Niceville-Valparaiso
Egg Dash will be Saturday, April 3.
Egg hunters should plan to arrive at
the city softball fields, off Partin
Drive, no later than 10:45 a.m. The
dash begins at 11 a.m. Age cate-
gories are walkers to 2 years, ages 3-
4, ages 5-6 and ages 7-8. Organizers
strongly suggest coming early.
Bad weather presentation
The University of West Florida,
Fort Walton Beach campus, plans a
Hurricanes and Severe Weather edu-

cation presentation presented by Jeff
Garmon from the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), Monday, April 5, 5:30
p.m., at the UWF-NWFSC campus
auditorium, 1170 Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd., Building 8. Free and
open to the public. More informa-
tion: Deborah Cluff, 678-3727.
Sheriff hopefuls to speak
Silver Sands Republican Women
will host the Okaloosa County sher-
iff candidates Monday, April 5, at
the Niceville Bluewater Bay Golf
Club Restaurant beginning at 5:30
p.m. There will
be an opportunity
to personally get
acquainted with
the candidates
before dinner is
served. The restaurant will offer a
special menu ranging from $10-$15.
Reservations: 678-2182. Guests
Nature camp for kids
SpringWild, the Emerald Coast
Wildlife Refuge's Spring Break
Camp for grades 1-5, will be held
April 5-April 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The
cost is $150 for the week with added
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fees for before/after camp care.
Family discounts are available. The
camp is held at The Boardwalk,
Okaloosa Island. Participants will
learn about native wildlife through
lectures, games and hands-on expe-
riences, conduct science experi-
ments and make crafts, enjoy live
animal encounters and much more.
Information and registration: Susan,
Scrabble Anyone?
If you enjoy playing Scrabble,
head to the Niceville Public Library
Wednesday, April 7, and April 21,
beginning at 9:30 a.m. Scrabble
boards for the adult community will
be ready to go. To reserve a spot:
Potluck for seniors
Twin Cities Senior Citizens
Club, 264 Glenview Ave.,
Valparaiso, will meet Thursday,
April 8, at 3 p.m. Potluck, Bingo,
Ages 50 plus welcome. Come join
us for fun, food and friends. For
more info call Jo at 678-8645 or
Ruth at 678-4346. We hope to see
you there.
April Aglow
Its time for the area's Women
Aglow gathering. The April speaker
is Jeanette Strauss, author of
"Heavenly Impact" Thursday, April
8, at Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle
Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
Florida. Coffee and Fellowship at
9:30 a.m. with meeting at 10 a.m.
More information: Barbara
Williams, 678-1335 or e-mail fwba
Republican Women
The Republican Women of
Okaloosa Federated will meet
Wednesday, April 7, at the Holiday
Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island.
o Socializing
begins at 11:30
a.m. and lunch
Swill be served at
noon. To accom-
modate working
women, and those who can only stay
for a limited time, there will be a
"Dine and Dash" table. Cost of
lunch s $16 for members and $18 for


The program consists of a forum
of candidates for Okaloosa County
Commissioner seats in District 2
and District 4. Reservations (no later
than noon April 2): Donna Pattison,
Tabernacle talk
All God's Children & the Living
Word Worship Center, 40 S. John
Sims Parkway, Valparaiso will fea-
ture guest speaker Jeanette Strauss,
6 p.m., Saturday, April 10. Strauss,
author of "Heavenly Impact," is ded-
icated to the restoration of the taber-
nacle of David (Amos 9:11 and Acts
15:16). Everyone welcome. More
information: 678-7632 or 678-1335.
Crafting for Cure
Edge Elementary's Relay for
Life Team presents 'Crafting for a
Cure' 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April
10, on the school's front lawn. Booth
rental is $50 (all booth fee proceeds
benefit the American Cancer
Society). To Register: Amy
Richards, 833-4138 or Deanne
O'Brien, 833-4138,
Church anniversary
All God's Children & the Living
Word Worship Center 40 S. John

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, will cele-
brate its eighth anniversary Sunday,
April 11, at 3 p.m. Special speaker
will be Bishop Jack Mott of Rapha
Ministries, a non-denominational,
international, apostolic ministry. All
are invited. More information: 678-
7632 or 678-1335.
'European Masters' set
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra season will
conclude April 10 with "European
Masters," featuring the Northwest
Florida Symphony Chorus and
orchestra performing Mozart's final
composition, and most popular and
respected works, "Requiem in D
minor K. 626." Also featured will be
Schumann's "Symphony No. 3 in E-
flat major Op. 97" and "Rhenish."
For tickets, call 729-6000.
Americanism speeches
The Exchange Club of Niceville
will hold its annual Americanism
Speech Contest, 6 p.m. April 12 at
the offices of Gary Miller Homes,
108 Bailey Drive, Niceville. The
contest is open to all 11th- and 12th-
grade students. The winner will win
a $500 cash prize and an opportuni-
ty to compete at the Florida District

Exchange Club's convention in
Jacksonville May 15. The winner of
that contest will receive $1,500 in
scholarship money. More informa-
tion and rules: Dorothy Miller,
678-4984 or
NWFSC Tech Forum
Northwest Florida State College
(NWFSC) will host the first Career
and Technical Education
Information Technology (IT) Forum
Friday, April 16, 5 p.m., in the
f l Robert E. Greene
Jr. Science build-
ing on the
Niceville campus
in the main lec-
ture hall, build-
ing "S", room 110. The event is free
of charge and is sponsored by
NWFSC's Office of Workforce
Education, Career Resource Center,
and Business division.
Walton County School District
Career Development Center and
Florida A& M's S.T.A.R.S. Alliance
will discuss/demonstrate their cur-
rent IT and IS programs of study.
Area IT professionals will partici-
pate in a panel discussion to high-
light their career paths and provide
feedback to the audience. More
information: 729-5202 or

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Dear Fellow Pilgrim:

I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all
are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter. Know this first of
all: We miss you at church. There's not a Sunday goes by when your absence isn't
felt. You're missed. Join us.

Yes, I know this isn't a simple thing. The heart has its reasons, Pascal said. Well
the church too has its complexities. Perhaps it is precisely one of these
complexities that make it difficult for you to walk regularly through a church door.
So I won't try to sugarcoat the church. It is a far-from-perfect expression of God's
love and mercy and it is a far-from-perfect expression of God's universal salvific
will for everyone. Sometimes the church blocks God's love as much as it reveals it. It
has been, and remains, a vehicle both of grace and sin. How do we get past its dark

Carlo Carretto, the renowned Italian spiritual writer, in his old age, wrote this
Ode to the church:

How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you! You
have made me suffer more than anyone and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I
should like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given me
much scandal and yet you alone have made me understand holiness. Never in this
world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, and yet I have never
touched anything more pure, more generous or more beautiful.

Countless times I have felt like slamming the door of my soul in your face-and
yet, every night, I have prayed that I might die in your sure arms! No, I cannot be
free of you, for I am one with you, even if not completely you. Then too-where
would I go? To build another church? But I could not build one without the same
defects, for they are my defects. And again, if I were to build another church, it
would be my church, not Christ's church. No, I am old enough. I know better!

That's a mature description of the church, expressing both love and realism.
It's an honest description too. The church has a long history, both of grace and of

sin and we who make up the church on earth don't do God very well. Nobody does.
We need to admit that.

I can only guess at your reasons for not coming to church regularly or for not
coming to church at all: Perhaps you have been hurt by the church, by the
institution itself or by one of its priests or ministers. Perhaps you have been one of
those who have experienced it as callous, as insensitive, as denigrating you in some
way. Or perhaps you are intellectually disenchanted with the church, unable to
square its claims with your own sane grip on life and its mysteries. Or perhaps you
have found what you are looking for elsewhere, outside the doors of the church you
attended when you were little. Or perhaps you have just drifted away and don't
think about church very much at all. Perhaps you don't feel a need for church in
your life. Or, perhaps you are convinced that Jesus and his teachings are in fact
tainted by the church, that Jesus never wanted to found a church, but wanted only
that people take his teachings to heart and live in love and graciousness. There are
many reasons why people don't go to church. I can only guess at yours.

But your reason for not going is not important for this letter. I don't want to
defend the church here, make some kind of apologetics for it, or argue against any
of the reasons that people give for not coming to church. And I don't want to try to
show you reasons why, I think, it is important to go to church. This I not an
apologetics, but a plea, an invitation:

Come back! Try us again! Or, if you have never belonged to the church, try us!

Maybe this time you will find life in the church and be able to drink in some of
its graces. Maybe this time you will find it in you to forgive the church for its faults,
see those faults are your own faults, and see why Jesus picked such an imperfect
vehicle to carry on his presence. Maybe this time you will be able to see in the
church what Jesus saw in it an imperfect body made up of men and women like
you and me, full of sin, full of ourselves, petty, small-hearted, less-than- sincere,
miserly, and tainted, but also full of grace, full of Christ, big-hearted, sincere,
generous, and pure, a group of men and women worth dying for and belonging
to. Come be with us!
A fellow pilgrim and a flawed church member.

Holy Thursday 1 April
Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
Mass at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday- 2 April Holy Saturday 3 April
Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
Passion of Our Lord & .. Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.
Veneration of Cross at 7:00 p.m.

EASTER Sunday 4 April
Mass at 7:30 a.m.
Mass at 10:30 a.m.

1028 White Point Road Niceville, FL Ph: 897-7797
1/4 Mile North of Mid-Bay Bridge next to Fire Station
Rev. Roy C. Marien, Pastor

An Open Letter to Those Who Don't Go to Church
Used with permission of the author, Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser.
Currently, Father Rolheiser is serving as President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas. He can be contacted through his website,

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