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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 06-29-2011
Frequency: weekly
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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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Trustees defend Richburg firing

Testimony in ex-president's

bid for damages from college

Wednesday, I10 a.m.

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The USO Freedom
Lounge at Northwest
Florida Regional Airport
will celebrate one year
of serving the military.
The public is invited
to join in the free
festivities, and parking at
the airport will be
Thursday. 6:30 p.m.

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Depositions from college trustees were taken last week in an civil case in which former Northwest
Florida State College president James R. Richburg seeks at least $764,000 in damages for his firing
in April 2009. Above, Richburg, left, looks on as Esteena Wells, one of four trustees who voted to
dismiss him, answers questions from Richburg lawyer John Tucker, second from left.

By Del Lessard
and Mike Griffith
Beacon Staff
In a paneled conference room
next to the comer office he had
occupied for 22 years, James R.
Richburg listened intently as
trustees of Northwest Florida
State College explained why they
fired him as the institution's pres-
ident in 2009.
Richburg claims that the board
of trustees' vote to terminate his
contract as president during a
meeting April 28, 2009, was
invalid. In a petition for rein-
statement or damages filed short-
ly afterward, he contends the
board acted without a finding of

"good cause," without taking
public comment, without provid-
ing required notice, and with no
opportunity for a hearing.
Richburg, of Niceville, is
seeking at least $764,000 in pay
that he would have gotten under
his employment contract through
June 30, 2012.
Richburg was dismissed less
than two weeks after he was
indicted by a Tallahassee grand
jury on charges of official mis-
conduct and perjury related to a
$6 million legislative appropria-
tion to build a "joint-use" training
center at the Destin airport that
Please see RICHBURG, page A-3

Bang-up Fourth planned

The Niceville Library,
206 Partin Dr. N., will
hold a Little Patriots
family event in the Youth
Services Program room.
Local author and
speaker Maryann
Makekau will discuss
ways for all to show
patriotism every day.
Call to register: 279-
4863, ext. 1514.
Monday, 5-9 p.m.

The First Baptist
Church of Niceville will
hold a Family Fourth
There will be games
and fun for children,
food and drinks available
for purchase and music
for the duration.
All are invited. Bring
blankets and lawn chairs
to watch the fireworks at

Calendar, B-4.

By Molly Mosher
Beacon Staff Writer
The annual Niceville-Valparaiso
fireworks show will dazzle viewers
July 4 starting about 8:30 p.m.
"It's going to be absolutely awe-
some," said Niceville City Council
member Judy Boudreaux.
The colorful explosions will
brighten the sky over Boggy Bayou,
delighting not just the eyes, but the
ears as well.
"We've perfected the music end
of it," said Boudreaux.

The rocket blasts will be synchro-
nized to patriotic music, piped from
the speakers of a shrimp boat. The
craft, which will be covered in red,

white and blue lights, will also serve
as the launch pad for the fireworks,
according to Niceville City Manager
Lannie Corbin.
Any location along Boggy Bayou
will present the audience a good

show, as the music and fireworks
will be discernible even from afar.
For the first time, the fireworks
committee will erect bleachers in
Kiwanis Park, beside the "Niceville"
reader board near the mouth of
Turkey Creek. The bleachers should
seat around 50 people, according to
Corbin. Nearby parking is at Bayou
Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, and
Lions Park, Niceville, are among the
Please see FOURTH, page A-2

Beacon photo by Kenneth Books
The sky lit up over Boggy Bayou in this dis-
play from the 2008 Fourth of July show. Get a
front-row seat at Lincoln or Lions park for this
year's fireworks, set to go off over the bayou
around 8:30 p.m.

City OKs



By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Niceville City Council has
agreed to help a contractor pay
for unexpected costs of laying a
sewer pipe.
The horizontal drilling proj-
ect, which is intended to create
an underground path for a sewer
pipe connecting a lift station near
Niceville City Hall to the region-
al sewer plant near State Road
85, was halted recently when the
company got its equipment stuck,
three times in a row, while
drilling under Mill Creek.
Niceville Public Works
Director Bruce Price told the city
council during a meeting June 21
that in bidding the $1.7 million
job, Construction Services Co.,
Niceville, apparently underesti-
mated the size of equipment it
would need to drill under the
Please see CITY, page A-7

A speed-detection device on
Bay Drive, Bluewater Bay, is
part of a crackdown on
speeders, local officials were
told by Deputy Sheriff Frank
Taylor, below.

Beacon photos by Mike Griffith

MSBU approves

lower tax, budget

Panel also told of crackdown

on speeding on Bay Drive

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The Bluewater Bay
Municipal Services Benefit
Unit will operate on a slightly
reduced budget and tax rate for
the fiscal year that will begin
Oct. 1.
The board of the self-gov-
erning tax district also dis-
cussed the problem of speed-
ing, and the possible need for a
sidewalk extension on the west
end of Bay Drive.
The budget, of $345,320,
down from the current budget
of $353,678, will cut the flat-
fee MSBU tax from each
Bluewater Bay property owner

from the current $61 to $60.
The budget must now be
presented to the Board of
Okaloosa County
Commissioners for final
MSBU board members gave
their final approval to their
budget during a meeting June
In other business, Neville
Edenborough, president of the
Magnolia Forest II
Homeowners Association,
addressed the board, suggesting
that the MSBU pay part of the
cost of building a new sidewalk
along Bay Drive from Marina
Please see MSBU, page A-2

Student's killer

gets life sentence

John McMaster-Wade was
fingerprinted in a Shalimar
courtroom Monday after
pleading no contest to the
1988 murder of Niceville
High School student Ulai
Sookruetai, left. He was sen-
S- tenced to life in prison.
Story Page A-7.
Beacon photo by Mike Griffith


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Convict gets life in 1988 slaying

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A sad chapter in the history of
Niceville was finally closed
Monday, when a 23-year-old
murder case ended with a life
sentence for John R. McMaster-
The sentence was part of a
plea deal finalized in the
Shalimar courtroom of Okaloosa
County Judge John Brown early
Monday afternoon, June 27.
Under an agreement between
prosecution and defense attor-
neys, McMaster-Wade, 55, also
known as John R. Wade, received
a life sentence for the 1988 mur-
der of 18-year-old Niceville High
School student Ulai Sookruetai.
Assistant State Attorney John
Molchan, the prosecutor, had
announced March 28 at
McMaster-Wade's arraignment
in Shalimar that the state planned
to seek the death penalty for
McMaster-Wade, on a charge of
first-degree premeditated mur-
der, but told Judge Brown
Monday that the state had agreed
to drop its request for death in
exchange for a plea of "no con-
test" from McMaster-Wade and a
life sentence.
McMaster-Wade said little
during his sentencing hearing,
except to answer a series of for-
mal questions from the judge to
ensure that McMaster-Wade
understood the plea agreement,
had agreed to it, and had been
adequately represented by his
defense attorney, Martin Lester.
McMaster-Wade, when asked by
the judge, said he had been treat-

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
John R. McMaster-Wade was sentenced to life imprisonment
Monday by Okalooca County Circuit Judge John Brown in
Shalimar for the 1988 slaying of 18-year-old Niceville High
School student Ulai Sookruetai.

ed for an unspecified mental ill-
ness about a year ago, but when
asked about his current mental
condition, he told the judge, "I
am quite sound of mind."
Ulai, an outgoing, popular
junior at NHS, was last seen alive
at a Niceville convenience store
Sept. 13, 1988. On Nov. 16,
1988, at about 2:28 p.m., a man
collecting scrap metal three
miles south of Crestview found
Ulai's body in a large cardboard
box, about 100 yards off
Highway 85. Her fully clothed
body was tied up in a sheet, along
with her purse and schoolbooks.
The box also contained pillows
and a sleeping bag which, like
the sheet, were missing their
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tip, McMaster-Wade was a sus-
pect in the slaying from the
beginning, investigators with the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office have stated. But it wasn't
until a Florida Department of
Law Enforcement "cold case"
team in Pensacola got involved
that investigators obtained
enough evidence for an indict-
ment, they said.
When the indictment came
down last August, McMaster-
Wade was already serving a life
sentence in Florida on an unrelat-
ed conviction for kidnapping,
sexual battery and lewd and las-
civious act on a child under the
age of 16. He was transferred
from the Taylor Correctional
Institution to the Okaloosa
County Jail in February to face
the local charge.
The life sentence which
McMaster-Wade received
Monday will be served consecu-
tively with his current sentence,

according to Molchan. Although
McMaster-Wade theoretically
becomes eligible for considera-
tion by a parole board after serv-
ing 25 years of his new life sen-
tence, Molchan told the Beacon
following the hearing that the
consecutive life sentences will
eliminate any chance of him ever
receiving parole. McMaster-
Wade, he said, is actually going
to prison for the rest of his life.
In a previous statement,
Molchan had told the Beacon
that the key to breaking the case
was information from
McMaster-Wade's ex-wife that
linked him to the flowery bed-
sheets in which Ulai's body was
found. Other evidence leading to
the indictment was information
provided by other convicts
imprisoned with the suspect, the
prosecutor said.
A coroner with the cold case
team reexamined the original
autopsy report, which was incon-
clusive, and determined that the
manner of death was homicide,

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creek, and must obtain larger
equipment before trying again.
City Manager Lannie Corbin
said that legally, "We can make
the company eat it," with respect
to the unexpected $47,000 addi-
tional cost of completing the
project, but suggested that the
city instead split the extra
expense with the company, 50-
Corbin said that sharing the
cost would be "the right thing to
do" since the company has acted
in good faith and had no reason
to expect the drilling to be as dif-

and the cause of death was "more
than likely" suffocation,
Molchan said. He told the
Beacon Monday that cold cases
like this one "present challenges
for everybody," and with no eye-
witnesses and old physical evi-
dence, are often difficult to solve
or prosecute.
Ulai's parents, who live out-
side of the U.S., were contacted
about the plea agreement that
gives their daughter's accused
killer a life sentence rather than
death, and are satisfied with
McMaster-Wade's life sentence,
the prosecutor said Monday.
"The father was pleased,"
Molchan said after Monday's
hearing. "He told me he actually
prefers to have McMaster-Wade
spend the rest of his life in prison
rather than be executed."
McMaster-Wade's defense
attorney, Martin Lester, did not
respond to a Beacon inquiry
prior to the sentencing, and was
not available following the hear-

ficult as it became.
Corbin said that even with the
additional cost, the project will
still cost the city less than would
have been the case if the job had
been awarded to the next highest
Construction Services' origi-
nal bid was $1,731,557, not
counting the additional cost of
completing the drilling under
Mill Creek, according to the city
engineer. The next lowest bid-
der was Gulf Coast Utilities,
based in Southport, at
After hearing from Corbin
and Price, the city council voted
unanimously to split the cost
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A Bluewater Bay family
escaped injury but their
home suffered an estimated
$100,000 damage in a fire
North Bay Fire Chief Joe
Miller said fit li tln i '
arrived on scene at 109
Sunset Cove Monday about
9:26 a.m. June 27 and found
smoke and flames already
showing from the home and
the occupants, four children
and their mother already
evacuated to the outside of
the home.
The fire was declared
extinguished at 9:48 a.m., he
said. Damage to the
$300,000 home, owned and
occupied by Joshua Rhea
and his family, was estimat-
ed at $100,000, Miller said.
A pet bird died in the fire, he
Cause of the fire was
unknown but was suspected
to be electrical in nature, the
fire chief said. The Red
Cross was called to help the
family find shelter, he said.
In addition to North Bay,
firefighters and engines
responded to the structure
fire from Niceville, East
Niceville, Eglin Air Force
Base, South Walton, Destin
and Walton County (Tri-
Village) fire departments,
Miller said. Two EMS units
were also on scene to help
keep an eye on the firefight-
ers' vital signs, he said.


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Cove Road, south of Wren Way,
to Ward Cove Drive.
Edenborough said there is
now a sidewalk along the west
side of Bay Drive, but it stops
at Marina Cove Road, near the
Chacato Landing neighbor-
hood. This, said Edenborough,
leaves pedestrians and bicy-
clists exposed to traffic along
Bay Drive. Such traffic, he
said, can be a hazard, especial-
ly during peak activity at the
Bluewater Bay Marina or at
Schooners, a bar and restau-
rant, which tends to increase
vehicle traffic in that area.
Edenborough said he has
already done his own study of
the cost of such a sidewalk,
which he estimated at $5,900
for a five-foot-wide, thousand-
foot long concrete sidewalk.
He also said he has been in
touch with Okaloosa County
Public Works Director John
Hofstad, who told him the
county does not currently have
money to do the entire project,
but might be able to do it if the
MSBU pays for the materials
and the county provides the
MSBU board members were
skeptical of Edenborough's
proposal. "Up until now," said
board member Doug Burgess,
"it has been MSBU policy not

to do sidewalks." The district
traditionally installs and main-
tains such community ameni-
ties as landscaping and neigh-
borhood entrance signs.
Board member Joe Jellison
told Edenborough that prior
experience handling military
projects and budgets "taught
me to be very reluctant to try to
mix money from different
pots," as would be the case if
the MSBU attempted a shared
project with the county public
works department. No decision
was made, however, about
Edenborough's proposal,
which may be discussed again
at future MSBU meetings.
Okaloosa County Deputy
Sheriff Frank Taylor, the com-
munity policing officer for
Bluewater Bay, told the MSBU
board that he has been operat-
ing a radar unit in Bluewater
Bay, especially along Bay
Drive, where complaints about
speeding drivers have
increased since summer has
Taylor said he has mostly
been issuing warnings to
speeding drivers, but would
soon begin issuing more tickets
once people have become more
aware of the 30- and 25-mile-
per-hour speed limits along
Bay Drive. Taylor said that
there tends to be more speeding
on Friday and Saturday
evenings, as more people use
Bay Drive to go to and from the

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Bay Marina.
Taylor also said he has been
issuing tickets for speeding
along White Point Road, most-
ly to disoriented visitors look-
ing for the Destin area, who
ignore or overlook signs warn-
ing them that their GPS devices
are wrong, and that the new
route from State Road 20 to the
Mid-Bay Bridge now begins
farther to the east.
"People drive down White
Point Road," said Taylor, "and
when they get to the end of
White Point and finally realize
that they have gone the wrong
way, they get angry, and then
they speed back along White
Point to Highway 20. I've
caught people going over 60
m.p.h." The speed limit along
White Point Road is 35 m.p.h.
During the meeting, MSBU
board members appeared to
end their consideration of
another proposal, to help fund
the rebuilding of a segment of
boardwalk between the
Bluewater Bay Marina and a
small strip of beach on Rocky
Bayou. The boardwalk had
been washed away by hurri-
canes, and has thus far been
only partly restored.
Board member Dale
Blanchard said it is expected to
cost about $46,000 to restore
the boardwalk to the beach.
Blanchard said he has met with
marina owner Brett Hinely,

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most popular places to watch, as
the parks boast front-row seats
for the display.
A number of family-friend-
ly activities are scheduled
during the day at Lincoln
Park, starting at 7 a.m. with
the annual duathlon, a space
walk, for kids younger than 5,
from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and chil-
dren's games, including sack
races and hula hoop contests,
from 1-3 p.m. At 3 p.m., there
will be story time and crafts,
and free watermelon, accom-
panied by seed-spitting con-
tests. A DJ will play music
from 4-8 p.m.
At 6 p.m., viewers may see
another patriotic display, a
four-jet F-15 flyover from
Eglin which will come right
up the middle of the bayou.
The Coast Guard is in
charge of preventing any
waterway fiasco such as that
which occurred June 3 in Fort

who, according to Blanchard,
said that he has plans to rebuild
the boardwalk, but that he has
not yet done so because he has
not yet received the money he
expects to get from British
Petroleum to compensate him
for lost business revenue result-
ing from last year's Deepwater
Horizon oil rig disaster.
MSBU board member Joan
McCarthy said it would be out-
side the MSBU's authority to
fund a restoration project on
private property, such as the
boardwalk belonging to the
marina. There was no motion to
take any action on the board-
walk, and no further discussion
of the issue.
In other business, board
member Doug Burgess said he
has been reviewing plans with
a landscaping contractor to
plant flowers and shrubs in the
traffic circle on Bluewater
Boulevard, to provide alternat-
ing spring/summer and fall col-
ors. Burgess also said he has
been working with Chelco, the
local power cooperative, to
arrange power for decorative
lights to be placed in the traffic
circle each Christmas season.
Although Chelco has said it
would not allow the lights to be
connected to a nearby street
light, Burgess said he is not
taking "No" for an answer, and
thinks a way can be found to
safely get power to the light

Walton Beach during the
Billy Bowlegs pirate festival,
when a 55-foot boat anchored
inside the safety zone of a
planned fireworks display.
The much-anticipated
Bowlegs display had to be
rescheduled when the vessel's
captain declined to move it.
"I'd be surprised if that
happened," said Corbin.
"Everybody appreciates
the efforts," said Valparaiso
City Administrator Carl Scott.
"Nobody wants to ruin the fun
for everyone."
The fireworks this year are
surely to be just as good as
last year's, if not better. But
last year's show will be a
tough act to beat.
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the jury asserted would benefit
Jay Odom, a big-time political
contributor and owner of an air-
port business. After a judge
refused to allow Richburg to tes-
tify for the prosecution against
Odom and another co-defen-
dant, former Speaker of the
Florida House Ray Sansom, all
charges in the case were
dropped earlier this year.
Six current or former college
trustees gave sworn testimony in
depositions held at the college in
Niceville June 22 and 23 in
preparation for a hearing sched-
uled to be held by an adminis-
trative law judge July 26. The
judge will decide whether
Richburg is entitled to back pay
and associated legal expenses.
Attorneys for Richburg and
the college questioned trustees
Brian Pennington, Dale Rice,
Esteena Wells and Sandy Sims,
and former trustee Elizabeth
The lawyers also took testi-
mony last week from Pat Byrne,
a Niceville developer who
served a four-year trustee term
ending in 1990, and the college
president's executive secretary,
Carolyn Laux.
Sims, Wells, Rice and
Pennington were the four
trustees who voted to terminate
Richburg in a 4-3 vote.
Campbell, Vercell Vance and
Wesley Wilkerson opposed ter-
mination. Trustee Jody
Henderson, a business partner of
Richburg, abstained after stating
a conflict of interest.
Last week Richburg sat
across the table from witnesses
who sometimes had harsh things
to say about him under question-
ing from his attorney, John
"I believe Dr. Richburg lied

to the board of trustees," said
Brian Pennington. Pennington
said the board was only gradual-
ly made aware of the interests
that Destin Jet-a private com-
pany owned by Odom-had in
the planned, joint-use facility
the college planned to build
using a $6 million appropriation
secured by then-House Speaker-
designate Ray Sansom.
Pennington said he also dis-
agreed with Richburg's decision
to hire Ray Sansom as a part-
time vice president of the col-
lege at $110,000 a year, even
though the board unanimously
endorsed the hiring. He said
that during the board meeting in
which Sansom's hiring was
approved by trustees, Richburg
said he didn't need board
approval to employ the lawmak-
er, that as president he already
had such authority.
When Tucker asked trustee
Dale Rice why he voted to ter-
minate Richburg as president,
Rice gave several reasons.
"It started with the possible
Sunshine (Law) violation," said
Rice, citing a January 2009
warning letter to the board from
Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum that he believed
could cause him to lose his job
as a Crestview bank president.
Richburg and Sansom had
arranged a meeting with trustees
at a private club in Tallahassee,
March 24, 2008, a secretive ses-
sion that McCollum later criti-
cized as a possible violation of
the state's open-meetings law.
Another reason, said Rice,
was an April 22, 2009, letter
from Gov. Charlie Crist
demanding the college return $6
million that had been appropri-
ated for the controversial "joint-
use" facility at the Destin
Rice also pointed out that
Richburg had placed himself on
administrative leave to defend

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Patrick Byrne, right, a former college trustee, answers questions posed by Richburg attorney
John Tucker, left, as a court reporter records the dialogue.

himself after being indicted
April 17, 2009, and that the case
could take months or years to
come to trial, leaving the college
without an effective head for
that period.
When Tucker asked Rice if
he understood that all charges
against his client had been dis-
missed earlier this year, Rice
retorted that he also understood
Richburg was "supposed to pay
the college money," a reference
to $103,333 the prosecutor
required Richburg to give the
college in return for dropping
(Richburg did send two
checks totaling $103,000 to the
Northwest Florida State College
Foundation, but the college
rejected the money because he
stipulated that it be used for
scholarships, not the general
needs of the college.)
"I had lost faith in Dr.
Richburg's ability to lead the
college," said Sandy Sims, cur-
rent chair of the college trustees
and the member who made the

motion to fire Richburg. She
said she had questioned
Richburg's leadership for a
number of years, beginning with
the college's controversial 2004
agreement to sell its Mattie
Kelly estate, the Destin home of
a college-based environmental
group, to a developer.
Sims said she believed

had manip-
ulated the
trustees on
se veral -I
issues: the

Kelly issue;
out infor-
a b ou NWFSC Trustee
a b o umt Sandy Sims tes-
Odom s tifies in Richburg
involve- caselastweek.
ment in the
Destiny airport project; and ask-
ing trustees to approve
Sansom's hiring even while
telling them he didn't need their

When asked what actions of
Richburg's violated the terms
of his contract, Esteena Wells
could not recall any specifics,
saying only that she was con-
cerned about the overall pattern
of Richburg's conduct, and that
she had been having "mental
reservations" about the Kelly,
Sansom and Destin Airport
transactions for some time,
even though she had voted for
them after relying on
Richburg's assurances that they
were legal and proper.
Wells described Richburg as
"very controlling" in his deal-
ings with the trustees, and that
she thought the president had
not "told the whole story" to the
board about his proposals.
Richburg's attorney asked
each of the trustees who had
voted to fire his client about
how they had viewed his per-
formance over 22 years as pres-
ident and how they had rated
him on annual evaluations.
Each trustee replied that the
college had grown and pros-

pered under Richburg's leader-
ship, and most said they had
given him glowing reviews.
However Sims revealed that
she had chosen not to submit an
annual evaluation of Richburg
on the occasion she had the
opportunity because she felt
other trustees wouldn't under-
stand her distrust of him.
Former trustee Pat Byrne,
whose four-year term included
the board's hiring of Richburg
as college president in 1987,
was questioned about his role in
the 2009 firing. Byrne said that
he had some informal phone
calls with trustees following
Richburg's indictment, in
which, acting as a "concerned
citizen," he recommended that
the president be dismissed.
Byrne said that Richburg
had "done wonderful things for
the college and the community"
in his 22 years at the helm,
including expanding the institu-
tion and bringing it from a
small community college to a
state college offering both two-
and four-year degrees. On the
other hand, Byrne said, he was
"concerned that Richburg's
actions had embarrassed the
Byrne said that he consid-
ered such actions, especially
the hiring of Sansom, as "not
illegal, but stupid," and as a
"slap in the face of the public."
When questioned by Tucker
about how he knew of
Richburg's alleged behavior,
Byrne said that he had little
direct knowledge, but got most
of his information from news-
paper accounts.
Richburg, who separately
has asked the college to pay
$935,000 in legal costs he
incurred defending himself
against the since-dismissed
criminal charges, had no com-
ment on any of the testimony he
heard last week.

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Anthony Scott Barnett, unem-
ployed, 25, of 610 Crestview Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Valparaiso police June 18 on a
charge of uttering a forged instru-
ment, three counts. Barnett is
alleged to have obtained three
checks belonging to a Valparaiso
landscaping business and then
cashing the checks on May 24 and
25 for a total of $1,450.

Catherine Noelle Carden, a
store clerk, 18, of 227 Karen
Court, Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police June 16 on a
charge of retail theft. Carden was
allegedly observed concealing
fishing lures in her purse at
Walmart, 1300 E. John Sims
Parkway, then leaving the store
without paying.

Kimberly Lorene Hogue,
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St., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police June 14 on a
Santa Rosa County warrant on the
charge of failure to appear on the

original charge of trafficking in
illegal drugs, two counts, and
abuse of the elderly/disabled with-
out great harm, two counts.

Alto Lee Lockemy, 26, of 507
23rd St., Lot A, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police June
10 on a charge of fraudulent
impersonation. On Feb. 15
Lockemy's co-defendant allegedly
obtained the Social Security num-
ber and date of birth of a woman,
then both allegedly used the stolen
identity to purchase two cell
phones and to have cable installed
at a residence.

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507 23rd St., #5, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police June
15 for trespassing. On April 21
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the stolen truck, $2,972 damage
to repair the gate and $1,338 for
the cost of providing a security
guard until the gate repairs were

Fred Teague Carver, 60, of
711 Helms St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
June 14 on a charge of failure to
appear on an original misde-
meanor charge of trespassing.


Kristopher A. Joyner, a car
salesman, 37, of 1912 Oak Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 19 on a charge
of stalking, two counts.

Justin Eugene Lyons, unem-
ployed, 29, of 408 Bullock Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 13 on a
Manatee County warrant on a
charge of violation of probation
on the original charge of posses-
sion of controlled substance.

Steven William Roberts,
unemployed, 23, of 1722 Union
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 13 on
charges of burglary of a vehicle,
criminal mischief and petit theft.
Roberts is alleged to have busted
the window of a pickup truck,
then stealing a bag containing
medication, three checkbooks
and a pair of glasses, May 10.

Jaymes Lee Stouder, a sales-
man, 20, of 500 Kelly Mill Road,
#179, Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 14 on the
charge of failure to appear on the
original charge of petit theft.

Phillip James Young, 30, of
1447 Cypress St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies June
14 on a violation of probation
charge on the original charge of

Lisa Marie Aldrich, 28, of 38
Pahl Road, Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies June 1 on
violation of probation charges on
the original charges of battery on a
law enforcement officer and petit

Mark Steven Reiley, a laborer,
47, of 304 Reeves St., Lot E-8,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies June 16 on a Walton
County warrant on the original
charge of larceny.

Rahkia Marie McKissack,
unemployed, 20, of 710 Howell
Road, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 17 on a
charge of failure to appear.
DUI arrests
Crystal M. Vanderschaaf, 26,
of 307-B Lincoln Ave.,
Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville police for DUI on John
Sims Parkway, subsequent to a
traffic crash with a second vehi-
cle that caused $7,000 damage,
June 16 at 8:09 p.m.
Driving southbound,
Vanderschaaf allegedly tried to
enter the turning lane on the
right side of the 600 block of
West John Sims and struck
another southbound vehicle in
the turning lane, causing minor
injuries to the other driver.
Vanderschaaf was subse-
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in the vehicle while driving
impaired, and was also cited for
failure to drive with due care.
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stole the tag off his car while it
was parked at Northwest Florida
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an evening event.

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A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Dyer Street reported
June 20 that unknown persons)
painted graffiti on a fence, includ-
ing the words "CRIPS," "MCL"
and "850."

Unknown persons) threw a
concrete block through the glass
door of a Valparaiso business, 479
Old Highway 10, which was dis-
covered during a police patrol
June 14. It did not appear that
entry was gained to the building
and nothing appeared to be miss-
ing. Damage to the glass door was
estimated at $500.
Robert Wesley Newman, 22, of
800 Coldwater Creek Circle,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by Niceville police, subse-
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Mary Esther business, 300 Mary
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through June 26, 2011.
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W . John Sims P[,'., r.t-..i,. -,. 1 11 .............. 00:16
Boyd Circle..... ....................... Alarm activation........06/21/11 ..... .......... 03:55
N. Partin Drive .............................Medical......................06/21/11 .....................10:34
Reeves Street............................ Alarm activation........06/21/11 ................... 20:28
N. Partin Drive ........................... Medical.................... 06/22/11 ................... 04:26
S R85N ........................................ M edical.................... 06/22/11 ................... 12:17
E. John Sims Pkwy.................... Medical.................... 06/22/11 ................... 21:56
N. Partin Drive ........................... M edical.................... 06/23/11 ................... 15:10
E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical....................... 06/23/11.....................18:35
Big Creek Cove ................................. ic .......... .........06/24/11........................13:53
SR 123 ... .................................. Vehicle crash ............06/25/11 ................... 04:25
Julia Avenue................ ............. M edical.................... 06/25/11 .....................06:35
E. John Sims Pkwy......................Me........06/25/11 ..................... 07:18
E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................06/25/11 .....................14:25
E. College Blvd .......................... Medical.................... 06/25/11 ................... 17:10
E. John Sims Pkwy .................... ............hicle cra........06/25/11 ............. 17:15
Galway Drive ...............................Medical......................06/25/11 .....................18:44
Bayshore Drive............................Alarm activation........06/25/11 .....................20:49
E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................06/25/11 .....................21:25
College Blvd/SR85N ...................Smoke scare ............06/26/11 .....................10:05
Bailey Drive................................ Smoke scare ............06/26/11 ................... 10:19
Dyer............................................ Sm oke scare ............06/26/11 ................... 10:25
Darlington Oak Drive.............Medical................06/26/11......................11:07
S. Palm Blvd ...............................Smoke scare ............06/26/11 .....................11:27
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children each year. Attend professional displays and leave fireworks to the techni-
cians who are trained to use them.
Enjoy the fireworks display over Boggy Bayou and have a great Fourth of July.
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls June 20, 2011,
through June 26, 2011.
Location Situation Date Time
Ingrid Court........................ Dispatched, canceled...............06/20/11 .............06:34
E. Highway 20 ...................EMS excluding vehicle .............06/20/11 .............14:05
Norwich Circle....................Medical assist EMS ................06/20/11 .............20:41
Turnberry Way...................Medical assist EMS................06/21/11 .............13:46
White Point Road ................Medical assist EMS............06/22/11 .............13:21
E. Highway 20 ...................Medical assist EMS................06/22/11 .............14:20
Merchants Way....................Medical assist EMS..................06/23/11 .............03:19
Norw ich Circle.................... EMS excluding vehicle .............06/23/11 .............11:31
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The Fireworks Trust Fund
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ensuring this year's fireworks
display dazzles.
"It's part of our community.
We are very patriotic," said
Judy Boudreaux, member of
the Niceville City Council and
the fireworks committee.
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rising junior
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High School,
has been
awarded one
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Niceville High School
Assistant Principal Christy
Mclnnis has been named
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mous decision by the
Okaloosa School Board at its
June 13 meeting.

New Bluewater Elementary
principal named, B-2

McInnis holds a bachelor's
degree in English from the
University of West Florida
and a master's degree in
Educational Leadership from
the University of West
Florida. She spent 14 years

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of Girl Scout cookies, all with
a signed thank you note
attached, to the USO Freedom
Lounge located in the
Northwest Florida Regional
On Memorial Day, girls
from the troop delivered patri-
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bers and veterans in the USO
Lounge and the airport. The
girls thanked these individuals
for their service to our country
and wished them a happy
Memorial Day.
Additional pinwheels were
left in the lounge for disburse-
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members. The girls also signed
a large thank you note, which
has been posted in the lounge.

From left, first row: Mikayla Lindsay, Shailee Polnasek and
Justine Buell; second row: USO volunteer; USO volunteer Jim
Clawiter, Kaitlyn Buell, Aubree Voth and Cassidy Polnasek;
third row: USO volunteer Dave Miller. Girl Scouts not pictured:
Rory Holcomb and Ashley Pearson.

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of free fresh coffee and cold soft drinks for service members who visit.

Airport USO lounge plans

party for its first birthday

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
For the past year, service
members and their families
have had a place at the
Northwest Florida Regional
Airport to kick back, surf the
Internet, get a bite to eat, and a
soda, water or cup of coffee,
watch TV, play electronic
games and generally get away
from the crowds.
The USO Freedom Lounge
at the airport will celebrate its
first anniversary Wednesday,
June 29, with remarks from
VIPs, a cake and plenty of good
cheer. The airport is waiving
parking fees for anyone who
wants to attend.
"We're going to have a big
sheet cake," said Freedom

Lounge manager Diane
Freeman. She said one of the
lounge's volunteers, Lynn
Coppler, will bake the cake.
Food will be donated by
local businesses, including
Tijuana Flats, Say Cake,
Cranky J's and Tas-T-Os.
Speaking at the party will be
airport director Greg Donovan,
Maj. Gen. Charles Davis, com-
mander, Air Armament Center,
and Col. Van Fuller, director,
Installations and Mission
Support, Air Force Special
Operations Command
In its first year, the Freedom
Lounge has been wildly suc-
cessful, with more than 23,500
people visiting.
"Our numbers have steadily

since we
opened the
seem to
the lounge Senior Airman
as well. Nigel Bain
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Bain, a Hurlburt Field airman
from Killeen, Texas, who
recently visited the lounge. "It's
comfortable. It makes you feel
at home."
Staff Sgt. Lee Snyder, a
Nashville native who works in
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She attended Ruckel Junior High
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McInnis will replace Carolyn
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Hall will take over the position
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Edwins Elementary School, has
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andher mas-
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She has served as principal of
Edwins Elementary for four
years, previously serving as the
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She will bring a wealth of
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Hall lives in Niceville with her
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Deanna Eddy received her
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counseling and psychology
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School and a veteran of the
U.S. Air Force, where he
served in the Vietnam War. Mr.
Browning worked for the
United States Postal Service
for more than 20 years, where
he attained the position of
Postmaster for the Keystone
Heights and Lake City post
offices. In 1993 he accepted
the call to the ministry and
retired from the Postal
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state of Florida, Pastoring the
Bushnell, Lake City, Niceville,
and Umatilla Churches of

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The floral companies will
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He was more affectionately
known as "Pa" to his family
and was a loving and devoted
husband, father and grandfa-
ther who enjoyed spending
time with his family, especial-
ly his grandchildren. In his
spare time he enjoyed playing
golf and fishing.
He is survived by his wife
of 42 years, Barbara Ann
Browning, his son Jason
Browning, and wife Jennifer,
his daughter, Michelle
Browning Green, and husband
Steve, five grandchildren,
Jonathan, Ansley, Matthew,
Abby and Ava, as well as
numerous other relatives and a
host of friends.
Funeral services for Pastor
Browning were held at 1 p.m.
Monday, June 20, 2011, at the
Palatka First Assembly of God
with Rev. Jason Browning,
Rev. Roger Meadows, and
Rev. Waymon Thomas officiat-
ing. Interment followed in
Palatka Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends
two hours prior to the service
also at the church.
Arrangements are under the
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Recognized on Dean's, President's lists

Northwest Florida State
College recognized the
scholastic achievement of stu-
dents completing the spring
2011 term by naming them to
the President's List and
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The President's List names
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From page B-1
labor and delivery at Eglin
Hospital, dropped by the lounge
while wait-
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plane to visit
his wife, an
airman 1st
class at
A F B ,
"I think
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Staff Sgt ee said. "I'm a
big fan of the
USO. The people are friendly;
they greet you right away. It's a
home away from home."
A key to running the lounge

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Robin Hankins, Nicholas
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Jerome, Alyssa Jesmain,
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Jessica Landry, Melissa
Macnicol, Kristina
McDorman, Sara Messenger,
Cherie Miller, Amanda
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Daniel Schlossberg, Kurt
Schott, Heather Scruggs,
Charles Smith, Ryan Smith,
Jessica Sosio, Michael Stiles,

is a cadre of willing volunteers,
Freeman said. In fact, there are
so many, she said, "We had to
start a waiting list."
One such
volunteer is -
Jerry Rush, ,-
70, a retired
Air Force -
master ser-
geant and
retired civil
servant from
Field. Jerry Rush
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who has volunteered for four or
five three-hour shifts each
month since November, said his
best day was his first.
"That first day, I thought I'd
come in early to make a good


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Willis, Elizabeth Wilson,
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Valparaiso: Luke Ausley,
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impression," he said. "There
were 130 service members here,
finishing school and shipping
There were so many, he said,
that they couldn't all fit in the
lounge, so they were rotating in
and out in shifts.
That throng didn't discourage
Rush, though.
"I enjoy it," he said. "I enjoy
working with people."
He also enjoys the fact that
the USO desk extends into the
airport proper to serve as a de
facto concierge.
"I really try to draw people
in," Rush said. "People tend to
be pretty nice and this is a great
Freeman said the lounge
attracts people from all genera-

Elliott, Stephen Erickson,
Shawn Esin, Shanna Farren,
Patti Gillespie, Kaitlin
Goebel, Camille Hanchett,
Stephanie Hays, Micheal
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Trevor Jones, Ryan Kneeland,
Elizabeth Krafcik.
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Melissa Maiden, Michael
Manley, Valerie Manley,
Shelley McDonald, Rebecca
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Marie Normand, Andrea
Ortega, Austin Phillips, Jack
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Nathan Riddle, Amber
Sanders, Kristie Scarborough,
Cody Schanbeck, Gabrielle
Schlink, Alisha Sepsey,
Christine Shelingoski, Lance
Shepardson, Colton Sikes,
Michelle Sinicrope, Corey
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Bryan Sylvester, Fernando
Tanaka, William Thomas,
Todd Thompson, Aline
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Megan White, Neekia
Valparaiso: Samuel
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Kelly Gaiser, Amanda Kreger,
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tions. "They're as young as 20
and as old as 80," she said.
"We're very fortunate.
Donations from the community
are always good and we get fan-
tastic cooperation from the air-
port and the entire staff. We also
have great relations with all the
bases nearby."
She said probably the most
notable donation was a digital
camera from the Eglin First
Sergeants Group.
The USO was "needed with
our military community around
here," said Heidi Blair, director
of USOs at the Okaloosa County
airport as well as those in
Pensacola and NAS Pensacola.
She said the Freedom Lounge is
open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
seven days a week.



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ground over
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the job is done."

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support the troops
that are there if we
start taking away
from them. I think it's
too soon."

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Friends for Fun senior club
All singles 60 and older, come join
Friends for Fun for laughter and
friendly conversation each
Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., at the Bluewater
Bay Clubhouse. This is an opportuni-
ty to make new friends and find joy
and companionship. Info: 897-4434.
TOPS morning meetings
TOPS club 0840 meetings will be
held Tuesday mornings at the
Niceville YMCA. Weigh-in will be at
9, and the meeting will start at 10.
These meetings are open to the public.
Info: Cindy, 830-5754, or Gerry,
TOPS evening meetings
TOPS club 0111 is a weight-loss
support group which meets every

Thursday evening at Holy Name of
Jesus Catholic Church, Education
Building, Room 4. Weigh-in will be at
6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at
7 p.m. Info: Michele, 678-2863, or
Cindy, 279-4847.
Art exhibit at library
The Local Color Artists Club will
exhibit their works at the Niceville
Library through Aug. 27. The show
will feature 14
artists and include
painted porcelain
during June and
pieces during
July. Pastels, wooden flutes, and pho-
tography, as well as paintings created
using watercolors, oils and acrylics
will be on display and will periodical-
ly change.
The club meets monthly and wel-
comes interested parties. Info: Amy Jo
Rosati, 678-4813.
Volunteers sought
The Twin Cities Hospital
Auxiliary is seeking volunteers. For
more information, call 729-9481, or
stop by the hospital, 2190 Highway 85
N., Niceville, and speak to a volunteer
at the front desk.
School supplies donations
Donations of school supplies are
now being collected at Niceville's

Sharing & Caring, 104 Bullock Blvd.
Supplies will be distributed August 13
to approximately 350 students in our
community. Parents/guardians may
sign up their children until August 5.
Lists of supplies needed may be
obtained at Sharing & Caring.
Monetary donations will also be
accepted. Info: 729-3600.
Senior care kits available
To help local families better pre-
pare for an emergency, the local Home
Instead Senior Care office is offering a
no-cost senior emergency kit that
includes items such as a checklist of
important contact names and informa-
tion and health tracker worksheets.
The file also allows for the storage of
important documents in an emer-
gency. Materials can be downloaded
at To get a
specialized senior kit, call the Home
Instead Senior Care office at
Free museum admission
The Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida announces the
launch of Blue Star Museums, a part-
nership with the National Endowment
for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and
more than 1,300 museums across
American to offer free admission to all
active duty military personnel and
their families through Labor Day.
Leadership support has been provided

by MetLife Foundation through Blue
Star Families. For a list of participat-
ing museums, visit
Civil War exhibit open
The city of Fort Walton Beach
Heritage Park and Cultural Center
recently opened a Civil War Exhibit
Building. Exhibits tell of the
Confederate encampment at the
Narrows, where Landing Park is
today. The exhibit has the same hours
as the Camp Walton Schoolhouse
Museum and Gamier Post Office
Museum, noon-4 p.m. June-
September, and 1-3 p.m. the rest of the
The exhibit building is located
behind the Camp Walton
Schoolhouse, next to the Post Office,
127 SE Miracle Strip Parkway.
Admission to the building is included
in the regular admission price.
Info: 833-9595.
Children's music class
A six-week early childhood music
class will begin July 6 for babies, tod-
dlers, preschoolers, and the parents
and caregivers
who love them.
The classes will
be held at the First
Church of
Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway
East. Classes will be held Wednesdays
or Friday at 10 a.m. Register online at
Blue Lake Worship Camp
Blue Lake Worship Arts Camps in
Andalusia, Ala., are currently accept-
ing registration for camp July 11-16.
Two camps are located at the Blue
Lake facility. One camp is for rising
seventh-12th graders; another is for
rising fourth-sixth graders. Camp
deans include the Rev. Mike Owenby
of Shalimar UMC and Shirley
Andrews of Niceville UMC. Campers
explore the fine arts and biblical teach-
ing through vocal and instrumental
music, drama, art, dance and much
more. Campers may register online at Info:
Modern day self-defense
Come take non-traditional, mod-
ern day martial arts class at the
Niceville YMCA. Classes are for age
15 and older.
Class Times: Tuesday and
Wednesday 7-8 p.m.; Friday 6-7 p.m.;
Saturday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $50/month for non-YMCA
members, $30 for members.
Adult coed softball
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now accepting teams
for the 2011 Adult Coed Softball
League. Entry fee
is $275 plus a $10
resident or $30
nonresident fee
per player. Games
will be held
Monday nights starting August 8.
Info: Jim Baughman at 729-4062 or
Men's over 40 softball
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now accepting teams
for the 2011 Men's Over 40 Softball
League. Entry fee is $300 plus a $10
resident or $30 nonresident fee per


player. Games will be held
Wednesday nights starting August 10.
For more info call Jim Baughman at
729-4062 or visit the city's website at
Kids on Campus session 2
The Kids On Campus summer
program at Northwest Florida College
is offering a second session of fun July
11-21 at the Niceville campus. Geared
toward third-eighth graders, the pro-
gram provides opportunities for kids
to take classes in athletics, art, aca-
demics and dance/theatre. Classes are
held Monday through Thursday. A
course list and registration forms are
available at all NWFSC campuses and
on the college website, Web registration
is open for students who have previ-
ously participated.
Parents can choose half-day ses-
sions, from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to
3:20 p.m., or full-day sessions, 9 a.m.
to 3:20 p.m. For an additional fee, par-
ents may choose extended day, which
runs 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info:
Junior Lifeguard Program
The Junior Lifeguard Program,
open to girls and boys ages 11-17, will
run July 18-29. The Junior Lifeguard
Program is a great way to learn about
personal and public safety, and
includes an open house, tours, trips
and learning CPR, as well as interac-
tions with EMS Ambulance, Coast
Guard, Gulf Flight, marine life and
more. Info: call junior lifeguard coor-
dinator Lindsey Daso at 830-7652 or
Head Start enrollment
Applications are being accepted
for children ages birth-5 years old at
Okaloosa Head Start, a comprehen-
sive early childhood care provider
which aims to better prepare your
child for kindergarten. The program is
free for those who qualify. Info:
678-6893 or
Catholic seminar
Dr. Paul Thigpen, speaker and
author, will present "Are You Saved?
The Catholic Response" at Holy
Name of Jesus Catholic Church,
Niceville, on July 15, 7 p.m., and 16, 9
a.m.-3 p.m., at the Father Butler Parish
Life Center. The seminar will explain
the Catholic Church's teaching about
what it means to be saved, and shows
how that teaching is rooted in
Scripture. Registration is $15 until
June 30, and $20 after. Info: _ . .- '. . 1 1 ,i 1. .1.,11 il ,
formation/home, or Dianne Hinds,
678-3413, or Yvonne Beyers,
Sears' Red Cross benefit
June 29, the Niceville Sears
Hometown Store, 792 E. John Sims
Parkway, will donate 2 percent of the
purchase price of items sold to the
American Red Cross. Shop in the
store or online at searshometown- for in-store pickup, and
give back to the community.
USO lounge anniversary
The public is invited to attend the
first anniversary of USO Freedom
Lounge at the USO center at the
Northwest Florida Regional Airport.
The event will be held Wednesday,
June 29, 10 a.m. Parking is compli-

Camp Glee performance
the Northwest Florida State
College Fine Arts Division will pres-
ent two free performances of "Camp
GLEE-A Broadway Review" on
Thursday, June 30, at 11 a.m. and
12:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater at the
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville.
Twenty-six area high school students
will showcase their talents with a
review of 100 years of Broadway in
the style of the television show GLEE.
Seating is limited and on a first come
first serve basis, no ticket is required.
Info: 729-5382.
Lookout, a musical comedy
Lookout! An original musical
comedy performed by Okaloosa
County students for the entire family
will take place at the Fort Walton
Beach Civic Auditorium at 6 p.m.
June 30. Tickets are $6.50 and avail-
able at Youth Village, 312 Pelham
Road, Fort Walton Beach; P.S. Gifts,
29 N.E. Walter Martin Road; and
Bayou Books, 1118 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville.
All proceeds will be used for
scholarship assistance for low-income
children in the community.
Summer swim class
The Bluewater Barracudas and
Bluewater Bay Recreation Services
are offering swim
classes for two-
week sessions at
the Parkwood
pool in Bluewater
Bay, Monday-
Thursday. Classes will start: June 30:
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 5
p.m.; July 5: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
10:30 a.m. or 5 p.m.
The classes are 45 minutes long
and each session is $85 for the first
child in the family and $80 for each
additional swimmer.
Info: Bluewater Bay Recreation
Services, 897-3664, or stop by the
Bay Drive pool to register.
F-35 impact addressed
Commissioner Wayne Harris,
Eglin community liaison, along with
J.R. McDonald of Lockheed Martin
and School Liaison Jodie Parker will
discuss the impact of the F-35 coming
to Eglin with WSRE Host Lloyd
Patterson. The show will first air on
June 30, at 7 p.m. and again the fol-
lowing dates in July: 3, 10:30 a.m.; 14,
7 p.m.; and 17, 10:30 a.m. The pro-
gram may also be viewed online at after June 30.
WSRE is a Public Broadcasting
Station (PBS) at Pensacola Junior
College viewed on channel 9.
Little patriots family event
The Niceville Public Library will
hold a Little Patriot's Family Event on
Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Youth Services Program room in the
Library. This special event will feature
local author and inspirational speaker
Maryann Makekau who will discuss
several ways for us to show patriotism
in our community each and every day.
Makekau has written the Little Patriot
Books series which will be available
for purchase and autographing follow-
ing the program. This program is rec-
ommended for ages 7 and older. Call
Youth Services for info and to register,
279-4863, ext. 1514.
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Holy Mackerel youth camp
Holy Mackerel Summer Camp at
Immanuel Anglican Church, 250
Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, provides a
fun, wholesome, Christ-centered sum-
mer experience for students in grades
six-12, including games, activities,
opportunities for learning, the largest
water day and great times with new
friends. Youth week runs July 25-29,
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp fees are rea-
sonable. Register before July 1 to
avoid the late fee.
Info: Tami Bonhardt-Carr at
Immanuel Church at 837-6324 or visit
Blood drives
Friday, July 1, there will be a blood
drive at the Niceville Walmart, noon-6
p.m. All donors will receive a gift
On July 5 and 6,9 a.m.-3 p.m. both
days, a blood drive will be held at
Northwest Florida State College's
Niceville campus. Each donor will
receive a free movie ticket.
Wildlife day at beach park
Henderson Beach State Park, off
Highway 98 in Destin, will hold a
"Wild Day Out" July 2, 11 a.m.-5
p.m. Learn about sea turtles, park
wildlife, marine animals and more.
Guests will include Emerald Coast
Wildlife Refuge staff and their ani-
mal ambassadors. There will be
touch tanks and children's art activi-
ties. The event is free with paid park
entrance fee. Info: 837-7550.
Movies at Uptown Station
Movie nights will be held
throughout the summer at Uptown
Station, Fort Walton Beach. The
movies are free, and guests are invit-
ed to bring lawn chairs, blankets and
coolers. Pets and glass containers are
not allowed. The movies for this
month will be:
July 2, 8 p.m., "Apollo 13"
July 16, 8 p.m., "Megamind"

July 4 Duathlon
The city of Valparaiso will hold
its 33rd annual July 4 Duathlon at 7
a.m. The event, which begins at
Lincoln Park on Bayshore Drive, will
include a 5K run followed by a 200
meter swim.
Registration will be $22 if
received by July 3, and $25 the day of
the race.
For more information and for a
registration form, email, call Tammy
Johnson at 729-5402, or visit and click "Duathlon info" in
the side bar.
Fourth of July celebration
The First Baptist Church of
Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive, wel-
comes the community to its campus
for the annual Family Fourth
Celebration, Monday, July 4, 5-7
p.m. Food and drinks
will be available for
I a nominal fee.
) Children may enjoy
games, moon walks,
a petting zoo, and
tattoo and face-
painting booths. Music from 7-9 p.m.
with the nationally touring Dixie
Echoes performing before, at 6 p.m.,
The public is encouraged to bring
lawn chairs and blankets to watch the
holiday's culmination-fireworks
over the waters of Boggy Bayou.
Info: call the church office at
Family day in Lincoln Park
The city of Valparaiso will hold A
family day in Lincoln Park July 4.
The 33rd annual Duathlon will kick-
off the festivities, with children's
games for youngsters starting at 11
a.m. There will be a space walk for
kids 5 and younger. Games for ages
5-12 will start at 1 p.m. and will
include watermelon rolling, eating,
and seed spitting contests, a sack
race, tug-of-war, an inner tube race
and hoola hoops. There will be a DJ
at 4 p.m., and the day will be capped
off around 8:30 by fireworks. All are


invited to partake in the free day of
Fred Gannon nature walk
The Department of
Environmental Protection's Fred
Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,
off Highway 20 in Niceville, is
celebrating National Parks and
Recreation Month with a story
time and nature walk July 9, 9:30-
10:30 a.m. Discover a whole new
world of living and nonliving
things just by exploring the ground
beneath your feet. Who knows
what you might observe-ants,
butterflies, flowers, or an old log
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The city of Valparaiso will
hold its 33rd annual July 4
Duathlon at 7 a.m., begin-
ning at Lincoln Park on
Bayshore Drive.
Registration will be $22 if
received by July 3 and $25
the day of the race. The
duathlon will be followed by
a family day in Lincoln Park.
Info: email
or call Tammy Johnson at

creatures. Program included in the
park admission fee. Info:
Ladybug Regatta
The Bluewater Bay Sailing
Club will hold a Ladybug Regatta
July 9. A woman must be at the
helm for the
entire race.
will be at 10
a.m. at the
Bluewater Bay
Marina. The
race will start at noon. The entry
fee is $20. Info: Scott Pursell,

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Civil War lecture
The Indian Temple Mound and
Museum, 139 Miracle Strip
Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach,
will host another installment of the
Civil War lecture series. On July
11 at 1 p.m., Margo Stringfield
will present "Historic St.
Michael's Cemetery: Funerary
Traditions in a Time of Conflict."
Info: 833-9595.
Christian concert and fun
The Emerald Coast Convention
Center, 1250 Miracle Strip
Parkway, Fort Walton Beach,
announces RIOT (Righteous
Intentions On
Teens) Live.
This is a pro-
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record, you may be eligible for a

begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at
the Emerald Coast Convention
Center. Tickets will be $15 with a
$3 processing fee. For informa-
tion, visit EmeraldCoast, call
609-3800 or email boxoffice@
Business seminar
The American Society for
Training & Development (ASTD)
will hold "Change management: A
seven step model for success" pre-
sented by Dr.
David Goetsch.
Goetsch is vice
president of
Florida State
College where he also serves as
professor of quality, management
and business.
The program will be held at the
NWFSC K Building Tuesday, July
12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost will
be $17 for nonmembers, $12 for
chapter members.
RSVP by mailing Tracey Tapp
or visiting

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2423 Roberts Drive ................MLS#558897
831 Lake Amick Drive ............MLS#559554
115 Dominica Way ................MLS#558879
4572 Castlewood Lane............MLS#556453
1424 William Faulkner Drive ....MLS#556632
159 Baywind Drive................MLS#552803
1025 Lakeway Drive ..............MLS#547005
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519 Wexford Drive ................MLS#548329



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contractor to insert,
bag, and deliver
newspapers Tuesday
night. You must be
over 21 and have a
reliable vehicle, a
good driving record, a
Florida driver's
license, and proof of
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insurance. No
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Earnings vary
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and Stratton, electric
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complete package,
ready to travel, $9,900,

If you would like to be a
part of a serious
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are a part of one now,
please call, 685-8792.

Garage/Estate Sale,
Everything Must Go:
Available every day,
start 29 June. 214
Wava Ave., Niceville.
517-7461. See
Craigslist: garage,
estate, whole house
sale for more details.
Moving Sale, Sat., 7/2,
8AM-Noon, 1191
Muirfield Way in BWB,
Niceville! No Early
Birds! Furniture, tools,
bed, etc.
Multi-Family Yard Sale,
July 2nd, 8AM-until.
110 Wright Circle,

You saw it in
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Marina Cove - Unfurnished $1700
3/2.5/2 car tapenm garage, fire-
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Swift Creek - Furnished $1325
2/2 carport, townhouse, waterfront
Marina Cove - Furnished $2000
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Steve Hughes Diane Cocchiarella
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89 Marina Cove, 3/2 ....................... $179,000
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* REDUCED: MC Townhouse 2/2.5 ....$179,500
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* House-Fairway Lakes, 2/2.............$179,000
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* Fairway Lakes House, 3/2.............$199,900
Fully furnished, golf course, Florida room
* Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5.........$219,000
Garage, waterviews
* Lake Pippin, Bay Front Home, 3/2.5 ...$433,000
* Southwind Vacant Lot...................$125,000
* BWB, Vacant Lot............................ $132,900
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* Furn., Waterfront Condo, 1/1................$1250
Util incld
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Volleyball clinic
A volleyball clinic will be
held at Niceville High School
this summer, July 27-28. The
clinic will be run by former
SEC coaches Wade Benson and
Jozsef Forman, along with the
Niceville High School coaches.
There will be two age group

sessions: fifth-eighth grade, 11
a.m.-1:30 p.m. and ninth-12th
grade, 3-5:30 p.m. The cost is
$130 per player, and includes a
T-shirt. The clinic is open to
players from all areas, and of all
skills levels.
Info: Wade Benson, 303-
763-0713, or
bensonfour4 @
Ladybug Regatta
The Bluewater Bay Sailing
Club plans a "Ladybug Regatta"
Saturday, July 9, at Bluewater
Bay Marina. The course, which

Denney Huntingdon-bound
Whitney Denney, a 2011 Niceville High School graduate, signs a letter of
intent to attend Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., to run cross
country and track. With her are her parents, Pam and Mark Denney.

will be on Choctawhatchee Bay,
will be announced at the cap-
tain's meeting. The regatta will
be governed by the 2009-2012
Racing Rules of Saling.
Entrants should have a
VALID PHRF certificate. Boats
without a valid PHRF certifi-
cate will be assigned the lowest
GYA or national rating for that
boat plus six seconds. All com-
peting boats must be helmed by
Registration will take place
from 10 to 11 a.m., with a cap-
tain's meeting following. The

first boat will start at approxi-
mately noon.
The entry fee is $20, with a
$5 discount for US Sailing
members or members of a GYA
It is expected that two class-
es will race-spinnaker and
non-spinnaker boats.
For more information, call
Scott Pursell, 897-7150.
Softball leagues
The Niceville Recreation
Department is now accepting
teams for the 2011 Adult Co-Ed

Softball League. Entry fee is
$275 plus $10 resident and $30
non-resident fee per player.
Games will be played Monday
nights, starting Aug. 8. The
department is also accepting
teams for the 2011 Men's Over
40 Softball League. Entry fee is
$300 plus $10 resident and $30
non-resident fee per player.
Games will be held Wednesday
nights, starting Aug. 10.
For more info call Jim
Baughman at 729-4062 or visit

Reaching the
Emerald Coast
with the
Love of
Jesus Christ
Rev Fr Frank D Gough II
Rev Christopher Flynn, Deacon
"A Member of the
World Wide Anglican Communion"
Service Times:
10:00 a.m. Sunday

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Sunday Morning Services
Family Worship 9:00
with children's classes

Walk-In...Worship 11:01
with childcare for ages 6 weeks
to Kindergarten


Wednesday Nights
Youth 6:30-8 p.m.
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S

St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool 1

1407 E. John Sims Parkway 850-678-1298

Annual Independence Day Worship
July 3...0ne service...10:00 a.m. .
Wear uniform or red, white & blue!


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SIfirs1 Baptist Church

(1 of Niceville

Traditional Service -9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Service - 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church
of Valparaiso
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9-year-olds take district tourney
The Niceville-Valparaiso Little League 9-year-old All Stars won the Florida District One
Tournament, going undefeated while scoring 43 runs and allowing only three. From left:
kneeling, Lucas Gauch, Corey Church, Aiden Nipper and Joey Cary; standing, Parker Porter,
Campbell Taylor, Bryce Ingram, Coleman Dorsett, Grayson Brooks, Jonah Hoover, Eli Estep
and Logan Webb; rear, coach Ben Porter, manager Charlie Griffith and coach Ryan Ingram.



Niceville karate instructor
C.D. Williamson traveled
to Okinawa, Japan, with 10
students May 7. There, he
was promoted to 8th
degree black belt by the
oldest living karate grand-
master on the island, 10th
degree black belt Shugoro
Nakazato. He is now one of
six 8th dans in the U.S. in
Okinawan Shorinryu
Shorinkan karate.
Williamson, right, with his
son, Coy, who received a
3rd degree promotion, and

Nelson signs for Georgia Tech
Laura Nelson, a 2011 Niceville High School graduate, signs a letter of
intent to attend Georgia Tech and run cross country and track. From left:
front, Laura Nelson and her parents, Chad and Liz Nelson; rear, NHS
track coach Pat Fralix, Laura's brother Matthew, NHS cross country
coach Mike Warren, and assistant coach Cindy Jannazo.


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