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School enrollment in
Okaloosa County is
down again, said
school district officials.
See page 2.
Get back
Following the difficul-
Sties many
people
had in
getting
back to
their
homes for even a short
time after Hurricane
Ivan, the county has
taken steps to make it
easier. See page 3.
Fast and furious
Hurlburt cross country
run-
ners i K
beat
their
Eglin
coun-
terparts in the first dual
meet. See story on
page 5.
What's up?
Check out the Patriot
calendar for places to


Coast holiday
See page 6.


go and
things to
do dur-
ing the
Gulf
season.


I


RecallingWWi l's


bloodiest battle

Fight vet was felled by frostbite


American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted from
Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945. Before it was turned back, the
German attack cost 81,000 U.S. casualties, among them Cpl.
Charles Geiger, disabled by frostbite.


By Mike Griffith
Correspondent
Charlie Geiger doesn't like to
talk much about his experiences
in World War II, although he
fought in one of its
most historic strug-
gles-the Battle of the
Bulge, Germany's last
big offensive before .
being defeated by
Allied forces in
Western Europe.
When asked before
the battle's 64th
anniversary, Geiger, 83,
reluctantly shared some Charles
of his memories.
Echoing sentiments expressed
almost invariably by other mem-
bers of "the greatest generation,"
the Bluewater Bay retiree said: "It


wasn't much, really, and there
were so many others who did
much more than I did."
"The foot soldier's war is pret-
ty much limited to no more than
what he can see, hear,
or feel at any given
S time," Geiger said. "His
adversary, in the
European theater of
operations at least, may
well have been some-
one like himself, there
because his country
called, trying to sur-
vive, but who would
s Geiger kill you if he could.
Conversely, one you would kill if
you could."
Geiger, originally from
Please seeWWII, page 4


EOD student, family, suffer with economy


Church helped strapped pair

make it through Christmas
By Stacie Morgan
Staff Writer
Rachel Jackson, of Valparaiso wasn't able to muster a lot of excite-
ment about the holidays this recession year. According to the 27-year-
old wife and mother, the financial outlook is downright discouraging.
"This year I've been feeling really hopeless," said Rachel. "We've
had car issues, loans and consolidated payments. It seems like we've
always struggled financially, but this year seems extra tough."
The year has been so difficult for the Jackson family that they had
to accept financial help from another couple through their church.
Rachel's family is just one of many feeling the pinch of the strug-
gling U.S. economy this season.
According to Capt. John Edmonds, commanding officer of the
Salvation Army branch serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, there
has been an increase of 20 percent in the number of families serviced
by the charity.
"We helped 360 families this year, and barely over 300 last year,"
Edmonds said. "We've handed out food boxes, and coats donated by
the United Way. We had a company give us MREs, and we handed
Please see ECONOMY, page 4


Photo by Stacie Morgan
The Jackson family-Cameron, 24, Rachel, 27, Faith, 6, and Hailee,
6 months-has suffered financial reverses this year. Faith has
offered the contents of her piggy bank to help pay the bills.


ATM card skimmer targets area residents


Device records card number; camera shoots PIN


Photo by Del Lessard
Bluewater Bay resident Shuey Wolfe points to an area
where he noticed something had been added when he
used this Bank of America ATM Dec. 6. He learned last
week that thieves had stolen his card information to
drain $1,800 from of his account.


By Del Lessard
Staff Writer
When Beverly Flynt tried to use
her ATM card Dec. 18 at Bank of
America in Bluewater Bay, the
machine's screen told her she had
exceeded her daily withdrawal limit.
Problem was, she hadn't used the
card since Dec. 7.
After Flynt, of Lake Pippin,
reported the problem to the bank, she
was told thieves had drained $1,800
from her account by two $900 ATM
withdrawals in Jacksonville Dec. 18.
Another customer of the branch
also lost $1,800.
The Bluewater branch is one of
three Bank of America offices in
Okaloosa County reporting thefts
from customer accounts by thieves
using automated teller machine "card
skimmers," illegal high-tech devices


mounted on ATMs to steal card
information and PINs.
Also reporting card skimming
thefts were Bank of America branch-


es in Fort
Walton Beach
and Shalimar.
Another
bank, Peoples
National Bank,
headquartered in
Niceville, also
reported thefts,
although bank
officials would
not confirm


Beverly Flynt


whether it was a skimming crime.
People's National detected the
fraud within a day or two and quick-
ly decided to cancel all customers'
ATM cards and give them new ones,
said Debbie Dye, chairman of the


bank. She said about 2,000 cus-
tomers were affected.
Dye said the bank was able to
limit its losses to about $2,000.
The bank replaced any money
fraudulently taken from customers'
accounts, Dye said.
Michele Nicholson, sheriff's
spokeswoman, said at least three
dozen citizens have had money
stolen out of their bank accounts as a
result of the Fort Walton Beach scam
alone. That number is expected to
grow. She said losses at the three
Bank of America branches were in
the tens of thousands of dollars.
Lt. Randy Sallee said Niceville
police received about half a dozen
complaints from Bank of America
customers who lost money due to
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Friday, January 2, 2009


Public school enrollment



numbers still dwindling


By Stacie Morgan
Staff Writer
School enrollment in
Okaloosa County has declined
steadily in the last four years-
from a high of 31,059 in 2005
down to this year's number of
29,123, a difference of 1,860 stu-
dents.
Alexis Tibbetts, superintend-
ent of schools, said the decline
cannot be blamed on one cause.
"There's no one pat definition
for it," she said. "And it's not just
our county; the entire state of
Florida's enrollment numbers are
declining."
Tibbetts said the downturn
could be attributed to a combina-
tion of "hurricanes, housing and
insurance rates and an aging pop-
ulation'" She explained that
though school enrollment num-
bers may be down that's not nec-
essarily the case for county popu-
lation.
"People continue to move
here," she said, "but statistics are
showing our area is increasingly
becoming a retirement location."
Melissa Neal, associate direc-
tor of the Haas Center for
Business Research, attested to


Tibbetts' words. The decline,
Neal said, is "just based on the
demographics of the region since
the 1970s. We're seeing a
decrease in the area of people 19
and younger and they're being
replaced by those 50 and older,
those who don't have school-age
children."
Added Rick Harper, the cen-
ter's director: "There's a changing
composition of inward migration
into the state of Florida. We're
getting more people coming in
who are older, have a higher
income level and have no chil-


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dren. We're getting less working-
class families with children."
The population of Okaloosa
County seems to be shifting to
the north, said Tibbetts, where
home and property prices are
more affordable and plentiful.
This is evidenced by the school
district's figures showing declin-
ing enrollment in the Niceville
and Fort Walton Beach areas, and
an increase for Crestview
schools.
Enrollments in Crestview have
been increasing since 2002-
from 6,203 to this year's 7,136.
But Niceville's numbers declined,
from 6,809 to 6,560, as did Fort
Walton Beach numbers, from
11,971 to this year's 10,304.
Enrollment numbers in
Okaloosa County are also directly
affected by military personnel
coming and going from Hurlburt
Field and Eglin Air Force Base.
According to information
from the Haas Center an estimat-
ed 401 school-age children with
military parents will leave
Okaloosa County by the end of
next year, mostly due to the 33rd
Fighter Wing drawdown. More
children will begin coming into
the area in 2010 but not in larger
numbers until 2011, due to the
beddown of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighters as well as the Army's
7th Special Forces.
An Eglin Air Force base
spokesperson said they do not
track dependent numbers but said
approximately 1,280 military per-
sonnel will be filtering out of the
area, through next summer, due
to the drawdown.

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for civilians

cut to 45 days
AF Personnel Center
To increase the efficiency in
filling civilian vacancies, effec-
tive New Year's Day, selecting
officials will have 45 days
instead of 90 to choose the
best-qualified candidate.
"We continue to refine the
civilian hiring process where
we can to speed up the hiring
action," said Maj. Gen. K.C.
McClain, Air Force Personnel
Center commander.
Under current policy, man-
agers have 90 days to make a
selection once they receive a
list of candidates. The 90-day
rule was put in place in June
2007 to ease the transition into
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System. A review of policy
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Friday, January 2, 2009


County makes evacuation return easier


By Mike Griffith
Correspondent
Returning to the Twin Cities
area after a hurricane, flood, or
other disaster should not be as
difficult as it has in the past,
said
Okaloosa
Sheriff's
Office
spokesman
Mike Coup
during the
Dec. 18
meeting of
the
Okaloosa
County Mike Coup
County
Emergency Management
Committee.
Coup said the Sheriff's
Office has learned some impor-
tant lessons during previous
hurricanes such as Opal,
Dennis and Ivan, about how to
maintain public order and safe-


ty while still allowing evacuees
to return to their homes and
businesses as quickly as possi-
ble after a disaster.
In the past, Coup said, the
prevailing philosophy was to
restrict access to damaged
areas until initial recovery
actions such as search and res-
cue and restoration of
electric power and other
utilities was well under The
way or complete. resi
However, he said,
that proved impractical, wh(
and the current policy is
to allow residents and
business employees phy
who live and work in
damaged areas to return
as soon as it is physically safe
for them to do so, while still
maintaining order and control-
ling entry to some areas by
using entry checkpoints.
For public safety officials,


Coup said, the county is issu-
ing ID badges to such people
as public safety workers and
members of Community
Emergency Response Teams
(CERT), so they will not be
delayed at checkpoints as they
attempt to do their jobs.
Coup said the Sheriff's


e current policy is to allow
dents and business employ
o live and work in damage
as to return as soon as it is
sically safe for them to do


Office has also learned how to
better coordinate plans and
policies with the National
Guard. In the past, he said,
county officials have communi-
cated such things to command-


ing officers of guard units, but
the complete word has not
always filtered down to indi-
vidual guardsmen helping to
secure damaged areas.
Coup said another aid to
communication is the new
radio equipment recently issued
to county officials, which
allows them access to
more radio channels
than in the past.
"Now, all agencies
ees can talk to each other
d on the same radio," he
said, which speeds
messages and helps
SO. prevent misunderstand-
ings.
Restricting access
will be done only for those
areas most seriously damaged,
said Coup. For example, he
said, areas along the Gulf of
Mexico coastline, which are
subject to the most severe


storm surge, may be closed for
some time after a storm, but the
Niceville/Valparaiso area is less
likely to suffer such damage
and will probably be open
immediately after a storm.
Coup and Okaloosa County
Public Safety Director Dino
Villani said the best way to
determine when it is safe and
permissible to return will be by
checking the county Web sites,
okaloosafl.com, or
co.okaloosa.fl.us. The Web site
will contain maps and other
information showing which
neighborhoods are closed or
open, where utilities have been
restored, and where gasoline,
ice, food, and other supplies
are available, along with other
useful information. If people
cannot access the Internet
while evacuated, they can also
phone 651-7150 for informa-
tion.


ATM
From page I
fraudulent ATM withdrawals.
On Dec. 16, sheriff's deputies
went to the Bluewater Bay branch
of Bank of America after an ATM
repair technician reported signs of
tampering consistent with a card
skimmer having been attached to
machine. The skimmer was
gone, but marks remained.
According to documents cited
by the Sheriff's Office, here's
how ATM skimmers work:
"The equipment used to cap-
ture your ATM card number and
PIN is cleverly disguised to look
like normal ATM equipment. A
'skimmer' is mounted to the front
of the normal ATM card slot that
reads the ATM card number and
transmits it to the criminals sitting
in a nearby car."
"At the same time, a wireless
camera is disguised to look like a
leaflet holder and is mounted in a
position to view ATM PIN
entries'."
"The thieves copy the cards
and use the PIN numbers to with-
draw thousands from many
accounts in a very short time
directly from the bank ATM."
Such devices have also been
used on gasoline pumps.
In the Fort Walton Beach Bank
of America ATM incident, sher-
iff's investigators say the thieves
apparently put a card reader on
the teller machine overnight and
removed it before the bank
opened.
Another victim of the
Bluewater Bay bank scam, Shuey
Wolfe, gave an indication of the
sophistication and scope of the
skimming scheme. Wolfe, of
Bluewater Bay, said he last used
the Bluewater ATM machine Dec.
6. Investigators told him his bank
card information-his stolen PIN
number-was "tested" by thieves
in Texas Dec. 16, probably to
confirm that the stolen PIN num-
ber would work. The actual ATM
cash withdrawals were made a
short time later when thieves
made a total of six cash with-
drawals from three different
Jacksonville ATM machines Dec.
16-17.
The fraudulent withdrawals,
which ranged from $100 to $700,
totaled $1,800, Wolfe said. Bank
of America called Wolfe's home
as soon as it noticed the suspi-
cious activity, but he wasn't
home.
Nicholson said Bank of
America is replacing the stolen


money in the defrauded cus-
tomers' accounts.
Britney Sheehan, a spokesman
for Bank of America, said that
under bank policy, customers
stung by card-skimming thieves
are not responsible for any unau-
thorized activity in their
accounts-as long as they report
any suspicious or fraudulent
activity within a "reasonable"
time, usually within 30 to 60
days.


Sheehan said the best protec-
tion for bank customers is to dili-
gently monitor account activity
and notify the bank immediately
if they detect any fraudulent or
suspicious activity.
The bank declined to divulge
how many customers were vic-
timized, nor would it say how
much money was stolen.
Wolfe said he got his money
back Dec. 18 and was testing his
new ATM card the next day.


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From page I

Chattanooga, was a high school
student at the McCallie Military
School when the war began, and
was drafted into the U.S. Army
shortly after graduation. He was
trained quickly, then sent to
Europe, where, as a corporal, he
was assigned as a replacement
infantryman in Company E, 141st
Regiment, 36th Division, 7th
Army.
He arrived after the Allied
invasion of Normandy in June
1944, and found himself near
where the French, Belgian,
Luxembourg, and German bor-
ders all come together, during the
late fall and early winter of that
year. With German forces appar-
ently in retreat, many Allied sol-
diers hoped that the worst of the
fighting was done.
Adolph Hitler had other ideas.
For months, the Nazi dictator had
been preparing a huge counter-
offensive, stockpiling troops and
weapons for one last blitzkrieg,
hoping to recapture the Belgian
port of Antwerp and create fear
and confusion among the Allies.
This, Hitler may have hoped,
would allow him to negotiate a
cease-fire that would leave him in
power in Germany.
On Dec. 16, 1944, when the
Germans launched their surprise
attack against American positions
during one of the bitterest
European winters on record,
Geiger was on "R&R" in France.
His unit was in the northeast cor-
ner of France, at the south end of
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name.
"I was rushed into a defensive
position near a French town
called Bitche," Geiger said. "It
turned out to be aptly named."
"I was a "BAR man," Geiger
said, meaning a soldier equipped
with a Browning Automatic Rifle.
"I was assigned this weapon
probably because I was pretty big,
the weapon is heavy, and you
have to carry an awful lot of
ammunition to feed it."
"The BAR is a hell of a
weapon," he said, "but since it is a
machine gun it attracts a lot of
attention from the other guy."
Upon reaching their defensive
positions, Geiger's unit took
cover in some abandoned German
foxholes. "The ground was frozen
so we couldn't dig any of our
own."
Before long, Geiger's unit was
attacked by a large German force.
"We got surrounded, and heard
some tanks just over a nearby hill.
We were told to expect to be cap-
tured, and we were ordered to
destroy all our letters and person-
al items" to keep them out of
enemy hands.
"We were in some big fire-
fights. We took out some of them,
and they took out some of us." He
wouldn't say how many
Germans, if any, he killed person-
ally. "I don't talk about that," he
said.
Geiger recounted some of the
memories that stayed with him
after the battle. "It was bitter cold,
and by the second day our can-
teens were frozen solid.
Unfortunately, about this time we
were completely surrounded by


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German troops and our food and
water supply was cut off. There
was an abundant amount of snow,
which we melted for water."
"I was squatting in the bottom
of our foxhole heating water over
some captured German stern
cans-much better than ours-for
the purpose of making my buddy
who was on watch some K-ration
coffee. About the time I finally
got it to the boiling point an
artillery shell landed just by our
foxhole and a piece of dirt landed
in my canteen cup. It was the last
of our coffee. I never knew if the
shell was theirs or ours. We got
shelled by both."
"I don't remember having
much to eat, but from time to
time we had to leave our foxhole
to 'do our thing.' I was out one
night when a German flare lit just
above me. I froze. The flare went
out. I moved. The flare re-lit. I
froze. It went out. I moved, it re-
lit, etc., etc."
Geiger said his unit must have
won its firefights, because the
expected big German attack never
came, and they were not overrun
or captured. "I'm not sure how
long we were there, but eventual-
ly another division got us out," he
said.
By that time, Geiger had been
wounded; not by German fire, but
by the weather, one of 81,000
American casualties in the bloodi-
est battle of the war. "I ended up
in the hospital with frostbite in
both feet. In due time I was in a
British hospital ship en route to
the UK from France. Six of us
Americans were in a hold full of
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us."
The brief voyage led to other
memories. "For those of us who
couldn't walk, there were bars we
could use to swing our way to the
'head.' I was swinging my way
down one time when someone lit-
erally picked me up from behind
and carried me to my destination,
waited for me to finish, and car-
ried me back to my bunk. It was a
German POW who would soon
lose both feet due to frostbite. He
was beyond repair or pain."
"I was grateful to him at the
time, but after reading Stephen
Ambrose's 'The Citizen Soldier,' I
now don't know how to feel.
German soldiers captured wear-
ing GI boots were often forced to
go barefoot in the snow until their
feet were beyond repair. I wasn't
aware of this at the time."
Another memory concerned
his hospital stay in England.
"In those days, everything was
segregated, even the hospital. We
had one ward for white soldiers
and another ward for black sol-
diers. However, I remember one
black soldier, a patient, who used
to come and visit the white ward.
He had absolutely beautiful pen-
manship, and he used to go to the
soldiers who were too badly
injured to be able to write. They
would dictate letters home, and he
would write the letters for them. I
never found out his name, but I
still remember him."
After WWII, Geiger went to
college at Tennessee Tech, then
went on to a career that included
banking, finance, the auto indus-
try, and the oil business. He and
his wife, Alma Jean, or A.J.,
raised three children.


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From page I
those out. And then there were
the 800 children helped through
the Angel Tree program."
The Jackson family, consist-
ing of Cameron, 24, a petty offi-
cer second class studying at the
Navy Explosive Ordnance
Disposal school, Rachel, Faith, 6,
Hailee, 6 months, and their dog,
Snickers, spent last Christmas in
Texas with Rachel's parents, with
whom they were living.
"We've always had a financial
plan" said Rachel, who works
part-time at Wee School, a day
care associated with First Baptist
Church, Niceville. "But some-
thing big and unforeseen always
comes along'"
According to the financial
counseling office of Eglin Air
Force Base, 455 military mem-
bers came in for counseling in
2008. Some 721 clients received
assistance from the Air Force Aid
association, said Eglin public
affairs.
"It's really humbling to
receive money from your
church," Rachel said. "It's hard to
believe that people care that
much-that they can care enough
to give money to someone they
might not even know. We would-
n't have been able to get a
Christmas tree if we hadn't
received money from church."
Though Cameron is grateful
for the help from an anonymous
donor, arranged by First Baptist
Church, he said accepting money
was hard on his pride. "It makes
me feel really crappy," he said
with blunt honesty. "It makes me
feel like I'm not doing my job as
a provider," though he was quick
to say that no one has implied
any such a thing. "This is the first
time anyone has ever given us
money."
While Rachel and Cameron
have tried not to let their daughter
Faith know the extent of their
financial woes, the 6-year-old is
nonetheless aware that Mom and
Dad appear anxious.
"She knows we don't have the
money for a lot of things," said
Rachel. "I have to tell her all the
time that we can't get this or we
can't get that. She's heard
Cameron and I discussing things,
and there have been many times
she runs to her room and comes
back out with her bank. 'Here
Mommy. You can have the
money in my piggy bank,' she
says. So she knows things aren't
right."
"I knew things were getting
tough," said Cameron, "but until I
had to actually work with the
numbers I don't think I realized
how high the price of food had
gotten or how much we were
spending on gas, or repairs or
electricity. I used to get irritated
when Rachel would say we did-
n't have enough for something.'
Although there weren't many
presents under the Jackson family
Christmas tree this year, the cou-
ple has discovered the gift of
sharing the load.
"Sure, now I'm the one stress-
ing out about finances," Cameron
said, "but I've learned that you
have to be frugal when times are
tough. You can't be frivolous.
We're doing the best we can and
we're working on it together."
Said Rachel, "Sometimes I
feel like I can't take it anymore.
But when it gets like that, some-
thing comes along-like these
people who were looking specifi-
cally for a military family to
help-and you get blessed at a
moment when you least expect
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Hurlburt runners beat Eglin


By 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane
1st SOWPublic Affairs
Running enthusiasts from
Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air
Force Base took part in the first
Hurlburt/Eglin Cross Country
Challenge Dec. 19, at the
Timberlake Recreation area near
Eglin AFB.
The runners crossed the start-
ing line, ran roughly a quarter of a
mile, made a sharp left and
promptly disappeared into
the wilderness of Eglin Range.
They slowly began to emerge
about 30 minutes later, sandy and
tired, for a final dash to the finish
line.


Juan Moran, Air Force Special
Operations Command Special
Tactics Training Squadron, fin-
ished the five-mile course in
32:25 to lead the Hurlburt team to
victory.
This is the fifth season of cross
country intramurals at Hurlburt
Field. The successes of the
Hurlburt Field league led Eglin to
start a cross country season this
year. The Challenge is the culmi-
nation of both installations' sea-
sons and serves as an end of the
year battle of lungs and legs
between the two bases.
The first team to have five run-
ners complete the course was


declared the winner.
Team Hurlburt was presented
with a trophy that will be kept on
display until next year's race.
In addition to The Challenge
trophy, awards were presented to
the top three teams from Hurlburt
Field. The STTS took home the
first place trophy, with second and
third place going to the 6th
Special Operations Squadron and
the AFSOC headquarters team,
respectively.
"We need more runners," said
Mark Patterson, Chief of Combat
Development Activities and head
coach of the AFSOC HQ contin-
gent.


"People should run to stay fit,"
Patterson said. "They have to
exercise anyway with the fitness
program in the Air Force these
days. During one of our races, we
ran right by 400 people doing
physical fitness on their own. Our
goal is to get as many of those
individuals as possible to join a
team and compete."
Though only the top five run-


Juan Moran, Air Force Special
Operations Command Special
Tactics Training Squadron,
crosses the finish line in the
first Eglin/Hurlburt Cross
Country Challenge Dec. 19,
leading the Hurlburt Team to
victory.
Air Force photo
by 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane
ners count towards team points,
the only requirement to be a
member of the team is a desire to
run.
"It's not about your run time,"
Patterson said. "I love to see the
runner's faces as they get faster
from race to race, maybe even
beating a few people along the
way. It's all about constant
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The Citizens Academy is a way
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mail james.lovelace@eglin.af.mil.
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Jan. 15: Alike/Different, in honor
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By Stacie Morgan Staff Writer Rachel Jackson, of Valparaiso wasn’t able to muster a lot of excitement about the holidays this recession year. According to the 27-yearold wife and mother, the financial outlook is downright discouraging. “This year I’ve been feeling really hopeless,” said Rachel. “We’ve had car issues, loans and consolidated payments. It seems like we’ve always struggled financially, but this year seems extra tough.” The year has been so difficult for the Jackson family that they had to accept financial help from another couple through their church. Rachel’s family is just one of many feeling the pinch of the struggling U.S. economy this season. According to Capt. John Edmonds, commanding officer of the Salvation Army branch serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, there has been an increase of 20 percent in the number of families serviced by the charity. “We helped 360 families this year, and barely over 300 last year,” Edmonds said. “We’ve handed out food boxes, and coats donated by the United Way. We had a company give us MREs, and we handedBy Mike Griffith Correspondent Charlie Geiger doesn’t like to talk much about his experiences in World War II, although he fought in one of its most historic strugglesthe Battle of the Bulge, Germany’s last big offensive before being defeated by Allied forces in Western Europe. When asked before the battle’s 64th anniversary, Geiger, 83, reluctantly shared some of his memories. Echoing sentiments expressed almost invariably by other members of “the greatest generation,” the Bluewater Bay retiree said: “It wasn’t much, really, and there were so many others who did much more than I did.” “The foot soldier’s war is pretty much limited to no more than what he can see, hear, or feel at any given time,” Geiger said. “His adversary, in the European theater of operations at least, may well have been someone like himself, there because his country called, trying to survive, but who would kill you if he could. Conversely, one you would kill if you could.” Geiger, originally from Please seeWWII,page 4 Please see ECONOMY,page 4 (850) 678-1080 info@hurlburtpatriot.com The Hometown Paper for Hurlburt Field Friday, January 2, 2009 Photo by Stacie Morgan The Jackson familyCameron, 24, Rachel, 27, Faith, 6, and Hailee, 6 monthshas suffered financial reverses this year. Faith has offered the contents of her piggy bank to help pay the bills.Lo wer class School enrollment in Okaloosa County is down again, said school district officials. See page 2.Get back Following the difficulties many people had in getting back to their homes for even a short time after Hurricane Ivan, the county has taken steps to make it easier. See page 3.F ast and furious Hurlburt cross country runners beat their Eglin counterparts in the first dual meet. See story on page 5.What’ s up? Check out the Patriot calendar for places to go and things to do during the Gulf Coast holiday season. See page 6. InsideEOD student,family,suffer with economyRecalling WWII’s bloodiest battleFight vet was felled by frostbite American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945. Before it was turned back, the German attack cost 81,000 U.S. casualties, among them Cpl. Charles Geiger, disabled by frostbite. Charles Geiger Church helped strapped pair make it through Christmas By Del Lessard Staff Writer When Beverly Flynt tried to use her ATM card Dec. 18 at Bank of America in Bluewater Bay, the machine’s screen told her she had exceeded her daily withdrawal limit. Problem was, she hadn’t used the card since Dec. 7. After Flynt, of Lake Pippin, reported the problem to the bank, she was told thieves had drained $1,800 from her account by two $900 ATM withdrawals in Jacksonville Dec. 18. Another customer of the branch also lost $1,800. The Bluewater branch is one of three Bank of America offices in Okaloosa County reporting thefts from customer accounts by thieves using automated teller machine “card skimmers,” illegal high-tech devices mounted on ATMs to steal card information and PINs. Also reporting card skimming thefts were Bank of America branches in Fort Walton Beach and Shalimar. Another bank, Peoples National Bank, headquartered in Niceville, also reported thefts, although bank officials would not confirm whether it was a skimming crime. People’s National detected the fraud within a day or two and quickly decided to cancel all customers’ ATM cards and give them new ones, said Debbie Dye, chairman of the bank. She said about 2,000 customers were affected. Dye said the bank was able to limit its losses to about $2,000. The bank replaced any money fraudulently taken from customers’ accounts, Dye said. Michele Nicholson, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said at least three dozen citizens have had money stolen out of their bank accounts as a result of the Fort Walton Beach scam alone. That number is expected to grow. She said losses at the three Bank of America branches were in the tens of thousands of dollars. Lt. Randy Sallee said Niceville police received about half a dozen complaints from Bank of America customers who lost money due to Please see ATM,page 3 Photo by Del Lessard Bluewater Bay resident Shuey Wolfe points to an area where he noticed something had been added when he used this Bank of America ATM Dec. 6. He learned last week that thieves had stolen his card information to drain $1,800 from of his account. ATM card skimmer targets area residentsDevice records card number;camera shoots PIN Beverly Flynt

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By Stacie Morgan Staff Writer School enrollment in Okaloosa County has declined steadily in the last four years from a high of 31,059 in 2005 down to this year’s number of 29,123, a difference of 1,860 students. Alexis Tibbetts, superintendent of schools, said the decline cannot be blamed on one cause. “There’s no one pat definition for it,” she said. “And it’s not just our county; the entire state of Florida’s enrollment numbers are declining.” Tibbetts said the downturn could be attributed to a combination of “hurricanes, housing and insurance rates and an aging population.” She explained that though school enrollment numbers may be down that’s not necessarily the case for county population. “People continue to move here,” she said, “but statistics are showing our area is increasingly becoming a retirement location.” Melissa Neal, associate director of the Haas Center for Business Research, attested to Tibbetts’words. The decline, Neal said, is “just based on the demographics of the region since the 1970s. We’re seeing a decrease in the area of people 19 and younger and they’re being replaced by those 50 and older, those who don’t have school-age children.” Added Rick Harper, the center’s director: “There’s a changing composition of inward migration into the state of Florida. We’re getting more people coming in who are older, have a higher income level and have no children. We’re getting less workingclass families with children.” The population of Okaloosa County seems to be shifting to the north, said Tibbetts, where home and property prices are more affordable and plentiful. This is evidenced by the school district’s figures showing declining enrollment in the Niceville and Fort Walton Beach areas, and an increase for Crestview schools. Enrollments in Crestview have been increasing since 2002 from 6,203 to this year’s 7,136. But Niceville’s numbers declined, from 6,809 to 6,560, as did Fort Walton Beach numbers, from 11,971 to this year’s 10,304. Enrollment numbers in Okaloosa County are also directly affected by military personnel coming and going from Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base. According to information from the Haas Center an estimated 401 school-age children with military parents will leave Okaloosa County by the end of next year, mostly due to the 33rd Fighter Wing drawdown. More children will begin coming into the area in 2010 but not in larger numbers until 2011, due to the beddown of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters as well as the Army’s 7th Special Forces. An Eglin Air Force base spokesperson said they do not track dependent numbers but said approximately 1,280 military personnel will be filtering out of the area, through next summer, due to the drawdown. 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Friday, January 2, 2009 Page 3 fraudulent ATM withdrawals. On Dec. 16, sheriff’s deputies went to the Bluewater Bay branch of Bank of America after an ATM repair technician reported signs of tampering consistent with a card skimmer having been attached to machine. The skimmer was gone, but marks remained. According to documents cited by the Sheriff’s Office, here’s how ATM skimmers work: “The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN is cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment. A ‘skimmer’is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to the criminals sitting in a nearby car.” “At the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries.” “The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time directly from the bank ATM.” Such devices have also been used on gasoline pumps. In the Fort Walton Beach Bank of America ATM incident, sheriff’s investigators say the thieves apparently put a card reader on the teller machine overnight and removed it before the bank opened. Another victim of the Bluewater Bay bank scam, Shuey Wolfe, gave an indication of the sophistication and scope of the skimming scheme. Wolfe, of Bluewater Bay, said he last used the Bluewater ATM machine Dec. 6. Investigators told him his bank card informationhis stolen PIN numberwas “tested” by thieves in Texas Dec. 16, probably to confirm that the stolen PIN number would work. The actual ATM cash withdrawals were made a short time later when thieves made a total of six cash withdrawals from three different Jacksonville ATM machines Dec. 16-17. The fraudulent withdrawals, which ranged from $100 to $700, totaled $1,800, Wolfe said. Bank of America called Wolfe’s home as soon as it noticed the suspicious activity, but he wasn’t home. Nicholson said Bank of America is replacing the stolen money in the defrauded customers’accounts. Britney Sheehan, a spokesman for Bank of America, said that under bank policy, customers stung by card-skimming thieves are not responsible for any unauthorized activity in their accountsas long as they report any suspicious or fraudulent activity within a “reasonable” time, usually within 30 to 60 days. Sheehan said the best protection for bank customers is to diligently monitor account activity and notify the bank immediately if they detect any fraudulent or suspicious activity. The bank declined to divulge how many customers were victimized, nor would it say how much money was stolen. Wolfe said he got his money back Dec. 18 and was testing his new ATM card the next day. County makes evacuation return easierBy Mike Griffith Correspondent Returning to the Twin Cities area after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster should not be as difficult as it has in the past, said Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Coup during the Dec. 18 meeting of the Okaloosa County Emergency Management Committee. Coup said the Sheriff’s Office has learned some important lessons during previous hurricanes such as Opal, Dennis and Ivan, about how to maintain public order and safety while still allowing evacuees to return to their homes and businesses as quickly as possible after a disaster. In the past, Coup said, the prevailing philosophy was to restrict access to damaged areas until initial recovery actions such as search and rescue and restoration of electric power and other utilities was well under way or complete. However, he said, that proved impractical, and the current policy is to allow residents and business employees who live and work in damaged areas to return as soon as it is physically safe for them to do so, while still maintaining order and controlling entry to some areas by using entry checkpoints. For public safety officials, Coup said, the county is issuing ID badges to such people as public safety workers and members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), so they will not be delayed at checkpoints as they attempt to do their jobs. Coup said the Sheriff’s Office has also learned how to better coordinate plans and policies with the National Guard. In the past, he said, county officials have communicated such things to commanding officers of guard units, but the complete word has not always filtered down to individual guardsmen helping to secure damaged areas. Coup said another aid to communication is the new radio equipment recently issued to county officials, which allows them access to more radio channels than in the past. “Now, all agencies can talk to each other on the same radio,” he said, which speeds messages and helps prevent misunderstandings. Restricting access will be done only for those areas most seriously damaged, said Coup. For example, he said, areas along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, which are subject to the most severe storm surge, may be closed for some time after a storm, but the Niceville/Valparaiso area is less likely to suffer such damage and will probably be open immediately after a storm. Coup and Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Dino Villani said the best way to determine when it is safe and permissible to return will be by checking the county Web sites, okaloosafl.com, or co.okaloosa.fl.us. The Web site will contain maps and other information showing which neighborhoods are closed or open, where utilities have been restored, and where gasoline, ice, food, and other supplies are available, along with other useful information. If people cannot access the Internet while evacuated, they can also phone 651-7150 for information. The current policy is to allow residents and business employees who live and work in damaged areas to return as soon as it is physically safe for them to do so. Mike Coup ATMFrom page 1 V V a a l l u u e e s s f f o o r r E E v v e e r r y y R R o o o o m m ! ! 6

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Chattanooga, was a high school student at the McCallie Military School when the war began, and was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after graduation. He was trained quickly, then sent to Europe, where, as a corporal, he was assigned as a replacement infantryman in Company E, 141st Regiment, 36th Division, 7th Army. He arrived after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, and found himself near where the French, Belgian, Luxembourg, and German borders all come together, during the late fall and early winter of that year. With German forces apparently in retreat, many Allied soldiers hoped that the worst of the fighting was done. Adolph Hitler had other ideas. For months, the Nazi dictator had been preparing a huge counteroffensive, stockpiling troops and weapons for one last blitzkrieg, hoping to recapture the Belgian port of Antwerp and create fear and confusion among the Allies. This, Hitler may have hoped, would allow him to negotiate a cease-fire that would leave him in power in Germany. On Dec. 16, 1944, when the Germans launched their surprise attack against American positions during one of the bitterest European winters on record, Geiger was on “R&R” in France. His unit was in the northeast corner of France, at the south end of the famous “bulge” in German lines that would give the battle its name. “I was rushed into a defensive position near a French town called Bitche,” Geiger said. “It turned out to be aptly named.” “I was a “BAR man,” Geiger said, meaning a soldier equipped with a Browning Automatic Rifle. “I was assigned this weapon probably because I was pretty big, the weapon is heavy, and you have to carry an awful lot of ammunition to feed it.” “The BAR is a hell of a weapon,” he said, “but since it is a machine gun it attracts a lot of attention from the other guy.” Upon reaching their defensive positions, Geiger’s unit took cover in some abandoned German foxholes. “The ground was frozen so we couldn’t dig any of our own.” Before long, Geiger’s unit was attacked by a large German force. “We got surrounded, and heard some tanks just over a nearby hill. We were told to expect to be captured, and we were ordered to destroy all our letters and personal items” to keep them out of enemy hands. “We were in some big firefights. We took out some of them, and they took out some of us.” He wouldn’t say how many Germans, if any, he killed personally. “I don’t talk about that,” he said. Geiger recounted some of the memories that stayed with him after the battle. “It was bitter cold, and by the second day our canteens were frozen solid. Unfortunately, about this time we were completely surrounded by German troops and our food and water supply was cut off. There was an abundant amount of snow, which we melted for water.” “I was squatting in the bottom of our foxhole heating water over some captured German sterno cansmuch better than oursfor the purpose of making my buddy who was on watch some K-ration coffee. About the time I finally got it to the boiling point an artillery shell landed just by our foxhole and a piece of dirt landed in my canteen cup. It was the last of our coffee. I never knew if the shell was theirs or ours. We got shelled by both.” “I don’t remember having much to eat, but from time to time we had to leave our foxhole to ‘do our thing.’I was out one night when a German flare lit just above me. I froze. The flare went out. I moved. The flare re-lit. I froze. It went out. I moved, it relit, etc., etc.” Geiger said his unit must have won its firefights, because the expected big German attack never came, and they were not overrun or captured. “I’m not sure how long we were there, but eventually another division got us out,” he said. By that time, Geiger had been wounded; not by German fire, but by the weather, one of 81,000 American casualties in the bloodiest battle of the war. “I ended up in the hospital with frostbite in both feet. In due time I was in a British hospital ship en route to the UK from France. Six of us Americans were in a hold full of German POWs. Talk about a bunch of happy menthem, not us.” The brief voyage led to other memories. “For those of us who couldn’t walk, there were bars we could use to swing our way to the ‘head.’I was swinging my way down one time when someone literally picked me up from behind and carried me to my destination, waited for me to finish, and carried me back to my bunk. It was a German POW who would soon lose both feet due to frostbite. He was beyond repair or pain.” “I was grateful to him at the time, but after reading Stephen Ambrose’s ‘The Citizen Soldier,’I now don’t know how to feel. German soldiers captured wearing GI boots were often forced to go barefoot in the snow until their feet were beyond repair. I wasn’t aware of this at the time.” Another memory concerned his hospital stay in England. “In those days, everything was segregated, even the hospital. We had one ward for white soldiers and another ward for black soldiers. However, I remember one black soldier, a patient, who used to come and visit the white ward. He had absolutely beautiful penmanship, and he used to go to the soldiers who were too badly injured to be able to write. They would dictate letters home, and he would write the letters for them. I never found out his name, but I still remember him.” After WWII, Geiger went to college at Tennessee Tech, then went on to a career that included banking, finance, the auto industry, and the oil business. He and his wife, Alma Jean, or A.J., raised three children. WWIIFrom page 1Page 4 Friday, January 2, 2009 Hurlburt Patriot ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN For only $99.50 a week for 10 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool. ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. 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And then there were the 800 children helped through the Angel Tree program.” The Jackson family, consisting of Cameron, 24, a petty officer second class studying at the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal school, Rachel, Faith, 6, Hailee, 6 months, and their dog, Snickers, spent last Christmas in Texas with Rachel’s parents, with whom they were living. “We’ve always had a financial plan” said Rachel, who works part-time at Wee School, a day care associated with First Baptist Church, Niceville. “But something big and unforeseen always comes along.” According to the financial counseling office of Eglin Air Force Base, 455 military members came in for counseling in 2008. Some 721 clients received assistance from the Air Force Aid association, said Eglin public affairs. “It’s really humbling to receive money from your church,” Rachel said. “It’s hard to believe that people care that muchthat they can care enough to give money to someone they might not even know. We wouldn’t have been able to get a Christmas tree if we hadn’t received money from church.” Though Cameron is grateful for the help from an anonymous donor, arranged by First Baptist Church, he said accepting money was hard on his pride. “It makes me feel really crappy,” he said with blunt honesty. “It makes me feel like I’m not doing my job as a provider,” though he was quick to say that no one has implied any such a thing. “This is the first time anyone has ever given us money.” While Rachel and Cameron have tried not to let their daughter Faith know the extent of their financial woes, the 6-year-old is nonetheless aware that Mom and Dad appear anxious. “She knows we don’t have the money for a lot of things,” said Rachel. “I have to tell her all the time that we can’t get this or we can’t get that. She’s heard Cameron and I discussing things, and there have been many times she runs to her room and comes back out with her bank. ‘Here Mommy. You can have the money in my piggy bank,’she says. So she knows things aren’t right.” “I knew things were getting tough,” said Cameron, “but until I had to actually work with the numbers I don’t think I realized how high the price of food had gotten or how much we were spending on gas, or repairs or electricity. I used to get irritated when Rachel would say we didn’t have enough for something.” Although there weren’t many presents under the Jackson family Christmas tree this year, the couple has discovered the gift of sharing the load. “Sure, now I’m the one stressing out about finances,” Cameron said, “but I’ve learned that you have to be frugal when times are tough. You can’t be frivolous. We’re doing the best we can and we’re working on it together.” Said Rachel, “Sometimes I feel like I can’t take it anymore. 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Safe & Happy New Year Hurlburt runners beat EglinBy 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane 1st SOWPublic Affairs Running enthusiasts from Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base took part in the first Hurlburt/Eglin Cross Country Challenge Dec. 19, at the Timberlake Recreation area near Eglin AFB. The runners crossed the starting line, ran roughly a quarter of a mile, made a sharp left and promptly disappeared into thewilderness of Eglin Range. They slowly began to emerge about 30 minutes later, sandy and tired, for a final dash to the finish line. Juan Moran, Air Force Special Operations Command Special Tactics Training Squadron, finished the five-mile course in 32:25 to lead the Hurlburt team to victory. This is the fifth season of cross country intramurals at Hurlburt Field. The successes of the Hurlburt Field league led Eglin to start a cross country season this year. The Challenge is the culmination of both installations’seasons and serves as an end of the year battle of lungs and legs between the two bases. The first team to have five runners complete the course was declared the winner. Team Hurlburt was presented with a trophy that will be kept on display until next year’s race. In addition to The Challenge trophy, awards were presented to the top three teams from Hurlburt Field. The STTS took home the first place trophy, with second and third place going to the 6th Special Operations Squadron and the AFSOCheadquarters team, respectively. “We need more runners,” said Mark Patterson, Chief of Combat Development Activities and head coach of the AFSOC HQ contingent. “People should run to stay fit,” Patterson said. “They have to exercise anyway with the fitness program in the Air Force these days. During one of our races, we ran right by 400 people doing physical fitness on their own. Our goal is to get as many of those individuals as possible to join a team and compete.” Though only the top five runners count towards team points, the only requirement to be a member of the team is a desire to run. “It’s not about your run time,” Patterson said. “I love to see the runner’s faces as they get faster from race to race, maybe even beating a few people along the way. It’s all about constant improvement.” Juan Moran, Air Force Special Operations Command Special Tactics Training Squadron, crosses the finish line in the first Eglin/Hurlburt Cross Country Challenge Dec. 19, leading the Hurlburt Team to victory. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane NOW OPENSPECIALIZING IN: Unique Items Pottery Home DecorNOW OPENSPECIALIZING IN: Unique Items Pottery Home Decor850-729-1182 398 W. John Sims Pkwy. 9-6, Tues.-Sat. 10-3 Sun. Closed Mondays Private Instruction Group ClassesBallroom, Rhythm, Swing Night Club and LatinLocated in Niceville’s Palm Plaza at “A Dance Studio” and at the “Arts Center” on Eglin AFB(850)-200-7348 Gift Certificates Available S S t t e e p p b b y y S S t t e e p pB B a a l l l l r r o o o o m m *Excluding strollers, baby gear and furnitureAnd in January, we will still be celebrating our 1st year with an additional We’re Celebrating Our 1st Year Anniversary!30% 70% OFFEverything On Sale* (850)225-5182133 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL www.sweetrepeatsvalp.comMon., Wed., Fri.: 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Sat.: 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.10%OFFEVERY FRIDAYFriday, January 2, 2009 Page 5 Hurlburt Patriot FIRST MONTHGet YourFREE Savings of over $30Limit one per household. No cash value. Access card fee, other fees and some restrictions may apply. Valid only for local residents on first visit at participating clubs. 2009 Snap Fitness Inc.Hurry, valid for first 100 new members! Snap Fitness(850) 362-6871 232 Racetrack Rd. Next to Ace Hardware

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Citizens Police Academy The Citizens Academy is a way for citizens to learn about the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Students will have an opportunity to tour the communications center, go on a ride along with a deputy, and fire Sheriff’s Office firearms at the gun range. Everyone who takes the class must have a background check due to the sensitive information about the Sheriff’s Office. The next Citizens Academy will begin on January 6 and go through March 24 on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Administration Training Room. The application is on the Sheriff’s Office Web site at sheriff-okaloosa.org under Crime Prevention/classes AFCEAluncheon set The Emerald Coast Chapter of AFCEA will hold its January luncheon Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eglin Enlisted Club. Lunch will be a Mediterranean buffet and is $10 for club members and $12 for non-club members. The chapter will open the new year by presenting the Science Teaching Tool Grant and local scholarships and announcing the local chapter Young AFCEAN of the Year award. If you would like to attend, email james.lovelace@eglin.af.mil. Library story hour Story hour is held every Thursday (except for holidays) at the Hurlburt Library at 10 a.m. Jan. 8: Birds of a feather all read together. Jan. 15: Alike/Different, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jan. 22: Starts. Jan. 29: Colors. Call 884-6266. CALENDAR2008 Page 6 Friday, January 2, 2009 CHURCHDIRECTORY Weddings, Engagements, or Special Anniversaries?Just write up a brief article and enclose a photo if possible. Bring it by or mail it to:Hurlburt Patriot 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL32578 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)S UND A YS Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Morning Celebration Service 11:00 a.m. Evening Bible Study 5:00 p.m. W EDNESD A YS Mid Week Prayer Service 6:00 p.m. Children-In-Action 6:00 p.m.“Engaging...God Connecting..with others Serving...all”FIRSTBAPTISTCHURCHOFVALPARAISOLead Pastor T.J. Kollar Pastor & First Lady ParkerFIRST CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST798 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 682-4900 fcogic@fcogicg.ccoxmail.com Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. “Pointing The Way To Jesus”IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCH250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324www.iacdestin.orgSunday Morning Services 7:45 Holy Communion 10:00 Family Communion ServiceMinistries provided for children, nursery through 8th gradeW ednesday Night Student Ministry 6:30-8:00 “Encounter”(6th-12th grade)

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Friday, January 2, 2009 Page 7 Texas Land Sale! 20-acre Ranches, Near BOOMING ELPASO. Road Access. Surveyed, $15,900. $200/down. $159/mo. Money Back Guarantee. No Credit Checks. 1-800-843-7537 ext.12. www.sunsetranches.com Niceville, Beautiful 2 br, 1 ba, apartment 1,000 sq ft on Lake Henderson. Lush yard, dock, new hardwood floors. All Utilities included. $975.00. Must See. Call 850-206-6668. 2004 Townhome in FWB. 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms, garage, fenced backyard, washer/ dryer included $900/mo. 850543-0779 Roommates wanted to share 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. $350.00 month. Split utilities. Crestview 229-356-2542 Navarre, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 acre. $950/mo. 228-806-4562. Homes for Rent Acreage 2006 Outback 5th Whl 28ft. FRLS slideout new cond. Used 1 week. Under Blue Book, Distress Sale $20,000 897-2814 Philippine wood coffee table $40; 23” x 23” glass top end table $20. Worldwide multi-system VHS $100 obo 376-4330 Dining table, 4 chairs, 1 bench, nice, $350 obo. 376-4330 L-shaped sectional sofaw/ 2 recliners & sofa bed, tweed colored cloth. $800 obo. 376-4330 Whirlpool white side by side fridge with water and ice on door. Priced for quick sale, $125. 850 368-2331 Blk dining table & 6 chairs $150; Bar & 2 stools $75; Drawing table -$20. Pics upon request Sam 699-8890. MUSTSELL. Beautiful Lazy Boy sofa (cream with floral print), recliner and chair. Excellent condition. $650 OBO. Photos by email. 499-9248. Sport Cargo Carrier$100; Suitcase style coffee & end table $50. Pics upon request Sam 699-8890. 2000 Gateway computer, 17” screen, printer, scanner, desk, newly renovated. All for $250. Call 6786248 For Sale. Washer, $25. Dryer, $50. Diamond engagement ring and wedding band, $2000 obo. Call Ashley 850598-5791 Emerson 32 in. LCD HDTV, used 2 mo.factory wty.$500 new, asking $350. Also GE 1200W large cap. microwave, Like new $50. 678-0983 7 1/2’artificial Christmas tree, mountain spruce, looks real, 60 branches, multiple tips, very full and elegant, original box, assembly instructions, $20. 678-7276 Antique oriental teak wood dinner table, 2 captain & 4 reg chairs, 2 leafs $1000 obo. 376-4330 Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent CLASSIFIED AD AND FREE FLEAMARKET AD DEADLINE: NOON TUESDAYFOR FRIDAY The Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: (850) 729-3225 free@eglinflyer.com free@hurlburtpatriot.com Free Flea Market ads are for the onetime sale of personal property. They cannot be used for home sales, rentals, childcare services, or commercial products and services. (See the Paid Classified Ad coupon at right for our low price on such ads.) 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AWESOME For Rent/Lease/ Sale by OwnerYour choice of five condos located at Destin West Beach & Bay Resort. 710 ft lazy river lagoon, 4 pools, fitness center, furnished and fully equipped, 4 miles of private beach & more. Rates negotiable. Call Jim or Sara 850-654-1355 or 770-402-9375 Furnished, Utilities incl. Pets negotiable 2/2: with loft: $1,700/mo. 2/2: $1,500 & $1,600/mo. 1/1: $1,200/mo. Unfurnished 2/2: $900/mo. (50% OFF first month’s rent with one year lease) 2/2: w/Loft $1500/mo. Partly Furnished Large 2/2 with loft: $1600/mo. Townhomes Furnished 2/2: $1400/mo.; 3/2: $1800/mo.RENT ALS (850) 897-1443 Call to see our properties at Bluewater Bay Resort Realty.Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyFLORIDA CLUB at BLUEW A TER BA Y UNFURNISHED BWB 1/1: $750/mo., Newly Remodeled 1/1, $700/mo., Ground Floor, Water/Sewer, Trash Included 2/1, $900/mo., Lakeside 3/2: $1,350/mo., Home, fenced yard, with serviced pool, Pets O.K. 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Affordable custom building by McDorman Construction.New Home Under Construction . . . . . . . .$350,000 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY V ACANT LAND N EW CONSTRUCTION Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Ground Floor . . .$1,100 Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, Great w/ Roommate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,100 Beautiful, Unfurn. Townhome, 3/2.5, Destin, Granite Countertops, Stainless Appliances . . . .$1,200 Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included . . . . .$ 800 Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, Full kit, w/d . . . . . . . .$1,250 Furn. FC 1/1, Ground Floor, End Unit, w/d . . . .$1,250 Furn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Gr. Floor, Screened patio .$1,200 Furn. Condo, MV, 2/1, Waterfront, Util Incd . . .$1,300 Furn. 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CALLOUR RENTALOFFICE AT 678-9448678-5178 1821 John Sims Pkwy. realtor@carriagehills.com BREATHTAKING VIEWS of the Gulf of Mexico from this extra nice one bedroom, one bath unit in Echo Island. You can vacation where you live when you make this your address! $219,000 Web#838 WATERFRONT OPPORTUNITYKNOCKING Great vacation home or bachelor pad situated on Rocky Bayou. 3/2.5, 1950SF 3 story home is high and dry on pilings. Unique, contemporary design with incredible views from the wrap around deck. $475,000 Web#839 HOMEBUYING BUG? We have the cure! Let us show you this 2118SF, 3/2 like-new Bluewater contemporary and you’ll feel better! Afamily-friendly, open floorplan with two living areas, high ceilings, beautiful new carpet and fresh paint, and a master suite that’s just a treat! One level living for $306,900. Web#841 GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Close to OWC, bases, & minutes from Mid-Bay bridge, these 3,2.5 townhomes are ideal for college students or military families. These units also have attached one car garages! $184,900 Web#844 BLUEWATER BAYCHARMER on over 1 acre private lot. Welcoming front porch is just perfect for relaxing. This 4/3.5 completely renovated home has a lot to offer with 2 living areas and a nice sized kitchen with breakfast bar. $399,000 Web#857 OPPORTUNITYKNOCKS! 32 acres approved for 43 lot sub-division with development order already in place. Great location just one mile from center of town. $645,000 Web#858 TRULYAGEM OF AHOME! Completely renovated & updated since 2006 with new vinyl siding, new roof, all new appliances, flooring, fixtures and fans! 3/2 with one car garage and separate carport and 12’x 10’yard building. Absolutely charming! $228,000 Web#860 WHAT AGREAT BUY! Executive style 4/3, 3000SF on the golf course in Magnolia Plantation of Bluewater Bay. 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