<%BANNER%>
PRIVATE ITEM
Digitization of this item is currently in progress.
The Bay beacon
ALL ISSUES CITATION DOWNLOADS
Full Citation
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00137
 Material Information
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: 08-24-2011
Frequency: weekly
 Subjects
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
 Notes
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
 Record Information
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469
Classification:
System ID: UF00099641:00137

Downloads

This item is only available as the following downloads:

( PDF )


Full Text

PAGE 1

By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer North Bay Fire Chief Joe Miller met with fire commissioners Friday in a closed-door session to discuss negotiations with unionized firefighters. The fire districts two-year contract with Local 3505, North Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association, International Association of Fire Fighters, will expire Sept. 30. Firefighter Travis Zaal, president of the union local, told the Beacon that firefighters did not ask for an across-the-board pay raise under the current contract because of the tight financial situation the fire district faced with shrinking property values and reduced revenues. As a result, he said, the contract was inked for two years rather than the normal three. Zaal said the 10-person bargaining unit is seeking a 3 percent raise in starting salary with compounded raises for each additional year of longevity. That means if the salary for a starting By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The Valparaiso Planning Commission has backed a proposal to rezone the site of the former Valparaiso Elementary School for the exclusive use of public institutions. The move Aug. 16 paves the way for further action by the Valparaiso City Commission to open a charter school at the site, which is owned by the Okaloosa County School District. The proposed rezoning was attacked as illegal by a school district lawyer. Earlier this year, the Okaloosa County School Board closed Valparaiso Elementary School, built in 1958. The school board closed the school due to declining enrollment and as a cost-cutting measure, and consolidated the elementary school with Lewis Middle School, now called Lewis School, which is also in Valparaiso and also suffered from low enrollment prior to the consolidation. Some Valparaiso residents have objected to the closing of Valparaiso Elementary, saying the school was an important institution not only for education, but as a social and cultural anchor for the small city. They also said the school is located in the center of a residential neighborhood, and could be reached safely by children walking to school. Leading the opposition to the school closure has been City Commissioner Neal By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Funeral services were held Friday in Niceville for Ramonde Rae Ruckel Byrne Williams, 90, of Valparaiso, a businesswoman and civic leader who died Aug. 15. Born in Illinois Feb. 28, 1921, to Marion (Plew) and Chuck (C.W.) Ruckel, she grew up in Valparaiso after her family moved there before she turned 1 at the request of her grandfather, James E. Plew, so her father could help Plew develop the new city. She became the president of Valparaiso Realty Co. upon the death of her first husband, Bill Byrne, in 1957, and remained active as the companys chairman in later years. Williams served as the second president of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, a role model for her daughter, Judy Byrne Riley, and granddaughter, Marion Riley Taylor, both of whom later also were chamber presidents. Williams was involved in Campbell wont seek 3rd termBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer District 5 Okaloosa County Commissioner James Campbell said he wont run for re-election after his current term expires in November 2012. Im over with it, said Campbell, who is serving his second four-year term. Campbell, 63, told the Beacon that he also plans to retire in November 2012 from his position as Nicevilles director of recreation and public relations, a job he has held for over three decades. Im going to help Mr. Willingham sell shrimp, and change the world one shrimp at a time, he said, referring to friend and business partner Matt Willingham, a Valparaiso shrimper. He said he also plans to hunt and fish, and spend more time with his grandchild. Campbells District 5 represents most of Bells ring in new school year Please see CAMPBELL, page A-5 Please see UNION, page A-3 Please see RAE, page A-5Funeral services held for Rae WilliamsBusinesswoman, civic leader was 90 The Bay Beacons NEWCOMER GUIDE and Community D irectory 2011 Fall-Winter 2011 Supplement to The Bay Beacon N iceville-Valparaiso, Flor ida Inside... James Campbell Rae WilliamsFriday, 11 a.m. The Northwest Florida State College Science Friday seminar will be held on the Niceville campus Science building, room S-110. Dr. Richard Hough will present The CSI effect: What we can and cannot do with crime scene technology. Info: 729-5376. Sunday, 7 p.m. Amy Grant, Christian singer and songwriter, will perform at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island. Tickets range in price from $25-$35. Limited VIP tickets are available for $65 and include a meet and greet with Grant. Info and tickets: 6093800. Tuesday, 6 p.m. The Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, will begin a 13-week financial seminar. The seminar will be taught by Financial Peace University. Info and registration: 678-4411.Calendar, B-4. Beacon photo by Del Lessard School buses rolled early Monday as some 28,000 students of the Okaloosa County School District began their first day of classes. Above, second-grader Adia Hobbs, 7, who last year attended now-closed Valparaiso Elementary, takes a long look at her new K-8 school, Lewis School, and hears a kind word from school worker Kellie Jenkins. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, August 24, 2011 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 19925048 Pages, 3 Sections, 3 Inserts COMINGUP Please see ZONING, page A-3Manicurist charged in robberyBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer A Niceville manicurist is one of two people charged in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery that occurred in Fort Walton Beach April 29, according to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office. Lacy J. Brooks, a nail technician, 22, of 1309 23rd St., Please see ROBBERY, page A-6 Lacy J. Brooks Valp. panel backs school-use zoningMeasure opposed as illegal by district lawyer Bridge link to open Sept. 7The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector southbound entrance and northbound exit at Range Road, east of Seminole, are scheduled to open to traffic Sept. 7. The aerial photo, looking north, shows the four-lane connector, which meets two-lane Range Road near the top of the image. Story, A-2.Mid-Bay Bridge AuthorityN. Bay union seeks 3% pay hikes; board eyes tax rise The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

PAGE 2

By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority was told Thursday that the Range Road segment of the new MidBay Bridge Connector will be completed by the end of August, but will not open to traffic until Sept. 7. The delay will allow time for new students at nearby Bluewater Elementary School to adjust to getting to and from the school before bridge traffic begins using Range Road, James Van Steenberg, of HDR Engineering, said during a bridge authority meeting in Destin. The delay until after the summer tourist season ends will also reduce confusion among visitors, many of whom have been baffled by the closure earlier this year of White Point Road as a bridge access. The connector already links the north end of the toll bridge with State Road 20. The 1.25mile segment set to open early next month will connect SR 20 with Range Road, east of Seminole. Already completed is the resurfacing and widening of 1.2 miles of Range Road, from the new connector intersection to SR 20, to accommodate expected bridge traffic. The MBBA paid the $500,000 cost of the Range Road project at the request of Okaloosa County, according to the construction manager. Eventually an 11-mile expressway will link the bridge with Highway 85 North of Niceville at an estimated cost of $174 million, plus at least $6.5 million in ancillary work. Planned completion of the final link, an interchange near the Niceville Mullet Festival Site, is January 2014. At Thursdays meeting, the bridge board also heard from MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest, who agreed with the consultants that traffic and revenue from the bridge have been increasing in recent months. Board members then took a bus tour along the route of phases 2 and 3 of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, a road that will eventually connect the north end of the 3.5-mile toll bridge to State Road 85 North of Niceville. Consultant Neal Cohen, of the URS consulting firm, said that traffic over the bridge has increased between 5 and 9 percent during fiscal year 2011. He said that while last years BP oil spill did little actual damage to Northwest Florida beaches, nationwide public perceptions of such damage caused a drop in traffic last year, but that such perceptions now appear to have faded away, and vacationers are again coming to local beaches. The Mid-Bay Bridge spans Choctawhatchee Bay, connecting the Niceville area with Destin and other Gulf of Mexico beach communities. Gordon Fornell, MBBA board chairman, said that he is pleased at the increasing traffic, but added that financial claims by the MBBA against BP, some of which have already been paid for revenue lost during the summer of 2010, are still pending for losses during 2011, which are still being calculated. BP has paid the bridge authority $407,094 in damage claims, or 100 percent of the claims submitted so far, according to authority officials. Jeff Barnes, of OSullivan Creel, said that his firm is helping the MBBA create a mathematical model for calculating the MBBAs remaining claims against BP, and will submit that model to BP claims officials in September. Reid Cavnar of Merchants Capital said that the ratings of bonds held by the MBBA remain stable. He said that although bond markets were generally poor in May 2011, they have incrementally improved in the months since then. Fitch Ratings rated a $170 million bond issue of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority earlier this year as BBB, the lowest investment grade. Trey Monroe, also of Merchants Capital, said many investors have been toughing it out, waiting for better weather, in the current uncertain national economy. Bob Kellner, of HDR Engineering, said the connector road construction project has won awards from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission for efforts to protect wetlands and endangered species throughout the construction project, which is taking place mostly on wild lands controlled by the Air Force. Vest told the MBBA board that the MBBA has recently received requests for data from State Sen. Don Gaetz, indicating that Gaetz may be planning to renew previous efforts to abolish the MBBA and turn management of the MidBay Bridge, and its borrowing capacity, over to the Florida Turnpike Authority. Vest said that although the MBBA lobbied successfull to stop such efforts last year, the authority should keep an eye on the situation. We were blindsided last year, Vest said. Vest also said that July was very good for bridge traffic and revenue from tolls, with more than 26,000 trips over the bridge every Saturday in July (peak day and peak month). He said that so far, August traffic has also been above that of August last year. July trips averaged 22,060 a day, up 6 percent from year-ago levels. However, traffic for the 10 months ended July 31 was only 98 percent of year-earlier figures, and is the lowest since 2003, according to bridge figures. Traffic is down because of the sluggish economy and toll increases. Following the formal meeting, MBBA members, consultants, and project engineers took a bus tour of the route of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector. The tour began with completed sections of the road, then proceeded to construction sites along phases 2 and 3 of the project. The tour included sites where an interchange is being built over Range Road, and sites where bridges are being built over creeks, as well as over several streams and swamps that feed into the creeks. In brief interviews with the Beacon following the meeting, Van Steenberg, Kellner and Vest said that the delay in opening the connection from SR 20 to Range Road will help avoid extra traffic during the first week of the new school year at Bluewater Elementary School, which is on Range Road. They also said that once the new connection is opened Sept. 7, they expect traffic along Range Road, and especially at the intersection of Range Road and SR 20 near Bay Drive, to actually decrease rather than increase. They said this is because very few people driving along SR 20 en route to the bridge will have any reason to go out of their way to take Range Road to the bridge connector, as this would only make their trip longer. Residents of Parkwood Estates and other neighborhoods along Range Road may use the new route as a shortcut to the bridge, but this will divert them away from Bluewater Elementary School and from SR 20, reducing traffic in those areas. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11 With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11$1995$1695 FULL SERVICE OIL CHANGENOW SERVICING DIESELS$500OFF(up to 5 Qts.) 10W30 Most vehiclesOIL CHANGETRANSMISSION SERVICE$10OFF$10OFF14-Point Service Check One coupon per customer. With coupon only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 8/30/11 A/C Service Timing Belts Dealer Scheduled MaintenanceOTHER SERVICESCOOLING SYSTEM SERVICE$3490Drain & Refill Radiator with up to 1 Gallon of Antifreeze. Pressure test Cooling System, Inspect Water Pump, Hoses & Belts. With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11 410 John Sims Parkway678-1789Mon. Fri. 8:00-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8:00-12:30 p.m.(Located Directly Behind Papa Johns) More Than Just Oil Changes!Auto Repair$5990BRAKE SPECIAL With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11With Coupon Only. Expires 8/30/11 As Low AsPer AxleMost Vehicles FREE Brake InspectionTUNE UP Change Motor Oil (up to 5 Qts.) 10W30 New Oil Filter Most Vehicles -Ballroom -Rhythm-Swing -Latin-Night Club850-200-73481047 E. John C. Sims Pkwy., Palm Plaza, Nicevillestepbystepballroom.comStep by Step Ballroom NEW CLASS Starting Sept. 3rd Dr. Jonathan Lohrbachs life is one of service. Board certied in general surgery, he is a former surgeon with the Air Force who served nine years on active duty. Today, he is dedicated to providing quality surgical care for his community. He takes the time to listen and understands, and treats his patients with respect and compassion. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lohrbach, call 850-398-8605.Member of the Medical Staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center North Okaloosa Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospitals medical staff. 550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 430 Crestview, FL 32526 Your health is his lifes work Since 1986Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 Mon.-Sat.www.bayoubookcompany.com Available at... tumblers Made in the U.S.A. Will your money retire before you do? 1001377 AP2011/01/0080 Bo Burns CLU, Agent Registered Representative Bus: 850-678-3441 Bus: 850-678-3441 Registered Representative Bo Burns CLU, Agent g in tsev t in rat u s o r y enoo e s hT o h y cae o re t r u a o y y lek e li rom uob e ak m s A slao m g ret-gnol sdnu l F autu m M ra e FatSt. ,robhgie d n oo e a g kiL .ereh s tm i ra e F tatSRO Y F A AY DO E TL M LAC eh t g ruo t 77 13 001r de is on c ng itsevn i e or feB C sesnepx d e n s a egrah c sksir pr a or r f )0394-744-008-1 ( p or C yllufera c t t i d ea R on itam or fni erusn C i ID t F o e n r s a tcudorp evn o it t cejbu e s r d a n k a naB la ip c in r p f f o ov in g in tsevn I .NOI T A AT M OR F IN ORE M sevit ec j ob t t nemtsevn i s nd u f he t r r emegana P Mm V ra e F tat t S catno C he t o nd a sih t ng iniat on c sut ec pso pr ti nu n a nd a e nc arusn i ,seitiru ec S .y mra e F tat y Sd b eetnarau t g o e n r a de so e l lbisso g p nidulcn i ksi t r nemtse .sso l ro f laitneto p g din ulc in ,k is r sevl 0800 1/ 0 1/ 102PAtne r he yt m ss FREEPOTATO SKINS with purchase of an entree. Not valid with any other offer. HOMETOWN SEAFOOD & STEAKSSun. 11am8pm Mon. Thurs. 11am 9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am 10pm1027 John Sims Pkwy E, Palm Plaza, Niceville 850 6785072Range Rd. bridge access scheduled to open Sept. 7 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Range Road, from the Mid-Bay Bridge bypass to State Road 20, has been widened and repaved as part of the bypass project. Opening of the new interchange has been delayed until Sept. 7, in part to give time for those using Bluewater Elementary School, pictured, time to adjust. www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza, Next to Santa Rosa Mall 323 Page Bacon Rd., Mary Esther 850-244-5252 | Mike Tarbuck, Jeweler-OwnerJEWELRY REPAIR NEXT DAY SERVICE REMOUNTS CUSTOM DESIGNPreferred Jeweler fromGilmores JewelryDiamond Worksinc. 1.14 caratSpecial Price$5,50000

PAGE 3

firefighter israised 3 percent, the pay for a firefighter with one year of experience would take the new starting salary as the base and add 3 percent to that figure, and so on for each year of longevity. But Chief Miller said that the district cant afford the compounded salary increase within its proposed budget. He said the increase could add between $30,000 and $40,000 to personnel costs just for bargaining unit personnel. North Bay fire commissioners have in recent years given non-bargaining personnelincluding captains and chief officersthe same acrossthe-board pay raise granted unionized members, raising the total costs to the district close to $100,000 a year, he said. Although firefighters got no across-the-board or cost-of-living increases over the past two years, they did receive longevity raises for each year of employment with the fire district, Miller said. Those raises typically amount to 10 to 18 cents per hour raises, the chief said, totaling less than $1,000 increase in personnel costs per year. Separately, Miller briefed fire commissioners on the fire districts tentative annual budget at a budget workshop Aug. 2. The proposed budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 is $1,981,312, based on an assessed value of more than $867 million in the North Bay Fire District and a proposed millage rate of 2.35 mills, up 4.4 percent. The current fiscal year budget was based on assessed property values of more than $880 million and a millage rate of 2.25 mills. Both the budget and next years millage rate will be finalized after public hearings Sept. 13 and 21, both at 7 p.m. at the fire station on White Point Road. Estimated revenues next year total $1,941,256, Miller told fire commissioners, mostly from property tax revenue, plus miscellaneous revenues and interest income of about $17,320. With the addition of just over $40,000 in carry-over funds in reserves from the current fiscal year, next years budget totals $1,981,312, Miller said. Personnel costs account for the biggest chunk of budget expenditures, $1,453,194, including payroll, incentive pay, retirement, insurance and taxes. Even so, personnel costs are nearly $132,000 less than was budgeted for the current fiscal year. The reduced personnel expenditure is due to decisions this year to reduce the number of firefighters assigned to each crew, from four to three, and to cut one of four chief officer slots in the upcoming fiscal year. UNIONFrom page A-1Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NOTED LASIK SURGEON RIGHT HERE IN NICEVILLE !Good Vision Without Eye Glasses Darren Payne, MD Board Certified Eye Surgeon and Medical Director in Niceville Mullis Eye Institute 115 Bailey Dr. Niceville, FL 32578NO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our office policy that the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other services, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for any free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment.Dr. Payne has performed thousands of Lasik procedures. Thats Experience You Can Trust! Wavefront Procedure Performed Locally As An In-Office Procedure Safe and PainlessFREELASER VISION EVALUATION WITH DR. PAYNE EXPIRES: 08/31/11 CALL 678-5338TODAY! www.orthoassociates.net www.oaspine.comORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATESand The Spine Institute at Orthopaedic Associates Niceville (850) 678-2249 554-D Twin Cities Blvd. Destin (850) 837-3926 36500 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ft. Walton (850) 863-2153 1034 Mar Walt Drive 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate (850) 243-1233505 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, FWB INVENTORY R R E E D D U U C C T T I I O O N NSALE! One Million Sq. Ft. of Flooring in Stock!-Prices too low, selections too large Law Office of SAMUEL M. PEEK Estate Planning & Probate Wills & Living Trusts Powers of Attorney Health Care Directives Business Corporations & LLCSamuel M. Peek, J.D., LL.M. Tax678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision. Before you decide, ask us to send you free information about our qualifications and experience. (850) 796-02601030 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton BeachCalling all -COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLUB PRESIDENTS$500OFF!Coupon good for $5 off any $35 purchase. Not good with any other offer or discount. One coupon per table. Exp 9/12/11.Call John or James to reserve your clubs spot. (850) 769-0260Thurs., Sept.1FREE Munchies! $2 Draft BeerBetween 5-7pm 1/2Price Apps(4PM-7PM)50 Wings $495Pitchers(Bud Select & PBR)$10 BucketsMONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL New upstairs menu! Great views of the Gulf! New upstairs menu! Great views of the Gulf! KICK OFFPARTY! Shermer, who helped present the proposed zoning change to the planning commission, which reviews such zoning proposals and makes recommendations to the city commission, which has the final say. The city commission next meets on Sept. 12. The proposed new zoning for the school site, which is currently zoned commercial, would be a new category of zoning called Elementary School. However, the planning commission recommended changing the title of the zoning category to Public Institutions, because the actual language of the proposed zoning ordinance would allow not only an elementary school, but other public institutions such as a nursing home or community center to be built and operated on the property. While the planning commission recommended changing the title of the zoning, it also recommended approval of the ordinance itself. If passed by the city commission, the new ordinance would make it very difficult for the school district, which owns the property and school building at the site, to use it for anything but a school. Shermer and others have recently pushed for the establishment of a charter school at the Valparaiso Elementary site, and a South Florida company named Academica has expressed interest in establishing such a charter school. Academica operates several charter schools in southern and central Florida. Academica was represented at the meeting by Victor Barroso, who did not speak during the session, and by architect, urban planner and University of Miami professor Rolando Llanes, who works for Civica, an architectural and urban design firm that works closely with Academica. Llanes spoke during a quasijudicial hearing that preceded the planning commissions 3-2 vote in favor of the zoning proposal. Questioned by Valparaiso City Attorney Doug Wyckoff, Llanes showed photos of schools currently operated by Academica after being designed or renovated by Civica. He said neighborhood schools are important to the viability and quality of life of communities, and that designing a school to be compatible with its surroundings helps make it a safe, positive learning environment as well as an important place for all sorts of community activities. Llanes was cross-examined by school district attorney Jeff McGinnis, and conceded that Lewis Middle School is also located in Valparaiso, and that populations change and neighborhoods shift during the course of life in any city. A charter school, funded by state tax money but privately operated, would compete with schools operated by the school district. Following the meeting, Llanes and Barroso told the Beacon that if Academica opens a charter school at the Valparaiso Elementary site, it plans to keep the existing school building largely intact, but may renovate the building to modernize it and bring it up to Academicas standards. McGinnis also presented a statement to the planning commission, saying that the rezoning would violate the right of the school district to use property it owns as it sees fit, and that such rezoning would be so restrictive as to amount to a commandeering or taking of the property from its rightful owner. McGinnis also said the rezoning would violate Florida state law, which establishes county school districts as the sole authority to decide where public or charter school should be established. Other representatives of the school district, including district official and Niceville City Council member Bill Smith, and school board member Melissa Thrush, were also present but did not speak during the meeting. Also addressing the board was City Commissioner Shermer, who urged the planning commission to do your duty to protect our city and to carry out the will of our citizens. Shermers daughter, Amelia Kay Shermer gave a presentation in favor of the proposed charter school, entitled Valparaiso ElementaryA Neighborhood Walking School. She is a graduate of Valparaiso Elementary as well as Lewis Middle School and Niceville High School, and is now a student at the University of Central Florida. ZONINGFrom page A-1 Architect and planner Rolando Llanes, left, representing Academica, which proposes a charter school in Valparaiso, spoke about the importance of neighborhood schools when questioned by Okaloosa County School District lawyer Jeff McGinnis, right, at a Valparaiso Planning Commission meeting Aug. 16. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

PAGE 4

ArrestsJustin Lee Chase, a delivery driver, 22, of 626 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 15 on charges of distribution of cocaine, one count, and possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts. * Ryan William McCowen, 31, of 228 Chicago Ave., Apt. 1, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police Aug. 11 on charges of principal in the first degree to burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and dealing in stolen property. McCowen is alleged to have helped a burglary suspect store stolen items in McCowens apartment, then later was identified as being present and claiming to be the owner of two laptops stolen in the burglary when the burglary suspect sold them to another person for $100 in cash. * Neala Jane Stinson, a sales person, 38, of 126 S. Shore Drive, Apt. 21, Miramar Beach, was arrested by Valparaiso police Aug. 10, subsequent to a traffic stop for speeding, on a charge of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. Stinson was also cited for driving 68 mph in a 45 mph zone. * Jerome Demorris Strutchen, unemployed, 26, of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 173, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police Aug. 14 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic violence. * Angela Sue Pooley, 33, of 610 Ironwood Drive, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested by Valparaiso police Aug. 13 on a charge of theft from a person 65 years of age or older. Pooley is alleged to have stolen $520 in cash from two different bank envelopes kept in the dresser of a 75-year-old Valparaiso resident, May 12. * Robert Gwinn Stefanovich, 19, of 415 Aruba Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 10 on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stefanovich was also cited for underage possession of alcohol. * Jason Douglas Hendershot, 29, of 304 Reeves St., Lot F-13, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 14 on charges of affray and resisting an officer without violence. * Justin Kyler Caine, unemployed, 23, of 2061 GMC Lane, Crestview, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for inoperable tag lights, Aug. 14, on a charge of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. Police located a clear plastic baggie in Caines front right pants pocket that contained 28 grams of marijuana. Ryan Lamar Williams, unemployed, 24, of 4182 Wilkerson Bluff Road, Holt, a passenger in Caines vehicle, was also arrested on the same charge after he allegedly admitted smoking marijuana with Caine and had knowledge of the marijuana in the vehicle. * Deward Winslow Money, unemployed, 50, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 14 on a Walton County warrant for violation of probation on the original charge of DUI. * John Paul Barnett, unemployed, 30, of 1405 Cape Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 14 on a charged of domestic violence battery. * Anthony Ryan Huenergardt, 22, of 4510 Bristol Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 10 on a Walton County warrant on the charge of causing the cruel death of an animal. Huenergardt allegedly strangled a Rottweiler dog on or about May 27. * Kevin Paul Gaynor, a painter, 33, of 434 Valparaiso Blvd., was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 11 on an Escambia County warrant on a charge of driving while license suspended, first conviction. * Edward Lamar Adkins, 36, of 83 Windfield St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 9 on charges of domestic violence battery with previous convictions and battery with previous convictions. * Bobby James Monroe Edgar, 31, of 1551 Hickory St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 12 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of domestic violence battery by strangulation. * Benjamin Charles Patterson, a cook, 21, of 307 Bimini Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 12 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, and displaying a weapon during a felony. Patterson was allegedly observed snorting cocaine from a shelf at the Destin business where he was working, and also told a co-worker that he carried a gun, a .38 caliber pistol for which he had a concealed weapons permit, and showed it to the co-worker. * Andre Tyshon Martin, 29, of 205 Marquette St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 10 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of driving while license suspended, habitual offender.DUI arrestsCaroline Letitia Edwards, 48, of 1315 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI on McEwen Drive at Hickory Street, subsequent to a two-vehicle traffic crash that caused $5,000 damage but no serious injuries, Aug. 6 at 11:55 p.m. Edwards was also cited for failing to maintain a single lane.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 200 block of E. Park Avenue reported that unknown person(s) stole a 9 mm handgun, holster and two extra magazines from the center console of his pickup truck sometime July 31-Aug. 5. * A Niceville teenager reported that unknown person(s) stole his bicycle Aug. 6 after he left it at Turkey Creek Park, 340 W. John Sims Parkway, for approximately two hours. * Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriffs offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 THEBAYBEACONFire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls August 15, 2011, through August 21, 2011. 1 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire0 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn8 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time N. Partin Drive.............................Medical...................................08/15/11.......09:32 Government Avenue...................Alarm activation.....................08/15/11.......10:11 Fairway Drive...............................Medical...................................08/15/11.......18:02 Reeves Street..............................Medical...................................08/16/11.......05:56 SR85N/SR123.............................Canceled................................08/16/11.......07:48 17th Street...................................Medical...................................08/16/11.......10:13 Bayberry Drive.............................Medical...................................08/16/11.......10:36 E. John Sims Parkway................Medical...................................08/17/11.......06:37 Nathey Avenue............................Medical...................................08/17/11.......19:55 Juniper Avenue............................Medical...................................08/18/11.......10:56 48th Street...................................Medical...................................08/18/11.......11:55 Darlington Oak Drive...................Medical...................................08/18/11.......12:50 Edge Avenue...............................Medical...................................08/18/11.......16:33 Matthew Street............................Structure fire..........................08/19/11.......02:08 Reeves Street..............................False call................................08/19/11.......03:04 Matthew Street............................Good intent............................08/19/11.......08:54 Matthew Street............................Good intent............................08/19/11.......11:19 Matthew Street............................Good intent............................08/19/11.......12:03 W. John Sims Parkway...............Medical...................................08/19/11.......17:20 SR85N.........................................Life flight.................................08/19/11.......19:31 E. John Sims Parkway................Medical...................................08/20/11.......17:01 SR85N.........................................Medical...................................08/21/11.......00:01 21st Street....................................Kitchen fire.............................08/21/11.......10:35 N. Partin Drive.............................Alarm activation.....................08/21/11.......11:29 SR85N.........................................Canceled................................08/21/11.......13:27 Valparaiso Blvd............................Medical...................................08/21/11.......14:27 26th Street...................................Medical...................................08/21/11.......16:12 Valparaiso Blvd............................Medical...................................08/21/11.......16:45 SR85N.........................................Medical...................................08/21/11.......22:52 Weekly Safety Tip: Escape Plans: Every member of the household should know at least two exits from each room. Plan and practice your escape at least twice a year. Make sure that doors and windows needed for escape are unobstructed and easy to open.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls August 14, 2011, through August 22, 2011. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle............08/14/11......03:50 E. Highway 20.............................Steam, vapor, fog or dust.......08/14/11......10:59 Merchants Way............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/14/11......22:25 E. Highway 20 and Range Rd....Motor vehicle accident............08/15/11......00:02 Evans Road.................................Dispatched, canceled..............08/15/11......11:07 Oakmont Circle............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/15/11......14:41 Mid-Bay Bridge............................Motor vehicle accident............08/15/11......15:27 Merchants Way............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/15/11......23:20 Highway 20 and Lancaster Dr....Dispatched, canceled..............08/16/11......00:09 N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle............08/16/11......02:34 Evans Road.................................False alarm..............................08/16/11......10:43 Turnberry Place...........................Dispatched, canceled..............08/16/11......11:55 Garden Oaks Cove.....................Medical assist EMS.................08/16/11......14:32 Sunset Beach Circle...................EMS excluding vehicle............08/16/11......19:34 N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle............08/17/11......11:24 White Point Road........................Dispatched, canceled..............08/17/11......14:06 Merchants Way............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/18/11......09:00 N. Lakeshore Drive.....................Motor vehicle accident............08/18/11......10:53 N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle............08/18/11......11:00 N. White Point Road...................Dispatched, canceled..............08/18/11......19:03 Pine Street...................................Medical assist EMS.................08/19/11......00:17 Matthew Street............................Building fire..............................08/19/11......02:09 Matthew Street............................Dispatched, canceled..............08/19/11......08:59 Matthew Street............................Dispatched, canceled..............08/19/11......11:20 Matthew Street............................Dispatched, canceled..............08/19/11......18:56 Hampton Circle............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/19/11......18:56 E. Highway 20.............................EMS excluding vehicle............08/20/11......10:10 White Point Road........................Medical assist EMS.................08/20/11......22:43 E. Highway 20.............................Arcing, shorted electrical.........08/21/11......00:19 E. Highway 20.............................Arcing, shorted electrical.........08/21/11......00:55 Nassau Drive...............................Medical assist EMS.................08/21/11......04:55 21st Street....................................Dispatched, canceled..............08/21/11......10:36 Olde Post Road...........................Medical assist EMS.................08/21/11......13:56 Merchants Way............................Medical assist EMS.................08/21/11......18:47 Pine Street...................................Medical assist EMS.................08/22/11......03:20 Pine Street...................................Dispatched, canceled..............08/22/11......07:33 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Center for Womens Health131 E. Redstone Ave., Suite 109 Crestview, FL 32539 850-683-1100 Monday Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Charles McFatter, M.D. Board Certied in GynecologyIndependent Member of the Medical Staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center Pollys Concrete Products Pollys Concrete Productswww.pollysconcrete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver DrivewayREADY TO ENHANCE YOUR CURB APPEAL?Upgrade your old existing driveway with Stylish Cobblestone Pavers or we can remove and repour your driveway.Call today for a free estimate 897-3314 0%Interest for60monthswww.QualityMazda.com | 850-863-2161 | 1006 N. Beal Pkwy. | Fo rt Wa lton Beach EdibleARRANGEMENTSEdibleArrangements.com 850-226-4111Mariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Free Delivery August 1-31*Anniversary!5thWere celebrating our*Fort Walton Beach location only. 24 HOUREMERGENCY SERVICEWeekends & After 5 p.m. Appointments Available ServiceMasterof the Emerald Coast (850) 678-8400Tile, Grout, & Duct Work CleaningFire, Water, Mold Restoration CARPETSPECIAL3 Rooms & Hall $99 20% Off Duct Cleaning With coupon Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comFIRST CLASS CUSTOM BUILT HOME Located in Rocky Bayou on Lake Henderson. Luxurious details throughout. Handicap Accessible. 4 Bedrooms-3 Baths. Perfect In-Law Suite with kitchenetteElevator. Call for a Feature Sheet of all the Extras. 4,519 Sq. Ft. $637,126. Grand Oaks! Unique Waterfront Community. Southern Style Cottage Home featuring: Dining Room, Family Room, Den/Ofce and spacious kitchen. Master Down with 2 up. Screened Porch 25k fullhouse generator. Deep Water Dock. Unique Award Winning Subdivision. 2570 Sq.Ft. $490,000. DISTINCTIVE HOME located in Magnolia Plantation a Gated Community. Custom Built home with Top of the Line Custom Cabinets, Granite, Upgrades throughout. Crafted Architectural Detailing. Pool Enclosed: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. $499,000. EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CARED FOR home located in Cedar Ridge subdivision. 2/2 Well Cared for Home with Many Updates. Bathroom totally renovated 2008. Roof Replaced 2007. A/C/Heating Replaced 2005. Freshly Painted, 2 Car Garage, Florida Room--A Must See! $159,000. Magnolia Plantation: a Gated Community. Pristine 3 bedroom, 2 bath all Brick Home with Heated and Cooled Florida Room. Tile in all wet areas and family room. Spacious kitchen with Breakfast area and large dining room. 2 car garage. New A/C. Home shows like NEW!!! 2055 Sq.Ft. $270,000-Seller pays $2500 of buyers closing cost with acceptable offer. BEST PRICED HOME IN BWB: Roof 2003 A/C System 2010, Freshly Painted, Florida Room, .42 acre lot. Sold AS IS $185,000. GARDEN OAKS CONDO 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. A must See: $135,000. NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE RENTALS NEEDED! INVENTORY EXHAUSTED! CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 PENDING PENDING

PAGE 5

The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Page A-5 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERGreg McClure, 25, Valparaiso, tree service Connie Stumbaugh, 46, Valparaiso, RN Donto McBride, 35, Niceville, CNA Jenny Mallin, 42, Fort Walton Beach, secretary Kelly Rimes, 35, Bluewater Bay, self-employed I think it would be a good idea, because it would provide better learning for the kids. I know people who went to Valparaiso Elementary, who say it was a great school. Reopening it, I think, would be a great idea. Anything to reduce class size. I went to Valparaiso Elementary, as well as Edge and Plew. I think the charter school is a good idea. It would offer kids a better option. There is much about public schools that I do not like. I think charter schools put more focus on education. I attended the fifth grade at Valparaiso Elementary. I think it would be good to utilize the school for something. Im glad theyre doing something. That school is much too precious to this community to let it go with nobody there. I went to Valparaiso Elementary School back in the seventies.Don Casciato, 50, Valparaiso, software developerI think its a great idea. The more schools we have locally, the better.Mike GriffithWhat do you think about the proposal to open a charter school at the former site of Valparaiso Elementary School?Location: T-pier, Lincoln Park, and along Bayshore Drive, ValparaisoWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. Niceville and all of Bluewater Bay and Destin. Two Republicans have already prefiled for the District 5 race, including Larry Hines and Charles K. (Kelly) Windes, both of Destin. District 3 Commissioner Bill Roberts, who represents the rest of Niceville, all of Valparaiso, as well as parts of Fort Walton Beach and the Baker area, earlier announced that he wont seek a third term in order to run for Okaloosa County Tax Collector next year. So far, three Republicans have prefiled for the District 3 seat: Bill Smith of Niceville, Larry Hines of Holt and Dennis Reeves of Fort Walton Beach. Campbell, a Niceville Republican, said he is proudest of Okaloosa County having the lowest ad valorem tax rate in the state and possibly in the U.S. We dont have a sales tax, he added, and said that the county also had not implemented some of the options on gasoline sales tax in the county. But before he leaves the county commission Campbell said he would like to see the county create a recreation cooperative, an idea he has long espoused as being similar to the county library cooperative, where the county helps fund several city libraries in return for free usage by county residents. All I need is two more votes, he said, to make it happen. Campbell started his employment with the city of Niceville in July 1975, initially as a purchasing agent, then within the first year was appointed city clerkI hated ita position he held for a few months before taking over as the citys recreation director, a position he has held for over 30 years. He has also served as the president of the local chamber of commerce and was its top recruiter. He was the president of the Boggy Boys Sportsman Club for a number of years, sponsoring countless fish fries for various charities and the annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Asked what hes enjoyed most, Campbell said it was seeing the city grow, (and) remembering what we didnt have when he first joined the city of Niceville. He easily ticked off a list of new or improved recreational facilities and programsone of the largest softball facilities in the country, an active Little League program run by volunteers, the citys Childrens Park, to name but a fewbut added, I didnt do any of them by myself. He also listed the citys still new library, the Turkey Creek Walk and new fire station as among the improvements to the city, praising the city council and the citys own employees. I couldnt work for two better people, he said, referring to City Manager Lannie Corbin and Mayor Randall Wise, both of whom recently celebrated 40 years service with the city of Niceville. If anybody knows how to enjoy life, I believe I do, said Campbell. He said he has a river fishing boat being made now, and is considering the possibility of running for a city council seat sometime in the future. CAMPBELLFrom page A-1politics all of her life, working as a volunteer in Washington, D.C., in the Democratic Party headquarters and as a legislative aide in Tallahassee for Florida Rep. James Ward. Twice she was a delegate to Democratic national conventions. She was a long-time member of the Okaloosa Democratic Womens Club and the Democratic Executive Committee of Okaloosa County, serving as a Democratic State Committeewoman for many years. She told me I was the only Republican she ever gave money to, said Nicevilles James Campbell, District 5 Okaloosa County commissioner. Campbell said he first met Williams at a 1975 parade as Williams was organizing a group of Girl Scouts. Their friendship grew as they worked together on chamber of commerce business. She loved baseball, said Campbell. She often attended Major League games. I dont believe there was a mean streak in her body, Campbell said. She gave back to the community through her many volunteer activities. She was always willing to help the city out, said Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold. Until recent years Williams volunteered as a member of the citys planning and zoning board and often attended city commission meetings. She loved the city, said Arnold. We all loved her and thought highly of her. Williams is survived by her son Andy (Ute) Byrne of Alpharetta, Ga., daughter Judy Byrne Riley (Odin Toness) of Niceville, son Patrick E. Byrne (Beverly) of Niceville, daughter Terri Williams Fedonczak (David) of Valparaiso, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Niceville followed by interment at Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso. The family suggested that donations be made in Rae Williams name to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. RAEFrom page A-1

PAGE 6

Page A-6 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Aug. 18 on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of home invasion robbery, according to an arrest report from the sheriffs office. Brooks was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail with an additional address of 1011 4th Ave., Shalimar. Timothy Donnell Green, 28, with an unknown address, was being held in Foley, Ala., as of Friday as a fugitive from justice on active warrants from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office charging two counts of kidnapping, two counts of home invasion robbery, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of sexual battery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the warrant. Brooks arrest report and Greens warrant gave the following account: On April 29, about 10:39 p.m., Green and Brooks went to an apartment at 519-B Landview Drive, Fort Walton Beach, and knocked on the door. When a male resident opened the door, Green allegedly pointed a pistol at him and entered the apartment. Brooks also entered the residence and allegedly held a knife to the throat of a woman who was also inside the apartment. Both victims were ordered into a bedroom, stripped of their clothes, bound hand and foot, and blindfolded. Green and Brooks allegedly began asking the two victims for money, guns, valuables and narcotics. Green allegedly pistol whipped the male victim and sexually attacked the female victim while Brooks allegedly used a duffel bag to collect items from inside the residence. Green and Brooks allegedly stole the victims wallets, cell phones, vehicle keys, currency, two laptop computers and a video game system. As of Monday morning Brooks was being held without bond at the Okaloosa County Jail with a scheduled court date in Crestview of Sept. 20. ROBBERYFrom page A-1If you have ever been on John Sims Parkway, and turned up the steep hill of 85 South (also known as Government Avenue) to head toward the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, dont blink! You just passed the French Quarter Grill. This familyowned and operated casual dining hole in the wall has been serving locals since 2004. The French Quarter Grill is the best-kept secret in Niceville. If you haven't tried it, you're missing a treat. The menu offers a variety of New Orleans-inspired dishes, such as gumbo, crawfish etouffe, crawfish beignets, red beans and rice, po boys and more. It also has some unique dishes like the seafood Nantua, grilled fish over rice, smothered by a roasted corn and red bell pepper, crawfish and shrimp cream reduction. The atmosphere is also New Orleans-inspired with a variety of original local jazz paintings on the walls, vibrant New Orleans colors in the lighting and on the tables and blues music filling the air and enhancing the "Big Easy" ambience. Adding to the New Orleans character is the old cinder block building and rustic concrete floor. All that's missing is Louis Armstrong. The French Quarter Grill is casual dining. It is a great place for luncheons and business dinners as it has a separate back dining room that can seat 45-50 guests comfortably. Patrons of the Mattie Kelly theater can stop in for a satisfying dinner beforehand without worrying about missing the opening curtain, because the service is always prompt. Reservations for parties are highly recommended. The French Quarter Grill is a family restaurant with a kids' menu and high chairs, but it also has a romantic flavor for couples dining or celebrating anniversaries. There is no bar, but beer and wine by the glass or bottle is available. The French Quarter Grill recently started offering a mini menu of dinner items offered at smaller portions and lower prices. So far, this has been extremely popular, as it allows guests to try more items, such as appetizers, soups, and not be overstuffed by just the entre. Don't forget to try the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding served with sugar rum sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. If you are new to the area and you would like to know where the locals go, a definite must is The French Quarter Grill. This is where you get a local homecooked New Orleans-inspired meal and friendly family-style service. The French Quarter Grill serves delectable lunches Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and mouth-watering dinners Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted, a kids' menu is available and major credit cards are accepted. Stop in to Niceville's best-kept secret, 714 Howell Road, or call 678-2604.Advertising Feature Shown here is one of French Quarter Grills favorite desserts, homemade bread pudding, topped with vanilla bean ice cream, rum sauce, whipped topping and chocolate sauce. A picture of French Quarter Grills spring mix house salad, fresh diced tomatoes, honey jalapeno dressing and a french roll. Closed SundaysFor Reservations Call: 678-2604 714 Howell Rd. ~ Niceville, FL. 32578 Cajun Cuisine Best kept secret in Nicevillewww.fqgn icevi ll e. com Di nner: Tu es.-Sat. 5 p.m. 9 p.m. Lunch: Mo n.-Fri. 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Twin Cities Transmission and General RepairZen Masters, Guard Dogs, & Welcoming Committee P P E E P P P P E E R R T T O O N N Y Y (850)729-6629Brakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/ShocksSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000In Tune with the FumesPeppers Assistant 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINEWEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED INTERNAL MEDICINE PEDIATRICS PREVENTIVE CARE SPORT & WORK PHYSICALSDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician Superior Residences 2300 N. Partin Drive, NicevilleSuperioralf.com (850) 897-2244Specializing in all types of Memory Care Assisted Living with 24 Hour Nursing Care Respite Stays Day Stays Assisted Living 11712 You don't thinkVito goes thatEXTRA MILE for you on hisGAS PRICES 100 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar 651-0510 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) Niceville, FL 850-279-4361Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m.Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pmWednesdays 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Sharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. Streeter, O.D.Palm Eye CareBoard Certified Optometric PhysiciansA new approach to personal eye careContact Lenses and Eyeglasses Emergency Eye Injuries Diabetes/Hypertension Management Specialty/Bifocal Contact Lenses Pediatric patients are always welcome Sports Vision Correction for all athletes Accepting TRICARE, Bluecross/BS, Medicare, Medicaid, AETNA, VCP, VSP, Davis Vision and Eye MedDr.s Tom & Sharon Streeter We guarantee to show up on time or Fix It FREE!389-4611onehourair.com NO extra charge fornights &weekends! The benefits of boating without the hassle.Will considerBOAT TRADESforMEMBERSHIP! Low monthly ra tes from $199 Fishing Boats, Deck Boats, Bowriders and sail boats Under New Ownership Over 60 Reciprocal locations(850) 2 1 8-8533 www .F reedomBoatClub.com Bluewater Ba y Marina 290 Y acht Club Dr ., Nice ville Crowns & Bridges Fillings & Partials Dentures Root Canals Extractions Implants EmergenciesNOW OFFERING Botox Juvederm Invisalign Conscious Sedation897-4488 www.drbroutin.com Merchants Walk Ste 101 Niceville Olivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients*Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972OFFER EXPIRES 08/31/11 TEETH WHITENING$199* Environmentally Friendly Guaranteed for 25 years Endless color options Looks like deep rich paint Financing Available Residential & Commercial NEVER PAINT AGAIN! $575 OFFCLIP THIS COUPON FOR12 Months Same as CashCALL TODAY FOR A FREE EVALUATION (850) 424-6829 CALL TODAY FOR A FREE E VALUATION (850) 424-6829www.RhinoShieldGulfSouth.com www.RhinoShieldGulfSouth.com Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. Then, just before LABOR DAY and9/11, VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole in front of your home or business. And take it down afterward. Kiwanis does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $99.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads.Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today!The French Quarter GrillBrings New Orleans to NicevilleThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

PAGE 7

Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s s OUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , A A u u g g u u s s t t 2 2 4 4 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 Your Total Service Center $1,000 REBATEOn Trane Qualifying Systems Call today for details. Offer valid August 16thOctober 31st897-5559www.holtphillips.comCMCO5715 UP TO Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. James G. Christakos graduated from Auburn University Aug. 6 with a masters degree in industrial and systems engineering. He earned his bachelors degree in industrial and systems engineering in December 2009 and is a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School. Christakos is employed in Alabama atLockheed Martins Pike County Operations facility, a manufacturing and final assembly plant for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. *** Heather Kristina Caulkins of Niceville was named to the Deans List for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Caulkins is a graduate of Niceville High School and is enrolled in the universitys College of Arts and Sciences. To qualify for the Deans List in the College of Arts and Sciences, a student must earn a semester grade point Please see WHOS, page B-2 James Christakos Heather CaulkinsCamp cultivates young scientistsSixth-grade girls investigate world of science, technologyDebbie Davis, Okaloosa County Schools math specialist, and Shawnea Tallman, Okaloosa County Schools science curriculum specialist, wrote an ACCELerator Grant, "Going Deeper." The grant, sponsored by the local Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Defense Industry Association, allowed for the women to hold a three-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp for girls entering the sixth grade. The STEM Camp, taught by Suzette Martin, a fifthgrade teacher at Lewis, was held at Lewis School Aug. 810. The camp was offered to girls as a way of bolstering their interest in the STEM fields. The subject matter focused on renewable energy, specifically solar energy. The 18 camp attendees designed and built solar-powered boats to move and carry various objects. The girls also collected water from local waterways and examined it for life under the microscope. A deep sea cruise was scheduled to give the budding scientists the opportunity to Please see CAMP, page B-2 Do you want your glasses today? Come see us!EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211All doctors prescriptions filled Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals Tri-Focals Progressives Sunglasses Varilux Hoya Shamir Zeiss1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified Optometrist Call today!(850) 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 An Important TestWe want you to experience a lifetime of good eye health. Thats why we use a gentle touch when helping our younger patients to see better. Eye tests arent scary when theyre done right. By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer Two of the three headliners for the Oct. 21-23 Mullet Festival have signed contracts, according to Niceville city officials. Both Brantley Gilbert and Trace Adkins have agreed to perform. Gilbert will lead the entertainment Friday, Oct. 21. He also was the Friday headliner for the 2010 Mullet Festival. Gilbert, 27, performs a country-rock mixture of music which has fostered a dedicated following that calls itself "BG Nation." A gifted songwriter as well as performer, Gilbert's song, "My Kinda Party," recorded by country music star Jason Aldean, reached No. 1 on the charts in 2010. Gilbert also wrote "The Best of Me" and "Dirt Road Anthem," both of which were recorded by Aldean. Gilbert's singles include "Kick It in the Sticks," "My Kind of Crazy" and "Country Must Be Country Wide." "We don't have fans, we have friends," Gilbert said of his devoted followers. "I like to think that those people in the crowd are just like me. They listen to the songs, they get the meaning and get the purpose and they get something out of it." Adkins, 49, Saturday's headliner, has 10 studio albums and 30 chart singles in his rsum, as well as three "greatest hits" packages. He has earned four Grammy nominations and five American Country Music and Country Music Television awards. He has performed on television and film, served as a social commentator, participated on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and written a book, "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck." Adkins' hits include "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," "You're Gonna Miss This" and "I Left Something Turned On at Home." The baritone's latest album, "Proud to Be Here," Adkins said, contains "so much... that's autobiographical. I draw from the best writers in town and time after time they capture things I've experienced." Adkins, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has received the fan-voted Top Video of the Year award three times on Great American Country, and his single "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was voted the No. 2 Video of the Decade by Country Music Television. In addition, Adkins has been voted "Country's Sexiest Man" by the readers of Country Weekly. "By the end of the week, we Please see FESTIVAL, page B-4 Brantley Gilbert has been booked for the 35th annual Mullet Festival Oct. 21-23. Trace Adkins is another headliner who will take the stage at the festival.Country stars to headline Mullet Festival Attendees of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp at Lewis School fashion solar-powered boats. The STEM Camp was held Aug. 8-10.Niceville woman becomes Hall of FamerFormer Okaloosa official one of two inductees honored MondayOkaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women held its 2011 Okaloosa County Womens Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception Monday at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College Tyler Recital Hall. Niceville resident Donna Miller was one of two selected as an inductee into the Hall of Fame. Eddie Mae Owens of Fort Walton Beach was also chosen. Donna Miller of Niceville was nominated by Pat Hollarn. Miller recently retired after 29 years of public service in several Florida counties, including the last 15 years as Okaloosa County assistant county administrator. Hollarn wrote, Miller is recognized by her colleagues, peers, and subordinates for exceptional leadership, and people and communication skills, integrity, professionalism, conflict resolution skills, knowledge and intelligence. She served tirelessly as a mentor, teacher and problem solver to many, within and outside her chain of command. She continues to expand her volunteerism post retirement through a variety of community projects and services, said Hollarn in her nomination letter. Eddie Mae Owens, one of the first female CEOs in a county financial institution, used her high level positions to help others, particularly other women. She was nominated by her son, H. Benton Owens, who said of his mother, She was an example to others to give back and led the way for women who wanted a career. The 2011 inductees were selected by the OCCSW from six nominations received this year. The other nominees included: Judy Wiseman Niceville, the only registered play therapist in a three-county area, who has volunteered her time in multiple childand family-centered organizations within the community as a counselor, adviser and fundraiser. Angelina Garofalo, Fort Walton Beach, 30-year volunteer for Bridgeway and the Sexual Trauma Team. Kathleen A. Houchins, Fort Walton Beach, business woman, volunteer and advocate for many different civic and charitable organizations. Mary Lou Reed, Fort Walton Beach, whose leadership of the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties has led to its recognition as one of the top workforce development organizations in Florida, as well as nationally. These women are all assets to our community. Each has made tremendous contributions to the wellbeing of our county, says Wanjiku Jackson, chair of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women. Donna Miller

PAGE 8

average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. *** The Coldwell Banker United Niceville office announced agent Jan Pollen as the top listing agent and agent Linda Holoviak as top selling agent for the month of July. *** Jennifer Sullivan Davis has been elected and installed as president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers, a chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Davis is the daughter of Mary Jane Sullivan of Niceville and is a 1996 graduate of Niceville Senior High School, a 2000 graduate of FSU College of Communications and a 2003 graduate of FSU College of Law. Davis works in the Litigation Practice Group of Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Simpson, P.A., in Tallahassee. fish and drop an underwater camera down deep in the gulf to look at life forms and habitats, however, due to inclement weather, the group was unable to go out. But they might get the chance if the camp is held in the future. "The girls had a fabulous time and learned a lot," said Martin. "We would love to offer it again next year."Page B-2 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Don t miss these special color ad pages from Beacon Newspapers! DEADLINE AUG. 25! Special PagesWith gas prices high, shoppers want to get the most bang for their buck by shopping close to home! Capture your share of hometown spending with your ad in Beacon Newspapers special color advertising pages!DONT MISS THIS GREAT SELLING OPPORTUNITY!Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 25 Publication: Aug. 31 in The Bay Beacon. Sept. 2 in The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot and The Green Beret.Prices: Just $1455 per column inch in The Bay Beacon, 7 min. Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! Add BOTH Air Force newspapers for only $99 9 per inch total! Add Green Beret for $39 9 per inch.Beacon Newspapers The Bay Beacon The Hurlburt Patriot The Eglin Flyer The Green Beret1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 729-3225 info@baybeacon.com FREE COLOR! from Beacon Newspapers! special color ad pages t miss these Don Beacon Newspap special color ad pages t miss these from Beacon Newspapers! special color ad pages Special Pages cial Pages g A DE DE h t th Wi E 5 5! AUG. 2 25 E ADL NE I IN A 2 LI E U h h, g i ig hs e c ce i ic r ri ps a g ga n a w wa s r rs e er p p pp o op hs, some h t th teg o t to t g n ng abts special color advertising pages! with your ad in Beacon Newspapers Capture your share of hometown spending for their buck by shopping close to home! special color advertising pages! with your ad in Beacon Newspapers Capture your share of hometown spending for their buck by shopping close to home! special color advertising pages! with your ad in Beacon Newspapers Capture your share of hometown spending for their buck by shopping close to home! C C OR! COL FR EE R Sept. 2 in DONT Deadline: GREPublication:S HI T SSI MPrices:The Eglin Flyer Sept. 2 in 55Just $14 Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! per column inch in Deadline:NG OPPublication:ILLE S T A AT GREAug. 25, Thursday The Hurlburt Patriot and The Eglin Flyer The Bay Beacon. Aug. 31 in Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! The Bay Beacon, 7 min. per column inch in Aug. 25UNI T OR P NG OPThe Green Beret. The Hurlburt Patriot and The Bay Beacon.Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! The Bay Beacon, 7 min. The Green Beret. Y! T UNI Air Force newspapers for only $ Add BOTH nhoJ.E18 11The Bay Beacon Air Force newspapers for only $ Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! Beac F,elliveciN y, awkraPsmiSThe Hurlburt Patriot The Bay Beacon 9 9 or only $ $9 Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner!9per inch total! con Newspap (850) 678-1080 87523LThe Eglin Flyer The Hurlburt Patriot Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! Add Green Beret for $3 per inch total! pers info@baybeacon.com Fax 729-3225 The Green Beret The Eglin Flyer 9 3 39 9per inch.info@baybeacon.comThe Green Beret 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistMike LewisGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistDan EwbankAdvertising RepresentativeDeborah TiptonReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Molly MosherEditorial AssistantThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Nicevilles NewspaperSara KentAdvertising Director GREAT OPPORTUNITIES for OWNER OPERATORS! At FFE Transportation Services, we offer recession proof refrigerated freight, great pay, loads & miles!$2500 Lease Incentives Limited Time! Dedicated Operating Team to Support Your Business $.93$1.30 per mile + FSC Call 855-780-8006 Or apply at www.driveffe.com **Are you interested in owning your own truck? Ask about our exciting NEW Drive to Own program. www.nicevilleinsurance.com First Baptist to hold 'Soul Care'Weekly relationship seminar geared to all adults "Soul CareEquipped for Relationships," an eight-week journey with the Holy Spirit, will be presented by First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive, each Wednesday, 5:45-7:15 p.m. The program will begin today and will carry through Oct. 12. Michael and Shawnea Tallman will teach that our perspectives and relationship skills impact our ability to interact with family, friends, co-workers, church members and our community. Soul Care explores cultural perspectives in the context of Christian living and challenges all of us to become more intentional in our relationships. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich not only your life but also those who may seek your counsel. This is aimed to benefit all adults in two significant ways: To better understand and apply Gods word in personal relationships. To equip us all to help others who are struggling in one or more of these areas. This is not a workshop for married couples, but a relational study for all adults, whether single, single again, married with children, married with no children, grandparent or great grandparent, the seminar is for you. Call 6784621 for more information. Michael and Shawnea Tallman have been active members of Niceville United Methodist for nearly 20 years. Shawnea is the science curriculum specialist for Okaloosa County and Michael is a clinical psychologist at Bay Area Psychological Consultants in Niceville. During short-term dental and youth missions, Shawnea would often note the void of counseling services available to missionaries in the field. Also aware of the need, the Missions Committee of Niceville UMC asked Michael to meet with visiting missionaries, then they would know him and feel comfortable about asking him for counsel when and if a need should arise. Over the past several years, God has placed a call Michael and Shawneas hearts to care for missionaries and others around the world, who share the light of Jesus. This led to reprioritizing of their lives to become more intentional in their walk and the founding of the nonprofit Soul Care Project. The Soul Care Projects mission is to partner with Christian missionary organizations in the establishment of member care plans, and to develop relationships with missionary teams, so as to promote healthy team interactions, early interventions, coping strategies, and ultimately emotional and spiritual resiliency of missionaries in the field. Michael and Shawnea have been blessed to work with One Mission Society in Africa, South America, and postearthquake Haiti and have developed a strong relationship with the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Guatemala. In addition, missionaries have traveled to Niceville for a little Soul Care. Shawnea and Michael Tallman will hold a relationship seminar Wednesdays through Oct. 12. Eighteen sixth-grade girls tested their scientific aptitude at STEM Camp. WHOSFrom page B-1 CAMPFrom page B-1 $1Any size Soft Drink!Everyday for a limited time We invite you in to our Bluewater Bay, Niceville, or any Destin McDonalds location for our $1 any size soft drink special. For a limited time only.Ba da ba ba ba... Im Lovin it! Call Ed 243-3169leepontiacgmc.comQuality Pre-Owned Vehicles Quality Pre-Owned VehiclesMemorial Pkwy., Just off Hwy. 98, Ft. Walton Beach GMC Lot #2 10-11 Chevy MalibuSeveral to choose from!2010 Chevy HHR LT-2A/T, chrome wheels, 100k mi warrantyThe GMC AcadiaStop by for a drive. $AVE! $16,750

PAGE 9

Rhyne-PriceCarolyn Elizabeth Rhyne and Thomas Joseph Price, both of Asheville, N.C., were married Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the brides family retreat in Casar, N.C. The bride is the daughter of Dr. K. Michael Rhyne and Dr. Jane Parker of Charlotte. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Asheville. The bride wore a champagne gown covered with tulle embroidery and hand-sewn beads with a sweetheart neckline and semicathedral scalloped flowered train. The groom is the son of Gloria J. Price of Niceville and Thomas V. Price Jr. of Douglasville, Ga. He is a graduate of Niceville High School. Both the bride and groom are founding members of the band Mystery Cult, based in Asheville. The Reverend Amber Wisiner of Weaverville, N.C., officiated at the double-ring ceremony, which overlooked the beautiful waterfall. Music was provided by harpist Kristen Osborne of Charlotte, and soloists Annie Wright and Zara Rose Williams, both members of Mystery Cult. The bride was escorted by her father in a princess carriage pulled by Clydesdale horses. The maid of honor was Bonnie Rhyne, sister of the bride, of Charlotte. Bridesmaids were Katie Price, cousin of the bride, of Casar, and Kore Wallace of Burnsville, N.C. Flower girl was Marion Rogers, cousin of the bride, of Morganton, N.C. Honorary attendants were Landry and Tanner Singleton, cousins of the groom, of Tampa. The best man was Patrick Babel of Asheville, and usher was Michael Parker Rhyne, the brides brother, of Charlotte, N.C. The ring bearer was the brides cousin, Jake Rhyne of Fort Mill, S.C. Ginny, the couples beloved toy poodle, assisted the ring bearer. Brittany Fournier of Daytona Beach, formerly of Niceville, was the wedding photographer. After their wedding trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the couple will reside in Asheville.Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Dr. Scott Beals D.O. F.A.A.D.Board Certified American Board of Dermatology( 8 5 0 ) 8 9 7 7 5 4 6 Accepting New Patients www.bluewaterskindoc.com www.derm-surg.com4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101, Niceville Moh's Micrographic Surgery General Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments, Pellev Chemical Facial Peels Specializing in Skin Cancer and Surgical Dermatology Procedures POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service 110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 f youre carrying a B or better average and have a good driving record, you may be eligible for a substantial discount on your auto insurance premiums through Auto-Owners Insurance Company. Stop in our agency and ask us about it! American Legion installs officers American Legion Post 221 of Niceville held its Installation Ceremonies on July 31. The ceremonies were followed by a luncheon. Legion officers inducted include, from left, Bruce Richmond, Joe Frenn, Lenora Ellison, Al Poussart, Ken Tate, Jim Dennis and Commander Bill Ellison. Auxiliary officers inducted include, from left, Wanda Dennis, Bernice Brinson, Ethel Knese, Dawna Meredith, Candice Tate, Marty Frenn, Kay Wells and President Emerlena Maxile. WeddingsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. EngagementE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Fox-EricksonOn June 10, 2011, Janae Michelle Fox and David John Erickson were married at Christ Our Redeemer Church in Niceville. Janae is the daughter of Carl and Janette Fox of Niceville and David is the son of Mark and Gretchen Erickson of Niceville. Grandparents attending were Joe and Johanna Gossen, Marcia Wooldridge and Wilfred Fox. The maid of honor was Jennifer Fox, sister of the bride, and bridesmaids were Jessica Erickson, sister of the groom; Heather OHair, friend of the bride; and Cindra Fox, sister-inlaw of the bride. The best man was Stephen Erickson, brother of the groom; and groomsmen were Justin Fox, brother of the bride; Joshua OHair, friend of the groom; and George Sekas, friend of the groom. The flower girl was Leah Fox and ring bearer was Ethan Fox, both cousins of the bride. David is a 2007 graduate of Niceville High School and will graduate in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in accounting. Janae is a 2006 graduate of Niceville High School and a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in fine arts. She is a design artist at Marc Michaels Interior Design in Orlando. The couple honeymooned in the Caribbean on a Carnival cruise and lives in Orlando. Johnson-ColemanRuben and Janet Johnson announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Kay Johnson, to Jacob G. Coleman of Little Rock, Ark. Lindsay is a 2004 graduate of Niceville High School, a 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas, and is now completing her residency requirements for a doctoral degree in pharmacy. Jacob is employed as a financial analyst for the UA Medical School Department of Pediatrics. The wedding will be held Dec. 10, 2011, in Little Rock. Lindsay Kay Johnson and Jacob G. Coleman Photo by Brittany Fournier Thomas Joseph Price and Carolyn Elizabeth Rhyne Janae Michelle Fox and David John Erickson GET RESULTS! Call 678-1080 to Place Your Ad Today! The Beacon Newspapers Weddings, Engagements, or Special Anniversaries?Just write up a brief article, attach a photo, if possible, and e-mail it to: info@baybeacon.com. 1170 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville 2-Piece Chicken Dinner 1-Homestyle Veggie Choice of Bread EVERYBODY LOVES CHICKEN!$399Gallon Tea$2008-Piece Chicken Only$599 TAKE-OUT ONLY Call Ahead for Pickup at Drive-ThruLimited Time Offer850-729-2262NO LIMITS! Every week, a download link to an Adobe Acrobat PDF of the latest newspaper will be sent to the e-mail address you provide. In just minutes, youll receive a crisp, searchable, printable replica of the paper, with all stories, photos and ads. Windows & Mac compatible. A great way to get the paper if you live or work out of town, or take a vacation! Or give a gift subscription to a loved one! Recommended for broadband (not dialup) connections. Please send coupon and payment to: T h e B a y B e a c o n 1 1 8 1 E J o h n S i m s P a r k w a y N i c e v i l l e F L 3 2 5 7 8 For more information, contact Beacon Newspapers at (850) 678-1080 or info@baybeacon.comPrice includes any applicable sales tax.Name: Phone: Address: E-mail (please print clearly): P a y m e n t p e r p a p e r ( f o r 1 y e a r ) . . . . . . . . . . . $ 5 2 0 0 Well deliver the paper to your computer!Get the Bay Beacon, Eglin Flyer or Hurlburt Patriot Online! The Bay Beacon The Eglin Flyer The Hurlburt Patriot 11 Yacht Club Dr., Ft. Walton Beach | 850-244-4480BB0811 So you think youCANTDance?Let us prove you wrong! Bring this ad in toRECEIVE 5 sessions for $55!* New students only www.shalimarautoexchange.com www.shalimarautoexchange.com1200 N. Eglin Pkwy | Shalimar | 651-5450 1200 N. Eglin Pkwy | Shalimar | 651-5450 0DOWN!RATES AS LOW AS3.69% $289per mo. *2009 TOYOTA COROLLA S 58k Miles 4 Cyl All Power

PAGE 10

may have somebody lined up (for Sunday). We've made an offer," said Sheila Bishop, Niceville librarian, who is handling the contracts. Also appearing will be the popular Dr. Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster, an energetic band making its third consecutive appearance at the Mullet Festival. The six-member band plays covers that range from glam rock to disco and everything in between, including such songs as "Kung Fu Fighting," "Play That Funky Music" and "I Will Survive." Other groups that will perform include the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a bluegrass trio whose members range in age from 8 to 13, and the Alabama Blues Brothers Band, performing the music made famous by Jake and Elwood Blues, aka, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. In addition, church groups and local performers will take the stage.Page B-4 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CHURCHDIRECTORY Preschool story time Inspire a future reader at the Niceville Librarys preschool story time. Join Miss Karen and Miss Christina for exciting stories selected just for children ages 3-5. Programs will be held in the Youth Services program room on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Programs last 30 minutes. Aug. 24 and 25: Friends Indeed; Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Ice Cream Treat Blood drives Following are upcoming area blood drives: Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive Aug. 24, 2-8 p.m., Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ Our Redeemer Church, 1028 White Point Road Sand Dunes Embroidery The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America will continue its summer stitch-in series Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Science Friday seminar The Science Friday seminar series hosted by the Sciences Division at Northwest Florida State College will begin Friday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Robert E. Greene Jr. Science building on the Niceville campus, in the main lecture hall, room S-110. The seminars will be held monthly and are free and open to the public. Dr. Richard Hough who will discuss The C.S.I. Effect: What We Can & Cannot Do with Crime Scene Technology. Groups should call ahead to ensure seating. For more information about this or future seminars, contact the NWF State College Sciences Division at 729-5376. Business seminar The Business and Computer Technology Division and the Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College will host a Talking Business Seminar Aug. 26 titled Economic Development 101 presented by Dr. David Goetsch at 1:30 p.m. in room 128 of the Learning Resource Center on the Niceville Campus. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information on the Talking Business seminars, contact the NWFSC Business and Computer Science Division at 7295369. Scout fishing rodeo The Cub Scouts will hold a Fishing Rodeo at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation, 315 Pat Covell Road, DeFuniak Springs, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost to participate is $5 per person. Bring a lunch, folding chair and your own bait. Info: Jeff Bryant, bryant461@ cox.net or 217-3013. BWB Sailing Club race The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club will hold a Pick Your Poison sail Aug. 27. Registration for the race will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bluewater Bay Marina, with a skippers meeting at 11 and the race beginning at noon. The entry fee is $20, in two classes, spinnaker or nonspinnaker. This race will consist of three or more courses and participants may pick the race course they feel gives them the most advantage. Info: Mickey Duvall, 897-6806, 218-2962 or mpduvall@ gmail.com. Healthy Living Expo The 2011 Emerald Coast Healthy Living Expo will be held Aug. 27 at the Saint Mary Parish Life Center, 110 Saint Mary Ave., Fort Walton Beach. The expo is free, and the public is invited. Event hours will be 9 a.m. to noon. More than 60 vendors will share valuable information, free health screenings, giveaways, and lots of fun for the kids, including inflatables, a strolling magician and face painting. Info: fwbchamber.com/health or Patti Bohnsack, 244-8191. Boating safety course Americas Boating Course, a one-day seminar, will be conducted Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Anchorage building, 404 Green Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach. Ownership of a boat is not required to attend. The course will cover safety topics and meets the requirements for the Florida Safe Boater ID Card. It may entitle boat owners to a discount on boat insurance. The course is free, but there is a $35 charge for materials, which can be shared with other family members. Info: Wil Hugli, 863-0874, or visit fwsps.com. Biophilia Center speaker The E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center, 4956 Highway 20 E., Freeport, will host speaker Jim Fowler, who will present New messages for the 21st century, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. The young and young at heart will enjoy the special animal encounter. The center will also be open for its regular Saturday hours, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 835-1824. Amy Grant concert Amy Grant will perform at the Emerald Coast Convention Center Sunday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at emeraldcoastconventioncenter.com or at the center weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Info: 609-3800. Tickets range from $25-$35. Limited VIP tickets are available for only $65 and include a meet & greet with Amy Grant plus a CD. Jewelry sale A masquerade $5 jewelry sale will be held Aug. 29 and 30, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The sale will be held at Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center, 2190 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Proceeds benefit TCH Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Info: 729-9481. NWFSC auditions Northwest Florida State College will hold open auditions for the fall theatrical production of Anthony Horowitzs thriller Mindgame on Aug. 29 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. and auditions start at 6:30. The play is directed by Clint Mahle and will be presented Oct. 12 through 15 at the college. Auditioners must prepare a one minute dramatic monologue with an English accent. Info: Mahle, 729-6007. Financial recovery course Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, will hold financial courses taught through Financial Peace University. The classes for the 13-week course will begin Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. For information or to register: Kim Colpitts, 678-4411. Weekend art workshop The Arts and Design Society, 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach, will hold a Golden Paints workshop, Oct. 4-7, which will begin with a free lecture Oct. 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m., with free giveaways and door prizes. A three-day workshop follows for $215 for ADSO members, $235 for nonmembers, with single class pricing available. It includes free samples, giveaways and more. Sign up in August to ensure enough materials are sent. Detailed class listings are available at artsdesignsociety.org. Call 244-1271 for more information. Top Salon contest event The Cutting Room Salon and Spa in Bluewater Bay is competing for the Top Salon of the Emerald Coast at an event to be held Sept. 23, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. at Emerald Grande Harborwalk Village. Tickets are $50 and include two drink coupons and heavy hors doeuvres, as well as an entry to win a three-day, two-night getaway. Buy tickets at topsalonec.com/tickets/. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity of Wesley Landon, a Niceville student who suffers from cancer. Niceville Market Day Niceville Community Guild will holding its second Market Day, Sept. 24 from 9-2 at Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive. Market Day is an outdoor event open to crafters, garage sales, home businesses, food vendors, produce stands and nonprofit fundraisers. Rent a space for $15 or just come out and shop. Email nicevillechristmas@cox.net for an application. CALENDAR2011 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com before 5 p.m. Wednesday. First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool 1407 E. John Sims Parkway 850-678-1298 Wo rship Schedule8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Rally Day, August 28, 9:30 a.m. Catechism Orientation August 31, 7:00 p.m. www.stpaulniceville.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00 with children's classesWalk-In...Worship 11:01 with childcare for ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten Wednesday Nights Youth 6:30-8 p.m. Pointing The Way To Jesus250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324www.iacdestin.org (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview (850) 682-5338 GLAUCOMA RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment AcceptedStorm spotter courseA Storm Spotter basic course, taught by National Weather Service Mobile, will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center, 90 E. College Blvd., Niceville. Call Emergency Management, 651-7150, to register. FESTIVALFrom page B-1

PAGE 11

2009 Chevy Cobalt, less than 20,000 miles, great shape, $12,000 OBO, 678-9665 Large, wine-colored, massage/rocker recliner, $150. Lane, micro-fiber, moss green couch, 2 built in recliners, good condition. $400. 897-2814. MAINTENANCE/CARE TAKER Live-in full time 32K salary with benefits. For home in Destin. Experience and references. Background checks required. Send resumes to: PO Box 7097, Destin, FL 32540 Newspaper Delivery Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent 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 drivers license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) HOUSEKEEPING/FULL TIME 36 hrs. week @ $14 hour. For home in Destin. Cleaning and pet care. Experience and references. Background checks required. Send resumes to: PO Box 7097, Destin, FL 32540. Newspaper Copy Editor Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) has an opening for a fulltime or part-time copy editor to help compile, write, and edit news items, select photos, assist the editors in preparing newspapers for publication, and perform other editorial duties. Applicants must be able to work quickly and accurately on deadline, and possess strong proofreading and editing skills. Must be detail-oriented and able to adapt to a fastpaced newspaper environment. Nonsmokers. Competitive pay, commensurate with experience and aptitude. Fulltime benefits include paid vacation and holidays, and IRA plan. Room for advancement. Apply in person at The Bay Beacon. 1 BR unit, available soon at 282 Washington, Valp. $350-$550/month+ deposit. All utilities plus cable, 678-5953. Private guitar lessons and demo recordings by Chris Nida, 279-6754. Flea market style/ upscale yard sale vendors needed for 3 day barn sale in Holt, FL. 30 min drive from Niceville. Sept. 23, 24, 25. $10/day for space or choose your selling day(s). Call Crystal 850217-7215 or Robin 850240-1120. (Former Gopher Hole Friends). This & That Thrift Shop, Flea Market, Buy, Sell, Trade. Open Wed.Sat., 1419 No. 29th. Outdoor Flea Market, 729-3801 Vendors Needed Help Wanted Furniture Homes for Rent Autos for Sale Yard Sales Guitar Lessons Help Wanted Help Wanted RV s for Sale Warehouse Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed.MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Office hours: 8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. E-MAIL : classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE 2:00 P.M. FRIDAY FOR WEDNESDAY Contact Information (Will not appear in ad) : Name Phone Address Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers.*Base price includes $5 weekly discount or walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Ads are non-refundable. BEACON NEWSPAPERS | (850) 678-1080 1181 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLE, FL 50% discount for additional weeks or papers. Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) r Eglin Flyer(Number of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot(Number of weeks) ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ $11.00 ______________ $11.60 ______________ $12.20 ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ $11.20 ______________ $11.80 ______________ $12.40 ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ $11.40 ______________ $12.00 ______________ $12.60First Word KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710897-6423 PAINTING TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Don t be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE PRESSURE WASHING(850) 699-7866Houses Driveways Fencing Docks RVs DecksNo Job Too SmallLicensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 SALON cMassagecFacialscSpecialty Nail ArtscWaxing(Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 12 yrs. in the Niceville AreaGift Certificates Available MINI STORAGE Nice-VillaMini Storage2 miles east of Bluewater Bay on Hwy. 20(Drive A Little, Save A Lot)Block Buildings897-2280 ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $18.95 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! Call Us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 to take advantage of this incredible bargain! LAWN CARELess StressLawn CareFREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALRJ: (850) 699-1617 Bryan: (850) 259-1981 Licensed & Insured COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. COMPUTER REPAIR HOMEREPAIR Bart'sHome Repair & Maintenance Plumbing Electrical Security Lighting Lawn Sprinkler Repair Free Estimates Sheet Rock/PaintingNo job too small or large(850) 830-3279Lic. References Available Ins. 25 Years IRRIGATIONLicensed & InsuredCommercial/Residential259-1447 682-1447JERRY D. DUNCANIrrigation Systems Repairs Extensions Well/Pump Repair Professional Installation Free Estimates CABINETSM&M Countertops & CabinetsLocally Owned & Operated for 15+ years Cabinet Refacing All Custom Woodworking Entertainment Centers Islands & Built Ins. Decorative Trims to Update Kitchen Granite & Laminate Tops850-582-5330Ask for Steve IRRIGATIONCALL KENT BENNET (850) 685-3507 Servicing Okaloosa Co.Irrigation Pump RepairKBES Pool Pumps Lift Pumps Adjust/Replace Sprinkler Systems Most cases, Same Day Service PAINTING& PRESSURECLEANING Residential Interior & Exterior Painting25 Years ExperienceSenior & Military DiscountsReferences Available FREE ESTIMATESRussells Painting& Pressure CleaningSPECIALIZING IN PRESSURE WASHING 897-5632Licensed & Insured Advertise your business in this size space for only $18.95 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! MINI STORAGE(850) 729-1005204 KELLY RD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578Kelly Rd.W.R. Harden, Inc. dbaJan C. Bogan General Manager HORSE STABLESHIDDEN CREEK STABLESCall: 850-428-0209 Private, secluded access to riding trails Approx. 6 miles East of Niceville 10 X 12 Stalls 12 X 30 Paddocks 70 X 125 Riding/Training Arena Pasture TurnoutOperated & Managed by C & J Tousignant/ Pet Pals Pet Sitting Service IRRIGATION Sprinkler System Pump Replacement or Repair New Installations Extensions Landscaping Design Free Estimates PRESSURE WASHING 5% DISCOUNTfor Military, Senior, & First RespondersRESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES RELIABLE SERVICE CONCRETE WALKWAYSAll Pro PowerwashingAmazing Results, Every Time(850) 897-5883 app1@ymail.com www.allpropowerwashing.comLOCALLY OWNED, RETIRED MILITARYFREE ESTIMATES $11900House Washing 2000 SqFt & Under, 8/31/11 TUTORING RENTALS 850-897-1443 Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyMarina Cove Unfurnished $1700 3/2.5/2 car tandem garage, fireplace, loft, new carpet & paint Florida Club Furnished $1400 1/1 washer/dryer, screened patio, includes utilities, cable, & internet, pool, gym facility. Lakeside Unfurnished $750-800 1/1 groundfloor, lake view, new paint, washer & dryer VA APPROVED: Lakeside 310 Southlake Ct. 2/2 + Bonus Loft: Great views, great buy! $149,900 Lakeside 307 Westlake Ct. 1 Bedroom, Beauty, $87,000 Coming Soon: Townhome For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 HELP WANTEDThe Bluewater Bay Tennis Center is in need of part-time help (10 to 20 hours per week) to assist in the maintenance of the courts. No experience necessary. Very flexible hours; mornings or middays.Applications are available at the Tennis Center, 777 Bay Drive. WILSON MINGER AGENCY, INC.Niceville s Top-Selling Real Estate Office RENTALS AVAILABLE! Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton and Navarre! One bedroom to five bedrooms from $450-$2500!Search online at: OurLocalRental.com Century 21Wilson Minger AgencyNicevilles Top Selling Real Estate Office729-6504 Dixie RV SuperStoresFLs Newest RV DealerNOW OPEN!!!*Store Hours* Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm21 Acres / 30 Brands New and Pre-Owned Newmar Keystone Heartland Jayco Fleetwood Prime Time Coachmen Forest RiverService Department Parts and Acces. Store RV Collision Center Located off I-10 Exit 70 / SR285328 Green Acres Dr. De Funiak Springs, FL 32435Sales and Service: 850-951-1000 www.dixierv.com 1484 Hickory St.Niceville1000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse 500 Sq. Ft. OfficeWAREHOUSEOFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor More Information Call897-6464 LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOUR BUSINESS. Advertise in At Your Service The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot & The Green Beret(850) 678-1080 GET RESULTS! Call 678-1080 to place your ad today. 57 Homes SOLD in Niceville in July!Only one office was involved in 25% of these sales; as many as the next top 3 Niceville offices combined!Guess which one?When you really want to sellCALL THE #1 NICEVILLE OFFICEfor over 7 years in a row!CENTURY 21 Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. 678-5161 Crestview, Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach M ary Est her, Navarre, Gulf BreezeSALES @ C21M INGER COMSPECIALIZEDAREAS IN:Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. (850) 678-5161 1-800-369-2403 www.century21wilsonminger.com PROVEN LEADERSCarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Text CHRSOLD to 87778 for free app NICEVILLE AREA Beautiful winner home with golf course setting 3/2 1,771 SF $249,900 Web# 172 Excellent newly furnished home with corner lot 3/2 1,241 SF $146,500 Web# 193 Lovely Florida cottage home 3/2 1,567 SF $188,000 Web# 163 Large custom built home designed for delight 4/2 2,226 SF $329,900 Web# 159 Richly designed eye appealing spacious home 4/3 3,688 SF $687,000 Web# 178

PAGE 12

By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer While other area schools work hard to build and improve their football teams, Class 6A District 2 champion Niceville High School remains the team to beat. The Eagles may not be quite as potent on offense as in past years, owing mainly to inexperience, but they're likely to be a defensive juggernaut. "With our defense, we have a chance to be pretty good," said Head Coach John Hicks, whose team went 7-3 in 2010. "We have to see. The offensive line lacks experience." The team is ranked 83rd in Florida and 25th in its division in the preseason by Maxpreps, a CBS Sports site that charts the progress of high school teams in most sports. At the end of last season, the Eagles were ranked 55th in the state and 10th in the division. Last year, Niceville was bounced from the playoffs early by Navarre, 28-7. New starting quarterback Andrew Mitchell, last year's backup QB, is being counted on to deliver enough offense to keep the Eagle winning tradition alive. The most difficult part for Mitchell, a junior this year, he said, is "the responsibility of it. Last year, as the backup, I came out here and learned." But he exudes confidence and, with his 6foot-6-inch height, has a strong arm that can send the ball over charging defensive players. "There are big expectations," Mitchell said. "I control the offense and I have to be a big leader out there." One key to the offense, according to Running Back Coach Adron Robinson, is likely to be Jon Hudson, a senior running back who started last season. Hudson said he was concentratingin early practices on "getting key blocks down." While Mitchell towers over the opposition, Hudson is relatively close to the ground, although he's powerfully built. He described himself as "fast and hard to take down." This year's Eagles are stressing the fundamentals, Robinson and Hicks both said. "It's all about the fundamentals," Robinson said. "We need to block, run hard and make people miss." Hicks said the team speed is "good, not great. We've been faster in the past, but we've been slower, too." Defensive lineman Joey Collins, a senior about to play his second year as a starter, expects the Eagles to be "pretty good. We have a lot of returning guys (on defense) this year. We're going to go pretty far in the playoffs. I think we'll make it all the way to Orlando (to the district championship)." Hicks was reluctant to go that far out on a limb. "I think the district's pretty wide open," he said. "But we're the favorite until somebody beats us." Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. HUNTSKETCHUPSAUERSMAYONNAISE24 OZ BTL. LIMIT 2 W/ ADDITIONAL PURCHASE 32 OZ JAR LIMIT 2 W/ ADDITIONAL PURCHASEANGUS BEEFTOP SIRLOIN STEAK78$3.55LB98BONELESSSMOKEDHAM$1.28LBBUTT PORTIONCHICKENWINGS$1.05LBPREVIOUSLY FROZENANGUS BEEFSHOULDER ROAST$2.65LBBONELESSFRESH, ASSORTEDPORK CHOPS$1.65LBFRESHCHICKEN BREAST$1.65LBBONELESS, SKINLESSCALIFORNIARED PLUMS ORNECTARINES98LBCOCA-COLA ANDALLIED PRODUCTS$4.9920 PK CANSMINUTE MAIDORANGE JUICE$2.3864 OZ CTN.SWEET BABY RAYSBARBECUE SAUCE$1.37TIDE 2X LIQUIDLAUNDRY DETERGENTKELLOGGSCEREALRAISIN BRAN EXTRA, FROSTED FLAKES, CRISPIX, RAISIN BRAN, RAISIN BRAN CRUNCH$2.3315-25.5 OZ BOX 18 OZ BTL.$1.35COLONIALKING THIN ORGIANT SANDWICH BREAD$1.4920-24 OZ PKG.FLAVORITECHEESE $3.55ZEPHYRHILLSSPRING WATER24 PK., .5 LTR BTL. SHREDDED OR CHUNK, 8 OZ PKG.BUNNY OLD FASHIONED OR NATURES OWN HONEY WHEATBREADRED BARONPIZZA$3.4820-22.1 OZ PKG.BLUE BELLICE CREAM$1.05PINTSFLAVORITEJUMBO BISCUITS16 OZ PKG.SHOPPERS VALUEICE CREAM$1.8856 OZ CTN. 20 OZ LOAF$1.50DORITOSPOTATO CHIPS11.5 OZ BAG$2.76$5.55FLAVORITEAPPLE JUICE$1.4564 OZ BTL.CALIFORNIA RED SEEDLESSGRAPES$1.77LB 66 State Road 20 Freeport, Florida 32439 1015 John Sims Parkway East Niceville, Florida 32578 Prices Effective: Wed., Aug. 24 Tues., Aug. 30, 2011EVERYDAY LOW PRICES Plus 10% added at the RegisterWe accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express EBT & WIC Available at both locations We sell stamps for the same price as the Post Office.NO MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIRED UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, NONE SOLD TO DEALERS, QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED, WE SELL MONEY ORDERS AND STAMPS. (ITEM LIMIT 6 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED). NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL OR ILLUSTRATION ERRORS. SEE STORE FOR MORE GREAT BARGAINS!!!BOUNTYPAPER TOWELS$5.998 ROLL PKGCHARMIN BATH TISSUE$5.9912 BIG OR 6 MEGA ROLL PKG. 26-32 LOAD BTL EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register CLOROXLIQUID BLEACH$1.8882-96 OZ BTL.$2.77KRAFTMIRACLE WHIPORMAYONNAISE22 OZ SQZ. BTL. OR 30 OZ JAR$1.28 Beacon photos by Kenneth Books Wide receiver Tyler Fleet, left, and quarterback Andrew Mitchell chat during Niceville High School football team practice. Page B-6 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 B E A C O N S P O R T S B E A C O N S P O R T S Eagle grid defense strong; offense lacks experienceCoach sees NHS as team to beat in District 2 Eagle sophomore wide receiver Jalen Douglas runs with the ball during a recent Niceville football practice. John Hicks Andrew Mitchell Joey Collins Jon Hudson EVERYDAY! NEWSoftServe Cones& SundaesLimited Time Offer Niceville Restaurant Only

PAGE 13

The Bay Beacons and Community Directory 2011 Fall-Winter 2011 Supplement to The Bay Beacon Niceville-Valparaiso, Florida

PAGE 14

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 2 Fall-Winter 2011 earCareTMASSOCIATES, LLCNICEVILLEHEARING CENTEROffice: 850-678-3277 (EARS) Fax: 850-678-3211Grant Williams, HAS, HISFlorida & Louisiana Licensed Dr. Richard C. RebeckHAS., BC-HIS, Ph.D.Florida Licensed & Nationally Board CertifiedNiceville Valparaiso Shalimar Destin Ft. Walton Bch Crestview DeFuniak Sprgs Freeport Glendale Mary Esther Navarre Santa Rosa Bch Seagrove Bch Laurel Hill Paxton EarCare Associates, LLC dba Niceville Hearing Center Twin Cities Hearing Clinic The Hearing Shoppe 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite I, Niceville, FL 32588-1049 (We are next door to Dr. Pat Tidwells office) Office: 850-678-3277 Fax: 850-678-3211 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Info@TwinCitiesHearingClinic.com Numerous research studies have clearly proven that extended bandwidth alone is not sufficient to provide access to the highfrequency sounds essential for speech understanding. In addition to a broadband frequency response, SoundRecover ensures that all the sounds of life are clearly audible. Niceville Hearing Center has had some very successful outcomes partnering with the worlds largest manufacturer of hearing aids. The manufacturer Phonak uses extended bandwidth to take advantage of natural sound amplification to the physical limits of the receiver and sound delivery system. When the hearing professionals at Niceville Hearing Center program the sophisticated non-linear frequency compression algorithm called SoundRecover into the Patients hearing aid, it gently compresses and shifts high frequencies ensuring that the full spectrum of sound is audible with a natural sound quality. PHONAK is represented around the world With international locations and sales & service centers in more than 100 countries, Phonak is present wherever people with hearing loss have a desire to regain part of their quality of life, or if they need follow up service while traveling. Innovations for a better quality of life In the opinion of Grant Williams, Owner of Niceville Hearing Center, Phonak stands for innovative solutions in the field of hearing. Phonak has a hearing aid for all kinds of hearing loss, all lifestyles, ages and budgets. OUR NICEVILLE HEARING CENTER PROMISE Were aware of the needs of people who rely on our knowledge, our ideas and support. With our creative approach to overcoming the limits of technology, we affiliate with only those hearing aid manufactures that produce solutions that support people with hearing and understanding challenges. The most important element of a high quality of life is speech recognition. Understanding people clearly even in difficult hearing situations with a lot of noise continues to be our greatest challenge. Many of our Patients want an optimized solution specifically for these situations. They want and need a solution that will reconnect them with people close to them. Dr. Rebeck and Grant Williams are available to answer all your questions and concerns. There is no question that is too basic. We know that unaddressed hearing loss seriously undercuts a persons quality of life and has a tremendous negative impact on relationships, says Dr. Rebeck. We also know that too many people wait years, even decades, before getting treatment either unaware of the extent of their hearing loss or too afraid to confront it losing out on so much of life. Our Niceville Hearing Center PROMISE: QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN.Call today for a free exam and evaluation. All my experiences at the Niceville Hearing Center have been life changing.Niceville Hearing Center is a beautifully maintained medical suite located in the Twin Cities Medical Plaza and offers a clean, caring environment where everyone with a hearing loss will receive professional patient care by a highly trained staff. I can truly say nice things about Niceville Hearing Center, because theyve been in the Niceville area almost as long as Ive been Mayor Boggy. Grant Williams, Owner of Niceville Hearing Center, takes care of other members of my family and they also are very pleased with the passionate follow up care they receive. If you or any of your loved ones need help with their hearing, I would suggest visiting Niceville Hearing Center located near the Twin Cities Hospital. I know the Phonak hearing aids that Im wearing now help me tremendously while attending the many meetings and public appearances required of a Mayor. Mayor Randall WiseCity of Niceville ADVERTISEMENT -SoundRecover Technology at Niceville Hearing CenterNow you can add UNDERSTANDING to your hearing with SoundRecoverFREE RESEARCH STUDIES AVAILABLECALL FOR YOUR FREE COPY 850-678-3277(EARS)#1 SoundRecover it benefits Patients with a loss described as a moderately-severe to severe hearing loss. Research Study by Dr. Hugh J. McDermott, PhD. #2 Hearing Loss is Linked to Dementia Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. Researchers have looked at what affects hearing loss, but few have looked at how hearing loss affects cognitive brain function, says study leader Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Otology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. TWIN CITIES MEDICAL PLAZASuccessful Ribbon Cutting

PAGE 15

By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent It is a place that winter can never quite reach. The Twin Cities of Niceville and Valparaiso, along with neighboring communities like Bluewater Bay, Seminole and Choctaw Beach, nestle along the shores of Boggy Bayou, Rocky Bayou and Choctawhatchee Bay in Northwest Florida, where boating, fishing, golf, tennis and other outdoor pastimes go on year round. Seasons do change here, though. As the hot, humid days of summer draw to a close in October, the air cools. Oak, maple and cedar trees turn bright reds and yellows, beginning a long, leisurely autumn that often lasts through Christmas. In January, the end of autumn subtly becomes the beginning of spring. Camellias are the first to bloom, soon followed by azaleas, dogwood trees and other blooming plants. Summer returns in May, inviting local residents and visitors to play in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico, or at calmer beaches along local bayous, or to swim in the clear, 70-degree swimming holes along Turkey Creek. To those who live or visit here, such names as Niceville and Valparaiso (Vale of Paradise) seem appropriate. Three miles across the bay is Destin, a beach resort and fishing harbor which draws vacationers from throughout the Southeast. Destins East Pass gives deepsea fishermen access to the Gulf of Mexico, breeding ground for many of the Atlantics food and game fish. Reasons to live here are as varied as the people who do so. Jordan Boykin, of Niceville, has lived there for the last four years. I came here with my husband, she said. He is an environmental engineer with Science Applications International Corp., and his dad is retired Air Force. Asked what she likes best about the area, Boykin quickly replied, The beach! I also like fishing and everything you can do on the water. Asked what advice she would offer to a newcomer, Boykin said, Look around before purchasing a house. You may think you like a town, until you live there. Boykin said she moved from nearby Fort Walton Beach to Niceville, to be closer to the water and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Coupled with its small-town charm, the area is home to Northwest Florida State College, a $20 million performing arts center, a nationally recognized publicschool system that is ranked among Floridas best, thousands of technically talented workers drawn by the nations chief Air Force weapons test complex, and a cosmopolitan population of military retirees who have lived and worked all over the world. Today more than 69,000 people reside where American Indians and traders once roamed the forests. Pottery shards and burial mounds dot the area, evidence that people were living in this area thousands of years before the first permanent white homestead was completed around the time of the Civil War. As logging and commercial fishing brought more settlers to the area, the trading post on the shore of the bayou grew into a town. The first post office was opened in 1893. Valparaiso was incorporated in 1921, and Niceville, its now-larger sister city across Boggy Bayou, in 1938. Today, tucked among the bayous on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, dozens ofNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE A variety of housing is available in the Twin Cities, much of it in upscale neighborhoods. Twin Cities community a magnet for families and retirees alike Government services...................11-13 Contacting utilities.........................14-15 Pullout dir ectory.............................17 Pullout map.......................................18-19 School by school............................20-22 Join a club..........................................23-26 Attractions, beaches.......................27-34Cover: A crisp fall day in Bluewater Bay.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Kids enjoy the waters of Boggy Bayou alongside Valparaiso's Lincoln Park. The park is a great place to spend a sunny Saturday and boasts a playground, picnic pavilions, a beach and restrooms. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithSmall-town charm, city amenities Jordan Boykin Continued on page 5

PAGE 16

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 4 Fall-Winter 2011 INTHEDININGROOMONTHEPATIOBILGEPUBLOUNGEEarly Bird Specials: 4:30 till 6pm 7 days a week Also Offering: Childrens and Gluten free menus Live Entertainment: Fri. and Sat. 6-10pm Sun. 3-7pm Shrimp Boil: Sundays Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Mon.-Sat. in the lounge Private Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, & Receptions 124 John Sims Pkwy 850-678-2805www.theboathouselanding.com ROOMSFORPRIVATEPARTIES BOATHOUSE LANDING BOATHOUSE LANDING The The

PAGE 17

cozy neighborhoods are found under towering pines and flowering magnolias. An eclectic array of home styles reflects residents love of water and land. The Niceville-ValparaisoBluewater Bay community has a thriving economy whose mainstay is nearby Eglin Air Force Base, the worlds biggest air base in area, and home of most Air Force munitions development and testing. Eglin is also home to a regional medical center and a veterans clinic. Army, Navy and Coast Guard units are also located within and near the Eglin military reservation. The Twin Cities area is large enough to support a 15,000-student state college and 10 other public and private schools, a 65-bed civilian hospital, twoscore churches, more than a dozen bank branches, and hundreds of businesses. Yet, it remains friendly enough to maintain its small-town identity. Amanda and Colby Turner have lived in Valparaiso for the past two months, having recently moved from Talladega, Ala. Amanda, who previously lived in Northwest Florida, said, We lost our home in Talladega to a fire, and we both lost our jobs. We came here looking for a fresh start. Since arriving in the area, Colby has found a job as a tree climber with Coastline Tree service, and the couple now lives near Chicago Avenue in Valparaiso with their 5-yearold daughter, Macie. The vast federal and state lands nearby provide not only varied camping and hiking opportunities, but also excellent fishing and hunting. Duck and dove can be found, and deer can often be seen feeding beside area highways. There are three outstanding golf courses in the community, and many more within driving distance. Residents frequently report backyard sightings of foxes, coyotes, black bears and the occasional alligator. An excellent transportation network links the area with the rest of Florida, the Southeast, and beyond. Interstate 10, an east-west link to, among other cities, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola and New Orleans, is 20 minutes to the north. Northwest Florida Regional Airport, just outside Valparaiso, From page 3 A few minutes from Gulf beachesNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 5 Continued on page 7 Water activities, from sailing to swimming to relaxing in a tube, are the best ways to take advantage of the bay and bayous surrounding the Niceville-Valparaiso area. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Colby Turner Lowest College Tuition in NW FL 5 Bachelors Degree Programs Associate Degrees & Career Certificates GED/ Adult Education Collegiate High School ROTC eCampus/ Distance Learning Financial Aid Available www.nwfsc.edu Niceville Campus: (850) 729-6922 Fort Walton Campus: (850) 863-6500 Eglin AFB Center: (850) 200-4180 Hurlburt Field Center: (850) 200-4190Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak Springs: (850) 200-4100 South Walton Center: (850) 200-4160 Sikes Center, Crestview: (850) 200-4141

PAGE 18

pure freedom.pure broadband.stay connected whether youre on base or overseas. call click come in y connect sta ou ed whether y y connect e on base or o rou erseas.v e on base or o l al c 442. 50 8 ck i cl n i me oc 50 11.4 v e e lbaliav t a o s n reff d o n s a ecivre S yln s o remotsu l c aitnediseR ese s R thgi l R l A cn I kniLyrutne 1 C 102 secivre 1 s 1 r 9 o t f pecxetref r o a o raP s a ecivre d s n s a tcudor l p l A ylpp s a noitcirtse l r anoitidd A erehwyrev y o trepor e p h e t r o a go s l yawhta e p h d t n k a niLyrutne e C ma e n h T devreqra l m oaps n es e at tso s p noitidno d c n s a mre r t, o ecivre f ss o mre t sffira y td b enrevo e g r .cn I kniLyrutne f Cy o0511.442.05 l 8e a uq civre e s h f tt o ra s pe i nildna e l nohpele T moc.knilyrutnec.ww t wd a et. a d c n n a oitcennoc/noissimsnar c t far a t ta f de o sopru e p h r t o y f ln e o c ,noissimsnar c t far e t cio r v o d f es e ut b onna Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 6 Fall-Winter 2011

PAGE 19

enjoys a newly remodeled, spacious passenger terminal. Several airlines operate nonstop flights to Atlanta, Memphis, Miami, Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte, carrying some 800,000 passengers a year. A new airline, Vision Air, has announced service to a number of other Southeast destinations. The runways, those of adjacent Eglin Air Force Base, can handle the largest jets. Jill Livingston, who moved to Niceville last year from Pennsylvania, she likes the town because, Its a small community where you can get to know people, but there is also a lot to do here. Its also close to the beach and surrounded by natural beauty. The Twin Cities economy is as diverse as those who support it. Although reliant on the military missions of Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field, it also draws heavily on construction, retail and service industries. The Defense Department is adding more than 4,990 military positions to Eglin over the next few years, as it forms a training wing for the nations newest jet fighter, the F-35, and as three Army Green Beret battalions move here from North Carolina, and a fourth battalion is created here. Tom Brake, who lives in Crestview, just north of Eglin Air Force Base, is a retired Air Force member who was first stationed here in 1982. I came back again in 1997, he said, and I retired here in 1998. Brake said he chose to live in Crestview because, although it is farther from the beaches than Niceville or Valparaiso, homes can be bought less expensively there than closer to the water. Its also less crowded there, said Brakes wife, Colleen, at least until the last two years, during which the Crestview area, just north of the new Army 7th Special Forces Group headquarters, has been growing rapidly. Technology-based industry is growing more important to the area, making Okaloosa County a technology leader in Northwest Florida, and home to the University of Floridas Research and Education Engineering Facility. John Timm said he has lived in Niceville for the last five years, and in Northwest Florida since 1987. He chose Niceville, he said, because it really is nice, and its conveniently close to Eglin From page 5Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 7 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville stages events throughout the year ranging from touring Broadway musicals to symphony concerts. Beacon photoCenter spotlights performing arts Continued on page 8 NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS Rocky Bayou Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Full-Service College Preparatory Academy (Grades 7-12) Well-Rounded, High-Achievement Elementary Program (Grades 16) Kindergarten and Pre-school Programs (including VPK) Dedicated Special Services Department including Therapy Services (K-12) Competitive Sports and Vibrant Arts and Music Programs (K-12) Tuition Assistance Available for ALL Grade Levels2101 N. PARTINDRIVENICEVILLE, FLORIDA32578Reserve Your Childs Seat Today!Call 850.678.7358 and ask for the Admissions Office to learn more and set up a campus tour.CHRIST-CENTERED,EXCELLENCE-DRIVENPRIVATEEDUCATIONis more accessible than you think. Jill Livingston Tom Brake

PAGE 20

Air Force Base, where Timm works as a software engineer for Tybrin Corp., one of many military contractors that help support the weapons systems test activities at the base. I also moved here for the schools, Timm added, especially Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School. The schools in the Twin Cities are known for high academic standards, even among other schools in the Okaloosa County School Districtitself consistently ranked as one of the best in the state. Niceville High School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nations top secondary schools, and adds to its record of academic excellence an outstanding sports program. On college entrance exams, students at two other Niceville schools, Collegiate High School and Rocky Bayou Continued on page 9Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 8 Fall-Winter 2011 Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of degrees, from two-year community-college diplomas to four-year programs in nursing and teaching. From page 7A-rated schools win state, U.S. honors Jeff Waits, D.V.M. Jason Marquardt, D.V.M. Dara Johns, D.V.M. Phil Blumer, D.V.M. Carla Robert, D.V.M. We are proud that our hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain membership in this prestigious association, our facilities, equipment, procedures, and services must meet strict standards and be regularly inspected and evaluated by an AAHA consultant.PARKWAY VETERINARY HOSPITAL1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville (850) 678-9733Combining the science of Veterinary medicine with the art of caring Advanced Surgical Procedures Behavior Consultations Complete Companion Animal Care Dental Care Dietary and Nutritional Counseling Diagnostic Services on Site Diagnostic Ultrasonography Elective Surgery and Orthopedics Examinations & Vaccinations Surgery & Medications Exotic Pet & Bird Medications Geriatric CareThe Staff of Parkway Veterinary Hospital Welcomes Your Family To Our AreaFor 29 years weve been meeting the healthcare needs of your best friend your Pet The doctors and staff at Parkway Veterinary Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our community. We look forward to serving you and meeting your pet's veterinary needs. Parkway Veterinary Hospital is a proud supporter of Relay for Life. Fundraisers, such as Nail Trim Clinics are hosted monthly. These events usually take place on Saturdays from 9-12, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Please call or visit us on Facebook for further details. John Timm and daughter Leah

PAGE 21

Christian School, typically outscore even the high levels achieved by Niceville High students. Northwest Florida State College, whose main campus is in Niceville, provides an institution of higher learning for some 15,000 students a year. In recent years the school opened a $10 million library, an astronomical observatory, and a $9 million science building. Recently completed is a $30 million community services complex, which includes a sports arena that doubles as a hurricane shelter, additional classrooms, and a county emergency operations center. In its growing medical program the college offers twoand four-year nursing degrees, as well as programs in radiography, paramedic EMT and dental assisting. While primarily a two-year community college, NWFSC offers additional bachelors programs in acquisition management, elementary teacher education, and middle grades math and science education. In 2008, the institution was designated a state college. The college has a combined total of 80 associate degrees and certificate programs. A 1,850-seat performing arts center at the college attracts national-level talent in music, theater and art, enriching the communitys cultural life. In nearby Fort Walton Beach, there is a campus of Pensacola-based University of West Florida. Timothy and Trishia Lewanda also live in Niceville, although Timothy said, I was born and raised in Freeport, about 20 minutes away along Choctawhatchee Bay. He said he moved to Niceville when he married his wife, Trishia, who grew up there. I like Turkey Creek, Tim said, speaking of the city park and boardwalk that wind along the banks of the spring-fed creek, through about a mile of swamp and forest. The park has public swimming platforms at several points along the water, which stays at about 70 degrees year-round. Its a nice place to raise kids, said Trishia, who is fond of the local schools and churches. She went to Bluewater Elementary School and Ruckel Middle school as a child, now attends River of Life Church, and hopes for her own children to do likewise. Tim has his own reasons to like the area. I like the closeness to nature, the sun and the great views. In addition, he said, The people here are nice. They dont call it Niceville for nothing.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 9 From page 8A fine place to work and playNiceville High School Eagle football is central to fall life in the Twin Cities. Come watch as the Eagles, 2010 district champions, defend their title. Beacon photo Quickest Way to Destin.Thats right, the quickest way to Destin and the beaches of South Walton is by the Choctawhatchee Mid-Bay Bridge. You can save time by taking the Mid-Bay Bridge over the bay instead of the long way around. That gives you a lot more time to play, and the scenery is beautiful. So make your next trip to Destin and the South Walton beaches shorter and faster. Take the Mid-Bay Bridge straight from Hwy. 20 in Niceville to Hwy. 98 in Destin. Toll required. www.Mid-Bay.comP.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 Pensacola Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview Brewton Andalusia De Funiak Springs Panama City Dothan 231 10 331 98 20 285 85 85 55 331 137 189 10 4 41 31 65 41 113 29 98 55 331 231 106 84Georgiana29 Trishia Lewanda

PAGE 22

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Fall-Winter 2011

PAGE 23

Vehicle registrationAll motor vehicles in Florida must be registered and/or titled within 10 days of moving to Florida. Trailers which weigh 2,000 pounds or more must be registered and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000 pounds will need a bill of sale and last registration from previous owner; if not a new purchase, current owners registration needed. Sales tax may be applicable. In some cases they will need a certified weight slip as well. The county tax collector, as agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, processes registrations and titles and collects the necessary fees. To obtain a Florida vehicle title and registration, motorists must bring the current vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the vehicle itself and current state identification to any office of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Proof of insurance from a certified Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or card) is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present at a Tax Collectors office documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 and Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes, vessels and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement. To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including purchasers name, the selling price and the odometer reading at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected if applicable, such as when a vehicle was purchased out of state less than six months prior and the state it was purchased in has a reciprocal sales tax (such as Alabama) on any new purchase. All transfers must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a fee is levied at the time of transfer. Out-of-state titled vehicles must be physically present when applying for tag and title. Members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Florida, but maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. To qualify for the lower military nonresident rates, the owner must submit a copy of military orders. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory. Military personnel who file for nonresident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file for a $50,000 homestead exemption in Florida. Call the property appraisers office, 651-7240, for information. The local Okaloosa County Tax Collector office and hours: Niceville 506 Highway 85 North Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-651-7300 Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Website: okaloosatax.com. There are also tax collectors offices in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Eglin Air Force Base. Florida vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at okaloosatax.com.Drivers licenseA Florida motor vehicle operators license is required within 30 days after becoming a permanent resident of the state (i.e., children enrolled in school system, employment established, etc.). Those with a valid license from another state may get a Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required. The Florida license is valid for six to eight years. Required are a current U.S. passport or an original U.S. birth certificate (legal name change document may be required), an outof-state drivers license and Social Security card. In addition, two proofs of residential address are required. Examples include: a piece of mail with your address, a mortgageNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 11 We like to think of our website as more than just a place to get valueable information on your energy service. Its where members can connect with us. Thats why in addition to information on costs and services, youll also find community news, volunteer opportunities even recipes that members want to share. Our website is one of the many ways we help make our community stronger. Visit the tax collectors office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for drivers license services. Continued on page 12 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Your Hometown REALTOR For Over 29 Years We Know Military Moves! 3 Out of 4 Carriage Hills Realtors Are Air Force or Army Retirees or Spouses Carriage Hills has SOLD 2,000 + Listings in Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Rocky Bayou Swift Creek & Valparaiso Thats 2/3rds More Than ANY Other Real Estate Company! Looking for Rentals? Property Management?4 Full-time Rental Agents With Over 75 Years CombinedExperience To Serve Youwww.CarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178 (800) 874-8929 REALTOR @CarriageHills.com 1821 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 Getting a car tag or registering to vote

PAGE 24

statement or a rental lease agreement. Utility bills will also be accepted. Call 6517300 or visit gathergoget.com to find out the items needed. Driver license manuals may be obtained from county tax collectors offices. Available at Okaloosa County Tax Collectors offices are most services, such as original and renewal licenses, change of name or address and learners tests. Niceville, Crestview and Fort Walton Beach tax offices offer driving tests for drivers licenses or commercial CDL licenses. Contact the Okaloosa County Tax Collectors office for a more detailed list of services offered, 651-7300.Auto insuranceFlorida law requires that all automobile operators have nofault insurance. Under the nofault law, a motorists insurance company pays for treatment of any personal injuries received as a result of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault, up to $10,000. You must show proof of this insurance to obtain automobile tags.Boat registrationAll powerboats must be titled and registered in Florida within 90 days. Register at the Okaloosa County Tax Collectors office in Niceville, 506 Highway 85 North. For more information, call 651-7300.Voter registrationRegister to vote at either of the Supervisor of Elections offices located at 302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Crestview office, 689-5600, or the Fort Walton Beach office, 651-7272, for additional information. Forms may also be obtained at and submitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Forms may also be picked up and turned in at other Okaloosa County public libraries, Department of Children and Families Services centers, Department of Labor offices serving people with disabilities (such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), drivers license offices and armed forces recruiting offices. Registration forms can also be completed and printed off the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website, govoteokaloosa.com. In addition, voters can use the new online lookup tool to check registration status, view absentee requests, find assigned precinct and view sample ballots. Contact the Elections Office with any questions. Eligibility to register is defined on the form, and no witnessing or administration of an oath is required. Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election to cast a ballot. Absentee voting, military and overseas voting and early voting information is available online and at the Supervisor of Elections office. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections website at govoteokaloosa.com or find them on Facebook.Employment agenciesJobsPlus Employers Service Center, 409 Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach, Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 833-7587. One-Stop Career Centers are located in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springsproviding employment and re-employment programs for our community through the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. More information: jobsplusonestop.com. The Northwest Florida State College Career Resource Center, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, in Building C2, Room 201, of the Niceville campus. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 729-5227. Manpower Inc., 1191 N. Eglin Parkway, Suite D., Shalimar. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 651-0015. Kelly Services Inc., 1500 Freedom Self Storage Road, Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 664-7649. From page 11Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 12 Fall-Winter 2011 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. Borrow a book, land a job, mail a letter Niceville Bluewater Bay Freeport Crestview Ft. Walton Beach Navarre Pensacola 30-A Destin Panama City BeachRelocations Investments & International Real EstateJane H. Rainwater RealtorPremier Real Estate Professionals Specializing in Floridas Emerald Coast Communities 850-897-1101 4566 Highway 20E., Suite 104, Niceville, Floridawww.baywalk2.com janehr@aol.comBAYWALKREALESTATE, INC Choose Baywalk... You deserve the best! NBB -Offer expires 9/30/2011 Continued on page 13

PAGE 25

Post officesNiceville: 90 N. Palm Blvd.; Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon. 6782021. Valparaiso: 306 Edge Ave.; Weekdays, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m. 6782921. Bluewater Bay: 4400 E. Highway 20, Merchants Walk, Suite 314; Weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 897-5063. Eglin A.F.B.: 307 W. Van Matre Ave.; Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-noon. 882-3548.LibrariesNiceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Dr., Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 279-4863, ext. 1500. Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway, Mon., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 729-5406. Both Niceville and Valparaiso libraries are open to residents of either city and of unincorporated areas of Okaloosa County. Eglin A.F.B. Library, 305 W. F Ave., #278. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Fridays and government holidays. 882-5016. Northwest Florida State College Library, Niceville campus, Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (during the spring and fall terms). Closed Sundays. 729-5318. Hours vary during summer term.Registering for schoolFlorida law requires that children from 6 to 16 must attend school or be home schooled. For detailed information about registration requirements, call your neighborhood school. For assistance with determining which public-school attendance zone your family resides in, call the Okaloosa County School District administrative offices, 833-3100 or the Walton County School District, 850892-1100. For assistance with registration requirements for Rocky Bayou Christian School, call 678-7358. For assistance with registration requirements for Collegiate High School, call 7294949. Children may enter kindergarten in a public school if they are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Kindergarten attendance is a prerequisite for first grade. Students who are at least 4 years old by Sept. 1 may be eligible to attend a free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program at select schools within the Okaloosa County school system. This program is only 3-and-a-half hours long and parents must provide transportation. If interested, call Kathy Baird, 689-7211. Documentation required for first-time registration includes the students birth certificate, Social Security number, certification of school entry medical exam performed within the previous 12 months and proof of immunizations. Each child must have on file a Florida certification of immunization documenting the following: K-12 (children entering, attending or transferring to Florida schools): Four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; three or four doses of polio vaccine; two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; two or three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; one dose of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective school year 2001-02, then each year and additional grade); two doses of varicella vaccine (kindergarten effective 2008-09, then each year and additional grade). Pre-K: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine; polio vaccine; measles vaccine; mumps vaccine; hepatitis B vaccine; varicella vaccine (effective school year 200102); influenza type B (Hib) vaccine. Seventh grade: tetanus-diphtheria booster (Tdap). Students entering a county school system for the first time must present certification of a physical exam by a physician within the previous 12 months, unless transferring from another Florida school district. Visit okaloosaschools.com (Okaloosa County) or walton.k12.fl.us (Walton County) for more information. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 13 From page 12Checklist for registering for school Children 6 to 16 years of age are required to attend school or be homeschooled. Each child must have an immunization record to enroll. Jean Floyd 865-8548 Lynn Bowling 259-0448 Kelly Shephard 543-7353 Marcy Thomas 598-1477 Pam Weeks 259-3886 Mary Coger 319-3502 Judy Griffin 685-8595 Carol Whited585-9884 Shirley Wohleber830-6222 Chris Schwantz 368-4280 Susan Rood 855-7411 Debbie Stretch 218-8312 Debbie Collins 375-0555 Angelia Junger 830-9412 Clara Miles 543-1092 James Rood 585-6197 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Michelle Blanton 699-0835 Bernie Busovne 830-3463 Rick Westbrook 585-2707Experience you can count on fromYour Neighborhood Agents!Call 850-279-4332 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.

PAGE 26

(Area code: 850)Electricity Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas west of Rocky Bayou bridgeGulf Power Co. 1057 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-225-5797 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. gulfpower.comBluewater Bay and other areas east of Rocky Bayou bridgeChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (Chelco) 1401 Cat-Mar Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-342-0990 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. chelco.comNatural gas Okaloosa Gas District P.O. Box 548 364 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-4700 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okaloosagas.comWater and sewer Niceville and adjacent unincorporated areas between Valparaiso and Rocky Bayou bridgeNiceville City Hall Utility Billing & Finance Dept. 208 N. Partin Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-4000 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Public Works Dept.: 729-4064 920 S. Cedar Ave. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. publicworks@niceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgAreas east of Rocky Bayou bridge to Okaloosa County lineOkaloosa Co. Water & Sewer 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 651-7171 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 1401 Cat-Mar Road (Chelco Bldg.) Niceville, FL 32578 Tuesday & Friday, 8 a.m.noon, 1:30-5 p.m. 812 James Lee Blvd. (same bldg. as Health Dept.) Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 689-7922 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. co.okaloosa.fl.usVilla Tasso & Choctaw BeachNorth Bay Water System 112 Highway 20 West Freeport, FL 32439 Phone: 835-2822 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. freeportflorida.govGarbage and other waste NicevilleNiceville City Hall Public Works 902-B S. Cedar Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-4000 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityofniceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgUnincorporated areas in Okaloosa and Walton countiesWaste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon wm.comHousehold hazardous waste, countywide, Okaloosa CountyOkaloosa County Recycling Office Public Works South County Public Works Yard, 2 doors down from 84 Ready Ave. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 14 Fall-Winter 2011 Continued on page 15 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other services 902 C Palm Blvd. S ~ (Near Subway) ~ Office: (850) 678-5498 Toll Free: (866) 678-5498 ~ Fax: (850) 678-6705 Come let us help you find your piece of paradise!Its business as usual . only better! Residential ~ Commercial New Construction Property Management Vacation Rentals Military Relocation Specialists Kevin Kelleher Property Manager Kurt Buchanan Marilyn Clark Pat Matthews Bobbie Housand Broker Marcella Phelps Vacation Rental Specialist Crystal Donaldson Stacey Driver Hillary Olds Amanda Housand Bobbi Davis Ginny Lee Deptula

PAGE 27

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 651-7394 By appointment: Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, 7-11 a.m. Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Ave Weekdays, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed Phone: 689-5772 co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)Used motor oilCity of Niceville Niceville residents only (county residents, call 651-7395) 723 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-4064 Public Works: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil dropped off by appointment, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. cityofniceville.org Auto Zone 193 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-3881 Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. B & T Lubrication Center 1198 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-3333 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, weekly curbside pickupAll areas Waste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Call for pickup schedule for your street. wm.comRecycling to benefit fireworksAll areas To help fund the July 4th fireworks display, donate your aluminum cans anytime in the recycling bin behindNiceville Library 206 N. Partin Drive. Also benefiting the fireworks, the City of Valparaiso collects aluminum cans, paper and cardboard at Valparaiso City Hall, at 465 Valparaiso Parkway, open 24/7.Telephone CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.com Cox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comCable television All areas except ValparaisoCox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comValparaisoValparaiso Broadband 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5404 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.netNewspapers The Bay Beacon (weekly) 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. baybeacon.com Northwest Florida Daily News (daily) 200 NW Racetrack Road Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 863-1111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. nwfdailynews.com NEWS From page 14Garbage and recycling collection Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 15 Twice-weekly curbside garbage pickup is the norm in the area. In Valparaiso, however, city sanitation crews collect garbage from cans from residential backyards. Beacon photo at Bluewater Bay

PAGE 28

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 16 Fall-Winter2011 ENROLL TODAY 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE VPK PROGRAMServing the Twin Cities since 1983SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCHMinistering to the Twin Cities area since 19791407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com www.stpaullutheranniceville.promilitary.net Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.WE OFFER: Personalized classes All teachers and staff, degreed & experienced Age & developmentally appropriate materials Secure facility Parent enrichment program Field trips and classroom guests Christ-centered curriculum St. PaulPRESCHOOLSt. Paul Lutheran Church1407 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com/preschool.phpMember Evangelical Lutheran Education Association A Florida VPK Provider CO1OK0064 Gods work. Our hands. Joint Replacement Sports Injury Fracture Care Arthroscopic Surgery Caring, Competent Professionals Helping You To A Swift Recovery Thomas M. Fox, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon | Board Certified William J Markowski, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon | Board Certified Steven S. Donchey, M.D. Musculoskeletal Medicine Sports Medicine | Board Certified Erin N. Robinson, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Certified National Commission of Physician Assistants Rustin G. Sorensen, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Certified National Commission of Physician Assistants ACCEPTING MOST INSURANCES: Blue Options Network Blue Medicare Advantage PPO Advantage 65Niceville 850-897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd. #100 Destin 850-622-3713 7720 Hwy. 98 W. #200 Crestview 850-897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. #200www.bluewaterorthopedics.com By Mike Griffith and Del LessardBeacon Staff Affordable housing is not hard to find in the Twin Cities area, according to local real estate agents. But it depends on your definition of affordable. The median sale price of dwellings in the Niceville-Bluewater Bay-Valparaiso area so far this year is about $223,000, including single-family homes, townhomes and condos. Realtors note that prices depend not only on a homes size, however, but also on its location, age and condition. To be sure, prices locally, as elsewhere, have not recovered from the pop of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007. Realtor Gordon Fenwick, of the Wilson Minger office of Century 21, said it is still a buyers market, with higherthan-usual numbers of homes for sale at any given time, at prices lower than in the heady years of the U.S. housing boom. There were, on average, 369 homes for sale on any given day in Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay in the first eight months of 2011, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Home prices have varied among local communities so far this year, with the highest median sold price ($240,000) in Bluewater Bay and the lowest ($106,000) in Valparaiso. Niceville, with a median of $218,000, was in the middle. The difference however between our local market and other, more distressed areas of the country is that a realistically priced home still sells in a reasonable time, Fenwick said. I would say prices have stabilized. And that is important, although any significant appreciation probably wont begin until the still sizable amount of distressed properties begin to dwindle. Bargains can sometimes be had by buying an older home, especially a fixer-upper. Debbie Lewis, of ERA American Realty, Niceville, said that some such homes, which may include mobile homes as well as fixed structures, have recently sold for as little as $75,000, but buyers should be sure they can properly make the needed repairs or renovations themselves, or can afford to have the work done by a licensed contractor. Lewis said that most such homes can be brought to like-new condition at renovation costs of $10,000 to $15,000, although this may vary widely. Once overhauled to the new owners satisfaction, she said, older homes can be great places to live, and may even be sold at a profit when the owner decides to move. Rentals are a popular option for new residents. Two-bedroom rental units had a median rent of $850 in 2010, and units with more than two bedrooms had a median rent of $995. Rents also vary widely, however, depending on location, condition, and whether a rental unit is a house, apartment, or mobile home. Lewis offered some advice to potential sellers and buyers. For sellers, she said, todays market may mean selling a home for less than you bought it for, or even for less than what you still owe on the mortgage. Nevertheless, she said, such a move may be necessary to stop the bleeding for someone paying more mortgage than they can afford, or having to sell because of a military reassignment, divorce or other compelling reason. Sellers, she said, must be realistic and price the property appropriately in order to sell it quickly, rather than hanging onto a property they no longer need, hoping for someone to offer a better price. Finding affordable housingHome shoppers have many options Gordon Fenwick Housing in the Niceville-Valparaiso area runs the gamut from less-costly homes in older neighborhoods to expensive waterfront dwellings.

PAGE 29

Carr, Riggs & Ingram (850) 897-4333 4502 E. Hwy. 20, Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cripa.com Twin Cities Auto Service (850) 678-7777 425 Government Ave./Hwy 85 Valparaiso, FL 32580 Twin Cities Transmission & General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St., Niceville, FL 32578 Cool Stylz Studio (850) 279-4620 306 Government Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 www.coolstylzstudio.com Fantastic Sams (850) 678-7711 1136 John Sims Pkwy Niceville, FL 32578 Hair Express (850) 678-4555 1019 E. John Sims Pkwy. Palm Plaza Niceville, FL 32578 Ritz Salon (850) 897-4466 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. E Niceville, FL 32578 The Summit II in Hair (850) 678-1977 101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.summit2inhair.com Chem Dry (850) 729-7707 Niceville & Crestview (850) 862-6902 Fort Walton & Mary Esther Best Buy Carpet (850) 678-0041 115 Bullock Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bestbuycarpetinc.com First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 Wee School Starr Preschool (850) 729-6915 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Immanuel Anglican Church (850) 837-6324 250 Indian Bayou Trail Destin, FL 32541 Niceville United Methodist Church (850) 678-4411 Community Life Center Wesley Academy; Wesley Childcare 214 Partin Dr. S. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevilleumc.org Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (850) 678-6062 2401 Partin Dr., N Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoubaptist.org Rosemont Baptist Church (850) 678-1611 1601 27th Street Niceville, FL 32578 RBCniceville.org St. Paul Lutheran Church (850) 678-1298 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.stpaulniceville.com Northwest Florida State College (850) 729-6922 100 College Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nwfsc.edu Happy Computers (850) 729-7845 467-B S. John Sims Pkwy. S Valparaiso, FL 32580 Fred Astaire Dance Studio (850) 244-4480 11 Yacht Club Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 www.fredastairefwb.com Niceville Family Dental (850) 729-1223 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Bluewater Bay Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center (850) 897-7546 4566 Hwy. 20 E., Suite 101 Niceville, FL 32578 www.bluewaterskindoc.com City of Valparaiso (850) 729-5402 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.valp.org Chris Nida, Instructor (850) 279-6754 Niceville, FL 32578 Bay Area Better Hearing (850) 279-4545 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Suite 211 Merchants Walk. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareabetterhearing.com EarCare Associates, LLC Niceville Hearing Center (850) 678-3277 1001 West College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite I Twin Cities Medical Plaza Niceville, FL 32588-1049 www.nicevillehearingcenter.com Info@TwinCitiesHearingClinic.com Five Star Outdoor Living (850) 897-5293 P.O. Box 5081 Niceville, FL 32578 www.fivestaroutdoor.com Rhino Shield (866) 902-9937 www.rhinoshieldgulfsouth.com Decorating Den (850) 244-2255 www.decoratingden.com cstearns@decoratingden.com CenturyLink (877) 305-7291 411 Mary Esther Cut-off, Unit 411B Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 www.centurylink.com BDB Custom Motorcycles (850) 897-1769 93 John C Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 BNI Business Network Int. (850) 517-7866 www.BNI.com The Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@baybeacon.com The Eglin Flyer (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@eglinflyer.com The Hurlburt Patriot (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@hurlburtpatriot.com Emerald Coast Nursery (850) 897-0111 1405 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 Bayside Vision Center Dr. C.S. Peters, O.D. PA (850) 678-1722 Annette Brabham, O.D. (850) 729-8711 www.drbrabham.com 111 N. John C. Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 Bluewater Orthopedics (850) 897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd., Ste. 100 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. Ste. 200 Crestview, FL 32579 (850) 622-3713 7720 U.S. Hwy. 98 West, Ste. 200 Destin, FL 32541 Sacred Heart Medical Building www.bluewaterorthopedics.com Russell s Painting (850) 897-5632 Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (850) 678-2270 Palm Plaza 1051 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Sacred Heart Medical Group Stephen Clark, MD (850) 897-3200 Kimberly Hood, MD (850) 897-0110 4586 E Highway 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.SacredHeartMedicalGroup.org Nancy Knowles (850) 217-7205 Niceville, FL 32578 nanmaestro@aol.com Recreational Services Inc (850) 897-3664 1050 Bay Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 Bay Area Psychological Consultants (850) 729-0303 Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D., M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman Ph.D., M.S.C.P. 1417 N. Partin Drive, Suite 1 Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareapsychconsult.com Baywalk Real Estate, Inc. (850) 897-1101 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 104 Niceville, FL 32578 JANEHR@aol.com www.baywalk2.com Carriage Hills Realty (850) 678-5178 (800) 874-8929 1821 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.carriagehills.com realtor@carriagehills.com Coldwell Banker United Realtors (850) 897-4563 (800) 393-9363 4504 Highway 20 East, Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cbunited.com Emerald Dunes Real Estate (850) 678-5498 Toll Free (866) 678-5498 Fax (850) 678-6705 902 C. Palm Blvd. S. (near Subway) Niceville, FL 32578 www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.com Keller Williams Realty (850) 279-4332 4534 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 Boathouse Landing Restaurant (850) 678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.theboathouselanding.com Caf Bienville (850) 678-2233 314 Bayshore Dr Niceville, FL 32578 www.cafebienville.com Beef O Brady s (850) 897-3964 4538 Hwy. 20 E. Bluewater Bay Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 837-7144 In The Shops At Sandestin 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Suite 22 Marimar Beach, FL 32550 Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (850) 729-1127 1177 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 729-0081 Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4506 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 150 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 423-5600 Mi Mexico 25055 Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32433 Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7358 2101 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rbcs.org Gotti-Git Taxi (850) 678-0100 24/7 SkillSource, Inc (850) 865-8255 122 Eglin Pkwy. NE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 www.skillsourcecenter.com Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.comChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) Bluewater Bay (850) 892-2111 (800) 342-0990 1350 W. Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.chelco.com www.touchstoneenergy.com Parkway Veterinary Hospital (850) 678-9733 1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 BEAUTY SALONS CARPET/FLOORING CHURCHES COLLEGES COMPUTER REPAIR DENTAL HEARING AIDS HOME IMPROVEMENT MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS ORTHOPEDICS PAINTING PET SUPPLIES PIANO LESSONS REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS SCHOOLS TOLL BRIDGES UTILITIES NURSERIES / GIFT SHOPS TAXI OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS AUTO REPAIR INTERNET ACCOUNTANTS CARPET CLEANING DANCE SCHOOLS DERMATOLOGY GOVERNMENT GUITAR LESSONS HOME INTERIORS NETWORKING ORGANIZATIONS POOLS VETERINARY THERAPY & LEARNING CENTERS CHURCHES PHYSICIANS PSYCHIATRIC SERVICESPull Out & Save! Pull Out & Save! The Bay Beacons Community Directory

PAGE 30

AEPG JHK LMNSAA HH Y LL EE QRC FF CCUGGVW F D Y BBB X STATE190STATE85STATE85STATE85STATE285STATE20STATE20STATE20 O A B C D E F G A B C D E F G 1 23456 7 89 1011 VALPARAISO EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE NICEVILLE BLUEWATER BAY CHOCTAW BEACH VILLA TASSO SEMINOLE POINTSOFINTEREST A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. . . . . . . . B-3 B BLUEWATER BAY VISITORS CENTER. . . E-7 C CITY HALL AND PARK, NICEVILLE. . . . . B-4 D CITY HALL, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . . . C-2 E DOOLITTLE PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 F FIRE DEPARTMENT, NICEVILLE. . . . . . B-3 G FIRE DEPARTMENT, VALPARAISO. . . . . C-2 H FLORIDA PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . D-3 I LIBRARY, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . . . . . B-4 J LIBRARY, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . . . . C-2 K LINCOLN PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 L LIONS PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 M MEIGS PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 N POLICE STATION, VALPARAISO. . . . . . C-2 O POST OFFICE, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . . B-4 P POST OFFICE, VALPARAISO. . . . . . . C-3 Q POLICE STATION, NICEVILLE. . . . . . . B-4 R RECREATION COMPLEX. . . . . . . . . B-4 S TWIN CITIES HOSPITAL. . . . . . . . . . A-3 U ROCKY BAYOU STATE PARK. . . . . . . D-7 V FIRE DEPARTMENT, NORTH BAY.. . . . . F-9 W WHITE POINT RECREATION AREA. . . . G-8 X MULLET FESTIVAL SITE. . . . . . . . . A-3 Y TURKEY CREEK PARK. . . . . . . . . . B-2 Z FIRE DEPARTMENT, EAST NICEVILLE. . . C-6N SWE To I-10 To I-10Z DD 1 23456 7 89 1011 Fort Walton BeachDestin Crestview27TH ST. Freeport6 45 61 21 54 55 11 233,35,2012 46 33 5 69 48 JJ 53 10469 22 58 44 19 68 73 38 63 16 64 71 31 40 42 75 15 25 74 14, 20, t27, 36, 70, 72 51 57 26 39 16 41The Bay Beacon Welcomes You to Map No. Business Name Map Grid AA LEWIS SCHOOL. . . . . . . . . . . . E-3 BB BLUEWATER ELEMENTARY. . . . . . D-9 CC NICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 DD PLEW ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . C-5 EE ROCKY BAYOU CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. . B-6 FF RUCKEL MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . . B-4 GG LEWIS SCHOOL VALPARAISO CAMPUS. C-2 HH EDGE ELEMENTARY. . . . . . . . . A-3 LL COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL . . . . . A-5 JJ DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL. . . . . . Destin LL NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE COLLEGEA-5 SCHOOLS33........Bay Area Better Hearing (See ad, page 27) D-8 39........Bay Area Psychological (p. 22) ...............................................B-5 3..........Bay Beacon (p. 34)....................................................................B-5 42........Bayside Vision Center (p. 20) ..................................................C-3 5..........Baywalk Real Estate (p. 12)......................................................E-9 6..........BDB Cycles (p. 30)....................................................................B-3 63 ........Beef OBradys (p. 21)..............................................................E-8 9..........Best Buy Carpet (p. 31 )............................................................C-5 64........Bluewater Dermatology (p. 27)................................................E-9 10........Bluewater Orthopedics (p. 16)..................................................E-7 65........BNI of Niceville (p. 33).......................................................Niceville 11........Boathouse Landing (p. 4)..........................................................C-3 25........Cafe Bienville (p. 29)..................................................................B-3 12........Carriage Hills (p. 11)..................................................................B-6 14........CenturyLink (p. 6).............................................Fort Walton Beach 13........Chelco/Sunsouth (p. 11)....................................................Niceville 27........Chem Dry (p. 24)..............................................Fort Walton Beach 16........Carr, Riggs, & Ingram (p. 24)....................................................D-8 62........Coldwell Banker (p. 25).............................................................E-8 15........Cool Stylz Studio (p. 21)............................................................C-2 32........Decorating Den (p. 20).....................................Fort Walton Beach 17........EarCare Assoc/Niceville Hearing Center (p. 2)........................A-3 20........Eglin Flyer (p. 34).......................................................................B-5 21........Emerald Coast Nursery (p. 22).................................................D-4 22........Emerald Dunes Realty (p. 14)..................................................C-4 19........Fantastic Sams (p. 12)...............................................................B-5 23........First Baptist Church Niceville (p. 36).........................................B-4 24........Five Star Outdoor Living (p. 31)........................................Niceville 36........Fred Astaire (p. 25)...........................................Fort Walton Beach 66........Gotta Git Taxi (p. 29)..........................................................Niceville 26........Hair Express (p. 23)...................................................................B-4 31........Happy Computers (p. 30)..........................................................E-2 35........Hurlburt Patriot (p. 34)...............................................................B-5 48........Immanuel Anglican Church (p. 32).............................................48 38........Keller Williams Realty (p. 13)....................................................D-8 37........Knowles, Nancy (p. 30).....................................................Niceville 51........Laura's Pet (p. 26)......................................................................B-5 41........Mid-Bay Bridge (p. 9)................................................................G-9 44........Niceville Family Dental (p. 23)..................................................C-4 40........Niceville United Methodist Church (p. 10)................................B-4 67........Nida, Chris (p. 32)..............................................................Niceville 45........Northwest Florida State College (p. 5).....................................A-4 46........Old Mexico (p. 28).............................................................B-5, D-8 68........Parkway Vet (p. 8)......................................................................B-5 69........Recreation Services (p. 26).......................................................E-7 70........Rhino Shield (p. 27)..........................................Fort Walton Beach 53........Ritz Salon (p. 35).......................................................................E-8 54........Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (p. 28)........................................A-6 55........Rocky Bayou Christian School (p. 7)........................................B-6 57........Rosemont Baptist Church (p. 30).............................................C-5 56........Russell's Painting (p. 29)...................................................Niceville 71........Sacred Heart (p. 15)..................................................................E-9 72........Skill Source (p. 28)..........................................Fort Walton Beach 73........St. Paul Lutheran Church (p. 16)..............................................B-6 58........Summit 2 (p. 31).........................................................................B-3 74........Twin Cities Auto Service (p. 31)................................................A-3 61........Twin Cities Transmission (p. 29)...............................................B-4 75........Valparaiso, City of (p. 32)..........................................................C-217 62

PAGE 31

E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville nicevillehighschool.org Grades: 9-12 Phone: 833-4114 Hours: 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Principal: Marcus Chambers Enrollment: 1,869 Staff: 111 professional Booster president: Jim Evans SAC chair: Heather Kilbey Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis volunteers Ranked A school Ranked by Newsweek as No. 131 among the highest-performing high schools in America. Ranked 1st in Florida in 5-A athletics. Special facilities or programs: Advanced International Certificate of Education, Advanced Placement, Honors, Gifted, and dual enrollment. Career Readiness, CHOICE (Information Technology, Aviation), Family and Consumer Science, Jr. ROTC, Leadership Education, Executive Internship, ESE, Credit Recovery, Intensive Studies programs, awardwinning Fine Arts. Clubs and activities: Student Government, Academic team/Knowledge Masters, College Readiness; BandsJazz, Marching, Symphonic, Chess Club, Chorus, Creative Writing, Art Club, Debate, Drama, Dance Team, Majorettes, Flag Corps, Entr Nous, Equestrian Club, FCA; Soccer Club, American Sign Language, Future Educators of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Interact Club, Junior Classical League, Key Club, Kitty Hawk Air Society, Literary Guild, Math Club, Minority Council, National Honor Society, Game Design; Ocean Science Club, Philosophy Club, Step Team, French Club, Spirit Club, S.A.D.D., Robotics Team, Yearbook. College board average scores: ACT composite, 23.1; SAT writing 518; SAT math 546, SAT critical reading 539.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Fall-Winter 2011 Overviews of public, private schoolsRocky Bayou Christian School Ruckel Middle School N. Partin Drive, Niceville ruckelmiddleschool.com Grades: 6-8 Phone: 833-4142 Fax: 883-3291 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Principal: Debra Collins Goolsby Assistant Principal: Dennis Samac Enrollment: 875 students Staff: 70 faculty and staff Counselor: Laura Long State report card grade: 12th Consecutive A PTO president: Angela DeYong SAC chair: Rhonda Kuhn More than 500 volunteers Special facilities or programs: Course offerings: Regular, advanced and gifted core classes Courses for high school credit: Introduction to Technology, Web Design, Algebra I Honors, Geometry and Physical Science Honors Remediation Program, Ram STARS (Strategies That Achieve Real Success) for math and reading. ElectivesBand, Chorus, Advanced Art, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Advanced Spanish, Introduction to Technology, Multimedia Production and Web Design. Sixth grade wheel includes Spanish, Art and Computers. Facilities: Portable and regular omputer labs, and Robotics lab. Programs: Real world and Academics Meet (RAM) Science and Social Studies classes connect their content to a realworld application/experience. Success Center Tutoring. Sports: football, cross-country, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading, dance team. Music: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band, Ambassadors (select choir), chorus, 5th-grade band program, summer music program, majorettes. Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Knowledge Masters, Multicultural Club, Academic Team, Math Team, Yearbook, Chess Club, Book Cafe, Multicultural Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Literary Guild. Collegiate High School at NWF State College E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest Florida State College) nwfcollegiatehigh.org Grades: 10-12 Phone: 729-4949 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Director: Anthony Boyer Enrollment: 275 Staff: 17 plus Northwest Florida State College faculty This public charter high school allows students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and earn college credit simultaneously. Students participate in college classes alongside college-age students. Students who cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment participate in a precollegiate curriculum. Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC student facilities are open to Collegiate High School students. Collegiate HS students may participate in extracurricular activities at their home school. Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student organizations are open to Collegiate High School students. The Collegiate High School also has its own organizations such as yearbook, student government, academic team and thespians. Average college board scores: ACT composite, 25.5; SAT critical reading, 596; SAT math, 594; SAT writing, 572. N. Partin Drive, Niceville rbcs.org Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus VPK and K-3 -K-5 Phone: 678-7358 Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Superintendent: Michael Mosley Enrollment: 680 students Staff: 75 teachers College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 14 Advanced Placement courses. Special facilities or programs: Special Services Department certified by National Institute for Learning Disabilities serves special needs students, home school assistance, summer camp programs, full service transportation. Accepts Florida McKay scholarships, as well as Step Up for Students; dualenrollment & AP classes taught on campus. Extracurricular: Elementary school band, middle school band, high school band (which will perform in 2012 at Sugar Bowl half-time and compete in the Sugar Bowl Battle of the Bands), Jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, middle school choir, concert choir, praise band, football, cross-country, track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, boys and girls basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, drama, chapel, Missions Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Math Club, Leadership Trek. College board average scores: ACT composite, 26.8; SAT combined 1788. $4.4 million in scholarships offered to 48 graduates in 2011. Collegiate High Schoolat Northwest Florida State College Carol Stearns, owner of Decorating Den Interiors, has been decorating homes in the Niceville area since 1984. Last year, two Niceville residents, also named Carol, were ready to add new furnishings and called Stearns for her help. Both were in need of a round table to complete their rooms, and Stearns had the perfect solution! Carol Rose's new look boasts an oriental flair with seashells and onyx accents, while Carol Wise preferred traditional styling, with deep golds, rusty reds and browns. The same transitional table suited both Carols even though their styles are so completely different. The designs were so distinctive, that both were entered in the annual Decorating Den Interiors Dream Room Competition, where they were judged by editors of national magazines! It's an honor, as always, to place Niceville on the map!For all your decorating needs, call Carol Stearns at Decorating Den Interiors 850-244-2255. www.decdens.com/cstearns www.interiordesignfortwaltonbeach.com Free Initial consultation Ideal for new homes Window treatments to furnishings Bedding, lamps, accessories and area rugs Three Carols, 1 table, 2 different looks! Niceville High School ANNETTEBRABHAM, OD PABoard Certified Optometric Physicianwww.drbrabham.com 729-8711 C.S. "STAN" PETERSOD PABoard Certified Optometric Physician Member Emerald Coast Health Alliance678-1722BAYSIDEVision CenterOptical Coherence Tomography MRI of the Eye for early detection & management of: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, & Diabetic Disease51 Years Combined Experience Comprehensive Eye Examinations Cataract Evaluation and Monitoring Prescription & Cosmetic Contact Lenses Consultation for LASIK Surgery Quality Designer Frames Nerve Fiber Analysis Latest in Sport Sunglasses Technology Ocular Nutritional Counseling 111 N. John C. Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FLMost insurances accepted, including: VSP, VCP, BC/BS, Tricare StandardMedicare, Medicaid Provider New Patients Welcome

PAGE 32

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 21 Range Road, Niceville okaloosa.k12.fl.us/bluewater Grades: Pre-K through 5 Phone: 833-4240 Fax: 833-4232 Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Principal: Connie Hall Enrollment: 825 students Staff: 85 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A Full-time Counselor Full-time Literacy Coach: Angelle Crosby Sports, music programs, clubs, Student Council (grades 3-5), Seminole Singers (fifth), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Bluewater Green Team, Young Astronauts Club, Camp Invention and Art summer camps, Safety Patrol. Day Care, Art class and Green Team activities available on early release days Full-time immersion class for gifted students in grades 1 through 5 Daycare hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-6 p.m. Daycare coordinator: Gina White PTO president: Miranda Jackson SAC chair: Gary Turner Volunteer coordinator: Carol Sarnosky volunteers. Received Golden School Award for volunteer program. Consistently scores in the top 1 percent of all tested Florida schools. Met Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Early release for Teacher Professional Development first Thursday of each month with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. Member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Nutshell descriptions of area schoolsDestin Middle School Lewis School Legendary Marina Drive, Destin www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm Grades: 5-8 Phone: 833-7655 Hours: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Principal: Diane Kelley, Ed.D. Enrollment: 667 Staff: 59 State report card grade: A SAC Chair: Joy Makela Volunteer coordinator: Judy Hall Special facilities or programs: emphasis in technology and fine arts (band, dance, media production, tumbling, French, Spanish, visual arts, graphic art and design), School of Choice for Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted fields, weight room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two networked Internet-accessible computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art studio, air-conditioned gym, certified counselor, Accelerated Math, Star Math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball, baseball, track, cross country, golf. Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team, tumbling, band, academic team, Builders Club, yearbook, Knowledge Masters, art exhibit, Accelerated Reader program, Beta Club, state science fair finalists, Boat Race (7th grade), Student Council, jazz band, marching band, symphonic band, beginning and intermediate band, algebra, web design, algebra for high school credit, biology, Intro to IT for high school credit, anti-bullying campaign, gifted/advanced courses, community mentoring program. N. Highway 85, Niceville okaloosa.k12.fl.us/edge/ Phone: 833-4138 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Principal: Shelly Arneson Enrollment: 525 students Staff: 58 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A PTO President: Ann Gilbar SAC chairperson: Joseph Bowers Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis + volunteers Sports, band, clubs: chorus, K-Kids, Tiger News Crew Television network, Paw Print Express (schoolwide post office). Leadership Clubs, Edge Mile Club Gifted classes, speech occupational therapy, physical therapy. Closed circuit TV studio, computer lab. Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly awards program (academics and character). Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care program, including off campus field trips. Bluewater Elementary School Edge Elementary School Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso lewisschoolk8.com Grades: K-8 Phone: 833-4130 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m. Principal: Mike Fantaski Enrollment: 620 students Staff: 70 teachers and staff State report card grade: A PTO president: Andrea Hill SAC chair: Jo Culberson and Julie Magnotti Volunteers & Mentors: Pang Shaffer volunteers Special facilities or programs: math and science programs for gifted fifth graders, art suite, technology/applied physics lab, science lab, girls varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball complex, beach volleyball, band suite, air-conditioned gym and wellness room, exceptional education, television studio, radio station, networked and Internet-accessible computer lab. Incorporation Stem Programs in science, technology and math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, track, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth and sixth graders. Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts program including marching band and two symphonic bands, beginning band, jazz band, exploratory wheel, drama, High Flight select chorus, show choir, advanced art, Web design, Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production. Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading, writing and math, talented and gifted, fitness and weight training, high school credit courses, pre-AP curriculum. Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society, student council, math team, academic team, yearbook and dance team. Kids Area with PS2s & Cartoons with Cool Car Stations! HAIR NAILS ESTHETICS MASSAGE THERAPY WALKINSWELCOME~ 2794620 ~ GIFTCERTIFICATESAVAILABLEMF 9 6, TU TH98, SAT94 ~306 GOVERNMENTAVE., NICEVILLEFull service salon catering to the whole family! Call us for an appointment! 25%offHAIRor MASSAGESERVICE forNEW CLIENTS.Expires Feb. 28, 2012 FOO TBALLHEADQUARTERSfor College & NFL Games!FOO TBALLHEADQUARTERSfor College & NFL Games!YOUR YOUR 19 HDTVs 19 HDTVsFavoriteGAME!FavoriteGAME!to watch your to watch yourChooseyourteam--Wellshowyouthegame Monday Night Football NFL Pour till they Score!Ask your server about Game SpecialsBLUEWATERBAY (850) 897-3964 4538 HWY20 E., NICEVILLE

PAGE 33

Pine Ave., Niceville www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/Plew/ Grades K through 5 Phone: 833-4100 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Principal: Carolyn McAllister Enrollment: 660 students Staff: 42 teachers State report card grade: A Sports, chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Chess Club, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Sunshine Math, Accelerated Reader., Accelerated Math. PLA: Joan Martin, president; Lori Plourd, vice president. SAC chair: Carol Olmstead Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry 685 volunteers Day care hours: 6:30-8:20 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Freeport Middle School Eglin Elementary School Freeport High SchoolPortraits of Twin Cities schools Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fms/ Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Grades: 6-8 Phone: 892-1221 Principal: Charlie Morse Enrollment: 298 Staff: teachers: 27; staff 13 State report card grade: A SIT chair: Kristy Moody Programs: Academic Team, Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state of the art networked computer labs, Youth for Christ, after school tutoring as needed. Sports: lighted football field, weight rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls volleyball, girls basketball and softball, boys baseball, basketball and football. Also offered are beginning band, advanced band and career education. BusinessHwy. 331, Freeport fhs.walton.k12.fl.us/ Grades: 9-12 Phone: 892-1201 Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Principal: Shirley Foster Assistant principal: Jonathan DAvignon Enrollment: 352 Faculty and staff: 48 SIP Chair: Gloria Miller Volunteer Carla Hunt, media specialist and volunteer coordinator Counselor: Jessica Obert Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, Engineering classes and business computer classes, FCAT remediation and grade retrieval programs. Extra-curricular programs: Band, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team, yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National Honor Society, newspaper. College board average scores: ACT composite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130. Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB okaloosa.k12.us/eglin Pre-K with disabilities 4th grade Phone: 833-4320 Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Karyn M. Combs Enrollment: 380 Staff: 43 State report card grade: A PTO President: Destiny Hill SAC Chairperson: Tina Merker volunteers A+ School nine consecutive years (Florida School Recognition Award) Accelerated Reader and Math Programs Jump Rope for Heart Gifted education k-4 Mentor program Pre-kindergarten disabilities classes Reading, math and writing remediation Character trait education Science Club Spanish Club Plew Elementary School Freeport Elementary School Business 331, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/FES/default.com Grades: Pre-K-4 Phone: 892-1211 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Principal: Pam Jones TSA: Wyndy Crozier Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt Enrollment: 599 Staff: 83 State report card grade: C Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie PTO Presidents: Ann Glass and Retha Laird Mascot: Wildcats Special programs: gifted, accelerated reading, FES Student Council, music, art, FHS Fifth grade School to Work Program, Positive Behavior System. A Silver Model School. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Fall-Winter 2011 Bay Area Psychological Consultants www.BayAreaPsychConsult.com(850) 729-03031417 N. Partin Dr., Niceville, FL 32578Individual, Family, Couples & Marriage Counseling Children Adolescents Adults Depression Anxiety Adjustment Issues Substance Abuse Psychological Assessment ADHD & Learning Disability EvaluationsLicensed Psychologists Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D, M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman, Psy.D, M.S.C.P.Licensed Mental Health Counselor Joy Damen Makela, L.M.H.C, N.C.C.Licensed Clinical Social Workers James Whitworth, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., B.C.D.Angela McManus, L.C.S.W. Michael McManus, L.C.S.W. All Major Insurance Accepted We File Insurance No Physician Referral needed for Tricare John Sims Pkwy. Hwy. 20Valparaiso Blvd.Palm Blvd. Palm Plaza Tom ThumbEMERALDCOASTNURSERY Ken, Leslie & Sean SHRUBS TREES, PALMS, FLOWERS & MORE ENCORE AZALEAS, ROSES & TROPICALS! LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT ON STAFF(bring in your sketches or photos)(850) 897-0111(850) 897-0112 fax1405 S P alm B lvd., Niceville VISITOURUNIQUEGIFTSHOPGiftsfromaroundtheworld... Weekly shipments arriving Fertilome Products, Ceramic Pots, Trellises, Camellias & More!

PAGE 34

4-H Club Jennifer Bearden 729-1400 ,ext. 5850 Adventure Club Clarice Hebinck 581-4591 AF Armament Museum Foundation 651-1808 or 651-5253 Afterschool Program Niceville Public Library 279-4863, ext. 1514 Aglow International Barbara Williams 678-1335 Air Force Sergeants Assoc. Aux. Nicki Greene 678-7174 Alaqua Animal Refuge 880-6399 Alcoholics Anonymous 244-2421 Allergy and Asthma Network 800-878-4403 All Sports Association allsportsassociation.org American Assn. of University Women Kathy Peterson 729-2093 American Cancer Society 244-3813 American Girls Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 American Legion Post 221 678-2682 American Red Cross of NWF 800-773-7620 AmVets Post 78 Duane Hyatt 678-3828 Arts and Design Society 244-1271 Awana Clubs: First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521 Forest Lake Bible Church 678-5879 Northbay Baptist Church 897-3612 Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 678-6062 Baby Bookworms Program 279-4863, ext. 1514 Barracudas Swim Team Brad Kale 461-7012 bwbswimteam.com Bass Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okaloosa-Walton 664-KIDS (5437) Blue Knights Law Enf. Motorcycle Club blueknightsfl26.org Bluewater Bay Sailing Club commodore@bbsc.com Bluewater Bay Tennis Association 897-8010 Bluewater Elementary School PTO 833-4240 Bowling Leagues Hurricane Lanes 654-5251 Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line 244-9191 or 682-0101 Building Industry Association Jennifer Fleming 863-5107 Button Club Barb or Don Lanier 729-7594 Camp Timpoochee 897-2224 Cancer Support 315-7889 Breast Cancer Survivors Club of Niceville/BWB Marcy Ruiz 678-7615 Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330 Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Gary Parsons 678-1461 Choctawhatcheeaudubon.org Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 267-1888; basinalliance.org Civil Air Patrol National HQ Maxwell A.F.B. 877-227-9142 Civilian Retirees 882-2720 Covenant Hospice 729-1800 Cribbage Club Tom Murphy 897-1266 Daughters of the American Revolution Joyce Humber 496-7056 fssdarchapters.org/choctawhatcheebay Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 1-850-433-7128; dhhsnwfl.org Democratic Women Brenda Hall 244-0633 Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 678-3525 davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623 Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO 8 33-4138 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Emerald Coast Archaeology Society Pat Balanzategui 862-8968 fasweb.org/chapters/emeraldcoast.htm Emerald Coast Chorus (Barbershoppers) Ed Simpson 897-7025 emeraldcoastchorus.com Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center Julie Hurst 833-9237, ext. 223; eccac.org Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 23 This kilt-wearing speaker charmed the Genealogical Society, which meets monthly at the Heritage Museum, Valparaiso. Take part in the communityjoin a club Continued on page 24 HAIR EXPRESSSalon & Retail Center(850) 678-4555 1019 John Sims Pkwy E Palm Plaza Niceville Hair Cutting & Styling Clipper Cuts Perms Color Highlights Styles for All Occasions Walk-Ins Welcome 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.comRalf P. Zapata, D.D.S. Nathan C. Hall, D.M.D.729-1223 Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Custom Crowns/Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide In Office Water PurificationACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSMost Insurance Plans FiledKeeping Your Teeth Healthy, One Visit at a Time Cerec (In Office CAD-CAM, Makes crowns same day, most cases) Digital X-Rays (Less Radiation Exposure)

PAGE 35

Emerald Coast Concert Association 362-9356; emeraldcoastconcerts.com Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers 863-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS Emerald Coast Cyclists 864-7166; eccyclists.com Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums Les Matheson 243-2879 Emerald Coast Republican Women Ilene Gaines 862-9820 Emerald Coast Sailing Association George Goodall 862-7276 Emerald Coast Tennis Council 897-4775 Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Emerald Coast Writers Lee Thomas 420-0295 emeraldcoastwriters.org Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Donna Newton 729-2451 or 678-4411 Federal Civilians Retirees Service Center on Eglin AFB Morgan Lamb 882-2720 Fla. Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-888-ADMIT-IT Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks 269-1062 Flying Needles Quilt Guild Kathy Everett 729-2994 flyingneedlesquiltguild.org Fresh Start Okaloosa Coalition on the Homeless 243-5648 Friends of the Museums, Inc. 833-9595; friendsof the museums.org Friends of the Niceville Library Jean Van Bergen 729-1738 or 729-4070 Ft. Walton Sail and Power Squadron 315-0686; fwsps.com Garden Club, Bluewater Bay Jan Luckett 897-6700 Garden Club, Valparaiso Marion Bushey 678-2820 GED Classes NW FL State College 729-5387 Genealogical Society Pat Pruett 678-2023 Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle gscfp.org Goodwill Industries 729-2330 Grief Support Chris Krebs 729-1800, ext.4642 Gulf Coast Retired Teachers Connie Wolfe 897-2544 HEALTH2U Twin Cities Hospital 729-9468 Habitat for Humanity Christy Jones 315-0025 habitatfwb.org Heritage Museum 678-2615; heritage-museum.org Junior League 862-2665 Kiwanis Club of Niceville/Valparaiso Mike Davis 678-3716 Knights of Columbus #7667 Mo Powers 678-3425 Knights of Columbus/Christ Our Redeemer #13527 Vincent Warsheski 897-2117 Lewis School PTO 833-4130 Lions Club of Niceville-Valparaiso 729-4000 Local Color Artists Club Amy Jo Rosati 678-4813 Lupus Support 850-478-8107 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226 Mens Basketball at Niceville United Methodist 678-4411 Mentor Program Diane Meredith 833-7614 From page 23Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Fall-Winter 2011 Join the Bluewater Barracudas and learn the right strokes. Continued on page 25 CARPETS UPHOLSTERY STAIN REMOVAL PET URINE AREA RUGS TILE 729-7707Niceville & Crestview862-6902Fort Walton & Mary Esther Chem-Dry by the Emerald CoastWelcomes YOU to the Neighborhood!CARPET, TILE & UPHOLSTERY CLEANINGDries in 1 to 2 Hours! Ask about military discounts! Residential only. Minimum prices apply.225 sq. ft. max. per area. Must present coupon at time of offer. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 08/25/2012. Get One RoomCLEANED FREEw/ purchase of 3 RoomsFREE CLEANServing Okaloosa & Walton Counties for 17 Years Independently Owned and Operated Drier.Cleaner.Healthier.

PAGE 36

Military Order of the World Wars John Cahoon 862-5078 Moms In Touch (NHS) Pia Elsesser 729-0872 Narcotics Anonymous 850-496-1673 Niceville Community Guild Connie Naftel 678-7595 Niceville Exchange Club Dorothy Miller 678-4984 Niceville High School Booster Club Jim Evans 897-4678 Niceville Library Circulation279-4863, ext. 1500; Youth Services, ext. 1514 Niceville Little League Football Cornell Tinner 678-2881 Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 678-2323 Niceville/Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.org Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party Joseph Pascarella 729-2874 N. Okaloosa Republicans Ben White 797-9821 North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190 northbayfencing.weebly.com NW Florida Symphony Guild Gloria DeBerry 244-2940; nfsymphony.org/guild/ Okaloosa Citizens Alliance 315-4646; oca1787.org Okaloosa Chamber Singers Marilyn Overturf 682-9651 Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-8461 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee Barbara Wall 217-2532 Okaloosa Retired Educators Assn. David and Shirley Cadle 682-6828 Ostomy Support Jim Story 897-2025 Overeaters Anonymous 833-4908 Panhellenic Society Billie Chappell 833-3066 PAL Soccer Howard Hill 678-2182 nicevillepalsoccer.org Panhandle Animal Welfare Society 243-1525; paws-shelter.com Plew Elementary School Parent Leader Assn. 833-4100 Preschool Story Time 279-4863, ext. 1514 Quilting Guild, Silver Threads silverthreadsquiltguild.org Red Hat Society 678-5855 Republican Club Brian Mitchell 240-4457 Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated Hulda Mahlum 609-9200 Retired and Senior Volunteer Prog. Peggy Hinson 833-9165, ext 237 Retired NCO Wives Club Nicki Greene 678-7174 Retired Officers Wives Club Jan Westfall 609-8075 Rocky Bayou Christian School PTF Tim McIlhenny 862-4296 Rotary, Mid-Bay Art Jean 897-3658 Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Bill Higginbotham 678-2436 Ruckel Middle School PTO Larry Snyder 833-4142 Salvation Army 243-4531 Sharing and Caring 729-3600 Shelter House Domestic Violence Center 243-1201 Hotline: 863-4777 or 1-800-44-Abuse shelterhousenwfl.org Silver Sands Republican Women Kim Christopher 897-0705 Singles/Single Again (Niceville United Methodist Church) Pam Ellisor 678-4411, ext. 128Participating in community associations Sharing & Caring holds fundraisers, such as the Letter Carriers food drive, throughout the year to help the needy. From page 24Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 25 Continued on page 26FRANCHISED DANCE STUDIOSR 11 Yacht Club Dr | Fort Walton Beach, FL | 850-244-4480 $25 Introductory Dance Offer* Includes 1 Private Lesson and 1 Practice Party Call Us for More Information*New students onlyFRANCHISED DANCE STUDIOS RLearn Social & Ballroom Dancing Private & Group classes Wedding programs Fun filled eventsEnjoy The Benefits of Dancing Exercise in a friendly environment Enjoy social interaction Relieve StressSucceed With Our Unique System of Teaching Developed by Fred Astaire himself Taught by our certified instructorsFRED ASTAIRE

PAGE 37

Sons of the American Revolution Leslie Matheson 243-2879 Stage Crafters Community Theater Pam Strecker 243-1101, option 3 stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Toastmasters, Emerald Coast Adrian Mijangos 882-9952 TOPS 111 Michelle Hawver 678-2863 Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary 678-4131 Twin Cities Seniors Club Jo Dove 678-8645 Twin Cities Womans Club Patty Mixon 897-7585 United Way, First Call for Help 243-9111 United Way of Okaloosa Walton Bill Robinson 243-0315 united-way.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org White Sands Bowling Center Bowling league 863-2193 Work Force Development Board 651-2315 Wounded Warrior Project Pam Foster 243-7037 XI Beta Pi Cathy Hess 279-4418 YMCA, Niceville 897-9622Eglin AFB clubsAir Force Association Jeff Fanto 678-4864 Auto Shop 882-2484 Eglin Aero Club 882-5148; eglinaeroclub.com Eglin Aero Modellers Mike Holderness 398-8571 Eglin Arts and Crafts Center 882-5467 Eglin Assoc. of Chief Master Sergeants Steve Sabin 729-1857 Eglin Bowling Center 882-3352 Eglin Base Library 882-5016 Eglin Club 678-5127 Eglin Pet Welfare 678-5066; petwelfare.net Eglin Youth Programs 882-8212 Honor Guard 882-2156 or 882-2157 Outdoor Recreation 8 82-5058 Sand and Spur Riding Club 882-5504 Yacht and Dive Club 651-3122 The Boy Scouts of Troop 157 fasten the lashings to a bridge at the annual ScoutO-Rama event. The group meets Mondays at St. Judes Episcopal Church in Niceville.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Fall-Winter 2011 From page 25Service organizations benefit communityNEWCOMERMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join either the Swim or Hard Court Tennis Membership from now until Feb. 15, 2012, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! We also offer Water Aerobics and Facility rental for special occasions.The Swim, Hard Court Tennis Memberships and Storage are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE is welcome to join! Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664. Very knowledgeable & friendly staff. If we do not have it in stock we will try to order it for you. Grain Free/Holistic dog & cat food available. Ask us how to get dog food FREE**See store for details. WEDELIVER! Any purchase storewide, $1000or more.(Ex cl udes a ll animal f eed. ) STORE COUPONPETS,WILDLIFE, BIRDS, HORSES, LIVESTOCK AND FEED, SUPPLIES, ADVICE.10%o ff HOURS: M-F 9am-7pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 12pm-5pm

PAGE 38

One of the most common questions asked by newcomers (and many old-timers too) is: Whats there to do around here? Happily, there is no shortage of answers. Following are top attractions within a two-hour drive of the Niceville-Valparaiso area, except where noted. Area codes are 850 unless otherwise indicated.Niceville Turkey Creek Walk-acre conservation area. Nature walk, boardwalk, areas, pavilions. Free. South end: W. John Sims Pkwy. at Evans Street, Niceville. North end: off College Blvd. west of Highway 85 North. Tuesday-Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-dark. -0072 or cityofniceville.orgNiceville Childrens ParkOne-acre playground, picnic pavilions, seasonal sprinkler. Free. N. Partin Dr., next to Civic Center. Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary. -3535 or cityofniceville.orgLions ParkTwo-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. Bayshore Dr., Niceville. -4062 or cityofniceville.orgYouth CenterEight-acre park with skateboard ramps, skate track, observation area. Fee. Campbell Drive off N. Palm Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. -0758 or cityofniceville.orgFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park-acre state park. Picnic area, playground, camping, boat ramp, kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails. Fee. Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou. a.m.-sunset daily. -9144 or floridastateparks.org.Eglin Reservation,000 acres for recreational use, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing. Annual permit required (fee); maps. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164White Point Recreation Area-acre bayfront park on Eglin Reservation. Swimming, fishing, picnic tables. Eglin permit required (annual fee). White Point Rd., northwest of MidBay Bridge. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 North, Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164Niceville Public LibraryYouth services, story time, reference, large print collection, books, magazines, study areas, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Internet access. N. Partin Dr. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday. -4070 or cityofniceville.orgArts Center Galleries, NW Florida State CollegeChanging exhibits. College Blvd., Niceville Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Also open 90 minutes before each theatrical show. Free. -6044 or nwfstatecollege.edu Jump into Turkey Creek in Niceville to cool off close to home. The park includes a boardwalk, picnic areas, swimming platforms, and a launch for kayaks or rafts. Continued on page 28 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 27 www.bayareabetterhearing.com HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center) CALL 850-279-4545FOR YOURFREEHEARING EVALUATION MJ Stiles, HAS, NBC-HIS The Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East Suite 211, Niceville, FL 32578 Rhino Shield Ceramic Coating comes with a 25-Year non prorated warranty against flaking, cracking, chipping or peeling. It will always look like fresh paint regardless of time and is proven to resist mold, mildew and fading.Plus! 3M Ceramic Micro-spheres provide Solar Reflective Technology! The sun's radiant heat is reflected away from your home, which can reduce surface temperature by 40 degrees. This can have a dramatic impact on your utility bill. Believe it or not, it is also flame and fire retardant. Throw in the waterproofing feature and we are sure you will agree it's the best paint product in the industry...period! NEVER PAINT AGAIN! with approved credit through EnerBank USACall today for a FREE evaluation!(850)424-6829www.RhinoShieldGulfSouth.com Dr. Scott Beals D.O. F.A.A.D.Board Certified American Board of Dermatology(850) 897-7546Accepting New Patients www.bluewaterskindoc.com www.derm-surg.com4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101, Niceville Moh's Micrographic Surgery General Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments, Pellev Chemical Facial Peels Specializing in Skin Cancer and Surgical Dermatology ProceduresMany attractions within easy reach

PAGE 39

Niceville YMCA,000 square feet, wellness center, nursery, youth fitness, pool, classes. E. John Sims Pkwy. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Various membership rates, discounts. -YMCA (9622) or ecymca.orgEglin Golf Course-hole course open to all. Fairway Drive off John Sims Pkwy. a.m.-6 p.m. yearround -8726 for tee timesValparaiso Florida Park.7-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Swimming, pavilions. South Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso Dawn-10 p.m. daily. Boat launching and recovery, as well as pier fishing. City offices, 729-5402Lincoln Park.1-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Boat ramp, swimming, pavilions, playground. North Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso. Dawn-10 p.m. daily. Boat launching and recovery anytime. -5402 Check quality before swimming.Valparaiso Public LibraryMore than 41,000 items, books, reference materials, DVDs, VHS videos and music CDs. One of the largest genealogy collections in Fla. Panhandle. Childrens area and 18 public computers with Internet access. Valparaiso Pkwy. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m., various closing times. -5406 or vcl.valp.orgHeritage Museum of Northwest FloridaExhibits show regions history. Fee. Westview Ave., Valparaiso Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -2615 or heritage-museum.orgBluewater Bay Bluewater Bay Golf ResortFour 9-hole courses, restaurant, carts. Open to the public, memberships. Bluewater Blvd. a.m.-6 p.m. (golf shop) -3241, 897-2583 or bwbresort.comBluewater Bay swimmingRecreation Services sells swim memberships to Bluewater Bay pools. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Seasonal. Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. -3664Bluewater Bay Tennis Center lighted clay courts. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. -8010 or bluewaterbaytennis.comDestin Destin History and Fishing MuseumArtifacts and photos illustrating the history of Destins fishing industry. Fee. Stahlman Ave., Destin Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays seasonally. -6611 or destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org.Destin Army Recreation AreaA beach recreation area for military. Hotel, RV sites, community center, 200-foot fishing pier, marina, rental equipment, charter fishing, Olympic-size pool, playgrounds. Calhoun Ave., Destin. From page 27 Visit southern Walton County to enjoy beaches, shops, and 161-acre Eden Gardens State Park with a mansion open for tours. Continued on page 29Plenty to do in the Twin Cities areaNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Fall-Winter 2011 Providing Diagnostic Testing, Consultation, and Evaluation of Speech, Language, and Learning Development Treatment for Children of All AgesTherapy & Learning Centers Located inDestin and Fort Walton BeachCall 865 TALK (8255)www.skillsourcecenter.com 122 Eglin Parkway NE, FWB, FL 151 Regions Way, Suite 3-D, Destin, FL SkillSourceTherapy & Learning Center Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor. South Of The Border Style.MONDAYS: 2 for 1 Margaritas $1 Tacos TUESDAYS: 2 for 1 Beer Military Discount 10% Off WEDNESDAYS: 2 for 1 Wine Combinations A-L $6.75 All Day! THURSDAYS: Draft Beer $1.25 Kids Eat for $1 on Kids Menu All Day! FRIDAYS: $1 Off All Alcoholic Beverages $1 Fountain Drinks All Day! SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10% Off Total Bill NOW 3 LOCATIONS! HOMEMADE AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD! PREPARED FRESH DAILY!DINE-IN / CARRY OUT Nightly Specials Free Drink RefillsNiceville 729-1127 Parkway Shopping Center Bluewater Bay 729-0081 Merchants Walk Crestview 423-5600Mi Mexico ~ Ferdon Blvd.

PAGE 40

Lodging: daily, check-in after 4 p.m. Marina: Hours are seasonal. militaryfamilies.com/military vacationspots.htm or 837-6423.Henderson Beach State Park-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, camping, pavilions, playground, A.D.A. accessible. Fee. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. a.m.-sunset daily. -7550 or floridastateparks.orgJames Lee ParkGulf-front park in Destin. Beach, pavilions, swimming, restrooms. Free. Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. Dawn-dusk daily. -5722 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _james_lee.htmlParasailing Sun Dogs Single, double and triple riders. Fee. Sun Dogs is located behind AJs, 116 Harbor Blvd. (Highway 98), Destin or 9 a.m. to before sunset daily. -1898 or sundogsparasail.com Just Chute Me U.S. Highway 98 in Destin March-October, 8 a.m.-sunset daily. -4630 or parasaildestin.com. The Track Family RecreationGo-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, kids games, arcade, bungee jumping. Fee. Highway 98, E., Destin Summer hours: 9 a.m. daily; Labor Day-October: Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; End of October-March: 10 a.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas. -654-4668 or destintrack.comGator BeachView and feed 100 alligators. Free. At Fudpuckers Restaurant, 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin -4200 or gatorbeach.comBig Kahunas Water Park-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. Highway 98 East, Destin Water park opens May 23-end of September. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. -8319 or bigkahuna.comOkaloosa Island GulfariumThree live marine shows, sea lion show, multi-species show, animal feedings. Fee. Okaloosa Island Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., last show at 2 p.m. -243-9046 or gulfarium.orgJohn Beasley Park-acre park on Okaloosa Island. Swimming, pavilions, restrooms. Free. Highway 98, Fort Walton Beach Dawn-dusk daily. -5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _beasley.htmlFort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural CenterMuseums: Indian Temple Mound, Camp Walton Schoolhouse and Garnier Post Office. Fee. Miracle Strip Pkwy., FWB Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -9595 or fwb.orgEmerald Coast Science CenterHands-on science museum. Fee. Brooks St., FWB Landing Weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. -664-1261 or ecscience.org From page 28Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 29 Continued on page 30Activities for the young and old Penguins are among attractions at the Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island. Beacon photo 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville 678-CAF(2233) Experience the Most Delicious and Affordable Cuisine and Coffee in the Niceville Areawww.cafebienville.com Sandwiches, Sensational Salads, Delightful Daily Specials, Homemade Desserts, Delectable Coffee & Much More! Military, Police, and Firefighters Receive 10% OFF Fully Insured Fully LicensedServing Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater And Adjoining Areas... Honest Drivers Cleanest Taxis A Taxi Ride Is Cheaper Than A DWI!24 Hours 7 Days A WeekCall 678-0100 Owner John Lasiter, USAF/Retired Residential Interior & Exterior Painting25 Years Experience Senior & Military Discounts References Available FREE ESTIMATESLicensed & InsuredRussells Painting& Pressure Cleaning SPECIALIZING IN PRESSURE WASHING897-5632 In Tune with the FumesSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000Zen Masters, Guard Dogs, & Welcoming Committee P P E E P P P P E E R R Peppers Assistant T T O O N N Y Y

PAGE 41

Fort Walton Skating CenterRoller rink with snack bar. Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach Specializes in birthday parties and has roller and in-line skates for sale. Hours vary, call for times. -1222 or myspace.com/fortwaltonskatingcenterGoofy GolfMini golf, two 18-hole courses. Fee. North Eglin Pkwy., FWB Summer: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Winter: Monday-Friday, 3-9 p.m., Saturday, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Hours may vary. -4922Shalimar Air Force Armament MuseumMore than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. Highway 85 south of Eglin. Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. -4062North Okaloosa County Baker Block MuseumPost office and general store museums showcase local history. Free. Georgia Ave., intersection of Route 189 and Highway 4 in Baker Tuesday-Friday and every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -5714 or bakerblockmuseum.org.Berry farms, BakerAkers of Strawberries at 1054 Melton Road., Baker; 537-2768. Seasonal you pick it. Fee. Bouvier Farms, 1577 Vinson Ray Road, Baker; 865-6470.Supercooler Dragway, HoltWatch and drag race motorcycles and cars. Fee. Quarter-mile track (polished concrete). Bracket races Feb.-Oct. Garner Landing Road, Holt. Friday, 6 p.m. (Test & Tune day); Saturday, 3 p.m. (Bracket racing). -7223, 850-375-4200 or ecdragway.comBlackwater River State Park acres, 30 campsites. Pavilions, trails, fishing, swimming. Fee. Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt a.m.-sunset year-round. -5363 or floridastateparks.orgSasquatch Zoo, CrestviewZoo with 125 animals. Fee. Deer Springs Rd., off Hwy. 90, 8 miles east of Crestview near Mossy Head. Seasonal (call first), Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -3949Walton County Grayton Beach Recreation AreaNearly 2,000-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, nature trails, boat ramp, fishing, camping, picnic area. Fee. Hwy. 30-A, Grayton Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgDeer Lake State Park acres of beach and lake area, east of Seagrove Beach off Hwy. 30-A. ,700 acres of hiking trails through native vegetation, hiking, picnic tables, swimming, beaches, fishing. Fee. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgTopsail Hill State Park acres with 3.2 miles of beach. Campsite, cottage rentals, fishing, trails, bicycling, pavilions, swimming. Fee. Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8330, Reservations: 800-3263521 or floridastateparks.org/topsailhillSeasideThis small, planned community in From page 29Parks, libraries, museums, fun spotsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 30 Fall-Winter 2011 Continued on page 31 Visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo to see giraffes, orangutans, and a petting zoo with friendly farm animals. SERVING OKALOOSA COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREAS FOR 6 YEARSCALL US TODAY! 467B John Sims Pkwy. ValparaisoJust Before the Eglin East Gate 20% OFFIN HOUSE LABORCoupon must be present at time of check-inExpires: 2/23/2012 HHHHH BDB Custom MotorcyclesAmerican V-Twin Service BDB T-Shirts Power Coat Available Parts & AccessoriesFull Service Motorcycle Shop93 John C Sims Pkwy. Niceville (850) 897-1769 MUSIC DEGREE GUILD Levels 1-12 Ages 6+217-7205Niceville at Rocky Bayou & Off Racetrack, FWB Excellence Success LESSONS

PAGE 42

Walton County gives a sense of an oldfashioned Southern town. Restaurants, shops, art galleries. The Truman Show was filmed in Seaside. Hwy. 30-A in Walton County -Seaside or cottagerentalagency.comEden State Gardens-acre. Gardens, fishing, historic mansion, boating, picnic area. Fee. CR 395, Point Washington. a.m.-sunset daily. -8320 or floridastateparks.orgMuscogee Creek MuseumRoadside museum exhibits the history of the Muscogee American Indians of Fla. Home of tribal council chambers. Church Road, Bruce. Donations welcome. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. -2078Panhandle OpryLive country music from local bands. Deshoza Rd., Mossy Head Shows every first and third Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee. -4050Chautauqua Vineyard & Winery-acre vineyard, fall grape harvest. I-10 and Hwy. 331, DeFuniak Springs a.m.-5 p.m. daily. -5887 or chautauquawinery.comSanta Rosa County Gulf Breeze Zoo Gulf Breeze Pkwy. a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. -2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre PierBeach Road 399 in Navarre Fees for fishing or walking. a.m.-10 p.m. daily. -1794 or navarrepier.com. Panhandle Butterfly HouseView 12-20 species of butterflies. Navarre Parkway, Navarre Admission fee by donation April 17-Labor Day, ThursdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. -3868 or panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.Blackwater Heritage Trail.2 miles of paved bicycle trail between Milton and NAS Whiting Field. Bike rental, equestrian trail, picnic tables in historic downtown Milton. Alabama St., Milton Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. -5338West Florida Railroad MuseumThe museum is at what was once Miltons train station. Shows what passenger travel used to be like and the importance of railroads to small towns. Henry St., Milton Free, donations are accepted. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged. -3645 or wfrm.orgSouthern RacewayAuto races, concessions, playground. Nichols Lake Rd., Milton Saturday nights from Feb.-Nov. Fee. -2333 or southernraceway.comPensacola Wildlife Sanctuary of NW Fla. North S Street, Pensacola Self-guided tours, aviaries, animals in their natural habitat, pond and outdoor exhibits, observation deck. -9453 or pensacolawildlife.comPensacola Museum of ArtWorks by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kathe Kollwitz, Alexandra NechitaNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 31 From page 30 Head up to Milton and check out the bike paths at Blackwater Heritage State Trail. After the ride, enjoy lunch downtown. Continued on page 32 Things to see on Emerald Coast 101 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 8-2 Facebook.com/SummitIIinHairEvening Appointments Upon Request Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Perms Shades/Redken Hair Color & Products Brazilian Keratin Fusion Straightener Kenra Haircare Products Come meet the staff. (L-R) Julie, Tiffany, Ron, Debbie & Susan. Call Today! 678-1977 Full Service HairFor Ladies & Men Better stain protection Better durability Better softness Better for the environment115 Bullock Blvd (850) 678-0041 Niceville (Behind Gulf Power) www.bestbuycarpetinc.comBESTBUYCARPET, INC. TWIN CITIESTWIN CITIESAuto Service Auto ServiceFamily Owned & Operated since 1972 Chris, Brad, & RobertDiagnostics Electrical A/C Service Tune-ups Fluid Changes Brakes & most other repairsCall today! (850) 678-7777425 Government Ave., Valparaiso FIVESTAROUTDOORLIVINGCPC1457916www.fivestaroutdoor.com897-5293 Swimming Pool ContractorPool Maintenance Landscape ServicesLawn MaintenancePavers & Garden Walls

PAGE 43

and many others, all displayed in what used to be a jail and courthouse. Fee. S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. -6247, pensacolamuseumofart.orgNational Museum of Naval AviationHistoric naval, marine and Coast Guard aircraft, Blue Angel Atrium, and IMAX theater. Free. Radford Blvd., Bldg. 3465, Pensacola Naval Air Station a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. -3604, navalaviationmuseum.orgHistoric Pensacola VillageMuseum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance to other historic sites, Pensacola waterfront, Seville Quarter, shopping, historic downtown. E. Zaragoza St. Historic Pensacola is a ticketed venue. Tours offered 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Special tours may be arranged. Fee. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -5985 or historicpensacola.orgPensacola Ice Flyers hockeyHockey team based out of Pensacola. Games are held at the Pensacola Civic Center. Ticket prices vary. -466-3111 pensacolaiceflyers.comFort BarrancasBateria de San Antonio, a National Historic Landmark, the third of four forts to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard, saw action in the Civil War and is now part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Free. Pensacola Naval Air Station. March-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. November-February, 8:30 a.m.3:45 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas. -5167Panama City Camp Helen State Park acres. Trails, beaches, fishing, picnic area, wildlife viewing. Fee. Highway 98 just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge, Panama City. a.m.-sunset daily. -5059 or floridastateparks.orgRipleys Believe It or Not! MuseumMuseum of the strange but true. Fee. Front Beach Rd, Panama City a.m. Closing times vary. -8109 or ripleyspanamacitybeach.comJunior Museum of Bay CountyHands-on museum with science, human body, nature exhibits, pioneer homestead and nature trail. Jenks Ave., Panama City Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -6128 or jrmuseum.orgGulf World Marine ParkMarine and avian shows Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Closed two weeks over Christmas. gulfworldmarinepark.com, 234-5271.Zoo World animals of 160 species. Fee. Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. -1243Coconut Creek Family Fun Park Tropical 18-hole mini-golf and foot-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 32 Fall-Winter 2011 Continued on page 33 From page 31Attractions here and elsewhere Climb to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse and see nearly 25 miles on a clear day. Welcomes you to theVale of ParadiseWelcomes you to theVale of ParadiseThe City ofValparaisoThe City ofValparaisoFor more information(850) 729-5402 Instructor 30 years experience All Ages Guitar/Bass Learn to Read Music Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Rock Song writers welcome Demo recordings available Recording Demos -In studio or on locationRecording arts & guitar in structor at NWF State College279-6754 BluewaterChris Nida Pay for 3 Months Get 4thmonth FREE! Sunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00with children's classesWalk-In...Worship 11:01 with childcare ages 6 weeksto Kindergarten IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCH250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324 www.iacdestin.org

PAGE 44

ball field-size maze, Panama City. Open daily year-round. Times vary. Closed Christmas Eve, Day. Fee. Front Beach Road, Panama City -764-2199 or coconutcreekfun.comHolmes County Ponce de Leon Springs-degree water; 14 million gallons produced daily, trails, guided tours, fishing, grills and pavilions. Fee. Ponce de Leon Springs Road, Ponce de Leon a.m.-sunset daily. -4281 or floridastateparks.orgWashington County Falling Waters State ParkFloridas tallest waterfall, sinkholes, lakes, fishing, nature trails, camping, amphitheater, picnic areas. Fee. State Park Rd., Chipley a.m.-sunset daily. -6130 or floridastateparks.orgSeacrest Wolf PreserveWolves, Arctic Fox, skunks, raccoons. Largest wolf preserve in southeast U.S., small animal adventures. Bonnett Pond Road, Chipley Visitors and tours by appointment. -2897 or seacrestwolfpreserve.orgPine Log State ForestHiking, horse trail, swimming, camping, off-road biking, fishing. Fee. Highway 79 near Ebro -2888 or fl_dof.com/state_forests/pine_log.htmlEbro Greyhound ParkLive greyhound racing. Fee. Highway 20 at Highway 79, Ebro Call for race times. -3943 or goebro.comJackson County Florida Caverns State ParkCamping, cave tours, bicycling, boating, fishing, trails, playground, swimming, visitor center. Fee. State Road 166 North, Marianna a.m.-sunset daily. -1228 or floridastateparks.orgCalhoun County Panhandle Pioneer SettlementA living history museum in Sam Atkins Park, off Hwy. 20 (enter Silas Green Road at Lindys Fried Chicken), 1.2 miles west of Blountstown. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Fees vary for tours and events. -2777 or ppmuseum.orgFranklin County Apalachicola Fishing VillageA historic setting on Apalachicola Bay, protected state and federal reserves. Local history, animal life at Gorrie Museum and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Both free. -9419 or apalachicolabay.org. hours from Niceville.Alabama Florala Florala State ParkBeach on Lake Jackson, 500-acre lake, swimming, boating, camping. Victoria Lane, Florala, Ala. a.m.-sunset daily. -858-6425 or alapark.com/Florala/City of FloralaAntique stores, Lake Jackson parks. North of Crestview on SR 85, at Florida-Alabama state line. Chamber of Commerce 334-8586252. Florala State Park 334-856-6425 or alapark.comNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 33 From page 32 Continued on page 34Lots to do within a short drive Apalachicola, a small fishing town which lies about two hours east, is renowned for its quaint shops and fresh seafood. Networking organization to help build your business by substantially increasing your referralsMeet every Thursday at 7:30 a.m.Niceville United Methodist ChurchFor more information, call (850) 517-7866Niceville, Florida Chapter of BNI Come join our circle of success!DIVERS IFIED ST ONE CON S UL T ANTSLorena Spillar 830-9948Connie Conti 678-1910Jim Sewell 269-8469 David Jeffcoat 226-1872Linda Carter 585-1913Elisa Rowland 708-8756 Chris Wolter (850) 461-2097 DivStoneCons@gmail.com One Hour Air 678-0911 Dr. April Lee, D.C. 897-1177 Pam Weeks 259-3886

PAGE 45

Fort Rucker U.S. Army Aviation MuseumMore than 3,000 exhibits. Free. Fort Rucker, Ala. (Daleville) Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. -598-2508 or armyavnmusum.orgFoley Foley Archives and History MuseumBaldwin County, Ala. Features an old train station, train museum and large model train setup. Free. E. Laurel Ave. Foley, Ala. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; train exhibit Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -971-1819Eufaula Shorter MansionHistoric home was part of Eufaula Pilgrimage. Fee. N. Eufaula Ave., Eufaula, Ala. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -687-3793 or eufaulapilgrimmage.com hours from Niceville.Mobile Battleship USS Alabama ParkTour the USS Alabama and the USS Drum submarine. View rare historic aircraft and other military displays. Fee. Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, Ala. April-September, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; October-March. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. -800-426-4929Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Hands-on science with regular and changing exhibits. IMAX theater, virtual reality exhibits, Ciba Lab, hands-on hall. Government St., Mobile, Ala. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Fee for Exploreum and IMAX -208-6873 or exploreum.netMuseum of Mobile South Royal St., Mobile, Ala. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed holidays. Fee. -208-7569; museumofmobile.com.Fort Conde & Phoenix Fire MuseumFort Conde, 150 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Fire Museum: 203 South Claiborne St. Fort Conde (replica of 1/3 of French original): 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. Phoenix Fire Museum (restored building housing horse-drawn fire engines and other exhibits): Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These attractions in downtown Mobile are within a few blocks of each other, and of the Museum of Mobile. -208-7569; museumofmobile.com.Oakleigh House Oakleigh Place, Mobile, Ala. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Closed major holidays. Fee. -432-1281 or historicmobile.orgBellingrath Gardens and Home-acre estate garden blooms all year. Bird sanctuary, gift shop, cafe. Fee. Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, Ala. (southwest of Mobile) a.m.-5 p.m. daily but Christmas. -973-2217 or bellingrath.org .5 hours from Niceville.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 34 Fall-Winter 2011 From page 33 Taking time to explore the area Check out Battleship Park in Mobile, which includes the WWII battleship Alabama, the USS Drum submarine, many aircraft and a Soviet-built T-55 tank. Candice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeperDan EwbankAdvertising RepresentativeMolly MosherEditorial AssistantBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeMike LewisGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistSara KentAdvertising DirectorStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherDeborah TiptonReceptionist The Bay Beacon & Beacon Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: (850) 729-3225Email: info@baybeacon.com MORE CIRCULATION ,000! This special section of the base newspapers will be distributed basewide and at dozens of newcomer pickup points countywide! Included will be Army 7th Special Forces Group members, base housing offices, base family centers, advertisers, chambers of commerce, the EDC, Realtors, hotels, and others! Deadline: Sept. 14 Publication: September 2011Eglin Flyer Hurlburt Patriot The Green Beret1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 729-3225 info@eglinflyer.comDON'T MISS THIS CHANCE to influence the buying of tens of thousands of people, including Army 7th Special Forces Group families new to our area! Reach Air Force & 7th Special Forces families moving to Florida! AD DEADLINE SEPT. 14 DONT BE LEFT OUT! CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! W W e e l l c c o o m m e et t o o E E g g l l i i n n A A i i r r F F o o r r c c e e B B a a s s e e & & H H u u r r l l b b u u r r t t F F i i e e l l d d The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot and The Green Beret will publish their colorful semiannual "Welcome" issue for newcomers! Military members, civilians and their families will receive this comprehensive guide to the Okaloosa County community! (850) 678-1080or info@eglinflyer.com REACH MEMBERS OF THE 7th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP! FALL 2011

PAGE 46

Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2011 Page 35Management and staff of the Ritz Salon would like to welcome you to the area! We have been located in the Niceville Community of Bluewater Bay for over 16 years. We are your friends, neighbors and full service family hair care providers. We are proud of our community and wish to beautify it... one head at a time. Welcome to Niceville! Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay897-4466 Find us on Facebook

PAGE 47

R R e e a a c c h h i i n n g g t t e e e e n n a a g g e e r r s s i i n n t t o o d d a a y y s s c c u u l l t t u u r r e e w w i i t t h h r r e e l l e e v v a a n n t t , b b i i b b l l i i c c a a l l t t e e a a c c h h i i n n g g ! F F i i r r s s t t B B a a p p t t i i s s t t C C h h u u r r c c h h o o f f N N i i c c e e v v i i l l l l e e W W e e l l c c o o m m e e s s Y Y o o u u t t o o t t h h e e T T w w i i n n C C i i t t i i e e s s A A r r e e a a School Sundays 9:00 a.m. Bible Study and Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m. Bible Study and Contemporary Worship 5:30 p.m. Bible Study Wednesdays Bible studies and ministries for the entire family Visit our website for more details 622 Bayshore Drive 678-4621 www.fbcniceville.org Classes Available WEE School 6 weeks 2 years (1 or 2 day option) Tuesday and Thursday STARRS 3 Year Old Preschool (3 days) Tuesday through Thursday STARRS 4 and 5 Year Old Preschool (4 days) Monday through Thursday Preschool Curriculum *Phonetic Awareness *Science *Dramatic Play *Language Skills *Social Studies *Computer Skills *Mathematics *Handwriting *Art Activities L L o o w w T T e e a a c c h h e e r r / / P P u u p p i i l l R R a a t t i i o o License #C01OK0032 Teaching the Whole Child We provide a Christian-based, structured, hands-on approach to learning designed to prepare young children for kindergarten. 729 6915 Contact: 678-0204 students2@fbcniceville.org Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 36 Fall-Winter 2011


University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2011 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Powered by SobekCM