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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 09-21-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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System ID: UF00099641:00141

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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The new, $27 million Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, which is scheduled to open Oct. 3 next to the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, has been a long time coming. Proposals for a new annex began several years ago, when judges began to complain about the lack of security or accessibility for handicapped people at the Shalimar annex. Initial proposals to build a more elaborate and expensive new courthouse met with considerable opposition. Efforts to select a site for the new building, and proposals to raise taxes to pay for it, also became the subject of controversy. A grand opening ceremony is planned for 5 p.m., Sept. 22, for the three-story, 85,000-square-foot courthouse annex, 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The new courthouse, about 40 percent bigger than the one it largely replaces, will be the site of a ribbon cutting, performances by the Niceville High School Opus One chorus and the Eglin Air Force Base Honor Guard, refreshments, and a tour of the facility. Persons or organizations wanting to attend may call 651-7105 to make arrangements to do so. The building is scheduled to open for business Oct. 3. The new annex is smaller and less elaborate than the original plan, but still provides the security and accessibility required. For example, the building and all six courtrooms are handicapped accessible, including special seating space for wheelchair users in each courtroom, as well as ramps leading to jury boxes and witness stands. The Beacon recently toured the almost-completed courthouse, which will almost completely replace the By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Applause erupted from an audience of mostly city workers Monday night near the end of the 90-minute budget hearing. The applause wasnt for the city commission which had given final approval to a $7 million annual budget and ad valorem property tax rate of 4.0644 mills, up 3.3 percent. The applause was for fellow city employee Tony Shipley, the citys deputy library director, who said he wanted to be a team player after his proposed large raise was denied by commissioners for lack of funds. Shipley said he wasnt aware the money his boss had sought for him would be such a big issue. Shipley recently earned a masters degree in library science on his own, and his boss, city librarian David Weatherford, had asked the city commission to reward his assistant with a $7,500 raise that he said was on par with what other cities in Okaloosa County paid library employees with a masters degree. Shipley had been instrumental in several successes at the Valparaiso library, he said. The citys fiscal year budget that begins Oct. 1 funds a 2 percent costof-living raise for all city employees, but has no money for merit raises. Valparaiso human resources chief, Della Rhodes, said city employees were asking her, Why is one individual getting a $7,500 raise and the rest of us get nothing? I cant give them an answer, she told commissioners. If the commission said theres no By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer At a public hearing tomorrow, Sept. 22, in Niceville, the Florida Department of Transportation and Eglin Air Force Base will discuss proposed but unfunded improvements to State Road 123, including a plan to four-lane the highway, northwest of Niceville. The highway, which links Highway 85 north of Niceville with Highway 85 South, near the Okaloosa Regional Airport, bypassing Niceville, serves chiefly as a shortcut between Crestview and the Eglin-Fort Walton Beach area. No construction date has been set because the state hasnt earmarked money to build the project. The proposed project will four-lane about five miles of SR 123, including the construction of two-lane parallel bridges over Toms Creek, Turkey Creek and an unnamed tributary of Turkey Creek. Five-foot-wide paved shoulders are other proposed additions to the roadway. The project will also include a second flyover at the north end of SR 123, where 123 intersects Highway 85 North, about four miles northwest of Niceville. The corridor is a major connector between Fort Walton Beach and the northern Okaloosa community of Crestview, as well as Niceville and Valparaiso. More than 30,000 drivers use SR 85/123 daily, according to FDOT, for commuting to Eglin Air Force Base, accessing Northwest Florida Regional Airport, and visiting Gulf beaches at Okaloosa Island and Destin. SR 85 and SR 123 also constitute a key coastal evacuation route in the event of a hurricane, or other natural or manmade emergency, FDOT said. Since SR 123 is entirely on Eglin Air Force Base land, the proposed highway widening project requires some right of way from Eglin. An environmental assessment and biological assessment have already been prepared. The estimated construction cost from the Project Development and Environmental study is approximately $63 million, including a flyover, or elevated interchange, at SR 123/SR 85 Niceville council gives nod to hikes in fees, tax ratesBy Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent Despite pleas from some citizens to spare residents from increases in city water, sewer and trash collection rates, the Niceville City Council gave preliminary approval to the fee hikes during a budget hearing held Thursday at Niceville City Hall. Council members said they were reluctant to raise the prices, but had no choice because with the increasing costs of maintaining utility services, and delaying such fee hikes would only mean the fees would have to be raised even higher in later years. The council also tentatively approved a 2012 property tax millage rate of 3.65 mil, up slightly from 3.63 from the current rate, and a 23-percent increase since 2008.North Bay F.D. moves toward millage increaseBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer The North Bay Fire District Commission has tentatively approved raising the property tax rate 4.4 percent. Final approval is scheduled for tonight. During a meeting Sept. 13, fire commissioners also gave tentative approval to a proposed budget of $1,980,593, approximately 2.3 percent higher than the current fiscal year budget of $1,936,235. Fire commission Chairman Jim Miller prefaced the hearing noting that this was the fourth year in a row that taxable property values in the fire district had declined and that the increased millage rate, to 2.35 mills from 2.25, was needed to maintain Wednesday, noon The Heritage Museums free lunchtime lecture will feature archaeologist Joe Meyer of the Cultural Resource Management Center on Eglin. Meyer will discuss naval stores industry sites on Eglin. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call to reserve a seat, 678-2615. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. The March of Dimes will host its third annual Harvest Wine Festival and Silent Auction at the Sunset Beach Clubhouse, Bluewater Bay. Tickets at $20 each are on sale at Uniquely Chic, Bayou Books or the BWB Tennis Center. Info: 785-6460. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. The Pyramid Players will perform Castaway Island at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. This is a musical comedy the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are $10. Call 862-7139 to purchase.Calendar, B-4. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, September 21, 2011 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 19925016 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts COMINGUP Please see SR123, page A-8 Please see COUNCIL, page A-7 Please see MILLAGE, page A-6 Please see ANNEX, page A-8The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Family and dignitaries applauded state Sen. Don Gaetz as the next president of the Florida Senate in ceremonies at the Capitol Monday, top, including Gov. Rick Scott, Gaetz wife, Vicky, seated, and children Erin and Rep. Matt Gaetz standing beside their father. Bottom left, Niceville High Schools Opus One chorus and an honor guard from Hurlburt Field were among a large contingent of Northwest Floridians participating in or observing the ceremonies in Tallahassee. Bottom right, Gaetz outlining goals for his two-year term as senate president in 2013-14. Story, A-7.Gaetz lauded as next senate chief Hearing set on 4-laning of SR 123 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The $27 million Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, Fort Walton Beach, will open to the public Oct. 3, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for tomorrow. Courthouse annex set to open in Ft. WaltonProject marked by controversy E. Niceville hike, A-2. 3.50 3.993.993.993.99 3.12 2.88 3.75 4.16 3.93 4.06 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Fiscal year ended Sept. 30 0.00 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00Millage Source: City of Valparaiso Valparaiso tax rates Municipal millage rate, by year (does not include county or other levies) Bowing to workers, Valp. nixes librarians raise Please see RAISE, page A-8

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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The East Niceville Fire Commission gave preliminary approval to its proposed budget and a tax-rate increase for Fiscal Year 2012 during a public budget hearing held Sept. 7. A final hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 21, at the East Niceville firehouse on 27th Street, Niceville. Fire Commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo presented a proposed budget for discussion. The proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget which was agreed to on Sept. 7 is $792,123. It will, if approved Sept. 21, take effect when the new fiscal year begins on the first of October. The currently proposed budget of $792,123 is slightly smaller than the $799,602 originally discussed during the previous budget discussion held Aug. 8, which was already smaller than the $823,608 budgeted last year for FY 2011. The new budget includes cuts in insurance, operations and office supplies, monthly incentive pay for firefighters, and in retirement and personnel accounts. It also takes into account the pay-off of a bank loan for fire station remodeling. During the Sept. 7 meeting, Marcolongo presented a revised estimate of the fire districts expected revenue in the coming year, which he now expects will be $792,123. Commissioners discussed how to reduce their planned expenses to not exceed the expected revenues, and after some discussion, agreed to cut $2,500 from their planned equipment budget and eliminate $5,000 budgeted for potential legal expenses. The legal expenses budget has never been used in past years, commissioners said. The commission also agreed to move $13,000 from the equipment reserve budget to the personnel budget, to help fund a planned three percent pay raise for East Niceville firefighters. Left unchanged are the $500 per month salaries for each of East Nicevilles five elected fire commissioners, which the commission agreed to earlier this year. Commissioners had previously been unpaid volunteers. Also left unchanged is the proposed property tax millage rate for FY 2012. During their previous meetings July 11 and Aug. 8, the commissioners had tentatively set their fire districts property tax millage rate for the coming fiscal year at 2.37, slightly above the current rate of 2.35. The proposed millage is also slightly above the roll back millage rate of 2.3693, which would produce the same amount of property tax revenue as was collected the previous year. The proposed millage can be lowered during the Sept. 21 budget hearing if commissioners determine that the fire district will not need all the revenue likely to be generated at the 2.37 rate. The proposed millage rate, if given final approval at the Sept. 21 hearing, will mean that property owners in the East Niceville Fire District, which extends from the eastern city limits of the city of Niceville to the shore of Rocky Bayou, will pay $2.37 in property tax for every $1,000 of taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other deductions. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 of taxable value will pay $474 in property tax to the fire district, in addition to other property taxes collected by the county, such as county and Okaloosa School District taxes. At the current millage rate of 2.35, such a homeowner pays the fire district $470. Also during the Sept. 7 meeting, commissioners said they would welcome a private donation to the East Niceville Fire District, if one can be obtained, to help cover the expected $13,000 cost of repairing or replacing one of the garage doors at the fire station on 27th Street. The door does not always close properly, and if not fixed, could allow rain and wind to enter. If no such donation is offered, the fire district will have to choose between finding the repair cost within its own budget, or living with the malfunctioning door. Commissioners said they have no specific potential donor in mind at present.E. Niceville tax-rate hike eyed The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACON1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free totalmarket 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 Newspaper $1.00$1.00$1.00$1.00 $2.00$2.00 $1.92 $2.00 $2.35$2.35$2.37 200220032004200520 0620072008 200920102011* 2012Fiscal year ending Oct. 1 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5Millage Source: Oka. Co. Prop. Appraiser*2012 is proposed E. 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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Niceville City Council last week rejected a proposal to create a No Wake zone near the north end of Boggy Bayou, The No Wake proposal had originally been presented to the council during its Aug. 9 meeting. During that meeting, the council heard from Mark Waltman, North Light Yacht Club marina director, and North Light office manager Phyllis McAndrew, who requested that the city consider establishing a No Wake zone extending up to 500 feet from the fueling dock at the yacht club. During a council meeting Sept. 13, after hearing objections to the measure from other citizens, the council voted down the proposal unanimously. The fueling dock is just north of the regular boat docks at the marina, said Waltman, and boats that pass the marina at high speeds, such as boats towing water skiers, cause large waves that can be hazardous during refueling, and increase the likelihood of fuel being spilled into Boggy Bayou. Waltman also said that the bayou just north of the yacht club is very shallow, and a No Wake zone would increase the safety of boaters by preventing them from running aground at high speed. I have seen cases, said Waltman, in which people were thrown out of their boats because they ran aground at high speed near the yacht club. Waltman said he had consulted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which polices state waters, and had been told that the city has the authority to establish a No Wake zone near the marina. After hearing from Waltman and McAndrew Aug. 9, council members asked City Manager Lannie Corbin to study the feasibility of establishing a No Wake zone, and to report his findings and recommendations at a future city council meeting. During the Sept. 13 meeting, Corbin presented photos showing the location of the No Wake zone if it were to be approved by the city council. However, several Niceville citizens spoke at the meeting, saying they are opposed to such a zone. This is a public waterway, and is enjoyed by many people, said one man, adding that the city should not allow a private business like the yacht club to block other people from waterskiing, tubing, or other long-established activities on the bayou. About a half-dozen other speakers echoed such sentiments. Kevin Johnson, who said he lives on Bayshore Drive and owns a flat-bottomed boat he uses for water skiing, said it would be difficult to continue such activities if he had to cut his speed to idle every time he came within a quarter mile of the yacht club. He said it would be better to let state and federal authorities continue to regulate boat speeds in the bayou rather than for the city to also intervene. Other speakers said establishing a No Wake zone for the yacht club could encourage other businesses along the bayou to request such zones for themselves, eventually making the whole bayou unsuitable for water skiers, personal watercraft riders, and others. After hearing from the speakers, the council voted unanimously to kill the proposal. Only one speaker favored the No Wake zone, but she arrived late, after the council had already made its decision. Not realizing the No Wake zone had already been scrapped, she thanked the council for doing something about this important issue. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 21, 2011 Page A-3 POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service 110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 Racetrack Rd NWMooney RdDenton BlvdBeal PkwyJames Lee Rd Choctawhatchee High School Roger A. Grace,D.D.S. M.S. Specialist in Orthodontics 28 Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach850.863-2122 I-10 crash injures 4 from Valp.By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Four Valparaiso residents were injured Sunday in a fiery traffic crash on Interstate 10, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol. The FHP report gave the following account: About 7:20 p.m. Sunday a tractor-trailer truck driven by Avtar S. Cheira, 60, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., rear-ended a disabled 1986 pickup truck being towed by 2005 GMC SUV east of Crestview. The pickup truck caught fire. Daniel Perez Jr., 20, of Valparaiso, was in the drivers seat of the towed pickup truck and received serious injuries. Daniel Perez Sr., 38, also of Valparaiso, was driving the SUV and received minor injuries. Two passengers in the SUV, Christina Perez, 38, and Angelie Perez, 19, both of Valparaiso, received serious injuries in the crash. Daniel Perez Sr. was treated and released at North Okaloosa Medical Center. Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, spokesman Mike Burke said as of Monday Christina and Daniel Perez Jr. were in fair condition. Angelie Perez was treated and released, he said. 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revenue levels. Taxable property values in the North Bay Fire District are $867.4 million for the upcoming fiscal year, lower by $13 million, or 1.5 percent, from the current fiscal year, according to Miller. A major renovation expense during the current fiscal year had severely depleted reserve fund levels in the fire district, Miller said. Although management changes will reduce the fire districts major expense, personnel costsby nearly $120,000, to $1,465,415he said that any further reductions in the budget would impact the level of service the fire district can provide. The 2011-12 budget envisions the layoff of one of the districts three assistant fire chiefs in order to lower costs. There were only two members of the public at the Sept. 13 first public hearing, and no one provided any comment on the proposed millage and budget. The proposed millage rate, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, and a proposed budget of $1,963,733 will be finalized at the second and final public budget hearing today, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at the fire station, 1024 White Point Road. After the budget hearing ended, North Bay Fire District commissioners reconvened for their regular monthly meeting. Chairman Miller commented on the proposed budget, asking that $450,000 in reserve be protected as sacrosanct. The large reserve is in fact carry-over money used to fund the fire departments operational expenses through the first quarter of the fiscal year, when property tax revenues are close to zero and only just begin flowing into fire district coffers during the last part of the quarter. Last year the fire district commission looked at the large reserve fund and cut the property tax rate, mistakenly believing the reserve carry-over fund was an undesignated reserve. That action, coupled with a large expense to repair the floor of the fire station, resulted in the fire department having to tighten its belt and again rely on reserves to pay operational expenses. The North Bay Fire District had used its reserves to bolster operational expenses over the past four fiscal years, according to Fire Chief Joe Miller. Chairman Miller also asked that the fire department post the approved budget on the fire districts website as soon as possible after it is approved Sept. 21. Fire Chief Miller told commissioners that he had just received a new proposal from unionized firefighters and asked commissioners to schedule another closed-door strategy meeting to consider a counter-offer. The closed-door negotiating session is set for Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. Assistant Fire Chief Gary Jordan briefed commissioners on August emergency responses, which set a record of 114, including 68 medical calls, 10 accidents, seven structure fires and 29 others. Mutual aid was received by North Bay three times during August, while North Bay firefighters provided mutual aid eight times, including six to Niceville. Jordan pointed out that there were 12 instances when the fire department responded to simultaneous calls during August, including four times each day on both Aug. 7 and 10. During simultaneous calls, the fire departments management staff often responds to the second call. Commissioner Steve Strait noted that the simultaneous responses amounted to about 10 percent of the calls and asked the chief to keep an eye on the occurrence of such calls with the fire department expected to reduce its management staff by one chief officer Oct. 1. MILLAGEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERMark Hilton, 62, Niceville, retired Gregory McClure, 25, Niceville, restaurant worker Kaylee Kedroski, 8, Niceville, Edge Elementary School student Bryan Perkins, 22, Niceville, restaurant worker I think there are some good shows this year that will last more than one seasonPrime Suspect and Unforgettable, for example. Im not that familiar with the new fall shows. I like The Office, and watching Netflix. I like A.N.T. Farm and Jessie on the Disney Channel. I dont watch much TV, but I like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and That 70s Show. ABCs a great network. I also like to watch the early morning news on CNN. I seldom watch TV. Id rather go fishing.Kaylynn Peoples, 24, Fort Walton Beach, sales associateI really dont watch TV shows that much, except for Jersey Shore. I mostly watch movies out of Red Box.Mike GriffithWhat do you think about the fall season prime time TV show lineup?Location: WalmartWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Page A-6 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACONDaniel Henry, 27, Niceville, X-ray technician $1.6500 $1.7500 $1.8500 $1.8750 $2.0700 $1.8000 $1.6819 $1.7827 $2.0500 $2.2500 $2.3500 2002200320042 00520062007 20082009 2010 2011 *2012Fiscal year ending Oct. 1 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5MillageSource: Oka. Co. Prop. Appraiser 2012 figure is proposed North Bay seeks millage boost Property tax rate per $1,000 taxable value Kids Area with PS2s & Cartoons with Cool Car Stations! HAIR NAILS ESTHETICS MASSAGE THERAPY WALKINSWELCOME~ GIFTCERTIFICATESAVAILABLE~ MF 9 6, TU TH98, SAT94306 GOVERNMENTAVE., NICEVILLE~ 2794620Full service salon catering to the whole family! 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The proposed millage rate for Fiscal Year 2012, which had already been tentatively approved during the city councils August budget meeting, is 3.65, the same rate as in FY 2011. At a millage rate of 3.65, Niceville property owners will pay $3.65 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised value of their property. For example, a homeowner whose house is appraised at $200,000 after homestead exemption and other deductions would pay $730 in property tax to the city. A second hearing on taxes and fees was held Tuesday night. A third and final hearing, and final adoption, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday. Last Thursdays hearing began with presentations from city consultants Jim Stevens, of Polyengineering, and Bill Fray, Fray Municipal Securities. Stevens recommended rate increases of about 3 percent for both water and sewer utilities, in each of the next five years. He said the increases would amount to about 58 cents a month in added cost for a Niceville water customer who uses about 7,000 gallons per month, and an increase of about $1.40 per month for a sewer customer who uses the same amount. Similar, but slightly higher, increases would occur in each of the following four years, as each years 3 percent hike would be applied to a higher rate from the previous year. The council also approved increasing trash collection fees by 2 percent, to keep up with a 2 percent increase in the waste disposal fees charged to the city by Okaloosa County. Some Niceville residents addressed the budget hearing, asking the council to not raise the fees. James Dubois told the council he wanted to personalize the predicament of senior citizens. He said his cost for home insurance has risen from $850 to $1,200 last year, and rose to $2,005 this year. If that were the only thing that had gone up, it wouldnt be so devastating, he said, but his property taxes have also gone up each year, as have the costs of food, gasoline and medical insurance. These costs do not only affect seniors, he said, but also affect young people with low incomes. Dubois said the proposed utility hikes would increase year after year, and told the council, You cant place such a burden on the citizens of this city. As a last resort, Dubois said, this means food off the table. Grady Don Pope, part-owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Niceville, also urged the council not to raise fees. I grew up here, and I love this city, he said. But added that his business in currently undergoing quite a squeeze. He said that all across the country, businesses are struggling to stay in business and continue employing people. With real estate tax, plus the costs of water, sewer and garbage pickup, he said, the squeeze is on Main Street. Lots of small businesses are drying up. Pope said government at all levels should do as businesses must do. Im looking to see what I can cut, and what I can do without. With costs on the rise, he said, Im going to have to start cutting employees. City officials replied that they understand and sympathize with taxpayers and customers of city utilities, but have to pay the cost of operating and maintaining the utilities. City utilities, said City Manager Lannie Corbin, are enterprise funds, required to pay their own way through user fees. The numbers are there, he said, to show that rising costs require more revenue. The new improvements planned for the water and sewer system, he said, are mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection. City Councilman Dan Henkel said There are problems all over the country, as the cost of government goes up while peoples incomes go down. He said citizens should, Get out and vote, and focus attention on cutting government spending at all levels. As for Niceville, however, Henkel said, Enterprise funds have to pay for themselves. Im with you, said Councilman William Thomas. I take this seriously, but if we put this off today, well have to pay more heavily tomorrow. Will this hurt? Thomas asked rhetorically. Yes, but well get past it. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Page A-7 COUNCILFrom page A-1 -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 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Don Gaetz (RNiceville) was honored Monday by fellow state senators and by many supporters from the Niceville area who came to a ceremony in the Florida senate chamber, marking his official designation as the next president of the state senate. Gaetz is slated to succeed Mike Haridopolos, the current senate president, in 2013 for a two-year term, assuming Gaetz is re-elected to the senate in November 2012 and the Republicans maintain their majority in the senate. During the ceremony in the senate chambers, Gaetz gave an acceptance speech in which he listed three jobs he wants the Florida Legislature to accomplish during his time in the senate: First, he said, he wants the state government to adhere to high ethical standards, and never again should the people of Florida be ashamed of their political leaders. Second, Gaetz wants the state to lash education to the needs of the economy by emphasizing courses in math, science and technologyskills in great demand by industry and for which he said high-paying jobs are available. Third, Gaetz said he wants to keep taxes low and eliminate unnecessary regulations in order to attract new businesses to the state and make Florida a place where businesses can grow and families can thrive. He said Florida should become a free zone, a safe harbor attractive to Fortune 500 companies and other businesses. During the designation ceremony, the floor of the senate chamber was packed by fellow senators and other dignitaries, including Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. representatives Jeff Miller and Steve Southerland, and Republicans and Democrats from Northwest Florida. In a brief introductory speech, former Okaloosa School Board member Howard Hill, Niceville, said Gaetz became an Okaloosa School Board member in 1994 and superintendent in 2000, when our schools were in deep water, and we needed someone like Don to streamline and improve the school system. Hill said he expects similar leadership from Gaetz as senate president. The public gallery was also packed with supporters, including many from the Twin Cities area. Niceville Mayor Randall Wise said he thinks Gaetzs designation to become Senate president is great. Im happy for our senator, Wise said. Whatever he can, hell do for our entire area. Niceville residents Richard and Dulce Solt were also at the ceremony. Were friends with Matt and Don Gaetz, said Richard. Its great to see someone like Don elected for a position like this, to see someone from Niceville get such an honor. Don is honest, dependable, and will do his best for the people who elected him. Well have to elect him again, to make sure he actually becomes president of the senate. Al and Sandy Schlechter, also from Niceville, were among those attending the reception on the top floor of the Capitol following the formal ceremony. Sandy said she liked Gaetzs acceptance speech. I like what he said about bringing jobs to the state, she said, and about bringing more technical jobs rather than having Floridas economy rely on tourism alone. Al Schlechter agreed, saying, He has a good plan. Im confident that hell do a good job. J. R. McDonald, a vice president of Lockheed Martin, the company building the F-35 fighter jets being delivered to the new training wing at Eglin Air Force Base, said he liked what Gaetz had to say about education. He echoed what Lockheed-Martin has been saying about the importance of STEM education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux said he liked what Gaetz had to say about restoring integrity to state government. I liked what he said about doing the right things for the right reasons, and I plan to remind him of that during the next legislative delegation meeting. Lux said he hopes Gaetz will help remove some recently-enacted restrictions on local poll workers authority to ask voters questions about their addresses and to ask to see IDs of voters. Prior to his designation ceremony, Gaetz was interviewed in his office at the state capitol, and discussed his oncoming responsibilities. It will be a mixed blessing, Gaetz said of becoming senate president. Ill have to spend a lot more time in Tallahassee, and on the road to different parts of the state. Ill be away from home a lot more during the next three years. He said that he hopes to help Florida recover from the national economic recession by protecting the state from a federal government gone wild, and by reducing taxes and regulations in order to attract more businesses to Florida. Although calling himself an unapologetic conservative, Gaetz said being conservative does not make him a Scrooge, lacking in compassion for the less fortunate. He said much of his early career was devoted to improving health care, especially by promoting hospice care for people with terminal illnesses, and by lobbying Congress to include hospice care in Medicare. Gaetz said he does not yet know whether, if he is re-elected next fall, he will serve in the senate until 2014 or 2016, as the current redistricting process may assign him to run for a complete four-year term or a two-year term. That decision, he said, will be pretty much random and not up to him, although he is co-chairman of the legislative redistricting committee. In either case, he said, he supports term limits, and has no political plans after he completes his time in the senate. Gaetz also showed off an election poster from his fathers campaign for Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota, Gaetzs boyhood home, as well as a railroad watch passed down to him from his grandfather and father, both of whom were railroad executives in North Dakota, as well as being ranchers. Gaetz said he has already passed the heirloom watch to his son, Florida state Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), but Matt loaned it back to him Monday to wear during the designation ceremony. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville), whose planned elevation to the Florida Senate presidency for the 2013-14 session was marked in Tallahassee Monday, in his office in capital a short time before the ceremony. A campaign poster for his late father, Jerry, a North Dakota rancher and politician, hangs on the wall.

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courthouse annex located in Shalimar. The Shalimar annex, however, may continue to be used for some limited court-related functions, in order to fulfill agreements that gave the Shalimar site to Okaloosa County but specified that it be used for court functions. The county is in a dispute with with successors to the Meigs Trust, which used to own the land under the Shalimar annex. The Meigs Trust heirs contend the tract should revert to the trust or heirs because the site will no longer be the site of most south-county court functions, as required under terms of the original land transfer in 1973. Once the new courthouse annex is open for business, most of the court activity at Shalimar will move to the new facility, while the Shalimar facility will be used mostly as office space for county government agencies. The county seat will remain in Crestview, site of the Okaloosa County Courthouse. Most judicial business is conducted at the south county annex, however, closer to where most county residents live. The Okaloosa County Commission approved construction of the annex by a 3-2 vote Nov. 17, 2009, with commissioners James Campbell, Bill Roberts and John Jannazo in the affirmative and commissioners Don Amunds and Wayne Harris dissenting. Campbell, who originally opposed the new annex, noted that the original cost estimates for the facility were about $80 million. He praised county and court officials for paring down the facility to meet basic security and space needs. Harris said that the true cost of the facility, paid for primarily with 30-year bonds, was closer to $43 to 45 million. In addition to judges, those moving into the new facility include the clerk of court, court administration (court reporters, family law pro se, domestic violence, pretrial, mental health, drug case work, veterans court coordinator) and the sheriffs office booking and court security details. Other county and state entities, such as the public defender and states attorney, will have office space in the new courthouse for their personnel during trial. The state attorney, public defender, and sheriffs office will still have their main offices in Shalimar. A reporters recent visit was guided by county public information officer Kathy Newby, county project manager Larry Phillips, and senior project manager Keith Shelton of Skanska, the firm in charge of constructing the new building. The new building includes numerous improvements over its predecessor. Physical security, long a concern at the Shalimar annex, is built into every part of the new courthouse. For example, a private parking lot for judges will include an electronic gate and other security measures. The public lobby of the new courthouse includes screening areas for those entering, although the lobby itself has a much more welcoming appearance than the prison-style cyclone fencing and steel turnstiles visitors must pass through at the Shalimar annex. Prisoner holding cells are positioned behind courtrooms, allowing prisoners to be moved to and from court without coming in contact with judges, jurors, or the public. A special elevator connects cells on each floor with the garage where prisoner-transport buses arrive from the county jail. As is already the case, many preliminary hearings by judges at the new courthouse will be conducted via closed-circuit TV, with the prisoner remaining at the jail. The public waiting area for people having appointments in judges chambers is monitored and controlled electronically by security staff, as are the judges chambers. Judges have their own elevator and access hallways, allowing them to go to and from chambers and courtrooms safely, avoiding contact with the public or prisoners. Just within the entrance lobby are the Clerk of Court offices, which will probably be the most used part of the courthouse by the public. These offices provide most of the public records requested by visitors, as well as assistance for people conducting other business with the county court system. The courthouse annex contains two small courtrooms, with seating for about 40 spectators, two medium-sized courtrooms with seating for about 80 spectators, and two large courtrooms with seating for about 150 spectators, as well as some small hearing rooms for less formal cases. Each judges chamber also includes small meeting rooms where judges may hold informal hearings or meetings with attorneys or other participants in cases. Juries may consist of six or twelve jurors, depending on the type of case being tried, and jury deliberation rooms are of two sizes, accommodating either six or twelve jurors. ANNEXFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith One of six courtrooms in the new Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, next to the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach. ArrestsDwight D. McDonald, 52, of 1927-B Benton Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 9 on domestic violencerelated charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and felony battery. McDonald allegedly struck the victim in the head with a box fan, causing a 3-inch gash on the victims head. As the victim was lying on the living room floor McDonald allegedly picked up a loaded Taurus .38 caliber revolver from the kitchen curio cabinet, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger. According to the victim, McDonald did not say anything as he pulled the trigger, although the gun only clicked but didnt shoot. McDonald fled the house and turned himself in to sheriffs deputies in Shalimar. When Niceville police collected the revolver from the house they found two live rounds in the #3 and #4 positions of the five-round cylinder. * Joey Dwayne Campbell, 34, of 304 Reeves St., Lot B-13, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 12 on a charge of domestic violence battery. * Jeffrey Alan Smith, a landscaper, 20, of 33 Kelly Way, Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 7 on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Dean Mason, a cook, 18, of 317 22nd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 7 on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police, responding to a report of a possible burglary in progress, said Smith and Mason were in a backyard shed smoking marijuana. * Andrea B. Englert, 39, of 732 Providence Way, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 7 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and misdemeanor theft. Englert allegedly admitted stealing 15 pills of morphine, 15 mg, and one Xanax pill, .5 mg, from a home where she had gone inside to wash her hands and get a drink of water. Englert said she stole the pills, which belonged to a hospice patient, with the intent of selling the pills because she needed the money. * Courtney Nichole Tandy, 29, of 503 Johnson St., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 2 on violation of probation charges on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended or revoked. * John Paul Barnett, 30, of 1405 Cape Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 6 on a contempt of court charge and order revoking bond. * Anthony Scott Barnett, unemployed, 25, of 1405 Cape Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 6 on charges of uttering forged checks, seven counts. Barnett allegedly admitted to fraudulently cashing seven checks in June at stores in Niceville and Destin, totaling $675. The checks were drawn on the closed account of a woman who said Barnett had stolen her checkbook a few months prior. Barnett told police he did not steal the checks but claimed the account holder provided the checks in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. Barnett was also arrested Sept. 7 on a Walton County warrant on the charge of failure to appear on the original charge of drug paraphernalia. * Jessica Kerlin Barnett, 24, of 610 Crestview Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 9 on a charge of uttering a forged or altered check. * Donna Rae Hagan, 51, of 1493 Pine St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 11 on a charge of battery. Hagan allegedly escalated a verbal argument and hit another woman with her fists, near Rocky Creek off of Range Road. * Robert Anton Cramer, 72, of 502 22nd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 7 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge related to a $105.83 check. * Teandrea J. Smith, 22, of 30 Garden Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 4 on a misdemeanor battery charge that allegedly occurred Sept. 24, 2009. * Steven William Roberts, 23, of 1722 Union Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Sept. 3 on charges of uttering a forged instrument and grand theft related to an incident May 24. Roberts was also charged with petit theft and uttering a forged instrument related to an incident June 1. Roberts was also arrested the same date on charges of grand theft and passing a forged instrument related to an incident Aug. 22. In each case Roberts is alleged to have forged checks stolen from the victims then deposited the checks in his bank account at a bank ATM using his own PIN number. Roberts then allegedly withdrew the cash from his account over a period of days before the checks had time to clear the bank and be discovered as fraudulent. Checks allegedly forged by Roberts were in amounts of $1,500, $100 and $1,350. TheftsA Niceville resident from the first block of Lanman Road reported the theft of a bicycle Sept. 3. * A Niceville resident from the 300 block of Kazmira Court reported Sept. 3 finding a gun in his car that did not belong to him. Police took custody of the gun, which they identified as a BB gun. * An out-of-state visitor reported that while staying at a Niceville motel, 106 Bayshore Drive, unknown person(s) burglarized his vehicle sometime Sept. 5-6 and stole $130 worth of .45 caliber ammunition, a $250 military knife, a $250 GPS unit, a $60 military pouch and a 10-round magazine. * A Niceville resident contacted Niceville police Sept. 13 saying he believed he had received a counterfeit $20 bill at a local grocery store. Police checked the bill with a counterfeit detector pen, which indicated the bill was suspect. Police entered the phony bill into evidence. * A Niceville resident from the 100 block of Azalea Drive reported Sept. 7 that unknown person(s) had burglarized his van and stolen an iPod, and also had attempted to enter the rear door of his home, leaving pry marks. 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. 3 sought in home invasion The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Steven William Roberts By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Niceville police and Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers have asked the publics help in finding three men wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery reported in the Beacon last week. Three armed suspects, wearing blue bandannas, reportedly entered the residence and held two occupants at gunpoint Aug. 31. One victim was forced to lure other family members back to the residence. Approximately two hours later, the other family members arrived and were reportedly robbed by the three suspects. The suspects stole a purse and vehicle then fled the area. No one was seriously injured. The stolen vehicle was recovered Sept. 7, 2011, on Patti Cove in Niceville, a mile from where it was taken. The suspects were described as: A white male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall. This suspect had dark shaggy hair and was wearing flip flops. A black male, with an unknown accent or speech impairment, approximately 6 feet to 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a very dark complexion and short hair. A Hispanic or possibly light-skinned black male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall with hair and a tribal tattoo on the inside lower right arm. This suspect was wearing an orange hat. Anybody with information about these robbery suspects may contact Det. Rhonda Willis or Lt. Joe Whitfield at 729-4030, or may possibly become eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8638477), or toll-free at 1-888654-TIPS. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers callers are never required to reveal their identity nor testify in court. A code number system is used to pay cash rewards without compromising the tipsters identity. Sun. 11am8pm Mon. Thurs. 11am 9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am 10pm1027 John Sims Pkwy E, Palm Plaza, Niceville 850 6785072EDSHOMETOWNSEAFOOD& STEAKSDRINK SPECIALS! NEW TV'S& NEW GAME DAY MENU!Make reservations & well hold your spot F OO TBA LL SEASON! 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The hearing is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. Draft project documents and other information are available for review at the Jackson Guard, Eglin Natural Resources Branch, 107 Highway 85 N, Niceville, and online at eglin.af.mil/environmentalassessments.asp through Oct. 3. SR123From page A-1 John Sims P kwyPartin Dr NORTH NORT Not to ScaleNotto END PROJECT BEGIN PROJECT Niceville Community Center 204 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, Fl 32578 EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE NICEVILLEToms Bayou Boggy Bayou Toms Creeek Turkey CreekVALPARAISO 123 85 20 285 A hearing is scheduled tomorrow in Niceville on a proposal to fourlane State Road 123. The hearing will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. Fla. D.O.T. money for raises, they understand that, said Police Chief Joe Hart about his officers. But then to give one employee $7,500 is not fair. Hart said he was willing to sacrifice the $29,500 for a new patrol car, if needed to fund more money for raises. Mayor Bruce Arnold said commissioners know the plight of employees and that the city had not made any major capital improvements for the last five years just to protect the jobs of city employees. Commissioners led by Heyward Strong and department heads began suggesting several cuts and carry-over funds that could be used to fund employee merit raises in addition to the 2 percent across-the-board raise already in the budget. The employees are not looking for a raise, Rhodes interjected. The issue, she said, is that it was unfair for only one person to get a merit raise, especially one so large. Commissioner Diane Kelley, who supervises the library, then proposed deleting the raise for Shipley, as well as doing away with hiring two part-time employees to open the library on Saturdays. The deletions would help fund a newly announced $6,000 shortfall in revenue from the countys library cooperative, she said, as well as meet employees demands for fairness. The commission quickly passed Kelleys motion, saving an estimated $27,000. Commissioners then approved the upcoming fiscal year budget of $7,056,655. They also approved the millage rate of 4.0644 mills, a 3.3 percent increase over the current rate of 3.933. The approved millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year, is also the rolled back rate, the millage rate that will bring in the same number of dollars as the current tax rate. At the new millage rate, Valparaiso property owners pay $4.0644 in tax for each $1,000 in appraised value of their property. For example, a homeowner whose home is appraised at $200,000, after homestead exemption and other reductions, would pay about $813 in property tax to the city of Valparaiso. RAISEFrom page A-1

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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent A plan to build new sidewalks in Bluewater Bay has been approved by the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit. A plan to gradually replace Bradford Pear trees along Bluewater Boulevard was also approved. The sidewalks to be built if the plan is approved by the Okaloosa County Commission are: Bay Drive from Chacato Landing to the Marina Cove entrance. Winged Foot Drive from Oakmont to the Windward entrance. Southwind Drive from the Bluewater Boulevard traffic circle to the Southwind entrance. Woodlands Drive from Southwind to White Point Road. During an MSBU meeting Sept. 13, board member Doug Burgess told fellow members that he has met with Okaloosa County Public Works and Growth Management officials, and drafted a plan to build new sidewalks along several busy streets in Bluewater Bay. Burgess said the MSBU and the county will share the cost of the project, with the MSBU paying for materials and the county providing the labor from members of its public works staff. Burgess said the materials for the project are expected to cost about $43,088 if the sidewalks are paved with concrete, or about $57,767 if they are paved with asphalt, according to figures he had obtained from the county. He said concrete would be a more durable and aesthetically pleasing material, although either material would work. Burgess later told the Beacon that county officials had informed him that the labor cost to the county would be higher for installing concrete than for asphalt. He said no decesion had been made. During the Sept. 13 meeting, the MSBU board approved a letter Burgess had drafted, to be sent to the commission asking it to address the sidewalk projects. The MSBU meeting was attended by about 20 residents who had come to support the sidewalk plan. Several of the residents spoke at the end of the meeting, thanking the MSBU board for going ahead with the sidewalk plan, and saying that the new sidewalks will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, including children and elderly people, who walk, jog or bicycle along the sides of the streets.Bluewater panel seeks aid from county for sidewalks For 17 years the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and ValparaisoALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Page A-10 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACONIf youre thinking about adding another coat of paint to your house, but keep putting it off for another day or another year, Rhino Shield can offer a better, more economical solution for your home. For more than the past decade, Rhino shield has provided the best in home improvement. Rhino Shield continues to get local and national praise for its customer satisfaction. The Better Business Bureau has listed the company with an A+ rating. 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lives in Bluewater Bay, said. "When they evacuated the prison, they took us all to Buchenwald. Before his capture, Freeman said, "I made contact with the French Underground and lived with a French farm family for two-and-a-half months. Then things got a little itchy and I made my way into Paris." There, he made contact with another portion of the French Resistance. But, he said, "There was a Gestapo agent in the group I made contact with there and I ended up a prisoner." His main complaint about Buchenwald was the endless boredom of being incarcerated there. "Buchenwald was primarily a labor camp," Freeman said. "They had a facility next to it. They were manufacturing parts for their missile program. Other than that, there wasn't anything to do. We were interrogated about what skills we might have and we decided we were all college students and didn't have any usable skills, so we didn't have any work to do there." While he was there, the Allies bombed the missile parts factory next door. "They grabbed a bunch of us to go over and get some of the wreckage," Freeman said. "The allies apparently knew there was a camp there and did a very good job of bombing. The only thing I recall about that that was special was I saw two of the men who had been in the French Underground from the last group I contacted." Like many who ended up in a Nazi death camp, the French resister did not survive. Nor did his brother-in-law or his niece, both of whom were in the French Underground, although his wife made it through the ordeal. "I saw her when I was stationed in Paris after the war," Freeman said. The daily Buchenwald routine was stifling. "We sent someone each morning to get our daily ration of food, which was usually a piece of bread and some soup," Freeman said. "Occasionally, there was a little cheese and meat." To stave off the boredom and to keep themselves as strong as possible, Freeman said, "We organized our own calisthenics session to keep ourselves in decent shape. Other than that, it was just boredom." The respect Freeman feels for those who endured imprisonment along with him is evident. "The group of people in Buchenwald were as brave a group as I served with in the war," he said. "They were real fine men. "It was a good group and we managed to keep ourselves together. And when the Luftwaffe came through and we were able to talk to them, they finally agreed we were POWs, although Germans had changed our cards from soldiers to criminals." The Germans shipped the American airmen to Stalag 3 in Poland. "We spent part of the war there and then we marched out of there when the Russians on an offensive came through," Freeman said. Subsequently, he was imprisoned in Nuremberg and finally in Munich. "The Germans turned the camp over to us the night before the Allies came," Freeman said. "When they captured the Gestapo agent who turned us all in, the French said they didn't need me as a witness. They took my statement and that was it. He was later executed." Today, Freeman lives in a well-appointed home whose walls include mementos of his time in World War II. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Page B-2 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACON 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. 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She rode her horse, Heart of Gold, and also won the State High Point Dressage award, against almost 60 other Jr. and Sr. Dressage class riders. Lily is especially proud of her award because her dressage trainer, Jodie Kelly of Destin, won the same championship title when she was 12. Dressage is a way of training a horse to enhance its natural ability and willingness to perform smoothly. It is commonly referred to as horse ballet. *** The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida received the Golden Image Award from the Florida Public Relations Association during its annual statewide convention in Naples Aug. 9. The award was presented for the Museums public programming for the 75th Anniversary of Eglin Air Force Base. This award-winning campaign included the presentation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Traveling Museum in Okaloosa County in June 2010. The Golden Image Award is the highest honor the organization awards to public relations professionals and programs throughout the state. *** Linda Zickler earned top listing agent for Carriage Hills Realty for the month of August. Zickler has been a consistent top agent since joining Carriage Hills Realty in 1983. WHOSFrom page B-1 Linda Zickler Jim and Beverly FlyntJim and Beverly Flynt were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary party at the home of Mattie Williams in Niceville. Attending the anniversary party were members, and members' spouses, of Epsilon Sigma Masters Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and friends and members of the St. Jude's Episcopal Church of Niceville. Jim and Beverly Flynt AnniversaryE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Rotary installs officersThe Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club installed its 2011-12 officers June 23. From left, David Dowden, treasurer; Peter Loffler, director-at-large; Jonathan Tallman, secretary; Jimmie Boisjolie, president elect; Allen Tucker, president; and Bill Higginbotham, past president. Scott Summerlin, sergeant-atarms, is not pictured. College announces summer grads Northwest Florida State College announces the Summer Term 2011 graduates, including honors graduates. Five hundred and seven individuals completed studies at the college during the summer term that ended in August. At the time of graduation, a students total academic record is reviewed to determine eligibility for recognition as Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude.Associate in Arts Summa Cum Laude (4.0): Niceville: Philip Nathanael Augustin, Jane Ellen Brown. Magna Cum Laude (3.803.99): Niceville: Elizabeth R. Thomas. Cum Laude (3.50-3.79): Niceville: Mary E. Barger, David R. Brown. Associate in Arts: Niceville: Christopher David Blaylock, Phillip Boyce, Rebecca Brown, Lyndsay Michelle Campbell, Matthew J. Castriotta, Daniel Oliver Collins, Crystal Dawn Farmer, Jessica Lynn Fowler, Kristi Lynn Fuller, Justina Louise Gable, Marites Gaylord, Gabriela Nicole Griffin, Micheal J. Higgins, Jan Christopher Hoffman, Joelle Nicole Hollenbaugh, Stephanie Noel Huff, Jill R. Knight, Glen Q. Laird, Timothy Ryan Meyers, Traci Lynn Nelson, Rachel C. Nicholson, Spencer Louis Preston, Melissa Przybylski, Christine Anna Raines, Monica Lynn Ramon, Joseph Reidy, James Dustin Rhodes, Juana Ivette Roque-Ramirez, Gabrielle Rae Schlink, Tyler Joe Shiltz, Auburey Lynn Sundstrom, Alysia J. Whitehead, Felicia Kayann Wong, Jacob Wayne Woodhams, Marvin Richard Wright, Joseph Bradford Young, Daniel Anthony Zappulla Valparaiso: Mark Daniel Durbin Chasteen, William Mosley Lancaster, Josiah David Nelson For students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at the time of graduation, all coursework pursued for the certificate or diploma is reviewed to determine eligibility for recognition as Highest Honors, High Honors or Honors.Applied Technology DiplomaHighest Honors (4.0): Niceville: Celia Helen WalkerCertificateHighest Honors (4.0): Niceville: Sherri M. Cadenhead, Allen W. Dean, Lorraine Michelle Dowell High Honors (3.8-3.99): Niceville: Zachary T. Scott Valparaiso: Alan Henry Vafides Honors (3.5-3.79): Niceville: Eric C. Bollinger, Stephen Michael Erickson, Trevor Mark Jones, Collette Aurelia Little Certificate: Niceville: Tyler Allen Chavis, John Michael Gustafson, Joshua Benjamin Kimbril, Ryan Laflin, Brian Peterson, Michael Angelo Spear, Dillon S. Syfrett, Bryan Wayne VanderpoolBachelor of Applied ScienceNiceville: Darrell Francis Costello, Sunari Eger, Traci Lynn Nelson.Associate in Applied ScienceNiceville: Sherri M. Cadenhead, Darrell Francis Costello, Jiya Eya Dorcas, Jill M. Drayer, Cheryl Lynn Pugmire Maness, Zachary T. Scott Valparaiso: Courtney Tandy Since 1986Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 Mon.-Sat.www.bayoubookcompany.com NEW!ON SALE THIS THURSDAY! Winter styles & patternsLooks like man has a new best friend. A HEA VES SA AV AT T PUM A OU M S Y YO T PUMP TH AT OU MONEY? T A OU MONEY?T est friend Looks like man has a new best friend. 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Dinner with Nida Rosemont Baptist church will hold Dinner with Nida from Nidas Thai and More. Have dinner Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m. Call 678-1611 to reserve by Sept. 21. Info: RBCNiceville.org. The suggested donation is $8. All proceeds will go to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Naval stores history The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., will host a free lunchtime lecture with archaeologist Joe Meyer from the Cultural Resource Management Center on Eglin Air Force Base, at noon Sept. 21. Meyer will discuss the naval stores industry sites on Eglin, and the turpentine process, the types of sites and artifacts found, and what we can learn from these sites. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the museum for History Sandwiched-In. This lecture is open to the public. Call to reserve a seat, 678-2615. S.R. 123 meeting The Florida Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Eglin Air Force Base, invites the public to attend a hearing for proposed improvements to State Road 123 (Robert J. Clary Highway) in Okaloosa County. The hearing will be held Sept. 22, 5-6 p.m., at the Niceville Community Center, 204 North Partin Drive. A copy of the plans and other information are available for review through Monday, Oct. 3, at eglin.af.mil/environmentalassess ments.asp. Courthouse Annex opening The Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension will have a Grand Opening Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. The event will feature the Niceville High School Opus One, a flag ceremony and a tour of the facility. The public is welcome to attend. Info: 651-7515. Embroiderers meeting The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America will hold its evening meeting Sept. 22, 68:30 p.m. An additional meeting will be held Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon. The group will meet at the First United Methodist Church, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Casino Night benefit The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and the Building Industry Association will hold a Casino Night to benefit Shelter House and the William R. McClarrie Memorial Scholarship. Guests are given $10,000 in chips for the gaming tables and can win prizes based on their final chip amount. The cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. This event will be at the Elks Lodge, Okaloosa Island, Sept. 23. Hors doeuvres will be served and the first cocktail is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the gaming begins at 6. Local musician Tom Patrick will provide the entertainment. For tickets and sponsorships, call Michaela Mitchell, 243-6145. Emergency training Okaloosa County Emergency Management will hold Community Emergency Response Team training sessions Sept. 23 and 30, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. In order to receive credit, both classes must be completed. Classes will take place at the 911 Emergency Operations Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. In order to register for training, individuals must live in Okaloosa County. Training is free for Okaloosa residents. To sign up, call 651-7150 or email Ken Wolfe, kwolfe@co.okaloosa.fl.us. Top Salon contest event The Cutting Room Salon and Spa in Bluewater Bay will compete 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 prizes. 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 hold its second Market Day Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 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. Old Time Radio session In honor of TV turn-off week, Sept. 24, the Niceville Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, will hold a classic Old Time Radio production of Jules Vernes ,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Gather in the Youth Services Program Room at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy 30 minutes of quality listening time. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 279-4863, ext. 1514, to reserve a spot. The program is recommended for ages 6 and older. FWB author book signing Fort Walton Beach author Kim Norris will be at Bayou Book Co., Niceville, at noon Sept. 24 to sign copies of her childrens book, Officer Kaboodle Goes to School. The book features Officer Kaboodle who teaches children morals and values. Info: Bayou Book Co., 678-1593 or bayoubookcompany.com. Music club performance Choctaw Bay Music Club will begin its season with An Afternoon of Strings, featuring performances by accomplished area adult and student string players. The program will be Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the BrooksBeal Center, Fort Walton Beach. A reception will follow the free program. Info, Sharon Jeffrey, 8970810. March of Dimes benefit The March of Dimes of the Emerald Coast will host its third annual Harvest Wine Festival and Silent Auction Sept. 24 at the Sunset Beach Clubhouse in Bluewater Bay, from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature wines for tasting and food catered by Dewey Destin and WinnDixie of Bluewater Bay. Desserts for the event will be provided by the Melting Pot. Tickets are $20 per person, available at Uniquely Chic, Bayou Books, or the BWB Tennis Center. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. All proceeds will benefit Emerald Coast families. Info: Kim Tatum at 785-6460. Astronomy meeting The September meeting of the NorthWest Florida Astronomy Association will be held Sept. 24 at the observatory at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. Info: Tom Haugh, 678-6483, or visit nwfastro.org. Castaway Island play The Pyramid Players will perform Castaway Island at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. This is a musical comedy the whole family will enjoy. The Pyramid Players are adults with developmental disabilities whose abilities shine on stage and in the art exhibit. They study yearround under professional performers and artists. This fundraising event helps the students transform their lives. Tickets are $10. Call 862-7139 to purchase tickets. Destin Artist Home Tour The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Trustmark Bank will present their 2nd annual Destin Festival Artist Home Tour Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Each home will feature a Northwest Florida artist. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at: Trustmark Banks, Sugar Beach Interiors and Kitchenique, Destin; P.S. Gifts, Fort Walton Beach; and Bayou Books, Niceville. Info: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 650-2226 or MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org. Tea Party meeting The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall, 208 North Partin Drive, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. The Tea Party is a local group of concerned citizens with a goal of holding local and national politicians accountable. Brian Ward, author and founder of Boogai.net, will speak about how the $1.8 trillion tax increase will affect local Florida governments. Visitors are welcome. Info: 729-2874 or emeralcoastpatriots.org. Relay for Life kickoff The American Cancer Society will hold the Niceville-Valparaiso kickoff event for Relay for Life Oct. 4. The event will be held at Compass Rose, 303 Glen Ave., Valparaiso, and will start at 6 p.m. Team captains and other interested volunteers should RSVP for this event by September 27. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CHURCHDIRECTORY T HE B AY B EACON IS TAKING ORDERS RIGHT NOW FOR ADVERTISING IN THIS SOUVENIR SECTION DONT BE LEFT OUT! CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 Fax 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comAdvertising Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 27 Publication: Oct. 5 A DVERTISERS D ON T M ISS Y OUR C HANCE TO T ARGET T HE A FFLUENT C ULTURALLY O RIENTED C USTOMERS THIS S ECTION W ILL R EACH !Circulation,500! (30,500 with optional military newspaper pages)The Bay Beacon will publish a special pullout section celebrating the areas fine and performing arts in early October. It will kick off the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Centers theater and performance season, and salute the arts throughout the area. Supplement to The Beacon Niceville-Valparaiso, Florida A salute to the fine and performing arts, beginning the 1998-99 season of the Arts Center at Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Niceville, Florida.C C e e l l e e b b r r a a t t e e T T h h e e A A r r t t s s Ad deadline is Sept. 27Ad prices start at less than 1 per reader! BEACON ARTS GUIDE IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00with children's classesWalk-In...Worship 11:01with childcare for ages 6 weeks to KindergartenWeekly Small Groups in Niceville, Destin, & F.W.B.Call 837-6324 for the one nearest you.Weekly newcomers class starts Wed., Sept. 21, 6 p.m., covering essentials of Anglicanism. All welcome. Call 837-6324 to sign up.250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324www.iacdestin.orgPointing The Way To Jesus St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool 1407 E. John Sims Parkway 850-678-1298 W o r s h i p S c h e d u l e 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. SPARK 9:30 a.m. For more information visit www.stpaulniceville.com 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 CALENDAR2011 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com before 5 p.m. Wednesday.Page B-4 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 THEBAYBEACON 'Prost!' to OktoberfestEnjoy the Mid-Bay Rotary's 17th annual Oktoberfest's live music, entertainment for adults and children, including the High Steppers dance troupe, bratwurst, chicken and beer Sept. 23, 5-10 p.m., and Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at WinnDixie, Bluewater Bay. 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3 Day Barn Sale, Sept. 23, 24, 25, 7am-7pm. 4562 Wilkerson Bluff Rd. Holt, FL. 30 min. drive from Niceville. Antiques, vintage items, furniture, jewelry, textiles, arts, home/garden, decor, architectural tidbits, local honey and homemade treats. Cash and checks only. Come attend this sweet event! WORK FROM HOME. Earn $1,500 to $5,000 a month. www.realstablemoney.comNEWSPAPER 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) ADVERTISING SALESPERSON The Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, and The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) have an opening for a career-minded, full-time person to sell newspaper advertising in an established territory. Calling on new customers and collecting also required. Candidates should be upbeat, energetic, organized, self-starting and detail-oriented. Salary plus commission. Benefits include IRA plan and paid vacation. Candidates must be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. We will train the right person. Apply in person at The Bay Beacon, 1181 John Sims Parkway (Parkway East Shopping Center), Niceville. 1 BR unit, available now at 282 Washington, Valp. $350-$550/month+ deposit. All utilities plus cable, 678-5953. Seeking work from home distributors for new organic health food company that launches November 1, 2011. Great opportunity to get in on ground floor with unlimited earning potential from home, and wholesale prices on healthy food delivered right to the customers door. Call (850) 974-2952 for more information. September 24, 7:30 a.m., Swift Creek Community, MultiFamily. Yard Sale: 4485 Parkwood Sq. (BWB) Niceville. September 23-24. 8AM-1PM Looking for good deals? Check the classified section every Wednesday in the Beacon Newspapers. Opportunities Help Wanted Homes for Rent Yard Sales Barn Sale Employment RV s for Sale Office Space Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent 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 WEDNESDAYContact 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, FL50% discount for additional weeks or papers. 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I secivre g s niyfilau l q l o as t ebircsbu r s emotsu e c lih s w eil g H nidivor k p niLyrutne n Cd o esa e b r m a ial d c eep t s netsisno r c o/dn n a o a a ta d retne l c la c es l u aicremmo s c edulcx ; e sdnals n I igri V S. d U n a m 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 devrese s R thgi l R l /medo r m o s f ee g f nirruce y r lhtno d m deriuqe e r h o te t gnah y c n g a nidulc tuohti n w oitercsi e d lo s s t t ia a er e a etats-n n i iatre d c n a a er y ay b ra t v eh t dellecna e c r s a ecivre e s ro r m srebircsbu t s enretn d I eepS-hgi g H gnidulcni s ( ecivre e s limisca d f n a a .cn I kniLyrutne f Cs o kramedar e t Page B-6 Wednesday, September 21, 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 Photos by Cathy EvansEagles lose squeakerNiceville High School offensive football coach Clint McCrory goes over strategy during Friday's game with Pine Forest, left. The Eagles dropped the game, 22-21 for their first loss of the season against three victories. At right, the teams line up for another play. Photo by Scott SchaefflerRocky provides defenseDefensive backs Josh Preston, right, and Josh Jarrell take down a Mandarin Christian running back during Friday's Rocky Bayou Christian School game. Several turnovers resulted in a 24-0 loss for the Knights, who are now 0-3 on the season. Sports BriefsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com.Free fishing seminarAs the weather starts to cool heading into fall, the flounder bite will pick up and everything starts to get lined up for gigging. With that in mind, this month's Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series presented by The Ships Chandler and Half Hitch Tackle will focus on flat fishfloundering by hook and line. The seminar will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Northlight Marina, Niceville. The seminar, free to the public, starts at 7 p.m. and a free buffet will be served at 6:30. There will be free raffles after the seminar with great products from sponsors and partners. For more information, call Bethany at 497-5230 or Joe at 516-0709.Girls wanted for softballThe High Intensity 8U softball team is looking for girls born in 2003 or 2004 who are interested in improving their softball skills. This is a coach-pitch league. Workouts will begin in October. Interested girls should call Becca at 240-3426. Schedule Wednesday, Sept. 21 Lewis@Davidson, cross country, 4 Ruckel@Meigs, cross country, 4 Destin-Bruner, Jackson, cross country, 4 Ruckel@Jackson, volleyball, 4 Destin-Shoal River, volleyball, 4 NHS@Choctaw (FWB Municipal course), girls golf, 8 Thursday, Sept. 22 Destin@Pryor, football, 6:30 Ruckel@Meigs, football, 6:30 RBCS@Maclay, volleyball, 5/6:30 NHS@FWB, volleyball, 5/6 Okaloosa mens baseball, 7:30, Jet Field Friday, Sept. 23 NHS@Navarre, football, 7:30 RBCS-Munroe, football, 7 Saturday, Sept. 24 NHS@FSU Invitational, Tallahassee, cross country, 7:45 a.m. RBCS-North Florida Christian, volleyball, noon/1 NHS-JK tourney, volleyball, TBA Sunday, Sept. 25 Okaloosa mens baseball, 1 and 4:30 p.m., Twin Oaks Monday, Sept. 26 Lewis-Destin, volleyball, 4 Ruckel@Pryor, volleyball, 4 Tuesday, Sept. 27 NHS@Crestview, volleyball, 5/6 NHS@FCA (AC Read Pensacola course), girls golf, 8 Knights scoreKristen Bernheisel goes up for a spike against Jay Thursday at the Rocky Bayou Christian School gym. 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