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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00144
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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: 10-19-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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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
lccn - sn 98001910
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System ID: UF00099641:00144

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Mullet Fest to open Friday40,000 expected for food, music, funBy Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer When people think of the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, they think of music and the fish that serves as its namesake. But there’s a lot more than food and music. The 35th annual three-day festival will open Friday in Niceville. Some 40,000 people are expected. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Mullet Site, corner of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard. Admission, which includes all entertainment, is $10 at the gate and $9 in advance. Admission By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent Members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefits Unit governing board were disappointed by the Okaloosa County Commission’s rejection of a sidewalk project in Bluewater Bay, and discussed how to respond to the county’s decision during the board’s Oct. 11 meeting. The sidewalk project would have built a sidewalk along Bay Drive, between the Bluewater Bay Marina and the Chacato Landing subdivision. The sidewalk had been requested by some local residents who said the sidewalk would have made their neighborhood safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders, including children and the elderly, who walk, run or ride along the edge of Bay Drive, where they risk getting in the way of vehicle traffic along the winding two-lane road. The project, as proposed, would have required the MSBU to pay for materials—either asphalt or concrete—to build the sidewalk, while the county public works department would have provided labor from among public works employees. During the Oct. 11 MSBU meeting, board member and MSBU treasurer Joe Jellison said the county commission had rejected the proposal when it was brought before the commission for approval. Jellison said that after previous discussions between By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer The Okaloosa County School Board Monday is scheduled to consider whether to start talks with a south Florida company that has proposed to open a charter school, possibly at the site of the recently closed Valparaiso Elementary School. Somerset Academy, a south Florida charter school company, submitted a proposal last summer to open a new Valparaiso K-5 charter elementary school, as well as a proposal to open a middle school for children in grades 6-8, if demand exists. Parents in Valparaiso told Valparaiso city officials earlier this year that a charter elementary school would fill a void left in the community after the school board decided to close Valparaiso Elementary, effective last May, and move students to Lewis School, converting it from a middle school into a K-8 school. Charter schools, although they receive public funding, are independently operated and generally aren’t subject to the union contracts governing work, tenure and pay that apply to most public schools. There are over 450 charter schools in Florida, of which three are in Okaloosa County, including Collegiate High School, operated by Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. In January the Valparaiso City Commission voted to investigate the possibility of attracting a charter elementary school to open and possibly use the Valparaiso Elementary site. Valparaiso T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, October 19, 2011 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 50¢14 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Please see DISTRICT, page A-7 Please see MULLET, page A-5 Please see SIDEWALK, page A-7 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Saluting the Army Friday, 11 a.m. Jennifer Hatler, a crime lab analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, will present the Science Friday Seminar at Northwest Florida State College. Her topic will be “ Forensic DNA Testing Today .” The program will be held in room S-110 of the Robert E. Green Jr. Science Building. Info: 729-5376. Saturday, 5 p.m. The annual old Niceville High School reunion will be held at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. All who attended the school from 1929-1952 are welcome. Registration at 5 p.m. will be followed by a catered dinner at 6. Bring school memorabilia if you wish. The cost is $12.50. Reservations are requested. Call 678-4777. Tuesday, 5-10 p.m. The Northwest Florida Fair will take place Oct. 25-30 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. Opening night of the fair, Oct. 25, entry is free Attractions will include rides and games, musical acts including Jason Thomas, Victoria’s Circus motorcycle riders and their globe of death, a high-wire act and livestock. Info: 862-0211 or nwffair.com.Calendar, B-2. COMING UP County won’t help pay for Bluewater sidewalksBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson said an audit of his predecessor’s last five years cost $75,825. Anderson said he didn’t call for bids on the job because time was of the essence. The “forensic audit” was performed by the CPA firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) without the tax office seeking competitive bids. Anderson and CRI announced results of the audit during a press conference Sept. 28. The forensic audit, which covered the tax collector’s office from Oct. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2011, cited “excessive” spending under former Okaloosa County Tax Collector Chris Hughes, but nothing illegal. At that time, Anderson said cost ofDistrict eyes charter school proposalEarly election seen in Valp.By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Valparaiso voters will likely select two city commissioners Jan. 31, 2012, the date the Florida Legislature has set as the state’s Presidential Preference Primary. The Valparaiso City Commission last week held the first of two public hearings last week on an ordinance that would change the municipal election date next year from March 13 to Jan. 31. If given final approval as expected Nov. 14, the measure would require that candidates file qualifying paperwork between noon Nov. 21 and noon Nov. 25. Municipal elections are normally held in March, but city officials said that by piggybacking on the Jan. 31 Florida presidential primary, Valparaiso can Please see ELECTION, page A-6 Bomb scare at police HQNiceville police used ropes to remove a suspicious suitcase from the lobby of police headquarters Tuesday morning. A sheriff’s bomb dog didn’t detect any smell of explosives. The Bay County bomb squad and the State Fire Marshal’s office were also called to investigate further. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Music, map, schedule pages A-4 & A-5. Beacon photos The Niceville High School and Crestview High School bands march together off the parade field during the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment dedication and open house Friday at the new Army post north of Niceville. The bands played “The Ballad of the Green Berets” and the “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” The event included an open house featuring weapons and gear displays, building tours, and special-tactics demonstrations. Inset: A 7th SFG(A) soldier shows a youngster how to aim Humvee-mounted gun.Tax collector audit cost $75,000 Valp. backs sidewalks, A-8. Ben Andersonthe audit, paid by public funds, was still being tallied. Hughes resigned June 30, 18 months before the end of his fifth four-year term of office. On Aug. 8 Gov. Rick Scott appointed Anderson, a Fort Walton Beach businessman, to finish the remainder of Hughes’ term of office. Anderson last week prefiled for election to the tax collector job in 2012. Hughes claimed the audit was a waste of taxpayer money and that it failed to follow recommendations of the state’s Department of Revenue, and policy of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector, which he said requires competitive bids be solicited for Please see TAX, page A-3

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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council has delayed action on applications to fix up 10 private homes at public expense. During a meeting Oct. 11, the council also tentatively annexed a piece of property on Valparaiso Boulevard, and agreed to accept liability for the annual Christmas parade in Niceville. The council meeting began with a briefing by Dennis Dingman, a consultant from Summit Professional Services Inc., who manages the city’s Community Development Block Grant program. The program allocates funds from Florida Department of Community Affairs for grants to help selected low-income Niceville homeowners rehabilitate or rebuild their dwellings. During his briefing to the council, Dingman said the current budget for CDBG rehabilitation projects in Niceville is $582,000 for rehab and demolishing or replacement, and $13,000 for temporary relocation of families whose homes are to be rehabilitated or replaced. “The obligation under this grant,” he told the council, “is to complete 10 housing units by the date of grant expiration, May 18, 2013, and to keep the average cost per housing unit under $59,000.” Dingman said that so far, 11 families have applied to have their homes rehabilitated or rebuilt under the CDBG program, and he presented a rankordered list of the applications received thus far. Although a final list of applicants had been scheduled for presentation to the council during the Oct. 11 meeting, said Dingman, one applicant who was known to be planning to file an application had not yet completed the process, probably because that person has a disability that could have prevented him from completing the process in a timely manner without assistance. Dingman recommended that the city council delay further processing of the existing applications until that person had time to complete an application, possibly with some help from Dingman or city officials. The council unanimously agreed to the delay, which also allows time for other Niceville residents to apply, if anyone chooses to do so. During Dingman’s presentation, he also told the city council members that they are required to review the list of applicants and publicly disclose any business or family relationships they may have with any of the applicants. The applicants must also disclose any such relationships they have with elected city officials, city employees or Citizen Advisory Task Force members. “When a relationship such as this exists,” Dingman said, “the city is required to obtain a conflict of interest waiver from DCA. As part of this process, the city will need to disclose the names of any participants with a conflict during a city council meeting, provide a legal opinion from the city’s attorney and submit a letter from the city to DCA requesting the waiver.” Dingman said thus far, two applicants have been identified as needing such waivers, because they are first cousins of city employees. The city council is expected to re-address the rehab applications and any necessary disclosures or waivers during the next regular city council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 8. In other business Oct. 11, the city council approved the first reading of an ordinance to annex a parcel of land located on the north side of Valparaiso Boulevard between Thomas Street and Hopper Street, as requested by Niceville builder Mike Parish. The parcel will be zoned R-1B, if the council gives final approval to the annexation after two more public readings during city council meetings. The council also approved a resolution accepting liability for closing a state roadway during the annual Christmas parade, scheduled for Dec. 3. Niceville Library and Children’s Park Director Sheila Bishop told the city council the water spray area of the children’s park was turned off Oct. 1 for the fall and winter, and will be turned back on again in early May 2012. She said the park is available for rent for such events as birthday parties, but only on days when the children’s park would otherwise be closed, so as not to interfere with normal public access to the park. Bishop also said the library is working on a plan to enable library card holders to download electronic books, including some current best sellers, through the library’s website. She did not specify when the new system is expected to become operational. City Manager Lannie Corbin told the council that the city is currently preparing for the 35th annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, to be held Oct. 21-23. He also commended the parents of some Niceville youngsters who recently vandalized part of a city park. After learning of the incident, Corbin said, the parents brought their children to Corbin’s office to personally apologize for their misconduct, and arranged for the children to clean up the mess they had made, and to perform additional cleaning duties at city parks for the next two weeks. Corbin said, “This reflects well on the sort of parents we have in Niceville.”Niceville plans to fix up 10 private homes The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 THEBAYBEACON AJAXDETERGENTSHOPPER’S VALUEBLEACH1.2 LB BOX LIMIT 2 WITH ADDITIONAL PURCHASE 96 OZ LIMIT 2 WITH ADDITIONAL PURCHASEANGUSSIRLOIN TIP ROAST 78¢$2.79LB78¢ PORKWHOLE BOSTON BUTT $1.35LB ANGUSTOP SIRLOIN STEAK $2.88LB CHICKENDRUMSTICKS OR THIGHS 89¢LB FRESH RUSSETBAKING POTATOES $2.68 8 LB BAGFRESHGROUND CHUCKMAINELOBSTER $2.48LB $8.98LB COUNTRY STYLEPORK RIBS $1.46LB KELLOGGS ASSORTEDSPECIAL K CEREALS $2.33 12-14 OZ BOXGENERAL MILLSCEREAL $2.77 TRIX, LUCKY CHARMS, REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER PUFFS, CHEERIOS, 16-18OZ BOXSTAR KISTTUNA 69¢ CHUNK LIGHT, SEL VAR, 5 OZ CANZEPHYRHILL’SSPRING WATER $3.88 24 PK, .5 LTR BTL $2.28 HOMELIFE 2XLAUNDRY DETERGENT50 OZ BTL 8 ROLL 12 DBL ROLLBLUE NUNGERMAN WHITE WINEMINUTE MAIDORANGE JUICE $2.38 64 OZ CTNGATO NEGROWINE $3.20 750 ML $3.98 CLOROXLIQUID BLEACH $1.88 FLORIDAORANGES $2.33LB 4 LB BAGEASTERN RED OR GOLDEN DELICIOUSAPPLES $2.33LB 3 LB BAG EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register 96 OZCOCA COLAALLIED PRODUCTS $4.99 20 PKSSARA LEE CLASSICWHEAT BREAD $1.64 20 OZ  66 State Road 20  Freeport, Florida 32439  1015 John Sims Parkway East  Niceville, Florida 32578 Prices Effective: Wed., Oct. 19 Tues., Oct. 25, 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. 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expenditures over $1,000. Commenting on Hughes’ assertions, Anderson said he didn’t have time to comply with bid procedures because he was dealing with the extraordinary circumstance of Hughes having resigned in mid-term, and in light of previously reported controversy surrounding Hughes’ tenure, including his practice of handing out large employee bonuses. Those circumstances, Anderson said, convinced him that it would be in the best interests of the public and his office to commission the audit immediately, without going through a competitive bid process. Last week Anderson explained why he chose CRI for the forensic audit and did not pursue a competitive bid. He said he choose CRI because they are nationally known, are not the county’s auditors and previously were chosen to do a forensic audit of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office following then-Sheriff Charlie Morris’ arrest for misusing public funds. Because the firm doesn’t do audits for Okaloosa County, Anderson said CRI was “totally independent.” Anderson previously stated his motivation for asking for the forensic audit this way: “The community had concerns about the choices and decisions made by the previous tax collector. I considered it necessary to uncover the facts, define or dispel the rumors and finally, put that chapter of the Tax Collector’s Office in the history books.” Another of Hughes’ critiques of the forensic audits was in an email to the Beacon: “Did anyone ask if an audit had already been conducted after I left office by another firm? No. And, if there already was an audit performed after I left office, why another audit was needed?” In fact the CPA firm of O’Sullivan Creel did an independent accountant’s report on applying “agreed-upon procedures” on June 30. The report documenting their findings, dated July 25, 2011, said the effort was essentially a cash close-out on the day Hughes left and interim tax collector John Holguin took over. O’Sullivan Creel also checked disbursements, payroll and compared the actual pro-rated operating budget against the tax collector’s annual budget. No exceptions were found in the study, which the firm stated was not a formal audit. Anderson said the O’Sullivan Creel report cost taxpayers about $10,000. On a related matter, Anderson last week also reported that another top employee had resigned, increasing the total management savings he was claiming as a result of the audit and his subsequent reorganization of his management team to $329,000. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, October 19, 2011Page A-3 678-1789M-F 8:00-5:30 p.m.  Sat. 8:00-12:30 p.m.410 John Sims Parkway(Located Directly Behind Papa Johns)Monday: LADIES’ DAY WE DO AUTO REPAIR! 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Come celebrate Fall with your neighbors! Lots of pumpkins & gourds. 1000’s to choose from all sizes.WWW.NICEVILLEUMC.ORG Polly’s Concrete Products Polly’s Concrete Productswww.pollysconcrete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver Driveway READY 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 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. Beacon photo Rocky band competes twice in a dayThe Rocky Bayou Christian School Marching Knights won “superior” ratings in all categories Saturday during the 31st annual Litt le Bighorn competition in Opp, Ala., which included 21 high school marching bands from Alabama and Florida. The RBCS band placed third in its division, in which eight schools competed. Earlier in the day, the RBCS band won “excellent” ratings across the b oard in Florida Bandmasters Association district competition at Tate High School. TAXFrom page A-1

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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 Club’s numerous children’s programs throughout our community. Time’s a wastin’. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag. Serving the Children of the WorldLet Kiwanis Raise Old Glory at Your House or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer This year’s Mullet Festival will not only bring well-known country artists to Niceville, but also it may be the springboard to fame and fortune for one of your neighbors. Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Singing Showdown will pit five local singers—Chris Cadenhead, Parker Willingham, Macy Lehotay, Destiny Bell and Zachary Pecore—against one another in a musical melee for a $500 prize and a gig on the big stage Saturday night. Of course, there will be bigname entertainment at the threeday festival as well. This year’s featured performers will be Brantley Gilbert Friday, Trace Adkins Saturday, and Jake Owen Sunday. “This is the biggest entertainment package we’ve had so far,” noted Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin. “It’s our 35th year and we’re spending more money to celebrate it. We’ve never had an act comparable to Trace Adkins.” Gilbert, 27, who was the Friday headliner at last year’s festival, performs a countryrock mixture of music which has fostered a dedicated following that calls itself “BG Nation.” Adkins, 49, Saturday’s headliner, has 10 studio albums and 30 chart singles on 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. 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.” But there’s a lot more great music and entertainment than the headliners. Waylon Thibodeaux, who will perform Saturday at 2 and 5:30 p.m., is a young Cajun with an innate musical talent who can be seen in the performance of his Louisiana, Cajun and zydeco music. Thibodeaux began playing professionally at the age of 13. He has had the opportunity to perform with nationally and internationally renowned musicians and groups, including Tony Orlando, Jimmy C. Newman, BeauSoleil, Jo-El Sonnier, Wayne Toups, Bruce Daigrepont, Randy Newman and The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars. Some newcomers, both to the world and to the Mullet Festival, are the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, with 8-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie, 11, and Tommy, 13, who will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly love, and a passion for this fast picking and fiddling genre. Though their combined age is younger than music’s Hip-Hop era, it’s the music of Flatt & Scruggs and Ralph Stanley that inspires the sound pouring from the strings of Jonny’s banjo, Robbie’s fiddle and Tommy’s guitar. The popular Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster returns for a second consecutive year, performing at 8:15 p.m. Friday, and 3:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Zarr has entertained legions of funky partygoers throughout the South for a decade. From disco infernos to ‘80s glam rock, these guys have created one of the most energetic, fun and professional party bands you’ll ever see. With costume changes, great sound and lighting systems, and lots of audience participation, Dr. Zarr will have you stomping your feet and snapping your fingers. Saturday at 7 p.m., spend some time with Jake and Elwood with the Alabama Blues Brothers, a duo paying tribute to the characters created by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. For something with a more eternal meaning, enjoy the Rocky Bayou Christian School Praise Band at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Christian rock with the One Way Band Sunday at 1 p.m. and Guests Without Bags at 1:30 p.m., and Southern gospel music with Homeland Harmony at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m. Sunday, the Blasters out of Atlanta, a swing band that also plays pop music, will perform. Also on the docket are local talent, including the Twinkling Twirlers and All-Star Twirlers, who will perform at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the winner of the singing showdown, scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m., who will perform at 8:15 that day, and the Ruckel Middle School Cheer Team at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Mullet musical menuTrace Adkins headlines varied schedule Country-music star Trace Adkins will play the Mullet Festival Saturday night. Brantley Gilbert will take the stage Friday night. Saturday after 5 will be $15. Children under 12 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available through Emeraldcoasttickets.com. Artists from all over the South will have booths displaying and selling their wares. For a price, carnival rides will appeal to those who want to move fast. Although newcomers to the area often think the Mullet Festival is about a haircut, it’s actually about a versatile fish that thrives in warm, coastal waters. While some people find the richness of the mullet’s flesh a bit much to handle, it’s a popular food fish— and has been for centuries, not only in Florida but in Europe, Asia and Africa as well. Ancient Romans frequently wrote about the mullet. They were cultivated along the Nile. And they were popular with native chieftains on the Hawaiian and Philippine islands. You can fry mullet, broil mullet, bake mullet, smoke mullet or cook it up in increasingly interesting ways. About four tons of the fish are expected to be digested in the three days of the festival. But if your appetite goes in another direction, never fear. Plentiful fair fare, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and French fries, will be available. And who can resist a stick of fried alligator? Thirsty? Soda, juice and beer (except on Sunday) are on hand. Sunday is Family Day, when no alcohol will be served. Volunteers from Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital will sell soft drinks to raise funds for the United Way. Because the hospitals supply the soft drinks, every cent will go to charity. Meanwhile, the youngsters will find plenty to do all weekend. They can enjoy rides, of course, as well as clown shows, cartoon characters, a kiddie stage, snakes and other beasts the Army Rangers will have on display. While at the Mullet Festival, it’s a good idea to pay one’s respects to the Queen. This year’s Mullet Festival Queen is Mary Masterson, a junior at Northwest Florida State College, majoring in biological science. Not into fish, music or games? Come anyway, and enjoy some breathtaking arts and crafts. Or thrill to rides that are sure to get your adrenaline flowing. A wristband good for unlimited rides is available for $20 per person. MULLETFrom page A-1

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ArrestsPhillip Todd Tucker, 32, of 500 22nd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Oct. 6 on a felony charge of petit theft, third or subsequent conviction. On Oct. 1 Tucker was allegedly observed concealing $80 worth of merchandise then leaving the Fort Walton Beach Walmart, 748 N. Beal Parkway, without paying. When store employees confronted Tucker they recovered the merchandise and Tucker allegedly gave his name but then fled the area when learning law enforcement personnel had been summoned. * Scott Eason Bacheller, 54, with an at-large address and a permanent address of 2425 Roberts Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Oct. 7 on a charge of disorderly intoxication that allegedly occurred Aug. 26.DUI arrestsChristopher Gene Shearer, 40, of 9831 4th Ave., Orlando, was arrested by Valparaiso police for DUI on Highway 397 (John Sims Parkway) at Chicago Avenue, Oct. 6 at 2:05 a.m. Shearer was also cited for speeding, 51 mph in a 35 mph zone.TheftsOn Oct. 11 police in Gainesville, Texas, reported that a possible stolen vehicle from their jurisdiction had given GPS signals for the vehicle’s presence in Niceville. Niceville police went to a residence in the 100 block of Poplar Place where the vehicle was located and talked to the driver, who said he was the owner and bought it from his ex-girlfriend in Texas. The ex-girlfriend is still listed as the registered owner and the vehicle was towed from the scene at the request of Texas police. * An employee at a Niceville store reported that on Oct. 3 unknown person(s) stole a credit card from her wallet which was stored in the break room at the store. The victim noticed the theft when she left work to buy gas and the card was missing. The victim immediately canceled the credit card. The same day someone attempted to use the credit card at another Niceville business, but it was declined. A child found the stolen card in some bushes near the business where it had been declined. * A Niceville resident from the 1400 block of Cat-Mar Road reported that unknown person(s) burglarized her home while she took a friend to the hospital near dawn Oct. 10. Stolen were about $90 worth of jewelry, $30 cash and a checkbook. * A Niceville resident from the 700 block of Diane Street reported that sometime Oct. 4-5 unknown person(s) pried hubcap covers off her vehicle. The stolen items were valued at $200. * Unknown person(s) stole three switches that had been removed and were laying on the ground at a fenced Gulf Power Company compound, 84 Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, sometime Sept. 7-16. The theft was reported Oct. 4. The switches were valued in total at $3,924. * A Valparaiso home in the 100 block of Grandview Avenue was reported burglarized sometime Sept. 16-28. A neighbor keeping an eye on the property while the residents were away entered the home Sept. 28 and noticed several closet doors open. Police also found doors on a curio cabinet and dressers opened and an unsecured rear sliding glass door unsecured that appeared to have been pried open. A VCR was reported missing, pending the family’s return.Criminal MischiefTwo children, ages 8 and 12, under their parents’ supervision, scrubbed graffiti off playground equipment at Meigs Park, Niceville, Oct. 9. Witnesses told police that the youngsters had used markers to write and draw messages and pictures on the equipment. The parents were very cooperative and said the children would complete an apology letter and would be available to perform community service. * A Niceville resident reported about $1,500 damage to her vehicle Oct. 7. She said the damage was caused by people in the 4600 block of Range Road “stomping” on her vehicle.OtherKaitlyn P. Mitchell, a crew member, 20, of 4188 Whitetail Circle, Niceville, and Francis E. Foley II, a cook, 20, of 621 Live Oak Drive, Freeport, were issued notices to appear by sheriff’s deputies in Bluewater Bay Oct. 12, each charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 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 sheriff’s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls October 10, 2011, through October 16, 2011. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms3 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Country Club Drive..................Electrical problem................10/10/11..............09:44 Nathey Avenue........................Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:07 Ellis Avenue..............................Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:41 E. John Sims Parkway............Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:47 N. Partin Drive.........................Medical.................................10/10/11..............14:38 E. John Sims Parkway............Vehicle crash........................10/10/11..............15:11 Larkspur Court.........................Medical.................................10/11/11..............08:20 Niceville Avenue......................Medical.................................10/12/11..............01:35 Davis Drive...............................Medical.................................10/12/11..............02:33 Ivey Terrace..............................Medical.................................10/13/11..............09:11 Everglade Drive.......................Medical.................................10/13/11..............16:32 E. John Sims Parkway............Medical.................................10/14/11..............19:43 W. John Sims Parkway...........Medical.................................10/14/11..............20:25 Dolphin Point Road.................Medical.................................10/14/11..............21:00 27th Street................................Medical.................................10/14/11..............21:58 Edge Avenue...........................Medical.................................10/15/11..............16:09 Black Bear Circle.....................Natural gas leak...................10/15/11..............19:40 Kumquat Avenue.....................Arcing electrical....................10/15/11..............22:56 Edgewater Drive......................Medical.................................10/16/11..............03:02 Bayshore Drive........................Medical.................................10/16/11..............10:13 Reeves Street..........................Medical.................................10/16/11..............22:55 College Boulevard...................Medical.................................10/16/11..............23:37 Darlington/Bayshore................Vehicle crash........................10/16/11..............23:46 Weekly Safety Tip: Sweep gutters, roofs and eaves regularly and remove dead branches from around or near chimneys. By keeping the roof and area surrounding your home clear of debris you reduce your risk of fire during the hot dry season.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls October 10, 2011, through October 16, 2011. Street Situation Date Time Country Club Drive.................Dispatched, canceled............10/10/11............09:45 Highway 20.............................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/10/11............13:23 N. White Point Road..............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/11/11.............09:24 Midland Court.........................Animal problem......................10/11/11.............12:47 Windward Circle.....................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/12/11............19:46 Pine Street & Range Road....Dispatched, canceled............10/12/11............23:31 N. White Point Road..............Medical assist EMS...............10/13/11............00:20 White Point Road...................Dispatched, canceled............10/13/11............09:33 White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/13/11............09:50 Parkwood Place.....................Smoke detector activation.....10/13/11............10:21 American Poets Drive............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/13/11............20:20 Armadillo Trail.........................Dispatched, canceled............10/14/11............13:14 Troon Drive West....................Assist invalid..........................10/14/11............13:17 White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/14/11............13:31 Whitewood Way.....................Outside rubbish fire...............10/14/11............15:58 Turnberry Place......................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/14/11............17:10 N. White Point Road..............Medical assist EMS...............10/15/11............05:47 Bay Drive................................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/15/11............10:13 Turnberry Cove.......................Medical assist EMS...............10/15/11............12:32 South Hampton Court............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/15/11............13:04 E. Windward Cove.................Dispatched, canceled............10/15/11............21:33 Kumquat Avenue....................Dispatched, canceled............10/15/11............22:57 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.Page A-6 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 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 reduce d fee service, examination or treatment. 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Elementary had been within walking distance of a large part of Valparaiso’s residential areas since the 1950s. Last week the commission, on a split vote, threw its weight behind the charter school proposal by rezoning the Valparaiso Elementary site, which is owned by the school district, from commercial to elementary-school use. School district officials say they fear that such a charter school, which would compete for state funds with the district, would substantially reduce enrollment at Lewis School. On Oct. 24 Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts will give the school board her recommendation on a proposal, called “Somerset Academy Valparaiso,” to open a new K-5 elementary school. Tibbetts will also give her recommendation on a proposal entitled “Somerset Academy Middle School Valparaiso” to open a charter middle school for children in grades 6-8, if demand exists. Somerset Academy Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization operating 23 schools programs in Florida and one in Texas, according to Victor Barroso, director of operations for a Miami-based company, Academica, which is helping to develop Somerset Academy. Its first program, Somerset Neighborhood School, was established in 1997 and was one of the first charter schools to open in Broward County, Barroso said. This school was one of the first charter schools in Florida to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI). On Sept. 29 a school district committee recommended approval of the charter school proposal submitted by Somerset Academy prior to a Aug. 1 deadline, according to Kaye McKinley, deputy superintendent of schools. Each of the five members of the school board appointed a community member to sit on the committee that evaluated Somerset Academy’s application, McKinley said, while staff members from the school district advised the committee on technical matters such as state standards. Until the school board makes a decision about the application, no timeline for opening has been finalized and there are no plans to recruit teachers, Academica’s Barroso said in response to a query from the Beacon. The Somerset Academy board has asked Academica to review educational facility options in the Valparaiso area, he said. “Until we get a final decision from the school (board), no facility decision has been made,” he added. The actual location of Somerset Academy’s proposed charter school could be anywhere in Okaloosa County, McKinley said. The proposal, she said, does not state a location but states that the institution would try to attract students from throughout the county. If the school board approves Somerset Academy’s application, the next step would be a meeting between Academica and the school board’s attorney to agree on a contract stipulating conditions, McKinley said. “If the application is approved, Somerset Academy will move quickly to finalize a contract with the school district,” Barroso said. “This is standard procedure for new charters. At that time, Academica and the Somerset Academy team will launch several initiatives, including facility selection, community outreach, hiring staff and faculty, and marketing to area families.” Whatever facility is selected for the charter school, statutes require that it meets state standards for building codes for schools at least three weeks prior to opening, McKinley said. MSBU members and county public works staff members, he had thought the sidewalk project was “a done deal,” and was surprised when the county commission “summarily denied” the request when it was brought before the commission for approval. He said four of the five county commissioners voted against the proposal, while James Campbell, whose district includes Bluewater Bay, voted in favor. County Commissioner Don Amunds, one of those who had voted against the new sidewalk, was contacted Friday by the Beacon, and said he and fellow commissioners had rejected the sidewalk proposal because limited county resources must be devoted to higher priority projects, especially in a time of budget cuts and austerity measures by county government. “We have cut our public works staff by 18 positions in the last two years,” Amunds said. Road paving projects and storm water control projects currently have the highest priority for the county’s remaining public works staff, and the county cannot afford to “give away free labor” for lower priority local projects. He said the county cannot provide labor for one such project without being swamped with similar requests from other neighborhoods. During the Oct. 11 MSBU meeting, Jellison said he does not think the sidewalk proposal will simply die after being rejected by the county commission. “There are lots of people walking along Bay Drive, and lots of kids here,” he said. “People want to know why” the sidewalk was turned down by the county commission. Clancy Landon, a Bluewater Bay resident who had been a leader in the movement to establish the MSBU in Bluewater Bay during the 1990s, said he has had prior experience in dealing with the county commission, and that the MSBU may choose to try and persuade county commissioners to reconsider the sidewalk proposal. “It never hurts to talk to the commissioners,” he said, “but always be extremely nice.” Landon added, however, that in his opinion, sidewalk construction is not one of the responsibilities for which the MSBU was established. The MSBU, he said, should stick to such things as street lights and beautification projects, and leave the funding of roads, streets and sidewalks entirely to the county rather than propose cost-sharing projects. “I’m not against sidewalks,” Landon said, but offering to share the cost of a paving project with the county could “open Pandora’s box,” by encouraging the county to transfer the cost of future paving projects to the MSBU. The cost-sharing proposal, he said, “could set a dangerous precedent” for diverting the MSBU’s limited funding to future paving and road maintenance rather than using it for beautification and maintenance of common areas of Bluewater Bay. Other visitors at the meeting, however, seemed to favor asking the county commission to reconsider. One visitor suggested that local residents could gather signatures on a petition to present to the county commission. Another said that if the county refuses to provide labor for the project, the MSBU might be able to fund the project itself, including both materials and labor. In other business Oct. 11, the MSBU board approved the renewal of its annual contract with Bayou Lawn Services, for about $163,000, for landscaping services in common areas. MSBU board member Joan McCarthy said the MSBU has a new webmaster for its website, and that the MSBU can now post draft minutes of its meetings on the website about ten days after each meeting. MSBU management consultant Archie Jernigan said that while draft minutes may be posted, the minutes of each meeting do not become official until they are approved by the MSBU board at the next meeting. Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Frank Taylor said that new speed limit signs have been posted along Range Road, allowing him to cite drivers for driving too fast along the road, which passes in front of Bluewater Elementary School. He said some drivers have been clocked at over 60 miles per hour along Range Road, despite the 30 mph limit. Such drivers, he said, may be confused visitors to Florida, thinking they are still on a main highway after exiting the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Road. Taylor also warned local residents to keep doors to their homes locked, as there have been some residential burglaries recently. He said that open garage doors are an especially inviting target for thieves. An open garage full of tools and lawn equipment, he said, is “like a shopper’s market” for opportunistic thieves. The MSBU is a sub-unit of county government, created to provide street lighting, beautification and maintenance of common areas of Bluewater Bay. The MSBU is funded by a yearly fee of about $60 from all Bluewater Bay property owners, and is governed by an elected board of five unpaid volunteers. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, October 19, 2011 Page A-7 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 A Proud Partner with 729-2222 h t i w r e n t r a P d u o r P A s n o i t a c o L g 1144 John Simms P -2222 729eek S r y E € Oak C w k kw 1144 John Simms PVILLE NICE -2222. hopping Ctr eek SVILLE 1144 John Sims Pkwy. E.  Oak Creek Shopping Ctr. 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A week earlier, commissioners agreed by a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Bruce Arnold in the minority, to other residents’ requests that sidewalks planned for Vine Street and Rose Court be deleted from the list of city streets to get new sidewalks. Construction of nearly three miles of new sidewalks in city neighborhoods around Lewis School began Sept. 26 and is expected to take about four months to complete. Cost of the construction is funded with federal tax dollars obtained through a state grant. After agreeing Monday to a contract change order that added $1,800 for grass seeding and mulching the construction contract currently totals $373,927. While promoted for the additional safety sidewalks provide to students and other pedestrians, the project has also attracted its share of critics among residents opposed to sidewalks in the public rights of way in front of their homes. 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Dr. Mike Mosley, RBCS superintendent, said the private Christian school worked unsuccessfully for years to get the state agency to approve a standard school crossing. That changed after the school enlisted the aid of Gaetz following a serious traffic accident involving a student and another motorist last year. The school zone was installed over the summer. Motorists now face enhanced fines for speeding through the school zone when the lights are flashing. Kiwanis Club honors membersThe Kiwanis Club of NicevilleValparaiso held an awards banquet Sept. 29. Two members were recognized with the Legion of Honor, an award for members who have given more than 20 years of service to Kiwanis and the community. Gene Ally, left, received the award for 25 years of service and Jim Lindsay for 30 years of service. With the honorees is Don Pulley, far right. 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Coats for Kids drive The United Way of OkaloosaWalton counties will hold the annual Coats for Kids at Christmas drive to help children in need in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Drop off coats through Dec. 2at the following locations: Bank of America, Compass Bank, Coastal Bank and Trust, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, Northwest Florida State College, Regions Bank, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital, YMCA. Info: United Way, 243-0315. Food drive Two Niceville doctors’ offices will hold a food drive in exchange for services through Oct. 21 to benefit Sharing & Caring, Niceville. Niceville Family Dental Center will double the value of nonperishable food donations, and will take up to $60 off of your dental bill that week. Zook Family Chiropractic in Niceville will offer a new patient spinal exam, including xrays if necessary, for $25 or more of nonperishable food items. Call 7291223 to schedule with Niceville Family Dental Center, or 678-4155 to schedule with Zook Family Chiropractic. Women voters meeting The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County will hold a “Lunch and Learn” Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Robert McKnight, former representative in the Florida House, will share his experiences in the “Golden Age” of the Florida Legislature. The lunch is $13. Reservations are required. Contact Mary Blackwell, 621-4088, by Oct. 19 to reserve. Trout fishing seminar The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will focus on the most popular fish in Florida—speckled trout. Starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Northlight Marina in Niceville will be the site of a one-hour fishing seminar to teach anglers how to improve their time on the water when targeting trout. Free food courtesy of Northlight will be served at 6:30 p.m. and free raffles will follow the show. This free event is open to everyone. Info: Sonny Granger, 850-3847737; Bethany, 850-497-5230; or saltwater-events.com. Libertarian Party meeting The Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County will hold a meeting Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., in the Emerald Grande Hotel Grande Vista bar. Registered libertarians from Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties may appear in person, or vote by proxy, to propose changes to party rules and have them voted on. All are welcome to attend. Reference libertarianpoc.org to see LPOC rules documents. Info: 217-6590 Science Friday Lecture Jennifer Hatler, a crime lab analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, will present the Science Friday Seminar Oct. 21 at Northwest Florida State College. She will speak on the topic “Forensic DNA Testing Today.” The program will be held at 11 a.m. in room S-110 of the Robert E. Green Jr. Science Building. Info: NWFSC Science Department, 729-5376. NWF Fine Arts Show The Arts and Design Society seeks artwork for the 28th annual NWF Fair Fine Arts Show to be held Oct. 25-30. Entry dates are Oct. 21, noon-5 p.m., and Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-noon. High school and middle school students are encouraged to participate, and their work will be judged with grade level. Visit artsdesignsociety.org for a prospectus for this show, or call 2441271 for more information. Woman’s Club yard sale The Destin Woman’s Club will hold its annual yard sale Oct. 22, 7 a.m.-noon at Dr. Dennis Lichorwic’s parking lot, 4635 Gulfstarr Drive, in the Sunsail Plaza on Highway 98 across from entrance to Regatta Bay. The sale will feature a wide variety of items including furniture, clothing and other household items. South Walton bird walk Dee Nickerson will lead a bird walk at the South Walton Courthouse Annex Oct. 22. Expect to see brownheaded nuthatches, eastern towhees, yellow-rumped warblers and redshouldered hawks. Meet at the WinnDixie parking lot in Bluewater Bay at 7:15 a.m. Info: Walt Spence, 5827064. Astronomy meeting The next meeting of the NorthWest Florida Astronomy Association will be held Oct. 22 at the observatory, S-2, on the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. Info: Tom Haugh, 678-6483, or nwfastro.org. Old NHS reunion The annual reunion of the old Niceville High School is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. Students, teachers, spouses, guests and anyone who attended the school from 1929-1952, even for one day, are invited to attend. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 6. Bring memorabilia of your school days and activities if you wish. Reservations are requested. The cost is $12.50 per person. For info and reservations: Louise Lovell, 6784777. Archaeology meeting The Emerald Coast Archaeology Society will hold its regular meeting Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Lazarus Room of the Indian Mound Temple Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Maveen Bruner will talk about the 1943 expansion of Eglin Field where the government gave the residents of New Home and Alice Creek 30 days to vacate and took their land by eminent domain. The public is invited to this free event. October blood drives The following blood drives will be held in October: Sunday, 23—Christ Our Redeemer Church, White Point Road, Niceville, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 23—Mullet Festival, Festival Grounds Hwy. 85, Niceville, 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, 26—Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive, 2-8 p.m. ADSO luncheon Karen Flesvig Chu will be the guest speaker at the Arts and Design Society’s luncheon Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. Chu will speak on the art of tapestry and hand weaving. Chu will share first-hand knowledge on tapestry weaving at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, Fort Walton Beach. Cost of the luncheon is $12. Reservations must be made by Oct. 24. Email adsoluncheon@yahoo.com or call Marcy at 585-4967. Defense industry event The National Defense Industrial Association will hold a Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium & Exhibition at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island, Oct. 25-27. For more information, visit ndia.org/meetings/2410 or contact Meredith Geary, mgeary@ndia.org or 703-247-9476. NARFE meeting National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1428, will meet Oct. 25 at the Golden Corral, 414 Mary Esther N.W., Fort Walton Beach. Lunch will be at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon. Keith Telemacque, Telly’s Auto Repair, Fort Walton Beach, will speak on “Getting Your Car Ready for Colder Weather.” This meeting is open to all current and retired federal employees. NW Florida Fair The Northwest Florida Fair will take place Oct. 25-30. TuesdayFriday, the fair will be open 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, all day. Opening night of the fair, Tuesday, Oct. 25, the fair is free. Entry prices: Wednesday, $2; Thursday, $3; FridaySunday, $6. Attractions will include rides and games, musical acts including Jason Thomas, Victoria’s Circus motorcycle riders and their globe of death, a highwire act and livestock. The fairgrounds are located at 1958 Lewis CALENDAR 2011Page B-2 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCHDIRECTORY 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 newcomer’s 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.org“Pointing The Way To Jesus” First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 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, Niceville 850-678-1298 Sunday Morning Schedule Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. October 30 .. One Service .. 10:00 a.m. www.stpaulniceville.com *Example is for illustration purposes only and may not re”ect current offers, loan terms or interest rates. It is based on monthly payments on a 60-month term vehicle loan at a rate of 16.5% APR, a $20,000 purchase price and a State Farm Bank re“nance rate of 6.99% APR. Shift into savings gear. 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Ft. Walton • (850) 863-2153 1034 Mar Walt Drive the NAIFA Code of Ethics, and service to industry. *** Tyler Provost a 2006 graduate of Niceville High School, is a first year student of medicine at LECOM-Bradenton, after receiving his degree in molecular biology and microbiology from the University of Central Florida. He will participate in the White Coat Ceremony this winter. Tyler is the son of Denise and Bob Provost and brother of Anthony Provost. *** Gamma Epsilon Masters Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its monthly social time at Pandora’s restaurant, Destin. Members and their spouses attending were: Marge and Bob Ballon, Eunice and Les Whitman, Margaret and Roger Holley, Linda and Mike Michalowski, Doris Olig and Angela Budden. *** Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, ranked as the 32nd largest accounting firm nationally and third largest in the South, announces the addition of JoAnn Rocque Luke Tatum Tad Jokerst and Taylor Jackson to the Niceville office. Rocque joins CRI as a senior accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College and a master’s in accounting from Rutgers University. Tatum, Jokerst and Jackson work in the client accounting services department preparing and compiling financial statements and providing various consulting services to businesses of all sizes. Tatum is pursuing a degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. Jokerst holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting from Missouri State University. Jackson holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting from Troy University. *** Lawrence “Larry” Lewis of Valparaiso recently released a book, “Buying Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Vans: Amazing Secrets to Save Thousands,” in which he shares negotiation tips with consumers about how to save money when buying a new car. Lewis is originally from Canton, Ohio, and spent 35 years in the car management and finance industry. *** Daniel Stewart son of Dora and William Stewart of Niceville, successfully completed the twoweek Norwich University Future Leader Camp at the nation’s first senior military college in Northfield, Vt. To qualify for the camp, applicants needed a minimum GPA of 2.5 and had to submit letters of recommendation. The camp is designed to develop the leadership skills of current high school students by providing a challenging and meaningful adventure camp experience. Daniel will graduate from Niceville High School in 2012. WHO’SFrom page B-1 Heritage Museum gets TV close-upLocal TV station WSRE will feature the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida on “In Your Own Backyard” Oct. 20, 7 p.m. The program is part of a series that showcases interesting places and attractions along the northern Gulf Coast. The show will play on: Cox Cable—channel 9 and HD channel 1009; Valparaiso Cable—channel 11 and HD channel 411; Direct TV—channel 23. Bishop and Mrs. T.P. Johnson, Sr. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19NEWLIFECHRISTIANMINISTRIES130 N. PARTINDR., NICEVILLECHURCHOFFICE(850) 729-0733 Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.Bishop T.P. Johnson, Sr. Senior Pastorwww.thisisnewlife.org Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104  Niceville  www.baywalk2.comDON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to own this BWB Patio Home freshly painted. Owner replaced A/C 09 along with Hot Water. Dining Area adjoins Living Room giving this home a very open feel. Master on First Floor with its own private patio. Covered Screen Porch. Additional Bedrooms are upstairs with a full bath. Homeowner Association $230 a month covers all exterior and $840.00 a year to HOA covers All Insurance for Exterior. You only need home contents. Close to the Marina. 3/2.5 // 1,675 Sq. Ft. $159,000 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. 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! $155,000. GARDEN OAKS CONDO is ABSOLUTELY DYNAMITE!!! 2nd Floor Unit. Screen Patio Area, Another open Balcony Area. Large Kitchen, Master Bedroom & 2nd Bedroom. Very Spacious Family Room. Open, Light and Bright. $129,000 FIRST CLASS CUSTOM BUILT HOME Located in Rocky Bayou on Lake Henderson. Luxurious details throughout. Handicap Accessible. 4 Bedrooms-3 Baths. Perfect InLaw Suite with kitchenette-Elevator. Call for a Feature Sheet of all the Extras. 4,519 Sq. Ft. $637,126. JUST SOLD/CLOSED: Marina Villas Magnolia Plantation Oakmont Circle PENDING: Hidden Lakes Magnolia Plantation New Construction (Baker) Dana Pointe NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 Please see CALENDAR, page B-5 Tyler Provost

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in Niceville LEE 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 PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall 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 Accepted POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service 110 N. Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 Jewelry Repair Custom Design Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner D i am o n d W or k si nc Park Place Plaza 323 Page Bacon Rd. Mary Esther, FL 32569 850-244-5252www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville 678-CAF(2233) www.cafebienville.com $1OFFBByour meal when you bring in this ad  Delicious Daily Specials  10% Discount for Military  Caf Friends Card–Buy 5 meals, then get $5 off your next meal!  Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Gelato, Espresso  Quick Service  Call for Carry-out  Vegan options RBCS donates suppliesRocky Bayou Christian School’s kindergarten and elementary departments started a canned food drive Oct. 3 for Sharing & Caring, Niceville. This drive will continue through Oct. 21. Students donated 913 cans of food with their first delivery to Sharing & Caring Oct. 7. From left, third graders Autumn Ryan and Zoey Cain, and sixth graders Jason McCauley, Thad Dempsey and Hannah Augustin. Rocky students serveThe Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League acted as volunteer servers for the Blue Jeans Ball, a benefit for Covenant Hospice, held at the Crestview Community Center Oct. 1. Servers included, from left, JCL member Kimberly McMahon, JCL officer Shiloh Johns, member Mandy Hart, JCL President Neely Fawaz and member Michelle Earls.NHS, Choctaw share face timeNiceville High School students communicated via Skype with an Intro to IT class at Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beac h. Students at Niceville gathered around a laptop computer to see and ask questions to their counterparts at Choctaw. NHS teacher Michelle Robinson Cook’s Intro to IT students discussed the computer system unit, focusing on hardware and software. Students presented troubleshooting scenarios to the others to see if they knew how to fix the problem. Come See our Showroom!CARPET • TILE • WOOD • AREA RUGS WINDOW BLINDS • RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL www.bestbuycarpetinc.com 115 Bullock Blvd, Niceville Behind Gulf Power (850) 678-0041 BESTBUYCARPET, INC. (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 www.bayareabetterhearing.com (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center)ReSound AleraTM61with wireless optionsReSound AleraTM60 12 months no interest financing now available No Snake Oil Salesman, No Witch Doctors, No Magic Potions...HIGH QUALITY • LOW PRICES • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE An exceptional surround sound experience, strong and clear wireless connections to your TV and phone and carefully crafted design all help you connect to the important things in life. MJ Stiles, NBC-HIS, ABOC The Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 211 Niceville, FL 32578 connects you to your world Our licensed professionals take a personal interest in your hearing rehabilition CALL 850-279-4545 now for your FREEHEARING EVALUATION and DEMONSTRATION of this STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY AleraTMby Resound$800 OFF

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER William Russell, 69, Niceville, retired military Mark Hiller, 34, Niceville, service manager Liezele Wtulich, 38, Crestview, bookkeeper Shawn Jackson, 35, Niceville, soft drink vendor “I think they can find better things to protest. Better yet, they could go look for work.” “I think it’s a waste of time and money. We have other problems in our country, like jobs and people facing foreclosure.” “There’s a lot of corruption on Wall Street.” “If people want to protest something, that’s their right.” “I think Wall Street is very biased. They set prices for everything, almost like a second government.” “They’re standing up for what they believe in. At least they’re doing something, instead of just sitting and complaining.” —Mike Griffith What do you think about the “Occupy Wall Street” protests?Rebecca Madonia, Niceville, maintenance coordinator Rebekah Richardson, 15, Bluewater Bay, student, Okaloosa AcademyWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field.Location: Palm Plaza KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710897-6423 PAINTINGTHE BEACON’SAT YOUR SERVICE PRESSURE WASHING (850) 6997866Houses Driveways Fencing Docks RVs Decks“No Job Too Small”Licensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 MINI STORAGE Nice-VillaMini Storage2 miles east of Bluewater Bay on Hwy. 20(Drive A Little, Save A Lot)Block Buildings897-2280 Advertise your business in this size space for only $19.55 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON 2006 Ford Explorer XLT, 4.0LV6, 79K highway miles, great condition, $11,500, 863-990-2901. Service Greeting Cards FWB, Niceville areas. Must have good computer skills. Must have a land line phone. Mon.-Fri. with some flexibility. Approx 15-20 hours a week working hours. Must be able to work the day before and after holidays. Depending on experience $7.30$8.30/hr. Send resume to Richard.wood@ amgreetings.com Nice 2/2 duplex, Niceville, washer/ dryer hookups, close to schools and bases, $750/mo., small pets ok, military discount, 699-4011. BWB, 2 Executive Bay Front Efficiencies. Fully furnished, utilities included. $1300/mo; rent negotiable for long term lease. Call Marina Cove Realty Today...830-3568. 1 BR Apt, free utilities, $550 mo, $500 deposit, 282 Washington Ave., Valparaiso. 678-5953 AIRPORT HOME WITH HANGAR! Go to tinyurl.com/6b2s2br for more information. FOR SALE BY OWNER: Well maintained 2 story townhome on private, quiet cul de sac in Bluewater Bay. 4179 Chacato Cove. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath. Two car attached garage. Landscape maintenance provided by HOA. Termite bonded and monitored. Kitchen and Laundry appliances available. 650-5777. Lancaster, October 15 and 22. Toys, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, and more. Moving Sale. Everything big and small. October 22 at 395 Iowa St. 519 Kumquat Ave., Oct. 22, 8am. A lot of everything. BIG SALE! Halloween and Christmas items up to 50% off. This and That Antiques Thrift Shop Flea Market. 1419 North 29th #2. Open Wed.Fri. 1PM-5PM, Sat. 10AM-4PM Looking for good deals? Be sure to check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon! Homes for Rent Autos for Sale Yard Sales Homes for Sale Homes for Rent RV’s for Sale CLASSIFIEDS Beacon "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" RENTALS 850-897-1443 Bluewater Bay Resort Realty Florida Club Furnished $1400-1600 Washer/dryer, screened patio, includes utilities, cable, internet, pool, gym, pet friendly, 1-2 bdrmsMarina Villas Furnished $1300-$1600 Waterfront, includes utilities, cable, internet, 1-2 bdrmsSouthwind Furnished $1900 Gated community, 3/2.5, nicely decorated, includes internet, cable & utilitiesWaterfront Townhome 30 Marina Cove Dr: 2BR, 2.5 BA, 2 car tandem garage, porch, nicely updated $214,000 Lakeside Townhome 1BR + Loft Condo, 2 full baths, top floor unit, cathedral ceilings, $114,000 For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 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 AgencyNiceville’s Top Selling Real Estate Office729-6504 1 2 9 2n d St ree t ................. 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East Niceville fire panel discusses accounting By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The East Niceville Fire Commission Monday discussed options for improving financial accounting and planning methods. During the meeting at the firehouse on 27th Street, fire commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar suggested some potential improvements to how the commission organizes and presents its budgets and other financial data. No decisions were made. Dunbar suggested adding more line items to the fire district’s budget plans, in order to more closely reflect how professional accountants and auditors prepare or audit budgets of small government entities such as independent fire districts. The fire district’s current budget, said Dunbar, categorizes types of spending into 31 specific categories, or “line items” listed in the budget. Professional accountants, he said, usually divide budget items for local fire districts into as many as 77 specific line items. Although Dunbar did not recommend having that many line items in the East Niceville Fire District budget, he did recommend adding up to 30 additional line items, in order to make budget documents more specific about how much is to be spent on what, and to make annual audits of the fire district’s finances easier for the accountants who perform them. Dunbar said adding the additional lines to the budget will not make preparation of fire district budgets more difficult. “Once the spreadsheet is set up, it isn’t any harder,” he said, to divide spending plans into more categories. Some of the additional line items to be added, he recommended, include specifying contractual services by vendor, listing each utility in the budget separately, such as electricity, water, and gas, and listing fuel for fire trucks separately from other operating supplies. Other commissioners at the meeting seemed to favor Dunbar’s idea. “If it makes it easier for the auditors, it may make it less expensive for us,” said Commissioner Matt Schwab. Adding the extra, more specific line items, said Commissioner Leonard Martin, would help make budget statements clearer than in the past. Other items discussed during Monday’s meeting included whether to make any changes to the fire district’s charter, and whether to continue requiring all checks issued by the fire district to be signed by at least two officials. Fire commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo said the fire district’s charter was actually an ordinance enacted by the Okaloosa County Commission, so the fire commission lacks authority to change it on its own. Dunbar suggested that requiring two signatures on checks, although a prudent financial control measure, may be becoming obsolete as more and more businesses and institutions are paying bills by electronic means rather than by paper checks. “Everybody does electronic banking now,” he said. Nevertheless, the other fire commissioners said they prefer to keep the two-signature rule in place for now. Martin said he prefers to keep the two-signature rule as a way of ensuring control over expenditures, and Marcolongo said he thought the two-signature rule is required by the State of Florida. No votes or formal decisions were made by the fire commission regarding any of the suggestions, although the commissioners agreed to think them over and discuss them again at the November fire commission meeting. In other business, Marcolongo said he may arrange for a representative of a health insurance company to speak at the November fire commission meeting, to present a proposal for a health insurance plan that would pay refunds to the fire district for each month in which no fire district employees become sick or injured. Following the meeting, fire commissioners were shown the new concrete floor of the fire station vehicle bay. Fire Chief Michael Wright said the new floor was recently installed by East Niceville firefighters, saving the cost of having it done by an outside contractor. East Niceville fire commission meetings are usually held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, in the fire station at 1709 27th Street. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithFollowing a meeting Monday, East Niceville fire commissioners and firefighters looked at the new concrete floor of the 27th Street fire station, which was recently installed by firefighters themselves. Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Info: 862-0211 or nwffair.com. Social Security seminar Arbor Wealth Management will host a complimentary seminar entitled “At What Age Should I Begin Taking Social Security Benefits” in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Snacksand soft drinks will be served. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, firmfounder and principal, will lead a presentation on socialsecurity optimization choices. Call 850-608-6121 to reserve seating. Arbor Wealth Management is located in the Tops’l Commercial Center, 500 yards eastof Sandestin’s main entrance. Alzheimer’s support group Alzheimer’s Family Services will hold a support group meeting for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, Chandler Center. The support group is free and respite care is available. Support Groups are a means for caregivers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease to exchange ideas, gather information and discuss their concerns with others who are dealing or have dealt with the same issues. To register for this support group or for info, call 478-7790 or visit AlzFamServ.org. Dinner with Nida Rosemont Baptist Church will be having one final “Dinner with Nida” from Nida’s Thai and More. The dinner will be Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. Make reservations by Nov. 1 for dine in or carry out. All proceeds will go to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Visit RBCNiceville.org for more information. Call the church for information or to make reservations, 6781611. The suggested donation is $8. Come and eat before the football game. Pine needle basketry Learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely yours at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Pine Needle Basketry, a three-part class, will be held Nov. 1, 8 and 15 at 4:30 p.m. Early Native Americans in the region wove abundant longleaf pine needles into beautiful and useful baskets. Join instructor Joe Stoy and learn the original Seminole techniques using modern materials and local pine needles. The cost, including materials, is $75, $60 for Museum members. Space Is limited. Payment is due at registration. Call 678-2615 to register. Ask about a special discount for new members. Driver safety course In November 2011, AARP will offer a free driver safety program for all veterans and their spouses. This class will allow good drivers 55 and older to earn premium deductions from all providers of automobile insurance in Florida. Info: 729-3468. Golf fundraiser The Foxwood Country Club, 4927 Antioch Road, Crestview, will hold a golf tournament to benefit the Christian Thomhave memorial scholarship fund at Northwest Florida State College Oct. 28 at noon. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $44. Make and mail checks to Foxwood. Info: B.J., 682-2012 or 862-2012. Mullet festival golf tourney The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club will host the Mullet Festival Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 28 at the Rocky Bayou Country Club. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit the rotary scholarship fund, which are awarded to local students. Tee off time is noon. Corporate sponsorship is $350, individual registration is $90. Prices include green fee and cart, range balls, dinner and award ceremony after the tournament. Hole sponsor signs can be purchased for $100. Info: Allen Tucker, 678-5141 or email nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Email for registration form. CALENDARFrom page B-2

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Despite effort, Central too tough for EaglesVisitors win close matchup, 27-19By Sarah ClausonBeacon Correspondent The Niceville eagles fell to the Central High School (Phenix City, Ala.) Devils last Friday 27-19. The non-district match up was one of Niceville’s toughest of the season, against a team with a winning record and several star athletes. The Eagles won the coin toss and opted to receive the ball and made a statement right out of the gate. The offense entered the game with finesse and rhythm that had the Devils on their heels. The first play of the game was a 10-yard run by Devin Vazquez, followed by a picture perfect completion to Tyree McCants that moved the ball almost 40 yards to the 22yard line in Devil territory. With 10:25 left in the first quarter, freshman running back Shi Kim Coward moved the ball from the 8-yard line into the end zone and gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead. The momentum continued when the Devils’ very first snap went beyond their quarterback and resulted in a safety, giving the Eagles another two points. Central’s speed and athleticism became apparent later in the quarter when it scored its first touchdown off an amazing quarterback keeper to narrow the gap. The Devil’s quarterback did it again midway through the second quarter, as the Niceville offense tried to adjust to the tough Devil’s defense. Strong pressure on the Eagle running game forced Niceville to pass more than usual, and although there were plenty of impressive completions, momentum was hard to find. The Eagle defense once again showed off its experience and skill by keeping the pressure strong, and preventing a touchdown on the last drive of the half. The defense opened the 2nd half with an impressive fumble recovery that led to an Eagle field goal by Andrew Mitchell, dwindling the Devil lead to 1412. Less than a minute later the Devils answered with another electrifying possession that resulted in a touchdown, 21-12. The Eagles did not let the lead scare them, but rather pulled off another fumble recovery, which poised Shi Kim Coward for his second touchdown of the night, and his high school career. The 21-19 held up until late in the fourth, when the Devils managed another touchdown to bring the final score to 27-19. “We played very well in spots,” said coach John Hicks. “We did some really good, positive things offensively. I think we’re getting better. Hopefully we won’t play many more teams as good as them.” Friday the Eagles, 2-1 in the district, will travel to Fort Walton Beach to take on the Vikings, 0-2. Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Niceville gridders Trey Barnes (11) and Blake Parker tackle a runner to minimize the gain in Friday’s 27-19 loss to Central. BEA C ON SP O R T SPage B-6 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Beacon photo by Kenneth BooksRams win volleyball crownRuckel Middle School’s Casey Carr leaps for a spike against Baker Middle School Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Rams defeated Baker to win the county middle school volleyball championship. Photo by Scott SchaefflerSetup for a KnightRocky Bayou Christian School’s Lauren Wright sets up the ball in an Oct. 4 volleyball match with Pensacola Christian Academy. Behind her are Amber Smith and Kaitlyn Tiller, with Hannah Barber bringing up the rear. The Knights won the match, 3-2, to bring their record to 2-12. Rocky falters on gridironRocky Bayou Christian School’s running back, Ben Phillips, tries to evade a Port St. Joe defender as quarterback Caleb McCullough (11) and offensive lineman Jacob Holcomb dash to his defense. The Knights, however, lost the game, 28-0. Photo by Arnie Fonseca Alec Hohnadell speeds around the course during a recent personal watercraft race. Alec, a Niceville High School sophomore, is the youngest champion the sport has seen. Courtesy photoNHS soph making mark as racerBy Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer Some teenagers have hobbies. Alec Hohnadell has a vocation. The Niceville High School sophomore is an up-and-comer in the growing field of personal watercraft racing. In fact, he earned a second place in the 30th Anniversary World Finals. In September, he won the world championship in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Alec is 16. The Hohnadell’s budget can be strained from time to time. “Kuwait’s team has a yearly budget of $6 million and bonus money of $65,000 per win on each class,” Alec said. “The Fazza Team from Dubai had a budget of over $1 million for this one race and even came with a fleet of Escalades and bodyguards. These foreign countries pour big money into their racing. It is kind of overwhelming but definitely makes it interesting.” At the World Finals, Alec had a full-speed collision with another racer, which knocked them both off their boats and into the water almost causing both racers to get run over by the pack of racers. Alec was able to get back on and finish the race eighth. The second heat was much better. Alec managed a firstplace finish, which earned him a second. Alec’s next race was in the Stock Class Sept. 25, and this was the race that earned him a World Championship in that division. He won the qualifying heat race but had a scary moment when he snagged a buoy rope while racing and got pinned under his boat causing him to almost drown. He was able to get loose and get back on and win the Overall World Championship in the Stock Class. There are about 15 classes, based on a number of factors, such as age, experience, skills and engine displacement. Meanwhile, his face will become well known among fans. He was chosen as the “Junior Star Award” winner as the most promising young racer, by other racers in the International Jet Sports Boating Association, which oversees the sport. Alec became interested in racing because “My friend had a motorcross (bike) and invited us to go ride with him. I just like racing and going fast and competing against other racers.” He was 13 at the time. Right now, the enterprise is paying off more in fame than in fortune. Alec estimated a victory gains between $1,000 and $1,500 in take home pay. “If it gets bigger, people can make $500,000 to $600,000 per year,” Alec said. A race, Alec said, consists of 10 laps with buoys set up. Racers are required to round the buoys. If they miss one, they must round a black buoy, which is significantly off the track. “It takes some time to get back,” Alec said. His next race will be early in the winter at Daytona Beach. Alec hopes eventually to capture the pro championship. “That’s the biggest you can get, so it’s going to be my dream for this year and years to come,” he said. Alec Hohnadell



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Mullet Fest to open Friday40,000 expected for food, music, funBy Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer When people think of the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, they think of music and the fish that serves as its namesake. But theres a lot more than food and music. The 35th annual three-day festival will open Friday in Niceville. Some 40,000 people are expected. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Mullet Site, corner of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard. Admission, which includes all entertainment, is $10 at the gate and $9 in advance. Admission By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent Members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefits Unit governing board were disappointed by the Okaloosa County Commissions rejection of a sidewalk project in Bluewater Bay, and discussed how to respond to the countys decision during the boards Oct. 11 meeting. The sidewalk project would have built a sidewalk along Bay Drive, between the Bluewater Bay Marina and the Chacato Landing subdivision. The sidewalk had been requested by some local residents who said the sidewalk would have made their neighborhood safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders, including children and the elderly, who walk, run or ride along the edge of Bay Drive, where they risk getting in the way of vehicle traffic along the winding two-lane road. The project, as proposed, would have required the MSBU to pay for materialseither asphalt or concreteto build the sidewalk, while the county public works department would have provided labor from among public works employees. During the Oct. 11 MSBU meeting, board member and MSBU treasurer Joe Jellison said the county commission had rejected the proposal when it was brought before the commission for approval. Jellison said that after previous discussions between By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer The Okaloosa County School Board Monday is scheduled to consider whether to start talks with a south Florida company that has proposed to open a charter school, possibly at the site of the recently closed Valparaiso Elementary School. Somerset Academy, a south Florida charter school company, submitted a proposal last summer to open a new Valparaiso K-5 charter elementary school, as well as a proposal to open a middle school for children in grades 6-8, if demand exists. Parents in Valparaiso told Valparaiso city officials earlier this year that a charter elementary school would fill a void left in the community after the school board decided to close Valparaiso Elementary, effective last May, and move students to Lewis School, converting it from a middle school into a K-8 school. Charter schools, although they receive public funding, are independently operated and generally arent subject to the union contracts governing work, tenure and pay that apply to most public schools. There are over 450 charter schools in Florida, of which three are in Okaloosa County, including Collegiate High School, operated by Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. In January the Valparaiso City Commission voted to investigate the possibility of attracting a charter elementary school to open and possibly use the Valparaiso Elementary site. Valparaiso T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, October 19, 2011 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5014 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Please see DISTRICT, page A-7 Please see MULLET, page A-5 Please see SIDEWALK, page A-7The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Saluting the Army Friday, 11 a.m. Jennifer Hatler, a crime lab analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, will present the Science Friday Seminar at Northwest Florida State College. Her topic will be Forensic DNA Testing Today. The program will be held in room S-110 of the Robert E. Green Jr. Science Building. Info: 729-5376. Saturday, 5 p.m. The annual old Niceville High School reunion will be held at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. All who attended the school from 1929-1952 are welcome. Registration at 5 p.m. will be followed by a catered dinner at 6. Bring school memorabilia if you wish. The cost is $12.50. Reservations are requested. Call 678-4777. Tuesday, 5-10 p.m. The Northwest Florida Fair will take place Oct. 25-30 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. Opening night of the fair, Oct. 25, entry is free. Attractions will include rides and games, musical acts including Jason Thomas, Victorias Circus motorcycle riders and their globe of death, a high-wire act and livestock. Info: 862-0211 or nwffair.com.Calendar, B-2. COMINGUPCounty wont help pay for Bluewater sidewalksBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson said an audit of his predecessors last five years cost $75,825. Anderson said he didnt call for bids on the job because time was of the essence. The forensic audit was performed by the CPA firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) without the tax office seeking competitive bids. Anderson and CRI announced results of the audit during a press conference Sept. 28. The forensic audit, which covered the tax collectors office from Oct. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2011, cited excessive spending under former Okaloosa County Tax Collector Chris Hughes, but nothing illegal. At that time, Anderson said cost ofDistrict eyes charter school proposalEarly election seen in Valp.By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Valparaiso voters will likely select two city commissioners Jan. 31, 2012, the date the Florida Legislature has set as the states Presidential Preference Primary. The Valparaiso City Commission last week held the first of two public hearings last week on an ordinance that would change the municipal election date next year from March 13 to Jan. 31. If given final approval as expected Nov. 14, the measure would require that candidates file qualifying paperwork between noon Nov. 21 and noon Nov. 25. Municipal elections are normally held in March, but city officials said that by piggybacking on the Jan. 31 Florida presidential primary, Valparaiso can Please see ELECTION, page A-6 Bomb scare at police HQNiceville police used ropes to remove a suspicious suitcase from the lobby of police headquarters Tuesday morning. A sheriffs bomb dog didnt detect any smell of explosives. The Bay County bomb squad and the State Fire Marshals office were also called to investigate further. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Music, map, schedule pages A-4 & A-5.Beacon photos The Niceville High School and Crestview High School bands march together off the parade field during the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment dedication and open house Friday at the new Army post north of Niceville. The bands played The Ballad of the Green Berets and the The Army Goes Rolling Along. The event included an open house featuring weapons and gear displays, building tours, and special-tactics demonstrations. Inset: A 7th SFG(A) soldier shows a youngster how to aim Humvee-mounted gun.Tax collector audit cost $75,000 Valp. backs sidewalks, A-8. Ben Andersonthe audit, paid by public funds, was still being tallied. Hughes resigned June 30, 18 months before the end of his fifth four-year term of office. On Aug. 8 Gov. Rick Scott appointed Anderson, a Fort Walton Beach businessman, to finish the remainder of Hughes term of office. Anderson last week prefiled for election to the tax collector job in 2012. Hughes claimed the audit was a waste of taxpayer money and that it failed to follow recommendations of the states Department of Revenue, and policy of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector, which he said requires competitive bids be solicited for Please see TAX, page A-3

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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council has delayed action on applications to fix up 10 private homes at public expense. During a meeting Oct. 11, the council also tentatively annexed a piece of property on Valparaiso Boulevard, and agreed to accept liability for the annual Christmas parade in Niceville. The council meeting began with a briefing by Dennis Dingman, a consultant from Summit Professional Services Inc., who manages the citys Community Development Block Grant program. The program allocates funds from Florida Department of Community Affairs for grants to help selected low-income Niceville homeowners rehabilitate or rebuild their dwellings. During his briefing to the council, Dingman said the current budget for CDBG rehabilitation projects in Niceville is $582,000 for rehab and demolishing or replacement, and $13,000 for temporary relocation of families whose homes are to be rehabilitated or replaced. The obligation under this grant, he told the council, is to complete 10 housing units by the date of grant expiration, May 18, 2013, and to keep the average cost per housing unit under $59,000. Dingman said that so far, 11 families have applied to have their homes rehabilitated or rebuilt under the CDBG program, and he presented a rankordered list of the applications received thus far. Although a final list of applicants had been scheduled for presentation to the council during the Oct. 11 meeting, said Dingman, one applicant who was known to be planning to file an application had not yet completed the process, probably because that person has a disability that could have prevented him from completing the process in a timely manner without assistance. Dingman recommended that the city council delay further processing of the existing applications until that person had time to complete an application, possibly with some help from Dingman or city officials. The council unanimously agreed to the delay, which also allows time for other Niceville residents to apply, if anyone chooses to do so. During Dingmans presentation, he also told the city council members that they are required to review the list of applicants and publicly disclose any business or family relationships they may have with any of the applicants. The applicants must also disclose any such relationships they have with elected city officials, city employees or Citizen Advisory Task Force members. When a relationship such as this exists, Dingman said, the city is required to obtain a conflict of interest waiver from DCA. As part of this process, the city will need to disclose the names of any participants with a conflict during a city council meeting, provide a legal opinion from the citys attorney and submit a letter from the city to DCA requesting the waiver. Dingman said thus far, two applicants have been identified as needing such waivers, because they are first cousins of city employees. The city council is expected to re-address the rehab applications and any necessary disclosures or waivers during the next regular city council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 8. In other business Oct. 11, the city council approved the first reading of an ordinance to annex a parcel of land located on the north side of Valparaiso Boulevard between Thomas Street and Hopper Street, as requested by Niceville builder Mike Parish. The parcel will be zoned R-1B, if the council gives final approval to the annexation after two more public readings during city council meetings. The council also approved a resolution accepting liability for closing a state roadway during the annual Christmas parade, scheduled for Dec. 3. Niceville Library and Childrens Park Director Sheila Bishop told the city council the water spray area of the childrens park was turned off Oct. 1 for the fall and winter, and will be turned back on again in early May 2012. She said the park is available for rent for such events as birthday parties, but only on days when the childrens park would otherwise be closed, so as not to interfere with normal public access to the park. Bishop also said the library is working on a plan to enable library card holders to download electronic books, including some current best sellers, through the librarys website. She did not specify when the new system is expected to become operational. City Manager Lannie Corbin told the council that the city is currently preparing for the 35th annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, to be held Oct. 21-23. He also commended the parents of some Niceville youngsters who recently vandalized part of a city park. After learning of the incident, Corbin said, the parents brought their children to Corbins office to personally apologize for their misconduct, and arranged for the children to clean up the mess they had made, and to perform additional cleaning duties at city parks for the next two weeks. 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expenditures over $1,000. Commenting on Hughes assertions, Anderson said he didnt have time to comply with bid procedures because he was dealing with the extraordinary circumstance of Hughes having resigned in mid-term, and in light of previously reported controversy surrounding Hughes tenure, including his practice of handing out large employee bonuses. Those circumstances, Anderson said, convinced him that it would be in the best interests of the public and his office to commission the audit immediately, without going through a competitive bid process. Last week Anderson explained why he chose CRI for the forensic audit and did not pursue a competitive bid. He said he choose CRI because they are nationally known, are not the countys auditors and previously were chosen to do a forensic audit of the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office following then-Sheriff Charlie Morris arrest for misusing public funds. Because the firm doesnt do audits for Okaloosa County, Anderson said CRI was totally independent. Anderson previously stated his motivation for asking for the forensic audit this way: The community had concerns about the choices and decisions made by the previous tax collector. I considered it necessary to uncover the facts, define or dispel the rumors and finally, put that chapter of the Tax Collectors Office in the history books. Another of Hughes critiques of the forensic audits was in an email to the Beacon: Did anyone ask if an audit had already been conducted after I left office by another firm? No. And, if there already was an audit performed after I left office, why another audit was needed? In fact the CPA firm of OSullivan Creel did an independent accountants report on applying agreed-upon procedures on June 30. The report documenting their findings, dated July 25, 2011, said the effort was essentially a cash close-out on the day Hughes left and interim tax collector John Holguin took over. OSullivan Creel also checked disbursements, payroll and compared the actual pro-rated operating budget against the tax collectors annual budget. No exceptions were found in the study, which the firm stated was not a formal audit. Anderson said the OSullivan Creel report cost taxpayers about $10,000. On a related matter, Anderson last week also reported that another top employee had resigned, increasing the total management savings he was claiming as a result of the audit and his subsequent reorganization of his management team to $329,000. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Page A-3 678-1789M-F 8:00-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8:00-12:30 p.m.410 John Sims Parkway(Located Directly Behind Papa Johns)Monday: LADIES DAY WE DO AUTO REPAIR! 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Beacon photo Rocky band competes twice in a dayThe Rocky Bayou Christian School Marching Knights won superior ratings in all categories Saturday during the 31st annual Litt le Bighorn competition in Opp, Ala., which included 21 high school marching bands from Alabama and Florida. The RBCS band placed third in its division, in which eight schools competed. Earlier in the day, the RBCS band won excellent ratings across the b oard in Florida Bandmasters Association district competition at Tate High School. TAXFrom page A-1

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HHighway 85 North Arts & Crafts Booths Arts & Crafts Booths Food Booths Arts & Crafts Booths Commercial Booths Police/ Lost & Found Office ATM Beverage Booth Ice Truck Soft Drink Booth Carnival Rides Bungie Jumping Climbing Wall Army Rangers Reptile Show Arts & Crafts Booths Food & Commercial Booths Petting Zoo Arts & Crafts Booths Public ParkingBall FieldHandicapped Parking MAIN GATECollege Blvd. Moon Walk Public RestroomsTitanic Kids SlideN October 21-23, 2011(Highway 85 North and College Boulevard, Niceville) Pony RidesBoggy Boys Fish Fry Food Booths Clown Stage Main StagePublic Restrooms 2011 Boggy Bayou Mullet FestivalEntertainment ScheduleFriday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23 Friday 6:00 p.m....Big Water 7:30...........Singing Showdown Final Five 8:15...........Dr. Zarrs Amazing Funk Monster 10:00.........Brantley Gilbert Saturday 11 a.m........Twinkling Twirlers 11:30..........All-Star Twirlers 2:00 p.m....Waylon Thibodeaux 3:30.............Dr. Zarrs Amazing Funk Monster 5:00............Welcome and Introductions 5:30............Waylon Thibodeaux 7:00............Alabama Blues Brothers 8:15............Singing Showdown Winner 8:45............Dr. Zarrs Amazing Funk Monster 10:30..........Trace Adkins Sunday 11:00 a.m...Amplified Performing Arts Center 11:45..........Ruckel Middle School Cheer Team 12:30 p.m...Rocky Bayou Christian Praise Band 1:00............One Way Band 1:30............Guests Without Bags 2:00............Homeland Harmony 3:00............Sleepy Man Banjo Boys 3:35............The Blasters 5:05............Sleepy Man Banjo Boys 6:00............Jake Owen Local talent will perform between acts. Saturday and Sunday: Kids Stage and Clown Show.Finding Your Way Around The Mullet Festival $10 Admission Adult Free Age 11 & Under $15 Saturday, 5 p.m. to close ATM ATM VIP GATE Owner John Lasiter, USAF/Retired Why fight the traffic to the Mullet Festival! GIT a TAXI! Dont drink and drive! Call a taxi. 24 Hours, 7 Days A Week6 78-01 00NICEVILLE VALPARAISO PriceWATCH BATTERIESwith this ad1129 John Sims Pkwy. | (850) 279-3113 Across from the Niceville Garden Center in Parkway East Shopping Center.Your Niceville Jeweler FASHION JEWELRY New shipments arriving daily and exciting new brands on their way for Christmas!NEW RUMBA TIME WATCHES!Lay-Away Now for Christmas! Paint & Body Collision Specialists1419 North Partin Drive Niceville 678-0056#MV8871 Commitment to Quality 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. 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Te ch S g t D a v i d D e a n 2 m o re F 3 5 s a r r i v e A 3 P l e a s e s e e F 3 5 p a g e 7 P l e a s e s e e M A J OR p a g e 1 2 P le a s e s e e R E S E R VI S T p a g e 1 2 There are eight 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 WorldLet Kiwanis Raise Old Glory at Your House or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer This years Mullet Festival will not only bring well-known country artists to Niceville, but also it may be the springboard to fame and fortune for one of your neighbors. Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Singing Showdown will pit five local singersChris Cadenhead, Parker Willingham, Macy Lehotay, Destiny Bell and Zachary Pecoreagainst one another in a musical melee for a $500 prize and a gig on the big stage Saturday night. Of course, there will be bigname entertainment at the threeday festival as well. This years featured performers will be Brantley Gilbert Friday, Trace Adkins Saturday, and Jake Owen Sunday. This is the biggest entertainment package weve had so far, noted Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin. Its our 35th year and were spending more money to celebrate it. Weve never had an act comparable to Trace Adkins. Gilbert, 27, who was the Friday headliner at last years festival, performs a countryrock mixture of music which has fostered a dedicated following that calls itself BG Nation. Adkins, 49, Saturdays headliner, has 10 studio albums and 30 chart singles on 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. Adkins hits include (This Aint) No Thinkin Thing, Ladies Love Country Boys, Youre Gonna Miss This and I Left Something Turned On at Home. But theres a lot more great music and entertainment than the headliners. Waylon Thibodeaux, who will perform Saturday at 2 and 5:30 p.m., is a young Cajun with an innate musical talent who can be seen in the performance of his Louisiana, Cajun and zydeco music. Thibodeaux began playing professionally at the age of 13. He has had the opportunity to perform with nationally and internationally renowned musicians and groups, including Tony Orlando, Jimmy C. Newman, BeauSoleil, Jo-El Sonnier, Wayne Toups, Bruce Daigrepont, Randy Newman and The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars. Some newcomers, both to the world and to the Mullet Festival, are the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, with 8-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie, 11, and Tommy, 13, who will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly love, and a passion for this fast picking and fiddling genre. Though their combined age is younger than musics Hip-Hop era, its the music of Flatt & Scruggs and Ralph Stanley that inspires the sound pouring from the strings of Jonnys banjo, Robbies fiddle and Tommys guitar. The popular Dr. Zarrs Amazing Funk Monster returns for a second consecutive year, performing at 8:15 p.m. Friday, and 3:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Zarr has entertained legions of funky partygoers throughout the South for a decade. From disco infernos to s glam rock, these guys have created one of the most energetic, fun and professional party bands youll ever see. With costume changes, great sound and lighting systems, and lots of audience participation, Dr. Zarr will have you stomping your feet and snapping your fingers. Saturday at 7 p.m., spend some time with Jake and Elwood with the Alabama Blues Brothers, a duo paying tribute to the characters created by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. For something with a more eternal meaning, enjoy the Rocky Bayou Christian School Praise Band at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Christian rock with the One Way Band Sunday at 1 p.m. and Guests Without Bags at 1:30 p.m., and Southern gospel music with Homeland Harmony at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m. Sunday, the Blasters out of Atlanta, a swing band that also plays pop music, will perform. Also on the docket are local talent, including the Twinkling Twirlers and All-Star Twirlers, who will perform at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the winner of the singing showdown, scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m., who will perform at 8:15 that day, and the Ruckel Middle School Cheer Team at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Mullet musical menuTrace Adkins headlines varied schedule Country-music star Trace Adkins will play the Mullet Festival Saturday night. Brantley Gilbert will take the stage Friday night. Saturday after 5 will be $15. Children under 12 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available through Emeraldcoasttickets.com. Artists from all over the South will have booths displaying and selling their wares. For a price, carnival rides will appeal to those who want to move fast. Although newcomers to the area often think the Mullet Festival is about a haircut, its actually about a versatile fish that thrives in warm, coastal waters. While some people find the richness of the mullets flesh a bit much to handle, its a popular food fish and has been for centuries, not only in Florida but in Europe, Asia and Africa as well. Ancient Romans frequently wrote about the mullet. They were cultivated along the Nile. And they were popular with native chieftains on the Hawaiian and Philippine islands. You can fry mullet, broil mullet, bake mullet, smoke mullet or cook it up in increasingly interesting ways. About four tons of the fish are expected to be digested in the three days of the festival. But if your appetite goes in another direction, never fear. Plentiful fair fare, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and French fries, will be available. And who can resist a stick of fried alligator? Thirsty? Soda, juice and beer (except on Sunday) are on hand. Sunday is Family Day, when no alcohol will be served. Volunteers from Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital will sell soft drinks to raise funds for the United Way. Because the hospitals supply the soft drinks, every cent will go to charity. Meanwhile, the youngsters will find plenty to do all weekend. They can enjoy rides, of course, as well as clown shows, cartoon characters, a kiddie stage, snakes and other beasts the Army Rangers will have on display. While at the Mullet Festival, its a good idea to pay ones respects to the Queen. This years Mullet Festival Queen is Mary Masterson, a junior at Northwest Florida State College, majoring in biological science. Not into fish, music or games? Come anyway, and enjoy some breathtaking arts and crafts. Or thrill to rides that are sure to get your adrenaline flowing. A wristband good for unlimited rides is available for $20 per person. MULLETFrom page A-1

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ArrestsPhillip Todd Tucker, 32, of 500 22nd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Oct. 6 on a felony charge of petit theft, third or subsequent conviction. On Oct. 1 Tucker was allegedly observed concealing $80 worth of merchandise then leaving the Fort Walton Beach Walmart, 748 N. Beal Parkway, without paying. When store employees confronted Tucker they recovered the merchandise and Tucker allegedly gave his name but then fled the area when learning law enforcement personnel had been summoned. * Scott Eason Bacheller, 54, with an at-large address and a permanent address of 2425 Roberts Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Oct. 7 on a charge of disorderly intoxication that allegedly occurred Aug. 26.DUI arrestsChristopher Gene Shearer, 40, of 9831 4th Ave., Orlando, was arrested by Valparaiso police for DUI on Highway 397 (John Sims Parkway) at Chicago Avenue, Oct. 6 at 2:05 a.m. Shearer was also cited for speeding, 51 mph in a 35 mph zone.TheftsOn Oct. 11 police in Gainesville, Texas, reported that a possible stolen vehicle from their jurisdiction had given GPS signals for the vehicles presence in Niceville. Niceville police went to a residence in the 100 block of Poplar Place where the vehicle was located and talked to the driver, who said he was the owner and bought it from his ex-girlfriend in Texas. The ex-girlfriend is still listed as the registered owner and the vehicle was towed from the scene at the request of Texas police. * An employee at a Niceville store reported that on Oct. 3 unknown person(s) stole a credit card from her wallet which was stored in the break room at the store. The victim noticed the theft when she left work to buy gas and the card was missing. The victim immediately canceled the credit card. The same day someone attempted to use the credit card at another Niceville business, but it was declined. A child found the stolen card in some bushes near the business where it had been declined. * A Niceville resident from the 1400 block of Cat-Mar Road reported that unknown person(s) burglarized her home while she took a friend to the hospital near dawn Oct. 10. Stolen were about $90 worth of jewelry, $30 cash and a checkbook. * A Niceville resident from the 700 block of Diane Street reported that sometime Oct. 4-5 unknown person(s) pried hubcap covers off her vehicle. The stolen items were valued at $200. * Unknown person(s) stole three switches that had been removed and were laying on the ground at a fenced Gulf Power Company compound, 84 Wolverine Ave., Valparaiso, sometime Sept. 7-16. The theft was reported Oct. 4. The switches were valued in total at $3,924. * A Valparaiso home in the 100 block of Grandview Avenue was reported burglarized sometime Sept. 16-28. A neighbor keeping an eye on the property while the residents were away entered the home Sept. 28 and noticed several closet doors open. Police also found doors on a curio cabinet and dressers opened and an unsecured rear sliding glass door unsecured that appeared to have been pried open. A VCR was reported missing, pending the familys return.Criminal MischiefTwo children, ages 8 and 12, under their parents supervision, scrubbed graffiti off playground equipment at Meigs Park, Niceville, Oct. 9. Witnesses told police that the youngsters had used markers to write and draw messages and pictures on the equipment. The parents were very cooperative and said the children would complete an apology letter and would be available to perform community service. * A Niceville resident reported about $1,500 damage to her vehicle Oct. 7. She said the damage was caused by people in the 4600 block of Range Road stomping on her vehicle.OtherKaitlyn P. Mitchell, a crew member, 20, of 4188 Whitetail Circle, Niceville, and Francis E. Foley II, a cook, 20, of 621 Live Oak Drive, Freeport, were issued notices to appear by sheriffs deputies in Bluewater Bay Oct. 12, each charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 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 1992 Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls October 10, 2011, through October 16, 2011. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms3 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Country Club Drive..................Electrical problem................10/10/11..............09:44 Nathey Avenue........................Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:07 Ellis Avenue..............................Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:41 E. John Sims Parkway............Medical.................................10/10/11..............10:47 N. Partin Drive.........................Medical.................................10/10/11..............14:38 E. John Sims Parkway............Vehicle crash........................10/10/11..............15:11 Larkspur Court.........................Medical.................................10/11/11..............08:20 Niceville Avenue......................Medical.................................10/12/11..............01:35 Davis Drive...............................Medical.................................10/12/11..............02:33 Ivey Terrace..............................Medical.................................10/13/11..............09:11 Everglade Drive.......................Medical.................................10/13/11..............16:32 E. John Sims Parkway............Medical.................................10/14/11..............19:43 W. John Sims Parkway...........Medical.................................10/14/11..............20:25 Dolphin Point Road.................Medical.................................10/14/11..............21:00 27th Street................................Medical.................................10/14/11..............21:58 Edge Avenue...........................Medical.................................10/15/11..............16:09 Black Bear Circle.....................Natural gas leak...................10/15/11..............19:40 Kumquat Avenue.....................Arcing electrical....................10/15/11..............22:56 Edgewater Drive......................Medical.................................10/16/11..............03:02 Bayshore Drive........................Medical.................................10/16/11..............10:13 Reeves Street..........................Medical.................................10/16/11..............22:55 College Boulevard...................Medical.................................10/16/11..............23:37 Darlington/Bayshore................Vehicle crash........................10/16/11..............23:46 Weekly Safety Tip: Sweep gutters, roofs and eaves regularly and remove dead branches from around or near chimneys. By keeping the roof and area surrounding your home clear of debris you reduce your risk of fire during the hot dry season.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls October 10, 2011, through October 16, 2011. Street Situation Date Time Country Club Drive.................Dispatched, canceled............10/10/11............09:45 Highway 20.............................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/10/11............13:23 N. White Point Road..............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/11/11.............09:24 Midland Court.........................Animal problem......................10/11/11.............12:47 Windward Circle.....................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/12/11............19:46 Pine Street & Range Road....Dispatched, canceled............10/12/11............23:31 N. White Point Road..............Medical assist EMS...............10/13/11............00:20 White Point Road...................Dispatched, canceled............10/13/11............09:33 White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/13/11............09:50 Parkwood Place.....................Smoke detector activation.....10/13/11............10:21 American Poets Drive............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/13/11............20:20 Armadillo Trail.........................Dispatched, canceled............10/14/11............13:14 Troon Drive West....................Assist invalid..........................10/14/11............13:17 White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/14/11............13:31 Whitewood Way.....................Outside rubbish fire...............10/14/11............15:58 Turnberry Place......................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/14/11............17:10 N. White Point Road..............Medical assist EMS...............10/15/11............05:47 Bay Drive................................EMS excluding vehicle..........10/15/11............10:13 Turnberry Cove.......................Medical assist EMS...............10/15/11............12:32 South Hampton Court............EMS excluding vehicle..........10/15/11............13:04 E. 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Elementary had been within walking distance of a large part of Valparaisos residential areas since the 1950s. Last week the commission, on a split vote, threw its weight behind the charter school proposal by rezoning the Valparaiso Elementary site, which is owned by the school district, from commercial to elementary-school use. School district officials say they fear that such a charter school, which would compete for state funds with the district, would substantially reduce enrollment at Lewis School. On Oct. 24 Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts will give the school board her recommendation on a proposal, called Somerset Academy Valparaiso, to open a new K-5 elementary school. Tibbetts will also give her recommendation on a proposal entitled Somerset Academy Middle School Valparaiso to open a charter middle school for children in grades 6-8, if demand exists. Somerset Academy Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization operating 23 schools programs in Florida and one in Texas, according to Victor Barroso, director of operations for a Miami-based company, Academica, which is helping to develop Somerset Academy. Its first program, Somerset Neighborhood School, was established in 1997 and was one of the first charter schools to open in Broward County, Barroso said. This school was one of the first charter schools in Florida to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI). On Sept. 29 a school district committee recommended approval of the charter school proposal submitted by Somerset Academy prior to a Aug. 1 deadline, according to Kaye McKinley, deputy superintendent of schools. Each of the five members of the school board appointed a community member to sit on the committee that evaluated Somerset Academys application, McKinley said, while staff members from the school district advised the committee on technical matters such as state standards. Until the school board makes a decision about the application, no timeline for opening has been finalized and there are no plans to recruit teachers, Academicas Barroso said in response to a query from the Beacon. The Somerset Academy board has asked Academica to review educational facility options in the Valparaiso area, he said. Until we get a final decision from the school (board), no facility decision has been made, he added. The actual location of Somerset Academys proposed charter school could be anywhere in Okaloosa County, McKinley said. The proposal, she said, does not state a location but states that the institution would try to attract students from throughout the county. If the school board approves Somerset Academys application, the next step would be a meeting between Academica and the school boards attorney to agree on a contract stipulating conditions, McKinley said. If the application is approved, Somerset Academy will move quickly to finalize a contract with the school district, Barroso said. This is standard procedure for new charters. At that time, Academica and the Somerset Academy team will launch several initiatives, including facility selection, community outreach, hiring staff and faculty, and marketing to area families. Whatever facility is selected for the charter school, statutes require that it meets state standards for building codes for schools at least three weeks prior to opening, McKinley said. MSBU members and county public works staff members, he had thought the sidewalk project was a done deal, and was surprised when the county commission summarily denied the request when it was brought before the commission for approval. He said four of the five county commissioners voted against the proposal, while James Campbell, whose district includes Bluewater Bay, voted in favor. County Commissioner Don Amunds, one of those who had voted against the new sidewalk, was contacted Friday by the Beacon, and said he and fellow commissioners had rejected the sidewalk proposal because limited county resources must be devoted to higher priority projects, especially in a time of budget cuts and austerity measures by county government. We have cut our public works staff by 18 positions in the last two years, Amunds said. Road paving projects and storm water control projects currently have the highest priority for the countys remaining public works staff, and the county cannot afford to give away free labor for lower priority local projects. He said the county cannot provide labor for one such project without being swamped with similar requests from other neighborhoods. During the Oct. 11 MSBU meeting, Jellison said he does not think the sidewalk proposal will simply die after being rejected by the county commission. There are lots of people walking along Bay Drive, and lots of kids here, he said. People want to know why the sidewalk was turned down by the county commission. Clancy Landon, a Bluewater Bay resident who had been a leader in the movement to establish the MSBU in Bluewater Bay during the 1990s, said he has had prior experience in dealing with the county commission, and that the MSBU may choose to try and persuade county commissioners to reconsider the sidewalk proposal. It never hurts to talk to the commissioners, he said, but always be extremely nice. Landon added, however, that in his opinion, sidewalk construction is not one of the responsibilities for which the MSBU was established. The MSBU, he said, should stick to such things as street lights and beautification projects, and leave the funding of roads, streets and sidewalks entirely to the county rather than propose cost-sharing projects. Im not against sidewalks, Landon said, but offering to share the cost of a paving project with the county could open Pandoras box, by encouraging the county to transfer the cost of future paving projects to the MSBU. The cost-sharing proposal, he said, could set a dangerous precedent for diverting the MSBUs limited funding to future paving and road maintenance rather than using it for beautification and maintenance of common areas of Bluewater Bay. Other visitors at the meeting, however, seemed to favor asking the county commission to reconsider. One visitor suggested that local residents could gather signatures on a petition to present to the county commission. Another said that if the county refuses to provide labor for the project, the MSBU might be able to fund the project itself, including both materials and labor. In other business Oct. 11, the MSBU board approved the renewal of its annual contract with Bayou Lawn Services, for about $163,000, for landscaping services in common areas. MSBU board member Joan McCarthy said the MSBU has a new webmaster for its website, and that the MSBU can now post draft minutes of its meetings on the website about ten days after each meeting. MSBU management consultant Archie Jernigan said that while draft minutes may be posted, the minutes of each meeting do not become official until they are approved by the MSBU board at the next meeting. Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Frank Taylor said that new speed limit signs have been posted along Range Road, allowing him to cite drivers for driving too fast along the road, which passes in front of Bluewater Elementary School. He said some drivers have been clocked at over 60 miles per hour along Range Road, despite the 30 mph limit. Such drivers, he said, may be confused visitors to Florida, thinking they are still on a main highway after exiting the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Road. Taylor also warned local residents to keep doors to their homes locked, as there have been some residential burglaries recently. He said that open garage doors are an especially inviting target for thieves. An open garage full of tools and lawn equipment, he said, is like a shoppers market for opportunistic thieves. The MSBU is a sub-unit of county government, created to provide street lighting, beautification and maintenance of common areas of Bluewater Bay. The MSBU is funded by a yearly fee of about $60 from all Bluewater Bay property owners, and is governed by an elected board of five unpaid volunteers. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, October 19, 2011 Page A-7 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 A Proud Partner with 729-2222 htiwrentraPduorP A snoitacoL g 1144 John Simms P -2222729eek Sry E Oak C w k kw 1144 John Simms PVILLENICE -2222. hopping Ctr eek SVILLE 1144 John Sims Pkwy. E. Oak Creek Shopping Ctr. Dont Miss This!All Proceeds Benefit MissionsWhen: Sa turday, October 29, 2011 Ti me: 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. W here: N icev ille U nited Methodist Chu rch 214S. P artin Dr., Niceville Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 Mon.-Sat., Noon-5 Sun. www.bayoubookcompany.com Since 1986Show your support with an Eagles T-shirt SIDEWALKFrom page A-1 DISTRICTFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith This section near the west end of of Bay Drive was proposed for a sidewalk project in which the communitys taxing district and Okaloosa County would have shared costs. The county commission rejected the idea as too costly. Beacon photo by Del Lessard The site of Valparaiso Elementary School, closed by the Okaloosa County School District last May to cut costs, is the proposed location of a charter school favored by the city officials.

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A week earlier, commissioners agreed by a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Bruce Arnold in the minority, to other residents requests that sidewalks planned for Vine Street and Rose Court be deleted from the list of city streets to get new sidewalks. Construction of nearly three miles of new sidewalks in city neighborhoods around Lewis School began Sept. 26 and is expected to take about four months to complete. Cost of the construction is funded with federal tax dollars obtained through a state grant. After agreeing Monday to a contract change order that added $1,800 for grass seeding and mulching the construction contract currently totals $373,927. While promoted for the additional safety sidewalks provide to students and other pedestrians, the project has also attracted its share of critics among residents opposed to sidewalks in the public rights of way in front of their homes. 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Dr. Mike Mosley, RBCS superintendent, said the private Christian school worked unsuccessfully for years to get the state agency to approve a standard school crossing. That changed after the school enlisted the aid of Gaetz following a serious traffic accident involving a student and another motorist last year. The school zone was installed over the summer. Motorists now face enhanced fines for speeding through the school zone when the lights are flashing. Kiwanis Club honors membersThe Kiwanis Club of NicevilleValparaiso held an awards banquet Sept. 29. Two members were recognized with the Legion of Honor, an award for members who have given more than 20 years of service to Kiwanis and the community. Gene Ally, left, received the award for 25 years of service and Jim Lindsay for 30 years of service. With the honorees is Don Pulley, far right. 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Coats for Kids drive The United Way of OkaloosaWalton counties will hold the annual Coats for Kids at Christmas drive to help children in need in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Drop off coats through Dec. 2at the following locations: Bank of America, Compass Bank, Coastal Bank and Trust, Covenant Hospice, Eglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, Northwest Florida State College, Regions Bank, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital, YMCA. Info: United Way, 243-0315. Food drive Two Niceville doctors offices will hold a food drive in exchange for services through Oct. 21 to benefit Sharing & Caring, Niceville. Niceville Family Dental Center will double the value of nonperishable food donations, and will take up to $60 off of your dental bill that week. Zook Family Chiropractic in Niceville will offer a new patient spinal exam, including xrays if necessary, for $25 or more of nonperishable food items. Call 7291223 to schedule with Niceville Family Dental Center, or 678-4155 to schedule with Zook Family Chiropractic. Women voters meeting The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County will hold a Lunch and Learn Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Robert McKnight, former representative in the Florida House, will share his experiences in the Golden Age of the Florida Legislature. The lunch is $13. Reservations are required. Contact Mary Blackwell, 621-4088, by Oct. 19 to reserve. Trout fishing seminar The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will focus on the most popular fish in Floridaspeckled trout. Starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Northlight Marina in Niceville will be the site of a one-hour fishing seminar to teach anglers how to improve their time on the water when targeting trout. Free food courtesy of Northlight will be served at 6:30 p.m. and free raffles will follow the show. This free event is open to everyone. Info: Sonny Granger, 850-3847737; Bethany, 850-497-5230; or saltwater-events.com. Libertarian Party meeting The Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County will hold a meeting Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., in the Emerald Grande Hotel Grande Vista bar. Registered libertarians from Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties may appear in person, or vote by proxy, to propose changes to party rules and have them voted on. All are welcome to attend. Reference libertarianpoc.org to see LPOC rules documents. Info: 217-6590 Science Friday Lecture Jennifer Hatler, a crime lab analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, will present the Science Friday Seminar Oct. 21 at Northwest Florida State College. She will speak on the topic Forensic DNA Testing Today. The program will be held at 11 a.m. in room S-110 of the Robert E. Green Jr. Science Building. Info: NWFSC Science Department, 729-5376. NWF Fine Arts Show The Arts and Design Society seeks artwork for the 28th annual NWF Fair Fine Arts Show to be held Oct. 25-30. Entry dates are Oct. 21, noon-5 p.m., and Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-noon. High school and middle school students are encouraged to participate, and their work will be judged with grade level. Visit artsdesignsociety.org for a prospectus for this show, or call 2441271 for more information. Womans Club yard sale The Destin Womans Club will hold its annual yard sale Oct. 22, 7 a.m.-noon at Dr. Dennis Lichorwics parking lot, 4635 Gulfstarr Drive, in the Sunsail Plaza on Highway 98 across from entrance to Regatta Bay. The sale will feature a wide variety of items including furniture, clothing and other household items. South Walton bird walk Dee Nickerson will lead a bird walk at the South Walton Courthouse Annex Oct. 22. Expect to see brownheaded nuthatches, eastern towhees, yellow-rumped warblers and redshouldered hawks. Meet at the WinnDixie parking lot in Bluewater Bay at 7:15 a.m. Info: Walt Spence, 5827064. Astronomy meeting The next meeting of the NorthWest Florida Astronomy Association will be held Oct. 22 at the observatory, S-2, on the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. Info: Tom Haugh, 678-6483, or nwfastro.org. Old NHS reunion The annual reunion of the old Niceville High School is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. Students, teachers, spouses, guests and anyone who attended the school from 1929-1952, even for one day, are invited to attend. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 6. Bring memorabilia of your school days and activities if you wish. Reservations are requested. The cost is $12.50 per person. For info and reservations: Louise Lovell, 6784777. Archaeology meeting The Emerald Coast Archaeology Society will hold its regular meeting Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Lazarus Room of the Indian Mound Temple Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Maveen Bruner will talk about the 1943 expansion of Eglin Field where the government gave the residents of New Home and Alice Creek 30 days to vacate and took their land by eminent domain. The public is invited to this free event. October blood drives The following blood drives will be held in October: Sunday, 23Christ Our Redeemer Church, White Point Road, Niceville, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 23Mullet Festival, Festival Grounds Hwy. 85, Niceville, 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, 26Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive, 2-8 p.m. ADSO luncheon Karen Flesvig Chu will be the guest speaker at the Arts and Design Societys luncheon Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. Chu will speak on the art of tapestry and hand weaving. Chu will share first-hand knowledge on tapestry weaving at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, Fort Walton Beach. Cost of the luncheon is $12. Reservations must be made by Oct. 24. Email adsoluncheon@yahoo.com or call Marcy at 585-4967. Defense industry event The National Defense Industrial Association will hold a Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium & Exhibition at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island, Oct. 25-27. For more information, visit ndia.org/meetings/2410 or contact Meredith Geary, mgeary@ndia.org or 703-247-9476. NARFE meeting National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1428, will meet Oct. 25 at the Golden Corral, 414 Mary Esther N.W., Fort Walton Beach. Lunch will be at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon. Keith Telemacque, Tellys Auto Repair, Fort Walton Beach, will speak on Getting Your Car Ready for Colder Weather. This meeting is open to all current and retired federal employees. NW Florida Fair The Northwest Florida Fair will take place Oct. 25-30. TuesdayFriday, the fair will be open 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, all day. Opening night of the fair, Tuesday, Oct. 25, the fair is free. Entry prices: Wednesday, $2; Thursday, $3; FridaySunday, $6. Attractions will include rides and games, musical acts including Jason Thomas, Victorias Circus motorcycle riders and their globe of death, a highwire act and livestock. The fairgrounds are located at 1958 Lewis CALENDAR2011Page B-2 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCHDIRECTORY 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 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, Niceville 850-678-1298 Sunday Morning ScheduleWorship 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. October 30 .. One Service .. 10:00 a.m. www.stpaulniceville.com *Example is for illustration purposes only and may not reect current offers, loan terms or interest rates. It is based on monthly payments on a 60-month term vehicle loan at a rate of 16.5% APR, a $20,000 purchase price and a State Farm Bank renance rate of 6.99% APR. Shift into savings gear. Bo Burns, Agent 1811 John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-3441 bo.burns.cvly@statefarm.com bo.burns.cvly@statefarm.com Bus: 850-678-3441 Niceville, FL 32578 1811 John Sims Parkway Bo Burns, Agent h tiwnaolracruoyecnaneR knaBmraFetatSu o y y dna uoyno001$tsomlaevasdluoc stnemyapylhtnom*.ogaekiL rehtsimraFetatS r r, obhgien Y A AY DOTEMLLAC r u d o .e 080 1 00 1 mdnaylnoseso p ur rp pn o i io ta r t tr sullir o f fo s i is elmpa x E Ex ih e v ve mr e t te h t th nom-06ano s t ts ne m y ym apyl h t th nomno R P PR A%99.6foetarecna n n erknaB m r rm a F Fa et a t ta S a B mraF et a t S i t I t .s e t te artser e t te n i in ros m r rm etnaol s s, r e f fe f ff otnerurctc e e ertonyam e c i ic rpesahcurp000 0 0, 2 $ $2 a R R, P PR A%5.61fo e t te aratanaolel c i ic L I, n otg nim oo l B,.B. S F kna d esab s i is a dna 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 the NAIFA Code of Ethics, and service to industry. *** Tyler Provost, a 2006 graduate of Niceville High School, is a first year student of medicine at LECOM-Bradenton, after receiving his degree in molecular biology and microbiology from the University of Central Florida. He will participate in the White Coat Ceremony this winter. Tyler is the son of Denise and Bob Provost and brother of Anthony Provost. *** Gamma Epsilon Masters Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its monthly social time at Pandoras restaurant, Destin. Members and their spouses attending were: Marge and Bob Ballon, Eunice and Les Whitman, Margaret and Roger Holley, Linda and Mike Michalowski, Doris Olig and Angela Budden. *** Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, ranked as the 32nd largest accounting firm nationally and third largest in the South, announces the addition of JoAnn Rocque, Luke Tatum, Tad Jokerst and Taylor Jackson to the Niceville office. Rocque joins CRI as a senior accountant. She holds a bachelors degree from Trenton State College and a masters in accounting from Rutgers University. Tatum, Jokerst and Jackson work in the client accounting services department preparing and compiling financial statements and providing various consulting services to businesses of all sizes. Tatum is pursuing a degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. Jokerst holds both a bachelors and masters in accounting from Missouri State University. Jackson holds both a bachelors and masters in accounting from Troy University. *** Lawrence Larry Lewis of Valparaiso recently released a book, Buying Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Vans: Amazing Secrets to Save Thousands, in which he shares negotiation tips with consumers about how to save money when buying a new car. Lewis is originally from Canton, Ohio, and spent 35 years in the car management and finance industry. *** Daniel Stewart, son of Dora and William Stewart of Niceville, successfully completed the twoweek Norwich University Future Leader Camp at the nations first senior military college in Northfield, Vt. To qualify for the camp, applicants needed a minimum GPA of 2.5 and had to submit letters of recommendation. The camp is designed to develop the leadership skills of current high school students by providing a challenging and meaningful adventure camp experience. Daniel will graduate from Niceville High School in 2012. WHOSFrom page B-1 Heritage Museum gets TV close-upLocal TV station WSRE will feature the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida on In Your Own Backyard Oct. 20, 7 p.m. The program is part of a series that showcases interesting places and attractions along the northern Gulf Coast. The show will play on: Cox Cablechannel 9 and HD channel 1009; Valparaiso Cablechannel 11 and HD channel 411; Direct TVchannel 23. Bishop and Mrs. T.P. Johnson, Sr. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19NEWLIFECHRISTIANMINISTRIES130 N. PARTINDR., NICEVILLECHURCHOFFICE(850) 729-0733 Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.Bishop T.P. Johnson, Sr. Senior Pastorwww.thisisnewlife.org Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comDONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to own this BWB Patio Home freshly painted. Owner replaced A/C 09 along with Hot Water. Dining Area adjoins Living Room giving this home a very open feel. Master on First Floor with its own private patio. Covered Screen Porch. Additional Bedrooms are upstairs with a full bath. Homeowner Association $230 a month covers all exterior and $840.00 a year to HOA covers All Insurance for Exterior. You only need home contents. Close to the Marina. 3/2.5 // 1,675 Sq. Ft. $159,000 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. 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! $155,000. GARDEN OAKS CONDO is ABSOLUTELY DYNAMITE!!! 2nd Floor Unit. Screen Patio Area, Another open Balcony Area. Large Kitchen, Master Bedroom & 2nd Bedroom. Very Spacious Family Room. Open, Light and Bright. $129,000 FIRST CLASS CUSTOM BUILT HOME Located in Rocky Bayou on Lake Henderson. Luxurious details throughout. Handicap Accessible. 4 Bedrooms-3 Baths. Perfect InLaw Suite with kitchenette-Elevator. Call for a Feature Sheet of all the Extras. 4,519 Sq. Ft. $637,126. JUST SOLD/CLOSED: Marina Villas Magnolia Plantation Oakmont Circle PENDING: Hidden Lakes Magnolia Plantation New Construction (Baker) Dana Pointe NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 Please see CALENDAR, page B-5 Tyler Provost

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON 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 Accepted POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service 110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 Jewelry Repair Custom DesignMike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Diamond Worksinc. Park Place Plaza 323 Page Bacon Rd. Mary Esther, FL 32569 850-244-5252www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville 678-CAF(2233) www.cafebienville.com $1OFFBByour meal when you bring in this ad Delicious Daily Specials 10% Discount for Military Caf Friends CardBuy 5 meals, then get $5 off your next meal! Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Gelato, Espresso Quick Service Call for Carry-out Vegan options RBCS donates suppliesRocky Bayou Christian Schools kindergarten and elementary departments started a canned food drive Oct. 3 for Sharing & Caring, Niceville. This drive will continue through Oct. 21. Students donated 913 cans of food with their first delivery to Sharing & Caring Oct. 7. From left, third graders Autumn Ryan and Zoey Cain, and sixth graders Jason McCauley, Thad Dempsey and Hannah Augustin. Rocky students serveThe Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League acted as volunteer servers for the Blue Jeans Ball, a benefit for Covenant Hospice, held at the Crestview Community Center Oct. 1. Servers included, from left, JCL member Kimberly McMahon, JCL officer Shiloh Johns, member Mandy Hart, JCL President Neely Fawaz and member Michelle Earls.NHS, Choctaw share face timeNiceville High School students communicated via Skype with an Intro to IT class at Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beac h. Students at Niceville gathered around a laptop computer to see and ask questions to their counterparts at Choctaw. NHS teacher Michelle Robinson Cooks Intro to IT students discussed the computer system unit, focusing on hardware and software. Students presented troubleshooting scenarios to the others to see if they knew how to fix the problem. Come See our Showroom!CARPET TILE WOOD AREA RUGS WINDOW BLINDS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALwww.bestbuycarpetinc.com 115 Bullock Blvd, Niceville Behind Gulf Power (850) 678-0041BESTBUYCARPET, INC. (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 www.bayareabetterhearing.com (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center)ReSound AleraTM61with wireless optionsReSound AleraTM60 12 months no interest financing now available No Snake Oil Salesman, No Witch Doctors, No Magic Potions...HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE An exceptional surround sound experience, strong and clear wireless connections to your TV and phone and carefully crafted design all help you connect to the important things in life. MJ Stiles, NBC-HIS, ABOC The Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 211 Niceville, FL 32578 connects you to your worldOur licensed professionals take a personal interest in your hearing rehabilition CALL 850-279-4545 now for your FREEHEARING EVALUATION and DEMONSTRATION of this STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY AleraTMby Resound$800 OFF

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERWilliam Russell, 69, Niceville, retired military Mark Hiller, 34, Niceville, service manager Liezele Wtulich, 38, Crestview, bookkeeper Shawn Jackson, 35, Niceville, soft drink vendor I think they can find better things to protest. Better yet, they could go look for work. I think its a waste of time and money. We have other problems in our country, like jobs and people facing foreclosure. Theres a lot of corruption on Wall Street. If people want to protest something, thats their right. I think Wall Street is very biased. They set prices for everything, almost like a second government. Theyre standing up for what they believe in. At least theyre doing something, instead of just sitting and complaining.Mike GriffithWhat do you think about the Occupy Wall Street protests?Rebecca Madonia, Niceville, maintenance coordinator Rebekah Richardson, 15, Bluewater Bay, student, Okaloosa AcademyWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Location: Palm Plaza KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710897-6423 PAINTINGTHE 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 MINI STORAGE Nice-VillaMini Storage2 miles east of Bluewater Bay on Hwy. 20(Drive A Little, Save A Lot)Block Buildings897-2280 Advertise your business in this size space for only $19.55 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON 2006 Ford Explorer XLT, 4.0LV6, 79K highway miles, great condition, $11,500, 863-990-2901. Service Greeting Cards FWB, Niceville areas. Must have good computer skills. Must have a land line phone. Mon.-Fri. with some flexibility. Approx 15-20 hours a week working hours. Must be able to work the day before and after holidays. Depending on experience $7.30$8.30/hr. Send resume to Richard.wood@ amgreetings.com Nice 2/2 duplex, Niceville, washer/ dryer hookups, close to schools and bases, $750/mo., small pets ok, military discount, 699-4011. BWB, 2 Executive Bay Front Efficiencies. Fully furnished, utilities included. $1300/mo; rent negotiable for long term lease. Call Marina Cove Realty Today...830-3568. 1 BR Apt, free utilities, $550 mo, $500 deposit, 282 Washington Ave., Valparaiso. 678-5953 AIRPORT HOME WITH HANGAR! Go to tinyurl.com/6b2s2br for more information. FOR SALE BY OWNER: Well maintained 2 story townhome on private, quiet cul de sac in Bluewater Bay. 4179 Chacato Cove. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath. Two car attached garage. Landscape maintenance provided by HOA. Termite bonded and monitored. Kitchen and Laundry appliances available. 650-5777. Lancaster, October 15 and 22. Toys, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, and more. Moving Sale. Everything big and small. October 22 at 395 Iowa St. 519 Kumquat Ave., Oct. 22, 8am. A lot of everything. BIG SALE! Halloween and Christmas items up to 50% off. This and That Antiques Thrift Shop Flea Market. 1419 North 29th #2. Open Wed.Fri. 1PM-5PM, Sat. 10AM-4PM Looking for good deals? Be sure to check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon! Homes for Rent Autos for Sale Yard Sales Homes for Sale Homes for Rent RVs for Sale CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! RENTALS 850-897-1443 Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyFlorida Club Furnished $1400-1600 Washer/dryer, screened patio, includes utilities, cable, internet, pool, gym, pet friendly, 1-2 bdrmsMarina Villas Furnished $1300-$1600 Waterfront, includes utilities, cable, internet, 1-2 bdrmsSouthwind Furnished $1900 Gated community, 3/2.5, nicely decorated, includes internet, cable & utilitiesWaterfront Townhome 30 Marina Cove Dr: 2BR, 2.5 BA, 2 car tandem garage, porch, nicely updated $214,000 Lakeside Townhome 1BR + Loft Condo, 2 full baths, top floor unit, cathedral ceilings, $114,000For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 WILSON MINGER AGENCY, INC.Nicevilles 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 129 2nd Street ................. MLS#506 753 .. $109,5 00 19 Ke lly Way ................... MLS#547476 .. $ 119, 999 1 000 Baysh ore Drive ........ MLS#561 986 .. $1 20, 000 210 22n d Street ............... MLS#565 336 .. $150, 000 1527 Val para i so Blvd ...... MLS#56 0212 .. $1 69,9 00 5 03 Cove Circle ............... MLS#56 0377 .. $1 77,7 00 925 H ospital Drive ........... MLS#56 0248 .. $2 69,9 00 154 Bl ac k B ear Ci rcle ....... MLS#5612 88 .. $ 334, 000 4 556 Re db ud T rail ............ MLS#56 0212 .. $504, 000 1701 O sceola Bay Av en ue.MLS#534 208 .. $650, 000NICEVILLES #1 SALES OFFICE SINCE 2005 Crestview, Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach M ary Est her, Navarre, Gulf BreezeSA LES @ C21M INGER .C OMSPECIALIZEDAREAS IN:Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. 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East Niceville fire panel discusses accounting By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The East Niceville Fire Commission Monday discussed options for improving financial accounting and planning methods. During the meeting at the firehouse on 27th Street, fire commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar suggested some potential improvements to how the commission organizes and presents its budgets and other financial data. No decisions were made. Dunbar suggested adding more line items to the fire districts budget plans, in order to more closely reflect how professional accountants and auditors prepare or audit budgets of small government entities such as independent fire districts. The fire districts current budget, said Dunbar, categorizes types of spending into 31 specific categories, or line items listed in the budget. Professional accountants, he said, usually divide budget items for local fire districts into as many as 77 specific line items. Although Dunbar did not recommend having that many line items in the East Niceville Fire District budget, he did recommend adding up to 30 additional line items, in order to make budget documents more specific about how much is to be spent on what, and to make annual audits of the fire districts finances easier for the accountants who perform them. Dunbar said adding the additional lines to the budget will not make preparation of fire district budgets more difficult. Once the spreadsheet is set up, it isnt any harder, he said, to divide spending plans into more categories. Some of the additional line items to be added, he recommended, include specifying contractual services by vendor, listing each utility in the budget separately, such as electricity, water, and gas, and listing fuel for fire trucks separately from other operating supplies. Other commissioners at the meeting seemed to favor Dunbars idea. If it makes it easier for the auditors, it may make it less expensive for us, said Commissioner Matt Schwab. Adding the extra, more specific line items, said Commissioner Leonard Martin, would help make budget statements clearer than in the past. Other items discussed during Mondays meeting included whether to make any changes to the fire districts charter, and whether to continue requiring all checks issued by the fire district to be signed by at least two officials. Fire commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo said the fire districts charter was actually an ordinance enacted by the Okaloosa County Commission, so the fire commission lacks authority to change it on its own. Dunbar suggested that requiring two signatures on checks, although a prudent financial control measure, may be becoming obsolete as more and more businesses and institutions are paying bills by electronic means rather than by paper checks. Everybody does electronic banking now, he said. Nevertheless, the other fire commissioners said they prefer to keep the two-signature rule in place for now. Martin said he prefers to keep the two-signature rule as a way of ensuring control over expenditures, and Marcolongo said he thought the two-signature rule is required by the State of Florida. No votes or formal decisions were made by the fire commission regarding any of the suggestions, although the commissioners agreed to think them over and discuss them again at the November fire commission meeting. In other business, Marcolongo said he may arrange for a representative of a health insurance company to speak at the November fire commission meeting, to present a proposal for a health insurance plan that would pay refunds to the fire district for each month in which no fire district employees become sick or injured. Following the meeting, fire commissioners were shown the new concrete floor of the fire station vehicle bay. Fire Chief Michael Wright said the new floor was recently installed by East Niceville firefighters, saving the cost of having it done by an outside contractor. East Niceville fire commission meetings are usually held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, in the fire station at 1709 27th Street. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithFollowing a meeting Monday, East Niceville fire commissioners and firefighters looked at the new concrete floor of the 27th Street fire station, which was recently installed by firefighters themselves. Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Info: 862-0211 or nwffair.com. Social Security seminar Arbor Wealth Management will host a complimentary seminar entitled At What Age Should I Begin Taking Social Security Benefits in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Snacksand soft drinks will be served. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, firmfounder and principal, will lead a presentation on socialsecurity optimization choices. Call 850-608-6121 to reserve seating. Arbor Wealth Management is located in the Topsl Commercial Center, 500 yards eastof Sandestins main entrance. Alzheimers support group Alzheimers Family Services will hold a support group meeting for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimers disease at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Partin Drive, Chandler Center. The support group is free and respite care is available. Support Groups are a means for caregivers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimers disease to exchange ideas, gather information and discuss their concerns with others who are dealing or have dealt with the same issues. To register for this support group or for info, call 478-7790 or visit AlzFamServ.org. Dinner with Nida Rosemont Baptist Church will be having one final Dinner with Nida from Nidas Thai and More. The dinner will be Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. Make reservations by Nov. 1 for dine in or carry out. All proceeds will go to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Visit RBCNiceville.org for more information. Call the church for information or to make reservations, 6781611. The suggested donation is $8. Come and eat before the football game. Pine needle basketry Learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely yours at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Pine Needle Basketry, a three-part class, will be held Nov. 1, 8 and 15 at 4:30 p.m. Early Native Americans in the region wove abundant longleaf pine needles into beautiful and useful baskets. Join instructor Joe Stoy and learn the original Seminole techniques using modern materials and local pine needles. The cost, including materials, is $75, $60 for Museum members. Space Is limited. Payment is due at registration. Call 678-2615 to register. Ask about a special discount for new members. Driver safety course In November 2011, AARP will offer a free driver safety program for all veterans and their spouses. This class will allow good drivers 55 and older to earn premium deductions from all providers of automobile insurance in Florida. Info: 729-3468. Golf fundraiser The Foxwood Country Club, 4927 Antioch Road, Crestview, will hold a golf tournament to benefit the Christian Thomhave memorial scholarship fund at Northwest Florida State College Oct. 28 at noon. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $44. Make and mail checks to Foxwood. Info: B.J., 682-2012 or 862-2012. Mullet festival golf tourney The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club will host the Mullet Festival Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 28 at the Rocky Bayou Country Club. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit the rotary scholarship fund, which are awarded to local students. Tee off time is noon. Corporate sponsorship is $350, individual registration is $90. Prices include green fee and cart, range balls, dinner and award ceremony after the tournament. Hole sponsor signs can be purchased for $100. Info: Allen Tucker, 678-5141 or email nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Email for registration form. CALENDARFrom page B-2

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Despite effort, Central too tough for EaglesVisitors win close matchup, 27-19By Sarah ClausonBeacon Correspondent The Niceville eagles fell to the Central High School (Phenix City, Ala.) Devils last Friday 27-19. The non-district match up was one of Nicevilles toughest of the season, against a team with a winning record and several star athletes. The Eagles won the coin toss and opted to receive the ball and made a statement right out of the gate. The offense entered the game with finesse and rhythm that had the Devils on their heels. The first play of the game was a 10-yard run by Devin Vazquez, followed by a picture perfect completion to Tyree McCants that moved the ball almost 40 yards to the 22yard line in Devil territory. With 10:25 left in the first quarter, freshman running back Shi Kim Coward moved the ball from the 8-yard line into the end zone and gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead. The momentum continued when the Devils very first snap went beyond their quarterback and resulted in a safety, giving the Eagles another two points. Centrals speed and athleticism became apparent later in the quarter when it scored its first touchdown off an amazing quarterback keeper to narrow the gap. The Devils quarterback did it again midway through the second quarter, as the Niceville offense tried to adjust to the tough Devils defense. Strong pressure on the Eagle running game forced Niceville to pass more than usual, and although there were plenty of impressive completions, momentum was hard to find. The Eagle defense once again showed off its experience and skill by keeping the pressure strong, and preventing a touchdown on the last drive of the half. The defense opened the 2nd half with an impressive fumble recovery that led to an Eagle field goal by Andrew Mitchell, dwindling the Devil lead to 1412. Less than a minute later the Devils answered with another electrifying possession that resulted in a touchdown, 21-12. The Eagles did not let the lead scare them, but rather pulled off another fumble recovery, which poised Shi Kim Coward for his second touchdown of the night, and his high school career. The 21-19 held up until late in the fourth, when the Devils managed another touchdown to bring the final score to 27-19. We played very well in spots, said coach John Hicks. We did some really good, positive things offensively. I think were getting better. Hopefully we wont play many more teams as good as them. Friday the Eagles, 2-1 in the district, will travel to Fort Walton Beach to take on the Vikings, 0-2. Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Niceville gridders Trey Barnes (11) and Blake Parker tackle a runner to minimize the gain in Fridays 27-19 loss to Central. BEACONSPORTSPage B-6 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Beacon photo by Kenneth BooksRams win volleyball crownRuckel Middle Schools Casey Carr leaps for a spike against Baker Middle School Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Rams defeated Baker to win the county middle school volleyball championship. Photo by Scott SchaefflerSetup for a KnightRocky Bayou Christian Schools Lauren Wright sets up the ball in an Oct. 4 volleyball match with Pensacola Christian Academy. Behind her are Amber Smith and Kaitlyn Tiller, with Hannah Barber bringing up the rear. The Knights won the match, 3-2, to bring their record to 2-12. Rocky falters on gridironRocky Bayou Christian Schools running back, Ben Phillips, tries to evade a Port St. Joe defender as quarterback Caleb McCullough (11) and offensive lineman Jacob Holcomb dash to his defense. The Knights, however, lost the game, 28-0. Photo by Arnie Fonseca Alec Hohnadell speeds around the course during a recent personal watercraft race. Alec, a Niceville High School sophomore, is the youngest champion the sport has seen. Courtesy photoNHS soph making mark as racerBy Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer Some teenagers have hobbies. Alec Hohnadell has a vocation. The Niceville High School sophomore is an up-and-comer in the growing field of personal watercraft racing. In fact, he earned a second place in the 30th Anniversary World Finals. In September, he won the world championship in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Alec is 16. The Hohnadells budget can be strained from time to time. Kuwaits team has a yearly budget of $6 million and bonus money of $65,000 per win on each class, Alec said. The Fazza Team from Dubai had a budget of over $1 million for this one race and even came with a fleet of Escalades and bodyguards. These foreign countries pour big money into their racing. It is kind of overwhelming but definitely makes it interesting. At the World Finals, Alec had a full-speed collision with another racer, which knocked them both off their boats and into the water almost causing both racers to get run over by the pack of racers. Alec was able to get back on and finish the race eighth. The second heat was much better. Alec managed a firstplace finish, which earned him a second. Alecs next race was in the Stock Class Sept. 25, and this was the race that earned him a World Championship in that division. He won the qualifying heat race but had a scary moment when he snagged a buoy rope while racing and got pinned under his boat causing him to almost drown. He was able to get loose and get back on and win the Overall World Championship in the Stock Class. There are about 15 classes, based on a number of factors, such as age, experience, skills and engine displacement. Meanwhile, his face will become well known among fans. He was chosen as the Junior Star Award winner as the most promising young racer, by other racers in the International Jet Sports Boating Association, which oversees the sport. Alec became interested in racing because My friend had a motorcross (bike) and invited us to go ride with him. I just like racing and going fast and competing against other racers. He was 13 at the time. Right now, the enterprise is paying off more in fame than in fortune. Alec estimated a victory gains between $1,000 and $1,500 in take home pay. If it gets bigger, people can make $500,000 to $600,000 per year, Alec said. A race, Alec said, consists of 10 laps with buoys set up. Racers are required to round the buoys. If they miss one, they must round a black buoy, which is significantly off the track. It takes some time to get back, Alec said. His next race will be early in the winter at Daytona Beach. Alec hopes eventually to capture the pro championship. Thats the biggest you can get, so its going to be my dream for this year and years to come, he said. Alec Hohnadell