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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Did a new state law requiring public employees to contribute towards their own retirement really cut the amount taxpayers must pay? At least some public employees in the area got raises to make up for having to contribute part of their pay to their retirement plans. On Feb. 1, Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed that state and local government workers contribute 5 percent of pay toward their own pensions. Previously taxpayers picked up the full tab. Scott said the cost-sharing plan would be more in line with the practice in the private sector, where most pension plans are funded by employee and employer alike. The result, he said, would save tax money and help close a $4 billion state budget shortfall. The Florida Legislature went along with the governors idea but pared the employee contribution to 3 percent, effective July 1. Many public employees saw the deferral as a pay cut. The Florida Education Association and other unions representing state and government unions sued the state and argued their case in a Tallahassee courtroom last month.By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission Monday killed a proposed leash law that would have required unconfined dogs always to be leashed. Separately, the commission also voted to allow leashed dogs to accompany diners in the outdoor areas of certain restaurants. Commissioners also voted to start a voluntary recycling program, set Jan. 31 as the next city election date and tabled an attempt to take $69,000 from the budget to give city employees a merit raise. Ordinance 624, allowing dogs in restaurants, passed unanimously with little discussion. The plan, requested by Compass Roses general manager Kay Hamilton, allows leashed dogs in the outside, separate area of restaurants that request the exemption and are willing to comply with a number of By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council has renewed the citys garbage-collection contract with Waste Management without seeking competing bids. In return, customers will receive a senior citizen discount and other incentives. Meeting Nov. 8, the council also approved a ranking list for a planned $600,000 project to renovate or rebuild homes of certain low-income residents. It also gave tentative approval to a rezoning request on the north side of Valparaiso Boulevard between Thomas Street and Hopper Street.By Del Lessard and Mike Griffith Beacon Staff When school bells ring next August, as many as 66 sixth-graders could be taking advanced science and math classes at the now-shuttered Valparaiso Elementary School, under a plan given tentative approval Monday by the Okaloosa County School Board. Meeting in Fort Walton Beach, the school board unanimously approved a motion to allow Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts to go ahead with her plans for a STEMM school, provided she report back in 60 days with specific information about the schools cost, number of students and faculty, administrators, and other details. At that time, the board may decide whether to proceed further with preparing to open such a science academy at the Valparaiso site. Tibbetts proposed opening a magnet middle school focusing on teaching science, technology, engineering, math and medical technology (STEMM) to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. A teacher STEMM training center and an existing elementary school program called Engineers for America would also be T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, November 16, 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5016 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Please see SCIENCE, page A-7 Please see CLOSURE, page A-8 Please see DOGS, page A-8 Veterans honored Friday, 11 a.m. Northwest Florida State College will host a free science lecture on Forensic Drug Chemistry in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science building, Niceville campus, room 110. This is the final lecture of the fall semester. Info: 729-5376. Friday, 9 a.m. Rocky Bayou Christian School invites new applicants to attend the community open house at Grace Presbyterian Chapel on the school campus, 2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Meet Superintendent Dr. Michael Mosley, tour the campus, meet the school principals and admissions director. New applicants who attend the open house and apply by Friday, Dec. 14. receive $50 off enrollment fee. RSVP at 678-7358 ext. 330 by Nov. 17. Info: rbcs.org. Saturday, 7 p.m. The Rocky Bayou Christian School Thespians for Christ will present Harvey in the Niceville High School Auditorium. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grace Rides a local therapeutic riding ministry, is hosting a fall fund-raising event at Camp Timpoochee, 4750 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville. The day will center around horses, kids, food and music with riding demonstrations, petting zoos, hay rides, carnival games and bands. Admission to the event is free. Info: gracerides.com or 259-9195.Calendar, B-2. COMINGUPDogs have their day in ValparaisoCity backs voice control, certain restaurant visits Beacon photos by Del Lessard Some 300 people Friday honored those who served America in the military at Veterans Day ceremonies at Valparaiso s Doolittle Park. We are still a nation at war, Col. David Hicks, commander of Eglin s 53rd Wing reminded his audience. F-16s from Eglin saluted veterans with a four-ship flyover.Niceville renews trash no-bid pact on garbageBy Mike Griffith and Del Lessard Beacon Staff Members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) expressed concerns about the announced possible closure of one of the four nine-hole golf courses in Bluewater Bay. Bluewater Bay Resort, owner of the courses, said in a recent mailing to homeowners whose property fronts the courses, that it was considering closing and stopping maintenance on nine holes because of declining business. The resort did not specify which course might be affected. Although the golf courses are private property, and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the MSBU, board members said during a meetingBWB Resort eyes partial closure of golf course Valp. science school clears hurdle The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Del LessardBumper carsWith heavy-duty bumpers welded onto a marked patrol car and a second, felony-fleeing vehicle, more than 100 Walton County she riff s deputies were trained last week at Northwest Florida State College in the precision immobilization technique (PIT), by which a patrol car bumps a pursued vehicle into a spin to make it stop. The move is designed to reduce the risk of injury to deputies, the public and occupants of vehicles whose drivers refuse to stop in cases when occupants are suspected of a felony, according to t he Walton County Sheriff s Office. Officials said the technique is used in about 2.5 percent of pursuits. The Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office said it doesn t use the technique. Please see GARBAGE, page A-3 Please see PENSION, page A-5Some get raises to offset pension deduction
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Page A-3 Dominica Farmer, a representative of Waste Management, the company that does garbage and trash pickup for Niceville, asked the council to renew her companys contract with the city. Although the contract does not officially come up for renewal until October 2012, Farmer said an early renewal would help her company plan for the future. In return, she said, Waste Management would forego any price hike in 2012. She also said the company would offer new 15 percent discounts for senior citizens, who generally produce less waste than younger families, and require only one trash pickup per week rather than two. No date for the start of the senior discount was announced. Waste Management has held Nicevilles exclusive franchise to pick up and dispose of residential garbage since November 1993, and commercial garbage since November 1992. Previously the citys sanitation department was responsible for all garbage and trash service in the city. The city council sought competitive bids only once, when the contract was awarded to Waste Management 18 years ago. The city has renewed the agreement three times since thenalways with Waste Managementwithout competitive bidding. In Niceville, all customer billing is done through the city. In unincorporated areas, by contrast, Waste Management bills customers directly. The company raised rates $2.65 a month in 2008, when it renewed for 5 years. The citys acting attorney, Dixie Dan Powell, when asked by council members if such a renewal would be legal, said it would be. Council members approved the early renewal saying they have been very pleased with Waste Managements performance so far. You guys have been phenomenal, Councilman William Thomas told Farmer. I think we should hang onto a good thing, agreed Councilman Bill Smith. The council also approved a ranking list for homes to be renovated or rebuilt in Niceville, as part of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program that uses grants of state and federal tax money to improve the homes of needy residents. Dennis Dingman, who oversees the program for the City of Niceville, briefed council members on the ranking, which had been tabled at a previous council meeting to allow more time to study the needs of various applicants for the program. Dingmans list, which was approved by the council, includes 15 potential recipients of home renovations or rebuilds, including four residents of mobile homes which would be demolished and replaced. Dingman did not specify whether the mobile homes would be replaced with permanent structures or new mobile homes. All the applicants, Dingman said, were ranked according to such factors as whether they were extreme low income (ELI), very low income (VLI), or low to moderate income (LMI), based on their incomes compared federal poverty standards. Other factors considered included physical or mental handicaps of the applicants. Dingman said that those whose homes are fixed will incur a five-year, declining lien against their homes by the city, so if they sell, rent out, or abandon their homes within that time, they will owe the city for the cost of repairs, with the amount of the lien initially equal to the renovation or replacement cost, but declining by 20 percent in each of the five years the recipient continues to occupy the home. Four of the homes on the list are on Reeves Street, while others are scattered throughout the city, on Alan-a-Dale Drive, Maple Ave., Hill Lane, Friar Tuck Dr., Boxer Ave., Duncan Dr., Hickory Ave., Royal Palm Dr., Rockywood Way, Palm Blvd., and 20th Street. Dingman said the current budget for CDBG rehabilitation projects in Niceville is $582,000 for rehab and demolishing/replacement, and $13,000 for temporary relocation of families whose homes are to be rehabilitated or replaced. The obligation under this grant, Dingman said, 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. In an interview, Dingman said the city will definitely do 10 of the homes on the ranking list, and will probably do more, but not all 15. The number of homes done will depend on the cost of each. Money for the CDBG program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which gives the money to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which in turn gives grants to cities such as Niceville. The next step in the process, Dingman said, will be to complete paperwork to get approval from various government agencies for such things as environmental and historical evaluations of each home considered for renovation, and for lead paint assessments. This will be followed by inspections of each home to determine the cost of the necessary repairs, which will, in turn, determine how many homes beyond the mandated ten can be repaired or replaced. Dingman said the paperwork should be complete and the inspections begun by soon after the first of the year. Also at last weeks meeting, the city council also approved the second of three readings of a proposed ordinance to rezone a parcel of land on the north side of Valparaiso Boulevard between Thomas Street and Hopper Street. Mike Parish requested the city to rezone the land to R-1B, to enable him to remove some old structures and build several new homes. Several neighbors of the proposed rezoning appeared at the council meeting, asking questions about whether streets in the proposed housing area would be wide enough to accommodate emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, and whether the landscaping of the project would protect nearby existing homes from flooding by storm water runoff. Parish said those things had been incorporated into plans for his development, and had been cleared by city officials. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fed up with Fees? WWW.FIRSTFLBANK.COM(850) 269-1201 Where You Come First.Member FDIC SWITCH TO FIRST FLORIDA BANK FOR DEBIT CARDS WITH NO MONTHLY FEES F d up wF ith F ith F ? 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ArrestsTheresa Ann Lucas, unemployed, 35, of 15 Carie Way, Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Oct. 28 on charges of soliciting for prostitution, possession of controlled substance, two Diazepam tablets and one crack cocaine rock, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Lucas allegedly responded by phone to a texting call by an agent participating in an undercover operation by the sheriffs Street Crimes Unit that was targeting call girls soliciting on the Internet. Lucas allegedly negotiated an hourly rate of $260 after she arrived at the Destin motel room where the undercover agent was located then began to undress. * Dennis DraCal Henderson, 31, of 1605 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 5 on a violation of probation charge on the original offense of possession of cocaine. * Heather Fabozzi Helms, unemployed, 33, of 4078 Rocky Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 4 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked, habitual offender second offense. * James Alan Ritteman, 56, of 146 Wildwood St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies, subsequent to a traffic stop for driving 48 mph in a 25 mph zone, Nov. 5, on a Walton County warrant for a charge of misdemeanor trespassing. * Jan Christopher Montgomery, a carpet cleaner, 26, of 934 Rue De Palms, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 4 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked with prior conviction. While serving the warrant at Montgomerys address deputies saw a small amount of marijuana and a glass smoking device in plain view and subsequently added charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * James Patrick Armstrong, an insurance agent, 34, of 241 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 4 on charges of fraud, disposing of personal property under lien, and perjury not in official proceedings. On March 25, 2011, Armstrong allegedly sold the victim a 2003 Land Rover for $4,000. Armstrong and the victim went to the tax collectors office in Niceville and signed a bill of sale that was notarized with a statement that said This vehicle is free and clear of all liens, and the phrase under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing document and that the facts stated in it are true. The victim subsequently returned to Fort Rucker, Ala., but was unable to register the vehicle because there was a lien on the vehicle in the name of Alabama Title Loans, which had been placed on the vehicle in July, 2009. Armstrong allegedly told deputies he was aware of the lien encumbering the vehicle. * Paul Matthew Weiszhaar, 34, of 113 Crystal Lake Estates, Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 7 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of burglary. * Christopher Malcolm Cresswell, 28, of 817 Lakewood Road, Pensacola, was arrested by sheriff[s deputies Nov. 4 on charges of grand theft and passing forged instruments. In October, 2010 a Mary Esther woman reported that someone had stolen mail from her mailbox, including outgoing mail that contained an Eglin Federal Credit Union check for $1,228 written to the mortgage company. The check was cashed at the credit unions Niceville office the same month but was altered and made out to Cresswell, who was also recorded by a surveillance video at the credit union. Deputies contacted Cresswell May 12, 2011 while he was in custody at the Escambia County Road Prison. Cresswell told deputies that he had been standing on a Pensacola street holding a sign stating he was homeless and needed cash when a car pulled up and a female inside asked him if he wanted to make some money. Cresswell told deputies the female had a stack of checks approximately 1-inch thick, made out to various people, and that he agreed to cash them, using one of his old addresses and phone numbers. Cresswell said he and the female spent several days going all over cashing the checks. He told deputies he received $100 for cashing the checks. * Teandrea J. Smith, 22, of 30 Garden Lane, Apt. 221, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies in Escambia County Nov. 3 on an Okaloosa County warrant for failure to appear on the original misdemeanor charge of battery. * Ashley Louise Beaty, 22, of 261 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 8 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of petit theft and driving while license suspended or revoked.DUI arrestsGlenn P. Leatherman, 42, of 229 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies on a charge of DUI, on Eglin Parkway north of the Shalimar bridge, Nov. 2 at 12:41 p.m. * Megan Leigh Shannon, 26, of 229 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies on a charge of DUI on Erwin Fleet Road, Shalimar, Nov. 4 at 11:10 p.m. Shannon was also cited for refusing to submit to a lawful test of urine and for driving while license suspended or revoked. * Brett Cardin Stewart, 27, of 4507 Parkwood Square, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies, subsequent to a traffic crash with $9,000 damage but no injury to others, on a charge of DUI at a parking area in the 200 block of Harbor Boulevard, Destin, Nov. 6 at 1:35 a.m.TheftsA Valparaiso resident from the 300 block of Okaloosa Avenue, who reported his wallet missing or stolen from his home Oct. 19, reported Nov. 2 that a debit card that was in the wallet was used without his permission on a $59 purchase Oct. 19, and had also been declined on a second, attempted purchase. The victim reported his wallet also contained $43 in cash, a Social Security card, a drivers license and other records. * A Niceville resident from the 500 block of 27th Street reported that sometime Oct. 28-29 unknown person(s) stole five large pumpkins from the front porch of the residence. * The manager of a Valparaiso apartment complex, 500 Kelly Mill Road, reported Oct. 28 that someone removed a toilet from one apartment which was later found installed in another apartment that had reported a broken toilet. * A Niceville resident from the 2800 block of Edgewater Drive reported that sometime Nov. 5-6 unknown person(s) stole a 20 hp outboard motor that had been bolted to his 14-foot boat. The motor and a six gallon gas tank were valued at $2,500. * A Niceville resident from the 400 block of Evans Road reported that sometime Nov. 7-8 unknown person(s) stole a GPS unit, two phone chargers, three CDs and a laptop adapter cable from her unlocked SUV. The stolen items were valued in total at $606. A neighbor, also in the 400 block of Evans Road, reported that unknown person(s) also burglarized his truck which was parked in the driveway sometime overnight, Nov. 7-8. The burglars had attempted to get the radio out of the vehicle and broke an antenna valued at $100. A wallet containing a Social Security card, a debit card, and license were reported stolen as well as $5 in coins.Criminal MischiefA man reported Oct. 28 that someone threw eggs that hit his vehicle Oct. 28 while he was stopped at a stop sign at 23rd Street and Redwood Avenue, Niceville.OtherRobert Anton Cramer, 72, of 502 22nd St., Niceville, was issued three criminal summons by sheriffs deputies Oct. 11 and Oct. 19, on worthless check charges related to checks for $34, $28 and $25. * Chelsea I. Young, a retail employee, 21, of 133 Midland Court, Niceville, was issued a notice to appear by sheriffs deputies Oct. 29 on a charge of retail theft. Young was allegedly observed concealing merchandise, including baby food and a sweater, then leaving the Destin Target, 853 Harbor Blvd. The merchandise was valued at $28. 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 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 7, 2011 through November 13, 2011. 0 Structure Fire13 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Benton Avenue.....................Service Call...........................11/07/11........................05:20 Rue de Palms.......................Medical..................................11/07/11........................09:35 Willow Lane...........................Medical..................................11/07/11........................12:53 Twin Cities Blvd....................Medical..................................11/07/11........................16:12 N. Partin Drive......................Medical..................................11/07/11........................16:54 Kilcullen Drive.......................Lock Out................................11/07/11........................17:20 Everglade Drive....................Vehicle Crash........................11/07/11........................23:29 SR85N...................................Controlled Burn.....................11/08/11........................02:46 Coconut Palm Circle............Medical..................................11/08/11........................09:23 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle Crash........................11/08/11........................11:24 S. Palm Blvd.........................Vehicle Crash........................11/08/11........................14:52 SR85N/SR123......................Canceled...............................11/09/11........................03:53 Red Maple Way....................Medical..................................11/09/11........................13:13 Boyd Circle............................Medical..................................11/09/11........................15:25 Bayshore Drive.....................Medical..................................11/10/11........................12:10 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Smoke Scare........................11/11/11........................18:04 S. Palm Blvd.........................Medical..................................11/11/11........................19:09 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Medical..................................11/12/11........................00:58 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Alarm Activation....................11/12/11........................05:27 Pontevedra Lane..................Medical..................................11/12/11........................10:41 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Medical..................................11/12/11........................14:22 Parker Drive..........................Smoke Scare........................11/12/11........................20:06 Peachtree Way.....................Medical..................................11/13/11........................17:10 Weekly Safety Tip: If you have a disability, consider how it could affect your ability to escape from a fire in your home. If your disability requires special arrangements, make them part of the escape plan. For example, if you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist, and decide on backups in case the person isn t home.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from November 6, 2011 through November 14, 2011. Street Situation Date Time Windlake Court..........................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/06/11.............10:50 Troon Drive................................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/06/11.............15:10 Windward Lane.........................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/07/11.............13:22 East Highway 20.......................Medical assist EMS...................11/07/11.............15:37 N. White Point Road.................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/07/11.............15:50 East Highway 20.......................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/07/11.............19:28 Yacht Club Drive........................Medical assist EMS...................11/08/11.............03:08 N. White Point Road.................Medical assist EMS...................11/08/11.............15:21 Sunset Beach Blvd....................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/09/11.............12:55 Highway 20 East.......................Sprinkler activation....................11/09/11.............18:07 Highway 20 East.......................Sprinkler activation....................11/09/11.............19:37 Sunset Beach Drive..................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/09/11.............21:52 Yacht Club Drive........................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/10/11.............10:54 S. St. Andrews Cove.................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/10/11.............16:58 N. White Point Road.................Dispatched, canceled................11/10/11.............18:02 Approximately 100 yds..............Vehicle accident........................11/10/11.............18:04 Approximately 100 yds..............Motor vehicle accident..............11/10/11.............19:14 East Capri Cove........................Dispatched, canceled................11/11/11..............07:14 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist EMS...................11/11/11..............14:02 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist EMS...................11/12/11.............03:25 Range Road..............................Alarm System............................11/12/11.............06:48 White Point Road......................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/12/11.............13:43 Merchants Way..........................EMS excluding vehicle..............11/12/11.............14:44 White Point Road......................Medical assist EMS...................11/13/11.............05:40 Hickory Street............................Medical assist EMS...................11/13/11.............13:31 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist EMS...................11/13/11.............19:39 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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The unions say the 2011 legislation that forced employees to shift money into the Florida Retirement System to save the state $1 billion was illegal and violates contractual agreements with those employees. The judge, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, appeared to side with the union arguments during a day-long hearing in Tallahassee Oct. 26, although she did not set a date for her decision. Many expect the case will be appealed ultimately to the Florida Supreme Court. Meanwhile, some local governments have been offsetting the pension cost-sharing effects on employee take-home pay by awarding pay hikes. Okaloosa County employeeswho last received a 2 percent across-the-board raise in 2008this year received a 3 percent raise. Officials said the Oct. 1 raise was intended to make employees wholethat is, make up for the fact most were ordered to defer 3 percent of pay toward their pensions. In June trustees at Northwest Florida State College deleted 17 unfilled positions from the budget for a savings of about $400,000. The savings were then used to fund a 4 percent raise for full-time employees and a 3 percent raise for parttime workers. NWFSC President Ty Handy said that since college personnel had not received a pay increase in the previous two years, and since employees now face statemandated contributions to retirement and increased costs for health care benefits, the adjustment means the average employees net take-home pay will actually be about the same or less in the 2011-12 year than it was in 2008. But one of the biggest groups of employees participating in the Florida Retirement System, public school teachers, hasnt fared so wellat least so far. Teachers and educational support personnel saw their paychecks reduced 3 percent, and the amount put toward their pensions, as of July 1 because of the new state law. The Okaloosa County School Board did not give teachers, or educational support personnel, any across-the-board pay hike this year. Nor did the board pay the customary 3 percent step increases, saying it lacked the money to do so. Step increases are annual pay hikes that essentially give teachers an average 3 percent increase for each year of employment. Like Okaloosa County employees, most Niceville city employees also participate in the defined-benefit state retirement system. And also like county employees, Niceville city employees are now paying 3 percent toward their pensions. Any perceived cut in Niceville pay, however, is likely to be offset, on average, because the citys 2012 budget contains funds to give 3 percent raises to all employees, according to City Clerk Dan Doucet. The raises are marked as merit raises, meaning they are given at the discretion of supervisors. In Valparaisos proposed budget city employees have received a 2 percent, across-theboard pay raise. All but four city employees are enrolled in the citys 401K-style, defined contribution retirement system. Four long-time Valparaiso employees however are grandfathered in the state retirement system and effectively lost 3 percent of their take-home pay July 1. Will Florida legislators plan to cut the budget deficit really make a difference in the bottom line of public spending, or will taxpayers simply wind up paying for raises to repay public employees who now must contribute toward their retirement? Its too soon to say. No agency is tracking salary increases for individual agencies as it relates to the bill requiring contributions to the retirement system, said Mary Leslie, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Management Services, which also oversees the states retirement system. PENSIONFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Phyllis McAlister, 78, Niceville, retired Ray Wilson, 81, Shalimar, retired Joe Nacchia, 50, Niceville, advertising Kirk Perry, 51, Crestview, retired military It will be very difficult for the families who lose their jobs. It will also be difficult for the local economy. It s not good at all. It won t help this area. We need jobs, and now they re cutting back on jobs. What s next? Obviously, it s not good for our area. I hope they would give the folks involved time to search for another job, and assist them in finding another position elsewhere. I would like to think no one will be let go until after the holidays. I ve been briefed on it. I don t think it will have that much of an effect. I hate to see anyone losing their job, with the economy the way it is. Our military is very important. I hope the cuts don t diminish our military capabilities, with the important projects they work on. It s not cool. I have a friend whose dad lost his job on base. They used to live in a two story house. Now they live in a crummy trailer.What do you think about the cuts of 451 civilian positions at Eglin and Hurlburt?Percy Williams, 34, Niceville, warehouse worker Location: Niceville civic complex Camron Hagen, 12, Niceville, Lewis School studentWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: email@example.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. 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Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, November 16, 2011 Page A-5 On November 7, the members of Rocky Bayou Country Club honored the Div. 2A Florida State Champion Niceville High School Girls' Golf Team. Rocky Bayou CC is proud to be the official home course for the team. Pictured: Bob Weideman, Club President; Andy Potter, Club Manager & Golf Pro; Team members Antonia Poate, Kayla Bloor, Ivey Kelly; Rebekah Pruett; Rachel Butterfield; Baily Rimes; and Coach Mitch Inness.Call Andy Potter Today to find out more about Rocky Bayou Country Club membership options.(850) 678-3270600 Golf Course Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Mike Griffith THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER
Page A-6 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992
housed at the school. The proposed STEMM Academy would appear to eliminate Valparaiso Elementary as the location of a proposed charter elementary school favored by a majority of Valparaiso city commissioners but opposed by school district officials. The charter school was proposed after the school board closed Valparaiso Elementary in May over objections by city officials and many parents. The city commission also rezoned the Valparaiso Elementary site to permit its use only by an elementary school, a decision the school board is contesting. Many details need to be worked out before the school districts proposed STEMM center can open, however. Eventually the center would have about half as many students, 200, as Valparaiso Elementary did when the school board ordered it closed because of falling enrollment. Tibbetts, a former science teacher, said she has dreamed about a STEMM center for the past three to five years, but only recently have a number of military, high tech businesses and community partners come together to support such a facility. The objective is to get more students interested in science and math, she said, to take the kind of courses that will allow them to succeed in college, and eventual careers in the scientific and technology fields. To do that, students have to be hooked on STEMM subjects in elementary and middle school, she said. Twenty-five percent of the jobs in Florida are on the table, Tibbetts said, and they are among the jobs with the highest pay. The school district said it has received pledges of support from the Air Force Research Lab, several large aerospace firms and others for grants, equipment and scientific and technical experts needed to train teachers and students. Eglin engineers and scientists already provide some STEMM training to some teachers on an ad hoc basis, she said, so keeping the STEMM center close to Eglin was a key requirement, she said. When the school board closed Valparaiso Elementary, officials said it was too expensive to operate two schools in the city. No estimates were immediately available concerning the expense of reopening the campus and running it as a magnet school. School board Chairman Rodney Walker said Thursday he did not expect the STEMM Center to pay for itself. Bill Smith, school district facilities director, estimated renovation of Valparaiso Elementary, including additional Internet and wireless connectivity at about $90,000. At least three teachers for each grade level would be needed as well as secretarial and administration support of the center. Valparaiso Elementary listed 21 teachers and 44 fulland parttime staff members for the academic year that ended in May 2010, before the school district started shifting its 400 students to Lewis Middle School, also in Valparaiso. Starting next school year with between 44 and 66 full-time sixth graders, the STEMM Academy would add a similar sized class of seventh graders the following year, then an eighth grade class the next, for a total enrollment of nearly 200. Because of class size limits, classes are limited to 22 middle school students per teacher. STEMM Academy students would be recruited across the county from high-performing students with an aptitude and interest in science and math, said Debbie Davis, a math specialist at the school district. Uniforms would be required. Each semester students would take electives such as robotics and unmanned systems. Science fair projects would be required. In addition to math and science courses students would also take traditional courses such as English and social studies. Teacher training at the STEMM Center would take place periodically, said Shawnea Tallman, science specialist at the school district. With the central location near Eglin, the space to store training aids would allow more teachers to receive training each year on how to teach STEMM subjects in their own classrooms, she said. Currently the school district sends a small handful of teachers to training outside the area, an expensive proposition, she said. Being bused to the Valparaiso STEMM Center to take part in the Engineering for America (EFA) program would be fourth and fifth graders from the entire county. EFA would be moved from its current location at Eglins Armament Museum to Valparaiso. More than 1,000 students, and their teachers, participate in EFA a few hours each year, preparing in their home classrooms, then traveling to the museum to work experiments using computers and other scientific aides, according to Rick Soria, the EFA director. The program is constrained by the museums primary mission, he said. Tibbetts plan to re purpose Valparaiso Elementary came to light only recently, with four of the five school board members getting a first briefing on STEMM Academy only last month at a business and education symposium at the University of Florida REEF facility in Shalimar. The first public presentation of the proposed STEMM Center came during a school board workshop Thursday and the boards Monday meeting. School Board Member Melissa Thrush asked to move the proposal from the school boards consent agenda to the public discussion agenda Monday because the public has not had the opportunity to hear about the program, she said, and there is a lack of information on costs and other issues such as transportation and food service. Tibbetts said she envisions two hub pickups for students, such as a location in Niceville and another in Fort Walton Beach, where parents could bring children for transport by school bus. No such pickup is envisioned for Crestview or Destin, she said. School board members Monday discussed the STEMM school plan before making their decision to give Tibbetts 60 days to further develop the plan and report. Thrush said she found it ironic that five months after closing Valparaiso Elementary School, the school district now wants to reopen it as a science center. Thrush said she has an M.S. in engineering and supports science education, but the current proposal has lots of unknowns, regarding such things as costs, numbers of students and teachers to be involved, transportation, and other issues. Board member Chuck Kelley said he was willing to vote to embrace the concept, but would go no further until Tibbetts has time to investigate and evaluate the proposal in detail. We can vote for this tonight, said board member Rodney Walker, but we can unvote it if it proves to be unworkable. The board also heard from Fort Walton Beach Tea Party member Mel Saccomanno, who expressed concern about the potential costs of the STEMM program. This isnt the time to waste money, he said. He also said that parents in Valparaiso have said they want an elementary school at the site of Valparaiso Elementary. What is best for the children? he said. Let Valparaiso be a community school, and put the STEMM program elsewhere. Tibbetts, however, said that Valparaiso Elementary is the most centrally located site near Eglin Air Force Base, which is a key supporter of the current engineering program at the Air Force Armament Museum. She also said the museum does not have enough space to continue to support the entire STEMM program. SCIENCEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, November 16, 2011 Page A-7 All my experiences at the Niceville Hearing Center have been life changing.Niceville Hearing Center is a beautifully maintained medical suite located in the Twin Cities Medical Plaza and offers a clean, caring environment where everyone with a hearing loss will receive professional patient care by a highly trained staff. I can truly say nice things about Niceville Hearing Center, because theyve been in the Niceville area almost as long as Ive been Mayor Boggy. 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Nov. 8 they are concerned about how closing one of the golf courses that wind throughout the residential areas of Bluewater Bay would affect the appearance and quality of life of the community as a whole. Members said they do not yet have a plan for what, if anything, the MSBU can do to maintain the appearance of affected neighborhoods if a privately-owned golf course is closed. Following the MSBU meeting, the Bay Beacon contacted Tom Hanks, general manager of Bluewater Bay Resort and the Bluewater Bay Golf Club. Hanks confirmed that because of declining golf revenue during the national economic recession, his superiors at Bluewater Bay Resort are considering closing one of the clubs four nine-hole courses to save money otherwise spent on maintenance. Hanks did not specify which of the four courses, known as the Bay, Marsh, Lakes, and Magnolia courses, is being considered for closure. If a closure occurs, he said, the golf club will continue to operate, but with fewer holes of golf available. With fewer players, however, there would be no problem of overcrowding on the course or of players waiting long periods for tee times. The golf club currently has regular club members, as well as being open to the general public, who pay green fees each time they play. Hanks added, however, that if the resort stops maintaining one of the courses, that area will no longer be maintained by the resort, and is likely to revert to a natural state, changing the view from the back yards of many Bluewater Bay residents who bought homes in the area expecting to have scenic golf courses behind their homes, rather than open field or woodlands. Hanks did not say what other use the resort might make of former golf course land if any course is closed, or whether the resort might consider selling such land for development. No decisions have been made yet, Hanks said. The closure of any courses is merely a possibility under consideration. In a letter sent to those Bluewater Bay residents whose homes are adjacent to golf courses, Hanks warned of the possible closure of a golf course, but also suggested an alternative. The resort, he said, is now offering discount Gold Card memberships in the Bluewater Bay Golf Club. Such memberships, costing $127.20 including a 6 percent state sales tax, would be less expensive than regular club dues, but would entitle occasional golfers to play one game of golf per month without paying green fees. The new type of membership would also include discounts on items sold in the clubs pro shop and on food and drinks in the clubhouse, as well as discounts at some other businesses in the local area. Hanks said he hopes sales of the lower-priced Gold Card memberships will bring enough new revenue into the club to keep all the courses open, while giving adjacent homeowners a way of protecting the value of their homes while making occasional use of the golf course if they are not already golf club members. Although Hanks sent his letter only to residents whose homes are adjacent to golf courses, the Gold Card memberships are available to anyone, he said. On Monday, Hanks told the Beacon that membership in the golf club in 2002 was 348, but has dwindled to 150 members. In 2002 golf rounds for the year were 71,382. My forecast for 2011 will be 33,000 rounds, he said. Golf rounds have been declining nation wide for years, Hanks continued. The discretionary income that was used to play golf are now used to pay mortgages and electricity. The days of being retired and having 4 to 5 hours to play golf are a thing of the past. He said it costs about $200,000 a year to maintain each of the four nine-hole courses at Bluewater Bay and that closure of one of the courses might be a necessary business decision unless the approximately 900 Bluewater Bay residents living along the golf course help. He also said that three golf courses in the region have closed, and another is for sale. The MSBU is a sub-unit of county government, in charge of maintaining street lights, signs, landscaping and overall appearance of public areas in Bluewater Bay, such as the rights of way of main streets. It is governed by an elected, fivemember board of unpaid volunteers. In other business at the MSBU meeting, Nov. 8 board members discussed several planned or ongoing projects, including adding irrigation along Southwind Drive, renovating street signs throughout the community, repairing some damaged rail fences, and adding a new street light at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Range Road to improve safety for school children who walk through the intersection during early mornings on their way to Bluewater Elementary School. The board said they plan to challenge Chelco over the electric power utilitys estimated $14,000 cost of installing the new street light, which board members consider excessive. The board did not take any further action considering a proposed sidewalk construction project along Bay Drive south of the Bluewater Bay Marina. Last month, the Okaloosa County Commission rejected a proposal from the MSBU for a joint project to build the sidewalk. Neville Edinborough, who lives on Whitetail Circle, near the proposed sidewalk location, said he and some other local residents may ask to appear at a future county commission meeting to ask the commissioners to reconsider the proposal. He said no date for such an appearance has yet been determined. additional safety and sanitation requirements. Okaloosa County and the city of Fort Walton Beach have similar ordinances, while Niceville does not. In contrast, nine city residents weighed in on proposed Ordinance 623, which would have eliminated voice control as a legal way of controlling dogs outside a home or fenced yard. The action leaves intact current city law, which requires unconfined dogs to be leashed or under effective voice control. Speaking in opposition to the proposed change, Bayshore Drive resident Pete King said he went to a lot of trouble to train his pets to obey his voice commands and wanted the city to continue allowing the practice. At least four other residents also said their dogs respond to voice commands. Speaking in favor of the change, however, Carol and Joe Stoy of Edwards Drive both opposed voice control as a permitted means of controlling unconfined dogs. Mrs. Stoy said she doesnt feel safe walking her own small dog and has been approached by snarling dogs. Mr. Stoy said one neighborhood dog supposedly under voice command sometimes runs loose, blocks from its home. Even a friendly dog could injure someone by accident, he said. The question with voice control, noted Mayor Bruce Arnold, is that some dogs only sometimes respond to their owners commands. Police Chief Joe Hart said under current law his officers approach each dog incident on a case-by-case basis. Commissioners voted 4-1 against the proposal to tighten the city leash law by eliminating voice control as a permitted means of controlling unconfined dogs. Commissioner Heyward Strong dissented. In other business Monday, the commission: Voted to bring recycling back to Valparaiso with the $34,000 purchase of three portable collection containers. The containers will be placed at city hall and near Lincoln and Florida parks for voluntary recycling of cardboard, various plastics and paper. No metal cans will be collected in the containers, but aluminum cans will continue to be collected at city hall to help fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. City workers will separate and sell the materials and expect to break even in about a year, according to Public Works Director James Valandingham. In 2007, Valparaiso did away with curbside recycling by an outside vendor that was funded by a monthly fee. The previous program was killed due to low participation and an expected increase in the fee. Gave final approval to conducting Valparaisos next municipal election Jan. 31, the same date as the states presidential preference primary. Two city commission seats, those now held by commissioners Neal Shermer and Tom Miller, are up for election for four-year terms to start in March. Candidates must qualify at the City Clerks office between noon, Monday, Nov. 21, and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Defeated by a 4-1 vote a proposal by Shermer to take $69,000 out of the current budget to give city employees merit raises. Two-thirds of the funds would have come out of the fire departments budget, including $40,000 budgeted for hiring part-time paid firefighters and $6,500 budgeted to buy bunker gear used by firefighters. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 HELP WANTEDNEWSPAPER DELIVERYEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. 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We encourage all 7 to 14 year olds who fit in this category to complete the Online Registration Form at Travelingeagles.com CONTACT US AT:travelingeagles.com for more information DOGSFrom page A-1 Letters to the EditorBeautiful BluewaterCarol Morris Bluewater Bay Editor Kudos to the Bluewater Bay MSBU for the completion of another beautification project. The tree replacement along Bluewater Bay Boulevard makes that area look whole again and I look forward to the beautiful fall colors of the pear trees. The traffic circle project adds color and enhancement to that area and the red roses and white and blue pansies are a fitting tribute to our many military residents. Keep up the good work! CLOSUREFrom page A-1 A letter received recently by owners of homes fronting the golf course at Bluewater Bay.Page A-8 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 THEBAYBEACONE. Niceville fire panel eyes financial mattersBy Gerri Norris Beacon Correspondent East Niceville Fire District (ENFD) board members tackled budget questions Monday. Discussion inccluded revisions to the employee medical-insurance plan, budget reporting concerns, firehouse garagedoor replacement, and location of the end-ofthe-year party. The treasurer reported revenue of slightly more than $164,000 for October. Commissioner Ed Dunbar said he has updated the presentation of the treasurers report to be more consistent with banks and accountants by indicating balances will be based on cleared checks versus the previous method using issued dates on checks. Dunbar presented concerns about additional updates on the budget report format. He said the current format of budget reporting is acceptable; however, updating the format to be more consistent with the auditors and accountants layout will allow a clearer alignment of some of the figures. In addition, it will provide more detail to specific expenses such as individual utilities. Dunbar asked the board to make a decision on the budget reporting at the December meeting. Insurance agent Floyd Schweppe spoke about the benefits of updating the employee medical plan. A new self-funded health plan provided by Trustmark would enable ENFD to receive similar health coverage, he said, yet, have the potential for a return of premiums of as much as $40,000 per year. The board members spoke favorably on the potential change and will vote on it at the December meeting. Board members discussed a bid for the replacement of a garage door at the firehouse. A current bid proposed a $9,300 parts and labor cost with a 24-hour downtime on the garage opening. The board moved to delay a resolution on the matter until a later date. Location options were discussed for the ENFD end-of-year party. A tentative date of Dec. 16 was proposed for the social gathering in an area restaurant that has yet to be selected. Panel considers state takeover of toll bridgeBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Florida Government Efficiency Task Force, scheduled to meet in Tallahassee today, will consider the recommendation of one of its working groups that the self-governing MidBay Bridge Authority be abolished and immediately consolidated under the Florida Department of Transportation Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Three members of the Expressway and Bridge Authority Consolidation working group of the task force made the recommendation Monday, claiming that the move would save $400,000 to $500,000 in annual operational costs and $5 million to $10 million in possible savings annually on bond refinancing. The working group also recommended an independent company study consolidation of two larger regional toll authorities in Orlando-Orange County and Tampa. The working group, chaired by Orange County developer Matthew Falconer, heard testimony from MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest Nov. 4. It rejected the MBBAs request to be exempted from possible consolidation, Vest said. If approved by the full Task Force, the measure would be recommended to the governor and Florida Legislature for possible implementation. A similar consolidation proposal, coupled with planned toll increases, proposed by the MBBAs home senator, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, failed in the Legislature earlier this year.
By Gerri Norris Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa Countys representatives in the Florida Legislature heard concerns from residents at a meeting Thursday at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Topics included: updating laws that affected the ability of poll workers to work effectively, funding for homeless programs, education funding, beach restoration, tightening laws and enforcement concerning illegal immigration, continued funding for mental health programs, redistricting concerns, and synthetic drug loopholes. Attending were state Sens. Don Gaetz and Greg Evers, and Reps. Matt Gaetz, Doug Broxson and Brad Drake. The annual session was designed to gather public opinion on local matters that should be considered by the legislature. The Florida Legislature will convene for its annual 60-day regular session Jan. 10, 2012, two months earlier than normal. At the hearing last week in Niceville, Wayne Harris, Okaloosa County commissioner, requested support of legislation that eliminates the requirement for the Department of Health to provide statewide septic tank inspections because of the expense to taxpayers. Harris also requested support for Senate Bill 452 and House Bill 263, which would reduce expenditures by counties for inmate health care. In addition, he asked for support for any changes and growth brought on by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) such as military road expansions. Lastly, Harris asked the officials to oppose any special taxation to online travel that may hinder or minimize tourism to the Emerald Coast. Judy Byrne Riley from Okaloosa Walton Continuum of Care spoke on homeless issues and requested continued support for the more than 56,000 homeless children and their families in Florida. She urged the legislators to maintain the annual funding level for Challenge Grants at $2 million from the previous year and to maintain or increase funding for the Local Homeless Coalition Staffing Grant. If you talk about leveraging dollars, this is certainly one that does it, Riley said. The current years funding for the Local Homeless Coalition Staffing Grant is at $345,729. With that amount of funding, 28 coalitions were able to generate $77 million of grants state-wide, Riley said. Riley also urged creation of Florida license plates that champion the homeless. Drake went over the necessary steps to initiate the process of adding customization to Florida plates. Mary Blackwell of the League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County spoke on facilitating redistricting so the new districts are completed in time for candidate qualification deadlines. Sen. Gaetz said his committee plans to present a redistricting bill early in December. Blackwell also asked for continued support and funding for Pre-K-12 educational programs. I know you are already working hard to find ways to bring more business to Florida, Blackwell said. Keep in mind that a first-class education system is a very important factor in a companys decision to relocate. As another incentive to increase jobs, its in our best interest to invest in education. Instead of marking education for cuts, I ask that you market it as another incentive to bring more jobs to Florida. Rebecca Sherry of the Condo Alliance of Okaloosa Island asked legislators to support a resolution to oppose the Okaloosa Island Beach Restoration which was intended to reverse some of the beach erosion that occurred during hurricanes in the area. Opponents are concerned with the quality of the sand they have seen delivered to Holiday Isle and proposed for Okaloosa Island. According to Sherry, the proposed dredged fill material is an inferior quality of sand. She presented historical data that supported Okaloosa Islands status as a stabilized shoreline that did not necessitate restoration. She proposed elimination of the $12 million non-essential restoration program to not only eliminate undue government costs, but to also to maintain the pristine sugar-white sand beaches Okaloosa Island is known for. Rep. Gaetz recognized the need for a separate project to restore the critically eroded beaches of Okaloosa Island, as well as the concern against the use of dark, coarse sand to restore its beaches. It would be highly inappropriate for us to voice our views pending a judicial determination, he said. 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Laurel Hill Mayor Joan Smith voiced concerns for road resurfacing and water system upgrade funding for her community. Steve Czonstka, Okaloosa County Republican State Committeeman, requested tighter illegal immigration enforcement. Virginia Barr, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, asked the delegates to remember to support public centers for mental health. LOOMSFrom page A-9For comprehensive auto care in the Niceville area, look no further than Twin Cities Transmission. Tucked away on Elm Street in the heart of Niceville, its highly skilled staff is ready to take care of all of your auto care needs. Friendly, and straightforward, Twin Cities Transmission offers quality solutions at competitive pricing, for more than just your transmission. That's righttheir expertise goes beyond transmission work. 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Grace Rides, a Niceville therapeutic riding ministry, will host a fund-raising event on Saturday at Camp Timpoochee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong events, to which the public is welcome, will center around horses, kids, food, fun and music with riding demonstrations, petting zoos, hay rides, carnival games, bands and food. Admission to the event is free. For more information and directions, visit gracerides.com or call 259-9195. Camp Timpoochee, a bayfront 4-H campus, is at the south end of County Line Road, east of Bluewater Bay. There is no admission charge. Many events will accept small donations. Proceeds will go to Grace Rides. We just want to throw a fall party in a beautiful place by the bay as a way of introducing the community to what we do at Grace Rides everyday, said Elise Schaefer of Niceville. Grace Rides, based in the Seminole community, is a nonprofit mission to Okaloosa and Waltons special-needs families, which offers horses, certified trainers and a community for equine-based therapy and recreation. The program has been riding since June 2009 and has served over 50 families in the area with daily rides, summer camps and special programs. Grace Rides is a recognized NARHA/PATH International Member Center and observes the highest standards for riders and horse safety. It is also recognized as a qualified 501(C) charitable organization. Elise is a Collegiate High School senior who chose Grace Rides and this fund-raising event as her Capstone graduation project. Horseplay will be a fun family day in the best, safe, oldfashioned way," she said. "Our all-day focus will be demonstration rides and workshops conducted by some of our areas best riders, but the stars will be our very special riders from Grace. Elise has worked alongside over 75 other local volunteers for the past year. Their efforts help Grace Rides work for an average of 30 special riders and their Calen Fretts, Valparaiso, announced his candidacy as Libertarian candidate for Congress, District 1. Fretts has a computer science degree from Virginia Polytechnic, and owns Alpha Web Presence, a small webdevelopment company. He is vice chairman of The Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County. Fretts said he is running so that my children and grandchildren may enjoy the blessings of growing up in a free society. The Constitution was written with the intent to put chains on the government, restraining it only to a small number of specifically enumerated powers, Fretts said. Now, though, the roles have been reversed. The government has put the chains on the people and small business with mountains of debt, taxes, authoritarian encroachments, paperwork and bureaucracy. * Gamma Epsilon Masters Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their monthly social with a barbecue picnic at Turkey Creek Park, Niceville. Members and members spouses attending the picnic were Dianne and Mike Wilbur, Marge and Bob Ballon, JoAnn and Rethel Jones, Dora and Jim Perano, Jo and Joe Vest, Susan and John Vetter, Margaret and Roger Holley, Beverly and Jim Flynt, Eunice and Les Whitman, Helen and Jack Martin, Nilah and Bob Estep, Mary and Lee MacDonald, Linda Michalowski, Doris Olig, Mattie Williams, Ann Jones, Angela Budden and new members Carol and David Trombaly. * The Department of Early Childhood Education of Northwest Florida State College recently hosted the 2011 Annual Early Childhood Professionals Reception. Early childhood professionals who have earned the The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s s Please see WHOS, page B-2 Please see GRACE, page B-2 Whos NewsE-mail items to: firstname.lastname@example.orgOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 1 1 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 Grace Rides fest SaturdayFun for all at Camp Timpoochee Collegiate High School senior Elise Schaefer of Niceville helped organize an all-day festival set for Saturday at Camp Timpoochee to benefit Grace Rides, a local stable that offers therapeutic horse rides to special-needs children. 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE RSVP at 850.678.7358 Ext. 330 by November 17, 2011www.RBCS.org 850.678.7358 Ext 330 $50 Off Enrollment Fee 17 from NHS make All-State ChorusThe Florida Music Educators Association announced 17 Niceville High School chorus students were selected as members of the 2012 Florida All-State Chorus. 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Toys for Tots campaign Niceville Realtor Susan Rood, Area Coordinator for Toys for Tots, has teamed up for the second year with Bass Pro Shops of Destin as a prime drop-off point for the 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign, accepting donations until Dec. 23. Local businesses are invited to help by contributing donations for logo sponsorship on this years tshirts. Shityd will be distributed at the Niceville Christmas parade to those with a toy donation. The remaining proceeds will be used to purchase toys for the children in the local area. For information on sponsorships or donations contact Eric Topel at 218-7904 or e-mail promo email@example.com. Military Memories exhibit On the Home Front and At War, sponsored by Pioneer Technologies Corp., is the Heritage Museums exhibit featuring original artifacts from its collection of the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. Also exhibited is the original POW uniform worn by POW Howard Hill, on loan. Exhibit runs through the end of April 2012. Info: 678-2615 or heritage-muse um.org. Hospital volunteers The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary is seeking volunteers. For more information, call 729-9481, or stop by the hospital, 2190 Highway 85 North, Niceville, and speak to a volunteer at the front desk. Letters for troops The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce is accepting letters through November for deployed troops Mon.Tue. from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Supplies will be provided at the Chamber office, 1055 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Limit one-page letter, standard. Hand-written letters preferred with no political content. Info: 678-2323. Hospice seeks volunteers Emerald Coast Hospice seeks volunteers to help families make the most of each day and provide the support that every family needs during difficult times. Volunteers are the heart of hospice and help in many ways: through supportive visits with patients and families, spiritual care, special projects, errands and general office assistance. Info: call Lisa Secondine, 862-1069. Local tax collecting Walton County Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper is providing an opportunity for Walton County property owners to pay their taxes without making the trip to the Tax Collectors Office. Through November, the Walton County Tax Collectors Office will be on location at various community sites to collect tax payments. The onsite tax collection is known as the R.A.T.E. program (Remote Area Tax Express). For locations and dates, visit waltontaxcollector.com or call 892-8121. Valp. library events The library hosts traditional Story Time for pre-school age children Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings. Parents and caretakers are invited to participate in singing, dancing and sharing a fall-themed story and working on a fun craft. Story Time begins at 9:45 a.m.. Wednesday mornings, the Valparaiso Library holds Genealogybased United States History class. The topic for fall will be the Gilded Age. Class begins at 9:30 a.m The French Class meets at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The class is designed for those familiar with the language who want to advance to the fluent level. All programs are open to county residents free of charge. Info: 729-5406 or vcl.valp.org. Heritage museum lectures Bring a sack lunch and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum for History Sandwiched-In, an informal lunch time education program. The lectures are free and open to the public on Nov. 16, Dec. 14 and Jan. 18. Space is limited. Call 678-2615 to reserve a seat. For information regarding lecture topics, visit heritage-museum.org. Economic talks The Business and Computer Technology Division and the Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College will host a free Talking Business seminar on Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The seminar is titled Economic Gardening: An Economic Development Approach to Entrepreneurial Growth, presented by Fran Korosec, director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. The free presentation is open to the public and will be held in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) room 128 on the Niceville Campus. Info: 729-5369. RBCS open house Rocky Bayou Christian School invites new applicants to attend the community open house on Friday, Nov. 18 at Grace Presbyterian Chapel, located on the Rocky Bayou Christian School campus at 2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. The schedule for the event is as follows: 9 a.m., meet Superintendent Dr. Michael Mosley and learn about RBCS; 9:30 a.m., tour the campus and meet the RBCS faculty; 10 a.m., coffee and bagels with the school principals; 10:30 a.m., meet the admissions director. New applicants who attend the open house and apply by Friday, Dec. 14. receive $50 off enrollment fee. RSVP at 678-7358 ext. 330 by Nov. 17. Info: rbcs.org. RBCS to present Harvey The Rocky Bayou Christian School Thespians for Christ will present the play Harvey at 7 p.m. in the Niceville High School Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 19, and Monday, Nov. 21. In preparation for the production, the RBCS drama department is looking for vintage clothing, furnishings and memorabilia from the period of 1900 to 1940. Available items for loan or donation to this production can be discussed with Tom Hood, the drama director, at 678-7358, ext. 252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Buddy Poppy campaign Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10090 will distribute Buddy Poppies at Eglin Air Force Base BX and Commisary Nov. 1819 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. The Buddy Poppy is the official memorial flower of the VFW; the real poppy memorializes the men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice and countless veterans in hospitals. All contributions received will be used strictly for the aid, assistance, relief and comfort of needy disabled or hospitalized veterans, members of the armed forces and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans. Info: 678-3958. PAWS yard sale The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, 752 Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach, is accepting donations for its community yard sale Nov. 19, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Northwest Fairgrounds on Lewis Turner Boulevard. Donations can be dropped off at PAWS in Fort Walton Beach, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Other times and drop off locations can be arranged by calling 243-1525. The organization is accepting all sellable items in working order, as disposal of items not working will take money away from the animals. All funds raised from this event will go directly to providing nutrition, shelter and health care for the thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals cared for by PAWS. Cathons Cause Cathon Alfred is a 2-year-old girl diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic, a rare form of Leukemia requiring costly treatments. Ruby Tuesday is spearheading a campaign to raise money by holding a community yard sale and raffle at the Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center in Niceville, on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Each raffle ticket is $1. Prizes include gift certificates to Ruby Tuesday, YMCA, Joey Tomato, Image Makers and Tucker Dukes Lunchbox. All donations can be dropped off before the date of the event at Ruby Tuesday, 191 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. For more information, contact Misty Blevins, Karen Dillert or Bryan Borello at 729-1014. Flag retirement Teresa Village will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Teresa Village pavilion, 321 Woodrow St., Fort Walton Beach. Boy Scout Troop 52 of Valparaiso will conduct the flag retirement ceremony and earn merit badges. Flags in need of being retired can be brought to the Teresa Village administrative offices. Refreshments will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit Boy Scout Troop 52 to aid their 2012 summer camping trip. Info: 862-4079. Concert association show The Emerald Coast Concert Association will present Michael Walters as Mr. Broadway Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. A reception to meet the artist following the concert will be held at the Magnolia Grill, Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available at Kitchenique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach, Connect with Flowers in Shalimar and Artful Things in Niceville. Info: call ECCA at 362-9356 or visit emeraldcoastconcerts.com. Job fair A community job fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.1 p.m. at Northwest Florida State College, Fort Walton Beach Campus, at the Student Union (building 2), 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Local industry, retail stores, restaurants, health care facilities, and local, state, and federal government will be present. Workshops are planned for 10 and 11:30 a.m. in room 126 (administration building) on Interviewing Techniques and Resume Building. Hazardous waste drop-off Okaloosa County will offer a free Household Hazardous Waste dropoff on Nov. 19 from 7 a.m. 2 p.m. at its HHW facility, 80 Ready Ave., Fort Walton Beach. Materials accepted include: paint, pesticide, pool chemicals, used oil, gas, antifreeze, batteries and fluorescent lamps (including compact fluorescents, televisions, computers, etc.) For local residents only, no businesses. Info: 651-7394. Chocoholic bake sale The 22nd annual Chocoholic Frenzy will be held at Westwood Retirement Center, 1001 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach, Nov. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Everything chocolate and everything homemade will be for sale for $10. A bake sale with a variety of items will be offered and vendors with their wares will be on hand. The Note-A-Belles will perform in three part harmony. Page B-2 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 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! Full Service OIL CHANGEGo the extra mile! Come see us today!Standard OIL CHANGE$1995 $1995 $2295 $2295 Up to 6 qts of 5W30 to 10W30 Mobile Oil. Includes standard filter (screw on)Additional charge for canister filter, cartridge filter, skid plate, special oil blends. Top up fluids Check tire pressure Check belts Inspect all filters Check all lightsmost vehicles most vehicles Available with full service Tire Rotation.........$995Engine Flush........$995 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon Find us on Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and the Florida Director Credential during the last year were recognized and presented with a lapel pin in honor of their accomplishments. Erin Bolin was recognized for earning the Florida Child Care Professional Credential and Melissa Hinson was recognized for earning the Florida Child Care Director Credential. * The Emerald Coast Delta Delta Delta Alumni Chapter held its Founders Day luncheon on Nov. 5 at the Fort Walton Yacht Club. Attendees included Louise Sheldon, Pat Harris and Margaret Carlen. The next meeting will be held at the Sandestin Beach Club in Feb. 2012. For more information contact Margaret Carlen at 654-5008, or email@example.com. All Tri Deltas are welcome. * North Eastern Aeronautical Company Inc. (NEANY), headquartered in Hollywood, Md., with an office in Niceville, was recently ranked third in the nation for 8(a) Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. NEANY is a research, development, test and evaluation firm producing unmanned air and ground solutions providing battlespace awareness, force protection, and force application capabilities for the warfighter. NEANY employs 225 people and of those, 120 are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq theaters of operation and provide UAS support to the U.S. warfighter. WHOSFrom page B-1 families each week, plus additional riders for our special summer camp sessions. Elise has been at the center of planning the Nov. 19 event for several months. I have been captured by these kids and the special community at Grace and I want more people to know what they do in their daily ministry to special needs families in Okaloosa and Walton counties," she said. For those people that have never seen the beauty of Camp Timpoochee, you need to come and enjoy a beautiful fall day there. It is one of the hidden jewels of our area. There is a lot of room to run and play in the athletic fields and beautiful shoreline areas shaded by huge oak trees to just sit and enjoy the beauty of Choctawhatchee Bay. Grace Rides founder and Executive Director Sherry Hall praised Elise's work. Most of our special riders never saw a horse before they came in the gate at Oak Heaven Stables, much less thought of ever riding one," Hall said. "But once they meet their own special horse and come under the care of our trainers and volunteers, they depend on us to be there for the next ride. We need to broaden our base of community financial support to keep our doors open for 2012. GRACEFrom page B-1 Menu: Turkey Breast Stuffing Ya ms Gr ee n Bea ns Co rn Ro ll s Cranbe rry Sauce Choi ce of Pu mpkin or Appl e PieAdults: $14.95 10 and under: $9.95 Dinner Served 11:00 2:00 PM Reservations Suggested: 897-25832000 Bluewater Blvd. NicevilleBluewater Sports Bar & Grillat Bluewater Bay Thanksgiving Dinner at Bluewater Bay Why wait in a buffet line? Enjoy a family style plated dinner and take your leftovers home. CALENDAR2011 E-mail items to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Niceville library exhibitThe artwork of Sue Tarkin will be on exhibit at the Niceville Library, 206 Partin Drive N., Niceville, through November. Tarkins art will be available for sale at close to her cost for framing and materials and donating 20 percent to the library. Info: 279-4863
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Hero Hugs will take the candy and put it in care packages for U.S. military men and women overseas. Chocolate is always a treat for them because its not something we can send during the hot summer months, says Bailey. She started the organization when she was a student at Edge. Top spellers from LewisLewis eighth grader Kyle Boisjolie (front) won first place in the Knights of Columbus district 7th and 8th grade spelling bee Nov. 3. Other Lewis School participants included, from left: Khloe Miller, Ronnell Lile and Joshua Callahan.Lori Phillips, 3-D art teacher at Niceville High School, sought contributions from local businesses to help her students accomplish a sculpture project. The class created an armature, or a linear skeleton to support other materials, made of wire hangers donated by Bayside Cleaners, Niceville. Home Depot in Destin donated needle-nose pliers to help accommodate large classes of 36 students. Lowe's in Destin gave 12foot two-by-fours, to turn into small bases for the sculptures. Winn-Dixie in Bluewater Bay and Walmart in Niceville donated rolls of heavy-duty foil for the project. Among the Niceville High School art students participating in the recent sculpture project were, from left: Morgan Geren, Ashley Stouder and Savanna Rae Bardisa. On Jan. 3-18, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville, will be offering its first Jan Term, an innovative curricular feature for 9-12 grade students. Modeled after college Winterim programs, Jan Term is designed to increase learning opportunities for students with new classes to choose from each year, above and beyond the normal high school curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to travel through a variety of educational and mission trips. RBCS juniors and seniors will have the chance to experience a profession firsthand through work internships, before they decide on a college major. Some of the course offerings this year are cooking, woodworking, art history, ACT/SAT prep, music recording, sign language, Red Cross lifeguard certification and basketball. The three trips offered this year will be a visit to 9 colleges and universities, a science trip to Tampa and Orlando, and a mission trip to Granada, Nicaragua, where students will spend eight days laboring and worshipping with local believers. Stores aid NHS art projectRBCS offers innovative curriculum Surely you know...We are in Parkway East PlazaIn business since 1999( 8 5 0 ) 6 7 8 8 4 5 2 M A Z i n g D a n c e w e a r D i a m o n d W o r k s i n c 850-244-5252 | www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza | 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary Esther, FL 32569 Special Discounts Saturday, Nov. 19th10 a.m. 5 p.m.Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Holiday Open HouseRocky honors senior athletes, musiciansRocky Bayou Christian School honored seniors active in varsity sports and marching band during Senior Night at a recent football game. Recognized were: Elizabeth Marshall-volleyball; Elizabeth Sober and Steven Wills-swimming; Grace Stoner-cross country; Anna LaNeve and Sarah Witkos-cheerleading; Adam Downing, Cooper Eaves, Caleb McCullough, Josh Stubblefield, Eddie Owens, Andrew Smith, Andrew Beno, Joey Hallus, and Dale Linder-football; and Haley Burgess, Jon Delgado, Wendy Kent, Sarah Lynch, Yull Park, Joe Townsend, and Jared Porrata-band. 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Page B-4 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Call today to see how you can have your cataracts removed for little or no out of pocket expenses by experienced cataract surgeon Dr. Zsolt Bansagi. World-class cataract care is available right here at home with convenient Eye Center South locations serving the Destin, Panama City and Fort Walton areas.Important News forMedicare PatientsWith proposed changes in Medicare planned for 2012, now may be the best time to have your cataracts removed especially if youve met your deductible for 2011.Panama City 2401 State Ave. Panama City, FL 32405 850-747-1818 Destin 9657 Hwy 98 West Miramar Beach, FL 32550 850-650-6550 www.EyeCenterSouth.net Eye Center SouthA Cataract Center of Excellence. 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 CHURCHDIRECTORY IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00with childcare for ages 6 weeks to KindergartenWalk-In...Worship 11:01with children's classesWeekly Small Groups in Niceville, Destin, & F.W.B.Call 837-6324 for the one nearest you.250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324www.iacdestin.orgPointing The Way To Jesus Gods work. Our hands. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23 Worship 7:00 pm We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool is an early childhood ministry of StPLC, since 1983. We o er Christ centered curricu lum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK0064 Club fetes state champ NHS golfersThe members of Rocky Bayou Country Club honored the Div. 2A Florida State Champion Niceville High School girls' golf team Nov. 7. Rocky Bayou CC is the official home course for the team. From left: Bob Weideman, club president; Andy Potter, club manager and golf pro; team members Antonia Poate, Kayla Bloor, Ivey Kelly; Rebekah Pruett; Rachel Butterfield; Bailey Rimes and coach Mitch Inness. Knights represent schoolFrom left, Elizabeth Marshall (volleyball), Steven Wills (swim), Grace Stoner (cross country), Doug Lindner (swim) and Elizabeth Sober (swim) were selected by their teammates and coaches to represent Rocky Bayou Christian School at the 11th annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Pensacola. Each student was awarded the FCA "Go the Distance" Award for exemplifying the FCA values of "Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence." Eagles college boundSix Niceville High School athletes signed letters of intent to attend colleges last Wednesday at the high school. From left, Monica Johnson, volleyball, Liberty University; Stephanie Hartness, softball, Florida State University; Kyle Koszuta, basketball, University of Louisiana at Monroe; Jamie Ujavari, softball, University of South Carolina; Jessica Ujavari, softball, University of South Carolina; and Courtney Adams, softball, Florida State University. All four seniors on the state champion NHS softball squad earned scholarships. Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Eagle spikers fall in playoff By Michael StellaTallahassee Democrat Niceville High School's volleyball season ended Saturday, while the Leon High team earned redemption in a thriller. The Lions defeated Niceville in four sets-25, 25-20, 2522, 28-26in the Region 1-6A finals on Saturday afternoon on their home floor. The win advanced Leon (219) to the state semifinals, where they will face Gainesville on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. They worked hard," said Niceville coach Jill Benson. "We all worked hard. They just came out on top. Theres nothing wrong with what happened. I mean obviously we wanted to win, but both teams worked hard and thats the way it came out in the end. Leon's victory exacted revenge on the Eagles, who knocked the Lions out of the playoffs in the regional finals last year on their home floor. Its just everything we have been working for, Leon coach Angie Strickland said. I know the girls believed in themselves. We didnt play our best volleyball match today, which is fine. They really won it with heart. After a slow start in the first set, Leon battled to win the next two sets. In the fourth set, Leon fell behind 19-12. But the Lions mounted a furious rally, rattling off a 5-0 run and working it to 20all. Leon moved ahead and got to match point at 24-22, but the Eagles rallied to tie the set at 24. Niceville moved to a set point at 25-24, Leon rallied and earned another match point at 26-25, but Niceville remained alive to tie it at 26. Then Leon junior Lara Lane took over, tipping over the ball to give Leon a 27-26 lead and its fourth match point. Lane converted with a strong serve that Niceville was unable to return and the Lions celebrated with the regional championship trophy. The first round of District 26A football playoffs between Niceville and Pace high schools is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Niceville stadium. Grid playoff game Friday
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