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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: 12-28-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Prepare to stop or yield to toll road motorists. Motorists on College Boulevard and Forest Road in the residential Rocky Bayou area of Niceville will see changes in two years as the Mid-Bay Bridge connector, an 11-mile, controlled-access toll road, is completed. When the final segment of the bridge connector road opens in January 2014, it will include five overpass interchanges and a grade-level intersection just north of the junction of College and Forest. Overall, the connector road is expected to ease traffic flow in the Niceville area. However, it may have the opposite effect at the junction of Forest and College. Traffic to and from the toll road will take precedence over local traffic at the College-Forest intersection. Currently, traffic going between College and Forest, which are joined by a 90-degree curve, flows freely. Motorists exiting the connector road at College and Forest will have the right of way over local traffic as they exit south onto Forest or turn right to head west on College. Eastbound traffic on College Boulevardwhich now merely slows for the sharp curve onto Forestwill have By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Residential customers will soon see reductions in their monthly bills for natural gas from Okaloosa Gas, and electricity from Gulf Powereven though electric rates may rise after March. Okaloosa Gas announced Dec. 19 that natural gas rates will be going down effective Jan. 1. The Valparaiso-based gas utility said the cost-of-gas portion of customers bills will be decreasing 5.2 percent. Customers currently pay $0.4750 per therm for the cost of gas, while the new, lower rate will be $0.4500. U.S. natural-gas prices have plummeted since a peak in 2008. The delivery rate for residential use ($0.4898 per therm) and customer charge ($10.80) remain unchanged, as will the monthly customer charge. So the overall reduction in customer bills will be a smaller percentage than 5.2. The typical residential customer can expect an average monthly savings of 88 cents, said Gary Long, vice president of marketing for Okaloosa Gas. He said the savings was based on the average use of 35 therms a month. The savings may be greater than that in winter and lower than that in summerdepending upon the number and type of appliances a customer has in the home, Long said. Residential customers who want to review what the changes will mean to their individual usage can log on to: www.okaloosagas.com and visit the free Okaloosa Gas Rate Calculation. The Rate Calculator shows a comparison between costs before and after a rate T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5012 Pages, 1 Section, 3 Inserts Please see UTILITIES, page A-4 Please see SEWER, page A-3 Please see BYPASS, page A-2 Falls fading lightGolfers want to take to the road in cartsCounty panel eyes request by Rocky Bayou residentsBeacon photo by Mike GriffithAutumn arrives late in the Florida Panhandle, and its hues persist even after the official start of winter. As 2011 wanes, bright fall leaves are reflected in a pond along 27th Street, Niceville.New Year heralds utilities price changes The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992By Del Lessard and Ken Books Beacon Staff Writers Bob Weideman, president of the Rocky Bayou Country Club, said he has asked the Okaloosa County Commission to allow residents living around the clubs golf course to drive golf carts on county roads. The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing Jan. 17 on a proposed ordinance that would allow golf carts to use county-maintained roads within the Rocky Bayou Estates subdivision, under certain conditions. Weideman said he acted after a member was warned by a sheriffs deputy for driving her cart on Ruckel Drive several months ago. Many residents have carts at home and use them to get to and from the subdivisions 18-hole golf courseand of course on the course itself. Under the proposed rule, golf carts would be allowed on roads within the subdivision under the following conditions: A golf cart is defined as a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour. A golf cart may be operated on county maintained roads only between the hours of sunrise and sunset. If the golf cart is to be operated between the hours of sunset and sunrise it must be equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield. Golf carts must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflector warning devices both front and rear. Golf carts may not be operated by persons under the age of 16. Golf carts may not be operated on any sidewalks within the sub-division. Golf carts may cross sidewalks at BCC-approved locations with appropriate warning signage. Golf cart operators must obey all traffic regulations applicable to motor vehicles. Rocky Bayou Estates is described generally as a residential development built around the Rocky Bayou golf course and bounded on the north by College Boulevard, to the east by Forest Road, and to the west and south by Ruckel Drive and those residential streets directly off Ruckel Drive. Other areas which are also known as Rocky Bayou apparently would not be included in the proposed ordinance. Golf carts are frequently seen Proposed sewage contract prompts questionsBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville, Valparaiso, Okaloosa County Regional (NVOC) Sewer Board seemed poised earlier this month to go ahead with advertising for bids on a $6.6 million treatment plant upgrade and sprayfield conversion project. Now the bidding process is on hold after officials raised concerns that some of the specifications were written to favor proprietary equipment specifications which a county engineer described in a public document as a disguised form of solesourcing. At a meeting earlier this month, the NVOC board unanimously gave the goahead to advertise the construction project for bid. The planned upgrade included a new Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) technology that is designed to remove more nutrients from the sewage effluent than the existing plant. It would also build a Rapid Infiltration Basin System (RIBS) system to replace and shrink the size of leased sprayfield land used to dispose of the excess sewage effluent. Unchanged by the upgrade of the 3.35-million-gallon per day (mgd) regional sewage-treatment plant in Niceville would be the permitted use of up to 2 mgd of the effluent as reuse water clean enough to use for irrigation by private residents, golf courses and public areas. The NVOC is being pressured by military and environmental agencies to proceed with the disposal upgrades as soon as possible. The Florida Department Please see GOLFERS, page A-4 Bypass to revamp a Niceville junctionBeacon photo by Del Lessard Bob Weideman, president of the Rocky Bayou Country Club, backs passage of a proposed county ordinance that would allow local residents to drive their golf carts on county roads surrounding the club s golf course.

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College Blvd. Forest Rd. Connector Rd. intersection to halt for a planned stop sign before continuing south on Forest or turning left to the connector road. Similarly, northbound traffic on Forest Road will have to yield to motorists coming off the toll road before turning left and continuing west onto College. Forest Road traffic to the connector road wont have to stop or yield until it reaches a stop sign at the entry to the twolane connector road, about 100 yards north. The connector roads five other intersections (including the three already open at Lakeshore Drive, State Road 20 and Range Road) will all include overpasses with on ramps and off ramps in both directions. Mid-Bay Bridge Authority Executive Director Jim Vest said changes to the existing CollegeForest intersection wont happen until near the completion date of phases 2 and 3 of the bridge connector road in two years. At that time the expressway will stretch from State Road 85 north of Nicevilles Mullet Festival site to the MidBay Bridge that links Niceville and Destin. It is already open between Range Road and the bridge toll plaza. College Boulevard, Forest Road and Rocky Bayou Drive are outlets for the many residential developments in the Rocky Bayou area of northeast Niceville. Together, the three roads also serve as a de facto bypass around often-congested John Sims Parkway in Niceville. Traffic originating north of Niceville on state roads 85 and 285 headed to Destin, for example, can bypass five to seven stoplights by using the CollegeForest bypass and avoiding John Sims. About 7,000 vehicles a day use College Boulevard east of State Road 285, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Traffic on the CollegeForest-Rocky Bayou route is expected to grow in the future as the last large chunk of undeveloped land in Niceville is subdividedan 1,100-acre residential and commercial tract east of Forest Road. The land will be developed by Ruckel Properties. Vest said that no highway flyovers at the Forest-College intersection were included in connector plans because traffic there is not expected to ever be heavy. Such structures, which would be required for unimpeded traffic flow, would also have been costly and have required more land. Eventually, another gradelevel T-intersection with the connector road is planned to be built on the east boundary of the 1,100-acre Ruckel development, Vest said. However, unlike the Forest Road intersection, there are provisions that would allow the Ruckel intersection to be upgraded to a flyover interchange as growth and traffic may dictate in the future, he said. The roads sole toll plaza ($1 for Sunpass, $1.50 for others) will be between the new College-Forest access road and the Range Road exit near Bluewater Bay.Page A-2 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Servingyou,notacompany.MaryBethLoveLoveInsuranceServices,Inc. MerchantsWalkatBluewaterBayMaryBeth@LoveInsuranceServices.comHome|Flood|AutoQualityCompanies|AffordableRates|ExceptionalService Drivingdownthecostofcarinsurance!Callmetodayat(850)279.6806 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)Michelle Knudson Dr. Amanda Brenci Cathy Henriott Charles Henriott David Cox678-8876Treat yourself to new glasses for the New Year! Come see us today! Dont forget to have your childs eyes checked over the Christmas break.678-6211WISHINGYOUABRIGHT&HAPPYNEWYEAR!FromthegangatEyewearUnlimited&Dr.BrencisOffice The only tribute artist hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform at Graceland's Heartbreak Hotel for 7 consecutive years! For one night only, Chris MacDonald will pay tribute to an All-American Legend in a truly dynamic performance complete with costumes and a high-energy production band. Come join us for this celebration of the life and music of one of the greatest entertainers and pop culture icons of our time.For more info visit www.chriselvis.comAll programs, artists, dates and times are subject to change.Mattie Kelly Arts CenterNorthwest Florida State College, Niceville, FloridaFor tickets call850.729.6000or toll free 888.838.ARTS (2787) www.mattiekellyartscenter.org YIELD YIELD College Blvd. STOP N STOPNot to scaleForest Rd. Bridge Connector Road Merge Above, aerial photo shows route of Mid-Bay Bridge connector road under construction, including its planned intersection at Coll ege Boulevard and Forest Road. Below right, the intersection today looking north, with connector construction visible. Below right, graphic depicts traffic flow upon completion of the connector road. BYPASSFrom page A-1Mid-Bay Bridge Authority Beacon graphic Beacon photo

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Page A-3 Diamond Worksinc. 850-244-5252 | www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza | 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary Esther, FL 32569Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Inventory Reduction SaleGoing on Now!20%OFFTAKE AN EXTRACLEARANCE CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE!1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/BoxesCall for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) 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 MULLISEYEINSTITUTEDarren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Surgeon & Cataract SpecialistNO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our office policy that the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other services, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for any free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment.Dr. Darren Paynes Smart lens Procedure can produce clear vision without eye glasses at all distances (close up, far away, & in between )Call Today at:Niceville Location 115 Bailey Dr. 678-5338Crestview Location 930 N. Ferdon Blvd. 682-5338 Call for a Smart Lens Evaluation with Dr. Darren PayneNeed Eye Glasses to Read?Smart LensesSM seconds looking at their phone which is enough time to cover more than the length of a highway speeds. W82TXT AGENCY NAME website www.nicevilleinsurance.comNicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY of Environmental Protection has issued a consent order against the NVOC board for exceeding groundwater pollution figures, including nitrates, near the utilitys existing sprayfields located on leased Eglin land just north of Niceville and east of Highway 285. The IFAS technology selected for the treatment plant upgrade is supposed to remove much more of the nutrients, including nitrates from its effluent, thus eliminating groundwater pollution potential. Eglin Air Force Base wants to start charging the NVOC market rates for its effluent sprayfield on Air Force land just north of Niceville. The sewer board currently pays nothing for 250 acres of sprayfield leased from Eglin. The RIBS design would reduce the amount of Eglin land to be leased to about 80 acres, at which point the Air Force would start charging hefty rental fees that would ultimately be borne by sewerage customers in Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay. The NVOC has been working for over a year to come up with specifications for the proposed upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant. A technical subcommittee of the board had visited several treatment plants before recommending the IFAS technology. Over the past several months Jeff Littrell, the countys water and sewer department chief and a member of the six-member NVOC board, had expressed concerns about whether the specifications being developed by the regional authoritys engineer, Polyengineering, would allow for a truly competitive bidding process. Littrell was assured that the specifications completed in late November would allow such competition. At their Dec. 7 meeting the board gave the tentative goahead to advertise for bids. The only caveat was a request from Valparaisos representative, Mayor Bruce Arnold, asking that the engineer explain the bidding strategy and how the board would hold the contractor responsible for ensuring the IFAS technology met all the requirements, before advertising. Littrell subsequently asked for a special meeting of the sewer board after he received a Dec. 15 technical analysis of the proposed specifications from Constantine Engineering, an engineering firm supporting the county. In its technical memorandum Constantine Engineering outlined portions of the specifications that would limit a bidder to using equipment parts like pumps, mixers and blowers that are proprietary to certain manufacturers. Constantine Engineering described such examples as a disguised form of sole-sourcing. The report also addressed the performance warranty portion of the specifications and stated that this warranty is disproportionately preferential to the manufacturer and not the owner. Owner means the NVOC sewer board. The Dec. 20 special meeting was later canceled at Littrells request when not all six board members were available. Instead, the issues will be discussed at the sewer boards next monthly meeting, Jan. 4, in Niceville. SEWERFrom page A-1 FerndellAve. 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate Beacon photo Proposed bid specifications for a $6.6-million upgrade to the regional sewage-treatment plant have been challenged by county officials. Picture is the plant on Highway 85 North, Niceville.Valparaiso OKs more sidewalksBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent At a meeting lasting about 10 minutes, the Valparaiso City Commission last week approved a new sidewalk extension on Ferndell Avenue. The new sidewalk, part of a larger project to add sidewalks near Lewis School, will run along Ferndell Avenue between Georgia and Grandview avenues. The Dec. 20 decision was made by a unanimous vote of Mayor Bruce Arnold and the two commissioners present, Neal Shermer and T.G. Miller, barely a quorum. Two other commissioners were absent. Prior to the vote, the commission heard from City Administrator Carl Scott, who said he had managed to contact three of the four residents along Ferndell Avenue where the new sidewalk will be built. Of those three, said Scott, all approved the project. One of them asked that when building it, the city take care that contractors do not leave materials or equipment unattended, since local children might attempt to play on or with such items, and thus risk injury, according to Scott. A state grant is paying for a four-month construction project that is adding nearly three miles of sidewalks on neighborhood streets in the vicinity of Lewis School. The $372,000 construction project got underway in September and is expected to be completed in January. Earlier this year, the city canceled some other planned sidewalks, after residents along the planned routes objected. No other business was discussed during the Dec. 20 meeting.City of ValparaisoCity map shows segment of Ferndell Avenue, Valparaiso, slated to get sidewalks in a larger state-funded project to add three miles of sidewalks in areas around Lewis School.

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change. Gulf Poweralso says its customers will see cheaper electricity bills Jan. 1, even as the utility is asking the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for a 21-percent increase in its base rate. Gulf Power said the electricity bill for an average home buying 1,000 kilowatt-hours is $127.16. Starting Jan. 1, 2012, the same amount of electricity will cost $125.80, a decrease of $1.36, the company said. The decrease reflects the lower cost of fuels chiefly coal and natural gas used to generate electricity. The FPSC adjusts our prices each year based on the cost of the fuel used to make electricity, power bought from other utilities and providers, environmental compliance expenses and the cost of energy efficiency programs for customers, said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power Corporate Communications supervisor. Gulf Power monitors its fuel mix to use the most cost-effective generation available at any time during the day, the company said in a statement. That has helped the utility take advantage of some lower fuel prices for coal and natural gasthe two major fuels Gulf Power uses to make electricity, the company said. Meanwhile, Gulf Power petitioned the PSC during the summer for a permanent increase to its base rate. If the permanent rate hike is approved, customers rates would go up by $12.15 for every 1,000 kilowatt hours. The PSC is expected to announce its decision on the requested increase to the base rate in March. In August the PSC approved an interim rate hike that increased the utilitys base rate by $4.49 a month for every 1,000 kilowatthours used. The interim increase will remain in effect until the PSC votes to approve or deny the permanent rate hike. The PSC is expected to rule on the permanent rate increase March 12. Spokesmen for another public utility serving the area, Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (Chelco), could not be reached for comment. Industry figures provided by Florida Power & Light showed the typical residential 1,000-kwh power bill for Chelco at $125.51 a month last summer, compared with $122.67 for Gulf Power, and with $125.51 as the average among Floridas 55 electric utilities. UTILITIESFrom page A-1alongside the public streets in Bluewater Bay, which operates a 36-hole golf course. According to Bluewater Bay Resort General Manager Tom Hanks, the development has an agreement with the county to allow the vehicles on the road. Bluewater was built as a golfing community, Hanks said. The developers made an agreement with the county. Hanks said golf carts may use special lanes alongside certain roads. He said the lanes were constructed double the width generally seen for bicycle paths so they could accommodate golf carts as well as bikes and pedestrians. Joe Jellison, a member of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) that governs certain public spending in Bluewater Bay, said there have been no problems with golf carts using the special lanes. Were patrolled regularly by the sheriff, he said, and there have been no problems. According to Florida statutes, golf carts may be used on public roadways if any of the following applies: The road has been previously designated for their use; It is a designated crossing path for golf carts; It is the only available public road to a government location; Crossing the roadway is required within a single mobile home park; You are within a private retirement community that permits golf carts. Violations are treated as noncriminal traffic violations. According to Sgt. Matt Harrison of the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office, There are certain exceptions. We have a couple of different statutes. For the most part, unless it is authorized within a homeowners covenant, golf carts are not authorized on a roadway except to cross a thoroughfare. The public hearing is scheduled for a commission meeting Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., in the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island. GOLFERSFrom page A-1 Page A-4 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERSkip Becker, 55, Fort Walton Beach, sales associate Angie Fowler, 58, Mossy Head, school bus driver Ralph Feese, 65, Niceville, Wal-Mart greeter Sharon Gentile, 50, Niceville, director of rehabilitation services A better job market and an improving economy. I d like to see the House of Representatives get their act together. They cause so many problems because they can t agree on things. The jobs are bad, but they re making it worse. A new President, and a whole new Congress. The whole bunch needs to be changed out. I d like people to have a better attitude about everything in general. Less taxes, higher wages, lower gas prices. A living wage would be nice. We ve got a lot of people out there working for a whole lot less. A new President.Mike GriffithWhat changes do you hope to see in the coming year?Lorraine Slauson, 73, Niceville, retired Location: Wal-Mart Jonathan Williams, 23, Niceville, public works C HURCH DIRE CTO RY Sunday Bible School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.Bluewater Community CHURCH897-2644 4580 RANGERD., NICEVILLECome Worship with Us! 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHNew Years Day, Jan. 1st 10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy CommunionImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; grow250 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 New Year s Day One Service 10:00 a.m. Nursery provided. We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool is an early childhood ministry of StPLC, since 1983. We o er Christ-centered curriculum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK0064 Dear Bay Beacon, Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. in Niceville has been advertising in the Bay Beacon newspaper for well over a decade. The Bay Beacon has proven itself time and again to be one of the best vehicles for advertising homes for sale in the Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay area. All of our agents receive positive feedback when their clients see their homes listed in this great publication. Our office also receives calls on a regular basis from prospective buyers on homes they have seen listed in the Bay Beacon. We at Carriage Hills Realty believe the Bay Beacon to be a great asset in advertising homes in todays real estate market.Joyce Anderson Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Adv ertisi ng in the Bay B eacon gets res ults! H eres proof! What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Friends for Fun seniors Singles 60 and older invited for laughter and conversation. Bluewater Bay Clubhouse. Wednesdays at 3-5 p.m. Info: 897-4434. Math, science tutoring Valparaiso Comm. Library. Mondays at 3-5 p.m. Info: 729-5406. TOPS Club 0111 Weight-loss support group. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville, education building room 1. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Info: 678-2863 or 279-4847. Sharing and Caring Donations of food, hygiene products, diapers, detergents, etc. 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 729-3600 or 678-8459. Museum seeks volunteers Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Info: 678-2615 heritage-museum.org. Military Memories exhibit Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Admission is $5 for adults. Info: 678-2615 heritage-museum.org. Hospital volunteers Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary, Niceville. Info: 729-9481 Valp. library events Story Time for pre-school age children Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Genealogybased US History class at 9:30 a.m. French Class at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. Valparaiso Comm. Library. Info: 729-5406, vcl.valp.org. BULLE T IN BO ARD

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If youre looking for something to do on New Years weekend, why not grab some outdoor adventures at the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville? This year, the park will participate in the First Day Hike, coordinated by Americas State Parks, an organization that promote activities in state parks in all 50 states. The guided hike will cover one and possibly two park trails. Each trail is about a mile long. The hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the trailhead kiosk. All ages can participate. Adult supervision is required for those under 18. There are no other restrictions; pets are allowed. The park management recommends that hikers bring a water bottle and wear closed toe shoes. The park entrance fee will be waived for all participants. The park is a 357-acre reservation that offers camping, fishing, hiking on nature trails and a boat ramp right on the Choctawhatchee Bay that provides both saltwater and freshwater fishing. We have some kayaking and canoeing available for rent, a big picnic area and about three miles of nature trail, said Dan Laird, park manager. Its all very accessible for families to use. We also have boat ramps for launching boats of up to 30 feet. Laird said the park has a playground for kids and two pavilions for public use unless theyre rented for private functions, as well as a 42-site campground for anyone who wants to spend the night. The park also has a concrete bomb, believed to be one that Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle dropped during practice for his raid on Japan in a 1942 raid. All the campsites are wellshaded with amenities, including water, electricity hook-ups, grills and picnic tables. The campsites are semi-private, and most overlook the bay. Shaded by trees, the sites have a deep wilderness feel where campers can see such wildlife as deer, osprey and the occasional dolphin or bald eagle. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 THEBAYBEACON First Day Hike set for Jan. 1 at Rocky Bayou State Park Trip TipsFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Getting there: From Niceville, go east on Highway 20 across the Meigs Bridge, where you lll see signs for the park on the left. Hours: Park hours are 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year. Prices: Entrance fees include $5 per vehicle with a limit 2-8 people per vehicle; $4 for single occupant vehicle; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Annual Individual Entrance Passes ($127.20) provide free entrance to any Florida state park. Camping fees are $16 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity. Other fees include $5 boat ramp fee and a $75 per day, plus tax, for a pavilion rental. Accessibility: Many areas are handicapped accessible, but trails and beaches could present a problem. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. They must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and be well behaved at all times. Restrooms: There are a number of restrooms available in both day use and campground areas. Food: Some vending machines are on site, providing limited choices. A small store at the park s entrance carries some camp supplies. Contact: 833-9144 or visit floridastateparks.org/rockybayou/ for more information. To make a camping reservation, contact Reserve America at (800) 326-3251 or visit ReserveAmerica.com D D A A Y Y T T R R I I P P P P E E R RThe sign for the Sand Pine Nature Trail, above, shows the route and describes the creatures the hiker may encounter. Below, A long, paved boat ramp makes it easy for visitors to get into the water. Happy New Year! JOIN US!NEW YEARS EVE 9PM-1AMFeaturing Deja VuDinner Package $4995INCLUDES UPSTAIRS PARTY!/personPrime Rib, Lobster, Crab, Seafood Pasta, and more! Choice of a Bottle of Wine or Champagne (for 2), & Dessert. 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy. | Okaloosa Island | Fort Walton BeachTo Reserve your PARTY SPOT CALL:(850) 796-0260 if you book & pre-pay your New Years Eve Reservations by Dec. 29, 2011NEW YEARS EVE DINNER PACKAGE$10OFF AleraTMby Resound$800 OFF MJ Stiles NBC-HIS, ABOC The Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East Suite 211 Niceville, FL 32578 connects you to your world ReSound AleraTM61with wireless optionsReSound AleraTM60 Strong and Clear wireless connections to your TV and phone.www.bayareabetterhearing.com HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center) CALL 850-279-4545 NOWfor yourFREE HEARING EVALUATION and DEMONSTRATION OF THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY12 months no interest financing now availableRetired Military Family G iv e the G ift of Be tt er Hea ring & Understanding this Season Please see FIRST, page A-7 APPETIZER (choose1)Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Artichoke with Spicy Marinara and Parmesan Cheese Chefs wine selection: Sacred Hill Sauvignon Blanc Pan Fried Lobster Cake with Sherry Hollandaise and Topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Chefs wine selection: Nora Albarino Rias BiaxisSALADMixed Greens with Gorgonzola Candied Pecans and a Champagne Strawberry Vinaigrette Chefs wine selection: Next RieslingENTRE (choose 1)Seared Rack of Lamb on a Bed of Wild Mushroom Risotto, Served with Sauted Haricot Vert and Sweet Tomatoes, Finished with a Port Fig Reduction | Chefs wine selection: Belle Glos Meomi Pinot Noir Braised Veal Osso Bucco with Fingerling Potatoes and Roasted Winter Root Vegetables, Topped with Pan Gravy | Chefs wine selection: Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass over a Tropical Wild Rice Amandine, with Grilled Broccolini, Finished with Citrus Compound Butter | Chefs wine selection: Byron ChardonnayDESSERT ( choose 1 )Hazelnut Cappuccino Crme Brle | Chefs wine selection: Charles Lafitte Brut Prestige Black Forest Molten Lava Cake | Chefs wine selection: Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red Wine 303 Glen Ave., Valparaiso | 850.389.2125$65 per person ~ $100 per person with Chefs Wine PairingsNew Years Eve DinnerFour Course Meal & Live Music www.compassrosevalp.com 897.4466Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater BayRitz Salon To our neighbors, associates, and friends, go our thanks and best wishes at the New Year. We wouldnt be where we are without people like you, and were grateful for your loyal support. We wish all of you a safe and happy New Years Eve celebration and we look forward to seeing you soon in 2012!Dawn, Karen, Amber, Carolann, Ashley, Joanne, Joan, Bonnie, Cherri, Lynn, Shelly & Sandra. Missing: Sandi, Stephanie, Gisela Like us on

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992With a firepit included, all that is needed is a stick roasting marshmallows to complete the experience. All sites can accommodate both RVs and tents. There is a heated and air-conditioned shower facility as well as laundry and vending machines. A large parking area allows boaters enough room for their vehicles and boat trailers to park. Overnight docking is not permitted and all boaters must pay entrance fees to access the park. The water that the boat ramp serves is brackisha mixture of both fresh and salt waterwhich plays host to a vast number of sea creatures, including dolphins, alligators and otters. Common fish are mullet, trout and flounder. Fishing licenses are required for both salt and freshwater fishing. For $15, visitors can rent a single kayak for up to two hours. A canoe can be rented for $20 for up to two hours. All-day usefor more than four hoursof kayaks costs $40 while a canoe is $55. Anyone over 18 with a valid ID can rent either watercraft. Life jackets are provided and are required the entire time on the water. The use of the crafts can enhance visitors perspective of the area. The surrounding waters are a natural habitat to many of natures most beautiful and unique wildlife. The blue heron can often be seen standing on the shores of the water, or one could watch as a gull pulls its prey out of the bayou. Amanda Baldwin, 19, and William Robinson, 20, of Massachusetts, recently visited the park. There are lots of things to do here, Baldwin said. We went hiking yesterday and today were taking out a kayak. I really like the white sand, Robinson said. We like the outdoors and doing things outside. This place is perfect for both. The Waltrip family visited the area from Perdido Key and spent the day at the park enjoying the outdoors. This is our first time here, Beth Waltrip said. We spent some of the afternoon down by the water looking for bamboo and now were going on a nature walk. We want to go swimming next! Andrew, 8, said. I really like the bay. FIRSTFrom page A-6 With about three miles of nature trails, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park can take you past longleaf pine, pitcher plants and much of the unique flora of Florida. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, December 28, 2011 Page A-7 Happy New Year!Happy New Year! Emerald Coast Concert Association presents JAN. 21, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. FEB. 18, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.Doo-Wah Riders Doo-Wah Riders$30/person in advance or $35 at the door Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWF State College, NicevilleInfo: ECCA at 362-9356 or visit emeraldcoastconcerts.com$22/person in advance or $25 at the door Fort Walton Beach Civic AuditoriumInfo: ECCA at 362-9356 or visit emeraldcoastconcerts.com The Owners & Staff of Full Service Mini Spa Total RelaxationCelebrating 13 Years!(850) 897-1606 Thank You for Being a Loyal Customer, Neighbor & Friend this year & every year!Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Gift Certificates Available Grouper Pan sauted, topped with blue crabmeat and garlic beurre blanc sauce with saffron rice and sauted vegetables...$29* Twin Filet mignon One topped with gorgonzola, the other shiitake mushroom demi glace. Garlic mashed potatoes and sauted vegetables.....................................................................$30* Chicken Piccata Sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and capers with saffron rice and sauted vegetables................$24* Lobster Tail and Stuffed Shrimp lb Maine lobster tail and seafood stuffed shrimp. Saffron rice and sauted vegetables...$35* Filet and Grilled Lobster 4 oz filet mignon with 4 oz Maine Lobster tail, garlic mashed potatoes and sauted vegetables...$39* Fried Seafood Platter Jumbo shrimp, scallops, crab cake, Mahi, spicy French fries and Caribbean slaw...........................$28* Oysters Rockefeller baked with a rich bacon Florentine topping Baked Raspberry Almond Brie in a puff pastry Lobster and Shrimp Bisque with a hint of sherry Sesame Seared Yellow Fin Tuna cucumber wasabi aioli Spring Mix honey roasted nuts, mandarin oranges, mango vinaigrette Classic Caesar Salad garlic croutonsEntre Choice Salad Choice Appetizer Choice New Years Eve2011~ 3 Course Dinner~ Champagne Toast124 John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso Early seating special from 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2 course dinner starting at $18~ Price* includes 3 course dinner: Appetizer, Salad and Entre ~ ~ Reservations available from 4pm 11pm. Call 678-2805 ~ MON.-FRI.10-6:30, SAT.10-6 104 Redwood Ave.,Niceville 729-Fish (3474) Variety of Fresh Fish Shrimp Scallops Octopus Oysters Snow Crab Alligator Steaks Filet Mignon Ribeye Free Range ChickentSo Much More! ORDER SHRIMPearly for yourNEW YEARS PARTY. CALL TODAY! ~ Live Music by James Kilpatrick

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Page 8 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 THEBAYBEACON New energy provider in Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey seeks local business partner in lucrative energy industry. Business minded, financially motivated candidates call 678391-8484. Residency not required. Please provide the department number, FL090, when you call. Newspaper Delivery Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida drivers license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Advertising Sales The Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot and The Green Beret) have an opening for a career-minded, full-time person to sell newspaper advertising. Calling on new customers and collecting also required. Candidates should be upbeat, energetic, organized, self-starting and detail-oriented. Salary plus commission. Benefits include IRA plan and paid vacation. Candidates must be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. We will train the right person. Apply in person at the Beacon, 1181 John Sims Parkway (Parkway East Shopping Center), Niceville. Editorial Assistant Beacon Newspapers Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) seeks an editorial assistant who will work in the office to help compile, write, and edit news items, assist the editor in preparing the newspapers for publication, and perform other clerical and administrative duties under the direction of the editor. Applicants must be familiar with desktop computers, able to write quickly and accurately, and possess proofreading and editing skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented, and able to adapt to a fast-paced editorial environment. Nonsmoking office. Competitive pay, commensurate with experience and aptitude. Benefits include paid vacation and holidays, and IRA plan. Apply at The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. AIRPORT HOME WITH HANGAR! Go to tinyurl.com/6b2s2br for more information. 2010 Yamaha Outboard Motor, 4-stroke, 20hp with less than 20 hours. $2499 firm, 797-2267. ReDecor & More, now open and taking consignments of all kinds. Especially childrens clothes. F.W.B. Space available also, 586-4321. AKC Siberian Husky Puppies 10 wks old, UTD on shots, wormedX4. 4 Females, 1 Male. $700 *Im not a breeder* Call Abby, 850-217-0251. Opportunities Items for Sale Help Wanted Business Opportunities Pets Homes for Sale Help Wanted Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. The BeaconsReal Estate MarketplaceWhere Buyers and Sellers Meet! CLASSIFIEDS 50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS.Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) r Eglin Flyer (Number of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) Price of First Run................$ + Price of subsequent runs....$ = Total Price............................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. E-MAIL : Classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers. Ads are non-refundable. CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL (850) 678-1080______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.20 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.40 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.60 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.80 ______________________ ______________________ $11.00 ______________________ $12.00First Word 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 bdrms Sunset Furnished 3/2/2 $1800 Includes utilities, cable, internet, washer/dryer, open floor plan, large deck and private backyard Garden Oaks Unfurnished $750 1 bedroom, private screened patio, ground floor, pet friendly Lakeside Unfurnished 3/2 $1100 Lakefront, townhouse style condo, open floor plan, washer/dryer/water includedRare Glenlake Home Exclusive Listing 4BR, 3BA, 2579SqFt., *FIXER-As-Is* $315-325,000 Waterfront Townhome 30 Marina Cove Dr: 2BR, 2.5BA, 2 car tandem garage, porch, nicely updated $215,000 Lakeside Townhome 2BR, Loft Condo, 2 full baths, top floor unit, cathedral ceilings, $110,000 Lakeside Condo--NEW LISTING 2BR, 2BA, wrap around top floor, 1235 SqFt., balcony, equisitely furnished, $144,000For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. (850) 678-5161 1-800-369-2403 www.century21wilsonminger.comWe wish to thank all of our customers for such an amazing year. What a wonderful community we live in.Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Dixie RV SuperStoresFLs Newest RV DealerNOW OPEN!!!*Store Hours* Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm21 Acres / 30 Brands New and Pre-Owned Newmar Keystone Heartland Jayco Fleetwood Prime Time Coachmen Forest RiverService Department Parts and Acces. Store RV Collision Center Located off I-10 Exit 70 / SR285328 Green Acres Dr. De Funiak Springs, FL 32435Sales and Service: 850-951-1000 www.dixierv.com 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Offices 500SqFt1,000SqFtWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFWAREHOUSE OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 WE BUYGOLDUS GOLD PAWN JEWELRY & LOAN 700 Beal Pkwy. 850-974-2462 PROVEN LEADERSCarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Text CHRSOLD to 87778 for free app NICEVILLE / BLUEWATER AREA Ring in the New Year in fine townhome w/deep water dock 3/3 2,235SF $394,900 Web#162 Need a large yard for kids, pets or boat? A Florida cottage? 3/2 1,344SF $119,900 Web#210 Make this new Gary Miller home your New Years resolution! 3/2 1,754SF $248,000 Web#209 Lovely cottage home in near new condition & ideal location! 3/2 1,567SF $184,000 Web#163 WALTON COUNTYAREA Aprox. 2.75 acres just minutes from Mid-Bay Bridge with lots of potential! $250,000 Web#211Your Hometown Agency for 29 Years! GET RESULTS! Call 678-1080 to place your ad today. WILSON MINGER AGENCY, INC.Niceville s Top-Selling Real Estate Office RENTALS AVAILABLE! Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton and Navarre! One bedroom to five bedrooms from $450-$2500!Search online at: OurLocalRental.com Century 21Wilson Minger AgencyNicevilles Top Selling Real Estate Office729-6504 Capture the Eglin and Hurlburt markets in the base newspapers!The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field! KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710651-3329 PAINTINGTHE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. COMPUTER REPAIR MINI STORAGE(850) 729-1005204 KELLY RD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578Kelly Rd.W.R. Harden, Inc. dbaJan C. Bogan General Manager IRRIGATION Sprinkler System Pump Replacement or Repair New Installations Extensions Landscaping Design Free Estimates LAWN CARELess StressLawn & LandscapingFREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALRJ: (850) 699-1617 Bryan: (850) 259-1981 Licensed & Insured ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $19.55 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! Call us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 to take advantage of this incredible bargain! SALON cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing(Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 13 yrs. in the Niceville AreaGift Certificates Available TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Don t be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! RV SERVICE & REPAIRRV Doctors of NW Fl, LLCWe make house calls 24/7We strive to make you a happy camper! 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ArrestsRobert Jason Barber, a cook, 32, of 1303 S. Cedar Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies, subsequent to a traffic stop for driving 62 mph in a 45 mph zone, Dec. 17, on a charge of driving while license revoked, habitual offender. * Jason Arthur Denny, a restaurant worker, 36, of 500 Kelly Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 15 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked, habitual offender. * Penny Lynn Wahab, unemployed, 48, of 4323 Sunset Beach Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 17 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. * Larry James Ford, unemployed, 62, of 504 Miller Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 16 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge. * Aaron Reid Huff, unemployed, 30, of 1703 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 13 on a misdemeanor violation of probation charge. * John Joseph James III, 36, of 367 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 13 on charges of worthless checks, six counts, and on violation of probation charges on the original charges of workers comp fraud and obtaining controlled substance by fraud. * Aneatria Diane Hinojosa, a restaurant server, 36, of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 116, Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 12 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. * Johnny Lee Holmes Jr., 34, of 1124 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Dec. 8 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of fraud, false statement to obtain unemployment compensation. * A 17-year-old Valparaiso boy was arrested by Valparaiso police Dec. 20 on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * Lonnie Michael Odom, a cook, 42, of 5020 Old Brown Road, Baker, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 6 on a charge of violation of pretrial supervision which required no contact with the victim. * Jimmy Dean Glover II, 20, of 61 2nd Ave., Shalimar, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 19 on charges of underage possession of alcoholic beverages and on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of felony battery. * Dave Randolph Vandervort, 55, of 710 Powell Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies Nov. 20 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge, three counts.DUI arrestsSheron S. Baker, 58, of 706 U.S. Highway 331 N., DeFuniak Springs, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at the parking lot of a convenience store, 598 Highway 85 N., Dec. 16 at 2:03 a.m. Baker was also arrested for knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked and cited for no proof of valid insurance.TheftsA Valparaiso resident told police she had been defrauded out of money by a contractor in 2010 for an $8,820 upgrade to an existing irrigation system. The resident later learned that the price of materials claimed by the contractor was $2,200 more than she paid for the materials. The state attorneys office said the case was not criminal and that the resident was advised how to proceed with a civil case in order to recoup any monies she feels she is entitled to. * Niceville police responded to a residence on Cypress Drive for a possible break-in Dec. 12 after the resident reported the inside of the house had been trashed by someone or something. Police cleared the house to ensure no one was inside. The resident said nothing appeared to be missing. The Christmas tree had been knocked over, the TV stand moved away from the window and the blinds had been knocked down. In a childs bedroom, toys had been moved away from the window, which the resident said she thought were locked but which were then unlocked. The resident concluded it may have been the house dog that caused all the damage. Police closed the case due to lack of evidence or leads. * A Niceville resident reported Dec. 8 that she lost her phone at Northwest Florida State College and that someone subsequently purchased apps for the phone. * A Niceville man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle Dec. 12, while it was parked at a convenience store, 598 N. Highway 85, and stole several pills, including oxycodone pills, from three medicine bottles stored in the vehicle.Criminal MischiefA Valparaiso resident from the 300 block of Virginia Avenue reported that sometime Dec. 715 unknown person(s) cut the convertible top of his automobile and poured what appeared to be silver nail polish on the trunk and passenger door while the car was parked under the carport.OtherCandice Marie Griffin, 31, of 4301 Hassel Road, Crestview, was served a criminal summons by Niceville police Dec. 9 on a charge of retail theft. A 13-yearold Crestview girl who was with Griffin was also served a criminal summons on the same charge. Griffin and the 13-year-old were allegedly observed taking merchandise at a store, 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, placing it into their purses and in their clothing then trying to exit the store without paying. Griffin allegedly took pens, greeting cards and a lanyard valued in total at $41, while the teenager allegedly took two bags of candy, a bottle of perfume, a key chain, coin purse and a drink tumbler valued together at $45. * Rachel Anne Kirkland, 19, of 4134 Beach Drive, Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police Dec. 12 on charges of retail theft and underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. Kirkland was allegedly observed concealing a bottle of wine and two cans of another beverage in her purse before attempting to leave the store, 1015 E. John Sims Parkway, without paying. * Two 16-year-old boys were issued trespass warnings Dec. 11 after they tried to swap their shoes and walk out of the store with new ones. Niceville police determined the boys were reported missing from Fort Walton Beach as of Dec. 6. Their parents were asked to pick up their children. * Brock Maurice Sutton, 18, of 2621 Edgewater Drive, Niceville was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police Dec. 16 on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. A 17year-old Niceville girl, a passenger in Suttons vehicle, was also issued a criminal summons on a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a single Xanax tablet. * Charles Colt Morrison, 18, of 401-C Niceville Ave., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for an extinguished tail lamp, Dec. 19, on a charge of underage possession of alcohol. 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperThe Bay Beacon& Beacon Express The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 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. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 19, 2011 through December 21, 2011. 0 Structure Fire...........................6 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire..............................0 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire.................................0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn...............................1 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms............................0 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Reeves Street.............................Medical......................................12/19/11..............20:11 Azalea Drive................................Medical......................................12/20/11..............16:00 Sabal Palm Drive........................Medical......................................12/20/11..............18:28 Sabal Palm Drive........................Service Call...............................12/20/11..............22:40 Killarney Road.............................Medical......................................12/21/11..............10:11 Coral Drive..................................Medical......................................12/21/11..............11:31 Peachtree Way...........................Medical......................................12/21/11..............13:59North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 19, 2011 through December 27, 2011. Street Situation Date Time State Road 293...........................Outside rubbish.........................12/19/11..............00:21 Merchants Way...........................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/19/11..............07:04 White Point Road.......................Assist invalid..............................12/19/11..............17:45 Windward Circle..........................Medical assist EMS..................12/20/11..............04:12 Merchants Way...........................Medical assist EMS..................12/20/11..............06:27 Evans Road................................Medical assist EMS.................12/21/11..............07:28 N. White Point Road...................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/21/11..............22:48 Calinda Lane...............................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/21/11..............22:54 N. White Point Road...................Medical assist EMS..................12/22/11..............09:27 N. White Point Road...................Dispatched canceled................12/23/11..............01:09 E. Highway 20.............................Medical assist EMS..................12/23/11..............09:09 Parkwood Circle..........................Service call................................12/23/11..............22:33 Evans Road................................Medical assist EMS..................12/24/11..............04:14 Greenwood Cove.......................Rescue EMS incident...............12/24/11..............07:20 White Point Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/24/11..............15:19 Highway 20 & BW......................Motor vehicle accident..............12/24/11..............18:43 Ida Coon Circle...........................Medical assist EMS..................12/25/11..............10:01 Olde Post Road..........................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/25/11..............10:26 Hickory Street.............................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/25/11..............16:37 Pine Street..................................Medical assist EMS..................12/25/11..............23:23 State Road 293...........................Rescue EMS incident...............12/26/11..............11:46 Cedar Street................................Medical assist EMS..................12/26/11..............13:07 Windlake Drive............................EMS excluding vehicle.............12/26/11..............19:57 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, December 28, 2011 Page A-9 (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) Proudly accepting Tricare Insurance Now seeing patients.Kevin W. Wells OD, FAAO Diplomate, American Board of Optometric Board Certified Optometric Physician 4012 Commons Drive Suite #110 (Behind Walmart in Destin) 850-424-667740%OFFFRAMES & LENSESof choiceWe gladly file Tricare insurance for your exam. Expires 1/31/12. Must be present to redeem. Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comBENNING DRIVE: Victorian Style, Bamboo Floors, Located in heart of Destin. Custom throughout. Short Sale: 5/4.5, 2675 SqFt. $319,900 VILLA COYABA-Unit 204: 2200 Sq. Ft. 4 Bedroom3 Baths Upgrades Throughout. Short Sale: $936,500 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 & Bright. $129,000 DONT 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 PENDING: VILLA COYABA-Unit 203: $900,000 109 Windlake: $350,000 RENTAL DEPARTMENT CALL James V. Rainwater 897-1101 NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 PENDING PENDING 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. 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 inground 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.Let KiwanisRaise Old Gloryat your house or businessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis ClubServing the Children of the World

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By David VardamanThe Niceville boys and girls basketball teams hit the hardwood last week in separate three-day tournaments. The boys went 2-1 while the girls won one of three very close games. The boys got going early in game 1 against Navarre, finishing with a 61-56 victory. Along with junior McKinley Stephens multiple 3-pointers and 20 points, the Eagles maintained a distributive attack via Kyle Koszutas superior point guard mastery as nine different players scored. In game two, the Eagles were firing on all cylinders as they built a lead by as much as 22 points as Shane Horton got hot early followed by solid inside play from Andrew Mitchell and Nick Haynes. The opponent, P.K. Yonge (Gainesville), fought back late in the game, only to have the Eagles close the door with a high-scoring 81-73 win. The third game in as many days took its toll as Pine Forest came into the game with fresh legs. The Niceville fast-break points and pinpoint 3-point accuracy werent there as Pine Forest built a 10-point halftime lead which the Eagles couldnt crack in a 67-59 loss. Koszuta scored 19 points to lead Niceville but the Eagles couldnt find an answer to the inside play of Pine Forest. The Lady Eagles continue to improve their team game as they also played three hard-fought contests on consecutive nights. In game one, a sluggish Eagle team fell behind early against Freeport. Niceville was able to make the game close but time ran out as the Eagles lost 36-40. The Lady Eagles marched to victory against Laurel Hill in game two. This time the Eagles built the lead and didnt look back in a 52-49 victory. In the highest point production of the season Ashley Levesque, Dani Douglas and freshman standout Michaela Mitchell scored in double figures to go along with 10 different players registering points. In game three the Lady Eagles came from behind in a physically demanding affair to tie the score with 1:20 left in the game, but Paxton was able to claw its way to a win, 43-39. Page 10 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Criminal Law, DUI, Family Law, Divorce (850) 729-7770 www.michaelweinstock.com 795 East John Sims Parkway, Suite 1, NicevilleFelonies, Misdemeanors, DUI, Drug Offenses, VOP, Domestic Violence Sex Offenses, Bond Issues Divorce (Contested & Uncontested), Custody, Child Support Department of Revenue actions, Guardianship, Visitation Contempt Actions, Alimony Issues NEWSPAPER CARRIER I n d e p e n d e n t C o n t r a c t o r E g l i n A F B EARNEXTRACASHOF$40 TO$90 OR MOREEACHWEEKINYOURSPARETIME!The Beacon Newspapers seek a reliable independent contractor to insert and deliver newspapers every Thursday night to various buildings on Eglin Air Force Base. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Required are a reliable vehicle, good driving record, driver's license, and proof of current liability insurance. Current base access preferred.HELP WANTED Spring registration Spring term registration will be held Jan. 3-17 for Northwest Florida State College credit courses, noncredit adult basic education and professional development offerings. Extended registration hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays at NWFSC locations in Niceville, Fort Walton, Crestview, DeFuniak and South Walton. College centers at Eglin and Hurlburt are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Current students or new students who have completed admissions may also enroll or pay fees by web. Online application for admission, textbook purchase and the complete course schedule of more than 1,000 day, evening, weekend, fast-track and e-campus courses is available on the college website at nwfsc.edu. Most college and adult education/GED classes begin Jan. 9 and March 2, with professional development courses offered at various times throughout the semester. In addition to college classes, individuals may enroll in non-credit professional development courses and seminars offered through the colleges Leadership Institute. See the Leadership Institute website at nwfsc.edu/LI for a complete course list and registration information or contact the NWFSC Leadership Institute at 729-6880 or email leadership@nwfsc.edu. NWFSC also offers courses designed for adults who do not have a high school diploma, including adult basic education, preparation for the GED high school equivalency test, and English-as-As Second Language. Adult Education courses are offered for a set fee of $30 per semester which includes materials. NWFSC has an open door admissions policy and there is no fee to apply for admission to the college. Free academic advising is available. NWF State offers the lowest tuition in Florida, as well as financial aid, and an installment feepayment plan. Santa Patrol deliversThe Walton County Sheriffs Office announced the results of the 2011 Santa Patrol fundraiser and donation gift drive to support underprivileged children this holiday season. More than 350 children will benefit from the fundraiser, which raised more than 2,000 bicycles and dolls among other items. Lt. Eddie Farris of the WCSOs Citizens Services Division said, We are proud of the businesses and individuals who donated money and gifts to help the children in our local communities. More than 35 businesses and individuals contributed to this years Santa Patrol donation drive. Lt. Eddie Farris picks out gifts for the Santa Patrol fundraiser. Museum announces new boardThe Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso announced the 2012 Board of Trustees for the Heritage Museum Association, Inc. at their annual general membership meeting in November. The museum's first official meeting of the board was held on Dec. 15. Executive Committee members are: Gordon King, chairman of the board; Steve Czonstka, vicechairman and finance; Diane Plank, secretary; and Ken Bailey, ex-officio. Newly elected Board of Trustees are Lannie Corbin, Terri Fedonczak, Steve McLaughlin, Donna Miller, Harold Peek and Carl Scott. Continuing Board of Trustees Members are Carole Apfel, Beverly Gross, Bill Reeder, Erik Stoer, Jill White and Omar Wiseman. Carl Scott Omar Wiseman Lannie Corbin Erik Stoer Jill White Carole Apfel Steve Czonstka Bill Reeder Beverly Gross Terri Fedonczak Ken Bailey Gordon King Diane Plank Harold Peek Donna Miller Steve McLaughlin Eagle boys win 2; girls improve Photo courtesy of Paula Mims Nicevilles Nick Haynes shuts down the lane against Pine Forest but the Eagles dropped the game, 67-59. This New Years, uncork some extra money. 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 ff .E T A AT T TA R S ETTE A B O T T EGd ce i pr er rv o Out with the old, o policy in with aut ar e F Stat f right, with some 2of 1 t 20 Star -found car insurance savings new from arm State F.What could mak the new year happier than that? m ar.-found car insurance savings e What could mak the new year happier than that? S t a te Farm M u t ual A u tom o bile In s urance Com p any1103167 11/11 Bl oomington IL S t a te Farm I n demnit y Com p any S t a te Farm M u t ual A u tom o bile In s urance Com p anyT U ISI R VT O NEG N A A L LAC Y Y. A AY OD T EN LI NO S T U 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

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WHOPPING CIRCULATION,000! Reaching over 42,000 people: Nearly every household and business in Bluewater Bay, Niceville and Valparaiso! Sent to out-of-towners contacting the chamber of commerce or the Bay Beacon website! Extra copies to advertisers, chambers of commerce, Economic Development Council, Realtors, hotels, schools, city halls, & other newcomer contacts! Publication Date: Feb. 19, 2003 Now, more-affordable color for your ad!Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 Fax 729-3225 info@baybeacon.com The Bay Beacon will publish its colorful semiannual Newcomer Guide!Dont miss this chance to influence newcomers buying decisions! Most establish shopping habits in six weeks! Advertisers! Dont miss your chance to welcome Newcomersto our area!Newcomers INCLUDE YOUR AD IN THE BASE PAPERS NEWCOMER GUIDES! Ask us to place your Beacon Newcomer ad in our Eglin, Hurlburt & Army newcomer guides at 30% off our already-low military prices for an added 18,000 circulation, or 37,000total! Reach the military community countywide!WELL PUT YOU ON THE MAP! An ad also entitles you to a place on the colorful, full-page map in the Beacon guide, as well as your listing in our pullout community directory Ad prices start at less than 1 a reader!THEBAYBEACONSSPRING/SUMMER2012 N EWCOMER G UIDE & C OMMUNITY D IRECTORY BEACON NEWCOMER GUIDE CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!DONT BE LEFT OUT! AD DEADLINE FEB. 14 Patriotic Essay Contest The Twin Cities Elks Lodge of Niceville/Valparaiso announces the theme Why I am Proud to Pledge Allegiance to Our Flag for the 2011-2012 Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest for fifth through eighth grade students. Local prizes will be first and second place plaques. District, state and national prizes of savings bonds from $50 to $1,000 will be awarded in both divisions. Each entry will receive a certificate of participation. Contest ends Jan. 10. Info: 729-3557 or 897-4387. Christmas Reflections DeFuniak Springs hosts Christmas Reflections, evenings of lights and decorated seasonal characters to Dec. 31 at Lake DeFuniak, 5-9 p.m. Evening passes are $3 and children under 6 are admitted free. Info: 892-8500 or visit christ masreflections.com. Geek lights on the corner The 4th annual Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas light and music show will run to Dec. 31. The free shows take place nightly at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Shows begin on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m., with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. Sun.Thur. and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Get more information by following the shows Facebook page, facebook.com/geeklightson thecorner. First Day Hike at park Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park will sponsor a ranger-led First Day Hike Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m. The hike, which will be about one mile long and held on one of the parks nature trails, is open to all ages, although adult supervision is required for those under 18 and pets are allowed. Park entrance fees are waived for the hike. Hikers will meet at the trailhead kiosk. It is recommended that hikers bring a water bottle and wear closed shoes. In the ServiceE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. The Bay Beacon1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 729-3225 info@baybeacon.com Candice Legge Mike LewisThe Bay Beacon has received many awards from the Florida Press Association over the years for excellence in display advertising. We are proud of the staff members who won in this years statewide contest!THE BAY BEACON DOES IT AGAIN! U.S. Marine Private Dallas Kody Wade son of Dean and Julie Wade of Niceville, completed Basic Training at Parris Island in South Carolina on Sept. 9. Wade completed Military Combat Training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Oct. 18 and is currently training for MRSS Maintainer at Pines Marine Base in California until March 2012. Wade is a 2011 Niceville High School graduate. *** Army Cadet Matthew D. Turnbull has graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. The primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadets officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadets intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. Turnbull is the son of Andrew and Sandra Turnbull of Mossy Cove Court, Niceville. *** Air Force Airman Nathaniel W. Hartley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Hartley is the son of Michele and Jeffrey Hartley of Lake Amick Drive, Niceville. Hartley is a 2010 graduate of Niceville High School. Dallas Kody Wade Brownie Troop 131 from Bluewater Elementary School spread their Christmas cheer to the residents of Sterling House of Bluewater Bay last week with holiday songs and greetings. Carolers, from left standing: Caroline Swanick, Parker Lee, Jasmine Moore, Page Dolloff, Katherine Johnson, Kailey Threet and Alexa Johnsen. Kneeling: Libby Bowen, Haley Leach, Lindsay Marrion and Maija Fair. Brownies spread Christmas cheer Eagle Scouts honoredOn Dec. 19, Boy Scouts of America Troop 157 honored four of its seven scouts that have attained the rank of Eagle Scout this year at a combined Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, in Niceville. Pictured, from left, Jacob Baltz, Phillip Bridges, David Haynes and Mark Sharp. Christmas tea celebrationThe American Girls History Mystery book club members celebrated the holidays with a Christmas tea led by Christina Wyatt and Karen Houston at the Niceville Public Library Dec. 17. The book club is for girls in 2nd-6th grade and meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month during the school year. For information on the club, call 279-4863 extension 1514. The Niceville High School Art Club helped local artist Terry Johnston paint a mural on the Read It Again bookstore wall off highway 20 as part of their community service efforts on Dec. 17. The Art Club enjoys finding ways to leave a colorful mark on the community, from helping young artists transform rocks into works of art at Rocky Bayou's Pioneer Days, to adding holiday cheer to the Twin Cities Pavilion with 70 homemade Christmas cards. Niceville High School Art Club, from left: Brianna Cupp, Madison Brake, Terry Johnston (artist), Olivia Tuttle, Nikki Paci, Allysia Webb and Dominika Borakiewicz. NHS Art Club paints the town Nathaniel W. Hartley CALENDAR E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com before 5 p.m. Wednesday. 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 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 8 8 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 P P a a g g e e A A 1 1 1 1 OUR TOWN

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For 17 years the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and ValparaisoALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN One Hour Air Conditioning would like to remind everyone that the start of a new year is a great time to remember to change out your air filters. Depending on your filter, the standard is to change it every 1-3 months. One Hour Air has a Filter Club program to help maintain cleaner air for your breathing environment. With the Filter Club, customers dont have to be bothered to run out every month to purchase a new filter. You dont have to be bothered to remember what size your vents are, or how many filters you need. One Hour Air can take into account your needs and have a pre-ordered amount for the year, then deliver it to your door. Customers can order a wide array of air filters that include: electronic filters, high efficiency filters, and high rating filters. The cost is equitable to local retail prices. Also, Comfort Club is the option for worry-free indoor comfort. Comfort Club is a maintenance program that can provide added peace of mind by minimizing overall repair costs to heating and air conditioning systems. According to One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, bi-annual planned check-ups have the potential to extend the life of systems to as much as twice as long, and can greatly save on utility bills. Members receive one precision tune-up, professional cleaning and rejuvenation, plus one safety check directly prior to the main season in use (early spring/summer for air conditioning systems and fall/winter for heating units). As a bonus, members receive a 20% discount on any repairs. In addition, comprehensive services focused on maintenance and repairs are available for air conditioning and heating concerns. Installations of new units are equally reliable and quick-without-worry. Highly trained staff ensures prompt and courteous customer service from the moment your call comes in. Extensive screening and training of technicians, in conjunction with background checks and routine foreign chemical assessments, guarantee service calls are handled in a timely and professional manner. Furthermore, service vehicles are regularly well-stocked and prepared for repair visits, often referred to as "warehouses on wheels." This expedites completion of most appointments. Services for an array of indoor air quality (IAQ) systems are also available including: central air cleaners, ultra violet lights, HEPA filters, fresh air intakes and electronic air cleaners. If you have concerns regarding excess dust, dry air, allergens or airborne viruses and bacteria, One Hour's IAQ services can help. Wytrwal said, "With most indoor air being 4-5 times more polluted than outdoor air and the potential for it to be 100 times worse, our IAQ services become more and more of value to your family's comfort and health." One Hour Air Conditioning is located on 319 Hwy. 85, in Niceville. Customer service representatives are available to take your calls 24/7. Contact the office at 678-1498 for all your heating and air conditioning concerns. Military discounts and senior discounts are available upon request. For more information on One Hour Air Conditioning services, visit onehouremeraldcoast. com.Advertising Feature by Gerri Norris One Hour Air ConditioningHappy New Year to All from One Hour Air One Hour Air wishes you and your family a Happy New Year! and GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks PEPPER, TONYand the staff of Twin Cities Transmission wish you aBright & Happy New Year! (850)729-6629 Superior Residences 2300 N. Partin Drive, NicevilleSuperioralf.com (850) 897-2244Specializing in all types of Memory Care Assisted Living with 24 Hour Nursing Care Respite Stays Day Stays Assisted Living 11712 HAPPY NEW YEAR!From the staff of Summit II 101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 8-2 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. 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The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads.Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! We guarantee to show up on time or Fix It FREE!onehourair.com Were READY to SERVE youthisHOLIDAY SEASON!389-4611 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. 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Exp.1-3-12PORK SANDWICHwhen you buy a Pork Sandwich Combo Note: Mail subscriptions are often delayed in the mail. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.Please send coupon and payment to: The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. For more information, contact The Bay Beacon at (850) 678-1080 or info@baybeacon.com.Price includes any applicable sales tax.Name: Phone: Address*: Payment (for 1 year) ......................$104.00The Beacon by mail!Weekly mail delivery is available by subscription. Just complete this form and return it with your check!*U.S. and APO addresses only. 8-Piece Chicken 8-Piece Chicken$699* Must present coupon to receive discount. Not valid with any other specials or offers. Offer good 7 days a week! Offer expires 03/01/12. 1170 John Sims Pkwy Niceville, Florida850-729-2262