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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: 12-04-2011
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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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer After a decline of several months, foreclosure actions in Okaloosa County surged in late 2011. To be sure, through Dec. 28, there were 957 foreclosure filings in 2011, or 742 fewer than in 2010, according to figures provided by the Okaloosa County Clerk of Court. "The drop-off in foreclosure filings is an important positive economic By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Does a recent redistricting leave county voters with the possibility of electing as many as three local Twin Cities residents to the Okaloosa County Commissionor perhaps none at all? Every 10 years, after the U.S. census, political boundary lines at the national, state and local levels are redrawn so that no district for a given office has more or fewer residents than any otherthe "one person, one vote" rule. Residents of the Niceville-Valparaiso area have their own interests and concerns, sometimes different from the county's rural northern reaches, or its southern resort areas. The Twin Cities area, its economy closely tied to that of adjacent Eglin Air Force Base, was recently named the best place in Florida to raise a family. Largely residential, it is home to some of the best By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Reining in government spending and balancing the budget will be overarching issues in this year's session of the Florida Legislature, according to State Sen. Don Gaetz, R., Niceville. The legislature will begin its annual 60-day regular session Jan. 10, two months earlier than normal, to allow time for lawmakers to redistrict the state's legislative and Congressional districts in time for the November general election. It will also take up Gov. Rick Scott's proposed state budget, proposals to allow casino gambling in certain locations, and a host of other issues. Looking forward to the 2012 session, Gaetz said Senate President Mike Haridopolis has declared that no tax or fee increases would pass. That means another year of budget cuts to match spending to income, Gaetz said. Gaetz said that Florida was the only one of the 50 states in 2011 that had a balanced budget without raising taxes or fees "by even one penny"even though the Sunshine State's government started the year facing a $3.6 billion shortfall. In 2012, there's a projected $1.6 billion shortfall in revenue compared with 2011, Gaetz said. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, January 4, 2012 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5012 Pages, 1 Section, 3 Inserts Please see HYDRANT, page A-4 Please see WHO, page A-3 Please see GAETZ, page A-4 Christmas wheels COMINGUPBeacon photo by Del Lessard About a half-dozen excited youngsters were happily learning how to ride their new bicycles at Valparaiso's Marion Ruckel Park a few days after Christmas. Above, Shai'ann Cross, 6, left, masters her new bike while her sister Shal'la Cross, 4, rockets straight ahead with the aid of training wheels. Their uncle George Thompson encourages them from behind. Maps, A-2, A-3.Sen. Gaetz warns of challenges as session loomsWednesday, 7:30 p.m. A parenting class is being offered Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Niceville, Jan. 4Feb. 22. The class, entitled, Parenting is Heart Work, equips parents to touch the hearts of their children. Topics include: Teaching Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions, Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart, Attitude: A Window into a Childs Heart, plus much more. Info: 729-6914. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Astronomy buffs of all skill levels will enjoy a special program by Alan Knothe, who has taught astronomy at the Hayden Planetarium and locally, at Northwest Florida State College Building D, Room 140. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society-sponsored program is free. Info: 582-7064. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, will host "Touch a Piece of History" to engage kids by using authentic historic museum collections with hands-on activities. Cost: $7 per child or $5 per child for Museum Family Members. Chaperones are free. Space is limited. Info: 678-2615. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. The Niceville High School Chorus plans its first Grand Staff 5K run/walk at Niceville High School. Entry fee is $20. Race day registration and packet pickup will be at the high school from 7:15-8:15 a.m. Info: 897-5174 or 8032593.Calendar, A-11. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Foreclosures surge following a lull JAN 06 FEB 06 MAR 06 APR 06 MAY 06 JUN 06 JUL 06 AUG 06 SEP 06 OCT 06 NOV 06 DEC 06 JAN 07 FEB 07 MAR 07 APR 07 MAY 07 JUN 07 JUL 07 AUG 07 SEP 07 OCT 07 NOV 07 DEC 07 JAN 08 FEB 08 MAR 08 APR 08 MAY 08 JUN 08 JUL 08 AUG 08 SEP 08 OCT 08 NOV 08 DEC 08 JAN 09 FEB 09 MAR 09 APR 09 MAY 09 JUN 09 JUL 09 AUG 09 SEP 09 OCT 09 NOV 09 DEC 09 JAN 10 FEB 10 MAR 10 APR 10 MAY 10 JUN 10 JUL 10 AUG 10 SEP 10 OCT 10 NOV 10 DEC 10 JAN 11 FEB 11 MAR 11 APR 11 MAY 11 JUN 11 JUL 11 AUG 11 SEP 11 OCT 11 NOV 11 DEC 11 0 50 100 150 200 250Foreclosures Sources: Ok. Co. Clerk of Court; Univ. W. Fla. Foreclosures since 2006 Foreclosure actions filed, Okaloosa County, by month Don GaetzN Fire hydrant program may cut price of insuranceBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Niceville municipal workers installed two new fireplugs in an unincorporated part of Rocky Bayou last week, and two others in the same area the week before. The new hydrants should make it easier to fight any fires in the area, and may make some property owners eligible for lower insurance prices, according to officials. On Dec. 28 crews installed hydrants near the intersection of Wilder Street and Rocky Bayou Drive, and at Edgewater Drive and Bayou Drive. Two other new hydrants were added along Stephen Drive the previous week.Beacon photo by Del Lessard Niceville waterworks employees installed a new fire hydrant in an unincorporated area on Rocky Bayou Drive at Wilder Street last week. Firefighters battling a nearby stable fire a year ago had to stretch hoses about 600 yards. Please see SURGE, page A-8Who speaks for the Twin Cities?County commission redistricting carves up the area

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Page A-2 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 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 Hometown Quality! Hometown Service!Dr. Amanda Brenci(850) 678-8876Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified OptomotristWhere there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18kComplete Eye ExamskDesigner FrameskContact LenseskEverything you need in one place! 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)Do you want your glasses today? Come see us!EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211All doctors prescriptions filled Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals Tri-Focals Progressives Sunglasses Varilux Hoya Shamir Zeiss 2001 Okaloosa County Commission districts 2011 Okaloosa County Commission districts Based on the decennial census, the five Okaloosa County Commission districts were redrawn in 2001 (left) and 2011 (right) to equalize the population of each. Inset maps of the Twin Cities district boundaries are shown at bottom of page. The 2011 redistricting carved the inhabited areas of the Niceville-Valparaiso area into three districts, up from two that prevailed in the 10 years that began in 2001. Until 2001, Niceville and Valparaiso were in a single district (see map, facing page).

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schools in the state's best school district, a state college and a number of defense firms. A little more than 10 years ago, before the 2001 county redistricting, county commission District 5 represented all of Niceville, Valparaiso and unincorporated Niceville such as East Niceville and Bluewater Bay. Indeed, the 1972 District 5 election was a battle between two Niceville residents, when Jack Nichols, who served 1973-76 defeated one-term incumbent Olen "Willy" Williams. But the Twin Cities area failed to send another local resident to the commission until Niceville resident James Campbell was elected in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008, but is not running for a third term this year. At other times, District 5 was typically represented by residents of Destin or Okaloosa Island, areas also included in the district. In 2001, meantime, redistricting carved up the city of Niceville between District 5 (east of Palm Boulevard, including Bluewater Bay) and District 3 (east of Palm, including all of Valparaiso). On Oct. 18, 2011, the Okaloosa County Commission gave final approval to a map that reshaped the five commission districts. As a result, the Twin Cities area is now divided among three of the five districts, effectively diluting the voting power of any one part of the local area. District 5 Commissioner Campbell represents the eastern half of the city of Niceville, all of East Niceville and Bluewater BaySeminole. Under the reapportionment plan adopted in October, District 5 lost those Niceville residents living east of Palm Boulevard and north of Partin Drive to District 3. District 5 also includes Destin, but no longer represents Okaloosa Island. District 3 Commissioner Bill Roberts, who lives in Fort Walton Beach, represents most of the western half of the county, from Mary Esther to Baker, as well as part of Valparaiso and Niceville. Roberts, who previously represented all of Valparaiso and that part of Niceville west of Palm Boulevard and south of Valparaiso Boulevard, gained Niceville residents living east of Palm Boulevard and north of Partin Drive while giving south Valparaiso. District 2 Commissioner Dave Parisot, who lives in Shalimar, and whose district before Oct. 18 did not include any part of the Twin Cities, now represents those parts of Valparaiso west of John Sims Parkway and south of Toms Bayou. District 2 also encompasses Shalimar, eastern Fort Walton Beach and, (since Oct. 18) all of Okaloosa Island. District 1 Commissioner Wayne Harris, who lives in Crestview where he is the Crestview chamber of commerce executive, continues to include the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College north of College Boulevard. Although no one currently resides on campus, the college said it plans eventually to build dormitories there. District 4, represented by Don Amunds, who lives in Mary Esther, is the only commissioner without part of the Twin Cities in his district. His district includes parts of Mary Esther and Fort Walton Beach. In theory, at least, under the new district plan as many as three or even four county commissioners could live in the Twin Cities, where they would walk the streets, rub shoulders with everyday businessmen and neighbors and know what's on their minds. Neither Campbell nor Roberts are seeking reelection. Nicevillearea residents are among the candidates for each of their seats. Prefiled candidates running for the District 5 seat are: Felix Beukenkamp and Aaron Weinstock, both residents of Bluewater Bay; and two Destin residents, Larry Hines and Charles K. (Kelly) Windes. All four are Republicans. Prefiled candidates for the District 3 county commission job are: Bill Smith, of Niceville, Nathaniel (Nathan) Dodson Boyles, of Holt, and Dennis Allen Reeves, of Fort Walton Beach, all Republicans. The Beacon asked commissioners whether the most recent redistricting helped or hurt the Twin Cities: "It's a wash," said Campbell. "All of us make decisions for the county; it's never about district lines." He pointed out that although each commissioner is required to live in the district he or she represents, each is on the countywide ballot, making each commissioner responsible to the county as a whole. Parisot, however, suggested that the recent redistricting has the potential to strengthen the voice of Twin Cities residents. He compared the situation to that of Okaloosa County's representation in the Florida Legislature. The county is represented by two senators, Don Gaetz and Greg Everswho both also live in Okaloosa Countyas well as four Representatives, Doug Broxson, Marti Coley, Brad Drake and Matt Gaetz (who lives in Fort Walton Beach). "That gives you more voices in Tallahassee," Parisot said. Separately, the Florida House recently released five redistricting plans of its own body and each consolidates House districts largely along city and county lines. Each of the five plans would result in Okaloosa County being sliced into only two House districts, instead of the current four-way split. "We're all elected at large anyway," Parisot continued. "I get emails and phone calls from residents across the county," he said, adding that each commissioner is "responsible to do right by the whole county." Roberts said that no matter where their representatives reside, the Twin Cities area benefits by being carved up into more districts. "Four ears are better than two," said Roberts, referring to the way the cities of Valparaiso and Niceville are each split between two districts. "Districts are just lines on a map," he said, while commissioners serve the whole of Okaloosa County. "I don't see it as a negative at all," he said. According to the 2011 federal census figures, 180,822 people live in Okaloosa County. The "optimal" value for each district was therefore 36,164 people in each of the county's five districts. The 2011 redistricting gives the following population breakout: District 1, 35,871. District 2, 36,218. District 3, 36,056. District 4, 36,410. District 5, 36,267. 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During the 1990s, under a map enacted in 1991 following the 1990 census, the whole of the Twin Cities area was within a single Okaloosa County Commission district, District 5, with the exception of the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, where no one lives. On facing page, compare with district maps enacted in 2001 and 2011 that carved up the area into progressively more districts.

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Still, Gov. Scott has requested an additional $1 billion for education this yearheralding deeper cuts elsewhere if the budget is to be balanced as required by law. "I welcome the opportunity to further reduce spending in Tallahassee," Gaetz said. He doesn't think there will be a fight about the $1 billion boost for education. But he added, "There will be a search for more cuts in other parts of the budget." Budget cuts, Gaetz said, will be "more emotional and more difficult as the state looks at reining in a projected $2 billion in Medicaid spending this year. He said the number of Floridians on Medicaid, the taxfunded medical program for the poor, has increased by 50 percent since 2007, and by 100 percent over the past decade. Medicaid is now the largest item in the state's budget, followed by education, he said. Gaetz said he doesn't believe Medicaid patients should get better coverage or more services than those received by citizens who pay for private medical insurance. He said that he sponsored a law that will take effect in 2012 that will require smokers on Medicaid to enroll in stop-smoking programs, drug and alcohol abusers on Medicaid to undergo treatment, and the "morbidly obese" on Medicaid to join weight-loss programs. People who are relying on taxpayers for their care must take some responsibility for their health, he said. "We're moving toward a managed-care situation in Florida (Medicaid)," said Gaetz, himself a former healthcare executive. Under managed care, the state must determine how much it will pay for Medicaid procedures. Medicaid patients who seek non-emergency care in expensive hospital emergency rooms rather than doctors' offices would be charged a fee. However, overhauling Medicaid in 2012 will be subject to strong "push-back," Gaetz warned. Gambling will also be a big legislative issue this year, said Gaetz, who is scheduled to become president of the Florida Senate in 2013. He cited bills, which he opposes, to legalize Las Vegas-style casinos in Florida Gambling interests from as far as Asia are paying big money to lobby for casino rights in the Sunshine State, Gaetz said. The proposals stand a 50-50 chance of passage this year, he said. Gaetz said everywhere in America where casino gambling has been introduced it has been accompanied by more crime, drug abuse and prostitution. Meantime, promised tax revenues associated with gambling failed to match promises, he added. "Casinos are a bad gamble for Florida," the lawmaker said. Asked about a more local issue, the likelihood that the state will take over the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, along with two other regional toll authorities, Gaetz replied: "Unless the governor makes it a personal priority, I don't think it will pass." Gaetz last year failed to win passage of a bill he sponsored that would have effected just such a state takeover of the 3.5mile toll bridge between Niceville and Destin, as well as toll-road authorities in Orlando and Tampa. But he still thinks such a takeover is a good idea because it would boost state borrowing for new roads. "It's a shame. walking away from $1 billion more infrastructure that the state could build using the rolled-up bonding capacity" of the takeover candidates, he said. Gaetz said citizens this year may get to see how effective the state will be in standing up for military bases and their missions in Florida. Keeping the Air Force's 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in the face of rumored Pentagon proposals to move it to California or elsewhere would be the key effort in Northwest Florida, he said. "It's no secret there are some in Washington, D.C., that want to hollow out the test wing and move it by stages to the Southwest," he said. Gaetz, who chaired the Senate reapportionment panel in 2011, said he expects legislative redistricting to be interesting mostly to politicians and others with an overriding interest in politics. The senator said this will be a year when fewer bills are passed because the legislature will be consumed by issues of budget, gambling, and redistricting. Therefore, Gaetz said, citizens can expect "less government intrusion in people's lives." The new hydrant installed at Rocky Bayou Drive and Wilder is close to the site of a stable fire last January where firefighters had to stretch hoses about 600 yards, nearly a third of a mile, to reach a hydrant, according to Niceville Fire Chief Tommy Mayville. The city is installing added hydrants in unincorporated areas of the Rocky Bayou community because it owns and operates the water system there, said Bruce Price, city public works director. The goal is to have hydrants no farther apart than 500 feet, he said. Most of Niceville inside city limits already has enough hydrants, he said. But the Rocky Bayou stable fire exposed gaps in the system. Niceville, which acquired the Rocky Bayou water system from the county in the 1990s, is upgrading the network to current firefighting standards, Price said. Outside city limits, fire protection west and north of Meigs Bridge is provided by the independent East Niceville Fire District, although Niceville and North Bay firefighters also respond to structure fires there under mutual-aid agreements. Price said the city installed six new hydrants in 2011 in areas where coverage was spotty. It also replaced seven older hydrants, raised the height of 17, and repaired 18, he said. Some of older hydrants were too low for firefighters to use because the right of way or grade may have changed. Others lacked valves to close just the hydrant for maintenance, forcing workers to shut off water to entire neighborhoods simply to fix a fireplug. Many hydrants are being retrofitted with quick fittings so firefighters don't have to screw on their hoses, Price said. Lonnie Donaldson, a supervisor in the city's water department, said it takes a three-man crew about four hours to install a new hydrant, including tapping into the water main. Hydrants require a minimum six-inch main. A new hydrant and fittings costs about $1,400, while the labor brings the cost of installation to roughly $2,500 each, Donaldson said. Fire chiefs in Niceville and East Niceville said residents should notify their insurance companies if new hydrants are installed within 500 feet of their property. It's possible that the additional fire protection could lower premiums, they said. Separately, Price said the city is designing a new 750,000-gallon water tank to be installed off Marisa Drive in the Rocky Bayou area. It will replace two older and smaller tanks that the city took over when it bought the Ruckel water system several years ago. The older tanks are smaller and at different heights than other tanks, necessitating booster pumps to the fill them. Both tanks will be removed when the new one is completed, Price said. In new subdivisions, installation of fire hydrants, as well as water and sewer and other infrastructure items, is the responsibility of the developer. That includes planned development of mixed residential and commercial on the more than 1,000-acre vacant property owned by Ruckel Properties situated north and east of much of the unincorporated Rocky Bayou area, Price said. HYDRANTFrom page A-1Page A-4 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire guts Valp. home as residents are awayFive departments respond to blaze on Glen AvenueBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer No one was hurt when flames destroyed a Valparaiso home last week while the occupants were away on vacation. Firefighters responded to an alarm at 8:59 p.m. Dec. 28 and were on the scene seven minutes later at 312 Glen Ave. where flames were shooting from the windows and roof, said Fire Chief Mark Norris, Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department. It took about 40 minutes before the flames were declared under control, he said, and an hour before they were extinguished. Norris said the fire started in the living room and was "electrical in nature." A laptop computer, a computer monitor, a space heater and other devices were found near where the blaze started, he said. Norris said the fire likely had smoldered for hours before spreading. Norris said that 90 percent of the home was destroyed. The owner-occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Al Billings, were vacationing out of state at the time of the blaze, Norris said. A total of 21 firefighters and five engines responded to the emergency, Norris said. They came from the fire departments of Valparaiso, Eglin, East Niceville, North Bay and Shalimar. Call or visit us today!POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 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 Valparaiso firefighters responded Thursday to a report of smoldering embers more than 12 hours after fire destroyed this home on Glen Avenue. Beacon photo by Del Lessard GAETZFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Page A-5 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistMike LewisGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistMike HolovackAdvertising RepresentativeDeborah TiptonReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper The 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 NewspaperSara KentAdvertising Director Chautauqua to focus on presidents in 2012Jefferson, Jackson, Johnson among the portrayals planned Lake Chautauqua in New York was the site of the first Chautauqua Assembly in 1874.Looking to broaden your mind, meet interesting people and have a good family-style time as well? The Florida Chautauqua Assembly, scheduled for Jan 26-29 in DeFuniak Springs has all that in a comfortable, rural setting. The Florida Chautauqua Assembly will focus on the presidency this year, with visits from "Thomas Jefferson," portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg and "Lady Bird Johnson," portrayed by Karen McGee of Santa Rosa Beach, and Andrew Jackson, portrayed by Jim Moore of Crestview. We picked that theme because it's a presidential election year," said Florida Chautauqua president Chris Mitchell. "We try not to get into politics so much and to just kind of celebrate the achievements of various presidents." Chautauqua, a series of lectures, programs and entertainment, has a long and storied history. It began on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., in 1874, as a Sunday School assembly, designed to provide education for Sunday School teachers. The concept was formulated by two men who believed education in rural areas was lacking. Chautauqua came to DeFuniak Springs because of a desire to find a location that is spared the brutal winters of the Northeast. Representatives visited the city, then called Lake DeFuniak, and fell in love with the beautiful lake and surrounding area, not to mention the mild climate. They quickly began, with a few locals, planning for the first Florida Chautauqua. In 1884, the Florida Chautauqua Association was born and the first assembly was held the next year, as it would be through 1922. The first Chautauqua went from Feb. 10 to March 9, 1885, and included classes on elocution, a Sunday School normal department, art school, primary teachers class, musical department and a school of cookery, among other topics. A season pass cost $3. Today, a pass for all four days costs $125. With the 1914 death of Wallace Bruce, a well-known lecturer and author who served as president of Florida Chautauqua, the annual event began to whither in people's minds, finally closing after the 1919 meeting. But, as Mark Twain would have said, rumors of Chautauqua's death were greatly exaggerated, although it lay dormant for more than six decades. Finally, in 1993, a local resident spearheaded the formation of a new Chautauqua organization and, on Feb. 10, 1996, the assembly was reborn. Today, Chautauqua is a fourday conference-style event focusing on such topics as history, health, art and current events. In 2011, Mitchell said, between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended the assembly. Classes, he said, average about 75 people.. This year's highlights include a welcome party with "Thomas Jefferson," a presentation by a former member of the honor guard that stood watch over President John F. Kennedy's grave, a discussion of the limits to a president's power, a performance tour of American history, a genealogical meeting about how to see if you're related to a president and even a session on improving your balance. And that just scratches the surface. "Bill Barker coming is the highlight," Mitchell said. "Another is the chief operating officer for the federal highway system." In addition to the $125 fourday pass, visitors can get a oneday pass for $60 and individual passes to specific events, ranging from $5 to $25. Jenna Bush Hager was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs. Chautauqua schedule Thursday, Jan. 26 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. : Registration/check-in, Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood 11:30 a.m.-noon : Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Noon-1 p.m. : Arbor Day luncheon 1-5 p.m.: Trolley tours of original Florida Chautauqua campus. (Guests $5) 6-8 p.m.: Welcome party with President Thomas Jefferson. (Guests $15) Friday, Jan. 27 7:30 a.m.: Registration/check-in, Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood 9-10:15 a.m.: Keynote presentation Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg, Va.) (Guests $10) 10:45 a.m.-noon : Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Guarding President Kennedy's Grave Florida and the American Presidency The Scope & Limits of Presidential Power Eisenhower Interstate System Chautauqua Brain Bowl Performance Tea: President Andrew Jackson (Guests $18) Noon-1:15 p.m.: lunch 1:45-3 p.m.: Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Why Presidents Love Foreign Policy Jackie Cochran & the American Presidency Letters from the Front: Civil War Soldiers' Letters of West Florida Performance Tea: Lady Bird Johnson (Guests $18) 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Nixon's Business Ties to South Florida Better Balance Can Be Learned Garden Reception with Thomas Jefferson (Guests $18) Performance Tea: Octavia Walton Le Vert (Guests $18) 6 p.m.: Evening dinner performance Enjoy your dinner and a performance tour of American History that will be remembered not just for the musical performance by world renowned flutist Donna Wissinger and pianist Joy Myers, but also through the informative and eloquent narration that weaves a tapestry of Americas rich and eventful past. (Guests $25) Saturday, Jan. 28 7:30 a.m.: Registration/check-in, Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. 9-10:15 a.m.: Keynote presentation FDR and the Civilian Conservation Corps (Guests $10) 10:45 a.m.-noon: Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Religion & U.S. Foreign Relations DeFuniak Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland Are You Related to a President? Performance Tea: President Thomas Jefferson. (Guests $18) Noon-1:15 p.m.: lunchDeFuniak Springs Community Center (Guests $7) 1:45-3 p.m. : Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Teddy Roosevelt's Ties to Florida Titanic and President William Howard Taft Graves of Civil War Generals Performance Tea: Octavia Walton Le Vert (Guests $18) 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Breakout sessions (Guests $8) Africa Command (aka AFRICOM) Three Years Later Presidential Musicians Garden Reception with Thomas Jefferson (Guests $18) Performance Tea: President Andrew Jackson (Guests $18) 6 p.m. : Evening dinner performance Colonial Music with Thomas Jefferson and 97th Regimental String Band Guests ($25) Sunday, Jan. 29 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfastChautauqua History Session with Robert Daniel, Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood (Guests $5) Civil War Camp Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp 12:30-1 p.m.: Civil War Era Songs by the 97th Regimental String BandAmphitheater 1:15-1:45 p.m. -Civil War Reenactment-Lake Yard 2-2:30 p.m.: Civil War Era Songs by the 97th Regimental String Band-Amphitheater 3-3:30 p.m.: Civil War Era Songs by the 97th Regimental String Band-Amphitheater 4-4:30 p.m. : Civil War Reenactment-Lake Yard Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 Mon.-Sat.www.bayoubookcompany.com Since 1986to all our friends 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) The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. 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ArrestsTonia Renae Wysong, 33, of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 112, Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 23 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence. Wysong was arrested the same date on a Walton County warrant on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Michael Joseph Ryan, 45, of 304 Reeves St., Lot E-6, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 23 on charges of a contempt of court, violation of domestic violence injunction, two counts, and criminal mischief with damage between $200 and $1,000, one count. * Matthew Aaron Clyde, 37, of 1437-B Cat-Mar Road, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 22 on a charge of trespassing. * Stefen Jade Shauf, 21, of 445 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 19 on charges of vehicle burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Shauf allegedly burglarized a pickup parked in the 400 block of Barbados Way, Niceville, sometime Dec. 13-14 and stole a longboard skateboard, board bag, full wetsuit and a surfboard from the bed of the truck. Shauf allegedly sold the surfboard to a surf shop, telling the merchant that he had bought it from the victim. The victim became aware of the theft when the owner of the surf shop contacted him on Facebook Dec. 14 and asked how much he had charged Shauf for the surfboard. The shop owner subsequently canceled the check he had given Shauf. * Christopher Allen Lucas, 21, of 1922-B Benton Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 19 on charges of grand theft, 10 counts, petit theft, one count, forgery, 11 counts, and uttering a false instrument, 11 counts. Deputies responded to a disturbance at a Destin bank Dec. 19 where Lucas allegedly tried to cash a check on an account that was overdrawn. When the bank notified the victim he discovered that Lucas had successfully cashed 11 forged checks between Nov. 18 and Dec. 14, totaling $4,000. Lucas allegedly confessed to stealing the checks from his boss then forging his boss's signature and cashing the checks. * Mattie Louise Touchton, 62, of 320 N. Cedar Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 20 on a Pinellas County warrant for violation of probation on an original charge of worthless checks. * Brian Daniel Dottaviano, 26, of 1616 Myrtlewood Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 20 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence. * Teresa Lynn Phillips, 49, of 1866 Edge Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 12 on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Subsequent to an unrelated call at Phillips' residence on Oct. 24 deputies saw two plastic bags containing marijuana in plain view on a table as well as two water pipes and some paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. The combined amount of the marijuana in the bags was 40 grams.DUI arrestsMegan Leigh Shannon, 26, of 229 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Dec. 19 on charges of DUI, fourth or subsequent offense, refusal to submit a chemical or physical test for second time and driving while license suspended or revoked, habitual offender. The three offenses allegedly occurred Nov. 4.TheftsThe owner of a 35-foot boat docked in Valparaiso reported that unknown person(s) broke into the cabin of the vessel sometime Nov. 30-Dec. 26, while it was docked at The Boathouse Landing, and stole two GPS units, a fish finder, a bag of fishing lures and four small fishing rods. The stolen items were valued together at more than $5,600. The victim reported that a locked latch leading into the cabin of the boat was removed with a screw driver because the screws holding the latch were accessible and could be removed with the lock still attached to the latch. * A local resident reported that unknown person(s) broke the rear, passenger-side window of her SUV and stole several items from inside while she was eating at a Niceville restaurant, 402 W. John Sims Parkway, and the vehicle was parked in the parking lot. Reported stolen from the vehicle were a GPS unit, a pair of sunglasses, an iPod, a cell phone charger, a wallet and purse containing a driver's license, Social Security card and a credit card. The stolen items were valued at more than $800. * A local resident who stopped for about 15 minutes to drop off supplies at her place of employment in the 900 block of Palm Boulevard, about 6 p.m. Dec. 22, returned to the unsecured vehicle 15 minutes later to discover unknown person(s) had entered the vehicle and stolen her purse. The $60 purse contained about $60 cash, a $50 wallet, prescription medication, Social Security cards and a driver's license. * A man reported that unknown person(s) stole an iPod out of his vehicle Dec. 23 while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 200 block of Hudson Circle, Niceville. * A loss prevention officer at the Kmart, 1140 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, reported Dec. 24 that he observed two customers placing unpaid merchandise under a fence at the garden center. When the officer attempted tot talk to the two customers they fled. A witness saw one of the suspects described as a bald male, approximately 6 feet tall with multiple tattoos, get into a black Jeep and leave the area with his "family." The store recovered several of the stolen items, including three cans of Mace, five flashlights and three toy guns but said other items were missing. * A power company employee advised Niceville police Dec. 19 that unknown person(s) were stealing copper wire/ground lines in the area of 22nd and 23rd streets. * A Niceville resident from the 1000 block of Partin Drive reported that unknown person(s) entered his locked residence Dec. 23 while he was away and stole a laptop computer, two cameras and a bucket containing about $40 in change. Total estimated value of the stolen items was $419. * A delivery driver reported that on Dec. 23 unknown person(s) entered her unlocked delivery truck and stole her purse. The victim said she last saw her purse while making deliveries at a Bluewater Bay pharmacy after which she delivered to business in the 1000 block of East John Sims Parkway. The victim said the vehicle's doors were left unlocked because she and her helper were trying to make quick deliveries to the businesses. * A Niceville resident from the 4500 block of Parkwood Court reported that unknown person(s) broke into his home while he was out of town Dec. 24-26. Entry was apparently gained through a window in the kitchen area which was found open with a screen torn from the top and laying on the grass. Two bank check boxes and various blank checks were found on the floor in an upstairs bedroom but no checks were thought missing. A bottle of liqueur was also found broken, with its contents spilled on the kitchen floor. * On Dec. 25 a woman reported that unknown person(s) burglarized her vehicle while she was visiting a friend overnight in the 1300 block of Rosewood Court, Niceville. Reported stolen from the vehicle was a $180 purse containing a wallet with a debit card, credit card and cosmetic items. The victim reported that the vehicle's alarm went off about 3 a.m. and she went outside, discovered the purse was missing but assumed she had brought it inside, so she returned to sleep. * A Niceville couple from the 200 block of Oakwood Circle reported that unknown person(s) burglarized their home and stole several gold, silver and diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces, sometime Dec. 22-26, while the couple was out of town. The stolen jewelry was valued at $12,475. Deputies said they did not find a point of entry or exit although the outside pane of a sliding glass door was found shattered. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000.Criminal MischiefA man who left his SUV overnight in the parking lot of a Valparaiso night club, 458 Old Highway 10, returned seven hours later on Dec. 22 to discover unknown person(s) had slashed all four tires and "keyed" the vehicle, scratching crude inscriptions on two of the doors and a long scratch all the way down the driver's side of the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $2,200. * A Niceville resident from the 1000 block of Bayshore Drive reported Dec. 24 that unknown person(s) vandalized four inflatable Christmas decorations in the front yard, causing an estimated $300 damage. * A Niceville resident from the 400 block of 20th Street reported Dec. 18 that unknown person(s) had knocked down and broken his Christmas decorations, including removing the heads from light-up reindeer.OtherAlfonso E. Avalos, a waiter, 18, of 308 McEwen Drive, Niceville, was issued a criminal summons, subsequent to a traffic stop for an expired tag, Dec. 18, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 22, 2011 through December 30, 2011. 0 Structure Fire19 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn7 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle Crash..................................12/22/11................14:27 SR123..................................Vehicle Crash..................................12/23/11................07:30 Dana Pointe Road...............Alarm Activation..............................12/23/11................07:50 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle Crash..................................12/23/11................13:49 S. Palm Blvd........................Medical............................................12/23/11................15:28 Partin Dr./Palm Blvd............Vehicle Crash..................................12/23/11................17:32 Als Drive...............................Medical............................................12/24/11................10:49 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Canceled.........................................12/24/11................16:39 Mahogany Court..................Medical............................................12/24/11................20:06 N. Partin Drive.....................Medical............................................12/24/11................22:17 Valparaiso Blvd....................Medical............................................12/25/11................15:12 N. Partin Drive.....................Medical............................................12/25/11................17:37 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical............................................12/25/11................19:34 Hillside Drive........................Medical............................................12/25/11................20:32 SR85N.................................Medical............................................12/26/11................06:44 Bayshore Drive....................Service Call.....................................12/26/11................12:21 Clinton Court........................Medical............................................12/26/11................18:49 Mulry Drive...........................Medical............................................12/26/11................23:04 28th Street...........................Medical............................................12/27/11................04:55 SR85N.................................Canceled ........................................12/27/11................16:00 Darlington Oak Drive...........Service Call.....................................12/28/11................05:13 Royal Palm Drive................Medical............................................12/28/11................07:54 St Andrews Drive.................Medical............................................12/28/11................11:16 N. Partin Drive.....................Canceled.........................................12/28/11................11:36 Reeves Street......................Good Intent Call..............................12/29/11................01:56 Hillside Drive........................Medical............................................12/29/11................11:30 Linden Avenue.....................Medical............................................12/29/11................20:57 Judith Avenue......................Medical............................................12/30/11................00:22 Willow Lane.........................Medical............................................12/30/11................11:25 Willow Lane.........................Medical............................................12/30/11................00:45 Weekly Safety Tip: Solid-fueled heating equipment, including chimneys, chimney connectors, fireplaces, and wood or coal stoves should be inspected by a professional every year and cleaned as often as necessary. This also applies to all other types of fueled heating equipment, including central furnaces and space heaters.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 27, 2011 through December 30, 2011. Street Situation Date Time Olde Post Road.....................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/27/11................10:24 White Point Road..................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/27/11................11:25 Shipley Drive.........................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/27/11................11:46 Range Road..........................Dispatched canceled......................12/27/11................18:07 Parkwood Square.................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/27/11................22:00 N. White Point Road.............EMS excluding vehicle...................12/28/11................19:28 Glen Avenue..........................Building fire.....................................12/28/11................21:06 N. White Point Road.............Medical assist EMS........................12/29/11................09:48 E. Highway 20.......................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/29/11................10:33 Olde Post Road.....................Medical assist EMS........................12/29/11................13:36 N. White Point Road.............EMS excluding vehicle...................12/29/11................13:44 E. Highway 20.......................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/29/11................21:40 Windlake Drive......................EMS excluding vehicle...................12/30/11................06:30 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.Page A-6 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Christopher A. Lucas (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) HELP WANTEDNEWSPAPER 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 driver s 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)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Page A-7 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 CALL ME TODAY.Love, hope, success, family, security. 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 Y A AY DO E TL M LAC.ereh s tm i ra e F tatS ,robhgie d n oo e a g kiL eula l v l e as w g in h e t h t t cetorp o e te m k y li dobo s n erehT n.mo mo c n i evah ll e as w gnih e t moS State Farm, Home Ofce, Bloomington, IL 22 1010 1 State Farm, Home Ofce, Bloomington, IL 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 (All times are p.m.) Thursday, Jan. 5 NHS@Crestview, girls soccer, 5/7 NHS@FWB, boys soccer, 5/7 Lewis@Bruner, boys basketball, 5:6:30 Ruckel@St. Mary, boys basketball, 5/6:30 Lewis -Bruner, boys soccer, 5/6:15 Ruckel-St. Mary, boys soccer, 5/6:15 RBCS-Ponce De Leon, boys basketball, 6/7:15 Friday, Jan. 6 NHSRBCS, boys soccer, 7 NHS@Pine Forest, boys basketball, 7 NHS@ RBCS (@Twin Oaks), girls soccer, 5 NHS@Crestview, girls basketball, 5:30/7 RBCS@Maclay, boys basketball, 6:30 RBCS@Maclay, girls basketball, 5 RBCSNiceville, girls soccer, 5 RBCS-Niceville, boys soccer, 7 Saturday, Jan. 7 NHS-Crestview, wrestling, noon NHS@Rutherford, girls basketball, 4/5:30 RBCS@Seaside, middle school soccer, 10 (girls)/11:15 (boys) RBCS-Franklin County, girls soccer, 11 RBCS@North Florida Christian, boys basketball, 1:30 RBCS-Franklin County, boys soccer, 1 Monday, Jan. 9 NHS-Navarre, boys soccer, 7 NHS@Pensacola Catholic, boys basketball, 7 Destin-Baker, boys basketball, 6:30/5 Lewis-St. Mary, boys basketball, 6:30/5 Destin@Baker, boys soccer, 6:15/5 Lewis@St. Mary, boys soccer, 6:15/5 RBCS@Baker, girls basketball, 6 Tuesday, Jan. 10 NHS-Gulf Breeze, girls soccer, 5/7 NHS@Mosley, girls basketball, 5:30/7 Sports schedule Members of the Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association display the ribbons they earned with their riding.The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association annual awards/holiday party was held at Compass Rose restaurant in Valparaiso Dec. 20. Members Kelly Chlebowski, Lily Hall, Katie Marcoux, Jodie Kelly, Jackie Hyde and Beth Godwin received various highpoint awards from competitions held throughout the year. For more information about membership and events visit dsdcta.org/chapters/ec/about/ index.htm or call chapter president Marilyn Chlebowski at 543-2458.Riders receive awardsDressage group celebrates B E A C O N S P O R T S B E A C O N S P O R T S Eagles win thriller in last second; hold their own versus powerhouseChipley tournament provides chance to gauge prowess By David VardamanThe Niceville boys basketball team recently engaged against superior opponents as a training ground for the upcoming second half of the season, which will surely be highly competitive. With a 3-0 record against District opponents, they will be the target for all teams as the Eagles pursue a district crown. The Eagles finished their second three-day tournament over the holidays with a season mark of 11-5. The most thrilling game came during their latest tournament in Chipley. In a closely fought game it all came down to the final seconds against Graceville. With the scored tied, Niceville rebounded the opponent's missed shot with only six seconds remaining in the game. Point guard Kyle Koszuta rapidly took the ball up the court as power forward Andrew Mitchell sprinted toward the basket. With one second remaining, Mitchell took a pass from Koszuta and released a layup softly off the glass. The shot went through the net as time expired to give NHS an exhilarating 63-61 win. In another exciting wire-towire contest, the Eagles fought hard against tournament host and regional powerhouse Chipley, whose 27-1 record last year indicates its superior size and quickness. The Eagles ended the first quarter with the lead but an anemic second quarter in which the Eagles scored only three points proved to be costly. Niceville was able to keep the game within reach until the final minute as Chipley eventually escaped with a 6458 win. Koszuta led the scoring as junior McKinley Stephens also notched doublefigure points. You can catch the Eagles at home on Monday, Jan. 9, as they host Pensacola Catholic at 6 p.m. The Lady Eagles play on the road this Friday and Saturday against Rutherford and Mosley, respectively. Photo by Paula Mims Niceville's McKinley Stephens releases a 3-point shot in recent action during the Chipley shootout Dec. 27-29. U12 soccer championsThe PAL U12 boys team won the soccer championship this year. Team members are Tanner Wong, Caleb Stalnaker, Chris Kelton, Brendan Ernsberger, Nick Morrison, Samuel Thomas, Korey Arsenault, assistant coach Mike Kelton, Jacob Bouhall, Sean Reidy, head coach Bron Ringstad, Zack Balthazar, Ryan Murphy, Mason Swanick and assistant coach Preston Phillips.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERKelly Humphrey, 49, Raintree Estates, retired Sue Enright, 68, Niceville, housewife Gene Singleton, 57, Concord, North Carolina, dispatcher Liz Bankston, 20, Niceville, nanny It s a necessary evil. Hopefully, in the future we ll be able to get the budget down. I don t like it. America s credit rating has already been decreased. I don t see how we can solve our debt crisis by more debt. I think it s nuts! We re spending money we don t even have. He s just digging a deeper hole. As a young person, I m going to inherit this mess. I think it s really scary. Is it ever going to come down? I think it s a horrible idea. It won t fix the problem. It will only perpetuate it by spending more than we make.Mike GriffithWhat do you think about President Obama s plan to raise the national debt limit another $1.2 trillion?Daniel Camacho, 34, Niceville Location: Niceville civic complex Joshua Woeckener, 29, Valparaiso, screen printerWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Dear Bay Beacon, On behalf of our agents and staff, Emerald Dunes Real Estate would like to thank you for providing a great local advertising venue. As we celebrate our 6th year in the real estate business, we are certain that our success is due in part to the ability to reach our local area via advertising in the Beacon. Niceville is very fortunate to have an affordable and respected news and advertising source that we can rely on week after week. We have been able to meet and exceed our business plan in what has been 6 trying years for the real estate industry as a whole. Many local customers and clients have relied on us. We have relied on you, and you have delivered. You continue to serve Emerald Dunes Real Estate and the community well! Advertising in the Bay Beacon has helped us list, sell and rent many homes, and we look forward to many more years serving Niceville! Sincerely, Bobbie Housand, Broker Emerald Dunes Real EstateAdvertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! indicator, and it is consistent with the overall improvement in the local economic climate," said economist Rick Harper, "but problems in the housing market are not yet over." The number of foreclosure lawsuits filed in Okaloosa County courts shot up after the housing market bubble imploded in 2007, more than doubling between 2006 and 2007 from 466 to 964. Such filings peaked at 2,445 in 2009 as home prices plummeted, many workers lost jobs, and mortgage lenders tightened loan standards. In late 2010, filings eased as foreclosure processing slowed in the wake of a national scandal over bank "robosigning" of foreclosure documents. In Okaloosa County that slowdown appeared to extend into the first half of 2011, when filings averaged 55 a month. But then lawsuits jumped in the last half of the year to an average of 105 a month. Realtor Gordon Fenwick of the Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency in Niceville estimated that between 40 and 50 percent of the company's business in 2011 was from distressed properties, including bank "short sales" and foreclosures, an increase over the prior year when such sales accounted for perhaps 30 percent of the total. "We have now passed the one-year mark since Okaloosa County began its economic recovery from the Great Recession," said Harper, executive director of the University of West Florida Office of Economic Development and Engagement. "Employment and retail sales indicators point to a healthier local economy in 2012. As part of this economic recovery, and given the influx of new residents due to BRAC, the housing market will begin to recover," he said. But Harper cautioned: "Florida has a lengthy foreclosure process, and there are still more homes that need to exit the foreclosure pipeline. There are many other homes that have simply been held off the market by their owners because prices are still depressed. These factors mean that a home-price recovery will be slow to gain momentum in all but the most desirable neighborhoods." What's the outlook for the coming year? "In 2012, look for an increase in the number of homes sold, but also for continued soft, but no longer falling, prices in Okaloosa," Harper said. SURGEFrom page A-1 Seminar Includes: Resource Guide/Cookbook and All Class NotesMaximize Living Extreme Makeover Biggest Loser ChallengeIt is time to bring the science of weight loss out of the dark ages and apply a new understanding of hormones and their impact on metabolism. In Maximize Living Extreme Makeover Biggest Loser Challenge, you will learn about hormones and the key role they play in permanent weight loss. They learned that not every diet is right for everyone and hormones play a major role in determining what diet is best for you. It is exciting to read the testimonies of the participants that finally found success, especially after trying so many different diets. We customize an individual s diet based on five simple factors. One of these factors is a test that measures a very important hormone called leptin. Leptin tells your brain to burn fat. If your brain is not receiving the correct message from leptin then your body will not be able to burn fat for energy. What does that mean? Simply put: you will not lose weight-regardless of what you eat. In 1995, when leptin was first discovered, drug companies scrambled to develop a synthetic form of leptin in an attempt to be the first to have the solution to obesity. They figured it leptin tells the brain to burn fat, then overweight individuals must be leptin deficient, right? Wrong! They soon realized that obese and overweight people had elevated leptin. Why? It s analogous to Type II diabetes. A diabetic has plenty of insulin but their cells just can t use it. This is due to the overconsumption of processed grains and sugar, as well as toxicity. The constant sugar elevation causes the body to release more and more insulin. Remember, insulin brings sugar into your cells for energy. This is an important function; however, because insulin is constantly elevated along with sugar (glucose), the cell s receptors to insulin become burned out. In other words the cell cannot hear what insulin is sayingaka insulin resistance. The same thing is happening with leptin. Leptin is produced by your fat cells to tell your brain that there is too much body fat and to burn it for energy. Just like with insulin, if this system is challenged enough it will eventually break down. The increase in leptin will eventually cause your brain not to hear the signal to burn fat. The receptors in your brain burn out, aka leptin resistance. Once this hormone mechanism fails it will become nearly impossible to lose weight. Nonetheless, there is hope. My Healing Diet was designed to determine when this hormonal mechanism is malfunctioning and is the only diet that corrects the problem. After addressing leptin, only one problem potentially remains. One-third of all leptin resistance comes from the chronic biotoxic illnesses that are now spreading rapidly across America (Dr. Richie C. Shoemaker, MD). When we add in general toxicity from our food and environment the problem is epidemic. Dr. Shoemaker is the foremost authority on biotoxic illness and believes ninety-eight percent of those who are significantly overweight are leptin resistant, most of which he feels is due to toxicity. In our clinic, we have tests that determine if toxicity is the problem. If the Healing Diet is the correct diet for you based on the five factors, the weight will come off with ease. If not, toxicity must be considered and is likely the cause of your uncontrollable cravings, diet failures, hormone imbalances, and your inability to lose weight despite your best efforts. For an appointment with Dr. Scott Ewing or for inquiries about dates and locations of future workshops and seminars including the Extreme Makeover Series, please call (850) 678-8048. PARTONE OFTWO Dr. Scott Ewing, DCWEIGHTLOSS, HORMONES, ANDTOXICITYDo you suffer from these symptoms? Have Trouble Falling Asleep? Wake Up & Can t Get Back To Sleep? Uncontrollable Cravings? Migrating Muscle & Joint Pain? Morning Joint/Muscle Stiffness? Infertility, Menopausal PMS, hormone Disregulation?Learn how they affect weight loss!Where Chiropractic Associates 705 W. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 When Thursday, January 19, 2012 Time 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Cost $30.00 School board to decide teacher pay issue tonightBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Tonight at a quasi-judicial hearing at Niceville High School, Okaloosa County School Board members will make a final decision on the issue of teachers' pay. In October the school board declared an impasse in negotiations with the Okaloosa County Education Association (OCEA), the teachers' union, over pay issues. The school board argued that it didn't have the money and froze teachers' salaries for the current school year. OCEA argued that step increases, which on average give returning teachers an annual pay raise of about 3 percent, were required under the existing contract. A special magistrate attempted to mediate the impasse, and after hearing arguments from each side in October, issued his report in November. Both the School Board and the union rejected the special magistrate's recommendations. With the rejection of the special magistrate's report, the final decision falls to the school board. The board will make its decision at a quasijudicial hearing at which the school board moves from being one of the antagonists in the pay dispute to being the judge and jury. At tonight's quasi-judicial hearing the school board will take testimony from both the school district and the union before making the final decision. The Jan. 4 quasi-judicial hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Niceville High School and is open to the public.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Page A-9 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 678-391-8484. Residency not required. Please provide the department number, FL090, when you call. 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. 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) AIRPORT HOME WITH HANGAR! Go to tinyurl.com/6b2s2br for more information. 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 Help Wanted Pets Homes for Sale Business Opportunities Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Help Wanted Help Wanted Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Warehouse Space Homes for Sale Homes for SaleAdvertising Sales The Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot and The Green Beret) have an opening for a careerminded, 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. 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 PROVEN LEADERSCarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Text CHRSOLD to 87778 for free app NICEVILLE / BLUEWATER AREA Location! Location! Location! Small office complex close to Eglin AFB $135,000 Web#180 Desirable Florida Club unit overlooking pool w/great amenities! 2/2 966SF $110,000 Web#179 Spectacular custom home in desirable Sunset Beach in BWB 3/2 2,308SF $389,900 Web#175 CRESTVIEW / DEFUNIAK SPRINGS AREA Horse lovers! 10 acre ranch, delightful bunk house & stable in DFS 1/1 576SF $349,900 Web#181 7.25 acre commercial property centrally located, access to Hwy 85, Cview! $1,150,000 Web#176 Your Hometown Agency for 29 Years! 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Offices 500SqFt1,000SqFtWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFWAREHOUSE OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 RENTALS 850-897-1443 Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyLakeside 1/1 Unfurnished $750 Ground floor, lakefront, washer/dryer included, water included Garden Oaks Unfurnished $750 1 bedroom, private screened patio, ground floor, pet friendly Florida Club Furnished $1400-1600 Washer/dryer, screened patio, includes utilities, cable, internet, pool, gym, pet friendly, 1-2 bdrms Sunset Furnished 3/2 2 Car Garage $1800 Includes utilities, cable, internet, washer/dryer, open floor plan, large deck and on golf courseRare 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 LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOUR BUSINESS. Advertise in At Your Service The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot & The Green Beret(850) 678-1080 There are eight times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. Then, just before LABOR DAY and9/11, VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole in front of your home or business. And take it down afterward. Kiwanis does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the WorldLet Kiwanis Raise Old Glory at Your House or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club 50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS.Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) r Eglin Flyer (Number of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) Price of First Run..................$ + 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 __________________________ $12.00 First Word 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 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! ADVERTISE HERE! PAINTING& PRESSURE CLEANING Residential Interior & Exterior Painting25 Years ExperienceSenior & Military DiscountsReferences Available Preferred Contractor on Angie s List FREE ESTIMATESRussells Painting& Pressure CleaningSPECIALIZING IN PRESSURE WASHING 897-5632Licensed & Insured PRESSURE WASHING(850) 699-7866Houses Driveways Fencing Docks RVs DecksNo Job Too SmallLicensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 HOMEREPAIR Bart'sHome Repair & Maintenance Winter Home Checkup Drafts & Pipes Plumbing Electrical Security Lighting Lawn Sprinkler Repair Free Estimates Sheet Rock/PaintingNo job too small or large(850) 830-3279Lic. 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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 20112012 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. Parenting classes A parenting class is being offered Wednesdays, Jan. 4Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Niceville. The class, entitled, Parenting is Heart Work, equips parents to touch the hearts of their children. Topics include: Teaching Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions, Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart, Attitude: A Window into a Childs Heart, plus much more. Info: 729-6914. Astronomy program Astronomy buffs of all ages will be entertained and educated at the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society meeting Jan. 5 at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, room 140, building D, at 6:30 p.m. The free program will be presented by Alan Knothe, who has taught astronomy at the Hayden Planetarium, Okaloosa-Walton College and the Emerald Coast Science Center. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Info: 582-7064. Touch a Piece of History The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, will host Touch a Piece of History, Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. This program will engage kids by utilizing authentic historic museum collections with hands-on activities. Cost: $7 per child or $5 per child for Museum Family Members. Chaperones are free. Space is limited. Info: 678-2615. Drummers wanted Do you march to a different drummer? The Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums is looking for experienced drummers. It is a training pipe band, accommodating those who would like to learn to play in a pipe band. The band meets at the Niceville Methodist Church, Partin Drive, second floor, Thursdays at 6 p.m. Info: Les Matheson, 243-2879, or ecpipesanddrums@cox.net Niceville High Chorus 5k Niceville High School Chorus plans its first Grand Staff 5k run/walk Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m., at Niceville High School. Entry fee is $20. Race day registration and packet pickup will be at the high school from 7:15-8:15 a.m. The race will begin and finish near the high school, with Opus One and the Niceville High School Singers performing a variety of music for post-race entertainment. Info: 897-5174 or 803-2593. Art Salon works at library The artwork of the Art Salon group will be on exhibit at the Niceville Library through Jan. 31. The Art Salon is a group of artists who meet to discuss art, see videos, critique and share art, and occasionally work on a group project. Eatery features artwork The art of Lynette Miesen will be on display through Jan. 29 at Cafe Bienvile, 14 Bayshore Drive, Niceville. As a member of the Local Color Artists Guild and the Plein Aire Artists of Florida, Miesens paintings capture the essence of the Emerald Coast. The exhibit is free and open to the public 11 a.m.-7 p.m., TuesdaySaturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 678-2233. Mattie Kelly art exhibition The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, begin the new year with two new exhibitions, running Jan. 13-Feb. 17. The public is invited to celebrate the artists, and meet Duncan Baird and Cetin Oguz, at an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. The McIlroy Gallery will host to Worlds Apart,a two-man show featuring the works of Duncan Baird and Cetin Oguz. On display in the Holzhauer Gallery, viewers will be enchanted by the work of Elizabeth Austin. In Cassetina, the Magic Box, Austin offers us an intimate view of her decorated miniatures. Her cassetinas, which is Italian for little boxes, are framed in hand-crafted Florentine wood and feature ethereal paintings inside. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are always free and open to the public. Info: 729-5382. Memories of Elvis Chris MacDonalds Memories of Elvis Rockin Birthday Bash will be performed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northeast Florida State College in Niceville Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. In celebration of what would have been Elvis Presleys 77th birthday, Chris MacDonald performs, complete with costumes and a concert band, a tribute celebrating the life and music of Elvis. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office or online. Info: 729-6000 or mattiekellyarts center.org.Page A-10 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Sunday Bible School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.Bluewater Community CHURCH897-2644 4580 RANGERD., NICEVILLECome Worship with Us! 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 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool o ers Christ centered curriculum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Call or visit website for more info. A Florida VPK provider.CO1OK0064 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel 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 CHURCHDIRECTORY CALENDAR E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com before 5 p.m. Wednesday. 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 Food World donates to hospiceThe Niceville Food World store recently presented a $1,000 donation to Covenant Hospice. From left: Jenni Perkins of Covenant Hospice with Rick Webster and Jack Herman of Food World. Donations such as the one made by Food World help fund Covenant Hospices special programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. These programs include bereavement services, children's support programs, chaplain services and indigent patient care. In 2010, the organization provided more than $2.4 million in care for uninsured or under-insured patients facing a terminal illness. Niceville cheerleaders take firstThe Niceville High School Competition Cheer Squad performed a routine choreographed by Gabe West at the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Regional Competition, Jacksonville, Dec. 17, placing first out of six teams in their division. This placement earned the girls a bid to compete at the FHSAA State Competition Feb. 3-5 in Kissimmee. From left: front, Courtney Testa, Courtney Adams, Chandlelyn Wilson, Frankee Pugliese, Carly Frey, Lauren Corley and coach Lisa Jones; middle, Lucie Bouchard, Abby Miller, Morgan Strickland, Chelsea Wilson, Allison Herman and Allie Kennedy; back, Brylee Dash, Brittney French, Emily Terry and Aubrey Joy OBrien. Methodists donateJudy Wiseman presents Ken Hair, CEO of Children in Crisis, $1,000 in gift cards, toys and clothes from Destin United Methodist Women. Up in the air, Junior BirdmanTyler Marshall, 6, of Niceville, showed off his gymnastics skill last week by hanging upside down from a playground apparatus at the childrens park. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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The Flying Needles Quilt Guild unveiled the 2012 Opportunity Quilt, the first prize in its biannual raffle drawing. To purchase tickets for $1 each or six for $5, visit flyingneedlesquiltguild.org or contact Sandra Congleton, 862-8588. The Amazon Star quilt is a complex 104-by-104inch paper foundation-pieced pattern by designer Judy Neumeyer. A second prize quilt, the 84inch-square Tulips Around the Cabin, is composed of blocks of the log cabin design with a tulip appliqu on top of each block, sewn and turned in by members. Funds raised are used to support supply costs for charitable items the guild makes and donates to local organizations, including Quilts of Valor, which are donated to the national organization for distribution to every warrior who is wounded in the service of our country. The additional charitable items, all made by the Guild's 100plus members, are quilts, drawstring tote bags, smaller zippered cosmetic/school supply bags and Christmas stockings, given to shelters throughout the area for distribution to children. Guild members made more than 900 Christmas stockings for children in 2011 and are dedicated to sewing for charity every month. Guild members meet every second Thursday at 9:30 at the Niceville Church of Christ, across the street from Niceville High School. Visitors and quilters are always welcome. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michelle L. Parmelee, a 1998 graduate of Freeport Senior High School, Freeport, and fellow sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participated in a community service project at the House of Family childrens shelter in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The shelter is funded by the School of Public Health and Social Work of St. Elizabeth and serves as a refuge for HIV/AIDS positive orphans or vulnerable children (OVC). Sailors and Marines helped make a stone walkway for the shelter. Afterwards they played games, danced and even provided basic medical treatment for the kids. New Orleans deployed early November in support of the nations maritime strategy and is conducting theater security cooperation missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). Parmelee joined the Navy in October 2001. *** Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Frederic J. Cook, son of Hildegard C. and Gerald M. Cook of Niceville, recently received the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal while serving as a member of Admin Division aboard USS Helena (SSN 725), home ported in Norfolk, Va. Cook expertly maintained the ships leave control log, ensuring leave was processed in a timely manner. He significantly helped improve crew morale by volunteering time and energy toward the Recreation Committee and Menu Review Board. Cook also proved to be a valuable asset, providing superior watch team backup during sea trials. Cook, a 2002 graduate of Niceville Senior High School, joined the Navy in December 2008. *** Army National Guard Pvt. Nathan C. Martinez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.Martinez is the son of Ryan Martinez of West Third Street, Oshkosh, Neb., and Ginger Boyd of Woodlow Road, Niceville. He is a 2011 graduate of Garden County High School, Oshkosh, Neb. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s s OUR TOWNW W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , J J a a n n u u a a r r y y 4 4 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 P P a a g g e e A A 1 1 1 1 Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Briana Marquardt graduated with a BS in psychology Dec. 16 from the University of Central Florida. She was Summa Cum Laude and earned honors from the Burnett Honors College. Briana will pursue her masters in sociology at the University of Central Florida in January. She is a 2009 graduate of Niceville High School and the daughter of Kenneth and Marilyn Marquardt of Niceville.Quilt raffle to benefit charitiesTickets on sale for drawing in December Briana Marquardt In the ServiceE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Flying Needles Quilt Guild members unveiled the 2012 Opportunity Quilt that they worked on this fall. This Amazon Star will be first prize. A second prize quilt will also be won in the raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn in December 2012. Proceeds are used to used to support supply costs for charitable items the guild make and donate to local shelters and the Quilts of Valor Organization. Twin Cities Hospital proudly supports Sharing and Caring of Niceville. Twin Cities Hospital recently donated $5,000 to Sharing and Caring of Niceville to support efforts to meet the needs of families in the Niceville and Valparaiso area. We salute the many volunteers who give their time and support to help local families in need. To nd out more about Sharing and Caring, please call (850) 729-3600. 2190 Highway 85 North, Niceville, Florida Servingyou,notacompany.MaryBethLoveLoveInsuranceServices,Inc. MerchantsWalkatBluewaterBayMaryBeth@LoveInsuranceServices.comHome|Flood|AutoQualityCompanies|AffordableRates|ExceptionalService Drivingdownthecostofcarinsurance!Callmetodayat(850)279.6806 Edge student to All StateEdge Elementary fifth-grade student Ricky Kozak has been selected to the 2012 Elementary All State Chorus. He will join other fourththrough sixth-grade students in Tampa Jan. 12-13, at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference for two days of rehearsal, followed by a concert open to Florida music educators, parents and guests. The clinicians for the event are nationally recognized conductors Ken and Susan Berg from Birmingham, Ala. Ricky is pictured with his music teacher, Shirley Andrews. Band seeks drummersDo you march to a different drummer? The Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums is looking for experienced drummers. It is a training pipe band, accommodating those who would like to learn to play in a pipe band. The band meets at the Niceville Methodist Church, Partin Drive, second floor, Thursdays at 6 p.m. Info: Les Matheson, 243-2879, or ecpipesand drums@cox.net HAPPY1stBIRTHDAY!To our little manGRAY01-08-12Love Mommy & Daddy, MeMa, Pa, Aunt Charlie, Great MeMa Henriott & Great MeMa Simpler WE LOVE YOU BUDDY! You bring so much joy & happiness to our lives. Youre our little sunshine. On Toms BayouValparaiso 1 5 % M i l i t a r y D i s c o u n t ( D i s c o u n t a p p l i e d a l l d a y & n i g h t ) M a r t i n i N i g h t $ 4 A l l N i g h t L a d i e s N i g h t H a p p y H o u r P r i c e s A l l N i g h t L o n g 4 7 p m D r i n k S p e c i a l s B r u n c h 1 0 a m 3 p m Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fri.&Sat. Sundays LIVE MUSIC303 Glen Ave., Valparaiso, FL 32580 850.389.2125 CompassRoseValp.com

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Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Have you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. Not only is it uncomfortable and embarrassing, it makes eating difficult and can affect your speech. It can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate. In fact, 25 percent of the bone mass is lost in the very first year after an extraction! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. Dr. Olivier Broutin would like to help. Making sure that every patient has a comfortable, beautiful, functional smile is why he practices dentistry and its why he is so excited about the amazing benefits of dental implants. It really is the treatment of choice for health, appearance and lasting benefits. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooths root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth just the way the tooth root was. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible far superior to a fixed partial denture or full dentures that do nothing to prevent bone loss and require removal of enamel or other preparation of the healthy teeth adjacent to the extraction. Each implant offers support and stimulation to the bone, keeping it intact and functioning. The teeth surrounding it are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. It is a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. His passion and conviction can convince even the most skeptical listener to find out more about dental implants. I like dentistry I just love teeth and want to do everything I can to protect them. I cant emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesnt stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. Thats powerful. Its the fascinating science of dentistry. 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