<%BANNER%>
The Bay beacon
ALL ISSUES CITATION PDF VIEWER
Full Citation
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00159
 Material Information
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: 02-01-2012
Frequency: weekly
 Subjects
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
 Notes
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
 Record Information
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469
System ID: UF00099641:00159

Downloads

This item is only available as the following downloads:

( PDF )


Full Text

PAGE 1

Pentagon seeks F-35 slowdownDefense budget also sees curbs on pay hikesBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The North Bay Fire District is handling more work with fewer employees. North Bay Fire Chief Joe Miller told fire commissioners recently that the fire district had, for the first time, exceeded 1,000 in the number of annual calls for service during 2011. Fewer than 5 percent of the calls were for fires. Most concerned people seeking emergency first aid or medical attention. Alarms of all kinds have soared 54 percent since 2007. Meantime, the number of career firefighters working for the district dropped last year from 18 to 15, Miller said. The reduction was due to budgetary pressures, he said, caused by declining taxable property values in the fire district. The North Bay Fire Commission abolished its longtime volunteer firefighting force in favor of paid employees in September 2004, according to the district. Firefighters responded to 1,143 alarms in 2011, a 17 percent increase over 2010. Fires of all types accounted for 54 alarms, Miller said, a 50 By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Department of Defense has announced a $614 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year that includes a new round of base closures, a slowdown in purchases of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and a cutback of 10 percent in Air Force fighter squadrons, among other changes. Also proposed, in later years, are slower military pay increases, more cost sharing for TRICARE participants, and scrutiny of pension costs. The DoD Thursday released "Defense Budget Priorities and Choices, a 16-page document highlighting the FY 2013 defense budget. The DoD's budget request includes $525 billion in its "base" budget, and $88 billion in its overseas contingency operations, money used to conduct overseas combat, primarily in Afghanistan and Iraq. That's a reduction from the previous DoD budget which asked for $528 billion for the base and $115 billion for warfighting operations. The FY 2013 DoD budget is aimed at reducing expenditures by $259 billion over the next five years, a decrease of 22 percent from the peak war budget year of 2010, according to defense officials. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the budget to Congress early this month. The document faces lengthy hearings and debate in Congress, which must approve any spending.By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Arrests, accidents and traffic tickets by Niceville police fell nearly a third in 2011. There were 482 traffic accidents last year inside Niceville city limits, 38 fewer than in 2010, according to police department figures released last week. There were also 29 DUI arrests in 2011, two fewer than the year before. Niceville police issued 1,766 traffic citations last year, a 38 percent drop from the 2,844 issued in 2010. Niceville police also made 293 misdemeanor arrests in 2011, 32 fewer than the year before. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5012 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Please see CALLS, page A-5 College opens student building COMINGUPBeacon photo by Del Lessard Distinguished by an upswept entrance canopy and expansive glass walls, the new, three-story Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College is quickly becoming the focus of student activities on the Niceville campus. To celebrate the $25.5 million construction project the public is invited to a campus open house Saturday.Ongoing Taxaide volunteers are providing free income tax preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, at the Niceville Library Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., by appointment only. Make your appointment at the Reference Desk in the library or call 279-4863 ext. 1504.Thursday, 6:30 p.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will present a public program, "Shorebirds of the Florida Panhandle," in Room 140, Building D (Collegiate High School), of the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. Info: Walt Spence at 678-3965.Saturday, 7:30-10 a.m. Join the 2012 NHS softball team as it kicks off its season with its second annual pancake breakfast at Ed's Seafood and Steaks in Niceville. Tickets are $6 and include all you can eat pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon and coffee, milk, or juice to drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host "Cracker Shack." Learn about different homes from Floridas past with this handson lesson in Panhandle architectural history. Then build a pioneer house the way Florida settlers did in the 1800s. Cost: $7 per child or $5 per child for Museum Family Members. Chaperones are free. Space is limited. Info: 678-2615. Calendar, B-4. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Emergency calls continue to rise Crime down in Niceville Niceville popular vote siteBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Niceville, newest of four Okaloosa County early voting sites, drew more early voters than the two locations in Crestview combined. When the eight-day early voting period ended Saturday afternoon for the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the board of directors of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) have approved plans to improve lighting near Bluewater Elementary School, and expressed concern about reports they have received about damage to local streets, possibly caused by garbage trucks. During a meeting Jan. 10, board member Doug Burgess discussed several ongoing projects within the MSBU, foremost of which is a project to install new street lights near the intersection of Range Road and Bluewater Boulevard, where many children and their parents pass each morning on their way to and from school. The intersection and surrounding areas tend to be dark during early mornings, especially in autumn and winter, when days are shorter. Although the original cost estimate for the new lighting was $1,400, as discussed during last months MSBU meeting, Burgess said he and MSBU management consultant Archie Jernigan have recently examined the area near the intersection, and concluded that two new street lights are actually needed to adequately light the area and protect the children. At Burgess request, the MSBU board voted unanimously to approve $2,200 for the lighting project. No completion date for One-stop shopping for services to studentsBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The new 75,000-square-foot Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, is now open, housing many administrative activities relating to students. The new building will be the centerpiece of a community open house of the entire Niceville campus Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors may pick up an event schedule or register for door prizes at the lobby of the Student Services Center. The $25.5 million construction project, which includes the recently begun renovation of the college's 32,000-square-foot K Building nearby, consolidates many student administrative offices into a one-stop facility. Until now students had to visit offices in several buildings to register for classes, see an advisor, take certain tests, apply for financial aid, pay bills, and so on. Now many of those functions are consolidated in the new Student Services Center on the west side of campus, or will be housed in the adjacent K Building when its renovation is completed later this year. The first floor of the threestory Student Services Center includes a kitchen and a student cafeteria, both formerly in the K Building, also called the College Mall. The new building, begun in October, 2010, also has meeting rooms for community groups and conferences. Student services are on the second floor, including: Please see COLLEGE, page A-2 Please see BETTER, page A-2 Please see VOTE, page A-3 Campus open house, A-2. Please see F-35, page A-3Better lighting okayed near school 627 577 488 562 601 507 715 654 475 506 480 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 Source: Niceville P.D. Fewer people land in jail Felony & misdemeanor arrests, including DUI,by year, Niceville police Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Please see CRIME, page A-6Beacon photo by Del Lessard In the face of budgetary pressures caused by shrinking tax rolls, in 2011 North Bay fire commissioners reduced manning on each shift from five firefighters to four and laid off a supervisor, even as the workload has grown. Pictured, "C" shift, from left, firefighter James Harris, Capt. Phil LeBrun, and firefighters Daniel Mitchell and Chris Moyer.

PAGE 2

Business office and cashier. Financial aid. Veterans affairs. Advising. Registration. Placement testing. Student recruitment. NWF2UWF office, a joint program with the University of West Florida. Adult education offices (including GED and English as a second language). Continuing education offices. Student activities such as the Student Government Association. The Womens Educational Resource Center. The 11,500-square-foot third floor houses the college's Leadership Institute, which promotes community training and economic development. Functions that will occupy the College Mall when renovations are completed in the fall of 2012 include: College bookstore, which is temporarily housed in the old gym. The Academic Success Center. The Career Resource Center and Workforce Development offices. Student government, which will move from the Student Services Building. Completion of the Student Services Center and renovation of the College Mall cap a 20-year building boom on the Niceville campus that also saw the addition of the $20 million Mattie Kelly Arts Center in 1997, a $674,000 astronomical observatory in 2001, a $10 million library in 2003, a $1.2 million visual arts building in 2003, a $300,000 defensive driving range in 2003, an $11 million science building in 2010, and a $35 million public services complex, including a new sports arena and the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center, in 2011. Because of a state-government financial crunch and other factors, it may the the college's last big project for some time. "According to the states economists at EDR (Office of Economic and Demographic Research), the state isnt likely to get any new PECO (capital outlay) dollars before 2014-15," said Gary Yancey, college vice president for administration. "Even then, partially because of our success in the past, NWFSC will have a hard time arguing for any new construction dollars," he said. "Our best bet will be for renovation/remodeling funds, and the competition for those dollars among the state colleges will be intense." Thirty-five subcontractors were employed directly by the prime contractor, Ajax Building Corp., during construction of the Student Services Center, school officials said. The number of workers ranged from 100 to 200 on any given day, employing 700 workers throughout the course of construction. COLLEGEFrom page A-1the project has yet been determined. John Openshaw, a Bluewater Bay resident who spoke during the meeting, said large trucks have difficulty making the tight turns around the many cul-desacs throughout Bluewater Bay, often causing their wheels to go over the edge of existing pavement and into the soft soil of the grassy islands at the ends of the cul-de-sacs. This destroys grass and also tends to crush the edges of the pavement, creating unsightly messes and soil erosion around the edges of the islands. Openshaw said he thinks most of the damage is caused by heavy trucks, and the large trucks that most often travel through residential streets in Bluewater Bay are those belonging to Waste Management, the government contractor that picks up garbage in the community. The company sends trucks throughout the Bluewater Bay community three times a week, twice for trash pickups and once to collect recyclables. Other large vehicles that frequent the Bluewater Bay community include moving vans, utility company vehicles, delivery trucks, and school buses, as well as trucks and recreational vehicles belonging to local residents. MSBU management consultant Archie Jernigan told Openshaw during the meeting that he agrees that trucks belonging to Waste Management are a likely cause of most of the damage, but said it is hard to prove that this is the case. Jernigan said people who directly observe Waste Management, or anyone else, causing such damage may call the Okaloosa County Public Works Department at 651-7394 to report such incidents or request repairs. Contacted by the Beacon later, a Waste Management spokesman said the company would look into the matter, and urged anyone with a complaint to contact the company directly. Roads and streets in Bluewater Bay are county roads maintained by the public works department rather than by the MSBU. The MSBU is a branch of county government, but its charter limits it to maintaining signs and street lights, and to landscaping and beautification of common areas along main streets in Bluewater Bay, and does not include repairing or maintaining roads or streets. In other business, Jernigan said that the MSBU is once again receiving emails from local residents, after apparently not getting such messages for several weeks due to some technical problems with its web site and email system. Were getting messages now, Jernigan said, but were still checking some problems with apparently garbled messages. People who have recently sent emails to the MSBU, but have not received a response, may re-send their messages to ensure that they are received. Emails may be sent through the MSBUs web site at www.bluewaterbay.org. Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Frank Taylor, the local community policing officer, also attended the MSBU meeting. He said there have been several recent cases of criminal mischief in Bluewater Bay. These include someone using a machete to cut some electrical lines, as well as the ropes of backyard swings. In addition, someone recently set fire to a wooden fence along Muirfield Way. Taylor asked local residents to be alert for suspicious activity, and for parents to be aware of their childrens activities. On a more positive note, Taylor said that most residents kept their vehicles locked or inside garages during the recent holiday season, reducing thefts from vehicles. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview (850) 682-5338 GLAUCOMA RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted BETTERFrom page A-1 Northwest Florida State College is inviting the public to an open house at its Niceville campus Saturday. The open house is the culmination of a week of events marking the opening of the college's $25 million, 75,000-square-foot Student Services Center. "The Open House celebrates not only the opening of our marvelous new Student Services Center, but also the entire main campus and all the rich variety of academic, cultural and community focused offerings the college provides our region," said Sandy Sims, chair of the NWFSC Board of Trustees. The public will have the opportunity Saturday to enjoy a host of free activities, tours, faculty seminars, program demonstrations, art exhibits, baseball games, a free-throw contest in the college's basketball arena, and more. Door prizes include a T-shirt give-away, gift baskets and a Blackberry tablet. The open house includes many areas of the 265-acre Niceville campus that are normally closed to the public. Among these are: Fire tower and vehicle burns, demonstrating techniques taught by the college's Fire Science program. Faculty seminars on everything from sea dinosaurs to philosophy, mid-life makeovers and film studies. Free photo portraits by graphic design students for adults, with a free digital photo file. Simulated live births and general health emergencies using state-of-the-art patient simulators used in nursing programs. Tai Chi demonstrations by the PRIME Time personal enrichment program. Tours of the astronomical observatory. Rehearsals by college performing arts groups at the colleges Mattie Kelly Arts Center. These continuous "drop in" performances will feature the Soundsations Show Choir, dance line, Jazz Ensemble, and other presentations. The public can also get a tour of the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center which moved to its state-of-theart facilities at NWFSC last year. Most NWFSC academic programs, from GED to bachelors degrees, as well as labs for career programs such as drafting, computer engineering, dental assisting, radiography, nursing, teacher education, and early childhood education, will also be open for tours and information. College staff in admissions, financial aid, advising, veterans affairs, the Womens Educational Resources Center, Career Center, PRIME Time, Leadership Institute and more will also be on hand. In addition, NWFSC and Okaloosa Public Arts are partnering to showcase work from local artists on the third floor of the new Student Services Center, which houses the colleges Leadership Institute. Okaloosa Public Arts is an organization of artists and others who are committed to providing art in public spaces through private donations. Visitors can buy lunch in the colleges new cafeteria, which is on the ground floor the Student Services Center. The NWFSC open house is continuous from noon to 3 p.m. at the Niceville campus, 100 College Blvd. Also featured will be free admission to two Raiders baseball games, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Visitors should enter the event at the main lobby of the new Student Services Center, on west campus adjacent to the existing College Mall, also known as Building K, which is under renovation as part of the $25.5 million Student Services Center project. In the new center, visitors may pick up event maps and schedules, register for door prizes or catch a free shuttle that will circle the campus. An open house schedule is available on the college's website at www.nwfsc.edu/openhouse. In other events leading up to the open house, students and faculty were scheduled to inaugurate the new facility Jan. 31. A formal ribbon-cutting is set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at an after-hours chamber of commerce event that will focus on the facility's new community conferencing capability and the college's Leadership Institute, located on the third floor of the new Student Services Center. Several major donations to name the Leadership Institute and its meeting rooms will be announced tomorrow. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Students eat lunch in the cafeteria of the new Student Services Building at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. A campuswide open house is scheduled Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. BluewaterSports Bar &Grill SUPER BOWL SUNDAYFebruary 5, 2012 Fun Starts @ 5PM$5Buckets $5PitchersHappy Hour Prices All Night Menu Specials5 HDTVsFor more info call (850) 897-25832000 Bluewater Blvd., Niceville College sets campus open house SaturdayA variety of tours and activities for the public Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Damaged median and pavement at a cul-de-sac on St. Vincent Cove, Bluewater Bay. A resident complained to governing officials that errant garbage trucks may be responsible for some roadside damage.

PAGE 3

The DoD reportstates the budget reductions of the magnitude called for by the Budget Control Act requires that the DoD scale down its force structure and delay or decrease, or even eliminate some programs. Therefore, the DoD said, the president will request that Congress authorize the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process to reduce military facilities no longer affordable in the current budget environment. Procurements of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be slowed "to complete more testing and make developmental changes to minimize concurrency issues before buying in significant quantities." Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the budget request trims the number of F-35 joint strike fighters by 179 aircraft over the next five years. There is no indication that the slowdown in F-35 purchases will change the total number of F-35s coming to Eglin, currently 59. Nonetheless, fewer F-35s purchased over the next five years could impact the pace of training conducted at Eglin, home to the nation's first F-35 training wing. At $379 billion, the F-35 program is the Pentagon's largest. The Air Force, Navy and Marines are scheduled to buy 2,443 F-35s to replace a variety of older fighter planes. Dempsey said the budget request is based on the defense strategy guidance Obama announced Jan. 5, and represents clear strategic choices. Other highlights of the proposed budget call for: Scrapping six Air Force tactical air fighter squadrons (out of 60 total), and one training squadron. Retirement of 130 airlift aircraft, including 27 C-5As, 65 older C-130s and 38 C-27s. Reduction in the Army and Marine manning. The Army will go from a post 9/11 peak of 570,000 soldiers in 2010 to 490,000, while the Marine Corps will be reduced from a peak of 201,000 to 182,000. Reducing military and civilian DoD pay raises beginning in 2015, and studying pension overhaul for future recruits. Increasing cost-sharing for military retiree medical care, including new enrollment fees for the TRICARE-for-Life program for retirees 65 and older, increased copays for drugs, and new TRICARE fees for retirees under age 65. Protected areas of the budget included Special Operations Forces, unmanned air systems, and advanced unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Cyber operations are one area of the budget that will have increased spending. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 1, 2012 Page A-3 Jan. 31 Republican Presidential Preference Primaryand municipal elections in Destin, Mary Esther and Valparaiso 1,944 voters had cast ballots at the Niceville City Hall location, 30 percent of the total early votes countywide. This was the first year the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections had made early voting available in Niceville since the practice of early voting began in 2000 with two sites in Okaloosa County. The figures are in line with election officials' findings that Twin Cities voters like to vote early, said Paul Lux, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections. That fact led to including Niceville this year, for the first time, as an early voting site, one of four in the county. A total of 6,432 early votes were cast for this election, including 2,603 at the University of Florida REEF site in Shalimar, 1,944 at Niceville, 1,414 at the Crestview library site, and 471 at the county elections office in Crestview. Another 14 provisional ballots were cast during early voting. Through Saturday, 2,331 absentee ballots were also received by the Supervisor of Elections. The combined early votes and absentee ballots cast through Saturday, when early voting ended, amount to 11.4 percent of the 76,903 registered voters eligible to cast ballots Jan. 31. The total number of registered voters in Okaloosa County stands at 121,237. Democrats, other party and no-party registered voters in Okaloosa County living outside the three cities holding nonpartisan municipal elections had nothing to vote on Jan. 31. Establishing an early voting location requires more expensive devices than are found at polls during regular precinct voting. Electronic check-in stations cast at the county's four early voting sites speed the process by scanning state issued driver's licenses to identify voters. The machines, which cost about $3,000 each, are needed to prevent someone from voting at more than one site, officials said. The county's four early voting sites all issued print-on-demand ballots. The machines allow each site to provide any of the unique ballots that might be used during any election. For example, a Destin resident voting in Niceville this year would have been issued a Destin municipal ballot with or without the Republican presidential preference ballot, depending on his party registration. Ballot-on-demand machines are also used to print absentee ballots, Lux said. In the past, elections officials had to preorder absentee ballots in many configurations to have enough on hand for potential voter requests. The result was that election workers ended up tossing out thousands of unused absentee ballots each year, he said. For an election the size of the Jan. 31 balloting, Lux estimated the machines save as much as $7,000 over preprinted ballots. Early voting sites also have newer ballot scanners than regular voting precincts. Lux said the scanners at the early voting sites need bigger memories to record the larger variety of ballots styles during early voting. Because the Jan. 31 primary polls closed after the Beacon's press deadline, the paper will carry full results next week. VOTEFrom page A-1 Paul Lux F-35From page A-1 An F-35 Lightning II strike fighter lands at Eglin Air Force Base Jan. 11. The Pentagon has proposed slowing procurement of the warplane, the nation's biggest military spending program.

PAGE 4

ArrestsScott Eason Bacheller, unemployed, 54, with an atlarge address in Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 22 on charges of disorderly intoxication, trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. * Honor Nastella Scroggins, 33, of 408 Monett Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 21 on a charge of uttering a false instrument, three counts. Scroggins is alleged to have forged the victim's name on stolen checks Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, then used the forged checks to purchase merchandise at a Niceville grocery store. * Cassandra Jean Novinski, 20, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 14 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Novinski was also charged with violation of probation on the original charges of offer to commit prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia, and for failure to appear on the original charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. * A 17-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 19 on charges of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Police responded to Rocky Bayou Christian School, 2101 N. Partin Drive, Jan. 19 after employees reported a camera bag missing from the top drawer of a filing cabinet. Employees said an entry posted on Craigslist matched the description of one of the stolen lenses. Undercover police made contact with the seller, the 17-year-old boy, and set up a meeting to purchase the lens. At the meeting the boy showed a police officer posing as a buyer the stolen camera, which was identified by serial number and an engraving "RBCS" on the camera body. Under questioning, the boy allegedly admitted breaking into the school and stealing the camera and accessories, valued at $2,156. The boy also admitted that he broke into the school gym and stole money from a lock box in the concession stand. He said thirty-five $1 bills found in his pocket were stolen from the concession stand. The teen was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice and is scheduled to appear in court March 14. * Shawna Lynn Bratton, unemployed, 32, of 1526 25th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 24 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. * Leanna Mae Davenport, unemployed, 24, of 1693 Sycamore Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 24 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. Davenport was also arrested by deputies the same day on a Fort Walton Beach police warrant on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. * Jamie Lynn Sharrow, unemployed, 26, of 1126 47th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 18 on a charge of battery, domestic violence, which allegedly occurred Jan. 10. * Tara Lee Stokes, 25, of 637 Crestview Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 20 on a charge of uttering a false instrument, three counts. Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 Stokes is alleged to have cashed three checks, totaling $430, that were not authorized, filled out or signed by the victim. The victim said Stokes had visited his residence several times. * Jonathan Scott Cook, selfemployed, 30, of 105 21st St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 19 on a misdemeanor violation of probation charge on the original charge of battery. * Tanner John Lampert, a car lot attendant, 23, of 1002 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 21 on a charge of disturbing the peace.. Lampert was one of three people charged following a disturbance at a Destin fast food restaurant.DUI arrestsDonald Carlton Harrison Jr., unemployed, 50, of 205 Chippewa Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI in the 900 block of Bayshore Drive Jan. 21 at 3:47 p.m.TheftsUnknown person(s) entered an unlocked pickup truck parked in the 4400 block of Sonoma Circle, Niceville, overnight Jan. 18-19, rummaged through the center console and stacking the contents on the passenger-side seat. The victim inventoried the contents and reported that a $120 gift certificate to a Destin salon and day spa had been stolen. * A Niceville resident from the first block of Marina Cove Driver reported that unknown person(s) stole an iPod, an iPod cable and a GPS system from his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight Jan. 22-23. The stolen items were valued together at $375. * A Niceville resident from the 400 block of Parkwood Place reported that unknown persons entered her unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the driveway overnight Jan. 2223. The victim reported that the center console and glovebox were both open when she got in the vehicle Jan. 23 and a $150 GPS unit and a $250 radar detector were discovered missing. * A Niceville resident from the 200 block of Honeysuckle Way reported Jan. 20 that firearms and two $500 rings were missing from the home.Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident told police three males in a white pickup truck were traveling east on 28th Street after dark, Jan. 21, when the truck stopped and a male passenger exited the vehicle, took out a bat and struck a mailbox in the 1400 block of 28th Street. The male jumped back in the truck, and when the witness told the boys that the act had been witnessed the truck turned north on Bailey and fled. Damage to the mailbox was estimated at $30.OtherRoy Albright Jr., 79, of 502 Palmetto Ave., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies Jan. 22 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge, two counts related to checks for $33.78 and $62.34. * A 16-year-old Valparaiso girl, a student, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies in Destin, Jan. 20, on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. 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. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Ronald Paul Ricci II Wanted for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Ricci's last known address was on Opp Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 170 pounds Age: 31 Date of birth: 07-09-1980 Hair: brown Eyes: brown Name: Marco Lionel Agee Wanted for: failure to appear on the original charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and sell or deliver cocaine with intent to distribute. Agee's last known address was on Ninth Avenue in Shalimar. Height: 5-feet, 9-inches Weight: 250 pounds Age: 37, Date of birth: 12-12-1974 Hair: black, Eyes: brown The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Law Office of SAMUEL M. PEEK Estate Planning & Probate Wills & Living Trusts Powers of Attorney Health Care Directives Business Corporations & LLCSamuel M. Peek, J.D., LL.M. Tax678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision. Before you decide, ask us to send you free information about our qualifications and experience. Cause you never know what you might run into. 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 .tahtroftnegaruoymI emtnegaruoysaemgnivaH oterehtnosreplaeragnivah hwoS.tideenuoynehwuoy e vahuoy,neppahs tnedicca tegottsurtnacuoyenoemos yawathgirdnathgirenodboj s na p leh n eh e htt y 7711 00 1 lau t u M mraF et a t S nm ed n I mraF et a t S yna p m oCec naru s n Ie lib o m ot u A yna p m oC y t inL I, n otg nim oo l Byawathgirdna,thgirenodboj robhgiendoogaekiL .erehtsimraFettaS.7/42ETOUQAROFLLCA y Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.com76 FOX LAKE DR. Stunning 3/2 Home in Prestigious Santa Rosa Beach Fox Lake Subdivision. South CR393. 1/2 Acre on Lake. 2,050 Sq. Feet $425,000. GARDEN OAKS CONDO is ABSOLUTELY DYNAMITE!!! 2nd Floor Unit. Screen Patio Area, Another open Balcony Area. Large Kitchen, Master Bedroom & 2nd Bedroom. Very Spacious Family Room. Open, Light & Bright. $129,000 VILLA COYABA-Unit 203: 2200 Sq. Ft. 4 Bedroom3 Baths Upgrades Throughout. Short Sale: $936,500 NICEVILLE: Cedar Ridge Home on Peachtree. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Family Room, Dining, Kitchen and Beautifully Decorated. A Must See! $158,000 SHORT SALE: Bartonwood Ct. This 2 Bedrooms 1 bath home with Covered Carport would make a great first time buyer or Investment Property. Laminate floors, Carpet in Master, Ceramic Tile in wet areas. 951 Sq.Ft. $92,000. SHORT SALE: 16 Old Ferry Rd. Shalimar, Fl. This 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Two Story Home with Master Down has an Inground Oval Pool, Hardwood Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Sold As Is: $284,900. 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 Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 23, 2012 through January 29, 2012. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Roberts Drive.........................Medical.........................................01/23/12................08:43 26th Street.............................Medical.........................................01/23/12................15:49 SR123/SR85N.......................Vehicle Crash...............................01/23/12................18:15 26th Street.............................Medical.........................................01/23/12................21:04 Crestview Avenue..................Good Intent Call...........................01/23/12................22:42 McEwen Drive.......................Medical.........................................01/24/12................02:07 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Medical.........................................01/24/12................11:24 N. Partin Drive.......................Medical.........................................01/24/12................15:50 Peachtree Way......................Medical.........................................01/25/12................00:01 N. Partin Drive.......................Medical.........................................01/25/12................06:15 Hickory Avenue......................Medical.........................................01/25/12................10:37 Coconut Palm Circle.............Lock In/Out...................................01/25/12................14:08 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle Crash...............................01/25/12................14:47 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle Crash...............................01/25/12................15:29 Blackwater Run.....................Medical.........................................01/26/12................14:26 McKinney Street....................Medical.........................................01/27/12................12:29 N. Partin Drive.......................Medical.........................................01/27/12................15:39 23rd Street.............................Arcing/Short Elect........................01/27/12................16:55 Fairway Drive.........................Medical.........................................01/28/12................11:49 Hudson Circle........................Medical.........................................01/28/12................15:05 Valparaiso Blvd......................Medical.........................................01/28/12................18:03 Government Avenue.............Medical.........................................01/28/12................18:18 Crestview Avenue..................Medical.........................................01/28/12................21:18 McEwen Drive.......................Medical.........................................01/29/12................17:23 Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well. Please look at the Niceville Fire Department web page on Facebook.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 22, 2012 through January 30 2012. Street Situation Date Time White Point Road...............Rescue EMS incident......................01/22/12...............18:14 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/23/12...............21:28 Parkside Lane.....................EMS excluding vehicle....................01/24/12...............04:11 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/24/12...............14:03 East Highway 20................EMS excluding vehicle....................01/24/12...............14:46 Cedar Street.......................EMS excluding vehicle....................01/24/12...............18:54 Bluewater Boulevard..........Smoke detector...............................01/24/12...............19:50 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/24/12...............20:50 Napa Way...........................Smoke detector...............................01/25/12...............14:59 N. White Point Road..........Medical assist EMS.........................01/25/12...............19:13 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/26/12...............00:55 Shadow Lane......................Smoke detector...............................01/27/12...............10:42 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/28/12...............06:09 N. White Point Road..........Medical assist EMS.........................01/28/12...............21:03 Olde Post Road..................Good intent call................................01/29/12...............12:28 N. White Point Road..........EMS excluding vehicle....................01/29/12...............15:18 Visit northbayfd.org for more information Join us for a Luncheon! Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 Mon.-Sat. www.bayoubookcompany.com Since 1986SATURDAY, FEB. 4, NOONRocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville Deadline for reservations is February 2ndPlease call 8506781593 today to make your reservation!

PAGE 5

The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 1, 2012 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERBrian Buckley, 33, Fort Lee, Virginia, soldier Joshua Pruitt, 9, Shalimar, Rocky Bayou Christian School student Dawn Rickert, 30, Niceville, server Linda Potter, 68, Bluewater Bay, retired I m going with the Giants. I want to see Tom Brady humbled. I think it will make him play better next year. I don t know much about either team, but I think I ll go with the Patriots. I think I ve seen them play maybe once this year. The Patriots. My brother goes for the other ones, so I have to go against him. I really would have preferred the Saints, though. The Giants. I hate Brady he s arrogant. I wish it was the Redskins, but I ll settle for the Giants. The New York Giants. My class voted for them, and I like giants. The New England Patriots. I hate the Giants. Because of them, I lost an office pool.Mike GriffithWho s your pick for the Super Bowl?Vena Sensenbaugh, 56, Fort Walton Beach, photographer Location: Wal-Mart Bobby Moore, 56, Bluewater Bay, defense contractorWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) Dear Bay Beacon: I wanted to take a break from our busy lunch rush to let you know how pleased The Compass Rose is with our advertising campaign in The Bay Beacon. Since 2010, The Compass Rose has relied on The Bay Beacon's reputation to assist us in reaching our target market in the Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso areas. We believe that advertising with The Bay Beacon has directly resulted in increased business and patron retention for the restaurant and we applaud you for your tireless efforts in "getting the news out" to our little slice of paradise. Cheers! Kay Hamilton General Manager Compass Rose Restaurant & BarAdvertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! percent incr ease from the year before. Of that total, 25 alarms were for building fires. The total property damage from fires in 2011 was $111,100, he said, up from $40,200 damage reported the year before. Medical emergencies, including all types of accidents, accounted for the largest single category with 751 calls in 2011, up 13.8 percent over 2010 figures. Miller said that North Bay firefighters provided mutual aid to other area fire departments 73 times in 2011, up from 49 in 2010. North Bay received mutual aid from other departments 41 times last year, up from 33 in 2010, he said. Miller said he wasn't sure why more people are calling the fire district for help. But he said that new-home construction has continued boosting population, and that the population of the district, as elsewhere, continues to age. The North Bay Fire District is an independent fire department, funded by a self-determined property tax, that covers 6.5 square miles and 18,500 people, including Bluewater Bay, Seminole, Raintree Estates, and nearby neighborhoods. CALLSFrom page A-1

PAGE 6

Felony arrests were the only category that increased in 2011. Niceville police made 158 felony arrests in 2011, compared to 150 in 2010, a 5.3 percent increase. Niceville Police Chief David Popwell noted that the crime rate was down nationally. Popwell speculated that the poor economy may have people being more careful not to do anything that would jeopardize their jobs. He said there were also a number of new officers in the Niceville department, and that they may have been more cautious about whether to cite traffic violators. "I go with maybe people were being better this (last) year," Popwell said. "Wouldn't that be a nice story for Niceville?" The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1,9385462,0135822,5436282,8636762,1967042,2535983,6095473,5045492,3694762,8445201,766482 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000Traffic tickets 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000Accidents Traffic accidents (line, right scale) Traffic citations (bars, left scale) Source: Niceville Police Dept. Accidents, tickets decline In the city of Niceville, by year Page A-6 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CRIMEFrom page A-1Superior Residences of Niceville is unique among assisted living communities in the Twin Cities area, because it specializes in memory care meeting the special needs of residents throughout the full cycle of Alzheimer s Disease or other forms of dementia, from early memory loss through the final stages when constant, complete care is required. We emphasize integrity, and develop a trusting relationship with our residents, their families and the community, said Elizabeth Rambow, Director of Community Relations. With 60 suites, accommodating up to 80 residents, including individuals and couples, Superior has immediate vacancies. All residents are afforded as much autonomy or personal care as suits them. Licensed nurses are on duty 24 hours a day, providing medical care prescribed by each resident s own personal physician. The lifestyle at Superior Residences helps each resident enjoy life to the fullest. We have a lot of fun here, Rambow said. We have family events every other month, with music and seasonal themes from Mardi Gras to Christmas. Our philosophy is to Live the moment and Love the Moment of each resident s life. Our community is specially designed to meet the unique needs of our memory-care residents," she continued, "a customized service plan is prepared for each individual that builds on his or her strengths, enhances positive self-image and promotes purpose to make each day a meaningful experience. We use the latest knowledge and techniques to adapt to the complexities that occur with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, Rambow said. We offer all the services of an assisted-living community, with special modifications to meet the unique needs of our memory care residents. In the design of the building we paid special attention to the physical layout, safety and decor. Of course, personal care Assistance is available 24 hours a day. In addition to residential care, Superior Residences of Niceville offers respite care and day-stay hourly rates. These short-term care programs are designed for individuals recovering from an illness or hospitalization before returning home or to provide a muchneeded break for caregivers. Tour in the month of February and enter our drawing to win either a flat screen TV or a recliner! For information, or to arrange a tour, contact Superior Residences of Niceville, 2300 Partin Drive North, Niceville, FL 32578, 897-2244, snormand@ superioralf.com or superioralf. com/niceville.php.Advertising Feature The entrance to Superior Residences presents a modern, welcoming attitude.Superior ResidencesTour in February and enter to win! Superior resident having fun at their 2011 Mardi Gras party. Crowns & Bridges Fillings & Partials Dentures Root Canals Extractions Implants EmergenciesNOW OFFERING - Botox Juvederm Invisalign Conscious Sedation897-4488 www.drbroutin.com Merchants Walk Ste 101 NicevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients*Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972OFFEREXPIRES 2/29/12 TEETH WHITENING$199* Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair ColorPerms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out101 John Sims Pkwy. NicevilleTues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2Evening Appointments Upon Request We carry RedKen Color and Products Kenra Haircare ProductsHair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair ColorPerms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out101 John Sims Pkwy. NicevilleTues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2Evening Appointments Upon Request We carry RedKen Color and Products Kenra Haircare ProductsFull Service Hair For Ladies &MenFull Service Hair For Ladies &MenCall Today!678-1977 We guarantee to show up on time or Fix It FREE!SAVE TIME!BOOK ONLINE!389-4611onehourair.com See us at our NEWlocation! 319 Hwy 85, NicevilleNeed Air Filters for your A/C? 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) Niceville, FL 850-279-4361Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m.Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pmWednesdays 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Sharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. Streeter, O.D.Palm Eye CareBoard Certified Optometric PhysiciansA new approach to personal eye careContact Lenses and Eyeglasses Emergency Eye Injuries Diabetes/Hypertension Management Specialty/Bifocal Contact Lenses Pediatric patients are always welcome Sports Vision Correction for all athletes Accepting TRICARE, Bluecross/BS, Medicare, Medicaid, AETNA, VCP, VSP, Davis Vision and Eye MedDrs. Tom & Sharon Streeter 8-Piece Chicken 8-Piece Chicken$699* Must present coupon to receive discount. Not valid with any other specials or offers. Offer good 7 days a week! Offer expires 03/01/12. 1170 John Sims Pkwy Niceville, Florida850-729-2262 WINGS GONE WILD!1067 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville(850) 279-6742Bar-B-Que Drive Thru To-Go*Must show ad to redeem offer. Exp. 2-7-12WINGS GONE WILD!$1 OFF with coupon/ad$1 OFF with coupon/ad10 wings for $89910 wings for $899 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINEWEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMOSTINSURANCES ACCEPTED INTERNAL MEDICINE PEDIATRICS PREVENTIVE CARE SPORT & WORK PHYSICALSDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician Happy Valentines Day fromPepper & Tony and GENERAL REPAIR Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service Expert, Certified Techs(850)729-6629 PECAN CRUSTED CATCH OF THE DAYWhite fish, pan sauteed & crusted with chopped pecans. Topped with a honey cinnamon cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley CHICKEN PICATTAPan sauteed chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley BEEF TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONSTopped with a marsala mushroom demi glace, served with red skin mashed potatoes and vegetable medley FRIED GULF SHRIMPServed with french fries and cole slaw SHRIMP ETOUFFEESauteed bay shrimp in a classic etouffee sauce, served over rice pilaf HOURS: 10:45am-9pm Su.-Th. 10:45am-9:30pm Fri. 11:30am 9:30pm Sat. Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta $9954:30 pm-6:00 pm 7 Days a WeekEARLY BIRD SPECIALSNEW124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com NEWYEAR,NEWLOOK! Give your home the makeover it deserves with Rhino Shield! Perfect for wood, brick, block, stucco and cement fiber board Water proofs and resists mold & mildew Guaranteed for 25 years Financing Available Unlimited color choicesCall Today for a FREE Evaluation (850) 424-6829 www.RhinoShieldGulfSouth.com 10% OFF*Any job of $3,000 or more*Must present coupon at time of quote. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Discount applies to new orders only. Frank Walker Ins Agency IncFrank Walker, Agency 1189 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-7878 www.fwalkerins.com State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, ILThats when you can count on State Farm.I know life doesn t come with a schedule. That s why at State Farm you can always count on me for whatever you need 24/7, 365.GET TO A BETTER STATETM. CALL ME OR VISIT US ONLINE TODAY. ALL AROUND THE TOWN 850-279-4790 15%OFFyour order with this couponBuy One Pizza, Get One of Equal or Lesser Value OFF(with this coupon) 4677 E. Hwy. 20 The Niceville office of accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram will present its third annual government contracting seminar Tuesday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The seminar is designed to prepare government contractors with strategies for unlocking government contracting mysteries that will enhance opportunities for success in 2012. The event features topics including DCAA compliance made easy, patents, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property, bids and proposals, SBA and 8(a) program benefits, and Delteks Clarity 2011 update. The government contracting consulting professionals of CRI will be available to answer any questions and provide best practices throughout the day. Admission is $60 and includes lunch. To register, call 682-4357.Contracting seminar scheduled

PAGE 7

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 TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Servingyou,notacompany.MaryBethLoveLoveInsuranceServices,Inc. MerchantsWalkatBluewaterBayMaryBeth@LoveInsuranceServices.comHome|Flood|AutoQualityCompanies|AffordableRates|ExceptionalService Drivingdownthecostofcarinsurance!Callmetodayat(850)279.6806 Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com.Julia Anna Denney of Valparaiso was named to the Deans List of High Honors at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala. Denney, majoring in political science, is a member of the Huntingdon College Class of 2015. *** Whitney Elizabeth Denney of Valparaiso was named to the Deans List of Honors. Denney, majoring in sport studies, is also a member of the A tree grows at PlewThe Bluewater Bay Garden club planted a summer maple at the Plew Elememtary School for Arbor Day. The first graders aided in the planting of the tree. A new garden club is being organized to serve people who would like to be a member of a garden club that meets in the evening. Garden clubs learn about gardening in our area, study floral design, and are active in the protection and preservation of the environment. Each group determines their goals and objectives within the wide range of choices offered by National Garden Clubs and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, the needs of their community, and wishes of the group. Interested persons are invited to an organizational/informational meeting Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Valparaiso Community Library meeting room, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Members of Valparaiso Garden Club will present information and howtos of forming a new club. Anyone with an interest in gardening and/or floral design is welcome. Queries may be made at 865-9858, mlbqueen@cox.net. Julia Anna Denney Whitney Elizabeth Denney Please see WHOS, page B-2 By Kenneth BooksBeacon Staff Writer Deciding on a career is one of the most difficult, yet most important, things a young person has to do. Make the wrong choice and it could cause a lifetime of misery or cause the expense of changing majors well into a college career. Rocky Bayou Christian School created a program this year to help students learn about potential occupations, take a trip or learn life skills. Jan-term, a two-week program at the beginning of the calendar year in which students could work in a chosen field, helped some decide that was what they want to do, while others changed their minds and a few were left ambivalent. Most of the 28 participants in the voluntary program were seniors, although there were a few juniors and one sophomore, according to Rocky Bayou Superintendent Michael Mosley. "They went out for the most part and found their own internships," he said. Mosley said the 28 students represented roughly one-third of the junior and senior classes. He said the program coordinator, Christine Kearney, hopes to have 60 interns next year. "It blew the doors off my expectations," Mosley said. One of the interns, senior Joe Townsend, agreed. "I don't think there was one person who was bored," he said. Joe spent his two weeks on Hurlburt Field, gaining an overview of the Air Force. "That's what I want to do," he said, adding that he wants to enlist in the Air Force as an enlisted man and then become a commissioned officer. "I hope to be a flight engineer," Joe said. "I love to fly." Joe met plenty of airmen in all sorts of jobs, and that suited him fine, he said. The best part, Joe said, was "getting to know a bunch of different guys from all over the country." Senior Zach Davis spent his internship with Destin Jet. "I was a lineman," he said, explaining that that means he was "the first contact with people getting off the plane." He, too, enjoyed meeting people from all over the South, although he was amazed by some of them. "One family came down from Huntsville, Ala., just to eat lunch, then went back," he said. He also said his internship was "a great way to meet pilots. I want to be a pilot." Not every day was exciting, though. Some days, no one flew in. That's when Zach did "housekeeping, planting flowers. There's always something to do even when no customers come in." He found his internship also helped him to network. "It's a good way to make connections," Zach said. "There are a lot of pilots who started out where I was." Joe pointed out that the experience also helps to clarify the future. "The internship is a good way to find out if you want to do what your really want to do," he said. Senior Anna Laneve spent her internship with Design Services, on Route 30A in Walton County, a firm that offers interior design. "It helped me to learn what interior design is," she said. Interns get a taste of the working life28 Rocky Bayou students spent two weeks on jobs Four of the 28 Rocky Bayou Christian School students who spent two weeks in January's "Jan-term" were, from left, rear, Joe Townsend and Zach Davis and, front, Anna Laneve and Grace Stoner. Please see INTERNS, page B-3 Evening garden club formingFirst meeting set for Valparaiso Library Tuesday 4.1 HOURS broken armat other ERs In the ServiceE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Air Force Airman Chase P. Hughes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Hughes is the son of Robert Hughes of Sailboat Drive, Niceville.He is a 2004 graduate of Niceville High School. He earned an associate degree in 2008 from Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. *** Air Force Airman Jordan A. McCready graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. McCready is the son of Katrina McCready of Honeysuckle Way, Niceville. He is a 2010 graduate of Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii.

PAGE 8

The 35th Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held in February, at the C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds on Lewis Turner Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach. Projects will be available for public viewing at no entry cost next week, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Projects in past years have been extraordinary, showcasing the innovative, creative, futuristic, responsible thinking of our middle and high school students. Projects included at this science fair were chosen at the individual schools fairs held earlier this school year. Regional finalists from Okaloosa County (public, charter and private schools), as well as nearby Walton County schools were invited to participate. Projects are judged prior to public viewing by community members in their areas of expertise, and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony for this years science fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds on Lewis Turner Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Eighteen individuals and two teams from Niceville High School will compete, as will eight individuals from Rocky Bayou Christian School. Twenty Ruckel Middle School students and one team entered and eight Lewis School students entered nine projects. The Niceville High School entries are: Altering goldfishs gravity perception, Kelly Stukbauer. Handiness, footedness, eyedness and earedness, Brianna Cupp. Human reaction time and music tempo, Gabrielle Sorgnit. The healthiest meat, Haley Baker. Does dissolving solids into water affect the freezing speed of water, Mykael Bryley. Controlling, slowing the motion of a car on a slippery surface, Kyle Saleeby. Pixel perfect, Samantha Mims. Propeller energy, Michael Sementilli. Which foundation is strongest during an earthquake, John Thomas. Work it microbes, Sophia Bergman. Passive auto-tracking solar panel, Brayton Miles. Is this cool or watt, Erin Murphey. Burning issues, Matthew Parker. Radiant barrier effects on home energy efficiency, Joshua Weed. I-solution, Ashali Chimata. Can honey be used as a natural preservative, Blake Hartzog. Dietary supplements and cell growth, Ricky Navarro. Testing popcorn for efficiency of kernels, Victory Simmons. How clean is the water in your back yard, Grant Beattie, Brandon Huff and Jason Webb. A study of fluoride protection against tooth structure loss from various cariogenic solutions, Nicole Escoffier and Madaline Hsiang. Which cleaner kills the most bacteria, Brett Miller and Mason Ward Rocky Bayou Christian School entries are: How do dissolved solids affect the liquid, Abigail Alldredge. Does air temperature affect water temperature in a lake and pool, Morgan Milam. , 2, 1... liftoff, Ariel Schnesniak. Footprints on the beach, Alexis Kirkpatrick. Hydrogen generator using hydrogen to improve automobile fuel efficiency, Sarah Lynch. A better way to fly: exploring the benefits of lifting fuselages and blended wing bodies, Conner Lynch. Ping pong launcher, Ty Rich. Water fuel: hydrogen: the hidden energy, Lillie Ann Dawson Ruckel Middle School entries are: Auditory vs. visual responses, Tyler Russell. Worms, Alexa Miles. Water breakdown with cobalt catalyst, PJ Shaw. Sugar vs. sugar substitute, Emma Weeks. EMF? OMG! Using common household objects to reduce the electromagnetic fields from your notebook computer power supply, Claire Ponder. The race to 50,000: Which computer programming language is the fastest, John Wargo. Particle size analysis, Nick Pizzolato. Salinity in various bodies of water, Zachary Verzwyvelt. Tsunami stoppers, Daniel Bobbitt. Which insulation works better to keep water hot, Makayla Denney. Corn is for cows... not cars, Alex Tolbert. How efficient are wind turbines in different conditions, Ryan Murphey. Insulation sensation, Sarah Erikson. How surface areas affect solar water heater efficiency, Stephen Herrara. Do you need to change your dish soap, Taylor Toth. Want whiter teeth, Carl Smeltz. Which e xercise increases vertical leap the most, William West. Golf balls vs. cold temperatures, Evan Etheridge. Hydroponics: The future of farming, Connor Auclair. Grass and salt, Christian Brobeck. Which light is best, Michael Escoffier. Which worm, Brynn Burdge an Lauren Matthews Lewis School entries are:. Flow rates and corrosion, Jared Childress. Does magnetism affect plant growth, Jared Childress. Which water vanishes first? Tall or flat, Antonio Colon. Is buying and using compost starter really necessary to increase compost output, Garret Colon. Which brand of 2-ply paper towels holds the most water, Anastasia Colon. Toilet tissue tenacity, Andrew Colon. Plant growth using different types of water, Jacob Hohman. Truss bridge vs. arch bridge, Jasmine Richardson. Will a change in color of light affect the growth of a plant, Rashell TorresSantana. Destin Middle School entries are: Ryan Bell, Pill bugs have preferences too. Jamie Barnes, Visual harmony. LaRae Harris, The beat of the music. Hanna Hellerstedt, Time to think. Josh Smith, Electrolyte challenge. Austin Spann, Temperature tantrum. Megan Hovenden, Whats your angle. Andre Elmers, What happens if you add voltage to electrolysis. Gibson Holahan, The homemade radio. Ryan Goebel, A fresher future. Grant Maketa, Size matters! Particle size and sandbag effectiveness in floods. Grason Shakelford, Effect of sound block types on degree of sound. Grayton Scheinkman, Using simple coatings and attachments to decrease the air resistance of a car. Marcus Makela, Can you hear me now? Noise pollution comparison of aircraft during takeoff and landing. Ashley Sexton, The effect of erosion on sand and soil. Kira Morrison, A winning smile. Diane LaFollette, Mud miracles. John Hovenden, Take a swing at science. Lindie Landingham, Winter sproutings. Diana Matei, Vitamins in plants. Olivia Heyse, Root growth. Zachary Mignacca, The effects of catnip on cats and dogs. Peter Masone, Oil absorption. No Collegiate High School students are entering the fair, according to a school spokesperson.Page B-2 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225info@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.Nicevilles NewspaperSara KentAdvertising Director WEVE MOVED!LOrange Auto Care & U-Haul729-3744 Evans St.203 Early St. Hwy. 20 Moving Supplies Propane203 Early St. Niceville, FL 32578lorangeautocareuhaul@aol.com Authorized UHaul Dealer www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza, Next to Santa Rosa Mall 323 Page Bacon Rd., Mary Esther 850-244-5252 | Mike Tarbuck, Jeweler-OwnerJEWELRY REPAIR NEXT DAY SERVICE REMOUNTS CUSTOM DESIGNDiamond Worksinc. WOW this Valentines Dayher 54 local students to compete in science, engineering fairPublic viewing at fairgrounds set for Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Kyle Saleeby, Niceville High School, speaks to one of the judges about his project, Power Out Of The Blue, at the 2009 Regional Science Fair. Huntingdon College Class of 2015. *** Elliejo Lynn Lafever, an interior design major from Niceville, has been named to the Deans List at Iowa State University. Students named to the Deans List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. *** Stephen Francis Farrell a Baylor University School of Music student from Niceville, was named to the Deans Academic Honor List for the 2011 fall semester. To be named to the Deans List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum gradepoint average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. *** Cadet Rachael Farrell of Niceville has been named to the Deans List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for academic achievement during the fall 2011 semester. Farrell is seeking a bachelors degree in physical education. Deans List recognition is given to those cadets and active duty military students whose grade point average is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semesters work. *** Claude C. Campbell of Niceville has earned a bachelor of science from Excelsior College. Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. WHOSFrom page B-1 Sorority celebrates 52 yearsXi Beta Pi, Niceville Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, celebrated its 52nd birthday on Jan. 19 at the home of Adrianne Wilson. From left: rear, Carol Heubusch, Brigita Krasauskas, Marja Wilson, Liz Coatsworth, Cyndi Anderson, Diane Chiquette and LeighAnn Heubusch; front, Adrianne Wilson, Dottie Kime, Janice Jean, Dee Purka, Sharon Hargreaves, Cathy Hess and Nikki Green. February 7th. 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 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

PAGE 9

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. 678-1789M-F 8:00-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8:00-12:30 p.m.410 John Sims Parkway(Located Directly Behind Papa Johns)Monday: LADIES DAY WE DO AUTO REPAIR! Full Service OIL CHANGEGo the extra mile! Come see us today!Standard OIL CHANGE$1995 $1995 $2295 $2295 Up to 6 qts of 5W30 to 10W30 Mobile Oil. Includes standard filter (screw on)Additional charge for canister filter, cartridge filter, skid plate, special oil blends. Top up fluids Check tire pressure Check belts Inspect all filters Check all lightsmost vehicles most vehicles Available with full service Tire Rotation.........$995Engine Flush........$995 Call or visit us today!POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz SalonJames E. Plews Academic Team placed first in Florida and fifth out of 203 in the nation on the Knowledge Master Open competition. The team members include Adam Mistretta, Angus Atkins, Arianna Wittic, Cambell Taylor, Chase Penton, Delaney Hughs, Derek Vogel, Gilliah Bode, Jason Stukbauer, Joshua Riley, Katie Lightfoot, Kylee Hodgen, Matthew Murphey, Rania Smeltz, Ryan Alford, Sarah Markwardt, Sierra Moore, Stephen Dubben, William Murray, Xavier Graham. The team is coached by Michael Scrivner. She picked out fabrics, called vendors and helped to organize a library of fabrics as well. "At the end of the two weeks, I got to go to all the houses they were working on," Anna said. She also learned there is paperwork involved in the business. "I found out you have to log in everything you do," she said, noting the company charges by the hour. She also learned that smaller design firms, such as the Route 30A business, have stores to supplement their revenue. "I had to do inventory," she said. "They had about 4,000 items that were messed up." When she was just 11 years old, Anna said, she was interested in architecture and studied the topic. But, she said, "I found I was not technicalI was more creative." Senior Grace Stoner worked at the Emerald Coast Autism Center, Niceville, shadowing a behavior analyst and watching how she interacted with the kids. "I was very interested to see how the kids react," she said. "They got one-on-one help. It was really neat to see that." Her experience helped her to make some decisions about her future. "I don't know if I definitely want to work with autistic kids," she said. "I do want to do something with special education or psychology." Grace especially enjoyed meeting the employees of the Autism Center. "Many of the workers were really young," she said. "They had so much energy." But she was somewhat put off by some of the kids' behavior. "I saw one bite a teacher and another one kick one," she said. All 28 interns described their experiences at a recent assembly, Mosley said. Norris Glenn McCuen Jr. Robert J. Dixon Jr. and Arabella Joy Norris Michelle Metcalfe and Russell Smith Norris Glenn McCuen Jr.Norris Glenn McCuen Jr., 83, of DeFuniak Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Healthmark Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Norris Glenn McCuen Sr. and Dessie Kincade McCuen. He graduated from Ottumwa High School, graduating with the class of 1947, and later received his associate degree from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. He was a veteran, having served his country with the U.S. Air Force in both the Korean Conflict and during the Vietnam era. Because of his love for children, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and Little League Baseball. He was a 2006 Donor of the Year in support of hospitalized veterans. While stationed at Eglin AFB, he received an award for tool design in aircraft maintenance. He was a charter sponsor for the Air Force Memorial Foundation. His first wife, Adeline Foster Smith, preceded him in death. Among survivors are his wife of 23 years, Clarice Joanne McCuen, his children, Pamela Ellisor and husband, Selman; Carol Steele and husband, Tommy; David McCuen and wife, Fran; Norris Glenn McCuen III and wife, Kathy; Patricia Hearne and husband, Bob; Michael McCuen, Mark McCuen and wife, Courtney; his stepchildren, Kathy Leon, Lisa Cameron and husband, Jeff; Ann Glasson and husband, Andy; Robin Aanden and husband, Mitch; Carol Calhoun and husband, J.D.; 25 grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, and two greatgreat-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association. A private family service will be held. Obituary EngagementsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. Rocky excels in etymologyRocky Bayou Christian School Latin students and Junior Classical League members did well in the second National Classical Etymology Exam Nov. 9. From left: front, Neely Fawaz, Amanda Hart and Kimberly McMahon; rear, Ian Kampert, Tim Sung, Josiah Balthazar, Josh Preston and James Sung. Balthazar was the gold medal winner, Level II, while Fawaz and McMahon won silver medals. All others were bronze medal winners. Reading aloud at PlewNancy Grigsby of Niceville reads to kindergarten students in Mary LaPointe's Plew Elementary School classroom Tuesday, Jan. 24, for "Read Aloud Day." In all, 34 adults read to students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Panther scholars No. 1 in state INTERNSFrom page B-1 The internship is a good way to find out if you want to do what your really want to do.Joe Townsend Norris-DixonMark and JoAnn Norris of Niceville rejoice to announce the engagement of their daughter, Arabella Joy Norris to Robert (Bobby) J. Dixon Jr., son of Robert and Anna Dixon of Palm Bay, Fla. Arabella is a homeschool graduate and a 2011 graduate of Northwest Florida State College with her AA degree. She is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in project management at Northwest Florida State College. Bobby is a senior at the United States Naval Academy, studying history, and will graduate in May 2012 and be commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. The wedding will take place June 9, 2012, at Niceville UMC.Metcalfe-SmithBradley and Anita Metcalfe announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Metcalfe, to Russell Smith, son of Skeet and Linda Smith. The bride-elect is a graduate of Niceville High School and also the University of Central Florida, where she obtained her B.A. in advertising and public relations. The groom is a graduate of Gilbert High School in South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Academy where he obtained his B.S. in biology and was active in their football and rugby programs. Russell is completing his masters in business administration while serving in the USAF at Eglin AFB. The couple are devout Christians and members of Destiny Worship Center. They will be married in March, followed by a honeymoon in the Caribbean. 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) NICEVILLESTOP TWO AGENTS* Patsy BlandServing the area for over 50 years. Roy Sutton *Per 2011 MLS Statistics for: 1) Total number of sales, either side, single family home, 2) Total number of listings solds, 3) Total $ volume of all single family homes and residential land, 4) Total $ volume of all single family homes listed. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc.

PAGE 10

The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Bring the Team annual awards celebration was held at the Northwest Florida State College Friday, Jan. 27. Martha Miller, Coastal Bank and Trust, served as the master of ceremonies as the 2011 Chamber Chairman of the Board, Lorena Spillar, Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, honored area businesses and individuals for their involvement. This years awards had a sports theme. Large Business of the Year/Superbowl Champion: Twin Cities Hospital Chamber Breakfast and Business After Hours sponsor, Multi Chamber Business Expo corporate sponsor. Served on the following committees: Military Affairs, Golf, Buy the Bayou Auction, Education and Board of Directors. Small Business of the Year/World Series Champion: Simple HR Sponsored a Second Wednesday Breakfast, Buy the Bayou Auction and Boggy Bayou Golf Classic. Serves on the Military Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Community Enrichment Award: Northwest Florida State College Northwest Florida State College added to the quality of life in 2011 by opening a new Emergency Management Operations Center/Hurricane Evacuation Shelter/Sports Arena. It also completed construction on a new Student Services Center & Leadership Institute that will provide first quality service to students and will serve the business community by providing additional professional development opportunities. Chairmans Award/ Checkered Flag Award: Rachelle Waltz, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Served with the Ambassadors, Golf Committee, Buy the Bayou Auction Committee and others. Winning team captain during the 2011 membership drive when Chamber membership rose 10 percent. Chairmans Award/ Cheerleader Award: Jimmie Boisjolie, Paradise Paddle Boards & Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club Volunteers on many committees. Key organizer in the annual Christmas parade. Serves on the Ambassadors, Golf Committee and other committees as needed. Chairmans Award/Pep Squad: Debbie Lewis, ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida Served as chairman of the Membership & Business Development Committee, which organized thank you gift deliveries and Member Appreciation Call Day when every member was thanked for being a member. Her committee also organized a membership drive resulting in an overall growth of 10 percent to the Chamber. Chairmans Award/Hat Trick Award: Cathy Alley, ERA American Realty, Linda Dwyer, BayArea Awards & Engraving and Chyrell Kuhn, Old South Land Title This award went to these members because as a group, they have sponsored the Eggnog Boggy Nog for the holiday Business After Hours for the past three years. It has become popular refreshment anticipated at the event each year. Member of the Year/Heisman Award: Patsy Bland, Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency Sponsored virtually every event the Chamber organized while also serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Board, Buy the Bayou Auction Committee, Golf Committee, Military Affairs Committee and others. Life Director Recognition Dr. David Goetsch To be a Life Director, a special distinction provided for in the Organizational Bylaws, one must have served the Chamber in extraordinary ways and be nominated by the Chairman of the Board with a petition signed by 20 additional members of the Chamber. The nomination must then be approved by a vote of the Board of Directors. Recognized for completing service on the Board were: Randy Bush, Dairy Queen & Dannys Fried Chicken Jim Heald, InDyne Corporation Michelle Johnson, Beach Community Bank Bob Marinan, Boeing Company Philippe Miceli, Summit Bank Louis Skinner, Niceville Insurance Agency Outgoing Executive Committee Members were: Vice Chairman of Community Development: Bob Marinan, Boeing Company Vice Chairman, Special Events Domenica Farmer, Waste Management Chairman Elect, Duane Gallagher, The Manor at Blue Water Bay The following individuals will serve on the Executive Board and Board for 2012:Executive Board: Chairman of the BoardLorena Spillar, Waterstone Mortgage Corporation Chairman ElectDuane Gallagher, The Manor at Blue Water Bay TreasurerPatsy Bland, Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency Vice Chairman Community Development DivisionGrady Jordan, Lockheed Martin Corporation Vice Chairman Special Events DivisionGarrett Floyd, Niceville Insurance Agency Vice Chairman Membership Development DivisionDennis Brown, First Baptist Church of Niceville Directors: Aaron Bradshaw, CHELCO David Costa, Jr., McDonalds Costa Enterprises Stan Davis, Stan Davis Consulting Domenica Farmer, Waste Management Margaret Fontaine, Hancock Bank David Jeffcoat, Unishippers Dave Jefferson, Simple HR Lill Jennings, Covenant Hospice & ECPRO Peter Keilbach, Helgas Restaurant & Biergarten Dan Kuhn, Diamond Dan DJ Services Tom Little, Harrison Contracting Gary Long, Okaloosa Gas District Richard Martin, Keller Williams Emerald Coast Cyndi Ronca, Twin Cities Hospital Annette Seda, Qualis Corporation Mike Stenson, Northwest Florida Regional Airport Life Directors: Dr. David Goetsch, Individual Member C. Walter Ruckel, Ruckel Properties, Inc. Mayor Randall Wise, City of Niceville Tutoring available The Niceville Public Library is offering tutoring in English, math and writing Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4 p.m., with Rachel Reese. Reese has a masters degree in secondary mathematics education and is also proficient in English composition and grammar, as well as the social and hard sciences. She is a writer of young adult fiction and general fiction short stories. Info: 2794863, ext. 1514. Chorus seeks voices The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for its spring show Feb. 7 and will accept new members until March 7. Rehearsals are held at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 201 St. Mary St., Fort Walton Beach. You must be at least 18 years of age and able to practice every Tuesday, 79 p.m. Info: Lisa Stanhope, 650-5715. Mattie Kelly art exhibition The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, begin the new year with two exhibitions, running through Feb. 17. The McIlroy Gallery will host Worlds Apart,a two-man show featuring the works of Duncan Baird and Cetin Oguz. In the Holzhauer Gallery, viewers will see the work of Elizabeth Austin, Cassetina, the Magic Box, an intimate view of decorated miniatures. The Galleries are always free and open to the public. Info: 729-5382. Free tax preparation Tax-aide volunteers are providing free income tax preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, at the Niceville Library, Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., by appointment only. Make your appointment at the Reference Desk in the library or call 279-4863 ext. 1504. Bring all your tax documents, last years return, a picture ID, Social Security card and checkbook if you want your refund direct deposited. Shorebird program The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will offer a public program, Shorebirds of the Florida Panhandle, at its regular monthly meeting Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to identify the various species seen on local beaches, hear fascinating details about their behaviors, and find out whats being done to protect them. The program will be presented by Alan Knothe, the Northwest Florida Bird Conservation Coordinator for Audubon of Florida. The meeting will be held in Room 140, Building D (Collegiate High School), of the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. Refreshments and socializing begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7. The meeting is free and open to the public. Info: Walt Spence at 678-3965. Library discussion groups The Valparaiso Community Library will offer two books for its February book discussion groups. On Thursday, Feb. 2, the book selection is Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight,by Alexandra Fuller. The selection for Feb. 9 is Marjorie Allinghams Crime at Black Dudley. Both groups meet at 10:30 a.m. and are moderated by Jill White. Info: 729-5406. Mens Rally for Christ Niceville United Methodist Church will host the Mens Rally for Christ Saturday, Feb. 4, in Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for sign-in and fellowship; a hot buffet breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. and the rally will conclude at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge. The speakers will relate how God used Daniel and relate the message to some of the same challenges that affect this centurys godly men. Registration: Please register on-line at nicevilleumc.org/small groups/index.html no later than Sunday, Jan. 29. Info and later reservations: 217-6984 or e-mail bobgamon1@ cox.net. Pancake breakfast Join the 2012 NHS softball team as it kicks off its season with its second annual pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30-10 a.m., at Eds Seafood and Steaks in Niceville. Tickets are $6 and include: All you can eat pancakes, your choice of sausage or bacon and coffee, milk, or juice to drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door. United Way meeting, fete The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will hold the Campaign 2011 Live United Inspire Hope celebration and annual meeting combining Okaloosa and Walton counties, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $12 per person and corporate tables of eight are available for $96. RSVPs are requested no later than Friday, Feb. 3, to the United Way Office at 243-0315 or e-mail events@united-way.org. Cowboy singer to perform First Arts Concert Series, First United Methodist Church, 103 First St., SE, Fort Walton Beach, presents cowboy balladeer Don Edwards Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Grammy nominated songster Don Edwards continues to build a legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. Following the concert an Afterglow will be hosted at Magnolia Grill. Tickets are $15 adults and $8 students in advance from firstarts concerts.org or at Bayou Books. Info: firstartsconcerts.org or 863-2436. Embroiderers set stitch-in The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America will host a public stitch-in at the Books-AMillion bookstore, Destin Commons, 4250 Legendary Drive, Destin on Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guild members will demonstrate stitching techniques, answer questions, and discuss guild activities. Visitors are welcome. Info: 496-3466. Fla. architecture program The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host a program Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, entitled Cracker Shack. Many early settlers in Florida grew up in log cabins, cracker shacks and shotgun houses. Learn about different homes from Floridas past with this hands-on lesson in Panhandle architectural history. Then build a pioneer house the way Florida settlers did in the 1800s. The program will 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. Lunch to feature novelist Award-winning novelist Joshilyn Jackson will be featured at a luncheon sponsored by Bayou Book Co. Saturday, Feb. 4, noon at Rocky Bayou Country Club, Niceville. Her first book, Gods in Alabama, was the winner of the Southern Booksellers Novel of the Year Award in 2005. Her latest book, A Grown-up Kind of Pretty, is due in stores later this month and will be available for autographing and purchase at the luncheon. For more information about the luncheon, phone Bayou Books at 678-1593 or visit bayoubook company.com. Simply Sinatra Simply Sinatra, starring Steve Lippia, will be performed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. The performance will be part of the Artists Series and will feature Ol Blue Eyes style singing with a 16-piece band. Tickets are available for $30 each. Info: 729-6000 or mattiekellyarts center.org. Ott music study Dr. David Ott, local composer, conductor and musician, will open the popular community classical music study series, Better Listening, Tuesday Feb. 7, at the Valparaiso Unitarian Church. His topic will be How Money, Weather and Sex Changed the History of Music, with examples from CD selections. This is the first of eight programs to be held each Tuesday evening through March 27, 7-9 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Direct questions to Lou Johnson, musicstudy@uufec.com .Page B-4 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Gods work. Our hands. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided Ash Wednesday February 22 7pm We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool o ers Christ centered curriculum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2012. Call or visit website. 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 Sunday Bible School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.Bluewater Community CHURCH897-2644 4580 RANGERD., NICEVILLECome Worship with Us! 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 $79911AM-2PMMon.-Fri.402 W. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville (850) 279-6771 M-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10, Su 11-4 andSalad BarBuffet Like us on Facebook! 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 Chamber honors movers, shakers at annual dinnerDr. Goetsch is named life director Chairmans Award/Hat Trick Award winners, from left: Linda Dwyer, BayArea Awards & Engraving, Cathy Alley, ERA American Realty, and Chyrell Kuhn, Old South Land Title, with Chamber Chairman Lorena Spillar. Checkered Flag Award winner Rachelle Waltz, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Cheerleader Award winner Jimmie Boisjolie, Paradise Paddle Boards & Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club. Heisman Award winner Patsy Bland, Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency. New Chamber Life Director David Goetsch. Chairmans Award/Pep Squad winner Debbie Lewis, ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida.

PAGE 11

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) 3-Story townhome, dock, Valparaiso, Boggy Bayou, 1971 SqFt, $294,500, 850678-2444, ForSaleByOwner.com, Listing# 23185030 Gulf Breeze/Sound Forest; 4BD/3.5BA; 3016 SF; Meticulously maintained! Upgrades! Bonus room! $369,900; Terri Davidson; Remax on the Coast; 850-3803379 AIRPORT HOME WITH HANGAR! Go to tinyurl.com/6b2s2br for more information. Pillowtop Mattress Set, new in plastic, $200, 850-527-2295, can deliver. Warehouse space available, 700SqFt warehouse, $475 per month. For more information call 8974149, 419 Adams Ave., Valparaiso Want Niceville to know? Say it in the Beacon! Items for Sale Warehouse Space Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Pawn Shops Lake Property Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Pawn Shops Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! 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 WE BUYGOLDUS GOLD PAWN JEWELRY & LOAN 700 Beal Pkwy. 850-974-2462 RENTALS 850-897-1443Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyGarden Oaks Unfurnished $750 1 bedroom, private screened patio, ground floor, pet friendly, freshly painted Florida Club Furnished $1400-1600 Washer/dryer, screened patio, includes utilities, cable, internet, pool, gym, pet friendly, 1-2 bdrms Blue Pine Unfurnished $1200 3/2, 1 car garage, fireplace, wood floors, open floor plan, fully fenced yard, pet friendlyRare 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, end unit, cathedral ceilings $109,000 For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 DIRECT LAKEFRONT ACREAGE only $37,900 Wooded setting on one of ALs premier recreational lakes! DOCKABLE! Paved roads, power & phone. EZ financing. Call now 1-866952-5302, x 125. Lake Property Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Warehouse Space 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Offices 500SqFt1,000SqFtWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFWAREHOUSE OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 Capture the Hurlburt market in the base paper!The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Hurlburt Field! First Word ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________$11.00____________$11.60____________$12.20____________$12.80____________ ____________ ____________ ____________$11.20____________$11.80____________$12.40____________$13.00____________ ____________ ____________ ____________$11.40____________$12.00____________$12.60____________$13.20 CONVENIENT WAYSTO PLACE YOURBEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Office hours: 8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. E-MAIL : classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE 2:00 P.M. FRIDAY FOR WEDNESDAYContact Information (Will not appear in ad) : Name Phone Address Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers. *Base price includes $5 weekly discount or walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. BEACON NEWSPAPERS | (850) 678-1080 1181 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLE, FL50% discount for additional weeks or papers. Check publications to publish ad:r Bay Beacon(Number of weeks) r Eglin Flyer(Number of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot(Number of weeks) Price of First Run....................$ + Price of subsequent runs........$ = Total Price................................$ Ads are non-refundable. The more you tell, the more you sell! Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710651-3329 PAINTINGTHE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE Advertise your business in this size space for only $19.55 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. COMPUTER REPAIR MINI STORAGE(850) 729-1005204 KELLY RD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578Kelly Rd.W.R. Harden, Inc. dbaJan C. Bogan General Manager IRRIGATION Sprinkler System Pump Replacement or Repair New Installations Extensions Landscaping Design Free Estimates LAWN CARELess StressLawn & LandscapingFREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALRJ: (850) 699-1617 Bryan: (850) 259-1981 Licensed & Insured Advertise your business in this size space for only $19.55 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $19.55 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! Call us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 to take advantage of this incredible bargain! SALON cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing(Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 13 yrs. in the Niceville AreaGift Certificates Available TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Don t be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! 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. References Available Ins. 25 Years MINI STORAGE Nice-VillaMini Storage2 miles east of Bluewater Bay on Hwy. 20(Drive A Little, Save A Lot)Block Buildings897-2280 CLEANINGDUGANSFULL SERVICECLEANING CO.(850) 797 6005Lic# 3600100747285 Pressure washing Mobile detailing Housekeeping Gutter clearing Gravestone cleaningand more!You name it. We clean it. CLEANING PETRASCleaning ServiceHOUSECLEANINGPETSITTINGBABYSITTINGRELIABLEAFFORDABLEREF. AVAILABLE 85 0-368-8 1 36 IRRIGATIONLicensed & InsuredCommercial/Residential259-1447 682-1447JERRY D. DUNCANIrrigation Systems Repairs Extensions Well/Pump Repair Professional Installation Free Estimates PRESSURE WASHING All Pro PowerwashingAmazing Results, Every Time(850) 897-5883 AFTER HOLIDAY SPECIALSERVICEANYapp1@ymail.com www.allpropowerwashing.com 10%OFF TUTORING CLEANINGKaterynas Cleaning Service Licensed & Insured References Available Weekly Biweekly Monthly Move in / Move out One Time CleaningResidential & Commercial850-974-0892 HANDYMAN SERVICES Bluewater Bay ResortNow Offering Handyman Services to Bluewater Bay Residents General Maintenance Tile, Leaking Faucets & More FREEESTIMATES850-897-3613Call TREE SERVICECountry Roads Tree ServiceWe cut so you dont have to Tree removal, trimming, & thinning Storm damage clean up 24-Hour Emergency Service Fully Licensed/Insured Call today for a Free Estimate!Ask for Joe the Tree Man!(850)461-7170 Residential/Commercial PAINTING Interior & Exterior Free Estimates Popcorn Ceiling Knock Down Small Sheet Rock Repairs Pressure Washing Work Guaranteed Best Prices Around References Available 20 Years Experience Licensed & Insured850-428-7048 Senior & Military Discounts PIZZERIASPersonal Pan Pizza2 Toppings & Fountain Drink$79511 a.m. 2 p.m.The Pizza Specialist Pizzeria ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $19.55 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! Call Us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 to take advantage of this incredible bargain! PROVEN LEADERSCarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Text CHRSOLD to 87778 for free app Your Hometown Agency for 30 Years! NICEVILLE AREA Need a large yard for kids, pets or boat? A Florida cottage? 3/2 1,344 $119,900 Web#210 Make this brand new Gary Miller home your next address! 3/2 1,754SF $248,000 Web#209 This beautiful Swift Creek lot is priced to keep some money in your pocket! $120,000 Web#207 Boaters take notice! Elegant waterfront townhome w/deep water dock $349,500 Web#206 WALTON COUNTY AREA Aprox. 2.75 acres just minutes from Mid-Bay Bridge with lots of potential! $160,000 Web#211

PAGE 12

Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Page B-6 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 B E A C O N S P O R T S B E A C O N S P O R T S To order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111 EdibleArrangements.comMariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 EdibleARRANGEMENTSScore some POINTS!withTouchdown DelightTM $500off!VALID FOR PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen you mention this ad. Offer valid on select products. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer code must be used when placing the order. Code: bayb0211 Exp: 2/29/12any order 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleGeneral Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyJoe R. Agostinelli, DPMGeneral Podiatry Foot & Ankle Surgery Sports MedicineComprehensive Orthopaedic ServicesAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Seven Board Certified Physicians Knights wrestlers win firstTeam finishes second year with victoryThe Wrestling team at Rocky Bayou Christian School just finished its second season. In the first season, there were only five wrestlers, and they won only a handful of individual matches all year. This year, the team tripled in size, but 75 percent of the team members were rookies to the sport. Nevertheless, the mix of firstand second-year wrestlers managed to get pins and wins on a regular basis this year, but never enough to score a team win against another school. Monday, Jan. 23, was RBCSs last meet for the year, the Gator Quad Dual in Wewahitchka, Fla. In its final match of the evening and of the season, RBCS scored its first team victory, defeating Bay High School 36-30, scored by six points per individual win. Team captain Benji Vigil won the decisive match with a hardfought pin. "These guys have come a long way this year," said coach Bill Cain. "They worked hard every practice. Most of them are committed to weightlifting and other conditioning in the offseason, so well hopefully come back even stronger next year." The season concluded with an awards ceremony at the coachs house last week. Lady Eagles finish seasonNiceville High School's Dani Douglas maintains possession of the basketball in Saturday's 67-56 loss to the defending District 1-A champions, Paxton High School.The defeat closes the Lady Eagles' season with a 5-20 record. Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Senior cheerleaders finish on topThe senior Amped Elite All-Stars team, Krewe of Excalibur, placed first in its division at a Jan. 21 competition in Biloxi, Miss., taking home a trophy and banner. The junior team, Krewe of Ruckus, placed fourth and the mini team, Krewe of Chaos, placed third. The three teams will travel to Mobile, Ala., for JAMfest Nationals Feb. 4-5. This competition will have teams competing from four different states.NHS team sets pancake breakfastThe 2012 NHS softball team will kick off its season with its second annual pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30-10 a.m., at Ed's Seafood and Steaks, Niceville. Tickets are $6 and include all-you-can-eat pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon and coffee, milk, or juice to drink. Meet the team as they serve you breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Rocky kickers go 1-3-1 in tourneySaturday the Rocky Bayou middle school Lady Knights participated in the Lions Cup, a competition among most local middle school teams. Rocky played Destin, Bruner, Pryor, Meigs and Lewis. The team defeated Lewis, 2-0., finishing the tournament 1-3-1. Meanwhile, the Lady Knights varsity team traveled played Maclay in Tallahassee Jan. 24 in the regional quarterfinals, losing 5-0 to close their season with their ninth consecutive appearance in postseason play. 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)Michelle Knudson Dr. Amanda Brenci Cathy Henriott Charles Henriott David CoxWant your glasses today?Come see us!Charles Henriott Owner/Optician 35 years experience(850)678-0099 678-6211EYE EXAMS Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified OptometristCall today!(850)678-8876 EYEWEAR UNLIMITED IN BUSINESS SINCE 1970Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 Men's baseball signups set The Okaloosa Men's Baseball League will kick off its fall season with registration Sunday, Feb. 19, and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Twin Oaks baseball field, Hwy. 85, Niceville. These sessions will be for both the 18and-over and 30-and-over divisions. The registration process will include collection of league fees and a short baseball workout session. The final day of registration is Sunday, Feb. 26. Games begin March 17. For more information, visit OMBL.org or call 864-7529. Cookoff, regatta plannedThe Bluewater Bay Sailing Club plans a chili dog cookoff and fun regatta Feb. 11. The regatta will be governed by the 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing. All boats and sailors are welcome at this fun race. A captains' meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at Bluewater Bay Marina, with a noon starting time planned. At about 3 p.m., a chili tasting competition will be held at the home of Mickey and Pat Duvall, 626 Nelson Point Road, Niceville. Come by boat or car. There is plenty of parking. Chili should be brought early in a crock pot to the Duvalls' to enter the competition. There are no fees for this race, except each boat should bring a gag trophy. All boats will participate as a single class. Sailing instructions will be available at registration. For more information, call Mickey Duvall at 897-6806 or e-mail Commodore@bbsc.com.