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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 03-07-2012
Frequency: weekly
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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
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469
System ID: UF00099641:00164

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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Tuesday was a historic day for the 33rd Fighter Wing as Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith flew the wing's first F-35 fighter to take off from Eglin Air Force Base. The new warplane took to the air for about 20 minutes Tuesday morning before being forced to return prematurely due to a reported fuel leak. A total of nine F-35s, the nation'snewest strikeBy Del Lessard and Mike Griffith Beacon Staff Could a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) help revive Niceville's westside business district? The Niceville City Council has asked the city manager to conduct an assessment of the need for such an agency. "With the economy as it is, a CRA might be the way to pump up business," City Manager Lannie Corbin told the Beacon. Tax funds generated within a CRA can go directly back into improving infrastructure within the boundaries of such an agency, he said. Bill McCartney, a consultant to the city, recently proposed creation of a CRA in Niceville to help Beacon photos by Del Lessard Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy Ethan Milonas, 33, draws his weapon as he approaches a window Thursday on an obstacle course at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. He was among the first of the county's 267 deputy sheriffs to complete the course under new fitness standards established by Sheriff Larry Ashley. Inset, Milonas' son, Ethan, 5, gives his dad a high-five as he rested in a patrol car after finishing the one-third-mile course in 4 minutes, 19 seconds. Story, Page A-3. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A total of 5.1 miles of county streets in unincorporated Niceville will be resurfaced this year. Last month the Okaloosa County Commission approved a $500,000 street resurfacing program for 2012. Under the annual discretionary spending program, each of the five commissioners can allot up to $100,000 to resurface roads that need it in his district. Although the Twin Cities area is split among three county commission districts, the only resurfacing funds for the area are included in Commissioner James Campbell's District 5 list. Because the county has more roads than resurfacing funds, for the past couple of years the county has been using a variety of less expensive methods to resurface many streets, depending on the degree of damage that needs to be repaired, according to John Hofstad, Okaloosa County's public works director. Responsible for maintaining 650 miles of paved roads, 200 miles of unpaved roads, and 75 miles of hybrid "cold-mix roads," Okaloosa County over the past four years has budgeted enough money to resurface all paved roads with the traditional 1.5-inch asphalt overlay at the rate of once every 140 years, Hofstad said. Sitter nabbed as jewel thiefBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A Niceville woman faces charges in connection with the theft of more than $20,000 in jewelry from a home where she was employed as a baby-sitter, according to reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Lauren Jean Gagnor, 22, of 1509 Pinehurst Cove, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 23 on charges of: grand theft, more than $20,000, but less than $100,000, one count; dealing in stolen property, two counts; false statement of ownership to a secondhand dealer, one count; and false ownership information on pawned items, one count. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: On Dec. 6, deputies responded to the home of a Bluewater Bay woman who reported the theft of several pieces of jewelry. Missing were nine rings, five bracelets, 15 necklaces, seven pairs of earrings, two watches and nine charms with a value of $43,620. According to the victim, Gagnor had stayed at the During an annual audit of the North Bay Fire Control District, accountant Bill Nunnally, of the district's outside auditing firm, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, alerted Fire Chief Joe Miller Jan. 11 that during his initial examination of the district's books he found that Banegas, the chief's administrative assistant, wrote several checks to himself totaling $23,411, above his normal pay. Later that day, Miller confronted Banegas, who allegedly admitted taking the money without permission. Banegas allegedly told Miller that he would write himself a check, take Miller's signature stamp from Miller's office while the chief was out, stamp the check, and return the stamp. Banegas allegedly also admittedBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A North Bay Fire Department bookkeeper who was fired last month was arrested Feb. 28, for allegedly stealing thousands in tax monies. Ralph Banegas, 59, of 4493 W. Parkwood Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies on charges of grand theft, more than $20,0000, but less than $100,000, and fraud, uttering false instruments, according to sheriff's arrest reports. Banegas, the district's former administrative assistant and bookkeeper, was released on a $4,000 bond and has an April 3 court date. The sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account (dates were supplied to the Beacon by the fire district): 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 5014 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see MULLS, page A-5 Please see F-35, page A-4 Please see ARRESTED, page A-5 Please see THIEF, page A-8 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Nutmeg Avenue, Niceville, is one of the county-maintained streets set for resurfacing this year. Beacon photo by Del LessardCounty scrimps on repaving Thursday, 2:45 p.m. Staff Sgt. Jimmy Macon of the Niceville Police Department will be the guest speaker in the teen space area of the Niceville Public Library. All area teens, ages 13-17, are invited to hear Macon speak about issues that affect teens Info: Youth Services Department, 279-4863, ext. 1514. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library will offer a beginner Spanish language class, that will meet every Thursday afternoon. The class will be taught by Ruth Trott, and the cost is free except the textbook, $12. Info: 729-5406. Friday, noon There will be a free lunch time lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Catherine Nolan from Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present "Hinterland of an Empire: A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site." Info: 678-2615. Friday 5-8 p.m. Lewis School will hold its Falcon Festival at the school, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. There will be food, jump houses, games and a cake walk. The public is invited Info: Andrea Hill, 6421721. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUPNiceville mulls redevelopment on west sideWing F-35 in 1st flight from Eglin Deputies begin physical trials Ralph Banegas Lauren Jean Gagnor N. Bay Fire bookkeeper arrested 5 miles of Niceville streets set for resurfacing this year Please see COUNTY, page A-3 Beacon photo by Del Lessard An F-35A landing at Eglin Air Force Base Tuesday. The craft's maiden flight from the base was cut short by a fuel leak.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 HELP WANTED NEWSPAPER DELIVERYEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. 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)Page A-2 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 trust 1. (n) reliance on the integrity or ability of a personWhen making one of lifes largest financial decisions, trust a realtor who understands the implications of the financial transaction.Richard Martin, Realtor 850-496-6956 rmartinre@kw.com Call Click Come in LEPRECHAUN RIOT? 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Deshaun Roosevelt Frazier, 26, of 902 Trout Creek Cove, was charged with trafficking cocaine, more than 200 grams; fleeing and eluding; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; aggravated assault; driving while license suspended; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the reports. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: On March 2, at 10:35 p.m., during an argument, Frazier allegedly pointed a gun at a man in the 700 block of North Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. The victim, who stated he was convinced he was going to be shot, reported that Frazier drove away in a white Cadillac. At 11 p.m., a deputy spotted a white Cadillac and activated his lights and sirens after the speeding vehicle entered and left an apartment complex on James Lee Road. The pursuit lasted for about a mile and a half. Then the driver stopped the Cadillac and ran away on Rhonda Kay Court, Fort Walton Beach. Frazier was tracked down about 450 feet away. A scale with cocaine residue and a $20 bill were found on the ground nearby. He had $6,545 in his pockets. In the car, deputies found a bag of cocaine. Another bag of cocaine, and a pistol, were found beside a road over which the Cadillac had been pursued. The gun matched the description of the gun given by the victim. Total weight of the cocaine was 218 grams, almost half a pound. On Monday, Frazier was being held at the Okaloosa County Jail. An April 3 court date has been scheduled. Deshaun R. Frazier For more info contact 850.863.5107 www.biaow.orgBooths Still Available

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 7, 2012 Page A-3 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.comProtecting Your Business...Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Serving the area for over 50 years.WELCOMING NEW AGENTS Brittany Swain Bill Harris Laci Lafoy Adam Pennington Greg Paci Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. Wilson Minger Agency, Inc. 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........$995By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Under a new policy of Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley, all 267 deputies are required to prove themselves physically fit or lose their jobs. Testingand possible consequences for failurebegan Thursday at an obstacle course on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Ashley started the fitness program after being elected in 2010. The policy was designed to ensure that employees meet the physical demands of law enforcement and to control health care costs. Under the policy, all deputy sheriffs are required to complete the 16obstacle course in eight and a half minutes every year. The one-third-mile course on the college campus was built with sheriff's funds and opened in February 2011, said Lt. Kristin Pond. Deputies had a year to practice on the course and get in shape, she said. Those physical fitness standards, and consequences, went into effect Jan. 1, Pond said. The standards apply equally to all deputies regardless of sex or age, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Michele Nicholson. On Thursday, March 1, the first group of 34 deputies ran the course. All passed. Pond was in charge of the testing Thursday, and ran alongside each deputy for the first half of the courseexplaining the course, describing which obstacle was next, and encouraging each deputy to do his best. Bob Norris, an inspector with the sheriff's office, picked up deputies on the back half of the course and provided the same assistance. Each deputy started the timed course while buckled into a patrol car. He had to get out of the car, retrieve a shotgun from its mount in the vehicle, switch off the safety, and "fire" over the top of the car. Next, he had to flip on the gun's safety, restore the weapon to the car, and jog onto the obstacle course. The course simulates obstacles a deputy might encounter while on duty, such as climbing fences and ladders, drawing a (plastic) handgun from its holster, and entering doors and windows. Midway, deputies had to drag a 150-pound sled 70 feet. They wound up back at the patrol car, where they had to "fire" a fake handgun, get into the car, and make a radio call to the "dispatcher." Deputies who fail to pass the course within the allotted time of 8 minutes, 30 seconds, face immediate consequences. Deputies who finish the course over the time limit, but in less than 10 minutes, 30 seconds, are put on probationary status for 30 days. They are also ineligible for any specialty team assignments or specialty pay, and are ineligible for off-duty assignments or secondary employment. Deputies who fail to complete the course in 10 minutes, 30 seconds, are immediately relieved from sworn duty assignments and referred to the Office of Professional Standards and Training Division. If such a deputy is unable to successfully pass the test within 30 days of initial failure, he is placed in a non-sworn job at the agency, if one is available, or is fired, according to the sheriff's office. Thirty-four deputies came out on the first day of testing last week. A course record of 3 minutes, 23 seconds, was set by Deputy Sheriff Mitch Landis. Students enrolled in NWFSC's law enforcement academy may also use the obstacle course. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Sheriff's Lt. Mike Adair crawls through a drainage pipe, on his way to finishing the course in 4 minutes, 13 seconds, half the time limit. Adair supervises deputies in Niceville and Destin. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Lt. Mike Adair, 50, a 26-year veteran of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, vaults off the top of a fence he climbed on the sheriff's obstacle course at Northwest Florida State College last week. The obstacles are designed to mimic some of the physical demands deputies might face while on duty. Shaping up so they wont have to ship outDeputies begin annual obstacle-course test Recreation Services Inc., located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join either the Swim or Hard Court Tennis Membership from now until March 31, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools (1 heated) and 3 Tennis Courts. We also offer Water Aerobics, Facility rentals, RV/Boat Storage, swimming and tennis lessons.The Swim and Hard Court Tennis Memberships are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE is welcome to join! O O F F F F5 5 0 0 % % E E N N R R O O L L L L M M E E N N T TMARCHMADNESSMEMBERSHIPSPECIALRecreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.The typical asphalt surface actually lasts much less time than that, meaning that the traditional program would not keep pace with the need. As a result, the county has been using less expensive solutions. These include fog seal, chip seal, double-chip seal and micro-surfacing. They use different quantities, or sizes of aggregate and bituminous coating, and may be applied in thinner layers on the road, Hofstad said. However these materials don't last as long as a traditional overlay. Using one of these approaches, the more economical materials can extend the life of less-damaged roadways by sealing the pavement and preventing water from reaching the base layer and causing potholes, Hofstad said. For example, traditional asphalt overlay costs the county about $5.65 per square yard, while a micro-surfacing costs $3 per square yard, and fog seal just 36 cents per square yard, he said. County-maintained Nicevillearea streets that will be resurfaced, the type of resurfacing, length, and cost are: Nutmeg Avenue, from approximately 504 to 513 Nutmeg, overlay, 0.1 miles, $6,963. nd Street, from Nutmeg Avenue to Pine Street, double chip seal, 0.1 mile, $5,343. Nassau Drive, from Antiqua Way to Barbados Way, double chip seal, 0.3 miles, $17,487. Nutmeg Avenue, 18th Street to 20th Street, overlay, 0.1 miles, $6,632. Samana Way, from White Point Road to Providence Way, overlay, 0.1 mile, $7,958. Southwind Drive, from Bluewater Boulevard to Muirfield Drive, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. Woodlands Drive, from White Point Road to Greenwood Way, fog seal, 0.3 miles, $1,394. Oakwood Circle, from Woodlands Drive to Greenwood Way, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. Oakwood Way, from Ridgewood Way to Oakwood Circle, fog seal, 0.1 mile, $465. Ridgewood Way, from Cove North to Sandalwood Circle, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. St. Joseph Cove, from Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. St. Rose Cove, from Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. St. Anne Cove from, Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. Sandalwood Circle, from Sandalwood Cove, all, fog seal, 0.4 mile, $1,859. Greenwood Way, from Woodlands Drive, all, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. Blue Pine Lane, from Range Road to Meadow Lane, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. Meadowbrook Court, from Blue Pine Lane to Blue Pine Lane, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. Norwich Circle, from Olde Post Road to Olde Post Road, overlay, 0.3 mile, $23,874. Two of the District 5 resurfacing projects are in Destin: Drifting Sand Trail, from Indian Bayou Trail to Two Circle Road, fog seal, 0.7 miles, $3,252. Two Circle Road, from Drifting Sand Trail to Commons Drive West, fog seal, 0.2 miles, $929. The length of the District 5 resurfacing project totals six miles at a cost of $100,318, according to county estimates. If the resurfacing work comes in under budget, an additional one mile of streets in District 5, including 0.9 mile in the Bluewater Bay area, could see overlay this year, Hofstad said. Resurfacing work normally begins around April, when warmer, more consistent weather arrives, Hofstad said, and is completed prior to the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. COUNTYFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACONfighter, have flown to Eglin since July 15six Air Force version F35As and three Marine Corps F35Bs. But until Tuesday none of them had taken off from the base, pending a decision to begin regular training missions. Previously, the craft were used to train maintenance personnel and to familiarize pilots, including taxiing on Eglin's runways. On Feb. 28 the Aeronautical Systems Center at WrightPatterson Air Force Base released the F-35A version fighters to begin initial flight operations at Eglin. The commander of Air Education and Training Command, the 33rd Fighter Wing's headquarters command, also approved the start of flight operations last week. Smith delivered the wing's first F-35A on July 15. He is a test pilot who has flown several F-35s undergoing flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. A resident of Bluewater Bay, Smith will soon begin training other pilots. The initial group of pilots trained at Eglin will form the nucleus of instructors who will train others to fly the singleseat warplane, which is expected to become the backbone of the nation's strike-fighter fleet. Yesterday's flight included a takeoff from Runway 12 out over Choctawhatchee Bay. An F-16 chase plane followed. The F-35 was expected to undertake some "touch-and-go" landings during the flight, but a decision was made to land early because of indications of a fuel leak, according to Eglin officials. The landing was attended by fire engines, but reporters observing from a distance saw no indication of any emergency. Eglin's 33rd FW is slated to gain 17 more F-35s this year and is expected to receive all 59 jets it is authorized within the next two years. The Marine version is still awaiting training-flight clearance. A Navy version has yet to arrive at Eglin. F-35From page A-1 One Bedroom $500 Two Bedroom $600 Seven Month Lease Military Clause Applicant(s) must pass background check and pay security deposit upon lease signingSouthern Gardens500 Kelly Road, ValparaisoSouthern Breeze4600 Range Road, Niceville1 & 2 Bedroom ApartmentsUnder New Professional Management (850) 897-4200 4506 Highway 20 East Suite 100 Winn-Dixie Marketplace at Bluewater Effective Immediately:Dr. Justine Vial, D.D.S. has legally changed her name toDr. Justine Chase, D.D.S.United Concordia and Delta Dental Premier Providers Accepting New Patients Call today to schedule an appointment Thursday March 155-7:00 PM CT Justice Peggy Quince Keynote Address for Womens History Program Breakout Sessions: Human Trafficking and Cyber Bullying Northwest Florida State College Bldg. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 7, 2012 Page A-5 stimulate or support new private investment with economically under-performing areas of the city. There are 177 CRAs in Florida, McCartney said, including ones in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, as well as Panama City Beach, Panama City, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Tallahassee, Lynn Haven and Pensacola. The state legislature, in 1969, created CRAs as a legal vehicle for cities to undertake urban redevelopment, McCartney said. He said he first broached the subject to the city manager, mayor and City Councilman Bill Smith last November. The city council received the presentation last month. To create a CRA the council would have to establish a CRA governing board (it can be the city council); identify the CRA area; develop an area redevelopment plan; and establish "tax increment funding" to pay for it. Tax increment funding for a CRA means that increased tax collections attributed to post-redevelopment increases in property values within the CRA would be earmarked for the redevelopment project, rather than the usual taxing authority, such as the city or county. McCartney provided city officials with a draft sample map of Niceville as an example of where a CRA might be created. The map encompassed commercially zoned property on both sides of John Sims Parkway, from Palm Boulevard westward to the Valparaiso city limits, as well as commercial areas on both sides of Government Avenue, and along Bayshore Drive where "old Niceville" previously concentrated its commercial center along the Boggy Bayou waterfront. Niceville would have to declare the area as a "blighted area" before it could be designated as a CRA, according to state statute. The assertion would have to be backed by government statistics, or a study. Several years ago, McCartney had previously proposed a similar revitalization plan for "old Niceville" along Bayshore and the area where John Sims Parkway and State Road 85 North intersect, also known as the Niceville "triangle." However, city officials didn't proceed with that earlier proposal and study after objections were raised by property owners, including residents of a townhouse complex. McCartney told the Beacon that some infrastructure improvements created in other CRAs made other business districts more pedestrian friendly, including purchase of property for additional parking, tram stops, waiting areas, access to beaches or other outdoor attractions, and additional sidewalks and stormwater improvements. McCartney told city officials in February that CRAs can "help under-performing areas of a community to develop." He suggested that council members visit existing CRAs in Panama City and Lynn Haven, both of which have been successful, to learn more about how such programs work and whether a CRA might be useful for Niceville. Corbin said that within Niceville, "Several areas have been identified" as possible areas for a CRA, including the area surrounding the intersection of John Sims Parkway and State Road 85. No action was taken by the city council last month, other than to authorize the city manager to assess the need. The city manager said council members were interested and were briefed individually. McCartney said he and Niceville Mayor Randall Wise would address the subject of a CRA to members of the local chamber of commerce and civic groups this month. They hope to gauge the reaction of the local business community to the idea. He said he planned to bring the issue, and the reaction of business leaders, back to the city council next month. MULLSFrom page A-1the thefts during a Jan. 12 meeting with Miller and Nunnally in Nunnally's Niceville office. On Jan. 23, Nunnally notified the fire chief that after completing a detailed audit, he had concluded that the total amount taken by Banegas was $81,829, between June 7, 2006, and Sept. 28, 2011. Miller again confronted Banegas, and Banegas allegedly admitted to the thefts. On Jan. 30, Banegas signed a termination letter stating he was being fired for misappropriating funds from the North Bay Fire Control District. North Bay Fire Commission Chairman James R. Miller, no relation to Chief Miller, told sheriff's investigators Jan. 31 that he had witnessed Banegas' firing, and said that Banegas had admitted taking the money to meet financial obligations. Nunnally told investigators that when Banegas came to his office with the fire chief, Banegas admitted to writing the checks to himself, but insisted it was only for the year 2011 and totaled about $23,411. Banegas was permitted to continue performing some duties after Jan. 11, when the alleged thefts were reported, until Jan. 30, when he was dismissed, according to Chief Miller. Miller told the Beacon that he was still checking records for exact dates, but recalled that Banegas had been the district's bookkeeper since 2002 or 2003, and was responsible for reconciling the district's bank account, until he was fired. Chief Miller said that until about 2008, Banegas was also authorized to sign fire district checks. However, Miller said that Banegas never actually signed checks during that period and that he was on the account in case money needed to be transferred between accounts. He said Banegas was removed as a bank-account signer when the fire district began using direct deposit for payroll. Currently three people are authorized to sign checks for the fire district: Chief Miller and two fire commissioners, treasurer Steve Strait, and vice treasurer Jim Boswell. Only one signature is required. Asked how someone could take so much money, undetected, over a fourto five-year period, Commissioner Strait quipped, "very discreetly." Strait said he expects that details of the alleged thefts would be forthcoming as the investigation continues. Commissioners are also awaiting a formal report from auditors. Chief Miller said that suspicions were not aroused until auditors discovered a mistake during a random sampling of some transactions during the current annual audit (of the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011). The fire chief said he expected auditors to give the fire commission a draft copy of the audit during the next commission meeting, scheduled for March 13, at 7 p.m. He said the fire district's new administrative assistant would be introduced to the commission during the meeting. 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ArrestsJohn Wesley Martin, unemployed, 42, of 3425 Doddie Lane, Navarre, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 25 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer. After police were unable to find information in a police data base on the name Martin initially gave, Martin allegedly provided his correct name. Police then learned that Santa Rosa County had outstanding warrants for Martin. In addition to the Niceville charges, Martin was booked into Okaloosa County Jail Feb. 25 on the Santa Rosa County charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, producing methamphetamine, and possession of listed chemicals for the manufacture of controlled substance. * Nicholas Andrew Albert, a landscaper, 22, of 37 Cadillac Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Lakendrick Collis Williams, a furniture mover, 27, of 499 Johnson St., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * Collin Michael David Simonds, unemployed, 23, of 1480-B 30th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a college and distribution of marijuana to a person under the age of 18. On Jan. 20, Simonds allegedly delivered and sold a small amount of marijuana to a 15-year-old girl. The girl allegedly contacted Simonds through the Northwest Florida State College campus email/texting system and Simonds came onto the Niceville campus of NWFSC and handed the girl approximately 2.5 grams of marijuana, after she paid him for it. As of Feb. 28, Simonds was being held on the two charges at the Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of $125,000. * Franklin Edward Page, a framer, 28, of 423 Snapper Drive, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop, Feb. 22, on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a Dilaudid pill, and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Joseph Dewayne Elledge, unemployed, 18, of 1413 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 27 on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, possession of controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police responded to a disturbance call at Elledge's residence and detected a strong odor of marijuana. A witness said he saw Elledge place a bag believed to contain illegal items in a van parked in front of the residence. Elledge said the bag contained a hooka and a couple of pipes, and opened the door to the van. Police saw a small safe in the back of the van under a backpack, which Elledge said contained marijuana and money. He allegedly told police the marijuana was his, and that he did sell it in small amounts. * A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 26 on charges of car burglary, grand theft and grand theft auto. The boy allegedly stole a $700 cell phone out of a Toyota Prius in the parking lot of a church, 1200 E. Valparaiso Blvd. As the boy was leaving the parking lot he allegedly pulled the door handle of a Toyota Corolla, opened the door, rifled through the vehicle, found the vehicle's ignition keys, then started the vehicle and drove off. Police located the stolen Corolla parked on 27th Street, near the corner of Bailey Drive. Three teenage passengers in the vehicle said they had no idea the car was stolen. They identified the 16-year-old driver, who, the passengers said had pulled over where the car had been found and left the vehicle saying he was going to see someone for a minute. A police tracking dog was brought in, but was unsuccessful in tracking the suspect. The boy's father subsequently called police to notify them that his son was at home. The boy allegedly admitted to the burglary and thefts. * Neal Edward Goodrich, a military member, 24, of 362-B Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso, and Whitney Lynn Hatcher, unemployed, 25, of 369 Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso, were arrested by Valparaiso police Feb. 26, each charged with discharging a firearm in public. Goodrich and Hatcher allegedly fired a .22-caliber rifle between four and eight times at Echo Pond, which is inside a city park. The two were allegedly shooting at a volleyball that was floating on the water, then shot at turtles. Hatcher allegedly threw the rifle into the water upon seeing police. * Sharall Larone Figures, 38, of 1205 Finck Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 26 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge related to a $39 check. * Robert Edmund Morris, unemployed, 22, of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 20 on charges of petit theft and fraud, cashing or depositing checks with intent to defraud. On Jan. 30, Morris is alleged to have deposited three counter checks from his bank, in the amount of $500 each, into two different credit union ATMs in Niceville. Morris immediately withdrew $200 each from the first two checks, and $100 from the last check, due to a $500 withdrawal limitation from the credit union ATMs. The three deposited checks were drawn on Morris' bank account which allegedly had a balance of $1.50 when he deposited the three checks. An attempt to deposit a fourth counter check for $500 at one of the same ATMs on Feb. 2, was blocked by the credit union. * Jamie Delaine James, a massage therapist, 38, of 263 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies, subsequent to a traffic stop on a vehicle for no headlights in which James was a passenger, Feb. 23, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. James was subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * Antwan Terrell Smith, unemployed, 26, of 621 Piedmont St., Orlando, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 23 on a charge of domestic violence battery that allegedly occurred at an address in Niceville. * Jonathan Lee Yates, unemployed, 26, of 30 Newcastle Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 22 on charges of domestic violence battery, one count, for failure to appear on original felony counts of violation of probation, three counts, and for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Julian Frank Kalivoda, 26, of 101 Friar Tuck Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 21 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Charlton Barnhurst Buford, 21, of 2 Bayshore Drive, Freeport, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 24 on a charge of grand theft auto. A deputy saw Buford parked, with the engine running, in a closed and locked county park at the corner of Cat-Mar Road and Cypress Street, Niceville, about 7:45 p.m. During a consensual citizen contact, the deputy relayed Buford's driver's license information and learned there was an outstanding Walton County warrant on Buford on a charge of retail theft. After placing Buford under arrest the deputy relayed the vehicle registration information and learned that the vehicle Buford had been idling in while in the driver's seat had been reported as stolen in Walton County.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 500 block of 27th Street reported that unknown person(s) had stolen his children's skateboards out of the garage sometime Feb. 21-22, a period in which the garage door had been open several times. * A wireless router and a jump drive were reported stolen from a Niceville church, 1100 S. Palm Blvd., sometime Feb. 19-22. Entry may have been gained through a window. Six doors inside the church were damaged. * A Niceville resident from the 300 block of 23rd Street reported Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire De p artment Re p ortsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 27, 2012 through March 4, 2012. 0 Structure Fire32 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous ConditionsLocation Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................02/27/12...................03:56 SR85N..........................................Alarm Activation..................02/27/12...................06:34 Ellis Avenue.................................Medical................................02/27/12...................07:17 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................02/27/12...................09:14 Boyd Circle...................................Medical................................02/27/12...................11:41 Reeves Street..............................Cooking Fire........................02/27/12...................12:55 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................02/27/12...................13:05 27th Street...................................Medical................................02/27/12...................17:38 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................02/27/12...................22:17 37th Street...................................Medical................................02/28/12...................07:20 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................02/28/12...................10:03 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................02/29/12...................08:26 SR85/SR123................................Cancelled............................02/29/12...................13:36 S. Partin Drive..............................Medical................................02/29/12...................17:15 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................03/01/12...................00:06 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................03/01/12...................09:38 SR85N/SR123.............................Medical................................03/01/12...................09:56 Rushing River Way......................Alarm Activation..................03/01/12...................11:43 Fir Avenue....................................Medical................................03/01/12...................22:27 23rd Street...................................Medical................................03/02/12...................03:18 Juniper Avenue............................Medical................................03/02/12...................07:26 Beaver Run Road........................Medical................................03/02/12...................08:57 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................03/02/12...................12:39 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/02/12...................20:58 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/02/12...................21:32 Nutmeg Avenue...........................Medical................................03/03/12...................00:17 Garden Lane................................Medical................................03/03/12...................00:46 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................03/03/12...................06:13 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................03/03/12...................12:06 Kildare Circle................................Medical................................03/03/12...................18:57 Regatta Drive...............................Medical................................03/03/12...................21:16 Ansley Drive/BWB.......................Alarm Activation..................03/04/12...................08:46 Linden Avenue.............................Medical................................03/04/12...................10:09 Bullock Blvd.................................Medical................................03/04/12...................10:41 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................03/04/12...................15:06 Nathey Avenue............................Medical................................03/04/12...................16:07 Roberts Drive...............................Medical................................03/04/12...................16:34 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/04/12...................19:27 Bayshore Drive............................Medical................................03/04/12...................21:30 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................03/04/12...................21:44 Weekly Safety Tip: If there are smokers in your home, make sure ash trays are large and deep and won t tip over. Never throw cigarettes in the trash. Make sure they are completely out. Douse cigarettes and cigar butts with water before discarding them. Please look at the Niceville Fire Department web page on Facebook.Valparaiso VolunteerThe Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of February. Location Situation Date Time Hickory Lane............................Breathing Problem..............2/1/12..................04:22 Chicago Ave.............................Unconscious........................2/2/12..................10:08 Cadillac Ave..............................Breathing Problem..............2/3/12..................16:39 Chicago Ave.............................Medical Alarm.....................2/4/12..................13:59 Racetrack Road.......................Station Move-up..................2/6/12..................12:11 Overbrook Dr............................Structure Fire......................2/6/12..................12:43 Lewis Turner Blvd....................Station Move-up..................2/6/12..................13:16 Country Club Ave.....................Sick Call...............................2/6/12..................14:15 South John Sims Pkwy...........Vehicle Fire..........................2/6/12..................17:47 Davenport Ave..........................Sick Call...............................2/7/12..................08:55 Chicago Ave.............................Sick Call...............................2/7/12..................16:36 Lincoln Ave...............................Overdose.............................2/8/12..................00:30 Glen View Ave..........................Fall.......................................2/9/12..................12:02 Niceville Ave.............................Structure Fire......................2/9/12..................12:33 Nordberg Ave...........................Hemorrhage........................2/10/12................23:13 Grandview Ave.........................Fall.......................................2/12/12................19:44 Jones Ave.................................Structure Fire......................2/13/12................11:06 Davenport Ave..........................Sick Call...............................2/14/12................12:42 Aucilla Court.............................Fire Service Call..................2/14/12................15:55 Madison Ave.............................Diabetic ...............................2/14/12................15:57 South Bayshore Dr..................Breathing Problem..............2/14/12................19:08 North John Sims Pkwy............Fire Alarm............................2/15/12................14:51 Glendale Ave............................Sick Call...............................2/22/12................18:15 Hickory Lane............................Breathing Problem..............2/23/12................03:39 Grandview Ave.........................Chest Pain...........................2/24/12................22:58 Valparaiso Pkwy.......................Breathing Problem..............2/28/12................13:35 Quail Trail..................................Hemorrhage........................2/28/12................16:02 Jasmine Ave.............................Fire Alarm............................2/29/12................12:58 South John Sims Pkwy...........Abdominal...........................2/29/12................14:08 Contact the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 if you have questions or concerns. 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Highway 20.........................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............11:36 Reeves Street..........................Dispatched canceled...........02/27/12..............12:56 Als Drive...................................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............13:07 Kate Court................................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............13:15 William Faulkner Drive............Medical assist EMS.............02/27/12..............19:21 Turnberry Place.......................EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............08:51 E. Highway 20.........................EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............11:30 Fairway Lakes Drive...............EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............16:47 Oak Shores Drive....................EMS excluding vehicle........02/29/12..............01:37 White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle........02/29/12..............11:15 N. White Point Road...............Dispatched canceled...........02/29/12..............12:58 Windlake Drive........................Medical assist EMS.............02/29/12..............13:12 East Highway 20.....................Dispatched canceled...........02/29/12..............16:25 N. White Point Road...............Medical assist EMS.............03/01/12..............07:48 Nelson Point Road..................Alarm system activation......03/01/12..............10:09 Cat Mar Road .........................Outside rubbish...................03/01/12..............20:29 Oakwood Circle.......................Medical assist EMS.............03/02/12..............00:56 Greenwood Cove....................EMS excluding vehicle........03/03/12..............07:52 Antiqua Way............................Rescue, EMS incident.........03/03/12..............16:59 Olde Post Road.......................Service call...........................03/04/12..............06:35 Glen Eagles Drive...................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............06:45 Ansley Drive............................Alarm system activation......03/04/12..............08:46 Highway 20 East ....................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............15:02 Oaklake Lane..........................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............18:29 Lancaster Drive.......................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............20:32 Cat Mar Road..........................EMS excluding vehicle........03/05/12..............01:29 Olde Post Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle........03/05/12..............02:27 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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Feb. 24 that unknown person(s) burglarized his unlocked vehicle and stole a $250 pair of sunglasses, a $200 iPod and some prescription medication. * A Niceville resident from the 800 block of Sparkleberry Cove reported Feb. 24 that someone stole a $700 refrigerant recovery machine from the front of his house Jan. 12. * A man reported to Niceville police Feb. 27 that an unknown person had opened two credit cards in his name and was receiving packages in Polk County. Police said they would contact Polk County authorities. * A Niceville resident from the 1600 block of Vine Avenue reported that sometime Feb. 25-27 unknown person(s) stole a $500 winch that he removed from his pickup truck and placed on his back porch. * A Niceville resident reported Feb. 21 she received a letter from the IRS asking for more information in regards to processing her 2011 tax return. The resident stated that she has not yet filed her 2011 tax return and believes that she may be the victim of identity theft. The IRS asked the woman to contact her local law enforcement agency to begin an investigation. The victim also asked the three major credit bureau's to flag her information. * A Niceville resident from the 2400 block of Rocky Shores Drive reported that sometime Feb. 12-26 unknown person(s) entered the home and stole several items of jewelry from a jewelry box in a bedroom. At least 31 items of jewelry stolen had an estimated $13,500 value. There was no sign of forced entry, and other nearby items of value were left untouched. * A Niceville resident from the 1400 block of Hickory Street reported that unknown person(s) stole three, 20-foot-long sheets of steel tubing that had been delivered to the front corner of his property Feb. 23. The steel was valued at $270. * A Niceville resident from the 500 block of Reeves Street reported that unknown person(s) entered her vehicle sometime Feb. 25-26, and stole a bag with three college school books and assorted notebooks valued at $150. * It was reported Feb. 24 that unknown person(s) stole a $145 battery and the master key to an excavator from the unlocked excavator, which had been parked overnight Feb. 23-24 at a highway construction site off of Range Road, Niceville.Criminal MischiefTwo vandals lit a fire in a grocery shopping cart in the parking lot of a Niceville grocery store, 1104 E. John Sims Parkway, then fled the scene Feb. 26. Firefighters were called to the scene, which caused an estimated $20 to an advertising sign attached to the cart. A witness described the vandals as two teenage males dressed entirely in black.OtherKyle A. Wheatley, 33, of 1104 Phyllis Ave., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police Feb. 24 on a charge of retail theft. Wheatley was allegedly observed taking three beers from the beer case at a Niceville grocery store, 1015 E. John Sims Parkway, then consumed them in the bathroom of the store. An employee advised police they removed 40, 16-ounce beer cans from the ceiling in the bathroom between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. The beer cans in the ceiling had a value of $29. * Gwendolyn Gabrielle Fuller, a restaurant host, 19, of 105 Meadow Woods Lane, Niceville, was issued a criminal summon by Niceville police Feb. 20 on a charge of retail theft. Fuller is alleged to have hidden 22 items in her purse, then walked past the register without paying the $122 cost of the concealed items at the Niceville Walmart, 1300 E. John Sims Parkway. * During the week of Feb. 17-23 Florida Fish and Wildlife officers in Walton County observed a vehicle parked on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation in an area open for recreational use. A FWC officer inspected foot tracks around the vehicle and became suspicious when the tracks appeared to have been made with a smooth shoe sole without tread, a type of shoe commonly used by someone wanting to leave very little or no tracks to enter a prohibited/closed area. Officers established a perimeter around the area after additional tracks indicated the subject had entered a closed area. Once it was dark, the suspect exited the closed area and returned to his vehicle exhausted, and with blood covering his arms, clothing, and rifle. The subject admitted he shot at a deer, but was unable to locate it. The subject said he was hunting the open area, but admitted to killing a hog in the closed area after being questioned about his foot tracks around the closed area. The subject was cited for entering/hunting in a prohibited area on Eglin Wildlife Management Area. Eglin Security Forces responded and issued the subject a three-year suspension on Eglin property. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 7, 2012 Page A-7 (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) 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. 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THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERPaul Eirikson, 57, Crestview, military contractor Timothy Savoir, 56, Valparaiso, museum specialist Joe Fuller, 70, Valparaiso, retired Air Force Marcus Brown, 27, Shalimar, Air Force I think it s great, especially if it creates jobs. Its a juggernaut that cant be stopped. There s too much money involved. And, it s probably for the best. The purpose of those airplanes is to defend our freedom. If we didn t have planes in the air, a lot of Americans would be hurt on the ground. I think it s good. It opens up jobs for people, and brings more activity to the base. Im all for it. We definitely back the military here. I don t know much about it, but I hear that theyre loud.Mike GriffithWhat do you think about the approval of F-35 flight operations at Eglin Air Force Base?Jim Curran, 70, Valparaiso, retired Air Force pilotLocation: Valparaiso post officeTaylor Helvie, 16, Valparaiso, Niceville High School studentWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. BLOTTERFrom page A-6

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACONresidence Nov. 12-17 as a house-sitter, and to baby-sit the victim's children. Investigators later discovered information that Gagnor sold eight pieces of jewelry to a Niceville metals business, 1016 John Sims Parkway, on Nov. 16, and had pawned one ring at a Fort Walton Beach pawn shop, 100 Perry Ave., SE, on Nov. 21. The pawn shop returned the ring to its owner Dec. 15. Under investigators' questioning Jan. 5, Gagnor allegedly admitted taking at least eight pieces of jewelry from the home. Gagnor also claimed that "James," a man she knew, was in the victim's home on two occasions and may have had access to the bedroom where the valuables were kept. Gagnor admitted selling eight pieces of the stolen jewelry to the Niceville business. She also admitted pawning the ring in Fort Walton Beach. She said "James" had given her the ring and told her he couldn't pawn it because he didn't have an identification card. Gagnor said she didn't know the whereabouts of the unrecovered pieces of jewelry. On Monday, Gagnor was being held in the Okaloosa County Jail under a $30,500 bond on unrelated Santa Rosa County charges of larceny and grand theft. THIEFFrom page A-1Have you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. Not only is it uncomfortable and embarrassing, it makes eating difficult and can affect your speech. It can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate. In fact, 25 percent of the bone mass is lost in the very first year after an extraction! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. Dr. Olivier Broutin would like to help. Making sure that every patient has a comfortable, beautiful, functional smile is why he practices dentistry and it s why he is so excited about the amazing benefits of dental implants. It really is the treatment of choice for health, appearance and lasting benefits. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth just the way the tooth root was. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible far superior to a fixed partial denture or full dentures that do nothing to prevent bone loss and require removal of enamel or other preparation of the healthy teeth adjacent to the extraction. Each implant offers support and stimulation to the bone, keeping it intact and functioning. The teeth surrounding it are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. It is a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. His passion and conviction can convince even the most skeptical listener to find out more about dental implants. I like dentistry I just love teeth and want to do everything I can to protect them. I cant emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. Thats powerful. Its the fascinating science of dentistry. For more information about Dr. Olivier Broutin and the benefits of implant dentistry, call (850) 8974488 or visit www.DrBroutin.com. Dr. Olivier Broutin Advertising Feature Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Northwest Florida State College recognized the scholastic achievement of students completing the fall 2011 term by naming them to the President's List and Dean's List. The President's List names those students with nine or more credits in the term who earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0. The Dean's List names students with nine or more credits in the term who earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79. Presidents List:Niceville: Gloryanne Allen, Jonathan Allen, Nicholas Amodeo, Jenny Armstrong, Joshua Balciunas, Adrian Banegas, Elizabeth Bankston, Jennifer Barsky, Elizabeth Berry, Rebecca Birge, Paula Bocchino, Robert Bordner, Mark Boutwell, Justin Broaderick, Julie Brooks, Alejandro Cano, Charles Chavous, Meghan Connelly, Christopher Costello, Cassie Davis, Alexandra Decaro, Josue Dejesus, Miriam Dennis, Kara Deonarine, Victoria Doan, Lorraine Dowell, Daniel Dunlap, Ryan Duplechin, Calvin Dykes, William Easley, Mary Eichler, Debra Elliott, Colby Fanto, Jeremy Fleischmann, Travis Ford, Cindy Fuchs, Jessica Gagliardi, Kimberly Greene, Nicholas Gregg, Matthew Halladay, Mimmi Hammenbeck-Willenborg, Jason Hittle, Candice Holley, John Hood, Maegan Hughes, Robert Humphries, Beverly Isik, Richard Jackson, Katrina Jammer, Alyssa Jesmain, Amanda Johnson, Brandy Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Mark Jordan, Elizabeth Krafcik, Lisa Lambert, Haley Landon, Jessica Landry, Theron Lennon, Melissa Macnicol, Valerie Manley, Kristina Mcdorman, Kyle Mcdorman, Angela Mcdowell, Madeline Merts, David Miller, Rachel Miller, Kristie MillerCadiente, Michelle Nichols, Joey Pabst, Krista Pedro, Amber Phillips, Tibor Pollak, Danielle Rahilly, Catherine Remar, Herica Reyes, Meredith Roberts, Amber Sanders, Cara Scarborough, Elise Schaefer, Ella Schaefer, Daniel Schlossberg, Alisha Sepsey, Haley Shelton, Colton Sikes, Erynne Smith, Ryan Smith, Katrina Sterner, Michael Stiles, Stephanie Thomas, Tyler Underwood, Michael Valenzuela, Alexander Wagner, Eric Weeks, Lauren Welton, Crystal Wheeler, Rebecca Wheeler, Stacy Wheelwright and Caitlyn Williams. Valparaiso: Crystal Brown, Tiffany Hughes, Stephen Rogers, Colleen Segers, Lance Shepardson and Hope Wells. Freeport: Katelyn Beaty, Timothy Carty, Krystle Durham, Zachary Farhood, Michelle Hebert, Joslyn King, Lila Lennon, Jesse Moon, Audra Morgan, Brittany Umble, Autumn Warner and Jacob Wolak.Deans List: Niceville: Brianna Allen, Cody Anderson, Daniel Anderson, Lori Anderson, Madison Anderson, April Bailey, Melissa Banks, Kelsey Bartley, Christine Campbell, Steven Carter, Kimberly Castriotta, Daniel Cooper, Brian Cunningham, William Cunningham, Lauren Dale, Erica Daniel, Tessa Darling, Victoria Dejesus, Shawn Esin, Jordin Findling, Ulita Fingall, Matthew Finlayson, Ryan Fisher, Rachel Foss, Ginger Foster, Salina Fountas, Rachel Fuller, Zachary Gadzinski, Talina Garcia, Brett Glaess, Tammy Guardiola, John Gustafson, Candace Harbin, Stephanie Hays, Thomas Hiltl, Megan Horton, Josh Horvath, Maranatha Horvath, Sarah Horvath, Stephen Huntley, Sandy Hvitved, Emily Jacobs, Rebecca Jones, Matthew Jordan, Vilija Kastl, Taehoon Kim, Evan Knorr, Tiffanie Kowalik, Elinore Laird, Lorinda Maldonado, Melony Malone, Tyler Mason, Tessa Mayhew, Christina Mcbride, Chase Mcinnis, Shane Melancon, Kayla Minkler, Deborah Mobley, Shannon Mook, Shawaun Moore, Rachael O'dell, Horace Paine, Horace Paine, Emily Parsons, Seth Patterson, Georgia Pearce, Carly Racer, Zach Rodgers, Alexander Russ, Kristie Scarborough, Sterling Schaefer, Joseph Settle, Philip Smith, Jessica Sosio, Bryan Sylvester, William Thomas, Danielle Timm, Jessica Tuznik, Zachary Underwood, Stacey Van Houten, Alyssa Vannatter, Tyler Vaughn, Kala Wade, Sydnee White, Alysia Whitehead, Ana Wilke, Abner Williams, Peter Williamson, Sarah Willis and Brittani Wray. Joseph Feduccia, son of Gary and Jan Feduccia, of Niceville, was awarded the highest honor in scouting, Eagle Scout. Feduccia is a member of Bluewater Pack 553, and has been scouting since the first grade. For his Eagle Scout project, Joseph supervised the refurbishing of a local building and construction of a surrounding fence. *** Emily Steele, daughter of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean's List, and admitted into the University of Florida Honors Program in recognition of outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of 2011. A graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School, Emily is pursuing a degree in engineering. *** Kim Steele, daughter of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the Pensacola Christian College Dean's List in recognition of outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of 2011. A homeschool graduate, Kim is pursuing a teaching degree in secondary education. *** Darlene Martin, RN, BSN, CDE, of Niceville, passed the orthopaedic nursing certification exam. Darlene is the coordinator of Twin Cities Hospital's joint replacement program, Joint Venture. She has earned the credential ONC, which identifies to the public that she has substantial knowledge in the area of orthopaedic nursing. Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. 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 sOUR 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 , M M a a r r c c h h 7 7 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Joseph Feduccia Kim Steele Emily Steele Darlene MartinLocal students make NWFSC Dean's and Presidents lists Niceville chefs take home 1st at Destin Desserts Niceville's Chef Dan Pettis of One20 a Modern Bistro and Pastry Chef Myranda Broxson, were the first place winners at Destin Desserts. Seven chefs competed on Feb. 24, against each other with their original dessert creations using Girl Scout cookies. Dan and Myranda's winning dessert was the Dulche de Leche cheese cake with warm cayenne apple compote, apple crumb cream, cookie tuilet and apple chip. Second place went to Chef Alan Baltazar of Cuvee Bistro with his Samoas truffle made of dark chocolate truffle stuffed with a dried bing cherry, dusted with cayenne, then coated in crumbled Samoas and pink sea salt. "The community support has been fantastic for this unique fundraiser," said Destin Desserts chairman Gretchen Erickson, Niceville. "Chef Dan and Myranda have set the bar high for next year's competing chefs. 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Give-away registration The White-Wilson Medical Center will give away 10 total women's health packages, valued at $1,000. Registration is now open through April 15, and women who live in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties are eligible to enter. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Third Annual Little Black Dress Party. Info: fwblittleblackdressparty.com. Weather course offered A seven-week weather course will begin March 7, 6:30-9 p.m., Anchorage Building, 404 Green Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach. The meetings will be held on Wednesday nights. Tuition is free, but there is a $65 cost for materials. Info: 8630874, or fwsps.com. RWOF meeting The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet March 7, Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The speaker will be Henry Kelley, a member of the Fort Walton Beach Tea Party. To make a reservation contact Donna Pattison, 6515416, or donnapattison@cox.net by noon, March 2. Cost is $16 for members and $18 for guests. Info: rwof.org. Seniors picnic Twin Cities Senior Citizens Club will meet March 8, at 1 p.m., 268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, for their annual picnic. Bring a covered dish to share. Info: 678-4346. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Niceville Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be March 8, 5-8 p.m. Mention to a cashier that you are purchasing food on behalf of WinShape Camps for Communities. A portion of all qualifying sales will go to the scholarship fund. WinShape Camps for Communities will be in Niceville, June 18-22, for children grades 1-6. Info: 678-4621. FWB Aglow The speaker for Fort Walton Beach Aglow, March 8, will be Sherry Anderson. The meeting will be at Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Coffee and fellowship, 9:30 a.m., and the meeting, 10 a.m. Info: Barbara Williams, 678-1335, or fwbaglow@yahoo.com. Spanish language class The Valparaiso Community Library will offer a beginner Spanish language class, March 8, 3:30 p.m. This class will meet every Thursday afternoon and will be taught by Ruth Trott. Cost: free, except the textbook, $12. Info: 729-5406. Officer to speak to teens Staff Sgt. Jimmy Macon, Niceville Police Department, will be a guest speaker in the teen space area of the Niceville Public Library, March 8, 2:45 p.m. All area teens, ages 13-17, are invited to hear Macon speak about relevant issues that affect the lives of teens. Refreshments will be served. Info: Youth Services Department, 2794863, ext. 1514. Groundbreaking ceremony Groundbreaking of the University of Florida-Okaloosa County Extension Office Building will be March 8, 10 a.m., Bob Sikes Airport. Bluewater Bay bike ride The Adventure Club will hold a bike ride in Niceville, March 8, at 3 p.m., in the Bluewater Bay Resort/subdivision. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. The group will have supper after the ride at a nearby restaurant. Info: Bob and Audrey Hains, 897-3624. ASMC/NCMA training The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) and the Northwest Florida Chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) will host a training event March 8, at the Emerald Coast Conference Center, Okaloosa Island. The one-day itinerary includes more than 14 workshops and a CDFM test site. Cost is $110. Register at gulfcoastasmc.org/rpds/AAC/EBS. Info: Angela Godwin, or 883-0439. Garden Club meeting Master Gardener Margaret Stewart will entertain the Bluewater Bay Garden Club, March 8, 9:30 a.m., with recycled floral design for fun and profit. The meeting will be at the Bluewater Bay Club House. Info: bluewaterbaygardenclub.com. Heritage Museum lecture There will be a free lunch time lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, March 9, at noon. Catherine Nolan from Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present "Hinterland of an Empire. A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site." Info: 6782615. Lewis Falcon Festival Lewis Middle School will hold its Falcon Festival March 9, 5-8 p.m., at the school. There will be food, jump houses, games and a cake walk. The public is invited. Tickets are four for $1. Info: Andrea Hill, 642-1721. Gambling lecture Dr. Klaus Meyer-Arendt will present "Casino Gambling: Lessons from Mississippi," March 9, 6 p.m., at Heritage Park and Cultural Center, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, Fort Walton Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will discuss the process of legalizing casino gambling, geographic restrictions of gambling, Indian gambling and the social impacts of gambling. FWB Auditorium show "The Devil and Daniel Webster," will open March 9, at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on Miracle Strip Parkway. The show runs additionally on March 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday night shows, and 2 p.m. for the two Sunday matinees. Advance tickets may be purchased for $15 at P.S. Gifts, Fort Walton Beach, or Bayou Book, Niceville; tickets are available for sale at StageCrafters.com. Discounted student tickets are $10 and are available at the door of performances. Info: 243-1101. 3-day backpacking trip Join the Florida Trail Association, March 9-11, 9 a.m., for a 23-mile backpacking trip on Eglin near Crestview. Eglin recreation permit required. Info: 585-5150, or choctaw.floridatrail.org. Beach re-nourishment Coastal geologist James H. "Rip" Kirby, of the USF Coastal Research Lab, will speak about the actual and potential impacts of beach nourishment, March 10, from noon-2 p.m., Shalimar Town Hall. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and iced tea provided. Beekeeping presentation The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present "Beekeeping in the Panhandle," March 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gordon Clauss, professional beekeeper and owner of Camp Flower Honey, will be speaking about the craft of and the importance of bees in Northwest Florida. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is located at 4956 Highway 20 East, Freeport. Dance for Life benefit The Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Crestview, is hosting Dance for Life, an evening of ballroom dance to benefit Covenant Hospice, March 10, 6:30 p.m., Crestview High School Auditorium. The event will feature Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo from ABC-TVs Dancing with the Stars and will also showcase amateur and professional dancers from across the Emerald Coast. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission, which will include premiere reserved seating for the event and an exclusive post-event cocktail party with Sliwinksa and Mazo. Tickets can be purchased at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 301 N. Main St., Crestview, or at fredastairecrestview.com. Poker Run Paws on the Throttle Poker Run will be March 10, 9 a.m., at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, 752 Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach. Last bike out at 11 a.m., and last bike in at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per hand. Prizes for hands will be based on points, and will be awarded at 3 p.m. Info: 243-1525, or paws-shelter.org. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry will present the Brown's of LeMars, Iowa, in concert, March 10, 6 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferndon Blvd., Crestview. Info: LibbyAndFriendsGospelConcerts.co m, or Libby White, 496-7106. Gymnasium dedication The Lewis School Gymnasium will be dedicated as the Taylor Haugen Gymnasium, March 10, 3 p.m. The faculty and staff at Lewis will dedicate the gym in Taylors honor, and invite the community to the dedication ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the outside entrance to the gym. Taylor attended Lewis as a middle school student and was actively involved in athletics, band and service projects. March Madness Niceville UMC will host a March Madness Tournament, March 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Men ages 16 and older are encouraged to get a team together. Registration for the team is $25. Registration forms are available at the Community Life Center, or nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Irish music concert The Emerald Coast Concert Association will present Andy Cooneys "Forever Irish" at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, March 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and are available at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office, or by calling 729-6000. Info: 362-9356 or emeraldcoastconcerts.com. VFW Meeting The monthly meeting of the Niceville/Valparaiso Kent Purcell VFW Post 10090 will be March 12, 7 p.m., at DAV Hall, 920 Hospital Drive, Niceville. Info: post10090@flvfw.org. New members are welcome. Eaglette Dance Team The Eaglette Dance Team auditions will be March 12-15. Information packets and applications can be picked up in the Niceville High School attendance office. Info: Brooke James, jamesb@mail.okaloosa.k12.us. Better Listening The community classical music study series, Better Listening, will meet March 13, 7-9 p.m., at the Valparaiso Unitarian Church. Lars Runar will present "Classic Music in 3/4 Time" with commentaries on classic music and related CD selections. Career and job fair The Northwest Florida State College career and job fair will be March 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the new Student Services Center on the Niceville Campus at 100 College Blvd. The event is free and open to all job seekers, from the general public to college and high school students. Church conference New Life Christian Ministries, 130 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, will hold the third annual Binding and Loosing Conference, March 14-16, 7:30 p.m. The guest messenger is Bishop V.T. Harden. Info: 729-0733. 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 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-6 Mon.-Sat. www.bayoubookcompany.com Since 1986 THE WORL D'S THINNEST WALLET Genuine leather exterior Holds up to 30 cards Made in the U.S.A. Dear Bay Beacon, There is no higher compliment to ones work and the mission of a company than the words of a pleased and satisfied customer. I wanted to take a moment and let you know how much I appreciate the high level of service and professionalism I receive from the staff of the Bay Beacon, especially Bunni Farnham. My staff and I are very satisfied with the results we have received from advertising with the Bay Beacon. Our ads have helped us gain exposure in the local community and increase interest in all the insurance and banking services our agency provides. I can think of no better avenue of advertising in our community that brings greater results. I have been so impressed with the response I have received from my advertising with the Bay Beacon that it is now my main source of advertising. I look forward to continued success with the Bay Beacon and recommend them to all business owners in the community looking to increase their business.Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! Sincerely, Bo Burns, Owner and Agent Bo Burns State Farm agency Arts Center presents comedy act March 10Andy Gross, the top Las Vegas entertainer in 2010, will put on a show March 10, for the whole family at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. His show will feature comedy, magic, illusions, ventriloquism and more. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for 18 and younger. 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Northwest Floridas highest achieving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students, and their peers from around the state were honored recently during the 2012 Sunshine State Scholars program. Kyle Saleeby, a student at Niceville High School, was one of eight Sunshine State Scholars. The event, held on Feb. 16 and 17, provided an opportunity for Floridas colleges and universities to recruit the talents of top students. These students are our future, and Gulf Power is proud to support this program that recognizes their efforts in the STEM areas and offers them opportunities to continue their higher education, said Jennifer Grove, Gulf Powers Workforce Development coordinator. The Sunshine State Scholars program is a collaborative effort between the Florida Education Foundation, the Division of Florida Colleges, the State University System and the Florida Department of Education. Four local students win CHELCO competitionFour high school juniors are on their way to Washington, D.C. this summer, after winning at CHELCO's annual Youth Tour competition. The competition took place Feb. 21, at CHELCO's Operations Center in DeFuniak Springs. The students who will represent CHELCO include: Tyler Kinard and Rachel Shelikoff, Niceville High School; Kayla Minkler, Collegiate High School; and Colton Myers, South Walton High School. Ashley McLeod, Laurel Hill High School, and Adam Crowson, Baker High School, were chosen as alternates. The four students will travel with 25 other Florida students to the nation's capital, representing eight co-ops throughout the state. Florida's group will be part of a delegation of 1,500 high school juniors representing 46 states. Winners of CHELCO's competition were chosen from a field of 20 representatives from 10 schools, and one homeschool student. A three-panel judge quizzed the students on CHELCO facts and history of rural electrification. Judges selected the winners based on their knowledge of the subject, poise and appearance, speaking ability and personality. While in Washington, the students will visit the historic monuments, as well as the Smithsonian Institution and Mount Vernon. They will also visit legislators on Capitol Hill. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistTess HollisEditorial AssistantDeborah 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 midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentAdvertising Director The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. 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F kn f n o oitcafsita o st t cejbu S ycilo e p .noisivor n p oitallecna t C be s D so l L 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 Valparaiso: Aaron Bockover, Clark Browning, Chasity Craft, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Kelly Gaiser, Adrianna Gallegos, Kaitlin Goebel, Colten Griffin, Rachel Hartness, Tyler Hastings, Carlene Hudson, Keith Mckissack, Anne-Marie Miller, Marissa Milligan, Mikayla Nelson, Sara Poremba, Colleen Provost and Michelle Sinicrope. Freeport: Curstin Buford, Jacob Goddin, Michael Graziani, Jennifer Lafollette, Hannah Merrell, Morgan Mondragon, Matthew Phaneuf, Colin Smith and Kevin West. DEAN SFrom page B-1 During CHELCO's Youth Tour competition and banquet Feb. 21, judges selected four students from the field of 21 to travel to Washington, D.C., in June. Judges also selected two alternates. From left: Ashley McLeod (alternate), Laurel Hill High School; Adam Crowson (alternate), Baker High School; Rachel Shelikoff, Niceville High School; Colton Myers, South Walton High School; and Kayla Minkler, Collegiate High School. Not pictured is Tyler Kinard, Niceville High School. RBCS takes cultural field tripWaylynne Harris and Teresa Halus recently took their K5B class from Rocky Bayou Christian School to Tradewinds Restaurant in Niceville. The field trip was part of an ongoing study of different cultures from around the world. Owners of Tradewinds, Tom and Terry D'Eufemia, allowed students to cook and taste their food creations. Medal of Honor kits teach area students about courage, sacrificeBy Tess Hollis Staff Writer Okaloosa County Schools Deputy Superintendent Kaye McKinley is on a mission to teach local school children about courage and sacrifice by supplying classrooms with Medal of Honor kits. Each kit is a collection of lesson plans and personal accounts of Medal of Honor recipients. Last year, McKinley attended a conference for the Military Child Education Coalition, where she was able to hear Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, speak about the curriculum for students. According to its website, the kits encourage students to consider courage from their own perspective. Each kit contains "living histories," in which students can hear personal stories from Medal of Honor recipients. "The curriculum originally sold for $250, so not having school district funds for this, I started with Tom Rice from Magnolia Grill to see if he had contacts that would want to buy a kit or two for our schools," McKinley said. "My goal was to buy a kit for each seventh grade civics class." McKinley said Rice purchased four kits, in honor of Col. Bud Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who lives in Fort Walton Beach. "The word got out and other people called to donate funds," she said. "During this time period, some person in another state left a huge anonymous donation that reduced the cost of the kit to $100. So now I was able to purchase 44 kits." Each seventh grade civics teacher in Okaloosa County schools now has a personal kit, as well as some of the JROTC instructors. "I wanted to get through this year and see what the response has been from the seventh grade teachers," she said. Once she receives feedback, McKinley said she would like to move forward and offer the kits to high school government teachers in the district. "It teaches the students about self-sacrifice and serving others," McKinley said. "It by no means encourages them to enter the armed forces. The intent is to help our students see what these recipients have given to our country and to others." To donate money toward purchasing a kit, contact Kaye McKinley at 833-5888. Niceville student honored at STEM scholars program FREE!Breadstick Appetizerwith any entree purchase. Must present coupon. Exp: 03/14/12. 177 John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso (850) 389-2131PIZZERIA OPEN Mon-Sat 11-8 Jewelry Repair Custom DesignMike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Diamond Worksinc. Park Place Plaza 323 Page Bacon Rd. Mary Esther, FL 32569 850-244-5252www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 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! Ruckel Middle School Chorus shines at festivalThirty-two chorus students from Ruckel Middle School, directed by Nicole Wright and accompanied on the piano by Leah Brown and Becky Riley, participated in the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festival, Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church of Niceville. Each student achieved one of the top two ratings, Superior or Excellent. Ruckel Middle receives funds for 'Nooks'Mid-Bay Rotary presented Ruckel Middle School with a $2,700 check that will go toward Nooks for Education, an electronic reader program that encourages children to read. From left: Cheryl Duty, Ruckel Middle School Teacher and Nooks lead; Dennis Samac, Ruckel Middle School Assistant Principal; Dave Swanick, Mid-Bay Rotary president; and Jess Parnell, Mid-Bay Rotary Nooks lead. NWFSC hosts 25th annual Math BowlTeams from more than 20 Northwest Florida high schools will compete in the 25th annual Math Bowl at Northwest Florida State College on March 9, at the college's Niceville campus. Twohundred students will participate in the day-long competition that is sponsored by the college and area groups that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused initiatives. The Math Bowl will feature events in solving mathematics problems on a written test and ciphering matches in which teams are pitted against each other in a race against time to correctly solve various algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, plane geometry, calculus and miscellaneous problems. Students compete on written exams in the morning from 9:3011 a.m. Afternoon ciphering matches are open to the public and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in the colleges new arena on the Niceville campus. Math problems will be displayed on a large screen so members of the audience may match their wits against the student competitors. The public is invited to the ciphering match, and to an awards ceremony that will immediately follow the afternoon competition. Competing schools are divided into three divisions, based on school size. Niceville couple spots eagleChris and Jamie Clements of Niceville were trout fishing in Freeport recently when they sighted this eagle soaring above them. Garden Club names Yard of the MonthValparaiso Garden Club March Yard of the Month winner was Evelyn B. Pride, of Union Avenue, Niceville. March blood drivesThe Northwest Florida Blood Services will hold the following blood drives during March:March 8Hurlburt, 373 TRS/DET 7, 419 Cody Ave., 8 a.m.-noon. March 9General Dynamics, 115 Hart St., Niceville, 8-11:30 a.m.March 12Walmart, Niceville, noon-3 p.m. March 13Hurlburt, Emerald Coast Chapter AFCEA, 100 Bartley St., 8 a.m.-noon.March 15Eglin, 780th Test Squadron/SEEK EAGLE Office, 205 West D Ave., Bldg. 350, 8 a.m.2 p.m.March 29Eglin, AFRL, 101 W. Eglin Blvd., Bldg. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Eglin, Building 11, 102 West D Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 pm We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2012. Call or visit website. www.stpaulniceville.com A Florida VPK provider.CO1OK0064 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 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 Weddings, Engagements, or Sp ecial Anniversaries?We would like to let everyone in your hometown know about! Just write up a little article and enclose a photo if possible and bring it by or mail it to: Beacon Newspapers.1181 E. John Sims Pky., Niceville, FL 32578

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James W. Clayton Jr.May 28, 1935-Feb. 26, 2012 James W. Clayton Jr., Master Sgt., USAF (Ret), 76, of Niceville, passed from this life Sunday morning at the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, after a short illness. Jimbo was at peace, with his wife and daughter at his side to see him home. Born in South Meriden, CT, Jim was a faithful, God fearing servant. He was Catholic by faith, and was a member of the Eglin Catholic congregation. He enjoyed attending services at the Bob Hope Village in Shalimar. Jim served his country proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy in the early 50s aboard the USS Wasp and the USS Hornet, and finished a proud 26 year career in the U.S. Air Force as a Missile Maintenance NCO. With his family in tow, Jim brought them to the far reaches of the missile career field. From Goose Bay to Iceland, from Alaska to Florida, from Arizona to North Carolina and Michigan, he finally settled in Niceville, retiring from Eglin in 1979. After retirement, Jimbo worked another 20 years for the Eglin AAFES system, splitting time between the Mini-mall and the Eglin Main BX. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James Sr. and Josephine, brother John Thomas and sister Josephine, and son James III. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean, of Niceville, daughter Cheryl (John) Symons of Crestview, and son Christopher of Maryland. Jimbo was loved and will be sorely missed by all of his grandchildrenJennifer, Jonathan, Jessica, Jamie, Jordan and Jensen, his great-grandchildrenIsis, Ava, Brayden, Gabriella, Emalyn and Charlotte, and his closest friends, Jim, Sharon and Karen. Everyone who knew Jimbo loved Jimbo. All of us benefited from his knowledge, his lore, his love of life, and devotion to God. If youve never listened to one of his stories, you missed the golden opportunity to enrich and expand your life. An avid adventurer, canoeist and licensed Ham Radio operator, Big Jim never missed a chance to look for something new to excite the family. A memorial mass will be said by Father Toledo at the Delores Hope Chapel in the Bob Hope Village at noon, March 14, 2012. God Speed, Fair Winds and Following SeasHappy Ground Hog Day.Ayers-BuscemiTheodore and Melissa Ayers of Niceville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Jean Ayers, to Christopher Mark Buscemi, son of Anthony and Arleen Buscemi of Pace. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her degree in family, youth and community sciences. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Pace High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. The wedding is planned for March 31, 2012. ***Davis-EudyVanessa and Elmer Davis of Niceville, and Kathy and Dale Eudy of Highlands Ranch, Colo. announce the engagement of Alyson R. Davis and Alex J. Eudy. Alyson is a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and criminal justice in 2009 from the University of Central Florida, and will complete a masters in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2012. Alex is a 2004 graduate of Thunder Ridge High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo. He is an Air Force Tech. Sgt. assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a Wounded Warrior Liaison for U.S. Special Operations Command, Bethesda, Md. The couple will wed at Niceville United Methodist Church on Sept. 1, 2012. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Engagements Obituary Kristin Jean Ayers and Christopher Mark Buscemi Alyson R. Davis and Alex J. Eudy James W. 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4 Eagles are all-star cagersThe Pensacola Sports Association has announced the rosters for the 2012 Subway High School All-Star Basketball Game. The second annual all-star game is scheduled for Friday, March 9, at Pensacola State College. Beginning at 6 p.m., the women will take the court, with the men playing shortly after the womens game. This years game features some of the best seniors from Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, playing against the seniors from Escambia County. Local players on the East teams are: Ashley Levesque from Niceville on the girls team, and Kyle Koszuta, Shane Horton and Iain Persaud from Niceville playing for the boys team. Tickets to the game are $8. Fans are asked to bring canned good items to donate to the Manna Food Pantry to receive a discount on game admission. In addition, $1 of every ticket will go toward the Dr. Alec Kessler Scholarship Foundation. Kessler played for the University of Georgia and the Miami Heat before becoming a surgeon at the Andrews Institute. He died in 2007 from a heart attack. Scholarship winners will be announced at the all-star banquet. In addition to the two all-star games, the girls teams will compete in a 3-point shooting contest, and the boys will show off their leaping skills in a slam-dunk contest during their respective halftimes. Fan events will include the Academy Sports + Outdoors Fan Contest, in which four lucky fans will have the opportunity to win up to $200 each in Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards.Band on the Run winnersThe 5K (3.1 miles) Band on the Run race, sponsored by the Niceville High School band, was held on Feb. 25, between Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School. Winners were: Overall male, Phillip Bauer; overall female, Claire Crist; male master, Ken Lawrence; female master, Paula Piazza; male grandmaster, Brian McMahon; female grandmaster, Joy Kelly; overall male grandmaster, Ken Smalewich; overall female grandmaster, Terry Rogers. Runner awards: Male 0-9: Aiden Nipper, Ayden Beebe and Elliot Ethridge; female 0-9: Kyrstin Walleyn and Carly Crist. Male 10-14: Colin Schaefer, Elijah Schreidewind and Zachary Fralish; female 10-14: Hannah Schneidewind, Isabella Zimmerman and Leigh Anne Bilton. Male 15-19: Jack Mosley, Brian Fields and Aaron Morton; female 15-19: Lacy Cortes, Brooke Jones and Jordan Garvey. Male 20-24: Andrew Morten; female 20-24: Amber Kinne, Emily Parsons and Jessica Hooten. Male 25-29: Ryan Burrell; female 25-29: Judy Bragg, Ashley Muchler and Karly Ebright. Male 30-34: Martin Novak, Jim Larue and Matt Kyte; female 30-34: Kalie Sause, Amy Wusterbarth and Marcy Ross. Male 35-39: Neil Nipper, Alan Fonain and Tom Hamerz; female 35-39: Becky Riley, Belinda McLoud and Marianne Wright. Male 40-44: Carl Schaefer, Lyrad Ryley and Steve Zimmerman; female 40-44; Valerie Hein, Cindy Zimmerman and Connie Jones. Male 45-49: Neil Woods, Fil Piazza and Lance Massey; female 45-49: Sandy Ebanks, Velina Sweatt and Carol Sarwosky. Male 50-54: Robert Hayes, Robert Przybylski and Christopher Choate; female 5054: Caroline Levesque, Sylvia Smith and Debbie Simmons. Male 55-59: Mike Million, Robert Simmons and James Watson; female 55-59: Diane Keller and Diane Mitchell. Male 60-64: Randy Frith and Barry Smanz; female 60-64: Carole Tracey and Linda Holloway. Male 65-69: Charlie Saleeby. Male 70-plus: Johnnie Lucassen, Ken Wright and Bob Miller; female 70-plus: Billie Madero. Top male walkers: Dave Deruiter, Greg Rogers, John Sullivan, Bob Mayhall, Jason Hendrix, Jim Teixeira, Charles Price and Michael Treadway. Top female walkers: Bridget Watson, Nola Thomas, Jennifer Hendrix, Rachel Santiago, Patti Checkler, Nancy Saleeby, Gina Marini, Aimee Shaffer and Carol Morton. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-6 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Sports Briefs Rocky elementary cage champsThe Rocky Bayou Christian School 2012 intramural elementary basketball champions are, from left: front, Ryan Paulson, Dominic Mahoney, Johnny Linn and Scott Reiswig; rear, coach Casey Young, Caleb Preston, Evan Dempsey, Justin Linn, Thad Dempsey and coach Kevin Mahoney. 10U Traveling Eagles win tourneyThe 10U Traveling Eagles took the championship title last weekend as they kicked off their season in the Traveling Eagles President Day's Challenge host tournament. They went 3-0 for the weekend, enduring the elements and earning the hardware. From left: front, Jonah Hoover, Logan Webb, Lucas Gauch, Campbell Taylor, Logan Lafitte, Corey Church and Parker Porter; middle, Coleman Dorsett, Grayson Brooks, Seth Goodwin, Michael Sharp and Joey Cary; rear, manager Kevin Berry, Coach Ben Porter and Coach Ron Taylor. 14U softballers take trophyNiceville's traveling softball team High Intensity 14U won the USSSA Triple Double tournament in Alachua Feb 26. From left: kneeling, Liz Kelton, Roni Whitfield, Savannah Foster and Cassie Gaffud; standing, Tate Thorne, Faith Ford, Harley Tagert, Lindsey Donaldson, Mara Morse, Callan Taylor and Jimi Watts; rear, coaches Charlie Morse, Kevin Watts, Dennis Criddle and Scott Ford. Beacon photo by Norman WolfVikings down Eagles, 4-3Niceville senior Michael Haynes lays down a nice sacrifice bunt Friday at Fort Walton Beach. The Eagles lost the game, 4-3. Rocky runners finish 3rd, 4thThe Rocky Bayou Christian School boys track team finished third, and the girls fourth in the Feb. 28 track meet at Jay High School. Also competing were Central and Paxton high schools. Rocky Bayou individual boys track results: 100 metersecond, Cooper Eaves (12:01), fourth, Terrence Ouma (12:12); 1600 meterthird, Frankie Ashworth, (5:53); 4X100 metersecond, Rocky Bayou (48.89); 400 meterfirst Azenda Rey (58.36); third, Ethan Pierce (1:01); 800 meterfifth, Pierce, 32:43; 200 meterthird, Rey (26.06); fourth, Eaves (26.06). Boys field results: shot put 2nd Josh Stubblefield (35 feet, 5 inches); long jumpthird, Drew Kirkpatrick (16 feet, 11 inches), fourth, Rey (16 feet, 4 inches). Rocky Bayou individual girls track results: 100 meterth, Ariel Schesniak (15.12); 1,600 meterfourth, Megan Slagle (7:05). Girls field results: shot put Claire Gunter (21 feet, 9 inches).Eagle septet excels at Mobile grid campTyree McCants, Niceville Eagle wide receiver, was one of the top performers at last weekends Nike Sparq High School Combine Camp for football-playing underclassmen in Mobile, Ala. Sponsored by ESPN HS, McCants performance earned him a spot in the top 3 percent out of 1,600 high school football players from all over the Southeast and the No. 1 rated wide receiver for the class of 2014. Another high performing athlete was Eagle Nick Haynes, whose Power Ball toss score of 38.5 earned him a spot in the top five. His overall score of 67 was one of the top scores for offensive lineman at the camp. It bested several Division 1 commits in the Panhandle and placed him among the top 15 percent of all athletes, including teammates quarterback/kicker Andrew Mitchell, strong safety Denzel Applewhite and cornerback Blake Parker. Also attending were running backs freshman ShiKim Coward and junior Devin Vazquez. Coward was one of the top freshmen at the camp, and although Devin Vazquez ran on a severely sprained ankle, his speed was evident as he posted a top 5 percent 40-yard dash. Cobia seminarThat time of year has come again to the Emerald Coastcobia season. With the first credible reports of a fish sighting coming in last week, it looks like it will be an early season. Join us at Northlight Marina on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. to help get a head start with the Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series presented by The Ships Chandler and Half Hitch Tackle. Pro anglers will provide tips and tricks to target and land a cobia as they make their way along our coast in their annual migration. There will be a free buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the one-hour seminar will start at 6. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not needed. For more information, visit saltwaterevents.com or call Joe Z. at 516-0709 or email joez@saltwater-events.com.From left: Niceville s Denzel Applewhite, Nick Haynes, Devin Vazquez, Blake Parker, Andrew Mitchell, Tyree McCants and Shi Kim Coward.



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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Tuesday was a historic day for the 33rd Fighter Wing as Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith flew the wing's first F-35 fighter to take off from Eglin Air Force Base. The new warplane took to the air for about 20 minutes Tuesday morning before being forced to return prematurely due to a reported fuel leak. A total of nine F-35s, the nation'snewest strikeBy Del Lessard and Mike Griffith Beacon Staff Could a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) help revive Niceville's westside business district? The Niceville City Council has asked the city manager to conduct an assessment of the need for such an agency. "With the economy as it is, a CRA might be the way to pump up business," City Manager Lannie Corbin told the Beacon. Tax funds generated within a CRA can go directly back into improving infrastructure within the boundaries of such an agency, he said. Bill McCartney, a consultant to the city, recently proposed creation of a CRA in Niceville to help Beacon photos by Del Lessard Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy Ethan Milonas, 33, draws his weapon as he approaches a window Thursday on an obstacle course at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. He was among the first of the county's 267 deputy sheriffs to complete the course under new fitness standards established by Sheriff Larry Ashley. Inset, Milonas' son, Ethan, 5, gives his dad a high-five as he rested in a patrol car after finishing the one-third-mile course in 4 minutes, 19 seconds. Story, Page A-3. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A total of 5.1 miles of county streets in unincorporated Niceville will be resurfaced this year. Last month the Okaloosa County Commission approved a $500,000 street resurfacing program for 2012. Under the annual discretionary spending program, each of the five commissioners can allot up to $100,000 to resurface roads that need it in his district. Although the Twin Cities area is split among three county commission districts, the only resurfacing funds for the area are included in Commissioner James Campbell's District 5 list. Because the county has more roads than resurfacing funds, for the past couple of years the county has been using a variety of less expensive methods to resurface many streets, depending on the degree of damage that needs to be repaired, according to John Hofstad, Okaloosa County's public works director. Responsible for maintaining 650 miles of paved roads, 200 miles of unpaved roads, and 75 miles of hybrid "cold-mix roads," Okaloosa County over the past four years has budgeted enough money to resurface all paved roads with the traditional 1.5-inch asphalt overlay at the rate of once every 140 years, Hofstad said. Sitter nabbed as jewel thiefBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A Niceville woman faces charges in connection with the theft of more than $20,000 in jewelry from a home where she was employed as a baby-sitter, according to reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Lauren Jean Gagnor, 22, of 1509 Pinehurst Cove, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 23 on charges of: grand theft, more than $20,000, but less than $100,000, one count; dealing in stolen property, two counts; false statement of ownership to a secondhand dealer, one count; and false ownership information on pawned items, one count. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: On Dec. 6, deputies responded to the home of a Bluewater Bay woman who reported the theft of several pieces of jewelry. Missing were nine rings, five bracelets, 15 necklaces, seven pairs of earrings, two watches and nine charms with a value of $43,620. According to the victim, Gagnor had stayed at the During an annual audit of the North Bay Fire Control District, accountant Bill Nunnally, of the district's outside auditing firm, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, alerted Fire Chief Joe Miller Jan. 11 that during his initial examination of the district's books he found that Banegas, the chief's administrative assistant, wrote several checks to himself totaling $23,411, above his normal pay. Later that day, Miller confronted Banegas, who allegedly admitted taking the money without permission. Banegas allegedly told Miller that he would write himself a check, take Miller's signature stamp from Miller's office while the chief was out, stamp the check, and return the stamp. Banegas allegedly also admittedBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A North Bay Fire Department bookkeeper who was fired last month was arrested Feb. 28, for allegedly stealing thousands in tax monies. Ralph Banegas, 59, of 4493 W. Parkwood Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies on charges of grand theft, more than $20,0000, but less than $100,000, and fraud, uttering false instruments, according to sheriff's arrest reports. Banegas, the district's former administrative assistant and bookkeeper, was released on a $4,000 bond and has an April 3 court date. The sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account (dates were supplied to the Beacon by the fire district): 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 50¢14 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see MULLS, page A-5 Please see F-35, page A-4 Please see ARRESTED, page A-5 Please see THIEF, page A-8 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Nutmeg Avenue, Niceville, is one of the county-maintained streets set for resurfacing this year. Beacon photo by Del LessardCounty scrimps on repaving Thursday, 2:45 p.m. Staff Sgt. Jimmy Macon of the Niceville Police Department will be the guest speaker in the teen space area of the Niceville Public Library. All area teens, ages 13-17, are invited to hear Macon speak about issues that affect teens Info: Youth Services Department, 279-4863, ext. 1514. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library will offer a beginner Spanish language class that will meet every Thursday afternoon. The class will be taught by Ruth Trott, and the cost is free except the textbook, $12. Info: 729-5406. Friday, noon There will be a free lunch time lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Catherine Nolan from Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present "Hinterland of an Empire: A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site." Info: 678-2615. Friday 5-8 p.m. Lewis School will hold its Falcon Festival at the school, 281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso. There will be food, jump houses, games and a cake walk. The public is invited Info: Andrea Hill, 6421721. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP Niceville mulls redevelopment on west sideWing F-35 in 1st flight from Eglin Deputies begin physical trials Ralph Banegas Lauren Jean Gagnor N. Bay Fire bookkeeper arrested 5 miles of Niceville streets set for resurfacing this year Please see COUNTY, page A-3 Beacon photo by Del Lessard An F-35A landing at Eglin Air Force Base Tuesday. The craft's maiden flight from the base was cut short by a fuel leak.

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Deshaun Roosevelt Frazier, 26, of 902 Trout Creek Cove, was charged with trafficking cocaine, more than 200 grams; fleeing and eluding; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; aggravated assault; driving while license suspended; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the reports. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: On March 2, at 10:35 p.m., during an argument, Frazier allegedly pointed a gun at a man in the 700 block of North Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. The victim, who stated he was convinced he was going to be shot, reported that Frazier drove away in a white Cadillac. At 11 p.m., a deputy spotted a white Cadillac and activated his lights and sirens after the speeding vehicle entered and left an apartment complex on James Lee Road. The pursuit lasted for about a mile and a half. Then the driver stopped the Cadillac and ran away on Rhonda Kay Court, Fort Walton Beach. Frazier was tracked down about 450 feet away. A scale with cocaine residue and a $20 bill were found on the ground nearby. He had $6,545 in his pockets. In the car, deputies found a bag of cocaine. Another bag of cocaine, and a pistol, were found beside a road over which the Cadillac had been pursued. The gun matched the description of the gun given by the victim. Total weight of the cocaine was 218 grams, almost half a pound. On Monday, Frazier was being held at the Okaloosa County Jail. An April 3 court date has been scheduled. Deshaun R. Frazier For more info contact 850.863.5107 www.biaow.orgBooths Still Available

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Under the policy, all deputy sheriffs are required to complete the 16obstacle course in eight and a half minutes every year. The one-third-mile course on the college campus was built with sheriff's funds and opened in February 2011, said Lt. Kristin Pond. Deputies had a year to practice on the course and get in shape, she said. Those physical fitness standards, and consequences, went into effect Jan. 1, Pond said. The standards apply equally to all deputies regardless of sex or age, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Michele Nicholson. On Thursday, March 1, the first group of 34 deputies ran the course. All passed. Pond was in charge of the testing Thursday, and ran alongside each deputy for the first half of the course—explaining the course, describing which obstacle was next, and encouraging each deputy to do his best. Bob Norris, an inspector with the sheriff's office, picked up deputies on the back half of the course and provided the same assistance. Each deputy started the timed course while buckled into a patrol car. He had to get out of the car, retrieve a shotgun from its mount in the vehicle, switch off the safety, and "fire" over the top of the car. Next, he had to flip on the gun's safety, restore the weapon to the car, and jog onto the obstacle course. The course simulates obstacles a deputy might encounter while on duty, such as climbing fences and ladders, drawing a (plastic) handgun from its holster, and entering doors and windows. Midway, deputies had to drag a 150-pound sled 70 feet. They wound up back at the patrol car, where they had to "fire" a fake handgun, get into the car, and make a radio call to the "dispatcher." Deputies who fail to pass the course within the allotted time of 8 minutes, 30 seconds, face immediate consequences. Deputies who finish the course over the time limit, but in less than 10 minutes, 30 seconds, are put on probationary status for 30 days. They are also ineligible for any specialty team assignments or specialty pay, and are ineligible for off-duty assignments or secondary employment. Deputies who fail to complete the course in 10 minutes, 30 seconds, are immediately relieved from sworn duty assignments and referred to the Office of Professional Standards and Training Division. If such a deputy is unable to successfully pass the test within 30 days of initial failure, he is placed in a non-sworn job at the agency, if one is available, or is fired, according to the sheriff's office. Thirty-four deputies came out on the first day of testing last week. A course record of 3 minutes, 23 seconds, was set by Deputy Sheriff Mitch Landis. Students enrolled in NWFSC's law enforcement academy may also use the obstacle course. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Sheriff's Lt. Mike Adair crawls through a drainage pipe, on his way to finishing the course in 4 minutes, 13 seconds, half the time limit. Adair supervises deputies in Niceville and Destin. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Lt. Mike Adair, 50, a 26-year veteran of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, vaults off the top of a fence he climbed on the sheriff's obstacle course at Northwest Florida State College last week. The obstacles are designed to mimic some of the physical demands deputies might face while on duty. Shaping up so they won’t have to ship outDeputies begin annual obstacle-course test Recreation Services Inc., located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join either the Swim or Hard Court Tennis Membership from now until March 31, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools (1 heated) and 3 Tennis Courts. We also offer Water Aerobics, Facility rentals, RV/Boat Storage, swimming and tennis lessons.The Swim and Hard Court Tennis Memberships are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE is welcome to join! O O F F F F 5 5 0 0 % % E E N N R R O O L L L L M M E E N N T TMARCHMADNESSMEMBERSHIPSPECIALRecreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.The typical asphalt surface actually lasts much less time than that, meaning that the traditional program would not keep pace with the need. As a result, the county has been using less expensive solutions. These include fog seal, chip seal, double-chip seal and micro-surfacing. They use different quantities, or sizes of aggregate and bituminous coating, and may be applied in thinner layers on the road, Hofstad said. However these materials don't last as long as a traditional overlay. Using one of these approaches, the more economical materials can extend the life of less-damaged roadways by sealing the pavement and preventing water from reaching the base layer and causing potholes, Hofstad said. For example, traditional asphalt overlay costs the county about $5.65 per square yard, while a micro-surfacing costs $3 per square yard, and fog seal just 36 cents per square yard, he said. County-maintained Nicevillearea streets that will be resurfaced, the type of resurfacing, length, and cost are: —Nutmeg Avenue, from approximately 504 to 513 Nutmeg, overlay, 0.1 miles, $6,963. —22nd Street, from Nutmeg Avenue to Pine Street, double chip seal, 0.1 mile, $5,343. —Nassau Drive, from Antiqua Way to Barbados Way, double chip seal, 0.3 miles, $17,487. —Nutmeg Avenue, 18th Street to 20th Street, overlay, 0.1 miles, $6,632. —Samana Way, from White Point Road to Providence Way, overlay, 0.1 mile, $7,958. —Southwind Drive, from Bluewater Boulevard to Muirfield Drive, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. —Woodlands Drive, from White Point Road to Greenwood Way, fog seal, 0.3 miles, $1,394. —Oakwood Circle, from Woodlands Drive to Greenwood Way, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. —Oakwood Way, from Ridgewood Way to Oakwood Circle, fog seal, 0.1 mile, $465. —Ridgewood Way, from Cove North to Sandalwood Circle, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. —St. Joseph Cove, from Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. —St. Rose Cove, from Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. —St. Anne Cove from, Antiqua Way, all, micro-surfacing, 0.1 mile, $3,872. —Sandalwood Circle, from Sandalwood Cove, all, fog seal, 0.4 mile, $1,859. —Greenwood Way, from Woodlands Drive, all, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. —Blue Pine Lane, from Range Road to Meadow Lane, fog seal, 0.6 mile, $2,788. —Meadowbrook Court, from Blue Pine Lane to Blue Pine Lane, fog seal, 0.3 mile, $1,394. —Norwich Circle, from Olde Post Road to Olde Post Road, overlay, 0.3 mile, $23,874. Two of the District 5 resurfacing projects are in Destin: —Drifting Sand Trail, from Indian Bayou Trail to Two Circle Road, fog seal, 0.7 miles, $3,252. —Two Circle Road, from Drifting Sand Trail to Commons Drive West, fog seal, 0.2 miles, $929. The length of the District 5 resurfacing project totals six miles at a cost of $100,318, according to county estimates. If the resurfacing work comes in under budget, an additional one mile of streets in District 5, including 0.9 mile in the Bluewater Bay area, could see overlay this year, Hofstad said. Resurfacing work normally begins around April, when warmer, more consistent weather arrives, Hofstad said, and is completed prior to the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. COUNTYFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-4 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACONfighter, have flown to Eglin since July 15—six Air Force version F35As and three Marine Corps F35Bs. But until Tuesday none of them had taken off from the base, pending a decision to begin regular training missions. Previously, the craft were used to train maintenance personnel and to familiarize pilots, including taxiing on Eglin's runways. On Feb. 28 the Aeronautical Systems Center at WrightPatterson Air Force Base released the F-35A version fighters to begin initial flight operations at Eglin. The commander of Air Education and Training Command, the 33rd Fighter Wing's headquarters command, also approved the start of flight operations last week. Smith delivered the wing's first F-35A on July 15. He is a test pilot who has flown several F-35s undergoing flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. A resident of Bluewater Bay, Smith will soon begin training other pilots. The initial group of pilots trained at Eglin will form the nucleus of instructors who will train others to fly the singleseat warplane, which is expected to become the backbone of the nation's strike-fighter fleet. Yesterday's flight included a takeoff from Runway 12 out over Choctawhatchee Bay. An F-16 chase plane followed. The F-35 was expected to undertake some "touch-and-go" landings during the flight, but a decision was made to land early because of indications of a fuel leak, according to Eglin officials. The landing was attended by fire engines, but reporters observing from a distance saw no indication of any emergency. Eglin's 33rd FW is slated to gain 17 more F-35s this year and is expected to receive all 59 jets it is authorized within the next two years. The Marine version is still awaiting training-flight clearance. A Navy version has yet to arrive at Eglin. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 7, 2012 Page A-5 stimulate or support new private investment with economically under-performing areas of the city. There are 177 CRAs in Florida, McCartney said, including ones in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, as well as Panama City Beach, Panama City, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Tallahassee, Lynn Haven and Pensacola. The state legislature, in 1969, created CRAs as a legal vehicle for cities to undertake urban redevelopment, McCartney said. He said he first broached the subject to the city manager, mayor and City Councilman Bill Smith last November. The city council received the presentation last month. To create a CRA the council would have to establish a CRA governing board (it can be the city council); identify the CRA area; develop an area redevelopment plan; and establish "tax increment funding" to pay for it. Tax increment funding for a CRA means that increased tax collections attributed to post-redevelopment increases in property values within the CRA would be earmarked for the redevelopment project, rather than the usual taxing authority, such as the city or county. McCartney provided city officials with a draft sample map of Niceville as an example of where a CRA might be created. The map encompassed commercially zoned property on both sides of John Sims Parkway, from Palm Boulevard westward to the Valparaiso city limits, as well as commercial areas on both sides of Government Avenue, and along Bayshore Drive where "old Niceville" previously concentrated its commercial center along the Boggy Bayou waterfront. Niceville would have to declare the area as a "blighted area" before it could be designated as a CRA, according to state statute. The assertion would have to be backed by government statistics, or a study. Several years ago, McCartney had previously proposed a similar revitalization plan for "old Niceville" along Bayshore and the area where John Sims Parkway and State Road 85 North intersect, also known as the Niceville "triangle." However, city officials didn't proceed with that earlier proposal and study after objections were raised by property owners, including residents of a townhouse complex. McCartney told the Beacon that some infrastructure improvements created in other CRAs made other business districts more pedestrian friendly, including purchase of property for additional parking, tram stops, waiting areas, access to beaches or other outdoor attractions, and additional sidewalks and stormwater improvements. McCartney told city officials in February that CRAs can "help under-performing areas of a community to develop." He suggested that council members visit existing CRAs in Panama City and Lynn Haven, both of which have been successful, to learn more about how such programs work and whether a CRA might be useful for Niceville. Corbin said that within Niceville, "Several areas have been identified" as possible areas for a CRA, including the area surrounding the intersection of John Sims Parkway and State Road 85. No action was taken by the city council last month, other than to authorize the city manager to assess the need. The city manager said council members were interested and were briefed individually. McCartney said he and Niceville Mayor Randall Wise would address the subject of a CRA to members of the local chamber of commerce and civic groups this month. They hope to gauge the reaction of the local business community to the idea. He said he planned to bring the issue, and the reaction of business leaders, back to the city council next month. MULLSFrom page A-1the thefts during a Jan. 12 meeting with Miller and Nunnally in Nunnally's Niceville office. On Jan. 23, Nunnally notified the fire chief that after completing a detailed audit, he had concluded that the total amount taken by Banegas was $81,829, between June 7, 2006, and Sept. 28, 2011. Miller again confronted Banegas, and Banegas allegedly admitted to the thefts. On Jan. 30, Banegas signed a termination letter stating he was being fired for misappropriating funds from the North Bay Fire Control District. North Bay Fire Commission Chairman James R. Miller, no relation to Chief Miller, told sheriff's investigators Jan. 31 that he had witnessed Banegas' firing, and said that Banegas had admitted taking the money to meet financial obligations. Nunnally told investigators that when Banegas came to his office with the fire chief, Banegas admitted to writing the checks to himself, but insisted it was only for the year 2011 and totaled about $23,411. Banegas was permitted to continue performing some duties after Jan. 11, when the alleged thefts were reported, until Jan. 30, when he was dismissed, according to Chief Miller. Miller told the Beacon that he was still checking records for exact dates, but recalled that Banegas had been the district's bookkeeper since 2002 or 2003, and was responsible for reconciling the district's bank account, until he was fired. Chief Miller said that until about 2008, Banegas was also authorized to sign fire district checks. However, Miller said that Banegas never actually signed checks during that period and that he was on the account in case money needed to be transferred between accounts. He said Banegas was removed as a bank-account signer when the fire district began using direct deposit for payroll. Currently three people are authorized to sign checks for the fire district: Chief Miller and two fire commissioners, treasurer Steve Strait, and vice treasurer Jim Boswell. Only one signature is required. Asked how someone could take so much money, undetected, over a fourto five-year period, Commissioner Strait quipped, "very discreetly." Strait said he expects that details of the alleged thefts would be forthcoming as the investigation continues. Commissioners are also awaiting a formal report from auditors. Chief Miller said that suspicions were not aroused until auditors discovered a mistake during a random sampling of some transactions during the current annual audit (of the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011). The fire chief said he expected auditors to give the fire commission a draft copy of the audit during the next commission meeting, scheduled for March 13, at 7 p.m. He said the fire district's new administrative assistant would be introduced to the commission during the meeting. 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ArrestsJohn Wesley Martin, unemployed, 42, of 3425 Doddie Lane, Navarre, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 25 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer. After police were unable to find information in a police data base on the name Martin initially gave, Martin allegedly provided his correct name. Police then learned that Santa Rosa County had outstanding warrants for Martin. In addition to the Niceville charges, Martin was booked into Okaloosa County Jail Feb. 25 on the Santa Rosa County charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, producing methamphetamine, and possession of listed chemicals for the manufacture of controlled substance. * Nicholas Andrew Albert, a landscaper, 22, of 37 Cadillac Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Lakendrick Collis Williams, a furniture mover, 27, of 499 Johnson St., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * Collin Michael David Simonds, unemployed, 23, of 1480-B 30th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 24 on charges of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a college and distribution of marijuana to a person under the age of 18. On Jan. 20, Simonds allegedly delivered and sold a small amount of marijuana to a 15-year-old girl. The girl allegedly contacted Simonds through the Northwest Florida State College campus email/texting system and Simonds came onto the Niceville campus of NWFSC and handed the girl approximately 2.5 grams of marijuana, after she paid him for it. As of Feb. 28, Simonds was being held on the two charges at the Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of $125,000. * Franklin Edward Page, a framer, 28, of 423 Snapper Drive, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop, Feb. 22, on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a Dilaudid pill, and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Joseph Dewayne Elledge, unemployed, 18, of 1413 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 27 on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, possession of controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police responded to a disturbance call at Elledge's residence and detected a strong odor of marijuana. A witness said he saw Elledge place a bag believed to contain illegal items in a van parked in front of the residence. Elledge said the bag contained a hooka and a couple of pipes, and opened the door to the van. Police saw a small safe in the back of the van under a backpack, which Elledge said contained marijuana and money. He allegedly told police the marijuana was his, and that he did sell it in small amounts. * A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 26 on charges of car burglary, grand theft and grand theft auto. The boy allegedly stole a $700 cell phone out of a Toyota Prius in the parking lot of a church, 1200 E. Valparaiso Blvd. As the boy was leaving the parking lot he allegedly pulled the door handle of a Toyota Corolla, opened the door, rifled through the vehicle, found the vehicle's ignition keys, then started the vehicle and drove off. Police located the stolen Corolla parked on 27th Street, near the corner of Bailey Drive. Three teenage passengers in the vehicle said they had no idea the car was stolen. They identified the 16-year-old driver, who, the passengers said had pulled over where the car had been found and left the vehicle saying he was going to see someone for a minute. A police tracking dog was brought in, but was unsuccessful in tracking the suspect. The boy's father subsequently called police to notify them that his son was at home. The boy allegedly admitted to the burglary and thefts. * Neal Edward Goodrich, a military member, 24, of 362-B Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso, and Whitney Lynn Hatcher, unemployed, 25, of 369 Lincoln Ave., Valparaiso, were arrested by Valparaiso police Feb. 26, each charged with discharging a firearm in public. Goodrich and Hatcher allegedly fired a .22-caliber rifle between four and eight times at Echo Pond, which is inside a city park. The two were allegedly shooting at a volleyball that was floating on the water, then shot at turtles. Hatcher allegedly threw the rifle into the water upon seeing police. * Sharall Larone Figures, 38, of 1205 Finck Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 26 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge related to a $39 check. * Robert Edmund Morris, unemployed, 22, of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 20 on charges of petit theft and fraud, cashing or depositing checks with intent to defraud. On Jan. 30, Morris is alleged to have deposited three counter checks from his bank, in the amount of $500 each, into two different credit union ATMs in Niceville. Morris immediately withdrew $200 each from the first two checks, and $100 from the last check, due to a $500 withdrawal limitation from the credit union ATMs. The three deposited checks were drawn on Morris' bank account which allegedly had a balance of $1.50 when he deposited the three checks. An attempt to deposit a fourth counter check for $500 at one of the same ATMs on Feb. 2, was blocked by the credit union. * Jamie Delaine James, a massage therapist, 38, of 263 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies, subsequent to a traffic stop on a vehicle for no headlights in which James was a passenger, Feb. 23, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. James was subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. * Antwan Terrell Smith, unemployed, 26, of 621 Piedmont St., Orlando, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 23 on a charge of domestic violence battery that allegedly occurred at an address in Niceville. * Jonathan Lee Yates, unemployed, 26, of 30 Newcastle Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 22 on charges of domestic violence battery, one count, for failure to appear on original felony counts of violation of probation, three counts, and for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Julian Frank Kalivoda, 26, of 101 Friar Tuck Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 21 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Charlton Barnhurst Buford, 21, of 2 Bayshore Drive, Freeport, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 24 on a charge of grand theft auto. A deputy saw Buford parked, with the engine running, in a closed and locked county park at the corner of Cat-Mar Road and Cypress Street, Niceville, about 7:45 p.m. During a consensual citizen contact, the deputy relayed Buford's driver's license information and learned there was an outstanding Walton County warrant on Buford on a charge of retail theft. After placing Buford under arrest the deputy relayed the vehicle registration information and learned that the vehicle Buford had been idling in while in the driver's seat had been reported as stolen in Walton County.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 500 block of 27th Street reported that unknown person(s) had stolen his children's skateboards out of the garage sometime Feb. 21-22, a period in which the garage door had been open several times. * A wireless router and a jump drive were reported stolen from a Niceville church, 1100 S. Palm Blvd., sometime Feb. 19-22. Entry may have been gained through a window. Six doors inside the church were damaged. * A Niceville resident from the 300 block of 23rd Street reported Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire De p artment Re p ortsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 27, 2012 through March 4, 2012. 0 Structure Fire32 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous ConditionsLocation Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................02/27/12...................03:56 SR85N..........................................Alarm Activation..................02/27/12...................06:34 Ellis Avenue.................................Medical................................02/27/12...................07:17 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................02/27/12...................09:14 Boyd Circle...................................Medical................................02/27/12...................11:41 Reeves Street..............................Cooking Fire........................02/27/12...................12:55 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................02/27/12...................13:05 27th Street...................................Medical................................02/27/12...................17:38 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................02/27/12...................22:17 37th Street...................................Medical................................02/28/12...................07:20 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................02/28/12...................10:03 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................02/29/12...................08:26 SR85/SR123................................Cancelled............................02/29/12...................13:36 S. Partin Drive..............................Medical................................02/29/12...................17:15 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................03/01/12...................00:06 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................03/01/12...................09:38 SR85N/SR123.............................Medical................................03/01/12...................09:56 Rushing River Way......................Alarm Activation..................03/01/12...................11:43 Fir Avenue....................................Medical................................03/01/12...................22:27 23rd Street...................................Medical................................03/02/12...................03:18 Juniper Avenue............................Medical................................03/02/12...................07:26 Beaver Run Road........................Medical................................03/02/12...................08:57 Als Drive.......................................Medical................................03/02/12...................12:39 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/02/12...................20:58 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/02/12...................21:32 Nutmeg Avenue...........................Medical................................03/03/12...................00:17 Garden Lane................................Medical................................03/03/12...................00:46 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................03/03/12...................06:13 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical................................03/03/12...................12:06 Kildare Circle................................Medical................................03/03/12...................18:57 Regatta Drive...............................Medical................................03/03/12...................21:16 Ansley Drive/BWB.......................Alarm Activation..................03/04/12...................08:46 Linden Avenue.............................Medical................................03/04/12...................10:09 Bullock Blvd.................................Medical................................03/04/12...................10:41 Reeves Street..............................Medical................................03/04/12...................15:06 Nathey Avenue............................Medical................................03/04/12...................16:07 Roberts Drive...............................Medical................................03/04/12...................16:34 E. College Blvd............................Medical................................03/04/12...................19:27 Bayshore Drive............................Medical................................03/04/12...................21:30 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle Crash......................03/04/12...................21:44 Weekly Safety Tip: If there are smokers in your home, make sure ash trays are large and deep and won t tip over. Never throw cigarettes in the trash. Make sure they are completely out. Douse cigarettes and cigar butts with water before discarding them. Please look at the Niceville Fire Department web page on Facebook.Valparaiso VolunteerThe Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of February. Location Situation Date Time Hickory Lane............................Breathing Problem..............2/1/12..................04:22 Chicago Ave.............................Unconscious........................2/2/12..................10:08 Cadillac Ave..............................Breathing Problem..............2/3/12..................16:39 Chicago Ave.............................Medical Alarm.....................2/4/12..................13:59 Racetrack Road.......................Station Move-up..................2/6/12..................12:11 Overbrook Dr............................Structure Fire......................2/6/12..................12:43 Lewis Turner Blvd....................Station Move-up..................2/6/12..................13:16 Country Club Ave.....................Sick Call...............................2/6/12..................14:15 South John Sims Pkwy...........Vehicle Fire..........................2/6/12..................17:47 Davenport Ave..........................Sick Call...............................2/7/12..................08:55 Chicago Ave.............................Sick Call...............................2/7/12..................16:36 Lincoln Ave...............................Overdose.............................2/8/12..................00:30 Glen View Ave..........................Fall.......................................2/9/12..................12:02 Niceville Ave.............................Structure Fire......................2/9/12..................12:33 Nordberg Ave...........................Hemorrhage........................2/10/12................23:13 Grandview Ave.........................Fall.......................................2/12/12................19:44 Jones Ave.................................Structure Fire......................2/13/12................11:06 Davenport Ave..........................Sick Call...............................2/14/12................12:42 Aucilla Court.............................Fire Service Call..................2/14/12................15:55 Madison Ave.............................Diabetic ...............................2/14/12................15:57 South Bayshore Dr..................Breathing Problem..............2/14/12................19:08 North John Sims Pkwy............Fire Alarm............................2/15/12................14:51 Glendale Ave............................Sick Call...............................2/22/12................18:15 Hickory Lane............................Breathing Problem..............2/23/12................03:39 Grandview Ave.........................Chest Pain...........................2/24/12................22:58 Valparaiso Pkwy.......................Breathing Problem..............2/28/12................13:35 Quail Trail..................................Hemorrhage........................2/28/12................16:02 Jasmine Ave.............................Fire Alarm............................2/29/12................12:58 South John Sims Pkwy...........Abdominal...........................2/29/12................14:08 Contact the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 if you have questions or concerns. Please see BLOTTER, page A-7Page A-6 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Call or visit us today!POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive • Niceville • 678-2514 Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 • Niceville • www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATION Gated Community first time offere din Mediterranean Village 3 Bedroom 2 Bath All Brick Home. Custom Cabinets, Destinite Countertops, 9 ceilings, Separate Dining Room. Zero Lot Line. A must see!!!! 1917 Sq.Ft. $255,000. SEMINOLE CEDAR STREET: .41 acre lot – Fenced – Mobile Home heated and cooled Single Wide Expando. 3 Bedrooms 1.5 Baths AS IS. Call for Showing $59,000. 76 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.Ft. $425,000. A MUST SEE: NICEVILLE, Cedar Ridge Home on Peachtree. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Family Room, Dining, Kitchen and Beautifully Decorated. A Must See! $156,000 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 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. $80,000. PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Courtyard Plaza BWB, 1500 Sq.Ft. Units. NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 PENDING Polly’s Concrete Products Polly’s Concrete Productswww.pollysconcrete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver Driveway READY TO ENHANCE YOUR CURB APPEAL?Upgrade your old existing driveway with Stylish Cobblestone Pavers or we can remove and repour your driveway.Call today for a free estimate 897-3314 Collin Michael David Simonds Joseph Dewayne ElledgeNorth BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 27, 2012 through March 5, 2012. Location Situation Date Time E. Highway 20.........................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............11:36 Reeves Street..........................Dispatched canceled...........02/27/12..............12:56 Als Drive...................................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............13:07 Kate Court................................EMS excluding vehicle........02/27/12..............13:15 William Faulkner Drive............Medical assist EMS.............02/27/12..............19:21 Turnberry Place.......................EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............08:51 E. Highway 20.........................EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............11:30 Fairway Lakes Drive...............EMS excluding vehicle........02/28/12..............16:47 Oak Shores Drive....................EMS excluding vehicle........02/29/12..............01:37 White Point Road....................EMS excluding vehicle........02/29/12..............11:15 N. White Point Road...............Dispatched canceled...........02/29/12..............12:58 Windlake Drive........................Medical assist EMS.............02/29/12..............13:12 East Highway 20.....................Dispatched canceled...........02/29/12..............16:25 N. White Point Road...............Medical assist EMS.............03/01/12..............07:48 Nelson Point Road..................Alarm system activation......03/01/12..............10:09 Cat Mar Road .........................Outside rubbish...................03/01/12..............20:29 Oakwood Circle.......................Medical assist EMS.............03/02/12..............00:56 Greenwood Cove....................EMS excluding vehicle........03/03/12..............07:52 Antiqua Way............................Rescue, EMS incident.........03/03/12..............16:59 Olde Post Road.......................Service call...........................03/04/12..............06:35 Glen Eagles Drive...................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............06:45 Ansley Drive............................Alarm system activation......03/04/12..............08:46 Highway 20 East ....................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............15:02 Oaklake Lane..........................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............18:29 Lancaster Drive.......................EMS excluding vehicle........03/04/12..............20:32 Cat Mar Road..........................EMS excluding vehicle........03/05/12..............01:29 Olde Post Road.......................EMS excluding vehicle........03/05/12..............02:27 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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Feb. 24 that unknown person(s) burglarized his unlocked vehicle and stole a $250 pair of sunglasses, a $200 iPod and some prescription medication. * A Niceville resident from the 800 block of Sparkleberry Cove reported Feb. 24 that someone stole a $700 refrigerant recovery machine from the front of his house Jan. 12. * A man reported to Niceville police Feb. 27 that an unknown person had opened two credit cards in his name and was receiving packages in Polk County. Police said they would contact Polk County authorities. * A Niceville resident from the 1600 block of Vine Avenue reported that sometime Feb. 25-27 unknown person(s) stole a $500 winch that he removed from his pickup truck and placed on his back porch. * A Niceville resident reported Feb. 21 she received a letter from the IRS asking for more information in regards to processing her 2011 tax return. The resident stated that she has not yet filed her 2011 tax return and believes that she may be the victim of identity theft. The IRS asked the woman to contact her local law enforcement agency to begin an investigation. The victim also asked the three major credit bureau's to flag her information. * A Niceville resident from the 2400 block of Rocky Shores Drive reported that sometime Feb. 12-26 unknown person(s) entered the home and stole several items of jewelry from a jewelry box in a bedroom. At least 31 items of jewelry stolen had an estimated $13,500 value. There was no sign of forced entry, and other nearby items of value were left untouched. * A Niceville resident from the 1400 block of Hickory Street reported that unknown person(s) stole three, 20-foot-long sheets of steel tubing that had been delivered to the front corner of his property Feb. 23. The steel was valued at $270. * A Niceville resident from the 500 block of Reeves Street reported that unknown person(s) entered her vehicle sometime Feb. 25-26, and stole a bag with three college school books and assorted notebooks valued at $150. * It was reported Feb. 24 that unknown person(s) stole a $145 battery and the master key to an excavator from the unlocked excavator, which had been parked overnight Feb. 23-24 at a highway construction site off of Range Road, Niceville.Criminal MischiefTwo vandals lit a fire in a grocery shopping cart in the parking lot of a Niceville grocery store, 1104 E. John Sims Parkway, then fled the scene Feb. 26. Firefighters were called to the scene, which caused an estimated $20 to an advertising sign attached to the cart. A witness described the vandals as two teenage males dressed entirely in black.OtherKyle A. Wheatley, 33, of 1104 Phyllis Ave., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police Feb. 24 on a charge of retail theft. Wheatley was allegedly observed taking three beers from the beer case at a Niceville grocery store, 1015 E. John Sims Parkway, then consumed them in the bathroom of the store. An employee advised police they removed 40, 16-ounce beer cans from the ceiling in the bathroom between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. The beer cans in the ceiling had a value of $29. * Gwendolyn Gabrielle Fuller, a restaurant host, 19, of 105 Meadow Woods Lane, Niceville, was issued a criminal summon by Niceville police Feb. 20 on a charge of retail theft. Fuller is alleged to have hidden 22 items in her purse, then walked past the register without paying the $122 cost of the concealed items at the Niceville Walmart, 1300 E. John Sims Parkway. * During the week of Feb. 17-23 Florida Fish and Wildlife officers in Walton County observed a vehicle parked on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation in an area open for recreational use. A FWC officer inspected foot tracks around the vehicle and became suspicious when the tracks appeared to have been made with a smooth shoe sole without tread, a type of shoe commonly used by someone wanting to leave very little or no tracks to enter a prohibited/closed area. Officers established a perimeter around the area after additional tracks indicated the subject had entered a closed area. Once it was dark, the suspect exited the closed area and returned to his vehicle exhausted, and with blood covering his arms, clothing, and rifle. The subject admitted he shot at a deer, but was unable to locate it. The subject said he was hunting the open area, but admitted to killing a hog in the closed area after being questioned about his foot tracks around the closed area. The subject was cited for entering/hunting in a prohibited area on Eglin Wildlife Management Area. Eglin Security Forces responded and issued the subject a three-year suspension on Eglin property. 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THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Eirikson, 57, Crestview, military contractor Timothy Savoir, 56, Valparaiso, museum specialist Joe Fuller, 70, Valparaiso, retired Air Force Marcus Brown, 27, Shalimar, Air Force “I think it s great, especially if it creates jobs.” “It s a juggernaut that can t be stopped. There s too much money involved. And, it s probably for the best.” “The purpose of those airplanes is to defend our freedom. If we didn t have planes in the air, a lot of Americans would be hurt on the ground.” “I think it s good. It opens up jobs for people, and brings more activity to the base.” “I m all for it. We definitely back the military here.” “I don t know much about it, but I hear that they re loud.” —Mike Griffith What do you think about the approval of F-35 flight operations at Eglin Air Force Base?Jim Curran, 70, Valparaiso, retired Air Force pilotLocation: Valparaiso post officeTaylor Helvie, 16, Valparaiso, Niceville High School studentWhat should we ask next week? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-8 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACONresidence Nov. 12-17 as a house-sitter, and to baby-sit the victim's children. Investigators later discovered information that Gagnor sold eight pieces of jewelry to a Niceville metals business, 1016 John Sims Parkway, on Nov. 16, and had pawned one ring at a Fort Walton Beach pawn shop, 100 Perry Ave., SE, on Nov. 21. The pawn shop returned the ring to its owner Dec. 15. Under investigators' questioning Jan. 5, Gagnor allegedly admitted taking at least eight pieces of jewelry from the home. Gagnor also claimed that "James," a man she knew, was in the victim's home on two occasions and may have had access to the bedroom where the valuables were kept. Gagnor admitted selling eight pieces of the stolen jewelry to the Niceville business. She also admitted pawning the ring in Fort Walton Beach. She said "James" had given her the ring and told her he couldn't pawn it because he didn't have an identification card. Gagnor said she didn't know the whereabouts of the unrecovered pieces of jewelry. On Monday, Gagnor was being held in the Okaloosa County Jail under a $30,500 bond on unrelated Santa Rosa County charges of larceny and grand theft. THIEFFrom page A-1Have you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. Not only is it uncomfortable and embarrassing, it makes eating difficult and can affect your speech. It can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface – the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate. In fact, 25 percent of the bone mass is lost in the very first year after an extraction! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. Dr. Olivier Broutin would like to help. Making sure that every patient has a comfortable, beautiful, functional smile is why he practices dentistry – and it s why he is so excited about the amazing benefits of dental implants. It really is the treatment of choice for health, appearance and lasting benefits. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth – just the way the tooth root was. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven – over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible – far superior to a fixed partial denture or full dentures that do nothing to prevent bone loss and require removal of enamel or other preparation of the healthy teeth adjacent to the extraction. Each implant offers support and stimulation to the bone, keeping it intact and functioning. The teeth surrounding it are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. It is a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. His passion and conviction can convince even the most skeptical listener to find out more about dental implants. “I like dentistry – I just love teeth and want to do everything I can to protect them. I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. It s the fascinating science of dentistry.” For more information about Dr. Olivier Broutin and the benefits of implant dentistry, call (850) 8974488 or visit www.DrBroutin.com. Dr. Olivier Broutin Advertising Feature Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business’ patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Northwest Florida State College recognized the scholastic achievement of students completing the fall 2011 term by naming them to the President's List and Dean's List. The President's List names those students with nine or more credits in the term who earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0. The Dean's List names students with nine or more credits in the term who earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79. President s List:Niceville: Gloryanne Allen, Jonathan Allen, Nicholas Amodeo, Jenny Armstrong, Joshua Balciunas, Adrian Banegas, Elizabeth Bankston, Jennifer Barsky, Elizabeth Berry, Rebecca Birge, Paula Bocchino, Robert Bordner, Mark Boutwell, Justin Broaderick, Julie Brooks, Alejandro Cano, Charles Chavous, Meghan Connelly, Christopher Costello, Cassie Davis, Alexandra Decaro, Josue Dejesus, Miriam Dennis, Kara Deonarine, Victoria Doan, Lorraine Dowell, Daniel Dunlap, Ryan Duplechin, Calvin Dykes, William Easley, Mary Eichler, Debra Elliott, Colby Fanto, Jeremy Fleischmann, Travis Ford, Cindy Fuchs, Jessica Gagliardi, Kimberly Greene, Nicholas Gregg, Matthew Halladay, Mimmi Hammenbeck-Willenborg, Jason Hittle, Candice Holley, John Hood, Maegan Hughes, Robert Humphries, Beverly Isik, Richard Jackson, Katrina Jammer, Alyssa Jesmain, Amanda Johnson, Brandy Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Mark Jordan, Elizabeth Krafcik, Lisa Lambert, Haley Landon, Jessica Landry, Theron Lennon, Melissa Macnicol, Valerie Manley, Kristina Mcdorman, Kyle Mcdorman, Angela Mcdowell, Madeline Merts, David Miller, Rachel Miller, Kristie MillerCadiente, Michelle Nichols, Joey Pabst, Krista Pedro, Amber Phillips, Tibor Pollak, Danielle Rahilly, Catherine Remar, Herica Reyes, Meredith Roberts, Amber Sanders, Cara Scarborough, Elise Schaefer, Ella Schaefer, Daniel Schlossberg, Alisha Sepsey, Haley Shelton, Colton Sikes, Erynne Smith, Ryan Smith, Katrina Sterner, Michael Stiles, Stephanie Thomas, Tyler Underwood, Michael Valenzuela, Alexander Wagner, Eric Weeks, Lauren Welton, Crystal Wheeler, Rebecca Wheeler, Stacy Wheelwright and Caitlyn Williams. Valparaiso: Crystal Brown, Tiffany Hughes, Stephen Rogers, Colleen Segers, Lance Shepardson and Hope Wells. Freeport: Katelyn Beaty, Timothy Carty, Krystle Durham, Zachary Farhood, Michelle Hebert, Joslyn King, Lila Lennon, Jesse Moon, Audra Morgan, Brittany Umble, Autumn Warner and Jacob Wolak.Dean s List: Niceville: Brianna Allen, Cody Anderson, Daniel Anderson, Lori Anderson, Madison Anderson, April Bailey, Melissa Banks, Kelsey Bartley, Christine Campbell, Steven Carter, Kimberly Castriotta, Daniel Cooper, Brian Cunningham, William Cunningham, Lauren Dale, Erica Daniel, Tessa Darling, Victoria Dejesus, Shawn Esin, Jordin Findling, Ulita Fingall, Matthew Finlayson, Ryan Fisher, Rachel Foss, Ginger Foster, Salina Fountas, Rachel Fuller, Zachary Gadzinski, Talina Garcia, Brett Glaess, Tammy Guardiola, John Gustafson, Candace Harbin, Stephanie Hays, Thomas Hiltl, Megan Horton, Josh Horvath, Maranatha Horvath, Sarah Horvath, Stephen Huntley, Sandy Hvitved, Emily Jacobs, Rebecca Jones, Matthew Jordan, Vilija Kastl, Taehoon Kim, Evan Knorr, Tiffanie Kowalik, Elinore Laird, Lorinda Maldonado, Melony Malone, Tyler Mason, Tessa Mayhew, Christina Mcbride, Chase Mcinnis, Shane Melancon, Kayla Minkler, Deborah Mobley, Shannon Mook, Shawaun Moore, Rachael O'dell, Horace Paine, Horace Paine, Emily Parsons, Seth Patterson, Georgia Pearce, Carly Racer, Zach Rodgers, Alexander Russ, Kristie Scarborough, Sterling Schaefer, Joseph Settle, Philip Smith, Jessica Sosio, Bryan Sylvester, William Thomas, Danielle Timm, Jessica Tuznik, Zachary Underwood, Stacey Van Houten, Alyssa Vannatter, Tyler Vaughn, Kala Wade, Sydnee White, Alysia Whitehead, Ana Wilke, Abner Williams, Peter Williamson, Sarah Willis and Brittani Wray. Joseph Feduccia, son of Gary and Jan Feduccia, of Niceville, was awarded the highest honor in scouting, Eagle Scout. Feduccia is a member of Bluewater Pack 553, and has been scouting since the first grade. For his Eagle Scout project, Joseph supervised the refurbishing of a local building and construction of a surrounding fence. *** Emily Steele, daughter of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean's List, and admitted into the University of Florida Honors Program in recognition of outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of 2011. A graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School, Emily is pursuing a degree in engineering. *** Kim Steele, daughter of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the Pensacola Christian College Dean's List in recognition of outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of 2011. A homeschool graduate, Kim is pursuing a teaching degree in secondary education. *** Darlene Martin, RN, BSN, CDE, of Niceville, passed the orthopaedic nursing certification exam. Darlene is the coordinator of Twin Cities Hospital's joint replacement program, Joint Venture. She has earned the credential ONC, which identifies to the public that she has substantial knowledge in the area of orthopaedic nursing. Who’s News E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com. 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 sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d nn e e s s d d a a y y , M M a a r r c c h h 7 7 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Joseph Feduccia Kim Steele Emily Steele Darlene MartinLocal students make NWFSC Dean's and President’s lists Niceville chefs take home 1st at Destin Desserts Niceville's Chef Dan Pettis of One20 a Modern Bistro and Pastry Chef Myranda Broxson, were the first place winners at Destin Desserts. 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Give-away registration The White-Wilson Medical Center will give away 10 total women's health packages, valued at $1,000. Registration is now open through April 15, and women who live in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties are eligible to enter. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Third Annual Little Black Dress Party. Info: fwblittleblackdressparty.com. Weather course offered A seven-week weather course will begin March 7, 6:30-9 p.m., Anchorage Building, 404 Green Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach. The meetings will be held on Wednesday nights. Tuition is free, but there is a $65 cost for materials. Info: 8630874, or fwsps.com. RWOF meeting The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet March 7, Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The speaker will be Henry Kelley, a member of the Fort Walton Beach Tea Party. To make a reservation contact Donna Pattison, 6515416, or donnapattison@cox.net by noon, March 2. Cost is $16 for members and $18 for guests. Info: rwof.org. Seniors picnic Twin Cities Senior Citizens Club will meet March 8, at 1 p.m., 268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, for their annual picnic. Bring a covered dish to share. Info: 678-4346. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Niceville Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be March 8, 5-8 p.m. Mention to a cashier that you are purchasing food on behalf of WinShape Camps for Communities. A portion of all qualifying sales will go to the scholarship fund. WinShape Camps for Communities will be in Niceville, June 18-22, for children grades 1-6. Info: 678-4621. FWB Aglow The speaker for Fort Walton Beach Aglow, March 8, will be Sherry Anderson. The meeting will be at Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Coffee and fellowship, 9:30 a.m., and the meeting, 10 a.m. Info: Barbara Williams, 678-1335, or fwbaglow@yahoo.com. Spanish language class The Valparaiso Community Library will offer a beginner Spanish language class, March 8, 3:30 p.m. This class will meet every Thursday afternoon and will be taught by Ruth Trott. Cost: free, except the textbook, $12. Info: 729-5406. Officer to speak to teens Staff Sgt. Jimmy Macon, Niceville Police Department, will be a guest speaker in the teen space area of the Niceville Public Library, March 8, 2:45 p.m. All area teens, ages 13-17, are invited to hear Macon speak about relevant issues that affect the lives of teens. Refreshments will be served. Info: Youth Services Department, 2794863, ext. 1514. Groundbreaking ceremony Groundbreaking of the University of Florida-Okaloosa County Extension Office Building will be March 8, 10 a.m., Bob Sikes Airport. Bluewater Bay bike ride The Adventure Club will hold a bike ride in Niceville, March 8, at 3 p.m., in the Bluewater Bay Resort/subdivision. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. The group will have supper after the ride at a nearby restaurant. Info: Bob and Audrey Hains, 897-3624. ASMC/NCMA training The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) and the Northwest Florida Chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) will host a training event March 8, at the Emerald Coast Conference Center, Okaloosa Island. The one-day itinerary includes more than 14 workshops and a CDFM test site. Cost is $110. Register at gulfcoastasmc.org/rpds/AAC/EBS. Info: Angela Godwin, or 883-0439. Garden Club meeting Master Gardener Margaret Stewart will entertain the Bluewater Bay Garden Club, March 8, 9:30 a.m., with recycled floral design for fun and profit. The meeting will be at the Bluewater Bay Club House. Info: bluewaterbaygardenclub.com. Heritage Museum lecture There will be a free lunch time lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, March 9, at noon. Catherine Nolan from Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present "Hinterland of an Empire. A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site." Info: 6782615. Lewis Falcon Festival Lewis Middle School will hold its Falcon Festival March 9, 5-8 p.m., at the school. There will be food, jump houses, games and a cake walk. The public is invited. Tickets are four for $1. Info: Andrea Hill, 642-1721. Gambling lecture Dr. Klaus Meyer-Arendt will present "Casino Gambling: Lessons from Mississippi," March 9, 6 p.m., at Heritage Park and Cultural Center, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, Fort Walton Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will discuss the process of legalizing casino gambling, geographic restrictions of gambling, Indian gambling and the social impacts of gambling. FWB Auditorium show "The Devil and Daniel Webster," will open March 9, at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on Miracle Strip Parkway. The show runs additionally on March 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday night shows, and 2 p.m. for the two Sunday matinees. Advance tickets may be purchased for $15 at P.S. Gifts, Fort Walton Beach, or Bayou Book, Niceville; tickets are available for sale at StageCrafters.com. Discounted student tickets are $10 and are available at the door of performances. Info: 243-1101. 3-day backpacking trip Join the Florida Trail Association, March 9-11, 9 a.m., for a 23-mile backpacking trip on Eglin near Crestview. Eglin recreation permit required. Info: 585-5150, or choctaw.floridatrail.org. Beach re-nourishment Coastal geologist James H. "Rip" Kirby, of the USF Coastal Research Lab, will speak about the actual and potential impacts of beach nourishment, March 10, from noon-2 p.m., Shalimar Town Hall. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and iced tea provided. Beekeeping presentation The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present "Beekeeping in the Panhandle," March 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gordon Clauss, professional beekeeper and owner of Camp Flower Honey, will be speaking about the craft of and the importance of bees in Northwest Florida. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is located at 4956 Highway 20 East, Freeport. Dance for Life benefit The Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Crestview, is hosting Dance for Life, an evening of ballroom dance to benefit Covenant Hospice, March 10, 6:30 p.m., Crestview High School Auditorium. The event will feature Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and will also showcase amateur and professional dancers from across the Emerald Coast. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission, which will include premiere reserved seating for the event and an exclusive post-event cocktail party with Sliwinksa and Mazo. Tickets can be purchased at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 301 N. Main St., Crestview, or at fredastairecrestview.com. Poker Run Paws on the Throttle Poker Run will be March 10, 9 a.m., at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, 752 Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach. Last bike out at 11 a.m., and last bike in at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per hand. Prizes for hands will be based on points, and will be awarded at 3 p.m. Info: 243-1525, or paws-shelter.org. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry will present the Brown's of LeMars, Iowa, in concert, March 10, 6 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferndon Blvd., Crestview. Info: LibbyAndFriendsGospelConcerts.co m, or Libby White, 496-7106. Gymnasium dedication The Lewis School Gymnasium will be dedicated as the Taylor Haugen Gymnasium, March 10, 3 p.m. The faculty and staff at Lewis will dedicate the gym in Taylor’s honor, and invite the community to the dedication ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the outside entrance to the gym. Taylor attended Lewis as a middle school student and was actively involved in athletics, band and service projects. March Madness Niceville UMC will host a March Madness Tournament, March 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Men ages 16 and older are encouraged to get a team together. Registration for the team is $25. Registration forms are available at the Community Life Center, or nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Irish music concert The Emerald Coast Concert Association will present Andy Cooney’s "Forever Irish" at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, March 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and are available at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office, or by calling 729-6000. Info: 362-9356 or emeraldcoastconcerts.com. VFW Meeting The monthly meeting of the Niceville/Valparaiso Kent Purcell VFW Post 10090 will be March 12, 7 p.m., at DAV Hall, 920 Hospital Drive, Niceville. Info: post10090@flvfw.org. New members are welcome. Eaglette Dance Team The Eaglette Dance Team auditions will be March 12-15. Information packets and applications can be picked up in the Niceville High School attendance office. Info: Brooke James, jamesb@mail.okaloosa.k12.us. Better Listening The community classical music study series, Better Listening, will meet March 13, 7-9 p.m., at the Valparaiso Unitarian Church. Lars Runar will present "Classic Music in 3/4 Time" with commentaries on classic music and related CD selections. Career and job fair The Northwest Florida State College career and job fair will be March 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the new Student Services Center on the Niceville Campus at 100 College Blvd. The event is free and open to all job seekers, from the general public to college and high school students. Church conference New Life Christian Ministries, 130 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, willhold the third annual Binding and Loosing Conference, March 14-16, 7:30 p.m. The guest messenger is Bishop V.T. Harden. 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Northwest Florida’s highest achieving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students, and their peers from around the state were honored recently during the 2012 Sunshine State Scholars program. Kyle Saleeby, a student at Niceville High School, was one of eight Sunshine State Scholars. The event, held on Feb. 16 and 17, provided an opportunity for Florida’s colleges and universities to recruit the talents of top students. “These students are our future, and Gulf Power is proud to support this program that recognizes their efforts in the STEM areas and offers them opportunities to continue their higher education,” said Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power’s Workforce Development coordinator. The Sunshine State Scholars program is a collaborative effort between the Florida Education Foundation, the Division of Florida Colleges, the State University System and the Florida Department of Education. Four local students win CHELCO competitionFour high school juniors are on their way to Washington, D.C. this summer, after winning at CHELCO's annual Youth Tour competition. The competition took place Feb. 21, at CHELCO's Operations Center in DeFuniak Springs. The students who will represent CHELCO include: Tyler Kinard and Rachel Shelikoff, Niceville High School; Kayla Minkler, Collegiate High School; and Colton Myers, South Walton High School. Ashley McLeod, Laurel Hill High School, and Adam Crowson, Baker High School, were chosen as alternates. The four students will travel with 25 other Florida students to the nation's capital, representing eight co-ops throughout the state. Florida's group will be part of a delegation of 1,500 high school juniors representing 46 states. Winners of CHELCO's competition were chosen from a field of 20 representatives from 10 schools, and one homeschool student. A three-panel judge quizzed the students on CHELCO facts and history of rural electrification. Judges selected the winners based on their knowledge of the subject, poise and appearance, speaking ability and personality. While in Washington, the students will visit the historic monuments, as well as the Smithsonian Institution and Mount Vernon. They will also visit legislators on Capitol Hill. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistTess HollisEditorial AssistantDeborah TiptonReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. 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Freeport: Curstin Buford, Jacob Goddin, Michael Graziani, Jennifer Lafollette, Hannah Merrell, Morgan Mondragon, Matthew Phaneuf, Colin Smith and Kevin West. DEAN SFrom page B-1 During CHELCO's Youth Tour competition and banquet Feb. 21, judges selected four students from the field of 21 to travel to Washington, D.C., in June. Judges also selected two alternates. From left: Ashley McLeod (alternate), Laurel Hill High School; Adam Crowson (alternate), Baker High School; Rachel Shelikoff, Niceville High School; Colton Myers, South Walton High School; and Kayla Minkler, Collegiate High School. Not pictured is Tyler Kinard, Niceville High School. RBCS takes cultural field tripWaylynne Harris and Teresa Halus recently took their K5B class from Rocky Bayou Christian School to Tradewinds Restaurant in Niceville. The field trip was part of an ongoing study of different cultures from around the world. Owners of Tradewinds, Tom and Terry D'Eufemia, allowed students to cook and taste their food creations. Medal of Honor kits teach area students about courage, sacrificeBy Tess Hollis Staff Writer Okaloosa County Schools Deputy Superintendent Kaye McKinley is on a mission to teach local school children about courage and sacrifice by supplying classrooms with Medal of Honor kits. Each kit is a collection of lesson plans and personal accounts of Medal of Honor recipients. Last year, McKinley attended a conference for the Military Child Education Coalition, where she was able to hear Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, speak about the curriculum for students. According to its website, the kits encourage students to consider courage from their own perspective. Each kit contains "living histories," in which students can hear personal stories from Medal of Honor recipients. "The curriculum originally sold for $250, so not having school district funds for this, I started with Tom Rice from Magnolia Grill to see if he had contacts that would want to buy a kit or two for our schools," McKinley said. "My goal was to buy a kit for each seventh grade civics class." McKinley said Rice purchased four kits, in honor of Col. Bud Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who lives in Fort Walton Beach. "The word got out and other people called to donate funds," she said. "During this time period, some person in another state left a huge anonymous donation that reduced the cost of the kit to $100. So now I was able to purchase 44 kits." Each seventh grade civics teacher in Okaloosa County schools now has a personal kit, as well as some of the JROTC instructors. "I wanted to get through this year and see what the response has been from the seventh grade teachers," she said. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm Sunday Bible School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.Bluewater Community CHURCH897-2644 4580 RANGERD., NICEVILLECome Worship with Us! Ruckel Middle School Chorus shines at festivalThirty-two chorus students from Ruckel Middle School, directed by Nicole Wright and accompanied on the piano by Leah Brown and Becky Riley, participated in the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festival, Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church of Niceville. Each student achieved one of the top two ratings, Superior or Excellent. Ruckel Middle receives funds for 'Nooks'Mid-Bay Rotary presented Ruckel Middle School with a $2,700 check that will go toward Nooks for Education, an electronic reader program that encourages children to read. From left: Cheryl Duty, Ruckel Middle School Teacher and Nooks lead; Dennis Samac, Ruckel Middle School Assistant Principal; Dave Swanick, Mid-Bay Rotary president; and Jess Parnell, Mid-Bay Rotary Nooks lead. NWFSC hosts 25th annual Math BowlTeams from more than 20 Northwest Florida high schools will compete in the 25th annual Math Bowl at Northwest Florida State College on March 9, at the college's Niceville campus. Twohundred students will participate in the day-long competition that is sponsored by the college and area groups that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused initiatives. The Math Bowl will feature events in solving mathematics problems on a written test and ciphering matches in which teams are pitted against each other in a race against time to correctly solve various algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, plane geometry, calculus and miscellaneous problems. Students compete on written exams in the morning from 9:3011 a.m. Afternoon ciphering matches are open to the public and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in the college’s new arena on the Niceville campus. Math problems will be displayed on a large screen so members of the audience may match their wits against the student competitors. The public is invited to the ciphering match, and to an awards ceremony that will immediately follow the afternoon competition. Competing schools are divided into three divisions, based on school size. Niceville couple spots eagleChris and Jamie Clements of Niceville were trout fishing in Freeport recently when they sighted this eagle soaring above them. Garden Club names Yard of the MonthValparaiso Garden Club March Yard of the Month winner was Evelyn B. Pride, of Union Avenue, Niceville. March blood drivesThe Northwest Florida Blood Services will hold the following blood drives during March:March 8—Hurlburt, 373 TRS/DET 7, 419 Cody Ave., 8 a.m.-noon. March 9—General Dynamics, 115 Hart St., Niceville, 8-11:30 a.m.March 12—Walmart, Niceville, noon-3 p.m. March 13—Hurlburt, Emerald Coast Chapter AFCEA, 100 Bartley St., 8 a.m.-noon.March 15—Eglin, 780th Test Squadron/SEEK EAGLE Office, 205 West D Ave., Bldg. 350, 8 a.m.2 p.m.March 29—Eglin, AFRL, 101 W. Eglin Blvd., Bldg. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. —Eglin, Building 11, 102 West D Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “God’s work. Our hands.” St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool 1407 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. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 pm We Welcome You!St. Paul Lutheran Preschool NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2012. Call or visit website. www.stpaulniceville.com A Florida VPK provider.CO1OK0064 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (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.org“Pointing The Way To Jesus” Weddings, Engagements, or S p ecial Anniversaries?We would like to let everyone in your hometown know about! Just write up a little article and enclose a photo if possible and bring it by or mail it to: Beacon Newspapers.1181 E. John Sims Pky., Niceville, FL 32578

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James W. Clayton Jr.May 28, 1935-Feb. 26, 2012 James W. Clayton Jr., Master Sgt., USAF (Ret), 76, of Niceville, passed from this life Sunday morning at the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, after a short illness. Jimbo was at peace, with his wife and daughter at his side to see him home. Born in South Meriden, CT, Jim was a faithful, God fearing servant. He was Catholic by faith, and was a member of the Eglin Catholic congregation. He enjoyed attending services at the Bob Hope Village in Shalimar. Jim served his country proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy in the early 50s aboard the USS Wasp and the USS Hornet, and finished a proud 26 year career in the U.S. Air Force as a Missile Maintenance NCO. With his family in tow, Jim brought them to the far reaches of the missile career field. From Goose Bay to Iceland, from Alaska to Florida, from Arizona to North Carolina and Michigan, he finally settled in Niceville, retiring from Eglin in 1979. After retirement, Jimbo worked another 20 years for the Eglin AAFES system, splitting time between the Mini-mall and the Eglin Main BX. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James Sr. and Josephine, brother John Thomas and sister Josephine, and son James III. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean, of Niceville, daughter Cheryl (John) Symons of Crestview, and son Christopher of Maryland. Jimbo was loved and will be sorely missed by all of his grandchildren—Jennifer, Jonathan, Jessica, Jamie, Jordan and Jensen, his great-grandchildren—Isis, Ava, Brayden, Gabriella, Emalyn and Charlotte, and his closest friends, Jim, Sharon and Karen. Everyone who knew Jimbo loved Jimbo. All of us benefited from his knowledge, his lore, his love of life, and devotion to God. If you’ve never listened to one of his stories, you missed the golden opportunity to enrich and expand your life. An avid adventurer, canoeist and licensed Ham Radio operator, Big Jim never missed a chance to look for something new to excite the family. A memorial mass will be said by Father Toledo at the Delores Hope Chapel in the Bob Hope Village at noon, March 14, 2012. God Speed, Fair Winds and Following Seas—Happy Ground Hog Day.Ayers-BuscemiTheodore and Melissa Ayers of Niceville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Jean Ayers, to Christopher Mark Buscemi, son of Anthony and Arleen Buscemi of Pace. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her degree in family, youth and community sciences. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Pace High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. The wedding is planned for March 31, 2012. ***Davis-EudyVanessa and Elmer Davis of Niceville, and Kathy and Dale Eudy of Highlands Ranch, Colo. announce the engagement of Alyson R. Davis and Alex J. Eudy. Alyson is a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and criminal justice in 2009 from the University of Central Florida, and will complete a masters in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2012. Alex is a 2004 graduate of Thunder Ridge High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo. He is an Air Force Tech. Sgt. assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a Wounded Warrior Liaison for U.S. Special Operations Command, Bethesda, Md. The couple will wed at Niceville United Methodist Church on Sept. 1, 2012. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Engagements Obituary Kristin Jean Ayers and Christopher Mark Buscemi Alyson R. Davis and Alex J. Eudy James W. 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4 Eagles are all-star cagersThe Pensacola Sports Association has announced the rosters for the 2012 Subway High School All-Star Basketball Game. The second annual all-star game is scheduled for Friday, March 9, at Pensacola State College. Beginning at 6 p.m., the women will take the court, with the men playing shortly after the women’s game. This year’s game features some of the best seniors from Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, playing against the seniors from Escambia County. Local players on the East teams are: Ashley Levesque from Niceville on the girls team, and Kyle Koszuta, Shane Horton and Iain Persaud from Niceville playing for the boys team. Tickets to the game are $8. Fans are asked to bring canned good items to donate to the Manna Food Pantry to receive a discount on game admission. In addition, $1 of every ticket will go toward the Dr. Alec Kessler Scholarship Foundation. Kessler played for the University of Georgia and the Miami Heat before becoming a surgeon at the Andrews Institute. He died in 2007 from a heart attack. Scholarship winners will be announced at the all-star banquet. In addition to the two all-star games, the girls teams will compete in a 3-point shooting contest, and the boys will show off their leaping skills in a slam-dunk contest during their respective halftimes. Fan events will include the Academy Sports + Outdoors Fan Contest, in which four lucky fans will have the opportunity to win up to $200 each in Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards.Band on the Run winnersThe 5K (3.1 miles) Band on the Run race, sponsored by the Niceville High School band, was held on Feb. 25, between Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School. Winners were: Overall male, Phillip Bauer; overall female, Claire Crist; male master, Ken Lawrence; female master, Paula Piazza; male grandmaster, Brian McMahon; female grandmaster, Joy Kelly; overall male grandmaster, Ken Smalewich; overall female grandmaster, Terry Rogers. Runner awards: Male 0-9: Aiden Nipper, Ayden Beebe and Elliot Ethridge; female 0-9: Kyrstin Walleyn and Carly Crist. Male 10-14: Colin Schaefer, Elijah Schreidewind and Zachary Fralish; female 10-14: Hannah Schneidewind, Isabella Zimmerman and Leigh Anne Bilton. Male 15-19: Jack Mosley, Brian Fields and Aaron Morton; female 15-19: Lacy Cortes, Brooke Jones and Jordan Garvey. Male 20-24: Andrew Morten; female 20-24: Amber Kinne, Emily Parsons and Jessica Hooten. Male 25-29: Ryan Burrell; female 25-29: Judy Bragg, Ashley Muchler and Karly Ebright. Male 30-34: Martin Novak, Jim Larue and Matt Kyte; female 30-34: Kalie Sause, Amy Wusterbarth and Marcy Ross. Male 35-39: Neil Nipper, Alan Fonain and Tom Hamerz; female 35-39: Becky Riley, Belinda McLoud and Marianne Wright. Male 40-44: Carl Schaefer, Lyrad Ryley and Steve Zimmerman; female 40-44; Valerie Hein, Cindy Zimmerman and Connie Jones. Male 45-49: Neil Woods, Fil Piazza and Lance Massey; female 45-49: Sandy Ebanks, Velina Sweatt and Carol Sarwosky. Male 50-54: Robert Hayes, Robert Przybylski and Christopher Choate; female 5054: Caroline Levesque, Sylvia Smith and Debbie Simmons. Male 55-59: Mike Million, Robert Simmons and James Watson; female 55-59: Diane Keller and Diane Mitchell. Male 60-64: Randy Frith and Barry Smanz; female 60-64: Carole Tracey and Linda Holloway. Male 65-69: Charlie Saleeby. Male 70-plus: Johnnie Lucassen, Ken Wright and Bob Miller; female 70-plus: Billie Madero. Top male walkers: Dave Deruiter, Greg Rogers, John Sullivan, Bob Mayhall, Jason Hendrix, Jim Teixeira, Charles Price and Michael Treadway. Top female walkers: Bridget Watson, Nola Thomas, Jennifer Hendrix, Rachel Santiago, Patti Checkler, Nancy Saleeby, Gina Marini, Aimee Shaffer and Carol Morton. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-6 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Sports Briefs Rocky elementary cage champsThe Rocky Bayou Christian School 2012 intramural elementary basketball champions are, from left: front, Ryan Paulson, Dominic Mahoney, Johnny Linn and Scott Reiswig; rear, coach Casey Young, Caleb Preston, Evan Dempsey, Justin Linn, Thad Dempsey and coach Kevin Mahoney. 10U Traveling Eagles win tourneyThe 10U Traveling Eagles took the championship title last weekend as they kicked off their season in the Traveling Eagles President Day's Challenge host tournament. They went 3-0 for the weekend, enduring the elements and earning the hardware. From left: front, Jonah Hoover, Logan Webb, Lucas Gauch, Campbell Taylor, Logan Lafitte, Corey Church and Parker Porter; middle, Coleman Dorsett, Grayson Brooks, Seth Goodwin, Michael Sharp and Joey Cary; rear, manager Kevin Berry, Coach Ben Porter and Coach Ron Taylor. 14U softballers take trophyNiceville's traveling softball team High Intensity 14U won the USSSA Triple Double tournament in Alachua Feb 26. From left: kneeling, Liz Kelton, Roni Whitfield, Savannah Foster and Cassie Gaffud; standing, Tate Thorne, Faith Ford, Harley Tagert, Lindsey Donaldson, Mara Morse, Callan Taylor and Jimi Watts; rear, coaches Charlie Morse, Kevin Watts, Dennis Criddle and Scott Ford. Beacon photo by Norman WolfVikings down Eagles, 4-3Niceville senior Michael Haynes lays down a nice sacrifice bunt Friday at Fort Walton Beach. The Eagles lost the game, 4-3. Rocky runners finish 3rd, 4thThe Rocky Bayou Christian School boys track team finished third, and the girls fourth in the Feb. 28 track meet at Jay High School. Also competing were Central and Paxton high schools. Rocky Bayou individual boys track results: 100 meter—second, Cooper Eaves (12:01), fourth, Terrence Ouma (12:12); 1600 meter—third, Frankie Ashworth, (5:53); 4X100 meter—second, Rocky Bayou (48.89); 400 meter—first Azenda Rey (58.36); third, Ethan Pierce (1:01); 800 meter—fifth, Pierce, 32:43; 200 meter—third, Rey (26.06); fourth, Eaves (26.06). Boys field results: shot put— 2nd Josh Stubblefield (35 feet, 5 inches); long jump—third, Drew Kirkpatrick (16 feet, 11 inches), fourth, Rey (16 feet, 4 inches). Rocky Bayou individual girls track results: 100 meter—4th, Ariel Schesniak (15.12); 1,600 meter—fourth, Megan Slagle (7:05). Girls field results: shot put— Claire Gunter (21 feet, 9 inches).Eagle septet excels at Mobile grid campTyree McCants, Niceville Eagle wide receiver, was one of the top performers at last weekend’s Nike Sparq High School Combine Camp for football-playing underclassmen in Mobile, Ala. Sponsored by ESPN HS, McCants’ performance earned him a spot in the top 3 percent out of 1,600 high school football players from all over the Southeast and the No. 1 rated wide receiver for the class of 2014. Another high performing athlete was Eagle Nick Haynes, whose Power Ball toss score of 38.5 earned him a spot in the top five. His overall score of 67 was one of the top scores for offensive lineman at the camp. It bested several Division 1 commits in the Panhandle and placed him among the top 15 percent of all athletes, including teammates quarterback/kicker Andrew Mitchell, strong safety Denzel Applewhite and cornerback Blake Parker. Also attending were running backs freshman Shi’Kim Coward and junior Devin Vazquez. Coward was one of the top freshmen at the camp, and although Devin Vazquez ran on a severely sprained ankle, his speed was evident as he posted a top 5 percent 40-yard dash. Cobia seminarThat time of year has come again to the Emerald Coast—cobia season. With the first credible reports of a fish sighting coming in last week, it looks like it will be an early season. Join us at Northlight Marina on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. to help get a head start with the Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series presented by The Ships Chandler and Half Hitch Tackle. Pro anglers will provide tips and tricks to target and land a cobia as they make their way along our coast in their annual migration. There will be a free buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the one-hour seminar will start at 6. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not needed. For more information, visit saltwaterevents.com or call Joe Z. at 516-0709 or email joez@saltwater-events.com.From left: Niceville s Denzel Applewhite, Nick Haynes, Devin Vazquez, Blake Parker, Andrew Mitchell, Tyree McCants and Shi Kim Coward.