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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: 05-16-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The newest candidate apparently made the best impression on the 40 people who voted in a straw poll immediately following a candidate forum Monday for the District 5 seat on the Okaloosa County Commission. Joe Fagundes III, who prefiled to run for the seat last week, joining four other candidates, received 15 votes in the straw poll taken among audience members following the forum, followed by 11 votes for Felix Beukenkamp, 10 for Larry Hines, and 3 for Kelly Windes. All four candidates are Republicans, and will run in the Aug. 14 primary election, which would decide the race if no nonRepublicans file for the Dist. 5 county commission seat. One other GOP candidate, Aaron Weinstock, is also listed as a candidate, according to the Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections, but has not attended any candidate forums thus far. The most-discussed topic during the May 14 candidate forum at Niceville City Hall was how to ensure honesty and integrity in county government, especially in light of a series of scandals that have By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council approved initial steps toward establishing a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for downtown Niceville. Council members also were told by Councilman William Thomas that he was resigning from the city council, and city officials began making plans for By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer How did Okaloosa County come to own a $710,000 motor yacht without, it is said, elected officials knowing it? At least six public employees, some acting only in clerical capacities, apparently signed off on various aspects of the controversial purchase, which erupted earlier this month into allegations of misuse of county funds. The purchase apparently sailed through countygovernment bureaucracy without question, although it consumed about 4 percent of the $17 million annual budget of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, the county agency that bought it. The TDC's director, Mark Bellinger, resigned shortly after he admitted to the Okaloosa County Commission May 1 that he had ordered the purchase of the 42-foot Marquis yacht last December with $710,000 in TDC bed tax money. The boat, he told the commission, was acquired as part of a publicity campaign.By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer North Bay Fire District firefighters have won pay raises. Meantime, the fire district's three captains are seeking to join a union as well. The district and its nine unionized firefighters signed a three-year contract last week. The three-year contract approved May 8 by North Bay fire commissioners covers employees represented by North Bay Professional Firefighters Association, Local 3505, according to Fire Chief Joe Miller. The agreement boosts firefighter's annual longevity raises from about $700 for each year of employment to $1,000. Thus, a seven-year employee would get a seniority premimum of $6,000, up from $4,200. The average firefighter with seven years' tenure earns $50,000, according to the district. Miller said the contract is expected to add about $23,813 a year to the department's annual personnel budget the first year, plus increases of about $10,000 Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will host a presentation about red snapper the single most populous fish in the Northern Gulf. Experts will share tips and tricks on how to increase the size of snapper and maximize this year's 40-day season. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the seminar will start at 7 p.m. at North Light Marina. Free and open to the public. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities Hospital will host a gifts and books fair in the Hospital Wellness Center. All proceeds will benefit health-related scholarships. Info: 678-4131. Sunday, 2 p.m. Covenant Hospice invites bereaved hospice families to attend a Remembrance Celebration at the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. Covenant Hospice patients and community members who have died will be remembered and celebrated. A reception with refreshments will follow. Info: 729-1800. Tuesday, 6 p.m. The monthly meeting of the Florida Trail Association will be at Ed's Hometown Seafood & Steaks, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Info: choctaw.floridatrail.org. Calendar, B-3 T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 5012 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see WIN, page A-6 Please see SCANDAL, page A-4 Please see CRA, page A-2Wednesday, May 16, 2012 COMINGUP The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 A $710,000 sport yacht, far left, depicted in a listing by Legendary Marine in conjunction with the boat's sale in December to Okaloosa County. Near left, a county voucher submitted by Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council Director Mark Bellinger for the purchase. See page 5 for the invoice that accompanied the voucher.North Bay firefighters win raises; captains seek union status Postal worker Ike Icenhour volunteered extra time along his Niceville delivery route Saturday to collect food donations left at his customers mailboxes. The collection was part of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, sponsored by United Way. Below, at the Niceville Sharing & Caring, volunteers Andrew Morton, of Niceville, and John Avery, of Freeport, below, sorted and stored food collected in Niceville. Sharing & Caring took in 18,628 pounds of food during the drive. St. Vincent de Paul Society took in food postal workers collected in Valparaiso, about 2,500 pounds. Beacon photos by Mike GriffithPostal workers collect 21,100 pounds of food for needy Beacon photos by Tess Hollis A young man from the Okaloosa Youth Academy shovels dirt to create a flower bed in front of Twin Cities Pavilion, Niceville. Right, the finished product.Thomas resigns; CRA advancesYouths give Pavilion a faceliftBy Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer AmeriCorps workers last week supervised Okaloosa County Youth Academy students to landscape the Twin Cities Pavilion, an assisted living facility in Niceville. Several youths from the Okaloosa Youth Academy, ages 12-18, spent the day on May 7 planting flowers, fruit trees and shrubs, putting up birdhouses, decorating a gazebo, and cutting the grass to spruce up the facility for its 46 residents. The Okaloosa Youth Academy is an education program for residents of the Okaloosa Department of Juvenile Justice detention center in Crestview.Commission candidates discuss county scandal Yacht invoice went through many hands$710,000 TDC purchase cleared county channels Please see YACHT, page A-5 Two candidates who spoke during a forum in the race for the Okaloosa County Commission District 5 seat are from Bluewater Bay: Felix Beukenkamp and Joe Fagundes III. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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a special July 17 election to fill Thomas now-vacant seat. During a meeting May 8, the council heard a briefing by Bill McCartney, an advisor on city planning and development issues. McCartney gave a report on his study of the pros and cons of establishing a CRA, though he said there was "no downside." He said establishing a CRA will help stimulate economic development within blighted parts of the city and would be a milestone for Niceville. In response to questions from the Beacon following the formal city council meeting, McCartney described what a CRA is and how it works. He said that within the identified area, the city would cap, at its current level, the amount of property tax revenue from that area that can go into the citys general fund. Then, as tax-appraised property values or city property taxes rise in the future, any additional tax revenue derived from the designated CRA area would go into a special CRA trust fund, for infrastructure improvements and other projects designed to stimulate economic growth within the CRA. In his report, McCartney wrote, With the creation of a CRA, the city will be able to direct public funds to stimulate private investment in areas of the city where revitalization of public facilities and infrastructure will serve as a catalyst for increased private investment and increased economic development. He said an area of about 340 acres within the city meets state standards for creation of a CRA. These standards, he reported, are identified as blighting and/or deteriorating influences on development resulting from traffic patterns, declining tax base relative to the community as a whole, vacant properties and buildings, obsolescence of existing structures, and a host of related conditions as detailed in the attached report. McCartney emphasized that he did not mean to imply that Niceville is a city with blighted areas in the popular meaning of that term, as in a city infested with slums and high-crime zones. For purposes of legally establishing a CRA, he said, the term blighted merely means that the city has areas containing older and/or vacant homes and businesses, where such things as improvements to city infrastructure could help stimulate new development and economic activity. He presented a map showing the area of interest, including one to two blocks either side of John Sims Parkway west of Cedar Street and along the shoreline of Boggy Bayouan area he referred to as the Old Settlement part of the city. McCartney said There is really no downside to establishing a CRA, as it will not raise or create new taxes, or restrict property owners in what they can do with their homes or businesses, but it can bring new development to the city. After hearing from McCartney, city council members unanimously approved initial steps toward establishing a CRA, to include notifying state and local taxing agencies of their intention to do so. At the councils June 12 meeting, officials plan to approve a resolution officially creating the CRA, and then to move on with other steps such as developing a CRA plan of action and creating a CRA trust fund. Councilman Bill Smith said that by implementing a CRA, the city will lose nothing and will gain the opportunity to obtain matching grants from state and federal agencies. Councilman Dan Henkel said he is pleased that a CRA will not require any new or increased city taxes. In other business at the meeting, the council heard a report from the citys fire and police chiefs that there will be an active shooter exercise at Niceville High School on May 15, to provide practice for city and school officials on how to respond to such an emergency if it should ever happen in Niceville. City library and childrens park director Sheila Bishop said renovations to the park were completed in time for the beginning of summer. As the May 8 meeting was about to adjourn, Councilman William Thomas surprised fellow council members when he announced that it was his final meeting as a council member. I am stepping down, he said, because after careful consideration, It is time for me to move on to other things. In his letter of resignation, effective May 8, Thomas said, "I believe the city is in good hands because we have some of the greatest leaders the world has ever known working and living in Niceville." Following the meeting, Thomas was asked by the Beacon about his decision. He would not specify what other things he wants to move on to, but compared his decision to a line in the popular Kenny Rodgers song, The Gambler, about having to know when to hold em, when to fold em, when to walk away, and when to run. Thomas said that for him, the time has come to walk away and to pursue the other dreams of his life. Following Thomas announcement, City Clerk Dan Doucet and City Manager Lannie Corbin, whom Thomas had notified in advance of his decision, said that they are in the process of working with the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections to establish July 17 as the date for a special city election to fill the three years remaining in Thomas' term. The remaining city council members approved the July 17 date, and Corbin and Doucet will continue to plan details of administering the special election. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon ON SALE! NOWthroughMay 31! *Based on 2006 countrywide average gross premium for boatowners insurance. Your actual premium will vary based on state and value of boat. Subject to availability and qualifications. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL. 2009 Allstate Insurance Company. 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Their son, Joseph, 7, attends Bluewater Elementary, and their daughter, Elizabeth, 15, is a freshman at Niceville High School, he said. Fagundes described himself as a small-business owner and fiscal conservative. He said he decided to run because he wants to make changes to reduce spending and make the county commission more accountable. Prefiling with the Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections office allows a candidate to begin fund raising. Candidates must qualifyby petition method or payment of a $3,840.30 filing fee between noon June 4 and noon June 8. Other District 5 candidates who have prefiled are: Felix Beukenkamp, R., Niceville. Larry Hines, R., Destin. Aaron Weinstock, R., Niceville. Charles K. (Kelly) Windes, R., Destin. Beukenkamp, Hines and Windes have met the requirements to qualify by petition. Joe Fagundes III CRAFrom page A-1 William Thomas HELP WANTED NEWSPAPER DELIVERYEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! 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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer An added sales tax approved by Walton County voters will cost the average family in the county a estimated $108 a year. A half-percent local-option sales tax to finance the local share of the cost of four-laning the Highway 331 bridge was passed by a countywide referendum May 8. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and will last more than four years. The Florida Department of Transportation said it expects to advertise a design-and-build contract in the fall for the second span over Choctawhatchee Bay. By an almost six-to-four margin, Walton County voters approved the extra levy starting at the beginning of next year. Turnout was 16 percent. The sales tax was the only issue on the ballot. The surtax revenue will be earmarked to pay Walton County's share of a U.S. Highway 331 bridge expansion and highway widening. The tax will start Jan. 1, 2013, and expire Dec. 31 of the year in which the debt issued for the bridge improvements is retired. In December, the DOT proposed a $177 million construction project to build a second two-lane bridge span for the Clyde B. Wells bridge that links northern and southern Walton Countyif Walton County pays $75 million of the cost. State transportation officials originally said the county could borrow the money, then repay it with a $2 toll on the southbound lanes of the four-lane span. That toll, the DOT estimated, would pay off the county's $75 million share in about 30 years. But a number of residents opposed a toll, suggesting instead that the local share be paid with a countywide sales tax increase of one-half percentage point. Such a tax would boost the sales tax in Walton County to 7.5 percent, fully 1.5 percentage points higher than in neighboring Okaloosa County. Eight of Florida's 67 counties, most of them in north Florida, currently levy localoption sales taxes of 1.5 percent in addition to the state sales tax of 6 percent. Twelve, including Okaloosa County, levy no surtax. The rest levy a surtax of 0.5 percent or 1 percent. On the recommendation of a citizen panel, the Walton County Commission decided to hold a referendum on the proposed sales tax, but reserved a decision on possible toll should the proposed tax fail at the polls. A study by the University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development estimated the half-percent sales tax would cost the county's 22,513 households about $108.39 a year. Many items are not taxable, such as groceries. The study, which was based on data from 2010, estimated the surtax would raise approximately $5.7 million a year, with Walton County residents paying an estimated 43 percent of the tax and visitors paying the other 57 percent. Because 2010 was affected by the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, the study projected that visitors would pay a bigger share of taxable sales as the tourism industry grows. County officials estimated the optional half-percent sales tax would be in place for 15 to 18 years. Transportation officials said the state required a contribution from Walton County for the project because the DOT has experienced a $11.7 billion state funding cut since 2006, as well as a slowdown in federal highway funding. The DOT has stated that if the county could raise its share, the state's $102 million share would be spent elsewhere, possibly not in the county. Ian Satter, spokesman for DOT's District 3, said Friday that since notification of the positive vote in Walton County the DOT is working with the county on agreements about the transfer of funds. He said DOT plans to advertise the bridge design and construction project as a single contract this fall, with design work expected to begin in 2013. Construction of the additional bridge span over the Choctawhatchee Bay is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2014, he said. The bridge design and construction contract is expected to be completed in 1,500 contract days. DOT in March promised to four-lane the remaining 13 of 15 miles between the Clyde Wells bridge and I-10 by 2017 if voters approved funding the $75 million portion of the bridge. Satter said DOT is working to secure funds, obtain additional right of way and design the road widening to meet the five-year completion date. Walton County Administrator Greg Kisela said DOT's offer to widen the highway in addition to building the additional bridge span "to me is the difference between a good deal and a great deal." The county has to secure its $75 million share of the road project by Sept. 1, Kisela said. The county has hired a financial advisor to help determine whether it would be less expensive to issue a bond or borrow the money, he said. Future sales tax revenues would be pledged to pay back either. 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hit county government during the last few years, the most recent of which has been the alleged misuse of funds by Tourist Development Council (TDC) director Mark Bellinger, who was found dead May 4 of an apparent drug overdose after being confronted with accusations that he misspent TDC tax money for a yacht and a house. That case is under investigation. Asked how to ensure better stewardship of public money by public officials in the future, all four candidates agreed that more oversight of county finances is needed. Hines, a former Air Force fighter pilot, said an inspector general system like that used in the military would be of benefit to the county. He said he also favors a two-person policy on writing checks and on access to county funds, similar to the military twoperson policy which forbids anyone from ever being left alone with a nuclear weapon or certain other dangerous items. The key to maintaining integrity of county finances, Hines said, is checks and balances and multiple reviews of transactions. Windes said any spending for more than $5,000 should require two signatures. Quoting President Ronald Reagans philosophy of trust but verify, Windes said, I lean toward verify. He said that invoices for TDC director Bellingers purchase of a yacht for the county were too vague, and that this indicates a too-casual attitude toward finances by top county officials. (The yacht invoice bore the initials of six county employees. Story, A-1.) Fagundes said county officials, especially elected county commissioners, are supposed to be stewards of the peoples money. I live in Bluewater Bay, he said, where another recent financial scandal involved alleged embezzlement of money from the North Bay Fire District. Such scandals, Fagundes said, seem to have become systemic in Okaloosa County. He said he is tired, disgusted and embarrassed by the multiple corruption cases that have emerged in the county in recent years. Beukenkamp stressed his experience as a businessman, saying that integrity in financial management is an everyday routine for him. Its all about checks and balances, he said. The county commission, he said, should focus on policy and oversight of county departments, and should ensure that the right people are put in charge of county agencies. With the retirement of County Administrator Jim Curry expected by November of next year, said Beukenkamp, there will be an opportunity for the commission to make a fresh start in how it organizes and oversees county government. Despite the ongoing scandal, none of the candidates favored abolishing the TDC itself. All four said the TDC, when properly managed, provides a valuable service to the county by attracting tourists who fuel about a third of the local economysecond only to military activity as a job-creating force in the county. A related topic which got nearly as much attention during Mondays candidate forum was how to fund county government with shrinking revenue from local taxes and other sources. All four candidates said the budget is the top issue facing the county commission in the coming year. Fagundes, a businessman with interests in the carand truckrental industry, said that to cut costs, the county should consolidate some county departments, such as combining the county transportation department with the airports department. He also said the county has too many layers of management, and that some department heads may have come to see their jobs as entitlements rather than as an opportunity for public service. Beukenkamp, a builder who lives in Bluewater Bay, also favored consolidating some departments, and said that technology can be used to streamline county government functions, such as issuing building permits. He said that in his building and construction business, building plans exist in electronic form through all stages of design until they must be presented for county approval, when two paper copies must be presented to county officials. E-mailing such documents makes more sense and would cost less, he said. He said the most efficient government is one that uses the most technology and the fewest people to conduct business. Hines, a retired Air Force officer who serves on the Destin City Council, stressed the importance of checks and balances in county management. He also said that Okaloosa County should use its legal status as a charter county, with considerable flexibility to change its governmental organization, to enact such changes as term limits for county commissioners and other elected officials, and making constitutional offices like the sheriffs office more accountable to the County commission on budgetary matters. Windes, a Destin charter boat captain and former Destin city councilman, recommended more careful oversight of the countys enterprise agencies, which are supposed to be financially selfsupporting through fees to customers who use their services, such as water and sewer service. He also favored consolidation of departments, offering retirement and early-out programs to excess county employees, and more citizen input to the commission on budgetary issues. All four candidates enthusiastically supported offering tax breaks and other incentives to certain companies to attract them to Okaloosa County. They said this is necessary to compete with neighboring counties and states, and that the industries most desirable are those with high wages and salaries but little environmental impact, such as software, science and technology development firms. SCANDALFrom page A-1 ArrestsMatthew Ryan Setterstrom, unemployed, 22, of 107 Sunset Cove, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies April 27 on a charge of battery. On Aug. 10, 2010, a man who suffered a concussion and a laceration over his left eye that required six sutures, told deputies that an unidentified person invited him to a social gathering at an apartment in the 4600 block of Range Road. Upon knocking on the door of the apartment the man said he was held down and punched by multiple persons and hit in the head with an unknown object. The victim, and a witness, allegedly identified Setterstrom from a photo lineup as one of the people who punched the victim. * Sanford Lamont Jones, 37, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 1 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of simple battery. * James Michael Hamill, a tree worker, 28, of 616 Crestview Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6 on four counts of failure to appear on original misdemeanor worthless check charges. * Darryl Ty Friedlund, 21, of 645 Lost Key Drive, Perdido Key, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 5 on a contempt of court charge. On March 29, Friedlund is alleged to have driven by a Niceville residence, violating an injunction for sexual violence protection. * Theresa Marie Haynes, 46, of 616 Ginko Ave, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 4 on a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence. * Damon Joseph Hinote, 26, of 101 Beaver Dam Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6, subsequent to a traffic stop for speeding, on an Okaloosa County warrant for charges of sexual battery, victim over 12 years old when victim is physically helpless to resist, and contributing to delinquency of a minor. On Sept. 10, 2011, Hinote allegedly allowed a 16-year-old girl and her friend to stay at a party at a Bluewater Bay address and consume alcoholic beverages, then had sex with the 16-year-old after she had become intoxicated and passed out. Hinote was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia found during the traffic stop. * Steven Reese Oldroyd, 20, of 261 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 8 on charges of burglary and petit theft. On Dec. 9, 2011, Oldroyd and another male were allegedly observed searching through boxes located inside an enclosed patio attached to the victim's Destin home where a digital video recorder was stolen. * Daniel Adam Sholler, 19, of 4408 Southminster Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. * James Ryan Rimkus, 36, of 308 Cook St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 2 on a charge of violation of probation on the original charge of felony battery.DUI arrestsKim Lee Smith, 53, of 1601 25th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 115 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, May 5 at 8:23 p.m. * Rafael Nunez-Perez, 40, of 767 Forest Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 635 Highway 98, Destin, May 5 at 7:11 p.m.TheftsA Niceville resident reported May 7 a suspected case of identity theft after she received a bill of $1,376 from a cell phone provider for four separate phone accounts she did not open. * A Niceville resident from the 300 block of Reeves Street reported that sometime May 3-5 unknown persons stole two bicycles from her front yard. The bicycles were valued at $100. * A Niceville man reported that someone stole his gold wedding ring after he removed it and placed it on a napkin near a pond on College Boulevard for about 90 minutes May 4. The victim said he removed his ring so that it would not come off when he pulled his dog out of the water. The victim was advised to check pawn shops to try to locate his ring. * A 70-year-old woman with a Merritt Island address reported May 3 that she left her wallet in a restroom at a Niceville fast food restaurant then went to another local store. When the woman realized she was missing her wallet she returned to the restaurant but the wallet, including $55, two credit cards, a Social Security card, driver's license and other IDs were missing. The woman notified both credit card companies.Criminal MischiefA motorist reported May 5, about 1:38 a.m., that his vehicle had been "egged" in front of Ruckel Middle School, 250 N. Partin Drive. * A Niceville resident from the 100 block of Park Avenue reported May 4, about 9:07 p.m., that someone in a dark-colored vehicle had "egged" vehicles in the yard. * A Niceville resident from the 100 block of Azalea Drive reported May 4, about 8:56 p.m., that someone in a dark vehicle threw eggs at her car.OtherPolice were unable to find the suspect after someone at a Niceville motel, 108 Bayshore Drive, reported that a man with no clothes on was seen standing outside a glass door at the back of the building April 30, about 12:38 p.m. The caller stated that the suspect ran toward Bayshore Drive when he realized the complainant saw him. * A 16-year-old Niceville girl, a student, was issued two criminal summonses by sheriff's deputies April 28 each on a charge of retail petit theft. The girl and an accomplice, a 15-year-old Destin girl, also a student, were allegedly observed at the Destin Walmart, 15017 Emerald Coast Parkway, concealing candy and cosmetics in a beach bag, then leaving without paying the $155 cost for the concealed items. Walmart declined to press charges against the 15 year old because of her age. After allegedly admitting to shoplifting at Walmart, the girls became visibly upset when a deputy asked if they had more stolen merchandise. The girls then allegedly admitted they had shoplifted more items from three other Destin stores, including: 19 items of jewelry valued at $105.90 from one store; 22 clothing items valued at $686.91 from another store; and, a tribal beaded headband and two bracelets valued at $16.85 from another store. The three additional stores victimized by the two shoplifters were called to the Walmart store and recovered the stolen items. Two stores declined to pursue charges at that time, while the third store, 4119 Legendary Drive, did press charges of retail petit theft against both girls, who were each given criminal summonses for retail petit theft. The girls are scheduled to appear in court June 27. * A Laurel Hill man working a construction job in the Swift Creek subdivision, Niceville, reported that on May 7 a man came up to him while he was working and hit him with his fist several times after asking if he had the money he was owed. A witness said the suspect also told the victim he would break his leg, then walked away to his truck and left the area. * A 15-year-old Niceville girl, a student, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies May 5 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. * Katrina Louise Cavaliere, unemployed, 20, of 538 Nassau Drive, Niceville, was issued a notice to appear by sheriff's deputies May 7 on a charge of underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from May 7, 2012 through May 13, 2012. 0 Structure Fire12 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy./Redwood....Vehicle crash..............................05/07/12............10:34 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical........................................05/07/12............23:38 Springwood Way..........................Medical........................................05/08/12............10:50 Willow Lane..................................Medical........................................05/08/12............10:54 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash..............................05/08/12............14:14 Als Drive.......................................Medical........................................05/08/12............20:50 Bayshore Drive............................Service call.................................05/09/12............11:21 N. Partin Drive..............................Medical........................................05/09/12............12:05 Kelly Road....................................Medical........................................05/09/12............14:29 SR 85 North.................................Vehicle crash..............................05/09/12............17:52 Azalea Drive.................................Medical........................................05/10/12............10:00 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash..............................05/10/12............18:16 Azalea Drive.................................Medical........................................05/11/12............07:39 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................05/11/12............16:42 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Electrical problem.......................05/12/12............07:50 29th Street....................................Medical........................................05/12/12............13:49 Riley Road....................................Medical........................................05/12/12............18:28 Drew Court...................................Alarm activation..........................05/12/12............21:10 Pinoak Circle................................Alarm activation..........................05/13/12............08:29 Nutmeg Avenue...........................Medical........................................05/13/12............22:43 Weekly Safety Tip: The fire department can t help you unless you can be found. Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from May 7, 2012 through May 13, 2012. Street Situation Date Time North White Point Road..............Medical assist.............................05/07/12............02:30 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............12:52 E. Hwy. 20 & Pine Street............Motor vehicle accident...............05/07/12............16:20 Pine Street...................................Service call.................................05/07/12............16:49 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............19:26 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............19:59 North White Point Road..............EMS call.....................................05/09/12............12:20 County Line Road.......................EMS call.....................................05/09/12............12:46 Newcastle Court..........................Service call.................................05/09/12............18:54 North White Point Road..............EMS call.....................................05/09/12............23:41 Merchants Way............................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............07:39 Calinda Lane................................Removal of victim(s)..................05/10/12............12:43 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............18:15 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............21:47 Cat Mar Road..............................EMS call.....................................05/11/12............12:25 Pine Street...................................Dispatched and canceled..........05/11/12............13:53 Ida Coon Circle............................Medical assist.............................05/12/12............11:38 Highway 20 East.........................Rescue, EMS incident...............05/12/12............12:14 Cedar Street................................Medical assist.............................05/12/12............19:21 Fairway Lakes Drive....................Medical assist.............................05/13/12............01:05 Cat Mar Road..............................Medical assist.............................05/13/12............04:00 Turnberry Place...........................EMS call.....................................05/13/12............23:05 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.Fire Department ReportsNiceville Page A-4 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Damon J. 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If you are not a member, join today at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu/join PARENTS OF HOMESCHOOLERS Would you like to honor your student's graduation from high school in the Bay Beacon?If your student will graduate from high school this year, we would love to include him or her in the Bay Beacon's annual salute to grads, called "Faces of the Future." We will publish photos of all participating high school seniors.Just email a photo of your graduate, along with the student's name, your name, phone, address and email to: info@baybeacon.com (only the photo and the grad's name will be published). Please include "homeschooler graduation photo" in the subject line. Or please drop a photo by our oce for scanning, along with the infomation. This is a FREE service to the community District 5 Okaloosa County Commission candidates Kelly Windes and Larry Hines, shown at a candidate forum in Niceville Monday, live in Destin. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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County officials asked Bellinger about the yacht only after a copy of the boat's title was received in the mail by the county finance department April 27. After acknowledging the deal, Bellinger disappeared. His body was found May 4 in Alabama, victim of an apparent drug overdose, according to lawenforcement authorities. The yacht, a sporty vessel made by Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts, which describes its products as "the ultimate in distinctive style," was purchased through Legendary Marine, a Destin boat dealer, by the TDC at Bellinger's behest in December 2011, according to an invoice from The Zimmerman Agency, a Tallahassee advertising firm hired by the TDC, and an Okaloosa County "Contract/Lease Payment Approval Form" authorizing the transaction. In 2005, the county commission removed the TDC from the county administrator's oversight and ordered it to report directly to the commission itself, according to Jim Curry, county administrator then and now. The county commission chairman names a county commissioner as liaison to the TDC. The commission names the eight TDC board members. The commission hired Bellinger to run the TDC in April 2010, just as pollution fears spawned by the BP Gulf oil spill decimated the county's summer tourist trade. The county commission yesterday reversed itself and ordered the TDC director to report directly to the full-time county administrator, who answers to the part-time commissioners. The TDC is funded by a county-imposed bed tax of 5 percent on lodging costs paid by hotel and condo guests in south Okaloosa County. The money is supposed to be spent to promote Okaloosa County in tourism markets. The agency also receives revenue from the Emerald Coast Convention Center, which it operates. While chairman of the county commission in 2011, District 5 Commissioner James Campbell, a Niceville Republican, was the highest-ranking official to sign off by initialing the authorization to pay the TDC voucher, directing county workers to wire $710,000 to Zimmerman. Campbell said last week that he hadn't known the money would buy a boat because the voucher didn't say so. He also said the amount he okayed was in line with that of other TDC vouchers. The Dec. 20 invoice submitted by the Zimmerman Agency that accompanied the voucher initialed by Campbell and others approximated 4 percent of the TDC's budgeted annual spending. The invoice was titled "Billing for Legendary Marine." The invoice describes the year, make, model and hull identification number of the purchase as follows: "2011 Marquis 420SC #MQYU3073I011." The invoice accompanying the voucher initialed by Campbell further identifies the expenditure as follows: "Yacht promotional campaign, overnight summer giveaways, wedding promotions, snow bird campaigns and national contest giveaways. One year advertising & marketing support of the campaign developed and managed by Zimmerman. TDC partnership with Legendary Marine." Legendary is one of Okaloosa County's biggest boat dealers. To be sure, none of the details on the voucher, including some handwritten comments by Bellinger, state in so many words that the county was buying a boat. Campbell noted that the TDC has its own board of directors, its own attorney and its own auditors, and that bills from the agency also go through county finance office before being reviewed and signed a county commissioner. "It is supposed to be read before it gets to us," Campbell said. "This time it failed." In addition to Campbell and Bellinger, four other public servants initialed the Zimmerman voucher. But Gary Stanford, the county's financial services director, said those four employees signed in various clerical capacities, certifying that the account numbers were correct, that a contract existed, and that all required signatures were obtained. The seventh approval on the invoice was that of a Zimmerman account executive. Campbell said that after the boat purchase revelations, a second, Mobile, Ala.-based marketing firm used by the TDC contacted Okaloosa County officials and reported that "we may have a problem," allegedly the possible use of TDC and BP oil-spill compensation funds to purchase Bellinger's $747,000 home in the Kelly Plantation section of Destin. On May 4, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Mortgage Fraud Task Force, announced it had obtained an arrest warrant for Bellinger after investigators learned of evidence that he used public money to buy the house, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office also stated that Bellinger had disappeared after leaving a suicide note that was found May 3. His body was discovered in Pelham, Ala., May 4, dead apparently of a drug overdose, the sheriff's office said. In some circles the TDC's ownership of a yacht may have been common knowledge before county officials woke up to the fact. Campbell said last week that perhaps a month or so ago a local shrimper asked him about how to get a job as captain of a boat owned by the county through the TDC. Campbell said the shrimper said he'd heard about the vessel from an employee of the Walton County TDC. Campbell went on to say that he called Bellinger the next morning and asked about the shrimper's query. Campbell said that Bellinger stated that the TDC didn't own a boat and wasn't looking for anyone to be captain. On Bellinger's assurance, Campbell dropped the matter, not connecting it with the voucher he'd signed a few months earlier. "He was a good guy," Campbell said about Bellinger. "He seemed like a good guy. That's my opinion." The yacht is moored in Destin, pending a decision concerning what to do with it. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, May 16, 2012 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERJoe Ann Caputo, West Deptford, NJ, retired teacher and retired captain, U.S. Army Reserve Randall Roberts, 84, Valparaiso, retired banker and former mayor of Valparaiso Corruption is a systemic problem throughout the United States, and I believe it started on Wall Street. It eats at the moral fiber of the country. There should have been more oversight. You d think big money transfers like that should have triggered some sort of inquiry. It needs to be fixed. It s abominable. The county commissioners should never have relinquished their oversight of the TDC. Upper level management should have caught that before Bellinger was able to misuse so much money. They need to get fired. Checks and balances should have prevented it from going as far as it did.by Mike GriffithWhat do you think about reports of financial misdeeds at the Tourist Development Council?Rick Devuyst, 54, Niceville, physician s assistant Location: KMart Norin Hatton, 44, Niceville, U.S. Air Force Tom Johnson, 50, Niceville, school maintenance Carlon Lambert, 64, Crestview, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. YACHTFrom page A-1 Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATION Gated Community EXQUISITE!! Custom built Executive Home with Pool overlooking Lake. Upgrades throughout, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Office, Bonus Room and More. $899,000. 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The document, presented for approval to county officials, is initialed by six public servants, including two with executive authority: Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council Director Mark Bellinger and Okaloosa County Commissioner James Campbell. Campbell said he didn't know he was approving a boat purchase.

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each of the following two years. In three years, he said, the annual cost would be $101,440, not including related payroll expenditures for retirement, taxes and such. Starting pay for a firefighter at North Bay remains at $36,032, Miller said. Firefighters, he said, also get additional annual pay for qualifications such as: EMT, $1,500; paramedic, $6,000; associate's degree, $2,000; and, bachelor's degree, $1,000. The pay hike, he said, would raise North Bay pay scales in line with those of other fire districts that offer paramedic services. The agreement is retroactive to Oct.1. The new contract also raised life insurance coverage for firefighters from $40,000 to $80,000 a year, Miller said. North Bay fire commissioners have yet to make any pay decisions for its chief, assistant chief, division chief, three captains and administrative assistant for the year. One reason for the delay is that the three captains recently asked that they be represented by a supervisory unit under the firefighters union local, according to Travis Zaal, president of the local. The fire district commission, however, considers the captains to be managers, and therefore ineligible for union representation, according to Chief Miller. The fire chief said the captains argue that they are supervisors, not management, because the fire chief and two assistant chiefs actually manage the department. The issue has been appealed to the state's Public Employees Relations Commission, where a hearing was conducted in Tallahassee May 3. A decision was not immediately announced. In other business at the May 8 fire commission meeting: Chairman Jim Miller noted that the budget was in good shape, and that after seven months in the current fiscal year the fire district had expended just 50 percent of its $1.96 million annual budget. Chairman Miller scheduled a budget workshop for June 26, at 7 p.m., at the fire station. He also moved the regular August commission meeting to one week earlier, from Aug. 14 to Aug. 7, also at 7 p.m.. The chairman also set Sept. 11 as the date that the fire chief is scheduled to present the upcoming fiscal year budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. The fire commission will give final approval to the budget and approve the fire district's property tax rate, during a public hearing Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the fire station, 1024 White Point Road. Commissioners congratulated firefighter Travis Zaal on his promotion to lieutenant. The next meeting of the North Bay Fire Commission is set for 7 p.m.., June 12, at the fire station. WINFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACONHave you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. 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Rocky Bayou Christian School sophomores Stefan Makarov and Tyler Paskell were selected to participate inthe 2012 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program. They went to Adventures Unlimited in Milton April 12-15. Each year, students from Pensacola to Lake City participate in this intensive training program for community youth leaders. These students were selected to attend this camp to discuss and practice leadership skills because of their service to the community and leadership potential. *** The Northwest Florida Military Officers Association (NWFMOA) awarded their Annual JROTC Scholarship Award to Cadet Col. Thomas J. Brown from Niceville High School. The award ceremony was conducted at the Monthly NWFMOA meeting on May 2, at the Eglin Bayview Club. *** Sarah Lynch daughter of Mike and Shelli Lynch, of Niceville, was awarded a University Fellows By Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer For those wanting some good, muddy fun, look no further than the first-ever Emerald Coast Mud Run on Saturday, May 19, at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The race will be 3.1 miles of crawling, sliding and scaling obstacles, combined with the fun of playing in the mud. There will also be a costume contest and a Family Fun Festival. The idea was first conceived by Tony Gibson, founder of Heart of the Bride Ministries, the mud run sponsor. "I did one in the fall of 2011 and loved it," Gibson said. "It's become a very popular event around the country, so I thought it'd be great for the community, but also a great way to support the orphans." Heart of the Bride was established in 1998 to provide homes, education, discipleship and economic opportunities for more than 400 orphans in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia. All of the proceeds from the race will benefit the orphans of Heart of the Bride Ministries. Because of the overwhelming response to the race more than 1,500 participants there will be two runs, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3:30 p.m., with a Kids' Fun Run at 1 p.m. Each run will have heats, to ensure that the course does not get congested. All participants will take part in race course, with three options throughout the coursethe Mud Warrior, the Challenger and the non-competitive run. The Mud Warrior is the most competitive run, and will feature the muddiest, most challenging obstacles. The Challenger is also competitive, but the obstacles are geared toward recreational athletes and non-athletes alike. Finally, the non-competitive "Mix and Match" race is designed for those who want to choose The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWN Whos NewsP 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 y y 1 1 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Stefan Makarov Tyler PaskellHeart of the Bride gets down and dirty for first-ever mud run Ruckel places first in Tech BowlRuckel Middle School placed first in the middle school category at the 13th annual Tech Bowl. Students competed in a scavenger hunt as part of the STEMM iniative. From left: Alex Tolbert, Cassidy Solti, Claire Ponder. For a list of results, see page B-2. Courtesy photo Sarah Lynch Air Force photoValparaiso native takes home bronze at 2012 Warrior GamesKen Gestring, a Valparaiso native and Niceville High School graduate, recently competed in the 2012 Warrior Games competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won two bronze medals for wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Gestring, 47, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. See page B-2 for the story. Web-savvy students win design contestNiceville High School webdesign students on team "SWAG" demonstrated their winning design for Valparaiso's official website at Monday's city commission meeting. Freshman Jessica Gunn, 15, freshman Brandon Lange, 15, sophomore Ryan Sorenson, 16, and freshman Brayton Miles, 15, who was unable to attend the city commission meeting because he was at the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, each won a personal laptop in the two-and-a-half-monthlong contest facilitated by their teacher, April Branscom. From left: Ryan Sorenson, Jessica Gunn, April Branscom and Brandon Lange. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Please see WHO S, page B-2 Tony Gibson Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Steve Kagan right, and Billy Edens, volunteer their time shoveling mud on the Emerald Coast Mud Run race course at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The mud run will be Saturday, May 19. Please see MUD, page B-2 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleGeneral Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyMark J. Tenholder, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementComprehensive Orthopaedic CareAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians Hometown Quality! 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Okaloosa schools participate in STEMM initiave Members of the Niceville High School Tech Bowl team celebrate after winning their first place trophy at the Tech Bowl. Back row, from left, Sophia Bergman, Robert Owens, Ian Cooke, Mady Freeman, Coach/Instructor Susan Menser. Front row, from left, Daniel Salas and Anton Valdez. Jacob Wood is not pictured. Courtesy photo Wounded Warrior leaves competition with medals, inspirationBy Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer For Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Gestring, attending the 2012 Warrior Games was about more than competition and winning medalsit was about camaraderie. "There's the spirit of competition between all the services, but when you are at the games, everyone comes together," he said. "I made friends with people from within each different service." Gestring, a 1983 Niceville High School graduate and Valparaiso native, won two bronze medals at the games one for wheelchair basketball and the other for sitting volleyball. He also participated in the 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle, as well as the air-pistol competition. "My two kids just loved it," he said with a laugh. "My son was in amazement at the wheelchair basketball game and my daughter was in the stands screaming and yelling. My wife was also there, and she has just been the greatest supporter and been there every step of the way since I was injured." The Warrior Games took place at the U.S. Air Force Academy May 1 through 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The games are a Paralympic competition sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and featured a combination of active duty and retired veterans who sustained some type of injury during their service. Gestring, 47, a former Air Force medic, was injured in 2010 in Afghanistan when an Afghani, hidden by a crowd, tossed a grenade. The Purple Heart recipient sustained three shrapnel wounds to his leg, and was struck in the back, however most of his body armored absorbed the blow. "I don't really think of myself as a wounded warrior, because I have back and neck issues" Gestring said. "But there's a misinterpretation that a wounded warrior is someone who is missing their arms or legs. It can be anyone who has sustained combat injuries or suffers from PTSD." After recovering from his injuries, Gestring was asked to attend the games by his Recovery Care Coordinator. "At that time, I didn't feel like I should be going," he said. On Nov. 1, 2011, Gestring retired from the Air Force, just two months shy of completing 26 years. The application to participate in this year's Warrior Games was due by January. Gestring said his Recovery Care Coordinator finally talked him into submitting an application, claiming that he would "fit in" just fine, and the competition needed more Air Force participants. In March, Gestring attended a training camp where only 27 Air Force warriors showed up. "There were 35 slots for the Air Force, so everyone made the team," he said. "It was just depressing that we didn't have more people, because you have 50 slots for the Army, and 250 showing up trying to make the team. I tried to talk to some of my friends who were Air Force about participating, because many people are eligible, no matter the injury." There were more than 200 competitors at this year's games, which Gestring described as "incredibly inspirational." "You see people missing limbs, people with brain damage, doing these events and making incredible things happen. It shines the light on wounded warriors, that they don't just have to sit at home." Although Gestring still suffers from pain due to his injuries, he said seeing other competitors puts his pain into perspective. "You see guys missing both legs, and they are physically able to play basketball, so it's easy to look beyond just a little bit of neck and back pain when you see what they're dealing with." Gestring said he hopes to participate in the competition annually, and also hopes that service members from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field become inspired to get involved with the games. "I didn't know what to expect, I just kind of went into it," he said. "I should probably practice my swimming and work on my endurance, because there's too many younger guys in better shape than I am." As for his future, Gestring and his family are in the process of moving back to Bluewater Bay from his final assignment at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. "I just hope to enjoy more time with my family," he said. Page B-2 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Scholarship to attend GardnerWebb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Sarah is currently a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School. *** Richard Alldredge, of Niceville, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, during the spring commencement ceremonies held on May 5, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Richard will complete his final requirements for graduation at the end of the summer, but walked with his class on May 5. Richard is the son of Brian and Carla Alldredge of Niceville. *** Kyle Saleeby, a junior at Niceville High School, received the Better Business Bureau's Student Ethics Scholarship at a luncheon on May 10. The Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. Scholarship recipients were required the write an essay on character building. *** Ben Shuman a programming and robotics instructor at the Niceville High School IT Institute, recently received the Secondary School Teacher Prize for Inspiration from the University of Tulsa. Shuman was one of three recipients, nominated by his students. *** Sandy and Ray DiTirro, of Niceville, the top 2011 Niceville and Bluewater Bay Realtors, have achieved and been awarded the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award. Of the 87,684 RE/MAX Agents in 6,257 offices worldwide, less than four percent have ever achieved this milestone in the 40 year history of RE/MAX. WHOSFrom page B-1 Kyle Saleeby CHURCH DIRECTORYWarrior or Challenger obstacles along the way. There will be 11 obstacles, including mud hills, a tire course, a hay bail climb and a slip 'n' slide. Another obstacle will require participants to carry rice bags, which Gibson said simulates what the orphans endure on a daily basis. "We want some of the conditions to reflect the cause that the race is supporting, which is the orphans," Gibson said. "These challenges will reflect some of what these kids go through." Each participant will receive a bracelet with a Heart of the Bride orphan's name inscribed on it. "We want to make this race person to people," he said. Clint Sibbitt, Heart of the Bride Director of Development, along with Gibson and more than 200 volunteers from local churches, put in countless hours spreading the word about the race and setting up the race course at the college. "You can't go anywhere without hearing people talk about it," Sibbitt said. "There's people coming from all over the South to this race, but we also have a lot of local people participating." Although race registration officially closed in April, Sibbitt said there will be plenty for the general public to enjoy, including a kid's play zone, food vendors, live entertainment and more. "We will have an area just for spectators at the end of the race by the mud pit," Sibbitt said. "It'll just be so much fun to watch." There is still space available for the Kids' Fun Run, a one-mile mud course for children ages 612. To sign up, or for more information about the mud run, visit emeraldcoastmudrun.com. MUDFrom page B-1 Courtesy photo A bulldozer works on clearing the mud pit, the final obstacle of the Emerald Coast Mud Run. Competitors must wade through the pit before crossing the finish line. Sandy and Ray DiTirroOkaloosa County School District held its 13th annual Tech Bowl where elementary, middle and high school students competed in an Internet scavenger hunt and were scored on accuracy in a timed and filtered environment. This program is an extension of Okaloosa County Schools continuing STEMM initiative, to prepare students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medical fields. Gov. Rick Scott gave the students, parents and teachers a surprise visit. The Tech Bowl Winners were: Elementary: Destin, first place; Edge, second place; Shalimar, third place. Middle: Ruckel, first place; Pryor, second place; St. Mary's, third place. High School: Niceville, first place; Collegiate, second place; Choctawhatchee, third place. Clint Sibbitt Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Gestring shows off his two bronze medals that he won at the 2012 Warrior Games for wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Gestring is from Valparaiso. St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. Vacation Bible School June 18-22 Register early!ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN PRESCHOOL TODAY! A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com 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 NEWHOPEBAPTISTCHURCHSmall enough to know you, big enough to make a difference. Morning Worship 10:45 (850) 678-4399 ~ www.newhopevalp.org 108 Aurora St., Valparaiso, Florida 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

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Adult indoor soccer Registration is ongoing for adult indoor soccer at Niceville United Methodist Church for ages 18 and up. Registration will end May 25. Cost: $40, and will increase to $50 after May 18. Games will be Friday evenings during June and July. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreation. NHS car sweepstakes In support of the Eagles Technology Campaign at Niceville High School, Joe Fagundes of Thrifty Car Rentals, Niceville, has provided a 2008 Dodge Nitro, which will be raffled off to one winner. The school's goal is to sell $3,000 of tickets. Tickets can be purchased now through May 31 in the front office of the school and at Chick-fil-A, Niceville. Tickets are $25 each; two for $45; three for $65; four for $85; or five for $100. The winner will be chosen from a drawing on June 1, at 10 a.m., at Niceville High School. The winner will be notified by phone. 'Kids on Campus' Registration for "Kids on Campus" summer enrichment program at Northwest Florida College will begin May 16, at the Niceville campus, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on the second floor of the Student Services Center. On May 17, parents may register at all seven NWFSC locations. Registration will be on-going until the first session on a space-available basis. The program will offer youth entering third through eighth grades an opportunity for learning in a college environment with a variety of classes in areas of athletics, theater, art and academics. The program will offer two sessions at the Niceville campus June 18-28, and July 16-26. The course list and registration forms are available at all area elementary and middle schools, NWFSC campuses and on the website, nwfsc.edu/schedule. Red snapper presentation The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will have a presentation on May 16 about red snapper, the single most populous fish in the Northern Gulf. Experts will share tips and tricks on how to increase the size of snapper, and maximize this year's 40-day season. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the seminar will start at 7 p.m. Free door prizes will be given away afterward. Republican Women The Walton Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly meeting on May 16, at 11 a.m., at Carrabba's Italian Grill, Destin. The guest speaker will be Abigail Maclver, the director of policy and external affairs for the Florida Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. A lunch of Caesar salad, pasta Carrabba, bread, beverage and dessert will be served. Cost: $18 for members, and $20 for guests. Info: Maragaret Crozier, 837-5321. Heartburn seminar The North Okaloosa Medical Group will host a free heartburn seminar on May 17, at 5:30 p.m., on North Okaloosa Medical Center's main hospital campus, Human Resources Classroom, 125 E. Redstone Ave., Ste. B, Crestview. RSVP at 398-8605. Tax Certificate Sale Representatives from the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office will speak to groups and organizations around the county to educate citizens on the annual Tax Certificate Sale. May 17, Destin City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou, 11 a.m.-noon; May 22, Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 John Sims Parkway, 11 a.m.-noon; May 23, Crestview, Coastal Bank & Trust, 1139 Industrial Drive, 11 a.m.-noon; May 30, Fort Walton Beach, First City Bank, 135 Perry Ave., SE, 11 a.m.-noon. 'Arsenic and Old Lace' The Niceville High School Drama Department will present Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Niceville High School auditorium, featuring Troupe 7457. This classic piece is set in the 40s and centered around two eccentric elderly sisters with an unusual charity and a nephew who believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt. The production will be presented May 17-19, for $5 each night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., showtime will be at 7 p.m. Tickets for both plays will be sold at the door, but they may be purchased prior to the performance through the Niceville High School Drama Director, Charlie Williams, at 2178101. Lunch time lecture The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host a free lunch time lecture on May 18, at noon. Author Tony Mennillo will take you on a historic journey of the early days of Niceville and Valparaiso, and their link to Destin's history, during a special presentation and book signing of Mennillo's newly released book, "Salty Memories Along the Coastal Highway." This lecture is part of History Sandwiched-In. Space is limited, and seating is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Gifts and books fair The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities Hospital will host a gifts and books fair on May 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hospital Wellness Center. Credit cards will be accepted, and all proceeds benefit health-related scholarships. Info: gift shop, 678-4131. Charity Golf Classic The Air Force Enlisted Village's ninth annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic will be May 18 and 19, at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club. Registration is open online at afev.us for individual golfers and teams. Corporate sponsorships and hole sponsorships are also available. Play will begin at 12:03 p.m. on the Oaks course. Golfers will play the Pines course on May 19, at 8 a.m. Info: 651-3766. Candidate Freedom Rally The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County will hold a Candidate Freedom Rally in the atrium of the Westwood Retirement Resort, Fort Walton Beach, on May 19, from 10 a.m.-noon. More than a dozen candidates for local office will be on hand to meet their prospective constituents. These include candidates for County Commission, Sheriff, Tax Collector, School Board and School Superintendent. Paul Lux and his staff will also be on hand to register new voters or accept name/address changes. The meeting is free and open to the public. Info: lwvokaloosa.org. Biophilia Center to present 'The Florida Black Bear'The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will present "The Florida Black Bear" on May 19 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, 4956 State Highway 20 East, Freeport. Presentations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Florida Fish and Wildlife will explain the bear management plan, focusing on conservation and how to reduce human/bear conflict. Standard admission rates apply. Info: eowilsoncenter.org. 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. 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Designation ceremonies were held at Doolittle Park in Valparaiso, with representatives of veterans organizations, military and Purple Heart recipients in attendance. Following the unveiling at the ceremony, two signs marking the Purple Heart Memorial Highway were erected by the Florida Department of Transportation along State Road 20. The designation was inspired by retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wayland Davis, of Choctaw Beach, who attended Tuesday's ceremony. Davis, a 30-year veteran who served three tours in Vietnam, wrote a letter to Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, urging him to memorialize a prominent roadway in Okaloosa County. Davis wanted to honor the sacrifices of all Purple Heart recipients. "I feel like its up to veterans to continue serving by supporting troops, especially during war times," said Davis. In the fall of 2011, around Veterans Day in November, Davis said, he wrote a letter to Gaetz "pouring his heart out" after he realized that there wasn't a designated Purple Heart Memorial Highway in the area. "It doesn't matter where you live or work," Davis said. "We all travel Highway 20, so that's what we settled on for the designation." Gaetz secured approval of the Legislature's upper chamber for the measure, and his son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, shepherded the proposal through the House of Representatives. The proposal was voted on unanimously and enacted this spring. "Every morning thousands of people, many of them young men and women wearing our country's uniform, use this roadway to travel to and from their work and homes, including our military bases," Sen. Gaetz said in a statement. "The purpose of this designation is to remind all who use this road that the sacrifices and service of our nation's Purple Heart recipients are unmatched, unprecedented and deeply appreciated." Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Commander Samuel Houston, center, of the Niceville Timothy Padgett Chapter 811 Military Order of the Purple Heart presented Wayland Davis, left, with an honorary Purple Heart certificate. Sen. Don Gaetz, right, also received an honorary Purple Heart certificate. The recognition came during the designation of State Road 20 as the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, which Davis inspired Gaetz to pass through the Legislature.

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Ruckel seventh graders receive Duke recognitionSpecial to the Beacon Seventh graders at Ruckel Middle School were elected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). The talent search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores. These candidates were invited to complete an above-level test, the SAT or the ACT, then Duke TIP provide the participants with comparative information about their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. Students with qualifying scores were invited to attend a State Recognition Ceremony at designated universities. In addition, students with the highest scores were honored at the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University. The following Ruckel students received State Recognition: Jasmine Anderson, Connor Auclair, Kellen Broaderick, Rachel Cathey, Regan Giordano, Evan Huntley, Thuyvan Luong, Cody Manard, Christine Marocchini, Lauren Murray, Karlee Prevatt, Bailey Propps, Corey Shelikoff, Edward Shelikoff, Zachary Starrett, Kasen Stephensen, Alexandria Tolbert, Tim Tuper and Taylor Yow. Christine Marocchini and Tim Tuper also received Grand Recognition. Special to the Beacon Matthew North, of Eglin Air Force Base, and a student at Northwest Florida State College was selected as one of 92 community college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. From May 9 to 11, North participated in the program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and is one of three students selected from Florida to attend. North competed with students from across the nation to create a mission plan and design a rover for a mission to Mars for NASA through completion of four web-based assignments during the school year. He will apply what he learned during the year in his work with NASA engineers during the three-day program in Houston. The prestigious National Community College Aerospace Scholars program offers students from across the nation the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company was responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure, including budgeting and communications functions, and prepared presentations. The on-site experience at NASA included a tour of facilities and briefings by noted NASA employeesincluding astronauts. North graduated with honors on May 5 from NWFSC with an Associate of Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology, a Certificate of Drafting and a Certificate in AutoCAD Foundations, and plans to continue at the college in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management. Over the last two years I have learned an incredible amount from the teachers in the Advanced Technology and Design Department at NWFSC and also from instructors across all departments of Northwest Florida State College, North said. Thanks to their teaching and support I have achieved this accomplishment. North said he is also currently working on a proposal for the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration. I am using the data and research performed through the NCCAS program to develop my proposal for a atmospheric balloon for the exploration of Mars," he said. "Proposals will submitted to NASA Senior Directors to help revise the Mars Exploration Program." The National Community College Aerospace Scholars is a program based on Texas Aerospace Scholars, originally created by the state of Texas in partnership with NASA and the Texas educational community. Both programs are designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nations highly technical workforce. Northwest Florida student visits NASA The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Rocky announces Commencement SeminarSpecial to the Beacon Rocky Bayou Christian School would like to invite the public to its Commencement Seminar, that will be held at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church on Friday, May 25, from 8:3011:30 a.m. The Commencement speaker will be Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, president of the Center for Cultural Leadership in Mt. Hermon, Calif. In addition, Sandlin is one of several pastors of Church the King in California; theological consultant for ACT 3 Ministries; and De Yong Distinguished Visiting Professor of Culture and Theology, Edinburg Theological Seminary. He was formerly the president of the National Reform Association and executive vice president of the Chalcedon Foundation. He is a minister in the Fellowship of Mere Christianity. Sandlin will also speak at the RBCS Baccalaureate/Commencemen t service that evening at 7 p.m. at the same location. Sandlins topic on Friday morning will be "American Exceptionalism is Christian Exceptionalism." Rocky Bayou Christian School would like to extend a special invitation to local homeschool parents and students, as well as the general public. Sandlin holds a bachelor of arts in liberal studies concentrating on English, history, and political science from the State University of New York (1991), a master of arts in English literature from the University of South Africa (1993), and an S.T.D. in Theology and Ecclesiastical History from Edinburg Theological Seminary (2007). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Karl Barth Society of North America. Sandlin has also written and edited several books.Knowledge Master Open resultsThe following are the results for area high schools from the Spring 2012 High School Knowledge Master Open Academic Competition. The Knowledge Master Open is a computer-based semiannual worldwide academic competition in which teams of students from many schools earn points by answering multiple-choice questions quickly and accurately. The questions includes fifteen subject areas. State Rankings: Niceville High School, third place, 54th in the nation out of 518 schools. Rocky Bayou Christian School, eighth place. Freeport High School, 20th place. The following are the results for area middle schools from the Spring 2012 Knowledge Master Open Competition. State Rankings: Rocky Bayou Christian School, fifth place. Ruckel Middle School, sixth place. Freeport Middle School, seventh place. Lewis School, eighth place. Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin Beacon photos by Tess HollisCancer survivor donates hair to Locks of LoveMelissa Bass, of Niceville, cut off her flowing locks on May 10 at The Summit II. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnoses. Bass, 37, survived ovarian cancer in 2007 and wanted to give back to those who suffer from cancer and other diseases. She has been growing her hair out for the past three years. Above, left, Bass nervously awaits for hair dresser Ronnie Pettis to cut her hair. Right, Bass, with Pettis and her old hair, shows off her new, short look. Courtesy photo Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy, left, and Ray Rickman, Chair of the NWFSC Advanced Technology and Design Department, congratulate Matthew North, center, on his selection to the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Courtesy photo Seventh graders at Ruckel Middle School were recently elected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Several students received State and Grand Recognition. Back row, from left: Zachary Starrett, Kasen Stephensen, Tim Tuper, Corey Shelikoff, Edward Shelikoff, Alex Tolbert. Third row, from left: Christine Marocchini, Connor Auclair, Lauren Murray, Jasmine Anderson, Rachel Cathey. Second row, from left: Bailey Propps, Taylor Yow, Karlee Prevatt, Regan Giordano, Kellen Broaderick, Emmy Thuyvan Luong. Front row, from left: Evan Huntley, Cody Manard.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lewis fifth grader wins Mother's Day essay contestLewis School fifth grader Mallory Thomas won the Why I Love My Mom Essay Contest sponsored by Reeds Jewelers. Her essay was chosen from all of the fourth and fifth grade entries from her school. She won a Mother s Day pendant for her mom, and her teacher, Alison Sutsko, won a gift as well. From left: Louis Rochester, Reeds Jewelers, teacher Alison Sutsko, Mallory Thomas and Lewis Principal Mike Fantaski. Courtesy photo Century 21 shows support at Relay for LifeCentury 21 Wilson Minger Agency and its agents were on hand on May 4 at the Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for Life event. Between the agents' individual donations and the booth sales, this year's event raised more money for the American Cancer Society than any previous year. Agent Dana Topel spearheaded Century 21's involvement. Courtesy photo H2 Hummer, white, 2005 excellent condition, 31,000 obo. Original owner, 25,000 miles. Call 582-0146. Sunny Patch Farm Barn Sale May 17, 18, 19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8am-6pm. 4562 Wilkerson Bluff Road, off Hwy 90, Holt, FL. 30-min. drive from Niceville. Furniture, collectibles, antiques, vintage items, arts and crafts, linens, jewelry, home and garden decor, architectural tidbits, local honey. Discover fabulous finds in a natural farm setting while enjoying the sights and sounds of the animals. Variety of vendors. Homemade drinks and treats for sale. Cash or checks only. Come join us for this wonderful event. Ken s Gas Piping, Inc. looking for a dependable helper in the gas piping field. Construction experience a plus. Valid driver s license and reliable transportation preferred. Will train. For more information call 897-4149. INFANTRY, ARMOR, CALVARY, ARMY SF VETERANS With recent (last 10 years) experience needed for periodic, part-time consultation as subject matter experts. Details at www.goldrush77.com Cracker Barrel in Destin is hiring all positions for part-time summer help. Please apply in person at 34930 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida. School Bus Driver Rocky Bayou Christian School Must be at least 21 years of age; possess or willing to obtain a valid Florida Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Class B with airbrakes and with School Bus and Passenger endorsements. (Bus Driver Training & License provided by RBCS, if needed.) Must be able to pass a pre-employment DOT Physical Examination and Drug/Alcohol screening. This is a 10-month part-time contracted position. Salary: $11/hr for route drivers; $10/hr for substitute drivers. If interested, please complete an RBCS application, located at www.rbcs.org. Click on About Us, then Employment. Please e-mail your application to Ms. Warner, at warnerj@rbcs.org. If you have any job-related questions, please contact Mrs. Deidra Fort, at 678-7358, ext. 243. Contact: Ms. Jayne Warner for all other questions, at 678-7358 ext. 245. 1309 23rd Street. Three bedroom, two bathroom home is centrally located in Niceville. Please visit www.propertyware.com /pw/marketing/website.do?action=ViewBro chure&uID=119669182 NEW 20-inch aluminum rims. Fits Ford or Dodge trucks, $900. Call 850-5436222. We pay the most for gold, diamonds and jewelry. 700 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, 850-974-2462, Tom. Hand crank generator. Create your own electricity! Electric power anywhere, anytime. For more information: www.handcranked generator.com This & That Antiques Thrift Shop Flea Market, 1419 N. 29th, Wednesday through Friday, 12 Noon-4PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM. Happy Jack Liquivic: Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US Center for Veterinary Medicine. Frank s Cash & Carry (835-4681). 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Page B-6 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Briefs The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Mitchell excels at QB campNiceville Eagle quarterback Andrew Mitchell, shown here about to make a pass against Central last October, participated in the National Elite 11 Quarterback competition April 21 in Atlanta. Brian Stumpf, director, ESPNHS/Nike Camps, said Mitchell had a solid dayand is a big smooth lefty with good size. Mitchell has college scholarship offers from the University of Central Florida, Jacksonville State University and Southern Mississippi. Others showing interest include Stanford, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, Missouri, Marshall, Louisville, and a host of Ivy League Schools. Adult indoor soccerAdult indoor soccer at Niceville UMC for ages 18 and up. Registration ends May 25. Cost is $40 now and increases to $50 after May 18. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreationTwo-Ball Memorial Day classicDestins Two Ball Memorial Day Golf Classic, sponsored by Northwest Florida Regional Airport FlyVPS.com, with its two-person team, best ball format, is designed to draw competitive players from across the region to Indian Bayou Golf Course on May 18-19. Cost is $490 for each two-person team. This includes two days of tournament play, as well as one practice round, lunch each day, and breakfast on Saturday. Players may visit DestinChamber.com or call 8376241 for registration information. Right, Niceville s Jesse Mullen applies the tag to a Pembroke Pines Charter runner during Thursday s Class 6A state championship game. Photo by Tom Burton Orlando Sentinel By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville High School softball team lost a heartbreaker in Thursdays Class 6A state championship game. The 1-0 loss came from the strong pitching of Pembroke Pines pitcher Cristina Sacramento, who used a curveball that veered off the plate, enticing swings and misses, to carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning before it was broken up by Jessica Ujvaris single. Ujvari also walked during the game; she was the only Eagle to reach base. Sacramento was dominant throughout, striking out 18. Pembroke Pines scored its lone run on a solo home run by Victoria Gonzalez to open the fourth inning. Its hard to reflect back on the year we had after a loss, said Eagles coach Danny Hensley. We had a great team and their pitcher threw curves and stayed off the plate and we just couldnt put the ball in play. The loss could be considered an upset, as Niceville is ranked No. 1 in Florida, while Pembroke Pines is ranked No. 50. Athlete to athlete, we had the best team, but you cant win if you cant score, Hensley said. The loss was particularly galling by the close score. The Eagles finished the season 29-3, with each loss coming by a single run. Still, Hensley said, 2012 is not likely to be Nicevilles final four swan song. The accomplishments of this team were huge, he said. We have a lot of youth coming back next year. The Eagle nation is still going to be strong next year. Well just keep reloading. Niceville reached the final four by defeating Orange Park, 4-0, on an Ujvari no-hitter to take the regional crown, then outlasted a tough Eau Gallie team, 8-4, in the state semifinal as Kaylan Davis pounded a grand slam over the left-center field wall in the third inning. On the mound, Ujvari was nearly as dominant as Sacramento, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. Eagle offense falters; softballers drop title gameAthlete to athlete, we had the best team, but you can't win if you can't score.Coach Danny HensleyPhoto by Chad Pilster/Miami Herald Jessica Ujvari delivers a pitch during the Class 6A state championship game Thursday in Clermont. 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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The newest candidate apparently made the best impression on the 40 people who voted in a straw poll immediately following a candidate forum Monday for the District 5 seat on the Okaloosa County Commission. Joe Fagundes III, who prefiled to run for the seat last week, joining four other candidates, received 15 votes in the straw poll taken among audience members following the forum, followed by 11 votes for Felix Beukenkamp, 10 for Larry Hines, and 3 for Kelly Windes. All four candidates are Republicans, and will run in the Aug. 14 primary election, which would decide the race if no nonRepublicans file for the Dist. 5 county commission seat. One other GOP candidate, Aaron Weinstock, is also listed as a candidate, according to the Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections, but has not attended any candidate forums thus far. The most-discussed topic during the May 14 candidate forum at Niceville City Hall was how to ensure honesty and integrity in county government, especially in light of a series of scandals that have By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council approved initial steps toward establishing a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for downtown Niceville. Council members also were told by Councilman William Thomas that he was resigning from the city council, and city officials began making plans for By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer How did Okaloosa County come to own a $710,000 motor yacht without, it is said, elected officials knowing it? At least six public employees, some acting only in clerical capacities, apparently signed off on various aspects of the controversial purchase, which erupted earlier this month into allegations of misuse of county funds. The purchase apparently sailed through countygovernment bureaucracy without question, although it consumed about 4 percent of the $17 million annual budget of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, the county agency that bought it. The TDC's director, Mark Bellinger, resigned shortly after he admitted to the Okaloosa County Commission May 1 that he had ordered the purchase of the 42-foot Marquis yacht last December with $710,000 in TDC bed tax money. The boat, he told the commission, was acquired as part of a publicity campaign.By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer North Bay Fire District firefighters have won pay raises. Meantime, the fire district's three captains are seeking to join a union as well. The district and its nine unionized firefighters signed a three-year contract last week. The three-year contract approved May 8 by North Bay fire commissioners covers employees represented by North Bay Professional Firefighters Association, Local 3505, according to Fire Chief Joe Miller. The agreement boosts firefighter's annual longevity raises from about $700 for each year of employment to $1,000. Thus, a seven-year employee would get a seniority premimum of $6,000, up from $4,200. The average firefighter with seven years' tenure earns $50,000, according to the district. Miller said the contract is expected to add about $23,813 a year to the department's annual personnel budget the first year, plus increases of about $10,000 Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will host a presentation about red snapper the single most populous fish in the Northern Gulf. Experts will share tips and tricks on how to increase the size of snapper and maximize this year's 40-day season. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the seminar will start at 7 p.m. at North Light Marina. Free and open to the public. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities Hospital will host a gifts and books fair in the Hospital Wellness Center. All proceeds will benefit health-related scholarships. Info: 678-4131. Sunday, 2 p.m. Covenant Hospice invites bereaved hospice families to attend a Remembrance Celebration at the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. Covenant Hospice patients and community members who have died will be remembered and celebrated. A reception with refreshments will follow. Info: 729-1800. Tuesday, 6 p.m. The monthly meeting of the Florida Trail Association will be at Ed's Hometown Seafood & Steaks, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Info: choctaw.floridatrail.org. Calendar, B-3 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¢12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see WIN, page A-6 Please see SCANDAL, page A-4 Please see CRA, page A-2 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 COMING UP The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 A $710,000 sport yacht, far left, depicted in a listing by Legendary Marine in conjunction with the boat's sale in December to Okaloosa County. Near left, a county voucher submitted by Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council Director Mark Bellinger for the purchase. See page 5 for the invoice that accompanied the voucher.North Bay firefighters win raises; captains seek union status Postal worker Ike Icenhour volunteered extra time along his Niceville delivery route Saturday to collect food donations left at his customers mailboxes. The collection was part of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, sponsored by United Way. Below, at the Niceville Sharing & Caring, volunteers Andrew Morton, of Niceville, and John Avery, of Freeport, below, sorted and stored food collected in Niceville. Sharing & Caring took in 18,628 pounds of food during the drive. St. Vincent de Paul Society took in food postal workers collected in Valparaiso, about 2,500 pounds. Beacon photos by Mike GriffithPostal workers collect 21,100 pounds of food for needy Beacon photos by Tess Hollis A young man from the Okaloosa Youth Academy shovels dirt to create a flower bed in front of Twin Cities Pavilion, Niceville. Right, the finished product.Thomas resigns; CRA advancesYouths give Pavilion a faceliftBy Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer AmeriCorps workers last week supervised Okaloosa County Youth Academy students to landscape the Twin Cities Pavilion, an assisted living facility in Niceville. Several youths from the Okaloosa Youth Academy, ages 12-18, spent the day on May 7 planting flowers, fruit trees and shrubs, putting up birdhouses, decorating a gazebo, and cutting the grass to spruce up the facility for its 46 residents. The Okaloosa Youth Academy is an education program for residents of the Okaloosa Department of Juvenile Justice detention center in Crestview.Commission candidates discuss county scandal Yacht invoice went through many hands$710,000 TDC purchase cleared county channels Please see YACHT, page A-5 Two candidates who spoke during a forum in the race for the Okaloosa County Commission District 5 seat are from Bluewater Bay: Felix Beukenkamp and Joe Fagundes III. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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a special July 17 election to fill Thomas’ now-vacant seat. During a meeting May 8, the council heard a briefing by Bill McCartney, an advisor on city planning and development issues. McCartney gave a report on his study of the pros and cons of establishing a CRA, though he said there was "no downside." He said establishing a CRA will help stimulate economic development within “blighted” parts of the city and would be a “milestone for Niceville.” In response to questions from the Beacon following the formal city council meeting, McCartney described what a CRA is and how it works. He said that within the identified area, the city would cap, at its current level, the amount of property tax revenue from that area that can go into the city’s general fund. Then, as tax-appraised property values or city property taxes rise in the future, any additional tax revenue derived from the designated CRA area would go into a special CRA trust fund, for infrastructure improvements and other projects designed to stimulate economic growth within the CRA. In his report, McCartney wrote, “With the creation of a CRA, the city will be able to direct public funds to stimulate private investment in areas of the city where revitalization of public facilities and infrastructure will serve as a catalyst for increased private investment and increased economic development.” He said an area of about 340 acres within the city meets state standards for creation of a CRA. “These standards,” he reported, “are identified as blighting and/or deteriorating influences on development resulting from traffic patterns, declining tax base relative to the community as a whole, vacant properties and buildings, obsolescence of existing structures, and a host of related conditions as detailed in the attached report.” McCartney emphasized that he did not mean to imply that Niceville is a city with “blighted” areas in the popular meaning of that term, as in a city infested with slums and high-crime zones. For purposes of legally establishing a CRA, he said, the term “blighted” merely means that the city has areas containing older and/or vacant homes and businesses, where such things as improvements to city infrastructure could help stimulate new development and economic activity. He presented a map showing the area of interest, including one to two blocks either side of John Sims Parkway west of Cedar Street and along the shoreline of Boggy Bayou—an area he referred to as the “Old Settlement” part of the city. McCartney said “There is really no downside” to establishing a CRA, as it will not raise or create new taxes, or restrict property owners in what they can do with their homes or businesses, but it can bring new development to the city. After hearing from McCartney, city council members unanimously approved initial steps toward establishing a CRA, to include notifying state and local taxing agencies of their intention to do so. At the council’s June 12 meeting, officials plan to approve a resolution officially creating the CRA, and then to move on with other steps such as developing a CRA plan of action and creating a CRA trust fund. Councilman Bill Smith said that by implementing a CRA, the city will lose nothing and will gain the opportunity to obtain matching grants from state and federal agencies. Councilman Dan Henkel said he is pleased that a CRA will not require any new or increased city taxes. In other business at the meeting, the council heard a report from the city’s fire and police chiefs that there will be an “active shooter” exercise at Niceville High School on May 15, to provide practice for city and school officials on how to respond to such an emergency if it should ever happen in Niceville. City library and children’s park director Sheila Bishop said renovations to the park were completed in time for the beginning of summer. As the May 8 meeting was about to adjourn, Councilman William Thomas surprised fellow council members when he announced that it was his final meeting as a council member. “I am stepping down,” he said, because after careful consideration, “It is time for me to move on to other things.” In his letter of resignation, effective May 8, Thomas said, "I believe the city is in good hands because we have some of the greatest leaders the world has ever known working and living in Niceville." Following the meeting, Thomas was asked by the Beacon about his decision. He would not specify what “other things” he wants to move on to, but compared his decision to a line in the popular Kenny Rodgers song, “The Gambler,” about having to “know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away, and when to run.” Thomas said that for him, the time has come to walk away and to “pursue the other dreams” of his life. Following Thomas’ announcement, City Clerk Dan Doucet and City Manager Lannie Corbin, whom Thomas had notified in advance of his decision, said that they are in the process of working with the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections to establish July 17 as the date for a special city election to fill the three years remaining in Thomas' term. The remaining city council members approved the July 17 date, and Corbin and Doucet will continue to plan details of administering the special election. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon ON SALE! NOWthroughMay 31! *Based on 2006 countrywide average gross premium for boatowners insurance. Your actual premium will vary based on state and value of boat. Subject to availability and qualifications. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL. 2009 Allstate Insurance Company. 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Their son, Joseph, 7, attends Bluewater Elementary, and their daughter, Elizabeth, 15, is a freshman at Niceville High School, he said. Fagundes described himself as a small-business owner and fiscal conservative. He said he decided to run because he wants to make changes to reduce spending and make the county commission more accountable. Prefiling with the Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections office allows a candidate to begin fund raising. Candidates must qualify—by petition method or payment of a $3,840.30 filing fee— between noon June 4 and noon June 8. Other District 5 candidates who have prefiled are: —Felix Beukenkamp, R., Niceville. —Larry Hines, R., Destin. —Aaron Weinstock, R., Niceville. —Charles K. (Kelly) Windes, R., Destin. Beukenkamp, Hines and Windes have met the requirements to qualify by petition. Joe Fagundes III CRAFrom page A-1 William Thomas HELP WANTED NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! 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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer An added sales tax approved by Walton County voters will cost the average family in the county a estimated $108 a year. A half-percent local-option sales tax to finance the local share of the cost of four-laning the Highway 331 bridge was passed by a countywide referendum May 8. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and will last more than four years. The Florida Department of Transportation said it expects to advertise a design-and-build contract in the fall for the second span over Choctawhatchee Bay. By an almost six-to-four margin, Walton County voters approved the extra levy starting at the beginning of next year. Turnout was 16 percent. The sales tax was the only issue on the ballot. The surtax revenue will be earmarked to pay Walton County's share of a U.S. Highway 331 bridge expansion and highway widening. The tax will start Jan. 1, 2013, and expire Dec. 31 of the year in which the debt issued for the bridge improvements is retired. In December, the DOT proposed a $177 million construction project to build a second two-lane bridge span for the Clyde B. Wells bridge that links northern and southern Walton County—if Walton County pays $75 million of the cost. State transportation officials originally said the county could borrow the money, then repay it with a $2 toll on the southbound lanes of the four-lane span. That toll, the DOT estimated, would pay off the county's $75 million share in about 30 years. But a number of residents opposed a toll, suggesting instead that the local share be paid with a countywide sales tax increase of one-half percentage point. Such a tax would boost the sales tax in Walton County to 7.5 percent, fully 1.5 percentage points higher than in neighboring Okaloosa County. Eight of Florida's 67 counties, most of them in north Florida, currently levy localoption sales taxes of 1.5 percent in addition to the state sales tax of 6 percent. Twelve, including Okaloosa County, levy no surtax. The rest levy a surtax of 0.5 percent or 1 percent. On the recommendation of a citizen panel, the Walton County Commission decided to hold a referendum on the proposed sales tax, but reserved a decision on possible toll should the proposed tax fail at the polls. A study by the University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development estimated the half-percent sales tax would cost the county's 22,513 households about $108.39 a year. Many items are not taxable, such as groceries. The study, which was based on data from 2010, estimated the surtax would raise approximately $5.7 million a year, with Walton County residents paying an estimated 43 percent of the tax and visitors paying the other 57 percent. Because 2010 was affected by the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, the study projected that visitors would pay a bigger share of taxable sales as the tourism industry grows. County officials estimated the optional half-percent sales tax would be in place for 15 to 18 years. Transportation officials said the state required a contribution from Walton County for the project because the DOT has experienced a $11.7 billion state funding cut since 2006, as well as a slowdown in federal highway funding. The DOT has stated that if the county could raise its share, the state's $102 million share would be spent elsewhere, possibly not in the county. Ian Satter, spokesman for DOT's District 3, said Friday that since notification of the positive vote in Walton County the DOT is working with the county on agreements about the transfer of funds. He said DOT plans to advertise the bridge design and construction project as a single contract this fall, with design work expected to begin in 2013. Construction of the additional bridge span over the Choctawhatchee Bay is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2014, he said. The bridge design and construction contract is expected to be completed in 1,500 contract days. DOT in March promised to four-lane the remaining 13 of 15 miles between the Clyde Wells bridge and I-10 by 2017 if voters approved funding the $75 million portion of the bridge. Satter said DOT is working to secure funds, obtain additional right of way and design the road widening to meet the five-year completion date. Walton County Administrator Greg Kisela said DOT's offer to widen the highway in addition to building the additional bridge span "to me is the difference between a good deal and a great deal." The county has to secure its $75 million share of the road project by Sept. 1, Kisela said. The county has hired a financial advisor to help determine whether it would be less expensive to issue a bond or borrow the money, he said. Future sales tax revenues would be pledged to pay back either. According to the Walton County Supervisor of Elections office, 3,655 ballots (58.6 percent) were cast in favor of the sales tax, while 2,577 (41.4 percent) voted against the tax. Turnout for the referendum was 6,232 voters, 16.3 percent of 38,296 eligible voters in Walton County. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Page A-3 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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hit county government during the last few years, the most recent of which has been the alleged misuse of funds by Tourist Development Council (TDC) director Mark Bellinger, who was found dead May 4 of an apparent drug overdose after being confronted with accusations that he misspent TDC tax money for a yacht and a house. That case is under investigation. Asked how to ensure better stewardship of public money by public officials in the future, all four candidates agreed that more oversight of county finances is needed. Hines, a former Air Force fighter pilot, said an inspector general system like that used in the military would be of benefit to the county. He said he also favors a two-person policy on writing checks and on access to county funds, similar to the military twoperson policy which forbids anyone from ever being left alone with a nuclear weapon or certain other dangerous items. The key to maintaining integrity of county finances, Hines said, is “checks and balances and multiple reviews of transactions.” Windes said any spending for more than $5,000 should require two signatures. Quoting President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of “trust but verify,” Windes said, “I lean toward verify.” He said that invoices for TDC director Bellinger’s purchase of a yacht for the county were too vague, and that this indicates a too-casual attitude toward finances by top county officials. (The yacht invoice bore the initials of six county employees. Story, A-1.) Fagundes said county officials, especially elected county commissioners, “are supposed to be stewards” of the people’s money. “I live in Bluewater Bay,” he said, where another recent financial scandal involved alleged embezzlement of money from the North Bay Fire District. Such scandals, Fagundes said, seem to have become “systemic” in Okaloosa County. He said he is “tired, disgusted and embarrassed” by the multiple corruption cases that have emerged in the county in recent years. Beukenkamp stressed his experience as a businessman, saying that integrity in financial management is an everyday routine for him. “It’s all about checks and balances,” he said. The county commission, he said, should focus on policy and oversight of county departments, and should ensure that the right people are put in charge of county agencies. With the retirement of County Administrator Jim Curry expected by November of next year, said Beukenkamp, there will be an opportunity for the commission to make a “fresh start” in how it organizes and oversees county government. Despite the ongoing scandal, none of the candidates favored abolishing the TDC itself. All four said the TDC, when properly managed, provides a valuable service to the county by attracting tourists who fuel about a third of the local economy—second only to military activity as a job-creating force in the county. A related topic which got nearly as much attention during Monday’s candidate forum was how to fund county government with shrinking revenue from local taxes and other sources. All four candidates said the budget is the top issue facing the county commission in the coming year. Fagundes, a businessman with interests in the carand truckrental industry, said that to cut costs, the county should consolidate some county departments, such as combining the county transportation department with the airports department. He also said the county has too many layers of management, and that some department heads may have come to see their jobs as entitlements rather than as an opportunity for public service. Beukenkamp, a builder who lives in Bluewater Bay, also favored consolidating some departments, and said that technology can be used to streamline county government functions, such as issuing building permits. He said that in his building and construction business, building plans exist in electronic form through all stages of design – until they must be presented for county approval, when two paper copies must be presented to county officials. E-mailing such documents makes more sense and would cost less, he said. He said the most efficient government is one that uses the most technology and the fewest people to conduct business. Hines, a retired Air Force officer who serves on the Destin City Council, stressed the importance of checks and balances in county management. He also said that Okaloosa County should use its legal status as a “charter” county, with considerable flexibility to change its governmental organization, to enact such changes as term limits for county commissioners and other elected officials, and making constitutional offices like the sheriff’s office more accountable to the County commission on budgetary matters. Windes, a Destin charter boat captain and former Destin city councilman, recommended more careful oversight of the county’s “enterprise” agencies, which are supposed to be financially selfsupporting through fees to customers who use their services, such as water and sewer service. He also favored consolidation of departments, offering retirement and early-out programs to excess county employees, and more citizen input to the commission on budgetary issues. All four candidates enthusiastically supported offering tax breaks and other incentives to certain companies to attract them to Okaloosa County. They said this is necessary to compete with neighboring counties and states, and that the industries most desirable are those with high wages and salaries but little environmental impact, such as software, science and technology development firms. SCANDALFrom page A-1 ArrestsMatthew Ryan Setterstrom, unemployed, 22, of 107 Sunset Cove, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies April 27 on a charge of battery. On Aug. 10, 2010, a man who suffered a concussion and a laceration over his left eye that required six sutures, told deputies that an unidentified person invited him to a social gathering at an apartment in the 4600 block of Range Road. Upon knocking on the door of the apartment the man said he was held down and punched by multiple persons and hit in the head with an unknown object. The victim, and a witness, allegedly identified Setterstrom from a photo lineup as one of the people who punched the victim. * Sanford Lamont Jones, 37, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 1 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of simple battery. * James Michael Hamill, a tree worker, 28, of 616 Crestview Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6 on four counts of failure to appear on original misdemeanor worthless check charges. * Darryl Ty Friedlund, 21, of 645 Lost Key Drive, Perdido Key, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 5 on a contempt of court charge. On March 29, Friedlund is alleged to have driven by a Niceville residence, violating an injunction for sexual violence protection. * Theresa Marie Haynes, 46, of 616 Ginko Ave, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 4 on a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence. * Damon Joseph Hinote, 26, of 101 Beaver Dam Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6, subsequent to a traffic stop for speeding, on an Okaloosa County warrant for charges of sexual battery, victim over 12 years old when victim is physically helpless to resist, and contributing to delinquency of a minor. On Sept. 10, 2011, Hinote allegedly allowed a 16-year-old girl and her friend to stay at a party at a Bluewater Bay address and consume alcoholic beverages, then had sex with the 16-year-old after she had become intoxicated and passed out. Hinote was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia found during the traffic stop. * Steven Reese Oldroyd, 20, of 261 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 8 on charges of burglary and petit theft. On Dec. 9, 2011, Oldroyd and another male were allegedly observed searching through boxes located inside an enclosed patio attached to the victim's Destin home where a digital video recorder was stolen. * Daniel Adam Sholler, 19, of 4408 Southminster Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 6 on a charge of battery, domestic violence. * James Ryan Rimkus, 36, of 308 Cook St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 2 on a charge of violation of probation on the original charge of felony battery.DUI arrestsKim Lee Smith, 53, of 1601 25th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 115 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, May 5 at 8:23 p.m. * Rafael Nunez-Perez, 40, of 767 Forest Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 635 Highway 98, Destin, May 5 at 7:11 p.m.TheftsA Niceville resident reported May 7 a suspected case of identity theft after she received a bill of $1,376 from a cell phone provider for four separate phone accounts she did not open. * A Niceville resident from the 300 block of Reeves Street reported that sometime May 3-5 unknown persons stole two bicycles from her front yard. The bicycles were valued at $100. * A Niceville man reported that someone stole his gold wedding ring after he removed it and placed it on a napkin near a pond on College Boulevard for about 90 minutes May 4. The victim said he removed his ring so that it would not come off when he pulled his dog out of the water. The victim was advised to check pawn shops to try to locate his ring. * A 70-year-old woman with a Merritt Island address reported May 3 that she left her wallet in a restroom at a Niceville fast food restaurant then went to another local store. When the woman realized she was missing her wallet she returned to the restaurant but the wallet, including $55, two credit cards, a Social Security card, driver's license and other IDs were missing. The woman notified both credit card companies.Criminal MischiefA motorist reported May 5, about 1:38 a.m., that his vehicle had been "egged" in front of Ruckel Middle School, 250 N. Partin Drive. * A Niceville resident from the 100 block of Park Avenue reported May 4, about 9:07 p.m., that someone in a dark-colored vehicle had "egged" vehicles in the yard. * A Niceville resident from the 100 block of Azalea Drive reported May 4, about 8:56 p.m., that someone in a dark vehicle threw eggs at her car.OtherPolice were unable to find the suspect after someone at a Niceville motel, 108 Bayshore Drive, reported that a man with no clothes on was seen standing outside a glass door at the back of the building April 30, about 12:38 p.m. The caller stated that the suspect ran toward Bayshore Drive when he realized the complainant saw him. * A 16-year-old Niceville girl, a student, was issued two criminal summonses by sheriff's deputies April 28 each on a charge of retail petit theft. The girl and an accomplice, a 15-year-old Destin girl, also a student, were allegedly observed at the Destin Walmart, 15017 Emerald Coast Parkway, concealing candy and cosmetics in a beach bag, then leaving without paying the $155 cost for the concealed items. Walmart declined to press charges against the 15 year old because of her age. After allegedly admitting to shoplifting at Walmart, the girls became visibly upset when a deputy asked if they had more stolen merchandise. The girls then allegedly admitted they had shoplifted more items from three other Destin stores, including: 19 items of jewelry valued at $105.90 from one store; 22 clothing items valued at $686.91 from another store; and, a tribal beaded headband and two bracelets valued at $16.85 from another store. The three additional stores victimized by the two shoplifters were called to the Walmart store and recovered the stolen items. Two stores declined to pursue charges at that time, while the third store, 4119 Legendary Drive, did press charges of retail petit theft against both girls, who were each given criminal summonses for retail petit theft. The girls are scheduled to appear in court June 27. * A Laurel Hill man working a construction job in the Swift Creek subdivision, Niceville, reported that on May 7 a man came up to him while he was working and hit him with his fist several times after asking if he had the money he was owed. A witness said the suspect also told the victim he would break his leg, then walked away to his truck and left the area. * A 15-year-old Niceville girl, a student, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies May 5 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. * Katrina Louise Cavaliere, unemployed, 20, of 538 Nassau Drive, Niceville, was issued a notice to appear by sheriff's deputies May 7 on a charge of underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from May 7, 2012 through May 13, 2012. 0 Structure Fire12 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy./Redwood....Vehicle crash..............................05/07/12............10:34 W. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical........................................05/07/12............23:38 Springwood Way..........................Medical........................................05/08/12............10:50 Willow Lane..................................Medical........................................05/08/12............10:54 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash..............................05/08/12............14:14 Als Drive.......................................Medical........................................05/08/12............20:50 Bayshore Drive............................Service call.................................05/09/12............11:21 N. Partin Drive..............................Medical........................................05/09/12............12:05 Kelly Road....................................Medical........................................05/09/12............14:29 SR 85 North.................................Vehicle crash..............................05/09/12............17:52 Azalea Drive.................................Medical........................................05/10/12............10:00 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash..............................05/10/12............18:16 Azalea Drive.................................Medical........................................05/11/12............07:39 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical........................................05/11/12............16:42 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Electrical problem.......................05/12/12............07:50 29th Street....................................Medical........................................05/12/12............13:49 Riley Road....................................Medical........................................05/12/12............18:28 Drew Court...................................Alarm activation..........................05/12/12............21:10 Pinoak Circle................................Alarm activation..........................05/13/12............08:29 Nutmeg Avenue...........................Medical........................................05/13/12............22:43 Weekly Safety Tip: The fire department can t help you unless you can be found. Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from May 7, 2012 through May 13, 2012. Street Situation Date Time North White Point Road..............Medical assist.............................05/07/12............02:30 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............12:52 E. Hwy. 20 & Pine Street............Motor vehicle accident...............05/07/12............16:20 Pine Street...................................Service call.................................05/07/12............16:49 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............19:26 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/07/12............19:59 North White Point Road..............EMS call.....................................05/09/12............12:20 County Line Road.......................EMS call.....................................05/09/12............12:46 Newcastle Court..........................Service call.................................05/09/12............18:54 North White Point Road..............EMS call.....................................05/09/12............23:41 Merchants Way............................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............07:39 Calinda Lane................................Removal of victim(s)..................05/10/12............12:43 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............18:15 White Point Road........................EMS call.....................................05/10/12............21:47 Cat Mar Road..............................EMS call.....................................05/11/12............12:25 Pine Street...................................Dispatched and canceled..........05/11/12............13:53 Ida Coon Circle............................Medical assist.............................05/12/12............11:38 Highway 20 East.........................Rescue, EMS incident...............05/12/12............12:14 Cedar Street................................Medical assist.............................05/12/12............19:21 Fairway Lakes Drive....................Medical assist.............................05/13/12............01:05 Cat Mar Road..............................Medical assist.............................05/13/12............04:00 Turnberry Place...........................EMS call.....................................05/13/12............23:05 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.Fire Department ReportsNiceville Page A-4 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Damon J. 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County officials asked Bellinger about the yacht only after a copy of the boat's title was received in the mail by the county finance department April 27. After acknowledging the deal, Bellinger disappeared. His body was found May 4 in Alabama, victim of an apparent drug overdose, according to lawenforcement authorities. The yacht, a sporty vessel made by Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts, which describes its products as "the ultimate in distinctive style," was purchased through Legendary Marine, a Destin boat dealer, by the TDC at Bellinger's behest in December 2011, according to an invoice from The Zimmerman Agency, a Tallahassee advertising firm hired by the TDC, and an Okaloosa County "Contract/Lease Payment Approval Form" authorizing the transaction. In 2005, the county commission removed the TDC from the county administrator's oversight and ordered it to report directly to the commission itself, according to Jim Curry, county administrator then and now. The county commission chairman names a county commissioner as liaison to the TDC. The commission names the eight TDC board members. The commission hired Bellinger to run the TDC in April 2010, just as pollution fears spawned by the BP Gulf oil spill decimated the county's summer tourist trade. The county commission yesterday reversed itself and ordered the TDC director to report directly to the full-time county administrator, who answers to the part-time commissioners. The TDC is funded by a county-imposed bed tax of 5 percent on lodging costs paid by hotel and condo guests in south Okaloosa County. The money is supposed to be spent to promote Okaloosa County in tourism markets. The agency also receives revenue from the Emerald Coast Convention Center, which it operates. While chairman of the county commission in 2011, District 5 Commissioner James Campbell, a Niceville Republican, was the highest-ranking official to sign off by initialing the authorization to pay the TDC voucher, directing county workers to wire $710,000 to Zimmerman. Campbell said last week that he hadn't known the money would buy a boat because the voucher didn't say so. He also said the amount he okayed was in line with that of other TDC vouchers. The Dec. 20 invoice submitted by the Zimmerman Agency that accompanied the voucher initialed by Campbell and others approximated 4 percent of the TDC's budgeted annual spending. The invoice was titled "Billing for Legendary Marine." The invoice describes the year, make, model and hull identification number of the purchase as follows: "2011 Marquis 420SC #MQYU3073I011." The invoice accompanying the voucher initialed by Campbell further identifies the expenditure as follows: "Yacht promotional campaign, overnight summer giveaways, wedding promotions, snow bird campaigns and national contest giveaways. One year advertising & marketing support of the campaign developed and managed by Zimmerman. TDC partnership with Legendary Marine." Legendary is one of Okaloosa County's biggest boat dealers. To be sure, none of the details on the voucher, including some handwritten comments by Bellinger, state in so many words that the county was buying a boat. Campbell noted that the TDC has its own board of directors, its own attorney and its own auditors, and that bills from the agency also go through county finance office before being reviewed and signed a county commissioner. "It is supposed to be read before it gets to us," Campbell said. "This time it failed." In addition to Campbell and Bellinger, four other public servants initialed the Zimmerman voucher. But Gary Stanford, the county's financial services director, said those four employees signed in various clerical capacities, certifying that the account numbers were correct, that a contract existed, and that all required signatures were obtained. The seventh approval on the invoice was that of a Zimmerman account executive. Campbell said that after the boat purchase revelations, a second, Mobile, Ala.-based marketing firm used by the TDC contacted Okaloosa County officials and reported that "we may have a problem," allegedly the possible use of TDC and BP oil-spill compensation funds to purchase Bellinger's $747,000 home in the Kelly Plantation section of Destin. On May 4, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Mortgage Fraud Task Force, announced it had obtained an arrest warrant for Bellinger after investigators learned of evidence that he used public money to buy the house, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office also stated that Bellinger had disappeared after leaving a suicide note that was found May 3. His body was discovered in Pelham, Ala., May 4, dead apparently of a drug overdose, the sheriff's office said. In some circles the TDC's ownership of a yacht may have been common knowledge before county officials woke up to the fact. Campbell said last week that perhaps a month or so ago a local shrimper asked him about how to get a job as captain of a boat owned by the county through the TDC. Campbell said the shrimper said he'd heard about the vessel from an employee of the Walton County TDC. Campbell went on to say that he called Bellinger the next morning and asked about the shrimper's query. Campbell said that Bellinger stated that the TDC didn't own a boat and wasn't looking for anyone to be captain. On Bellinger's assurance, Campbell dropped the matter, not connecting it with the voucher he'd signed a few months earlier. "He was a good guy," Campbell said about Bellinger. "He seemed like a good guy. That's my opinion." The yacht is moored in Destin, pending a decision concerning what to do with it. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, May 16, 2012 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Ann Caputo, West Deptford, NJ, retired teacher and retired captain, U.S. Army Reserve Randall Roberts, 84, Valparaiso, retired banker and former mayor of Valparaiso “Corruption is a systemic problem throughout the United States, and I believe it started on Wall Street. It eats at the moral fiber of the country.” “There should have been more oversight. You d think big money transfers like that should have triggered some sort of inquiry.” “It needs to be fixed.” “It s abominable. The county commissioners should never have relinquished their oversight of the TDC.” “Upper level management should have caught that before Bellinger was able to misuse so much money. They need to get fired.” “Checks and balances should have prevented it from going as far as it did.” —by Mike Griffith What do you think about reports of financial misdeeds at the Tourist Development Council?Rick Devuyst, 54, Niceville, physician s assistant Location: KMart Norin Hatton, 44, Niceville, U.S. Air Force Tom Johnson, 50, Niceville, school maintenance Carlon Lambert, 64, Crestview, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. YACHTFrom page A-1 Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 • Niceville • www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATION – Gated Community EXQUISITE!! Custom built Executive Home with Pool overlooking Lake. Upgrades throughout, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Office, Bonus Room and More. $899,000. 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The document, presented for approval to county officials, is initialed by six public servants, including two with executive authority: Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council Director Mark Bellinger and Okaloosa County Commissioner James Campbell. Campbell said he didn't know he was approving a boat purchase.

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each of the following two years. In three years, he said, the annual cost would be $101,440, not including related payroll expenditures for retirement, taxes and such. Starting pay for a firefighter at North Bay remains at $36,032, Miller said. Firefighters, he said, also get additional annual pay for qualifications such as: EMT, $1,500; paramedic, $6,000; associate's degree, $2,000; and, bachelor's degree, $1,000. The pay hike, he said, would raise North Bay pay scales in line with those of other fire districts that offer paramedic services. The agreement is retroactive to Oct.1. The new contract also raised life insurance coverage for firefighters from $40,000 to $80,000 a year, Miller said. North Bay fire commissioners have yet to make any pay decisions for its chief, assistant chief, division chief, three captains and administrative assistant for the year. One reason for the delay is that the three captains recently asked that they be represented by a supervisory unit under the firefighters union local, according to Travis Zaal, president of the local. The fire district commission, however, considers the captains to be managers, and therefore ineligible for union representation, according to Chief Miller. The fire chief said the captains argue that they are supervisors, not management, because the fire chief and two assistant chiefs actually manage the department. The issue has been appealed to the state's Public Employees Relations Commission, where a hearing was conducted in Tallahassee May 3. A decision was not immediately announced. In other business at the May 8 fire commission meeting: —Chairman Jim Miller noted that the budget was in good shape, and that after seven months in the current fiscal year the fire district had expended just 50 percent of its $1.96 million annual budget. —Chairman Miller scheduled a budget workshop for June 26, at 7 p.m., at the fire station. He also moved the regular August commission meeting to one week earlier, from Aug. 14 to Aug. 7, also at 7 p.m.. The chairman also set Sept. 11 as the date that the fire chief is scheduled to present the upcoming fiscal year budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. The fire commission will give final approval to the budget and approve the fire district's property tax rate, during a public hearing Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the fire station, 1024 White Point Road. —Commissioners congratulated firefighter Travis Zaal on his promotion to lieutenant. The next meeting of the North Bay Fire Commission is set for 7 p.m.., June 12, at the fire station. WINFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACONHave 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. 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Rocky Bayou Christian School sophomores Stefan Makarov and Tyler Paskell were selected to participate inthe 2012 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program. They went to Adventures Unlimited in Milton April 12-15. Each year, students from Pensacola to Lake City participate in this intensive training program for community youth leaders. These students were selected to attend this camp to discuss and practice leadership skills because of their service to the community and leadership potential. *** The Northwest Florida Military Officers Association (NWFMOA) awarded their Annual JROTC Scholarship Award to Cadet Col. Thomas J. Brown from Niceville High School. The award ceremony was conducted at the Monthly NWFMOA meeting on May 2, at the Eglin Bayview Club. *** Sarah Lynch daughter of Mike and Shelli Lynch, of Niceville, was awarded a University Fellows By Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer For those wanting some good, muddy fun, look no further than the first-ever Emerald Coast Mud Run on Saturday, May 19, at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The race will be 3.1 miles of crawling, sliding and scaling obstacles, combined with the fun of playing in the mud. There will also be a costume contest and a Family Fun Festival. The idea was first conceived by Tony Gibson, founder of Heart of the Bride Ministries, the mud run sponsor. "I did one in the fall of 2011 and loved it," Gibson said. "It's become a very popular event around the country, so I thought it'd be great for the community, but also a great way to support the orphans." Heart of the Bride was established in 1998 to provide homes, education, discipleship and economic opportunities for more than 400 orphans in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia. All of the proceeds from the race will benefit the orphans of Heart of the Bride Ministries. Because of the overwhelming response to the race— more than 1,500 participants— there will be two runs, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3:30 p.m., with a Kids' Fun Run at 1 p.m. Each run will have heats, to ensure that the course does not get congested. All participants will take part in race course, with three options throughout the course—the Mud Warrior, the Challenger and the non-competitive run. The Mud Warrior is the most competitive run, and will feature the muddiest, most challenging obstacles. The Challenger is also competitive, but the obstacles are geared toward recreational athletes and non-athletes alike. Finally, the non-competitive "Mix and Match" race is designed for those who want to choose The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWN Who’s News P 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 y y 1 1 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Stefan Makarov Tyler PaskellHeart of the Bride gets down and dirty for first-ever mud run Ruckel places first in Tech BowlRuckel Middle School placed first in the middle school category at the 13th annual Tech Bowl. Students competed in a scavenger hunt as part of the STEMM iniative. From left: Alex Tolbert, Cassidy Solti, Claire Ponder. For a list of results, see page B-2. Courtesy photo Sarah Lynch Air Force photoValparaiso native takes home bronze at 2012 Warrior GamesKen Gestring, a Valparaiso native and Niceville High School graduate, recently competed in the 2012 Warrior Games competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won two bronze medals for wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Gestring, 47, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. See page B-2 for the story. Web-savvy students win design contestNiceville High School webdesign students on team "SWAG" demonstrated their winning design for Valparaiso's official website at Monday's city commission meeting. Freshman Jessica Gunn, 15, freshman Brandon Lange, 15, sophomore Ryan Sorenson, 16, and freshman Brayton Miles, 15, who was unable to attend the city commission meeting because he was at the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, each won a personal laptop in the two-and-a-half-monthlong contest facilitated by their teacher, April Branscom. 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Okaloosa schools participate in STEMM initiave Members of the Niceville High School Tech Bowl team celebrate after winning their first place trophy at the Tech Bowl. Back row, from left, Sophia Bergman, Robert Owens, Ian Cooke, Mady Freeman, Coach/Instructor Susan Menser. Front row, from left, Daniel Salas and Anton Valdez. Jacob Wood is not pictured. Courtesy photo Wounded Warrior leaves competition with medals, inspirationBy Tess Hollis Beacon Staff Writer For Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Gestring, attending the 2012 Warrior Games was about more than competition and winning medals—it was about camaraderie. "There's the spirit of competition between all the services, but when you are at the games, everyone comes together," he said. "I made friends with people from within each different service." Gestring, a 1983 Niceville High School graduate and Valparaiso native, won two bronze medals at the games— one for wheelchair basketball and the other for sitting volleyball. He also participated in the 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle, as well as the air-pistol competition. "My two kids just loved it," he said with a laugh. "My son was in amazement at the wheelchair basketball game and my daughter was in the stands screaming and yelling. My wife was also there, and she has just been the greatest supporter and been there every step of the way since I was injured." The Warrior Games took place at the U.S. Air Force Academy May 1 through 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The games are a Paralympic competition sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and featured a combination of active duty and retired veterans who sustained some type of injury during their service. Gestring, 47, a former Air Force medic, was injured in 2010 in Afghanistan when an Afghani, hidden by a crowd, tossed a grenade. The Purple Heart recipient sustained three shrapnel wounds to his leg, and was struck in the back, however most of his body armored absorbed the blow. "I don't really think of myself as a wounded warrior, because I have back and neck issues" Gestring said. "But there's a misinterpretation that a wounded warrior is someone who is missing their arms or legs. It can be anyone who has sustained combat injuries or suffers from PTSD." After recovering from his injuries, Gestring was asked to attend the games by his Recovery Care Coordinator. "At that time, I didn't feel like I should be going," he said. On Nov. 1, 2011, Gestring retired from the Air Force, just two months shy of completing 26 years. The application to participate in this year's Warrior Games was due by January. Gestring said his Recovery Care Coordinator finally talked him into submitting an application, claiming that he would "fit in" just fine, and the competition needed more Air Force participants. In March, Gestring attended a training camp where only 27 Air Force warriors showed up. "There were 35 slots for the Air Force, so everyone made the team," he said. "It was just depressing that we didn't have more people, because you have 50 slots for the Army, and 250 showing up trying to make the team. I tried to talk to some of my friends who were Air Force about participating, because many people are eligible, no matter the injury." There were more than 200 competitors at this year's games, which Gestring described as "incredibly inspirational." "You see people missing limbs, people with brain damage, doing these events and making incredible things happen. It shines the light on wounded warriors, that they don't just have to sit at home." Although Gestring still suffers from pain due to his injuries, he said seeing other competitors puts his pain into perspective. "You see guys missing both legs, and they are physically able to play basketball, so it's easy to look beyond just a little bit of neck and back pain when you see what they're dealing with." Gestring said he hopes to participate in the competition annually, and also hopes that service members from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field become inspired to get involved with the games. "I didn't know what to expect, I just kind of went into it," he said. "I should probably practice my swimming and work on my endurance, because there's too many younger guys in better shape than I am." As for his future, Gestring and his family are in the process of moving back to Bluewater Bay from his final assignment at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. "I just hope to enjoy more time with my family," he said. Page B-2 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Scholarship to attend GardnerWebb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Sarah is currently a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School. *** Richard Alldredge, of Niceville, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, during the spring commencement ceremonies held on May 5, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Richard will complete his final requirements for graduation at the end of the summer, but walked with his class on May 5. Richard is the son of Brian and Carla Alldredge of Niceville. *** Kyle Saleeby, a junior at Niceville High School, received the Better Business Bureau's Student Ethics Scholarship at a luncheon on May 10. The Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. Scholarship recipients were required the write an essay on character building. *** Ben Shuman a programming and robotics instructor at the Niceville High School IT Institute, recently received the Secondary School Teacher Prize for Inspiration from the University of Tulsa. Shuman was one of three recipients, nominated by his students. *** Sandy and Ray DiTirro of Niceville, the top 2011 Niceville and Bluewater Bay Realtors, have achieved and been awarded the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award. Of the 87,684 RE/MAX Agents in 6,257 offices worldwide, less than four percent have ever achieved this milestone in the 40 year history of RE/MAX. WHO SFrom page B-1 Kyle Saleeby CHURCH DIRECTORY Warrior or Challenger obstacles along the way. There will be 11 obstacles, including mud hills, a tire course, a hay bail climb and a slip 'n' slide. Another obstacle will require participants to carry rice bags, which Gibson said simulates what the orphans endure on a daily basis. "We want some of the conditions to reflect the cause that the race is supporting, which is the orphans," Gibson said. "These challenges will reflect some of what these kids go through." Each participant will receive a bracelet with a Heart of the Bride orphan's name inscribed on it. "We want to make this race person to people," he said. Clint Sibbitt, Heart of the Bride Director of Development, along with Gibson and more than 200 volunteers from local churches, put in countless hours spreading the word about the race and setting up the race course at the college. "You can't go anywhere without hearing people talk about it," Sibbitt said. "There's people coming from all over the South to this race, but we also have a lot of local people participating." Although race registration officially closed in April, Sibbitt said there will be plenty for the general public to enjoy, including a kid's play zone, food vendors, live entertainment and more. "We will have an area just for spectators at the end of the race by the mud pit," Sibbitt said. "It'll just be so much fun to watch." There is still space available for the Kids' Fun Run, a one-mile mud course for children ages 612. To sign up, or for more information about the mud run, visit emeraldcoastmudrun.com. MUDFrom page B-1 Courtesy photo A bulldozer works on clearing the mud pit, the final obstacle of the Emerald Coast Mud Run. Competitors must wade through the pit before crossing the finish line. Sandy and Ray DiTirroOkaloosa County School District held its 13th annual Tech Bowl where elementary, middle and high school students competed in an Internet scavenger hunt and were scored on accuracy in a timed and filtered environment. This program is an extension of Okaloosa County Schools’ continuing STEMM initiative, to prepare students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medical fields. Gov. Rick Scott gave the students, parents and teachers a surprise visit. The Tech Bowl Winners were: Elementary: Destin, first place; Edge, second place; Shalimar, third place. Middle: Ruckel, first place; Pryor, second place; St. Mary's, third place. High School: Niceville, first place; Collegiate, second place; Choctawhatchee, third place. Clint Sibbitt Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Gestring shows off his two bronze medals that he won at the 2012 Warrior Games for wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Gestring is from Valparaiso. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. Vacation Bible School June 18-22 Register early!ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN PRESCHOOL TODAY! A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com 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 NEWHOPEBAPTISTCHURCHSmall enough to know you, big enough to make a difference. Morning Worship 10:45 (850) 678-4399 ~ www.newhopevalp.org 108 Aurora St., Valparaiso, Florida 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”

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Adult indoor soccer Registration is ongoing for adult indoor soccer at Niceville United Methodist Church for ages 18 and up. Registration will end May 25. Cost: $40, and will increase to $50 after May 18. Games will be Friday evenings during June and July. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreation. NHS car sweepstakes In support of the Eagles Technology Campaign at Niceville High School, Joe Fagundes of Thrifty Car Rentals, Niceville, has provided a 2008 Dodge Nitro, which will be raffled off to one winner. The school's goal is to sell $3,000 of tickets. Tickets can be purchased now through May 31 in the front office of the school and at Chick-fil-A, Niceville. Tickets are $25 each; two for $45; three for $65; four for $85; or five for $100. The winner will be chosen from a drawing on June 1, at 10 a.m., at Niceville High School. The winner will be notified by phone. 'Kids on Campus' Registration for "Kids on Campus" summer enrichment program at Northwest Florida College will begin May 16, at the Niceville campus, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on the second floor of the Student Services Center. On May 17, parents may register at all seven NWFSC locations. Registration will be on-going until the first session on a space-available basis. The program will offer youth entering third through eighth grades an opportunity for learning in a college environment with a variety of classes in areas of athletics, theater, art and academics. The program will offer two sessions at the Niceville campus— June 18-28, and July 16-26. The course list and registration forms are available at all area elementary and middle schools, NWFSC campuses and on the website, nwfsc.edu/schedule. Red snapper presentation The Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series will have a presentation on May 16 about red snapper, the single most populous fish in the Northern Gulf. Experts will share tips and tricks on how to increase the size of snapper, and maximize this year's 40-day season. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the seminar will start at 7 p.m. Free door prizes will be given away afterward. Republican Women The Walton Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly meeting on May 16, at 11 a.m., at Carrabba's Italian Grill, Destin. The guest speaker will be Abigail Maclver, the director of policy and external affairs for the Florida Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. A lunch of Caesar salad, pasta Carrabba, bread, beverage and dessert will be served. Cost: $18 for members, and $20 for guests. Info: Maragaret Crozier, 837-5321. Heartburn seminar The North Okaloosa Medical Group will host a free heartburn seminar on May 17, at 5:30 p.m., on North Okaloosa Medical Center's main hospital campus, Human Resources Classroom, 125 E. Redstone Ave., Ste. B, Crestview. RSVP at 398-8605. Tax Certificate Sale Representatives from the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office will speak to groups and organizations around the county to educate citizens on the annual Tax Certificate Sale. May 17, Destin City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou, 11 a.m.-noon; May 22, Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 John Sims Parkway, 11 a.m.-noon; May 23, Crestview, Coastal Bank & Trust, 1139 Industrial Drive, 11 a.m.-noon; May 30, Fort Walton Beach, First City Bank, 135 Perry Ave., SE, 11 a.m.-noon. 'Arsenic and Old Lace' The Niceville High School Drama Department will present Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Niceville High School auditorium, featuring Troupe 7457. This classic piece is set in the 40s and centered around two eccentric elderly sisters with an unusual charity and a nephew who believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt. The production will be presented May 17-19, for $5 each night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., showtime will be at 7 p.m. Tickets for both plays will be sold at the door, but they may be purchased prior to the performance through the Niceville High School Drama Director, Charlie Williams, at 2178101. Lunch time lecture The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host a free lunch time lecture on May 18, at noon. Author Tony Mennillo will take you on a historic journey of the early days of Niceville and Valparaiso, and their link to Destin's history, during a special presentation and book signing of Mennillo's newly released book, "Salty Memories Along the Coastal Highway." This lecture is part of History Sandwiched-In. Space is limited, and seating is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Gifts and books fair The Auxiliary of the Twin Cities Hospital will host a gifts and books fair on May 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hospital Wellness Center. Credit cards will be accepted, and all proceeds benefit health-related scholarships. Info: gift shop, 678-4131. Charity Golf Classic The Air Force Enlisted Village's ninth annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic will be May 18 and 19, at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club. Registration is open online at afev.us for individual golfers and teams. Corporate sponsorships and hole sponsorships are also available. Play will begin at 12:03 p.m. on the Oaks course. Golfers will play the Pines course on May 19, at 8 a.m. Info: 651-3766. Candidate Freedom Rally The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County will hold a Candidate Freedom Rally in the atrium of the Westwood Retirement Resort, Fort Walton Beach, on May 19, from 10 a.m.-noon. More than a dozen candidates for local office will be on hand to meet their prospective constituents. These include candidates for County Commission, Sheriff, Tax Collector, School Board and School Superintendent. Paul Lux and his staff will also be on hand to register new voters or accept name/address changes. The meeting is free and open to the public. Info: lwvokaloosa.org. Biophilia Center to present 'The Florida Black Bear'The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will present "The Florida Black Bear" on May 19 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, 4956 State Highway 20 East, Freeport. Presentations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Florida Fish and Wildlife will explain the bear management plan, focusing on conservation and how to reduce human/bear conflict. Standard admission rates apply. Info: eowilsoncenter.org. 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. 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Designation ceremonies were held at Doolittle Park in Valparaiso, with representatives of veterans organizations, military and Purple Heart recipients in attendance. Following the unveiling at the ceremony, two signs marking the Purple Heart Memorial Highway were erected by the Florida Department of Transportation along State Road 20. The designation was inspired by retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wayland Davis, of Choctaw Beach, who attended Tuesday's ceremony. Davis, a 30-year veteran who served three tours in Vietnam, wrote a letter to Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, urging him to memorialize a prominent roadway in Okaloosa County. Davis wanted to honor the sacrifices of all Purple Heart recipients. "I feel like its up to veterans to continue serving by supporting troops, especially during war times," said Davis. In the fall of 2011, around Veterans Day in November, Davis said, he wrote a letter to Gaetz "pouring his heart out" after he realized that there wasn't a designated Purple Heart Memorial Highway in the area. "It doesn't matter where you live or work," Davis said. "We all travel Highway 20, so that's what we settled on for the designation." Gaetz secured approval of the Legislature's upper chamber for the measure, and his son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, shepherded the proposal through the House of Representatives. The proposal was voted on unanimously and enacted this spring. "Every morning thousands of people, many of them young men and women wearing our country's uniform, use this roadway to travel to and from their work and homes, including our military bases," Sen. Gaetz said in a statement. "The purpose of this designation is to remind all who use this road that the sacrifices and service of our nation's Purple Heart recipients are unmatched, unprecedented and deeply appreciated." Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Commander Samuel Houston, center, of the Niceville Timothy Padgett Chapter 811 Military Order of the Purple Heart presented Wayland Davis, left, with an honorary Purple Heart certificate. Sen. Don Gaetz, right, also received an honorary Purple Heart certificate. The recognition came during the designation of State Road 20 as the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, which Davis inspired Gaetz to pass through the Legislature.

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Ruckel seventh graders receive Duke recognitionSpecial to the Beacon Seventh graders at Ruckel Middle School were elected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). The talent search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores. These candidates were invited to complete an above-level test, the SAT or the ACT, then Duke TIP provide the participants with comparative information about their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. Students with qualifying scores were invited to attend a State Recognition Ceremony at designated universities. In addition, students with the highest scores were honored at the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University. The following Ruckel students received State Recognition: Jasmine Anderson, Connor Auclair, Kellen Broaderick, Rachel Cathey, Regan Giordano, Evan Huntley, Thuyvan Luong, Cody Manard, Christine Marocchini, Lauren Murray, Karlee Prevatt, Bailey Propps, Corey Shelikoff, Edward Shelikoff, Zachary Starrett, Kasen Stephensen, Alexandria Tolbert, Tim Tuper and Taylor Yow. Christine Marocchini and Tim Tuper also received Grand Recognition. Special to the Beacon Matthew North, of Eglin Air Force Base, and a student at Northwest Florida State College was selected as one of 92 community college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. From May 9 to 11, North participated in the program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and is one of three students selected from Florida to attend. North competed with students from across the nation to create a mission plan and design a rover for a mission to Mars for NASA through completion of four web-based assignments during the school year. He will apply what he learned during the year in his work with NASA engineers during the three-day program in Houston. The prestigious National Community College Aerospace Scholars program offers students from across the nation the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company was responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure, including budgeting and communications functions, and prepared presentations. The on-site experience at NASA included a tour of facilities and briefings by noted NASA employees—including astronauts. North graduated with honors on May 5 from NWFSC with an Associate of Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology, a Certificate of Drafting and a Certificate in AutoCAD Foundations, and plans to continue at the college in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management. “Over the last two years I have learned an incredible amount from the teachers in the Advanced Technology and Design Department at NWFSC and also from instructors across all departments of Northwest Florida State College,” North said. “Thanks to their teaching and support I have achieved this accomplishment.” North said he is also currently working on a proposal for the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration. “I am using the data and research performed through the NCCAS program to develop my proposal for a atmospheric balloon for the exploration of Mars," he said. "Proposals will submitted to NASA Senior Directors to help revise the Mars Exploration Program." The National Community College Aerospace Scholars is a program based on Texas Aerospace Scholars, originally created by the state of Texas in partnership with NASA and the Texas educational community. Both programs are designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation’s highly technical workforce. Northwest Florida student visits NASA The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Rocky announces Commencement SeminarSpecial to the Beacon Rocky Bayou Christian School would like to invite the public to its Commencement Seminar, that will be held at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church on Friday, May 25, from 8:3011:30 a.m. The Commencement speaker will be Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, president of the Center for Cultural Leadership in Mt. Hermon, Calif. In addition, Sandlin is one of several pastors of Church the King in California; theological consultant for ACT 3 Ministries; and De Yong Distinguished Visiting Professor of Culture and Theology, Edinburg Theological Seminary. He was formerly the president of the National Reform Association and executive vice president of the Chalcedon Foundation. He is a minister in the Fellowship of Mere Christianity. Sandlin will also speak at the RBCS Baccalaureate/Commencemen t service that evening at 7 p.m. at the same location. Sandlin’s topic on Friday morning will be "American Exceptionalism is Christian Exceptionalism." Rocky Bayou Christian School would like to extend a special invitation to local homeschool parents and students, as well as the general public. Sandlin holds a bachelor of arts in liberal studies concentrating on English, history, and political science from the State University of New York (1991), a master of arts in English literature from the University of South Africa (1993), and an S.T.D. in Theology and Ecclesiastical History from Edinburg Theological Seminary (2007). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Karl Barth Society of North America. Sandlin has also written and edited several books.Knowledge Master Open resultsThe following are the results for area high schools from the Spring 2012 High School Knowledge Master Open Academic Competition. The Knowledge Master Open is a computer-based semiannual worldwide academic competition in which teams of students from many schools earn points by answering multiple-choice questions quickly and accurately. The questions includes fifteen subject areas. State Rankings: —Niceville High School, third place, 54th in the nation out of 518 schools. —Rocky Bayou Christian School, eighth place. —Freeport High School, 20th place. The following are the results for area middle schools from the Spring 2012 Knowledge Master Open Competition. State Rankings: —Rocky Bayou Christian School, fifth place. —Ruckel Middle School, sixth place. —Freeport Middle School, seventh place. —Lewis School, eighth place. Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin Beacon photos by Tess HollisCancer survivor donates hair to Locks of LoveMelissa Bass, of Niceville, cut off her flowing locks on May 10 at The Summit II. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnoses. Bass, 37, survived ovarian cancer in 2007 and wanted to give back to those who suffer from cancer and other diseases. She has been growing her hair out fo r the past three years. Above, left, Bass nervously awaits for hair dresser Ronnie Pettis to cut her hair. Right, Bass, with Pettis and her old hair, shows of f her new, short look. Courtesy photo Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy, left, and Ray Rickman, Chair of the NWFSC Advanced Technology and Design Department, congratulate Matthew North, center, on his selection to the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Courtesy photo Seventh graders at Ruckel Middle School were recently elected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Several students received State and Grand Recognition. Back row, from left: Zachary Starrett, Kasen Stephensen, Tim Tuper, Corey Shelikoff, Edward Shelikoff, Alex Tolbert. Third row, from left: Christine Marocchini, Connor Auclair, Lauren Murray, Jasmine Anderson, Rachel Cathey. Second row, from left: Bailey Propps, Taylor Yow, Karlee Prevatt, Regan Giordano, Kellen Broaderick, Emmy Thuyvan Luong. Front row, from left: Evan Huntley, Cody Manard.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lewis fifth grader wins Mother's Day essay contestLewis School fifth grader Mallory Thomas won the “Why I Love My Mom” Essay Contest sponsored by Reeds Jewelers. Her essay was chosen from all of the fourth and fifth grade entries from her school. She won a Mother s Day pendant for her mom, and her teacher, Alison Sutsko, won a gift as well. From left: Louis Rochester, Reeds Jewelers, teacher Alison Sutsko, Mallory Thomas and Lewis Principal Mike Fantaski. Courtesy photo Century 21 shows support at Relay for LifeCentury 21 Wilson Minger Agency and its agents were on hand on May 4 at the Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for Life event. Between the agents' individual donations and the booth sales, this year's event raised more money for the American Cancer Society than any previous year. Agent Dana Topel spearheaded Century 21's involvement. Courtesy photo H2 Hummer, white, 2005 excellent condition, 31,000 obo. Original owner, 25,000 miles. Call 582-0146. Sunny Patch Farm Barn Sale May 17, 18, 19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8am-6pm. 4562 Wilkerson Bluff Road, off Hwy 90, Holt, FL. 30-min. drive from Niceville. Furniture, collectibles, antiques, vintage items, arts and crafts, linens, jewelry, home and garden decor, architectural tidbits, local honey. Discover fabulous finds in a natural farm setting while enjoying the sights and sounds of the animals. Variety of vendors. Homemade drinks and treats for sale. Cash or checks only. Come join us for this wonderful event. Ken s Gas Piping, Inc. looking for a dependable helper in the gas piping field. Construction experience a plus. Valid driver s license and reliable transportation preferred. Will train. For more information call 897-4149. INFANTRY, ARMOR, CALVARY, ARMY SF VETERANS With recent (last 10 years) experience needed for periodic, part-time consultation as subject matter experts. Details at www.goldrush77.com Cracker Barrel in Destin is hiring all positions for part-time summer help. Please apply in person at 34930 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida. School Bus Driver Rocky Bayou Christian School Must be at least 21 years of age; possess or willing to obtain a valid Florida Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Class B with airbrakes and with School Bus and Passenger endorsements. (Bus Driver Training & License provided by RBCS, if needed.) Must be able to pass a pre-employment DOT Physical Examination and Drug/Alcohol screening. This is a 10-month part-time contracted position. Salary: $11/hr for route drivers; $10/hr for substitute drivers. If interested, please complete an RBCS application, located at www.rbcs.org. Click on “About Us,” then “Employment.” Please e-mail your application to Ms. Warner, at warnerj@rbcs.org. If you have any job-related questions, please contact Mrs. Deidra Fort, at 678-7358, ext. 243. Contact: Ms. Jayne Warner for all other questions, at 678-7358 ext. 245. 1309 23rd Street. Three bedroom, two bathroom home is centrally located in Niceville. Please visit www.propertyware.com /pw/marketing/website.do?action=ViewBro chure&uID=119669182 NEW 20-inch aluminum rims. Fits Ford or Dodge trucks, $900. Call 850-5436222. We pay the most for gold, diamonds and jewelry. 700 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, 850-974-2462, Tom. Hand crank generator. Create your own electricity! Electric power anywhere, anytime. For more information: www.handcranked generator.com This & That Antiques Thrift Shop Flea Market, 1419 N. 29th, Wednesday through Friday, 12 Noon-4PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM. Happy Jack Liquivic: Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US Center for Veterinary Medicine. Frank s Cash & Carry (835-4681). (www.happyjackinc.com) UNDER STRESS? IN PAIN? POOR CIRCULATION? INFLAMMATION? Attend our free local seminars and experience amazing Quantum Energy Light Therapy! Reservations at consultant@cox.net or 850-864-4281. Make your space beautiful. Affordable interior design, custom drapes, painting. Juli Kostelny, Ideal Interiors, 850200-0261. Studio/1 Bedroom, needed by single person, 678-5433. Warehouse space available, 700SqFt warehouse, $475 per month. For more information call 8974149, 419 Adams Ave., Valparaiso 108 Rockywood Way, Niceville. Camping equipment, clothes, Littlest Pet Shop and other toys, & much more. Yard Sale, 4252 Shadow Lane, Niceville, 9am12pm, Saturday, 5/19/12. Looking for deals? Check the classifieds every Wednesday in the Beacon. 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Page B-6 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Briefs The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Mitchell excels at QB campNiceville Eagle quarterback Andrew Mitchell, shown here about to make a pass against Central last October, participated in the National “Elite 11” Quarterback competition April 21 in Atlanta. Brian Stumpf, director, ESPNHS/Nike Camps, said Mitchell “had a solid dayand is a big smooth lefty with good size.” Mitchell has college scholarship offers from the University of Central Florida, Jacksonville State University and Southern Mississippi. Others showing interest include Stanford, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, Missouri, Marshall, Louisville, and a host of Ivy League Schools. Adult indoor soccerAdult indoor soccer at Niceville UMC for ages 18 and up. Registration ends May 25. Cost is $40 now and increases to $50 after May 18. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreationTwo-Ball Memorial Day classicDestin’s Two Ball Memorial Day Golf Classic, sponsored by Northwest Florida Regional Airport FlyVPS.com, with its two-person team, best ball format, is designed to draw competitive players from across the region to Indian Bayou Golf Course on May 18-19. Cost is $490 for each two-person team. This includes two days of tournament play, as well as one practice round, lunch each day, and breakfast on Saturday. Players may visit DestinChamber.com or call 8376241 for registration information. Right, Niceville s Jesse Mullen applies the tag to a Pembroke Pines Charter runner during Thursday s Class 6A state championship game. Photo by Tom Burton Orlando Sentinel By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville High School softball team lost a heartbreaker in Thursday’s Class 6A state championship game. The 1-0 loss came from the strong pitching of Pembroke Pines’ pitcher Cristina Sacramento, who used a curveball that veered off the plate, enticing swings and misses, to carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning before it was broken up by Jessica Ujvari’s single. Ujvari also walked during the game; she was the only Eagle to reach base. Sacramento was dominant throughout, striking out 18. Pembroke Pines scored its lone run on a solo home run by Victoria Gonzalez to open the fourth inning. “It’s hard to reflect back on the year we had after a loss,” said Eagles coach Danny Hensley. “We had a great team and their pitcher threw curves and stayed off the plate and we just couldn’t put the ball in play.” The loss could be considered an upset, as Niceville is ranked No. 1 in Florida, while Pembroke Pines is ranked No. 50. “Athlete to athlete, we had the best team, but you can’t win if you can’t score,” Hensley said. The loss was particularly galling by the close score. The Eagles finished the season 29-3, with each loss coming by a single run. Still, Hensley said, 2012 is not likely to be Niceville’s final four swan song. “The accomplishments of this team were huge,” he said. “We have a lot of youth coming back next year. The Eagle nation is still going to be strong next year. We’ll just keep reloading.” Niceville reached the final four by defeating Orange Park, 4-0, on an Ujvari no-hitter to take the regional crown, then outlasted a tough Eau Gallie team, 8-4, in the state semifinal as Kaylan Davis pounded a grand slam over the left-center field wall in the third inning. On the mound, Ujvari was nearly as dominant as Sacramento, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. Eagle offense falters; softballers drop title game Athlete to athlete, we had the best team, but you can't win if you can't score. —Coach Danny HensleyPhoto by Chad Pilster/Miami Herald Jessica Ujvari delivers a pitch during the Class 6A state championship game Thursday in Clermont. Photo by Tom Burton/Orlando Sentinel Eagle Audrey Diekmann takes a swing at a Cristina Sacramento pitch during Thursday s 1-0 loss in the state championship game. Join us for a FREE seminar: Join us for a FREE seminar: Join us for a FREE seminar: Join us for a FREE seminar: Join us for a FREE seminar: Human Resources Classroom (HRC), located at Thursday, May 17 @ 5:30 p.m. Join us for a FREE seminar: on North Okaloosa Medical Center’s main hospital campus. 125 E. Redstone Ave., Ste. B, Crestview, FL 125 E. Redston 125 E. Redston Human Resources Classroom (HRC), located at Thursday, May 17 @ 5:30 p.m. Join us for a FREE seminar: on North Okaloosa Medical Center’s main hospital campus. 125 E. 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