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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: 07-25-2012
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 Okaloosa County Commission discussed a proposed budget of $257,175,311 for fiscal year 2012-13 during the first of several budget reviews slated to take place between now and the start of the coming budget year that will begin Oct. 1. The proposed FY 2013 budget, discussed at a commission meeting Thursday in Crestview, is about 1.7 percent lower than the current, FY 2012 budget of $261,624,931. The proposed budget also calls for county property tax millage rate to remain at the current level of 3.2899. This means that Okaloosa property owners pay just under $3.29 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised taxable value, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $657.98 in county property tax, in addition to other property taxes for the Okaloosa School District, local fire districts and other property taxing entities. The county millage rate has remained steady since 2010, after declining for several years from a peak of 5.5 in 1993-94. Property tax revenue has declined steadily since 2007, the last year before the national recession started the continuing decline in property values. According to a graph presented by County Administrator Jim Curry and Finance Director Gary Stanford, Okaloosa County has the lowest property tax millage among 12 adjoining or similarlysized counties in Florida. The reason for the lower budget this year, they told the commission, is the lower amount of revenue available to the county government during a declining economy. Since the national recession began in 2008, property values have declined every year. Thus, said Stanford, the rollback millage rateat which the same property tax revenue would be obtained in FY 2013 as in FY 2012, is 3.3826. In addition to regular property tax, Okaloosa County also By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer When Col. Sal Nodjomian, who served as the final commander of the 96th Air Base Wing at Eglin before it became the 96th Test Wing, retires Friday, he wont have to go far to go home. When we first got here two years ago, we were absolutely enamored of the area, Nodjomian said. I love the areathe people, the atmosphere, the proximity of the water, the pace. So the Baltimore native decided to stay, purchasing a home in the Swift Creek Preserve in Niceville and a condominium in Destin. One of the aspects of Emerald Coast living that impressed Nodjomian was the educational quality in Niceville High School, where his sons, Adam, a senior, and Jason, a freshman, have established their presence. I discovered the best academic experience you could ask for, Nodjomian said of the school. He said his older son is the captain of the cross-country team, runs track and holds an elective office in the school. His younger brother is prepared to follow in his footsteps. But most of all, Nodjomian, the son of immigrant parents, his father from Iran and his mother from Cyprus, said he fell in love with the people of the Twin Cities. You cant walk into Walmart or Chick-fil-A without seeing someone you know, he said. Its a great feeling.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Challenger Mary Beth Jackson came out ahead of incumbent Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts in a straw poll that followed a candidates' forum at Niceville City Hall Monday. During the forum between the two schools superintendent candidates, each took turns answering questions from Tea Party Leader Dave Scholl and from The Bay Beacon. The first question asked candidates about their general qualifications and reasons for running for office. Tibbetts cited her experience as a school teacher and principal, and as schools superintendent. During her tenure in office, she said, she has balanced the school district budget, demonstrated her leadership abilities, and made tough decisions such as when and where to close schools, cut costs, and withhold longevity or step pay increases from Okaloosa teachers. Jackson said she has also been a teacher and school administrator in the Okaloosa district, and in addition, has 10 years experience in private sector business. I am not a spin doctor, she told the audience of about 40 Tea Party members and visitors. I am an ethical person, she said, and I wont present a new halfcent sales tax for approval by the school board. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Judy Boudreaux took office as a Niceville City Council member last week after winning a three-way special election that attracted only one voter out of every 16. Boudreaux returned to the council a year after being defeated in a re-election bid. "My main focus will be on safety," Boudreaux said, citing the need to preserve safety on the city's streets, in its neighborhoods and in municipal services such as the water supply. "I'll be working with the city staff to maintain its excellent services to the people," she said. Preserving Niceville's quality of lifewhich she described as "premier"is a priority, she said. Boudreaux said she hoped to respond to people's concerns such as addressing complaints that too-short timing of some stoplights on John Sims Parkway made it hard for drivers to get onto the thoroughfare from side T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50 Please see RETIRING, page A-3 Please see BOUDREAUX, page A-2 Please see FACE OFF, page A-2Wednesday, July 25, 2012 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 COMINGUPWednesday, 10 a.m. Join Friends of the Niceville Library for a discussion on "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. Limited supplies of the books are available through the Okaloosa Library system, readokaloosa.org. Info: 279-4863, ext. 1504. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Alzheimer's Family Services will provide a support group at Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and respite care is available. Info: 4787790, or AlzFamServ.org. Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children and teens to a Nintendo Wii party Snacks and drinks will be provided. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America will meet for their next stitch-in at Niceville United Methodist Church, Room 400. Visitors are welcome. Info: 496-3466. Calendar, B-3 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Boudreaux takes office in NicevilleWins council seat in 3-way race By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Five people were charged with selling cocaine at a Valparaiso motel July 13 in a sheriff's undercover "sting" operation. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports, arrested by deputies July 13 were: Deshaun Roosevelt Frazier, an auto detailer, 26, of 656 McCelland, Crestview, charged with sale of cocaine, trafficking between 28 grams and 150 kilograms of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roderick Derill McKinnon, unemployed, 19, of 934 Emily Circle, Fort Walton Beach, charged with sale of cocaine, possession of controlled substance without a prescription and driving while license suspended. Rasheem Shadee Posey, a house cleaner, 33, of 4075 Please see COCAINE, page A-4Five nabbed as cocaine dealers in Valparaiso Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The two candidates for Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools answered questions during a Tea Party forum in Niceville Monday.Retiring base commander finds Niceville idealOkaloosa County eyes $257 million in spending Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Lt. James Gatchell, of the Florida Army National Guard, helps youngsters conquer a fear of heights. The kids, many of them children of deployed military members, attended Operation Military Kid, a weeklong camp at Camp Timpoochee last week. Story, page B-1.Overcoming obstacles Mary Beth Jackson Col. Sal Nodjomian Alexis Tibbetts Judy Boudreaux Please see SPENDING, page A-5Schools chief candidates face off in forum Authorities seize postal drug shipment, A-4.

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Jackson said local teachers and principals have told her they are discouraged by the current administration, and that she is running to offer hope to teachers and others. Tibbetts responded by saying that the proposal for a half-cent sales tax originally came from local parents and voters, and that at their request she presented it to the school board to be put before voters in a referendum. Asked about the proper role of government in education, both candidates said they favor keeping most control of schools at the local school district level, but agreed that when local school districts seek state and federal grants and other financial aid, such help always comes with strings attached, in the form of compliance with state and federal regulations and programs. Tibbetts said she has done her best to represent the interests of the Okaloosa School District in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C., and that when dealing with other levels of government, relationship-building with key officials is essential. Jackson, however, criticized Tibbetts' efforts to influence state and federal officials. If elected, she said, Ill be here in Okaloosa County, not in Washington or Tallahassee. I wont use this office as a building block for myself. Tibbetts responded that she only made one trip per year to Washington and one per semester to Tallahassee, to look after the Okaloosa districts interests. Asked their opinions of school vouchers and other school choice programs, both candidates offered qualified support for such programs. I absolutely support parental choice, said Jackson. If public schools are doing a good job, she said, they need not fear competition from private or charter schools. Tibbetts said, I support school choice, citing local public school zoning waivers as an example. However, she added, the school district cannot afford to provide bus transportation for students who attend private schools, so parents who choose such options must arrange their own transportation. Both candidates also said they support later start times for high school students, at least in principle. Tibbetts, however, said the extra costs of transportation do not allow such a program to start at present, and other problems, such as the need for some high school students to get home early to babysit younger siblings, make it hard to adopt later high school start times. Jackson was more enthusiastic about later start times, saying she supports starting a pilot program at once, using new software to adjust bus schedules as necessary, and then expand the program if the pilot program succeeds. The candidates somewhat differed over how to provide Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) education. Tibbetts cited recent plans to open a special STEMM teacher training center and STEMM academy for between 80 and 90 selected middle school students at the former Valparaiso Elementary School. That program, done in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab and other organizations, she said, will help the school districts best and brightest students to get hooked on science early in their academic careers. Jackson, however, favored a more egalitarian approach. STEMM education should be provided in every school for every child, she said, and criticized Tibbetts for first closing Valparaiso Elementary because it couldnt operate in the black with 400 students, then reopening it for 90 middle schoolers and a teacher training program. Following the forum, Scholl conducted a secret-ballot straw poll among audience members. It produced 19 votes for Jackson and 11 for Tibbetts. 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(Oak Creak Plaza) 897-4475 CRESTVIEW998 South Ferdon Blvd. (Formerly Ooh La La) 683-9944 All Sorrelli Jewelry40%offBUY ONE, GET ONE streets. And she vowed to work to keep taxes low. Mayor Randall Wise administered the oath of office to Boudreaux minutes after the canvassing committee had tabulated the results after the polls closed at 7 p.m. election night, July 17. The special election was called to fill a vacancy on the five-member council created when Councilman William Thomas abruptly resigned May 8. Boudreaux will serve out the remainder of Thomas' second term, which ends July 2015. Boudreaux won 309 of the 591 ballots cast, giving her 52.3 percent of the total cast. That was enough to win office outright and avoid a runoff election with her closest runner-up, Barry Reed. Reed won a total of 179 votes, 30.3 percent of the total, while Robert Edwards received 103 votes, or 17.4 percent of the total cast. City Clerk Dan Doucet said there were a total of 9,567 registered voters eligible to vote in the election. Turnout was only 6.2 percent. A total of 40 votes were by absentee ballots with 551 voters casting ballots at the city's council chambers. Boudreaux, 69, a Niceville business owner, previously served on the Niceville City Council from 1994 until July 2011, when she lost her seat to challenger Heath Rominger, whose term will expire in 2015. Niceville council members are elected at-large in nonpartisan elections and serve without pay. Edwards congratulated Boudreaux after the results were announced. He said he plans to run for city council in the next special election to serve out the term of councilman Bill Smith who was forced to resign in order to run for a seat on the county commission. That election is expected in January. This was the first time that Niceville election officials used optical scan voting machines to tabulate the ballots. In past elections, Niceville voters put an X on paper ballots and the ballots, were then manually counted. Niceville is the only city in Okaloosa County that conducts its own elections. Those of the other eight cities, as well as all local special districts, are conducted by the county elections supervisor. Eighteen of the 40 Niceville absentee ballots were too wide to be read by the scanning machine. Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux said the city used a printer with no previous ballot printing experience and the absentee ballots were printed on slightly thicker paper and cut slightly wider, but within specifications. He said the humidity probably caused the ballots to swell just enough to not fit the optical scanning machine. Lux said the county ran into similar problems when it first introduced optically scannable ballots several years ago. The Niceville canvassing committeemade up of the mayor and three city council members tabulated the 18 unscannable absentee ballots and made duplicate ballots that were then scanned. The canvassing committee could have also chosen to manually count the problem ballots, Lux said. BOUDREAUXFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Del Lessard Niceville Mayor Randall Wise administers oath of office to Judy Boudreaux July 17 at City Hall. She defeated two opponents to win a special election for city council.

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Nodjomian also gets a warm feeling from the positive sentiments local folks have for the military. You cant go down John Sims Parkway without seeing signs that say We support our military or Military, 10 percent discount. He said that is far different from the attitude he has encountered at some other duty stations. Other than a dispute between the City of Valparaiso and Eglin a few years ago over projected noise levels from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Nodjomian said, the community support has been tremendous. Ive never been on an installation that enjoyed so much community support. There are very strong local bonds between the community and the military. (My wife) Carla and the boys are extremely excited to be part of the Niceville community and not be transients, he said. Nodjomians post-Air Force career is still up in the air, he said, although he expects to serve as a consultant for one firm or another. I havent decided yet who to align with, he said. The most important factor in my consideration is that they let me work out of Niceville. The colonels decision to retire had everything to do with his family and his desire, after serving 23 years, to put down roots in Niceville, he said. If he had remained in the service, he said, he could have earned a star, but he would likely be sent overseas, His family would remain here so his sons could complete their high school education at NHS. Nodjomian leaves Eglin with a good feeling about the base, the airmen and his time there. My proudest moment came when we got our Operational Readiness Inspection results, he said. It showed me how ready we are to go to war. Eglin performed magnificently. We got the highest score given in the inspectors collective memory. It validated everything we do here. It was our crowning achievement. Even the biggest challenge Nodjomian faced during his tenuredealing with very restrictive budgetshad a silver lining. Between the two years of my command, we probably saw a 40 percent reduction in discretionary funds, he said. Its a tribute to the team how they came together. We became better stewards of the taxpayers dollars. During that time, we twice won the commander-in-chiefs excellence award. That award is the highest a military installation can receive. Nodjomian said the changes taking place on Eglin have already started, but arent likely to have a significant impact on the local economy. Local economic shrinkage because of the shifting of titles from Eglin to Edwards Air Force Base in California and WrightPatterson Air Force Base in Ohio, he said, is a misconception. What weve done is simply a realignment of support chairs. All the work that has been performed here will continue to be performed here. Its just an organizational chart issue. Nor does Nodjomian expect any continuing fallout from the dispute between the city of Valparaiso and Eglin over the F35 noise issue. I think thats all in the past, he said. Weve worked very hard to get past some ill will and were working very hard to minimize the impact we have on the local communities. While Nodjomian and his family are looking forward to becoming part of the Niceville community, leaving the military that has been his home for more than two decades is somewhat bittersweet. Ill miss the day-to-day contact with the airmen, he said. A day didnt go by that I wasnt amazed by with the ingenuity of the airmen. Thats something I dont know if Ill find in future endeavors. Thats going to be the hardest thing when I retire. RETIRINGFrom page A-1By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer On two successive Saturdayson either side of this year's Independence Day holidayrecord numbers of vehicles crossed the Mid-Bay Bridge, suggesting that the area's tourism industry is recovering after the economic slowdown and BP oil spill two years ago. On June 30, a total of 30,414 vehicles traveled the 19-year-old toll bridge between Niceville and Destin, breaking the previous oneday record of 30,039 vehicles set seven years ago, according to bridge officials. A week later, on July 7, the new record was shattered when 31,514 vehicles used the span. The record-breaking traffic highlights what bridge officials themselves say is the worst time to cross the spanbetween 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer beach season. Southbound vacationers heading to Destin and Sandestin lodgings seem chiefly to arrive between 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, said Jim Vest, executive director of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA). With four southbound tollbooths' total capacity of 1,300 cars per hour, whenever significantly more cars try to cross the Mid-Bay Bridge during the same hour, there will be backups, he said. The toll plaza has eight toll lanes, four in each direction including two automated, SunPass lanesfunneling into the twolane bridge. Vest said that when the plaza is operating at capacity, each toll collector can each handle more than 300 transactions an hour. While Saturday is the most common day for vacationers to check in or out of rented condos and motels, those leaving the area and heading north do so at all hours of the day, Vest said, causing little if any delay in northbound traffic on the bridge. While there's some congestion for southbound motorists at the toll plaza during peak hours, Vest said there are also occasions when U.S. Highway 98 on the Destin side of the toll bridge turns into a "parking lot," even backing up southbound traffic on to the bridge. Vest and at least two other members of the MBBA related stories about traffic delays they've encountered because of congestion. Niceville resident and MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell related how he has taken visiting guests to the Sandestin area and encountered lengthy delays because of the congestion. He suggested the problem could be alleviated by adding more lanes to Highway 98. But MBBA Director Jim Nielson said he lives on Highway 98 and thinks the congestion on the federal thoroughfare is often caused by inattentive motorists rear-ending others while they're distracted by cell phones and other activities. In other business before the MBBA at their July 19 meeting in Niceville: Vest said traffic revenue in June exceeded revenues collected during the same time frame last year by about 1.4 percent. Revenue from SunPass users continues to shrink, he said, indicating that mostly local commuters have fewer reasons to cross the bridge for jobs in construction and tourism-related occupations. He said 648,904 vehicles (unaudited figures) crossed the toll span last month compared to 637,165 vehicles a year ago, a 1.8 percent increase. Totals remain well below the pre-recession peak year of 2006, however. Supervising engineer James Van Steenburg told the board that construction on phases 2 and 3 of the 11-mile bridge connector road the authority is building between the northern terminus of the bridge and Highway 85 north of Niceville was on schedule and due to be completed by December 2013. He said pavement has been added to sections of the roadway and piling and girder work was taking place on several bridges along the route, including bridges over Rocky, Turkey and Mill creeks. The MBBA will meet next on Aug. 16 in Destin at Destin City Hall at 9 a.m., followed by a tour of the bridge connector road to view construction progress, then lunch at the Niceville office of HDR, the engineering contractor to the Authority. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Insure your life. Assure your legacy. 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Dancing Cloud Court, #198, Destin, was charged with selling cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joseph Stephen Bennison, 25, of 12 NE Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, was charged with selling cocaine. Terra Rene Smith, a cleaner, 21, of 710 Tuxedo Drive, Fort Walton Beach, was charged with selling cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following accounts: At 9:11 p.m., July 13, the sheriff's Street Crimes unit conducted a controlled buy of crack cocaine at the Hilltop Motel, 434 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso. A confidential informant was used to negotiate the purchase of crack from Deshaun Frazier. Frazier arrived at the motel in an orange Cadillac, driven by Roderick McKinnon. The police informant got inside the Cadillac and purchased 10 grams of crack with police drug buy money. Once a "take down" signal was given, Frazier and McKinnon were detained. As Frazier was removed from the vehicle, a digital scale and $60 of police drug money fell to the ground. The digital scale tested positive for cocaine. During a search of Frazier, 20 grams of powder cocaine was found in Frazier's pocket. Additionally, $340 of police recorded drug buy money was found in the vehicle where Frazier was seated. Deputies also found a "corner bag" containing cocaine in the center console, within immediate reach of McKinnon. Later the same night, at about 11 p.m., Street Crimes deputies conducted another controlled buy of crack cocaine at the same motel. A confidential informant placed an audio-recorded phone call requesting $400 worth of crack cocaine. Rasheem Shadee Posey arrived at the motel in a silver Cadillac driven by Joseph Bennison. The owner of the car, Terra Rene Smith, was in the passenger seat. The confidential police informant exchanged the documented police money for the crack cocaine. The transaction was captured with a recording device. After the three occupants of the car were taken into custody, deputies found a marijuana cigarette where Smith was seated and a digital scale with cocaine residue located on the floor board where Smith was seated. Deputies said Smith answered the phone for Posey when the confidential informant arranged the drug transaction. Bennison was in the car when the call was made. All five suspects are free after posting the following bail: Frazier, $35,500; McKinnon, $8,000; Posey, $11,500; Smith $6,000; and Bennison, $5,000. COCAINEFrom page A-1 Deshaun R. Frazier Roderick D. McKinnon Rasheem S. Posey Joseph S. Bennison Terra R. Smith The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACON A.S. 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CORE COURSES 18 Credits Required EET 1084C Introduction to Electronics ETD 1320C AutoCAD I ETI 2110 Total Quality Tools ETI 1420 Properties of Materials & Cutting Tools ETI 1710 Occupational Safety ETM 1010C Mechanical Measurement & InstrumentationDigital Design & Modeling Specialization (DDM): TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Select from courses below to achieve 24 total credits ETD 1340C AutoCAD II ETD 1350C AutoCAD 3D I ETD 2350C AutoCAD III ETD 2357C Inventor I ETD 2358C Inventor II ETD 2360C AutoCAD 3D II ETD 2364C Solidworks I ETD 2368C Solidworks IIMechanical Design & Fabrication (MDF) Specialization:TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Select from courses below to achieve 24 credits ETD 2364C Solidworks I ETD 2368C Solidworks II ETI 1211 Quality Tools II ETI 1411 Advanced Manufacturing Processes ETI 1414C Intro to CNC Machines & CNC Machining Practices ETI 2411 CNC Machining (MASTERCAM/LATHE) ETI 2412 CNC Machining II (MASTERCAM/ROUTER) ETI 2414 CNC Machining III (MASTERCAM/MILL) ETI 2419C Adv CNC Machines & CNC Machining Practices PMT 2406 Production Technology PMT 2512 Production Technology IICNC Machinist:12 credits required ETI 1414C Intro to CNC Machines & CNC Machining Practices ETI 2411 CNC Machining I (MASTERCAM/LATHE) ETI 2412 CNC Machining II (MASTERCAM/ROUTER) ETI 2419C Adv CNC Machines & CNC Machining PracticeComputer-Aided Design & Drafting:24 credits required ETD 1340C AutoCAD II ETD 1350C AutoCAD 3D I ETD 2350C AutoCAD III ETD 2357C Inventor I ETD 2358C Inventor II ETD 2360C AutoCAD 3D II ETD 2364C Solidworks I ETD 2368C Solidworks II Engineering Technology Support Specialist: 18 credits required EET 1084C Introduction to Electronics ETD 1320C AutoCAD I ETI 2110 Total Quality Tools ETI 1420 Properties of Materials & Cutting Tools ETI 1710 Occupational Safety ETM 1010C Mechanical Measurement & Instrumentation State CollegeNew Degree Programs! attorneys by researching legal precedents, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Paralegals conduct research to support legal proceedings, and help as legal correspondence; trial preparation such as organizing exhibits; preparation of legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and of career options. In the local market, the entry level salary averages $30,014 to $36,712 with more experienced Paralegals earning an average of $40,040 or more Info: Criminal Justice/ Paralegal Studies, 729-5378, Dr. Lynne Wetzell at wetzelll@nwfsc.edu or Sean Lynch at lynch1@nwfsc.edu.A.S. Degree 64 total credits GENERAL EDUCATION 18 Credits Required The A.S. degree requires 18 credits from Math, Communication Skills, Humanities, Social Science, Science and General Education Electives to meet the 18 credit hour GE course requirement. CORE COURSES 21 Credits Required BUL 2241 Business Law PLA 1003 Introduction to Paralegal Studies PLA 1005 Legal Terminology PLA 1013 Introduction to Legal System PLA 1203 Introduction to Civil Law PLA 1114 Case Analysis and Writing PLA 1800 Introduction to Family Law TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Select from courses below to achieve 25 creditsCJL 1100 Criminal Law CJL 1400 Criminal Procedures CJL 2500 Courts and the Judicial Process CCJ 1000 Introduction to Criminology CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice CJC 2000 Introduction to Corrections OST 2335 Business Communications PLA 1600 Wills, Trusts, and Probate PLA 2273 Tort Law PSY 2012 Psychology ___ ____ Other Approved College Credits (PLA, CJL, CCJ preferred) Fall Classes begin August 20 and October 15. electronics, aerospace, or other related industries and offers two areas of specialization: Mechanical Design and Fabrication and Digital Design and Modeling. CNC Machinist, Computer-Aided Design and Drafting and/or Engineering Technology Support Specialist as part of the program. laboratory activities necessary to gain the skills to support a career in engineering design, processes, production, testing, and product quality. The 18 credit hour technical core is aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Councils (MSSC) skills standards. After completing the core and the General Education on the mastery of new software and technology, as well as traditional manual skills. The median pay is $50,110 per year, or $24.09 per hour. Job titles include: Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) operator, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operators, Electrical Engineering Technology Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technology Technician, Aerospace Technology Technician, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician, and more. Info: Ray Rickman, Chair of Advanced Technology & Design, ( 850) 729-5218 or rickmanr@nwfsc.edu. EA/EO Law enforcement officials said they found this marijuana in a package which a Niceville woman picked up at the post office. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A Niceville woman was arrested on a felony drug charge Monday after she picked up a package at the Niceville Post Office containing marijuana mailed from California, according to arrest reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Karen S. Cuchens, a business owner, 48, of 1604 18th St., Niceville, was charged by agents of the Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. The Drug Task Force assisted agents of the U.S. Postal Service in an intercepted drug delivery destined for Niceville, according to a report from the sheriff's office. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: A member of the Drug Task Force stopped Cuchens in the parking lot of the Niceville Post Office, 90 N. Palm Boulevard, at 1:37 p.m. as she walked to her vehicle with a parcel she had picked up at the post office. Cuchens allegedly said the package contained motorcycle parts for her son, although the parcel was addressed neither to Cuchens nor her sons. The lawman asked Cuchens to open the package to verify it contained motorcycle parts. Inside the parcel were two jars containing an estimated 76 grams of marijuana. The Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office, the Niceville Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Karen S. Cuchens Postal parcel results in drug arrest

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ArrestsDuane Andrew Jemison, unemployed, 45, of 111 Teresa Court, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 11 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two Lyrica pills. * Benny Parsons, a business owner/manager, 55, of 207-A Jones Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 10 on a charge of battery. * Heather Michaelle Riedel, unemployed, 29, of 284 Montana Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for a broken windshield, July 11, on charges of possession of controlled substance without a prescription, seven pills of methylphenidate, a schedule II narcotic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. * John Earl Vick, unemployed, 47, of 358 Illinois Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police July 13 on a charge of possession of crack cocaine. Police discovered a bag containing a rock of crack cocaine in Vick's wallet during a consensual search subsequent to a traffic stop on Vick, who was riding a bicycle without a rear light at 2:40 a.m. * William J. Patterson, an EOD instructor, 36, of 263 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police July 13 on charges of battery and assault, both domestic violence related. * Michael Paul Hagan, a metal installer, 27, of 1493 Pine St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on a battery charge. Hagan, who deputies said was extremely intoxicated, allegedly punched another man in the face in the parking lot of a nightclub on Okaloosa Island, 1450-A Miracle Strip Parkway. * A 13-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by sheriff's deputies June 23 on a charge of aggravated assault, domestic violence related. The boy and his 15-year-old brother got into a physical altercation, and the younger boy ran into his mother's bedroom and tried to grab a rifle from under the bed. The younger brother allegedly told the victim "I've been waiting to do this for a long time." When the 15year-old asked his younger brother what he meant, the 13-year-old allegedly said he was going to kill him. When the older brother grabbed the boy to stop him from getting the rifle, the 13-year-old ran into the living room and tried to open a gun case that contained an AR-15 rifle with loaded magazines next to it. Again the older brother prevented his younger brother from getting the weapon. * Timothy Scott Lyon, 45, of 305 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 9 on a violation of probation charge on the original misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * A 16-year-old Valparaiso boy was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on charges of grand theft auto and grand theft. Also arrested on the same charges were a 14year-old Niceville boy July 12, a 16-year-old DeFuniak Springs boy July 14, and a 17-year-old Fort Walton Beach boy July 11. The four youngsters were picked up in Irondale, Ala., May 16 in a 1992 Lexus that had been stolen from a Niceville residence the same day. The victim reported items valued at $314 were missing from the car after it was recovered. One of the boys admitted that with the aid of two of the other suspects he stole the unlocked car, then picked up the Valparaiso 16year-old, telling him that the car had been stolen. The keys to the Lexus had been left inside the vehicle at the time of the theft. * Robert Scott Whitehead, an attorney, 41, of 171 Shadow Moss Drive, Eufaula, Ala., was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. On June 20, deputies responded to 1678 Magnolia Drive, just inside the gate to Magnolia Plantation, where a black Lexus with Alabama tags was destroyed by fire. The Lexus got stuck in the sand with dry shrubbery underneath and the heat from the vehicle apparently ignited dry gas and destroyed the car, contents and some shrubs, an estimated $55,000 in damage. Whitehead advised that his license was suspended and claimed he was not driving the Lexus, but no one else was with him during the incident. According to a witness and a surveillance video, Whitehead was the driver of the car before and up to the time of the incident. * Jonathan Duke Maraman, 42, of 4398 Windlake Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 14 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of worthless check.DUI arrestsKenneth Warren Howard, 59, of 4087 Rocky Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI on 21st Street at Palm Boulevard, July 15 at 7:49 p.m.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 400 block of 17th Street reported that unknown person(s) stole several items of jewelry from a jewelry box and another box containing earrings sometime July 12-13. Five of the stolen items were valued together at $9,500, while several other items were also reported stolen, but the victim was unable to give a description or value. * A Niceville man who lost his wallet in Niceville sometime July 11-13 reported that unknown person(s) had used a debit card in the wallet to purchase two items valued at more than $342 from an online phone company. * A Niceville woman reported that someone tried to scam her after she posted an online advertisement for part-time work. She received an email response to her Craigslist ad from someone who said he needed someone to drive his mother around, and that he would supply the car, $400 a week plus $130 for gas. The scammer express mailed a check for $2,450, instructing the woman to deposit the check into her checking account and keep $400, then send the remainder to a person in Brooklyn, N.Y., who would have a car delivered to the Niceville woman. When the intended victim took the check to a Niceville bank, she was asked what the check was intended for, and, after explaining the situation, was told the check was not real. The victim telephoned the bank that issued the check and was told it was a copy of a check and that she was being scammed. The intended victim did not lose any money in the attempted scam.Criminal MischiefNiceville police responded to Ruckel Middle School July 13 after someone noticed graffiti spray painted on four areas of the school, including the band room and on a baseball concession stand. School officials were checking video surveillance systems and working up an estimate of the damage. * Niceville police responded to Plew Elementary School July 10 where a staff member discovered that unknown person(s) had forced open a door to one of the buildings and thrown paint all over the walls, ceiling floor and some cabinets. School officials were reviewing surveillance video to determine if some students were responsible for the damage.OtherJoanna Leann Jackson, 20, of 205 Reeves St., Lot 20, Niceville, and a 15-year-old Niceville boy were each issued criminal summons by Niceville police July 16, each charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Niceville police made a traffic stop for no rear brake lights on the vehicle that Jackson was driving, in which the 15-year-old was a passenger. During a consensual search of the vehicle police found marijuana in a smokeless tobacco tin on the passenger side floorboard. Both denied ownership of the marijuana but had knowledge that it was in the vehicle. * Samuel Danell McKnight, 36, of 409 31st St., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police July 14 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked, subsequent to a traffic crash in the parking lot of Palm Plaza that caused $16,500 damage when he drove into two parked vehicles. McKnight was also cited for careless driving. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 16, 2012 through July 22, 2012. 0 Structure Fire17 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire6 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 28th Street................................Medical..............................07/16/12.........................07:12 N. Partin Drive.........................Vehicle Crash...................07/16/12.........................09:12 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Canceled...........................07/16/12.........................16:19 Honeysuckle Way....................Medical..............................07/16/12.........................19:05 Hickory Avenue........................Medical..............................07/17/12.........................00:32 Cottonwood Court...................Medical..............................07/17/12.........................06:00 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/17/12.........................17:18 King Street...............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................11:53 Canal Drive..............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................19:49 College Blvd.............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................22:17 Hickory Ave..............................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................10:29 Hillside Drive............................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................10:48 State Road 123........................Vehicle Crash...................07/20/12.........................12:23 Cherrywood Court...................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................13:41 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/20/12.........................14:39 Black Bear Circle.....................Service Call.......................07/20/12.........................13:53 304 Reeves St.........................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................21:44 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................07:18 Spencer Place.........................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................15:34 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/21/12.........................16:42 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/21/12.........................17:27 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................19:39 Rocky Bayou Bridge................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................09:23 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Service Call.......................07/22/12.........................12:30 Bayshore Drive........................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................16:34 N. Highway 85.........................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................23:32 Weekly Safety Tip: Dispose of old newspapers, magazines and rags properly. If possible, have them recycled. Do not store them near gasoline, cleaning fluid or kerosene. Keep all flammable materials in a cool, vented place away from your main living areas. Visit the Niceville Fire Department s Web page on Facebook. 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.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 16, 2012 through July 23, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Balmoral Drive.......................EMS call........................................07/16/12..................04:23 Calinda Lane.........................EMS call........................................07/16/12..................09:46 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/16/12..................17:22 Olde Post Road.....................Dispatched & canceled................07/16/12..................22:35 North White Point Road........Medical assist...............................07/17/12..................21:51 Calinda Lane.........................EMS call........................................07/18/12..................13:41 Blue Pine Lane......................EMS call........................................07/19/12..................12:48 West Parkwood Lane............Unintentional transmission...........07/19/12..................17:05 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/19/12..................17:25 Otterlake Cove.......................EMS call........................................07/20/12..................08:39 Oak Lake Lane......................Medical assist...............................07/20/12..................12:48 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/20/12..................17:44 Highway 20 & Chippewa......Dispatched & canceled................07/21/12..................12:04 Windward Lane.....................Alarm system activation...............07/21/12..................12:14 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/21/12..................16:29 E. Highway 20.......................Dispatched & canceled................07/22/12..................09:26 North White Point Road........Medical assist...............................07/22/12..................13:43 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Robert S. Whitehead The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 25, 2012 Page A-5 charges a tax of 0.18 mills to residents of unincorporated parts of the county to pay for parks and recreation. That millage rate is also expected to remain the same in FY 2013, meaning that the hypothetical property owner mentioned above would pay an additional $36 for parks and recreation. Property taxes, said Curry and Stanford, provide only $42,363,259 of the total $257,175,311 budget, with additional revenue provided to the county from other sources, including state and federal aid, grants, and user fees for such county enterprise services as water and sewer service. The county also levies motor-fuels taxes, a telephone tax, and a lodgings tax. It receives 8.3 percent of state sixpercent sales tax. It receives funds from court-imposed fines and fees. About 52 percent of the county budget is derived from governmental funds, which can be used for any lawful purpose, while the remainder is from non-discretionary funds, such as those from enterprise funds, which can only be spent on the activities from which revenue is derived. For example, water and sewer fees may only be spent on the county water and sewer system. Within the county budget, said Stanford and Curry, about 59.5 percent is spent on essential services such as road maintenance, about 20.8 percent on public safety functions like police protection and emergency medical services, and the remainder on quality of life activities like public libraries, parks and museums. Also during the July 19 budget review, several county department heads briefed commissioners on the proposed budgets for their departments. For example, water and sewer director Jeff Littrell said a 2.75 percent rate hike will take effect on Oct. 1 for county water and sewer customers, as the water and sewer budget climbs from $43,332,844 to $46,915,648a hike of about 8.3 percent. Among changes he expects during the coming year, said Littrell, will be an upgrade to a lift station in Bluewater Bay, construction of a new force main in Rocky Bayou, and diversion of county sewage from the regional sewer plant in Niceville to the countys new Arbennie Pritchett sewage treatment plant, while the regional plant, previously shared by the county with the cities of Valparaiso and Niceville, will be entirely turned over to the Twin Cities. Other departments discussed at Thursdays review included county airports, transportation, solid waste and recycling, growth management, and public safety. Several more budget reviews are scheduled from now through September. Times and places will be: July 31, at 8:30 a.m., in Fort Walton Beach. Aug. 7, at 1 p.m., at the county courthouse in Crestview. Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., in Fort Walton Beach. Final public hearings on the proposed FY 2013 budget will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 6, in Crestview, and at 6 p.m., Sept. 18, in Fort Walton Beach. Information about the Okaloosa County budget and county government is available at OkaloosaFL.com. 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The current fiscal year, 2012, will end Sept. 30. The county commission will hold a series of meetings in coming weeks to craft a FY 2013 budget and property-tax rate.this year because taxable values dropped again in Valparaiso. Monday night, Mayor Bruce Arnold was the only official to propose specific cuts to lower the $244,986 deficit. Arnold recommended eliminating conversion of part-time employees to full-time status in administration and in the library, ($35,000); eliminating raises for outstanding administrative employees ($4,000); eliminating a new full-time police officer ($47,000); and, eliminating a proposed conversion of one city employee position to purchase the services of an eightman work crew from the state corrections work camp ($33,230). On the other hand, the mayor proposed adding a 2 percent across-the-board increase for city employees, adding back $31,803 in new costs to the budget. The net effect of Arnold's recommendations would be to lower the deficit by $87,350, leaving red ink of about $157,636. If no further budget cuts are forthcoming at next week's final budget workshop, the city would have to raise the millage rate by nearly 1 mill, to about 5 mills, to balance the budget. In addition to the general fund budgetthe only part of the city's budget that uses local property taxesValparaiso has budgets for stormwater, streets, water and sewer, cable TV and sanitation. Those funds rely primarily on customer fees. That puts Valparaiso's overall budget total at $6,880,395. The final budget workshop is set for July 30 at 6 p.m. at Valparaiso City Commission chambers. One of the most contentious discussions Monday night was a change made by Commissioner Heyward Strong in the cable TV budget. Strong moved $416,000 from the city's Pole Attachment Fund to the Cable Reserve Fund, then used $36,110 out of the Cable Reserve fund to pay for a shortfall in the proposed cable TV budget. The city established the Pole Attachment Fee about 10 years ago when Gulf Power sharply increased the annual fee it charges the city's cable TV system to hang cables on its power poles. While waiting on a decision by the Federal Communications Commission, and later the courts, the city continued to pay Gulf Power the older rate of about $7.13 per pole annually, while it charged its customers the Gulf Power rate of about $40 per pole annually. The city put the difference in escrow, in case it lost its case and had to pay Gulf Power the higher rate retroactively. To date rulings by the Federal Communications Commission and the courts have ruled against Gulf Power. Earlier this year the city's new attorney said that it was unlikely, although not impossible, that Gulf Power would win its case for the increased pole attachment fee. He recommended the city no longer hold the $400,000-plus in escrow. But Commissioner Kay Hamilton objected to Strong's use of the escrowed funds. "We've been billing people for services they never received," she said. "In my mind it's a fiduciary fund we've taken from people." Commissioner Diane Kelley and Arnold agreed with Hamilton. "At the time we said we would give it back (to cable customers) in some form," the mayor said. "I don't remember that," said Strong. "We can give free service for a month if you want to deplete the (cable) reserves," he said. Strong said by taking the $36,110 out of the reserves the cable system was able to avoid raising the base cable rate to customers. City Clerk Tammy Johnson said the city is still charging its cable customers the higher pole attachment fee. City cable system manager, Burt Bennett, said he would have to raise customer rates if the city lowered the pole attachment fee. Commissioners agreed to consider the issue Aug. 13. BUDGETFrom page A-6 Ben Anderson Tax Collector Okaloosa County E-check is now FREE! Save Time Pay Online...Not In Line! Why pay bank card fees? Use E-check instead! Okaloosa County Tax Col lector customers can avoid bank card user fees by paying Online with E-check for FREE For more information call: 850-651-7300, or #TAX (from your mobile phone) or visit: www.OkaloosaTax.com

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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission plans to eliminate a $245,000 shortfall in its proposed budget before the spending plan is completed. On Monday the commission considered a $2,980,645 general fund budget based on a tentative property-tax rate of 4.0993 mills that would yield the same revenue ($700,174) as the current budget. But the proposed rate would leave a $244,986 hole in the budget. To fill it, the city could either cut expenses, raise the property tax rate, or both. A balanced budget is required by law before the fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The general fund budget pays for day-to-day government operations, such as providing police and fire protection, library, parks and some public works services and administration. Valparaiso's current property tax rate is 4.0644 mills, meaning property owners in the city pay a little more than $4.06 on each $1,000 of taxable value. For example, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000, after taking all applicable exemptions, pays the city $406.44 in property taxes, in addition to property taxes levied by the county, school board and water management district. The rolled-back rate is the property tax rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year. The rolled-back rate rose by about a third of a mill The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACONPoFolks restaurant in Niceville has been known for 18 years as having the best food and service in the area. Recently, the restaurant received honors in the Finest on The Emerald Coast competition sponsored by the Northwest Florida Daily News. PoFolks won Finest on The Emerald Coast in four categories, including fried chicken, catering, service, and dessert. Operating Partner Paul Snow gave us insight on how things have improved in the restaurant since August of 2011. Our mission statement at PoFolks has always been servicebased, says Snow. A business that has a good product cannot thrive without excellent guest service and relations. At PoFolks, we have refocused our team around that single fact, and the results speak for themselves. PoFolks has seen a dramatic turnaround in both business and guest satisfaction in the past months and Snow believes it is just the beginning. Our guests are the most important part of our business. We want them to feel that way when they come in or get take out with us. PoFolks has won several honors for its fried chicken in the past. Nationwide competitions in the 80s and 90s saw PoFolks fried chicken constantly gaining top votes in major cities. The Finest on The Emerald Coast honor is just the latest to show that PoFolks fried chicken is the best around. We re not fancy about how we do it, claims Snow. It s a product that is simple to make and uses the natural flavor of the chicken to give it appeal. It s also the best value in town. Guests can pick up 8 pieces of mixed chicken for just $7.99, and we have family and bulk packs available as well. Catering is a great example of how PoFolks branches out to guests who have a party to throw or just a gathering to feed. A lot of folks still don t know that we cater just about anything they need. All they have to do is give us a call and we can help them put something together that will make their function a hit, Snow says. The restaurant was active in preparing meals daily for the BP Cleanup crews in 2011, and is counted on each year for several annual events in the area. Finally, PoFolks took home the finest honor for desserts. We have Mississippi mud pie, strawberry shortcakes, cobblers, and other desserts you would expect to find in a homestyle cooking establishment, Snow adds. We have guests who come in just for dessert because it s hard to find room for it when they come in for a complete meal. Winning honors from The Finest On The Emerald Coast competition is humbling, says Snow. It shows us that the work our team has put in to getting PoFolks back to how it should be is paying off. We are thankful for each and every guest who chooses us daily, and look forward to meeting new ones. PoFolks is located at 1170 John Sims Parkway in Niceville. They are open from 10:30am to 9:00pm 7 days a week. Call them at (850)729-2262 for information or stop in to say, HOWDY!Advertising Feature PoFolksGuests can expect to see a different quality of service PoFolks, at 1170 John Sims Parkwayin Niceville, has been offering delicious country cooking for the past 18 years. The Niceville PoFolks is known for its mouth-watering fried chicken and grilled fish. Note: Mail subscriptions are often delayed in the mail. 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By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer Ninety-five youngsters from Florida and Georgia spent the week at Camp Timpoochee, on the east end of Okaloosa County, doing what every kid does at camp. They kayaked, fished, shot arrows and generally used up their energy having fun and meeting others who are in the same situation. The situation? All are military kids. Many of their parents are deployed. Others have recently returned or will deploy soon. Dubbed True Hero Day, representatives of military and police units visited campers July 18 with intriguing equipment, new play techniques and, usually, big smiles. Our primary focus is to build resiliency in these kids, said Cliff Lewis, Operation Military Kid Coordinator, who was in charge of the camp. Theres no more resilient kid than a military kid. The youngsters seemed to get along with one another, despite differing backgrounds and ages. I get to interact with all the people who do the same things I do every day, said Paige Massie, 10, of St. Marys, Ga., who was learning how to ascend on a climbing wall. Russell Lieberman, 10, of Niceville, said he thought it would be fun and I could learn how other military kids think and learn neat military stuff. He said the week was a success as he made new friends, had fun and did fun games. The camp cost $55 for the week, which included all activities and room and board. The cost is kept minimal through a grant from the Department of the Army, through the Florida Department of Agriculture and administered by the University of Florida, said Lewis, who spent 29 years in the Army as a bandsman, retiring as a sergeant major. Theres nothing better for these kids, Lewis said. They make friends immediately. Paige Massie Russell LiebermanKids bond at Camp Timpoochee 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 TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , J J u u l l y y 2 2 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Introducing a NEW kind of life insurance. INSURANCE Frances Faille (850) 678-5642409 John Sims Pkwy., E. Niceville FIN1776COOP-1 2/111 See policy and riders for terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions.Allstate GoodForLifeSM is a flexible premium universal life policy (UL21AF) issued by American Heritage Life Insurance Company, Home Office, Jacksonville, FL, a subsidiary of The Allstate Corporation, Northbrook, IL. Riders include the Accelerated Death Benefit Rider (ULBR1), the Critical Illness (Specified Disease) Rider (UCI2RAF), the Enhanced Grace Period Rider (UPFRAF series), and the Accidental Death and Dismemberment (UADD2AF). Additional costs may apply. 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Marshall, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians Summer rec heats upJoseph Fagundes, left, and Anthony Luciano go head-tohead in a game of tether ball at Niceville United Methodist Church s Summer Recreation program. The program is held daily until Aug. 2, at the Community Life Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. Each day, first through fifth graders engage in various activities including cookie decorating, open gym, martial arts, cooking, road trips, games, and arts and crafts. Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Courtesy photoDonations Cram the VanAngela Wilson, left, her son Drew and Bobby Price donate school supplies during Sharing and Caring s Cram the Van. The school supply drive was held Saturday, July 21, at the Niceville Walmart, and 2,257 supplies were collected. Sharing and Caring will accept donations until Aug. 3, then the supplies will be distributed to area students in need as part of the Tools for Schools campaign. Chambers to hold RESTORE seminarSpecial to the Beacon The public is invited to attend a Business Leaders Seminar sponsored by the Crestview Area, Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville-Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce. The seminar will be held Thursday, July 26, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., to discuss the area business climate in view of the passage of the RESTORE Act and the Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act. The meeting will be held at the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Under the RESTORE Act, 80 percent of the penalties levied against British Petroleum (BP) are earmarked for the five Gulf Coast StatesAlabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Louisianaeffected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act, authored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, allocates $30 million over three years to the Northwest Florida counties effected by the oil spill. Those counties include: Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla. The purpose of the Recovery Act is to create jobs and attract businesses to Northwest Florida. Speakers at Thursdays seminar will include Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot; Dr. Rick Harper, director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement, University of West Florida; and Larry Sassano, CEO of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 244-8191. Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Pfc. Wendell Slater and Spc. Chris Kerr of the Florida National Guard Crestview branch display military devices such as mines and mine detectors to a rapt group of youngsters. 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Courtesy photo70 holes for 70th birthdayMid-Bay Rotarian Jim Miller challenged himself to 70 holes of golf in one day to celebrate his 70 th birthday, and to raise money for Shelter Box. Miller donated all the pledges he received, $4,835, on behalf of the Mid-Bay Rotary Club to Shelter Box, an international disaster relief charity. Miller, right, is pictured with fellow Rotarian Art Jean. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.comProtecting Your Business...Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. NOTICE TO OKALOOSA COUNTY VOTERS Pursuant to Section 101.71(2) Florida Statutes, this is to advise that the Supervisor of Elections has made the following changes to Okaloosa County polling places: 1. Precinct 15, formerly at the Mitchell Center Community Room, Valparaiso, has been moved to First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Pkwy, Valparaiso Voting will take place in the fellowship hall. 2. Precincts 22 and 41, both formerly at the Fred Hedrick Recreation Building, Fort Walton Beach, have been moved to St. Mary Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Ave SW, Fort Walton Beach. Voting will take place in the Parish Life Center. 3. Precincts 25 (formerly at Rosemont Baptist Church, Niceville) 36 (Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville) and 43 (formerly at First Baptist Church of Niceville) have been combined All voters living in these precincts will vote at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville. Voting will take place in the Life Center east of the church. Parking is available in either the east or west parking lot. 4. Precincts 26 (formerly at North Bay Baptist Church, Niceville) and 40 (Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church) have been combined All voters living in these precincts will vote at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church, 1028 White Point Rd, Niceville. Voting will take place in the Parish Hall located behind the church. 5. Precincts 34 (St. Peter Catholic Church) and 47 (formerly at Florosa Baptist Church, Mary Esther) have been combined. All voters living in these precincts will vote at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Francis St, Mary Esther. 6. Precincts 49 (Destin City Hall Annex) and 50 (formerly at Village Baptist Church, Destin) have been combined. All voters living in these precincts will vote at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin. New voter information cards have been mailed to all voters affected by these changes. Voters may use the Voter Lookup tool at www.govote-okaloosa.com to find their precinct, check their voter registration status, and view absentee requests and sample ballots. Voters with questions may call the Supervisor of Elections office at 689-5600 or 651-7272. July 25, 2012 Paul Lux Supervisor of Elections Okaloosa County, FL In the Service Air Force Airman Steven K. Bowman graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bowman is the son of Steven Bowman, of Niceville. He is a 2006 graduate of Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg.Courtesy photoRotary awards college moneyThe Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club, on June 14, presented checks to its scholarship recipients. Each of the recipients spoke to the club and presented their resumes. From left, Rotarians and scholarship recipients: 2011-12 Rotary President Allen Tucker, stude nts Ashlei Dang, Chloe Schweitzer, Elizabeth Sober, Sarah Witkos, and Bill Ready, scholarship committee chairman. Niceville student receives KFC scholarshipBrittany Rudd, an employee at KFC, Niceville, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship July 18 from KFC Corporate, the fried chicken restaurant franchise. Out of 1,600 applicants who were required to write an essay, Brittany was one of 300 chosen as a recipient of the scholarship. Brittany is a 2012 Niceville High School graduate, and will attend the University of West Florida, Pensacola, in the fall. 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Oktoberfest seeks artists The 18 th annual Oktoberfest and Crafts Festival at Winn-Dixie Plaza in Bluewater Bay is looking for artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be Sept. 28, from 5-10 p.m., and Sept. 29, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost for both days: $75. Info: Bert, 897-3190. PAL Soccer A late fee has been waived for PAL Soccers final registration, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Niceville High School cafeteria. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or Howard Hill, 678-2182. Have a Heart run/walk Registration is ongoing for the Okaloosa County Have a Heart 5K run/walk, Sept. 1, at the 911 Emergency Operations Center. The course will loop around the Northwest Florida State College Campus, Niceville. Early registration through Aug. 20 is $15, and late registration, Aug. 21-Sept. 1 is $20. T-shirts will be presented to the first 200 entries. Info: Ken Wolfe, kwolfe@co.okaloosa.fl.us, or newftc.com/racecalendar. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 3v3 soccer tournament Registration is ongoing for the FC Dallas Emerald Coast Traveling Soccer Clubs 3v3 soccer tournament, Aug. 11, at Twin Oaks soccer complex. The tournament is open to male and female teams, U6adult. Parents or coaches can organize and coach 3v3 teams, and each team can have up to 6 players. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Medals will be awarded to players on the top three teams in each division. The top four teams in each division are qualified to play in all the 3v3 Live Regional Championship Tournaments. Registration fee: $170 per team. Info and registration: Travis, 602-4923919, or 3v3live.com. UMC Men s Basketball Registration is ongoing until Aug. 23 for Niceville United Methodist Church Mens Basketball League, ages 17 and up. Cost: $50 until Aug. 14. One game per week will be played on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. Registration: nicevilleumc.org/recreation, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Co-ed league The city of Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for its fall co-ed softball league. Entry is $275 per team, plus individual user fees of $10 for residents, and $30 for non-residents. Play will begin Aug. 13. Games will be held on Monday nights. Info: Jim Baughman, 7294062, or jbaughman@niceville.org. Soccer referees needed Registration is ongoing until Aug. 4 for the USSF Entry Level Referee Course. The Florida State Referees, Inc. (FSR) has established this class for the beginning referee that consists of online education modules and 12 hours of classroom training and participation. The course is offered annually in Okaloosa County. The 2012 class will be held at Comfort Suites, Niceville, Aug. 8, 9, 13, and 14, from 6-9 p.m. You must attend all four sessions. Info: fsr-inc.com. Cost: $100. Please contact Al Haberbusch, haberpsu64@cox.net, or 678-9084; Howard Hill, 678-2182, howard_hill@cox.net, or 678-2182; or Bernie Busovne, busovnefamily@cox.net, or 897-9497 if you are interested in this class. Painting with a Twist Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is bringing Painting with a Twist to the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. A talented artist will lead the class through step-by-step completion of the painting, while the participants enjoy snacks and beverages. Participants are welcome to bring a bottle of wine. Cost: $35 per person, which includes snacks and materials. Advance registration is required. Registration: Evelyn or Kelly, 2442825; mail or drop off a check to Catholic Charities, 11 First St., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Participants must be at least 17 years old. Proceeds from the event will help fund Catholic Charities emergency assistance programs. Spanish class The Spanish language class at the Valparaiso Community Library is accepting registration for its new session, which will begin Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. The class is limited to 15 people. Registration: 729-5406. School supplies needed Niceville Sharing & Caring is collecting school supplies for children of families who are not able to purchase necessary back-to-school items. School supplies or monetary donations can be dropped off at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. The office is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Friday. The drive will end Aug. 3, and supplies will be distributed to the students Aug. 11. Students may register for supplies until Aug. 3. Students must be registered for the 2012-13 school year and have identification on file at Sharing & Caring. Info: 6788459. Heritage Museum camp Registration is ongoing for the Heritage Museum of Northwest Floridas Raiders of the Lost Artifact summer history camp, Aug. 6-10, from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $60 per Raider for the week, or $50 per Raider for Museum Family Members. Raiders can also participate for $15 per day, or $12 for Museum Family Members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Info: 6782615. Art display Eighteen members of the Local Color Artists Club are displaying their work at the Niceville Public Library through Aug. 26. Art work includes oils, pastels, water colors, acrylics, photography, wood-turned, porcelain and jewelry. Library storyteller The Niceville Public Library will present Storyteller Pat Nease on July 25, at 11 a.m., at the Niceville Community Center. Program is free. Info: 279-4863, ext. 1514. Senior activities The following programs will be offered by the Walton-Okaloosa County Council on Aging for people 60 and older at Seminole Community Center, Cedar Street, 833-9291: July 26, bingo, 10 a.m.; July 31, bingo, 10 a.m. The following activities will be offered at the Valparaiso Community Center, 268 Glenview Ave., 833-9291: July 25, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; July 26, Wii bowling, 9:30 a.m.; July 27, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; July 30, dominoes and socializing, 9:30 a.m.; July 31, bingo, 9:30 a.m. Alzheimer s Support Alzheimers Family Services will provide a support group July 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and respite care is available. Info: 478-7790, or AlzFamServ.org. Wii party The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children and teens to a Nintendo Wii party July 25, from 3:30-5 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Summer book discussion Join Friends of the Niceville Library July 25, at 10 a.m., in the library for a discussion on Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud. Limited supplies of the books are available through the Okaloosa Library system, readokaloosa.org. To reserve a seat, call the library at 2794863, ext. 1504. Sheriff candidate forum The Okaloosa Republicans will hold a candidate forum for Sheriff July 26, at 7 p.m., at American Legion Hall, Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach. Social hour will begin at 6:15 p.m. Info: President Marvin Brigman, 609-3341. Volleyball summer camp Niceville United Methodist Church will hold a volleyball summer camp for youth entering grades 6-8. The camp will be Aug. 9-11. Cost: $65 until July 26. This is an intense 3day skills camp that will prepare participants for further advancement. Lunch will be provided and each player will receive a T-shirt. Registration: nicevilleumc.org, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Embroiderer s Guild The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet for their next stitch-in July 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Niceville United Methodist Church Room 400. Visitors are welcome. Info: 496-3466. RESTORE Act Seminar The public is invited to attend a Business Leaders Seminar sponsored by the Crestview Area, Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville-Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce July 26, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., on the area business climate in view of the passage of the RESTORE Act and the Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act. The meeting will be at the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Info: Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2448191. RWOF meeting and forum The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated are taking reservations until noon, July 27, for their meeting Aug. 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon. There will be a forum of candidates for Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools and the School Board. As part of the clubs Americanism project, attendees are asked to bring cocktail size napkins for the USO. Empty ink cartridges to be recycled for cash will also be accepted. Reservations: Donna Pattison, 651-5416, or donnapattison@cox.net. Cost: $16, members, and $18, guests. Info: rwof.org. Writing seminar The Niceville Library will host a writing seminar for aspiring authors with full-time author and speaker Dr. Anne Haw Holt July 28, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This seminar is for writers at any level. Cost: $40, cash or check at the door, which includes a packet of helpful handouts. The program will be held at the library. To pre-register, send contact information to ahholt@ahholt.com, with an attached copy of the first three pages of a piece of your writing (no poetry) typewritten and double-spaced. Dr. Holt will read, comment on how to improve and return the document at the seminar. You can also register at the door, however you will not receive your document until several days later by mail. Info: Dr. Holt, 576-0721, or the library at 279-4863, ext. 1504. Alligator presentation The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present Alligator Adventures with Gator Beach July 28, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn about alligators and what to do if you come in contact with these reptiles in the wild. Standard admission rates apply. Info: 835-1824, or eowilsoncenter.org. 25th Anniversary Celebration Bluewater Community Church Pastor Haywood Day and wife Gail would like to invite past members and new members to the 25 th Anniversary Celebration July 29, at 10:30 a.m., 4580 Range Road, Niceville. Guest speaker will be Cam McIntyre. Fellowship will be at 10 a.m., followed by speakers and lunch. MS Cake Challenge fundraiser Just Think Cake will present the f irst-ever Multiple Sclerosis Cake Challenge and Show Mission Impossible, July 29, from noon5 p.m. at 215 Green Acres Road, Moose Lodge 2193, Fort Walton Beach. All ages and skills welcome, categories include: professional, advanced, novice, youth, children, cake pops, taste. All proceeds of this event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Challenge Walk MS. Info and applications:Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page B-3 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistTess HollisEditorial AssistantThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. Sara KentAdvertising Director The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza, Next to Santa Rosa Mall 323 Page Bacon Rd., Mary Esther 850-244-5252 | Mike Tarbuck, Jeweler-OwnerJEWELRY REPAIR NEXT DAY SERVICE REMOUNTS CUSTOM DESIGNDiamond Worksinc. AnniversarySALE ~ Going on now ~BIG DISCOUNTS! 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR File photoMarina to hold fishing tourneyBluewater Bay Marina and Paradise Paddle Boards will present the first-ever kayak and standup paddle board fishing tournament, July 28, first light-3 p.m. Entry fee: $30 per person on kayak or SUP. Late entry July 28, from 8-10 a.m. Divisions will include: trout, redfish and trash fish (any fish other than trout or redfish). Registration and info: Bluewater Bay Marina, 290 Yacht Club Drive, Niceville; 897-2821. 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Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate 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. Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comA MUST SEE! TOTALLY UPDATED! Traditional All Brick home. 4 bedroom/2 bath. Media Wiring, Crown Molding, Central Vacuum, Formal Dining, Gas Fireplace, Built in bookcases. 2433 Sq.Ft. $375,000. MAGNOLIA PLANTATION Gated Community EXQUISITE!! Custom built Executive Home with Pool overlooking Lake. Upgrades throughout, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Office, Bonus Room and More. $825,000. SOUTHERN CHARM Grand Oaks Planned Waterfront Community offers for the first time this Custom Built Home featuring water views from most room, Open Floor Plan, Italian Stone Flooring, Veranda and so much more to include Boat Slip. 2385 Sq.Ft. 3 Beds/2.5 Baths plus Office 2 car garage. $475,000 ROCKY BAYOU RARE FIND! 2998 sq ft. 4 Bed, 3.5 Baths. All brick home. Formal dining, large kitchen with breakfast bar, family room, living room, bonus room upstairs. Built-in bookcases, Crown Moulding, fireplace, side load garage. Many extras. $395,000. SANTA ROSA BEACH SHORT SALE 2050 Sq.Ft. 3 bed/2 bath. $425.000. BLUEWATER BAY SHORT SALE, AS IS. 4 bed/2/1 bath. Wrap-around porch. Bonus room. In-Ground Pool. Crown Molding, Brick Fireplace. 2808 Sq.Ft. $345,000. PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Courtyard Plaza BWB, 1500 Sq.Ft. Units. RENTALS: Extensive, Full Property Management Services offered. Call James V. Rainwater, Baywalk Real Estate, Inc. 850897-1101. NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 Please see CALENDAR, page B-6

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FDD cagers finish 4th among 44Faithfulness, Discipline, Diligence, Inc. (FDD), for the second straight year finished in the top five at AAU Nationals 11th Grade Girls Division II July 10-15. FDD went 5-2 and walked away with a fourth-place finish among 44 teams, bettering last year s fifthplace finish. From left: back, coach Jerome Strutchen, Sharon Strutchen, Caneisaya Matthews, Mercedez Clayborne, Malaya Evans, Jessica Day, Shavonna Spaw, Lauren Day and coach David Day; kneeing, Lakeisha Clay, Brittany Washington, Amanda Demma and Brittany Brown. CHURCH DIRECTORY BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Page B-4 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithLinda Mabrey, 56, Niceville, security contractor Richard Hernandez, 60, Niceville, high school teacher I think they should outlaw automatic weapons. There is no reason for the average citizen to have an assault weapon. No more than what s already being done. There s too much violence in movies and television. Unstable people get ideas from it. Teach tolerance, at home as well as at school. Anyone who buys a lot of weapons should be reported immediately. Weapon purchasers should sign for their weapons and state how they intend to use them. If we had harsher consequences, we d have less crime.What should be done to prevent mass shootings?Archie Wahl, 58, Choctaw Beach Location: Kmart Heather Johnson, 33, Crestview, home child care provider Marilyn Hunt, 72, Niceville, retired Joe Lessard, 51, Niceville, civil servantWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. We are a church that belongs to Christ. We have a place for you here.ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN PRESCHOOL TODAY! A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com 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; growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 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 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 Late soccer fee waivedThe late fee is waived for PAL Soccers final registration, 9 a.m.1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Niceville High School cafeteria. A waiting list will be set up after Aug. 4. For additional information, go to nicevillepalsoccer.org or call Howard Hill at 678-2182.3v3 soccer tournamentRegistration is ongoing for the FC Dallas Emerald Coast Traveling Soccer Clubs 3v3 soccer tournament Aug. 11, at Twin Oaks soccer complex. The tournament is open to male and female teams, U6-adult. Parents or coaches can organize and coach 3v3 teams, and each team can have as many as six players. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Medals will be awarded to players on the top three teams in each division. The top four teams in each division are qualified to play in all the 3v3 Live Regional Championship Tournaments. Registration fee: $170 per team. Info and registration: Travis, 602492-3919, or 3v3live.com. UMC men s basketballRegistration is ongoing until Aug. 23 for Niceville United Methodist Church Mens Basketball League, ages 17 and up. Cost: $50 until Aug. 14. One game per week will be played on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. Registration: nicevilleumc.org/recreation, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Co-ed leagueThe city of Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for its fall softball co-ed league. Entry is $275 per team, plus individual user fees of $10 for residents, and $30 for nonresidents. Play will begin Aug. 13. Games will be held on Monday nights. Info: Jim Baughman, 7294062, or jbaughman@niceville.org. sBriefs Courtesy photoAll-Stars sweep district tourneyThe Niceville Little League 9/10-year-old All-Stars swept the district tournament to become Florida District 1 Champions. They went 3-0 for the week scoring 39 runs and allowing 10. The boys advanced to the sectional tournament July 14, with hopes to advance to state. From left: standing, Corey Church, Parker Porter, Lucas Gauch, Logan Webb, Bryce Ingram, Drew Kivioja, Brady Moses, Joey Cary, Eli Estep and Grayson Brooks; kneeling, Jonah Hoover, Blake Skinner and Collin Fuller; back row, manager Jim Fuller, coac h Ben Porter and coach Ryan Ingram.

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Christine Bargeron 1928-2012Christine Allala Bargeron, age 83, of Niceville, Fla., passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born on Sept. 30, 1928, in Samson, Ala., to William and Minnie Owens. She was a lifelong resident of Niceville, and a member of First Baptist Church of Niceville as well. Christine loved crocheting, jewelry making, ceramics, gardening, and keeping up with her family as it expanded. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Bargeron, her parents; son, Timothy Bargeron, one sister, and four brothers. She is survived by her two daughters; Deborah Commander (Frank), and Doris Mansfield (Greg), and two sons; Richard Allala (JoAnn), and Randle Allala (Mitsey), and one daughter-in-law, Robin Bargeron. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON sObituary Christine Bargeron Senior lunch menuThe following is the Valparaiso Senior Center lunch menu for July 25-31. Please call the center at 833-9291, or come by, 268 Glenview Ave., to make a lunch reservation. The cost is a voluntary donation, and lunch is served on weekdays at 11 a.m.WednesdayBarbecue rib patty, baked pinto beans, corn OBrien, hamburger bun, fresh fruit, birthday cake, chocolate frosting with sprinkles, milk, margarine.ThursdayChicken and dumplings, spring vegetables, green beans, wheat bread, fresh fruit, milk.FridayHamburger patty, tater tot casserole, let/tom/onion, hamburger bun, peach cobbler, milk, ketchup, mustard.MondayCountry fried steak, country gravy, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, fresh fruit, milk, margarine.TuesdayTuna salad, green pea salad, tossed salad, saltine crackers, peaches/pineapple, assorted dressing, milk. Driver needed for local taxi company, parttime, must be 25 or older; clean driving record, call John at 259-6990. Residential electricians needed. Pay based on experience. Call 7293044. HRBlock needs 2012 Taxpros. Niceville classes start 13Aug. Info 850-502-6609. ASSISTANT EDITOR Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) seeks an editorial assistant who will work in the office to help compile, write, and edit news items, assist the editor in preparing the newspapers for publication, and perform other clerical and administrative duties under the direction of the editor. Applicants must be familiar with desktop computers, able to write quickly and accurately, and possess proofreading and editing skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented, and able to adapt to a fastpaced editorial environment. Nonsmoking office. Competitive pay, commensurate with experience and aptitude. Benefits include paid vacation and holidays, and IRA plan. Apply at The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information tsheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Bus drivers needed. 2012-2013 school year. Insurance. Good pay. Crestview 850-6897301, Niceville 850833-4203, Fort Walton 850-833-3555. Class-A CDL Flatbed Drivers. Home on the weekends! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Lease to OwnNo Money Down. CALL 888-880-5911 House for sale by owner. Lot 150 X100. 1345 18th Street, Baker. Call 537-5149 for information. Homes for Sale Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! RENTALS 850-897-1443Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyMarquette Street 2/1,Unfurnished $700 **Close to Eglin, great for military** Quiet neighborhood, across from park, duplex community, washer & dryer included Garden Oaks 1/1 Unfurnished $750 Screened patio, includes water, open layout, private entrance. Patio Home 2/2 Furnished $1700 Private courtyard, hardwood floors, includes cable, internet, utilities, washer/dryer. Available: 8/6/12 Florida Club 2/2 Furnished $1600 Ground floor, screened patio, includes cable, internet, utilities, washer/dryer. Complex features pool, hot tub, sauna, car wash, workout room, and club house. Available: 8/10/12Long Term Rentals Needed Homes, townhomes, patio homes, condos needed in Bluewater Bay Resort for our booming long-term rental program. Experienced, professional real estate management program available to meet your investment/ involvement needs. (850) 678-5178 | www.CarriageHills.com 1821 John Sims Pkwy. | Niceville, Florida 32578 REALTOR@CarriageHills.com For People on the Move!Specializing in...New Construction vSales vListings Property ManagementvLong-Term RentalsCarriage Hills Realty, Inc. WILSON MINGER AGENCY, INC.Niceville s Top-Selling Real Estate Office RENTALS AVAILABLE! Niceville, Crestview, Fort Walton and Navarre! One bedroom to five bedrooms from $450-$2500!Search online at: OurLocalRental.com Century 21Wilson Minger AgencyNicevilles Top Selling Real Estate Office729-6504 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFPRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS.Check publications to publish ad:rBay Beacon (Number of weeks) rEglin Flyer (Number of weeks) rHurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) Price of First Run....................$ + Price of subsequent runs........$ = Total Price................................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed.BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed.DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. E-MAIL : Classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.)Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers Ads are non-refundable. CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL (850) 678-1080_______________________ _______________________ _______________________ $11.20 _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ $11.40 _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ $11.60 _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ $11.80 _______________________ _______________________ $11.00 _______________________ $12.00First Word SEE NEWS HAPPENING? Call the Beacon at 678-1080! The more you tell, the more you sell! Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! KennyWilsonPainting30 Yrs. Experience Quality Work & Clean Up A StandardLicensed & Insured368-2710651-3329 PAINTINGTHE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE Advertise your business in this size space for only $19.55 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.) CALL US at678-1080Ad design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. COMPUTER REPAIR LAWN CARELess StressLawn & LandscapingFREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALRJ: (850) 699-1617 Bryan: (850) 259-1981 Licensed & Insured SALON cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing(Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 13 yrs. in the Niceville AreaGift Certificates Available ADVERTISE HERE! PRESSURE WASHING(850) 699-7866Houses Driveways Fencing Docks RVs DecksNo Job Too SmallLicensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 MINI STORAGE Nice-VillaMini Storage2 miles east of Bluewater Bay on Hwy. 20(Drive A Little, Save A Lot)Block Buildings897-2280 AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $19.55 per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! Call us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 to take advantage of this incredible bargain! 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Smith-RossMrs. Rhonda Dandrea Smith, of Hahira, Ga., announces the engagement of her daughter, Kristen Nicole Smith, to James Frederick Ross, son of Mark and Vickie Ross, of Niceville. Kristen is also the daughter of Ashley smith, of Valdosta, Ga. A fall wedding is planned for Oct. 20, 2012, at Horse Creek Winery in Nashville, Ga. The bride-elected graduated from Valdosta High School and receive bachelors degrees in marketing and early childhood education from Valdosta State University, and a masters degree in education from Walden University. She is employed by Walton County School as a third grade teacher at Van R. Butler Elementary. Her maternal grandparents are Pete and Laverne Dandrea of Valdosta, and paternal grandparents are Velma Smith and the late Maitland Smith of Homerville, Ga. The prospective groom graduated from Niceville High School and receive bachelors degrees in business administration and marketing from Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., and a masters degree in educational leadership from American College of Education. He is employed by Walton County schools as assistant principal in training at South Walton High School. He is the grandson of the late Tollie and Lona Mae Ross of Tryon, N.C., and the late Victor and Eileen Abrams of Riverside County, Calif. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-6 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACON sEngagements For two weeks only, to celebrate our 21st Anniversary, we re offering something for $21 that has incredible value:A CHANCE FOR HEALTHIER LIVING.$21. What can y ou buy for $21 these days? Dinner for you (but not for two)? Two tickets for the mo vies? 1/2 tank of gas for your vehicle? Lets face it: you dont get much for $21 these days. But w hen your spine is out of alignment and your body is sick or hurting, most people would empty their wallets to make it go away. Well, heres your chance to make it go away for just $21. Sc hedule a New Patient Consultation from now until August 7, which includes a comprehensive chiropractic examination and X-rays, if required, and well only charge you $21. This is normally a $180 value. Why are we doing this? Because over the past 21 years that we have been in practice in our community we have seen the wonderful effects and benefits chiropractic has brought to scores of people. And what better way to celebrate our anniversary than to make the kind of promotional offer that may encourage other people to try chiropractic to improve their health and well-being? And seriously, whats more important than your health and well-being?Chiropractic Relief is Just $21! Jill Thompson, D.C. Tim Zook, D.C.Call for an appointment today: 850.678.4155 1148 E. John Sims Parkway | Niceville, FL 32578THIS OFFER FOR NEW PATIENTS ONLY. OUR GUARANTEE... THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT WHICH IS PERFORMED OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE AND REDUCED FEE SERVICE. EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. THIS OFFER EXCLUDES PERSONAL INJURY CASES AND IS GOOD ONLY FOR NEW APPOINTMENTS FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 7.So give us a call and schedule a New Patient Consultation through August 7 for $21, bef ore were all booked up. We look forward to helping you be better. 2121Kristen Smith and James Ross NWFLfightsMS.org, or Carrie Knife, 376-1391. Marching Band camp In this camp students will learn discipline, leadership and marching skills, while improving their musical qualities. This camp is mandatory for anyone who is going to be part of the Rocky Bayou Christian School Marching Knights Band or Symphonic Band. The camp will be July 30-Aug. 3, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Grades 7-12. Info: Rocky Bayou Summer Program Office, 729-7227, ext. 273. Camp College This camp is designed for rising seniors to get their college applications completed during the summer to be ready to submit to colleges in the early fall. Camp College meets for three, half-day seminars, July 31-Aug. 2, Tuesday-Thursday from 12:30-4 p.m. Grade 12. Info: Rocky Bayou Summer Program Office, 729-7227, ext. 273. Audubon Society The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet Aug. 2 at Northwest Florida State College, Room 132, Student Services Center, Niceville. Jeff Waldorff, one of the Emerald Coasts finest bird and nature photographers, will present a program featuring his work. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with socializing and refreshments, and the program will start at 7 p.m. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Info: Walt Spence, 582-7064. Local Color Artists Club The Local Color Artists Club announces that Fuller Brown will speak to the group Aug. 3, at Rutherfords Regatta Bay. Fuller is an experience teacher with a master of fine arts degree from the University of Memphis. Other interested artists are welcome to join the group by making a reservation for lunch with Amy Jo Rosati, 678-4813. School Board forum The candidates for Okaloosa County School Board, District 4, will participate in a public forum hosted by Nicevilles Silver Sands Republican Women. The forum will be Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at Bluewater Bays Clubhouse. The event will include dinner at 6 p.m., for $12. The candidates are Cathy Thigpen who holds the District 4 seat, and challengers Rob English and JB Whitten. Dewey Destin, who claimed the District 1 seat without opposition, has also been invited. Guests are welcome. Reservations: Libby Hill, 6782182. Archaeology camp The Heritage Park and Cultural Center, Fort Walton Beach, will offer an archaeology kids museum summer camp. Kids will explore archaeology in a museum setting at real archaeological sites. Students going into grades 3-6 are invited to explore at the Indian Mound Temple Museum. The camp will be Aug. 6-9, from 8 a.m.12:30 p.m. Cost: $60. Info: 883-9595. Wildlife presentation Henderson Beach State Park will host a wildlife presentation on Aug. 9, from 1111:30 a.m. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will present their rehabilitated wildlife. Event is free to the public with paid park entrance fee. Weather permitting. Info: 837-7550. Ruckel Readiness Day Ruckel Middle School Readiness Day for all upcoming 6 th graders will be Aug. 9, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the cafeteria. Students can come at any point during this period. Destin Middle Readiness Day Destin Middle School will hold its Readiness Day Aug. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase school Tshirts and agenda books, deposit money into school lunch accounts, drop off medication, sign up for volleyball and cross country, pick up bus schedules and much more. Parents can also enjoy hot dogs, chips and a drink for $3. DYW Scholarship Program The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program will be held at Niceville High School on Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Eleven girls from across the county will compete for college scholarships in a program that will feature performing talents, participation in a fitness routine and speaking to the audience. Cost: $5. CALENDARFrom page B-3



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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission discussed a proposed budget of $257,175,311 for fiscal year 2012-13 during the first of several budget reviews slated to take place between now and the start of the coming budget year that will begin Oct. 1. The proposed FY 2013 budget, discussed at a commission meeting Thursday in Crestview, is about 1.7 percent lower than the current, FY 2012 budget of $261,624,931. The proposed budget also calls for county property tax millage rate to remain at the current level of 3.2899. This means that Okaloosa property owners pay just under $3.29 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised taxable value, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $657.98 in county property tax, in addition to other property taxes for the Okaloosa School District, local fire districts and other property taxing entities. The county millage rate has remained steady since 2010, after declining for several years from a peak of 5.5 in 1993-94. Property tax revenue has declined steadily since 2007, the last year before the national recession started the continuing decline in property values. According to a graph presented by County Administrator Jim Curry and Finance Director Gary Stanford, Okaloosa County has the lowest property tax millage among 12 adjoining or similarlysized counties in Florida. The reason for the lower budget this year, they told the commission, is the lower amount of revenue available to the county government during a declining economy. Since the national recession began in 2008, property values have declined every year. Thus, said Stanford, the “rollback” millage rate—at which the same property tax revenue would be obtained in FY 2013 as in FY 2012, is 3.3826. In addition to regular property tax, Okaloosa County also By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer When Col. Sal Nodjomian, who served as the final commander of the 96th Air Base Wing at Eglin before it became the 96th Test Wing, retires Friday, he won’t have to go far to go home. “When we first got here two years ago, we were absolutely enamored of the area,” Nodjomian said. “I love the area—the people, the atmosphere, the proximity of the water, the pace.” So the Baltimore native decided to stay, purchasing a home in the Swift Creek Preserve in Niceville and a condominium in Destin. One of the aspects of Emerald Coast living that impressed Nodjomian was the educational quality in Niceville High School, where his sons, Adam, a senior, and Jason, a freshman, have established their presence. “I discovered the best academic experience you could ask for,” Nodjomian said of the school. He said his older son is the captain of the cross-country team, runs track and holds an elective office in the school. His younger brother is prepared to follow in his footsteps. But most of all, Nodjomian, the son of immigrant parents, his father from Iran and his mother from Cyprus, said he fell in love with the people of the Twin Cities. “You can’t walk into Walmart or Chick-fil-A without seeing someone you know,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Challenger Mary Beth Jackson came out ahead of incumbent Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts in a straw poll that followed a candidates' forum at Niceville City Hall Monday. During the forum between the two schools superintendent candidates, each took turns answering questions from Tea Party Leader Dave Scholl and from The Bay Beacon. The first question asked candidates about their general qualifications and reasons for running for office. Tibbetts cited her experience as a school teacher and principal, and as schools superintendent. During her tenure in office, she said, she has balanced the school district budget, demonstrated her leadership abilities, and “made tough decisions” such as when and where to close schools, cut costs, and withhold longevity or “step” pay increases from Okaloosa teachers. Jackson said she has also been a teacher and school administrator in the Okaloosa district, and in addition, has 10 years experience in private sector business. “I am not a spin doctor,” she told the audience of about 40 Tea Party members and visitors. “I am an ethical person,” she said, “and I won’t present a new halfcent sales tax” for approval by the school board. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Judy Boudreaux took office as a Niceville City Council member last week after winning a three-way special election that attracted only one voter out of every 16. Boudreaux returned to the council a year after being defeated in a re-election bid. "My main focus will be on safety," Boudreaux said, citing the need to preserve safety on the city's streets, in its neighborhoods and in municipal services such as the water supply. "I'll be working with the city staff to maintain its excellent services to the people," she said. Preserving Niceville's quality of life—which she described as "premier"—is a priority, she said. Boudreaux said she hoped to respond to people's concerns— such as addressing complaints that too-short timing of some stoplights on John Sims Parkway made it hard for drivers to get onto the thoroughfare from side T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢ Please see RETIRING, page A-3 Please see BOUDREAUX, page A-2 Please see FACE OFF, page A-2 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 COMING UP Wednesday, 10 a.m. Join Friends of the Niceville Library for a discussion on "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. Limited supplies of the books are available through the Okaloosa Library system, readokaloosa.org. Info: 279-4863, ext. 1504. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Alzheimer's Family Services will provide a support group at Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and respite care is available. Info: 4787790, or AlzFamServ.org. Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children and teens to a Nintendo Wii party Snacks and drinks will be provided. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America will meet for their next stitch-in at Niceville United Methodist Church, Room 400. Visitors are welcome. Info: 496-3466. Calendar, B-3 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Boudreaux takes office in NicevilleWins council seat in 3-way race By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Five people were charged with selling cocaine at a Valparaiso motel July 13 in a sheriff's undercover "sting" operation. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports, arrested by deputies July 13 were: —Deshaun Roosevelt Frazier, an auto detailer, 26, of 656 McCelland, Crestview, charged with sale of cocaine, trafficking between 28 grams and 150 kilograms of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. —Roderick Derill McKinnon, unemployed, 19, of 934 Emily Circle, Fort Walton Beach, charged with sale of cocaine, possession of controlled substance without a prescription and driving while license suspended. —Rasheem Shadee Posey, a house cleaner, 33, of 4075 Please see COCAINE, page A-4Five nabbed as cocaine dealers in Valparaiso Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The two candidates for Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools answered questions during a Tea Party forum in Niceville Monday.Retiring base commander finds Niceville idealOkaloosa County eyes $257 million in spending Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Lt. James Gatchell, of the Florida Army National Guard, helps youngsters conquer a fear of heights. The kids, many of them children of deployed military members, attended Operation Military Kid, a weeklong camp at Camp Timpoochee last week. Story, page B-1.Overcoming obstacles Mary Beth Jackson Col. Sal Nodjomian Alexis Tibbetts Judy Boudreaux Please see SPENDING, page A-5Schools chief candidates face off in forum Authorities seize postal drug shipment, A-4.

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Jackson said local tea chers and principals have told her they are discouraged by the current administration, and that she is running to “offer hope” to teachers and others. Tibbetts responded by saying that the proposal for a half-cent sales tax originally came from local parents and voters, and that at their request she presented it to the school board to be put before voters in a referendum. Asked about the proper role of government in education, both candidates said they favor keeping most control of schools at the local school district level, but agreed that when local school districts seek state and federal grants and other financial aid, such help always comes with strings attached, in the form of compliance with state and federal regulations and programs. Tibbetts said she has done her best to represent the interests of the Okaloosa School District in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C., and that when dealing with other levels of government, relationship-building with key officials is essential. Jackson, however, criticized Tibbetts' efforts to influence state and federal officials. If elected, she said, “I’ll be here in Okaloosa County, not in Washington or Tallahassee. I won’t use this office as a building block for myself.” Tibbetts responded that she only made one trip per year to Washington and one per semester to Tallahassee, to look after the Okaloosa district’s interests. Asked their opinions of school vouchers and other school choice programs, both candidates offered qualified support for such programs. “I absolutely support parental choice,” said Jackson. If public schools are doing a good job, she said, they need not fear competition from private or charter schools. Tibbetts said, “I support school choice,” citing local public school zoning waivers as an example. However, she added, the school district cannot afford to provide bus transportation for students who attend private schools, so parents who choose such options must arrange their own transportation. Both candidates also said they support later start times for high school students, at least in principle. Tibbetts, however, said the extra costs of transportation do not allow such a program to start at present, and other problems, such as the need for some high school students to get home early to babysit younger siblings, make it hard to adopt later high school start times. Jackson was more enthusiastic about later start times, saying she supports starting a pilot program at once, using new software to adjust bus schedules as necessary, and then expand the program if the pilot program succeeds. The candidates somewhat differed over how to provide Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) education. Tibbetts cited recent plans to open a special STEMM teacher training center and STEMM academy for between 80 and 90 selected middle school students at the former Valparaiso Elementary School. That program, done in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab and other organizations, she said, will help the school district’s “best and brightest” students “to get hooked on science” early in their academic careers. Jackson, however, favored a more egalitarian approach. “STEMM education should be provided in every school for every child,” she said, and criticized Tibbetts for first closing Valparaiso Elementary because it couldn’t operate in the black with 400 students, then reopening it for 90 middle schoolers and a teacher training program. Following the forum, Scholl conducted a secret-ballot straw poll among audience members. 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(Oak Creak Plaza) 897-4475 CRESTVIEW998 South Ferdon Blvd. (Formerly Ooh La La) 683-9944 All Sorrelli Jewelry40%offBUY ONE, GET ONE streets. And she vowed to work to keep taxes low. Mayor Randall Wise administered the oath of office to Boudreaux minutes after the canvassing committee had tabulated the results after the polls closed at 7 p.m. election night, July 17. The special election was called to fill a vacancy on the five-member council created when Councilman William Thomas abruptly resigned May 8. Boudreaux will serve out the remainder of Thomas' second term, which ends July 2015. Boudreaux won 309 of the 591 ballots cast, giving her 52.3 percent of the total cast. That was enough to win office outright and avoid a runoff election with her closest runner-up, Barry Reed. Reed won a total of 179 votes, 30.3 percent of the total, while Robert Edwards received 103 votes, or 17.4 percent of the total cast. City Clerk Dan Doucet said there were a total of 9,567 registered voters eligible to vote in the election. Turnout was only 6.2 percent. A total of 40 votes were by absentee ballots with 551 voters casting ballots at the city's council chambers. Boudreaux, 69, a Niceville business owner, previously served on the Niceville City Council from 1994 until July 2011, when she lost her seat to challenger Heath Rominger, whose term will expire in 2015. Niceville council members are elected at-large in nonpartisan elections and serve without pay. Edwards congratulated Boudreaux after the results were announced. He said he plans to run for city council in the next special election to serve out the term of councilman Bill Smith who was forced to resign in order to run for a seat on the county commission. That election is expected in January. This was the first time that Niceville election officials used optical scan voting machines to tabulate the ballots. In past elections, Niceville voters put an X on paper ballots and the ballots, were then manually counted. Niceville is the only city in Okaloosa County that conducts its own elections. Those of the other eight cities, as well as all local special districts, are conducted by the county elections supervisor. Eighteen of the 40 Niceville absentee ballots were too wide to be read by the scanning machine. Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux said the city used a printer with no previous ballot printing experience and the absentee ballots were printed on slightly thicker paper and cut slightly wider, but within specifications. He said the humidity probably caused the ballots to swell just enough to not fit the optical scanning machine. Lux said the county ran into similar problems when it first introduced optically scannable ballots several years ago. The Niceville canvassing committee—made up of the mayor and three city council members— tabulated the 18 unscannable absentee ballots and made duplicate ballots that were then scanned. The canvassing committee could have also chosen to manually count the problem ballots, Lux said. BOUDREAUXFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Del Lessard Niceville Mayor Randall Wise administers oath of office to Judy Boudreaux July 17 at City Hall. She defeated two opponents to win a special election for city council.

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Nodjomian also gets a warm feeling from the positive sentiments local folks have for the military. “You can’t go down John Sims Parkway without seeing signs that say ‘We support our military’ or ‘Military, 10 percent discount.’” He said that is far different from the attitude he has encountered at some other duty stations. Other than a dispute between the City of Valparaiso and Eglin a few years ago over projected noise levels from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Nodjomian said, “the community support has been tremendous. I’ve never been on an installation that enjoyed so much community support. There are very strong local bonds between the community and the military.” “(My wife) Carla and the boys are extremely excited to be part of the Niceville community and not be transients,” he said. Nodjomian’s post-Air Force career is still up in the air, he said, although he expects to serve as a consultant for one firm or another. “I haven’t decided yet who to align with,” he said. “The most important factor in my consideration is that they let me work out of Niceville.” The colonel’s decision to retire had everything to do with his family and his desire, after serving 23 years, to put down roots in Niceville, he said. If he had remained in the service, he said, he could have earned a star, but he would likely be sent overseas, His family would remain here so his sons could complete their high school education at NHS. Nodjomian leaves Eglin with a good feeling about the base, the airmen and his time there. “My proudest moment came when we got our Operational Readiness Inspection results,” he said. “It showed me how ready we are to go to war. Eglin performed magnificently. We got the highest score given in the inspectors’ collective memory. It validated everything we do here. It was our crowning achievement.” Even the biggest challenge Nodjomian faced during his tenure—dealing with very restrictive budgets—had a silver lining. “Between the two years of my command, we probably saw a 40 percent reduction in discretionary funds,” he said. It’s a tribute to the team how they came together. We became better stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars. During that time, we twice won the commander-in-chief’s excellence award.” That award is the highest a military installation can receive. Nodjomian said the changes taking place on Eglin have already started, but aren’t likely to have a significant impact on the local economy. Local economic shrinkage because of the shifting of titles from Eglin to Edwards Air Force Base in California and WrightPatterson Air Force Base in Ohio, he said, “is a misconception. What we’ve done is simply a realignment of support chairs. All the work that has been performed here will continue to be performed here. It’s just an organizational chart issue.” Nor does Nodjomian expect any continuing fallout from the dispute between the city of Valparaiso and Eglin over the F35 noise issue. “I think that’s all in the past,” he said. “We’ve worked very hard to get past some ill will and we’re working very hard to minimize the impact we have on the local communities.” While Nodjomian and his family are looking forward to becoming part of the Niceville community, leaving the military that has been his home for more than two decades is somewhat bittersweet. “I’ll miss the day-to-day contact with the airmen,” he said. “A day didn’t go by that I wasn’t amazed by with the ingenuity of the airmen. That’s something I don’t know if I’ll find in future endeavors. That’s going to be the hardest thing when I retire.” RETIRINGFrom page A-1By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer On two successive Saturdays—on either side of this year's Independence Day holiday—record numbers of vehicles crossed the Mid-Bay Bridge, suggesting that the area's tourism industry is recovering after the economic slowdown and BP oil spill two years ago. On June 30, a total of 30,414 vehicles traveled the 19-year-old toll bridge between Niceville and Destin, breaking the previous oneday record of 30,039 vehicles set seven years ago, according to bridge officials. A week later, on July 7, the new record was shattered when 31,514 vehicles used the span. The record-breaking traffic highlights what bridge officials themselves say is the worst time to cross the span—between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer beach season. Southbound vacationers heading to Destin and Sandestin lodgings seem chiefly to arrive between 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, said Jim Vest, executive director of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA). With four southbound tollbooths' total capacity of 1,300 cars per hour, whenever significantly more cars try to cross the Mid-Bay Bridge during the same hour, there will be backups, he said. The toll plaza has eight toll lanes, four in each direction— including two automated, SunPass lanes—funneling into the twolane bridge. Vest said that when the plaza is operating at capacity, each toll collector can each handle more than 300 transactions an hour. While Saturday is the most common day for vacationers to check in or out of rented condos and motels, those leaving the area and heading north do so at all hours of the day, Vest said, causing little if any delay in northbound traffic on the bridge. While there's some congestion for southbound motorists at the toll plaza during peak hours, Vest said there are also occasions when U.S. Highway 98 on the Destin side of the toll bridge turns into a "parking lot," even backing up southbound traffic on to the bridge. Vest and at least two other members of the MBBA related stories about traffic delays they've encountered because of congestion. Niceville resident and MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell related how he has taken visiting guests to the Sandestin area and encountered lengthy delays because of the congestion. He suggested the problem could be alleviated by adding more lanes to Highway 98. But MBBA Director Jim Nielson said he lives on Highway 98 and thinks the congestion on the federal thoroughfare is often caused by inattentive motorists rear-ending others while they're distracted by cell phones and other activities. In other business before the MBBA at their July 19 meeting in Niceville: —Vest said traffic revenue in June exceeded revenues collected during the same time frame last year by about 1.4 percent. Revenue from SunPass users continues to shrink, he said, indicating that mostly local commuters have fewer reasons to cross the bridge for jobs in construction and tourism-related occupations. He said 648,904 vehicles (unaudited figures) crossed the toll span last month compared to 637,165 vehicles a year ago, a 1.8 percent increase. Totals remain well below the pre-recession peak year of 2006, however. —Supervising engineer James Van Steenburg told the board that construction on phases 2 and 3 of the 11-mile bridge connector road the authority is building between the northern terminus of the bridge and Highway 85 north of Niceville was on schedule and due to be completed by December 2013. He said pavement has been added to sections of the roadway and piling and girder work was taking place on several bridges along the route, including bridges over Rocky, Turkey and Mill creeks. The MBBA will meet next on Aug. 16 in Destin at Destin City Hall at 9 a.m., followed by a tour of the bridge connector road to view construction progress, then lunch at the Niceville office of HDR, the engineering contractor to the Authority. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Insure your life. Assure your legacy. 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Dancing Cloud Court, # 198, Destin, was charged with selling cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. —Joseph Stephen Bennison, 25, of 12 NE Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, was charged with selling cocaine. —Terra Rene Smith, a cleaner, 21, of 710 Tuxedo Drive, Fort Walton Beach, was charged with selling cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following accounts: At 9:11 p.m., July 13, the sheriff's Street Crimes unit conducted a controlled buy of crack cocaine at the Hilltop Motel, 434 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso. A confidential informant was used to negotiate the purchase of crack from Deshaun Frazier. Frazier arrived at the motel in an orange Cadillac, driven by Roderick McKinnon. The police informant got inside the Cadillac and purchased 10 grams of crack with police drug buy money. Once a "take down" signal was given, Frazier and McKinnon were detained. As Frazier was removed from the vehicle, a digital scale and $60 of police drug money fell to the ground. The digital scale tested positive for cocaine. During a search of Frazier, 20 grams of powder cocaine was found in Frazier's pocket. Additionally, $340 of police recorded drug buy money was found in the vehicle where Frazier was seated. Deputies also found a "corner bag" containing cocaine in the center console, within immediate reach of McKinnon. Later the same night, at about 11 p.m., Street Crimes deputies conducted another controlled buy of crack cocaine at the same motel. A confidential informant placed an audio-recorded phone call requesting $400 worth of crack cocaine. Rasheem Shadee Posey arrived at the motel in a silver Cadillac driven by Joseph Bennison. The owner of the car, Terra Rene Smith, was in the passenger seat. 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CNC Machinist Computer-Aided Design and Drafting and/or Engineering Technology Support Specialist as part of the program laboratory activities necessary to gain the skills to support a career in engineering design, processes, production, testing, a nd product quality. The 18 credit hour technical core is aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) skills standards. After completing the core and the General Education on the mastery of new software and technology, as well as traditional manual skills. The median pay is $50,110 per year, or $24 .09 per hour. Job titles include: Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) operator, Computer Numerical Control (CN C) Operators, Electrical Engineering Technology Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technology Technician, Aerospace Technology Technician, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician, and more. Info: Ray Rickman, Chair of Advanced Technology & Design, ( 850) 729-5218 or rickmanr@nwfsc.edu. EA/EO Law enforcement officials said they found this marijuana in a package which a Niceville woman picked up at the post office. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A Niceville woman was arrested on a felony drug charge Monday after she picked up a package at the Niceville Post Office containing marijuana mailed from California, according to arrest reports from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Karen S. Cuchens, a business owner, 48, of 1604 18th St., Niceville, was charged by agents of the Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. The Drug Task Force assisted agents of the U.S. Postal Service in an intercepted drug delivery destined for Niceville, according to a report from the sheriff's office. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: A member of the Drug Task Force stopped Cuchens in the parking lot of the Niceville Post Office, 90 N. Palm Boulevard, at 1:37 p.m. as she walked to her vehicle with a parcel she had picked up at the post office. Cuchens allegedly said the package contained motorcycle parts for her son, although the parcel was addressed neither to Cuchens nor her sons. The lawman asked Cuchens to open the package to verify it contained motorcycle parts. Inside the parcel were two jars containing an estimated 76 grams of marijuana. The Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Niceville Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Karen S. Cuchens Postal parcel results in drug arrest

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ArrestsDuane Andrew Jemison, unemployed, 45, of 111 Teresa Court, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 11 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two Lyrica pills. * Benny Parsons, a business owner/manager, 55, of 207-A Jones Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 10 on a charge of battery. * Heather Michaelle Riedel, unemployed, 29, of 284 Montana Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for a broken windshield, July 11, on charges of possession of controlled substance without a prescription, seven pills of methylphenidate, a schedule II narcotic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. * John Earl Vick, unemployed, 47, of 358 Illinois Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police July 13 on a charge of possession of crack cocaine. Police discovered a bag containing a rock of crack cocaine in Vick's wallet during a consensual search subsequent to a traffic stop on Vick, who was riding a bicycle without a rear light at 2:40 a.m. * William J. Patterson, an EOD instructor, 36, of 263 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police July 13 on charges of battery and assault, both domestic violence related. * Michael Paul Hagan, a metal installer, 27, of 1493 Pine St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on a battery charge. Hagan, who deputies said was extremely intoxicated, allegedly punched another man in the face in the parking lot of a nightclub on Okaloosa Island, 1450-A Miracle Strip Parkway. * A 13-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by sheriff's deputies June 23 on a charge of aggravated assault, domestic violence related. The boy and his 15-year-old brother got into a physical altercation, and the younger boy ran into his mother's bedroom and tried to grab a rifle from under the bed. The younger brother allegedly told the victim "I've been waiting to do this for a long time." When the 15year-old asked his younger brother what he meant, the 13-year-old allegedly said he was going to kill him. When the older brother grabbed the boy to stop him from getting the rifle, the 13-year-old ran into the living room and tried to open a gun case that contained an AR-15 rifle with loaded magazines next to it. Again the older brother prevented his younger brother from getting the weapon. * Timothy Scott Lyon, 45, of 305 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 9 on a violation of probation charge on the original misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * A 16-year-old Valparaiso boy was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on charges of grand theft auto and grand theft. Also arrested on the same charges were a 14year-old Niceville boy July 12, a 16-year-old DeFuniak Springs boy July 14, and a 17-year-old Fort Walton Beach boy July 11. The four youngsters were picked up in Irondale, Ala., May 16 in a 1992 Lexus that had been stolen from a Niceville residence the same day. The victim reported items valued at $314 were missing from the car after it was recovered. One of the boys admitted that with the aid of two of the other suspects he stole the unlocked car, then picked up the Valparaiso 16year-old, telling him that the car had been stolen. The keys to the Lexus had been left inside the vehicle at the time of the theft. * Robert Scott Whitehead, an attorney, 41, of 171 Shadow Moss Drive, Eufaula, Ala., was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 11 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. On June 20, deputies responded to 1678 Magnolia Drive, just inside the gate to Magnolia Plantation, where a black Lexus with Alabama tags was destroyed by fire. The Lexus got stuck in the sand with dry shrubbery underneath and the heat from the vehicle apparently ignited dry gas and destroyed the car, contents and some shrubs, an estimated $55,000 in damage. Whitehead advised that his license was suspended and claimed he was not driving the Lexus, but no one else was with him during the incident. According to a witness and a surveillance video, Whitehead was the driver of the car before and up to the time of the incident. * Jonathan Duke Maraman, 42, of 4398 Windlake Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 14 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of worthless check.DUI arrestsKenneth Warren Howard, 59, of 4087 Rocky Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI on 21st Street at Palm Boulevard, July 15 at 7:49 p.m.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 400 block of 17th Street reported that unknown person(s) stole several items of jewelry from a jewelry box and another box containing earrings sometime July 12-13. Five of the stolen items were valued together at $9,500, while several other items were also reported stolen, but the victim was unable to give a description or value. * A Niceville man who lost his wallet in Niceville sometime July 11-13 reported that unknown person(s) had used a debit card in the wallet to purchase two items valued at more than $342 from an online phone company. * A Niceville woman reported that someone tried to scam her after she posted an online advertisement for part-time work. She received an email response to her Craigslist ad from someone who said he needed someone to drive his mother around, and that he would supply the car, $400 a week plus $130 for gas. The scammer express mailed a check for $2,450, instructing the woman to deposit the check into her checking account and keep $400, then send the remainder to a person in Brooklyn, N.Y., who would have a car delivered to the Niceville woman. When the intended victim took the check to a Niceville bank, she was asked what the check was intended for, and, after explaining the situation, was told the check was not real. The victim telephoned the bank that issued the check and was told it was a copy of a check and that she was being scammed. The intended victim did not lose any money in the attempted scam.Criminal MischiefNiceville police responded to Ruckel Middle School July 13 after someone noticed graffiti spray painted on four areas of the school, including the band room and on a baseball concession stand. School officials were checking video surveillance systems and working up an estimate of the damage. * Niceville police responded to Plew Elementary School July 10 where a staff member discovered that unknown person(s) had forced open a door to one of the buildings and thrown paint all over the walls, ceiling floor and some cabinets. School officials were reviewing surveillance video to determine if some students were responsible for the damage.OtherJoanna Leann Jackson, 20, of 205 Reeves St., Lot 20, Niceville, and a 15-year-old Niceville boy were each issued criminal summons by Niceville police July 16, each charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Niceville police made a traffic stop for no rear brake lights on the vehicle that Jackson was driving, in which the 15-year-old was a passenger. During a consensual search of the vehicle police found marijuana in a smokeless tobacco tin on the passenger side floorboard. Both denied ownership of the marijuana but had knowledge that it was in the vehicle. * Samuel Danell McKnight, 36, of 409 31st St., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police July 14 on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked, subsequent to a traffic crash in the parking lot of Palm Plaza that caused $16,500 damage when he drove into two parked vehicles. McKnight was also cited for careless driving. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 16, 2012 through July 22, 2012. 0 Structure Fire17 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire6 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 28th Street................................Medical..............................07/16/12.........................07:12 N. Partin Drive.........................Vehicle Crash...................07/16/12.........................09:12 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Canceled...........................07/16/12.........................16:19 Honeysuckle Way....................Medical..............................07/16/12.........................19:05 Hickory Avenue........................Medical..............................07/17/12.........................00:32 Cottonwood Court...................Medical..............................07/17/12.........................06:00 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/17/12.........................17:18 King Street...............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................11:53 Canal Drive..............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................19:49 College Blvd.............................Medical..............................07/18/12.........................22:17 Hickory Ave..............................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................10:29 Hillside Drive............................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................10:48 State Road 123........................Vehicle Crash...................07/20/12.........................12:23 Cherrywood Court...................Medical..............................07/20/12.........................13:41 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/20/12.........................14:39 Black Bear Circle.....................Service Call.......................07/20/12.........................13:53 304 Reeves St.........................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................21:44 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................07:18 Spencer Place.........................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................15:34 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/21/12.........................16:42 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle Crash...................07/21/12.........................17:27 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..............................07/21/12.........................19:39 Rocky Bayou Bridge................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................09:23 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Service Call.......................07/22/12.........................12:30 Bayshore Drive........................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................16:34 N. Highway 85.........................Medical..............................07/22/12.........................23:32 Weekly Safety Tip: Dispose of old newspapers, magazines and rags properly. If possible, have them recycled. Do not store them near gasoline, cleaning fluid or kerosene. Keep all flammable materials in a cool, vented place away from your main living areas. Visit the Niceville Fire Department s Web page on Facebook. 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. North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 16, 2012 through July 23, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Balmoral Drive.......................EMS call........................................07/16/12..................04:23 Calinda Lane.........................EMS call........................................07/16/12..................09:46 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/16/12..................17:22 Olde Post Road.....................Dispatched & canceled................07/16/12..................22:35 North White Point Road........Medical assist...............................07/17/12..................21:51 Calinda Lane.........................EMS call........................................07/18/12..................13:41 Blue Pine Lane......................EMS call........................................07/19/12..................12:48 West Parkwood Lane............Unintentional transmission...........07/19/12..................17:05 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/19/12..................17:25 Otterlake Cove.......................EMS call........................................07/20/12..................08:39 Oak Lake Lane......................Medical assist...............................07/20/12..................12:48 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/20/12..................17:44 Highway 20 & Chippewa......Dispatched & canceled................07/21/12..................12:04 Windward Lane.....................Alarm system activation...............07/21/12..................12:14 North White Point Road........EMS call........................................07/21/12..................16:29 E. Highway 20.......................Dispatched & canceled................07/22/12..................09:26 North White Point Road........Medical assist...............................07/22/12..................13:43 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Robert S. Whitehead The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 25, 2012 Page A-5 charges a tax of 0.18 mills to residents of unincorporated parts of the county to pay for parks and recreation. That millage rate is also expected to remain the same in FY 2013, meaning that the hypothetical property owner mentioned above would pay an additional $36 for parks and recreation. Property taxes, said Curry and Stanford, provide only $42,363,259 of the total $257,175,311 budget, with additional revenue provided to the county from other sources, including state and federal aid, grants, and user fees for such county “enterprise” services as water and sewer service. The county also levies motor-fuels taxes, a telephone tax, and a lodgings tax. It receives 8.3 percent of state sixpercent sales tax. It receives funds from court-imposed fines and fees. About 52 percent of the county budget is derived from “governmental” funds, which can be used for any lawful purpose, while the remainder is from “non-discretionary” funds, such as those from enterprise funds, which can only be spent on the activities from which revenue is derived. For example, water and sewer fees may only be spent on the county water and sewer system. Within the county budget, said Stanford and Curry, about 59.5 percent is spent on “essential services” such as road maintenance, about 20.8 percent on “public safety” functions like police protection and emergency medical services, and the remainder on “quality of life” activities like public libraries, parks and museums. Also during the July 19 budget review, several county department heads briefed commissioners on the proposed budgets for their departments. For example, water and sewer director Jeff Littrell said a 2.75 percent rate hike will take effect on Oct. 1 for county water and sewer customers, as the water and sewer budget climbs from $43,332,844 to $46,915,648—a hike of about 8.3 percent. Among changes he expects during the coming year, said Littrell, will be an upgrade to a lift station in Bluewater Bay, construction of a new force main in Rocky Bayou, and diversion of county sewage from the regional sewer plant in Niceville to the county’s new Arbennie Pritchett sewage treatment plant, while the regional plant, previously shared by the county with the cities of Valparaiso and Niceville, will be entirely turned over to the Twin Cities. Other departments discussed at Thursday’s review included county airports, transportation, solid waste and recycling, growth management, and public safety. Several more budget reviews are scheduled from now through September. Times and places will be: —July 31, at 8:30 a.m., in Fort Walton Beach. —Aug. 7, at 1 p.m., at the county courthouse in Crestview. —Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., in Fort Walton Beach. Final public hearings on the proposed FY 2013 budget will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 6, in Crestview, and at 6 p.m., Sept. 18, in Fort Walton Beach. Information about the Okaloosa County budget and county government is available at OkaloosaFL.com. 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The current fiscal year, 2012, will end Sept. 30. The county commission will hold a series of meetings in coming weeks to craft a FY 2013 budget and property-tax rate.this year because taxable values dropped again in Valparaiso. Monday night, Mayor Bruce Arnold was the only official to propose specific cuts to lower the $244,986 deficit. Arnold recommended eliminating conversion of part-time employees to full-time status in administration and in the library, ($35,000); eliminating raises for outstanding administrative employees ($4,000); eliminating a new full-time police officer ($47,000); and, eliminating a proposed conversion of one city employee position to purchase the services of an eightman work crew from the state corrections work camp ($33,230). On the other hand, the mayor proposed adding a 2 percent across-the-board increase for city employees, adding back $31,803 in new costs to the budget. The net effect of Arnold's recommendations would be to lower the deficit by $87,350, leaving red ink of about $157,636. If no further budget cuts are forthcoming at next week's final budget workshop, the city would have to raise the millage rate by nearly 1 mill, to about 5 mills, to balance the budget. In addition to the general fund budget—the only part of the city's budget that uses local property taxes—Valparaiso has budgets for stormwater, streets, water and sewer, cable TV and sanitation. Those funds rely primarily on customer fees. That puts Valparaiso's overall budget total at $6,880,395. The final budget workshop is set for July 30 at 6 p.m. at Valparaiso City Commission chambers. One of the most contentious discussions Monday night was a change made by Commissioner Heyward Strong in the cable TV budget. Strong moved $416,000 from the city's Pole Attachment Fund to the Cable Reserve Fund, then used $36,110 out of the Cable Reserve fund to pay for a shortfall in the proposed cable TV budget. The city established the Pole Attachment Fee about 10 years ago when Gulf Power sharply increased the annual fee it charges the city's cable TV system to hang cables on its power poles. While waiting on a decision by the Federal Communications Commission, and later the courts, the city continued to pay Gulf Power the older rate of about $7.13 per pole annually, while it charged its customers the Gulf Power rate of about $40 per pole annually. The city put the difference in escrow, in case it lost its case and had to pay Gulf Power the higher rate retroactively. To date rulings by the Federal Communications Commission and the courts have ruled against Gulf Power. Earlier this year the city's new attorney said that it was unlikely, although not impossible, that Gulf Power would win its case for the increased pole attachment fee. He recommended the city no longer hold the $400,000-plus in escrow. But Commissioner Kay Hamilton objected to Strong's use of the escrowed funds. "We've been billing people for services they never received," she said. "In my mind it's a fiduciary fund we've taken from people." Commissioner Diane Kelley and Arnold agreed with Hamilton. "At the time we said we would give it back (to cable customers) in some form," the mayor said. "I don't remember that," said Strong. "We can give free service for a month if you want to deplete the (cable) reserves," he said. Strong said by taking the $36,110 out of the reserves the cable system was able to avoid raising the base cable rate to customers. City Clerk Tammy Johnson said the city is still charging its cable customers the higher pole attachment fee. City cable system manager, Burt Bennett, said he would have to raise customer rates if the city lowered the pole attachment fee. Commissioners agreed to consider the issue Aug. 13. BUDGETFrom page A-6 Ben Anderson Tax Collector Okaloosa County E-check is now FREE! Save Time Pay Online...Not In Line! Why pay bank card fees? Use E-check instead! Okaloosa County Tax Col lector customers can avoid bank card user fees by paying Online with E-check for FREE For more information call: 850-651-7300, or #TAX (from your mobile phone) or visit: www.OkaloosaTax.com

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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission plans to eliminate a $245,000 shortfall in its proposed budget before the spending plan is completed. On Monday the commission considered a $2,980,645 general fund budget based on a tentative property-tax rate of 4.0993 mills that would yield the same revenue ($700,174) as the current budget. But the proposed rate would leave a $244,986 hole in the budget. To fill it, the city could either cut expenses, raise the property tax rate, or both. A balanced budget is required by law before the fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The general fund budget pays for day-to-day government operations, such as providing police and fire protection, library, parks and some public works services and administration. Valparaiso's current property tax rate is 4.0644 mills, meaning property owners in the city pay a little more than $4.06 on each $1,000 of taxable value. For example, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000, after taking all applicable exemptions, pays the city $406.44 in property taxes, in addition to property taxes levied by the county, school board and water management district. The rolled-back rate is the property tax rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year. The rolled-back rate rose by about a third of a mill The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACONPoFolks restaurant in Niceville has been known for 18 years as having the best food and service in the area. Recently, the restaurant received honors in the “Finest on The Emerald Coast” competition sponsored by the Northwest Florida Daily News. PoFolks won Finest on The Emerald Coast in four categories, including fried chicken, catering, service, and dessert. Operating Partner Paul Snow gave us insight on how things have improved in the restaurant since August of 2011. “Our mission statement at PoFolks has always been servicebased,” says Snow. “A business that has a good product cannot thrive without excellent guest service and relations. At PoFolks, we have refocused our team around that single fact, and the results speak for themselves.” PoFolks has seen a dramatic turnaround in both business and guest satisfaction in the past months and Snow believes it is just the beginning. “Our guests are the most important part of our business. We want them to feel that way when they come in or get take out with us.” PoFolks has won several honors for its fried chicken in the past. Nationwide competitions in the 80s and 90s saw PoFolks fried chicken constantly gaining top votes in major cities. The “Finest on The Emerald Coast” honor is just the latest to show that PoFolks fried chicken is the best around. “We re not fancy about how we do it”, claims Snow. “It s a product that is simple to make and uses the natural flavor of the chicken to give it appeal. It s also the best value in town. Guests can pick up 8 pieces of mixed chicken for just $7.99, and we have family and bulk packs available as well.” Catering is a great example of how PoFolks branches out to guests who have a party to throw or just a gathering to feed. “A lot of folks still don t know that we cater just about anything they need. All they have to do is give us a call and we can help them put something together that will make their function a hit,” Snow says. The restaurant was active in preparing meals daily for the BP Cleanup crews in 2011, and is counted on each year for several annual events in the area. Finally, PoFolks took home the finest honor for desserts. “We have Mississippi mud pie, strawberry shortcakes, cobblers, and other desserts you would expect to find in a homestyle cooking establishment,” Snow adds. “We have guests who come in just for dessert because it s hard to find room for it when they come in for a complete meal.” “Winning honors from The Finest On The Emerald Coast competition is humbling,” says Snow. It shows us that the work our team has put in to getting PoFolks back to how it should be is paying off. We are thankful for each and every guest who chooses us daily, and look forward to meeting new ones.” PoFolks is located at 1170 John Sims Parkway in Niceville. They are open from 10:30am to 9:00pm 7 days a week. Call them at (850)729-2262 for information or stop in to say, “HOWDY!”Advertising Feature PoFolksGuests can expect to see a different quality of service PoFolks, at 1170 John Sims Parkwayin Niceville, has been offering delicious country cooking for the past 18 years. The Niceville PoFolks is known for its mouth-watering fried chicken and grilled fish. Note: Mail subscriptions are often delayed in the mail. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.Please send coupon and payment to: The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. For more information, contact The Bay Beacon at (850) 678-1080 or info@baybeacon.com.Price includes any applicable sales tax.Name: Phone: Address*: Payment (for 1 year) ......................$104.00The Beacon by mail! Weekly mail delivery is available by subscription. Just complete this form and return it with your check!*U.S. and APO addresses only. 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By Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer Ninety-five youngsters from Florida and Georgia spent the week at Camp Timpoochee, on the east end of Okaloosa County, doing what every kid does at camp. They kayaked, fished, shot arrows and generally used up their energy having fun and meeting others who are in the same situation. The situation? All are military kids. Many of their parents are deployed. Others have recently returned or will deploy soon. Dubbed “True Hero Day,” representatives of military and police units visited campers July 18 with intriguing equipment, new play techniques and, usually, big smiles. “Our primary focus is to build resiliency in these kids,” said Cliff Lewis, Operation Military Kid Coordinator, who was in charge of the camp. “There’s no more resilient kid than a military kid.” The youngsters seemed to get along with one another, despite differing backgrounds and ages. “I get to interact with all the people who do the same things I do every day,” said Paige Massie, 10, of St. Mary’s, Ga., who was learning how to ascend on a climbing wall. Russell Lieberman, 10, of Niceville, said he “thought it would be fun and I could learn how other military kids think and learn neat military stuff.” He said the week was a success as he “made new friends, had fun and did fun games.” The camp cost $55 for the week, which included all activities and room and board. The cost is kept minimal through a grant from the Department of the Army, through the Florida Department of Agriculture and administered by the University of Florida, said Lewis, who spent 29 years in the Army as a bandsman, retiring as a sergeant major. “There’s nothing better for these kids,” Lewis said. “They make friends immediately.” Paige Massie Russell LiebermanKids bond at Camp Timpoochee 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 TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e dd n n e e s s d d a a y y , J J u u l l y y 2 2 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Introducing a NEW kind of life insurance. INSURANCE Frances Faille (850) 678-5642409 John Sims Pkwy., E. 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The program is held daily until Aug. 2, at the Community Life Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. Each day, first through fifth graders engage in various activities including cookie decorating, open gym, martial arts, cooking, road trips, games, and arts and crafts. Beacon photo by Tess Hollis Courtesy photoDonations Cram the Van Angela Wilson, left, her son Drew and Bobby Price donate school supplies during Sharing and Caring s “Cram the Van.” The school supply drive was held Saturday, July 21, at the Niceville Walmart, and 2,257 supplies were collected. Sharing and Caring will accept donations until Aug. 3, then the supplies will be distributed to area students in need as part of the “Tools for Schools” campaign. Chambers to hold RESTORE seminarSpecial to the Beacon The public is invited to attend a Business Leaders Seminar sponsored by the Crestview Area, Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville-Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce. The seminar will be held Thursday, July 26, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., to discuss the area business climate in view of the passage of the RESTORE Act and the Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act. The meeting will be held at the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Under the RESTORE Act, 80 percent of the penalties levied against British Petroleum (BP) are earmarked for the five Gulf Coast States—Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana—effected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act, authored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, allocates $30 million over three years to the Northwest Florida counties effected by the oil spill. Those counties include: Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla. The purpose of the Recovery Act is to create jobs and attract businesses to Northwest Florida. Speakers at Thursday’s seminar will include Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot; Dr. Rick Harper, director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement, University of West Florida; and Larry Sassano, CEO of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 244-8191. Beacon photo by Kenneth Books Pfc. Wendell Slater and Spc. Chris Kerr of the Florida National Guard Crestview branch display military devices such as mines and mine detectors to a rapt group of youngsters. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Dior, Randy Jackson, Prada, and more Magnetic clip sets, sport frames, sunglass readers, fit overs, teen and kid specials EYEWEAR UNLIMITED see the HOTTEST STYLES in eyewear GLASSES ARE LIKE EYE JEWELRYGIVE YOURSELF A NEW LOOK! 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Courtesy photo70 holes for 70th birthdayMid-Bay Rotarian Jim Miller challenged himself to 70 holes of golf in one day to celebrate his 70 th birthday, and to raise money for Shelter Box. Miller donated all the pledges he received, $4,835, on behalf of the Mid-Bay Rotary Club to Shelter Box, an international disaster relief charity. Miller, right, is pictured with fellow Rotarian Art Jean. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www. ni ce vi lle in sura n ce.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. NOTICE TO OKALOOSA COUNTY VOTERS Pursuant to Section 101.71(2) Florida Statutes, this is to advise that the Supervisor of Elections has made the following changes to Okaloosa County polling places: 1. Precinct 15, formerly at the Mitchell Center Community Room, Valparaiso, has been moved to First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Pkwy, Valparaiso Voting will take place in the fellowship hall. 2. Precincts 22 and 41, both formerly at the Fred Hedrick Recreation Building, Fort Walton Beach, have been moved to St. Mary Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Ave SW, Fort Walton Beach Voting will take place in the Parish Life Center. 3. Precincts 25 (formerly at Rosemont Baptist Church, Niceville) 36 (Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville) and 43 (formerly at First Baptist Church of Niceville) have been combined All voters living in these precincts will vote at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville. Voting will take place in the Life Center east of the church. Parking is available in either the east or west parking lot. 4. Precincts 26 (formerly at North Bay Baptist Church, Niceville) and 40 (Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church) have been combined All voters living in these precincts will vote at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church, 1028 White Point Rd, Niceville. Voting will take place in the Parish Hall located behind the church. 5. Precincts 34 (St. Peter Catholic Church) and 47 (formerly at Florosa Baptist Church, Mary Esther) have been combined. All voters living in these precincts will vote at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Francis St, Mary Esther. 6. Precincts 49 (Destin City Hall Annex) and 50 (formerly at Village Baptist Church, Destin) have been combined. All voters living in these precincts will vote at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin. New voter information cards have been mailed to all voters affected by these changes. Voters may use the Voter Lookup tool at www.govote-okaloosa.com to find their precinct, check their voter registration status, and view absentee requests and sample ballots. Voters with questions may call the Supervisor of Elections office at 689-5600 or 651-7272. July 25, 2012 Paul Lux Supervisor of Elections Okaloosa County, FL In the Service Air Force Airman Steven K. Bowman graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bowman is the son of Steven Bowman, of Niceville. He is a 2006 graduate of Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg.Courtesy photoRotary awards college moneyThe Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club, on June 14, presented checks to its scholarship recipients. Each of the recipients spoke to the club and presented their resumes. From left, Rotarians and scholarship recipients: 2011-12 Rotary President Allen Tucker, stude nts Ashlei Dang, Chloe Schweitzer, Elizabeth Sober, Sarah Witkos, and Bill Ready, scholarship committee chairman. Niceville student receives KFC scholarshipBrittany Rudd, an employee at KFC, Niceville, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship July 18 from KFC Corporate, the fried chicken restaurant franchise. Out of 1,600 applicants who were required to write an essay, Brittany was one of 300 chosen as a recipient of the scholarship. Brittany is a 2012 Niceville High School graduate, and will attend the University of West Florida, Pensacola, in the fall. 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Oktoberfest seeks artists The 18 th annual Oktoberfest and Crafts Festival at Winn-Dixie Plaza in Bluewater Bay is looking for artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be Sept. 28, from 5-10 p.m., and Sept. 29, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost for both days: $75. Info: Bert, 897-3190. PAL Soccer A late fee has been waived for PAL Soccer’s final registration, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Niceville High School cafeteria. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or Howard Hill, 678-2182. Have a Heart run/walk Registration is ongoing for the Okaloosa County “Have a Heart” 5K run/walk, Sept. 1, at the 911 Emergency Operations Center. The course will loop around the Northwest Florida State College Campus, Niceville. Early registration through Aug. 20 is $15, and late registration, Aug. 21-Sept. 1 is $20. T-shirts will be presented to the first 200 entries. Info: Ken Wolfe, kwolfe@co.okaloosa.fl.us, or newftc.com/racecalendar. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 3v3 soccer tournament Registration is ongoing for the FC Dallas Emerald Coast Traveling Soccer Club’s 3v3 soccer tournament, Aug. 11, at Twin Oaks soccer complex. The tournament is open to male and female teams, U6adult. Parents or coaches can organize and coach 3v3 teams, and each team can have up to 6 players. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Medals will be awarded to players on the top three teams in each division. The top four teams in each division are qualified to play in all the 3v3 Live Regional Championship Tournaments. Registration fee: $170 per team. Info and registration: Travis, 602-4923919, or 3v3live.com. UMC Men s Basketball Registration is ongoing until Aug. 23 for Niceville United Methodist Church Men’s Basketball League, ages 17 and up. Cost: $50 until Aug. 14. One game per week will be played on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. Registration: nicevilleumc.org/recreation, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Co-ed league The city of Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for its fall co-ed softball league. Entry is $275 per team, plus individual user fees of $10 for residents, and $30 for non-residents. Play will begin Aug. 13. Games will be held on Monday nights. Info: Jim Baughman, 7294062, or jbaughman@niceville.org. Soccer referees needed Registration is ongoing until Aug. 4 for the USSF Entry Level Referee Course. The Florida State Referees, Inc. (FSR) has established this class for the beginning referee that consists of online education modules and 12 hours of classroom training and participation. The course is offered annually in Okaloosa County. The 2012 class will be held at Comfort Suites, Niceville, Aug. 8, 9, 13, and 14, from 6-9 p.m. You must attend all four sessions. Info: fsr-inc.com. Cost: $100. Please contact Al Haberbusch, haberpsu64@cox.net, or 678-9084; Howard Hill, 678-2182, howard_hill@cox.net, or 678-2182; or Bernie Busovne, busovnefamily@cox.net, or 897-9497 if you are interested in this class. Painting with a Twist Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is bringing “Painting with a Twist” to the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. A talented artist will lead the class through step-by-step completion of the painting, while the participants enjoy snacks and beverages. Participants are welcome to bring a bottle of wine. Cost: $35 per person, which includes snacks and materials. Advance registration is required. Registration: Evelyn or Kelly, 2442825; mail or drop off a check to Catholic Charities, 11 First St., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Participants must be at least 17 years old. Proceeds from the event will help fund Catholic Charities’ emergency assistance programs. Spanish class The Spanish language class at the Valparaiso Community Library is accepting registration for its new session, which will begin Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. The class is limited to 15 people. Registration: 729-5406. School supplies needed Niceville Sharing & Caring is collecting school supplies for children of families who are not able to purchase necessary back-to-school items. School supplies or monetary donations can be dropped off at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. The office is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Friday. The drive will end Aug. 3, and supplies will be distributed to the students Aug. 11. Students may register for supplies until Aug. 3. Students must be registered for the 2012-13 school year and have identification on file at Sharing & Caring. Info: 6788459. Heritage Museum camp Registration is ongoing for the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida’s “Raiders of the Lost Artifact” summer history camp, Aug. 6-10, from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $60 per Raider for the week, or $50 per Raider for Museum Family Members. Raiders can also participate for $15 per day, or $12 for Museum Family Members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Info: 6782615. Art display Eighteen members of the Local Color Artists Club are displaying their work at the Niceville Public Library through Aug. 26. Art work includes oils, pastels, water colors, acrylics, photography, wood-turned, porcelain and jewelry. Library storyteller The Niceville Public Library will present Storyteller Pat Nease on July 25, at 11 a.m., at the Niceville Community Center. Program is free. Info: 279-4863, ext. 1514. Senior activities The following programs will be offered by the Walton-Okaloosa County Council on Aging for people 60 and older at Seminole Community Center, Cedar Street, 833-9291: July 26, bingo, 10 a.m.; July 31, bingo, 10 a.m. The following activities will be offered at the Valparaiso Community Center, 268 Glenview Ave., 833-9291: July 25, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; July 26, Wii bowling, 9:30 a.m.; July 27, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; July 30, dominoes and socializing, 9:30 a.m.; July 31, bingo, 9:30 a.m. Alzheimer s Support Alzheimer’s Family Services will provide a support group July 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and respite care is available. Info: 478-7790, or AlzFamServ.org. Wii party The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children and teens to a Nintendo Wii party July 25, from 3:30-5 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Summer book discussion Join Friends of the Niceville Library July 25, at 10 a.m., in the library for a discussion on “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Stroud. Limited supplies of the books are available through the Okaloosa Library system, readokaloosa.org. To reserve a seat, call the library at 2794863, ext. 1504. Sheriff candidate forum The Okaloosa Republicans will hold a candidate forum for Sheriff July 26, at 7 p.m., at American Legion Hall, Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach. Social hour will begin at 6:15 p.m. Info: President Marvin Brigman, 609-3341. Volleyball summer camp Niceville United Methodist Church will hold a volleyball summer camp for youth entering grades 6-8. The camp will be Aug. 9-11. Cost: $65 until July 26. This is an intense 3day skills camp that will prepare participants for further advancement. Lunch will be provided and each player will receive a T-shirt. Registration: nicevilleumc.org, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Embroiderer s Guild The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will meet for their next stitch-in July 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Niceville United Methodist Church Room 400. Visitors are welcome. Info: 496-3466. RESTORE Act Seminar The public is invited to attend a Business Leaders Seminar sponsored by the Crestview Area, Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville-Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce July 26, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., on the area business climate in view of the passage of the RESTORE Act and the Oil Spill Economic Recovery Act. The meeting will be at the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Info: Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2448191. RWOF meeting and forum The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated are taking reservations until noon, July 27, for their meeting Aug. 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon. There will be a forum of candidates for Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools and the School Board. As part of the club’s Americanism project, attendees are asked to bring cocktail size napkins for the USO. Empty ink cartridges to be recycled for cash will also be accepted. Reservations: Donna Pattison, 651-5416, or donnapattison@cox.net. Cost: $16, members, and $18, guests. Info: rwof.org. Writing seminar The Niceville Library will host a writing seminar for aspiring authors with full-time author and speaker Dr. Anne Haw Holt July 28, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This seminar is for writers at any level. Cost: $40, cash or check at the door, which includes a packet of helpful handouts. The program will be held at the library. To pre-register, send contact information to ahholt@ahholt.com, with an attached copy of the first three pages of a piece of your writing (no poetry) typewritten and double-spaced. Dr. Holt will read, comment on how to improve and return the document at the seminar. You can also register at the door, however you will not receive your document until several days later by mail. Info: Dr. Holt, 576-0721, or the library at 279-4863, ext. 1504. Alligator presentation The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present Alligator Adventures with Gator Beach July 28, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn about alligators and what to do if you come in contact with these reptiles in the wild. Standard admission rates apply. Info: 835-1824, or eowilsoncenter.org. 25th Anniversary Celebration Bluewater Community Church Pastor Haywood Day and wife Gail would like to invite past members and new members to the 25 th Anniversary Celebration July 29, at 10:30 a.m., 4580 Range Road, Niceville. Guest speaker will be Cam McIntyre. Fellowship will be at 10 a.m., followed by speakers and lunch. MS Cake Challenge fundraiserJust Think Cake will present the first-ever Multiple Sclerosis Cake Challenge and Show “Mission Impossible,” July 29, from noon5 p.m. at 215 Green Acres Road, Moose Lodge 2193, Fort Walton Beach. All ages and skills welcome, categories include: professional, advanced, novice, youth, children, cake pops, taste. All proceeds of this event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Challenge Walk MS. Info and applications:Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page B-3 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistTess HollisEditorial AssistantThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. 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FDD cagers finish 4th among 44Faithfulness, Discipline, Diligence, Inc. (FDD), for the second straight year finished in the top five at AAU Nationals 11th Grade Girls Division II July 10-15. FDD went 5-2 and walked away with a fourth-place finish among 44 teams, bettering last year s fifthplace finish. From left: back, coach Jerome Strutchen, Sharon Strutchen, Caneisaya Matthews, Mercedez Clayborne, Malaya Evans, Jessica Day, Shavonna Spaw, Lauren Day and coach David Day; kneeing, Lakeisha Clay, Brittany Washington, Amanda Demma and Brittany Brown. CHURCH DIRECTORY BEACO N SPO R TSBEA CO N S P O R T S Page B-4 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Linda Mabrey, 56, Niceville, security contractor Richard Hernandez, 60, Niceville, high school teacher “I think they should outlaw automatic weapons. There is no reason for the average citizen to have an assault weapon.” “No more than what s already being done.” “There s too much violence in movies and television. Unstable people get ideas from it.” “Teach tolerance, at home as well as at school.” “Anyone who buys a lot of weapons should be reported immediately. Weapon purchasers should sign for their weapons and state how they intend to use them.” “If we had harsher consequences, we d have less crime.”What should be done to prevent mass shootings?Archie Wahl, 58, Choctaw Beach Location: Kmart Heather Johnson, 33, Crestview, home child care provider Marilyn Hunt, 72, Niceville, retired Joe Lessard, 51, Niceville, civil servantWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. We are a church that belongs to Christ. We have a place for you here.ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN PRESCHOOL TODAY! A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com 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; growwww.iacdestin.org “Pointing The Way To Jesus” 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 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 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 Late soccer fee waivedThe late fee is waived for PAL Soccer’s final registration, 9 a.m.1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Niceville High School cafeteria. A waiting list will be set up after Aug. 4. For additional information, go to nicevillepalsoccer.org or call Howard Hill at 678-2182.3v3 soccer tournamentRegistration is ongoing for the FC Dallas Emerald Coast Traveling Soccer Club’s 3v3 soccer tournament Aug. 11, at Twin Oaks soccer complex. The tournament is open to male and female teams, U6-adult. Parents or coaches can organize and coach 3v3 teams, and each team can have as many as six players. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Medals will be awarded to players on the top three teams in each division. The top four teams in each division are qualified to play in all the 3v3 Live Regional Championship Tournaments. Registration fee: $170 per team. Info and registration: Travis, 602492-3919, or 3v3live.com. UMC men s basketballRegistration is ongoing until Aug. 23 for Niceville United Methodist Church Men’s Basketball League, ages 17 and up. Cost: $50 until Aug. 14. One game per week will be played on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. Registration: nicevilleumc.org/recreation, or the Community Life Center of Niceville UMC. Co-ed leagueThe city of Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for its fall softball co-ed league. Entry is $275 per team, plus individual user fees of $10 for residents, and $30 for nonresidents. Play will begin Aug. 13. Games will be held on Monday nights. Info: Jim Baughman, 7294062, or jbaughman@niceville.org. s Briefs Courtesy photoAll-Stars sweep district tourneyThe Niceville Little League 9/10-year-old All-Stars swept the district tournament to become Florida District 1 Champions. They went 3-0 for the week scoring 39 runs and allowing 10. The boys advanced to the sectional tournament July 14, with hopes to advance to state. From left: standing, Corey Church, Parker Porter, Lucas Gauch, Logan Webb, Bryce Ingram, Drew Kivioja, Brady Moses, Joey Cary, Eli Estep and Grayson Brooks; kneeling, Jonah Hoover, Blake Skinner and Collin Fuller; back row, manager Jim Fuller, coac h Ben Porter and coach Ryan Ingram.

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Christine Bargeron 1928-2012Christine Allala Bargeron, age 83, of Niceville, Fla., passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born on Sept. 30, 1928, in Samson, Ala., to William and Minnie Owens. She was a lifelong resident of Niceville, and a member of First Baptist Church of Niceville as well. Christine loved crocheting, jewelry making, ceramics, gardening, and keeping up with her family as it expanded. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Bargeron, her parents; son, Timothy Bargeron, one sister, and four brothers. She is survived by her two daughters; Deborah Commander (Frank), and Doris Mansfield (Greg), and two sons; Richard Allala (JoAnn), and Randle Allala (Mitsey), and one daughter-in-law, Robin Bargeron. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON s Obituary Christine Bargeron Senior lunch menu The following is the Valparaiso Senior Center lunch menu for July 25-31. Please call the center at 833-9291, or come by, 268 Glenview Ave., to make a lunch reservation. The cost is a voluntary donation, and lunch is served on weekdays at 11 a.m.WednesdayBarbecue rib patty, baked pinto beans, corn O’Brien, hamburger bun, fresh fruit, birthday cake, chocolate frosting with sprinkles, milk, margarine.ThursdayChicken and dumplings, spring vegetables, green beans, wheat bread, fresh fruit, milk.FridayHamburger patty, tater tot casserole, let/tom/onion, hamburger bun, peach cobbler, milk, ketchup, mustard.MondayCountry fried steak, country gravy, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, fresh fruit, milk, margarine.TuesdayTuna salad, green pea salad, tossed salad, saltine crackers, peaches/pineapple, assorted dressing, milk. Driver needed for local taxi company, parttime, must be 25 or older; clean driving record, call John at 259-6990. Residential electricians needed. Pay based on experience. Call 7293044. HRBlock needs 2012 Taxpros. Niceville classes start 13Aug. Info 850-502-6609. ASSISTANT EDITOR Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) seeks an editorial assistant who will work in the office to help compile, write, and edit news items, assist the editor in preparing the newspapers for publication, and perform other clerical and administrative duties under the direction of the editor. Applicants must be familiar with desktop computers, able to write quickly and accurately, and possess proofreading and editing skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented, and able to adapt to a fastpaced editorial environment. Nonsmoking office. Competitive pay, commensurate with experience and aptitude. Benefits include paid vacation and holidays, and IRA plan. Apply at The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information tsheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Bus drivers needed. 2012-2013 school year. Insurance. Good pay. Crestview 850-6897301, Niceville 850833-4203, Fort Walton 850-833-3555. Class-A CDL Flatbed Drivers. Home on the weekends! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Lease to OwnNo Money Down. CALL 888-880-5911 House for sale by owner. Lot 150 X100. 1345 18th Street, Baker. Call 537-5149 for information. Homes for Sale Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS Beacon "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" RENTALS 850-897-1443Bluewater Bay Resort Realty Marquette Street 2/1,Unfurnished $700 **Close to Eglin, great for military** Quiet neighborhood, across from park, duplex community, washer & dryer included Garden Oaks 1/1 Unfurnished $750 Screened patio, includes water, open layout, private entrance. Patio Home 2/2 Furnished $1700 Private courtyard, hardwood floors, includes cable, internet, utilities, washer/dryer. Available: 8/6/12 Florida Club 2/2 Furnished $1600 Ground floor, screened patio, includes cable, internet, utilities, washer/dryer. Complex features pool, hot tub, sauna, car wash, workout room, and club house. Available: 8/10/12Long Term Rentals Needed Homes, townhomes, patio homes, condos needed in Bluewater Bay Resort for our booming long-term rental program. 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One bedroom to five bedrooms from $450-$2500!Search online at: OurLocalRental.com Century 21Wilson Minger AgencyNiceville’s Top Selling Real Estate Office729-6504 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SF PRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE For more information call897-6464 50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS.Check publications to publish ad:rBay Beacon (Number of weeks) rEglin Flyer (Number of weeks) rHurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) Price of First Run....................$ + Price of subsequent runs........$ = Total Price................................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20¢. Attach more paper if needed.BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed.DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. 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Smith-RossMrs. Rhonda Dandrea Smith, of Hahira, Ga., announces the engagement of her daughter, Kristen Nicole Smith, to James Frederick Ross, son of Mark and Vickie Ross, of Niceville. Kristen is also the daughter of Ashley smith, of Valdosta, Ga. A fall wedding is planned for Oct. 20, 2012, at Horse Creek Winery in Nashville, Ga. The bride-elected graduated from Valdosta High School and receive bachelor’s degrees in marketing and early childhood education from Valdosta State University, and a master’s degree in education from Walden University. She is employed by Walton County School as a third grade teacher at Van R. Butler Elementary. Her maternal grandparents are Pete and Laverne Dandrea of Valdosta, and paternal grandparents are Velma Smith and the late Maitland Smith of Homerville, Ga. The prospective groom graduated from Niceville High School and receive bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing from Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., and a master’s degree in educational leadership from American College of Education. He is employed by Walton County schools as assistant principal in training at South Walton High School. He is the grandson of the late Tollie and Lona Mae Ross of Tryon, N.C., and the late Victor and Eileen Abrams of Riverside County, Calif. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-6 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 THEBAYBEACON s Engagements For two weeks only, to celebrate our 21st Anniversary, we’re offering something for $21 that has incredible value:A CHANCE FOR HEALTHIER LIVING. $21 What can you buy for $21 these days? Dinner for you (but not for two)? Two tickets for the movies? 1/2 tank of gas for your vehicle? Let’s face it: you don’t get much for $21 these days. But when your spine is out of alignment and your body is sick or hurting, most people would empty their wallets to make it go away. Well, here’s your chance to make it go away for just $21 Schedule a New Patient Consultation from now until August 7, which includes a comprehensive chiropractic examination and X-rays, if required, and we’ll only charge you $21 This is normally a $180 value. Why are we doing this? Because over the past 21 years that we have been in practice in our community, we have seen the wonderful effects and benefits chiropractic has brought to scores of people. And what better way to celebrate our anniversary than to make the kind of promotional offer that may encourage other people to try chiropractic to improve their health and well-being? And seriously, what’s more important than your health and well-being?Chiropractic Relief is Just $21 Jill Thompson, D.C. Tim Zook, D.C.Call for an appointment today: 850.678.4155 1148 E. John Sims Parkway | Niceville, FL 32578THIS OFFER FOR NEW PATIENTS ONLY. OUR GUARANTEE... THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO RE FUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT WHICH IS PERFORMED OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADV ERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE AND REDUCED FEE SERVICE. EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. THIS OFFER EXCLUDES PERSONAL INJURY CASES AND IS GOOD ONLY FOR NEW APPOINTMENTS FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 7.So give us a call and schedule a New Patient Consultation through August 7 for $21 before we’re all booked up. We look forward to helping you be better. 2121 Kristen Smith and James Ross NWFLfightsMS.org, or Carrie Knife, 376-1391. Marching Band camp In this camp students will learn discipline, leadership and marching skills, while improving their musical qualities. This camp is mandatory for anyone who is going to be part of the Rocky Bayou Christian School Marching Knights Band or Symphonic Band. The camp will be July 30-Aug. 3, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Grades 7-12. Info: Rocky Bayou Summer Program Office, 729-7227, ext. 273. Camp College This camp is designed for rising seniors to get their college applications completed during the summer to be ready to submit to colleges in the early fall. Camp College meets for three, half-day seminars, July 31-Aug. 2, Tuesday-Thursday from 12:30-4 p.m. Grade 12. Info: Rocky Bayou Summer Program Office, 729-7227, ext. 273. Audubon Society The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet Aug. 2 at Northwest Florida State College, Room 132, Student Services Center, Niceville. Jeff Waldorff, one of the Emerald Coast’s finest bird and nature photographers, will present a program featuring his work. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with socializing and refreshments, and the program will start at 7 p.m. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Info: Walt Spence, 582-7064. Local Color Artists Club The Local Color Artists Club announces that Fuller Brown will speak to the group Aug. 3, at Rutherford’s Regatta Bay. Fuller is an experience teacher with a master of fine arts degree from the University of Memphis. Other interested artists are welcome to join the group by making a reservation for lunch with Amy Jo Rosati, 678-4813. School Board forum The candidates for Okaloosa County School Board, District 4, will participate in a public forum hosted by Niceville’s Silver Sands Republican Women. The forum will be Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at Bluewater Bay’s Clubhouse. The event will include dinner at 6 p.m., for $12. The candidates are Cathy Thigpen who holds the District 4 seat, and challengers Rob English and JB Whitten. Dewey Destin, who claimed the District 1 seat without opposition, has also been invited. Guests are welcome. Reservations: Libby Hill, 6782182. Archaeology camp The Heritage Park and Cultural Center, Fort Walton Beach, will offer an archaeology kids museum summer camp. Kids will explore archaeology in a museum setting at real archaeological sites. Students going into grades 3-6 are invited to explore at the Indian Mound Temple Museum. The camp will be Aug. 6-9, from 8 a.m.12:30 p.m. Cost: $60. Info: 883-9595. Wildlife presentation Henderson Beach State Park will host a wildlife presentation on Aug. 9, from 1111:30 a.m. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will present their rehabilitated wildlife. Event is free to the public with paid park entrance fee. Weather permitting. Info: 837-7550. Ruckel Readiness Day Ruckel Middle School Readiness Day for all upcoming 6 th graders will be Aug. 9, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the cafeteria. Students can come at any point during this period. Destin Middle Readiness Day Destin Middle School will hold its “Readiness Day” Aug. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase school Tshirts and agenda books, deposit money into school lunch accounts, drop off medication, sign up for volleyball and cross country, pick up bus schedules and much more. Parents can also enjoy hot dogs, chips and a drink for $3. DYW Scholarship Program The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program will be held at Niceville High School on Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Eleven girls from across the county will compete for college scholarships in a program that will feature performing talents, participation in a fitness routine and speaking to the audience. Cost: $5. CALENDARFrom page B-3