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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: 08-01-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer On Monday the Okaloosa County School Board set the tentative property tax rate at 7.476 mills for the 2012-13 fiscal year which started July 1. The tentative millage rate is a nearly 4 percent decrease from the 2011-12 rate of 7.769. The tentative millage rate will appear on Truth in Millage (TRIM) Notices to be mailed Aug. 17. The school board will finalize the millage rate at a public hearing Sept. 10. If given final approval in September, the tentative millage rate means that property owners in Okaloosa County would pay the school board nearly $7.48 for each $1,000 of assessed taxable value on their property. For example, a homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 for tax purposes, after all deductions such as the homestead exemption are applied, would pay the school board $747.60, in addition to other property taxes levied by the county, cities and special districts such as fire districts and the water management district. That compares with $776.90 the homeowner would have paid in property taxes to the school board using the current millage rate. The tentative millage rate would bring in an estimated $104,429,456 in local property taxes, compared with a $105,591,287 levy during the previous fiscal year. The total tentative school board millage rate of 7.476 mills is comprised of three com-By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission has scheduled a closed-door meeting tomorrow to discuss its expenses stemming from a court ruling that the city broke the Florida Sunshine Law in crafting its confrontation with the Air Force over the F-35 jet fighter. Tomorrow's session will be closed to the public because it pertains to "settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to pending litigation expenditures" in the case, according to a "notice of special meeting and executive session" issued by the city Monday. In a final judgment of a civil lawsuit brought by a city resident, Circuit Judge Thomas Remington ruled last week that in 2008, "the City of Valpariso" broke the open-meetings law by secretly authorizing the city to sue the Air Force over basing the F-35 at Eglin. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold Monday declined to comment on the ruling until city commissioners talk to the city attorney. The lawsuit, brought in 2009 by Valparaiso businessman Anthony S. Bradley, alleged that city commissioners skirted the Sunshine Law in secret discussions Sept. 22, 2008. On that date, City Attorney Doug Wyckoff polled city commissioners, one by one, by phone or in person, seeking approval to file the suit, the judge stated in his ruling. The commission decision, Remington stated, "was made in the dark." Bradley also alleged that a commission meeting Feb. 18, 2009, on the F-35, although attended by press and public, violated city law and the Sunshine Law because it occurred without sufficient notice. Remington concurred. A bench trial was held in By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Candidates for Okaloosa County Sheriff took turns answering questions from members of the Republican Club of Okaloosa County during a candidates forum held Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. Sheriff Larry Ashley and challengers Tony Taylor, Sheridan Lowry and Steve Menchel are all Republicans, but will face each other in an open primary election Aug. 14. Because no candidates from other parties are running, the primary election will be open to voters of all political affiliations, and will decide the election. During Thursdays forum, Ashley said he has come up through the ranks of the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office (OCSO), and has spent his whole life in Okaloosa County. Since being elected sheriff in 2010, Ashley said he has helped make Okaloosa County one of the safest places in the world to live in. 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 VIOLATION, page A-3 Please see SHERIFF, page A-2Wednesday, August 1, 2012 COMINGUPThursday, 6:30 p.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at Northwest Florida State College, Room 132, Student Services Center, Niceville. Jeff Waldorff, an Emerald Coast bird and nature photographer will present a program featuring his work. Socializing and refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Info: 582-7064. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PAL Soccer's final registration will be held in the Niceville High School cafeteria. A late fee has been waived There will be a waiting list after Aug. 4. Cost: $60 residents, $70 nonresidents. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or 678-2182. Monday, 9 a.m.-noon The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present "Raiders of the Lost Artifact" summer history camp through Aug. 10. 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. Info and registration: 678-2615. Monday, 5:30 p.m. 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 held at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, and will include dinner at 6 p.m. for $12. Guests are welcome. Info and reservations: 678-2182. Calendar, B-2 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Okaloosa County Sheriff's candidates responded to questions at a forum Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. From left: Larry Ashley, Sheridan Lowry, Steve Menchel, Tony Taylor.Valp. sets closed session on sunshine violationJudge rules some commission members agreed in the dark to sue Air Force on F-35 documentsVoting to begin SaturdayBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Early voting for this month's primary election will begin in Okaloosa County Saturday, Aug. 4, and continue eight straight days through the following Saturday, Aug. 11. Registered voters may cast ballots at any of four early-voting sites, including Niceville City Hall. Or they may go to the polls in their precincts on election day, Aug. 14, or vote by absentee ballot.Niceville eyes 1.3% hike in millageBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council Thursday raised the tentative millage for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1 to 3.70 mills, up 1.3 percent from the current 3.65 mills. The council also set the first of three public hearings on the city's budget and millage rate for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. The proposed property tax rate of 3.70 mills means that property owners would pay $3.70 in taxes to the city for every $1,000 of taxable value. For example, a Niceville homeowner with a house valued at $100,000 after all applicable deductions such as the homestead exemptions, would pay Niceville $370 in property tax next fiscal year, compared to the current levy of $365. Taxes levied by the school district, the county commission and the water management district, which are set by those jurisdictions, are added to this. The city council's actions were taken to meet an Aug. 4 deadline to notify the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser of the city's tentative ad valorem tax rate and its tentative budget hearing. The Property Appraiser will include the information from Niceville on the Truth in Millage Beacon photo by Del Lessard This milk-bottle igloo and penguin surfer was a refreshing roadside sight in recent days as temperatures and humidity levels so ared into the 90s. The display promoted vacation Bible school for Living Faith, a church at 1023 N. Partin Drive, Niceville.Summer mirage 7.972 8.2188.2188.4128.2948.294 8.063 7.86 7.6397.6247.639 7.534 7.769 7.476 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013*Fiscal year ended June 30 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Millage *2013 proposed Ok. Co. Sch. Dist. School district millage edges down Millage, Okaloosa County School District, 14-year history Please see MILLAGE, page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Please see TAX RATE, page A-5 Please see VOTING, page A-6Sheriff hopefuls discuss issuesSchools propose lower tax rate

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He said the county has one of Floridas lowest crime rates, and the OCSO one of the states fastest response times to calls for police service. Sheridan Lowry, the only candidate without prior law enforcement experience, stressed his experience as a business manager and owner. He said that having a civilian in charge of military and police forces is an essential element of the American system of government. He also said he will bring financial responsibility to the sheriffs office, and will change the scope of Okaloosa County in ways you cant imagine, to include the complete eradication of illegal drugs from the county. Steve Menchel said his prior experiences as a federal secret service, customs, and homeland security agent and law enforcement task force manager have prepared him to bring a skill set from beyond Okaloosa County to the job of sheriff. He said he wants to make the sheriffs office more transparent to public scrutiny. Tony Taylor said he has risen through the ranks of the Fort Walton Beach police department, from volunteer to division commander. He also pledged to bring more transparency to the sheriffs office, where he said an element of corruption is still present, after the conviction of ex-sheriff Charlie Morris several years ago for taking kickbacks from OCSO employees to whom Morris had given large performance bonuses. Ashley had played a key role in exposing Morris illegal activities, assisting the FBI in gathering evidence against Morris prior to his federal conviction. Following each candidates opening statement, Republican Club President Marvin Brigman asked the candidates questions he had been given by fellow club members. Asked what are the top issues facing the sheriffs office, Menchel listed transparency, cutting the OCSO budget, and coping with rising crime. Taylor also cited transparency, saying that Ashleys claims of running an already-transparent office are ludicrous. Ashley, however, defended the transparency of his office, saying he posts quarterly updates of all financial transactions on the OCSO web site for all to see. Every dime we spend is available for the public to see, he said, adding that the web site also includes copies of questions and answers exchanged between the public and the sheriffs office. Lowry said drug and alcohol abuse is the key problem facing the county, and that substance abuse is a factor in more than 90 percent of all crime. He called it a blight that is removing the grace of God from this ground. He promised to eradicate drugs from the county, and that under his leadership, there will be no more secrets in the OCSO. Asked about gang activity, Ashley said he has implemented a gang tracking unit within the OCSO, but added that gang activity, although a serious problem in large urban communities, has actually been a relatively minor one in Okaloosa County. A more serious local problem, he said, is sexual predators, for which he has also established a special tracking unit. Lowry repeated his promise to eradicate drugs from the county, saying that this will also eliminate gangs by removing their main source of revenue. Menchel, who said he lives in Destin, said he has seen gang-related graffiti on an overpass along Old Highway 98. He said he had previously headed a gang task force in New Orleans, and would educate deputies on how to identify and deal with gang activity. Taylor agreed with Ashley that gang activity is not currently a major problem in Okaloosa County, but added that about 20 years ago, he had helped lead efforts that drove the nationallynotorious Outlaws motorcycle gang from Okaloosa County, after the gang had attempted to establish a drug distribution hub here. Candidates were asked how they plan to combat illegal drugs. Lowry said that Unlike President Clinton, I never took a toke. He said Drugs are the curse on this land where we live, and pose a greater threat to this country than communism. He said that parents must give their children a strong value system to help them resist drugs, and that if elected, he will eradicate illegal drugs in Okaloosa County within four years of taking office. Menchel said his experience as a customs agent will help him combat drugs, including the bath salts and other quasilegal chemicals openly sold in "head shops" that have recently become popular within the drug culture. If the so-called bath salts were really only that, he said, taking a bubble bath would cost you $1,000. Menchel also said he would work closely with schools to educate students about the hazards of drug abuse. Taylor said he has years of experience fighting drug abuse with the Fort Walton Beach police. I have worked in the gutters. I have worked undercover, with long hair and a beard. We cant eradicate drugs, Taylor said, but we can control them if we work together. He said he would work closely with federal courts and with other law enforcement agencies against the drug problem. Ashley said fighting drugs requires a three-pronged approach. It is not just a law enforcement issue, he said. In addition to law enforcement, the community as a whole must strengthen marriages and families, to combat the boredom and lack of supervision among youth that often leads to drug abuse. In addition, he said, youngsters must be educated about the dangers of drugs, including seemingly safe substances like bath salts. Following the formal candidate forum, the Beacon asked Ashley about his statement earlier in the week during an Okaloosa County Commission budget workshop. Ashley had said that the BCC might not be able to objectively evaluate the sheriffs budget request while the OCSO is investigating possible criminal activity within the countys Tourist Development Council (TDC), which is overseen by the county commissioners. Ashley was asked if the fact that his budget is reviewed by the county commission creates a conflict of interest for him as the sheriff in charge of investigating the TDC and possibly the county commissioners themselves. Ashley replied that although the OCSO is the lead investigating agency, the investigation is being closely coordinated with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which helps to ensure an impartial investigation by the sheriffs office. SHERIFFFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 908 S. 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Shalimar June 18-19. Remington issued his judgment Friday. While finding that the city broke the law, Remington did not appear to explicitly name any particular commissioner as having violated it. On the first count, the judge made the following findings: On Aug. 11, 2008, Valparaiso commissioners hired the law firm of Rose, Sundstrom & Bentley, (RSB) to represent the city in its reaction to the 2005 federal decision to base a training wing of F35s at nearby Eglin Air Force Base. On Aug. 21 RSB sent a letter to the Air Force requesting data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Air Force did not meet its Sept. 19 deadline to respond. On Sept. 22, 2008, the city's attorney, Douglas Wyckoff, allegedly made contact with each of the five commissioners, either by phone or in person, outside the Sunshine Law. The same day the RSB law firm filed a federal lawsuit against the Air Force seeking injunctive relief under the Freedom of Information Act. Conflicting testimony was given as to why Wyckoff was contacting the commissioners. Brent Smith, then a commissioner, testified that the purpose of Wyckoff's call was to poll commissioners or to otherwise obtain their consent to file the FOIA lawsuit. Wyckoff, however, testified that his reason for contacting the commissioners was to update them on the actual filing of the lawsuit. That evening Wyckoff allegedly told then-Commissioner Lydia Johnson that he already had three commissionersBruce Arnold, Heyward Strong and Thomas Millerin favor of filing the lawsuit and that's why the city filed the FOIA suit earlier that day. According to Remington's findings, the purpose of filing suit without discussing it in an actual meeting was that a noticed meeting would have alerted the Air Force of its failure to respond to the FOIA request by deadline. The city gained a negotiating advantage by filing suit, the judge stated. Remington ruled that when Valparaiso hired RSB on Aug. 11 it did not give the law firm authority to sue without a formal decision by the city commission. The judge in his ruling on the FOIA case violation stated: "The private discussions between the then-City Attorney Wyckoff, and each one of the five City Commissioners on September 22, 2008, regarding the filing of the FOIA lawsuit resulted in a de facto meeting between two or more members of the Commission at which official action was taken. This meeting was not noticed nor was it open to the public and thus, the discussions were in violation of the Sunshine Law." The judge did not specify which commissioners may have broken the Sunshine Law in the FOIA matter. "The approach taken by the attorneys was an intentional effort to avoid a public notice and a public meeting to discuss the filing of the FOIA Lawsuit," Remington stated. Wyckoff on Monday declined to comment on Remington's decision. As to the second count, Remington made the following findings: On Feb. 18, 2009, three of the five commissionersArnold, Strong and Millermet publicly in special session with attorneys of RSB. The commission voted 30 to authorize the law firm to file a second suit, this one against the Air Force decision to base F-35s at Eglin, asking the court to block the plan until noise issues could be more thoroughly studied. Commissioners Johnson and Smith did not attend the meeting. Because the injunction would have affected Eglin land within the city limits of Valparaiso, the judge ruled that city law required it to give 14 days' notice of the Feb. 18 meeting, not the five days that was given. Remington ordered that the city pay Bradley's legal fees and costs. Bradley's lawyer declined to say how much that would be. According to Valparaiso City Clerk Tammy Johnson, the city has paid $185,000 so far as its own expenses in the Bradley case. The city also incurred legal expenses of $172,000 to sue the Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act, and $96,535 to sue the Air Force over the basing decision. The city received $60,000 from the Air Force to settle the FOIA case. Asked to comment Monday, Smith, who had not seen the ruling, said, "The attorney doesn't have the right to call individual commissioners then run back to the mayor and say 'we have three votes.'" Smith, who ran unsuccessfully against Arnold for mayor in 2010, said that when Wyckoff called him on Sept. 22, 2008, he told the lawyer that he didn't support the lawsuit. Smith said that that Wyckoff said "OK", then hung up. About the Feb. 18, 2009, city commission meeting attended by the mayor and commissioners Strong and Miller, Smith said, "The mayor knew neither one of us (Commissioner Johnson) would be there and he called the meeting anyway." "We (Smith and Johnson) were the only two opposing votes," Smith said. Former commissioner Miller said he has suffered a stroke and has difficulty remembering events four years ago. The Beacon was unable to reach Strong and Johnson for comment. Bradley did not respond to request for comment. His lawyer, Mike Chesser, said, "I congratulate Tony Bradley for standing in this lawsuit when all he ever had to gain was what he said he wanted all along, open, fair government in his city." Chesser continued: "There are fine people in Valparaiso and every local government, who give countless hours in public service. Please dont take the exceptional circumstances in this case to be indicative of what local officials do. With few exceptions, local elected officials deserve your respect and thanks for their work." Chesser also said: "Finally, city attorneys are almost never recognized for their work in trying to serve and protect their cities from liability. I hope people dont judge the work of city attorneys by this episode." Other than ordering that it pay costs, Remington's ruling took no action against the city. His decision did note, however, that the FOIA lawsuit was never properly authorized. Asked whether the state would take any action on Remington's finding that the city violated the Sunshine Law, Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial District, said Friday, "We will review the judge's order to evaluate whether or not it is appropriate to investigate the matter further." Wyckoff was terminated earlier this year as city attorney after two new members of the city commission took office. The city won its FOIA lawsuit, but lost its bid to block F-35 basing at Eglin until noise issues were studies more thoroughly. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Four men were arrested on drug charges after a sheriff's deputy witnessed a "hand-to-hand drug transaction" in the parking lot of a Bluewater Bay convenience store, according to Okaloosa County sheriff's reports. According to sheriff's arrest reports, arrested July 14 were: William Joseph Marcus Harden, unemployed, 26, of 13 Lake Shore Drive, Shalimar, on charges of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, two counts; possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, one count; possession of controlled substance without a prescription, one count; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one count; and, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts. Kenneth Seiji Kanzaki, a dishwasher, 24, of 11 Connie Drive, Shalimar, was charged with principle to selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a convenience store. Seth Nathaniel Parker, 21, of 103 Summit Court, Niceville, on charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Raymond Nathaniel Gordon, unemployed, 26, of 816 Tanager Road, #32, Fort Walton Beach, on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one count; and, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: About 7:55 p.m. a deputy was parked at the Kangaroo convenience store, 4563 E. Highway 20, when he witnessed Parker and three other people, including Gordon, next to a white pickup truck near the gas pumps. A gray Nissan fourdoor driven by Kanzaki, in which Harden was the front seat passenger, parked next to Parker's vehicle, and Parker, alone, climbed into the back seat of the Nissan. The deputy saw Harden hand Parker something in a clear piece of plastic, then Parker handed Kanzaki an undetermined amount of currency. All three men were taken into custody. The deputy searched the car and found four blue pills later identified as Xanax/Alprazolam. Parker allegedly stated he met with Harden and entered the Nissan to purchase 10 Xanax pills for $30, which he put into a cup in his possession when he was taken into custody. Parker allegedly said he purchased the pills for himself, and for a male in a black T-shirt, who had been seen standing next to Parker's truck, but who fled when the others were taken into custody. Harden had some marijuana in his front pocket and a digital scale in a back pocket. While making contact with the males standing around Parker's truck, another deputy found marijuana on the ground near the tire under the truck. Gordon allegedly admitted the marijuana belonged to him. During a search of Parker's truck, deputies discovered a syringe and two small plastic containers, one containing a small amount of marijuana, the other methamphetamine, located in the front right stake hole of the truck body. Gordon allegedly said he dropped the items into the stake hole to avoid being caught in possession after he saw the three men in the Nissan taken into custody. As of Monday, Parker was free on $8,000 bail and Kanzaki was free on $5,000 bail. Still being held at the Okaloosa County Jail were Harden, in lieu of $19,500 bail, and Gordon, in lieu of $7,000. CorrectionAn article July 18 incorrectly stated the date of a Six Pillars Community Kick-Off Event to be sponsored by the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. The event will be held Aug. 28.Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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ArrestsA 17-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police July 23 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The boy was initially stopped by police because he matched the description of a shoplifting suspect. Police subsequently found a grinder with marijuana residue in his possession. * Marcus Anthony Prier, a landscaper, 31, of 400 Kelly Road, #44, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 26 on a charge of domestic violence battery. * Kelly Lynn Rodriquez, a waitress, 20, of 313 Florida St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for a seat belt violation, July 18, on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Michael Robert Andrews, unemployed, 18, of 517 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 17 on a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle. On May 23, Andrews and a then-17-year-old Niceville boy allegedly broke into a Niceville church, 801 E. John Sims Parkway, kicked open an office door and stole a few dollars of petty cash and the keys to a church van. On May 25, both males returned to the church and took the church van on a joy ride. The van was recovered at the corner of 27th Street and South Palm Boulevard. The 17-year-old, who has subsequently turned 18, was also arrested on the same charge July 17. He was released to his brother. * Adrian Rey Peralta, a cook, 31, of 1101 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 18 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Shawn Matthew Plemmons, a cook, 29, of 1710 Maple Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person, domestic violence. * Angie Marie Fannin, 37, of 325 Parkwood Place, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a violation of probation charge on original charges of obtaining controlled substance by fraud and possession of controlled substance without a prescription. * Mark Eric Payne, 52, of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of contempt of court on the original charge of battery. * Aaron Deering Odle, a laborer, 25, of 211 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a charge of failure to appear on original charges of shoplifting and failure to appear for a misdemeanor. * John Keith Bennett, unemployed, 30, of 232 Madison St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance. * Cecil Blake Donaldson, 51, of 102 Longleaf, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 13 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. On July 13, deputies on the sheriff's Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in Room 3 of the Hilltop Motel, 434 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso where Donaldson was located along with a crack pipe that tested positive for the presence of cocaine. * James Michael Hamill, a deck hand, 28, of 1423 Hickory St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 18 on a charge of violating a domestic violence injunction, which allegedly occurred June 19. * Ashley Nicole Cowart, unemployed, 22, of 52 Windfield St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of theft, $300 or more, but less than $5,000. On April 19, Cowart was a clerk at a Niceville liquor store, 4530 E. Highway 20, when a female customer set a bank envelope containing approximately $750 on the counter as she was paying for her purchase and also talking on her cell phone. The customer later realized she left the envelope on the counter and contacted Cowart, who said the envelope was not at the store. A store surveillance video showing Cowart setting paperwork on top of the bank envelop then picking the paperwork and the envelope up together. Cowart then allegedly admitted taking the envelope but said it only contained $25. * Tamla Rolashai Morris, unemployed, 36, of 1602-A 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence that allegedly occurred June 19. * Dennis Mitchell Carr, 48, of 31 Murphy Lane, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police July 19 on a charge of trespassing after warning. Carr was allegedly intoxicated and lying on the tabletop at a pavilion in front of city hall when he was told drinking was not allowed in the park and was issued a trespass warning about 8:15 a.m. An hour later, Carr was found passed out in a handicap parking space at the pavilion area. He told police both times he was waiting on a bus. * A 17-year-old boy from Choctaw Beach was arrested by Niceville police July 19 on a felony charge of shoplifting. The boy stole an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 worth of herbal incense from a head shop, 311 Government Ave., July 19. The 17-year-old allegedly entered the store and went to the rear while another customer was at the front counter asking questions. The suspect was seen on security footage going into a back storage room and concealing several packages of herbal incense in his pants, then exiting the store and placing the items in his truck. The boy re-entered the store and went back into the storage room where he unlocked the back door then grabbed a storage bin filled with individually packaged incense packets and two large zip lock bags of the herbal incense and exited through the door he had unlocked. On July 23, the suspect returned to the store and was recognized by an employee who called police. Police made an investigatory stop on a truck matching the description of the fleeing vehicle. The boy, who was driving the truck, allegedly admitted stealing the merchandise. He took police to a shed in his back yard where he had stored the stolen merchandise.DUI arrestsDouglas William Hobbs, 45, of 337 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 2137 Hagwood Loop, Crestview, July 14 at 3:52 a.m.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 1100 block of S. Palm Blvd. reported that unknown person(s) stole his bicycle from outside the residence sometime overnight July 16-17. * A man walked into the Niceville police department July 17 to report that when he filed his tax return he later learned that unknown person(s) had used his personal identity to file a fraudulent tax return. * A man reported that unknown person(s) stole a prescription bottle with approximately 100 pills of Percocet (a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone) from the glove compartment of his unlocked vehicle July 22 while he had been shopping at three Niceville stores. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 PALLEAGUEFun Recreational Soccer! Ages 5-18 For info: Ho w ard Hill, 678-2182 or www nice v illepalsoccer org*Contingent registration for Sep 2Dec 31, 07. Call for details. 1. U6 and VIP teams are co-ed. Separate girls and boys teams in U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19. 2. Uniforms provided (jersey, shorts, socks for VIP & U6 through U14; shirt only for U19). Players keep uniforms. 3. Accidental Medical Insurance for all players included.B eginning Ref eree Cou rse :August 8, 9, 13, & 14COACHES NEEDEDSign up at registrationTEAM SPONSORS NEEDED$200 for U6 through U14; $100 for Each Subsequent Team. $100 for U19 Late Registration Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. NHS CafeteriaNO LATE FEE!Resident: $60*; Non-Resident: $70**(*Includes $10 user fee that goes to City of Niceville.) (**Includes $10 user fee plus $10 fee for players residing outside city limits of Niceville or Valparaiso; both fees go to City of Niceville.)Waiting list after August 4Copy of state-issued birth certificate required for players not registered with PAL Soccer in Fall 2011. Age Group Birthdates VIP(Children w/ disabilities) Aug 1, 93Dec 31, 07 U6 Aug 1, 06Sep 1, 07* U8 Aug 1, 04Jul 31, 06 U10 Aug 1, 02Jul 31, 04 U12 Aug 1, 00Jul 31, 02 U14 Aug 1, 98Jul 31, 00 U19 Aug 1, 93Jul 31, 98 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 rooms. Boat Slip. 2385 Sq.Ft. 3 Beds/2.5 Baths. $475,000 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. 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. COLDWATER CREEK 3/2.5, 3230Sq.Ft. $485,000 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. 850-897-1101. NEED SOMEONE TO WORK THROUGH YOUR SHORT SALES WITH YOU? CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 SOLD 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 Ph (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperThe Bay Beacon& Beacon Express Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 23, 2012 through July 29, 2012 0 Structure Fire16 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire1 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/23/12.......................15:27 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................00:20 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................05:51 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Fire Alarm.........................07/24/12.......................16:04 St. Andrews Drive.......................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................00:23 Duke Drive..................................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................02:26 Coconut Palm.............................Medical.............................07/25/12.......................10:02 Edgewater Dr..............................Service Call......................07/25/12.......................14:47 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/25/12.......................16:33 State Road 85.............................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................08:39 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................10:41 3 rd Street.....................................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................10:59 State Road 123...........................Vehicle Crash...................07/26/12.......................14:36 E. College....................................Vehicle Crash...................07/26/12.......................14:58 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/27/12.......................11:00 E. College....................................Rescue.............................07/27/12.......................11:14 Edge Avenue...............................Medical.............................07/28/12.......................04:17 Matthew Street............................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................09:30 Duke Drive..................................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................12:26 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................14:12 Reeves Street.............................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................16:03 State Road 285...........................Vehicle Crash...................07/29/12.......................23:17 Weekly Safety Tip: Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook. North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 23, 2012 through July 29, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Drive......................EMS call...............................07/2312..........................10:10 E. Highway 20.........................Medical assist......................07/23/12.........................14:12 Oakmont Circle.......................Heat from short circuit.........07/23/12.........................20:04 Hickory Street..........................EMS call...............................07/23/12.........................22:40 Mattie M Kelly Blvd.................Dispatched & canceled.......07/24/12.........................14:56 Crystal Beach Dr./Destin........Cover assignment................07/24/12.........................15:27 E. Highway 20.........................Vehicle accident...................07/24/12.........................16:41 Antiqua Way............................EMS call...............................07/25/12.........................22:50 Marina Cove Drive..................Public service assist............07/2612..........................03:34 E. Highway 20.........................EMS call...............................07/26/12.........................17:37 Muirfield Way..........................Dispatched & canceled.......07/27/12.........................11:32 Caribbean Way & Bluewater..Vehicle accident...................07/27/12.........................13:26 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/27/12.........................20:50 Ward Cove Drive....................Medical assist......................07/28/12.........................15:48 Yacht Club Drive.....................EMS call...............................07/28/12.........................19:13 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/28/12.........................21:45 North White Point Road.........Alarm system activation......07/29/12.........................07:14 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................15:41 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................16:02 North White Point Road.........Vehicle accident...................07/29/12.........................16:57 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................17:22 Oak Shores Dr........................Medical assist......................07/29/12.........................20:11 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Two die in crashBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Two drivers were killed Sunday night when their vehicles collided head-on about five miles north of Niceville on Highway 285, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol. Pronounced dead at the scene were: John C. Kearley, 19, of Dothan, Ala., and Daniel L. Hanlon, 51, of DeFuniak Springs, according to the FHP. An FHP report gave the following account: Kearley was driving a 2003 Nissan pickup truck south at 11:25 p.m. when it drifted into the opposite lane and collided head-on with Hanlon's northbound 2002 Chevrolet SUV. The Nissan spun and came to rest on the northbound shoulder. The Chevrolet rotated counterclockwise and came to rest on its left side. Kearley and Hanlon were declared deceased at the scene by Okaloosa County EMS. No one else was in either vehicle.

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ponents:the r equired local effort of 5.228 mills set by the state; the local capital outlay of 1.50 mills and the discretionary operating millage of 0.7480 mills. Including other revenues from federal and state sources the school board's projected general fund, or operational budget, for the new fiscal year amounts to $270,732,827, up from $266,126,380 during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 1, 2012 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithBen Clark, 10, Niceville, Rocky Bayou Christian School student Ann Henderson, 44, Niceville, nurse Sprinting, because my dad is Jamaican, and they have the world s fastest sprinters. Dressage. I m a horse lover. Boxing. I used to fight, and I like one-on-one competition. Gymnastics. I like the tumbling, vaults, and balance beams, and the way they choreograph it all. I don t watch the Olympics. I don t have access to a television. Swimming. My kids were on the Ruckel swim team.What is your favorite event in the Summer Olympics?Liz Coatsworth, Bluewater Bay, customer service representative Location: Wal-Mart Karen Tomasovic, 51, Niceville, homemaker Kenny Castle, 56, Pensacola, unemployed Jon Coville, 52, Niceville, contractorWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. The Right Man for the Job. VOTEBeukenkampon August 14www.beukenkamp4bcc.com o r t h e f f fo fo VO VO T h e R i g e J o b O T E g h t M a n Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5 V VO .be www w. Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5 O T E enkam e u k ke Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5enkamp4bcc.com Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5enkamp4bcc.com Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Joe Fagundes, Republican, for Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 5. TAX RATEFrom page A-1 $53 $63 $69 $75 $80 $90 $110 $142 $137 $140 $133 $117 $106 $104 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013*Fiscal year ended June 30 $0 $50 $100 $150Millions of $ In millions *FY 2013 proposed. School district tax collections seesaw Okaloosa County School District property tax levies, by fiscal year ended June 30 H H H H H HTo the voters of Niceville, my heartfelt appreciation. I am humbled by your trust and support. Sincerely,Judy BoudreauxNiceville City Council Paid for by Judith Boudreaux for Niceville City CouncilTHANKYOU!Valp. eyes stiff hike in millageBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission tentatively voted to raise the citys property tax millage rate from 4.0664 to 4.8233 during a special meeting Monday. The commission also postponed a proposal to raise rates for city cable customers. At the current millage rate, property owners in Valparaiso pay the city a little under $4.07 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $200,000 now pays $813.28 in property tax. If the new tentative rate is approved during the citys final budget hearings in September, the same homeowner would pay $964.66an increase of about 18.6 percent. During Mondays meeting, commissioners said the tentative rate may be reduced before or during the September budget hearings, if another way can be found to make up the $102,014 difference between the citys expected general fund expenses of $2,872,673 during the coming 2013 fiscal year and its projected general fund revenue of $2,770,659. The first of the citys budget hearings is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Valparaisos city council chamber at 465 Valparaiso Parkway. The second and final hearing will be at 6 p.m. on either Monday, Sept. 24 or Tuesday, Sept. 25, depending on resolution of any possible conflicts with other public meetings within Okaloosa County. Also during Mondays meeting, the commissioners tabled a proposed resolution to increase basic rates for customers of the citys cable TV service. The proposal, if adopted at a subsequent meeting, would raise basic rates for channels 3 through 78 from the current $31.50 per month to $32.85. Rates for motels would go from $31.50 to $32.85 for the first room, but would remain at the current $5.40 for each additional room. However, the city is also considering cutting each customers additional pole attachment fee for stringing TV cables on local Gulf Power poles from the current $2.20 per month to 55 cents. Earlier this summer, on June 18, the city hiked water and sewer rates. At that time, City Commissioner H.H. Strong said he estimated that for a typical residential user, the new rates would amount to an average monthly increase in water and sewer expenses from $30.37 to $35.94. The new cable TV charges may be reconsidered as early as this Thursday, during a special meeting scheduled Monday. During Mondays meeting, city attorney Hayward Dykes asked the city commission to schedule a special meeting at 5 p.m. this Thursday, the main purpose of which will be to hold a closed meeting between Dykes and the commission to discuss how to respond to a ruling against the city regarding a lawsuit from Valparaiso resident Anthony Bradley. Bradley had sued the city in April 2009 an attempt to stop the citys own ongoing lawsuit at that time against the Air Force, regarding requests from the city to the Air Force seeking information about plans to fly F-35 fighter jets over Valparaiso. Bradleys suit alleged that the city had violated Floridas government in the sunshine law when making its decision to sue the Air Force. The city had eventually settled its suit with the Air Force, and earlier this year had made settlement offers to Bradley of up to $45,000, which Bradley apparently rejected. In a recent ruling on the case the judge decided in Bradleys favor, meaning that Valparaiso taxpayers must pay yet-to-bedetermined legal fees and costs to Bradley, in addition to those of the city itself. During Mondays meeting, Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold said Thursdays special meeting may also include a decision on the proposed cable TV rates and pole attachment fees. In other business at Mondays meeting, Tony Shipley, the assistant director of Valparaisos public library, discussed plans for revising the citys web site. He said the new site will include a number of improvements, such as information about the history of Valparaiso and of Eglin Air Force Base, and the relationship between the two. The history will include Eglins role is preparing the famed Doolittle Raiders for their daring air raid on Japan during World War Two. Other information on the web site will include direct links to city departments and to the email addresses of city commissioners and other city officials, as well as aerial photos and maps of the city and guides to city services, and also a city business directory. (TRIM) Notices it will mail to all property owners Aug. 17. Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet recommended the tentative millage rate of 3.70, which will generate $2,733,930 of property tax revenue for the city, up $113,000 from the current year. He said the additional revenue would help offset nearly $620,000 in additional expenses, including: $239,470 additional in the city's information technology department; an additional $72,500 in health insurance expenses; $60,000 additional in worker's compensation insurance; $52,000 in additional pension costs; and $206,000 in additional equipment costs. Niceville officials are still meeting with department heads to develop the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, Doucet said. The city council will consider the proposed budget during a series of workshops beginning Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. The first workshop will focus on the general fund portion of the proposed budget. On Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., the city council is scheduled to review the sanitation and stormwater budgets, as well as requests from charitable and civic groups seeking city aid to their organizations. On Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. the city council budget workshop will look at the water and sewer department budget and also proposed rate increases for water and sewer. If needed, the city council has also set Sept. 6 as a budget workshop to finish any remaining issues. Niceville's budget and property tax rates will receive three public hearings before being finalized Sept. 20. The hearings are tentatively set for Sept. 13, Sept. 18 and Sept. 20, all at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers, 208 N. Partin Drive. MILLAGEFrom page A-1

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The 2012 primary is particularly significant because all but one of Okaloosa County's public offices at stake will be decided before the November general election this year. The Aug. 14 primary includes eight races that are open to all registered Okaloosa County voters, regardless of party affiliation. The primary vote will decide the election. Six of the ballot contests were declared universal primary contestsopen to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation because all the candidates are all from one political party. The other two are non-partisan races. The Aug. 14 primary will determine the winner in five county races as well as one judgeship and the public defender for the judicial circuit serving Okaloosa County: Okaloosa County Sheriff (universal primary). Okaloosa County Tax Collector (universal primary). Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools (universal primary). Okaloosa County Commissioner District 3 (universal primary). Okaloosa County Commissioner District 5 (universal primary). Public Defender, 1st Judicial Circuit (universal primary). Okaloosa County School Board Member, District 4 (nonpartisan). The race for the District 4 School Board seat, could be decided Aug. 14 if one of the three candidates wins a majority of ballots cast. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will face off on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Circuit Judge 1st Judicial Circuit, Group 15(non-partisan). In fact, with five county-level contests decided because only one candidate qualified, after this month's primary, only one county-level office may remain to be decided in the Nov. 6 general electionOkaloosa County Commissioner, District 1. That seat is sought by one Republican and one Democrat. In addition to the eight contests open to all voters, registered Republican and Democratic voters can also cast ballots to select their party's choice for the U.S. Senate, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Republicans will also decide on contests for Republican State Committeeman and Republican State Committeewoman. There are four locations to cast early ballots in the primary from Aug. 4 through Aug. 11. Any voter may cast his ballot at any of the sites. They are: Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Shalimar Annex, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar. Bob Sikes Library, 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview. Supervisor of Elections Office, 302 Wilson St. N. Ste 102, Crestview. Election hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone in line at closing time will be allowed to vote. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON VOTINGFrom page A-1Superior Residences has been making a name for itself in the local community of Niceville, specializing in the care of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease and other forms of dementia. Although the assisted living community is fairly new to the area, it has already begun to gain notoriety for their memory care services. Since 2009, the community has been gaining attention by local medical professionals for their excellence in senior health care. Superior Residences of Niceville is owned and operated by Superior Residences, Inc., which manages six other assisted living communities in Florida. The company s mission is to create living environments, in which their residents can remain as independent as possible with the help of specialized care. One thing that sets this specialized assisted living community apart from others is that it provides 24 hour care by licensed nurses, said Elizabeth Rambow who has been working as the Director of Community Relations for the past two years. Our personnel are highly trained, memory care specialists that have experience with caring for those with all forms of memory loss. The community features specialized apartments that meet the needs of their residents, along with dining rooms, activity and living rooms, television rooms and two secured outdoor patios. The community has 60 suites which can accommodate up to 80 residents. The staff provides plenty of activities to keep their residents active throughout the day with some of these activities dedicated to stimulating their minds and memories. Volunteers and local church groups come in and entertain their residents with events such as sing-alongs, pet therapy and special group presentations. Superior Residences offers three different programs: our regular residential living program, a respite stay program along with day stay care by the hour. Not only does Superior Residences care for each of their residents, but their families as well. On the last Thursday of every month, Superior Residences hosts a Memory Care Support Group for anyone coping with the effects of Alzheimer s or other forms of dementia. On the second Tuesday of every month, Superior hosts a support group just for spouses who are coping with their own set of issues. These support group meetings are open to the public and feature guest speakers who have experience in treating those with dementia. Please call for specific dates and times of these meetings. Superior Residences is also active in the community. We are the host for the Second Annual Okaloosa County Walk to End Alzheimer s, and Rambow is the Head Chairperson and Coordinator for the Walk. I encourage area residents to come out to the walk and show their support in finding a cure for Alzheimer s disease. This year the Walk is on Saturday, Oct. 6 with event registration and opening ceremonies being held on the front lawn of Superior. If you are interested in signing up for the event, you can call Superior or visit the website at alz.org/walk. We hope to double the amount of participants this year, so we ask you to join our walk and support the cause! Superior Residences is also an official testing site for National Memory Screening Day which is being held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Memory screenings are a first step toward a proper diagnosis. We are proud to provide our local community with this invaluable service. For more information on upcoming events, or more on Superior Residences of Niceville, visit their website at superioralf.com. If you would like to schedule a lunch and a tour of the community, please contact them by phone at (850) 8972244, or email them at erambow@superioralf.com. Superior Residences is located at 2300 Partin Drive in Niceville, FL 32578.Advertising Feature Celebrating Gorgeous Grandma Day! Outdoor Gardening in raised planters in the courtyard.Superior ResidencesOffering the best in memory care. DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! 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. Call today for a tour!Respite Care Day Stays -Hour Nursing2300 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-2244 www.SuperiorALF.comAssisted Living # AL11712Specializing in Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Dementia SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleMEMORY CARE 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.comHOURS: 10:45 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 10:45 a.m. 9:30 Fri. 11:30 a.m. 9:30 Sat. Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & PastaEARLY BIRD SPECIALS 4:30 6:00 Every Day NEWLY RENOVATED LOUNGE & ENCLOSED PATIO BARwithLive Music Fri. & Sat. NightsHAPPY HOUR: 3:00 6:00 Mon.-Sat. SERVING LUNCH & DINNERINDOOR & OUTDOOR SEATING Crowns & Bridges Fillings & Partials Dentures Root Canals Extractions Implants EmergenciesNOW OFFERING - Botox Juvederm Invisalign Conscious Sedation897-4488 www.drbroutin.com Merchants Walk Ste 101 NicevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients*Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972OFFEREXPIRES 8/31/12 TEETH WHITENING$199* Grant Williams, HAS, HISFlorida & Louisiana LicensedS. Grant Williams owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as The Best of 2011 Hearing Healthcare Professionals by The Hearing Review publication. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices that go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. NICEVILLE HEARING CENTERwww.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Proud Phonak Provider 850-678-3277 | 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Niceville (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwells office) 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINEWEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMOSTINSURANCES ACCEPTED INTERNAL MEDICINE PEDIATRICS PREVENTIVE CARE SPORT & WORK PHYSICALSDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) Niceville, FL 850-279-4361Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m.Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pmWednesdays 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Sharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. 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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 , A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Beacon photo by Tess HollisTall tales come to life in NicevilleFlorida-based storyteller Pat Nease, right, made a special visit to the Niceville Community Center July 25. Nease, who lives in Parker, told several animated stories to an enthusiastic group of youngsters. Robots battle at RockyKids from Rocky Bayou Christian School s Crazy Robotics Camp watch as a robot prepares to battle another robot. The 21 campers, ages 8 through 13, spent the week of July 16 building and programming their own robots, constructed using Lego Mindstorm parts and program. Beacon photo by Tess HollisFoundation recognizes endowmentsSpecial to the Beacon Business and community leaders joined Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Foundation Board members and college officials to recognize a recently completed Teaching Chair Endowment, two new facility naming endowments and other gifts totaling more than $90,000 to support instruction at NWFSC, at a reception held at the Costa Leadership Institute on the colleges Niceville campus. The Tim and Jan McDonald/Fort Walton Machining Endowed Teaching Chair in Technology, created by the McDonald family to enhance instruction in technology programs by providing equipment, software and instructional materials, was recently completed with a gift of $50,000 that will help meet program needs not otherwise available. Jan McDonald, of Niceville, continuing the legacy of her late husband, Tim, currently serves in his stead on the NWFSC Foundation Board of Directors and remains a generous benefactor to the College. Another gift and match totaling $25,000 from Carr, Riggs and Ingram (CRI) established an endowment to fund equipment, instruction and program needs in support of the colleges Costa Leadership Institute. In recognition of this gift, one of the facilitys conference rooms was named in honor of Carr, Riggs and Ingram, a Southern regional accounting firm established in 1987. CRI partner, Steve Riggs, noted the importance of education, the critical role that the college plays in matriculating students, and the significant number of NWFSC graduates on CRIs staff. A second facility naming endowment was unveiled in honor of Dr. David Goetsch, of Please see ENDOWMENTS, page B-3 The following are local August blood drives, sponsored by Northwest Florida Blood Services: Wednesday, Aug. 1: Eglin Building 351, 203 West D Ave., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3: Eglin OFP CTF/40 th Building 60, 601 W. Choctawhatchee, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7: Eglin Naval EOD School Building 845, 100 McCarthy Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8: Hurlburt Medical Group, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9: Eglin Building 11, 102 West D Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Niceville City Hall, 204 N. Partin Drive, 8 a.m.-noon. Thursday, Aug. 16: Eglin Hospital, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19: Christ Our Redeemer, 1028 White Point Road, Niceville, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20: Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free movie ticket for all donors. Tuesday, Aug. 21: Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free movie ticket for all donors. Thursday, Aug. 22: Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28: Eglin 78 PMEL/46 th Test Squad, 201 E. Daytona Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29: Hurlburt Building One, 100 Bartley St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 S. 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Nicotine Anonymous If you desire to stop using nicotine, or stay stopped, join Nicotine Anonymous on Thursdays at 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 1800 John Sims Parkway. Info: 897-4721. Floral Design Studies The Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting registrations for Advanced Floral Design Studies classes for anyone interested in learning about floral design. Classes will be held at the Valparaiso Community Library on the first Saturday of each month, September-March, excluding December, from 9-11:30 a.m. Cost of six classes: $60. Call 897-4011, or email jnjkam@gmail.com for registration forms, or pick one up at the Valparaiso Community Library. No experience necessary. Info: marieharrison@valp.net. Food donations needed Sharing & Caring, Niceville, is asking for donations due to a shortage of food. Items needed include, but are not limited to: canned meats, pork and beans, cereal, canned pasta, corn, drinks (juice), side dishes (Hamburger Helper), toilet paper and toothpaste, or any items which cannot be purchased with food stamps. Donations can be dropped of Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., or Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 678-8459. Yard Sale Spectacular The Heritage Museum off Northwest Florida is accepting donations for their annual Yard Sale Spectacular, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m.noon. Donations (no clothes) will be accepted during regular museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. Info: 678-2615. 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. 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 softball co-ed 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. Painting with a Twist Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida will bring 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. 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. Rotary golf tourney Reservations are being taken for the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club Golf Tournament Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., Rocky Bayou Country Club. The golf tournament will fund scholarships for local students. The goal this year is $10,000. Corporate sponsor: $350, four player and hole sign. Individual player: $90. Hole sign only, $100. Info: Jimmie Boisjolie, 699-0045, jimgirl@cox.net, or nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Senior activities The Walton-Okaloosa Council on Aging Senior Program will offer the following for people 60 and older at Seminole Community Center, Cedar Street, 833-9291: Aug. 2, bingo, 10 a.m.; Aug. 7, bingo, 10 a.m. The following programs will be offered at the Valparaiso Community Center, 268 Glenview Ave., 833-9291: Aug. 1, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 2, Wii bowling, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 3, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 6, dominoes and socializing, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 7, bingo, 9:30 a.m. Paddle safety course The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-4 Destin and Flotilla 1-7 Pensacola will conduct a paddle safety course Aug. 4, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Marine Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 1. The class is free for those who want to sit in, or $10 for the book and exam. Registration: Lynn Mott, beachrun49@aol.com. 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 experienced 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. Steak dinner American Legion Post 75, 898 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, will host a steak night Aug. 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $14, includes T-bone steak, baked potato, salad, bread and dessert. Open to the public. Info: 589-3195. 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. Cost: $60 residents, $70 non-residents. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or Howard Hill, 678-2182. 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, howard_hill@cox.net, or 678-2182; or Bernie Busovne, busovnefamily@cox.net, or 8979497 if you are interested in this class. School supplies yard sale Niceville Worship Center will hold a yard sale Aug. 4, from 8 a.m.2 p.m., 410 N. Cedar Ave., Niceville. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of back-to-school supplies. Visit the yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon to register for the school supplies, that will be given out Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m. Supplies are limited to the first 50 students. A youth rally will follow Aug. 11, from 4-6 p.m. All are welcome. Mystery Poker Run The American Legion Riders of Post 75 will host a Mystery Poker Run to benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Aug. 4. Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., with a free pancake and sausage breakfast; KSU at 10 a.m.; last bike in at 2 p.m. for a southern-style lunch for $6. Open to all motorcyclists. American Legion Post 75 is located at 989 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview. Cost: $10. Info: 589-3195. Wild About Bugs The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present Wild About Bugs with the FAMU Entomology Club, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come learn and appreciate the creepy, crawling world of insects. Standard admission rates apply. Info: eowilsoncenter.org, or 835-1824. 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. Heritage Museum camp The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present 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 pre-registration is required. Info: 678-2615. 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: 8839595. Wildlife presentation Henderson Beach State Park will host a wildlife presentation on Aug. 9, from 11-11:30 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. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry will present in concert Forgive Trio of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Group members Cloid and Debbie Barker have devoted 40 years of their lives to traveling throughout the country, singing gospel music. A love offering will be received; everyone is invited. Info: LibbyAndFriendsGospelConcerts.co m, or Libby White, 496-7106. Courtesy photoSchool supplies neededNiceville Sharing & Caring is collecting school supplies for children in need. School supplies or monetary donations can be dropped off at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. Items needed most include: backpacks (generic, not gender-specific), notebook paper, highlighters and washable markers. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Friday. The drive will end Aug. 3. Students may register for supplies until Aug, and they must be registered for the 2012-13 school year and have identification on file at Sharing & Caring. Info: 678-8459. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR B ir th day? A nn iv er sar y?Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Diamond Worksinc. 850-244-5252 | www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza | 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary Esther, FL 32569Let our diamonds work for you. The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in NicevilleLEE MULLIS, MD Over 25 Years Experience National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office 15 Years Experience A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: CATARACTS DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville (850)678-5338930 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview (850) 682-5338 GLAUCOMA RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted 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 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 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

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Special to the Beacon The Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College will offer a series of business skills and professional development trainings throughout August to November at the colleges Niceville campus. Open registration for the short-term training courses and one-day seminars are in progress. Register online, in person at any NWFSC campus or center, or by mail. Open enrollment is accepted until the session datespace permitting. Fees range from $80 to $250. See complete course descriptions in the Costa Leadership Institute Fall 2012 schedule of classes on the college website at nwfsc.edu/LI or nwfsc.edu/schedule. Fall training topics include: Conversational Spanish for the Business Professional; Public Speaking; Effective Communications; Social Media; Website SEO; Customer Service; Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Word; Servant Leadership; Generational Diversity, Dynamic Resilience, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management and more. To request a full brochure, email leadership@nwfsc.edu. The Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC provides a variety of unique professional development opportunities and customized training options for individuals, businesses, government, military and non-profit organizations. The programs of the Costa Leadership Institute are specially designed to support the economic and workforce development of our region and our vital role in the state and global economy. Contact the Costa Leadership Institute Director Julie Cotton at 729 6880 for additional information. August trainings include: Conversational Spanish for the Business Professional (Beginner to Intermediate),Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 14-30 from 5-7 p.m. Microsoft PowerPoint (2010), Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Change Cycle: A Blueprint for a More Balanced Work and Personal Life, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Do you feel stuck in a dead end job/relationship? Are you searching for a way to add more meaning to your life? Learn how to use the Change Cycle tool to balance your life and to facilitate everything from finding a new job to finally losing those last 10 pounds. Appreciative Team Building: Getting the Best Out of Your People, Aug. 21, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Managing and motivating people successfully is a dynamic, evolving and highly personal process. Youll leave this training renewed, reenergized and inspired to create a powerful results-oriented team that gets things done and is a credit to your leadership. Effective Communications: Enhance Your Visibility, Relationships and Results, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m.:30 p.m. Effective communication strategies are critical to the success of a business, yet communicating effectively is often one of the most challenging tasks. This workshop includes strategies and practical tactics that businesses may adopt to communicate successfully with internal and external audiences, ultimately enhancing your corporate reputation and bottom line. For a list of September to November trainings, visit nwfsc.edu/schedule, or nwfsc.edu/LI.Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Niceville, who recently retired from the college in December following a distinguished career spanning 36 years. Gifts were received from a broad spectrum of community members to honor Dr. Goetschs legacy as a community and educational leader. Contributions led to the creation of an endowment totaling more than $15,000 in gifts and match to establish and name the Dr. David L. Goetsch Gallery at the Costa Leadership Institute. The Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office was recognized for their recent donation of $5,000 to the NWFSC Foundation. This gift will be used for office equipment needs to bolster the Costa Leadership Institutes work in corporate training, professional education, leadership development and community engagement. The Endowed Teaching Chair Program for Northwest Florida State College is designed to enrich student achievement by recognizing the strength of the college, its teaching faculty, and instructional departments by providing financial support to an academic department. Similarly, named endowments through the NWFSC Foundation provide lasting recognition of an individual or organizations commitment to educational excellence. The NWFSC Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides charitable and educational aid in the form of money and other property and services to and/or for the benefit of Northwest Florida State College. For more information about the NWFSC Foundation and its programs, please visit nwfscFoundation.org. ENDOWMENTSFrom page B-1 Courtesy photo Northwest Florida State College Foundation recently recognized endowments and gifts totaling more than $90,000. From left: Greg Britton, Jody Henderson, Jan McDonald, David Goetsch, Tim McDonald, Bob Richburg, Jill McDonald Kerschitz, Bill Grant, Frank Kerschitz, Kalli Kerschitz, Tawanna Edwards, Karen McDonald Archer and Michael Archer. Costa Leadership Institute announces registration A.S. Degree 60 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 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. 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Special to the Beacon The African American Student Association (AASA) of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) will host a benefit gospel concert, An Evening with LeAndria Johnson, featuring BETs Sunday Best Season 3 titleholder and Grammy award-winning gospel artist, LeAndria Johnson, on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the colleges Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. The special guest host for the event will be Linda Sonshine Moorer, the Mid-Day Diva of Magic 106.1 radio. Local performers for the event will also include Believers Life Center Dance Ministry, Pensacola, and Spirit and Truth Ensemble of Love and Faith Community Church, Tallahassee. Tickets are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office for $25. VIP seating is available for $75 and includes a meet and greet with LeAndria Johnson after the concert. Please contact box office to purchase VIP tickets. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee. Purchase tickets online at mattiekellyartscenter.org, or by phone or in-person from the box office at 729-6000. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the doors will open the night of the event at 6 p.m. for any available at-thedoor tickets. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the NWFSC Pacesetter Scholar Program that was established in 1995 by Bill Hall as part of the colleges scholarship plan to assist African American male students to attend NWFSC. The selected students not only receive tuition assistance, but have additional requirements that include successful completion of the colleges Service Learning Seminar and 20 hours of community service mentoring in the local school district. The students must also maintain a minimum grade point average and complete 24 semester hours during the academic year. The two-year experience as a Pacesetter is focused on giving each scholar a well-rounded educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. For more information on the Pacesetter Scholarship or sponsorship opportunities for the LeAndria Johnson concert, contact Sam Hill at hills@nwfsc.edu, or 729-5348.Page B-4 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Collegiate student s designs raise moneyAmber Phillips, a senior at Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School, recently raised more than $1,000 for Hope Medical Clinic, Destin, during a fashion show in which she displayed her own clothing designs. The fashion show fundraiser was part of her Capstone senior project in which she is required to complete 15 philanthropic work hours to graduate. Amber, 17, is pictured in one of her dress designs. She lives in Bluewater Bay with her family and hopes to study apparel design in college. Courtesy photoCollege to present gospel concert Courtesy photo Grammy-award winning gospel artist Le Andria Johnson, pictured, will perform at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. NicevilleINSURANCE AGENCY (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com Nicevilles #1REAL ESTATE OFFICEhttp://www.century21wilsonminger.com 2011 CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CENTURY 21 IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OWNED BY CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE LLC. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMPANY. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED. BILLROBERTS AFreshStart... ANewBeginningFOROKALOOSACOUNTYTAXCOLLECTORwww.ElectBillRoberts.comVOTE PoliticaladvertisementpaidforandapprovedbyBillRoberts,RepublicanforOkaloosaCountyTaxCollector. MyfamilyandIaskfor yourvoteAugust14th.NicevilleMayorRandallWiseIvehadtheopportunitytoworkwithBillondifferent issues.Heisfairandconcernedaboutdoingwhats right.ThatswhyIsupporthimforTaxCollector. Crestview 850.689.5600 Ft. Walton Beach 850.651.7272 Paul Lux, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections OR Move your polling place to your living room! Request your ballot by contacting the Supervisor of Elections oce via telephone, email, mail, in person or by visiting our website. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections oce by 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, August 8th. OR Early Voting Locations: Niceville City Hall, Shalimar Annex, Crestview Library & Supervisor of Elections Crestview Oce (Early voting is NO longer oered at the UF REEF) Early Voting Hours: 10am 6pm Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 7am 3pm Wednesday & Saturday(s) 11am 5pm Sunday 3 Easy Ways toPolls are open 7am-7pm on Election Day Tuesday, August 14, 2012Find your precinct on our website by using the Voter Lookup Tool. Scan here with your Smartphone to nd Election Information on our website. www.GoVote-Okaloosa.comSaturday, August 4th Saturday, August 11thFind Us on Facebookfacebook.com/OkaloosaCountySupervisorOfElections The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! Mid-Bay Rotary gives to musiciansThe Mid-Bay Rotary Club recently presented a $150 donation to Kids at the Symphony, an educational program of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. From left: Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy; Rotarian Jeffrey Rink, Northwest Florida Symphony Conductor; Mid-Bay Rotary President Dave Underwood; and Cristie Kedroski, director, Resource Development and College Foundation. Courtesy photo Richard Blake Byrne and Sunni Lea NordenNorden-ByrneEmily Mitchell Boswell, of Destin, and Jack Norden, of Warner-Robbins, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sunni Lea Norden, to Richard Blake Byrne, son of Richard and Nelia Byrne, of Niceville. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School, and is currently in her second year of the Dental Hygiene program at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. The prospective groom is a 2007 graduate of Niceville High School. He is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in Pascagoula, Miss. An October 2013 wedding is planned. sEngagementsWednesday, August 1, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACONTHE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE

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A look inside Okaloosa County votingChildren from Noah s Ark Daycare, Valparaiso Assembly of God, learned about voting in the past and present on July 18 at Vote Okaloosa, one of the latest exhibits at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Evan Hicks, pictured, takes a look at an old voting machine. The exhibit, will be on display for about a year, features voting equipment and Okaloosa County voting documents dating back to 1917. Beacon photo by Tess Hollis 9-10-year-olds end 2012 3rd in stateThe 9-10-year-old Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Fast Pitch Softball All-Star Team won the Florida Section 1 Championship, defeating Tri-Star in Tallahassee during a double-header on Saturday, July 14. This win guaranteed them a spot in the State Championship July 21-23 in Melbourne. There, they made the Final Four and finished third in the state. From left: front, Anjeli Beliveau, Ava Worthy, Savanna Hill, Michaela Brocato; back, Hannah Langston, Caitlyn Stringfellow, Katrina Wellema, Paige Whitaker, Allison Brown, Hannah Sjostrom, Carly Kidder; rear, coach David Brown, manager Troy Sjostrom, coach Chris Kidder. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-6 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Courtesy photoNiceville goes to GermanyEileen Arpke, pictured, shows off the city of Niceville s Celebrating Freedom T-shirt in Cologne, Germany, on July 1 during a river cruise on the Rhine River. The T-shirts were sold throughout the Niceville, Valparaiso communities to raise money for the Fourth of July fireworks fund. Arpke is a Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce member, representing the Niceville YMCA. Beacon photo by Tess HollisWii party takes over Valp. LibraryArea children came together July 25 to enjoy snacks and games at the Valparaiso Community Library s Nintendo Wii party. From left: Xander Garland, DJ Shorts, Rudo Nichols and Ashton Buffington go head-to-head in a game of Wii bowling. 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyTheodore I. Macey, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians CALL ME TODAY.Auto rates just got lower. Frank Walker, Agent 1189 John Sims Parkway E Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-7878 frank.walker.uynd@statefarm.com om.cmarfetatynd@s.ueralk.wfrank : 850-678-7878 Bus FL 32578 villeeNic y Eawkarims P 1189 John S entg, Aeralkank WrF mra e F tat y a Sp b otSneg a o y t ado e tl m la r c, o eco va n s a u c o h y cu w m o t h uo ,robhgie d n o e a go kiL .ereh s trm i a te F atS. Y A AY DO E TL M LAC s tn dn o .e l A autu m M ra e F tatS m ar F etatS olB 1. 1010 0 10 ynapmo e C cnarusn e I libomotu any pmo C y y t ni medn I L I not ng imoo Do you want your glasses today? Come see us!EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211All doctors prescriptions filled Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals Tri-Focals Progressives Sunglasses Varilux Hoya Shamir Zeiss1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) With Dr. Amanda Brenci, you will experience an extensive eye health examination, clear explanations of your condition, and answers to your questions. (850) 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18Providing the highest quality vision care to children & adults.



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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer On Monday the Okaloosa County School Board set the tentative property tax rate at 7.476 mills for the 2012-13 fiscal year which started July 1. The tentative millage rate is a nearly 4 percent decrease from the 2011-12 rate of 7.769. The tentative millage rate will appear on Truth in Millage (TRIM) Notices to be mailed Aug. 17. The school board will finalize the millage rate at a public hearing Sept. 10. If given final approval in September, the tentative millage rate means that property owners in Okaloosa County would pay the school board nearly $7.48 for each $1,000 of assessed taxable value on their property. For example, a homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 for tax purposes, after all deductions such as the homestead exemption are applied, would pay the school board $747.60, in addition to other property taxes levied by the county, cities and special districts such as fire districts and the water management district. That compares with $776.90 the homeowner would have paid in property taxes to the school board using the current millage rate. The tentative millage rate would bring in an estimated $104,429,456 in local property taxes, compared with a $105,591,287 levy during the previous fiscal year. The total tentative school board millage rate of 7.476 mills is comprised of three com-By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission has scheduled a closed-door meeting tomorrow to discuss its expenses stemming from a court ruling that the city broke the Florida Sunshine Law in crafting its confrontation with the Air Force over the F-35 jet fighter. Tomorrow's session will be closed to the public because it pertains to "settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to pending litigation expenditures" in the case, according to a "notice of special meeting and executive session" issued by the city Monday. In a final judgment of a civil lawsuit brought by a city resident, Circuit Judge Thomas Remington ruled last week that in 2008, "the City of Valpariso" broke the open-meetings law by secretly authorizing the city to sue the Air Force over basing the F-35 at Eglin. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold Monday declined to comment on the ruling until city commissioners talk to the city attorney. The lawsuit, brought in 2009 by Valparaiso businessman Anthony S. Bradley, alleged that city commissioners skirted the Sunshine Law in secret discussions Sept. 22, 2008. On that date, City Attorney Doug Wyckoff polled city commissioners, one by one, by phone or in person, seeking approval to file the suit, the judge stated in his ruling. The commission decision, Remington stated, "was made in the dark." Bradley also alleged that a commission meeting Feb. 18, 2009, on the F-35, although attended by press and public, violated city law and the Sunshine Law because it occurred without sufficient notice. Remington concurred. A bench trial was held in By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Candidates for Okaloosa County Sheriff took turns answering questions from members of the Republican Club of Okaloosa County during a candidate’s forum held Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. Sheriff Larry Ashley and challengers Tony Taylor, Sheridan Lowry and Steve Menchel are all Republicans, but will face each other in an open primary election Aug. 14. Because no candidates from other parties are running, the primary election will be open to voters of all political affiliations, and will decide the election. During Thursday’s forum, Ashley said he has come up through the ranks of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and has spent his whole life in Okaloosa County. Since being elected sheriff in 2010, Ashley said he has helped make Okaloosa County “one of the safest places in the world to live in.” 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 VIOLATION, page A-3 Please see SHERIFF, page A-2 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 COMING UP Thursday, 6:30 p.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at Northwest Florida State College, Room 132, Student Services Center, Niceville. Jeff Waldorff, an Emerald Coast bird and nature photographer will present a program featuring his work. Socializing and refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Info: 582-7064. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PAL Soccer's final registration will be held in the Niceville High School cafeteria. A late fee has been waived There will be a waiting list after Aug. 4. Cost: $60 residents, $70 nonresidents. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or 678-2182. Monday, 9 a.m.-noon The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present "Raiders of the Lost Artifact" summer history camp through Aug. 10. 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. Info and registration: 678-2615. Monday, 5:30 p.m. 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 held at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, and will include dinner at 6 p.m. for $12. Guests are welcome. Info and reservations: 678-2182. Calendar, B-2 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Okaloosa County Sheriff's candidates responded to questions at a forum Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. From left: Larry Ashley, Sheridan Lowry, Steve Menchel, Tony Taylor. Valp. sets closed session on ‘sunshine’ violationJudge rules some commission members agreed in the dark to sue Air Force on F-35 documentsVoting to begin SaturdayBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Early voting for this month's primary election will begin in Okaloosa County Saturday, Aug. 4, and continue eight straight days through the following Saturday, Aug. 11. Registered voters may cast ballots at any of four early-voting sites, including Niceville City Hall. Or they may go to the polls in their precincts on election day, Aug. 14, or vote by absentee ballot.Niceville eyes 1.3% hike in millageBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council Thursday raised the tentative millage for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1 to 3.70 mills, up 1.3 percent from the current 3.65 mills. The council also set the first of three public hearings on the city's budget and millage rate for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. The proposed property tax rate of 3.70 mills means that property owners would pay $3.70 in taxes to the city for every $1,000 of taxable value. For example, a Niceville homeowner with a house valued at $100,000 after all applicable deductions such as the homestead exemptions, would pay Niceville $370 in property tax next fiscal year, compared to the current levy of $365. Taxes levied by the school district, the county commission and the water management district, which are set by those jurisdictions, are added to this. The city council's actions were taken to meet an Aug. 4 deadline to notify the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser of the city's tentative ad valorem tax rate and its tentative budget hearing. The Property Appraiser will include the information from Niceville on the Truth in Millage Beacon photo by Del Lessard This milk-bottle igloo and penguin surfer was a refreshing roadside sight in recent days as temperatures and humidity levels so ared into the 90s. The display promoted vacation Bible school for Living Faith, a church at 1023 N. Partin Drive, Niceville.Summer mirage 7.972 8.2188.2188.4128.2948.294 8.063 7.86 7.6397.6247.639 7.534 7.769 7.476 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013*Fiscal year ended June 30 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Millage *2013 proposed Ok. Co. Sch. Dist. School district millage edges down Millage, Okaloosa County School District, 14-year history Please see MILLAGE, page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Please see TAX RATE, page A-5 Please see VOTING, page A-6Sheriff hopefuls discuss issuesSchools propose lower tax rate

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He said the county has one of Florida’s lowest crime rates, and the OCSO one of the state’s fastest response times to calls for police service. Sheridan Lowry, the only candidate without prior law enforcement experience, stressed his experience as a business manager and owner. He said that having a civilian in charge of military and police forces is an essential element of the American system of government. He also said he will bring financial responsibility to the sheriff’s office, and will “change the scope of Okaloosa County in ways you can’t imagine,” to include the complete eradication of illegal drugs from the county. Steve Menchel said his prior experiences as a federal secret service, customs, and homeland security agent and law enforcement task force manager have prepared him to “bring a skill set from beyond Okaloosa County” to the job of sheriff. He said he wants to make the sheriff’s office more transparent to public scrutiny. Tony Taylor said he has risen through the ranks of the Fort Walton Beach police department, from volunteer to division commander. He also pledged to bring more transparency to the sheriff’s office, where he said “an element of corruption is still present,” after the conviction of ex-sheriff Charlie Morris several years ago for taking kickbacks from OCSO employees to whom Morris had given large “performance bonuses.” Ashley had played a key role in exposing Morris’ illegal activities, assisting the FBI in gathering evidence against Morris prior to his federal conviction. Following each candidate’s opening statement, Republican Club President Marvin Brigman asked the candidates questions he had been given by fellow club members. Asked what are the top issues facing the sheriff’s office, Menchel listed transparency, cutting the OCSO budget, and coping with rising crime. Taylor also cited transparency, saying that Ashley’s claims of running an already-transparent office are “ludicrous.” Ashley, however, defended the transparency of his office, saying he posts quarterly updates of all financial transactions on the OCSO web site for all to see. “Every dime we spend is available for the public to see,” he said, adding that the web site also includes copies of questions and answers exchanged between the public and the sheriff’s office. Lowry said drug and alcohol abuse is the key problem facing the county, and that substance abuse is a factor in more than 90 percent of all crime. He called it “a blight that is removing the grace of God from this ground.” He promised to eradicate drugs from the county, and that under his leadership, there will be “no more secrets” in the OCSO. Asked about gang activity, Ashley said he has implemented a gang tracking unit within the OCSO, but added that gang activity, although a serious problem in large urban communities, has actually been a relatively minor one in Okaloosa County. A more serious local problem, he said, is sexual predators, for which he has also established a special tracking unit. Lowry repeated his promise to eradicate drugs from the county, saying that this will also eliminate gangs by removing their main source of revenue. Menchel, who said he lives in Destin, said he has seen gang-related graffiti on an overpass along Old Highway 98. He said he had previously headed a gang task force in New Orleans, and would educate deputies on how to identify and deal with gang activity. Taylor agreed with Ashley that gang activity is not currently a major problem in Okaloosa County, but added that about 20 years ago, he had helped lead efforts that drove the nationallynotorious Outlaws motorcycle gang from Okaloosa County, after the gang had attempted to establish a drug distribution hub here. Candidates were asked how they plan to combat illegal drugs. Lowry said that “Unlike President Clinton, I never took a toke.” He said “Drugs are the curse on this land where we live, and pose a greater threat to this country than communism.” He said that parents must give their children a strong value system to help them resist drugs, and that if elected, he will eradicate illegal drugs in Okaloosa County within four years of taking office. Menchel said his experience as a customs agent will help him combat drugs, including the “bath salts” and other quasilegal chemicals openly sold in "head shops" that have recently become popular within the drug culture. “If the so-called bath salts were really only that,” he said, “taking a bubble bath would cost you $1,000.” Menchel also said he would work closely with schools to educate students about the hazards of drug abuse. Taylor said he has years of experience fighting drug abuse with the Fort Walton Beach police. “I have worked in the gutters. I have worked undercover, with long hair and a beard.” ‘We can’t eradicate drugs,” Taylor said, “but we can control them if we work together.” He said he would work closely with federal courts and with other law enforcement agencies against the drug problem. Ashley said fighting drugs requires a three-pronged approach. “It is not just a law enforcement issue,” he said. In addition to law enforcement, the community as a whole must strengthen marriages and families, to combat the boredom and lack of supervision among youth that often leads to drug abuse. In addition, he said, youngsters must be educated about the dangers of drugs, including seemingly “safe’ substances like bath salts. Following the formal candidate forum, the Beacon asked Ashley about his statement earlier in the week during an Okaloosa County Commission budget workshop. Ashley had said that the BCC might not be able to objectively evaluate the sheriff’s budget request while the OCSO is investigating possible criminal activity within the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC), which is overseen by the county commissioners. Ashley was asked if the fact that his budget is reviewed by the county commission creates a conflict of interest for him as the sheriff in charge of investigating the TDC and possibly the county commissioners themselves. 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Shalimar June 18-19. Remington issued his judgment Friday. While finding that the city broke the law, Remington did not appear to explicitly name any particular commissioner as having violated it. On the first count, the judge made the following findings: On Aug. 11, 2008, Valparaiso commissioners hired the law firm of Rose, Sundstrom & Bentley, (RSB) to represent the city in its reaction to the 2005 federal decision to base a training wing of F35s at nearby Eglin Air Force Base. On Aug. 21 RSB sent a letter to the Air Force requesting data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Air Force did not meet its Sept. 19 deadline to respond. On Sept. 22, 2008, the city's attorney, Douglas Wyckoff, allegedly made contact with each of the five commissioners, either by phone or in person, outside the Sunshine Law. The same day the RSB law firm filed a federal lawsuit against the Air Force seeking injunctive relief under the Freedom of Information Act. Conflicting testimony was given as to why Wyckoff was contacting the commissioners. Brent Smith, then a commissioner, testified that the purpose of Wyckoff's call was to poll commissioners or to otherwise obtain their consent to file the FOIA lawsuit. Wyckoff, however, testified that his reason for contacting the commissioners was to update them on the actual filing of the lawsuit. That evening Wyckoff allegedly told then-Commissioner Lydia Johnson that he already had three commissioners—Bruce Arnold, Heyward Strong and Thomas Miller—in favor of filing the lawsuit and that's why the city filed the FOIA suit earlier that day. According to Remington's findings, the purpose of filing suit without discussing it in an actual meeting was that a noticed meeting would have alerted the Air Force of its failure to respond to the FOIA request by deadline. The city gained a negotiating advantage by filing suit, the judge stated. Remington ruled that when Valparaiso hired RSB on Aug. 11 it did not give the law firm authority to sue without a formal decision by the city commission. The judge in his ruling on the FOIA case violation stated: "The private discussions between the then-City Attorney Wyckoff, and each one of the five City Commissioners on September 22, 2008, regarding the filing of the FOIA lawsuit resulted in a de facto meeting between two or more members of the Commission at which official action was taken. This meeting was not noticed nor was it open to the public and thus, the discussions were in violation of the Sunshine Law." The judge did not specify which commissioners may have broken the Sunshine Law in the FOIA matter. "The approach taken by the attorneys was an intentional effort to avoid a public notice and a public meeting to discuss the filing of the FOIA Lawsuit," Remington stated. Wyckoff on Monday declined to comment on Remington's decision. As to the second count, Remington made the following findings: On Feb. 18, 2009, three of the five commissioners—Arnold, Strong and Miller—met publicly in special session with attorneys of RSB. The commission voted 30 to authorize the law firm to file a second suit, this one against the Air Force decision to base F-35s at Eglin, asking the court to block the plan until noise issues could be more thoroughly studied. Commissioners Johnson and Smith did not attend the meeting. Because the injunction would have affected Eglin land within the city limits of Valparaiso, the judge ruled that city law required it to give 14 days' notice of the Feb. 18 meeting, not the five days that was given. Remington ordered that the city pay Bradley's legal fees and costs. Bradley's lawyer declined to say how much that would be. According to Valparaiso City Clerk Tammy Johnson, the city has paid $185,000 so far as its own expenses in the Bradley case. The city also incurred legal expenses of $172,000 to sue the Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act, and $96,535 to sue the Air Force over the basing decision. The city received $60,000 from the Air Force to settle the FOIA case. Asked to comment Monday, Smith, who had not seen the ruling, said, "The attorney doesn't have the right to call individual commissioners then run back to the mayor and say 'we have three votes.'" Smith, who ran unsuccessfully against Arnold for mayor in 2010, said that when Wyckoff called him on Sept. 22, 2008, he told the lawyer that he didn't support the lawsuit. Smith said that that Wyckoff said "OK", then hung up. About the Feb. 18, 2009, city commission meeting attended by the mayor and commissioners Strong and Miller, Smith said, "The mayor knew neither one of us (Commissioner Johnson) would be there and he called the meeting anyway." "We (Smith and Johnson) were the only two opposing votes," Smith said. Former commissioner Miller said he has suffered a stroke and has difficulty remembering events four years ago. The Beacon was unable to reach Strong and Johnson for comment. Bradley did not respond to request for comment. His lawyer, Mike Chesser, said, "I congratulate Tony Bradley for standing in this lawsuit when all he ever had to gain was what he said he wanted all along, open, fair government in his city." Chesser continued: "There are fine people in Valparaiso and every local government, who give countless hours in public service. Please don’t take the exceptional circumstances in this case to be indicative of what local officials do. With few exceptions, local elected officials deserve your respect and thanks for their work." Chesser also said: "Finally, city attorneys are almost never recognized for their work in trying to serve and protect their cities from liability. I hope people don’t judge the work of city attorneys by this episode." Other than ordering that it pay costs, Remington's ruling took no action against the city. His decision did note, however, that the FOIA lawsuit was never properly authorized. Asked whether the state would take any action on Remington's finding that the city violated the Sunshine Law, Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial District, said Friday, "We will review the judge's order to evaluate whether or not it is appropriate to investigate the matter further." Wyckoff was terminated earlier this year as city attorney after two new members of the city commission took office. The city won its FOIA lawsuit, but lost its bid to block F-35 basing at Eglin until noise issues were studies more thoroughly. By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Four men were arrested on drug charges after a sheriff's deputy witnessed a "hand-to-hand drug transaction" in the parking lot of a Bluewater Bay convenience store, according to Okaloosa County sheriff's reports. According to sheriff's arrest reports, arrested July 14 were: —William Joseph Marcus Harden, unemployed, 26, of 13 Lake Shore Drive, Shalimar, on charges of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, two counts; possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, one count; possession of controlled substance without a prescription, one count; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one count; and, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts. —Kenneth Seiji Kanzaki, a dishwasher, 24, of 11 Connie Drive, Shalimar, was charged with principle to selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a convenience store. —Seth Nathaniel Parker, 21, of 103 Summit Court, Niceville, on charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. —Raymond Nathaniel Gordon, unemployed, 26, of 816 Tanager Road, #32, Fort Walton Beach, on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one count; and, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts. Sheriff's arrest reports gave the following account: About 7:55 p.m. a deputy was parked at the Kangaroo convenience store, 4563 E. Highway 20, when he witnessed Parker and three other people, including Gordon, next to a white pickup truck near the gas pumps. A gray Nissan fourdoor driven by Kanzaki, in which Harden was the front seat passenger, parked next to Parker's vehicle, and Parker, alone, climbed into the back seat of the Nissan. The deputy saw Harden hand Parker something in a clear piece of plastic, then Parker handed Kanzaki an undetermined amount of currency. All three men were taken into custody. The deputy searched the car and found four blue pills later identified as Xanax/Alprazolam. Parker allegedly stated he met with Harden and entered the Nissan to purchase 10 Xanax pills for $30, which he put into a cup in his possession when he was taken into custody. Parker allegedly said he purchased the pills for himself, and for a male in a black T-shirt, who had been seen standing next to Parker's truck, but who fled when the others were taken into custody. Harden had some marijuana in his front pocket and a digital scale in a back pocket. While making contact with the males standing around Parker's truck, another deputy found marijuana on the ground near the tire under the truck. Gordon allegedly admitted the marijuana belonged to him. During a search of Parker's truck, deputies discovered a syringe and two small plastic containers, one containing a small amount of marijuana, the other methamphetamine, located in the front right stake hole of the truck body. Gordon allegedly said he dropped the items into the stake hole to avoid being caught in possession after he saw the three men in the Nissan taken into custody. As of Monday, Parker was free on $8,000 bail and Kanzaki was free on $5,000 bail. Still being held at the Okaloosa County Jail were Harden, in lieu of $19,500 bail, and Gordon, in lieu of $7,000. CorrectionAn article July 18 incorrectly stated the date of a Six Pillars Community Kick-Off Event to be sponsored by the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. The event will be held Aug. 28.Wednesday, August 1, 2012Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 209 Government Ave., Niceville • 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 years Browse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE! 1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/Boxes Call for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) Law Office of SAMUEL M. 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ArrestsA 17-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police July 23 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The boy was initially stopped by police because he matched the description of a shoplifting suspect. Police subsequently found a grinder with marijuana residue in his possession. * Marcus Anthony Prier, a landscaper, 31, of 400 Kelly Road, #44, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 26 on a charge of domestic violence battery. * Kelly Lynn Rodriquez, a waitress, 20, of 313 Florida St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop for a seat belt violation, July 18, on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Michael Robert Andrews, unemployed, 18, of 517 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 17 on a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle. On May 23, Andrews and a then-17-year-old Niceville boy allegedly broke into a Niceville church, 801 E. John Sims Parkway, kicked open an office door and stole a few dollars of petty cash and the keys to a church van. On May 25, both males returned to the church and took the church van on a joy ride. The van was recovered at the corner of 27th Street and South Palm Boulevard. The 17-year-old, who has subsequently turned 18, was also arrested on the same charge July 17. He was released to his brother. * Adrian Rey Peralta, a cook, 31, of 1101 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 18 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Shawn Matthew Plemmons, a cook, 29, of 1710 Maple Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person, domestic violence. * Angie Marie Fannin, 37, of 325 Parkwood Place, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a violation of probation charge on original charges of obtaining controlled substance by fraud and possession of controlled substance without a prescription. * Mark Eric Payne, 52, of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of contempt of court on the original charge of battery. * Aaron Deering Odle, a laborer, 25, of 211 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 17 on a charge of failure to appear on original charges of shoplifting and failure to appear for a misdemeanor. * John Keith Bennett, unemployed, 30, of 232 Madison St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a violation of probation charge on the original charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance. * Cecil Blake Donaldson, 51, of 102 Longleaf, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 13 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. On July 13, deputies on the sheriff's Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in Room 3 of the Hilltop Motel, 434 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso where Donaldson was located along with a crack pipe that tested positive for the presence of cocaine. * James Michael Hamill, a deck hand, 28, of 1423 Hickory St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 18 on a charge of violating a domestic violence injunction, which allegedly occurred June 19. * Ashley Nicole Cowart, unemployed, 22, of 52 Windfield St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of theft, $300 or more, but less than $5,000. On April 19, Cowart was a clerk at a Niceville liquor store, 4530 E. Highway 20, when a female customer set a bank envelope containing approximately $750 on the counter as she was paying for her purchase and also talking on her cell phone. The customer later realized she left the envelope on the counter and contacted Cowart, who said the envelope was not at the store. A store surveillance video showing Cowart setting paperwork on top of the bank envelop then picking the paperwork and the envelope up together. Cowart then allegedly admitted taking the envelope but said it only contained $25. * Tamla Rolashai Morris, unemployed, 36, of 1602-A 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 16 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence that allegedly occurred June 19. * Dennis Mitchell Carr, 48, of 31 Murphy Lane, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police July 19 on a charge of trespassing after warning. Carr was allegedly intoxicated and lying on the tabletop at a pavilion in front of city hall when he was told drinking was not allowed in the park and was issued a trespass warning about 8:15 a.m. An hour later, Carr was found passed out in a handicap parking space at the pavilion area. He told police both times he was waiting on a bus. * A 17-year-old boy from Choctaw Beach was arrested by Niceville police July 19 on a felony charge of shoplifting. The boy stole an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 worth of herbal incense from a head shop, 311 Government Ave., July 19. The 17-year-old allegedly entered the store and went to the rear while another customer was at the front counter asking questions. The suspect was seen on security footage going into a back storage room and concealing several packages of herbal incense in his pants, then exiting the store and placing the items in his truck. The boy re-entered the store and went back into the storage room where he unlocked the back door then grabbed a storage bin filled with individually packaged incense packets and two large zip lock bags of the herbal incense and exited through the door he had unlocked. On July 23, the suspect returned to the store and was recognized by an employee who called police. Police made an investigatory stop on a truck matching the description of the fleeing vehicle. The boy, who was driving the truck, allegedly admitted stealing the merchandise. He took police to a shed in his back yard where he had stored the stolen merchandise.DUI arrestsDouglas William Hobbs, 45, of 337 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 2137 Hagwood Loop, Crestview, July 14 at 3:52 a.m.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 1100 block of S. Palm Blvd. reported that unknown person(s) stole his bicycle from outside the residence sometime overnight July 16-17. * A man walked into the Niceville police department July 17 to report that when he filed his tax return he later learned that unknown person(s) had used his personal identity to file a fraudulent tax return. * A man reported that unknown person(s) stole a prescription bottle with approximately 100 pills of Percocet (a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone) from the glove compartment of his unlocked vehicle July 22 while he had been shopping at three Niceville stores. 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. 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John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/23/12.......................15:27 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................00:20 N. Partin Drive.............................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................05:51 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Fire Alarm.........................07/24/12.......................16:04 St. Andrews Drive.......................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................00:23 Duke Drive..................................Medical.............................07/24/12.......................02:26 Coconut Palm.............................Medical.............................07/25/12.......................10:02 Edgewater Dr..............................Service Call......................07/25/12.......................14:47 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/25/12.......................16:33 State Road 85.............................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................08:39 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................10:41 3 rd Street.....................................Medical.............................07/26/12.......................10:59 State Road 123...........................Vehicle Crash...................07/26/12.......................14:36 E. College....................................Vehicle Crash...................07/26/12.......................14:58 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/27/12.......................11:00 E. College....................................Rescue.............................07/27/12.......................11:14 Edge Avenue...............................Medical.............................07/28/12.......................04:17 Matthew Street............................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................09:30 Duke Drive..................................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................12:26 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................14:12 Reeves Street.............................Medical.............................07/29/12.......................16:03 State Road 285...........................Vehicle Crash...................07/29/12.......................23:17 Weekly Safety Tip: Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook. North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 23, 2012 through July 29, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Drive......................EMS call...............................07/2312..........................10:10 E. Highway 20.........................Medical assist......................07/23/12.........................14:12 Oakmont Circle.......................Heat from short circuit.........07/23/12.........................20:04 Hickory Street..........................EMS call...............................07/23/12.........................22:40 Mattie M Kelly Blvd.................Dispatched & canceled.......07/24/12.........................14:56 Crystal Beach Dr./Destin........Cover assignment................07/24/12.........................15:27 E. Highway 20.........................Vehicle accident...................07/24/12.........................16:41 Antiqua Way............................EMS call...............................07/25/12.........................22:50 Marina Cove Drive..................Public service assist............07/2612..........................03:34 E. Highway 20.........................EMS call...............................07/26/12.........................17:37 Muirfield Way..........................Dispatched & canceled.......07/27/12.........................11:32 Caribbean Way & Bluewater..Vehicle accident...................07/27/12.........................13:26 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/27/12.........................20:50 Ward Cove Drive....................Medical assist......................07/28/12.........................15:48 Yacht Club Drive.....................EMS call...............................07/28/12.........................19:13 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/28/12.........................21:45 North White Point Road.........Alarm system activation......07/29/12.........................07:14 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................15:41 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................16:02 North White Point Road.........Vehicle accident...................07/29/12.........................16:57 North White Point Road.........EMS call...............................07/29/12.........................17:22 Oak Shores Dr........................Medical assist......................07/29/12.........................20:11 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Two die in crashBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Two drivers were killed Sunday night when their vehicles collided head-on about five miles north of Niceville on Highway 285, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol. Pronounced dead at the scene were: John C. Kearley, 19, of Dothan, Ala., and Daniel L. Hanlon, 51, of DeFuniak Springs, according to the FHP. An FHP report gave the following account: Kearley was driving a 2003 Nissan pickup truck south at 11:25 p.m. when it drifted into the opposite lane and collided head-on with Hanlon's northbound 2002 Chevrolet SUV. The Nissan spun and came to rest on the northbound shoulder. The Chevrolet rotated counterclockwise and came to rest on its left side. Kearley and Hanlon were declared deceased at the scene by Okaloosa County EMS. No one else was in either vehicle.

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ponents:the r equired local effort of 5.228 mills set by the state; the local capital outlay of 1.50 mills and the discretionary operating millage of 0.7480 mills. Including other revenues from federal and state sources the school board's projected general fund, or operational budget, for the new fiscal year amounts to $270,732,827, up from $266,126,380 during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 1, 2012 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Ben Clark, 10, Niceville, Rocky Bayou Christian School student Ann Henderson, 44, Niceville, nurse “Sprinting, because my dad is Jamaican, and they have the world s fastest sprinters.” “Dressage. I m a horse lover.” “Boxing. I used to fight, and I like one-on-one competition.” “Gymnastics. I like the tumbling, vaults, and balance beams, and the way they choreograph it all.” “I don t watch the Olympics. I don t have access to a television.” “Swimming. My kids were on the Ruckel swim team.”What is your favorite event in the Summer Olympics?Liz Coatsworth, Bluewater Bay, customer service representative Location: Wal-Mart Karen Tomasovic, 51, Niceville, homemaker Kenny Castle, 56, Pensacola, unemployed Jon Coville, 52, Niceville, contractorWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. The Right Man for the Job. VOTEBeukenkampon August 14www.beukenkamp4bcc.com o r t h e f f fo fo VO VO T h e R i g e J o b O T E g h t M a n Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5 V VO .be www w. Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5 O T E enkam e u k ke Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5enkamp4bcc.com Political advertisement paid for and approved by Felix Beukenkamp, Republican for Okaloosa County Commission, District 5enkamp4bcc.com Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Joe Fagundes, Republican, for Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 5. TAX RATEFrom page A-1 $53 $63 $69 $75 $80 $90 $110 $142 $137 $140 $133 $117 $106 $104 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013*Fiscal year ended June 30 $0 $50 $100 $150Millions of $ In millions *FY 2013 proposed. School district tax collections seesaw Okaloosa County School District property tax levies, by fiscal year ended June 30 H H H H H H To the voters of Niceville, my heartfelt appreciation. I am humbled by your trust and support. Sincerely,Judy BoudreauxNiceville City Council Paid for by Judith Boudreaux for Niceville City CouncilTHANKYOU!Valp. eyes stiff hike in millageBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission tentatively voted to raise the city’s property tax millage rate from 4.0664 to 4.8233 during a special meeting Monday. The commission also postponed a proposal to raise rates for city cable customers. At the current millage rate, property owners in Valparaiso pay the city a little under $4.07 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $200,000 now pays $813.28 in property tax. If the new tentative rate is approved during the city’s final budget hearings in September, the same homeowner would pay $964.66—an increase of about 18.6 percent. During Monday’s meeting, commissioners said the tentative rate may be reduced before or during the September budget hearings, if another way can be found to make up the $102,014 difference between the city’s expected general fund expenses of $2,872,673 during the coming 2013 fiscal year and its projected general fund revenue of $2,770,659. The first of the city’s budget hearings is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Valparaiso’s city council chamber at 465 Valparaiso Parkway. The second and final hearing will be at 6 p.m. on either Monday, Sept. 24 or Tuesday, Sept. 25, depending on resolution of any possible conflicts with other public meetings within Okaloosa County. Also during Monday’s meeting, the commissioners tabled a proposed resolution to increase basic rates for customers of the city’s cable TV service. The proposal, if adopted at a subsequent meeting, would raise basic rates for channels 3 through 78 from the current $31.50 per month to $32.85. Rates for motels would go from $31.50 to $32.85 for the first room, but would remain at the current $5.40 for each additional room. However, the city is also considering cutting each customer’s additional “pole attachment fee” for stringing TV cables on local Gulf Power poles from the current $2.20 per month to 55 cents. Earlier this summer, on June 18, the city hiked water and sewer rates. At that time, City Commissioner H.H. Strong said he estimated that for a typical residential user, the new rates would amount to an average monthly increase in water and sewer expenses from $30.37 to $35.94. The new cable TV charges may be reconsidered as early as this Thursday, during a special meeting scheduled Monday. During Monday’s meeting, city attorney Hayward Dykes asked the city commission to schedule a special meeting at 5 p.m. this Thursday, the main purpose of which will be to hold a closed meeting between Dykes and the commission to discuss how to respond to a ruling against the city regarding a lawsuit from Valparaiso resident Anthony Bradley. Bradley had sued the city in April 2009 an attempt to stop the city’s own ongoing lawsuit at that time against the Air Force, regarding requests from the city to the Air Force seeking information about plans to fly F-35 fighter jets over Valparaiso. Bradley’s suit alleged that the city had violated Florida’s government in the sunshine law when making its decision to sue the Air Force. The city had eventually settled its suit with the Air Force, and earlier this year had made settlement offers to Bradley of up to $45,000, which Bradley apparently rejected. In a recent ruling on the case the judge decided in Bradley’s favor, meaning that Valparaiso taxpayers must pay yet-to-bedetermined legal fees and costs to Bradley, in addition to those of the city itself. During Monday’s meeting, Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold said Thursday’s special meeting may also include a decision on the proposed cable TV rates and pole attachment fees. In other business at Monday’s meeting, Tony Shipley, the assistant director of Valparaiso’s public library, discussed plans for revising the city’s web site. He said the new site will include a number of improvements, such as information about the history of Valparaiso and of Eglin Air Force Base, and the relationship between the two. The history will include Eglin’s role is preparing the famed Doolittle Raiders for their daring air raid on Japan during World War Two. Other information on the web site will include direct links to city departments and to the email addresses of city commissioners and other city officials, as well as aerial photos and maps of the city and guides to city services, and also a city business directory. (TRIM) Notices it will mail to all property owners Aug. 17. Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet recommended the tentative millage rate of 3.70, which will generate $2,733,930 of property tax revenue for the city, up $113,000 from the current year. He said the additional revenue would help offset nearly $620,000 in additional expenses, including: $239,470 additional in the city's information technology department; an additional $72,500 in health insurance expenses; $60,000 additional in worker's compensation insurance; $52,000 in additional pension costs; and $206,000 in additional equipment costs. Niceville officials are still meeting with department heads to develop the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, Doucet said. The city council will consider the proposed budget during a series of workshops beginning Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. The first workshop will focus on the general fund portion of the proposed budget. On Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., the city council is scheduled to review the sanitation and stormwater budgets, as well as requests from charitable and civic groups seeking city aid to their organizations. On Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. the city council budget workshop will look at the water and sewer department budget and also proposed rate increases for water and sewer. If needed, the city council has also set Sept. 6 as a budget workshop to finish any remaining issues. Niceville's budget and property tax rates will receive three public hearings before being finalized Sept. 20. The hearings are tentatively set for Sept. 13, Sept. 18 and Sept. 20, all at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers, 208 N. Partin Drive. MILLAGEFrom page A-1

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The 2012 primary is particularly significant because all but one of Okaloosa County's public offices at stake will be decided before the November general election this year. The Aug. 14 primary includes eight races that are open to all registered Okaloosa County voters, regardless of party affiliation. The primary vote will decide the election. Six of the ballot contests were declared universal primary contests—open to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation because all the candidates are all from one political party. The other two are non-partisan races. The Aug. 14 primary will determine the winner in five county races as well as one judgeship and the public defender for the judicial circuit serving Okaloosa County: —Okaloosa County Sheriff (universal primary). —Okaloosa County Tax Collector (universal primary). —Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools (universal primary). —Okaloosa County Commissioner District 3 (universal primary). —Okaloosa County Commissioner District 5 (universal primary). —Public Defender, 1st Judicial Circuit (universal primary). —Okaloosa County School Board Member, District 4 (nonpartisan). The race for the District 4 School Board seat, could be decided Aug. 14 if one of the three candidates wins a majority of ballots cast. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will face off on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. —Circuit Judge 1st Judicial Circuit, Group 15(non-partisan). In fact, with five county-level contests decided because only one candidate qualified, after this month's primary, only one county-level office may remain to be decided in the Nov. 6 general election—Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 1. That seat is sought by one Republican and one Democrat. In addition to the eight contests open to all voters, registered Republican and Democratic voters can also cast ballots to select their party's choice for the U.S. Senate, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Republicans will also decide on contests for Republican State Committeeman and Republican State Committeewoman. There are four locations to cast early ballots in the primary from Aug. 4 through Aug. 11. Any voter may cast his ballot at any of the sites. They are: —Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. —Shalimar Annex, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar. —Bob Sikes Library, 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview. —Supervisor of Elections Office, 302 Wilson St. N. Ste 102, Crestview. Election hours are: —Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. —Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. —Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone in line at closing time will be allowed to vote. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON VOTINGFrom page A-1Superior Residences has been making a name for itself in the local community of Niceville, specializing in the care of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease and other forms of dementia. Although the assisted living community is fairly new to the area, it has already begun to gain notoriety for their memory care services. Since 2009, the community has been gaining attention by local medical professionals for their excellence in senior health care. Superior Residences of Niceville is owned and operated by Superior Residences, Inc., which manages six other assisted living communities in Florida. The company s mission is to create living environments, in which their residents can remain as independent as possible with the help of specialized care. “One thing that sets this specialized assisted living community apart from others is that it provides 24 hour care by licensed nurses,” said Elizabeth Rambow who has been working as the Director of Community Relations for the past two years. “Our personnel are highly trained, memory care specialists that have experience with caring for those with all forms of memory loss.” The community features specialized apartments that meet the needs of their residents, along with dining rooms, activity and living rooms, television rooms and two secured outdoor patios. The community has 60 suites which can accommodate up to 80 residents. The staff provides plenty of activities to keep their residents active throughout the day with some of these activities dedicated to stimulating their minds and memories. Volunteers and local church groups come in and entertain their residents with events such as sing-alongs, pet therapy and special group presentations. Superior Residences offers three different programs: our regular residential living program, a respite stay program along with day stay care by the hour. Not only does Superior Residences care for each of their residents, but their families as well. On the last Thursday of every month, Superior Residences hosts a Memory Care Support Group for anyone coping with the effects of Alzheimer s or other forms of dementia. On the second Tuesday of every month, Superior hosts a support group just for spouses who are coping with their own set of issues. These support group meetings are open to the public and feature guest speakers who have experience in treating those with dementia. Please call for specific dates and times of these meetings. Superior Residences is also active in the community. We are the host for the Second Annual Okaloosa County Walk to End Alzheimer s, and Rambow is the Head Chairperson and Coordinator for the Walk. “I encourage area residents to come out to the walk and show their support in finding a cure for Alzheimer s disease.” This year the Walk is on Saturday, Oct. 6 with event registration and opening ceremonies being held on the front lawn of Superior. If you are interested in signing up for the event, you can call Superior or visit the website at alz.org/walk. We hope to double the amount of participants this year, so we ask you to join our walk and support the cause! Superior Residences is also an official testing site for “National Memory Screening Day” which is being held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Memory screenings are a first step toward a proper diagnosis. We are proud to provide our local community with this invaluable service. For more information on upcoming events, or more on Superior Residences of Niceville, visit their website at superioralf.com. If you would like to schedule a lunch and a tour of the community, please contact them by phone at (850) 8972244, or email them at erambow@superioralf.com. Superior Residences is located at 2300 Partin Drive in Niceville, FL 32578.Advertising Feature Celebrating Gorgeous Grandma Day! Outdoor Gardening in raised planters in the courtyard.Superior ResidencesOffering the best in ‘memory care.’ DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacon s ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. 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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 , A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Beacon photo by Tess HollisTall tales come to life in NicevilleFlorida-based storyteller Pat Nease, right, made a special visit to the Niceville Community Center July 25. Nease, who lives in Parker, told several animated stories to an enthusiastic group of youngsters. Robots battle at RockyKids from Rocky Bayou Christian School s Crazy Robotics Camp watch as a robot prepares to battle another robot. The 21 campers, ages 8 through 13, spent the week of July 16 building and programming their own robots, constructed using Lego Mindstorm parts and program. Beacon photo by Tess HollisFoundation recognizes endowmentsSpecial to the Beacon Business and community leaders joined Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Foundation Board members and college officials to recognize a recently completed Teaching Chair Endowment, two new facility naming endowments and other gifts totaling more than $90,000 to support instruction at NWFSC, at a reception held at the Costa Leadership Institute on the college’s Niceville campus. The Tim and Jan McDonald/Fort Walton Machining Endowed Teaching Chair in Technology, created by the McDonald family to enhance instruction in technology programs by providing equipment, software and instructional materials, was recently completed with a gift of $50,000 that will help meet program needs not otherwise available. Jan McDonald, of Niceville, continuing the legacy of her late husband, Tim, currently serves in his stead on the NWFSC Foundation Board of Directors and remains a generous benefactor to the College. Another gift and match totaling $25,000 from Carr, Riggs and Ingram (CRI) established an endowment to fund equipment, instruction and program needs in support of the college’s Costa Leadership Institute. In recognition of this gift, one of the facility’s conference rooms was named in honor of Carr, Riggs and Ingram, a Southern regional accounting firm established in 1987. CRI partner, Steve Riggs, noted the importance of education, the critical role that the college plays in matriculating students, and the significant number of NWFSC graduates on CRI’s staff. A second facility naming endowment was unveiled in honor of Dr. David Goetsch, of Please see ENDOWMENTS, page B-3 The following are local August blood drives, sponsored by Northwest Florida Blood Services: Wednesday, Aug. 1: —Eglin Building 351, 203 West D Ave., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3: —Eglin OFP CTF/40 th Building 60, 601 W. Choctawhatchee, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7: —Eglin Naval EOD School Building 845, 100 McCarthy Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8: —Hurlburt Medical Group, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9: —Eglin Building 11, 102 West D Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. —Niceville City Hall, 204 N. Partin Drive, 8 a.m.-noon. Thursday, Aug. 16: —Eglin Hospital, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19: —Christ Our Redeemer, 1028 White Point Road, Niceville, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20: —Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free movie ticket for all donors. Tuesday, Aug. 21: —Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free movie ticket for all donors. Thursday, Aug. 22: —Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28: —Eglin 78 PMEL/46 th Test Squad, 201 E. Daytona Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29: —Hurlburt Building One, 100 Bartley St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. —Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 S. 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Nicotine Anonymous If you desire to stop using nicotine, or stay stopped, join Nicotine Anonymous on Thursdays at 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 1800 John Sims Parkway. Info: 897-4721. Floral Design Studies The Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting registrations for Advanced Floral Design Studies classes for anyone interested in learning about floral design. Classes will be held at the Valparaiso Community Library on the first Saturday of each month, September-March, excluding December, from 9-11:30 a.m. Cost of six classes: $60. Call 897-4011, or email jnjkam@gmail.com for registration forms, or pick one up at the Valparaiso Community Library. No experience necessary. Info: marieharrison@valp.net. Food donations needed Sharing & Caring, Niceville, is asking for donations due to a shortage of food. Items needed include, but are not limited to: canned meats, pork and beans, cereal, canned pasta, corn, drinks (juice), side dishes (Hamburger Helper), toilet paper and toothpaste, or any items which cannot be purchased with food stamps. Donations can be dropped of Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., or Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 678-8459. Yard Sale Spectacular The Heritage Museum off Northwest Florida is accepting donations for their annual Yard Sale Spectacular, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m.noon. Donations (no clothes) will be accepted during regular museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. Info: 678-2615. 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. 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 softball co-ed 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. Painting with a Twist Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida will bring “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. 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. Rotary golf tourney Reservations are being taken for the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club Golf Tournament Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., Rocky Bayou Country Club. The golf tournament will fund scholarships for local students. The goal this year is $10,000. Corporate sponsor: $350, four player and hole sign. Individual player: $90. Hole sign only, $100. Info: Jimmie Boisjolie, 699-0045, jimgirl@cox.net, or nicevalrotary@yahoo.com. Senior activities The Walton-Okaloosa Council on Aging Senior Program will offer the following for people 60 and older at Seminole Community Center, Cedar Street, 833-9291: Aug. 2, bingo, 10 a.m.; Aug. 7, bingo, 10 a.m. The following programs will be offered at the Valparaiso Community Center, 268 Glenview Ave., 833-9291: Aug. 1, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 2, Wii bowling, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 3, bingo, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 6, dominoes and socializing, 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 7, bingo, 9:30 a.m. Paddle safety course The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-4 Destin and Flotilla 1-7 Pensacola will conduct a paddle safety course Aug. 4, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Marine Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 1. The class is free for those who want to sit in, or $10 for the book and exam. Registration: Lynn Mott, beachrun49@aol.com. 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 experienced 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. Steak dinner American Legion Post 75, 898 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, will host a steak night Aug. 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $14, includes T-bone steak, baked potato, salad, bread and dessert. Open to the public. Info: 589-3195. 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. Cost: $60 residents, $70 non-residents. Info: nicevillepalsoccer.org, or Howard Hill, 678-2182. 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, howard_hill@cox.net, or 678-2182; or Bernie Busovne, busovnefamily@cox.net, or 8979497 if you are interested in this class. School supplies yard sale Niceville Worship Center will hold a yard sale Aug. 4, from 8 a.m.2 p.m., 410 N. Cedar Ave., Niceville. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of back-to-school supplies. Visit the yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon to register for the school supplies, that will be given out Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m. Supplies are limited to the first 50 students. A youth rally will follow Aug. 11, from 4-6 p.m. All are welcome. Mystery Poker Run The American Legion Riders of Post 75 will host a Mystery Poker Run to benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Aug. 4. Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., with a free pancake and sausage breakfast; KSU at 10 a.m.; last bike in at 2 p.m. for a southern-style lunch for $6. Open to all motorcyclists. American Legion Post 75 is located at 989 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview. Cost: $10. Info: 589-3195. Wild About Bugs The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will present “Wild About Bugs” with the FAMU Entomology Club, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come learn and appreciate the creepy, crawling world of insects. Standard admission rates apply. Info: eowilsoncenter.org, or 835-1824. 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. Heritage Museum camp The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will present “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 pre-registration is required. Info: 678-2615. Archaeology campThe 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: 8839595. Wildlife presentation Henderson Beach State Park will host a wildlife presentation on Aug. 9, from 11-11:30 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. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry will present in concert Forgive Trio of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 951 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Group members Cloid and Debbie Barker have devoted 40 years of their lives to traveling throughout the country, singing gospel music. A love offering will be received; everyone is invited. Info: LibbyAndFriendsGospelConcerts.co m, or Libby White, 496-7106. Courtesy photoSchool supplies neededNiceville Sharing & Caring is collecting school supplies for children in need. School supplies or monetary donations can be dropped off at 104 Bullock Blvd., Niceville. Items needed most include: backpacks (generic, not gender-specific), notebook paper, highlighters and washable markers. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Friday. The drive will end Aug. 3. Students may register for supplies until Aug, and they must be registered for the 2012-13 school year and have identification on file at Sharing & Caring. Info: 678-8459. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 CALENDAR B ir t h day? A nn i v er s a r y? Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner D i am o n d W or k si nc 850-244-5252 | www.DiamondWorksJewelry.comPark Place Plaza | 323 Page Bacon Rd. | Mary Esther, FL 32569 L e t o u r d i a m o n d s wo rk f o r y o u The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in Niceville LEE MULLIS, MD • Over 25 Years Experience • National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery • A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon The Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD • Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office • 15 Years Experience • A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: • CATARACTS • DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville • (850)678-5338930 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview • (850) 682-5338• GLAUCOMA • RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted 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 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 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

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Special to the Beacon The Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College will offer a series of business skills and professional development trainings throughout August to November at the college’s Niceville campus. Open registration for the short-term training courses and one-day seminars are in progress. Register online, in person at any NWFSC campus or center, or by mail. Open enrollment is accepted until the session date—space permitting. Fees range from $80 to $250. See complete course descriptions in the Costa Leadership Institute Fall 2012 schedule of classes on the college website at nwfsc.edu/LI or nwfsc.edu/schedule. Fall training topics include: Conversational Spanish for the Business Professional; Public Speaking; Effective Communications; Social Media; Website SEO; Customer Service; Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Word; Servant Leadership; Generational Diversity, Dynamic Resilience, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management and more. To request a full brochure, email leadership@nwfsc.edu. The Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC provides a variety of unique professional development opportunities and customized training options for individuals, businesses, government, military and non-profit organizations. The programs of the Costa Leadership Institute are specially designed to support the economic and workforce development of our region and our vital role in the state and global economy. Contact the Costa Leadership Institute Director Julie Cotton at 729– 6880 for additional information. August trainings include: —Conversational Spanish for the Business Professional (Beginner to Intermediate),Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 14-30 from 5-7 p.m. —Microsoft PowerPoint (2010), Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. —The Change Cycle: A Blueprint for a More Balanced Work and Personal Life, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Do you feel stuck in a dead end job/relationship? Are you searching for a way to add more meaning to your life? Learn how to use the Change Cycle tool to balance your life and to facilitate everything from finding a new job to finally losing those last 10 pounds. —Appreciative Team Building: Getting the Best Out of Your People, Aug. 21, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Managing and motivating people successfully is a dynamic, evolving and highly personal process. You’ll leave this training renewed, reenergized and inspired to create a powerful results-oriented team that gets things done and is a credit to your leadership. —Effective Communications: Enhance Your Visibility, Relationships and Results, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Effective communication strategies are critical to the success of a business, yet communicating effectively is often one of the most challenging tasks. This workshop includes strategies and practical tactics that businesses may adopt to communicate successfully with internal and external audiences, ultimately enhancing your corporate reputation and bottom line. For a list of September to November trainings, visit nwfsc.edu/schedule, or nwfsc.edu/LI.Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Niceville, who recently retired from the college in December following a distinguished career spanning 36 years. Gifts were received from a broad spectrum of community members to honor Dr. Goetsch’s legacy as a community and educational leader. Contributions led to the creation of an endowment totaling more than $15,000 in gifts and match to establish and name the Dr. David L. Goetsch Gallery at the Costa Leadership Institute. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for their recent donation of $5,000 to the NWFSC Foundation. This gift will be used for office equipment needs to bolster the Costa Leadership Institute’s work in corporate training, professional education, leadership development and community engagement. The Endowed Teaching Chair Program for Northwest Florida State College is designed to enrich student achievement by recognizing the strength of the college, its teaching faculty, and instructional departments by providing financial support to an academic department. Similarly, named endowments through the NWFSC Foundation provide lasting recognition of an individual or organization’s commitment to educational excellence. The NWFSC Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides charitable and educational aid in the form of money and other property and services to and/or for the benefit of Northwest Florida State College. For more information about the NWFSC Foundation and its programs, please visit nwfscFoundation.org. ENDOWMENTSFrom page B-1 Courtesy photo Northwest Florida State College Foundation recently recognized endowments and gifts totaling more than $90,000. From left: Greg Britton, Jody Henderson, Jan McDonald, David Goetsch, Tim McDonald, Bob Richburg, Jill McDonald Kerschitz, Bill Grant, Frank Kerschitz, Kalli Kerschitz, Tawanna Edwards, Karen McDonald Archer and Michael Archer. Costa Leadership Institute announces registration A.S. Degree 60 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 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 College New Degree Programs! attorneys by researching legal precedents, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Paralegals conduct research to su pport legal proceedings, and help as legal correspondence; trial preparation such as organizing exhibits; preparation of legal documents, including briefs, plead ings, 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 ear ning 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, 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

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Special to the Beacon The African American Student Association (AASA) of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) will host a benefit gospel concert, “An Evening with Le’Andria Johnson,” featuring BET’s Sunday Best Season 3 titleholder and Grammy award-winning gospel artist, Le’Andria Johnson, on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. The special guest host for the event will be Linda “Sonshine” Moorer, the Mid-Day Diva of Magic 106.1 radio. Local performers for the event will also include Believer’s Life Center Dance Ministry, Pensacola, and Spirit and Truth Ensemble of Love and Faith Community Church, Tallahassee. Tickets are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office for $25. VIP seating is available for $75 and includes a meet and greet with Le’Andria Johnson after the concert. Please contact box office to purchase VIP tickets. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee. Purchase tickets online at mattiekellyartscenter.org, or by phone or in-person from the box office at 729-6000. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the doors will open the night of the event at 6 p.m. for any available at-thedoor tickets. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the NWFSC Pacesetter Scholar Program that was established in 1995 by Bill Hall as part of the college’s scholarship plan to assist African American male students to attend NWFSC. The selected students not only receive tuition assistance, but have additional requirements that include successful completion of the college’s Service Learning Seminar and 20 hours of community service mentoring in the local school district. The students must also maintain a minimum grade point average and complete 24 semester hours during the academic year. The two-year experience as a Pacesetter is focused on giving each scholar a well-rounded educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. For more information on the Pacesetter Scholarship or sponsorship opportunities for the Le’Andria Johnson concert, contact Sam Hill at hills@nwfsc.edu, or 729-5348.Page B-4 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Collegiate student s designs raise moneyAmber Phillips, a senior at Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School, recently raised more than $1,000 for Hope Medical Clinic, Destin, during a fashion show in which she displayed her own clothing designs. The fashion show fundraiser was part of her Capstone senior project in which she is required to complete 15 philanthropic work hours to graduate. Amber, 17, is pictured in one of her dress designs. She lives in Bluewater Bay with her family and hopes to study apparel design in college. Courtesy photoCollege to present gospel concert Courtesy photo Grammy-award winning gospel artist Le Andria Johnson, pictured, will perform at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. NicevilleINSURANCE AGENCY (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com Niceville’s #1REAL ESTATE OFFICE http://www.century21wilsonminger.com 2011 CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CENTURY 21 IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OWNED BY CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE LLC. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMPANY. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED. BILLROBERTS AFreshStart... ANewBeginning FOROKALOOSACOUNTYTAXCOLLECTORwww.ElectBillRoberts.comVOTE PoliticaladvertisementpaidforandapprovedbyBillRoberts,RepublicanforOkaloosaCountyTaxCollector. MyfamilyandIaskfor yourvoteAugust14th.NicevilleMayorRandallWiseIvehadtheopportunitytoworkwithBillondifferent issues.Heisfairandconcernedaboutdoingwhats right.ThatswhyIsupporthimforTaxCollector.Ž Crestview 850.689.5600 Ft. Walton Beach 850.651.7272 Paul Lux, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections OR Move your polling place to your living room! Request your ballot by contacting the Supervisor of Elections oce via telephone, email, mail, in person or by visiting our website. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections oce by 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, August 8th. OR Early Voting Locations: Niceville City Hall, Shalimar Annex, Crestview Library & Supervisor of Elections Crestview Oce (Early voting is NO longer oered at the UF REEF) Early Voting Hours: 10am 6pm Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 7am 3pm Wednesday & Saturday(s) 11am 5pm Sunday 3 Easy Ways toPolls are open 7am-7pm on Election Day Tuesday, August 14, 2012Find your precinct on our website by using the Voter Lookup Tool. Scan here with your Smartphone to nd Election Information on our website. www.GoVote-Okaloosa.comSaturday, August 4th Saturday, August 11thFind Us on Facebookfacebook.com/OkaloosaCountySupervisorOfElections The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Bus drivers needed. 2012-2013 school year. Insurance. Good pay. Crestview 850-6897301, Niceville 850833-4203, Fort Walton 850-833-3555. HRBlock needs 2012 Taxpros. Niceville classes start 13Aug. Info 850-502-6609. Someone that knows plants that needs a job. Honest, dependable and on time. Prefer that knows about retail. Contact Jay at 850685-0289 or Alicia at 850-685-6166. Editorial Assistant Beacon Newspapers Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot, and The Green Beret) seeks an editorial assistant who will work in the office to help compile, write, and edit news items, assist the editor in preparing the newspapers for publication, and perform other clerical and administrative duties under the direction of the editor. Applicants must be familiar with desktop computers, able to write quickly and accurately, and possess proofreading and editing skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented, and able to adapt to a 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 sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) House for sale by owner. Lot 150 X100. 1345 18th Street, Baker. Call 537-5149 for information. 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COMPUTER REPAIR LAWN CARE Less StressLawn & LandscapingFREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIALRJ: (850) 699-1617 Bryan: (850) 259-1981 Licensed & Insured SALON cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing(Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606 Celebrating 13 yrs. in the Niceville AreaGift Certificates Available ADVERTISE HERE! PRESSURE WASHING (850) 699-7866Houses Driveways Fencing Docks RVs Decks“No Job Too Small”Licensed & 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! TREE SERVICE Country Roads Tree Service“We cut so you don’t have to”• Tree removal, trimming, & thinning • Storm damage clean up • 24-Hour Emergency Service • Fully Licensed/Insured • Call today for a Free Estimate!Ask for Joe the Tree Man!(850)461-7170 Residential/Commercial HOME REPAIR •Vinyl Siding, Sof f it, & Fascia •Screen Rooms & Patio Covers •Replace Rotten Wood & ScreensLic# RX0066839 585-9511 ADVERTISE HERE! Easy and affordable way of advertising inAt Your ServiceCall us at 678-1080 or stop by the office at: 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 • Ph 678-1080 Your advertisement would reach up to 15,000 households each week. Bring your ad or we will make one for you. Starting at only$195 5 uper week MINI STORAGE (850) 729-1005204 KELLY RD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578Kelly Rd.W.R. Harden, Inc. dbaJan C. Bogan General Manager IRRIGATION Licensed & InsuredCommercial/Residential259-1447 682-1447JERRY D. 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Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! BayouTreeService IRRIGATION CALL KENT BENNET (850) 685-3507 Servicing Okaloosa Co.Irrigation Pump RepairKBES Pool Pumps Lift Pumps Adjust/Replace Sprinkler Systems Most cases, Same Day Service PHOTOGRAPHY• Infants • Children • Families • Events Dawn Rachelle Photography Life... Captured 850.678.8113 | dawnrachellephotography.com By....Coming soon to a neighborhood near YOU!SOLDCarriage Hills Realty, Inc. (850) 678-51781821 John Sims Parkway • Niceville, FL 32578 www.CarriageHills.com • REALTOR@CarriageHills.com REALTOR Help Wanted Help Wanted HELP WANTED The Bluewater Bay Tennis Center is in need of part-time help (10 to 20 hours per week) to assist in the maintenance of the courts. No experience necessary. Very flexible hours; mornings and middays.Applications are available at the Tennis Center, 777 Bay Drive. LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOUR BUSINESS. Advertise in At Your Service The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot & The Green Beret(850) 678-1080 The more you tell, the more you sell! Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! Mid-Bay Rotary gives to musiciansThe Mid-Bay Rotary Club recently presented a $150 donation to Kids at the Symphony, an educational program of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. From left: Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy; Rotarian Jeffrey Rink, Northwest Florida Symphony Conductor; Mid-Bay Rotary President Dave Underwood; and Cristie Kedroski, director, Resource Development and College Foundation. Courtesy photo Richard Blake Byrne and Sunni Lea NordenNorden-ByrneEmily Mitchell Boswell, of Destin, and Jack Norden, of Warner-Robbins, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sunni Lea Norden, to Richard Blake Byrne, son of Richard and Nelia Byrne, of Niceville. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School, and is currently in her second year of the Dental Hygiene program at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. The prospective groom is a 2007 graduate of Niceville High School. He is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in Pascagoula, Miss. An October 2013 wedding is planned. s Engagements Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON THE BEACON’SAT YOUR SERVICE

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A look inside Okaloosa County votingChildren from Noah s Ark Daycare, Valparaiso Assembly of God, learned about voting in the past and present on July 18 at Vote Okaloosa, one of the latest exhibits at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Evan Hicks, pictured, takes a look at an old voting machine. The exhibit, will be on display for about a year, features voting equipment and Okaloosa County voting documents dating back to 1917. Beacon photo by Tess Hollis 9-10-year-olds end 2012 3rd in stateThe 9-10-year-old Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Fast Pitch Softball All-Star Team won the Florida Section 1 Championship, defeating Tri-Star in Tallahassee during a double-header on Saturday, July 14. This win guaranteed them a spot in the State Championship July 21-23 in Melbourne. There, they made the Final Four and finished third in the state. From left: front, Anjeli Beliveau, Ava Worthy, Savanna Hill, Michaela Brocato; back, Hannah Langston, Caitlyn Stringfellow, Katrina Wellema, Paige Whitaker, Allison Brown, Hannah Sjostrom, Carly Kidder; rear, coach David Brown, manager Troy Sjostrom, coach Chris Kidder. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-6 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Courtesy photoNiceville goes to GermanyEileen Arpke, pictured, shows off the city of Niceville s “Celebrating Freedom” T-shirt in Cologne, Germany, on July 1 during a river cruise on the Rhine River. The T-shirts were sold throughout the Niceville, Valparaiso communities to raise money for the Fourth of July fireworks fund. Arpke is a Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce member, representing the Niceville YMCA. Beacon photo by Tess HollisWii party takes over Valp. LibraryArea children came together July 25 to enjoy snacks and games at the Valparaiso Community Library s Nintendo Wii party. From left: Xander Garland, DJ Shorts, Rudo Nichols and Ashton Buffington go head-to-head in a game of Wii bowling. 850-863-2153Fort Walton • Destin • NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyTheodore I. Macey, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians CALL ME TODAY.Auto rates just got lower. Frank Walker, Agent 1189 John Sims Parkway E Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-7878 frank.walker.uynd@statefarm.com om .c m ar f e t a t ynd@s .u er alk .w frank : 850-678-7878 Bus FL 32578 ville e Nic y E a w k ar ims P 1189 John S ent g A er alk ank W r F m r a e F t a t y a S p b o t Sn e g a o “ y t a d o e t l m l a r c o e c o v a n s a u c o h y c u w m o t h u o r o b h g i e d n o e a go k i L e r e h s t rm i a te F a t S. Y A AY D O E T L M L A C s t n d n o “ e l A a u t u m M r a e F t a t S m ar F e t a t S o l B 1 10 10 0 10 y n a p m o e C c n a r u s n e I l i b o m o t u any p m o C y y t ni m e d n I L I n o t ng i m o o Do you want your glasses today? Come see us! EYEWEAR UNLIMITED IN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 • 678-6211All doctors’ prescriptions filled • Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals • Tri-Focals • Progressives • Sunglasses Varilux • Hoya • Shamir • Zeiss 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) With Dr. Amanda Brenci, you will experience an extensive eye health examination, clear explanations of your condition, and answers to your questions. (850) 678-8876 “Where there is no vision, the people perish” –Proverbs 29:18Providing the highest quality vision care to children & adults.