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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: 08-15-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
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System ID: UF00099641:00186

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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A proposal by Bluewater Bay Resort to shorten its Magnolia nine-hole golf course and develop a combination of residential and commercial development on parts of two fairways has changed, and now is wholly residential, according to the resort's general manager. Meantime, a majority of Magnolia Plantation property owners have approved a onetime assessment of $200 each, money to be set aside in case the homeowners association needs legal assistance in dealing with the resort's development plans. In March, Bluewater Bay Resort Chairman Helmut Werner and General Manager Tom Hanks announced plans to shorten the Magnolia golf course and develop a combination of residential and commercial on two fairways. Sixteen homes were proposed on Fairway 9, with a mixed commercial and residential development on Fairway 7, which fronts along Highway 20. The Magnolia is the newest of the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Declining water quality at area beaches was the top subject of discussion during the Okaloosa County Commissions final public budget workshop, held Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. County public works director Doug Hofstad and health department director Dr. Karen Chapman discussed the countys stormwater runoff control program and its effect on water quality at beaches and in local waterways. Chapman told commissioners that because of budget constraints, her department now plans to test water quality at county beaches only from February through October, rather than year-round, during fiscal year 2013, which begins Oct. 1. Chapman said the reduced testing will save money, and that Water quality declines, health official saysBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The teachers union filed a new labor grievance against the Okaloosa County School District Aug. 7 after noting that for the second year in a row, no "step" raise was given to teachers in their July 31 paychecks. Karen Peek, president of the Okaloosa County Education Association (OCEA), said the union had learned its lesson and filed the new pay grievance Aug. 7 after 12-month teachers received their first pay checks of this school year July 31, without any step pay hike. Teachers learned the day before that they will not get a step pay raise for the just-past school year, said Peek, because their filing of a grievance last year was filed too late. In 2011 OCEA had filed a grievance over pay on Sept. 8, eight days after 10-month teachers' paychecks on Aug. 31, 2011, did not contain a step pay raise, an average annual 3 percent pay hike based on each additional year of teaching experience in the school district. Earlier, on July 31, 2011, 12-month teachers in the school district also received checks without the hike. The school board said it didn't have the money for a raise last year. It hasn't stated its intentions this year. OCEA argued that the annual step pay hikes were required under the three-year contract between teachers and the school district. The school district however told OCEA officials Aug. 9 last year that it would not pay a 2011-12 step raise, and declared the issue at impasse. School district officials said the annual step raises were not T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, August 15, 2012 COMINGUPWednesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families of all ages to its Summer Back To School Part y. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Movie and playtime for little ones; Wii and crafts for older children. Free. Friday, 2-4 p.m. To celebrate his 96th birthday, well-known Bluewater Bay illustrator Marlin Griffin will have a showing of some of his world travels and fantasy illustrations at Sandy & Ray Realty in Merchants Walk, Bluewater Bay, across from Bank of America and a few doors from the Post Office. No cost. Friday, 7-10 p.m. Henderson Beach State Par k will host a star gazing program Aug. 17, from 7-10 p.m. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, plants and galaxies. They will also answer questions about the night sky. Program included with paid park admission. Info: 837-7550. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. A benefit meal is planned at the Dockside & Oyster Bar, North Light Yacht Club, Niceville, for Yvonne B. Davenport and family. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, went into remission and in March 2010 was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The cost is $10 for barbecued chicken, pulled pork or fried catfish, with jambalaya, potato salad, a roll and drink. Calendar, B-2 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Union challenges 2nd teacher pay freezeSwimmers Saturday at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso. Rain, health director Karen Chapman told county officials last week, usually worsens water quality by washing contaminants into waterways. Beacon photo by Mike GriffithVale of Paradise old hat?Eglin s neighbor eyes rebrandingBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer No one was hurt Saturday night when a mattress caught fire and caused $20,000 damage to a two-story apartment in Niceville. "Thank God for smoke detectors and good firemen," said Tony Lohrman, assistant chief, Niceville Fire Department. Lohrman said a smoke detector alerted the occupants to a fire in the upstairs master bedroom in Apartment 22 at the Wildwood Apartments, 400 Kelly Road. The occupants got out safely, he said. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Summer in the "Sunshine State" features near-daily "30 percent chance" of thunderstorms. But lately the downpours have been heavier than usual. In the seven days that ended Monday at 6 a.m., a total of 9.74 inches of rain was recorded in Niceville at the regional wastewater plant, eclipsing the 6.52 inches that fell during the entire month of July. Year to date, Niceville recorded a total of 47.72 inches of rain as of Monday, or more than 9 inches above normal. Above, shoppers did the best they could to stay dry during a thundershower at the Niceville Walmart parking lot Friday afternoon.Liquid sunshine Please see UNION, page A-6 Please see ALARM, page A-3 Please see DROPS, page A-3 Please see WATER, page A-2 Resort drops plan for stores on golf courseHouses still planned; Residents raise funds for possible legal action The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Forget about the Vale of Paradise? That's what Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold suggested the city should do. "Vale of Paradise" is the city's motto, words it includes on the municipal seal. But Arnold said the phrase makes the city sound like a real estate development. Instead, Valparaiso's seal, featuring the motto "Vale of Paradise at bottom, seems behind the times, city officials say. 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because most people do not actually go swimming at local beaches during the colder months of November through January, the lack of water testing during that period should have little effect on public health. She also said her department is dropping testing at Camp Timpoochee, east of Niceville, since that is not actually a public county beach, but is part of a camp operated by the University of Florida and the 4-H Club. The health department is adding two new test sites, she said, along beaches in Destin and Okaloosa Island. Chapman warned commissioners that water quality at county beaches has been in steady decline since 2010, with fewer days each year when it is safe for people to swim at local beaches without risk of contracting illness from fecal coliform bacteria and other contaminants. She said such bacteria results from several sources of contamination, foremost of which is stormwater runoff into streams and bayous. We are going the wrong direction for beach water quality, Chapman told commissioners Thursday. She said the levels of contamination found in testing has been going up for the last several years, and that the number of advisory days, when the health department posts signs warning people not to swim at a county beach, has also been going up. For example, said Chapman, between 2010 and 2011, the last years for which she had complete data, the percentage of water samples that exceeded state standards for contaminant levels climbed from 10 to 19 percent for samples taken at Rocky Bayou State Park, from 10 to 15 percent at Lincoln Park in Valparaiso, and from zero to 6 percent at James Lee Park, the free public beach along the Gulf of Mexico closest to the NicevilleValparaiso area via the Mid-Bay Bridge. During the same period, said Chapman, the number of advisory days, when swimming is warned against at those beaches, went from 29 to 112 at Rocky Bayou State Park, from 35 to 96 at Lincoln Park, and from zero to 27 at James Lee Park. Chapman also said that water quality readings may be affected by numerous factors, including rain events which tend to increase readings of contaminant levels if a storm washes a lot of stormwater into local waterways shortly before a reading is taken. The Okaloosa Health Department usually issues weekly test results on Thursday mornings, emailing them to local news media and posting them on the health department web site at HealthyOkaloosa.com. Chapman said Okaloosa Countys exceedance rate for water contamination is currently 3rd among Floridas 34 coastal counties, and that the exceedance rate at Rocky Bayou State Park ranks 4th among 306 beaches tested throughout Florida. The beach at Garnier Park in Fort Walton Beach, Chapman said, was number 1 in the state for exceedance rate. Some county commissioners challenged Chapmans statements, saying she may have been over-emphasizing the actual health implications of her test results. Arent our beaches actually safer than most other beaches in the United States? asked Commissioner James Campbell of Niceville. Im not trying to create a fear factor here, Chapman replied, but we must address the reasons for contamination. The foremost such reason, she said, is stormwater runoff. Arent our beaches also safer than those in Tampa or Jacksonville? Campbell asked. After all, there is a newsman present here today, Campbell said, and we dont want him going back to his newspaper and telling everyone in the county, Dont swim! Its too dangerous! Stormwater runoff, Chapman repeated, is the most frequent source of contamination. We have to decide if we want clean water, and if we want to address stormwater. This is an issue that should be addressed at both the local and state level. The doctor said she was not trying to create unwarranted fear, and said, Water quality correlates with rain events, and this summer a number of coastal beaches have failed because of excessive sargassum (seaweed) growth. However, she said, This is an opportunity to educate the public, and added, Our beaches are where our residents go to play and bathe with their children and families. In a briefing from the county public works department, commissioners were told that the countys stormwater management program is short of funds. We could spend $50,000 on stormwater needs, said Hofstad, but we dont have it. Were living on our reserves now, and will eventually reach a point in time where funding doesnt meet our needs. We are now a hundred percent reactionaryif something fails, we fix it. We currently have no pro-active programs or projects, and our reserves continue to dwindle. Commissioners discussed various options for finding more money for stormwater control. Commissioner Dave Parisot suggested diverting some money from the countys parks and recreation MSTU, but Commissioner Wayne Harris objected, saying I dont want to rob Peter to pay Paul. Parisot then suggested seeking state or federal grant money, but Campbell reminded him that the commission is trying to keep taxes low, and that grant money, from whatever source, is still a tax. Commissioner Bill Roberts suggested using money allocated to the county from BP oil spill funds under the Restore Act, but Parisot said, BP is not funding stormwater projects to help counties balance their budgets, but will only fund projects directly related to mitigating actual harm done by the 2010 oil spill. Roberts, however, said, Our economy is not getting any better. Our best hope is to use Restore Act money. Well be using it to address our environment, not just to balance our budget. Parisot recommended splitting property tax revenue from the countys parks and recreation MSTU between stormwater control and regular parks and recreation projects. That way, he said, water quality can be improved while not raising taxes, and the county would still have some money for regular parks projects. In other business during Thursdays budget workshop, commissioners heard budget briefings on such functions as road maintenance, traffic control, mosquito control, information systems, maintenance of the county vehicle fleet, and the countys agricultural extension service. All departments said they are making modest cuts to their budget for FY 2013, but that such cuts require delays in replacing old equipment or in maintaining county facilitiesthings that cannot be sustained indefinitely. Thursday was the last of the county commissions budget workshops for the coming fiscal year. Final public hearings on the proposed FY 2013 budget will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in Crestview, and at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in Fort Walton. Information about the Okaloosa County budget and county government is available at www.OkaloosaFL.com. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE!1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/BoxesCall for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) WATERFrom page A-1 Dr. Karen Chapman Beacon photo by Mike Griffith There were few spectators as the Okaloosa County Commission thrashed out its budget plans for the coming fiscal year during a meeting Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. the city should consider a new moniker that would attract new businesses and residents. The mayor said the county's Economic Development Council recently suggested a new slogan for the city, such as "Home of Eglin Air Force Base," a phrase that is already on city letterhead. Also on the letterhead is "Vale of Paradise," a translation of the city's Spanish-derived name, which was indeed bestowed by Chicago real estate promoter John B. Perrine when he founded the city in 1921. Emphasizing Valparaiso's historic connection to Eglin the main economic driver for the entire areawould promote the city to businesses looking to locate near the base, said Arnold, a retired Eglin employee who has clashed with the Air Force over jet-noise issues in recent years. "Image and brand," said Carl Scott, are the keys to marketing. But, he added, Valparaiso doesn't have an image and brand that can be marketed. Commissioner Joe Morgan said the Internet and other electronic media would make it easy to change the city's marketing pitch. Vale of Paradise was used as a marketing tool back in the 1920s and 1930s when the city was being developed as a warmweather home for Chicagoans. "Do we have an economic development committee?" asked Morgan. "No," replied Scott. To have such a committee the city would need a "real" strategic plan, he said. "That's why I put "Valparaiso vision" on the agenda," said Arnold. In view of falling property values, a failure to attract new businesses and with no room to expand its boundaries, Arnold said, the city should form a "blue ribbon" vision committee. Its task, he said, would be to define "where do we go from here?" Arnold proposed a 10member committee, with each commissioner selecting two volunteers. However, Commissioner Kay Hamilton said such a panel should be opened up to anyone interested in promoting the city's future. "We have a lot of talented people in our community," agreed Arnold, citing a number of people who hold, or held, high-ranking positions at Eglin. Arnold suggested that commission members discuss the matter further at a meeting next month. In other business at Monday's city commission meeting, the panel approved a rate hike for basic cable television services while at the same time lowering the "pole attachment fee" portion of cable bills. The net result will be a five-cent average reduction to monthly cable bills, said City Clerk Tammy Johnson. The new rate boosts the charge for basic cable, channels 3-78, from $31.50 to $32.85 per month. The pole attachment feea charge to pay Gulf Power for allowing the city cable system to hang its cable TV lines on the utility's polesdrops from $2.20 pr month to 55 cents. The lower pole attachment fee is a result of an April 1 agreement with Gulf Power, reducing the pole attachment fee, following a long battle, said Commissioner Heyward Strong. VALEFrom page A-1 \WANTED NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVERStop 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) Data presented by Susan Chapman, Okaloosa County Health Department director, to the Okaloosa County Commission last week indicated that pollution worsened last year in area waterways. Rain runoff was blamed. Okaloosa County Health Dept.

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Boat Slip. 2385 Sq.Ft. 3 Beds/2.5 Baths. $475,000 SWIFT CREEK. 814 Coldwater Creek Circle. Southern wrap home. 3200 sq ft. 3 bedroom, 2/1 bath. $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 Auto rates just got lower. Bo Burns, Agent 1811 John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-3441 bo.burns.cvly@statefarm.com bo.burns.cvly@statefarm.com Bus: 850-678-3441 Niceville, FL 32578 1811 John Sims Parkway Bo Burns, Agent mraFetatSaybpotS .7/42ETOUQAROFLLAC.erehtsimraFetatS robhgiendoogaekiL evasnacuoyhcumwohtuo d notyadotemllacro,ecfo s tnega nm ed n I mraF et a t S lau t u M mraF et a t S 0 1 0 1 00 1 L I, n otg nim oo l B, yna p m oC y t in yna p m oCec naru s n Ie lib o m ot u A Since 1986www.bayoubookcompany.com 9-6 Mon.-Sat.Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593Each StoneStopper is shaped by ocean waves into smooth, ergonomic forms. The stopper's stainless steel body and thick rubber plug seal perfectly and last forever. Handmade in New England. Firefighters received the alarm at 10:20 p.m, and were on the scene six minutes later, Lohrman said. They contained the blaze to the upstairs bedroom, he said. The fire was out by 10:35 p.m. A smoldering cigarette on or near the mattress is believed have caused the fire, Lohrman said. Damage to the room and contents was listed at $20,000. The owner of the apartment is Napier Realty, Pensacola, Lohrman said. The occupant was listed as Johnathan Brophy. Lohrman said there were two or three people in the apartment when the smoke detector sounded. Responding to the fire were firefighters from Niceville, East Niceville, North Bay and Eglin fire departments. ALARMFrom page A-1four segments that make up the resort's 36-hole course. The resort lost money for the past three years, Werner said, a result of changes in the economy, and demographics, as fewer people have the time or money to play golf all day and existing golfers continue to age. There's also a glut of golf courses in the area, said Hanks. It's a trend nationally as well as locally, as golf courses close down and manicured courses are left to go back to nature, Hanks said last March, mentioning a former courses in Crestview that was once part of a gated community. Since March, the 18hole Shalimar Pointe Golf Course was also put on the market, and adjoining homeowners expressed their concerns that a buyer could build up to 200 homes on the course, changing their quality of life and reducing the value of their own homes. Late last month Hanks told the Beacon the resort's development plans have changed. The resort has eliminated any commercial from future development plans on the shortened Magnolia golf course, he said, and only residential development is now under consideration. However, no one outside the resort has seen the redesigned plans yet, he said, including the county's growth management department. He said the owners were also waiting to hear from the Magnolia Plantation homeowners association. Hanks said he couldn't divulge how many homes are now planned on portions of the shortened golf course as renderings and designs aren't ready yet. Werner could not be reached for comment. The resort will first release future plans to the Magnolia Plantation homeowners, Hanks said, but he could not say when those letters would be sent out. Jane Rainwater president of the 266-unit Magnolia Plantation Homeowners Association, said 165 owners voted yes, a majority, in favor of a one-time, binding assessment on each owner. She said the money would be placed in a fund in case the association decided it needed legal assistance in anything the resort planned for the Magnolia course. Rainwater said other homeowner associations in Bluewater Bay are also concerned about the resort's development plans, or the alternative of letting the golf course fall into disrepair. Elliott Kampert, Okaloosa County's Growth Development director, told the Beacon that the resort has not yet formally given notice to the county of any proposed development of the golf course. Notice of such proposed changes is required by the statemandated Development of Regional Impact (DRI) which controls development of the entire Bluewater Bay development, he said. Kampert said it is his understanding that the resort wants any proposed development to be "palatable" to affected homeowners. Rainwater said they've checked the DRI for Bluewater Bay and learned that to go that route the resort needs to notify Walton County and Crestview, because the development could impact traffic, water, and so on. She said they've been told their best offense is to attend en masse when the Okaloosa County Commission meets to discuss any proposal. She said they have said the resort won't fight Magnolia Plantation homeowners but instead threaten to close the golf courses at Magnolia Plantation, and possibly the Marsh course as well. Hanks said the resort's plans were in the best interests of all, including the homeowners. "Survival of the resort" is the primary concern of the development, Hanks said. "We don't need 36 holes of golf, especially in this economy." DROPSFrom page A-1 Preparing for new crop of studentsTeachers reported back to their classrooms Monday, a week before Okaloosa County public-school students start classes Aug. 20. Above, Lewis School fifth grade teacher Eva Ratley couldn't wait to begin preparing her new classroom and began moving supplies in Friday. With eight years teaching in other states and overseas in Korea as a military wife, she she begins her third year at the Valparaiso K-8 school. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon Valp. sets another closed meetingBeacon Staff Writer Bruce Bowman, a member of Conerly, Bowman and Dykes, the Destin law firm that is the city attorney, Monday requested a closed-door meeting with the Valparaiso Commission to, he said, discuss settlement negotiations in the recently concluded Bradley case, an open-government lawsuit that the city lost last month. The commission set the meeting for Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. Circuit Judge Thomas Remington on July 27 issued final judgment against the city in the Bradley lawsuit, in which a citizen sued over a previous secret commission proceeding. The Bay Beacon, in protesting an Aug. 2 closed commission meeting which officials said concerned the same recently concluded case, argued that Florida's open-government law permits closed meetings by elected officials to discuss legal action only when the action is actually pending in courtnot before it has been filed or after it has been concluded. Through a lawyer, the city replied that the commission was entitled to exclude the public from such a meeting because, even though Remington had issued what he called "final judgment," his ruling was not actually final because city officials hadn't decided whether to appeal. Bowman said Monday that no appeal had been filed. The Beacon last week offered to join with the city to submit the dispute to an opengovernment mediation program operated by the Florida Attorney General. The newspaper received no response. Beacon photo by Del Lessard The back yard of Norma Rethlake's home on Armadillo Trail in Magnolia Plantation, Bluewater Bay, backs up to the seventh fairway of the Magnolia golf course, part of which the course owner, Bluewater Bay Resort, wants convert to homesites.

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ArrestsCynthia Susan Wilkinson, a restaurant employee, 46, of 365 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 27 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge related to a $50 check. * Joshua Timothy Nelson, 34, of 390 Edge Ave. Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 30 on charges of failure to appear on a misdemeanor offense, four counts. * Brandon Edward Zembsch, 21, of 700 32nd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 20 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of burglary, grand theft auto, grand theft and criminal mischief. * Sedrick Leonard Lowe, unemployed, 42, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 27 on misdemeanor worthless check charges, three counts, related to checks written for $30.59, $27.29 and $29.09. * Michael Julian Dampier, unemployed, 31, of 1119 Rita Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of DUI and resisting an officer without violence. * William Richard Davis Jr., a cook, 21, of 2 Jonathan Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of trafficking in stolen property, petit theft and trespass. * Holly Nicole Tharp, a business owner/operator, 29, of 616 Ginkgo Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offense of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Latoya Denise Tape, 24, of 400 Kelly Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 26 on charges of petit theft and providing a false name to law enforcement. Tape allegedly put a $70 necklace in her front left pocket, walked out of the Sears store, 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther, without paying, then gave a false name. * Scott Eason Bacheller, unemployed, 55, of 2425 Roberts Drive, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in Fort Walton Beach July 12 on charges of trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. * Lisa Marie Emanuele, 36, of 1853 Taft St., Hollywood, was arrested by sheriff's deputies at the Okaloosa County Jail July 27 on a charge of fraudulently using another person's ID without consent. Emanuele is allegedly part of an organized fraud ring and was arrested on multiple fraud charges July 6 after attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Niceville bank using someone else's driver's license. On July 12 a woman filed an affidavit of complaint stating her wallet and purse were stolen from her vehicle June 25. Emanuele is alleged to have subsequently had possession and/or used the victim's personal identification fraudulently. * Jeremy Phillip White, 21, of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 2 on a petit theft charge. On June 10 White allegedly entered a Destin convenience store, 53 Harbor Blvd., picked up two 24-can cases of beer and walked out of the store without paying. * Kedreem Deshown Andrews, 25, of 122 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 7 on charges of domestic violence battery, false imprisonment, domestic violence related, and resisting an officer without violence. * Michael Robert Andrews, a student, 18, of 517 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 3 on charges of burglary, criminal mischief upon or within a church, and theft. On May 23 Andrews allegedly entered a Niceville church through an open window, then kicked in the door to an office and stole about $15 from a desk drawer. Andrews was also charged Aug. 3 with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving money or property through illegal use of a credit card. On June 10 Andrews allegedly found credit cards and other personal information in a church bathroom. Although he knew the owner, Andrews did not return the property but used the credit card to make two online purchases. Andrews later returned the credit card to the victim and admitted he had used it. * A 15-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 4 on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and grand theft of a firearm. The boy allegedly stole a semi-automatic handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition from the desk where his grandfather had stored it. The boy told police he wanted to go shooting with his friends but didn't want his grandparents to know. * Mason Garrett Riley, 20, of 2021 Mary Ann Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 4 on two violation of probation charges on the original offenses of driving while license suspended or revoked and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. * Jason Christopher Coulthart, an electrician, 29 of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 114, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 5 on charges of battery and criminal mischief. Coulthart allegedly hit another man in Fort Walton Beach then punctured two tires on the man's vehicle. * Joshua Correy Young, a fabricator, 27, of 2718 Ridgeway Drive, Gautier, Miss., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 4 on charges of possession of controlled substance without a prescription, six counts, trafficking in opium derivative, 4 grams or more but under 30 kilograms, one count, and trespassing, one count. About 6:56 p.m. deputies responded to the 1400 block of Pine Street, Niceville, where witnesses allegedly saw Young wearing a backpack and entering a vehicle, take something out of the vehicle, then ditch the backpack in some bushes and walk toward Highway 20. Based on witnesses' description, deputies detained Young and located the backpack, which contained bottles of controlled substances, including: 1,350 pills of Methylphenidate, 5 mg; 90 pills Methylphenidate, 36 mg; 90 pills of Adderall, 15 mg; six pills of Oxycodone, 10 mg; nine pills of Oxycodone, 5 mg; and, four pills of Alprazalam, .5 mg. The combined weight of the Oxycodone was approximately 4.98 grams. As of Friday afternoon Young was being held in the Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of $16,500 bail. * Richard Lee Garner, a maintenance tech, 46, of 284 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 6 on a violation of probation charge on the original offense of grand theft auto.DUI arrestsAlexzander Linton Currington, a truck loader, 19, of 380 W. Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI on East Highway 20 at Lancaster Drive, Aug. 5 at 5:05 a.m. Subsequent to a search of Currington's vehicle he was also charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.TheftsA local woman reported that a juvenile stole and used her credit/debit card July 29. The victim noticed her debit card missing and thought originally that she had misplaced it, but the next day discovered an unauthorized $13 charge at a Niceville fast food restaurant. A friend's child later admitted stealing the victim's card while keeping an eye on the victim's purse at Lincoln Park, then later using it to purchase food. * A Niceville resident from the 800 block of Sweetwater Run, reported that unknown person(s) stole a radar detector and pair of sunglasses from his vehicle sometime Aug. 4-5, * A Niceville resident who told police he left a house key under a door mat reported Aug. 6 that someone stole about 50 pills of generic Xanax from his bedroom while no one was home. * A Niceville resident from the 900 block of Linden Avenue reported that sometime Aug. 4-5 unknown person(s) stole his BMX bike from his yard. * A man in Niceville told deputies Aug. 3 that an unknown person was using his name, date of birth, Social Security number and phone number to obtain property or credit. Between July 30 and Aug. 1 the man had been notified by Sprint, G.E., Capital, Home Depot and Apple, that someone was attempting to use his information to obtain credit. So far no credit or property had been obtained by the unknown suspect.OtherA Fort Walton Beach man with a concealed weapons permit was confronted by Niceville police inside a Niceville fast-food restaurant July 21 after an employee reported the man had pulled a handgun out of his waistband and showed it to another person. After police asked the man to step outside, he first stated "before we do, can I show you something?" and began reaching toward his waist line. Police immediately grabbed his right hand and told him to keep his other hand in sight. After explaining the reason they approached him, police asked the man if he was armed with a gun, and the man said he was and that he had a concealed weapon permit. After escorting the man outside police secured the man's .22-caliber revolver and his permit. Police asked the man if there were any specific instructions to carrying a concealed firearm, and he replied that the gun was not to be made visible but was to remain concealed at all times. He said he had made a "bad judgment call." The man was issued a trespass warning for the restaurant. * A 16-year-old Niceville boy was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies July 20 on a charge of resisting arrest without violence. The deputy saw the boy stumble and sway as he exited a Destin movie theater, 4000 Legendary Drive. The deputy smelled alcohol on the boy's breath and he was obviously underage. The boy refused to give his name and attempted to flee when the deputy tried to handcuff him, causing the deputy to take the boy to the ground in order to secure him in handcuffs. * Anthony K. Carr, a cook, 22, of 1613-A 26th St., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies July 27 on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Five juveniles, including 15year-old girls, one from Valparaiso, one from Villa Tasso, and three 17 year-old boys, one from Niceville and two from Destin, were issued notices to appear by sheriff's deputies in Destin on trespass charges Aug. 1. The five teens were discovered by a security guard about 2 a.m. entering a closed and gated Destin waterpark, 1007 E. Highway 98. * Jonathan Wayne Brown, 26, of 127 Center St., Freeport, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop, Aug. 7, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Stephen Vance Cartwright Wanted for: violation of probation on the original charges of two counts of grand theft. Height: 6-feet Weight: 180 pounds Age: 49 Date of birth: 02-09-1963 Hair: brown Eyes: hazel Name: Joe "J" Fernandez Wanted for: attempted murder, robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Height: 5-feet, 6-inches Weight: 175 pounds Age: 36 Date of birth: 10-08-1975 Hair: brown Eyes: hazel Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 30, 2012 through August 5, 2012. 1 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME W. John Sims Pkwy...........................Medical...........................08/06/12..................12:12 McEwen Drive....................................Medical...........................08/06/12..................13:59 McEwen Drive....................................Medical...........................08/06/12..................18:51 Bullock Blvd........................................False Call.......................08/07/12..................13:36 Azalea Dr............................................Electrical Problem..........08/07/12..................17:50 37th Street..........................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................02:41 College Blvd.......................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................12:04 Woodlow Road..................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................16:53 Deer Avenue......................................False Call.......................08/08/12..................19:05 SR 85 N..............................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................19:32 Rocky Bayou Bridge..........................Vehicle Crash.................08/09/12..................10:42 E. John Sims Pkwy............................Cancelled.......................08/09/12..................12:55 Tee Street...........................................Medical...........................08/09/12..................20:37 N. Partin Drive....................................Medical...........................08/10/12..................09:38 Hickory Avenue..................................Medical...........................08/10/12..................14:44 E. John Sims Pkwy............................Medical...........................08/10/12..................21:47 SR 85 N..............................................False Call.......................08/10/12..................23:29 SR 85 N/SR 123................................Vehicle Crash.................08/11/12..................07:44 N. Partin Dr.........................................Medical...........................08/11/12..................10:45 Kelly Road..........................................Structure Fire.................08/11/12..................22:19 Government Avenue..........................Cancelled.......................08/12/12..................01:23 N. Partin Drive....................................Medical...........................08/12/12..................07:16 Coral Drive.........................................Medical...........................08/12/12..................22:05 Weekly Safety Tip: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Never leave cooking unattended. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the burner. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Joshua Correy Young The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACONEast NicevilleThe East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of July 2012. Street Situation Date Time Oak Avenue...................False alarm..........................................7/2/12.......................1225 Redwood Ave................Medical EMS call................................7/2/12.......................1231 47th Street.....................Medical assist......................................7/2/12.......................1433 Union Avenue................Medical assist......................................7/2/12.......................1930 E. John Sims Parkway..Hazardous condition...........................7/3/12.......................0052 Madison Street..............Fire, other............................................7/3/12.......................1157 Lanman Road................Medical assist......................................7/3/12.......................1253 Malta Cove....................Excessive heat....................................7/5/12.......................1732 Dolphin Point.................Building fire..........................................7/6/12.......................0800 Oak Lake Lane..............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/6/12.......................1106 23rd Street.....................Medical assist......................................7/6/12.......................2200 Niceville Avenue............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/7/12.......................1004 E. SR 20 Highway.........Detector activation,no fire...................7/7/12.......................1013 Cat Mar Avenue............Medical assist......................................7/7/12.......................1026 Kristin Circle...................Vehicle accident..................................7/8/12.......................1936 Winlake Court................Detector activation,no fire...................7/8/12.......................2044 Reeves Street................Medical assist......................................7/11/12.....................2019 Gingko Avenue..............Unauthorized burning.........................7/14/12....................2040 Edgewater Drive............Medical assist......................................7/15/12....................1233 Edgewater Drive............CO detector activation,malfunction....7/17/12....................0811 Winward Lane...............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/21/12....................1214 Oakmont Circle..............Heat from short circuit........................7/23/12....................2004 White Point Road..........Detector activation,no fire...................7/29/12....................0714 White Point Road..........Dispatched & canceled.......................7/29/12....................1725 White Point Road..........Dispatched & canceled.......................7/30/12....................1631 Visit our website at www.enfd.net.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 30, 2012 through August 5, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Shadow Lane.........................Dispatched & cancelled.............08/06/12.................14:34 West Parkwood Lane.............Unintentional transmission.........08/06/12.................17:23 Ida Coon Circle.......................EMS call......................................08/07/12.................11:55 Calinda Lane..........................Medical assist.............................08/07/12.................13:24 Pine Street..............................Medical assist.............................08/07/12.................17:22 Azalea Drive...........................Dispatched & cancelled.............08/07/12.................17:56 N. White Point Road..............EMS call......................................08/08/12.................08:00 Olde Post Road......................EMS call......................................08/08/12.................10:50 Windrush Drive.......................EMS call......................................08/09/12.................01:34 Rocky Bayou Bridge..............Dispatched & cancelled.............08/09/12.................10:43 Highway 20 & Lancaster Dr...EMS call......................................08/10/12.................05:48 Cedar Street...........................Unintentional transmission.........08/10/12.................14:22 E. Hwy. 98/Destin,FL..............Dispatched & cancelled.............08/10/12.................14:31 Parkside Circle.......................EMS call......................................08/10/12.................20:58 Windard Lane.........................Fire, other....................................08/11/12.................02:59 Birkdale Circle.........................EMS call......................................08/11/12.................04:02 Highway 20.............................EMS call......................................08/11/12.................10:15 N. Lakeshore Drive................Vehicle accident..........................08/11/12.................15:13 Kelly Road..............................Building fire.................................08/11/12.................22:20 Birkdale Circle.........................EMS call......................................08/12/12.................03:25 Fairway Lakes Drive..............EMS call......................................08/12/12.................09:16 Range Road...........................EMS call......................................08/12/12.................10:32 State Road 293......................Vehicle accident..........................08/21/12.................20:44 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Sewage field work remains in firm s handsBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board voted this month to continue using a contractor to maintain the utility's sprayfields until next summer. The board had previously eyed ending the annual sprayfield maintenance agreement with Gulf Star Contracting in the hope it would be cheaper to maintain the fields using inhouse personnel. The regional utility spends nearly $120,000 a year for sprayfield maintenance. Wastewater treatment plant manager Rick Helms told board members that it would be beneficial to continue the contract with Gulf Star through June 30. He said the utility's own personnel won't have time to take over the work because they will be training on new equipment currently being installed at the plant under a $5.24 million upgrade. The upgrade is expected to come on line early next year. Helms said he also needed to see what Eglin Air Force Base will require of the sewer board under an enhanced use lease of the sprayfield land to the board. In the past the Department of Environmental Protection has required certain types of hay be grown on the sprayfield to take up nutrients from the effluent the utility sends to the sprayfield. The hay cuts down on the amount of nitrogen and other pollutants that get into the groundwater and subsequently into streams on Eglin that are home to the Okaloosa darter, a small minnow that was until recently on the endangered species list. What's changed, Helms said, is that the utility is upgrading its treatment facility to remove most of the nitrogen and other nutrients from the discharged wastewater. It may be possible, he said, to merely cut the hay and leave it on the ground, rather than bale and harvest it. He said until those details are known it would be difficult to complete a cost analysis between contractor and in-house maintenance of the sprayfields. Mike Spaits, environmental spokesman for Eglin said the lease for the sprayfield hasn't been completed. The board agreed to extend the current sprayfield maintenance contract until June 30, 2013. The regional utility also received a clean audit report from its outside CPA firm, Warren Averett O'Sullivan Creel at the board's Aug. 1 meeting. Auditors found no material weaknesses and no deficiencies of the internal controls the utility maintains over its financial reports. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, the regional utility had annual operating revenues of $1,885,623, up $22,329 from the previous year. It had net operating expenses of $1,604,853, down $28,716 from the previous year. Overall the utility had increased its net assets from $2,189,666 to $2,481,272, auditors noted. In other business, sewer board members said they expect both the Valparaiso City Commission and the Niceville City Council this month to formally approve a new operational agreement governing the regional utility. The previous operational agreement expired in June and was revised to delete Okaloosa County as a member. Niceville bought out the county's share of treatment capacity and the county opted to discontinue treating sewage from the unincorporated areas east of Rocky Bayou and instead pump its sewage to its new sewage treatment plant north of Fort Walton Beach. Until the county constructs additional sewer mains from Niceville to the Arbennie Pritchett plant in Fort Walton, the county will continue send sewage at the NicevilleValparaiso plant, paying the same rate as both cities, but no longer as a co-owner and governing partner. The county is expected to divert the sewage flow by 2015.

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The East Niceville Fire Commission Monday discussed ways to avoid a possible tax hike during the fiscal year which will start Oct. 1. Commissioners made it clear during Mondays meeting that they prefer to keep the fire districts property tax rate, which has risen dramatically since 2005, at its current rate, if they can do so while still paying necessary expenses for their fire department. At the current millage rate of 2.37, property owners in the East Niceville Fire District, between the Niceville city limits and the shore of Rocky Bayou, pay $2.37 for each $1,000 of appraised taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at a taxable value of $200,000 currently pays $474 per year in property tax to the East Niceville fire district, in addition to other taxes collected by Okaloosa County, the school district, and others. A final decision on fire district taxes will be made next month. At a previous meeting held July 9, the East Niceville commissioners authorized themselves to hike the millage rate to a maximum of 2.44 if necessary, but said then that they preferred to keep the current rate if that can be done despite declines in property values and increased expenses in such areas as insurance. At a 2.44 millage rate, the property owner mentioned above would pay $488 in property tax to the East Niceville fire district. No decisions were made during Mondays meeting about the coming years budget, except for the passage of a motion to modify the budget to include 27 line items rather than the current 22. This, said commission treasurer Ed Dunbar, will standardize the East Niceville budget to match the state budgeting format, making it easier to translate day-today budgeting with annual audits that use the state format. As for next years spending, commission chairman Mike Marcolongo said he has studied the districts finances and come up with additional cuts that can be made to such areas as operational reserves, utilities, services, fuel, and the districts equipment reserve fund, which should be enough to allow the district to operate for another year without a tax rate hike. At last months meeting, it was estimated that the FY 2012 budget would have to be cut by about $39,000 to match spending with expected revenue in FY 2013. Dunbar, however, warned against cutting too deeply, saying, Id be willing to take a little tax increase, to have a little less cuts. We have liabilities that actually exist right now. Dunbar also suggested that if cuts are needed, they should include at least a partial reduction of fire commissioners current $500 per month pay. He suggested that the pay cut might be less for the commission chairman and treasurer than for other commissioners. This would provide an incentive, he said, for other commissioners to volunteer for the chair and treasurer jobs, which typically consume more time and effort than that required of the other three commissioners. At the current pay level, Dunbar said, the five fire commissioners, together, cost the district $30,000 per year. Thats a lot of money, as tight as we are right now, he said. Commissioner John Root said he has recently asked some hard questions of local businesses, whose leaders told him they do not pay full health benefits for their employees, as most fire districts, including East Niceville, do for their firefighters. He said it may no longer be possible to provide benefits to firefighters that are not available in the private sector. The fire district switched from a largely volunteer force to a paid force in 2005, and the tax rate doubled to 2 mills at that time. Commissioner Leonard Martin, however, said it would be more practical to compare the pay and benefits at East Niceville to those offered by other fire departments. Those, he said, usually do offer complete health coverage, partly because of the dangerous and difficult nature of firefighting compared to most civilian jobs, but also because such benefits may be necessary if East Niceville is to compete for experienced, quality firefighters against other neighboring districts. Root acknowledged Martins point, and said that an advantage to offering health care and other non-salary benefits is that they increase the value of a workers total compensation, but without the added cost to the employer of increasing the workers actual salary. Salary increases, he said, must also include increases in government-mandated costs like social security payments and workers compensation insurance, the costs of which are legally tied to pay levels. Marcolongo said that while it may be possible to operate for another year without a tax hike, the district has been cutting its budget each year since the national economic recession began. Sooner or later were going to hit a wall, he said, and if local property values do not begin a significant recovery in the coming year, Were going to face some difficult choices down the road. In other business during Mondays meeting, the fire commission discussed a proposal from firefighters to change their state retirement program to a local law retirement program, which would allow the fire commission and firefighters a greater role in managing East Niceville firefighters retirement funds. Assistant Fire Chief David Birch said similar local programs have been implemented at other fire districts with good results. Commissioners, however, were uncertain. I hope the firefighters know what theyre getting into, said Commissioner Martin. He said his own research thus far has shown that local law retirement systems can be very complex and difficult for local firefighters to manage. After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the proposal until a later meeting, after everyone has more time to study how such a program would actually work and whether it would be beneficial. Final decisions about East Nicevilles FY 2013 property taxes and budget will be made during two public budget hearings, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on September 5 and September 19. Both hearings will take place at the East Niceville fire station at 1709 East 27th Street. For information about the East Niceville Fire District, call 678-2311. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 15, 2012 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithBrenda Coleman, 70, Winter Park, retired Janel Wright, 43, Niceville, retired I d rather keep the $2.5 billion here on earth. A lot of people here could use it. The country is in debt. We can t afford to spend money on outer space. Awesome! It s great for us to learn more about Mars. It would be surprising if anything lived on Mars and it would be a wonderful thing for kids to know. They could use that money to pay down our national debt. When the debt is paid, Mars will still be there, and we can go for it. That s crazy. We can t feed people here, but we re sending $2.5 billion to Mars. I think it s stupid. Who the heck cares about Mars? We need the money here in the U.S., where there are homeless families and people going hungry.What do you think about the United States sending a $2.5 billion probe to Mars to determine whether life ever existed there?Wayne Crider, 23, Niceville, fishermanLocation: KMartRhonda Wood, 52, Portland, Florida, business owner Joe Riley, 26, Crestview, student Raigen Wright, 11, Niceville, Plew Elementary School student What should we ask next week? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACONguaranteed by the three-year contract but were negotiated annually. An attempt to mediate the issue failed when both the school district and OCEA, in December 2011, rejected proposals to grant teachers step pay raises half a year. The school board then met Jan. 4 in Niceville High School and unanimously voted to deny the annual pay raise, ending the impasse they had declared earlier. Even though the school district argued that the Jan. 4 school board ruling ended the impasse, OCEA pursued the grievance process under binding arbitration procedures. On Aug. 6, 2012, the teacher's union learned that binding arbitration of the pay issue ruled against the union's appeal because it had failed to file a grievance over the pay issue in a timely manner. In a letter dated July 30 arbitrator Barney Spurlock said that the union failed to file its grievance within 15 working days of the first alleged violation, the July 31, 2011 pay checks for a handful of 12-month teachers. Spurlock said that two other issueswhether the use of the impasse process by the school district had resolved the pay issue, and whether the filing of an Unfair Labor Practices complaint by the union removed authority for the arbitrator to resolve the issuewere rendered moot by OCEA's failure to file the grievance in a timely manner. In past years OCEA and the school district have negotiated issues such as the annual step pay raise during the summer, resulting in teachers not getting past step pay raises in their first few pay checks, Peek said. In the past step pay raises have been approved, retroactively, as late as December. School district officials are in negotiations with OCEA over a new three-year contract between teachers and the school district. As of the Beacon's press deadline, neither Peek, nor school district negotiator Mike Foxworthy returned calls asking if there was money in the current budget for teacher's step pay raises. The school district's budget for the current school year won't be finalized until a public hearing Sept. 10. UNIONFrom page A-1Have you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. Not only is it uncomfortable and embarrassing, it makes eating difficult and can affect your speech. It can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate. In fact, 25 percent of the bone mass is lost in the very first year after an extraction! 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The technology is both safe and proven over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible far superior to a fixed partial denture or full dentures that do nothing to prevent bone loss and require removal of enamel or other preparation of the healthy teeth adjacent to the extraction. Each implant offers support and stimulation to the bone, keeping it intact and functioning. The teeth surrounding it are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. It is a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. His passion and conviction can convince even the most skeptical listener to find out more about dental implants. I like dentistry I just love teeth and want to do everything I can to protect them. 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Corbin Brunson and Megan Triplett of Niceville and Tyler Parkinson of Crestview graduated from the Emerald Coast Autism Center during summer commencement ceremony held Aug. 9 in the Niceville center. Staci Berryman, executive director at Emerald Coast Autism Center, presided at the ceremony, and each student gave a speech he or she wrote. The ceremony was followed by a reception with friends and family. Megan Triplett and Corbin Brunson are to attend Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville. Tyler Parkinson is to attend Northwood Elementary School in Crestview. 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 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 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) Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified Optometrist Call today!(850) 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 An Important TestWe want you to experience a lifetime of good eye health. Thats why we use a gentle touch when helping our younger patients to see better. Eye tests arent scary when theyre done right. Kiwanis donates school suppliesJudy Boudreaux and Bill Landsberg, Kiwanis Club of Niceville and Valparaiso members, donated a $200 check and school supplies to Sharing and Caring, Niceville, Thursday, Aug. 9. Sharing and Caring has collected and filled about 300 backpacks in preparation for the 2012-2013 school year. Courtesy photo Among the shows scheduled for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Broadway Series is the popular Fiddler on the Roof.Rock, humor, circus on Arts Center playbill From left, Emerald Coast Autism Center graduates Corbin Brunson, Tyler Parkinson and Megan Triplett. Special to the Beacon Season packages are now available for the largest series ever of Broadway shows and artist events to appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The lineup of a dozen national and internationally touring shows is a record for the $25 million performing arts venue, and includes awardwinning hits such as Fiddler on the Roof, Menopause the Musical, Hair, and Shrek the Musical, as well as the National Circus of China in Cirque Chinois, the international tour of a Women of Ireland concert and more. The priority window for season packages and group sales is until Aug. 19, when only season or group packages will be sold. Continuing a popular option started last season, patrons may choose their own selection of five or more national shows for a Custom Season Package to receive a 10 percent discount off the ticket price of each show. A discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more tickets to a single show if the group sale is made by a single purchaser. Packages and group sales must be purchased by phone, mail, or in person from the box office only (packages and discounts are not available by Web sales). Contact or visit the box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 729-6000, or toll-free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787). Individual tickets for all shows go on sale Aug.20 by Web, phone or in-person from the box office. Purchase tickets online at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Each of the 12 nationally touring shows appear at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only. Individual tickets are $45 each for Broadway events, and $35 each for Artist Series events. The 2012-13 Broadway and Artist Season starts Sept. 26 with Menopause the Musicala musical parody set to classic tunes from the s, s, and s. The season continues Oct. 11 with Broadway Rox, celebrating the contemporary pop and rock musicals of Broadway. Drumline Live will appear Nov. 7 with an explosion of energy and athleticism set to contemporary hip hop, R&B and classic Motown tunes, as well as brass marching bands. Shrek the Musical will appear Nov. 19, followed by Nunset Boulevard Nov. 29, starring Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley TV fame as Mother Superior. Fiddler on the Roof comes to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center stage Dec. 3; and direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the Peoples Republic of China, performs Cirque Chinois Dec. 12. On Jan. 12, New York Tenors will perform. The groundbreaking musical Hair will appear Jan. 30. Parental discretion is advised for this show. In the Mood Feb. 2 will feature a retro 1940s musical with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, vocalists and dancers. Irelands leading female performers will be featured in Women of Ireland Feb. 15; and the musical comedy Rock of Ages will appear April 1. All ticket sales include a $2 per ticket box office processing fee in addition to the ticket price. 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 TherapyDr. James F. Watt, DOOrthopaedic Hand Surgeon Upper Extremities PediatricsAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians *Based on 2006 countrywide average gross premium for boatowners insurance. Your actual premium will vary based on state and value of boat. Subject to availability and qualifications. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL. 2009 Allstate Insurance Company. Frances Faille (850) 678-5642409 John Sims Pkwy., Ste. 1 Niceville francesfaille@allstate.com31% OF BOATS ARENT INSURED. I can help make sure you dont get stuck with 100% of the cost. For less than $1 a day*, Allstate Boatowners Insurance can cover things like injury, theft and damage to your boat-or someone elses. Dont wait until its too late. Call me today. 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. 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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. 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: 8974721. 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. 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 loops around the Northwest Florida State College Campus, Niceville. Early registration through Aug. 20 is $15, and late registration, Aug. 21-Sept. 1 is $20. Tshirts 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. Yard Sale Spectacular The Heritage Museum of 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, TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. Info: 678-2615. Bazaar vendors needed Niceville UMC World Bazaar and Benefit is seeking quality home-craft vendors for its 36th annual event Oct. 27. For information and entry forms, go to nicevilleumc.org/women/bazaar or call 865-4769. Oktoberfest seeks artists The 18th 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. 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. Back to School party The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families of all ages to its Summer Back To School Party Aug. 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Movie and playtime for little ones; Wii and crafts for older children. Chorale auditions available The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold auditions for the 2012-2013 season Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. This seasons repertoire includes work by Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Sweelinck, and others. To arrange an audition time and receive audition music, email Chorale administrator Phyllis Lake at lakepa@cox.net For more information, contact music director Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or 729-6009. Artist sets birthday show To celebrate his 96th birthday, well-known Bluewater Bay illustrator Marlin Griffin will have a showing of some of his world travels and fantasy illustrations Friday, Aug. l7, 2-4 p.m., at Sandy & Ray Realty in Merchants Walk, Bluewater Bay, across from Bank of America and a few doors from the Post Office. Come by and wish Marlin a happy birthday. Also, you can review his latest nature illustrations in Buckys Adventures, a childrens book about this area. No cost to attend. Ruckel orientation Ruckel Middle School orientation for all upcoming 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders will be Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-noon in the gym. Students will receive their schedules at this time. Air Raid Nights & Radio Days Author Don Schroeder will present Air Raid Nights & Radio Days at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Friday, Aug. 17, noon, for History Sandwiched-In, a free lunchtime lecture. Experience laugh-out-loud and tear jerking moments of Air Raid Nights & Radio Days from a young boys perspective growing up on the home front during WWII. Even young children will enjoy hearing the stories about days gone by when there existed a corner grocery store, the ragman and deliveries from the milkman and iceman. Pack a lunch and bring the family to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, an informal lunchtime education program. The lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 6782615 to reserve a seat. Benefit set for cancer victim A benefit meal is planned for noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Dockside & Oyster Bar, North Light Yacht Club, Niceville, for Yvonne B. Davenport and family. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, went into remission and in March 2010 was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The cost is $10 for barbecued chicken, pulled pork or fried catfish, with jambalaya, potato salad, a roll and drink. To donate, checks can be made payable to Yvonne B. Davenport, 1085 Forest Lake Terrace, Niceville, FL 32578 or to BBVA Compass, account 2532499057. Youth orchestra sets auditions The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College is preparing to hold auditions for the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra of more than 50 talented young musicians ranging from sixth to 12th grade under the direction of Liz Aylor who is also the director of the Symphonic Strings program of Okaloosa County, Emerald Coast Symphonic Pops, and a member of the Pensacola Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Panama City Pops. Auditions for advanced Strings will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.4p.m. Woodwind, Brass and Percussionist auditions will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4p.m. All tryouts take place in the Orchestra room of the Music Wing at The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the NWF State College Niceville campus. Weekly rehearsals will then begin on Sept. 9 and other scheduled Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:30. Registration forms and audition materials are available at imastringteacher.com To receive more information and an audition time, please send name, age and instrument to the following email address: imastringteacher@cox.net Those selected will be required to pay membership fees of $75-$125 per semester; some scholarships will be available. History Mystery book club The American Girls History Mystery Book Club, for girls in second-sixth grade, meets the third Wednesday of each month from 4:155:30 in the Niceville Library YS program room. Registration is required as space is limited. Girls must sign up in YS for each meeting, check out the book or purchase a copy, and finish the book before the meeting date. Registration begins Aug. 21 in Youth Services. Call 279-4863 x1514 or stop by the library to sign up. Safe boating class Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island plans a safe boating class Saturday, Aug. 25. Registration Begins at 8:15 a.m. Class runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 22 The cost is $35, which includes the course, book, exam, FWC Safe Boating ID Card, lunch, line handling & knots demo, tour of the station and safety whistle. Register with John Ryan, public education officer, 623-980-8782 or ryanjohnj@hotmail.com, Blackwater River paddle trip Bring your canoe or kayak and join the Florida Trail Association for a paddle trip on Blackwater River in Okaloosa County Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. Info: 683-0803, or 865-7075, or Choctaw.floridatrail.org. Yard sale at Heritage Museum The annual yard sale spectacular for the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 a.m.-noon. Donations are being accepted (no clothes please) during re gular Museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space.(Sellers must provide their own tables, tents, etc.) Visit or call the Museum, 678-2615 to reserve a space. Dine for SOCKS Want to enjoy great music, eat great food and help raise funds to repair the leaky roof over the areas feline-only shelter? Then join Save Our Cats and Kittens and Beal Street Bottle Club for the Raise the Roof for SOCKS benefit Sunday, Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m. Your $10 ticket entitles you to gumbo, dessert and live music from local musicians. Bring Your Own Bottle to enjoy while you take part in games and raffles. The prizes include a three-day/two-night stay from Resort Quest, two tickets to an event of your choosing at the Pensacola Jazz Fest in April, and a three-month membership to Golds Gym. Tickets are available online at saveourcatsandkittens.com, the SOCKS Shelter, SOCKS Thrift Store (both at 498 Carmel Drive, FWB), and the Beal Street Bottle Club, 70 Beal Pkwy, FWB. Call Nancy at 314-6669 or the Shelter at 863-5756 for more information. Adult musicians neededDo you already play a musical instrument or are looking to dust off that old violin, flute, trumpet you have wanted to play again, but haven t had a place to play? Emerald Coast Symphonic Pops provides an opportunity for local adult musicians to come together and perform light symphonic classics and popular music for enjoyment. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 7:15-9 in the choral room of Shalimar United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact Music Director Liz Aylor at 651-4308. 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm 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 St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. RALLY DAY, AUGUST 26! Register for Sunday School 9:30 10:30 a.m.A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com GULFCOASTDENTAL(850) 897-96004566 Hwy 20 East. Ste 108. Niceville, Florida 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.com CorrectionA caption in last weeks Beacon misidentified a photo of Lynn Watson, one of three people pictured in a presentation involving the Sharing and Caring Cram the Van project. A corrected version appears today on page B-6. Thank You!For making the community2012 Fireworksa success!American Athletic Uniforms Bay Area Awards Bay Area Better Hearing Bay Beacon Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival Caf Bienville Carr Riggs and Ingram CCB Community Bank Century 21, Patsy Bland Citgo City of Niceville City of Valparaiso Coastal Bank and TrustCorporate Benefits of the Emerald CoastCosta Family McDonald s Danny s Fried Chicken Dixie Dan Powell, Powell and Powell Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Supt. of Schools Dr. Joe Agostinelli Endicott Village First Baptist Church, Niceville First Florida Bank GCT Holt-Phillips Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church J & B Medical Mullins Auto Body Niceville Assembly of God Niceville City Council Niceville Family Dental Niceville High School Niceville Insurance Agency Niceville Police Department Niceville UMC Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Oak Creek Shopping Center Okaloosa Gas Old South Land Title One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating Panhandle Plumbing Parkway Veterinary Hospital Peoples National Bank Pitell Law Firm, PL Polyengineering, Inc Powell & Swanick Ruckel Properties Sears of Niceville Sound Associates, Inc The Manor at Bluewater Bay The New Fish Radio Twin Cities Softball Vulcan Construction Materials Walmart, Niceville Warren Averett LLC Waste Management Wicker Painting INC Willingham SeafoodThe Twin Cities Fireworks Trust Fund Committee Brenda Franco Carl Scott Don Ory Linda Dwyer Dave Swanick Gail Arke Judy Boudreaux Lannie Corbin Lavon Mason Martha Miller Paul Tauscher Sheila Bishop Valerie J. 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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. Sara KentAdvertising Director The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Nichols signs letter of intentNiceville High School s Terrell Nichols, a wide receiver who graduated in 2012, signs a letter of intent to play football and attend college at Warner University, Lake Wales, beginning this year. From left: parents Jose and Faye Rodriquez, sister Jasmine Rodriquez, Terrell Nichols, and Warner University coach Jeff Schaum.Lions golf tourney set The Sandestin Lions Club Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Emerald Bay. The cost is $90 per player or $360 for a four-person team. The main hole-in-one prize will be a 2012 Toyota and a silent auction will be held. Ninety-Eight BBQ of Santa Rosa Beach will provide gumbo for lunch. The Lions are looking for sponsors, prizes and players. Info: Jim Wood 269-0196, armyguyindestin@embarqmail.c om. Relay for Life 5K/Mile Run The seventh annual TwinCities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held Sept. 15th at 8 a.m. at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for the 5K is $15/Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWFTC members receive a $2 discount. Special rate for groups of 10 or more. Late fee, add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. Register on-line at active.com and go to lewisschoolk8.com for a registration form. Email samacd@valp.net with any questions. Briefs NHS grad sets home run markBlasts 19 in summer leagueBy Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer Its a truism in baseball: If you hit, youll play. Danny Collins can hit. The 2009 Niceville High School graduate shattered New England Collegiate Baseball League records this summer, setting new marks for home runs with 19. He also established new ceilings in slugging average (.818), total bases (130) and extra base hits (29) for the Laconia Muskrats, while batting .390. He was named the league all-star team third baseman. I can hit, Collins said. I grew up as a shortstop and I guess I got too slow so they put me at third base. Danny was one of our first signings for the 2012 team, said Laconia General Manager Noah Crane. As a player he consistently barrels the ball, which is the mark of a good hitter. He has power to all fields and has excellent strike zone awareness. He is a fierce competitor and puts in the work to make himself better. His success puts him in a leadership role and he handles that role well. Many young players have trouble adjusting to wooden bats after growing up with the metal version. Not so Collins. Its not much different than the new bat they have these days, other than they can break, he said. Ive played several summers with a wood bat. Collins is scheduled to graduate from Troy in 2013 with a degree in social science. But his goals have little to do with his major. Im hoping to be drafted (by a major league organization) after next spring, he said. If his dream comes true, hes already a step ahead of many new professional ballplayers. Not only is he comfortable with a wooden bat, but hes used to playing a long season. Frequently, the scheduleabout 75 games for the lowest-level rookie leagues to about 140 in the high minors and 162 in the major leagueswears down a player who isnt used to the daily grind. This year, Collins played about 100 games between Troy University and the summer college league. Whats the key to becoming a good hitter? A lot of practice, I guess, Collins said. Hittings always been my strong point in baseball. Ive had a lot of good hitting coaches. Im a big student, and I like to listen to everyones take and take what I like from it and use it to my advantage. Hitting can be taught, but power cant. You either have it or you dont. Collins has power and its been increasing as he matures. My power has come on in the last three years, Collins said. Two years ago, while a student at Northwest Florida State College, he hit 11 home runs. This year, he hit 12 at Troy before tacking on 19 in the summer. People look at me as a power hitter, but I consider myself more of a gap-to-gap hitter, he said. As his bat gets better, Collins is working hard to become a better third baseman. Although he describes his fielding as OK, he adds, Thats been my main focus to get better at; I struggled hard the beginning of the spring but my coach and I worked on it. I buckled down and got better as the year went on. His main problem fielding, Collins said, is concentration. Its lack of focus, he said. The coaches all say Ive got the talent and Ive got the arm. I tend to take a pitch off, but Ive gotten a lot better at it this past year. But Ive always been told as long as you hit, youll play. A Yankee fan who used to live in the Tampa area, where the Yankees train, Collins said hes a Derek Jeter fan. I grew up five minutes from the training field, he said. My dads job had free tickets right behind the dugout. Needless to say, Collins ultimate dream is to play for the Yankees in the major leagues. But, he added, Ill play for anyone. I just want a chance to prove to someone that I can make it. Danny Collins, a 2009 graduate of Niceville High School, hammered out a record 19 home runs for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer. 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Special to the Beacon Coast Aquatics, formed in January when the Bluewater Barracudas and Emerald Coast Swimming merged, sent 38 swimmers to Knoxville, Tenn., July 18-22 to compete in the Southeastern Swimming Long Course Championships. The meet gathers the top age group swimmers from Tennessee, Alabama and Northwest Florida. More than 1,000 swimmers from more than 50 teams competed. For the first time in club history Coast was cast in the Large team division by qualifying more than 30 athletes. This meant it would compete against national powers Nashville Aquatic Club, Memphis Tiger Swimming and meet host Pilot Aquatics. The team held its own, scoring 428 points, good enough for 10th place in the division. The finish marked the highest for a Coast Aquatics team and the highest finish of any team from Northwest Florida. The 10 and under boys led the scoring assault for Coast, amassing 247 points for the weekend. Their efforts garnered them a prestigious Age Group High Point award, given to the team that scores the most points in any given age group. CJ Matthews showed his versatility by being top-four in all seven events he competed in and won championships in the 50 free and 50 back. Nathaniel Rudman added five top-eight finishes, finishing as high as fifth place in the 400 free and 50 fly. Cameron Turner and Cole Pearson joined Rudman and Matthews for great relays, battling all the way to the finish in the Medley Relayt. On the girls side, Sydney Kale had top-10 performances in the 50 breast, 50 fly and 100 fly. Nicole Weidemann was 10th in the 100 back. Erin Heapy added a 15th place in the 100 fly, and Paris Binard and Elizabeth Eppright completed two competitive relays to finish in the top 16. Tatum Hackler notched a fifth-place finish in the 800 free and an eighth-place finish in the 400 free for the 11-12 girls. Rhiannon Thompson recorded lifetime bests in every event she swam. Lucy Rudman and Ashley Reynolds added lifetime best performances and rounded out two relays that finished in the top 16. Sarah Markwardt, Evy Brechler and Stephanie Markwardt also registered lifetime best times. Dylan Hammond finished in sixth place in the 50 free to get the boys in the scoring column. First-timer Kascper Kuzminski joined Hammond, Josh Wood and Jeffrey Sober to finish seventh and eighth in the relays. In the 13-14 girls, Emma Rudman had top eight performances in the 1,500 free, 400 IM and the 800 free. Emma Strom added a third-place finish in the 400 IM and a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 free. The girls also were a part of a medley relay with Jane Parke and Sydney Dawson that finished 12th. Michael Bartley chose to come to Knoxville to represent Coast Aquatics one more time, even though he moved prior to the meet. He finished third in the 50 free. Kellen Broaderick, Benson Kuira and Nick Kartvedt joined Michael in relays that finished 9th in medley relay and 12th in free relay. Katie Miller was the only Coast senior swimmer to make it to finals, finishing 10th in the 200 breast and 12th in the 100 breast. Milbrey Parke and Amelia Strom were both also close to achieving second swims in the breaststroke events finishing inside the top 24. For the guys, Matt Markwardt continues to climb up the ladder in the breaststroke events and Chaz Brechler and Justin Lewis hope to build on some of their 13-14 success and continue it into the Senior age group. Chase Turner has returned to top form in the backstroke and Wyatt Kartvedt added help in breast and fly events as well as competing on two relays.Page B-4 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Coast Aquatics swimmers excel in KnoxvilleFinish in 10th place with 428 points Members of Coast Aquatics, formed in January when the Bluewater Barracudas and Emerald Coast Swimming merged, competed in their first meet Large team division in July. West earns scholarshipBrittany West is surrounded by teammates after she won the James Benjamin Strutchen Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which is rewarded to a Faithfulness, Discipline, Diligence, Inc. (FDD) member. The scholarship is offered annually to a deserving FDD member. West played on last year s team and will attend the University of West Florida in the fall. Her coach is Jerome Strutchen, head basketball coach at Niceville High School. From left: Malaya Evans, Lauren Day, Brittany West, Jessica Day, Amanda Demma, Shavonna Spaw, Mercedez Clayborne and Brittany Washington. Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School have signed a usage agreement for a joint tennis facility to be built on Ruckel property. The estimated cost of the eight-court project is $300,000 with an additional $90,000 for lighting in a second phase. The majority of these funds must be raised by fall 2012, to break ground during optimal months. The schools are attempting to secure grants from the United States Tennis Association and other organizations, but the majority of this project will be funded by the local community. All founding sponsors will be recognized on a permanent location at the new facility. To donate or for more information, call Cici Hruby at 830-7829 or Shelley Scholl at 737-1083 or visit .Tennis center funds needed The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992NWFSC offering firearms coursesNorthwest Florida State Colleges Criminal Justice Department will offer four sessions of its popular Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry Course this fall. Each non-credit course is eight hours long and includes classroom discussion on legal issues related to firearms safety and gun possession in Florida as well as live fire practice at the Firearms Training Facility on the Niceville campus. The class is $156 and includes the use of college firearms (personal firearms are not permitted in the class or on campus), and college-supplied ammunition and eye/ear protection. It is open to the public, including those under age 18 if accompanied by a parent or guardian who also enrolls in the safety course. Successful completion of the course satisfies state requirements for a firearms safety course and may be used as part of an application for a concealed carry permit. The session dates include three one-day sessions on Saturday, Aug. 11, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a two-day session available Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. (classroom portion) and Friday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon (gun range portion). Registration is now being accepted for all session dates. Individuals who are current or previous NWFSC students may enroll for the non-credit workshop on-line through the colleges RaiderNet web registration system. New students should enroll in-person at any of the colleges seven area locations.Symphony Chorale holds singer auditions in AugustThe Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold auditions for the 2012-2013 season on Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. This seasons repertoire includes work by Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Sweelinck, and others. To arrange an audition time and receive audition music, email Chorale administrator Phyllis Lake at lakepa@cox.net. For more information, contact music director Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or 729-6009. Ben Anderson Tax Collector Okaloosa County E-check is now FREE! Save Time Pay Online...Not In Line! Why pay bank card fees? Use E-check instead! Okaloosa County Tax Col lector customers can avoid bank card user fees by paying Online with E-check for FREE For more information call: 850-651-7300, or #TAX (from your mobile phone) or visit: www.OkaloosaTax.com

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Bus drivers needed. 2012-2013 school year. Insurance. Good pay. Crestview 850-6897301, Niceville 850833-4203, Fort Walton 850-833-3555. Part-time driver for nights, weekends, and holidays. Retired military preferred. Pick up and delivery of small items within 100 mile radius. (850) 585-8237. Residential electricians needed. Pay based on experience. Call 7293044. Class-A CDL Flatbed Drivers. Home on the weekends! All Miles paid (Loaded & Empty)! Lease to own-No money down. Call 888880-5911 Nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath patio home, Bluewater Bay, $1100 monthly. 850-420-5554. 4 solid wood chairs, $25 ea. 2 large mirrors $25 ea. Camp kitchen holds all your food supplies, $20. 897-5971 Save money on your next pair of eye glasses with Gayle s Vision Mobile Optical Service. Licensed professional optician. We come to your location at your convenience. Call (850) 398-2360 to schedule your free appointment. See news happening? 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Watson has graduated from the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. The course is designed to train airmen in aircraft maintenance fundamentals and weapons systems familiarization, security instruction, technical order systems, maintenance management and documentation, aircraft and flight line safety. Training included use of hand tools, hardware, and equipment to perform aircraft ground handling, corrosion, and inspection procedures; instruction and familiarization with particular aircraft airframe, electrical, hydraulic, egress, environmental, fuel, flight and landing controls, engines and related systems and components. Watson is the son of Robin and Bruce Watson of Ardmore Court, Niceville. He is a 2007 graduate of Niceville High School.Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. In the Service Rotary installs new officersThe Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club recently installed new officers. From left: Rotary Foundation Chairman, Peter Loffler; Service Projects Chairman, Bill Higginbotham; Membership Chairman, Shirley Daniel; President, Jimmie Boisjolie; Secretary, Jonathan Tallman; Sergeant-at-Arms, Noble Morton; PastPresident, Allen Tucker. Not pictured: Treasurer, David Dowden; and Director-atLarge, Carrie Ely. THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE

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Minott-JonesDanny and Amy Jones, former Niceville residents, announce the marriage of their son, Scott, to Sierra Minott, daughter of Allen and Chris Minott of Fort Myers, Fla. The wedding, officiated by the Rev. T. J. Kollar, pastor of First Baptist Church Valparaiso, took place at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Scott graduated from Niceville High School in 2003, from Okaloosa-Walton College in 2005, and from the University of Florida in 2008, with a bachelors degree in communications. Sierra graduated from Fort Myers High School in 2006 and from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2010, with a bachelors degree in psychology. Sierra was crowned Miss Florida in 2008 and placed as fourth runner-up in the Miss America pageant in 2009. The couple resides in Wake Forest, N.C., where they both attend and work for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scott is pursuing a masters of divinity in Christian ministry and Sierra is pursuing a masters in Christian leadership. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Digital X Rays (Less Radiation Exposure) Custom Crowns/Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide In Office Water PurificationACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSKeeping your teeth healthy, one visit at a time. RALFP. ZAPATA, D.D.S. THOMASGRANT, D.M.D.729 1223 Most Insurance Plans FiledWe would like to WELCOME Dr. Thomas Grant, D.M.D. to Niceville Family Dental and the community. Please call today for an appointment. Kids on Campus perform Aladdin Northwest Florida State College Kids on Campus theater students presented a musical version of Aladdin recently. From left: Nicole Terry, playing the proprietor, James Baird, playing Aladdin, Kevin Reece, playing Abu, and Jaimi McCrackin, playing Jasmine. Beacon photo by Kenneth BooksCramming the van for kidsSharing & Caring, Niceville, recently held a Cram the Van school supplies drive at the Niceville Walmart. More than 2,000 school supplies were donated, as was about $200 cash. Supplies will be donated Aug. 11 to area school children in need. For their participation, Sharing & Caring presented a plaque to Walmart. From left: Gloria Price, Tasha Striblin and Lynn Watson. Weddings Sierra and Scott Jones 4.1 HOURS broken armat other ERs Page B-6 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON



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By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer A proposal by Bluewater Bay Resort to shorten its Magnolia nine-hole golf course and develop a combination of residential and commercial development on parts of two fairways has changed, and now is wholly residential, according to the resort's general manager. Meantime, a majority of Magnolia Plantation property owners have approved a onetime assessment of $200 each, money to be set aside in case the homeowners association needs legal assistance in dealing with the resort's development plans. In March, Bluewater Bay Resort Chairman Helmut Werner and General Manager Tom Hanks announced plans to shorten the Magnolia golf course and develop a combination of residential and commercial on two fairways. Sixteen homes were proposed on Fairway 9, with a mixed commercial and residential development on Fairway 7, which fronts along Highway 20. The Magnolia is the newest of the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Declining water quality at area beaches was the top subject of discussion during the Okaloosa County Commission’s final public budget workshop, held Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. County public works director Doug Hofstad and health department director Dr. Karen Chapman discussed the county’s stormwater runoff control program and its effect on water quality at beaches and in local waterways. Chapman told commissioners that because of budget constraints, her department now plans to test water quality at county beaches only from February through October, rather than year-round, during fiscal year 2013, which begins Oct. 1. Chapman said the reduced testing will save money, and that Water quality declines, health official saysBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The teachers union filed a new labor grievance against the Okaloosa County School District Aug. 7 after noting that for the second year in a row, no "step" raise was given to teachers in their July 31 paychecks. Karen Peek, president of the Okaloosa County Education Association (OCEA), said the union had learned its lesson and filed the new pay grievance Aug. 7 after 12-month teachers received their first pay checks of this school year July 31, without any step pay hike. Teachers learned the day before that they will not get a step pay raise for the just-past school year, said Peek, because their filing of a grievance last year was filed too late. In 2011 OCEA had filed a grievance over pay on Sept. 8, eight days after 10-month teachers' paychecks on Aug. 31, 2011, did not contain a step pay raise, an average annual 3 percent pay hike based on each additional year of teaching experience in the school district. Earlier, on July 31, 2011, 12-month teachers in the school district also received checks without the hike. The school board said it didn't have the money for a raise last year. It hasn't stated its intentions this year. OCEA argued that the annual step pay hikes were required under the three-year contract between teachers and the school district. The school district however told OCEA officials Aug. 9 last year that it would not pay a 2011-12 step raise, and declared the issue at impasse. School district officials said the annual step raises were not T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢Wednesday, August 15, 2012 COMING UP Wednesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families of all ages to its Summer Back To School Part y. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Movie and playtime for little ones; Wii and crafts for older children. Free. Friday, 2-4 p.m. To celebrate his 96th birthday, well-known Bluewater Bay illustrator Marlin Griffin will have a showing of some of his world travels and fantasy illustrations at Sandy & Ray Realty in Merchants Walk, Bluewater Bay, across from Bank of America and a few doors from the Post Office. No cost. Friday, 7-10 p.m. Henderson Beach State Par k will host a star gazing program Aug. 17, from 7-10 p.m. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, plants and galaxies. They will also answer questions about the night sky. Program included with paid park admission. Info: 837-7550. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. A benefit meal is planned at the Dockside & Oyster Bar, North Light Yacht Club Niceville, for Yvonne B. Davenport and family. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, went into remission and in March 2010 was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The cost is $10 for barbecued chicken, pulled pork or fried catfish, with jambalaya, potato salad, a roll and drink. Calendar, B-2 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Union challenges 2nd teacher pay freezeSwimmers Saturday at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso. Rain, health director Karen Chapman told county officials last week, usually worsens water quality by washing contaminants into waterways. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith‘Vale of Paradise’ old hat?Eglin s neighbor eyes rebrandingBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer No one was hurt Saturday night when a mattress caught fire and caused $20,000 damage to a two-story apartment in Niceville. "Thank God for smoke detectors and good firemen," said Tony Lohrman, assistant chief, Niceville Fire Department. Lohrman said a smoke detector alerted the occupants to a fire in the upstairs master bedroom in Apartment 22 at the Wildwood Apartments, 400 Kelly Road. The occupants got out safely, he said. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Summer in the "Sunshine State" features near-daily "30 percent chance" of thunderstorms. But lately the downpours have been heavier than usual. In the seven days that ended Monday at 6 a.m., a total of 9.74 inches of rain was recorded in Niceville at the regional wastewater plant, eclipsing the 6.52 inches that fell during the entire month of July. Year to date, Niceville recorded a total of 47.72 inches of rain as of Monday, or more than 9 inches above normal. Above, shoppers did the best they could to stay dry during a thundershower at the Niceville Walmart parking lot Friday afternoon.Liquid sunshine Please see UNION, page A-6 Please see ALARM, page A-3 Please see DROPS, page A-3 Please see WATER, page A-2 Resort drops plan for stores on golf courseHouses still planned; Residents raise funds for possible legal action The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 By Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer Forget about the Vale of Paradise? That's what Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold suggested the city should do. "Vale of Paradise" is the city's motto, words it includes on the municipal seal. But Arnold said the phrase makes the city sound like a real estate development. Instead, Valparaiso's seal, featuring the motto "Vale of Paradise at bottom, seems behind the times, city officials say. 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because most people do not actually go swimming at local beaches during the colder months of November through January, the lack of water testing during that period should have little effect on public health. She also said her department is dropping testing at Camp Timpoochee, east of Niceville, since that is not actually a public county beach, but is part of a camp operated by the University of Florida and the 4-H Club. The health department is adding two new test sites, she said, along beaches in Destin and Okaloosa Island. Chapman warned commissioners that water quality at county beaches has been in steady decline since 2010, with fewer days each year when it is safe for people to swim at local beaches without risk of contracting illness from fecal coliform bacteria and other contaminants. She said such bacteria results from several sources of contamination, foremost of which is stormwater runoff into streams and bayous. “We are going the wrong direction for beach water quality,” Chapman told commissioners Thursday. She said the levels of contamination found in testing has been going up for the last several years, and that the number of “advisory days,” when the health department posts signs warning people not to swim at a county beach, has also been going up. For example, said Chapman, between 2010 and 2011, the last years for which she had complete data, the percentage of water samples that exceeded state standards for contaminant levels climbed from 10 to 19 percent for samples taken at Rocky Bayou State Park, from 10 to 15 percent at Lincoln Park in Valparaiso, and from zero to 6 percent at James Lee Park, the free public beach along the Gulf of Mexico closest to the NicevilleValparaiso area via the Mid-Bay Bridge. During the same period, said Chapman, the number of advisory days, when swimming is warned against at those beaches, went from 29 to 112 at Rocky Bayou State Park, from 35 to 96 at Lincoln Park, and from zero to 27 at James Lee Park. Chapman also said that water quality readings may be affected by numerous factors, including “rain events” which tend to increase readings of contaminant levels if a storm washes a lot of stormwater into local waterways shortly before a reading is taken. The Okaloosa Health Department usually issues weekly test results on Thursday mornings, emailing them to local news media and posting them on the health department web site at HealthyOkaloosa.com. Chapman said Okaloosa County’s “exceedance rate” for water contamination is currently 3rd among Florida’s 34 coastal counties, and that the exceedance rate at Rocky Bayou State Park ranks 4th among 306 beaches tested throughout Florida. The beach at Garnier Park in Fort Walton Beach, Chapman said, was number 1 in the state for exceedance rate. Some county commissioners challenged Chapman’s statements, saying she may have been over-emphasizing the actual health implications of her test results. “Aren’t our beaches actually safer than most other beaches in the United States?” asked Commissioner James Campbell of Niceville. “I’m not trying to create a fear factor here,” Chapman replied, “but we must address the reasons for contamination.” The foremost such reason, she said, is stormwater runoff. “Aren’t our beaches also safer than those in Tampa or Jacksonville?” Campbell asked. “After all, there is a newsman present here today,” Campbell said, “and we don’t want him going back to his newspaper and telling everyone in the county, ‘Don’t swim! It’s too dangerous!’” “Stormwater runoff,” Chapman repeated, “is the most frequent source of contamination. We have to decide if we want clean water, and if we want to address stormwater. This is an issue that should be addressed at both the local and state level.” The doctor said she was not trying to create unwarranted fear, and said, “Water quality correlates with rain events, and this summer a number of coastal beaches have failed because of excessive sargassum (seaweed) growth.” However, she said, “This is an opportunity to educate the public,” and added, “Our beaches are where our residents go to play and bathe with their children and families.” In a briefing from the county public works department, commissioners were told that the county’s stormwater management program is short of funds. “We could spend $50,000 on stormwater needs, said Hofstad, “but we don’t have it. We’re living on our reserves now, and will eventually reach a point in time where funding doesn’t meet our needs. We are now a hundred percent reactionary—if something fails, we fix it. We currently have no pro-active programs or projects, and our reserves continue to dwindle.” Commissioners discussed various options for finding more money for stormwater control. Commissioner Dave Parisot suggested diverting some money from the county’s parks and recreation MSTU, but Commissioner Wayne Harris objected, saying “I don’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul.” Parisot then suggested seeking state or federal grant money, but Campbell reminded him that the commission is trying to keep taxes low, and that grant money, from whatever source, “is still a tax.” Commissioner Bill Roberts suggested using money allocated to the county from BP oil spill funds under the Restore Act, but Parisot said, “BP is not funding stormwater projects to help counties balance their budgets,” but will only fund projects directly related to mitigating actual harm done by the 2010 oil spill. Roberts, however, said, “Our economy is not getting any better. Our best hope is to use Restore Act money. We’ll be using it to address our environment, not just to balance our budget.” Parisot recommended splitting property tax revenue from the county’s parks and recreation MSTU between stormwater control and regular parks and recreation projects. That way, he said, water quality can be improved while not raising taxes, and the county would still have some money for regular parks projects. In other business during Thursday’s budget workshop, commissioners heard budget briefings on such functions as road maintenance, traffic control, mosquito control, information systems, maintenance of the county vehicle fleet, and the county’s agricultural extension service. All departments said they are making modest cuts to their budget for FY 2013, but that such cuts require delays in replacing old equipment or in maintaining county facilities—things that cannot be sustained indefinitely. Thursday was the last of the county commission’s budget workshops for the coming fiscal year. Final public hearings on the proposed FY 2013 budget will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in Crestview, and at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in Fort Walton. Information about the Okaloosa County budget and county government is available at www.OkaloosaFL.com. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON (850) 863-4187401-B Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther(Located across from Santa Rosa Mall) 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) WATERFrom page A-1 Dr. Karen Chapman Beacon photo by Mike Griffith There were few spectators as the Okaloosa County Commission thrashed out its budget plans for the coming fiscal year during a meeting Thursday in Fort Walton Beach. the city should consider a new moniker that would attract new businesses and residents. The mayor said the county's Economic Development Council recently suggested a new slogan for the city, such as "Home of Eglin Air Force Base," a phrase that is already on city letterhead. Also on the letterhead is "Vale of Paradise," a translation of the city's Spanish-derived name, which was indeed bestowed by Chicago real estate promoter John B. Perrine when he founded the city in 1921. Emphasizing Valparaiso's historic connection to Eglin— the main economic driver for the entire area—would promote the city to businesses looking to locate near the base, said Arnold, a retired Eglin employee who has clashed with the Air Force over jet-noise issues in recent years. "Image and brand," said Carl Scott, are the keys to marketing. But, he added, Valparaiso doesn't have an image and brand that can be marketed. Commissioner Joe Morgan said the Internet and other electronic media would make it easy to change the city's marketing pitch. Vale of Paradise was used as a marketing tool back in the 1920s and 1930s when the city was being developed as a warmweather home for Chicagoans. "Do we have an economic development committee?" asked Morgan. "No," replied Scott. To have such a committee the city would need a "real" strategic plan, he said. "That's why I put "Valparaiso vision" on the agenda," said Arnold. In view of falling property values, a failure to attract new businesses and with no room to expand its boundaries, Arnold said, the city should form a "blue ribbon" vision committee. Its task, he said, would be to define "where do we go from here?" Arnold proposed a 10member committee, with each commissioner selecting two volunteers. However, Commissioner Kay Hamilton said such a panel should be opened up to anyone interested in promoting the city's future. "We have a lot of talented people in our community," agreed Arnold, citing a number of people who hold, or held, high-ranking positions at Eglin. Arnold suggested that commission members discuss the matter further at a meeting next month. In other business at Monday's city commission meeting, the panel approved a rate hike for basic cable television services while at the same time lowering the "pole attachment fee" portion of cable bills. The net result will be a five-cent average reduction to monthly cable bills, said City Clerk Tammy Johnson. The new rate boosts the charge for basic cable, channels 3-78, from $31.50 to $32.85 per month. The pole attachment fee—a charge to pay Gulf Power for allowing the city cable system to hang its cable TV lines on the utility's poles—drops from $2.20 pr month to 55 cents. The lower pole attachment fee is a result of an April 1 agreement with Gulf Power, reducing the pole attachment fee, following a long battle, said Commissioner Heyward Strong. VALEFrom page A-1 \WANTED NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER 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) Data presented by Susan Chapman, Okaloosa County Health Department director, to the Okaloosa County Commission last week indicated that pollution worsened last year in area waterways. Rain runoff was blamed. Okaloosa County Health Dept.

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Firefighters received the alarm at 10:20 p.m, and were on the scene six minutes later, Lohrman said. They contained the blaze to the upstairs bedroom, he said. The fire was out by 10:35 p.m. A smoldering cigarette on or near the mattress is believed have caused the fire, Lohrman said. Damage to the room and contents was listed at $20,000. The owner of the apartment is Napier Realty, Pensacola, Lohrman said. The occupant was listed as Johnathan Brophy. Lohrman said there were two or three people in the apartment when the smoke detector sounded. Responding to the fire were firefighters from Niceville, East Niceville, North Bay and Eglin fire departments. ALARMFrom page A-1four segments that make up the resort's 36-hole course. The resort lost money for the past three years, Werner said, a result of changes in the economy, and demographics, as fewer people have the time or money to play golf all day and existing golfers continue to age. There's also a glut of golf courses in the area, said Hanks. It's a trend nationally as well as locally, as golf courses close down and manicured courses are left to go back to nature, Hanks said last March, mentioning a former courses in Crestview that was once part of a gated community. Since March, the 18hole Shalimar Pointe Golf Course was also put on the market, and adjoining homeowners expressed their concerns that a buyer could build up to 200 homes on the course, changing their quality of life and reducing the value of their own homes. Late last month Hanks told the Beacon the resort's development plans have changed. The resort has eliminated any commercial from future development plans on the shortened Magnolia golf course, he said, and only residential development is now under consideration. However, no one outside the resort has seen the redesigned plans yet, he said, including the county's growth management department. He said the owners were also waiting to hear from the Magnolia Plantation homeowners association. Hanks said he couldn't divulge how many homes are now planned on portions of the shortened golf course as renderings and designs aren't ready yet. Werner could not be reached for comment. The resort will first release future plans to the Magnolia Plantation homeowners, Hanks said, but he could not say when those letters would be sent out. Jane Rainwater president of the 266-unit Magnolia Plantation Homeowners Association, said 165 owners voted yes, a majority, in favor of a one-time, binding assessment on each owner. She said the money would be placed in a fund in case the association decided it needed legal assistance in anything the resort planned for the Magnolia course. Rainwater said other homeowner associations in Bluewater Bay are also concerned about the resort's development plans, or the alternative of letting the golf course fall into disrepair. Elliott Kampert, Okaloosa County's Growth Development director, told the Beacon that the resort has not yet formally given notice to the county of any proposed development of the golf course. Notice of such proposed changes is required by the statemandated Development of Regional Impact (DRI) which controls development of the entire Bluewater Bay development, he said. Kampert said it is his understanding that the resort wants any proposed development to be "palatable" to affected homeowners. Rainwater said they've checked the DRI for Bluewater Bay and learned that to go that route the resort needs to notify Walton County and Crestview, because the development could impact traffic, water, and so on. She said they've been told their best offense is to attend en masse when the Okaloosa County Commission meets to discuss any proposal. She said they have said the resort won't fight Magnolia Plantation homeowners but instead threaten to close the golf courses at Magnolia Plantation, and possibly the Marsh course as well. Hanks said the resort's plans were in the best interests of all, including the homeowners. "Survival of the resort" is the primary concern of the development, Hanks said. "We don't need 36 holes of golf, especially in this economy." DROPSFrom page A-1 Preparing for new crop of studentsTeachers reported back to their classrooms Monday, a week before Okaloosa County public-school students start classes Aug. 20. Above, Lewis School fifth grade teacher Eva Ratley couldn't wait to begin preparing her new classroom and began moving supplies in Friday. With eight years teaching in other states and overseas in Korea as a military wife, she she begins her third year at the Valparaiso K-8 school. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon Valp. sets another closed meetingBeacon Staff Writer Bruce Bowman, a member of Conerly, Bowman and Dykes, the Destin law firm that is the city attorney, Monday requested a closed-door meeting with the Valparaiso Commission to, he said, discuss settlement negotiations in the recently concluded Bradley case, an open-government lawsuit that the city lost last month. The commission set the meeting for Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. Circuit Judge Thomas Remington on July 27 issued final judgment against the city in the Bradley lawsuit, in which a citizen sued over a previous secret commission proceeding. The Bay Beacon, in protesting an Aug. 2 closed commission meeting which officials said concerned the same recently concluded case, argued that Florida's open-government law permits closed meetings by elected officials to discuss legal action only when the action is actually pending in court—not before it has been filed or after it has been concluded. Through a lawyer, the city replied that the commission was entitled to exclude the public from such a meeting because, even though Remington had issued what he called "final judgment," his ruling was not actually final because city officials hadn't decided whether to appeal. Bowman said Monday that no appeal had been filed. The Beacon last week offered to join with the city to submit the dispute to an opengovernment mediation program operated by the Florida Attorney General. The newspaper received no response. Beacon photo by Del Lessard The back yard of Norma Rethlake's home on Armadillo Trail in Magnolia Plantation, Bluewater Bay, backs up to the seventh fairway of the Magnolia golf course, part of which the course owner, Bluewater Bay Resort, wants convert to homesites.

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ArrestsCynthia Susan Wilkinson, a restaurant employee, 46, of 365 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 27 on a misdemeanor worthless check charge related to a $50 check. * Joshua Timothy Nelson, 34, of 390 Edge Ave. Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 30 on charges of failure to appear on a misdemeanor offense, four counts. * Brandon Edward Zembsch, 21, of 700 32nd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 20 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of burglary, grand theft auto, grand theft and criminal mischief. * Sedrick Leonard Lowe, unemployed, 42, of 304 Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 27 on misdemeanor worthless check charges, three counts, related to checks written for $30.59, $27.29 and $29.09. * Michael Julian Dampier, unemployed, 31, of 1119 Rita Lane, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of DUI and resisting an officer without violence. * William Richard Davis Jr., a cook, 21, of 2 Jonathan Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offenses of trafficking in stolen property, petit theft and trespass. * Holly Nicole Tharp, a business owner/operator, 29, of 616 Ginkgo Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 28 on a violation of probation charge on the original offense of driving while license suspended or revoked. * Latoya Denise Tape, 24, of 400 Kelly Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 26 on charges of petit theft and providing a false name to law enforcement. Tape allegedly put a $70 necklace in her front left pocket, walked out of the Sears store, 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther, without paying, then gave a false name. * Scott Eason Bacheller, unemployed, 55, of 2425 Roberts Drive, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in Fort Walton Beach July 12 on charges of trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. * Lisa Marie Emanuele, 36, of 1853 Taft St., Hollywood, was arrested by sheriff's deputies at the Okaloosa County Jail July 27 on a charge of fraudulently using another person's ID without consent. Emanuele is allegedly part of an organized fraud ring and was arrested on multiple fraud charges July 6 after attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Niceville bank using someone else's driver's license. On July 12 a woman filed an affidavit of complaint stating her wallet and purse were stolen from her vehicle June 25. Emanuele is alleged to have subsequently had possession and/or used the victim's personal identification fraudulently. * Jeremy Phillip White, 21, of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 2 on a petit theft charge. On June 10 White allegedly entered a Destin convenience store, 53 Harbor Blvd., picked up two 24-can cases of beer and walked out of the store without paying. * Kedreem Deshown Andrews, 25, of 122 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 7 on charges of domestic violence battery, false imprisonment, domestic violence related, and resisting an officer without violence. * Michael Robert Andrews, a student, 18, of 517 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 3 on charges of burglary, criminal mischief upon or within a church, and theft. On May 23 Andrews allegedly entered a Niceville church through an open window, then kicked in the door to an office and stole about $15 from a desk drawer. Andrews was also charged Aug. 3 with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving money or property through illegal use of a credit card. On June 10 Andrews allegedly found credit cards and other personal information in a church bathroom. Although he knew the owner, Andrews did not return the property but used the credit card to make two online purchases. Andrews later returned the credit card to the victim and admitted he had used it. * A 15-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 4 on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and grand theft of a firearm. The boy allegedly stole a semi-automatic handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition from the desk where his grandfather had stored it. The boy told police he wanted to go shooting with his friends but didn't want his grandparents to know. * Mason Garrett Riley, 20, of 2021 Mary Ann Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 4 on two violation of probation charges on the original offenses of driving while license suspended or revoked and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. * Jason Christopher Coulthart, an electrician, 29 of 500 Kelly Mill Road, Apt. 114, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 5 on charges of battery and criminal mischief. Coulthart allegedly hit another man in Fort Walton Beach then punctured two tires on the man's vehicle. * Joshua Correy Young, a fabricator, 27, of 2718 Ridgeway Drive, Gautier, Miss., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 4 on charges of possession of controlled substance without a prescription, six counts, trafficking in opium derivative, 4 grams or more but under 30 kilograms, one count, and trespassing, one count. About 6:56 p.m. deputies responded to the 1400 block of Pine Street, Niceville, where witnesses allegedly saw Young wearing a backpack and entering a vehicle, take something out of the vehicle, then ditch the backpack in some bushes and walk toward Highway 20. Based on witnesses' description, deputies detained Young and located the backpack, which contained bottles of controlled substances, including: 1,350 pills of Methylphenidate, 5 mg; 90 pills Methylphenidate, 36 mg; 90 pills of Adderall, 15 mg; six pills of Oxycodone, 10 mg; nine pills of Oxycodone, 5 mg; and, four pills of Alprazalam, .5 mg. The combined weight of the Oxycodone was approximately 4.98 grams. As of Friday afternoon Young was being held in the Okaloosa County Jail in lieu of $16,500 bail. * Richard Lee Garner, a maintenance tech, 46, of 284 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 6 on a violation of probation charge on the original offense of grand theft auto.DUI arrestsAlexzander Linton Currington, a truck loader, 19, of 380 W. Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI on East Highway 20 at Lancaster Drive, Aug. 5 at 5:05 a.m. Subsequent to a search of Currington's vehicle he was also charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.TheftsA local woman reported that a juvenile stole and used her credit/debit card July 29. The victim noticed her debit card missing and thought originally that she had misplaced it, but the next day discovered an unauthorized $13 charge at a Niceville fast food restaurant. A friend's child later admitted stealing the victim's card while keeping an eye on the victim's purse at Lincoln Park, then later using it to purchase food. * A Niceville resident from the 800 block of Sweetwater Run, reported that unknown person(s) stole a radar detector and pair of sunglasses from his vehicle sometime Aug. 4-5, * A Niceville resident who told police he left a house key under a door mat reported Aug. 6 that someone stole about 50 pills of generic Xanax from his bedroom while no one was home. * A Niceville resident from the 900 block of Linden Avenue reported that sometime Aug. 4-5 unknown person(s) stole his BMX bike from his yard. * A man in Niceville told deputies Aug. 3 that an unknown person was using his name, date of birth, Social Security number and phone number to obtain property or credit. Between July 30 and Aug. 1 the man had been notified by Sprint, G.E., Capital, Home Depot and Apple, that someone was attempting to use his information to obtain credit. So far no credit or property had been obtained by the unknown suspect.OtherA Fort Walton Beach man with a concealed weapons permit was confronted by Niceville police inside a Niceville fast-food restaurant July 21 after an employee reported the man had pulled a handgun out of his waistband and showed it to another person. After police asked the man to step outside, he first stated "before we do, can I show you something?" and began reaching toward his waist line. Police immediately grabbed his right hand and told him to keep his other hand in sight. After explaining the reason they approached him, police asked the man if he was armed with a gun, and the man said he was and that he had a concealed weapon permit. After escorting the man outside police secured the man's .22-caliber revolver and his permit. Police asked the man if there were any specific instructions to carrying a concealed firearm, and he replied that the gun was not to be made visible but was to remain concealed at all times. He said he had made a "bad judgment call." The man was issued a trespass warning for the restaurant. * A 16-year-old Niceville boy was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies July 20 on a charge of resisting arrest without violence. The deputy saw the boy stumble and sway as he exited a Destin movie theater, 4000 Legendary Drive. The deputy smelled alcohol on the boy's breath and he was obviously underage. The boy refused to give his name and attempted to flee when the deputy tried to handcuff him, causing the deputy to take the boy to the ground in order to secure him in handcuffs. * Anthony K. Carr, a cook, 22, of 1613-A 26th St., Niceville, was issued a criminal summons by sheriff's deputies July 27 on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Five juveniles, including 15year-old girls, one from Valparaiso, one from Villa Tasso, and three 17 year-old boys, one from Niceville and two from Destin, were issued notices to appear by sheriff's deputies in Destin on trespass charges Aug. 1. The five teens were discovered by a security guard about 2 a.m. entering a closed and gated Destin waterpark, 1007 E. Highway 98. * Jonathan Wayne Brown, 26, of 127 Center St., Freeport, was issued a criminal summons by Niceville police, subsequent to a traffic stop, Aug. 7, on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Stephen Vance Cartwright Wanted for: violation of probation on the original charges of two counts of grand theft. Height: 6-feet Weight: 180 pounds Age: 49 Date of birth: 02-09-1963 Hair: brown Eyes: hazel Name: Joe "J" Fernandez Wanted for: attempted murder, robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Height: 5-feet, 6-inches Weight: 175 pounds Age: 36 Date of birth: 10-08-1975 Hair: brown Eyes: hazel Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 30, 2012 through August 5, 2012. 1 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME W. John Sims Pkwy...........................Medical...........................08/06/12..................12:12 McEwen Drive....................................Medical...........................08/06/12..................13:59 McEwen Drive....................................Medical...........................08/06/12..................18:51 Bullock Blvd........................................False Call.......................08/07/12..................13:36 Azalea Dr............................................Electrical Problem..........08/07/12..................17:50 37th Street..........................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................02:41 College Blvd.......................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................12:04 Woodlow Road..................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................16:53 Deer Avenue......................................False Call.......................08/08/12..................19:05 SR 85 N..............................................Medical...........................08/08/12..................19:32 Rocky Bayou Bridge..........................Vehicle Crash.................08/09/12..................10:42 E. John Sims Pkwy............................Cancelled.......................08/09/12..................12:55 Tee Street...........................................Medical...........................08/09/12..................20:37 N. Partin Drive....................................Medical...........................08/10/12..................09:38 Hickory Avenue..................................Medical...........................08/10/12..................14:44 E. John Sims Pkwy............................Medical...........................08/10/12..................21:47 SR 85 N..............................................False Call.......................08/10/12..................23:29 SR 85 N/SR 123................................Vehicle Crash.................08/11/12..................07:44 N. Partin Dr.........................................Medical...........................08/11/12..................10:45 Kelly Road..........................................Structure Fire.................08/11/12..................22:19 Government Avenue..........................Cancelled.......................08/12/12..................01:23 N. Partin Drive....................................Medical...........................08/12/12..................07:16 Coral Drive.........................................Medical...........................08/12/12..................22:05 Weekly Safety Tip: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Never leave cooking unattended. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the burner. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Joshua Correy Young The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-4 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACONEast NicevilleThe East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of July 2012. Street Situation Date Time Oak Avenue...................False alarm..........................................7/2/12.......................1225 Redwood Ave................Medical EMS call................................7/2/12.......................1231 47th Street.....................Medical assist......................................7/2/12.......................1433 Union Avenue................Medical assist......................................7/2/12.......................1930 E. John Sims Parkway..Hazardous condition...........................7/3/12.......................0052 Madison Street..............Fire, other............................................7/3/12.......................1157 Lanman Road................Medical assist......................................7/3/12.......................1253 Malta Cove....................Excessive heat....................................7/5/12.......................1732 Dolphin Point.................Building fire..........................................7/6/12.......................0800 Oak Lake Lane..............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/6/12.......................1106 23rd Street.....................Medical assist......................................7/6/12.......................2200 Niceville Avenue............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/7/12.......................1004 E. SR 20 Highway.........Detector activation,no fire...................7/7/12.......................1013 Cat Mar Avenue............Medical assist......................................7/7/12.......................1026 Kristin Circle...................Vehicle accident..................................7/8/12.......................1936 Winlake Court................Detector activation,no fire...................7/8/12.......................2044 Reeves Street................Medical assist......................................7/11/12.....................2019 Gingko Avenue..............Unauthorized burning.........................7/14/12....................2040 Edgewater Drive............Medical assist......................................7/15/12....................1233 Edgewater Drive............CO detector activation,malfunction....7/17/12....................0811 Winward Lane...............Dispatched & canceled.......................7/21/12....................1214 Oakmont Circle..............Heat from short circuit........................7/23/12....................2004 White Point Road..........Detector activation,no fire...................7/29/12....................0714 White Point Road..........Dispatched & canceled.......................7/29/12....................1725 White Point Road..........Dispatched & canceled.......................7/30/12....................1631 Visit our website at www.enfd.net.North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 30, 2012 through August 5, 2012. Street Situation Date Time Shadow Lane.........................Dispatched & cancelled.............08/06/12.................14:34 West Parkwood Lane.............Unintentional transmission.........08/06/12.................17:23 Ida Coon Circle.......................EMS call......................................08/07/12.................11:55 Calinda Lane..........................Medical assist.............................08/07/12.................13:24 Pine Street..............................Medical assist.............................08/07/12.................17:22 Azalea Drive...........................Dispatched & cancelled.............08/07/12.................17:56 N. White Point Road..............EMS call......................................08/08/12.................08:00 Olde Post Road......................EMS call......................................08/08/12.................10:50 Windrush Drive.......................EMS call......................................08/09/12.................01:34 Rocky Bayou Bridge..............Dispatched & cancelled.............08/09/12.................10:43 Highway 20 & Lancaster Dr...EMS call......................................08/10/12.................05:48 Cedar Street...........................Unintentional transmission.........08/10/12.................14:22 E. Hwy. 98/Destin,FL..............Dispatched & cancelled.............08/10/12.................14:31 Parkside Circle.......................EMS call......................................08/10/12.................20:58 Windard Lane.........................Fire, other....................................08/11/12.................02:59 Birkdale Circle.........................EMS call......................................08/11/12.................04:02 Highway 20.............................EMS call......................................08/11/12.................10:15 N. Lakeshore Drive................Vehicle accident..........................08/11/12.................15:13 Kelly Road..............................Building fire.................................08/11/12.................22:20 Birkdale Circle.........................EMS call......................................08/12/12.................03:25 Fairway Lakes Drive..............EMS call......................................08/12/12.................09:16 Range Road...........................EMS call......................................08/12/12.................10:32 State Road 293......................Vehicle accident..........................08/21/12.................20:44 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Sewage field work remains in firm s handsBy Del Lessard Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board voted this month to continue using a contractor to maintain the utility's sprayfields until next summer. The board had previously eyed ending the annual sprayfield maintenance agreement with Gulf Star Contracting in the hope it would be cheaper to maintain the fields using inhouse personnel. The regional utility spends nearly $120,000 a year for sprayfield maintenance. Wastewater treatment plant manager Rick Helms told board members that it would be beneficial to continue the contract with Gulf Star through June 30. He said the utility's own personnel won't have time to take over the work because they will be training on new equipment currently being installed at the plant under a $5.24 million upgrade. The upgrade is expected to come on line early next year. Helms said he also needed to see what Eglin Air Force Base will require of the sewer board under an enhanced use lease of the sprayfield land to the board. In the past the Department of Environmental Protection has required certain types of hay be grown on the sprayfield to take up nutrients from the effluent the utility sends to the sprayfield. The hay cuts down on the amount of nitrogen and other pollutants that get into the groundwater and subsequently into streams on Eglin that are home to the Okaloosa darter, a small minnow that was until recently on the endangered species list. What's changed, Helms said, is that the utility is upgrading its treatment facility to remove most of the nitrogen and other nutrients from the discharged wastewater. It may be possible, he said, to merely cut the hay and leave it on the ground, rather than bale and harvest it. He said until those details are known it would be difficult to complete a cost analysis between contractor and in-house maintenance of the sprayfields. Mike Spaits, environmental spokesman for Eglin said the lease for the sprayfield hasn't been completed. The board agreed to extend the current sprayfield maintenance contract until June 30, 2013. The regional utility also received a clean audit report from its outside CPA firm, Warren Averett O'Sullivan Creel at the board's Aug. 1 meeting. Auditors found no material weaknesses and no deficiencies of the internal controls the utility maintains over its financial reports. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, the regional utility had annual operating revenues of $1,885,623, up $22,329 from the previous year. It had net operating expenses of $1,604,853, down $28,716 from the previous year. Overall the utility had increased its net assets from $2,189,666 to $2,481,272, auditors noted. In other business, sewer board members said they expect both the Valparaiso City Commission and the Niceville City Council this month to formally approve a new operational agreement governing the regional utility. The previous operational agreement expired in June and was revised to delete Okaloosa County as a member. Niceville bought out the county's share of treatment capacity and the county opted to discontinue treating sewage from the unincorporated areas east of Rocky Bayou and instead pump its sewage to its new sewage treatment plant north of Fort Walton Beach. Until the county constructs additional sewer mains from Niceville to the Arbennie Pritchett plant in Fort Walton, the county will continue send sewage at the NicevilleValparaiso plant, paying the same rate as both cities, but no longer as a co-owner and governing partner. The county is expected to divert the sewage flow by 2015.

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The East Niceville Fire Commission Monday discussed ways to avoid a possible tax hike during the fiscal year which will start Oct. 1. Commissioners made it clear during Monday’s meeting that they prefer to keep the fire district’s property tax rate, which has risen dramatically since 2005, at its current rate, if they can do so while still paying necessary expenses for their fire department. At the current millage rate of 2.37, property owners in the East Niceville Fire District, between the Niceville city limits and the shore of Rocky Bayou, pay $2.37 for each $1,000 of appraised taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at a taxable value of $200,000 currently pays $474 per year in property tax to the East Niceville fire district, in addition to other taxes collected by Okaloosa County, the school district, and others. A final decision on fire district taxes will be made next month. At a previous meeting held July 9, the East Niceville commissioners authorized themselves to hike the millage rate to a maximum of 2.44 if necessary, but said then that they preferred to keep the current rate if that can be done despite declines in property values and increased expenses in such areas as insurance. At a 2.44 millage rate, the property owner mentioned above would pay $488 in property tax to the East Niceville fire district. No decisions were made during Monday’s meeting about the coming year’s budget, except for the passage of a motion to modify the budget to include 27 line items rather than the current 22. This, said commission treasurer Ed Dunbar, will standardize the East Niceville budget to match the state budgeting format, making it easier to translate day-today budgeting with annual audits that use the state format. As for next year’s spending, commission chairman Mike Marcolongo said he has studied the district’s finances and come up with additional cuts that can be made to such areas as operational reserves, utilities, services, fuel, and the district’s equipment reserve fund, which should be enough to allow the district to operate for another year without a tax rate hike. At last month’s meeting, it was estimated that the FY 2012 budget would have to be cut by about $39,000 to match spending with expected revenue in FY 2013. Dunbar, however, warned against cutting too deeply, saying, “I’d be willing to take a little tax increase, to have a little less cuts. We have liabilities that actually exist right now.” Dunbar also suggested that if cuts are needed, they should include at least a partial reduction of fire commissioner’s current $500 per month pay. He suggested that the pay cut might be less for the commission chairman and treasurer than for other commissioners. “This would provide an incentive,” he said, “for other commissioners to volunteer for the chair and treasurer jobs,” which typically consume more time and effort than that required of the other three commissioners. At the current pay level, Dunbar said, the five fire commissioners, together, cost the district $30,000 per year. “That’s a lot of money, as tight as we are right now,” he said. Commissioner John Root said he has recently “asked some hard questions of local businesses,” whose leaders told him they do not pay full health benefits for their employees, as most fire districts, including East Niceville, do for their firefighters. He said it may no longer be possible to provide benefits to firefighters that are not available in the private sector. The fire district switched from a largely volunteer force to a paid force in 2005, and the tax rate doubled to 2 mills at that time. Commissioner Leonard Martin, however, said it would be more practical to compare the pay and benefits at East Niceville to those offered by other fire departments. Those, he said, usually do offer complete health coverage, partly because of the dangerous and difficult nature of firefighting compared to most civilian jobs, but also because such benefits may be necessary if East Niceville is to compete for experienced, quality firefighters against other neighboring districts. Root acknowledged Martin’s point, and said that an advantage to offering health care and other non-salary benefits is that they increase the value of a worker’s total compensation, but without the added cost to the employer of increasing the worker’s actual salary. Salary increases, he said, must also include increases in government-mandated costs like social security payments and workers compensation insurance, the costs of which are legally tied to pay levels. Marcolongo said that while it may be possible to operate for another year without a tax hike, the district has been cutting its budget each year since the national economic recession began. “Sooner or later we’re going to hit a wall,” he said, and if local property values do not begin a significant recovery in the coming year, “We’re going to face some difficult choices down the road.” In other business during Monday’s meeting, the fire commission discussed a proposal from firefighters to change their state retirement program to a “local law” retirement program, which would allow the fire commission and firefighters a greater role in managing East Niceville firefighters’ retirement funds. Assistant Fire Chief David Birch said similar local programs have been implemented at other fire districts with good results. Commissioners, however, were uncertain. “I hope the firefighters know what they’re getting into,” said Commissioner Martin. He said his own research thus far has shown that local law retirement systems can be very complex and difficult for local firefighters to manage. After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the proposal until a later meeting, after everyone has more time to study how such a program would actually work and whether it would be beneficial. Final decisions about East Niceville’s FY 2013 property taxes and budget will be made during two public budget hearings, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on September 5 and September 19. Both hearings will take place at the East Niceville fire station at 1709 East 27th Street. For information about the East Niceville Fire District, call 678-2311. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 15, 2012 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Brenda Coleman, 70, Winter Park, retired Janel Wright, 43, Niceville, retired “I d rather keep the $2.5 billion here on earth. A lot of people here could use it.” “The country is in debt. We can t afford to spend money on outer space.” “Awesome! It s great for us to learn more about Mars. It would be surprising if anything lived on Mars – and it would be a wonderful thing for kids to know.” “They could use that money to pay down our national debt. When the debt is paid, Mars will still be there, and we can go for it.” “That s crazy. We can t feed people here, but we re sending $2.5 billion to Mars.” “I think it s stupid. Who the heck cares about Mars? We need the money here in the U.S., where there are homeless families and people going hungry.”What do you think about the United States sending a $2.5 billion probe to Mars to determine whether life ever existed there?Wayne Crider, 23, Niceville, fishermanLocation: KMartRhonda Wood, 52, Portland, Florida, business owner Joe Riley, 26, Crestview, student Raigen Wright, 11, Niceville, Plew Elementary School student What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACONguaranteed by the three-year contract but were negotiated annually. An attempt to mediate the issue failed when both the school district and OCEA, in December 2011, rejected proposals to grant teachers step pay raises half a year. The school board then met Jan. 4 in Niceville High School and unanimously voted to deny the annual pay raise, ending the impasse they had declared earlier. Even though the school district argued that the Jan. 4 school board ruling ended the impasse, OCEA pursued the grievance process under binding arbitration procedures. On Aug. 6, 2012, the teacher's union learned that binding arbitration of the pay issue ruled against the union's appeal because it had failed to file a grievance over the pay issue in a timely manner. In a letter dated July 30 arbitrator Barney Spurlock said that the union failed to file its grievance within 15 working days of the first alleged violation, the July 31, 2011 pay checks for a handful of 12-month teachers. Spurlock said that two other issues—whether the use of the impasse process by the school district had resolved the pay issue, and whether the filing of an Unfair Labor Practices complaint by the union removed authority for the arbitrator to resolve the issue—were rendered moot by OCEA's failure to file the grievance in a timely manner. In past years OCEA and the school district have negotiated issues such as the annual step pay raise during the summer, resulting in teachers not getting past step pay raises in their first few pay checks, Peek said. In the past step pay raises have been approved, retroactively, as late as December. School district officials are in negotiations with OCEA over a new three-year contract between teachers and the school district. As of the Beacon's press deadline, neither Peek, nor school district negotiator Mike Foxworthy returned calls asking if there was money in the current budget for teacher's step pay raises. The school district's budget for the current school year won't be finalized until a public hearing Sept. 10. UNIONFrom page A-1Have you or someone you know had a tooth extracted? It can be devastating. Not only is it uncomfortable and embarrassing, it makes eating difficult and can affect your speech. It can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface – the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate. In fact, 25 percent of the bone mass is lost in the very first year after an extraction! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. Dr. Olivier Broutin would like to help. Making sure that every patient has a comfortable, beautiful, functional smile is why he practices dentistry – and it s why he is so excited about the amazing benefits of dental implants. It really is the treatment of choice for health, appearance and lasting benefits. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth – just the way the tooth root was. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven – over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible – far superior to a fixed partial denture or full dentures that do nothing to prevent bone loss and require removal of enamel or other preparation of the healthy teeth adjacent to the extraction. Each implant offers support and stimulation to the bone, keeping it intact and functioning. The teeth surrounding it are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. It is a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. His passion and conviction can convince even the most skeptical listener to find out more about dental implants. “I like dentistry – I just love teeth and want to do everything I can to protect them. I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. It s the fascinating science of dentistry.” For more information about Dr. Olivier Broutin and the benefits of implant dentistry, call (850) 8974488 or visit www.DrBroutin.com. Dr. Olivier Broutin Advertising Feature Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessNiceville/ValparaisoKiwanis Club There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business’ patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. 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Corbin Brunson and Megan Triplett of Niceville and Tyler Parkinson of Crestview graduated from the Emerald Coast Autism Center during summer commencement ceremony held Aug. 9 in the Niceville center. Staci Berryman, executive director at Emerald Coast Autism Center, presided at the ceremony, and each student gave a speech he or she wrote. The ceremony was followed by a reception with friends and family. Megan Triplett and Corbin Brunson are to attend Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville. Tyler Parkinson is to attend Northwood Elementary School in Crestview. 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 dd a a y y , A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 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 • Zeiss1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified Optometrist Call today!(850) 678-8876“Where there is no vision, the people perish” –Proverbs 29:18 An Important TestWe want you to experience a lifetime of good eye health. That’s why we use a gentle touch when helping our younger patients to see better. Eye tests aren’t scary when they’re done right. Kiwanis donates school suppliesJudy Boudreaux and Bill Landsberg, Kiwanis Club of Niceville and Valparaiso members, donated a $200 check and school supplies to Sharing and Caring, Niceville, Thursday, Aug. 9. Sharing and Caring has collected and filled about 300 backpacks in preparation for the 2012-2013 school year. Courtesy photo Among the shows scheduled for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Broadway Series is the popular “Fiddler on the Roof.Rock, humor, circus on Arts Center playbill From left, Emerald Coast Autism Center graduates Corbin Brunson, Tyler Parkinson and Megan Triplett. Special to the Beacon Season packages are now available for the largest series ever of Broadway shows and artist events to appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The lineup of a dozen national and internationally touring shows is a record for the $25 million performing arts venue, and includes awardwinning hits such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Menopause the Musical,” “Hair,” and “Shrek the Musical,” as well as the National Circus of China in “Cirque Chinois,” the international tour of a “Women of Ireland” concert and more. The priority window for season packages and group sales is until Aug. 19, when only season or group packages will be sold. Continuing a popular option started last season, patrons may choose their own selection of five or more national shows for a Custom Season Package to receive a 10 percent discount off the ticket price of each show. A discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more tickets to a single show if the group sale is made by a single purchaser. Packages and group sales must be purchased by phone, mail, or in person from the box office only (packages and discounts are not available by Web sales). Contact or visit the box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 729-6000, or toll-free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787). Individual tickets for all shows go on sale Aug.20 by Web, phone or in-person from the box office. Purchase tickets online at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Each of the 12 nationally touring shows appear at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only. Individual tickets are $45 each for Broadway events, and $35 each for Artist Series events. The 2012-13 Broadway and Artist Season starts Sept. 26 with “Menopause the Musical”—a musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The season continues Oct. 11 with “Broadway Rox,” celebrating the contemporary pop and rock musicals of Broadway. “Drumline Live” will appear Nov. 7 with an explosion of energy and athleticism set to contemporary hip hop, R&B and classic Motown tunes, as well as brass marching bands. “Shrek the Musical” will appear Nov. 19, followed by “Nunset Boulevard” Nov. 29, starring Cindy Williams of “Laverne & Shirley” TV fame as Mother Superior. “Fiddler on the Roof” comes to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center stage Dec. 3; and direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, performs “Cirque Chinois” Dec. 12. On Jan. 12, “New York Tenors” will perform. The groundbreaking musical “Hair” will appear Jan. 30. Parental discretion is advised for this show. “In the Mood” Feb. 2 will feature a retro 1940s musical with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, vocalists and dancers. Ireland’s leading female performers will be featured in “Women of Ireland” Feb. 15; and the musical comedy “Rock of Ages” will appear April 1. All ticket sales include a $2 per ticket box office processing fee in addition to the ticket price. 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 TherapyDr. James F. Watt, DOOrthopaedic Hand Surgeon Upper Extremities PediatricsAll major insurance accepted, including Tricare Eight Board Certified Physicians *Based on 2006 countrywide average gross premium for boatowners insurance. 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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. 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: 8974721. 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. 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 loops around the Northwest Florida State College Campus, Niceville. Early registration through Aug. 20 is $15, and late registration, Aug. 21-Sept. 1 is $20. Tshirts 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. Yard Sale Spectacular The Heritage Museum of 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, TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. Info: 678-2615. Bazaar vendors needed Niceville UMC World Bazaar and Benefit is seeking quality home-craft vendors for its 36th annual event Oct. 27. For information and entry forms, go to nicevilleumc.org/women/bazaar or call 865-4769. Oktoberfest seeks artists The 18th 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. 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. Back to School party The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families of all ages to its Summer Back To School Party Aug. 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Movie and playtime for little ones; Wii and crafts for older children. Chorale auditions available The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold auditions for the 2012-2013 season Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. This season’s repertoire includes work by Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Sweelinck, and others. To arrange an audition time and receive audition music, email Chorale administrator Phyllis Lake at lakepa@cox.net For more information, contact music director Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or 729-6009. Artist sets birthday show To celebrate his 96th birthday, well-known Bluewater Bay illustrator Marlin Griffin will have a showing of some of his world travels and fantasy illustrations Friday, Aug. l7, 2-4 p.m., at Sandy & Ray Realty in Merchants Walk, Bluewater Bay, across from Bank of America and a few doors from the Post Office. Come by and wish Marlin a happy birthday. Also, you can review his latest nature illustrations in “Bucky’s Adventures,” a children’s book about this area. No cost to attend. Ruckel orientation Ruckel Middle School orientation for all upcoming 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders will be Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-noon in the gym. Students will receive their schedules at this time. Air Raid Nights & Radio Days Author Don Schroeder will present “Air Raid Nights & Radio Days” at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Friday, Aug. 17, noon, for History Sandwiched-In, a free lunchtime lecture. Experience laugh-out-loud and tear jerking moments of “Air Raid Nights & Radio Days” from a young boy’s perspective growing up on the home front during WWII. Even young children will enjoy hearing the stories about days gone by when there existed a corner grocery store, the ragman and deliveries from the milkman and iceman. Pack a lunch and bring the family to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, an informal lunchtime education program. The lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 6782615 to reserve a seat. Benefit set for cancer victim A benefit meal is planned for noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Dockside & Oyster Bar, North Light Yacht Club, Niceville, for Yvonne B. Davenport and family. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, went into remission and in March 2010 was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The cost is $10 for barbecued chicken, pulled pork or fried catfish, with jambalaya, potato salad, a roll and drink. To donate, checks can be made payable to Yvonne B. Davenport, 1085 Forest Lake Terrace, Niceville, FL 32578 or to BBVA Compass, account 2532499057. Youth orchestra sets auditions The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College is preparing to hold auditions for the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra of more than 50 talented young musicians ranging from sixth to 12th grade under the direction of Liz Aylor who is also the director of the Symphonic Strings program of Okaloosa County, Emerald Coast Symphonic Pops, and a member of the Pensacola Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Panama City Pops. Auditions for advanced Strings will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.4p.m. Woodwind, Brass and Percussionist auditions will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4p.m. All tryouts take place in the Orchestra room of the Music Wing at The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the NWF State College Niceville campus. Weekly rehearsals will then begin on Sept. 9 and other scheduled Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:30. Registration forms and audition materials are available at imastringteacher.com To receive more information and an audition time, please send name, age and instrument to the following email address: imastringteacher@cox.net Those selected will be required to pay membership fees of $75-$125 per semester; some scholarships will be available. History Mystery book club The American Girls History Mystery Book Club, for girls in second-sixth grade, meets the third Wednesday of each month from 4:155:30 in the Niceville Library YS program room. Registration is required as space is limited. Girls must sign up in YS for each meeting, check out the book or purchase a copy, and finish the book before the meeting date. Registration begins Aug. 21 in Youth Services. Call 279-4863 x1514 or stop by the library to sign up. Safe boating class Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island plans a safe boating class Saturday, Aug. 25. Registration Begins at 8:15 a.m. Class runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 22 The cost is $35, which includes the course, book, exam, FWC Safe Boating ID Card, lunch, line handling & knots demo, tour of the station and safety whistle. Register with John Ryan, public education officer, 623-980-8782 or ryanjohnj@hotmail.com, Blackwater River paddle trip Bring your canoe or kayak and join the Florida Trail Association for a paddle trip on Blackwater River in Okaloosa County Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. Info: 683-0803, or 865-7075, or Choctaw.floridatrail.org. Yard sale at Heritage Museum The annual yard sale spectacular for the Heritage Museum ofNorthwest Florida is Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 a.m.-noon. Donations are being accepted (no clothes please) during regular Museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside spaces are available for sellers; $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space.(Sellers must provide their own tables, tents, etc.) Visit or call the Museum, 678-2615 to reserve a space. Dine for SOCKS Want to enjoy great music, eat great food and help raise funds to repair the leaky roof over the area’s feline-only shelter? Then join Save Our Cats and Kittens and Beal Street Bottle Club for the “Raise the Roof for SOCKS” benefit Sunday, Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m. Your $10 ticket entitles you to gumbo, dessert and live music from local musicians. Bring Your Own Bottle to enjoy while you take part in games and raffles. The prizes include a three-day/two-night stay from Resort Quest, two tickets to an event of your choosing at the Pensacola Jazz Fest in April, and a three-month membership to Gold’s Gym. Tickets are available online at saveourcatsandkittens.com, the SOCKS Shelter, SOCKS Thrift Store (both at 498 Carmel Drive, FWB), and the Beal Street Bottle Club, 70 Beal Pkwy, FWB. Call Nancy at 314-6669 or the Shelter at 863-5756 for more information. Adult musicians neededDo you already play a musical instrument or are looking to dust off that old violin, flute, trumpet you have wanted to play again, but haven t had a place to play? “Emerald Coast Symphonic Pops ” provides an opportunity for local adult musicians to come together and perform light symphonic classics and popular music for enjoyment. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 7:15-9 in the choral room of Shalimar United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact Music Director Liz Aylor at 651-4308. 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm 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 St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Services 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. RALLY DAY, AUGUST 26! Register for Sunday School 9:30 10:30 a.m.A Florida VPK provider. CO1OK00641407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com GULFCOASTDENTAL(850) 897-96004566 Hwy 20 East. Ste 108. Niceville, Florida 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.com CorrectionA caption in last week’s Beacon misidentified a photo of Lynn Watson, one of three people pictured in a presentation involving the Sharing and Caring Cram the Van project. A corrected version appears today on page B-6. Thank You!For making the community2012 Fireworksa success!American Athletic Uniforms Bay Area Awards Bay Area Better Hearing Bay Beacon Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival Caf Bienville Carr Riggs and Ingram CCB Community Bank Century 21, Patsy Bland Citgo City of Niceville City of Valparaiso Coastal Bank and TrustCorporate Benefits of the Emerald CoastCosta Family McDonald s Danny s Fried Chicken Dixie Dan Powell, Powell and Powell Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Supt. of Schools Dr. Joe Agostinelli Endicott Village First Baptist Church, Niceville First Florida Bank GCT Holt-Phillips Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church J & B Medical Mullins Auto Body Niceville Assembly of God Niceville City Council Niceville Family Dental Niceville High School Niceville Insurance Agency Niceville Police Department Niceville UMC Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Oak Creek Shopping Center Okaloosa Gas Old South Land Title One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating Panhandle Plumbing Parkway Veterinary Hospital Peoples National Bank Pitell Law Firm, PL Polyengineering, Inc Powell & Swanick Ruckel Properties Sears of Niceville Sound Associates, Inc The Manor at Bluewater Bay The New Fish Radio Twin Cities Softball Vulcan Construction Materials Walmart, Niceville Warren Averett LLC Waste Management Wicker Painting INC Willingham SeafoodThe Twin Cities Fireworks Trust Fund Committee • Brenda Franco • Carl Scott • Don Ory •Linda Dwyer •Dave Swanick • • Gail Arke • Judy Boudreaux • Lannie Corbin • Lavon Mason • Martha Miller • • Paul Tauscher • Sheila Bishop • Valerie J. Manley•Thank you to each of you for making the 2012 Fireworks Celebration a reality!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax: 729-3225 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. Sara KentAdvertising Director The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Nichols signs letter of intentNiceville High School s Terrell Nichols, a wide receiver who graduated in 2012, signs a letter of intent to play football and attend college at Warner University, Lake Wales, beginning this year. From left: parents Jose and Faye Rodriquez, sister Jasmine Rodriquez, Terrell Nichols, and Warner University coach Jeff Schaum.Lions golf tourney set The Sandestin Lions Club Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Emerald Bay. The cost is $90 per player or $360 for a four-person team. The main hole-in-one prize will be a 2012 Toyota and a silent auction will be held. Ninety-Eight BBQ of Santa Rosa Beach will provide gumbo for lunch. The Lions are looking for sponsors, prizes and players. Info: Jim Wood 269-0196, armyguyindestin@embarqmail.c om. Relay for Life 5K/Mile Run The seventh annual TwinCities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held Sept. 15th at 8 a.m. at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for the 5K is $15/Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWFTC members receive a $2 discount. Special rate for groups of 10 or more. Late fee, add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. Register on-line at active.com and go to lewisschoolk8.com for a registration form. Email samacd@valp.net with any questions. Briefs NHS grad sets home run markBlasts 19 in summer leagueBy Kenneth Books Beacon Staff Writer It’s a truism in baseball: If you hit, you’ll play. Danny Collins can hit. The 2009 Niceville High School graduate shattered New England Collegiate Baseball League records this summer, setting new marks for home runs with 19. He also established new ceilings in slugging average (.818), total bases (130) and extra base hits (29) for the Laconia Muskrats, while batting .390. He was named the league all-star team third baseman. “I can hit,” Collins said. “I grew up as a shortstop and I guess I got too slow so they put me at third base.” “Danny was one of our first signings for the 2012 team,” said Laconia General Manager Noah Crane. “As a player he consistently barrels the ball, which is the mark of a good hitter. He has power to all fields and has excellent strike zone awareness. He is a fierce competitor and puts in the work to make himself better. His success puts him in a leadership role and he handles that role well.” Many young players have trouble adjusting to wooden bats after growing up with the metal version. Not so Collins. “It’s not much different than the new bat they have these days, other than they can break,” he said. “I’ve played several summers with a wood bat.” Collins is scheduled to graduate from Troy in 2013 with a degree in social science. But his goals have little to do with his major. “I’m hoping to be drafted (by a major league organization) after next spring,” he said. If his dream comes true, he’s already a step ahead of many new professional ballplayers. Not only is he comfortable with a wooden bat, but he’s used to playing a long season. Frequently, the schedule—about 75 games for the lowest-level rookie leagues to about 140 in the high minors and 162 in the major leagues—wears down a player who isn’t used to the daily grind. This year, Collins played about 100 games between Troy University and the summer college league. What’s the key to becoming a good hitter? “A lot of practice, I guess,” Collins said. “Hitting’s always been my strong point in baseball. I’ve had a lot of good hitting coaches. I’m a big student, and I like to listen to everyone’s take and take what I like from it and use it to my advantage.” Hitting can be taught, but power can’t. You either have it or you don’t. Collins has power and it’s been increasing as he matures. “My power has come on in the last three years,” Collins said. Two years ago, while a student at Northwest Florida State College, he hit 11 home runs. This year, he hit 12 at Troy before tacking on 19 in the summer. “People look at me as a power hitter, but I consider myself more of a gap-to-gap hitter,” he said. As his bat gets better, Collins is working hard to become a better third baseman. Although he describes his fielding as “OK,” he adds, “That’s been my main focus to get better at; I struggled hard the beginning of the spring but my coach and I worked on it. I buckled down and got better as the year went on.” His main problem fielding, Collins said, is concentration. “It’s lack of focus,” he said. “The coaches all say I’ve got the talent and I’ve got the arm. I tend to take a pitch off, but I’ve gotten a lot better at it this past year. But I’ve always been told as long as you hit, you’ll play.” A Yankee fan who used to live in the Tampa area, where the Yankees train, Collins said he’s a Derek Jeter fan. “I grew up five minutes from the training field,” he said. “My dad’s job had free tickets right behind the dugout.” Needless to say, Collins’ ultimate dream is “ to play for the Yankees in the major leagues.” But, he added, “I’ll play for anyone. I just want a chance to prove to someone that I can make it.” Danny Collins, a 2009 graduate of Niceville High School, hammered out a record 19 home runs for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer. 209 Government Ave., Niceville • 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Special to the Beacon Coast Aquatics, formed in January when the Bluewater Barracudas and Emerald Coast Swimming merged, sent 38 swimmers to Knoxville, Tenn., July 18-22 to compete in the Southeastern Swimming Long Course Championships. The meet gathers the top age group swimmers from Tennessee, Alabama and Northwest Florida. More than 1,000 swimmers from more than 50 teams competed. For the first time in club history Coast was cast in the “Large” team division by qualifying more than 30 athletes. This meant it would compete against national powers Nashville Aquatic Club, Memphis Tiger Swimming and meet host Pilot Aquatics. The team held its own, scoring 428 points, good enough for 10th place in the division. The finish marked the highest for a Coast Aquatics team and the highest finish of any team from Northwest Florida. The 10 and under boys led the scoring assault for Coast, amassing 247 points for the weekend. Their efforts garnered them a prestigious Age Group High Point award, given to the team that scores the most points in any given age group. CJ Matthews showed his versatility by being top-four in all seven events he competed in and won championships in the 50 free and 50 back. Nathaniel Rudman added five top-eight finishes, finishing as high as fifth place in the 400 free and 50 fly. Cameron Turner and Cole Pearson joined Rudman and Matthews for great relays, battling all the way to the finish in the Medley Relayt. On the girls side, Sydney Kale had top-10 performances in the 50 breast, 50 fly and 100 fly. Nicole Weidemann was 10th in the 100 back. Erin Heapy added a 15th place in the 100 fly, and Paris Binard and Elizabeth Eppright completed two competitive relays to finish in the top 16. Tatum Hackler notched a fifth-place finish in the 800 free and an eighth-place finish in the 400 free for the 11-12 girls. Rhiannon Thompson recorded lifetime bests in every event she swam. Lucy Rudman and Ashley Reynolds added lifetime best performances and rounded out two relays that finished in the top 16. Sarah Markwardt, Evy Brechler and Stephanie Markwardt also registered lifetime best times. Dylan Hammond finished in sixth place in the 50 free to get the boys in the scoring column. First-timer Kascper Kuzminski joined Hammond, Josh Wood and Jeffrey Sober to finish seventh and eighth in the relays. In the 13-14 girls, Emma Rudman had top eight performances in the 1,500 free, 400 IM and the 800 free. Emma Strom added a third-place finish in the 400 IM and a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 free. The girls also were a part of a medley relay with Jane Parke and Sydney Dawson that finished 12th. Michael Bartley chose to come to Knoxville to represent Coast Aquatics one more time, even though he moved prior to the meet. He finished third in the 50 free. Kellen Broaderick, Benson Kuira and Nick Kartvedt joined Michael in relays that finished 9th in medley relay and 12th in free relay. Katie Miller was the only Coast senior swimmer to make it to finals, finishing 10th in the 200 breast and 12th in the 100 breast. Milbrey Parke and Amelia Strom were both also close to achieving second swims in the breaststroke events finishing inside the top 24. For the guys, Matt Markwardt continues to climb up the ladder in the breaststroke events and Chaz Brechler and Justin Lewis hope to build on some of their 13-14 success and continue it into the Senior age group. Chase Turner has returned to top form in the backstroke and Wyatt Kartvedt added help in breast and fly events as well as competing on two relays.Page B-4 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Coast Aquatics swimmers excel in KnoxvilleFinish in 10th place with 428 points Members of Coast Aquatics, formed in January when the Bluewater Barracudas and Emerald Coast Swimming merged, competed in their first meet “Large” team division in July. West earns scholarshipBrittany West is surrounded by teammates after she won the James Benjamin Strutchen Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which is rewarded to a Faithfulness, Discipline, Diligence, Inc. (FDD) member. The scholarship is offered annually to a deserving FDD member. West played on last year s team and will attend the University of West Florida in the fall. Her coach is Jerome Strutchen, head basketball coach at Niceville High School. From left: Malaya Evans, Lauren Day, Brittany West, Jessica Day, Amanda Demma, Shavonna Spaw, Mercedez Clayborne and Brittany Washington. Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School have signed a usage agreement for a joint tennis facility to be built on Ruckel property. The estimated cost of the eight-court project is $300,000 with an additional $90,000 for lighting in a second phase. The majority of these funds must be raised by fall 2012, to break ground during optimal months. The schools are attempting to secure grants from the United States Tennis Association and other organizations, but the majority of this project will be funded by the local community. All founding sponsors will be recognized on a permanent location at the new facility. To donate or for more information, call Cici Hruby at 830-7829 or Shelley Scholl at 737-1083 or visit .Tennis center funds needed The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NWFSC offering firearms coursesNorthwest Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Department will offer four sessions of its popular Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry Course this fall. Each non-credit course is eight hours long and includes classroom discussion on legal issues related to firearms safety and gun possession in Florida as well as live fire practice at the Firearms Training Facility on the Niceville campus. The class is $156 and includes the use of college firearms (personal firearms are not permitted in the class or on campus), and college-supplied ammunition and eye/ear protection. It is open to the public, including those under age 18 if accompanied by a parent or guardian who also enrolls in the safety course. Successful completion of the course satisfies state requirements for a firearms safety course and may be used as part of an application for a concealed carry permit. The session dates include three one-day sessions on Saturday, Aug. 11, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a two-day session available Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. (classroom portion) and Friday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon (gun range portion). Registration is now being accepted for all session dates. Individuals who are current or previous NWFSC students may enroll for the non-credit workshop on-line through the college’s RaiderNet web registration system. New students should enroll in-person at any of the college’s seven area locations.Symphony Chorale holds singer auditions in AugustThe Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will hold auditions for the 2012-2013 season on Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. This season’s repertoire includes work by Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Sweelinck, and others. To arrange an audition time and receive audition music, email Chorale administrator Phyllis Lake at lakepa@cox.net. For more information, contact music director Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or 729-6009. Ben Anderson Tax Collector Okaloosa County E-check is now FREE! Save Time Pay Online...Not In Line! Why pay bank card fees? 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In the Service Rotary installs new officersThe Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club recently installed new officers. From left: Rotary Foundation Chairman, Peter Loffler; Service Projects Chairman, Bill Higginbotham; Membership Chairman, Shirley Daniel; President, Jimmie Boisjolie; Secretary, Jonathan Tallman; Sergeant-at-Arms, Noble Morton; PastPresident, Allen Tucker. Not pictured: Treasurer, David Dowden; and Director-atLarge, Carrie Ely. THE BEACON’SAT YOUR SERVICE

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Minott-JonesDanny and Amy Jones, former Niceville residents, announce the marriage of their son, Scott, to Sierra Minott, daughter of Allen and Chris Minott of Fort Myers, Fla. The wedding, officiated by the Rev. T. J. Kollar, pastor of First Baptist Church Valparaiso, took place at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Scott graduated from Niceville High School in 2003, from Okaloosa-Walton College in 2005, and from the University of Florida in 2008, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Sierra graduated from Fort Myers High School in 2006 and from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sierra was crowned Miss Florida in 2008 and placed as fourth runner-up in the Miss America pageant in 2009. The couple resides in Wake Forest, N.C., where they both attend and work for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scott is pursuing a master’s of divinity in Christian ministry and Sierra is pursuing a master’s in Christian leadership. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com• Comprehensive Family Care • Advanced Sterilization Techniques • Luma Arch Whitening In Office • Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding • Digital X Rays (Less Radiation Exposure)• Custom Crowns/Bridges • Implant Restoration • Gentle Nitrous Oxide • In Office Water Purification ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Keeping your teeth healthy, one visit at a time. RALFP. ZAPATA, D.D.S. THOMASGRANT, D.M.D.729 1223 Most Insurance Plans FiledWe would like to WELCOME Dr. Thomas Grant, D.M.D. to Niceville Family Dental and the community. Please call today for an appointment. Kids on Campus perform Aladdin Northwest Florida State College Kids on Campus theater students presented a musical version of “Aladdin” recently. From left: Nicole Terry, playing the proprietor, James Baird, playing Aladdin, Kevin Reece, playing Abu, and Jaimi McCrackin, playing Jasmine. Beacon photo by Kenneth BooksCramming the van for kidsSharing & Caring, Niceville, recently held a “Cram the Van” school supplies drive at the Niceville Walmart. More than 2,000 school supplies were donated, as was about $200 cash. Supplies will be donated Aug. 11 to area school children in need. For their participation, Sharing & Caring presented a plaque to Walmart. From left: Gloria Price, Tasha Striblin and Lynn Watson. Weddings Sierra and Scott Jones 4.1 HOURS broken armat other ERs Page B-6 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 THEBAYBEACON