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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: 02-06-2013
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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Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer HDR Engineering will conduct a study to determine the effectiveness of a noise abatement wall between the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector road and the adjacent neighborhoods of Chardonnay Estates and White Point Village, according to MidBay Bridge Authority Executive Director Jim Vest. Vest, speaking at a special meeting with the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and the neighborhoods, said the study would simulate the estimated peak noise of the area in question for 2030, when traffic is expected to be even heavier than today's 18,000 average daily vehicle count. Vest said the results of the study will be available in six to eight weeks. Thursday 1:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy snacks and drinks while watching Hotel Transylvania at the Valparaiso Community Library for its early release movie day. Friday, noon Enjoy your lunch break with a history lecture about the West Florida British Colonial period at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Celebrate Valentines Day learning tea etiquette at a traditional Victorian tea at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. The tea is $15 or $12 for members. Sunday, 2 p.m. Hear the sounds of the Northwest Florida State College Soundsations Snowbird Show Choir in a concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $10. Monday, 9:45 a.m. Take the little ones to The Little Engine That Could childrens show at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Northwest Florida State College. Niceville. Tickets are $6. See Calendar, B-3.By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Valparaiso Police Chief Joseph Hart retired Thursday after 32 years in police work, including nine as the department's chief. In a ceremony at Valparaiso City Hall, Hart was honored by family members, fellow police officers and other city employees. Mayor Bruce Arnold gave a speech at the ceremony, thanking Hart for his years of service. "You're everything a mayor hopes for in a police chief," Arnold said of Hart. Hart gave the last speech at the ceremony, tearfully thanking his coworkers for their assistance during his tenure. "Police work is all I've ever known," Hart said. "Thanks to all of you, this little department has become what I believe to be one of the best in the area." Hart's position will be filled in the interim by Capt. David Bruckelmeyer. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Okaloosa County legislative delegation said key questions remain unanswered concerning misuse of Okaloosa County tourist bed-tax money. The legislators, especially state Rep. Matt Gaetz, said they want more answers in the wake of the Florida Auditor Generals recent investigation of how over $1.5 million was stolen or misspent by the late executive director of the countys Tourist Development Council (TDC), an agency that was supposed to be overseen by the Okaloosa County Commission. The lawmakers spoke during and after a briefing on aspects of the scandal by officials of the Florida Auditor General during a public hearing by the county's representatives to the Florida Legislature Jan. 30 in Niceville. The hearing was held in the Niceville civic center auditorium, and was attended by about 200 members of the public as well as the state legislators. Proceedings began as Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley gave a short briefing on the criminal investigations being conducted by the sheriff's office, as well as by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the District 1 State Attorney, and the FBI. The second briefing, by Auditor T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, February 6, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts COMINGUP Please see BURGLARY, page A-6 Please see NOISE, page A-8 Please see COP, page A-5 Please see TDC, page A-2 Police BlotterPage A-7 Jet-crash drillBurglary sends girl running for safetyUnanswered questions on TDC Valparaisos top cop hangs up his badgeChief Joseph Hart retiresBeacon photos by Daniel Elsesser Participants in a drill dressed as Air Force pilots who ejected before a simulated military jet crash in Valparaiso are "rescued" by an Eglin Air Force Base firefighter on Valastics Avenue Thursday. Members of the Valparaiso (right photo), East Niceville and Niceville fire departments also participated in the exercise, which Valparaiso Fire Chief Mark Norris said was designed chiefly to strengthen inter-agency communication. Joseph Hart The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Eye of the beholderEd Nickerson, 68, paints a picture of Cranky J's Coffee Shop and its environs while sitting a few feet from a steady stream of traffic at Bullock Boulevard and John Sims Parkway Monday. Nickerson, retired, of Choctaw Beach, said he paints for recreation, but may someday try to use his art to turn a profit. "Eventually I hope to sell my art," Nickerson said. "But it'll be a while before that." Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserHighway noise study promised By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A man hurled a lawn ornament through the glass of a window of a Niceville residence, terrifying the teenage girl inside, entered the shattered opening, snatched $700 in jewelry, ran home, and prevailed on a friend to sell the loot, according to police. Two people were arrested. Niceville police reports gave the following account: Arrested Jan. 24 was Gregory Houde, unemployed, 29, of 304 Reeves St. Lot A-5, Niceville, who forced his way into the house, took the jewelry, and asked someone to sell it to a local gold store as her own for $200. Houde was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling while unarmed, dealing in stolen property, grand theft and property damage criminal mischief. At about 12:25 p.m. Jan. 18, a 15-year-old resident of the 1100 block of Rhonda Drive, Niceville, was startled by a Gregory Houde State Rep. Matt Gaetz's questions of Okaloosa County and state officials concerning misspent or stolen funds of the county Tourist Development Council largely went unanswered at a legislative hearing last week in Niceville. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Gail Rich, Chardonnay Estates, Niceville, speaks at a meeting convened Thursday to discuss noise from the Mid-Bay Bridge highway. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser

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General representatives Ken Danley and Ted Sauerbeck, was a summary of 25 findings from the Auditor General report. Also, Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles addressed the meeting following the investigation briefings, attempting to answer questions from legislators about how the county commission plans to prevent future incidents of mishandling public money. The TDC scandal did not happen on Boyles' watch, however. And none of the top county officials who were supposed to oversee the TDC showed up for the hearing. Legislators presiding over the public hearing were State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville), state representatives Matt Gaetz (RFort Walton Beach), Greg Evers (R-Baker) and Doug Broxson (RMidway). The lawmakers made clear that they were disappointed that neither the briefings nor Boyles remarks added much new information to what has already been made public concerning the misuse of TDC funds. Rep. Matt Gaetz, in particular, asked the briefers several pointed questions, seeking specific information about who was personally responsible for oversight of the TDCs use of public moneyquestions that neither Ashley nor the auditors were able to answer during the meeting. The state audit was commissioned, and the criminal investigations by the sheriff and other law enforcement agencies were begun, after a TDC spending scandal that erupted in May 2012 resulted in the issue of an arrest warrant for its then executive director, Mark Bellinger. Bellinger was found to have looted $747,000 in county funds to buy a house in Destin, according to a federal lawsuit and a suicide note left by Bellinger. Ashleys briefing was a chronology of events since the TDC scandal began last May, including Bellingers purchase of the house, a county yacht, and a Porsche automobile, the issue of the arrest warrant, and Bellingers suicide. Ashley said the sheriff's office has conducted hundreds of interviews and examined volumes of documents concerning TDC expenditures, and has been tracking about 5,000 debit cards, worth about $1 million, issued by the TDC, supposedly to visiting tourists as a way to encourage spending in the local economy. Ashley provided few details about the investigations results so far, saying that the investigation is still active and that specific findings cannot yet be released. He said that the FBI investigation is mainly focused on what happened to mitigation money given to the TDC from BP following the 2010 BP oil spill, while the FDLE and the state attorney are looking into the possibility of official misconduct. The auditors briefing was mostly a summary of findings that were already released in preliminary form in late December 2012. In the preliminary report as well as the briefing given Jan. 30, the Florida Auditor General representatives said Okaloosa County acted "contrary to law" in a host of failures to oversee and control public spending in relation to TDC funds. The audit report lists 25 findings in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes and public records. The report states the TDC took many actions without approval of the county commission, which is supposed to oversee it, including voting Oct. 10, 2010, to give TDC Executive Director Mark Bellinger the authority to spend $50,000 in BP grants to investigate the use of virtual reality technology for marketing. Bellinger, the TDC director whose actions sparked the audit, resigned May 1, 2012, after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of what authorities reported was a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges. Danley and Sauerbeck said their investigation covered the period from May 2010 through May 2012. The auditor's report also lists purchases by the county using tourist development funds or BP grants, totaling $155,400, that were invoiced incorrectly. The items actually purchased were not allowable uses of the funding. The purchases included: $48,000 invoiced as "prize for a 2010-2011 Internet/viral video contest" which was actually used to purchase a Porsche titled to Bellinger; $47,000 invoiced as "convention center marketing services" which actually paid for a $42,871 county Christmas party, a $3,921 Tourism Development Council holiday party and a $991 harbor cruise for county employees; $31,400 invoiced as "Harbor Walk/Destin Harbor advertising," $25,150 of which was actually used to purchase furniture for the TDC Destin office, with the remaining $6,250 used to buy furniture for Bellinger's home; and a $29,000 payment to a marketing firm, which the firm could not explain and repaid to the county upon questioning. The report was also critical of the county commission and county staff members, saying the commission failed to prevent the misuse of tourist development taxes and funds received from BP by the Tourist Development Council. Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit included commissioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris and Dave Parisot; former commissioners James Campbell and Bill Roberts; and County Administrator Jim Curry. None of them has been accused of wrongdoing in relation to TDC thefts. The county commission removed the TDC from Curry's direct oversight before Bellinger became TDC director in 2010. In September, Campbell was charged by the State Attorney with four felony counts of misconduct in office and four misdemeanor counts of perjury stemming from allegations that he filed false financial reports failing to disclose personal income from selling sponsorships to the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. According to a state arrest affidavit, among the sponsorships was $20,000 from the TDC, an agency which, as a county commissioner, Campbell was supposed to oversee. Campbell, who has denied any criminal wrongdoing, has a March 4 trial date in Fort Walton Beach. During the Jan. 30 legislative hearing, the state lawmakers expressed frustration that neither briefing named any names or fixed specific responsibility on any specific persons for failure to properly oversee the use of public money. Rep. Matt Gaetz repeatedly asked such questions as who knew, or should have known, how the money was being spent, who was responsible for oversight of purchases and contracts, and which public officials may have had conflicts of interest because of their business connections to some of the businesses that received money from the TDC. Neither Ashley nor the auditors could name anyone specifically, saying only that their investigations are still underway and that specific accusations against individuals may come later. Gaetz also asked if an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics is underway, to which Ashley replied that the ethics commission is not currently involved, and can become involved only after receiving one or more requests from private citizens, not public officials, for such an investigation. Gaetz also asked if anyone in county government has yet been fired or punished in any way for their failure of oversight, and was told that no such action has yet been taken. When Gaetz asked the auditors who, or how many, people attended a holiday party sponsored by the TDC, for which about $42,000 was spent for food and alcohol, Danley and Sauerbeck said they did not know. Gaetz also noted an expenditure of $55,000 listed in the auditors report, for set-up of audio visual equipment, and asked if that set-up was ever actually accomplished. The auditors said they did not know. Gaetz also asked Who cut the checks for the Porsche, the house, and other purchases, and who the attorneys were who reviewed, or should have reviewed on the countys behalf, TDC contracts before they were signed, but got no answers to those questions either. Following the briefings, Nathan Boyles, who was elected to the county commission last August, months after the TDC scandal was uncovered, and who took office last November, addressed the meeting on behalf of the county commission. Boyles said that the commission should accept the auditors findings, and that he is anxious to help turn things around in county government. Boyles said the county commission would conduct its own investigation of the scandal as soon as it received word from the sheriff that it may proceed without interfering with the criminal investigations, and said the criminal investigations may help to fix individual responsibility for the mismanagement of tax money. No other county commissioners attended the meeting. Boyles later told the Beacon that was because if more than one commissioner had attended, it might have violated Floridas Sunshine law, which requires meetings of two or more county commissioners to be publicly advertised in advance. Matt Gaetz did not appear satisfied with Boyles remarks. The criminal investigations could take years, he said. I hope the county commission will take action before then to identify and replace people as necessary. Rep. Broxson commented that The auditors report sends a chilling message to all counties. Counties need to be subject to accountability. Sen. Don Gaetz said that the presence of the newly-elected Boyles brings a positive, constructive attitude to a shameful situation. After Boyles spoke, the floor was opened for public comments, most of which expressed disappointment with county officials. One citizen, introduced by Matt Geatz as Daryl Elliot, said during the public comment portion of the hearing that the meeting left me with more questions than when I came in, and that, Here in Scandaloosa County, the old-boy system is alive and well. He said the Governor of Florida should appoint a special prosecutor to further investigate the TDC scandal. Another citizen, introduced as Ben White, suggested that Florida should have an inspector general system like that used by the military, to investigate official misconduct and to provide a channel by which whistle-blowers may confidentially report misconduct or mismanagement within their organizations. Following the public comments, the legislators made some concluding remarks. Rep. Evers said he fears that the TDC scandal may be only the tip of the iceberg with respect to corruption in county government in Florida, and said, The people in this room will follow up with the county commission to ensure that changes are made. Sen. Gaetz, who is beginning a two-year term as Senate President, said that although he had sponsored a bill to allow BP oil-spill mitigation money to be given directly to counties rather than controlled by state officials, he now wonders, Can the Okaloosa County Commission properly manage large sums of money? In the future, he said, There will be a short, short leash on money allocated to county governments. Trust, but verify, Gaetz said. This is a moment for candor, concluded Rep. Matt Gaetz. This was not the fault of just one person. Heads need to roll. The county response so far has been woefully inadequate. He said continuing investigation must determine which specific officials were either complicit or woefully incompetent and that those individuals must never be let near a public dollar again. On Thursday, the Beacon contacted Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Don Gaetz, as well as Commissioner Boyles, to ask what the next steps would be in the investigation of the TDC scandal. Boyles said he expects the county commission to hire an external auditor to look into county finances and to help spot problems before they happen in the future. He also said that he expects the commission to meet its obligations to fulfill recommendations from the auditor generals report. He also said he is awaiting the results of the criminal investigations to see what further corrective action may be needed. Rep. Matt Gaetz said, We still need to get some answers. We still dont know who was complicit and who was incompetent. We need to find out who those people are. I hope the criminal cases actually go somewhere. Someone needs to be prosecuted. Rep. Gaetz also said, The county needs to do a better job of responding to the TDC affair. They have fired nobody, he said, and no substantial changes have yet been made to county financial management policies. Gaetz added that one thing that really gets under my skin is that contracts between the TDC and its contractors clearly didnt protect the taxpayers, but there has been no change in any of the county or TDCs lawyers. That, he said, is one more reason why I find it hard to take the county seriously. Sen. Don Gaetz said, The county owes the auditor general and the legislative delegation a lot of answers. He said he has no regrets about allocating Restore Act money from BP directly to the eight counties most directly affected by the 2010 BP oil spill, because local governments should decide how best to use such money. However, the senator added, mismanagement by Okaloosa County raises serious questions about competence and integrity. Commissioner Dave Parisot, who was the county commissions representative on the Tourist Development Council during the time of Bellingers misconduct, was also contacted by the Beacon. Parisot said he and other commissioners were still awaiting information from the criminal investigations before beginning their own investigation. The next step in the countys response to the TDC scandal, Parisot said, will be to implement recommendations from the auditor general. He also said that county employees are cooperating with all the investigations underway, but have been cautioned by attorneys not to make public comments or do anything that might jeopardize those probes. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. Motorcycle coverage is underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. 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KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentAdvertising Director TDCFrom page A-1 The auditor s report sends a chilling message to all counties.Rep. Doug Broxson

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Arts foundation fundraiser The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the Dance the night away fundraiser Feb. 15, 7:30-11 p.m., at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin. Moos Bros., the Emerald Coasts premier party band, will perform hits from many genres. To purchase tickets for $20 go to www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org /tickets.htm. There will also be a charity benefit drawing to win prizes to support art, music and education. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 650-2226. United Way luncheon The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host the 2012 Live unitedResults You Can See Campaign celebration and meeting Feb. 21, 11:30-1 p.m., at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $15 per person and corporate tables of eight are available for $120. All interested people are invited. Register by Feb. 15 with United Way Office at 243-0315 or events@united-way.org. Church night service Pastor Melissa Johnson of New Life Christian Ministries of Niceville, will lead a Friday night live service Feb. 15, 7 p.m., at All Gods Children and Living Word Worship Center, 40 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso. Contact 678-7632 or allgodschildren@centurylink.net. Johnson is serving as interim pastor and is a Niceville High graduate. Women of Ireland See The Women of Ireland in concert Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Mainstage Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Enjoy Irelands traditions of music, song and dance with leading female talent. Tickets are $35 each and a $5 discount for groups. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Conflict workshop The Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club and other rotary clubs across the area will host a free conflict resolution workshop, ages 15 and up, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Kathy Suerken, president of TOC for Education, will present the workshop for people who deal with internal or external conflicts whether at home or at work and apply the Theory of Constraints. The 75-seat workshop includes lunch and a workbook. Contact rotarypeaceproject@gmail.com or Kathy Suerken at 897-2616 to register, seating is limited. Dance for Life fundraiser The Fred Astaire Dance Studio will host a fundraiser to benefit Covenant Hospice, Dance for Life, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., in the Crestview High School auditorium. Amateur and professional dancers including Tony Dovolani, the season 15 champion of the reality show Dancing with the Stars: All Stars, will perform a ballroom showcase. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $60 for VIP, which will include premier reserved seating for the show and an exclusive post-event cocktail party with Dovolani. Purchase tickets at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 301 N. Main St., Crestview, or http://fredastairecrestview.com. 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(Just past Angels Are Us) Dont forget your Valentine DINE WITH US Thursday, February 14thReservations Recommended678-2805Early Bird Specials not available Feb. 14Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta Serving Lunch & Dinner Boat Slip Available While Dining NEW Menu with Great New Selections NEW Early Bird SpecialsBILGE PUBLive Entertainment Fri. & Sat. NightIndoor & Outdoor Seating Happy Hour 3pm-6pm, Mon. Sat.Banquet Facilities Valparaiso 678-2805www.TheBoathouseLanding.com Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor South of The Border Style VALENTINESPECIAL!Thursday, February 14 FREEDrink RefillsParkway Shopping Center Niceville 729-1127OPEN: Sunday Friday 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm10% OFFYOUR TOTAL BILL is the time toNOW We offer photo rejuvination treatments minimizeDr. Scott Beals, D.O. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 6, 2013 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithMelinda Messick, 51, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, homemaker Linda Shelton, 56, Charlotte, North Carolina, schoolteacher and coach I think the choice should be up to each individual. I don t think men should be drafted, either. Yes. If we want equality, we can t have it two ways. Pam Bush, 44, Cadiz, Kentucky, nurse I will say no, because most women go into the military for careers, not necessarily for combat.Now that American women are allowed to serve in direct combat, should they be required to register for the draft, as men are?Joey Nagem, 54, Pensacola, director of customer operations Location: Northwest Florida State College baseball stadium Tim Little, 54, Lavonia, Georgia, carpenter Joy Brown, 50, Atlanta, Georgia, loan officerWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Certainly. If they re going to serve in combat, they should be eligible for the draft. I don t think women should be on the front lines, but if they re going to be equal, they should register for the draft. Yes, I think they should register.Valparaiso Police Chief Joseph Hart and his wife, Sonya, celebrate Joseph's retirement at the Valparaiso City Hall Jan. 31. Hart, who was a police officer for 32 years, will be succeeded for at least six months by Capt. David Bruckelmeyer. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserBruckelmeyer said hewill occupy the position until the department advertises the opening and hires a new chief, a process he estimates will take four to six months. He said he likely will not apply as he intends to retire at the end of the year. Bruckelmeyer said the new chief will probably be hired from outside the department, as he is the only remaining officer with the necessary experience to fill the position. Bruckelmeyer said he will do his best to maintain stability in the department until the position is filled. "I'm going to do whatever is needed," Bruckelmeyer said. "I'll keep the boat afloat." Hart entered the Florida Retirement Service's Delayed Retirement Option Program (DROP) five years ago, according to Valparaiso Deputy City Clerk Della Rhodes. In this program, FRS employees stop earning service credit toward their pension and have their retirement benefit calculated when they enter the program. An employee's monthly retirement benefits then begin accumulating in an FRS trust fund, gaining interest, while the employee continues to work. The accumulated benefits and interest are paid upon termination of the program. which may last a maximum of five years. Hart, and any other employee receiving DROP benefits, is required to stop working for their public employer for at least six months after the account is terminated. Bruckelmeyer said he does not know whether Hart will apply for the position in six months. At a city commission meeting Dec. 10, Mayor Arnold said that Hart has the option of re-applying for his job as police chief, once the vacancy is advertised. It was not clear what effect, if any, the mayor's comments might have on the willingness of other candidates to apply. COPFrom page A-1 wwwwww wwwwwwwww PETITE FILET STACK Two 3oz Beef Tenderloin topped with roma tomato & fresh mozzarella cheese WHOLE MAINE LOBSTERCrab stuffedSTEAMER PLATTERDungeness crab, snow crab & lb steamed shrimp *All served with garlic mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli ADD A BOTTLE OF WINE $12 All meals will come with COMPLEMENTARY CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIESFEATURED DRINKChocolate martini garnished with a strawberryValentines DaySPECIALS 1027 JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLE PALM PLAZA (850) 678-5072 A SWEET DEAL! FREE DELIVERY!**VALIDFEBRUARY11-12, 2013. OrdersMUST BE deliveredon those dates for free delivery. Order early!1 Dozen Swizzle Berry Chocolate Roses Chocolate Has Met Its Match Lovely Berries Valentines Day Bouquet Sweetheart BouquetTo order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111EdibleArrangements.comMariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E. Fort Walton Beach EdibleARRANGEMENTS 1129 Joh n S i ms Pkwy. | (850) 279-3113A cross f rom the Nicevi lle G arden Cen ter in Park way East Shoppin g Cen ter. Youll love ourFREEGift Wra ppin g! Expires 2/28/1320%offANY ITEM! STOREWIDE Like us on Facebook!Saturday, February 16th at 5pm with preview at 4pm

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Two story end unit townhome with clubhouse & community pool. 2bd/1.5ba. W/D hookups. $950. $500 Dep. 850-897-4830. 3-bd, 1-ba. 1150-sf. Fenced-in back yard. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. W/D hookups. 6x12 storage. Behind Eglin Golf Course. Quiet neighborhood. 131 3rd St. Niceville. Call Hoss 408-807-0187 Niceville. 3-bd, 2-ba. 1568sf $1100. Call 6782324 or 830-7879. Ocean Kayak. Padded insert seat, magic plus paddles, great condition. $300.00 699-5611 We always pay the most for Gold & Diamonds! Pawn loans 5% over $500! US Gold Pawn, 700 Beal Pkwy. Call Tom or Cricket now. 850-9742462 Toy Australian Sheppard Puppies for sale. 2 blue Merles, 2 black, 1 red tri. $850 ea. Call 226-1322. Items for Sale Help Wanted Homes for Rent Pets Loans Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! If you want Niceville, to know, say it in the Beacon! SEE NEWS HAPPENING? Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080. Price of First Run......................$ + Price of subsequent runs..........$ = Total Price..................................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Enclose check. E-MAIL : Classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers. Ads are non-refundable. 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The man smashed his way into the house by throwing a lawn ornament through a rear window. Reported stolen was $700 in jewelry, including a wedding band, a cross necklace, a diamond necklace and gold earrings. A police dog tracked the suspect's scent from Rhonda Drive but lost it three minutes later behind nearby Oak Creek Plaza shopping center. According to police, the loot was sold to the Gold Wave store for $200 by Krystal Leigh Reiley, same address as Houde, who said he had given it to her to pawn. Reiley told police that Houde had arrived home, out of breath, and said he had run from "by the CVS" (in front of the Rhonda Drive residence). She said he handed her the jewelry that was later identified as stolen, according to police reports. Reiley, unemployed, 27, was arrested Jan. 28 on charges of dealing in stolen property and fraud false owner information, according to a Niceville police report. Reiley allegedly sold jewelry which had been stolen from a home in the 1100 block of Sean Lane and from the Rhonda Drive home, Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, respectively. She sold the jewelry, which she said someone gave her to sell, to the Gold Wave store at 1126 John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Houde was also arrested by Niceville police Jan. 28 on a charge of dealing in stolen property, which stemmed from the following incident, according to police reports: On Jan. 16, Niceville police responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Sean Lane regarding a reported burglary. The residents found their back door pried open, a window smashed and jewelry boxes opened. On Jan. 22 a victim identified two pieces of her jewelry which had been sold to the Gold Wave store Jan. 16. The jewelry was sold by Reiley, and she again said Houde gave her the jewelry to sell. On Jan. 24, Houde allegedly admitted to dealing in stolen property, but said he did not commit the burglary. As of Tuesday, Houde was detained at the Okaloosa County Jail, with a combined $105,000 bond for the stated charges. Reiley was reported being held at the jail Tuesday in lieu of $40,000 bond. BURGLARYFrom page A-1

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ArrestsSteven Ruyle Estey, a construction worker, 39, of 304 Reeves St. Lot G-3, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 23 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Estey's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Winston Tyler Cheatham, a hauling company employee, 23, of 160 Maple St., Freeport, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 27 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and carrying a concealed weapon. An officer saw a man later identified as Cheatham sleeping in the front seat of a running truck parked on McKinney Street near Reynolds Avenue. The officer asked Cheatham to get out of the car to inspect him for impairment due to his slow response to questions. An officer saw Cheatham drop a prescription pill bottle, which an officer later determined belonged to someone else. Poison control confirmed the pills in the bottle were 10 one milligram Alprazolam (Xanax) pills and two 10 milligrams Hydrocodone pills. The truck's driver's side door panel held two large, unsheathed fixedblade knives. Cheatham's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Fernando D. Sarmiento, a construction worker, 39, of 1621 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 27 on a charge of battery touch or strike. Sarmiendo's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. *** Phillip Matthew McFadden, a computer systems worker, 33, of 1067 Napa Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 26 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence. A deputy responded to the Emerald Coast Inn and Suites at 1214 Miracle Strip Parkway regarding a call from the receptionist, who said a man later identified as McFadden had been in the lobby restroom for 30 minutes. After McFadden left the restroom, the deputy asked him for identification, and McFadden asked why. The deputy allegedly told him the reason he was there. McFadden allegedly took his wallet containing his driver's license out of his pocket, put it back in his pocket and walked away. McFadden allegedly did not put his hands behind his back when the deputy ordered him to until the deputy unsheathed a Taser. McFadden's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Gail Marie Poland, a laborer, 41, of 409 Government Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 24 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A screener at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension at 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, inspected Poland's purse after seeing it contained a suspicious item during an Xray scan. The screener determined the item was a glass smoking pipe with a residue which later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Poland admitted the pipe belonged to her. Poland's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Amanda Pearl Bridges, a retail worker, 21, of 105 Windlake Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 29 on an Osceola county warrant for an original charge of felony violation of probation. *** Michael Bruce Savage, 23, of 314 Biscayne Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Walton County sheriff's deputies Jan. 27 on a charge of driving while license suspended. A deputy stopped a truck driven by a man later identified as Savage for driving east in a westbound lane on U.S. Highway 90. Savage provided a Florida identification card when asked for identification, and the deputy checked the National Crime Information Center and found Savage's driver's license had been canceled indefinitely June 5, 2012. DUI arrestsRay Allen Powell, 59, of 244 Hollywood Blvd. SE Apt. B, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested by Valparaiso police for DUI at S.R. 397 at S.R. 190, Valparaiso, Jan. 25 at 11:44 p.m. Powell was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road. Powell's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Hannah Nicole Guy, a restaurant server, 22, of 88 Stowe Road, Mary Esther, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at S.R. 293, Niceville, Jan. 25 at 4:06 a.m. Guy's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 2100 block of Bayshore Drive reported Jan. 27 an unknown person stole his utility trailer from his driveway. *** A Niceville resident reported Jan. 23 her husband's company was the victim of fraud by an overseas company. The complainant said her husband made a contract to purchase a container of fresh ginger for his business, but his emails to the seller were "intercepted by scammers" who transferred $8,551.55 from his bank account. *** A Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported an unknown person stole his X-Box 360 worth $299.99, two video games worth $29.99 and $40, two X-Box 360 controllers and a Boost Mobile cell phone worth $194.50. OtherA Niceville resident of the 200 block of McKinley Street reported Jan. 25 a coyote wasin his neighborhood. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 28, 2013 through February 3, 2013. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................1/28/13...................09:39 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................1/28/13...................16:35 Oakmont Dr..............................Medical assist...........................1/29/13...................06:51 Parkwood Dr.............................Medical......................................1/29/13...................07:26 Merchants Way........................EMS call....................................1/29/13...................09:04 Hwy. 20/Live Oak St................Dispatched & cancelled...........1/29/13...................15:57 Hwy. 20.....................................Medical......................................1/30/13...................09:53 Canterbury Cir..........................Smoke detector activation........1/30/13...................15:55 Antigua Way/BW Blvd.............Vehicle accident........................1/30/13...................20:07 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled...........1/31/13...................15:01 Glenlake Cir..............................Public assist..............................2/2/13.....................15:58 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/2/13.....................16:09 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................2/2/13.....................18:24 Ridge Lane...............................Smoke scare.............................2/2/13.....................21:47 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................2/3/13.....................09:00 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay Valparaiso Volunteer NicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 28, 2013 through February 3, 2013. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bayshore Dr.........................................Medical........................1/28/13......................01:58 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/28/13......................09:01 E. John Sims Pkwy.............................Cancelled....................1/28/13......................14:14 27 th Street...........................................Cancelled....................1/28/13......................22:48 SR 85 N/SR 123.................................Cancelled....................1/29/13......................10:43 28 th Street...........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................12:50 Weeden Island Dr...............................Medical........................1/29/13......................13:23 N, Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................14:52 E. John Sims Pkwy.............................Vehicle crash..............1/29/13......................17:52 Paradise Rd.........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................23:00 Nutmeg Ave.........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................07:19 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................11:36 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................18:29 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/31/13......................10:18 Scott Street..........................................Good intent.................1/31/13......................21:35 W. John Sims Pkwy............................Medical........................2/1/13........................01:10 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/1/13........................05:46 N. Palm Blvd........................................Vehicle crash..............2/1/13........................12:38 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/1/13........................13:19 Als Drive...............................................Medical........................2/1/13........................13:49 Linden Ave...........................................Service call..................2/2/13........................03:12 Reeves St............................................Medical........................2/2/13........................04:14 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/2/13........................10:00 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/3/13........................14:55 Azalea Dr.............................................Medical........................2/3/13........................22:08 Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook 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: Berandon Keyshad Armstrong Wanted for: VOPSale/Manufacture/Deliver cocaine with Intent to Sell/Possession of Cocaine & Possession of Marijuana Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 155 Age: 26 Date of birth: 01-25-1987 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Name: Paula Christine Henderson Wanted for: VOP-Child Neglect Without Causing Great Bodily Harm Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 145 Age: 27 Date of birth: 11-03-1985 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Page A-7 729-2131 Auto Business Home Life FloodHOMEOWNERS INSURANCEGone through the roof or non-renewed? Give us a call, we can help! www.n i cevillei nsu r ance.com MULLISEYEINSTITUTEDarren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Surgeon & Cataract SpecialistNO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our office policy that the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other services, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for any free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment.Dr. Darren Paynes Smart lens Procedure can produce clear vision without eye glasses at all distances (close up, far away, & in between )Call Today at:Niceville Location 115 Bailey Dr. 678-5338Crestview Location 930 N. Ferdon Blvd. 682-5338 Call for a Smart Lens Evaluation with Dr. Darren PayneNeed Eye Glasses to Read?Smart LensesSM cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing (Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 14 years!Gift Certificates Available DAY SPA The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of January: Location Situation Date Time Edge Ave............................................Seizures...................1/1/13.............................10:51 Valparaiso Pkwy.................................Unconscious............1/3/13.............................11:01 Washington Ave.................................Heart problem..........1/3/13.............................18:46 Carolina Ave.......................................Chest pain...............1/5/13.............................13:24 Kelly Way...........................................Fall............................1/6/13.............................18:48 S. John Sims Pkwy............................Fall............................1/7/13.............................14:21 Hidden Cove Way..............................Breathing problem...1/7/13.............................10:37 Edge Ave............................................Sick call....................1/8/13.............................17:39 Edge Ave,...........................................Fall............................1/12/13...........................10:43 N. Bayshore Dr..................................Sick call....................1/14/13...........................13:06 Nordberg Ave.....................................Sick call....................1/14/13...........................13:20 Aurora Ave..........................................Vehicle accident......1/14/13...........................17:05 Cutts Dr...............................................Structure fire............1/16/13...........................09:46 N. John Sims Pkwy............................Vehicle accident......1/18/13...........................07:35 Edge Ave............................................Unconscious............1/21/13...........................19:49 Lincoln Ave.........................................Sick call....................1/22/13...........................16:38 S. John Sims Pkwy............................Fall............................1/24/13...........................10:24 Valparaiso Pkwy.................................Chest pain...............1/25/13...........................10:25 Trevor Dr.............................................Sick call....................1/26/13...........................00:26 Glen Ave.............................................Fire service call.......1/27/13...........................18:54 Government Ave................................Fall............................1/28/13...........................05:08 Government Ave................................Sick call....................1/28/13...........................09:21 Valastics Ave......................................Aircraft down exercise.................................... 1/31/13................................................15:06 Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month to ensure proper operation. Minimize the use of extension cords use Underwriters Laboratories listed surge suppressors in their place. Keep three feet combustible free space around water heaters and power panels. Have a multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher readily available in your home. Always call 911 in case of any fire! Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 if you have any questions or need assistance. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDEDEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON At Palm Eye care, we pride ourselves on serving ALL patients. We enjoy the challenge of helping our patients achieve their best vision and maintaining optimal visual health. Our company has recently expanded, and our doctor team will be seeing patients in Fort Walton. We have purchased Amiel Eye Care, at 36 NE Eglin Pkwy. Dr. Keith Amiel will continue to see patients a few days a week, until his eventual retirement. We are honored that he chose us to continue the quality of care that we provide in Niceville at his office. We plan to add more digital equipment and retinal cameras at Amiel Eye Care, just as we currently have in Niceville. This change will expand the services we can provide to patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, and many other ocular conditions. Just one of our specialties our doctor team provides is the fitting of contact lenses. While growing up, Dr Tom and Sharon visited many optometrists in search of good vision in contact lenses. It took a few tries before they were able to achieve good comfort and vision in contacts. They may have heard the label of difficult patient at least once. Those frustrations motivated them to become optometrists and strive for the best contact lens fit for their patients. Many more companies have produced great multifocal contacts to provide good vision both near and far. These lenses are available in many materials, and can provide most patients with comfort and a dramatically reduced dependence on reading glasses. Although finding the perfect lens takes some trial and error, many patients have enjoyed this new technology. Allergy Season is here Although there are many drops that promise allergy relief, very few of the over the counter remedies solve the problem. In a addition to environmental allergies, tear film deficiencies may be the cause for your discomfort. If your still reaching for drops more than twice a day, a complete exam may reveal the true cause of your dry, itchy eyes. We can tailor a solution so you can be comfortable again, even in contact lenses. Topcon 3-D OCT Our Niceville office has the technology which helps us diagnose patients with ocular disease condition such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. The OCT provides a microscopic analysis of the sensitive retinal tissue that is integral to healthy vision. This device allows us to closely monitor changes in your eyes over time, providing a timely notice of ocular health changes. You will be amazed at the detailed view the OCT provides. We would like to invite you out for a visit to see what we do. We provide a complete line of eyeglasses and contact lenses. All of our contact lens patients receive an in-office trial of any contact lens, and a 60-day money back guarantee after that. This allows you to see if they are right for you, and time to ensure the best fit. Our staff is patient with patients of all ages, and we welcome first time patients to contact lenses. Please come by 1005-A John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, or call 850-2794361 to see how our family can help yours.Advertising Feature Our open and friendly office. We can see you in Fort Walton Beach. Contact Lenses & Eyeglasses Treatment and Management of Eye Disease Emergency Eye Injuries Specialty/Bifocal Contact Lenses Pediatric Patients are Always Welcome Accepting TriCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medicare, Medicaid and VSP CALL 850-279-4361 WWW.PALMEYECARE.COMPalm Plaza 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri. 8:30 am-5:15 pm Wed., 11:00 a.m. 5:00 pm In Nicevilles Palm PlazaA new approach to personal eye careSharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. Streeter, O.D.Board Certified Optometric Physicians 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. 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Cheesesteak, Waffle Fries & Fountain DrinkCHEESESTEAK COM B O$649Not valid on delivery. Must present coupon. Expires 03/07/13. Small $999Large Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair ColorPerms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out101 John Sims Pkwy. NicevilleTues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2Evening Appointments Upon Request We carry RedKen Color and Products Kenra Haircare ProductsFull Service Hair for Ladies &MenLook your very best thisVALENTINES DAY! Call Today!678-1977 24/7 Service No extra charge for Nights, Weekends & Holidays 319 Hwy 85, NicevilleWe have SOLUTIONS for your indoor air quality concerns.Call 389-4611 for your FREE estimate. How is theAIR QUALITYin your home? 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A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Palm Eye Care and Amiel Eye CareDrs. Sharon and Tom StreeterAccording to Mick Garrett of HDR Engineering, noise abatement is considered effective if it is predicted to decrease the noise level in affected areas by five decibels. Garrett said the predicted effectiveness of a wall does not necessitate its construction. Natalie Furman, DOT District 3 noise specialist, who was present at the meeting, said the noise study would not use sound measurements taken in the field, but would use standard traffic noise measurements calculated by the Federal Highway Administration. A decibel is a standard unit that indicates the ratio of sound intensity. The decibel is a logarithmic unit; a three-decibel increase means that the sound level has approximately doubled. Vest also said the planting of a new buffer of trees separating the four-lane highway from the neighborhoods should be completed in less than a week, and the irrigation system to keep the plants alive has been installed. Gail Rich, a resident of Chardonnay estates who presented photos of the barrier's growth at the meeting, said the vegetation buffer is a nice sentiment, but an ineffective noise buffer. "I appreciate you putting in the vegetation," Rich said. "But its done nothing." Ellen Petrus, president of the White Point Village homeowners association, recited sentiments about the connector's effect on residents' quality life which have been stated at Mid-Bay Bridge Authority meetings for several months. "My master bedroom is in the back of my house, nearest to the road," Petrus said. "When I'm in my master bedroom, it sounds like I'm staying in a hotel on the interstate." At the meeting's end, MidBay Bridge Authority Chairman Gordon Fornell said he now fully knows the positions of the homeowners and believes this will aid future decisions. "I feel I now fully understand the opinions of the homeowners," Fornell said. "I think this will help us, at some further meeting, determine a final and best course of action." Vest said he cannot definitively say what the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority will do if the noise study determines a wall to be effective. He said he will have to view the specific results of the report before he can make any recommendation to the authority's governing board. Likewise, Fornell said he could not predict a specific course of action without first knowing the results of the study. He said the simulation is being conducted partly so that all involved parties fully understand the facts of the situation. "This is an emotional issue," Fornell said. "Sometimes emotion clouds the examination of science." Vest said he could not estimate the potential cost of a wall because the study would factor in several building materials and sizes, and he does not know what such a wall would be made of or how long, high and thick it would be. NOISEFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Trish Rowe, a retired Valparaiso resident, hasnt ridden a horse in more than 50 years, yet she spends most of her Fridays caring for a rescued mustang, Greta, at the Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill. Its the highlight of my week, Rowe said. Its a wonderful, very healing, experience. Rowe hasnt been able to visit the center recently, which rescues and rehabs abused and neglected horses for adoption, since she was kicked by one of the horses in October and broke some of her ribs. The horse felt threatened when Rowe rose from the ground after feeding the centers pig a treat. It then kicked her in self defense. It will never happen again, Rowe said. I know what to look for now and I cant wait to go back. Rowe first became involved with the center, located at 8321 Stokes Road in Laurel Hill, in July 2012. After her husband passed away, she was looking for something to get her out of the house. A month after she began volunteering, she decided to sponsor the mustang since she couldnt adopt her. Greta came to the center in March 2012 from Mosey Head, near DeFuniak Springs. She was starved and had halter burns from being left in a halter too long, Rowe said. Six months later, with the help of Rowes sponsorship, she had filled out and regained most of her health. Greta was skin and bones when she arrived, Rowe said. In September 2012 she was the picture of health. Greta needed medicine, grooming, food and rehab in order to regain her health and strength back. Rowes donation of a $100 a month continues to go directly towards her needs. She is a sweet old girl and I love her dearly, Rowe said. People dont realize how long it takes to rehab a horse who has been starved and neglected. Getting a horse to trust people again is a slow process, Rowe added. The horse has to be worked on Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleBeautiful Smiles Begin Here CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310) Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Preventative Dentistry Custom Crowns/ Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide Digital X-RaysCONVENIENT SCHEDULINGMonday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMDWe Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville 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 F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 6 6 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Please see HORSE, page B-4 Cal Brooks, Panhandle American Cancer Society executive director, presented Niceville Relay for Life volunteers Scott Page and Andrea Oliver, the Niceville award as part of Okaloosa County being named the No. 1 in the nation for funds raised per capita. Night fishing pays offTommy Browning of Valparaiso caught a 50-pound black drum fish during a night fishing trip with his dad, Clark Browning, Jan. 25 on Boggy Bayou. It took him about 20 minutes to reel it in. Above, Trish Rowe of Valparaiso visits Greta, her sponsored rescued mustang, at Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill. Right, Greta in March 2012 when she first arrived to the center starved and in need of rehab. Trish RoweVolunteer helps horse recover at rescue centerOkaloosa Relay For Life No. 1 in nationThe American Cancer Society named Okaloosa County No. 1 in the nation for amount of money raised per capita Jan. 31. The Emerald Coast American Cancer Society unit held four Relay For Life events in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville and Destin last spring that raised $524,560. Considering Relay For Life events are held in 50 states and more than 20 countries around the globe, this is such an amazing accomplishment for our relatively small population, Cal Brooks, the ACS Panhandle executive director, said. The strength and sheer dedication of our volunteers and staff made this possible. Relays For Life are the ACSs signature event that honors cancer survivors by remembering those who have lost their battle, and offers a night and day for the community to gather by raising funds for research, patient services and patient advocacy programs. Teams of friends, family and co-workers camp out at their local high schools or fairgrounds and take turns walking or running around a track. The chairs of each city are Dr. Ralf Zapata, Niceville Relay raising $121,696; Susan ONeil, Fort Walton Beach Relay raising $211,050; Krystal Jackson, Crestview Relay raising $150,361; and Trevia Buckner, Destin Relay raising $41,451. The ECACS operates with more than 700 volunteers from Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes Counties with the support of five staff members. Niceville Relay for Life will host its next walk/run April 19, 6 p.m., to Apr. 20, 8 a.m., at the Niceville High School track. The proceeds will benefit cancer research, lodging at Hope Lodges around the world and travel expenses for patients and their families. There is a $100 registration fee due before the run/walk and can be done by fundraising. Contact Andrea Oliver to sign-up at Andrea821@aol.com or relayforlife.org. 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) 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 Zeiss ONE HOUR SERVICE ON ALL IN-STOCK LENSES Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified Optometrist Call today!(850) 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 important testsIt is important to take good care of your eyes to keep them as healthy as possible. Remember to have regular eye exams.TTTTTTTTT Need a Valentine Gift?GIFT CERTIFICATESmake the perfect gift!Pick one up today! They can use it on new eyewear or sunglasses! TTT

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Crystal Burton of Niceville graduated from Southwestern College in December. She is eligible to participate in commencement exercises in Winfield May 5. Southwestern College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. *** Elliejo Lynn Lafever of Niceville, studying interior design, was named to the Iowa State University 2012 fall semester deans list. Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. *** Andrew Peters graduated from Benedictine College with a bachelors degree in criminology and a minor in political science in Atchison, Kan. He received a five-year football scholarship to the college and received all conference honorable mention awards. Peters is enrolled in the business administration masters degree program. He is the son of Laura and Ken Peters of Niceville and a 2007 Niceville High School graduate. *** Robert Coln the Lewis School band director, was selected by the Santa Rosa County middle school band directors as the conductor/clinician of the 2013 Santa Rosa County Middle School AllCounty Honor Band concert. Coln conducted evening rehearsals for two weeks and conducted the performance on Jan. 25 at the Milton High School auditorium. *** Mary Blackwell of Niceville, was inducted as secretary of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women 2013 Jan. 28 by Okaloosa County commissioner Kelly Windes, at JobsPlus, Fort Walton Beach. Weddings, Engagements, or Special Anniversaries?We would like to let everyone in your hometown know about! Just write up a little article and enclose a photo if possible and bring it by or mail it to: Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pky., Niceville, FL 32578Page B-2 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided. Gods work. Our hands.1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm Whos News Robert Coln Mary Blackwell Andrew Peters Bluewater student wins contestLindsay Marrion, a Bluewater Elementary third grader, won the Scholastic Storyworks Magazine Wild Word contest by using the word litter in three sentences, which also had to have at least three different meanings. The Rocky Bayou Christian School mathletes placed eighth in the regional Mu Alpha Theta competition Jan. 19, at Pensacola State Colleges Milton campus. The RBCS team one also placed tenth out of 28 teams. The 33 members challenged mathematicians from 14 schools. Eighth grade team members Charis Allen, Jin Kim, Lexi Kirkpatrick, and Meredith McIntosh took the fifth place Algebra I team trophy. RBCS Juniors Geon Ho Yoo, Shaun Li, Natalie Ouma, and So Hee Yoo claimed the fifth place pre-calculus trophy. The RBCS high scorers were: Charis Allen and Lexi Kirkpatrick (Algebra I); Ian Kampert and Ben Esses (Geometry); Shaun Li and Deysi Ly (Pre-calculus); Robby Yoo and Abigail Alldredge (Algebra 2); and Timothy Sung and Darla Lyon (Calculus). The mathletes competed Feb. 2 at the second regional Mu Alpha Theta competition at Lawton Chiles High in Tallahassee. Rocky mathletes place eighth in region 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 Team 1 Algebra I which won fifth place: Meredith McIntosh, Lexi Kirkpatrick, Charis Allen, and Hee Jin Kim. Team 1 Pre-Calculus which won fifth place: Geon Ho Yoo, Natalie Ouma, So Hee Yoo and Shaun Li. The Niceville High School Eaglette dance team competed in the Alabama Dance Championship Jan. 26. NHS dance team is 1stThe Niceville High School Eaglette dance team placed first in the varsity jazz category and second in varsity hip hop in the out-of-state division at the Alabama Dance Championship Jan. 26. The team, coached by Brooke James and Jill Kerschitz, also received the outstanding choreography award for the jazz category. Kerschitz choreographs the jazz routines and Denise Dicharry Galjour choreographs the hip hop routines for the team. The Eaglettes competed at the National Dance Team Championship Feb. 2 and 3 in Orlando. CHURCH DIRECTORY E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.comRuckel students take first placeThe Ruckel Middle School Varsity MathCounts Team won first place at the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society Regional Tournament Feb. 2, at the Okaloosa STEMM Academy, Valparaiso. From left, back row: Trey Buck and Ryan Erickson; front row, Alex Tolbert, Cathey Rachel, and Lauren Murray. Trey achieved the highest individual score with four of Ruckel s participants scoring in the top 10 overall. Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m. Worship Service, 10 a.m. Evening Service, 5 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.1460 Pine Street Niceville, FL 850-897-6768www.bayouchurchofchrist.com www.facebook.com/BayouChurchofChrist

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Air Force Airman Amanda F. Danley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Danley is the daughter of Eric Danley of Niceville, and granddaughter of Dreema White of Villa Park, Ill.***Army Capt. Matthew C. Hernandez has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hernandez has served in the military for seven years and is the son of Michael and Pamela Gonzales of Crestview. He is a 2001 Niceville High School graduate and a 2006 University of West Florida graduate. *** Air Force Reserve Airman Jeniece L. Rivera graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is a 1996 Crestview High School graduate and the daughter of Gilbert Loup of Niceville. Free tax preparation AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are providing free income tax preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income at the Niceville Library until April 15, on Mondays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a..m-1 p.m., by appointment only. Make your appointment at the reference desk in the library or call 2794863 ext. 1504. Bring all your tax documents, last years return, a picture ID, social security card and checkbook for your direct deposit refund. RBCS Cinderella musical The Rocky Bayou Christian School drama department is looking for Renaissance clothing for its presentation of Rogers & Hammersteins Cinderella April 19 and 20, 7 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale at the school in April and at the door. To donate or loan items contact the RBCS drama director Tom Hood at 678-7358 or hoodt@rbcs.org. Art abstraction exhibit The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) A+ Art Committee in partnership with Northwest Florida State College will host the exhibit Abstraction: An Adventure into the Imagination, until March 17 at NWFSC, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Abstraction is a unique compilation of abstract art by local artists who masterfully create works that draw the viewer into an experience of color, shape, and texture through various mediums. Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host blood drives Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., White Wilson Medical Center, Niceville, and 2-5 p.m., at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. Regional Science Fair The East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair will take place Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bull Rigdon Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958, Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The winners will be announced and awarded Feb. 14. Business workshop The University of West Florida will host a workshop on Starting a Business, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m., Building 1 Room 126, 1170, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The workshop will review business-planning areas such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success. To reserve your seat for $35 register at www.sbdc.uwf.edu or contact 833-9400. Early release movie day The Valparaiso Community Library will hold its early release movie day on Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m. The featured movie will be Hotel Transylvania and snacks and drinks will be served. Audubon Society meeting The Audubon Society will present a program, New Birds of Prey Aviary and Rehabilitation, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., room 132, Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Lisa Miller, E.O. Wilson Biophilias Birds of Prey educator, will introduce and discuss some of her feathered ambassadors. The meeting is free and open to the public and students under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Contact Walt Spence at 582-7064. History lunch lecture The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents its free, public History Sandwiched-In lecture Feb. 8, noon-1 p.m., at the museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Catherine Nolan, from the Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present, Hinterland of an Empire: A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site. This British Colonial period site and updated exhibition of Colonial period artifacts will be discussed. Space is limited. Contact 678-2615. President lecture Historian Alan Manning will speak on Presidents and the Presidency: 1912-1936, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Mardi Gras Masquerade The fourth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade will take place Feb. 8, 68 p.m., at the Destin Commons. There will be live music by Heritage, a Cajun boil, Louisiana gumbo, arts & crafts, face painting, street dancing, and Captain Davy pirate magic. There will also be a fireworks finale at 8 p.m. Art concert series Thomas Pandolfi, concert pianist, returns for the First United Methodist Church Arts Concert Series Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary, 103 First St. SW, Fort Walton Beach. Adult tickets in advance are $15 and $8 for students. Adult tickets at the door are $20 and $10 for students. Pandolfi will feature masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Purchase tickets at www.firstartsconcerts.com or Bayou Books, Niceville. Yard sale The Niceville Relay for Life will host a yard sale Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-noon, at Edge Elementary. There will be furniture, books, Luminaria bags and more for sale.All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help fund research. Genealogical Society meeting The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will meet Feb. 9, 10 a.m., at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The societys first vice president, Ken Elliott, will present a program on the Flip Pal Scanner, which is a new research tool to benefit genealogists. Following the meeting, there will be a celebration of the societys 37th anniversary with refreshments and a birthday cake. Snowbirds and locals are welcome. Contact 6782023. Valentine s Victorian tea Celebrate Valentines Day learning tea etiquette with the family at a traditional Victorian tea Feb. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The cost is $15 or $12 for museum members and reservations are required. Contact 6782615. Sailing race The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club will host a Chili-dog cook off and Fun Regatta Feb. 9, 11 a.m. participant meeting, noon race start, at the Bluewater Bay Marina, Niceville. Each boat should bring a gag trophy. Registration will take place the day of the race. Bring your chili entry before the race to enter the cook off at Mickey Duvalls home, 626 Nelson Point Road, Niceville. The cook off begins at 3 p.m. Come by boat or car. Contact Mickey Duvall at 897-6806 or mpduvall@gmail.com. Linda Gentile concert Pianist extraordinaire Linda Gentille will perform a new show Music of the Night, a salute to Broadways best musicals, Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoastconcerts.com or 362-9356. Mardi Gras parade More than 60 parade floats will stroll down the 5th annual Harborwalk Village Mardi Gras parade Feb. 9, 2 p.m., from AJs Seafood and Oyster Bar to the west end of HarborWalk Village, Destin. The top three parade entries will win awards. This years parade will feature stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, concerts, dining, and dancing. All parade participants and the viewing public are asked to bring boxes of food or cash donations to benefit Destins Harvest House. International craft market The First Presbyterian will hold an international craft market Feb. 10, 17 and 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Feb. 13, 16, 20 and 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church, 134 Beal Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach. Customers will have the opportunity to shop for handmade items from around the world purchased from SERRV International, which supports and works with artisans in more than 30 countries. Chocolate and coffee will be available. Contact 243-3732 or Carol Davis at 243-4777. Soundsations Show Choir The Northwest Florida State Colleges Soundsations Snowbird Show Choir will perform their spectacular variety show of song and dance Feb. 10, 2 p.m., in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Tickets are $10 and available through the Destin Snowbirds Club, the Destin Community Center (checks only), and at the door. All proceeds from the performance go to NWFSC. Contact the box office at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Edge Elementary book fair Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend the Edge Elementary Scholastic book fair Feb. 11-15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the school, 300 Highway 85 North Niceville. Funds raised will help purchase books for the media center and classroom libraries, along with other supplies needed for students. Books can also be purchased online at www.okaloosaschools.com/edge until Feb. 23. All on-line purchases will be sent to the students at school with free shipping. The Little Engine That Could The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents The Little Engine That Could childrens show Feb. 11, 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., at the Mainstage Theater at the center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The show is for ages Pre-K through second grade. Admission is $6 each. Advance reservations are required, contact 729-6065 or merrilld@nwfsc.edu. RBCS book fair Rocky Bayou Christian Schools Scholastic Book Fair is open until Feb. 12, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Building 1000 at the school, 2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Preview and purchase books online at Scholastic.com/fair. Democrat committee meeting The Okaloosa County Democratic Executive Committee will meet Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Democrat Headquarters, 60 2nd Street, suite 305, Shalimar. Social time will begin at 6 p.m. Contact Darlo Kiely at 6093367. Twin Cities club meeting Celebrate Valentines Day with the Twin Cities seniors club Feb. 14, 1 p.m., at 268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso. There will be food, Bingo and more and the entre is provided. Contact 543-0869. Souled Out The Emerald Coast Concert Association presents Souled Out Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Hear Motown and soul sounds with choreographed dance routines. Purchase advance tickets for $30 at the box office, 7296000, or $35 at the door. Aglow meeting Fort Walton Beach Aglow will meet Feb 14, 10 a.m., at Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. The speaker will be Sherry Anderson and coffee and fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Contact Robin Williamson at 862-4867 or fwbaglow@yahoo.com.Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON In the Service 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 Harborwalk s 5th annual Mardi Gras paradeCheck out more than 60 parade floats in Harborwalk s 5th annual Mardi Gras parade Feb. 9, 2 p.m., at Harborwalk Village, Destin. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Amanda Danley Jeniece Rivera Jane Jung has Niceville yard of the monthThe Niceville Garden Club chose Jane Jung s yard as the club s yard of the month for February. E-mail items to info@baybeacon.comCALENDAR

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every day and it takes people to do that. The center, which opened in 2011 by James Bryan and his wife, Rhonda, is a place where horses with health issues can go to when people cant afford to feed or take care of them, Bryan said. The center rescues horses from Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties, as well as parts of south Alabama. Many of the horses have been abused, neglected, or wounded, but some come to the center because their owner cant afford to keep them. The first four came in from a guy who had diabetes and couldnt take care of them, Bryan said. The center adopts out the horses for $600-800 after they have been nursed back to health, rehabbed and no longer dangerous. They have adopted out more than 30 horses since opening to people who live as far as Pennsylvania. Right now, the couple, and volunteers, care for 18 horses. The center can house up to 20 horses, and has the space to house 200 in the future. It isnt a petting zoo, but people can come view the horses on the pastures. The horses are continuously being rehabilitated and some can be aggressive, Bryan said. The center costs about $50,000 a year to run, according to Bryan, and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Currently, donations cover about 30 percent of the centers needs, Bryan added. Horses, like Greta, can be sponsored. The money goes towards the horses vet care, hoof care and feed and the sponsor can come to the farm to brush, pet, walk and work with the horse. Sometimes they can ride the horse if the animal is willing, Bryan said. Rowe and three of her friends want to co-sponsor a horse and would take turns visiting and caring for the horse. Rowe usually visits every Friday for four hours. She feeds, grooms, and leads horses and used to muck stalls. She hopes to be fully recovered by April and plans to visit the center in the next couple weeks. Youre sweating and working, but its a very good feeling to see the horses fill out and get more trusting, Rowe said. Its very rewarding. I miss it. Rocky student overcomes adversityCarol Mullins-Hernandez presented Mikayla Berner, Rocky Bayou Christian High School senior, with the Niceville Exchange Club s Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award Jan. 22. Mikayla is the daughter of Julie Berner of Niceville and received the award for overcoming adversity and graduating high school. One of the barns at the Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill, where 18 rescued horses are cared for by volunteers and owners James and Rhonda Bryan. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 4.1 HOURS broken armat other ERs 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyTheodore I. Macey, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementAll major insurance accepted, including TricareEight Board Certified Physicians HORSEFrom page B-1 Retired pilot visits studentsScott Kartvedt, retired Blue Angel s pilot and founder of Afterburner, a leadership company, presented a workshop on how to plan, execute and debrief a project to more than 160 Niceville High School leadership students in January at the school. LIVEin Bluewater Bay! 1828 SF, 3/2, split bedroom brick contemporary with open design perfect for YOUR familys lifestyle! $233,000 LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.MAGNOLIA PLANTATION SHORT SALE OPPORTUNITYWhen buying or selling real estate, choose Linda Zickler!



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Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer HDR Engineering will conduct a study to determine the effectiveness of a noise abatement wall between the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector road and the adjacent neighborhoods of Chardonnay Estates and White Point Village, according to MidBay Bridge Authority Executive Director Jim Vest. Vest, speaking at a special meeting with the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and the neighborhoods, said the study would simulate the estimated peak noise of the area in question for 2030, when traffic is expected to be even heavier than today's 18,000 average daily vehicle count. Vest said the results of the study will be available in six to eight weeks. Thursday 1:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy snacks and drinks while watching “Hotel Transylvania” at the Valparaiso Community Library for its early release movie day. Friday, noon Enjoy your lunch break with a history lecture about the West Florida British Colonial period at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day learning tea etiquette at a traditional Victorian tea at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. The tea is $15 or $12 for members. Sunday, 2 p.m. Hear the sounds of the Northwest Florida State College Soundsations Snowbird Show Choir in a concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $10. Monday, 9:45 a.m. Take the little ones to “The Little Engine That Could” children’s show at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Northwest Florida State College. Niceville. Tickets are $6. See Calendar, B-3.By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Valparaiso Police Chief Joseph Hart retired Thursday after 32 years in police work, including nine as the department's chief. In a ceremony at Valparaiso City Hall, Hart was honored by family members, fellow police officers and other city employees. Mayor Bruce Arnold gave a speech at the ceremony, thanking Hart for his years of service. "You're everything a mayor hopes for in a police chief," Arnold said of Hart. Hart gave the last speech at the ceremony, tearfully thanking his coworkers for their assistance during his tenure. "Police work is all I've ever known," Hart said. "Thanks to all of you, this little department has become what I believe to be one of the best in the area." Hart's position will be filled in the interim by Capt. David Bruckelmeyer. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Okaloosa County legislative delegation said key questions remain unanswered concerning misuse of Okaloosa County tourist bed-tax money. The legislators, especially state Rep. Matt Gaetz, said they want more answers in the wake of the Florida Auditor General’s recent investigation of how over $1.5 million was stolen or misspent by the late executive director of the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC), an agency that was supposed to be overseen by the Okaloosa County Commission. The lawmakers spoke during and after a briefing on aspects of the scandal by officials of the Florida Auditor General during a public hearing by the county's representatives to the Florida Legislature Jan. 30 in Niceville. The hearing was held in the Niceville civic center auditorium, and was attended by about 200 members of the public as well as the state legislators. Proceedings began as Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley gave a short briefing on the criminal investigations being conducted by the sheriff's office, as well as by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the District 1 State Attorney, and the FBI. The second briefing, by Auditor 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, February 6, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts COMING UP Please see BURGLARY, page A-6 Please see NOISE, page A-8 Please see COP, page A-5 Please see TDC, page A-2 Police BlotterPage A-7 Jet-crash drillBurglary sends girl running for safetyUnanswered questions on TDC Valparaiso’s top cop hangs up his badgeChief Joseph Hart retiresBeacon photos by Daniel Elsesser Participants in a drill dressed as Air Force pilots who ejected before a simulated military jet crash in Valparaiso are "rescued" by an Eglin Air Force Base firefighter on Valastics Avenue Thursday. Members of the Valparaiso (right photo), East Niceville and Niceville fire departments also participated in the exercise, which Valparaiso Fire Chief Mark Norris said was designed chiefly to strengthen inter-agency communication. Joseph Hart The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Eye of the beholderEd Nickerson, 68, paints a picture of Cranky J's Coffee Shop and its environs while sitting a few feet from a steady stream of traffic at Bullock Boulevard and John Sims Parkway Monday. Nickerson, retired, of Choctaw Beach, said he paints for recreation, but may someday try to use his art to turn a profit. "Eventually I hope to sell my art," Nickerson said. "But it'll be a while before that." Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserHighway noise study promised By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A man hurled a lawn ornament through the glass of a window of a Niceville residence, terrifying the teenage girl inside, entered the shattered opening, snatched $700 in jewelry, ran home, and prevailed on a friend to sell the loot, according to police. Two people were arrested. Niceville police reports gave the following account: Arrested Jan. 24 was Gregory Houde, unemployed, 29, of 304 Reeves St. Lot A-5, Niceville, who forced his way into the house, took the jewelry, and asked someone to sell it to a local gold store as her own for $200. Houde was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling while unarmed, dealing in stolen property, grand theft and property damage criminal mischief. At about 12:25 p.m. Jan. 18, a 15-year-old resident of the 1100 block of Rhonda Drive, Niceville, was startled by a Gregory Houde State Rep. Matt Gaetz's questions of Okaloosa County and state officials concerning misspent or stolen funds of the county Tourist Development Council largely went unanswered at a legislative hearing last week in Niceville. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Gail Rich, Chardonnay Estates, Niceville, speaks at a meeting convened Thursday to discuss noise from the Mid-Bay Bridge highway. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser

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General representatives Ken Danley and Ted Sauerbeck, was a summary of 25 findings from the Auditor General report. Also, Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles addressed the meeting following the investigation briefings, attempting to answer questions from legislators about how the county commission plans to prevent future incidents of mishandling public money. The TDC scandal did not happen on Boyles' watch, however. And none of the top county officials who were supposed to oversee the TDC showed up for the hearing. Legislators presiding over the public hearing were State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville), state representatives Matt Gaetz (RFort Walton Beach), Greg Evers (R-Baker) and Doug Broxson (RMidway). The lawmakers made clear that they were disappointed that neither the briefings nor Boyles’ remarks added much new information to what has already been made public concerning the misuse of TDC funds. Rep. Matt Gaetz, in particular, asked the briefers several pointed questions, seeking specific information about who was personally responsible for oversight of the TDC’s use of public money—questions that neither Ashley nor the auditors were able to answer during the meeting. The state audit was commissioned, and the criminal investigations by the sheriff and other law enforcement agencies were begun, after a TDC spending scandal that erupted in May 2012 resulted in the issue of an arrest warrant for its then executive director, Mark Bellinger. Bellinger was found to have looted $747,000 in county funds to buy a house in Destin, according to a federal lawsuit and a suicide note left by Bellinger. Ashley’s briefing was a chronology of events since the TDC scandal began last May, including Bellinger’s purchase of the house, a county yacht, and a Porsche automobile, the issue of the arrest warrant, and Bellinger’s suicide. Ashley said the sheriff's office has conducted hundreds of interviews and examined volumes of documents concerning TDC expenditures, and has been tracking about 5,000 debit cards, worth about $1 million, issued by the TDC, supposedly to visiting tourists as a way to encourage spending in the local economy. Ashley provided few details about the investigation’s results so far, saying that the investigation is still active and that specific findings cannot yet be released. He said that the FBI investigation is mainly focused on what happened to mitigation money given to the TDC from BP following the 2010 BP oil spill, while the FDLE and the state attorney are looking into the possibility of official misconduct. The auditor’s briefing was mostly a summary of findings that were already released in preliminary form in late December 2012. In the preliminary report as well as the briefing given Jan. 30, the Florida Auditor General representatives said Okaloosa County acted "contrary to law" in a host of failures to oversee and control public spending in relation to TDC funds. The audit report lists 25 findings in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes and public records. The report states the TDC took many actions without approval of the county commission, which is supposed to oversee it, including voting Oct. 10, 2010, to give TDC Executive Director Mark Bellinger the authority to spend $50,000 in BP grants to investigate the use of virtual reality technology for marketing. Bellinger, the TDC director whose actions sparked the audit, resigned May 1, 2012, after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of what authorities reported was a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges. Danley and Sauerbeck said their investigation covered the period from May 2010 through May 2012. The auditor's report also lists purchases by the county using tourist development funds or BP grants, totaling $155,400, that were invoiced incorrectly. The items actually purchased were not allowable uses of the funding. The purchases included: $48,000 invoiced as "prize for a 2010-2011 Internet/viral video contest" which was actually used to purchase a Porsche titled to Bellinger; $47,000 invoiced as "convention center marketing services" which actually paid for a $42,871 county Christmas party, a $3,921 Tourism Development Council holiday party and a $991 harbor cruise for county employees; $31,400 invoiced as "Harbor Walk/Destin Harbor advertising," $25,150 of which was actually used to purchase furniture for the TDC Destin office, with the remaining $6,250 used to buy furniture for Bellinger's home; and a $29,000 payment to a marketing firm, which the firm could not explain and repaid to the county upon questioning. The report was also critical of the county commission and county staff members, saying the commission failed to prevent the misuse of tourist development taxes and funds received from BP by the Tourist Development Council. Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit included commissioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris and Dave Parisot; former commissioners James Campbell and Bill Roberts; and County Administrator Jim Curry. None of them has been accused of wrongdoing in relation to TDC thefts. The county commission removed the TDC from Curry's direct oversight before Bellinger became TDC director in 2010. In September, Campbell was charged by the State Attorney with four felony counts of misconduct in office and four misdemeanor counts of perjury stemming from allegations that he filed false financial reports failing to disclose personal income from selling sponsorships to the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. According to a state arrest affidavit, among the sponsorships was $20,000 from the TDC, an agency which, as a county commissioner, Campbell was supposed to oversee. Campbell, who has denied any criminal wrongdoing, has a March 4 trial date in Fort Walton Beach. During the Jan. 30 legislative hearing, the state lawmakers expressed frustration that neither briefing named any names or fixed specific responsibility on any specific persons for failure to properly oversee the use of public money. Rep. Matt Gaetz repeatedly asked such questions as who knew, or should have known, how the money was being spent, who was responsible for oversight of purchases and contracts, and which public officials may have had conflicts of interest because of their business connections to some of the businesses that received money from the TDC. Neither Ashley nor the auditors could name anyone specifically, saying only that their investigations are still underway and that specific accusations against individuals may come later. Gaetz also asked if an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics is underway, to which Ashley replied that the ethics commission is not currently involved, and can become involved only after receiving one or more requests from private citizens, not public officials, for such an investigation. Gaetz also asked if anyone in county government has yet been fired or punished in any way for their failure of oversight, and was told that no such action has yet been taken. When Gaetz asked the auditors who, or how many, people attended a holiday party sponsored by the TDC, for which about $42,000 was spent for food and alcohol, Danley and Sauerbeck said they did not know. Gaetz also noted an expenditure of $55,000 listed in the auditor’s report, for set-up of audio visual equipment, and asked if that set-up was ever actually accomplished. The auditors said they did not know. Gaetz also asked “Who cut the checks” for the Porsche, the house, and other purchases, and who the attorneys were who reviewed, or should have reviewed on the county’s behalf, TDC contracts before they were signed, but got no answers to those questions either. Following the briefings, Nathan Boyles, who was elected to the county commission last August, months after the TDC scandal was uncovered, and who took office last November, addressed the meeting on behalf of the county commission. Boyles said that the commission should accept the auditor’s findings, and that he is anxious to help “turn things around” in county government. Boyles said the county commission would conduct its own investigation of the scandal as soon as it received word from the sheriff that it may proceed without interfering with the criminal investigations, and said the criminal investigations may help to fix individual responsibility for the mismanagement of tax money. No other county commissioners attended the meeting. Boyles later told the Beacon that was because if more than one commissioner had attended, it might have violated Florida’s Sunshine law, which requires meetings of two or more county commissioners to be publicly advertised in advance. Matt Gaetz did not appear satisfied with Boyles’ remarks. “The criminal investigations could take years,” he said. “I hope the county commission will take action before then to identify and replace people as necessary.” Rep. Broxson commented that “The auditor’s report sends a chilling message to all counties. Counties need to be subject to accountability.” Sen. Don Gaetz said that the presence of the newly-elected Boyles “brings a positive, constructive attitude to a shameful situation.” After Boyles spoke, the floor was opened for public comments, most of which expressed disappointment with county officials. One citizen, introduced by Matt Geatz as Daryl Elliot, said during the public comment portion of the hearing that the meeting “left me with more questions than when I came in,” and that, “Here in Scandaloosa County, the old-boy system is alive and well.” He said the Governor of Florida should appoint a special prosecutor to further investigate the TDC scandal. Another citizen, introduced as Ben White, suggested that Florida should have an inspector general system like that used by the military, to investigate official misconduct and to provide a channel by which whistle-blowers may confidentially report misconduct or mismanagement within their organizations. Following the public comments, the legislators made some concluding remarks. Rep. Evers said he fears that the TDC scandal may be only “the tip of the iceberg” with respect to corruption in county government in Florida, and said, “The people in this room will follow up with the county commission to ensure that changes are made.” Sen. Gaetz, who is beginning a two-year term as Senate President, said that although he had sponsored a bill to allow BP oil-spill mitigation money to be given directly to counties rather than controlled by state officials, he now wonders, “Can the Okaloosa County Commission properly manage large sums of money?” In the future, he said, “There will be a short, short leash” on money allocated to county governments. “Trust, but verify,” Gaetz said. “This is a moment for candor,” concluded Rep. Matt Gaetz. “This was not the fault of just one person. Heads need to roll. The county response so far has been woefully inadequate.” He said continuing investigation must determine which specific officials were “either complicit or woefully incompetent” and that those individuals “must never be let near a public dollar again.” On Thursday, the Beacon contacted Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Don Gaetz, as well as Commissioner Boyles, to ask what the next steps would be in the investigation of the TDC scandal. Boyles said he expects the county commission to hire an external auditor to look into county finances and to help “spot problems before they happen in the future.” He also said that he expects the commission to “meet its obligations” to fulfill recommendations from the auditor general’s report. He also said he is awaiting the results of the criminal investigations to see what further corrective action may be needed. Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “We still need to get some answers. We still don’t know who was complicit and who was incompetent. We need to find out who those people are. I hope the criminal cases actually go somewhere. Someone needs to be prosecuted.” Rep. Gaetz also said, “The county needs to do a better job” of responding to the TDC affair. “They have fired nobody,” he said, and no substantial changes have yet been made to county financial management policies. Gaetz added that one thing that “really gets under my skin” is that contracts between the TDC and its contractors “clearly didn’t protect the taxpayers, but there has been no change in any of the county or TDC’s lawyers.” That, he said, is one more reason why “I find it hard to take the county seriously.” Sen. Don Gaetz said, “The county owes the auditor general and the legislative delegation a lot of answers.” He said he has no regrets about allocating Restore Act money from BP directly to the eight counties most directly affected by the 2010 BP oil spill, because local governments should decide how best to use such money. “However,” the senator added, “mismanagement by Okaloosa County raises serious questions about competence and integrity.” Commissioner Dave Parisot, who was the county commission’s representative on the Tourist Development Council during the time of Bellinger’s misconduct, was also contacted by the Beacon. Parisot said he and other commissioners were still awaiting information from the criminal investigations before beginning their own investigation. The next step in the county’s response to the TDC scandal, Parisot said, will be to implement recommendations from the auditor general. 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Arts foundation fundraiser The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the “Dance the night away” fundraiser Feb. 15, 7:30-11 p.m., at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin. Moos Bros., the Emerald Coast’s premier party band, will perform hits from many genres. To purchase tickets for $20 go to www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org /tickets.htm. There will also be a charity benefit drawing to win prizes to support art, music and education. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 650-2226. United Way luncheon The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host the 2012 “Live united…Results You Can See” Campaign celebration and meeting Feb. 21, 11:30-1 p.m., at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $15 per person and corporate tables of eight are available for $120. All interested people are invited. Register by Feb. 15 with United Way Office at 243-0315 or events@united-way.org. Church night service Pastor Melissa Johnson of New Life Christian Ministries of Niceville, will lead a Friday night live service Feb. 15, 7 p.m., at All Gods Children and Living Word Worship Center, 40 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso. Contact 678-7632 or allgodschildren@centurylink.net. Johnson is serving as interim pastor and is a Niceville High graduate. Women of Ireland See “The Women of Ireland” in concert Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Mainstage Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Enjoy Ireland’s traditions of music, song and dance with leading female talent. Tickets are $35 each and a $5 discount for groups. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Conflict workshop The Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club and other rotary clubs across the area will host a free conflict resolution workshop, ages 15 and up, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Kathy Suerken, president of TOC for Education, will present the workshop for people who deal with internal or external conflicts whether at home or at work and apply the “Theory of Constraints.” The 75-seat workshop includes lunch and a workbook. Contact rotarypeaceproject@gmail.com or Kathy Suerken at 897-2616 to register, seating is limited. Dance for Life fundraiser The Fred Astaire Dance Studio will host a fundraiser to benefit Covenant Hospice, “Dance for Life,” Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., in the Crestview High School auditorium. Amateur and professional dancers including Tony Dovolani, the season 15 champion of the reality show “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars,” will perform a ballroom showcase. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $60 for VIP, which will include premier reserved seating for the show and an exclusive post-event cocktail party with Dovolani. Purchase tickets at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 301 N. Main St., Crestview, or http://fredastairecrestview.com. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council is scheduled to vote on a 2.16 percent increase for garbage collection and recycling rates at its meeting Feb. 12, which if approved would increase a resident's garbage payments 30 cents a month. According to Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet, the rate increase, the first in two years for that component of the garbage bill, was requested by Waste Management to reflect a rise of the same percentage in the Consumer Price Index, a measure of the national inflation rate that governs the city's waste-collection prices. The city's contract with Waste Management, which was granted an exclusive citywide franchise without seeking competitive bids, states the giant Houston-based trash-collection company will receive annual adjustments to rates based on changes in the CPI. Niceville residential customers currently pay $13.90 per month for collection and recycling. The proposed resolution would increase the rates to $12.20 for collection and $2.00 for recycling, for a total of $14.20 According to Doucet, the city bills residential and commercial customers and then pays Waste Management according to its franchise agreement. Of the proposed $14.20 per month, $10.44 would be remitted to Waste Management, $8.44 for collection and $2.00 for recycling. The remaining $3.76 would be retained by the city to cover the cost of yard waste collection provided by the city's sanitation department. The resolution also would make some changes to commercial billing. A group of three or more co-located commercial establishments receiving twiceper-week service on a shared four-cubic-yard container will be charged $30.33 a month, per establishment, Including fees for disposal and landfill fees, residential customers paid $27.27 per month in 2012 for all garbage fees. With no other fees proposed for increase, that number would increase to $27.57 if the resolution is passed. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The Finest inEYE CARERight Here in Niceville LEE MULLIS, MD • Over 25 Years Experience • National Leader in Painless No-Stitch Cataract Surgery • A Kind and Friendly Way Darren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Physician & SurgeonLee Mullis, MDThe Friendly & Caring StaffDARREN PAYNE, MD • Full-Time Medical Director of Niceville Office • 15 Years Experience • A Friendly and Caring PersonalityMULLISEYEINSTITUTECall for an appointment We Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Conditions Associated with Aging, including: • CATARACTS • DROOPY EYE LIDS 115 Bailey Dr., Niceville • (850)678-5338930 N. 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Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 Since 1986Remember your Valentine...with a gift from...&850-678-1593  Oak Creek Shopping Center  Niceville Mon.-Sat. 9-6  www.bayoubookcompany.com Niceville eyes trash-fee hikes Beacon photo Garbage-collection rates would rise 2 percent under a proposal to be considered by the Niceville City Council Feb. 12. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 6, 2013 Page A-3 Niceville sorority celebrates 53 yearsThe Niceville Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Beta Pi, celebrated its 53rd birthday at the home of Adrianne Wilson Jan. 24. From left: Diane Chiquette, Brigita Krasauskas, Cathy Hess, Dottie Kime, Adrianne Wilson, Sharon Hargreaves, Carol Heubusch, Dee Purka, Cyndi Anderson, Marja Wilson, and Janice Jean. 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com CALENDAR

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-4 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON EMERALD COAST CONCERT ASSOCIATIONproudly presents TICKET OUTLETS P.S. Gifts Ft. Walton Beach; Connect with Flowers Shalimar; Kitchenique Destin; Artful Things Niceville; or call ECCA at 362-9356 LINDA GENTILLEUnique and incredibly entertaining “Piano Princess” Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 € 7:30 P.M. FWB Civic Auditorium € Ft. Walton Beach Adult: $22 Under 18: $10 At door: $25.00/ $10.00 NEW DIRECTIONSVeterans ChoirFrom the United Way to USA to disabled American veterans Sat., March 2, 2013 € 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00 SOULED OUTGreat Motown and Soul Sounds Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 € 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00 Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine“Your Health, Our Passion!” www.theemeraldcoasthealthinstitute.com Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., MPH Family & Preventative MedicineNew Patient Availability Most Insurances Accepted See your dental professional if bad breath won’t go away or if it gets worse. It could be related to a serious health issue. Your breath can make the difference between a great Valentine’s Day and a really bad one. By taking care of your teeth and mouth, you may avoid embarassing moments. BAD BREATHSTINKS!!! Before You Pucker Up this Valentine’s Day, Check That Breath!Tips to Avoid Bad Breath uSee your dentist 2 times a yearuBrush 2 times a day for 2 minutesuLightly brush your toungeuLimit snacking to twice a dayuChew gum with XylitoluFloss once a dayuDon’t smoke LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Call Today!GULFCOASTDENTAL(850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East. Ste 108. Niceville, Florida 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.com Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon CATHY ALLEY ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida Inc 1-800-826-4862 Cell 1-850-585-2303 Your Real Estate Specialist for Life I would like to personally thank each and every one of my customers who helped make me #1 in our Niceville office again in 2012. Put Cathy's team to work for you today! 124 John Sims Pkwy. (Just past Angels Are Us) Don’t forget your Valentine DINE WITH US Thursday, February 14thReservations Recommended678-2805Early Bird Specials not available Feb. 14 Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta Serving Lunch & Dinner € Boat Slip Available While Dining NEW Menu with Great New Selections NEW Early Bird Specials BILGE PUBLive Entertainment Fri. & Sat. NightIndoor & Outdoor Seating Happy Hour 3pm-6pm, Mon. Sat.Banquet Facilities Valparaiso 678-2805www.TheBoathouseLanding.com Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor South of The Border Style VALENTINESPECIAL!Thursday, February 14 FREEDrink Refills Parkway Shopping Center Niceville € 729-1127OPEN: Sunday Friday 11a m -2p m 5p m -10p m 10% OFFYOUR TOTAL BILL is the time toNOW We offer photo rejuvination treatments minimize Dr. Scott Beals, D.O. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 6, 2013 Page A-5 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Melinda Messick, 51, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, homemaker Linda Shelton, 56, Charlotte, North Carolina, schoolteacher and coach “I think the choice should be up to each individual. I don t think men should be drafted, either.” “Yes. If we want equality, we can t have it two ways.” Pam Bush, 44, Cadiz, Kentucky, nurse “I will say no, because most women go into the military for careers, not necessarily for combat.”Now that American women are allowed to serve in direct combat, should they be required to register for the draft, as men are?Joey Nagem, 54, Pensacola, director of customer operations Location: Northwest Florida State College baseball stadium Tim Little, 54, Lavonia, Georgia, carpenter Joy Brown, 50, Atlanta, Georgia, loan officerWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field.“Certainly. If they re going to serve in combat, they should be eligible for the draft.” “I don t think women should be on the front lines, but if they re going to be equal, they should register for the draft.” “Yes, I think they should register.”Valparaiso Police Chief Joseph Hart and his wife, Sonya, celebrate Joseph's retirement at the Valparaiso City Hall Jan. 31. Hart, who was a police officer for 32 years, will be succeeded for at least six months by Capt. David Bruckelmeyer. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserBruckelmeyer said hewill occupy the position until the department advertises the opening and hires a new chief, a process he estimates will take four to six months. He said he likely will not apply as he intends to retire at the end of the year. Bruckelmeyer said the new chief will probably be hired from outside the department, as he is the only remaining officer with the necessary experience to fill the position. Bruckelmeyer said he will do his best to maintain stability in the department until the position is filled. "I'm going to do whatever is needed," Bruckelmeyer said. "I'll keep the boat afloat." Hart entered the Florida Retirement Service's Delayed Retirement Option Program (DROP) five years ago, according to Valparaiso Deputy City Clerk Della Rhodes. In this program, FRS employees stop earning service credit toward their pension and have their retirement benefit calculated when they enter the program. An employee's monthly retirement benefits then begin accumulating in an FRS trust fund, gaining interest, while the employee continues to work. The accumulated benefits and interest are paid upon termination of the program. which may last a maximum of five years. Hart, and any other employee receiving DROP benefits, is required to stop working for their public employer for at least six months after the account is terminated. Bruckelmeyer said he does not know whether Hart will apply for the position in six months. At a city commission meeting Dec. 10, Mayor Arnold said that Hart has the option of re-applying for his job as police chief, once the vacancy is advertised. It was not clear what effect, if any, the mayor's comments might have on the willingness of other candidates to apply. COPFrom page A-1 wwwwww wwwwwwwww PETITE FILET STACK Two 3oz Beef Tenderloin topped with roma tomato & fresh mozzarella cheese WHOLE MAINE LOBSTER Crab stuffed STEAMER PLATTER Dungeness crab, snow crab & lb steamed shrimp *All served with garlic mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli ADD A BOTTLE OF WINE $12 All meals will come with COMPLEMENTARY CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIESFEATURED DRINK Chocolate martini garnished with a strawberry Valentine’s DaySPECIALS 1027 JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLE € PALM PLAZA (850) 678-5072 A SWEET DEAL! FREE DELIVERY!**VALIDFEBRUARY11-12, 2013. OrdersMUST BE deliveredon those dates for free delivery. Order early! 1 Dozen Swizzle Berry Chocolate Roses Chocolate Has Met It s Match Lovely Berries™ Valentine s Day Bouquet™ Sweetheart BouquetTo order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111EdibleArrangements.comMariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E. Fort Walton Beach EdibleARRANGEMENTS 1129 Joh n S i ms Pk w y. | (850) 279-3113A cross f rom the Ni cev i lle G arde n Ce n ter in Park w ay East Sho ppin g Ce n ter. You’ll love ourFREEGif t Wra ppin g! Expires 2/28/1320%offANY ITEM! STOREWIDE Like us on Facebook!Saturday, February 16th at 5pm with preview at 4pm

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The man smashed his way into the house by throwing a lawn ornament through a rear window. Reported stolen was $700 in jewelry, including a wedding band, a cross necklace, a diamond necklace and gold earrings. A police dog tracked the suspect's scent from Rhonda Drive but lost it three minutes later behind nearby Oak Creek Plaza shopping center. According to police, the loot was sold to the Gold Wave store for $200 by Krystal Leigh Reiley, same address as Houde, who said he had given it to her to pawn. Reiley told police that Houde had arrived home, out of breath, and said he had run from "by the CVS" (in front of the Rhonda Drive residence). She said he handed her the jewelry that was later identified as stolen, according to police reports. Reiley, unemployed, 27, was arrested Jan. 28 on charges of dealing in stolen property and fraud false owner information, according to a Niceville police report. Reiley allegedly sold jewelry which had been stolen from a home in the 1100 block of Sean Lane and from the Rhonda Drive home, Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, respectively. She sold the jewelry, which she said someone gave her to sell, to the Gold Wave store at 1126 John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Houde was also arrested by Niceville police Jan. 28 on a charge of dealing in stolen property, which stemmed from the following incident, according to police reports: On Jan. 16, Niceville police responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Sean Lane regarding a reported burglary. The residents found their back door pried open, a window smashed and jewelry boxes opened. On Jan. 22 a victim identified two pieces of her jewelry which had been sold to the Gold Wave store Jan. 16. The jewelry was sold by Reiley, and she again said Houde gave her the jewelry to sell. On Jan. 24, Houde allegedly admitted to dealing in stolen property, but said he did not commit the burglary. As of Tuesday, Houde was detained at the Okaloosa County Jail, with a combined $105,000 bond for the stated charges. Reiley was reported being held at the jail Tuesday in lieu of $40,000 bond. BURGLARYFrom page A-1

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ArrestsSteven Ruyle Estey, a construction worker, 39, of 304 Reeves St. Lot G-3, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 23 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Estey's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Winston Tyler Cheatham, a hauling company employee, 23, of 160 Maple St., Freeport, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 27 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and carrying a concealed weapon. An officer saw a man later identified as Cheatham sleeping in the front seat of a running truck parked on McKinney Street near Reynolds Avenue. The officer asked Cheatham to get out of the car to inspect him for impairment due to his slow response to questions. An officer saw Cheatham drop a prescription pill bottle, which an officer later determined belonged to someone else. Poison control confirmed the pills in the bottle were 10 one milligram Alprazolam (Xanax) pills and two 10 milligrams Hydrocodone pills. The truck's driver's side door panel held two large, unsheathed fixedblade knives. Cheatham's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Fernando D. Sarmiento, a construction worker, 39, of 1621 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 27 on a charge of battery touch or strike. Sarmiendo's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. *** Phillip Matthew McFadden, a computer systems worker, 33, of 1067 Napa Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 26 on a charge of resisting an officer without violence. A deputy responded to the Emerald Coast Inn and Suites at 1214 Miracle Strip Parkway regarding a call from the receptionist, who said a man later identified as McFadden had been in the lobby restroom for 30 minutes. After McFadden left the restroom, the deputy asked him for identification, and McFadden asked why. The deputy allegedly told him the reason he was there. McFadden allegedly took his wallet containing his driver's license out of his pocket, put it back in his pocket and walked away. McFadden allegedly did not put his hands behind his back when the deputy ordered him to until the deputy unsheathed a Taser. McFadden's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Gail Marie Poland, a laborer, 41, of 409 Government Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 24 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A screener at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension at 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, inspected Poland's purse after seeing it contained a suspicious item during an Xray scan. The screener determined the item was a glass smoking pipe with a residue which later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Poland admitted the pipe belonged to her. Poland's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Amanda Pearl Bridges, a retail worker, 21, of 105 Windlake Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 29 on an Osceola county warrant for an original charge of felony violation of probation. *** Michael Bruce Savage, 23, of 314 Biscayne Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Walton County sheriff's deputies Jan. 27 on a charge of driving while license suspended. A deputy stopped a truck driven by a man later identified as Savage for driving east in a westbound lane on U.S. Highway 90. Savage provided a Florida identification card when asked for identification, and the deputy checked the National Crime Information Center and found Savage's driver's license had been canceled indefinitely June 5, 2012. DUI arrestsRay Allen Powell, 59, of 244 Hollywood Blvd. SE Apt. B, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested by Valparaiso police for DUI at S.R. 397 at S.R. 190, Valparaiso, Jan. 25 at 11:44 p.m. Powell was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road. Powell's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. *** Hannah Nicole Guy, a restaurant server, 22, of 88 Stowe Road, Mary Esther, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at S.R. 293, Niceville, Jan. 25 at 4:06 a.m. Guy's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 12. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 2100 block of Bayshore Drive reported Jan. 27 an unknown person stole his utility trailer from his driveway. *** A Niceville resident reported Jan. 23 her husband's company was the victim of fraud by an overseas company. The complainant said her husband made a contract to purchase a container of fresh ginger for his business, but his emails to the seller were "intercepted by scammers" who transferred $8,551.55 from his bank account. *** A Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported an unknown person stole his X-Box 360 worth $299.99, two video games worth $29.99 and $40, two X-Box 360 controllers and a Boost Mobile cell phone worth $194.50. OtherA Niceville resident of the 200 block of McKinley Street reported Jan. 25 a coyote wasin his neighborhood. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 28, 2013 through February 3, 2013. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................1/28/13...................09:39 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................1/28/13...................16:35 Oakmont Dr..............................Medical assist...........................1/29/13...................06:51 Parkwood Dr.............................Medical......................................1/29/13...................07:26 Merchants Way........................EMS call....................................1/29/13...................09:04 Hwy. 20/Live Oak St................Dispatched & cancelled...........1/29/13...................15:57 Hwy. 20.....................................Medical......................................1/30/13...................09:53 Canterbury Cir..........................Smoke detector activation........1/30/13...................15:55 Antigua Way/BW Blvd.............Vehicle accident........................1/30/13...................20:07 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled...........1/31/13...................15:01 Glenlake Cir..............................Public assist..............................2/2/13.....................15:58 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/2/13.....................16:09 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................2/2/13.....................18:24 Ridge Lane...............................Smoke scare.............................2/2/13.....................21:47 N. White Point Rd....................Medical......................................2/3/13.....................09:00 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay Valparaiso Volunteer NicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from January 28, 2013 through February 3, 2013. 0 Structure Fire18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bayshore Dr.........................................Medical........................1/28/13......................01:58 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/28/13......................09:01 E. John Sims Pkwy.............................Cancelled....................1/28/13......................14:14 27 th Street...........................................Cancelled....................1/28/13......................22:48 SR 85 N/SR 123.................................Cancelled....................1/29/13......................10:43 28 th Street...........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................12:50 Weeden Island Dr...............................Medical........................1/29/13......................13:23 N, Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................14:52 E. John Sims Pkwy.............................Vehicle crash..............1/29/13......................17:52 Paradise Rd.........................................Medical........................1/29/13......................23:00 Nutmeg Ave.........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................07:19 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................11:36 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/30/13......................18:29 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................1/31/13......................10:18 Scott Street..........................................Good intent.................1/31/13......................21:35 W. John Sims Pkwy............................Medical........................2/1/13........................01:10 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/1/13........................05:46 N. Palm Blvd........................................Vehicle crash..............2/1/13........................12:38 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/1/13........................13:19 Als Drive...............................................Medical........................2/1/13........................13:49 Linden Ave...........................................Service call..................2/2/13........................03:12 Reeves St............................................Medical........................2/2/13........................04:14 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/2/13........................10:00 N. Partin Dr..........................................Medical........................2/3/13........................14:55 Azalea Dr.............................................Medical........................2/3/13........................22:08 Weekly Safety Tip: Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook 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: Berandon Keyshad Armstrong Wanted for: VOPSale/Manufacture/Deliver cocaine with Intent to Sell/Possession of Cocaine & Possession of Marijuana Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 155 Age: 26 Date of birth: 01-25-1987 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Name: Paula Christine Henderson Wanted for: VOP-Child Neglect Without Causing Great Bodily Harm Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 145 Age: 27 Date of birth: 11-03-1985 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Page A-7 729-2131 Auto Business Home Life Flood HOMEOWNERS INSURANCEGone through the roof or non-renewed? Give us a call, we can help! www.n i cev ill e i nsu r ance.com MULLISEYEINSTITUTEDarren Payne, MDBoard Certified Eye Surgeon & Cataract SpecialistNO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our office policy that the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other services, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for any free, discounted fee or reduce d fee service, examination or treatment.Dr. Darren Payne’s Smart lens Procedure can produce clear vision without eye glasses at all distances (close up, far away, & in between )Call Today at:Niceville Location 115 Bailey Dr. • 678-5338Crestview Location 930 N. Ferdon Blvd. • 682-5338 Call for a Smart Lens Evaluation with Dr. Darren Payne Need Eye Glasses to Read?Smart LensesSM cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing (Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606 Celebrating 14 years!Gift Certificates Available DAY SPA The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of January: Location Situation Date Time Edge Ave............................................Seizures...................1/1/13.............................10:51 Valparaiso Pkwy.................................Unconscious............1/3/13.............................11:01 Washington Ave.................................Heart problem..........1/3/13.............................18:46 Carolina Ave.......................................Chest pain...............1/5/13.............................13:24 Kelly Way...........................................Fall............................1/6/13.............................18:48 S. John Sims Pkwy............................Fall............................1/7/13.............................14:21 Hidden Cove Way..............................Breathing problem...1/7/13.............................10:37 Edge Ave............................................Sick call....................1/8/13.............................17:39 Edge Ave,...........................................Fall............................1/12/13...........................10:43 N. Bayshore Dr..................................Sick call....................1/14/13...........................13:06 Nordberg Ave.....................................Sick call....................1/14/13...........................13:20 Aurora Ave..........................................Vehicle accident......1/14/13...........................17:05 Cutts Dr...............................................Structure fire............1/16/13...........................09:46 N. John Sims Pkwy............................Vehicle accident......1/18/13...........................07:35 Edge Ave............................................Unconscious............1/21/13...........................19:49 Lincoln Ave.........................................Sick call....................1/22/13...........................16:38 S. John Sims Pkwy............................Fall............................1/24/13...........................10:24 Valparaiso Pkwy.................................Chest pain...............1/25/13...........................10:25 Trevor Dr.............................................Sick call....................1/26/13...........................00:26 Glen Ave.............................................Fire service call.......1/27/13...........................18:54 Government Ave................................Fall............................1/28/13...........................05:08 Government Ave................................Sick call....................1/28/13...........................09:21 Valastics Ave......................................Aircraft down exercise.................................... 1/31/13................................................15:06 Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month to ensure proper operation. Minimize the use of extension cords – use Underwriters Laboratories listed surge suppressors in their place. Keep three feet combustible free space around water heaters and power panels. Have a multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher readily available in your home. Always call 911 in case of any fire! Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 if you have any questions or need assistance. NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDED Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-8 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON At Palm Eye care, we pride ourselves on serving ALL patients. We enjoy the challenge of helping our patients achieve their best vision and maintaining optimal visual health. Our company has recently expanded, and our doctor team will be seeing patients in Fort Walton. We have purchased Amiel Eye Care, at 36 NE Eglin Pkwy. Dr. Keith Amiel will continue to see patients a few days a week, until his eventual retirement. We are honored that he chose us to continue the quality of care that we provide in Niceville at his office. We plan to add more digital equipment and retinal cameras at Amiel Eye Care, just as we currently have in Niceville. This change will expand the services we can provide to patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, and many other ocular conditions. Just one of our specialties our doctor team provides is the fitting of contact lenses. While growing up, Dr Tom and Sharon visited many optometrists in search of good vision in contact lenses. It took a few tries before they were able to achieve good comfort and vision in contacts. They may have heard the label of “difficult patient” at least once. Those frustrations motivated them to become optometrists and strive for the best contact lens fit for their patients. Many more companies have produced great multifocal contacts to provide good vision both near and far. These lenses are available in many materials, and can provide most patients with comfort and a dramatically reduced dependence on reading glasses. Although finding the perfect lens takes some trial and error, many patients have enjoyed this new technology. Allergy Season is here Although there are many drops that promise allergy relief, very few of the over the counter remedies solve the problem. In a addition to environmental allergies, tear film deficiencies may be the cause for your discomfort. If your still reaching for drops more than twice a day, a complete exam may reveal the true cause of your dry, itchy eyes. We can tailor a solution so you can be comfortable again, even in contact lenses. Topcon 3-D OCT Our Niceville office has the technology which helps us diagnose patients with ocular disease condition such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. The OCT provides a microscopic analysis of the sensitive retinal tissue that is integral to healthy vision. This device allows us to closely monitor changes in your eyes over time, providing a timely notice of ocular health changes. You will be amazed at the detailed view the OCT provides. We would like to invite you out for a visit to see what we do. We provide a complete line of eyeglasses and contact lenses. All of our contact lens patients receive an in-office trial of any contact lens, and a 60-day money back guarantee after that. This allows you to see if they are right for you, and time to ensure the best fit. Our staff is patient with patients of all ages, and we welcome first time patients to contact lenses. Please come by 1005-A John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, or call 850-2794361 to see how our family can help yours.Advertising Feature Our open and friendly office. We can see you in Fort Walton Beach. Contact Lenses & Eyeglasses Treatment and Management of Eye Disease Emergency Eye Injuries • Specialty/Bifocal Contact Lenses Pediatric Patients are Always Welcome Accepting TriCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medicare, Medicaid and VSP CALL 850-279-4361 WWW.PALMEYECARE.COM Palm Plaza • 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri. 8:30 am-5:15 pm • Wed., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm In Niceville’s Palm Plaza A new approach to personal eye care Sharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. Streeter, O.D.Board Certified Optometric Physicians 143 S. 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A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacon s ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Palm Eye Care and Amiel Eye CareDrs. Sharon and Tom StreeterAccording to Mick Garrett of HDR Engineering, noise abatement is considered effective if it is predicted to decrease the noise level in affected areas by five decibels. Garrett said the predicted effectiveness of a wall does not necessitate its construction. Natalie Furman, DOT District 3 noise specialist, who was present at the meeting, said the noise study would not use sound measurements taken in the field, but would use standard traffic noise measurements calculated by the Federal Highway Administration. A decibel is a standard unit that indicates the ratio of sound intensity. The decibel is a logarithmic unit; a three-decibel increase means that the sound level has approximately doubled. Vest also said the planting of a new buffer of trees separating the four-lane highway from the neighborhoods should be completed in less than a week, and the irrigation system to keep the plants alive has been installed. Gail Rich, a resident of Chardonnay estates who presented photos of the barrier's growth at the meeting, said the vegetation buffer is a nice sentiment, but an ineffective noise buffer. "I appreciate you putting in the vegetation," Rich said. "But its done nothing." Ellen Petrus, president of the White Point Village homeowners association, recited sentiments about the connector's effect on residents' quality life which have been stated at Mid-Bay Bridge Authority meetings for several months. "My master bedroom is in the back of my house, nearest to the road," Petrus said. "When I'm in my master bedroom, it sounds like I'm staying in a hotel on the interstate." At the meeting's end, MidBay Bridge Authority Chairman Gordon Fornell said he now fully knows the positions of the homeowners and believes this will aid future decisions. "I feel I now fully understand the opinions of the homeowners," Fornell said. "I think this will help us, at some further meeting, determine a final and best course of action." Vest said he cannot definitively say what the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority will do if the noise study determines a wall to be effective. He said he will have to view the specific results of the report before he can make any recommendation to the authority's governing board. Likewise, Fornell said he could not predict a specific course of action without first knowing the results of the study. He said the simulation is being conducted partly so that all involved parties fully understand the facts of the situation. "This is an emotional issue," Fornell said. "Sometimes emotion clouds the examination of science." Vest said he could not estimate the potential cost of a wall because the study would factor in several building materials and sizes, and he does not know what such a wall would be made of or how long, high and thick it would be. NOISEFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Trish Rowe, a retired Valparaiso resident, hasn’t ridden a horse in more than 50 years, yet she spends most of her Fridays caring for a rescued mustang, Greta, at the Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill. “It’s the highlight of my week,” Rowe said. “It’s a wonderful, very healing, experience.” Rowe hasn’t been able to visit the center recently, which rescues and rehabs abused and neglected horses for adoption, since she was kicked by one of the horses in October and broke some of her ribs. The horse felt threatened when Rowe rose from the ground after feeding the center’s pig a treat. It then kicked her in self defense. “It will never happen again,” Rowe said. “I know what to look for now and I can’t wait to go back.” Rowe first became involved with the center, located at 8321 Stokes Road in Laurel Hill, in July 2012. After her husband passed away, she was looking for something to get her out of the house. A month after she began volunteering, she decided to sponsor the mustang since she couldn’t adopt her. Greta came to the center in March 2012 from Mosey Head, near DeFuniak Springs. She was starved and had halter burns from being left in a halter too long, Rowe said. Six months later, with the help of Rowe’s sponsorship, she had filled out and regained most of her health. “Greta was skin and bones when she arrived,” Rowe said. “In September 2012 she was the picture of health.” Greta needed medicine, grooming, food and rehab in order to regain her health and strength back. Rowe’s donation of a $100 a month continues to go directly towards her needs. “She is a sweet old girl and I love her dearly,” Rowe said. “People don’t realize how long it takes to rehab a horse who has been starved and neglected.” Getting a horse to trust people again is a slow process, Rowe added. The horse has to be worked on Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleBeautiful Smiles Begin Here CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310)• Comprehensive Family Care • Advanced Sterilization Techniques • Luma Arch Whitening In Office • Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding • Preventative Dentistry • Custom Crowns/ Bridges • Implant Restoration • Gentle Nitrous Oxide • Digital X-Rays CONVENIENT SCHEDULING Monday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD We Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville 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 yy F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 6 6 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Please see HORSE, page B-4 Cal Brooks, Panhandle American Cancer Society executive director, presented Niceville Relay for Life volunteers Scott Page and Andrea Oliver, the Niceville award as part of Okaloosa County being named the No. 1 in the nation for funds raised per capita. Night fishing pays offTommy Browning of Valparaiso caught a 50-pound black drum fish during a night fishing trip with his dad, Clark Browning, Jan. 25 on Boggy Bayou. It took him about 20 minutes to reel it in. Above, Trish Rowe of Valparaiso visits Greta, her sponsored rescued mustang, at Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill. Right, Greta in March 2012 when she first arrived to the center starved and in need of rehab. Trish RoweVolunteer helps horse recover at rescue centerOkaloosa Relay For Life No. 1 in nationThe American Cancer Society named Okaloosa County No. 1 in the nation for amount of money raised per capita Jan. 31. The Emerald Coast American Cancer Society unit held four Relay For Life events in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville and Destin last spring that raised $524,560. “Considering Relay For Life events are held in 50 states and more than 20 countries around the globe, this is such an amazing accomplishment for our relatively small population,” Cal Brooks, the ACS Panhandle executive director, said. “The strength and sheer dedication of our volunteers and staff made this possible.” Relays For Life are the ACS’s signature event that honors cancer survivors by remembering those who have lost their battle, and offers a night and day for the community to gather by raising funds for research, patient services and patient advocacy programs. Teams of friends, family and co-workers camp out at their local high schools or fairgrounds and take turns walking or running around a track. The chairs of each city are Dr. Ralf Zapata, Niceville Relay raising $121,696; Susan O’Neil, Fort Walton Beach Relay raising $211,050; Krystal Jackson, Crestview Relay raising $150,361; and Trevia Buckner, Destin Relay raising $41,451. The ECACS operates with more than 700 volunteers from Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes Counties with the support of five staff members. Niceville Relay for Life will host its next walk/run April 19, 6 p.m., to Apr. 20, 8 a.m., at the Niceville High School track. The proceeds will benefit cancer research, lodging at Hope Lodges around the world and travel expenses for patients and their families. There is a $100 registration fee due before the run/walk and can be done by fundraising. Contact Andrea Oliver to sign-up at Andrea821@aol.com or relayforlife.org. 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) EYEWEAR UNLIMITED IN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience • 678-0099 • 678-6211All doctors’ prescriptions filled • Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals • Tri-Focals • Progressives • Sunglasses Varilux • Hoya • Shamir • Zeiss ONE HOUR SERVICE ON ALL IN-STOCK LENSES Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Board Certified Optometrist Call today!(850) 678-8876“Where there is no vision, the people perish” –Proverbs 29:18 important testsIt is important to take good care of your eyes to keep them as healthy as possible. Remember to have regular eye exams. TTTTTTTTT Need a Valentine Gift?GIFT CERTIFICATESmake the perfect gift!Pick one up today! They can use it on new eyewear or sunglasses! TTT

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Crystal Burton of Niceville graduated from Southwestern College in December. She is eligible to participate in commencement exercises in Winfield May 5. Southwestern College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. *** Elliejo Lynn Lafever of Niceville, studying interior design, was named to the Iowa State University 2012 fall semester dean’s list. Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. *** Andrew Peters graduated from Benedictine College with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a minor in political science in Atchison, Kan. He received a five-year football scholarship to the college and received all conference honorable mention awards. Peters is enrolled in the business administration master’s degree program. He is the son of Laura and Ken Peters of Niceville and a 2007 Niceville High School graduate. *** Robert Coln the Lewis School band director, was selected by the Santa Rosa County middle school band directors as the conductor/clinician of the 2013 Santa Rosa County Middle School AllCounty Honor Band concert. Coln conducted evening rehearsals for two weeks and conducted the performance on Jan. 25 at the Milton High School auditorium. *** Mary Blackwell of Niceville, was inducted as secretary of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women 2013 Jan. 28 by Okaloosa County commissioner Kelly Windes, at JobsPlus, Fort Walton Beach. Weddings, Engagements, or Special Anniversaries?We would like to let everyone in your hometown know about! Just write up a little article and enclose a photo if possible and bring it by or mail it to: Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pky., Niceville, FL 32578Page B-2 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided. “God’s work. Our hands.”1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm Who’s News Robert Coln Mary Blackwell Andrew Peters Bluewater student wins contestLindsay Marrion, a Bluewater Elementary third grader, won the Scholastic Storyworks Magazine “Wild Word” contest by using the word litter in three sentences, which also had to have at least three different meanings. The Rocky Bayou Christian School mathletes placed eighth in the regional Mu Alpha Theta competition Jan. 19, at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus. The RBCS team one also placed tenth out of 28 teams. The 33 members challenged mathematicians from 14 schools. Eighth grade team members Charis Allen, Jin Kim, Lexi Kirkpatrick, and Meredith McIntosh took the fifth place Algebra I team trophy. RBCS Juniors Geon Ho Yoo, Shaun Li, Natalie Ouma, and So Hee Yoo claimed the fifth place pre-calculus trophy. The RBCS high scorers were: Charis Allen and Lexi Kirkpatrick (Algebra I); Ian Kampert and Ben Esses (Geometry); Shaun Li and Deysi Ly (Pre-calculus); Robby Yoo and Abigail Alldredge (Algebra 2); and Timothy Sung and Darla Lyon (Calculus). The mathletes competed Feb. 2 at the second regional Mu Alpha Theta competition at Lawton Chiles High in Tallahassee. Rocky mathletes place eighth in region 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 Team 1 Algebra I which won fifth place: Meredith McIntosh, Lexi Kirkpatrick, Charis Allen, and Hee Jin Kim. Team 1 Pre-Calculus which won fifth place: Geon Ho Yoo, Natalie Ouma, So Hee Yoo and Shaun Li. The Niceville High School Eaglette dance team competed in the Alabama Dance Championship Jan. 26. NHS dance team is 1stThe Niceville High School Eaglette dance team placed first in the varsity jazz category and second in varsity hip hop in the out-of-state division at the Alabama Dance Championship Jan. 26. The team, coached by Brooke James and Jill Kerschitz, also received the outstanding choreography award for the jazz category. Kerschitz choreographs the jazz routines and Denise Dicharry Galjour choreographs the hip hop routines for the team. The Eaglettes competed at the National Dance Team Championship Feb. 2 and 3 in Orlando. CHURCH DIRECTORY E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.comRuckel students take first placeThe Ruckel Middle School Varsity MathCounts Team won first place at the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society Regional Tournament Feb. 2, at the Okaloosa STEMM Academy, Valparaiso. From left, back row: Trey Buck and Ryan Erickson; front row, Alex Tolbert, Cathey Rachel, and Lauren Murray. Trey achieved the highest individual score with four of Ruckel s participants scoring in the top 10 overall. Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m. Worship Service, 10 a.m. Evening Service, 5 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.1460 Pine Street Niceville, FL 850-897-6768www.bayouchurchofchrist.com www.facebook.com/BayouChurchofChrist

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Air Force Airman Amanda F. Danley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Danley is the daughter of Eric Danley of Niceville, and granddaughter of Dreema White of Villa Park, Ill.***Army Capt. Matthew C. Hernandez has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hernandez has served in the military for seven years and is the son of Michael and Pamela Gonzales of Crestview. He is a 2001 Niceville High School graduate and a 2006 University of West Florida graduate. *** Air Force Reserve Airman Jeniece L. Rivera graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is a 1996 Crestview High School graduate and the daughter of Gilbert Loup of Niceville. Free tax preparation AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are providing free income tax preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income at the Niceville Library until April 15, on Mondays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a..m-1 p.m., by appointment only. Make your appointment at the reference desk in the library or call 2794863 ext. 1504. Bring all your tax documents, last year’s return, a picture ID, social security card and checkbook for your direct deposit refund. RBCS Cinderella musical The Rocky Bayou Christian School drama department is looking for Renaissance clothing for its presentation of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella April 19 and 20, 7 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale at the school in April and at the door. To donate or loan items contact the RBCS drama director Tom Hood at 678-7358 or hoodt@rbcs.org. Art abstraction exhibit The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) A+ Art Committee in partnership with Northwest Florida State College will host the exhibit “Abstraction: An Adventure into the Imagination,” until March 17 at NWFSC, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Abstraction is a unique compilation of abstract art by local artists who masterfully create works that draw the viewer into an experience of color, shape, and texture through various mediums. Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host blood drives Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., White Wilson Medical Center, Niceville, and 2-5 p.m., at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. Regional Science Fair The East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair will take place Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bull Rigdon Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958, Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The winners will be announced and awarded Feb. 14. Business workshop The University of West Florida will host a workshop on “Starting a Business,” Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m., Building 1 Room 126, 1170, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The workshop will review business-planning areas such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success. To reserve your seat for $35 register at www.sbdc.uwf.edu or contact 833-9400. Early release movie day The Valparaiso Community Library will hold its early release movie day on Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m. The featured movie will be “Hotel Transylvania” and snacks and drinks will be served. Audubon Society meeting The Audubon Society will present a program, “New Birds of Prey Aviary and Rehabilitation,” Feb. 7, 7 p.m., room 132, Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Lisa Miller, E.O. Wilson Biophilia’s Birds of Prey educator, will introduce and discuss some of her feathered ambassadors. The meeting is free and open to the public and students under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Contact Walt Spence at 582-7064. History lunch lecture The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents its free, public “History Sandwiched-In” lecture Feb. 8, noon-1 p.m., at the museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Catherine Nolan, from the Cultural Resource Management on Eglin Air Force Base will present, “Hinterland of an Empire: A Remote West Florida British Colonial Site.” This British Colonial period site and updated exhibition of Colonial period artifacts will be discussed. Space is limited. Contact 678-2615. President lecture Historian Alan Manning will speak on “Presidents and the Presidency: 1912-1936”, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Mardi Gras Masquerade The fourth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade will take place Feb. 8, 68 p.m., at the Destin Commons. There will be live music by Heritage, a Cajun boil, Louisiana gumbo, arts & crafts, face painting, street dancing, and Captain Davy pirate magic. There will also be a fireworks finale at 8 p.m. Art concert series Thomas Pandolfi, concert pianist, returns for the First United Methodist Church Arts Concert Series Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary, 103 First St. SW, Fort Walton Beach. Adult tickets in advance are $15 and $8 for students. Adult tickets at the door are $20 and $10 for students. Pandolfi will feature masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Purchase tickets at www.firstartsconcerts.com or Bayou Books, Niceville. Yard sale The Niceville Relay for Life will host a yard sale Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-noon, at Edge Elementary. There will be furniture, books, Luminaria bags and more for sale.All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help fund research. Genealogical Society meeting The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will meet Feb. 9, 10 a.m., at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The society’s first vice president, Ken Elliott, will present a program on the Flip Pal Scanner, which is a new research tool to benefit genealogists. Following the meeting, there will be a celebration of the society’s 37th anniversary with refreshments and a birthday cake. Snowbirds and locals are welcome. Contact 6782023. Valentine s Victorian tea Celebrate Valentine’s Day learning tea etiquette with the family at a traditional Victorian tea Feb. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The cost is $15 or $12 for museum members and reservations are required. Contact 6782615. Sailing race The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club will host a Chili-dog cook off and Fun Regatta Feb. 9, 11 a.m. participant meeting, noon race start, at the Bluewater Bay Marina, Niceville. Each boat should bring a gag trophy. Registration will take place the day of the race. Bring your chili entry before the race to enter the cook off at Mickey Duvall’s home, 626 Nelson Point Road, Niceville. The cook off begins at 3 p.m. Come by boat or car. Contact Mickey Duvall at 897-6806 or mpduvall@gmail.com. Linda Gentile concert Pianist extraordinaire Linda Gentille will perform a new show “Music of the Night,” a salute to Broadway’s best musicals, Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoastconcerts.com or 362-9356. Mardi Gras parade More than 60 parade floats will stroll down the 5th annual Harborwalk Village Mardi Gras parade Feb. 9, 2 p.m., from AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar to the west end of HarborWalk Village, Destin. The top three parade entries will win awards. This year’s parade will feature stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, concerts, dining, and dancing. All parade participants and the viewing public are asked to bring boxes of food or cash donations to benefit Destin’s Harvest House. International craft market The First Presbyterian will hold an international craft market Feb. 10, 17 and 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Feb. 13, 16, 20 and 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church, 134 Beal Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach. Customers will have the opportunity to shop for handmade items from around the world purchased from SERRV International, which supports and works with artisans in more than 30 countries. Chocolate and coffee will be available. Contact 243-3732 or Carol Davis at 243-4777. Soundsations Show Choir The Northwest Florida State College’s Soundsations Snowbird Show Choir will perform their spectacular variety show of song and dance Feb. 10, 2 p.m., in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Tickets are $10 and available through the Destin Snowbirds Club, the Destin Community Center (checks only), and at the door. All proceeds from the performance go to NWFSC. Contact the box office at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Edge Elementary book fair Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend the Edge Elementary Scholastic book fair Feb. 11-15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the school, 300 Highway 85 North Niceville. Funds raised will help purchase books for the media center and classroom libraries, along with other supplies needed for students. Books can also be purchased online at www.okaloosaschools.com/edge until Feb. 23. All on-line purchases will be sent to the students at school with free shipping. The Little Engine That Could The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents “The Little Engine That Could” children’s show Feb. 11, 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., at the Mainstage Theater at the center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The show is for ages Pre-K through second grade. Admission is $6 each. Advance reservations are required, contact 729-6065 or merrilld@nwfsc.edu. RBCS book fair Rocky Bayou Christian School’s Scholastic Book Fair is open until Feb. 12, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Building 1000 at the school, 2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Preview and purchase books online at Scholastic.com/fair. Democrat committee meeting The Okaloosa County Democratic Executive Committee will meet Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Democrat Headquarters, 60 2nd Street, suite 305, Shalimar. Social time will begin at 6 p.m. Contact Darlo Kiely at 6093367. Twin Cities club meeting Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Twin Cities seniors club Feb. 14, 1 p.m., at 268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso. There will be food, Bingo and more and the entre is provided. Contact 543-0869. Souled Out The Emerald Coast Concert Association presents “Souled Out” Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Hear Motown and soul sounds with choreographed dance routines. Purchase advance tickets for $30 at the box office, 7296000, or $35 at the door. Aglow meetingFort Walton Beach Aglow will meet Feb. 14, 10 a.m., at Marina Bay Resort, 80 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. The speaker will be Sherry Anderson and coffee and fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Contact Robin Williamson at 862-4867 or fwbaglow@yahoo.com.Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON In the Service 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 Harborwalk s 5th annual Mardi Gras paradeCheck out more than 60 parade floats in Harborwalk s 5th annual Mardi Gras parade Feb. 9, 2 p.m., at Harborwalk Village, Destin. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Amanda Danley Jeniece Rivera Jane Jung has Niceville yard of the monthThe Niceville Garden Club chose Jane Jung s yard as the club s yard of the month for February. E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com CALENDAR

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every day and it takes people to do that. The center, which opened in 2011 by James Bryan and his wife, Rhonda, is a place where horses with health issues can go to when people can’t afford to feed or take care of them, Bryan said. The center rescues horses from Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties, as well as parts of south Alabama. Many of the horses have been abused, neglected, or wounded, but some come to the center because their owner can’t afford to keep them. “The first four came in from a guy who had diabetes and couldn’t take care of them,” Bryan said. The center adopts out the horses for $600-800 after they have been nursed back to health, rehabbed and no longer dangerous. They have adopted out more than 30 horses since opening to people who live as far as Pennsylvania. Right now, the couple, and volunteers, care for 18 horses. The center can house up to 20 horses, and has the space to house 200 in the future. It isn’t a petting zoo, but people can come view the horses on the pastures. The horses are continuously being rehabilitated and some can be aggressive, Bryan said. The center costs about $50,000 a year to run, according to Bryan, and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Currently, donations cover about 30 percent of the center’s needs, Bryan added. Horses, like Greta, can be sponsored. The money goes towards the horses’ vet care, hoof care and feed and the sponsor can come to the farm to brush, pet, walk and work with the horse. Sometimes they can ride the horse if the animal is willing, Bryan said. Rowe and three of her friends want to co-sponsor a horse and would take turns visiting and caring for the horse. Rowe usually visits every Friday for four hours. She feeds, grooms, and leads horses and used to muck stalls. She hopes to be fully recovered by April and plans to visit the center in the next couple weeks. “You’re sweating and working, but it’s a very good feeling to see the horses fill out and get more trusting,” Rowe said. “It’s very rewarding. I miss it.” Rocky student overcomes adversityCarol Mullins-Hernandez presented Mikayla Berner, Rocky Bayou Christian High School senior, with the Niceville Exchange Club s Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award Jan. 22. Mikayla is the daughter of Julie Berner of Niceville and received the award for overcoming adversity and graduating high school. One of the barns at the Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center in Laurel Hill, where 18 rescued horses are cared for by volunteers and owners James and Rhonda Bryan. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 4.1 HOURS broken armat other ERs 850-863-2153Fort Walton • Destin • NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyTheodore I. Macey, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon Sports Medicine Joint ReplacementAll major insurance accepted, including TricareEight Board Certified Physicians HORSEFrom page B-1 Retired pilot visits studentsScott Kartvedt, retired Blue Angel s pilot and founder of Afterburner, a leadership company, presented a workshop on how to plan, execute and debrief a project to more than 160 Niceville High School leadership students in January at the school. LIVEin Bluewater Bay! 1828 SF, 3/2, split bedroom brick contemporary with open design perfect for YOUR family’s lifestyle! $233,000 LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. MAGNOLIA PLANTATION SHORT SALE OPPORTUNITY…When buying or selling real estate, choose Linda Zickler!