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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: 02-13-2013
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a two-hour hearing in Tallahassee Monday, a Florida Legislature panel questioned members of the Okaloosa County Commission and other county officials about their possible roles in the financial scandal surrounding the county's Tourist Development Council (TDC), and what steps they have taken to investigate and prevent a recurrence. There were few concrete answers, however. And a number of people who held key county offices at the time of the scandal were absent from Monday's hearing. During the hearing, the county commission chairman called the scandal “a very dark hour in the history of Okaloosa County,” and said all the facts are not yet known. The county administrator called the theft, diversion, and waste of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars “a catastrophic failure of controls at all levels.” The legislative committee said it would hear more testimony Feb. 18, and indicated it would subpoena county officials or exofficials who did not show up Monday. The panel also ordered a new state audit of county affairs. The hearing by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee at the Capitol began with a briefing by Florida Deputy Auditor General Ted Sauerbeck about his recent audit of the TDC, the county commission, and their financial dealings. Sauerbeck’s report reviewed the 25 findings already presented to the Okaloosa County legislative delegation at a public meeting held last week in Niceville, listing ways in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes andBy Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Louis and Catharine Marini of Niceville first laid eyes on each other in 1953 at an ice cream parlor in Bristol, Pa. Fifty-five years later, they are just as in love. The couple, who will celebrate their 56th anniversary June 8, plan to renew their wedding vows for the 14th time in honor of Valentine’s Day with more than 40 other couples Thursday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville. “It will be kind of nice to look each other in the eye and remember,” Catharine said. “Because I sure don’t remember the original vows.” Lou was smitten with Catharine the moment he saw her at the ice cream parlor. He decided to ask one of her friends for an introduction. “My brother used to pick me up,” said Catharine, a 16-year-old cheerleader at the time. “He didn’t want me riding in cars with boys.” The couple dated for three to four years before they wed. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Sometimes the getaway is not as smooth as the crime. Police arrested a Niceville man who allegedly stole items from a home, including some from a nightstand next to where the victims were sleeping, only to awaken them with the alarm of their car as he drove away in it. One of the items stolen was a cell phone which the owner was able to track electronically to the alleged burglar's house. Niceville police gave the following report: Bryce Matthew Morrison, unemployed, 18, of 1697 Vine Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, petit theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of grand theft. Two of the four residents of a house on the 1600 block of Vine Avenue woke up at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 30 to the sound of one of their vehicles, a 2010 Toyota four-door, being driven away with its theft alarm blaring. One resident looked around the house and noticed her iPhone, which had been on the By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Bluewater Bay Resort has submitted plans for approval to shorten four holes of its Magnolia golf course and have the land zoned to allow the construction of homes, including 100 multiplefamily dwellings, according to Steve Hall, an attorney representing the resort. The proposal, a change to the current development of regional impact (DRI) plan approved by government officials in the 1970s, was submitted Jan. 22 to the Okaloosa County Department of Growth Management, the West Florida Regional Planning Council and the state's Department of Economic Opportunity, according to Hall. The plans are currently pending approval by all three entities. The submitted plans call for 7.4 acres of Magnolia course holes 6 and 7, which border State Road 20 on one side, to be rezoned from G (golf) to H (high density residential), allowing for up to 13.5 dwelling units per acre. The plans list 100 dwelling units as the maximum allowed density on this portion of land. The submitted plans for holes 6 and 7 show changes from original plans created Sept. 7, 2012. The September plans, which were discussed with neighboring homeowners but not submitted for government approval, called for 8.49 acres of holes 6 and 7 to be zoned high density, allowing for a maximum of 114 dwelling units. Hall said multiple-family dwelling units, in the form of "quads" containing four units each, would likely be constructed on the land now occupied by holes 6 and 7 if the plans are approved. Thursday 3-6 p.m. Meet author and artist Lynette Miesen of Niceville at her book signing of “The Poetry of Art,” at Bayou Book Co. Niceville. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of Irish tradition with “The Women of Ireland” concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $35. Saturday, 8 a.m. Run or walk to support the Niceville High School “Band on the Run 5K/Mile Fun Run” fundraiser at Niceville High School Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Attend a free conflict resolution workshop sponsored by the MidBay Bridge Rotary Club at St. Paul Lutheran Church Niceville. Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. See Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lessons fifth-grade artwork in a public art showcase and open house at Lewis School Valparaiso. See Calendar, B-2. 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 13, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts COMING UP Please see RESORT, page A-5 Please see TDC, page A-4 Please see THEFTS, page A-7 Please see LOVE, page A-5 Police BlotterPage A-6Few concrete answers in TDC testimony Still in love after 55 yearsCouple to renew vows on Valentine s DayResidents sleep through thefts as home is rifledCommission chairman calls scandal dark hour for Okaloosa County; Fla. Legislature to continue probe The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lou and Catharine Marini plan to be among the 40 couples who will renew their marriage vows tomorrow, Valentine's Day, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville. Beacon photo by Anna KavanaughResort seeks OK for homes on golf course Beacon photo by Mike GriffithOkaloosa County Administrator James Curry, center, testifies before a legislative panel trying to get to the bottom of the county Tourist Development Council money scandal. Curry and county commission chairman Don Amunds, right, were among county officials heard by the panel Monday in Tallahassee. At least one more hearing is planned. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserOne brick at a timeNiceville municipal public works employees lay bricks for a new sign for the Rockywood subdivision off Rocky Bayou Drive Feb. 6. Residents of the community paid the nearly $2,000 for materials, and the city furnished the labor, to replace a 25-year-old wooden sign, which was in disrepair. Story, A-8. Bryce Morrison

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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Waste Management Inc. last week introduced a new garbage truck that runs on natural gas, which is less polluting than the diesel-fueled trucks it replaces. The Houston-based trash-collection company held a ceremony at the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6 to announce the replacement of 23 diesel-fueled garbage trucks that service Okaloosa County with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Waste Management representative Lynn Yort said the remaining 11 diesel trucks in the county will be replaced by natural-gaspowered trucks by year's end. Domenica Farmer, a Waste Management district manager, said the new trucks, which cost about $350,000 each, entered service in January. Farmer said Waste Management reduces its use of diesel fuel by about 8,000 gallons a year for every truck replaced by a CNG-powered one. Farmer also said each replacement produces 22 fewer metric tons of "greenhouse gas emissions" per year than a diesel truck. She added that the CNG trucks are quieter as well. Proponents of compressed natural gas for motor vehicles say the fuel is cheaper than gasoline or diesel. Much of the savings stems from the fact that operators of natural-gas-fueled vehicles pay a fraction of the road tax paid by motorists who use conventional fuels, but travel the same roadways that the tax revenue makes possible. Gordon King, vice president of operations for Okaloosa Gas District, which sells the fuel used by the new trucks, said while diesel fuel is taxed by the gallon by the state of Florida, CNG is not. The state requires CNG vehicles to purchase a decal every year, the price of which is unaffected by the amount of fuel used. He said this would reduce the amount of road taxes paid by Waste Management. Florida transportation officials in recent years have stated that the lower taxes paid by the growing number of alternativefueled vehicles on the roads have contributed to a slowing in funding for projects financed by the highway trust fund. The federal government, whose per-gallon motor-fuels tax is about half that imposed by Florida, collects a levy on CNG at the same per-gallon equivalent as its rate on gasoline, though much lower than that on diesel fuel. King said each new truck carries the gallon equivalent of the 75 gallons the diesel trucks' tanks hold. "It's enough for the trucks to go out an entire day without having to refuel," King said. The trucks refuel at a station at 108 Hill Ave., Fort Walton Beach. Fuel is inserted through a small, pressurized valve on the front of the truck. Natural gas in a truck's fuel tank, located on top of the truck, is stored at a pressure of 3,600 pounds per square inch. Waste Management Inc. held a ribboncutting ceremony at the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6 to commemorate the replacement of 23 diesel-fueled garbage trucks that service Okaloosa County with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas. Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON We were just named a Top Quality Performer by The Joint Commission, placing us in the top 18% of hospitals. Our patients are the real winners.For a physician referral, call 850-729-9468 or visit www.TCHospital.com TM ts ar tien Our paH i i C i T Am m o C t n i o J e h T n t s u j e r e w e W s. eal winner e the r ts ar i l l ie h t n i s u g n i c a l p n o i s s i m f r e P y t i l a u Q p o T a d e m a l O i i d. s l a t i p s o h f o % 8 1 p o t e y b r e m r o f l A n i s n o i t a z i n a g r o e h T y b s e r u s a e m e r e w e w y l t n e c e R n n e t f ft o s e m o c t u o f o e c n e d “ n o c d n a h e h t e d i v o r p o t s i s o H s e i t i C n i w T Tw t A p e r a e w y l s u o i v b O a c i r e m A d a e l e h t n o i s s i m m o C t n i o J t s  s n o i t a n e h t g n o m a d e m a n e n o i t i n g o c e r d n a s d r rd a w a s u s t e h t y y, l g n i t s e r e t n I s t n e i t a p r u o f e l b i s s o p e r a c f o l e v e l t s e h g i h w a n r a e o t t  n s i l a o g r u o l a t i p ty ry t a h t w o n k o s l a e w t u B d u o r p e r a c h t l a e h f o r o t i d e r c c a g n i d y t i l a u q y e k n o s r e m r o f fo r e p p o t n d n a s t n e i t a p n o s u c o f fo r a e l c s i h t s u r t e h t n r a e d n a y a d y r e v e l a o g r u O n o i t i n g o c e r r o s d r rd a w t e y d t l n i w l a e r e h t e r  u o y h t  n d l u o w e w d n A e r e h r e n nTM y y. a w r e h t o y n a t i e v a h or visit www For a physician r .TCHospital.com www w. call 850-729-9468 eferral, For a physician r Trash firm cuts pollution, and taxes, with new trucksNatural gas now powers most of Okaloosa fleet

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of Valparaiso’s new Visioning Committee Feb. 6 held a wide-ranging discussion about possible changes to Valparaiso’s zoning, potential areas of business and housing development, and possible changes to the city’s form of government. The committee is a group of Valparaiso resident volunteers, selected by members of the city commission to study the current status and potential future of the city, and to make recommendations to the city commission concerning how best to prepare the city for the next 25 years. The committee, created by the city commission, first met on Jan. 21, when members were briefed on their mission by Mayor Bruce Arnold and City Administrator Carl Scott. The panel selected Rob Holloway as chairman and Terri Fedonaczek as vice chairwoman. Holloway opened the Feb. 6 meeting by saying “I welcome the mayor’s concept” of planning ahead, and that Holloway hopes the committee will succeed in “getting the city thinking forward.” Also present at the Feb. 6 meeting were Scott and ex-officio committee member Kay Rasmussen, interim president of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council (EDC). Holloway said he thinks the first priority of the new advisory committee will be to determine “what our vision of the city is.” Then, said Holloway, the committee should determine what resources are available to move the city from its current status into the kind of city the committee envisions for 25 years from now. “Valparaiso is one of Northwest Florida’s oldest communities,” Holloway said, and many of the city’s homes, business structures, and infrastructure are aging. “Our main streets, along John Sims Parkway and Government Drive, have become eyesores and do not reflect well on our community,” he said. “Some of our houses are about 100 years old, and most were built during the 1950s and 60s.” Holloway suggested that one way to improve the city will be to provide incentives to home and business owners to renovate their structures or replace them as necessary. He also said the city is in need of commercial revitalization. Rasmussen also said that many of the city’s older homes have become rental properties, often owned by absent landlords, and that some such residences have become blighted. She said that recent studies by the EDC show that with the influx of young, single military personnel, such as airmen taking sixto ninemonth flight and maintenance courses with the 33rd Fighter Wing, there is a need for “extended stay” housing, such as efficiency apartments that can be leased for months rather than years. Replacing some of Valparaiso’s older houses with such extended stay apartments could be valuable to both the city and the military, Rasmussen said. Scott said there are “little strips” of land left undeveloped within the developed, inhabited area usually thought of as the city of Valparaiso, including some parcels of land controlled by the Air Force east of John Sims Parkway near Lewis School, but which could possibly be swapped for other land within the city but which is also within the potential crash zone from Eglin runways, or within the area likely to be most severely affected by noise from aircraft takeoffs and landings. Scott said portions of Andrew Drive fall into this category. Scott said no one has yet seriously proposed such a land swap, but said “We need to open a dialogue with the Air Force” to see whether such an agreement might be reached. Committee member Patrick Pertuitt said he expects the Air Force to be hostile to such a suggestion, but Chambers said “I go to church with the wing commander” and that he would contact some Air Force officials to see what their actual attitude toward such a deal might be. Pertuitt agreed, saying, “It is worth asking the question,” and that doing so would be in the best interests of the city. Another option discussed by committee members was whether to create wider commercial zoning along John Sims Parkway and Government Drive, in order to encourage more business development and the property tax revenue commercial property could bring the city. They also discussed whether more regulation or incentives are needed to encourage local businesses to improve the outward appearance of their buildings. Another topic discussed during the meeting was the city’s form of government. The city is governed by a city commission and mayor. Each of the five commissioners has executive authority over specific departments within the city, such as public works, police, and fire protection, and the mayor is a voting member of the commission. Scott and Mayor Arnold have suggested that a city manager form of government might be better, in which the city commission would act as a legislature, passing ordinances and setting general policies, while a professional city manager hired by the commission would exercise executive supervision of all city departments. Under such a plan, the mayor would chair commission meetings and perform ceremonial functions. Scott said that other forms of government, such as one without a city manager but with a “strong mayor” who exercised the executive function, might also be possible. Committee members said they plan to look into the pros and cons of such alternative forms of government, and will review a recent study by the Institute of Senior Professionals, which recommended changing the city’s form of government. Actually making such a change, Scott told the committee, would require the current city commission to put a proposal on a referendum ballot, which would have to be approved by 60 percent of city voters to pass. Other topics discussed during the meeting included the city’s cable TV and Internet service. Scott said the current system was a boon to the city when it was first established, but that new technology has created “economies of scale” which may make it impractical to keep upgrading the city’s equipment to provide residents and Valparaiso businesses the bandwidth and information processing power they need to do such things as stream movies into their homes, or for businesses to handle the information processing requirements of today’s business world, especially defense contractors who must meet government requirements. Rasmussen said, “The city is losing business for lack of the information infrastructure needed in today’s economy.” She said that the Okaloosa County School District’s new science and math middle school at the former site of Valparaiso Elementary School “could be a hub of technology” attracting high-tech businesses to the city, but that the STEMM center is struggling to meet its computer and Internet needs with the city’s current cable system. Scott said it may soon become more practical for the city to sell its cable service to a large company like Cox or Direct TV rather than spend the money needed to keep up with changing technology for a customer base of only between 1,000 and 2,000 users. Scott made a similar suggestion about the city’s small fire department, which is staffed by a handful of professionals, with most firefighters being volunteers who must leave their homes or workplaces to respond to emergency calls. For most such calls, said Scott, “The Eglin fire department arrives first, Niceville arrives second, and our own fire department arrives third,” causing embarrassment and straining the mutual aid agreements among fire departments. Committee members said they will study whether consolidating Valparaiso’s fire department with a neighboring department might be a more practical solution. Scott said city residents are unlikely to accept any plan to consolidate the police department, however. He said most city residents like having their own, independent police force, which can usually respond to an emergency call with about 30 seconds, and in which many residents know most of the police officers. Another topic discussed was the upkeep of city parks, which some committee members said are looking dilapidated, especially some parts of Lincoln Park. Others wondered whether the city’s nearly dozen parks are really needed for such a small city, or if some of the smaller, less-used parks should be opened to commercial or residential development, reducing maintenance costs and bringing in more tax revenue. Committee member Bryan Campbell said that Lincoln Park might be improved by adding a marina, which could bring in revenue while also providing a place for people to dock and launch boats at the park. As the meeting drew to a close, committee members agreed to hold their next meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the city commission chamber. At that meeting, members will bring suggested questions for a survey to be sent to city residents with their city utility bills, asking residents’ opinions about the city’s current strengths and weaknesses, and other issues being discussed by the visioning committee. Scott concluded by telling the Visioning Committee that “Valparaiso is a great city. 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public records. The report states the TDC took many actions without approval of the county commission, 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 suddenly May 1, 2012, after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges relating to his alleged looting of hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds to buy his house in Destin. The 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-employee Christmas party, a $3,921 TDC 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 county commission failed to prevent the misuse of tourist bed taxes and funds received from BP by the TDC. Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit included county commissioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris, Dave Parisot, James Campbell and Bill Roberts, and County Administrator Jim Curry. Campbell and Roberts left office in November, not having stood for re-election. At the legislative committee's behest, Amunds, Parisot and Curry testified under oath at the hearing in Tallahassee Monday. Amunds, currently county commission chairman, testified about the chronology of events related to the TDC scandal from 2010 to the present, and the steps taken by the county commission to investigate and correct problems brought to light by the scandal. Parisot was the county commission’s representative on the TDC during the events of the scandal. New county commissioners elected since the TDC scandal broke are Nathan Boyles, who has no previous connection with the county commission or TDC, and Kelly Windes, whom Amunds said is now a member of the TDC. Boyles, Windes, and other current members of the county commission were present at Monday’s meeting, as were other county officials including County Attorney John Dowd, former TDC attorney Steve Hall, Clerk of Court Don Howard (who is responsible for auditing the county commission and disbursing its funds), and Okaloosa County Finance Director Gary Stanford. Absent from the hearing were Harris, Campbell and Roberts, as well as TDC members who were serving at the time of the events under scrutiny. The TDC was asked to resign en masse by the county commission earlier this month. Amunds, the main speaker on the county's behalf, said the TDC scandal represents “a very dark hour in the history of Okaloosa County.” Amunds said that following the BP oil spill in April 2010, the county received about $8.5 million in grants from BP to help mitigate the effects of negative publicity from the oil spill by promoting Northwest Florida beaches and to inform the American public that Okaloosa beaches were clean and open to tourism. Amunds said, “There was only a limited time in which to get the message out” in order to prevent further economic losses in the Okaloosa tourism industry, and that county officials were initially pleased at what they thought was Bellinger’s “hands-on approach and aggressive methods” in promoting Okaloosa beachfront tourism. As soon as county commissioners became aware of Bellinger’s financial misdeeds in early May 2012, said Amunds, county commissioners began to initiate corrective measures and to initiate their own in-house investigation of what had gone wrong. However, Amunds said, law enforcement investigators from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida State Attorney, and the FBI asked the commission to delay its own probe so not to interfere with the criminal investigations underway. Only during the past week, Amunds said, has the county commission been allowed to begin its own investigation, and as a result, corrective measures taken before now have had to be limited, and county commissioners have had access to only partial information about what really happened. Nevertheless, Amunds said, the county commission immediately took some steps, such as reversing a 2005 decision to put the TDC directly under the supervision of the county commission rather than under the county administrator like other county departments. The TDC was put back under the county administrator, Amunds said, and tighter restrictions were placed on how much money the TDC could spend without approval by the county administrator or county commission. By law, the county commission is responsible for TDC spending. Top county officials signed off on TDC invoices later found to be suspect. Amunds said that more policy changes are likely in the future as the county commission’s investigation proceeds and more information comes to light. During and following the briefing by Amunds, he and the other county officials were questioned by legislative committee members. Asked about the role of the Okaloosa Clerk of Court in Okaloosa County financial transactions, Amunds said that purchase requests from the TDC director are now supposed to be routed for approval from the director to the clerk of court, then to the county administrator, then to the county commission, then back to the clerk of court, who issues checks. Amunds, who was vice chair of the county commission in 2012, said “When I initialed a purchase, I knew it had been reviewed by the clerk of court and his staff.” State Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, although not a member of the legislative audit committee, was invited by the legislative committee to attend their meeting and question witnesses. Gaetz asked Amunds who advised him and the county commission of the proper routing of purchases. Amunds replied that such advice comes from the county attorney, John Dowd. Gaetz then asked if the county commission has any plan to change its county attorney, and Amunds replied, “Everything is under review and on the table. Corrections are still underway." Dowd, although present at Monday’s hearing, was not asked to testify during the session. Gaetz also asked Amunds to name specific county or TDC officials or employees who actually initiated specific purchases or wrote checks, but Amunds replied: “I don’t know yet. That may be included in our corrective actions.” Amunds said that some county officials or employees may be fired as more information becomes available to the county commission, but that there is not enough information yet to justify such actions. Other legislators at the meeting asked similar questions, and committee co-chairman Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, a Palm Beach County Democrat, asked why none of the TDC members involved in the scandal had shown up for Monday’s meeting. Amunds replied that after being asked to resign by the county commission, the TDC members may have believed that their presence at Monday’s meeting was not expected. He said such an oversight was not deliberate. County Administrator Jim Curry told the legislative committee that the county commission has done all it can to cooperate with law enforcement investigations, and that it has had only one meeting since the auditor general’s report was released. He said that corrective actions by the county commission “have the highest priority” and that as more information becomes available, “terminations may be forthcoming” of county officials. When asked by Sen. Abruzzo, “How could this have happened?” Curry replied that the TDC scandal was “a catastrophic failure of controls at all levels.” Such failures, Curry said “will be rectified” as the county conducts its own investigation and implements resulting new policies and procedures. Parisot was also questioned by the committee, concerning how the TDC handled purchases while he was the county commission’s representative to the TDC. He said that Bellinger had not directly asked the county commission for permission to make his unlawful purchases, such as the house, Porsche, or yacht. Such purchase requests, Parisot said, were routed from Bellinger through the Zimmerman Agency, Tallahassee, a public relations firm that worked for the TDC, as did the Lewis Communications marketing firm, Mobile, Ala. Parisot said the Zimmerman agency gave purchase requests to the county commission labeled as such things as funding for trips, contests, ad campaigns, or other activities designed to promote Okaloosa County. When asked for names of specific individuals from the Zimmerman agency or the TDC who actually handled checks or purchase requests, Parisot said he did not yet know, but hopes to find out in the course of the county commission’s own investigation, now that the commission had been cleared to begin one. Tom Schulte, an attorney from the trial-lawyer firm of Judkins, Simpson, High and Schulte, testified briefly, saying that his firm currently represents the Zimmerman Agency. However, Schulte then said he could not answer specific questions from the legislative auditing committee because one of his partners, James Judkins, is actually handling the Zimmerman case but could not attend Monday’s meeting and sent Schulte in his place. After two hours of questions and discussion, the legislative committee decided to continue its inquiry into the TDC scandal at one or more additional meetings, beginning next week. They also voted unanimously to subpoena the former TDC members who had been absent from Monday’s meeting. Legislative Auditing Committee Chairman Abruzzo told Amunds and the other county officials, “We will have you back next week, and if necessary, at subsequent meetings.” The next meeting of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, during which the discussion of the Okaloosa TDC scandal will continue, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, at the Capitol. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-4 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com Wilson Minger Agency, Inc.(850) 678-5161 • 1-800-369-2403www.century21wilsonminger.comPATSY BLAND: 850-685-5447 Patsy BlandDouble CenturionAward Winner 2012CENTURY 21’s Highest HonorNiceville’s #1 Real Estate Office TDCFrom page A-1 State Rep. 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Catharine doesn't recall Lou formally proposing. “I remember having an engagement party,” Catharine said. “I just assumed we would get married.” Lou said he proposed sometime after he bought his 1956 Ford. Unlike some husbands, he can recite with ease the date of the wedding. “Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Bristol, June 8, 1957,” Lou said. “You know how I remember the date? Because eight comes after seven.” They were married in front 80 family members and friends. They can still recall one of their wedding gifts. “My cousin gave us a card with $5 in it,” Catharine said. “That was, phew, amazing then.” After the wedding they moved to Levittown, Pa. They have three daughters: Cathy Lou, Rosemary and Gina. Cathy Lou lives in Niceville and has one daughter who lives with Lou and Catharine until she recovers from a back injury. Rosemary, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., has three daughters and two grandsons. Gina, who lives in Niceville, is the manager of Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. She has three boys. The Marinis believe God called them to Niceville. In 1978 Lou lost his job in sales and was out of work for a year. Around the same time, Catharine graduated from college with a nursing degree and got a job as a nurse in Pennsylvania. It was a hard time for the couple, but their lives were about to change. Catharine could see the frustration in Lou and advised him to get away and visit her brother in Valparaiso. During his threeweek stay, he visited Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. “Believe it or not it happened to me,” Lou said. “I heard a voice and it said, 'This is where you will do my work.'” Lou heard the voice again and came across Dave Casey, a deacon at the church, carrying some books. Dave asked Lou if he wanted to teach at the church, but Lou explained he was just visiting. Dave asked Lou to look him up when he returned. Lou decided God had a plan for him, and he, Catharine, and 16-year-old Gina left Pennsylvania for Niceville in 1981. Leaving their grown children behind in Pennsylvania, the Marinis said, was the hardest obstacle they ever had to overcome as a couple. “We have a close family,” Lou said. “We didn’t want to leave the kids.” Catharine got a nursing job at Twin Cities Hospital while Lou started work as the church’s maintenance man. Three years later he was recommended to become a deacon at the church. “I told him you did the first 20 years, I’ll do the next 20,” Catharine said of the income adjustment. The couple considers themselves very blessed. They have avoided any major marital trauma and believe it has something to do with staying true to their faith. “I just had my first accident ever,” Catharine said. “It’s been a pretty decent life; we have been so lucky.” Their advice for a long, happy marriage is to keep the focus on each other and family, and to put God first. Lou said they are still finding things out about each other after 55 years. “It’s not a 'me' thing, it’s a 'we,'” he said. “If you focus on each other you’re better off.” For their 50th anniversary the couple took a cruise to New Orleans. On the actual date Lou surprised Catharine with a framed picture of their wedding day and a photo of the couple on the cruise. They love to spend time with their family. They travel to Charlotte at least once a year to see their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They hope for continued happiness, and plan to stay active in church work. “I keep trying to retire, but it’s not working,” Lou said. LOVEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 13, 2013Page A-5 Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 • Niceville • www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATION— Gated Community. Lakefront Executive Home! 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CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 PENDING CONTINGENT Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 Lou and Catharine Marini smile from ear to ear on their wedding day June 8, 1957, in Bristol, Pa. The couple will celebrate their 56th anniversary this year. The submitted plans for the remaining holes, 4 and 9, are the plans created Sept. 7, which call for 7.11 acres of hole 4 and 5 acres of hole 9 to be zoned M/L (medium/low density residential). This zoning allows four dwelling units per acre, for a maximum density of 28 singlefamily dwelling units on the land now occupied by hole 4, and 20 units on the land now occupied by hole 9. Hall said the West Florida Regional Planning Council has 45 days to determine whether the proposed changes constitute a significant deviation from the DRI. If the plans are approved, the Okaloosa County Commission must hold a public hearing to vote for approval of the changes, according to Hall. He said the commission will likely do this at one of its meetings scheduled in Fort Walton Beach. The resort opted to shorten the holes and construct housing in order to raise funds to save the golf course, which General Manager Tom Hanks said is financially strapped due to a falloff in business. Hall said the resort held two mediation sessions with Bluewater homeowners after the original plans drew criticism from some residents. Raimund Herden, one of the original developers of Bluewater Bay, said any actual change is a long way off. Herden, who is not connected with resort's proposal and has expressed doubts about it, said that even if the changes to the DRI are approved, the resort must still seek permitting from the same entities. He added that entrances to the portions of the development bordering S.R. 20 will require 100-yard acceleration and deceleration lanes which will need approval from the Florida Department of Transportation. RESORTFrom page A-1

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ArrestsJulia Carol Jackson, a restaurant server, 28, of 1418 Cedar St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 4 on charges of driving while license suspended habitual offender, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy stopped a car driven by a woman later identified as Jackson after he observed her driving on U.S. Highway 98 near Henderson Beach Road, Destin, with a temporary tag which expired Oct. 16, 2012. The deputy found Jackson's license had been revoked Jan. 22 as a habitual traffic violator. When Jackson was taken into custody she requested that she take her purse with her. The purse was recovered and searched, during which a deputy found a pill later identified as Lortab. Jackson said she does not have a prescription herself. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted so the vehicle could be towed. The inventory revealed a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance weighing about five grams which field tested positive for a presence of THC. Jackson's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Amy Josephine Jowers, a self-employed caregiver, 36, of 1415 29th St. Apt. D, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 2 on charges of driving while license suspended third or subsequent offense and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. A deputy observed a car driven by a person later identified as Jowers driving on East S.R. 20 and saw the car frequently cross the road's center and fog lines. The deputy followed the car as it turned on to White Point Road and eventually stopped at an address on Nassau Drive. The deputy interviewed Jowers, who admitted her license was not valid. The deputy found her license was canceled indefinitely April 11, 2012, and suspended indefinitely Jan. 3. The deputy found Jowers had been convicted of driving while license suspended or revoked July 14, 2006, and Sept. 18, 2012. The deputy searched Jowers and found a pill later identified to be a 500 mg Lortab for which she could not provide a prescription. Jowers' required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** David William Rogers, a cashier, 42, of 4654 E. S.R. 20 Lot A, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 on a charge of driving while license suspended. Rogers' required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. DUI arrestsChristian Michael Briscoe, 30, of 3261 Cypress Lane, Gulf Breeze, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at S.R. 20 at Armstrong Avenue, Niceville, Feb. 2 at 9:40 p.m. Briscoe was also cited for exceeding the posted speed limit. Briscoe's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 300 block of Government Avenue reported Feb. 3 that an unknown person stole a Volkswagen shell from his property. *** A manager at the Walmart at 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, reported Feb. 3 that someone took a cart of products from the store without paying. *** A woman reported her wallet was stolen by an unknown person while she was at the Ruby Tuesday's at 191 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Jan. 30. The woman said that she left her purse hanging on the back of a chair, and that when she went to pay the bill her wallet was gone. The wallet contained a Florida driver's license, ATM card, credit card, debit card, passport, military identification and personal checks. *** A Niceville resident reported Jan. 31 her purse was stolen while at the Twin Cities Hospital 2190 Highway 85 N., Niceville. The complainant reported she smoked a cigarette in the hospital's public smoking area before going home. Video surveillance showed the complainant going into the area with her purse and leaving without it. The purse was not found in the area, and the surveillance footage gave no indication that anyone had taken it. The complainant said the purse contained medication, a debit card, a medical insurance card, a vehicle insurance card, a wallet, a social security card, coins, scratch-off lottery tickets, a checkbook and a Florida driver's license. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Boggy Court reported Feb. 1 an unknown person broke into his boat and stole unspecified items. *** Niceville and Valparaiso police responded to the Goodwill store at 143 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso after Niceville police located the vehicle of someone who was caught leaving the Niceville Walmart without paying for several items. Officers saw the reported stolen items in plain view inside the car, which was parked in front of the Goodwill. The officers went inside and found the person indicated in the Walmart surveillance. The man agreed to cooperate and return the property after he was informed that Walmart would not pursue charges if he returned the property. The man was issued a trespass warning for the Goodwill in Valparaiso and the Walmart in Niceville. *** A Niceville resident of the 600 block of Powell Drive, Niceville, reported Feb. 3 someone took his 1911 Colt 45 pistol, which he kept in a suitcase under his bed and only took out to clean every three months. He estimated the gun to be worth $900. Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident of the 2000 block of Bayshore Drive reported Jan. 30 she heard a loud noise and reported her mailbox had been bashed. *** A Valparaiso resident reported Feb. 1 someone spun the tires of a pickup truck, slinging rocks at his camper and shattering the back window of the camper shell at the Valparaiso fishing pier. Valparaiso police contacted a man who admitted to spinning his tires to show off to friends when he left the pier parking lot. The man agreed to pay the cost of repairs to the damaged camper shell. *** A Valparaiso resident reported Feb. 2 that the restrooms at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, had been vandalized. He reported that a trash receptacle had been bent and partially torn from the wall and the soap dispenser had been ripped from its mount in the men's restroom, and that in the women's restroom toilet paper and paper towels had been strewn throughout the room. Paper towels had been placed in sink drains with the water running, flooding the floor. OtherA woman reported Jan. 29 someone was banging on the windows of her car while she was parked in front of the Food World at 1104 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 4, 2013 through February 10, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Place..........................Medical........................................2/4/13.................00:00 Cat Mar Road.............................EMS............................................2/4/13.................01:22 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/4/13.................06:35 Hwy. 20 East...............................System malfunction....................2/4/13.................09:36 Hwy. 20 East...............................Medical........................................2/4/13.................11:03 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/4/13.................11:25 Bluewater Blvd............................Medical........................................2/5/13.................10:46 Meditteranean Cir.......................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/6/13.................17:18 Hwy. 20 East...............................Medical........................................2/6/13.................18:43 Magnolia Plantation....................Medical........................................2/6/13.................19:16 Marina Cove Dr...........................Medical........................................2/7/13.................07:02 E. Troon Dr..................................EMS call......................................2/7/13.................20:04 Lake Drive...................................EMS call......................................2/8/13.................06:18 Olde Post Rd..............................Medical........................................2/8/13.................14:55 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/9/13.................00:03 Merchants Way...........................Medical........................................2/9/13.................00:48 Merchants Way...........................Medical........................................2/9/13.................12:31 Hwy. 20 East..............................Medical........................................2/9/13.................18:25 Bay Drive.....................................Public assist................................2/10/13...............02:34 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/10/13...............06:06 N. Partin Dr..................................Arcing..........................................2/10/13...............10:16 Hickory Street.............................Assist invalid...............................2/10/13...............14:48 Windward Lane...........................Water or steam leak...................2/10/13...............21:08 Lancaster Dr................................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/10/13...............22:21 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North BayEast Niceville Fire Report for Month of January The East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of January, 2013. Street Situation Date Time 48th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/1/13...............04:44 PM Irene Court.............................EMS call....................................1/2/13...............08:59 AM Rockywood Way....................Chimney/flue fire.......................1/5/13...............12:58 PM Forrest Road..........................EMS call....................................1/5/13...............11:55 PM E. John Sims Pkwy................EMS call....................................1/6/13...............10:23 AM E. John Sims Pkwy................Heat from short circuit...............1/6/13...............07:49 PM 22nd Street............................EMS call....................................1/7/13...............04:53 PM 47th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/11/13..............11:27 PM Bluewater Bay Blvd...............Smoke detector activation........1/12/13.............06:32 PM Goldenrod Court....................Dispatched & cancelled............1/14/13.............06:05 PM 15th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/16/13.............09:18 AM Cutts Drive.............................Building fire................................1/16/13.............09:48 AM 27th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/18/13.............04:37 PM White Point Rd.......................False alarm................................1/19/13.............03:37 PM White Point Rd.......................False alarm................................1/19/13.............04:53 PM 17th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/21/13.............11:28 PM Ruckel Drive...........................EMS call....................................1/23/13.............11:41 AM E. Hwy. 20..............................Smoke removal.........................1/23/13.............12:36 PM Parkwood Cir.........................EMS call....................................1/23/13.............08:23 PM 47th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/27/13.............11:53 AM Sycamore Ave........................EMS call....................................1/30/13.............12:59 PM Canterberry Cir......................Dispatched & cancelled............1/30/13.............03:56 PM Visit our website at www.enfd.net.E. Niceville Niceville 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 Page A-6 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACONThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 4, 2013 through February 10, 2013. 0 Structure Fire11 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Lincolnshire Dr......................................Medical..........................2/4/13...................03:30 N. Partin Dr............................................Vehicle crash.................2/4/13...................08:21 N. Partin Dr............................................Life Flight.......................2/4/13...................08:30 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Vehicle crash.................2/4/13...................10:39 27th Street.............................................Medical..........................2/4/13...................23:01 N. Partin Dr............................................Alarm activation............2/5/13...................12:43 Rockywood Way...................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................15:53 Peachtree Way.....................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................16:54 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Vehicle crash.................2/5/13...................17:22 Wildflower Ct.........................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................23:56 N. Partin Dr............................................Medical..........................2/6/13...................11:41 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Medical..........................2/6/13...................15:07 Nathey Ave............................................Medical..........................2/7/13...................02:32 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................False call.......................2/7/13...................08:01 SR 85 at MM#8.....................................Medical..........................2/8/13...................13:59 SR 85 N.................................................Medical..........................2/8/13...................16:31 Campbell Dr..........................................Medical..........................2/9/13...................11:35 N. Partin Dr............................................Electrical problem.........2/10/13.................10:14 Weekly Safety Tip: Check for EXIT signs when you are in a public building or staying in a hotel/motel so you know where to go in-case there s a fire. 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Niceville police gave the following report: Cynthia Lynn Lawson, unemployed, 23, of 331 Sailfish Circle, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 2 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. Niceville police also arrested Jordan Drew Harris, unemployed, 24, of 331 Sailfish Circle, Destin, the same day on charges of possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lawson was the passenger in a truck driven by Harris. A Niceville officer saw Harris, whose license he knew to have been suspended, driving at the intersection of S.R. 20 and S.R. 85 North. The officer ran Harris' name through dispatch and found that Harris' license was still suspended. When the truck pulled into a gas station at 187 E. John Sims Parkway, the officer followed and contacted Harris, who left the vehicle from the passenger's side door. When asked by the officer why Harris was driving with a suspended license, both Harris and Lawson, who was now sitting in the driver's seat, said Harris had not been driving. Under further questioning, Harris admitted to having swapped seats. Lawson said she allowed Harris to drive though she knew he had an invalid license because "she didn't think they would have a problem." Lawson said there were "probably" straws used to snort pills in the front console of the truck when the officer asked about its contents. Lawson and Harris admitted to using the straws to snort "whatever they can get." After the officer asked if there was anything else in the truck that "could get them in trouble," Lawson said there were needles in a bag in the back seat, which she said she had forgotten to take out of the truck. Lawson gave permission to open the bag to the officer, who searched it and found two pill bottles, one empty bottle prescribed to Lawson, and one unlabeled bottle containing a clear liquid. Lawson said the clear liquid was water used to clean the needles. The officer also found three needles and two spoons with a melted substance on them, a cigarette pack holding a brown substance which Harris and Lawson both said was Suboxone, which they said they were using until they went to the methadone clinic for treatment. Neither Lawson nor Harris could provide a prescription for the substance, and both admitted to using it. Lawson's and Harris' required court appearances are scheduled March 12. Both were booked at the Okaloosa County Jail Feb. 2 and released Feb. 3. Cynthia L. Lawson Jordan D. Harris With Coupon Only. Expires 2/26/13 With Coupon Only. Expires 2/26/13With Coupon Only. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Page A-7 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Carl Nielsen, 44, Mary Esther, elevator service technician Forrest Wilson, 51, Niceville, landscaper “If they don t mess with the kids, it s fine. There are plenty of gay parents who raise their own kids.” “I don t agree with it. They ll probably do what they want to do, but I m against it. It s not right, and it will lead to other things.” Alicia Smith, 29, Niceville, food service “They have just as much right as anyone else.”What do you think about allowing gay scouts and gay adult scout leaders in the Boy Scouts of America?Sammie Metcalf, 21, Pensacola, student Location: Niceville baseball/softball complex Mark Georgulis, 52, Valparaiso, government contractor Erik Register, 25, Crestview, electrician “I don t like it, but I guess it s time to start including them in more things.” “To each his own.” “Allow it. They re human, too.”What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. It’s aGirl ThingCRESTVIEW  683-9944998 S Ferdon Blvd.NICEVILLE  897-GIRL1124 John Sims Pkwy.Two locations to serve you Valentine’s Day SaleFebruary 13 & 14 30% OFFAll SORRELLIJewelry! ww w w w w w w w w w w w w A HEARING AID THATCAN SHOWER? Lyric, the world’s first and only 100% invisible, 24/7 wearable, sweat-proof, for-months-at-a-time* hearing device can. FINALLY EFFORTLESS HEARINGLyric is the world’s first invisible extended-wear hearing device. There are no batteries to change, no daily maintenance is needed and no daily insertion and removal is required.EVEN SHOWERPROOF**Unlike many hearing aids, Lyric can be used during almost all your daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone and sleeping.CLEAR, NATURAL SOUND QUALITYLyric’s unique design and placement works with your ear’s anatomy to deliver exceptional sound quality in quiet and noisy environments. NICEVILLE HEARING CENTER 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2 Twin Cities Medical Plaza Niceville, FL 32578Call To Make an Appointment Today!850-678-3277www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comS. Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACA Audio Prosthologist earCareTMASSOCIATES, INC NICEVILLEHEARING CENTER Certified Lyric Hearing Professionals nightstand next to the bed where she was sleeping, was missing. She also noticed her Macbook Pro laptop computer was missing. Another resident reported his iPhone and car keys were missing, and another reported her car keys were missing. While searching the front yard of the residence for the iPhone, deputies saw two people, one later identified as Morrison, looking towards the house through binoculars from around an RV mobile home. When questioned, both said they didn't know what was going on and were just observing. A deputy spoke again to one of the victims, who said she went to school with Morrison. The deputy again spoke with Morrison and the other person. Morrison said he knew nothing of the incident, but the other person said he had heard something about taking items from a vehicle and residence. The woman whose phone was stolen was able to get an electronic fix on its location, which turned out to be Morison's address. The deputy spoke to Morrison's father, who spoke to Morrison. Morrison initially told his father he had no involvement in the incident, but he eventually confessed and brought the stolen Macbook and iPhone from his room. Morrison told another deputy where the stolen vehicle was and said the keys were in the ignition. A victim whose purse and wallet were in the truck when it was stolen said both items were still there and nothing was missing from her purse, but $42 were missing from her wallet. THEFTSFrom page A-1 UNSPOILED ACREAGE ON ROCKY BAYOU… Over 13 acres of woods, creek, and open ground with 890’ on the protected, deep water of Rocky Bayou! Sold along with 1.7 acre waterfront homesite. A legacy property ready for new owners and new ideas! $5,000,000 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. When buying or selling real estate, choose Linda Zickler!

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-8 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON It is well before noon and a stream of locals, snowbirds and military personnel make their way into Boathouse Landing, drawn by the water and hooked by the food. While enticed with big bowls of hot gumbo and homemade hushpuppies with strawberry butter, each newcomer is greeted by restaurant co-owner Lisa Sarra, as if they were family and friends coming over for lunch. “We are a local and family based restaurant,” exclaims Sarra. “My husband Nick and I have lived here seventeen years now and have been running the restaurant for twelve years. We ve made a name for ourselves because we like to be in tune to the town and what customers think. Customer service and food quality we take very seriously.” Although you can always count on a welcoming staff and a charming atmosphere, complete with fisherman decor, Boathouse Landing is different things at different times to different people. Now that it is lunch time, diners can choose between the coconut chicken salad, drizzled with orange vinaigrette dressing and the famous grouper sandwich. Meanwhile, they contentedly chat without worry as to whether or not they ll get back to work on time. One of the day's military patrons has brought his friend for his first Boathouse Landing experience, while on temporary duty from California. “I grew up here, so I know all about it,” the airman shares. “We had our high school reunion right downstairs and my brother had his wedding reception here. We are here all the time… it s just locally known.” Later, when dinnertime rolls around and the lights dim, the staff will invite its guests to uncork a bottle of wine and take their time with the coursing, featuring fare from the farm and the sea. Some dine early to take advantage of the early bird specials between 4:30 and 6:00. Many come to indulge just before a show at the Northwest Florida State College: the perfect date night. For the party-goers, Boathouse Landing s personality also continues down to a separate, lower level, where there is a year-round heated patio, full bar and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. This allows vacationers and natives to enjoy the view of the bayou and a few drinks, without being exposed to the elements. In reference to the downstairs bar, one frequent customer exclaims, “They have their time and we have ours.” She also takes a moment to note, “The freshness of the food and the quality keeps us coming back. Even if you re not out on the deck it s nice just having the view and being close to the water. We live in Crestview and it s a close little get away. You can always count on good food, catered to the local tastes, and a good time.” This diner has brought two guests with her, one who is a family member that has come all the way from Philadelphia and who always makes a point to make Boathouse Landing her first and last stop. A refreshing change from the chain restaurants, Boathouse Landing is the ideal escape for cold, winter nights and warm, summer adventures. Just a fifteen minute drive from parts of Fort Walton, Niceville and Eglin, all you have to do is look for the big sign on John Sims Parkway and follow it to the water. In most cases, you won t even have to cross the bridge again! Boathouse Landing is now taking reservations for Valentine's Day. When it comes to local fare with a personal touch, don t let this be the big one that got away. 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ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Residents of the Rockywood subdivision in Niceville are getting a new entrance sign after striking a deal with the city to get it built. Niceville Public Works Director Bruce Price said he was approached about a year ago by Rockywood resident Jerold Thummel, who said the 25-yearold wooden sign at the entrance of the subdivision off Rocky Bayou Drive was in disrepair. "The sign was an eyesore," said Thummel, a laboratory supervisor at Eglin Air Force Base. "It was old and rotting. I repainted it three times in the past 20 years." Price said the city could not finance a new sign, so he and Thummel reached an agreement: If residents would put up the money for the construction materials, the city would supply the labor and do the job. "It's really a win-win situation," Price said. Both the city and the neighborhood benefit by the facelift, he said. Thummel said the city estimated that it would cost $1,850 in materials for a new sign, this one made of brick. About half of the 65 owners in the subdivision contributed a total of about $2,000, Thummel said. Price said the new sign is brick to reduce maintenance costs. He said construction of the structure was finished Friday, and lettering and lighting will be installed by the end of this week. Thummel said he is happy with the work the city has done. "I am extremely pleased," Thummel said. "The work is top quality, and I think when people drive by they will really notice that. I think it makes the city look better." Owners, city get together on entry signBoathouse LandingWhere the locals go for good water side dining

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a yy F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 3 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Engagements Megan Morrison and Pezhman ShoureshiMorrison–ShoureshiTerry and Lorna Morrison of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Morrison, to Pezhman Shoureshi, son of Rahmat and Azar Shoureshi of New York City. The couple met in 2010 during their medical internship in Blacksburg, Va. Megan is a 2002 Collegiate High School graduate and a 2006 University of West Florida graduate, where she received a degree in biology. She is completing her residency in dermatology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Pezhman is a 1999 Colorado Academy graduate and a 2004 University of Colorado graduate, where he received a degree in electrical engineering. He also received a master’s in molecular biology from the University of Denver in 2006 and is completing his residency in dermatology at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Both are 2010 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates. The wedding is planned Nov. 2, 2013, at Christ Church, Pensacola. 5 Niceville High athletes sign scholarships Photo by Wayne JacobsRuckel, Lewis in All-County Concert The Okaloosa All-County Middle School Honor Band performed Feb. 1 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Ruckel Middle School and Lewis School students were chosen to perform with the top middle school performers in Okaloosa County. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer The Emerald Coast Triathlon Club will host its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., starting at LJ Schooner’s in Bluewater Bay. The one-mile run, 15.5-mile bike ride and 5K run race will benefit the Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airman’s Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. Dori Spaulding, wife of Maj. Tim Spaulding, an F-15 pilot with the 40th Flight Test Squadron, founded the triathlon club in August 2011. It organized its first duathlon Feb. 25, 2012, and raised more than $1,700 for the EOD community and $1,400 for the club. “I’m encouraging people to Photo by cycnut.com The Emerald Coast Triathlon Club will host its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., starting at LJ Schooner s in Niceville. Runners line up at last year s duathlon that raised more than $1,700 for the EOD community. Five Niceville High School seniors signed athletic scholarships Feb. 6 at the school. 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The event usually takes place the first Wednesday in February, where high school seniors around the county sign their binding commitments to receive college athletic scholarships. Nick Junger, first baseman and pitcher, and Tanner Zant, third baseman, received baseball scholarships. Junger will attend and play baseball for Pensacola State College and Zant will do the same for Lawson State Community College, Ala. Lauren Donaldson received a scholarship to play softball for Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Nick Haynes, offensive lineman, received a scholarship to play SEC football for the University of Kentucky. Andrew Mitchell, kicker, received a non-monetary scholarship to play football for the United States Naval Academy. Daniel Hensley, Niceville High School baseball coach, introduced Mitchell and said he will never forget the moment when he kicked the winning field goal at a game with a separated shoulder. NHS Principal Rodney Nobles and John Hicks, NHS athletic director, were on hand to congratulate the athletes. “I am very proud of these five athletes for their accomplishments and my hope is that they take full advantage of the educational opportunity that the athletic scholarship provides,” Nobles said. Each player came up to the stage with their family members to sign their contract and say a few words. “I want to thank my family and teammates for supporting me,” Zant said, before he got up to make room for the next player. Duathlon to benefit military community Please see DUATHLON, page B-3 Tanner Zant and Nick Junger Happy Valentine’s Day!fromEYEWEAR UNLIMITED 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)SAME DAY SERVICE on eye glasses in most cases Call today! 678-0099 or 678-6211Dr. Amanda Brenci offers full comprehensive eye exams for patients of all ages. Call and schedule an appointment today! 678-8876Valentine Gift Certificates! 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Book signing Award-winning artist Lynette Miesen of Niceville will sign copies of her new book, “The Poetry of Art,” Feb. 14, 36 p.m., at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. The book features her poetry and paintings from the panhandle. Contact Carolyn Chesser at 678-1593. BWB Garden Club meeting The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will its monthly meeting Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m., at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, Bluewater Bay Boulevard, Niceville. Bob Bayer, Okaloosa County master gardener, will give a presentation on shade gardening. New members and guests are welcome, contact Karen Williams at 897-5560. 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. NHS mattress fundraiser The Niceville High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and softball team will hold a mattress sale fundraiser Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in the school cafeteria. The students will sell name brand mattress sets, such as Restonic and Southerland, at 30 to 60 percent below the usual retail prices found in stores. Products will range in all sizes and prices to include pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and gel beds. Delivery is available and customers may pay with cash, checks, or credit cards. Conflict workshop The Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club and other rotary clubs 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. NHS Band 5K/Mile Fun Run Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 4th Annual Band on the Run 5K/Mile Fun Run Feb. 16, 8 a.m., at Niceville High School. Proceeds benefit the NHS Eagle Pride Band. Early registration is $15 for 5K and $10 for Fun Run. Students are $10 for either race. Northwest Florida Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. The first 200 entries will received T-shirts. Contact Dennis Samac at 678-6682 or samacd@valp.net and registration forms are available at www.nwftc.com. Bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a bird walk through Bluewater Bay Feb. 16, 7:30 a.m., meeting at the Winn Dixie, Bluewater Bay. Carol Goodyear will lead the walk and point out wintering loons, grebes, ducks, waxwings, and the usual resident species. Meet at the Bluewater Winn-Dixie at 7:30 AM. See. Contact Carol at 897-2666. Choctaw Bay club fundraiser Choctaw Bay Music Club will host its 11th annual opera brunch Feb. 23, noon, at the Niceville Community Center, 208 N. Partin Drive. Kyle Marrero, Pensacola Opera’s artistic director, and the Pensacola Opera Artists in Residence will explore the plot and preview the music of Puccini’s opera “Tosca,” held March 15 and 17 by the Pensacola Opera. Proceeds will benefit the CBMC Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at Bayou Books, Niceville. Contact Karen LeGrand for advance tickets before Feb. 16 at 6646569 or ChoctawBayMusic@cox.net. NFSG Food and Wine Festival The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild will host its 22nd annual International Food and Wine Tasting Festival Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island. There will be food, wine, live music, and a silent auction. The proceeds will benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Fifth Grade Concerts, Stars of Tomorrow Concert, and High Voltage, an electric strings group of young musicians who will perform at the festival. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and can be purchased at Bayou Books, Niceville, Contact Theresa Dennis at 621-4093. Republican Party meeting The Okaloosa County Republican Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Niceville City Council Chambers, 208 N. Partin Drive. All registered Republicans are welcome to join OCREC. Contact 609-4401. Lewis School art show Lewis School will present a public student art showcase, “Arts Alive,” and open house Feb. 19, 5:30-7 p.m., throughout the school. There will be a hotdog dinner, bake sale, and an Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lesson, OVAL, demonstration for grades K-5. Matt Steele son of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the Pensacola Christian College dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester. He is a Rocky Bayou Christian School graduate and pursuing a degree in biology. *** Patricia Vines retired from the Niceville Post Office after 27 years as a clerk. She always greeted customers with a smile, and was willing to help or offer words of encouragement to anyone who needed it. She plans to spend her time with her husband, Wayne, and granddaughters, Jayden and Taylor. *** Eugene Teichert-Geno retired from the Niceville Post Office after 21 years of federal service. He began his postal career in Tampa and worked in maintenance for most of his career. He plans to spend his time with his wife, Pat, and visit his fishing cabin more. *** David Young retired from the Niceville Post Office after 41 years of work. He has been a city carrier or clerk in local offices, such as Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso and Niceville. He plans to make time to do what he wants and spend more time with his wife, Teresa, and family. *** Shirley Barbee released a memoir, “Fifty and Flying,” to capture her experiences of flying for an airline after age 50. Becoming a stewardess has been a dream of hers since she was a child. The book follows Barbee as she embarks on a journey to become a flight attendant for American Airlines in her midfifties. The book is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Bayou Books, Niceville. *** Tom Miesen of Niceville was elected as one of the 2013 YMCA of Florida’s Emerald Coast board of directors Feb. 13 at its annual meeting in Fort Walton Beach. *** Lorena Spillar with Waterstone Mortgage was recognized in Las Vegas last month at Waterstone Mortgage’s Annual Sales Conference for being in the Presidents Club. Lorena ranked in the top 1 percent nationwide for her volume in 2012. *** More than 250 people attended Catholic Charities’ “Grab a Fork, Lend a Hand” fundraiser Feb. 2 at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville. The international tasting fundraiser raised more than $5,300 for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, which provides disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. *** John Openshaw of Niceville was introduced as treasurer of the 2013 YMCA of Florida’s Emerald Coast board of directors Feb. 13 at the annual meeting in 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 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Who’s News CHURCH DIRECTORY E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.com 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 NWFSC honor lists announcedNorthwest Florida State College recognized the academic achievement of more than 1145 students who qualified for the college’s president’s and dean’s lists for the fall 2012. To qualify for the president’s list, students had to complete nine or more credits and earn a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 for the semester. To qualify for the dean’s list students had to earn a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79. President’s List Niceville : Evan Adler, Lance Adler, Luiana Airosa Livulo, Gloryanne Allen, Jonathan Allen, Martha Allen, Loretta Aubert, Adrian Banegas, Aaron Barniv, Michaela Bass, Elizabeth Berry, Victoria Bishop, Maria Bosch, Steven Bowman, Jeffery Braget, Julie Brooks, Katie Brown, Angela Buchanan, Brendan Burke, Christine Campbell, Michaela Campbell, Rebecca Cathey, Mark Cordeiro, David De Vos, Victoria Dejesus, Mary Dickerson, Rudiane Eduardo, Kathryn Ferris, Kimberly Fisher, Trystan Flegal, Travis Ford, Codey Friesen, Zachary Gadzinski, Talina Garcia, Alanah Gardner, Ciarra Garza, James George, Emerie Germ, Katherine Gillette, Gaynell Graff, Daniel Gurley, Matthew Halladay, Lisa Heintzleman, Jorden Holland, Richard Jackson, Katrina Jammer, Mariah Jammer, Emmett Jesse, Mark Jordan, Matthew Jordan, Jessica Keel, Alicia King, Melissa Lambert, Tangella Landry, Morgan Lewellen, Gabriel McDonald, William McNair, Luis MelecioZambrano, Haleigh Mooney, Andrew Moore, Stirling Naber, Jami Nespoli, Hannah Nowers, Mark Penner, Amber Phillips, Tibor Pollak, Vikhana Rao, Sierra Riddle, Luis Rivera, T.Roni Roberson, Jamie Roberts, Arden Robertson, James Rood, Michael Rosenbleeth, Alexander Russ, Amanda Rutherford, Janet Santner, Cullen Schmitz, Jeremy Schultz, Melanie Schultz, Aubrey Schwartz, Kelly Scott, Tyler Shenk, Anastasia Shipman, Haley Smith, Joshua Spradlin, Summer Stuckey, Linda Tierney, Travis Topolski, Emily Triplett, Alexander Wagner, Katherine Whalen, Rebecca Wheeler, Sydnee White, Olivia Wilder, Christine Wilkinson, Caitlyn Williams, Frans Wollnik, Daniel Zappulla and Nicholas Zins. Valparaiso : Joy Armbrester, Jeremy Burke, Julia Denney, Joshua Estep, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Christian Geci, Alex Hencinski, Rhoda Lazo, Tara Lord, Stephen Rogers, Michelle Sinicrope and Laura Vitullo. Freeport: Carli Alteri, Katelyn Beaty, Jennifer Christensen, Michael Eggie, Tanya Floyd, Morgan Goodwin, William Hallman, Elizabeth Haney, Pamela Hill, Cheryl Maxwell, Kristin Meredith, Morgan Mondragon, Matthew Phaneuf, Brian Seymour, Dalton Shost, Jessica Stabile and Grace Wells. Eglin AFB : Thomas Paolo Espino, Samantha Glendenning, Katherine Houghton, Makiya King, Matthew North, Ken Wantanasombut, and Christopher Westgate. Dean’s List Niceville : Stevie Adams, Amber Adkins, Rachel Agin, Esther Alldredge, Jennifer Barsky, Lauren Barsky, Brandon Beauchamp, Nakara Beliveau, Paige Bennett, Alexandria Bikker, Alexa Birmingham, Kala Blackmon, Kimberly Bridges, Mikayla Bristol, Justin Broaderick, Elizabeth Brown, Kayla Buchanan, Stephen Buchanan, Catilina Caballero, Aaron Cain, Alejandro Cano, Fletcher Cary, William Coleman, Meghan Connelly, Nicholas Corbin, James Corkum, Brian Cunningham, Lauren Day, Shantelle DeleonRustin, Hector Delgado, Kayra Donahoo, Jackson Duchock, Sebastian Duckworth, Mary Eichler, Brandon Farlough, Cameron Fisher, Jeremy Fleischmann, Ginger Foster, Rachel Fuller, Susan Galati, Alison Henna, Dylan Hoover, Jonathan Hudson, Maegan Hughes, Abigail Johnson, Kyrsten Johnson, Ana Johnston, Shaya Karpowich, Chloe Keicher, Ashley Kempton, Jessica King, Jacob Knight, Deanna Lajeunesse, Melanie Lane, Brennen Leon, Justyn Lewis-Washington, Sarah Lopez, Melony Malone, Madeleine Mancera, Ken Martin, Leticia Matsuoka, Tessa Mayhew, Shelley McDonald, Kyle McDorman, Joel McDuffie, David McKiever, Shane Melancon, Christian Merrill, Madeline Merts, Rachel Miller, Phillip Mitchell, John Montague, Jared Nieves, Veronica Ojeda, Kristen O’Neal, Luke Papanicolaou, Jason Peterson, Zachary Phillips, Wayne Reed, Shane Reeves, Quinn Ritter, Maryann Rivas, Meredith Roberts, Zach Rodgers, Christy Rodriguez, Vincent Ryder, Stacey Sanders, Sivu Schlegel, Gabrielle Schlink, Casey See, Joseph Settle, Tyler Shiltz, Hannah Simerly, Joseph Sparks, Jonathon Spillman, John Steele, Jesse Taylor, Lindsey Telles, Sandra Tierney, Charlotte Traver, Zachary Underwood, Andrew Washburn, Kurtis Watson, Lauren Welton and Emmett White. Valparaiso : Tracee Ankoviak, Aaron Bockover, Aaron Broaddus, Brendan McBeth, Marissa Milligan, Correen Smith, Hope Wells, and Stephanie Wilbur. Freeport: Anthony Abdo, Rachel Anderson, Darryl Frazier, Michelle Hebert, Lila Lennon, Susannah Lennon, Jesse Moon, Briana Ross, Caley Stewart, Rebekah Thorgaard, Candace Tousignant, Brittany Umble, Madeline Wells, Olivia Wells, and Iia Wolak. Eglin AFB : Kevin Conrad, Christin Cothran, Courtney Cruson, Nicole Dunn, Laura Henry, Anthony Johnson and Heather Nieves. Matt Steele Eugene TeichertGeno Shirley Barbee Lorena Spillar Patricia Vines David Young Tom Miesen John Openshaw Women of Ireland to performEnjoy a night of Irish tradition with the “The Women of Ireland” concert Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Mainstage Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. 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 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 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. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 p.m. “God’s work. Our hands.”1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com 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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David GoodwinMay 1, 1938–Feb. 1, 2013David Goodwin went to be with the Lord Feb. 1, 2013. David was born in Niceville on May 1, 1938. He is survived by his wife, Judith; children, Kevin, Jon, Rachel, and Stacey; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family. Having touched so many lives, he leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. Memorial services will be held Feb. 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. at National Cremation Society, 3452 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to New Hope Christian Church, attention: Bible fund, 17181 Tarpon Way, North Fort Myers, Fla., 33917. Obituary The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 get out and be fit,” Spaulding said. “It’s different than just a road race and it’s fun.” The club meets to complete swims, bike rides and runs on the Emerald Coast. It has grown to more than 100 athletes from novice to professional. More than 125 people have registered for the race. Awards will be given to first, second and third place participants for a number of categories, to include female and male overall, bikers, first timers, and age categories in five-year increments. The race will begin with a one-mile run from the entrance of the LJ Schooner’s and back. Participants will then pick up their bikes at the transition area in the restaurants parking lot and ride down Bay Drive to Bluewater Boulevard and take a right onto Southwind Drive to Woodlands Drive that leads to White Point Road. From White Point Road they will take North Lakeshore Drive to connect to S.R. 293 over Highway 20 to Range Road. The turn around point will be on Range Road at the EOD Memorial, which honors fallen EOD technicians from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Riders will drop off their bikes back at the transition point to start the 5K run along the same route. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office will make sure the race route is safe with at least a dozen police cars, Spaulding said. Sponsor Transfield Services will also provide and distribute the cones and message boards for the route. The duathlon is sanctioned by the USA Triathlon, which if you are not a member of expect to pay an additional $12 for a one-day license to participate. The basic registration race fee is $55. Register at www.imathlete.com or contact Spaulding at 661-361-4634. DUATHLONFrom page B-1Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON CADILLAC 2003 DeVille, tan, fully loaded, one owner, 75,000 miles, $6,500 or Best Offer. 850865-2888. Drivers: All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Home on the weekends! Running Class-A CDL flatbed. Lease to Own-No Money Down. Call: 888-880-5911 Niceville. 3-bd, 2-ba. 1568sf $1100. Call 6782324 or 830-7879. Two story end unit townhome with clubhouse & community pool. 2bd/1.5ba. W/D hookups. $950. $500 Dep. 850-897-4830. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 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 mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comCox academic tourney resultsThe Cox Communications Okaloosa School District Academic Tournament began its 2013 season Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the media center at Choctawhatchee High School. The matches are taped by the WBGI student TV crew. There will be three matches taped per week and aired on Cox Channel 6 every Friday, 5 -6 p.m., and Sundays, 1-2 p.m., until the winner is announced at the end of February. The tournament is a doubleelimination tournament bracket style similar to the one used in the college baseball world series. There are seven teams competing for the title. Collegiate High School, last year’s champion, had a bye week for the first series of matches. In match one the Rocky Bayou Christian School Academic Team beat Laurel Hill School with a score of 205 to 40 Jan. 29. The team, co-captains Audrey Stevens and Noah Kerstein, Priscilla Baum, Ian Kampert and James Sung, was coached by Dr. Mike Mosley and Julie Mosley. In match three the Niceville High School Academic Team beat Fort Walton Beach High School Feb. 5 with a score of 350 to 50. The team, captain Sabrina Valenti, Alex Fager, Ciara Ordner, Georgia Pearce, Tory Marks and Sophia Bergman, was coached by Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard. The Rocky Bayou Christian School Academic Team members from left: Ian Kampert, Noah Kerstein, Audrey Stevens, Priscilla Baum, and James Sung. The Niceville High School Academic Team from left: Georgia Pearce, Ciara Ordner, Alex Fager, Sabrina Valenti and Tory Marks. The team is coached by Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard. Sophia Bergman not pictured.Stephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director 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 Sisters run for funPlew Elementary teacher Mary De Graan LaPointe and Christine De Graan completed the ING Miami Half Marathon Jan. 27. The Niceville High School graduates are daughters of retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant Paul and Sylvia De Graan of Niceville. The Niceville High School Wrestling Team placed second in the 2A Regional Tournament Feb. 8 and 9 in Palm Coast. The five finishers will compete in the state tournament Feb. 15 and 16, at Lakeland Convention Center.Niceville wrestling team second in region cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing (Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606 Celebrating 14 years!Gift Certificates Available DAY SPA Proudly welcomesDr. Liz Clark (Dr. Milum)As she returns to the Emerald Coast! Best Dermatology Practice on the Emerald Coast 4400 Highway 20 E—Suite 410 | Niceville/Bluewater Bay | Merchants Walk Call today for your appointment! 850 654 3376www.CoastalSkinSurgery.comElizabeth A. Clark, MD, FAAD Board Certi ed DermatologistWe are proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth A. Clark (known previously as Dr. Liz Milum) will be joining Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology at our new o ce in Niceville/Bluewater Bay! She welcomes ALL past and new patients to her practice starting April 8th. The Niceville High School wrestling team placed second in the 2A Regional Tournament Feb. 8 and 9 in Palm Coast. The winners with their weight class are: first place Taylor Bartleson, 160; second place, Trenton Miller, 138; fourth place, Tanner Aull, 152, Matt Burger, 120, and Jack Frey, 113. The five wrestlers will compete in the FHSSA Wrestling Finals Feb. 15 and 16 at the Lakeland Convention Center, Lakeland.



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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a two-hour hearing in Tallahassee Monday, a Florida Legislature panel questioned members of the Okaloosa County Commission and other county officials about their possible roles in the financial scandal surrounding the county's Tourist Development Council (TDC), and what steps they have taken to investigate and prevent a recurrence. There were few concrete answers, however. And a number of people who held key county offices at the time of the scandal were absent from Monday's hearing. During the hearing, the county commission chairman called the scandal a very dark hour in the history of Okaloosa County, and said all the facts are not yet known. The county administrator called the theft, diversion, and waste of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars a catastrophic failure of controls at all levels. The legislative committee said it would hear more testimony Feb. 18, and indicated it would subpoena county officials or exofficials who did not show up Monday. The panel also ordered a new state audit of county affairs. The hearing by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee at the Capitol began with a briefing by Florida Deputy Auditor General Ted Sauerbeck about his recent audit of the TDC, the county commission, and their financial dealings. Sauerbecks report reviewed the 25 findings already presented to the Okaloosa County legislative delegation at a public meeting held last week in Niceville, listing ways in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes andBy Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Louis and Catharine Marini of Niceville first laid eyes on each other in 1953 at an ice cream parlor in Bristol, Pa. Fifty-five years later, they are just as in love. The couple, who will celebrate their 56th anniversary June 8, plan to renew their wedding vows for the 14th time in honor of Valentines Day with more than 40 other couples Thursday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville. It will be kind of nice to look each other in the eye and remember, Catharine said. Because I sure dont remember the original vows. Lou was smitten with Catharine the moment he saw her at the ice cream parlor. He decided to ask one of her friends for an introduction. My brother used to pick me up, said Catharine, a 16-year-old cheerleader at the time. He didnt want me riding in cars with boys. The couple dated for three to four years before they wed. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Sometimes the getaway is not as smooth as the crime. Police arrested a Niceville man who allegedly stole items from a home, including some from a nightstand next to where the victims were sleeping, only to awaken them with the alarm of their car as he drove away in it. One of the items stolen was a cell phone which the owner was able to track electronically to the alleged burglar's house. Niceville police gave the following report: Bryce Matthew Morrison, unemployed, 18, of 1697 Vine Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, petit theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of grand theft. Two of the four residents of a house on the 1600 block of Vine Avenue woke up at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 30 to the sound of one of their vehicles, a 2010 Toyota four-door, being driven away with its theft alarm blaring. One resident looked around the house and noticed her iPhone, which had been on the By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Bluewater Bay Resort has submitted plans for approval to shorten four holes of its Magnolia golf course and have the land zoned to allow the construction of homes, including 100 multiplefamily dwellings, according to Steve Hall, an attorney representing the resort. The proposal, a change to the current development of regional impact (DRI) plan approved by government officials in the 1970s, was submitted Jan. 22 to the Okaloosa County Department of Growth Management, the West Florida Regional Planning Council and the state's Department of Economic Opportunity, according to Hall. The plans are currently pending approval by all three entities. The submitted plans call for 7.4 acres of Magnolia course holes 6 and 7, which border State Road 20 on one side, to be rezoned from G (golf) to H (high density residential), allowing for up to 13.5 dwelling units per acre. The plans list 100 dwelling units as the maximum allowed density on this portion of land. The submitted plans for holes 6 and 7 show changes from original plans created Sept. 7, 2012. The September plans, which were discussed with neighboring homeowners but not submitted for government approval, called for 8.49 acres of holes 6 and 7 to be zoned high density, allowing for a maximum of 114 dwelling units. Hall said multiple-family dwelling units, in the form of "quads" containing four units each, would likely be constructed on the land now occupied by holes 6 and 7 if the plans are approved. Thursday 3-6 p.m. Meet author and artist Lynette Miesen of Niceville at her book signing of The Poetry of Art, at Bayou Book Co. Niceville. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of Irish tradition with The Women of Ireland concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $35. Saturday, 8 a.m. Run or walk to support the Niceville High School Band on the Run 5K/Mile Fun Run fundraiser at Niceville High School Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Attend a free conflict resolution workshop sponsored by the MidBay Bridge Rotary Club at St. Paul Lutheran Church Niceville. Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. See Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lessons fifth-grade artwork in a public art showcase and open house at Lewis School Valparaiso. See Calendar, B-2. 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 13, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts COMINGUP Please see RESORT, page A-5 Please see TDC, page A-4 Please see THEFTS, page A-7 Please see LOVE, page A-5 Police BlotterPage A-6Few concrete answers in TDC testimony Still in love after 55 yearsCouple to renew vows on Valentine s DayResidents sleep through thefts as home is rifledCommission chairman calls scandal dark hour for Okaloosa County; Fla. Legislature to continue probe The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lou and Catharine Marini plan to be among the 40 couples who will renew their marriage vows tomorrow, Valentine's Day, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Niceville. Beacon photo by Anna KavanaughResort seeks OK for homes on golf courseBeacon photo by Mike GriffithOkaloosa County Administrator James Curry, center, testifies before a legislative panel trying to get to the bottom of the county Tourist Development Council money scandal. Curry and county commission chairman Don Amunds, right, were among county officials heard by the panel Monday in Tallahassee. At least one more hearing is planned. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserOne brick at a timeNiceville municipal public works employees lay bricks for a new sign for the Rockywood subdivision off Rocky Bayou Drive Feb. 6. Residents of the community paid the nearly $2,000 for materials, and the city furnished the labor, to replace a 25-year-old wooden sign, which was in disrepair. Story, A-8. Bryce Morrison

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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Waste Management Inc. last week introduced a new garbage truck that runs on natural gas, which is less polluting than the diesel-fueled trucks it replaces. The Houston-based trash-collection company held a ceremony at the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6 to announce the replacement of 23 diesel-fueled garbage trucks that service Okaloosa County with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Waste Management representative Lynn Yort said the remaining 11 diesel trucks in the county will be replaced by natural-gaspowered trucks by year's end. Domenica Farmer, a Waste Management district manager, said the new trucks, which cost about $350,000 each, entered service in January. Farmer said Waste Management reduces its use of diesel fuel by about 8,000 gallons a year for every truck replaced by a CNG-powered one. Farmer also said each replacement produces 22 fewer metric tons of "greenhouse gas emissions" per year than a diesel truck. She added that the CNG trucks are quieter as well. Proponents of compressed natural gas for motor vehicles say the fuel is cheaper than gasoline or diesel. Much of the savings stems from the fact that operators of natural-gas-fueled vehicles pay a fraction of the road tax paid by motorists who use conventional fuels, but travel the same roadways that the tax revenue makes possible. Gordon King, vice president of operations for Okaloosa Gas District, which sells the fuel used by the new trucks, said while diesel fuel is taxed by the gallon by the state of Florida, CNG is not. The state requires CNG vehicles to purchase a decal every year, the price of which is unaffected by the amount of fuel used. He said this would reduce the amount of road taxes paid by Waste Management. Florida transportation officials in recent years have stated that the lower taxes paid by the growing number of alternativefueled vehicles on the roads have contributed to a slowing in funding for projects financed by the highway trust fund. The federal government, whose per-gallon motor-fuels tax is about half that imposed by Florida, collects a levy on CNG at the same per-gallon equivalent as its rate on gasoline, though much lower than that on diesel fuel. King said each new truck carries the gallon equivalent of the 75 gallons the diesel trucks' tanks hold. "It's enough for the trucks to go out an entire day without having to refuel," King said. The trucks refuel at a station at 108 Hill Ave., Fort Walton Beach. Fuel is inserted through a small, pressurized valve on the front of the truck. Natural gas in a truck's fuel tank, located on top of the truck, is stored at a pressure of 3,600 pounds per square inch. Waste Management Inc. held a ribboncutting ceremony at the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6 to commemorate the replacement of 23 diesel-fueled garbage trucks that service Okaloosa County with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas. Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON We were just named a Top Quality Performer by The Joint Commission, placing us in the top 18% of hospitals. Our patients are the real winners.For a physician referral, call 850-729-9468 or visit www.TCHospital.com TM ts artienOur paHiiCiTAmmoCtnioJehT n t s u j e r e w e W s.eal winnere the rts arilliehtnisugnicalp,noissim f r e P y t i l a u Q p o T a d e m a l Oii d. slatipsohfo%81pote y b r e m r o f l Anisnoitazinagro ehTybserusaem erewew,yltneceR nne t f ft osemoctuo foecnednocdna hehtedivorpotsi soHseitiCni w T Tw tA peraew,ylsuoivbO.aciremA daeleht,noissimmoCtnioJ t s s noitanehtgnomademane noitingocerdnas d r rd awasuste ht y y, lgnitseretnI.stneitapruof elbissoperacfoleveltsehgih wanraeottnsilaogruo,latip ty ry t ahtwonkoslaewtuB.duorp e rachtlaehforotiderccagnid y t ilauqyeknosremr o f fo reppot n d nastneitapnosuc o f fo raelcsih t surtehtnraednayad y r eve l aogruO.noitingocerros d r rd aw t e y d t l niwlaerehteruoy htndluowewdnA.erehrennTM y y. awrehtoynatievah or visit www For a physician r .TCHospital.com www w. call 850-729-9468 eferral, For a physician r Trash firm cuts pollution, and taxes, with new trucksNatural gas now powers most of Okaloosa fleet

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of Valparaisos new Visioning Committee Feb. 6 held a wide-ranging discussion about possible changes to Valparaisos zoning, potential areas of business and housing development, and possible changes to the citys form of government. The committee is a group of Valparaiso resident volunteers, selected by members of the city commission to study the current status and potential future of the city, and to make recommendations to the city commission concerning how best to prepare the city for the next 25 years. The committee, created by the city commission, first met on Jan. 21, when members were briefed on their mission by Mayor Bruce Arnold and City Administrator Carl Scott. The panel selected Rob Holloway as chairman and Terri Fedonaczek as vice chairwoman. Holloway opened the Feb. 6 meeting by saying I welcome the mayors concept of planning ahead, and that Holloway hopes the committee will succeed in getting the city thinking forward. Also present at the Feb. 6 meeting were Scott and ex-officio committee member Kay Rasmussen, interim president of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council (EDC). Holloway said he thinks the first priority of the new advisory committee will be to determine what our vision of the city is. Then, said Holloway, the committee should determine what resources are available to move the city from its current status into the kind of city the committee envisions for 25 years from now. Valparaiso is one of Northwest Floridas oldest communities, Holloway said, and many of the citys homes, business structures, and infrastructure are aging. Our main streets, along John Sims Parkway and Government Drive, have become eyesores and do not reflect well on our community, he said. Some of our houses are about 100 years old, and most were built during the 1950s and 60s. Holloway suggested that one way to improve the city will be to provide incentives to home and business owners to renovate their structures or replace them as necessary. He also said the city is in need of commercial revitalization. Rasmussen also said that many of the citys older homes have become rental properties, often owned by absent landlords, and that some such residences have become blighted. She said that recent studies by the EDC show that with the influx of young, single military personnel, such as airmen taking sixto ninemonth flight and maintenance courses with the 33rd Fighter Wing, there is a need for extended stay housing, such as efficiency apartments that can be leased for months rather than years. Replacing some of Valparaisos older houses with such extended stay apartments could be valuable to both the city and the military, Rasmussen said. Scott said there are little strips of land left undeveloped within the developed, inhabited area usually thought of as the city of Valparaiso, including some parcels of land controlled by the Air Force east of John Sims Parkway near Lewis School, but which could possibly be swapped for other land within the city but which is also within the potential crash zone from Eglin runways, or within the area likely to be most severely affected by noise from aircraft takeoffs and landings. Scott said portions of Andrew Drive fall into this category. Scott said no one has yet seriously proposed such a land swap, but said We need to open a dialogue with the Air Force to see whether such an agreement might be reached. Committee member Patrick Pertuitt said he expects the Air Force to be hostile to such a suggestion, but Chambers said I go to church with the wing commander and that he would contact some Air Force officials to see what their actual attitude toward such a deal might be. Pertuitt agreed, saying, It is worth asking the question, and that doing so would be in the best interests of the city. Another option discussed by committee members was whether to create wider commercial zoning along John Sims Parkway and Government Drive, in order to encourage more business development and the property tax revenue commercial property could bring the city. They also discussed whether more regulation or incentives are needed to encourage local businesses to improve the outward appearance of their buildings. Another topic discussed during the meeting was the citys form of government. The city is governed by a city commission and mayor. Each of the five commissioners has executive authority over specific departments within the city, such as public works, police, and fire protection, and the mayor is a voting member of the commission. Scott and Mayor Arnold have suggested that a city manager form of government might be better, in which the city commission would act as a legislature, passing ordinances and setting general policies, while a professional city manager hired by the commission would exercise executive supervision of all city departments. Under such a plan, the mayor would chair commission meetings and perform ceremonial functions. Scott said that other forms of government, such as one without a city manager but with a strong mayor who exercised the executive function, might also be possible. Committee members said they plan to look into the pros and cons of such alternative forms of government, and will review a recent study by the Institute of Senior Professionals, which recommended changing the citys form of government. Actually making such a change, Scott told the committee, would require the current city commission to put a proposal on a referendum ballot, which would have to be approved by 60 percent of city voters to pass. Other topics discussed during the meeting included the citys cable TV and Internet service. Scott said the current system was a boon to the city when it was first established, but that new technology has created economies of scale which may make it impractical to keep upgrading the citys equipment to provide residents and Valparaiso businesses the bandwidth and information processing power they need to do such things as stream movies into their homes, or for businesses to handle the information processing requirements of todays business world, especially defense contractors who must meet government requirements. Rasmussen said, The city is losing business for lack of the information infrastructure needed in todays economy. She said that the Okaloosa County School Districts new science and math middle school at the former site of Valparaiso Elementary School could be a hub of technology attracting high-tech businesses to the city, but that the STEMM center is struggling to meet its computer and Internet needs with the citys current cable system. Scott said it may soon become more practical for the city to sell its cable service to a large company like Cox or Direct TV rather than spend the money needed to keep up with changing technology for a customer base of only between 1,000 and 2,000 users. Scott made a similar suggestion about the citys small fire department, which is staffed by a handful of professionals, with most firefighters being volunteers who must leave their homes or workplaces to respond to emergency calls. For most such calls, said Scott, The Eglin fire department arrives first, Niceville arrives second, and our own fire department arrives third, causing embarrassment and straining the mutual aid agreements among fire departments. Committee members said they will study whether consolidating Valparaisos fire department with a neighboring department might be a more practical solution. Scott said city residents are unlikely to accept any plan to consolidate the police department, however. He said most city residents like having their own, independent police force, which can usually respond to an emergency call with about 30 seconds, and in which many residents know most of the police officers. Another topic discussed was the upkeep of city parks, which some committee members said are looking dilapidated, especially some parts of Lincoln Park. Others wondered whether the citys nearly dozen parks are really needed for such a small city, or if some of the smaller, less-used parks should be opened to commercial or residential development, reducing maintenance costs and bringing in more tax revenue. Committee member Bryan Campbell said that Lincoln Park might be improved by adding a marina, which could bring in revenue while also providing a place for people to dock and launch boats at the park. As the meeting drew to a close, committee members agreed to hold their next meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the city commission chamber. At that meeting, members will bring suggested questions for a survey to be sent to city residents with their city utility bills, asking residents opinions about the citys current strengths and weaknesses, and other issues being discussed by the visioning committee. Scott concluded by telling the Visioning Committee that Valparaiso is a great city. 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public records. The report states the TDC took many actions without approval of the county commission, 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 suddenly May 1, 2012, after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges relating to his alleged looting of hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds to buy his house in Destin. The 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-employee Christmas party, a $3,921 TDC 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 county commission failed to prevent the misuse of tourist bed taxes and funds received from BP by the TDC. Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit included county commissioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris, Dave Parisot, James Campbell and Bill Roberts, and County Administrator Jim Curry. Campbell and Roberts left office in November, not having stood for re-election. At the legislative committee's behest, Amunds, Parisot and Curry testified under oath at the hearing in Tallahassee Monday. Amunds, currently county commission chairman, testified about the chronology of events related to the TDC scandal from 2010 to the present, and the steps taken by the county commission to investigate and correct problems brought to light by the scandal. Parisot was the county commissions representative on the TDC during the events of the scandal. New county commissioners elected since the TDC scandal broke are Nathan Boyles, who has no previous connection with the county commission or TDC, and Kelly Windes, whom Amunds said is now a member of the TDC. Boyles, Windes, and other current members of the county commission were present at Mondays meeting, as were other county officials including County Attorney John Dowd, former TDC attorney Steve Hall, Clerk of Court Don Howard (who is responsible for auditing the county commission and disbursing its funds), and Okaloosa County Finance Director Gary Stanford. Absent from the hearing were Harris, Campbell and Roberts, as well as TDC members who were serving at the time of the events under scrutiny. The TDC was asked to resign en masse by the county commission earlier this month. Amunds, the main speaker on the county's behalf, said the TDC scandal represents a very dark hour in the history of Okaloosa County. Amunds said that following the BP oil spill in April 2010, the county received about $8.5 million in grants from BP to help mitigate the effects of negative publicity from the oil spill by promoting Northwest Florida beaches and to inform the American public that Okaloosa beaches were clean and open to tourism. Amunds said, There was only a limited time in which to get the message out in order to prevent further economic losses in the Okaloosa tourism industry, and that county officials were initially pleased at what they thought was Bellingers hands-on approach and aggressive methods in promoting Okaloosa beachfront tourism. As soon as county commissioners became aware of Bellingers financial misdeeds in early May 2012, said Amunds, county commissioners began to initiate corrective measures and to initiate their own in-house investigation of what had gone wrong. However, Amunds said, law enforcement investigators from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida State Attorney, and the FBI asked the commission to delay its own probe so not to interfere with the criminal investigations underway. Only during the past week, Amunds said, has the county commission been allowed to begin its own investigation, and as a result, corrective measures taken before now have had to be limited, and county commissioners have had access to only partial information about what really happened. Nevertheless, Amunds said, the county commission immediately took some steps, such as reversing a 2005 decision to put the TDC directly under the supervision of the county commission rather than under the county administrator like other county departments. The TDC was put back under the county administrator, Amunds said, and tighter restrictions were placed on how much money the TDC could spend without approval by the county administrator or county commission. By law, the county commission is responsible for TDC spending. Top county officials signed off on TDC invoices later found to be suspect. Amunds said that more policy changes are likely in the future as the county commissions investigation proceeds and more information comes to light. During and following the briefing by Amunds, he and the other county officials were questioned by legislative committee members. Asked about the role of the Okaloosa Clerk of Court in Okaloosa County financial transactions, Amunds said that purchase requests from the TDC director are now supposed to be routed for approval from the director to the clerk of court, then to the county administrator, then to the county commission, then back to the clerk of court, who issues checks. Amunds, who was vice chair of the county commission in 2012, said When I initialed a purchase, I knew it had been reviewed by the clerk of court and his staff. State Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, although not a member of the legislative audit committee, was invited by the legislative committee to attend their meeting and question witnesses. Gaetz asked Amunds who advised him and the county commission of the proper routing of purchases. Amunds replied that such advice comes from the county attorney, John Dowd. Gaetz then asked if the county commission has any plan to change its county attorney, and Amunds replied, Everything is under review and on the table. Corrections are still underway." Dowd, although present at Mondays hearing, was not asked to testify during the session. Gaetz also asked Amunds to name specific county or TDC officials or employees who actually initiated specific purchases or wrote checks, but Amunds replied: I dont know yet. That may be included in our corrective actions. Amunds said that some county officials or employees may be fired as more information becomes available to the county commission, but that there is not enough information yet to justify such actions. Other legislators at the meeting asked similar questions, and committee co-chairman Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, a Palm Beach County Democrat, asked why none of the TDC members involved in the scandal had shown up for Mondays meeting. Amunds replied that after being asked to resign by the county commission, the TDC members may have believed that their presence at Mondays meeting was not expected. He said such an oversight was not deliberate. County Administrator Jim Curry told the legislative committee that the county commission has done all it can to cooperate with law enforcement investigations, and that it has had only one meeting since the auditor generals report was released. He said that corrective actions by the county commission have the highest priority and that as more information becomes available, terminations may be forthcoming of county officials. When asked by Sen. Abruzzo, How could this have happened? Curry replied that the TDC scandal was a catastrophic failure of controls at all levels. Such failures, Curry said will be rectified as the county conducts its own investigation and implements resulting new policies and procedures. Parisot was also questioned by the committee, concerning how the TDC handled purchases while he was the county commissions representative to the TDC. He said that Bellinger had not directly asked the county commission for permission to make his unlawful purchases, such as the house, Porsche, or yacht. Such purchase requests, Parisot said, were routed from Bellinger through the Zimmerman Agency, Tallahassee, a public relations firm that worked for the TDC, as did the Lewis Communications marketing firm, Mobile, Ala. Parisot said the Zimmerman agency gave purchase requests to the county commission labeled as such things as funding for trips, contests, ad campaigns, or other activities designed to promote Okaloosa County. When asked for names of specific individuals from the Zimmerman agency or the TDC who actually handled checks or purchase requests, Parisot said he did not yet know, but hopes to find out in the course of the county commissions own investigation, now that the commission had been cleared to begin one. Tom Schulte, an attorney from the trial-lawyer firm of Judkins, Simpson, High and Schulte, testified briefly, saying that his firm currently represents the Zimmerman Agency. However, Schulte then said he could not answer specific questions from the legislative auditing committee because one of his partners, James Judkins, is actually handling the Zimmerman case but could not attend Mondays meeting and sent Schulte in his place. After two hours of questions and discussion, the legislative committee decided to continue its inquiry into the TDC scandal at one or more additional meetings, beginning next week. They also voted unanimously to subpoena the former TDC members who had been absent from Mondays meeting. Legislative Auditing Committee Chairman Abruzzo told Amunds and the other county officials, We will have you back next week, and if necessary, at subsequent meetings. The next meeting of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, during which the discussion of the Okaloosa TDC scandal will continue, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, at the Capitol. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com Wilson Minger Agency, Inc.(850) 678-5161 1-800-369-2403www.century21wilsonminger.comPATSY BLAND: 850-685-5447 Patsy BlandDouble CenturionAward Winner 2012CENTURY 21s Highest HonorNicevilles #1 Real Estate Office TDCFrom page A-1 State Rep. Matt Gaetz, Fort Walton Beach, listens to testimony Monday by Okaloosa County officials concerning the TDC scandal. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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Catharine doesn't recall Lou formally proposing. I remember having an engagement party, Catharine said. I just assumed we would get married. Lou said he proposed sometime after he bought his 1956 Ford. Unlike some husbands, he can recite with ease the date of the wedding. Saint Anns Catholic Church in Bristol, June 8, 1957, Lou said. You know how I remember the date? Because eight comes after seven. They were married in front 80 family members and friends. They can still recall one of their wedding gifts. My cousin gave us a card with $5 in it, Catharine said. That was, phew, amazing then. After the wedding they moved to Levittown, Pa. They have three daughters: Cathy Lou, Rosemary and Gina. Cathy Lou lives in Niceville and has one daughter who lives with Lou and Catharine until she recovers from a back injury. Rosemary, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., has three daughters and two grandsons. Gina, who lives in Niceville, is the manager of Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. She has three boys. The Marinis believe God called them to Niceville. In 1978 Lou lost his job in sales and was out of work for a year. Around the same time, Catharine graduated from college with a nursing degree and got a job as a nurse in Pennsylvania. It was a hard time for the couple, but their lives were about to change. Catharine could see the frustration in Lou and advised him to get away and visit her brother in Valparaiso. During his threeweek stay, he visited Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Believe it or not it happened to me, Lou said. I heard a voice and it said, 'This is where you will do my work.' Lou heard the voice again and came across Dave Casey, a deacon at the church, carrying some books. Dave asked Lou if he wanted to teach at the church, but Lou explained he was just visiting. Dave asked Lou to look him up when he returned. Lou decided God had a plan for him, and he, Catharine, and 16-year-old Gina left Pennsylvania for Niceville in 1981. Leaving their grown children behind in Pennsylvania, the Marinis said, was the hardest obstacle they ever had to overcome as a couple. We have a close family, Lou said. We didnt want to leave the kids. Catharine got a nursing job at Twin Cities Hospital while Lou started work as the churchs maintenance man. Three years later he was recommended to become a deacon at the church. I told him you did the first 20 years, Ill do the next 20, Catharine said of the income adjustment. The couple considers themselves very blessed. They have avoided any major marital trauma and believe it has something to do with staying true to their faith. I just had my first accident ever, Catharine said. Its been a pretty decent life; we have been so lucky. Their advice for a long, happy marriage is to keep the focus on each other and family, and to put God first. Lou said they are still finding things out about each other after 55 years. Its not a 'me' thing, its a 'we,' he said. If you focus on each other youre better off. For their 50th anniversary the couple took a cruise to New Orleans. On the actual date Lou surprised Catharine with a framed picture of their wedding day and a photo of the couple on the cruise. They love to spend time with their family. They travel to Charlotte at least once a year to see their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They hope for continued happiness, and plan to stay active in church work. I keep trying to retire, but its not working, Lou said. LOVEFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Page A-5 Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 Niceville www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATIONGated Community. Lakefront Executive Home! OPEN and SPACIOUS. 12 ceilings, Hardwood flooring, Plantation Shutters, Custom Maple Cabinets, Side Entry, oversized Garage with Golf Cart Entrance. 4/3, 2,832 Sq. Ft. $485,900. 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Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 Lou and Catharine Marini smile from ear to ear on their wedding day June 8, 1957, in Bristol, Pa. The couple will celebrate their 56th anniversary this year. The submitted plans for the remaining holes, 4 and 9, are the plans created Sept. 7, which call for 7.11 acres of hole 4 and 5 acres of hole 9 to be zoned M/L (medium/low density residential). This zoning allows four dwelling units per acre, for a maximum density of 28 singlefamily dwelling units on the land now occupied by hole 4, and 20 units on the land now occupied by hole 9. Hall said the West Florida Regional Planning Council has 45 days to determine whether the proposed changes constitute a significant deviation from the DRI. If the plans are approved, the Okaloosa County Commission must hold a public hearing to vote for approval of the changes, according to Hall. He said the commission will likely do this at one of its meetings scheduled in Fort Walton Beach. The resort opted to shorten the holes and construct housing in order to raise funds to save the golf course, which General Manager Tom Hanks said is financially strapped due to a falloff in business. Hall said the resort held two mediation sessions with Bluewater homeowners after the original plans drew criticism from some residents. Raimund Herden, one of the original developers of Bluewater Bay, said any actual change is a long way off. Herden, who is not connected with resort's proposal and has expressed doubts about it, said that even if the changes to the DRI are approved, the resort must still seek permitting from the same entities. He added that entrances to the portions of the development bordering S.R. 20 will require 100-yard acceleration and deceleration lanes which will need approval from the Florida Department of Transportation. RESORTFrom page A-1

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ArrestsJulia Carol Jackson, a restaurant server, 28, of 1418 Cedar St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 4 on charges of driving while license suspended habitual offender, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy stopped a car driven by a woman later identified as Jackson after he observed her driving on U.S. Highway 98 near Henderson Beach Road, Destin, with a temporary tag which expired Oct. 16, 2012. The deputy found Jackson's license had been revoked Jan. 22 as a habitual traffic violator. When Jackson was taken into custody she requested that she take her purse with her. The purse was recovered and searched, during which a deputy found a pill later identified as Lortab. Jackson said she does not have a prescription herself. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted so the vehicle could be towed. The inventory revealed a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance weighing about five grams which field tested positive for a presence of THC. Jackson's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Amy Josephine Jowers, a self-employed caregiver, 36, of 1415 29th St. Apt. D, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 2 on charges of driving while license suspended third or subsequent offense and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. A deputy observed a car driven by a person later identified as Jowers driving on East S.R. 20 and saw the car frequently cross the road's center and fog lines. The deputy followed the car as it turned on to White Point Road and eventually stopped at an address on Nassau Drive. The deputy interviewed Jowers, who admitted her license was not valid. The deputy found her license was canceled indefinitely April 11, 2012, and suspended indefinitely Jan. 3. The deputy found Jowers had been convicted of driving while license suspended or revoked July 14, 2006, and Sept. 18, 2012. The deputy searched Jowers and found a pill later identified to be a 500 mg Lortab for which she could not provide a prescription. Jowers' required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** David William Rogers, a cashier, 42, of 4654 E. S.R. 20 Lot A, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 on a charge of driving while license suspended. Rogers' required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. DUI arrestsChristian Michael Briscoe, 30, of 3261 Cypress Lane, Gulf Breeze, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at S.R. 20 at Armstrong Avenue, Niceville, Feb. 2 at 9:40 p.m. Briscoe was also cited for exceeding the posted speed limit. Briscoe's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 19. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 300 block of Government Avenue reported Feb. 3 that an unknown person stole a Volkswagen shell from his property. *** A manager at the Walmart at 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, reported Feb. 3 that someone took a cart of products from the store without paying. *** A woman reported her wallet was stolen by an unknown person while she was at the Ruby Tuesday's at 191 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Jan. 30. The woman said that she left her purse hanging on the back of a chair, and that when she went to pay the bill her wallet was gone. The wallet contained a Florida driver's license, ATM card, credit card, debit card, passport, military identification and personal checks. *** A Niceville resident reported Jan. 31 her purse was stolen while at the Twin Cities Hospital 2190 Highway 85 N., Niceville. The complainant reported she smoked a cigarette in the hospital's public smoking area before going home. Video surveillance showed the complainant going into the area with her purse and leaving without it. The purse was not found in the area, and the surveillance footage gave no indication that anyone had taken it. The complainant said the purse contained medication, a debit card, a medical insurance card, a vehicle insurance card, a wallet, a social security card, coins, scratch-off lottery tickets, a checkbook and a Florida driver's license. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Boggy Court reported Feb. 1 an unknown person broke into his boat and stole unspecified items. *** Niceville and Valparaiso police responded to the Goodwill store at 143 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso after Niceville police located the vehicle of someone who was caught leaving the Niceville Walmart without paying for several items. Officers saw the reported stolen items in plain view inside the car, which was parked in front of the Goodwill. The officers went inside and found the person indicated in the Walmart surveillance. The man agreed to cooperate and return the property after he was informed that Walmart would not pursue charges if he returned the property. The man was issued a trespass warning for the Goodwill in Valparaiso and the Walmart in Niceville. *** A Niceville resident of the 600 block of Powell Drive, Niceville, reported Feb. 3 someone took his 1911 Colt 45 pistol, which he kept in a suitcase under his bed and only took out to clean every three months. He estimated the gun to be worth $900. Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident of the 2000 block of Bayshore Drive reported Jan. 30 she heard a loud noise and reported her mailbox had been bashed. *** A Valparaiso resident reported Feb. 1 someone spun the tires of a pickup truck, slinging rocks at his camper and shattering the back window of the camper shell at the Valparaiso fishing pier. Valparaiso police contacted a man who admitted to spinning his tires to show off to friends when he left the pier parking lot. The man agreed to pay the cost of repairs to the damaged camper shell. *** A Valparaiso resident reported Feb. 2 that the restrooms at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, had been vandalized. He reported that a trash receptacle had been bent and partially torn from the wall and the soap dispenser had been ripped from its mount in the men's restroom, and that in the women's restroom toilet paper and paper towels had been strewn throughout the room. Paper towels had been placed in sink drains with the water running, flooding the floor. OtherA woman reported Jan. 29 someone was banging on the windows of her car while she was parked in front of the Food World at 1104 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 4, 2013 through February 10, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Place..........................Medical........................................2/4/13.................00:00 Cat Mar Road.............................EMS............................................2/4/13.................01:22 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/4/13.................06:35 Hwy. 20 East...............................System malfunction....................2/4/13.................09:36 Hwy. 20 East...............................Medical........................................2/4/13.................11:03 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/4/13.................11:25 Bluewater Blvd............................Medical........................................2/5/13.................10:46 Meditteranean Cir.......................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/6/13.................17:18 Hwy. 20 East...............................Medical........................................2/6/13.................18:43 Magnolia Plantation....................Medical........................................2/6/13.................19:16 Marina Cove Dr...........................Medical........................................2/7/13.................07:02 E. Troon Dr..................................EMS call......................................2/7/13.................20:04 Lake Drive...................................EMS call......................................2/8/13.................06:18 Olde Post Rd..............................Medical........................................2/8/13.................14:55 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/9/13.................00:03 Merchants Way...........................Medical........................................2/9/13.................00:48 Merchants Way...........................Medical........................................2/9/13.................12:31 Hwy. 20 East..............................Medical........................................2/9/13.................18:25 Bay Drive.....................................Public assist................................2/10/13...............02:34 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical........................................2/10/13...............06:06 N. Partin Dr..................................Arcing..........................................2/10/13...............10:16 Hickory Street.............................Assist invalid...............................2/10/13...............14:48 Windward Lane...........................Water or steam leak...................2/10/13...............21:08 Lancaster Dr................................Dispatched & cancelled.............2/10/13...............22:21 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North BayEast Niceville Fire Report for Month of January The East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of January, 2013. Street Situation Date Time 48th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/1/13...............04:44 PM Irene Court.............................EMS call....................................1/2/13...............08:59 AM Rockywood Way....................Chimney/flue fire.......................1/5/13...............12:58 PM Forrest Road..........................EMS call....................................1/5/13...............11:55 PM E. John Sims Pkwy................EMS call....................................1/6/13...............10:23 AM E. John Sims Pkwy................Heat from short circuit...............1/6/13...............07:49 PM 22nd Street............................EMS call....................................1/7/13...............04:53 PM 47th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/11/13..............11:27 PM Bluewater Bay Blvd...............Smoke detector activation........1/12/13.............06:32 PM Goldenrod Court....................Dispatched & cancelled............1/14/13.............06:05 PM 15th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/16/13.............09:18 AM Cutts Drive.............................Building fire................................1/16/13.............09:48 AM 27th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/18/13.............04:37 PM White Point Rd.......................False alarm................................1/19/13.............03:37 PM White Point Rd.......................False alarm................................1/19/13.............04:53 PM 17th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/21/13.............11:28 PM Ruckel Drive...........................EMS call....................................1/23/13.............11:41 AM E. Hwy. 20..............................Smoke removal.........................1/23/13.............12:36 PM Parkwood Cir.........................EMS call....................................1/23/13.............08:23 PM 47th Street..............................EMS call....................................1/27/13.............11:53 AM Sycamore Ave........................EMS call....................................1/30/13.............12:59 PM Canterberry Cir......................Dispatched & cancelled............1/30/13.............03:56 PM Visit our website at www.enfd.net.E. Niceville Niceville Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACONThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 4, 2013 through February 10, 2013. 0 Structure Fire11 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn2 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Lincolnshire Dr......................................Medical..........................2/4/13...................03:30 N. Partin Dr............................................Vehicle crash.................2/4/13...................08:21 N. Partin Dr............................................Life Flight.......................2/4/13...................08:30 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Vehicle crash.................2/4/13...................10:39 27th Street.............................................Medical..........................2/4/13...................23:01 N. Partin Dr............................................Alarm activation............2/5/13...................12:43 Rockywood Way...................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................15:53 Peachtree Way.....................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................16:54 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Vehicle crash.................2/5/13...................17:22 Wildflower Ct.........................................Medical..........................2/5/13...................23:56 N. Partin Dr............................................Medical..........................2/6/13...................11:41 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Medical..........................2/6/13...................15:07 Nathey Ave............................................Medical..........................2/7/13...................02:32 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................False call.......................2/7/13...................08:01 SR 85 at MM#8.....................................Medical..........................2/8/13...................13:59 SR 85 N.................................................Medical..........................2/8/13...................16:31 Campbell Dr..........................................Medical..........................2/9/13...................11:35 N. Partin Dr............................................Electrical problem.........2/10/13.................10:14 Weekly Safety Tip: Check for EXIT signs when you are in a public building or staying in a hotel/motel so you know where to go in-case there s a fire. 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Niceville police gave the following report: Cynthia Lynn Lawson, unemployed, 23, of 331 Sailfish Circle, Destin, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 2 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. Niceville police also arrested Jordan Drew Harris, unemployed, 24, of 331 Sailfish Circle, Destin, the same day on charges of possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lawson was the passenger in a truck driven by Harris. A Niceville officer saw Harris, whose license he knew to have been suspended, driving at the intersection of S.R. 20 and S.R. 85 North. The officer ran Harris' name through dispatch and found that Harris' license was still suspended. When the truck pulled into a gas station at 187 E. John Sims Parkway, the officer followed and contacted Harris, who left the vehicle from the passenger's side door. When asked by the officer why Harris was driving with a suspended license, both Harris and Lawson, who was now sitting in the driver's seat, said Harris had not been driving. Under further questioning, Harris admitted to having swapped seats. Lawson said she allowed Harris to drive though she knew he had an invalid license because "she didn't think they would have a problem." Lawson said there were "probably" straws used to snort pills in the front console of the truck when the officer asked about its contents. Lawson and Harris admitted to using the straws to snort "whatever they can get." After the officer asked if there was anything else in the truck that "could get them in trouble," Lawson said there were needles in a bag in the back seat, which she said she had forgotten to take out of the truck. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Page A-7 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithCarl Nielsen, 44, Mary Esther, elevator service technician Forrest Wilson, 51, Niceville, landscaper If they don t mess with the kids, it s fine. There are plenty of gay parents who raise their own kids. I don t agree with it. They ll probably do what they want to do, but I m against it. It s not right, and it will lead to other things. Alicia Smith, 29, Niceville, food service They have just as much right as anyone else.What do you think about allowing gay scouts and gay adult scout leaders in the Boy Scouts of America?Sammie Metcalf, 21, Pensacola, student Location: Niceville baseball/softball complex Mark Georgulis, 52, Valparaiso, government contractor Erik Register, 25, Crestview, electrician I don t like it, but I guess it s time to start including them in more things. To each his own. Allow it. They re human, too.What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Its aGirl ThingCRESTVIEW 683-9944998 S Ferdon Blvd.NICEVILLE 897-GIRL1124 John Sims Pkwy.Two locations to serve you Valentines Day SaleFebruary 13 & 14 30% OFFAll SORRELLIJewelry!ww w w w w w w w w w w w w A HEARING AID THATCAN SHOWER?Lyric, the worlds first and only 100% invisible, 24/7 wearable, sweat-proof, for-months-at-a-time* hearing device can.FINALLY EFFORTLESS HEARINGLyric is the worlds first invisible extended-wear hearing device. There are no batteries to change, no daily maintenance is needed and no daily insertion and removal is required.EVEN SHOWERPROOF**Unlike many hearing aids, Lyric can be used during almost all your daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone and sleeping.CLEAR, NATURAL SOUND QUALITYLyrics unique design and placement works with your ears anatomy to deliver exceptional sound quality in quiet and noisy environments. NICEVILLE HEARING CENTER1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2 Twin Cities Medical Plaza Niceville, FL 32578Call To Make an Appointment Today!850-678-3277www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comS. Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACA Audio Prosthologist earCareTMASSOCIATES, INCNICEVILLEHEARING CENTERCertified Lyric Hearing Professionals nightstand next to the bed where she was sleeping, was missing. She also noticed her Macbook Pro laptop computer was missing. Another resident reported his iPhone and car keys were missing, and another reported her car keys were missing. While searching the front yard of the residence for the iPhone, deputies saw two people, one later identified as Morrison, looking towards the house through binoculars from around an RV mobile home. When questioned, both said they didn't know what was going on and were just observing. A deputy spoke again to one of the victims, who said she went to school with Morrison. The deputy again spoke with Morrison and the other person. Morrison said he knew nothing of the incident, but the other person said he had heard something about taking items from a vehicle and residence. The woman whose phone was stolen was able to get an electronic fix on its location, which turned out to be Morison's address. The deputy spoke to Morrison's father, who spoke to Morrison. Morrison initially told his father he had no involvement in the incident, but he eventually confessed and brought the stolen Macbook and iPhone from his room. Morrison told another deputy where the stolen vehicle was and said the keys were in the ignition. A victim whose purse and wallet were in the truck when it was stolen said both items were still there and nothing was missing from her purse, but $42 were missing from her wallet. THEFTSFrom page A-1 UNSPOILED ACREAGE ON ROCKY BAYOU Over 13 acres of woods, creek, and open ground with 890 on the protected, deep water of Rocky Bayou! Sold along with 1.7 acre waterfront homesite. A legacy property ready for new owners and new ideas! $5,000,000 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.When buying or selling real estate, choose Linda Zickler!

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-8 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON It is well before noon and a stream of locals, snowbirds and military personnel make their way into Boathouse Landing, drawn by the water and hooked by the food. While enticed with big bowls of hot gumbo and homemade hushpuppies with strawberry butter, each newcomer is greeted by restaurant co-owner Lisa Sarra, as if they were family and friends coming over for lunch. We are a local and family based restaurant, exclaims Sarra. My husband Nick and I have lived here seventeen years now and have been running the restaurant for twelve years. We ve made a name for ourselves because we like to be in tune to the town and what customers think. Customer service and food quality we take very seriously. Although you can always count on a welcoming staff and a charming atmosphere, complete with fisherman decor, Boathouse Landing is different things at different times to different people. Now that it is lunch time, diners can choose between the coconut chicken salad, drizzled with orange vinaigrette dressing and the famous grouper sandwich. Meanwhile, they contentedly chat without worry as to whether or not they ll get back to work on time. One of the day's military patrons has brought his friend for his first Boathouse Landing experience, while on temporary duty from California. I grew up here, so I know all about it, the airman shares. We had our high school reunion right downstairs and my brother had his wedding reception here. We are here all the time it s just locally known. Later, when dinnertime rolls around and the lights dim, the staff will invite its guests to uncork a bottle of wine and take their time with the coursing, featuring fare from the farm and the sea. Some dine early to take advantage of the early bird specials between 4:30 and 6:00. Many come to indulge just before a show at the Northwest Florida State College: the perfect date night. For the party-goers, Boathouse Landing s personality also continues down to a separate, lower level, where there is a year-round heated patio, full bar and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. This allows vacationers and natives to enjoy the view of the bayou and a few drinks, without being exposed to the elements. In reference to the downstairs bar, one frequent customer exclaims, They have their time and we have ours. She also takes a moment to note, The freshness of the food and the quality keeps us coming back. Even if you re not out on the deck it s nice just having the view and being close to the water. We live in Crestview and it s a close little get away. You can always count on good food, catered to the local tastes, and a good time. This diner has brought two guests with her, one who is a family member that has come all the way from Philadelphia and who always makes a point to make Boathouse Landing her first and last stop. A refreshing change from the chain restaurants, Boathouse Landing is the ideal escape for cold, winter nights and warm, summer adventures. Just a fifteen minute drive from parts of Fort Walton, Niceville and Eglin, all you have to do is look for the big sign on John Sims Parkway and follow it to the water. In most cases, you won t even have to cross the bridge again! Boathouse Landing is now taking reservations for Valentine's Day. When it comes to local fare with a personal touch, don t let this be the big one that got away. For more information and reservations, call the Boathouse Landing at + 1 850 678-2805 or stop by their location at 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, FL. You can also find them online at www.theboathouselanding.com or on Facebook. 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Niceville Public Works Director Bruce Price said he was approached about a year ago by Rockywood resident Jerold Thummel, who said the 25-yearold wooden sign at the entrance of the subdivision off Rocky Bayou Drive was in disrepair. "The sign was an eyesore," said Thummel, a laboratory supervisor at Eglin Air Force Base. "It was old and rotting. I repainted it three times in the past 20 years." Price said the city could not finance a new sign, so he and Thummel reached an agreement: If residents would put up the money for the construction materials, the city would supply the labor and do the job. "It's really a win-win situation," Price said. Both the city and the neighborhood benefit by the facelift, he said. Thummel said the city estimated that it would cost $1,850 in materials for a new sign, this one made of brick. About half of the 65 owners in the subdivision contributed a total of about $2,000, Thummel said. Price said the new sign is brick to reduce maintenance costs. He said construction of the structure was finished Friday, and lettering and lighting will be installed by the end of this week. Thummel said he is happy with the work the city has done. "I am extremely pleased," Thummel said. "The work is top quality, and I think when people drive by they will really notice that. I think it makes the city look better." Owners, city get together on entry signBoathouse LandingWhere the locals go for good water side dining

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 3 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Engagements Megan Morrison and Pezhman ShoureshiMorrisonShoureshiTerry and Lorna Morrison of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Morrison, to Pezhman Shoureshi, son of Rahmat and Azar Shoureshi of New York City. The couple met in 2010 during their medical internship in Blacksburg, Va. Megan is a 2002 Collegiate High School graduate and a 2006 University of West Florida graduate, where she received a degree in biology. She is completing her residency in dermatology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Pezhman is a 1999 Colorado Academy graduate and a 2004 University of Colorado graduate, where he received a degree in electrical engineering. He also received a masters in molecular biology from the University of Denver in 2006 and is completing his residency in dermatology at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Both are 2010 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates. The wedding is planned Nov. 2, 2013, at Christ Church, Pensacola. 5 Niceville High athletes sign scholarships Photo by Wayne JacobsRuckel, Lewis in All-County Concert The Okaloosa All-County Middle School Honor Band performed Feb. 1 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Ruckel Middle School and Lewis School students were chosen to perform with the top middle school performers in Okaloosa County. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer The Emerald Coast Triathlon Club will host its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., starting at LJ Schooners in Bluewater Bay. The one-mile run, 15.5-mile bike ride and 5K run race will benefit the Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airmans Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. Dori Spaulding, wife of Maj. Tim Spaulding, an F-15 pilot with the 40th Flight Test Squadron, founded the triathlon club in August 2011. It organized its first duathlon Feb. 25, 2012, and raised more than $1,700 for the EOD community and $1,400 for the club. Im encouraging people to Photo by cycnut.com The Emerald Coast Triathlon Club will host its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., starting at LJ Schooner s in Niceville. Runners line up at last year s duathlon that raised more than $1,700 for the EOD community. Five Niceville High School seniors signed athletic scholarships Feb. 6 at the school. From left: Tanner Zant, Andrew Mitchell, Lauren Donaldson, Nick Haynes and Nick Junger will attend their respective colleges in the fall. is the time toNOW We offer photo rejuvination treatments minimizeDr. Scott Beals, D.O. F.A.A.D.Board Certified American Board of Dermatology ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLEwww.DermSurgCtr.com (850) 897-7546 4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101, Niceville COMING SOON to Crestview & DestinAge Spots & Sun Freckles!Specializing in Skin Cancer and Surgical Dermatology Procedures Mohs Micrographic Surgery General Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments, Pellev Chemical Facial Peels 10%OFFLASER & FACIAL TREATMENT!Offer expires February 28, 2013Bring this ad to your appointment & receive By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Five Niceville High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent Feb. 6 for the 2013 National Signing Day at the schools auditorium. The event usually takes place the first Wednesday in February, where high school seniors around the county sign their binding commitments to receive college athletic scholarships. Nick Junger, first baseman and pitcher, and Tanner Zant, third baseman, received baseball scholarships. Junger will attend and play baseball for Pensacola State College and Zant will do the same for Lawson State Community College, Ala. Lauren Donaldson received a scholarship to play softball for Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Nick Haynes, offensive lineman, received a scholarship to play SEC football for the University of Kentucky. Andrew Mitchell, kicker, received a non-monetary scholarship to play football for the United States Naval Academy. Daniel Hensley, Niceville High School baseball coach, introduced Mitchell and said he will never forget the moment when he kicked the winning field goal at a game with a separated shoulder. NHS Principal Rodney Nobles and John Hicks, NHS athletic director, were on hand to congratulate the athletes. I am very proud of these five athletes for their accomplishments and my hope is that they take full advantage of the educational opportunity that the athletic scholarship provides, Nobles said. Each player came up to the stage with their family members to sign their contract and say a few words. I want to thank my family and teammates for supporting me, Zant said, before he got up to make room for the next player. Duathlon to benefit military community Please see DUATHLON, page B-3 Tanner Zant and Nick Junger Happy Valentines Day!fromEYEWEAR UNLIMITED 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)SAME DAY SERVICE on eye glasses in most cases Call today! 678-0099 or 678-6211Dr. Amanda Brenci offers full comprehensive eye exams for patients of all ages. Call and schedule an appointment today! 678-8876Valentine Gift Certificates! Use them on eyewear or sunglasses. 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Book signing Award-winning artist Lynette Miesen of Niceville will sign copies of her new book, The Poetry of Art, Feb. 14, 36 p.m., at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. The book features her poetry and paintings from the panhandle. Contact Carolyn Chesser at 678-1593. BWB Garden Club meeting The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will its monthly meeting Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m., at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, Bluewater Bay Boulevard, Niceville. Bob Bayer, Okaloosa County master gardener, will give a presentation on shade gardening. New members and guests are welcome, contact Karen Williams at 897-5560. 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. NHS mattress fundraiser The Niceville High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and softball team will hold a mattress sale fundraiser Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in the school cafeteria. The students will sell name brand mattress sets, such as Restonic and Southerland, at 30 to 60 percent below the usual retail prices found in stores. Products will range in all sizes and prices to include pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and gel beds. Delivery is available and customers may pay with cash, checks, or credit cards. Conflict workshop The Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club and other rotary clubs 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. NHS Band 5K/Mile Fun Run Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 4th Annual Band on the Run 5K/Mile Fun Run Feb. 16, 8 a.m., at Niceville High School. Proceeds benefit the NHS Eagle Pride Band. Early registration is $15 for 5K and $10 for Fun Run. Students are $10 for either race. Northwest Florida Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. The first 200 entries will received T-shirts. Contact Dennis Samac at 678-6682 or samacd@valp.net and registration forms are available at www.nwftc.com. Bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a bird walk through Bluewater Bay Feb. 16, 7:30 a.m., meeting at the Winn Dixie, Bluewater Bay. Carol Goodyear will lead the walk and point out wintering loons, grebes, ducks, waxwings, and the usual resident species. Meet at the Bluewater Winn-Dixie at 7:30 AM. See. Contact Carol at 897-2666. Choctaw Bay club fundraiser Choctaw Bay Music Club will host its 11th annual opera brunch Feb. 23, noon, at the Niceville Community Center, 208 N. Partin Drive. Kyle Marrero, Pensacola Operas artistic director, and the Pensacola Opera Artists in Residence will explore the plot and preview the music of Puccinis opera Tosca, held March 15 and 17 by the Pensacola Opera. Proceeds will benefit the CBMC Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at Bayou Books, Niceville. Contact Karen LeGrand for advance tickets before Feb. 16 at 6646569 or ChoctawBayMusic@cox.net. NFSG Food and Wine Festival The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild will host its 22nd annual International Food and Wine Tasting Festival Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island. There will be food, wine, live music, and a silent auction. The proceeds will benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras Fifth Grade Concerts, Stars of Tomorrow Concert, and High Voltage, an electric strings group of young musicians who will perform at the festival. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and can be purchased at Bayou Books, Niceville, Contact Theresa Dennis at 621-4093. Republican Party meeting The Okaloosa County Republican Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Niceville City Council Chambers, 208 N. Partin Drive. All registered Republicans are welcome to join OCREC. Contact 609-4401. Lewis School art show Lewis School will present a public student art showcase, Arts Alive, and open house Feb. 19, 5:30-7 p.m., throughout the school. There will be a hotdog dinner, bake sale, and an Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lesson, OVAL, demonstration for grades K-5. Matt Steele son of Bob and Lynn Steele of Niceville, has been named to the Pensacola Christian College deans list for the 2012 fall semester. He is a Rocky Bayou Christian School graduate and pursuing a degree in biology. *** Patricia Vines retired from the Niceville Post Office after 27 years as a clerk. She always greeted customers with a smile, and was willing to help or offer words of encouragement to anyone who needed it. She plans to spend her time with her husband, Wayne, and granddaughters, Jayden and Taylor. *** Eugene Teichert-Geno retired from the Niceville Post Office after 21 years of federal service. He began his postal career in Tampa and worked in maintenance for most of his career. He plans to spend his time with his wife, Pat, and visit his fishing cabin more. *** David Young retired from the Niceville Post Office after 41 years of work. He has been a city carrier or clerk in local offices, such as Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso and Niceville. He plans to make time to do what he wants and spend more time with his wife, Teresa, and family. *** Shirley Barbee released a memoir, Fifty and Flying, to capture her experiences of flying for an airline after age 50. Becoming a stewardess has been a dream of hers since she was a child. The book follows Barbee as she embarks on a journey to become a flight attendant for American Airlines in her midfifties. The book is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Bayou Books, Niceville. *** Tom Miesen of Niceville was elected as one of the 2013 YMCA of Floridas Emerald Coast board of directors Feb. 13 at its annual meeting in Fort Walton Beach. *** Lorena Spillar with Waterstone Mortgage was recognized in Las Vegas last month at Waterstone Mortgages Annual Sales Conference for being in the Presidents Club. Lorena ranked in the top 1 percent nationwide for her volume in 2012. *** More than 250 people attended Catholic Charities Grab a Fork, Lend a Hand fundraiser Feb. 2 at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville. The international tasting fundraiser raised more than $5,300 for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, which provides disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. *** John Openshaw of Niceville was introduced as treasurer of the 2013 YMCA of Floridas Emerald Coast board of directors Feb. 13 at the annual meeting in 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 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Whos News CHURCH DIRECTORY E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.com 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.comCALENDAR NWFSC honor lists announcedNorthwest Florida State College recognized the academic achievement of more than 1145 students who qualified for the colleges presidents and deans lists for the fall 2012. To qualify for the presidents list, students had to complete nine or more credits and earn a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 for the semester. To qualify for the deans list students had to earn a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79. Presidents List Niceville: Evan Adler, Lance Adler, Luiana Airosa Livulo, Gloryanne Allen, Jonathan Allen, Martha Allen, Loretta Aubert, Adrian Banegas, Aaron Barniv, Michaela Bass, Elizabeth Berry, Victoria Bishop, Maria Bosch, Steven Bowman, Jeffery Braget, Julie Brooks, Katie Brown, Angela Buchanan, Brendan Burke, Christine Campbell, Michaela Campbell, Rebecca Cathey, Mark Cordeiro, David De Vos, Victoria Dejesus, Mary Dickerson, Rudiane Eduardo, Kathryn Ferris, Kimberly Fisher, Trystan Flegal, Travis Ford, Codey Friesen, Zachary Gadzinski, Talina Garcia, Alanah Gardner, Ciarra Garza, James George, Emerie Germ, Katherine Gillette, Gaynell Graff, Daniel Gurley, Matthew Halladay, Lisa Heintzleman, Jorden Holland, Richard Jackson, Katrina Jammer, Mariah Jammer, Emmett Jesse, Mark Jordan, Matthew Jordan, Jessica Keel, Alicia King, Melissa Lambert, Tangella Landry, Morgan Lewellen, Gabriel McDonald, William McNair, Luis MelecioZambrano, Haleigh Mooney, Andrew Moore, Stirling Naber, Jami Nespoli, Hannah Nowers, Mark Penner, Amber Phillips, Tibor Pollak, Vikhana Rao, Sierra Riddle, Luis Rivera, T.Roni Roberson, Jamie Roberts, Arden Robertson, James Rood, Michael Rosenbleeth, Alexander Russ, Amanda Rutherford, Janet Santner, Cullen Schmitz, Jeremy Schultz, Melanie Schultz, Aubrey Schwartz, Kelly Scott, Tyler Shenk, Anastasia Shipman, Haley Smith, Joshua Spradlin, Summer Stuckey, Linda Tierney, Travis Topolski, Emily Triplett, Alexander Wagner, Katherine Whalen, Rebecca Wheeler, Sydnee White, Olivia Wilder, Christine Wilkinson, Caitlyn Williams, Frans Wollnik, Daniel Zappulla and Nicholas Zins. Valparaiso: Joy Armbrester, Jeremy Burke, Julia Denney, Joshua Estep, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Christian Geci, Alex Hencinski, Rhoda Lazo, Tara Lord, Stephen Rogers, Michelle Sinicrope and Laura Vitullo. Freeport: Carli Alteri, Katelyn Beaty, Jennifer Christensen, Michael Eggie, Tanya Floyd, Morgan Goodwin, William Hallman, Elizabeth Haney, Pamela Hill, Cheryl Maxwell, Kristin Meredith, Morgan Mondragon, Matthew Phaneuf, Brian Seymour, Dalton Shost, Jessica Stabile and Grace Wells. Eglin AFB : Thomas Paolo Espino, Samantha Glendenning, Katherine Houghton, Makiya King, Matthew North, Ken Wantanasombut, and Christopher Westgate. Deans List Niceville : Stevie Adams, Amber Adkins, Rachel Agin, Esther Alldredge, Jennifer Barsky, Lauren Barsky, Brandon Beauchamp, Nakara Beliveau, Paige Bennett, Alexandria Bikker, Alexa Birmingham, Kala Blackmon, Kimberly Bridges, Mikayla Bristol, Justin Broaderick, Elizabeth Brown, Kayla Buchanan, Stephen Buchanan, Catilina Caballero, Aaron Cain, Alejandro Cano, Fletcher Cary, William Coleman, Meghan Connelly, Nicholas Corbin, James Corkum, Brian Cunningham, Lauren Day, Shantelle DeleonRustin, Hector Delgado, Kayra Donahoo, Jackson Duchock, Sebastian Duckworth, Mary Eichler, Brandon Farlough, Cameron Fisher, Jeremy Fleischmann, Ginger Foster, Rachel Fuller, Susan Galati, Alison Henna, Dylan Hoover, Jonathan Hudson, Maegan Hughes, Abigail Johnson, Kyrsten Johnson, Ana Johnston, Shaya Karpowich, Chloe Keicher, Ashley Kempton, Jessica King, Jacob Knight, Deanna Lajeunesse, Melanie Lane, Brennen Leon, Justyn Lewis-Washington, Sarah Lopez, Melony Malone, Madeleine Mancera, Ken Martin, Leticia Matsuoka, Tessa Mayhew, Shelley McDonald, Kyle McDorman, Joel McDuffie, David McKiever, Shane Melancon, Christian Merrill, Madeline Merts, Rachel Miller, Phillip Mitchell, John Montague, Jared Nieves, Veronica Ojeda, Kristen ONeal, Luke Papanicolaou, Jason Peterson, Zachary Phillips, Wayne Reed, Shane Reeves, Quinn Ritter, Maryann Rivas, Meredith Roberts, Zach Rodgers, Christy Rodriguez, Vincent Ryder, Stacey Sanders, Sivu Schlegel, Gabrielle Schlink, Casey See, Joseph Settle, Tyler Shiltz, Hannah Simerly, Joseph Sparks, Jonathon Spillman, John Steele, Jesse Taylor, Lindsey Telles, Sandra Tierney, Charlotte Traver, Zachary Underwood, Andrew Washburn, Kurtis Watson, Lauren Welton and Emmett White. Valparaiso : Tracee Ankoviak, Aaron Bockover, Aaron Broaddus, Brendan McBeth, Marissa Milligan, Correen Smith, Hope Wells, and Stephanie Wilbur. Freeport: Anthony Abdo, Rachel Anderson, Darryl Frazier, Michelle Hebert, Lila Lennon, Susannah Lennon, Jesse Moon, Briana Ross, Caley Stewart, Rebekah Thorgaard, Candace Tousignant, Brittany Umble, Madeline Wells, Olivia Wells, and Iia Wolak. Eglin AFB : Kevin Conrad, Christin Cothran, Courtney Cruson, Nicole Dunn, Laura Henry, Anthony Johnson and Heather Nieves. Matt Steele Eugene TeichertGeno Shirley Barbee Lorena Spillar Patricia Vines David Young Tom Miesen John Openshaw Women of Ireland to performEnjoy a night of Irish tradition with the The Women of Ireland concert Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Mainstage Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. 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 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 St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 p.m. Gods work. Our hands.1407 John Sims Pkwy E. 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David GoodwinMay 1, 1938Feb. 1, 2013David Goodwin went to be with the Lord Feb. 1, 2013. David was born in Niceville on May 1, 1938. He is survived by his wife, Judith; children, Kevin, Jon, Rachel, and Stacey; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family. Having touched so many lives, he leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. Memorial services will be held Feb. 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. at National Cremation Society, 3452 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to New Hope Christian Church, attention: Bible fund, 17181 Tarpon Way, North Fort Myers, Fla., 33917. Obituary The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992get out and be fit, Spaulding said. Its different than just a road race and its fun. The club meets to complete swims, bike rides and runs on the Emerald Coast. It has grown to more than 100 athletes from novice to professional. More than 125 people have registered for the race. Awards will be given to first, second and third place participants for a number of categories, to include female and male overall, bikers, first timers, and age categories in five-year increments. The race will begin with a one-mile run from the entrance of the LJ Schooners and back. Participants will then pick up their bikes at the transition area in the restaurants parking lot and ride down Bay Drive to Bluewater Boulevard and take a right onto Southwind Drive to Woodlands Drive that leads to White Point Road. From White Point Road they will take North Lakeshore Drive to connect to S.R. 293 over Highway 20 to Range Road. The turn around point will be on Range Road at the EOD Memorial, which honors fallen EOD technicians from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Riders will drop off their bikes back at the transition point to start the 5K run along the same route. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office will make sure the race route is safe with at least a dozen police cars, Spaulding said. Sponsor Transfield Services will also provide and distribute the cones and message boards for the route. The duathlon is sanctioned by the USA Triathlon, which if you are not a member of expect to pay an additional $12 for a one-day license to participate. The basic registration race fee is $55. Register at www.imathlete.com or contact Spaulding at 661-361-4634. DUATHLONFrom page B-1Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON CADILLAC 2003 DeVille, tan, fully loaded, one owner, 75,000 miles, $6,500 or Best Offer. 850865-2888. Drivers: All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Home on the weekends! Running Class-A CDL flatbed. Lease to Own-No Money Down. Call: 888-880-5911 Niceville. 3-bd, 2-ba. 1568sf $1100. Call 6782324 or 830-7879. Two story end unit townhome with clubhouse & community pool. 2bd/1.5ba. W/D hookups. $950. $500 Dep. 850-897-4830. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 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 mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comCox academic tourney resultsThe Cox Communications Okaloosa School District Academic Tournament began its 2013 season Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the media center at Choctawhatchee High School. The matches are taped by the WBGI student TV crew. There will be three matches taped per week and aired on Cox Channel 6 every Friday, 5 -6 p.m., and Sundays, 1-2 p.m., until the winner is announced at the end of February. The tournament is a doubleelimination tournament bracket style similar to the one used in the college baseball world series. There are seven teams competing for the title. Collegiate High School, last years champion, had a bye week for the first series of matches. In match one the Rocky Bayou Christian School Academic Team beat Laurel Hill School with a score of 205 to 40 Jan. 29. The team, co-captains Audrey Stevens and Noah Kerstein, Priscilla Baum, Ian Kampert and James Sung, was coached by Dr. Mike Mosley and Julie Mosley. In match three the Niceville High School Academic Team beat Fort Walton Beach High School Feb. 5 with a score of 350 to 50. The team, captain Sabrina Valenti, Alex Fager, Ciara Ordner, Georgia Pearce, Tory Marks and Sophia Bergman, was coached by Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard. The Rocky Bayou Christian School Academic Team members from left: Ian Kampert, Noah Kerstein, Audrey Stevens, Priscilla Baum, and James Sung. The Niceville High School Academic Team from left: Georgia Pearce, Ciara Ordner, Alex Fager, Sabrina Valenti and Tory Marks. The team is coached by Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard. Sophia Bergman not pictured.Stephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director 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 Sisters run for funPlew Elementary teacher Mary De Graan LaPointe and Christine De Graan completed the ING Miami Half Marathon Jan. 27. The Niceville High School graduates are daughters of retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant Paul and Sylvia De Graan of Niceville. The Niceville High School Wrestling Team placed second in the 2A Regional Tournament Feb. 8 and 9 in Palm Coast. The five finishers will compete in the state tournament Feb. 15 and 16, at Lakeland Convention Center.Niceville wrestling team second in region cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing (Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 14 years!Gift Certificates Available DAY SPA Proudly welcomesDr. Liz Clark (Dr. Milum)As she returns to the Emerald Coast! Best Dermatology Practice on the Emerald Coast 4400 Highway 20 ESuite 410 | Niceville/Bluewater Bay | Merchants Walk Call today for your appointment! 850654 3376www.CoastalSkinSurgery.comElizabeth A. Clark, MD, FAAD Board Certi ed DermatologistWe are proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth A. Clark (known previously as Dr. Liz Milum) will be joining Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology at our new o ce in Niceville/Bluewater Bay! She welcomes ALL past and new patients to her practice starting April 8th. The Niceville High School wrestling team placed second in the 2A Regional Tournament Feb. 8 and 9 in Palm Coast. The winners with their weight class are: first place Taylor Bartleson, 160; second place, Trenton Miller, 138; fourth place, Tanner Aull, 152, Matt Burger, 120, and Jack Frey, 113. The five wrestlers will compete in the FHSSA Wrestling Finals Feb. 15 and 16 at the Lakeland Convention Center, Lakeland.