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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: 02-20-2013
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley and State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that a criminal summons has been issued to Vision Airlines for failing to pay $100,000 in airport fees. The Las Vegas-based airline, which once made the county-run Northwest Regional Airport its operating hub, "collected but did not remit to Okaloosa County more than $100,000 in passenger facility charges," according to a criminal-charge affidavit filed Monday in Okaloosa County Circuit Court by Eddins. "Although some payments were made, at this time, Vision owes the county more than $117,659.98," the affidavit alleged. In July 2012, the county evicted Vision from the airport, a year and a half after a much-ballyhooed opening that was supposed to bring tens of thousands of tourists to the Emerald Coast from throughout the Southeast. The company now operates two scheduled routes between other Florida cities and the Biloxi, Miss., gambling resort. In the affidavit, the State Attorney alleged that "Vision misappropriated the PFC revenues that were in trust for the county and airport and committed first degree grand theft, in violation of section 812.014(2)(a). Florida Statutes." During a press conference Monday at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office in Shalimar, Eddins said that when criminal charges are made against a corporation rather than against individual persons, no one is arrested, nor are they sent to prison if convicted, but the corporation itself can be punished by being made to pay a fine, as well as restitution for losses by the victim of the crime—in this case Okaloosa County—and also made to pay the cost of the investigation and prosecution. In the case of Vision Airlines, Eddins said, the company had allegedly failed to pay more than $100,000 in passenger facilities charges. Eddins said that such charges are similar to a state sales tax, which Vision was required to By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) board of directors met Feb. 12, and changed the date of an upcoming landscape workshop to Feb. 22. They also discussed making repairs to some of Bluewater Bay’s aging street and directional sign. The MSBU is a special unit of Okaloosa County government, in charge of landscaping, street lights and signs, and general maintenance of common areas throughout the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by a five-member board of elected directors. The landscape workshop had previously been scheduled for Feb. 19, but was rescheduled to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, after board member Judy Griffin said that at least one board member would be unable to attend on Feb. 19. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council unanimously approved a proposal to test a curbside recycling program using 96-gallon wheeled cans instead of the familiar little blue bins. A representative of the city's garbage and recycling hauler, Waste Management Inc., said switching to big recycling containers would dramatically increase recycling, with a corresponding decrease in garbage sent to landfills. The council, voting at its meeting Feb. 12 in the Niceville City Council chambers, authorized City Clerk Dan Doucet and City Manager Lannie Corbin to designate a neighborhood of about 50 homes that would be a good area to test the program. Domenica Farmer, district manager for Waste Management, said the goal of the program is to increase recycling and reduce garbage volume. Farmer said the greater capacity of the new receptacles would cause users to put recyclables in the correct bin instead of the garbage. She said the convenience of rolling the cart to the street instead of picking up and carrying the smaller bin would also boost participation in the city's voluntary curbside recycling program. The pilot program would test a neighborhood that receives garbage pickup twice a week and recycling and yard waste pickup once a week. The pickup schedule for the pilot program would remain the same, and the only aspect that would change would be the switch from the 18-gallon recycling bin to a 96-gallon rolling container the size and shape of a Waste Management garbage can. The program would run for four to six months. Waste Management will record the "set-out" rates of garbage and recycling during the program and compare them to previous figures. This information, along with the results of a survey of participants, will be provided to the city council for consideration with an eye to deciding whether to switch the entire city to the plan. The 96-gallon recycling By Daniel Elsesser and Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff East Niceville Fire Commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar suggested the commission follow more closely a Florida law requiring the commission to elect its board officers annually. Dunbar said at a commission meeting Feb. 11 that the panel has not been following the law, which requires that a board vote to pick a commission chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary be held within 60 days of the date that newly elected commissioners take office. Dunbar said that if the commission does not adopt the required policy, he would step down from his treasurer position at the end of the fiscal year, which will end Sept. 30. He would still retain his seat on the commission throughout his full term, which ends November 2014. "I'd announce my resignation [as treasurer] not to force anything untoward, but just to give everyone fair warning of what's going to happen," Dunbar said. Dunbar said the commission members asked—but did not elect—him to assume the treasurer position after he was appointed to the commission in May 2010 due to a vacancy caused by the death of longtime commissioner Ray Hinck. Dunbar said the commission has never held internal elections or rotated positions during his time on the commission. John Root, vice chairman, who has been a commissioner for 12 years, said he wasn't sure when the commission last held elections for board officers, but added that it was "probably two or three years ago." Florida Statute 191.05 states "[a]nnually, within 60 days after the newly elected members have taken office, the board shall Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Meet Dr. Bob Shipp and hear his free presentation on red snappers and artificial reefs at the Student Services Center Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Wednesday, 4:30-8 p.m. Donate blood to Northwest Florida Blood Services and then enjoy a snack and drink at First Baptist Church Niceville. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy nature with the Adventure Club for a bike ride in the Parkwood area, through Bluewater Bay Niceville. Saturday, 10 a.m. Get into weaving with the Strictly Weavers of the Emerald Coast at their monthly meeting at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center Niceville. Saturday, 7 p.m. Take a look at the stars at the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association’s meeting at the observatory, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. 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 20, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts COMING UP Please see VISION, page A-2 Please see ELECTIONS, page A-3 Please see CITY, page A-2 Please see FACELIFT, page A-3 Police BlotterPage A-4 Bluewater Bay facelift meeting set for FridayCompany allegedly failed to pay $100,000 in county charges The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Some of Bluewater Bay's aging directlonal signs give inaccurate information. The “conference center” mentioned on this sign, for example, no longer exists. The building that once housed the center is occupied by an investment company.Fire commissioner: Law requires officer electionsBeacon photo by Mike Griffith State Attorney Bill Eddins announces a criminal charge against Vision Airlines for failing to pay county airport fees. He was joined at a press conference in Shalimar Monday by Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. Ed DunbarCity to test giant recycling cans A 96-gallon recycling cart.Vision Airlines charged in fee case

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carts, which, excepting a yellow lid, look like current Waste Management garbage cans, have instructions on what can and cannot be recycled printed on their lids. According to Farmer, 80 percent of the items Waste Management customers throw away are actually recyclable or can be composted at home. Farmer said the 96-gallon carts could be picked up by a truck's automated arm if the program is eventually implemented, but in the pilot program it will be picked up using a rear-loading truck loaded by hand. The recycling and garbage will be picked up by separate trucks, though could possibly be picked up on the same day, Farmer said. Farmer said Waste Management ran a similar pilot program in its franchise covering unincorporated areas of Okaloosa County, selecting a test neighborhood near Shalimar. According to information in a newsletter by County Commissioner Dave Parisot, the county pilot program ran for six months beginning Feb. 6, 2012. According to Waste Management figures cited by Parisot, the tested residents set out 76 percent more recyclable solids during the test than they did during the same period in 2011, up from 175 to 308 tons. Meantime, Waste Management also reported a 38 percent decrease in tonnage of refuse sent to landfills. Waste Management sent 2,234 surveys to county pilot program participants, and of the 447 that were returned and validated, 81 percent said they wanted to continue the program. Parisot said he and Commissioner Nathan Boyles voted for the adoption of the policy, but the other three commissioners voted against it. Commissioner Wayne Harris said he voted against the policy partially because the rate discount Waste Management was offering as incentive was not proportional to the amount of money the company would make by shipping more recyclables, saving on labor costs, and decreasing garbage volume. "Waste Management would make a lot of money." Harris said. "They'd be paid to pick it up, and they'd be paid to ship it." Harris said the county's program would've decreased total pickup frequency from four times per week to three, and so he felt a similar 25 percent reduction in rates would be an appropriate incentive. Waste Management offered a decrease of $1.50 off of the $18.01 per month collection rates, a roughly 8 percent decrease. Harris said he also voted against the plan because a condition of the plan's acceptance was a five-year extension of Waste Management's franchise with the county, set to expire March 2016. Harris felt the commissioners should wait until the end of the franchise before deciding whether they want to continue using Waste Management's services. Doucet said the city will not necessarily have to renew its franchise with Waste Management if it adopts the policy. Farmer said the county pilot program is different from the one to be run in Niceville because it not only switched the size of the recycling container, but also changed the pickup schedule to once per week garbage pickup. County Public Information Officer Kathy Newby said the Board of County Commissioners opted to wait until the county negotiates its next contract with Waste Management to determine whether to switch to the larger receptacles. Gene Eller, a Niceville resident of Regatta Drive, spoke at the meeting, voicing concern about residents with one-car garages having to find space for another large receptacle. He said all houses in his neighborhood have one-car garages, and the neighborhood also has a covenant requiring that all garbage receptacles be kept out of public view. Farmer said accommodations to individual neighborhoods could be considered if the program is adopted, but the city council will decide on the specifics of the program. Separately, the council approved an ordinance to raise the residential and commercial garbage rates 2.16 percent. Per Waste Management's franchise agreement, the company may receive rate increases or decreases depending on changes to the CPI. In other business, the council unanimously approved several requests and ordinances. The council approved on third and final reading a request to rezone the land surrounding the Niceville High School billboard on John Sims Parkway from R1A (residential single family) to RNC (residential, neighborhood and commercial). The Okaloosa County School District submitted the request after a Florida Department of Transportation representative informed the school district that, because of the its Coastal Bank and Trust logo, the sign constitutes off-site advertising and requires a state permit. The permit can be applied for now that the land has been rezoned. The council also approved on the third and final reading a request by HP Rental Properties to rezone its land on Madison Street from R-3 (residential multiple family) to C-2 (general commercial) with a special exception to allow ministorage. The land currently houses 14 trailers, which the co-owner Michael Phillips said he intends to tear down and replace with ministorage. The council also approved on first reading a request to annex land on 23rd Street, Nicev ille, into the city and zone it PUD (planned urban development) at its meeting in the Niceville City Council Chambers Feb. 4. Niceville resident John Duhaime, who owns the property on 23rd Street, said he eventually intends to build five single-family houses at 1,600 square feet each on the land. CITYFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Proudly welcomesDr. Liz Clark (Dr. Milum)As she returns to the Emerald Coast! 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Palm Blvd., Niceville Domenica Farmer, district manager for Waste Management, told the Niceville City Council that the company wants to increase recycling and reduce garbage volume by requiring customers to use garbage-cartsize recycling containers.collect from its passengers, account for, and transfer to Okaloosa County. He said that Vision Airlines had been notified of the criminal summons, and is contesting the charge. A court date has yet to be determined, Eddins said. Thus far, attempts by the Beacon to reach anyone at Vision Airlines for comment have been unsuccessful. When asked by Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot, who attended the press conference, whether it was true that Vision had just recently agreed to pay the passenger facilities charges to Okaloosa County, Eddins said he was not aware of that, but that if it were true, he would be pleased. “I wish they had paid a long time ago,” Eddins said. If Vision has indeed decided to pay the fees, Eddins said, “I anticipate some relationship between the choice we made and the choice they made.” He also said that his office “will cooperate with Vision Airlines to resolve this as fairly and quickly as possible.” Eddins and Ashley said that at present, there is no direct connection between the passenger fees matter and any relationship Vision Airlines may or may not have had with the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC). Activities of the TDC and Okaloosa County government are being investigated because of alleged financial mismanagement and theft by Mark Bellinger, the late executive director. However, said Eddins and Ashley, the investigation of the TDC case is still underway, and it is not yet known whether other persons or organizations besides Bellinger himself will be charged with any crimes. They did say that some of the county and BP credit cards that Bellinger is alleged to have misused have been found in the possession of Vision Airlines, but did not allege any misconduct by anyone at Vision. Ashley said the TDC investigation has involved his own office as well as the State Attorney, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Auditor General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ashley said the investigation thus far has required hundreds of hours to interview witnesses, examine documents, computers, and financial accounts. Ashley and Eddins gave little new information about what the law enforcement investigations have thus far revealed in the TDC matter, except to say that it is expected to take “several more months” before any conclusions are reached. When the investigation is finally complete, said Eddins, the results will be made public. Meantime, Eddins and Ashley cautioned against jumping to conclusions about whether anyone in Okaloosa County government, the TDC, or elsewhere was criminally involved with Bellinger’s activities. In addition to finding any guilty parties, said Ashley, “It is also important that we clear those who were not involved in any criminal activity.” Eddins also said that although the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners (BCC) was asked not to interview witnesses or start its own investigation during the early phase of the criminal investigation, neither he nor anyone else ever told the county commission not to take whatever action it deemed appropriate to reform the county’s financial management or discipline county employees if appropriate. Earlier this month, Ashley gave the BCC his approval to begin its own in-house investigation of the management of the TDC and of overall county financial management. Also present at Monday’s press conference were Okaloosa County commissioners Dave Parisot, who was the BCC’s representative to the TDC at the time of the Bellinger scandal, and newly elected Commissioner Nathan Boyles. Following the press conference, Parisot told the Beacon that, “In my research since February first, I have accumulated extensive documents and pieced a lot of information together.” Parisot said he had found “a lot of deceit by Bellinger,” but that thus far, “It is encouraging that no county employee except Bellinger has been implicated by name” in any criminal activity. Regarding his own role, Parisot said, “No invoices from the TDC ever crossed my desk” while he was the BCC's representative to the TDC advisory council. He said it would be very unusual for specific purchase invoices to cross the desk of any county commissioner, with the possible exception of the county commission chairman. The county commission as a whole is responsible for overseeing the TDC, which by state law is an advisory body with no authority to spend public money without county officials' approval. Parisot said that thus far, “I am not aware of any collusion between any county employee and Bellinger, or of any kickbacks or anything of that sort.” Nathan Boyles told the Beacon that he is pleased that investigators “are moving forward and making progress. I’m happy to see that.” Boyles also said that he planned to discuss the TDC case with fellow county commissioners during a BCC meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening in Fort Walton Beach. “I look forward to getting feedback from my fellow board members,” he said. VISIONFrom page A-1 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON

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organize by electing from its members a chair, a vice chair, a secretary, and a treasurer." Root said the commission does not have an elected secretary. The commission's newest member, Tricia Brunson, who was elected to the commission Nov. 2, 2012, said she feels that annual election of positions is an issue worth looking into. "I want to do what's best to ensure the taxpayers get the full extent of what they are entitled to," Brunson said. Dunbar said his suggestion was met negatively by the commission members other than Brunson. He said he would most likely not bring up the issue again at the next public meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., March 11, at the East Niceville firehouse, 1709 27th St., Niceville. Mike Marcolongo, who has served as commission chairman for more than two decades, and Commissioner Matt Schwab did not return messages seeking comment. Dunbar also suggested that the elected positions within the commission be rotated annually. He said this is not in any Florida statute, but would be beneficial to the commission because it "increases each of the commissioners' knowledge of the full range of commission responsibilities." "That could help because, if anything happened to me, everyone else wouldn't be in the dark about what the treasurer has been doing," Dunbar said. ELECTIONSFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Page A-3 Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon With Mini Dental Implants your Dentist can provide you with a simple, gentle, non-surgical procedure to replace your missing teeth. Restore the attractiveness of your smile at a much lower cost than the larger older style implants. Smile with confidence in one short visit! Call Today!Replace a few teeth instantly!GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. 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Their classic good looks make them ideal for using as containers around the house after the candle has been savored through its last flame. Find them at Made in the USA By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission has approved a hiring timeline for a new police chief which would have the new chief begin work Aug. 1. The commission Feb. 11 approved a timeline to fill the slot left by Joe Hart, who retired as chief of the 16-employee department Jan. 31. Hart completed the maximum five years in the Florida Retirement System’s deferred retirement option program (DROP). The Aug. 1 start date for his permanent successor is just over six months after Hart's last day in the $70,000-ayear post. The state pension system allows a former public employee to go back to work for a former employer, and to draw his pension and pay for work, after six months. Mayor Bruce Arnold, Hart's boss, said the former chief would be eligible to apply for the opening. But Arnold said he did not know whether Hart would do so. Interim chief David Bruckelmeyer said he did not know Hart’s intentions, either. The approved timetable lists a June 1 deadline for proposals from potential candidates and a July 12 deadline for the city to make an official offer of employment. City commissioners Joe Morgan, Kay Hamilton and Heyward Strong all said they would consider a proposal by Hart if he were to reapply. Officials did not say why they have decided to wait six months before hiring a permanent chief. When Hart was promoted to chief in 2003, his selection over two other candidates was announced a month before the previously announced retirement of his predecessor, Lomax Donaldson, took effect. Joe HartValp. to hire new police chief after a six-month searchThe purpose of the workshop, a public meeting to be held at the Bluewater Bay Resort clubhouse, Bluewater Boulevard, will be for board members and interested residents to discuss alternative approaches to landscaping the common areas of the community, and to hear presentations from local landscaping companies on how they would improve the appearance of Bluewater Bay. At the Feb. 12 meeting, board member Doug Burgess suggested that each company giving a presentation be allocated about 15 minutes to do so. No one stated how many landscapers are actually expected to give presentations at Friday’s workshop. Bluewater Bay resident Rob Strano addressed the MSBU board, saying that he welcomes steps to improve the appearance of the community. As an 11-year resident of Bluewater Bay, said Strano, he has observed a decline in Bluewater Bay’s appearance compared to similar Northwest Florida communities such as Sandestin and Kelly Plantation. “Bluewater should elevate itself again in order to attract golfers and become a destination, not an afterthought,” said Strano, a pro golfer. He also suggested that Bluewater Bay mount a large community message board on a main road, to keep the public informed about upcoming events and increase public awareness of Bluewater Bay as a place to reside or visit. “Bluewater Bay looks tired,” Strano said, adding that the MSBU has enough money to renovate and modernize the appearance of the area, and it is time to do so. “Let’s pull ourselves out of the 70s, gang.” Board member Judy Griffin said she likes the message board idea, and also wants to repair many of Bluewater’s aging blueand-white wooden street and direction signs, some of which identify specific subdivisions in Bluewater Bay. Many such signs are rotting, she said, and need to be fixed or replaced, and some give outdated information, such as signs pointing to a “conference center” off Bay Drive that no longer exists. FACELIFTFrom page A-1 Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323info@baybeacon.comBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantCheryle ValentineReceptionistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeKaron DeyBookkeeper The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Stephen W. 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ArrestsApril Anne Shaw, unemployed, 41, of 200 Spencer Place, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 12 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Shaw's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Bradley Martin Van Boxtel, a waiter, 24, of 218 Seminole Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 6 on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. An officer observed a man later identified as Van Boxtel driving on S.R. 20 near Davis Drive without wearing a seat belt. The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and, after smelling a slight odor of marijuana, interviewed Van Boxtel. Van Boxtel allegedly said the last time he had smoked marijuana in the car was "about a week ago." When the officer asked if there was a pipe or anything else illegal in the vehicle, Van Boxtel said he didn't have a pipe but had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, which he estimated to weigh four or five grams. After the officer asked for it, Van Boxtel pulled a clear plastic bag from his pocket which contained a green leafy substance which later tested positive for the presence of THC. Van Boxtel and his passenger were both cited for not wearing seat belts. Van Boxtel's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Jessica Lynn Allen, a housekeeper, 27, of 1693 Sycamore Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 5 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Allen was the passenger in a vehicle stopped at 304 Reeves St. Lot A-3, Niceville. An officer arrested the driver for driving while license suspended or revoked, and another gained consent to search the vehicle from Allen, the registered owner. The officer found a purse, which Allen granted the officer consent to search. The officer found two white, oval pills which poison control later identified as hydrocodone 5 mg. Allen said she did not have a prescription for the pills. Allen's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Patrick Ocain Moriarty, 24, of 316 Branch Hill Park, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 26 on a charge of felony battery. Moriarty's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** John Robert Merts, a catering company employee, 24, of 1138 Sandalwood Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 11 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. Merts' required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Marlon Anthony Buchanan, a cook, 38, of 1426 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 9 on a charge of driving while license suspended first offense. Buchanan's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Yvonne Cope Kelso, 1465 Cypress St., Niceville, a selfemployed antique dealer, 47, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 11 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Kelso allegedly pushed an open freezer door into a person's face, causing bleeding lacerations. Kelso's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Olivia Long Seitz, 23, of 304 Biscayne Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 7 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Seitz's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. ***DUI arrestsTravis Wayne Rogers, 33, of 183 Pritchard Road, Miramar Beach, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI on College Boulevard, Niceville, near the Eglin golf cart overpass Feb. 8 at 11:23 p.m. Rogers was also cited for failure to drive within a single lane and was issued a warning for failure to use a turn signal. Rogers' required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Timothy Michael Gallegos, 47, of 26 Southview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at S.R. 20 and Partin Drive, Niceville, Feb. 10 at 1:07 a.m. Gallegos was also cited for failure to drive within a single lane. Gallegos' required court appearance is scheduled March 5. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported an unknown person entered her house by prying open a door Feb. 6 and stole an Xbox console worth $300, three video game discs worth $60 each, two Xbox controllers worth a total of $100 and a headset worth $20. *** A Niceville resident of the 1000 block of Pine Lake Drive reported Feb. 6 an unknown person stole two bicycles out of his garage. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Feb. 12 someone stole two bicycles from him, at least one from his front yard. *** A Niceville resident reported Feb. 7 she noticed a check written by her employer to a pest control company had been cashed for $1,000 more than it had been writtenfor. She reported the check had been made payable for $312.44, but the bank account indicated that it had been cashed and returned for $1,312.44. The complainant said she personally carries business mail to the post office and doesn't know how the check could have been stolen. The bank provided video footage of the person who cashed the check. The person gave his driver's license and thumbprint to the bank. The complainant brought this information to the pest control company, who said the person who cashed the check was not an employee of theirs. The complainant filed reimbursement paperwork with the bank, and the sheriff's deputy investigating the case closed it because the bank, located in Santa Rosa Beach, is now the alleged victim, having reimbursed the company. Criminal Mischief A Niceville resident of the 800 block of Linden Avenue reported Feb. 9 someone had knocked over his mailbox. He said another mailbox in his neighborhood had previously been knocked over.OtherA Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported Feb. 11 two people had pulled him off his bike and "jumped" him while he was riding on 23rd Street. He stated the individuals hit him in the mouth and beat him on the back of his head and neck. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-4 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 11, 2013 through February 17, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Ida Coon Cir................................EMS call................................2/11/13......................05:49 Bay Drive.....................................Assist invalid..........................2/11/13......................06:15 White Point Rd............................Service call............................2/11/13......................06:19 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/11/13......................11:14 E. Highway 20.............................No incident found..................2/11/13......................16:35 Merchants Way...........................Medical..................................2/11/13......................18:58 Cypress St...................................Medical..................................2/11/13......................22:42 Pinehurst Cove...........................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................03:22 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................04:50 Merchants Way...........................Medical assist........................2/12/13.....................08:18 Bay Drive.....................................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................16:54 Range Road................................Vehicle accident....................2/12/13.....................22:01 Merchants Way...........................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................07:41 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................07:51 Cat Mar Road..............................Medical alarm activation.......2/13/13.....................11:31 Bimini Way..................................Public assist..........................2/13/13.....................16:16 White Point Rd............................Dispatched & cancelled........2/13/13.....................16:23 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................19:45 W. Parkwood Ln..........................Unintentional transmission...2/16/13.....................16:57 W. Parkwood Ln..........................Medical alarm activation.......2/17/13.....................09:15 White Point Rd............................Public assist..........................2/17/13.....................10:55 Bermuda Cir................................Dispatched & cancelled........2/17/13.....................11:29 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/17/13.....................12:35 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/17/13.....................16:18 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay 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 Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 11, 2013 through February 17, 2013. 0 Structure Fire 15 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Lanman Road........................................Medical...........................2/11/13..................10:30 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/11/13..................23:37 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/12/13..................10:00 Rocky Shores Dr...................................Medical...........................2/12/13..................14:09 W. John Sims Pkwy..............................Medical...........................2/13/13..................07:49 S. Palm Blvd..........................................Vehicle crash.................2/13/13..................17:30 Edge Ave...............................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................09:13 N. Partin Dr............................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................12:20 Coconut Palm Cir..................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................15:54 Red Maple Way.....................................Alarm activation.............2/14/13..................20:53 Lincolnshire Dr.......................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................22:19 Reeves St..............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................03:17 Big Oaks Ln...........................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................10:20 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Medical...........................2/15/13..................11:26 Edge Ave...............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................12:16 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Service call....................2/15/13..................14:22 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/15/13..................16:59 McEwen Dr............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................19:46 Woodlow Rd..........................................Medical...........................2/16/13..................15:31 S. Partin Dr............................................Alarm activation.............2/16/13..................17:27 Basin Creek Cove.................................Medical...........................2/17/13..................00:02 W. John Sims Pkwy..............................Vehicle crash.................2/17/13..................12:25 23rd Street.............................................Medical...........................2/17/13..................18:13 Weekly Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide (CO). You can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a long period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter period of time. CO is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created when fuels (such as: gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of CO. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDEDStop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Jewelry RepairTues–Fri 10am–6pm Sat 10am–3pmSTORE HOURSNEW }Custom Design Mike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner D i am o n d W or k si nc Park Place Plaza 323 Page Bacon Rd. Mary Esther, FL 32569 850-244-5252www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com Poll y ’s Co n crete Products Poll y ’s Co n crete Productswww.poll y sco n crete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver Driveway READY TO ENHANCE YOUR CURB APPEAL?Upgrade your old existing driveway with Stylish Cobblestone Pavers or we can remove and repour your driveway.Call today for a free estimate 897-3314By Mark V. Norris, Chief Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department In the Feb. 13 issue of the Bay Beacon ("Panel discusses Valp's future," page A-3) a Valparaiso City official was quoted saying, “The Eglin fire department arrives first. Niceville arrives second, and our own fire department arrives third.” Readers who know me personally and professionally will understand that I cannot permit this statement to go without rebuttal. I won’t go into particulars, but the only partial truth in this reported statement was derived from two calls back in 2010. Of the remaining 200 plus calls that year the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on scene to our emergencies and over the past several years we have continued to perform likewise. Our neighboring fire departments support us when additional manpower and vehicles are required for fire responses. We in turn do likewise for them. We are proud to provide the “public safety” that was also quoted in the article. Fire protection and emergency medical care are top priorities of the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department! Letters to the Editor Letters to the editor on any subject are welcome. To allow room for all views, please keep your letters short. Also, don t forget to sign them and include your phone number. We reserve the right to edit or refuse any submissions. Please send items to: The Beacon • 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 Fax: 1-888-520-9323 • Email: info@baybeacon.com Choose Baywalk, you deserve the best!4566 Hwy 20E, Ste. 104 • Niceville • www.baywalk2.comMAGNOLIA PLANTATION— Gated 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. CRYSTAL BEACH Located in Sovereign Isle, Most Desirable Area of Community. 3/2, Unique Florida cottage, Custom Built. Community Pool with Koi Ponds and Fountains. $350,000. 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CALL JANE CALL Jane Rainwater: (850) 897-1101 1-888-390-4450 PENDING 600 John Sims Pkwy., E. • Niceville (Across from FUMC)Call today (850) 678 1795 MARK S. HARBER, M.D.Adult & Adolescent Primary CareRetired USAF MC FS Same Day AppointmentsWe le most insurances Medicare acceptedFLU SHOTS$1500 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 20, 2013 Page A-5 NICEVILLE | FT. WALTON BEACH | CRESTVIEW MEDICAL | SURGICAL | COSMETICTOTAL ACCESS.TOTAL CONFIDENCE.TOTAL CAREFOR YOUR SKIN. gulfcoastderm.com At Gulf Coast Dermatology, we believe these are the three most valuable things we have to offer the communities we care for. What does this mean for you? 1-877-231-DERM (3376).George vonHilsheimer, MD | Board-certi“ ed Dermatologist Katie Showalter, PA-C | Certi“ ed Physician Assistant Anna Justi, PA-C | Certi“ ed Physician Assistant THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “I d love to go on a cruise.” “That would be fantastic. I ve never been on one.” “That would be nice.” “I ve done it twice, and enjoyed it both times – on Carnival as a matter of fact.” Ennie May Adair, 68, Niceville, retired school employee Callie Stewart, 20, Valparaiso, student Laura Metcalf, 42, Freeport, self-employed house cleaner Justin Dorsey, 21, DeFuniak Springs, store clerk Pat Nobles, 40, Warner Robbins, Ga., US Air Force Katie Randall, 38, Choctaw Beach, retailWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.What do you think about taking a cruise vacation?“Check the fine print in the contract before you go, so you ll know your rights.” Location: Wal-Mart “I d go. Heck yeah! I ve never gone before.” Valp. FD arrives first

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Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. Ruckel Properties, Inc. opened its doors for business in the summer of 1955, armed with a dream and commitment to provide Niceville-Valparaiso with communities and neighborhoods which would be unequaled in Northwest Florida. Today, over 50 years later, the area abounds with the fruits of those dreams. Residential communities such as Rocky Bayou, Fairway Woods and Swift Creek are testaments to the high quality and preservation of nature that makes a Ruckel Properties community a place where neighbors enjoy living for generations. Ruckel Properties also has commercial entities that have become an important part of the community such as Palm Plaza, the Ruckel Airport, and Heritage Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home. C. Walter WaltŽ Ruckel, founder, owner, and driving force behind Ruckel Properties, had a simple philosophy that held him in good stead over the years...never do anything which is not of the highest quality possible and never misrepresent anything to a customer. Ruckel said he learned that philosophy as a boy at the knee of his grandfather, James E. Plew, who was one of the founders of Niceville/Valparaiso and who donated the original land for Eglin Air Force Base. Ruckel involved his family in the business as his father and mother had involved him. His son Jim Ruckel was involved in development and as President when Ruckel became Chairman of the Board. Continuing the tradition, Walt Ruckels daughter Marion Ruckel Skalicky became Chairman of the Board and son Stephen SteveŽ Ruckel became President when Walt Ruckel passed away. Ardent advocate of important community organizations, Walt Ruckel was a major supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and the Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center to name just two. Plew Elementary School is named for his grandfather, James E. Plew, and C. W. Ruckel Middle School was named for his father. Walt Ruckel passed on in April of 2012 and left a legacy of community building that will stand the test of time. Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel are continuing the vision of community building with an exciting plan for the last major undeveloped land in Niceville. At just under 1,100 acres, the project is designed to be a mixed-use traditional neighborhood with over 2.1 million square feet of commercial and approximately 4,000 housing units. The project is a multi-generational one. The design calls for a number of hamlets,Ž villages,Ž and townsized phases with mixed-uses, lovely streetscapes, significant civic spaces reserved within each phase, walkable blocks, hiking trails and more than 50% of the total land preserved as woodlands. The property is divided in the middle by a beautiful flowing creek and boasts stunning changes in elevation. Three vehicular and ten pedestrian bridges provide opportunities to connect the various hamletsŽ to each other and walking and biking trails. Traditional neighborhoods hearken back to a time when neighbors knew each other, gathered on front porches, could walk from place to place and children played safely in the yard. They feel that real estate is changing along with economic changes and Ruckel Properties is embracing new opportunities to create a place that can serve more people. With a wider spectrum of prices and types of homes, first time homebuyers, baby boomers and retirees can upsize and downsize in one place. Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel are dedicated to developing this property in an environmentally conscious manner and look forward to sharing the hidden beauty of what they feel is sacred land. They hope to honor their fathers memory, make their family proud and serve the community well. Advertising Feature Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel stand at creek crossing on the 1,100 acres. Does your heater keep you warm?ONLINECALL TODAY! OR SCHEDULEONLINEwww.ScheduleSomeHelp.com • Crowns & Bridges • Fillings & Partials • Dentures • Root Canals • Extractions • Implants • Emergencies NOW OFFERING -• Botox• Juvederm • Invisalign• Conscious Sedation 897-4488€ www.drbroutin.com Merchant s Walk • Ste 101 • NicevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients *Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972OFFER EXPIRES 02/28/13 TEETH WHITENING$1 9 9* WE DELIVER!*Minimum delivery amount applies.142 N. PALM BLVD. 850-729 -2323Across from Niceville High School & Ruckel Middle School. 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Thats just one of the ways we serve each resident!Assisted Living Lic. #AL-12000 and GENERAL REPAIR Brakes • Water Pumps Timing Belts • Struts/Shocks We Now Have General MotorsFACTORY SCAN TOOLfor Dealer Diagnostic PEPPER & TONYZen masters, guard dogs, & welcoming committee • Expert, Certified Techs • Quality Parts • Detailed Estimates • Friendly Service(850)729-6629 • Guaranteed for 25 years! • Rhino Shield will never flake, chip or peel. • Perfect for wood, brick, block, stucco, & cement fiber board. • Water proofs and resists mold & mildew. • Wood repair and prep work included. • Financing available! (850) 424-6829Never PAINT Your Home Again! It s not paint *With approved credit through EnerBank USA $575 OFF-OR-6 Months Same as Cash Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades • Hair ColorPerms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out101 John Sims Pkwy. NicevilleTues-Fri 9-6 • Sat 8-2Evening Appointments Upon Request We carry RedKen Color and Products Kenra Haircare Products FULLSERVICEHAIRfor ladies & men Call Today! 678-1977 € PECAN CRUSTED CATCH OF THE DAYWhite fish, pan sauteed & crusted with chopped pecans. Topped with a honey cinnamon cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley€ CHICKEN PICATTAPan sauteed chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley€ BEEF TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONSTopped with a marsala mushroom demi glace, served with red skin mashed potatoes and vegetable medley€ FRIED GULF SHRIMPServed with french fries and cole slaw€ SHRIMP ETOUFFEESauteed bay shrimp in a classic etouffee sauce, served over rice pilaf HOURS: 10:45a m -9p m Su.T h. 10:45a m -9:30p m Fri. 11:30a m 9:30p m Sat. C a s u a l W a t e r f r o n t D i n i n g f e a t u r i n g S e a f o o d S t e a k & P a s t a $9954:30 pm-6:00 pm 7 Days a WeekEARLY BIRD SPECIALSNEW 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us)€ 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com SPECIALIS T S IN MEMORY CARE 2300 North Partin Drive, Niceville, FL 32578 SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleDo you know someone dealing withAlzheimers orDementia? We can help!Call today to schedule a visit with our Senior Solutions Director!(850) 897-2244Assisted Living Respite Stays Day Stays 24 Hour Nurses On-SiteA ss i s ted Living # AL11712 Book Together! Save Together!NOW THRU FEBRUARYMassages • Facials Manicures • PedicuresBuy1 Get1HALFOFF306 GOVERNMENT AVE. • NICEVILLE Call Today! 279-4620 • HOURS: T-F 9-6, Sat 9-4 Walk ins welcome • Evening appts upon requestA resort feel on the bayside= Contact Lenses & Eyeglasses Treatment and Management of Eye Disease Emergency Eye Injuries • Specialty/Bifocal Contact Lenses Pediatric Patients are Always Welcome Accepting TriCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medicare, Medicaid and VSP CALL 850-279-4361 WWW.PALMEYECARE.COM Palm Plaza € 1005-A John Sims Pkwy. Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri. 8:30 am-5:15 pm € Wed., 11:00 a.m. … 5:00 pm In Nicevilles Palm Plaza A new approach to personal eye care Sharon M. Streeter, O.D. Thomas A. Streeter, O.D.Board Certified Optometric Physicians (850) 678-1066 M-F 9-6 • Sat 9-3$5OFFANYSERVICE**Must present coupon. New clients only.910 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32518 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. • Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 729 -3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE• Internal Medicine • Pediatrics • Preventive Care • Sport/school Physicals • Immunizations Dr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessN icevi ll e/Va lp a r aisoKi w anis C l ub There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. Then, just before LABOR DAY and9/11, VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole in front of your home or business. And take it down afterward. Kiwanis does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! Note: Mail subscriptions are often delayed in the mail. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.Please send coupon and payment to: The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. For more information, contact The Bay Beacon at (850) 678-1080 or info@baybeacon.com.Price includes any applicable sales tax.Name: Phone: Address*: Payment (for 1 year) ......................$104.00The Beacon by m ai l Weekly mail delivery is available by subscription. Just co mp lete th i s for m and return i t w i th your check!*U.S. and APO addresses only. ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Ruckel Properties plans for futureFamily-run business creates legacy of quality community building

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Baylor University sophomore Stephen Farrell of Niceville will perform Friday with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for “The Stars of Tomorrow,” concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Stephen Farrell, of Niceville and sophomore trombone performance major at Baylor University, first became involved in music when he chose to take band as a sixth grade required elective at Lewis School, Valparaiso. “Trombone was actually my fourth choice of instrument,” Stephen said. “After about two months of playing the trombone I had had enough.” But he kept at it and eight years later he has been named a “Star of Tomorrow” of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Stephen, the college division winner, will fly from Texas to perform the first movement of “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra,” by Gordon Jacob, at the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s “Stars of Tomorrow” concert Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Stephen is a 2011 NWFSC Collegiate High School graduate and former member of the Niceville High School band. He is a currently a member of the Trombone Choir, Symphony Orchestra and the highly acclaimed Wind Ensemble at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. “Here at Baylor I get to participate in great ensembles, however soloing with an orchestra is something that you usually do not get the opportunity to do until you are a highly, established professional musician,” Stephen said. “To have this opportunity as a sophomore in college is a great honor.” Stephen, the son of retired USAF Lt. Col. Ken Farrell and First Baptist Church of Niceville preschool teacher Donna Farrell, moved to Niceville when he was 7 years The Ruckel Middle School girls and boys swim teams defeated Bruner Middle School and Lewis School Jan. 30 at the YMCA, Fort Walton Beach, for their fifth consecutive win for the season. The teams also defeated Liza Jackson Preparatory School Feb. 6 and both won the Okaloosa County title. At the Jan. 30 meet the Ruckel girls won 10 out of 11 events sweeping first through third in several of the events. Eighth grader Sydney Dawson broke the 50 backstroke school record, standing since 2007, and broke the county record with a time of 29.16. In the 100 individual medley Sydney crushed her own records with a time of 1:04.18. The girls took first and second place in the medley relay and the 200 free relay. Ruckel winners are: Adrianna Wittic, 25 freestyle; Tatum Hackler, 50 and 100 freestyle; Jane Parke, 50 breaststroke; Donaji Brindley, 50 butterfly and 200 freestyle. The girls scored 194 to 52 against Lewis School and 180 to 82 against Bruner Middle School. At the Feb. 6 meet, the girls took first place in 10 out of 11 events, which included two relays. They managed to break their own record in the 200 medley relay, from 2:01.67 to a 1:58.96. The girls scored 121 to 105 against Liza Jackson. Tatum took first place, Donaji took second place, and Ally Keen placed fourth in the 200 freestyle. In the 50 backstroke Jane placed first, Stephanie Markwardt took fourth, Parrish Jung came in fifth and Luzan Prinsloo took sixth. In the 100 freestyle Sydney placed first, and broke the 17year-old county record, while Brittany Fager took third place and Katie Cutnaw came in fourth. In the 25 freestyle Delaney Hughes took fourth place and Mackenzie Ballash came in fifth. In the 25 backstroke Mackenzie took second place, Delaney took fourth and Morgan Bailey took sixth. In the 50 breaststroke Jane finished first, Sarah Markwardt finished third, Evy Brechler came in fourth and Ashely Sambenedetto placed fifth. In the 50 butterfly Donaji finished first, Heiley DeRosia placed fifth and Evy came in sixth. In the 100 IM event Sydney placed first, Sarah came in third, 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 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Please see SWIM, page B-4 Photo by Wayne JacobsBoy Scout earns Eagle rankNiceville Troop 553 Boy Scouts Patrick Wallace, Cory Anderson, William Easley and Braden Cathey gathered for Cory s Eagle Scout ceremony Jan. 28 at Bluewater Community Church. He is one of five scouts in the troop to earn Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank earned in the Boy Scouts, in 2013.Ruckel swim teams win titlesNiceville trombonist to perform with orchestraPhoto by Susan Prisloo The 2013 Ruckel Middle School boys and girls swim teams, coached by Cathy Ritacco, finished their seasons undefeated and both won the Okaloosa County title. Right: Sydney Dawson broke the 50 backstroke school and county record time with a 29.16 finish. Photo by Linda Hammond Please see NICEVILLE, page B-2 HELLO KITTY!Say "Hello" to our prettiest fruit bouquet yet!This officially licensed Hello Kittyfruit arrangement is the perfect gift idea for Hello Kittyfans of all ages. Includes some of our fresh fruit favorites, a custom Hello Kitty pineapple shape, and chocolate covered strawberries, artfully arranged in an adorable Hello Kitty container.Call today! 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Sharing and Caring volunteers Sharing and Caring is in need of volunteers to serve on a weekly basis. Volunteers can help as a food pantry worker, interview clients, or provide clerical or other support. Those interested can visit the facility Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 104 Bullock Boulevard, Niceville, or contact 6788459. Bankers food drive Northwest Florida Bankers United will host a “Canned Love” food drive until March 14, to benefit the Harvest House of Destin, Sharing and Caring of Okaloosa County and Caring and Sharing of South Walton. Non-perishable food items and donations can be dropped off at: Bancorp South, Regions, Coastal Bank and Trust, Hancock Bank, BBVA Compass, Trustmark, Beach Community Bank, Community Bank, First City Bank, Lowe’s and United Way locations. SAT/ACT workshop There will be a free SAT/ACT four-session workshop for Okaloosa County High School students taking the April 13 ACT or May 4 SAT April 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2-5 p.m., in the media center at Niceville High School. The workshop will provide 12 hours of instruction by Alice Hart The registration deadline is March 25 and can be picked up at Okaloosa County High Schools. All materials, snacks and drinks will be provided, except for calculators. Contact Mrs. Hart at Amhart1966@aol.com or 615585-2401. Red Snappers lecture Dr. Bob Shipp will offer a meet and greet with his book, “Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico,” and give a free presentation on red snappers and artificial reefs, Feb. 20, 7-8 p.m., at the Student Services Center, Room 302, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Seating is limited to 75. Register with candy@ecreef.org. Sheepshead fishing seminar The Northlight Marina and Yamaha will present a free, public, Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series seminar on sheepshead fishing Feb. 20, 6 p.m., at Northlight Marina Yacht Club, Niceville. There will be a free buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and free raffles during the presentation. Contact Joe at 516-0709 or www.saltwater-events.com. RBCS open house Rocky Bayou Christian School will host its final “Welcome Wednesday” open house for the 20122013 school year Feb. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., in the school’s academy band room, Niceville. Parents can tour the campus and learn about the school’s programs. Register with the admissions director at 279-3727 or gretek@rbcs.org Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host a blood drive Feb. Feb. 20, 4:30-8 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. Bike ride Join the Adventure Club for a bike ride Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., in the Parkwood area, Niceville. Meet at the Winn Dixie on the north side of Hwy. 20, just before the main entrance to Bluewater Bay. There will be a dinner after the ride at a nearby restaurant. Contact Bob and Audrey at 897-3624. Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host a blood drive Feb. 22, 9 a.m.2 p.m., at L-3 Stratis, s1501 Merchants Way, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. NFSO concert The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary with performances by Robert Kerr’s “Legendary Florida: A Historical Portrait in Sound” and “The Stars of Tomorrow” Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center, Niceville. Kerr’s work combines music and narration with projections of Jackson Walker’s original art for an unforgettable concert experience. The three NFSO’s Concerto Competition “Stars of Tomorrow” winners, Stephen Farrell of Niceville, clarinetist Diego Hernandez of Tallahassee, and pianist Tyler Wilson of Milton, will also perform. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $16 for active duty military and youth ages 18 and younger. To purchase tickets contact 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.Side-Kick soccer registration The Niceville United Methodist Church will host Side-Kick Soccer, an outdoor, introductory soccer program, for ages 2-5. Games will be played at Meigs Park, Niceville, starting March 12, on Tuesdays, for ages 2-3, and Thursdays for ages 4-5. Registration is $35 per child until Feb. 23, then increases to $45 per child until the deadline, March 1. Register at the Community Life Center of Niceville United Methodist Church or nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Astronomy meeting The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the observatory, S-2, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. Contact Tom Haugh at 678-6483. Bluewater Bay Duathlon The second annual Bluewater Bay Duathlon will take place Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., at LJ Schooner’s, Niceville. The one-mile run, 15.5-mile bike ride and 5K run race will benefit the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club, EOD Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airman’s Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. The registration fee starts at $55. To register contact 661-361-4634 or www.imathlete.com. Niceville Garden Club meeting The Niceville Garden Club will hold its monthly public, meeting Feb. 26, 6 p.m., in the Niceville Public Library. Marie Harrison, master gardener, will present “Growing Herbs in Northwest Florida.” The club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., in the library, and is always seeking new members. Contact Marsha Palmer at 573-2422. NHS Chorus 5K Run/Walk The Niceville High School chorus will host its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser March 2, 8:30 a.m., at the Niceville High School.The race begins and ends at the school and medals will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners, top master male and female, top grandmaster male and female, and top three place awards in 15 age brackets. Register online at active.com for $18 by Feb. 23 and $25 until race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be post race refreshments and entertainment by Opus One and the NHS Singers. Contact Kirk Herzog at 897-5174. Weavers meeting Strictly Weaver’s of the Emerald Coast will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 23, 10 a.m., at the Twin Cities Wellness Center, Niceville. The program will focus on different structures and elements of weaving fabric on a loom. All interested weavers are welcome. To register contact Alice at 934-4403 or strictlyweavers@yahoo.com. Gun safety course Northwest Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Department will hold a public Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry course Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the college. The cost is $156 and includes the use of college firearms. Personal firearms are not permitted in the class or on campus. Customized class times are available for groups. Successful completion of the course satisfies state requirements for a firearms safety course and may be used as part of an individual’s application for a concealed carry permit. Contact Sean Lynch at 729-6088 or lynch1@nwfsc.edu to register. Embroiderers Guild meetings The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild will hold its day meeting Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and night meeting Feb. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., in room 400, at the First United Methodist Church, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Hand knitting class Learn the art of hand knitting at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m., 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Students will learn basic knitting stitches and create a scarf for $20 or $15 for museum members. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, contact 678-2615. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 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 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: 850-837-6324Page B-2 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACONold. He picked the school band because drama and chorus didn’t appeal to him. His sister, Rachael Farrell, played in the Destin Middle School band and playing in a band, witnessing what she went through, seemed more familiar to him, he said “It wasn’t until high school we saw a difference in him, especially at college,” Donna said. “It’s kind of like he’s among his own kind now.” Stephen, who also plays the piano, wasn’t always passionate about classical music. He stuck with trombone during school because he was good at it and it came easy to him, he said. “Only in the last two and a half years, especially the year and a half since I enrolled at Baylor, have I truly understood my role as an artist and the immense amount of effort and passion that must go in to my craft in order to make me successful,” he said. Stephen is the youngest of three children. Rachael is a senior studying business and sports management at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Katherine Henz is a Cedarville University graduate, Ohio, and a missionary with her husband, Ray. The family moved to Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., shortly after Stephen was born in 1993. They have lived in Washington, D.C., and Warner Robbins, Ga., before settling in Niceville in 2000, where his father is now a defense contractor at Eglin Air Force Base. Stephen once thought the 20 minutes a day, five days a week of required practice in middle school was unreasonable, he recalls. Now he practices three and a half to five hours a day, in addition to three-hour ensemble rehearsals, three days a week. “He has a strong practice ethic and works very hard,” Lois Van Dam, Stephen’s former piano professor at NWFSC, said. “His natural abilities will take him far.” Last year he was named runner-up in the International Trombone Festival Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition, he said. The competition was open to university and conservatory trombonists from all over the world and he was one of three finalists invited to perform in the live final round in July at the Paris Conservatory in France. Balancing performances and school is part of Stephen’s job description being a performance major, he said. He is studying under Brent Phillips, former assistant principal trombone of “The Presidents’ Own” U.S. Marine Band, at Baylor. Stephen spends his time as a freelance musician, member of the Baylor Symphony and Wind Ensemble, working as a Hearn Recording Studio employee at Baylor, and designs the Baylor Trombones website. He still manages to find time for his girlfriend, Mia Orosco, a violin performance major at Baylor. “Probably the toughest thing is when I go on tour and have to miss a lot of school because of tours, auditions or whatever else,” Stephen said. “All the music professors understand the busy schedule.” Stephen plans to pursue a professional career in trombone in an orchestra in the future. He has already been asked to audition for full-time jobs. “I was actually invited to audition for principal trombone of the Colorado Symphony,” Stephen said. “But that audition was in Denver, two days after the Stars of Tomorrow concert and I didn’t think it was a good idea to attempt that for my first audition experience.” Stephen plans to attend a summer music festival, where he will perform in a concert once a week for six weeks. He will play intense pieces led by big-name quest conductors, he said. “I’m still very much a student,” Stephen said. “I still have a long way to go before I’m playing at the level where I can win a job.” Stephen keeps a quote taped to the inside of his trombone case to get him through tough times. It’s his philosophy about talent and getting better, he said. “World class trombone players do not just happen. Their talents are forged in the dual furnaces of determination and diligence,” by Edward Kleinhammer, the bass trombonist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. NICEVILLEFrom page B-1 Stephen Farrell Library artwork displaySee Ana Poddubny s oil and acrylic paintings and Richard Thompson s model military airplane exhibit until Feb. 28, at the Niceville Public Library. Thompson s model exhibit of military airplanes will rotate throughout the month featuring American, English and German military planes. Cox academic tourney resultsThe Cox CommunicationsOkaloosa School District Academic Tournament held its second round of matches Feb. 5 in the media center at Choctawhatchee High School. In match five the Niceville High School Academic Team beat Rocky Bayou Christian School 180 to 140. Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard coached the Niceville High team: captain Sabrina Valenti, Alex Fager, Ciara Ordner and Georgia Pearce. Mike Mosley and Julie Mosley coached the RBCS team: captain Audrey Stevens, Noah Kerstein, Priscilla Baum, James Sung and Ian Kampert. In match six the Northwest Florida State College Collegiate High School Academic Team beat Choctawhatchee High School 250 to 155. De Cook coached the Collegiate team: captain Matthew Crabtree, Braden Corkum, Alex Russ and Danielle Trotman. Dave Dodson coached the Choctawhatchee team: captain Malcolm Foley, Sam Budnyk, Josh Killingsworth and Natalie Harris. 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He married his childhood sweetheart and one and only girlfriend, his Georgia peach, Annie Mae Chubb, a native of Cedartown and his wife of 42 years. They procreated four children: Pastor Melissa A. Johnson, Tommy P. Johnson, Jr. (Monica), Kimberly Johnson-Collins and Bishop Christopher A. Johnson, Sr. (Toya). They have delighted in eight grandchildren: Jazlyn, Christopher, Kamyah, Jerell, Makenzie, Taraja, Micah and Sanai. Bishop Johnson served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a civil servant entomologist and administrator at Niceville Senior High School. In December 1995, Bishop Johnson founded New Life Missionary Baptist Church, now known as New Life Christian Ministries of Niceville. He will forever be remembered as the one with an uncanny love for God. Bishop preached the gospel in season and out of season. His desire was to strengthen families, the church and pastors. His motto, “know what you believe, and believe what you know,” will always be exemplified. He strongly believed in preaching and teaching the truth that souls might be saved. His passion for ministry and love for the people of God will forever live within them. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lewis students perform at All-State concertLewis School Chorus eighth graders Catherine Crump, left, and Hannah Roos performed in the Florida Music Educators Association s All-State Middle School Treble Chorus concert Jan. 12 in Tampa. They were chosen by audition to perform with the top middle school singers in the state. Bishop T.P. Johnson, Sr. Obituary Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON

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Regional science fair results The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine Dr. McKnight & his staff invite you to their RSVP to: dollie@echidoc.comWhen: Thurs., Feb. 28 Time: 4-6 p.m. 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 Bluewater Bay Courtyard Plaza www.echidoc.com • Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Students win essay contestThe Twin Cities Elks Lodge announced the State Americanism Essay Contest Division I winners, fifth-sixth grade. From left: first place Xaver Segers, home schooled, second place Aliviah Buzan, Okaloosa STEMM Academy, and third place Autumn McClain, Lewis School. Rocky Bayou students honoredRocky Bayou Christian Academy Latin students and Junior Classical League members placed in the National Classical Etymology Exam. Winners are, from left: Ian Kampert, bronze medal, Wade Wiederhold and James Sung, silver medals, and Shiloh Johns and Amanda Hart, gold medals. Lady Rams county champsThe Ruckel Lady Rams soccer team finished their season undefeated and were named Okaloosa County champions. The team, from left: back row; coach Haley Close, Nicole Farmer, Amina Downey, Emma Ladd, Grace Smales, Devynn Vachon, Annie-James Walsh, Hannah Stevenson, Ella Wright, Alexis Sherwin, Coach Katie Sause; second row, Hannah Davis, Lauren Melancon, Candace Metcalfe, Liliana Fernandez, Kayla Fernandez, Gabriela Hunter, Chloe Resendiz, Delanie Bomar; front row, Alexa Miles, Leah Wilson, Haley Howe, Ryleigh Current-Rhone, Payton Lewis, Sydney Fletcher, Tai Durren-Winn, Aliyah Reynoso. The Dabar Speech and Debate Club of Niceville competed in the National Open Tournament Jan. 2-5 in Montgomery, Ala., and the South Carolina State Qualifier Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Greenville, S.C., for homeschooled students. Nine students received awards and will advance to the Regional Invitational Tournament April 24-27 in Jacksonville. The 28-student club, which was formed two years ago, is for homeschoolers ages 12-18 who desire to advance their communication skills through speaking and debating. The club is an affiliate of the NCFCA, National Christian Forensics and Communication Association. It meets at North Bay Baptist Church, Niceville. The club offers 10 categories of speech and two styles of debate. Brittany Parry was the finalist in persuasive speech at the open tournament. At the South Carolina State Qualifier Derric Lutsko placed first in duo interpretation speech, was a semifinalist in persuasive speech and apologetics speech, and won the sweepstakes award. Faith Lutsko also received first place for duo interpretation speech. Joshua Austin and Ian Hall were debate finalists for the team policy category. Samantha Thompson placed fourth in open interpretation speech. Shannon Thompson and Truitt Robinson were semi-finalists in biographical narrative speech. Avery Robinson placed third in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, second in apologetics speech, was a semi-finalist in impromptu speech and received the Lincoln-Douglas Speaker Award. Members of the Niceville Dabar Speech and Debate Club competed in the South Carolina State Qualifier Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Greenville, S.C. From left: back row, Joshua Austin, Ian Hall, Samantha Thompson, Avery Robinson; front row, Shannon Thompson, Truitt Robinson, Hope Lutsko, Faith Lutsko and Derric Lutsko.Homeschooling debate club to compete in regionalsRuckel Middle School, Okaloosa STEMM Academy, Destin Middle School, Rocky Bayou Christian School, and Niceville High School students placed in the Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 7, at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach. The first place winners will compete in the 58th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair March 26–28 at Lakeland Center. OSA sixth grade finishers are: Natalie Cross, honorable mention, “Store Bought vs. Natural? An Earthworm’s Decision;” Liam Ordner, second place, “Monkey See, Monkey Do;” Indira Mishra, second place, “Sea Shell Decalcification;” Jasmine Mishra, honorable mention, “Magnetic Hydroelectricity;” Samuel Scholl, honorable mention, “Parachutes: Does Size or Shape Matter;” Olivia Reeths, honorable mention, “Taming Oil Spills;” Isabella Perez, second place, “Disease Fighting Phytochemicals;” Jillian Parker, third place, “The Deepest Possible;” and Allison Rodas, second place, “Temperature and Attraction: How Does Temperature Affect Magnet Strength.” Ruckel finishers with grade are: Kasen Stephensen, third place, “The Correlation Between Halloween Decorations and Candy Distributed,” 8; Eve Glenn, first place, “Generation Facebook: Social Media’s Impact on Middle School Students,” 7; Jacob Wargo, third place, “The Fastest Ubuntu,” 7; Alex Gilbert, second place, “A Sandbox Study of Crystal Formation,” 7; Adam Mistretta, honorable mention, “To Be Stealth or Not To Be Stealth? That is the Question,” 6; Simrun Sharma, second place, “Test Your Gluing Knowledge,” 6; Camille Miles, third place, “Kite Power,” 7; Ryan Murphy, second place, “Reduce Drag,” 7; Daniel Bobbitt, first place, “Catching the Waves,” 7; Aaron Norris, third place, “Fractal Pattern,” 8; Alexandria Tolbert, third place, “Blinded By the Light,” 8; Lauren Matthews, first place, “Effects of Artificial Light on Plant Growth,” 8. The Destin finishers with grade are: Hannah Hellerstedt and Bethany Slack, second place team, “IQ Tunes,” 8; Matthew Woods, honorable mention, “Packing Peanut Planting,” 8; and Diana LaFollete, honorable mention, “Insulation Inspiration,” 8. Rocky Bayou Christian Middle School seventh grader Lauren Householder received honorable mention for “How Salty Does the Sea Have to be for an Egg to Float.” Niceville High School finishers are: grade 9, Ronald Russell, first place, “Wildlife Forage Preferences;” Claire Ponder, first place, “Cookies: Stealing Your Privacy One Byte at a Time;” Nick Lopez, third place, “Effects of Oil Pollution on Marine Dinoflagellates;” Erin Ringel, second place, “Stealthy Shapes-How to Make Aircraft Invisible to Radar;” P.J. 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Winners are: Luke Anderson Maxwell, 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke; Dylan Hammond, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Shane Gauthier, 200 freestyle and 50 fly; Nick Kartvedt, 50 backstroke; Kellen Broaderick, 50 breaststroke and 100 IM. Ruckel boys scored 178 to 45 against Lewis School and 174 to 73 against Bruner Middle School. At the Feb. 6 meet the boys won eight out of 11 events including placing first in the 200 medley relay, breaking the county record, established by Ruckel two years ago. Nick, Jackson, Kellen and Dylan finished as a team with a time of 1:58.43. The boys scored 127 to 99 against Liza Jackson. In the 200 freestyle Dylan placed second, Shane third and Harrison Frazier sixth. In the 50 backstroke Nick took second place, Seth Witt placed fourth and Cole Brown fifth. In the 100 freestyle Jackson took first place, Weston Smith third, Evan Frazier fourth and Andrew Halladay fifth. In the 25 freestyle Luke took first place, Gavin Tolbert placed second, William Scholl placed third and Jacob Tawill took fifth. In the 25 backstroke Gavin took first and broke the school and county record. Luke placed second and William took third. In the 50 breaststroke Kellen placed first, Jackson came in second and Andrew placed sixth. In the 50 butterfly Dylan placed first, Shane placed third and Seth came in sixth. In the 100 IM Kellen placed first and Thomas Gray came in fourth and in the 50 freestyle Nick placed first and Weston took second. Both teams finished the season undefeated beating seven county teams with 68 swimmers. Coach Cathy Ritacco said she couldn’t ask for a better season. 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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley and State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that a criminal summons has been issued to Vision Airlines for failing to pay $100,000 in airport fees. The Las Vegas-based airline, which once made the county-run Northwest Regional Airport its operating hub, "collected but did not remit to Okaloosa County more than $100,000 in passenger facility charges," according to a criminal-charge affidavit filed Monday in Okaloosa County Circuit Court by Eddins. "Although some payments were made, at this time, Vision owes the county more than $117,659.98," the affidavit alleged. In July 2012, the county evicted Vision from the airport, a year and a half after a much-ballyhooed opening that was supposed to bring tens of thousands of tourists to the Emerald Coast from throughout the Southeast. The company now operates two scheduled routes between other Florida cities and the Biloxi, Miss., gambling resort. In the affidavit, the State Attorney alleged that "Vision misappropriated the PFC revenues that were in trust for the county and airport and committed first degree grand theft, in violation of section 812.014(2)(a). Florida Statutes." During a press conference Monday at the Okaloosa County Sheriffs office in Shalimar, Eddins said that when criminal charges are made against a corporation rather than against individual persons, no one is arrested, nor are they sent to prison if convicted, but the corporation itself can be punished by being made to pay a fine, as well as restitution for losses by the victim of the crimein this case Okaloosa Countyand also made to pay the cost of the investigation and prosecution. In the case of Vision Airlines, Eddins said, the company had allegedly failed to pay more than $100,000 in passenger facilities charges. Eddins said that such charges are similar to a state sales tax, which Vision was required to By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) board of directors met Feb. 12, and changed the date of an upcoming landscape workshop to Feb. 22. They also discussed making repairs to some of Bluewater Bays aging street and directional sign. The MSBU is a special unit of Okaloosa County government, in charge of landscaping, street lights and signs, and general maintenance of common areas throughout the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by a five-member board of elected directors. The landscape workshop had previously been scheduled for Feb. 19, but was rescheduled to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, after board member Judy Griffin said that at least one board member would be unable to attend on Feb. 19. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council unanimously approved a proposal to test a curbside recycling program using 96-gallon wheeled cans instead of the familiar little blue bins. A representative of the city's garbage and recycling hauler, Waste Management Inc., said switching to big recycling containers would dramatically increase recycling, with a corresponding decrease in garbage sent to landfills. The council, voting at its meeting Feb. 12 in the Niceville City Council chambers, authorized City Clerk Dan Doucet and City Manager Lannie Corbin to designate a neighborhood of about 50 homes that would be a good area to test the program. Domenica Farmer, district manager for Waste Management, said the goal of the program is to increase recycling and reduce garbage volume. Farmer said the greater capacity of the new receptacles would cause users to put recyclables in the correct bin instead of the garbage. She said the convenience of rolling the cart to the street instead of picking up and carrying the smaller bin would also boost participation in the city's voluntary curbside recycling program. The pilot program would test a neighborhood that receives garbage pickup twice a week and recycling and yard waste pickup once a week. The pickup schedule for the pilot program would remain the same, and the only aspect that would change would be the switch from the 18-gallon recycling bin to a 96-gallon rolling container the size and shape of a Waste Management garbage can. The program would run for four to six months. Waste Management will record the "set-out" rates of garbage and recycling during the program and compare them to previous figures. This information, along with the results of a survey of participants, will be provided to the city council for consideration with an eye to deciding whether to switch the entire city to the plan. The 96-gallon recycling By Daniel Elsesser and Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff East Niceville Fire Commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar suggested the commission follow more closely a Florida law requiring the commission to elect its board officers annually. Dunbar said at a commission meeting Feb. 11 that the panel has not been following the law, which requires that a board vote to pick a commission chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary be held within 60 days of the date that newly elected commissioners take office. Dunbar said that if the commission does not adopt the required policy, he would step down from his treasurer position at the end of the fiscal year, which will end Sept. 30. He would still retain his seat on the commission throughout his full term, which ends November 2014. "I'd announce my resignation [as treasurer] not to force anything untoward, but just to give everyone fair warning of what's going to happen," Dunbar said. Dunbar said the commission members askedbut did not electhim to assume the treasurer position after he was appointed to the commission in May 2010 due to a vacancy caused by the death of longtime commissioner Ray Hinck. Dunbar said the commission has never held internal elections or rotated positions during his time on the commission. John Root, vice chairman, who has been a commissioner for 12 years, said he wasn't sure when the commission last held elections for board officers, but added that it was "probably two or three years ago." Florida Statute 191.05 states "[a]nnually, within 60 days after the newly elected members have taken office, the board shall Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Meet Dr. Bob Shipp and hear his free presentation on red snappers and artificial reefs at the Student Services Center Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Wednesday, 4:30-8 p.m. Donate blood to Northwest Florida Blood Services and then enjoy a snack and drink at First Baptist Church, Niceville. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy nature with the Adventure Club for a bike ride in the Parkwood area, through Bluewater Bay Niceville. Saturday, 10 a.m. Get into weaving with the Strictly Weavers of the Emerald Coast at their monthly meeting at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center Niceville. Saturday, 7 p.m. Take a look at the stars at the Northwest Florida Astronomy Associations meeting at the observatory, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. 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 20, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts COMINGUP Please see VISION, page A-2 Please see ELECTIONS, page A-3 Please see CITY, page A-2 Please see FACELIFT, page A-3 Police BlotterPage A-4 Bluewater Bay facelift meeting set for FridayCompany allegedly failed to pay $100,000 in county charges The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Some of Bluewater Bay's aging directlonal signs give inaccurate information. The conference center mentioned on this sign, for example, no longer exists. The building that once housed the center is occupied by an investment company.Fire commissioner: Law requires officer electionsBeacon photo by Mike Griffith State Attorney Bill Eddins announces a criminal charge against Vision Airlines for failing to pay county airport fees. He was joined at a press conference in Shalimar Monday by Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. Ed DunbarCity to test giant recycling cans A 96-gallon recycling cart.Vision Airlines charged in fee case

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carts, which, excepting a yellow lid, look like current Waste Management garbage cans, have instructions on what can and cannot be recycled printed on their lids. According to Farmer, 80 percent of the items Waste Management customers throw away are actually recyclable or can be composted at home. Farmer said the 96-gallon carts could be picked up by a truck's automated arm if the program is eventually implemented, but in the pilot program it will be picked up using a rear-loading truck loaded by hand. The recycling and garbage will be picked up by separate trucks, though could possibly be picked up on the same day, Farmer said. Farmer said Waste Management ran a similar pilot program in its franchise covering unincorporated areas of Okaloosa County, selecting a test neighborhood near Shalimar. According to information in a newsletter by County Commissioner Dave Parisot, the county pilot program ran for six months beginning Feb. 6, 2012. According to Waste Management figures cited by Parisot, the tested residents set out 76 percent more recyclable solids during the test than they did during the same period in 2011, up from 175 to 308 tons. Meantime, Waste Management also reported a 38 percent decrease in tonnage of refuse sent to landfills. Waste Management sent 2,234 surveys to county pilot program participants, and of the 447 that were returned and validated, 81 percent said they wanted to continue the program. Parisot said he and Commissioner Nathan Boyles voted for the adoption of the policy, but the other three commissioners voted against it. Commissioner Wayne Harris said he voted against the policy partially because the rate discount Waste Management was offering as incentive was not proportional to the amount of money the company would make by shipping more recyclables, saving on labor costs, and decreasing garbage volume. "Waste Management would make a lot of money." Harris said. "They'd be paid to pick it up, and they'd be paid to ship it." Harris said the county's program would've decreased total pickup frequency from four times per week to three, and so he felt a similar 25 percent reduction in rates would be an appropriate incentive. Waste Management offered a decrease of $1.50 off of the $18.01 per month collection rates, a roughly 8 percent decrease. Harris said he also voted against the plan because a condition of the plan's acceptance was a five-year extension of Waste Management's franchise with the county, set to expire March 2016. Harris felt the commissioners should wait until the end of the franchise before deciding whether they want to continue using Waste Management's services. Doucet said the city will not necessarily have to renew its franchise with Waste Management if it adopts the policy. Farmer said the county pilot program is different from the one to be run in Niceville because it not only switched the size of the recycling container, but also changed the pickup schedule to once per week garbage pickup. County Public Information Officer Kathy Newby said the Board of County Commissioners opted to wait until the county negotiates its next contract with Waste Management to determine whether to switch to the larger receptacles. Gene Eller, a Niceville resident of Regatta Drive, spoke at the meeting, voicing concern about residents with one-car garages having to find space for another large receptacle. He said all houses in his neighborhood have one-car garages, and the neighborhood also has a covenant requiring that all garbage receptacles be kept out of public view. Farmer said accommodations to individual neighborhoods could be considered if the program is adopted, but the city council will decide on the specifics of the program. Separately, the council approved an ordinance to raise the residential and commercial garbage rates 2.16 percent. Per Waste Management's franchise agreement, the company may receive rate increases or decreases depending on changes to the CPI. In other business, the council unanimously approved several requests and ordinances. The council approved on third and final reading a request to rezone the land surrounding the Niceville High School billboard on John Sims Parkway from R1A (residential single family) to RNC (residential, neighborhood and commercial). The Okaloosa County School District submitted the request after a Florida Department of Transportation representative informed the school district that, because of the its Coastal Bank and Trust logo, the sign constitutes off-site advertising and requires a state permit. The permit can be applied for now that the land has been rezoned. The council also approved on the third and final reading a request by HP Rental Properties to rezone its land on Madison Street from R-3 (residential multiple family) to C-2 (general commercial) with a special exception to allow ministorage. The land currently houses 14 trailers, which the co-owner Michael Phillips said he intends to tear down and replace with ministorage. The council also approved on first reading a request to annex land on 23rd Street, Nicev ille, into the city and zone it PUD (planned urban development) at its meeting in the Niceville City Council Chambers Feb. 4. Niceville resident John Duhaime, who owns the property on 23rd Street, said he eventually intends to build five single-family houses at 1,600 square feet each on the land. CITYFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Proudly welcomesDr. Liz Clark (Dr. Milum)As she returns to the Emerald Coast! 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Palm Blvd., Niceville Domenica Farmer, district manager for Waste Management, told the Niceville City Council that the company wants to increase recycling and reduce garbage volume by requiring customers to use garbage-cartsize recycling containers.collect from its passengers, account for, and transfer to Okaloosa County. He said that Vision Airlines had been notified of the criminal summons, and is contesting the charge. A court date has yet to be determined, Eddins said. Thus far, attempts by the Beacon to reach anyone at Vision Airlines for comment have been unsuccessful. When asked by Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot, who attended the press conference, whether it was true that Vision had just recently agreed to pay the passenger facilities charges to Okaloosa County, Eddins said he was not aware of that, but that if it were true, he would be pleased. I wish they had paid a long time ago, Eddins said. If Vision has indeed decided to pay the fees, Eddins said, I anticipate some relationship between the choice we made and the choice they made. He also said that his office will cooperate with Vision Airlines to resolve this as fairly and quickly as possible. Eddins and Ashley said that at present, there is no direct connection between the passenger fees matter and any relationship Vision Airlines may or may not have had with the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC). Activities of the TDC and Okaloosa County government are being investigated because of alleged financial mismanagement and theft by Mark Bellinger, the late executive director. However, said Eddins and Ashley, the investigation of the TDC case is still underway, and it is not yet known whether other persons or organizations besides Bellinger himself will be charged with any crimes. They did say that some of the county and BP credit cards that Bellinger is alleged to have misused have been found in the possession of Vision Airlines, but did not allege any misconduct by anyone at Vision. Ashley said the TDC investigation has involved his own office as well as the State Attorney, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Auditor General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ashley said the investigation thus far has required hundreds of hours to interview witnesses, examine documents, computers, and financial accounts. Ashley and Eddins gave little new information about what the law enforcement investigations have thus far revealed in the TDC matter, except to say that it is expected to take several more months before any conclusions are reached. When the investigation is finally complete, said Eddins, the results will be made public. Meantime, Eddins and Ashley cautioned against jumping to conclusions about whether anyone in Okaloosa County government, the TDC, or elsewhere was criminally involved with Bellingers activities. In addition to finding any guilty parties, said Ashley, It is also important that we clear those who were not involved in any criminal activity. Eddins also said that although the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners (BCC) was asked not to interview witnesses or start its own investigation during the early phase of the criminal investigation, neither he nor anyone else ever told the county commission not to take whatever action it deemed appropriate to reform the countys financial management or discipline county employees if appropriate. Earlier this month, Ashley gave the BCC his approval to begin its own in-house investigation of the management of the TDC and of overall county financial management. Also present at Mondays press conference were Okaloosa County commissioners Dave Parisot, who was the BCCs representative to the TDC at the time of the Bellinger scandal, and newly elected Commissioner Nathan Boyles. Following the press conference, Parisot told the Beacon that, In my research since February first, I have accumulated extensive documents and pieced a lot of information together. Parisot said he had found a lot of deceit by Bellinger, but that thus far, It is encouraging that no county employee except Bellinger has been implicated by name in any criminal activity. Regarding his own role, Parisot said, No invoices from the TDC ever crossed my desk while he was the BCC's representative to the TDC advisory council. He said it would be very unusual for specific purchase invoices to cross the desk of any county commissioner, with the possible exception of the county commission chairman. The county commission as a whole is responsible for overseeing the TDC, which by state law is an advisory body with no authority to spend public money without county officials' approval. Parisot said that thus far, I am not aware of any collusion between any county employee and Bellinger, or of any kickbacks or anything of that sort. Nathan Boyles told the Beacon that he is pleased that investigators are moving forward and making progress. Im happy to see that. Boyles also said that he planned to discuss the TDC case with fellow county commissioners during a BCC meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening in Fort Walton Beach. I look forward to getting feedback from my fellow board members, he said. VISIONFrom page A-1 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON

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organize by electing from its members a chair, a vice chair, a secretary, and a treasurer." Root said the commission does not have an elected secretary. The commission's newest member, Tricia Brunson, who was elected to the commission Nov. 2, 2012, said she feels that annual election of positions is an issue worth looking into. "I want to do what's best to ensure the taxpayers get the full extent of what they are entitled to," Brunson said. Dunbar said his suggestion was met negatively by the commission members other than Brunson. He said he would most likely not bring up the issue again at the next public meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., March 11, at the East Niceville firehouse, 1709 27th St., Niceville. Mike Marcolongo, who has served as commission chairman for more than two decades, and Commissioner Matt Schwab did not return messages seeking comment. Dunbar also suggested that the elected positions within the commission be rotated annually. 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Their classic good looks make them ideal for using as containers around the house after the candle has been savored through its last flame. Find them at Made in the USABy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission has approved a hiring timeline for a new police chief which would have the new chief begin work Aug. 1. The commission Feb. 11 approved a timeline to fill the slot left by Joe Hart, who retired as chief of the 16-employee department Jan. 31. Hart completed the maximum five years in the Florida Retirement Systems deferred retirement option program (DROP). The Aug. 1 start date for his permanent successor is just over six months after Hart's last day in the $70,000-ayear post. The state pension system allows a former public employee to go back to work for a former employer, and to draw his pension and pay for work, after six months. Mayor Bruce Arnold, Hart's boss, said the former chief would be eligible to apply for the opening. But Arnold said he did not know whether Hart would do so. Interim chief David Bruckelmeyer said he did not know Harts intentions, either. The approved timetable lists a June 1 deadline for proposals from potential candidates and a July 12 deadline for the city to make an official offer of employment. City commissioners Joe Morgan, Kay Hamilton and Heyward Strong all said they would consider a proposal by Hart if he were to reapply. Officials did not say why they have decided to wait six months before hiring a permanent chief. When Hart was promoted to chief in 2003, his selection over two other candidates was announced a month before the previously announced retirement of his predecessor, Lomax Donaldson, took effect. Joe HartValp. to hire new police chief after a six-month searchThe purpose of the workshop, a public meeting to be held at the Bluewater Bay Resort clubhouse, Bluewater Boulevard, will be for board members and interested residents to discuss alternative approaches to landscaping the common areas of the community, and to hear presentations from local landscaping companies on how they would improve the appearance of Bluewater Bay. At the Feb. 12 meeting, board member Doug Burgess suggested that each company giving a presentation be allocated about 15 minutes to do so. No one stated how many landscapers are actually expected to give presentations at Fridays workshop. Bluewater Bay resident Rob Strano addressed the MSBU board, saying that he welcomes steps to improve the appearance of the community. As an 11-year resident of Bluewater Bay, said Strano, he has observed a decline in Bluewater Bays appearance compared to similar Northwest Florida communities such as Sandestin and Kelly Plantation. Bluewater should elevate itself again in order to attract golfers and become a destination, not an afterthought, said Strano, a pro golfer. He also suggested that Bluewater Bay mount a large community message board on a main road, to keep the public informed about upcoming events and increase public awareness of Bluewater Bay as a place to reside or visit. Bluewater Bay looks tired, Strano said, adding that the MSBU has enough money to renovate and modernize the appearance of the area, and it is time to do so. Lets pull ourselves out of the 70s, gang. Board member Judy Griffin said she likes the message board idea, and also wants to repair many of Bluewaters aging blueand-white wooden street and direction signs, some of which identify specific subdivisions in Bluewater Bay. 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ArrestsApril Anne Shaw, unemployed, 41, of 200 Spencer Place, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 12 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Shaw's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Bradley Martin Van Boxtel, a waiter, 24, of 218 Seminole Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 6 on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. An officer observed a man later identified as Van Boxtel driving on S.R. 20 near Davis Drive without wearing a seat belt. The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and, after smelling a slight odor of marijuana, interviewed Van Boxtel. Van Boxtel allegedly said the last time he had smoked marijuana in the car was "about a week ago." When the officer asked if there was a pipe or anything else illegal in the vehicle, Van Boxtel said he didn't have a pipe but had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, which he estimated to weigh four or five grams. After the officer asked for it, Van Boxtel pulled a clear plastic bag from his pocket which contained a green leafy substance which later tested positive for the presence of THC. Van Boxtel and his passenger were both cited for not wearing seat belts. Van Boxtel's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Jessica Lynn Allen, a housekeeper, 27, of 1693 Sycamore Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 5 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Allen was the passenger in a vehicle stopped at 304 Reeves St. Lot A-3, Niceville. An officer arrested the driver for driving while license suspended or revoked, and another gained consent to search the vehicle from Allen, the registered owner. The officer found a purse, which Allen granted the officer consent to search. The officer found two white, oval pills which poison control later identified as hydrocodone 5 mg. Allen said she did not have a prescription for the pills. Allen's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Patrick Ocain Moriarty, 24, of 316 Branch Hill Park, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 26 on a charge of felony battery. Moriarty's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** John Robert Merts, a catering company employee, 24, of 1138 Sandalwood Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 11 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. Merts' required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Marlon Anthony Buchanan, a cook, 38, of 1426 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 9 on a charge of driving while license suspended first offense. Buchanan's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Yvonne Cope Kelso, 1465 Cypress St., Niceville, a selfemployed antique dealer, 47, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 11 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Kelso allegedly pushed an open freezer door into a person's face, causing bleeding lacerations. Kelso's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Olivia Long Seitz, 23, of 304 Biscayne Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Jan. 7 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Seitz's required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. ***DUI arrestsTravis Wayne Rogers, 33, of 183 Pritchard Road, Miramar Beach, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI on College Boulevard, Niceville, near the Eglin golf cart overpass Feb. 8 at 11:23 p.m. Rogers was also cited for failure to drive within a single lane and was issued a warning for failure to use a turn signal. Rogers' required court appearance is scheduled Feb. 26. *** Timothy Michael Gallegos, 47, of 26 Southview Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at S.R. 20 and Partin Drive, Niceville, Feb. 10 at 1:07 a.m. Gallegos was also cited for failure to drive within a single lane. Gallegos' required court appearance is scheduled March 5. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported an unknown person entered her house by prying open a door Feb. 6 and stole an Xbox console worth $300, three video game discs worth $60 each, two Xbox controllers worth a total of $100 and a headset worth $20. *** A Niceville resident of the 1000 block of Pine Lake Drive reported Feb. 6 an unknown person stole two bicycles out of his garage. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Feb. 12 someone stole two bicycles from him, at least one from his front yard. *** A Niceville resident reported Feb. 7 she noticed a check written by her employer to a pest control company had been cashed for $1,000 more than it had been writtenfor. She reported the check had been made payable for $312.44, but the bank account indicated that it had been cashed and returned for $1,312.44. The complainant said she personally carries business mail to the post office and doesn't know how the check could have been stolen. The bank provided video footage of the person who cashed the check. The person gave his driver's license and thumbprint to the bank. The complainant brought this information to the pest control company, who said the person who cashed the check was not an employee of theirs. The complainant filed reimbursement paperwork with the bank, and the sheriff's deputy investigating the case closed it because the bank, located in Santa Rosa Beach, is now the alleged victim, having reimbursed the company. Criminal Mischief A Niceville resident of the 800 block of Linden Avenue reported Feb. 9 someone had knocked over his mailbox. He said another mailbox in his neighborhood had previously been knocked over.OtherA Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported Feb. 11 two people had pulled him off his bike and "jumped" him while he was riding on 23rd Street. He stated the individuals hit him in the mouth and beat him on the back of his head and neck. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.comProtecting Your Business...Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 11, 2013 through February 17, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Ida Coon Cir................................EMS call................................2/11/13......................05:49 Bay Drive.....................................Assist invalid..........................2/11/13......................06:15 White Point Rd............................Service call............................2/11/13......................06:19 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/11/13......................11:14 E. Highway 20.............................No incident found..................2/11/13......................16:35 Merchants Way...........................Medical..................................2/11/13......................18:58 Cypress St...................................Medical..................................2/11/13......................22:42 Pinehurst Cove...........................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................03:22 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................04:50 Merchants Way...........................Medical assist........................2/12/13.....................08:18 Bay Drive.....................................Medical..................................2/12/13.....................16:54 Range Road................................Vehicle accident....................2/12/13.....................22:01 Merchants Way...........................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................07:41 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................07:51 Cat Mar Road..............................Medical alarm activation.......2/13/13.....................11:31 Bimini Way..................................Public assist..........................2/13/13.....................16:16 White Point Rd............................Dispatched & cancelled........2/13/13.....................16:23 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/13/13.....................19:45 W. Parkwood Ln..........................Unintentional transmission...2/16/13.....................16:57 W. Parkwood Ln..........................Medical alarm activation.......2/17/13.....................09:15 White Point Rd............................Public assist..........................2/17/13.....................10:55 Bermuda Cir................................Dispatched & cancelled........2/17/13.....................11:29 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/17/13.....................12:35 N. White Point Rd.......................Medical..................................2/17/13.....................16:18 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay 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 Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 11, 2013 through February 17, 2013. 0 Structure Fire 15 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Lanman Road........................................Medical...........................2/11/13..................10:30 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/11/13..................23:37 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/12/13..................10:00 Rocky Shores Dr...................................Medical...........................2/12/13..................14:09 W. John Sims Pkwy..............................Medical...........................2/13/13..................07:49 S. Palm Blvd..........................................Vehicle crash.................2/13/13..................17:30 Edge Ave...............................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................09:13 N. Partin Dr............................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................12:20 Coconut Palm Cir..................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................15:54 Red Maple Way.....................................Alarm activation.............2/14/13..................20:53 Lincolnshire Dr.......................................Medical...........................2/14/13..................22:19 Reeves St..............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................03:17 Big Oaks Ln...........................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................10:20 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Medical...........................2/15/13..................11:26 Edge Ave...............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................12:16 E. John Sims Pkwy...............................Service call....................2/15/13..................14:22 SR 85 N.................................................Vehicle crash.................2/15/13..................16:59 McEwen Dr............................................Medical...........................2/15/13..................19:46 Woodlow Rd..........................................Medical...........................2/16/13..................15:31 S. Partin Dr............................................Alarm activation.............2/16/13..................17:27 Basin Creek Cove.................................Medical...........................2/17/13..................00:02 W. John Sims Pkwy..............................Vehicle crash.................2/17/13..................12:25 23rd Street.............................................Medical...........................2/17/13..................18:13 Weekly Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide (CO). You can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a long period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter period of time. CO is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created when fuels (such as: gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of CO. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyJoseph R. Agostinelli, DPMGeneral Podiatry Foot & Ankle Surgery Sports MedicineAll major insurance accepted, including TricareEight Board Certified Physicians With Coupon Only. Expires 3/5/13 With Coupon Only. Expires 3/5/13With Coupon Only. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDEDStop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Jewelry RepairTuesFri 10ampm Sat 10ampmSTORE HOURSNEW }Custom DesignMike TarbuckJeweler ~ Owner Diamond Worksinc. Park Place Plaza 323 Page Bacon Rd. Mary Esther, FL 32569 850-244-5252www.DiamondWorksJewelry.com Poll y s Co ncrete Products Poll y s Co ncrete Productswww.poll y sconcrete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver DrivewayREADY TO ENHANCE YOUR CURB APPEAL?Upgrade your old existing driveway with Stylish Cobblestone Pavers or we can remove and repour your driveway.Call today for a free estimate 897-3314By Mark V. Norris, Chief Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department In the Feb. 13 issue of the Bay Beacon ("Panel discusses Valp's future," page A-3) a Valparaiso City official was quoted saying, The Eglin fire department arrives first. Niceville arrives second, and our own fire department arrives third. Readers who know me personally and professionally will understand that I cannot permit this statement to go without rebuttal. I wont go into particulars, but the only partial truth in this reported statement was derived from two calls back in 2010. Of the remaining 200 plus calls that year the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on scene to our emergencies and over the past several years we have continued to perform likewise. Our neighboring fire departments support us when additional manpower and vehicles are required for fire responses. We in turn do likewise for them. We are proud to provide the public safety that was also quoted in the article. Fire protection and emergency medical care are top priorities of the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department! Letters to the EditorLetters to the editor on any subject are welcome. To allow room for all views, please keep your letters short. Also, don t forget to sign them and include your phone number. We reserve the right to edit or refuse any submissions. Please send items to: The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 Fax: 1-888-520-9323 Email: info@baybeacon.com 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. CRYSTAL BEACH Located in Sovereign Isle, Most Desirable Area of Community. 3/2, Unique Florida cottage, Custom Built. Community Pool with Koi Ponds and Fountains. $350,000. 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HARBER, M.D.Adult & Adolescent Primary CareRetired USAF MC FS Same Day AppointmentsWe le most insurances Medicare acceptedFLU SHOTS$1500 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 20, 2013 Page A-5 NICEVILLE | FT. WALTON BEACH | CRESTVIEW MEDICAL | SURGICAL | COSMETICTOTAL ACCESS.TOTAL CONFIDENCE.TOTAL CAREFOR YOUR SKIN. gulfcoastderm.com At Gulf Coast Dermatology, we believe these are the three most valuable things we have to offer the communities we care for. What does this mean for you? 1-877-231-DERM (3376).George vonHilsheimer, MD | Board-certi ed Dermatologist Katie Showalter, PA-C | Certi ed Physician Assistant Anna Justi, PA-C | Certi ed Physician Assistant THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I d love to go on a cruise. That would be fantastic. I ve never been on one. That would be nice. I ve done it twice, and enjoyed it both times on Carnival as a matter of fact. Ennie May Adair, 68, Niceville, retired school employee Callie Stewart, 20, Valparaiso, student Laura Metcalf, 42, Freeport, self-employed house cleaner Justin Dorsey, 21, DeFuniak Springs, store clerk Pat Nobles, 40, Warner Robbins, Ga., US Air Force Katie Randall, 38, Choctaw Beach, retailWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.What do you think about taking a cruise vacation?Check the fine print in the contract before you go, so you ll know your rights. Location: Wal-Mart I d go. Heck yeah! I ve never gone before. Valp. FD arrives first

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Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.Ruckel Properties, Inc. opened its doors for business in the summer of 1955, armed with a dream and commitment to provide Niceville-Valparaiso with communities and neighborhoods which would be unequaled in Northwest Florida. Today, over 50 years later, the area abounds with the fruits of those dreams. Residential communities such as Rocky Bayou, Fairway Woods and Swift Creek are testaments to the high quality and preservation of nature that makes a Ruckel Properties community a place where neighbors enjoy living for generations. Ruckel Properties also has commercial entities that have become an important part of the community such as Palm Plaza, the Ruckel Airport, and Heritage Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home. C. Walter Walt Ruckel, founder, owner, and driving force behind Ruckel Properties, had a simple philosophy that held him in good stead over the years...never do anything which is not of the highest quality possible and never misrepresent anything to a customer. Ruckel said he learned that philosophy as a boy at the knee of his grandfather, James E. Plew, who was one of the founders of Niceville/Valparaiso and who donated the original land for Eglin Air Force Base. Ruckel involved his family in the business as his father and mother had involved him. His son Jim Ruckel was involved in development and as President when Ruckel became Chairman of the Board. Continuing the tradition, Walt Ruckels daughter Marion Ruckel Skalicky became Chairman of the Board and son Stephen Steve Ruckel became President when Walt Ruckel passed away. Ardent advocate of important community organizations, Walt Ruckel was a major supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and the Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center to name just two. Plew Elementary School is named for his grandfather, James E. Plew, and C. W. Ruckel Middle School was named for his father. Walt Ruckel passed on in April of 2012 and left a legacy of community building that will stand the test of time. Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel are continuing the vision of community building with an exciting plan for the last major undeveloped land in Niceville. At just under 1,100 acres, the project is designed to be a mixed-use traditional neighborhood with over 2.1 million square feet of commercial and approximately 4,000 housing units. The project is a multi-generational one. The design calls for a number of hamlets, villages, and townsized phases with mixed-uses, lovely streetscapes, significant civic spaces reserved within each phase, walkable blocks, hiking trails and more than 50% of the total land preserved as woodlands. The property is divided in the middle by a beautiful flowing creek and boasts stunning changes in elevation. Three vehicular and ten pedestrian bridges provide opportunities to connect the various hamlets to each other and walking and biking trails. Traditional neighborhoods hearken back to a time when neighbors knew each other, gathered on front porches, could walk from place to place and children played safely in the yard. They feel that real estate is changing along with economic changes and Ruckel Properties is embracing new opportunities to create a place that can serve more people. With a wider spectrum of prices and types of homes, first time homebuyers, baby boomers and retirees can upsize and downsize in one place. Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel are dedicated to developing this property in an environmentally conscious manner and look forward to sharing the hidden beauty of what they feel is sacred land. They hope to honor their fathers memory, make their family proud and serve the community well. Advertising Feature Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel stand at creek crossing on the 1,100 acres. Does your heater keep you warm?ONLINECALL TODAY! OR SCHEDULEONLINEwww.ScheduleSomeHelp.com Crowns & Bridges Fillings & Partials Dentures Root Canals Extractions Implants EmergenciesNOW OFFERING Botox Juvederm Invisalign Conscious Sedation897-4488 www.drbroutin.com Merchant s Walk Ste 101 NicevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients*Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972OFFER EXPIRES 02/28/13 TEETH WHITENING$199* WE DELIVER!*Minimum delivery amount applies.142 N. PALM BLVD. 850-729-2323Across from Niceville High School & Ruckel Middle School. Next to Tom Thumb. 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Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley BEEF TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONSTopped with a marsala mushroom demi glace, served with red skin mashed potatoes and vegetable medley FRIED GULF SHRIMPServed with french fries and cole slaw SHRIMP ETOUFFEESauteed bay shrimp in a classic etouffee sauce, served over rice pilaf HOURS: 10:45am-9pm Su.-Th. 10:45am-9:30pm Fri. 11:30am 9:30pm Sat. Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta $9954:30 pm-6:00 pm 7 Days a WeekEARLY BIRD SPECIALSNEW124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com SPECIALISTS IN MEMORY CARE 2300 North Partin Drive, Niceville, FL 32578 SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleDo you know someone dealing withAlzheimers orDementia? We can help!Call today to schedule a visit with our Senior Solutions Director!(850) 897-2244Assisted Living Respite Stays Day Stays24 Hour Nurses On-SiteA ssi s ted Living # AL11712 Book Together! 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Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE Internal Medicine Pediatrics Preventive Care Sport/school Physicals ImmunizationsDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Let Kiwanis Raise Old Glory At Your House Or BusinessN iceville/ValparaisoKi wanis Club There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy! For just $35 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. Then, just before LABOR DAY and9/11, VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole in front of your home or business. And take it down afterward. Kiwanis does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!For only $105.95 a week for 11 weeks, you can capitalize on a powerful promotional tool.ADD ONE OR BOTH OF OUR MILITARY PAPERS AT HALF PRICE! A A L L L L A A R R O O U U N N D D T T H H E E T T O O W W N N The Beacons ALL AROUND THE TOWN is one of the best read advertising sections available. It combines the strength of a well-written business profile, a color photo, and 11 colorful well-designed ads. Each week customers will tell you all about it. Call 678-1080 today! Note: Mail subscriptions are often delayed in the mail. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.Please send coupon and payment to: The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. For more information, contact The Bay Beacon at (850) 678-1080 or info@baybeacon.com.Price includes any applicable sales tax.Name: Phone: Address*: Payment (for 1 year) ......................$104.00The Beacon by mail!Weekly mail delivery is available by subscription. Just complete this for m and return it w ith your check!*U.S. and APO addresses only. ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Ruckel Properties plans for futureFamily-run business creates legacy of quality community building

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Baylor University sophomore Stephen Farrell of Niceville will perform Friday with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for The Stars of Tomorrow, concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Stephen Farrell, of Niceville and sophomore trombone performance major at Baylor University, first became involved in music when he chose to take band as a sixth grade required elective at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Trombone was actually my fourth choice of instrument, Stephen said. After about two months of playing the trombone I had had enough. But he kept at it and eight years later he has been named a Star of Tomorrow of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Stephen, the college division winner, will fly from Texas to perform the first movement of Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, by Gordon Jacob, at the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras Stars of Tomorrow concert Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Stephen is a 2011 NWFSC Collegiate High School graduate and former member of the Niceville High School band. He is a currently a member of the Trombone Choir, Symphony Orchestra and the highly acclaimed Wind Ensemble at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Here at Baylor I get to participate in great ensembles, however soloing with an orchestra is something that you usually do not get the opportunity to do until you are a highly, established professional musician, Stephen said. To have this opportunity as a sophomore in college is a great honor. Stephen, the son of retired USAF Lt. Col. Ken Farrell and First Baptist Church of Niceville preschool teacher Donna Farrell, moved to Niceville when he was 7 years The Ruckel Middle School girls and boys swim teams defeated Bruner Middle School and Lewis School Jan. 30 at the YMCA, Fort Walton Beach, for their fifth consecutive win for the season. The teams also defeated Liza Jackson Preparatory School Feb. 6 and both won the Okaloosa County title. At the Jan. 30 meet the Ruckel girls won 10 out of 11 events sweeping first through third in several of the events. Eighth grader Sydney Dawson broke the 50 backstroke school record, standing since 2007, and broke the county record with a time of 29.16. In the 100 individual medley Sydney crushed her own records with a time of 1:04.18. The girls took first and second place in the medley relay and the 200 free relay. Ruckel winners are: Adrianna Wittic, 25 freestyle; Tatum Hackler, 50 and 100 freestyle; Jane Parke, 50 breaststroke; Donaji Brindley, 50 butterfly and 200 freestyle. The girls scored 194 to 52 against Lewis School and 180 to 82 against Bruner Middle School. At the Feb. 6 meet, the girls took first place in 10 out of 11 events, which included two relays. They managed to break their own record in the 200 medley relay, from 2:01.67 to a 1:58.96. The girls scored 121 to 105 against Liza Jackson. Tatum took first place, Donaji took second place, and Ally Keen placed fourth in the 200 freestyle. In the 50 backstroke Jane placed first, Stephanie Markwardt took fourth, Parrish Jung came in fifth and Luzan Prinsloo took sixth. In the 100 freestyle Sydney placed first, and broke the 17year-old county record, while Brittany Fager took third place and Katie Cutnaw came in fourth. In the 25 freestyle Delaney Hughes took fourth place and Mackenzie Ballash came in fifth. In the 25 backstroke Mackenzie took second place, Delaney took fourth and Morgan Bailey took sixth. In the 50 breaststroke Jane finished first, Sarah Markwardt finished third, Evy Brechler came in fourth and Ashely Sambenedetto placed fifth. In the 50 butterfly Donaji finished first, Heiley DeRosia placed fifth and Evy came in sixth. In the 100 IM event Sydney placed first, Sarah came in third, 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 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Please see SWIM, page B-4 Photo by Wayne JacobsBoy Scout earns Eagle rankNiceville Troop 553 Boy Scouts Patrick Wallace, Cory Anderson, William Easley and Braden Cathey gathered for Cory s Eagle Scout ceremony Jan. 28 at Bluewater Community Church. He is one of five scouts in the troop to earn Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank earned in the Boy Scouts, in 2013.Ruckel swim teams win titlesNiceville trombonist to perform with orchestraPhoto by Susan Prisloo The 2013 Ruckel Middle School boys and girls swim teams, coached by Cathy Ritacco, finished their seasons undefeated and both won the Okaloosa County title. Right: Sydney Dawson broke the 50 backstroke school and county record time with a 29.16 finish. Photo by Linda Hammond Please see NICEVILLE, page B-2 HELLO KITTY!Say "Hello" to our prettiest fruit bouquet yet!This officially licensed Hello Kittyfruit arrangement is the perfect gift idea for Hello Kittyfans of all ages. Includes some of our fresh fruit favorites, a custom Hello Kitty pineapple shape, and chocolate covered strawberries, artfully arranged in an adorable Hello Kitty container.Call today! 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Sharing and Caring volunteers Sharing and Caring is in need of volunteers to serve on a weekly basis. Volunteers can help as a food pantry worker, interview clients, or provide clerical or other support. Those interested can visit the facility Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 104 Bullock Boulevard, Niceville, or contact 6788459. Bankers food drive Northwest Florida Bankers United will host a Canned Love food drive until March 14, to benefit the Harvest House of Destin, Sharing and Caring of Okaloosa County and Caring and Sharing of South Walton. Non-perishable food items and donations can be dropped off at: Bancorp South, Regions, Coastal Bank and Trust, Hancock Bank, BBVA Compass, Trustmark, Beach Community Bank, Community Bank, First City Bank, Lowes and United Way locations. SAT/ACT workshop There will be a free SAT/ACT four-session workshop for Okaloosa County High School students taking the April 13 ACT or May 4 SAT April 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2-5 p.m., in the media center at Niceville High School. The workshop will provide 12 hours of instruction by Alice Hart The registration deadline is March 25 and can be picked up at Okaloosa County High Schools. All materials, snacks and drinks will be provided, except for calculators. Contact Mrs. Hart at Amhart1966@aol.com or 615585-2401. Red Snappers lecture Dr. Bob Shipp will offer a meet and greet with his book, Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, and give a free presentation on red snappers and artificial reefs, Feb. 20, 7-8 p.m., at the Student Services Center, Room 302, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Seating is limited to 75. Register with candy@ecreef.org. Sheepshead fishing seminar The Northlight Marina and Yamaha will present a free, public, Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series seminar on sheepshead fishing Feb. 20, 6 p.m., at Northlight Marina Yacht Club, Niceville. There will be a free buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and free raffles during the presentation. Contact Joe at 516-0709 or www.saltwater-events.com. RBCS open house Rocky Bayou Christian School will host its final Welcome Wednesday open house for the 20122013 school year Feb. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., in the schools academy band room, Niceville. Parents can tour the campus and learn about the schools programs. Register with the admissions director at 279-3727 or gretek@rbcs.org Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host a blood drive Feb. Feb. 20, 4:30-8 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. Bike ride Join the Adventure Club for a bike ride Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., in the Parkwood area, Niceville. Meet at the Winn Dixie on the north side of Hwy. 20, just before the main entrance to Bluewater Bay. There will be a dinner after the ride at a nearby restaurant. Contact Bob and Audrey at 897-3624. Donate blood Northwest Florida Blood Services will host a blood drive Feb. 22, 9 a.m.2 p.m., at L-3 Stratis, s1501 Merchants Way, Niceville. Snacks and drinks will be provided to donators as well as a free t-shirt. Contact Lynda Krupka with questions, 862-4216 or Lynda.Krupka@oneblood.org. NFSO concert The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary with performances by Robert Kerrs Legendary Florida: A Historical Portrait in Sound and The Stars of Tomorrow Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center, Niceville. Kerrs work combines music and narration with projections of Jackson Walkers original art for an unforgettable concert experience. The three NFSOs Concerto Competition Stars of Tomorrow winners, Stephen Farrell of Niceville, clarinetist Diego Hernandez of Tallahassee, and pianist Tyler Wilson of Milton, will also perform. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $16 for active duty military and youth ages 18 and younger. To purchase tickets contact 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.Side-Kick soccer registration The Niceville United Methodist Church will host Side-Kick Soccer, an outdoor, introductory soccer program, for ages 2-5. Games will be played at Meigs Park, Niceville, starting March 12, on Tuesdays, for ages 2-3, and Thursdays for ages 4-5. Registration is $35 per child until Feb. 23, then increases to $45 per child until the deadline, March 1. Register at the Community Life Center of Niceville United Methodist Church or nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Astronomy meeting The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the observatory, S-2, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. Contact Tom Haugh at 678-6483. Bluewater Bay Duathlon The second annual Bluewater Bay Duathlon will take place Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., at LJ Schooners, Niceville. The one-mile run, 15.5-mile bike ride and 5K run race will benefit the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club, EOD Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airmans Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. The registration fee starts at $55. To register contact 661-361-4634 or www.imathlete.com. Niceville Garden Club meeting The Niceville Garden Club will hold its monthly public, meeting Feb. 26, 6 p.m., in the Niceville Public Library. Marie Harrison, master gardener, will present Growing Herbs in Northwest Florida. The club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., in the library, and is always seeking new members. Contact Marsha Palmer at 573-2422. NHS Chorus 5K Run/Walk The Niceville High School chorus will host its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser March 2, 8:30 a.m., at the Niceville High School.The race begins and ends at the school and medals will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners, top master male and female, top grandmaster male and female, and top three place awards in 15 age brackets. Register online at active.com for $18 by Feb. 23 and $25 until race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be post race refreshments and entertainment by Opus One and the NHS Singers. Contact Kirk Herzog at 897-5174. Weavers meeting Strictly Weavers of the Emerald Coast will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 23, 10 a.m., at the Twin Cities Wellness Center, Niceville. The program will focus on different structures and elements of weaving fabric on a loom. All interested weavers are welcome. To register contact Alice at 934-4403 or strictlyweavers@yahoo.com. Gun safety course Northwest Florida State Colleges Criminal Justice Department will hold a public Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry course Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the college. The cost is $156 and includes the use of college firearms. Personal firearms are not permitted in the class or on campus. Customized class times are available for groups. Successful completion of the course satisfies state requirements for a firearms safety course and may be used as part of an individuals application for a concealed carry permit. Contact Sean Lynch at 729-6088 or lynch1@nwfsc.edu to register. Embroiderers Guild meetings The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild will hold its day meeting Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and night meeting Feb. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., in room 400, at the First United Methodist Church, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Hand knitting class Learn the art of hand knitting at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Students will learn basic knitting stitches and create a scarf for $20 or $15 for museum members. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, contact 678-2615. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 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. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324Page B-2 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACONold. He picked the school band because drama and chorus didnt appeal to him. His sister, Rachael Farrell, played in the Destin Middle School band and playing in a band, witnessing what she went through, seemed more familiar to him, he said It wasnt until high school we saw a difference in him, especially at college, Donna said. Its kind of like hes among his own kind now. Stephen, who also plays the piano, wasnt always passionate about classical music. He stuck with trombone during school because he was good at it and it came easy to him, he said. Only in the last two and a half years, especially the year and a half since I enrolled at Baylor, have I truly understood my role as an artist and the immense amount of effort and passion that must go in to my craft in order to make me successful, he said. Stephen is the youngest of three children. Rachael is a senior studying business and sports management at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Katherine Henz is a Cedarville University graduate, Ohio, and a missionary with her husband, Ray. The family moved to Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., shortly after Stephen was born in 1993. They have lived in Washington, D.C., and Warner Robbins, Ga., before settling in Niceville in 2000, where his father is now a defense contractor at Eglin Air Force Base. Stephen once thought the 20 minutes a day, five days a week of required practice in middle school was unreasonable, he recalls. Now he practices three and a half to five hours a day, in addition to three-hour ensemble rehearsals, three days a week. He has a strong practice ethic and works very hard, Lois Van Dam, Stephens former piano professor at NWFSC, said. His natural abilities will take him far. Last year he was named runner-up in the International Trombone Festival Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition, he said. The competition was open to university and conservatory trombonists from all over the world and he was one of three finalists invited to perform in the live final round in July at the Paris Conservatory in France. Balancing performances and school is part of Stephens job description being a performance major, he said. He is studying under Brent Phillips, former assistant principal trombone of The Presidents Own U.S. Marine Band, at Baylor. Stephen spends his time as a freelance musician, member of the Baylor Symphony and Wind Ensemble, working as a Hearn Recording Studio employee at Baylor, and designs the Baylor Trombones website. He still manages to find time for his girlfriend, Mia Orosco, a violin performance major at Baylor. Probably the toughest thing is when I go on tour and have to miss a lot of school because of tours, auditions or whatever else, Stephen said. All the music professors understand the busy schedule. Stephen plans to pursue a professional career in trombone in an orchestra in the future. He has already been asked to audition for full-time jobs. I was actually invited to audition for principal trombone of the Colorado Symphony, Stephen said. But that audition was in Denver, two days after the Stars of Tomorrow concert and I didnt think it was a good idea to attempt that for my first audition experience. Stephen plans to attend a summer music festival, where he will perform in a concert once a week for six weeks. He will play intense pieces led by big-name quest conductors, he said. Im still very much a student, Stephen said. I still have a long way to go before Im playing at the level where I can win a job. Stephen keeps a quote taped to the inside of his trombone case to get him through tough times. Its his philosophy about talent and getting better, he said. World class trombone players do not just happen. Their talents are forged in the dual furnaces of determination and diligence, by Edward Kleinhammer, the bass trombonist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. NICEVILLEFrom page B-1 Stephen Farrell Library artwork displaySee Ana Poddubny s oil and acrylic paintings and Richard Thompson s model military airplane exhibit until Feb. 28, at the Niceville Public Library. Thompson s model exhibit of military airplanes will rotate throughout the month featuring American, English and German military planes. Cox academic tourney resultsThe Cox CommunicationsOkaloosa School District Academic Tournament held its second round of matches Feb. 5 in the media center at Choctawhatchee High School. In match five the Niceville High School Academic Team beat Rocky Bayou Christian School 180 to 140. Amanda Brady and Justin Reichard coached the Niceville High team: captain Sabrina Valenti, Alex Fager, Ciara Ordner and Georgia Pearce. Mike Mosley and Julie Mosley coached the RBCS team: captain Audrey Stevens, Noah Kerstein, Priscilla Baum, James Sung and Ian Kampert. In match six the Northwest Florida State College Collegiate High School Academic Team beat Choctawhatchee High School 250 to 155. De Cook coached the Collegiate team: captain Matthew Crabtree, Braden Corkum, Alex Russ and Danielle Trotman. 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We always pay the most for Gold & Diamonds! Pawn loans 5% over $500! US Gold Pawn, 700 Beal Pkwy. Call Tom or Cricket now. 850-974-2462 Golf Course Indoor Yard Sale. Rocky Bayou Country Club Ladies Golf Association will hold an indoor yard sale March 2, 8am-2pm at the Clubhouse. 600 Golf Course Dr., Niceville. Golf and exercise equipment, household items, jewelry, clothes, and more will be available for sale. Limited number of vendor tables may be reserved for $25 by calling Gloria Hall (6782966) or Carol Elliot (729-7870). See news happening? Call the Beacon Newspapers at 6781080. Located at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. 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He married his childhood sweetheart and one and only girlfriend, his Georgia peach, Annie Mae Chubb, a native of Cedartown and his wife of 42 years. They procreated four children: Pastor Melissa A. Johnson, Tommy P. Johnson, Jr. (Monica), Kimberly Johnson-Collins and Bishop Christopher A. Johnson, Sr. (Toya). They have delighted in eight grandchildren: Jazlyn, Christopher, Kamyah, Jerell, Makenzie, Taraja, Micah and Sanai. Bishop Johnson served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a civil servant entomologist and administrator at Niceville Senior High School. In December 1995, Bishop Johnson founded New Life Missionary Baptist Church, now known as New Life Christian Ministries of Niceville. He will forever be remembered as the one with an uncanny love for God. Bishop preached the gospel in season and out of season. His desire was to strengthen families, the church and pastors. His motto, know what you believe, and believe what you know, will always be exemplified. He strongly believed in preaching and teaching the truth that souls might be saved. His passion for ministry and love for the people of God will forever live within them. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Lewis students perform at All-State concertLewis School Chorus eighth graders Catherine Crump, left, and Hannah Roos performed in the Florida Music Educators Association s All-State Middle School Treble Chorus concert Jan. 12 in Tampa. They were chosen by audition to perform with the top middle school singers in the state. Bishop T.P. Johnson, Sr. ObituaryWednesday, February 20, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON

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Regional science fair results The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine Dr. McKnight & his staff invite you to their RSVP to: dollie@echidoc.comWhen: Thurs., Feb. 28 Time: 4-6 p.m. 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 Bluewater Bay Courtyard Plaza www.echidoc.com Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Students win essay contestThe Twin Cities Elks Lodge announced the State Americanism Essay Contest Division I winners, fifth-sixth grade. From left: first place Xaver Segers, home schooled, second place Aliviah Buzan, Okaloosa STEMM Academy, and third place Autumn McClain, Lewis School. Rocky Bayou students honoredRocky Bayou Christian Academy Latin students and Junior Classical League members placed in the National Classical Etymology Exam. Winners are, from left: Ian Kampert, bronze medal, Wade Wiederhold and James Sung, silver medals, and Shiloh Johns and Amanda Hart, gold medals. Lady Rams county champsThe Ruckel Lady Rams soccer team finished their season undefeated and were named Okaloosa County champions. The team, from left: back row; coach Haley Close, Nicole Farmer, Amina Downey, Emma Ladd, Grace Smales, Devynn Vachon, Annie-James Walsh, Hannah Stevenson, Ella Wright, Alexis Sherwin, Coach Katie Sause; second row, Hannah Davis, Lauren Melancon, Candace Metcalfe, Liliana Fernandez, Kayla Fernandez, Gabriela Hunter, Chloe Resendiz, Delanie Bomar; front row, Alexa Miles, Leah Wilson, Haley Howe, Ryleigh Current-Rhone, Payton Lewis, Sydney Fletcher, Tai Durren-Winn, Aliyah Reynoso. The Dabar Speech and Debate Club of Niceville competed in the National Open Tournament Jan. 2-5 in Montgomery, Ala., and the South Carolina State Qualifier Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Greenville, S.C., for homeschooled students. Nine students received awards and will advance to the Regional Invitational Tournament April 24-27 in Jacksonville. The 28-student club, which was formed two years ago, is for homeschoolers ages 12-18 who desire to advance their communication skills through speaking and debating. The club is an affiliate of the NCFCA, National Christian Forensics and Communication Association. It meets at North Bay Baptist Church, Niceville. The club offers 10 categories of speech and two styles of debate. Brittany Parry was the finalist in persuasive speech at the open tournament. At the South Carolina State Qualifier Derric Lutsko placed first in duo interpretation speech, was a semifinalist in persuasive speech and apologetics speech, and won the sweepstakes award. Faith Lutsko also received first place for duo interpretation speech. Joshua Austin and Ian Hall were debate finalists for the team policy category. Samantha Thompson placed fourth in open interpretation speech. Shannon Thompson and Truitt Robinson were semi-finalists in biographical narrative speech. Avery Robinson placed third in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, second in apologetics speech, was a semi-finalist in impromptu speech and received the Lincoln-Douglas Speaker Award. Members of the Niceville Dabar Speech and Debate Club competed in the South Carolina State Qualifier Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Greenville, S.C. From left: back row, Joshua Austin, Ian Hall, Samantha Thompson, Avery Robinson; front row, Shannon Thompson, Truitt Robinson, Hope Lutsko, Faith Lutsko and Derric Lutsko.Homeschooling debate club to compete in regionalsRuckel Middle School, Okaloosa STEMM Academy, Destin Middle School, Rocky Bayou Christian School, and Niceville High School students placed in the Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 7, at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach. The first place winners will compete in the 58th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair March 26 at Lakeland Center. OSA sixth grade finishers are: Natalie Cross, honorable mention, Store Bought vs. Natural? An Earthworms Decision; Liam Ordner, second place, Monkey See, Monkey Do; Indira Mishra, second place, Sea Shell Decalcification; Jasmine Mishra, honorable mention, Magnetic Hydroelectricity; Samuel Scholl, honorable mention, Parachutes: Does Size or Shape Matter; Olivia Reeths, honorable mention, Taming Oil Spills; Isabella Perez, second place, Disease Fighting Phytochemicals; Jillian Parker, third place, The Deepest Possible; and Allison Rodas, second place, Temperature and Attraction: How Does Temperature Affect Magnet Strength. Ruckel finishers with grade are: Kasen Stephensen, third place, The Correlation Between Halloween Decorations and Candy Distributed, 8; Eve Glenn, first place, Generation Facebook: Social Medias Impact on Middle School Students, 7; Jacob Wargo, third place, The Fastest Ubuntu, 7; Alex Gilbert, second place, A Sandbox Study of Crystal Formation, 7; Adam Mistretta, honorable mention, To Be Stealth or Not To Be Stealth? That is the Question, 6; Simrun Sharma, second place, Test Your Gluing Knowledge, 6; Camille Miles, third place, Kite Power, 7; Ryan Murphy, second place, Reduce Drag, 7; Daniel Bobbitt, first place, Catching the Waves, 7; Aaron Norris, third place, Fractal Pattern, 8; Alexandria Tolbert, third place, Blinded By the Light, 8; Lauren Matthews, first place, Effects of Artificial Light on Plant Growth, 8. The Destin finishers with grade are: Hannah Hellerstedt and Bethany Slack, second place team, IQ Tunes, 8; Matthew Woods, honorable mention, Packing Peanut Planting, 8; and Diana LaFollete, honorable mention, Insulation Inspiration, 8. Rocky Bayou Christian Middle School seventh grader Lauren Householder received honorable mention for How Salty Does the Sea Have to be for an Egg to Float. Niceville High School finishers are: grade 9, Ronald Russell, first place, Wildlife Forage Preferences; Claire Ponder, first place, Cookies: Stealing Your Privacy One Byte at a Time; Nick Lopez, third place, Effects of Oil Pollution on Marine Dinoflagellates; Erin Ringel, second place, Stealthy Shapes-How to Make Aircraft Invisible to Radar; P.J. Shaw, second place, Bacteria 2 Energy; Katrina Sherwin, second place, Diffracting the Bayou: Measuring salt content in Rocky Bayou with a laser; Evan Etheridge, third place, Spider Speed-The Effects of Therapeutic Tape On Running; Brianna Means, second place, Wash the Germs Away; Dillon Richardson, third place, What is Antimicrobial; Matthew Klein, second place, How Does Your Antibacterial Cleaner Measure Up; Matthew Marks, second place, Angle vs. Distance; teams, Mary Claire Cockrum and Lainee Ely, honorable mention, All Hail The Roof; Amanda Wilson and Kristen Santasier, third place, Bacteria Invasion; and William West and Wesley Wilkes, second place, Milk: It Does a Body Good; grade 10, Brayton Miles, first place, Kite Wind Energy; and Michael Semintelli, first place, The Adaptation of Gorlov Helical Turbine into a Water Main; senior Kyle Saleeby, first place, A Current Event: Using Renewable Electrical Tide Energy in the Production, Separation and Storage of Hydrogen Gas. RBCS seniors Jessica Sandlin and Stefan Makarov, placed first in the team division for Sound Defense for the F-35 at Eglin AFB, and junior Connor Lynch placed first for Back to the Future: Exploiting Active Laminar Flow Control to Improve Wing Efficiency. 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 Parrish placed fourth, and Sydney Sheppard came in fifth. In the 50 freestyle Tatum took first, Brittany took third, and Heiley came in fifth. The girls broke a 20-year-old county record in the 200 freestyle relay from 1:51.20 to 1:48.17. The boys took all 11 events at the Jan. 30 meet, including first and second place in the 200 freestyle and first, second and third place in the medley relay. Winners are: Luke Anderson Maxwell, 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke; Dylan Hammond, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Shane Gauthier, 200 freestyle and 50 fly; Nick Kartvedt, 50 backstroke; Kellen Broaderick, 50 breaststroke and 100 IM. Ruckel boys scored 178 to 45 against Lewis School and 174 to 73 against Bruner Middle School. At the Feb. 6 meet the boys won eight out of 11 events including placing first in the 200 medley relay, breaking the county record, established by Ruckel two years ago. Nick, Jackson, Kellen and Dylan finished as a team with a time of 1:58.43. The boys scored 127 to 99 against Liza Jackson. In the 200 freestyle Dylan placed second, Shane third and Harrison Frazier sixth. In the 50 backstroke Nick took second place, Seth Witt placed fourth and Cole Brown fifth. In the 100 freestyle Jackson took first place, Weston Smith third, Evan Frazier fourth and Andrew Halladay fifth. In the 25 freestyle Luke took first place, Gavin Tolbert placed second, William Scholl placed third and Jacob Tawill took fifth. In the 25 backstroke Gavin took first and broke the school and county record. Luke placed second and William took third. In the 50 breaststroke Kellen placed first, Jackson came in second and Andrew placed sixth. In the 50 butterfly Dylan placed first, Shane placed third and Seth came in sixth. In the 100 IM Kellen placed first and Thomas Gray came in fourth and in the 50 freestyle Nick placed first and Weston took second. Both teams finished the season undefeated beating seven county teams with 68 swimmers. Coach Cathy Ritacco said she couldnt ask for a better season. 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