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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: 12-26-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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scores place Collegiate at fifth and Niceville at 34th out of the 430 Florida public high schools scored on a 1,600-point scale. Combination schools are scored on a 1,700-point scale. High schools scoring 1,050 or higher and combination schools scoring 1,115 or higher receive an A grade. Four of the other five Okaloosa County public high schools or combination schoolsBaker School, Choctawhatchee Senior High, Crestview High and Fort Walton Beach Highreceived an A designation for 2012. Laurel Hill School received a C. Grades for elementary and middle schools were released earlier By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Bluewater Bay officials say they will study whether the community's signs and landscape retention features have become run-down and in need of a facelift. In a meeting earlier this month, the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit governing board heard suggestions from its newest elected members, Judy Griffin and Debbie Stretch, to change its approach to landscaping in Bluewater Bay. Griffin said that the stacked masonry blocks currently used to contain flower beds at many Bluewater Bay intersections are not an attractive option, and are often discolored by stains from By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College and Niceville High School were the two highest performing public high schools in Okaloosa Countyand among the best in the statein 2012, according to high school grades released by the Florida Department of Education Dec. 21. The state assigns public high schools and combination schools with high school students point totals based on the schools' learning gains (determined by FCAT scores), acceleration, graduation rate and college readiness. On the 1,600-point scale, Collegiate scored 1,489 and Niceville scored 1,312. Those T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, December 26, 2012 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, 9 a.m. Play soccer at the FC Dallas soccer winter camp at the Twin Oaks Soccer Complex Niceville. The two-day camp is $50 and $40 for FCD players. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Stop by and see the Geek Lights Christmas show at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antigua Way Niceville. Friday, 7 p.m. Take part in Grace Rides fundraiser at Howl at the Moon, Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. High Intensity will host softball tryouts at the Ruckel Middle School softball field, Niceville. Monday, 8 p.m. Count down to the new year with live music,fireworks and a ball drop at Harborwalk Village Destin. See Calendar, B-2. COMINGUP Please see TDC, page A-3 Please see BWB, page A-3 Police BlotterPage A-4 Were going to miss herSharing and Caring president wore many hats in 18 years of service2 Niceville schools ranked among states best Delle Diamon, president of Sharing and Caring, helps other volunteers assist low-income families at Sharing and Caring, Nicevil le, last week to make sure they have everything they need for the holidays. After 18 years, Diamon is scheduled to retire from the organization Dec. 31. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Delle Diamon, Sharing and Caring president, may have an office, but shes hardly ever sitting down in it. She spends her days answering calls, helping clients and coordinating programs. After 18 busy years as a volunteer and two and a half years as president, Diamon is scheduled to retire from the Nicevillebased charitable organization on Dec. 31. Im retiring because its time, Diamon said. Its time to enjoy traveling with my husband when he goes on business trips and visiting my grown children and grandchildren. With the help of long-time Sharing and Caring volunteers Diamon has helped hundreds of needy families each year in the Niceville-Valparaiso. Diamon first heard about the organization from volunteer Jack McAlister when he spoke about Sharing and Caring during a First United Methodist Church service in 1994. It touched me, Diamon said. I walked through the doors and have been here ever since. She arrived to Niceville in 1993 with her retired Air Force husband, Mike, and their children Brett, Kim and Kevin, who are now all grown and out of the house. Diamon has enjoyed serving Are BWB amenities looking tired?MSBU will study whether community needs, and could afford, a facelift Photo by Wayne Jacobs The Ruckel Middle School bands gave a Christmas concert Dec. 18 at Niceville High School. The Ram bandsbeginning, intermediate, advance, honor and jazzperformed under the direction of Eddie Steadman during the evening, with many members sporting Santa hats.Rams make a holidayCounty acted contrary to law on TDC spendingBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer In a "preliminary and tentative" report issued last week, the Florida Auditor General said Okaloosa County acted "contrary to law" in a host of failures to oversee and control public spending. The Auditor General gave the Okaloosa County Commission 30 days to respond to its findings, dated Dec. 18. In the report, state auditors found that the commission had failed to prevent the misuse of tourist development taxes and funds received from BP by the county Tourist Development Council. The state audit was commissioned after a TDC spending scandal that erupted in May resulted in the issue of an arrest warrant for its director, Mark Bellinger. Bellinger was found to have looted $747,000 in county funds to buy his house in Destin, according to a federal lawsuit and a suicide note left by Please see GOING, page A-5 Please see RANKED, page A-3 Audit findings, A-6.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithGlenda Johnson, 68, Gaskin, Florida, retired Jennifer Shaw, 63, Crestview, Kindergarten teacher at Lewis School The election. I was pretty passionate about it. I voted for the first time in my life, and I m 32. I voted for Obama, even though I oppose gun control. Hurricane Sandy sticks in my mind. I have family in Louisiana, and Sandy brought back memories of Katrina.What was the most important event in 2012?Justin Gamroth, 32, Niceville, cookLocation: KmartDebbie Hathaway, 63, Terra Haute, Indiana, retired Victoria George, 36, Choctaw Beach, construction inspector What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. The election. Our country had been stirred up for four years, and it was time to make a decision. The shooting of the little children in Connecticut. That was so sad. The election, because of the military and economic impact, and everything that s going on socially. Happy New Year! $700$7.00 OFF YOUR ORDERWhen you mention this ad. Offer valid on select products. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer code must be used when placing the order. Code: bayb0113 Exp: 01/31/13OFFMake us part of your New Years resolutionGet healthy and treat yourself to one of our fruit bouquetsTo order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111 EdibleArrangements.com Mariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 EdibleARRANGEMENTS Emerald Waters Medical Clinic Provider and staff will focus on your individual medical needs and preventative care. We see patients 12 yrs and older Specializing in Womens Health Perform Colposcopy and manage lower genital tract abnormalitiesHours: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., 8 a.m.-12 noon Extended Hours: Mon. & Wed., 5 7 p.m. by appt only(850) 279-68151005 College Blvd., W., Ste B, Niceville www.myemeraldwaters.com mstanton@myemeraldwaters.comMAURICIASTANTONAdvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner PHD in Natural Health Come Ring in the New Year withLive DJ!$2Champagnes!$799All you can drink Champagne!$550Domestic Pitchers!Special NEW YEARS appetizer Menu! FREE Champagne toast at Midnight! For more info call: (850) 897-25832000 Bluewater Blvd. NicevilleBLUEWATERSports Bar &Grill Grouper Pan sauted, topped with blue crabmeat and garlic beurre blanc sauce with saffron rice and sauted vegetables...$29* Twin Filet mignon One topped with gorgonzola, the other shiitake mushroom demi glace. Garlic mashed potatoes and sauted vegetables.....................................................................$30* Chicken Piccata Sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and capers with saffron rice and sauted vegetables................$24* Stuffed Lobster Tails & Shrimp Twin seafood stuffed Maine lobster tails with jumbo garlic shrimp, saffron rice & sauted vegetables .$35* Filet and Grilled Lobster 4 oz filet mignon with 2 grilled Maine lobster tails, garlic mashed potatoes and sauted vegetables...$39* Fried Seafood Platter Jumbo shrimp, scallops, crab cake, Mahi, spicy French fries and Caribbean slaw...........................$28* Oysters Rockefeller baked with a rich bacon Florentine topping Baked Raspberry Almond Brie in a puff pastry Lobster and Shrimp Bisque with a hint of sherry Sesame Seared Yellow Fin Tuna cucumber wasabi aioli Spring Mix honey roasted nuts, mandarin oranges, mango vinaigrette Classic Caesar Salad garlic croutonsEntre Choice Salad Choice Appetizer Choice New Y ears Eve20123 Course Dinner Live Music by James Kilpatrick Champagne To ast124 John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso Early seating special from 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2 course dinner starting at $18Price* includes 3 course dinner: Appetizer, Salad and Entre Reservations available from 4pm 11pm. Call 678-2805 A Healthy TouchTherapeutic MassageA Healthy TouchTherapeutic MassageLic.# MM 16349Palm Plaza | (850) 678-0661 | 1005 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Blessingsto you in theNew YearBest wishes for a happy New Year!-From the Bay Beacon staff Monday, December 31 5pm-CloseNew Years Eve Menu $2595Crab Stuffed Red Snapper over fried cheese grits with a cajun roasted red bell pepper & crawfish sauce Orange Crme Brulee $3.50 Regular menu also availableReservations Recommended 897-6400LOCATED AT THE BLUEWATER BAY MARINA COMPLEX IN NICEVILLE. 3 MINUTES OFF HWY. 20 AT THE END OF BAY DR.Dine atLJ SCHOONERSDinner by Chef WayneFinish atTHE OYSTER BARNew Year s Festivities, Midnight Champagne Toast

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this year. A-rated schools get state reward money that is typically remitted to teachers as bonuses. At Collegiate High, the reward money has been traditionally spent for other school purposes. The preliminary grades released Friday are subject to appeal. Marcus Chambers, Okaloosa County School District chief officer of quality assurance, was principal of Niceville High School for the period during which the school received its most recent A. Chambers said the designation accurately reflects the efforts of the school. "This is another indication of Niceville being a school of excellence," Chambers said. "The students, faculty and staff have worked very hard, and this is well deserved." Crestview and Laurel Hill were the only Okaloosa County high schools or combination schools to receive a different grade from last year. Both received B designations in 2011, thus making Crestview the only school of the seven to improve and Laurel Hill the only one to regress. Laurel Hill School's downward trend comes after receiving A designations 2008-2010. In Walton County, Freeport High School received a B for the second consecutive year. Of the four high schools in Walton County, two received an A and two received a B. Statewide, the number of A high schools increased to 231 from 148 in 2011. The number of F high schools decreased from six to three. The total number of high schools in Florida increased to 491 from 474 in 2011. RANKEDFrom page A-1 Marcus ChambersBellinger himself. The audit report lists 25 findings in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes and public records. The report lists recommendations from the auditor general regarding what measures the county should take to prevent such issues from arising again. In a preface to the report, Auditor General David Martin said the county has 30 days to respond to the report with explanations for the 25 findings and proposed corrective actions. If the county fails to respond, the tentative report will become final as it is currently written. Deputy Auditor General Ted Sauerbeck said the county's explanations and proposed actions would be published as part of the final official report. Sauerbeck said the investigation covered the period from May 2010-May 2012 with some exceptions for selected actions after May 2012. Asked for comment, District 3 County Commissioner Nathan Boyles, a newly elected official who was not serving on the commission during the audited period, said Friday that officials have begun making structural and operational changes. "We're going to continue the process of restructuring the TDC," Boyles told the Beacon. "We're going to make sure they're operating within the Sunshine [laws] and operating in the best interest of the Okaloosa County residents." Concerning advice by the auditor general that the county strengthen its monitoring of the tourist agency, Boyles said the "spending authority of the TDC is being largely curtailed." Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit could not be reached for comment or did not return phone calls by press time are: commisioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris and Dave Parisot; former commissioners James Campbell and Bill Roberts; and County Administrator Jim Curry. Bellinger, the TDC director whose actions sparked the audit, resigned May 1 after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges. Among other findings, the report states the Tourism Development Council took many actions without approval of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, including voting Oct. 10, 2010, to give Bellinger the authority to spend $50,000 in BP grants to investigate the use of virtual reality technology for marketing. The report also lists purchases by the county using tourist development funds or BP grants, totaling $155,400, that were invoiced incorrectly. The items actually purchased were not allowable uses of the funding. The purchases include: $48,000 invoiced as "prize for a 2010-2011 Internet/viral video contest" which was actually used to purchase a Porsche titled to Bellinger; $47,000 invoiced as "convention center marketing services" which actually paid for a $42,871 county Christmas party, a $3,921 Tourism Development Council holiday party and a $991 harbor cruise for county employees; $31,400 invoiced as "Harbor Walk/Destin Harbor advertising," $25,150 of which was actually used to purchase furniture for the TDC Destin office, with the remaining $6,250 used to buy furniture for Bellinger's home; a $29,000 payment to a marketing firm which the firm could not explain and repaid to the county upon questioning. Sauerbeck said pursuant to Florida law, the Florida Auditor General will conduct follow-up procedures within 18 months of the final release of the report to determine whether the county is following the corrective actions. 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Member Doug Burgess replied that the stack blocks are cleaned about three times each year, but Griffin persisted, saying that she would prefer replacing the stack blocks with such natural materials as shrubbery or grass. She said she has some experience with landscaping and would come up with some specific ideas for what she has in mind. Veteran board member Joan McCarthy agreed with Griffin, saying that she, too, thinks Bluewater Bay needs a new look. Bluewater Bay needs a long range plan from a professional landscaping company, McCarthy said. Bluewater Bay has begun to look tired, and some of our signs are worn, outdated, and in need of replacement. Some further discussion followed, in which Burgess said Bluewater Bays landscaping is currently standardized throughout the community and would be difficult to overhaul at once. After the discussion, the board voted 3 to 2 to hold a landscape design workshop in January, to discuss possible design changes. Griffin voted for the workshop, along with McCarthy and Stretch, while Burgess and Dale Blanchard voted against it. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Regency Inn at the corner of State Road 20 and White Point Road. The Bluewater Bay MSBU is a local part of Okaloosa County government, and its charter limits its activities to landscaping and maintenance of common areas along the main streets of Bluewater Bay, as well as maintaining street signs and street lights. BWBFrom page A-1 Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser and Mike Griffith A directional sign and a retaining wall, both on Bluewater Boulevard, may be some of the Bluewater Bay common-area amenities in need of refurbishment, according to Bluewater Municipal Services Benefit Unit members Judy Griffin and Debbie Stretch. THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Page A-3

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Bezek's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 8, 2013. *** A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 15 on a charge of petit theft. The boy allegedly stole a cooler of beer from the front porch of the residence at 1514 27th St., Niceville. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013. *** Regina Inman, unemployed, 58, of 1615 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 13 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Inman's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 2, 2013. *** A 17-year-old Freeport boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 14 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly, the boy was in the driver's seat of a car containing marijuana and two pipes parked in front of 208 Biltmore Way, Niceville The boy admitted ownership of one of the pipes. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013. *** A 15-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 14 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly, the boy was in the passenger seat of a car containing marijuana and two pipes parked in front of 208 Biltmore Way, Niceville. The boy admitted ownership of the marijuana and one of the pipes. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 300 block of Fairwood Drive reported someone stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from his house Dec. 17. The items stolen included a red ruby and diamond gold ring, a gold necklace with a three-diamond pendant, a gold herringbone necklace, a figaro necklace and a diamond and sapphire gold ring. OtherValparaiso police made no arrests after searching a car parked in the cow pasture off Highway 190, Valparaiso, Dec. 6. An officer who was suspicious of where the car was parked searched it and its four occupants after approaching and detecting a strong odor of marijuana. The officer seized a Crown Royal bottle with a pipe attached and a plastic bag containing a marijuana stem as evidence to be destroyed. No charges were filed. *** A Niceville resident of the first block of 2nd Street reported Dec. 16 that an unknown person attempted to break into her house, getting through a screen door but not through a glass door. 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. NicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 17, 2012 through December 20, 2012. 0 Structure Fire9 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 1 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................01:38 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................07:27 Hudson Cr........................................Fire alarm..........................12/17/12..................07:28 W. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................09:38 N. Cedar..........................................Service call.......................12/18/12..................04:22 N. Hwy. 85.......................................Vehicle fire........................12/18/12..................05:52 Big Oaks Lane.................................Service call.......................12/18/12..................17:57 Bally Way.........................................Medical..............................12/18/12..................22:01 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle crash....................12/19/12..................14:12 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle crash....................12/19/12..................18:40 King Street.......................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................01:11 Allen Street......................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................09:34 Pinoak Circle...................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................11:54 Pine Avenue....................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................14:15 N. Partin Drive.................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................14:46 Reeves Street..................................Illegal burning...................12/20/12..................16:25 Weekly Safety Tip: If you have a disability, consider how it could affect your ability to escape from a fire in your home. If your disability requires special arrangements, make them part of the escape plan. For example, if you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist and decide on backups in case that person isn t home. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 17, 2012 through December 20, 2012. z Bluewater Blvd/Hwy. 20..............Vehicle accident..................12/17/12...................08:53 Merchants Way............................Medical................................12/18/12...................03:18 Cat Mar Road...............................Medical................................12/18/12...................15:17 Glen Eagles Drive........................Medical................................12/20/12...................12:56 E. Hidden Lakes Dr......................Medical................................12/20/12...................16:18 Merchants Way............................Medical................................12/20/12...................18:50 N. White Point Rd........................Medical................................12/20/12...................19:04 Visit northbayfd.org for more informationNorth Bay The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. 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the community since 1994 when she joined the volunteer team. She has spent time as Sharing and Carings vice president, projects chairman, and now president. She works five days a week with no pay, said volunteer Lynn Watson. During an interview, Diamon nevertheless steadfastly attributed the organizations success to the efforts of other volunteers, more so than her own. Her job as president involves making sure projects are on track, meeting with the committee chairs, conducting board meetings and helping out wherever she is needed. Were going to miss her, Rob Benson, a founder of Sharing and Caring, said. Diamon has put in countless hours of work at home and in the Sharing and Caring building at 104 Bullock Blvd. She has coordinated and expanded the organizations programs over the years to help more families. In 2011, under Diamons leadership, Sharing and Caring coordinated with area churches and civic organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club, to provide 350 Thanksgiving meals for families and Christmas meals and gifts for 420 families. Diamon also coordinated the Tools for School program in 1995 and was able to help 33 students that year obtain school supplies through the community. In 2011 the program helped 317 students. Diamon is always helping someone out. Whether its a struggling single-mother trying to provide for her child or a volunteer asking where a folder is, she is always there to lend a hand. Diamon says she works so much now because this is the busiest time of the year for Sharing and Caring with the holiday season. Normally she shouldnt need to work five days a week, she said. Shes there about every day of the week, Benson said. She works on some of the tough cases beyond the knowledge of a volunteer. The workload has increased over the years with the economy crashing and more people needing help. Many NicevilleValparaiso residents work in hospitality, tourism and contracting work and it can be difficult to find work during the nontourist season. There used to be six clients a day, but now 20-30, sometimes even 40, walk in on a single day, Benson said. Diamon has also worked with the community to get additional funds and encouraged various organizations to help fund Sharing and Caring, Benson said. Sharing and Caring has assisted 195 clients with the food stamp application process through the organizations partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and Access Florida in 2011. Diamon has been the go-to person to help clients with the online food stamp application process and has warned them she wont always be there to help them. Shes the only one in Sharing and Caring that can help people get online and obtain their food stamps, Benson said. During Diamons time, Sharing and Caring has expanded its building twice. Once in June 1998 for additional storage of food and again this year to include additional office space and storage, said Benson. The building used to have two offices for interviewing and now has three to four rooms that can be used as offices. Diamon leads more than 70 volunteers, but could not do what she does on her own. Diamon describes her tenure as short compared with that of treasurer Freida Spence, who served a total seven years as president and other volunteers who have been with the organization for many years. Its their dedication, their passion for helping, and their commitment to serve that makes this organization so special, Diamon said. As Sharing and Caring has grown over the years and the amount of people helped, so has the community's donations, Diamon said. This Niceville-Valparaiso area has been our energizer bunnies and have given and continue to give and give and give, she said. All we have to say is we need and the community rallies. Sharing and Caring hosted an open house Dec. 9 to show how thankful they are for the support of the community. Peggy Coughlan, a founder of Sharing and Caring and volunteer since 1989, said Susan Magerman and Gloria Price will step-up and divide Diamons duties, but they wont be calling themselves president. Coughlan added that Diamon has set many wonderful guidelines for the organization and is sure Sharing and Caring will do a good job taking over once she is gone. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said he would continue a crackdown on illegal synthetic drugs. He warned 58 stores countywide, including eight in Niceville, that if they were selling any of the banned substances, they must stop right away or face prosecution. Ashley noted that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier this month issued an emergency order outlawing 22 additional chemical compounds, commonly sold over the counter in some stores as "bath salts" or "spice," in addition to drugs already illegal under state law. Ashley said most or all of the same drugs are also banned by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said that in addition to Bondis order, issued Dec. 11, the passage of state laws outlawing the new substances will be among the first orders of business for Floridas House Criminal Justice Committee, of which Gaetz is a member, when the Florida Legislature convenes in early March for its 60-day annual session. The emergency order and pending legislation are needed, said Ashley and Gaetz, in order to keep up with the new synthetic drugs being made by outlaw chemists, many of whom are apparently located in foreign countries and who keep coming up with new drugs to skirt American laws. Gaetz called the chemists who devise such drugs examples of perverted science, and said he wants the legislature to promote corporate responsibility by making Florida retailers aware of how dangerousand illegalsuch products actually are. Samples of recently seized synthetic drugs were shown to reporters during an Ashley-Gaetz press conference Dec. 11. The packaging and labeling of the drugs, which were sold in some convenience stores or in head shops that promote hippie-style and countercultural products, are designed to make the substances appear mild and relatively harmless, and to appeal to young adults, teenagers, and even children, according to Ashley. Some packages include images of popular cartoon characters, and could easily be mistaken for candy packages, especially those with such labels as Scooby Snax, which look much like candy packages and carry a colorful image of the well-known cartoon dog. Other packages carry the image of Dopey, a character from the Disney animated classic movie Snow White. Although some packages carry labels stating the chemicals are bath salts, spice, or incense and are not to be sold to minors and not for human consumption, such labeling is a ruse intended to make the products appear legal, said Ashley. No one in law enforcement takes such labeling seriously, he said, and the products are often sold to and consumed by youngsters. Ashley said that parents, teachers, and others who work with children and teenagers should be especially aware of how such packages look and what they contain. If they find youngsters with such items, they should prevent them from ingesting them and turn the items over to police at once. In the event anyone does ingest such drugs, by eating, drinking, smoking, inhaling or injecting them, a poison control center should be contacted and the victim should receive immediate treatment at the nearest emergency room. Users of the drugs may perceive bath salts or spice as substitutes for marijuana, and usually expect only a pleasant, euphoric high, but the drugs actual effects can plunge victims into a nightmare, according to information handouts supplied by Ashley, and also according to information on such Internet sites as Web MD. The drugs often mimic the combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, causing the brain to produce excess amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter normally connected to feelings of well-being. The drugs also prevent the reuptake mechanism by which a normal brain naturally recycles excess dopamine. The resulting symptoms can include intense hyperactivity, paranoia, delusions, and panic attacks. Terrifying hallucinations can also occur, causing some victims to exhibit bizarre and violent behavior, to include attacking other people, fighting with inanimate objects, or harming themselves either by accident or by suicide. Undersheriff Don Adams described an incident in which a drug user, after being confined in theback seat of a police car, severely damaged his teeth by trying to chew his way through the metal cage separating the front and rear seats. People on these drugs can show unusual strength and may not feel pain when they injure themselves, Adams said. Ashley said the sheriff's office and other law enforcement agencies have raided some local "head shops" and have visited 58 convenience stores and other outlets to deliver letters warning owners and employees against stocking or selling illegal substances. When drugs are found, Ashley said, they are seized, and cease and desist orders are given to the store operators, warning them that manufacture, possession, sale, or use of the illegal substances is a third degree felony that can lead to prison sentences for those convicted. Thus far, Ashley said, the OCSO has made three arrests, executed 22 search warrants, executed 56 controlled buys of suspected drugs, and seized substances estimated at about $1.8 million retail value. He added that citizens who see suspicious packages in local stores should report their observations to police, and should not shop in stores known to sell illegal products. Ashley told reporters that he and other police officials will continue watching for and seizing synthetic drugs. Law enforcement cannot stand by and watch this poison affect our communities, he said. 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Beacon photo by Mike GriffithOkaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley and District 4 State Rep. Matt Gaetz discussed the synthetic drug threat with reporters. Ashley warned 58 stores countywide, including eight in Niceville, not to sell illegal "bath salts" or "spice," if they were doing so. GOINGFrom page A-1 Among the Sharing and Caring volunteers at work on a recent day were, from left: Charlotte Boggs, Ron Benson, Sheila Foerster, Jack McAlister, Peggy Coughlan, Peggy Stultz, Julene Marks, Julia DelValle, Jewel Kearley and Delle Diamon. Beacon photo by Anna Kavanaugh HAIRDOGPET SALONCall for an appointment. 678-6576Lynn Harrisis now atof the 537B VALPARAISO PKWY. VALPARAISOStop by and see her!

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The Florida Auditor General conducted an audit of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners regarding its monitoring of the Tourist Development Council and the use of county bed taxes and BP grant funds. The audit, which primarily considered operations from May 2010-May 2012, was released Dec. 18. The county has 30 days to respond with explanations of the findings and suggested corrective actions, which will then be added to the final report. The preliminary and tentative findings of the auditor general follow.Preliminary and tentative findings Our operational audit of the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners oversight of the Tourist Development Council and use of tourist development taxes and funds received from British Petroleum disclosed the following: Organizational oversight Finding No. 1: The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) did not establish annual budgets for expenditures from restricted resources at the level the resources were restricted, or project budgets for each advertising project and marketing campaign, to ensure that available resources were not overspent. Finding No. 2: The Tourist Development Council (TDC) and TDC subcommittees performed duties that were not of an advisory nature, contrary to law. Finding No. 3: The TDC did not continuously review all expenditures of tourist development taxes, contrary to law. Finding No. 4: The County purchased goods and services from companies or organizations that were affiliated with members of the BCC, TDC, or a TDC subcommittee, contrary to law. Fraud controls and control risk assessments Finding No. 5: The BCC had not adopted a fraud response plan, and the County did not perform periodic fraud risk assessments or establish action plans to implement and monitor fraud controls. Finding No. 6: The County did not perform and document periodic control risk assessments over the activities of collecting, accounting for, and disbursing restricted resources to identify and respond to identified control risks. Procurement and payments to vendors Finding No. 7: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the competitive procurement of goods and services, including the selection of two advertising and marketing firms. Finding No. 8: The County negotiated and entered into contracts that did not contain adequate provisions to effectively protect the Countys interests. Finding No. 9: The County did not perform an adequate review or preaudit of invoices submitted by two advertising and marketing firms, including a comparison of payment requests to the provisions of contracts. As a result, the County paid two advertising and marketing firms $12.1 million without obtaining adequate documentation supporting the goods or services received, including payments of several invoices that incorrectly or inadequately described the actual goods or services purchased. Finding No. 10: The County did not ensure that goods or services acquired through two advertising and marketing firms were competitively procured. Finding No. 11: The County paid for certain goods and services in advance of their receipt, including certain goods and services acquired through two advertising and marketing firms, contrary to law and the State Constitution. Some services for which the County paid in advance were not subsequently provided. Finding No. 12: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the approval of purchases, including purchases made through two advertising and marketing firms. Finding No. 13: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the use of purchasing cards (p-cards), document the receipt of goods and services purchased with p-cards that were not immediately provided to the purchaser, or document the public purpose served by the p-card expenditures. Travel Finding No. 14: The County needed to enhance its policies and procedures to ensure that travel expenditures are preapproved and adequately documented. Special events grants and sponsorships Finding No. 15: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures relating to special events grants, and the County did not document that the special events grants were used for allowable purposes or were effective in increasing tourism and the use of lodging facilities. Finding No. 16: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures relating to sponsorships of organizations or events. In addition, the County did not consistently document the purpose for which the sponsorships were provided, that the sponsorships were used for allowable purposes, or that the sponsorships were effective in achieving the purposes for which they were provided. Allowable uses of restricted resources Finding No. 17: The County paid $2.5 million from tourist development taxes for lifeguarding, beach patrol, and beach shuttle services that were not expressly authorized by law. Finding No. 18: The County paid $117,994 for various goods and services from British Petroleum (BP) grant funds that were, in the past, paid from tourist development taxes, contrary to grant provisions. Finding No. 19: As part of the Emerald Coast Money Debit Card Program, the County used $207,730 of BP grant funds for purposes that County records did not evidence were allowed by grant provisions. Finding No. 20: The County overcharged BP $27,063 in connection with medical support services provided, and County records did not adequately support the allowability of $385,185 in reimbursements received from BP. Motor vehicles Finding No. 21: The County had not established adequate controls over the use of fuel cards. Accounting controls Finding No. 22: The County incorrectly classified and recorded certain expenditures in the accounting records, contrary to guidance provided by the Florida Department of Financial Services. Electronic funds transfers Finding No. 23: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures, and the County had not established adequate controls, over the authorization and processing of electronic funds transfers. Information technology controls Finding No. 24: The County had not established adequate controls over employee access privileges to data and information technology resources. Public records Finding No. 25: The County did not record minutes of a TDC and TDC subcommittee meeting, contrary to law. In addition, the minutes of the remaining meetings were not signed or otherwise designated to indicate the minutes were the official minutes approved by the TDC or TDC subcommittees. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Dr. Castaneda of Emerald Coast Family Medicine is a board-certified family physician dedicated to the comprehensive health care of the entire family. For more than 12 years, Dr. Castaneda has been ensuring the health of his patients, from newborns to seniors. During the past six years, he has developed an ongoing relationship with patients in Bluewater Bay, Valparaiso, Niceville and other surrounding communities. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, Dr. Castaneda aims to provide personal, inclusive and continuing care for individuals during all stages of life. Currently, his practice is accepting new patients. As a physician who provides care for entire families, Dr. Castaneda goes above and beyond expectations to develop a respectful and trusting patientdoctor relationship. His sincere warmth, kindness and engaged commitment toward his patients enables him to connect to them on a personal level. Dr. Castaneda and the entire staff at ECFM get to know their patients by thoroughly listening to medical concerns and following through by assisting with health care decisions. Trained in family medicine, Dr. Castaneda can provide diagnosis and treatment for a full range of health conditions and concerns. These include, but are not limited to, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cardio vascular screening, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin ailments, thyroid disorders, and mental health issues related to anxiety, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On-site ultrasound services provide added convenience to patients. In addition, well-child and adolescent check-ups are also available, to include school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations. Flu shots are also available for patients of ECFM. According to Dr. Castaneda, Obesity leads to heart disease and diabetes and is closely approaching smoking as the leading cause of many cancers. Furthermore, due to genetic factors, obesity for most people is a chronic medical condition and should be treated as one. And for these reasons, helping his patients with weight management is an important concern of Dr. Castaneda s. ECFM provides weight-loss management under his careful supervision. Dr. Castaneda has been successful in assisting patients achieve weight-loss goals through individually customized programs. Mike is a patient of Dr. Castaneda s who recently lost 90 pounds between July 2010 and February 2011. Now, nearly two years later, he maintains a healthy physique at 160 pounds through proper diet and exercise. This physiciansupervised weight-loss program Dr. Castaneda provides is an individually tailored, healthier alternative to yo-yo dieting on your own. ECFM accepts most forms of insurance and will process the paperwork for patients. Same-day appointments are available for acute care concerns, providing a time-effective alternative to long waits at the emergency room. Emerald Coast Family Medicine is located at 143 S. John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso between Lincoln and Washington avenues. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m.3:30 p.m., and Friday 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact Dr. Castaneda s courteous and friendly staff at 7293300 to make an appointment. Patient AFTER Emerald Coast Family Medicine weight loss management program.Advertising Feature BEFORE AFTERPatient BEFORE Emerald Coast Family Medicine weight loss management program.Emerald Coast Family MedicineDr. Castaneda takes care of families from newborns to seniors 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE Internal Medicine Pediatrics Preventive Care Sport/school Physicals ImmunizationsDr. T. 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Grace riders showcase skillsBy Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Twenty-four riders, ages 3-48, showcased their riding skills Dec. 1 in Grace Rides first fall championship show, at Oak Heaven Stables, in the Seminole community. The riders performed their assigned tests during the show and every rider was awarded first place. Each rider was presented with a blue ribbon and Amazing Rider award after they competed. Steve Hall, the competition judge, said he couldnt decide on just one winner. Sherry Hall, Grace Rides executive director and founder, and program trainer Beth Doolan were grateful for all the hours and effort put in by more than 75 volunteers. The trained volunteers worked countless hours with the riders, or on a barn team, to prepare for the show. It is always such a satisfying thing to see our riders and their support teams work so hard and succeed together in a show format like this, Hall said. The show was the finale for the fall session at Grace Rides, a therapeutic riding program that provides support services for riders with special needs and their families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The program, started in 2009, is a charitable organization that operates out of Oak Heaven Stables. The organization is funded by community sponsors and donations and accredited by Path International, Hall said. Path International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, is a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. To join the program riders fill out a medical intake form and receive a lesson plan to best serve their needs. More than 30 riders a week come to the stables to participate By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Gulf Power honored three organizations in Okaloosa County at its Power of Service Award reception Dec. 6 in Fort Walton Beach. The company recognized the new Okaloosa STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Academy as one of the organizations to receive a $2,500 grant for its outstanding service in the community. Rick Soria, director of STEMM Academy, which opened in August in Valparaiso at the former Valparaiso Elementary School, was pleasantly surprised when he found out the school would be honored. I found out three days ahead of time, Soria said. Somebody must have nominated us. Soria accepted the trophy and check. The Youth Village and the Eleanor Johnson Youth Center, both located in Fort Walton Beach, were also recognized. Gulf Power started the Power of Service awards in January 2012 as a way to honor organizations that work to improve the lives of young people in the community. This was the first award ceremony recognizing organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were recognized earlier this year. STEMM Academy, operated by the Okaloosa County School District, was recognized because of the schools service to the community. Specifically for its workshops held over the summer for students, parents, and teachers, and one held for anyone who wanted to be a STEMM mentor. The free workshops, held over June and July, taught strategies for teaching STEMM and how to conduct simple experiments using inexpensive items. During the one-day Mentor Volunteer Parent, MVP, workshop Soria taught more than 30 people how to incorporate STEMM experiments, like using a needle to make a compass, at home. The workshop was open to anyone who was interested in being a mentor of STEMM, but Soria wasnt able to advertise the event that much. The school also held teaching workshops in July where teachers learned how to conduct experiments to later teach in their classroom. They also have the option to take their class to the school and use the equipment there to conduct experiments. The workshops were mostly one or two-days long and free to attend. Gulf Powers Bernard Johnson said the award for the school was about working together with the community and offering not just a basic education, but a more hands-on approach to teaching STEMM. The school is making a difference in kids lives, Johnson said. Not everyone has the opportunity to do these things. The school plans to use the grant to offset the costs of the workshops and use the extra funds to support the workshops next summer, Soria said. Teachers have been calling me wanting to do more workshops and that takes money, Soria said. The school, which has 83 sixth grade students and will add grades seven and eight by 2015, doesnt just conduct classes during the school year. It organizes school field trips and plans events to teach the community and schools about STEMM skills. Gulf Power will sponsor an event for the community at the STEMM Academy Feb. 4 featuring Barrington Irving, 29, Soria said. Irving is the youngest man to pilot a plane around the world solo. 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 D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 6 6 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Please see GRACE, page B-3 Cheerleader wins jump-offKaia Floro, Bluewater Elementary School third grader, won the Worldwide Spirit Association Individual All Star Cheer Jump-Off, at the Christmas at the Beach competition Dec. 8, at the Emerald Coast Conference Center. Kaia, 8, out-jumped 12 other all-star cheerleaders ages 8-17 to win. Photo by Mandy Snyder Soccer players raise $1,805From left, Jayden Horne, Taylor Hendricks, Hailey Moriarty, and Caitlyn Stringfellow collectively raised $1,805 for Florida Youth Soccer Association s Play hard, Play Fair fundraiser with Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach Dec. 16. The girls from FC Dallas soccer were rewarded with a lunch with Wambach. Rider Addilynn Perry on pony Zack with volunteer team from left: Rhyanna Motter, Corry Stitchnotch and Lily Hall. From left, Ed Taylor, Fort Walton Beach district manager of Gulf Power, Director of STEMM Academy Rick Soria, and Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. Gulf Power awards $2,500 to STEMM Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 850-863-2153Fort Walton Destin NicevilleComprehensive Orthopaedic Care General Orthopaedics Total Joint Revision Sports Medicine General Podiatry Arthritis Prevention & Care Bone Density Scanning Complete Spine Care Total Joint Reconstruction Minimal Invasive Surgery Foot & Ankle Surgery Full Body MRI Physical TherapyTheodore I. 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Relay for Life sign-ups The Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for Life is accepting team participants for its Relay for Life run/walk April 19, 6 p.m., to Apr. 20, 8 a.m., at the Niceville High School. The proceeds will benefit cancer research, lodging at Hope Lodges around the world and travel expenses for patients and their families. There is a $100 registration fee due before the run/walk and can be done by fundraising. Contact Scott Page to sign-up at viperamf2001@yahoo.com or Andrea Oliver at Andrea821@aol.com or relayforlife.org. NWFB 5K/10K run or walk Northwest Florida Ballet will host its third annual New Years Resolution 5K/10K Run and Walk Jan. 19, 9 a.m., starting and ending at Fort Walton Beach Landing, Fort Walton Beach. To register go to www.nwfbrun.com or nfballet.org by Jan 17. or the day of the event, 8-8:30 a.m. If registered by Jan. 7 the cost for adults is $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. For children under 12 the cost for the 5K is $15. After Jan. 7 the cost for adults is $35 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. For children under 12 the 5K is $20. An awards ceremony will follow at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, Fort Walton Beach. All proceeds benefit the Northwest Florida Ballet. Contact 664-7787 for more information. ACT/SAT workshop Prepare for the ACT/SAT in a fourpart workshop held Jan. 22 and 23, and Jan. 28 and 29, 2-5 p.m., at the media center, Niceville High School. The workshops are open to high school students in Okaloosa County and will be conducted by Alice Hart. All materials, snacks and drinks will be provided, except calculators. To register contact Mrs. Hart at Amhart1966@aol.com or 615-5852401 by Jan. 8. Baytown Wharf Skating Rink Ice skate at the public outdoor ice rink until Jan. 31, at the events plaza in Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin. Its $10 for an hour and a half of skating and $2 to rent skates. For hours visit www.Sandestin.com/events. Soccer winter camp The FC Dallas Emerald Coast will host two soccer winter camps, Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 at the Twin Oaks Soccer Complex, Niceville. Elementary school ages will be 9-11 a.m. and middle school ages will be 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Contact Maria Jordan 4969183 or rec@fcdallas-ec.com to register. The cost is $40 for FCDEC players and $50 for non-FCD and nonSTARS. Grace Rides fundraiser Grace Rides will host a fundraiser Dec. 28, 7 p.m., at Howl at the Moon, Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10 and include cover charge, three raffle tickets and one free sponsored drink. The proceeds go to the Grace Rides program operating at Oak Heaven Stable, Niceville. Contact Sherry Hall for tickets 259-9195 or sherry@gracerides.com. Softball tryouts High Intensity Softball of Niceville will host tryouts for the spring/summer 2013 team on Dec. 29, 9 a.m.noon, at the Ruckel Middle School softball field, Niceville. Girls born in 1998 and later are 14U eligible. Contact Kevin Watts at 642-1232 or wattskt@cox.net. Round the Bay relay A 36.8-mile, six-person relay around Choctawhatchee Bay will take place Dec. 29, 6:30 a.m. staggered start, at the start/finish line at Fudpuckers in Okaloosa Island. The relay legs are 8.8 miles, 7.6, 6.1, 3.6, 4.6 and 5.8. The cost is $25 per runner, $20 for Northwest Florida Track Club members. Runners receive a long sleeve, Dri-Fit Neon race shirt, swag bag and a post-race party at Fudpuckers. Contact Dennis at samacd@valp.net. Christmas Reflections DeFuniak Springs hosts Christmas Reflections, an evening of lights and decorated season characters until Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m., at Circle Drive, Lake DeFuniak. Evening passes are $3 and a season pass is $35. There will be carriage rides offered for an additional fee on weekends. Contact Ellen at 307-2228. Geek Lights display Stop by the fifth annual Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas light and music show until Jan. 1, at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antigua Way, Niceville. The free shows start at 6 p.m. and every hour and half-hour, with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m., SundayThursday, and 10:30 p.m., FridaySaturday. New Years Eve fireworks Harborwalk will host a street New Years Eve party Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Harborwalk Village, Destin. Enjoy live music from Jim Beams emerging artist, The Andy Velo Band, on the main stage and two fireworks shows, 8 p.m. and midnight, plus the fifth annual ball drop over the Destin Harbor. Republican Women luncheon The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will host a luncheon Jan. 2, 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Lunch will be served at noon. The program will consist of a brief history of the Republican Party and a political skit. Lunch is $16 for members and $18 for guests. Register by Dec. 28 by contacting Donna Pattison at 651-5416 or donnapattison@cox.net. As part of the clubs Americanism project, attendees are asked to bring empty ink cartridges. These cartridges will be sent into a recycling partner for cash, and given to the USO. Page B-2 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Frances Jean KnipeJuly 3, 1945 Dec. 13, 2012Frances Jean Knipe, a resident of Niceville, passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, following a courageous battle against cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Johnn P. Knipe and Luther D. Knipe Jr. and wife Becky: her four grandchildren, Luke, Matt, Heather and husband Josh, and Troy Jr.: brothers Roy B. Price III and wife Carol, and Charles L. Price and wife Shirley: stepmother Juanita I. Price: nieces Kimberly and Kerry: nephews Gregory and Chris. Preceding Frances in death are her parents Ethel and John Ayres, Roy B. Price Jr. and son, Troy Knipe. Frances was an extraordinarily loving person and a blessing to everyone that knew her. She was devoted to family and friends, and her beautiful soul will be greatly missed. Frances retired from the Okaloosa County School District as manager of Bluewater Bay Elementary's cafeteria. Frances life will be celebrated in a service on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 1 p.m., at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville. Condolences may be sent to 321 Goldenrod Ct., Niceville, FL, 32578. Obituary Frances Knipe Ruckel places second in KMORuckel Middle School placed second in the state in the Knowledge Masters Open Middle School Division Dec. 5 with a score of 1395. Ruckel s academic team participants from left, front row: Trey Buck, Jake Vernon, Julia Freeman, Mandy Martin, Meredith Freeman. Back row: Chris Halprin, Geoffrey Hall, Lauren Murray, Alex Tolbert, Rachel Cathey, and Jacqueline Hruby. The Okaloosa STEMM Academy announced its science fair results Dec. 17. The students who placed first or second are invited to the East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 7. The students are: Natalie Cross, Liam Ordner, Indira Mishra, Matthew Baker, Cassie Cole, Joanna Shoubaki, Arianna Wittic, Jasmine Mishra, Sam Scholl, Hannah Smith, Frankie Muldowney, Connor Moore, Olivia Reeths, Isabella Perez, Jordan Stutler, Jillian Parker, Allison Rodas and Courtney Swanson. New Year s Eve fireworksCheck out two fireworks show Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and midnight, at Harborwalk Village, Destin. There will be a live band and the fifth annual ball drop. St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Service, December 30 10:00 a.m. New Years Eve Vespers Service Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. Gods work. Our hands.1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm STEMM scientists move on to regionalsFrom left, Connor Moore, Frankie Muldowney, Jillian Parker, and first place fair bests Allison Rodas and Hannah Smith qualified to participate in the regional science fair in February. Beacon photo by Anna KavanaughRuckel science fair winnersRuckel Middle School hosted its science fair Dec. 11 at the school cafeteria. Right, the students who received first place: Aaron Norris, Jacob Wargo, Kasen Stephensen, Adam Mistretta, Sydney Dawson, Alex Gilbert, Simrun Sharma, Camille Miles, Jordan Councell, Kyle Fell, Zachary Verswyvelt, Lauren Matthews and Daniel Bobbitt. Bluewater students collect PJs for CICBluewater Elementary second graders collected more than 30 pairs of pajamas for Children in Crisis and were delivered to the foster care organization on Dec. 18. IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992in group rides. Each rider requires a horse, trainer and three volunteers dedicated to the rider in order to keep them safe, Hall said. The fall session riders are a mixture of new riders and program veterans, who were all equally excited about showing off their horse skills. The riders practiced their skills from the end of August until the show, Hall said. Some of the riders who benefit from the program have autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, Hall said. This mission is a community effort in the best sense of the word, and the benefits to our riders and their entire family is amazing to see, Doolan said. The riders and their support teams were beaming with pride when the ribbons were given. They love being on horses, Hall said. Learning riding skills helps to improve their ability to think. The organization will host a fundraiser on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Howl at the Moon, in Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10 and include the cover charge, three raffle tickets and one free sponsored drink. The proceeds will go to the Grace Rides program. With additional funds Hall plans to extend the program and accept more riders in the future. GRACEFrom page B-1 Ruckel first in academic tournamentThe Ruckel Varsity Academic Team placed first in the Middle School Academic tournament Dec. 8 at the Ruckel Middle School, Niceville. From left: Varsity Academic Team Sponsor Vicki Washington, Jake Vernon, Meredith Freeman, Lauren Murray, Rachel Cathey, Julia Freeman, and Alex Tolbert. Liza Jackson Preparatory School placed second and Shoal River Middle School placed third.Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Townhome. 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Excellent condition. Available now. Call John 815-262-7600 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 See news happening? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Lewis fifth graders visit science stationThe Lewis School fifth grade class learned about the Gulf of Mexico through kayaking, touch pool and marine life catch and release stations for its field trip at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Nov. 15 and 16. From left, Victoria George, Gabrielle Payton and Chelsea Doswell dissect a starfish. Sterling House gives giftsSterling House Bluewater Bay residents and associates donate food, clothing and toys to two Sharing and Caring families for Christmas Dec. 14. From left resident Dorothy Rainwater, resident program coordinator Rebecca O Connor, and residents Daisy Horn and Leonard Rich. Happy New Year! EMERALD COAST CONCERT ASSOCIATIONproudly presents TICKET OUTLETS P.S. Gifts Ft. Walton Beach; Connect with Flowers Shalimar; Kitchenique Destin; Artful Things Niceville; or call ECCA at 362-9356 LINDA GENTILLEUnique and incredibly entertaining Piano PrincessSat., Feb. 9, 2013 7:30 P.M. FWB Civic Auditorium Ft. Walton Beach Adult: $22 Under 18: $10 At door: $25.00/ $10.00NEW DIRECTIONSVeterans ChoirFrom the United Way to USA to disabled American veteransSat., March 2, 2013 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00SOULED OUTGreat Motown and Soul SoundsSat., Feb. 16, 2013 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00 NICEVILLE HEARING CENTER Twin Cities Medical Plaza1001 W. College Blvd., Building #2, Niceville, FL 32578 (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwell's Family Practice office)Office: 678-3277 (EARS) Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comGrant Williams,owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as The Best of 2012 Hearing Healthcare Professionals by The Hearing Review publication. The Hearing Review publishers established the Best Of The Best program to recognize those hearing instrument specialist, audiologists, ear, nose & throat medical doctors and others who exemplify quality hearing health care. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices, facilities and companies that go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. Proud Phonak Provider Call today to schedule your FREE SCREENING & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONWe have a "TryEmB4UBuyEm policy.Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACAFL & LA Licensed in Hearing Instrument Sciences Graduate of The American Council of Audio Prosthology Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative MedicineYour Health, Our Passion! Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., MPH Family & Preventative MedicineNew Patient Availability Most Insurances Accepted from all of us atGULFCOASTDENTAL(850) 897-9600 www.gulfcoastdental.com 4566 Hwy 20 East. Ste 108., Niceville HAPPYNEWYEAR Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Find us onRitz salon is now offering Keratin Complex just in time for the holidays! Keratin Complex smoothing therapy by Coppola Takes away 95% of frizz Intensifies color Makes hair shiny, silky & smooth. This formaldehyde-free product lasts at least 3 months and is great for all types of hair, including curls, frizzy hair, or chemically, over-processed hair in need of repair.Now thru January 9, 2013.Call today for your consultation. ALL RETAIL PRODUCTSThese make great stocking stuffers!through December15% Off beforeafterSAVE $30!Best wishes for a happy New Year!-From the Bay Beacon staff Mohs Micrographic Surgery General Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments, Pellev Chemical Facial Peels www.DermSurgCtr.com (850) 897-75464566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101 NICEVILLE Dr. Scott Beals, D.O. F.A.A.D.Board Certified American Board of Dermatology SPECIALIZING IN Skin Cancer and Surgical Dermatology Procedures Coming Soon to Crestview & DestinACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE Hoping the New Year brings you Health & Happiness! OPEN: MONDAY-SATURDAY10-6:00 104 Redwood Ave.,Niceville 729-Fish (3474) Variety of Fresh Fish Shrimp Scallops Octopus Oysters Snow Crab Alligator Steaks Filet Mignon Ribeye Free Range ChickentSo Much More! ORDER SHRIMPearly for yourNEW YEARS PARTY. CALL TODAY! dfdff Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newtown community.-Robert & Rebecca and our town, Niceville 850.SAY.BEDS (850.729.2337)440 John Sims Pkwy. / Niceville Mon.-Fri. 9:30-6 / Sat. 10-5 / Sun. 10-4ff



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scores place Collegiate at fifth and Niceville at 34th out of the 430 Florida public high schools scored on a 1,600-point scale. Combination schools are scored on a 1,700-point scale. High schools scoring 1,050 or higher and combination schools scoring 1,115 or higher receive an A grade. Four of the other five Okaloosa County public high schools or combination schools—Baker School, Choctawhatchee Senior High, Crestview High and Fort Walton Beach High—received an A designation for 2012. Laurel Hill School received a C. Grades for elementary and middle schools were released earlier By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Bluewater Bay officials say they will study whether the community's signs and landscape retention features have become run-down and in need of a facelift. In a meeting earlier this month, the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit governing board heard suggestions from its newest elected members, Judy Griffin and Debbie Stretch, to change its approach to landscaping in Bluewater Bay. Griffin said that the stacked masonry blocks currently used to contain flower beds at many Bluewater Bay intersections “are not an attractive option,” and are often discolored by stains from By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College and Niceville High School were the two highest performing public high schools in Okaloosa County—and among the best in the state—in 2012, according to high school grades released by the Florida Department of Education Dec. 21. The state assigns public high schools and combination schools with high school students point totals based on the schools' learning gains (determined by FCAT scores), acceleration, graduation rate and college readiness. On the 1,600-point scale, Collegiate scored 1,489 and Niceville scored 1,312. Those 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, December 26, 2012 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, 9 a.m. Play soccer at the FC Dallas soccer winter camp at the Twin Oaks Soccer Complex Niceville. The two-day camp is $50 and $40 for FCD players. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Stop by and see the “Geek Lights” Christmas show at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antigua Way Niceville. Friday, 7 p.m. Take part in Grace Rides fundraiser at Howl at the Moon Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. High Intensity will host softball tryouts at the Ruckel Middle School softball field, Niceville. Monday, 8 p.m. Count down to the new year with live music,fireworks and a ball drop at Harborwalk Village Destin. See Calendar, B-2. COMING UP Please see TDC, page A-3 Please see BWB, page A-3 Police BlotterPage A-4 ‘We’re going to miss her’Sharing and Caring president wore many hats in 18 years of service2 Niceville schools ranked among state’s best Delle Diamon, president of Sharing and Caring, helps other volunteers assist low-income families at Sharing and Caring, Nicevil le, last week to make sure they have everything they need for the holidays. After 18 years, Diamon is scheduled to retire from the organization Dec. 31. By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Delle Diamon, Sharing and Caring president, may have an office, but she’s hardly ever sitting down in it. She spends her days answering calls, helping clients and coordinating programs. After 18 busy years as a volunteer and two and a half years as president, Diamon is scheduled to retire from the Nicevillebased charitable organization on Dec. 31. “I’m retiring because it’s time,” Diamon said. “It’s time to enjoy traveling with my husband when he goes on business trips and visiting my grown children and grandchildren.” With the help of long-time Sharing and Caring volunteers Diamon has helped hundreds of needy families each year in the Niceville-Valparaiso. Diamon first heard about the organization from volunteer Jack McAlister when he spoke about Sharing and Caring during a First United Methodist Church service in 1994. “It touched me,” Diamon said. “I walked through the doors and have been here ever since.” She arrived to Niceville in 1993 with her retired Air Force husband, Mike, and their children Brett, Kim and Kevin, who are now all grown and out of the house. Diamon has enjoyed serving Are BWB amenities looking ‘tired’?MSBU will study whether community needs, and could afford, a facelift Photo by Wayne Jacobs The Ruckel Middle School bands gave a Christmas concert Dec. 18 at Niceville High School. The Ram bands—beginning, intermediate, advance, honor and jazz—performed under the direction of Eddie Steadman during the evening, with many members sporting Santa hats.Rams make a holidayCounty acted ‘contrary to law’ on TDC spendingBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer In a "preliminary and tentative" report issued last week, the Florida Auditor General said Okaloosa County acted "contrary to law" in a host of failures to oversee and control public spending. The Auditor General gave the Okaloosa County Commission 30 days to respond to its findings, dated Dec. 18. In the report, state auditors found that the commission had failed to prevent the misuse of tourist development taxes and funds received from BP by the county Tourist Development Council. The state audit was commissioned after a TDC spending scandal that erupted in May resulted in the issue of an arrest warrant for its director, Mark Bellinger. Bellinger was found to have looted $747,000 in county funds to buy his house in Destin, according to a federal lawsuit and a suicide note left by Please see GOING, page A-5 Please see RANKED, page A-3 Audit findings, A-6.

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this year. A-rated schools get state reward money that is typically remitted to teachers as bonuses. At Collegiate High, the reward money has been traditionally spent for other school purposes. The preliminary grades released Friday are subject to appeal. Marcus Chambers, Okaloosa County School District chief officer of quality assurance, was principal of Niceville High School for the period during which the school received its most recent A. Chambers said the designation accurately reflects the efforts of the school. "This is another indication of Niceville being a school of excellence," Chambers said. "The students, faculty and staff have worked very hard, and this is well deserved." Crestview and Laurel Hill were the only Okaloosa County high schools or combination schools to receive a different grade from last year. Both received B designations in 2011, thus making Crestview the only school of the seven to improve and Laurel Hill the only one to regress. Laurel Hill School's downward trend comes after receiving A designations 2008-2010. In Walton County, Freeport High School received a B for the second consecutive year. Of the four high schools in Walton County, two received an A and two received a B. Statewide, the number of A high schools increased to 231 from 148 in 2011. The number of F high schools decreased from six to three. The total number of high schools in Florida increased to 491 from 474 in 2011. RANKEDFrom page A-1 Marcus ChambersBellinger himself. The audit report lists 25 findings in which the county failed to follow the law or prescribed policies or procedures governing the handling of grants, tourist development taxes and public records. The report lists recommendations from the auditor general regarding what measures the county should take to prevent such issues from arising again. In a preface to the report, Auditor General David Martin said the county has 30 days to respond to the report with explanations for the 25 findings and proposed corrective actions. If the county fails to respond, the tentative report will become final as it is currently written. Deputy Auditor General Ted Sauerbeck said the county's explanations and proposed actions would be published as part of the final official report. Sauerbeck said the investigation covered the period from May 2010-May 2012 with some exceptions for selected actions after May 2012. Asked for comment, District 3 County Commissioner Nathan Boyles, a newly elected official who was not serving on the commission during the audited period, said Friday that officials have begun making structural and operational changes. "We're going to continue the process of restructuring the TDC," Boyles told the Beacon. "We're going to make sure they're operating within the Sunshine [laws] and operating in the best interest of the Okaloosa County residents." Concerning advice by the auditor general that the county strengthen its monitoring of the tourist agency, Boyles said the "spending authority of the TDC is being largely curtailed." Top county officials who were serving during the period covered by the state audit could not be reached for comment or did not return phone calls by press time are: commisioners Don Amunds, Wayne Harris and Dave Parisot; former commissioners James Campbell and Bill Roberts; and County Administrator Jim Curry. Bellinger, the TDC director whose actions sparked the audit, resigned May 1 after he admitted to using $710,000 in taxes to purchase a yacht for the county. He was found dead of a drug overdose May 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on theft charges. Among other findings, the report states the Tourism Development Council took many actions without approval of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, including voting Oct. 10, 2010, to give Bellinger the authority to spend $50,000 in BP grants to investigate the use of virtual reality technology for marketing. The report also lists purchases by the county using tourist development funds or BP grants, totaling $155,400, that were invoiced incorrectly. The items actually purchased were not allowable uses of the funding. The purchases include: $48,000 invoiced as "prize for a 2010-2011 Internet/viral video contest" which was actually used to purchase a Porsche titled to Bellinger; $47,000 invoiced as "convention center marketing services" which actually paid for a $42,871 county Christmas party, a $3,921 Tourism Development Council holiday party and a $991 harbor cruise for county employees; $31,400 invoiced as "Harbor Walk/Destin Harbor advertising," $25,150 of which was actually used to purchase furniture for the TDC Destin office, with the remaining $6,250 used to buy furniture for Bellinger's home; a $29,000 payment to a marketing firm which the firm could not explain and repaid to the county upon questioning. Sauerbeck said pursuant to Florida law, the Florida Auditor General will conduct follow-up procedures within 18 months of the final release of the report to determine whether the county is following the corrective actions. 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Member Doug Burgess replied that the stack blocks are cleaned about three times each year, but Griffin persisted, saying that she would prefer replacing the stack blocks with such natural materials as shrubbery or grass. She said she has some experience with landscaping and would come up with some specific ideas for what she has in mind. Veteran board member Joan McCarthy agreed with Griffin, saying that she, too, thinks Bluewater Bay needs a new look. “Bluewater Bay needs a long range plan from a professional landscaping company,” McCarthy said. “Bluewater Bay has begun to look tired, and some of our signs are worn, outdated, and in need of replacement.” Some further discussion followed, in which Burgess said Bluewater Bay’s landscaping is currently standardized throughout the community and would be difficult to overhaul at once. After the discussion, the board voted 3 to 2 to hold a landscape design workshop in January, to discuss possible design changes. Griffin voted for the workshop, along with McCarthy and Stretch, while Burgess and Dale Blanchard voted against it. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Regency Inn at the corner of State Road 20 and White Point Road. The Bluewater Bay MSBU is a local part of Okaloosa County government, and its charter limits its activities to landscaping and maintenance of common areas along the main streets of Bluewater Bay, as well as maintaining street signs and street lights. BWBFrom page A-1 Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser and Mike Griffith A directional sign and a retaining wall, both on Bluewater Boulevard, may be some of the Bluewater Bay common-area amenities in need of refurbishment, according to Bluewater Municipal Services Benefit Unit members Judy Griffin and Debbie Stretch. THEBAYBEACON,,Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Page A-3

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Bezek's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 8, 2013. *** A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 15 on a charge of petit theft. The boy allegedly stole a cooler of beer from the front porch of the residence at 1514 27th St., Niceville. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013. *** Regina Inman, unemployed, 58, of 1615 26th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 13 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Inman's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 2, 2013. *** A 17-year-old Freeport boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 14 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly, the boy was in the driver's seat of a car containing marijuana and two pipes parked in front of 208 Biltmore Way, Niceville The boy admitted ownership of one of the pipes. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013. *** A 15-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Dec. 14 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly, the boy was in the passenger seat of a car containing marijuana and two pipes parked in front of 208 Biltmore Way, Niceville. The boy admitted ownership of the marijuana and one of the pipes. The boy's required court appearance is scheduled Jan. 16, 2013.TheftsA Niceville resident from the 300 block of Fairwood Drive reported someone stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from his house Dec. 17. The items stolen included a red ruby and diamond gold ring, a gold necklace with a three-diamond pendant, a gold herringbone necklace, a figaro necklace and a diamond and sapphire gold ring. OtherValparaiso police made no arrests after searching a car parked in the cow pasture off Highway 190, Valparaiso, Dec. 6. An officer who was suspicious of where the car was parked searched it and its four occupants after approaching and detecting a strong odor of marijuana. The officer seized a Crown Royal bottle with a pipe attached and a plastic bag containing a marijuana stem as evidence to be destroyed. No charges were filed. *** A Niceville resident of the first block of 2nd Street reported Dec. 16 that an unknown person attempted to break into her house, getting through a screen door but not through a glass door. 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. NicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 17, 2012 through December 20, 2012. 0 Structure Fire9 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 1 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................01:38 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................07:27 Hudson Cr........................................Fire alarm..........................12/17/12..................07:28 W. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical..............................12/17/12..................09:38 N. Cedar..........................................Service call.......................12/18/12..................04:22 N. Hwy. 85.......................................Vehicle fire........................12/18/12..................05:52 Big Oaks Lane.................................Service call.......................12/18/12..................17:57 Bally Way.........................................Medical..............................12/18/12..................22:01 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle crash....................12/19/12..................14:12 E. John Sims Pkwy.........................Vehicle crash....................12/19/12..................18:40 King Street.......................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................01:11 Allen Street......................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................09:34 Pinoak Circle...................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................11:54 Pine Avenue....................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................14:15 N. Partin Drive.................................Medical..............................12/20/12..................14:46 Reeves Street..................................Illegal burning...................12/20/12..................16:25 Weekly Safety Tip: If you have a disability, consider how it could affect your ability to escape from a fire in your home. If your disability requires special arrangements, make them part of the escape plan. For example, if you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist and decide on backups in case that person isn t home. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 17, 2012 through December 20, 2012. z Bluewater Blvd/Hwy. 20..............Vehicle accident..................12/17/12...................08:53 Merchants Way............................Medical................................12/18/12...................03:18 Cat Mar Road...............................Medical................................12/18/12...................15:17 Glen Eagles Drive........................Medical................................12/20/12...................12:56 E. 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the community since 1994 when she joined the volunteer team. She has spent time as Sharing and Caring’s vice president, projects chairman, and now president. “She works five days a week with no pay,” said volunteer Lynn Watson. During an interview, Diamon nevertheless steadfastly attributed the organization’s success to the efforts of other volunteers, more so than her own. Her job as president involves making sure projects are on track, meeting with the committee chairs, conducting board meetings and helping out wherever she is needed. “We’re going to miss her,” Rob Benson, a founder of Sharing and Caring, said. Diamon has put in countless hours of work at home and in the Sharing and Caring building at 104 Bullock Blvd. She has coordinated and expanded the organization’s programs over the years to help more families. In 2011, under Diamon’s leadership, Sharing and Caring coordinated with area churches and civic organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club, to provide 350 Thanksgiving meals for families and Christmas meals and gifts for 420 families. Diamon also coordinated the Tools for School program in 1995 and was able to help 33 students that year obtain school supplies through the community. In 2011 the program helped 317 students. Diamon is always helping someone out. Whether it’s a struggling single-mother trying to provide for her child or a volunteer asking where a folder is, she is always there to lend a hand. Diamon says she works so much now because this is the busiest time of the year for Sharing and Caring with the holiday season. Normally she shouldn’t need to work five days a week, she said. “She’s there about every day of the week,” Benson said. “She works on some of the tough cases beyond the knowledge of a volunteer.” The workload has increased over the years with the economy crashing and more people needing help. Many NicevilleValparaiso residents work in hospitality, tourism and contracting work and it can be difficult to find work during the nontourist season. There used to be six clients a day, but now 20-30, sometimes even 40, walk in on a single day, Benson said. Diamon has also worked with the community to get additional funds and encouraged various organizations to help fund Sharing and Caring, Benson said. Sharing and Caring has assisted 195 clients with the food stamp application process through the organization’s partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and Access Florida in 2011. Diamon has been the go-to person to help clients with the online food stamp application process and has warned them she won’t always be there to help them. “She’s the only one in Sharing and Caring that can help people get online and obtain their food stamps,” Benson said. During Diamon’s time, Sharing and Caring has expanded its building twice. Once in June 1998 for additional storage of food and again this year to include additional office space and storage, said Benson. The building used to have two offices for interviewing and now has three to four rooms that can be used as offices. Diamon leads more than 70 volunteers, but could not do what she does on her own. Diamon describes her tenure as short compared with that of treasurer Freida Spence, who served a total seven years as president and other volunteers who have been with the organization for many years. “It’s their dedication, their passion for helping, and their commitment to serve that makes this organization so special,” Diamon said. As Sharing and Caring has grown over the years and the amount of people helped, so has the community's donations, Diamon said. “This Niceville-Valparaiso area has been our ‘energizer bunnies’ and have given and continue to give and give and give,” she said. “All we have to say is ‘we need’ and the community rallies.” Sharing and Caring hosted an open house Dec. 9 to show how thankful they are for the support of the community. Peggy Coughlan, a founder of Sharing and Caring and volunteer since 1989, said Susan Magerman and Gloria Price will step-up and divide Diamon’s duties, but they won’t be calling themselves president. Coughlan added that Diamon has set many wonderful guidelines for the organization and is sure Sharing and Caring will do a good job taking over once she is gone. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said he would continue a crackdown on illegal synthetic drugs. He warned 58 stores countywide, including eight in Niceville, that if they were selling any of the banned substances, they must stop right away or face prosecution. Ashley noted that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier this month issued an emergency order outlawing 22 additional chemical compounds, commonly sold over the counter in some stores as "bath salts" or "spice," in addition to drugs already illegal under state law. Ashley said most or all of the same drugs are also banned by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said that in addition to Bondi’s order, issued Dec. 11, the passage of state laws outlawing the new substances “will be among the first orders of business” for Florida’s House Criminal Justice Committee, of which Gaetz is a member, when the Florida Legislature convenes in early March for its 60-day annual session. The emergency order and pending legislation are needed, said Ashley and Gaetz, in order to keep up with the new synthetic drugs being made by outlaw chemists, many of whom are apparently located in foreign countries and who keep coming up with new drugs to skirt American laws. Gaetz called the chemists who devise such drugs examples of “perverted science,” and said he wants the legislature to “promote corporate responsibility” by making Florida retailers aware of how dangerous—and illegal—such products actually are. Samples of recently seized synthetic drugs were shown to reporters during an Ashley-Gaetz press conference Dec. 11. The packaging and labeling of the drugs, which were sold in some convenience stores or in “head shops” that promote hippie-style and countercultural products, are designed to make the substances appear mild and relatively harmless, and to appeal to young adults, teenagers, and even children, according to Ashley. Some packages include images of popular cartoon characters, and could easily be mistaken for candy packages, especially those with such labels as “Scooby Snax,” which look much like candy packages and carry a colorful image of the well-known cartoon dog. Other packages carry the image of “Dopey,” a character from the Disney animated classic movie “Snow White.” Although some packages carry labels stating the chemicals are “bath salts,” “spice,” or “incense” and are not to be sold to minors and “not for human consumption,” such labeling is a ruse intended to make the products appear legal, said Ashley. No one in law enforcement takes such labeling seriously, he said, and the products are often sold to and consumed by youngsters. Ashley said that parents, teachers, and others who work with children and teenagers should be especially aware of how such packages look and what they contain. If they find youngsters with such items, they should prevent them from ingesting them and turn the items over to police at once. In the event anyone does ingest such drugs, by eating, drinking, smoking, inhaling or injecting them, a poison control center should be contacted and the victim should receive immediate treatment at the nearest emergency room. Users of the drugs may perceive “bath salts” or “spice” as substitutes for marijuana, and usually expect only a pleasant, euphoric “high,” but the drugs’ actual effects can plunge victims into a nightmare, according to information handouts supplied by Ashley, and also according to information on such Internet sites as Web MD. The drugs often mimic the combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, causing the brain to produce excess amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter normally connected to feelings of well-being. The drugs also prevent the “reuptake” mechanism by which a normal brain naturally recycles excess dopamine. The resulting symptoms can include intense hyperactivity, paranoia, delusions, and panic attacks. Terrifying hallucinations can also occur, causing some victims to exhibit bizarre and violent behavior, to include attacking other people, fighting with inanimate objects, or harming themselves either by accident or by suicide. Undersheriff Don Adams described an incident in which a drug user, after being confined in theback seat of a police car, severely damaged his teeth by trying to chew his way through the metal cage separating the front and rear seats. “People on these drugs can show unusual strength and may not feel pain when they injure themselves,” Adams said. Ashley said the sheriff's office and other law enforcement agencies have raided some local "head shops" and have visited 58 convenience stores and other outlets to deliver letters warning owners and employees against stocking or selling illegal substances. When drugs are found, Ashley said, they are seized, and “cease and desist” orders are given to the store operators, warning them that manufacture, possession, sale, or use of the illegal substances is a third degree felony that can lead to prison sentences for those convicted. Thus far, Ashley said, the OCSO has made three arrests, executed 22 search warrants, executed 56 controlled buys of suspected drugs, and seized substances estimated at about $1.8 million retail value. He added that citizens who see suspicious packages in local stores should report their observations to police, and should not shop in stores known to sell illegal products. Ashley told reporters that he and other police officials will continue watching for and seizing synthetic drugs. “Law enforcement cannot stand by and watch this poison affect our communities,” he said. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, December 26, 2012 Page A-5 From all of us at Niceville Insurance we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year! (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com ANNOUNCEMENT Dr. Joseph Pedone has received Board Certification from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (formerly NASPExam) for Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy (Defibrillator/ICD Placement and Cardiac Pacing). 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Beacon photo by Mike GriffithOkaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley and District 4 State Rep. Matt Gaetz discussed the synthetic drug threat with reporters. Ashley warned 58 stores countywide, including eight in Niceville, not to sell illegal "bath salts" or "spice," if they were doing so. GOINGFrom page A-1 Among the Sharing and Caring volunteers at work on a recent day were, from left: Charlotte Boggs, Ron Benson, Sheila Foerster, Jack McAlister, Peggy Coughlan, Peggy Stultz, Julene Marks, Julia DelValle, Jewel Kearley and Delle Diamon. Beacon photo by Anna Kavanaugh HAIRDOGPET SALON Call for an appointment. 678-6576 Lynn Harrisis now atof the 537B VALPARAISO PKWY. VALPARAISO Stop by and see her!

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The Florida Auditor General conducted an audit of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners regarding its monitoring of the Tourist Development Council and the use of county bed taxes and BP grant funds. The audit, which primarily considered operations from May 2010-May 2012, was released Dec. 18. The county has 30 days to respond with explanations of the findings and suggested corrective actions, which will then be added to the final report. The preliminary and tentative findings of the auditor general follow.Preliminary and tentative findings Our operational audit of the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners’ oversight of the Tourist Development Council and use of tourist development taxes and funds received from British Petroleum disclosed the following: Organizational oversight Finding No. 1: The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) did not establish annual budgets for expenditures from restricted resources at the level the resources were restricted, or project budgets for each advertising project and marketing campaign, to ensure that available resources were not overspent. Finding No. 2: The Tourist Development Council (TDC) and TDC subcommittees performed duties that were not of an advisory nature, contrary to law. Finding No. 3: The TDC did not continuously review all expenditures of tourist development taxes, contrary to law. Finding No. 4: The County purchased goods and services from companies or organizations that were affiliated with members of the BCC, TDC, or a TDC subcommittee, contrary to law. Fraud controls and control risk assessments Finding No. 5: The BCC had not adopted a fraud response plan, and the County did not perform periodic fraud risk assessments or establish action plans to implement and monitor fraud controls. Finding No. 6: The County did not perform and document periodic control risk assessments over the activities of collecting, accounting for, and disbursing restricted resources to identify and respond to identified control risks. Procurement and payments to vendors Finding No. 7: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the competitive procurement of goods and services, including the selection of two advertising and marketing firms. Finding No. 8: The County negotiated and entered into contracts that did not contain adequate provisions to effectively protect the County’s interests. Finding No. 9: The County did not perform an adequate review or preaudit of invoices submitted by two advertising and marketing firms, including a comparison of payment requests to the provisions of contracts. As a result, the County paid two advertising and marketing firms $12.1 million without obtaining adequate documentation supporting the goods or services received, including payments of several invoices that incorrectly or inadequately described the actual goods or services purchased. Finding No. 10: The County did not ensure that goods or services acquired through two advertising and marketing firms were competitively procured. Finding No. 11: The County paid for certain goods and services in advance of their receipt, including certain goods and services acquired through two advertising and marketing firms, contrary to law and the State Constitution. Some services for which the County paid in advance were not subsequently provided. Finding No. 12: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the approval of purchases, including purchases made through two advertising and marketing firms. Finding No. 13: The County did not consistently follow prescribed policies and procedures relating to the use of purchasing cards (p-cards), document the receipt of goods and services purchased with p-cards that were not immediately provided to the purchaser, or document the public purpose served by the p-card expenditures. Travel Finding No. 14: The County needed to enhance its policies and procedures to ensure that travel expenditures are preapproved and adequately documented. Special events grants and sponsorships Finding No. 15: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures relating to special events grants, and the County did not document that the special events grants were used for allowable purposes or were effective in increasing tourism and the use of lodging facilities. Finding No. 16: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures relating to sponsorships of organizations or events. In addition, the County did not consistently document the purpose for which the sponsorships were provided, that the sponsorships were used for allowable purposes, or that the sponsorships were effective in achieving the purposes for which they were provided. Allowable uses of restricted resources Finding No. 17: The County paid $2.5 million from tourist development taxes for lifeguarding, beach patrol, and beach shuttle services that were not expressly authorized by law. Finding No. 18: The County paid $117,994 for various goods and services from British Petroleum (BP) grant funds that were, in the past, paid from tourist development taxes, contrary to grant provisions. Finding No. 19: As part of the Emerald Coast Money Debit Card Program, the County used $207,730 of BP grant funds for purposes that County records did not evidence were allowed by grant provisions. Finding No. 20: The County overcharged BP $27,063 in connection with medical support services provided, and County records did not adequately support the allowability of $385,185 in reimbursements received from BP. Motor vehicles Finding No. 21: The County had not established adequate controls over the use of fuel cards. Accounting controls Finding No. 22: The County incorrectly classified and recorded certain expenditures in the accounting records, contrary to guidance provided by the Florida Department of Financial Services. Electronic funds transfers Finding No. 23: The BCC had not adopted written policies and procedures, and the County had not established adequate controls, over the authorization and processing of electronic funds transfers. Information technology controls Finding No. 24: The County had not established adequate controls over employee access privileges to data and information technology resources. Public records Finding No. 25: The County did not record minutes of a TDC and TDC subcommittee meeting, contrary to law. In addition, the minutes of the remaining meetings were not signed or otherwise designated to indicate the minutes were the official minutes approved by the TDC or TDC subcommittees. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Dr. Castaneda of Emerald Coast Family Medicine is a board-certified family physician dedicated to the comprehensive health care of the entire family. For more than 12 years, Dr. Castaneda has been ensuring the health of his patients, from newborns to seniors. During the past six years, he has developed an ongoing relationship with patients in Bluewater Bay, Valparaiso, Niceville and other surrounding communities. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, Dr. Castaneda aims to provide personal, inclusive and continuing care for individuals during all stages of life. Currently, his practice is accepting new patients. As a physician who provides care for entire families, Dr. Castaneda goes above and beyond expectations to develop a respectful and trusting patientdoctor relationship. His sincere warmth, kindness and engaged commitment toward his patients enables him to connect to them on a personal level. Dr. Castaneda and the entire staff at ECFM get to know their patients by thoroughly listening to medical concerns and following through by assisting with health care decisions. Trained in family medicine, Dr. Castaneda can provide diagnosis and treatment for a full range of health conditions and concerns. These include, but are not limited to, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cardio vascular screening, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin ailments, thyroid disorders, and mental health issues related to anxiety, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On-site ultrasound services provide added convenience to patients. In addition, well-child and adolescent check-ups are also available, to include school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations. Flu shots are also available for patients of ECFM. According to Dr. Castaneda, “Obesity leads to heart disease and diabetes and is closely approaching smoking as the leading cause of many cancers. Furthermore, due to genetic factors, obesity for most people is a chronic medical condition and should be treated as one.” And for these reasons, helping his patients with weight management is an important concern of Dr. Castaneda s. ECFM provides weight-loss management under his careful supervision. Dr. Castaneda has been successful in assisting patients achieve weight-loss goals through individually customized programs. Mike is a patient of Dr. Castaneda s who recently lost 90 pounds between July 2010 and February 2011. Now, nearly two years later, he maintains a healthy physique at 160 pounds through proper diet and exercise. This physiciansupervised weight-loss program Dr. Castaneda provides is an individually tailored, healthier alternative to yo-yo dieting on your own. ECFM accepts most forms of insurance and will process the paperwork for patients. 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Grace riders showcase skillsBy Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Twenty-four riders, ages 3-48, showcased their riding skills Dec. 1 in Grace Rides’ first fall championship show, at Oak Heaven Stables, in the Seminole community. The riders performed their assigned tests during the show and every rider was awarded first place. Each rider was presented with a blue ribbon and Amazing Rider award after they competed. Steve Hall, the competition judge, said he couldn’t decide on just one winner. Sherry Hall, Grace Rides’ executive director and founder, and program trainer Beth Doolan were grateful for all the hours and effort put in by more than 75 volunteers. The trained volunteers worked countless hours with the riders, or on a barn team, to prepare for the show. “It is always such a satisfying thing to see our riders and their support teams work so hard and succeed together in a show format like this,” Hall said. The show was the finale for the fall session at Grace Rides, a therapeutic riding program that provides support services for riders with special needs and their families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The program, started in 2009, is a charitable organization that operates out of Oak Heaven Stables. The organization is funded by community sponsors and donations and accredited by Path International, Hall said. Path International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, is a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. To join the program riders fill out a medical intake form and receive a lesson plan to best serve their needs. More than 30 riders a week come to the stables to participate By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer Gulf Power honored three organizations in Okaloosa County at its Power of Service Award reception Dec. 6 in Fort Walton Beach. The company recognized the new Okaloosa STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Academy as one of the organizations to receive a $2,500 grant for its outstanding service in the community. Rick Soria, director of STEMM Academy, which opened in August in Valparaiso at the former Valparaiso Elementary School, was pleasantly surprised when he found out the school would be honored. “I found out three days ahead of time,” Soria said. “Somebody must have nominated us.” Soria accepted the trophy and check. The Youth Village and the Eleanor Johnson Youth Center, both located in Fort Walton Beach, were also recognized. Gulf Power started the “Power of Service” awards in January 2012 as a way to honor organizations that work to improve the lives of young people in the community. This was the first award ceremony recognizing organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were recognized earlier this year. STEMM Academy, operated by the Okaloosa County School District, was recognized because of the school’s service to the community. Specifically for its workshops held over the summer for students, parents, and teachers, and one held for anyone who wanted to be a STEMM mentor. The free workshops, held over June and July, taught strategies for teaching STEMM and how to conduct simple experiments using inexpensive items. During the one-day Mentor Volunteer Parent, MVP, workshop Soria taught more than 30 people how to incorporate STEMM experiments, like using a needle to make a compass, at home. The workshop was open to anyone who was interested in being a mentor of STEMM, but Soria wasn’t able to advertise the event that much. The school also held teaching workshops in July where teachers learned how to conduct experiments to later teach in their classroom. They also have the option to take their class to the school and use the equipment there to conduct experiments. The workshops were mostly one or two-days long and free to attend. Gulf Power’s Bernard Johnson said the award for the school was about working together with the community and offering not just a basic education, but a more hands-on approach to teaching STEMM. “The school is making a difference in kids lives,” Johnson said. “Not everyone has the opportunity to do these things.” The school plans to use the grant to offset the costs of the workshops and use the extra funds to support the workshops next summer, Soria said. “Teachers have been calling me wanting to do more workshops and that takes money,” Soria said. The school, which has 83 sixth grade students and will add grades seven and eight by 2015, doesn’t just conduct classes during the school year. It organizes school field trips and plans events to teach the community and schools about STEMM skills. Gulf Power will sponsor an event for the community at the STEMM Academy Feb. 4 featuring Barrington Irving, 29, Soria said. Irving is the youngest man to pilot a plane around the world solo. 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 D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 6 6 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 2 Please see GRACE, page B-3 Cheerleader wins jump-offKaia Floro, Bluewater Elementary School third grader, won the Worldwide Spirit Association Individual All Star Cheer Jump-Off, at the Christmas at the Beach competition Dec. 8, at the Emerald Coast Conference Center. Kaia, 8, out-jumped 12 other all-star cheerleaders ages 8-17 to win. Photo by Mandy Snyder Soccer players raise $1,805From left, Jayden Horne, Taylor Hendricks, Hailey Moriarty, and Caitlyn Stringfellow collectively raised $1,805 for Florida Youth Soccer Association s “Play hard, Play Fair” fundraiser with Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach Dec. 16. The girls from FC Dallas soccer were rewarded with a lunch with Wambach. Rider Addilynn Perry on pony Zack with volunteer team from left: Rhyanna Motter, Corry Stitchnotch and Lily Hall. From left, Ed Taylor, Fort Walton Beach district manager of Gulf Power, Director of STEMM Academy Rick Soria, and Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. Gulf Power awards $2,500 to STEMM Law Office of SAMUEL M. PEEK The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. 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Relay for Life sign-ups The Niceville-Valparaiso Relay for Life is accepting team participants for its Relay for Life run/walk April 19, 6 p.m., to Apr. 20, 8 a.m., at the Niceville High School. The proceeds will benefit cancer research, lodging at Hope Lodges around the world and travel expenses for patients and their families. There is a $100 registration fee due before the run/walk and can be done by fundraising. Contact Scott Page to sign-up at viperamf2001@yahoo.com or Andrea Oliver at Andrea821@aol.com or relayforlife.org. NWFB 5K/10K run or walk Northwest Florida Ballet will host its third annual New Year’s Resolution 5K/10K Run and Walk Jan. 19, 9 a.m., starting and ending at Fort Walton Beach Landing, Fort Walton Beach. To register go to www.nwfbrun.com or nfballet.org by Jan 17. or the day of the event, 8-8:30 a.m. If registered by Jan. 7 the cost for adults is $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. For children under 12 the cost for the 5K is $15. After Jan. 7 the cost for adults is $35 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. For children under 12 the 5K is $20. An awards ceremony will follow at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, Fort Walton Beach. All proceeds benefit the Northwest Florida Ballet. Contact 664-7787 for more information. ACT/SAT workshop Prepare for the ACT/SAT in a fourpart workshop held Jan. 22 and 23, and Jan. 28 and 29, 2-5 p.m., at the media center, Niceville High School. The workshops are open to high school students in Okaloosa County and will be conducted by Alice Hart. All materials, snacks and drinks will be provided, except calculators. To register contact Mrs. Hart at Amhart1966@aol.com or 615-5852401 by Jan. 8. Baytown Wharf Skating Rink Ice skate at the public outdoor ice rink until Jan. 31, at the events plaza in Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin. It’s $10 for an hour and a half of skating and $2 to rent skates. For hours visit www.Sandestin.com/events. Soccer winter camp The FC Dallas Emerald Coast will host two soccer winter camps, Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 at the Twin Oaks Soccer Complex, Niceville. Elementary school ages will be 9-11 a.m. and middle school ages will be 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Contact Maria Jordan 4969183 or rec@fcdallas-ec.com to register. The cost is $40 for FCDEC players and $50 for non-FCD and nonSTARS. Grace Rides fundraiser Grace Rides will host a fundraiser Dec. 28, 7 p.m., at Howl at the Moon, Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10 and include cover charge, three raffle tickets and one free sponsored drink. The proceeds go to the Grace Rides program operating at Oak Heaven Stable, Niceville. Contact Sherry Hall for tickets 259-9195 or sherry@gracerides.com. Softball tryouts High Intensity Softball of Niceville will host tryouts for the spring/summer 2013 team on Dec. 29, 9 a.m.noon, at the Ruckel Middle School softball field, Niceville. Girls born in 1998 and later are 14U eligible. Contact Kevin Watts at 642-1232 or wattskt@cox.net. Round the Bay relay A 36.8-mile, six-person relay around Choctawhatchee Bay will take place Dec. 29, 6:30 a.m. staggered start, at the start/finish line at Fudpucker’s in Okaloosa Island. The relay legs are 8.8 miles, 7.6, 6.1, 3.6, 4.6 and 5.8. The cost is $25 per runner, $20 for Northwest Florida Track Club members. Runners receive a long sleeve, Dri-Fit Neon race shirt, swag bag and a post-race party at Fudpucker’s. Contact Dennis at samacd@valp.net. Christmas Reflections DeFuniak Springs hosts “Christmas Reflections,” an evening of lights and decorated season characters until Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m., at Circle Drive, Lake DeFuniak. Evening passes are $3 and a season pass is $35. There will be carriage rides offered for an additional fee on weekends. Contact Ellen at 307-2228. Geek Lights display Stop by the fifth annual “Geek Lights on the Corner” Christmas light and music show until Jan. 1, at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antigua Way, Niceville. The free shows start at 6 p.m. and every hour and half-hour, with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m., SundayThursday, and 10:30 p.m., FridaySaturday. New Year s Eve fireworks Harborwalk will host a street New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Harborwalk Village, Destin. Enjoy live music from Jim Beam’s emerging artist, The Andy Velo Band, on the main stage and two fireworks shows, 8 p.m. and midnight, plus the fifth annual ball drop over the Destin Harbor. Republican Women luncheon The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will host a luncheon Jan. 2, 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Resort, Okaloosa Island. Lunch will be served at noon. The program will consist of a brief history of the Republican Party and a political skit. Lunch is $16 for members and $18 for guests. Register by Dec. 28 by contacting Donna Pattison at 651-5416 or donnapattison@cox.net. As part of the club’s Americanism project, attendees are asked to bring empty ink cartridges. These cartridges will be sent into a recycling partner for cash, and given to the USO. Page B-2 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 CALENDAR The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Frances Jean KnipeJuly 3, 1945 Dec. 13, 2012Frances Jean Knipe, a resident of Niceville, passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, following a courageous battle against cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Johnn P. Knipe and Luther D. Knipe Jr. and wife Becky: her four grandchildren, Luke, Matt, Heather and husband Josh, and Troy Jr.: brothers Roy B. Price III and wife Carol, and Charles L. Price and wife Shirley: stepmother Juanita I. Price: nieces Kimberly and Kerry: nephews Gregory and Chris. Preceding Frances in death are her parents Ethel and John Ayres, Roy B. Price Jr. and son, Troy Knipe. Frances was an extraordinarily loving person and a blessing to everyone that knew her. She was devoted to family and friends, and her beautiful soul will be greatly missed. Frances retired from the Okaloosa County School District as manager of Bluewater Bay Elementary's cafeteria. Frances’ life will be celebrated in a service on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 1 p.m., at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville. Condolences may be sent to 321 Goldenrod Ct., Niceville, FL, 32578. Obituary Frances Knipe Ruckel places second in KMORuckel Middle School placed second in the state in the Knowledge Masters Open Middle School Division Dec. 5 with a score of 1395. Ruckel s academic team participants from left, front row: Trey Buck, Jake Vernon, Julia Freeman, Mandy Martin, Meredith Freeman. Back row: Chris Halprin, Geoffrey Hall, Lauren Murray, Alex Tolbert, Rachel Cathey, and Jacqueline Hruby. The Okaloosa STEMM Academy announced its science fair results Dec. 17. The students who placed first or second are invited to the East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 7. The students are: Natalie Cross, Liam Ordner, Indira Mishra, Matthew Baker, Cassie Cole, Joanna Shoubaki, Arianna Wittic, Jasmine Mishra, Sam Scholl, Hannah Smith, Frankie Muldowney, Connor Moore, Olivia Reeths, Isabella Perez, Jordan Stutler, Jillian Parker, Allison Rodas and Courtney Swanson. New Year s Eve fireworksCheck out two fireworks show Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and midnight, at Harborwalk Village, Destin. There will be a live band and the fifth annual ball drop. St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Service, December 30 10:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve Vespers Service Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. “God’s work. Our hands.”1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm STEMM scientists move on to regionalsFrom left, Connor Moore, Frankie Muldowney, Jillian Parker, and first place fair bests Allison Rodas and Hannah Smith qualified to participate in the regional science fair in February. Beacon photo by Anna KavanaughRuckel science fair winnersRuckel Middle School hosted its science fair Dec. 11 at the school cafeteria. Right, the students who received first place: Aaron Norris, Jacob Wargo, Kasen Stephensen, Adam Mistretta, Sydney Dawson, Alex Gilbert, Simrun Sharma, Camille Miles, Jordan Councell, Kyle Fell, Zachary Verswyvelt, Lauren Matthews and Daniel Bobbitt. Bluewater students collect PJs for CICBluewater Elementary second graders collected more than 30 pairs of pajamas for Children in Crisis and were delivered to the foster care organization on Dec. 18. IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org “Pointing The Way To Jesus” 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 in group rides. Each rider requires a horse, trainer and three volunteers dedicated to the rider in order to keep them safe, Hall said. The fall session riders are a mixture of new riders and program veterans, who were all equally excited about showing off their horse skills. The riders practiced their skills from the end of August until the show, Hall said. Some of the riders who benefit from the program have autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, Hall said. “This mission is a community effort in the best sense of the word, and the benefits to our riders and their entire family is amazing to see,” Doolan said. The riders and their support teams were beaming with pride when the ribbons were given. “They love being on horses,” Hall said. “Learning riding skills helps to improve their ability to think.” The organization will host a fundraiser on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Howl at the Moon, in Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $10 and include the cover charge, three raffle tickets and one free sponsored drink. The proceeds will go to the Grace Rides program. With additional funds Hall plans to extend the program and accept more riders in the future. GRACEFrom page B-1 Ruckel first in academic tournamentThe Ruckel Varsity Academic Team placed first in the Middle School Academic tournament Dec. 8 at the Ruckel Middle School, Niceville. From left: Varsity Academic Team Sponsor Vicki Washington, Jake Vernon, Meredith Freeman, Lauren Murray, Rachel Cathey, Julia Freeman, and Alex Tolbert. Liza Jackson Preparatory School placed second and Shoal River Middle School placed third.Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Townhome. 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Excellent condition. Available now. Call John 815-262-7600 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 See news happening? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 THEBAYBEACON Lewis fifth graders visit science stationThe Lewis School fifth grade class learned about the Gulf of Mexico through kayaking, touch pool and marine life catch and release stations for its field trip at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Nov. 15 and 16. From left, Victoria George, Gabrielle Payton and Chelsea Doswell dissect a starfish. Sterling House gives giftsSterling House Bluewater Bay residents and associates donate food, clothing and toys to two Sharing and Caring families for Christmas Dec. 14. From left resident Dorothy Rainwater, resident program coordinator Rebecca O Connor, and residents Daisy Horn and Leonard Rich. Happy New Year! EMERALD COAST CONCERT ASSOCIATIONproudly presents TICKET OUTLETS P.S. Gifts Ft. Walton Beach; Connect with Flowers Shalimar; Kitchenique Destin; Artful Things Niceville; or call ECCA at 362-9356 LINDA GENTILLEUnique and incredibly entertaining “Piano Princess” Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 • 7:30 P.M. FWB Civic Auditorium • Ft. Walton Beach Adult: $22 Under 18: $10 At door: $25.00/ $10.00 NEW DIRECTIONSVeterans ChoirFrom the United Way to USA to disabled American veterans Sat., March 2, 2013 • 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00 SOULED OUTGreat Motown and Soul Sounds Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 • 7:30 P.M. Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center NWF State College, Niceville Adult: $30 Under 18: $10 At door: $35.00/ $10.00 NICEVILLE HEARING CENTER Twin Cities Medical Plaza 1001 W. College Blvd., Building #2, Niceville, FL 32578 (Located next door to Dr. Pat Tidwell's Family Practice office)Office: 678-3277 (EARS) Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Grant Williams,owner of Niceville Hearing Center, was nominated as “The Best of 2012 Hearing Healthcare Professionals” by The Hearing Review publication. The Hearing Review publishers established the “Best Of The Best” program to recognize those hearing instrument specialist, audiologists, ear, nose & throat medical doctors and others who exemplify quality hearing health care. This program highlights outstanding individuals, practices, facilities and companies that “go above and beyond” the call of duty to serve the needs of people with hearing impairment. Proud Phonak Provider Call today to schedule your FREE SCREENING & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONWe have a "TryEmB4UBuyEm” policy.Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACAFL & LA Licensed in Hearing Instrument Sciences Graduate of The American Council of Audio Prosthology Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine“Your Health, Our Passion!” Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., MPH Family & Preventative MedicineNew Patient Availability Most Insurances Accepted from all of us atGULFCOASTDENTAL(850) 897-9600  www.gulfcoastdental.com 4566 Hwy 20 East. Ste 108., Niceville HAPPYNEWYEAR Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay 897-4466 Find us onRitz salon is now offering Keratin Complex just in time for the holidays! Keratin Complex smoothing therapy by Coppola • Takes away 95% of frizz • Intensifies color • Makes hair shiny, silky & smooth. This formaldehyde-free product lasts at least 3 months and is great for all types of hair, including curls, frizzy hair, or chemically, over-processed hair in need of repair.Now thru January 9, 2013.Call today for your consultation. ALL RETAIL PRODUCTSThese make great stocking stuffers!through December15% Off beforeafterSAVE $30!Best wishes for a happy New Year!-From the Bay Beacon staff • Moh’s Micrographic Surgery • General Dermatology Evaluations • Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation • Laser Treatments, Pellev • Chemical Facial Peels www.DermSurgCtr.com (850) 897-75464566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101 NICEVILLE Dr. Scott Beals, D.O. F.A.A.D.Board Certified American Board of Dermatology SPECIALIZING IN Skin Cancer and Surgical Dermatology Procedures Coming Soon to Crestview & Destin ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE Hoping the New Year brings you Health & Happiness! OPEN: MONDAY-SATURDAY10-6:00 104 Redwood Ave.,Niceville €729-Fish (3474) € Variety of Fresh Fish € Shrimp € Scallops € Octopus € Oysters € Snow Crab € Alligator € Steaks € Filet Mignon € Ribeye € Free Range ChickentSo Much More! ORDER SHRIMPearly for yourNEW YEARS PARTY. CALL TODAY! dfdff Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newtown community.-Robert & Rebecca and our town, Niceville 850.SAY.BEDS (850.729.2337) 440 John Sims Pkwy. / Niceville Mon.-Fri. 9:30-6 / Sat. 10-5 / Sun. 10-4 ff