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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
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Daniel Elsesser and Mike Griffith Beacon Staff Some Okaloosa County School District officials may disagree over whether the year-old Okaloosa STEMM Academy in Valparaiso should remain open over the long run, but no decisions were made during a school board meeting Monday in Fort Walton Beach. The magnet school offers advanced middle school science and mathematics curriculum. The acronym STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical. In addition to the STEMM Academy for students, the center also includes the Center for STEMM Innovation; a science education training center for teachers from throughout the school district. Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson told the Beacon prior to Monday’s school board meeting that the academy was in her draft proposed budget for the 2013-14 year. But Jackson said she opposed the opening of the school during her campaign for election as superintendent last year, and said she felt a decision on whether or not to close the school was one that would have to be faced in light of the setting of budget priorities.Valp. prepares to make case on jet noiseBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Valparaiso officials are working to enlist the help of elected lawmakers, and to organize citizen support, to protect what they view as the city's interests regarding Eglin's "preferred" plan for F35 operations, which would increase jet noise over the city. Meantime, local officials and community leaders continued to react to news that the Air Force favors a plan to end restrictions on F-35 warplane flights using the north-south runway of Eglin Air Force Base. The "preferred alternative" for operations by a new and growing F-35 training wing at Eglin would result in more flights over Valparaiso and northwest Niceville, markedly increasing jet noise over those areas, according to an Air Force environmental study issued earlier this month. At a Valparaiso City Commission meeting Monday, Mayor Bruce Arnold acknowledged that residents of surrounding communities would focus on the positive effects of having the F-35 at Eglin, without considering the negative impacts on Valparaiso. "Everybody outside of Valparaiso is dreaming about the 7,000 new jobs the F-35 could bring," Arnold said. "They could care less about us." For this reason, Arnold stressed the importance of getting the support of state and federal lawmakers. "In the past, we've had no support of elected officials," Arnold said, referring to the city's partially successful 2009 campaign to get restrictions on F-35 operations. It is the runway-use restrictions the city won in that campaign that the Air Force now says its "preferred alternative" wouldBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Construction of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will likely be completed and opened about a month ahead of schedule, according to the project manager. In a briefing to the bridge authority’s governing board in Destin June 20, HDR Engineering representative James VanSteenburg said that construction of the bridge connector, a road connecting the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge with State Road 85 north of Niceville, is now “on the downhill slide to finishing out,” and is expected to be completed by Jan. 10, about a month ahead of the scheduled spring 2014 completion currently advertised on signs along state roads 85 and 285. In fact, said VanSteenburg, if all continues to go well, the project may be done by the end of this year. HDR is the prime contractor managing the bridge connector construction project. The connector, an 11-mile tollway that will connect the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent In response to queries from the Bay Beacon, a state senator representing part of northwest Florida has denied any connection with a public conflict between Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Board of Trustees member Patrick Byrne and college President Ty Handy. Another area senator did not comment. During a meeting June 18 of the NWFSC Board of Trustees in Niceville, Handy presented the board with a written statement in which he accused a trustee later identified as Byrne of persistent attempts to oust him. Handy said that Byrne’s efforts have taken place over the past several months. Handy said that Byrne, of Niceville, who was appointed to the board earlier this year, had told him that at least one unnamed Florida state senator has also been pushing for Handy’s ouster, and promised to provide several million dollars of additional appropriations for the college if Handy resigned or was removed by July 1 of this year. The board of trustees June 18 extended Handy's contract by a year, to mid-2016. In a phone conversation with the Beacon Monday, Byrne, who has acknowledged pushing for Handy's removal, said, “No senator ever offered any money if Dr. Handy was removed from office.” In a June 19 phone interview with the Beacon, District 1 State Sen. Don Gaetz, whose district includes southern Okaloosa County and the college’s main campus in Niceville, as well as satellite campuses in Fort Walton Beach and Walton County, stated emphatically that he has never been involved in any effort to oust Handy. “I never did, and never would say anything like that,” said Gaetz, referring to the statements attributed to a senator whose identity Handy said he did not know. “I was not the senator mentioned in Dr. Handy’s statement,” said Gaetz, a Niceville Republican who is in the middle of a two-year term as president of 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, June 26, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see STEMM, page A-4 Please see NOISE, page A-4 Please see SENATOR, page A-6 Thurs., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lynette Miesen has combined her work as a plein-air painter with her poetry in her first book, “The Poetry of Art” She will be at the Niceville Public Library 206 N. Partin Dr., signing copies which will also be for sale. For more information call 279-4863 x1507. Thurs.,2 p.m. Valparaiso Community Library will have a free showing of the movie ‘ Beautiful Creatures’ for their Movie Thursday event. For more info call 7295406. Sat.10 a.m.1 p.m. “All-American Days” Independence Day celebration at ERA Realty, 1069 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. There will be free American flags, pet parades, face painting, a bouncy house, giveaways, hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. Mayor Wise and his wife Helen will be on hand for a pie tasting. Mon., 6:30 p.m. The July meeting of the Mac Users Group will be held at the NWF State College Student Services Building, room 132. James Savage will present ‘The Basics of the Application Drop Box for MacOS and iOS.’ For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at jeancdutton@mac.com or 862-3327. Calendar, B-5. COMING UP Highway seen opening earlyJanuary completion eyed for bridge connector Police Blotter, page A-4 Dramatic confrontation, A-2. Officials discuss STEMM future1 senator denies any link in college tiff; another is mum A sign on State Road 285, just before a Mid-Bay Bridge Connector overpass under construction, advertises a spring 2014 opening for the connector road. An engineer for the project said last week that the road should be complete by Jan. 10, a month early. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Beacon photo by Mike GriffithFriday was the summer solstice—the longest day of 2013. As the day drew toward a close, many people could still be seen at Valparaiso s Lincoln Park as they enjoyed the last chance of the day to take a boat out on Boggy Bayou, propel a paddle board across the water, explore the shoreline, or enjoy a float together in the calm waters in the light of the setting sun.Summer takes a bow Please see HIGHWAY, page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Sen. Don Gaetz

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Page A-2 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 College president confronts trustee on ouster campaignBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A bitter conflict surfaced between Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy and NWFSC Trustee Pat Byrne during a meeting of the Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees last week. As what had otherwise appeared to be a routine trustees meeting neared its end June 18, Handy surprised trustees by reading a prepared statement in which he said he has been constantly harassed, threatened with ouster, and that he and his family have even been threatened during the past several months by a member of the board of trustees who, he said, apparently wants to replace Handy with someone else of that trustee’s own choosing. Trustee Pat Byrne acknowledged trying to oust Handy and to arrange "a soft landing" for him, but denied making any threats. The trustees' chairman admonished Byrne for “behavior outside of the normal conduct of this board” in unilaterally trying to get Handy to resign. Earlier in the meeting, the board gave Handy a vote of confidence by extending his contract. “Since mid-March my leadership as president of the college has been under constant threat and scrutiny,” said Handy. “Until last Thursday, the harassment and threats I have been subjected to have been personal in nature and, accordingly, I have sought to deal with them myself. However, last Thursday the threats became more broad and expanded to include threats against the college and this board. Accordingly, I have a professional obligation to bring these threats to the full board for your understanding and consideration. I regret the necessity of this, but know it is my obligation.” “Beginning in mid-March, and continuing until the Monday preceding the last board meeting, one member of this board has been contacting me, at least two, and sometimes three, times a week to demand that I resign and leave the college. By my count, I have been harassed and threatened more than 18 times by telephone and 5 times with face-to-face contact. In the early stages of these contacts, he said that I was ‘financially incompetent,’ and that I was an ‘incapable leader,’ that I was wasting money on a new computer system, and that I was solely responsible for last July’s IT security breach and should have been ‘fired the day after it happened.’ He said that he was ‘building the case against me,’ and my demise was imminent. He told me, ‘the fix is in, and the newly appointed board members are going to vote me out.’ He called my assistant, Ms. Laux, and told her the only reason he sought to be placed on the board was to get rid of me.” “His most onerous and unethical behavior has been to threaten physical harm to me and my family if I do not cooperate and resign from the college. In a phone conversation I had on speakerphone with my wife present, he told us that if I didn’t cooperate, ‘I can’t promise you that no harm will come to you, or your family. I don’t know that it will, but I can’t make that promise.’ I looked at my wife in stunned silence when he said this, and he then reiterated with ‘Again, I can’t promise you, or your family, that no harm will happen to you. I can’t make that promise.’” Handy did not specify exactly what sort of physical harm had been threatened against him or his family. Handy went on to say that the unnamed board member had offered what the board member called a “buyout” by offering to arrange another job for Handy of equal or similar pay, if Handy would cooperate and resign from the presidency of the college. He said the board member had told him that “the fix is in,” and “that I had better cooperate if I want a soft landing.” “He demanded that I be gone by July 1, and that if I was, ‘a Senator will make sure that the college is given millions of dollars in extra appropriations.’” “When I asked why this would happen and why I needed to be gone, he said, ‘this is not personal, and it never was. It’s about your position. It needs to be vacated because a certain person wants the presidency.’” “Another pervasive theme of harassment is the insistence that I not hire any new employees or replace any vacant positions, unless it is an emergency, so that the positions will be available to be filled later, I assume, through cronyism. He has insisted multiple times that I name an inside employee … as my ‘executive vice president,’ and that I ‘hand over the operation of the college to him and disappear from campus while still serving as president.’” “He says that I have to ‘resign by the July board meeting and be gone by September 1,’ or the senator will not be willing ‘to create placeholders in next year’s state budget for new, significant college appropriations.’” Handy said that the alleged threats against him had tapered off after recent news coverage of an excellent job evaluation given to Handy by the Board of Trustees, but that the threats had started up again June 13. Handy said the hostile board member had told him, “The gloves are now coming off, and the college, the board, and (I) will all be damaged.” “He repeated more than once that the college and the board were now also going to be damaged. He said that he would use future board meetings to disrupt college and board functionality to the point where I would have to leave. He gave me his verbal commitment that, if I will resign soon, he will see to it that, 31 days after my resignation, I will receive a consulting contract equivalent my current contract for up to one year.” Handy made two requests of the board of trustees. “My first request is that you clarify how you expect me to behave when extreme events, such as the ones documented here, occur.” “My second request is that the board help me to better understand how I am to interact with an individual board member who has threatened physical harm to a member of my family and who did so more than once. My wife is here at the meeting today. In the past she has not attended board meetings. This is, however, her third consecutive board meeting since he threatened physical harm to her.” Handy added, “I also have aging parents who live in the area and they have responded to this as though the threats were against them as well. It has added significant anxiety to their lives. So my second request is for the board to clarify the degree and manner of contact I am to have with the board member who, to this day, has made no effort to ease my family’s fears and concerns.” Following Handy’s written statement, Trustee Pat Byrne told the board that he was the member whom Handy had accused of making threatening statements, but that “the president has made personal attacks on me that are completely erroneous.” Regarding Handy’s statement that he had made threats against Handy and his wife, Byrne said, “If I said it, I misspoke.” He also offered “my sincerest apology” to Mrs. Handy. Byrne said that he had been trying to get Handy to resign, but that accusations of threats, physical or otherwise, were “fantasies” of Handy’s. “I’m not capable of threatening or doing physical harm to anyone,” said Byrne. “Every time I spoke about moving on, I spoke creatively, and emphasized a soft landing,” Byrne told the board. He also said, “I spoke as one board member,” and made no claim of speaking on behalf of the entire board. While denying making any direct threats against Handy or his family, Byrne said that he does believe that Handy has to go. “There has been a breakdown of communications between President Handy and the Florida Governor and Legislature,” he said. As an example of this, Byrne said that State Sen. Greg Evers had visited the NWFSC campus about a year ago, and that members of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, an environmental group affiliated with the college, had asked Handy to meet with Evers during his visit, but that Handy had made no effort to do so. Byrne also alleged that morale among members of the NWFSC faculty and staff had declined because some staff and faculty members had been “publicly berated” by Handy, although Byrne admitted that “I was not present” during the alleged beratings of those employees. “A portion of everything Handy said is correct, but exaggerated,” said Byrne, especially the allegations that Byrne had made threats against Handy or his famiBeacon photo by Mike GriffithNorthwest Florida State College Trustee Pat Byrne, right, and college President Ty Handy speak in a hallway following a June 18 meeting trustees at which Handy accused Byrne of an unrelenting campaign to oust him. 2012 J.D. Powers Award winnerBuyer and Seller Satisfaction 4534 Hwy 20 East, Niceville Bluewater BayAsk about property managementCall us279-4332 EMERALD COASTEach office independently owned and operated. 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24 homes proposed off Highway 285By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Ruckel Properties has requested the city of Niceville rezone its land off Highway 285 to construct a 24-home residential development that would also include a restaurant or coffee shop. The 7.74 acres of land, between Rocky Bayou Christian School and the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, is currently zoned C2 (general commercial), and Ruckel Properties has requested the land be zoned PUD (planned urban development). Steve Ruckel, president of Ruckel Properties, said he plans for the new residential development to also contain a park in the center of the plot, and a restaurant or coffee shop that would blend with the design of the homes near Highway 285. Ruckel said the homes would be arranged in a circle, with the park in center. "Each house plot would be pretty narrow, but pretty deep," Ruckel said. "They would have garages in the rear, so we can have a 'front-porch' atmosphere." Ruckel said the fronts of all the houses would face the park. Ruckel has not yet lined up a builder and does not have estimates on how large each individual home would be, but said the houses would likely cost around $300,000 to $350,000. He said he is working with the Ruckel Properties marketing team to come up with a name for the development. The Niceville Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the rezoning request at its meeting July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Niceville City Council Chambers. If the planning commission approves the request, it will go before the Niceville City Council for approval in three public hearings, the first being July 9. The requested change would require a change to Niceville's future land use map, the planning commission and city council must approve a change to the map as well as the rezoning in order for the development to be approved. 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I love this college.” Byrne also said that Handy “has harmed the college and its relations with staff members and the community.” Following the statements from Handy and Byrne, Board of Trustees chairman Brian Pennington said that it would be inappropriate for the board to directly address Handy’s allegations that Byrne had made physical threats against him or his family. He told Handy, “You should seek law enforcement advice on any physical threats. It is not our job to adjudicate such matters.” Byrne then repeated his apology to Mrs. Handy. “I never had any intent of harm for you,” he said. “Anything I said was a misstatement.” Mrs. Handy, however, seemed skeptical about Byrne’s apology. “I am a humble woman,” she said, “but I’m not ignorant. I know what you said—multiple times. If you really misspoke like that, you do not belong as a board member for this college.” Addressing the board, Pennington said, “Mr. Byrne is entitled to his opinion, but should not pressure the president to leave this college. We act as a unit.” Pennington also said, “Dr. Handy is not in a popularity contest. Hard decisions have to be made, and some people don’t like him.” Pennington also noted that the board had just renewed Handy’s contract during earlier business at the meeting, after previously giving Handy a near-unanimous excellent performance evaluation. He called Byrne’s unilateral attempts to get Handy to resign “behavior outside of the normal conduct of this board.” “We have a lot of things to do," Pennington said. "If we act like this, it will be hard. This is not what the Governor appointed us for.” Pennington then invited each of the other board members to make a brief statement of their own reactions to the conflict. Board member Mario Strauss said that she was “appalled.” “I’m involved in the community at every level, and I have never heard any bad things about Dr. Handy.” Board member C. Wayne Ansley defended Byrne, saying, “I’ll be candid. I know Pat Byrne, and I’ve never known Pat Byrne to threaten anybody. He will only do what he thinks is right. Let’s get this over, and stop it.” Board member Paul Foster, however, was much more critical of Byrne. “Pat,” he said, “if you love this college so much, you should resign.” Board member Rachel Gillis said the conflict between Handy and Byrne “just kills me. This is just nuts. This has no place in what we’re supposed to be doing. Let’s get on with business.” Board member Mike Flynt said that the board had given Handy an excellent job evaluation just last month, which had been nearly unanimous. Pennington concluded the meeting by saying, “We all disagree from time to time, and we all have our own values. Dissenting opinions are valued.” Pennington, however, also encouraged his fellow board members to “act as a group.” Earlier in the board meeting, the trustees approved an amendment to Handy’s contract with the college, voting 6–2 to extend it by one year, through June 30, 2016. According to the amended contract, Handy is paid $205,014 a year, but that figure is to be renegotiated each year, along with potential extensions of his contract. In addition to his base pay stated above, Handy receives an annual payment of $23,000 into an annuity fund. The contract allows Handy to resign at any time, with pay ending as of the effective date of his resignation. The board may dismiss Handy at any time with or without cause. He would get a year's pay if dismissed without cause. Causes for such dismissal include willful violation or refusal of his duties as president, crimes committed while in office, moral turpitude that damages the college’s reputation or causes public contempt toward the college, or chronic or prolonged absence from duty without permission. Following the board meeting, Handy spoke briefly with reporters. He said that he had discussed Byrne’s alleged threats with law enforcement officials, but had chosen to make no formal complaint or seek a restraining order against Byrne. “If I had, how would I be able to work with him as a member of the Board of Trustees?” Handy said. “I look forward to a fresh start,” Handy said, and that despite the threats made against him and his family, what prompted him to bring the matter before the board was when Byrne “expanded his threats to include the board and the college. That’s why I brought it to tonight’s meeting.” Handy also said, “I do not intend to leave. I look forward to a fresh start.” Handy did not name the state senator whom he said Byrne had mentioned in his efforts to get Handy to resign. Byrne also spoke briefly with reporters. “Anything I say from now on would be redundant,” he said. “I never made any threats. If I said that, I misspoke, and I completely apologize.” Nevertheless, said Byrne, “I feel strongly that Dr. Handy has not met the standards of the college’s previous two presidents,” but that his efforts to get Handy to resign were not an expression of personal animosity. Byrne also said that he had not filed an evaluation report on Handy at the time his fellow board members had done so, because he believed he had not been on the board long enough at that time to be able to give such an evaluation. Asked which state senator he had allegedly said wanted Handy ousted, Byrne declined to name anyone, saying only that Handy had “no good relations with any members of the legislature.” “The college had a $300,000 budget cut this year,” said Byrne. “This shows that we do not have good communications with the legislature.” Despite his own feelings about Handy, said Byrne, he too is willing to pursue a “fresh start.” “I’m prepared to do whatever is best for the college, and to work with Dr. Handy,” Byrne said. “It’s all about the students.” COLLEGEFrom page A-2 Brian Pennington Northwest Florida State College Trustee Pat Byrne speaks to Kim Handy following a trustees meeting June 18. During the meeting, Mrs. Handy's husband, NWFSC President Ty Handy, accused Byrne of threatening him and his family in a bid to oust him. Byrne denied making any threats and he apologized to Mrs. Handy.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Ruckel Properties has requested its land off Highway 285, between Rocky Bayou Christian School and the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, be rezoned from C-2 (general commercial) to PUD (planned urban development) to accommodate development of 24 houses and a restaurant.

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"I always knew someone was going to have to make this decision," Jackson told the Beacon. Jackson said that after the 2013-14 school year, the STEMM Academy must have about 90 students per grade in order to remain viable and have a chance of remaining open permanently. Rick Soria, director of the STEMM Academy, said he has little doubt the center can meet that goal if district higher-ups throw their full support behind the school—support he indicated has not been clear heretofore. Soria said prior to Monday night’s meeting that 58 students are currently enrolled for sixth grade next year. He said 79 students are enrolled for seventh grade next year. The middle school is adding one grade a year. Last year, the first year of operation, the school only had a sixth grade. Two years from now, it is scheduled to have sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Soria said the Okaloosa County School Board requested in February 2012 that the school have between 66 and 88 students per grade. Soria said he believes the magnet school will eventually get 66 sixth graders enrolled before doors reopen in August. The school sends invitations to enroll in two waves, the second of which hasn't been executed. Soria said he is sending invitations to roughly 270 additional students who received a 5 on the math section of the FCAT, the highest possible, a requirement for enrollment in STEMM. "Assume only 10 percent of those enroll, and I think that's being conservative," Soria said. "Then we will have easily gone over 66 students." Jackson said she may recommend that the academy lower its standards for enrollment in order to increase its attractiveness to potential students. Soria said lowering entry standards may be a possibility, but lowering the rigor of the academy's required courses is not. "We have a very demanding course load, but I've found that students will rise to the challenge," Soria said. Soria said that of the academy's students, only 22 are gifted. "People say we get only the brightest students," Soria said. "That's not necessarily the case. We do get the students who work the hardest." Siegfried Schlachter, a parent of a STEMM Academy student, spoke at the school board meeting Monday in Fort Walton Beach, when the future of the STEMM Academy was discussed at length but not decided. Prior to the meeting, Schlachter spoke with the Beacon and said the STEMM academy fills an important role in the school system. "I have spoken with state officials, and they tell me there are 8,000 technical jobs that need to be filled in the state," Schlachter said. "Our problem is not a lack of jobs, it’s a lack of skilled workers. STEMM is designed to generate people who can fill these jobs.” Schlachter, a retired hydraulic engineer, said the school is important enough to keep open even if enrollment falls below the recommended amounts. Soria said the school district has not been clear as to whether it supports the STEMM Academy, and the uncertainty of support has made it more difficult to enroll students and hire teachers. He said many STEMM parents felt that the school board did not support the academy, according to a survey. "We want the school district to clear the air and either say they support us, or they don't," Soria said. "When we have these 'ifs,' it’s hard to get parents to commit their children to come here." As Monday’s meeting began, school board chairman Rodney Walker told the large crowd of visitors, most of whom appeared to be parents and faculty members supporting the STEMM center, that no decision would be made by the board until after a budget proposal has been presented by Jackson, and the board has had a chance to review that budget, as well as the STEMM center’s place within it. Although Soria was present at Monday’s meeting, he was not invited to speak, despite having prepared a 57-page briefing, which he had intended to present to the school board at the request of board member Cathy Thigpen. Soria told the Beacon that he was later informed by Superintendent Jackson that he was not to give the briefing, but that it would be given by Shawnea Tallman, director of the Center for STEMM Innovation, a branch of the STEMM center which provides science education training for teachers. Tallman gave an eight-page PowerPoint version of the 57page briefing prepared by Soria. ArrestsJustin Eugene Lyons, unemployed, 31, of 408 Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police June 16 on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. An employee of the Walmart at 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, allegedly observed Lyons take a pair of headphones worth $39.88 out of their packaging and place them in his pocket in the store's toy section. Lyons purchased other items, but left the store without attempting to pay for the headphones. Lyons' required court appearance is July 9. *** Kaylee Rose Mitchell, a cashier, 21, of 304 Reeves St. Lot C-2, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies June 18 on a charge of domestic violence related battery touch or strike. Mitchell allegedly struck someone in the face with the back of her fist, causing red marks and slight swelling to the victim's face. Mitchell's required court appearance is July 9. *** Christopher Shannon Nickell, a handyman, 43, of 310 Washington Ave. Apt. B, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police June 14 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Nickell allegedly punched someone in the eye while the victim was sleeping and then dragged them out of bed and struck the victim again, leaving visible injuries to the victim's eye. Nickel's required court appearance is July 2. *** Kerri Ann Kennedy, a housekeeper, 37, of 187 Spencer Place, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police June 16 on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and battery domestic violence. Kennedy allegedly struck someone with closed fists in the head and face. An officer arrived and told Kennedy to stay on her property, as she was yelling at another person and walking off her property toward them. The officer repeated his commands that Kennedy stay on her property, and when she did not comply, the officer attempted to place her in handcuffs. Kennedy pulled away from the officer while swinging her arms and striking him. The officer told Kennedy several times to stop resisting, after which he placed her on the ground. Kennedy allegedly dug her fingernails into the officer's arm after she was put on the ground. Kennedy's required court appearance is scheduled July 23.DUI arrestsScott Brian Rankin, a food-services employee, 52, of 514 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at SR 20 and North Highway 85, Niceville, June 15 at 2:24 a.m. Rankin was also cited for failure to maintain a single lane. His required court appearance is July 2. *** Jesse Dalton Rhodes, a rancher, 18, of 1111 Triple J Lane, Ponce de Leon, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 4512 E. SR 20, Niceville, June 16 at 7:24 p.m. Rhodes' required court appearance is July 9. TheftsA Niceville resident reported June 16 that someone took her child's iPhone while she was at a swimming pool in Bluewater Bay. *** A DeFuniak Springs resident reported June 15 that someone stole the motor from his boat while it was docked near 821 Bayshore Drive, Niceville. *** A Niceville resident of the 2100 block of Bayshore Drive reported June 13 someone stole her purse from her unlocked van parked at her residence. The complainant said she had taken her wallet and phone out of the purse before she left it in the van. The purse, worth $150, contained two gold wedding rings with diamonds on them, worth a total of $600, a Destin Commons gift card worth $100, an eye brush worth $10, lipstick worth $18 and other miscellaneous items. *** A Niceville resident of the first block of 7th Street reported June 15 someone stole the gas tank from his boat. *** Niceville police received a call June 16 reporting someone stole a washer, dryer and other appliances after moving out of a residence on the 300 block of Reeves Street, Niceville. *** Niceville police received a call June 15 reporting someone stole gasoline from the tank of an 18wheel food service truck parked at the business at 101 N. Highway 85, Niceville. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of South Nordberg Avenue reported June 18 someone had stolen several items from him over the past two months. The complainant reported two plow blades worth a total of $2,700, a backhoe bucket worth $500, a miniature backhoe starter worth $200 and a track hoe sprocket and rollers were stolen. Criminal mischiefSheriff's deputies received a call June 16 reporting someone had damaged the license plates of five cars parked at the business at 4400 Ansley Drive, Niceville. A deputy investigated the scene and also found that pool furniture had been thrown in the swimming pool at the business. A handicap lift chair worth $3,299 had also been pushed in the pool. The manager of the business believed the chair to be broken. OtherA Niceville resident reported June 15 that five people pulled up to his house in two cars and asked if he "wanted to hang out." The complainant reported knowing one of the people, and got in one of the cars. The complainant reported that while the car was moving, one of the car's occupants said "right here's good" and the driver stopped the car at the intersection of Coldwater Creek Circle and Blossom Creek Run, Niceville. The complainant said all of the occupants got out of the car, and one of them told him to empty his pockets. The complainant said he didn't comply, and one of the car's occupants hit him in the face with a closed fist. The complainant fell to the ground and his glasses fell off. He got up, and one of the car's other occupants handed him his glasses and fled on foot. The complainant showed police a bruise from where he was punched. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Okaloosa Avenue reported June 15 someone had opened one of her bedroom doors, removed her back window and unlocked the back door to her residence. The complainant said she did not find anything missing or disturbed. 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. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from June 17, 2013 through June 23, 2013. 1 Structure Fire26 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire6 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy...............Alarm activation.........6/17/13........................06:37 Marquette St.........................Medical.......................6/17/13........................20:03 Peachtree Way.....................Medical.......................6/17/13........................20:23 Hickory Ave...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................05:31 S. Palm Blvd.........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................09:38 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash..............6/18/13........................10:14 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle crash..............6/18/13........................12:42 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................13:56 Reeves St.............................Medical.......................6/18/13........................19:20 37 th Street............................Alarm activation.........6/18/13........................22:32 Hickory Ave...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................22:53 N. Partin Dr...........................Vehicle crash..............6/19/13........................12:17 Lanman Rd...........................Medical.......................6/19/13........................21:10 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/20/13........................13:58 Kelly Rd................................Medical.......................6/20/13........................18:02 22nd Street...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................02:20 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................05:40 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Medical.......................6/21/13........................06:29 Partin/Palm Blvd...................Vehicle crash..............6/21/13........................08:16 Royal Palm Dr......................Medical.......................6/21/13........................09:55 Parkwood Ct/BWB................Structure fire..............6/21/13........................10:09 Als Drive...............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................10:29 Hudson Cir............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................10:35 Everglade Dr.........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................13:03 26th Street............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................13:14 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash..............6/21/13........................15:20 Partin/Palm Blvd...................False call....................6/21/13........................17:09 Edgewater Dr........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................17:29 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................20:17 Nathey Ave...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................07:15 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................11:13 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................15:46 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle crash..............6/23/13........................11:18 N. Partin Dr...........................Alarm activation.........6/23/13........................11:55 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................19:25 Nathey Ave...........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................19:36 Bayshore Dr..........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................20:19 Weekly Safety Tip: The National Fire Protection Association reports in 2010 fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from June 17, 2013 through June 23, 2013. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME St. Martin Cove....................Lightning strike.........................6/17/13........................06:41 Fairway Lakes Dr................Medical.....................................6/17/13........................15:57 Oakmont Cir.........................Medical assist..........................6/18/13........................13:00 W. Parkwood Ln..................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................16:52 N. White Point Rd................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................19:20 Hickory Street......................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................21:13 Legendary Dr./Destin..........Alarm system sounded...........6/18/13........................23:39 Live Oak Street....................Accidental medical alarm........6/19/13........................09:58 N. White Point Rd................Medical.....................................6/19/13........................12:18 Bay Drive.............................Smoke or odor removal..........6/19/13........................13:49 Cougar Cir............................Alarm activation.......................6/20/13........................05:47 Jamaica Way.......................Medical assist..........................6/20/13........................07:27 Hwy. 20/W of Range Rd.....Vehicle accident.......................6/20/13........................19:59 Range Rd/Bluewater Blvd..Dispatched & cancelled..........6/21/13........................07:40 Parkwood Ct........................Building fire..............................6/21/13........................10:10 Cat Mar Rd..........................Medical.....................................6/21/13........................12:43 Range Rd.............................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/21/13........................23:44 E. Hwy. 20............................Vehicle accident.......................6/22/13........................14:41 S. Midbay Bridge.................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/22/13........................16:05 Troon Dr. W.........................Medical.....................................6/23/13........................10:37 Hwy. 20/Ansley Dr...............Dispatched & cancelled..........6/23/13........................12:00 Glenlake Cir.........................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/23/13........................18:07 Windward Lane...................Unintentional transmission......6/23/13........................22:13 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Clifford W. Booty Wanted for: FTA-Grand Theft/Making False Statements to Obtain Credit Report/Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Height: 6-feet, 0-inches Weight: 250 Age: 52 Date of birth: 05-01-1961 Hair: Unknown Eyes: Blue Name: James S. Brannon Wanted for: VOP-DUI Height: 5-feet, 9-inches Weight: 160 Age: 59 Date of birth: 06-19-1954 Hair: Gray Eyes: Blue Name: Robert Gregory Ramer Wanted for: VOP-Driving While License Suspended or Revoked Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 140 Age: 53 Date of birth: 10-18-1959 Hair: Brown Eyes: BluePage A-4 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON STEMMFrom page A-1 end, though no final decision has yet been announced. Valparaiso resident Clark Browning, present at the city commission meeting Monday, suggested the city post email links to state and U.S. senators and representatives who represent Valparaiso, so residents can contact elected officials with ease. Arnold agreed this was a good idea, and City Clerk Tammy Johnson said she would work to institute it. Arnold said the effectiveness of the city's case against F-35 noise would also hinge on residents' unity in a public hearing scheduled July 9 at the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Parkway, from 5:30-8 p.m., where the Air Force will hear public comments regarding an environmental study released earlier this month covering, among other issues, the increased jet noise expected from the Air Force's "preferred alternative," which would shift many F35 flights to Eglin's north-south runway from its east-west one. In preparation for the hearing, Arnold said, the city will post large, detailed maps of Valparaiso, overlaid with the projected noise contours released by the Air Force, in city hall for public viewing. Arnold said this will enable each Valparaiso resident and business owner to more fully understand the impact the Air Force findings would have on their lives, thus allowing them to more effectively articulate their positions at the hearing. Commissioner Joe Morgan said that the commission needed to work to be on the same page before the public hearing. Commissioner Kay Hamilton, who was in Mexico and participated in the commission meeting by speakerphone, said the commission's unity on this issue should be a given. "I think this is one of those issues where we'll all be in pretty solid agreement," Hamilton said. Elsewhere and separately, in response to questions by the Bay Beacon, local officials and other leaders discussed their thoughts on the Air Force's "preferred alternative" for F-35 flights. Sal Nodjomian, a Niceville city councilman and former Eglin installation commander, said it would not be practical to attempt to replicate Eglin's F-35 infrastructure in a new, less noisy location such as Duke Field. Nodjomian also said that even with an end of the current runway restrictions, the new environmental study indicates that F35 operations would be less noisy over civilian areas than previously believed. "As I understand it, the (Air Force draft environmental study) shows a reduction of nearly 30,000 operations, which will have a corresponding reduction of noise impact on surrounding communities," Nodjomian said. "I recognize that many people that live in close proximity to the installation may not consider Alternative 1A the best choice, but given current and projected Department of Defense funding, the idea of replicating F-35 support infrastructure at Duke or other outlying fields is a nonstarter." Nodjomian said he believes the positive impacts of the F-35 beddown at Eglin outweigh the potential noise. "Speaking specifically about Niceville, I feel there may be some localized noise impacts," Nodjomian said. "But when weighed against the positive value of hosting the world’s premier fighter and the numerous benefits that brings to our community, it’s a trade-off we should be willing to make." David Goetsch, Niceville, former chairman of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, said he is surprised that the Air Force's preferred alternative would end the restrictions on Eglin's north-south runway. He said such a move could erase earlier progress made on the issue between the Air Force and nearby communities. "I'm surprised they would (lift the runway restrictions), because I don't think it's necessary," Goetsch said. "Now it's like we're right back to where we started." Goetsch said he does not think Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold was being hyperbolic when, at a city commission meeting June 17, Arnold said the noise resulting from regular use of the north-south runway by F35s may lead to a decrease in Valparaiso's population, which could in turn lead to a fall in demand for city services, leaving the city unable to pay off its bonds. "If you're the mayor of Valparaiso, that's the type of thing you have to be thinking about," Goetsch said. Goetsch said by allowing operations that could be detrimental to surrounding communities, Eglin could hurt itself in a future round of Congressional base realignment and closure commission (BRAC) decisions, which he expects in 2017. "When the BRAC people come here in 2017, they might hear from unhappy Valparaiso people," Goetsch said. "That's not what [Eglin] wants." NOISEFrom page A-1 Please see FUTURE, page B-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge to State Road 85 immediately north of Niceville, costs approximately $137 million. Phase I of the project, which connects SR 20 and Range Road to the bridge, opened in May 2011. Phases 2 and 3, connecting SR 85 with the already opened section, and bypassing Niceville, will be open upon completion, expected in January. VanSteenburg also said that construction of a link between the bridge connector road and Forest Road at College Boulevard, Niceville, is expected to be completed by July 4. He said he expects that local residents along College Boulevard will be pleased to see that part of the construction project, which has bottlenecked traffic at Forest and College for over a year, come to an end. VanSteenburg said the completion of that section, on which work started in early May 2012, would mean the removal of barricades routing traffic streams where Forest Road turns into College Boulevard. Another upcoming milestone in the project, said VanSteenburg, will be the emplacement of girders for the overpass taking the bridge connector road over State Road 285, which is expected to take place shortly after July 4. VanSteenburg said that when the girders arrive, putting them into place will require about a day’s temporary shutdown of State Road 285 between College Boulevard and Interstate 10. In other business at Thursday’s meeting, MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest said that in conjunction with the bypass road construction, the MBBA has been working with Eglin Air Force Base personnel to search for, and if necessary, remove unexploded ordnance from culverts and other key areas within the Eglin reservation which are undergoing ecological restoration projects as part of the MBBA’s compensation to Eglin in exchange for access to Air Force controlled land where most of the bypass road is being constructed. Vest said that metal detectors and other equipment have been used to check project areas for any live bombs or shells before doing actual restoration work. Vest also told MBBA board members that Mid-Bay Bridge toll revenue for the month of May was within less than a half of one percent of the toll revenue collected during the same month last year. Although the Memorial Day weekend was reported by some local news media to be one of the busiest ever for Emerald Coast hotels and tourist related businesses, said Vest, traffic over the bridge remained about the same as during May of the previous year. Vest also said that reports of water use in the Destin area, another indirect measure of local economic activity, also remained about the same during May of this year as during last year. Vest added, however, that thus far in the month of June, traffic appears to be higher than during the same month last year. He also said that Sunpass toll revenue has increased this June, possibly indicating an upward trend in the local economy, as Sunpass transponders are used by many local commuters as they travel to and from employment along Emerald Coast beach areas. The Sunpass transponders provide a toll discount for frequent travelers over the bridge. Vest also told the board that efforts to increase the amount of vegetation between the alreadyopen portion of the bridge connector road south of State Road 20 and the nearby Chardonnay Estates residential area is “moving along.” He said that since the bridge authority has begun irrigating plants in that area, the thickness and density of vegetation appears to have begun to increase. Some residents of Chardonnay Estates have complained to the MBBA during the past year, saying that they have been bothered by traffic noise from the bridge connector and by headlights shining into their homes ever since the connector was built, which removed much of the forest that had bordered Chardonnay Estates previously. MBBA board chairman Gordon Fornell agreed with Vest, saying that he has observed that vegetation in that area looks thicker, and will hopefully reduce the amount of light and noise reaching nearby homes. The next meeting of the MidBay Bridge Authority is scheduled for 9 a.m., July 18 at Niceville City Hall. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, June 26, 2013 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “I don t mind at all. The only ones who should mind are the terrorists. If you re doing nothing wrong, why worry about someone seeing your phone records? 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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer The winning design for the 2013 Boggy Bayou Fireworks TShirts has been selected and announced at the Niceville Chamber of Commerce breakfast on June 12. Madison Brake, a rising junior at Niceville High School, had her submission picked from 40 entries, all from NHS art students. Madison was enrolled in Advanced Placement Art last year with Ms. Nihill-Taylor as her teacher, the same teacher who inspired her to try her hand at painting for the first time. Madison honed her skills by painting several murals at the high school. Her design, presently on display at the Niceville Public Library just outside the entrance to their Youth Services department, will be printed on 925 shirts available for sale at the Niceville Public Library for $10 each. The shirts will also be for sale in the Niceville and Valparaiso utility billing offices, the Niceville building inspector’s office, the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber building, 1055 East John Sims Pkwy. and Caf Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville. American Athletic Uniforms, the printers of the shirts, will also have them for sale. Sales from shirts help pay for the firework’s show every year. The annual display uses no tax payer money and costs approximately $28,000 a year. In addition to sales from Tshirts, Niceville and Valparaiso both have an aluminum recycling program and the option for residents to donate each month through their water bill. 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 ee s s d d a a y y , J J u u n n e e 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Eglin AFA sponsors exhibitMembers of the Eglin Chapter of the Air Force Association Board of Directors and Aerospace Education Foundation Committee at the NWFSC Doolittle Raider History Exhibit. They are joined by a few key community partners. The wall plaque recognizes key contributors to the exhibit. The Eglin Chapter of the AFA and the Aerospace Education Foundation donated $5,000 to help fund the exhibit.Fireworks Fund T-shirt winner Garden Club officers installedThe Niceville Garden Club Installed their new officers for 2013. From left, Mary McCann as president, Rod Debs as vice president, Marsha Palmer as publicity chairman, Renee Gollehon as historian, Tracey Walker as secretary and Beth Bish as treasurer. Now on summer break, the club will resume their regular meetings in September in the Community Center across from the Niceville Library every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. 20lb Bagfor only $250Need 5 or more Bags?Call us at least 30 minutes prior to arriving at Ice House. We will load you up ASAP and save you time!850-685-4322 Food Grade ICE HICE ON BAYSHORE DRIVE • NICEVILLEHHFOURTH OF JULYH PICNICS H BOATING H BIRTHDAY PARTIES H • Fourth of July• Holidays • Birthdays • Parties • New Baby • Thank You • Just Because • Anniversaries • Get Well Wishes Call or visit today! 850-226-4111  EdibleArrangements.com  230 Eglin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach $7VALID FOR PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen 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: bayb0713 • Exp: 7-31-13OFF YOUR ORDER Madison Brake was honored June 12 at the Niceville Chamber of Commerce breakfast for her winning design for the new Firework s Fund T-shirts. Proceeds from T-shirt sales go to help pay for the annual show on Boggy Bayou. Who’s News Tom Culver has been appointed Band Director for Rocky Bayou Christian School. Culver is originally from the Chicago area and has taught in a number of public and private schools for the past 30 years, including Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Culver has specialized in small school programs and has garnered multiple awards at State Band Festivals in Wisconsin and Michigan. *** Matthew Turnbull of Niceville has earned high honors for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of New Hampshire. *** Sarah Wainwright a resident of Niceville received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting during the May 2013 SMU Commencement ceremony. After the University-wide Tom Culver Please see WHO S NEWS, page B-2 FOR A GREAT BEGINNING OR A HAPPY ENDING… LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. This great Parkwood Cove home in Bluewater Bay is perfect for buyers who are just starting out or who are sizing down. The 1769 SF, 3/2 split bedroom floorplan suits so many families! A brand new roof, hardwood floors, and a screened porch are just a few of its attractive features. Welcome home for $240,000!Selling this summer? Call Linda Zickler today!

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(**Includes $10 user fee plus $10 fee for players residing outside city limits of Niceville or Valparaiso; both fees go to City of Niceville.)Waiting list after August 3Bring state-issued birth certificate for players not registered with PAL Soccer in Fall 2012. Age Group Birthdates VIP(Children w/ disabilities) Aug 1, 94–Dec 31, 08 U6 Aug 1, 07–Sep 1, 08 U8 Aug 1, 05–Jul 31, 07 U10 Aug 1, 03–Jul 31, 05 U12 Aug 1, 01–Jul 31, 03 U14 Aug 1, 99–Jul 31, 01 U19 Aug 1, 94–Jul 31, 991. U6 and VIP teams are co-ed. Separate girls and boys teams in U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19. 2. Uniforms provided (jersey, shorts, socks for VIP & U6 through U14; shirt only for U19). Players keep uniforms. 3. Accidental medical insurance and registration with Soccer Association for Youth included.B eginning R e f eree Co u rse :August 10,15 & 21 Go to fsr-inc.com, “Become a Referee” tab to register.COACHES NEEDEDSign up at registrationTEAM SPONSORS NEEDED$200 for U6 through U14; $100 for Each Subsequent Team. $100 for U19 Start Smart Soccer! Ages 3-5Cost: $25 Parent participation required. Call Nikki Hobbs, 279-3081, for information. Donate used, good-condition soccer cleats. Exchange or buy at registrations.Contact Jody Osborne, 410-404-6799 or jodybosborne@gmail.com. NVLL Major Baseball championsThe Orioles, sponsored by Niceville Insurance Agency, are the 2013 NVLL Major Baseball champions after playing on Rarick Field Saturday, June 1, during the closing ceremonies for the NVLL. Pictured front row from left, Ethan Evans, Ryan Alford, Zach Johnson, Franklyn Brognano and Bill Danielak. Second row from left, Blake Skinner, Sean Reidy, Zach Coldsnow, Colton Biggs, Owen Williams and Maclane Baucom. Back row, Manager Robbie Williams and Coach Christopher Baucom. RAD FC U10 Boys Gold win cup RAD FC U10 Boys Gold team won the Emerald Coast Cup on May 5 in Destin. Pictured from bottom left are Daniel Fadida, Carson Hickok, Sam Sheffield, Ashlyn Fernandez. From top left, Coach John Cross, Zeke Oswald, David Mejia, Austin Paugh, Theo Cross, Devon Vondenstein and Coach Kevin Brink. Softball Crushers win districtThe Niceville Maroon Team, also known as “The Crushers”, are the 2013 7-9 year old Machine Pitch Softball Champions. The tournament was held in Crestview at Garden City Park. The Crushers went 4-0 throughout the tournament to win the District Banner. Front Row from left, Paige Criddle, Katie Sjostrom, Grace Langston, Macey Kidder, Sabrina Squire and Haleigh Sallee. 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He plans to transfer on to the University of Central Florida in August to major in digital media. *** Jessica Jade Reindl is the recipient of this year’s Okaloosa County Democratic Women’s Club Scholarship. Reindl is a graduate of Niceville High School, where she was officially recognized May 31 at the Senior Awards Ceremony. Reindl was chosen based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. One such achievement is her participation in the Natural Geography in Shore Area Project. Her poem “Gringa Thoughts” was recently published in the Blackwater Review, Northwest Florida State College’s annual literary magazine. She plans to complete her AA degree at NWFSC and later attend FSU. Reindl is the daughter of Beth Reindl of Niceville. *** Ken Hinrichs a resident of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, has accepted the position of President/CEO of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties effective July 1. Ken, a 30 year plus United Way employee has served most recently as Interim Executive Director for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families in Baton Rouge following service as the Interim President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast here in Fort Walton Beach. His United Way experience includes tenure serving as President/CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, as President/CEO of the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the United Way of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor, Michigan. *** Timothy Benton is part of the winning soccer team, the SSA Bulldogs, that took home the Mississippi State Cup at the championship tournament held May 25-26 in Meridian, MS. The Bulldogs moved up to become the number one ranked team in Mississippi in both of the major national soccer ranking systems. Timothy is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benton of Niceville. WHO S NEWSFrom page B-1 Elizabeth Gadzinski Zachary Gadzinski Jessica Jade Reindl Ken Hinrichs Timothy Benton Ruckel team undefeatedRuckel won the county middle school softball championship by going undefeated 8-0. Team includes Allison Brown, Raiven Bryant, Sydney Byrd, Mary Kate Cary, Madison Childress, Melissa Click, Dallas Harrellson, Katelynn Inness, Liz Kelton, Katie Lightfoot, Rebecca Morrow, Kalee Polson, Hannah Turley, Katie Quinn, Head Coach Amanda Moore and Assistant Coach Jeff “Padre” Moore. Eagles 10U win Warmup Congratulations to the 10U Niceville Traveling Eagles who placed first in the “World Series Warmup” Tournament, June 8-9 in Pensacola at the Northeast Pensacola Ballpark. This was their third tournament championship this season. Pictured from left top row, Manager Gerry McDermott and Garrett Norman. Second row from left, Keagen Norman, Jay Marquardt, Kaden Geisler, Nathan Tiller, Hayden Hubbard and Cade Johnston. 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Kelly McHugh PitanKelly McHugh Pitan passed away June 5, 2013, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was born to her parents Patrick “Skip” and Stacy McHugh on January 23, 1984 on Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niceville High School, class of 2002. She was captain of the varsity soccer team and the Northwest Florida Daily News Soccer Player of the Year. Kelly received her degree in Chemistry from Florida State University, where she invented nano-particles to be used in cancer treatment. She also played on, and served as, president of the FSU Women’s Soccer Club. Kelly worked for the Florida Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosives Analysis and decided to continue her education earning a Master’s Degree in Forensics Science Analysis from the University of Central Florida. Kelly performed her research at the National Center for Forensic Science, the results of which have been published in the “Forensic Science International Journal”. She was employed at A2 Research, located at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, as a research scientist. She was also a member of the American Chemical Society. Kelly is survived by her husband, Dustin, stepdaughter Izabella “Bella”, her father, Patrick “Skip”, her mother, Stacy, her brother, Keegan, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The service for Kelly was held at Saint John Lutheran Church in Hattiesburg. The family request that, if you would like to make a donation, please do so in Kelly’s name to your local pet rescue facility. She will be in our hearts forever and missed immeasurably. Wednesday, June 26, 2013Page B-3 F-35 Public Hearing You Are Invited! The United States Air Force, through Eglin Air Force Base, has prepared a Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with where the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft may ultimately beddown on the Eglin Reservation, how they might be operated, and the degree in which other mitigation measures are possible. The Revised Draft SEIS contains analyses of operational alternatives and presents potential mitigations for up to 59 F-35 aircraft to be delivered to Eglin AFB under the February 2009 Record of Decision. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso, Fla. 32580. This hearing provides the public information about the Revised Draft SEIS and ensures the public has a fair and equal opportunity to consider and comment on the document. All interested members of the community and organizations are encouraged to attend.Public Hearing Schedule: 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. — Open House 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. — Air Force Presentation 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. — Public Hearing Comments must be postmarked by July 29, 2013 to be considered in the Final SEIS. For more information, please contact: Eglin AFB Public Affairs 96 TW/PA ATTN: Mike Spaits 101 West D Avenue, Suite 238 Eglin AFB, Florida 32542 spaitsm@eglin.af.mil 850-882-2836 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www. ni ce vi lle in sura n ce.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Woman s club gives to Take StockThe Twin Cities Woman s Club recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation. 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John Sims Parkway, Niceville www.nicevillechurchofchrist.org | www .facebook.com/nicevillechurchofchrist The briefing discussed the accomplishments of the STEMM center since it was created, honors achieved by STEMM students, current and projected enrollment figures, and plans for the future. Soria's version of the briefing, but not Tallman's, ended with the following statements: "The school district has not cleared the air about their support. The lack of clear support from the school district is important. We may not agree on an issue, but once the school board approves it, we need to get behind it. We have, our parents have, our students have and our community has. We hope the school district will as well." Following Tallman’s truncated version of the briefing, the board was addressed by eight visitors, mostly faculty, parents, and students affiliated with the STEMM center. The first such speaker was Eileen Wittic, whose daughter is a student at the center. At first, said Wittic, her daughter was apprehensive about attending the science school, because it did not initially appear to be as much fun as her previously planned enrollment at Ruckel Middle School. Her daughter thought she faced “only hard work, and few familiar faces," Wittic said. "The first month was very hard.” However, said Wittic, as the year progressed, her daughter found new friends, took a first prize in a science fair, and helped her teammates on the Ruckel swim team become county champions. Wittic said she and her daughter are now enthusiastic supporters of the STEMM center. “My hope is that you will make STEMM funding a priority,” said Wittic. “Students at the STEMM center are not one-dimensional, they are actually very diverse.” Next to speak was Robert Mishra, who said he refers to STEMM students as “my favorite nerds.” Mishra warned the school board not to shut down the STEMM center, saying, “Nature abhors a vacuum. If we don’t do STEMM, some other community will.” Mishra said that money to support the STEMM center can be obtained by attracting bright students, and pursuing partnerships with industry and the U.S. military. He called the STEMM center “a once-in-alifetime opportunity. We should be the first in the U.S. to implement this, and to create the standard of the future.” Mishra also said that as a doctor he has learned that it is better to prevent problems than try to solve them later. He said the students who are trained at the STEMM center today will become the doctors, scientists, engineers and job creators of the future. Mishra also told the school board, “Don’t quit while we’re ahead.” Schools Superintendent Jackson did not attend Monday's school board meeting due to a reported conflict with a meeting of a state athletics board. Deputy Schools Superintendent Kay McKinley told board members that Jackson had never intended to close the center. McKinley added, however, “Every school must meet its financial obligations.” School board member Dewey Destin asked Tallman how much grant money the STEMM center has received so far. Tallman said the STEMM center has received about $400,000 in government startup grants, as well as about $500,000 from partners such as Boeing Aircraft and the military. Rodney Walker said that while grant money is welcome, it often comes with restrictions. For example, he said, it often cannot be spent on salaries for faculty or school staff. “There may be more grant money out there,” said Walker, “but FTE (full time enrollment) is what really drives a school system’s budget. We’ve always had supplemental programs, such as the ballet academy and the CHOICE program. When I originally voted for the STEMM Academy, I knew it would have to be self-sufficient in order to continue.” Destin said he had taken a tour of the STEMM Academy earlier Monday, and was much impressed. School board member Cindy Frakes said that STEMM education is important to the future of the U.S. She said that in a recent recruitment effort to select a senior science faculty member for an American college, only three of the 200 applicants had been born in America. “We must start in the early years to generate interest and enthusiasm for science,” Frakes said. “I’m 100 percent in support of STEMM education.” Board member Cathy Thigpen suggested that enrollment at the STEMM center could be increased if the school were to lower admission standards. Board member Melissa Thrush said that she was the only member who did not vote last year to establish the STEMM Academy, which operates on the site of the former Valparaiso Elementary School, closed the year before due to low enrollment. She said it is important to continue to receive budget information before making any decision about the school. “I understand the need for STEMM and the need to increase academic rigor,” Thrush said, but added that the school system already has other supplemental programs such as the CHOICE program, which offers high school training in certain trades and professions. “We need to ignite the enthusiasm of all our students,” she said. “We need welders and construction workers, as well as scientists. We also need to recognize that our lower-performing students have the same desire to be engaged and ignited.” As the discussion of the STEMM school concluded, board chairman Walker reminded everyone that no decision was being made Monday night. Such a decision, he said, will not be made until the superintendent presents a proposed budget to the school board for the 2013-14 year, and until the school board “gets a handle” on the number of students likely to be enrolled in the school. “I believe the majority of this board supports some form of STEMM center,” said Walker. ”If at least three of us decide that it should, it will take place.” In any case, said Walker, “We’ll try to do the right thing.” FUTUREFrom page A-4

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Jeans Day raises funds for CIC At center Ken Hair, president and CEO of Children in Crisis, is presented a check of $172.50 from the employees of Beach Commun ity Bank. The donation funds were collected by the BCB Team during their “Jeans Friday” fundraisers. Pictured, Ariel Schesniak, Elizabeth Mackey, Devon Lewis, Hannah Augustin, Charis Allen, Jin Kim, Meredith McIntosh, Cameron Esses, Ian Kampert, Natalie Ouma, Savannah West, SoHee Yoo, Darla Lyon, James Sung, Christian Garner, Robby Yoo, Ben Esses, Cody Craine, Drew Kirkpatrick and Stefan Makarov. Not all students who placed were available for photo.RBCS shines at Math Olympiad47 students from Rocky Bayou Christian Academy participated in the 2013 Wallace College Math and Science Olympiad held in Dothan, Alabama on March 1. All students who participated had to qualify and be selected for this event. Twenty-one place awards in eight subject categories were awarded to RBCS students, with trophies going to first through third places, and fourth through seventh places receiving ribbons. Six students scoring in the top ten places are also mentioned due to the large competition class size. Individual places in all categories are as follows: Computer Literacy (21 testers in Class C): Ian Kampert second, Christian Garner fifth, James Sung seventh and Cameron Esses ninth. Algebra I (52 in class C): Meredith McIntosh first, Jin Kim second and Ariel Schesniak eighth. Pre-Algebra (out of 41): Hannah Augustin second, Devon Lewis third and Elizabeth Mackey fourth. Micro Computer Applications (out of 19): James Sung fifth, Cody Craine sixth and Christian Garner tenth. Advanced Math (out of 37): SoHee Yoo fourth, Cameron Esses sixth and Trever Knie eighth. Algebra II (out of 52): Robby Yoo third, Stefan Makarov sixth and Abigail Alldredge ninth. 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Close knit group The Valparaiso Library Knitting Group is now meeting every Wednesday afternoon from 12:302:30 p.m. The group does volunteer knitting projects when needed and group projects to learn new skills together. The group also accepts donations of worsted weight yarn and baby yarn for charity projects like prayer shawls, cancer caps and baby booties. For additional information call the library at 729-5406. Historical volunteers The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is seeking volunteers for shifts 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Interested individuals may call 678-2615 or stop by the Museum at 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso, during regular business hours, Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Movie Thursday The Valparaiso Community Library invites everyone June 27 to beat the heat at Movie Thursday. The movie will be Beautiful Creatures at 2 p.m. Call 729-5406, email eruff@valp.org, or check vcl.valp.org for more movies and dates. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery. Their next summer stitch-in will be Thursday June 27, 6-9 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 496-3466. Summer book discussion Beat the heat this summer and join the Friends of the Niceville Library as they host the Summer Book Discussion for adults on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. In celebration of Viva Florida 500 they will read and discuss “A Land Remembered” by Patrick D Smith. Limited supplies of books are available at the Niceville Library’s Reference desk or through the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative online catalog. Call the Niceville Library at 279-4863x1504. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 27 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Dan O’Byrne, Executive Director Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department (TDD) will speak. Price of dinner is $12. Visitors are encouraged. For more information call President Marvin Brigman at 6093341. Please RSVP to Jane Dale at 651-5049. Author book signings Lynette Miesen has combined her work as a plein air painter with her poetry in her first book: ‘The Poetry of Art’ She will be at the Library on Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 am -11:30 am. Copies will be available for purchase. Stop by and visit with Lynette and enjoy her art and the feelings expressed through her poetry at the Niceville Library, 206 N. Partin Dr. Call 279-4863 ext. 1507 for more info. Beer tasting Malibu Jacks, 981 Hwy 98 E ,Destin, will host a craft beer tasting to benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Saturday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sample a variety of beers, enjoy great music and fun door prizes. Admission is $15 or $12 for Museum Members. Spend time with family and friends and help “Save History!” For more info call 678-2615. All American celebration ERA American Realty will be also be launching their first annual “AllAmerican Days” Independence Day celebration at 1069 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, June 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be lots to do with a pet parade, face painting, a bouncy house, giveaways, hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. The ERA team will have flags to give out. Fellowship for friends Celebrate Friend’s Day, Sunday, June 30 with a Single Sunday Service at 2 p.m. All are invited for a day of friendly fellowship for young and old. There will be preaching, food, singing and games at the First United Pentecostal Church of Niceville, 1217 Finck Rd. For more information call Pastor Moye at 232-6315 or visit NicevillePentecostalChurch.com Mac users meet The July meeting of the Mac Users Group will be held on Monday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the NWF State College Student Services Building, room 132. James Savage will present “The basics of the Application Drop Box for MacOS and iOS”. Attendees will be given an opportunity to share information and/or ask questions about their computer, iPhone or iPad. There are no fees nor is a reservation required. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at jeancdutton@mac.com or 8623327. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poets July 3 and every first Wednesday of the month for “Say the Word”, an open mic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to take the mic. Each performer should plan to share about 2-3 pieces. July’s Open Mic will also feature music by Damian Churchwell. What s in your genes? Valparaiso Library will be hosting a three part genetics and genealogy presentation by Charlene H. Grafton, based on her new book “What’s In Your Genes?: Human Threads Linking Genetics and Genealogy”. The second session is on July 3, at 10 a.m. and the final session will be September 4, at 10 a.m. A book signing will be available prior to and after each session. For more information please call David Weatherford, library director at 729-5406. Boat launches closed Due to the Fourth of July festivities, the boat launching facility in Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, will be closed at 11 p.m. on July 3 and will reopen at 11 p.m. on July 4. Any unattended boats and trailers left in the parking lot during that time will be towed at the owner’s expense. Alternate boat launching facilities in the area are located at Florida Park in Valparaiso and Lions Park in Niceville. Twin Cities Park, across from Doolittle Park on John Sims Pkwy., will also be closed from July 2 at 8 a.m. until July 5 at 8 a.m. for safety purposes as it will be used for the preparation and storage of the fireworks barge. Free museum admission Bring your family and friends to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, on Thursday, July 4and receive free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic exhibits include Native American, Panhandle Pioneers and industries such as turpentine, boat building and fishing. All guests will receive a free American flag while supplies last. For more info call 678-2615or visit heritage-museum.org Patriotic celebration The First Baptist Church of Niceville is holding their annual Family Fourth Celebration on Thursday, July 4. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. in the evening at Freedom Field on the corner of Bayshore and Partin Drive with food, games and great entertainment. We will end the evening with a fireworks show over Boggy Bayou. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH and PRESCHOOL, ELCASunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Liturgical, 10:30 a.m. Praise Sunday June 30th: Only one service, 10:00 a.m. Adult Classes: 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided.St. Paul Preschool now enrolling for Fall 2013.1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Phone: 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org “Pointing The Way To Jesus” 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com CALENDAR Beacon photo by Mike GriffithLaunch to be closed on the 4thDue to the Fourth of July festivities, the boat launching facility in Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, will be closed at 11 p.m. on July 3 and will reopen at 11 p.m. on July 4. Any unattended boats and trailers left in the parking lot during that time will be towed at the owner s expense. See full details in the calendar. eBooks for free from the libraryVisit the Niceville Library and find out how to check out eBooks free for your digital reading device. You can also visit Okaloosa.lib.overdrive.com from your home computer, log in using your library card and browse the ever growing selection. Library patrons may check out up to three eBooks per month. Candlewood Suites is seeking an energetic, guest-oriented customer service representative with a beautiful smile and excellent customer service skills for Candlewood Suites in Miramar Beach. IHG Opera experience a plus. Must be flexible with shifts and able to work weekends. Premium pay for premium associate! No phone calls please. Apply in person. COMMERCIAL PLUMBERS WANTED Must be drug free, will be tested, have own hand tools, be dependable. 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Jason and Kimberly Coone of Crestview are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Jean Coone. Kaylee Jean arrived at 5:47 p.m. on June 4, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. She weighted 6 pounds and was 19 and a half inches long. Maternal grandparents are Chuck and Pamela Hamilton of Valparaiso. The paternal grandparents are Mark and Wanda Coone of Burns, Tennessee. The great grandparents are Irv and Doris DuVall of Fort Walton Beach and Kenneth and Estelle Sullivan of Fairview, Tennessee. Births The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-6 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 6516327 COVINGTON SPORTSMAN'SEXPO PresentedbyWillowOutdoors,LLC June28-30,2013 AndalusiaKiwanisComplex MeetTroyLandryandJacobLandryfrom the"SwampPeople"seriesonHistory AlsoFeaturing: TicketsNow Available atCCB. AdultsAdmission Ticketsare $10perday. Children4and underarefree withpaidadult.ProudsponsoroftheCovingtonSportsman'sExpoBepartofsomethingspecial Visitwww.covingtonsportsmansexpo.comfortheScheduleofEvents NationallyKnownTurkeyHunter& CallerEddieSalter BenelliExhibitionShooterTimBradley PrestonPittman,Veteranofthewild turkeyindustry,willbeactingouta turkeyscenewithotherworldclass callersattheexpo! Hunter'sEducationCoursesforMen, WomenandChildren ArcheryCompetition ShotgunSafety Over100Vendo rs Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your Schedule CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310)• Comprehensive Family Care • Advanced Sterilization Techniques • Luma Arch Whitening In Office • Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding • Preventative Dentistry • Custom Crowns/ Bridges • Implant Restoration • Gentle Nitrous Oxide • Digital X-Rays CONVENIENT SCHEDULINGMon. Thurs. 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed RALFP. ZAPATA, DDS THOMASGRANT, DMDWe Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville We make seeing the dentist easy A friendly, relaxed atmosphere Wishing You All aHappy Fourth of July Thrivent gives to Sharing and CaringOn June 2, Jim Debord, Thrivent for Lutheran s Associate Representative, presented a check to Jim Vohs, volunteer for Sharing and Caring, in the amount of $2,128. The grant was written by Audrey Hains for St. Paul s Lutheran Church, through which the funds were passed. From left, Jim Vohs, Karen Debord, Jim Debord and Audrey Hains. Dash supplies ECCACEagle Scout candidate Spencer Mailes organized a 4K Diaper Dash to benefit the Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center April 27. Families and individuals were asked to bring a bag of diapers or a package of wipes as their entry fee. 130 entries of all ages participated in the race that took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Niceville. Dancers at the airportBallerina Ariana Ammons admires the poster for the new Okaloosa Public Arts exhibit displayed at the Northwest Florida Airport. Celebrating the Northwest Florida Ballet, the exhibit is scheduled to run through December. Ariana has been invited to attend a summer program at the Joffrey in New York City. Air Force Airman Cory L. Garland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Garland is the son of Colleen Garland of Irene Court, Niceville. He is a 2010 graduate of Niceville High School. Pictured, Tim Parsons, Kiwanis advisor to NHS Key Club, Cassidy McAllister, Melody Zargari and Caroline Armstrong. Kiwanis lauds NHS students Airman Cory Garland Kiwanis Club of NicevilleValparaiso presented awards to three Niceville High School Seniors. Tim Parsons presented the Danny Kittrell Memorial Leadership Award for 2013 to Melody Zargari. Melody served as the NHS Key Club President the past year and plans to attend the University of Florida. Steve Baldock, Kiwanis Club President, also presented Key Club Leadership Awards to Cassidy McAllister and Caroline Armstrong in recognition of their individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation and leadership ability. Parsons is the Kiwanis advisor for the Niceville High School Key Club. He gives all the credit for the club’s success to the students and the faculty sponsor, Jennie Allison with support from principal Rodney Nobles. In the Service Kaylee Jean Coone



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By Daniel Elsesser and Mike Griffith Beacon Staff Some Okaloosa County School District officials may disagree over whether the year-old Okaloosa STEMM Academy in Valparaiso should remain open over the long run, but no decisions were made during a school board meeting Monday in Fort Walton Beach. The magnet school offers advanced middle school science and mathematics curriculum. The acronym STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical. In addition to the STEMM Academy for students, the center also includes the Center for STEMM Innovation; a science education training center for teachers from throughout the school district. Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson told the Beacon prior to Mondays school board meeting that the academy was in her draft proposed budget for the 2013-14 year. But Jackson said she opposed the opening of the school during her campaign for election as superintendent last year, and said she felt a decision on whether or not to close the school was one that would have to be faced in light of the setting of budget priorities.Valp. prepares to make case on jet noiseBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Valparaiso officials are working to enlist the help of elected lawmakers, and to organize citizen support, to protect what they view as the city's interests regarding Eglin's "preferred" plan for F35 operations, which would increase jet noise over the city. Meantime, local officials and community leaders continued to react to news that the Air Force favors a plan to end restrictions on F-35 warplane flights using the north-south runway of Eglin Air Force Base. The "preferred alternative" for operations by a new and growing F-35 training wing at Eglin would result in more flights over Valparaiso and northwest Niceville, markedly increasing jet noise over those areas, according to an Air Force environmental study issued earlier this month. At a Valparaiso City Commission meeting Monday, Mayor Bruce Arnold acknowledged that residents of surrounding communities would focus on the positive effects of having the F-35 at Eglin, without considering the negative impacts on Valparaiso. "Everybody outside of Valparaiso is dreaming about the 7,000 new jobs the F-35 could bring," Arnold said. "They could care less about us." For this reason, Arnold stressed the importance of getting the support of state and federal lawmakers. "In the past, we've had no support of elected officials," Arnold said, referring to the city's partially successful 2009 campaign to get restrictions on F-35 operations. It is the runway-use restrictions the city won in that campaign that the Air Force now says its "preferred alternative" wouldBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Construction of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will likely be completed and opened about a month ahead of schedule, according to the project manager. In a briefing to the bridge authoritys governing board in Destin June 20, HDR Engineering representative James VanSteenburg said that construction of the bridge connector, a road connecting the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge with State Road 85 north of Niceville, is now on the downhill slide to finishing out, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 10, about a month ahead of the scheduled spring 2014 completion currently advertised on signs along state roads 85 and 285. In fact, said VanSteenburg, if all continues to go well, the project may be done by the end of this year. HDR is the prime contractor managing the bridge connector construction project. The connector, an 11-mile tollway that will connect the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent In response to queries from the Bay Beacon, a state senator representing part of northwest Florida has denied any connection with a public conflict between Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Board of Trustees member Patrick Byrne and college President Ty Handy. Another area senator did not comment. During a meeting June 18 of the NWFSC Board of Trustees in Niceville, Handy presented the board with a written statement in which he accused a trustee later identified as Byrne of persistent attempts to oust him. Handy said that Byrnes efforts have taken place over the past several months. Handy said that Byrne, of Niceville, who was appointed to the board earlier this year, had told him that at least one unnamed Florida state senator has also been pushing for Handys ouster, and promised to provide several million dollars of additional appropriations for the college if Handy resigned or was removed by July 1 of this year. The board of trustees June 18 extended Handy's contract by a year, to mid-2016. In a phone conversation with the Beacon Monday, Byrne, who has acknowledged pushing for Handy's removal, said, No senator ever offered any money if Dr. Handy was removed from office. In a June 19 phone interview with the Beacon, District 1 State Sen. Don Gaetz, whose district includes southern Okaloosa County and the colleges main campus in Niceville, as well as satellite campuses in Fort Walton Beach and Walton County, stated emphatically that he has never been involved in any effort to oust Handy. I never did, and never would say anything like that, said Gaetz, referring to the statements attributed to a senator whose identity Handy said he did not know. I was not the senator mentioned in Dr. Handys statement, said Gaetz, a Niceville Republican who is in the middle of a two-year term as president of T T h h e e B B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, June 26, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see STEMM, page A-4 Please see NOISE, page A-4 Please see SENATOR, page A-6 Thurs., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lynette Miesen has combined her work as a plein-air painter with her poetry in her first book, The Poetry of Art She will be at the Niceville Public Library, 206 N. Partin Dr., signing copies which will also be for sale. For more information call 279-4863 x1507. Thurs.,2 p.m. Valparaiso Community Library will have a free showing of the movie Beautiful Creatures for their Movie Thursday event. For more info call 7295406. Sat.10 a.m.1 p.m. All-American Days Independence Day celebration at ERA Realty, 1069 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. There will be free American flags, pet parades, face painting, a bouncy house, giveaways, hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. Mayor Wise and his wife Helen will be on hand for a pie tasting. Mon., 6:30 p.m. The July meeting of the Mac Users Group will be held at the NWF State College Student Services Building, room 132. James Savage will present The Basics of the Application Drop Box for MacOS and iOS. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at jeancdutton@mac.com or 862-3327. Calendar, B-5. COMINGUP Highway seen opening earlyJanuary completion eyed for bridge connector Police Blotter, page A-4 Dramatic confrontation, A-2.Officials discuss STEMM future1 senator denies any link in college tiff; another is mum A sign on State Road 285, just before a Mid-Bay Bridge Connector overpass under construction, advertises a spring 2014 opening for the connector road. An engineer for the project said last week that the road should be complete by Jan. 10, a month early. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Beacon photo by Mike GriffithFriday was the summer solsticethe longest day of 2013. As the day drew toward a close, many people could still be seen at Valparaiso s Lincoln Park as they enjoyed the last chance of the day to take a boat out on Boggy Bayou, propel a paddle board across the water, explore the shoreline, or enjoy a float together in the calm waters in the light of the setting sun.Summer takes a bow Please see HIGHWAY, page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Sen. Don Gaetz

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Page A-2 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992College president confronts trustee on ouster campaignBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A bitter conflict surfaced between Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy and NWFSC Trustee Pat Byrne during a meeting of the Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees last week. As what had otherwise appeared to be a routine trustees meeting neared its end June 18, Handy surprised trustees by reading a prepared statement in which he said he has been constantly harassed, threatened with ouster, and that he and his family have even been threatened during the past several months by a member of the board of trustees who, he said, apparently wants to replace Handy with someone else of that trustees own choosing. Trustee Pat Byrne acknowledged trying to oust Handy and to arrange "a soft landing" for him, but denied making any threats. The trustees' chairman admonished Byrne for behavior outside of the normal conduct of this board in unilaterally trying to get Handy to resign. Earlier in the meeting, the board gave Handy a vote of confidence by extending his contract. Since mid-March my leadership as president of the college has been under constant threat and scrutiny, said Handy. Until last Thursday, the harassment and threats I have been subjected to have been personal in nature and, accordingly, I have sought to deal with them myself. However, last Thursday the threats became more broad and expanded to include threats against the college and this board. Accordingly, I have a professional obligation to bring these threats to the full board for your understanding and consideration. I regret the necessity of this, but know it is my obligation. Beginning in mid-March, and continuing until the Monday preceding the last board meeting, one member of this board has been contacting me, at least two, and sometimes three, times a week to demand that I resign and leave the college. By my count, I have been harassed and threatened more than 18 times by telephone and 5 times with face-to-face contact. In the early stages of these contacts, he said that I was financially incompetent, and that I was an incapable leader, that I was wasting money on a new computer system, and that I was solely responsible for last Julys IT security breach and should have been fired the day after it happened. He said that he was building the case against me, and my demise was imminent. He told me, the fix is in, and the newly appointed board members are going to vote me out. He called my assistant, Ms. Laux, and told her the only reason he sought to be placed on the board was to get rid of me. His most onerous and unethical behavior has been to threaten physical harm to me and my family if I do not cooperate and resign from the college. In a phone conversation I had on speakerphone with my wife present, he told us that if I didnt cooperate, I cant promise you that no harm will come to you, or your family. I dont know that it will, but I cant make that promise. I looked at my wife in stunned silence when he said this, and he then reiterated with Again, I cant promise you, or your family, that no harm will happen to you. I cant make that promise. Handy did not specify exactly what sort of physical harm had been threatened against him or his family. Handy went on to say that the unnamed board member had offered what the board member called a buyout by offering to arrange another job for Handy of equal or similar pay, if Handy would cooperate and resign from the presidency of the college. He said the board member had told him that the fix is in, and that I had better cooperate if I want a soft landing. He demanded that I be gone by July 1, and that if I was, a Senator will make sure that the college is given millions of dollars in extra appropriations. When I asked why this would happen and why I needed to be gone, he said, this is not personal, and it never was. Its about your position. It needs to be vacated because a certain person wants the presidency. Another pervasive theme of harassment is the insistence that I not hire any new employees or replace any vacant positions, unless it is an emergency, so that the positions will be available to be filled later, I assume, through cronyism. He has insisted multiple times that I name an inside employee as my executive vice president, and that I hand over the operation of the college to him and disappear from campus while still serving as president. He says that I have to resign by the July board meeting and be gone by September 1, or the senator will not be willing to create placeholders in next years state budget for new, significant college appropriations. Handy said that the alleged threats against him had tapered off after recent news coverage of an excellent job evaluation given to Handy by the Board of Trustees, but that the threats had started up again June 13. Handy said the hostile board member had told him, The gloves are now coming off, and the college, the board, and (I) will all be damaged. He repeated more than once that the college and the board were now also going to be damaged. He said that he would use future board meetings to disrupt college and board functionality to the point where I would have to leave. He gave me his verbal commitment that, if I will resign soon, he will see to it that, 31 days after my resignation, I will receive a consulting contract equivalent my current contract for up to one year. Handy made two requests of the board of trustees. My first request is that you clarify how you expect me to behave when extreme events, such as the ones documented here, occur. My second request is that the board help me to better understand how I am to interact with an individual board member who has threatened physical harm to a member of my family and who did so more than once. My wife is here at the meeting today. In the past she has not attended board meetings. This is, however, her third consecutive board meeting since he threatened physical harm to her. Handy added, I also have aging parents who live in the area and they have responded to this as though the threats were against them as well. It has added significant anxiety to their lives. So my second request is for the board to clarify the degree and manner of contact I am to have with the board member who, to this day, has made no effort to ease my familys fears and concerns. Following Handys written statement, Trustee Pat Byrne told the board that he was the member whom Handy had accused of making threatening statements, but that the president has made personal attacks on me that are completely erroneous. Regarding Handys statement that he had made threats against Handy and his wife, Byrne said, If I said it, I misspoke. He also offered my sincerest apology to Mrs. Handy. Byrne said that he had been trying to get Handy to resign, but that accusations of threats, physical or otherwise, were fantasies of Handys. Im not capable of threatening or doing physical harm to anyone, said Byrne. Every time I spoke about moving on, I spoke creatively, and emphasized a soft landing, Byrne told the board. He also said, I spoke as one board member, and made no claim of speaking on behalf of the entire board. While denying making any direct threats against Handy or his family, Byrne said that he does believe that Handy has to go. There has been a breakdown of communications between President Handy and the Florida Governor and Legislature, he said. As an example of this, Byrne said that State Sen. Greg Evers had visited the NWFSC campus about a year ago, and that members of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, an environmental group affiliated with the college, had asked Handy to meet with Evers during his visit, but that Handy had made no effort to do so. Byrne also alleged that morale among members of the NWFSC faculty and staff had declined because some staff and faculty members had been publicly berated by Handy, although Byrne admitted that I was not present during the alleged beratings of those employees. 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24 homes proposed off Highway 285By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Ruckel Properties has requested the city of Niceville rezone its land off Highway 285 to construct a 24-home residential development that would also include a restaurant or coffee shop. The 7.74 acres of land, between Rocky Bayou Christian School and the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, is currently zoned C2 (general commercial), and Ruckel Properties has requested the land be zoned PUD (planned urban development). Steve Ruckel, president of Ruckel Properties, said he plans for the new residential development to also contain a park in the center of the plot, and a restaurant or coffee shop that would blend with the design of the homes near Highway 285. Ruckel said the homes would be arranged in a circle, with the park in center. "Each house plot would be pretty narrow, but pretty deep," Ruckel said. "They would have garages in the rear, so we can have a 'front-porch' atmosphere." Ruckel said the fronts of all the houses would face the park. Ruckel has not yet lined up a builder and does not have estimates on how large each individual home would be, but said the houses would likely cost around $300,000 to $350,000. He said he is working with the Ruckel Properties marketing team to come up with a name for the development. The Niceville Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the rezoning request at its meeting July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Niceville City Council Chambers. If the planning commission approves the request, it will go before the Niceville City Council for approval in three public hearings, the first being July 9. The requested change would require a change to Niceville's future land use map, the planning commission and city council must approve a change to the map as well as the rezoning in order for the development to be approved. 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Byrne also said that Handy has harmed the college and its relations with staff members and the community. Following the statements from Handy and Byrne, Board of Trustees chairman Brian Pennington said that it would be inappropriate for the board to directly address Handys allegations that Byrne had made physical threats against him or his family. He told Handy, You should seek law enforcement advice on any physical threats. It is not our job to adjudicate such matters. Byrne then repeated his apology to Mrs. Handy. I never had any intent of harm for you, he said. Anything I said was a misstatement. Mrs. Handy, however, seemed skeptical about Byrnes apology. I am a humble woman, she said, but Im not ignorant. I know what you saidmultiple times. If you really misspoke like that, you do not belong as a board member for this college. Addressing the board, Pennington said, Mr. Byrne is entitled to his opinion, but should not pressure the president to leave this college. We act as a unit. Pennington also said, Dr. Handy is not in a popularity contest. Hard decisions have to be made, and some people dont like him. Pennington also noted that the board had just renewed Handys contract during earlier business at the meeting, after previously giving Handy a near-unanimous excellent performance evaluation. He called Byrnes unilateral attempts to get Handy to resign behavior outside of the normal conduct of this board. We have a lot of things to do," Pennington said. "If we act like this, it will be hard. This is not what the Governor appointed us for. Pennington then invited each of the other board members to make a brief statement of their own reactions to the conflict. Board member Mario Strauss said that she was appalled. Im involved in the community at every level, and I have never heard any bad things about Dr. Handy. Board member C. Wayne Ansley defended Byrne, saying, Ill be candid. I know Pat Byrne, and Ive never known Pat Byrne to threaten anybody. He will only do what he thinks is right. Lets get this over, and stop it. Board member Paul Foster, however, was much more critical of Byrne. Pat, he said, if you love this college so much, you should resign. Board member Rachel Gillis said the conflict between Handy and Byrne just kills me. This is just nuts. This has no place in what were supposed to be doing. Lets get on with business. Board member Mike Flynt said that the board had given Handy an excellent job evaluation just last month, which had been nearly unanimous. Pennington concluded the meeting by saying, We all disagree from time to time, and we all have our own values. Dissenting opinions are valued. Pennington, however, also encouraged his fellow board members to act as a group. Earlier in the board meeting, the trustees approved an amendment to Handys contract with the college, voting 6 to extend it by one year, through June 30, 2016. According to the amended contract, Handy is paid $205,014 a year, but that figure is to be renegotiated each year, along with potential extensions of his contract. In addition to his base pay stated above, Handy receives an annual payment of $23,000 into an annuity fund. The contract allows Handy to resign at any time, with pay ending as of the effective date of his resignation. The board may dismiss Handy at any time with or without cause. He would get a year's pay if dismissed without cause. Causes for such dismissal include willful violation or refusal of his duties as president, crimes committed while in office, moral turpitude that damages the colleges reputation or causes public contempt toward the college, or chronic or prolonged absence from duty without permission. Following the board meeting, Handy spoke briefly with reporters. He said that he had discussed Byrnes alleged threats with law enforcement officials, but had chosen to make no formal complaint or seek a restraining order against Byrne. If I had, how would I be able to work with him as a member of the Board of Trustees? Handy said. I look forward to a fresh start, Handy said, and that despite the threats made against him and his family, what prompted him to bring the matter before the board was when Byrne expanded his threats to include the board and the college. Thats why I brought it to tonights meeting. Handy also said, I do not intend to leave. I look forward to a fresh start. Handy did not name the state senator whom he said Byrne had mentioned in his efforts to get Handy to resign. Byrne also spoke briefly with reporters. Anything I say from now on would be redundant, he said. I never made any threats. If I said that, I misspoke, and I completely apologize. Nevertheless, said Byrne, I feel strongly that Dr. Handy has not met the standards of the colleges previous two presidents, but that his efforts to get Handy to resign were not an expression of personal animosity. Byrne also said that he had not filed an evaluation report on Handy at the time his fellow board members had done so, because he believed he had not been on the board long enough at that time to be able to give such an evaluation. Asked which state senator he had allegedly said wanted Handy ousted, Byrne declined to name anyone, saying only that Handy had no good relations with any members of the legislature. The college had a $300,000 budget cut this year, said Byrne. This shows that we do not have good communications with the legislature. Despite his own feelings about Handy, said Byrne, he too is willing to pursue a fresh start. Im prepared to do whatever is best for the college, and to work with Dr. Handy, Byrne said. Its all about the students. COLLEGEFrom page A-2 Brian Pennington Northwest Florida State College Trustee Pat Byrne speaks to Kim Handy following a trustees meeting June 18. During the meeting, Mrs. Handy's husband, NWFSC President Ty Handy, accused Byrne of threatening him and his family in a bid to oust him. Byrne denied making any threats and he apologized to Mrs. Handy.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Ruckel Properties has requested its land off Highway 285, between Rocky Bayou Christian School and the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, be rezoned from C-2 (general commercial) to PUD (planned urban development) to accommodate development of 24 houses and a restaurant.

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"I always knew someone was going to have to make this decision," Jackson told the Beacon. Jackson said that after the 2013-14 school year, the STEMM Academy must have about 90 students per grade in order to remain viable and have a chance of remaining open permanently. Rick Soria, director of the STEMM Academy, said he has little doubt the center can meet that goal if district higher-ups throw their full support behind the schoolsupport he indicated has not been clear heretofore. Soria said prior to Monday nights meeting that 58 students are currently enrolled for sixth grade next year. He said 79 students are enrolled for seventh grade next year. The middle school is adding one grade a year. Last year, the first year of operation, the school only had a sixth grade. Two years from now, it is scheduled to have sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Soria said the Okaloosa County School Board requested in February 2012 that the school have between 66 and 88 students per grade. Soria said he believes the magnet school will eventually get 66 sixth graders enrolled before doors reopen in August. The school sends invitations to enroll in two waves, the second of which hasn't been executed. Soria said he is sending invitations to roughly 270 additional students who received a 5 on the math section of the FCAT, the highest possible, a requirement for enrollment in STEMM. "Assume only 10 percent of those enroll, and I think that's being conservative," Soria said. "Then we will have easily gone over 66 students." Jackson said she may recommend that the academy lower its standards for enrollment in order to increase its attractiveness to potential students. Soria said lowering entry standards may be a possibility, but lowering the rigor of the academy's required courses is not. "We have a very demanding course load, but I've found that students will rise to the challenge," Soria said. Soria said that of the academy's students, only 22 are gifted. "People say we get only the brightest students," Soria said. "That's not necessarily the case. We do get the students who work the hardest." Siegfried Schlachter, a parent of a STEMM Academy student, spoke at the school board meeting Monday in Fort Walton Beach, when the future of the STEMM Academy was discussed at length but not decided. Prior to the meeting, Schlachter spoke with the Beacon and said the STEMM academy fills an important role in the school system. "I have spoken with state officials, and they tell me there are 8,000 technical jobs that need to be filled in the state," Schlachter said. "Our problem is not a lack of jobs, its a lack of skilled workers. STEMM is designed to generate people who can fill these jobs. Schlachter, a retired hydraulic engineer, said the school is important enough to keep open even if enrollment falls below the recommended amounts. Soria said the school district has not been clear as to whether it supports the STEMM Academy, and the uncertainty of support has made it more difficult to enroll students and hire teachers. He said many STEMM parents felt that the school board did not support the academy, according to a survey. "We want the school district to clear the air and either say they support us, or they don't," Soria said. "When we have these 'ifs,' its hard to get parents to commit their children to come here." As Mondays meeting began, school board chairman Rodney Walker told the large crowd of visitors, most of whom appeared to be parents and faculty members supporting the STEMM center, that no decision would be made by the board until after a budget proposal has been presented by Jackson, and the board has had a chance to review that budget, as well as the STEMM centers place within it. Although Soria was present at Mondays meeting, he was not invited to speak, despite having prepared a 57-page briefing, which he had intended to present to the school board at the request of board member Cathy Thigpen. Soria told the Beacon that he was later informed by Superintendent Jackson that he was not to give the briefing, but that it would be given by Shawnea Tallman, director of the Center for STEMM Innovation, a branch of the STEMM center which provides science education training for teachers. Tallman gave an eight-page PowerPoint version of the 57page briefing prepared by Soria. ArrestsJustin Eugene Lyons, unemployed, 31, of 408 Bullock Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police June 16 on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. An employee of the Walmart at 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, allegedly observed Lyons take a pair of headphones worth $39.88 out of their packaging and place them in his pocket in the store's toy section. Lyons purchased other items, but left the store without attempting to pay for the headphones. Lyons' required court appearance is July 9. *** Kaylee Rose Mitchell, a cashier, 21, of 304 Reeves St. Lot C-2, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies June 18 on a charge of domestic violence related battery touch or strike. Mitchell allegedly struck someone in the face with the back of her fist, causing red marks and slight swelling to the victim's face. Mitchell's required court appearance is July 9. *** Christopher Shannon Nickell, a handyman, 43, of 310 Washington Ave. Apt. B, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police June 14 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Nickell allegedly punched someone in the eye while the victim was sleeping and then dragged them out of bed and struck the victim again, leaving visible injuries to the victim's eye. Nickel's required court appearance is July 2. *** Kerri Ann Kennedy, a housekeeper, 37, of 187 Spencer Place, Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police June 16 on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and battery domestic violence. Kennedy allegedly struck someone with closed fists in the head and face. An officer arrived and told Kennedy to stay on her property, as she was yelling at another person and walking off her property toward them. The officer repeated his commands that Kennedy stay on her property, and when she did not comply, the officer attempted to place her in handcuffs. Kennedy pulled away from the officer while swinging her arms and striking him. The officer told Kennedy several times to stop resisting, after which he placed her on the ground. Kennedy allegedly dug her fingernails into the officer's arm after she was put on the ground. Kennedy's required court appearance is scheduled July 23.DUI arrestsScott Brian Rankin, a food-services employee, 52, of 514 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at SR 20 and North Highway 85, Niceville, June 15 at 2:24 a.m. Rankin was also cited for failure to maintain a single lane. His required court appearance is July 2. *** Jesse Dalton Rhodes, a rancher, 18, of 1111 Triple J Lane, Ponce de Leon, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for DUI at 4512 E. SR 20, Niceville, June 16 at 7:24 p.m. Rhodes' required court appearance is July 9. TheftsA Niceville resident reported June 16 that someone took her child's iPhone while she was at a swimming pool in Bluewater Bay. *** A DeFuniak Springs resident reported June 15 that someone stole the motor from his boat while it was docked near 821 Bayshore Drive, Niceville. *** A Niceville resident of the 2100 block of Bayshore Drive reported June 13 someone stole her purse from her unlocked van parked at her residence. The complainant said she had taken her wallet and phone out of the purse before she left it in the van. The purse, worth $150, contained two gold wedding rings with diamonds on them, worth a total of $600, a Destin Commons gift card worth $100, an eye brush worth $10, lipstick worth $18 and other miscellaneous items. *** A Niceville resident of the first block of 7th Street reported June 15 someone stole the gas tank from his boat. *** Niceville police received a call June 16 reporting someone stole a washer, dryer and other appliances after moving out of a residence on the 300 block of Reeves Street, Niceville. *** Niceville police received a call June 15 reporting someone stole gasoline from the tank of an 18wheel food service truck parked at the business at 101 N. Highway 85, Niceville. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of South Nordberg Avenue reported June 18 someone had stolen several items from him over the past two months. The complainant reported two plow blades worth a total of $2,700, a backhoe bucket worth $500, a miniature backhoe starter worth $200 and a track hoe sprocket and rollers were stolen. Criminal mischiefSheriff's deputies received a call June 16 reporting someone had damaged the license plates of five cars parked at the business at 4400 Ansley Drive, Niceville. A deputy investigated the scene and also found that pool furniture had been thrown in the swimming pool at the business. A handicap lift chair worth $3,299 had also been pushed in the pool. The manager of the business believed the chair to be broken. OtherA Niceville resident reported June 15 that five people pulled up to his house in two cars and asked if he "wanted to hang out." The complainant reported knowing one of the people, and got in one of the cars. The complainant reported that while the car was moving, one of the car's occupants said "right here's good" and the driver stopped the car at the intersection of Coldwater Creek Circle and Blossom Creek Run, Niceville. The complainant said all of the occupants got out of the car, and one of them told him to empty his pockets. The complainant said he didn't comply, and one of the car's occupants hit him in the face with a closed fist. The complainant fell to the ground and his glasses fell off. He got up, and one of the car's other occupants handed him his glasses and fled on foot. The complainant showed police a bruise from where he was punched. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Okaloosa Avenue reported June 15 someone had opened one of her bedroom doors, removed her back window and unlocked the back door to her residence. The complainant said she did not find anything missing or disturbed. 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. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from June 17, 2013 through June 23, 2013. 1 Structure Fire26 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire6 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy...............Alarm activation.........6/17/13........................06:37 Marquette St.........................Medical.......................6/17/13........................20:03 Peachtree Way.....................Medical.......................6/17/13........................20:23 Hickory Ave...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................05:31 S. Palm Blvd.........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................09:38 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash..............6/18/13........................10:14 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle crash..............6/18/13........................12:42 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................13:56 Reeves St.............................Medical.......................6/18/13........................19:20 37 th Street............................Alarm activation.........6/18/13........................22:32 Hickory Ave...........................Medical.......................6/18/13........................22:53 N. Partin Dr...........................Vehicle crash..............6/19/13........................12:17 Lanman Rd...........................Medical.......................6/19/13........................21:10 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/20/13........................13:58 Kelly Rd................................Medical.......................6/20/13........................18:02 22nd Street...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................02:20 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................05:40 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Medical.......................6/21/13........................06:29 Partin/Palm Blvd...................Vehicle crash..............6/21/13........................08:16 Royal Palm Dr......................Medical.......................6/21/13........................09:55 Parkwood Ct/BWB................Structure fire..............6/21/13........................10:09 Als Drive...............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................10:29 Hudson Cir............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................10:35 Everglade Dr.........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................13:03 26th Street............................Medical.......................6/21/13........................13:14 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash..............6/21/13........................15:20 Partin/Palm Blvd...................False call....................6/21/13........................17:09 Edgewater Dr........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................17:29 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/21/13........................20:17 Nathey Ave...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................07:15 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................11:13 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/22/13........................15:46 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Vehicle crash..............6/23/13........................11:18 N. Partin Dr...........................Alarm activation.........6/23/13........................11:55 N. Partin Dr...........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................19:25 Nathey Ave...........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................19:36 Bayshore Dr..........................Medical.......................6/23/13........................20:19 Weekly Safety Tip: The National Fire Protection Association reports in 2010 fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from June 17, 2013 through June 23, 2013. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME St. Martin Cove....................Lightning strike.........................6/17/13........................06:41 Fairway Lakes Dr................Medical.....................................6/17/13........................15:57 Oakmont Cir.........................Medical assist..........................6/18/13........................13:00 W. Parkwood Ln..................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................16:52 N. White Point Rd................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................19:20 Hickory Street......................Medical.....................................6/18/13........................21:13 Legendary Dr./Destin..........Alarm system sounded...........6/18/13........................23:39 Live Oak Street....................Accidental medical alarm........6/19/13........................09:58 N. White Point Rd................Medical.....................................6/19/13........................12:18 Bay Drive.............................Smoke or odor removal..........6/19/13........................13:49 Cougar Cir............................Alarm activation.......................6/20/13........................05:47 Jamaica Way.......................Medical assist..........................6/20/13........................07:27 Hwy. 20/W of Range Rd.....Vehicle accident.......................6/20/13........................19:59 Range Rd/Bluewater Blvd..Dispatched & cancelled..........6/21/13........................07:40 Parkwood Ct........................Building fire..............................6/21/13........................10:10 Cat Mar Rd..........................Medical.....................................6/21/13........................12:43 Range Rd.............................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/21/13........................23:44 E. Hwy. 20............................Vehicle accident.......................6/22/13........................14:41 S. Midbay Bridge.................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/22/13........................16:05 Troon Dr. W.........................Medical.....................................6/23/13........................10:37 Hwy. 20/Ansley Dr...............Dispatched & cancelled..........6/23/13........................12:00 Glenlake Cir.........................Dispatched & cancelled..........6/23/13........................18:07 Windward Lane...................Unintentional transmission......6/23/13........................22:13 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Clifford W. Booty Wanted for: FTA-Grand Theft/Making False Statements to Obtain Credit Report/Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Height: 6-feet, 0-inches Weight: 250 Age: 52 Date of birth: 05-01-1961 Hair: Unknown Eyes: Blue Name: James S. Brannon Wanted for: VOP-DUI Height: 5-feet, 9-inches Weight: 160 Age: 59 Date of birth: 06-19-1954 Hair: Gray Eyes: Blue Name: Robert Gregory Ramer Wanted for: VOP-Driving While License Suspended or Revoked Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 140 Age: 53 Date of birth: 10-18-1959 Hair: Brown Eyes: BluePage A-4 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON STEMMFrom page A-1 end, though no final decision has yet been announced. Valparaiso resident Clark Browning, present at the city commission meeting Monday, suggested the city post email links to state and U.S. senators and representatives who represent Valparaiso, so residents can contact elected officials with ease. Arnold agreed this was a good idea, and City Clerk Tammy Johnson said she would work to institute it. Arnold said the effectiveness of the city's case against F-35 noise would also hinge on residents' unity in a public hearing scheduled July 9 at the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Parkway, from 5:30-8 p.m., where the Air Force will hear public comments regarding an environmental study released earlier this month covering, among other issues, the increased jet noise expected from the Air Force's "preferred alternative," which would shift many F35 flights to Eglin's north-south runway from its east-west one. In preparation for the hearing, Arnold said, the city will post large, detailed maps of Valparaiso, overlaid with the projected noise contours released by the Air Force, in city hall for public viewing. Arnold said this will enable each Valparaiso resident and business owner to more fully understand the impact the Air Force findings would have on their lives, thus allowing them to more effectively articulate their positions at the hearing. Commissioner Joe Morgan said that the commission needed to work to be on the same page before the public hearing. Commissioner Kay Hamilton, who was in Mexico and participated in the commission meeting by speakerphone, said the commission's unity on this issue should be a given. "I think this is one of those issues where we'll all be in pretty solid agreement," Hamilton said. Elsewhere and separately, in response to questions by the Bay Beacon, local officials and other leaders discussed their thoughts on the Air Force's "preferred alternative" for F-35 flights. Sal Nodjomian, a Niceville city councilman and former Eglin installation commander, said it would not be practical to attempt to replicate Eglin's F-35 infrastructure in a new, less noisy location such as Duke Field. Nodjomian also said that even with an end of the current runway restrictions, the new environmental study indicates that F35 operations would be less noisy over civilian areas than previously believed. "As I understand it, the (Air Force draft environmental study) shows a reduction of nearly 30,000 operations, which will have a corresponding reduction of noise impact on surrounding communities," Nodjomian said. "I recognize that many people that live in close proximity to the installation may not consider Alternative 1A the best choice, but given current and projected Department of Defense funding, the idea of replicating F-35 support infrastructure at Duke or other outlying fields is a nonstarter." Nodjomian said he believes the positive impacts of the F-35 beddown at Eglin outweigh the potential noise. "Speaking specifically about Niceville, I feel there may be some localized noise impacts," Nodjomian said. "But when weighed against the positive value of hosting the worlds premier fighter and the numerous benefits that brings to our community, its a trade-off we should be willing to make." David Goetsch, Niceville, former chairman of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, said he is surprised that the Air Force's preferred alternative would end the restrictions on Eglin's north-south runway. He said such a move could erase earlier progress made on the issue between the Air Force and nearby communities. "I'm surprised they would (lift the runway restrictions), because I don't think it's necessary," Goetsch said. "Now it's like we're right back to where we started." Goetsch said he does not think Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold was being hyperbolic when, at a city commission meeting June 17, Arnold said the noise resulting from regular use of the north-south runway by F35s may lead to a decrease in Valparaiso's population, which could in turn lead to a fall in demand for city services, leaving the city unable to pay off its bonds. "If you're the mayor of Valparaiso, that's the type of thing you have to be thinking about," Goetsch said. Goetsch said by allowing operations that could be detrimental to surrounding communities, Eglin could hurt itself in a future round of Congressional base realignment and closure commission (BRAC) decisions, which he expects in 2017. "When the BRAC people come here in 2017, they might hear from unhappy Valparaiso people," Goetsch said. "That's not what [Eglin] wants." NOISEFrom page A-1 Please see FUTURE, page B-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge to State Road 85 immediately north of Niceville, costs approximately $137 million. Phase I of the project, which connects SR 20 and Range Road to the bridge, opened in May 2011. Phases 2 and 3, connecting SR 85 with the already opened section, and bypassing Niceville, will be open upon completion, expected in January. VanSteenburg also said that construction of a link between the bridge connector road and Forest Road at College Boulevard, Niceville, is expected to be completed by July 4. He said he expects that local residents along College Boulevard will be pleased to see that part of the construction project, which has bottlenecked traffic at Forest and College for over a year, come to an end. VanSteenburg said the completion of that section, on which work started in early May 2012, would mean the removal of barricades routing traffic streams where Forest Road turns into College Boulevard. Another upcoming milestone in the project, said VanSteenburg, will be the emplacement of girders for the overpass taking the bridge connector road over State Road 285, which is expected to take place shortly after July 4. VanSteenburg said that when the girders arrive, putting them into place will require about a days temporary shutdown of State Road 285 between College Boulevard and Interstate 10. In other business at Thursdays meeting, MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest said that in conjunction with the bypass road construction, the MBBA has been working with Eglin Air Force Base personnel to search for, and if necessary, remove unexploded ordnance from culverts and other key areas within the Eglin reservation which are undergoing ecological restoration projects as part of the MBBAs compensation to Eglin in exchange for access to Air Force controlled land where most of the bypass road is being constructed. Vest said that metal detectors and other equipment have been used to check project areas for any live bombs or shells before doing actual restoration work. Vest also told MBBA board members that Mid-Bay Bridge toll revenue for the month of May was within less than a half of one percent of the toll revenue collected during the same month last year. Although the Memorial Day weekend was reported by some local news media to be one of the busiest ever for Emerald Coast hotels and tourist related businesses, said Vest, traffic over the bridge remained about the same as during May of the previous year. Vest also said that reports of water use in the Destin area, another indirect measure of local economic activity, also remained about the same during May of this year as during last year. Vest added, however, that thus far in the month of June, traffic appears to be higher than during the same month last year. He also said that Sunpass toll revenue has increased this June, possibly indicating an upward trend in the local economy, as Sunpass transponders are used by many local commuters as they travel to and from employment along Emerald Coast beach areas. The Sunpass transponders provide a toll discount for frequent travelers over the bridge. Vest also told the board that efforts to increase the amount of vegetation between the alreadyopen portion of the bridge connector road south of State Road 20 and the nearby Chardonnay Estates residential area is moving along. He said that since the bridge authority has begun irrigating plants in that area, the thickness and density of vegetation appears to have begun to increase. Some residents of Chardonnay Estates have complained to the MBBA during the past year, saying that they have been bothered by traffic noise from the bridge connector and by headlights shining into their homes ever since the connector was built, which removed much of the forest that had bordered Chardonnay Estates previously. MBBA board chairman Gordon Fornell agreed with Vest, saying that he has observed that vegetation in that area looks thicker, and will hopefully reduce the amount of light and noise reaching nearby homes. The next meeting of the MidBay Bridge Authority is scheduled for 9 a.m., July 18 at Niceville City Hall. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, June 26, 2013 Page A-5 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I don t mind at all. The only ones who should mind are the terrorists. If you re doing nothing wrong, why worry about someone seeing your phone records? It s for the protection of our country. Mark Wise, 33, Niceville, engineer I think it s bogus. The government is invading people s privacy taking our rights away. Toni Martinez, 24, Navarre, entrepreneur Emily Martinez, 51, Navarre, engineer Melanie Morse, 36, Fort Walton Beach, nurse What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.What do you think about reports that the US government has collected and scanned the email and phone records of millions of Americans in an attempt to find evidence of planned terrorist attacks?Marcia Lee, 38, Valparaiso, optical technicianLocations: Lincoln Park and Parkway East Shopping CenterIf you ve done nothing wrong, what do you have to worry about? We as Americans are fighting the war on terrorism, and must do whatever is necessary to protect the United States. I m torn on that one. 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Then, just before LABOR DAY and9/11, VETERANS DAY, PRESIDENTS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, FLAG DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, we will install a 3x5 foot sewn flag (not printed) on a metal pole in front of your home or business. And take it down afterward. Kiwanis does it all, you do nothing but look proud! The modest $35 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Clubs numerous childrens programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World As you have noticed during the last few weeks, the temperature and humidity here in Northwest Florida can be extreme during our long hot summers, causing us to spend much of our time indoors, relying on air-conditioning to keep ourselves comfortable. This means that an efficient, reliable air-conditioning system is vital to your comfort and health. A good air-conditioning system does much more than just cool the air. 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Greg Evers (R; Dist 2), whose district includes northern Okaloosa County and NWFSCs Crestview campus, was also phoned by the Beacon, but had not responded by press time as to whether he may have been the senator mentioned in Handys statement. The Beacon asked Handy if he knew the name of the senator who Byrne allegedly said was working with him to oust the college president. Handy replied: "Mr. Byrne was careful not to use a specific name, only to imply." Gaetz said he had no knowledge of Byrnes acknowledged attempt to push Handy out of office. I have known Pat Byrne for over 20 years, said Gaetz. Byrne is the former chairman of the state board of community colleges. I recommended Pat for the NWFSC Board of Trustees, even though I am a Republican and he is a Democrat, because of Pats long service to the state and the college, and because I know him as a trustworthy person. Gaetz expressed dismay at the conflict between Byrne and Handy. 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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer The winning design for the 2013 Boggy Bayou Fireworks TShirts has been selected and announced at the Niceville Chamber of Commerce breakfast on June 12. Madison Brake, a rising junior at Niceville High School, had her submission picked from 40 entries, all from NHS art students. Madison was enrolled in Advanced Placement Art last year with Ms. Nihill-Taylor as her teacher, the same teacher who inspired her to try her hand at painting for the first time. Madison honed her skills by painting several murals at the high school. Her design, presently on display at the Niceville Public Library just outside the entrance to their Youth Services department, will be printed on 925 shirts available for sale at the Niceville Public Library for $10 each. The shirts will also be for sale in the Niceville and Valparaiso utility billing offices, the Niceville building inspectors office, the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber building, 1055 East John Sims Pkwy. and Caf Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville. American Athletic Uniforms, the printers of the shirts, will also have them for sale. Sales from shirts help pay for the fireworks show every year. The annual display uses no tax payer money and costs approximately $28,000 a year. In addition to sales from Tshirts, Niceville and Valparaiso both have an aluminum recycling program and the option for residents to donate each month through their water bill. 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 s OUR 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 , J J u u n n e e 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Eglin AFA sponsors exhibitMembers of the Eglin Chapter of the Air Force Association Board of Directors and Aerospace Education Foundation Committee at the NWFSC Doolittle Raider History Exhibit. They are joined by a few key community partners. The wall plaque recognizes key contributors to the exhibit. The Eglin Chapter of the AFA and the Aerospace Education Foundation donated $5,000 to help fund the exhibit.Fireworks Fund T-shirt winner Garden Club officers installedThe Niceville Garden Club Installed their new officers for 2013. From left, Mary McCann as president, Rod Debs as vice president, Marsha Palmer as publicity chairman, Renee Gollehon as historian, Tracey Walker as secretary and Beth Bish as treasurer. Now on summer break, the club will resume their regular meetings in September in the Community Center across from the Niceville Library every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. 20lb Bagfor only $250Need 5 or more Bags?Call us at least 30 minutes prior to arriving at Ice House. We will load you up ASAP and save you time!850-685-4322 Food Grade ICE HICE ON BAYSHORE DRIVE NICEVILLEHHFOURTH OF JULYH PICNICS H BOATING H BIRTHDAY PARTIES H Fourth of July Holidays Birthdays Parties New Baby Thank You Just Because Anniversaries Get Well WishesCall or visit today! 850-226-4111 EdibleArrangements.com 230 Eglin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach $7VALID FOR PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen 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: bayb0713 Exp: 7-31-13OFF YOUR ORDER Madison Brake was honored June 12 at the Niceville Chamber of Commerce breakfast for her winning design for the new Firework s Fund T-shirts. Proceeds from T-shirt sales go to help pay for the annual show on Boggy Bayou. Whos NewsTom Culver has been appointed Band Director for Rocky Bayou Christian School. Culver is originally from the Chicago area and has taught in a number of public and private schools for the past 30 years, including Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Culver has specialized in small school programs and has garnered multiple awards at State Band Festivals in Wisconsin and Michigan. *** Matthew Turnbull of Niceville has earned high honors for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of New Hampshire. *** Sarah Wainwright a resident of Niceville received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting during the May 2013 SMU Commencement ceremony. After the University-wide Tom Culver Please see WHO S NEWS, page B-2 FOR A GREAT BEGINNING OR A HAPPY ENDING LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.This great Parkwood Cove home in Bluewater Bay is perfect for buyers who are just starting out or who are sizing down. The 1769 SF, 3/2 split bedroom floorplan suits so many families! A brand new roof, hardwood floors, and a screened porch are just a few of its attractive features. Welcome home for $240,000!Selling this summer? Call Linda Zickler today!

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comFax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. PALLEAGUEFun Recreational Soccer! Ages 5-18 F o r i n f o : H o w a r d H i l l 6 7 8 2 1 8 2 o r w w w n i c e v i l l e p a l s o c c e r c o m Registration Sat., June 29, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., NHS Cafeteria Sat., July 13, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., NHS Cafeteria Sat., August 3, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. NHS Cafeteria Cost: Resident, $60*; Non-Resident, $70**(*Includes $10 user fee that goes to City of Niceville.) (**Includes $10 user fee plus $10 fee for players residing outside city limits of Niceville or Valparaiso; both fees go to City of Niceville.)Waiting list after August 3Bring state-issued birth certificate for players not registered with PAL Soccer in Fall 2012. Age Group Birthdates VIP(Children w/ disabilities) Aug 1, 94Dec 31, 08 U6 Aug 1, 07Sep 1, 08 U8 Aug 1, 05Jul 31, 07 U10 Aug 1, 03Jul 31, 05 U12 Aug 1, 01Jul 31, 03 U14 Aug 1, 99Jul 31, 01 U19 Aug 1, 94Jul 31, 991. U6 and VIP teams are co-ed. Separate girls and boys teams in U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19. 2. Uniforms provided (jersey, shorts, socks for VIP & U6 through U14; shirt only for U19). Players keep uniforms. 3. Accidental medical insurance and registration with Soccer Association for Youth included.B e g i n n i n g R e f e r e e C o u r s e : August 10,15 & 21 Go to fsr-inc.com, Become a Referee tab to register.COACHES NEEDEDSign up at registrationTEAM SPONSORS NEEDED$200 for U6 through U14; $100 for Each Subsequent Team. $100 for U19 Start Smart Soccer! Ages 3-5Cost: $25 Parent participation required. Call Nikki Hobbs, 279-3081, for information. Donate used, good-condition soccer cleats. Exchange or buy at registrations.Contact Jody Osborne, 410-404-6799 or jodybosborne@gmail.com. NVLL Major Baseball championsThe Orioles, sponsored by Niceville Insurance Agency, are the 2013 NVLL Major Baseball champions after playing on Rarick Field Saturday, June 1, during the closing ceremonies for the NVLL. Pictured front row from left, Ethan Evans, Ryan Alford, Zach Johnson, Franklyn Brognano and Bill Danielak. Second row from left, Blake Skinner, Sean Reidy, Zach Coldsnow, Colton Biggs, Owen Williams and Maclane Baucom. Back row, Manager Robbie Williams and Coach Christopher Baucom. RAD FC U10 Boys Gold win cup RAD FC U10 Boys Gold team won the Emerald Coast Cup on May 5 in Destin. Pictured from bottom left are Daniel Fadida, Carson Hickok, Sam Sheffield, Ashlyn Fernandez. From top left, Coach John Cross, Zeke Oswald, David Mejia, Austin Paugh, Theo Cross, Devon Vondenstein and Coach Kevin Brink. Softball Crushers win districtThe Niceville Maroon Team, also known as The Crushers, are the 2013 7-9 year old Machine Pitch Softball Champions. The tournament was held in Crestview at Garden City Park. The Crushers went 4-0 throughout the tournament to win the District Banner. Front Row from left, Paige Criddle, Katie Sjostrom, Grace Langston, Macey Kidder, Sabrina Squire and Haleigh Sallee. 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Thats why I bought Life Insurance, because from the moment I held her I wanted to secure her future in case I couldnt always be there for her. Because its not about my life, its about hers. cMassagecFacialscSpeciality Nail ArtscWaxing (Eyebrows, Legs)cPedicures/ManicurescFull Body Detox 850-897-1606Celebrating 14 years!Gift Certificates Available DAY SPA Commencement, SMUs schools and departments held individual receptions throughout the day to honor graduates. *** Elizabeth Gadzinski graduated from Rocky Bayou Christian School having earned an honors diploma. She will be attending Northwest Florida State College to earn an associates degree, then transferring to the University of Central Florida to major in forensic science. *** Zachary Gadzinski recently graduated from Northwest Florida State College with honors. He plans to transfer on to the University of Central Florida in August to major in digital media. *** Jessica Jade Reindl is the recipient of this years Okaloosa County Democratic Womens Club Scholarship. Reindl is a graduate of Niceville High School, where she was officially recognized May 31 at the Senior Awards Ceremony. Reindl was chosen based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. One such achievement is her participation in the Natural Geography in Shore Area Project. Her poem Gringa Thoughts was recently published in the Blackwater Review, Northwest Florida State Colleges annual literary magazine. She plans to complete her AA degree at NWFSC and later attend FSU. Reindl is the daughter of Beth Reindl of Niceville. *** Ken Hinrichs a resident of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, has accepted the position of President/CEO of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties effective July 1. Ken, a 30 year plus United Way employee has served most recently as Interim Executive Director for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families in Baton Rouge following service as the Interim President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast here in Fort Walton Beach. His United Way experience includes tenure serving as President/CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, as President/CEO of the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the United Way of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor, Michigan. *** Timothy Benton is part of the winning soccer team, the SSA Bulldogs, that took home the Mississippi State Cup at the championship tournament held May 25-26 in Meridian, MS. The Bulldogs moved up to become the number one ranked team in Mississippi in both of the major national soccer ranking systems. Timothy is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benton of Niceville. WHO S NEWSFrom page B-1 Elizabeth Gadzinski Zachary Gadzinski Jessica Jade Reindl Ken Hinrichs Timothy Benton Ruckel team undefeatedRuckel won the county middle school softball championship by going undefeated 8-0. Team includes Allison Brown, Raiven Bryant, Sydney Byrd, Mary Kate Cary, Madison Childress, Melissa Click, Dallas Harrellson, Katelynn Inness, Liz Kelton, Katie Lightfoot, Rebecca Morrow, Kalee Polson, Hannah Turley, Katie Quinn, Head Coach Amanda Moore and Assistant Coach Jeff Padre Moore. Eagles 10U win WarmupCongratulations to the 10U Niceville Traveling Eagles who placed first in the World Series Warmup Tournament, June 8-9 in Pensacola at the Northeast Pensacola Ballpark. This was their third tournament championship this season. Pictured from left top row, Manager Gerry McDermott and Garrett Norman. Second row from left, Keagen Norman, Jay Marquardt, Kaden Geisler, Nathan Tiller, Hayden Hubbard and Cade Johnston. Bottom from left, Brady Koger, Zane Steele,Trey Wainwright, Jaxon Topel and Dominic Mahoney.

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Kelly McHugh PitanKelly McHugh Pitan passed away June 5, 2013, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was born to her parents Patrick Skip and Stacy McHugh on January 23, 1984 on Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niceville High School, class of 2002. She was captain of the varsity soccer team and the Northwest Florida Daily News Soccer Player of the Year. Kelly received her degree in Chemistry from Florida State University, where she invented nano-particles to be used in cancer treatment. She also played on, and served as, president of the FSU Womens Soccer Club. Kelly worked for the Florida Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosives Analysis and decided to continue her education earning a Masters Degree in Forensics Science Analysis from the University of Central Florida. Kelly performed her research at the National Center for Forensic Science, the results of which have been published in the Forensic Science International Journal. She was employed at A2 Research, located at NASAs John C. Stennis Space Center, as a research scientist. She was also a member of the American Chemical Society. Kelly is survived by her husband, Dustin, stepdaughter Izabella Bella, her father, Patrick Skip, her mother, Stacy, her brother, Keegan, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The service for Kelly was held at Saint John Lutheran Church in Hattiesburg. The family request that, if you would like to make a donation, please do so in Kellys name to your local pet rescue facility. She will be in our hearts forever and missed immeasurably. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Page B-3 F-35 Public Hearing You Are Invited! The United States Air Force, through Eglin Air Force Base, has prepared a Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with where the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft may ultimately beddown on the Eglin Reservation, how they might be operated, and the degree in which other mitigation measures are possible. The Revised Draft SEIS contains analyses of operational alternatives and presents potential mitigations for up to 59 F-35 aircraft to be delivered to Eglin AFB under the February 2009 Record of Decision. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 444 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso, Fla. 32580. This hearing provides the public information about the Revised Draft SEIS and ensures the public has a fair and equal opportunity to consider and comment on the document. All interested members of the community and organizations are encouraged to attend.Public Hearing Schedule:5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Open House 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Air Force Presentation 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Public Hearing Comments must be postmarked by July 29, 2013 to be considered in the Final SEIS.For more information, please contact:Eglin AFB Public Affairs 96 TW/PA ATTN: Mike Spaits 101 West D Avenue, Suite 238 Eglin AFB, Florida 32542 spaitsm@eglin.af.mil 850-882-2836 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.com P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. Woman s club gives to Take StockThe Twin Cities Woman s Club recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation. Through the efforts of members of the Childhood Concerns Committee, chaired by Jo Ann Dunnam, this funding will provide student support services for Take Stock Scholars throughout Okaloosa County. Pictured from left, Cindy Frazier the Take Stock Program Coordinator, Lillian Lewis, president of Twin Cities Woman s Club, and Debbie Buchanan, vice president of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation. Obituary Kelly McHugh Pitan YoureINVITEDWed.-Sat. 7 PM Sunday Bible Study 9 AM Sunday Worship 10 AM Sunday Evening Worship 5 PMThe Riches of Jesus.Gospel Meeting with Willie FranklinJuly 10-14Willie Franklin is a former NFL football player. He gave up profootball to attend Harding University to pursue a preaching degree. He traveled all over preaching and teaching the gospel. Willie continues to be a man on a mission to seek out & save the lost is his hearts burning desire. 850-678-2911 | 801 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville www.nicevillechurchofchrist.org | www .facebook.com/nicevillechurchofchrist The briefing discussed the accomplishments of the STEMM center since it was created, honors achieved by STEMM students, current and projected enrollment figures, and plans for the future. Soria's version of the briefing, but not Tallman's, ended with the following statements: "The school district has not cleared the air about their support. The lack of clear support from the school district is important. We may not agree on an issue, but once the school board approves it, we need to get behind it. We have, our parents have, our students have and our community has. We hope the school district will as well." Following Tallmans truncated version of the briefing, the board was addressed by eight visitors, mostly faculty, parents, and students affiliated with the STEMM center. The first such speaker was Eileen Wittic, whose daughter is a student at the center. At first, said Wittic, her daughter was apprehensive about attending the science school, because it did not initially appear to be as much fun as her previously planned enrollment at Ruckel Middle School. Her daughter thought she faced only hard work, and few familiar faces," Wittic said. "The first month was very hard. However, said Wittic, as the year progressed, her daughter found new friends, took a first prize in a science fair, and helped her teammates on the Ruckel swim team become county champions. Wittic said she and her daughter are now enthusiastic supporters of the STEMM center. My hope is that you will make STEMM funding a priority, said Wittic. Students at the STEMM center are not one-dimensional, they are actually very diverse. Next to speak was Robert Mishra, who said he refers to STEMM students as my favorite nerds. Mishra warned the school board not to shut down the STEMM center, saying, Nature abhors a vacuum. If we dont do STEMM, some other community will. Mishra said that money to support the STEMM center can be obtained by attracting bright students, and pursuing partnerships with industry and the U.S. military. He called the STEMM center a once-in-alifetime opportunity. We should be the first in the U.S. to implement this, and to create the standard of the future. Mishra also said that as a doctor he has learned that it is better to prevent problems than try to solve them later. He said the students who are trained at the STEMM center today will become the doctors, scientists, engineers and job creators of the future. Mishra also told the school board, Dont quit while were ahead. Schools Superintendent Jackson did not attend Monday's school board meeting due to a reported conflict with a meeting of a state athletics board. Deputy Schools Superintendent Kay McKinley told board members that Jackson had never intended to close the center. McKinley added, however, Every school must meet its financial obligations. School board member Dewey Destin asked Tallman how much grant money the STEMM center has received so far. Tallman said the STEMM center has received about $400,000 in government startup grants, as well as about $500,000 from partners such as Boeing Aircraft and the military. Rodney Walker said that while grant money is welcome, it often comes with restrictions. For example, he said, it often cannot be spent on salaries for faculty or school staff. There may be more grant money out there, said Walker, but FTE (full time enrollment) is what really drives a school systems budget. Weve always had supplemental programs, such as the ballet academy and the CHOICE program. When I originally voted for the STEMM Academy, I knew it would have to be self-sufficient in order to continue. Destin said he had taken a tour of the STEMM Academy earlier Monday, and was much impressed. School board member Cindy Frakes said that STEMM education is important to the future of the U.S. She said that in a recent recruitment effort to select a senior science faculty member for an American college, only three of the 200 applicants had been born in America. We must start in the early years to generate interest and enthusiasm for science, Frakes said. Im 100 percent in support of STEMM education. Board member Cathy Thigpen suggested that enrollment at the STEMM center could be increased if the school were to lower admission standards. Board member Melissa Thrush said that she was the only member who did not vote last year to establish the STEMM Academy, which operates on the site of the former Valparaiso Elementary School, closed the year before due to low enrollment. She said it is important to continue to receive budget information before making any decision about the school. I understand the need for STEMM and the need to increase academic rigor, Thrush said, but added that the school system already has other supplemental programs such as the CHOICE program, which offers high school training in certain trades and professions. We need to ignite the enthusiasm of all our students, she said. We need welders and construction workers, as well as scientists. We also need to recognize that our lower-performing students have the same desire to be engaged and ignited. As the discussion of the STEMM school concluded, board chairman Walker reminded everyone that no decision was being made Monday night. Such a decision, he said, will not be made until the superintendent presents a proposed budget to the school board for the 2013-14 year, and until the school board gets a handle on the number of students likely to be enrolled in the school. I believe the majority of this board supports some form of STEMM center, said Walker. If at least three of us decide that it should, it will take place. In any case, said Walker, Well try to do the right thing. FUTUREFrom page A-4

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Jeans Day raises funds for CIC At center Ken Hair, president and CEO of Children in Crisis, is presented a check of $172.50 from the employees of Beach Commun ity Bank. The donation funds were collected by the BCB Team during their Jeans Friday fundraisers. Pictured, Ariel Schesniak, Elizabeth Mackey, Devon Lewis, Hannah Augustin, Charis Allen, Jin Kim, Meredith McIntosh, Cameron Esses, Ian Kampert, Natalie Ouma, Savannah West, SoHee Yoo, Darla Lyon, James Sung, Christian Garner, Robby Yoo, Ben Esses, Cody Craine, Drew Kirkpatrick and Stefan Makarov. Not all students who placed were available for photo.RBCS shines at Math Olympiad47 students from Rocky Bayou Christian Academy participated in the 2013 Wallace College Math and Science Olympiad held in Dothan, Alabama on March 1. All students who participated had to qualify and be selected for this event. Twenty-one place awards in eight subject categories were awarded to RBCS students, with trophies going to first through third places, and fourth through seventh places receiving ribbons. Six students scoring in the top ten places are also mentioned due to the large competition class size. Individual places in all categories are as follows: Computer Literacy (21 testers in Class C): Ian Kampert second, Christian Garner fifth, James Sung seventh and Cameron Esses ninth. Algebra I (52 in class C): Meredith McIntosh first, Jin Kim second and Ariel Schesniak eighth. Pre-Algebra (out of 41): Hannah Augustin second, Devon Lewis third and Elizabeth Mackey fourth. Micro Computer Applications (out of 19): James Sung fifth, Cody Craine sixth and Christian Garner tenth. Advanced Math (out of 37): SoHee Yoo fourth, Cameron Esses sixth and Trever Knie eighth. Algebra II (out of 52): Robby Yoo third, Stefan Makarov sixth and Abigail Alldredge ninth. Comprehensive Exam (out of 49): Cody Craine third, Savannah West fourth, Darla Lyon fifth, Drew Kirkpatrick sixth and Natalie Ouma seventh. Geometry (out of 51): Charis Allen fourth, Ben Esses seventh and Casey Ponder ninth. Special congratulations go to the students that not only placed in our schools size category, but also were in the top ten percentile of all students testing from schools of all sizes in this event: Of 121 Algebra I students, Meredith McIntosh, ranked fifth and 96th percentile while Jin Kim, ranked ninth and 93th percentile overall. Of 98 PreAlgebra testers, Hannah Augustin, ranked eighth and 92th percentile overall. Of 125 Geometry testers, Charis Allen, ranked ninth and 93rd percentile overall. ADVERTISE HERE! With prices starting at only THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $20.55. per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! 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Close knit group The Valparaiso Library Knitting Group is now meeting every Wednesday afternoon from 12:302:30 p.m. The group does volunteer knitting projects when needed and group projects to learn new skills together. The group also accepts donations of worsted weight yarn and baby yarn for charity projects like prayer shawls, cancer caps and baby booties. For additional information call the library at 729-5406. Historical volunteers The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is seeking volunteers for shifts 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Interested individuals may call 678-2615 or stop by the Museum at 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso, during regular business hours, Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Movie Thursday The Valparaiso Community Library invites everyone June 27 to beat the heat at Movie Thursday. The movie will be Beautiful Creatures at 2 p.m. Call 729-5406, email eruff@valp.org, or check vcl.valp.org for more movies and dates. Stitch in time The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery. Their next summer stitch-in will be Thursday June 27, 6-9 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 496-3466. Summer book discussion Beat the heat this summer and join the Friends of the Niceville Library as they host the Summer Book Discussion for adults on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. In celebration of Viva Florida 500 they will read and discuss A Land Remembered by Patrick D Smith. Limited supplies of books are available at the Niceville Librarys Reference desk or through the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative online catalog. Call the Niceville Library at 279-4863x1504. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 27 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Dan OByrne, Executive Director Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department (TDD) will speak. Price of dinner is $12. Visitors are encouraged. For more information call President Marvin Brigman at 6093341. Please RSVP to Jane Dale at 651-5049. Author book signings Lynette Miesen has combined her work as a plein air painter with her poetry in her first book: The Poetry of Art. She will be at the Library on Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 am -11:30 am. Copies will be available for purchase. Stop by and visit with Lynette and enjoy her art and the feelings expressed through her poetry at the Niceville Library, 206 N. Partin Dr. Call 279-4863 ext. 1507 for more info. Beer tasting Malibu Jacks, 981 Hwy 98 E ,Destin, will host a craft beer tasting to benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Saturday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sample a variety of beers, enjoy great music and fun door prizes. Admission is $15 or $12 for Museum Members. Spend time with family and friends and help Save History! For more info call 678-2615. All American celebration ERA American Realty will be also be launching their first annual AllAmerican Days Independence Day celebration at 1069 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, June 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be lots to do with a pet parade, face painting, a bouncy house, giveaways, hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. The ERA team will have flags to give out. Fellowship for friends Celebrate Friends Day, Sunday, June 30 with a Single Sunday Service at 2 p.m. All are invited for a day of friendly fellowship for young and old. There will be preaching, food, singing and games at the First United Pentecostal Church of Niceville, 1217 Finck Rd. For more information call Pastor Moye at 232-6315 or visit NicevillePentecostalChurch.com Mac users meet The July meeting of the Mac Users Group will be held on Monday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the NWF State College Student Services Building, room 132. James Savage will present The basics of the Application Drop Box for MacOS and iOS. Attendees will be given an opportunity to share information and/or ask questions about their computer, iPhone or iPad. There are no fees nor is a reservation required. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at jeancdutton@mac.com or 8623327. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poets July 3 and every first Wednesday of the month for Say the Word, an open mic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to take the mic. Each performer should plan to share about 2-3 pieces. Julys Open Mic will also feature music by Damian Churchwell. What s in your genes? Valparaiso Library will be hosting a three part genetics and genealogy presentation by Charlene H. Grafton, based on her new book Whats In Your Genes?: Human Threads Linking Genetics and Genealogy. The second session is on July 3, at 10 a.m. and the final session will be September 4, at 10 a.m. A book signing will be available prior to and after each session. For more information please call David Weatherford, library director at 729-5406. Boat launches closed Due to the Fourth of July festivities, the boat launching facility in Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, will be closed at 11 p.m. on July 3 and will reopen at 11 p.m. on July 4. Any unattended boats and trailers left in the parking lot during that time will be towed at the owners expense. Alternate boat launching facilities in the area are located at Florida Park in Valparaiso and Lions Park in Niceville. Twin Cities Park, across from Doolittle Park on John Sims Pkwy., will also be closed from July 2 at 8 a.m. until July 5 at 8 a.m. for safety purposes as it will be used for the preparation and storage of the fireworks barge. Free museum admission Bring your family and friends to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, on Thursday, July 4and receive free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic exhibits include Native American, Panhandle Pioneers and industries such as turpentine, boat building and fishing. All guests will receive a free American flag while supplies last. For more info call 678-2615or visit heritage-museum.org Patriotic celebration The First Baptist Church of Niceville is holding their annual Family Fourth Celebration on Thursday, July 4. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. in the evening at Freedom Field on the corner of Bayshore and Partin Drive with food, games and great entertainment. We will end the evening with a fireworks show over Boggy Bayou. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH and PRESCHOOL, ELCASunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Liturgical, 10:30 a.m. Praise Sunday June 30th: Only one service, 10:00 a.m. Adult Classes: 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided.St. Paul Preschool now enrolling for Fall 2013.1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Phone: 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.comCALENDAR Beacon photo by Mike GriffithLaunch to be closed on the 4thDue to the Fourth of July festivities, the boat launching facility in Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, will be closed at 11 p.m. on July 3 and will reopen at 11 p.m. on July 4. Any unattended boats and trailers left in the parking lot during that time will be towed at the owner s expense. See full details in the calendar. eBooks for free from the libraryVisit the Niceville Library and find out how to check out eBooks free for your digital reading device. You can also visit Okaloosa.lib.overdrive.com from your home computer, log in using your library card and browse the ever growing selection. Library patrons may check out up to three eBooks per month. Candlewood Suites is seeking an energetic, guest-oriented customer service representative with a beautiful smile and excellent customer service skills for Candlewood Suites in Miramar Beach. IHG Opera experience a plus. Must be flexible with shifts and able to work weekends. Premium pay for premium associate! No phone calls please. Apply in person. COMMERCIAL PLUMBERS WANTED Must be drug free, will be tested, have own hand tools, be dependable. Call 352-728-6053 or send resume to rossplbg@aol.com CAMP TIMPOOCHEE NEEDS YOU! 4-H Camp Timpoochee needs kitchen staff IMMEDIATELY. $8/hr, flexible scheduling, work part or full time. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, just a cheerful attitude and willingness to work hard. Contact Jennifer Williams at 850897-2224 or timpoochee4-h@ufl.edu Candlewood Suites is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated housekeeping associate that can work well with others and on their own. The perfect applicant will possess attention to detail, a beautiful smile, and a strong work ethic. Must be able to work weekends. Premium pay for premium work! No phone calls please. Apply in person. 2-BR, 2-BA townhouse near Eglin AFB in BWB, Niceville, FL. 1300 sf with central heat and air, washer and dryer, close to pool, tennis, golf and biking trails. $900/mo. Damage deposit and lease required. No pets. 850-830-2807 or 850830-5026. Dr. Thomas Holt will be retiring from the practice of medicine effective July 19, 2013. Your medical records will remain at White-Wilson Medical Center and be available for other White-Wilson physicians. Or, you may request copies of your records for physicians outside of White-Wilson by calling the Medical Records Department. Help Wanted Homes for Rent Legal Notices Help Wanted Help Wanted Warehouse/Office Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.We Can Help You Get There!Call Carriage Hills Realty. (850) 678-5178Whichever Route You Choose... 1821 John Sims Pkwy. | Niceville, Florida 32578 www.CarriageHills.com | Realtor@CarriageHills.com 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFPRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Office hours: 8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. E-MAIL : classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE 2:00 P.M. FRIDAY FOR WEDNESDAYContact Information (Will not appear in ad) : Name Phone Address Please make checks payable to the BeaconNewspapers.*Base price includes $5 weekly discount or walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Ads are non-refundable. BEACON NEWSPAPERS | (850) 678-1080 1181 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLE, FL50% discount for additional weeks or papers. Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) r Eglin Flyer (Number of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) r Green Beret (Number of weeks) ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ $11.00 ___________________ $11.60 ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ $11.20 ___________________ $11.80 ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ $11.40 ___________________ $12.00 First Word Price of First Run....................................$ + Price of subsequent runs........................$ = Total Price..............................................$ Ads are non-refundable. NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Bay Beacon has an opening for a full-time reporter. The job requires a hardworking, selfstarting, organized journalist with high standards for accuracy, the ability to meet deadlines, a nose for news, and concern for readers. Paid holidays, paid vacation, IRA plan. Applicants should have reporting experience. Apply at the Beacon s office 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy, Niceville. Submit copies of samples of your written work. Opportunities See news happening? Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080. Dear Bay Beacon Staff, We want to tell you about the amazing results we have experienced since placing an ad in the Bay Beacon a few weeks ago. As a new business we have faced multiple challenges in gaining recognition in the community. Advertising is done by trial and error and sometimes at a great expense. This has not been the case in advertising with your paper. In fact, we have been delightfully surprised and appreciative of the folks who have contacted us in response to our ad. We thank you for your cooperative and helpful response to our advertising needs. It has also afforded us the opportunity to meet a lot of nice people in Niceville. Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! 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Jason and Kimberly Coone of Crestview are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Jean Coone. Kaylee Jean arrived at 5:47 p.m. on June 4, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. She weighted 6 pounds and was 19 and a half inches long. Maternal grandparents are Chuck and Pamela Hamilton of Valparaiso. The paternal grandparents are Mark and Wanda Coone of Burns, Tennessee. The great grandparents are Irv and Doris DuVall of Fort Walton Beach and Kenneth and Estelle Sullivan of Fairview, Tennessee. Births The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-6 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 6516327 COVINGTON SPORTSMAN'SEXPO PresentedbyWillowOutdoors,LLC June28-30,2013 AndalusiaKiwanisComplex MeetTroyLandryandJacobLandryfrom the"SwampPeople"seriesonHistory AlsoFeaturing: TicketsNow Available atCCB. AdultsAdmission Ticketsare $10perday. Children4and underarefree withpaidadult. ProudsponsoroftheCovingtonSportsman'sExpoBepartofsomethingspecial Visitwww.covingtonsportsmansexpo.comfortheScheduleofEvents NationallyKnownTurkeyHunter& CallerEddieSalter BenelliExhibitionShooterTimBradley PrestonPittman,Veteranofthewild turkeyindustry,willbeactingouta turkeyscenewithotherworldclass callersattheexpo! Hunter'sEducationCoursesforMen, WomenandChildren ArcheryCompetition ShotgunSafety Over100Vendo rs Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your Schedule CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310) Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Preventative Dentistry Custom Crowns/ Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide Digital X-RaysCONVENIENT SCHEDULINGMon. Thurs. 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed RALFP. ZAPATA, DDS THOMASGRANT, DMDWe Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville We make seeing the dentist easy A friendly, relaxed atmosphere Wishing You All aHappy Fourth of July Thrivent gives to Sharing and CaringOn June 2, Jim Debord, Thrivent for Lutheran s Associate Representative, presented a check to Jim Vohs, volunteer for Sharing and Caring, in the amount of $2,128. The grant was written by Audrey Hains for St. Paul s Lutheran Church, through which the funds were passed. From left, Jim Vohs, Karen Debord, Jim Debord and Audrey Hains. Dash supplies ECCACEagle Scout candidate Spencer Mailes organized a 4K Diaper Dash to benefit the Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center April 27. Families and individuals were asked to bring a bag of diapers or a package of wipes as their entry fee. 130 entries of all ages participated in the race that took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Niceville. Dancers at the airportBallerina Ariana Ammons admires the poster for the new Okaloosa Public Arts exhibit displayed at the Northwest Florida Airport. Celebrating the Northwest Florida Ballet, the exhibit is scheduled to run through December. Ariana has been invited to attend a summer program at the Joffrey in New York City. Air Force Airman Cory L. Garland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Garland is the son of Colleen Garland of Irene Court, Niceville. He is a 2010 graduate of Niceville High School. Pictured, Tim Parsons, Kiwanis advisor to NHS Key Club, Cassidy McAllister, Melody Zargari and Caroline Armstrong. Kiwanis lauds NHS students Airman Cory Garland Kiwanis Club of NicevilleValparaiso presented awards to three Niceville High School Seniors. Tim Parsons presented the Danny Kittrell Memorial Leadership Award for 2013 to Melody Zargari. Melody served as the NHS Key Club President the past year and plans to attend the University of Florida. Steve Baldock, Kiwanis Club President, also presented Key Club Leadership Awards to Cassidy McAllister and Caroline Armstrong in recognition of their individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation and leadership ability. Parsons is the Kiwanis advisor for the Niceville High School Key Club. He gives all the credit for the clubs success to the students and the faculty sponsor, Jennie Allison with support from principal Rodney Nobles.In the Service Kaylee Jean Coone