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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Niceville police arrested a DeFuniak Springs man who allegedly stole $24,800 from an acquaintance's vehicle. Later he By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Property Appraiser Pete Smith said this has been the quietest TRIM season his office has seen in the 21 years he's worked there. Smith $70,000 to perform, Thompson Square $55,000 and Moore $35,000. Corbin said expenses come from festival revenues, not taxes. Gill has been a staple in country music for over 30 years, starting his career singing and playing guitar for the country rock group Pure Prairie League before beginning a solo career in 1983. The songs "Go Rest High on that Mountain," "Look at Us" and Threaten Me with Heaven" are in the 20-time Grammy winner's repertoire. Thompson Square, comprised of married couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson, will headline the festival's Saturday night show. Recent winners of the Academy of Country By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council completed its budget discussions at a meeting Aug. 27, setting up a proposed $12.7 million municipal budget for final approval at a public hearing Sept. 12. The city will enter the final budget hearing with a proposed millage rate of 3.7 mills, unchanged from that of the fiscal year that will end Sept. 30. One mill is a property tax of $1 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. On property carried on the tax rolls at $100,000 after all exemptions, a millage rate of 3.7 would result in a tax of $370. With that rate, the city would bring in $2.86 million in ad valorem tax revenue, up $130,870 more than the previous fiscal year. The city council discussed the budget with Niceville's cityNiceville settles on budget planBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer County Music Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill will cap the slate of musical performances at this year's Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, scheduled Oct. 18-20. Gill will close out the Niceville festival on Sunday, Oct. 20, after performances on Oct. 18 by country star Justin Moore and Oct. 19 by the duo Thompson Square. The festival, which will celebrate its 37th year in October, will be held in its traditional site at the corner of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard, Niceville. According to Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin, who arranges entertainment on behalf of the private Mullet Festival Committee, Gill will be paidBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council is scheduled to hear requests for an annexation, a rezoning and a special setback exception at its meeting Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Niceville City Council chambers. The council will hear a request from Larry Wright asking that two of his parcels at 1420 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, in an 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, September 4, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families to the first Early Release Movie of the school year. The free movie will be Epic. Popcorn and beverages will be served. Fri., 7 -11 p.m. Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of free karaoke with Bill and Rhonda at the American Legion Post #221, 444 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Sat., 8:30 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will be having a field trip to Point Washington State Forest led by biologist Tom Greene Meet at the Tom Thumb at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and 331 in S. Walton County. Call 694-6403. Sat.-Sun. Niceville United Methodist Church will be celebrating the churchs 100th birthday in all worship services. For more information, please visit nicevilleumc.org. The community is invited. Calendar, B-3 COMING UP Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see VINCE, page A-3 Please see TRIM, page A-5 Please see ARREST, page A-3 Please see LAND, page A-5 Please see BUDGET, page A-3 Beacon photo by Mike GriffithDespite the occasional threat of a thunderstorm, weather during the Labor Day long weekend was mostly clear and hot, allowing local residents to enjoy the traditional last days of summer. Activities included golfing, taking a dip in a neighborhood pool, playing tennis, riding bikes, tubing down Niceville s Turkey Creek, and taking to the water in all shapes and sizes of boats, shown here at Bluewater Bay Marina. Summer's last hurrah Council eyes 2 land petitions The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Arrest in theft of $25K New restaurant, A-2. Low-key reception for TRIM notices Clearing for developmentWorkers clear trees from land that will eventually be home to a Panda Express restaurant and three other businesses in front of the Walmart in Niceville. The building is expected to be completed in early spring. See story on A-2. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Pete Smith Jeffrey W. Harris Vince Gill The owner of the property at 1420 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, requested that his property be annexed by the city and zoned for single-family residential use. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser The city of Niceville budget, set for final approval Sept. 12, allots $284,000 for transportation projects such as the addition of asphalt paths like the one currently in place along Rocky Bayou Drive.Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserVince Gill signed for Mullet Festival
By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer An Asian restaurant is preparing to set up shop on land in front of the Walmart on East John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Workers began clearing land Aug. 30 for a 7,800-square-foot commercial building which will eventually house four businesses, according to a representative of Valparaiso Realty, the company that owns the tract. The land is just northeast of the Wilson Minger Century 21 office. Panda Express has signed a lease with Valparaiso Realty for space in the new building. A second restaurant, Firehouse Subs, is in lease negotiations, according to Valparaiso Realty. The other two spaces have yet to be leased, the landlord representative said, though they will not be restaurants, due partially to the extra parking required to accommodate food service. Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain based in Rosemead, Calif., that serves Chinese-American food. Firehouse Subs, founded in 1994 by two former firefighters, is a chain based in Jacksonville, specializing in hot sandwiches. Eatery set for Niceville siteBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Ground will be broken for the Eagle Ram Tennis Center at a ceremony Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the center's planned site on the Ruckel Middle School campus near the intersection of Palm Boulevard and Partin Drive, Niceville. Cici Hruby, a representative of the fund-raising committee for the project, said the center has received $217,000 in donations, enough to begin construction. Hruby said the committee is still working on raising an additional $90,000 to add lights for the center's eight tennis courts. The center is planned to provide a home court for the Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School tennis teams. The Ruckel and Niceville tennis teams currently use privately operated tennis courts at Bluewater Bay to practice and host matches. Hruby said the center is expected to be completed in time for the schools' tennis seasons, which will start in February. "We are thrilled to able to reach this amount [of funding] at this point," Hruby said. "We're just so excited to have these courts ready for next season." The center will be open to the public during after-school hours when there are no Niceville or Ruckel tennis practices or matches. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, September 4, 2013 THEBAYBEACON 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 years Browse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate 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. Poll y s Co n crete Products Poll y s Co n crete Productswww.poll y sco n crete.com Before After $50.00OFFFormed & Poured Driveway$100.00OFFCobblestone Paver Driveway READY TO ENHANCE YOUR CURB APPEAL?Upgrade your old existing driveway with Stylish Cobblestone Pavers or we can remove and repour your driveway.Call today for a free estimate 897-3314 adancestudio.net 678-3602Ages 3Adult Ballet Tap * Jazz/Hip Hop * Ballerina Birthdays Shimmy Fit STEPBYSTEPBALLROOMPALM PLAZA 200-7348 www.stepbystepballroom.comBallroom Swing Night Club LatinAges 8 & Up IN-PERSON & WEB REGISTRATION Begins Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. At all 7 NWFSC locations in Student Services: Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin, Hurlburt, Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, South Walton PRIME TIME FOR LEISURE LEARNING FALL 2013 www.nwfsc.edu 850.729.6085 850.729.6084 EA/EO Valparaiso RealtyRendering of a commercial building planned for land off East John Sims Parkway, Niceville, which will house a Panda Express restaurant and, possibly, a Firehouse Subs restaurant, along with two other businesses. Groundbreaking for tennis center Goodpaster Design Rendering of the Eagle Ram Tennis Center at Ruckel Middle School. The eight-court complex would be open for public use, according to fundraisers.
Music and Country Music Association awards for top vocal duo, they are known best for their songs "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." Friday's headliner, Moore, performs such tracks as "Small Town USA" and "Backwoods." His third album, "Off the Beaten Path," is scheduled for release Sept. 17. Corbin said he sought the headliners based on reputation and personal experience. He said he pursued Thompson Square after seeing them perform live. "They're great singers, but they're also great entertainers," Corbin said. "They know how to carry a stage, and I think they'll be a good draw for the Mullet Festival." Corbin said Gill and Moore were signed due to their bodies of work and strong reputations in the country music industry. None of the headliners have previously performed at the Mullet Festival. Among the additional acts scheduled to perform are the Swon Brothers, Blackjack Billy, gospel group The Isaacs, Elvis Presley impersonator Ben Portsmouth and the Taking Care of Elvis Band, Doctor Zarrs Amazing Funk Monster, the Tayo Reed Explosion and Niceville native Parker Willingham. Advance tickets will be available for $9 each or three for $25 and can be purchased on the festival's website, boggybayoumulletfestival.info, Tickets purchased at the gate are $10 Friday, Oct. 18, $10 Saturday, Oct, 19 before 5 p.m. and $15 afterward, and $10 Sundayall prices unchanged from last year. The Mullet Festival site, at College Boulevard and State Road 85 North, Niceville, is on Eglin Air Force Base land leased to the city in exchange for the city's providing sewage services to the Eglin golf course and Jackson Guard. The city maintains the site and uses it for other recreational purposes throughout the year. The lease stipulates that Eglin may use it at any time. 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Cuts in other areas in the department would result in a total increase of $23,710, from $248,490 to $224,780. City Manager Lannie Corbin said one of the primary functions of 1he new employee would be to convert into computer files the extensive paper records kept by the Building Inspector's office Corbin said the city is required to keep the records of building permits purchased in the city for at least 10 years, but he said the department has hard copies of permits dating back 20 years. He added that the office also has records of occupational licenses and zoning records dating back almost as far. Corbin said that the diverse nature of the building inspector's office would also require the new employee to perform other tasks outside of digitizing records. "That office answers all types of calls," Corbin said. "They answer calls for questions on stormwater, operation and maintenance, all kinds of things, so they have a lot to do. But we need someone over there to streamline the process, and it would be a full-time position." The council also gave the goahead for $284,000 in streetresurfacing projects in the next fiscal year. The expenditures would cover resurfacing projects adding 2,500 feet of concrete sidewalk along certain streets, as well as adding asphalt paths along others, while $200,000 of the funding would go toward milling, resurfacing and modifying turn lanes on Rocky Bayou Drive. Most of the Rocky Bayou Drive work would be done near a planned roundabout to be constructed for entrance into the new Publix shopping center. An additional $8,000 of the funds would go to improvements to the intersection of Cedar Avenue and John Sims Parkway. Separately, Corbin also addressed concerns brought up by Councilman Sal Nodjomian at a budget meeting Aug. 22. Nodjomian expressed concern about the city of Niceville losing money from the annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Nodjomian noted that revenues from the festival do not go to fund city projects, but go into a Mullet Festival fund. Nodjomian wanted to ensure that preparations done by city employees for the festival did not end up costing the city in loss of manpower. Corbin said the festival is a "cost neutral event," and operates entirely on money from the Mullet Festival fund. Corbin said he believed the additional revenues brought to the city from visitors patronizing the city's restaurants, gas stations, hotels and other businesses provided more money than is lost by having city employees prepare for the event. Corbin agreed to look into Nodjomian's request that the city be reimbursed from the Mullet Festival fund for work done by city employees in preparation for the festival. BUDGETFrom page A-1 VINCEFrom page A-1 Justin Mooreclaimed he earned the money in a lottery or selling methamphetamine, spent some of it at a zoo and lost the rest, according to police. Jeffrey Weldon Harris, 43, of 553 Majestic Blvd., DeFuniak Springs, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 23 on a charge of grand theft, according to a police report. Harris allegedly stole money concealed in the pocket of jacket kept behind the seat of a vehicle in which he was passenger. Harris reportedly took the money when the driver stopped the vehicle and entered a supermarket in Palm Plaza, Niceville, July 31. Harris reportedly told a woman with whom he lives that he had won the money from a $50 lottery ticket. The woman told police that when she later confronted Harris about the money, he said he had earned it by making and selling three batches of methamphetamine. On Aug. 23, Harris told police he had taken the money to provide for his family, and that he had spent about $1,500 to take them to a zoo and aquarium in New Orleans. Harris told police he had been scared about having the money and had given it to another person, then couldn't get it back. Harris was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail Aug. 23 and released Aug. 27 on a $5,000 bond. His required court appearance is Sept. 24. ARRESTFrom page A-1 Thompson Square SINCE1986 Beautiful rustic tapers fromFind these fine gifts and more at:WWW.BAYOUBOOKCOMPANY.COMOPEN: 9-6 MON.-SAT. 850-678-1593 OAKCREEKSHOPPINGCENTER, NICEVILLE
ArrestsShelley Astelle Reyes-Riego, unemployed, 34, of 139 2nd St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 25 on a charge of battery. Reyes-Riego allegedly hit someone on the left side of the face and body during an argument. Her required court appearance is Sept. 17. *** Kristopher Keith Decker, a restaurant manager, 27, of 320 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 27 on a Walton County warrant for violation of probation on a worthless check case. *** Thomas Henry Pride, 18, of 1858 Edge Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Walton County Sheriff's deputies Aug. 26 on two counts of grand theft. On Aug. 21, Pride was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies on charges of reckless driving first offense, fleeing with disregard of safety to persons or property, petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. During the incident, Pride used a dirt bike to elude an Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy. In an interview at the Okaloosa County Jail Aug. 21, Pride allegedly admitted to having stolen the dirt bike he used to flee from a residence in Santa Rosa Beach. He also admitted to spray painting the dirt bike and spray painting and helping steal a four-wheeler from the same people who owned the dirt bike. *** Heather Michaelle Riedel, a kennel employee, 30, of 284 Montana Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 24 on an Escambia County warrant for failure to appear on the charge of grand theft. DUI arrestsMatthew Scott McKenney, 22, of 433 Phillips Drive, Freeport, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies for DUI at East State Road 20, Aug. 25 at 2:08 a.m. McKenney's required court appearance is Sept. 10. *** Brandon Russell Lantz, 20, of 605 32nd St., Niceville, a retail employee, was arrested by Niceville police for DUI at Palm Boulevard and Dartmouth Way, Niceville, Aug. 25 at 6:29 a.m. Lantz was also cited for driving with an expired tag and failure to maintain a single lane. His required court appearance is Sept. 17. TheftsA Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Glen Avenue reported Aug. 26 someone stole his iPad from a vehicle parked at the business at 127 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of Carie Way reported Aug. 26 someone stole his military and EOD identification cards, his iPod and 50 compact disc cases from his unlocked vehicle parked at his residence. The complainant reported the stolen items were worth a total of $50. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of Westview Avenue reported Aug. 21 that someone stole two wedding rings worth a total of $4,000, a set of dishes and silverware worth $100, a purse worth $200, a gold chain worth $300, 20 fluorescent light bulbs worth a total of $100, and assorted towels, washcloths and sheets from her residence sometime June 1-Aug. 10. 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: Carlos Urbina-Suarez Wanted for: Larceny & Burglary Height: 5-feet, 6-inches Weight: 150 Age: 26 Date of birth: 04-09-1987 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Name: Roderick Derill McKinnon Jr. Wanted for: VOP-Possession of Cocaine Height: 5-feet, 8-inches Weight: 150 Age: 20 Date of birth: 04-22-1993 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 26, 2013 through August 29, 2013. 0 Structure Fire5 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical...............................8/26/13........................00:41 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Vehicle crash.....................8/26/13........................07:06 N. Palm Blvd..............................Medical...............................8/26/13........................16:04 N. Partin Dr.................................Cancelled...........................8/26/13........................17:10 Galway Dr...................................Medical...............................8/27/13........................07:55 N. Partin Dr.................................Medical...............................8/27/13........................10:02 Maple Ave...................................Good intent........................8/27/13........................11:12 W. John Sims Pkwy...................Vehicle crash.....................8/27/13........................18:17 N. Palm Blvd..............................Fuel spill.............................8/27/13........................22:29 SR 85 N......................................Cancelled...........................8/28/13........................07:01 3rd Street....................................Medical...............................8/28/13........................19:17 22nd Street.................................Service call.........................8/29/13........................01:04 Weekly Safety Tip: Have your stovetop and oven checked annually to be sure they are working properly. When using barbecue grills on decks, be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves and always supervise a grill when in use. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 26, 2013 through August 29, 2013. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................8/26/13.........................14:23 Berringer Dr................................Medical...............................8/27/13.........................18:36 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................8/27/13.........................22:54 Hickory St...................................Medical assist....................8/28/13.........................04:43 N. Lakeshore Dr.........................Medical...............................8/28/13.........................09:05 E. Hwy. 20..................................Good intent........................8/28/13.........................17:44 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................8/28/13.........................22:12 Hwy. 20 E...................................Medical...............................8/29/13.........................10:20 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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Thank you again, Charles & Cathy Henriott Eyewear Unlimited, Owners 20 years for driver in fatal hit-and-runBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Rhea Lynn Reynolds, a Niceville woman charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, was sentenced to 20 years in state prison followed by 10 years' probation, the state attorney announced. Reynolds, 29, entered a plea of no contest to the charge in June. Circuit Judge John Brown imposed the sentence. The charge resulted when Reynolds' vehicle allegedly struck and killed bicyclist Henry Robert Crawford, 63, of Destin, on the morning of April 8, 2012, on Okaloosa Island. Crawford was riding to an Easter sunrise service. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene by Okaloosa County paramedics at 7 a.m.. According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office report, there were no witnesses to the crash. Florida Highway Patrol troopers determined that the hitand-run vehicle had been traveling west in the right lane of U.S. Highway 98, as was the bicyclist. A Highway Patrol trooper collected pieces of the vehicle left at the crash scene and obtained part numbers from the debris. A parts department employee at Hill-Kelly Chrysler in Pensacola determined that the parts were from a 2004 to 2006 gold Chrysler Pacifica. The Highway Patrol released the vehicle's description to local media in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. On April 10, 2012, the patrol received a call reporting a gold 2004 Chrysler Pacifica with front right damage parked at the Wildwood Apartment Complex at 400 Kelly Road, Niceville. Troopers determined the parts found at the crash scene matched the damage to the Chrysler. The car had damage to its wheel well splash shield, right headlamp and front bumper. A tire mark on the front right bumper cover matched the size of bicycle tires. A trooper contacted Reynolds, the vehicle's owner, who denied any knowledge of a hit-and-run involving the vehicle. On April 11, 2012, investigators obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and informed Reynolds of its seizure. Reynolds was read her Miranda warning and agreed to give a sworn recorded interview. Under questioning, Reynolds said she left work at the Nightown club in Destin April 8, 2012, at about 5:30 a.m. She said she was very tired upon leaving, and had not consumed any alcoholic beverages. Reynolds said that while driving west on U.S. Highway 98 just west of Fort Walton Beach, she looked down to put out her cigarette and felt a "bump" at the front of her vehicle. Reynolds said she looked in her rearview mirror, saw nothing and assumed she had hit a construction barrier or sign. Reynolds stated she was unaware she struck a bicyclist. On Oct. 25, 2012, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported that the car parts found at the crash scene were from Reynolds' vehicle. Rhea L. Reynolds
unincorporated area, be annexed by the city. Wright submitted a companion request for a third parcel at the address, which is already in the city, asking that it be rezoned from PUD (planned urban development) to R-1 (residential single family). The two lots requested for annexation are zoned in Okaloosa County for single-family residential development. Wright has requested that the two lots, totaling two acres and occupied by a 4,180-square-foot home, be brought into the city as zoned R-1 (residential single family). Wright requested that the third parcel, which is two acres, be rezoned because it is subject to two designations on Niceville's zoning map. Approximately one quarter of the property is zoned for planned urban development, while the rest is zoned for single-family residential use. The entire four-acre tract will be zoned R-1 if the city council approves the requests. Separately, Denise Ford requested that her property on 112 2nd St., Niceville, be given a special exception to the city's land development code to allow for a five-foot front setback, as opposed to the required 25 feet. Ford is requesting the setback change in order to construct an aluminum carport in front of her house. The 0.17-acre lot is occupied by a nearly 3,000-square-foot home. The requests went before the Niceville Planning Commission for preliminary approval Sept. 3, and were recommended by the board for approval. LANDFrom page A-1 said shortly after TRIM ("truth in millage") notices are sent from the appraiser's office to Okaloosa County residents, as they were in the past week, his office will have typically received several petitions from owners requesting reductions in their property's taxable value. As of Tuesday morning, not one petition has yet been filed for 2013, despite the increase in taxable values for nearly every Okaloosa taxing district for the first time in six years. Countywide, tax rolls were up 2 percent this year, to $13.8 billion, although they still remain more than 26 percent below their $18.8 billion peak of 2007. Smith said he believes the absence of complaints stems from the fact that the nose-dive in property values that began with the 2007 U.S. financial crisis appears to have ended, even if the result is higher taxes. "I think people are just glad to hear the good news," Smith said. "It's good to see values go up, because that means the economy's improving. I don't think people mind having to pay a little more tax because of that." Smith noted that the tax-roll increases in most Okaloosa taxing districts were relatively small, with the exceptions of the Valparaiso and Niceville districts, which saw taxable values rise 3.34 percent and 4.85 percent, respectively. Smith said those increases are indicative of the attractiveness of the Twin Cities, where values fell less than the county average during the five-year slump. "The values in those areas held on, even through the crunch," Smith said. "I guess that just means people must really want to live there." The total property values in Okaloosa County increased by 1.9 percent. Cinco Bayou is the only taxing district in Okaloosa County that saw property values decrease from last year. Smith said he still expects some property owners to appeal their 2013 assessments, a practice that he welcomes as part of the taxing process. "We'll have some people tell us there's something wrong with the way they're being taxed," Smith said. "We can explain the reasons to them, and if they have a legitimate reason why their taxes should be lower, we'll make sure to change it, because we want to be right, too." Due to the recapture rule, properties with previously accrued exemptions from the Save Our Homes Amendment will have their assessed value increased by 1.7 percent, this year's increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The 1992 amendment to the Florida Constitution states that the assessed value of homesteaded property can increase by no more than 3 percent or the rate of increase in the CPI over the previous year, whichever is less. Petitions for market value issues must be submitted with a $15 filing fee to the property appraiser's office and Okaloosa Clerk of Circuit Court within 25 days after the TRIM notice is mailed. If the petitioner provides sufficient evidence proving that the market value of their property is incorrect, the Okaloosa County Value Adjustment Board will alter the value. TRIMFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 4, 2013 Page A-5 Craig Bidstrup, 25, Niceville, electrical engineer Jodi Vetter, 37, Niceville, stay-home mom Not only no, but hell no! No. I spent five years in the military, and it s a strategically bad idea. Rachel Furlong, 54, Niceville, teacher Yes, but with the understanding that there might be unexpected long-term consequences.Should the United States launch a military strike on Syria in response to that country s alleged use of nerve gas?Robbie Comelek, 37, Niceville, software technician Jason Thompson, 38, Crestview, sales Jessica Buriak, 29, Niceville, unemployed Something should be done, but I m not sure what. Strike, yes. Invasion, no. If it s necessary, yes, but I wouldn t recommend it. It will only make people in that region more hostile. Location: Walmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith What should we ask next week? 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Beacon Correspondent Last Friday the Eagles kicked off their 2013 regular season with a 62-21 blowout over the Rutherford Rams while also celebrating the schools 50th anniversary at its current location. The festivities started with an alumni parade and carried on throughout the game. Over 100 former Niceville Pride band members took the field at halftime to perform favorites from decades past. The football game was action packed as well. The high-scoring opener gave a sneak peek into the teams potential, and it is promising. With shining moments from the offense, special teams, and defense, the Eagles racked up the points, and held the Rams back. Starting quarterback Ashton Hooker led the team offensively with several teammates to rely on and a couple of touchdowns of his own. Running back Shi Kim Coward got the lions share of the yardage and touchdowns, while Tyree McCants had standout moments on offense, special teams, and defense. The Niceville offense scored on nine out of 11 drives in the first three quarters alone, before bringing in the backups in the fourth quarter. The special teams managed to recover two kickoffs intended for Rutherford. Head Coach John Hicks was pleased with the win. Overall a really good effort," he said. "We ran the ball really well, and defensively I thought we played really good in spots. The win sets the tone for the Eagles' season and will hopefully provide momentum as they head to Pace High School this Friday to face the Patriots. Its always tough against Pace, were going to have to be on our 'A' game, said Hicks. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, September 4, 2013 THEBAYBEACON An alumni parade, by decade, was a high point of 50th anniversary festivities preceding the Niceville High School football game Friday.Eagles mark 50th with big win over RutherfordDr. Castaneda of Emerald Coast Family Medicine is a boardcertified family physician dedicated to the comprehensive health care of the entire family. For more than 13 years, Dr. Castaneda has been ensuring the health of his patients, from newborns to seniors. During the past six years, he has developed an ongoing relationship with patients in Bluewater Bay, Valparaiso, Niceville and other surrounding communities. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, Dr. Castaneda aims to provide personal, inclusive and continuing care for individuals during all stages of life. Currently, his practice is accepting new patients. As a physician who provides care for entire families, Dr. Castaneda goes above and beyond expectations to develop a respectful and trusting patient-doctor relationship. His sincere warmth, kindness and engaged commitment toward his patients enables him to connect to them on a personal level. Dr. Castaneda and the entire staff at ECFM get to know their patients by thoroughly listening to medical concerns and following through by assisting with health care decisions. Trained in family medicine, Dr. Castaneda can provide diagnosis and treatment for a full range of health conditions and concerns. These include, but are not limited to, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cardio vascular screening, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin ailments, thyroid disorders, and mental health issues related to anxiety, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On-site ultrasound services provide added convenience to patients. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, September 4, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Lewis student in Junior OlympicsKelisa McChester, a student at Lewis School, Valparaiso, participated in the 2013 AAU Junior Olympics held July 28Aug. 3 at Eastern Michigan University over the summer. She won 7th place in the 200 Meter Dash and 6th place in the 100 Meter Dash. Prior, at the Ernie Sims Invitational on July 13, McChester was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete for Invitational. Woman s Club sews good deedsTwin Cities Woman s Club recently held a workshop to create 300 personal hygiene bags to be shared between the Mental Health Association of Okaloosa-Walton County and homeless vets. The bags will be used to hold toiletries and personal items of the recipients. Pictured, Dale Fuqua, Kay Laird, Camelia Clapp, Patty Mixon, Lillian Lewis and Sue Brown. The Rocky Bayou Christian School Cheerleading Squad has earned a bid to compete nationally in January. The eleven-member team placed in the top three teams in their division to win their spot at the 25th Anniversary FCC Nationals this Winter in Orlando.RBCS wins bid to compete nationallyA stellar performance at cheer camp this summer has earned the Rocky Bayou Christian School spirit and competition cheerleading squad a bid to compete nationally in January. While competing at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders (FCC) camp in July, the eleven-member team placed in the top three teams in their division to win their spot at the 25th Anniversary FCC Nationals this Winter in Orlando. Captained by RBCS seniors Alyssa Slagle of Miramar Beach and Payton Denbow of Hammock Bay, the team will take seven members to Orlando in hopes of winning the national title for their division. Taking tumbling classes once a week and practicing their skills at home, the squad is already sharpening their moves in preparation to compete. We are incredibly proud of our squad, says Candice Montague, RBCS Cheerleading Coach. Their dedication and diligence can be seen in this wonderful accomplishment. As a college-preparatory program, we are committed to helping them achieve whatever they aspire to this year and beyond high school. Competitions like the FCC Nationals are stepping stones toward university team recruitment for seniors like Slagle and Denbow, who both aspire to cheer collegiately. Not only is national competition an arena in which to take their talents to a higher level, it is also an opportunity for athletes to be seen by college coaches and recruiters who attend FCC Nationals looking for potential team members. I have been in contact with several college coaches to begin putting together highlight tapes of our senior team members, continues Montague. National competition will be another way to help them reach their dreams of cheering in college. We want to do everything we can to help them realize their goals and prepare them for their future after high school. CHURCH DIRECTORY ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH and PRESCHOOL, ELCASunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Liturgical, 10:30 a.m. Praise Adult Classes: 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided.1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Phone: 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mo ST. PAUL PRESCHOOLLIMITED OPENINGS AVAILABLE FOR 3 & 4 YR. OLDS Call today for details! 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Open mic poetry night Join fellow poets Sept. 4 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. Audubon meets The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet Thursday, Sept. 5 for a presentation by Biologist Tom Greene. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. It will be held in room 130 of the Student Services Center (SSC 130), Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with socializing, program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Walt Spence at 582-7064. Early release movie The Valparaiso Community Library would like to invite children and families to the first Early Release Movie of the school year on Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The movie will beEpic. Popcorn and beverages will be served. Free karaoke Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of karaoke with Bill and Rhonda Friday, Sept. 6 at the American Legion Post #221, 444 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Give blood Friday, Sept. 6, General Dynamics, 115 Hart Street, Niceville. Drive from 8-12 p.m. Donors will receive a Tshirt. Audubon field trip The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will be having a field trip to Point Washington State Forest led by biologist, Tom Greene Sept. 7. Meet at the Tom Thumb at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and 331 in S. Walton County at 8:30 a.m. Call Tom at 6946403. Holly-day run The 4th Annual Holly day 5K Fun Run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at the east pavilion at James Lee Park by the Crab Trap Restaurant on Scenic Hwy. 98 in Destin. Early registration is available for $25 at active.com. Registration will be available the day of the race for $30. Proceeds will benefit Shred Out Cancer, a non-profit organization in memory of Holly Burke. For more info, call Cathy at 582-0806. Emerald Coast Car Show The 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show, will be at the Mullet Festival site in Niceville on Sept. 7. The event will be open to the public with free parking and admission for spectators. There will be a pre-registration fee of $25 for those who will be exhibiting cars, or a registration fee of $30 on the day of the show. Food, drinks and door prizes will be available at the event, with proceeds benefitting local charities. Registration forms may be downloaded online at emeraldcoastcarshow.com. 100 years old On Sept. 7 8, Niceville United Methodist Church will be celebrating the churchs 100th birthday in all worship services. Join the festivities at one of nine services across two campuses at Niceville UMC, 214 Partin Drive S., and St. Mark UMC, 2250 PJ Adams Parkway, Crestview. For more information, please visit nicevilleumc.org. The community is invited. Dine for the pines The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is hosting a fundraiser at Bud & Alleys from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $20 per person when you register to purchase a ticket online at dineforthepines.eventbrite.com, or $25 at the door and includes hors doeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For further information, visit eowilsoncenter.org, or call 835-1824. Mac users The Mac Users Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College Student Services building, Room 132. Bruce Aplin will be giving a short presentation on Cloud Storage. Free, no reservation required. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at email@example.com or 8623327. Language classes Valparaiso Library is seeking new students for their French and Spanish classes this fall. The French class will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, starting Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Spanish class will meet on Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., starting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Both language classes will have beginner and intermediate sessions and are free of charge and open to anyone over the age of 14. For more info, call the library at 729-5406. Quit smoking The Quit Smoking Now (QSN) program will be Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Twin Cities Hospitals Wellness Center, 2190 N Hwy 85, Niceville. To receive more information about the QSN program or register for a class, please call 398-6965 or visiting westfloridaahec.org. Mystery dinner Join Act4Murder on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at The Compass Rose, 303 Glen Avenue, Valparaiso, to participate in a performance of A Condo to Kill For. Cost is $45 for the dinner and show, plus tax and tip. Call the Compass Rose at 3892125 for reservations. College night College Night, a free annual event that features representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities from several states, will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Raider Arena on the Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. For more information, call 7296467. Give blood Wednesday, Sept. 11, First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Donors will receive a T-shirt. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org CALENDAR Emerald Coast Car ShowThe 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show, will be at the Mullet Festival site in Niceville on Sept. 7. The event will be open to the public with free parking and admission for spectators. Vehicle check in and registration begins at 8 a.m. with judging and viewing from 12:30-3:30 p.m. See calendar for complete details. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Honorary black beltHarrison Mauldin, a 14 year old bronze medalist in the Special Olympics, visited Niceville to receive an honorary black belt in Calm Water Martial Arts. The belt was awarded to Harrison on Saturday, Aug. 10, by Master John Lee of the Martial Arts Combat Academy in Niceville.Food bank requests donationsLynn Watson from Sharing and Caring of Niceville urges folks to donate food to fill the empty shelves and meet the needs of struggling families in our community. Some of the items needed include canned meats, pasta sauce, laundry detergent and diapers. For more information visit the web site at sharing-n-caring.org. Items can be dropped off at Sharing and Caring, 104 Bullock Boulevard, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ADVERTISE HERE! 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