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The Bay beacon ( July 24, 2013 )

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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
Creation Date: July 24, 2013
Publication Date: 09-11-2013

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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso

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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.

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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00201

Material Information

Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Creation Date: July 24, 2013
Publication Date: 09-11-2013

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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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Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469
System ID: UF00099641:00234


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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Rates for the 7,930 customers of the Niceville municipal water and sewer works will rise if approved at a Niceville City Council meeting Sept. 12. The proposed increases would raise rates for residential use of the city's water system by 1 percent and sewer system by 3 percent. The typical water user, defined by the city as one who uses 7,000 gallons a month, would see his bill increase by 26 cents a month, from $28.43 to $28.69, not counting a 10 percent city tax. Sewer rates would rise from $36.46 to $37.57 per month for a 7,000-gallon customer, not counting a 10-percent tax charged on sewer bills paid only by customers outside the city. Commercial and industrial rates will climb as well. Customer bills sent after Sept. 12 will use the new rates, assuming they win final approval Thursday. The city of Niceville services water and sewer customers inside and outside the city limits. Glenn Stephens of Polyengineering, the city engineer, recommended that the city boost water and sewer prices by the proposed amounts to cover costs the city incurred when it purchased Okaloosa County's stake in what is now the Niceville Valparaiso Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The operations and maintenance costs for the facility had previously been shared by the county and the cities of Niceville and Valparaiso. Under the previous arrangement, Niceville owned 55 percent of the plant, Valparaiso 20 percent and Okaloosa CountyBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The East Niceville Fire District gave preliminary approval to a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, allotting $21,334 more than last year, after district tax rolls increased. The board unanimously voted for preliminary approval at its meeting Sept. 4. The preliminary budget provides for $817,032 in expenditures, up from $796,139 for the fiscal year that will end Sept. 30. Tax revenues for the district should increase as well, as the taxable value of property in the East Niceville district rose 2.6 percent over last year, to over $238 million. On July 8, the fire commission unanimously voted to set the maximum millage rate for the next fiscal year at 2.37 mills, the same rate as this year. The budget given preliminary approval Sept. 4 assumes this millage figure. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 taxed on property in the district. On property worth $100,000, a 2.37 millage rate would garner a fire tax of $237. The commission will hold a final budget hearing Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the firehouse at 1709 27th St., Niceville. 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 11, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Emerald Coast Reef Association in preparation for their upcoming Lionfish Tournament, is providing a free Lionfish Workshop at Discovery Dive World, 92 S. John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso. Learn safety, hunting tricks, filleting and more. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to candy@valp.net For more info, visit ecreef.org Sat., 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Niceville High School’s Eaglette Dance Team is hosting a dance clinic for ages 4-12. The clinic will include dancing, games, lunch and a craft. The dance learned will be performed during the pre-game show at the Sept. 20 NHS vs. Choctaw football game. Registration info at the NHS Attendance Office. Sat.11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet Sheryl Lynn Siler at the Bayou Book Company, 1118 John Sims Pkwy. E., Niceville, for a book signing. Stop by and play the “Happy to Be Me” game and find out about her new book, “ Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk .” Sat., 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Ala. There is no ticket for the event, donations will be accepted at the door. For more info call 729-5382. Calendar, B-3 COMING UP Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see HIKE, page A-3 Please see MILLAGE, page A-2 Labors of loveNiceville set to hike utilities rates The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Final vote set on millage increaseCounty rate would rise 4.3%By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has tentatively approved a county property tax millage rate of 3.4308 mills, about 4.3 percent above the current rate of 3.2899 mills, and 5.3 percent above the “rolled back” millage rate of 3.2583—the rate at which county property taxes would produce the same amount of revenue as was collected during the current year. A second approval, scheduled for Sept. 16, is required to confirm the preliminary vote, which occurred Sept. 5. At the proposed new rate, property owners in Okaloosa County will pay about $3.43 in property tax to the county for every $1,000 of taxable value after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $686.16 if the new millage rate is given final approval during the county’s final public budget hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the county water and sewer building, 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. At the current millage rate, that same homeowner now pays $657.98, meaning that the new rate, if passed next Monday, would result in a $28.18 annual tax hike for the homeowner mentioned above. Other property owners would pay more or less than that amount, depending on the appraised value of their property, and what discounts they may be eligible for. The county commission property tax does not include levies by other taxing authorities within Okaloosa County, such as the school district, fire districts, and cities. Property taxes are one of Fire board mulls $21K spending hike Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser The driver of a Walmart 18-wheeler tried to make a U-turn, but the cab got stuck on the shoulder of State Road 20 East, just west of the entrance to Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, at about 9 a.m. Sept. 6, blocking two lanes and forcing westbound traffic into an eastbound lane. A tow truck removed the blockage after an hour and 15 minutes.Wrong turnBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Diana Peterson sat in the shade while the morning sun glinted off the metallic Lamborghini Blue paint of her 1957 Chevy, on which a windshield sign politely implored passersby to please not touch. Such requests were difficult to obey at the Emerald Coast Car Show, held at the Mullet Festival grounds, Niceville, Saturday, where Peterson and about 200 other car owners proudly displayed the polished and turbocharged objects of their passion. Peterson, of Niceville, had one of the shortest drives to the show, as many from out of city and out of state paid the $25 entrance fee, with proceeds going to the Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS in Fort Walton Beach and other local charities. Peterson and her husband, Kirk, bought their 1957 Chevy for $2,000 about 20 years ago. Kirk began using it in his lawn service, but in their retirement the Petersons began making the modifications that transformed the former work vehicle into a Please see CAR, page A-2Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserA line of classic pickup trucks in the Chevrolet 1955-57 class at the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show in Niceville Saturday. The group included a blue 1957 Chevy owned by Diana Peterson (below). Car show raises funds for charity

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 several sources of revenue for the annual county budget. These include state and federal revenue sharing, fees for various county services such as water and sewer service, fines and forfeitures, and others. Commissioners also tentatively approved leaving an additional property tax, levied only on Okaloosa property owners outside the limits of the county’s nine municipalities, unchanged at 0.18 mills. That tax, until now, has been used solely to support county parks and recreation, but at a recent meeting, commissioners agreed to allow part of that tax revenue to also be used for storm water management. Last Thursday’s hearing began with a short video and PowerPoint presentation by County Administrator Ernie Padgett. The video depicted the importance of public works and other services provided by county government. Padgett told the commission, “Local government is where the rubber meets the road,” for maintaining public infrastructure and essential public services. He said the proposed budget and millage increases are needed to help maintain vital public services after about five years of repeated county budget cutbacks during the slow national and local economy that has prevailed since about 2007. Padgett said that although the proposed millage rate for next year will be higher than this year’s, it will be slightly lower than the rate in 2005, which he termed the last “normal” year prior to the national economic recession. He said the higher budget for the coming year will be needed to maintain and replace county vehicles and equipment, and to accomplish repairs and maintenance to county roads and other facilities that have been delayed for several years due to budget cuts. Padgett told commissioners that the proposed millage rate would help provide for a “lean, but adequate” budget of $279.9 million for the county during the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1, up about $22.7 million from this year. Padgett’s briefing was followed by another PowerPoint briefing given by county finance officer Gary Stanford, which included charts showing that Okaloosa’s millage rate will still be the lowest in Florida, even if the proposed increase is approved on Sept. 16, and that Okaloosa’s current debt is below that of similar counties. The proposed budget will include an average 3 percent pay increase for county employees. County Human Resources Director Kay Godwin told the commission that county employees have gone without a pay increase for several years, and that currently about 117 county employees have incomes which are below or within 20 percent of the official federal poverty line of $23,050 annual income per person. She said that with the salary increase, only 94 county employees will be within 20 percent of the poverty line. County Commissioner Dave Parisot said the average 3 percent pay increase will actually take the form of a $1,400 increase in the annual pay of each county employee, regardless of the employee’s current pay level. He said that this will be done so that those employees who are currently at the lowest pay levels will receive the largest percentage increases in their annual pay. Following the formal presentations, several members of the public were invited to address the commission. Among these was Trey Goodwin, an attorney and county resident who spoke against the proposed increases. He said that many county residents, particularly senior citizens on fixed incomes, cannot afford a millage hike. “Many folks are out there struggling, and not getting pay raises,” he said. “It’s the nickels and dimes that are killing them, such as insurance increases.” Goodwin said that business owners have told him that “These are still tough times,” and that even a small increase in county taxes will simply add to the growing expenses faced by many local businesses and individuals. Goodwin concluded by urging the commissioners; “Don’t grow government. Keep the rate where it is.” Niceville resident Ruth Alford also addressed the commission, saying that her impression of the county budget process is that the county commission is merely “managing the decay.” She urged the county commission to “Get smaller, and smarter.” She said she thinks the county can maintain services with a lower budget if commissioners and senior county managers will “think out of the box” and “think about what we can do to be different from other counties.” County resident Harold LaFountain presented commissioners with a list of county department heads and senior managers, which he said should be reduced in order to save money. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley also addressed the commission, speaking in favor of the proposed millage and budget increases. “I commend the commission for having the courage to do what’s necessary,” said the sheriff. Ashley said that even with the proposed increases, the portion of the county budget allocated to the Sheriff’s Office will still be “woefully short,” but that he is willing to live with that for now. Ashley said that most county residents are not aware of recent increases in crime within the county. He said that within the past four years Okaloosa County has seen a 30 percent increase in calls for service to the sheriff’s office, and more than a 40 percent increase in violent crime, along with a similar increase in instances of child abuse. He also said that about 20 percent of sheriff’s office vehicles now have more than 150,000 miles, and that more budget increases will be needed in future years to replace aging vehicles and equipment and to allow the sheriff’s office to keep up with growth in crime. After hearing from the public, some commissioners spoke in defense of the need for a higher budget. Commissioner Wayne Harris said that for the last five years, the commission has done all it can to “scrimp, save, and cut fat to the bone.” He said that while tax hikes are always unpopular, “We were put here to make decisions, and I just can’t tell you how right this is.” Harris said that after years of budget cuts, the county’s “chickens are coming home to roost,” and that the county budget must be increased in order to maintain essential levels of service. Commissioner Dave Parisot said that revenue from the increased millage will pay for the additional $1.825 million the county is required to contribute to the Florida Retirement System, as recently mandated by the Florida Legislature. He said the increase in required county FRS contributions “doesn’t raise anyone’s benefits,” but will merely “beef up the state’s actuarial position.” MILLAGEFrom page A-1dazzling, 450-horsepower gem. Peterson said the fact that she and her husband do not have children has assisted in the development of their prized ride. "We've definitely spent a couple of fouryear college tuition's worth on it," Peterson said. Like many others at the show, Peterson's vehicle is like a modern Theseus' ship, with almost every original piece supplanted by a newer, stronger and more visually pleasing replacement. The motor was replaced by a powerful 1994 Corvette engine salvaged from a wreck. "Suicide doors," so called because they swing open opposite standard doors, replaced the truck's original ones. Peterson has done away with door handles, instead having locks activated by a sensor kept in her pocket. Peterson's truck has placed first in 12 shows around the country. She and her husband tow it in a trailer if the drive is greater than 70 miles. Such meticulous care is common among the entrants in the show. Sidra Spies, a former Niceville High School biology teacher who lives in Shalimar, also understands the painstaking effort that goes into maintenance of a beloved vehicle. Spies' vehicle, a Telescoping Apartment patented in 1916, sat among a line of vehicles built before 1948. It contains a bed compartment that can sleep two, though not comfortably, said Spies. The vehicle also has pull-out compartments for cooking and showering, providing a self-contained camping experience. In the gleaming rows of immaculate conveyances were displayed the evidence of hundreds of such stories of creation, care and pride. The show awarded first, second and third place trophies for best paint, interior, and motor, as well as a best of show. CARFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserA row of lovingly restored Ford Model A cars manufactured from 1928-1931 at the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car show in Niceville Saturday. Page A-2 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has voted to raise the county-city gasoline tax by three cents per gallon, or nearly $3 million a year, effective Jan. 1. Commissioner Don Amunds cast the lone vote against the tax hike during a meeting in Crestview Sept. 3, while commissioners Nathan Boyles, Wayne Harris, Dave Parisot, and Kelly Windes voted in favor The money will be used to improve and repair city and county streets, which officials say are in danger of deteriorating because tax revenues have not kept pace with needs. The gas tax decision was preceded by a presentation given to the commission by Okaloosa Public Works Director John Hofstad. According to a letter included in Hofstad’s presentation: “Available to all counties in the state of Florida are two options for local gas taxes. Currently, Okaloosa County has enacted the first Local Option Gas Tax which is six cents per gallon of gas. Revenue from this LOGT is split between Okaloosa County and the nine municipalities at a 60/40 ratio." “The annual revenue projected from the first LOGT is approximately $6,100,000 ($3,660,000 county / $2,440,000 municipalities)," Hofstad stated. "Consideration is being given to enacting the second LOGT, which is a maximum of five cents per gallon of non diesel fuels," according to Hofstad's statement. "The projected annual revenue from the second LOGT is approximately $950,448 per penny of tax enacted. If all five cents were enacted the maximum anticipated revenue would be approximately $4,752,240.” Hofstad also told the commissioners that several county vehicles and equipment such as a county-owned crane used for road work have now grown so old and so much in need of maintenance or replacement that they pose a safety hazard to the county employees who must use them. Several members of the public also addressed the commission, some favoring the gas tax and some opposing it. County resident Robert English told the commission that although the county is facing higher costs, taxpayers throughout the county must find ways to cut their spending as their incomes have not increased. He said the county should do the same by looking within its own budget for things to cut. County resident John Edwards favored the gas tax hike. He said that a five cent gas tax increase would mean only about seven dollars per week additional expense for his family, which owns four vehicles. “That’s not a big deal,” he said, “it’s about the same as the price of two Big Macs.” Former Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Pat Hollarn also spoke to the commission, favoring the proposed tax hike. She said that while taxes are never popular with anyone, the county has cut the fat from its budget long ago, and now has no choice but to raise taxes in order to maintain necessary public services and the safety of county employees by maintaining and replacing aging vehicles and equipment. After a brief discussion, commissioners agreed to a three cent increase in county gasoline taxes, with the revenue to be shared between the county and its nine municipalities on a 64/36 basis—a ratio more favorable to the county than the previous 60/40 ratio in place until now, but which Hofstad said would still provide a total revenue increase for the cities as well as the county. Some county officials had previously suggested a 70/30 split between the county and cities, but city officials had objected that their share would be too small. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 11, 2013 Page A-3 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon 729-2131 Auto  Business  Home  Life  Flood HOMEOWNERS INSURANCEGone through the roof or non-renewed? 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Niceville last year increased sewer rates by 4 percent on Stephens' recommendation. During last year's budget hearings, Stephens said he would also be recommending a 3 percent increase in the current budget cycle. Rick Helms, manager of the wastewater treatment facility, said the city of Niceville, which owns 80 percent of the facility (to Valparaiso's 20 percent), said the biggest reason Niceville's costs will increase is $5 million upgrades being done to the plant to remove more nitrogen and phosphorus from its effluent. The recommendation to increase water rates by 1 percent stemmed from market increases in water costs, Stephens said. HIKE From page A-1 Michael Lyon pumps gas into his motorcycle at the Murphy USA gas station, Niceville, Tuesday. Lyon isn't happy about a planned $3 million increase in Okaloosa County gas taxes that will take effect Jan. 1, but said he felt the issue was out of the people's hands. "What can we really do to fight it?" he said. 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ArrestsVicente Cruz Salazar, a cashier, 20, of 517 Wexford Drive, Niceville, and Justin Delshawn Brown, a cook, 28, of 4814 Summer Creek Cove, Crestview, were arrested by Niceville police Aug. 26 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer stopped a car owned and driven by someone later identified as Salazar for driving 46 mph in a 35 mph zone on State Road 20 near Reynolds Avenue, Niceville. The officer contacted Salazar and smelled marijuana coming from the car. The officer asked Salazar, Brown and the car's other occupant if they had any marijuana on them. The three occupants initially denied having marijuana, but later Brown allegedly said he had marijuana in his coat pocket. The officer located the marijuana, which later was found to weigh 7.8 grams, in Brown's coat pocket. The officer searched the vehicle and found a glass pipe and a cigarette pack containing three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. The car's third passenger, who was not arrested, told the officer he had smoked part of a cigar containing marijuana while in the car. Salazar and Brown's required court appearances are Sept. 17. *** A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 2 on charges of trespassing in a structure/conveyance and carrying a concealed weapon. Employees of the Turkey Creek Park at 340 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, reported that the boy was at the park, where he had been issued a trespass warning by Niceville police March 20 which does not expire until March 20, 2014. Upon searching the boy, an officer found metallic knuckles in the boy's rear left pocket. The boy's required court appearance is Oct. 16. *** A 14-year-old Valparaiso boy was arrested by Valparaiso police Sept. 3 on charges of trespassing in a structure or conveyance and petit theft. The boy allegedly entered the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department building at 431 Valparaiso Parkway, an address for which the boy has an active trespass warning issued Dec. 4. *** Jessica Dale Franklin, a restaurant server, 19, of 523 Valparaiso Parkway Unit B, Valparaiso, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 30 on charges of petit larceny and drug equipment possession and/or use. Franklin allegedly attempted to leave the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, without paying for clothing, a blanket, a pillow and six hunting arrows, worth a total of $137.19. A deputy searched Franklin and found a small glass pipe in her purse, which she admitted was used to smoke marijuana. Franklin's required court appearance is Sept. 17. *** Thomas Henry Pride, a landscaper, 18, of 1858 Edge Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 30 on a charge of larceny over $300 but under $20,000. Pride allegedly walked out of the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, without paying for a flat-screen television worth $348. Pride's required court appearance is Oct. 15. *** Michael Dewayne Robertson, 22, of 1481 Pine St., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 29 on a Walton County warrant for two counts of larceny. *** Carrie Michelle Concepcion, 28, of 114 Matt Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 4 on a charge of battery causing bodily harm. Concepcion allegedly got into an argument with someone resulting in a physical struggle over a flower vase, after which she pushed the victim with both hands, causing him to fall down a staircase. According to police, the victim had carpet burns consistent with the incident. Concepcion said the victim purposely fell. She also said she had initiated physical contact with the victim and hit him with a toaster the previous day because he was "in my face." Concepcion's required court appearance is Sept. 24. TheftsA Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Jasmine Avenue reported Aug. 30 that a $1,000 laptop computer, two $300 iPods, various toiletry products and one pack of cigarettes were stolen from her residence. *** A Niceville resident reported Aug. 27 someone removed the license plate from his truck. A Niceville police officer determined from the screw holes in the complainant's bumper that the license plate had been removed, and had not fallen off. *** A Niceville resident of the 200 block of Palmetto Avenue reported Aug. 27 someone had entered her residence, broken the electronic dials on her floor safe and attempted, unsuccessfully, to pry it open. She reported one item missing, a pair of sunglasses worth $200. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Aug. 28 someone stole his $400 hedge trimmer and $250 edger from his residence. *** A Niceville resident reported Sept. 3 that after his vehicle broke down at the Texaco at 100 E. JohnPage A-4 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 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 ReportsNorth BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from September 2, 2013 through September 8, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Live Oak St.................................Medical................................9/2/13.......................05:00 Reeves St...................................Fire in MH...........................9/2/13.......................18:47 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/2/13.......................20:33 Kelly Rd......................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/2/13.......................23:23 Cypress Dr.................................Building fire.........................9/3/13.......................06:16 Fairway Lakes Dr.......................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/3/13.......................06:46 Range Rd...................................Alarm system activation.....9/3/13.......................15:18 Canal Dr.....................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/3/13.......................19:49 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/3/13.......................19:52 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/3/13.......................23:54 E. Rosewood Way.....................Public assist........................9/4/13.......................04:59 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/4/13.......................18:29 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................10:28 E. Hwy. 20/White Point..............Medical................................9/5/13.......................11:02 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................14:52 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................21:37 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/6/13.......................01:18 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/6/13.......................10:17 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical alarm activation....9/6/13.......................11:35 Calinda Ln..................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/6/13.......................18:27 N. White Point Rd......................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/6/13.......................21:18 Raintree Blvd..............................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:14 Birkdale Cir.................................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:20 Raintree Blvd..............................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:52 Merchants Way..........................Medical................................9/7/13.......................12:29 Amberlake Cove........................Medical................................9/7/13.......................12:56 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/7/13.......................18:52 Stony Creek Cv..........................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/7/13.......................21:42 White Point Rd...........................Medical................................9/8/13.......................01:39 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical assist.....................9/8/13.......................09:43 E.Hwy. 20/Sycamore.................Extrication...........................9/8/13.......................15:09 Troon Dr. W................................Public assist........................9/8/13.......................16:04 E. Hwy 20/SR 293.....................Vehicle accident..................9/8/13.......................19:34 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.ValparaisoThe Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of August: Street Situation Date Time Washington Ave..........................Assault/rape......................8/1/13..........................00:50 Glen Ave......................................External hazmat................8/1/13..........................09:30 Washington Ave..........................Unconscious.....................8/4/13..........................19:05 Montana/S. John Sims...............Animal bite........................8/5/13..........................17:47 Valparaiso Pkwy..........................Sick call.............................8/7/13..........................15:46 Valparaiso//S. John Sims............Vehicle accident................8/8/13..........................15:33 Valparaiso Pkwy..........................Seizures............................8/8/13..........................16:41 Seminole Ave..............................Cardiac arrest...................8/8/13..........................20:33 S. Bayshore Dr............................Fall.....................................8/11/13........................11:44 S. John Sims Pkwy.....................OD/Poison.........................8/11/13........................18:25 S. John Sims Pkwy.....................Breathing problem............8/12/13........................10:07 Glendale Ave...............................CVA/Stroke........................8/14/13........................04:14 Phillips Ct.....................................Cardiac arrest...................8/14/13........................07:47 Kelly Mill Rd.................................Fire alarm..........................8/15/13........................22:13 Government Ave.........................Psych.................................8/17/13........................17:15 Choctaw Cv.................................Sick call.............................8/18/13........................09:18 Lincoln Ave..................................Fall.....................................8/18/13........................17:30 Kelly Way.....................................Unconscious.....................8/18/13........................17:34 Tennessee Ave............................Breathing problem............8/18/13........................17:58 Florida Ave...................................Vehicle accident................8/21/13........................09:36 Lincoln Ave..................................Fall.....................................8/25/13........................19:58 Glendale Ave...............................Fire service call.................8/28/13........................02:12 W. College/Hwy 85 S..................Vehicle accident................8/28/13........................13:51 Iowa Street..................................Fire alarm..........................8/28/13........................15:15 N. Bayshore Dr............................Breathing problem............8/30/13........................10:54 East Niceville The East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of August, 2013. Street Situation Date Time E. College Blvd.........................EMS call..............................8/1/13....................08:10 PM Oakmont Cir..............................Dispatched & cancelled......8/1/13....................08:56 PM Ruckel Dr..................................EMS call..............................8/2/13....................01:04 AM Curacao Way............................Excessive heat....................8/2/13....................08:07 PM Union Ave..................................EMS call..............................8/3/13....................09:56 PM Hwy. 20.....................................System malfunction............8/5/13....................02:47 PM Hwy. 20.....................................System malfunction............8/5/13....................02:47 PM 23rd Street................................EMS call..............................8/9/13....................11:06 PM Undetermined...........................Unknown.............................8/12/13..................03:00 PM Cook Drive................................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................03:37 PM Osprey Cove.............................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................04:25 PM Wilder Ave.................................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................04:54 PM Bullock Blvd..............................Dispatched & cancelled......8/12/13..................05:20 PM E. John Sims Pkwy...................Extrication............................8/12/13..................05:53 PM Lanman Rd...............................EMS call..............................8/12/13..................08:09 PM White Point Rd..........................Dispatched & cancelled......8/13/13..................07:47 PM Sycamore Ave..........................EMS call..............................8/14/13..................02:00 AM Sailboat Dr................................Unintentional transmission.8/14/13..................09:19 PM Kingslyn Rd...............................EMS call..............................8/15/13..................05:48 AM Keturah Ct.................................EMS call..............................8/15/13..................07:30 PM Vine Ave....................................EMS call..............................8/17/13..................12:32 PM Ida Coon Cir..............................EMS call..............................8/18/13..................09:41 AM Oakmont Pl...............................Heat detector activation......8/19/13..................02:27 PM Stephen Dr................................EMS call..............................8/20/13..................06:40 PM Nathey Ave................................Smoke removal...................8/23/13..................08:13 AM Nutmeg Ave..............................EMS call..............................8/24/13..................08:59 AM Beach Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/25/13..................03:29 PM Rocky Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/26/13..................03:55 AM Bullock Blvd..............................EMS call..............................8/27/13..................10:28 PM Montrose Dr..............................Public service......................8/28/13..................12:10 PM Quince Ave................................EMS call..............................8/28/13..................01:26 PM Rocky Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/28/13..................07:27 PM 22nd Street...............................Vehicle accident..................8/30/13..................10:22 AM Lake Way..................................EMS call..............................8/31/13..................06:20 AM Visit our website at www.enfd.net. 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Sims Parkway, two people offered him a ride. The complainant reported that after he placed a cooler containing 48 cans of beer and his wallet containing $150 in the vehicle of the people who offered him a ride, they drove away without him. *** A Niceville resident of the 1100 block of Rhonda Drive reported Sept. 1 someone removed the license tag from his truck. Criminal mischiefA Niceville resident of the 4000 block of Sugarcane Creek Run reported Aug. 31 someone destroyed his mailbox, knocking it off its support pole onto the ground. *** A Niceville resident of the 400 block of Paradise Road reported Aug. 28 someone broke the window of her son's vehicle. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Riley Road reported Aug. 29 that someone had picked five blossoms off of her flower bushes, reportedly worth a total of $20.Bear sightingA Niceville resident of the 500 block of East John Sims Parkway reported Sept. 3 that a bear was in the road near his area, digging in garbage. Approximately three hours later, the bear was reported to have left the area. OtherCynthia Lynn Lawson, 24, of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was served an arrest warrant by Niceville police Aug. 31 on a charge of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. An officer observed a truck driven by Lawson, whom the officer knew from previous incidents, driving near State Road 285 and Palm Boulevard, Niceville. The officer knew from past experience that Lawson's license had been suspended June 25 and July 15. *** Jessica Carolyn Carroll, 25, of 304 Reeves St. Lot E-9, Niceville, was served an arrest warrant by Niceville police Aug. 31 for violation of an injunction against repeat violence. Carroll was allegedly found 127 feet from a residence she is not allowed to go within 500 feet of per a June 20 injunction. Carroll's required court appearance is Sept. 17. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 11, 2013 Page A-5 Michael Spears, 27, Niceville, unemployed Denise Barnett, 53, Mossy Head, unemployed “He s a grandiose eccentric. Who else would get himself into such a fix?” “In the beginning I thought he was horrible, but now I ve reconsidered, because we need more transparency from our government.” Gene Harris, 71, Niceville, retired “He may have thought he was doing the right thing, but overall, I don t think he did. Our country s security is necessary.”Edward Snowden – Hero or Villain?Marcie Tingler, 29, Niceville, customer service representative Jim Terrell, 64, Crestview, retired Willie Nelson impersonator Tiffany Lopez, 27, Niceville, housekeeper “I guess in a way he s kind of like a Robin Hood – trying to help the people out.” “Villain – He s leaking information of the United States to other countries.” “Villain – He gave our secrets out.”Location: Kmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville K3-12 ENROLLMENT OPEN HOUSEWednesday, September 18, 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. Rocky Bayou Christian Schools Welcome Wednesday 2013 FRESH, CLEAN, CUT SHELLED & PACKAGED FRUIT & VEGETABLES!We carry a variety ofwww.BandHveggies.com • BandHveggies@yahoo.com We accept all major credit cards and EBT.BandHveggies.com  (228) 990-5605 Find us at these spots on the second Saturday of each month.NICEVILLE(9am-11am) • Corner of HWY 85 & 20 Across highway from Bayou Plaza in open lot (where Uhaul Trailers are)FORT WALTON(1pm-3pm) • Bella Donna Cafe Martin Luther King Blvd. (Between NWF State College and Hurlburt Field East entrance)CRESTVIEW(Noon-3pm) Across from Northview Plaza 775 N Ferdon Blvd. (in open lot)DeFUNIAK SPRINGS (9am-11am)JBS Chinese Restaurant • 66 Hwy 90 E Saturday, September 14 9/11 ceremonyThe North Bay Fire Department will sponsor a ceremony to remember those who fell in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony will be held today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. in the Winn-Dixie parking lot, State Road 20, Bluewater Bay. Firefighters will raise a flag in remembrance. Prayers will be offered for the victims and the nation. All are invited.By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Three property owners have filed suit against the city of Valparaiso seeking rights to city land between the north shore of Toms Bayou and their land, according to Valparaiso City Attorney Heyward Dykes. Two corporations, CAJTDM LLC and AJTDM LLC, as well as Jason Rosenbleeth of 991 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, are listed plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city. AJTDM owns the land on which the Compass Rose restaurant is situated, according to county tax records. The Valparaiso City Commission in June rejected requests from the corporations, Rosenbleeth and Kay Hamilton, who wanted the city to vacate, or give up, its rights to a section of North Bayshore Drive, a disused dirt road west of John Sims Parkway that separates their land from Toms Bayou. Hamilton, a city commissioner who also owns land on North Bayshore, is not a plaintiff in the suit against the city. The vacation of right of way requested in June would have extended the property of the requesting parties southward to Toms Bayou. Dykes said the filed suit is for similar result. He said that Valparaiso's position is that when the land in question was deeded, the city was allowed to designate it as private or public land, and the city chose a public right of way. The city's answer to the suit is due in Okaloosa County Circuit Court next week, but Dykes said the city will likely file for a 10-day extension to further prepare materials. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserSuit has been filed for the right of way of land near North Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, which runs between the Compass Rose restaurant and Toms Bayou.3 landowners sue Valp.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Bluewater Bay DentalThe saving grace of dental implantsDr. Olivier Broutin believes that when he creates relationships based on trust in his dental practice, he and his team can offer the best solutions to his patients. He knows that people who are suffering the discomfort and embarrassment of losing a tooth feel like there's no hope and the only answer is wearing a bridge or dentures forever. Having a tooth extracted can be a devastating experience. It affects how you look, speak, eat, and feel about yourself. What many people do not know is that losing a tooth can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. The negative results go far deeper than what you see on the surface. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface – the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate up to 25 percent of bone mass is lost the first year! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. It doesn't have to be that way. Dental implants provide better health, appearance, and lasting benefits for patients who have lost a tooth. Dr. Broutin is excited to offer this amazing technology to his patients. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven – over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible. The teeth surrounding the implant are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. Dental Implants are a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. He believes in offering the best possible dental treatments that give his patients beauty, comfort and function. The main focus of Dr. Broutin and his staff is to take care of every aspect of their patient's dental health. "I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. 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The 42-0 victory gave them a 2-0 record and spoke volumes to the strength of the Eagles team. If there was room for improvement between week one and week two, it was the defense, and boy did they improve. The Pace Patriots have caused problems for the Eagles in years past, and have a reputation as a fierce competitor. The Eagle defense rendered the Pace offense powerless, without even the threat of a score. The Niceville line held on several Pace fourth downs. Alec Musser snagged an impressive interception, and Zantiago Zamora led some critical tackles. The Eagles offense played aggressively and with quickness. Quarterback Ashton Hooker had an exceptional night of passing, connecting with several receivers throughout the night, while also gaining rushing yardage of his own. Hooker, a senior, knew the field well, as it was the place of his varsity debut as a sophomore quarterback two years ago when called into the game after the starter was injured. In the 2011 game, he led the team to a come-from-behind victory. Starting running back Shi Kim “Sharky” Coward left Friday's game early due to a minor strain, which provided a great opportunity for the Eagle offense to show just how much talent they have. Tayjon Culley stepped in as primary running back, and had many chain moving carries. The touchdown stats reflected the team effort, with scores by Coward, Culley, Jalen Douglas, Eli Stove, and two by starting receiver Tyree McCants. Head Coach John Hicks was pleased with the team’s performance against Pace. “Tonight we were consistent, crisp, fast, like we should be”, Hicks said. He added, “We played downhill, we played physical, just like you’re supposed to”. With an offense that has racked up 104 points in two games, and a defense that made rapid improvement, the Eagles look to make a strong showing this season. This Friday Niceville travels to Pine Forest in hopes of furthering its 2-0 record. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonEagle Jalen Douglas executes a key block against a Pace defender as wide receiver Tyree McCants runs down the sideline for a touchdown with a minute to go in the third quarter, just before the game was called because of a power failure, leaving Niceville with a 42-0 romp.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Niceville United Methodist Church celebrated 100 years since being officially organized by Reverend D.B. Sellars and Reverend K.K. Rushing in 1913. Celebrations were held this past weekend at the church during regular services Aug. 7-8. The street address for the Niceville UMC is listed as being on Partin Drive South. The faade of the large building, now easily visible to travelers along John Sims Parkway, wasn’t always so impressive. In the latter part of 1913, the church held their first week of services in the Edge and Spence Mercantile Building on Bayshore Drive. Thirty-one residents took the plunge that week and were baptized in Juniper Creek to join the church. According to the church’s website, those joining the church included; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Nathey, Mrs. R. A. Burlison and Mrs. G. B. Anchors, Mrs. Addie Willingham, Mary Richardson, Della Rushing, Lucia Early, Sarah Howell, Mary Allen, Lucy Grantham, Mary Spence, Ida Ervin, Nettie Owens, Lola Erwin, Winford Spence, Mr. and Mrs. John Dashinger, Miss Lou Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hudson, Miss Quinnie Nathey, Mrs. Alice Allen, D. S. Davis, J. S. Allen, Carrie Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. 0. E. Fisher, Amanda Thomas and S. J. Ervin. B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , S S e e p p t t e e m m b b e e r r 1 1 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsessorNiceville United Methodist Church celebrated 100 years Sept. 78 during regular worship services. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Niceville United Methodist turns 100 Photo courtesy Brian AlldredgeRBCS retreat gets students rechargedOne hundred Rocky Bayou Christian School juniors and seniors enjoyed the annual Jr/Sr Retreat at the Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Panama City on Aug. 21-23 for a time of spiritual growth and team building in preparation for the new school year. Pictured front row, Sydney Whitaker and Iris Lee. Middle row, Ian Kampert, Kendall Junker, Sarah Augustin, So Hee You and Laura Hudson. Back row, Connor Lynch, Will Makarov, Doug Linder, Ivan Linn and Izabella Foreman. NHS Swim Team dominates meet Niceville High School s men and women s swim teams won first in all events Thursday Aug. 29, and officially started their season as they competed at Destin YMCA in a short pentathlon. Each swimmer swam five events. Top place finishers were Caitlin Myers, Milbrey Parke, Sydney Dawson, Judson Robertson, Teddy Vaughen and Matthew Markwardt. Other teams competing were Rocky Bayou Christian School, Fort Walton Beach and Choctawhatchee High School. There were 80 girls and 88 boys competing at this meet. Pictured left, Senior Kristi King cuts the water during the 50 yard breaststroke. Pictured right, Danielle Burkett, Alex Barlotta, Stephanie Prinsloo and Emily Nguyen prepare for the 50 yard backstroke.Photos courtesy Louann Brechler Please see METHODIST, page B-3 1187 East John Sims Pkwy., Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Mon.-Fri. 9-6EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 School has started. Drive safely. Watch for children. 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9/11 commemoration North Bay Fire Department has organized a ceremony to remember those who fell on 9/11 in the Winn Dixie parking lot, Route 20, Bluewater Bay at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Open to all. Garden enthusiasts The Valparaiso Garden Club meets Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the George Mitchell Center in Valparaiso next to the Library at 9 a.m. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May. Lionfish tourney The Emerald Coast Reef Association, in preparation for their upcoming Lionfish Tournament, is providing a free Lionfish Workshop Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. at Discovery Dive World, 92 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso. Learn safety, hunting tricks, filleting and more. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to candy@valp.net For more info, visit ecreef.org Swordfish Showdown Bluewater Bay Marina and Bluewater High and Dry are proud to be partnering in the first Bluewater Bay Marina Complex Swordfish Showdown. The tournament will last be a month beginning on Sept. 12, and ending on Oct. 12. Boat fees for the tournament are $500. All swordfish are to be weighed in at the Bluewater Bay fuel dock. For more information please call 897-2821 or visit bluewaterbaymarina.com. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents Red Roots on Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com Book signing Meet author, Sheryl Lynn Siler, at the Bayou Book Company, 1118 John Sims Parkway E, Niceville, on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a book signing. She will be there from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by and play the “Happy to Be Me” game and find out about her new book, “Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk.” Dance clinic Niceville High School’s Eaglette Dance Team is hosting a dance clinic for ages 4-12 on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. The clinic will include dancing, games, lunch and a craft. The dance learned will be performed during the pre-game show at the Sept. 20 NHS vs. Choctaw football game. Registration info at the NHS Attendance Office. Audubon bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will be having a bird walk Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. See upland species at this magnificent, privately owned parcel on the upper Shoal River in Northern Walton County. Dress for a short hike to the river bluffs and steep head branch with good shoes, water, and insect repellent. Meet at the Niceville Food World at 7:30 a.m. to carpool. For more info, call Bob or Chris at 651-0392. Classical guitar The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Alabama. 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 Relay for Life at LewisThe 8th Annual Twin-Cities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m., at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for 5K is $15, Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWF Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. See calendar for complete details. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9am Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01am Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedYouth Outreach Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30pm @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growKidzNet Sept. 11-Nov. 20 Wednesday Nights 6:00-8:00pmAges 3 years-5th gradewww.iacdestin.org  “Pointing The Way To Jesus” 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin  Church Office: 850-837-6324 New book by Niceville authorLinda Sealy Knowles of Niceville recently published her first novel, “Journey to Heaven Knows Where,” the story of a woman who will do anything to protect her sister. Published by iUniverse. Early release, movie afternoonThe Valparaiso Community Library held the first Early Release Movie of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 5. Children and their families took advantage of the early release to watch the movie “Epic” and munch popcorn. Please see CALENDAR, page B-3 Drivers: Guaranteed Home EVERY Weekend! Company: All miles PAID (Loaded or Empty)! Lease to own. NO money down. NO credit check! Call 1-888-880-5911 Looking for a job? Be sure to check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon. 4/2. Close to high school. Just off Palm. Call 865-5675 3-BR, 2.5-BA, two story brick home on quiet culde-sac with partial water view on corner lot. 2,750 SF on 1/2 acre lot. Large family room, fireplace, 3car garage, workshop, Florida room, front porch, rear deck. Master bedroom downstairs. Excellent condition with upgrades throughout. $375,000.00. 127 Dolphin Pointe Rd., Niceville. Call for appointment. 850-6421519 Help Wanted Homes for Rent Homes for Sale Opportunities Homes for Sale Homes for Sale NEWSPAPER DELIVERYEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n “Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!” Homes for Sale Help Wanted Help Wanted Office Space BEACONNEWSPAPERS1181 E. 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James F. Harpster 1937-2013James F. Harpster, grandfather, father, husband, brother and friend peacefully passed from this world into the next on Aug. 25. Jim recently converted and embraced the Catholic faith. Jim was born on June 14, 1937, one of seven children on a rural farm in Missouri that later developed into Harpster & Son Black Angus. He served his country in times of war and peace, serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. After military retirement, Jim chose a new career in antiques and was an expert in restoration and repair of clocks, but now time has run out for “The Clock Mender.” His greatest achievement in life was never any possessions he acquired; it was his ability to care and provide for his family and many others. He leaves behind his beloved grandsons, Cassidy James of Jacksonville and Addison Caley of Portland, Ore., his wife, Patricia Ann of Valparaiso, a son, Brian John of San Francisco, Calif., daughters Regina Marie of Seattle, Wash., Jamie Lee of Portland, Ore., Mary Catherine of Santa Rosa Beach, brothers Robert, Charles and Kenny, and sisters Mary and Joanne, all of Missouri. Many thanks to the Covenent Hospice team, especially his special angel, CAN, Sindal, who always brought a smile to his face. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Rd. Ste. 300 Jacksonville, Florida 32256. Graveside services with full military honors were held on Aug. 29 at Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso. U.S.A.F. Catholic Chaplain Semper Fi Jim officiated.There is no ticket for the event, donations will be accepted at the door and seating is on a first come basis. For more info call 729-5382. Relay for Life The 8th Annual Twin-Cities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m., at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for 5K is $15, Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWF Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. You may register on-line at active.com. E-mail samacd@valp.net for any questions. Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Runners and walkers are welcome. Church history musical The public is invited to attend a musical production presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 339 Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Musicians will perform a musical work by Rob Gardner that follows the latter day history of the Church of Jesus Christ. Light refreshments will be served, the event is free and no collections will be taken. For more info, call Libby McSheehy at 862-3263. Revival service All God’s Children and the Living Word Worship Center, Valparaiso, will host their annual Revival Services Sept. 18-20, nightly at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Alvin Smith of Sonlight Covenant Church of Crestview. Come and bring those who need healing, restoration or just a touch from the Lord. For more info call 678-7632 or email allgodschildrenministry@centurylink.netIn November 1913, Reverend C.F. Butrum was assigned by church officials to serve the brand new congregation but, due to other obligations, he could only preach every fourth Sunday of the month. By then the church had already outgrown the mercantile and had relocated to the Woodman of the World Hall, then located near the First Baptist Church. By 1915 a new pastor had taken over the flock. Reverend B.F. Brown started construction on a small church building, according to the church’s website, “across the highway from Bay Trailer Court near the Antique Shop on the north side of Mill Creek.” Reverend Brown moved to another church after serving in Niceville for one year. The building he began was framed up but never completed, the congregation outgrowing the new building before it could be finished. Services were moved to the old Niceville High School building, now Edge Elementary School on Highway 85, and remained there until 1921 when Reverend B.F. Brown returned to Niceville. By then a group of church members had organized a Sunday School and appointed a superintendent, secretary, treasurer, pianist and Sunday School teachers. Reverend Brown started construction on another church building, but this one was able to be completed in 1921 and served the congregation until the building was later destroyed by fire on Mother’s Day in 1926. By then Reverend Grant Gafford had taken over as pastor. He quickly started another building but he was reassigned before its completion. The furnishings in the new building were rough with blocks and timber being used as pews. These were used until 1950, when Reverend Haywood Scott came, and purchased regular church pews and pulpit furniture. On August 26, 1945, the church was officially named Niceville Methodist Church. In 1956, Pastor A.C. Britt became the minister and, according to the church website, “he was a highly-loved minister and a real ‘go-getter’.” Brother Britt, as he was known, had a hands on approach to ministry, typing up his own church bulletins and physically laboring on the church construction. According to the church website, “during the construction, [he] hooked a chain and pulley to steel beams and pulled them up and then bolted them to the wall structure, one at a time.” After its completion, Reverend Britt delivered the first sermon in the new sanctuary. His subject was church and loyalty. His scripture, was Revelation 2:10, "Be Thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life." That sanctuary stood, and served the congregation, until June 1965, when it was replaced by a new centrally heated and cooled building containing 18 classrooms, a fellowship hall which did double duty as a sanctuary and restrooms. The old sanctuary was torn down. In 1968, another change occurred when the church’s name was changed to First United Methodist Church. According to their website, “The word ‘United’ now in the name comes from The Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, which united with The Methodist Church.” The church continued to grow, and in 1979 a new sanctuary was erected and consecrated along with a new office complex, a chapel, Sunday School classrooms and a new kitchen. The new Sanctuary was expanded into its present day form in 1991 and the balcony was added. The church that just celebrated 100 years has no resemblance to the original congregation that worshipped in a borrowed mercantile ten decades before. While the physical aspects of the church are unrecognizable, one constant remains, and that is the dedication to God and service. As Mrs. Mattie Moore said in a Dedication Service program from 1945, "We present this building to be dedicated to the glory of God and the service of men." And so it has remained. METHODISTFrom page B-1 The original Niceville Methodist Church building, built in 1921, was destroyed by fire on Mother s Day 1926. The building that replaced it, pictured, had rough furnishings with blocks and timber being used as pews until 1950, when regular church pews and pulpit furniture were finally purchased. 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The top 7 boys, results, and times are: 1st Thomas Howell (15:47), 2nd Nick Morken (15:54), 21st Caden Ewing (17:37), 22nd Jack Massey (17:40), 24th Tripp Davis (17:44), 32nd Tristan Hamer (18:01) and 36th Eli Schneidwind (18:14). CALENDARFrom page B-2 Library Friends prep for book and bake sale The Friends of the Library are working to offer a book and bake sale at the Niceville Community Center Saturday Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.2 p.m. A members only pre-sale will be Friday Sept. 20, 4 p.m.6 p.m., and membership may be obtained at the door. All funds raised go directly to support the Niceville Public Library. Pictured are some of the volunteers of Friends of the Library. Thomas Howell Obituary

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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Rates for the 7,930 customers of the Niceville municipal water and sewer works will rise if approved at a Niceville City Council meeting Sept. 12. The proposed increases would raise rates for residential use of the city's water system by 1 percent and sewer system by 3 percent. The typical water user, defined by the city as one who uses 7,000 gallons a month, would see his bill increase by 26 cents a month, from $28.43 to $28.69, not counting a 10 percent city tax. Sewer rates would rise from $36.46 to $37.57 per month for a 7,000-gallon customer, not counting a 10-percent tax charged on sewer bills paid only by customers outside the city. Commercial and industrial rates will climb as well. Customer bills sent after Sept. 12 will use the new rates, assuming they win final approval Thursday. The city of Niceville services water and sewer customers inside and outside the city limits. Glenn Stephens of Polyengineering, the city engineer, recommended that the city boost water and sewer prices by the proposed amounts to cover costs the city incurred when it purchased Okaloosa County's stake in what is now the Niceville Valparaiso Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The operations and maintenance costs for the facility had previously been shared by the county and the cities of Niceville and Valparaiso. Under the previous arrangement, Niceville owned 55 percent of the plant, Valparaiso 20 percent and Okaloosa CountyBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The East Niceville Fire District gave preliminary approval to a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, allotting $21,334 more than last year, after district tax rolls increased. The board unanimously voted for preliminary approval at its meeting Sept. 4. The preliminary budget provides for $817,032 in expenditures, up from $796,139 for the fiscal year that will end Sept. 30. Tax revenues for the district should increase as well, as the taxable value of property in the East Niceville district rose 2.6 percent over last year, to over $238 million. On July 8, the fire commission unanimously voted to set the maximum millage rate for the next fiscal year at 2.37 mills, the same rate as this year. The budget given preliminary approval Sept. 4 assumes this millage figure. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 taxed on property in the district. On property worth $100,000, a 2.37 millage rate would garner a fire tax of $237. The commission will hold a final budget hearing Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the firehouse at 1709 27th St., Niceville. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, September 11, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 3 Inserts Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Emerald Coast Reef Association in preparation for their upcoming Lionfish Tournament, is providing a free Lionfish Workshop at Discovery Dive World, 92 S. John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso. Learn safety, hunting tricks, filleting and more. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to candy@valp.net For more info, visit ecreef.org Sat., 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Niceville High Schools Eaglette Dance Team is hosting a dance clinic for ages 4-12. The clinic will include dancing, games, lunch and a craft. The dance learned will be performed during the pre-game show at the Sept. 20 NHS vs. Choctaw football game. Registration info at the NHS Attendance Office. Sat.11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet Sheryl Lynn Siler at the Bayou Book Company, 1118 John Sims Pkwy. E., Niceville, for a book signing. Stop by and play the Happy to Be Me game and find out about her new book, Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk. Sat., 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Ala. There is no ticket for the event, donations will be accepted at the door. For more info call 729-5382. Calendar, B-3 COMINGUP Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see HIKE, page A-3 Please see MILLAGE, page A-2 Labors of loveNiceville set to hike utilities rates The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Final vote set on millage increaseCounty rate would rise 4.3%By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has tentatively approved a county property tax millage rate of 3.4308 mills, about 4.3 percent above the current rate of 3.2899 mills, and 5.3 percent above the rolled back millage rate of 3.2583the rate at which county property taxes would produce the same amount of revenue as was collected during the current year. A second approval, scheduled for Sept. 16, is required to confirm the preliminary vote, which occurred Sept. 5. At the proposed new rate, property owners in Okaloosa County will pay about $3.43 in property tax to the county for every $1,000 of taxable value after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $686.16 if the new millage rate is given final approval during the countys final public budget hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the county water and sewer building, 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. At the current millage rate, that same homeowner now pays $657.98, meaning that the new rate, if passed next Monday, would result in a $28.18 annual tax hike for the homeowner mentioned above. Other property owners would pay more or less than that amount, depending on the appraised value of their property, and what discounts they may be eligible for. The county commission property tax does not include levies by other taxing authorities within Okaloosa County, such as the school district, fire districts, and cities. Property taxes are one of Fire board mulls $21K spending hike Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser The driver of a Walmart 18-wheeler tried to make a U-turn, but the cab got stuck on the shoulder of State Road 20 East, just west of the entrance to Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, at about 9 a.m. Sept. 6, blocking two lanes and forcing westbound traffic into an eastbound lane. A tow truck removed the blockage after an hour and 15 minutes.Wrong turnBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Diana Peterson sat in the shade while the morning sun glinted off the metallic Lamborghini Blue paint of her 1957 Chevy, on which a windshield sign politely implored passersby to please not touch. Such requests were difficult to obey at the Emerald Coast Car Show, held at the Mullet Festival grounds, Niceville, Saturday, where Peterson and about 200 other car owners proudly displayed the polished and turbocharged objects of their passion. Peterson, of Niceville, had one of the shortest drives to the show, as many from out of city and out of state paid the $25 entrance fee, with proceeds going to the Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS in Fort Walton Beach and other local charities. Peterson and her husband, Kirk, bought their 1957 Chevy for $2,000 about 20 years ago. Kirk began using it in his lawn service, but in their retirement the Petersons began making the modifications that transformed the former work vehicle into a Please see CAR, page A-2Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserA line of classic pickup trucks in the Chevrolet 1955-57 class at the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show in Niceville Saturday. The group included a blue 1957 Chevy owned by Diana Peterson (below). Car show raises funds for charity

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992several sources of revenue for the annual county budget. These include state and federal revenue sharing, fees for various county services such as water and sewer service, fines and forfeitures, and others. Commissioners also tentatively approved leaving an additional property tax, levied only on Okaloosa property owners outside the limits of the countys nine municipalities, unchanged at 0.18 mills. That tax, until now, has been used solely to support county parks and recreation, but at a recent meeting, commissioners agreed to allow part of that tax revenue to also be used for storm water management. Last Thursdays hearing began with a short video and PowerPoint presentation by County Administrator Ernie Padgett. The video depicted the importance of public works and other services provided by county government. Padgett told the commission, Local government is where the rubber meets the road, for maintaining public infrastructure and essential public services. He said the proposed budget and millage increases are needed to help maintain vital public services after about five years of repeated county budget cutbacks during the slow national and local economy that has prevailed since about 2007. Padgett said that although the proposed millage rate for next year will be higher than this years, it will be slightly lower than the rate in 2005, which he termed the last normal year prior to the national economic recession. He said the higher budget for the coming year will be needed to maintain and replace county vehicles and equipment, and to accomplish repairs and maintenance to county roads and other facilities that have been delayed for several years due to budget cuts. Padgett told commissioners that the proposed millage rate would help provide for a lean, but adequate budget of $279.9 million for the county during the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1, up about $22.7 million from this year. Padgetts briefing was followed by another PowerPoint briefing given by county finance officer Gary Stanford, which included charts showing that Okaloosas millage rate will still be the lowest in Florida, even if the proposed increase is approved on Sept. 16, and that Okaloosas current debt is below that of similar counties. The proposed budget will include an average 3 percent pay increase for county employees. County Human Resources Director Kay Godwin told the commission that county employees have gone without a pay increase for several years, and that currently about 117 county employees have incomes which are below or within 20 percent of the official federal poverty line of $23,050 annual income per person. She said that with the salary increase, only 94 county employees will be within 20 percent of the poverty line. County Commissioner Dave Parisot said the average 3 percent pay increase will actually take the form of a $1,400 increase in the annual pay of each county employee, regardless of the employees current pay level. He said that this will be done so that those employees who are currently at the lowest pay levels will receive the largest percentage increases in their annual pay. Following the formal presentations, several members of the public were invited to address the commission. Among these was Trey Goodwin, an attorney and county resident who spoke against the proposed increases. He said that many county residents, particularly senior citizens on fixed incomes, cannot afford a millage hike. Many folks are out there struggling, and not getting pay raises, he said. Its the nickels and dimes that are killing them, such as insurance increases. Goodwin said that business owners have told him that These are still tough times, and that even a small increase in county taxes will simply add to the growing expenses faced by many local businesses and individuals. Goodwin concluded by urging the commissioners; Dont grow government. Keep the rate where it is. Niceville resident Ruth Alford also addressed the commission, saying that her impression of the county budget process is that the county commission is merely managing the decay. She urged the county commission to Get smaller, and smarter. She said she thinks the county can maintain services with a lower budget if commissioners and senior county managers will think out of the box and think about what we can do to be different from other counties. County resident Harold LaFountain presented commissioners with a list of county department heads and senior managers, which he said should be reduced in order to save money. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley also addressed the commission, speaking in favor of the proposed millage and budget increases. I commend the commission for having the courage to do whats necessary, said the sheriff. Ashley said that even with the proposed increases, the portion of the county budget allocated to the Sheriffs Office will still be woefully short, but that he is willing to live with that for now. Ashley said that most county residents are not aware of recent increases in crime within the county. He said that within the past four years Okaloosa County has seen a 30 percent increase in calls for service to the sheriffs office, and more than a 40 percent increase in violent crime, along with a similar increase in instances of child abuse. He also said that about 20 percent of sheriffs office vehicles now have more than 150,000 miles, and that more budget increases will be needed in future years to replace aging vehicles and equipment and to allow the sheriffs office to keep up with growth in crime. After hearing from the public, some commissioners spoke in defense of the need for a higher budget. Commissioner Wayne Harris said that for the last five years, the commission has done all it can to scrimp, save, and cut fat to the bone. He said that while tax hikes are always unpopular, We were put here to make decisions, and I just cant tell you how right this is. Harris said that after years of budget cuts, the countys chickens are coming home to roost, and that the county budget must be increased in order to maintain essential levels of service. Commissioner Dave Parisot said that revenue from the increased millage will pay for the additional $1.825 million the county is required to contribute to the Florida Retirement System, as recently mandated by the Florida Legislature. He said the increase in required county FRS contributions doesnt raise anyones benefits, but will merely beef up the states actuarial position. MILLAGEFrom page A-1dazzling, 450-horsepower gem. Peterson said the fact that she and her husband do not have children has assisted in the development of their prized ride. "We've definitely spent a couple of fouryear college tuition's worth on it," Peterson said. Like many others at the show, Peterson's vehicle is like a modern Theseus' ship, with almost every original piece supplanted by a newer, stronger and more visually pleasing replacement. The motor was replaced by a powerful 1994 Corvette engine salvaged from a wreck. "Suicide doors," so called because they swing open opposite standard doors, replaced the truck's original ones. Peterson has done away with door handles, instead having locks activated by a sensor kept in her pocket. Peterson's truck has placed first in 12 shows around the country. She and her husband tow it in a trailer if the drive is greater than 70 miles. Such meticulous care is common among the entrants in the show. Sidra Spies, a former Niceville High School biology teacher who lives in Shalimar, also understands the painstaking effort that goes into maintenance of a beloved vehicle. Spies' vehicle, a Telescoping Apartment patented in 1916, sat among a line of vehicles built before 1948. It contains a bed compartment that can sleep two, though not comfortably, said Spies. The vehicle also has pull-out compartments for cooking and showering, providing a self-contained camping experience. In the gleaming rows of immaculate conveyances were displayed the evidence of hundreds of such stories of creation, care and pride. The show awarded first, second and third place trophies for best paint, interior, and motor, as well as a best of show. CARFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserA row of lovingly restored Ford Model A cars manufactured from 1928-1931 at the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car show in Niceville Saturday. Page A-2 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has voted to raise the county-city gasoline tax by three cents per gallon, or nearly $3 million a year, effective Jan. 1. Commissioner Don Amunds cast the lone vote against the tax hike during a meeting in Crestview Sept. 3, while commissioners Nathan Boyles, Wayne Harris, Dave Parisot, and Kelly Windes voted in favor The money will be used to improve and repair city and county streets, which officials say are in danger of deteriorating because tax revenues have not kept pace with needs. The gas tax decision was preceded by a presentation given to the commission by Okaloosa Public Works Director John Hofstad. According to a letter included in Hofstads presentation: Available to all counties in the state of Florida are two options for local gas taxes. Currently, Okaloosa County has enacted the first Local Option Gas Tax which is six cents per gallon of gas. Revenue from this LOGT is split between Okaloosa County and the nine municipalities at a 60/40 ratio." The annual revenue projected from the first LOGT is approximately $6,100,000 ($3,660,000 county / $2,440,000 municipalities)," Hofstad stated. "Consideration is being given to enacting the second LOGT, which is a maximum of five cents per gallon of non diesel fuels," according to Hofstad's statement. "The projected annual revenue from the second LOGT is approximately $950,448 per penny of tax enacted. If all five cents were enacted the maximum anticipated revenue would be approximately $4,752,240. Hofstad also told the commissioners that several county vehicles and equipment such as a county-owned crane used for road work have now grown so old and so much in need of maintenance or replacement that they pose a safety hazard to the county employees who must use them. Several members of the public also addressed the commission, some favoring the gas tax and some opposing it. County resident Robert English told the commission that although the county is facing higher costs, taxpayers throughout the county must find ways to cut their spending as their incomes have not increased. He said the county should do the same by looking within its own budget for things to cut. County resident John Edwards favored the gas tax hike. He said that a five cent gas tax increase would mean only about seven dollars per week additional expense for his family, which owns four vehicles. Thats not a big deal, he said, its about the same as the price of two Big Macs. Former Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Pat Hollarn also spoke to the commission, favoring the proposed tax hike. She said that while taxes are never popular with anyone, the county has cut the fat from its budget long ago, and now has no choice but to raise taxes in order to maintain necessary public services and the safety of county employees by maintaining and replacing aging vehicles and equipment. After a brief discussion, commissioners agreed to a three cent increase in county gasoline taxes, with the revenue to be shared between the county and its nine municipalities on a 64/36 basisa ratio more favorable to the county than the previous 60/40 ratio in place until now, but which Hofstad said would still provide a total revenue increase for the cities as well as the county. Some county officials had previously suggested a 70/30 split between the county and cities, but city officials had objected that their share would be too small. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 11, 2013 Page A-3 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon 729-2131 Auto Business Home Life FloodHOMEOWNERS INSURANCEGone through the roof or non-renewed? Give us a call, we can help! www.nicevilleinsurance.com 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Niceville last year increased sewer rates by 4 percent on Stephens' recommendation. During last year's budget hearings, Stephens said he would also be recommending a 3 percent increase in the current budget cycle. Rick Helms, manager of the wastewater treatment facility, said the city of Niceville, which owns 80 percent of the facility (to Valparaiso's 20 percent), said the biggest reason Niceville's costs will increase is $5 million upgrades being done to the plant to remove more nitrogen and phosphorus from its effluent. The recommendation to increase water rates by 1 percent stemmed from market increases in water costs, Stephens said. HIKE From page A-1 Michael Lyon pumps gas into his motorcycle at the Murphy USA gas station, Niceville, Tuesday. Lyon isn't happy about a planned $3 million increase in Okaloosa County gas taxes that will take effect Jan. 1, but said he felt the issue was out of the people's hands. "What can we really do to fight it?" he said. 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ArrestsVicente Cruz Salazar, a cashier, 20, of 517 Wexford Drive, Niceville, and Justin Delshawn Brown, a cook, 28, of 4814 Summer Creek Cove, Crestview, were arrested by Niceville police Aug. 26 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer stopped a car owned and driven by someone later identified as Salazar for driving 46 mph in a 35 mph zone on State Road 20 near Reynolds Avenue, Niceville. The officer contacted Salazar and smelled marijuana coming from the car. The officer asked Salazar, Brown and the car's other occupant if they had any marijuana on them. The three occupants initially denied having marijuana, but later Brown allegedly said he had marijuana in his coat pocket. The officer located the marijuana, which later was found to weigh 7.8 grams, in Brown's coat pocket. The officer searched the vehicle and found a glass pipe and a cigarette pack containing three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. The car's third passenger, who was not arrested, told the officer he had smoked part of a cigar containing marijuana while in the car. Salazar and Brown's required court appearances are Sept. 17. *** A 16-year-old Niceville boy was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 2 on charges of trespassing in a structure/conveyance and carrying a concealed weapon. Employees of the Turkey Creek Park at 340 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, reported that the boy was at the park, where he had been issued a trespass warning by Niceville police March 20 which does not expire until March 20, 2014. Upon searching the boy, an officer found metallic knuckles in the boy's rear left pocket. The boy's required court appearance is Oct. 16. *** A 14-year-old Valparaiso boy was arrested by Valparaiso police Sept. 3 on charges of trespassing in a structure or conveyance and petit theft. The boy allegedly entered the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department building at 431 Valparaiso Parkway, an address for which the boy has an active trespass warning issued Dec. 4. *** Jessica Dale Franklin, a restaurant server, 19, of 523 Valparaiso Parkway Unit B, Valparaiso, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 30 on charges of petit larceny and drug equipment possession and/or use. Franklin allegedly attempted to leave the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, without paying for clothing, a blanket, a pillow and six hunting arrows, worth a total of $137.19. A deputy searched Franklin and found a small glass pipe in her purse, which she admitted was used to smoke marijuana. Franklin's required court appearance is Sept. 17. *** Thomas Henry Pride, a landscaper, 18, of 1858 Edge Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 30 on a charge of larceny over $300 but under $20,000. Pride allegedly walked out of the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, without paying for a flat-screen television worth $348. Pride's required court appearance is Oct. 15. *** Michael Dewayne Robertson, 22, of 1481 Pine St., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Aug. 29 on a Walton County warrant for two counts of larceny. *** Carrie Michelle Concepcion, 28, of 114 Matt Blvd., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 4 on a charge of battery causing bodily harm. Concepcion allegedly got into an argument with someone resulting in a physical struggle over a flower vase, after which she pushed the victim with both hands, causing him to fall down a staircase. According to police, the victim had carpet burns consistent with the incident. Concepcion said the victim purposely fell. She also said she had initiated physical contact with the victim and hit him with a toaster the previous day because he was "in my face." Concepcion's required court appearance is Sept. 24. TheftsA Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Jasmine Avenue reported Aug. 30 that a $1,000 laptop computer, two $300 iPods, various toiletry products and one pack of cigarettes were stolen from her residence. *** A Niceville resident reported Aug. 27 someone removed the license plate from his truck. A Niceville police officer determined from the screw holes in the complainant's bumper that the license plate had been removed, and had not fallen off. *** A Niceville resident of the 200 block of Palmetto Avenue reported Aug. 27 someone had entered her residence, broken the electronic dials on her floor safe and attempted, unsuccessfully, to pry it open. She reported one item missing, a pair of sunglasses worth $200. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Aug. 28 someone stole his $400 hedge trimmer and $250 edger from his residence. *** A Niceville resident reported Sept. 3 that after his vehicle broke down at the Texaco at 100 E. JohnPage A-4 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 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 ReportsNorth BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from September 2, 2013 through September 8, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Live Oak St.................................Medical................................9/2/13.......................05:00 Reeves St...................................Fire in MH...........................9/2/13.......................18:47 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/2/13.......................20:33 Kelly Rd......................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/2/13.......................23:23 Cypress Dr.................................Building fire.........................9/3/13.......................06:16 Fairway Lakes Dr.......................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/3/13.......................06:46 Range Rd...................................Alarm system activation.....9/3/13.......................15:18 Canal Dr.....................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/3/13.......................19:49 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/3/13.......................19:52 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/3/13.......................23:54 E. Rosewood Way.....................Public assist........................9/4/13.......................04:59 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/4/13.......................18:29 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................10:28 E. Hwy. 20/White Point..............Medical................................9/5/13.......................11:02 Merchants Way..........................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................14:52 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/5/13.......................21:37 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.....................9/6/13.......................01:18 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/6/13.......................10:17 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical alarm activation....9/6/13.......................11:35 Calinda Ln..................................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/6/13.......................18:27 N. White Point Rd......................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/6/13.......................21:18 Raintree Blvd..............................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:14 Birkdale Cir.................................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:20 Raintree Blvd..............................Medical................................9/7/13.......................03:52 Merchants Way..........................Medical................................9/7/13.......................12:29 Amberlake Cove........................Medical................................9/7/13.......................12:56 N. White Point Rd......................Medical................................9/7/13.......................18:52 Stony Creek Cv..........................Dispatched & cancelled.....9/7/13.......................21:42 White Point Rd...........................Medical................................9/8/13.......................01:39 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical assist.....................9/8/13.......................09:43 E.Hwy. 20/Sycamore.................Extrication...........................9/8/13.......................15:09 Troon Dr. W................................Public assist........................9/8/13.......................16:04 E. Hwy 20/SR 293.....................Vehicle accident..................9/8/13.......................19:34 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.ValparaisoThe Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of August: Street Situation Date Time Washington Ave..........................Assault/rape......................8/1/13..........................00:50 Glen Ave......................................External hazmat................8/1/13..........................09:30 Washington Ave..........................Unconscious.....................8/4/13..........................19:05 Montana/S. John Sims...............Animal bite........................8/5/13..........................17:47 Valparaiso Pkwy..........................Sick call.............................8/7/13..........................15:46 Valparaiso//S. John Sims............Vehicle accident................8/8/13..........................15:33 Valparaiso Pkwy..........................Seizures............................8/8/13..........................16:41 Seminole Ave..............................Cardiac arrest...................8/8/13..........................20:33 S. Bayshore Dr............................Fall.....................................8/11/13........................11:44 S. John Sims Pkwy.....................OD/Poison.........................8/11/13........................18:25 S. John Sims Pkwy.....................Breathing problem............8/12/13........................10:07 Glendale Ave...............................CVA/Stroke........................8/14/13........................04:14 Phillips Ct.....................................Cardiac arrest...................8/14/13........................07:47 Kelly Mill Rd.................................Fire alarm..........................8/15/13........................22:13 Government Ave.........................Psych.................................8/17/13........................17:15 Choctaw Cv.................................Sick call.............................8/18/13........................09:18 Lincoln Ave..................................Fall.....................................8/18/13........................17:30 Kelly Way.....................................Unconscious.....................8/18/13........................17:34 Tennessee Ave............................Breathing problem............8/18/13........................17:58 Florida Ave...................................Vehicle accident................8/21/13........................09:36 Lincoln Ave..................................Fall.....................................8/25/13........................19:58 Glendale Ave...............................Fire service call.................8/28/13........................02:12 W. College/Hwy 85 S..................Vehicle accident................8/28/13........................13:51 Iowa Street..................................Fire alarm..........................8/28/13........................15:15 N. Bayshore Dr............................Breathing problem............8/30/13........................10:54 East Niceville The East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of August, 2013. Street Situation Date Time E. College Blvd.........................EMS call..............................8/1/13....................08:10 PM Oakmont Cir..............................Dispatched & cancelled......8/1/13....................08:56 PM Ruckel Dr..................................EMS call..............................8/2/13....................01:04 AM Curacao Way............................Excessive heat....................8/2/13....................08:07 PM Union Ave..................................EMS call..............................8/3/13....................09:56 PM Hwy. 20.....................................System malfunction............8/5/13....................02:47 PM Hwy. 20.....................................System malfunction............8/5/13....................02:47 PM 23rd Street................................EMS call..............................8/9/13....................11:06 PM Undetermined...........................Unknown.............................8/12/13..................03:00 PM Cook Drive................................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................03:37 PM Osprey Cove.............................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................04:25 PM Wilder Ave.................................Powerline down...................8/12/13..................04:54 PM Bullock Blvd..............................Dispatched & cancelled......8/12/13..................05:20 PM E. John Sims Pkwy...................Extrication............................8/12/13..................05:53 PM Lanman Rd...............................EMS call..............................8/12/13..................08:09 PM White Point Rd..........................Dispatched & cancelled......8/13/13..................07:47 PM Sycamore Ave..........................EMS call..............................8/14/13..................02:00 AM Sailboat Dr................................Unintentional transmission.8/14/13..................09:19 PM Kingslyn Rd...............................EMS call..............................8/15/13..................05:48 AM Keturah Ct.................................EMS call..............................8/15/13..................07:30 PM Vine Ave....................................EMS call..............................8/17/13..................12:32 PM Ida Coon Cir..............................EMS call..............................8/18/13..................09:41 AM Oakmont Pl...............................Heat detector activation......8/19/13..................02:27 PM Stephen Dr................................EMS call..............................8/20/13..................06:40 PM Nathey Ave................................Smoke removal...................8/23/13..................08:13 AM Nutmeg Ave..............................EMS call..............................8/24/13..................08:59 AM Beach Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/25/13..................03:29 PM Rocky Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/26/13..................03:55 AM Bullock Blvd..............................EMS call..............................8/27/13..................10:28 PM Montrose Dr..............................Public service......................8/28/13..................12:10 PM Quince Ave................................EMS call..............................8/28/13..................01:26 PM Rocky Dr...................................EMS call..............................8/28/13..................07:27 PM 22nd Street...............................Vehicle accident..................8/30/13..................10:22 AM Lake Way..................................EMS call..............................8/31/13..................06:20 AM Visit our website at www.enfd.net. 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Sims Parkway, two people offered him a ride. The complainant reported that after he placed a cooler containing 48 cans of beer and his wallet containing $150 in the vehicle of the people who offered him a ride, they drove away without him. *** A Niceville resident of the 1100 block of Rhonda Drive reported Sept. 1 someone removed the license tag from his truck. Criminal mischiefA Niceville resident of the 4000 block of Sugarcane Creek Run reported Aug. 31 someone destroyed his mailbox, knocking it off its support pole onto the ground. *** A Niceville resident of the 400 block of Paradise Road reported Aug. 28 someone broke the window of her son's vehicle. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Riley Road reported Aug. 29 that someone had picked five blossoms off of her flower bushes, reportedly worth a total of $20.Bear sightingA Niceville resident of the 500 block of East John Sims Parkway reported Sept. 3 that a bear was in the road near his area, digging in garbage. Approximately three hours later, the bear was reported to have left the area. OtherCynthia Lynn Lawson, 24, of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, was served an arrest warrant by Niceville police Aug. 31 on a charge of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. An officer observed a truck driven by Lawson, whom the officer knew from previous incidents, driving near State Road 285 and Palm Boulevard, Niceville. The officer knew from past experience that Lawson's license had been suspended June 25 and July 15. *** Jessica Carolyn Carroll, 25, of 304 Reeves St. Lot E-9, Niceville, was served an arrest warrant by Niceville police Aug. 31 for violation of an injunction against repeat violence. Carroll was allegedly found 127 feet from a residence she is not allowed to go within 500 feet of per a June 20 injunction. Carroll's required court appearance is Sept. 17. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 11, 2013 Page A-5 Michael Spears, 27, Niceville, unemployed Denise Barnett, 53, Mossy Head, unemployed He s a grandiose eccentric. Who else would get himself into such a fix? In the beginning I thought he was horrible, but now I ve reconsidered, because we need more transparency from our government. Gene Harris, 71, Niceville, retired He may have thought he was doing the right thing, but overall, I don t think he did. Our country s security is necessary.Edward Snowden Hero or Villain?Marcie Tingler, 29, Niceville, customer service representative Jim Terrell, 64, Crestview, retired Willie Nelson impersonator Tiffany Lopez, 27, Niceville, housekeeper I guess in a way he s kind of like a Robin Hood trying to help the people out. Villain He s leaking information of the United States to other countries. Villain He gave our secrets out.Location: Kmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville K3-12 ENROLLMENT OPEN HOUSEWednesday, September 18, 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. Rocky Bayou Christian Schools Welcome Wednesday 2013 FRESH, CLEAN, CUT SHELLED & PACKAGED FRUIT & VEGETABLES!We carry a variety ofwww.BandHveggies.com BandHveggies@yahoo.com We accept all major credit cards and EBT.BandHveggies.com (228) 990-5605 Find us at these spots on the second Saturday of each month.NICEVILLE(9am-11am) Corner of HWY 85 & 20 Across highway from Bayou Plaza in open lot (where Uhaul Trailers are)FORT WALTON(1pm-3pm) Bella Donna Cafe Martin Luther King Blvd. (Between NWF State College and Hurlburt Field East entrance)CRESTVIEW(Noon-3pm) Across from Northview Plaza 775 N Ferdon Blvd. (in open lot)DeFUNIAK SPRINGS (9am-11am)JBS Chinese Restaurant 66 Hwy 90 E Saturday, September 14 9/11 ceremonyThe North Bay Fire Department will sponsor a ceremony to remember those who fell in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony will be held today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. in the Winn-Dixie parking lot, State Road 20, Bluewater Bay. Firefighters will raise a flag in remembrance. Prayers will be offered for the victims and the nation. All are invited.By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Three property owners have filed suit against the city of Valparaiso seeking rights to city land between the north shore of Toms Bayou and their land, according to Valparaiso City Attorney Heyward Dykes. Two corporations, CAJTDM LLC and AJTDM LLC, as well as Jason Rosenbleeth of 991 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, are listed plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city. AJTDM owns the land on which the Compass Rose restaurant is situated, according to county tax records. The Valparaiso City Commission in June rejected requests from the corporations, Rosenbleeth and Kay Hamilton, who wanted the city to vacate, or give up, its rights to a section of North Bayshore Drive, a disused dirt road west of John Sims Parkway that separates their land from Toms Bayou. Hamilton, a city commissioner who also owns land on North Bayshore, is not a plaintiff in the suit against the city. The vacation of right of way requested in June would have extended the property of the requesting parties southward to Toms Bayou. Dykes said the filed suit is for similar result. He said that Valparaiso's position is that when the land in question was deeded, the city was allowed to designate it as private or public land, and the city chose a public right of way. The city's answer to the suit is due in Okaloosa County Circuit Court next week, but Dykes said the city will likely file for a 10-day extension to further prepare materials. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserSuit has been filed for the right of way of land near North Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, which runs between the Compass Rose restaurant and Toms Bayou.3 landowners sue Valp.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Bluewater Bay DentalThe saving grace of dental implantsDr. Olivier Broutin believes that when he creates relationships based on trust in his dental practice, he and his team can offer the best solutions to his patients. He knows that people who are suffering the discomfort and embarrassment of losing a tooth feel like there's no hope and the only answer is wearing a bridge or dentures forever. Having a tooth extracted can be a devastating experience. It affects how you look, speak, eat, and feel about yourself. What many people do not know is that losing a tooth can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. The negative results go far deeper than what you see on the surface. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate up to 25 percent of bone mass is lost the first year! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. It doesn't have to be that way. Dental implants provide better health, appearance, and lasting benefits for patients who have lost a tooth. Dr. Broutin is excited to offer this amazing technology to his patients. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible. The teeth surrounding the implant are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. Dental Implants are a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. He believes in offering the best possible dental treatments that give his patients beauty, comfort and function. The main focus of Dr. Broutin and his staff is to take care of every aspect of their patient's dental health. "I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. It s the fascinating science of dentistry. For more information about Dr. Olivier Broutin and the benefits of implant dentistry, call (850) 897-4488 or visit www.BluewaterBayDentist.com. Dr. Olivier Broutin Advertising Feature Crowns & Bridges Fillings & Partials Dentures Root Canals Extractions Implants EmergenciesNOW OFFERING - Botox Juvederm Invisalign Conscious Sedation897-4488 www.BluewaterBayDentist.com Merchants Walk Ste 101 NicevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients*Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972 OFFEREXPIRES 09/30/13 TEETH WHITENING$199* and GENERAL REPAIR Brakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks AIRAIRConditioningREPAIRS-We offer-Zen master, guard dog, & welcoming committeeTONY Expert, Certified Techs Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service(850)729-6629ConditioningREPAIRS PECAN CRUSTED CATCH OF THE DAYWhite fish, pan sauteed & crusted with chopped pecans. Topped with a honey cinnamon cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley CHICKEN PICATTAPan sauteed chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce. Served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley BEEF TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONSTopped with a marsala mushroom demi glace, served with red skin mashed potatoes and vegetable medley FRIED GULF SHRIMPServed with french fries and cole slaw SHRIMP ETOUFFEESauteed bay shrimp in a classic etouffee sauce, served over rice pilaf HOURS: 10:45am-9pm Su.-Th. 10:45am-9:30pm Fri. 11:30am 9:30pm Sat. Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta $9954:30 pm-6:00 pm 7 Days a WeekEARLY BIRD SPECIALSNEW124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE Internal Medicine Pediatrics Preventive Care Sport/school Physicals ImmunizationsDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Lic # CFC1437172 *With approved credit through EnerBank USA. Expires September 30, 2013.$575 OFF-OR-6 Months Same as Cash 850.424.6829FREE EVALUATION FINANCING AVAILABLEwww.RhinoShieldFlorida.comIt s not paint! Guaranteed for 25 years! Will never flake, chip or peel. Perfect for wood, brick, block, stucco, & cement fiber board. Wood repair & prep work included. Seals and protects. Financing available!Never PAINT Your Home Again!Rethink your roof! 10 Year Warranty Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair Color Perms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out 101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2 Evening Appointments Upon Request RedKen Color & Products Kenra Haircare ProductsFULLSERVICEHAIRfor ladies & men Call Today!678-1977 Call today for a tour!Respite Care Day Stays -Hour Nursing2300 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-2244 www.SuperiorALF.comAssisted Living # AL11712Specializing in Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Dementia SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleMEMORY CARE BAYOU PLAZA NICEVILLE 699 John Sims Pkwy. WNOW OPEN OFFMSRPBABYGEAR& SUPPLIESEagles shut out PaceTo travel to Pine Forest FridayBy Sarah Clauson Beacon Correspondent The Eagles traveled to Pace High School Friday and came home with a huge victory and set a tone that hints at a promising postseason. The game came to an abrupt end late in the third quarter due to power issues that blacked out half of the stadium lights. The Eagles racked up 42 points in less than three full quarters, shutting out the Patriots. The 42-0 victory gave them a 2-0 record and spoke volumes to the strength of the Eagles team. If there was room for improvement between week one and week two, it was the defense, and boy did they improve. The Pace Patriots have caused problems for the Eagles in years past, and have a reputation as a fierce competitor. The Eagle defense rendered the Pace offense powerless, without even the threat of a score. The Niceville line held on several Pace fourth downs. Alec Musser snagged an impressive interception, and Zantiago Zamora led some critical tackles. The Eagles offense played aggressively and with quickness. Quarterback Ashton Hooker had an exceptional night of passing, connecting with several receivers throughout the night, while also gaining rushing yardage of his own. Hooker, a senior, knew the field well, as it was the place of his varsity debut as a sophomore quarterback two years ago when called into the game after the starter was injured. In the 2011 game, he led the team to a come-from-behind victory. Starting running back Shi Kim Sharky Coward left Friday's game early due to a minor strain, which provided a great opportunity for the Eagle offense to show just how much talent they have. Tayjon Culley stepped in as primary running back, and had many chain moving carries. The touchdown stats reflected the team effort, with scores by Coward, Culley, Jalen Douglas, Eli Stove, and two by starting receiver Tyree McCants. Head Coach John Hicks was pleased with the teams performance against Pace. Tonight we were consistent, crisp, fast, like we should be, Hicks said. He added, We played downhill, we played physical, just like youre supposed to. With an offense that has racked up 104 points in two games, and a defense that made rapid improvement, the Eagles look to make a strong showing this season. This Friday Niceville travels to Pine Forest in hopes of furthering its 2-0 record. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonEagle Jalen Douglas executes a key block against a Pace defender as wide receiver Tyree McCants runs down the sideline for a touchdown with a minute to go in the third quarter, just before the game was called because of a power failure, leaving Niceville with a 42-0 romp.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Niceville United Methodist Church celebrated 100 years since being officially organized by Reverend D.B. Sellars and Reverend K.K. Rushing in 1913. Celebrations were held this past weekend at the church during regular services Aug. 7-8. The street address for the Niceville UMC is listed as being on Partin Drive South. The faade of the large building, now easily visible to travelers along John Sims Parkway, wasnt always so impressive. In the latter part of 1913, the church held their first week of services in the Edge and Spence Mercantile Building on Bayshore Drive. Thirty-one residents took the plunge that week and were baptized in Juniper Creek to join the church. According to the churchs website, those joining the church included; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Nathey, Mrs. R. A. Burlison and Mrs. G. B. Anchors, Mrs. Addie Willingham, Mary Richardson, Della Rushing, Lucia Early, Sarah Howell, Mary Allen, Lucy Grantham, Mary Spence, Ida Ervin, Nettie Owens, Lola Erwin, Winford Spence, Mr. and Mrs. John Dashinger, Miss Lou Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hudson, Miss Quinnie Nathey, Mrs. Alice Allen, D. S. Davis, J. S. Allen, Carrie Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. 0. E. Fisher, Amanda Thomas and S. J. Ervin. B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , S S e e p p t t e e m m b b e e r r 1 1 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsessorNiceville United Methodist Church celebrated 100 years Sept. 78 during regular worship services. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Niceville United Methodist turns 100 Photo courtesy Brian AlldredgeRBCS retreat gets students rechargedOne hundred Rocky Bayou Christian School juniors and seniors enjoyed the annual Jr/Sr Retreat at the Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Panama City on Aug. 21-23 for a time of spiritual growth and team building in preparation for the new school year. Pictured front row, Sydney Whitaker and Iris Lee. Middle row, Ian Kampert, Kendall Junker, Sarah Augustin, So Hee You and Laura Hudson. Back row, Connor Lynch, Will Makarov, Doug Linder, Ivan Linn and Izabella Foreman. NHS Swim Team dominates meet Niceville High School s men and women s swim teams won first in all events Thursday Aug. 29, and officially started their season as they competed at Destin YMCA in a short pentathlon. Each swimmer swam five events. Top place finishers were Caitlin Myers, Milbrey Parke, Sydney Dawson, Judson Robertson, Teddy Vaughen and Matthew Markwardt. Other teams competing were Rocky Bayou Christian School, Fort Walton Beach and Choctawhatchee High School. There were 80 girls and 88 boys competing at this meet. Pictured left, Senior Kristi King cuts the water during the 50 yard breaststroke. Pictured right, Danielle Burkett, Alex Barlotta, Stephanie Prinsloo and Emily Nguyen prepare for the 50 yard backstroke.Photos courtesy Louann Brechler Please see METHODIST, page B-3 1187 East John Sims Pkwy., Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Mon.-Fri. 9-6EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 School has started. Drive safely. Watch for children. Young, old and everyone in-between...Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. at Eyewear Unlimited offers full comprehensive eye exams for patients of all ages.Everything Eyewear, Everything Eyecare!Schedule your appointment today! 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See our award winning video at: www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comAre you confused with all the PRICE TYPE ADVERTISING for hearing instruments? Tired of being asked to be part of ANOTHER TRIAL STUDY to test the NEW REVOLUTIONARY, STATE OF THE ART . ya-da-ya-da-ya-da? We dont charge for 2ndopinions. We dont need to TEST our hearing instruments on the Public. W e can be sure what works for our patients, because we offer them a TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement. And, were not talking about an In-Office-Trial for a few Magical Moments in a clinical setting. W ere talking about RealWorld testing; you leave our office with a new set of digital programmable hearing instruments which have been specifically programed for your specific HEARING LOSS & LIFESTYLE. Our TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement simply put is: Lea ve your check book at home, bring only your spouse, relative, or friend with you so that we can conduct a Familiar Voice Test and then program your hearing instruments to the specific frequencies which will give you back that part of your life that you ve been missing. Call now to schedule a time to TryEm B4U BuyEm !QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN HEARING LOSS IS LINKED TO DEMENTIA Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. 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9/11 commemoration North Bay Fire Department has organized a ceremony to remember those who fell on 9/11 in the Winn Dixie parking lot, Route 20, Bluewater Bay at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Open to all. Garden enthusiasts The Valparaiso Garden Club meets Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the George Mitchell Center in Valparaiso next to the Library at 9 a.m. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May. Lionfish tourney The Emerald Coast Reef Association, in preparation for their upcoming Lionfish Tournament, is providing a free Lionfish Workshop Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. at Discovery Dive World, 92 S John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso. Learn safety, hunting tricks, filleting and more. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to candy@valp.net For more info, visit ecreef.org Swordfish Showdown Bluewater Bay Marina and Bluewater High and Dry are proud to be partnering in the first Bluewater Bay Marina Complex Swordfish Showdown. The tournament will last be a month beginning on Sept. 12, and ending on Oct. 12. Boat fees for the tournament are $500. All swordfish are to be weighed in at the Bluewater Bay fuel dock. For more information please call 897-2821 or visit bluewaterbaymarina.com. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents Red Roots on Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com Book signing Meet author, Sheryl Lynn Siler, at the Bayou Book Company, 1118 John Sims Parkway E, Niceville, on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a book signing. She will be there from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by and play the Happy to Be Me game and find out about her new book, Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk. Dance clinic Niceville High Schools Eaglette Dance Team is hosting a dance clinic for ages 4-12 on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. p.m. The clinic will include dancing, games, lunch and a craft. The dance learned will be performed during the pre-game show at the Sept. 20 NHS vs. Choctaw football game. Registration info at the NHS Attendance Office. Audubon bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will be having a bird walk Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. See upland species at this magnificent, privately owned parcel on the upper Shoal River in Northern Walton County. Dress for a short hike to the river bluffs and steep head branch with good shoes, water, and insect repellent. Meet at the Niceville Food World at 7:30 a.m. to carpool. For more info, call Bob or Chris at 651-0392. Classical guitar The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Alabama. 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 Relay for Life at LewisThe 8th Annual Twin-Cities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m., at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for 5K is $15, Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWF Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. See calendar for complete details. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9am Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01am Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedYouth Outreach Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30pm @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growKidzNet Sept. 11-Nov. 20 Wednesday Nights 6:00-8:00pmAges 3 years-5th gradewww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324 New book by Niceville authorLinda Sealy Knowles of Niceville recently published her first novel, Journey to Heaven Knows Where, the story of a woman who will do anything to protect her sister. Published by iUniverse. Early release, movie afternoonThe Valparaiso Community Library held the first Early Release Movie of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 5. Children and their families took advantage of the early release to watch the movie Epic and munch popcorn. Please see CALENDAR, page B-3 Drivers: Guaranteed Home EVERY Weekend! Company: All miles PAID (Loaded or Empty)! Lease to own. NO money down. NO credit check! Call 1-888-880-5911 Looking for a job? Be sure to check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon. 4/2. Close to high school. Just off Palm. Call 865-5675 3-BR, 2.5-BA, two story brick home on quiet culde-sac with partial water view on corner lot. 2,750 SF on 1/2 acre lot. Large family room, fireplace, 3car garage, workshop, Florida room, front porch, rear deck. Master bedroom downstairs. Excellent condition with upgrades throughout. $375,000.00. 127 Dolphin Pointe Rd., Niceville. Call for appointment. 850-6421519 Help Wanted Homes for Rent Homes for Sale Opportunities Homes for Sale Homes for Sale NEWSPAPER DELIVERY-Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Homes for Sale Help Wanted Help Wanted Office Space BEACONNEWSPAPERS1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: (850) 678-1080 Fax: 1-888-520-9323BEACONNEWSPAPERS__________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ $11.00 __________________ $11.60 __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ $11.20 __________________ $11.80 __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ $11.40 __________________ $12.00 First Word Please write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge per paper is $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2 P.M. FRIDAY FOR WEDNESDAYCONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD! 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.)*Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers. 50% discount for additional weeks or papers. Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (No. of weeks) r Eglin Flyer (No. of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot (No. of weeks) Price of First Run......................$ + Price of subsequent runs..........$ = Total Price..................................$ Ads are non-refundable. Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 1821 John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-5178 www.CarriageHills.com Realtor@CarriageHills.com Contact Us Today! Home Ownership Unites Communities. 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SFPRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLEFor more information call897-6464 Capture the Eglin and Hurlburt markets in the base newspapers!The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field! There are seven times a year when flying our flag is the perfect way to show your family or business patriotic spirit. Kiwanis can make it easy!For just $42 a year, we will install a permanent in-ground base for your flag. Then, just before Labor Day and 9/11, 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 $42 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club s numerous children s programs throughout our community. Times a wastin. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 and order a flag.Serving the Children of the WorldLet KiwanisRaise Old GloryNiceville/ValparaisoKiwa nis Clubat Your House or Business HHHHHHHH 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. OLDSVPK PROVIDER Call today for details!

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James F. Harpster 1937-2013James F. Harpster, grandfather, father, husband, brother and friend peacefully passed from this world into the next on Aug. 25. Jim recently converted and embraced the Catholic faith. Jim was born on June 14, 1937, one of seven children on a rural farm in Missouri that later developed into Harpster & Son Black Angus. He served his country in times of war and peace, serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. After military retirement, Jim chose a new career in antiques and was an expert in restoration and repair of clocks, but now time has run out for The Clock Mender. His greatest achievement in life was never any possessions he acquired; it was his ability to care and provide for his family and many others. He leaves behind his beloved grandsons, Cassidy James of Jacksonville and Addison Caley of Portland, Ore., his wife, Patricia Ann of Valparaiso, a son, Brian John of San Francisco, Calif., daughters Regina Marie of Seattle, Wash., Jamie Lee of Portland, Ore., Mary Catherine of Santa Rosa Beach, brothers Robert, Charles and Kenny, and sisters Mary and Joanne, all of Missouri. Many thanks to the Covenent Hospice team, especially his special angel, CAN, Sindal, who always brought a smile to his face. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Rd. Ste. 300 Jacksonville, Florida 32256. Graveside services with full military honors were held on Aug. 29 at Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso. U.S.A.F. Catholic Chaplain Semper Fi Jim officiated.There is no ticket for the event, donations will be accepted at the door and seating is on a first come basis. For more info call 729-5382. Relay for Life The 8th Annual Twin-Cities Relay for Life 5K/Mile Fun Run will be held on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m., at Lewis School, Valparaiso. Early registration for 5K is $15, Fun Run is $5. Student price is $5 for either race. NWF Track Club members receive a $2 discount. Late fee add $5 the day of the race. T-shirts for the first 250 entries. You may register on-line at active.com. E-mail samacd@valp.net for any questions. Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Runners and walkers are welcome. Church history musical The public is invited to attend a musical production presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 339 Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Musicians will perform a musical work by Rob Gardner that follows the latter day history of the Church of Jesus Christ. Light refreshments will be served, the event is free and no collections will be taken. For more info, call Libby McSheehy at 862-3263. Revival service All Gods Children and the Living Word Worship Center, Valparaiso, will host their annual Revival Services Sept. 18-20, nightly at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Alvin Smith of Sonlight Covenant Church of Crestview. Come and bring those who need healing, restoration or just a touch from the Lord. For more info call 678-7632 or email allgodschildrenministry@centurylink.netIn November 1913, Reverend C.F. Butrum was assigned by church officials to serve the brand new congregation but, due to other obligations, he could only preach every fourth Sunday of the month. By then the church had already outgrown the mercantile and had relocated to the Woodman of the World Hall, then located near the First Baptist Church. By 1915 a new pastor had taken over the flock. Reverend B.F. Brown started construction on a small church building, according to the churchs website, across the highway from Bay Trailer Court near the Antique Shop on the north side of Mill Creek. Reverend Brown moved to another church after serving in Niceville for one year. The building he began was framed up but never completed, the congregation outgrowing the new building before it could be finished. Services were moved to the old Niceville High School building, now Edge Elementary School on Highway 85, and remained there until 1921 when Reverend B.F. Brown returned to Niceville. By then a group of church members had organized a Sunday School and appointed a superintendent, secretary, treasurer, pianist and Sunday School teachers. Reverend Brown started construction on another church building, but this one was able to be completed in 1921 and served the congregation until the building was later destroyed by fire on Mothers Day in 1926. By then Reverend Grant Gafford had taken over as pastor. He quickly started another building but he was reassigned before its completion. The furnishings in the new building were rough with blocks and timber being used as pews. These were used until 1950, when Reverend Haywood Scott came, and purchased regular church pews and pulpit furniture. On August 26, 1945, the church was officially named Niceville Methodist Church. In 1956, Pastor A.C. Britt became the minister and, according to the church website, he was a highly-loved minister and a real go-getter. Brother Britt, as he was known, had a hands on approach to ministry, typing up his own church bulletins and physically laboring on the church construction. According to the church website, during the construction, [he] hooked a chain and pulley to steel beams and pulled them up and then bolted them to the wall structure, one at a time. After its completion, Reverend Britt delivered the first sermon in the new sanctuary. His subject was church and loyalty. His scripture, was Revelation 2:10, "Be Thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life." That sanctuary stood, and served the congregation, until June 1965, when it was replaced by a new centrally heated and cooled building containing 18 classrooms, a fellowship hall which did double duty as a sanctuary and restrooms. The old sanctuary was torn down. In 1968, another change occurred when the churchs name was changed to First United Methodist Church. According to their website, The word United now in the name comes from The Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, which united with The Methodist Church. The church continued to grow, and in 1979 a new sanctuary was erected and consecrated along with a new office complex, a chapel, Sunday School classrooms and a new kitchen. The new Sanctuary was expanded into its present day form in 1991 and the balcony was added. The church that just celebrated 100 years has no resemblance to the original congregation that worshipped in a borrowed mercantile ten decades before. While the physical aspects of the church are unrecognizable, one constant remains, and that is the dedication to God and service. As Mrs. Mattie Moore said in a Dedication Service program from 1945, "We present this building to be dedicated to the glory of God and the service of men." And so it has remained. METHODISTFrom page B-1 The original Niceville Methodist Church building, built in 1921, was destroyed by fire on Mother s Day 1926. The building that replaced it, pictured, had rough furnishings with blocks and timber being used as pews until 1950, when regular church pews and pulpit furniture were finally purchased. Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE IRRIGATIONLicensed & InsuredCommercial/Residential259-1447 682-1447JERRY D. 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CALENDARFrom page B-2 Library Friends prep for book and bake sale The Friends of the Library are working to offer a book and bake sale at the Niceville Community Center Saturday Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.2 p.m. A members only pre-sale will be Friday Sept. 20, 4 p.m.6 p.m., and membership may be obtained at the door. All funds raised go directly to support the Niceville Public Library. Pictured are some of the volunteers of Friends of the Library. Thomas Howell Obituary

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