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The Bay beacon
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Niceville, Fla
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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council has tentatively approved a $12.7 million budget, set for final approval tomorrow, Sept. 19, at a public hearing in the Niceville City Council chambers at 6 p.m. The tentative budget assumes a millage rate of 3.7 mills, the same as last year's rate. This rate will bring in $130,870 more ad valorem taxes than last year, as Niceville's property values increased 4.89 percent since then. The rolled-back millage rate, or the rate that would garner the same amount of ad valorem tax revenue as the previous year, is 3.6345 mills. The proposed millage rate is a 1.8 percent increase over the rolled back rate. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 charged on ad valorem taxes, or taxes on real estate or business property. On property carried on the tax rolls at $100,000 after all exemptions, a millage rate of 3.70 would draw a tax payment of $370. Glenn Stephens, an advising By Mike Griffith and Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) voted to oppose construction of a proposed 317-foot communications tower in Bluewater Bay. The issue is before the Okaloosa County Commission, which is scheduled to consider it Oct. 1. The tower would be erected on a tract on Bay Drive which already includes a community swimming pool and a boat storage lot. MSBU governing board member Jonathan Tallman made the motion to oppose the tower, which passed 5-0 at a meeting Sept. 10. However, the MSBU, which oversees property maintenance of public areas in Bluewater Bay, has no legal authority over the tower's placement. That question is reserved to the Okaloosa County Commission. Area residents appeared at a county commission meeting Tuesday to speak against the tower plan. The commission voted to postpone a decision until its next meeting, Oct. 1 in Crestview, to give time for the developer of the tower and neighborhood residents to meet. At the county commission public hearing Tuesday in Fort Walton Beach, Jack Brooks, of Lido Circle, addressed a tower company suggestion that the structure would be landscaped to reduce its visual impact. “You can’t landscape a 317-foot tower” Brooks said. “There is no way that this will go through without a big fight.” After yesterday's public hearing, county Commissioner Wayne Harris said he saw no reason not to approve the proposed tower. Tallman, speaking after the MSBU meeting, but before the county commission meeting, told the Beacon: "I am concerned about property values, and having a tower in your back yard is an eyesore for the community. I believe there are better options out there such as Rocky Bayou State Park or along the bypass road. Apparently in south Florida, state parks are contacting tower companies because it will generate revenue for the state parks.” According to information By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Ground was broken Tuesday for Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay, a planned fivestory, $18.5 million living center for residents 55 and older. The center will be constructed near Bluewater Fitness, southeast of the intersection of White Point Road and State Road 20, Niceville. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The facility is being developed through a partnership between Superior Residences, which will provide management services for the center, and developer Raimund Herden. Herden, one of the original developers of Bluewater Bay, said the center is unique because it will be the only living center in Northwest Florida that caters to seniors who live independently. "Most places will have maybe 15 percent independent living, and the rest will be on memory care or some other such service," Herden said. "This center is designed for people who are fit and taking care of themselves." Herden said Superior Residences, which operates a memory-care facility in Niceville, is putting up approximately one-third of the project funding. The facility will contain 94 either oneor two-bedroom rental apartments (545 and 937 square feet, respectively), each with kitchen, washer and dryer. 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 18, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Thurs., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit healthcare related scholarships. Sale will extend to Friday, see calendar for details. Fri., 7 -11 p.m. Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of karaoke with Bill and Rhonda at American Legion Post #221 444 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Sat. 8:30 a.m-2 p.m. The Friends of the Niceville Public Library are having their annual book and bake sale in the Niceville Community Center A members-only presale will be Friday evening for Friends of any Okaloosa County Public Library, see calendar for details. All books half price during presale. Nonmembers may join at the door. For more info, please call 2794863 x1504 Tues., 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Niceville Community Center will be open for an evening of family fun with games, stories, songs and treats to be shared around the camp “fire.” Sponsored by the library and area scouts, all families are invited. To sign up call 279-4863 x1514. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP Police Blotter, page A-4 To armsBWB panel opposes cell phone tower2 jailed as drug dealersBeacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Developer Raimund Herden analyzes site plans while standing on the land for a planned five-story independent living senior center, for which ground was broken yesterday. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Members of the local Civil War reenactor group Walton Guard fix bayonets during a drill Sunday in preparation for a reenactment Sept. 19-22 of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga. The national event, to be held in northwest Georg ia on part of the battlefield, is expected to draw thousands of Civil War buffs. From left: George Royal, John Mertins, Ethan Rogers and David Cocanaugher. Eight Walton Guard members will attend the reenactment, representing the Confederacy.Niceville set to OK $12.7 million budget Please see TOWER, page A-6 Please see DRUG, page A-5 Please see BUDGET, page A-3 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Okaloosa County garbage collected by Waste Management is dumped at a transfer station in Fort Walton Beach before being loaded into trucks to be dumped in the company's landfill in Marianna. Rates for the use of the landfill are increasing this year. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Two Niceville men were arrested by the Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force after officers found over a pound of methamphetamine in their house, according to police reports. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports gave the following account: Christopher Michael Bagent, a construction worker, 26, of 817 Spencer Place, and Arden Lee Stanley, a boat captain, 38, same address, were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Task force officers discovered that Bagent had bought a box of allergy medication containing Christopher M. Bagent Arden L. Stanley Please see COMPLEX, page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserRaised for the fallenA North Bay Fire District ladder truck raises an American flag at a ceremony Sept. 11 in Bluewater Bay in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Firefighters from Niceville and East Niceville, as well as law-enforcement officers, also attended the event, along with about 25 observers. Ground broken for senior complex95 apartments planned

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The fifth floor of the facility will be occupied by a sports bar, restaurant and theater. Herden says the amenities are what would distinguish the independent-living facility from assisted-living facilities and regular apartment complexes. He said such amenities are necessary to attract people living in the surrounding area. "People who have moved here normally live in a nice house," Herden said. "This facility will be like a five-star hotel, but it will be a private home." Shelly Normand, executive director of Superior Residences, said the facility will offer a shuttle service to cater to seniors who no longer drive. Superior Residences, a Hernando County-based operator of senior residential centers, operates a memory-care facility on North Partin Drive, Niceville. Herden said the living center is his final development project in the community. engineer to the city of Nicev ille, presented recommendations to the council on water and sewer rates for the next year. Stephens said his rate projections were based on the assumption that Niceville would have 100 more water and sewer customers in three years than they do currently, due to improved economy and increased residential construction in the city. The proposed rates would increase the rates for a typical, 7000-gallon user 26 cents per month for water and $1.11 cents per month for sewer. Sanitary landfill "tipping" fees for city of Niceville garbage customers are set to increase 2 percent, in line with a rate rise by Okaloosa County awarded Waste Management, the operator of the landfill where Niceville solid waste is shipped. Tipping fees are fees charged by landfill operators to allow waste to be dumped in the landfill. Waste Management's contract with the county stipulates that tipping fees increase every year by either the same rate as the increase in the consumer price index, or by 2 percent, whichever is lower. The landfill, located in Marianna, is operated by Waste Management, the same company that collects Niceville solid waste and owns the transfer station where waste is dropped off and sent to the landfill. The dump fee increase would raise residential tipping fees from $13.64 to $13.91 a month, boosting total monthly garbage rates from $27.84 to $28.11 a month. The city of Niceville has a contract with Waste Management for garbage collection, but pays the county for waste disposal. The county disposal contract, which includes the use of a transfer station and landfill, is also with Waste Management. Garbage is taken to the station in Fort Walton Beach before being loaded into semitrucks and hauled to the Marianna landfill. 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Homeowners, renters and boat coverages are written through non-af“ liated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image 1999-2013. 2013 GEICO850-863-4187 Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Valparaiso City Commission is scheduled to hear a municipal budget on Sept. 23 that would maintain the current millage rate and restructure garbage-collection charges for businesses. Water, sewer and cable-TV rates will not change, according to city officials. By keeping the current millage rate of 4.524 mills, as proposed, Valparaiso would levy an additional $23,407 in ad valorem property tax, due to the city's property values having increased 3.34 percent from last year, the first rise in years. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 charged on ad valorem taxes, or taxes on real estate or business property. On property carried on the tax rolls at $100,000 after all exemptions, a millage rate of 4.524 would result in a city tax payment of $452.40. The rolled-back millage rate, or rate that would garner the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year, is 4.39 mills. The $7.4 million budget projects $6.9 million in revenues and just over $400,000 in reserves and carry-over funds from the current fiscal year. The budget includes a 1 percent cost of living adjustment to city employee salaries, as well as a 5 percent increase for worker's compensation. At the final hearing Sept. 23, the final millage rate will be decided, along with possible raises for city employees. Public Works Director James Valandingham said that the city was able to absorb the 17 percent tipping fee increase stipulated as part of its sanitation disposal contract with BFI Waste Services without increasing rates for customers. Valandingham said the 10-year contract will not require another tipping fee increase for at least the next five years. The city of Valparaiso picks up city solid waste and does not have a contract with a private collector. On Sept. 9, the city commission approved changes to the structure of charges for commercial sanitation users. Previously, commercial customers were charged monthly based on the size and type of their business. The new rate structure charges based on volume of waste collected, a method which Valandingham says is more fair. "The new system is volume based, which is the way all sanitation collection should be charged," Valandingham said. Under the new structure, businesses will be charged a base rate of $39.45 per month for the use of one 96-gallon waste cart, and $19.39 per month for each additional cart used. A $2.54 tipping fee will be added for each cart, and a 10 percent administrative fee will be added to the total monthly charge. Businesses not using city sanitation will continue to be charged a base rate of $26.87 per month plus an administrative fee. Valandingham said that under the new rate structure, the only businesses that will see a large increase in rates are ones that were charged relatively little based on the size of their business despite the large volume of waste they set out. Valandingham said that overall, most businesses' rates will be similar to what they were under the previous rate structure. Valandingham said residential collection and disposal rates will remain the same. COMPLEXFrom page A-1 Valp. eyes stable millage rateHearing set for Sept. 23 Achitect's rendering of Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay.

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ArrestsTravis James McElroy, a boat technician, 26, of 704 Kumquat Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 7 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. McElroy allegedly kicked down the door of the victim's apartment and began yelling and cursing at her, eventually pushing her into a footstool. The victim fell, her back landing on the corner of the stool. McElroy's required court appearance is Oct. 15. *** Willie Andrew Wilson, 51, of 903 45th St. Unit A, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 10 on a charge of battery touch or strike. Wilson allegedly struck a woman in the face, causing her left temple to swell and her mouth to bleed. Wilson's required court appearance is Oct. 1. *** Jessica Lynn Rizor, a restaurant employee, 21, of 215 2nd St., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 6 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Rizor allegedly punched someone with a closed fist while the victim was driving, causing swelling and a laceration above the victim's right eye. The victim parked the vehicle to get out, but Rizor pulled the victim's seat belt, making the belt go around the victim's neck and preventing the victim from leaving the vehicle. Rizor's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Alison Diann Steadman, a student, 20, of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, and Jeremy Phillip White, a cook, 22, also of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, were arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 6 on charges of trespassing in a structure or conveyance and loitering or prowling. While conducting a routine security check, a deputy heard glass break at an abandoned building at 1900 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, and saw two people later identified as Steadman and White enter the bottom portion of a glass door at the building, guiding themselves by lights from their cell phones. The deputy observed Steadman and White walk around inside the building for approximately six minutes before backup arrived, at which point the deputy contacted Steadman and White and detained them. The property owner updated paperwork for the "No Trespassing" sign at the building Aug. 8, according to the sheriff's office. Steadman and White's required court appearances are Sept. 24. *** Alexandra Hilary Morris, a pet groomer, 20, of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, Robert Edmund Morris, a cook, 23, also of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, and Stefen Jade Shauf, a food service worker, 23, of 1618 Date Palm Drive, Niceville, were arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 5 on one charge each of petit larceny. Shauf, Alexandra Morris and Robert Morris allegedly entered the electronics section of the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, and took five ink cartridges. Alexandra Morris then went to the children's section and placed the cartridges in a plastic Walmart bag she brought with her into the store. The three then went to the store's customer service desk and "returned" three of the cartridges for a total of $62.91. Alexandra Morris then threw the two other cartridges in a bathroom trash can. All three allegedly admitted to the offense. Their required court appearances are Sept. 24. *** Richard Scott Chancey, unemployed, 48, of 211 Edrihi Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 4 on a Brevard County warrant for an unspecified original charge. Brevard County will extradite Chancey. *** Harry Cunningham IV, 51, of 341 Cedar Drive, Freeport, was arrested by Walton County sheriff's deputies Sept. 8 on a charge of violation of an injunction for protection against domestic violence. Cunningham violated the "no contact" terms of an injunction effective until Jan. 17, 2014. DUI arrestsMichael Erich Abel, a salesman, 24, of 26 Newcastle Court, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies for DUI on Raintree Boulevard, Niceville, Sept. 7 at 3:49 a.m. Abel's required court appearance is Sept. 24. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 300 block of Goldenrod Court reported Sept. 8 that someone stole two bicycles, a $200 mountain bike and a $150 beach cruiser, from his residence. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Ponteverda Lane reported Sept. 7 his license plate had been 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. Page A-4 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Here’s proof! 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U p to $ 1,000 for a new ener g y e f c ie nt h eat p um p $ 500 per ton for a geothermal syste m Up to $ 300 for ductwork re p ai r $ 700 for a heat p um p water heate r o l earn more s it g ul f p ower.co m r ca ll 1-877-655-400 1 – G ul f Power Energy C oac h Please see BLOTTER, page A-5 Fire Department ReportsNorth BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from September 9, 2013 through September 15, 2013. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................02:56 Parkwood Ct..............................Dispatched & cancelled....9/9/13..........................11:02 Wright Cir....................................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................13:44 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................17:24 Oakwood Cir..............................No incident found..............9/9/13..........................19:21 Olde Post Rd.............................CO detector activation.......9/10/13........................07:21 Troon Dr. W................................Medical...............................9/10/13........................09:01 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/10/13........................16:16 Dominica Cir..............................Dispatched & cancelled....9/10/13........................17:31 N. White Point Rd......................Vehicle accident.................9/10/13........................17:37 Midland Ct..................................Medical...............................9/11/13........................03:25 Highway 20................................Medical assist....................9/11/13........................10:49 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/11/13........................17:54 Fairway Lakes............................Medical...............................9/11/13........................19:26 27 th Street..................................Medical...............................9/11/13........................20:45 Pine Street.................................Medical assist....................9/12/13........................04:09 Whitewood Way.........................Medical...............................9/12/13........................05:10 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/12/13........................10:27 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled....9/12/13........................11:41 N.White Point Rd.......................Medical...............................9/12/13........................13:24 St. Andrews Cove......................Medical assist....................9/13/13........................13:53 Pine Street.................................Medical assist....................9/13/13........................19:23 Hwy. 20 East..............................Chemical spill.....................9/14/13........................12:47 Merchants Way..........................Dispatched & cancelled....9/14/13........................14:21 Hwy. 98/Destin...........................Dispatched & cancelled....9/14/13........................19:32 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Hazardous condition.........9/14/13........................20:05 Bluewater Blvd...........................Medical...............................9/15/13........................10:00 W. Choctawatchee Dr................Medical...............................9/15/13........................14:36 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical...............................9/15/13........................21:47 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Sept. 09, 2013 through Sept. 15, 2013. 0 Structure Fire19 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire7 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire1 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Juniper Ave..................................Medical............................9/9/13...........................10:17 Willow Ln.....................................Medical............................9/9/13...........................22:36 Sweetwater Run..........................Service call......................9/10/13.........................04:02 Marina Pointe Dr.........................Medical............................9/10/13.........................05:14 Spencer Pl...................................Hazardous condition.......9/10/13.........................09:43 SR 85 N.......................................Alarm activation...............9/10/13.........................16:07 W. College Blvd...........................Vehicle crash...................9/10/13.........................20:34 S. Palm Blvd................................Smoke scare...................9/10/13.........................23:09 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................03:29 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/11/13..........................06:56 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/11/13..........................07:07 Nutmeg Ave.................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................09:23 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical............................9/11/13..........................13:00 17 TH St........................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................17:45 S. Cedar Ave...............................Medical............................9/11/13..........................18:03 Kelly Rd. .....................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................20:29 27th St..........................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................20:42 McEwen Dr..................................Medical............................9/12/13.........................01:53 SR 85 N/SR 123.........................Vehicle crash...................9/12/13.........................05:05 Mullet Creek Run........................Medical............................9/12/13.........................08:40 McEwen Dr..................................Service call......................9/12/13.........................15:30 Edgewater Dr...............................Vehicle crash...................9/13/13.........................00:28 Linden Ave...................................Medical............................9/13/13.........................03:25 Elderberry Ln...............................Medical............................9/13/13.........................09:02 Balsam Dr....................................Medical............................9/13/13.........................09:33 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/13/13.........................16:39 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/14/13.........................11:48 Toms Bayou Bridge.....................Cancelled.........................9/14/13.........................13:51 27th St..........................................Medical............................9/14/13.........................18:38 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Overheated equip...........9/14/13.........................20:04 W. College Blvd...........................Vehicle extrication...........9/15/13.........................01:35 Valparaiso Blvd............................Medical............................9/15/13.........................07:49 Elderberry Ln...............................Medical............................9/15/13.........................14:10 Paradise Rd.................................Medical............................9/15/13.........................15:16 Weekly Safety Tip: “Fire Prevention Week” is October 6-12, 2013. The theme this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. Remember to test smoke detectors, develop escape plans for your family and practice safety all year long. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDEDStop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville • 6781080

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 18, 2013 Page A-5 Donald Spain, 65, Niceville, retired military Nancy McGough, 60, Niceville, homemaker “The local politicians should live within their means, like the rest of us have to do. Their first choice is always to raise taxes. The correct answer is to cut spending.” “I d have to study the issue more in order to give an intelligent answer to that question.” Doris Camp, Niceville, retired “I don t like it. Everything else is increasing, too. But, it seems like a necessity if the county is to survive and progress.”What do you think about Okaloosa County s plans to increase gasoline and property taxes?John Behrens, 66, Niceville, retired Air Force Levy Lucas, 53, Niceville, disabled Betty Williams, 68, Niceville, retired “It s preposterous. People on fixed incomes can t adjust to it.” “With the state of the economy right now, I don t think they should raise taxes.” “I ll support it if they spend the money wisely, but I m on a fixed income and can t afford extra expenses.” Location: Niceville Public Library 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. 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentMarketing Directorstolen. The complainant reported that the car was at his residence and in Crestview before he realized the license plate was missing. *** A Niceville resident of the 2000 block of Plumosa Palm Drive reported Sept. 6 someone broke into the back door of his residence and stole over $1,000 of real and costume jewelry from his wife's jewelry boxes, a $129.88 weed eater from his shed, as well as a blower and chain saw attachment. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of Jackson Avenue reported Sept. 6 that someone had used her personal information to purchase gas utility service in Ogden, Utah, where the complainant reported she does not know anyone. The complainant said she found out about the charge when a debt collection agency informed her she owed $72.17. on an account that was set up Sept. 5, 2012, and discontinued April 22. The complainant also contacted the Ogden City Police Department. *** A Valparaiso police officer saw an interior light on in a vehicle parked in the driveway of the first block of Kelly Way, Valparaiso, at about 2:04 a.m. Sept. 8 and upon approaching the vehicle saw a man run from the vehicle. The officer chased the man but lost sight of him. An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit was requested and dispatched. The dog picked up a scent and tracked it between Kelly Way and Carie Way, Valparaiso, but lost the scent near College Boulevard. The officer contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said she had parked the car, unlocked, in her driveway at about 8:50 p.m.. All the owner reported missing from the vehicle was approximately $2 in change. OtherAn employee of Northwest Florida State College at 100 E. College Blvd., Niceville, reported Sept. 6 a student found a deer's head at the school's observatory site. The student told the school employee he had seen shell casings near the deer head, but they were gone when he showed the head to the employee. The deer's body was not found. The case had been transferred to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 Member of the Medical Staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center North Okaloosa Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. Specializing in womens health at every stage of life. North Okaloosa Physician Group welcomes OB/GYN Kevin McIntosh, M.D., to our growing team. Dr. McIntosh is excited to return to his hometown to care for this community. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Dr. McIntosh joins Dr. Janet Hamby and Dr. Gregory Coates in OB/GYN practice. Dr. McIntosh is currently accepting new patients and is looking forward to serving Okaloosa and surrounding counties. To schedule an appointment, please call 850-689-BABY (2229) or, for more information, visit us online at NorthOkaloosa.com. TWO LOCATIONS: 550 W. Redstone, Suite 470 € Crestview, FL 1045 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Suites D & E € Defuniak Springs, FL pseudoephedrine from the Walmart Pharmacy at 1196 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Sept. 9. Bagent later told investigators that he used the pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine. Bagent stated he is a methamphetamine user and last used the drug three to four days prior to his arrest. Bagent and Stanley were in the Spencer Place residence when task force officers responded. Stanley stated he had been "cooking" methamphetamine every day since October 2012 except for three months when he was in jail. Stanley previously was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail June 2 after being charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Stanley was released Aug. 14. He told officers he was on probation for the possession of a controlled substance charge. Stanley gave officers a detailed description of his method for cooking methamphetamine and claimed ownership of contraband in his room and in other parts of the house. Deputies found over 500 grams of meth in the house. Stanley told police he regularly sells methamphetamine and trades boxes of pseudoephedrine for methamphetamine. Stanley confirmed that Bagent had purchased the box of medication containing pseudoephedrine Sept. 9. Bagent and Stanley were booked at the Okaloosa County Jail Sept. 10 and as of Monday were detained there with no listed bond amount. Their have an Oct. 15 court date. The Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force was formed in 1986 to stop the distribution of illegal drugs. It includes Okaloosa County sheriff's investigators, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent and a Niceville Police Department detective. DRUGFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON From small repairs to big emergencies, everyone needs a good plumber that they can count on. Someone you can call just like a good friend or neighbor, get a live person and have a professional come out that very day at a time of your convenience. For all your household needs, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is your locally owned and operated provider. But why the name Benjamin Franklin Plumbing? As a civic activist, innovator and the most accomplished American of his age, who else to emulate for a trustworthy business? Let s start with one of our founding fathers famously stated thirteen virtues; “Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful.” At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, punctuality and hard work is fundamental. They know that accidents don t happen at a time of your convenience, so they offer a live service that you can call 24/7/365 and schedule an appointment right away. Worried about calling off of work to accommodate your professional? It s not a problem… they have staff that can come after hours and on weekends to suit your schedule. And once they get there, they will catch all small problems that could become big problems or huge price tags by taking carefully their time in their evaluation. What s even better is that their service is guaranteed. Instead of taking on the cost and time of a do it yourself project, why not choose a solution that lasts with 100% satisfaction guarantee and an industry leading two-year warranty on all repairs. Serving Okaloosa and Walton County, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing specializes in all residential plumbing services, including drain cleaning and repair, water heater service and repair, water purification and whole house re-pipes. Concerned about the quality of water in your home? Has it been a while since you ve had your house inspected to repair and prevent issues? Is your water heater showing signs of age and in danger of having a water leak or breakdown? If so, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing takes pride in explaining to its customers every step of the repair or installation process. All employees are highly trained, experienced and passionate about what they do. Bottom line, plumbing makes the best quality of life possible for you and your family. Call on the big blue trucks at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Not only will you be investing in a trusted provider that always has consideration for your time, home and health and safety of your family, but you will be supporting a locally owned and operated, Niceville business that supports local schools, local sports and local community events. As Benjamin Franklin himself once said, “Well done is better than well said.” See the difference for yourself-call the Benjamin Franklin Plumbing experts today at 389-4611. Advertising Feature Benjamin Franklin PlumbingOne dedicated team, providing extraordinary services to our community Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing or One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning today: 389-4611 www.benjaminfranklinplumbing.com www.onehourheatandair.com 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com HOURS: 10:45 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 10:45 a.m. 9:30 Fri.  11:30 a.m. 9:30 Sat. Casual Waterfront Dining featuring Seafood, Steak & Pasta EARLY BIRD SPECIALS 4:30 6:00 Every Day NEWLY RENOVATED LOUNGE & ENCLOSED PATIO BARwithLive Music Fri. & Sat. NightsHAPPY HOUR: 3:00 6:00  Mon.-Sat. 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W NOW OPEN OFFMSRP BABYGEAR& SUPPLIES Call today for a tour!(850) 897-2244www.SuperiorALF.com  2300 North Partin Dr., Niceville “Understanding Dementia”Lecture with Carm Viau, RN, BSN Join Us: Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Assisted Living # AL11712Specializing in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleMEMORY CARE RESPITECAREDAYSTAYS24-HOURNURSING provided by Elliot Kampert, Okaloosa County growth management director, the tower applicant requested that the county commission "allow the cell tower as a permitted use on the subject property.” The proposed 317-foot selfsupporting tower off Bay Drive would replace an existing 317foot guyed tower at 4901 Nelson Point Road, Niceville, just west of Bluewater Bay. That tower would be removed once the new one is constructed and all antennas re-installed on the new tower, according to county paperwork. Kampert told the Beacon that the lease for the land on which the existing tower stands has expired and will not be renewed, making a replacement necessary elsewhere. “The proposed replacement tower and related facilities will be located within a 100’ x 100’ lease area; it will be fenced and landscaping will be placed around the perimeter of the tower compound," according to county planning documents. "There will be no buildings constructed as part of the tower facility, only equipment shelters or cabinets will be installed to accommodate the tenants on the tower.” The proposed tower will accommodate AT&T, the antennas of three other wireless carriers and antennas of many law enforcement and other emergency-response entities, according to the county. Various state and federal agencies have no objection to the plan, according to the county. “The State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) currently on the existing tower is an integral part of the county's emergency communication system," according to the county. "The tower is referred to by the state as the Niceville tower, and it provides coverage to the system users in the Valparaiso, Niceville, and Bluewater Bay areas.” At the county commission meeting Tuesday, Curt Jones, of Harris Corp., which operates law-enforcement radio systems inOkaloosa County, told commissioners: “This tower receives over 389,000 push-to-talk calls per year. If the tower is placed any farther south, there will be problems in the North County like Crestview causing holes in coverage.” State users include the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of Transportation. Local users include fire districts, county Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement agencies such as the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office, Niceville police, Valparaiso police and county airport police. "The ability to communicate with personnel via this radio system is vital to the emergency response system to Okaloosa County,” according to the county papers. The county papers recommending approval of the plan also stated that a state official had sent a letter "stating that the tower site is a critical site for the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System and for the Okaloosa subscribers using SLERS for law enforcement and first responder communications. The site was selected due to its ability to provide coverage to these areas. Any need to relocate or build a tower further to the north wouldadversely impact the radio coverage and the safety of law enforcement, public safety officials and the general population of these areas.” Correspondence from the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser indicates that his office has not used proximity to a tower as the determining factor for assessing the values of adjacent properties, according to the county. County staff members met with the adjacent concerned property owners regarding the proposed tower. Their main concerns include the structural stability of the tower, safety of children who may be tempted to climb the tower or access the compound, and the overall impact on the community, according to the county. The tower still is subject to approval by the county board of adjustment, which is scheduled to consider the issue Nov. 13, by the county planning board (Nov. 14), and again by the county co mmission (Nov. 19). TOWERFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser A company that wants to erect a 317-foot communications tower just west of Bay Drive in Bluewater Bay says it would replace this tower of the same height off Nelson Point Road, in the Lancaster Road subdivision. ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN

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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 8 8 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Ruckel Middle School students achieving a perfect 500 score on last year's Math and/or Reading FCAT were recognized at the first Pep Rally of the 2013 school year Thursday, Aug 29. Petersons win Best in ClassKirk and Diana Peterson of Niceville won first place in the Emerald Coast Car Show for Best in Truck Class and for Best Paint with their customized 1957 Chevy. The car show was held at the Mullet Festival grounds Saturday, Sept. 7. Edge has teacher of the weekEdge Elementary kindergarten teacher Jenny Taylor, left, is Teacher of the Week Sept. 10. Pictured also is Ansley Thrasher, the student whose mother nominated Taylor. Taylor has been a teacher at Edge for nine years. Who’s News Brianna Cupp a student at Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The announcement was made by NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel Aug. 21. Brianna Cupp is a resident of Niceville. Reading Sophia Contratto Madeline Dowden Cameron Downing Mauricio Navarro Alison Parkin Sara Strunk Nicholas Van Nimwegen Joshua Riley Rachel Hyde Emma Ladd Mariah McClaren Math Marissa Rung Kyle Fell Lauren Frederick Adam Mistretta Ryan Erickson Geoffrey Hall Kaitlyn Hall Dylan Hammond Eileen Landa Joshua Mills Hannah Schneidewind Samuel Stahl Math and Reading Trey Buck Matthew Deyong Julia Freeman Meredith Freeman Camille Miles Ryan MurpheyBWB dancer to perform in ‘The Little Mermaid’By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) recently announced the first performance of the 2013-14 season, “The Little Mermaid,” an adaptation of a tale originally written in 1836 by Hans Christian Anderson for a two show run at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 and 22. This production is being choreographed by Katia Garza. One of the dancers, Savannah Crabtree, 12, of Bluewater Bay, considers it a privilege to work with the professionals, like Garza, that the Northwest Florida Ballet brings in. “Miss Katia from The Orlando Ballet is the choreographer for this one,” said Savannah. “She explains and demonstrates the moves then explains the story so our vision is the same as hers.” This production of “The Little Mermaid” is not the first time Savannah has had an opportunity to work with Garza. Garza also choreographed the NFB production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” March 9-10 earlier this year, in which Savannah portrayed a firefly. “The part I performed in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ my character was more for placement on stage,” said Crabtree. “and in ‘The Little Mermaid’ my character has more dance and movement.” She portrays a bird in this production. The vision of recreating an underwater environment on stage is a challenging one. To keep the feeling of fluidity, the dancers are being taught to move differently and emulate fish rather than rely on classic ballet movement. The set is using video projections to enhance the ocean experience with images being projected onto a large backdrop. The cast of this performance will be composed of local dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet corps de ballet and a line up of international guest artists. Dancers from NFB who will hold principle roles include Courtney Shealy as Princess Ariel, Christa Henry as the sea witch and Ella Brummett as the Ariel’s grandmother. Other guest artists include Ryan Carroll as the sea king, Brent Whitney as the prince and Carlos Madera, David Turnell, Billy Blanken and Jonathan Carter as the prince’s friends. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children and are available by phone at 6647787 or online through the Northwest Florida Ballet website, nfballet.org. Some of the Northwest Florida Ballet dancers who will perform “The Little Mermaid” take a break during rehearsal for a group photo. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Savannah Crabtree Brianna CuppYouth group does prayer walk on 9/11The High School Youth Group from Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church spent their Patriot s Day evening, Wednesday, Sept. 11, walking around neighborhoods near their church and praying for the families that live there. Holding candles, the group made their way from house to house, stopping to bless each one.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Ruckel s 500 Club COMING SOONWWW.NICEVILLEUMC.ORG214 S. Partin Drive • 850-678-4411 Ext. 151 at Niceville UMC Open 7 DaysSept. 27-Oct. 31 • 10am-8pmFamily Day on SaturdaysBouncy House • Face Painting Photo Ops • Petting ZooPU M PKIN PATCH FREE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Children Ages 6 weeks to 5 years & pregnant women!Niceville, Laurel Hill, Fort Walton Beach, & Crestview For more informa on/applica ons please contact: (850) 651-0645 or www.okaloosaheadstart.org ALL SERVICES ARE FREE! NOW ACCEPTING 2013 14HEAD START APPLICATIONS! Barbershop Harmony ShowSaturday, September 217 p.m.  Niceville High School $10 Harvest of Harmony Harvest of Harmony Choruses & Quartets from 5 Barbershop Chapters  Including Youth Participants  Hear the Amazing 100-man Panhandle Chorus!  Best entertainment you’ll ever find for $10  Help support Barbershop Harmony in our regionPurchase tickets the night of the show or in advance at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. Info: 850-398-6215 New officers for RBCS Junior Classical LeagueRocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League has elected new officers for the 20132014 school year. Pictured from left, Connor Lynch as Quaestor (Treasurer), Mackenzie Davis as Aedile (Parliamentarian), Trever Knie as Censor (Secretary), Izabella Foreman as Consul (President), Kayla Thompson from the Academy Art Club as Ars Laureate (Art Liaison), Ian Kampert as Pontifex (Chaplain) and James Sung as Co-Consul (Vice President). Emerald Preferred Groupwww.EmeraldPreferred.comKeller Williams4534 Hwy. 20, Niceville, FL 32578Each office independently owned and operated.The Perfect Fit for all Your Real Estate NeedsDebbie Collins, Broker Assoc.850-375-0555Lezle Jacobs, Realtor850-340-0342Susan Rood, Broker Assoc.850-855-7411Meet Debbie Collins• Broker Associate • Property Management • Top 10 Niceville Team • Award Winning Realtor • ECAR Committee Member • Niceville Chamber Member Susan Rood Lezle Jacobs Debbie Collins

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Vendor opportunity Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting vendors for the Viva Florida 500 festival to be held on Oct. 26, in Perrine Park, Valparaiso. Contact valpviva500@gmail.com to request vendor applications or download a copy at mariesgardenanddesign.com Lionfish tourney The Emerald Coast Reef Association is hosting a Lionfish Tournament, Sept. 14–Oct. 13th. Registration is $25 per two man team. Grand prize is $2,500. Video contest is free to enter. Winning video wins $300. For more information or to register, visit ecreef.org Golf group Bluewater Bay Ladies 9 Hole Golf is meeting Wednesdays from now until the end of May with a 9 a.m. tee time at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, 1940 Bluewater Blvd., Niceville. For more info call Diane Chiquette at 897-4498. Benefit jewelry sale The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit healthcare related scholarships. Horticulture studies The Tri-County Horticulture Studies meeting will be Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso. Marie Harrison will give a presentation. Afterwards, the group will go to Emerald Coast Nursery, 1405 Palm Blvd., Niceville, for a guided tour featuring fall blooming plants. This program is sponsored by Valparaiso Garden Club. All welcome, no cost. For information contact marieharrison@valp.net or call 6782842. 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. For more info call 6787632 or email allgodschildrenministry@centurylink.net Free karaoke Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of karaoke with Bill and Rhonda Friday, Sept. 20 from 7-11 p.m. at American Legion Post #221, 444 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Barbershop harmony The “Harvest of Harmony” barbershop show will be at the Niceville High School auditorium Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10, available from Bayou Bookstore, Niceville, or at the door night of the show. For more info call 499-7182. Bugs on the Bayou The 2nd Annual Bugs on the Bayou VW car show will be Saturday September 21. Registration is 9–11. Judging begins 11 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Dash Plaques for first 100 entrants and trophies for each class. For more info visit bugsonthebayou.com One fun run The 2nd Annual ONE Run 5K run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21. The run begins at 4:30 p.m. at Perrine Park, directly across from Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Post-race party at Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox featuring food, drinks, live music and raffle prizes. All funds will be applied towards the ECAC Scholarship Fund. Friendly book sale The Friends of the Niceville Public Library are having their annual book sale Saturday Sept. 21, with a public book and bake sale 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center. A members-only presale will be Friday Sept. 20, 4 p.m.6 p.m. for Friends of any Okaloosa County Public Library All books half price during presale. Non-members may join at the door. For more info, please call 2794863 x1504 Yoga seminar Free ‘Benefits of Yoga’ Seminar at the Hammock Bay Community Center, Freeport Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. For more info contact JRGzenon@aol.com. Square dance class Looking for a fun activity that will offer mental, physical and social benefits? Modern Square Dance offers all this and more. New class beginning Monday, Sept. 23, at Niceville United Methodist Church Community Life Center 6-7 p.m. Families welcome. For more info call Kay 865-1341. Woman s luncheon Twin Cities Woman’s Club welcomes all interested women to the first monthly luncheon of the 2013-14 club year to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, 2000 Bluewater Blvd. N., Niceville. Please RSVP to Lillian Lewis, 279-4037 by Friday, Sept. 20. Shooting event Okaloosa and Walton Counties Cub Scouts are holding their annual “Shooting Sports” day on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mullet Festival Site, Corner of Hwy. 85 N and College Blvd., Niceville. Age appropriate activities such as BB guns, archery, and slingshot paintball will be conducted by trained staff in a safe environment. Open to all Cub Scouts and their siblings for a cost of $10. All boys and their families interested in Scouting are welcome. Motorcycle Poker Run The “Biker’s Blast for the Past” motorcycle poker run will be Saturday, Sept. 21. Having a motorcycle is not a requirement to participate. Start at any six Helen Back locations or the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Stops open at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. registration closes, 4 p.m. the stops close and last bike is due in by 5 p.m. Cost is $25 per rider and includes t-shirt, swag, buffet and games with $20 for additional rider, buffet only. To become a sponsor contact 2441379 or maren@helenbackcafe.com. Proceeds to benefit the Heritage Museum of NW Florida. Beach clean up The Department of Environmental Protection’s Henderson Beach State Park and its support organization, The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, invites everyone to attend a marine debris educational program as part of National Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8-10 a.m. and participate in the Florida Coastal Clean-up. Event weather permitting. For more information call 837-7550. Fairytale ballet The Northwest Florida Ballet will present a premier production of “The Little Mermaid” set to the music of Antonin Dvok and choreographed by Katia Garza. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 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 Bikers benefit Heritage MuseumAll are invited to participate in the “Biker s Blast for the Past” motorcycle poker run Saturday, Sept. 21. Having a motorcycle is not a requirement to participate. Start at any six Helen Back locations or the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Stops open at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. registration closes, 4 p.m. the stops close and last bike is due in by 5 p.m. See calendar for complete details. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9:00am 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 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 Gamma Epsilon begins year with luncheonGamma Epsilon Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their “Beginner s Day” luncheon and meeting at the home of Mattie Williams in Niceville. Plans were discussed for the cultural programs, service projects and social activities. Pictured in back, Doris Olig, Linda Michalowski, Dora Perano, JoAnne Jones, Beverly Flynt, Mattie Williams and Margaret Holley. Pictured in front, Mary MacDonald, Angela Budden and Helen Martin. Please see CALENDAR, page B-4 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. 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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. Time s a wastin Act now! 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By Sarah Clauson Beacon Correspondent The Niceville Eagles travelled to West Pensacola Friday, Sept. 13, to face off against the Pine Forest Eagles and brought home a 37-6 victory, and a squeaky clean 3-0 record. The Eagles haven’t just been winning, they have been gaining the reputation as a tough team to beat. Their ranking, in class 7A has jumped to 36th in the State according to Maxpreps. The Eagles entered Friday night’s game with a couple of big wins under their belt, while Pine Forest had a couple of big losses. The Niceville fans filled the visitor side of the stadium, while the home side was quite sparse. Although the win didn’t come as a big surprise, there was still plenty of action, and it started with the very first play of the game. Niceville won the toss, and received the ball on the 20 yard line. In their first play, quarterback Ashton Hooker connected with Tyree McCants who took it to the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown just 14 seconds into the game. Niceville continued on an offensive scoring spree throughout the first quarter, racking up 30 points, while allowing just 6. A Niceville touchdown midway through the second quarter would be the last scoring of the evening. The second half slowed down, but it allowed the Eagles to try some different things and some different players. The game, primarily the second half, wasn’t without mistakes, but head Coach John Hicks is pleased. “We need to learn while we’re winning, we don’t need to lose a game to learn our lessons,” said Hicks, and that’s the message he relayed to his team, and it’s one that will hopefully pay off into the post-season. This week the Eagles hope to advance their winning streak against the Choctaw Indians, who bring with them a 3-0 record of their own. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Eagle Stadium. 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Avl.865-3498 A S p l a s h o f Co l orb y K r i ss i ePrompt & ProfessionalINTERIORPAINTINGOne Room or Whole House Photo courtesy Louann BrechlerNHS swimmer Markwardt wins second meetNiceville, Fort Walton, Choctawhatchee and Rocky Bayou Christian schools swim teams met for the second time this season Monday, Sept. 9, at the Destin YMCA pool. Over 150 swimmers competed in three events. NHS swimmer Matthew Markwardt was the overall winner for boys with a combined time of 2:59:98.Morken and Howell make elite standardThe NHS cross country team traveled to Mobile for the Challenge of Champions on Sept. 7. The team competed in both the invitational run and the open run. Thomas Howell and Nick Morken took 1st and 2nd place in the boy’s invitational with times of 15:59.29 and 16:03.58. These times also earned them recognition for the national elite standard. Boy’s Invitational top 7 results: 1st Thomas Howell (15:59.29), 2nd Nick Morken (16:03.58), 11th Caden Ewing (17:25.62), 18th Jack Massey (17:47.04), 24th Tristan Hamer (17:56.38), 28th Tripp Davis (18:04.80) and 38th Elijah Schneidwind (18:32.08). The boy’s placed 2nd out of 16 schools which competed in the invitational race. Girl’s Open Race top 7 results: 1st Mackenzie Shinnick (21:57.88), 4th Claire Crist (22:28.91), 6th Anna Herrara (22:43.79), 11th Catherine Crump (23:21.82), 14th Julia Moreno (23:30.42), 16th Drew Haggerman (23:50.62) and 17th Diana LaFollette (23:59.30). The girl’s placed 1st out of 23 schools in the open race. Boy’s Open Race top 7 results: 10th Kyle Ferris (18:42.70), 14th David Bobbitt (18:49.54), 23rd Chris Magboo (19:06.89), 30th Jake Fiske (19:29.40), 35th Jason Nodjomian (19:37.51), 36th Brayton Miles (19:42.02) and D’Angelo Swafford (19:51.84). The boy’s placed 6th out of 26 schools in the open race. NHS boys invitational winners, pictured from left, Coach Janazzo, Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Tripp Davis, Jack Massey, Caden Ewing, Tristan Hamer, Elijah Schneidwind and Coach Sherman Eller. NHS girls open race winners, pictured from left, Coach Cindy Janazzo, Karlie Magboo, Addi Martin, Julia Moreno, McKenzie Shinnick, Diana LaFollette, Cenedy Crum, Regan McAllister, Cameron Crum, Catherine Crump, Rebecca Corallo, Coach Eller, Alix Bikker and Claire Crist. Once again the Eagles dominated the field, trouncing Pine Forest in a 37-6 game. Starting strong, Tyree McCants took the ball to the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown just 14 seconds into the game.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Eagles volleyball wins 3 of 3Niceville High School seniors Ashley Hagood and Jennifer Smith work in unison to block a shot from the Crestview Bulldogs last Thursday, Sept. 12 during an Eagles vs. Bulldogs home game. NHS has won 3 out of 3 games this season so far. In the last game the scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16.Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonWednesday, September 18, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Coming off Pine Forest win, Eagles to face Choctaw Friday

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In the Service The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Air Force Cadet Christy R. Allen has completed basic cadet training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The cadet completed the rigorous six-week orientation program. The training prepares cadets to enter their first academic year at the academy. The cadets completed the training in two phases. Phase one consisted of military and physical preparation which focused on the transition from civilian to military life. Phase two involved three weeks of field training on the academy grounds to participate in activities to extend their physical limitations and build self and group confidence. The U.S. Air Force Academy curriculum offers education in the basics, engineering and social sciences, the humanities, and 30 other academic majors. At graduation, the cadet receives a bachelor of science degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force. She is the daughter of Mike and Gail Allen of Weeden Island Drive, Niceville. Allen graduated in 2012 from Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville. Christy Allen The nine semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program pictured from back row, left, Cody McWilliams, Erin England, Brian Fields, Morgan Ringel and David Bobbitt. Front row, Alise Snyders, Milbrey Parke, Anna Herrera and Meredith Glaze. Twin Cities Hospital gets top marks in Consumer ReportsTwin Cities Hospital, Niceville, was recently ranked near the top of the list of Florida hospitals for surgery performance in elderly patients, according to a national report from “Consumer Reports.” The hospital is owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), who currently operates over 70 healthcare facilities in Florida, including Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City. Twin Cities Hospital received the highest rating of “better” — the highest of five categories ranging from “better” to “worse.” The report relied on Medicare billing information to examine the percentage of hospitals’ surgical patients who stayed longer than anticipated or passed away in the hospital. Consumer Reports has previously published a number of hospital performance reports, but this is the first time it has singled out surgical procedures for Medicare patients. The report was based on 86 types of surgeries in 27 categories, from gallbladder surgery to angioplasty and knee and hip replacements. Twin Cities Hospital also received the 2012 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and was also given an “A” rating by the Leapfrog Group, an independent organization that rates hospitals on performance, national standards of safety, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Housing the area’s only hospital-based Wellness Center, the hospital offers a variety of community based programs on current health related topics throughout the year. To learn more about their services call 729-9468, or visit TCHospital.com.NHS has nine National Merit semifinalists Niceville High School has nine semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. David B. Bobbitt, Erin E. England, Brian M. Fields, Meredith A. Glaze, Anna M. Herrera, Cody J. McWilliams, Milbrey A. Parke, Morgan J. Ringel and Alise M. Snyders are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring. “We are very proud to have a record number of talented National Merit Semifinalists representing Niceville High School,” said NHS Principal Rodney Nobles. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. It was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT during their junior year of high school. Project earns Scout Eagle RankMatthew Nelson of Niceville, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Matt completed his Eagle project for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. He structured a new campfire area and benches, built a fence and landscaped sections of the grounds. Matt has already completed 56 merit badges and currently serves as the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 52, Valparaiso. For info on scouting call 683-0330. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserGround broken for tennis centerOkaloosa County School District and city of Niceville officials broke ground for a planned EagleRam Tennis Center on the Ruckel Middle School campus between Palm Boulevard and Partin Drive, Niceville. Pictured from left to right: Niceville High School tennis coach Chris Poate, former Ruckel Principal Debra Collins Goolsby, Deputy Superintendent and former Niceville High School principal Marcus Chambers, former Ruckel teacher Leslie Parker, Niceville Mayor Randall Wise and Ruckel tennis coach Brett Beattie. Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, is a leading provider of quality healthcare to the Okaloosa County area. Two Certified Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs You Can Trust.Weve earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval. FWBMC.com TCHospital.com Call today for a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions 24/7. (855) 614-7274 Joint replacement surgery is a dicult decision. Weve made it a little easier. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital have received The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and oer Certi“ed Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs. This certi“cation demonstrates our commitment to service and provides an assurance of quality awarded for a standard of practice followed by physicians, nurses, physical therapists and case managers who dedicate themselves to your care. Its why so many people place their trust in us for their knee and hip replacement surgeries. 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children and are available by phone at 664-7787 or online through the Northwest Florida Ballet website, nfballet.org. Give blood Sunday, Sept. 22, Christ Our Redeemer, 1028 White Point Road, Niceville from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Donors will receive a T-shirt. In stitches The fall program begin for the Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America at their September meetings. The first day meeting is Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-noon. The first night group meeting is Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., room 400 at Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S., Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. Butch Karpowich will speak on relationships between political groups. Also, Joe Cobb, Tea Party board member, will speak on the future of Eglin. Campfire evening The Community Center will be open for an evening of family fun with games, stories, songs and treats to be shared around the camp “fire” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the library and area scouts, all families are invited. To sign up call 279-4863 x1514. Garden Club resumes The Niceville Garden Club will resume regular meetings following the summer break with their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m. in the Community Center across from the Niceville Library. All are welcome. Voter Registration Day Celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) by registering to vote at the Niceville Walmart Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, please visit the Supervisor of Elections at govoteokaloosa.com or call 689-5600 or 651-7272 Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Give blood Wednesday, Sept. 25, Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 South Partin Drive from 3-8:30 p.m. Donors will receive a T-shirt. Bag swap Women of all ages are invited to an evening of fellowship, hors d’oeuvres, worship, special presentations and a bag exchange Thurs. Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Niceville UMC, 214 Partin Drive S. Niceville, in the Sanctuary and Gathering Area. Bring a gently loved purse to exchange. For more info visit niceville.orgwomen or call 865-4769. CALENDARFrom page B-2 MULTIPLE OFFERS! LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. Cedar Ridge ~ SOLDin7 days!SELLING SOON? PLEASE CALL ME NOW!With fewer homes on the market, wellpriced properties command higher prices and often offers from more than one buyer. Bluewater Bay ~ SOLDin13 days!



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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville City Council has tentatively approved a $12.7 million budget, set for final approval tomorrow, Sept. 19, at a public hearing in the Niceville City Council chambers at 6 p.m. The tentative budget assumes a millage rate of 3.7 mills, the same as last year's rate. This rate will bring in $130,870 more ad valorem taxes than last year, as Niceville's property values increased 4.89 percent since then. The rolled-back millage rate, or the rate that would garner the same amount of ad valorem tax revenue as the previous year, is 3.6345 mills. The proposed millage rate is a 1.8 percent increase over the rolled back rate. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 charged on ad valorem taxes, or taxes on real estate or business property. On property carried on the tax rolls at $100,000 after all exemptions, a millage rate of 3.70 would draw a tax payment of $370. Glenn Stephens, an advising By Mike Griffith and Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) voted to oppose construction of a proposed 317-foot communications tower in Bluewater Bay. The issue is before the Okaloosa County Commission, which is scheduled to consider it Oct. 1. The tower would be erected on a tract on Bay Drive which already includes a community swimming pool and a boat storage lot. MSBU governing board member Jonathan Tallman made the motion to oppose the tower, which passed 5-0 at a meeting Sept. 10. However, the MSBU, which oversees property maintenance of public areas in Bluewater Bay, has no legal authority over the tower's placement. That question is reserved to the Okaloosa County Commission. Area residents appeared at a county commission meeting Tuesday to speak against the tower plan. The commission voted to postpone a decision until its next meeting, Oct. 1 in Crestview, to give time for the developer of the tower and neighborhood residents to meet. At the county commission public hearing Tuesday in Fort Walton Beach, Jack Brooks, of Lido Circle, addressed a tower company suggestion that the structure would be landscaped to reduce its visual impact. You cant landscape a 317-foot tower Brooks said. There is no way that this will go through without a big fight. After yesterday's public hearing, county Commissioner Wayne Harris said he saw no reason not to approve the proposed tower. Tallman, speaking after the MSBU meeting, but before the county commission meeting, told the Beacon: "I am concerned about property values, and having a tower in your back yard is an eyesore for the community. I believe there are better options out there such as Rocky Bayou State Park or along the bypass road. Apparently in south Florida, state parks are contacting tower companies because it will generate revenue for the state parks. According to information By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Ground was broken Tuesday for Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay, a planned fivestory, $18.5 million living center for residents 55 and older. The center will be constructed near Bluewater Fitness, southeast of the intersection of White Point Road and State Road 20, Niceville. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The facility is being developed through a partnership between Superior Residences, which will provide management services for the center, and developer Raimund Herden. Herden, one of the original developers of Bluewater Bay, said the center is unique because it will be the only living center in Northwest Florida that caters to seniors who live independently. "Most places will have maybe 15 percent independent living, and the rest will be on memory care or some other such service," Herden said. "This center is designed for people who are fit and taking care of themselves." Herden said Superior Residences, which operates a memory-care facility in Niceville, is putting up approximately one-third of the project funding. The facility will contain 94 either oneor two-bedroom rental apartments (545 and 937 square feet, respectively), each with kitchen, washer and dryer. 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 18, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Thurs., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit healthcare related scholarships. Sale will extend to Friday, see calendar for details. Fri., 7 -11 p.m. Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of karaoke with Bill and Rhonda at American Legion Post #221, 444 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Sat. 8:30 a.m-2 p.m. The Friends of the Niceville Public Library are having their annual book and bake sale in the Niceville Community Center A members-only presale will be Friday evening for Friends of any Okaloosa County Public Library, see calendar for details. All books half price during presale. Nonmembers may join at the door. For more info, please call 2794863 x1504 Tues., 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Niceville Community Center will be open for an evening of family fun with games, stories, songs and treats to be shared around the camp fire. Sponsored by the library and area scouts, all families are invited. To sign up call 279-4863 x1514. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUP Police Blotter, page A-4 To armsBWB panel opposes cell phone tower2 jailed as drug dealersBeacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Developer Raimund Herden analyzes site plans while standing on the land for a planned five-story independent living senior center, for which ground was broken yesterday. Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Members of the local Civil War reenactor group Walton Guard fix bayonets during a drill Sunday in preparation for a reenactment Sept. 19-22 of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga. The national event, to be held in northwest Georgia on part of the battlefield, is expected to draw thousands of Civil War buffs. From left: George Royal, John Mertins, Ethan Rogers and David Cocanaugher. Eight Walton Guard members will attend the reenactment, representing the Confederacy.Niceville set to OK $12.7 million budget Please see TOWER, page A-6 Please see DRUG, page A-5 Please see BUDGET, page A-3 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Okaloosa County garbage collected by Waste Management is dumped at a transfer station in Fort Walton Beach before being loaded into trucks to be dumped in the company's landfill in Marianna. Rates for the use of the landfill are increasing this year. By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Two Niceville men were arrested by the Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force after officers found over a pound of methamphetamine in their house, according to police reports. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports gave the following account: Christopher Michael Bagent, a construction worker, 26, of 817 Spencer Place, and Arden Lee Stanley, a boat captain, 38, same address, were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Task force officers discovered that Bagent had bought a box of allergy medication containing Christopher M. Bagent Arden L. Stanley Please see COMPLEX, page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserRaised for the fallenA North Bay Fire District ladder truck raises an American flag at a ceremony Sept. 11 in Bluewater Bay in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Firefighters from Niceville and East Niceville, as well as law-enforcement officers, also attended the event, along with about 25 observers. Ground broken for senior complex95 apartments planned

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The fifth floor of the facility will be occupied by a sports bar, restaurant and theater. Herden says the amenities are what would distinguish the independent-living facility from assisted-living facilities and regular apartment complexes. He said such amenities are necessary to attract people living in the surrounding area. "People who have moved here normally live in a nice house," Herden said. "This facility will be like a five-star hotel, but it will be a private home." Shelly Normand, executive director of Superior Residences, said the facility will offer a shuttle service to cater to seniors who no longer drive. Superior Residences, a Hernando County-based operator of senior residential centers, operates a memory-care facility on North Partin Drive, Niceville. Herden said the living center is his final development project in the community. engineer to the city of Nicev ille, presented recommendations to the council on water and sewer rates for the next year. Stephens said his rate projections were based on the assumption that Niceville would have 100 more water and sewer customers in three years than they do currently, due to improved economy and increased residential construction in the city. The proposed rates would increase the rates for a typical, 7000-gallon user 26 cents per month for water and $1.11 cents per month for sewer. Sanitary landfill "tipping" fees for city of Niceville garbage customers are set to increase 2 percent, in line with a rate rise by Okaloosa County awarded Waste Management, the operator of the landfill where Niceville solid waste is shipped. Tipping fees are fees charged by landfill operators to allow waste to be dumped in the landfill. Waste Management's contract with the county stipulates that tipping fees increase every year by either the same rate as the increase in the consumer price index, or by 2 percent, whichever is lower. The landfill, located in Marianna, is operated by Waste Management, the same company that collects Niceville solid waste and owns the transfer station where waste is dropped off and sent to the landfill. The dump fee increase would raise residential tipping fees from $13.64 to $13.91 a month, boosting total monthly garbage rates from $27.84 to $28.11 a month. The city of Niceville has a contract with Waste Management for garbage collection, but pays the county for waste disposal. The county disposal contract, which includes the use of a transfer station and landfill, is also with Waste Management. Garbage is taken to the station in Fort Walton Beach before being loaded into semitrucks and hauled to the Marianna landfill. 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The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 charged on ad valorem taxes, or taxes on real estate or business property. On property carried on the tax rolls at $100,000 after all exemptions, a millage rate of 4.524 would result in a city tax payment of $452.40. The rolled-back millage rate, or rate that would garner the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year, is 4.39 mills. The $7.4 million budget projects $6.9 million in revenues and just over $400,000 in reserves and carry-over funds from the current fiscal year. The budget includes a 1 percent cost of living adjustment to city employee salaries, as well as a 5 percent increase for worker's compensation. At the final hearing Sept. 23, the final millage rate will be decided, along with possible raises for city employees. Public Works Director James Valandingham said that the city was able to absorb the 17 percent tipping fee increase stipulated as part of its sanitation disposal contract with BFI Waste Services without increasing rates for customers. Valandingham said the 10-year contract will not require another tipping fee increase for at least the next five years. The city of Valparaiso picks up city solid waste and does not have a contract with a private collector. On Sept. 9, the city commission approved changes to the structure of charges for commercial sanitation users. Previously, commercial customers were charged monthly based on the size and type of their business. The new rate structure charges based on volume of waste collected, a method which Valandingham says is more fair. "The new system is volume based, which is the way all sanitation collection should be charged," Valandingham said. Under the new structure, businesses will be charged a base rate of $39.45 per month for the use of one 96-gallon waste cart, and $19.39 per month for each additional cart used. A $2.54 tipping fee will be added for each cart, and a 10 percent administrative fee will be added to the total monthly charge. Businesses not using city sanitation will continue to be charged a base rate of $26.87 per month plus an administrative fee. Valandingham said that under the new rate structure, the only businesses that will see a large increase in rates are ones that were charged relatively little based on the size of their business despite the large volume of waste they set out. Valandingham said that overall, most businesses' rates will be similar to what they were under the previous rate structure. Valandingham said residential collection and disposal rates will remain the same. COMPLEXFrom page A-1 Valp. eyes stable millage rateHearing set for Sept. 23 Achitect's rendering of Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay.

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ArrestsTravis James McElroy, a boat technician, 26, of 704 Kumquat Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Sept. 7 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. McElroy allegedly kicked down the door of the victim's apartment and began yelling and cursing at her, eventually pushing her into a footstool. The victim fell, her back landing on the corner of the stool. McElroy's required court appearance is Oct. 15. *** Willie Andrew Wilson, 51, of 903 45th St. Unit A, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 10 on a charge of battery touch or strike. Wilson allegedly struck a woman in the face, causing her left temple to swell and her mouth to bleed. Wilson's required court appearance is Oct. 1. *** Jessica Lynn Rizor, a restaurant employee, 21, of 215 2nd St., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 6 on a charge of battery domestic violence. Rizor allegedly punched someone with a closed fist while the victim was driving, causing swelling and a laceration above the victim's right eye. The victim parked the vehicle to get out, but Rizor pulled the victim's seat belt, making the belt go around the victim's neck and preventing the victim from leaving the vehicle. Rizor's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Alison Diann Steadman, a student, 20, of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, and Jeremy Phillip White, a cook, 22, also of 4483 Woodbridge Road, Niceville, were arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 6 on charges of trespassing in a structure or conveyance and loitering or prowling. While conducting a routine security check, a deputy heard glass break at an abandoned building at 1900 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, and saw two people later identified as Steadman and White enter the bottom portion of a glass door at the building, guiding themselves by lights from their cell phones. The deputy observed Steadman and White walk around inside the building for approximately six minutes before backup arrived, at which point the deputy contacted Steadman and White and detained them. The property owner updated paperwork for the "No Trespassing" sign at the building Aug. 8, according to the sheriff's office. Steadman and White's required court appearances are Sept. 24. *** Alexandra Hilary Morris, a pet groomer, 20, of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, Robert Edmund Morris, a cook, 23, also of 183 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, and Stefen Jade Shauf, a food service worker, 23, of 1618 Date Palm Drive, Niceville, were arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 5 on one charge each of petit larceny. Shauf, Alexandra Morris and Robert Morris allegedly entered the electronics section of the Walmart at 748 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, and took five ink cartridges. Alexandra Morris then went to the children's section and placed the cartridges in a plastic Walmart bag she brought with her into the store. The three then went to the store's customer service desk and "returned" three of the cartridges for a total of $62.91. Alexandra Morris then threw the two other cartridges in a bathroom trash can. All three allegedly admitted to the offense. Their required court appearances are Sept. 24. *** Richard Scott Chancey, unemployed, 48, of 211 Edrihi Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Sept. 4 on a Brevard County warrant for an unspecified original charge. Brevard County will extradite Chancey. *** Harry Cunningham IV, 51, of 341 Cedar Drive, Freeport, was arrested by Walton County sheriff's deputies Sept. 8 on a charge of violation of an injunction for protection against domestic violence. Cunningham violated the "no contact" terms of an injunction effective until Jan. 17, 2014. DUI arrestsMichael Erich Abel, a salesman, 24, of 26 Newcastle Court, Niceville, was arrested by Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies for DUI on Raintree Boulevard, Niceville, Sept. 7 at 3:49 a.m. Abel's required court appearance is Sept. 24. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 300 block of Goldenrod Court reported Sept. 8 that someone stole two bicycles, a $200 mountain bike and a $150 beach cruiser, from his residence. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Ponteverda Lane reported Sept. 7 his license plate had been 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.Page A-4 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Advertising in the Bay Beacon gets results! Heres proof! Jean Floyd, Broker/Associate Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast Bay Beacon advertising has helped my business. I have earned appointments with buyers and sellers. That means listings and sales. It is all about the customer and when I am their Realtor, I know people are getting the best service possible. The Bay Beacon has helped by getting my name in front of people. GET SAVINGS AND REBATES WITH A FREE ENERGY CHECKUP.There are lots of things an Energy Checkup can identify to help you start saving energy and money. Ef cient lighting Thermostat settings Weather-stripping Water heater settings Windows Insulation Energy Star appliances WAYS YOU CAN GET BIG REBATES! Up to $1,000 for a new energy ef cient heat pump $500 per ton for a geothermal system Up to $300 for ductwork repair $700 for a heat pump water heater To learn more, visit gulfpower.com or call 1-877-655-4001Team up with us for savings and rebates. Gulf Power Energy Coach E T S AVIN GS AND REBATE S W ITH A FREE ENER G Y C HE C K U P h ere are lots o f thin g s an Ener gy h ecku p can identif y to hel p y o u a rt sav i n g ener g y and money E f cient li g hti ng T hermostat sett i ng s W eather-str i pp i n g W ater heater sett i ng s Wi nd o w s I nsulat i on E ner gy S tar ap pliance s W AY S Y OU C A N E T BI G REBATE S! U p to $ 1,000 for a new ener g y e f c ie nt h eat p um p $ 500 per ton for a geothermal syste m Up to $ 300 for ductwork re p ai r $ 700 for a heat p um p water heate r o l earn more s it g ul f p ower.co m r ca ll 1-877-655-400 1 G ul f Power Energy C oac h Please see BLOTTER, page A-5 Fire Department ReportsNorth BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from September 9, 2013 through September 15, 2013. Street Situation Date Time N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................02:56 Parkwood Ct..............................Dispatched & cancelled....9/9/13..........................11:02 Wright Cir....................................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................13:44 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/9/13..........................17:24 Oakwood Cir..............................No incident found..............9/9/13..........................19:21 Olde Post Rd.............................CO detector activation.......9/10/13........................07:21 Troon Dr. W................................Medical...............................9/10/13........................09:01 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/10/13........................16:16 Dominica Cir..............................Dispatched & cancelled....9/10/13........................17:31 N. White Point Rd......................Vehicle accident.................9/10/13........................17:37 Midland Ct..................................Medical...............................9/11/13........................03:25 Highway 20................................Medical assist....................9/11/13........................10:49 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/11/13........................17:54 Fairway Lakes............................Medical...............................9/11/13........................19:26 27 th Street..................................Medical...............................9/11/13........................20:45 Pine Street.................................Medical assist....................9/12/13........................04:09 Whitewood Way.........................Medical...............................9/12/13........................05:10 N. White Point Rd......................Medical...............................9/12/13........................10:27 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled....9/12/13........................11:41 N.White Point Rd.......................Medical...............................9/12/13........................13:24 St. Andrews Cove......................Medical assist....................9/13/13........................13:53 Pine Street.................................Medical assist....................9/13/13........................19:23 Hwy. 20 East..............................Chemical spill.....................9/14/13........................12:47 Merchants Way..........................Dispatched & cancelled....9/14/13........................14:21 Hwy. 98/Destin...........................Dispatched & cancelled....9/14/13........................19:32 E. John Sims Pkwy....................Hazardous condition.........9/14/13........................20:05 Bluewater Blvd...........................Medical...............................9/15/13........................10:00 W. Choctawatchee Dr................Medical...............................9/15/13........................14:36 Cat Mar Rd.................................Medical...............................9/15/13........................21:47 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Sept. 09, 2013 through Sept. 15, 2013. 0 Structure Fire19 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire7 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire1 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time Juniper Ave..................................Medical............................9/9/13...........................10:17 Willow Ln.....................................Medical............................9/9/13...........................22:36 Sweetwater Run..........................Service call......................9/10/13.........................04:02 Marina Pointe Dr.........................Medical............................9/10/13.........................05:14 Spencer Pl...................................Hazardous condition.......9/10/13.........................09:43 SR 85 N.......................................Alarm activation...............9/10/13.........................16:07 W. College Blvd...........................Vehicle crash...................9/10/13.........................20:34 S. Palm Blvd................................Smoke scare...................9/10/13.........................23:09 N. Partin Dr..................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................03:29 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/11/13..........................06:56 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/11/13..........................07:07 Nutmeg Ave.................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................09:23 W. John Sims Pkwy....................Medical............................9/11/13..........................13:00 17 TH St........................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................17:45 S. Cedar Ave...............................Medical............................9/11/13..........................18:03 Kelly Rd. .....................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................20:29 27th St..........................................Medical............................9/11/13..........................20:42 McEwen Dr..................................Medical............................9/12/13.........................01:53 SR 85 N/SR 123.........................Vehicle crash...................9/12/13.........................05:05 Mullet Creek Run........................Medical............................9/12/13.........................08:40 McEwen Dr..................................Service call......................9/12/13.........................15:30 Edgewater Dr...............................Vehicle crash...................9/13/13.........................00:28 Linden Ave...................................Medical............................9/13/13.........................03:25 Elderberry Ln...............................Medical............................9/13/13.........................09:02 Balsam Dr....................................Medical............................9/13/13.........................09:33 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/13/13.........................16:39 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle crash...................9/14/13.........................11:48 Toms Bayou Bridge.....................Cancelled.........................9/14/13.........................13:51 27th St..........................................Medical............................9/14/13.........................18:38 E. John Sims Pkwy.....................Overheated equip...........9/14/13.........................20:04 W. College Blvd...........................Vehicle extrication...........9/15/13.........................01:35 Valparaiso Blvd............................Medical............................9/15/13.........................07:49 Elderberry Ln...............................Medical............................9/15/13.........................14:10 Paradise Rd.................................Medical............................9/15/13.........................15:16 Weekly Safety Tip: Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. The theme this year is Prevent Kitchen Fires. Remember to test smoke detectors, develop escape plans for your family and practice safety all year long. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDEDStop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 6781080

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 18, 2013 Page A-5 Donald Spain, 65, Niceville, retired military Nancy McGough, 60, Niceville, homemaker The local politicians should live within their means, like the rest of us have to do. Their first choice is always to raise taxes. The correct answer is to cut spending. I d have to study the issue more in order to give an intelligent answer to that question. Doris Camp, Niceville, retired I don t like it. Everything else is increasing, too. But, it seems like a necessity if the county is to survive and progress.What do you think about Okaloosa County s plans to increase gasoline and property taxes?John Behrens, 66, Niceville, retired Air Force Levy Lucas, 53, Niceville, disabled Betty Williams, 68, Niceville, retired It s preposterous. People on fixed incomes can t adjust to it. With the state of the economy right now, I don t think they should raise taxes. I ll support it if they spend the money wisely, but I m on a fixed income and can t afford extra expenses. Location: Niceville Public Library 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. 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantKaron DeyBookkeeper Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentMarketing Directorstolen. The complainant reported that the car was at his residence and in Crestview before he realized the license plate was missing. *** A Niceville resident of the 2000 block of Plumosa Palm Drive reported Sept. 6 someone broke into the back door of his residence and stole over $1,000 of real and costume jewelry from his wife's jewelry boxes, a $129.88 weed eater from his shed, as well as a blower and chain saw attachment. *** A Valparaiso resident of the first block of Jackson Avenue reported Sept. 6 that someone had used her personal information to purchase gas utility service in Ogden, Utah, where the complainant reported she does not know anyone. The complainant said she found out about the charge when a debt collection agency informed her she owed $72.17. on an account that was set up Sept. 5, 2012, and discontinued April 22. The complainant also contacted the Ogden City Police Department. *** A Valparaiso police officer saw an interior light on in a vehicle parked in the driveway of the first block of Kelly Way, Valparaiso, at about 2:04 a.m. Sept. 8 and upon approaching the vehicle saw a man run from the vehicle. The officer chased the man but lost sight of him. An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit was requested and dispatched. The dog picked up a scent and tracked it between Kelly Way and Carie Way, Valparaiso, but lost the scent near College Boulevard. The officer contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said she had parked the car, unlocked, in her driveway at about 8:50 p.m.. All the owner reported missing from the vehicle was approximately $2 in change. OtherAn employee of Northwest Florida State College at 100 E. College Blvd., Niceville, reported Sept. 6 a student found a deer's head at the school's observatory site. The student told the school employee he had seen shell casings near the deer head, but they were gone when he showed the head to the employee. The deer's body was not found. The case had been transferred to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 Member of the Medical Staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center North Okaloosa Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospitals medical staff. Specializing in womens health at every stage of life. North Okaloosa Physician Group welcomes OB/GYN Kevin McIntosh, M.D., to our growing team. Dr. McIntosh is excited to return to his hometown to care for this community. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Dr. McIntosh joins Dr. Janet Hamby and Dr. Gregory Coates in OB/GYN practice. Dr. McIntosh is currently accepting new patients and is looking forward to serving Okaloosa and surrounding counties. To schedule an appointment, please call 850-689-BABY (2229) or, for more information, visit us online at NorthOkaloosa.com. TWO LOCATIONS: 550 W. Redstone, Suite 470 Crestview, FL 1045 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Suites D & E Defuniak Springs, FL pseudoephedrine from the Walmart Pharmacy at 1196 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Sept. 9. Bagent later told investigators that he used the pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine. Bagent stated he is a methamphetamine user and last used the drug three to four days prior to his arrest. Bagent and Stanley were in the Spencer Place residence when task force officers responded. Stanley stated he had been "cooking" methamphetamine every day since October 2012 except for three months when he was in jail. Stanley previously was booked at the Okaloosa County Jail June 2 after being charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Stanley was released Aug. 14. He told officers he was on probation for the possession of a controlled substance charge. Stanley gave officers a detailed description of his method for cooking methamphetamine and claimed ownership of contraband in his room and in other parts of the house. Deputies found over 500 grams of meth in the house. Stanley told police he regularly sells methamphetamine and trades boxes of pseudoephedrine for methamphetamine. Stanley confirmed that Bagent had purchased the box of medication containing pseudoephedrine Sept. 9. Bagent and Stanley were booked at the Okaloosa County Jail Sept. 10 and as of Monday were detained there with no listed bond amount. Their have an Oct. 15 court date. The Okaloosa County MultiAgency Drug Task Force was formed in 1986 to stop the distribution of illegal drugs. It includes Okaloosa County sheriff's investigators, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent and a Niceville Police Department detective. DRUGFrom page A-1

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON From small repairs to big emergencies, everyone needs a good plumber that they can count on. Someone you can call just like a good friend or neighbor, get a live person and have a professional come out that very day at a time of your convenience. For all your household needs, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is your locally owned and operated provider. But why the name Benjamin Franklin Plumbing? As a civic activist, innovator and the most accomplished American of his age, who else to emulate for a trustworthy business? Let s start with one of our founding fathers famously stated thirteen virtues; Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, punctuality and hard work is fundamental. 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WNOW OPEN OFFMSRPBABYGEAR& SUPPLIES Call today for a tour!(850) 897-2244www.SuperiorALF.com 2300 North Partin Dr., NicevilleUnderstanding DementiaLecture with Carm Viau, RN, BSN Join Us: Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 p.m.Assisted Living # AL11712Specializing in Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Dementia SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleMEMORY CARE RESPITECAREDAYSTAYS-HOURNURSINGprovided by Elliot Kampert, Okaloosa County growth management director, the tower applicant requested that the county commission "allow the cell tower as a permitted use on the subject property. The proposed 317-foot selfsupporting tower off Bay Drive would replace an existing 317foot guyed tower at 4901 Nelson Point Road, Niceville, just west of Bluewater Bay. That tower would be removed once the new one is constructed and all antennas re-installed on the new tower, according to county paperwork. Kampert told the Beacon that the lease for the land on which the existing tower stands has expired and will not be renewed, making a replacement necessary elsewhere. The proposed replacement tower and related facilities will be located within a 100 x 100 lease area; it will be fenced and landscaping will be placed around the perimeter of the tower compound," according to county planning documents. "There will be no buildings constructed as part of the tower facility, only equipment shelters or cabinets will be installed to accommodate the tenants on the tower. The proposed tower will accommodate AT&T, the antennas of three other wireless carriers and antennas of many law enforcement and other emergency-response entities, according to the county. Various state and federal agencies have no objection to the plan, according to the county. The State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) currently on the existing tower is an integral part of the county's emergency communication system," according to the county. "The tower is referred to by the state as the Niceville tower, and it provides coverage to the system users in the Valparaiso, Niceville, and Bluewater Bay areas. At the county commission meeting Tuesday, Curt Jones, of Harris Corp., which operates law-enforcement radio systems inOkaloosa County, told commissioners: This tower receives over 389,000 push-to-talk calls per year. If the tower is placed any farther south, there will be problems in the North County like Crestview causing holes in coverage. State users include the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of Transportation. Local users include fire districts, county Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement agencies such as the Okaloosa County Sheriffs office, Niceville police, Valparaiso police and county airport police. "The ability to communicate with personnel via this radio system is vital to the emergency response system to Okaloosa County, according to the county papers. The county papers recommending approval of the plan also stated that a state official had sent a letter "stating that the tower site is a critical site for the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System and for the Okaloosa subscribers using SLERS for law enforcement and first responder communications. The site was selected due to its ability to provide coverage to these areas. Any need to relocate or build a tower further to the north wouldadversely impact the radio coverage and the safety of law enforcement, public safety officials and the general population of these areas. Correspondence from the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser indicates that his office has not used proximity to a tower as the determining factor for assessing the values of adjacent properties, according to the county. County staff members met with the adjacent concerned property owners regarding the proposed tower. Their main concerns include the structural stability of the tower, safety of children who may be tempted to climb the tower or access the compound, and the overall impact on the community, according to the county. The tower still is subject to approval by the county board of adjustment, which is scheduled to consider the issue Nov. 13, by the county planning board (Nov. 14), and again by the county co mmission (Nov. 19). TOWERFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser A company that wants to erect a 317-foot communications tower just west of Bay Drive in Bluewater Bay says it would replace this tower of the same height off Nelson Point Road, in the Lancaster Road subdivision. ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN

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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 8 8 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Ruckel Middle School students achieving a perfect 500 score on last year's Math and/or Reading FCAT were recognized at the first Pep Rally of the 2013 school year Thursday, Aug 29. Petersons win Best in ClassKirk and Diana Peterson of Niceville won first place in the Emerald Coast Car Show for Best in Truck Class and for Best Paint with their customized 1957 Chevy. The car show was held at the Mullet Festival grounds Saturday, Sept. 7. Edge has teacher of the weekEdge Elementary kindergarten teacher Jenny Taylor, left, is Teacher of the Week Sept. 10. Pictured also is Ansley Thrasher, the student whose mother nominated Taylor. Taylor has been a teacher at Edge for nine years. Whos News Brianna Cupp, a student at Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The announcement was made by NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel Aug. 21. Brianna Cupp is a resident of Niceville. Reading Sophia Contratto Madeline Dowden Cameron Downing Mauricio Navarro Alison Parkin Sara Strunk Nicholas Van Nimwegen Joshua Riley Rachel Hyde Emma Ladd Mariah McClaren Math Marissa Rung Kyle Fell Lauren Frederick Adam Mistretta Ryan Erickson Geoffrey Hall Kaitlyn Hall Dylan Hammond Eileen Landa Joshua Mills Hannah Schneidewind Samuel Stahl Math and Reading Trey Buck Matthew Deyong Julia Freeman Meredith Freeman Camille Miles Ryan MurpheyBWB dancer to perform in The Little MermaidBy Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) recently announced the first performance of the 2013-14 season, The Little Mermaid, an adaptation of a tale originally written in 1836 by Hans Christian Anderson for a two show run at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 and 22. This production is being choreographed by Katia Garza. One of the dancers, Savannah Crabtree, 12, of Bluewater Bay, considers it a privilege to work with the professionals, like Garza, that the Northwest Florida Ballet brings in. Miss Katia from The Orlando Ballet is the choreographer for this one, said Savannah. She explains and demonstrates the moves then explains the story so our vision is the same as hers. This production of The Little Mermaid is not the first time Savannah has had an opportunity to work with Garza. Garza also choreographed the NFB production of A Midsummer Nights Dream March 9-10 earlier this year, in which Savannah portrayed a firefly. The part I performed in the Midsummer Nights Dream, my character was more for placement on stage, said Crabtree. and in The Little Mermaid my character has more dance and movement. She portrays a bird in this production. The vision of recreating an underwater environment on stage is a challenging one. To keep the feeling of fluidity, the dancers are being taught to move differently and emulate fish rather than rely on classic ballet movement. The set is using video projections to enhance the ocean experience with images being projected onto a large backdrop. The cast of this performance will be composed of local dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet corps de ballet and a line up of international guest artists. Dancers from NFB who will hold principle roles include Courtney Shealy as Princess Ariel, Christa Henry as the sea witch and Ella Brummett as the Ariels grandmother. Other guest artists include Ryan Carroll as the sea king, Brent Whitney as the prince and Carlos Madera, David Turnell, Billy Blanken and Jonathan Carter as the princes friends. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children and are available by phone at 6647787 or online through the Northwest Florida Ballet website, nfballet.org. Some of the Northwest Florida Ballet dancers who will perform The Little Mermaid take a break during rehearsal for a group photo. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Savannah Crabtree Brianna CuppYouth group does prayer walk on 9/11The High School Youth Group from Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church spent their Patriot s Day evening, Wednesday, Sept. 11, walking around neighborhoods near their church and praying for the families that live there. Holding candles, the group made their way from house to house, stopping to bless each one.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Ruckels 500 Club COMING SOONWWW.NICEVILLEUMC.ORG214 S. Partin Drive 850-678-4411 Ext. 151at Niceville UMCOpen 7 DaysSept. 27-Oct. 31 10am-8pmFamily Day on SaturdaysBouncy House Face Painting Photo Ops Petting ZooPUM PKIN PATCH FREE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMChildren Ages 6 weeks to 5 years & pregnant women!Niceville, Laurel Hill, Fort Walton Beach, & Crestview For more informa on/applica ons please contact: (850) 651-0645 or www.okaloosaheadstart.orgALL SERVICES ARE FREE! NOW ACCEPTING 2013 14HEAD START APPLICATIONS! Barbershop Harmony ShowSaturday, September 217 p.m. Niceville High School $10 Harvest of Harmony Harvest of Harmony Choruses & Quartets from 5 Barbershop Chapters Including Youth Participants Hear the Amazing 100-man Panhandle Chorus! Best entertainment youll ever find for $10 Help support Barbershop Harmony in our regionPurchase tickets the night of the show or in advance at Bayou Book Co., Niceville. Info: 850-398-6215 New officers for RBCS Junior Classical LeagueRocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League has elected new officers for the 20132014 school year. Pictured from left, Connor Lynch as Quaestor (Treasurer), Mackenzie Davis as Aedile (Parliamentarian), Trever Knie as Censor (Secretary), Izabella Foreman as Consul (President), Kayla Thompson from the Academy Art Club as Ars Laureate (Art Liaison), Ian Kampert as Pontifex (Chaplain) and James Sung as Co-Consul (Vice President). Emerald Preferred Groupwww.EmeraldPreferred.comKeller Williams4534 Hwy. 20, Niceville, FL 32578Each office independently owned and operated.The Perfect Fit for all Your Real Estate NeedsDebbie Collins, Broker Assoc.850-375-0555Lezle Jacobs, Realtor850-340-0342Susan Rood, Broker Assoc.850-855-7411Meet Debbie Collins Broker Associate Property Management Top 10 Niceville Team Award Winning Realtor ECAR Committee Member Niceville Chamber Member Susan Rood Lezle Jacobs Debbie Collins

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Vendor opportunity Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting vendors for the Viva Florida 500 festival to be held on Oct. 26, in Perrine Park, Valparaiso. Contact valpviva500@gmail.com to request vendor applications or download a copy at mariesgardenanddesign.com Lionfish tourney The Emerald Coast Reef Association is hosting a Lionfish Tournament, Sept. 14Oct. 13th. Registration is $25 per two man team. Grand prize is $2,500. Video contest is free to enter. Winning video wins $300. For more information or to register, visit ecreef.org Golf group Bluewater Bay Ladies 9 Hole Golf is meeting Wednesdays from now until the end of May with a 9 a.m. tee time at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, 1940 Bluewater Blvd., Niceville. For more info call Diane Chiquette at 897-4498. Benefit jewelry sale The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit healthcare related scholarships. Horticulture studies The Tri-County Horticulture Studies meeting will be Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso. Marie Harrison will give a presentation. Afterwards, the group will go to Emerald Coast Nursery, 1405 Palm Blvd., Niceville, for a guided tour featuring fall blooming plants. This program is sponsored by Valparaiso Garden Club. All welcome, no cost. For information contact marieharrison@valp.net or call 6782842. 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. For more info call 6787632 or email allgodschildrenministry@centurylink.net Free karaoke Please feel free to come in and enjoy a fun evening of karaoke with Bill and Rhonda Friday, Sept. 20 from 7-11 p.m. at American Legion Post #221, 444 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Barbershop harmony The Harvest of Harmony barbershop show will be at the Niceville High School auditorium Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10, available from Bayou Bookstore, Niceville, or at the door night of the show. For more info call 499-7182. Bugs on the Bayou The 2nd Annual Bugs on the Bayou VW car show will be Saturday September 21. Registration is 9. Judging begins 11 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Dash Plaques for first 100 entrants and trophies for each class. For more info visit bugsonthebayou.com One fun run The 2nd Annual ONE Run 5K run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21. The run begins at 4:30 p.m. at Perrine Park, directly across from Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Post-race party at Tucker Dukes Lunchbox featuring food, drinks, live music and raffle prizes. All funds will be applied towards the ECAC Scholarship Fund. Friendly book sale The Friends of the Niceville Public Library are having their annual book sale Saturday Sept. 21, with a public book and bake sale 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Niceville Community Center. A members-only presale will be Friday Sept. 20, 4 p.m.6 p.m. for Friends of any Okaloosa County Public Library All books half price during presale. Non-members may join at the door. For more info, please call 2794863 x1504 Yoga seminar Free Benefits of Yoga Seminar at the Hammock Bay Community Center, Freeport Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. For more info contact JRGzenon@aol.com. Square dance class Looking for a fun activity that will offer mental, physical and social benefits? Modern Square Dance offers all this and more. New class beginning Monday, Sept. 23, at Niceville United Methodist Church Community Life Center 6-7 p.m. Families welcome. For more info call Kay 865-1341. Woman s luncheon Twin Cities Womans Club welcomes all interested women to the first monthly luncheon of the 2013-14 club year to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, 2000 Bluewater Blvd. N., Niceville. Please RSVP to Lillian Lewis, 279-4037 by Friday, Sept. 20. Shooting event Okaloosa and Walton Counties Cub Scouts are holding their annual Shooting Sports day on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mullet Festival Site, Corner of Hwy. 85 N and College Blvd., Niceville. Age appropriate activities such as BB guns, archery, and slingshot paintball will be conducted by trained staff in a safe environment. Open to all Cub Scouts and their siblings for a cost of $10. All boys and their families interested in Scouting are welcome. Motorcycle Poker Run The Bikers Blast for the Past motorcycle poker run will be Saturday, Sept. 21. Having a motorcycle is not a requirement to participate. Start at any six Helen Back locations or the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Stops open at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. registration closes, 4 p.m. the stops close and last bike is due in by 5 p.m. Cost is $25 per rider and includes t-shirt, swag, buffet and games with $20 for additional rider, buffet only. To become a sponsor contact 2441379 or maren@helenbackcafe.com. Proceeds to benefit the Heritage Museum of NW Florida. Beach clean up The Department of Environmental Protections Henderson Beach State Park and its support organization, The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, invites everyone to attend a marine debris educational program as part of National Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8-10 a.m. and participate in the Florida Coastal Clean-up. Event weather permitting. For more information call 837-7550. Fairytale ballet The Northwest Florida Ballet will present a premier production of The Little Mermaid set to the music of Antonin Dvok and choreographed by Katia Garza. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 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 Bikers benefit Heritage MuseumAll are invited to participate in the Biker s Blast for the Past motorcycle poker run Saturday, Sept. 21. Having a motorcycle is not a requirement to participate. Start at any six Helen Back locations or the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Stops open at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. registration closes, 4 p.m. the stops close and last bike is due in by 5 p.m. See calendar for complete details. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON CHURCH DIRECTORY IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9:00am 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 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 Gamma Epsilon begins year with luncheonGamma Epsilon Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Beginner s Day luncheon and meeting at the home of Mattie Williams in Niceville. Plans were discussed for the cultural programs, service projects and social activities. Pictured in back, Doris Olig, Linda Michalowski, Dora Perano, JoAnne Jones, Beverly Flynt, Mattie Williams and Margaret Holley. Pictured in front, Mary MacDonald, Angela Budden and Helen Martin. Please see CALENDAR, page B-4 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 Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) 3-BR, 2.5-BA, two story brick home on quiet cul-de-sac with partial water view on corner lot. 2,750 SF on 1/2 acre lot. Large family room, fireplace, 3-car 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 4/2. Close to high school. Just off Palm. Call 865-5675 Honda Generator EU2000i. 2000 watts of power. Like new. $500.00 cash only. 850-678-9439 You saw it in the Beacon! 850-678-1080. Saturday, September 28. 7AM-? Swift Creek Community, Multi-family. Looking for deals? Check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon. If you want Niceville and Valparaiso to know, say it in the Beacon. Help Wanted Homes for Sale Items for Sale Homes for Rent Yard Sales Opportunities Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Office Space CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! 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. 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! 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By Sarah Clauson Beacon Correspondent The Niceville Eagles travelled to West Pensacola Friday, Sept. 13, to face off against the Pine Forest Eagles and brought home a 37-6 victory, and a squeaky clean 3-0 record. The Eagles havent just been winning, they have been gaining the reputation as a tough team to beat. Their ranking, in class 7A has jumped to 36th in the State according to Maxpreps. The Eagles entered Friday nights game with a couple of big wins under their belt, while Pine Forest had a couple of big losses. The Niceville fans filled the visitor side of the stadium, while the home side was quite sparse. Although the win didnt come as a big surprise, there was still plenty of action, and it started with the very first play of the game. Niceville won the toss, and received the ball on the 20 yard line. In their first play, quarterback Ashton Hooker connected with Tyree McCants who took it to the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown just 14 seconds into the game. Niceville continued on an offensive scoring spree throughout the first quarter, racking up 30 points, while allowing just 6. A Niceville touchdown midway through the second quarter would be the last scoring of the evening. The second half slowed down, but it allowed the Eagles to try some different things and some different players. The game, primarily the second half, wasnt without mistakes, but head Coach John Hicks is pleased. We need to learn while were winning, we dont need to lose a game to learn our lessons, said Hicks, and thats the message he relayed to his team, and its one that will hopefully pay off into the post-season. This week the Eagles hope to advance their winning streak against the Choctaw Indians, who bring with them a 3-0 record of their own. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Eagle Stadium. 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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Avl.865-3498 A Splash of Col orby KrissiePrompt & ProfessionalINTERIORPAINTINGOne Room or Whole House Photo courtesy Louann BrechlerNHS swimmer Markwardt wins second meetNiceville, Fort Walton, Choctawhatchee and Rocky Bayou Christian schools swim teams met for the second time this season Monday, Sept. 9, at the Destin YMCA pool. Over 150 swimmers competed in three events. NHS swimmer Matthew Markwardt was the overall winner for boys with a combined time of 2:59:98.Morken and Howell make elite standardThe NHS cross country team traveled to Mobile for the Challenge of Champions on Sept. 7. The team competed in both the invitational run and the open run. Thomas Howell and Nick Morken took 1st and 2nd place in the boys invitational with times of 15:59.29 and 16:03.58. These times also earned them recognition for the national elite standard. Boys Invitational top 7 results: 1st Thomas Howell (15:59.29), 2nd Nick Morken (16:03.58), 11th Caden Ewing (17:25.62), 18th Jack Massey (17:47.04), 24th Tristan Hamer (17:56.38), 28th Tripp Davis (18:04.80) and 38th Elijah Schneidwind (18:32.08). The boys placed 2nd out of 16 schools which competed in the invitational race. Girls Open Race top 7 results: 1st Mackenzie Shinnick (21:57.88), 4th Claire Crist (22:28.91), 6th Anna Herrara (22:43.79), 11th Catherine Crump (23:21.82), 14th Julia Moreno (23:30.42), 16th Drew Haggerman (23:50.62) and 17th Diana LaFollette (23:59.30). The girls placed 1st out of 23 schools in the open race. Boys Open Race top 7 results: 10th Kyle Ferris (18:42.70), 14th David Bobbitt (18:49.54), 23rd Chris Magboo (19:06.89), 30th Jake Fiske (19:29.40), 35th Jason Nodjomian (19:37.51), 36th Brayton Miles (19:42.02) and DAngelo Swafford (19:51.84). The boys placed 6th out of 26 schools in the open race. NHS boys invitational winners, pictured from left, Coach Janazzo, Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Tripp Davis, Jack Massey, Caden Ewing, Tristan Hamer, Elijah Schneidwind and Coach Sherman Eller. NHS girls open race winners, pictured from left, Coach Cindy Janazzo, Karlie Magboo, Addi Martin, Julia Moreno, McKenzie Shinnick, Diana LaFollette, Cenedy Crum, Regan McAllister, Cameron Crum, Catherine Crump, Rebecca Corallo, Coach Eller, Alix Bikker and Claire Crist. Once again the Eagles dominated the field, trouncing Pine Forest in a 37-6 game. Starting strong, Tyree McCants took the ball to the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown just 14 seconds into the game.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Eagles volleyball wins 3 of 3Niceville High School seniors Ashley Hagood and Jennifer Smith work in unison to block a shot from the Crestview Bulldogs last Thursday, Sept. 12 during an Eagles vs. Bulldogs home game. NHS has won 3 out of 3 games this season so far. In the last game the scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16.Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonWednesday, September 18, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Coming off Pine Forest win, Eagles to face Choctaw Friday

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In the Service The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Air Force Cadet Christy R. Allen has completed basic cadet training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The cadet completed the rigorous six-week orientation program. The training prepares cadets to enter their first academic year at the academy. The cadets completed the training in two phases. Phase one consisted of military and physical preparation which focused on the transition from civilian to military life. Phase two involved three weeks of field training on the academy grounds to participate in activities to extend their physical limitations and build self and group confidence. The U.S. Air Force Academy curriculum offers education in the basics, engineering and social sciences, the humanities, and 30 other academic majors. At graduation, the cadet receives a bachelor of science degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force. She is the daughter of Mike and Gail Allen of Weeden Island Drive, Niceville. Allen graduated in 2012 from Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville. Christy Allen The nine semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program pictured from back row, left, Cody McWilliams, Erin England, Brian Fields, Morgan Ringel and David Bobbitt. Front row, Alise Snyders, Milbrey Parke, Anna Herrera and Meredith Glaze. Twin Cities Hospital gets top marks in Consumer ReportsTwin Cities Hospital, Niceville, was recently ranked near the top of the list of Florida hospitals for surgery performance in elderly patients, according to a national report from Consumer Reports. The hospital is owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), who currently operates over 70 healthcare facilities in Florida, including Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City. Twin Cities Hospital received the highest rating of better the highest of five categories ranging from better to worse. The report relied on Medicare billing information to examine the percentage of hospitals surgical patients who stayed longer than anticipated or passed away in the hospital. Consumer Reports has previously published a number of hospital performance reports, but this is the first time it has singled out surgical procedures for Medicare patients. The report was based on 86 types of surgeries in 27 categories, from gallbladder surgery to angioplasty and knee and hip replacements. Twin Cities Hospital also received the 2012 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and was also given an A rating by the Leapfrog Group, an independent organization that rates hospitals on performance, national standards of safety, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Housing the areas only hospital-based Wellness Center, the hospital offers a variety of community based programs on current health related topics throughout the year. To learn more about their services call 729-9468, or visit TCHospital.com.NHS has nine National Merit semifinalists Niceville High School has nine semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. David B. Bobbitt, Erin E. England, Brian M. Fields, Meredith A. Glaze, Anna M. Herrera, Cody J. McWilliams, Milbrey A. Parke, Morgan J. Ringel and Alise M. Snyders are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring. We are very proud to have a record number of talented National Merit Semifinalists representing Niceville High School, said NHS Principal Rodney Nobles. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. It was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSCs goals of honoring the nations scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT during their junior year of high school. Project earns Scout Eagle RankMatthew Nelson of Niceville, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Matt completed his Eagle project for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. He structured a new campfire area and benches, built a fence and landscaped sections of the grounds. Matt has already completed 56 merit badges and currently serves as the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 52, Valparaiso. For info on scouting call 683-0330. Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserGround broken for tennis centerOkaloosa County School District and city of Niceville officials broke ground for a planned EagleRam Tennis Center on the Ruckel Middle School campus between Palm Boulevard and Partin Drive, Niceville. Pictured from left to right: Niceville High School tennis coach Chris Poate, former Ruckel Principal Debra Collins Goolsby, Deputy Superintendent and former Niceville High School principal Marcus Chambers, former Ruckel teacher Leslie Parker, Niceville Mayor Randall Wise and Ruckel tennis coach Brett Beattie. Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, is a leading provider of quality healthcare to the Okaloosa County area. Two Certified Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs You Can Trust.Weve earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval. FWBMC.com TCHospital.com Call today for a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions 24/7. (855) 614-7274 Joint replacement surgery is a dicult decision. Weve made it a little easier. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital have received The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and oer Certied Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs. This certication demonstrates our commitment to service and provides an assurance of quality awarded for a standard of practice followed by physicians, nurses, physical therapists and case managers who dedicate themselves to your care. Its why so many people place their trust in us for their knee and hip replacement surgeries. 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children and are available by phone at 664-7787 or online through the Northwest Florida Ballet website, nfballet.org. Give blood Sunday, Sept. 22, Christ Our Redeemer, 1028 White Point Road, Niceville from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Donors will receive a T-shirt. In stitches The fall program begin for the Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America at their September meetings. The first day meeting is Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-noon. The first night group meeting is Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., room 400 at Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr S., Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. Butch Karpowich will speak on relationships between political groups. Also, Joe Cobb, Tea Party board member, will speak on the future of Eglin. Campfire evening The Community Center will be open for an evening of family fun with games, stories, songs and treats to be shared around the camp fire from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the library and area scouts, all families are invited. To sign up call 279-4863 x1514. Garden Club resumes The Niceville Garden Club will resume regular meetings following the summer break with their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m. in the Community Center across from the Niceville Library. All are welcome. Voter Registration Day Celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) by registering to vote at the Niceville Walmart Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, please visit the Supervisor of Elections at govoteokaloosa.com or call 689-5600 or 651-7272 Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Give blood Wednesday, Sept. 25, Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 South Partin Drive from 3-8:30 p.m. Donors will receive a T-shirt. Bag swap Women of all ages are invited to an evening of fellowship, hors doeuvres, worship, special presentations and a bag exchange Thurs. Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Niceville UMC, 214 Partin Drive S. Niceville, in the Sanctuary and Gathering Area. Bring a gently loved purse to exchange. For more info visit niceville.orgwomen or call 865-4769. CALENDARFrom page B-2 MULTIPLE OFFERS! LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. Cedar Ridge ~ SOLDin7 days!SELLING SOON? PLEASE CALL ME NOW!With fewer homes on the market, wellpriced properties command higher prices and often offers from more than one buyer. Bluewater Bay ~ SOLDin13 days!