The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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Niceville, Fla
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United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Thurs., 7:30 p.m. There will be a free recital with Boyan Bonev, a professional cellist performing with five regional orchestras, in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Sat., 7:30 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is sponsoring a bird walk in the Bluewater/Raintree/Whit e Point area. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Highway 20, Bluewater Bay. 897-2666. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Friends of the Niceville Library are having their annual Pamper Me event at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $3. Local businesses will be pampering participants with massages, seminars, food, door prizes and more. 2794863 x 1504. Sat., 7 a.m. There will be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to eighth grade in the Niceville High School gym 279-4640. Calendar, B-2By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Although major construction activity of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, a road linking the north end of the MidBay Bridge to State Road 85 north of Niceville, is now complete, some related construction projects are still underway, according to briefings given to Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) board members during their Feb. 20 meeting in Destin. Jon Vannoy, of HDR Engineering, the contractor managing the connector road construction project, said that although the connector road is complete and open to traffic, there are still some asphalt issues to be fixed, as well as some drainage improvements still being made around some of the bridges along the new route. Vannoy said that HDR wants to see those final projects completed by the end of February, but that it may not all be done by then. He said that HDR has been By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Some uncertainties remain concerning the death of a Valparaiso man, Jonathan Lord, an Air Force contractor who died Jan. 8, when he was engulfed and apparently trapped by fire-suppressing foam that was accidentally released inside King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base. An Air Force accident investigation report released Feb. 18 stated that the exact cause of Lords death is yet to be determined. However, the sequence of events leading to the tragedy included several errors and deficiencies, including the fatal decision by Lord and three coworkers, all contract maintainers for Defense Support Services, to take an elevator from the third floor of the giant hangar to the first floor in order to get a better look at the foam which had filled the hangar, according to the report. When the four reached the ground floor and the elevator doors opened, they were quickly engulfed by the foam, and although two of the three managed to escape on their own, and a third was rescued. The fourth, Lord, 31, of Valparaiso, was found the post July 1, when Nobles is scheduled to retire. During the training period, Palmer will receive supplemental pay. Palmer told the Beacon that he is a native of Okaloosa County, a graduate of Auburn University, and that his wife is a teachera science coach at five of the Okaloosa County school districts elementary schools. The couple has two childrena married daughter and a son who is a student at Northwest Florida State College. Asked what his initial plans will be after assuming his post as Niceville Highs principal, Palmer said that his primary goal is to continue the high achievement already in place at Niceville High School, and to make improvements wherever and whenever I can.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Jeff Palmer as the incoming principal for Niceville High School during the board meeting held Monday in Fort Walton Beach. Palmer, 52, of Fort Walton Beach, is principal of Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach. He was previously a math teacher and baseball coach at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville during the early 1990s. Palmer attended the school board meeting with his wife, Sandy, and thanked the board for its support of him as he assumes his new responsibilities as NHS principal. Palmer will begin training with the current NHS principal, Rodney Nobles, this month, and will assume T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, February 26, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Please see PRINCIPAL, page A-2 Please see FOAM, page A-5 Please see WORK, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4 Air Force report details workers fatal decision to enter hangar flooded by foam Beacon photo by Mike GriffinAs early fog gradually lifted one morning last week, some boats were reflected in the calm surface of Ward Cove, at the Bluewater Bay Marina.Still waters Winding up road work Beacon photo by Mike GriffinOne worker died when firefighting foam was released inside King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Jan. 8. Freezing northern temps put Marysa tower aheadThe column of a new water tower being built on Marysa Drive, Niceville, is nearly complete and crews will soon arrive to build the 750,000-gallon storage tank that will sit atop the column. The project is ahead of schedule because similar projects up north have been hampered by winter storms. The weather in the northern U.S. has prevented the tank contractor from working in those areas, thus allowing those crews to mobilize and complete this project ahead of schedule, said Bruce Price, Niceville Director of Public Works. The tank will replace a much smaller 100,000-gallon tank that has been demolished. Planned development of the nearby 1,100-acre Ruckel tract is expected to boost water demand.Photo courtesy of Steve Davis COMINGUP Valparaiso City Administrator Carl Scott with an image of a possible new look for the city's 'welcome' signs.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer New signs welcoming motorists to Valparaiso may be in the future, according to Carl Scott, city administrator. Earlier this month, Scott showed the city commission images he had made to give an idea of what new signs might look like. One of the signs that may be replaced currently stands on a patch of grassy area where Government Please see SIGNS, page A-2Valp. welcome signs may get a new look The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Jeff PalmerNHSs next principal is named

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Palmer said that he does not plan any big changes upon taking over as principal. Niceville High School is already a flagship school, highly effective and with high achievements in all areas. Ill wait to see for myself, before making any tweaks to what is already there. Im super excited to be part of Niceville High School and its community, said Palmer. In addition to appointing Palmer as the incoming principal of Niceville High School, the school board also appointed Dexter Day to become the new principal of Crestview High School, and appointed Michael Martello as the new principal of Baker School during Mondays meeting. The current principals of those schools, Bob Jones and Tom Shipp, are retiring. In other business, the school board accepted a check for $40,000 from Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley, to be used to help fund the installation of video surveillance camera systems on more school buses. Ashley said the $40,000 had been obtained, courtesy of some of our unsuccessful would-be drug dealers in Okaloosa County, referring to money derived from the seizure of assets belonging to such drug dealers. Ashley said the video system, once operational, will be useful for protecting children against bullying, and for allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on safe driving rather than having to deal with disciplinary issues on their buses. He said it would also help the Sheriffs Office to investigate any incidents that do occur on buses, and will provide additional accountability for students, bus drivers, and anyone else aboard the buses. Ashley said the system will be a big, fat, huge deterrent to all forms of misbehavior aboard school buses. In addition to Ashleys presentation, school board member Cindy Frakes said that she is adding $25,000 to the school bus video system fund, from discretionary capital funds allocated by the school district to each school board member to be used on projects they deem important. Frakes told the Beacon that additional fundraising efforts are underway to help meet the expected total cost of installing the video surveillance system, which she said is expected to be about $155,000. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 EMERALD COAST CONCERT ASSOCIATIONproudly presentsSaturday, March 1 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School AuditoriumAdult: $25 Under 18: $10($5 more at the door)TICKET OUTLETS: P.S. Gifts FWB; Connect With Flowers Shalimar; Artful Things Niceville; or call ECCA at 362-9356 Rocky Mountain High JOHN DENVER TRIBUTEStarringTED VIGILONE NIGHTONLY! 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Spence passed away in January. The conversation was about finding a project to benefit Valparaiso, said Scott. Scott suggested new signs that reflected more of the citys personality, and Spence liked the idea. Spence, prior to his demise, pledged to help Scott raise the money, said Scott. Scott estimated the city would need to raise $10,000 to $20,000 to get that ball rolling. Scott said there is a possibility that Spence may be recognized in some way on the new signs, should they become a reality. He loved the military and he loved Valparaiso. said Scott. SIGNSFrom page A-1 At top right, one of the signs that City Administrator Carl Scott proposes to change, stands in a meridian on John Sims Parkway across from Doolittle Park. Bottom is an example of what a new sign might look like. Page A-2 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Join us for our free health seminars to have your questions answered by local health professionals! 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putting pressure on Anderson Columbia, the contractor in charge of most of the actual construction. MBBA Assistant Executive Director Rolin Sayler also briefed the board, concerning some other construction projects being done by the MBBA as part of an agreement with Eglin Air Force Base to mitigate the environmental impact of the new connector road, most of which is on Air Force controlled land. Those projects, he said, include replacing some culverts within the Eglin military reservation, and also replacing a culvert under Rocky Bayou Drive in Niceville. He said that utilities along Rocky Bayou Drive were successfully relocated, and that actual culvert construction has recently been underway. Sayler was hired Feb. 1. MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest is scheduled to retire Sept. 30. Vests successor has not been announced. Also at the meeting Vest briefed the board on recent activities along the new connector route. He said that a run walk event celebrating the opening of the new route in January netted about $29,299, of which about $8,000 will be given to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The rest of the funds, said Vest, will go to the track club that sponsored the event, and will be used to construct a rubberized track at Fort Walton Beach High School. The new running track, Vest said, will benefit the whole county because it will be used by other school track teams as well as the team from Fort Walton Beach High School. Vest said that traffic continues to increase along the new connector road, and that the road currently carries about 4,100 paying vehicles per day and climbing. The bridge authority counts only connector traffic passing under the single automated tolling point between the Range Road and Forest Drive exits. Other motorists using only other parts of the 11-mile highway are not counted. Vest said that about 71 percent of the vehicles using the new road use electronic Sunpass transponders to pay their connector tolls, with the remainder being charged tolls by having their license plates photographed and monthly bills sent to them by the Florida Turnpike Authority, a program called Toll by Plate. Vest said that he is currently working some issues with the Turnpike Authority, to improve the accounting of toll revenue derived from both the new connector road and from the MidBay Bridge itself. He said that all such revenues have recently been accounted for as a single figure, but that he is seeking to obtain a more specific breakdown of where toll revenue is coming from. We are seeking separate revenue reports, he said, but we expect a lag in Toll by Plate figures. Vest estimated that traffic and toll revenue from the MidBay Bridge itself continues to creep upward from the depressed levels of previous years, and that he expects a significant increase in traffic with the arrival of spring break next month. MBBA chairman Gordon E. Fornell sent a letter to the Bay Beacon Feb. 14, in which he addressed some questions concerning tolls and electronic tolling, particularly along the connector road. Fornells letter included some discussion of the $2.50 monthly administrative fee included with the bills the Florida Turnpike Authority sends to motorists whose tolls are paid through the Toll-by-Plate photo system. The monthly $2.50 administrative fee is included with Tollby-Plate invoices, Fornell wrote. This is a processing fee collected by Floridas Turnpike Enterprise for administering the Toll-by-Plate collection process and does not go to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority. Subsequently, Turnpike spokeswoman Christa Deason said the Florida Department of Transportation has suspended the $2.50 monthly administrative fee for Toll-By-Plate customers using the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, but will reinstate it April 7, after signs have been erected along the connector route informing motorists of the charge. received a report of possible fraud/illegal use of a credit card. The complainant stated that she had requested a new debit card from her bank after the banks ATM machine kept her previous card on Feb. 2. The bank was to mail a new debit card to her but she never received it. The complainant reported that she thinks someone might have intercepted it in the mail and made more than $500 worth of transactions between Feb. 7 and Feb. 10. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a call from an address on Kilcullen Drive. Upon arrival, police determined that the caller had apparently dialed the phone in his or her sleep. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a report of someone possibly trying to break into a house on Evergreen Avenue. Upon arrival, police observed no signs of forced entry, and that the alleged suspect had apparently fled the scene. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police received a report from a representative of the Living Faith Church on Partin Drive, stating that he had been notified of some teenagers soliciting, stating that they are affiliated with the church. The complainant told police that the church does not do such a thing, and if police get calls about the teenagers, it is a scam. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a report from the Walmart Supercenter that a purse had been stolen from a shopping cart. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police received a report that a license tag had been discovered to be missing from a trailer. * On Feb. 15, Niceville police received a complaint from someone who said that his tree cutting equipment had been stolen. * On Feb. 15, Niceville police received a report that a $250 longboard had been stolen from an address on 32nd Street. * Shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 16, Niceville police responded to a disturbance call from an address on Camellia Place. Upon arrival, police discovered that some people had been arguing over a borrowed movie that had not been returned. 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ArrestsJoel Warren Sinclair, 50, of 103 Mason St., Niceville, was arrested on a warrant issued Feb. 9 for improper exhibition of a firearm. The warrant stemmed from an incident on Jan. 15, in which Sinclair allegedly exhibited a .357 pistol firearm in a careless or threatening manner, by pointing it toward his driver side vehicle window while the weapon was in his lap. Sinclair did so in the presence of another person who said that he feared for his safety. * On Feb. 6, Valparaiso police arrested Sean Michael Fox, 39, of 950 Rue de Palms, W., Niceville, for one count of disorderly conduct. The arrest was made on an outstanding warrant from Holmes County. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police arrested Skyler Michelle Anderson, 23, of 6090 Clear Creek Rd., Crestview, for one count of resisting arrest. Anderson resisted arrest by pulling away from an officer while she was being lawfully detained, because she was in the middle of the street yelling and ran at the officer. Anderson would not back up after being instructed by the officer to step back. The report stated that Anderson appeared to be under the influence at the time of the incident. * On Feb. 10, Niceville police arrested Maghan Voncile Bean, 26, of 1200 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, for one count of grand theft $300 less than $5,000. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident on December 19, 2012, in which Bean allegedly stole a purse from an unattended shopping cart inside Walmart. The purse was valued at around $500. * On Feb. 10, Niceville police arrested Justin D. Redick, 18, of 1778 Thomas St., Niceville, for three counts of burglary / unoccupied and unarmed, and three counts of grand theft, between $300 and $5,000. According to the police report, Redick admitted that he broke a glass door and entered a filling station on Feb. 2, with the intent of committing burglary and theft with three other suspects. The business reported that approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise was stolen. * On Feb. 7, a 16-year-old Niceville boy entered the Niceville Police Department with his parents and confessed to the burglary of a business. The juvenile admitted post Miranda that he was a party to a burglary in which approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise was taken by the juvenile and other suspects who were adults.DUIOn Feb.16, Niceville police arrested Blake Elliott Hinely, 22, of 2420 Duncan Dr., Niceville, for DUI. According to the traffic citation, Hinelys blood alcohol level was at or above 0.243.ExplosionOn Feb. 9, Niceville police responded to an address on Everglade Drive, where they assisted emergency medical personnel in helping the victim of an explosion. Officers learned that the victim had been trying to remove the top of a metal 55 gallon drum with a grinder. There were leftover cleaning chemicals inside the drum, and when sparks from the grinder made contact with vapors, they ignited. The victim sustained second-degree burns, and was transported to Twin Cities Hospital, and then Life Flighted to Pensacola.OtherOn Feb. 1, Valparaiso police responded to an apparent burglary at an address on Grandview Avenue. * On Feb. 2, Valparaiso police responded to a report of criminal mischief at a restaurant on Glen Avenue. Upon arrival, an officer observed the window of the restaurants front door to have been shattered by rocks thrown at it, and a table located on the rear deck had been tipped over, and the glass top broken. Damages were estimated at between $600 and $1,100. * On Feb. 5, Niceville police responded to a report from a resident who said she had received threatening phone calls in which the caller used racial slurs and threatened that there would be a bomb at the victims door. * On Feb. 6, Niceville police responded to a report of a possible burglary at an address on East College Boulevard. Upon further investigation it was determined that nothing had been stolen, and it appeared that the complainant may not have shut the door all the way when he initially departed the residence. * On Feb. 6, Niceville police responded to a report of possible fraud. The complainant advised that she was receiving phone calls from unknown male claiming to be an attorney and falsely claiming that she owed money to his company. * On Feb. 7, Niceville police responded to a call from the Twin Cities Pavilion reporting some vandalism to the facilitys cooling system. * On Feb. 7, Niceville police responded to an address on Fox Head Branch Trail that someone had stolen some lumber from a job site. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on Lincolnshire Drive, where the complainant advised that someone had stolen his Vespa scooter. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to a report that someone had thrown a rock at the windshield and damaged the front tires of a truck at an address on 27th Street. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on 21st Street regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on 27th Street, where a complainant advised that someone had stolen his cigarettes from his porch. * On Feb. 9, Niceville police responded to an address on Bailey Drive regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. * On Feb. 10, Valparaiso police This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Wanted As Of: 02/03/2014 VOP-Grand Theft & Failure to Appear Name: Ted Reagan Driscoll Sex: MaleRace: Caucasian Age: 50DOB: 07/13/1964 Height: 6ft 4inWeight: 210 lbs Hair: BrownEyes: Brown Wanted As Of: 01/27/2014 VOP-Trafficking in Stolen Property/Providing False Information/Grand Theft Name: Andrew Jared Martin Sex: MaleRace: Caucasian Age: 26DOB: 04/03/1988 Height: 6ft 0inWeight: 175 lbs Hair: BrownEyes: Blue Martin`s last known address was on Manchester Road in Fort Walton Beach. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 GRAND OPENINGMARCH 1 NicevilleINSURANCE AGENCY (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com 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. Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.17, 2014 through Feb.23, 2014. 0 Structure Fire20 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn1 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................00:57 Everglade Dr............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................05:20 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................09:41 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................14:33 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................21:34 Boyd Cir....................................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................09:10 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................12:25 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................13:50 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................14:50 College Blvd.............................Smoke scare.........................2/18/14.......................16:38 Edgewater Dr...........................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................18:49 SR 85 N....................................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................22:17 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................2/19/14.......................02:10 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/20/14.......................06:16 Edgewater Dr...........................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................07:31 College Blvd.............................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................10:44 Reeves St.................................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................22:10 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical..................................2/22/14.......................04:01 Lanman Rd..............................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................06:15 Tarpon Ln.................................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................07:42 College Blvd.............................Power line down...................2/23/14.......................08:55 Als Dr........................................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................19:28 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................2/23/14.......................19:42 Weekly Safety Tip: Watch what you heat. Stay with the stove when you are cooking. The reason most cooking fires happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the stove. Watch the stove, so you ll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or something goes wrong. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.17, 2014 through Feb.23, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bay Dr......................................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/17/14....................09:35 Hwy. 20 E................................Medical....................................2/17/14....................15:27 Merchants Way.......................Medical....................................2/17/14....................22:11 Windlake Dr.............................Public assist............................2/17/14....................22:47 N. White Point Rd...................Medical....................................2/18/14....................06:51 Glenburn Ct.............................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/18/14....................07:03 John Sims Pkwy......................Medical....................................2/18/14....................13:55 Bay Dr......................................Medical....................................2/18/14....................22:50 N. White Point Rd...................Dispatched & cancelled..........219/14.....................01:01 Parkwood Cir...........................Medical....................................2/19/14....................17:13 Marina Cove Dr.......................Public assist............................2/19/14....................22:31 Caribbean Way.......................EMS call..................................2/20/14....................09:14 Prestwick Dr............................Medical....................................2/20/14....................09:35 Marina Cove/Bay....................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/20/14....................13:11 N. White Point Rd...................Medical....................................2/20/14....................13:59 N. 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unconscious after being trapped for an hour and 19 minutes inside the foam-filled hangar, and was later pronounced dead at the Eglin Air Force Base hospital. Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch, Commander of the Air Force Test Center headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Col. Robert F. Weaver II, who led the investigation into the fatal accident, held a press conference Feb. 18 to brief reporters on the findings and recommendations of the accident investigation report. As the largest building on Eglin Air Force Base, King Hangar is sometimes used for civilian public events, such as the annual "Marsville" habitat engineering project for area schoolchildren. Bunch began the briefing by expressing his condolences to Lords wife and family, who were not at the briefing. According to the accident investigation report, freezing weather in early January, along with some corroded valves in the King Hangar fire suppression water sprinkler system, caused a water line to burst inside the hangar on Jan. 8. That, in turn, triggered sensors in the hangers HighExpansion Foam (HEF) fire suppression system, which is designed to automatically activate whenever sensors detect water flowing through the sprinkler system. Sixteen ceiling-mounted High-Expansion Foam generators filled the hangar with foam to a depth of 17 feet, as designed, within a matter of minutes. Lord and other personnel working in the hangar were able to evacuate successfully, and most went to Building 129, an administrative and maintenance structure adjacent to the hangar. All personnel were accounted for after the evacuation. Eglin Air Force Base firefighters responded to the scene to ensure that there was no fire, to contain the foam and prevent it from contaminating the local environment, and to begin work to clear the foam out of the hangar. Firefighters also informed all of the evacuated personnel to remain outside of King Hangar until clearing operations were completed. However, Lord and as many as 11 other workers disregarded those instructions and reentered King Hangar, via a third-floor catwalk which connected the towering hangar with Building 129. According to the report, the workers were apparently motivated by curiosity and a desire to take photographs, apparently unaware of the potential danger posed by the foam, which resembled bubble bath suds in appearance. After observing the foam from the third floor, Lord and three companions decided to get a closer look by taking an elevator to the ground floor. However, once the elevator doors opened at the ground floor, foam immediately began to enter the elevator and engulf the workers. The foam also blocked the electric eye sensor in the elevator door, making it impossible to close the door or move the elevator. The workers initially attempted to exit through the ceiling of the elevator, but that proved futile, and they were rapidly engulfed. The workers then attempted to make their way out of the hangar while staying in touch with each other by holding hands. That plan also failed, as workers had to use their hands to keep foam away from their faces, and the foam blocked vision and muffled sound, preventing them from seeing each other or communicating by voice. One contractor, using a hood to cover his face, managed to feel his way along a wall and get out of the hangar safely. Another found his way to a window, which he broke in order to escape from the hangar. A third did not escape, but sat down, turned his head toward the ground, and waved his arms and hands in front of his face in order to maintain an air bubble for himself, until he was found by a rescue team who entered the hangar and found him within a few minutes. Lord, however, was not so fortunate. He did not escape from the hangar, and rescue teams were unable to find him until an hour and 19 minutes after he had entered the foam. He was found unconscious, and taken to the Eglin hospital, where he was pronounced dead after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Both the contractors who escaped and the rescuers who entered the hangar to search for the missing men told investigators that once they were inside the foam, they found it to be extremely disorienting and frightening. Even the professional rescue team members found it difficult to avoid panic or to move through the foam successfully, as it completely blocked vision and muffled sound, making voice communication impossible even within a few inches of another person. Weavers report contained recommendations for preventing a recurrence of such an accident in the future. These include improvements to the HEF system configuration, better training for personnel who work in buildings equipped with HEF fire suppression systems, and improved procedures for incident response and rescue operations by emergency personnel responding to foam discharges. The report said that personnel working in the hangar had been given very little training about the HEF system, how it operated, or the hazards it might present. During the evacuation, some personnel attempted to activate an abort mechanism for the HEF discharge system, but did not know enough about the system or the abort mechanism to stop the discharge successfully. The report also stated that uncertainty remains about the exact cause of Lords death, as the autopsy report has not yet become available. The report stated that Lord is presumed to have died as a result of being rendered unconscious, either from a blow to the back of the head or as a result of panic or asphyxiation. He ended up on his back, unconscious, under 17 feet of HEF, and apparently drowned or suffocated as a direct result. The report also stated that it is not known whether the foam itself may be toxic to human beings through skin contact or inhalation, or capable of causing drowning or suffocation. There is surprisingly little knowledge on HEF, said Weavers report, specifically in the areas of conducting rescue operations, environmental impacts, and suffocation/respiratory/contact hazard. HEF is being installed in more aircraft hangers every day. Discussion with professionals at Eglin, Edwards, WrightPatterson and Tyndall (Air Force bases) revealed significant knowledge gaps. Online searches exploring HEF manufacturer sites and fire suppression installerseven Google Internet searchesturn up little useful information. The accident investigation report concluded: The main reason for the fatality and injuries suffered as a result of the mishap was the entering of Hangar 130, a building known to be off-limits following the release of HEF, by Contractor 1 (Lord), and the accompanying contractors. Their unfamiliarity with the facility led to a loss of situational awareness, and they made the extremely poor decision to take the elevator from the third floor to the first floor of Hangar 130. The mishap chain had many links that, if broken, may have prevented the accidental release of foam and immersion of maintainers. Recommendations and possible mitigations focus on these links. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Frozen. It s a good family values movie. Saving Mr. Banks. It s a positive, feelgood movie, and Tom Hanks is outstanding. What movie should win Best Motion Picture at the Academy Awards? The Lego Movie. It s like a mix of childhood dreams with adult humor, has a good story line, and is very, very funny. The Hobbit. It shows adventure and that treasure can be more than just gold and silver. I haven t been to any movies in the past year. I prefer the older classics.Location: Kmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithDavid Scarborough, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Helen Dillard, 61, Niceville, retired teacher Patti Overholt, 65, Choctaw Beach, artist Josh Obholz, 28, Niceville, U.S. Air Force Ryan Arra, 17, Niceville, Niceville High School student Jim Dillard, 63, Niceville, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 26, 2014 Page A-5 FOAMFrom page A-1 Col. Robert Weaver \Beacon photo by Mike GriffithKing Hangar, a landmark on Eglin Air Force Base, was the scene of a tragic industrial accident Jan. 8 that killed Air Force contractor Jonathan Lord, 31, of Valparaiso. An Air Force report released last week stated that Lord died after re-entering the building against the instructions of emergency workers who were called to the scene to deal with the accidental flooding of the building by a blanket of firefighting foam from an automated system. The Lone Ranger. I like anything with Johnny Depp in it. I loved the Lone Ranger as a child, and actually got to see him with Silver when I was nine. Orange Citrus BlossomTM Dipped Bananas is filled with freshness to make you feel good. $500PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen you mention this ad. Offer valid on select products. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer code must be used when placing the order. Code: bayb0114 Exp: 03/31/14OFF EdibleARRANGEMENTSTo order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111 EdibleArrangements.com230 Eglin Parkway N.E. Mariner Plaza Fort Walton Beach earCareTMASSOCIATES, INCS. 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The Phonak behind-the-ear system that you and Dr. Rebek configured for me has turned out to be a tremendous asset: I no longer strain to hear what is being said by others. It is very light and almost invisible to others. I especially appreciate that you can take the time to meet with me to make minor adjustments when necessary. These tune-ups, as I call them, allow my hearing aids to be specifically focused on what is necessary. I also enjoy the convenience of the myPilot attachment that allows me the convenience of quickly changing the mode of reception and the volume. I use the myPilot quite frequently this is a must get accessory. Once more, thank you for your professionalism, consideration, and support. Sincerely, Michael D. Weinstock Michael D. Weinstock, P.A.

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By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Litigation in the BP oil spill civil trial is still going on, with no date for scheduled completion. If BP is found to have additional liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the trial in federal court in New Orleans, the expectation is that Okaloosa County and other Florida localities that claim to not have been adequately compensated for effects of the spill would be allocated millions of dollars in additional damages. In preparation of any such fiscal windfall, the Okaloosa RESTORE Advisory Committee (ORAC), which is comprised of 11 volunteer community leaders and citizens, is developing a comprehensive evaluation process to assess projects submitted for ORAC funding consideration. The county-appointed advisory panel meets regularly, most recently Feb. 13 in Niceville. ORAC's "evaluation tool development" is being lead by the Matrix Design Group, which has been hired for support by the panel. The intent of the evaluation tool is to provide a method to evaluate and rank competing claims on the county's share of any damage. "Allowable activities," a RESTORE Act term used to describe the types of projects, will generate an overall score based on the proposed quantitative and qualitative weighted factors. The RESTORE Act is a 2011 federal law funneling some of any BP penalties recovered under the Clean Water Act to Gulf Coast states. Florida, in turn, has promised to pass along some of the monies to localities. Qualitative factors in the Okaloosa rankings have been consolidated into three categories: economic, general, or environmental. Previous meetings led by Sal Nodjomian, of the Matrix Design Group, reviewed the economic and general factors. The majority of the Feb. 13 meeting was dedicated to review of the environmental factors. A secondary topic of discussion that generated spirited dialogue was the application of funding thresholds in order to support various sized projects. Gary Jarvis, the board's fishing and seafood representative, expressed concern that bigger projects would squeeze out smaller ones in their bids for funding. Jack Azzareto, Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, echoed the concern regarding the ability of smaller projects being able to compete against the larger projects. He stated that without some type of differentiation it would be unfair and place the smaller projects in a disadvantaged position. Sam Seevers, board chair, recommended that further discussion be tabled until the committee was a little further in the process. Jim Breitenfeld, another board member, raised another issue that he would like considered at some point. He asked if they could use some small portion of this money to encourage or induce students to get involved in this process. As an example he stated there may be an environmental science class at local high school that has an idea for a project that $5,000 would have a profound impact. Nodjomian indicated this was a viable consideration if the parameters of the project complied with funding specifications. The meeting concluded with public comments from Jessica Koelsch, National Wildlife Federation. She asked the committee that if a project had a negative environmental impact, should it even be considered? Koelsch also pointed out that the environmental factor review itself was five pages in an already-lengthy application. She said that would be a hurdle for those submitting for small community projects. She recommended that the committee may want to use a mini-grant type construct with a set-aside for smaller projects. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Beacon photo by Rich ByrdDuring a meeting in Niceville, consultants Sal Nodjomian and Lee Lewis led an Okaloosa RESTORE Advisory Committee discussion on how to award BP oil-spill penalties among competing interest groups in Okaloosa County. County panel mulls distribution of BP damagesOkaloosa officials await award in federal oil-spill trial For comprehensive auto care in the Niceville area, look no further than Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair. Tucked away on Elm Street in the heart of Niceville, its highly skilled staff is ready to take care of all of your auto care needs. Friendly and straightforward, the people of Twin Cities Transmission offer quality solutions at competitive pricing, for more than just your transmission. That's righttheir expertise goes beyond transmission work. 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Litchfield-AdkinsMr. and Mrs. Edward A. Adkins of Niceville are please to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura A. Adkins to Stephen J. Litchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Litchfield of Metairie, La. Laura is a graduate of Niceville High School and the University of South Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing. Stephen is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Decision Science. He then attended Louisiana State University Law School and obtained a Juris Doctorate and Diploma of Civil Law. A wedding in Pensacola is planned for May 31, after which the couple will reside in Atlanta, Ga.Production to pay homage to African American artists FridayGenerations: A Collection of Black American Music appears for one night only Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The unique stage production pays homage to some of the most influential African American artists of the past, present and future and features the songs of Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons and Earth, Wind and Fire among others. The production begins its journey of discovery with a pre1900s negro-spiritual and progresses all the way to the this century, making a stop at each decade along the way. The regional cast opens each decade with a monologue, exploring the status, emotion, whereabouts and accomplishments of Black society during the specific eras. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 from the shows production team at 499-3627 or for $25 from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person or by phone at 729-6000. Box Office phone and in-person hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 90 minutes prior to productions held at the center. For more information see the Generations: A Collection of Black American Music page on Facebook or call 499-3627. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Engagement Call Today!Replace a few teeth instantly!GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. Robinette, DDS (850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East Ste 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.com Like uson FACEBOOK With Mini Dental Implants your Dentist can provide you with a simple, gentle, non-surgical procedure to replace your missing teeth. Restore the attractiveness of your smile at a much lower cost than the larger older style implants. Smile with confidence in one short visit! Remembering Sgt. Joshua BornSunday marked the second year since Sgt. Joshua Born, a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School, was killed in action in 2012 when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on Born and another soldier outside a U.S. base in Nangarhar Province. A bench and plaque were placed last July in memory of Born at the Triangle, the Y shaped park and fountain area where John Sims Parkway veers off to Hwy. 85 N. in Niceville. We need to support our boys, said Craig Born of Niceville, his father. The ones still over there and the ones that are coming back injured. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith King and queen of hearts crownedRobert and Jewel Hughes were crowned King and Queen of Hearts at a Valentine s Day crowning that took place at The Manor at Bluewater Bay. Campout adventures for ScoutsSam Scholl, Liam Ordner and Zane French from Troop 157 make faces before taste testing a camp style breakfast at a recent campout at Adventures Unlimited in Milton. Families interested in scouting may call Guy Wills 420-7417 for more information. Troop 157 meets every Monday in Niceville. 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) EYEWEAR UNLIMITED LOOK IN THE MIRROR...Do you like your eyewear?Are your glasses outdated, broke, boring, or do you just want a new look? We offer everything in eyewear under one roof!Over 1500 frames in stock $4800complete set of eyeglasses $5000off magnetic clip-on sets Sunglass readers Lab on site/glasses made in a day Customize your own pair of eyewear with the Silhouette CollectionWhy drive any further? SHOP LOCALLY! Stop in and visit your friendly hometown professionals for all your vision needs today! We accept: Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & many more. (850) 678-8876Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. EYEWEAR EXCELLENCE SINCE 1970Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience678-0099 678-6211 Stephen J. Litchfield and Laura A. Adkins

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Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26at 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. Taylor Haugen fundraiser The 3rd annual TradeWinds Wine and Dinner Fundraiser benefitting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be Wednesday, Feb. 26. This six course dining experience will pair wines from Washington, California and Italy. with hard to find boutique wines. Tradewinds is located at 205 Government Ave., Niceville. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased from the foundation website, taylorhaugen.org. Growing tomatoes The Friends of the Niceville Library will be hosting a free program on practical tips for tomato gardening for our area with Dennis Gilson, author of Front Yard Farmer frontyardfarmer.com at the Niceville Community Center on Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. For questions please call the library at 279-4863 x 1504 or email us at ncvlibrary@okaloosa.lib.fl.us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cello recital There will be a free Cello Recital Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Boyan Bonev, professional cellist with 5 regional orchestras, performs in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Braiding class Learn the art of Kumihimo Japanese braiding on Feb. 27, with and without beads. Class meets from noon-3 p.m. Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members. Materials fee is $15. For further info and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host their monthly meeting on Feb. 27, at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Mr. Bruce Miller, Public Defender for the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida will be the guest speaker. Dinner is $15 and includes drinks and gratuity. All welcome, for more information call President Don Adams at 5861325. Food bank fundraiser Enjoy a meal or a drink at Ruby Tuesday in Niceville on Feb. 27-28, and Ruby Tuesday will give back 20% of your purchase to Niceville Sharing and Caring. You need to present the event flyer to your server for Sharing and Caring to receive the donation. You can pick up a flyer at Sharing and Caring or print one from their web site at www.sharing-n-caring.org. For more information, call Sharing and Caring at 678-8459. Night of music Generations: A Collection of Black American Music appears for one night only Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. The unique stage production pays homage to some of the most influential African American artists of the past. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 from the shows production team at 499-3627 or for $25 from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person or by phone at 729-6000. Bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is sponsoring a bird walk conducted by Carole Goodyear March 1 in the Bluewater/Raintree/White Point area. See raptors, woodpeckers, wading birds, and spring migrants with an experienced birder. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. Call Carole at 8972666 for more information. Yard sale fundraiser First Presbyterian Church of Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway, will hold a yard sale March 1 from 711:30 a.m. inside the churchs Gathering Grounds and Fellowship Hall. Proceeds go to benefit the Cavaillon Orphanage in Haiti. Quilt retreat The Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Niceville will host its annual quilt retreat Off 2 Quilt Feb. 28-March 1 at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville campus. Flying Needles Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month for a general business meeting, show and tell, door prizes, munchies, and a program, starting at 9:30 a.m. for social time and 10 a.m. for the business meeting at Niceville Church of Christ, 801 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Visitors are always welcome. For more information and retreat registration forms, visit flyingneedlesquiltguild.org or call 240-1081. Pamper party Join the Friends of the Niceville Library for the annual Pamper Me event on March 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $3. Local businesses will be pampering participants with massages, seminars, food, door prizes and more. For more info call 279-4863 x 1504. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Niceville Library helping with the needs of the library. Wrestling tournament There will be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to 8th grade in the Niceville High School gym March 1 beginning at 7 a.m. with weigh in and the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. For more information contact Coach Morrie Geselter at 279-4640 or email grappler1435@cox.net. Tribute concert The Emerald Coast Concert Association is bringing back Ted Vigils tribute to his great idol, John Denver in Rocky Mountain High March 1, at 7:30 at Ft. Walton Beach High School Auditorium. Advance tickets $25 per person, $30 at the door and $10 for students are available at Artful Things in Niceville 7292600. For additional information call 362-9356. Golf gala The Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is hosting their Childrens Advocacy Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala Weekend starting on March 1at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The golf tournament follows on Sunday, March 2, at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with a noon tee time. Kieran May Memorial Golf tournament cost per person is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Gala tickets are $100 per person. Please call 833-9237, Ext. 222 to make reservations, or go to GolfandGala2014.charityhappenings.org to purchase tickets online. For further information on ECCAC, visit eccac.org History weekend Make history part of your future with Home School Fridays and Hands-On History Saturdays, a monthly program based on the Florida core standards for education for children ages 5-12 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Marchs program will be Can you Dig It on March 1 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $7 per child or $5 for museum family members. Special deal for new family members. Groups welcome, space is limited so please pre-register at 6782615. Mac users meet The Mac Users Group will meet March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College Student Services Building, room 132. Ray Muston will be presenting a two-part program, how to use the Contacts application and P ages for Mac. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at 862-3327 or jeancdutton@mac.com Classical commentary At the community classical music study series, Better Listening, Lars Runar will present The History of the Symphony, with CD examples, on Tuesday, March 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON 678 -1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES 8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. Praise Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30 a.m., Ages 3-AdultsST. 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NWFSC South Walton Education Center gets SACS accreditation Sandra Lanning had been fighting COPD for the last few years and finally succumbed to it on Feb. 17. She has gone to be with her beloved husband John who passed away on Feb. 1. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Larry Lanning, daughter Suetta Hill, grandchildren SeAndria Duckworth, Steven Hill, Shayne Hill, and her great-grandchildren Ethan Backs, Stephen Hill, Sophia Hill, Sara Hill and Mina Hill. John nor Sandra had any life insurance and with both funereal so close together the family is in need of any support that our community can provide. Please contact their son at Idlanning13@gmail.com. The family would also like for you in the community to keep them in your prayers. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituary The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) has approved materials submitted by Northwest Florida State College seeking SACS approval of the South Walton Education Center. Local demand for classes at this existing location prompted NWF State College to increase offerings to 50% or more of the existing general Associate of Arts degree, which is currently offered at six other approved NWF State College sites. Being accredited by SACS means that people living in this area can count on a solid highereducational experience for their children and themselves through NWF State College, said Holley Langille, Campus Specialist, South Walton Center. This endorsement shows that there is an intentional and consistent desire for the educational quality to improve, be relevant and keep pace with technology. It also means that NWF State College is willing to submit to objective and expert scrutiny to ensure ongoing educational excellence. I love being able to directly interact with students and others in the community bringing opportunities provided by NWF State College to the area. Library and learning resources will be provided by the Learning Resource Center located on the main campus of NWF State College, which is open to students weekdays and Saturdays. The Center holds approximately 100,000 books, nearly 400 subscriptions to journals and periodicals, 10,000 audiovisual materials, and 100 online databases. Students also have access to the University of West Floridas (UWF) library located on the NWF-UWF joint campus in Ft. Walton Beach. Student services are provided on-site, including registration, advising, financial aid, testing and academic support services. The NWF State College South Walton Campus hosts six classrooms/instructional lab spaces, with adequate administrative offices and other non-instructional space. Students have access to computer labs, wireless Internet access and other technology. The expansion fits the institutions mission of accessible programs, as this change provides courses within 30 miles of residents homes. For more information on NWF State Colleges South Walton Education Center, please call 267-2888 or visit http://www.nwfsc.edu/SWC/. Sandra Lanning Museum gets new television as giftJim Young, on behalf of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County (GSOC), donated a 47 inch television to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida recently. The television will be used for presentations during public programs, events and organization meetings. Soldiers get treats from Beta SigmaThe Niceville chapter of Beta Sigma, XI BETA PI, sent a Super Bowl Party package to military members from Niceville that are stationed in Afghanistan. Pictured from left, Adrianne Coley, Cyndi Anderson, Carol Heubusch, Dee Purka, Cathy Hess, Marja Wilson, Dottie Kime. Niceville Eagle Scouts honoredSix Niceville High School students were honored Saturday, Feb. 22, at a banquet held in Pensacola celebrating the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America s Eagle Class of 2013. Pictured from front left are Brayton Miles, Troop 546; Matt Nelson, Troop 52; Brad Berryman, Troop 508; Chance Riley, Andrew Knight, and Hudson Pearce, Troop 546. Niceville girl replaces horse lost to recent fireMaggie Bowers has a new horse nicknamed Cash. Maggie lost her last horse, Elvis, in a barn fire Jan. 19. Elvis would not want her to sit around and cry all the time, said her mom, Cynthia Bowers. He would want her to put on her big girl boots and cowgirl up. Name that Garden contestThe Valparaiso Garden Club is conducting a Name That Garden contest for their upcoming new garden exhibit in the backyard of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. The garden will provide additional opportunities for education and enhance the museums mission to promote the rich heritage of our region by featuring native Florida plants and herbs that have been important in the history of our state. Men, women and children are encouraged to Name That Garden and email their idea with their name, address, and phone number to backyardgarden2014@gmail.com before April 1. The winner will receive a $100 gift card, compliments of Walmart-Niceville, and be recognized at the exhibit opening during the Museums annual Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival on April 26. For more information, call the museum 678-2615. $1275.00 down. 03 Chevy Silverado x/cab. 0% interest. Call 850215-1769 $1175.00 down. 02 Ford F-150 X/cab. 0% interest. 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BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Page B-4 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comFax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Niceville s Newspaper Rocky Knights flex muscles at meetThe Rocky Bayou Christian School weightlifters competed at a meet Feb. 12 at Crestview High School. Josh Jarrell and Levi Derry, pictured right, both placed first in their class. Team mate Seth Waldron lifted a total of 430 in the 119 pound class to secure first place. Pictured left, Maria Denbow competed in the ladies weightlifting division and won third place. Senior Mackenzie Davis won the district in her division and earned fourth place at state. This is the first season for ladies weightlifting at RBCS and the second season for men.Photos courtesy of Kristen Maxwell Ruckel Rockettes place 5th in nationRuckel Rockettes placed fifth in the nation during their competition in Orlando at the UDA National Dance Team Competition. The girls competed in the junior jazz division. Pictured, from back row left, Maddie Correll, Bethany Cherenzia, Kirsten Jones, Kimberlyn Porter, Coach Kendall Brown and Anna Piccorossi. Middle row from left, Aubrey Hinley, Mariah McClaren, Ansley Wright, Jodie Miceli and Blakely Huff. Front row from left, Hadleigh Robbins, Kalli Trawick and Alissa Parr. First FHSAA championship for RBCSRocky Bayou Christian School girls basketball beat North Bay Haven 43-42 Feb. 1, securing the first Florida High School Athletic Association championship in the history of the school. Pictured, back row from left, Coach Tatisha Bowles, Melanie Ouma, Mackenzie Davis, Laura Hudson, Megan Slagle and Lauren Wright. Front row, from left, Brie Smith, Emmaly Smith, Saleana Craine, Claire Gunter, Keegan Mcsheehy. Kneeling down, Manager Boom Suepukdee. Lewis student receives black belt Andrew Coln, an eighth grader at Lewis School, recently tested for and received his first degree black belt in Taekwondo. Andrew studies Taekwondo under Master Chick Mathis in Bluewater. Loans subject to credit approval.



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Thurs., 7:30 p.m. There will be a free recital with Boyan Bonev, a professional cellist performing with five regional orchestras, in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Sat., 7:30 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is sponsoring a bird walk in the Bluewater/Raintree/Whit e Point area. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Highway 20, Bluewater Bay. 897-2666. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Friends of the Niceville Library are having their annual Pamper Me event at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $3. Local businesses will be pampering participants with massages, seminars, food, door prizes and more. 2794863 x 1504. Sat., 7 a.m. There will be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to eighth grade in the Niceville High School gym 279-4640. Calendar, B-2By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Although major construction activity of the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, a road linking the north end of the MidBay Bridge to State Road 85 north of Niceville, is now complete, some related construction projects are still underway, according to briefings given to Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) board members during their Feb. 20 meeting in Destin. Jon Vannoy, of HDR Engineering, the contractor managing the connector road construction project, said that although the connector road is complete and open to traffic, there are still “some asphalt issues to be fixed,” as well as some drainage improvements still being made around some of the bridges along the new route. Vannoy said that HDR wants to see those final projects completed by the end of February, but that it may not all be done by then. He said that HDR has been By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Some uncertainties remain concerning the death of a Valparaiso man, Jonathan Lord, an Air Force contractor who died Jan. 8, when he was engulfed and apparently trapped by fire-suppressing foam that was accidentally released inside King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base. An Air Force accident investigation report released Feb. 18 stated that the exact cause of Lord’s death is yet to be determined. However, the sequence of events leading to the tragedy included several errors and deficiencies, including the fatal decision by Lord and three coworkers, all contract maintainers for Defense Support Services, to take an elevator from the third floor of the giant hangar to the first floor in order to get a better look at the foam which had filled the hangar, according to the report. When the four reached the ground floor and the elevator doors opened, they were quickly engulfed by the foam, and although two of the three managed to escape on their own, and a third was rescued. The fourth, Lord, 31, of Valparaiso, was found the post July 1, when Nobles is scheduled to retire. During the training period, Palmer will receive supplemental pay. Palmer told the Beacon that he is a native of Okaloosa County, a graduate of Auburn University, and that his wife is a teacher—a science coach at five of the Okaloosa County school district’s elementary schools. The couple has two children—a married daughter and a son who is a student at Northwest Florida State College. Asked what his initial plans will be after assuming his post as Niceville High’s principal, Palmer said that his primary goal is “to continue the high achievement already in place at Niceville High School, and to make improvements wherever and whenever I can.”By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Jeff Palmer as the incoming principal for Niceville High School during the board meeting held Monday in Fort Walton Beach. Palmer, 52, of Fort Walton Beach, is principal of Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach. He was previously a math teacher and baseball coach at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville during the early 1990s. Palmer attended the school board meeting with his wife, Sandy, and thanked the board for its support of him as he assumes his new responsibilities as NHS principal. Palmer will begin training with the current NHS principal, Rodney Nobles, this month, and will assume 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, February 26, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 5 Inserts Please see PRINCIPAL, page A-2 Please see FOAM, page A-5 Please see WORK, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4 Air Force report details worker’s fatal decision to enter hangar flooded by foam Beacon photo by Mike GriffinAs early fog gradually lifted one morning last week, some boats were reflected in the calm surface of Ward Cove, at the Bluewater Bay Marina.Still waters Winding up road work Beacon photo by Mike GriffinOne worker died when firefighting foam was released inside King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Jan. 8. Freezing northern temps put Marysa tower aheadThe column of a new water tower being built on Marysa Drive, Niceville, is nearly complete and crews will soon arrive to build the 750,000-gallon storage tank that will sit atop the column. The project is ahead of schedule because similar projects up north have been hampered by winter storms. “The weather in the northern U.S. has prevented the tank contractor from working in those areas, thus allowing those crews to mobilize and complete this project ahead of schedule,” said Bruce Price, Niceville Director of Public Works. The tank will replace a much smaller 100,000-gallon tank that has been demolished. Planned development of the nearby 1,100-acre Ruckel tract is expected to boost water demand.Photo courtesy of Steve Davis COMING UP Valparaiso City Administrator Carl Scott with an image of a possible new look for the city's 'welcome' signs.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer New signs welcoming motorists to Valparaiso may be in the future, according to Carl Scott, city administrator. Earlier this month, Scott showed the city commission images he had made to give an idea of what new signs might look like. One of the signs that may be replaced currently stands on a patch of grassy area where Government Please see SIGNS, page A-2Valp. welcome signs may get a new look The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Jeff Palmer NHS’s next principal is named

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Palmer said that he does not plan any big changes upon taking over as principal. “Niceville High School is already a flagship school, highly effective and with high achievements in all areas. I’ll wait to see for myself, before making any tweaks to what is already there.” “I’m super excited to be part of Niceville High School and its community,” said Palmer. In addition to appointing Palmer as the incoming principal of Niceville High School, the school board also appointed Dexter Day to become the new principal of Crestview High School, and appointed Michael Martello as the new principal of Baker School during Monday’s meeting. The current principals of those schools, Bob Jones and Tom Shipp, are retiring. In other business, the school board accepted a check for $40,000 from Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley, to be used to help fund the installation of video surveillance camera systems on more school buses. Ashley said the $40,000 had been obtained, “courtesy of some of our unsuccessful would-be drug dealers in Okaloosa County,” referring to money derived from the seizure of assets belonging to such drug dealers. Ashley said the video system, once operational, will be useful for protecting children against bullying, and for allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on safe driving rather than having to deal with disciplinary issues on their buses. He said it would also help the Sheriff’s Office to investigate any incidents that do occur on buses, and will provide additional accountability for students, bus drivers, and anyone else aboard the buses. Ashley said the system will be “a big, fat, huge deterrent” to all forms of misbehavior aboard school buses. In addition to Ashley’s presentation, school board member Cindy Frakes said that she is adding $25,000 to the school bus video system fund, from discretionary “capital funds” allocated by the school district to each school board member to be used on projects they deem important. Frakes told the Beacon that additional fundraising efforts are underway to help meet the expected total cost of installing the video surveillance system, which she said is expected to be about $155,000. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 EMERALD COAST CONCERT ASSOCIATIONproudly presentsSaturday, March 1 • 7:30 p.m. Fort Walton Beach High School AuditoriumAdult: $25 • Under 18: $10($5 more at the door)TICKET OUTLETS: P.S. Gifts FWB; Connect With Flowers Shalimar; Artful Things Niceville; or call ECCA at 362-9356 Rocky Mountain High JOHN DENVER TRIBUTEStarringTED VIGIL ONE NIGHTONLY! 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The catalyst behind changing the signs was a conversation between Scott and civic leader Walter Spence at the end of last year, Scott said. Spence passed away in January. The conversation was about finding a project to benefit Valparaiso, said Scott. Scott suggested new signs that reflected more of the city’s personality, and Spence liked the idea. Spence, prior to his demise, pledged to help Scott “raise the money,” said Scott. Scott estimated the city would need to raise $10,000 to $20,000 “to get that ball rolling.” Scott said there is a possibility that Spence may be recognized in some way on the new signs, should they become a reality. “He loved the military and he loved Valparaiso.” said Scott. SIGNSFrom page A-1 At top right, one of the signs that City Administrator Carl Scott proposes to change, stands in a meridian on John Sims Parkway across from Doolittle Park. Bottom is an example of what a new sign might look like. 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PRINCIPALFrom page A-1Beacon photo by Mike GriffithOkaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley Monday presents a check for $40,000 to Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson to fund the addition of more video surveillance cameras on school buses. The money was seized from drug dealers, Ashley said.

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“putting pressure” on Anderson Columbia, the contractor in charge of most of the actual construction. MBBA Assistant Executive Director Rolin Sayler also briefed the board, concerning some other construction projects being done by the MBBA as part of an agreement with Eglin Air Force Base to mitigate the environmental impact of the new connector road, most of which is on Air Force controlled land. Those projects, he said, include replacing some culverts within the Eglin military reservation, and also replacing a culvert under Rocky Bayou Drive in Niceville. He said that utilities along Rocky Bayou Drive were successfully relocated, and that actual culvert construction has recently been underway. Sayler was hired Feb. 1. MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest is scheduled to retire Sept. 30. Vest’s successor has not been announced. Also at the meeting Vest briefed the board on recent activities along the new connector route. He said that a run walk event celebrating the opening of the new route in January netted about $29,299, of which about $8,000 will be given to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The rest of the funds, said Vest, will go to the track club that sponsored the event, and will be used to construct a rubberized track at Fort Walton Beach High School. The new running track, Vest said, “will benefit the whole county” because it will be used by other school track teams as well as the team from Fort Walton Beach High School. Vest said that traffic continues to increase along the new connector road, and that the road currently carries about 4,100 paying vehicles per day and climbing. The bridge authority counts only connector traffic passing under the single automated tolling point between the Range Road and Forest Drive exits. Other motorists using only other parts of the 11-mile highway are not counted. Vest said that about 71 percent of the vehicles using the new road use electronic Sunpass transponders to pay their connector tolls, with the remainder being charged tolls by having their license plates photographed and monthly bills sent to them by the Florida Turnpike Authority, a program called Toll by Plate. Vest said that he is currently “working some issues with the Turnpike Authority,” to improve the accounting of toll revenue derived from both the new connector road and from the MidBay Bridge itself. He said that all such revenues have recently been accounted for as a single figure, but that he is seeking to obtain a more specific breakdown of where toll revenue is coming from. “We are seeking separate revenue reports,” he said, “but we expect a lag in Toll by Plate figures.” Vest estimated that traffic and toll revenue from the MidBay Bridge itself continues to creep upward from the depressed levels of previous years, and that he expects a significant increase in traffic with the arrival of spring break next month. MBBA chairman Gordon E. Fornell sent a letter to the Bay Beacon Feb. 14, in which he addressed some questions concerning tolls and electronic tolling, particularly along the connector road. Fornell’s letter included some discussion of the $2.50 monthly “administrative fee” included with the bills the Florida Turnpike Authority sends to motorists whose tolls are paid through the Toll-by-Plate photo system. “The monthly $2.50 administrative fee is included with Tollby-Plate invoices,” Fornell wrote. “This is a processing fee collected by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise for administering the Toll-by-Plate collection process and does not go to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority.” Subsequently, Turnpike spokeswoman Christa Deason said the Florida Department of Transportation has suspended the $2.50 monthly administrative fee for Toll-By-Plate customers using the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, but will reinstate it April 7, after signs have been erected along the connector route informing motorists of the charge. received a report of possible fraud/illegal use of a credit card. The complainant stated that she had requested a new debit card from her bank after the bank’s ATM machine kept her previous card on Feb. 2. The bank was to mail a new debit card to her but she never received it. The complainant reported that she thinks someone might have intercepted it in the mail and made more than $500 worth of transactions between Feb. 7 and Feb. 10. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a call from an address on Kilcullen Drive. Upon arrival, police determined that the caller had apparently dialed the phone in his or her sleep. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a report of someone possibly trying to break into a house on Evergreen Avenue. Upon arrival, police observed no signs of forced entry, and that the alleged suspect had apparently fled the scene. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police received a report from a representative of the Living Faith Church on Partin Drive, stating that he had been notified of some teenagers soliciting, stating that they are affiliated with the church. The complainant told police that the church does not do such a thing, and if police get calls about the teenagers, it is a scam. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police responded to a report from the Walmart Supercenter that a purse had been stolen from a shopping cart. * On Feb. 13, Niceville police received a report that a license tag had been discovered to be missing from a trailer. * On Feb. 15, Niceville police received a complaint from someone who said that his tree cutting equipment had been stolen. * On Feb. 15, Niceville police received a report that a $250 longboard had been stolen from an address on 32nd Street. * Shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 16, Niceville police responded to a disturbance call from an address on Camellia Place. Upon arrival, police discovered that some people had been arguing over a borrowed movie that had not been returned. 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ArrestsJoel Warren Sinclair, 50, of 103 Mason St., Niceville, was arrested on a warrant issued Feb. 9 for improper exhibition of a firearm. The warrant stemmed from an incident on Jan. 15, in which Sinclair allegedly exhibited a .357 pistol firearm in a careless or threatening manner, by pointing it toward his driver side vehicle window while the weapon was in his lap. Sinclair did so in the presence of another person who said that he feared for his safety. * On Feb. 6, Valparaiso police arrested Sean Michael Fox, 39, of 950 Rue de Palms, W., Niceville, for one count of disorderly conduct. The arrest was made on an outstanding warrant from Holmes County. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police arrested Skyler Michelle Anderson, 23, of 6090 Clear Creek Rd., Crestview, for one count of resisting arrest. Anderson resisted arrest by pulling away from an officer while she was being lawfully detained, because she was in the middle of the street yelling and ran at the officer. Anderson would not back up after being instructed by the officer to step back. The report stated that Anderson appeared to be “under the influence” at the time of the incident. * On Feb. 10, Niceville police arrested Maghan Voncile Bean, 26, of 1200 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, for one count of grand theft $300 less than $5,000. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident on December 19, 2012, in which Bean allegedly stole a purse from an unattended shopping cart inside Walmart. The purse was valued at around $500. * On Feb. 10, Niceville police arrested Justin D. Redick, 18, of 1778 Thomas St., Niceville, for three counts of burglary / unoccupied and unarmed, and three counts of grand theft, between $300 and $5,000. According to the police report, Redick admitted that he broke a glass door and entered a filling station on Feb. 2, with the intent of committing burglary and theft with three other suspects. The business reported that approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise was stolen. * On Feb. 7, a 16-year-old Niceville boy entered the Niceville Police Department with his parents and confessed to the burglary of a business. The juvenile admitted post Miranda that he was a party to a burglary in which approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise was taken by the juvenile and other suspects who were adults.DUIOn Feb.16, Niceville police arrested Blake Elliott Hinely, 22, of 2420 Duncan Dr., Niceville, for DUI. According to the traffic citation, Hinely’s blood alcohol level was at or above 0.243.ExplosionOn Feb. 9, Niceville police responded to an address on Everglade Drive, where they assisted emergency medical personnel in helping the victim of an explosion. Officers learned that the victim had been trying to remove the top of a metal 55 gallon drum with a grinder. There were leftover cleaning chemicals inside the drum, and when sparks from the grinder made contact with vapors, they ignited. The victim sustained second-degree burns, and was transported to Twin Cities Hospital, and then Life Flighted to Pensacola.OtherOn Feb. 1, Valparaiso police responded to an apparent burglary at an address on Grandview Avenue. * On Feb. 2, Valparaiso police responded to a report of criminal mischief at a restaurant on Glen Avenue. Upon arrival, an officer observed the window of the restaurant’s front door to have been shattered by rocks thrown at it, and a table located on the rear deck had been tipped over, and the glass top broken. Damages were estimated at between $600 and $1,100. * On Feb. 5, Niceville police responded to a report from a resident who said she had received threatening phone calls in which the caller used racial slurs and threatened that there would be a bomb at the victim’s door. * On Feb. 6, Niceville police responded to a report of a possible burglary at an address on East College Boulevard. Upon further investigation it was determined that nothing had been stolen, and it appeared that the complainant may not have shut the door all the way when he initially departed the residence. * On Feb. 6, Niceville police responded to a report of possible fraud. The complainant advised that she was receiving phone calls from unknown male claiming to be an attorney and falsely claiming that she owed money to his company. * On Feb. 7, Niceville police responded to a call from the Twin Cities Pavilion reporting some vandalism to the facility’s cooling system. * On Feb. 7, Niceville police responded to an address on Fox Head Branch Trail that someone had stolen some lumber from a job site. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on Lincolnshire Drive, where the complainant advised that someone had stolen his Vespa scooter. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to a report that someone had thrown a rock at the windshield and damaged the front tires of a truck at an address on 27th Street. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on 21st Street regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. * On Feb. 8, Niceville police responded to an address on 27th Street, where a complainant advised that someone had stolen his cigarettes from his porch. * On Feb. 9, Niceville police responded to an address on Bailey Drive regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. * On Feb. 10, Valparaiso police This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Wanted As Of: 02/03/2014 VOP-Grand Theft & Failure to Appear Name: Ted Reagan Driscoll Sex: MaleRace: Caucasian Age: 50DOB: 07/13/1964 Height: 6ft 4inWeight: 210 lbs Hair: BrownEyes: Brown Wanted As Of: 01/27/2014 VOP-Trafficking in Stolen Property/Providing False Information/Grand Theft Name: Andrew Jared Martin Sex: MaleRace: Caucasian Age: 26DOB: 04/03/1988 Height: 6ft 0inWeight: 175 lbs Hair: BrownEyes: Blue Martin`s last known address was on Manchester Road in Fort Walton Beach. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 GRAND OPENINGMARCH 1 NicevilleINSURANCE AGENCY (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com 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. Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.17, 2014 through Feb.23, 2014. 0 Structure Fire20 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn1 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................00:57 Everglade Dr............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................05:20 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................09:41 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................14:33 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/17/14.......................21:34 Boyd Cir....................................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................09:10 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................12:25 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................13:50 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................14:50 College Blvd.............................Smoke scare.........................2/18/14.......................16:38 Edgewater Dr...........................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................18:49 SR 85 N....................................Medical..................................2/18/14.......................22:17 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................2/19/14.......................02:10 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................2/20/14.......................06:16 Edgewater Dr...........................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................07:31 College Blvd.............................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................10:44 Reeves St.................................Medical..................................2/21/14.......................22:10 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical..................................2/22/14.......................04:01 Lanman Rd..............................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................06:15 Tarpon Ln.................................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................07:42 College Blvd.............................Power line down...................2/23/14.......................08:55 Als Dr........................................Medical..................................2/23/14.......................19:28 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................2/23/14.......................19:42 Weekly Safety Tip: Watch what you heat. Stay with the stove when you are cooking. The reason most cooking fires happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the stove. Watch the stove, so you ll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or something goes wrong. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.17, 2014 through Feb.23, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bay Dr......................................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/17/14....................09:35 Hwy. 20 E................................Medical....................................2/17/14....................15:27 Merchants Way.......................Medical....................................2/17/14....................22:11 Windlake Dr.............................Public assist............................2/17/14....................22:47 N. White Point Rd...................Medical....................................2/18/14....................06:51 Glenburn Ct.............................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/18/14....................07:03 John Sims Pkwy......................Medical....................................2/18/14....................13:55 Bay Dr......................................Medical....................................2/18/14....................22:50 N. White Point Rd...................Dispatched & cancelled..........219/14.....................01:01 Parkwood Cir...........................Medical....................................2/19/14....................17:13 Marina Cove Dr.......................Public assist............................2/19/14....................22:31 Caribbean Way.......................EMS call..................................2/20/14....................09:14 Prestwick Dr............................Medical....................................2/20/14....................09:35 Marina Cove/Bay....................Dispatched & cancelled..........2/20/14....................13:11 N. White Point Rd...................Medical....................................2/20/14....................13:59 N. White Point Rd...................Medical....................................2/20/14....................16:00 Treasure Cove.........................Smoke detector activation......2/20/14....................19:38 Windrush Cove.......................Medical....................................2/21/14....................21:25 W. Choctawhatchee................Medical....................................2/22/14....................09:10 Cat Mar Rd..............................Medical....................................2/22/14....................16:26 Pine St.....................................Medical....................................2/23/14....................21:48 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Please see BLOTTER, page A-3

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unconscious after being trapped for an hour and 19 minutes inside the foam-filled hangar, and was later pronounced dead at the Eglin Air Force Base hospital. Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch, Commander of the Air Force Test Center headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Col. Robert F. Weaver II, who led the investigation into the fatal accident, held a press conference Feb. 18 to brief reporters on the findings and recommendations of the accident investigation report. As the largest building on Eglin Air Force Base, King Hangar is sometimes used for civilian public events, such as the annual "Marsville" habitat engineering project for area schoolchildren. Bunch began the briefing by expressing his condolences to Lord’s wife and family, who were not at the briefing. According to the accident investigation report, freezing weather in early January, along with some corroded valves in the King Hangar fire suppression water sprinkler system, caused a water line to burst inside the hangar on Jan. 8. That, in turn, triggered sensors in the hanger’s HighExpansion Foam (HEF) fire suppression system, which is designed to automatically activate whenever sensors detect water flowing through the sprinkler system. Sixteen ceiling-mounted High-Expansion Foam generators filled the hangar with foam to a depth of 17 feet, as designed, within a matter of minutes. Lord and other personnel working in the hangar were able to evacuate successfully, and most went to Building 129, an administrative and maintenance structure adjacent to the hangar. All personnel were accounted for after the evacuation. Eglin Air Force Base firefighters responded to the scene to ensure that there was no fire, to contain the foam and prevent it from contaminating the local environment, and to begin work to clear the foam out of the hangar. Firefighters also informed all of the evacuated personnel to remain outside of King Hangar until clearing operations were completed. However, Lord and as many as 11 other workers disregarded those instructions and reentered King Hangar, via a third-floor catwalk which connected the towering hangar with Building 129. According to the report, the workers were apparently motivated by curiosity and a desire to take photographs, apparently unaware of the potential danger posed by the foam, which resembled bubble bath suds in appearance. After observing the foam from the third floor, Lord and three companions decided to get a closer look by taking an elevator to the ground floor. However, once the elevator doors opened at the ground floor, foam immediately began to enter the elevator and engulf the workers. The foam also blocked the electric eye sensor in the elevator door, making it impossible to close the door or move the elevator. The workers initially attempted to exit through the ceiling of the elevator, but that proved futile, and they were rapidly engulfed. The workers then attempted to make their way out of the hangar while staying in touch with each other by holding hands. That plan also failed, as workers had to use their hands to keep foam away from their faces, and the foam blocked vision and muffled sound, preventing them from seeing each other or communicating by voice. One contractor, using a hood to cover his face, managed to feel his way along a wall and get out of the hangar safely. Another found his way to a window, which he broke in order to escape from the hangar. A third did not escape, but sat down, turned his head toward the ground, and waved his arms and hands in front of his face in order to maintain an air bubble for himself, until he was found by a rescue team who entered the hangar and found him within a few minutes. Lord, however, was not so fortunate. He did not escape from the hangar, and rescue teams were unable to find him until an hour and 19 minutes after he had entered the foam. He was found unconscious, and taken to the Eglin hospital, where he was pronounced dead after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Both the contractors who escaped and the rescuers who entered the hangar to search for the missing men told investigators that once they were inside the foam, they found it to be extremely disorienting and frightening. Even the professional rescue team members found it difficult to avoid panic or to move through the foam successfully, as it completely blocked vision and muffled sound, making voice communication impossible even within a few inches of another person. Weaver’s report contained recommendations for preventing a recurrence of such an accident in the future. These include improvements to the HEF system configuration, better training for personnel who work in buildings equipped with HEF fire suppression systems, and improved procedures for incident response and rescue operations by emergency personnel responding to foam discharges. The report said that personnel working in the hangar had been given very little training about the HEF system, how it operated, or the hazards it might present. During the evacuation, some personnel attempted to activate an abort mechanism for the HEF discharge system, but did not know enough about the system or the abort mechanism to stop the discharge successfully. The report also stated that uncertainty remains about the exact cause of Lord’s death, as the autopsy report has not yet become available. The report stated that Lord is presumed to have “died as a result of being rendered unconscious, either from a blow to the back of the head or as a result of panic or asphyxiation. He ended up on his back, unconscious, under 17 feet of HEF, and apparently ‘drowned’ or ‘suffocated’ as a direct result.” The report also stated that it is not known whether the foam itself may be toxic to human beings through skin contact or inhalation, or capable of causing drowning or suffocation. “There is surprisingly little knowledge on HEF,” said Weaver’s report, “specifically in the areas of conducting rescue operations, environmental impacts, and suffocation/respiratory/contact hazard. HEF is being installed in more aircraft hangers every day. Discussion with professionals at Eglin, Edwards, WrightPatterson and Tyndall (Air Force bases) revealed significant knowledge gaps. Online searches exploring HEF manufacturer sites and fire suppression installers—even Google Internet searches—turn up little useful information.” The accident investigation report concluded: “The main reason for the fatality and injuries suffered as a result of the mishap was the entering of Hangar 130, a building known to be off-limits following the release of HEF, by Contractor 1 (Lord), and the accompanying contractors. Their unfamiliarity with the facility led to a loss of situational awareness, and they made the extremely poor decision to take the elevator from the third floor to the first floor of Hangar 130. The mishap chain had many links that, if broken, may have prevented the accidental release of foam and immersion of maintainers. Recommendations and possible mitigations focus on these links.” The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 “ Frozen. It s a good family values movie.” “ Saving Mr. Banks. It s a positive, feelgood movie, and Tom Hanks is outstanding.” What movie should win “Best Motion Picture” at the Academy Awards?“ The Lego Movie. It s like a mix of childhood dreams with adult humor, has a good story line, and is very, very funny.” “ The Hobbit. It shows adventure – and that treasure can be more than just gold and silver.” “I haven t been to any movies in the past year. I prefer the older classics.”Location: Kmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith David Scarborough, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Helen Dillard, 61, Niceville, retired teacher Patti Overholt, 65, Choctaw Beach, artist Josh Obholz, 28, Niceville, U.S. Air Force Ryan Arra, 17, Niceville, Niceville High School student Jim Dillard, 63, Niceville, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 26, 2014 Page A-5 FOAMFrom page A-1 Col. Robert Weaver \Beacon photo by Mike GriffithKing Hangar, a landmark on Eglin Air Force Base, was the scene of a tragic industrial accident Jan. 8 that killed Air Force contractor Jonathan Lord, 31, of Valparaiso. An Air Force report released last week stated that Lord died after re-entering the building against the instructions of emergency workers who were called to the scene to deal with the accidental flooding of the building by a blanket of firefighting foam from an automated system.“ The Lone Ranger. I like anything with Johnny Depp in it. I loved the Lone Ranger as a child, and actually got to see him with Silver when I was nine.” Orange Citrus BlossomTM Dipped Bananas is filled with freshness to make you feel good. $500PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen you mention this ad. Offer valid on select products. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer code must be used when placing the order. 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By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Litigation in the BP oil spill civil trial is still going on, with no date for scheduled completion. If BP is found to have additional liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the trial in federal court in New Orleans, the expectation is that Okaloosa County and other Florida localities that claim to not have been adequately compensated for effects of the spill would be allocated millions of dollars in additional damages. In preparation of any such fiscal windfall, the Okaloosa RESTORE Advisory Committee (ORAC), which is comprised of 11 volunteer community leaders and citizens, is developing a comprehensive evaluation process to assess projects submitted for ORAC funding consideration. The county-appointed advisory panel meets regularly, most recently Feb. 13 in Niceville. ORAC's "evaluation tool development" is being lead by the Matrix Design Group, which has been hired for support by the panel. The intent of the evaluation tool is to provide a method to evaluate and rank competing claims on the county's share of any damage. "Allowable activities," a RESTORE Act term used to describe the types of projects, will generate an overall score based on the proposed quantitative and qualitative weighted factors. The RESTORE Act is a 2011 federal law funneling some of any BP penalties recovered under the Clean Water Act to Gulf Coast states. Florida, in turn, has promised to pass along some of the monies to localities. Qualitative factors in the Okaloosa rankings have been consolidated into three categories: economic, general, or environmental. Previous meetings led by Sal Nodjomian, of the Matrix Design Group, reviewed the economic and general factors. The majority of the Feb. 13 meeting was dedicated to review of the environmental factors. A secondary topic of discussion that generated spirited dialogue was the application of funding thresholds in order to support various sized projects. Gary Jarvis, the board's fishing and seafood representative, expressed concern that bigger projects would squeeze out smaller ones in their bids for funding. Jack Azzareto, Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, echoed the concern regarding the ability of smaller projects being able to compete against the larger projects. He stated that without some type of differentiation it would be unfair and place the smaller projects in a “disadvantaged” position. Sam Seevers, board chair, recommended that further discussion be tabled until the committee was a little further in the process. Jim Breitenfeld, another board member, raised another issue that he would like considered at some point. He asked if they could use some small portion of this money “to encourage or induce students to get involved in this process.” As an example he stated there may be an environmental science class at local high school that has an idea for a project that $5,000 would have a profound impact. Nodjomian indicated this was a viable consideration if the parameters of the project complied with funding specifications. The meeting concluded with public comments from Jessica Koelsch, National Wildlife Federation. She asked the committee that if a project had a “negative environmental impact, should it even be considered?” Koelsch also pointed out that the environmental factor review itself was five pages in an already-lengthy application. She said that would be a hurdle for those submitting for small community projects. She recommended that the committee may want to use a “mini-grant” type construct with a set-aside for smaller projects. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Beacon photo by Rich ByrdDuring a meeting in Niceville, consultants Sal Nodjomian and Lee Lewis led an Okaloosa RESTORE Advisory Committee discussion on how to award BP oil-spill penalties among competing interest groups in Okaloosa County. County panel mulls distribution of BP damagesOkaloosa officials await award in federal oil-spill trial For comprehensive auto care in the Niceville area, look no further than Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair. Tucked away on Elm Street in the heart of Niceville, its highly skilled staff is ready to take care of all of your auto care needs. Friendly and straightforward, the people of Twin Cities Transmission offer quality solutions at competitive pricing, for more than just your transmission. That's right—their expertise goes beyond transmission work. You can count on Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair to keep your car or truck running in perfect order. Prevention isn't reserved for personal health. It's critical in the health of your vehicle as well. Extend the life of your family vehicle with timely tune-ups and inspections of critical automotive systems. We now offer Amsoil oil changes which is a synthetic oil that can get you up to 25,000 miles until the next oil change. Don't allow those little problems to turn into costly ones. Maintenance neglect can cause major inconveniences to your life, and your pocketbook. Let Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair take care of your vehicle and you. Twin Cities Transmission is a member of the TECH-NET professional program that assures strict adherence to automotive code of ethics. All its technicians are ASE-certified, and able to keep your car moving at top performance. With our recent renovations, repeat customers will enjoy a pleasant front office and comfortable customer area, not to mention a few additions to the business, including an expansion to its building. The new "General Repair" side has three lifts dedicated to general repairs. And, we now have General Motors Factory Scan Tool for Dealer Level Diagnostic and Reprogramming Capibilities. All makes and models, both foreign and domestic, are welcome. Even diesel engines can find all their solutions at Twin Cities Transmission. This expansion supplements the four lifts dedicated to transmission work. Twin Cities Transmission is independently and locally owned by Adam Marthis. Along with manager Brandy Pirc, he prides himself on being a familyowned, hometown operation that has gladly served the Twin Cities area since 2000. Located at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, just north of John Sims Parkway and west of Partin Drive. 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Litchfield-AdkinsMr. and Mrs. Edward A. Adkins of Niceville are please to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura A. Adkins to Stephen J. Litchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Litchfield of Metairie, La. Laura is a graduate of Niceville High School and the University of South Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing. Stephen is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Decision Science. He then attended Louisiana State University Law School and obtained a Juris Doctorate and Diploma of Civil Law. A wedding in Pensacola is planned for May 31, after which the couple will reside in Atlanta, Ga.Production to pay homage to African American artists Friday“Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” appears for one night only Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The unique stage production pays homage to some of the most influential African American artists of the past, present and future and features the songs of Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons and Earth, Wind and Fire among others. The production begins its journey of discovery with a pre1900’s negro-spiritual and progresses all the way to the this century, making a stop at each decade along the way. The regional cast opens each decade with a monologue, exploring the status, emotion, whereabouts and accomplishments of Black society during the specific eras. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 from the show’s production team at 499-3627 or for $25 from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person or by phone at 729-6000. Box Office phone and in-person hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 90 minutes prior to productions held at the center. For more information see the “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” page on Facebook or call 499-3627. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d aa y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Engagement Call Today!Replace a few teeth instantly!GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. Robinette, DDS (850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East Ste 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.com Like uson FACEBOOK With Mini Dental Implants your Dentist can provide you with a simple, gentle, non-surgical procedure to replace your missing teeth. Restore the attractiveness of your smile at a much lower cost than the larger older style implants. Smile with confidence in one short visit! Remembering Sgt. Joshua BornSunday marked the second year since Sgt. Joshua Born, a 2005 graduate of Niceville High School, was killed in action in 2012 when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on Born and another soldier outside a U.S. base in Nangarhar Province. A bench and plaque were placed last July in memory of Born at the “Triangle,” the Y shaped park and fountain area where John Sims Parkway veers off to Hwy. 85 N. in Niceville. “We need to support our boys,” said Craig Born of Niceville, his father. “The ones still over there and the ones that are coming back injured.” Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith King and queen of hearts crownedRobert and Jewel Hughes were crowned King and Queen of Hearts at a Valentine s Day crowning that took place at The Manor at Bluewater Bay. Campout adventures for ScoutsSam Scholl, Liam Ordner and Zane French from Troop 157 make faces before taste testing a camp style breakfast at a recent campout at Adventures Unlimited in Milton. Families interested in scouting may call Guy Wills 420-7417 for more information. Troop 157 meets every Monday in Niceville. 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) EYEWEAR UNLIMITED LOOK IN THE MIRROR...Do you like your eyewear?Are your glasses outdated, broke, boring, or do you just want a new look? We offer everything in eyewear under one roof! Over 1500 frames in stock $4800complete set of eyeglasses $5000off magnetic clip-on sets Sunglass readers Lab on site/glasses made in a day Customize your own pair of eyewear with the Silhouette Collection Why drive any further? SHOP LOCALLY! Stop in and visit your friendly hometown professionals for all your vision needs today! We accept: Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & many more. (850) 678-8876“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. EYEWEAR EXCELLENCE SINCE 1970Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 • 678-6211 Stephen J. Litchfield and Laura A. Adkins

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Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26at 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. Taylor Haugen fundraiser The 3rd annual TradeWinds Wine and Dinner Fundraiser benefitting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be Wednesday, Feb. 26. This six course dining experience will pair wines from Washington, California and Italy. with hard to find boutique wines. Tradewinds is located at 205 Government Ave., Niceville. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased from the foundation website, taylorhaugen.org. Growing tomatoes The Friends of the Niceville Library will be hosting a free program on practical tips for tomato gardening for our area with Dennis Gilson, author of Front Yard Farmer frontyardfarmer.com at the Niceville Community Center on Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. For questions please call the library at 279-4863 x 1504 or email us at ncvlibrary@okaloosa.lib.fl.us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cello recital There will be a free Cello Recital Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Boyan Bonev, professional cellist with 5 regional orchestras, performs in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Braiding class Learn the art of Kumihimo Japanese braiding on Feb. 27, with and without beads. Class meets from noon-3 p.m. Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members. Materials fee is $15. For further info and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271. Republicans meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host their monthly meeting on Feb. 27, at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Mr. Bruce Miller, Public Defender for the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida will be the guest speaker. Dinner is $15 and includes drinks and gratuity. All welcome, for more information call President Don Adams at 5861325. Food bank fundraiser Enjoy a meal or a drink at Ruby Tuesday in Niceville on Feb. 27-28, and Ruby Tuesday will give back 20% of your purchase to Niceville Sharing and Caring. You need to present the event flyer to your server for Sharing and Caring to receive the donation. You can pick up a flyer at Sharing and Caring or print one from their web site at www.sharing-n-caring.org. For more information, call Sharing and Caring at 678-8459. Night of music “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” appears for one night only Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. The unique stage production pays homage to some of the most influential African American artists of the past. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 from the show’s production team at 499-3627 or for $25 from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person or by phone at 729-6000. Bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is sponsoring a bird walk conducted by Carole Goodyear March 1 in the Bluewater/Raintree/White Point area. See raptors, woodpeckers, wading birds, and spring migrants with an experienced birder. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. Call Carole at 8972666 for more information. Yard sale fundraiser First Presbyterian Church of Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway, will hold a yard sale March 1 from 711:30 a.m. inside the church’s Gathering Grounds and Fellowship Hall. Proceeds go to benefit the Cavaillon Orphanage in Haiti. Quilt retreat The Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Niceville will host its annual quilt retreat “Off 2 Quilt” Feb. 28-March 1 at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville campus. Flying Needles Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month for a general business meeting, show and tell, door prizes, munchies, and a program, starting at 9:30 a.m. for social time and 10 a.m. for the business meeting at Niceville Church of Christ, 801 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Visitors are always welcome. For more information and retreat registration forms, visit flyingneedlesquiltguild.org or call 240-1081. Pamper party Join the Friends of the Niceville Library for the annual Pamper Me event on March 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $3. Local businesses will be pampering participants with massages, seminars, food, door prizes and more. For more info call 279-4863 x 1504. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Niceville Library helping with the needs of the library. Wrestling tournament There will be a tournament for younger wrestlers from five years to 8th grade in the Niceville High School gym March 1 beginning at 7 a.m. with weigh in and the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. For more information contact Coach Morrie Geselter at 279-4640 or email grappler1435@cox.net. Tribute concert The Emerald Coast Concert Association is bringing back Ted Vigil’s tribute to his great idol, John Denver in “Rocky Mountain High” March 1, at 7:30 at Ft. Walton Beach High School Auditorium. Advance tickets $25 per person, $30 at the door and $10 for students are available at Artful Things in Niceville 7292600. For additional information call 362-9356. Golf gala The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is hosting their Children’s Advocacy Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala Weekend starting on March 1at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The golf tournament follows on Sunday, March 2, at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with a noon tee time. Kieran May Memorial Golf tournament cost per person is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Gala tickets are $100 per person. Please call 833-9237, Ext. 222 to make reservations, or go to GolfandGala2014.charityhappenings.org to purchase tickets online. For further information on ECCAC, visit eccac.org History weekend Make history part of your future with “Home School Fridays” and “Hands-On History Saturdays,” a monthly program based on the Florida core standards for education for children ages 5-12 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. March’s program will be “Can you ‘Dig It’” on March 1 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $7 per child or $5 for museum family members. Special deal for new family members. Groups welcome, space is limited so please pre-register at 6782615. Mac users meet The Mac Users Group will meet March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College Student Services Building, room 132. Ray Muston will be presenting atwo-part program, how to use the Contacts application and Pages for Mac. For more information, visit FWBMug.com or contact Jean Dutton at 862-3327 or jeancdutton@mac.com Classical commentary At the community classical music study series, “Better Listening,” Lars Runar will present “The History of the Symphony,” with CD examples, on Tuesday, March 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON 678 1298 • WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES 8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. Praise Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30 a.m., Ages 3-AdultsST. 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NWFSC South Walton Education Center gets SACS accreditation Sandra Lanning had been fighting COPD for the last few years and finally succumbed to it on Feb. 17. She has gone to be with her beloved husband John who passed away on Feb. 1. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Larry Lanning, daughter Suetta Hill, grandchildren SeAndria Duckworth, Steven Hill, Shayne Hill, and her great-grandchildren Ethan Backs, Stephen Hill, Sophia Hill, Sara Hill and Mina Hill. John nor Sandra had any life insurance and with both funereal so close together the family is in need of any support that our community can provide. Please contact their son at Idlanning13@gmail.com. The family would also like for you in the community to keep them in your prayers. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituary The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) has approved materials submitted by Northwest Florida State College seeking SACS approval of the South Walton Education Center. Local demand for classes at this existing location prompted NWF State College to increase offerings to 50% or more of the existing general Associate of Arts degree, which is currently offered at six other approved NWF State College sites. “Being accredited by SACS means that people living in this area can count on a solid highereducational experience for their children and themselves through NWF State College, said Holley Langille, Campus Specialist, South Walton Center. “This endorsement shows that there is an intentional and consistent desire for the educational quality to improve, be relevant and keep pace with technology. It also means that NWF State College is willing to submit to objective and expert scrutiny to ensure ongoing educational excellence. I love being able to directly interact with students and others in the community bringing opportunities provided by NWF State College to the area.” Library and learning resources will be provided by the Learning Resource Center located on the main campus of NWF State College, which is open to students weekdays and Saturdays. The Center holds approximately 100,000 books, nearly 400 subscriptions to journals and periodicals, 10,000 audiovisual materials, and 100 online databases. Students also have access to the University of West Florida’s (UWF) library located on the NWF-UWF joint campus in Ft. Walton Beach. Student services are provided on-site, including registration, advising, financial aid, testing and academic support services. The NWF State College South Walton Campus hosts six classrooms/instructional lab spaces, with adequate administrative offices and other non-instructional space. Students have access to computer labs, wireless Internet access and other technology. The expansion fits the institution’s mission of accessible programs, as this change provides courses within 30 miles of residents’ homes. For more information on NWF State College’s South Walton Education Center, please call 267-2888 or visit http://www.nwfsc.edu/SWC/. Sandra Lanning Museum gets new television as giftJim Young, on behalf of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County (GSOC), donated a 47 inch television to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida recently. The television will be used for presentations during public programs, events and organization meetings. Soldiers get treats from Beta SigmaThe Niceville chapter of Beta Sigma, XI BETA PI, sent a Super Bowl Party package to military members from Niceville that are stationed in Afghanistan. Pictured from left, Adrianne Coley, Cyndi Anderson, Carol Heubusch, Dee Purka, Cathy Hess, Marja Wilson, Dottie Kime. Niceville Eagle Scouts honoredSix Niceville High School students were honored Saturday, Feb. 22, at a banquet held in Pensacola celebrating the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America s Eagle Class of 2013. Pictured from front left are Brayton Miles, Troop 546; Matt Nelson, Troop 52; Brad Berryman, Troop 508; Chance Riley, Andrew Knight, and Hudson Pearce, Troop 546. Niceville girl replaces horse lost to recent fireMaggie Bowers has a new horse nicknamed Cash. Maggie lost her last horse, Elvis, in a barn fire Jan. 19. “Elvis would not want her to sit around and cry all the time,” said her mom, Cynthia Bowers. “He would want her to put on her big girl boots and cowgirl up.” Name that Garden contestThe Valparaiso Garden Club is conducting a “Name That Garden” contest for their upcoming new garden exhibit in the backyard of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. The garden will provide additional opportunities for education and enhance the museum’s mission to promote the rich heritage of our region by featuring native Florida plants and herbs that have been important in the history of our state. Men, women and children are encouraged to “Name That Garden” and email their idea with their name, address, and phone number to backyardgarden2014@gmail.com before April 1. The winner will receive a $100 gift card, compliments of Walmart-Niceville, and be recognized at the exhibit opening during the Museum’s annual Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival on April 26. For more information, call the museum 678-2615. $1275.00 down. 03 Chevy Silverado x/cab. 0% interest. Call 850215-1769 $1175.00 down. 02 Ford F-150 X/cab. 0% interest. Call 850-215-1769. $975.00 down. 04 Chevy Blazer. 0% interest. Call 850-215-1769. $775.00 down. 03 Chevy Impala. 0% interest. Call 850-215-1769. 1968 vintage Airstream camper. Great condition, no leaks. Clear Florida title. New awning, electric, stove, fridge, etc. Asking $12,000. Call or text 517-7886. Looking for good deals? Check the classified section every Wednesday in the Beacon. 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) Autos for Sale Help Wanted RV s for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Office/Warehouse CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SF PRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE For more information call897-6464 ByJUST LISTEDCarriage Hills Realty, Inc. 1821 John Sims Parkway • Niceville, FL 32578 www.CarriageHills.com • REALTOR@CarriageHills.com REALTOR Call for A Free Market Analysis! (850) 678-5178 If you want Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay to know, say it in the Beacon. Call 678-1080! Help Wanted Help Wanted 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 __________________ $12.00First 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 WEDNESDAY CONVENIENT 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. Capture the Eglin and Hurlburt markets in the base newspapers! The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base & Hurlburt Field! Apply in person at 224 C. Eglin Pkwy. Or email your resume to stats@chandlerfurniture.comAshley Furniture Homestorein Fort Walton has an immediate opening for a store manager. Previous management and customer service experience required.

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BE A C O N SP O R T SBEACO N S P OR T S Page B-4 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comFax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Niceville s Newspaper Rocky Knights flex muscles at meetThe Rocky Bayou Christian School weightlifters competed at a meet Feb. 12 at Crestview High School. Josh Jarrell and Levi Derry, pictured right, both placed first in their class. Team mate Seth Waldron lifted a total of 430 in the 119 pound class to secure first place. Pictured left, Maria Denbow competed in the ladies weightlifting division and won third place. Senior Mackenzie Davis won the district in her division and earned fourth place at state. This is the first season for ladies weightlifting at RBCS and the second season for men.Photos courtesy of Kristen Maxwell Ruckel Rockettes place 5th in nationRuckel Rockettes placed fifth in the nation during their competition in Orlando at the UDA National Dance Team Competition. The girls competed in the junior jazz division. Pictured, from back row left, Maddie Correll, Bethany Cherenzia, Kirsten Jones, Kimberlyn Porter, Coach Kendall Brown and Anna Piccorossi. Middle row from left, Aubrey Hinley, Mariah McClaren, Ansley Wright, Jodie Miceli and Blakely Huff. Front row from left, Hadleigh Robbins, Kalli Trawick and Alissa Parr. First FHSAA championship for RBCSRocky Bayou Christian School girls basketball beat North Bay Haven 43-42 Feb. 1, securing the first Florida High School Athletic Association championship in the history of the school. Pictured, back row from left, Coach Tatisha Bowles, Melanie Ouma, Mackenzie Davis, Laura Hudson, Megan Slagle and Lauren Wright. Front row, from left, Brie Smith, Emmaly Smith, Saleana Craine, Claire Gunter, Keegan Mcsheehy. Kneeling down, Manager Boom Suepukdee. Lewis student receives black belt Andrew Coln, an eighth grader at Lewis School, recently tested for and received his first degree black belt in Taekwondo. Andrew studies Taekwondo under Master Chick Mathis in Bluewater. Loans subject to credit approval.