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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Beacon Staff The effect of this year's unusually chilly weather has reached far beyond Northwest Florida, as the nation is experiencing one of its coldest winters in recent memory. With this, the demand for natural gas has increased and consequently due to the increase in demand has come an increase in the cost of gas which will be passed along to customers, according to the Okaloosa Gas District. The increase in the cost of gas is directly related to the excessive demand for natural gas nationwide," said Okaloosa Gas spokesman Eddie Springle. "The extremely cold winter is driving up the demand for natural gas which in turn is driving up the prices in the energy market. Effective April 1, Okaloosa Gas will be raising the cost-of-gas portion of customer bills by 23 percent, from 42.5 per therm to 52.5 per therm. The average residential customer will see an increase of $1.41 a month during the spring and summer months, when less gas is used, according to Springle. An Okaloosa Gas bill is divided into four components (not including city, county, state and federal taxes): a customer charge, cost-of-gas charge, compliance charge and delivery charge. Only the cost-of-gas portion will rise April 1, under a measure approved Feb. 26 by the directors of the Valparaiso-based gas utility, a self-governing state agency. The cost-of-gas rate represents the actual price paid by Okaloosa Gas to purchase natural gas and have it delivered into the districts system for use by customers. The cost is passed through to customers without markup. It is the goal of the district to maintain or even lower the cost of gas in months to come once the weather warms and the market becomes less volatile, Springle added. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent An Okaloosa County School Board meeting held March 6 included discussion of whether individual board members should continue to have say over how to spend certain capital-improvement funds. The board was also briefed on construction of a tennis complex at Ruckel Middle School, Niceville. During the nonvoting meeting in Fort Walton Beach, school board member Melissa Thrush, Bluewater Bay, questioned whether individual school board members should continue to exercise authority over part of the districts capital improvements budget within their election district. Although the five school board members are elected at large countywide, no more than one at a time may live within any of the defined five districts. Each board member has traditionally had discretion over how some capital improvement funds are spent at schools within his or her district. No other school district, Thrush said, gives individual school board members up to 20 percent of the district (capital improvements) budget. She said the current system in Okaloosa County pits school board members against one another, and encourages individual administrators to approach individual school board members to seek funding for favored projects. Thrush said the school district needs a prioritized system in which capital improvement funds would be allocated districtwide according to which projects are most needed at each school. Board member Cathy Thigpen, Crestview, asked Thrush how she had been using her own fund allocations, saying, You have carryover from last year. Thrush replied that she usually allocates her own portion of school district funding among T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, March 12, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see QUESTIONED, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4Fri., 12 p.m. There will be a free lunchtime lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, about the cultural history of Destin. 678-2615. Sat., 7 a.m.-noon The NicevilleValparaiso Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast and silent auction at the Niceville High School cafeteria. Breakfast is $4 at the door. Admittance to the silent auction is free. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Girls from kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn from the Ruckel Middle School cheerleaders in the Ruckel gym Cost is $35 and includes a t-shirt, lunch, individual and group photo. 8334142. Sun., 2 p.m. The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Free, donations welcome. 729-5382. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUP Okaloosa high schools begin a new sportFlag football season to begin ThursdayBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Tomorrow, Niceville High School and three other high schools will begin the inaugural year of Okaloosa County's newest interscholastic sport, flag football. Although new to the area, flag football has been a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)-recognized noncontact sport for girls since 2002. Introduction of flag football was an action associated with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandated equal opportunities for boys and girls in school education and athletics. It was enacted, in part, in response to a perception that girls sports had been shortchanged. Natalie Strappy, director of compliance for FHSAA, said the growth of girls' flag football has surpassed expectations. In the 2002-03 school year, there were 75 high schools fielding flag football teams in the Sunshine State. For the 2014 season, there are about 222 teams and more than 3,000 players. Adron Robinson, NHS flag football coach, stated that the addition of the sport has been pursued for the past several years by Principal Rodney Nobles and Athletic Director John Hicks. Flag football is relatively inexpensive and offered more opportunities for girls of all backgrounds and skill sets, Robinson said. Robinson stated that his focus is to develop a program that teaches his players the fundamentals of flag football in order to compete competitively, but also to establish a construct that assists in the physical and mental development of each player. Given the challenges associated with establishing a new sports program, NHS will be operating under a probation period for the first two years. In the third year, NHS will be assigned to a district by the FHSAA and eligible to The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Cold winter boosts natural-gas ratesOkaloosa Gas sets price hike Please see FOOTBALL, page A-3School board members say over capital spending is questioned Far left, Jennifer Smith, quarterback for the inaugural Niceville High School flag football team, displays her passing form. Near left, team members include Aubrey West, M.C. Cockrum, Smith and Eli Craft. The Eagles will face Crestview in the season opener Thursday, at Crestview.Beacon photos by Rich Byrd $0.59 $0.72 $0.65$0.65 $0.94 $1.49 $1.05 $1.00 $0.86 $0.89 $0.79 $0.87 $0.83 $0.86 $0.82 $1.28 $1.33 $1.00 $0.80 $0.60 $0.55 $0.50 $0.48 $0.45 $0.39 $0.43 $0.52 Feb-04 Aug-04 Feb-05 Apr-05 Aug-05 Nov-05 Feb-06 May-06 Aug-06 Nov-06 Feb-07 May-07 Aug-07 Nov-07 Feb-08 May-08 Aug-08 Nov-08 Jan-09 May-09 Oct-09 Nov-10 Apr-11 Jan-12 Jul-12 Aug-12 Apr-14Month-year $0.00 $0.50 $1.00 $1.50 $2.00Retail price per therm (rounded to cent) Source: Okaloosa Gas Dist. Cost of natural gas rebounds Cost-of-gas portion of residential bills, Okaloosa Gas Melissa ThrushProgress on sewer projectsBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Favorable news regarding capital projects was presented to the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board (NVRSB) during a meeting March 5. Rick Helms, NVRSB Plant Manager, reported that the reroofing project has been completed. This was a long overdue concern that had been put off for too long. Project oversight was executed by Ameritech Enterprises LLC and completed in two months. Helms stated that even with the delays experienced as a result of winter inclement weather and the unexpected challenge of replacing "lightweight" concrete that was located on the lower portions of the roof, the work was completed in a satisfactory timeframe. Board member Lannie Corbin, Niceville city manager, was concerned about the warranty associated with the project and asked for specific details. Helms stated that the Please see SEWER, page A-5 Beacon photo by Rich ByrdThe Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board building in Niceville has a new roof at a cost of $102,700.

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compete in postseason pl ayoffs for the state title, which has been dominated by teams from south Florida. Last year, FHSAA recognized no high school flag football teams west of Tallahassee. Robinson said that Okaloosa County is taking the lead in establishing this new sport on the Panhandle. To assist in the development of the county flag football program, coaches from participating high schools (Crestview, Choctaw, and Fort Walton Beach) will meet periodically. The sport still favors attributes such as speed, flexibility, and concentration. In most ways, flag football is comparable to standard football, but with notable differences. A game consists of four 12-minute quarters, compared with 15minute quarters in standard football. There are seven players per team, compared with 11. The field is 80 yards long (versus 100 yards) and teams have to advance the ball 20 yards (versus 10 yards, in four downs to achieve a first down. Instead of tackling the ball carrier to end a play, a defensive player must pull a detachable flag attached to her waist. Physical blocking is not allowed, but players may impede the progress of opponents by setting up position screens and blocks similar to the strategies used in basketball, another theoretically "noncontact" sport that nevertheless results in a fair amount of contact. Standard football protective equipment such as helmets or shoulder pads are not authorized. Players must wear mouthpieces, however. The interest in flag football at NHS was overwhelming, Robinson said. Over 100 girls signed up to participate. There were no cuts, but through practices the team has settled in at 35 players. There are only two seniors and five juniors on the Niceville team, making the inaugural squad. But senior Aubrey West said the team's youth isnt a problem. "It is the responsibility of the seniors and juniors to provide the leadership needed to succeed, she said. The Eagles offense will be lead by quarterback Jennifer Smith, whom Robinson called a natural leader. Her strong arm, ability to read defenses and speed make her a credible threat against any defense, he said. Smith said she is eager to start the season and has high expectations of winning. As a senior, Smith would like to leave a legacy of success comparable to the boys'' football program. The Niceville team is loaded with speed that will challenge any defense they face. Eli Craft, sophomore running back/receiver, is agile and has superior maneuverability, not to mention a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. As slot receiver, West is set to display her 4.6-second 40-yard dash speed. When it comes to football, its said that defenses win championships. The Niceville defense will be young, but determined. The NHS defense will be lead by sophomore M.C. Cockrum. As the blitzer or rush end. her aggressive nature will be vital to putting pressure on opposing offenses. 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In other business, Bill Smith, the districts director of facilities, gave a short briefing on construction of the EagleRam Tennis Court Project at Ruckel Middle School. He said construction of the privately funded center is underway, with four tennis courts currently being built. He said the project would move into phase II, which will include the construction of two more courts. When completed later this year, the courts will be used by the Niceville High School and Ruckel tennis teams. They will be open to the public when the schools are not using them. 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ArrestsOn Feb. 21, Jay Harold Mikkelson, 58, a tile floorer, 1107 South Cedar Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for violation of an injunction. * On Feb. 26, Lilac Lavender Boskila, 34, of 512 Garden Cove, Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail. She had been arrested on an Okaloosa County warrant. * On Feb. 27, an Okaloosa County deputy sheriff arrested Thomas Allen Mealer, 49, of 193 Magnolia St., Eglin Air Force Base, for aggravated battery. He allegedly struck another man on the head with a shovel during an argument. * On Feb. 28, Valparaiso police arrested Brittany A. Bond, 21, unemployed, of 11564 Cypress Bend Ct., Jacksonville, on a warrant from Clay County for contempt of court on an original charge of no valid driver's license. * On Feb. 28, Niceville police arrested Donald Hubert Waltman, 28, a landscaper, 10 Cypress St., Freeport, for one count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, and one count of knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. * On March 1, Niceville police arrested Levy Huston Lucas, 53, of 609 29th St., Niceville, for one count of breach of peace, disorderly conduct. Police stated that Lucas was arrested after cursing loudly and causing a disturbance at the Niceville Childrens Park. * On March 2, Niceville police arrested Taylor Douglas Curry, 27, of 721 Powell Drive, Niceville, for one count of aggravated battery. The victim required five stitches to close her wound.DUIOn Feb. 26, Valparaiso police arrested Eric Alan Zisk, 42, for DUI. A police officer responded to an address on Iowa Street in reference to a traffic crash. The officer found Zisk, the driver of the vehicle, swaying while he was standing, having slurred speech, and giving off a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage.Notice to appearOn Feb. 19, a Walton County deputy issued a notice to appear to Adrienne Michelle Myers, 25, self-employed, of 1084 Forest Lake Terrace, Niceville, for marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams.OtherOn Feb. 23, Valparaiso police responded to an address on John Sims Parkway in reference to juveniles setting off explosions. Two juveniles were found placing cleaner and foil in two liter soda bottles and throwing them, creating an explosion. The fire department responded and cleared the scene, and the youngsters were released to their parents. * On March 1, a person came to the Valparaiso Police Department to report that while monitoring credit card transactions, she discovered that someone had used her American Express card at a store in Los Angeles without her authorization. She said she had canceled the card and the transaction was canceled as well. * On March 2, Niceville police responded to the sewage-effluent sprayfield near Highway 285 regarding a report that two utility John Deere vehicles had been stolen from the field. The case was turned over to Eglin Air Force Base Security Forces. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Hickory Avenue, regarding the theft of a wooden box from someones porch. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Kathleen Court, where a complainant said he had arrived home to find his vehicle damaged. Some taillight pieces were on the ground. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to a complaint of a mailbox knocked down at the First Presbyterian Church on John Sims Parkway near Rocky Bayou Road. * On March 3, Niceville police received a report of a vehicle burglarized on March 1 at Lions Park. * On March 3, Niceville police received a report from a complainant who said someone had placed something under the hood of his car, which he believed to be burned food. It appeared that someone had put a steak on the battery. * On March 5, Niceville police received a report from a complainant who said that there had been an unauthorized charge on his credit card. The unauthorized purchase was made in Michigan. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 3, 2014 through Mar. 9, 2014. 1 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn8 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Oak St................................................Service call...................3/3/14........................06:17 Glenview Ave....................................Cancelled......................3/3/14........................12:17 29th Street.........................................Medical.........................3/3/14........................19:00 Valparaiso Blvd.................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................13:50 Linden Ave.........................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................13:59 N. Partin Dr........................................Cancelled......................3/4/14........................14:43 N. Partin Dr........................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................16:27 27th Street.........................................Structure fire.................3/4/14........................18:16 17th Street.........................................Cancelled......................3/4/14........................20:32 Woodlow Rd......................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................15:14 S. Palm Blvd.....................................Cancelled......................3/5/14........................18:29 Kelly Rd.............................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................18:41 Lincolnshire Dr..................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................19:38 Nathey Ave........................................Cancelled......................3/6/14........................02:29 N. Partin Dr........................................Medical.........................3/6/14........................10:27 Lincolnshire Dr..................................Medical.........................3/7/14........................09:23 E. John Sims Pkwy...........................Service call...................3/7/14........................13:07 Reeves St..........................................Medical.........................3/7/14........................21:07 Roscommon Blvd.............................Service call...................3/8/14........................05:41 E. John Sims ....................................Medical.........................3/8/14........................11:18 College Blvd......................................Vehicle crash................3/8/14........................12:27 Bayshore Dr......................................Medical.........................3/8/14........................18:45 Sweetgum Ct....................................Medical.........................3/9/14........................08:30 Reeves St..........................................Medical.........................3/9/14........................12:43 Weekly Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide (CO). You can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a long period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter period of time. CO is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created when fuels (such as: gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn imcompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of CO. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 3, 2014 through Mar. 9, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bay Dr..............................................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................10:45 Westlake Ct.....................................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................15:36 E. Rosewood Way..........................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................19:02 Westlake Ct.....................................Public assist.......................3/4/14.....................07:22 E. Hwy. 20.......................................Medical...............................3/4/14.....................09:58 Cypress St.......................................Smoke scare.....................3/4/14.....................18:05 N. White Point Rd...........................Medical...............................3/4/14.....................20:48 N. White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled....3/6/14.....................00:38 MidBay Bridge Con.........................Vehicle accident................3/7/14.....................05:53 E. Hwy. 20.......................................Medical...............................3/7/14.....................09:11 Merchants Way...............................Medical...............................3/7/14.....................12:11 N. White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled....3/8/14.....................22:48 W. Birkdale Cir.................................Public assist.......................3/9/14.....................03:41 Troon Dr. W.....................................Medical...............................3/9/14.....................13:21 Meadowbrook Ct.............................Medical...............................3/9/14.....................15:17 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. 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warranty provided a 20-year guarantee on roofing material and that he negotiated labor coverage for any repair actions for the first five years. The total cost of the project was approximately $102,700, which included the initial contract award of $82,700 and $20,000 for the lightweight concrete modification. The upgrade project for the wastewater treatment plant was proceeding as planned. Glenn Stephens, the board's contract engineer, stated actions have been taken to implement the $420,000 headworks screen resolution proposal that was approved at the NVRASB special session meeting held Feb. 13. Stephens reported that the 3 millimeter screens are targeted for delivery in August with the installation of the screens starting around Oct. 1 Helms stated that he would be forwarding a copy of the projects schedule timeline to ensure compliance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) requirements. As a secondary issue related to the upgrade project, Helms raised a new concern regarding the plants operations manual. He reminded board members that the upgrade project is the result of modernization requirements directed by the FDEP regarding waste water treatment standards, which the sewer authority has been cited for repeateadly violating. The current manual is dated 1982 when the plant opened and is significantly outdated. It has been cut and pasted throughout the years, but was still not applicable in many areas since the process is totally different, Helms said. He stated that he had secured a quote from Polyengineering to provide an updated operations manual for $60,000 and asked the board to consider it. Heath Rominger, board vice president, asked if competitive bids should be considered as an alternative to a sole source contract action. Helms replied that competitive bids is a viable alternative, but would be time consuming since a new contractor unfamiliar with the plants operations would have to be trained first before they could proceed and that would be time intensive. Board member Bruce Arnold, Valparaiso mayor, asked if Helms or a member of his team could write one. Helms stated that he had never completed an Operations Manual, but could try. Corbin understood the importance of this requirement, but suggested the topic be delayed for further discussion as board members assessed this new requirement. Board members concurred. The FDEP provides guidance and oversight on all state wastewater treatment operations. In order to ensure compliance, FDEP personnel conduct periodic operational inspections. The FDEP conducted an inspection of the NicevilleValparaiso plant on Highway 85 North, Niceville, on Feb. 6. The inspection covered treatment operations and stormwater-prevention flow measures. Helms said the plant passed the stormater inspection, and that he was awaiting word on the wastewater treatment inspection. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 We should stay completely out of it. We re spread pretty thin throughout the rest of the world. Russia is building up, while we are downsizing our military. We should do right by Americans. Russia is already starting to back out on their own, from what I saw on the news.What should be done about Russia seizing the Crimea region of Ukraine?I don t think there s anything we should be doing about it at this point. Russia and Ukraine should settle it between themselves and leave us out of it. I think we have the wrong man in office to handle it. I fear for my children s future every day. Location: Niceville softball complex THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithTaylor Thorne, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Dave Cole, 52, Niceville, truck driver Stan Gordon, 61, Fort Walton Beach, equipment operator Steve Burkett, 43, Niceville, auto service manager Dawn Heald, 37, Niceville, teacher Jeremy Morris, 35, Niceville, paramedic What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 12, 2014 Page A-5 Our GuaranteeDeciding to purchase hearing devices can take years. Once you finally do, you want to be satisfied. That is why we will Bend Over Backwards! to see that you are satisfied. That promise, plus our selection, prices and great service sets us apart. Pay us a visit and youll see the difference.Come by and see the differencehear Call today for a Free Hearing ProfileCOUPONS When you think of hearing ... 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KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director Beacon photo by Rich ByrdNiceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board members discuss capital projects during a meeting March 5 in Niceville. SEWERFrom page A-1 NHS Hall of Fame inducteesThe following students were recently inducted into the Niceville High School Hall of Fame: Pictured, back row from left, Connor McJunkin, Reagan Hobbs, Alex Fager, J. P. Talty and Brock Schaefer. Middle row from left, Aja Brechtel, Monica Hsiang, Rachel Gold and Kayla Henrie. Front row from left, Christina Ramirez, Alayna Nixon, Rebekah Frisbee, Anna Herrera and Regan McAllister.

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the goals and to be prepared to discuss in detail at the next meeting. Goal areas included: Recreation, culture and entertainment. Finance and fiscal stability. Economic development (new and existing business and industry). Infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, power). Communication (cable, phone, Internet). Community (neighboring cities, military relations) Safety and emergency services, including disaster preparedness. A key component of the visioning strategic plan is direct input from Valparaiso residents. A comprehenThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Valparaiso residents respond to survey on future By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Continuing efforts to develop a strategic plan for the future direction of the city of Valparaiso will be discussed by the city's Visioning Committee, which will convene Thursday at 4 p.m. During a meeting of the citizen advisory panel Feb. 13, the focus centered on the development of goals that would provide the foundation for the Visioning Committees plan. Jill White, Chairperson, presented a draft set of goals as a starting point that could be expanded as required. She stated that the draft goals are meant to be future oriented. White asked members to review Please see SURVEY, page A-4 Jill White Dr. Olivier Broutin believes that when he creates relationships based on trust in his dental practice, he and his team can offer the best solutions to his patients. He knows that people who are suffering the discomfort and embarrassment of losing a tooth feel like there's no hope and the only answer is wearing a bridge or dentures forever. Having a tooth extracted can be a devastating experience. It affects how you look, speak, eat, and feel about yourself. What many people do not know is that losing a tooth can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. The negative results go far deeper than what you see on the surface. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate up to 25 percent of bone mass is lost the first year! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. It doesn't have to be that way. Dental implants provide better health, appearance, and lasting benefits for patients who have lost a tooth. Dr. Broutin is excited to offer this amazing technology to his patients. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible. The teeth surrounding the implant are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. Dental Implants are a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. He believes in offering the best possible dental treatments that give his patients beauty, comfort and function. The main focus of Dr. Broutin and his staff is to take care of every aspect of their patient's dental health. "I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. It s the fascinating science of dentistry. 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The Twin Cities Honor Choir will be hosting its 18th Annual concert on Tuesday, March 18 at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. The choir was created in 1995 when a grant was given to create the program. This year the choir is larger than ever at 100 fifth grade voices from public elementary schools in and around Niceville and Valparaiso. Students will come together from Bluewater Elementary, Edge Elementary, Plew Elementary and Lewis Elementary schools. The members of this elite, multi school choir were selected through auditions. Joining them will be choirs from Ruckel Middle School, Lewis School, Niceville High School and Northwest Florida State College. Michelle Tredway will be the guest clinician for the TCHC. Now in her 26th year of teaching, Tredway has taught music to all levels from elementary through college and currently teaches chorus classes at Ruckel. Organizers of the event are music specialists Kara Bell, Shirley Andrews, Kristen Bowne and Katie McGuire from local schools. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are highly encouraged. All proceeds will support next years concert. 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 , M M a a r r c c h h 1 1 2 2 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Whos News Beacon photo by Mike GriffethLittle League season beginsLittle League opening games last Saturday were for players from four to 12 years of age with the youngest players learning the fundamentals with plenty of hands-on help from coaches. Pictured, a pint sized player studies the field. More photos on B-4. NHS speller wins 2nd in state Morgan Hambleton, a freshman at Niceville High School, recently won 2nd place at the Knights of Columbus State Spelling Bee in Kissimmee. Fantaski-HawkinsMike and Cheryl Fantaski of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaylynn M. Fantaski to Matt W. Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hawkins of Pensacola. Kaylynn is a 2006 graduate of Niceville High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida University. Matt is a graduate of University of West Florida where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts. A May 10 wedding is planned in Pensacola, after which the couple will reside in Pensacola. Michelle Earls was selected as the Niceville Exchange Clubs February Youth of the Month. Michelle is a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School and the daughter of Laura and Richard Earls of Crestview. Michelle is the Service Prefect at Rocky Bayou, has logged over 600 hours of community service hour during her high schoolTwin Cities Honor Choir to perform TuesdayBy Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Zachary Phillips of Niceville will be playing Mel Edison in the starring role of the Northwest Florida State Colleges production of the Neil Simon comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue which will be in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville for four nights, Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15at 7:30 p.m. each night. Produced by the colleges Fine and Performing Arts Division and directed by theater professor Clint Mahle, the work centers around a middle-aged married couple who must face the trivial and relentless vexations of New York life when the husband, Mel, played by Phillips, loses not just his job, but also his confidence. I think its going to freak people out a little bit to see how relative whats going on in the play is to whats going on now, said Philips, referring to his characters struggle with joblessness and financial pain. This was written in the 70s, but the same stuff is happening now. History repeating itself and all that. Mel Edison is a high earning executive of a prestigious Manhattan firm which is hit with a sudden need to down size, causing Mel to be let go. Mels job stress is compounded by the air-pollution killing Mels plants, overheard neighbor dramas and robbery, resulting in a nervous breakdown for Mel which is ultimately beneficial. Philips enjoys playing the character of Mel, even if they have little in common, he said. This character is not like me at all, said Philips. I cant really sympathize, but I can empathize. Tickets for the NWFSC production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue are $15 adults and $10 for youth age 18 or younger and are on sale now by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office. The Box Office will open at 6 p.m. March 12 to 15 for any remaining tickets, subject to availability. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission seating. Michelle Earls Kaylynn M. Fantaski and Matt W. Hawkins Engagements A few of the singers in the 100 plus member Twin Cities Honor Choir practice at Bluewater Elementary in preparation for their performance March 18. Zachary Phillips of Niceville, plays the lead role in the Neil Simon comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, from March 12-15. 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CHURCH DIRECTORY College theater T he Pris oner of Second Avenue will be pre s ented March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m by the Northwes t Florida State College s Fine and Perform ing Arts Divis ion in the Sprint T heater. T ickets are $15 for adults $10 for youth age 1 8 and younger. NWFSC s tudents receive one free ticket with ID. T he Sprint T heater is at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwes t Florida State College and is directly adjacent to the Mains tage T heater at 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Box Office, 729-6000 or m attiekellyart s center.org. Second Wednesday Breakfast Join the Cham ber for the March Second Wednes day Breakfas t, March 12 at 7:30 a. m at the Niceville Community Center. March s breakfas t is s pons ored by Wa s te Managem ent of Gulf Coas t. T he breakfa s t is $5 cas h or $6 Credit Card at the door Cha m ber m e m bers can purchas e a Breakfas t Punch Card for $50, valid through 2014. Call the Cha m ber, 678 -2323, for m ore inform ation. Author appearance T he Niceville Library will hos t a book s igning with local author, Anne Sanders on Wednes day, March 12 at the Niceville Library from 10:30 a.m .-12:30 p.m She is the author of a new Chris tian novel, Behind the Stage which will be available for purchas e at the book s igning. She has written for news papers m agazines and webs ites Mark your calendar s to com e in and m eet Anne Sanders Aglow meets T he Aglow m eeting will be March 13 at Marina Bay Re s ort, 8 0 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Coffee and Fellow s hip at 9:30 a.m and the m eeting s tarts at 10 a.m T he s peak er is Claire Ogle. For m ore inform ation contact Robin at 8 62-48 67 or Debra at 678 -7213. Garden club meets T he Bluewater Bay Garden Club will m eet on March 14 at the Bluewater Bay Clubhou s e on Bluewater Boulevard at 9 a. m for s ocial tim e, m eeting s tarting at 9:30. Gues t s peaker will be Jim Moore, a local Cre s tview attorney portraying Andrew Jack s on Florida s Firs t Governor. Gues t s are welcom e, for inform ation, call Karen Williams at 8 97-5560. Free lunch and learn T here will be a free lunchti m e lecture at the Heritage Mu s eum of Northwes t Florida, Valparais o, March 14, 12 p.m Ronald Gibs on, author of Faith & Fis htells , will talk about the cultural his tory of Des tin. Bring a s andwich and have lunch at the Heritage Mus eum of Northwes t Florida for His tory Sandwiched-In, an infor m al lunchtim e education program Space is lim ited. Pleas e call to res erve a s eat. 678 -2615. Charity golf tourney T he 8 th annual Children in Cris i s Charity Golf T ournam ent will be at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club on March 14 with lunch beginning at 11 a.m and a s hotgun s tart at noon. $100 per player, $400 per team For m ore inform ation call 8 64-4242. Community yard sale T he 4th annual Shop and Sing Community Yard Sale will be Saturday, March 15. T here will be free bouncy hous e s bands hot dogs popcorn and beverage s Free tables for yard s ale vendor s need to be res erv ed by Friday, March 14. Contact the church office at 678 -1611 or online RBCNiceville.org. Li m ited s pots available. Ruckel cheer clinic Girls from kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn ju m p s dance, cheers and chants from the Ruckel Middle School cheerleader s March 15 from 9 a.m .-1 p.m in the Ruckel gym Cos t is $35 and include s a t-s hirt, lunch, individual and group photo. Have notarized athletic s perm i ssion form For m ore inform ation, call Coach Waldhour at 8 33-4142. Bird walk Join local ornithologi s t, Lenny Fenim ore, March 15 on a birding excurs ion to the Okaloos a County Landfill. T his location cons i s tently provide s the highe s t s pecie s counts of an y place in the county, and is a good s pot to s ee s pring m igrants Meet at the Coach and 4 Res taurant, 1313 Lewis T urner Blvd. at 7:30 a.m Call Lenny at 8 63-2039 for m ore info. Pancakes and auction T he Niceville-Valparai s o Kiwanis Club will hos t a pancake breakfas t and s ilent auction March 15, 7 a.m to noon, at the Niceville High School cafeteria. Breakfa s t is $4 at the door. Adm ittance to the s ilent auction is free. Piano recital Lois Van Dam a m u s ic professor at Northwes t Florida State College, will perform a piano recital featuring the m u s ic of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m in the T yler Recital Hall at the college s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. T he recital is free of charge with donation s accepted at the door For m ore infor m ation, contact the NWF State College Fine and Perform ing Arts Divis ion office at 729-538 2 or the center s webs ite at MattieKellyArt s Center.org. Preparation workshop T he bereavem ent m inis try at Holy Nam e of Jes u s Catholic Church, 1200 Valparai s o Boulevard, Niceville, will pres ent a works hop titled Life and Death: Preparing the Way, on Saturday, March 15 fro m 8 :30:45 a.m in the church s Pari s h Life Center. T he program i s free and open to the public. Light refre s h m ents will be s erved. For m ore inform ation, contact Charlotte at bereave m entm inis try@holynam echurch.org or call the church office 67 8 -78 13. Spring melodies T he Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ens e m ble s of Northwe s t Florida State Colle ge pre s ent a free Spring Concert on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m in the T yler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on college s Niceville cam pus T he recital is free of charge with donations accepted at the door. For m ore inform ation, contact the NWF State College Fine and Perform ing Arts Divis ion office at 729-53 8 2 or the center s webs ite at MattieKellyArt s Center.org. Classical commentary Jerem y Ribando, professor and Director of Hum anities Fine and Perform ing Arts Program of the Northwes t Florida State College, will address the Better Lis tening classical m u s ic s tudy group on March 18 Better Lis tening progra ms com bine commentaries on cla ssical m u s ic and related CD s elections T he programs will be held each T ues day e vening through March 25 from 7-9 p.m at the Unitarian Church Fellow s hip Hall, 1295 Bays hore Drive, Valparai s o. All s e ssions are free and open to the public. No res ervations required. Knitting class Learn the fun and u s eful craft of knitting at the Heritage Mu s eum of Northwes t Florida during a Heritage Alive! craft cla ss with ins tructor Carol Burkhard, T ues day, March 18 6 8 p.m Learn bas ic s titches and begin a project of your choice. Bring your own yarn and s ize 8 needles $20 for non m e m bers $15 for m e m bers Space is lim ited. Pre-regi s tration required. Call 67 8 -2615. Gaming tourney T he Niceville Public Library invites teens to get their gam e on during the Super S m a s h Bros Brawl tournam ent to be held in their T een Space on Wednes day, March 19 at 2:30 p.m T he tournam ent is open to all teens 13-17. T here will be prize s for 1s t, 2nd, and 3rd place and refres h m ents will be s erved. Call Youth Service s at 279-48 63 x1514 to regis ter for this free program 2014 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.comC ALEND A R Shop and Sing yard saleRosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th Street, Niceville, will host their 4th annual Shop and Sing Community Yard Sale Saturday, March 15. There will be free bouncy houses, bands, hot dogs, popcorn and beverages. Free tables for yard sale vendors need to be reserved by Friday, March 14. Contact the church office at 678-1611 or online RBCNiceville.org. Limited spots available. 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Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush, 75, of Birmingham, died Feb. 7. She is survived by her husband, The Reverend Arnold A. Bush Jr., an Episcopal priest. She is also survived by five children and ten grandchildren. A memorial and burial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at St. Judes Episcopal Church with a reception to follow. St. Judes is located at 200 Partin Drive N. Niceville. career, including a mission trip to Belize and two trips to Haiti. Michelle has also volunteered over 100 hours each year with the Heights Tutoring Program. *** Jennifer Sullivan Davis has become promoted as a shareholder of Guilday, Schwartz, Simpson, West, Hatch & Lowe, P.A. in Tallahassee in January. Davis is a 1996 graduate of Niceville Senior High School. WHOSFrom page B-1 Artists in their primeLoretta Menendian, center front row, sits surrounded by her students from the Prime Time Artists class after the opening of the group s show on Feb. 27 held on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Students displayed work completed through the course. Prime Time, a continuing education program, began in December and serves four NWFSC locations. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituary Jennifer Sullivan Davis Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush Poetry night raises funds for childrenMelanie Lane, a senior at Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, organized a benefit Open Mic Night Jan. 16 for her Capstone project, a requirement for graduation. A total of $260 was raised through entry fees and donations with 25 poets and musicians performing. The money raised was donated to the Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center. Pictured third from left, Melanie stands next to Julie Hurst from the CAC center.Kiwanis receives community service grantKiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso President, Stan Claypool, receives a community service grant from Northrop Grumman Corporation employee Tim Parsons. Parsons is also the Kiwanis advisor for the Niceville High School Key Club. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis meets Thursdays at 7 a.m. at Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center, room 130, Niceville.Lewis School Band earns medalsCongratulations to the following Lewis School Falcon Band members for earning Superior Rating Medals at the Solo-Ensemble Festival held at Gulf Breeze High School on Saturday, Feb. 22: The soloists were:Gabriella Vega, clarinet;Jasmine Richardson, clarinet;Haley Pratt, bass clarinet;Tristan Martin, saxophone;Matthew Bentley, trombone;Adrian Johnson, trumpet;Bella Devoid, trumpet;Peregrine Conroy-Baarsch, trumpet, Cutis Parker, tuba;Tacy Coln, clarinet;Faith Fry, flute; Grayson Kramer, clarinet; Jadyn Richardson, flute;Noah Shaw, clarinet;Tyler Miller, clarinet;Elijah Mosely, euphonium;Ian Zegouros, French horn; and Andrew Coln, tuba. The ensembles were: Danielle Davis and Jasmine Richardson, clarinet duet; Grayson Kramer and Marissa Martinez, clarinet duet; Andrew Coln, Peregrine Conroy-Baaarsch, Bella Devoid, John Welsh and Clay Williams, brass quintet; Keelan Bowers and Ivy Brewer, flute duet;Evan Kelley and Micah Leach, flute duet; Faith Fry and Jadyn Richardson, flute duet;Derrick Mason and Andew Coln, tuba duet; and Tacy Coln, Grayson Kramer, Jasmine Richardson and Noah Shaw; clarinet quartet. Falcon Band members brought home a total of 39 solo and ensemble medals. Kim Daniels was pianist for all soloists. Silent Charity AuctionandPancake Breakfast Sponsored byNiceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club The Niceville/Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Presents its 24thAnnualSaturday, March 15, 20147 A.M. Noon AuctionNiceville High School CafeteriaAll proceeds used to support local youth and children s programs, Sharing and Caring, aid to the elderly, and other community projects. 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Niceville runners start season strongThe Niceville High School track and field team traveled to Pensacola on March 1 to compete in the Steven Garst Memorial Invitational. It was another strong showing for the NHS Track teams Saturday, said Coach Jamie LaFollette. With similar results from the previous week, the girls team was the invitational champions while the boys team was runner up. Also, like last week, Nick Morken and Sophia Bergmann each brought home two individual victories. Nick bested the old meet record in the 1600m by eight seconds. Bringing home an individual victory was Thomas Howell and the boys 4x800, which destroyed the old meet record by 16 seconds and currently holds the 2nd fastest time in the state. The girls also had victories in the 4x400m relay and the 4x800 relay. Results for the athletes: Claire Crist, 2nd place 3200m (11:51.31); Annie Serpa, 3rd place 800m (2:30.72); Sophia Bergman, 1st place discus and shot-put (119-09.00, 36-05.50); Aubrey West, 2nd place long jump (15-09.00); Hannah Schroeder, 2nd place triple jump (32-07.00); girls 4x400m relay, 1st place Nickie Anderson, Cenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman and Cheyenne Woodard (4:21.56); girls 4x800m relay, 1st place Claire Crist, Cenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman and Annie Serpa (10:08.70); Nick Morken, 1st place 1600m and 800m (4:21.45, 2:00.51); Thomas Howell, 1st place 3200m (9:40.17); Caden Ewing, 3rd place 800m (2:01.99), boys 4x800 relay, 1st place Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Caden Ewing and Tripp Davis (8:03.70). The athletes that set a personal record are: W. Higgins, K. Cruz, B. Higgins, N. Morken, T. Davis, T. Hamer, A. Royal, E. Schneidewind, J. Massey, C. Ewing, E. Shelicoff, H. Boilini, A. Boswell, Z. Kish, I. Hunter, C. Woodard, M. Shinnick, J. Lawson, H. Schroeder, C. Crist, J. Moreno, C. Crum, A. Serpa, M. Guter and J. Lawrenz. The athletes that set a season best: N. Morken, T. Howell, M. Hunter, N. Escoffier, H. Schroeder, N. Anderson, Y. Gulley, D. Haggerma, S. Bergman and M. Guter. The team will be back in Pensacola on March 15 for the Vince Whibbs Invitational. Please check peanotpie.com for up to date information on the NHS track and field team. Page B-4 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Little League kicks offOpening ceremonies for the 2014 NicevilleValparaiso Little League Baseball season were held Saturday at the Twin Oaks sports complex in Niceville. The ceremonies included presentation of colors by some local Boy Scouts, as young baseball players attempted, with varying degrees of success, to focus their attention on the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Information about the Little League is available online at nvllb.net.Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Eagles remain undefeatedNiceville High School baseball beat Fort Walton Beach 3-1 last Friday, their fourth straight win this season. Pictured, Drew Dungan dominates the mound, striking out four on five hits. The Eagles will face off against Navarre in a home game March 14 at 7 p.m.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Patti Tho Patti Thomas, ARNP How do you get SunPass? P.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 www.Mid-Bay.com SunPass is the Florida Department of Transportations Prepaid Toll Program that saves you time and money when driving on Floridas toll roads. SunPass can also be used on the Mid-Bay Bridge and Mid-Bay Bridge Connector and offers the most efficient travel and cost effective toll payment method on the Mid-Bay Bridge System. SunPass Transponders and Minis may be purchased locally at the Mid-Bay Bridge Administration Office, 1200 White Point Road, Niceville, Florida or at Publix Super Markets and CVS Pharmacy stores. They can also be purchased online at www.sunpass.com Save time and money on the Mid-Bay Bridge System with SunPass 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.This terrific wooded lot on Mississippi Avenue in Valparaiso is just a short walk to Lewis School, under 5 minutes to Eglins East Gate, and a bike ride away from Florida Park. This is a grand opportunity to become part of a friendly, established neighborhood for $90,000! Please call me for details and a copy of the survey.LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comRARE FIND A VACANT LOT IN VALPARAISO!



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Beacon Staff The effect of this year's unusually chilly weather has reached far beyond Northwest Florida, as the nation is experiencing one of its coldest winters in recent memory. With this, the demand for natural gas has increased and consequently due to the increase in demand has come an increase in the cost of gas which will be passed along to customers, according to the Okaloosa Gas District. “The increase in the cost of gas is directly related to the excessive demand for natural gas nationwide," said Okaloosa Gas spokesman Eddie Springle. "The extremely cold winter is driving up the demand for natural gas which in turn is driving up the prices in the energy market.” Effective April 1, Okaloosa Gas will be raising the cost-of-gas portion of customer bills by 23 percent, from 42.5¢ per therm to 52.5¢ per therm. The average residential customer will see an increase of $1.41 a month during the spring and summer months, when less gas is used, according to Springle. An Okaloosa Gas bill is divided into four components (not including city, county, state and federal taxes): a customer charge, cost-of-gas charge, compliance charge and delivery charge. Only the cost-of-gas portion will rise April 1, under a measure approved Feb. 26 by the directors of the Valparaiso-based gas utility, a self-governing state agency. The cost-of-gas rate represents the actual price paid by Okaloosa Gas to purchase natural gas and have it delivered into the district’s system for use by customers. The cost is passed through to customers without markup. “It is the goal of the district to maintain or even lower the cost of gas in months to come once the weather warms and the market becomes less volatile,” Springle added. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent An Okaloosa County School Board meeting held March 6 included discussion of whether individual board members should continue to have say over how to spend certain capital-improvement funds. The board was also briefed on construction of a tennis complex at Ruckel Middle School, Niceville. During the nonvoting meeting in Fort Walton Beach, school board member Melissa Thrush, Bluewater Bay, questioned whether individual school board members should continue to exercise authority over part of the district’s capital improvements budget within their election district. Although the five school board members are elected at large countywide, no more than one at a time may live within any of the defined five districts. Each board member has traditionally had discretion over how some capital improvement funds are spent at schools within his or her district. “No other school district,” Thrush said, “gives individual school board members up to 20 percent of the district (capital improvements) budget.” She said the current system in Okaloosa County pits school board members against one another, and encourages individual administrators to approach individual school board members to seek funding for favored projects. Thrush said the school district needs “a prioritized system” in which capital improvement funds would be allocated districtwide according to which projects are most needed at each school. Board member Cathy Thigpen, Crestview, asked Thrush how she had been using her own fund allocations, saying, “You have carryover from last year.” Thrush replied that she usually allocates her own portion of school district funding among 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, March 12, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see QUESTIONED, page A-3 Police Blotter, page A-4Fri., 12 p.m. There will be a free lunchtime lecture at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Valparaiso, about the cultural history of Destin. 678-2615. Sat., 7 a.m.-noon The NicevilleValparaiso Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast and silent auction at the Niceville High School cafeteria. Breakfast is $4 at the door. Admittance to the silent auction is free. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Girls from kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn from the Ruckel Middle School cheerleaders in the Ruckel gym Cost is $35 and includes a t-shirt, lunch, individual and group photo. 8334142. Sun., 2 p.m. The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Free, donations welcome. 729-5382. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP Okaloosa high schools begin a new sportFlag football season to begin ThursdayBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Tomorrow, Niceville High School and three other high schools will begin the inaugural year of Okaloosa County's newest interscholastic sport, flag football. Although new to the area, flag football has been a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)-recognized noncontact sport for girls since 2002. Introduction of flag football was an action associated with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandated equal opportunities for boys and girls in school education and athletics. It was enacted, in part, in response to a perception that girls’ sports had been shortchanged. Natalie Strappy, director of compliance for FHSAA, said the growth of girls' flag football has surpassed expectations. In the 2002-03 school year, there were 75 high schools fielding flag football teams in the Sunshine State. For the 2014 season, there are about 222 teams and more than 3,000 players. Adron Robinson, NHS flag football coach, stated that the addition of the sport has been pursued for the past several years by Principal Rodney Nobles and Athletic Director John Hicks. Flag football is relatively inexpensive and offered more opportunities for girls of all backgrounds and skill sets, Robinson said. Robinson stated that his focus is to “develop a program that teaches his players the fundamentals of flag football in order to compete competitively, but also to establish a construct that assists in the physical and mental development of each player.” Given the challenges associated with establishing a new sports program, NHS will be operating under a probation period for the first two years. In the third year, NHS will be assigned to a district by the FHSAA and eligible to The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Cold winter boosts natural-gas ratesOkaloosa Gas sets price hike Please see FOOTBALL, page A-3School board members’ say over capital spending is questioned Far left, Jennifer Smith, quarterback for the inaugural Niceville High School flag football team, displays her passing form. Near left, team members include Aubrey West, M.C. Cockrum, Smith and Eli Craft. The Eagles will face Crestview in the season opener Thursday, at Crestview.Beacon photos by Rich Byrd $0.59 $0.72 $0.65$0.65 $0.94 $1.49 $1.05 $1.00 $0.86 $0.89 $0.79 $0.87 $0.83 $0.86 $0.82 $1.28 $1.33 $1.00 $0.80 $0.60 $0.55 $0.50 $0.48 $0.45 $0.39 $0.43 $0.52 Feb-04 Aug-04 Feb-05 Apr-05 Aug-05 Nov-05 Feb-06 May-06 Aug-06 Nov-06 Feb-07 May-07 Aug-07 Nov-07 Feb-08 May-08 Aug-08 Nov-08 Jan-09 May-09 Oct-09 Nov-10 Apr-11 Jan-12 Jul-12 Aug-12 Apr-14Month-year $0.00 $0.50 $1.00 $1.50 $2.00Retail price per therm (rounded to cent) Source: Okaloosa Gas Dist. Cost of natural gas rebounds Cost-of-gas portion of residential bills, Okaloosa Gas Melissa ThrushProgress on sewer projectsBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Favorable news regarding capital projects was presented to the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board (NVRSB) during a meeting March 5. Rick Helms, NVRSB Plant Manager, reported that the reroofing project has been completed. This was a long overdue concern that had been put off for too long. Project oversight was executed by Ameritech Enterprises LLC and completed in two months. Helms stated that even with the delays experienced as a result of winter inclement weather and the unexpected challenge of replacing "lightweight" concrete that was located on the lower portions of the roof, the work was completed in a satisfactory timeframe. Board member Lannie Corbin, Niceville city manager, was concerned about the warranty associated with the project and asked for specific details. Helms stated that the Please see SEWER, page A-5 Beacon photo by Rich ByrdThe Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board building in Niceville has a new roof at a cost of $102,700.

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compete in postseason pl ayoffs for the state title, which has been dominated by teams from south Florida. Last year, FHSAA recognized no high school flag football teams west of Tallahassee. Robinson said that Okaloosa County is “taking the lead in establishing this new sport on the Panhandle.” To assist in the development of the county flag football program, coaches from participating high schools (Crestview, Choctaw, and Fort Walton Beach) will meet periodically. The sport still favors attributes such as speed, flexibility, and concentration. In most ways, flag football is comparable to standard football, but with notable differences. A game consists of four 12-minute quarters, compared with 15minute quarters in standard football. There are seven players per team, compared with 11. The field is 80 yards long (versus 100 yards) and teams have to advance the ball 20 yards (versus 10 yards, in four downs to achieve a first down. Instead of tackling the ball carrier to end a play, a defensive player must pull a detachable flag attached to her waist. Physical blocking is not allowed, but players may impede the progress of opponents by setting up position screens and blocks similar to the strategies used in basketball, another theoretically "noncontact" sport that nevertheless results in a fair amount of contact. Standard football protective equipment such as helmets or shoulder pads are not authorized. Players must wear mouthpieces, however. The interest in flag football at NHS was overwhelming, Robinson said. “Over 100 girls” signed up to participate. There were no cuts, but through practices the team has settled in at 35 players. There are only two seniors and five juniors on the Niceville team, making the inaugural squad. But senior Aubrey West said the team's youth isn’t a problem. "It is the responsibility of the seniors and juniors to provide the leadership needed to succeed,” she said. The Eagles offense will be lead by quarterback Jennifer Smith, whom Robinson called a “natural leader”. Her strong arm, ability to read defenses and speed make her a credible threat against any defense, he said. Smith said she is “eager to start the season and has high expectations of winning.” As a senior, Smith would like to leave “a legacy of success” comparable to the boys'' football program. The Niceville team is loaded with speed that will challenge any defense they face. Eli Craft, sophomore running back/receiver, is agile and has superior maneuverability, not to mention a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. As slot receiver, West is set to display her 4.6-second 40-yard dash speed. When it comes to football, it’s said that defenses win championships. The Niceville defense will be young, but determined. The NHS defense will be lead by sophomore M.C. Cockrum. As the “blitzer or rush end.” her aggressive nature will be vital to putting pressure on opposing offenses. Cockrum said that she has “always wanted to play football” and would “make the most of this opportunity”. The establishment of the girls flag football team has been fully embraced by members of the NHS state runner-up boys' championship football team. In order to assess the flag team’s progress, Robinson has set up periodic scrimmages against the boys, which has paid huge dividends. Not only have the scrimmages assisted in refining the girls' skills, the boys have acted as “on-field coaches” providing real-time position advice. At present, flag football is only played at the club or intramural level in college. As more schools and states integrate flag football into their female student athletic programs, there is hope that the NCAA will eventually sanction the sport and offer scholarships. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Page A-3 Low rates are just around the corner. 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In other business, Bill Smith, the district’s director of facilities, gave a short briefing on construction of the EagleRam Tennis Court Project at Ruckel Middle School. He said construction of the privately funded center is underway, with four tennis courts currently being built. He said the project would move into phase II, which will include the construction of two more courts. When completed later this year, the courts will be used by the Niceville High School and Ruckel tennis teams. They will be open to the public when the schools are not using them. 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ArrestsOn Feb. 21, Jay Harold Mikkelson, 58, a tile floorer, 1107 South Cedar Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for violation of an injunction. * On Feb. 26, Lilac Lavender Boskila, 34, of 512 Garden Cove, Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail. She had been arrested on an Okaloosa County warrant. * On Feb. 27, an Okaloosa County deputy sheriff arrested Thomas Allen Mealer, 49, of 193 Magnolia St., Eglin Air Force Base, for aggravated battery. He allegedly struck another man on the head with a shovel during an argument. * On Feb. 28, Valparaiso police arrested Brittany A. Bond, 21, unemployed, of 11564 Cypress Bend Ct., Jacksonville, on a warrant from Clay County for contempt of court on an original charge of no valid driver's license. * On Feb. 28, Niceville police arrested Donald Hubert Waltman, 28, a landscaper, 10 Cypress St., Freeport, for one count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, and one count of knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. * On March 1, Niceville police arrested Levy Huston Lucas, 53, of 609 29th St., Niceville, for one count of breach of peace, disorderly conduct. Police stated that Lucas was arrested after cursing loudly and causing a disturbance at the Niceville Children’s Park. * On March 2, Niceville police arrested Taylor Douglas Curry, 27, of 721 Powell Drive, Niceville, for one count of aggravated battery. The victim required five stitches to close her wound.DUIOn Feb. 26, Valparaiso police arrested Eric Alan Zisk, 42, for DUI. A police officer responded to an address on Iowa Street in reference to a traffic crash. The officer found Zisk, the driver of the vehicle, swaying while he was standing, having slurred speech, and giving off a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage.Notice to appearOn Feb. 19, a Walton County deputy issued a notice to appear to Adrienne Michelle Myers, 25, self-employed, of 1084 Forest Lake Terrace, Niceville, for marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams.OtherOn Feb. 23, Valparaiso police responded to an address on John Sims Parkway in reference to juveniles setting off explosions. Two juveniles were found placing cleaner and foil in two liter soda bottles and throwing them, creating an explosion. The fire department responded and cleared the scene, and the youngsters were released to their parents. * On March 1, a person came to the Valparaiso Police Department to report that while monitoring credit card transactions, she discovered that someone had used her American Express card at a store in Los Angeles without her authorization. She said she had canceled the card and the transaction was canceled as well. * On March 2, Niceville police responded to the sewage-effluent sprayfield near Highway 285 regarding a report that two utility John Deere vehicles had been stolen from the field. The case was turned over to Eglin Air Force Base Security Forces. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Hickory Avenue, regarding the theft of a wooden box from someone’s porch. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Kathleen Court, where a complainant said he had arrived home to find his vehicle damaged. Some taillight pieces were on the ground. * On March 3, Niceville police responded to a complaint of a mailbox knocked down at the First Presbyterian Church on John Sims Parkway near Rocky Bayou Road. * On March 3, Niceville police received a report of a vehicle burglarized on March 1 at Lions Park. * On March 3, Niceville police received a report from a complainant who said someone had placed something under the hood of his car, which he believed to be burned food. It appeared that someone had put a steak on the battery. * On March 5, Niceville police received a report from a complainant who said that there had been an unauthorized charge on his credit card. The unauthorized purchase was made in Michigan. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 3, 2014 through Mar. 9, 2014. 1 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn8 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Oak St................................................Service call...................3/3/14........................06:17 Glenview Ave....................................Cancelled......................3/3/14........................12:17 29th Street.........................................Medical.........................3/3/14........................19:00 Valparaiso Blvd.................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................13:50 Linden Ave.........................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................13:59 N. Partin Dr........................................Cancelled......................3/4/14........................14:43 N. Partin Dr........................................Medical.........................3/4/14........................16:27 27th Street.........................................Structure fire.................3/4/14........................18:16 17th Street.........................................Cancelled......................3/4/14........................20:32 Woodlow Rd......................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................15:14 S. Palm Blvd.....................................Cancelled......................3/5/14........................18:29 Kelly Rd.............................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................18:41 Lincolnshire Dr..................................Medical.........................3/5/14........................19:38 Nathey Ave........................................Cancelled......................3/6/14........................02:29 N. Partin Dr........................................Medical.........................3/6/14........................10:27 Lincolnshire Dr..................................Medical.........................3/7/14........................09:23 E. John Sims Pkwy...........................Service call...................3/7/14........................13:07 Reeves St..........................................Medical.........................3/7/14........................21:07 Roscommon Blvd.............................Service call...................3/8/14........................05:41 E. John Sims ....................................Medical.........................3/8/14........................11:18 College Blvd......................................Vehicle crash................3/8/14........................12:27 Bayshore Dr......................................Medical.........................3/8/14........................18:45 Sweetgum Ct....................................Medical.........................3/9/14........................08:30 Reeves St..........................................Medical.........................3/9/14........................12:43 Weekly Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide (CO). You can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a long period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter period of time. CO is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created when fuels (such as: gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn imcompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of CO. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 3, 2014 through Mar. 9, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bay Dr..............................................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................10:45 Westlake Ct.....................................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................15:36 E. Rosewood Way..........................Medical...............................3/3/14.....................19:02 Westlake Ct.....................................Public assist.......................3/4/14.....................07:22 E. Hwy. 20.......................................Medical...............................3/4/14.....................09:58 Cypress St.......................................Smoke scare.....................3/4/14.....................18:05 N. White Point Rd...........................Medical...............................3/4/14.....................20:48 N. White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled....3/6/14.....................00:38 MidBay Bridge Con.........................Vehicle accident................3/7/14.....................05:53 E. Hwy. 20.......................................Medical...............................3/7/14.....................09:11 Merchants Way...............................Medical...............................3/7/14.....................12:11 N. White Point Rd...........................Dispatched & cancelled....3/8/14.....................22:48 W. Birkdale Cir.................................Public assist.......................3/9/14.....................03:41 Troon Dr. W.....................................Medical...............................3/9/14.....................13:21 Meadowbrook Ct.............................Medical...............................3/9/14.....................15:17 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Wanted As Of: 12/03/2013 Burglary & Larceny Name: Jason Thomas Hildebrant Sex: Male, Race: Caucasian Age: 35 DOB: 11/24/1978 Height: 5ft 9in Weight: 170 lbs Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Wanted As Of: 01/03/2014 Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest Without Violence and Misdemeanor VOP-Petit Theft Name: Jordan Maxwell Bishop Sex: Male, Race: Caucasian Age: 25, DOB: 11/22/1988 Height: 5ft 7in, Weight: 145 lbs Hair: Brown, Eyes: Brown The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.ni ce vill e in s ur a n ce co m P r o t e c t i n g Y o u r B u s i n e s s . Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure. 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warranty provided a 20-year guarantee on roofing material and that he negotiated labor coverage for any repair actions for the first five years. The total cost of the project was approximately $102,700, which included the initial contract award of $82,700 and $20,000 for the lightweight concrete modification. The upgrade project for the wastewater treatment plant was proceeding as planned. Glenn Stephens, the board's contract engineer, stated actions have been taken to implement the $420,000 headworks screen resolution proposal that was approved at the NVRASB special session meeting held Feb. 13. Stephens reported that the 3 millimeter screens are targeted for delivery in August with the installation of the screens starting around Oct. 1 Helms stated that he would be forwarding a copy of the projects schedule timeline to ensure compliance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) requirements. As a secondary issue related to the upgrade project, Helms raised a new concern regarding the plant’s operations manual. He reminded board members that the upgrade project is the result of modernization requirements directed by the FDEP regarding waste water treatment standards, which the sewer authority has been cited for repeateadly violating. The current manual is dated 1982 when the plant opened and is significantly outdated. It has been cut and pasted throughout the years, but was still not applicable in many areas “since the process is totally different,” Helms said. He stated that he had secured a quote from Polyengineering to provide an updated operations manual for $60,000 and asked the board to consider it. Heath Rominger, board vice president, asked “if competitive bids should be considered as an alternative to a sole source contract action.” Helms replied that competitive bids is a viable alternative, but would be time consuming since a new contractor unfamiliar with the plants operations would have to be trained first before they could proceed and that would be time intensive. Board member Bruce Arnold, Valparaiso mayor, asked if Helms or a member of his team could write one. Helms stated that he had never completed an Operations Manual, but could try. Corbin understood the importance of this requirement, but suggested the topic be delayed for further discussion as board members assessed this new requirement. Board members concurred. The FDEP provides guidance and oversight on all state wastewater treatment operations. In order to ensure compliance, FDEP personnel conduct periodic operational inspections. The FDEP conducted an inspection of the NicevilleValparaiso plant on Highway 85 North, Niceville, on Feb. 6. The inspection covered treatment operations and stormwater-prevention flow measures. Helms said the plant passed the stormater inspection, and that he was awaiting word on the wastewater treatment inspection. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 “We should stay completely out of it. We re spread pretty thin throughout the rest of the world.” “Russia is building up, while we are downsizing our military. We should do right by Americans.” “Russia is already starting to back out on their own, from what I saw on the news.”What should be done about Russia seizing the Crimea region of Ukraine?“I don t think there s anything we should be doing about it at this point.” “Russia and Ukraine should settle it between themselves and leave us out of it.” “I think we have the wrong man in office to handle it. I fear for my children s future every day.” Location: Niceville softball complex THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Taylor Thorne, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Dave Cole, 52, Niceville, truck driver Stan Gordon, 61, Fort Walton Beach, equipment operator Steve Burkett, 43, Niceville, auto service manager Dawn Heald, 37, Niceville, teacher Jeremy Morris, 35, Niceville, paramedic What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 12, 2014 Page A-5 Our GuaranteeDeciding to purchase hearing devices can take years. Once you finally do, you want to be satisfied. That is why we will “Bend Over Backwards!” to see that you are satisfied. That promise, plus our selection, prices and great service sets us apart. 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Niceville s NewspaperTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper Sara KentMarketing Director Beacon photo by Rich ByrdNiceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board members discuss capital projects during a meeting March 5 in Niceville. SEWERFrom page A-1 NHS Hall of Fame inducteesThe following students were recently inducted into the Niceville High School Hall of Fame: Pictured, back row from left, Connor McJunkin, Reagan Hobbs, Alex Fager, J. P. Talty and Brock Schaefer. Middle row from left, Aja Brechtel, Monica Hsiang, Rachel Gold and Kayla Henrie. Front row from left, Christina Ramirez, Alayna Nixon, Rebekah Frisbee, Anna Herrera and Regan McAllister.

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the goals and to be prepared to discuss in detail at the next meeting. Goal areas included: —Recreation, culture and entertainment. —Finance and fiscal stability. —Economic development (new and existing business and industry). —Infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, power). —Communication (cable, phone, Internet). —Community (neighboring cities, military relations) —Safety and emergency services, including disaster preparedness. A key component of the visioning strategic plan is direct input from Valparaiso residents. A comprehenThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Valparaiso residents respond to survey on future By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Continuing efforts to develop a strategic plan for the future direction of the city of Valparaiso will be discussed by the city's Visioning Committee, which will convene Thursday at 4 p.m. During a meeting of the citizen advisory panel Feb. 13, the focus centered on the development of goals that would provide the foundation for the Visioning Committee’s plan. Jill White, Chairperson, presented a draft set of goals as a starting point that could be expanded as required. She stated that the draft goals are meant to be “future oriented.” White asked members to review Please see SURVEY, page A-4 Jill White Dr. Olivier Broutin believes that when he creates relationships based on trust in his dental practice, he and his team can offer the best solutions to his patients. He knows that people who are suffering the discomfort and embarrassment of losing a tooth feel like there's no hope and the only answer is wearing a bridge or dentures forever. Having a tooth extracted can be a devastating experience. It affects how you look, speak, eat, and feel about yourself. What many people do not know is that losing a tooth can also begin a domino effect of ill health and aging. The negative results go far deeper than what you see on the surface. When a tooth is extracted, another process begins under the surface – the loss of bone. As soon as a tooth is lost, the bone that held it in place begins to deteriorate up to 25 percent of bone mass is lost the first year! This bone is so essential to the structure and balance of your smile and your face, that without it, your lips will look thinner, your nose longer, you will lose more teeth and will very likely develop TMJ disorder. It doesn't have to be that way. Dental implants provide better health, appearance, and lasting benefits for patients who have lost a tooth. Dr. Broutin is excited to offer this amazing technology to his patients. A dental implant is a relatively simple innovation. A Titanium rod is inserted into the bone where the tooth s root used to be. Because Titanium is biocompatible, it becomes one with the bone and essentially becomes a part of your mouth. This keeps the bone living and stimulated, prevents further tooth loss and keeps your face youthfully supported. The technology is both safe and proven – over a million implants are inserted every year and the results are incredible. The teeth surrounding the implant are less likely to decay, require root canals or be lost because of a lack of bone support. And the implant itself is not affected by cavities or periodontal disease. Dental Implants are a compelling option for patients of almost any age, and Dr. Broutin has seen remarkable success rates. He believes in offering the best possible dental treatments that give his patients beauty, comfort and function. The main focus of Dr. Broutin and his staff is to take care of every aspect of their patient's dental health. "I can t emphasize enough how important it is for people to realize that bone starts deteriorating the very moment a tooth is lost. Bridging it over or using a traditional denture doesn t stop the loss. An implant or implant supported denture can. That s powerful. 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The Twin Cities Honor Choir will be hosting its 18th Annual concert on Tuesday, March 18 at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. The choir was created in 1995 when a grant was given to create the program. This year the choir is larger than ever at 100 fifth grade voices from public elementary schools in and around Niceville and Valparaiso. Students will come together from Bluewater Elementary, Edge Elementary, Plew Elementary and Lewis Elementary schools. The members of this elite, multi school choir were selected through auditions. Joining them will be choirs from Ruckel Middle School, Lewis School, Niceville High School and Northwest Florida State College. Michelle Tredway will be the guest clinician for the TCHC. Now in her 26th year of teaching, Tredway has taught music to all levels from elementary through college and currently teaches chorus classes at Ruckel. Organizers of the event are music specialists Kara Bell, Shirley Andrews, Kristen Bowne and Katie McGuire from local schools. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are highly encouraged. All proceeds will support next year’s concert. 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 ss d d a a y y , M M a a r r c c h h 1 1 2 2 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Who’s News Beacon photo by Mike GriffethLittle League season beginsLittle League opening games last Saturday were for players from four to 12 years of age with the youngest players learning the fundamentals with plenty of hands-on help from coaches. Pictured, a pint sized player studies the field. More photos on B-4. NHS speller wins 2nd in state Morgan Hambleton, a freshman at Niceville High School, recently won 2nd place at the Knights of Columbus State Spelling Bee in Kissimmee. Fantaski-HawkinsMike and Cheryl Fantaski of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaylynn M. Fantaski to Matt W. Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hawkins of Pensacola. Kaylynn is a 2006 graduate of Niceville High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida University. Matt is a graduate of University of West Florida where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts. A May 10 wedding is planned in Pensacola, after which the couple will reside in Pensacola. Michelle Earls was selected as the Niceville Exchange Club’s February Youth of the Month. Michelle is a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School and the daughter of Laura and Richard Earls of Crestview. Michelle is the Service Prefect at Rocky Bayou, has logged over 600 hours of community service hour during her high schoolTwin Cities Honor Choir to perform TuesdayBy Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Zachary Phillips of Niceville will be playing Mel Edison in the starring role of the Northwest Florida State College’s production of the Neil Simon comedy “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” which will be in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville for four nights, Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15at 7:30 p.m. each night. Produced by the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Division and directed by theater professor Clint Mahle, the work centers around a middle-aged married couple who must face the trivial and relentless vexations of New York life when the husband, Mel, played by Phillips, loses not just his job, but also his confidence. “I think it’s going to freak people out a little bit to see how relative what’s going on in the play is to what’s going on now,” said Philips, referring to his character’s struggle with joblessness and financial pain. “This was written in the 70s, but the same stuff is happening now. History repeating itself and all that.” Mel Edison is a high earning executive of a prestigious Manhattan firm which is hit with a sudden need to down size, causing Mel to be let go. Mel’s job stress is compounded by the air-pollution killing Mel’s plants, overheard neighbor dramas and robbery, resulting in a nervous breakdown for Mel which is ultimately beneficial. Philips enjoys playing the character of Mel, even if they have little in common, he said. “This character is not like me at all,” said Philips. “I can’t really sympathize, but I can empathize.” Tickets for the NWFSC production of “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” are $15 adults and $10 for youth age 18 or younger and are on sale now by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office. The Box Office will open at 6 p.m. March 12 to 15 for any remaining tickets, subject to availability. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission seating. Michelle Earls Kaylynn M. Fantaski and Matt W. Hawkins Engagements A few of the singers in the 100 plus member Twin Cities Honor Choir practice at Bluewater Elementary in preparation for their performance March 18. Zachary Phillips of Niceville, plays the lead role in the Neil Simon comedy “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, from March 12-15. Pictured, he reprises his role as Mel Edison, a well-paid executive of a high-end firm besieged by job loss, neighborly dramas and air pollution.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville man stars in Neil Simon Comedy March 12-15 Please see WHO S, page B-3 Risk Free 30 Day Trial† Call today and experience Lyric Hearing for yourself! earCareTMASSOCIATES, INCCertified Lyric Hearing Professionals We are a locally owned independent (not a franchise) full-service hearing healthcare company. We sell and service most major brands of hearing aids. Most insurances accepted. 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CHURCH DIRECTORY College theater “ T he Pri s oner of Second Avenue” will be pre s ented March 12-15 at 7:30 p. m by the Northwe s t Florida State College’ s Fine and Perfor m ing Art s Divi s ion in the Sprint T heater. T icket s are $15 for adult s $10 for youth age 1 8 and younger. NWFSC s tudent s receive one free ticket with ID. T he Sprint T heater i s at the Mattie Kelly Art s Center at Northwe s t Florida State College and i s directly adjacent to the Main s tage T heater at 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Box Office, 729-6000 or m attiekellyart s center.org. Second Wednesday Breakfast Join the Cha m ber for the March Second Wedne s day Breakfa s t, March 12 at 7:30 a. m at the Niceville Co mm unity Center. March’ s breakfa s t i s s pon s ored by Wa s te Manage m ent of Gulf Coa s t. T he breakfas t i s $5 ca s h or $6 Credit Card at the door. Cha m ber m e m ber s can purcha s e a Breakfa s t Punch Card for $50, valid through 2014. Call the Cha m ber, 67 8 -2323, for m ore infor m ation. Author appearance T he Niceville Library will ho s t a book s igning with local author, Anne Sander s on Wedne s day, March 12 at the Niceville Library fro m 10:30 a. m .-12:30 p. m She i s the author of a new Chri s tian novel, “Behind the Stage” which will be available for purcha s e at the book s igning. She ha s written for new s paper s m agazine s and web s ite s Mark your calendar s to co m e in and m eet Anne Sander s Aglow meets T he Aglow m eeting will be March 13 at Marina Bay Re s ort, 8 0 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Coffee and Fellow s hip at 9:30 a. m. and the m eeting s tart s at 10 a. m T he s peaker i s Claire Ogle. For m ore infor m ation contact Robin at 8 62-4 8 67 or Debra at 67 8 -7213. Garden club meets T he Bluewater Bay Garden Club will m eet on March 14 at the Bluewater Bay Clubhou s e on Bluewater Boulevard at 9 a. m for s ocial ti m e, m eeting s tarting at 9:30. Gue s t s peaker will be Ji m Moore, a local Cre s tview attorney portraying “Andrew Jack s on – Florida’ s Fir s t Governor.” Gue s t s are welco m e, for infor m ation, call Karen Willia ms at 8 97-5560. Free lunch and learn T here will be a free lunchti m e lecture at the Heritage Mu s eu m of Northwe s t Florida, Valparai s o, March 14, 12 p. m Ronald Gib s on, author of “Faith & Fi shtell s ,” will talk about the cultural hi s tory of De s tin. Bring a s andwich and have lunch at the Heritage Mu s eu m of Northwe s t Florida for Hi s tory Sandwiched-In, an infor m al lunchti m e education progra m Space i s li m ited. Plea s e call to re s erve a s eat. 67 8 -2615. Charity golf tourney T he 8 th annual Children in Cri s i s Charity Golf T ourna m ent will be at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club on March 14 with lunch beginning at 11 a. m and a s hotgun s tart at noon. $100 per player, $400 per tea m For m ore infor m ation call 8 64-4242. Community yard sale T he 4th annual Shop and Sing Co mm unity Yard Sale will be Saturday, March 15. T here will be free bouncy hou s e s band s hot dog s popcorn and beverage s Free table s for yard s ale vendors need to be re s erved by Friday, March 14. Contact the church office at 67 8 -1611 or online RBCNiceville.org. Li m ited s pot s available. Ruckel cheer clinic Girl s fro m kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn ju m p s dance, cheer s and chant s fro m the Ruckel Middle School cheerleader s March 15 fro m 9 a. m .-1 p. m in the Ruckel gy m Co s t i s $35 and include s a ts hirt, lunch, individual and group photo. Have notarized athletic s per m i ss ion for m For m ore infor m ation, call Coach Waldhour at 8 33-4142. Bird walk Join local ornithologi s t, Lenny Feni m ore, March 15 on a birding excur s ion to the Okaloo s a County Landfill. T hi s location con s i s tently provide s the highe s t s pecies count s of any place in the county, and i s a good s pot to s ee s pring m igrant s Meet at the Coach and 4 Re s taurant, 1313 Lewi s T urner Blvd. at 7:30 a. m Call Lenny at 8 63-2039 for m ore info. Pancakes and auction T he Niceville-Valparai s o Kiwani s Club will ho s t a pancake breakfa s t and s ilent auction March 15, 7 a. m to noon, at the Niceville High School cafeteria. Breakfa s t i s $4 at the door. Ad m ittance to the s ilent auction i s free. Piano recital Loi s Van Da m a m u s ic profe ss or at Northwe s t Florida State College, will perfor m a piano recital featuring the m u s ic of Bach, Beethoven, and Brah ms on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p. m in the T yler Recital Hall at the college’ s Mattie Kelly Art s Center in Niceville. T he recital i s free ofcharge with donation s accepted at the door. For m ore infor m ation, contact the NWF State College Fine and Perfor m ing Art s Divi s ion office at 729-53 8 2 or the center’ s web s ite at MattieKellyArt s Center.org. Preparation workshop T he bereave m ent m ini s try at Holy Na m e of Je s u s Catholic Church, 1200 Valparai s o Boulevard, Niceville, will pre s ent a work s hop titled “Life and Death: Preparing the Way,” on Saturday, March 15 fro m 8 :30–11:45 a. m in the church’ s Pari s h Life Center. T he progra m i s free and open to the public. Light refre s h m ent s will be s erved. For m ore infor m ation, contact Charlotte at bereave m entm ini s try@holyna m echurch.org or call the church office 67 8 -7 8 13. Spring melodies T he Madrigal s and Belle Voci vocal en s e m bles of Northwe s t Florida State College pre s ent a free Spring Concert on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p. m in the T yler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Art s Center on college’ s Niceville ca m pu s T he recital i s free of charge with donation s accepted at the door. For m ore infor m ation, contact the NWF State College Fine and Perfor m ing Art s Divi s ion office at 729-53 8 2 or the center’ s web s ite at MattieKellyArt s Center.org. Classical commentary Jere m y Ribando, profe ss or and Director of Hu m anitie s Fine and Perfor m ing Art s Progra m of the Northwe s t Florida State College, will addre ss the Better Li s tening cla ss ical m u s ic s tudy group on March 1 8 “Better Li s tening” progra ms co m bine co mm entarie s on class ical m u s ic and related CD s election s T he progra ms will be held each T ue s day evening through March 25 fro m 7-9 p. m at the Unitarian Church Fellow s hip Hall, 1295 Bay s hore Drive, Valparai s o. All s e ss ion s are free and open to the public. No re s ervation s required. Knitting class Learn the fun and u s eful craft of knitting at the Heritage Mu s eu m of Northwe s t Florida during a “Heritage Alive!” craft cla ss with in s tructor Carol Burkhard, T ue s day, March 1 8 6 8 p. m Learn ba s ic s titche s and begin a project of your choice. Bring your own yarn and s ize 8 needle s $20 for non m e m ber s $15 for m e m -ber s Space i s li m ited. Pre-regi s tration required. Call 67 8 -2615. Gaming tourney T he Niceville Public Library invite s teen s to get their ga m e on during the Super S m a s h Bro s Brawl tourna m ent to be held in their T een Space on Wedne s day, March 19 at 2:30 p. m T he tournam ent i s open to all teen s 13-17. T here will be prize s for 1 s t, 2nd, and 3rd place and refre s h m ent s will be s erved. Call Youth Service s at 279-4 8 63 x1514 to regi s ter for thi s free progra m 2014 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com C ALEN D A R Shop and Sing yard saleRosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th Street, Niceville, will host their 4th annual Shop and Sing Community Yard Sale Saturday, March 15. There will be free bouncy houses, bands, hot dogs, popcorn and beverages. Free tables for yard sale vendors need to be reserved by Friday, March 14. Contact the church office at 678-1611 or online RBCNiceville.org. Limited spots available. 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Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush, 75, of Birmingham, died Feb. 7. She is survived by her husband, The Reverend Arnold A. Bush Jr., an Episcopal priest. She is also survived by five children and ten grandchildren. A memorial and burial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow. St. Jude’s is located at 200 Partin Drive N. Niceville. career, including a mission trip to Belize and two trips to Haiti. Michelle has also volunteered over 100 hours each year with the Heights Tutoring Program. *** Jennifer Sullivan Davis has become promoted as a shareholder of Guilday, Schwartz, Simpson, West, Hatch & Lowe, P.A. in Tallahassee in January. Davis is a 1996 graduate of Niceville Senior High School. WHO SFrom page B-1 Artists in their primeLoretta Menendian, center front row, sits surrounded by her students from the Prime Time Artists class after the opening of the group s show on Feb. 27 held on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Students displayed work completed through the course. Prime Time, a continuing education program, began in December and serves four NWFSC locations. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituary Jennifer Sullivan Davis Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush Poetry night raises funds for childrenMelanie Lane, a senior at Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, organized a benefit Open Mic Night Jan. 16 for her Capstone project, a requirement for graduation. A total of $260 was raised through entry fees and donations with 25 poets and musicians performing. The money raised was donated to the Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center. Pictured third from left, Melanie stands next to Julie Hurst from the CAC center.Kiwanis receives community service grantKiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso President, Stan Claypool, receives a community service grant from Northrop Grumman Corporation employee Tim Parsons. Parsons is also the Kiwanis advisor for the Niceville High School Key Club. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis meets Thursdays at 7 a.m. at Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center, room 130, Niceville.Lewis School Band earns medalsCongratulations to the following Lewis School Falcon Band members for earning Superior Rating Medals at the Solo-Ensemble Festival held at Gulf Breeze High School on Saturday, Feb. 22: The soloists were:Gabriella Vega, clarinet;Jasmine Richardson, clarinet;Haley Pratt, bass clarinet;Tristan Martin, saxophone;Matthew Bentley, trombone;Adrian Johnson, trumpet;Bella Devoid, trumpet;Peregrine Conroy-Baarsch, trumpet, Cutis Parker, tuba;Tacy Coln, clarinet;Faith Fry, flute; Grayson Kramer, clarinet; Jadyn Richardson, flute;Noah Shaw, clarinet;Tyler Miller, clarinet;Elijah Mosely, euphonium;Ian Zegouros, French horn; and Andrew Coln, tuba. The ensembles were: Danielle Davis and Jasmine Richardson, clarinet duet; Grayson Kramer and Marissa Martinez, clarinet duet; Andrew Coln, Peregrine Conroy-Baaarsch, Bella Devoid, John Welsh and Clay Williams, brass quintet; Keelan Bowers and Ivy Brewer, flute duet;Evan Kelley and Micah Leach, flute duet; Faith Fry and Jadyn Richardson, flute duet;Derrick Mason and Andew Coln, tuba duet; and Tacy Coln, Grayson Kramer, Jasmine Richardson and Noah Shaw; clarinet quartet. Falcon Band members brought home a total of 39 solo and ensemble medals. Kim Daniels was pianist for all soloists. ‘Silent’ Charity AuctionandPancake Breakfast Sponsored byNiceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club The Niceville/Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Presents its 24thAnnualSaturday, March 15, 20147 A.M. 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Niceville runners start season strongThe Niceville High School track and field team traveled to Pensacola on March 1 to compete in the Steven Garst Memorial Invitational. “It was another strong showing for the NHS Track teams Saturday,” said Coach Jamie LaFollette. “With similar results from the previous week, the girls’ team was the invitational champions while the boys’ team was runner up. “Also, like last week, Nick Morken and Sophia Bergmann each brought home two individual victories. Nick bested the old meet record in the 1600m by eight seconds. “Bringing home an individual victory was Thomas Howell and the boys 4x800, which destroyed the old meet record by 16 seconds and currently holds the 2nd fastest time in the state. The girls also had victories in the 4x400m relay and the 4x800 relay.” Results for the athletes: Claire Crist, 2nd place 3200m (11:51.31); Annie Serpa, 3rd place 800m (2:30.72); Sophia Bergman, 1st place discus and shot-put (119-09.00, 36-05.50); Aubrey West, 2nd place long jump (15-09.00); Hannah Schroeder, 2nd place triple jump (32-07.00); girls 4x400m relay, 1st place Nickie Anderson, Cenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman and Cheyenne Woodard (4:21.56); girls 4x800m relay, 1st place Claire Crist, Cenedy Crum, Drew Haggerman and Annie Serpa (10:08.70); Nick Morken, 1st place 1600m and 800m (4:21.45, 2:00.51); Thomas Howell, 1st place 3200m (9:40.17); Caden Ewing, 3rd place 800m (2:01.99), boys 4x800 relay, 1st place Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Caden Ewing and Tripp Davis (8:03.70). The athletes that set a personal record are: W. Higgins, K. Cruz, B. Higgins, N. Morken, T. Davis, T. Hamer, A. Royal, E. Schneidewind, J. Massey, C. Ewing, E. Shelicoff, H. Boilini, A. Boswell, Z. Kish, I. Hunter, C. Woodard, M. Shinnick, J. Lawson, H. Schroeder, C. Crist, J. Moreno, C. Crum, A. Serpa, M. Guter and J. Lawrenz. The athletes that set a season best: N. Morken, T. Howell, M. Hunter, N. Escoffier, H. Schroeder, N. Anderson, Y. Gulley, D. Haggerma, S. Bergman and M. Guter. The team will be back in Pensacola on March 15 for the Vince Whibbs Invitational. Please check peanotpie.com for up to date information on the NHS track and field team. Page B-4 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 BEACO N SP O R T SBE A CON S POR T S Little League kicks offOpening ceremonies for the 2014 NicevilleValparaiso Little League Baseball season were held Saturday at the Twin Oaks sports complex in Niceville. The ceremonies included presentation of colors by some local Boy Scouts, as young baseball players attempted, with varying degrees of success, to focus their attention on the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Information about the Little League is available online at nvllb.net.Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Eagles remain undefeatedNiceville High School baseball beat Fort Walton Beach 3-1 last Friday, their fourth straight win this season. Pictured, Drew Dungan dominates the mound, striking out four on five hits. The Eagles will face off against Navarre in a home game March 14 at 7 p.m.Beacon photo by Sarah Clauson Patti Tho Patti Thomas, ARNP How do you get SunPass? P.O. Box 5037 € 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 € 850-897-1428 € www.Mid-Bay.com SunPass is the Florida Department of Transportations Prepaid Toll Program that saves you time and money when driving on Floridas toll roads. SunPass can also be used on the Mid-Bay Bridge and Mid-Bay Bridge Connector and offers the most efficient travel and cost effective toll payment method on the Mid-Bay Bridge System. SunPass Transponders and Minis may be purchased locally at the Mid-Bay Bridge Administration Office, 1200 White Point Road, Niceville, Florida or at Publix Super Markets and CVS Pharmacy stores. They can also be purchased online at www.sunpass.com Save time and money on the Mid-Bay Bridge System with SunPass 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. This terrific wooded lot on Mississippi Avenue in Valparaiso is just a short walk to Lewis School, under 5 minutes to Eglin’s East Gate, and a bike ride away from Florida Park. This is a grand opportunity to become part of a friendly, established neighborhood for $90,000! Please call me for details and a copy of the survey. LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comRARE FIND… A VACANT LOT IN VALPARAISO!