The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission convened a special meeting March 18 to apportion responsibilities, and to discuss in private matters relating to a lawsuit. In accordance with the Valparaiso city charter, an organizational meeting is required as soon as possible after the oath of offices is administered to new members of the commission; which was conducted at noon, six hours before the special commission meeting. The newest member of the commission is Tom Browning. Integral to the city charter process was the identification of each commissioner’s position and delineation of associated duties. Mayor Bruce Arnold confirmed each commissioner's assignment and provided a list of responsibilities that corresponded to each position. Commissioner assignments are as follows: —Commissioner of Public Institutions: Kay Hamilton. —Commissioner of Health and Sanitation: Tom Browning. —Commissioner of Streets: Joe Morgan. —Commissioner of Municipal Utilities: Heyward Strong Jr. —Mayor and CommissionerAt-Large: John B. Arnold Jr. The mayor supervises finance, police and personnel. The other focus of the special meeting was to meet in executive session regarding pending litigation in which the city is represented by City Attorney Bruce Bowman. That portion of the meeting, which lasted just over an hour, was closed to the public and press.F-35 runway decision expected as early as AprilBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a community networking luncheon held March 18 at Tradewinds restaurant in Niceville, members of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce heard a briefing on present and future activities at Eglin Air Force Base from Dennis Mattson, the civilian vice director of the 96th Test Wing. Mattson described the job of the test wing as testing and evaluating new weapon systems for the Air Force. “We are responsible for testing anything that comes off an airplane and hits the ground or goes boom,” Mattson said. Mattson covered five topics during his talk; housing privatization, force shaping, Air Force community partnership, the final supplemental environmental impact statement SEIS) for the F-35 program, and a “landscape initiative” for using state forests for By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A $555,000 bridge under construction in Niceville by the MidBay Bridge Authority is expected to benefit the Okaloosa darter, a freshwater minnow deemed threatened by development. During a meeting in Niceville Thursday, bridge authority Assistant Executive Director Rolin Sayler said that a project to build the short, two-lane bridge over a creek that runs under Rocky Bayou Drive near the Huntington Estates subdivision is nearing completion. The $555,000 bridge replaces a culvert, and is one of several such projects being done by the MBBA as “mitigation” for the use of land controlled by Eglin Air Force Base to build the recently completed 11-mile MidBay Bridge Connector. The Rocky Bayou Drive job is By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County is renewing a contract with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to provide convict labor on county roads. According to county spokeswoman Kathy Newby, the contract, approved by the Okaloosa County Commission March 18, does not require the county to pay the FDOC for the road squads, and prisoners themselves are not paid for their work for the county. “The program is set up to be voluntary,” said Newby. “This offers the inmates a chance to break the monotony of jailhouse rules and can also teach them some valuable skills.” A typical shift runs, Newby said, from around 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, on rare occasions, the county Public Works Department has requested longer hours based 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 26, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see COUNTY, page A-4 Please see F-35, page A-6 Please see VALP., page A-3 Please see DARTER, page A-4 Police Blotter, page A-5Wed., 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to the Okaloosa County Commission Candidate Forum in the Fiesta Room at El Matador Condominium 909 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach. Free with complimentary light refreshments. 865-8777. Thurs., 2 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites teens to a spring break showing of “ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ,” rated PG13. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn will be served. Mon. 6:30 p.m. The Captain’s Meeting for the 19th annual Cobia Tournament will be at LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The tournament runs from April 1–30. 8972821. Tues. 7-9 p.m. A free introduction to modern square dancing will be held at Pasarda Hall 17 Industrial Street, Fort Walton Beach. 651-6356. Calendar B-2 COMING UP $555,000 bridge seen helping Okaloosa darter This new bridge carrying Rocky Bayou Drive, Niceville, over a creek replaces a culvert. The $555,000 project, funded by Mid-Bay Bridge tolls, is said to benefit the Okaloosa darter, a fish deemed threatened by development.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville High School thanked members of the U.S. armed forces March 18 with a Military Appreciation night during a Lady Eagles' softball game in Niceville. Pictured, Ashley Lacey, widow of Army Sgt. First Class William “Kelly” Lacey, a NHS alumnus who was killed in action Jan. 4 in Afghanistan, tosses the first pitch with help from their daughter, Lily. Niceville defeated Fort Walton Beach 10-0. More photos on B-4.For those who serve State prisoners regularly work on Okaloosa County roads.Beacon photo Dennis Mattson Beacon photo by Rich ByrdThe Valparaiso City Commission March 18 before beginning an hour-long closed meeting. Air Force photoAn Air Force decision governing rules for operation of F-35 fighter planes based at Eglin Air Force Base, and which civilian areas they will routinely overfly, is expected as early as next month.County renews pact for convict laborValp. commission closes meeting on suit

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CHELCO has selected four area high school students to participation in Youth Tour to our nation’s capital. Selected for the June trip to Washington, D.C, were Allison Fondling, Collegiate High School; Nicholas Wilkinson, Walton High School; Mary Kathryn Myrick, Freeport High School; and Ian Kampert, Rocky Bayou Christian School. Alternates selected by judges were Lucas Thompson, South Walton High School, and Jordan Pearson, Niceville High School. The first part of the Youth Tour experience involved a twoday trip to Tallahassee for 23 outstanding students from across CHELCO’s service territory. The students were selected by their schools. They attended and participated in a mock trial and Senate hearing. After the Tallahassee trip, the same students participated in a local competition where judges interviewed them for 10 minutes each. The judges selected four top-scoring students, as well as two alternates, to participate in the Youth Tour, a program organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association. Once in Washington, D.C., students will join about 1,500 other Youth Tour representatives from across the country and spend a week learning about government, history, and the role of cooperatives. Other Niceville and Freeport students participating in the Tallahassee Youth Tour trip were Laura Ham, Freeport High School; Ricky Gal, Collegiate High School and Doug Linder, Rocky Bayou Christian School. Children or grandchildren of CHELCO employees who attended the Tallahassee trip included Chelsea Edwards, Hailey Fannin, Cameron Mayo, Laurel Murley and Travis Shaw. Niceville and Freeport students chosen for D.C. trip The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Having trouble hearing and understanding words? Tired of saying, “huh”? Do loved ones ask you to turn the volume down on the TV? We can help. No charge for 2nd opinions. See our award winning video at: www.EarCareAssociates.com A worried couple Are you confused with all the “PRICE TYPE ADVERTISING” for hearing instruments? Tired of being asked to be part of “ANOTHER TRIAL STUDY” to test the “NEW REVOLUTIONARY, STATE OF THE ART” . ya-da-ya-da-ya-da? We don’t charge for 2ndopinions. We don’t need to “TEST” our hearing instruments on the public. We can be sure what works for our patients, because we offer them a “Try B4U Buy ” agreement. And, we’re not talking about an “In-Office-Trial” for a few “Magical Moments” in a clinical setting. We’re talking about “RealWorld” testing; you leave our office with a new set of digital programmable hearing instruments which have been specifically programed for your specific HEARING LOSS & LIFESTYLE. Our “Try B4U Buy ” agreement simply put is: Leave your check book at home, bring only your spouse, relative, or friend with you so that we can conduct a “Familiar Voice Test” and then program your hearing instruments to the specific frequencies which will give you back that part of your life that you’ve been missing. Call now to schedule a time to “Try B4U Buy ”!QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN HEARING LOSS IS LINKED TO DEMENTIA CALL FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF RESEARCH STUDIES – 850-678-3277 (EARS)NICEVILLEHEARINGCENTER 850-678-3277Twin Cities Medical Plaza 1001 College Blvd. W. Bldg 2 Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com info@NicevilleHearingCenter.com DESTINHEARINGCENTER 850-678-32114012 Commons Dr. W. Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com info@DestinHearingCenter.com PANAMACITYHEARINGCENTER 850-830-037624 W. 8th St. Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com info@PanamaCityHearingCenter.com Proud Phonak ProviderCertified Lyric Hearing Professionals CHELCO recently selected four high school students from our area to go on a trip to our nation s capitol in June. Pictured from left, Lucas Thompson, Ian Kampert, Nicholas Wilkinson, CHELCO CEO Steve Rhodes, Mary Kathryn Myrick, Allison Fondling and Jordan Pearson.

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By Larry Blameuser Bluewater Bay The last year has seen a major change in our Bluewater Bay community, namely the closing of the Magnolia Golf Course. If it wasn't obvious to us before, surely it is painfully obvious to us now, the importance of maintaining and sustaining the golf courses of Bluewater Bay for the good of the community. To that end, the neighborhoods in Southwind and Sunset Beach, which surround the Marsh Golf Course, have made an agreement with the BWB resort for the 311 residents to annually purchase a Community Gold Card. In turn the resort has agreed to maintain that course with the funds received, and committed to keeping that course open. In January, and again last week, BWB Resort General Manager Tom Hanks sent letters to the homeowners who surround the Lake Golf Course with an appeal to annually purchase the Gold Card, with funds to be used for improvements and beautification of the Lake Course. Mr. Hanks notes that 300 annual card-buyers from the Lake Course Subdivisions are needed. The neighborhoods around the Bay Golf Course have had similar communications. The Gold Card costs $160 (+ tax) and offers several perks: One free round of golf per month; 20% discounts at the BWB Golf shop & Sports Bar/Grill; 20% discount at Harbor Docks, Camilles, and rentals at BWB Golf villas for visiting family and friends. But the most important thing the card does for us in Bluewater Bay, is to help ensure the beauty of our neighborhoods and the property values of our homes. I am asking all of us in Bluewater, but especially those of us who live near the Golf Courses to purchase the Gold Card annually. This is for Golfers, and Duffers, and Non-Golfers... we all need "Chip In." It is very important for us to do everything we can to keep the Bluewater Bay golf courses thriving and prospering. We need them... and they need us. 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T The stated purpose of the closed-door session was "to provide advice to counsel concerning strategy sessions" pertaining to a lawsuit by some property owners on the north side of Toms Bayou who sued the city after the commission refused to relinquish its claim to waterfront property adjoining the plaintiffs' lots. The nature of the "strategy sessions" was not stated in the meeting notice. Closed meetings of elected governmental bodies concerning current litigation are permitted by the Florida Sunshine Law if "the subject matter of the meeting shall be confined to settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to litigation expenditures." Upon reconvening in public, Arnold presented a motion to instruct the city attorney to proceed with pending litigation preparation "as discussed" during the executive session. The motion was approved by all members with the exception of Hamilton, who voted no. The earlier, closed-door discussion incorporated by reference in Arnold's motion was not divulged during the open, voting session. In an interview with the Beacon after the open session ended, Browning indicated that the length of the closed meeting had been extended due to the number of questions he had relating to each discussion point. He stated that as the newest commissioner, it was incumbent upon him "to get caught up to speed with as many details as possible in order to make an effective determination on proposed courses of action.” At one point during a postmeeting interview, Arnold intervened to warn Browning not to discuss the substance of the closed session. The state law allowing closed sessions of elected bodies does not prohibit anyone from discussing the matters raised. The discussion during the executive session was transcribed by a court reporter hired by the city and will be filed with the city clerk. The transcript will be made part of the public record at some point after conclusion of the litigation. VALP.From page A-1Ensuring BWB property values Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithMayor begins 50th yearValparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold was sworn in by City Clerk Tammy Johnson March 18 to another term, beginning his 50th consecutive year in the mayoralty. Also sworn in were city commissioners Clark “Tom” Browning, who begins his first term, and Heyward Strong, who has served since 1970. All three ran unopposed for four-year terms earlier this year. Arnold, first elected mayor in 1964, apparently has the longest tenure of any currently serving elected mayor in Florida.

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on specific projects and is usually granted some leeway, Newby said. Okaloosa County public works employees serving as inmate foremen are trained through the FDOC, and can supervise up to three inmates at a time. Each unarmed county inmate foreman must complete two days of inclassroom training and participate in “ride-arounds” with a corrections officer. In addition, the county inmate foremen must also attend yearly classes to keep their certifications current. Regular FDOC corrections officers may also supervise inmate work crews, and typically bring out five inmates at a time. Both the county inmate foremen and the state corrections officers work 40 hours a week, during which time the inmates are also with them. This time also allows for transportation of the inmates. The Beacon asked an FDOC spokeswoman for information on how many inmates of the Okaloosa Correctional Institution near Crestview take part in the road labor program, how many man-hours they provide, and whether any inmates are barred from the program. But no answers were forthcoming by press time. The prison's population, a maximum of 894, are all men. The prison's inmates are felons serving various sentences ranging from one year to life. Also during the county commission meeting, the commission unanimously approved sending letters to each city served by the Okaloosa Transit System (OCT), informing them that the county is seeking to develop a new funding plan for OCT. The letter also asks the cities to contribute to the cost of operating the county bus system if they want to keep transit routes within their cities. Efforts by the Beacon to learn from county officials how much the bus system costs county, state and federal taxpayers to operate were not fully answered by press time. The county said its annual share is $290,775. The bus routes chiefly serve Fort Walton Beach, but one makes one round trip each weekday between Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, stopping at two places in Niceville. It does not have a scheduled stop in Valparaiso. The county commission also approved an application for a matching grant of $16,000 from the Florida Wildlife Commission for constructing artificial reefs. Public Works Director John Hofstad said the grant, if received, will help pay for establishing four artificial reefs in nearby state waters. The board also approved a contract with the Tallahassee-based law firm Nabors, Giblin, & Nickerson for services as county attorney commencing April 1, to succeed Shalimar lawyer John Dowd, whose resignation will take effect July 1 after 40 years in the county post. County spending for routine county attorney services, excluding litigation and special services, is $250,000 a year. COUNTYFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6518529 Andtheylived happilyeverafter... ContributetoanIRAtoday!3.00%APY*15MonthIRA2.00%APY*ForNon-AccountHolders*AnnualPercentageYield(APY)asofMarch10,2014.OerexpiresonApril15,2014.Minimumdepositof$500.Appliestonewcontributionsonly.Ratedo esnotapplytorollovers,transfers,or renewals.especial3.00%APYisavailableforexistingCCBpersonalcheckingaccountholders.Non-customersmayopenanewCCBcheckingaccountino rdertoreceivethespecial3.00%APY. Substantialpenaltyforearlywithdrawal.Oermaybemodiedatanytimewithoutnoticeandmayvarybymarket.MemberFDICCrestviewLocation1290NFerdonBlvd850.682.0484 NicevilleLocation1502EJohnSimsPkwy850.279.3886 Swim membership and storage facilities are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN! Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Dr., Niceville (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join the swimming pool membership from now until Mar. 31, 2014, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools, (1 heated) at Bay Drive open year-round. We also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons and facility rental for special occasions. O O F F F F 5 5 0 0 % % E E N N R R O O L L L L M M E E N N T T P P r r e e s s e e n n t t t t h h i i s s a a d d & & g g e e t tMARCHMADNESSMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL BOAT & RV STORAGE AVAILABLE NicevilleINSURANCE AGENCY (850) 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com CHELCO Annual Meeting 2014All CHELCO members are invited to attendSaturday, April 12, 2014 9 a.m. until noon Business Meeting at 11 a.m.CHELCO Operations Center 723 US Hwy 331 N DeFuniak Springs, FL Officer Reports Entertainment Refreshments Prizes and gifts Election Results Fun for the kids 1 Business Meeting at 9 a.m. until noon April 12, 2014 y y, Saturda 1 a.m. 1 9 a.m. until noon April 12, 2014 DeFuniak Springs, FL 723 US Hwy 331 N ations Center CHELCO Oper DeFuniak Springs, FL 723 US Hwy 331 N ations Center The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon. 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 ValentineReceptionistSara KentMarketing DirectorKaron DeyBookkeeper apparently the only one that is not being done on federal property. The mitigation projects include road and bridge construction and environmental improvement projects. Sayler said that the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge is now in place, with abutments and barriers also in place, and that crews are now working to connect the roadway to the span. According to MBBA spokeswoman Cathy Demoreski, the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge "is part of the obligation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as determined from the Biological Opinion in the Environmental Assessment for the Connector." This project and the others on Eglin "are all required to benefit the Okaloosa darter," said Demoreski. The Okaloosa darter is a freshwater minnow deemed threatened by development. It lives only in six creeks in central Okaloosa County, including the one flowing under Rocky Bayou Drive, which drains private and Eglin land. Cost of the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge and the other Okaloosa darter projects will be paid by vehicle tolls over the Mid-Bay Bridge and Connector. Also during the meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve sending a letter to Florida state Senate President Don Gaetz, encouraging the state to give higher priority to plans for widening parts of U.S. Highway 98 in Destin, the main highway along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. Bridge Authority Executive Director Jim Vest said that according to current plans, funding for such a project from Tango-Mar Drive, Miramar Beach, to Airport Road, Destin, is not scheduled to become available until 2024. MBBA Chairman Gordon Fornell commented that he had already sent such a letter of his own. He said that he had recently attended some meetings of the Okaloosa Walton Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), a regional body which helps to set priorities for state road building projects. Fornell said that he found the overall planning process “amazing,” as well as “convoluted and confusing.” Neither Vest nor Fornell suggested what other scheduled highway projects in the region should have funding delayed in order to make funds available earlier for the U.S. 98 widening, which Vest stated would help the local economy. DARTERFrom page A-1 Road closureHelms Street, Niceville, will be closed for the repair of utilities Wednesday, March 26, from approximately 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the Niceville Public Works office at 729-4064. CONDO 4 RENTIf interested, call897-3919BLUEWATER BAY AREA SOUTH LAKE COURT 1BR, 1BA, Spacious, Very Nice, Fully Furnished, Lakefront/Catch and Release. Pets Allowed.$90000Per Month Plus Utilities. AVAILABLE MAY 1, 2014H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Aerial photo of east end of Rocky Bayou Drive, Niceville, shows location of new bridge built to benefit the Okaloosa darter, below.

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ArrestsOn March 1 a Walton County deputy arrested two juveniles, each for one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of marijuana possession over 20 grams, and one count of narcotic equipment possession and/or use. The pair was arrested at Choctaw Beach Park after the deputy caught them using drugs in a restroom at the park. * On March 14, Valparaiso police arrested Austin Cole Adams, 18, 327 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, for one count of possession of paraphernalia. An officer made a traffic stop after he observed Adams riding tandem on a bicycle with another person, after dark, without lights. Adams was found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe, which the officer recognized as the type used to smoke marijuana. A field test on the pipe yielded a positive result for the presence of THC.SummonsesOn March 13, Niceville police cited James Bryan Gilhaus, 31, 2907 Brentwood Lane, Fort Walton Beach, for one count of retail theft shoplifting. Gilhaus allegedly removed 22 items totaling $284.95 in value from the Walmart on John Sims Parkway, Niceville, concealing them in Walmart bags which he brought into the store. He placed the bags in a shopping cart and exited the store without paying. * On March 15, Niceville police cited Christopher Lloyd Brothers, 27, 400 Kelly Rd., Apt. 12, Niceville, for one count of marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams. Brothers was the driver and sole occupant of a car stopped for an expired license plate. During the stop, an officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When questioned, Brothers produced a clear sandwich bag containing about 1.25 grams of a green leafy substance which the officer suspected to be marijuana. A test yielded a positive result for the presence of THC.WildlifeOn March 14, Niceville police responded to an address on Gracie Lane, where a complainant said that when he went outside he discovered blood all over his front door. The responding officer determined that the blood was from a deer that had run into the door.Other incidentsOn Feb. 24 Walton County deputies responded to a report of a burglary at an address on State Highway 20, Choctaw Beach. Tools valued at $1,764 were missing from a house under construction. * On March 2 Okaloosa deputies responded to a reported burglary at Edge Elementary School. Investigation revealed fresh pry marks on the back door of a portable classroom. No other damage or signs of attempted forced entry were found at the school. * On March 10, Niceville police received a report of the theft of a backpack blower from an unsecured trailer. * On March 12, Niceville police responded to a report of criminal mischief at an address on Bayshore Drive, where a truck had been scratched with a sharp object. * On March 12, Valparaiso police received a complaint from a landlord that his tenants had left his property after causing damage to the home and outside areas, as well as removing two showerheads. * On March 13, Niceville The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Page A-5 Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. 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(Across from Helen Back Pizza) COME TO COME TO 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. 17, 2014 through Mar. 23, 2014. 0 Structure Fire21 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 2 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn7 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 37th Street......................................Alarm activation..............3/17/14......................06:33 Honeysuckle Way..........................Medical...........................3/17/14......................08:31 SR 85 N..........................................Medical...........................3/17/14......................12:55 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical...........................3/17/14......................19:20 Reeves St.......................................Medical...........................3/18/14......................07:01 Persimmon Way.............................Alarm activation..............3/18/14......................08:36 Persimmon Way.............................Alarm activation..............3/18/14......................09:03 N. Partin Dr.....................................Vehicle crash..................3/18/14......................13:58 Rocky Bayou Bridge......................Wrong location...............3/18/14......................16:54 Rocky Bayou Dr.............................Outside equip. fire..........3/18/14......................17:02 Everglade Dr..................................Medical...........................3/18/14......................20:55 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................07:52 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................09:42 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Fuel spill..........................3/19/14......................11:16 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................11:24 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................14:12 Kelly Rd..........................................Medical...........................3/19/14......................17:23 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................20:08 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................20:39 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle fire......................3/20/14......................01:18 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3/20/14......................18:05 McKinney St...................................Medical...........................3/20/14......................19:10 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................10:51 Boyd Circle.....................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................11:40 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/21/14......................12:18 Stony Creek Cove.........................Trash fire.........................3/21/14......................14:51 27th Street......................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................17:05 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle crash..................3/21/14......................17:34 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/21/14......................20:27 Reeves St.......................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................05:41 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................09:39 N. Partin Dr.....................................Alarm activation..............3/22/14......................10:47 Rocky Creek Bridge.......................Water rescue..................3/22/14......................15:28 Edgewater Dr.................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................19:11 Powell Dr........................................Cancelled........................3/22/14......................20:57 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3//23/14.....................09:13 SR 85 N..........................................Fuel spill..........................3/23/14......................13:58 Duncan Dr......................................Medical...........................3/23/14......................23:25 Weekly Safety Tip: Whether cooking with gas or electric, never place anything on the stove you don t want to heat. An electric coil reaches 800 degrees while a gas flame goes over 1000 degrees. Remember, towels and pot holders ignite at 400 degrees. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 17, 2014 through Mar. 23, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Chantilly Cir................................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............07:57 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............08:26 Merchants Way..........................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............17:15 Hwy. 20 E...................................Vehicle accident.........................3/17/14...............18:50 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............19:29 Barrington Ln..............................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............20:09 Pinehurst Cov.............................Dispatched & cancelled ............3/18/14...............07:03 E. Hwy. 20..................................Medical.......................................3/18/14...............08:51 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.............................3/18/14...............15:07 Rocky Bayou Bridge..................No incident found.......................3/18/14...............16:56 SR 293 Bypass..........................False alarm.................................3/18/14...............18:48 Wright Cir....................................Public assist...............................3/18/14...............23:46 Jamaica Way..............................Assist invalid...............................3/19/14...............12:40 Hwy. 20 E...................................Medical.......................................3/19/14...............14:57 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/20/14...............03:33 N. of Hwy. 20..............................Grass fire....................................3/20/14...............10:56 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled.............3/20/14...............19:31 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/20/14...............21:47 S. Turnberry Cove......................Medical.......................................3/21/14...............14:36 Cedar St.....................................Medical assist.............................3/21/14...............21:17 Hwy. 293/Rocky Creek..............Wrong location...........................3/22/14...............15:29 Oakmont Pl................................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............16:09 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............18:00 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............18:03 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.............................3/22/14...............18:06 Southminster Ct.........................Mobile property fire....................3/22/14...............19:15 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............20:08 Yacht Club Dr.............................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............21:27 Parkwood Pl...............................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............22:34 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/23/14...............11:50 Hwy. 20/Bluewater Blvd.............Vehicle accident.........................3/23/14...............15:51 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/23/14...............20:13 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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military training. As for the F-35 training program at Eglin, Mattson said the final F-35 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was released to the public for a 30-day review on Feb. 28. He said that Alternative 1A, which would allow more F-35 flights over Valparaiso, Niceville, and Bluewater Bay than other options considered, is still the preferred alternative, but that the Air Force still has the option of choosing another alternative before the final Record of Decision (ROD) is released in April or later this year. He said the Record of Decision “is expected to include mitigations on how the aircraft operate,” which may reduce the expected impact of aircraft noise over nearby communities. Mattson also discussed a military “Landscape Initiative,” the goal of which is to conduct nonhazardous military activities that are similar to those already taking place in state forests with no interruption to current or future forest users. Contrary to some recent rumors and statements from critics, Mattson said, the program “will not topple the forests and kill all the woodpeckers.” In fact, he said, the military has already demonstrated that “it is one of the best stewards of the land in Florida.” For example, he said, environmental managers on the Eglin military reservation have helped to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction, and have improved the local environment in ways that neither state nor federal civilian forest services could match. Mattson said military activities in state forests may include nonhazardous and environmentally low-impact training in ground operations for local special operations forces, such as survival and land navigation training. This, he said, will allow the military-controlled land on the Eglin military reservation to be more available for weapons test activities, which require a large “footprint” of military-controlled land due to the potentially hazardous nature of aerospace weapon tests. The military training in state forests, he said, “must be compatible with current forest operations.” Such activities, he said, may take place in Blackwater State Forest and in the Tate’s Hell State Forest. He said more details about the program are expected to be released to the public in late March, and public hearings on the program will be held in late April in Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Milton. Mattson also said that Eglin recently held a kickoff meeting for the “Air Force Community Partnership Initiative.” The goal of the program, said Mattson, is “to leverage installation of local community capabilities and resources to reduce costs.” “There are things the Air Force can’t afford to do any more,” he said, “so we are partnering with off base organizations.” The Air Force will offer long-term leases, of up to 50 years, allowing civilian organizations to use military land for commercial or other purposes that do not encroach on military missions, in return for “in-kind services” which those organizations will provide to the Air Force. For example, he said, the recent construction of the MidBay Bridge Connector road between State Road 85 N. and the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge created a number of “orphan parcels” of military land along the connector route. The Air Force may trade commercial use of such land parcels in exchange for custodial services or other services to be provided to the base by those who obtain leases on the land. A planning workshop for the program is expected to be held on April 15 between Eglin officials and selected community representatives, at a location yet to be determined. Regarding housing privatization, Mattson said that Eglin has 903 family housing units, most of which are slated for demolition, especially those that were built in the 1960s, and have become difficult to maintain and are not considered adequate housing by modern standards. Another 1,500 or so have already been demolished. The housing privatization program grants a 50-year lease to Corvias Military Construction, a contractor that is expected to demolish about 747 of the remaining Eglin units and replace them with new ones. Corvias will also construct and maintain a 12,000-square-foot community center at Eglin, to include a pool, dog park, jogging trails, and playgrounds. Corvias will maintain all military family housing at Eglin, including 126 duplex units at Hidden Oaks, bringing the total number of housing units at Eglin to about 900, down considerably from the original 2,357. Mattson said Corvias will be paid with “seed money” from the Air Force’s military construction budget, as well as with Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) funds allocated to military families who will live in the privately managed dwellings. Mattson explained that by privatizing the military housing program, the Air Force will save money, since Corvias, as a civilian contractor, can “leverage” the military construction seed money in ways the Air Force could not. He said the new Eglin housing will be constructed in phases beginning this summer, with completion expected by 2018. Construction at Hurlburt has already begun, he said. Regarding force shaping, Mattson said that the active duty end strength of the U.S. Air Force is expected to be 327,600 in fiscal year 2014, but to be reduced by 16,700 airmen during fiscal year 2015. He said that as much of the reduction as possible be done through early retirements and voluntary separation pay programs, although some airmen may be separated involuntarily. Mattson said he did not know how many civilian reductions will be required. “We expect more reductions, including a management headquarters staff reduction, in FY 15 and beyond,” he said. “As civilian positions are reduced, the Air Force will use civilian force management actions, which are based on federal government-wide statutory language. As in past years, we will continue to offer voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive pay to the maximum extent possible before we implement a reduction in force.” Mattson also said that Eglin expects to lose a few aircraft in FY 2015 because of budget changes. The 40th Flight Test Squadron is expected to lose its two A-10 fighters, and Eglin is also expected to lose one F-15C in FY 15, and three more in FY 16, as well as two F-15D models over the next five years. Mattson also said, however, that such plans are always subject to change, especially as a result of political decisions in Washington, DC. “If Congress has its way, the A-10s may be here forever,” he said. F-35From page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Deadl i ne for colorful EASTER advert i s i ng p ages i s soon. You m ay p lace your ad i n the Bay Beacon, or the Egl i n AFB p a p er, or both!Beacon Newspapers • 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. • Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 • Fax 1-888-520-9323 • info@baybeacon.comLess than 1¢ per reader! DON’T BE LEFT OUT! CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! DEADLINE APR. 10! FREEcolor on ads! Advertising Deadline: Thursday, April 10 Publication: Wednesday, April 16 (Eglin paper, April 18) Don t miss this chance to help your customers plan their Easter shopping! The Beacon’s Easter Pages! THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. * On March 13, Niceville police responded to the First Baptist Church, on Bayshore Drive, in regard to a burglary. Someone had broken a window, entered, and taken some candy. Damage to the window was estimated at $75. * On March 14 a Walton County deputy responded to an address on Darrell Court in reference to a credit card fraud. The victim reported that someone had made a fraudulent charge of $375.99 to her credit card. The victim had physical control of the credit card and had not allowed anyone else access to it. The fraudulent purchase was made from a company in California. The card account has been canceled, and the credit card company absorbed the loss. * On March 14, Niceville police received a report from a woman who said that an unknown male had given her a check for $1,900, which returned as counterfeit. * On March 17, Niceville police responded to the AOC Food Mart on Redwood Avenue, where the victim, a cashier at Texaco, stated that his wallet had been stolen within the last 30 to 45 minutes, apparently while he left his wallet on the counter while he bought a drink. * On March 17, a Valparaiso officer responded to T.J. Brooks Park in reference to three juveniles who broke the bathroom window at the park. The investigation revealed that one of the juveniles attempted to open the unlocked window from the outside, and the window came out of the frame and fell on the ground, which caused it to break. The parents of the juveniles and the Valparaiso public works director made a civil agreement to get the window repaired. BLOTTERFrom page A-5 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: 11/04/2013 FTA-Unauthorized Possession of a DL/ID & Unlawful Display of Another s DL Name: Aieiandro Ortiz Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 39 DOB: 03/31/1975 Height: 5ft 4in Weight: 130 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Wanted As Of: 03/17/2014 FTA-Leaving Scene of Accident with Injuries/DUI with Serious Bodily Injury Name: Juan Pablo Hernandez Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 30 DOB: 04/09/1984 Height: 6ft 0in Weight: 180 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Beacon file photoSome 1,500 Eglin family housing units have been razed, and about another 747 will be, to pave the way for new, privately managed dwellings.

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THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 26, 2014 Page A-7 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “I think it went down in the Indian Ocean. It s a real shame.” Barbara Grabinger, 79, Apple Valley, Minnesota, retired Jenna Forrester, 22, Niceville, restaurant hostess Ian Hall, 16, Niceville, homeschool studentWhat do you think happened to the missing Malaysian airliner?Location: Walmart, Old Maxico Restaurant“I think one or both pilots hijacked it, and it crashed into the ocean.” Michael Dean, 70, Valparaiso, retired “I really don t know. I was hoping it was some place where the people were safe, but it doesn t look like it.” Brett Schneider, 37, Niceville, US Air Force “I think it s in the ocean. There hasn t been any contact, and the latest reports are of possible debris in the ocean.” “I definitely think there was some sort of hijacking, but not by the pilots. I think the passengers with the stolen passports had something to do with it.” Darrell Williams, 22, Atlanta, Georgia, sales • Specializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair • Moh s Micrographic Surgery • General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations • Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation Same day appointments available with no waiting DR. SCOTTBEALS, D.C., F.A.A.DBoard Certified American Board of DermatologyNiceville4566 Hwy. 20 E., Suite 101Crestview184 E Redstone Ave., Unit B Locations in Niceville, Crestview, Andalusia897-7546 www.dermatologysurgerycenter.net RISK FREE TRIAL NO JOKE! NO GIMMICK! Not sure what a hearing device will do for you? Don’t want to make a mistake? At Bay Area Better Hearing, we are thrilled to provide you with a TWO WEEK, RISK FREE TRIAL! Hear for yourself the difference it will make with no obligation. Just call 279-4545 for more information. When you think of hearing ... Think of Bay Area Better Hearing. TIM SMITH Hearing Aid Specialist 7 years experience 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay  (850) 279-4545 COUPONS batteries$3 per pack$1,90000All Models & SizesPower & Mini Model Add $100100% DigitalReg. $2,20000Expires 4/30/14. Expires 4/30/14. Limit 4. “NERA” Call today for a FREE Hearing ProfileHIGH QUALITY • LOW PRICES • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE 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 “I think they crashed in the ocean, and probably went straight to the bottom. I think they ll soon find enough evidence to determine what really happened.”What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. The 15 acre Ruckel estate, the last pristine property on Rocky Bayou, offers 890’ beautiful waterfront feet and so much more. Buy the property for your personal estate or join together as investors. The seller says the time to buy this unspoiled acreage is NOW! Price reduced to $3,700,000! Please call me for details. LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comMAJOR PRICE REDUCTION!

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Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast Award-Winning Realtors for 2013Niceville Keller Williams Realtors win 24 awards at the annual Keller Williams Emerald Coast awards luncheon KELLER WILLIAMS PROFIT SHARING AWARD INDIVIDUAL SALES AWARDS SILVER CIRCLE AWARD TOP LISTING AND SALES INDIVIDUAL KELLER WILLIAMS ASSOCIATE SELLING OR BUYING—CHOOSE A WINNER CHOOSE EXPERIENCEPRESIDENT’S AWARDGOLD CIRCLE AWARD Team Busovne Janice Busovne Amanda Housand Amanda Housand The Stretch Team Bob & Debbie Stretch Jean Floyd Emerald Preferred Group Debbie Collins Lezle Jacobs Susan Rood Judy Griffin Jean Floyd Pam Weeks Powerhouse Real Estate Group Kelly Shephard Clara Miles Mary Coger Myke Triebold Linda Zickler Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management 850-279-43324534 Hwy 20 East Bluewater Bay(Merchants Walk) Each office independently owned and operated. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 DuVall-BuergerDavid and Amy DuVall are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Krystal DuVall to Tyson Buerger, son of William and Kathie Buerger. Krystal is a life long resident of the area and Tyson is from Ohio and came to the area via the Air Force. Tyson is now an instructor mechanic for Lockheed Martin and is a member of Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. Krystal has a business degree and is employed by Waterside Chiropractic. She is a member of Northbay Baptist Church where her father is the pastor. Following Gods will for their lives, they are joining together in marriage on April 4 at 6 p.m. at The Venue in Destin.Bikker-ClayLt. Col. David and Luv Bikker of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna Bikker, to Alexander Clay, son of Charles and Julia Clay of Vallejo, Cali. Brianna is a 2009 valedictorian of The Collegiate High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, completing graduate studies in Washington D.C. Alexander is also a graduate of Texas A&M University where he obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering. An Oct.18wedding is planned at the University of Virginia chapel in Charlottesville, Va., after which the couple will live and work in Virginia. B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d aa y y , M M a a r r c c h h 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Engagements Niceville dancers perform for St. Patrick s DayFive dancers from Niceville performed with The Drake School of Irish Dance performed during the St. Patrick s Day celebration at Gulf Place on Saturday, March 15. Pictured from left, Kiera Welch, Eve Glenn, Evan Simpson, Mariah Magness and Colleen Simpson. The 37th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony was held recently to recognize the best science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects from Okaloosa and Walton counties. Two Niceville High School students, Sarah Craig and Brayton Miles, were selected as Grand Prize winners and will represent Florida at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif. May 10–18. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grade 9-12, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 70 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research. Altogether six NHS students were selected to represent the East Panhandle at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland April 8–11. The Florida State Science and Engineering Fair is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida. Each year more than 900 aspiring scientists in grades 6–12 participate as finalists from the 37 affiliated Regional Science and Engineering Fairs representing all 67 counties in Florida. NHS Regional Award winners going to state are Sarah Craig, Lauren Matthews, Brayton Miles, Catherine Parker, Alexandria Tolbert and Tyler Wallace.Beacon photos by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville High School is sending six students to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland April 8–11. Pictured from left, Principal Rodney Nobles, Catherine Parker, Tyler Wallace, Brayton Miles and Sarah Craig. Not pictured, Lauren Matthews and Alexandria Tolbert.Six from NHS compete at state science Gina Emery, the science fair review committee person for Niceville High School, was chosen to receive the Science Fair Outstanding Educator Award during the 37th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony. Tyson Buerger and Krystal DuVall Brianna Bikker and Alexander Clay

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Page B-2 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Wanting warblers T he all m ale E m erald Coa s t Choru s i s looking for m ale Barber s hop s inger s for their award winning choru s Practice i s every T hur s day nightat 7-9:30 p. m in the Mu s ic Roo m at Shali m ar United Methodi s t Church, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Florida. Que s tion s contact Johnny McDonald at 5 8 5-5034 or vi s it e m eraldcoa s tchoru s .co m Alzheimer s support group A s upport group for tho s e affected by Alzhei m er’ s will be held at 10:30 a. m on Wedne s day, March 26at the Niceville United Methodi s t Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. T he s upport group i s free and li m ited re s pite care i s available, re s erve in advance by calling 8 66-47 8 -7790. Candidate forum T he public i s invited March 26 to the Okaloo s a County Co mm i ss ion Candidate Foru m a free event, held in the Fie s ta Roo m at El Matador condo, 909 Santa Ro s a Blvd., Fort Walton Beach on Okaloo s a I s land. Co m e m eet and greet candidate s at 5:30 p. m and enjoy co m pli m entary light refre s hm ent s T he Okaloo s a County Co mm i ss ion Di s trict 2 and Di s trict 4 Candidate Foru m begin s at 6 p. m T he audience will a s k the candidate s que s tion s All Okaloo s a County regi s tered voter s are eligible to vote in all di s trict race s T he event i s ho s ted by the Condo Alliance of Okaloo s a I s land, and cos pon s ored by the Florida Panhandle Patriot s For infor m ation, contact Rebecca Sherry, Pre s ident, Condo Alliance of Okaloo s a I s land at 244-2744 or or Brenda Folli s -Lengyel, Chair m an, Florida Panhandle Patriot s at 8 658 777. Library movie timeT he Valparai s o Co mm unity Library invite s teen s to a s pring break s howing of “ T he Hunger Ga m e s : Catching Fire,” rated PG13, on March 27 at 2 p. m Children under 13 m u s t be acco m panied by an adult. Popcorn will be s erved. Adult soccer sign up Adult Indoor Soccer League, regi s tration s tart s March 30through May 23. Early regi s tration i s $40 per player, after $50 per player after May 16. Ga m e s will be played on Friday s s tarting May 30 and running until July. Check out our webs ite for regi s tration for ms and m ore detail s Nicevilleu m c.org/recreation. Republican luncheon T he Republican Wo m en of Okaloo s a Federated will be m eeting on April 2 at the Wyndha m Garden Hotel on Okaloo s a I s land. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a. m Lunch will be s erved at 12 p. m To acco mm odate working wo m en, there will be a “Dine and Da s h” table, which will acco mm odate tho s e who can only s tay for a li m ited ti m e. T he progra m will feature a foru m of the Okaloo s a County Co mm i ss ion candidate s for Di s trict 4 — Don A m und s T rey Goodwin and Henry Kelley. T o m ake a re s ervation, contact Donna Patti s on at 651-5416 or donnapatti s on @ cox.net by noon on Friday, March 2 8 Co s t of the lunch i s $1 8 for m e m ber s and $20 for gue s t s For m ore infor m ation about RWOF, vi s it rwof.org. Cobia tourney T he Bluewater Bay Marina will be ho s ting it s 19th annual Cobia T ourna ment. T he tourna m ent run s fro m April 1–30. T here will be a S m all Boat Divi s ion (29 feet and under) and an Open Divi s ion (30 feet and above). T ourna m ent payout i s 50/30/20. Spon s or s hip s are available. Captain’ s Meeting will be held March 31 at 6:30 p. m at L.J. Schooner s Dock s ide Re s taurant and Oy s ter Bar, Bluewater Bay. Spon s or s and tourna m ent regi s trant s will receive ticket s to the s e event s For m ore infor m ation and for a regi s tration for m plea s e call Bluewater Bay Marina at 8 97-2 8 21 or vi s it bluewaterbay m arina.co m Square dancing A free introduction to m odern s quare dancing will be held 7-9 p. m ., April 1 at Pas arda Hall, 17 Indu s trial Street, Fort Walton Beach. No experience nece ss ary, jean s or ca s ual attire. Co m e m eet new people in a sm oke free and alcohol free environ m ent with or without a dance partner. Cla ss e s s tart April 8 Spon s ored by the Dancing Dolphin s Square Dance Club. In s tructor i s Roy Bernier. Call 651-6356 or em ail rpbernier @ cox.net for infor m ation. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poet s April 2 for “Say the Word,” an open m ic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p. m T he event i s free of charge and all are welco m e to take the m ic. Each perfor m er s hould plan to s hare about 2-3 piece s Sign up for adult soccerAdult Indoor Soccer League, registration starts March 30 through May 23. Early registration is $40 per player, after $50 per player after May 16. Games will be played on Fridays starting May 30 and running until July. Check out our website for registration forms and more details. Nicevilleumc.org/recreation. 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 Volunteers neededT he Heritage Mu s eu m of Northwe s t Florida, 115 We s tview Ave, Valparai s o, i s looking for volunteer s Currently, they have need of friendly and reliable volunteer s to greet gue s t s and an s wer phone s in the Mu s eu m ’ s Gift Shop. Hour s would be T ue s day through Saturday, 10 a. m .-1 p. m or 1 p. m .-4 p. m For m ore infor m ation, call the m u s eu m at 67 8 -2615, e m ail info @ heritagem u s eu m .org, or s top by in per s on. 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Nick Morken, 1st place 800m (1:55.27); Thomas Howell, 1st place 1-mile (4:22.26); boys 4x400m relay, 3rd place Alex Boswell, Isaiah Denman, Tripp Davis, Nick Morken (3:32.98); boys 4x800m relay, 1st place Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Tripp Davis and Jack Massey (8:00.17). The athletes who have achieved personal records are: M. Kirila, C. Woodard, A. West, C. Crum, M. Hunter, R. Giordano, J. Moreno, D. LaFollette, E. Mitchell, J. Lawson, C. Crist, M. Shinnick, N. Escoffier, K. Cruz, J. Chord, A. Boswell, N. Morken, K. Ferris, D. Bayer, G. Olds, H. Boilini, T. Howell, T. Davis and T. Hamer. The athletes who have achieved season best are: A. West, N. Anderson, S. Joneson, H. Schroeder, D. Bobbitt, J. Massey, J. Fiske and E. Schneidewind. The NHS Eagles will be returning to Pensacola to compete in the Panhandle Championships on March 29 followed by the Mobile Challenge of Champions April 4-5. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithKiwanians flip flapjacks, raise $4K for charityThe Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso held their annual pancake breakfast and silent auction March 15. They served 250 breakfasts raising around $1,000 for charities they support. The silent auction raised an additional $3,000 at last count. NHS 1st and 2nd at district art showNiceville High School s senior artists were showcased in the Van Porter Art Show March 6-14. This show is open to all senior and eighth grade artists district wide.Niceville students took home two of the five awards. Pictured above, Stefanie Prinsloo won 1st with her photography, titled “Growth.” Brittney Kazy won 2nd with her mixed media, titled “Not a Fun Party.” Joyce SteppLathrop1934 2014Joyce Stepp-Lathrop, age 79, of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, passed away peacefully Monday, March 10, with her family by her side. She was born March 19, 1934. Joyce has supported many worthwhile projects and functions for more than thirty years, including Sunday School teacher, Red Cross, Special Olympics, Democratic Committee, Diva Beach Red Hat, Retired Officers Wives Club, Heart Desire Chairperson and the Girls Night Out Club. She is one of the first women elected a Lady Elk in Lodge 1795. She has served on Niceville, Valparaiso and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, Host Committee Chairperson, Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Sharing and Caring, Children Advocacy, Cancer drives and neighborhood fundraisers. Joyce was a successful entrepreneur former owner/operator of County Line Auto Body Shop, Inc. in Walton County, and Real Estate investments and Rentals Collector. She was a Realtor Consultant, G.R.I. for Baywalk Realty. Joyce was awarded the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame, permanently exhibited at the NWFSC/UWF Joint Campus Library, the Wall honors women who have given of their time and talents to help others. She was an active member of Eglin A.F.B. Chapel. She is survived by her daughter Sabrena Joyce Stepp, of Niceville. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Wendy Kocsis and Brittney Carey and three great-granddaughters. Joyce was preceded in death by her husbands John Theodore Stepp and Robert David Lathrop. Her son John Gregory Stepp and grandson Chad Carey, parents Ollie and Zella Burchett. Funeral and memorial service followed by reception will be held at the Elk's Lodge 1795, 1335 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Ft Walton Beach on March 29 from 11-2 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers will be appreciated. She will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. Arrangements will be under the direction of DavisWatkins Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook please visit daviswatkins.com. Joyce Stepp-Lathrop Frances (Cissy) Chambers1943 – 2014Frances (Cissy) Chambers, age 70, passed away suddenly on March 20. Born on December 19, 1943 in South Fulton, Tenn., Cissy was a 28 year resident of Niceville. Prior to moving to Niceville, she was a 20 year Army wife. Survivors include her husband of 44 years James Chambers of Niceville; son, Keith Chambers of Liberty Township, Ohio; sister; Libby Read of Dyersburg, Tenn.; nephew, Josh Read of Knoxville, Tenn.; and niece, Allison Williams of Nashville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her son, Marc; brother, Butch Perry, and parents, Gordon and Nancy Perry. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in her honor to a charity of your choice. A visitation was held at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville on Monday, March 24 with a graveside service following at Heritage Gardens Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Obituaries The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Page B-3 Call or visit our website today for more information: 850-603-9259 www.mysereniteas.com 209 Government Ave., Niceville • 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Niceville runners compete in PensacolaThe Niceville High School track and field team competed at the Vince Whibbs Invitational in Pensacola on March 15. Competing against 14 schools, the Eagles secured 3rd place for the girls and 5th for the boys. “The day began with poor weather although that did not stop a number of our athletes from performing well,” said Coach Jamie LaFollette. “Aubrey West set a meet record in the long jump and the boys 4x800 relay flirted with the elusive 8:00 barrier, running 8:00.17 and setting another meet record and season best time. Nick Morken also re-wrote the record books winning the 800 in 1:55.27, setting both a new school and meet record.” Results for the athletes: Aubrey West, 3rd place 100m, 200m, 1st place long jump (13.05, 27.50, 1703.00); Sophia Bergmann, 2nd place discus and shot put (11210.00, 35-11.00); Jaylah Lawson, 3rd place long jump (16-04.50); Hannah Schroeder, 2nd place triple jump (32-04.00); girls 4x400m relay, 3rd place Cenedy Crum, Cheyenne Woodard, Regan Giordano, Nickie Anderson (4:24.53); girls 4x800m relay, 2nd place Claire Crist, Mackenzie Shinnick, Annie Serpa, Diana LaFollette (10:16.66); Kevin Cruz, 2nd place 110m hurdles and 3rd place 200m (15.42, 23.40);Page B-4 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 2014 State College Register & Pay by WEBSummer 2014SUMMER TERMClasses Start May 27, 2014 & June 23, 2014www.nwfsc.edu/schedule Enroll for Full Term: April 7, 2014 May 26, 2014Enroll for Mini Term: April 7, 2014 June 22, 2014See An Advisor Now! Niceville Campus Advising ( 850 ) 729-5234 Student Services Center ( SSC ) S S S S S S S U M M E R R E M M U S T R R T T E R M M R E T E n r r n E A p r i i pr A r o l l f o r F u l l l l u r F o l f l o r l 2 0 1 4 M a y ay 4M 1 0 2 7 l7 7 7 l T e r m : : m r e l T y 2 6 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 6 y2 A p r i i pr A E n r r n E A p r i l l i pr A S e e e e S l 7 2 0 1 4 M a y ay 4 M 1 0 2 7, l 7 7, r o l l f o r M i n i i n i rM o lf l o r l 2 0 1 4 J u n e e 4 Jun 1 0 2 7 7, 7 7, 7 e A n A d v i s o o s i v d n A e A y 2 6 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 6 y 2 i T e r m : : m r e iT e 2 2 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 2 e 2 o r N o w ! w o r N o N r r i c e ce i N S t u d e e ud t S e v i l l e C a m p u s s u p am e C l l i v e ( ( 8 5 0 0 85 ) ) 7 2 9 5 2 2 5 9 72 n t S e v i r c e s C e e s C ce i v r e t S n d d v i s i n g g n i s i v d A A 2 3 4 4 3 2 e n t e r r e t n e ( ( S S C SC S ) ) r r Niceville High student gets golf scholarshipNiceville High School senior Crystian Hopper and co-captain of the men s golf team, signed a scholarship on March 5 to play collegiate golf for the University of Mobile Rams in Mobile, Ala. Crystian will also pursue a dual degree in mathematics and engineering. Seated on each side of Crystian are parents Crys and Amanda Hopper. Standing behind from left, Principal Jeff Palmer, NHS Coach Gerry Barry, University of Mobile Golf Coach Colby Odom and Niceville High Athletic Director John Hicks. Volleyball team wins division championshipThe Niceville Volleyball Club s 13U team won their division championship at the Gulf Coast Hurricane Classic on March 8. Pictured from left, front row, Stefanie Markwardt, Hannah Sjostrom, Courtney Faulkner, Mia Hague, Sarah Markwardt and Lauren Frederic. Back row from left, Coaches Andy Faulkner and Tom Markwardt. Not pictured, Tessa Hancock. Lady Eagles win, show military appreciationNiceville High School s Lady Eagles softball held a Military Appreciation night March 18 during their win against Fort Walton Beach with a score of 10-0. Pictured bottom center with the team, Ashley and Lily Lacey, the widow and three year old daughter of NHS alumnus and Army Sgt. First Class William “Kelly” Lacey who was killed in action Jan. 4, in Afghanistan. Also pictured, Libby Davis hits a single.Beacon photos by Sarah Clauson Please see RUNNERS, page B-3 Join us for our free health seminars to have your questions answered by local health professionals! HEALTHYU ER Theres still time to register for the 3rd annual Women on Wellness Symposium, register online at WomenOnWellness.org.Does This Look Funny To You? 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By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission convened a special meeting March 18 to apportion responsibilities, and to discuss in private matters relating to a lawsuit. In accordance with the Valparaiso city charter, an organizational meeting is required as soon as possible after the oath of offices is administered to new members of the commission; which was conducted at noon, six hours before the special commission meeting. The newest member of the commission is Tom Browning. Integral to the city charter process was the identification of each commissioners position and delineation of associated duties. Mayor Bruce Arnold confirmed each commissioner's assignment and provided a list of responsibilities that corresponded to each position. Commissioner assignments are as follows: Commissioner of Public Institutions: Kay Hamilton. Commissioner of Health and Sanitation: Tom Browning. Commissioner of Streets: Joe Morgan. Commissioner of Municipal Utilities: Heyward Strong Jr. Mayor and CommissionerAt-Large: John B. Arnold Jr. The mayor supervises finance, police and personnel. The other focus of the special meeting was to meet in executive session regarding pending litigation in which the city is represented by City Attorney Bruce Bowman. That portion of the meeting, which lasted just over an hour, was closed to the public and press.F-35 runway decision expected as early as AprilBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a community networking luncheon held March 18 at Tradewinds restaurant in Niceville, members of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce heard a briefing on present and future activities at Eglin Air Force Base from Dennis Mattson, the civilian vice director of the 96th Test Wing. Mattson described the job of the test wing as testing and evaluating new weapon systems for the Air Force. We are responsible for testing anything that comes off an airplane and hits the ground or goes boom, Mattson said. Mattson covered five topics during his talk; housing privatization, force shaping, Air Force community partnership, the final supplemental environmental impact statement SEIS) for the F-35 program, and a landscape initiative for using state forests for By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A $555,000 bridge under construction in Niceville by the MidBay Bridge Authority is expected to benefit the Okaloosa darter, a freshwater minnow deemed threatened by development. During a meeting in Niceville Thursday, bridge authority Assistant Executive Director Rolin Sayler said that a project to build the short, two-lane bridge over a creek that runs under Rocky Bayou Drive near the Huntington Estates subdivision is nearing completion. The $555,000 bridge replaces a culvert, and is one of several such projects being done by the MBBA as mitigation for the use of land controlled by Eglin Air Force Base to build the recently completed 11-mile MidBay Bridge Connector. The Rocky Bayou Drive job is By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County is renewing a contract with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to provide convict labor on county roads. According to county spokeswoman Kathy Newby, the contract, approved by the Okaloosa County Commission March 18, does not require the county to pay the FDOC for the road squads, and prisoners themselves are not paid for their work for the county. The program is set up to be voluntary, said Newby. This offers the inmates a chance to break the monotony of jailhouse rules and can also teach them some valuable skills. A typical shift runs, Newby said, from around 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, on rare occasions, the county Public Works Department has requested longer hours based 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 26, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see COUNTY, page A-4 Please see F-35, page A-6 Please see VALP., page A-3 Please see DARTER, page A-4 Police Blotter, page A-5Wed., 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to the Okaloosa County Commission Candidate Forum in the Fiesta Room at El Matador Condominium 909 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach. Free with complimentary light refreshments. 865-8777. Thurs., 2 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites teens to a spring break showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , rated PG13. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn will be served. Mon. 6:30 p.m. The Captains Meeting for the 19th annual Cobia Tournament will be at LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The tournament runs from April 1. 8972821. Tues. 7-9 p.m. A free introduction to modern square dancing will be held at Pasarda Hall, 17 Industrial Street, Fort Walton Beach. 651-6356. Calendar B-2 COMINGUP $555,000 bridge seen helping Okaloosa darter This new bridge carrying Rocky Bayou Drive, Niceville, over a creek replaces a culvert. The $555,000 project, funded by Mid-Bay Bridge tolls, is said to benefit the Okaloosa darter, a fish deemed threatened by development.Beacon photo by Mike GriffithThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonNiceville High School thanked members of the U.S. armed forces March 18 with a Military Appreciation night during a Lady Eagles' softball game in Niceville. Pictured, Ashley Lacey, widow of Army Sgt. First Class William Kelly Lacey, a NHS alumnus who was killed in action Jan. 4 in Afghanistan, tosses the first pitch with help from their daughter, Lily. Niceville defeated Fort Walton Beach 10-0. More photos on B-4.For those who serve State prisoners regularly work on Okaloosa County roads.Beacon photo Dennis MattsonBeacon photo by Rich ByrdThe Valparaiso City Commission March 18 before beginning an hour-long closed meeting. Air Force photoAn Air Force decision governing rules for operation of F-35 fighter planes based at Eglin Air Force Base, and which civilian areas they will routinely overfly, is expected as early as next month.County renews pact for convict laborValp. commission closes meeting on suit

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CHELCO has selected four area high school students to participation in Youth Tour to our nations capital. Selected for the June trip to Washington, D.C, were Allison Fondling, Collegiate High School; Nicholas Wilkinson, Walton High School; Mary Kathryn Myrick, Freeport High School; and Ian Kampert, Rocky Bayou Christian School. Alternates selected by judges were Lucas Thompson, South Walton High School, and Jordan Pearson, Niceville High School. The first part of the Youth Tour experience involved a twoday trip to Tallahassee for 23 outstanding students from across CHELCOs service territory. The students were selected by their schools. They attended and participated in a mock trial and Senate hearing. After the Tallahassee trip, the same students participated in a local competition where judges interviewed them for 10 minutes each. The judges selected four top-scoring students, as well as two alternates, to participate in the Youth Tour, a program organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association. Once in Washington, D.C., students will join about 1,500 other Youth Tour representatives from across the country and spend a week learning about government, history, and the role of cooperatives. Other Niceville and Freeport students participating in the Tallahassee Youth Tour trip were Laura Ham, Freeport High School; Ricky Gal, Collegiate High School and Doug Linder, Rocky Bayou Christian School. Children or grandchildren of CHELCO employees who attended the Tallahassee trip included Chelsea Edwards, Hailey Fannin, Cameron Mayo, Laurel Murley and Travis Shaw. Niceville and Freeport students chosen for D.C. trip The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Having trouble hearing and understanding words? Tired of saying, huh? Do loved ones ask you to turn the volume down on the TV? We can help.No charge for 2nd opinions. See our award winning video at: www.EarCareAssociates.com A worried couple Are you confused with all the PRICE TYPE ADVERTISING for hearing instruments? Tired of being asked to be part of ANOTHER TRIAL STUDY to test the NEW REVOLUTIONARY, STATE OF THE ART . ya-da-ya-da-ya-da? We dont charge for 2ndopinions. We dont need to TEST our hearing instruments on the public. W e can be sure what works for our patients, because we offer them a Try B4U Buy agreement. And, were not talking about an In-Office-Trial for a few Magical Moments in a clinical setting. W ere talking about RealWorld testing; you leave our office with a new set of digital programmable hearing instruments which have been specifically programed for your specific HEARING LOSS & LIFESTYLE. Our Try B4U Buy agreement simply put is: Leave your check book at home, bring only your spouse, relative, or friend with you so that we can conduct a Familiar Voice Test and then progr am your hearing instruments to the specific frequencies which will give you back that part of your life that youve been missing.Call now to schedule a time to Try B4U Buy !QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN HEARING LOSS IS LINKED TO DEMENTIA CALL FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF RESEARCH STUDIES 850-678-3277 (EARS)NICEVILLEHEARINGCENTER850-678-3277Twin Cities Medical Plaza 1001 College Blvd. W. Bldg 2 Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com info@NicevilleHearingCenter.comDESTINHEARINGCENTER850-678-32114012 Commons Dr. W. Destin, FL 32541 www.DestinHearingCenter.com info@DestinHearingCenter.comPANAMACITYHEARINGCENTER850-830-037624 W. 8th St. Panama City, FL 32401 www.PanamaCityHearingCenter.com info@PanamaCityHearingCenter.com Proud Phonak ProviderCertified Lyric Hearing Professionals CHELCO recently selected four high school students from our area to go on a trip to our nation s capitol in June. Pictured from left, Lucas Thompson, Ian Kampert, Nicholas Wilkinson, CHELCO CEO Steve Rhodes, Mary Kathryn Myrick, Allison Fondling and Jordan Pearson.

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By Larry Blameuser Bluewater Bay The last year has seen a major change in our Bluewater Bay community, namely the closing of the Magnolia Golf Course. If it wasn't obvious to us before, surely it is painfully obvious to us now, the importance of maintaining and sustaining the golf courses of Bluewater Bay for the good of the community. To that end, the neighborhoods in Southwind and Sunset Beach, which surround the Marsh Golf Course, have made an agreement with the BWB resort for the 311 residents to annually purchase a Community Gold Card. In turn the resort has agreed to maintain that course with the funds received, and committed to keeping that course open. In January, and again last week, BWB Resort General Manager Tom Hanks sent letters to the homeowners who surround the Lake Golf Course with an appeal to annually purchase the Gold Card, with funds to be used for improvements and beautification of the Lake Course. Mr. Hanks notes that 300 annual card-buyers from the Lake Course Subdivisions are needed. The neighborhoods around the Bay Golf Course have had similar communications. The Gold Card costs $160 (+ tax) and offers several perks: One free round of golf per month; 20% discounts at the BWB Golf shop & Sports Bar/Grill; 20% discount at Harbor Docks, Camilles, and rentals at BWB Golf villas for visiting family and friends. But the most important thing the card does for us in Bluewater Bay, is to help ensure the beauty of our neighborhoods and the property values of our homes. I am asking all of us in Bluewater, but especially those of us who live near the Golf Courses to purchase the Gold Card annually. This is for Golfers, and Duffers, and Non-Golfers... we all need "Chip In." It is very important for us to do everything we can to keep the Bluewater Bay golf courses thriving and prospering. We need them... and they need us. 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T The stated purpose of the closed-door session was "to provide advice to counsel concerning strategy sessions" pertaining to a lawsuit by some property owners on the north side of Toms Bayou who sued the city after the commission refused to relinquish its claim to waterfront property adjoining the plaintiffs' lots. The nature of the "strategy sessions" was not stated in the meeting notice. Closed meetings of elected governmental bodies concerning current litigation are permitted by the Florida Sunshine Law if "the subject matter of the meeting shall be confined to settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to litigation expenditures." Upon reconvening in public, Arnold presented a motion to instruct the city attorney to proceed with pending litigation preparation "as discussed" during the executive session. The motion was approved by all members with the exception of Hamilton, who voted no. The earlier, closed-door discussion incorporated by reference in Arnold's motion was not divulged during the open, voting session. In an interview with the Beacon after the open session ended, Browning indicated that the length of the closed meeting had been extended due to the number of questions he had relating to each discussion point. He stated that as the newest commissioner, it was incumbent upon him "to get caught up to speed with as many details as possible in order to make an effective determination on proposed courses of action. At one point during a postmeeting interview, Arnold intervened to warn Browning not to discuss the substance of the closed session. The state law allowing closed sessions of elected bodies does not prohibit anyone from discussing the matters raised. The discussion during the executive session was transcribed by a court reporter hired by the city and will be filed with the city clerk. The transcript will be made part of the public record at some point after conclusion of the litigation. VALP.From page A-1Ensuring BWB property values Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithMayor begins 50th yearValparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold was sworn in by City Clerk Tammy Johnson March 18 to another term, beginning his 50th consecutive year in the mayoralty. Also sworn in were city commissioners Clark Tom Browning, who begins his first term, and Heyward Strong, who has served since 1970. All three ran unopposed for four-year terms earlier this year. Arnold, first elected mayor in 1964, apparently has the longest tenure of any currently serving elected mayor in Florida.

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on specific projects and is usually granted some leeway, Newby said. Okaloosa County public works employees serving as inmate foremen are trained through the FDOC, and can supervise up to three inmates at a time. Each unarmed county inmate foreman must complete two days of inclassroom training and participate in ride-arounds with a corrections officer. In addition, the county inmate foremen must also attend yearly classes to keep their certifications current. Regular FDOC corrections officers may also supervise inmate work crews, and typically bring out five inmates at a time. Both the county inmate foremen and the state corrections officers work 40 hours a week, during which time the inmates are also with them. This time also allows for transportation of the inmates. The Beacon asked an FDOC spokeswoman for information on how many inmates of the Okaloosa Correctional Institution near Crestview take part in the road labor program, how many man-hours they provide, and whether any inmates are barred from the program. But no answers were forthcoming by press time. The prison's population, a maximum of 894, are all men. The prison's inmates are felons serving various sentences ranging from one year to life. Also during the county commission meeting, the commission unanimously approved sending letters to each city served by the Okaloosa Transit System (OCT), informing them that the county is seeking to develop a new funding plan for OCT. The letter also asks the cities to contribute to the cost of operating the county bus system if they want to keep transit routes within their cities. Efforts by the Beacon to learn from county officials how much the bus system costs county, state and federal taxpayers to operate were not fully answered by press time. The county said its annual share is $290,775. The bus routes chiefly serve Fort Walton Beach, but one makes one round trip each weekday between Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, stopping at two places in Niceville. It does not have a scheduled stop in Valparaiso. The county commission also approved an application for a matching grant of $16,000 from the Florida Wildlife Commission for constructing artificial reefs. Public Works Director John Hofstad said the grant, if received, will help pay for establishing four artificial reefs in nearby state waters. The board also approved a contract with the Tallahassee-based law firm Nabors, Giblin, & Nickerson for services as county attorney commencing April 1, to succeed Shalimar lawyer John Dowd, whose resignation will take effect July 1 after 40 years in the county post. County spending for routine county attorney services, excluding litigation and special services, is $250,000 a year. 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Sayler said that the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge is now in place, with abutments and barriers also in place, and that crews are now working to connect the roadway to the span. According to MBBA spokeswoman Cathy Demoreski, the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge "is part of the obligation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as determined from the Biological Opinion in the Environmental Assessment for the Connector." This project and the others on Eglin "are all required to benefit the Okaloosa darter," said Demoreski. The Okaloosa darter is a freshwater minnow deemed threatened by development. It lives only in six creeks in central Okaloosa County, including the one flowing under Rocky Bayou Drive, which drains private and Eglin land. Cost of the Rocky Bayou Drive bridge and the other Okaloosa darter projects will be paid by vehicle tolls over the Mid-Bay Bridge and Connector. Also during the meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve sending a letter to Florida state Senate President Don Gaetz, encouraging the state to give higher priority to plans for widening parts of U.S. Highway 98 in Destin, the main highway along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. Bridge Authority Executive Director Jim Vest said that according to current plans, funding for such a project from Tango-Mar Drive, Miramar Beach, to Airport Road, Destin, is not scheduled to become available until 2024. MBBA Chairman Gordon Fornell commented that he had already sent such a letter of his own. He said that he had recently attended some meetings of the Okaloosa Walton Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), a regional body which helps to set priorities for state road building projects. Fornell said that he found the overall planning process amazing, as well as convoluted and confusing. Neither Vest nor Fornell suggested what other scheduled highway projects in the region should have funding delayed in order to make funds available earlier for the U.S. 98 widening, which Vest stated would help the local economy. DARTERFrom page A-1 Road closureHelms Street, Niceville, will be closed for the repair of utilities Wednesday, March 26, from approximately 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the Niceville Public Works office at 729-4064. CONDO 4 RENTIf interested, call897-3919BLUEWATER BAY AREA SOUTH LAKE COURT 1BR, 1BA, Spacious, Very Nice, Fully Furnished, Lakefront/Catch and Release. Pets Allowed.$90000Per Month Plus Utilities. AVAILABLE MAY 1, 2014H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Aerial photo of east end of Rocky Bayou Drive, Niceville, shows location of new bridge built to benefit the Okaloosa darter, below.

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ArrestsOn March 1 a Walton County deputy arrested two juveniles, each for one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of marijuana possession over 20 grams, and one count of narcotic equipment possession and/or use. The pair was arrested at Choctaw Beach Park after the deputy caught them using drugs in a restroom at the park. * On March 14, Valparaiso police arrested Austin Cole Adams, 18, 327 Washington Ave., Valparaiso, for one count of possession of paraphernalia. An officer made a traffic stop after he observed Adams riding tandem on a bicycle with another person, after dark, without lights. Adams was found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe, which the officer recognized as the type used to smoke marijuana. A field test on the pipe yielded a positive result for the presence of THC.SummonsesOn March 13, Niceville police cited James Bryan Gilhaus, 31, 2907 Brentwood Lane, Fort Walton Beach, for one count of retail theft shoplifting. Gilhaus allegedly removed 22 items totaling $284.95 in value from the Walmart on John Sims Parkway, Niceville, concealing them in Walmart bags which he brought into the store. He placed the bags in a shopping cart and exited the store without paying. * On March 15, Niceville police cited Christopher Lloyd Brothers, 27, 400 Kelly Rd., Apt. 12, Niceville, for one count of marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams. Brothers was the driver and sole occupant of a car stopped for an expired license plate. During the stop, an officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When questioned, Brothers produced a clear sandwich bag containing about 1.25 grams of a green leafy substance which the officer suspected to be marijuana. A test yielded a positive result for the presence of THC.WildlifeOn March 14, Niceville police responded to an address on Gracie Lane, where a complainant said that when he went outside he discovered blood all over his front door. The responding officer determined that the blood was from a deer that had run into the door.Other incidentsOn Feb. 24 Walton County deputies responded to a report of a burglary at an address on State Highway 20, Choctaw Beach. Tools valued at $1,764 were missing from a house under construction. * On March 2 Okaloosa deputies responded to a reported burglary at Edge Elementary School. Investigation revealed fresh pry marks on the back door of a portable classroom. No other damage or signs of attempted forced entry were found at the school. * On March 10, Niceville police received a report of the theft of a backpack blower from an unsecured trailer. * On March 12, Niceville police responded to a report of criminal mischief at an address on Bayshore Drive, where a truck had been scratched with a sharp object. * On March 12, Valparaiso police received a complaint from a landlord that his tenants had left his property after causing damage to the home and outside areas, as well as removing two showerheads. * On March 13, Niceville The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Page A-5 Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. 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Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 17, 2014 through Mar. 23, 2014. 0 Structure Fire21 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 2 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn7 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 37th Street......................................Alarm activation..............3/17/14......................06:33 Honeysuckle Way..........................Medical...........................3/17/14......................08:31 SR 85 N..........................................Medical...........................3/17/14......................12:55 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical...........................3/17/14......................19:20 Reeves St.......................................Medical...........................3/18/14......................07:01 Persimmon Way.............................Alarm activation..............3/18/14......................08:36 Persimmon Way.............................Alarm activation..............3/18/14......................09:03 N. Partin Dr.....................................Vehicle crash..................3/18/14......................13:58 Rocky Bayou Bridge......................Wrong location...............3/18/14......................16:54 Rocky Bayou Dr.............................Outside equip. fire..........3/18/14......................17:02 Everglade Dr..................................Medical...........................3/18/14......................20:55 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................07:52 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................09:42 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Fuel spill..........................3/19/14......................11:16 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/19/14......................11:24 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................14:12 Kelly Rd..........................................Medical...........................3/19/14......................17:23 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................20:08 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................3/19/14......................20:39 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle fire......................3/20/14......................01:18 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3/20/14......................18:05 McKinney St...................................Medical...........................3/20/14......................19:10 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................10:51 Boyd Circle.....................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................11:40 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/21/14......................12:18 Stony Creek Cove.........................Trash fire.........................3/21/14......................14:51 27th Street......................................Medical...........................3/21/14......................17:05 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle crash..................3/21/14......................17:34 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical...........................3/21/14......................20:27 Reeves St.......................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................05:41 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................09:39 N. Partin Dr.....................................Alarm activation..............3/22/14......................10:47 Rocky Creek Bridge.......................Water rescue..................3/22/14......................15:28 Edgewater Dr.................................Medical...........................3/22/14......................19:11 Powell Dr........................................Cancelled........................3/22/14......................20:57 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical...........................3//23/14.....................09:13 SR 85 N..........................................Fuel spill..........................3/23/14......................13:58 Duncan Dr......................................Medical...........................3/23/14......................23:25 Weekly Safety Tip: Whether cooking with gas or electric, never place anything on the stove you don t want to heat. An electric coil reaches 800 degrees while a gas flame goes over 1000 degrees. Remember, towels and pot holders ignite at 400 degrees. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 17, 2014 through Mar. 23, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Chantilly Cir................................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............07:57 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............08:26 Merchants Way..........................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............17:15 Hwy. 20 E...................................Vehicle accident.........................3/17/14...............18:50 Ida Coon Cir...............................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............19:29 Barrington Ln..............................Medical.......................................3/17/14...............20:09 Pinehurst Cov.............................Dispatched & cancelled ............3/18/14...............07:03 E. Hwy. 20..................................Medical.......................................3/18/14...............08:51 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.............................3/18/14...............15:07 Rocky Bayou Bridge..................No incident found.......................3/18/14...............16:56 SR 293 Bypass..........................False alarm.................................3/18/14...............18:48 Wright Cir....................................Public assist...............................3/18/14...............23:46 Jamaica Way..............................Assist invalid...............................3/19/14...............12:40 Hwy. 20 E...................................Medical.......................................3/19/14...............14:57 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/20/14...............03:33 N. of Hwy. 20..............................Grass fire....................................3/20/14...............10:56 E. Hwy. 20..................................Dispatched & cancelled.............3/20/14...............19:31 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/20/14...............21:47 S. Turnberry Cove......................Medical.......................................3/21/14...............14:36 Cedar St.....................................Medical assist.............................3/21/14...............21:17 Hwy. 293/Rocky Creek..............Wrong location...........................3/22/14...............15:29 Oakmont Pl................................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............16:09 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............18:00 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............18:03 N. White Point Rd......................Medical assist.............................3/22/14...............18:06 Southminster Ct.........................Mobile property fire....................3/22/14...............19:15 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............20:08 Yacht Club Dr.............................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............21:27 Parkwood Pl...............................Medical.......................................3/22/14...............22:34 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/23/14...............11:50 Hwy. 20/Bluewater Blvd.............Vehicle accident.........................3/23/14...............15:51 N. White Point Rd......................Medical.......................................3/23/14...............20:13 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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military training. As for the F-35 training program at Eglin, Mattson said the final F-35 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was released to the public for a 30-day review on Feb. 28. He said that Alternative 1A, which would allow more F-35 flights over Valparaiso, Niceville, and Bluewater Bay than other options considered, is still the preferred alternative, but that the Air Force still has the option of choosing another alternative before the final Record of Decision (ROD) is released in April or later this year. He said the Record of Decision is expected to include mitigations on how the aircraft operate, which may reduce the expected impact of aircraft noise over nearby communities. Mattson also discussed a military Landscape Initiative, the goal of which is to conduct nonhazardous military activities that are similar to those already taking place in state forests with no interruption to current or future forest users. Contrary to some recent rumors and statements from critics, Mattson said, the program will not topple the forests and kill all the woodpeckers. In fact, he said, the military has already demonstrated that it is one of the best stewards of the land in Florida. For example, he said, environmental managers on the Eglin military reservation have helped to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction, and have improved the local environment in ways that neither state nor federal civilian forest services could match. Mattson said military activities in state forests may include nonhazardous and environmentally low-impact training in ground operations for local special operations forces, such as survival and land navigation training. This, he said, will allow the military-controlled land on the Eglin military reservation to be more available for weapons test activities, which require a large footprint of military-controlled land due to the potentially hazardous nature of aerospace weapon tests. The military training in state forests, he said, must be compatible with current forest operations. Such activities, he said, may take place in Blackwater State Forest and in the Tates Hell State Forest. He said more details about the program are expected to be released to the public in late March, and public hearings on the program will be held in late April in Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Milton. Mattson also said that Eglin recently held a kickoff meeting for the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative. The goal of the program, said Mattson, is to leverage installation of local community capabilities and resources to reduce costs. There are things the Air Force cant afford to do any more, he said, so we are partnering with off base organizations. The Air Force will offer long-term leases, of up to 50 years, allowing civilian organizations to use military land for commercial or other purposes that do not encroach on military missions, in return for in-kind services which those organizations will provide to the Air Force. For example, he said, the recent construction of the MidBay Bridge Connector road between State Road 85 N. and the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge created a number of orphan parcels of military land along the connector route. The Air Force may trade commercial use of such land parcels in exchange for custodial services or other services to be provided to the base by those who obtain leases on the land. A planning workshop for the program is expected to be held on April 15 between Eglin officials and selected community representatives, at a location yet to be determined. Regarding housing privatization, Mattson said that Eglin has 903 family housing units, most of which are slated for demolition, especially those that were built in the 1960s, and have become difficult to maintain and are not considered adequate housing by modern standards. Another 1,500 or so have already been demolished. The housing privatization program grants a 50-year lease to Corvias Military Construction, a contractor that is expected to demolish about 747 of the remaining Eglin units and replace them with new ones. Corvias will also construct and maintain a 12,000-square-foot community center at Eglin, to include a pool, dog park, jogging trails, and playgrounds. Corvias will maintain all military family housing at Eglin, including 126 duplex units at Hidden Oaks, bringing the total number of housing units at Eglin to about 900, down considerably from the original 2,357. Mattson said Corvias will be paid with seed money from the Air Forces military construction budget, as well as with Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) funds allocated to military families who will live in the privately managed dwellings. Mattson explained that by privatizing the military housing program, the Air Force will save money, since Corvias, as a civilian contractor, can leverage the military construction seed money in ways the Air Force could not. He said the new Eglin housing will be constructed in phases beginning this summer, with completion expected by 2018. Construction at Hurlburt has already begun, he said. Regarding force shaping, Mattson said that the active duty end strength of the U.S. Air Force is expected to be 327,600 in fiscal year 2014, but to be reduced by 16,700 airmen during fiscal year 2015. He said that as much of the reduction as possible be done through early retirements and voluntary separation pay programs, although some airmen may be separated involuntarily. Mattson said he did not know how many civilian reductions will be required. We expect more reductions, including a management headquarters staff reduction, in FY 15 and beyond, he said. As civilian positions are reduced, the Air Force will use civilian force management actions, which are based on federal government-wide statutory language. As in past years, we will continue to offer voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive pay to the maximum extent possible before we implement a reduction in force. Mattson also said that Eglin expects to lose a few aircraft in FY 2015 because of budget changes. The 40th Flight Test Squadron is expected to lose its two A-10 fighters, and Eglin is also expected to lose one F-15C in FY 15, and three more in FY 16, as well as two F-15D models over the next five years. Mattson also said, however, that such plans are always subject to change, especially as a result of political decisions in Washington, DC. If Congress has its way, the A-10s may be here forever, he said. F-35From page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Deadli ne for colorful EASTER adverti s i ng p ages i s soon. Y ou m ay p lace your ad i n the Bay Beacon, or the Egli n AFB p a p er, or both!Beacon Newspapers 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comLess than 1 per reader! DONT BE LEFT OUT! CALL 678-1080 TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! DEADLINE APR. 10! FREEcolor on ads! Advertising Deadline: Thursday, April 10 Publication: Wednesday, April 16 (Eglin paper, April 18) Dont miss this chance to help your customers plan their Easter shopping! The Beacons Easter Pages! THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. * On March 13, Niceville police responded to the First Baptist Church, on Bayshore Drive, in regard to a burglary. Someone had broken a window, entered, and taken some candy. Damage to the window was estimated at $75. * On March 14 a Walton County deputy responded to an address on Darrell Court in reference to a credit card fraud. The victim reported that someone had made a fraudulent charge of $375.99 to her credit card. The victim had physical control of the credit card and had not allowed anyone else access to it. The fraudulent purchase was made from a company in California. The card account has been canceled, and the credit card company absorbed the loss. * On March 14, Niceville police received a report from a woman who said that an unknown male had given her a check for $1,900, which returned as counterfeit. * On March 17, Niceville police responded to the AOC Food Mart on Redwood Avenue, where the victim, a cashier at Texaco, stated that his wallet had been stolen within the last 30 to 45 minutes, apparently while he left his wallet on the counter while he bought a drink. * On March 17, a Valparaiso officer responded to T.J. Brooks Park in reference to three juveniles who broke the bathroom window at the park. The investigation revealed that one of the juveniles attempted to open the unlocked window from the outside, and the window came out of the frame and fell on the ground, which caused it to break. The parents of the juveniles and the Valparaiso public works director made a civil agreement to get the window repaired. BLOTTERFrom page A-5 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: 11/04/2013 FTA-Unauthorized Possession of a DL/ID & Unlawful Display of Another s DL Name: Aieiandro Ortiz Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 39 DOB: 03/31/1975 Height: 5ft 4in Weight: 130 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Wanted As Of: 03/17/2014 FTA-Leaving Scene of Accident with Injuries/DUI with Serious Bodily Injury Name: Juan Pablo Hernandez Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 30 DOB: 04/09/1984 Height: 6ft 0in Weight: 180 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Beacon file photoSome 1,500 Eglin family housing units have been razed, and about another 747 will be, to pave the way for new, privately managed dwellings.

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THEBAYBEACONWednesday, March 26, 2014 Page A-7 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I think it went down in the Indian Ocean. It s a real shame. Barbara Grabinger, 79, Apple Valley, Minnesota, retired Jenna Forrester, 22, Niceville, restaurant hostess Ian Hall, 16, Niceville, homeschool studentWhat do you think happened to the missing Malaysian airliner?Location: Walmart, Old Maxico RestaurantI think one or both pilots hijacked it, and it crashed into the ocean. Michael Dean, 70, Valparaiso, retired I really don t know. I was hoping it was some place where the people were safe, but it doesn t look like it. Brett Schneider, 37, Niceville, US Air Force I think it s in the ocean. There hasn t been any contact, and the latest reports are of possible debris in the ocean. I definitely think there was some sort of hijacking, but not by the pilots. I think the passengers with the stolen passports had something to do with it. Darrell Williams, 22, Atlanta, Georgia, sales Specializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair Mohs Micrographic Surgery General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin RejuvenationSame day appointments available with no waitingDR. SCOTTBEALS, D.C., F.A.A.DBoard Certified American Board of DermatologyNiceville4566 Hwy. 20 E., Suite 101Crestview184 E Redstone Ave., Unit B Locations in Niceville, Crestview, Andalusia897-7546 www.dermatologysurgerycenter.net RISK FREE TRIALNO JOKE! NO GIMMICK! Not sure what a hearing device will do for you? Dont want to make a mistake? At Bay Area Better Hearing, we are thrilled to provide you with a TWO WEEK, RISK FREE TRIAL! Hear for yourself the difference it will make with no obligation. Just call 279-4545 for more information. When you think of hearing ... Think of Bay Area Better Hearing. TIM SMITH Hearing Aid Specialist 7 years experience 4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545 COUPONS batteries$3 per pack$1,90000All Models & SizesPower & Mini Model Add $100100% DigitalReg. $2,20000Expires 4/30/14. Expires 4/30/14. Limit 4. NERA Call today for a FREE Hearing ProfileHIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE 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 I think they crashed in the ocean, and probably went straight to the bottom. I think they ll soon find enough evidence to determine what really happened.What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.The 15 acre Ruckel estate, the last pristine property on Rocky Bayou, offers 890 beautiful waterfront feet and so much more. Buy the property for your personal estate or join together as investors. The seller says the time to buy this unspoiled acreage is NOW! Price reduced to $3,700,000! Please call me for details.LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comMAJOR PRICE REDUCTION!

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Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast Award-Winning Realtors for 2013Niceville Keller Williams Realtors win 24 awards at the annual Keller Williams Emerald Coast awards luncheon KELLER WILLIAMS PROFIT SHARING AWARD INDIVIDUAL SALES AWARDS SILVER CIRCLE AWARD TOP LISTING AND SALES INDIVIDUAL KELLER WILLIAMS ASSOCIATE SELLING OR BUYINGCHOOSE A WINNER CHOOSE EXPERIENCEPRESIDENTS AWARD GOLD CIRCLE AWARDTeam Busovne Janice Busovne Amanda Housand Amanda Housand The Stretch Team Bob & Debbie Stretch Jean Floyd Emerald Preferred Group Debbie Collins Lezle Jacobs Susan Rood Judy Griffin Jean Floyd Pam Weeks Powerhouse Real Estate Group Kelly Shephard Clara Miles Mary Coger Myke Triebold Linda Zickler Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management 850-279-43324534 Hwy 20 East Bluewater Bay(Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 DuVall-BuergerDavid and Amy DuVall are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Krystal DuVall to Tyson Buerger, son of William and Kathie Buerger. Krystal is a life long resident of the area and Tyson is from Ohio and came to the area via the Air Force. Tyson is now an instructor mechanic for Lockheed Martin and is a member of Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. Krystal has a business degree and is employed by Waterside Chiropractic. She is a member of Northbay Baptist Church where her father is the pastor. Following Gods will for their lives, they are joining together in marriage on April 4 at 6 p.m. at The Venue in Destin.Bikker-ClayLt. Col. David and Luv Bikker of Niceville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna Bikker, to Alexander Clay, son of Charles and Julia Clay of Vallejo, Cali. Brianna is a 2009 valedictorian of The Collegiate High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, completing graduate studies in Washington D.C. Alexander is also a graduate of Texas A&M University where he obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering. An Oct.18wedding is planned at the University of Virginia chapel in Charlottesville, Va., after which the couple will live and work in Virginia. 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 2 2 6 6 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Engagements Niceville dancers perform for St. Patrick s DayFive dancers from Niceville performed with The Drake School of Irish Dance performed during the St. Patrick s Day celebration at Gulf Place on Saturday, March 15. Pictured from left, Kiera Welch, Eve Glenn, Evan Simpson, Mariah Magness and Colleen Simpson. The 37th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony was held recently to recognize the best science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects from Okaloosa and Walton counties. Two Niceville High School students, Sarah Craig and Brayton Miles, were selected as Grand Prize winners and will represent Florida at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif. May 10. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grade 9-12, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 70 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research. Altogether six NHS students were selected to represent the East Panhandle at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland April 8. The Florida State Science and Engineering Fair is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida. Each year more than 900 aspiring scientists in grades 6 participate as finalists from the 37 affiliated Regional Science and Engineering Fairs representing all 67 counties in Florida. NHS Regional Award winners going to state are Sarah Craig, Lauren Matthews, Brayton Miles, Catherine Parker, Alexandria Tolbert and Tyler Wallace.Beacon photos by Angela Yuriko SmithNiceville High School is sending six students to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland April 81. Pictured from left, Principal Rodney Nobles, Catherine Parker, Tyler Wallace, Brayton Miles and Sarah Craig. Not pictured, Lauren Matthews and Alexandria Tolbert.Six from NHS compete at state science Gina Emery, the science fair review committee person for Niceville High School, was chosen to receive the Science Fair Outstanding Educator Award during the 37th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony. Tyson Buerger and Krystal DuVall Brianna Bikker and Alexander Clay

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Page B-2 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Wanting warblers T he all m ale Em erald Coas t Chorus i s looking for m ale Barbers hop s ingers for their award winning choru s Practice is every Thursday nightat 7-9:30 p.m. in the Mus ic Room at Shalim ar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Florida. Que stions contact Johnny McDonald at 5 8 5-5034 or vi s it emeraldcoastchorus.com. Alzheimers support group A support group for tho se affected by Alzheimer s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26at the Niceville United Methodis t Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group i s free and limited respite care is available, re serve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Candidate forum The public is invited March 26 to the Okaloos a County Commi ssion Candidate Forum a free event, held in the Fie sta Room at El Matador condo, 909 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach on Okaloosa Island. Come meet and greet candidate s at 5:30 p.m. and enjo y com plim entary light refre s hm ents T he Okaloos a County Commi ssion Dis trict 2 and Di s trict 4 Candidate Foru m begins at 6 p.m T he audience will a s k the candidates ques tions All Okaloos a County regis tered voters are eligible to vote in all dis trict races T he event is hos ted by the Condo Alliance of Okaloo sa Island, and co-sponsored by the Florida Panhandle Patriots For inform ation, contact Rebecca Sherry, Pres ident, Condo Alliance of Okaloosa Island at 244-2744 or or Brenda Follis-Lengyel, Chair man, Florida Panhandle Patriot s at 8658777. Library movie time T he Valparais o Community Library invite s teens to a s pring break s howing of T he Hunger Gam e s : Catching Fire, rated PG13, on March 27 at 2 p.m. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn will be served. Adult soccer sign up Adult Indoor Soccer League, registration starts March 30through May 23. Early regi s tration is $40 per player, after $50 per player after May 16. Games will be played on Fridays starting May 30 and running until July. Check out our webs ite for regis tration forms and m ore details Nicevilleu m c.org/recreation. Republican luncheon T he Republican Wom en of Okaloosa Federated will be meeting on April 2 at the Wyndha m Garden Hotel on Okaloo s a Is land. Socializing will begin at 11:30 a. m Lunch will be s erved at 12 p.m T o accommodate w orking wom en, there will be a Dine and Da sh table, which will acco mmodate those who can only stay for a limited time. T he program will feature a forum of the Okaloos a County Commi ssion candidate s for Dis trict 4 Don Amunds, T rey Goodwin and Henry Kelley. T o make a reservation, contact Donna Pattison at 651-5416 or donnapattis on@ cox.net by noon on Friday, March 2 8. Cost of the lunch is $18 for members and $20 for guests. For more information about RWOF, visit rwof.org. Cobia tourney T he Bluewater Bay Marina will be hosting its 19th annual Cobia T ournam ent. The tournament runs from April 1. T here will be a Sm all Boat Division (29 feet and under) and an Open Division (30 feet and above). T ournam ent payout is 50/30/20. Spons ors hips are available. Captain s Meeting will be held March 31 at 6:30 p. m at L.J. Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oys ter Bar, Bluewater Bay. Spons ors and tournam ent regis trants will receive ticket s to thes e events For m ore inform ation and for a regis tration form pleas e call Bluewater Bay Marina at 8 97-28 21 or vis it bluewaterbay m arina.com Square dancing A free introduction to m odern s quare dancing will be held 7-9 p.m ., April 1 at Pa s arda Hall, 17 Indus trial Street, F ort Walton Beach. No experience necessary, jeans or casual attire. Come meet new people in a smoke free and alcohol free environ ment with or without a dance partner. Cla sses s tart April 8 Spons ored by the Dancing Dolphin s Square Dance Club. Instructor is Roy Bernier. Call 651-6356 or em ail rpbernier@ cox.net for infor m ation. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poet s April 2 for Say the Word, an open m ic poetry reading at the French Quarter Bar & Grill, 714 Howell Rd., Niceville, at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welco m e to take the m ic. Each perform er s hould plan to s hare about 2-3 pieces. Sign up for adult soccerAdult Indoor Soccer League, registration starts March 30 through May 23. Early registration is $40 per player, after $50 per player after May 16. Games will be played on Fridays starting May 30 and running until July. Check out our website for registration forms and more details. Nicevilleumc.org/recreation. 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 Volunteers neededThe Heritage Museum of Northwes t Florida, 115 We stview Ave, Valparai so, is looking for volunteers Currently, they have need of friendly and reliable volunteers to greet gues t s and ans wer phones in the Museum s Gift Shop. Hours would be T uesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the museu m at 678 -2615, em ail info@ heritage-m u s eum .org, or stop by in person. Lewis roasts raise fundsLewis softball player Bella DeVoid was among thosebusy delivering smoked pork butt roasts March 19 to local neighborhoods to raise funds for uniforms and buses. The sale of the roasts raised nearly about $1,800.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith T HE BEACONSAT YOUR SERVICE TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Dont be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! 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Nick Morken, 1st place 800m (1:55.27); Thomas Howell, 1st place 1-mile (4:22.26); boys 4x400m relay, 3rd place Alex Boswell, Isaiah Denman, Tripp Davis, Nick Morken (3:32.98); boys 4x800m relay, 1st place Nick Morken, Thomas Howell, Tripp Davis and Jack Massey (8:00.17). The athletes who have achieved personal records are: M. Kirila, C. Woodard, A. West, C. Crum, M. Hunter, R. Giordano, J. Moreno, D. LaFollette, E. Mitchell, J. Lawson, C. Crist, M. Shinnick, N. Escoffier, K. Cruz, J. Chord, A. Boswell, N. Morken, K. Ferris, D. Bayer, G. Olds, H. Boilini, T. Howell, T. Davis and T. Hamer. The athletes who have achieved season best are: A. West, N. Anderson, S. Joneson, H. Schroeder, D. Bobbitt, J. Massey, J. Fiske and E. Schneidewind. The NHS Eagles will be returning to Pensacola to compete in the Panhandle Championships on March 29 followed by the Mobile Challenge of Champions April 4-5. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithKiwanians flip flapjacks, raise $4K for charityThe Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso held their annual pancake breakfast and silent auction March 15. They served 250 breakfasts raising around $1,000 for charities they support. The silent auction raised an additional $3,000 at last count. NHS 1st and 2nd at district art showNiceville High School s senior artists were showcased in the Van Porter Art Show March 6-14. This show is open to all senior and eighth grade artists district wide.Niceville students took home two of the five awards. Pictured above, Stefanie Prinsloo won 1st with her photography, titled Growth. Brittney Kazy won 2nd with her mixed media, titled Not a Fun Party. Joyce SteppLathrop1934 2014Joyce Stepp-Lathrop, age 79, of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, passed away peacefully Monday, March 10, with her family by her side. She was born March 19, 1934. Joyce has supported many worthwhile projects and functions for more than thirty years, including Sunday School teacher, Red Cross, Special Olympics, Democratic Committee, Diva Beach Red Hat, Retired Officers Wives Club, Heart Desire Chairperson and the Girls Night Out Club. She is one of the first women elected a Lady Elk in Lodge 1795. She has served on Niceville, Valparaiso and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, Host Committee Chairperson, Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Sharing and Caring, Children Advocacy, Cancer drives and neighborhood fundraisers. Joyce was a successful entrepreneur former owner/operator of County Line Auto Body Shop, Inc. in Walton County, and Real Estate investments and Rentals Collector. She was a Realtor Consultant, G.R.I. for Baywalk Realty. Joyce was awarded the Okaloosa County Womens Hall of Fame, permanently exhibited at the NWFSC/UWF Joint Campus Library, the Wall honors women who have given of their time and talents to help others. She was an active member of Eglin A.F.B. Chapel. She is survived by her daughter Sabrena Joyce Stepp, of Niceville. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Wendy Kocsis and Brittney Carey and three great-granddaughters. Joyce was preceded in death by her husbands John Theodore Stepp and Robert David Lathrop. Her son John Gregory Stepp and grandson Chad Carey, parents Ollie and Zella Burchett. Funeral and memorial service followed by reception will be held at the Elk's Lodge 1795, 1335 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Ft Walton Beach on March 29 from 11-2 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers will be appreciated. She will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. Arrangements will be under the direction of DavisWatkins Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook please visit daviswatkins.com. Joyce Stepp-Lathrop Frances (Cissy) Chambers1943 2014Frances (Cissy) Chambers, age 70, passed away suddenly on March 20. Born on December 19, 1943 in South Fulton, Tenn., Cissy was a 28 year resident of Niceville. Prior to moving to Niceville, she was a 20 year Army wife. Survivors include her husband of 44 years James Chambers of Niceville; son, Keith Chambers of Liberty Township, Ohio; sister; Libby Read of Dyersburg, Tenn.; nephew, Josh Read of Knoxville, Tenn.; and niece, Allison Williams of Nashville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her son, Marc; brother, Butch Perry, and parents, Gordon and Nancy Perry. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in her honor to a charity of your choice. A visitation was held at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville on Monday, March 24 with a graveside service following at Heritage Gardens Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Obituaries The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Page B-3 Call or visit our website today for more information: 850-603-9259 www.mysereniteas.com 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. 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Niceville runners compete in PensacolaThe Niceville High School track and field team competed at the Vince Whibbs Invitational in Pensacola on March 15. Competing against 14 schools, the Eagles secured 3rd place for the girls and 5th for the boys. The day began with poor weather although that did not stop a number of our athletes from performing well, said Coach Jamie LaFollette. Aubrey West set a meet record in the long jump and the boys 4x800 relay flirted with the elusive 8:00 barrier, running 8:00.17 and setting another meet record and season best time. Nick Morken also re-wrote the record books winning the 800 in 1:55.27, setting both a new school and meet record. Results for the athletes: Aubrey West, 3rd place 100m, 200m, 1st place long jump (13.05, 27.50, 1703.00); Sophia Bergmann, 2nd place discus and shot put (11210.00, 35-11.00); Jaylah Lawson, 3rd place long jump (16-04.50); Hannah Schroeder, 2nd place triple jump (32-04.00); girls 4x400m relay, 3rd place Cenedy Crum, Cheyenne Woodard, Regan Giordano, Nickie Anderson (4:24.53); girls 4x800m relay, 2nd place Claire Crist, Mackenzie Shinnick, Annie Serpa, Diana LaFollette (10:16.66); Kevin Cruz, 2nd place 110m hurdles and 3rd place 200m (15.42, 23.40);Page B-4 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 2014 State College Register & Pay by WEBSummer 2014SUMMER TERMClasses Start May 27, 2014 & June 23, 2014www.nwfsc.edu/schedule Enroll for Full Term: April 7, 2014 May 26, 2014Enroll for Mini Term: April 7, 2014 June 22, 2014See An Advisor Now! Niceville Campus Advising ( 850 ) 729-5234 Student Services Center ( SSC ) S S S S S S S U M M E R R E M M U S T R R T T E R M M R E T E n r r n E A p r i i pr A r o l l f o r F u l l l l u r F o l f l o r l 2 0 1 4 M a y ay 4M 1 0 2 7 l7 7 7 l T e r m : : m r e l T y 2 6 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 6 y2 A p r i i pr A E n r r n E A p r i l l i pr A S e e e e S l 7 2 0 1 4 M a y ay 4 M 1 0 2 7, l 7 7, r o l l f o r M i n i i n i rM o lf l o r l 2 0 1 4 J u n e e 4 Jun 1 0 2 7 7, 7 7, 7 e A n A d v i s o o s i v d n A e A y 2 6 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 6 y 2 i T e r m : : m r e iT e 2 2 2 0 1 4 4 1 0 2 2 e 2 o r N o w ! w o r N o N r r i c e ce i N S t u d e e ud t S e v i l l e C a m p u s s u p am e C l l i v e ( ( 8 5 0 0 85 ) ) 7 2 9 5 2 2 5 9 72 n t S e v i r c e s C e e s C ce i v r e t S n d d v i s i n g g n i s i v d A A 2 3 4 4 3 2 e n t e r r e t n e ( ( S S C SC S ) ) r r Niceville High student gets golf scholarshipNiceville High School senior Crystian Hopper and co-captain of the men s golf team, signed a scholarship on March 5 to play collegiate golf for the University of Mobile Rams in Mobile, Ala. Crystian will also pursue a dual degree in mathematics and engineering. Seated on each side of Crystian are parents Crys and Amanda Hopper. Standing behind from left, Principal Jeff Palmer, NHS Coach Gerry Barry, University of Mobile Golf Coach Colby Odom and Niceville High Athletic Director John Hicks. Volleyball team wins division championshipThe Niceville Volleyball Club s 13U team won their division championship at the Gulf Coast Hurricane Classic on March 8. Pictured from left, front row, Stefanie Markwardt, Hannah Sjostrom, Courtney Faulkner, Mia Hague, Sarah Markwardt and Lauren Frederic. Back row from left, Coaches Andy Faulkner and Tom Markwardt. Not pictured, Tessa Hancock. Lady Eagles win, show military appreciationNiceville High School s Lady Eagles softball held a Military Appreciation night March 18 during their win against Fort Walton Beach with a score of 10-0. 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