The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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Niceville, Fla
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United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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would prefer to work at the committee level until then, but was overridden by the vote of his fellow board members. Also during the meeting, outgoing finance chair Griffin told board members that the MSBU has still not received about $30,000 of the revenue expected from the previous year— about a 10th of its annual budget. She said she is working with county officials to locate the funds. Stretch told the board that the MSBU’s new website is expected to be up and running by the end of January. James Rood, the new website manager, was also at the meeting, and confirmed Stretch’s forecast. Rood also asked board members to provide photos of themselves, along with brief autobiographies, to be included on the new website. Stretch said the MSBU’s current website is still operational, although it contained some outdated information, and will remain operational until it is replaced by the new one at www.bluewaterbay.org. MSBU management consultant Darlane By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 14, members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) Board of Directors chose new officers for the coming year. The board unanimously chose Steve Hall as board chairman, Felix Beukenkamp as vice chairman, Jonathan Tallman as finance committee chairman, Judy Griffin as landscape maintenance chairwoman, and Debbie Stretch as communications chairwoman. The MSBU is a unit of Okaloosa County government, in charge of maintaining street lights, street signs, landscaping, and other maintenance and beautification along the main streets in the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by a five-member board of directors elected by Bluewater Bay residents. Beukenkamp initially asked to decline the position of vice chairman, saying that as a new member of the board, he preferred to “lay low” until he had more time to get to know more about the MSBU and how it works. He said he By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Northwest Florida State College is commissioning a study aimed at reducing its energy costs. During a meeting Jan. 21 in Niceville, NWFSC Vice President Gary Yancey briefed college trustees on plans to hire an engineering and energy consulting firm to help the college save on lighting, heating and cooling bills. Yancey said that the college is entering into a contract Cenergistic Inc., which he said "delivers customized, comprehensive people-driven energy conservation programs that focus on changing human behavior, to help school districts, churches and higher education clients reduce their consumption of energy and water without any equipment upgrades." "Implementation of these programs is guided by Cenergistic’s team of energy consultants—together, By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Authorities have disclosed more details in the investigation of a 2012 cyber attack in Northwest Florida State College computers that is thought to have resulted in the theft of personal information on thousands of employees and as many as 200,000 students, past and present. On Jan. 20, Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies responded to an address on Partin Drive, Niceville, in reference to a fraud. The complainant told officers that his personal information was released when Northwest Florida State College’s computers were hacked. Someone from the college contacted him to let him know his information was taken and he should contact the major credit bureaus. He did so and has since received emails stating that there have been new credit cards opened on his credit report, which he did not do. He has received multiple credit cards in the mail from Citibank and Macy’s. He has closed all the accounts and alerted the Federal Trade Commission. According to a sheriff's report, this incident is related to a previously reported broader ongoing investigation that began in October 2012, after computers at the college were hacked, or entered by thieves, with vast amounts of personal student and T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢Wednesday, February 5, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Police Blotter, page A-4Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families for a free showing of “ Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 ,” rated PG. Popcorn will be served. 729-5406. Sat., 10 a.m. The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will have a presentation on Col. Guy Wyman, the founder of Navarre, at the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum Valparaiso. 6782615. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Voice of the Martyrs’ “iCommit” regional conference will be at the Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 2401 Partin Drive North, Niceville. Free to attend, offering will be received. 877-337-0302. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Northwest Florida State College’s Soundsations Show Choir will perform a variety show of song and dance at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $8. 729-6000. Calendar, B-3 COMING UP Officials, citizens bend ears of lawmakersLegislators prepare for annual sessionDeep freeze More details of 2012 college hackingBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent In preparation for the upcoming 2014 regular session of the Florida Legislature, members of the Okaloosa County state legislative delegation conducted a public hearing at Niceville City Hall. The primary intent of the public hearing Jan. 27 was to solicit feedback from members of the community and partner organizations regarding issues that have an impact on the community and state, and that may be addressed during the annual 60-day legislative session that will begin March 4 in Tallahassee. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, chaired the delegation meeting. Additional panel members included State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, State Rep. Doug Broxson and State Rep. Dave Murzin, a Pensacola Republican who was sitting in for State Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker. Evers was absent due to other Senate business. The first to speak at the two-hour hearing were the lawmakers themselves. Most of those who followed were public officials or employees of government or quasi-governmental organizations. The legislators took no immediate action on the issues raised at the hearing. Sen. Gaetz, who is serving the second year of his two-year term as Senate president, kicked off the meeting by sharing five key issues that would be addressed in a pre-session meeting of House and Senate members:NWFSC seeks energy savings Beacon photos by Mike Griffith and Angela Yuriko SmithAn ice storm last week received mixed reactions from residents as they either loved or loathed the deep freeze, which closed schools, government offices and many businesses, and turned icy bridges and roadways into bumper-car galleries. In Valparaiso's Lincoln Park, kids, released from class for three days, reveled in a rare opportunity to snowboard on the slippery surfaces. Less happy, Ken Clark of 23rd Street, Niceville, had three vehicles to de-ice, including his 2012 Mustang. Beacon photo by Rich ByrdMembers of the audience at a public hearing by the Okaloosa County legislative delegation Jan. 27 in Niceville. Please see HACKING, page A-2 Please see NAMES, page A-3 Please see OFFICIALS, page A-3Bluewater panel names board officers Steve Hall The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Please see SAVINGS, page A-2Cold wave causes record gas salesLast week's cold snap kept many people away from their jobs, but Okaloosa Gas employees were working as hard as ever to keep its 36,861 customers warm. The deep freeze caused the Valparaiso-based natural-gas district to sell an unprecedented 360,270 therms of gas in its four-county service area on Jan. 29, the highest oneday figure since the utility started keeping records in 1980. The previous record was set Dec. 20, 1996, at 354,040 therms. An average day is 83,750 therms. The flows are monitored by gas control supervisor Philip Shue in the control room at Okaloosa Gas headquarters. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith

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representing several hundred years of energy conservation experience,” Yancey stated. Cenergistic, said Yancey, is “pretty unique” in that most of the company’s recommendations focus on behavior modification, to include training and encouraging college staff members on such ways to save energy as turning out unneeded lights and adjusting thermostats. A Cenergistic energy specialist will be assigned NWFSC, who would maintain an office full time on campus in order to monitor energy practices and work closely with faculty and staff members. Yancey’s report said that the college will not pay any monthly fees to Cenergistic during the four-month starting period of the program. After that, the college will pay a fee of $18,400 per month for 60 consecutive months. Yancey also said that Cenergistic offers the college a “savings guarantee,” in which Cenergistic will reimburse the college for the difference if the college’s costs exceed its total energy cost savings, computed from the start date to the end of any performance year during the term. Yancey told the trustees that he was initially skeptical of Cenergistic’s claims of how much energy and money it could save the college, but that he was favorably impressed when he examined the company’s track record with previous clients. Although Yancey did not predict how much energy or money he expects the new program will ultimately save the college, his report indicated that previous clients of Cenergistic, such as school districts, have saved up to 26 percent of their previous energy costs after implementing Cenergistic’s recommendations. SAVINGSFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 5, 2014 THEBAYBEACONemployee information compromised. No arrests have been made, and no charges filed. According to a sheriff's report, information uncovered thus far in the overall investigation includes: —Some fraudulent credit cards have apparently been issued under the name “Raymond Orenish,” according to the report. —The report stated two groups are using NWFSC employees' and students' personal information "in criminal activity." One of these is a group of three companies that have been identified as being involved in scams related to misuse of personal data: "Credit Protection Depot,” “Payday Max Ltd.” and “Discount Advances Loan,” according to the report. —Some faculty, employees and students of NWFSC that did not have direct deposit are being contacted by “Credit Protection Depot” stating that loans had been taken out in the victim’s name from Payday Max Ltd. and/or Discount Advances Loan, the report stated. "The truth of the matter is that Credit Protection Depot, Payday Max Ltd., and Discount Advances Loan are all the same business," according to the report. —The second criminal activity is when information from victims is used to obtain credit cards from certain homeimprovement stores, which themselves were not implicated in any wrongdoing. The criminals make online purchases and then return the merchandise to an Arizona store for a cash refund. The case is being investigated by a task force including the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Secret Service, and the FBI, with the Secret Service being the lead agency. HACKINGFrom page A-1 Dr. Castaneda of Emerald Coast Family Medicine is a boardcertified family physician dedicated to the comprehensive health care of the entire family. For more than 13 years, Dr. Castaneda has been ensuring the health of his patients, from newborns to seniors. During the past six years, he has developed an ongoing relationship with patients in Bluewater Bay, Valparaiso, Niceville and other surrounding communities. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, Dr. Castaneda aims to provide personal, inclusive and continuing care for individuals during all stages of life. Currently, his practice is accepting new patients. As a physician who provides care for entire families, Dr. Castaneda goes above and beyond expectations to develop a respectful and trusting patientdoctor relationship. His sincere warmth, kindness and engaged commitment toward his patients enables him to connect to them on a personal level. Dr. Castaneda and the entire staff at ECFM get to know their patients by thoroughly listening to medical concerns and following through by assisting with health care decisions. Trained in family medicine, Dr. Castaneda can provide diagnosis and treatment for a full range of health conditions and concerns. These include, but are not limited to, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cardio vascular screening, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin ailments, thyroid disorders, and mental health issues related to anxiety, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On-site ultrasound services provide added convenience to patients. In addition, well-child and adolescent check-ups are also available, to include school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations. Dr. Castaneda also offers flu shots that protect against four flu strains instead of the usual three strains, as well as Flu Mist, a vaccine for ages from 2 to 49 years that is administered as a nasal spray instead of a shot. According to Dr. Castaneda, “Obesity leads to heart disease and diabetes and is closely approaching smoking as the leading cause of many cancers. Furthermore, due to genetic factors, obesity for most people is a chronic medical condition and should be treated as one.” And for these reasons, helping his patients with weight management is an important concern of Dr. Castaneda s. ECFM provides weight-loss management under his careful supervision. Dr. Castaneda has been successful in assisting patients achieve weightloss goals through individually customized programs. Kevin is a patient of Dr. Castaneda's who has lost over 60 lbs., and continues to lose weight under Dr. Castaneda s system. This physician-supervised weight-loss program Dr. Castaneda provides is an individually tailored, healthier alternative to yo-yo dieting on your own. ECFM accepts most forms of insurance and will process the paperwork for patients. Same-day appointments are available for acute care concerns, providing a time-effective alternative to long waits at the emergency room. Emerald Coast Family Medicine is located at 143 S. John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso between Lincoln and Washington avenues. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m.3:30 p.m., and Friday 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact Dr. Castaneda s courteous and friendly staff at 7293300 to make an appointment. 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Give us a call, we can help! www.nicevilleinsurance.com—Tax and fee cuts. —"Transformative" legislation in education. —A Florida GI Bill that will make the Sunshine State even more military friendly. —A "smaller, cleaner, smarter government" —Reforming the state public pension program "to ensure our system is secure and not a burden on taxpayers." Rep. Gaetz, who is the son of Sen. Gaetz, shared an initiative that he was working with Evers. As chairmen of the Criminal Justice subcommittee, Rep. Gaetz stated he was working closely with Evers regarding a joint priority of reforming the Violent Sexual Predator Program. Rep. Gaetz indicated that in the past 10 years, Florida has released 500 sexual predators that have "reoffended." He said he wants Florida to be the toughest state in the union when it comes to violent sexual predators by boosting mandatory sentences, increasing support for law enforcement, and ensuring community notification when an offender is released. Rep. Gaetz reaffirmed the purpose of local legislative delegation meetings was to hear from stakeholders and members of the public on issues important to the community. With that, he opened the floor to the public. First to speak was Kelly Windes, chairman of the Okaloosa County Commission. Windes expressed his appreciation to the delegation for maintaining focus on Mid-Bay Bridge activities and continued support of the pretrial release program which has saved the county millions of dollars in jail bills. Windes asked that the state delegation continue to support other Okaloosa County priorities such as storm water projects, continued state aid to public libraries, continuation of a county bus system, and road improvements. Linda Sumblin, executive director, Work Force Development Board, stated that the unemployment rate for Okaloosa County has fallen to 4.4 percent, third lowest in the state. She stated that the board is working to uncover the "hidden work force." Many of the unemployed need additional training to land a job, Sumblin said. She asked delegation members to continue to support the Enterprise Zone program, which awards tax benefits to employers who boost hiring. The program is scheduled to expire in 2014. However, bills pending in the Senate and House would extend the program to 2025. Sumblin said she would welcome the delegation's endorsement of the program. Sen. Gaetz said he understood the role of the Enterprise Zone, but stated there was substantial questioning in the Senate regarding the cause and affect impact of the program in actually creating jobs and boosting economic development. He said he could not predict the direction of the legislation, but recommended data be provided to demonstrate that it was part of an economic development strategy and has clearly demonstrated its impact. Paula Holcomb, representative of the Healthy Family Program, expressed her appreciation to the panel members for the additional $3 million appropriated to the educational program statewide during the last legislative session and recognizing that it’s effective in preventing child abuse and neglect in Florida. The funding, Holcomb said, restored the services in two counties that were previously eliminated and restored services in 29 others that were significantly impacted due to reduced budgets. She emphasized that 98 percent of families are free of abuse and neglect a year after participating in the program, and 95 percent after three years. Holcomb stated given the program's track record, that the delegation support of restoring $5 million in recurring and non-recurring funding, boosting overall funding to $21.1 million. Dr. Karen Chapman, Okaloosa County Director, Florida Department of Health, reiterated her agency's mission of promoting and protecting the health of all individuals in Okaloosa County, but stated it is at a critical juncture of being able to provide the same support with limited resources. All health departments are working closely with community partners to promote and improve health outcomes, Chapman said. As an example, they are focused on the Healthiest Weight Initiative. There will be a day-long conference on Feb. 6 targeting healthy eating and increased physical activity. Kay Rasmussen, vice president of Community and Economic Development for the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council (EDC), revisited the issue on Enterprise Zones previously mentioned by Sumblin. She supports this action and would be working with the Work Force Development Board to leverage this program with others to continue enhancing area economic development. The delegation meeting came to a close with comments from two Santa Rosa County citizens. Sam Mullins and Tom Rogers addressed Senate Bill 480 and requested the delegation's support. Sponsored by Evers, SB 480 would establish a state Commission on Federalism. The commission’s focus would be to evaluate federal laws to determine which are within the framework of the U.S. Constitution or if the federal government has exceeded its authority by usurping powers reserved to the states. Additionally, Rogers expressed opposition to a state legalized gambling initiative, which is expected to be on the November ballot. He stated that an expansion of gambling would have negative impacts such as increased Medicaid spending, crime, road traffic, and use of utility services, outweighing any advantages. Beacon photo by Rich ByrdFrom left: Rep. Dave Murzin, Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Don Gaetz listen to speakers in Niceville Jan. 27. Landsberger sa id she encourages Bluewater Bay residents to provide photographs of life in Bluewater Bay, to be included in a photo gallery as part of the new website. Also during the meeting, board members heard a brief presentation by representatives of Valleycrest, the MSBU’s new landscaping contractor. Valleycrest representatives said that they are preparing maps of landscape zones within Bluewater Bay, along with maps of locations of streetlights and irrigation lines. They are also collecting soil samples from throughout Bluewater Bay for analysis to help determine where and what types of plants and fertilizers will work best throughout the community. They said they are planning for a change-out of some flower plantings in Bluewater Bay during late April. Board members also approved a motion authorizing Griffin to obtain bids and authorize the expenditure of up to $15,000 for tree trimming and removal of dead, badly damaged or seriously diseased trees in Bluewater Bay. Griffin said she plans to get at least three bids before selecting a contractor to do the work. NAMESFrom page A-1 CorrectionAn article Jan. 26 about Maggie Bowers, a Bluewater Bay equestrienne who lost her horse earlier in the month in a barn fire in Holt, gave some incorrect information about her. A seventh grader at Ruckel Middle School, Maggie plans to attend the University of Georgia. Board members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit. Back row, from left: Steve Hall, Jonathan Tallman, Felix Beukenkamp. Seated: Debbie Stretch, Judy Griffin.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith OFFICIALSFrom page A-1

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TREE SERVICE Country Roads Tree Service“We cut so you don’t have to”• Tree removal with stump grinding • Tree trimming & thinning • Storm damage clean up • Fully Licensed/Insured • Call today for a Free Estimate!Ask for Joe the Tree Man!(850)461-7170 Residential/Commercial 2426 Duncan DriveThur., Fri., Sat. • Feb. 6-8 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hwy 20 to Roberts Dr. to Duncan Dr. Sale is on the Niceville side of Rocky Bayou bridge.ESTATE SALEHH ArrestsJohn Bryan Hood, 25, of 8 Corbin Court, Niceville, was arrested by the Pensacola Police Department Jan. 27 on three charges after traveling to Pensacola with the stated purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl. According to a police report, Bryan responded to an online ad placed by a police detective posing as the fictional girl's mother. After extensive and sexually explicit online communications, a meeting was arranged. Bryan went to Pensacola Jan. 27 expecting to meet the girl but was met instead by a police officer. He was arrested on two counts of obscene communication and one count of use of two-way communication to facilitate a felony. * On Jan. 12, Niceville police arrested Carlos Rafael Garcia, 31, a pizza deliverer, 208 Marquette St., Niceville, for one count of assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill. Garcia pointed a .45 caliber handgun at an acquaintance in the course of an argument. Garcia told police that he pulled the handgun because the acquaintance was charging his vehicle and did not stop when Garcia told him to. * On Jan. 19 Ian James Jeunelot, 18, of 235 Evans St., Niceville, was arrested by the Walton County Sheriff's Office for carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle glovebox and for marijuana possession of not more than 20 grams. * On Jan. 23, Niceville police arrested Jason James Bean, 26, a welder, residing at Calypso Cove RV Park, 18655 US Highway 331, Freeport, for one count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and one count of possession of narcotic equipment. He was also arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked. An officer conducted a traffic stop on Bean’s vehicle for an extinguished brake light. When stopped, Bean fumbled through some papers and was unable to provide any of the documents the officer requested, other than his driver’s license. The officer ran Bean’s information through dispatch and learned that he had a suspended license and had received notification. The officer asked Bean why he was driving on a suspended license and Bean said he had to run some errands. The officer placed Bean under arrest and began to empty his pockets. The officer located an orange cap to a syringe in Bean’s right front pants pocket, and asked if Bean had anything illegal on him or in the vehicle. Bean said, “Yes.” The officer asked him what it was and where it was. Bean said it was in the center console in a Qtip container and it was heroin. The officer located the syringe were Bean said it would be and asked him what was in it. There was a small amount of fluid in the syringe, and Bean said it was heroin. The fluid was tested using a field test kit, which yielded a positive result for the presence of heroin. * On Jan. 27, William Anthony Newman, 26, no address, was arrested by Niceville police for one count of falsely identifying himself to law enforcement officer. An officer responded to a call to an address on John Sims Parkway in reference to a man needing a place to stay. The man identified himself with a certain name, birth date, and Social Security number. Dispatch advised the officer that they had a record of an individual matching the information provided by Newman, except for the last digit of the Social Security number, and the year of birth. Both were one digit different than what Newman had provided. Dispatch also stated that the subject had two active warrants out of Baxter County, Arkansas. While waiting for dispatch to confirm, Newman said, “Okay, we can stop the charades, it’s me, I have a felony warrant for violation of probation.” The officer asked Newman why he gave the wrong information, and Newman said he did in Texas and got away with it.Bear encountersOn Jan. 17, Niceville police conducting a security check at Orthopedic Associates on Twin Cities Boulevard observed a bear in the center courtyard. The bear departed the scene. * On Jan. 19, Niceville police received a report of a bear in a backyard on Azalea Drive. The bear fled into the woods. * On Jan. 20, Niceville police received a report of a bear seen heading toward the Cash and Carry on Niceville Avenue. * On Jan. 25, Niceville police received a call from a resident who wanted an officer to shine a light on a bear that had been in her garbage can, in order to frighten the creature away. Upon arrival, police observed the bear running into the trees behind Azalea Drive. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police 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. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Jason James Bean John Bryan Hood Please see BLOTTER, page A-5

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NWFSC Improves Lives! NWFSC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, genetic information or gender in any of its programs, services, or activities. www.nwfsc.edu/openhouse 100 College Boulevard East, Niceville, FL 32578 Niceville Campus Pack the Gym! Raiders Commodores STATE COLLEGENORTHWEST FLORIDA Activities The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 received a r eport of a large bear in a back yard on St. Charles Street. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police received a report of a large bear tearing up a garbage can at an address on Sparkleberry Cove. Police spoke with the caller and informed him of his options concerning the bear. The caller asked if he could shoot the bear, but an officer advised him that he could not, and would be committing a crime if he did.Other incidentsOn Jan. 14, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of a domestic battery in Niceville. * On Jan. 17, a Niceville officer discovered that the Crossroads Church on John Sims Parkway had been broken into. Further investigation revealed that a back door had been pried open to gain entry, and an interior door had been kicked in. A safe, guitars, and amplifiers had been stolen. * On Jan. 18, Niceville police responded to the Walmart, where the manager handed over a $5 bill and a $20 bill that were counterfeit, and had apparently been used in the store. The case has been referred to the U.S. Secret Service. * On Jan. 18 Niceville police responded to an address on Allen Street in reference to a traffic crash. As they did so, they received a report of a gray Dodge Charger that had just been stolen. Officers observed that the crashed vehicle was the same one that had just been reported stolen, but no one involved in the crash was still at the scene. * On Jan. 19, Okaloosa deputies responded to a report of a burglary at an address on Gleneagles Drive, Bluewater Bay. * On Jan. 20, an Okaloosa deputy responded to a report of a burglary to a vehicle on Caribbean Way, Bluewater Bay. Some prescription medication was reported to have been taken. * On Jan. 20, Niceville police received an affidavit from a victim related to the theft of two tile saws from Best Buy Carpet on Bullock Boulevard. * On Jan. 24, Niceville police received a report from a witness who said a man was attempting to break into his neighbor’s car on Spencer Place. The witness stated that the man was in a dark colored van with a broken window. The witness stated the suspect was wearing a brown jacket with blue jeans and was using a screwdriver and a hammer to get into the vehicle. The witness also said that another man was present, but the witness could not see him clearly. The case remains under investigation. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 “It actually snows in Florida! We all need to take lessons on how to drive on ice. Some of the chain reaction accidents were unbelievable.” “I have a metal pin in my leg, and nearly flipped on the ice on my front steps.” “The importance to the community at large of access to highways.”What did you learn from last week s ice storm?In icy weather, it s best to stay off the streets and indoors.” “Stay home and be safe.” “It always pays to be prepared.”Location: Walmart THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Bob Coltman, 72, Niceville, unemployed Russel Jones, 52, Niceville, floor covering installer Taegan Dennis, 16, Fort Walton Beach, Collegiate High School student Nevada Davis, 42, Niceville, business owner Kim Merryman, 54, Niceville, homemaker Matt Bauer, 30, Niceville, military What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 5, 2014 Page A-5

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Boswell is the son of Blake and Cathy Boswell of Niceville and a 2007 graduate of Niceville Senior High School.***Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob A. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Nelson is the son of Sherry Nelson of Niceville and grandson of Gayle Westmoreland of Centerville, Ga. He is a 2013 graduate of Niceville High School. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithRuckel throws masked danceRuckel Middle School celebrated Mardi Gras early with a dance Jan. 16. There was a contest to determine the best masks. Pictured, the winners from left, Emma Line Moye, Maddie Quick and Felipe Siquara. Who’s News Jessica Sandlin a 2013 graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School, is currently attending the Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden and was elected this past week to Head the Internal Committee of the Student Government. She is now the youngest of the nine members of the Jonkoping Student Association government for 2014 and as “Head of Internal,” Jessica is responsible for recruiting project teams and planning six major school events. Zachary N. Boswell Jacob A. Nelson Jessica Sandlin By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Jack Norris, a former Niceville resident, will be playing a violin concerto by Vivaldi as a guest performer in the Feb. 7 “Stars of Tomorrow” concert. Jack won the NFSO Concerto Competition sponsored by the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild last fall. At age four, Jack expressed an interest in learning music by sculpting a violin out of PlayDoh and pretending to play. Soon after, while his family was stationed at WrightPatterson Air Force Base, Jack began Suzuki Violin instruction at the Johnston Music Studio in Dayton, Ohio. In 2009, the Air Force brought Jack’s family to Eglin where Jack continued his Suzuki training via Skype, an online video conferencing tool. The 2013 NFSO Concerto Competition was his first competition, but probably not his last. He was a 6th grader at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville at the time of the competition this past fall. Since winning the competition, Jack’s family has been relocated to Maxwell Air Force Base where he plans to join Auburn University’s Tiger Strings Youth Orchestra. Aside from the violin, Jack enjoys golf, origami, fantasy novels and video games. Tickets for the evening performance of the “Stars of Tomorrow Meet Handel” on Feb. 7 are on sale now for $22.50 each for adults and $16 each for youth age 18 and younger. Active duty military members may purchase discounted tickets for $16 each with ID. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 729-6000 or purchase tickets online at the center’s website at mattiekellyartscenter.org. NWFSC students may request one free ticket to the evening performance with a student ID. Jack Norris, formerly of Niceville, won the NFSO Concerto Competition last fall. He was a 6th grader at Ruckel Middle School at the time. Pictured with Jeffrey Rink, right, NFSO music director and conductor and Dr. Charles Myers, president of the NFSO Guild.Former Niceville boy to solo with NFSO Friday NHS science fair winnersNiceville High School is sending 13 students, one junior and 12 freshmen, to the Regional Science Fair that will be at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds Feb. 5. Those students are Brayton Miles, junior, and Andi Von Hilsheimer, Catherine Parker, Tyler Wallace, Katherine Lay, Arthur Pruitt, Diana LaFollette, Kaleigh Maker, Rebecca Corallo, Jordyn Riley, Alexandria Tolbert, Alexis Scherwin and Lauren Matthews. TTTTTT EYEWEAR UNLIMITED Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience | 678-0099 • 678-6211 Eyewear Excellence since 1970~ Newest styles in eyewear ~ Customize your own pair of eyewear with our silhouette collection ~ We offer $48.00 eyewear packages ~ Floating sunglasses ~ Offering everything from budget to high-end eyewear ~ We have an on-site lab (glasses ready in a day) ~ Repairs & Adjustments ~ Sunglass readers 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D.Call today!(850) 678-8876“Where there is no vision, the people perish” –Proverbs 29:18gentle touchWe want you to experience a lifetime of good eye health. That’s why we use a gentle touch when helping our younger patients to see better. 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Susan Shoemaker Hume1944-2014 Susan Shoemaker Hume, 69, of Mentone, Ala. died unexpectedly following surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Susan was born November 25, 1944 in Memphis, Tenn. to William Millard and Alice Vivian Shoemaker. She was a middle child between her older brother William, Jr. (Bill) and her younger brother Richard (Rick). She grew up in Jackson and Meridian, Miss. Susan graduated from Meridian High School and, like many in her family, attended The University of Mississippi. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, and graduated with a Bachelors of Education in 1966 and a Masters in Reading Improvement in 1968. She began a teaching career in Pensacola. She then accepted a position with the Department of Defense Overseas School System in Germany to teach for four years at elementary schools on several U.S. Army bases. Prior to returning to the U.S., Susan traveled extensively throughout Europe. Susan met and married Bob Hume in 1981. She was the owner of Say Cheese Wine and Cheese Shop in Fort Walton Beach, and then Bay Gourmet Caf in Bluewater Bay Resort. She was a certified Master Gardener in Okaloosa County Florida. She established a mentoring program for new master gardener applicants and developed a program with Habitat for Humanity to provide landscaping materials so that each Habitat house would have an established yard. In 1998, Susan and Bob began their quest to find property and build a home on the brow in Mentone, Ala. The house was completed in 2006. She began planting their yard; gleefully ignoring any part of her Master Gardener training that did not fit her vision of what their yard should look like. A potted Plumeria tree bought in Hawaii resides there to this day and blooms almost every year out on their deck. Susan is survived by her husband Bob and her brothers Bill (Sally) and Rick. She has extended family and friends scattered all over. Her dog Annie and cats, Tipsy, Katie and Bonnie also survive her. The family profusely thanks the Surgical Intensive Care Team at Parkridge Medical Center for the compassionate and professional attention they provided to Susan. As was her wish, Susan donated all useful organs. Memorial contributions may be made to the William M & Alice D. Shoemaker Scholarship in Biology, P.O. Box 249, University, MS, 38677. Susan had a big heart, a joyful outlook, and strove to make the world a happier place for those she loved. She will be greatly missed and will always be in our memories. 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Learn Spanish The Valparaiso Community Library will be starting a new semester of Beginning Spanish Class on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Students must be 18 or older. For more info call 729-5406. Open mic poetry night Join fellow poets Feb. 5 for “Say the Word,” an open mic 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 welcome to take the mic. Each performer should plan to share about 2-3 poems, either their own or by another author. Read to Baci Baci, a Bichon Frise therapy dog, loves a good book. If you are age five or older and would like to read a story to Baci, join him in the Youth Services program room Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. This is a first come, first served program. You may bring a book or choose from the library collection. Daughters of colonists Eucheeanna Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists will have its next meeting on Feb. 5 in Niceville. Women over the age of 18 are welcome to join. Membership in the NSDAC is a unique opportunity to honor one’s lineage and heritage as a descendant of the American Colonials. For information contact Margaret Nichols at 897-1278. Early release movie The Valparaiso Community Library invites children and families to the next Early Release Movie Day on Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The movie will be “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” rated PG. Popcorn will be served, seating is limited. 729-5406. Fight childhood obesity The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (FDOH-Okaloosa) invites childhood development and educational program leaders to join together in the fight against childhood obesity at “Mobilizing for a Healthier Okaloosa: Working Together, Creating Change,” a free workshop at Northwest Florida State College on Feb. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will earn seven inservice hours and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, please call Katie Cholcher at 833-9240, ext. 2387 or e-mail Kathrine.Cholcher@flhealth.gov. Audubon meets The Audubon monthly meeting will be Feb. 6 with the program “Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds, a Lot More Than You Think” by Fred Bassett, certified master bird bander. The program will discuss Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. The meeting will be held in room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with socializing and light refreshments. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Walt Spence at 582-7064. Symphony performance The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFS0) presents its “Stars of Tomorrow Meet Handel” concert on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Call or click for tickets from the center’s box office at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. See NFSO season information on the symphony website at nfsymphony.org. LeadHer conference There will be a free non-denominational conference at the Niceville Assembly of God, 108 Highway 85 N. on Feb. 7-8. Dianne Guthmuller will be speaking as well as Christie Love, the founder of LeadHer from Springfield, Mo. Musical entertainment will be worship duo Out of Darkness. Conference is from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8. Doors open a half hour prior. There will be 1.5 hour lunch break. Reserve your seat at LeadHer.org. In addition, LeadHer, a woman’s group, meets the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Niceville Assembly. Free childcare, for women of all ages. Artist reception The 22nd Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the Holzhauer Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Presented by The Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, Inc., the event is free and open to the public. For information or directions, contact Gallery Director KC Williams at 729-6044 or visit the art center’s website at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Computer Tech 2014 Learn how to use new technology at the free Computer Tech 2014 event Feb. 8 from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. International shopping The Presbyterian Women of Fort Walton Beach will be hosting their 13th International Craft Market, with hand made items for sale purchased from SERRV International at First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway, S.W., one block north of Highway 98 on Beal Parkway. The market will have a grand opening Feb. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. until Feb. 23. Bird walk Learn about our wintering shorebirds with ornithologist, Alan Knothe, on a bird walk to be held at Okaloosa Island’s East Pass and Gulf Beach adjacent to the West Jetty on Feb. 8. Meet at the parking area on the south side of Hwy. 98 adjacent to the western end of the Marler (Destin) Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Call Alan at 862-3498 for more info. iCommit conference The Voice of the Martyrs’ “iCommit” regional conference will be Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, 2401 Partin Drive North, Niceville. There is no fee to attend but an offering will be received. To register and for more information call 877337-0302 or visit vommeetings.com. Genealogy presentation The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County presents Elizabeth Crowe for a lively presentation on Colonel Guy Wyman, the founder of Navarre, at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Northwest Florida Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. 678-2615. Song and dance Northwest Florida State College’s talented group of fine and performing arts scholarship students, the Soundsations Show Choir, will perform their variety show of song and dance in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. For information, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Dinner and a show There will be a dinner theater presentation by Act4Murder Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. with seating at 5:30 p.m. at French Quarter Bar & Grill, Niceville. Admission, $45 per person, includes tax and tip. Call French Quarter at 678-2604 or Act4Murder at 862-2885 for reservations. Liturgical celebration The Catholic African-American Cultural Awareness Group of Okaloosa County (CAACAG) invites the public to their 33rd annual Liturgical Celebration honoring Black History Month Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, 110 St. Mary Avenue S.W. Fort Walton Beach. For more info, call Roland (Andy) Simmons 729-2573. Sculpture workshop Jef Raasch will present a workshop on sculpting, at the Arts and Design Society’s (ADSO) Art Center Studio, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach Feb. 10, 11, and 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $220 for ADSO members, $255 for non-members, plus a $15 supply (clay and firing) fee. A deposit of $110 is required upon registration. To sign up for this workshop visit our website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon4 p.m. Classical commentary At the community classical music study series, “Better Listening,” Lou Johnson will present “Will the Real Composer Please Stand” Feb. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Pine needle basketry Learn pine needle basketry, anage-old skill using original Seminole techniques and local pine needles to create something uniquely yours at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, in a two-part class Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $55, or $50 for museum members, materials included. Space is limited, please call to preregister, 678-2615. Benefit concert The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra performs in concert to benefit the Niceville High School Band program on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $20 each and are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone, in-person or online. Contact the Box Office at 729-6000 or at mattiekellyartscenter.org. 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 CALE N DA R The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Non-denominational conferenceThere will be a free non-denominational conference at the Niceville Assembly of God, 108 Highway 85 N. on Feb. 7-8. Conference is from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and from 8:30 a.m.3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8. Doors open a half hour prior. There will be 1.5 hour lunch break. Reserve your seat at LeadHer.org. Cheer squad competes, winsThe Amped Elite All-Stars cheerleading squad competed on Jan. 14 in Biloxi, Miss. The Knights of Chaos team, took home fourth place, The Krewe of Nemesis team took home second place and The Krewe of Tucks took home first place. The Amped cheerleaders will next be competing in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 15-16.

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