The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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Niceville, Fla
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United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Thurs, 7:30 p.m. Recycled Percussion, a percussion performance, will be at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Tickets are $35 each with a group discount for 10 or more tickets. 729-6000. Sat., 7:30 a.m. Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is having a bird walk at the Niceville bayous and spray fields. Meet in front of Badcock Furniture in Bayou Plaza, 699 John Sims Parkway. 863-2039. Sat, 9 a.m.-noon Learn to knit at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Valparaiso. Bring yarn and size 8 needles. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 678-2615. Mon., 6:30 p.m. The NWFSC Film Club presents a showing of Philomena," rated PG-13 in Room J328 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Open to the public, refreshments provided. By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During the Sept. 16 meeting of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) board, members discussed efforts to correct flooding problems. Members also agreed to move future public board meetings, from the current location at the Regency Inn on State Road 20 near White Point Road, to the office suite of MSBU management consultant Darlane Landsberger, located at 4400 State Road 20, Suite 311, in the Merchants Walk office and shopping area of Bluewater Bay. The MSBU is a unit of Okaloosa County government, in charge of managing street lighting, street signs, and landscaping along main roadways and common areas throughout the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by an elected five-member board of directors, who hold monthly public meetings. During the Sept. 16 meeting, Landsberger told the board that her office suite is undergoing renovation, following which there will be a large enough space for the board to hold most of its public meetings. The next public board meeting of the MSBU is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Also during the Sept. 16 meeting, board member Felix Beukenkamp told fellow board members that he has been working closely with Okaloosa County officials, the manager of Bluewater Bay Resort, and with members of an ad hoc committee of local residents, to determine how best to prevent future flooding incidents like the one in April. During that incident, rains caused some homes to flood along a waterway near Curacao, Dominica, and Aruba, downstream of an earthen dam on the Bluewater Bay golf course which gave way, according to officials. Beukenkamp said that the ad hoc committee had met twice. He said that during the two meetings, the committee has had positive responses from the resort and the county. He said the committee is currently working with Okaloosa County Engineer Clay Simmons and with Bluewater Bay Resort manager Tom Hanks to see how the Resort, County, and Bluewater Bay community can work together to find an engineering solution for repairing the broken dam and for improving overall storm water and flood control throughout the Bluewater Bay community. Beukenkamp also briefed the MSBU board on a related issue the possibility of organizing local volunteers to do some tree and shrub trimming and general cleanup in areas where roadways in Bluewater Bay pass near some of the communitys lakes and ponds, in order to provide better sightlines of those lakes for passing motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, thus improving the scenic atmosphere of the Bluewater Bay community. Board member Steve Hall congratulated fellow members on their efforts at creating citizen committees to address such issues as flooding and community cleanup. Hall said such committees help the MSBU to address communitywide quality-of-life issues that are not strictly within the statutory authority of the MSBU. He said that many such issues in Bluewater Bay are complicated by what he called a crazy quilt of jurisdictions, and that committees of citizen volunteers may be a good way of getting such jurisdictions to work together to overcome communitywide problems.By Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville tax levy will increase by $200,000 or 6.6 percent to $3.2 million in fiscal year 2014-15. This is based on an $11.5 million increase in tax rolls from $814.2 million to $825.7 million. The millage rate for city residents will stay the same as last year at 3.70 mills. The Niceville City Council gave final approval to the tax levy on Thursday for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1. Since most property values rose last year, owners of property that has increased in value will pay more in taxes. In addition, city taxes will rise on homestead property that has not increased in value due to a "recapture" rule built into Florida's "Save Our Homes" exemption. These factors, coupled with new development, are why the city can boost tax revenue while keeping the millage unchanged. At a millage rate of 3.70, property owners will pay $3.70 in property tax per thousand dollars of appraised, taxable value of their property to the city of Niceville, in addition to other taxes from such entities as Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa School District. Niceville will be going forward into the new fiscal year with T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, September 24, 2014info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts COMINGUP Niceville hikes tax levy 6.6 percentMissionary returns from his work in war-torn UkraineBy Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) hopes to build another link in the bridge connector highway, but has run into an objection, at least temporarily, from Eglin Air Force Base. The proposed segment would complete a half circle around Niceville of the connector by linking the current west end of the toll roadway with Highway 85 South near the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The MBBA's proposal for the link was objected to recently by the 96th Test Wing Commander's Eglin Range Development Executive Steering Committee. At a meeting Sept. 18, MBBA Board Chair Gordon Fornell reported that he had spoken with Brig. Gen. David Harris, 96th Test Wing commander, who said he was in favor of the project, despite the Eglin panel's reservations. Fornell suggested that MBBA staff stay in contact with Col. Shawn Moore, Eglin 96th Civil Engineer Group commander, regarding the project. After the meeting, Fornell said the reason the project was disapproved was a lack of communication. Fornell said that Gulf Power has a plan to put a solar array in the area of the connector. MBBA had worked with Gulf Power to coordinate a solution for both parties, but the MBBA did not present that plan. Fornell said, "Gen. Harris said they will be contacting us with further potential action and we can present a plan." In other business at the MBBA meeting, although the number of users of the Mid-Bay Bridge has decreased with the end of summer, revenue is up 6.2 percent over last year's collections for the month of August. However, the ratio of actual to estimated revenueis 87 per cent v The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see TAX LEVY, page A-2 Please see BLUEWATER, page A-3Proposed highway link hits roadblock Please see ROADBLOCK, page A-3 MSBU also decides to move meeting location By Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer Many young Mormon men at age 19 take two years to perform mission work in the U.S. or abroad. Their focus is on bringing people to salvation, but sometimes other things get in the way. For Isaac Riley, the civil war in Ukraine was what got in the way of his plans. Riley, now 21, served 17 months in Ukraine from December 2012 to May 2014. He had to be evacuated to Kiev in the final month of his stay and was finally sent to Salt Lake City to finish his missionary experience, returning home to Niceville Sept. 16. His mother, Alicia Riley, said she knew that the mission board would take care of her son, and said, "What worried me the most was when they told him to stay away from demonstrations and he wanted to go to one." Whether or not he wanted to, Riley did see demonstrations that filled Freedom Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, with chanting people and a statue of the early Soviet dictator Lenin in the background. He said he saw a division by age between the people who wanted Ukraine to be part of the European Union and those who wanted it to be part of Russia. "The majority of younger people wanted to join the European Union and were pro-West," he said. Older people seemed to have a "nostalgia for Russia." Earlier this year, during his work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Riley was in Kharkiv (called Kharkhov by Russians) when a local referendum was taken for Crimea, site of an important Russian naval base, to become part of Russia. He said that public opinion in Kharkiv, which is not part of Crimea and thus did not participate in the referendum, was "split down the middle" on the issue. Riley said, "The Russians can make a pretty good case for Please see UKRAINE, page A-3Bluewater panel discusses broken dam Heavy rains in April apparently caused a dam to fail at a lake on the Bluewater Bay golf course, which some believe to have contributed to flooding downstream.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Courtesy photosNiceville resident Isaac Riley, shown above outside Kharkiv, Ukraine, returned home from Mormon missionary work in that war-torn country last week. Below, Riley, far right, back row, at a church meeting with people of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city.

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Enjoy live OktoberFest music, singing, dancing and arts & crafts at Market Place Shopping Plaza Bluewater BayROTARY INTERNATIONAL IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. PROCEEDS ARE RETURNED TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH VARIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICES.OPEN TO THE PUBLICFREE ADMISSIONEINS Friday Evening, September 26th, 5 10 pm Live music under the Beer Tent, Bratwurst on the grill and, of course, plenty of refreshments. ZWEI Saturday, Sept. 27th, 11 am 10 pm Live music, entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Sodas, Brats & Beer. GSUFFAPlenty of Gemuetlichkeit Bring the Entire Family and All Your Friends. HELP US CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER! September 26th& 27th Sponsored by 20THANNUALa total $29.5 million budget, about nine percent above its $27.2 million budget for 201314. The general fund makes up $11.4 million of the overall budget with water, sewer, sanitation and stormwater adding the rest of the $18.1 million. The stormwater budget itself is going from $1.3 to $5.5 million but it is dependent on whether the city will get a $4.2 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation. If it does get the grant, there are three projects it will fund. Two are water quality improvement projects and one is a restoration of 2,500 feet of Boggy Bayou shoreline. Public Works Director Bruce Price said that even if the city does not get the grant, it will complete the least expensive of the projects for $370,000 for a treatment vault and new drainage system on Partin Drive, 31st Street and Bayshore Drive by getting a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan. The stormwater budget has gone from under $200,000 in 2010-11 to the $5.5 million it might be for this year if the city gets the grant. Price said the reason it's gone up so much is that the city facilities plan was amended in 2006 to include 15 major projects, six of which have been completed. Five repair and retrofit projects are in various stages of permitting or construction as well. The department will get $452,000 from its stormwater customers and is planning to get a CWSRF loan for $839,000 as well. Although water and sewer's budget is going down six percent this year, it, too, has increased since 2010, going from a $5.6 million budget to a $9.7 million budget this year. Price said, "We have been very aggressive in the past few years trying to prepare ourselves for new development." Price referred to the 1,100-acre parcel owned by Ruckel Properties in northeast Niceville next to the Ruckel airport. In preparation for its development, the city has relocated and increased the size of a lift station and is placing new water and sewer lines along Rocky Bayou Drive. The water and sewer department will get two new employees in the new fiscal year. Also, there will be three new vehicles for a total of $666,000: a new truck with a 6,000-pound crane, a 6,000-gallon tank truck and a sewage vacuum truck. Other highlights of the municipal budget approved Thursday are: Infosrmation Systems Technology, whose budget is $594,060, is hiring a GIS and Web/IS technician to reduce or eliminate outsourcing of these services. -The Police Department, whose budget is $2,045,180, is hiring three additional police officers, getting 3 new police vehicles and also getting body cameras and six replacement Tasers. The Fire Department, with a $1,299,680 budget that has increased 15 percent over last year, is asking for three new firefighters but is waiting to add them until union negotiations begins. Children's Park, with a $209,670 budget, will be installing shade structures over playground equipment. Youth Center Skate Park, whose budget is $78,900 is requesting a used pickup to transport materials for skate ramps. The Library budget is $1,207,670. The Parks Department budget is $1,045,500, a 13 percent increase, and includes extending the Turkey Creek boardwalk and replacing 5 scoreboards. Sanitation budget is $2,854,800. Executive and Finance and Administration budget is $148,310. The Building Inspector budget is $226,970 and a contractor will be used to perform building inspection duties instead of a full-time employee. TAX LEVYFrom page A-1

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for the fiscal year to date, meaning the bridge is collecting 13 percentage points less than expected. Paying traffic on the new Mid-Bay Bridge connector, which accounts for a small fraction of MBBA revenue, exceeded estimates for the second month in a row in August and the ratio of actual to estimated revenue was 121 percent for the month. However, the ratio of actual to estimated revenues for the year was 82 percent, 18 percentage points less than expected for the highway. MBBA Executive Director Jim Vest said that there are two problems with collections of tolls on the connector, which uses a toll-by-plate electronic tolling system that photographs license plates and bills the vehicle's owner. Vest said that some plates are obstructed or absent. He also said sometimes the invoice is sent to the wrong address. He said that the MBBA is collecting 80 to 90 percent of the amounts invoiced. Vest explained that the Florida Highway Patrol sometimes tickets people on the connector who have obstructed license plates. Vest added, "That's an enforcement issue. We may have to consider additional enforcement." In other business at the meeting, the board considered selling a construction office it no longer uses and purchasing a larger office space in Merchant's Walk. Vest said the construction office is no longer needed and that the current office space at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater was "overflowing with files." He said that MBBA is paying $200 a month for storage as well. MBBA owns the offices at Merchant Walk in Bluewater Bay that it is using presently. Vest suggested that the board sell the construction office and existing office while looking at purchasing a larger, 1,500square-foot office, also in Merchant's Walk. Vest said the construction office would need "considerable remodeling" to be used as the MBBA office because it used to be a cabinet shop. The office available at Merchant's Walk would also need to be renovated at an approximate cost of $102,700. The construction office, which was purchased for $375,000, was appraised at $270,000 and Vest estimated the existing office at Merchant's Walk, which was purchased for $84,000, would sell for $120,150. He also estimated the purchase of a 1,500-square-foot office to be $202,500, which with the renovation cost would be $305,200. Board member Daniel Bowers said that he did not think this was a good option since the board would be putting approximately $200 a foot into the new Merchant's Walk office but it would only have a value of $130 a square foot. Board member James Neilson said there were other things to be considered besides the cost of the building. Vest said that the construction office is set back off the road and is not in a good location. Vest said that the administrative assistant would be alone in the office at some times and he did not feel comfortable doing that in the construction office. He also said that the roof on it was leaking and had to be patched. The board voted to sell the construction office and purchase a new one at Merchant's Walk, giving the board attorney and chair power to negotiate a deal. The vote was 4-1, Bowers dissenting. The MBBA closed its Sept. 18 meeting by saying good-bye to Executive Director Jim Vest, who will retire Sept. 30 after 23 years. The board announced that it is pursuing negotiations with Claude Van Fuller for his replacement. Fornell congratulated Vest on a job well done. "You devoted your life and professional career to the project. We are proud and thankful and thank you for your service." ROADBLOCKFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Low rates are just around the corner. 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Ethnic Russians living in eastern Ukraine who want to be part of Russia should go live in Russia. I don't think either side is above reproach, but I think the pro-EU Ukrainians have a better cause." Riley also said that from what he could tell, there was "more communication between Russians and rebels than they let on." Riley sees the situation in Ukraine more as an invasion than a rebellion. Riley served in three cities while in Ukrainethe northeastern city of Kharkiv, where ethnic unrest was relatively nonviolent, and the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, where fighting was heavy. He said an older woman in his congregation who was in the wrong place at the wrong time was killed in a raid when government forces were trying to close in on rebels. When the protests started getting more dangerous and the atmosphere heated, including a bus of policemen getting attacked near where some of the missionaries in his group were living, Riley was given two days' notice that he had to pack and move. Before the situation deteriorated, Riley was making friends in the country, talking to people in the street, knocking on doors and doing community service. "I felt sympathy for the Ukrainians because they've been fought over more than any other country in European history and they just want to live in peace. I was concerned about what was going on around me, concerned for the country." Riley noticed the standard of living was lower in Ukraine than in the U.S. and found that people were struggling to make enough money to live because of corruption. Several times he was stopped by the police and asked for his papers. After seeing them, the policemen asked for bribes, too. One of the common topics of conversation is whether Ukrainian is considered a dialect of Russia or a language all its own. Although the official language of the areas he lived in was Ukrainian, he said he became fluent in Russian while living there because it was what everyone spoke, due in part to seven decades of Russian rule which ended with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 and Ukrainian independence. Riley said most Ukrainians he met were "pretty skeptical" about religion because of corruption in the church. He said there were many atheists in the areas where he lived. Riley said the experience of living in Ukraine changed him for the better. "I can't take anything for granted. I think we're just unbelievably blessed." He added, "I hope I never hear myself complain again because I don't really have anything to complain about." Riley hopes to study economics and Russian at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and wants to return to Ukraine, maybe to Kiev to study abroad. UKRAINEFrom page A-1 850-678-1593 | www.bayoubookcompany.comOak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville | Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Since 1986 Captain Underpants, The Bluest Eye, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, Looking for Alaska, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bless me Ultima, Bone (series) by Jeff Smith, Alice, Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twilight, Nickel and Dimed, The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, Gossip Girl (series), The Kite Runner, The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Of Mice and Men, Harry Potter (series), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, ................. with the right to read the following: BANNEDCELEBRATE BOOKS WEEK Also during the meeting, board member Judy Griffin said that she has been working with landscaping contractors to change the seasonal color of flower beds along Bluewater Bay roadways, and is seeking bids for a contractor to install and maintain holiday lights near entrances to Bluewater Bay during the coming Christmas season. At Griffins suggestion on another matter, the board voted to extend by one month the period for potential contractors to respond to a Request For Proposals for creating a digital mapping system for Bluewater Bay. Griffin said that only one bid has been received thus far in response to the original RFP, and she is hoping for more contractors to submit proposals in order to provide the MSBU with a wider range of choices and prices to select from. Griffin also said that she would be willing to organize a committee of community volunteers to perform annual spring and fall community cleanups. She said she plans to post information about this on the MSBU website at bluewaterbay.org. Landsberger reported to the board that she has been in touch with county officials who have told her that the road resurfacing project along State Road 20 through Bluewater Bay is nearing completion, despite some recent rain delays. She said that pedestrian crosswalk signal lights will soon be activated, and that she expects completion of the road resurfacing through Bluewater Bay by the end of this month. She said that she is posting more detailed information on the MSBU website. BLUEWATERFrom page A-1 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 24, 2014 Page A-3 Town hallState Rep. Matt Gaetz and other Okaloosa County elected officials will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive. According to a statement issued by Gaetz, "Okaloosa citizens are urged to attend and participate in what is being called the Accountability Okaloosa initiative." The meeting will be an open forum for citizens to come and express concerns regarding issues at all levels of government, according to Gaetz. A number of municipal and county elected officials are expected to attend.

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ArrestsOn Sept. 8, Niceville police arrested Alexis Meredeth Grider, 24, a retail worker, of 397 Evans Rd., Niceville, for one count of retail theft shoplifting. Grider entered the Bealls outlet on John Sims Parkway, selected three clothing items with a total value of $41.31, then left the store. Grider admitted that she took the items with no intent to pay. She said she has had a very hard year, and did not know why she stole the items. * On Sept. 9, Niceville police arrested Caitlyn Hueston Worthen, 24, of 142 Baywind Dr., Niceville, for one felony count of battery on an officer, one felony count of resisting an officer with violence, and one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Worthen was witnessed walking through the parking lot of Palm Plaza, arguing with a friend and throwing trash cans at business windows in the parking lot. The witness called police. When an officer found Worthen walking down a nearby road, he asked her to stop but she repeatedly refused. Then officer grabbed hold of Worthens shoulder, she turned and hit him with her fist. Worthen continued to display physical violence toward the officer until she was wrestled to the ground and placed in handcuffs. Once Worthen was restrained, another officer escorted her to his patrol car. During the second officers attempt to place her in the car, she kicked the officer in the right temple with enough force that his eyeglasses were knocked from his face. * On Sept. 10, Johnathan Tyler Harvard, 20, of 1598 Pine St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail for a misdemeanor probation violation. * On Sept. 10, Derrick Wightman Jee, 18, of 1377 Windward Lane, Bluewater Bay, was booked into the Walton County Jail for marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams. He was released later that day. * On Sept. 11, Niceville police arrested Mark Anthony Ellington, 48, of 8987 East River Road, Navarre, on an active Santa Rosa County warrant for violation of parole. * On Sept. 12, Chris Ryan Johnson, 51, of 1912 Benton Ave., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail for a misdemeanor probation violation.SummonsesOn Sept. 9, Niceville police cited Stephen Glen Brown, 35, of 1602 26th St., unit B, Niceville, for driving without a seatbelt, and for knowingly driving with license suspended or revoked. * On Sept. 11, Niceville police cited Shon Kristopher White, 37, of 1406 South Palm Blvd., Niceville, for one count of retail theft shoplifting. White allegedly took a shirt from Walmart and exited past the last point-of-sale without paying.Animal controlOn Sept. 8, Valparaiso police received a report of a 6 foot bear running around the neighborhood near Kelly Way. The bear had departed the area by the time police arrived. * On Sept. 9, Valparaiso police received a report of a brown bear in someones yard at an address on Kelly Mill Road. An officer drove through the area twice, but was not able to locate the bear. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police received two complaints about a dog barking all the time near an address on Chicago Avenue. An officer drove through the neighborhood, but was unable to hear or locate any barking dogs. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police received a report from a woman who said a large white dog in her front yard was preventing her from going outside. An officer was able to capture the dog and returned it to its owner. * On Sept. 7, Valparaiso police received a report of a large dog running loose along Cadillac Avenue. A responding officer was unable to locate the dog. * On Sept. 12, Niceville police received a report of a bear in someones yard at an address on Niceville Avenue. Police advised the caller to leave the big black bear alone. * On Sept. 13, Niceville police received a call from an address on Azalea Drive, where a resident said she had a bear at her back door, and that the bear had then moved to a tree in her yard. She said she would stay in her house the rest of the evening and would call again if she needed help.OtherOn Aug. 11 the Walton County Sheriffs Office responded to an address on Howard Street in reference to a reported disturbance. * On Aug. 26 Walton County Sheriffs deputies responded to a possible theft at an address on County Line Road, Niceville. * On Sept. 3, the Okaloosa Sheriffs Office responded to a reported theft at an address on Commercial Drive, Niceville. * On Sept. 3, Valparaiso police responded to a landlord-tenant dispute. Police advised the parties that it was a civil matter and if they could not come to an agreement, they needed to contact the clerk of court. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police responded to Lincoln Park, where they assisted some boaters whose motor had fallen off their boat into Boggy Bayou, leaving them stranded. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police responded to an automated emergency call from the Okaloosa Gas building on Valparaiso Parkway. Police were unable to locate the source of the call, and found no emergency. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Lincoln Avenue, regarding a commercial vehicle parked at a residence. Police made contact with the vehicles owner, who said that he would move the vehicle. * On Sept. 4, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Bayshore Drive, where they helped a citizen move a stalled vehicle from the roadway. * On Sept. 5, Okaloosa deputies responded to a possible aggravated battery. * On Sept. 6, Valparaiso police responded to a restaurant on John Sims Parkway and assisted an Okaloosa Sheriffs deputy in taking possession of a stolen vehicle found at that location. * On Sept. 6, Valparaiso police responded to a domestic disturbance. * On Sept. 6, a Walton County Sheriffs deputy responded to an address on Crestview St., Niceville, regarding the recovery of some stolen * On Sept. 7, Valparaiso police received a report that someone had broken into a vehicle and removed a pair of reading glasses and approximately $5 in change, at an address on Lincoln Avenue. * On Sept. 7, Valparaiso police responded to a domestic dispute. * On Sept. 8, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Kelly Way, where a caller advised that he was hearing a noise and wanted to make an official complaint. The caller did not know where the noise was coming from or what it was, but wanted it stopped. Police made contact with a neighbor who said that he and his son had been using a steam cleaner in the rental property next door. * On Sept. 9, Valparaiso police responded to the Tom Thumb store on John Sims Parkway regarding a person who was at the store despite a no trespass warning not to be there. Police reissued the trespass warning and the person said he understood and would not return to the property. * On Sept. 9, Valparaiso police received a report of persons stealPolice 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, September 24, 2014 Please see BLOTTER, page A-5 at Niceville UMC214 S. Partin Drive 850-678-4411 Ext. 151OPEN 7 DAYSOct. 1-Oct. 31 10am-8pmSaturdays Family DayBouncy House Face Painting Photo Ops Petting Zoo COMING SOON! SPONSORED BY WALTON COUNTY DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER SARA COMANDER & WALTON COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS Dumpsters provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. DO NOT BRING: POISONS, PESTICIDES, PAINTS, THINNERS, GASOLINE, AND OTHER FLAMMABLES. Community Clean Up DaySaturday, September 27, 2014At the Choctaw Beach Park On State Road 20 In the Choctaw Beach Community From 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM RFPThe Southwind Homeowners Association is soliciting bids for the following two positions: Association Manager Common Area Landscaping Company Southwind is a private, gated community of 220 homes within Bluewater Bay. Applications can be obtained at the association s website (SouthwindPOA.org) or at our association office located at 4540 Highway 20 in Niceville. The office is on the 2nd floor above Beef O Brady sin the Winn Dixie shopping center. Richard martin, realtor & cpa850-496-6956richard.marn@pelicanproperty.comPurchasing a home is your largest investment. Trust a realtor who understands the numbers. NicevilleINSURANCEAGENCY www.nicevilleinsurance.comProtecting Your Business...Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. You can count on us. Safe. Sound. Secure.

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ing batteries, metal, and other miscellaneous goods from the Auto Tech shop on John Sims Parkway. * On Sept. 9, Valparaiso police helped to settle a business dispute. * On Sept. 9, Niceville police responded to an address on Howell Road, where someones tires had been slashed. * On Sept. 11, Valparaiso police received a report from someone who had been receiving harassing phone calls at her place of employment. Police advised the person to contact the clerk of court to seek information about an injunction. * On Sept. 11, Niceville police responded to an address on 27th Street regarding a vehicle burglary in which sunglasses had been stolen from a truck. * On Sept. 12, Valparaiso police assisted the fire department in responding to a fire alarm at an address on Washington Avenue. No sign of fire or smoke was found, although someone had apparently pulled the fire alarm. * On Sept. 12, the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Caribbean Way, Niceville, regarding an incident of fraud. The resident had received a phone call from someone claiming to be her granddaughter, and also claiming to have been arrested in New York City and needing money for bail. The Caribbean Way resident later received a phone call from a man claiming to be a New York City police officer, who also said the granddaughter needed bail money. When the woman asked the supposed police officer what phone number she could call him back at, he responded with an obscenity, and the statement Maam, youre very smart. She dismissed the caller and contacted the sheriff's office. * On Sept. 13, Valparaiso police responded to an address on James Avenue, where a caretaker reported sparks coming from an electrical outlet. Police notified the fire department, and remained on scene until the incident was cleared. * On Aug. 27, Niceville police received a report of a domestic dispute, but determined the matter to be not of a criminal nature. * On Aug. 27, Valparaiso police received a call from someone who said her school account at Northwest Florida State College had been tampered with by someone with whom she had a past relationship. Police advised the caller regarding working with the college to prevent her account from being accessed. * On Aug. 27, Valparaiso police discovered two individuals in the back seat of a vehicle in Lincoln Park, in a state of undress. Police warned them about their actions and informed them they needed to leave the park, as it had closed approximately one hour earlier. No further action was required. * On Aug. 28, Niceville police received a report of a pole saw that had been stolen. The victim said the pole saw was valued at $600. * On Aug. 28, Valparaiso police received a report that someone had observed a Coca-Cola truck pulling a double trailer, in which the back tire was about to catch fire. Valparaiso police were unable to locate the vehicle, but it was later located by an Okaloosa deputy who escorted it back to the Coke plant. * On Aug. 28, Valparaiso police responded to Panhandle Performance on John Sims Parkway regarding a report of the theft of six car batteries from in front of the business. * On Aug. 30, Niceville police responded to the Walmart regarding a report of the theft of a camera valued at $299 and a bicycle accessory valued at $49.99. * On Aug. 30, Valparaiso police confiscated a license tag that did not match the vehicle that it was attached to. The driver of the vehicle told police he would get a ride home from a coworker. * On Aug. 30, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Rose Court, where someone had spraypainted obscene verbiage in the middle of the road. Police contacted the city yard to arrange for the obscenity to be removed or covered up. * On Aug. 31, Niceville police responded to an address on Bayshore Drive regarding the theft of a boat motor. * On Aug. 31, Niceville police responded to an address on Arrowhead Way regarding the reported theft of a number of items from a home while the owner was out of town. The homeowner estimated the total value of the stolen items at $18,700. * January 13, 2014 Mr. Williams and Staff, I thank you for opening my eyes to the new technology of better hearing. Wearing one hearing aid (behind the ear) for 40 plus years, I was skeptical to make any changes or try anything new. I just had to learn to get out of my comfort zone and try what technology has to offer us to make our life easier and to hear what weve been missing. Again, I thank you all so very much. I love you all. God Bless. Sincerely, Karen SmithNICEVILLEHEARINGCENTER850-678-3277 | Twin Cities Medical Plaza1001 College Blvd. W., Bldg. 2 | Niceville, FL 32578 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com info@NicevilleHearingCenter.com Grant Williams, HAS, HIS, ACA FL & LA Licensed in Hearing Instrument Sciences Graduate of The American Council of Audio Prosthology earCareTM THEBAYBEACONWednesday, September 24, 2014 Page A-5 TRUST.ITS MORE THAN A WORD TO US. ITS OUR WORD TO YOU. $1,700REBATE* ORState License # RA 0067136 OFFER EXPIRES 11/28/2014. *System rebate offers range from $300 to $1,700. See your local Lennox dealer for details. 2014 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. One offer available per qualifying purchase. 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BLOTTERFrom page A-4 Full production tribute to the life and music of the King of Rock-n-Roll with a dynamic concert band.For more info visit www.chriselvis.comFor tickets call850.729.6000or visitwww.mattiekellyartscenter.orgAll programs, artists, dates and times are subject to change. ON SALE NOW! The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 By Marcia Anne SandersBeacon Staff Writer In an alleged incident of road rage, a Crestview man was arrested for attacking a Federal Express driver on the ramp of the Mid-Bay connector at State Road 85, Niceville, on Monday, according to Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports. Ted Robert Simmons, 77, unemployed, of 429 Mara Dr., Crestview, made hand gestures and then stopped his Mercedes on the side of the road in front of a Fed Ex delivery truck driven by Tim Pierson, with whom was riding a passenger, Wesley Eitel, according to the reports. Pierson told investigators he stopped to see if Simmons was all right. Simmons then walked toward the Fed Ex truck with a gun in his hand, yelling threats to "blow your . head off," according to the sheriff's accounts. Pierson said Simmons fired the gun near his head as he was getting out of the vehicle with his hands up. Meanwhile, Eitel got behind Simmons and grabbed him. Pierson and Eitel wrestled Simmons to the ground and took away the gun. Investigators say Simmons told them Pierson's truck was tailgating him on State Road 85. Simmons said he grabbed Pierson's leg to pull him out of the truck and then Eitel jumped him. Simmons said he fired the gun over Pierson's head because he was outnumbered and afraid. Two witnesses corroborated Pierson's version. Simmons complained of a shoulder injury and was taken to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville for treatment prior to his arrest for two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, according to the reports. Ted R. Simmons Man arrested in road rage incident

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Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso.With affordable cuisine and a high-end appeal, Valparaisos Compass Rose Restaurant and Bar offers a perfect location for an unforgettable experience. Located at the foot of the Toms Bayou Bridge, Compass Rose brings polished dining and a relaxed comfortable atmosphere to a new level. Enjoy lunch favorites, dinner specialties, and an award winning Sunday Brunch with family and friends. Indulge in breathtaking views on the patio overlooking Toms Bayou and the beautiful interior dcor of the islands. Compass Rose is a perfect venue to host memorable events in our private banquet facilities, or share an intimate evening. Focused on quality and supporting local purveyors, Compass Rose offers a unique Caribbean fare with Gulf Coast flare. The new menu sets a standard of distinction that separates them from restaurants across the bay. No need to drive all the way to Destin for a night out, when you can treat yourself here in town. In compliments of the beautiful dining room, the trendy bar area is the spot to be for their daily Happy Hour and nightly drink specials. Ladies Night offers $5 martinis on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as Half Priced Bottles of Wine on Thursdays and Saturdays. As a bonus, Compass Rose features live entertainment from local musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings. In support of the troops, 15% OFF is offered to ALL military personnel. Voted Finest on the Emerald Coast for Sunday Brunch, Compass Rose spoils its guest with a lavish buffet. Everything from savory dishes and fresh seafood to homemade sweets, they also offer a variety of madeto-order stations. A guaranteed pleaser for a variety of taste; Prime Rib Carving Station, Create Your Own Pasta, Fresh Made Omelets & Eggs Benedicts and a sweet selection of French Toast, Pancakes and Waffles. Bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis make the experience extraordinary. A favorite hangout spot on the bayou is Docs Oyster Bar. Located behind Compass Rose, Docs has extended their menu to offer smoked wings, seafood platters, delicious sandwiches and a unique selection of char-grilled oysters or fresh shucked raw. There is no better way to watch the sunset over the bayou or to cheer on your favorite teams with NFL Sunday Ticket on one of their seven televisions. Dont miss their Daily Drink and Food Specials, Active Duty Happy Hour All Day Every Day and Sunday-Funday. Whether you seek an upscale ambiance or place to kick back and relax, Compass Rose and Docs Oyster Bar have you covered right on your own backyard. Find them both at 303 Glen Avenue in Valparaiso or call 850-389-2125. The hours of operation are Tues.Fri. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner: 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. Dinner: 4 p.m. 9 p.m.; Sun. Brunch: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.Advertising Feature ALL AROUND THE TOWN Compass RoseUse Your Compass to find the Rose ofValparaiso Please bring in this ad to receive offer. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Dinner/Dine-in only, 2nd entree of lesser or equal value. Valid -Sept. 24-Sept. 30, 2014 At right: Voted Finest on the Emerald Coast for Sunday Brunch, the lavish buffet at Compass Rose offers a little bit of everything. Below: The beautiful interior dcor of the islands and a menu par excellence makes Compass Rose the perfect venue to host memorable events in our private banquet facilities, or share an intimate evening. Bottom photo: There is no better way to watch the sunset over the bayou or to cheer on your favorite teams with NFL Sunday Ticket on one of their seven televisions.The Bay Beacon Page A-6 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Board Certified Pediatricians and Pediatric Nurse PractitionersCRESTVIEW850-689-0900 182 Redstone Ave., Ste. BNICEVILLE850-729-3575 1403 Cat-Mar Rd. 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Jenna Rae Montgomery plays the Hospital Secretary in the Boardroom of The Knickerbocker Hospital for the duration of Steven Soderbergh's 10 episode series of "The Knick" starring Clive Owen on Cinemax. This new series is about the sacrifices made in the year 1900 to achieve advances in what transforms into modern medicine. Montgomery is the daughter of Wayne and Donna Montgomery in Niceville. *** Captain Jason T. Vanta has been promoted to the rank of Major, USAF. He is an F-16 pilot, currently stationed overseas and a 2000 graduate of Niceville High School and 2004 graduate of the Air Force Academy. Vanta is married to the former Sandra Schares of Kln, Germany and is the son of Tom and Beth Vanta of Niceville. *** Justin M. Hand has been promoted to the rank of Major, USAF. He is a B-52 pilot, currently stationed in Louisiana. Hand is married to the former Sarah Vanta of Niceville and is the son-inlaw of Tom and Beth Vanta of Niceville.Staff Reports Two decades ago the MidBay Rotary Club decided to throw an Oktoberfest to raise money for charity. "The Oktoberfest is a community event for our neighbors to get together and have a good time," said event organizor Bert Melnick. "Prior to our 20 years doing the Oktoberfest a Bluewater Bay German Restaurant, now closed, had a small Oktoberfest. We took it over from them and made it bigger and better. "Over the last 20 years the club has given over $200,000 to charities," Melnick continued. The event has grown to become a tradition, each year growing bigger and better. "We had about 9,000 people attend last year and expect close to 10,000 this year," said Melnick. "We went through 32 kegs of German and American beer. We are ordering 36 kegs this year." This year Oktoberfest is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27, in the market Place Shopping Plaza, in front of the Bluewater Bay Winn-Dixie supermarket. There is no admission charge. The festivities will kick off Friday at 5 p.m.with live music under the beer tent and bratwurst on the grill, along with authentic German sauerkraut from an old Bavarian family recipe. Along with the German food will be grilled chicken quarters, hot dogs, funnel cakes, curly fries, hot boiled peanuts, snow cones, cotton candy and kettle korn. The music will be provided by accordionist Walter Kasprzyk, followed by the High Steppers and nearly two hours of German polka music by the Joe Occhipinti band. Volunteers from the Niceville High Schools Rotary-sponsored Interact Service Club will help with concessions. A wide variety of arts and crafts items such as original paintings, woodcrafts, jewelry, pottery, embroidery, homemade crafts and artwork, photos, metal work and toys will be available for purchase. Childrens activities such as Coco the Clown and giant slides will be available both days. On Saturday, North Bay firefighters will have a fire engine and other fire safety displays. Fridays festivities will wind down about 10 p.m. Saturday, Oktoberfest gets under way at 11 a.m. and the festival continues until the Joe Occhipinti band closes the festival down around 11 p.m. All revenue will be used to support local charities. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , S S e e p p t t e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 4 4 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Whos News Jason T. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 THEBAYBEACON HON wood office desk. Top is 5ft. by 2.5 ft. Rolling chair included. $75.00. Call 897-5068. FREELANCE NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENT The Bay Beacon, Niceville, FL, seeks a freelance reporter to cover meetings of government agencies in Niceville, Valparaiso, and elsewhere in Okaloosa County. You must be available most nights, most days, or both. We pay $30 per story and $5 per photo, when published. Writing experience is essential, as are use of a home computer and a reliable vehicle. Some reporting and photo experience is helpful, but not required. This a great chance to learn more about your community. E-mail cover letter, a statement of qualifications, and info on whether you are available most days, most evenings, or both, to hrdept@baybeacon.com Bus driver needed for Christian school. Must live in Niceville and have CDL driver license. Please call 678-9355 or go to www.ourwell.org to email. Assisted principal/ music teacher for Christian school. Please call 678-9355 or go to www.ourwell.org to email. cono NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville. 678-1080 1080 KNITTING LESSONS Learn from scratch, brush up, or try a new skill! Experienced teacher available for lessons on a flexible schedule. Socks, lace, and more-call Melissa at 850-764-3641 or email melissa@slapyourllam a.com Saturday, September 27th. 7am-? Swift Creek Community Multi-Family ADVERTISING SALES The Beacon Newspapers (The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot) have an opening for a career-minded, full-time person to sell customers the benefits of newspaper advertising.Candidates should be upbeat, energetic, organized, selfstarting and detail-oriented. Salary plus incentive. Mileage allowance. Benefits include IRA plan and paid vacation and holidays. Candidates must be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and have a reliable vehicle. We will train the right person. Apply in person at the Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Fcon.co KNITTING LESSONS Learn from scratch, brush up, or try a new skill! Experienced teacher available for lessons on a flexible schedule. Socks, lace, and more-call Melissa at 850-764-3641 or email melissa@slapyourllam a.com Saturday, September 27th. 7am-? Swift Creek Community Multi-Family. Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted Services Yard Sales Services Yard Sales Furniture CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! The more you tell, the more you sell! Call the Beacon Newspapers at 678-1080 to place your ad today! GET RESULTS! Call 678-1080 to place your ad today. The Beacon Newspapers Capture the Eglin and Hurlburt markets in the base newspapers! The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base & Hurlburt Field! Let the community know your business. Advertise inAt Your Service The Bay Beacon, the Eglin Flyer and the Hurlburt Patriot678-1080 Lots 13, 14 and 15 located on Homestead Street, Niceville, FL 32578 on the corner of Joseph Avenue and Homestead Street off of Highway 20. Lots are approximately 7500 square feet each. Unfinished block building. Asking $49,500.00 PROPERTY FOR SALEOWNER FINANCING MAY BE AVAILIBLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFYPlease call Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union for more information. 1-800-448-4096 Ext. 3400 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. Well Help You Find The Home That Fits! 1821 John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-5178 www.CarriageHills.com Realtor@CarriageHills.com 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Nicevilles NewspaperThe Bay Beacon& Beacon Express Opus One performs for 9/11 ceremonyNiceville High School s Opus One ensemble was honored to perform the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic Sept. 11 at a pre-dawn ceremony to reveal the newly cast bell for the Veterans Tribute Tower. Pictured at the Uptown Station event are Michael Dye, NHS Choral Music Director, and members of Opus One pictured from left, Rebecca Johnson, Lyndon Clifton, Isabel Schrack, Jacob LyteHaven, Seth Pecore, Ben Huston, Maggie LaFratta, Tia Patel, Ken Angell, Kimberly Pickler, Nicole Paci, Xander Johnson, Daniel Schlegel, Jared Herzog, Colleen Ellis, Gabrielle Schrack, Chelsea Anderson, Kirsten Herzog, Zachary Schwantz and Anna Bills. Ruckel singers choose councilThe Ruckel Chorus announces the 2014-2015 Council members from the Ambassador Chorus: Presidents Ricky Kozak and Yolanda Stallworth; Vice President Hannah Sjostrom; Secretaries Sally Clifton and Zachary Wendt; Librarians Kayla Stephensen, Ashleigh Wallace, Hannah Vitt, Josh Riley; Special Projects Tabitha Hanson, Barret Mullinix, Chloe Keiran. Not pictured, Simrun Sharma and Bill Danielak. Edge Safety officers pickedDeputy Jeff Moore has selected his Student Safety Patrol officers for Edge Elementary School. Pictured, Capt. Caroline Gray, LT. Sean Dickerson and SGT. Josey Dickerson. Kids learn about bulliesC.D. Williamson Karate had a free Bully Awareness Class Friday Sept. 12. Over 100 kids showed up to learn how they can make a difference to bullying. Pictured, Sensei Coy Williamson, Program Director and instructor of the Bully Awareness classes. The next free class is Friday, Oct.17. Volunteers neededEmerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center is seeking volunteers for their Okaloosa and Walton County Centers that can greet families, answer telephone calls, front desk administrative assistance, light kitchen duties and bake chocolate chip cookies. Interested individuals are asked to please contact Dianne Lewellyn at the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center at 833-9237 ext. 222 or by email at Dianne@eccac.org. Faneuil, Inc. is contracted by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to staff and supervise toll plazas throughout Florida. We are seeking Toll Attendant applicants. We offer a competitive starting wage and an opportunity for career advancement. You must be driven to excellent customer service, adept at cash handling, and able to pass a stringent background investigation. Apply in person Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4pm.Toll Attendants Needed

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Community band Emerald Coast Community Band welcomes new members with no try outs or auditions. The band plays several concerts a year. Practice is every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Meigs Middle School band room, Shalimar. Call 865-8902 for more information. Alzheimer s support Covenant Alzheimers Services will hold a support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimers disease at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, please contact Covenant Alzheimers Services in advance at 866-478-7790. Jewelry benefit The Auxiliary of Twin Cities hospital is sponsoring a Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessory Sale in the hospital Wellness Center on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit health care related scholarships. For more information, contact the TCHA gift shop at 729-9481. Broadway production The 2014-2015 national touring Broadway season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents an unprecedented combination of extreme percussion, engaging humor and extraordinary athleticism with Recycled Percussion Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Originally seen on Americas Got Talent, Recycled Percussion has been called STOMP on steroids. Tickets are $35 each. There is a group discount for 10 or more tickets. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit online at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Blood drive There will be a blood drive Thursday, Sept. 25 at Walmart, Niceville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors will receive a T-shirt. Republicans to meet The Okaloosa County Republican Club will host their monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Sheriff Larry Ashley is the guest speaker and will discuss Floridas Right to Medical Marijuana Amendment on the upcoming November ballot, and other matters of importance to Okaloosa County Residents. Price for dinner is $15 and includes drinks and gratuity. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Republican Club or to make dinner reservations call Club President Don Adams at 586-1325. Student recitals Enjoy free music with vocal and instrumental Student Recitals Friday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Oktoberfest The 20th annual Oktoberfest and Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be at Winn Dixie Plaza in Bluewater Bay on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Author appearrance The Niceville Library Friends will host a program featuring bestselling Florida author, Tim Dorsey on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Niceville Council Chambers. His newest book is Tiger Shrimp Tango. For more information call 2794863 extension 1504. Bird walk Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is having a bird walk Sept. 27 at Niceville bayous and spray fields. Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk in the Niceville area searching for a variety of water birds, migrating songbirds and even wild turkeys. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and any spotting scopes or binoculars which you may wish to use. Meet in front of Badcock Furniture in Bayou Plaza, 699 John Sims Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. Call Lenny at 863-2039 for more information. Woman's expo What Women Want at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island, is the Emerald Coast's premier women's expo on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission and parking. For additional information, please contact Ashley at 243-2323. Learn to knit Make your own Christmas gifts this year by learning the fun and useful craft of knitting at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida during a Heritage Alive! Craft Class with instructor Carol Burkhard, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn basic stitches and begin a project of your choice to be ready by fall. Bring your own yarn and size 8 needles. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Call 678-2615. Fun run The inaugural Closing the Gate On Drugs 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile fun run, hosted by the Emerald Coast Young Marines and Children in Crisis, will be Sept. 27 at the Winn Dixie parking lot, Bluewater Bay, starting at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. Both the run and the 5K Run/Walk and the 1 mile Fun Run will be $20 each. All of the funds raised will be shared between the Emerald Coast Young Marines and Children in Crisis. Swordfish tourney Bluewater Bay Marina and Bluewater High and Dry present the 2nd annual Bluewater Bay Marina Complex Swordfish Showdown. The month long tournament will begin Sept. 27 and and last until Oct. 25. Yellowfin, Wahoo and Dolphin divisions have been added to the tournament. Boat fees for the tournament are $500. All fish are to be weighed in at the Bluewater Bay Fuel Dock. For more information please call 897-2821 or visit bluewaterbaymarina.com. Blood drive There will be a blood drive Monday, Sept. 29 at the Walmart, Niceville, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All donors will receive a T-shirt. Free film showing The NWFSC Film Club presents a showing of "Philomena," rated PG13, on Sept. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room J328 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Open to the public, there will be free food and drinks and a discussion afterwards. Basketball sign ups Youth basketball registration starts Sept. 29 and ends Oct. 31. K-8th grade may register online nicevilleumc.org/recreation or in person at the Community Life Center, 214 Partin Drive South, Niceville. Fine arts show The 31st Northwest Florida TriCounty Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society, the Northwest Florida Fair Board and Cox Communications, will be Monday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2-10 p.m. The Opening Reception for the Show is on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2-4 p.m. Artwork in every medium will be on display; high school and middle school art will be a special feature. There is no charge for the reception or show; both are open to the public at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex, formerly The Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 582-1329. Blood drive There will be a blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Walmart, Niceville from 12-5 p.m. All donors will receive a t-shirt. Elvis is back Chris MacDonald is back with his popular tribute "Memories of Elvis in Concert" in the Mainstage Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville, on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $35 each. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit online at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Birders to meet The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet Oct. 2, the first Thursday of the month, in Room 130 of the NWFSC Student Services Center at 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m. following conservation topics at 6:45 p.m. Open to the public, contact Gary Parsons at parsonskg@cox.net or 6990977. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The Eaglette Dance team will host a dance clinic Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.2 p.m. The cost is $30. Participants will learn a dance routine that will be performed during the NHS vs Tate football game on Friday, Oct. 3. 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Page B-4 W ednesday, September 24, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Sarah ClausonChoctaw falls to NicevilleNiceville High School Eagles crushed their previously undefeated rival Choctawhatchee High School during the football game Friday, Sept. 19 with a score of 42-20. Pictured, Eli Stove gets a hand off from Drew Frederic to get the first down. Taking a well earned break, the Eagles will next play Tate High School at home Oct. 3 in a district game. GET HER BACK IN THE JUNGLE QUICKER.Kids will be kids. And when the backyard magically turns into a jungle, accidents can happen. So when that inevitable break, cut, or bruise occurs, bring them to the ER at Twin Cities Hospital. Our kid-friendly ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So we will have her back to swinging through the jungle in no time. For more information about when to take your child to the ER, talk with our nurses 24/7 by calling (850) 729-9468 or visit us at TCHospital.com.Check our current average ER wait time by texting ER to 23000*.*Wait defined as arrival time until greeted by a Qualified Medical Professional. Kid-Friendly Emergency Care, 24/7 Lewis beats St. MaryLewis School's varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams won against St. Mary Catholic School Sept. 17. Pictured, Lewis players Anjolie Perez and Olivia Wilson. NHS runner girls winNiceville High School girl's cross country won first place in the 13th Annual Bay Invitational at Harder's Park in Panama City Sept. 13, with the NHS boy's team finishing second. In the open race, Addision Burkett led the way again followed by Payton Watson and Zach Fralish. Julia Moreno was the top female finisher in the open race followed by Erica Mitchell and Addi Martin.