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The Bay beacon

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Title:
The Bay beacon
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Beacon
Place of Publication:
Niceville, FL
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Bayou Enterprises Inc., Stephen W. Kent- Publisher
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2010
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Weekly
regular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )

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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Description based on: May 11, 1994.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Copyright Bay Beacon. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-4 An Air Force warplane banks above mock aggressor boats in a drill over Choctawhatchee Bay in 2014. This week s 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group exercise may temporarily disrupt GPS signals.Air Force photoBeacon Staff People in the area may experience a bit more trouble finding their destinations or friends this week while the Air Force jams GPS signals during an air-sea exercise. Eglin Air Force Base said its 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group would conduct the operation in Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico through Friday. The exercise began Monday. Residents may experience aircraft noise and GPS unavailability, according to a statement issued by Eglin. Ground-based navigation and electronic devices or smart phone apps that rely on GPS may be affected in the vicinity of Eglin Air Force Base while tests are being conducted from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to the Air Force statement. Normal GPS reliability will resume once testing is complete each day, the statement added. Those in the area are strongly encouraged to plan activities accordingly. The Air Force operates the worldwide system of Global Positioning System satellitesThere was a great turnout of delighted youngsters for a city-sponsored Easter egg hunt at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, on Saturday. Later, many children, including (pictured, upper right) Mikayla White and her little brother, rode around the park on a kiddie train. The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department displayed its new pumper. Michelle Hyland, pictured at lower right with Emily and Ethan Hyland, found a golden egg and won an Easter basket. Beacon photos by Paula MimsWeek-long AF drill tests effects of GPS jammingBy Chrissie Kirila Beacon Correspondent Congressman Matt Gaetz toured the Valparaiso Coca-Cola Bottling Co. sales and distribution center Thursday as part of an Open Gaetz Day in which he visited several places in the Twin Cities and met with constituents. After seeing a slide show about the Coke center on Valastics Avenue, the Dist. 1 Republican lawmaker toured the soft drink warehouse. Ed Hall, manager of the sales center, said the warehouse is not a storehouse for product, but rather a distribution center that receives palletready orders from Pensacola on a nightly basis, which are in turn loaded onto trucks for delivery to stores and vending machines each day. Gaetz was particularly interested in learning how recent federal income-tax cuts were affecting the business, a major employer in the area. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Gaetz said he had a role in drafting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which passed Congress and was signed into law in December. Tax overhaul has resulted in greater takehome pay for employees due to lower tax-withholding obligations, said Hall. This in turn boosts the local economy, said Gaetz. The Valparaiso Coke facility employs 75 on a $4.4 million annual payroll. Hall and Coke Division Director Steve Wood said the local centers biggest challenge was finding enough skilled labor, particularly commercial drivers. Hall said that the company seeks ways to make the ergonomics of the business more employee-friendly. For example, a new genera-Hopping to itDist. 1 Congressman Matt Gaetz listens to a briefing by Coca-Cola managers during a visit Thursday to the company s distribution center in Valparaiso.Beacon photo by Chrissie Kirila Please see GPS, page A-2 Please see GAETZ, page A-3 Lawmaker tastes the feelingRep. Gaetz visits Valp. Coke plant50Wednesday, April 4, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 4 Inserts The Twin Cities Honor Choir gave its 22nd annual community concert March 27 at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. The chorus was composed of fifth graders who were selected after auditions from Bluewater, Plew and Edge elementary schools and Lewis School. Courtesy photo 3-story hotel proposedHonor Choir performsBeacon Staff Niceville is about to get another hotel. A three-story, 79-room hotel called TownPlace Suites is proposed for a vacant tract at the southwest corner of Highway 85 North and Niceville Avenue, just south of Generations United Church. Please see HOTEL, page A-3

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Page A-2 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 THEBAYBEACON Gulf Coast DentalWe can help you smile again.Do you have gum or periodontal disease?There is now a FDA approved way to treat this chronic, debilitating disease.Dr. Steven G. RobinetteGraduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. Dedicated to excellence in dentistry.Gulf Coast DentalBluewater Bay 4566 Hwy. 20 E. #108 Courtyard Plaza Niceville, FL 32578gulfcoastdental.com(850) 8979600This laser technique involves no pain, no cutting, no stitches, and best of all... no down time! Call us for a FREE Consultation! Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 Call today for a FREE Hearing ProfileJAMESW. DAMEHAS, BC-HIS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICESIMPLY THE BESTAt Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we feel were the best in town because we offer: OUR NAME BRANDS: Oticon, Phonak, Signia MOST UP-TO-DATE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FAIR, AFFORDABLE PRICES 30 DAY TRIAL PRIVILEGE Expires: 4/30/18 Expires: 4/30/18 batteries$3 per packLimit 4by Varta NERA 2$2,00000All Models & SizesReg. $2,30000 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith The St. Louis Cardinals. Thats my old home team, from way back in the day. Johnnie Coil, 77, Fort Walton Beach, retired pilot The Cleveland Indians. My dads from Cleveland, and I started watching them about 3 years ago. Alex Hendricks, 38, Niceville, welderWhich Major League baseball team do you root for?Location: Niceville civic complex and softball fields The Boston Red Sox. My dad is a lifelong fan, and it just kind of filtered down. Megan Stipp, 34, Niceville, homemaker The Braves. I grew up watching them. My grandparents used to take us to Atlanta to watch baseball and visit Six Flags. Shane Dalton, 23, Crestview, construction contractor The Yankees. In 2009, the year I was born, they won the World Series. Fiona Kerrigan, 8, Niceville, Lewis School student The Boston Red Sox. My great grandpa was a Boston Red Sox fan. Its a family tradition. Ashton Saylers, 7, Niceville, Edge Elementary School studentWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. that provide GPS signals. Developed for military use, the signals have been available to civilians since the 1990s at no cost to the end user. Smartphones, motor-vehicle navigation devices, airplane navigation systems, and certain other electronic devices rely on GPS signals for location and time information. The U.S. military, which is exempt from the federal statute that outlaws interference with GPS signals, trains for war contingencies in which one side may jam the signals in hopes of disrupting a foes operations. Eglin said the exercise this week would also involve the release of munitions over the Gulf of Mexico about 23 miles off Destin each morning. In the afternoons, between 1 and 5 p.m, military boats, some of them bearing fake deck guns and fake rocket tubes, will maneuver in the Gulf and in Choctawhatchee Bay between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge, according to the Air Force. Warplanes will target the boats but wont fire any weapons. The Eglin public affairs office did not respond to requests for additional information. Okaloosa County did not respond to a query seeking information as to whether GPS unavailability might affect civilian airport operations. GPSFrom page A-1

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College successes are cited By Chrissie Kirila Beacon Correspondent The Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees spent a day last month orienting three new members to the workings of the college. In other business during a meeting March 13, trustees congratulated Devin Stephenson for his first year as president of the Niceville educational institution. In a follow-up interview, Stephenson named several accomplishments of which he is most proud: The establishment of a strategic plan for the college. The reception of two legislative appropriations totaling $5.74 million (one for a hot/chill water project and the other for the remodeling of the Niceville Campus Engineering building) The naming of the college as one of 150 instutitions eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The recent signing into law of a Florida Legislature measure that will allow the college to waive course fees for active-duty service members using Military Tuition Assistance. Through the tireless efforts of Sen. George Gainer and Rep. Mel Ponder, NWF State can now provide an affordable, quality education for members of our military without requiring them to pay state fees, Stephenson said. I cannot think of a more appropriate way to honor our military for their service to our country. In other business, at the direction of the board of trustees, Stephenson has been developing a system of performance-centric reward for personnel. A concept for this plan was presented to the board. It includes new evaluation instruments for employees and compensation that is affected by individual performance as well as corporate college success. The college executive officer for government relations and strategy, John Capra, briefed the trustees on campus safety and security. In a later interview Capra stated that the campus police department had become fully functional on Feb. 6, 2016 and has continually strived to increase and enhance campus safety at every opportunity. Stephenson stated that the college would be requesting grant money that recently has become available for hardening schools (making them more resistant to threats) in the wake of mass shootings elsewhere in the U.S. The board of trustees is looking into a possible transfer of collegeowned land at the old college site in Valparaiso near the Heritage Museum to be used for an expansion of the museum. The museum proposes to use the space to create a Folk School building where classes in such as glass blowing and weaving may be offered. The parcels in question would be added to contiguous parcels provided by Ruckel Properties and the City of Valparaiso. NWFSC is planning to restore signs to College Boulevard with monument structures and LED displays and add fencing. Earlier the state Department of Transportation required the college to move signs which were in the DOT right of way. The new monument structures will be located on the east and west property corners. A bid by Dominguez Design-Build, Inc. was approved for electrical work, masonry and signs at the cost of $289,000 pending funding. An eight-week summer term will be returned to the college calendar. This term is ideal for high school students as it begins after graduation. College representatives have been in Okaloosa and Walton county high schools this past month instructing students in admissions to the college. Open enrollment for summer classes will begin April 6. In other news, language arts teacher Amy Krafcik of the colleges Collegiate High School has been named a High Impact Teacher by the Florida Department of Education following results of her former students performance on statewide standardized tests. Students at Collegiate High School conducted Senior Capstone Presentations March 13-15. These presentations reflect year-long research into an area of special interest. The presentations are a requirement for graduation from the school. (850) 729-0176 1073 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Cathy Alley, Realtor.......................(850) 585-2303 Donna Bennett, Broker Assoc.........(850) 585 -5746 Stacey Driver, Realtor.....................(850) 621-6601 Chanie Erb, Realtor........................(850) 585-1665 Lynn Gauthier, Realtor...................(850) 517-6444 Amanda Grandy, Realtor................(850) 333-2154 Beth Little, Realtor.........................(850) 543-8617 Marion Russell, Broker Assoc..........(850) 582 -5813 Tammy Summers, Realtor...............(601) 597-3777 Sharlyn Thomas, Realtor................(850) 865-7221 Bethany Zaal, Realtor.....................(850) 217-2509THE CHOICE IS CLEAR FOR REPEAT HOME SELLERS Chanie Erb is your neighborhood Real Estate Professional! She has been a full time REALTOR in our local area for the past 5 years. As an active duty Military spouse Chanie has first hand knowledge of the excitement and challenges of relocating. She takes great pride in assisting home owners and home buyers through the steps necessary to complete a real estate transaction. Chanie has a strong belief in giving back to the community where she and her family live and work. Not only does shesponsor Niceville Football Little League, she sponsors Niceville High School and Rocky Bayou Christian School events. She is also on the executive board of C.A.L.M. (Crisis Aid for Littles and Moms). Chanie strives to provide everyone with an energized, outgoing, professional experienceno matter if it is selling, buying, flipping or investing. Let her be The KEY to your new HOME! DIRECTORY MEET OUR AGENTS $339,9004 beds, 2 baths, 2178 sqft314 W. Glen Ave., ValparaisoAmanda Grandy (850) 333-2154 Tammy Summers (601) 597-3777 Marion Russell (850) 582-5813 Donna Bennett (850) 585-5746 Chanie Erb (850) 585-1665 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, April 4, 2018 Page A-3 The network was honored in J.D. Powers 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study for Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms. tion of trucks will contain a cool lift system that reduces loading effort. Other stops on Gaetzs visit to the area included the Okaloosa Stemm Academy in Valparaiso, the Niceville Rotary Club, and Niceville High School for Military Academy Night. In a follow-up interview, Gaetz reflected upon issues that stood out to him after visiting local constituents. Folks in Niceville are always focused on the military mission, said Gaetz, who grew up in Niceville. I wouldnt call it concern but we know we must remain vigilant to keep what we have and grow the mission where compatible. I did hear concern about the opioid crisis from employers, Gaetz said. They are concerned about losing good workers to this disease. I remain committed to finding better medical alternatives to opioids, like medical cannabis, to stop people from getting hooked in the first place. The first-term congressman, a lawyer, faces a GOP primaryelection challenge in August from a former Marine Corps aviator, Cris Dosev, of Pensacola. Gaetz, who declined to comment directly on Dosevs candicacy, said, My job is to do a good job. I put trust in the community. Im a constitutional conservative working hard in Congress to support the Trump agenda, rebuild our military and fight back against the excessive growth of government, Gaetz said. I ran for Congress to fight Washington and restore America. We need to keep fighting for at least one more term. GAETZFrom page A-1 Regularly priced at $24.95 850-678-1593www.bayoubookcompany.comOak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Since 1986 Catalina Estrada Springtime UmbrellasWhile supplies last...$15.95 The Niceville City Council is scheduled to considered approval of a site plan for the development on Tuesday, April 10. TownPlace, a brand of giant Maryland-based Marriott International, specializes in spacious suites with full kitchens targeted to extended stay travelers who want to feel at home and stay productive. The TownPlace brand has 338 locations, with another 218 planned, according to Marriott. The 111,000-square-foot, commercially zoned tract earmarked for the hotel is owned by VT Hospitality LLC, a Fort Walton Beach firm managed by Sumant Patel, Pallavi C. Patel and Charule S. Patel, according to county and state records. The 47,000-square-foot lodging will have its entrance on Niceville Avenue. Also on the city council agenda next week is a proposed 17-lot home subdivision off the east end of Iowa Street on vacant land owned by a Destin firm. The houses would be built on 4,000-square-foot lots with a small part maintained by a homeowners assocation. Both the hotel and residential developments propose turning over certain wetlands or drainage areas to the city for maintenance. HOTELFrom page A-1 U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks to military academy applicants and their families at Niceville High School Thursday.Beacon photo by Chrissie Kirila$205,0003 beds, 2 baths, 1989 sqft130 Crab Apple Ave., Crestview Northwest Florida State College President Devin Stephenson and the college board of trustees. From left: Stephenson, Jeff Floyd, Craig Barker, Lori Kelley, Brian Pennington, Charlotte Flynt, Rudy Wright, Shane Abbott. Beacon photo by Chrissie Kirila

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Page A-4 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 THEBAYBEACON ArrestsOn March 17 Niceville police arrested Benjamin Zackery Hoffmann, 41, whose address was a Niceville hotel, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer encountered Hoffman while investigating a suspicious person/vehicle in a parking lot. When the police officer appeared, Hoffman fled, but was later located at his residence, a hotel room. He was arrested there on a warrant from Walton County. A search of the residence conducted with permission revealed a cut straw with residue and a white powdery substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On March 18 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested a 17-yearold Niceville boy on charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and theft of between $300 and $5,000. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident on Osceola Court, Niceville, on Dec. 10, 2017, in which the boy and an accomplice had been seen on a home video security system opening vehicle doors and going through a vehicle, and taking a wallet, gift cards, and sunglasses, valued at a total of $844.74. * On March 19 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Stephen Douglas Husty, 36, of Oak Avenue, Niceville, on a charge of misdemeanor probation violation. * On March 19 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Douglas Andrew Hutcheson, 60, of 110 Regatta Dr., Niceville, on a charge of obstructing court order pretrial release condition violation. * On March 19 Niceville police arrested Michelle Nicole Lessenden, 21, of 1029 Benton Ave., #A, Niceville, on charges of cocaine possession, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer spotted Lessenden and a friend at the Goodwill facility on Redwood Avenue at 11:11 p.m., when it was closed. As the officer approached, he could see furtive movements as if Lessenden and her friend were attempting to conceal something. As he approached the pair, the officer smelled the odor of burning marijuana, and both admitted to rummaging through Goodwill property. The officer saw a pill bottle in plain view in Lessendens backpack and asked if it was hers. She said it was, and retrieved it at the officers request, but said it belonged to her friend. The bottle contained approximately 0.5 grams of a green substance which field tested positive for THC. Lessenden was arrested, and a subsequent search of her backpack revealed a pill identified as alprazolam, and less than 0.5 grams of a white substance which field tested positive for cocaine. * On March 19 Brittany Nicole Brahmstedt, 25, of 1015 48th St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail to be housed for U.S. marshals. * On March 20 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jessica Lynn Allen, 32, of 4600 Range Rd., Niceville, on a charge of theft of between $300 and $5,000. * On March 20 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Herman Louis Beck, 35, of 1039 Everglade Dr., Niceville, on a charge of misdemeanor probation violation. * On March 21 Niceville police arrested Lisa Marie Fowler, 35, of 1743 23rd St., Niceville, on charges of possessing a harmful new legend drug without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer stopped a Ford pickup traveling about 50 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone on Redwood Avenue, with a tag light inoperable. While approaching the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana. Fowler said there was marijuana in in her lipstick container. A search revealed a cut straw with a white powdery substance, and about 1 gram of suspected marijuana. The suspected marijuana field tested positive for THC, and the powder field tested positive for fentanyl. * On March 23 Niceville police arrested Christopher Ray Ingersoll, 29, of 114 Hillwood Dr., Crestview, on a charge of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams. An officer conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Expedition because the driver, Ingersoll, was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer smelled marijuana and asked Ingersoll how much of the drug he had in the car. Ingersoll said he had a roach in the ashtray, and some more weed in his pocket. A subsequent search revealed about 4 grams of suspected marijuana which field tested positive for THC. * On March 23 Niceville police arrested Travis Carl Patrick Coulter, 29, of 304 Reeves St., #A20, Niceville, on charges of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, drug equipment possession and/or use, and probation violation. An officer talked to Coulter after seeing him enter some woods on private property and hide. Coulter said he was sitting in the woods so he could see a nearby residence, waiting for his roommates to return home. The officer asked Coulter if he had anything illegal on him, and Coulter responded no. The officer noticed that Coulter was shaking and appeared nervous. When asked why he was so nervous, Coulter said he was on felony probation. The officer asked Coulter for consent to conduct a pat search, and Coulter consented. During the search, the officer smelled marijuana coming from Coulter, who said that he had a marijuana pipe in his front left pocket. The officer recovered the pipe and Coulter was arrested. A subsequent search revealed a yellow plastic container with approximately 1 gram of suspected marijuana, which field tested positive for THC. * On March 23 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Amanda Michelle Hagan, 30, of 356 Illinois Ave., Valparaiso, on a charge of felony probation violation. * On March 23 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Gayla Dawn Mayo, 51, of 526 Wildflower Court, Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. * On March 23 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Oscar Alejandro Mosqueda, 21, of 6 Danberry Court, Niceville, on charges of battery touch or strike, and marijuana possession not more than 20 grams. * On March 25 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Robert Paul Romans, 22, of 269 Olde Post Rd., Nice ville, on charges of DUI alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use.OtherOn March 14 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Moore Street regarding a battery. * On March 14 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Samos Cove regarding a battery. * On March 14 Niceville police responded to an address on Deer Street regarding the theft of a 28inch silver 6-speed mountain bike. * On March 15 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Hickory Street regarding an aggravated battery. * On March 16 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on E. State Road 20 regarding a retail shoplifting. * On March 16 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Sycamore Avenue regarding a battery. * On March 16 Niceville police received a report of a missing gold ring with 13 diamonds. * On March 17 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Redwood Avenue regarding some found narcotics. * On March 17 Niceville police responded to an address on Bayshore Drive regarding a report of 3 kids ringing doorbells and leaving. * On March 18 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Westlake Court regarding a battery. * On March 18 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Westlake Court regarding some found narcotics. * On March 18 Niceville police responded to an address on Finck Road regarding a report of a child shooting a pellet gun at targets. Police discussed the matter with the childs mother. * On March 18 Niceville police responded to an address on Bayshore Drive, where a utility trailer had been stolen from a backyard. * On March 18 Niceville police responded to an address on Cedar Avenue regarding the theft of a wallet and checkbook from inside a residence. The complainant said he had left his bedroom window open because the air-conditioning was not working, and that while he was in his front yard, someone had apparently removed the screen from the window and taken the missing items. * On March 19 Niceville police responded to the One Hour Air Conditioning building on North Highway 85, where someone had spray-painted the back of the building and left some broken glass nearby. * On March 21 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Marion Drive regarding a vehicle theft. * On March 21 the Valparaiso Police Department responded to an address on Valparaiso Parkway regarding a vandalism, in which someone had spray-painted the back exterior wall of the building. Damage was estimated at $3,500. * On March 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Reeves Street regarding a narcotics misdemeanor. * On March 23 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Danbury Court regarding a battery. * On March 25 Niceville police responded to an address on Niceville Avenue, in response to a call in which a victim stated that her Glock 42 pistol with a camouflage handle and slide had gone missing from inside her car. She said the gun had been kept in the center console, and had last been seen 2 weeks previously. Along with the gun, $20 and a vape pen had also disappeared. * On March 26 Niceville police responded to Palm Plaza where unknown persons had pulled stuff out of the dumpsters behind the plaza. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Mar. 26, 2018 through April 1, 2018. 0 Structure Fire17 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SiTUATION DATE TIME Persimmon Way...................Medical..............................3/26/18..................12:38 Valparaiso Blvd....................Medical..............................3/26/18..................13:18 Judith Ave.............................Gas leak............................3/26/18..................13:41 Sparkleberry Cv....................Medical..............................3/26/18..................18:59 Finck Rd...............................Service call........................3/26/18..................19:39 Kazmira Ct...........................Medical..............................3/27/18..................05:25 Hickory Ave..........................Medical..............................3/27/18..................07:45 Roberts Dr............................Medical..............................3/27/18..................08:46 Madison St...........................Good intent........................3/28/18..................14:57 E. John Sims Pkwy..............Cancelled...........................3/29/18..................02:24 Linden Ave...........................Medical..............................3/29/18..................05:19 E. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash.....................3/29/18..................11:03 Pontevedra Ln......................Medical..............................3/29/18..................11:29 E. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash.....................3/29/18..................14:45 Roberts Dr............................Medical..............................3/30/18..................01:54 Linden Ave...........................Medical..............................3/30/18..................05:49 48th Street............................Medical..............................3/30/18..................11:21 Kelly Road............................Medical..............................3/30/18..................11:56 Pontevedra Ln......................Service call........................3/30/18..................12:51 W. John Sims Pkwy..............Medical..............................3/30/18..................22:06 48th Street............................Medical..............................3/31/18..................07:05 N. Partin Dr..........................Medical..............................3/31/18..................08:08 E. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash.....................3/31/18..................11:46 E. John Sims Pkwy..............Vehicle crash.....................3/31/18..................16:43 21st Street............................Medical..............................3/31/18..................22:15 Madison Ave.........................Electrical problem..............4/1/18....................08:11 37th Street............................Medical..............................4/1/18....................08:21 Weekly Safety Tip: Test smoke detectors every month, following the manufacturers directions and replace batteries twice a year or whenever a detector chirps to signal low battery power. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from Mar. 26, 2018 through April 1, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Cedar St...............................EMS call............................3/26/18..................05:07 Shipley Dr.............................EMS call............................3/26/18..................08:38 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/26/18..................14:50 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/26/18..................20:25 N. White Point Rd................Medical assist....................3/27/18..................02:31 Highway 20..........................Vehicle accident.................3/27/18..................11:10 Windrush Dr.........................EMS call............................3/27/18..................11:46 Summit Ct............................Medical assist....................3/27/18..................13:10 Danbury Ct...........................Lock-out.............................3/27/18..................22:28 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/28/18..................15:11 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/28/18..................15:57 Ansley Dr..............................Vehicle accident.................3/28/18..................18:17 Windward Ln........................EMS call............................3/28/18..................18:39 Emerald Coast Pkwy............Dispatched & cancelled.....3/28/18..................19:39 St. Croix Cv..........................EMS call............................3/28/18..................21:45 Otter Lake Cv.......................Dispatched & cancelled.....3/29/18..................04:59 S.R. 293/Toll Plz...................False alarm........................3/29/18..................06:42 Merchants Way....................EMS call............................3/29/18..................11:18 Calinda Ln............................EMS call............................3/30/18..................00:16 N. St. Andrews Cv................Assist invalid......................3/30/18..................08:18 N. St. Andrews Cv................Assist invalid......................3/30/18..................12:17 E. Hwy. 20............................Vehicle accident.................3/30/18..................14:00 Lost Horse Cir......................Medical assist....................3/30/18..................13:25 Emerald Coast Pkwy............Gas leak............................3/30/18..................12:53 Range Rd.............................Smoke from grill................3/31/18..................08:47 Merchants Way....................EMS call............................3/31/18..................08:44 Ida Coon Cir.........................EMS call............................3/31/18..................10:51 Treasure Cv..........................EMS call............................3/31/18..................15:41 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/31/18..................17:30 Castlewood Ln.....................EMS call............................3/31/18..................18:53 N. White Point Rd................EMS call............................3/31/18..................19:59 21st Street............................EMS call............................3/31/18..................22:15 W. Troon Dr..........................Smoke scare......................3/31/18..................23.27 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Valparaiso The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the month of March, 2018 LOCATION SITUATION DATE TIME Chicago Ave.........................Seizures.............................3/1/18....................17:13 Kelly Way.............................Sick call.............................3/1/18....................19:29 Kelly Way.............................Psychiatric.........................3/2/18....................10:22 Grandview Dr.......................Stroke................................3/2/18....................21:46 Hickory Ave..........................Structure fire......................3/3/18....................11:57 Judith Dr...............................Breathing problem.............3/4/18....................19:15 Edge Ave..............................Fall.....................................3/6/18....................00:28 Edge Ave..............................Psychiatric.........................3/6/18....................12:08 Edge Ave..............................Fall.....................................3/6/18....................15:29 Valparaiso Pkwy...................Unconscious......................3/9/18....................15:04 Edge Ave..............................Fall.....................................3/10/18..................12:21 Nordberg Ave.......................Sick call.............................3/10/18..................22:31 Edge Ave..............................Illegal burning....................3/10/18..................23:56 Safe Harbor Cv.....................Fire alarm..........................3/16/18..................08:56 Cristal Lake Ln.....................Psychiatric.........................3/18/18..................20:54 N. John Sims Pkwy..............Traumatic injury.................3/19/18..................23:40 Davenport Ave......................Hemorrhage.......................3/20/18..................16:31 Glendale Ave........................Psychiatric.........................3/24/18..................17:29 Washington Ave...................Chest pain.........................3/27/18..................22:08 Government Ave..................Fall.....................................3/29/18..................04:05 Hidden Cove Dr....................Fall.....................................3/29/18..................10:55 Old East Gate Rd.................Assault...............................3/31/18..................03:17 N. Bayshore Dr.....................Unconscious......................3/31/18..................06:43 S. John Sims Pkwy..............Psychiatric.........................3/31/18..................09:11 Virginia Ave..........................Brush fire...........................3/31/18..................14:27 Glen Ave...............................Unconscious......................3/31/18..................22:08 Washington Ave...................Chest pain.........................3/31/18..................22:08 Kidde has initiated a recall for their dual-sensor smoke alarmsmodels P12010 and 19010. Model numbers are on the back of the smoke alarm. A yellow cap may have been left on one of the sensors and could prevent detection of fire. Kidde has recalled 452,000 of these critical home safety devices. More information can be found online at www.kidde.comclick on Product Safety Recall or call 1-833-551-7739. Contact Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 with any questions or concernsour mission is your safety.

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Art Exhibit During the month of April, the Niceville Public Library will feature a photography exhibit by Edward Crosby. He is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant as well as a retired configurations manager. He has been a resident of Valparaiso since 1979 and was recently elected as a Valparaiso City Commissioner. For 70 years, he has been an amateur photographer who seeks to capture the beauty of things around us. His passion for photography started out with a tiny camera that he purchased for $.25 and a cereal box top. We invite you to please come and see browse his exhibit. Leaf Raking Boy Scout Troop 71 is raising funds for scout camp by raking leaves for $5 per bag. The troop will be available to rake leaves on Saturdays in April. If interested, please call 801-837-8876. Book Signing Former corporate lawyer and retired college professor, Roger Johns, will be at Bayou Books in Niceville on Wednesday, April 4th beginning at 1:00 p.m. to sign copies of Dark River Rising, part of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries series. Johns is a native of Louisiana and a current Georgia resident whose book has been as "A finely crafted ensemble...making this debut novel as hard to resist as blue ribbon gumbo," as stated by Craig Johnson, NY Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries. For more information, call Bayou Books at 678-1593. Audubon Society Program The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society April 5th program will be The Magic of Migration. Lenny Fenimore and Malcolm Swan will team up and give a presentation on the Magic of Migration. The talk will cover the science of why and how birds migrate. Malcolm will demonstrate his cartography skills and eBird knowledge to present a visual representation of the migratory routes of specific species as well as the general migratory routes for most North American species. The program will be held in room 302 (changed from 308/309) of the student services building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Call Dr. Don Baltz at (225) 252-2760 or email dbaltz@LSU.edu for more information. Please visit our website at Choctawhatcheeaudubon.org and our Face book page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. CALM house fundraiser The second annual fundraiser for the CALM House will be held April 7 at Girl Power Station, 424 W. College Blvd., Valparaiso, from 6 vp.m. to 8 p.m. The event, benefitting operation of a planned group home for single mothers and children in crisis, will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer or wine, music, and an exciting silent and live auction. Tax deductible tickets are $50 and may be purchased at www.nicevillecalm.com or at the door. The group is also seeking volunteers to serve as mom mentors and childcare helpers at the Calm House in Niceville for children of resident working mothers. For information, please contact Grace Nuffer at 850-974-3780 or calmorganizationinc@gmail.com. Scout O Rama Gulf Coast Council, B.S.A. will have Scout O Rama on April 7 at the Landing in Downtown Fort Walton Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crossover for Webelo Scouts will be at 2:30 p.m. This family friendly event is open to everyone. There will be free games, demos, crafts, and community booths. The theme this year is Gotta Catch Em All Pokeman. For more information, contact Samantha McInnis, Marketing Chair, at 850-625-6805, samproc@cox.net, or sam.mcinnis1@gmail.com. Hunger Run 5k/Kid s Fun Run Help fight hunger at the 4th Annual Hunger Run 5k and Kids Fun Run hosted by Bluewater Fitness. Join us and other community members to show your support in the fight against hunger. This family friendly event will features live music, food and drink. The event will also include face painting and a bouncy house for kids. The Hunger Run benefits Sharing and Caring, a local non-profit organization specializing in helping eligible community members meet certain emergency needs in the Niceville, Valparaiso, and Choctaw Beach areas. This event will be held April 7 at 8 a.m. To register, visit http://5khungerrun.itsyourrace.com. Embroiderers' Guild The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery. The April stitch-in is Sunday, April 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. and the March program meeting is Sunday, April 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions. Film Screening The Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Film Club is excited to announce their screening of "The Glass Castle" (2017) on Monday, April 9th in Building 110, Room 328. It was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts. According to IMDb, A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who is an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. It is rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction and some language. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for announcements. The screening will begin about 6:45 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. There will be free food, drink, and a door prize. Learn about landscaping Sheila Dunning, Commercial Horticulture Agent with the University of Florida Extension Service in Okaloosa County, will inform you about how the process of landscaping is simplified when you follow some planning steps. Come learn what the steps are and how to apply them. The need for pesticides, fertilizer, and extra irrigation is reduced when the right native plant is installed in the right place. Enjoy learning about some native plant choices and where to use them in the landscape. Join us for this informative program at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 44 Southview Avenue, Valparaiso. Visitors and new members are welcome. Vertical gardening Back to Basics is offering a free class on Vertical Gardening: how to grow more in your garden beautifully. The class will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1100 South Palm Boulevard, Niceville. Laura Sells, an Instructor at the Biophilia Center, will be teaching the class. Laura is a Master Gardener whose background is in ornamental horticulture. She has a special interest in native plants and composting. At the Biophilia Center, Laura continues to learn and teach about the biodiversity of our area. BWB Garden Club The Bluewater Bay Garden Club will have their next meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bluewater Clubhouse on Bluewater Boulevard. The guest speaker will be Julia Vanover, Certified Social Work, who will give a program on The Importance of Creativity for Smart People. Guests are invited for the program and to stay for lunch. For further information, call Donna Lassiter at 850-897-4778 or 850-543-6597. Twin Cities senior citizens club The Twin Cities senior citizens club at 268 Glenview Ave. in Valparaiso will meet April 12th at 1 p.m. An entre is provided, but please bring a covered vegetable dish, salad, or dessert to share. Come meet new friends and enjoy bingo and fun. For information, call 850-543-0869. Benefit golf tourney The Heights Tutoring Center, Niceville, will sponsor a golf tournament April 13 at the Eglin to raise funds for the center, a church-sponsored afterschool program that helps children succeed in class. Golfers will tee off with a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Entry fees will be $45 for Eglin golf club members and active-duty military personnel, and $55 for guests. The Heights is also seeking individuals or companies willing to provide door prizes, sponsor holes for $100 per hole, organize teams, or serve as corporate sponsors for $300. Information about The Heights Tutoring Center and the upcoming golf tournament can be obtained by phoning (850) 218-4620 or (850) 678-6062, or by emailing robertbuckland@cox.net. NWF Reads Author of a celebrated memoir Jeannette Walls will take center stage at the main event for Northwest Florida State Colleges NWF Reads, the colleges annual week-long literacy event, on April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sprint Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. Walls is best known for her bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it. Immediately preceding the performance by Walls on April 16, there will be an annual Blackwater Review reception in the adjoining McIlroy Gallery from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The event includes selected student readings and the unveiling of the student art selected for the cover of this years Blackwater Review, the colleges annual literary and fine arts journal. In addition, on Friday, April 13, selected student poets and writers published in this year's Blackwater Re view will read and perform their pieces at a casual event at 6 p.m. in the McIlroy Gallery. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact NWF Reads Director Dr. Beverly Holmes at 850-729-6032 or holmesb@nwfsc.edu. For a full list of NWF Reads events, visit https://www.nwfsc.edu/nwfreads. Knights of Columbus scholarships The Knights of Columbus Council #13527 will award several Council and Koechel Family Scholarships ranging from $250 to $1000 to spring 2018 graduating seniors attending high schools in Niceville. While two of the scholarships are reserved for Catholic students, the remainders are open to students of any faith. The scholarships are based on student academic achievement, overall citizenship, church/community activities and future academic potential. Applicants must include a high school transcript including class rank, weighted and unweighted GPA, and typed narratives detailing school, church and community activities, work experience and educational objectives. Applications are available at the parish office at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church and at the guidance office at Niceville High School. Completed applications must be mailed to Kevin Knebl, KofC 13527 Scholarship Chairman, 14 Norwich Circle, Niceville, FL 32578 no later than Saturday, April 14, 2018. For further information, contact Kevin Knebl at 850-897-3675 (voice only) or email kknebl@cox.net. Writer's retreat Multi-published author and Niceville resident Marilyn Turk is hosting the Emerald Coast Christian Writers Retreat at Blue Lake May 2-5. This will be the second year for the retreat, due to its successful debut in 2017. Like other conferences of its type, the event is a three night, twoand-a-half-day conference where attendees will receive room and board as part of their registration. Marilyn felt the most affordable location for such an event was at Blue Lake Camp, one hour north of Niceville near Andalusia, Alabama. Attendees will have the opportunity to be inspired by motivational keynote speakers as well as take classes in either fiction or nonfiction writing. For more information, go to http://bluelakecwr.com or contact Marilyn Turk at emeraldcoastchristianwriters@gmail.com. The deadline for room reservations is April 16. Commuter rates are also available. 2018 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 by 5 p.m. Wednesday.CALENDAR Spring jazz concertIn the finale to their year, the Northwest Florida State College Jazz Ensemble will present a rousing free concert of traditional and new jazz favorites on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the college s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Doors open for the free jazz concert at 7:00 p.m. with seating selection on a first-come basis. Don t miss this free concert where the Jazz Ensemble showcases its talent. Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 1821 John Sims Pkwy. 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Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, April 4, 2018 Page A-7 Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans. What an exciting day sharing Vietnam Veterans stories with students at Niceville High School. Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) connects students with veterans in their communities, offering students the opportunity to become immersed in one-on-one personal accounts of heroism and service to our country, while learning life-long skills, developing a passion for history, writing and civics, and an appreciation of the freedoms that came through the sacrifices of those who have served our nation. Niceville High School is the first pilot program started outside the state of Arizona. Eight Veterans were interviewed and their stories will be published in the 2019 Phoenix Edition of Since You Asked. The student interviewers were from the classes of Christy Ellis, Pat Mixon, Jennifer Sjostrom and Geoffrey Watson, all AP Language and Composition teachers at Niceville High School. Veterans who shared their stories are below: Colonel Howard Hill (Pilot and POW) interviewed by Alex Pugh. Col. Jack Starr (Pilot) interviewed by Taylor Strickler. Col. Joseph Purka, Jr. (Command and Control) interviewed by Collin Szymcza. Lt. JG. Patricia Wallace Mallette (Line Officer NAS) interviewed by Olivia Tuckey. Lt. Col John Brennan III (Navigator) interviewed Rosalina Lombardi. Lt. Col. Gayle Norgaard (Nurse) interviewed by Anna Caravan. Lt. Master Sargent Larry Sjostrom (Ground Equipment Technician) interviewed by his granddaughter Hannah Sjostrom. Sr. Master Sargent George Legge (Information Systems) interviewed by Angellee Morales Rios.NHS students welcome home veterans Cadycakes celebrated their opening with a Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Cadycakes is a new family-owned and operated, made from scratch bakery in the heart of Niceville. Cadycakes celebrates opening Dozens of city officials and museum members gathered Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for a special reception and exhibit dedication of a portrait of the late Mayor Bruce Arnold. The plaque s inscription reads: John B. Arnold Jr., born 1929, was Mayor for the City of Valparaiso, FL for 53 years. At the time of his passing in February of 2017, Mayor Arnold was the longest serving mayor in the state of Florida. The portrait, created and donated by artist Julia Vanover, will remain on permanent display at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Family members of the late Mayor Arnold gather for the exhibit dedication. From left: Ron Gierlinski, Marlene Arnold, Kathy Lynch, Jim Gierlinski, Mike Gierlinski, unveil his portrait during the exhibit dedication recently at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.Mayor Arnold portrait dedicated Rocky Bayou Christian Academy s academic team (undefeated during the regular season) recently won the Okaloosa Schools/Cox Communications Academic Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Pictured: Caroline Seeling, Devon Lewis, Gideon Lewis, Elijah Suh, Josh Barkman. Academic tournament winners

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