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Material Information

Title:
The Bay beacon
Portion of title:
Beacon
Place of Publication:
Niceville, FL
Publisher:
Bayou Enterprises Inc., Stephen W. Kent- Publisher
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2010
Frequency:
Weekly
regular
Language:
English
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Subjects / Keywords:
Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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newspaper ( marcgt )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Coordinates:
30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note:
Description based on: May 11, 1994.

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
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.
Resource Identifier:
30766158 ( OCLC )
sn 98001910 ( LCCN )
1097-6469 ( ISSN )

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By Chrissie Kirila Beacon Correspondent Northwest Florida State College will waive certain course fees for active-duty military members starting July 1. The waiver for nontuition fees, approved April 17 by the college board of trustees, was authorized by the Florida Legislature earlier this year. Currently, students receiving military tuition assistance benefits must pay non-instructional fees out of pocket. These fees, which include technology, financial aid, student activities and capital improvement, total $21.24 per credit hour for lower division classes. Only the standard tuition of $82.77 per credit hour is covered by military tuition assistance. The new policy is designed to make courses more affordable for beneficiaries, boosting enrollment. We anticipate a significant increase in the number of students using tuition assistance to attend NWFSC based on these waivers, stated college President Devin Stephenson. The colleges chief financial officer, Randy White, said later that in the current, spring term, enrollment includes 189 military 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-5 The owner of this back-yard chicken in Florosa sought permission to house hens in the front yard.Beacon photo by Chrissie Kirila By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The director of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority briefed members of the MBBAs governing board on plans to close the southbound interchange at Lakeshore Drive and the Spence Parkway on Saturday afternoons during the coming summer. The closure is intended to reduce traffic backups along Lakeshore Drive and White Point Road, Bluewater Bay, on busy summer weekends, when many tourists arrive for their vacations in Destin and other beachfront communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Many motorists, seeking a shortcut to the Mid-Bay Bridge, were bypassing the parkway interchange at State Road 20 and using the White Point-Lakeshore shortcut, to the dismay of local residents trying to get to and from their homes. In attempts to ease the problem, the county tried sporadic closures last summer, but this years effort would be the first summer-long program. MBBA Executive Director Van Fuller said plans call for closing the Lakeshore interchange between noon and 6 p.m. every Saturday, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Fuller said the cost of the closure to the MBBA will be about $25,000, and will cover the cost of installing barricades at the interchange, as well as installing and operating electronic message signs along approaches to White Point Road and Lakeshore Drive, informing motoristsBy Chrissie Kirila Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County planning officials have scratched a proposal to permit front-yard henhouses. People in residential zones of unincorporated areas should not be allowed to raise poultry in their front yards, the Okaloosa County Planning Commission ruled earlier this month. During a meeting in Niceville April 12, the planning board rejected a county commission request to draft rules allowing the keeping of chickens and ducks in front yards of property zoned R-1. Poultry is currently allowed in back yards and side yards under certain conditions. The planning board, which serves to advise the county commission, considered proposed rules prepared at the commissions request by county Growth Management Director Elliot Kampert. The proposal would amend county law to allow people to keep chickens and some varieties of domesticated ducks in front yards if certain additional aesthetic and health-related condiAutism Spectrum on the Emerald Coast held its second annual Fam Jam and Color Run Saturday at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The Niceville-based organization describes itself as a charitable and educational effort to ensure that all individuals affected by autism will be fully included within their community. Children had a great time playing on large inflatables, building projects at the Home Depot booth, and meeting Star Wars characters. Over 200 runners participated in the Color Run. More than 40 vendors offered their wares. The Niceville AFJROTC presented the colors as Victoria George sang the National Anthem. Music was performed by Captain Davy and the Crossbones. Beacon photos by Paula MimsFront-yard henhouse proposal lays an egg College mulls blanket ban on tobacco use Running for a cause Northwest Florida State College is considering banning smoking campuswide.Beacon file photo Please see HENHOUSE, page A-2 Please see BRIDGE, page A-2 Please see COLLEGE, page A-2 County aims to relieve summer jams near bridge50Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 7 Inserts Beacon photoOkaloosa County officials hope to prevent backups of beach-bound traffic on summer weekends such as this one last year on White Point Road. Rocky students lend a hand The Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League and Chess Club combined forces to serve the Heritage Museum and Garden Club of Valparaiso by sprucing up the museum's Paradise Gardens. Alicyn Grete, Hannah Lynch, Madison Mallick, Josh Pruitt, Gideon Riches, Caroline Seeling and Holt Agnew, enjoyed working together as they weeded walkways, spread fresh pine straw, planted a large bed of zinnias, trimmed vines and shrubs, and bleached and cleaned steppingstones. Courtesy photo

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tuition assistance students, paying nontuition fees totaling $37,022. The college aims to offset the anticipated loss of fee income with greater tuition revenue from an enrollment boost fueled by the fee waivers. Separately, college Vice President for Student Success Nathanial Slaton reported to the trustees, meeting in Niceville, that summer enrollment for 2018 is showing a 12 percent increase over that of last year, and fall enrollment is up 13 percent. NWFSC recruiters, called Student Success Navigators, have been visiting area high schools to encourage students to apply and to aid them in the enrollment process. The college is also testing a program that measures customer satisfaction, in effort to improve services. In other business discussed at the trustees meeting, the college is exploring whether to become a tobacco-free institution. Its current policy prohibits smoking inside college buildings. A proposed rule would ban smoking campuswide. In addition to its main campus in Niceville, NWFSC has satellite campuses in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs. A Tobacco Free Task Force formed in 2015 presented the trustees with a petition and letters of support in favor of such a ban. A memo from Stephenson stated that the administration supports the proposal. Discussing the measure, trustee Brian Pennington expressed concern about respecting individual rights on taxpayer-funded property. At a meeting in May, the board may decide whether to proceed with a campuswide ban. The trustees recognized outstanding accomplishments by the Raiders Men and Womens basketball teams. The womens team tied for second in the Panhandle conference, which Athletic Director Ramsey claims is the toughest conference in the nation. The mens team was the Panhandle Conference Champions for the fourth season in a row. Both teams went on to NJCAA Division 1 national competition. Award winners from the womens team included Trinity Baptiste, Georgia Gayle and Jade Lewis. Award winners on the mens team included Andres Feliz, Kelvin Robinson, Derek Funderburke, Tray Boyd, Kareem Ezzeddine, Stanley Davis and Christopher Duarte. Andres Feliz was hailed as a 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-State, 1st-Team AllPanhandle, Region Player of the Year and Panhandle Player of the Year. The board approved a measure to transfer college-owned land at the old college site in Valparaiso near the Heritage Museum to be used for an expansion of the museum. The parcels in question will be added to contiguous parcels provided by Ruckel Properties and the City of Valparaiso. The colleges 53rd annual commencement ceremonies will be held May 5. Its affiliated Collegiate High School will hold commencement ceremonies May 22. of the closure. County Public Works Director Jason Autrey said Monday that sheriffs deputies would be on hand to enforce the closures. These will be in addition to their regular duty shifts and will be paid for at overtime rates. Funds for the countys cost of the closure, Autrey said, are available through tourist taxes. The cost proposal for the entire summer is $17,180. Some similar closures were done during busy weekends last summer, but included the closure of the entire length of Lakeshore Drive between White Point Road and the Spence Parkway interchange. This years closure will leave Lakeshore Drive open, thus providing easier access for residents along Lakeshore Drive to get to and from their homes during the busy weekends. Page A-2 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 THEBAYBEACON THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith We need to go in and put an end to the ISIS problem once and for all. Ben Dodd, 41, Niceville, teacher Im torn between staying out of other countries business, versus our role as a humanitarian nation. Becky Day, 49, Bluewater Bay, RealtorWhat should the U.S. do about its military involvement in Syria?Location: Bluewater Bay golf clubhouse As much as I hate sending our young, beautiful people over there, we should finish what we started with a victory. Kathy Flagstad, Bluewater Bay, retired It was a false flag. Google it. Mike Stanley, 50, Bluewater Bay, graphic designer Ive stopped watching the news because I don t want to think about it anymore. I don t want to see another dead child s body washed up on a shore in Italyever. Jana Ulven, 44, Bluewater Bay, human services worker Whatever the generals say, Im for. Mark Woolsey, 69, Niceville, retired What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. tions are met and if no objections were received from adjacent property owners during a specified timeframe. If objections were received, such permission could only be obtained by the granting of a special exception through a public hearing conducted by the Board of Adjustment, stated Kampert. The decision to consider amending the law came after owners of a home in Florosa, who had been granted permission to keep chickens in their back yard, asked the county commission to allow people to keep poultry in the front yards of waterfront homes, arguing that the side facing the water should be considered the front. The owners stated that they did not have enough room to keep the chickens in their rear yard, according to a report by county planners. One of the owners said in an interview that they desired to keep the chickens as pets, for the production of eggs, and to teach their children responsibility. On April 12, the planning board heard statements by three residents and one attorney representing a homeowner, all of whom expressed concerns about the proposal to allow front-yard coops. They cited aesthetics, health, safety, effects on property values and problems with follow-through enforcement. Some comments pertained to proposed revisions, some to the keeping of poultry in residential areas in general. After discussion, planning board members said that although they appreciated the efforts of Kampert in the development of the proposal to allow front-yard poultry, they unanimously voted not to recommend the idea to the county commission. The decision is not binding on the county commission, which can overrule the planning board. County planning law governs only unincorporated areas. Cities have their own planning codes. In other business, the planning board was asked to consider revisions in the county code that would allow people to have sheds in their front yards. No member of the general public spoke on this issue. The board voted unanimously not to recommend the proposed amendment, believing that changes at this time were unnecessary. I dont see a huge issue with the current ordinance, stated John Collins, District 5 planning board member. HENHOUSEFrom page A-1 BRIDGEFrom page A-1 COLLEGEFrom page A-1 Nathanial Slaton The governing board of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority will pay about $25,000 to cover costs of easing traffic jams on White Point Road this summer. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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Art Show The Okaloosa School District and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation invite you to attend the Okaloosa Arts, K-12 student art show. The show will be held at C.H. "Bull" Rigdon Fairgrounds (Northwest Florida Fairgrounds), 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach on April 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drama Kids Perform Drama Kids of Northwest Florida invites you to our Spring Performances. 3 nights, 11 performances and 120 kids. Performance schedule is as follows: On April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Destin Drama Kids present The Chicken Hearted Fox at Destin Elementary On April 27 at Lewis School Rosemont Baptist Destin Drama Kids present The Chicken Hearted Fox at 4:30. Lewis Drama Kids present The Chicken Hearted Fox at 5:00. Lewis Acting Academy presents The Kidnapping of Kitty OHara at 5:30. St. Jude Acting Academy presents The Kidnapping of Kitty OHara at 6:15. Bluewater Drama Kids present The Chicken Hearted Fox at 7:00. Bluewater Drama Kids present Storyland Idol at 7:30. Inspire Fine Arts Studio Drama Kids present Storyland Idol at 8:00. On April 28 at Young Philosophers Society in the Santa Rosa Mall. Mary Esther Drama Kids present The Chicken Hearted Fox at 6:30. Kenwood and Elliott Point Drama Kids present a Drama Kids Showcase and The Chicken Hearted Fox at 7:00. All performances are free and open to the public. For more info about the performances or about our Bully-Proof program or any of our Drama Kids programs, please contact Alissa Clifton, Director Drama Kids of NWF 850-737-0413. Flower show Valparaiso Garden Club is sponsoring a standard flower show, Sounds of Music in the Garden, on April 28 from 8:00 to 4:00 at Trinity Presbyterial Church in Valparaiso. The church is adjacent to the Saturday-inthe-Park festivities. The show will feature containergrown plants by garden club members and over 30 floral designs incuding some new types. There will also be horticulture and designs by young gardeners from ages 7 through 16. In addition to educational exhibits on native trees, reef restoration and garden club activities, there is a new division of Botanical Arts which includes Artisitc crafts. 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Mark your calendar and make plans to participate in the Heritage 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run Saturday, April 28, start time 8:00 a.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Runners and walkers will enjoy a 3.1 mile scenic route along beautiful Tom's Bayou. Winners in each category will receive a unique photograph from the Museum's library archives. Applications are available www.heritage-mueum.org or at the Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Register by April 14 for discounted fees. The Heritage 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run takes place at the start of the 42nd Saturday in the Park Festival. Stay after the race to enjoy live entertainment, re-enactors, historic craft demonstrations, folk artists, food vendors, a Kid Zone with oldfashioned games and contests, and much more. Sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available. Call 850-678-2615 or visit www.heritage-museum.org. Rocky Bayou kayak tour Join a Park Ranger on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis. Park admission fees do apply and is $5.00 per vehicle. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville. For more information, call (850) 833-9144. St. Paul yard sale Saint Paul Lutheran Church will hold its Annual Yard Sale Extravaganza from 7 a.m. Noon Saturday, April 28, in the Church parking lot at 1407 E. John Sims Parkway in Niceville. Proceeds from the yard sale will be used for a Lutheran Scholarship Fund and various other charitable purposes throughout our community. For more information call the Church Office at 678 1298. After school movie On Monday, April 30 4 p.m., the Valparaiso Community Library will be presenting our After School Movie. This month we will be featuring Paddington 2. This program is for children under age 12 and their caregivers. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call the library at 729-5406 or visit us on Facebook. Paint the town Purple The 2018 Niceville Valparaiso Relay for Life event invites you to Paint the town Purple and show your support for Relay for Life. May 1 May 11, help the Niceville Valparaiso Relay event "Paint the Town Purple" in support of Relay for Life. Purple decorating ideas can be balloons, ribbons, streamers, signs, flowers, paint, chalk, window displays, lights, cookies/candy, donation cans, or dress-up clothing/wigs. You can also show your support in the fight against cancer by registering a Relay for Life team, joining one or register as a participant at www.relayforlife.org/nicevillefl. Awards will be given for the best purple decorations and set up. To participate in the contest portion, contact Donna Barrow, nvprelay@gmail.com or call/text 850-699-9921 to set up time for judging. Judging will be held May 9th and winners will be announced at the event on May 11, 6 p.m. Pine Needle Basketry Early Native Americans in the region wove abundant longleaf pine needles into beautiful and useful baskets. Popular instructor, Joe Stoy will teach the age-old skill of pine needle basketry using the original Seminole techniques in a 2-part class, Tuesday, May 1 and 8, 5 p.m. 8 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. The cost is $60 or, $55 for Museum Members. (All materials included) Space is limited. Please call to pre-register. 850-678-2615. National Day of Prayer The Twin Cities Ministerial Association will hold its annual National Day of Prayer observance at Niceville City Hall. The event will be at noon on May 3 at 208 N. Partin Dr., Niceville. 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15CALENDAR Saturday in the ParkPlans are underway for the 42nd Saturday in the Park Festival and Heritage 5k, on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free community event serves to showcase the Northwest Florida heritage with free Museum admission, historic re-enactments, and traditional craft demonstrations. With a little something for everyone, guests will also enjoy live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a Kid Zone, a flower show, and a car show and shine. Vendor spaces are still available for Arts/Crafts, Non-profit/Gov't Agencies/Clubs. Visit www.heritage-museum.org, call 850-6782615. or email info@heritage-museum.org. Crestview 689-7301 Niceville 833-4203 Ft. 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The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) FRONT DESK/INSURANCE Ideal candidate s responsibilities include checking eligibility and benefits, claim filing, collections, scheduling, effective communication skills and a team player. Send resume to cweatherington@mmcfp.com House cleaning services in Crestview and Niceville areas. Background check and references. Call Cathy at 850-830-5377. Neighborhood Garage Sale. BWB/Niceville. Royal Oak Village. 700, 800 & 900 bay Drive. Saturday April 28. 8am-1pm. Antiques, furniture, misc. items. Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m.-Noon at 99 Center Street, Choctaw Beach. Furniture, household goods, pull along golf cart, bedding and misc. items. Help Wanted Services Yard Sales CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Services Services Services Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted The more you tell, the more you sell! 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ArrestsOn April 6 Niceville police arrested Shawn Thomas Outlaw, 31, of 410 31st St., Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, drug equipment possession and/or use, and destroying, tampering with, or fabricating physical evidence. While serving a narcotics search warrant at Outlaws residence, police discovered an unknown half pill, assorted containers of suspected marijuana, $969 in cash, assorted blenders, grinders, a scale, an electric glass bong, and 58 canisters containing suspected butane hash oil residue. The suspected marijuana and butane hash oil field tested positive for THC. Outlaw told police that he had attempted to flush marijuana down the toilet when they arrived. He said he shouldve left the marijuana there because it was less than 20 grams. * On April 9 Valparaiso police arrested Gregory Anthony Benevento, 56, of 1015 48th St., Niceville, on charges of DUI; alcohol or drugs, knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, and probation violation. An officer stopped Beneventos car at Jackson Avenue after seeing it being driven erratically with a flat tire on State Road 85. A police database indicated that the registered owner of the vehicle (Benevento) did not have a valid drivers license. The officer observed an open bottle of rum on the floor and smelled the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Benevento. Benevento said he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages. However, the officer found a receipt from a local bar on his person, indicating that he had purchased rum less than an hour before. Benevento was unable to complete field sobriety tests, and refused a breath test. * On April 10 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested David L. Mapes, 42, of 1125 48th St., Niceville, on a charge of contempt of court/violating an injunction. The OCSO arrested Mapes again on April 11, this time on an out of county warrant. * On April 11 Valparaiso police arrested David Joseph Archer, 35, of 211 Deer St., Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, drug equipment possession and/or use, and probation violation. An officer was dispatched to a medical call regarding an unresponsive man lying in the street. Upon arrival, the officer observed Archer on the ground, holding a book bag. Archer said that he was dropped off by a friend after work, and was waiting to get picked up by someone else for another job. A police database indicated that Archer was on probation. Archer requested a ride into Niceville, but the officer told him that a pat-down of his person would have to be conducted before getting into the patrol vehicle. Archer agreed to this, and the pat-down revealed a hard object in Archers pocket, which Archer said was a spoon used for food. A further check of the pocket, however, revealed a syringe, as well as a piece of cut straw. Archer was arrested, and a search of his backpack revealed some suspected marijuana which field tested positive for THC, along with 3 tablets, one of which was field tested, giving a positive indication for MDMA. * On April 11 Jessica Carolyn Carroll, 30, of 1878 Edge Ave., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on an out of county warrant. * On April 13 Niceville police arrested Courtney Lynn Hart, 21, of 142 Cabanna Way, Crestview, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Kyle Harvey Eastman, 25, of 281 East Glenn Ave., Valparaiso, on a charge of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and a charge of violation of probation. Eastman was the driver of his 2005 Chrysler PT cruiser, and was stopped by police on John Sims Parkway for not wearing his seatbelt. During the traffic stop, a police dog gave a positive indication of drugs in the car, and a subsequent search revealed less than a gram of suspected marijuana that field tested positive for THC. Eastman was found to be on probation for possession of a controlled substance. He admitted to using marijuana about a week prior to the traffic stop. Hart, a passenger, was in possession of a black change purse, which contained suspected methamphetamine, suspected fentanyl, and drug paraphernalia, including syringes, a glass pipe with residue, cut straws, a burned spoon and some copper mesh. The suspected drugs gave positive indications to field tests, after which Hart said the drugs were not hers and that she had just recently taken possession of the purse. * On April 15 Niceville police arrested Garrett Andrew Martino, 26, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Martino was the driver and sole occupant of a 2011 Toyota pickup that police stopped at 12:32 a.m. on North Partin Drive for an extinguished headlight. During the traffic stop, the officer asked Martino if he had anything on his person or in his vehicle that the officer should be aware of prior to canine assistance arriving. Martino reached into his left pocket and removed a small round plastic container which contained less than a gram of a light brown substance. The substance was field tested and gave a positive result for THC. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed some containers labeled as containing 79% THC, with the labels also stating that the contents of the package were illegal outside Colorado, a state where pot sales are legal.OtherOn March 31 Niceville police responded to the Cefco gas station on John Sims Parkway where a man had reached into a womans vehicle and grabbed her purse, then left in a black Kia. * On April 1 Niceville police responded to an address on 37th Street, where they worked with PAWS to remove 18 dogs from a residence. * On April 1 Niceville police responded to an address on Jonathan Circle, where someone had discovered that her side gate was open, the cage of her pet rabbit was unlatched, and the rabbit was dead. Also, someone had scratched off the registration renewal tag from her vehicle. * On April 2 Niceville police responded to an address on 23rd St. where someone had broken into a mobile home and taken about $200 cash and two winning lotto tickets for a total of $500, and a debit card. * On April 3 Valparaiso police responded to a business where 2 vehicles had been broken into. In one case, a total of $3,689 worth of items had been stolen from the car. Missing from the other car were insurance and Social Security cards, two drivers licenses, bank credit cards, 2 Epi-pens, and 2 bottles of medication. * On April 4 Valparaiso police responded to a restaurant on John Sims Parkway, where someone had entered the business overnight and removed several items without permission of the owner. * On April 11, Niceville police responded to a paint and body shop regarding a report that someone had jumped the fence, taken some items from a vehicle, and looked through the front door. * On April 11 Niceville police received a report of an apparent identity theft, in which the victim said she had received bills for a mobile phone account that she had not opened, as well as credit card approvals from 2 department stores, although she had not applied for such cards. * 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 April 16, 2018 through April 22, 2018. 0 Structure Fire12 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn7 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Hart St.......................................Elevator rescue.....................4/16/18.....................06:40 Pine Ave...................................Medical..................................4/16/18.....................08:22 S.R. 85 N..................................Vehicle crash.........................4/16/18.....................13:43 Bayshore Dr.............................Power line down....................4/16/18.....................18:18 Julia Ave...................................Dumpster fire.........................4/16/18.....................19:00 Palm Blvd.................................Medical..................................4/17/18.....................03:44 Goldenrod Ct............................Medical..................................4/17/18.....................13:12 2nd Street.................................Medical..................................4/18/18.....................02:00 John Sims Pkwy.......................Medical..................................4/18/18.....................11:41 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................4/18/18.....................16:00 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................4/18/18.....................19:01 Marquette St.............................Vehicle crash.........................4/19/18.....................07:05 S.R. 85 N..................................Cancelled...............................4/19/18.....................07:33 Fairway Dr................................Medical..................................4/19/18.....................07:44 Tadpole Ave..............................Alarm activation.....................4/19/18.....................11:07 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................4/19/18.....................16:23 N. Palm Blvd............................Medical..................................4/19/18.....................21:01 Pontevedra Ln..........................Medical..................................4/20/18.....................01:17 S.R. 293....................................Vehicle Crash........................4/20/18.....................04:44 Boyd Cir....................................Medical..................................4/20/18.....................13:06 27th Street................................Service Call...........................4/20/18.....................17:54 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical..................................4/20/18.....................17:59 Edrehi Ave................................Cancelled...............................4/21/18.....................13:57 S.R. 85......................................Cancelled...............................4/21/18.....................20:11 Regatta Dr................................Cancelled...............................4/21/18.....................19:22 Bailey Dr...................................Medical..................................4/22/18.....................00:04 Weekly Safety Tip: If any electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it serviced before using it again. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out. Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from April 16, 2018 through April 22, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. Hwy. 20................................False alarm............................4/16/18.....................07:56 Crystal Beach Dr......................Dispatched & cancelled........4/16/18.....................15:20 Ida Coon Cir.............................EMS call................................4/16/18.....................18:16 Julia Ave...................................Dispatched & cancelled........4/16/18.....................18:58 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................4/16/18.....................19:10 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................4/17/18.....................03:11 Palm..........................................EMS call................................4/17/18.....................03:44 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................4/17/18.....................03:43 Hickory......................................Dispatched & cancelled........4/17/18.....................06:11 Summit Ct.................................EMS call................................4/17/18.....................06:19 E. Hwy.20.................................EMS call................................4/17/18.....................13:40 Boca Dr.....................................Dispatched & cancelled........4/17/18.....................16:03 Cedar........................................Assist invalid..........................4/17/18.....................21:32 Southwind Ct............................Assist invalid..........................4/17/18.....................23:54 Windlake Dr..............................Medical assist........................4/18/18.....................03:31 S. Dominica Cir........................EMS call................................4/18/18.....................11:57 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................4/18/18.....................11:59 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................4/18/18.....................12:28 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................4/18/18.....................16:27 Sandalwood Cir........................Medical assist........................4/18/18.....................21:43 Meadowbrook Ct......................Medical assist........................4/21/18.....................09:40 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................4/21/18.....................13:20 Parkwood Pl.............................EMS call................................4/21/18.....................18:04 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS Page A-6 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Dylan Hammond is a 4 year State qualifier for Niceville High School and swims year round with Coast Aquatics and Coach Brad Kale. He has excelled at the 100 and 200 fly and 200 free, and represented the club most recently at the National Championships in Orlando in March. Picture: Back row: Niceville Athletic Director Coach Hicks and Swim Coach Kathy Ritacco; Front Row: brother Colton Hammond, mom Lisa Hammond, Dylan Hammond, dad David Hammond. Inset: L to R: NHS swim coach Kathy Ritacco, Dylan Hammond, Coastal Aquatics coach Brad Kale.NHS swimmer signs with Florida Tech In the last game of the regular season, the Niceville Eagles were defeated by the visiting Lincoln Trojans (Tallahassee) by a score of 3-1 in 8 innings. Starting pitcher Mikhala Hampton recorded seven strikeouts on the night. Sydney Byrd hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth to record Niceville's only run. Niceville hosts the 7A district 2 tournament this week. Michaela Brocato makes contact with the ball. Emma Langston came in to pitch in the eighth inning for the Eagles. Beacon photos by Paula MimsNiceville falls to Lincoln Rocky Bayou softball sent their two seniors out in style with a 10-0 win over Ponce de Leon last Thursday at Rocky Bayou. L to R: Head Coach Lynn Holcomb, Kaylee Orr, Layton Warren, Athletic Director Lisa Eaves. Inset: Rocky's seniors took the field for the last time during regular season play under an arch of bats made by their teammates. Beacon photos by Paula MimsRBCS celebrates Senior Day The Ruckel Rams softball team finished off a perfect 13-0 regular season last Wednesday when they defeated Destin on the Marlins' home field. Eight different players crossed home plate for Ruckel, led by Grace Langston's four runs. Left, Langston had two hits and walked twice. Above, The Ruckel Rams and Destin Marlins meet on the mound after the game.Beacon photos by Paula MimsRuckel softball defeats Destin 18-3 The Ruckel boys and girls tennis teams capped off a perfect 7-0 season with a victory over Bruner last Thursday at the Eagle Ram Tennis Center. On April 25-26, Ruckel will participate in the county championships at the Bluewater Bay Tennis center. Above: Grayson Dannelly. Left: Therese Sherwin. Beacon photos by Paula MimsRams finish regular season undefeated

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Carolyn Frances Morton8/18/35-4/16/18Carolyn Frances Morton, age 82, of Niceville, Fla., passed away April 16, 2018. Carolyn was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville and she volunteered for Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary. Surviving are her children, Michael Morton, Robert (Page) Morton, Greg Morton, Lori Morton, and Lisa (Angel) Larrinaga; grandchildren, Eric, Scott, Adam, Nick, Sydney, Stephanie, Lehr, Anton, and Elijah; sister, Gail Clark; and brother, George Lehr, Jr. Service to be held at a later date. Sarah Lynch was recently named the director/curator of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum in Kings Mountain, NC near Charlotte. She graduated with distinction in January from University of Leicester, UK earning a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies. In May 2016, she received a BA in History, Cum Laude, from Gardner-Webb University, NC. Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian Academy. She is the daughter of Shelli and Mike Lynch of Niceville. * Rocky Bayou Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Spanish teacher, Mrs. Elvia Eason has been chosen by Educational Testing Services, after an arduous application process, to serve as an AP Spanish reader in the summer of 2018. Due to the exclusivity of her selection, Academy principal, Mr. Anthony Clymer, would like to express his gratitude for Mrs. Easons selection and service. * Aaron Blackwell of Niceville, participating in a research project that is receiving a $13,909 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has announced that The University of Alabama will receive two grants totaling $28,909 to fund two Phase I student teams through the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. More than $463,000 in funding is being provided by the program for 31 teams nationwide that are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges. The current project that Blackwell is involved with is "GIS Enabled Green Infrastructure Design Tool," led by Dr. Andrew J. Graettinger, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. * The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors graduating seniors who excel in both athletics and academics. To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and earned a minimum of two varsity letters in at least two different sports during their junior and senior year. The 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 146 qualified studentathletes and evaluated them based off of athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service, and essay. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ron Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAAs most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds $6,300 in total. Elijah Suh, a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian Academy and the son of Chaplain and Karen Suh, has a 4.0 unweighted GPA and ranks 1st in his class of 49 seniors. Elijah earned varsity letters in cross-country all four years of high school, as well as soccer and track & field in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He plans to attend either the United States Air Force Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, April 25, 2018 Page A-7 Call today for a FREE Hearing Profile KAITLYNLOCKEHAS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE RISK FREE TRIALNO JOKE! NO GIMMICK! Not sure what a hearing device will do for you? 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In one procedure you can walk out ready to enjoy the foods you wish, without the long healing times and high costs typically associated with conventional implants. Stabilize Your Dentures Instantly! Call Today! GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. Robinette, DDS (850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East Ste 108 Niceville, FL 32578 gulfcoastdental.com Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com Whos News Sarah Lynch Mrs. Elvia Eason Elijah Suh Members of the Military and Public Affairs Committee of the Twin Cities Woman s Club recently collected snacks, drinks, candy, paper towels, disposable plates and cups, microwave meals, international phone cards, batteries, ear buds, etc. and donated them to the local United Service Organization for the benefit of military service members who visit the USO Freedom Lounge at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The USO Freedom Lounge, located across from the ticketing area, serves military members and their families (with military IDs). Pictured (L-R) are TCWC members Carole Donaldson, Linda Richardson, Dale Fuqua TCWC President, Brenda Brown Military and Public Affairs Committee chairwoman, and Pamela Walters. TCWC donates to the USO Sharing & Caring of Niceville s First Vice President Mary Conrad and basket coordinator Gloria Price received a donation of baskets to be distributed to the children of clients. Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church, located on Whitepoint Road in the Bluewater Bay area, donated the baskets. Each basket contains Easter-theme candy, toys and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The donation was made the week before Easter.Sharing & Caring distributes Easter baskets Bluewater Bay Marina held its 3rd Annual Sock Burning recently. This is an annual event to celebrate the start of Spring. This coastal tradition, dating back to the early 1980s, started in Annapolis with Bob Turner burning his Winter work socks. A great fun way to get rid of the Winter blahs and burn your socks and put on the flip-flops. Marina Patrons, LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar Patrons and Bluewater Neighbors came out to burn socks and get ready for Spring.3rd annual sock burning Ariel Blanton, Resident Director 4-H Camp Timpoochee, was recently the speaker at a Niceville Exchange Club meeting at Caf Bienville. Not only did those in attendance learn about the summer programs for kids but also learned that the camp is available for weddings, family reunions and overnight lodging.Exchange Club learns about 4-H camp Life Tributes Carolyn Frances Morton

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Tempacure Heating and Cooling along with their distributors, Aprilaire and Johnstone Supply, recently made generous contributions to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida by donating and installing two new air conditioning/heating units, a commercial dehumidifier, an air purification system, and other supplies needed for efficient cooling, heating and de-humidification of museum collections. Above, front row: Erika LarsonOffice Manager Tempacure Heating & Cooling, Carole ApfelTrustee, Barbara PalmgrenTrustee Chair, Gina MariniMuseum Manager, Diane Plank-Trustee, Marie Hallion-Trustee. back row: Kelli Knudsen-Museum Assistant, Steve Czonstka-Ex-officio, Brad Wilcox-Johnstone Supply, Bill Burke-Owner, Tempacure Heating & Cooling, Scott Bruce-Johnstone Supply, John Openshaw-Trustee. Inset: Bill Burke-Owner Tempacure Heating & Cooling, George Rennolds-Aprilaire, Gina Marini-Museum Manager.Businesses give to museum Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN THEBAYBEACONPage A-8 Wednesday, April 25, 2018For comprehensive auto care in the Niceville area, look no further than Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair. Tucked away on Elm Street in the heart of Niceville, its highly skilled staff is ready to take care of all of your auto care needs. Friendly and straightforward, the people of Twin Cities Transmission offer quality solutions at competitive pricing, for more than just your transmission. That's righttheir expertise goes beyond transmission work. You can count on Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair to keep your car or truck running in perfect order. Prevention isn't reserved for personal health. It's critical in the health of your vehicle as well. Extend the life of your family vehicle with timely tune-ups and inspections of critical automotive systems. Don't allow those little problems to turn into costly ones. Maintenance neglect can cause major inconveniences to your life, and your pocketbook. Let Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair take care of your vehicle and you. We now have General Motors, Ford, and Toyota factory scan tools for dealer-level diagnostic and reprogramming capabilities. Twin Cities Transmission is a member of the TECH-NET professional program that assures strict adherence to automotive code of ethics. All its technicians are ASE-certified, and able to keep your car moving at top performance. With our recent renovations, repeat customers will enjoy a pleasant front office and comfortable customer area, not to mention a few additions to the business, including an expansion to its building. The new "General Repair" side has three lifts dedicated to general repairs. All makes and models, both foreign and domestic, are welcome. Even diesel engines can find all their solutions at Twin Cities Transmission. This expansion supplements the four lifts dedicated to transmission work. Twin Cities Transmission is independently and locally owned by Adam Marthis. Along with manager and fiancee Brandy Pirc, he prides himself on being a family-owned, hometown operation that has gladly served the Twin Cities area since 2000. Located at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, just north of John Sims Parkway and west of Partin Drive, Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair is eager to make your acquaintance. Call 729-6629, fax 729-1529 or e-mail Brandy@tct.gccoxmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook. Quality diagnostics, experienced mechanics, and a reputation that you can trust, make Twin Cities Transmissionthe perfect one-stop shop for your vehicle's checkup. Find out for yourself just how committed to excellence and customer service they are. Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair at 610 Elm St. in Niceville, with newly renovated front office, customer lounge and general repair extension. Twin Cities TransmissionThe Best Automotive Repair in NicevilleAdvertising Feature & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE Internal Medicine Pediatrics Preventive Care Sport/school Physicals ImmunizationsDr. T. Castaneda, M.D.Board Certified Family Physician WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENTMost Insurances Accepted Thank you to all of our customers and friends!678-1977101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2James E. Plew Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary recently. Did you know that when Plew was built in 1968 it had 14 classrooms, 22 teachers and 555 students? Today, Plew has 42 classrooms, 48 teachers and 802 students. Guests included former and current teachers, staff and students. Tours of the campus to include our newest office addition were provided by students with stops to review yearbooks and memorabilia, to partake of refreshments, and to listen to Niceville High School band students and former Plew students perform their music.Plew celebrates 50th anniversary