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The Bay beacon

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Title:
The Bay beacon
Portion of title:
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
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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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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County School Board candidates Linda Evanchyk and Joe Slusser gave brief presentations and answered questions from the audience during the July 2 meeting of the Niceville Republican Women, Federated. Both candidates are running for the District 3 seat in a nonpartisan election Aug. 28. Also present at the July 2 meeting in Bluewater Bay were 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 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Richard E. Cole, 102, last living member of the Doolittle Raiders, the 80 American airmen who made the first U.S. bombing raid on mainland Japan during WWII, visited the Air Armament Museum on July 3. Cole chatted with well-wishers and posed for pictures, as visitors bought copies of books about him and the famous air raid that boosted American morale during some of the darkest days of the war while striking a blow against By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The installation of sewers to replace septic tanks in the Lake Pippin community is not expected to cost property owners any money directly, according to Okaloosa County officials. The upfront costs usually paid by the property owner in such cases this time will be covered by a state grant, said Jeff Littrell, county water and sewer director. The homeowners do not have to pay for anything, except might have to plant new flowers or bushes in right of way, Littrell said. The Okaloosa County Commission last month approved the first phase of a plan that will eventually extend sewer service to the Lake Pippin area, a 125-home lakeside and bayside subdivision off County Line Road and North Lakesnore Drive, east of Bluewater Bay. In a report last month to the Okaloosa County Commission, Littrell stated, For well over the past 20 years, (the county) has gone into many existing neighborhoods and constructed sanitary sewer systems that have taken literally hundreds of septic tanks out of service, in order to improve water quality in our lakes, bays, and bayous. These are very expensive projects for the county. Once sewer service is made available, connection is mandatory, so owners of existing homes generally have to pay about Citziens gathered July 4 in Valparaiso and elsewhere to celebrate the nation s independence. There was lots of activity on Boggy Bayou, as families fired up barbeques, Valparaiso held its 40th annual duathlon, and waterways filled with vessels of all kinds. During daylong festivities at Lincoln Park, kids played on the giant inflatables. Attendees included Valparaiso Mayor Brent Smith and his wife, Janice. Food trucks were available for those who didn't want to cook out, and funnel cakes were a popular item. Roger Wildermuth showed off his patriotic style before the paddleboard race. From hamburgers to hot dogs to beef tips, the grills were busy all day. The Yen family (Alan, Lauren, Kalani, Noelle, Jolene) was ready for the duathlon. Capping the day was a spectacular fireworks display over the bayou. Beacon photos by Paula MimsSchool board hopefuls speakOwners get a break on sewer installationBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Weekend rerouting of beachbound traffic over the Mid-Bay Bridge to ease congestion on neighborhood streets has been deemed a success so far, according to officials. Meantime, recent figures show that traffic over the 3.5-mile toll span, and along the Spence Parkway which connects the north end of the bridge with State Road 85 at a point north of Niceville, continued at about the pace expected, according to MidBay Bridge Authority Executive Director Van Fuller Fuller said that a recent cooperative effort between the bridge authority, Okaloosa County, and the county sheriffs office appeared to be successful in blocking access to the Spence Parkway from Lakeshore Drive during Saturday afternoons, a time when, in the past, heavy traffic along Lakeshore and White Point Road has prevented local residents from being able to get to and from their neighborhoods. The temporary road closures have directed parkway and bridge tourist traffic away from those areas and directly to the Spence Parkway from State Road 20, thus allowing local residents easier access to and from their homes. Fuller also said that recent figures regarding bridge and parkway traffic seemed to show a slight peak in March followed by a drop in April, but he said that this is most likely do to the timing of Easter and its proximity to spring break during March and Please see SCHOOL, page A-3 Please see BRIDGE, page A-2 Please see SEWER, page A-3 Traffic jams easedBridge motorists diverted from local streets50Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6 Pages, 1 Section, 3 Inserts Red, white and bayou Red, white and bayou Last of Doolittle s Raiders makes a visit Please see RAIDERS, page A-2Santa s elves set Christmas in July at Pavilion Members of the Youth Group at St. Jude's Episcopal Church prepare to take presents to the Twin Cities Pavilion rest home for a Christmas in July celebration. Richard Cole, 102, greets well-wisher at Armament Museum July 3. Inset, Lt. Cole before his bombing raid over wartime Japan in 1942. Linda Evanchyk Joe Slusser

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THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith Once theyve been processed, they should be educated, and given the opportunity to become citizens. Felicia Stove, 46, Bluewater Bay, medical assistant They should not be separated, but should be sent back to their homeland to go through the proper channels for entry. Clayten Ulmer, 23, Choctaw Beach, welderWhat should be done with illegal immigrants who arrive as families?Location: Walgreens drugstore I helped a Vietnamese lady study for her citizenship test. Immigrants should go through the legal process of becoming citizens. If we went to their countries illegally, we d go to jail, or worse. Cindy Madison, 60, Columbia, Tennessee, retired respiratory therapist The law should be enforced. If people do not like the law, they should petition their member of Congress to have it changed. Tom Monan, 55, Bluewater Bay, civil servant Reunite them, and send them home. They can come back legally. Chuck Madison, 61, Columbia, Tennessee, retired No one complains when American children are separated from parents who are incarcerated or homeless. I sympathize with the plight of immigrants, but we have to look after Americans first. T.J. Swafford, 56, Niceville, retired NavyPage A-2 Wednesday, July 11, 2018 THEBAYBEACON Is PAYING for Hearing AidsNICEVILLE HEARING CENTER1001 College Blvd., W., Bldg. 2 (850) 678-3277www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comDESTIN HEARING CENTER4012 Commons Dr. W. (850) 830-0376www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comFORT WALTON BEACH HEARING CENTER36 Eglin Pkwy. N.E. (504) 442-6652www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comWe are an INDEPENDENT HEARING HEAL THCARE PROVIDERthat has been taking care of the hearing challenges of our patients since 1978. April of this year. Total traffic over the bridge during April, the latest month for which figures were available, was 622,790 vehicles, while traffic along the tolled segment of the parkway was 261,219 vehicles. April toll revenue from the bridge was $1,938,888, about 1 percent lower than that during April 2017. Revenue from the Spence Parkway in April was $368,208, about 4.7 percent more than a year earlier. During a meeting June 21, bridge board members approved hiring a new law firm to represent the interests of the bride authority. The firm, Keefe, Anchors, and Gordon of Fort Walton Beach, was one of nine that responded to a request for proposals. The selection was recommended by a committee consisting of Fuller, bridge authority Chairman James Neilson, and board member Dewey Destin. Selection criteria, said Fuller, included ethics, capacity, experience in representation of other government entities, experience with contract law and real state law, experience with bonds, experience with personnel management, experience with government liaison, and cost. Fuller told the Beacon that the decision to request proposals for a firm to provide legal services was made in April after the attorney who previously represented the authority resigned after many years of service. He said the cost of the new law firm is expected to be about $200 to $295 per hour, and that last year, the authority used about 31 hours of legal services. BRIDGE From page A-1 Imperial Japan, just five months after that nation launched its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The Doolittle Raiders, led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, secretly trained at what was then Eglin Field for the daring raid, which on April 18, 1942, launched 16 Army Air Force bombers from a Navy aircraft carrier on a one-way trip over Japan. As a 26-year-old lieutenant Cole was Doolittles co-pilot. To save time and energy, Cole did not sign copies of the books during his visit last week, but enjoyed interacting with the many people who came to see him. Asked what he thought about the many books written about him and his fellow aviators, he said that he actually found them rather dull reading not a surprising response from one who had actually been there and done the things such books describe. RAIDERSFrom page A-1 Lt. Richard Cole, second from right, with fellow crew members of the lead aircraft of the 1942 Doolittle Raid on wartime Japan. Cole was copilot to Lt. Col. James Doolittle, second from left.

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incumbent District 1 school board member Lamar White, who is running for reelection, as well as District 5 candidates Diane Kelley and Bran McAllister. The District 1 and District 5 candidates did not formally speak during the presentation and question-and-answer session, which was limited to the District 3 race, but were available to informally chat with attendees, and White answered some questions that were directed to him during the candidate forum. A third District 3 candidate, Alby D. Clendennin IV, did not appear at the meeting. Club official Libby Hill said the organization is not allowed to have non-Republicans speak at its meetings. If he had come, we would have welcomed him, introduced him and apologized that we could not invite his participation, Hill said. The three candidates are vying for the seat current held by longtime incumbent Rodney Walker, who did not seek another fouryear term. During the forum, Slusser emphasized his experience as a schoolteacher and administrator in Kentucky and Florida. He has also been a school principal, and has authored two booksone on parenting and the other on school safety. He has a doctorate in education from Western Kentucky University. Evanchyk spoke about her own experience, saying, I am proud to be a classroom teacher, and said that she was born and raised in Okaloosa County, has spent her teaching career in local schools, and is fully committed to maintaining and improving a high quality of education for Okaloosa students. As a teacher, she said, I know whats going on, and is well-prepared to address the problems and issues facing the school district. Slusser, however, questioned what he referred to as a frivolous lawsuit Evanchyk recently filed against the Okaloosa County School District, which had denied her application for an additional year of post-retirement service as a classroom teacher under the Florida Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). Evanchyk responded, saying that her lawsuit was initiated before she became a candidate for the school board, and that the denial of her application to serve another year after officially retiring in June 2017 was a matter of age discrimination, in which her contract was not renewed as a classroom teacher despite her having been previously chosen as a Teacher of the Year. She added that in any case, if she becomes a school board member, she would not be allowed to draw retirement pay while serving on the board. During a question-and-answer period, the candidates were asked whether they favor site-based or centrally-based funds management. Slusser said he favors a site-based approach, which really works. He said site-based funding allows each school principal to make well-informed decisions about how to fund the needs of their own school, while remaining accountable to the school district. Evanchyk said that she prefers a hybrid approach to school funds management, with some site-based funding and some central funding decisions. She said that Okaloosa is a very diverse county, with both large and small elementary and high schools, and that students are best served when individual principals and school district administrators work together. Both candidates were asked whether they had been endorsed by the Okaloosa County Education Association (OCEA), the local teachers union. Slusser said that he had been given a lengthy questionnaire by the union, and sent back nine pages of information in reply, but was never invited for an interview with union officials. He said he believed that he had been sabotaged by someone who did not want him to get the unions endorsement. Evanchyk said she doubts that Slusser was sabotaged, saying that he had been a school board candidate previously, and knows the process for seeking a union endorsement. She said that as a first-time candidate, she was invited to express her views to union members, and accepted the unions endorsement when it was offered. She said she is proud to be endorsed by classroom teachers my peers. Candidates were also asked how the school board should handle the interface between public schools and charter, private, and homeschooling. Evanchyk said, Im pro-public schools, but charter schools also do a very good job. She said that homeschooling is a legal option, and benefits some students. Not all students have the same needs, she said. She expressed doubts about what she called bully vouchers proposed by the Florida Legislature. She said she opposes such vouchers, as she thinks they will be used as an excuse for some parents and students to claim that they were bullied, merely to obtain vouchers to fund enrollment at nonpublic schools. It doesnt solve the problem, she said. It just gives people money, and is likely to open Pandoras box. Slusser said that charter schools are common throughout the nation, with Okaloosa Academy, a charter alternative school for students with behavioral issues, one of the best-known in the Okaloosa school district. He said that Okaloosa Academy has been not very successful, probably because it puts bad kids together, allowing them to make each others behavioral problems worse. He agreed with Evanchyk in opposing the bully vouchers, saying that it would create a whole new definition of bullied, as students and parents use the program as a way of seeking state money. He added, however, that, Every student is different, and said that Rocky Bayou Christian School, for example, has been very successful, as have some other religiously based schools. Nevertheless, he said, Im a public education teacher, parent, and former student, and I want good schools to be public schools. Both candidates said that they support an increased sales tax to fund infrastructure needs at schools throughout the district. They agreed that a sales tax would be superior to a property tax increase, because a sales tax would be shared with visitors to Okaloosa County, rather than placing the entire tax burden on local property owners. They also agreed that this year would not be a good time to put a sales tax proposal on the election ballot, due to the negative public perception of the school district created by recent scandals, in which a school district employee has been arrested for alleged abuse of a student, and three others have been arrested for failing to report suspected child abuse. All have denied the charges and await trial. The schools superintendent, while not charged in the case, was criticized by a grand jury investigating the case for failure to fulfill her obligations. Both candidates also agreed that a good way to reduce costs in the school district would be to eliminate some of the higher-paying administrative positions at the school district headquarters. This, they said, could free up funds for classroom instruction and infrastructure improvements. The Niceville Republican Women, Federated, is planning additional candidate workshops throughout the summer and fall, which are expected to include candidates for other seats on the Okaloosa School Board, as well as other local elected positions. The Bay Beacon contacted the third candidate for the District 3 seat, Alby Clendennin, and asked him for a statement explaining his candidacy. I plan to be a voice for both students and educators, so that I can advocate for better infrastructure, improved safety measures, and technology, so that all students will be given a fair and equal education rather than feeling as if they are forgotten or not as important just because they attend a smaller school or one that is farther away from the rest, Clendennin said. I look forward to serving our community and others along with being a part of something that will make Okaloosa County Schools great in more ways than just test scores, because the success of a community cannot be measured by a test; instead, it is measured by what the community can provide for its citizens and what those citizens provide in return, he added. Clendennin said, I want to make sure that the students in Okaloosa County are prepared to provide for our communities in the best way possible. And who would know what that might be for a 21st Century student than someone who is a 21st Century student? Times have changed dramatically in one generation, Clendennin said. When my parents were in school, they werent terrified that if they went to college they would leave with a debt that might be higher than their salary; they werent terrified that if they chose to do a skilled labor job, that they would have to have two or three jobs to support a family; they werent terrified that if they didnt have access to a computer or other technology that they would be left behind and faced with uncertainties in the job force for lacking that experience and those skills; and they most certainly werent terrified with the idea that someone could enter their school and begin a massacre. These fears and more are ones that students face today, and I am the only candidate who has felt all of those fears and honestly still do. $10,000 in county connection fees, contractor fees to disable their old septic tank, and plumber fees to install the new service line. Lake Pippin is one of the larger outstanding coastline residential areas not on public sewer in Okaloosa County, Littrell stated. The drain fields from the septic tanks are discharging treated sewage effluent into the water table that has a direct connection to Lake Pippin and Choctawhatchee Bay. While we are not aware of any written studies on the water quality of Lake Pippin itself, public sewer treatment (with nutrient removal) is a proven higher level of treatment than septic tanks. Promoting the sewer project as a pollution-control measure, the county received from the state a $2 million tax-funded grant to cover perhaps half the cost of the project, including the upfront costs usually borne by property owners, who will of course still be responsible for monthly sewage-service bills. Of those that contacted staff via phone and email, 100 percent of the customers on the west/north side of the lake were in favor of public sewer, and approximately 40 percent of the customers on the east/south side of the lake were in favor of public sewer, Littrell said. The county funding plan was presented to a Lake Pippin town hall meeting last year and was met with overwhelming support, Littrell said. The county commission last month approved the first phase of the project, to service 20 homes on the north side of Lake Pippin. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 11, 2018 Page A-3 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Niceville s NewspaperKaron DeyBookkeeper Cheryle ValentineReceptionistBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeAndrea WolfeGraphic DesignerStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherSara KentMarketing DirectorKatie KillenGraphic Designer EYEWEAR UNLIMITED EYEWEAR EXCELLENCE SINCE 19701187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville(across from PoFolks)678-0099 Its hard to learn when you cantsee the blackboard!Economists found that 10-15% of kids needs glasses Eye Exam New Lenses New Frames Back to School Checklist: R R R SCHOOLFrom page A-1 Lamar White Diane Kelley SEWER From page A-1 850-678-1593www.bayoubookcompany.comOak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Since 1986 Hallmark KEEPSAKE Ornament Premiere Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15(noon 5 p.m.) Alby Clendennin Bran McAllister

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Robotics program T.C. senior citizens club History sandwiched-in Book discussion Garage sale Mosaics class Mad Hatter tea party What's the BUZZZ? TSA precheck NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Bay Beacon has an opening for a full-time reporter. The job requires a hard-working, selfstarting, organized journalist with high standards for accuracy, the ability to meet deadlines, a nose for news, and concern for readers. Paid vacation, IRA plan. Applicants should have reporting experience and live in the Beacon s circulation area. To be considered for an interview, please stop by our office to complete an application, and to submit cover letter and samples of your written work. NEWS CORRESPONDENT PART-TIME The Bay Beacon seeks a freelance reporter to write human interest features or cover events. You must be available most weekday evenings or most days (your choice). We pay $30 a story plus $5 a photo, when published. Writing experience is essential, as is access to a home computer. Applicants should live in the Beacon s circulation area. Reporting and photo experience helpful, but not required. This a great chance to learn more about your community. Email cover letter and statement of qualifications to: hrdept@baybeacon.com. Experienced painters needed. Must have vehicle. Must have tools. Call 850-585-1513 Part Time Accounting Clerk needed for Seascape Resort. Year-round position, Mon.-Fri. 8:30-12:30. $13/hr. Email resume to tiffany@seascape-resort.com. Complete Bible Stories for Children. 10 hard bound books. Paid $250.00. Asking $75.00. 850-897-5971 Collectible Brother portable typewriter in case from 60s or 70s. $60.00.850-897-5971 Help Wanted Items for Sale 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 Page A-4 Wednesday, July 11, 2018 THEBAYBEACON Lighthouse Therapy of Niceville, LLCA Helping Light in the Storms of Life Cozette (Cozy) Drake, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social WorkerServing Uninsured & Lower Income Adults in the Niceville Area AFFORDABLE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELINGCall 850-396-2795or Visit my Website at LighthouseTherapyofNiceville.com1821 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578SPECIALIZING IN: Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Guilt/Shame/Insecurity, Anger, Difficulty Regulating Emotions, Grief, and Relationship Issues. <$25,000 = $10/session $25,000-$35,000 = $25 $35,000-$45,000 = $35 $45,000-$55,000 = $45 >$55,000 = $55/session Sliding Scale Fees based on Annual Household Income Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Your Hometown REALTOR For 35 YearsLet us help you with your Real Estate needs. We have 14 premier agents with the knowledge and expertise you deserve!www.CarriageHills.com(850) 678-5178 (800) 874-8929 REALTOR@CarriageHills.com 1821 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 AT YOUR SERVICE HOME REPAIRVinyl Siding Screen Rooms Crown Moulding Replace Rotten Wood & Screens Door InstallationLic# RX0066839 585-9511 TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Dont be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! BayouTreeService PRESSURE WASHING(850) 699-7866Houses Drive-ways Fencing Dock RVs DecksNo Job Too SmallLicensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANINGWhere quality makes the grade! Interior & Exterior Textured Ceilings Pressure Washing Licensed & Insured A+ ProfessionalAPlusProfessionalPaintingInc.comCall today for a FREE ESTIMATE! 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Services Services Services Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale5971 House cleaning services in Crestview and Niceville areas. Background check and references. Call Cathy at 850-830-5377 The NHS Eaglettes dance team is having a yard sale at NHS on July 14 from 7am-1pm. Money raised goes toward uniforms. Services Yard Sales GET RESULTS! Call 678-1080 to place your ad today. The Beacon Newspapers

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ArrestsOn June 20 Niceville police arrested Nancy Freeman Gray, 54, of 101 Redman Court, Niceville, on a charge of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. Gray bit a man and hit him with a baseball bat. * On June 22 Niceville police arrested Richard Clay Holmes, 62, an electrician, of 400 Kelly Rd., #18, Niceville, on a charge of battery, 2nd or subsequent offense. * On June 22 Niceville police arrested Brandon Leon Pratt, 32, of 400 Kazmira Ct., #D, Niceville, on charges of resisting/obstructing an officer without violence, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Police responded to Pratts residence to assist EMS, regarding a report of Pratt having a diabetic issue, and the smell of gasoline coming from the residence. Upon arrival, Pratt was found to be in possession of 2 grams of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking pipe. The suspected marijuana field tested positive for THC, and the smoking pipe field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On June 23 Valparaiso police arrested Casey Joseph Lawrence, 29, a landscaper, of 906 45 th St., Niceville, on a charge of DUI. An officer observed Lawrence driving with no headlights, and made a traffic stop at Highway 85 and Howell. During the stop, the officer smelled the odor of alcohol coming from Lawrence, and a police database confirmed that Lawrence had an active warrant from Okaloosa County. Lawrence failed a field sobriety test. * On June 23 Niceville police arrested Rachel Renee Clanton, 39, of 1281 Mable St., Crestview, on charges of violating a conditional release, and battery causing bodily harm. * On June 24 Niceville police arrested Sarah Diane Jones, 26, of 4 Johnathan Cir., #B, Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. Jones was seen switching price stickers on several items in Walmart, then attempted to check out, paying $13.85 instead of the actual total value of $130.85. * On June 24 Niceville police arrested Krystal Renee Bailey, 28, and Jesse James Barker, 32, both on charges of shoplifting. The pair had been seen in Walmart placing several items of merchandise, valued at a total of $130.91, in a backpack, then attempting to leave without paying. They said they stole the merchandise because they were homeless. * On June 25 Niceville police arrested James Dean Garlinghouse, 36, of 1053 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, on an Escambia County warrant for battery on an officer, firefighter, EMT, etc. * On June 25 Niceville police arrested Michael Thomas Taylor, 18, of 1500 27 th St., #B, Niceville, on a charge of trespassing an occupied structure or conveyance. Taylor had entered a residence from which he had been previously issued a trespass warning, and without permission of the lawful occupant. * On June 25 Niceville police arrested a 15-year-old Niceville boy on a charge of probation violation. An officer saw the boy walking down Juniper Avene at 1:35 a.m., but recognized the boy as having a courtordered curfew of 8 p.m. When arrested, the boy acknowledged that he was aware of his curfew. * On June 26 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Angela Summer Cline, 36, unemployed, of 701 Valley Rd., Crestview, on charges of driving while license suspended, first offense, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and resisting/obstructing an officer without violence. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on May 12, in which Cline had borrowed a vehicle, but then failed to return it. When confronted by police on Poplar Place, she ran away. A police database revealed that Clines drivers license was not valid. * On June 27 Niceville police arrested Chasity Chantel Powell, 26, of 212 Madison St., Niceville, on charges of driving while license suspended, 2nd offense, retail theft shoplifting, and probation violation. Powell was seen switching the price tags on some swimsuits and camisoles at Walmart, and attempting to check them out for lower than actual prices. Total value of the stolen items was $33.64. Powell was also seen driving her vehicle into the Walmart parking lot, and a police database revealed that she had a suspended license, with 2 previous convictions for that offense. Police also discovered that Powell is on community control, with a special conditionto be confined to an approved residence. * On June 27 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Sean Thomas Garrett, 33, of 70 Center St., Freeport, on a charge of sex battery. * On June 27 Niceville police arrested Marissa Rae Tucker, 33, on a charge of driving while license suspended, 4 th or subsequent (3 prior convictions). An officer who knew Tucker, and had prior knowledge that she did not have a Florida drivers license, observed her driving a 2005 Chevy van, and made a traffic stop at Valparaiso Boulevard and Linden. * On June 27 Niceville police arrested Jackie Lauren Spillar, 29, a server, of 638 Sailboat Dr., Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. Spillar was seen taking some clothing items from Walmart, valued at a total of $82.32, without paying for them. The arresting officer noted that while committing the theft, Spillar had $1,072 on her. * On June 28 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Richard Alexander Lewis, 51, of 636 Crestview Ave., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation, felony. * On June 28 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Joseph Herman Maynard, 69, of 1612 23rd St., Niceville, on a charge of luring/enticing a child under 12 years of age. * On June 28 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Melissa Christine Sharpe, 31, of 196 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense. * On June 29 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jennifer Loretta Diaz, 41, of 111 Harding Rd., Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. * On June 29 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jason Noel Hudson, 30, of 111 Harding Rd., Niceville, on charges of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and probation violation; felony. * On June 29 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jamie Marie Griggy, 37, of 1006 Everglade Dr., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation; felony. * On June 30 the Okaloosa Sherif fs office arrested Chris Ryan Johnson, 55, of 300 Kazmira Ct., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation. * On June 30 Valparaiso police arrested Natalie Ann Belche, 38, of 256 Chicago Ave., #C, Valparaiso, on a charge of driving while license suspended, habitual offender. An officer saw Belche driving a Ford four-door, but knew that she had been previously arrested for knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license. After confirming this information, the officer stopped the car on John Sims Parkway and arrested her. * On July 1 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Nicholas James Grim, 27, of 310 St. Andrews Dr., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation; misdemeanor. * On July 2 Valparaiso police arrested Jeffrey Daniel Goodwin, 28, of 593 Hill Ln., Niceville, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer saw Goodwin in a convenience store, and was aware that he did not have a valid license. The officer also observed a lone vehicle parked outside, which had not been there when the officer arrived at the store. The officer made contact with Goodwin, who admitted to having a syringe in his pocket.OtherOn June 28 Niceville police responded to an address on Benton Avenue where a man had been observed camping in a tent in the backyard of a home, without the knowledge of the absent homeowner. Police told the man to leave the property until he got permission to be there, and the man left. * On June 30 Niceville police responded to an address on Palm Boulevard regarding the theft of a kayak. * On July 1 Niceville police received a report from a man in another city who reported that his car had been scratched or keyed during a recent visit to Niceville. * On July 1 Niceville police responded to the College Park condominiums regarding a report of a possible attempted break-in, but upon investigation, found no evidence of a break-in. * On June 20 Niceville police responded to an address on 23 rd St. where a group of people had just dumped a bunch of bricks on the callers car, damaging its trunk hood and a taillight. 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 July 2, 2018 through July 8, 2018. 0 Structure Fire20 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire5 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn11 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms2 Hazardous Conditions STREET SiTUATION DATE TIME John Sims Pkwy.......................Vehicle crash.........................7/2/18.......................14:37 Finck Road...............................Medical..................................7/2/18.......................20:23 Linda Ct....................................Medical..................................7/2/18.......................20:52 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Smoke scare.........................7/3/18.......................09:07 Redwood Ave...........................Vehicle crash.........................7/3/18.......................10:22 Kelly Road................................Medical..................................7/3/18.......................13:58 Grove Park Dr..........................Alarm activation.....................7/3/18.......................15:24 Duncan Dr................................Cancelled...............................7/4/18.......................06:24 Rum Still Cir..............................Medical..................................7/4/18.......................14:42 Sweetwater Run......................Cancelled...............................7/4/18.......................20:05 Spence Cir................................Alarm activation.....................7/4/18.......................20:14 Nathey Ave...............................Trash fire................................7/4/18.......................23:39 E. College Blvd........................Medical..................................7/5/18.......................13:31 Everglade Dr............................Medical..................................7/5/18.......................15:23 Redwood Ave...........................Vehicle crash.........................7/5/18.......................16:17 Mayo St....................................Medical..................................7/5/18.......................18:20 S. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/5/18.......................18:41 Rocky Shores Dr......................Medical..................................7/6/18.......................08:23 29th Street................................Medical..................................7/6/18.......................10:03 College Blvd.............................Gas spill.................................7/6/18.......................10:05 S. R. 285..................................Vehicle crash.........................7/6/18.......................14:25 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/6/18.......................16:50 Biscayne Ln..............................Cancelled...............................7/6/18.......................17:40 Glennlake Cir............................Alarm activation.....................7/6/18.......................20:19 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/6/18.......................22:02 Kelly Road................................Cancelled...............................7/7/18.......................01:11 32nd Street...............................Medical..................................7/7/18.......................07:41 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................7/7/18.......................13:40 Red Maple Way.......................Medical..................................7/7/18.......................15:50 N. Palm Blvd............................Gas spill.................................7/7/18.......................20:45 Summerwood Ct......................Cancelled...............................7/8/18.......................00:44 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................7/8/18.......................01:28 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/8/18.......................09:17 31st Street................................Alarm activation.....................7/8/18.......................15:59 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/8/18.......................16:55 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Cancelled...............................7/8/18.......................17:48 Evergreen Ave..........................Medical..................................7/8/18.......................20:49 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................7/8/18.......................21:01 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Vehicle crash.........................7/9/18.......................05:55 Weekly Safety Tip: Dispose of old newspapers, magazines and rags properly. If possible, have them recycled. Do not store them near gasoline, cleaning fluid or kerosene. Keep all flammable materials in a cool, vented place away from your main living areas. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out!Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from July 2, 2018 through July 8, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Lancaster Dr.............................EMS call................................7/2/18.......................08:51 Parkside Cir..............................Detector activation................7/2/18.......................13:02 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................7/3/18.......................04:52 Wild Boar Run..........................Dispatched & cancelled........7/3/18.......................09:45 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/3/18.......................12:59 Lancaster Dr.............................EMS call................................7/3/18.......................13:29 Bay Drive..................................EMS call................................7/3/18.......................13:49 W. Choctawhatchee Dr............Detector activation................7/3/18.......................15:15 N. White Point Rd....................Detector activation................7/4/18.......................05:43 Pearl S. Buck Ct......................EMS call................................7/4/18.......................04:55 Sweetwater Run......................Dispatched & cancelled........7/4/18.......................20:04 Springacres Cv.........................EMS call................................7/4/18.......................22:51 Ohio Ave...................................Medical assist........................7/4/18.......................23:04 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/4/18.......................23:56 Pembrook Ct............................Medical assist........................7/5/18.......................02:31 Grenada Way...........................EMS call................................7/5/18.......................06:59 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/5/18.......................09:28 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/5/18.......................12:52 Grenada Way...........................EMS call................................7/5/18.......................13:04 Lancaster Dr.............................Medical assist........................7/5/18.......................14:46 Lancaster Dr.............................Medical assist........................7/6/18.......................07:59 St. Vincent Cv...........................Good intent call.....................7/6/18.......................12:24 Bay Drive..................................Vehicle accident....................7/6/18.......................14:26 E. Hwy. 20................................Medical assist........................7/6/18.......................15:05 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................7/6/18.......................16:58 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/6/18.......................17:28 Bluewater Blvd.........................Good intent call.....................7/6/18.......................19:56 Glenlake Cir..............................Detector activation................7/6/18.......................20:19 Raccoon Trl..............................EMS call................................7/6/18.......................20:06 E. Hwy. 20................................Medical assist........................7/8/18.......................04:05 Windlake Dr..............................EMS call................................7/8/18.......................04:20 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 11, 2018 Page A-5 GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. Robinette, DDS (850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East Ste 108 Niceville, FL 32578 gulfcoastdental.comThere is a NEW FDA approved laser that can treat gum disease with no cutting, or sutures! 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Anna Herrera of Niceville has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Herrera was among approximately 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 255th Commencement exercises recently, at the McCamish Pavilion. * Ava Hinely of Niceville recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Centers Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Hinely spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Hinely and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors. * Recently the Niceville Rotary Club Scholarship Chairman, Bill Readdy, presented its last $2000 scholarship award to Hanna Schneidewind, a Niceville HS graduate. Hanna won the award due to high academic achievement along with lots of community service hours and participation in school activities. * Jessica Mullen of Niceville was recently named to the President's List at Kennesaw State University. Mullen was among the more than 3,100 Kennesaw State students who were honored for academic excellence in the Spring 2018 semester. To be named to the President's List, each student must have satisfactorily completed at least 9 semester hours with a term grade point average of 4.0. * Kathleen Schumacher a painter from Niceville was chosen from over 170 applicants from 13 states to appear in the 55th Annual Bluff Park Art Show. The one-day show takes place in Hoover, Al. * Congratulations to Gabriel Seabrook he is one of the recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville Valparaiso Scholarships for Collegiate High School at NWFSC. The winners were judged on their Capstone Project, which is a research, field study, writing, and oral presentation project required by Collegiate High School for graduation. The Kiwanis Club has awarded $5,000 this year to local scholars. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. 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Arpke Conference Room, and strongly supported several other areas of the college including the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, President s Circle and the Institute of Senior Professionals. Her gift of $50,000 helps close the gap on the necessary funds needed to construct the Indoor Practice Facility.College receives donation for indoor practice facility Camille Miles, a recent graduate from Niceville High School, has won a $2,500 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for 2018. She was sponsored in the national competition by Chapter DH of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. Camille and her mother, Clara Miles, were celebrated at a luncheon at Boathouse Landing by Chapter DH members who have supported her through the application process for this $2,500 scholarship. This award is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and her potential for future success. Thousands of applicants compete for these scholarships nationwide annually. Camille is the third consecutive scholarship winner to be sponsored by Chapter DH. She will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. Gathered to celebrate Camille s scholarship are, from left, Marcia Wolff, Marianne Haberbusch, Jane Rinell, Roxanne Ruckdeschel, Eileen Arpke, Melissa Pearce, Jill Hglund, Camille Miles, Joyce Brand, and Jeannie Farmer.NHS student wins STAR scholarship Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com Whos News A classroom assistant at Lewis School, Therese Litscher, recently appeared on The Price is Right with her son, John Tisa. She won a trip to Belize while she was on the show. She is an incredible asset to Lewis. Locals win trip on popular game show Hanna Schneidewind Gabriel Seabrook 410 Government Avenue, Ste. 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