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The Bay beacon
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-6 Public hearings on the Valparaiso municipal budget and tax rate are set for Sept. 6 and 20.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commision approved a plan to apply to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for $25,000 in BearWise Funding to keep bears out of garbage cans in the Poquito Bayou residential community. Although the project is expected to take place in Poquito Bayou, communities in and around Niceville and Valparaiso have also experienced human-bear encounters, so whatever is learned from the project may be applicable in those communities as well. According to a report from county staff, Bear-related calls received by the FWC from Okaloosa County have increased dramatically since 2008. An average of 38% of all bear-related calls received from Okaloosa County by FWC list In Garbage as the reason for the call, in some years this percentage rises to almost 50%. Bears are attracted to developed areas where food is easily accessible, most often from unse-By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During the first of two special meetings held this month, Valparaiso city commissioners tentatively agreed to set the citys property tax millage rate for the coming 2018-19 fiscal year at no higher than 5.024, same as the current year. Due to rising property values, an unchanged millage rate would result in a tax increase for many owners. The rate could be revised downward before it is finalized in September, but, as practical matter, not higher. The millage rate represents the amount of tax Valparaiso owners pay on the appraised, taxable value of their property after exemptions. Thus, at a millage rate of 5.024, a property owner pays the city a little over $5.02 for each $1,000 of taxable value. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value pays $1004.80 in property tax to the city, in addition to taxes paid to other such other government entities as For some visitors to the Niceville area, the weekend began early. On Thursday, participants in the Road to the Beach national softball tournament, of the U.S. Specialty Sports Association, competed at the Niceville softball complex. Pictured is a game between teams from Ohio and Georgia. At Lions Park, watercraft ranging from pool toys to kayaks came and went on Boggy Bayou. Work continued at the Niceville senior center, which city officials say is nearing completion. Parents kept watch over children playing in the shallows between the shore and the docks of Bluewater Bay Marina. At Laura s Pet and Horse Supplies, people came to a dog-adoption event, hoping to find new best friends. Wayne Paizes, of Choctaw Beach, and his 18-monthold son, Jack, cooled off in a pool near Oakmont Drive in Bluewater Bay. Beacon photos by Mike GriffithValparaiso officials mull no change in millage rateCounty seeks funds to control bearsBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent No votes were taken at the July 19 meeting of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, as only two board members, James Neilson and Gordon Fornell, attended the meeting at Niceville City Hall, thus falling short of a quorum of the MBBAs fivemember governing board. Neilson and Fornell were briefed by Bryant T. Paulk, a representative of the Florida Department of Transportation, on potential plans for building an elevated interchange at the intersection of Danny Wuerffel Way (State Road 293) and U.S. Highway 98, in Destin south of the Mid-Bay Bridge. Fun in the sun Beacon Staff A Niceville man was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on State Road 20 in Walton County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. An FHP report identified the man as David Allen Lowitz, 50. Lowitz was driving a motorcycle east on State Road 20 near Windswept Boulevard, east of Freeport, at about 1 p.m. July 18 when the crash occurred, according to an FHP report. Lowitz began to pass two eastbound vehicles and failed to see a truck driven by a 25-year-old Pensacola man, also traveling east, that was turning left onto Windswept, the report stated. The motorcycle collided with the left side of the truck, whose driver was not injured. Please see MILLAGE, page A-2 Please see BRIDGE, page A-3 Please see BEARS, page A-2 Interchange eyed south of bay bridge50Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 3 Inserts Niceville man dies in crash The Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle held a Silver and Gold Award ceremony in Niceville. Pictured in the left photo are Katrin Woods of Niceville Troop 2111, who received the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, and Katherine Veth and Gabrielle Jackson of Troop 2111, who earned Silver awards. Katrin's Gold project included planting fruit trees and a butterfly garden, building a covered bench for the garden, and designing and building a picnic table with removable benches for wheelchair access for the Twin Cities Pavilion assisted living facility. She is one of only 10 scouts from the Panhandle who earned the Gold Award this year. Pictured in the right-hand photo, Gracen Eddy and Monica Broome from Niceville Troop 748 received Silver awards. They are shown with Troop Leader Donna Dorton.Girl Scouts earn top honors If a contemplated interchange is built in Destin to ease congestion, it could result in more traffic on the Mid-Bay Bridge, according to a state transportation official. Beacon photo


Okaloosa County and the school district. Public budget hearings are scheduled to be held in the city commission chamber at 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 20. During upcoming meetings, changes may be made to the budget, and the millage rate may be lowered, but may not be raised without going through difficult and expensive procedures to notify all residents of Valparaiso individually. Even if the millage rate remains the same in the coming year, it would still represent a property tax increase, to the extent that Valparaiso properties have appreciated in value. Additional added revenue may also be generated by new construction. At the tentatively planned millage rate, Valparaiso expects to generate $1,120,558 in property tax revenue. To produce the same amount of property tax revenue ($1,055,340 rent as was generated for FY 2018, the city commission could lower the millage rate to the rolled back rate of 4.7316. Property tax revenue makes up only part of Valparaisos total tentative budget of $7,921,240 for FY 2019. For example, revenue for the general fund of $3,206,365 comes from property tax revenue as well as from state revenue sharing, state and federal grants, city licenses and building permits, and other sources. In addition, some city services are paid for through enterprise funds, which generate all or most of their funding through fees charged those who use the services provided. Such enterprise funds include water and sewer service, and the citys internet and cable TV service. Some highlights of the prorposed budget for FY 2019, according to City Clerk Tammy Johnson, include: A 15 percent increase in the cost of health insurance for city employees. A 5 percent increase in the possible other city insurance. Reducing the general fund budget from $3,298,145 in FY 2018 to $3,206,365 in FY 2019. Increased administrative expenses from $411,575 in FY 2018 to $422,600 FY 2019. Increased police expenses from $1,172,115 in FY 2018 to $1,200,225 in FY 2019. Increased fire expenses from $369,255 in FY 2018 to $370,630 in FY 2019. Decreased parks expenses from $313,475 in FY 2018 to $214,140 in FY 2019. In other business during the special meeting on July 17, commissioners passed a resolution approving a proposed 10year, half-percent sales tax increase by Okaloosa County. The proposed sales tax is scheduled to appear on the general election ballot throughout Okaloosa County in November. In addition, commissioners appointed Commissioner Chris Wasdin as the commissions voting delegate for the coming year to the Florida League of Cities. cured garbage carts. As bears continue to find these humanprovided foods, they begin to lose their natural fear of people, which leads to conflicts ranging from nuisance behavior to serious threats regarding public safety. Eliminating food sources that attract bears is the most important action that can be taken to resolve and prevent conflicts with bears in Florida. Addressing this issue requires cooperation between the FWC, elected officials, local governments, businesses, residents, and waste service companies. The funding, said the county staff report, would help to provide a pilot study within Poquito Bayou to assess the potential reduction of human-bear conflicts by securing residential garbage carts with a combination of either a bear proof cart or to modify the existing cart with bear-resistant hardware. Page A-2 Wednesday, July 25, 2018 THEBAYBEACON RISK FREE TRIALNO JOKE! NO GIMMICK! Not sure what a hearing device will do for you? Dont want to make a mistake? At Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we are thrilled to provide you with a TWO WEEK, RISK FREE TRIAL! Hear for yourself the difference it will make with no obligation. Just call 279-4545 for more information. HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICEKAITLYNLOCKEHAS COUPONS Call today for a FREE Hearing Profile4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545 Expires: 8/31/18 Expires: 8/31/18 batteries$3 per packLimit 4by Varta $2,00000All Models & Sizes100% DigitalReg. $2,30000 NERA 2 Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I think it s purpose is for the U.S. to get there firstto establish a military presence in space before potential enemies do so. Bennett Stice, 15, Palmira, Missouri, high school student I heard about it, and thought it sounded kind of ridiculous. Catherine Tucker, 33, Colorado Springs, Colorado, stay-home momWhat should be the mission of the planned U.S. military Space Force?Locations: Niceville civic and softball complexes What would be the point? Would we build habitations in space? Search for other beings? There are far more valuable ways to invest our resources. Nicole Hopkins, 45, Freeport, hypnotherapist Protect the Earth. Shaun Anderson, 55, Piqua, Ohio, delivery driver I don t think that s necessary. There are a lot of other things to spend money and resources on, like roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Joseph Trambley, 65, Bluewater Bay, retired Air Force To protect us from Space ISIS, I guess. Derek Rodriguez, 19, Waxahachie, Texas, roofer What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. BEARSFrom page A-1 MILLAGEFrom page A-1 The Valparaiso City Commission tentatively decided to set next years millage rate at the same level as this years, but could lower it at future meetings. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith


BRIDGEFrom page A-1 Two members of the five-member Mid-Bridge Authority met to hear a briefing from the Florida Department of Transportation and to handle other non-voting business. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 25, 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 CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE!1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental AvailableCall for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) Now in stock!100% food-grade silicone unbreakable, 16oz pint glasses 850-678-1593www.bayoubookcompany.comOak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Since 1986 from Silipint Niceville plant clinic Charity golf tournament Basket weaving Football & Cheerleading registration Pinfish grand nationals Astonomy Association Family movie Spaghetti dinner Mac user group meeting Candidate forum Linux user group meeting 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 by 5 p.m. Wednesday.CALENDAR


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Congratulations to Kammrin Mahoney. He is a recipient 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. * Hailey Griffith 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. Griffith 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 extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Griffith and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors. Space Camp operates yearround in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut-training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA. * Andrew H. Knight, son of Jack and Kim Knight of Niceville recently graduated from the University of Alabama, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. While at Alabama he was a member of the Gold Key Honors Society and was elected as an officer on the Rugby Club. Andrew is a 2014 graduate of Niceville High School. Hes been accepted into graduate school at the University of Alabama and will begin work towards a Masters of Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering in August. * The Yonder Contemporary Dance Company, a collective in The University of Alabama's department of theatre and dance, will present a 50-minute concert titled "IRL" during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Among the students in the company is Claire Ponder of Niceville. * Scottie Smith NWF Professor of Welding, has been chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year by The Welder magazine. The Welder is a bimonthly trade magazine used to showcase trends, emerging information, and real-world applications in the field and is distributed throughout the North American welding community. Each year, a winner is chosen from a pool of reader-submitted nominations. Smith will be on the cover of the July/August edition accompanying a feature article. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, July 25, 2018 Page A-5 908 S. 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NO PROBLEM Hurricane WatchHurricane WatchThe Bay Beacon s Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Mark Franks (L) and Okaloosa Republican State Committeeman Steve Czonstka (R) with Congressman Matt Gaetz (Center) at the Republican Party of Florida Sunshine Summit held recently at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee.Sunshine Summit The 39th Marvin DeBolt Tour was held recently at Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. Winners for the 14-15 year division are First Place: Blake Rigdon, Second Place: Tyler Clark, Third Place: James Baird. All three winners of the Boys 14-15 Division currently attend Niceville High School.Local junior golfers take lead in tourney Kammrin Mahoney Andrew Knight Whos NewsE-mail items to Whos News Scottie Smith LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!Did you know that all property is in some type of flood zone?Zone X, which does not REQUIRE flood insurance, means least likely to flood but that doesn't mean that area is safe from flood damage. Visit to check your flood zone. For less than $500, you can buy flood insurance from the Federal Government (FHIP). To get all the information about protecting your valuable home or business property, call your insurance agent BEFORE a storm threatens. Once the hurricane is in the box, its too late to buy flood insurance.


NEWSPAPER REPORTER The Bay Beacon has an opening for a full-time reporter. The job requires a hard-working, self-starting, 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: Experienced painters needed. Must have vehicle. Must have tools. Call 850-585-1513. Bachelor rooms in Valparaiso. Washer/Dryer and utilities included. $525/mo. $200/DD. Call 678-1968 and leave message. House cleaning services in Crestview and Niceville areas. Background check and references. Call Cathy at 850-830-5377. Elderly care giver. $12/hr. Call Dena for availability at 865-4945. Help Wanted Rooms for Rent Services CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Services Services Services Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Page A-6 Wednesday, July 25, 2018 THEBAYBEACON ArrestsOn June 25 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Amber Nicole Williams, 29, on a charge of battery touch or strike. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident at a Niceville barbecue place May 18 in which Williams knocked the hat off another woman, then followed up by repeatedly punching her in the face and grabbing her hair. * On July 6 Niceville police arrested Kyle Thomas Smith, 25, of 1203 Bay Cir., Niceville, on charges of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, drug equipment possession and/or use, and probation violation. An officer stopped a Chrysler twodoor with only one working brake light on Coral Drive. During the stop, the officer smelled marijuana, and deployed his police dog, which gave a positive indication for the presence of drugs. A subsequent search revealed a glass smoking pipe as well as some suspected marijuana which field tested positive for THC. A police database confirmed that Smith was on felony probation for burglary. * On July 7 Niceville police arrested Matthew Dean Haley, 23, of 416 Brown Place, Crestview, on charges of aggravated battery in which the offender knew or should have known the victim was pregnant, and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. * On July 8 Niceville police arrested Joe Losoya, 49, of 214 North Palm Blvd., #C, Niceville, on charges of battery, 2nd or subsequent offense, and petit theft. * On July 8 Niceville police arrested Corey Logan Chavis, 28, and Casey Michael Chavis, 30, both of 39 Willow, Freeport, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer found both men passed out in the front seats of a maroon 1999 Ford utility vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Further investigation revealed the men to be in possession of syringes and suspected fentanyl. Corey Chavis had been found passed out in his vehicle several hours previously, and had been taken to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for evaluation, then released. The second time he was found passed out, he appeared to have a drug-related seizure, and was transported to Twin Cities Hospital, where he began to bite and scratch his arms, and demanded to be Baker Acted. * On July 9 Valparaiso police arrested Timothy Wiley Godwin, 46, of 5367 Wales Ave., Pensacola, on an Escambia County warrant for dealing in stolen property. * On July 9 Valparaiso police arrested Jason Cody Phillips, 27, of 204 Davenport Ave., Fort Walton Beach, on a Santa Rosa County warrant for failure to appear regarding a charge of knowingly driving while license suspended. * On July 10 Niceville police arrested Hailey Dawn Cranford, 18, of 724 Highway 20, West, Freeport, on charges of marijuana possession over 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. After Cranfords vehicle was stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign at Palm Boulevard and Valparaiso Boulevard, an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from her vehicle. Cranford appeared extremely nervous, and said that there was marijuana in her purse and the glovebox. A subsequent search revealed suspected marijuana as well as some glass pipes. After a Miranda warning, Cranford said the marijuana is all mine. * On July 11 Valparaiso police arrested Cameron Wayne Allen, 21, of 262 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, on charges of aggravated battery and probation violation. Allen had stabbed another man in the abdomen with a pair of scissors, and was found to be on felony probation for possession of marijuana over 20 grams. * On July 13 Valparaiso police arrested Christopher Lee Collins, 34, of 102 Jones Ave., Niceville, on charges of driving with an expired license for more than 6 months, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Shortly before midnight an officer stopped a Ford four-door on College Boulevard because the registered owner did not have a valid license. Collins, the driver, handed the officer a Florida drivers license and reported that it was expired. A police database indicated that the license had expired in September 2017. A subsequent inventory of the vehicle prior to towing revealed a pack of rolling papers and a glass pipe with marijuana residue. * On July 14 Valparaiso police arrested Deward Winslow Money, 57, at large, on a charge of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, arrested Billy Dean Adkins, 27, of Niceville, on charges of possessing a harmful new legend drug without a prescription, drug equipment possession and/or use, and destroying, tampering with, or fabricating physical evidence, and arrested Brittney Danielle Robertson, 29, of Crestview, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Police responded to an address on Chicago Avenue regarding a report of multiple people staying in a vacant house without permission of the owner. The three suspects were found at the residence, and in possession of syringes and suspected drugs. * On July 16 Valparaiso police arrested a 17-year-old Niceville boy on charges of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and probation violation. Also arrested was Timothy Joseph Hinners, 19, of 2149 Hagood Loop, Crestview, on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. An officer saw a vehicle driven by Hinners park at the Tom Thumb convenience store a little after midnight. Hinners and a 17-year-old passenger got out of the vehicle and began walking toward the store, but upon seeing the police officer they got back in the vehicle and attempted to drive away despite commands from the officer to stop. However, as they tried to exit the parking lot, the vehicle came out facing the wrong way toward oncoming traffic, so the driver, Hinners, stopped it and told the officer that he would park back at the store. Hinners told the officer that he knew the boy was on probation but had driven him to the store after the boys 10 p.m. curfew so they could get food. The 17-yearold was found to be in possession of marijuana which he admitted was his. * On July 19 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Dallas Jackson Corbitt, 43, a bouncer and kitchen manager, of 333 Ohio Ave., Valparaiso, on charges of obscene communicationusing a computer to seduce, solicit, or lure a child, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. OCSO investigators say Corbett used his email account and text messages to solicit someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl for sex. His correspondent was an undercover officer.Criminal summonsOn July 7 Niceville police issued a criminal summons to Megan Christine Moody, 24, of 4556 Barrington Ln., Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. Moody had been seen in Walmart swapping price tags on merchandise, then attempting to check them out at the altered prices. The cost of the items was $37.73, but Moody had attempted to pay only $22.58. After a Miranda warning, Moody told police that she had the financial means to pay for the items at full price, but that she did not know what prompted her to commit the crime, and said that she had never done anything like that before.OtherOn July 4 Niceville police responded to the AOC Food Mart on Redwood Avenue where three females were dumpster diving. They were run off by police. * On July 4 Niceville police responded to an address on Juniper Avenue where someone had found her house lights on and her front door open. Police cleared the residence, and nothing was found to be missing. * On July 4 Niceville police responded to the Bayou Plaza shopping center where a vehicle stopped at a red light had been hit by a firework. The driver reported that some kids had pointed a firework out the window of another vehicle, and aimed it upwards. One of them lit it, and it shot up, fell back, and hit the roof of the victims vehicle, which apparently was not damaged. * On July 9 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Cat Mar Road regarding a report of battery. 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 16, 2018 through July 19, 2018. 1 Structure Fires7 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire2 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn6 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/16/18.....................08:53 Hart Street................................Alarm activation.....................7/16/18.....................11:04 Aspen Ct...................................Medical..................................7/16/18.....................13:01 Tulip Tree Way.........................Alarm activation.....................7/16/18.....................19:37 Jonathan Cir.............................Structure fire..........................7/16/18.....................22:56 Evans Street.............................Vehicle crash.........................7/17/18.....................09:24 Lake Way Dr.............................Alarm activation.....................7/17/18.....................09:49 Sterling River Way...................Alarm activation.....................7/17/18.....................23:44 Reeves St.................................Medical..................................7/18/18.....................09:11 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/18/18.....................13:16 Campbell Dr.............................Medical..................................7/18/18.....................15:02 S. R. 85 N.................................Alarm activation.....................7/18/18.....................16:14 Kelly Road................................Smoke scare.........................7/18/18.....................22:13 32nd Street...............................Medical..................................7/19/18.....................12:22 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................7/19/18.....................21:07 Pontevedra Ln..........................Medical..................................7/19/18.....................22:08 Weekly Safety Tip: Never put synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber or foam in the dryer because they can retain heat. Clean the lint screen before and after use. Dryers must be vented to the outside and plugged into its own outlet. Never leave home with the dryer running. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! Niceville 678-5178 (800) 874-8929 1821 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 Bonnie Mucklow Richard McNally Joyce Anderson Barb Pendergraft Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 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The Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation was recently presented a check from the United Way. The United Way has approved two grants for $15,000 for the NW Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation to support the Children in Need and volunteer advocates. (pictured L to R: Carita Smith, Volunteer Recruiter; Denise Davis. Foundation Board Member; Chuck Schuster, Foundation President).United Way helps children in need Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN THEBAYBEACONPage A-8 We dnesday, July 25, 2018 The 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 NewspaperThe Bay Beacon& Beacon Express 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 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 & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service 410 Government Avenue, Ste. E/F, Valparaiso (850) 729-0004Summit II in Hair loves its customers. Over the past 41 years, we have developed a loyal clientele. You are important to us and have become part of the family. Serving you is always a pleasure. At the same time, we look forward to developing relationships with new clients and are always excited when someone new stops by our salon. At Summit II in Hair we are committed to helping you look your best because we know that optimizing your look is part of putting your best foot forward. A great look builds confidence that extends into all areas of life. This is true for clients of all ages. Helping you access and unleash your inner beauty is our mission. Your success is our success. At Summit II in Hair, we want to stand out as a salon that attends to the needs of its clients and makes you feel at home. Upon arrival, you will enter our lovely, relaxing, newly-renovated greeting room, filled with products for your perusal. We use topquality Redkin and Kenra products. Over the years it has been exciting to see the perfecting and diversifying of beauty products to address consumer needs including achieving stunning hues, nourishing dry or damaged hair, strengthening hair, enhancing curl, eliminating frizz, elevating shine, and extending color. Our Redkin and Kenra products will help you achieve good results. During your appointment, your experienced stylist will work with you in a semi-private room where you can discuss your needs. Our stylists, Susan, Julie, Ron, Tiffany and Debbie, are happy to make suggestions about styles, colors and hair care. We have invested time into training to keep up with trends and solutions. We can help with an everyday look, or looks for special occasions. We can help with maintaining a pleasing style or with transformations. Remember, this is our passion. This is our expertise! For many people, summer sparks a desire for a short, fun, light and bright haircut. If this is you, come see us. We can help. Others are concerned about protecting hair from the sun, chlorine and or salt water. Those exposing their hair to beach weather should consider using a moisturizing treatment. A favorite trick is to fill a spray bottle with half water/half conditioner, keep it in a cooler at the beach and use it before and after swimming. This will moisturize hair and reduce tangles. A product such as Daily Provisions by Kenra can help protect against UVB rays and extend summer color. Summit II is located at 101John Sims Parkway, Niceville. Call 850678-1977 for an appointment. We look forward to serving you.Advertising Feature The entrance to Summit II In Hair has a beautiful modern coastal design, which is carried through into the semi-private stylist rooms. Call The Summit II in Hair today at 850-678-1977 and schedule yourself an appointment with Ron, Tiffany, Debbie, or Julie.Summit II In HairHair is our passion and our expertise Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair Color Perms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out 101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2 Evening Appointments Upon Request RedKen Color & Products Kenra Haircare ProductsFULLSERVICEHAIRfor ladies & men Call Today!678-1977 Knight of Columbus Council No. 7667 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish and Eglin AFB Chapel is pleased to announce its 30th annual scholarship competition winners. These awards recognize our deserving local students and assist them financially in their academic pursuits. The competition was open to all Niceville High School, Rocky Bayou Christian and Northwest Florida Collegiate High School graduating seniors. Each winner earned $1,500 in scholarships. Council 7667 have awarded a total of $24,000 in scholarships in the last 4 years. Pictured left to right: Mariah McClaren and Zachary Verzwyvelt, both attending University of Florida, Hannah Schneidewind attending Northeastern University, Camille Miles attending Georgia Institute of Technology, and Council 7667 Grand Knight, Matt French.KofC award $6,000 in scholarships