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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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University of Florida
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Copyright Bay Beacon. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During their monthly meeting on Aug. 2, members of the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board received a favorable report regarding their recent annual financial audit. Kevin Bowyer, of the Warren Averett accounting firm, said the audit resulted in an unmodified opinion, which means that there were no financial problems or instances of noncompliance with state regulations revealed during the audit process. He said that financially, the sewer board has had a good year, with the value of its net assets increased by about $175,000, for a current total of $7.4 million. In other business during the meeting, Glenn Stephens, an engineer with Poly Inc., an engineering consulting firm employed by the sewer board, said that recent trends at the regional sewer plant in Niceville are positive. He said that nitrogen levels in effluent, the treated water discharged from the plant, have been trending down-Sewer board receives a favorable audit By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a budget workshop held Aug. 1, Valparaiso city commissioners continued their process of trying to work out a budget that matches spending with revenue for fiscal year 2019, which begins on Oct. 1, 2018. During the workshop commissioners continued to cut some spending requests from city departmentsa process that began during previous workshops and budget meetings. They trimmed an estimated $150,000 for paving and improving roads, $8,000 for purchasing a new John Deere Gator, and $10,000 for purchasing a 54-inch mower. They also cut $410,000 in water and wastewater spending, to include funds that would have paid for converting water wells from oil to water lubrication, new valve insertion equipment for water wells, lift station upgrade and rehabilitation, and lining of some wastewater pipes. 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-6 Valparaiso trims spending requests to balance budget50Wednesday, August 8, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 6 Inserts Trump Jr. headlines GOP rally An estimated 1,000 attended a political rally held Thursday in Niceville for Republican candidates Matt Gaetz (top, far left), seeking reelection to Congress, and Ron DeSantis (center, near left, blue shirt, tieless), a Florida congressman running for governor. Headline speaker was Donald Trump Jr. (top center, mixing with crowd), son of the president. Armed security by Niceville and college police, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Secret Service was tight at Northwest Florida State College, site of the event. For some, the representative of the Trump presidency seemed to be the top draw, though for different reasons. Supporters included members of a motorcycle group (below). Outside Raider Arena, others hoisted signs summarizing views one said are at odds with those of President Trump (bottom right). Beacon photos by Mike Griffith Brushing up the asphaltNiceville High School seniors, including Faith Gray (standing) and Daijha Lee, were among those painting their senior parking spots at Niceville High School last week. It is the second year that seniors have been allowed to put their stamps on the spots. Classes will begin Monday for Okaloosa County district schools. For Rocky Bayou Christian School, classes begin today. Students at Collegiate High return tomorrow. Beacon photos by Paula Mims Please see BUDGET, page A-3 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During a Thursday night rally at the Raider Arena on the Northwest Florida State College campus, Florida Dist. 1 U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was joined by Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, as well as by Donald Trump Jr., eldest son of President Donald Trump. After a series of introductions by various local officials, the three gave a series of rousing speeches to an enthusiastic audience, in favor of their conservative brand of politics. DeSantis, a Republican congressman from Flagler County, was the first of the three to speak. He emphasized that he, like Gaetz, has a close working relationship with President Trump, and that the president has endorsed both their candidacies. DeSantis said that he supports Trumps administration, because the president has kept promises to appoint conservative constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court, something that DeSantis, as governor, said he would do for Floridas Supreme Court. DeSantis also said that if elected governor, he plans to mandate E-Verify, a system for employers to check the legal U.S. residency of people they hire, and that he will not allow sanctuary cities in Florida. He also promised to reform Floridas education system, beginning by eliminating such programs as Common Core. He said he supports civics education, and that he wants to get the Constitution into our classrooms in a big way. Please see SEWER, page A-2 Please see TRUMP, page A-3

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School sports teams have been putting in the effort during summer workout for their seasons that start in two weeks. Despite t orrential rain most of last week, Niceville head football coach John Hicks had his team out practicing in an effort to get ready for the start of the season. Niceville will play their kick off classic on the road at Pace on August 17th (7:30). The first home game is scheduled for August 24th at 7:00 p.m. against Lincoln (Tallahassee). Rocky Bayou head coach Josh Childers is busy preparing his te am for their season opener on August 24th at 7:00 p.m. against Sherwood Christian Academy (Albany, GA). All of Rocky Bayou's home football games are played at Meigs Middle School in Shalimar. In volleyball news, the Niceville Eagles varsity volleyball team held a scrimmage last Thursday in preparation for their upcoming season. The Eagles, under head coach Karson Hinds, look to continue their playoff streak for the 18th consecutive year. They open their season at home on August 20th against Choctaw (4:00 Fres hman; 5:00 JV; 6:00 Varsity). Starting quarterback Will Koch looks to make a play during practice last Thursday. Coach McCrory wa tches defensive line drills. Luke Unterseh a junior wide receiver. Frank Tiller a senior. Courtney Faulkner sets the ball. Players g etting in some defensive practice. Tyler Powell a freshman. Frank Tiller a senior. Beacon photos by Paula Mims Page A-2 Wednesday, August 8, 2018 THEBAYBEACON ward since March and April. The only difficulty, Stephens reported, is that DNA tests of bacteria at the plant have indicated that an unusually low number of nitrifying bacteria which help to break down sewage, have been found in the sewage entering the plant. However, he added, larger numbers of such bacteria are found in the aeration zones within the plant itself. The reason for this, Stephens said, is probably that the force main, a large pipe which brings raw sewage into the treatment plant, provides an anaerobic environment, meaning that not enough oxygen is present to encourage the growth of such bacteria until they actually enter the plant itself, where more oxygen is available, especially in the aeration zones. If this becomes a serious problem, he said, it is possible to actually purchase nitrifying bacteria from some commercial sources and add them to sewage as it enters the plant. For now, however, he said the plant is running well with the bacteria it has. He said that nitrogen levels in effluent discharge from the plant are currently within state-mandated ranges. Board members were also informed that installation of a new lightning protection system at the sewer plant will probably cost about $9,100. Plant manager Rick Helms said that some new gear for the clarifier sections of the plant has recently been ordered and is expected to arrive in the fall. According to minutes of a previous sewer board meeting held July 10, the three new clarifiers will cost about $143,410. That amount, said the July 10 minutes, is within the $250,000 that was budgeted for the clarifiers. The July 10 minutes also stated, During the month of June 2018 the Plant produced 22.29 million gallons of reclaimed water and 49.3 million gallons of water was sent to the Spray field. The Plant produced 29 loads or 61.02 dry tons of bio-solids during the month of June 2018." The solids are trucked away for use in fertilizer. Helms also said that Okaloosa County, which has built a new sewage treatment plant of its own in Fort Walton Beach, expects to disconnect its own sewage system from the Niceville-Valparaiso system sometime in the fall of this year, but that he is planning to get in touch with county officials to narrow down the time frame in which that is likely to happen. The county sewer network in the Bluewater Bay area currently sends its sewage to the Niceville plant. SEWERFrom page A-1 Gearing up for fall sports The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors held a Community and Military Outreach Cram the Van for 10 schools in Okaloosa County. Pictured left to right: Maria Dudley, ECAR; Lorena Spillar, ECAR; Carli Harmon, ECAR; Dr. Samantha Dawson, Principal Edge Elementary; Donna Holman, ECAR; Amanda Grandy, ECAR.ECAR crams the van

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Gaetz, who like DeSantis faces an Aug. 28 primary-election contest, told the audience, The best days of Florida are still ahead. He said he identifies strongly with the local area, and especially with local military families, having grown up in Bluewater Bay listening to the bombs going off on the range. He also said that he is the first graduate of Bluewater Elementary School to be elected to Congress. Gaetz said he is a strong supporter of President Trumps immigration policy, and I adore building the wall. He said he also supports Trumps policies of cutting taxes and reducing federal regulations. Gaetz said that military families are the best asset of Northwest Floridaour crown jewel, and that as a member of Congress, he has helped secure $70 million for improving weapons testing ranges in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as plans to build a $38 million training center, along with new dorms and classrooms, on Eglin Air Force Base. He said he has also supported improvements at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Hurlburt field, and elsewhere, and that such improvements will help to bring about 3,000 more military families into Northwest Florida. Gaetz said that Congress should have repealed Obamacare long ago, but that efforts to do so were blocked by special interests with too much control in Washington, D.C. We are here to drain that swamp, he added, prompting the crowd to begin chanting, Drain that swamp! Drain that swamp! Donald Trump Jr. gave the final speech of the evening, in which he said that Americans are better off by every measure than they were before his father became president in January 2017. He cited the nations most recent 4.1 percent economic growth rate, and record-setting levels of employment. His father, said Trump Jr., is someone who will stand up for you, and fight for you. We need leaders like Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis, he added, who will help fight for my fathers agenda. All of our wins, said Trump, such as economic improvement, better relations with North Korea, and others, have challenged the conventional wisdom. He said that from the earliest days of his fathers presidential campaign, established, conventional politicians and media pundits have forecast his fathers failure, only to be proved wrong time after time. My fathers name will not be on the ballot this November, he concluded, but each and every one of his accomplishments is. Outside the arena, demonstrators held what they called a vigil, holding signs, chanting, and talking to passersby about their opposition to policies of the Trump administration. Demonstrator Lauren Hagy, an 18-year-old Boston University student from Gulf Breeze, told the Beacon, Im here to represent Dr. Z, referring to physician Jennifer Zimmerman, a Santa Rosa County Democrat who will oppose the winner of the Aug. 28 GOP congressional primary for the seat held by Gaetz. Tracey Tapp, activism chair of the Progressives of Northwest Florida, a group which organized the demonstration along with the Gay-Straight Alliance of Northwest Florida State College, said her gathering was a vigil, not a protest, because demonstrators were there to be for something, not against something. David Simmons, professor of humanities and film studies at NWFSC, and faculty advisor to the GayStraight Alliance at the college, said the demonstration was about nonviolence, love, and compassion. He said the demonstrators were there to protest policies and systems that are oppressive, not the people who support those systems, who just dont know any better. He said the Trump administrations detention of illegal migrants at the U.S. border and its ban on travelers from selected Muslim countries are examples of such lack of compassion. Among the presidents supporters attending the rally were Katie Samples, 18, of Fort Walton Beach, and Julie Snow, also of Fort Walton Beach. Samples told the Beacon, Im a huge Trump supporter. I like his policies on border control, lower taxes, and that he tells it like it is. My father is military, in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Snow said, Im here to see Matt Gaetz. Ive never heard him speak in person. I moved here four years ago from West Virginia, and Im getting to know local politics. In West Virginia, I supported Democrat Joe Manchin, but now I support Trump, because the Republicans now better represent my independent ideals. Todays progressives are very regressive. The Democrats have gone too far left, and no longer represent middle-of-the-road Americans. Open borders will ruin our country, and I just cant be a part of that party. They have gone too far toward socialism. Ani Powell, another attendee, said she was at the rally for the same reason why everybody is herewe need people in office to support President Trump and his agenda. Following the rally, Valparaiso residents Mark and Jan Manship said they enjoyed the evening. It was a great rally, said Jan. I know Matt Gaetzs dad (Don Gaetz of Niceville, former Florida Senate president). They are a great family. Im so happy that Matt has made it to Washington, D.C. Niceville resident Howard Hill said he thought the rally was fantastic. Matt Gaetz was his typically eloquent self, Hill said. Hes got his stuff down cold. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 8, 2018 Page A-3 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 Newspaper TRUMPFrom page A-1 David Simmons Katie Samples They also cut a $150,000 truck replacement plan for the sanitation department, but decided to consider a less expensive option of lease-purchase. During upcoming budget meetings and hearings, changes may be made to the budget as necessary, and the proposed millage rate may be lowered, but may not be raised without going through difficult and expensive procedures to notify all residents of Valparaiso. The budget will be further discussed during public budget hearings scheduled for Sept. 6 and 20. There will also be a regular city commission meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, during which the budget and property tax rate may be brought up for discussion by commissioners or by citizens who attend the meeting. The meetings and hearings will be held in the city commission chamber at 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. For discussion purposes, city commissioners have set the tentative millage rate for the coming fiscal year at 5.2813, above the current rate of 5.024. However, they still have the option of lowering the millage rate during future meetings and public hearings before finalizing the budget. The decision to tentatively hike the millage rate was made during a previous meeting July 24, in which commissioners decided to tentatively raise the rate, and to report that new tentative rate to state authorities, in order to give themselves what Mayor Brent Smith called breathing roomthe option of enacting a higher rate if necessary, while also keeping the option of lowering the rate before setting a final budget. City Clerk Tammy Johnson estimated that the current millage rate would bring in approximately $1,120,558 in property tax revenue, while the tentative 5.2813 rate would bring in about $1,178,000. Property tax revenue makes up only a portion of Valparaisos total budget. Revenue to support the budget comes from property taxes as well as from several other sources. The most recent estimate of the expected total revenue, presented at the Aug. 1 workshop, is $8,069,805. BUDGETFrom page A-1 (850) 729-0176 1073 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Cathy Alley, Realtor.......................(850) 585-2303 Donna Bennett, Broker Assoc.........(850) 585 -5746 Mandy Campbell Realtor................(850) 902-6911 Stacey Driver, Realtor.....................(850) 621-6601 Chanie Erb, Realtor........................(850) 585-1665 Lynn Gauthier, Realtor...................(850) 517-6444 Amanda Grandy, Realtor................(850) 333-2154 Tiffany Hodges, Realtor..................(850) 585-0020 Beth Little, Realtor.........................(850) 543-8617 Marion Russell, Broker Assoc..........(850) 582 -5813 Tammy Summers, Realtor...............(601) 597-3777 Tracy Lee Wood, Realtor................(850) 598-2177 Bethany Zaal, Realtor.....................(850) 217-2509THE CHOICE IS CLEAR FOR REPEAT HOME SELLERSThe network was honored in J.D. Powers 2017Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study for Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms. DIRECTORYBerkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty would like to introduce you to Mandy Campbell Mandy has recently joined our Niceville location and we are very excited to have her as part of our experienced team of REALTORS. Mandy lives in Niceville with her husband Ferrin and their two sons. They have a passion for design, remodeling, and new construction. If you are looking for a well-rounded REALTOR with both resell and new construction experience, then please contact Mandy Campbell at 850-902-6911 or email mandy.campbell@penfedrealty.comMEET OUR AGENTS Mandy Campbell (850) 902-6911

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Page A-4 Wednesday, August 8, 2018 THEBAYBEACON CUSTOMIZEDSports Mouth Guards Straighten Your Teeth Without Bonds, Brackets, or Wires Advanced Tooth Whitening Composite Fillings Full Mouth Reconstruction Implants Si Hablamos Espaol850-897-9600www.gulfcoastdental.comLocated In Courtyard Plaza, Bluewater Bay 4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 108 NicevilleGULF COAST DENTALSteven G. Robinette DDS| GO EAGLES !Does Your Smile Reflect The Real You? New home for wounded warriorU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Dove (Ret.) welcomed visitors to a specially-designed adaptive smart home being built for him and his family on Sunset Cove, Bluewater Bay. The project is underwritten by donors led by the Gary Sinise Foundation, named after its founder, a prominent American screen actor. The foundation, which helps provide such homes for wounded veterans, hosted a Walls of Honor ceremony Thursday. Dove lost his right hand and part of his right leg to a roadside bomb in 2012 while serving with the Army in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Emmy, have two young children, Eva and Wyatt. Dove now operates a fishing charter business in Destin.Beacon photos by Mike Griffith ernie@cheferniescatering.com www.cheferniescatering.com Bamboo Sheets (All Sizes) & Pillows26$ 95 Mention the Ad for an Extra 10% Off at time of purchaseHeavenly Shades & Sheets, Inc. Located in the Eglin Main Exchange Across from Barber Shop BX850-217-3216 Expires: August 18, 2018 Split King SheetsAvailable

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The Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast is pleased to announce that the church has new Minister to serve their congregation. The Rev. Doak Mansfield will preach his first sermon at the church on August 5. A native of Tennessee, Doak was ordained in 1976 by the First Universalist Society of Cincinnati, now Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church where he is a Minister Emeritus. After his decade of service there he was first an extension and then a called minister of the UU Church of Huntsville, AL. serving there until 2000. A nine year medical sabbatical was concluded with a successful heart transplant in 2010. He returned to intentional ministry in 2011. He has served UU congregations in six states, including Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington. He was a US Army Reserve Chaplain for eight years, was a staff hospital chaplain, a founding chaplain of a non-profit hospice and has written three books. Rev. Mansfield has two sons and five grandchildren. His wife Peggy is retired from a 35 year career with the American Red Cross as Youth Director with ARC Chapter in Pensacola, FL and then Executive Director in their hometown ARC Chapter of Laurel, MS. * U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Zachary Underwood received his Air Force pilot wings during the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-11 graduation ceremony recently at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Underwood is the son of Michelle Underwood of Kings Point, N.Y., and Russell Underwood and brother of Tyler Underwood of Destin. He graduated in 2013 from Niceville Senior High School, Niceville and earned a bachelor's degree in 2015 from Florida State University, Tallahassee. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 8, 2018 Page A-5 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.comProviders for Cigna Savings Plan and Assurant Insurance Most Insurance Plans Filed RALFP. ZAPATA, D.D.S. TYLERBAKER, D.M.D.729 1223OUR DENTAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMReceive the following treatment for one year one price!TWO DENTAL CLEANINGS TWO FLUORIDE TREATMENTS UNLIMITED DIGITAL X RAYS UNLIMITED EXAMS (ROUTINE AND EMERGENCY) PERIODONTAL EVALUATION ORAL CANCER SCREENING INTRAORAL PHOTOS ADDITIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS, PERIODONTAL THERAPY, AND ALL GENERAL DENTISTRY PROCEDURESREDUCED10%****NO DEDUCTIBLE *NO PREEXISTING EXCLUSIONS *NO YEARLY MAXIMUMSANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES ADULTS: $379 CHILDREN (13 and under): $329 Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening (In Office) Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Preventative Dentistry Custom Crowns/ Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide Digital X-Rays Dr. Baker and Dr. Zapata Are Accepting New Patients at Niceville Family Dental Center Serving the Local Area for over 25 YearsDRIVE SAFELY! SCHOOL IS IN SESSION! Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com Whos News Doak Mansfield Zachary Underwood The Arc of the Emerald Coast was honored to once again receive the support of the Knights of Columbus Council 7667 from their recent Tootsie Roll Drive. The Knights of Columbus have long been supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, donating the proceeds from the drive to The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Silver Sands School and Special Olympics. Donna Tashik, Community Development Director for the Arc of the Emerald Coast accepted the check from Knights of Columbus Brother Steve Zajac, Grand Knight Matt French and and PGK John Foley.Knights of Columbus give to the Arc Katrina Puri (left), Board of Directors for Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Niceville, receives $1500 from Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso. Presenting the check is Kiwanis president Lynn Gauthier. To the right of her is CAC Development Consultant, Tom Saffel. CAC's mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives of children. Katrina talked to the Kiwanians about the work CAC does with children at their center.Kiwanis helps CAC The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club presented $10,000 in Scholarship Awards to graduating Niceville area seniors on June 14th. Shown in the picture from left to right are Rotary Club President Amber Williams, Award recipients, each holding their award check, Natalie Harris (Collegiate HS), Alexa Miles (Niceville HS), Haley Gatlin (Niceville HS), Mary Brannon (Rocky Bayou HS) and Scholarship Chairman Bill Readdy. Not shown was the fifth recipient Hanna Schneidewind (Niceville HS).NV-Valp Rotary aids scholars

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ArrestsOn July 20 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Brandon Leon Pratt, 32, of 400 Kazmira Court, #D, Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on June 21 in which police responded to Pratts residence to assist emergency workers with a medical emergency. East Niceville fire rescue members, attempting to assist Pratt with the emergency, found him to be in possession of a glass pipe and some white crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Pratt was also arrested July 20 on another warrant for drug equipment possession and/or use, stemming from a similar incident on May 7, in which a Niceville firefighter, in the course of putting Pratt on a stretcher due to a medical emergency, found him in possession of a pipe which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On July 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested a 14-year-old Niceville boy on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill. During a heated argument, the boy had lifted up his shirt, exposing a 12inch long aluminum flashlight, and saying to the victim, Do you see this? When questioned after a Miranda warning, the boy admitted that he had done this to threaten the victim. * On July 22 Niceville police arrested two Niceville boys, ages 15 and 14, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill. The boys had approached their victim, and the 15-year-old pointed a BB gun at the victim, and yelled Im going to dust your cracker ass. The two boys fled when they saw one of two witnesses approaching. The witnesses later related the incident to police. * On July 22 Niceville police arrested William Bishop Vaden, 32, of 1913 Quince Ave., Niceville, on a charge of driving while license suspended, second or subsequent offense. Also arrested was Nathaniel Roy Pate, 19, at large, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. 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. 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 Please see BLOTTER, page A-7 Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 27, 2018 through August 5, 2018. 0 Structure Fires22 Emergency Medical Calls 2 Vehicle Fire14 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire2 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn15 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SiTUATION DATE TIME Bayberry Dr..............................Good intent............................7/27/18.....................15:43 Palm Blvd.................................Good intent ...........................7/27/18.....................16:41 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Extrication..............................7/27/18.....................21:03 S.R. 123....................................Vehicle crash.........................7/27/18.....................22:31 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Alarm activation.....................7/28/18.....................10:37 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/28/18.....................13:35 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/28/18.....................15:02 Redman Ct...............................Medical..................................7/28/18.....................15:49 S.R. 285....................................Vehicle fire.............................7/28/18.....................19:52 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................7/28/18.....................23:06 Lake Court................................Medical..................................7/29/18.....................12:22 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Alarm activation.....................7/29/18.....................15:34 Fall Street.................................Medical..................................7/30/18.....................06:50 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/30/18.....................12:23 Date Palm Dr............................Alarm activation.....................7/30/18.....................12:44 Pontevedra Ln..........................Medical..................................7/30/18.....................14:12 S.R. 285....................................Medical..................................7/30/18.....................14:20 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/30/18.....................15:53 Longleaf Ct...............................Alarm activation.....................7/31/18.....................11:20 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/31/18.....................11:34 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/31/18.....................14:42 Pine Ave...................................Alarm activation.....................7/31/18.....................18:11 Palm Blvd.................................Vehicle crash.........................7/31/18.....................20:14 E. S.R. 20.................................Lightning strike......................7/31/18.....................20:34 S.R. 123....................................Medical..................................7/31/18.....................22:27 Rattan Palm Dr.........................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................04:13 College Blvd.............................Power line down....................8/1/18.......................06:01 N. Partin Dr...............................Alarm activation.....................8/1/18.......................08:10 N. Partin Dr...............................Vehicle fire.............................8/1/18.......................08:12 S.R. 293....................................Vehicle crash.........................8/1/18.......................08:31 E. College Blvd........................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................11:25 Bayshore Dr.............................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................13:04 S.R.123.....................................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................13:44 Evergreen Ave..........................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................13:47 N. Palm Blvd............................Service call............................8/1/18.......................14:04 Kendrick Ln..............................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................15:23 College Blvd.............................Extrication..............................8/1/18.......................15:28 S.R. 285....................................Vehicle crash.........................8/1/18.......................16:27 Pontevedra Ln..........................Medical..................................8/1/18.......................17:18 S.R. 85 N..................................Vehicle crash.........................8/1/18.......................19:16 Bahia Vista Dr..........................Medical..................................8/2/18.......................06:46 Pine Court................................Medical..................................8/2/18.......................14:32 E. College Blvd........................Service call............................8/2/16.......................16:49 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/2/18.......................15:50 Falcon Trail...............................Alarm activation.....................8/2/18.......................16:29 N. Palm Blvd............................Vehicle crash.........................8/2/18.......................18:40 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/2/18.......................19:46 Pine Ct......................................Medical..................................8/3/18.......................07:13 Kildare Cir.................................Alarm activation.....................8/3/18.......................11:18 Rum Still Cir..............................Medical..................................8/3/18.......................11:39 S.R. 85......................................Medical..................................8/4/18.......................12:23 S.R.123.....................................Vehicle crash.........................8/4/18.......................17:29 Linden Ave................................Medical..................................8/4/18.......................17:47 Valparaiso Blvd........................Medical..................................8/4/18.......................18:51 Pontevedra Ln..........................Medical..................................8/5/18.......................14:02 Pontevedra Ln..........................Service call............................8/5/18.......................17:45 23rd Street................................Good intent............................8/5/18.......................20:54 Weekly Safety Tip: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends you replace your home fire extinguisher every 12 years and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. 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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 Lighthouse Therapy of Niceville, LLCA Helping Light in the Storms of Life Cozette (Cozy) Drake, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social WorkerServing Uninsured and Medicaid 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 Crestview 689-7301 Niceville 833-4203 Ft. 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Also arrested was Megan Nichole Bridges, 22, of 690 Brunson St., Crestview, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. Police stopped a 2000 Dodge pickup for expired registration. Vaden was the driver and Pate and Bridges were passengers. A police database indicated that Vadens drivers license had been suspended since late March. Bridges was found to be in possession of a glass pipe which contained burnt marijuana which field tested positive. Pate was found to be in possession of a glass pipe with residue which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On July 23 Cecilia Theresa Vaccaro, 20, of 1202 Windward Cir., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on a charge of DUI alcohol or drugs. She was released on bond on July 25. * On July 23 Niceville police arrested Rickey Allen Caillouet, 45, of 1105 S. Cedar, #B, Niceville, on charges of driving while license suspended, second or subsequent offense, and knowingly driving without insurance. * On July 24 Valparaiso police arrested Elijah Alise Bradley, 19, of 146 Grandview Ave., Valparaiso, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Police stopped an Acura for no working brake lights. During the stop, Bradley, the driver, said she did not have her license with her. As she searched for identification, a smoking pipe fell out of her purse. A subsequent search yielded 9.5 bars of 2 mg alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as 6 packaged grams of suspected marijuana, a rolled $1 bill with white powder residue, and a glass smoking pipe with suspected marijuana residue. After a Miranda warning, Bradley admitted that the alprazolam belonged to her and she did not have a prescription for it, and that the marijuana was also hers. The alprazolam was identified through a police database, and the suspected marijuana field tested positive for THC. * On July 24 Brittany Nicole Brahmstedt, 25, of 1015 48th St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail to be held for U.S. marshals. * On July 24 Niceville police arrested Gina Diane Suire, 49, of 400 Kelly Rd., #20, Niceville, on a Santa Rosa County warrant for probation violation. * On July 24 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Michael Thomas Taylor, 19, of 1500 27th St., #B, Niceville, on a charge of trespassing an occupied structure or conveyance. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on June 14 in which someone reported that Taylor had entered their home on Reeves Street despite having previously been issued a trespass warning. On July 27 Valparaiso police arrested Amber Elise Dale, 31, of 360 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, on a Walton County warrant for felony violation of probation.OtherOn July 23 Valparaiso police responded to an address on S. Bayshore Dr. in reference to a verbal altercation. * On July 24 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on E. State Rd. 20 regarding a burglary to a vehicle. * On July 24 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Parkwood Square regarding a report of battery. * On July 26 Valparaiso police received a report of the theft of a pressure washer. * On July 26 Niceville police received a report from an elderly woman who had been victimized by a scam, in which a male caller had phoned her, claimed to be with the IRS, and told her that the police were coming to take her car and put her in jail. The victim had sent the caller $100 because of his threat, and the caller had followed up by trying to get an additional $200. Police advised the victim on precautions for avoiding scammers, and advised her of a website for reporting such scams. * On July 27 Niceville police responded to an address on John Sims Parkway where a porch had been broken into, with some damage to the lock. Nothing was apparently taken. * On July 27 Niceville police received a call from someone asking about the legality of using motorized scooters and bikes on the sidewalk. Police advised the caller that to operate gas-powered vehicles, or those going faster than 20 m.p.h., one must have a class E drivers license. * On July 27 Niceville police responded to an address on 32nd St. regarding a report of an intoxicated man lying on the ground near the fence line. Police made contact with the man, who said he did not have a ride home but that he would find somewhere else to sleep for the night. * On July 27 Niceville police responded to an address on Kelly Road regarding the theft of a 9 mm firearm, which had apparently been taken either from the residence, from Walmart, or from the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. * On July 27 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Ida Coon Circle regarding a burglary to a vehicle. * On July 30 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Bond Circle regarding a fraud other than credit card. OUR GUARANTEEDeciding to purchase hearing devices can take years. Once you finally do, you want to be satisfied. That is why we will Bend Over Backwards! to see that you are satisfied. That promise, plus our selection, prices and great service sets us apart. 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Bayshore Dr.........................Event standby.......................7/4/18.......................06:33 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Dislocated knee.....................7/4/18.......................10:11 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Lacerated foot.......................7/4/18.......................12:25 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Bee sting................................7/4/18.......................19:14 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Bee sting................................7/4/18.......................19:40 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Lacerated foot.......................7/4/18.......................18:00 Spence Cir................................Fire alarm..............................7/4/18.......................20:15 Ohio Ave...................................Chest pain.............................7/4/18.......................11:00 Quail Trail.................................Fall.........................................7/5/18.......................10:50 Iowa Ave...................................Fall.........................................7/6/18.......................06:34 Glenview Ave...........................Hemorrhage..........................7/8/18.......................17:44 Illinois Ave.................................Assault...................................7/9/18.......................22:59 Edge Ave..................................Assault...................................7/11/18......................14:02 S. John Sims Pkwy..................Jumper...................................7/14/18.....................11:56 Edge Ave..................................Choking..................................7/14/18.....................18:29 Grandview Ave.........................Unconscious..........................7/15/18.....................12:58 N. John Sims Pkwy..................Seizures.................................7/15/18.....................17:43 Hart St.......................................Fire alarm..............................7/16/18.....................11:05 Tulip Tree Way.........................Fire alarm..............................7/16/18.....................19:35 Chicago Ave.............................Overdose...............................7/17/18.....................01:46 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Back pain...............................7/17/18.....................10:26 Ohio Ave...................................Heart problem.......................7/18/18.....................07:14 N. Hwy. 85................................Fire alarm..............................7/18/18.....................16:14 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Public assist...........................7/19/18.....................10:08 Glen Ave...................................Chest pain.............................7/20/18.....................18:28 Washington Ave.......................Fire alarm..............................7/21/18.....................07:46 W. College Blvd........................Sick call..................................7/21/18.....................18:59 Government Ave......................Fall.........................................7/23/18.....................04:02 Andrew Ave..............................Diabetic..................................7/21/18.....................13:15 Sasser Dr..................................Structure fire..........................7/24/18.....................08:09 N. Bayshore Dr.........................Fire alarm..............................7/24/18.....................19:15 Highland St...............................Fall.........................................7/25/18.....................12:49 Kelly Mill Rd..............................Sick call..................................7/27/18.....................10:13 N. Partin Dr...............................Vehicle accident....................7/27/18.....................21:05 N. John Sims Pkwy..................Allergic reaction.....................7/28/18.....................19:18 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Sprinkler activation................7/29/18.....................15:36 Hickory Ln................................Public assist...........................7/30/18.....................19:37 Longleaf Ct...............................Fire alarm..............................7/31/18.....................11:22 Smoke alarms save lives! The National Fire Prevention Association reports smoke alarms provide the earliest warning of fire, giving occupants additional time for escape. Homes without smoke alarms accounted for three of five home fire fatalities. Missing or disconnected batteries were the cause for smoke alarms not sounding in 46% of residential fires. Dead batteries made up for 24% of smoke alarm failures. Test your smoke detectors at least once a month! Contact the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department at 729-5410 with any questions or concernsOur Mission Is Your Safety! THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith Watching students grow and learn new things. Megan Smith, 37, Niceville, mathematics remediator Im excited to start implementing the new youth programs at the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, such as the Junior Youth Orchestra, and the fourth and fifth grade concerts for students from throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. Lynne Sehrenbach, 50, Niceville, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Education DirectorWhat do you look forward to in the coming school year?Location: Niceville Public Library I think it might be learning new things. Colin Smith, 10, Niceville, Plew Elementary School student Learning some new sciencein particular, biology. Mikayla Clark, 14, Niceville, home school student To see all my friends again. Cody Bondhus, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Having a good time. Cameron Smith, 7, Niceville, Plew Elementary School studentNorth BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from July 30, 2018 through August 5, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Bay Drive..................................EMS call................................7/30/18.....................06:34 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/30/18.....................13:51 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/30/18.....................16;20 E. Hwy. 20................................Medical assist........................7/30/18.....................22:04 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/31/18.....................09:04 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/31/18.....................12:54 Range Rd.................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/31/18.....................20:21 E. Hwy. 20................................Lightning strike......................7/31/18.....................20:27 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/1/18.......................08:19 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................8/1/18.......................15:16 Hwy. 20/Range Rd...................Vehicle accident....................8/1/18.......................15:40 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................8/1/18.......................17:02 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/2/18.......................08:36 Marina Cove Dr........................EMS call................................8/2/18.......................12:30 N. White Point Rd....................Detector activation................8/2/18.......................19:41 Crete Cv....................................EMS call................................8/2/18.......................20:44 Norwich Cir...............................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................00:54 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................01:39 S. Turnberry Cv........................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................04:09 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................08:29 Kildare Cir.................................Dispatched & cancelled........8/3/18.......................11:16 Calinda Ln................................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................15:09 Fairway Lakes Dr.....................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................19:32 Osprey Cv.................................EMS call................................8/3/18.......................22:33 Bluewater Blvd.........................Vehicle accident....................8/4/18.......................00:03 N. White Point Rd....................Medical assist........................8/4/18.......................05:29 S. R. 293..................................Good intent............................8/4/18.......................08:08 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/4/18.......................10:54 Siesta Blvd...............................Dispatched & cancelled........8/4/18.......................11:35 Antiqua Way.............................Public service assist..............8/4/18.......................13:51 Antiqua Way.............................Public service assist..............8/4/18.......................19:31 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/4/18.......................19:39 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.

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Woodturning guild Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild meets the second Saturday of each month at the Freeport Community Center. (16040 US Business Hwy 331 South; Freeport). Our next meeting is on August 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Meeting is open to anyone interested in using or learning about wood lathes. Contact Earnest Nettles at 850585-6064 or Jim Reese at 850-4999173 for additional information. Embroiderers' Guild Coffee The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery. Our annual August membership coffee will be Saturday, August 11, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Parish Hall, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville. The 2018-19 program will be presented and refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions. Community Prayer Rally NicevilleStrong, a community prayer rally aimed at bringing together families, local churches and community resources is scheduled for August 16, 6:30 p.m. in the Niceville High School Auditorium. The second annual event aims to address growing pressures on todays students and communities including addiction, mental health issues and violence. Featuring an evening of music, prayer, testimonies and speakers, NicevilleStrong is open to the public as a free event. Included on the agenda will be pastors from local churches, school and law enforcement officials as well as families and students who will share their experiences and offer inspiration to others. Ten meals in ten The Friends of the Niceville Library are delighted to present Chef Warren Caterson, who will share ten delicious entrees that you can prepare in 10 minutes using items you probably already have on hand. Chef Warren will also have his cookbooks available for purchase and author signing. This free program will be held at the Niceville Community Center on Saturday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m. For more information please call the Library at 279-4863 x1504. Intro to Blacksmithing Intro to Blacksmithing, with local blacksmith, Billy Hay, August 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m, at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the forge? Bend and shape steel? Make something useful and enduring? Strike now. The iron is hot. Students will learn the basic skills of the blacksmith including safety, tools and equipment, and the skills for drawing out, upsetting, hotcutting, bending and punching. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirt required. Limited Space. Pre-registration required. Cost is $85 per student; $80 for Museum Members (all supplies included). Call to make your reservation: 850-678-2615. Basket Weaving Popular instructor, Carol Dickson will teach students to make a Braided Basket, Saturday, August 18 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Students will be learning a new skill, experience an age-old tradition, and create something uniquely yours. The cost is $50 ($45 Museum Members) and includes all materials. Space is limited. Register today: (850) 678-2615 or, visit the Heritage Museum at 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso. AQUIFERious art exhibit Northwest Florida State College and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are pleased to announce the upcoming gallery exhibit, AQUIFERious. This exhibition will run from August 20-November 2, in the McIlroy, Holzhauer and Corridor Galleries. AQUIFERious is curated by Margaret Ross Tolbert, and is based on her award-winning book by the same title. The exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert's dramatic, large-scale springs paintings and eloquent poetry with contributing artists' and scientists' photographs, videos, cartography and writings. The exhibition will feature contributions from Margaret Ross Tolbert, Jill Heinerth, Eric Hutcheson, Mark Long, Tom Morris and Georgia Shemitz. The galleries are open MondayFriday from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. For more information about the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, contact KC Williams, Director, at (850) 729 or Computer Fundamentals Valparaiso Goodwill Career Campus Training Center will be providing a free Computer Fundamentals training class to anyone who is interested on August 21. Class will be from 9 a.m. Noon. Participants will learn the history of computers, basics of computer security, and how to navigate computers quickly and effectively. Participants will also learn how to manipulate windows, how to cut, copy, and paste, identification, and using the recycle bin. This is a hands on class so participants will be completing exercises during the class session. We have limited seating so you must reserve your spot. Call 850-7298690 to register. Located at 143 N. John Sims Pkwy. Pollinators Paradise The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will hold Pollinators Paradise Home School Friday for students and their families, Friday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Students will learn about pollinators and their importance to our environment and food sources. Plus they will learn about photosynthesis, the rain cycle and make their own bird feeder. The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers STEM related home school programs that meet the Florida standards for education grades K-6. Pollinators Paradise, is a fun and engaging experience students will remember for a life-time. Pre-registration is required. Please call to register 850-678-2615. No walk-ins please. $10 per student; ($8 per student for Museum Family Members)(1) parent free per family; $3 each additional adult. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN Mattress Depot is the ideal place to find the right mattress to give you a good night s sleep, or to find just the right furniture to give your home the look and comfort you desire. We are a truly locally-owned hometown furniture store, said Stan Skipper Sr., who owns and operates the store with his wife Karen, his son Stan Skipper Jr., daughter Olivia, and son Karl. They also employ a full sales and delivery staff. I grew up here, said Skipper. I have worked as a manufacturer s representative for mattress companies including Sealy, Serta, and other well-known brands, before becoming an independent representative dealing with many mattress and furniture manufacturers, before opening my own store here in the Niceville/Valparaiso area. One of Mattress Depot s best features is the wide variety of mattresses and furniture available. We have a 40,000 square foot showroom, said Skipper. That s more than an acre of furniture and mattresses for you to choose from. We carry all major mattress brands, such as Stearns and Foster, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic, as well as our own private label. Furniture Brands available at Mattress Depot include Ashley, Catnapper, Klaussner, Benchcraft, and other well-known brands, including the Klaussner Trisha Yearwood furniture collection. You can choose furniture from many categories, said Skipper. We have bedding, reclining and stationery furniture, bedroom and dining suites, sleeper sofas, and other furnishings. We can help you do your whole house exactly the way you want it. We also offer a wide selection of outdoor furniture to help you prepare for your backyard gatherings throughout the summer. The only thing Mattress Depot does not offer is appliances. Asked what advice he would offer someone searching for just the right mattress, Skipper replied, Look for a mattress that provides comfort, with good support. A mattress that is too firm may prove to be uncomfortable to lie on for hours at a time, making it difficult for you to get an uninterrupted night s sleep. One example of a comfortable mattress, he said, is a new TempurPedic model made of special pressure-relieving material, which means less tossing and turning throughout the night. Don t wait too long to replace an old mattress, Skipper said. Mattresses wear out gradually, and you may not notice how uncomfortable yours has actually become, until it really becomes a problem. Most mattresses should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. People often take great care in selecting just the right furniture to put in parts of their home that will be seen by others, while neglecting to select a high-quality mattress. Your mattress is really the most important piece of furniture in your house. After all, you will spend about one third of your life sleeping on it. Another item that is growing in popularity, Skipper said, is the adjustable bed. Formerly regarded as something only for the sick or elderly, adjustable beds have now become a big part of a comfortable modern lifestyle. Such beds enable people to watch TV, read, play video games, or do other things shortly before going to sleep or shortly after waking up. Modern beds also provide such features as massage, USB ports, and lighting systems. We have more than 80 models to choose from, said Skipper. Mattress Depot is located at 597 N. John Sims Parkway, near the intersection with Government Drive. Visit the store or call 6787800 for a personal appointment. Come visit Mattress Depot, said Skipper, and let us show you just how beautiful and comfortable your home can become.Advertising Feature Mattress Depot owner Stan Skipper Sr. and his Son Manager Stan Skipper Jr., Staff Member Kristen Moore, and Customer Service Manager Dave Meyers are ready to help you choose the mattresses and furniture that best suit you. THEBAYBEACONPage A-8 We dnesday, August 8, 2018Mattress Depot/Skippers FurnitureYour hometown furniture store 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. 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