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The Bay beacon

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

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

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

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
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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30766158 ( OCLC )
sn 98001910 ( LCCN )
1097-6469 ( ISSN )

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Although officials say the Florida SunPass system has finally cleared a payment-processing backlog, the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority is still awaiting traffic and revenue figures for the last couple of months. The backlog, which followed the recent change of computer systems by the state agency that collects SunPass highway and bridge tolls, also has caused cash-flow problems for some customers. At an Aug. 16 meeting of the bridge authoritys governing board, authority Executive Director Van Fuller said that the changes earlier this summer in the SunPass computer system, operated by a unit of the Florida Department of Transportation, took much longer than state officials had anticipated. This caused some customers bills to be delayed, then to arrive all at once, which may have caused late fees or overdrafts to some bank or credit card accounts. Meanwhile, traffic and revT T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-4 A troublesome changeover in Florida s SunPass computerized tollcollection system has caused cash-flow problems for some motorists.Beacon photo By Cynthia Richardson Beacon Correspondent The Niceville High School auditorium was standing room only Thursday night. At least 750 people crowded the room to support Niceville Strong, a community prayer rally to raise awareness and hope concerning those combating drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, and violence. This was its second year. "I don't know about y'all, but I'm ready to do something about this," Perian Herring said to cheers from the packed house. "The statistics are scary." Perian and her husband, Eddie, launched Niceville Strong last year. The two have a ministry called Parakaleo for families of those struggling with the issues addressed on Thursday. Said Perian: "It's not just an event, Niceville Strong. We're hoping it will become a movement. We want this to gain momentum. We want there to be a Crestview Strong, and a Panama City Strong, and a Fort Walton Strong, a Pensacola Strong. We want communities to take up this same passion for empowering their communities on their knees." She spoke alongside those who helped organize the event Amanda Grandy, Jamee Graff, and Selena Chavis. Niceville High School students led the room in prayer and worship songs. James Ross of First Baptist Church spoke with Charlie Marello, the principal of Niceville High School, regarding instances of drug usage in schools. Marello has unfortunately lost more than one student to suicide in his tenure and stressed the importance of speaking up for those who are struggling. Marello spoke of wanting to "eradicate" drugs in schools. The worst parent-teacher meeting he had to have, he said, was attending the funeral of a student who took their own life. Other local principals gathered on stage to receive prayer and support. Practice for the upcoming PAL soccer season began last week for players ages 3 to 18. The regular season starts the first week of September, lasting through mid-October. A total of 837 children will play on 87 teams. There are an additional 110 children registered for the Start Smart Soccer program for 3to 5-year-olds. Separately, in its 38th year, Niceville Football Little League teams began to show their might Saturday in Niceville at the Panhandle Youth Football Association's Jamboree. Niceville fields six teams this year, including 130 players and 30 cheerleaders. Players are divided into four age levels, from 5and 6-year-olds, to 11and 12-year-olds. The regular season starts this Saturday at Twin Oaks and runs through the end of October.Beacon photos by Paula MimsComputer glitches delay toll processingNiceville Strong holds prayer meetingAdvancing a movementBeacon Staff Early voting has begun in Okaloosa County for Floridas Aug. 28 primary election. Locally, three school board seats are at stake. Also on Twin Cities area ballots are Republican and Democratic primaries for the Dist. 1 seat in Congress, as well as for the statewide offices of governor, attorney general, and agriculture commissioner. No incumbent is running for any of the three state posts at stake. There is also a primary for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Early voting, which began Saturday, will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday at five locations, including Niceville City Hall. Voters may also cast ballots by mail. On election day, Aug. 28, voters may exercise their franchise at their assigned polling place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The outcome of three nonpartisan races for the Okaloosa County Board of Education will be decided. For the District 1 seat, the school board candidates are Willie Harmon of Fort Walton Beach and incumbent Lamar White of Shalimar. For District 3, the candidates are Alby D. Clendennin IV of Crestview, Linda Evanchyk of Fort Walton Beach, and Joe Slusser of Baker. Longtime incumbent Rodney Walker did not seek another term. For District 5, the school board candidates are Diane Kelley of Valparaiso and Bran McAllister Community sports in full swing Please see TOLL, page A-3 Please see VOTING, page A-6 Please see PRAYER, page A-3 Early voting has begun in primary50Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 4 Inserts By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Valparaiso city commissioners discussed the pros and cons of either raising the citys property tax millage rate or dipping into reserve funds to balance the next municipal budget. Despite recent cuts to spending requests from various city department heads, the currently planned budget for fiscal year 2018-19, which will begin Oct. 1, calls for spending about $8,505,125, which is substantially more than the $8,058,005 expected in total revenue, assuming the city keeps its current millage rate of 5.024. To make up the shortfall, the city commission could choose to spend some of the citys reserve fund of about $1.2 million, or raise Valparaisos property tax millage rate. While dipping into the reserve fund would eliminate the need for a tax rate hike, it might also leave the city vulnerable in the event of a hurricane or other unexpected event which requires the city to use its reserve funds to cover extra expenses. During a previous meeting,Valp. wrestles with financesSelena Chavis, Jeremy Smith, James Ross and Amanda Grandy were among the organizers of the Niceville Strong rally and prayer meeting Thursday. Beacon photo by Cynthia RichardsonEarly voting in Florida s 2018 primary election will continue through Saturday at five locations in Okaloosa County, including this one at Niceville City Hall. Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 28. Beacon photo Please see FINANCES, page A-6

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The Bay Beacon Page A-2 Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Children and youth of St. Jude's Episcopal Church gathered recently with their backpacks to receive a blessing for a successful 2018-19 school year.Back to school blessings

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enue figures have been unavailable for the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Spence Parkway, a bridge feeder road in Niceville. On Aug. 17, the SunPass system sent an email to customers, saying, To help our customers who were affected by the backlog and delay of posted transactions, late fees and penalties have, and will, continue to be waived in order to allow customers time to manage the transactions that have been posted to their accounts. Moreover, we know that as back-logged transactions were posted, certain SunPass users incurred overdraft fees from their personal banking or lending institutions. That's why we have set up a process to make impacted customers whole again. Starting today, SunPass customers may submit requests for overdraft fee reimbursements online at SunPass.com. To qualify for overdraft reimbursement, you must submit your bank records which reflects at least two automatic replenishments and the resulting overdraft fee(s) occurring between June 11, 2018 and August 17, 2018. You will have the option of having a check mailed to you or having your SunPass account credited. In other business at the Aug. 16 bridge authority meeting, Fuller told board members that the authority has completed the last of several environmental improvement projects on the Eglin Air Force Base military reservation. These projects, he said, were done at the authoritys expense, in lieu of landlease payments. Authority board member Gordon Fornell said that the authority, in cooperation with the Air Force, accomplished about $30 million worth of environmental improvement work on the reservation, a project which has become a national model for environmental protection at other military installations. of Niceville. Incumbent Melissa Thrush did not seek reelection. School board candidates must reside in their district but are elected in countywide balloting. There will be no election for the two Okaloosa County Commission four-year terms expiring this year. No one qualified to oppose the two incumbents seeking reelection to the countywide posts: Trey Goodwin of Fort Walton Beach in District 4, and Carolyn Ketchel of Shalimar in District 2. Both are Republicans. In the District 1 campaign for U.S. Congress, incumbent Matt Gaetz, a Republican, is seeking a second two-year term. Two candidates oppose him in the GOP primary: Cris Dosev and John Mills. In the Nov. 6 general election, the GOP primary victor will face the winner of a twoway Democratic primary between Phil Ehr and Jennifer M. Zimmerman. Seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate are Roque Rocky De La Fuente and Rick Scott, the Sunshine States current governor. The GOP primary winner will face incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Libertarian Joe Wendt on Nov. 6. Candidates in the three primary elections for state office face an open field, as all three incumbents are disqualified by Floridas term limits from seeking a third consecutive term. Two of them, Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, are running for another officeU.S. Senate and governor, respectively. Attorney General Pam Bondi has not announced any further political plans. Following are the primaryelection candidates for state office:Republican primary Governor Don Baldauf Ron DeSantis Timothy M. Devine Bob Langford John Joseph Mercadante Bruce Nathan Adam H. Putnam Bob White Attorney General Ashley Moody Frank White Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Caldwell Denise Grimsley Mike McCalister Baxter TroutmanDemocratic primary Governor Andrew Gillum Gwen Graham Jeff Greene Chris King Philip Levine Alex "Lundy" Lundmark John Wetherbee Attorney General Sean Shaw Ryan Torrens Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole "Nikki" Fried Jeffrey Duane Porter Roy David Walker Prior to the event, people representing nearly 30 local resources lined the walk outside with tables containing information about their programs. One of them was the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program. "We have children in our county that need someone to be their eyes, be their ears, for the judge, and actually to advocate for what's in that child's best interests," said Carita Smith, recruitment coordinator for the program in Okaloosa and Walton counties. "We need Guardian Ad Litem volunteers." Nearby was Jennifer Clark of the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Niceville. "I think it's an excellent idea because there are so many great agencies within our community that can help families and children, and so we absolutely wanted to participate and didn't hesitate to say yes," Clark said. Other stations included psychological consultants, recovery coaches, treatment specialists, and legal services. A number of churches were represented by pastors, including Jeremy Smith of Crosspoint and James Ross of First Baptist of Niceville. "The reason we're doing it is because there's a group that had a vision to do something more," Smith said. "And that just grew into this. We have a need in our community, and the church has a specific role to play in this. We have a part to play. We have something to add." While there are numerous local resources to help those facing issues of addiction and mental illness, anyone who feels themselves in immediate danger can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, their local 911, or go to a nearby hospital emergency room. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 22, 2018 Page A-3 Call today for a FREE Hearing Profile KAITLYNLOCKEHAS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE RISK FREE TRIALNO JOKE! NO GIMMICK! Not sure what a hearing device will do for you? 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. Expires: 8/31/18 Expires: 8/31/18 batteries$3 per packLimit 4by Varta NERA 2$2,00000All Models & SizesReg. $2,30000 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith No. The last time I voted was when Jeb Bush ran for governor. Larry Smith Jr., 46, Valparaiso, security guard Yes. I think it s important, because every voice counts. Amber Stuart, 42, Bluewater Bay, teacherDo you plan to vote in the Aug. 28 primary election?Location: Winn Dixie Yes. I want to have some kind of say in government. Kelly Wilson, 39, Bluewater Bay, human resources No. I have never exercised my right to vote. If I don t vote, I have nothing to complain about, and I prefer to keep my complaints to a minimum. Katie Pomeroy, 30, Bluewater Bay, director of operations Absolutely. We should all vote, and stay aware of what s going on in the community. Kayla Muldoon, 28, Niceville, assistant manager I would if I could. I get to vote for student council at school. This year, I might even run. Asa Loicano, 10, Bluewater Bay, Bluewater Elementary School student What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. TOLLFrom page A-1 PRAYERFrom page A-1 Perian and Eddie Herring were chief organizers of the second annual Niceville Strong rally and prayer meeting Thursday. Its not just an event, said Perian. We re hoping it will become a movement. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith VOTINGFrom page A-1 Beacon Staff The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has canceled a health warning for Toms Bayou in Valparaiso. The alert was issued Aug. 13 after an estimated 60,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a malfunctioning city pump station. Sampling of the waters in that area have resulted in bacterial levels below the advisory level, the health department stated Friday. Health alert is canceled

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ArrestsOn Aug. 7 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Casey Michael Chavis, 30, of 39 Willow, Freeport, on a charge of trespassing after warning. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on July 8, in which a Niceville officer saw Chavis passed out in the front seat of his 1999 Ford Explorer in the Walmart parking lot. Chavis had previously been given a trespass warning to stay away from Walmart due to crimes he had previously committed while on store property. * On Aug. 7 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Shawn Clifford Chaplin, 37, of 32 Hampton Cir., Niceville, on two counts of probation violation, misdemeanor. * On Aug. 7 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Louis E. Guidry, 41, of 1309 Keturah St., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation, felony. * On Aug. 8 Niceville police arrested Rashad Sasha Wilson, 23, at large, on charges of knowingly driving while drivers license suspended/revokedhabitual offender, and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. An officer attempted a traffic stop of a Saturn for speeding 54 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. on State Road 85 at Niceville Avenue. Wilson, the driver, parked his car and ran away into the woods. He was finally apprehended on Niceville Avenue at the Generations United Church parking lot. A police database revealed that Wilson had been operating the vehicle with a suspended drivers license with a habitual status. He also had an active warrant from the Florida Department of Corrections for absconding. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Robert Lee Barcley, 63, of 189 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, on a charge of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Randall Jason Burchette, 41, of 293 Nimrod Cir., Niceville, on a charge of probation violation, misdemeanor. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Bailey Andrew Henry, 24, of 1227 N. Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso, on an out of county arrest warrant. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Samantha Ann Jung, 45, of 1605 18th St., Niceville, on a charge of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Thomas John Reynolds, 22, of 304 Reeves St., F-11, Niceville, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense. * On Aug. 9 Valparaiso police arrested Regiana Dewalen Robinson, 41, a dishwasher, of 5 Mooney Rd., Northeast, #J3, Fort Walton Beach, on a charge of driving while license suspended, habitual offender. An officer conducted a traffic stop on a Kia sedan for following too close. When asked for his drivers license, Robinson provided a Florida ID card, and told the officer that his license was suspended. A police database revealed that Robinson had 19 suspensions or revocations, the most recent in 2015. * On Aug. 9 Bailey Andrew Henry, 24, of 204 22nd St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on a charge of violation of probation, felony. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Joshua Heath Gentry, 33, of 191 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, on a 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. 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charge of probation violation, misdemeanor. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Martha Adelle Geren-McQueen, 40, of 4286 Lancaster Dr., Niceville, on two counts of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and one count of drug equipment possession and/or use. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Dustin Lewis Reeves, 45, of 303 Boggy Bayou Ct., Niceville, on charges of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. * On Aug. 12 Chad Denim Veasey, 50, of 116 Satsuma Rd., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on a charge of criminal mischief, $200 and under.OtherShortly after midnight on Aug. 3, Niceville police responded to an address on 1st Street regarding a complaint about some kids being out late at night and making loud noise. A police officer arrived and found a handful of teenagers playing basketball. The youths began leaving as soon as the officer appeared. * On Aug. 3 Niceville police responded to an address on Redwood Avenue regarding a report of a truck digging holes in the sand with its tires. The caller said it had happened three more times earlier that day, but when an officer arrived, no truck matching the callers description was in the area. * On Aug. 5 Niceville police responded to Lions Park regarding a report of a boat that had been in the water for about a week at the dock, and a wooden trailer in the parking lot that apparently belonged to the boat and had also been there for about a week. The officer put a 72-hour sticker on the trailer. * On Aug. 6 Niceville police responded to the Okaloosa County School District bus barn, where three radios had been stolen from buses over the weekend. * On Aug. 6 Niceville police responded to the Walmart supercenter regarding a report that some people had set up a tent and chairs, and seemed to be living in the parking lot. The tent was draped over a car. Police asked the occupants to leave. * On Aug. 6 Niceville police responded to Papa Murphys on Wise Avenue, where a large amount of cash had been discovered missing from the safe. No signs of forced entry were found, and an investigation was initiated. * On Aug. 6 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Jason Drive regarding an Internet fraud. * On Aug. 7 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on 18th St. regarding a report of battery. * On Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Rocky Drive regarding a report of battery. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Valparaiso Boulevard regarding some found narcotics. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Wright Drive regarding a report of battery. * On Aug. 11 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on E. State Rd. 20 regarding a theft. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 209 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 East Niceville STREET SITUATION DATE Sabal Palm Dr...........................................Medical...................................................7/1/18 Cedar Ave.................................................Structure fire...........................................7/1/18 Date Palm Dr............................................Medical...................................................7/1/18 Sharon Dr..................................................Medical...................................................7/1/18 Hillside Dr..................................................Medical...................................................7/1/18 Parkside Cir...............................................Alarm activation.....................................7/2/18 Linda Ct.....................................................Medical...................................................7/2/18 W. 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White Point Rd.....................................Alarm activation.....................................7/4/18 Duncan Dr.................................................Medical...................................................7/4/18 Rum Still Cir..............................................Medical...................................................7/4/18 Sweetwater Run.......................................Structure fire...........................................7/4/18 Harding Rd................................................Dumpster fire.........................................7/4/18 Sasser St...................................................Trash fire................................................7/4/18 Nutmeg Ave..............................................Medical...................................................7/5/18 Everglade Dr.............................................Medical...................................................7/5/18 Cypress Dr./Mayo St................................Medical...................................................7/5/18 Rocky Shores Dr.......................................Medical...................................................7/6/18 29th Street.................................................Medical...................................................7/6/18 N. Partin Dr................................................Medical`..................................................7/6/18 Biscayne Ln..............................................Medical...................................................7/6/18 Glenlake Cir...............................................Alarm activation.....................................7/6/18 45th Street.................................................Medical...................................................7/6/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Medical...................................................7/7/18 Red Maple Way........................................Medical...................................................7/7/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Medical...................................................7/8/18 31st Street.................................................Structure fire...........................................7/8/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Medical...................................................7/8/18 Quince Ave................................................Medical...................................................7/8/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Alarm activation.....................................7/9/18 23rd Street................................................Medical.................................................7/10/18 E. John Sims/Canal Dr.............................Vehicle accident...................................7/10/18 Union Ave..................................................Medical.................................................7/10/18 Windward Cir.............................................Medical.................................................7/12/18 Mahogany Ct............................................Medical.................................................7/12/18 Pontevedra Ln..........................................Medical.................................................7/12/18 Bay Drive...................................................Structure fire.........................................7/13/18 Bailey Dr....................................................Medical.................................................7/15/18 Anchors St.................................................Medical.................................................7/15/18 Callaway Dr...............................................Medical.................................................7/15/18 Paradise Rd..............................................Medical.................................................7/15/18 Southwind Ct.............................................Medical.................................................7/16/18 Johathan Cir..............................................Structure fire.........................................7/16/18 Bayshore Dr..............................................Medical.................................................7/17/18 Thomas St.................................................Medical.................................................7/17/18 Lake Way Dr.............................................Alarm activation...................................7/17/18 Union Ave..................................................Medical.................................................7/17/18 Sterling River Way....................................Alarm activation...................................7/17/18 Reeves St,.................................................Medical.................................................7/18/18 Nutmeg Ave..............................................Medical.................................................7/19/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Medical.................................................7/19/18 Madison St................................................Medical.................................................7/20/18 Harding Rd................................................Medical.................................................7/20/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Structure fire.........................................7/20/18 26th Street.................................................Medical.................................................7/20/18 Baywind Dr................................................Boating accident..................................7/21/18 Redman Ct................................................Medical.................................................7/21/18 Dolphin Point Rd.......................................Medical.................................................7/23/18 Mahogany Ct............................................Medical.................................................7/23/18 S. Cedar/Finck Rd....................................Structure fire.........................................7/24/18 28th Street.................................................Medical.................................................7/24/18 Sasser St...................................................Structure fire.........................................7/24/18Fire Department Reports THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 22, 2018 Page A-5 (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 SELLERSDIRECTORYBerkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty would like to introduce you to Tracy Lee Wood. Tracy has recently joined our Niceville location and we are very excited to have her as part of our experienced team of REALTORS. Tracy has family ties to the military. In 2017, she was made Honorary Commander at Hurlburt Field. She is a 2018 and 2019 Women s Council of Realtors Florida District Vice President. She is a graduate from Okaloosa Leadership Academy and Emerald Coast Association of Realtors Leadership Academy. Tracy has extensive experience in investment properties and rental income analysis. She is the loving mother of 3 children and is a Florida Gators Fan. If you are looking for a well-rounded REALTOR, then please contact Tracy Lee Wood at (850) 598-2177 or email tracy.wood@penfedrealty.comMEET OUR AGENTS Tracy Lee Wood (850) 598-2177 The network was honored in J.D. Powers 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study for Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Aug. 13, 2018 through Aug 19, 2018. 0 Structure Fires15 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME 2nd Street.................................Medical..................................8/13/18.....................11:55 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................8/13/18.....................14:37 N. Partin Dr...............................Alarm activation.....................8/13/18.....................16:12 23rd Street................................Medical..................................8/13/18.....................17:04 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................8/14/18.....................01:02 McEwen Dr...............................Medical..................................8/15/18.....................15:09 John Sims Pkwy.......................Vehicle crash.........................8/15/18.....................18:52 S. R. 293..................................Vehicle crash.........................8/16/18.....................10:51 Pin Oak Cir...............................Dumpster fire.........................8/16/18.....................11:58 Pontevedra Ln..........................Service call............................8/16/18.....................14:23 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Cancelled...............................8/16/18.....................15:43 Kendrick Ln..............................Medical..................................8/16/18.....................21:57 S. R. 85 N.................................Vehicle crash.........................8/17/18.....................10:12 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical..................................8/17/18.....................10:26 32nd Street...............................Medical..................................8/17/18.....................10:35 Palm Blvd.................................Medical..................................8/17/18.....................11:46 Pine Ave...................................Medical..................................8/17/18.....................18:13 W. John Sims Pkwy.................Cancelled...............................8/18/17.....................09:47 Calhoun Ave.............................Medical..................................8/18/18.....................10:55 Dolphin Point Rd......................Alarm activation.....................8/18/18.....................12:49 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................8/18/18.....................13:18 S. R. 85 N.................................Medical..................................8/18/18.....................18:13 S. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................8/19/18.....................10:32 Kathleen Ct...............................Medical..................................8/19/18.....................20:15 Weekly Safety Tip: Store unused charcoal in a cool dry place, because damp charcoal can ignite itself. Use a metal pail/garbage can with a tight lid and place in an open space where heat can escape if self-ignition should occur. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! NicevilleThe East Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls during July, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE N. Partin Dr................................................Medical.................................................7/24/18 Oak Ave.....................................................Structure fire.........................................7/24/18 Bailey Dr....................................................Medical.................................................7/24/18 Reeves St..................................................Alarm activation...................................7/25/18 Glenwood Ct.............................................Medical.................................................7/25/18 Surf Lane...................................................Medical.................................................7/26/18 Kilcullen Dr................................................Water rescue........................................7/26/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Service call...........................................7/26/18 Bond Cir.....................................................Medical.................................................7/26/18 Wava Ave..................................................Medical.................................................7/27/18 Bayberry Dr...............................................Structure fire.........................................7/27/18 N. White Point Rd.....................................Alarm activation...................................7/28/18 E. John Sims Pkwy...................................Alarm activation...................................7/28/18 Redman Ct................................................Medical.................................................7/28/18 Lake Court.................................................Medical.................................................7/29/18 Huntington Rd...........................................Medical.................................................7/30/18 Date Palm Dr............................................Alarm activation...................................7/30/18 Pontevedra Ln..........................................Medical.................................................7/30/18 E. John Sims/Bullock Blvd.......................Vehicle accident...................................7/30/18 Visit our website at www.enfd.net. 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Bachelors Education, WKU Majors Psychology, Social Studies, Minor Mathematics Masters Special Education, U of L 2 Time Teacher of the Year Designated Distinguished Educator Specialist Education Administration Certified in Policy/Curriculum Certified for Principalship Worked in the Bingham Project University of Louisville, Doctorate Education Teacher Counselor Coach Athletic Director Curriculum Coordinator Student Affairs Liaison (JCPS) Gang Task Force/Drug Abuse Worked in suicide prevention and drug abuse programs Assistant Principal Principal P P P P P P P Four to be inducted into Womens Hall of Fame On Aug. 27, guests will watch the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women induct four women, whose lives and works have had a positive impact on the direction and success of community projects, programs or individuals, into the Okaloosa Womens Hall of Fame. They are Gayle Norgaard of Niceville, Vivian Green of Fort Walton Beach, Carolyn Ketchel of Fort Walton Beach, and Pam Woodall of Shalimar. The event will take place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 6 p.m. The public is invited, but reservations must be made. You can RSVP at https://bit.ly/2vd16hv or hof@occsw.org. One hundred and ten women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was created in 1995. The Hall of Fame was created to honor women of Okaloosa Countypast and presentwhose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science, have been of great value to our communitys development. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women. The women inducted into the Hall of Fame are honored in permanent displays at the Okaloosa County Administration Building, the Niceville City Council Chambers and the Brackin Building in Crestview. The displays are a monument to some of the exceptional women in our countys history, as well as a tribute that grows annually with each induction ceremony underscoring the contributions that women make to our community. Gayle Norgaard will be inducted into the Okaloosa Women's Hall of Fame by the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women as the 2018 humanitarian inductee. Norgaard has reached a stage in her life when most people take a welldeserved rest from hard work. But Norgaard, a local Relay for Life pioneer, U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, cancer survivor, and super community volunteer, isnt showing any signs of slowing down. Norgaard received her Air Force commission in 1966, serving as a military nurse for 28 years. The service brought her to Okaloosa County in 1992. She retired as a lieutenant colonel and worked at local doctors offices and at Emerald Coast Hospice, where she cared for people nearing the end of their lives. She served as a passionate advocate for cancer awareness. In 1993, Norgaard helped bring the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life fundraiser to Okaloosa County, serving as chair of the first Relay in Fort Walton Beach. She went on to help organize similar events in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport and Niceville. Norgaard is active in the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club and in several ministries at her church. She stays connected to nursing through the Society of Air Force Nurses and the Health and Wellness Committee at the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. Norgaard was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago. She is a zealous anti-smoking advocate who served on a committee that advocated for legislation banning smoking in restaurants and other public places. She speaks at local high schools. Norgaards fight against cancer has touched the lives of many Okaloosa County residents whose lives have been impacted by the disease. She is always ready to lend a helping hand to newly diagnosed patients, providing the kind of support only a fellow cancer survivor can understand. Vivian Green this years Hall of Fame education inductee, received her elementary and secondary education attending Catholic schools in Miami. She later attended Florida A&M University, earning a bachelors degree in elementary education. She earned a masters degree in early childhood education and masters in educational leadership from the University of West Florida. Upon completion of advanced studies at the University of California, she earned a doctorate in administration and educational leadership at Nova Southern University. In 1997, she became the first AfricanAmerican principal of a school in Okaloosa County to receive an A school grade. In 2001, she became the first African-American principal at the secondary level since school segregation ended in Okaloosa County. She is listed in Whos Who in American Education and was named Okaloosa County Distinguished Black Educator, 1990 and 1991. Green is active in her church, as an elected officer and Service Commission chair of both the St. Mary Parish Council of Catholic Women and the West Central Deanery of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. As a Service Commission Chair, she engages women from neighboring communities. In 2008, Green received inspiration from a presentation she heard entitled Little Dresses of Africa. She took on the mission to lead this project for women of St. Mary Council of Catholic Women. Carolyn Ketchel the 2018 Hall of Fame contemporary inductee, is a licensed clinical social worker. She serves as a family counselor, home health social worker, medical social worker, and mental health expert in the court system As the regional director of Catholic Charities' Fort Walton Beach office, Ketchel founded the largest food pantry in Okaloosa County. She worked closely with organizations to identify and serve the homeless and others in need. As a member of the Okaloosa County Commission, Ketchel spearheaded the expansion of Miss Ruth's Farmers Market, enabling small farmers to sell their fresh produce. Lowincome families can use food stamps to purchase fresh, healthy produce. As a radio talk show host, Ketchel provides publicity to charitable organizations that serve the county, while identifying resources to those in need. Ketchels tireless volunteerism extends to many local service organizations, including the YMCA, The Foundation for Autistic Children, the policy committee for Catholic schools in the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese, the Boy Scouts, and the Childrens Home Society. She is regent of the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an active volunteer at St. Mary Catholic Church. She has also served as the chairman of the St. Mary School Board. Ketchel served on Humana Hospitals Women's Health Education Advisory Committee, the Rhonda Koon Home for Women, and the board of directors for the Air Force Enlisted Village. During her tenure at Catholic Charities, she counseled and provided emergency assistance to hundreds of single mothers and other women in need. As an active and sustaining member of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, she is involved in numerous projects assisting women and children. Pam Woodall, the Hall of Fame business inductee, is president of Beach Community Mortgage and a leader in the lending industry and our community. Ted Corcoran, executive director of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, says there are a few very special leaders in our community that make a true impact to enrich our community, and that Woodall is one of those leaders. Woodall was raised in a military family and moved to Okaloosa County in 1976. She began her career in the mortgage industry with Barnett Bank, then at Access Mortgage, before joining Beach. Pam has made a tremendous contribution to grow the banking and mortgage business in our area, especially in training and educating in areas of regulatory requirements. The mortgage sales growth in turn has created jobs and homes and more businesses that improve the quality of life for thousands. In addition, she has dedicated her energy to mentoring other women to build a successful career in the mortgage industry. Woodall motivates others to strive to be the best they can be and to make a footprint that makes a difference. Woodall has dedicated herself to many local womens professional organizations. She is a superstar in the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, has served as an Honorary Commander at Eglin Air Force Base and Duke Field, on the board of the Emerald Coast Foundation, for Arc, and with Impact 100, to name a few. She was a founding member of the Fort Walton Beach Medical Womens Advisory Council and is an active member of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club. She has won many awards including the chamber of commerce Above And Beyond Award, and ABWAs Associate Protg Award. Woodall is a wife, mother, grandmother and a true professional. She possesses that rare balance of professional and friendliness that is difficult to find in most business leaders. Gayle Norgaard Vivian Green Carolyn Ketchel Pam Woodall city commissioners 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 reducing it during future public hearings before finalizing the budget. Even leaving the millage rate unchanged from this years would result in an 8 percent increase in property-tax collections due to increased property values and construction. During the Aug. 13 workshop, Mayor Brent Smith told fellow commissioners, We can take from our reserves, or we can raise taxeswhich is always a good way to leave office. No votes were taken or decisions made during the Aug. 13 workshop. Final budget decisions will be made during two budget hearings, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and 20. The decision to tentatively hike the millage rate was made July 24 to give commissioners what Smith called breathing roomthe option of enacting a higher rate if necessary, while also keeping the option of lowering it before setting a final budget. The millage rate represents the amount of property tax Valparaiso property owners must pay, based on the appraised, taxable value of their property after homestead exemptions and other discounts. Thus, at the current millage rate of 5.024, a property owner pays a little over $5.02 for each thousand dollars of taxable value of their property. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value, after homestead exemptions and other discounts, pays $1004.80 in property tax to the city, in addition to property taxes paid to such other property taxing government entities as Okaloosa County and the school district. At the new, tentative millage rate of 5.2813, the same property owner would pay a municipal tax of $1,116.26. Property tax revenue makes up only a portion of Valparaisos total budget. Revenue to support city spending also comes from other sources. FINANCESFrom page A-1 The Valparaiso City Commission is expected to make final decisions on the next municipal budget and tax rate during two public hearings in September. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith

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Tuesday Tours Rocky Bayou Christian Schools, Niceville and Crestview campuses, invites you to join them on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. for a tour of the campus and classrooms. Potential students are also able to schedule a shadow day to see what a day at Rocky really looks like. No RSVP required. Questions? Call the Admission office at 850-279-3729. Pollinators Paradise The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will hold Pollinators Paradise Home School Friday for students and their families, Friday, August 24, 1 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. Korean Dinner Niceville Ladies Auxiliary Post 221, 444 E. John Sims Parkway will be hosting a Korean Dinner on Friday, August 24, from 5-8 p.m. for $7.00. The dinner is open to the public and the proceeds benefit "22 Project." The 22 Project supports underserved war veterans who have traumatic brain injuries and are at risk for depression and/or suicide. In collaboration with physicians, therapists, and health care workers, The 22 Project provides advanced medical treatments to reduce a veterans risk of depression and/or suicide, including care and evaluation by highly trained board certified physicians, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and essential brain supplements and super-foods, all at no cost to the veteran. Stitch In The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America celebrates various forms of hand embroidery. Our final summer stitch-in will be Sunday, August 26, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Religious Education Building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 4963466 with any questions. Square Dance Open House A free Square Dancing Open House for Beginners/Returning Dancers will be held at the Crosspoint Church Fellowship Hall on two dates: Monday, August 27 and Monday, September 10, from 6-7 p.m. We will be closed Monday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday. We are offering these two free class nights for you to check out how much fun square dancing can be. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Dancing is good for the body and the mind, not to mention the fun you can have and the friendships you can make. Stick around to watch the experienced dancers and fellowship with new friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 17 with our caller Berlon Graham at 6 p.m. Contact Susan Shearer at 850-582-9497 for more information. Hall of Fame Induction On August 27, guests will watch the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (OCCSW) induct four women, whose lives and works have had a positive impact on the direction and success of community projects, programs or individuals, into the Okaloosa Womens Hall of Fame: Dr. Vivian Green, Education inductee; Carolyn Ketchel, Contemporary Inductee; Gayle Norgaard, Carolyn Spencer Humanitarian Inductee; and Pam Woodall, Business Inductee. "These inspiring women are all assets to our community. Each of these role models has made tremendous contributions to improve the lives of citizens, particularly women and children, living in our county and should be recognized for the impact they have had on our community," says Gail Waller, Chair of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women. The event will take place on Monday, August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The public is invited to attend, but reservations need to be made. You can RSVP at https://bit.ly/2vd16hv or hof@occsw.org. Baby Driver Film Screening The NWFSC Film Club is excited to announce their screening of: Baby Driver (Rated R) on Monday, August 27 in Building 110 Room 328 in the art/music wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Baby, a music-loving orphan also happens to be the prodigiously talented go-to getaway driver for heist mastermind Doc. With the perfect soundtrack picked out for each and every job, Baby ensures Doc's violent, bank-robbing cronies including Buddy, Bats and Darling get in and out of Dodge before it's too late. He's not in it for the long haul though, hoping to nail one last job before riding off into the sunset with beautiful diner waitress Debora. Easier said than done. Despite the name Baby, it's not a kids movie. The screening is at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Free food and drink. Symphony Chorale Auditions The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held on Tuesday, August 28 beginning at 6 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. This years season will include choruses from Handels Messiah and Mozarts Requiem (in its entirety), among other selections. The Chorale will perform with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) under the direction of new musical director Devin Hughes. Chorale rehearsals will be conducted by Lois Henry, music professor at Northwest Florida State College. At the audition, each singer will be asked to sing one minute of a prepared song (either in English or a foreign language) and do a short sight singing excerpt (in English). To schedule an audition time, please contact Cathy Trolian at trolianc@nwfsc.edu or (850) 7295382. Questions about the Chorale should be directed to Lois Henry at HenryL1@nwfsc.edu or (850) 7296009. Kayak Tour Join a Park Ranger on Thursday, August 30 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular, are often sighted by campers, kayakers and locals. Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis. Park admission fees do apply and is $5.00 per vehicle. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville. For more information, call (850) 833-9144. Linux User Group Meeting The Northwest Florida Linux User Group (NWFLUG) will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, September 3, from 5:30 p.m. until no later than 7:30 p.m. in the front room of the Props Ale House in Niceville. Directions and details of the (always free) planned program can be found on the group's website atat https://nwflug.org. All interested persons are invited to join us (and bring your laptops). Persons planning to attend are encouraged to notify us via email to tom.browder@gmail.com. Financial Fitness Valparaiso Goodwill Career Campus Training Center will be providing a free Financial Fitness training to anyone who is interested on September 6. Class will be from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. This will be a crash course in financial management to include basics such as checking and savings accounts and more complex management tools such as budgeting and credit scores. This class will conclude with a discussion about how this knowledge can help in the home buying experience. There is limited seat availability so if you are interested please call 850-729-8690 to register. Located at 143 N. John Sims Pkwy. Make Sleeping Mats Back to Basics is hosting a class on making sleep mats for those in need. These sleep mats are made by crocheting strips of plastic grocery bags. Please join us if you know how to crochet and would like to help in this service project. If you don't already know how to crochet we can teach you. Lots of help is also needed in preparing, flattening and cutting the bags to make "plarn" (plastic yarn). Sleep mats provide a comfortable cushion for homeless people to place blankets or sleeping bags. Because they're made of plastic, they're easy to clean and use in wet conditions without water seeping into the sleeping bag. They also help keep plastic out of landfills. We will be meeting to make the mats Thursday, September 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints corner of 27th and Palm, Niceville. Please bring plastic grocery bags, size 10 or larger crochet hooks, scissors (and if you have them rotary cutter, large plastic ruler and cutting mat). Everyone is welcome to attend. We are collecting plastic grocery bags now for a community service project on September 6, making sleep mats for the homeless. If you have any bags to donate please drop them off at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints at the corner of 27th and Palm in Niceville on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Wednesday evenings between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 22, 2018 Page A-7 Mosaics at the museumCreate your own unique design in a two-part Mosaics Class with instructor Kathleen Nehus, Saturday, August 25 and September 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. You may bring your own memento to incorporate into the mosaic to give as a gift or keep for yourself. The fee is $40 or $35 for Museum Members. All materials are included. Space is limited. Please call to register MC/Visa: 850-678-2615. Only candidate in this race who: is a veteranColonel, USAF (retired) has never been employed by the school district has never been sanctioned for a breach of integrity or ethics has never misrepresented facts & has a proven history of honesty & integrity is endorsed by the committee that represents Okaloosa teachers & support staff has always been loyal to his oaths & vows (married faithfully for 42 years) BranMcAllister.com Are you concerned about the negativity surrounding your school system?Are you ready to regain your faith & trust in your school system? Ready for a new presence on your school board? Ready for someone who can restore the citizens confidence in our school system?ON AUGUST 28TH, VOTE FOR Dr. BRAN McALLISTERfor OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 5Paid by Bran McAllister for Okaloosa County School District 5 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday.CALENDAR $ Is PAYING for Hearing AidsNICEVILLE HEARING CENTER1001 College Blvd., W., Bldg. 2 (850) 678-3277www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comDESTIN HEARING CENTER4012 Commons Dr. W. (850) 830-0376www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comFORT WALTON BEACH HEARING CENTER36 Eglin Pkwy. N.E. (504) 442-6652www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comWe are an INDEPENDENT HEARING HEAL THCARE PROVIDERthat has been taking care of the hearing challenges of our patients since 1978.

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Photo: Volunteers from NextHome Cornerstone Realty conducted a back-to-school supply drive so the children living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood would have needed school items to be ready for school. (Left to Right), Jay Waldhour, Brittany Waldhour, Allie Noah, (CIC Development Director), Dana Topel, Melanie Smith, Melissa Forte and Thomas Forte.Next Home Realty helps CIC with school supplies for kids Recently Spacebox Storage of Niceville donated a variety of P.E. supplies and a check for $394.00 for a new Basketball Goal to Edge Elementary. They had held a family fun day event during the Summer where they collected sporting equipment and cash donations for the P.E. Department of the school. Dr. Dawson, Coach Hill and the students at Edge are very thankful to our new neighbors for quickly becoming great Niceville community members and friends. Pictured left to right are: Thomas Birrittier, Spacebox Property Manager, Dr. Samantha Dawson, Edge Elementary Principal; Lance Hill, Edge Elementary P.E. Coach; and Heather McCombs, Spacebox Property Manager.Spacebox donates to Edge Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN THEBAYBEACONPage A-8 We dnesday, August 22, 2018Northwest Florida is great place to live, but its sunny, humid summers, windy, rainy winters, and proximity to salt air from the Gulf of Mexico can be tough on the exterior of a home or commercial building. That s where Rhino Shield comes in. Superior products and courteous, professional service make Rhino Shield the preferred choice to protect your home or business. The special Rhino Shield ceramic coating, which lasts longer and protects better than conventional paint, is available for commercial buildings as well as for homes. Rhino Shield did a great job on my home, said Kelly Plantation resident Rick Martinez. They coated our house with Rhino Shield 12 years ago, and today it looks like they just did it. I pressure wash my house about once a year, and it still looks brandnew. Rhino Shield, said Mike Redmond, owner of Rhino Shield Gulf South, is a unique product, ideal for all kinds of surfaces such as wood, stucco, brick, vinyl or cement fiber siding. Rhino Shield ceramic coating offers substantial benefits by creating a layer of protection against the damaging effects of the sun. Rhino Shield offers the benefit of ultra-violet ray reflectivity, Redmond said. Rhino Shield not only aids in the reduction of energy consumption, but also helps resist mold, mildew and staining and increases resale value by eliminating the need to paint every few years. Redmond said, this product also has a 25 year nonprorated transferable warranty, and can be tinted to any color. While Rhino Shield protection is well known for the protection it gives many Northwest Florida homes, Redmond said that it is also useful for protecting commercial structures such as stores, shops, and office buildings. To learn more, contact Rhino Shield Gulf South at (850) 4246829, or on the web at RhinoShieldGulfSouth.com.Advertising Feature Kelly Plantation resident Rick Martinez said his home still looks like new more than 12 years after it was protected by Rhino Shield. A beach house before Rhino Shield. A beach house after Rhino Shield. Rhino ShieldNever paint your home again! 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 Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperThe Bay Beacon& Beacon Express 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.com 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 & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service