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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
regular
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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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newspaper ( marcgt )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
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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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30766158 ( OCLC )
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1097-6469 ( ISSN )

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T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-4 An Okaloosa County sheriff s deputy patrols a Niceville High School softball game last spring. The supervisor of the county s school resource officers says that this year, deputies may carry rifles at athletic events.Beacon photo by Paula Mims By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The company that picks up recyclables in much of Okaloosa County, says it is finding it harder to make money on the business. As result, the company is becoming more picky about what waste it will accept in the yellow-topped curbside recycling bins that customers set out for collection. Pamela Ducas, public sector manager for Waste Management, the big waste-collection and disposal contractor, has been telling public officials about recent worldwide and local problems with recycling, and about what Niceville residents can do to properly recycle waste from their homes and businesses. During one such briefing to the Niceville City Council Aug. 14, Ducas said that much of the recyclable material collected in Niceville and elsewhere throughout the U.S. is shipped to other countries for processing, notably China, which until recently has purchased more recyclable material than other countries. Now, however, China has become much more restrictive about what materials it will accept, and especially about how much contamination or nonrecyclable materials may be included in a shipment. ThatBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Get used to the sight of deputy sheriffs carrying military-style rifles at school football games, said Lt. Gary Venuti, the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office school resource officer program supervisor. Venuti addressed members of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce in Niceville Aug. 21. Firepower such as that of the U.S. militarys M4 automatic rifle is needed to prepare police to cope with todays threats, Venuti explained. Were not living in the same world we used to, he said. School shootings such as the Aug. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which killed 17 and wounded a like number, have changed everything. In rampages such as the one in the Broward County city of Parkland, or one that killed 58 and injured 851 at a country-music festival in Las Vegas in October 2017, attackers have used semiautomatic long guns, overmatching police officers carrying only sidearms. Police must be prepared to Local school athletes were busy last week, with fall sports on everyone's mind. The Niceville High School volleyball team earned its fourth win of the season Saturday against Lincoln Tallahassee, 25-23, 23-25, 28-26 and 25-15. In Niceville's football opener Friday night, Lincoln won, 27-15, overcoming the Eagles halftime lead. Northwest Florida State College was the site of the first cross-country meet of the season for area high schools and middle schools Saturday. Both the Niceville High girls and boys teams won the team 4x1.5 mile relays. In the 5,000-meter open race, the Niceville girls placed six runners in the top 10, and the boys eight in the top 10. In its season football opener, Ruckel Middle School was defeated by the Destin Marlins Thursday in Niceville. Ruckel had a 7-6 lead at halftime, but Destin scored two second-half touchdowns to win 22-7. Beacon photos by Paula MimsSchool resource officers are issued heavier armsHauler gets picky about recyclablesBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The trustees of Northwest Florida State College have awarded $32,285 in incentive compensation to college President Devin Stephenson. The bonus, approved Aug. 21, is intended to reward Stephenson for excellent performance during his first year as the institutions chief executive. Trustees Chairman Brian Pennington said that during the past year, under Stephensons leadership, the college has met or exceeded 96 percent of the goals and key performance indicators established when he became president. Stephensons contract, said Pennington, authorizes the trustees to award him up to 15 percent of his base salary as incentive compensation for meeting or exceeding goals set by the trustees. The $32,285, said Pennington, represents 14.4 percent of Stephensons $224,000 annual salary, to which it is added. In discussion preceding the unanimous vote to authorize the extra compensation to Stephenson, Trustee Craig Barker initially suggested that Stephenson should receive 90 percent of the maximum incentive pay allowed. Trustee Charlotte Flynt, however, said that because Stephenson had led the college to accomplish 50 of 52 specific goals and key performance indicators, he should receive 96 percent of the maximum incentive pay allowed. Trustee Shane Abbott said he believed that Stephensons performance has been excellent, Welcoming back fall sports Please see OFFICERS, page A-3 Please see COLLEGE, page A-5 Please see HAULER, page A-5 College chief earns bonus for years achievements50Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6 Pages, 1 Section, 5 Inserts College President Devin Stephenson, center, chatted with trustees Don Litke and Charlotte Flynt before a trustees meeting Aug. 21. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Lt. Gary Venuti The Niceville High School chapter of the Veterans Heritage Project recently earned the Congressional Medal of Honor Society 2018 Citizen Honors Community Service Hero Award. The Veterans Heritage Project made the award based on the impactful service to veterans and youth in the states of Florida, Arizona and Illinois. Front row from left: Angelee Morales Rios, Hannah Sjostrom, and Gretchen Erickson, Veterans Heritage Project representative. Middle row: Collin Szymczak, Taylor Strickler, Rosalina Lombardi. Back row: Alex Pugh and Jennifer Sjostrom, AP Language teacher.NHS students receive VHP Medal of Honor

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respond with superior firepower, especially at football games or other outdoor events that draw large crowds, Venuti said. In Okaloosa County, Venuti said, each of the 44 public schools is patrolled by a sheriffs deputy, called a resource officer, and high schools have at least two. The extra staffing at high schools, he said, is needed to cope with the large number of students and the large size of high school campuses. At Niceville High School, for example, there are about 2,100 students. The campus includes seven outbuildings as well as the sprawling main academic building, all of which must be kept secure and entry-controlled, as well as parking lots and driveways where traffic must be monitored and students and staff kept safe while entering or leaving buildings and congregating around them. In recent months, Venuti said, Okaloosa County sheriffs deputies have been undergoing special training, preparing them to cope with whatever may arise. This includes practice with rifles and other weapons, as well as running a mile after each training session to ensure physical fitness. Each school in the Okaloosa County School District has been undergoing security assessments, and operations plans have been written for a variety of scenarios, ranging from mass shootings to bomb threats, suicides, gang activity, or old-fashioned schoolyard fistfights. Mental health therapists have also been assigned to each school, so that students can promptly receive whatever help they may need to cope with such things as mental illness, drug abuse, or posttraumatic stress, whether it results from an incident at school, or more often, from incidents that a student may have been involved in at home, such as domestic abuse cases or addiction problems of their parents. Last year, said Venuti, there were a record number of Baker Acts in area schools, cases in which someone was involuntarily committed to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation and/or treatment. Even when special emergencies do not occur, Venuti said, school resource officers stay busy throughout each day, preparing crisis plans, engaging in training and education, briefing students on such topics as drug awareness and traffic safety, and most importantly, constantly building relationships with the students and employees they are there to protect. Our relationships with students, Venuti said, are more important than how many fences or metal detectors we have. Asked about the threat of drugs and gang activity in local schools, Venuti said We are on top of it. He said that resource officers move quickly whenever they become aware of drug activity in their school. He said that the school resource officer force is now the largest division within the sheriffs office, which recruits the best of the best to become school officers, seeking experienced deputies with the street knowledge to detect and deal with such things as drug or gang activity. The most important part of crime prevention within a school, he said, is building rapport with students, assuring them that the officers are there to help, while also letting them know that there are some lines that no student may cross without running afoul of the law. Drugs, Venuti added, are not just a problem among students or teenagers. There is an epidemic of drug abuse going on off-campus, he said, and that scourge often involves members of students families. School resource officers, he said, work closely with other deputies and city police, and ensure that faculty members are made aware when a student is in crisis, due to having been a victim or witness of abuse, or of a drugrelated incident involving someone at home. Resource officers also help to train fellow faculty members in emergency responses, such as the run, hide, fight responses that may be needed in case of a shooting. The newest security concern at schools, Venuti said, is aerial drones. Such devices, while they are popular toys and are sometimes useful educational tools, can potentially be used as weapons, especially during crowded outdoor events such as football games. Law officers are being trained to be aware of, and if necessary respond to, attacks from the sky. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 29, 2018 Page A-3 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. OFFICERSFrom page A-1 Life Tributes Betty Bass Bledsoe1936 Betty Bass Bledsoe, 81, of Mountain Home, Ark., has passed into the arms of Jesus and her beloved husband on August 21, 2018. She passed away surrounded by family. You may go online to offer condolences or sign the guestbook at http://www.connerfamilyfuneralhome.com Betty Bass Bledsoe Register now for the TRAVELING EAGLESFall 2018 CampThe Niceville Traveling Eagles, in coordination with the Northwest Florida State College Baseball Program, are offering a program to help prepare players for their Spring teamsEvery Wednesday at the Niceville Softball ComplexOrganized by NWFSC Coach Doug Martin and run by the Raider staff and players To Register Visit https://leagueathletics.com/?org=TRAVELINGEAGLES.COM Date: September 19-26; October 3, 10, 17, 24 Time: 8U-10U 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 11U-13U 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Cost: $125 (includes practice hat and shirt) M4 carbines are being issued to school resource officers.

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ArrestsOn Aug. 8 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Shane Robert Finch, 36, transient, on a charge of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted Florida felon. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on Sept. 17, 2017, in which a Niceville police officer responded to the Twin Cities Pavilion in reference to a disturbance. An employee at the Pavilion had saw a male and female in an altercation in and near a Lincoln. Police later spotted the vehicle described, and an officer stopped it. By that time, only the driver, Finch, was in the car. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Fort Walton Beach, and that Finch was in possession of an M4 rifle and ammunition. Finch has two felony convictions. * On Aug. 10 Niceville police arrested Rebekah Reba Martin, 47, of 202 Seminole Ave., Valparaiso, on charges of shoplifting, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Martin was seen attempting to leave Walmart without paying for first-aid items and cosmetics which she had concealed, at a total value of $60.41. Police were summoned, and found Martin to have approximately 0.76 grams of suspected cocaine and approximately 0.74 grams of suspected methamphetamine, both of which field tested positive. She also had three cut straws, a bent spoon, a belt, and five syringes, one of which contained a liquid which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On Aug. 13 Niceville police arrested Brandy Nicole Hart, 36, of 2812 Lee Trevino Court, Shalimar, on charges of knowingly driving while license suspended or revokedhabitual offender, and knowingly driving with no insurance. An officer stopped a Cadillac with an expired registration, at the Starbucks coffee shop on John Sims Parkway. Hart, the driver, said she did not have insurance on the vehicle, and her license was not valid. A police database revealed that her license has been suspended since December 2016, she has six convictions, and is listed as a habitual traffic offender. * On Aug. 13 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Stephen Douglas Husty, 36, at large, Niceville, on a charge of probation violation, felony. * On Aug. 14 Gregory Wyatt Griffin, 33, of 408 Detroit Ave., Valparaiso, was booked into the Walton County jail on charges of drug equipment possession and/or use, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. * On Aug. 14 Niceville police arrested Codie Rochel Owens, 32, of 612 Powell Dr., Niceville, on a charge of falsely identifying herself to a law enforcement officer. Owens was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop, during which she provided a police officer with a false name. A police database revealed the name to be false, and during subsequent questioning, Owens gave her real name, under which she had an active warrant from the Okaloosa County Sheriffs office. * On Aug. 14 Niceville police arrested Patrick Ryan Edenfield, 37, of 248 Boundary Line Rd., Freeport, on a charge of driving while license suspended, fourth or subsequent offense. Edenfield was the driver of a 1993 Ford pickup stopped near Bailey Drive for having both tag lights extinguished. During the traffic stop, Edenfield said he did not have his drivers license on him and had no other identification. A police database indicated that he had a suspended drivers license, with six convictions for driving with his license suspended or revoked. * On Aug. 15 James Dean Deavers Sr., 43, of 25 Howard St., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on charges of obstructing without violence, and an out of county warrant. * On Aug. 15 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Christopher Lee Green, 30, of 105 Harding Rd., Niceville, on charges of giving false owner information to pawn items valued at less than $300, theft of between $300 and $5,000, and fraudulent/illegal use of credit cards, used more than twice within six months, for less than $100. * On Aug. 15 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Sean Thomas Salisbury, 33, of 219 Hudson Cir., Niceville, on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted Florida felon, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. * On Aug. 15 Niceville police arrested Ritchie Allen Riley, 39, of 177 Juniper Dr., Freeport, on charges of driving while license suspended, second or subsequent offense, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer observed Riley traveling in a 2004 Toyota Tundra, and saw that Riley was concealing his face from the officers view and watching the officer in his rearview mirror. The officer was unable to pursue in heavy traffic, but another officer later located Riley, and a police database indicated that the registered owner of Rileys vehicle did not have a valid license. Riley was stopped on Juniper Avenue, and it was confirmed that he did not have a valid license. An inventory of his vehicle revealed suspected marijuana which field tested positive, and Riley said he had been using marijuana for a couple of months. * Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Aug. 20, 2018 through Aug 26, 2018. 0 Structure Fires18 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire7 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 1 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................8/20/18.....................10:41 E. College Blvd........................Medical..................................8/20/18.....................14:46 Persimmon Way......................Medical..................................8/20/18.....................15:26 2nd Street.................................Illegal burning........................8/20/18.....................15:49 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle vs Pedestrian...........8/20/18.....................15:51 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................8/21/18.....................08:59 25th Street................................Cancelled...............................8/21/18.....................09:25 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Good intent ...........................8/21/18.....................10:43 Kelly Road................................Medical..................................8/21/18.....................18:44 Bay Shore Dr............................Cancelled...............................8/21/18.....................21:36 20th Street................................Service call............................8/22/18.....................02:54 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/22/18.....................08:03 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................8/22/18.....................16:32 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/22/18.....................16:57 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/23/18.....................15:13 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................8/23/18.....................16:56 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................8/23/18.....................17:44 Reeves St.................................Medical..................................8/23/18.....................18:33 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/23/18.....................20:44 Pine Court................................Medical..................................8/24/18.....................04:34 Darlington Oak Dr....................Medical..................................8/24/18.....................08:54 Weeden Island Dr....................Medical..................................8/24/18.....................13:02 Howell Rd.................................Vehicle crash.........................8/24/18.....................13:57 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................8/24/18.....................15:21 Regatta Dr................................Medical..................................8/25/18.....................10:00 S.R. 85 N..................................Medical..................................8/25/18.....................11:35 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................8/25/18.....................13:24 McKinney St.............................Service call............................8/25/18.....................15:16 27th Street................................Medical..................................8/26/18.....................03:44 Garden Ln................................Kitchen fire.............................8/26/18.....................12:04 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................8/26/18.....................16:54 Rum Still Cir..............................Medical..................................8/26/18.....................18:04 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! Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from August 20, 2018 through August 26, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Barracuda.................................Dispatched & cancelled........8/20/18.....................15:13 Terra Cotta Way.......................Dispatched & cancelled........8/20/18.....................16:35 Emerald Coast Pkwy...............System malfunction..............8/20/18.....................16:42 Oakmont Pl..............................EMS call................................8/21/18.....................05:57 Nelson Point Rd.......................EMS call................................8/21/18.....................08:54 Southlake Ct.............................Medical assist........................8/21/18.....................10:31 E. Hwy. 20................................Medical assist........................8/21/18.....................12:20 N. White Point Rd....................Medical assist........................8/21/18.....................15:41 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................8/21/18.....................21:27 Merchants Way........................Medical assist........................8/21/18.....................22:40 N. White Point Rd....................Medical assist........................8/22/18.....................11:22 E. Hwy. 20................................Vehicle accident....................8/22/18.....................18:00 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/23/18.....................11:58 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................8/23/18.....................12:26 E. Hwy. 20................................Detector activation................8/24/18.....................08:34 Antiqua Way.............................Service call............................8/24/18.....................09:57 White Point Rd.........................Dispatched & cancelled........8/24/18.....................12:58 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................8/26/18.....................08:31 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................8/26/18.....................12:43 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Page A-4 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 THEBAYBEACON 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. 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and that he is worth the extra incentive pay, but expressed concern that a bonus of more than 14 percent is about seven times the percentage pay increase given to faculty and staff members at the college, and might therefore be perceived as unfair. Other trustees, however, said that the extra pay given to Stephenson is not a regular raise, but is an incentive payment, in accordance with the original contract the college signed with Stephenson when he was hired. Flynts reasoning carried the day. Pennington said that even with the extra incentive pay, Our president is paid less than others in our cohort of colleges within the Florida state college system. He also said that Stephenson had not received a regular, permanent pay raise since taking office. In other business, the trustees, meeting in Niceville, heard a briefing from Pauline Anderson, college dean of research, analytics, and planning. Anderson said that during the past year, the college has moved from a Bronze to a Silver classification in the state of Floridas performancebased funding program, in which top-performing colleges receive extra state money above and beyond their regular budgets. By moving to a higher bracket, Anderson said, Northwest Florida State will receive about $960,000 more in such funding this year than had it remained in the Bronze category. The top category for performance-based funding, said Anderson, is the Gold category, and NWFSC is aiming for that level. She said that determination of where a college ranks in the performance-based funding system is based on three factors: Retention: What percentage of students successfully continue their education from one year to the next. Completion: What percentage of students who enter the college graduate with academic degrees or professional certifications. Placement: What percentage of graduates either move on to higher education or find jobs in their field of study, with entry pay at or above the average in their field. To improve the colleges standing, Anderson said the college has been carefully tracking the progress of its students, and identifying students who may be struggling, in time to intervene with whatever help they need to successfully complete their studies. In addition, she said, the college is trying to eliminate barriers to completion, such as by reducing the amount of money students must pay for textbooks. One way of reducing textbook costs, she said, is by making maximum use of open educational resources such as online material or previously published texts, rather than requiring students to buy new books. Prior to their regular meeting, the board held a brief meeting in their capacity as trustees for Collegiate High School, a charter school sponsored by the college and located on its main campus in Niceville. During that meeting, trustees commended Principal Anthony Boyer for his schools performance during the past year. Collegiate High enrolls about 285 high-achieving students in grades 10-12. Pennington said an annual report on the secondary schools accomplishments was stellar. Among them were an A rating from the state of Florida, the award of National Merit Scholarships to two students, and the fact that students have exceeded state averages in numerous measurements, to include graduation rates, performance on college entrance examinations, a 96-percent satisfaction rating among parents, and other yardsticks. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 29, 2018 Page A-5 209 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 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith The school board elections are important to me. I have elementary and middle school age children. Jennifer Johnson, 35, Niceville, mother As a business owner, the sales tax is important to me, because it works differently depending on whether I clean residential or commercial properties. Wayne Shipe, 54, Valparaiso, janitorial service business ownerWhat is the most important issue in this years state and local elections?Location: Walmart Implementing the people s will regarding medical marijuana. Despite the previous election, politicians are dragging their feet. Meanwhile, we have an opioid crisis for lack of alternative treatments for pain. Kaileigh Rhodes, 31, Niceville, stay home mom Honesty. Diane P., Bluewater Bay, housewife The sales tax is important. David Polk, 77, Niceville, retired military The politicians should listen more to the people, rather than their own agendas. Sara Martin, 35, Niceville, stay-home momWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. COLLEGEFrom page A-1 Limited Edition Unisex Erase Hate BraceletEr ase Ha te Br ace let NEW! 850-678-1593www.bayoubookcompany.comOak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Since 1986 country now accepts for recycling loads contaminated with no more than 0.5 percent non-recyclable items. By contrast, as much as 25 percent of the waste put into Waste Management recycling bins is not recyclable, Ducas said. As a result, Waste Management has faced difficulty in collecting and selling recyclable materials profitably. Waste Management has sought other markets for recyclables in other countries such as India, but those countries are also becoming more restrictive about what they will take, forcing the Houston-based garbage-collection company, the nations largest, to be more strict about what materials it accepts from home and business owners who place recyclable items in the yellow-top bins found throughout Niceville and elsewhere in Okaloosa County. Ducas told council members that acceptable recycling materials include clean paper and cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass or plastic bottles, as long as they are clean and empty. Items not accepted for recycling include plastic bags, foam containers, and dirty paper or cardboard containers, such as pizza boxes stained with grease or which have bits of food still inside. 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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. Ospreys 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. Road Designation/Reception The public is invited to attend a special event to honor the late Mayor John B. Arnold on Friday, August 31, at 10 a.m. in front of the Valparaiso City Hall. During this ceremony, Valparaiso Parkway will be designated as John B. Arnold, Jr. Memorial Highway. A reception will immediately follow in the Citys Community Room. 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 850-2793729. 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 at 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. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN The term air pollution usually brings to mind automobile exhaust, or the stuff belching from industrial smokestacks. However, some of the most polluted air you ever breathe may be inside your own home. The air in your home may contain pet dander, fumes from cooking, smoke from your fireplace, and house dust, largely made of our own skin cells. Such pollutants may help breed bacteria, fungus, and other things you would rather not have in your lungs. Your indoor home environment can trap all these things inside of your living space, unless you have an air conditioning and ventilation system capable of filtering them out. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating can provide and maintain such a system for you, ensuring that you and your family breathe properly filtered, clean air, at the temperature you desire, making the comfort of your own home truly comfortable. Indoor air quality affects allergies, respiratory infections, and other symptoms, said Jason Ring, Senior Vice President of Branded Operations at One Hour Air. We provide a variety of products to help alleviate respiratory symptoms that may result from indoor air pollutants. It is important to have the right filtration system, because the wrong filter may trap pollutants within your home rather than filtering them out. Many modern air-conditioning systems, said Ring, include electrostatic filters that are excellent for killing germs and viruses, as well as fungus spores. Other systems generate ozone to oxidize germs and other pollutants, or employ ultraviolet light to kill germs and eliminate unpleasant odors. Our technicians can help you educate yourself about the three elements of indoor air pollution, said Ring. The first element is dust and pollen. The second consists of germs, bacteria and viruses, and the third element includes toxic gases and odors. Choosing the right filtration system for your home depends on your lifestyle and budget, and the types of pollutants likely to be present. Our systems, said Ring, have a 97% capture rate of most types of indoor air pollutants. Another key to home air quality is changing filters regularly. Your filters may need changing at intervals from 30 days to 6 months, depending on such factors as the type filter, the number of pets you have in your home, and the overall lifestyle of your family. It is also important to have the ductwork in your attic inspected, ensuring that it is clean, free of leaks, and that ducts are the proper size for your home and air-conditioning system. Our technicians, Ring said, will install and maintain an air conditioning and heating system to keep you comfortable and healthy throughout the year. 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